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Simply perfect.




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Brett Matthews Photography


Brett Matthews Photography

Denisimo Photography

140 Central Avenue, Lawrence, NY 516.218.2980 www.carlylecatering.com

Of Lawrence

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contents FALL/WINTER 2017

in this issue 12 20 24 28 34 42 48 52 58 61 67 382


let the good times roll




get the look theknot.com editor’s letter checklist ask carley top picks 8 intimate restaurant receptions expert advice secrets from real couples haute hues love stories marriage licenses and wedding announcements snapshot


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Estate setting offered as an intriguing and distinctive alternative to conventional wedding venues. Intimate, romantic, enveloped by lush gardens, fountains and lawns. Located in the heart of the Hudson Valley, an easy one-hour drive from Manhattan, Westchester or Northern New Jersey.

One wedding a day. Capacity, with dinner and dancing, 200. 110 Round Hill Road • Washingtonville, NY • 800.337.2556 • 845.497.7476 VISIT US ONLINE feastcaterers.com FOLLOW US facebook.com/FeastatRoundHill 2007

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hot trends to make your own

fashion 272

let the good times roll High-low hems, feathers and fringe make for a fun, flirty bridal look.



make it suite Your morning-of to-dos.


stylist on call Gown guru Maradee Wahl gives bridal style advice.



maid for style


Make sure your girls look fabulous.


the dapper groom Tim Gunn of Project Runway shares his accessory tips.


works of art


Find the right ring for you.



9 rules for accessorizing your dress


Pick the perfect finishing touches.



beauty & wellness 316

foodie beauty Healthy foods to keep you gorgeous.



wedding themes 101


colors by season Let nature’s hues guide your palette.

210 221

look good on paper All your stationery questions answered.



a stem for every style Follow this guide to choose your florals.

low-key luxe Throw a celebration that’s elegant but easygoing.

hot trends to make your own The ideas we’re loving this year.


wedding cakes by style How to make your cake mirror your vibe and theme.

Our glossary has everything you need.



the front-end favor A twist on the traditional parting gift.


where to register right now The nitty-gritty on our favorite retailers.


works of art

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Celeb stylist George Papanikolas solves your prewedding hair dilemmas.



hair repair

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BEVERLY HILLS & NEW YORK panachebridals

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real weddings 72

andrew & jonathan october 1, brooklyn


adrienne & per july 2, cross river


alexia & jason september 3, new york city


sarah & matthew september 16, stony brook


michelle & dan october 22, new york city


rekha & mihir may 13, huntington


elizabeth & jeremy november 19, new york city


alyssa & reid july 16, brooklyn


brandon & todd september 24, bridgehampton


monique & allen august 6, milton

christina & eric august 20, new york city



porsha & michael december 11, wappingers falls


happy campers

erica & mike



nimi & rushabh june 18, water mill



betty & james september 3, tarrytown



february 4, new york city


kelcy & nicholas


may 7, rosendale


steph & dylan 323

alyssa & christyn july 8, bethpage


valia & alexander


evamarie & jonathan


Advice no to-be-wed should be without.

the big picture

10 old-school planning rules you can break happy campers how to actually pay for your wedding


face the music Mistakes not to make with your band or DJ.


road to the altar Stylish transportation options.


hottest honeymoon destinations Pack your bags for the trip of a lifetime.

Little things you can save on, big things you can sacrifice and how it all adds up.

wesley & patrick may 21, greenwich, ct


13 essential planning tips Ask your photographer these questions.

Pull off an awesome camp wedding.

october 15, clinton, ct



destination by design

Some traditions just don’t hold up.

august 6, groton, ct



Find your picture-perfect reception venue in southern Connecticut. Tips to make planning from a afar a breeze.

july 23, brooklyn


coastal charm

katie & benji december 31, stamford, ct

real wedding budget key $ = $30,000 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.

$$ = $30,001–$50,000

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$$$ = $50,001–$75,000

$$$$ = $75,001–$100,000

$$$$$ = $100,001+



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Visit our blog to keep up on all the latest trends and happenings at Leonard’s Palazzo and for tips and ideas for all your catered events.

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get the look


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




Dress, $4,200, Rivini at Kleinfeld Bridal, KleinfeldBridal.com (New York City), Panache Bridal & Eveningwear, PanacheBridals.com (New York City), Wedding Salon of Manhasset, WeddingSalonOnline.com (Manhasset); engagement ring, $1,580, MarrowFine.com

Dress, price upon request, Marchesa at Gabriella New York Bridal Salon, GabriellaNewYork.com (New York City), Mark Ingram Atelier, MarkIngramAtelier.com (New York City), Bergdorf Goodman, BergdorfGoodman.com (New York City); headpiece, $197, SaraGabriel .com; engagement ring, price upon request, UneekJewelry.com; shoes, $795, JimmyChoo.com

Dress, price upon request, Sareh Nouri at Wedding Atelier, WeddingAtelier .com (New York City), Kleinfeld Bridal, KleinfeldBridal.com (New York City), Saks Fifth Avenue, SaksFifthAvenue .com (New York City); headpiece, $285, Paris by Deborah Moreland, KleinfeldBridal.com; engagement ring, $1,800 (not including center stone), AJaffe.com; band, $825, CoastDiamond .com; shoes, $110, WHITE by Vera Wang, DavidsBridal.com

Jacket, $450, pants, $250, JCrew .com; shirt, $90, Joseph Abboud, MensWearhouse.com




EASY RIDER Photographer Paul Costello snaps our models cruising through the French Quarter.


Jacket, $450, pants, $250, JCrew .com; shirt, $90, pocket square, $30, Joseph Abboud, MensWearhouse.com; tie, $19, TheTieBar.com; shoes, $350, ColeHaan.com shot on location at Hotel Provincial, HotelProvincial.com

behind the scenes

MODEL BEHAVIOR Design director Tracy Everding and photo assistant Alex Darsey scout locations.

