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Ultimate Weddings at the Olde Mill Inn Outdoor Ceremonies ∙ Grand Ballroom ∙ 102 Guest Rooms & Suites ∙ Up to 240 Guests 225 Route 202, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920 ∙ 908-696-2315 ∙ OldeMillInn.com

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CONTENTS

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get the look theknot.com editor’s letter checklist elegant boho affair ask carley top picks 8 elegant garden state ballrooms expert advice secrets from real couples haute hues love stories marriage licenses and wedding announcements snapshot

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B E P R E PA R E D TO FA L L I N L O V E C E L E B R AT I N G

100 YEARS O F L E G A C Y,

ELEGANCE & CONTINUED EXCELLENCE

Wedding Facilities Abound, But There Is Simply No Setting More Romantic. 2017

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beauty & wellness 227

beauty for hire All your makeup choices can be overwhelming—consider hiring a pro.

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10 things bridal consultants want you to know

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avant garden Soft pastels, floral details and airy fabrics create a whimsical ambience.

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high impact

style 198

high impact Vibrant fuchsia and sleek black team up for a dramatic, modern affair.

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defining details Invitation accents for a memorable suite that will get guests excited for your day.

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beyond the bouquet Floral accents to make every part of your décor stand out.

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beauty for hire

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From your first shopping trip to the final fitting, here’s what to consider.

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ELEGANT NEW LOOK, SAME EXTRAVAGANT VIEW From charming to dazzling, our beautifully-remodeled private event spaces will make your special day unforgettable.

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CONTENTS

planning 183

tips for marrying on the shore Local pros share their advice on throwing a wedding along the coast.

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how to throw a beach wedding Details to keep in mind when planning for a seaside affair.

your catering checklist Create a memorable wedding meal with these pointers.

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get the picture

supreet & nishan

Advice from the pros to get photos you’ll treasure for a lifetime.

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this one’s for the girls Make your bachelorette weekend one to remember.

real weddings 58

casey & ed

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may 7, east rutherford

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kaitlin & drew

october 8, bedminster

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october 8, andover

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supreet & nishan

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sean & spencer jackie & tim

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carolyn & bryan

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katelyn & miles daurisa & fred

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alexandra & thomas july 2, gladstone

your catering checklist

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jennifer & robert

quena & thomas may 20, manahawkin

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september 18, somerset

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danielle & michael may 13, asbury park

june 2, shrewsbury

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lauren & daniel september 24, spring lake

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september 10, farmingdale

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alison & dan october 1, hammonton

june 24, chesterfield

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ashley & joey may 27, sicklerville

september 25, andover

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cheri & rachel may 6, morristown

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september 9 & 10, jersey city

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jenna & ryan

caroline & thomas july 22, atlantic highlands

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lesley & david july 11, bluffton, sc

june 17, jersey city

real wedding budget key $ = $20,000 or less

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

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$$$ = $40,001–$60,000

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Brett Matthews Photography

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Brett Matthews Photography

Andrew Graham Todes Photography

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ABOUT THE COVER

Check out more fashion-forward dresses for your wedding day and beyond at TheKnot.com/fashion.

ON HER

Dress, price upon request, Mira Zwillinger at Elizabeth Johns, ElizabethJohns.com (Morristown); veil, $995, LivHart.com; aquamarine cocktail ring, $48,570, CoastDiamond.com

ON HER

Dress, $2,995, Marchesa Notte, Marchesa .com; engagement ring, $5,225 (not including center stone), CoastDiamond.com; hairpins, $85 each, BijouVanNess.com; earrings, $354, Oscar de la Renta, NeimanMarcus.com; shoes, $540, SophiaWebster.com

ON HER

Dress, $7,590, Romona Keveza at Elizabeth Johns, ElizabethJohns.com (Morristown); earrings, $2,221, AnabelaChan.com

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Suit, $549, BlackLapel.com; shirt, $168, tie, $85, Bonobos.com; wedding band, $1,090, Brilliant Earth.com; shoes, $120, AldoShoes.com

BRIDAL IN BLOOM

With its spectacular grounds full of living sculptures, Ladew Topiary Gardens was a natural fit for our lighthearted fashion feature, “Avant Garden.� After all, what better place to shoot floral-print dresses and whimsical accessories than a lush location with a distinctly magical feel?

glam squad Hairstylist Alberto Guzman preps our model before she poses with a peacock topiary.

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photography Liz Von Hoene hair Alberto Guzman for Bumble

& Bumble at Ray Brown Pro makeup Georgina Billington for By Terry Cosmetics at Judy Casey Inc. fashion styling Shelley Brown prop styling Frederique Stephanie, The Pop Up House location Ladew Topiary Gardens, Monkton, Maryland

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Buona Sera Catering . . . B E C O M E P A R T O F T H E F A M I L Y.

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At Buona Sera Catering, we combine unrivaled service with mouth-watering food to elevate your wedding, party or other event. From the minute you meet us…until you say goodbye to the last guest…we treat every event as if it’s the most important one we’ll ever host. Enjoy the Buona Sera difference at our two beautiful locations, Buona Sera Palazzo in Ocean Township and The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel in Asbury Park. • Five-Star Culinary Menus Customized to Each Couple’s Needs • Personal Attention to Each Event—Hosting Only One Per Day • Start-to-Finish Wedding Coordinators

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EDITOR IN CHIEF

Kristen Maxwell Cooper DESIGN DIRECTOR

DEPUTY EDITOR

MANAGING EDITOR

ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR

REAL WEDDINGS DIRECTOR

PHOTO DIRECTOR

Tracy Everding

Lauren Kay

Susan Berryman

Maria Bouselli

Rebecca Crumley

Kathy Nguyen

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

Ivy Jacobson Esther Lee Shelley Brown Alyssa Longobucco Stephanie Cain, Rachel Sylvester Katie Kortebein Farah Prince Maggie Seaver Jessica Molinari Toby Fox Katie Ragan Kasey Schroeder, Kate Richter Sarah Love Barrie Tovar Jose Marmolejos Toni Franchini

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

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THE STUDIO @ XO HEAD OF STUDIO Nick Fortunato EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Elizabeth Roehrig PRODUCER Joanna Dedvukaj SENIOR EDITORS Cassie Kreitner, Kate Traverson ASSOCIATE COPY EDITOR Kelsey Paine SENIOR DESIGNER Amanda Kocis Gallagher ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR Kelley Rowland JUNIOR DIGITAL MARKETING COORDINATOR Claire Flanagan SALES & MARKETING PRESIDENT, LOCAL MARKETPLACE Paul Bascobert, pbascobert@xogrp.com GROUP VP, LOCAL SALES John Pike, jpike@xogrp.com (212) 515-3535 PUBLISHER Carolyn Mantone, cmantone@theknot.com (888) 873-5093 REGIONAL SALES DIRECTOR Mary Lou Pernod, mpernod@xogrp.com ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Ronni Ross, rross@theknot.com (201) 541-4061

REGIONAL/NATIONAL ACCOUNT MANAGER SPECIALIST REGIONAL SALES DIRECTOR FASHION ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE BEAUTY ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF SHOWS & EVENTS SENIOR MARKETING MANAGER STRATEGY SPECIALIST DIRECTOR, PUBLIC RELATIONS MANAGER, PUBLIC RELATIONS

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Browse weddings from the Garden State for plenty of New Jersey inspiration, like Susan and David’s celebration at Rockleigh Country Club. The pair combined their Afghan, Muslim and Jewish backgrounds to include an interfaith ceremony with a rabbi, readings from the Quran and a traditional dance performance by Susan’s bridesmaids.

Organizing your wedding details and pros just got easier, thanks to the new digital planning tool from The Knot. Use it to help you and your fiancé define your style, book and communicate with vendors, and automatically create a personalized day-of timeline so everything goes off without a hitch. Try it by downloading our app or signing up at TheKnot.com.

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connect with pros and find tips Gather your dream team of wedding vendors with the help of our Ultimate Wedding Guides at TheKnot.com/stateguides. Your New Jersey directory has everything you need to know about saying “I do,” from getting your marriage license to seasonal tips. Then, connect with planners, photographers and more by searching by region and price in our local Marketplace.

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EDITOR ’S LE T TER

I love everything about this dress, from the romantic ruffle to the hint of color. (p. 238)

My jaw dropped when I first saw this succulent cuff—I want to wear one every day! (p. 212)

If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.”

This envelope liner is a fun surprise waiting for guests. (p. 205)

Every relationship is unique. So every wedding should be too. This doesn’t mean you need an over-the-top element to make it truly special, but rather that your wedding should reflect the two of you as a couple. It means you should forget the perceived “rules” and do what feels right. Are you less type A and more type “I never really thought about it?” A simple celebration at your family home might be right up your alley. Have you been dreaming of this moment since you were little? Then here’s your chance to go all out. Whoever you are and whatever you want, we’re here to help. So here’s to all of you—the planners, the procrastinators, the over-thinkers, the bridechillas, the groomzillas, the classic couples, the eclectic couples, the can’t-be-defined couples and everyone in between. Whether you’re having a religious service, a nondenominational ceremony, or a celebration for 20 people or 200, this is the moment to throw out the rule book and plan a wedding that’s as unique as you are.

KRISTEN MAXWELL COOPER Editor in Chief

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TORRIN PHOTOGRAPHY

THE ESTATE AT FARRINGTON LAKE

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THE GROVE

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NORTH/CENTRAL NEW JERSEY

wedding venues

MEADOW WOOD MANOR MeadowWoodManor.com “My wedding day was perfect thanks to Meadow Wood Manor! The site is beautiful, the staff is fantastic and caring. I wish I could give them more than five stars!”

BREAKERS ON THE OCEAN

THE ROCKLEIGH

BreakersHotel.com “Our wedding at the Breakers was magical from beginning to end! The attention to detail by every staff member was top notch.”

TheRockleigh.net “The Rockleigh was perfect in every way. The staff was amazing, the venue breathtaking, the food outstanding! Our wedding day was everything we dreamed of!”

THE BRIDGEWATER MANOR BridgewaterManor.com “We are over the moon. We still get calls about how beautiful the venue was and how delicious the food was! This venue was a dream come true, and we HIGHLY recommend!”

THE BARNS AT LOCUST HALL BY SENSATIONAL HOST

PREMIER CATERING & EVENTS AT GENETTI BALLROOMS

FLORENTINE GARDENS THE GRAMERCY AT LAKESIDE MANOR

THE RECEPTION CENTER AT SAINT CLEMENT

THE HAMILTON MANOR

ROCK ISLAND LAKE CLUB

HILTON PEARL RIVER ICONA RESORTS DIAMOND BEACH

THE RYLAND INN SHADOWBROOK AT SHREWSBURY

IL TULIPANO

SHERATON EATONTOWN HOTEL

IL VILLAGGIO EXCLUSIVE WEDDINGS

SKYVIEW GOLF CLUB

INN AT LEOLA VILLAGE

SOUTH GATE MANOR

KRUG CATERING AT ORANGE LAWN TENNIS CLUB

SPRING LAKE MANOR

LAKE MOHAWK COUNTRY CLUB

STONE GABLES ESTATE– EVENTS WITH A PURPOSE

BIRCHWOOD MANOR

THE LEGACY CASTLE

STONE HOUSE AT STIRLING RIDGE

THE BOATHOUSE AT MERCER LAKE

LIBERTY HOUSE RESTAURANT

STROUDSMOOR COUNTRY INN

BROOKLAKE COUNTRY CLUB

THE ESTATE AT FARRINGTON LAKE

THE MADISON HOTEL

THE TIDES ESTATE

CAMELBACK LODGE

THE MANOR

TheEstateNJ.com “I loved every minute of my wedding at The Estate. From planning to execution, Syed was there every step of the way to guide us to the wedding of our dreams!”

CLARKS LANDING YACHT CLUB, POINT PLEASANT

MAPLEWOOD COUNTRY CLUB

THE VENETIAN CATERING & SPECIAL EVENTS

CLUBHOUSE AT GALLOPING HILL GOLF COURSE

NANINA’S IN THE PARK

COSMOPOLITAN

OCEAN PLACE

GRAND MARQUIS

CROSSED KEYS ESTATE

THE OLD TAPPAN MANOR

GrandMarquisCaterers.com “The Grand Marquis delivered on my exact vision, and I couldn’t have made a better choice for my venue.”

CRYSTAL BALLROOM AT THE RADISSON HOTEL OF FREEHOLD

THE GROVE

CRYSTAL SPRINGS RESORT

TheGroveNJ.com “Beautiful venue! Amazing food! Great service! My guests can’t stop talking about the food—it was so good! You can’t go wrong with this venue!”

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MEADOW WOOD MANOR

MeadowWoodManor.com

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VERSAILLES BALLROOM AT THE RAMADA OF TOMS RIVER

MARITIME PARC

WEST HILLS COUNTRY CLUB THE WESTIN GOVERNOR MORRIS WESTMOUNT COUNTRY CLUB

THE OLDE MILL INN & GRAIN HOUSE RESTAURANT THE PALACE AT SOMERSET PARK

CRYSTAL PLAZA

THE ENGLISH MANOR THE FARMHOUSE AT THE GRAND COLONIAL

THE ROCKLEIGH

TheRockleigh.net

PARK CHATEAU THE PARK SAVOY ESTATE PERONA FARMS PLEASANTDALE CHATEAU PORTA

WINDOWS ON THE WATER AT FROGBRIDGE WINDOWS ON THE WATER AT SURFRIDER BEACH CLUB WINDSOR BALLROOM AT THE HOLIDAY INN OF EAST WINDSOR WOODSEDGE FARM WEDDINGS & EVENTS

GRAND MARQUIS

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CHECKLIST

download The Knot Wedding Planner app to get your custom wedding plan

This checklist will tell you what to do, and when, on your way to the altar. Make sure to download our must-have app for virtual access to all the tools that will help you get there.

12+ MONTHS

date: ______ /______ /______

9-11 MONTHS

date: ______ /______ /______

Take our style quiz on TheKnot.com to help narrow in on your wedding vision, including color palettes and décor.

Find a stationer and order save-the-dates.

Nail down a budget.

Create your website with The Knot, then pack it full with need-to-know info like reception details and nearby hotels for the wedding weekend.

Determine where and when you’d like to tie the knot. Not sure where to start? Use our app to get personalized suggestions based on a few key details, like guest count and general location. Hire any pros you just have to have on your wedding team, like your photographer or planner. Start searching for the dress, jumpsuit, skirt or tuxedo of your dreams. If you haven’t already, get your engagement ring appraised and insured.

Propose to your wedding party.

6-8 MONTHS

date: ______ /______ /______

Plan the ceremony with your officiant and discuss any religious requirements such as premarital counseling. Book your honeymoon. Choose the formalwear. Send out your save-the-dates.

Book your other important pros, like a band or DJ, florist or videographer.

Place an order for your invitations—and thank-you notes while you’re at it.

Order the gown and veil, and schedule fittings for six weeks and one to two weeks before the wedding. (A third fitting may be necessary.)

Hire a day-of coordinator (if you don’t have a full-service planner or a day-of planner isn’t included with your venue).

Choose and order the bridesmaid dresses.

Schedule beauty trials, and book hairstylists and makeup artists.

Create your registry and start adding things to your wish list—a super-fun to-do.

Iron out the rehearsal dinner details, like the time and location. >>

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4-5 MONTHS

MONTH

date: ______ /______ /______

date: ______ /______ /______

Address your invitations or hand them off to your calligrapher. Finalize the rental list (tables, chairs, linens and so on) with the caterer or rental company. Taste test some flavors and complete your wedding cake order. Also order the groom’s cake if you’re having one. Buy wedding rings. Arrange day-of transportation for yourselves and the wedding party.

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Figure out how to get a local marriage license—you need one to make it official. Finalize your ceremony outline and readings with your officiant.

2

MONTHS date: ______ /______ /______

Mail your invitations. RSVPs should be due one month before the wedding. Begin writing your vows. Go to your first formalwear fitting. Be sure to bring along whatever shoes, undergarments and accessories you’d like to wear on your wedding day. Finalize the cocktail hour and reception menu with your catering team. Solidify your Blueprint (aka your day-of timeline—see sidebar) and share with your vendors, spouse and wedding party.

Compile a must-take photo list for your shooter. Keep it under a dozen so you get the shots you really want.

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Once you’ve got your final head count, share it with the caterer, cake baker and site manager, and finish the seating chart.

DEFINE YOUR WEDDING ST YLE Download The Knot Wedding Planner app, then take our style quiz to zero in on the perfect vibe for your wedding. Once complete, you can easily share key details of your aesthetics with potential vendors at the click of a button, so pros know exactly what you mean by “rustic chic.”

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Pass on requests from your pros, like a table for the DJ, to the site manager. Go to the last dress fitting. Designate point people for day-of tasks. Make sure all your prewedding beauty appointments are scheduled.

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Pass off the marriage license to your officiant. Rehearse the ceremony and enjoy the rehersal dinner with your favorite people. Breathe—and have fun!

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How can we create a menu that will make all of our guests happy? When choosing the entrée options for your reception, consider possible dietary restrictions. Although you can’t account for every guest’s allergy and menu preferences, you can try to ensure everyone will enjoy something. Include a vegetarian option on your response cards, or ask your caterer if they can create a few special dishes. For a buffet, include allergenfree options, like dishes with no nuts, or allow your guests to garnish their own plates. For instance, if you’re having a sundae bar, offer plenty of gluten-free toppings like M&Ms and Haribo gummies.

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One of my bridesmaids won’t order her dress and I’m afraid she won’t get it in time for my wedding. What should I do?

Find out why she’s holding off. Is she trying to lose 10 pounds before getting her measurements taken? Has she been busy with work? Is she just being a little flaky? If it’s one of the last two reasons, call and ask her for her measurements so you can order the dress for her. If you find she’s hoping to lose weight, let her know she can order now and a seamstress can alter the dress a few weeks before the wedding. It’s much easier to take in a too-large dress than vice versa. So ordering her current size will actually save her money in the long run.

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I have no idea where to even begin when it comes to hiring a band for our reception. Help!

The first thing to do is get recommendations. Start by polling other couples—getting a referral from a pair who had the time of their lives due to their five-piece jazz band is priceless. Check out reviews online for invaluable advice too. Other great resources are reception venue managers or wedding planners. They’ve heard lots of different bands and can steer you toward some of the best options in the area based on your music tastes.

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FRUGAL FLORALS

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I don’t want to spend a fortune on flowers, but I don’t want to look like I skimped. Any suggestions for ways to save?

Think of places where flowers won’t be missed. Swap berries, acorns or other greenery into boutonnieres for an equally debonair look. Same goes for bridesmaid bouquets. Try a smaller arrangement, like a nosegay or posy, and use supporting elements from your bouquet like spray roses and greenery instead of more expensive stems like peonies. Just make sure yours isn’t too large or the rest of the bouquets could look unbalanced. For ceremony and reception décor, greenery is trending. If that’s not your style, get creative with fabrics and textures. Balloons add a whimsical touch, sequins are perfectly glam and candles are classic romance. >>

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E XPERT Q&A

SHOWER STRESS

The guest list should include your closest female pals and relatives (as well as your fiancé’s mom, sister and any other close female friends and family). You don’t have to invite every woman who’s invited to your wedding. As for more distant guests, sending a shower invite is a nice gesture even if you know they won’t be able to attend—it shows them they’re important to you.

DIVORCE DILEMMA

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My parents are divorced and don’t get along. How can I keep them both happy on the wedding day?

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We’re not sure if we can afford a planner for our wedding, but we could definitely use the help. What are our options?

Good news! Most wedding consultants are willing and able to work within a variety of budgets, and because of their connections and expertise, they’re often able to save you a good deal of money too. And you don’t have to sign a consultant on for the whole planning process. Many couples hire someone to oversee the final details the evening before and day of the wedding. Some pros even offer their services on an hourly basis for short-term tasks. You can try the à la carte route and choose exactly which services you’ll need. Just make sure it’s clearly defined in your contract.

PARTY FOUL

Hopefully your parents will be able to put aside their differences during your wedding. You can try diffusing the situation by seating them in different places at the ceremony and reception—the less they interact, the less likely they’ll argue. If you’re really concerned about their behavior, then sit down with them and tell them it would make you happy if they could be civil for one day. They may be more willing to call a truce (at least for 24 hours) if you’ve verbalized how important it is to you.

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Relax—you’re going to look gorgeous. Start with a professional trial or ask a steady-handed friend to help you practice. Be very clear that you want to look like the best version of yourself. Go with sheer makeup, such as tinted moisturizer instead of foundation and gloss instead of lipstick. Then have someone take a few pictures to see how you look—the way you see yourself in the mirror is probably a lot different from how you appear to other people and in photos. From there, adjust as you wish.

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My partner and I have been invited to a good friend’s wedding, as well as the rehearsal dinner, after-party and brunch—do we really have to go to all of these events?

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Attending the ceremony and reception are obvious musts, and the rehearsal dinner is an event you should try to go to. The after-party is strictly for those in the mood to keep the celebration going after the reception, so don’t feel bad about passing on that one. The postwedding brunch is a nice send-off, but if it conflicts with your travel plans, it’s okay to politely decline.

HAPPY FEET

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My fiancé and I want our first dance to be uniquely ours. What’s the best way to pick a song that isn’t played out?

If you don’t already have a song that’s decidedly yours, think back on the highlights of your relationship. What was playing the day you first said you were in love, or on the car ride to where he proposed? If you don’t have a song with history, consider creating the story. Do you have a shared favorite band or genre? Narrow it down to some options from there, and if the beat doesn’t quite lend itself to a first dance, see if there are acoustic options.

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678 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick; (732) 238-4200; ParkChateau.com Situated on 15 rolling acres, Francophiles will swoon over the country-manor-style architecture, reminiscent of a romance novel. Park Château also boasts specially curated antique furniture throughout the venue. Have your ceremony in the private chapel, then move to the opulent Grande Ballroom with crystal chandeliers 35 feet overhead and space for up to 400 guests. TIP Take advantage of the direct access to a private suite for quick touch-ups during the dance party.

1301 Route 130 South, Cinnaminson; (856) 829-2111; TheMerion.com You may think you’re not the type of couple to say “I do” in a ballroom, but The Merion just may change your mind. Each of the four unique event spaces has its own cocktail area, private restrooms and wedding suite. The Empire Ballroom (fits 300) will stun guests with its mosaic art wall and 600-gallon saltwater fish tank, while the massive glass dome over the marble dance floor in the colonial Skylight Ballroom (also fits 300) will make it feel like you’re waltzing under the stars.

81 W. White Horse Pike, Berlin; (856) 768-9444; LuciensManor.com Family owned and operated since 1898, the talented event staff at Lucien’s Manor will help you pull off your perfect day in one of their four ballrooms. The marbleized columns of the Italian palaceinspired Venetian (accommodates 325) draw the eye up to the hand-painted ceiling. The newly renovated Nouvelle is the idea spot for a sophisticated soiree with 150 guests, or make a grand entrance into the Versailles, with space for 200, by way of the private staircase. >>

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One of the World’s Greatest Estates... Exclusively Yours

757 Eagle Rock Avenue | West Orange, NJ 07052 | 973-731-5600 | www.Pleasantdale.com

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INSIDE SCOOP

The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel

The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel 1401 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park, (732) 776-6700, BerkeleyHotelNJ.com A trademark presence in Asbury Park for more than a century, this hotel’s stately European charm accommodates large guest lists up to 500. While the panoramic seaside views and proximity to the famous boardwalk are tantalizing, it’s the five standout ballrooms that will make this venue a must for your romantic day. TIP Snap a few glamorous photos in the mezzanine foyer for extra drama.

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The Estate at Florentine Gardens 97 Rivervale Road, River Vale; (201) 666-0444; FlorentineGardens.com Floor-to-ceiling windows, an imposing mahogany fireplace, 10-foot-high crystal chandeliers and a Juliet balcony are just a few of the grandiose details you’ll find in the ballroom (room for 360) at this estate. Plus, the venue hosts only one event per day, meaning your celebration will be the team’s sole focus. TIP Take advantage of the in-house services, like videography and Theatrical Package, which includes live video coverage of your first dance.

Crystal Ballroom 50 Gibson Place, Freehold; (732) 780-3405; CrystalBallroomNJ.com Exchange vows in the lush outdoor space, then move inside to the Crystal Ballroom, which accommodates 300 friends and family, or the cozier Emerald Ballroom with room for 110. Your guests will rave about the fare, with extras like a Bubble Bar—with make your own mimosas—and a cheese-tasting station with 10 different varieties. A great perk? Crystal Ballroom can take care of the menu from the rehearsal dinner to postwedding brunch.

The Sunset Ballroom at Jack Baker’s 83 Channel Drive, Point Pleasant; (732) 295-0350; TheSunsetBallroom.com The staff of this bayside venue will be in touch every step of the way to ease any prewedding jitters, and you’ll have your pick of five spaces to accommodate a guest list from 40 to 220. With waterfront views and elegant woodwork, this cheerful ballroom is best fit for sea-loving couples. For the foodies, the menu is limitless, but highlights include prosciutto and goat cheese crostini, lamb chop lollipops and bacon-wrapped shrimp.

Running Deer Golf Club 1111 Parvin Mill Road, Pittsgrove; (856) 358-2000; RunningDeerGolfClub.com You’ll feel as if your event is the only one in the world at this serene golf club, set in the trees of historic Pittsgrove. Host your outdoor ceremony along the green. Then, throw a bash for 200 of your closest family and friends in the grand ballroom, with its cathedral ceilings and massive windows overlooking the grounds. All wedding packages include a venue coordinator and a Chocolate Indulgence Room, a private space featuring elaborate desserts. TIP The property is LGBT friendly and 14 Stories Gay Wedding Institute certified.

F I N D M O R E LO C A L V E N U E S AT TheKnot.com/newjersey

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ELOQUENT STUDIOS

A Tradition in the Grand Manner

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E XPERT ADVICE

advice from a

florist

How do you start the process with an engaged couple? I like to chat about who they are and what they imagine their day to look and feel like. I explain how I can execute that vision along with any initial ideas. I also get the logistics in order to create a proposal. I only ask a couple to bring an open mind and a budget.

How can a couple personalize florals? Talk about who you are, even if it doesn’t directly relate to the wedding. Share your interests, hobbies and favorite places. It’s through these conversations that I am able to pull out tidbits of information that I can apply to any design concept to make it personal.

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Kori Gervasio Colly Flowers ABOUT

This Morristown-based flower shop creates floral décor for weddings and events. Gervasio describes her style as “bold and distinctive, as well as naturally understated.” ON THE WEB

CollyFlowers.com

@collyflowersdesign PRO TIPS

Don’t obsess over a specific flower. Create a solid vision for the big picture so that it won’t be affected by things beyond your control. If you’re repurposing ceremony flowers for the reception, be clear who is transporting them. Logistics have to make sense. Show tremendous gratitude to all those who help along the way.

What’s a unique pairing you love? I hope to see people pushing the envelope with natural, foraged elements like berries and unusual foliages. Let’s talk about the boutonniere. How do you get creative with it? I love using textured flowers and foliage in boutonnieres, like privet and thistle. What about bouquets—what’s in your dream arrangement? Garden roses, clematis, ranunculus, cosmos, mock orange, raspberries and jasmine vine.

Lastly, what’s trendy in florals now? In terms of color, adding a deep red accent continues to be popular. Floral installations don’t seem to be going anywhere either, which makes me super excited. The possibilities are endless.

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What is challenging about what you do? I can’t present photos and say, “this is exactly what it’s going to look like,” which some people really struggle with. I try to put as much of my work out there as possible so people understand my aesthetic. It changes the conversation to, “I love what you do and I trust you.” That’s the goal.

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E XPERT ADVICE

advice from a

music pro Now that we’ve talked about types of music, what should a couple think about when meeting with a DJ? Look for someone who listens to you and can be flexible. In the end, you are playing recorded songs, so the DJ needs to be attuned to the couple’s needs. A good DJ has to check his or her ego at the door.

Is there a musical genre that you advise against? None! If a couple likes something, it’s for a reason. Anything can work for the betterment of the party. We believe there is no bad music, only bad musicians. What about a song that’s sure to please guests of any age? “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)” by the Four Seasons is a good one. How do you like to end the night? Do you have a go-to song or do you just feel the mood of the party? I never have a last song planned. It’s all about where we are in the moment. I don’t like to have a specific end to anything.

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Jimmy Vali Vali Entertainment ABOUT

This family-owned entertainment company in Norwood, started by Vali’s father, has been making wedding days—and their music—special for more than 55 years with their team of bands and DJs. ON THE WEB

Vali.com

@valientertainment PRO TIPS

Make sure you feel comfortable when you meet with the band leader or DJ. Guide your professionals but let them do their jobs. You hired them for a reason: their expertise. Try to keep your stress level low. You’re supposed to enjoy the process.

Anything a couple should bring to that first chat with an entertainment pro? Bring a good spirit and positive outlook. Make the process fun. Other than that, we just like some general information, such as the size of the guest list, location of the event and any logistic issues you may know of. Then we get to know them. Music can really make or break an event. You are, after all, serving as the party host. Does any moment from a recent wedding stand out for you? Our job is like live television. You cannot make mistakes because you don’t get a second chance. That said, we recently had a father of the bride say to me, “Wow, what a band! All the credit is going to you, not me!”

HEADSHOT: COURTSEY OF VALI ENTERTAINMENT; 5IVE15IF TEEN PHOTO COMPANY

We know it can be challenging to please the musical tastes of all of your guests, especially with different generations. What’s your idea of a great playlist? As we guide a couple through the process, we get “yeses” and “nos” from them, plus a few special songs they definitely like. We get to know them, talking about what kind of wedding they are going for and the type of entertainment they want. We ask for some artistic freedom to navigate what is best— years of experience has taught us.

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What’s the key to a packed dance floor for a couple’s wedding? Musicians should be flexible. They need to have the ammunition and ability to change types of music on the fly. It’s about keeping your eye on the entire room, not just a choice few on the dance floor.

R E A D T I P S A N D T R E N D S AT TheKnot.com/newjersey

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Where History Meets Modern Elegance 314 MAIN STREET, HACKETTSTOWN, NJ • 908.850.0224 • WWW.DAVIDSCOUNTRYINN.COM

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E XPERT ADVICE

advice from a

videographer

Anything a couple should bring to the first meeting? The couple should have an idea of what their day looks like. Be open-minded. Don’t let a set vision for your day cloud your ability to listen. This is often a challenge when anyone meets for the first time, so we educate them on what we do so they can make the best decision. It usually turns out to be a great relationship. What services to do you offer (besides the trailers we see couples post on social media) and what is the typical timeline to get those videos? We offer long form edits that range from 15 minutes up to 90 minutes. For the three to five minute highlight video, it takes about four to six weeks from the time you submit the information back to us after the wedding. For the regular edit, it’s three to four months. What’s a common misconception about wedding videos? People think video is just a product, but we believe it’s everything from the customer service and consultation to our producers, postproduction team and infrastructure.

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Khoa Le Live Picture Studios ABOUT

Le started his studio to supply cinematic videos and photography targeted to the wedding industry. He believes in his artists’ talent and loves working with couples who believe in what his company does: family, marriage, ethics, growth and inspiration. ON THE WEB

LivePictureStudios.com

@livepicturestudios PRO TIPS

Don’t look at the price before looking at the value of any vendor. Understand what they stand for. The couple should feel they can count on their vendors and trust that it’ll be great. Videos have the power to restore the memory of your wedding day.

Describe the most emotional moments you’ve recently captured on camera. It’s the walk down the aisle at the ceremony, when one partner sees the other for the first time. The reaction we capture is priceless, like when a groom’s lip may quiver with excitement or his hand wipes away a tear. To see that second focused on camera, then cutting to his partner walking down the aisle truly tells the story of their love for each other. It never, ever gets old. What about a funny moment you’ve shot? At the Venetian, a groom asked all 250 of his guests to do the mannequin challenge. It was hilarious to see what people were doing when they were “frozen.” Why do you love what you do? Since I was a kid, I’ve always been a creative person. I’ve always believed in doing something meaningful in life, to do what I love and be great at it. When I had the chance to be involved in the wedding industry, I saw how our films created so much happiness in people’s lives. I wake up each morning and work toward innovative ideas, which I then see enhanced through collaboration with my many talented team members. It’s such an amazing feeling. How is it rewarding? It’s the story. Anyone can buy equipment and put footage together on an editing platform. But to tell a compelling story requires skill. When we succeed, it’s extremely impactful for our couples and their loved ones.

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What’s the number one reason couples should hire a videographer? Videos with an emotional story are just as priceless as photos. It’s an opportunity to remember the day for the rest of their lives. How can you put a price on your parents’ speeches or the groom’s reaction when the bride walks in? My question usually is: “Why wouldn’t you want to have a Hollywood-style video for a once-in-a-lifetime event?”

C H E C K O U T M O R E P RO S AT TheKnot.com/marketplace

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INSIDE SCOOP

“Don’t be afraid to delegate and assign planning tasks to your friends and family members. If someone wants to help, take them up on their offer.” —Sabrina & Grant

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“It’s unlikely everything will work out the way you initially plan for it to, but that doesn’t mean you won’t have a great wedding day you’ll end up loving.” —Dana & Jordan

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“IF YOU’RE ABLE TO DIY, DO IT. IT’S WORTH THE FEELING YOU GET WHEN YOU WALK INTO YOUR VENUE TO SEE ALL OF YOUR HARD WORK, ESPECIALLY KNOWING YOU PUT YOUR HEART INTO IT.” —Emily & Jovan

“If it rains, you’ll still get married and your wedding will still be pretty. You can’t do anything about the weather, but your hired vendors can.” —Jen & Tevje

“Hire pros you genuinely trust to be in control while you’re busy being the bride.” —Helena & Michael

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“TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR OWN WEDDING. WHEN YOUR PARENTS SEE THAT YOU HAVE A VISION AND RESPECT YOUR BUDGET, THEY’LL BE MORE LIKELY TO LET GO OF THE DECISION-MAKING.”

“You only have a few short hours to take it all in. Be present and pause throughout the night to take a few mental pictures.” —Holly & Sara

F I N D M O R E P L A N N I N G T I P S AT TheKnot.com/newjersey

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Four years after meeting in the leasing office of Tera’s new college apartment, the couple decided to take a weekend getaway for some quality time together. They flew to Puerto Rico and enjoyed the beautiful weather while sipping mojitos. On Saturday night, they had an intimate dinner on the beach and Tera suggested they get a photo. Matt quickly flagged down their waiter for the task, and then, popped the question. “I had to ask him to take more because I didn’t even have time to propose at first,” Matt says. “As soon as he took the phone back, I hopped on one knee.” The ring: B&B Jewelers >>

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To celebrate their two-year anniversary, Stephen planned an overnight celebration in New York City. While Daniella was away, he prepped their room for the night, placing rose petals on the floor and bed, her favorite flowers in a vase and her favorite bottle of champagne on ice. Stephen then met Daniella and they walked back to the hotel together. When Daniella opened the bedroom door and saw the décor, she turned to see Stephen holding a cushion cut diamond ring. “Neither of us like a big show, so it was perfect for us,” she says of the intimate setting. The ring: Peter J. Germano Jewelers

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After six months of planning, Ariel popped the question on an gondola ride in Venice, with prosecco on deck as the sun set. “When I think back on it, he was definitely nervous,” Simona says of the surprise. “I thought it would be a great way to start the vacation,” Ariel says of his decision to propose in Italy. After she said “yes,” the couple meandered down the streets and soaked in the moment. “As cliché as it may sound, I knew I was walking beside the right person—the one I’d begin a new chapter with,” Simona says. The ring: Designs By Kamni >>

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During a long-awaited vacation in Hawaii, Gerrard told Kristen he had made dinner reservations for 5 p.m. at a popular local restaurant. Kristen wanted to make it later, but eventually agreed. While walking along the beach to the restaurant, Gerrard suggested they take photos with Diamond Head, a mountain they’d hiked the day before, in the background. Kristen resisted but finally turned around so Gerrard could take a picture of her looking at the mountain. When she looked back to him, he was on one knee. “The entire beachfront was cheering for us and it was the greatest moment of my life,” she says. The ring: Appelt’s Diamonds

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After spending Christmas Eve with family, Jake (left) and Josh came home to exchange their gifts to each other. Josh opened his last present to reveal a piece of paper with the words “What do you think?” Josh, confused, looked up to see Jake kneeling with a ring. “I buried my face in my hands and said ‘I can’t handle this’ which, of course, he knew meant, ‘Put that ring on my finger immediately!’ ” Josh says. He then surprised Jake with his own ring purchased a few months prior. “I wanted Jake to know I was just as committed to wanting to share our lives together,” he says. The rings: Robbins Diamonds R E A D M O R E P RO P O S A L S T O R I E S AT HowHeAsked.com by The Knot

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OCTOBER 8

• ANDOVER

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KAITLIN & DREW’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Crossed Keys

Estate, Andover

PHOTOGRAPHY Lauren and

Tim Fair/Lauren Fair Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Willow Tree Films

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HAIR Vanessa Alcala/Marie Robinson Salon MAKEUP Nicole Kasak

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HEADPIECE Jennifer

SHOES Splendid

ENGAGEMENT &

WEDDING RINGS Single Stone, Greenwich St.

Jewelers JEWELRY Earrings: Dana Rebecca Designs

BRIDESMAID DRESSES BHLDN

MENSWEAR Groom: Ryan Seacrest Distinction,

Macy’s; socks: Freaker USA; groomsmen: The Black Tux

STATIONERY Invitations: Paper

Tree Studio; welcome sign, program board & seating chart board: Jessica Rodriguez Hanselman/Event Designs by Katherine; signage, table numbers & place cards: Peanut Press Creative

RENTALS Big Dawg Party Rental;

borrowed BLU; Ultrapom CAKE Celsos Caterers

CATERING & MUSIC Ceremony:

Rock & Pop Strings/Star Talent; reception: Sam Turner/Beat Train Productions Before the guests packed the dance floor, they noshed on mini versions of some of the couple’s favorite foods, such as grilled cheese with a tomato soup shooter and tiny tacos. There was also a mac and cheese bar, plus a Philly cheesesteak station. “Our guests still talk about the food to this day,” Kaitlin says.

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BRIDE Supreet Sandhu, 30, a medical office manager GROOM Nishan Mahbubani, 31, a product owner HOW THEY MET The couple connected on multiple dating apps, but finally started talking on Match.com WEDDING STYLE Supreet and Nishan wanted a conventional Indian wedding but added sweet personalized touches throughout, like a cartoon drawing of the two, which first appeared in their invitations. —KK The pair loves gold and knew they had to incorporate it into their dÊcor. The ceremony space was minimally decorated in multiple shades of red and pink, but their reception wowed with gold-dipped greenery, Ferrero Rocher escort cards and gilded table settings. White flowers and mirrored accents were also included to add dimension and to keep the gold details from overwhelming the venue.

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Gilded eucalyptus and maple leaves, floating globe candles and a hanging wisteria ceiling treatment created a magical space for dinner and dancing. Libations included the couple’s signature drinks, The Mahb Wife, a vodka-based cocktail, and The Mahb Life, a spicy tequila drink.

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The cartoon drawing of Supreet and Nishan reappeared throughout the wedding, including their photo booth.

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Association Gurdwara, Basking Ridge RECEPTION The couple had “Stay with me” written across their dance floor as a nod to their first dance song, “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith. Guests were treated to a grand firework display after cocktail hour. “It was the most special moment of our lives, and it was amazing to see the looks on everyone’s faces,” Supreet says.

SITE Hyatt Regency on the Hudson, Jersey City PHOTOGRAPHY Anna and Simon Salwa/

Salwa Photography Films

VIDEOGRAPHY Rare Air

PLANNER Vaishali, Rose Events

FLOWERS Design House Decor

GOWN

Ceremony: Frontier Bazar, New Delhi; reception: Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Sabyasachi, New Delhi MAKEUP Style by Susmita

HAIR &

WEDDING RINGS Bride: Bellagio Diamonds;

groom: Cartier Peppermint Diva Tahiliani

BRIDESMAID DRESSES MENSWEAR Groom: Tarun

STATIONERY Invitations: The

Entertainment Design Co.; programs & menu cards: Inviteink

RENTALS Alan Party Rentals;

Design House Decor; DJUSA; LilyVevents; Shout! CATERING 5ive Chefs

Bakery

CAKE Carlo’s

MUSIC Cocktail hour: Bedlam

Swing; reception: DJ Juicy, DJUSA OTHER ENTERTAINMENT Baraat horse: Caliber Farms;

dohl player: Madan Madi; electric violinist: Sarah Charness/Nicholson Events; live painting: Event Painting by Katherine; photo booth: iLOVE Photobooths; fireworks: Fireworks Extravaganza GUESTS 405 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 10)

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A stylist helped the grooms choose complementary tuxedos, as they didn’t want to see each other’s outfits until the day.

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Woodland creature illustrations were used throughout the couple’s stationery and on their website.

THEIR STORY GROOM Sean Gannon (left), 27, Flywheel sports instructor and dance teacher GROOM Spencer Parker, 35, a creative director HOW THEY MET On OkCupid .com WEDDING STYLE The grooms had an elevated rustic summer camp theme for their day, focusing on bringing the outdoors in. —KK Sean and Spencer invited their family and friends to New Jersey for a fun-filled, camp-themed weekend. When guests arrived, they received a “Camp Guide” with a map of the grounds, an itinerary and a “Camp Counselors” section, which introduced friends of the couple who had agreed to be available for assistance.

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Each groom had both parents escort him down the aisle. “We wanted to show our families coming together rather than us being ‘given away,’ ” Sean said. At the end of the ceremony, 40 members of The Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps marching band played as guests boarded school buses to the reception.

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Garlands of greenery, gilded candlesticks and dark wood farm tables brought an elegant touch to the outdoor celebration. Guests feasted on selections from a raw bar and a grill station, featuring chimichurri steak, while swaying to a trio playing tunes from artists like Paul Simon and Jack Johnson.

CEREMONY SITE Fairview Lake YMCA

Camps, Newton RECEPTION SITE Crossed Keys Estate, Andover

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Crossed Keys Estate

Horigan (Spencer’s sister) Bloomingdale’s

FLOWERS

OFFICIANT Kate MENSWEAR

SHOES Bloomingdale’s

ENGAGEMENT RING Monique Péan WEDDING RINGS Tiffany & Co. STATIONERY Invitations: Screech Owl

Design; escort cards: Minted.com; menu cards: Crossed Keys Estate

SIGN-IN

BOOK WillowAndOlive, Etsy.com RENTALS Crossed Keys Estate CATERING &

CAKE Crossed Keys

Estate DESSERTS Carli Penelope Desserts MUSIC The Rhythm Shop OTHER ENTERTAINMENT CMT Sound Systems FAVORS Dreamcatchers: BastAndBruin,

Sean and Spencer performed a choreographed routine to Emeli Sandé’s “Next to Me” for their first dance.

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Etsy.com; T-shirts: Custom Ink; cups, pins & playing cards: Amazon.com ACCOMMODATIONS Fairview

Lake YMCA Camps

HONEYMOON

New Zealand & Bora Bora GUESTS 250 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 10)

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BRIDE Jacqueline (Jackie) Leung, 26, an interior designer GROOM Timothy (Tim) Huth, 27, a lighting designer HOW THEY MET They were in the same program in college WEDDING STYLE The couple chose not to limit themselves with a theme, instead focusing on an “elegant, but casual” vibe and light colors. —KK The stationery was designed by Jackie, who painted a watercolor background that appeared on the invitations, programs, menus and other related paper. She also calligraphed each invitation’s address as well as the escort cards: agate slices that were color coded according to menu choice. The couple kept their colors mostly neutral with pops of pastels, except for their outfits. “We wanted to pull ourselves out of the color that the wedding party and the guests would be wearing, making us stand out even more visually,” Jackie says.