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JAZZ IT UP With its vibrant music scene and colorful architecture, New Orleans was the perfect backdrop for our fun and flirty fashion feature, “Let the Good Times Roll.� After all, what better place to shoot party dresses and statement accessories than a city known for its one-of-a-kind, celebratory vibe?

photography: Paul Costello fashion styling: Audrey Slater hair: Miok for Wella Professionals

at Judy Casey Inc. makeup: Brett Jackson using NARS Cosmetics at Sarah Laird & Good Company florals: Poppy & Mint Floral Company

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Lauren Kay

Susan Berryman Kellee Kratzer


Kristen Maxwell Cooper





Toby Fox

Tracy Everding

Rebecca Crumley

Kathy Nguyen


Esther Lee Shelley Brown Ivy Jacobson Stephanie Cain Rachel Sylvester Maria Bouselli Katie Kortebein Andrea Fowler Farah Prince Maggie Seaver Jessica Molinari Katelyn Baker Katie Ragan Kasey Schroeder, Kate Richter Sarah Love Barrie Tovar Toni Franchini




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Your culinary adventure awaits at our enchanting venues… choose from our locations of majestic stone mansions, picturesque country manors and historic estates, or invite us to your location of choice.


...where every detail is coordinated with the utmost care. 468 bedford rd, pleasantville, ny • 914.747.8197 • info@jean-jacques.com • jean-jacques.com winner “best caterer” award, Westchester Magazine 2017

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


connect with pros and find tips


get inspired

Browse top weddings from the Empire State for the ultimate local inspiration. You’ll find amazing venues plus creative style ideas that will show your guests what a true New York celebration is all about, like Melissa and Jorge’s nuptials at MyMoon in Brooklyn. Their day included colorful centerpieces, a decadent naked cake and NYPD-inspired details.




Here are some of our Instagram favorites.


Find the top-rated pros in your area and why couples love them at TheKnot.com/bow. FOLLOW US:


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This shot of a groom saying vows to his bride’s daughter melted our hearts. @toddpellowe



A romantic wedding arch creates the perfect backdrop for a dreamy first kiss. @bretthickmanphoto





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


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R O C K E F E L L E R C E N T E R®

New York’s Own Secret Garden Featuring extraordinary views of Fifth Avenue and St. Patrick’s Cathedral from a manicured historic garden, 620 Loft & Garden’s private, customizable indoor and outdoor space accommodates 165 guests for a reception and 120 seated. 212.632.5055 | events@rockefellercenter.com | 620loftandgarden.com

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Try our savvy tips for saving without sacrificing. (p. 339) A luxe Chile eco-lodge is perfect for honeymooners. (p. 370)

When I got engaged the first thing I started thinking about was my wedding vision—something that proved much harder to settle on than I expected. I had recently vacationed in Italy and thought I wanted a family-style feast with rustic tables covered in majolica platters filled with Tuscan specialties. All of that changed the minute I walked into my dream venue: a stunning, light-filled Manhattan loft space with a glassenclosed roof and wraparound terrace. From there, everything else fell into place. To help you get your planning off to a successful start, we’ve got ideas for 15 different styles to inspire your day (p. 188). Once you’ve nailed your venue and theme, it will be so much easier to pick a gorgeous cake design (p. 240) and all the other details, as well as choose a dress that suits you and your wedding. And whether it’s a fun, flirty or straight-up sexy gown you’re envisioning, turn to “Let the Good Times Roll” (p. 272) for some seriously beautiful fashion inspo. Of course, it will be hard to pull off your day without a plan for how to pay for it. Luckily, we’ve got tips and tricks for ways to save (p. 339). Plus, there’s so much more to explore in this issue, from this year’s hottest trends (p. 210) to where to register right now (p. 259), so get ready to dog-ear pages and let us help you plan a wedding that’s totally you.



I love the detailing on this Hayley Paige gown. (p. 272)

This cake is a work of art, and one of my faves. (p. 240)

KELLIE GOULD Editor in Chief

A dream catcher makes for a beautiful boho ceremony backdrop. (p. 188)

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


Congrats, You’re Engaged!

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Photo: Syed Yaqeen


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the Waterfront wedding venue Bohlsen Restaurant Group PRIME | TELLERS | H2O | VERACE | MONSOON | PIZZAPARM | HARBOR CLUB

95 New York Avenue | Huntington, NY 11743 | 631.271.5600 | HarborClubatPrime.com

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get your customized wedding checklist at TheKnot.com/checklist

This checklist will tell you what to do, when, on your way to the altar—but make sure to flip the page for our must-have apps and the online tools that will help you get there.




date: ______ /______ /______

date: ______ /______ /______

date: ______ /______ /______

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

Plan the ceremony with your officiant and discuss religious requirements such as premarital counseling.


Don’t worry, your first task is a fun one: Envision your wedding— think about the style you want and color palettes you love. Nail down a budget. When and where would you like to get married? Not sure where to start? The Knot Venue Concierge can give you personal recommendations based on a few details (see Wedding Planning Tools, p. 30). Hire any pros you just have to have, like a band or wedding planner. Start searching for the dress. Get the ring appraised and then insured ASAP.

Propose to your wedding party. Create your website with The Knot. Guests can also access it on the Guest List app (see Wedding Planning Tools, p. 30). Book your photographer, florist, musicians and other important pros. Order the gown and veil and schedule fittings for six weeks and one to two weeks before the wedding. Choose and order the bridesmaid dresses. Start registering—a super-fun to-do.


Book your honeymoon. Choose the formalwear. Send out your save-the-dates. Order the invitations and thank-you notes. 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). Schedule beauty trials and book hairstylists and makeup artists.




let the planning begin

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


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Photo Credits: Top - Alexandra Elise Photography, Bottom Left - Kracke Photography, Bottom Right - Alexandra Elise Photography

bristol harbour weddings



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In every season, Bristol Harbour offers our breathtaking backdrop of spectacular Canandaigua Lake, in the heart of New York’s Finger Lakes region. Our unique rustic luxe style, Finger Lakes farm to table cuisine and sincere dedication to service combine to create a one of a kind destination for your celebration. 585.396.2200 | bristolharbour.com | weddings@bristolharbour.com

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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. Complete your wedding cake order and order the groom’s cake, if you’re having one. Buy wedding rings. Arrange day-of transportation for yourselves and the wedding party.





date: ______ /______ /______

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


MONTHS date: ______ /______ /______

Mail your wedding invitations at the six- to eight-week mark. RSVPs should be due one month before the wedding. Work on your vows, especially if you’re writing them yourselves. Go to the first dress fitting— bring shoes and undergarments. Finalize the menu. Create a timeline for the weekend and share it with your attendants, planner and photographer.

our planner app is a must-have!

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


date: ______ /______ /______

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

2-3 DAYS

date: ______ /______ /______

K wedding planning tools Our apps and online tools for top to-dos in the first months of planning make the process easy. OUR APPS THE KNOT GUEST LIST AND WEDDING WEBSITES MANAGER Create your wedding website and guest list. Guests can access the app to get essential details and share photos. WEDDING LOOKBOOK BY THE KNOT Search for the hottest dresses and rings, and see where you can find them in your area. WEDDING PLANNER BY THE KNOT Consider this your personalized organizer: It includes the Wedding Budget Calculator and The Ultimate Wedding Checklist.

Steam the dress or suit if wrinkled. Touch base with the ceremony and the reception sites one more time to go over the schedule.


DAY BEFORE date: ______ /______ /______

Give the marriage license to your officiant. Rehearse the ceremony and have dinner. Breathe—and have fun!

OUR ONLINE TOOLS THEKNOT.COM/WEDDINGWEBSITES Build your customized wedding website by choosing from unique design schemes and colors. The best part? It’s free! THEKNOT.COM/REGISTRY Register at your favorite stores and track all of your gifts. Be sure to share your registries on your wedding website. THEKNOT.COM/MARKETPLACE Research, read reviews, directly connect, then book top wedding vendors in your area, in all categories. SC STOCKSHOP

Finalize all of your flower arrangements with your florist.


THEKNOT.COM/CONCIERGE Take our quiz to help you find the perfect venue. Plus, we’ll help you schedule site tours and book for your day.


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Located in lower Manhattan, the elegant Tribeca Rooftop and Three Sixty° will dazzle your guests with panoramic views of the Hudson River and downtown New York City from both inside the space and our impressive rooftop! 2 Desbrosses Street New York, NY 212-625-2600 www.tribecarooftopnyc.com

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With unique seaside charm, Land’s End overlooks the Great South Bay offering captivating sunsets and a private beach. While Flowerfield boasts breathtaking orchards, royal gardens, ponds & fountains, as well as a large indoor atrium. 80 Brown’s River Road Sayville, NY 631-589-1888 www.landsendweddings.com

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199 Mills Pond Road St. James, NY 631-862-0100 www.flowerfield.com


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ask carley Our cofounder answers your questions.

My fiancé is Hindu, and while we’ve chosen not to have a religious ceremony, I want to surprise him with a few personal touches from his heritage. Any suggestions? The best way to do this is subtly. Gold and red, both auspicious colors in Indian tradition, could appear throughout your wedding details. Choose a red stationery suite inked in gold, have your bridesmaids wear red or decorate your tables with gold-plated urns filled with red, pink and yellow blooms. Elephants (to honor the god Ganesh) could also play a role, or include a modern mandap in the ceremony.


I’m having trouble finding accessories to match my style of dress—how should I start?


One or two accessories can complete any look (and make it your own), but try not to pile on too many pieces or you’ll be headed for a fashion faux pas. But if you want to achieve glamgirl status, feel free to add a big, bold necklace to your embellished dress, plus a crystal clutch. Is modern more your style? Then a sleek column gown with a pair of sexy metallic shoes and a haute headband will do the trick. For a more vintage look, go for lace and heirloom-like details such as gloves and a brooch.



If my bridesmaids are getting their hair and makeup done, do I go before or after them?

It usually takes a pro about two to three hours to do a bride’s hair and makeup. More time may be needed if they have to make lots of adjustments or start over (which hopefully won’t happen, but you should prepare for it anyway). To save time and stress, ask bridesmaids to do their own hair and makeup, and then have your professional touch them up. Or, preferably, hire a separate person for your attendants and mom. If the pro will be working on both you and the others, you should go last so your look is nice and fresh for pictures.

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Who else sits with my fiancé and me at the reception? Do we have to sit with the wedding party?

You can sit with whomever you like. One choice is to have the honor attendants and their spouses or dates seated with the newlyweds. Some couples sit with their whole wedding party, while others choose to sit with their parents. If you go with the latter option, both sets of parents should be at your table to prevent any appearance of favoritism. If your parents are divorced, you may want to skip this and seat each set at a table of their friends and relatives (to prevent any awkwardness). Want to use dinner as a chance to steal a moment for just the two of you? You can decide on the most romantic option: the sweetheart table. >>

let’s talk stats





20% 83% of couples incorporate ethnic elements/traditions

of bridal parties have their hair done for the wedding

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‘Astrid’ from Modern Trousseau’s Fall 2017 Bridal Collection. Photography by Stephen Ciuccoli

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I’m an out-of-state bridesmaid who can’t attend the bachelorette party. Should I still be helping the maid of honor pay for it or any related expenses? Unlike a shower where there’s usually one host responsible for footing the bill, the bachelorette party is slightly different. It’s quite common (and totally acceptable) for the maid of honor (or party organizer) to ask for contributions. Maybe offer to contribute the amount the other bridesmaids will be paying, or at least a portion. If you’re off the hook for those costs, call ahead to one of the spots where the party will be and order a bottle of champagne or some other treat for the group—on you.