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The couple chose unconventional but more personal songs for their ceremony. Jackie, Tim and their wedding party processed to “The Throne Room,” composed by John Williams for Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. They walked back up the aisle to a string quartet rendition of Muse’s “Starlight.”

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ANNE + RICH PHOTOGRAPHY

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Founded in 1880 and set on 13 acres, Orange Lawn Tennis Club offers a beautiful and intimate setting for your wedding day and the ideal background for your outdoor ceremony. Our newly built Grand Ballroom, accommodating up to 250 guests with a dance floor, is spacious and highlighted by panoramic views and 22-foot ceilings. Our facility accommodates up to 325 guests for a single wedding, with 3 fireplaces, a cocktail room, a living room and a private dining room. Every event is customized to each client, resulting in one-of-a-kind events!

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VIDEOGRAPHY

DAY-OF COORDINATOR

The Inn at Fernbrook Farms Garden Party (groom’s sister)

FLOWERS A

OFFICIANT Erin Mallory Long GOWN Austin Scarlett, Glamour

Closet, New York City Kassia Dombroski

HAIR &

MAKEUP

CROWN A Garden Party

SHOES Steve Madden

ENGAGEMENT

RING I.D. Jewelry WEDDING RINGS Starbright

Jewelry Inc. JEWELRY Necklace & earrings: CrystalAvenues; bracelet: Lai Hing

BRIDESMAID

DRESSES BHLDN; Show Me Your Mumu MENSWEAR Groom: tux: Black Lapel;

groomsmen: suit: Combatant Gentlemen; tie: The Tie Bar

STATIONERY Invitations, programs

& menu cards: DIY; printing: Paper Presentation; escort cards: Crystal River Gems Ocean Tents

CATERING &

Inn at Fernbrook Farms

RENTALS CAKE The

MUSIC Greenstar

Entertainment OTHER ENTERTAINMENT Photo booth: DIY; cornhole game: DIY FAVORS Playing cards: The Knot Shop ACCOMMODATIONS The Inn at Fernbrook

Because their wedding was held on a working farm, the bride and groom gave their venue free reign with the cocktail hour and reception meals in order to have the freshest local fare possible. When it came to the dance floor, they limited the number of modern pop songs so all their guests could enjoy the music.

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• FARMINGDALE

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FLOR A + FAUNA

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Carolyn Bauer, 29, works in marketing GROOM Bryan Goletz, 30, works in marketing HOW THEY MET At a bar in New York City WEDDING STYLE Carolyn and Bryan wanted one big party with all their closest family and friends, while also incoporating their favorite things, camping and craft breweries. —KK The couple focused on their relationship as the inspiration for their wedding. Personal touches appeared throughout the day, from their secular vows to the Willie Nelson songs that acted as the soundtrack for their trips up and down the aisle, plus the beer-garden-inspired pretzel and cheese baskets at every table.

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Bryan’s mother surprised the couple with a bagpiper at cocktail hour in honor of his family’s Scottish heritage.

Since the craft-beer-loving couple married at a Girl Scout camp, they decided to do a beer and Girl Scout cookie pairing during their cocktail hour. They picked out specific beers for three different cookies, and these were passed around to guests as a way of sharing some of Carolyn and Bryan’s favorite brews.

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Bello Giorno

i s a boutique venue specializing in intimate riverside weddings. Our grounds surround you with the experience of visiting an Italian villa. We cater to only one wedding at a time. Each wedding receives our personal attention, which starts at the moment you enter our gates. Enjoy our beautiful gardens, natural beauty and superior food. Intimate elegance with a personal touch. We specialize in gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan menus.

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Located in Picturesque Warren County New Jersey

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CAROLYN & BRYAN’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS Carolyn and Bryan chose “Love You Till the Cows Come Home” by Billy Joe Shaver as their first dance song. “We knew it would be uncharacteristic of us to have a slow song, so this was a perfect way to set the tone of the wedding so that all of our guests could get ready for a fun night of dancing,” the bride says. Carolyn and her mother collected vintage tasting glasses in the months prior to the wedding.

CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE

Camp Sacajawea, Farmingdale PHOTOGRAPHY Jenn and Derrek

Sullivan/Flora + Fauna Gilded Lily Events Wallflowers

PLANNER FLOWERS

OFFICIANT Judge Mark

Apostolou (bride’s uncle)

GOWN

Adrianna Papell, BHLDN, New York City HAIR &

MAKEUP South Street Salon SHOES Steve Madden

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS

Weston Gallery Joanna August

BRIDESMAID DRESSES MENSWEAR J.Crew

STATIONERY Mary Kate Moon SIGN-IN BOOK Mary Kate Moon RENTALS Dovetail Vintage Rentals CATERING,

CAKE & DESSERTS

Cardinal Provisions BAR Cocktail Caravan

MUSIC Enjoy!

TRANSPORTATION First Student REGISTRIES Anthropologie; Crate

& Barrel

HONEYMOON Germany

GUESTS 190 BUDGET $$$ (see key, p. 10)

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JUNE 2

• SHREWSBURY

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Katelyn wrapped her wild bouquet in hand-torn silk and velvet ribbons.

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A grand sparkler exit closed out the night.

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“The best part of the meal was the lamb carving station,” Miles says. “It’s one of our favorites, and we knew we had to have it. Our guests still talk about it.” Sliders, a sushi bar and two ice sculptures that served as ice luges were other standout culinary moments during the reception.

PLANNER

Carla Friday/Details Made Simple

FLOWERS

Blue Jasmine Floral & Event Design

OFFICIANT

Reverend Michael Smith

GOWN Morilee by

Madeline Gardner, Castle Couture, Manalapan HAIR Styles on Location

by Samantha Linn Manalapan

MAKEUP Makeup

VEIL Castle Couture,

SHOES Badgley Mischka

ENGAGEMENT RING Town & Country

Jewelers WEDDING RINGS Roman Jewelers JEWELRY Bracelet: Nadri; earrings: ML Designs,

LLC

BRIDESMAID DRESSES Three Graces

Bridal, Lebanon

MENSWEAR Groom: Ike Behar

STATIONERY Invitations & programs: Betty

Lu Paperie; escort tiles: The Builder Depot; menu cards: Paper Mint Prints

CATERING &

DESSERTS Shadowbrook at Shrewsbury CAKE Palermo’s Bakery

MUSIC Faze 4

Orchestras OTHER ENTERTAINMENT Snapshot Photobooths Worldwide

TRANSPORTATION Concorde ACCOMMODATIONS Courtyard

by Marriott; Molly Pitcher Inn

HONEYMOON

Nayara Springs Resort, Costa Rica GUESTS 190 BUDGET $$$$ (see key, p. 10)

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• SOMERSET

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DAURISA & FRED’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE

Palace at Somerset Park, Somerset PHOTOGRAPHY Cathi Milanes/

Milanes Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Yamean Studios PLANNER ellyB Events

FLOWERS

Makini Regal Designs Pastor Raphael Giglio

OFFICIANT GOWN Allure

Bridals, Bridal Reflections, New York City

HAIR &

MAKEUP Seeded

Beauty by Daurisa Tessier

VEIL

Bridal Reflections, New York City SHOES Badgley Mischka ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS

Roman Jewelers JEWELRY Roman Jewelers

BRIDESMAID DRESSES RK

Bridal, New York City

MENSWEAR

groom: Alexander Nash, bow tie: Mr. Baldwin Style; groomsmen: The Black Tux

STATIONERY Minted

IN BOOK Minted

Events

SIGN-

RENTALS ellyB

CATERING,

CAKE &

DESSERTS The Palace at Somerset Park MUSIC DJ Mike Music

Etsy.com Royce

HONEYMOON The Ritz-

Carlton, Aruba GUESTS 175 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 10)

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The couple had an “XO” table formation at their reception for a unique, and fitting, seating arrangement. Gold sequin linens with gold flatware and romantic candlelight dazzled guests, and the pink uplighting added a festive touch to the space. “It was the celebration of a lifetime,” Daurisa says.

FAVORS

TRANSPORTATION Rolls-

The DJ played everything from reggae and soca to pop and classical.

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JULY 2

• GLADSTONE

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BRIDE Alexandra Rice, 26, a speech-language pathologist GROOM Thomas Dalton, 28, a captain in the United States Army HOW THEY MET She was his blind date to West Point’s Ring Weekend WEDDING STYLE The couple wanted a romantic garden wedding with an elevated elegance. —KK “It was important to us that we got married at a place that fit our personalities,” Alexandra says of their decision to wed at a golf club. The venue gave them a blank space to create a soft, dreamy ambience with lots of candlelight, greenery and floral chandeliers. As a nod to their wedding date, the couple also included playful Fourth of July details. Signature cocktails were named the Star Spangled Smash and the Summer Sparkler, plus a band member sang the national anthem to honor the military guests.

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“The topper spoke to our relationship, as we have had a memorable journey and are looking forward to many more adventures,” Alexandra says.

ALEXANDRA & THOMAS’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY SITE Our Lady Of Perpetual Help,

Peacock RECEPTION SITE Hamilton Farm Golf Club, Gladstone

As self-proclaimed foodies, Alexandra and Thomas made the menu a priority. A Tuscan table highlighted the bride’s Italian heritage, and a sushi bar was a must. Other standouts included Asian-barbecued short ribs, jumbo prawn and all-American desserts like miniature pies and root beer float shooters.

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Photography Studios

PHOTOGRAPHY Kelly Kollar VIDEOGRAPHY Michael Justin

PLANNER White Hall Events

FLOWERS Rye Workshop

Father Paul Hurley

Fifth Avenue, New York City MAKEUP Nicole Sievers

Avenue

OFFICIANT

GOWN Vera Wang, Saks HAIR Styles on B VEIL Saks Fifth

SHOES Salvatore Ferragamo

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Danny

Kaleko JEWELRY Bracelet & earrings: Mikimoto BRIDESMAID DRESSES Jenny Yoo MENSWEAR Groom: Army service uniform;

groomsmen: Ike Behar; Tommy John STATIONERY Anticipate Invitations; escort

display: Rye Workshop Kollar Photography

SIGN-IN BOOK Kelly

RENTALS United Rent All

CATERING Hamilton Farm Golf Club

Sweet Love & Cake

CAKE

MUSIC The Sultans of

Swing, Jerry Bennett Entertainment

FAVORS

Chocolate pretzels: Sweet Love & Cake TRANSPORTATION AAA Worldwide; Long

Branch Trolley Company

ACCOMMODATIONS

Bridgewater Marriott; Hamilton Farm Golf Club REGISTRIES MacKenzie-Childs; Macy’s;

Pottery Barn; Williams Sonoma HONEYMOON Maui, HI GUESTS 210 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 10)

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JUNE 17

• JERSEY CITY

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Simple ceremony décor let the beauty of the traditional Greek cathedral shine. “The altar is stunning with its marble and gold detail and the ornate icons,” Jennifer said.

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The bright coral and lemon florals were also influenced by the hand-drawn vignette on the save-the-dates. “We saw our original inspiration come to life,” Jennifer says. A J&R monogram created for the couple’s invitations was interspersed throughout the weekend, from welcome bag notes to menu. Perhaps most memorable: The escort cards looked like handmade postcards. On the front was a map of notable locations with cute details like the couple’s dog. The back included a personal note to each guest.

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JENNIFER & ROBERT’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY SITE Cathedral of the Holy Trinity,

“The housemade burrata was so good, it melted in my mouth!” Jennifer says. Other delicacies included a carving station, raw bar and passed treats, such as lobster taquitos and fried chicken and waffles. A milk and cookies bar with spiked hot chocolate and fresh-baked cookies ended the night on a sweet note.

City

PHOTOGRAPHY Lindsay Madden

Photography

VIDEOGRAPHY Kiss the Bride

PLANNER NVS Events

FLOWERS

Wildflowers of Princeton Junction

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New York City RECEPTION SITE Battello, Jersey

Father John Vlahos

OFFICIANT

GOWN Reem Acra,

Kleinfeld, New York City; dress topper: Alzira Hermes

HAIR &

Company

MAKEUP Dana Bartone and

SHOES Valentino, Barneys

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Ultimate

Diamond JEWELRY Bracelet: Ultimate Diamond; earrings: Kleinfeld

BRIDESMAID DRESSES

Amsale, The Wedding Library, New York City MENSWEAR Groom: Robbie and Co.;

groomsmen: Angel Bespoke Jolly Edition

STATIONERY

SIGN-IN BOOK Jolly Edition

RENTALS , DESSERTS Battello

CATERING,

CAKE &

MUSIC Nocturne OTHER

ENTERTAINMENT Photo booth: Idalia

Photography DANCE LESSONS NY Wedding Dance

FAVORS Jam: Oysterponds Farm

TRANSPORTATION Silver Star Limousine

The newlyweds rode off from the ceremony in a 1961 white Bentley.

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ACCOMMODATIONS Omni Berkshire Place REGISTRIES Anthropologie; Bloomingdale’s;

Williams Sonoma

HONEYMOON Bali GUESTS

175 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 10)

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OCTOBER 8

• BEDMINSTER

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Champagne and iced tea greeted guests at the ceremony, where Jenna and Ryan exchanged personal vows.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Jenna Grossman, 29, a physical therapist GROOM Ryan Sproull, 31, a business manager HOW THEY MET At a bar while visiting friends WEDDING STYLE Jenna and Ryan aimed to have a timeless affair that felt inclusive and laid-back, forgoing most formalities. —KK The couple embraced their different backgrounds, New Jersey and Texas, choosing to highlight the two places. For their unity ceremony, they created a puzzle. Jenna and her mother placed a New Jersey state piece, Ryan and his mother added Texas and the couple joined the two with a heart.

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JENNA & RYAN’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS

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The couple’s guest book was a large wood “S” that their guests signed, which now hangs in their home.

Elbow Country Club, Bedminster PHOTOGRAPHY Carly Fuller Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Matt Koza Cinema PLANNER Denise Vazzano

Divine

FLOWERS Fleurs

OFFICIANT Beth Forman

GOWN

Matthew Christopher, Blush Bridal Lounge, Austin, TX

HAIR Bruce Ciao & Lisa Costanza

MAKEUP Ceal Lerzmann

Lounge, Austin, TX

VEIL Blush Bridal

ENGAGEMENT RING

Whitestone Fine Jewelry WEDDING RINGS Ben Bridge Jeweler EARRINGS Bride: Whitestone Fine Jewelry; bridesmaids: Kendra Scott BRIDESMAID DRESSES Nouvelle Amsale, Bella

Bridesmaids

MENSWEAR Suit: Jos. A. Bank;

suspenders: Dillard’s; shirts: Macy’s; shoes: Aldo STATIONERY Invitations & place cards: Fly on

the Wall Ink; escort cards: Denise Vazzano DÉCOR Signs: LauraHinesDesign, Etsy.com;

unity puzzle: PuzzledOne, Etsy.com

CATERING,

CAKE & DESSERTS Fiddler’s Elbow Country

Club

MUSIC The Party Shop/Silver Pro

Entertainment OTHER ENTERTAINMENT Richard Ingui/Soul Survivors Guests sipped on Jersey- and Texas-themed cocktails before sitting at the classic white tables. Rustic white-washed crates held an array of neutral florals, and soft candlight from surrounding votives added to the ambience. A playful touch? Jenna requested chicken fingers and fries for her meal!

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TRANSPORTATION My

HONEYMOON Dominican Republic

GUESTS 145 BUDGET $$$$ (see key, p. 10)

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MAY 6

• MORRISTOWN

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The brides opted to have a handfasting ceremony, binding their hands together with cords Cheri made herself.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Cheri Starr De Stefano (below right), 36, a digital library cataloger BRIDE Rachel Elisabeth Paulus, 36, a librarian HOW THEY MET On OkCupid.com WEDDING STYLE “Books inspire us every single day of our lives,” Cheri says of using their love of the written word as guidance for their style. —KK

CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Morris

Museum, Morristown

Photography and Videography

FLOWERS

OFFICIANT Ren Porter

GOWN Modcloth.com

HAIR &

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The couple created over 900 handmade flowers from book pages for the centerpieces, and tomes from Janet Evanovich’s numerically named Stephanie Plum series served as table markers. “We wanted everything to include books in some way, shape or form,” Cheri says. The brides’ creative “breakfast for dinner” menu featured items such as shrimp and grits poppers, sweet potato latkes and French toast shots.

CHERI & RACHEL’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS

MAKEUP Miranda Gilbert (friend) SHOES Hot Chocolate Designs ENGAGEMENT RING Zales WEDDING RINGS Na Hoku JEWELRY Earrings:

Diamond Heart; watches: Kohl’s BRIDESMAID DRESSES dressbarn FORMALWEAR Lands’ End

STATIONERY

Invitations & programs: AJ Images; save-thedates: Wrapskins; escort cards: DIY, Michaels SIGN-IN BOOK Jenga, Amazon.com RENTALS Culinary Creations CATERING,

Creations

PIE & DESSERTS Culinary

MUSIC George Smutko Disc

Jockey Entertainment

FAVORS M&Ms

ACCOMMODATIONS Residence Inn

Parsippany

REGISTRIES Bed Bath &

Beyond; Macy’s; Target; Wanderable.com HONEYMOON Wyndham Rio Mar

Beach Resort and Spa, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico GUESTS 125 BUDGET $$ (see key, p. 10)

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• SICKLERVILLE

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“Enjoy the day, and try to take mental pictures because it all goes by super fast,” Ashley says.

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“Cake tasting was one of my favorite moments of our wedding planning process,” Ashley said of choosing their dazzling confection.

ASHLEY & JOEY’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE PHOTOGRAPHY

Tina Jay Photography

VIDEOGRAPHY

Vacad Films

FLOWERS Always

OFFICIANT Pastor Shawn Bradley

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GOWN Morilee by Madeline Gardner,

Bridaltown, Collegeville, PA

HAIR The

Love Hair Lounge MAKEUP Fashion Facez Nina

VEIL Angel Bridal

SHOES

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING

RINGS Van Scoy Diamonds of DE JEWELRY Claire’s

BRIDESMAID

DRESSES Bill Levkoff, Claire’s Fashions,

Wilmington, DE

MENSWEAR Joseph

Abboud, Men’s Wearhouse

STATIONERY

Invitations: VistaPrint; menu cards: Brigalias Metal Decor

THEIR STORY BRIDE Ashley Rochelle Braxton, 28, a registered nurse GROOM Jomar (Joey) Turner, 29, a senior maintenance manager HOW THEY MET Through mutual friends WEDDING STYLE The couple kept their celebration modest with pops of coral and navy blue. —KK Ashley and Joey allowed their venue to take center stage as their ceremony backdrop, only adding a rose petal heart at the end of the aisle. Afterward, the guests moved inside to dine on lobster tail, filet mignon, crab cakes and a slider station. A red velvet and vanilla buttercream four-tier confection with cannoli filling capped off the night as guests grooved to old- and new-school R&B and hip-hop.

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Brigalias Company

SIGN-IN BOOK Raw CATERING & DESSERTS

CAKE Benigno & Sons Baking MUSIC DJ Sterl Lipscomb

FAVORS CheapFavorShop.com TRANSPORTATION JBJ Limousines REGISTRY Bed Bath & Beyond HONEYMOON Royalton Saint Lucia GUESTS 160 BUDGET $$ (see key, p. 10)

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• HAMMONTON

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The couple wed in a field of sunflowers behind Alison’s parents’ house. Dan built the arch out of collected driftwood.

PHOTOGR APHY BY JESSICA COOPER PHOTOGR APHY

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Alison Wuillermin, 28, in product development at Anthropologie Home GROOM Dan Campbell, 30, lead singer of The Wonder Years HOW THEY MET At one of Dan’s shows WEDDING STYLE Alison and Dan wanted to stray from tradition, focusing on making sure their celebration felt homey. —KK

CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE

August C. Wuillermin Farms, Hammonton

PLANNER Frank

Gazzara/Affairs at Home Pocket Full of Posies

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Vintage farmhouse tables, mismatched chairs and antique candleholders of varying sizes created an organic, cozy atmosphere for the reception. The couple had a food truck from one of their favorite restaurants cater the cocktail hour, then offered barbecue fare from a local farm at the reception. “We love barbecue, so there was no discussion on what to serve at the wedding,” Alison says.

ALISON & DAN’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS

FLOWERS OFFICIANT

Mitchell Wojcik, friend

GOWN

Tadashi Shoji, BHLDN, New York City HAIR &

MAKEUP Taffeta Design

HEADPIECE BHLDN

Navy

SHOES Old

ENGAGEMENT RING A.Brandt

& Son WEDDING RINGS Bride: A. Brandt & Son; groom: Staghead Designs MAID OF HONOR DRESS BHLDN MENSWEAR Groom: J.Crew STATIONERY Invitation art: Kat

Nijmeddin Invitation layout: A. Weiss RENTALS Affairs at Home; Forget Me

Not Vintage Rentals Bringhurst Meats Confections

MUSIC No Macarena DJ

FAVORS DIY

Barrel

CATERING

CAKE Farmhouse REGISTRY Crate &

HONEYMOON Tulum, Mexico

GUESTS 150 BUDGET $$ (see key, p. 10)

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• SPRING LAKE

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BRIDE Lauren Tulp, 28, a marketing consultant and luxury travel advisor GROOM Dan Cichocki, 29, a vice president for a commercial real estate broker HOW THEY MET Through mutual friends WEDDING STYLE Elegant, classic and timeless were the words the couple used to sum up their grand affair. —KK Lauren and Daniel traveled back to Lauren’s home state for their celebration. “My parents both have homes near the shore, so that has become our home base when we visit during the summer,” the bride says. Since they both enjoy dressing up, a black-tie affair was a perfect fit. To make sure their guests were comfortable, they chose a seaside locale that helped tone down the formality.