My fiancé and I secretly love the “Macarena,” but will our guests hate us if we make them do it?

One of the reasons people aren’t the biggest fans of organized dances is the song seems to go on forever. If you have your heart set on doing the “Macarena,” play 60 seconds of it, then smoothly transition into 60 seconds of “YMCA” and cap it off with 60 seconds of the electric slide. Switching songs keeps fewer people on the sidelines without slowing down the party. Ask your DJ ahead of time if they can make this dance mix. Plus with you two having so much fun, guests will be happy to join in.



Could I recruit my wedding party to help me put our favors together, or is that expecting too much from them?

Consider your squad before seeking help. Tying dozens of tiny bows might not be everyone’s idea of a good time. But you might have a few friends who are game to help. Use the task as an excuse to get together and sip champagne, or test out your signature cocktails. Everyone will have a better time if you turn ribbon tying into a fun hangout rather than a chore.

79% 32% 78% of brides have a bachelorette party

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How soon do we have to have our wedding hashtag? It seems couples have them ready to post as soon as they’re engaged— are we late to the game if we don’t?

Couple hashtags are the best way to see all photos relating to your wedding festivities, but you certainly don’t have to be ready with one as soon as the ring is on your finger. While some to-be-weds may have found it fun or amusing to play around with different combinations of their names before they were even engaged (don’t worry—we won’t tell), it’s certainly not for everyone. You don’t even have to have a hashtag—but if you decide you do want one, don’t stress about creating it. Sometimes couples get lucky and have the perfect names for a fun play on words, but you can always use simple phrases like #SarahAndAshleyGetHitched2017 or #AndersonPartyOfTwo. Just check the hashtag before and make sure it doesn’t already have hundreds of photos attached. Tip: Adding the date always helps separate your hashtag from the rest.



I don’t have any sentimental jewelry—what’s another option for a “something old”?

There are so many different ways to play with this tradition, so let your creativity run wild. Second dresses are much more common these days. You can wear your mother’s wedding dress for one half and a new gown for the other. If you would rather include a passed-down dress without actually wearing it, you could use the fabric to make a stunning clutch or chuppah, or place a nostalgic patch under your own skirt. An antique family car can be your getaway transportation, or you could use your parents’ wedding cake knife. And your bouquet can be wrapped in any heirloom fabric, from a close friend’s veil to a piece of a beloved grandmother’s favorite shawl. Or get innovative with your hair accessories. A vintage hairpin can be a nice touch or replicating your mother’s wedding hairstyle would make a lovely tribute.

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tips from the pros Who better to give advice than the wedding pros who make your wedding day come to life? From your invitation suite to cake cutting snafus, these pros have seen it all.

Inquire with your catering facility on what enhancements “ they offer for your reception or after-party. Most venues offer upgrades to their menus including cocktail hour stations, entrée upgrades, exit stations and after-party celebrations.

“ Make sure to have a plan from the start and work with experienced professionals for each aspect of the wedding: venue, entertainment, photography, etc. Strive to be done with your to-do list early so you can enjoy the excitement of the days leading up to your most memorable day. Tommy Spinelli, General Manager Falkirk Estate & Country Club, Central Valley falkirkestate.com

Budgeting should be done before “ scouting venues and making site visits. This will save a ton of time and will help narrow down your list of potential venues. Valerie Mangosing, Venue Manager Prince George Ballroom, New York City princegeorgeballroom.org

Traditional foods are always a hit, but try a tribute to your heritage or cuisine you may love to eat together. Create custom cocktail stations such as an Indian station or breakfast for dinner. Items prepared in individual or miniature portions are approachable and easy to eat.

Weather can be a big factor, especially if you’re planning to have part of your event outdoors. A venue which offers both indoor and outdoor ceremony and cocktail hour space will protect you in the event of inclement weather and prevent unwelcomed anxiety.

Catering and Events Team Conrad New York, New York City conradnewyork.com

Peter Kupersmith, Owner F.E.A.S.T. at Round Hill, Washingtonville feastcaterers.com

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1 FREEZE FRAME Guide guests to their seats with the help of framed charts suspended from silk ribbons.


2 ROCK STEADY Modern gold script pops against eye-catching agate slices that double as super-chic favors. 3 LOCK ON Invite partygoers to take their place with calligraphed cards attached to vintageinspired keys.


4 BRUSH UP Paint the town red (or any showstopping color you like) with chromatic paintbrushes marked with each guest’s name.




escort card displays

6 JUST PEACHY An edible arrangement of fresh fruit makes for a delish display that’s too tempting not to eat.



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5 BE SEATED A simple seating chart gets a charming makeover when strung between two towering wood ladders.

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Redesigned · Refined · Reinvented The Surf Club on the Sound, under its new ownership, has revitalized this seaside mansion to the premier catering venue in Westchester County. Situated on the Long Island Sound, this luxurious mansion has been restored and transformed to create one of the most dynamic destination waterfront properties. The 7-acre beachfront location offers a breathtaking view, an open-air ceremony, and a full-service dedicated team specializing in transforming ideas into reality. 2017

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mini food pairings

1 SLAM DUNK Kick off cocktail hour with savory tomato soup served with indulgent grilled cheese bites for a snack guests won’t soon forget. 2 SIP, SIP, HOORAY Novelty treats like these spiked soda bottles are best served with tiny hors d’oeuvres and pint-size straws. Cheers!



4 DRIVE-IN DELICACY Laid-back affairs call for finger foods that are anything but fancy, like these bite-size burgers and fries. 5 SMART COOKIE End the evening on a sweet note by sending guests home with mini milk cartons and warm cookies straight from your fave local bakery.

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3 BOTTOMS UP Chase a nip of traditional margarita with a single, crunchy taco.

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2 BIRDS OF A FEATHER Monochromatic plumes put a textured twist on classic accessories for a look that’s perfectly polished. 4




3 SUIT YOURSELF A bright dinner jacket in an unexpected hue instantly elevates even the most dapper tux. 4 FORMAL AFFAIR Nothing says “timeless” quite like a white dinner jacket and black bow tie. 5 DRESS TO IMPRESS Celebrate your patriotism with traditional military duds that never go out of style.


6 FLORAL FOOTWEAR Step out in style by sporting leather dress shoes with whimsical printed socks.

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7 PREPPY PARTY Casual celebrations call for punchy pants paired with vibrant pink ties.



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1 BLUE CRUSH Show off your sharp style with a bold blue tuxedo that’s bound to elicit a few double takes.

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At Buca di Beppo, the enticing aroma of authentic Italian specialties will seduce you, the sweet sounds of Frank Sinatra will serenade you and our staff will positively spoil you. Have your bridal event at Buca and you can meet some of our famous couples, like spaghetti and meatballs, chicken and parmesan, and Caesar and salad. We serve family-style food in an eclectic, vintage setting and offer exceptional group menus and banquet packages.

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8 intimate restaurant receptions bottino

friend of a farmer

pinto garden

246 10th Ave., New York City; (212) 206-6766; BottinoNYC.com Restaurateurs Danny Emerman and Alessandro Prosperi dish up unfussy Tuscan fare and an array of boutique wines at this posh west Chelsea setting, which boasts whitewashed brick walls, a spacious year-round garden and a homemade biscotti well worth the indulgence. Invite up to 52 guests to dine indoors among the restaurant’s existing mid-century modern tablescapes, or book the enclosed North Garden (up to 34 guests) or East Garden, a patio space that can comfortably seat 26.

76 Montague St., Brooklyn Heights; (718) 643-6600; FriendofaFarmer.com Handcrafted light fixtures, rustic wood tables and cozy fireplaces lend a bona fide farmhouse feel to this two-story townhouse in Brooklyn Heights. Dine and drink with anywhere from 40 to 250 guests in the restaurant’s dining room and overgrown outdoor terrace. TIP There’s no need to bring in additional décor, since the interior displays exposed wood rafters, mason jar accents and wicker baskets brimming with fruit.

117 W. 10th St., New York City; (212) 366-5455; PintoGarden.com Nestled in the heart of Manhattan’s West Village, this seasonal Thai kitchen features locally sourced eats in the form of lobster congee and chicken and lemongrass waffles from Bangkok native Chef Teerawong “Yo” Nanthavatsiri. Host a family-style brunch in the site’s year-round (and, more importantly, temperaturecontrolled) garden, where up to 50 hungry partygoers can savor duck confit and Thai baked eggs in an enclosed room filled with greenery and floral chandeliers. >>

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Dine, drink and savor your newlywed status at one of these low-key culinary sites. BY RACHEL SYLVESTER

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Elegance, Grandeur, Sophistication We invite you to experience our exquisitely designed Grand Estate Ballroom, breathtaking panoramic views of the majestic Ramapo Mountains and the rolling greens of the Falkirk Golf Course. Our grounds include seasonal gardens, water features and two stunning gazebos perfect for onsite ceremonies, cocktail hours, and memorable photos. Our talented and experienced event planners and team of highly trained Waitstaff ensure impeccable service and attention to every detail. Our Chefs will prepare our critically acclaimed cuisine, enjoyed by even the most discerning palate.



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haven’s kitchen 109 W. 17th St., New York City; (212) 929-7900; HavensKitchen.com What initially served as a cooking school is now a farm-to-fork café and culinary destination for foodies and to-be-weds alike. Plan a memorable meal for up to 200 guests at this former carriage house filled with eye-catching, vintage-chic details scattered throughout two floors of available event space. TIP Reserve the kitchen for your nuptials and gain access to a customized menu marked by seasonal produce and sustainably raised meats and fish.

57 E. 54th St., New York City; (212) 518-2727; BillsTownhouse.com If you’ve dreamed of a venue filled with rich mahogany and leather-bound books, look no further than Bill’s Townhouse, a century-old Midtown residence and former prominent speakeasy that features beamed ceilings, gallery walls and chandeliers. The luxe, multilevel restaurant is spacious enough for complete buyouts or more intimate fetes of up to 22 in its private dining room on the second floor.

Haven’s Kitchen

pier a harbor house

magnolia restaurant

maison may dekalb

22 Battery Place, New York City; (212) 785-0153; PierA.com With dramatic views of the Statue of Liberty, Financial District and Ellis Island, this designated historic landmark now serves as a scenic locale to host your “I dos.” Ideal for both small dinners of 10 or a multiroom reception that can accommodate up to 650, the harbor house has a number of spaces wedding guests— and movie buffs—will love, including an oyster bar, outdoor deck and teak Commissioner’s Bar, which served as the office of Don Corleone in the classic film The Godfather: Part II.

350 W. 40th St., New York City; (212) 956-7020; MagnoliaNYC.com The hospitality team behind the Dream Hotel and Monarch Rooftop recently unveiled two new Midtown venues: Magnolia Restaurant and Lovage Rooftop Lounge. Located steps away from Hell’s Kitchen, the ground floor restaurant serves up American bistro fare among a space rich with white brick, wood and polished brass accents. Book the space for dinner before moving the party upstairs to the 4,000-square-foot rooftop lounge.