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The couple’s crest had a tulip border to incorporate Lauren’s maiden name that also appeared on the wax seal.

The newlyweds’ cake had a regal and classic exterior, inspired by Lauren’s love of all things royal. It included their crest on the second tier. They cut the confection with a champagne saber gifted to them to reveal a fun surprise for their guests inside—colorful Funfetti cake.

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The newlyweds snuck into the ballroom prior to the reception for a sneak peek and to have a moment (and some food) to themselves.

LAUREN & DANIEL’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY SITE St. Catharine Church, Spring

Lake RECEPTION SITE Spring Lake Bath & Tennis Club, Spring Lake

Classic cocktails, a dirty martini and an old-fashioned served as the signature sips, while guests enjoyed filet mignon, Chilean sea bass and pumpkin ravioli with a spectacular ocean view as the backdrop. Toward the end of the night, mini grilled cheese and French fries appeared as late night snacks.

Bailey Studio Films

PHOTOGRAPHY Trent

VIDEOGRAPHY Kiss the Bride

PLANNER Michelle Fernie-Oley/Michelle

Elaine Weddings

FLOWERS Katydid Signature

Floral & Event Design William Dunlap

OFFICIANT Father

GOWN Oscar de la Renta, Erin

Cole Couture Bridal, Costa Mesa, CA

HAIR &

MAKEUP Face Time Beauty Concierge

Janice Haddan

VEIL

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING

RINGS Structure Manufacturing of Fine Jewelry JEWELRY Earrings: Dior DRESSES Various

Lauren

BRIDESMAID

MENSWEAR Groom: Ralph

STATIONERY Printing & design; Color

Box Letterpress; calligraphy & crest design: Tara Jones Calligraphy

RENTALS Julius Roehrs

Company; Ocean Tents; Party Rental Ltd. CATERING Spring Lake Bath & Tennis Club CAKE Chocolate Carousel DESSERTS Spring

Lake Bath & Tennis Club

MUSIC Ceremony: St.

Catharine Church; soloist: Andrea Viola; reception: Around Town Entertainment TRANSPORTATION Spring Lake Trolley HONEYMOON Maldives & France GUESTS

202 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 10)

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MAY 13

• ASBURY PARK

danielle & michael PHOTOGR APHY BY OFF BEET PRODUCTIONS

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Danielle DeCarolis, 33, a school librarian and teacher GROOM Michael Arnold, 30, a project manager HOW THEY MET Danielle was childhood friends with Michael’s brother WEDDING STYLE The Bruce Springsteen fans wanted to show their guests a good time and to highlight the reasons they love the place they, and The Boss, call home. —KK A local company created a watercolor map for the invitations with eight important locations called out, like their first date spot and first Springsteen concert. The original map ended up as the guest book and now hangs in their home.

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DANIELLE & MICHAEL’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY SITE St. James Church, Red

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PHOTOGRAPHY Off Beet Productions

DAY-OF COORDINATOR Color Pop Events

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Monsignor Philip A. Lowery

OFFICIANT GOWN Modern

Trousseau, Wedding Atelier, New York City HAIR Tori Higgins

MAKEUP Eva Gerapetritis

ENGAGEMENT RING & WEDDING RINGS

DeScenza Diamonds Jill Jill Stuart

BRIDESMAID DRESSES

MENSWEAR Groom: Joseph

Abboud, Men’s Wearhouse; groomsmen: Men’s Wearhouse

STATIONERY Invitations:

Invitations, Ink; programs & escort cards: DIY, Etsy .com; menu cards: DIY Ltd.

RENTALS Party Rental

CATERING reception: Marilyn Schlossbach

Catering and Events; late night: TJ’s Pizza; morning after: Johnny’s Pork Roll and Coffee Truck

CAKE The Vintage Cake DESSERTS

Purple Glaze Donuts, etc.

MUSIC Ceremony:

Diane and Lisa Testa; reception: Pat Roddy Band; Guests surprised the couple throughout the evening by joining the band on stage to sing classics by Bruce Springsteen and The Rolling Stones.

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Prol Entertainment

FAVORS Donation to

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation TRANSPORTATION Long Branch Trolley

Company

HONEYMOON Tahiti GUESTS 185

BUDGET $$$$ (see key, p. 10)

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Quena forgot to choose a veil, so she borrowed one from a bridesmaid the morning of the wedding.

MAY 20

• MANAHAWKIN

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Quena chose dresses with similar details to her own for their flower girls.

THEIR STORY BRIDE Quena Borres, 28, an exercise therapist GROOM Tom Maha, 28, a project manager HOW THEY MET At their CrossFit gym WEDDING STYLE The two wanted their day to be classic and organic. —KK Quena was born and raised in the Philippines so the couple incorporated Filipino traditions into their Catholic ceremony. They also used fragrance throughout their space to leave a lasting impression by incorporating candles of the same scent. Dried lavender rested on each place setting so guests would be reminded of the wedding by the aroma.

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J.P. BARRY HOSPITALITY INC.

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Quena and Thomas treated guests to a signature coconut mojito and Filipino-inspired fare at cocktail hour. The bride, her mother and the bridesmaids surprised everyone with a choreographed dance during the reception. In lieu of favors, the couple donated to underprivileged children in Quena’s hometown.

Bonnet Island Estate, Manahawkin PHOTOGRAPHY Kay English

Photography Road

FLOWERS One Sycamore

OFFICIANT Fr. Geety Reyes

GOWN Watters, Lovely Bride,

Philadelphia, PA MAKEUP Victoria Roggio/Make Me Up Pretty Steve Madden

SHOES

ENGAGEMENT &

WEDDING RINGS Harry Merrill & Sons BRIDESMAID DRESSES Various MENSWEAR Groom: Enzo Custom;

groomsmen: Calvin Klein

STATIONERY

Invitations: Minted.com; escort cards: The Paperly Studio Makers

CATERING Merri-

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Anyone who’s been to the Jersey Shore knows it’s more than just a beachside destination. It’s one of those special places that’s captured the hearts of generations of families because of its varied attractions: the historic boardwalks, the quaint and colorful towns, the hip up-and-coming spots, the relaxed vibe and, of course, the gorgeous views of the Atlantic Ocean. Even if you’ve never been, you can’t go wrong hosting a wedding weekend at the shore. We have all the details you need to throw your perfect bash. >>

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shades of the boardwalk, like punchy pink and cheerful yellow, for an unexpected twist on a wedding color palette. Use the general shapes of waves, seashells or bubbles to create a modern, geometric backdrop, guide the shape of your plates or inspire a fun monogram to use on your wedding stationery. Even texture can lead your décor—for example, the raised pattern on a starfish can be replicated on your linens or cake. Whether or not you choose to have a seaside-style party, there are plenty of ways to make it unique to you as a couple.

Local flavor Introduce your guests to the fare you’ve been enjoying for years. If ever there was a time to get creative with food, it’s now. Have interactive services, like oyster shuckers who walk around cocktail hour, servers who crack the crab legs for you or a taffypulling station. Offer Kohr’s custard as a sweet addition to the dessert bar, or have a late-night snack of funnel cake and fried >>

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Cheers to the weekend One great thing about the shore is how much there is to do, especially for out-of-town guests. Encourage your friends and family to make a weekend out of your wedding, or at least spend an extra day in town. The beach will be top of mind, so suggest activities like volleyball and boogie boarding, or organize a sand castle building contest or deep-sea fishing trip. And don’t forget evening entertainment. Catch a show at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, bar hop in Belmar or hit the casinos in Atlantic City. Start your guests’ experience off right with a welcome bag. “Welcome totes are really important to my Jersey Shore couples,” Jacobs says. Include a map of the area with a list of local activities, and mini bottles of water and sunscreen would be appreciated by all—along with fun extras like hats, sunglasses or handheld fans. If you’re able to spring for beach badges and include a few dollars for some arcade games on the boardwalk, you’ll be the official wedding champs.

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Oreos as a nod to the boardwalks. Taffy also makes a great favor to include in welcome totes (Shriver’s and Fralinger’s are local favorites). Pizza is always popular for the after-party, especially if it’s Maruca’s signature swirl pie. Taylor ham (or pork roll—we’ll leave that decision to you), egg and cheese sandwiches are a must at a postwedding brunch. And we didn’t forget the drinks. Go local with your libations and wow the party with some Jersey Shore offerings. For oenophiles, pair seafood with Meditrina Rosa, a smooth blush from Willow Creek Winery in Cape May, or send everyone home with a fun sparkling blueberry wine from Renault Winery in Egg Harbor City. For craft beer enthusiasts, there’s a number of breweries along the coastline—check out Beach Haus Brewery in Belmar, Rinn Duin Brewing in Toms River, Kane Brewing in Ocean Township and Dark City Brewing Company in Asbury Park. The Jersey Shore has a lot of personality that’s easy to embrace. When it comes to wedding planning, celebrate the location and its unique qualities. When you showcase what you love about it, you’re guaranteed to have a memorable day.

Weather

August, September and October weddings are potentially subject to hurricanes, while July and August are the hottest and most humid months.

Transportation

Traffic will be heavy from Memorial Day to Labor Day, particularly on Friday and Sunday nights, Saturday mornings and on holiday weekends. Consider providing transportation for your guests.

Season

Late May to early September is high season, and availability may be limited due to summer visitors and skyrocketing populations. Book accommodations and vendors early.

Alcohol

While drinks may not be the most important factor to you or your partner, you should still be aware if you’ll be holding your event in one of New Jersey’s 32 dry towns, like Ocean City.

Beaches

Most beaches on the Jersey Shore are public, but you should always confirm what permits you may need for your wedding events.

Tides

Check tide charts to make sure high tide doesn’t occur in the middle of your ceremony. It could go from dry to soaking wet in an instant.

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Your invitation suite (including, but not limited to, your invite, response card, reception card and accommodations/directions card), is often the first glimpse guests get into your wedding day style, so it’s important to pay attention to the message your paper goods are sending. Whether your vibe is streamlined and classic, natural and aged, or bright and modern, adding these trendy accents to your correspondence will make it stand out and will help set the mood for all your unique wedding day celebrations to come.

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Watercolor illustrations Turn your invitation suite into a work of art worthy of display (even if it’s just on the fridge) by hiring a painter or artist to create a stunning scene for your invites, RSVP card or save-the-date. Pastoral or landscape scenes are growing in popularity as more couples choose to make the destination of their wedding, like sprawling vineyards, the focus of their design. If the idea of nature doesn’t fit your wedding style, look to your venue—or you and your partner’s life together—for inspiration. A portrait of your beloved pups, a monochromatic rendering of your first date spot or even a new family crest dedicated to your interests are all great ways to personalize the painting. Then, make the most of your investment by reusing the imagery throughout other parts of your event, like imposing it on lounge pillows, sticking labels on goodies in your welcome bags or having a vinyl version made to attach to cornhole boards. You can even frame an oversize version and hang it in your newlywed nest as a sweet reminder of your wedding day.

Leather detailing Heads up: Leather details are the new “it” wedding texture, and they’re the perfect choice for couples or to-be-weds looking to incorporate a bit of edge into their invitation suite. Leather that’s been debossed (meaning it’s been stamped so it’s indented with wording) is great for smaller accents like an insert card, program binding or as a belly band to hold the whole suite together. Or make the material the star of the show by seeking out a stationer who specializes in leather pressing and have them craft your actual invite using leather as the “paper.” Keep in mind that a heavier style like that may double or triple your postage costs. >>

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Give guests a special surprise by lining envelopes with an eye-catching design. Logistically, envelope liners serve to make envelopes a bit heartier so they stand up to mailing, and also ensure you can’t see through to the inner contents. Practicality aside, they’re also a great place to work in color or design. Think of liners as the wallpaper of your envelope—the underside of the flap is one of the first things guests will see. You want something attention-grabbing that will give guests a taste of your party personality. Task your stationer with designing a liner that accents—not competes with—the rest of your invitation suite. A bold geometric pattern falls perfectly in line with a modern city loft wedding, while soft pastel watercolor blooms are an ideal accent if you’re hosting a romantic garden affair.

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The ancient art of calligraphy (available in a variety of styles, like traditional copperplate and modern script) has long been a go-to for wedding invitations, giving them a special, more formal feel. While it’s often reserved for addressing the inner and outer envelopes of invitation suites, you can incorporate it on other details as well, like escort cards, menu cards, ceremony programs and favor tags. Pros also use spot calligraphy in their invitation designs. An entirely handwritten invite can be difficult to read and also expensive, but using script in a few key spots (like your and your partner’s names) is a great compromise. Calligraphers are also turning to metallic inks, like iridescent golds, coppers and silvers, to give an invitation a truly celebratory feel.

Next time you’re scouring local antique shops for blue and white ginger jars for your centerpieces, keep an eye out for vintage stamps that match your invite suite as well. Hunt down styles that somehow complement your wedding palette or invitation suite, either in color or by the images they depict, then add them to the exterior envelopes for some old-school charm. Your stationer is a great resource for this, but you can also check out vendors like VintagePostageShop and LittlePostageHouse on Etsy.com. Whether you choose to accent your envelope with bold blues or all blooms, head to the post office before you buy. You’ll want to have a sample envelope (filled with your complete suite) weighed first so you know how much postage will cost. Vintage stamps are worth less, so you’ll likely need five or more per envelope to ensure it will ship. >>

Vellum paper You’ve likely seen this thin, waxy paper popping up in your inspiration feeds lately, either layered atop a printed invite or serving as the invitation itself. Known as vellum, this material is typically made from a rag or plasticized cotton blend, and has an opaque, nonreflective finish that feels a bit softer than plastic. It’s sturdy enough to be printed or written on with calligraphy (and looks especially great in a monochromatic palette, like black or white) making it a cool, modern solution for envelopes, liners or invitation paper. Work it into your suite for an edgy twist, then carry it throughout the rest of your wedding décor by using it everywhere—think: vellum menus, place cards, ceremony programs, favor tags and confetti bags. It seriously does it all.

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Plan your destination wedding on our one-of-a-kind rustic estate. The Inn is situated on a revolutionary era farm located in historic Berks County, Pennsylvania. The main banquet hall is in an Amish restored 19th century barn overlooking a rolling meadow leading to the Perkiomen Creek, which meanders through the property. Our 18 beautiful hotel rooms are scattered throughout the main barn, carriage house and farmhouse, each with their own unique features and many with Jacuzzis including the spacious bridal suite. Have your ceremony in the farmhouse courtyard or at the gazebo next to the stream. During your stay, you can relax with a bonfire in the meadow, cocktail hour on our creekside patio, and a morning-after breakfast on the patio. Our award-winning chef will keep your guests well satisfied throughout their stay with our seasonal menu that can be customized to suit your tastes and diet. We invite you to visit the Bally Spring Inn, and please feel free to browse our many reviews. Our guest-friendly staff takes great pride in creating a relaxing and unique wedding experience for each and every couple we host.

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Raw silk ribbons Perfect for romantics at heart, raw silk ribbons are a great way to introduce texture, movement and a dusting of color to any invitation suite. Often seen tied around a stack of materials or used as the binding in wedding programs, silk ribbons add an effortlessly whimsical finishing touch. Sites like StellaWolfe.com, SilkandWillow.com and Tono-Co.MyShopify.com specialize in hand-dyed, raw silk ribbons, which gives the material its signature desaturated colors and fluttery feel. Ask your stationer to work some ribbon into your suite, then carry the finish throughout your wedding by tying ribbons onto your bridal bouquet or looping them around the napkins at place settings. Order an extra spool to hand off to your photographer on the day-of—it’s a great accent to add to those gorgeous flat lay shots you’ll want of your stationery suite.

Unique texture can bring a little something extra to even the simplest invitation suite design, and there’s no better way to do that than by choosing a paper style with deckle edges. In manual papermaking, a deckle refers to the removable wood frame used to size the sheet of paper and keep the wet paper materials within the shape. Once pressed and released from the frame, the edge of the paper can be feathered and slightly irregular, resulting in its characteristic torn look. Also popular in old-school bookmaking, deckle edges have become a coveted addition to invitation suites, especially if the couple is looking to infuse their design with a vintage, bespoke charm. Paper featuring deckle edge detailing pairs most naturally with equally organic design accents, like a soft neutral color palette, flowy handwritten calligraphy, hemp or twine bundle ties, and a casual or rustic wedding day venue.

Wax seals For the perfect finishing touch, go old school with a wax seal. Traditionally used to close envelopes and letters before the handy glue strip was commonplace (the practice dates to before medieval times) wax seals are experiencing a renaissance thanks in part to their popularity in wedding invitations. Keep it simple with a traditional fleur-de-lis-style seal or explore the offerings on sites like BacktoZero.co or Stamptitude.com, where you can browse unique options or customize your own styles. With dozens of colors to suit any palette and even more ways to use them, wax stamps are becoming a must for practically any event. Supply your stationer with one featuring your new initials to seal a ribbon onto your invitations, stamp them onto welcome bag tags or invest in several numbers to use them in an unexpected table card display.

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Lauren Reed is the stationery designer, letterpress artist and owner of Darling + Pearl, in central New Jersey. She focuses on uniting antique print methods with modern aesthetics.

I’m loving well developed invitation suites—think: letterpress printing mixed with watercolor elements and even a hand-drawn venue sketch. Then, finish it off with vintage postage and calligraphy.

I always ask clients to bring along non-stationery images, like shots of their florals. It allows me to create from a more organic place, instead of being influenced by another artist’s work.

Most of my work is custom for each client. We really dig in with some details about their lives and talk about how we can introduce their wedding vision to their guests starting with stationery.

I really enjoy combining different elements to pull together an entire suite. It’s important to balance masculine and feminine, colors and neutrals, and excitement and breath all within the same envelope.

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For your special event that needs the perfect setting, come tour the Lake House at the Indian Trail Club, just 30 miles from NYC. The newly renovated lakefront ballroom with indoor and outdoor fireplaces, a luxurious and spacious bar lounge, expansive bluestone terraces, versatile and sophisticated cuisine and state-of-the-art technology make it the natural setting for a one-of-a-kind experience. Call Debbie at 201-891-4480 ext: 629 for an appointment and tour. She’ll guide you through all the full-service options available.

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Instead of a traditional vessel centerpiece, have your florist create a diverse arrangement of blooms, greenery and fruit that guests can feast their eyes on as they dine. This statement-making version includes cacti, pomegranates, roses, orchids and tropical goodies like lychee, papaya and dragon fruit. Prairie porcelain charger plate, $77, Vista Alegre, JungLeeNY.com; Melamine dinner plate, $10, Lulie Wallace, Anthropologie.com; gilded rim white wine glass, $22, Anthropologie.com; Mykonos satin stitch napkin in Orange, $24, JonathanAdler.com; copper-handled flatware, $40 for 5-piece set, PotteryBarn.com; Josie double old-fashioned glass, $4, CrateandBarrel.com >>

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Oak Ridge, NJ • CasaBiancaBanquets.com • 973-697-9704

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The Old York Country’s Club intimate and unique setting, with its simple elegance of rustic beauty, creates the most desirable exclusive wedding setting in central and southern New Jersey. Hosting only one wedding at a time and having over twenty years of experience allows us to provide each of our valued clients with individual service, affair customization, and keen attention to detail.

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We Pursue a Single Goal: to create settings for rustic weddings warmed by timeless elegance and matched by a wedding reception with flawless service. From superb cuisine to lovely natural gardens and unparalleled staff. The Old York is a wonderfully unique wedding venue. In keeping with our commitment to service, we cater to one wedding at a time so that we may focus our attention solely on you and your guests. Located conveniently less than three minutes away from NJ Turnpike and Rt. 295

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Make every lucky guy feel like a VIP with bundles of blooms for them to wear throughout the night. Have a florist create enough for the groomsmen and any standout helpers, like ushers or your officiant. Ribbon, from $8, StellaWolfe.com >>

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You have imagined every detail. Hyatt Regency Morristown will make it a reality. Let the wedding professionals at the Hyatt Regency Morristown cater to your every need. The details of your dream wedding will come alive with the help of one of our wedding specialists, who will assist with your special day, accommodations, engagement party, bridal shower, and rehearsal dinner. Your guests will enjoy the evening in our elegant ballroom, which can accommodate up to 300 of your closest friends and family. Our junior ballroom is ideal for smaller events and on-site ceremonies. Impress your guests with our wide variety of inventive and delectable menu options and chic, contemporary accommodations.

Contact one of our wedding specialists to discuss our Free Honeymoon Nights promotion and to schedule a consultation and tour. 973.647.1234 or visit morristown.regency.hyatt.com Hyatt Hotels & Resorts encompasses hotels managed, franchised or leased by subsidiaries and affiliates of Hyatt Hotels Corporation. The trademarks of Hyatt®, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts®, Park Hyatt®, Andaz®, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt Place®, Hyatt Summerfield Suites®, Hyatt Gold Passport®, and related marks are trademarks of Hyatt Corporation. ©2016 Hyatt Corporation. All rights reserved.

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MODERN CUFF

Throwing a chic city affair? Swap bridesmaid bouquets for sleek succulent cuffs that have an of-the-moment spin. Extra wide statement cuff, $54, AatelierAndrea, Etsy.com >>

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Attach a swag of blooms and greenery to the backs of your and your partner’s chairs. Guests will know where to find you (if you ever leave the dance floor!). Bonus: If you decide to rock a backless dress, this is a great way to call even more attention to the stunning silhouette. American classic European dining chair in Gold, $123, Commercial Seating Products, Wayfair.com >>

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GLAMOROUS. GORGEOUS. GRAND.

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MAKE WHERE YOU CELEBRATE JUST AS MEMORABLE AS WHAT YOU’RE CELEBRATING. Everything comes together in the heart of New Brunswick’s Cultural Center, where opulent décor, spacious venues, and lavish amenities ensure the wedding of your dreams. Whether you’re planning for a small group or a grand celebration for 400, you can count on our experienced team to help you create an unrivaled event and precious memories for you, your family and friends.