246 Dekalb Ave., Brooklyn; (718) 789-2778; Maison-May.com With a designated outdoor garden and two distinct venues (including Maison May Vanderbilt located just around the corner from the flagship location), this Brooklyn mainstay is so much more than a café. For over a decade, couples have been flocking to this brownstone to seal the deal in alfresco garden ceremonies that can accommodate up to 80. Reserve the parlor for gatherings of 48 or less, or book the entire brownstone for a bash for 100.

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advice from an

event designer why should couples consider an event designer in addition to a planner? The analogy I refer to most is that if a wedding is a beautifully performed play, a planner is the talented director while the event designer acts as set design. Together, we bring the love story to life (cheesy, but true!).

Erica Taylor Haskins Tinsel & Twine ABOUT



The creative team behind this floral and event design group creates timeless weddings, each with its own twist. ON THE WEB

what’s your favorite style of wedding to plan? I love any wedding that results in surprising contrasts, like bringing intricate fixtures and velvet tufted lounge furniture into a warehouse or making a stately hall feel like a rave. I personally enjoy the challenge of making the unexpected feel natural. is planning a wedding in less than six months really doable? As long as the couple is flexible and realistic with their must-haves, producing a wedding on an aggressive timeline can actually make things easier. You’re forced to trust your instincts—there’s no time to second guess decisions or fall down an inspiration board rabbit hole.

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@tinseltwine PRO TIPS

Avoid venues that require the use of exclusive vendors, since that often means every wedding in that space looks the same. Event design provides the challenge of reinventing what could be a very formulaic creative process. Our job is to make sure a wedding doesn’t feel redundant or recycled.

what’s the secret to finding the perfect party venue? I always liked the idea of a wedding feeling like a couple’s biggest house party ever, so I advise getting married in a space that feels like your dream home. That can mean a cool warehouse in Brooklyn with exposed brick and remnant graffiti or a serene acre of farmland perfect for a garden party. how important are a couple’s guests when designing their wedding? Your wedding is very much about your guests and their memories. Invest in the moments and details they’ll appreciate, like good food and an open bar. I love the shift toward a well-styled cocktail party instead of a traditional dinner, since you can provide guests with interactive activities like tarot card readers, billiard tables or henna stations to make for a memorable party. any advice for couples struggling to collaborate on a design? Even if someone doesn’t have strong opinions on flowers or linens, both partners should be involved in the decision making. It’s a big day for both of you, so it should feel that way. Find event designers from your area at TheKnot.com/marketplace



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how can couples repurpose flowers from the ceremony to the reception? If the ceremony arrangements aren’t too heavy, those can be relocated to bars, while aisle flowers can be moved to cocktail tables.



aside from using lace, what are some other ways to wrap a bouquet? Personally, I love lots of flowing silk ribbons. It’s also lovely to use salvaged fabric.

what really happens to all those flowers postwedding? Flowers aren’t forever. Once cut, they have a limited amount of time to shine and are carefully conditioned to be at their peak for your wedding. We encourage couples to give arrangements to their guests or contact a flower recycling company for donation. MEET

Lilli Wright Mimosa Floral ABOUT

This Brooklyn-based floral design company specializes in fetes of all shapes and sizes. ON THE WEB


@mimosafloral PRO TIPS

Don’t be afraid of color, and keep it simple. Hire vendors you really like and give them room to create—you’ll get the best results this way.

what’s trendy in florals? Hanging florals are big right now. Also, I’m loving the massive amounts of greenery. what about flower trends or color combos you can’t stand? I’m happy with all trends as long as they fit the couple, although I can be a little snobby about submerged orchids, since they’re not my favorite. Oh, and succulents and garlands are expensive. are there any flower pairings you’d like to see more of? I would love to see more yellow weddings, since it’s such a cheerful, celebratory color. I also enjoy the juxtaposition of tropical flowers tucked into garden-style arrangements. what are some cost-saving floral tips for couples on a budget? Choose one area to splurge on and then skip most everything else. Your guests won’t really miss what’s not there, but they will notice a statement piece. Also, minimal goes a long way. Choose one type of flower, and incorporate a ton of it. Check out more local wedding pros at TheKnot.com/marketplace

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what’s the easiest way for couples to personalize their flower arrangements? Make a list of adjectives that describe your style, and take a look around your home. Do you have a lot of neutral furniture, or are you surrounded by eclectic bright colors? Use this as a starting point for your wedding. A floral designer will help you translate this into arrangements that really reflect you as a pair.

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what necessities are in your emergency bag? So many things, including fashion tape, paper towels, fishing wire, face powder, straws and a pretty hanger for the wedding gown.

what are the first three things to-be-weds should do immediately after getting engaged? Get a manicure (you’re going to be showing off that ring), then take at least a week or two to enjoy being engaged before you start to plan out the details. Write out your guest list, and get an accurate count for whom you want to invite. Having a list will help to narrow your search, so you’re looking only at venues that really suit your party size. what are the advantages to bringing in a planner as opposed to working with a day-of coordinator? In a city like New York, there are so many talented vendors that the choices can seem overwhelming. Planners are able to narrow your options to suit your style and budget, check on availabilities and rates, and handle all communication, which can be time consuming. A planner also knows which venues and vendors are relatively new to the scene, is able to create a wedding budget and advise on where to allocate resources, and can help to ensure all design elements are cohesive and thoughtful.