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Point guests in the direction of their table with a display of oversize palm leaves, calligraphed with their names. Attach them to a hanging macramé with gold pineapple pins for an escort card display that doubles as décor. Pineapple pin, $18, DanielaSigurd, Etsy.com

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If the idea of putting on eyeliner makes your hand shake, you may want to hire a pro to do your makeup on your wedding day. >>

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Whether it’s strobing, contouring, a smoky eye or a statement lip, when it comes to your wedding day makeup, the possibilities are endless. And unless you’re a makeup aficionado, all those choices can make your head spin. Hiring a professional makeup artist for your wedding day will take the stress out of making sure you’re photo ready. We tapped beauty guru Brittany Lo, the founder and CEO of Beautini, for her tips on finding and working with a makeup artist.

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Get inspired You’ve spent months tearing pages out of wedding magazines and pinning everything you can find for your wedding décor and dress, but your inspiration hunt shouldn’t stop there. The easiest way to ensure your makeup turns out exactly the way you envision it is by using a reference photo. “Pinterest or bridal magazines and blogs are a perfect place to start,” Lo says. “Finding photos that reflect a bride’s vision is helpful for an artist to fully understand the desired direction for the look.” Did a celebrity have a major beauty moment on the red carpet you’ve been dying to re-create? Was there a makeup look on the runway that caught your eye? Take those pictures and file them away for your makeup artist to reference. And if you don’t have a specific image in mind, that’s okay too. Just knowing the shades you’d like to incorporate or the feeling you’d like to evoke can help your makeup artist lock down a look you’ll love.

Find the right pro The easiest way to find any pro for your wedding is by asking your friends—nothing beats word of mouth, especially in the world of weddings. Your photographer or hairstylist might also have great suggestions for a makeup artist, since most have worked with some in the past. Our online marketplace is also a great way to connect

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with makeup artists right in your area. You can search by city and state, read reviews from real brides, take a look at artists’ portfolios and save their pictures to your favorites. You can even contact the vendor directly through our site to get an estimate or check if they’re available on your wedding day. Be sure to ask for references before hiring any professional. Past clients will be able to tell you everything their portfolio can’t, like how they interacted while they worked and if they are punctual and easy to work with and have a positive attitude. Your makeup artist will be with you and your wedding party for hours, so you’ll want to know from past clients if they enjoyed working with them. “Having trust in your makeup artist is key,” Lo says. “It’s okay if you don’t know exactly what look you’re going for. But if you’re not working with specific inspiration images, it is important to trust that the makeup artist you’re working with can create something you’ll love.”

Schedule your makeup trial You should book your makeup trial immediately after you send your makeup artist your inspiration photos. You’ll want to know early on if the makeup artist you chose is the right fit and if the look you’ve been envisioning will work for you. “Bring inspirational photos of hair and makeup that you like as well as photos of yourself that you like,” Lo says. But remember, your inspiration photo should be just that—inspiration. Be open to suggestions from your makeup artist, especially if you don’t have specific images to reference. They can guide you to a beauty look that complements everything from your features to your wedding color scheme. Other essentials for your makeup trial? “Makeup products you love wearing on a daily basis and a lipstick that you are looking to incorporate into the look,” Lo says. >>

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The Riverside Pavilion A romantic ballroom where you will experience impeccable standards while dining and dancing in timeless elegance‌ Our service, ambiance and cuisine are exceptional! Our experienced wedding professionals will handle every detail of your special day, from rehearsal dinner, ceremony, and wedding reception to deluxe overnight accommodations and the postwedding brunch. We welcome you to enjoy our beautiful hotel and premier wedding venue!

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real talk “You shouldn’t feel bad about speaking up. An artist can’t read your mind, but their top priority is making sure you leave looking fabulous and feeling totally happy.”

The ideal time to schedule your trial is around the time of day your actual wedding will be. If your ceremony is in the morning, have your trial early—that way you can see how the makeup looks in different lighting throughout the day. Take photos from different angles as well, and pay close attention to how your skin reacts to the products they use. Is your mascara flaking off? Does your skin feel irritated or greasy from the foundation? Has your concealer completely disappeared? You want your makeup to be picture perfect, so don’t be afraid to voice all your concerns to your makeup artist—now is the time to do so. “Communication is extremely important,” Lo says. “You’re spending a lot of money for a trial. You shouldn’t feel bad about speaking up about what you like and dislike. An artist can’t read your mind, but their top priority is making sure you leave looking fabulous and feeling totally happy.” If you don’t like your look after the trial, contact the artist or a representative from their company. Frequently, a company will offer a complementary or discounted second trial. Also, it’s a good idea to time your makeup trial. This way, you’ll have an estimate of how long it will take on the actual wedding day so you can plan accordingly. While you’re there, discuss wedding day logistics. If you’re traveling to your makeup artist, budget extra time. If they’re coming to you, make sure they have a clean space with surfaces to lay out their products and tools, as well as access to multiple outlets and (if possible) natural lighting.

Get made up On the day of your wedding, you should be as relaxed as possible— so leave plenty of time to get ready before the ceremony. It usually takes two to three hours to complete a bride’s hair and makeup. Something to keep in mind: If the makeup artist is also working with your bridal party, depending on the size of the party, you’ll need to set aside at least an additional two hours for their looks. If possible, it’s best to hire another person for your party or hire a makeup artist that has an assistant or a team that can work on all of you at the same time. If one pro is working on both you and your bridesmaids, go last so you’ll look fresh in photos. If your bridal party is doing their own hair and makeup, make sure you give general guidelines so they know what you’re envisioning.

ask away Before you book a pro for your wedding day beauty, get need-to-know answers to these questions.

Do you have a portfolio of your work I can look at?

Why you want to know: Whether it’s a traditional portfolio or their profile on Instagram, always look through a makeup artist’s past work before hiring them. This will help you get a feel for their skill level and the types of looks they specialize in.

Will you bring your own products, or will I be responsible for supplying them? Why you want to know: If you have specific brands or products you never stray from, or if you have allergies to certain products, using your own may be the best bet. For makeup brushes and other tools, a makeup artist will be using a clean brush of their own.

How do you charge?

Why you want to know: If you have a large wedding party, it’s worth looking into a makeup artist who doesn’t charge per person. Logistics like how they charge, the payment method they prefer and when they expect payment should be discussed early so there are no surprises on the day of your wedding.

Do you have a team of assistants?

Why you want to know: Depending on how big your wedding party is, you may need a makeup artist who works with one or more assistants. An artist who has a team can focus on you as the priority and have their assistants work on the rest of your party, minimizing the time it will take for everyone to get ready.

What will happen if you’re sick or have an emergency on my wedding day?

Why you want to know: Emergencies happen all the time, but does your makeup artist have a plan in place if they’re unable to make it? They might have another artist who will replace them or assistants who can take over their duties for the day. Also ask if they will give you a refund in the event they have to cancel.

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Melinda Ladyzinski is the owner of Elizabeth Johns, a bridal shop in Morristown. The salon carries a range of well-known designers like Anne Barge, Hayley Paige and Oscar de la Renta.

We recommend ordering your gown 12 months before your day—wedding planning can get hectic. Most designers deliver in six to nine months, which leaves plenty of time to plan your entire look.

If there’s a certain dress you like, the salon can borrow a sample for your appointment. The designer may charge you a shipping fee, but it will be credited toward the total balance of your gown.

Shopping online for your wedding dress is a risk. You can’t be sure the vendor is honest, that you’ll receive the dress you ordered or that it will look like how it was pictured online.

We typically schedule three fittings: one to pin the dress for fit, a second to make any additional alterations and a third fitting where the bride tries on the completed version of her dress.

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Shop for your shape When trying on dresses, focus less on the number on the scale 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 There are hundreds of bridal designers out there with thousands of designs, which makes your odds of finding a fantastic gown pretty darn good. We know that coming up empty-handed on your first trip can be a letdown, but don’t give up. “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, sip bubbly with the people you love and enjoy accomplishing a huge moment in your wedding planning process.

ways to customize your dress Wedding dresses certainly aren’t one style fits all. On a day when all eyes are on you, opt for a dress that perfectly reflects your personal style.

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.

Customize 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.

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?

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.

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.

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LADY OF THE LAKE For a look that’s both polished and fashion forward, top off a classic tulle ball gown with a gauzy, shoulder-baring shrug. Dress, $7,700, Sabrina Dahan, SabrinaDahan .com; earrings, $7,600, EricaCourtney.com

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Express your personal style in a sequined, watercolor-print gown with an oversize shoulder ruffle. Dress, $6,600, Rivini at Jaehee Bridal Atelier, JaeheeBridal.com (Englewood); engagement ring, $2,850 (not including center stone), Monique Lhuillier, BlueNile.com; earrings, $15,920, FernandoJorge.co.uk; shoes, $1,495, ChristianLouboutin.com

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INTO THE BLUE Float down the aisle in a flowy nude gown embroidered with cerulean beading.

Dress, $8,800, Rivini at Jaehee Bridal Atelier, JaeheeBridal.com (Englewood); engagement ring, $3,700 (not including center stone), SylvieCollection.com; earrings, $11,997, Le Vian, Jared.com; tennis bracelet, $3,000, BlueNile.com

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PROPORTION PLAY A slim, dropped-waist corset and over-the-top tulle skirt create a striking silhouette that’s as fun as it is dramatic.

Dress, $8,900, Monique Lhuillier.com; earrings, $925, JenniferBehr.com ON HIM Suit, $549, BlackLapel.com; shirt, $168, tie, $68, Bonobos.com; wedding band, $1,090, BrilliantEarth.com

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GILT-Y PLEASURE Glittery statement accessories like an embellished headpiece, chandelier earrings and even a hedgehog clutch give off instant glam vibes.

Engagement ring, price upon request, UneekJewelry .com; headpiece, $795, MintLola.com; clutch, $4,995, Judith Leiber, NeimanMarcus.com

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Butterflies aren’t just a gorgeous way to incorporate nature-inspired details into your wedding look— they also symbolize new beginnings. Dress, $7,590, Romona Keveza at Elizabeth Johns, ElizabethJohns.com (Morristown); engagement ring, $1,780, ParadeDesign .com; earrings, $2,221, AnabelaChan.com

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BLOOMING BAUBLES Layer on whimsical cocktail rings, plus a one-of-a-kind straw boater hat to dress up a simpler frock. Dress, $6,790, Ines Di Santo, MarkIngramAtelier.com; floral engagement ring, $5,700 (not including center stone), ParadeDesign.com; wedding band, $1,570, KirkKara.com; frog ring, $3,510, butterfly ring, $5,400, EffyJewelry.com; pearl ring, $2,750, VictoriaSix.com; quartz ring, $4,097, Le Vian, Jared.com; pink sapphire ring, $6,335, AnneSisteron.com; hat, $603, AwonGolding.com

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NOVEL ROMANCE You don’t have to go by the book where your day-of ensemble is concerned. Mix it up with allover 3-D appliqués and colorful accessories.

Dress, $2,995, Marchesa Notte, Marchesa .com; engagement ring, $5,225 (not including center stone), CoastDiamond.com; earrings, $345, OscardelaRenta.com; flower hairpins, $85 each, BijouVanNess.com; shoes, $540, SophiaWebster.com ON HIM Suit, $549, BlackLapel.com; shirt, $168, tie, $85, Bonobos.com

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HAUTEHOUSE FLOWERS

A dress covered in vibrant blooms is bold and totally of the moment. Just add a sparkly rabbit clutch for good luck. Dress, $11,995, Naeem Khan, Bergdorf Goodman.com; engagement ring, $1,070 (not including center stone), wedding band, $575, BlueNile.com; birdcage veil, $150, BijouVanNess.com; earrings, $1,827, AnabelaChan.com; clutch, $5,495, Judith Leiber, NeimanMarcus .com; shoes, $995, Marchesa, AKHStudioNY.com

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HIDE AND CHIC

Channel the celebratory vibe of your nuptials with a feathery gown and bedazzled bandeau veil. After all, it doesn’t get more festive than wispy plumes and head-to-toe shimmer. Dress, price upon request, Mira Zwillinger at Elizabeth Johns, ElizabethJohns.com (Morristown); veil, $995, LivHart.com; ON HIM Suit, $549, BlackLapel.com; shirt, $168, tie, $68, Bonobos.com; bunny ears, stylist’s own

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Ladew Topiary Gardens Planning your own extraordinary outdoor nuptials? Consider Ladew Topiary Gardens, located near Baltimore. Established in the 1930s by huntsman and socialite Harvey S. Ladew, the sprawling 22-acre grounds feature over 100 larger-than-life topiaries, which serve as centerpieces for a series of formal garden “rooms.” Named “The Most Outstanding Topiary Garden in America” by the Garden Club of America, Ladew’s stunning greens host around 40,000 visitors per year. FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT LadewGardens.com

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how to throw a beach wedding Celebrate your love among all things sun, sand and surf. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APHY BY BR ANDON KIDD PHOTOGR APHY

Exchanging vows on a sandy beach is a dream scenario for many couples, and with good reason—you just can’t beat the romantic charm of waves crashing, the sun setting and a soft summer breeze blowing. But, like with any venue, there’s plenty to consider when planning your celebration (possibly even more for beach “I dos”). Keep these points top of mind to ensure a memorable event. >>

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Ask for permission in advance

Think about vendor access

If you’re hoping to pull off a pop-up wedding on a public beach, think again. Unless you’re getting married on a private spot of sand or beach club property, there are several boxes you’ll need to check off before setting down your altar. You’re most likely going to have to file a permit with the city in order to celebrate on the beach. Register your event at least 30 days ahead of time. When filing, take note of a few things: How large of a space does your permit allow your event to take up? Does the fee cover an all-day affair or is it an hourly charge? Are things like furniture, alcohol, glass and open flames allowed? Lastly, inquire how many guests the contract permits, as that will dictate both the size of your guest list and how many pros you can have on hand the day of.

A vows-only ceremony on the beach should be fairly headache free, but if your plan is to host an all-night affair, complete with a full reception, you’ll want to give a lot of thought to your vendors and how easily they can access your chosen spot. Most beaches don’t permit vehicles on the sand, meaning all of your reception needs (including tables, chairs and food) will have to be carried to your site. Ease your pros’ stress by keeping your setup close to an approved parking lot or loading zone, which can also make necessities like electricity, a food prep space and a spot for portable rental restrooms much easier to come by. If you really can’t make it work, look into renting several dune buggies day of to help transport goods and keep the setup process streamlined. >>

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

Symbolism

How romantic would it be to marry on the date you met or your grandparents’ anniversary? If you have a special day for you and your partner, search for venues with that in mind.

Season

Weather can affect your wedding’s style, location and mood. Think of what personality you want your day to have (like a boho summer bash), then choose accordingly.

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May, July and December are typically the most popular months to marry, so prices are higher. Save money by choosing off-peak months like January or March.

VIP preferences

Take a second to consider your most important guests and try to plan your date around their availability. Keep it to your close inner circle, and don’t budge once the date is set.

Holidays

Choose a date around a specific holiday to bottle the spirit already in the air, like a moody Halloween celebration or white winter wonderland event in December.

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Choose durable décor

You’ll want to keep the vibe of your location in mind when shopping for your and your partner’s attire. What may be well suited for a ballroom affair will likely feel out of place on the beach, so opt for lightweight fabrics, casual silhouettes and, most importantly, practical footwear. No one wants to watch you wobble down the aisle trying to un-stick your stilettos from the sand. Likewise, alert guests to the location on your wedding website and in your invites so they can plan accordingly. Have extras like sunscreen, flip-flops and lightweight wraps available the day of to make sure guests remain comfortable all day long.

A coastal location comes with at-the-ready décor courtesy of Mother Nature, so you won’t have to add much to the scene for a wow-worthy environment. If you’re looking to bring in a few accents of your own, like flowers, lanterns or textiles, make sure to choose sturdier options that can stand up to wind, hot sun and the occasional spray of saltwater. Avoid bouquets or table arrangements that feature delicate blooms, and anchor anything that could take flight with a sudden gust of wind, like the fabric on a chuppah, an aisle runner or flowing tabletop linens.

Mind Mother Nature

Between potential sun-bathing crowds, crashing waves and blustery winds, it can get a bit loud while celebrating your wedding beachside. Make sure guests can hear your vows (and afterward, the DJ) with plenty of amplifying speakers. Your ceremony should be spoken into a microphone, and you can even seat guests in a semicircle around your altar to ensure that no one is out of earshot. If you’re hiring a videographer to capture the day, make sure they know ahead of time that they’ll be filming on the beach so they can bring the necessary sound equipment. Lastly, be sure to abide by any local sound ordinances or curfews. >>

It goes without saying that any outdoor bash should always come with a plan B in case the weather takes a turn for the worst. But besides accounting for the possibility of showers, you’ll also need to plan for a few sea-specific snafus. Unless you want a soggy ceremony, make sure you know when high (and low) tide hits your area, as well as when the sun is strongest throughout the day. By timing your ceremony and reception right, you can avoid the possibility of overheated guests or bright reflections off the waves that make it hard for loved ones to see the main event.

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Level the playing field Anyone who has been on the beach can tell you, walking on soft sand is tiring. To avoid burning calves and tired legs, work with a vendor to install wooden planks to help guests get from one spot to another (thick seagrass runners are a great inexpensive option too). If you’re planning to host your reception on the sand, look into having a large wood platform on risers as your “flooring”—it will ensure tables and chairs are sturdy and don’t topple over.

Choose an experienced crew Vendor research is super important when planning a celebration in a complicated location. Vet pros based on whether or not they’ve worked in a beach environment before. Your photographer will need to know how to contend with the bright lighting and any reflections off the water, while your catering crew may need to know how to prepare food off-site without a traditional kitchen.

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Add warmth and texture to a tablescape or altar with twisty, weathered driftwood branches. They’ll instantly evoke a coastal feel and are hearty enough to stand up to the blustery winds common on the beach. Intersperse them with white blooms for a romantic touch.

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If seclusion is your expectation, you’re better off choosing a private garden or quiet lake. A public beach may be teeming with patrons, and there’s not much you can do to stop them from placing their towels nearby or snapping photos of you in your wedding finery. You can try to keep a handle on the crowd by hanging signs that read “private event,” but you may have to accept onlookers.

Whether you’re actually tying the knot on the sand or just want it to feel like you are, try working in some of these stunning seaside accents.

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The quintessential summer fabric is the perfect casual touch for your attire and décor. Have members of your wedding party rock relaxed linen shirts or dresses, or drape tables with flowing tablecloths.

Shells

Often found in sun-washed pastel hues or bleached white, sea fan coral is a great way to add dimension to your tabletop. Or find an especially clean piece and top your cake with it. You could also have your cake baker re-create the shape and design with sugar.

Thanks to its fluffy, flowy shape and sandy hue, pampas grass is the perfect “living” accent to a seaside soiree. Have bridesmaids carry it in place of traditional bouquets, or surround your altar with it for an eye-catching display.

Keep things modern and chic by trading craft store white shells for more dynamic mussel or oyster shells. Add them to a greenery table runner or have them calligraphed and use them as escort cards. I N S P I R E YO U R D É CO R AT TheKnot.com/weddingstyle

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

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

What does your package include? There are a lot of different things to consider before signing on the dotted line. Catering packages can vary, so make sure you leave your initial meeting with a concrete idea of what your caterer includes in theirs. For instance, is your quoted price based on the specific foods or dishes you choose, or is it an all-inclusive rate (which typically includes an appetizer, a salad, an entree and a dessert, plus coffee service and, in some cases, wine for each guest)? Also, unless you’re going with an outside mixology team, work alcohol service into your contract and your catering plans. Talk through the tiers of alcohol coverage, what brands will be served and whether there’s a corkage fee if you provide your own wine or champagne. When it comes to must-have items like plates, napkins, silverware and more, ask if they’ll be bringing those and whether they or the venue are in charge of setup and breakdown. Lastly, inquire as to whether waitstaff is provided. Most caterers work with their own staff, but it’s good practice to check. >>

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

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Anthony David Pino is the executive chef and owner of AD Catering | Events. Alongside his wife, Liz, he also helms a restaurant, Porter Collins, in Hoboken, as well as a specialty-food store.

The key to the perfect wedding menu is having lots of bites to choose from during cocktail hour. We serve everything from crab cakes with lemon caper aioli to octopus and chorizo skewers.

Couples shouldn’t be afraid of choosing a few “riskier” dishes like crudo. I love them because they give me a chance to marry two or more ingredients or flavor profiles where I can really push the limits.

You can’t go wrong serving an antipasto table at your wedding. Ours has something for everyone with artisanal cheeses, meats, seasonal berries, olives and homemade focaccia with olive oil.

Our most-requested items include our grilled hanger steak and roasted shallots on crostini, our crispy Taleggio with truffle aioli and our salmon tartare with ricotta, basil and chili-orange marmalade.

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Can you sample their menu in advance? Researching caterers through reviews and sample menus is a great start, but taste-testing the food yourself is a must-do (and delicious!) part of the process. Sitting down for a tasting session before your wedding day will help you and your caterer plan out a cohesive menu and eliminate any dishes that don’t suit your tastes. Be sure to ask what date your caterer needs to know your final menu choices and guest head count by. Then, base your RSVP date on that, to ensure that all responses from guests are in at least two weeks before your catering head count is due to their team.

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

Can they handle food allergies? Depending on your guests’ needs, there may be special dietary restrictions your caterer should plan in advance for. Ask your team if they’re able to prepare vegetarian, gluten-free, kosher or halal meals if guests should request or need them, and what the additional cost per plate may be. While you’re at it, if you’re planning on having children at your reception, ask about including a kid-friendly menu or smaller portions. You’ll also want to learn about meal options for serving wedding pros the day of (a must).

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

A movable feast

All action eats

Family style

Drive-in dinner

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

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

European family style

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

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

Round up a few of your favorite food mobiles and serve guests truck-side for a charming picnic-style event. Be sure your venue has an accessible gravel patch for the vehicles, as well as electrical access. ANGEL A NEW TON ROY PHOTOGR APHY

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

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Play to your photographer’s strengths First and foremost, hire a photographer who has the same vision as you and your partner. Whether you love the soft, timeless look of film, desire fly-on-the-wall candid shots or must have formal posed portraits, hiring a pro who specializes in exactly what you’re looking for will ensure you’re off to a good start. “It’s important that the photographer and the couple are on the same page about what they value in wedding photographs,” says Kate Ignatowski, a fine art wedding and portrait photographer in Richmond, Virginia, and New York City. “If candid moments are especially important to the couple, they should intentionally seek out a photographer whose portfolio is filled with the types of moments they want to see reflected in their own wedding photographs.”

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

Dress like you’re out on a date

Put your pro’s knowledge to use

Choosing that oh-so-important outfit for your engagement session can be tough, so focus on a coordinating palette of solids for you and your partner that you both feel natural in. “I always tell my couples to wear something they would naturally find themselves in on a date night,” Huang says. “Everyone has a different look and style, but typically this means women are in neutral fabrics that are comfortable and flowy, while grooms are in tailored suits. Their outfits should match in the sense that if one of them is wearing something casual, the other shouldn’t be in formalwear.” Be conscious of keeping your look in line with your shoot location—if you’re planning an engagement session on a sailboat, you’re probably not going to want to don a sequin skirt.

Your photographer has likely been in the wedding industry for a while, so use them when researching and deciding on other vendors to bring on board. They’ll be able to recommend who can help you achieve a certain look or identify the creator of a gorgeous centerpiece you spotted in their portfolio. “To make sure my clients receive the best images they can, I try to advise on all aspects of the wedding,” Huang says. “This includes helping select their team of vendors—if I know how the other vendors will operate on a wedding day, I can work seamlessly with them.” They’ll be encountering everyone involved, from your florist to the DJ, so see what they think of your hired team. Their opinion doesn’t have to be the be-all and end-all, but it’s a good place to start. >>

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Create a solid day-of timeline

Be upfront about your expectations

“The wedding timeline is key for a smooth day,” Fogarty says. “Allowing enough time for each part of the wedding day is crucial to getting those amazing images.” Ensure your photographer doesn’t miss a moment of the action by setting specific parameters for what, and when, you want them shooting on your wedding day. If you want pictures of everything from morning bagels to the night’s last call, you may need to work overtime hours into your contract. Past that, setting aside at least an hour and a half for couples’ portraits, shots of the wedding party and family formal portraits will eliminate any need to rush. Another thing to consider? A first look. “I always encourage couples to do one,” Fogarty says. “It allows them to have alone time together while taking it all in—the wedding day flies by so quickly, and this is a great way to slow it down. Besides getting more portraits in, it also means you can actually enjoy your cocktail hour with your guests.”

From the moment you engage your photographer, encourage an open dialogue with them regarding everything from your contract to portrait locations and a preferred shot list. The more upfront you are about your needs and wants for your wedding day, the more you and your photographer can course-correct and make sure you’re working in a way that will surpass your expectations for the day. “I try to encourage my clients to tell me everything they need me to capture as soon as it pops into their head,” Huang says. “Figure out your priority shots—the things you really want captured as opposed to the things that are maybe a little less important to you. This way, if there’s a time crunch, I’ll know which types of images I should focus on.” Beyond the wedding day, make sure your written contract encompasses all the necessary details, like how many images you’ll get, the expected turnaround time and whether or not your package includes physical prints or an album.

Plan for the light

Don’t try to control everything

When sketching out your day-of timeline, it’s important to factor in “golden hour,” that coveted time of day that photographers love to shoot during because of the amazing results it produces. “Shooting in the best light possible makes all the difference, for both engagement shots and wedding day portraits,” Ignatowski says. “A foolproof tip is to schedule about an hour and half before sunset for an engagement session and to start portraits about an hour before sunset on your wedding day, depending on how much time you need to allot.” Send your photographer images from the walk-through of your wedding site and they can advise on the best time and locations based on when the sun will set that day.

You can prep all you want, but when your wedding day comes, you’ll need to relinquish control to your photographer and trust that you’re in good hands. You hired this person, so allow them to do their job. Trying to get too prescriptive with your shot list or your photographer’s work can mean that they may have to neglect more genuine, special shots, so let go and let them do their thing. “Trying to re-create that Pinterest-perfect image you love means we may be missing out on authentic moments, like your mom holding your veil or your bridesmaids tearing up,” Fogarty says. “Trust your photographer and their eye—if you let your story unfold naturally, your photographer will capture it beautifully.”

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Your bachelorette party can be one of the most anticipated events of the whole wedding process. There’s nothing more fun than setting aside an entire weekend (or even just a day) to celebrate the incredible friendships in your life. If you’re a bride (or the bridesmaid of a gal) who is more sweet and serene than saucy and scandalous, trade in G-strings and scantily clad entertainers for a bash that will be a blast and Facebook appropriate.

Go all out with a glamette

Escape on a wellness retreat Whether you’re an avocado toast obsessive who can’t get enough of hot yoga, or are planning a party for a gal that is basically Gwyneth Paltrow 2.0, a wellness-themed bash may be perfect for your crew. Focus on mind-, body- and soul-fulfilling activities for a weekend that will leave you and your friends feeling Zen and refreshed. You can pack your schedule with a variety of classes and events around your home city (think: meditation sessions followed by green juices), or head to a destination retreat organized through companies like Pravassa (Pravassa.com), Fit & Fly Girl (FitandFlyGirl.com) and The Runaway Experience (TheRunawayExperience.com).

Make a splash at a pool party Fla-mingle with your favorite ladies and work on your prewedding glow at a grown-up pool party. If you don’t already know a friend willing to lend out her pool for the afternoon, look into nearby hotels or rooftops—many rent spaces on an hourly or daily basis for events. Then, fill the water with tons of cute floats, mix some margs and pile baskets high with pool party essentials like fun sunnies, magazines, sunscreen, towels and more. Hire a bartender through a local joint or app like GigMasters to act as your personal cabana boy. Piña coladas at the snap of a finger? We’re in! >>

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bachelorette planning 101 Make sure you cover all your party basics with this foolproof guide to planning the ultimate bash.

Decide who is hosting

The maid of honor typically takes the lead when it comes to the bachelorette party, but anyone can play hostess for the weekend. Volunteer your services or, if you’re the MOH, task the rest of the bridal party with jobs like securing travel and accommodations.

Make the guest list

All bridesmaids get an invite, as do any friends the bride wants to include in the celebration. It’s not necessary to invite everyone who attends the shower (typically all women invited to the wedding) to the bachelorette— try to keep it on the smaller side with 10-20 guests.

Figure out a date

If the bride has any must-attend guests, coordinate with them first on preliminary dates (roughly anywhere from three months out to a month before the wedding). Arranging one weekend that works for dozens of people can get complicated, so do your best to pick a date that’s doable for the majority of the group and stick to it.

Spread the word

If you want to splurge on fun themed paper invites then go for it, but it’s not a must. Digital invites will work great for a bachelorette bash and will help you track RSVPs easily. Make sure you get responses at least two weeks before the party, but allow for more time if you’re planning a destination affair that requires a hotel.

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A little confused by the lingo? Allow us to explain—think of a glamette as the over-the-top, indulgent big sister of the traditional bachelorette. The Bridal Bar founder Harmony Walton coined the phrase after planning a honeymoon-esque getaway for a bride and her gals in Deer Valley at the luxe St. Regis hotel. Walton made sure the weekend included lots of good food, high-end moments and even a picnic hike (see previous page). “Do what you love to do together as friends, but bigger and better,” Walton says. “Make it a trip you will all remember.” A glamette-themed weekend should be packed full of activities that spoil you and your girls, like spa appointments, private yoga sessions and luxe accommodations. You’ll want to get pampered, dress up in your party finest and eat like queens, so seek out a resort with a top-notch spa and grounds, or a city where you can go all out on the little luxuries.

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Set sail on the open seas

There’s nothing like roughing it in the wilderness to bring you and your friends closer together. Go back to basics with a bare-bones camping weekend at a nearby state park or campground. Skip the RV in lieu of a tent you have to pitch yourselves, then work together to build a fire and cook dinner, ending the night swapping old memories under the stars. If full-on survivalist mode isn’t your thing, you can still capture all the charm of a wilderness retreat with none of the extra schlepping by booking a spot at a “glamping” resort. You’ll get the grandeur of the great outdoors, but with luxury amenities (like running water, real beds and even, in some cases, air conditioning) to keep you all comfy.

Give thanks to the best mates in your life with an adventure on the open water. A day-long sailboat or yacht rental isn’t a low-budget option, but it often comes with additional perks like sailing lessons, a coastal tour of the area or even a staff to serve your group food and cocktails while on board. Use the sail as the kickoff to a coastalthemed weekend, and spend the rest of your time on land hanging at the beach, sampling oysters and snacking on lobster rolls. Have motion-sickness medicine on hand in case seas are choppy and an equally fun backup plan in case gray skies prevent your excursion.

Sip your way through a vineyard tour Just like you and your partner, wine and girlfriends are the perfect match. Why not spend the weekend wandering your way through the vine-covered rows of a local vineyard or two, toasting to your upcoming day and snacking on yummy bar bites? Most vineyards host tastings either for free or for a reasonable $10 to $20 per person, so you’ll get a lot of bang for your buck if you’re on a budget. Encourage your gals to each buy their favorite bottle, then revisit everyone’s picks later in the evening over a potluck dinner. Just be sure to look into booking a limo or party bus, or designating a sober friend to drive everyone around safely.

Indulge in a food crawl Foodie fans will love a weekend agenda filled with culinary curiosities. If you or your to-be-wed friend is obsessed with a certain dish or cuisine (say, burgers or Thai food), plan an epic “crawl” around a nearby area packed with eats or a city known for its killer culinary scene (like Nashville or Portland). Then, dream up fun additional activities to go with the weekend’s food theme, like beer and wine pairings or a cooking class.

Search for your future among the stars Everyone has that one friend who won’t make a decision without consulting Susan Miller first. If she tells everyone she meets that she’s an Aries and what fire signs mean, then she’d probably love a celestial-themed party. Besides having perhaps the prettiest potential when it comes to décor (think: constellation-etched wine glasses, star paper lanterns and gilded temporary astrological sign tattoos), there are several activities perfect for a star-crossed shindig. Hire a tarot card reader to answer questions about the future, a psychic to predict which solo pals may head to the altar next or even an astronomer to lead a stargazing experience.

Take a “trip” to Paris If jetting off to France isn’t in the budget, settle for the next-best thing with a weekend filled with all things Parisian. Francophile friends will swoon over a très chic schedule filled with Frenchinspired activities like a wine and cheese pairing, perfume mixology, macarons and more. Another fun idea? Seek out a figure drawing class through a company like The Artful Bachelorette (TheArtfulBachelorette.com), who will provide a professional nude male model to sketch. You’ll end up with a few giggles and a keepsake portrait that even Jack Dawson would envy.

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GUIDELINES FOR OBTAINING A MARRIAGE LICENSE In New Jersey, the legal age for marriage is 18. Those ages 16 or 17 must have parental consent, or parents may have to be present when the couple applies. Couples over the age of 18 must apply for the license together with an adult witness who knows both parties. Applications must be made at the municipal office of the New Jersey township where the bride lives. If neither the bride nor the groom is a resident, applications must be made where the marriage will take place. There is a 72-hour waiting period, and licenses are valid for 30 days in New Jersey only. The fee is $28; payment methods vary. Proof of age and residency is required; blood tests are not. If previously married, a divorce decree or death certificate is sometimes required. To find your municipal office, contact any office below (all are open Monday through Friday, unless otherwise noted). Call ahead for details. WHERE TO APPLY Belvidere

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Borough Clerk 38 Park Ave. Flemington, NJ 08822 (908) 782-8840 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

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City Clerk 280 Grove St. Jersey City, NJ 07302 (201) 547-5150 8:30 a.m.–12

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Vital Statistics 200 South St. Morristown, NJ 07960 (973) 292-6638 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

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Registrar of Vital Statistics 23 Washington St., Fl. 3 Mount Holly, NJ 08060 (609) 845-1114 9 a.m.–3 p.m., M–W, F

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City Clerk 920 Broad St. Newark, NJ 07102 (973) 733-3825 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.

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Health Department 78 Bayard St. New Brunswick, NJ 08901 (732) 745-5015 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

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City Clerk 17 New Market St. Salem, NJ 08079 (856) 935-0373 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

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Administration Dept. 25 West End Ave. Somerville, NJ 08876 (908) 725-2300 9 a.m.–4 p.m. (by appointment only)

Office of Vital Statistics 319 E. State St. Trenton, NJ 08608 (609) 989-3236 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Vital Statistics 33 Delaware St. Woodbury, NJ 08096 (856) 845-1300 9 a.m.–3 p.m, T only (by appointment only)

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make it known New Jersey Publications

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

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Must submit info within one year of the wedding date. It will be published on a space-available basis.

Form: Yes; available online.

Packages start at $100.

(732) 565-7292 Attn: Weddings 92 E. Main St., Ste. 202 Somerville, NJ 08876

Must submit info as soon as possible after the wedding.

Form: Yes

Basic fee is $60.

Daily Record

(973) 428-6601 Attn: Weddings 800 Jefferson Rd. Parsippany, NJ 07054

Submit info at noon on the Wednesday prior to Sunday publication.

Form: Yes; available online.

Cost is $1.25 per line.

The Star-Ledger

(973) 392-5880 Attn: Classified Dept.– Celebrations 1 Star-Ledger Plz. Newark, NJ 07102

There are no time constraints. It will be published on a space-available basis.

Form: Yes; available online.

Call for pricing.

The New Jersey Herald

(973) 383-1500 2 Spring St. Newton, NJ 07860

Announcements should be submitted within 60 days of the wedding date.

Form: Yes; available online.

There is no charge for this service.

The Record

(973) 569-7487 Attn: Celebrations 1 Garret Mountain Plz. Woodland Park, NJ 07424

Submit info Thursday at noon prior to the desired Sunday publication.

Form: No

Fees vary. Call for details.

Southern Ocean County

(609) 597-3211 Attn: Weddings & Engagements 345 E. Bay Ave. Manahawkin, NJ 08050

Announcements should be submitted within three months of the wedding date.

Form: Yes; email to lreddington@njpressmedia.com.

There is no charge for this service.

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1849 Cooper Street, Almonesson, NJ (856) 227-3800 | info@auletto.com Auletto.com Located on Almonesson Lake, Auletto Caterers has a natural setting for garden ceremonies and wedding portraits. Newly renovated banquet rooms seat 65-450 guests with large dance floors. Family-owned and operated since 1945, we take pride in the quality standards we uphold. capacity 450 | price $$$

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23 Ocean Ave., Long Branch, NJ (732) 759-6700 LeClubAvenue.com With panoramic ocean views and sophisticated ambience, Avenue is the perfect setting for your dream wedding. Ceremonies can be held on the roof deck or the beach. Our exceptional value, service and awardwinning cuisine let you truly enjoy your day. Connect with us on Instagram: @avenueleclubevents. capacity 300 | price $$

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90 Airport Road, Barto, PA (610) 505-6997 BallySpringInn.com/weddings Enjoy our completely restored 1800s barn to celebrate with your friends and family. The Bally Spring Inn offers superb food and service in addition to a beautiful property of 26 acres for limitless picture opportunities. Hosting your wedding here will leave you feeling like you’re a member of the family. capacity 200 | price $$$

basking ridge country club catering

185 Madisonville Road, Basking Ridge, NJ (908) 953-8092 BaskingRidgeCatering.com The Basking Ridge Country Club is the perfect place to create everlasting moments and cherished memories. Our sophisticated atmosphere and sweeping views make a breathtaking setting for any ceremony or wedding reception. Our elegant ballroom is newly renovated and under Delicious Heights management. capacity 225 | price $$

battleground country club

1 Covenhoven Road, Manalapan, NJ (855) NJ-BRIDE BattlegroundCC.com Your special day deserves a one-of-a-kind setting, with beautiful vistas and immaculate service. Whether you’re envisioning an intimate gathering at our gazebo or a magical gala affair in our Grande Ballroom, your wedding party and guests will experience Battleground’s professional service, creative cuisine and personalized care. capacity 400 | price $$$

bello giorno banquet hall

Belvidere, NJ (908) 475-0084 | (908) 310-0797 BelloGiornoCatering.com Bello Giorno is a boutique venue specializing in intimate riverside weddings. Our grounds surround you with the experience of visiting an Italian villa. We cater to only one wedding per day. Enjoy our beautiful gardens, natural beauty and superior food. Gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian menus are available. capacity 125 | price $$$

berkeley oceanfront hotel

1401 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ (732) 776-6700 BerkeleyHotelNJ.com As historic Asbury Park’s premier hotel, The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel enjoys a prime location along the New Jersey shoreline just steps from the famed boardwalk. Classically elegant ballrooms are the backdrop to your most vivid imagination when creating the event of your dreams. capacity 400 | price $$$

biagio’s & the terrace

299 Paramus Rd., Paramus, NJ (201) 652-0201 Biagios.com From the most intimate dinner to the most lavish wedding, we will tailor a party just for you. From weddings to rehearsal dinners, anniversary parties to showers, we do it all. We do it right, one wedding at a time. capacity 500+ | price $$

bonnet island estate

2400 E. Bay Ave., Bonnet Island, NJ (609) 494-9100 weddings@weddingsofdistinctionnj.com BonnetIslandEstate.com Our elegantly appointed reception rooms, majestic banquet hall and private guest suites emulate sophistication and luxury. Enjoy waterfront surroundings complete with a quaint boathouse chapel—an intimate setting to exchange vows with the one you love. capacity 250 | price $$$

braddock’s

39 S. Main Street, Medford, NJ Braddocks.com Quaint and picturesque, Braddock’s offers award winning cuisine, exemplary service, magnificent décor and a captivating ambiance. With several private dining rooms and two elegant banquet halls that host 12 to 200 guests, Braddock’s is the place to create a lasting memory. capacity 200 | price $$

the bradford estate

1910 Marne Highway, Hainesport, NJ (609) 261-8778 bradfordestate@clarkslanding.com TheBradfordEstate.com The stunning estate debuts this season with gorgeous

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new bridal and groom suites, and the elegantly appointed Estate Room, featuring a display kitchen and wrap-around covered patio. The Grand Ballroom offers breathtaking views of our manicured grounds, picturesque ceremony space and Rancocas Creek. capacity 200+ | price $$

breakers on the ocean

1507 Ocean Avenue, Spring Lake, NJ (732) 449-7700 sales@breakershotel.com BreakersHotel.com The Breakers offers sweeping ocean views, professional attentive service, luxury accommodations and the very finest cuisine. For ambiance and charm that will impress your guests and create lasting memories, choose The Breakers on the Ocean—luxury at the Jersey Shore. capacity 220 | price $$

bridgewater manor

1251 Route 202/206, Bridgewater, NJ (908) 658-3000 BridgewaterManor.com Three magnificent ballrooms, two story cathedral atrium and grand double-winding staircase. A garden terrace with contemporary gazebo. Inlaid stone walkways nestled within lush gardens overlooking a large pond with picturesque fountain. Freshly prepared gourmet fare. Expert, white-glove service. capacity 300 | price $$$

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the brookside banquets

41 Broughton Avenue, Bloomfield, NJ (973) 748-6590 TheBrooksideBanquets.com With a blend of modern beauty, exceptional cuisine and professional staff, we announce our reinvention as The Brookside Banquets. Combining contemporary style with refined elegance, it promises to set the new standard for an inspired event. capacity 300+ | price $$

buona sera catering

Ocean Township and Asbury Park (732) 674-6400 | BuonaSeraCatering.com Providing unrivaled service and catering menus for every budget, we’re dedicated to making sure your wedding day—and the months leading up to it—are as stress-free as possible, putting our 25 years of experience to work for you. We treat every event as if it’s the most important one we’ll ever host. capacity 400+ | price $$

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the carriage house

25 South Pitney Road, Galloway, NJ (609) 748-2400 EXT. 101 or 111 The-CarriageHouse.com Affordable elegance. We’ve set the stage for every chapter of your wedding day so it unfolds at a magical pace—with special attention to the little things, such as reception rooms for your guests as they arrive, complete with full-service bars, fireplaces and French doors that lead out onto the front porch. capacity 400+ | price $$

casa bianca

5266 Berkshire Valley Road, Oak Ridge, NJ (973) 697-9704 CasaBiancaBanquets.com Casa Bianca brings wedding dreams to life, whether your desire is a gala reception, a romantic dinner banquet or an intimate cocktail party with your closest friends and family. At Casa Bianca, ensuring that your wedding surpasses your every expectation is our passion. capacity 250 | price $$

chart house restaurant

Lincoln Harbor, Pier D-T, Weehawken, NJ (201) 348-6401 Chart-House.com Providing a magnificent view of the Manhattan skyline and beautifully remodeled private event spaces, Chart House offers the ideal ambiance for your special day. Let us indulge you and your guests with the famous cuisine and impeccable service that only Chart House offers. capacity 400 | price $$$

chauncey hotel, laurie house & garden pavilion

One Chauncey Road, Princeton, NJ (609) 279-6469 Chauncey.com With 370 wooded acres and a picturesque lake, Chauncey is a charming locale for events in every season. Welcome your guests to a scenic country setting just minutes from historic Princeton, NJ.