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Tzo Ai Ang Ang Weddings and Events ABOUT

Established in 2011, this posh events company aims to provide to-be-weds with ultra-personalized attention throughout the planning process. ON THE WEB

AngWeddingsand Events.com

@angweddingsny PRO TIPS

Remember to step back and take it all in. That day you spent so much time planning passes by in a flash, and you want to commit it to memory as best as you can. Being in a marriage is about compromise, and that starts with planning your wedding. Sometimes I’m part planner, part therapist!

what’s the key to finding your perfect venue? what red flags should couples look for when searching for a space? Consider what’s important to you: Do you want a venue with outdoor space, a skyline view, tall ceilings or a clean, blank slate? If excellent food is essential, consider venues that allow for outside catering, where you’ll have more menu options available. It’s a red flag when a space does more than one wedding per day or has an outdoor space but no solid rain plan. what’s one pro planning tip all to-be-weds should know? Try to leave a little room in your budget for last-minute additions, like a late-night food truck or a groom’s cake. And don’t forget to budget for gratuity. Discover more tips and trends from your area at TheKnot.com/newyork




what should a couple bring to their first meeting with a wedding planner? The first meeting is about the big picture. Figure out your budget, your guest count and what elements are most important to you.

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“Consider a postwedding brunch. Everyone is finally relaxed, and it’s a nice way to cap off the festivities and say goodbye to guests.” —Manasi & Bill

—Chinny & Chike

—Karen & Mark

secrets from real couples

From phone-free wedding days to tricks on how to stress less, newlyweds share their can’t-miss tips.


“Purchase a dedicated wedding notebook and take it with you everywhere. You never know when an idea, question or concern will pop into your head.” —Ari & Nick



“If you’re asking loved ones to travel a long distance to attend your wedding, do your best to make it easy for them.” —Rory & Kevin Find more local tips at TheKnot.com/newyork

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“The morning of our wedding, I handed my phone to a friend who answered phone calls and took a bunch of candid photos and videos throughout the entire day.” —Kate & Lauren


“Supportive vendors are key. If you’re unsure during an initial consultation, listen to your instincts and move on.”


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Your friends and family will be talking about your wedding for years to come!

This exclusive wedding venue serves a limited number of weddings each year. They have everything you need to create your elegant Vermont wedding, including beautifully restored barns, over 500 acres, 50 miles of trails and much more.

• 500 acres surrounded by breathtaking views of Vermont’s Green Mountains • Multiple unique barn venues—enjoy the Stone Room for your rehearsal dinner, Brown Barn for the reception, the Red Barn great room for your Sunday brunch, the meadow for your ceremony and more • Unique on-site lodging • Award-winning farm-to-table meals • Experienced planners will walk you through every step of the process • Exclusive use of the most beautiful wedding property in Vermont for the entire weekend

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Make a preppy statement on your wedding day with a balanced and classic pairing.

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1 Tote bag, $25, TheKnotShop.com 2 Dress, $198, Wtoo, Watters.com 3 Nail polish in Whip It, $18, DeborahLippmann .com 4 Cheek Pop blush in Plum Pop, $23, Clinique.com 5 Festive Flora invitation, $181 for 100, Oscar de la Renta, PaperlessPost .com 6 Robe, $55, TheKnotShop.com 7 Pocket square, $10, TheTieBar.com >>


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slate+ celadon Subtle and sophisticated, this color combo works in any season.

Eye-catching details can take the place of a cake topper for a modern twist.






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love stories

Five supersweet proposals from the Empire State. BY RACHEL SYLVESTER

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Childhood friends Carol and Renoj had been dating for nearly four years when a cancer diagnosis left them stunned. “Renoj was diagnosed with leukemia and spent six weeks at the hospital,” Carol says of his recovery. Since his hospital room boasted views of the East River, Renoj decided to propose to Carol at the Long Island City pier he could spot from his bed. And on the day he was discharged, he did just that. “Carol is always asking me if I want to go on an adventure,” he says. “So I asked her the same question.” The ring: Brilliant Earth >>

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Two years into their relationship, Vincent purchased a cushion-cut diamond engagement ring, then asked Rose’s parents for their approval. In the months that followed, he went on to plan an elaborate proposal Rose never saw coming. During an evening out with friends, Vincent convinced Rose to walk with him across the Brooklyn Bridge, where he presented her with the ring high above the East River. Afterward, the duo joined family and friends for celebratory cocktails nearby. “It was a complete surprise,” Rose says of the sentimental gesture. “The bridge is special to me, since it’s where my grandfather proposed to my grandmother.” The ring: Zingale & Co. Jewelers


An international proposal was always the plan for Sophia and Bentley, who got engaged during a spring vacation in Barbados. “We love traveling together, and I wanted to propose in a place we both hold near and dear to our hearts,” Bentley says. As the two walked along the boardwalk in the city of Bridgetown, Bentley seized the opportunity to present his girlfriend of four years with a rose gold diamond ring. “I was incredibly nervous, but ecstatic that we were making this monumental step in furthering our love story,” he says. “I was just super hyped she said ‘yes.’ ” The ring: Delage Jewelers >>

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Photo by The Click Chick Photography



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

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

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

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

Bronco Wine Company | 855.874.2394 | Sparkling grape wine with blueberry flavor and certified color. © 2017 Blanc de Bleu, Ceres, CA | Drink responsibly. Drive responsibly.