River and majestic yachts all serve to make Clarks Landing Yacht Club one of the most magnificent venues in New Jersey. Add five-star cuisine, luxurious surroundings and Ritz-Carlton service and make it the very best choice for your wedding at the Jersey shore! capacity 250 | price $$$

clarks landing yacht club, delran

(856) 461-2700 | yachtclub@clarkslanding.com TheYachtClubCaterers.com Breathtaking sunsets, beautifully manicured gardens and a picturesque waterfront view come to life at Clarks Landing Yacht Club. You can have it all: surroundings, cuisine and expert service. Call for your private visit. capacity 200 | price $$

congress hall

200 Congress Place, Cape May, NJ (609) 884-6553 Weddings.CapeResorts.com Congress Hall, a seaside hotel overlooking the Atlantic, offers over 100 guestrooms, retail shops, a day spa, a restaurant, lounge and nightclub, and a grand ballroom that can accommodate up to 250 guests. Ask about our Winter Wedding Special. capacity 250 | price $$$

corinthian yacht club of cape may

1819 Delaware Avenue, Cape May, NJ (609) 884-8000 CapeMayBeachWedding.com Our traditional clubhouse, gorgeous sunset views and exceptional cuisine lend a memorable, distinctive touch to any gathering. Relax around our beautiful fire pit before and after! capacity 200 | price $$$

the cranbury inn

21 South Main Street, Cranbury, NJ (609) 655-5595 TheCranburyInn.com A unique cathedral-like addition captures the beauty and charm of the Inn’s historic American aura.

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193 Resort Drive, Tannersville, PA (570) 517-7039 tgering@camelbackresort.com CamelbackResort.com Begin your love story with the mountain wedding of your dreams. Whether your wedding celebration includes a mountaintop ceremony, a formal dinner and dancing in our Camelback Grand Ballroom, or a casually elegant afternoon brunch, Camelback offers the perfect setting for this once-in-a-lifetime event.

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139 Brooklake Road, Florham Park, NJ (973) 377-2235 BrooklakeCC.com/catering You’ll find everything you ever dreamed of for your wedding at Brooklake. We offer breathtaking views, a dazzling ballroom that accommodates 350 guests, cherry wood dance floor, outdoor patio and gazebo plus the extraordinary cuisine and services you’d expect from one of the area’s finest Country Clubs.

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crowne plaza philadelphia cherry hill

2349 West Marlton Pike, Cherry Hill, NJ (856) 382-6120 CherryHillWeddings.com Whether you prefer an intimate gathering or a formal celebration, our venue provides nothing less than superior service. The Riverside Pavilion illuminates romance with high, draped ceilings and elegant chandeliers. For larger events, celebrate in our luxurious Grand Ballroom. capacity 800 | price $$

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clarks landing yacht club

847 Arnold Avenue, Point Pleasant, NJ (732) 899-5559 | boatinfonj@clarkslanding.com ClarksLandingCaterers.com Stunning sunsets, panoramic views of the Manasquan

crystal ballroom at the radisson freehold

50 Gibson Place, Freehold, NJ (732) 780-3405 CrystalBallroomNJ.com The Knot Best of Weddings 2017 Pick. Crystal Ballroom

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THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY cont. at the Radisson Freehold is where personal service, delectable cuisine and a breathtaking ballroom come together for your day. New menus, ceiling lighting, outdoor ceremonies and cocktail space, and crystal chandeliers create a perfect setting. capacity 300 | price $$$

crystal plaza

305 West Northfield Road, Livingston, NJ (973) 992-8100 info@crystalplaza.com CrystalPlaza.com Have your wedding, social or business affair at the magnificent, turn-of-the-century Crystal Plaza mansion. The Janoff family has upheld the spirit of the period’s architecture by restoring the mansion’s original grace and splendor. Among enchanting gardens and beneath sparkling chandeliers, there is simply no setting more romantic. capacity 400 | price $$$

crystal springs resort

Sussex County, NJ (844) 875-3176 info@crystalgolfresort.com TheCrystalSpringsResort.com Crystal Springs Resort has five indoor and outdoor venues—from rustic to classic and everything in between—two luxurious hotels, an outstanding culinary team, world-famous wine cellar, two full-service spas with bridal rooms and six award-winning golf courses in the perfect four-season mountain setting. capacity 300+ | price $$$

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314 Main Street, Hackettstown, NJ (908) 850-0224 DavidsCountryInn.com At David’s Country Inn, we only cater to one wedding per day, so this historical mansion is exclusively for you and your guests. David’s has four burning fireplaces and exquisite antiques, as well as a spacious two-story ballroom—all of this with a modern touch of elegance!

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Barnegat Light, NJ (609) 494-2100 DaymarkLBI.com Daymark is just steps away from the Barnegat Lighthouse in Long Beach Island. Have your ceremony at one of the most visited attractions in Barnegat Light, and walk to Daymark for your reception. We feature fresh, local seafood; farms; and creative cocktails with endless views of the Barnegat Bay. capacity 250 | price $$$

doolan’s shore club

700 State Hwy. 71, Spring Lake, NJ (732) 449-3666 info@doolansshoreclub.com DoolansShoreClub.com Located only minutes from the beach, Doolan’s Shore Club just completed a million dollar refurbishing project, giving the lobby, ballrooms and guest rooms

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eagle oaks golf & country club

20 Shore Oaks Drive, Farmingdale, NJ (732) 938-9696 hperri@eagleoaksgolf.com EagleOaks.com/weddings The Southern Colonial clubhouse has the warmth, beauty and elegance befitting one of New Jersey’s finest clubs—and your special day. Magnificent golf views, an enchanting wedding garden, an expansive banquet room, four luxurious guest suites and exquisite service that only a private club offers. capacity 500+ | price $$$

eagle ridge golf club

2 Augusta Blvd., Lakewood, NJ (732) 901-4900 events@eagleridgegolf.com EagleRidgeGolf.com Eagle Ridge Golf Club features the beautifully appointed Grande View Ballroom, three fireplaces, a cocktail reception area, a full-service bar and an outdoor terrace with breathtaking panoramic views of the golf course. Eagle Ridge specializes in perfection and offers wedding packages to suit your individual taste and budget. capacity 300 | price $$

edgewood country club

449 Rivervale Road, River Vale, NJ (201) 666-1200 ctimmerman@edgewoodnj.com EdgewoodNJ.com Allow us to pamper you and deliver the utmost in personal service, where the day is yours and only yours! Our stunning, newly renovated clubhouse features indoor and outdoor space for ceremony and cocktails and a gorgeous ballroom designed with the ability to expand to accommodate up to 400 guests. capacity 400 | price $$$

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the estate at eagle lake

214 Sykesville Road, Chesterfield, NJ (609) 510-7645 scott@estateateaglelake.com EstateatEagleLake.com Be one of the first to book your wedding at our enchanting gardens. You’ll discover paver-covered walks, a shaded ceremony amphitheater and an intimate indoor/outdoor banquet facility with an elegant tent. The grounds, facilities and lake with its white-sand beach are exclusively yours for a day. capacity 250 | price $$

the estate at farrington lake

16 Patrick Street, East Brunswick, NJ (732) 297-1500 TheEstateNJ.com You’ve just discovered the hidden jewel in the heart of Middlesex County. This gorgeous 22-acre property serves as the perfect setting for weddings, receptions, banquets and more—while our experienced and friendly

the flanders hotel

719 East 11th Street, Ocean City, NJ (609) 399-1000 EXT. 3 TheFlandersHotel.com The Flanders Hotel, located on the Ocean City Boardwalk, is one of New Jersey’s most historic and elegant wedding reception venues. The ornate sophistication of our ballrooms is reminiscent of the grandeur of the early 1900s with all of the modern amenities of today. capacity 400+ | price $$

florentine gardens

97 Rivervale Road, River Vale, NJ (201) 666-0444 FlorentineGardens.com Spend your special day in our spectacular ballroom and manicured gardens at the Estate. We host one elegant wedding at a time providing you exclusivity to the entire facility. Our staff is dedicated to providing you with individualized service, custom cuisine, and meticulous attention to detail. capacity 350 | price $$$$

the grand hotel cape may

1045 Beach Avenue, Cape May, NJ (609) 884-5611 EXT. 519 GrandCapeMay.com The oceanfront Grand Hotel is the perfect venue for a seaside wedding reception. Our Penthouse Ballroom features views of beaches, the Atlantic Ocean and Cape May’s Victorian splendor. Our certified wedding coordinator and catering staff stand ready to ensure your wedding day dreams are realized...in Grand style. capacity 350 | price $$$

grand marquis

1550 US 9, Old Bridge, NJ (732) 679-5700 GrandMarquisCaterers.com The Grand Marquis creates weddings perfect in every detail with exquisite cuisine, impeccable service, elegant luxury and personal attention, customized to each bride. Let the Grand Marquis transform your dream into reality! capacity 400+ | price $$

the grand summit hotel

570 Springfield Avenue, Summit, NJ (908) 273-3000 GrandSummit.com The Grand Summit Hotel offers an intimate setting that combines the look and feel of timeless European elegance with the amenities that today’s brides have come to expect. Experience your wedding dream in the hands of seasoned professionals. capacity 300 | price $$$

the graycliff

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THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY cont. (201) 939-9233 banquetdepartment@thegraycliff.com TheGraycliff.com The Graycliff offers New York City style at New Jersey prices. Our culinary experts will handle every detail of your special occasion. From custom menus and ice carvings to our award-winning Mediterranean chef and pastry delights. Let your dream come true at The Graycliff. Pricing starts at $74.95. capacity 300 | price $

greate bay country club

901 Mays Landing Road, Somers Point, NJ (609) 927-5071 EXT. 129 GreateBay.com Whether you choose a romantic beach wedding, a dramatic garden wedding or a reception in our elegant Greate Room, the professional staff at Greate Bay Country Club will take care of every detail to give you a Greate memory that lasts a lifetime! capacity 300 | price $$

the grove

Cedar Grove, NJ (973) 239-0309 | info@thegrovenj.com TheGroveNJ.com The Grove represents a truly unique expression of grand hospitality. This spectacular event venue offers magnificent architecture, elegant décor and state-ofthe-art technology. In addition, we proudly offer the finest Glatt Kosher cuisine and full off-premise catering services. capacity 400+ | price $$$$

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the heldrich

Downtown New Brunswick, NJ (732) 729-4670 TheHeldrich.com Opulent décor, spacious venues and lavish amenities ensure the wedding of your dreams. Whether you’re planning for a small group or a grand celebration for 400, you can count on our experienced team to help you create an unrivaled event and precious memories. capacity 400 | price $$

highlawn pavilion

Eagle Rock Reservation, West Orange, NJ (973) 731-3100 info@highlawn.com Highlawn.com Experience breathtaking panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline from Highlawn Pavilion’s historic Florentine-style structure, perched atop the over 400 acres of park and nature preserve that is Eagle Rock Reservation. Acclaimed cuisine, sophisticated service and an incomparable ambiance set the stage for an unmistakably unique and memorable day. capacity 200 | price $$$

the hotel alcott

107-113 Grant Street, Cape May, NJ (609) 884-5868 | (800) 272-3004 HotelAlcott.com Enjoy the view on our breeze-kissed, second-floor veranda or relax next to the fountain in our center

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courtyard, surrounded by the antiques and ambience of a time gone by. The hotel has been completely restored and is ready to accommodate the most intimate to the most lavish affair. capacity 200 | price $$

hyatt regency morristown

3 Headquarters Plaza, Morristown, NJ (973) 647-1234 Morristown.Regency.Hyatt.com Let the wedding professionals at Hyatt Regency Morristown cater to your every need. We’ll handle every detail of your wedding. Our elegant plaza ballroom holds up to 340 guests and our junior ballroom is ideal for ceremonies. capacity 340 | price $$$

the imperia

1714 Easton Avenue, Somerset, NJ (732) 469-2522 TheImperia.com Beautiful new upscale banquet facility, combining timeless elegance with contemporary style. Featuring 3 beautiful ballrooms, picturesque stone patio with waterfall garden, marble gazebo, exceptional cuisine, exquisite service and custom-made cakes. capacity 250+ | price $$$

indian trail club

830 Franklin Lake Road, Franklin Lakes, NJ (201) 891-4480 IndianTrailClub.com This private country club has a welcoming, sophisticated atmosphere on a 100-acre lake. A new versatile, openair and enclosed ballroom features expansive windows, fireplaces and lake views. Our certified executive chef and his team provide the freshest, most flavorful cuisine. capacity 250 | price $$$

jumping brook

210 Jumping Brook Rd., Neptune, NJ (732) 922-8200 JumpingBrookCC.com Imagine the classic elegance of a country club setting where you can enjoy your cocktail hour on the patio overlooking the lush surrounding grounds. The panoramic views from our exquisite ballrooms are second only to the attention to detail you find at every affair. capacity 400 | price $$

the kartrite

555 Resorts World Drive, Monticello, NY (570) 517-7039 tgering@camelbackresort.com TheKartriteHotel.com New York’s newest hotel and indoor waterpark will bring a certain something to your fairy-tale day like no other destination in the region. The Kartrite Hotel & Indoor Waterpark is just a stone’s throw from Resorts World. There’s no better venue for those epic Instagram memories—opening December 2018. capacity 300 | price $$$

krug catering at orange lawn tennis club

305 North Ridgewood Road, South Orange, NJ (800) 470-4335 info@krugcatering.com KrugCatering.com Founded in 1880, set on 13 acres, Orange Lawn Tennis Club offers a beautiful and historic setting for your wedding. Our new Grand Ballroom is spacious and highlighted by panoramic views and 22-foot ceilings. Let Krug Catering bring your vision to life with exceptional cuisine and five-star service. capacity 325 | price $$$

lake mohawk country club

21 Boardwalk, Sparta, NJ (973) 729-6156 LakeMohawkCC.com Lake Mohawk offers tranquil beach and boardwalk ceremonies with idyllic scenic views. Our panoramic lakeside vista makes for a unique setting for your most memorable occasion. Customizing and coordinating receptions that accurately represent the newlywed couple and their family is our specialty. capacity 250 | price $$

landmark venues

(866) 683-3586 | info@landmarkhospitality.com LandmarkVenues.com The Liberty House, Stone House at Stirling Ridge, The Ryland Inn and Hotel du Village are part of a collection of venues with infinite possibilities.

latitudes on the river

361 East Lacey Road, Forked River, NJ (609) 242-2648 LatitudesNJ.com Beautiful and elegant, Latitudes offers two waterfront banquet rooms with views of the Historic Forked River and Southwinds Marina. Arrive by boat or limo, and leave with your wedding dreams fulfilled. capacity 200 | price $$

lucien’s manor

81 W. White Horse Pike, Berlin, NJ (856) 768-9444 LuciensManor.com On your wedding day, you’re the center of attention. Lucien’s will tend to your every wish to assure that your day is as flawless as it has been in your dreams. We’ll work with you to plan your perfect event, so on your special day, all you’ll need to do is enjoy! capacity 400+ | price $$$

the madison hotel

1 Convent Station, Morristown, NJ (973) 285-1800 fred@themadisonhotel.com MadisonHotelWeddings.com Elegance under glass is the only way to experience your magical wedding day. The Conservatory at the Madison Hotel exceeds your highest expectations. It’s truly where personalized service, the finest and freshest

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the manor

111 Prospect Avenue, West Orange, NJ (973) 325-2060 info@themanorrestaurant.com TheManorRestaurant.com Set among beautifully landscaped grounds, formal gardens and majestic fountains, The Manor’s sprawling architecture, exquisite banquet rooms and well-appointed parlors epitomize classic elegance. Combined with its renowned four-star cuisine and unparalleled service, The Manor has established a 60year tradition of making memories that last a lifetime. capacity 250 | price $$$

the mansion on main street

3000 Main Street, Voorhees, NJ (856) 751-1717 | info@mainstreetmansion.com MansiononMainStreet.com Gorgeous sweeping staircases and outdoor spaces are just some of the elements creating the romantic setting that has made The Mansion on Main Street the choice of happy couples throughout South Jersey. The Mansion’s ballrooms and award-winning cuisine provide countless options to bring your vision to life. capacity 400+ | price $$

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maritime parc

84 Audrey Zapp Drive, Jersey City, NJ (201) 413-0050 MaritimeParc.com Located in Liberty State Park, Maritime Parc offers panoramic views of downtown Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Our unique and contemporary event spaces feature wraparound outdoor terraces and a dramatic Guggenheim-inspired staircase. capacity 350 | price $$$

martell’s waters edge

125 Bayview Avenue, Berkeley Township, NJ (732) 269-3000 WatersEdgeontheBay.com/waterfront-weddings Dream weddings come true at the new Martell’s Waters Edge. Nestled along the majestic Barnegat Bay, Martell’s Waters Edge offers spectacular water views, an elegant interior and exquisite, award-winning cuisine. capacity 200 | price $$

mcloone’s pier house

One Ocean Ave. at Pier Village, Long Branch, NJ (732) 443-8498 McLoones.com McLoone’s Pier House and Tim McLoone’s Supper Club offer breathtaking views, beach and indoor ceremonies, exceptional cuisine and outstanding service. At McLoone’s, we create just one wedding at a time! capacity 300 | price $$$

meadow wood manor

461 State Route 10, Randolph, NJ (973) 537-5454

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MeadowWoodManor.com Meadow Wood Manor is a picturesque colonial manor, offering everything you have dreamed of—gorgeous ballrooms, a grand staircase, crystal chandeliers, private gardens and a spacious dance floor. We will provide exceptional personal service—making memories for you and your guests—one wedding at a time!

This beachfront resort offers a chic, seaside experience. Its sleek, updated event spaces provide a simple, sophisticated backdrop. The open-air sundeck boasts an unrivaled ocean panorama. SeaSalt Restaurant continues the modern vibe with garage-style windows, a velvet banquette and an 18-foot granite bar. capacity 150 | price $$$

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merion caterers

1901 US Route 130 South, Cinnaminson, NJ (856) 829-2111 TheMerion.com The Merion is the premier catering facility in South Jersey. With marbleized columns, a magnificent hallway, a grand staircase and four ballrooms there is nothing else like it. Each ballroom has its own décor, all differing from one another to satisfy the tastes of all. capacity 400+ | price $$

the mill lakeside manor

101 Old Mill Rd., Spring Lake Heights, NJ (732) 449-1800 themill@clarkslanding.com TheMillLakesideManor.com Now under new ownership, The Mill Lakeside Manor has joined the Clarks Landing family of wedding destinations. We are exclusively yours, one wedding at a time! This waterfront property is surrounded by lush vegetation, water fountains and rolling landscapes that provide plenty of fantastic spots for first-look photos. capacity 220+ | price $$$

moorestown ballroom

16 East Main Street, Moorestown, NJ (856) 235-0326 TheCommunityHouse.com/weddings The Moorestown Ballroom, located in beautiful Moorestown, is the ideal setting for your special day, offering an exclusive one-at-a-time private wedding location. Our newly renovated ballroom nestled within our historic walls offers the perfect combination of elegance and charm.

ocean place resort & spa

1 Ocean Blvd., Long Branch, NJ (732) 571-5751 OceanPlace.com Imagine a destination wedding experience without the airfare, only 50 minutes from New York City. Turn your wedding day into a weekend getaway at Ocean Place Resort & Spa in Long Branch, on beautiful white-sand beach among the palm trees, featuring renovated luxury guest rooms and ballrooms! capacity 300+ | price $$$

old york country club at chesterfield

228 Old York Road, Chesterfield, NJ (609) 298-3322 OldYorkCC.com Our award-winning golf course makes the perfect backdrop for your outdoor wedding or spectacular wedding photos! Make your day special at the historic Old York Country Club, nestled in the rolling hills of Burlington County. capacity 150 | price $$

the olde mill inn

225 Route 202, Basking Ridge, NJ (908) 696-2315 | (866) 242-6176 weddings@oldemillinn.com OldeMillInn.com Each moment perfect, every detail flawless. An elegant inn and historic restaurant on 10 acres provides the perfect ambience for the wedding of your dreams. Both the Olde Mill Inn and Grain House Restaurant have beautiful lawns, gardens, and gazebos for your special day. capacity 240 | price $$$

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nanina’s in the park

540 Mill Street, Belleville, NJ (973) 751-1230 julian@naninasinthepark.com NaninasinthePark.com A magnificent New Jersey landmark nestled in a historical park setting, Nanina’s presents more than 50 years of catering tradition with a spectacular multimillion dollar renovation. Lavishly manicured grounds, including famous cherry blossom gardens and Tuscan-villa architecture, create a picture-perfect setting you must see to believe. capacity 400 | price $$$$

ocean club hotel

1035 Beach Avenue, Cape May, NJ (609) 884-7000 info@oceanclubhotel.com OceanClubHotel.com

the oyster point

Red Bank, NJ MPI (732) 747-2500 OPH (732) 530-8200 MollyPitcher-OysterPoint.com Celebrate with us. Have your celebration in one of our waterfront ballrooms with picturesque views of the Navesink River. Whether you choose the chic Oyster Point Hotel or the elegant Molly Pitcher Inn, let us create the perfect setting for your ideal reception. capacity 250 | price $$$

park avenue club

184 Park Avenue, Florham Park, NJ (973) 301-8233 catering@parkavenueclub.com ParkAvenueClub.com Park Avenue Club is a modern restored dairy barn serving as a private dining club in northern New Jersey, priding itself on being the premier destination for fine

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perona farms

Andover, NJ (973) 729-6161 PeronaFarms.com/tk Perona Farms is a landmark wedding facility offering world class food and impeccable service. These lovely facilities are situated on a beautiful 50-acre farm, complete with a rustic barn built in the 1930s. Family owned and operated since 1917. capacity 300 | price $$$

peter shields inn

1301 Beach Avenue, Cape May, NJ (609) 884-9090 PeterShieldsInn.com The Peter Shields Inn & Restaurant is one of Cape May’s most historic and iconic homes. From our beautiful ocean views to our award-winning chef and newly renovated guests rooms, this beachfront Georgian Revival mansion offers everything a couple could need to have the wedding of their dreams! capacity 100 | price $$$

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pleasantdale chaˆteau

757 Eagle Rock Ave., West Orange, NJ (973) 731-5600 info@pleasantdale.com Pleasantdale.com Unforgettable moments await at Pleasantdale Château, one of the world’s greatest estates. Situated on 40 acres, this historic estate is a rare find. Combined with exquisite cuisine and personalized service, the exclusive, private and serene setting offers a grand yet intimate environment for a magical celebration. capacity 400 | price $$$$

porta

Asbury Park and Jersey City (732) 776-7661 | (201) 544-5199 PizzaPorta.com There is something about a long table covered with simple food and surrounded by love that makes us count the good hours. So now we’re setting our table for your family. Our options for group dining reflect our commitment to serving you with the freshest seasonal ingredients in a warm setting. capacity 250 | price $$

ram’s head inn

9 West White Horse Pike, Galloway, NJ (609) 652-1700 info@ramsheadinn.com RamsHeadInn.com If diamonds are a bride’s best friend, let our four-diamond-award-winning property provide outstanding service for your wedding. In fall and winter, experience the warm ambience of glowing fireplaces in the parlor, or imagine a ceremony in the lovely spring and summer gardens. capacity 250 | price $$$

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ramsey golf & country club

105 Lakeside Drive, Ramsey, NJ (201) 327-0009 mtreible@ramseycountryclub.com RamseyCountryClub.com Ramsey Golf & Country Club is one of the most beautiful and unique wedding venues in all of New Jersey. The clubhouse is a replica of an English stone castle, and the grand ballroom offers spectacular views of the golf course and Mirror Lake. capacity 200 | price $$

the reception center at saint clement

172 Freneau Avenue, Matawan, NJ (732) 591-8180 marybeth@mayercatering.com TheReceptionCenter.com The Mayer family celebrates three generations in catering and hospitality. We contribute our five-star status to attention to detail, exquisite cuisine and impeccable service. Hosting only one wedding at a time, we’re New Jersey’s best-kept secret! capacity 300 | price $$

the reeds at shelter haven

Stone Harbor, NJ (609) 368-0100 kostrander@reedsresort.com ReedsatShelterHaven.com Your spectacular wedding begins here, where casual elegance and coastal-chic design combine in perfect harmony with the natural surroundings to create a oneof-a-kind backdrop. The Reeds offers the most exclusive seaside wedding destination at the southern New Jersey shore with unlimited possibilities. capacity 220 | price $$$

resorts casino hotel

1133 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ (609) 340-6826 | emcaviney@resortsac.com MeetatResortsAC.com/catering-private-events At Resorts Casino Hotel, we vow to wow you with a spectacular event that’s just a bouquet’s throw from the beach and boardwalk. Your happily-ever-after begins here. capacity 350 | price $$

the rockleigh

26 Paris Avenue, Rockleigh, NJ (201) 768-7171 TheRockleigh.net The Rockleigh estate offers beautifully manicured gardens, softly lit fountains, French gazebos, spacious cocktail areas, lavish ballrooms, and a mansion style atmosphere of old-world charm and elegance. Our unsurpassed personal service and custom designed menus give the Rockleigh its reputation for excellence, warmth, and hospitality. capacity 400+ | price $$$$

royce brook golf club

201 Hamilton Road, Hillsborough, NJ (908) 904-0499 EXT. 1913

RoyceBrook.com This is where your special occasion becomes an extraordinary event. Royce Brook’s Highlander Pavilion, with lush carpeting, custom ceiling draperies and chandeliers, makes this garden tent with attached patio, waterfall and garden area the perfect setting for your wedding to be an extraordinary occasion. capacity 250 | price $$

seaview dolce resort

401 South New York Road, Galloway, NJ (609) 652-1800 Weddings.StocktonSeaview.com When you’re making your biggest commitment, we offer you ours with a team of service professionals dedicated to your every need. At Seaview we guarantee your special occasion will create a lifetime of lasting memories. capacity 350 | price $$$

sheraton eatontown hotel

6 Industrial Way East, Eatontown, NJ (732) 542-6500 info.set@sheratoneatontown.com SheratonEatontown.com/weddings Total upscale renovations are coming in 2018! At the Sheraton Eatontown Hotel, you can expect the best. Our experienced staff is there for you every step of the way to ensure a perfect event. Discover two large ballrooms, stunning outdoor space and fully loaded packages. capacity 300+ | price $$$

sterling ballroom at the doubletree tinton falls

700 Hope Road, Tinton Falls, NJ (732) 544-9305 SterlingBallroomEvents.com We are proud to announce that Sterling Ballroom has been rated by local brides and voted into The Knot Best of Weddings Hall of Fame. Our staff will help you create a memorable affair. With indoor and outdoor ceremonies, new menus, customizable options and lighting, we’ll create a perfect event. capacity 225 | price $$

stone gables estate

(717) 902-9791 StoneGablesEstate.com Ironstone Ranch features a renovated 1860s barn and farmhouse, orchard and trails. Or, discover pristine artistry in neighboring The Star Barn Village. This 1877 authentic grand dame of history was meticulously moved and resurrected. Both world-class sites offer incredible options and amenities. capacity 300 | price $$$

sunset ballroom (chefs international, inc.)

Channel Dr., Point Pleasant Beach, NJ (732) 899-6700 TheSunsetBallroom.com The always extravagant and beautiful Sunset Ballroom is perfectly perched above the water overlooking the shores of the Manasquan River and is located a mere two blocks from the sandy beaches of the Atlantic

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the tides estate

1245 Belmont Avenue, North Haledon, NJ (973) 423-2282 | info@thetides.com TheTides.com The Tides Estate greets you with an elegant choice of settings and service. Our employees are eager to please you, anticipate your needs and respond personally to your questions. Catering options are inventive, beautifully presented and as far from the ordinary as your imagination will allow. capacity 350 | price $$$

tomasello winery

225 North White Horse Pike, Hammonton, NJ (800) 666-9463 TomaselloWinery.com Nestled in SJ’s Wine Country, Tomasello Winery is your dream wedding destination. We invite you to exchange your vows in our rustic chardonnay vineyards and then dance the night away in our gorgeous new ballroom! Call today to schedule your appointment to come see us! capacity 225 | price $$$

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trump national golf club philadelphia

500 West Branch Avenue, Pine Hill, NJ (856) 248-2982 TrumpNationalPhiladelphia.com Trump National’s newly renovated ballroom is the perfect setting for any special occasion. Our elegantly decorated 43,000 square foot clubhouse is centered amid 365 acres of tranquility and offers panoramic views of the Philadelphia skyline. capacity 200 | price $$

valley regency

1129 Valley Road, Montclair, NJ (973) 744-4510 ValleyRegency.com For more than 25 years, the Valley Regency has provided a luxurious setting for distinctive weddings and special occasions. Whether you’re planning an intimate affair or the most extravagant of galas, you can be assured that your event at the Valley Regency will be flawless from start to finish. capacity 350 | price $$

versailles ballroom at the ramada toms river

2373 Route 9, Toms River, NJ (732) 719-1206 VersaillesCaterers.com We are proud to announce that Versailles Ballroom has been rated by local brides and voted into The Knot Best of Weddings Hall of Fame. We feature dazzling chandeliers, new menus and a veranda with fireplace for cocktail hour. Our team will help you customize the wedding of your dreams. capacity 300 | price $$

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w hoboken

225 River Street, Hoboken, NJ (201) 253-2457 | whobokenweddings@whotels.com WHoboken.com/weddings W Hoboken is an iconic waterfront hotel showcasing the sparkling panoramas of Manhattan. Jersey’s hottest spot is a cosmopolitan oasis power-packed with scintillating nightlife, delectable dining and chic shopping. Escape to our sensual haven and indulge in the metropolitan magic of Sinatra’s town. capacity 200 | price $$$

the washington banquet and catering

194 Fries Mill Road, Turnersville, NJ (856) 885-6145 TheWashingtonCatering.com Whether you desire an intimate affair or an elaborate event, our elegant ballrooms will accommodate your party. Our attentive staff and talented culinary team will create an unforgettable evening unique to you. capacity 350 | price $$

waterside restaurant and catering 7800 B River Road, North Bergen, NJ (201) 861-7767 info@watersiderestaurantandcatering.com WatersideRestaurantandCatering.com A special view for your special day. Waterside Restaurant—bringing New York to New Jersey. capacity 250 | price $$$

weddings at kean university

1000 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ (908) 737-4730 | hostevents@kean.edu www.Kean.edu/conferences Whether you enjoy the vintage charm of the carriage house, celebrating in a tent alongside our fragrant gardens or from our rooftop terrace with charming views of the Manhattan skyline, a wedding at Kean University is the perfect destination for your extraordinary day. capacity 175 | price $$

westin governor morris

2 Whippany Road, Morristown, NJ (973) 539-7300 WestinGovernorMorris.com Sophisticated ballrooms, beautiful outdoor facilities, a picturesque gazebo on the premises, the exclusivity of only one wedding at a time, an award-winning chef and the four-star Westin service culture all ensure a flawless, memorable wedding day. The Westin Governor Morris: This is how it should feel. capacity 400 | price $$$

the westin jersey city newport

Jersey City, NJ (201) 626-2924 westinjerseycityweddings@starwoodhotels.com WestinJerseyCityNewport.com At The Westin Jersey City Newport, we are proud to have set a new benchmark in modern luxury. Our unique location on the Hudson waterfront, exceptional

amenities and superior Westin service all conspire to ensure that your event will be anything but status quo. capacity 600 | price $$$

westmount country club

728 Rifle Camp Rd., Woodland Park, NJ (973) 256-2700 | karen@westmountcc.com WestmountCC.com Nestled in Garret Mountain, our cobblestone driveup with a unique underground lighting design will astonish you. Our manicured gardens and fountains create the perfect backdrop for ceremonies and photo opportunities. Our newly renovated ballrooms, delicious cuisine and superb service guarantee a flawless event. capacity 175+ | price $$

windows on the water at frogbridge

Millstone Township, NJ (609) 208-9475 WindowsontheWaterNJ.com Conveniently located in Millstone Township, Monmouth County, Windows on the Water is a truly unique setting for an unforgettable day. Our 86-acre private resort offers a spectacular lakeside setting and creative cuisine options carefully managed by our wedding planners. capacity 300 | price $$$

windows on the water at surfrider beach club

931 Ocean Avenue, Sea Bright, NJ (732) 842-8463 NJWindowsontheWater.com Upon arrival you will be greeted by unsurpassed views of the great Atlantic Ocean and The Shrewsbury River. Here you will find a 7,000-square-foot catering facility, surrounded by water on both sides, suggesting an event that is both elegant and dramatic. capacity 250 | price $$$

windrift events

105 80th St., Avalon, NJ (609) 368-5175 | events@windrifthotel.com WindriftHotel.com A newly constructed second-floor banquet facility and a complete hotel renovation are just complements to the breathtaking ocean view. Located directly on the beach and surrounded by retractable glass walls, Windrift is the premier place to have your wedding reception any time of the year. capacity 250 | price $$

windsor ballroom at the holiday inn east windsor 399 Monmouth St., East Windsor, NJ (609) 443-8000 EXT. 600 WindsorBallroom.com We are proud to announce that Windsor Ballroom has been rated by local brides and voted into The Knot Best of Weddings Hall of Fame. Newly renovated, we offer everything you have ever dreamed of for your wedding—attentive staff, new menus, an amazing ballroom and new outdoor ceremony space. capacity 220 | price $$

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Nicole Makeup and Hair provides on-site beauty services replicating your vision for a once-in-a-lifetime journey down the aisle. Services include traditional and airbrush makeup, classic and modern hairstyles, custom extensions, tattoo/ scar coverage, and extended VIP day-of packages so that your look can remain fresh & beautiful all day long!

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woodcrest country club

300 E. Evesham Road, Cherry Hill, NJ (856) 429-4300 WoodcrestCountryClub.com Discover romance at this historic South Jersey golf course. Woodcrest Country Club offers unsurpassed service, gourmet cuisine and exceptional views yearround with the sophistication of a city venue. Our event specialists are eager to make all of your wedding dreams come true. capacity 250 | price $$

cakes & caterers

colorbar the salon

219 Morris Avenue, Spring Lake, NJ (732) 449-8920 | info@colorbarthesalon.com ColorbartheSalon.com Our team is wildly talented—and it doesn’t hurt that we’re obsessed with making you look and feel amazing. Whether you need hair and makeup for just yourself, engagement photos or your wedding party, we’ve got you covered. We will customize the package to ensure your big day is better than you imagined.

glow + co.

(914) 907-3289 info@glowandcotan.com GlowandCoTan.com No need to worry about going to a salon with organic on-location airbrush tanning in the northern New Jersey area. Glow + Co. provides a natural-looking in-home tan with a sugar-based premium solution.

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3 Executive Campus, Suite 450, Cherry Hill, NJ (856) 231-8886 Foodwerx.com Whether it’s a traditional and elegant affair at a gorgeous venue, a stylishly relaxed outdoor event or something in between, we’ll make sure it’s perfectly you—and perfection from start to finish.

22 Chestnut Street, Ridgewood, NJ (201) 599-0995 | info@houseofglamstudio.com HouseofGlamStudio.com A bride should be perfection on her wedding day! Our team of elite pro-artists, hairstylists and a fashion stylist will give you that and more in the comfort of our plush studio or your location of choice.

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beauty from inside and out

617 Oradell Ave., Suite 3, Floor 2, Oradell, NJ (973) 615-2486 | angela@beautyfio.com BeautyFIO.com We can create a wide range of different looks while focusing on your vision and inspiration. Our mission is to create a stress-free, relaxing environment while making you and your bridal party look and feel glamorous. We offer on-location services and also have a team to handle larger groups.

51 Mount Bethel Road, Suite 201A, Warren, NJ (908) 864-4757 | celebrate@kathyromero.com KathyRomero.com Kathy Romero Weddings and Events is a premier planning company. Our skilled team combines creative flair and a meticulous eye for detail to bring your vision to life. As experienced planners, we provide our distinguished clients with profound comfort and unimaginable peace of mind.

jewelry

bella bridesmaids

5 West Main Street, Suite 201, Freehold, NJ (732) 308-2314 BellaBridesmaids.com/freehold Shop stylish designer gowns in a fun and inviting atmosphere with the undivided attention of your very own personal stylist. Carrying over 20 designers and 600 dresses, they have a diverse inventory of gowns to complement any style, figure and price point.

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earth treasures jewelers

178 State Route 35 South, Michaels Plaza, Eatontown, NJ

(732) 542-5444 | sales@earth-treasures.com Earth-Treasures.com Earth Treasures, fine jewelry since 1974. Winner of the Reader’s Choice award for best jeweler in Monmouth County for 20 consecutive years. Specializing in diamonds, gems, pearls, bridal gifts and custom design jewelry. One’s imagination is the only limit to creating your dream of a lifetime.

hamilton jewelers

92 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ (609) 683-4200 HamiltonJewelers.com For over 100 years, Hamilton Jewelers is proud to help our valued clientele celebrate life’s most important milestones. We offer the finest in luxury jewelry and engagement rings, bridal and gift registry, custom jewelry design and more. Call us today to speak with a bridal concierge.

j. vincent jewelers

420 Route 34, Suite 301, Colts Neck, NJ (732) 256-4410 | info@jvincent.com JVincent.com We design and manufacture fine, artful jewelry pieces— made in the USA! Visit our showroom and see what sets us apart. Our showcases are filled with stunning, brilliant pieces. Jewelry is personal and should be as unique as you are. We hope to make your dreams come true!

legemdary.com

(888) 245-4089 moments@legemdary.com Legemdary.com Save thousands on your diamond ring by bypassing the middleman. This company’s revolutionary reverseauction model allows you to customize your ring and submit to GIA-certified wholesalers who compete to offer you the best price on your diamond. Questions? The Legemdary team is happy to hear from you!

flowers & décor

morningside greenhouse

554 West Broadway, Haledon, NJ (973) 595-1600 MorningsideGreenhouse.net Our award-winning bridal floral designers bring a world of flowers to your wedding. For your wedding, we use only the finest quality flowers in imaginative designs. If it can be done with flowers, we’ve done it. We’re a world-renowned supplier of orchids.

twisted willow flowers

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photography & video

milton gil photographers

Our Award winning Bridal Floral Designers bring a world of flowers to your wedding. Exquisite fresh bouquets and arrangements created for your wedding or event. We will help you achieve the drama and vision you’ve been dreaming about.

Morningside Greenhouse Family owned and operated for 70 years

305 Bloomfield Avenue, Nutley, NJ (973) 771-9700 info@miltongil.com MiltonGil.com Photography is the most essential element of your wedding day. You will have it for a lifetime. We like to think of the future generations that will see your artistic and documentary style wedding photos and see the love and emotion that made this day so amazing.

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blanc de bleu cuv´ee mousseux

(855) 874-2394 Blanc de Bleu is the world’s first blue sparkling wine—a dry, crisp, sparkling grape wine with a hint of blueberry. It’s perfect for wedding receptions. Visit BlancdeBleuUSA.com for your nearest retailer. Drink responsibly.

tru limousine, llc

41 W. Edgar Rd., Linden, NJ (908) 523-1700 customerservice@trulimo.com TRULimo.com TRU Limousine is a full-service ground transportation company. On your wedding day, enjoy bottled water, complimentary champagne, a driver in a black tuxedo and more! Our service is always hands-on and personalized, providing you with quality service and safe vehicles.

Jersey City Waterfront Weddings Experience your dream day along the Hudson River with spectacular Manhattan skyline views including One World Trade Center and the Empire State building. Newly renovated, The Westin Jersey City Newport is conveniently located to North/Central New Jersey as well as New York City, with a Grand Ballroom accommodating up to 600 guests. In addition to your main event we also showcase ethnic wedding packages, rehearsal dinners, post-wedding brunches and dedicated room blocks for your guests. 479 Washington Boulevard Jersey City, NJ, 07310 T 201.626.2900 westinjerseycitynewport.com

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The Estate at Farrington Lake

26

Above

117

The Estate at Florentine Gardens

12

Adelphia

25

Factory 220

62

The Architects Golf Club

267

The Flanders Hotel

181

Auletto Caterers

33

The Grain House

296

Avenue

171

The Grand Hotel

165

Bally Spring Inn

209

Grand Marquis

2

Basking Ridge Country Club Catering

82

The Grand Summit Hotel

253

Battleground Country Club

53

The Graycliff

95

Bello Giorno Catering

121

Greate Bay

192

The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel

158

The Grove

68

Braddock’s

237

The Heldrich

223

The Bradford Estate

1

Highlawn Pavilion

203

The Breakers on the Ocean

182

Hotel Alcott

164

Bridgewater Manor

31

Hotels Unlimited

20

Brooklake Country Club

56

Hyatt Regency Morristown

219

The Brookside

37

The Imperia

41

Buona Sera Catering

16

Jumping Brook Country Club

269

Camelback Resort

123

Kartrite Hotel & Indoor Waterpark

145

The Carriage House

289

Krug Catering at Orange Lawn Tennis Club

115

Casa Bianca

215

Lake House at the Indian Trail Club

211

Chart House Restaurants

9

Lake Mohawk Country Club

287

Chauncey Hotel & Conference Center

55

Landmark Venues

15

Clarks Landing Yacht Club

1

Latitudes

173

Congress Hall

157

Lucien’s

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Corinthian Yacht Club of Cape May

159

The Madison Hotel

67

The Cranbury Inn

283

The Manor

79

Crowne Plaza Hotel Philadelphia

229

The Mansion on Main Street

255

Crystal Plaza Group

7

Maritime Parc

71

Crystal Springs Resort

87

Martell’s Waters Edge

185

David’s Country Inn

73

McLoone’s Restaurants

163

Daymark

177

Meadow Wood Manor

85

Doolan’s Shore Club

180

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Eagle Oaks Golf & Country Club

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The Mill Lakeside Manor

1

Eagle Ridge Weddings & Banquets

105

Molly Pitcher Inn

169

Edgewood Country Club

61

Moorestown Ballroom

19

Estate at Eagle Lake

221

Nanina’s In The Park

39

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Windows on the Water at Frogbridge

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Ocean Place Resort & Spa

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Windows on the Water Sea Bright

174

Old York Country Club at Chesterfield

217

Windrift Hotel

187

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Woodcrest Country Club

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The Oyster Point Hotel

169

Park Avenue Club

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CAKES & CATERERS

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Park Château Estate & Gardens

38

Foodwerx Featuring Nicholas Caterers

141

The Park Savoy Estate

39

FLOWERS & DÉCOR

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Perona Farms

90

Morningside Greenhouse

291

Peter Shields Inn & Restaurant

179

Twisted Willow Flowers

263

Pleasantdale Château

65

Porta

190

BRIDAL FASHION & BEAUTY

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Ram’s Head Inn

172

Beauty From Inside and Out

287

Ramsey Golf & Country Club

225

Bella Bridesmaids

127

The Reception Center at Saint Clement

261

Colorbar Bridal

281

The Reeds at Shelter Haven

166

Glow + Co.

283

Resorts Casino Hotel

191

House of Glam Studio

285

The Rockleigh

11

Nicole Makeup & Hair

289

Royce Brook

235

JEWELRY

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St. Augustine Ponte Vedra

197

Earth Treasures Fine Jewelers

44

Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club

193

Hamilton Jewelers

207

Stone Gables Estate

80

J. Vincent Jewelers

137

The Sunset Ballroom at Jack Bakers

155

Legemdary

51

The Terrace at Biagio’s

28

The Tides Estate

23

WEDDING CONSULTANTS

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Tomasello Winery

88

Kathy Romero Weddings & Events

257

Trump National Golf Club Philadelphia

264

Valley Regency

270

PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO

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W Hoboken

103

5th Avenue Digital Photography

129

The Washington Banquet & Catering

47

Milton Gil Photographers

258

Waterside Restaurant & Catering

109

INVITATIONS & DETAILS

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Weddings at Kean University

76

Marlie Renee Designs

133

Weddings of Distinction

48

Things Remembered

93

Weddings in Annapolis

285

Westin Governor Morris

111

SPECIALTY SERVICES

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The Westin Jersey City Newport

291

Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux

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Westmount Country Club

231

Tru Limousine

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Ocean Club Hotel

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