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allison & gregory New York City PHOTOGRAPH BY THE MARKOWS


A short trip to California’s scenic Napa Valley served as the ideal excuse for Gregory to pop the question in the middle of a vineyard. “We were visiting Sterling Vineyards, which is perched on a stunning hilltop with views overlooking the entire valley,” Allison says. After a self-guided tour and a few glasses of Pinot, the pair relaxed on the vineyard’s patio before Gregory asked Allison to join him in exploring the rest of the grounds. “He led me to a clearing, knelt down and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him,” Allison says. “I was speechless.” The ring: T. Gluck & Company

leah & rachel



Leah (left) and Rachel are proof that when a theater producer and history teacher get engaged, it’s bound to be a theatrical proposal for the books. Enlisting the help of Hamilton star Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leah tricked Rachel into a tour of Richard Rodgers Theatre, where she proposed onstage. Soon after, Rachel suggested they walk to dinner. As they passed Walter Kerr Theatre, Leah noticed a love note written on the sidewalk in chalk. “I had no idea,” Leah says of Rachel’s surprise return proposal. The rings: Leah: vintage; Rachel: STUart Jewelry Designs Find more amazing photographers in your area on p. 402

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at Oldstone


onteverde at Oldstone, built in 1760 and rich with history, is situated on 27 wooded acres overlooking the Hudson River in Cortlandt Manor, New York, just 50 minutes north of Manhattan. With sweeping vistas and natural beauty, this 18th-century estate has many unique components. From our elegantly restored mansion, to the Grand Tented Pavilion, the Garden House, Stone Patio, intimate Grape Arbor and stunning Grand Lawn, Monteverde at Oldstone is the perfect backdrop for any event.


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October 1 • Brooklyn

andrew &

jonathan engaged: 2 years



photography by Katie Osgood Photography at 501 Union

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THEIR STORY GROOM Andrew Ford (opposite, right), 35, a lawyer GROOM Jonathan Escalante, 25, self employed HOW THEY MET At a bar in Hell’s Kitchen WEDDING STYLE A maroon, navy and gold palette paired with branch centerpieces and marble accents made for a romantic soiree at the industrial 501 Union. —Rachel Sylvester

Textured arrangements containing amaranthus, dahlias, pincushion proteas and calla lilies popped against woodgrain tables set with black flatware and glass bud vases. “We wanted our design to feel more like a high-end cocktail party than a formal wedding,” Jonathan says of their autumn affair.

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“We felt a bit weird dictating how our friends should look from head to toe, so we left it up to them,” the couple says of styling their wedding party. Nearly 100 family members and friends flew in for the celebration, and they found their seats thanks to marble tiles that boasted guests’ names in copper block calligraphy.

Canvas totes embroidered with the couple’s hashtag contained various snacks and a hangover relief kit.

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Menu highlights included savory Asian fare like Peking duck and kimchi fried rice, and a decadent spread of Levain Bakery cookies and banana pudding from Magnolia Bakery. “The menu was our number one priority,” Jonathan says. “We wanted guests to have a true New York experience, and to us that meant great food.”


Katie Osgood Photography


DESIGNER & PLANNER Jove Meyer FLOWERS Mimosa Floral MENSWEAR Andrew: Hugo


Events Design


Union, Brooklyn

Boss; Jonathan: Acustom Apparel, New York City SHOES Christian Louboutin Moore


escort cards: Julia Bez BOOK Paper Bound Love

Broadway Party Rentals Real Food Catering Lee Cakes


CAKE Madison

MUSIC James Mulry;

Carlos Almeida/Cantaloupe Music Productions Inc. CustomInk Uber




A Thompson Hotel


GUESTS 95 BUDGET $$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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July 2 • Cross River

adrienne &

Prior to making their grand reception exit, Adrienne traded her ethereal tulle gown for a modern jumpsuit.

per engaged: about 1 year



photography by A Guy + A Girl Photography at a private residence

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Adrienne Hayes, 27, a marketing manager GROOM Per von Rosen, 32, a project manager HOW THEY MET On Tinder WEDDING STYLE With a romantic garden party in mind, Adrienne and Per planned a flower-filled fete that incorporated cultural nods to the groom’s Swedish roots. —Perri O. Blumberg

Adrienne’s childhood home turned out to be the perfect fit for their midsummer nuptials. “Not only did I grow up there, but we got married in the same garden that my parents did over 30 years ago,” she says of the sentimental space.

“They looked like little garden fairies!” Adrienne says of the tulle-clad flower girls.

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Per’s family crest was incorporated throughout the stationery and lawn games, which partygoers played while sipping blackberry old-fashioneds under flower-adorned trees. Additional botanical details included floral-print ties, patterned bridesmaid dresses and a playful pair of green bridal pumps.

Per accessorized his blue bespoke suit with a tie that belonged to Adrienne’s late grandfather.

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+ A Girl Photography


Cameron/La Maison Fête Hedgerow


Lauren Saldutti and Michael Kelley/A Guy




GOWN Monique Lhuillier,

Saks Fifth Avenue SHOES Gucci


RINGS Anna Sheffield JEWELRY Bracelet: Saks

Fifth Avenue; earrings & necklace: Laird & Company

HAIR Amelia Bueti; Dawn Palaia

MAKEUP Eiluj Beauty

Haute Hippie


MENSWEAR Groom: Ralph

Lauren; groomsmen: Zara Shindigs


RENTALS La Maison Fête; Northeast

Tent Productions; Spectrum Lighting; Westside Rentals

CATERING Fancy Girl Table

La Tulipe Desserts


MUSIC Silver Arrow Band

PHOTO BOOTH Khaki Bedford Photography TRANSPORTATION La Maison Fête; Leros

Point to Point


Post Inn; Holiday Inn Mt. Kisco Loose arrangements of peonies, anemones and ranunculus topped dark wood dining tables, along with gold flatware, patterned chargers and pink glassware. When it came time for dessert, the newlyweds cut into a fruit-filled confection before passing out mini naked cakes to each of their guests.

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September 3 • New York City

alexia &

jason engaged: 19 months



photography by Joseph Lin Photography at The Gramercy Park Hotel

Alexia’s asymmetrical arrangement popped against her ivory lace and horsehair gown.

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BRIDE Alexia Matak, 36, a director of sales and marketing GROOM Jason Roth, 48, founder and president of Payroll Experts HOW THEY MET When Alexia joined Jason’s family company in 2002 WEDDING STYLE Alexia and Jason played up the hotel’s opulent interior, utilizing trailing vines, moody florals and glass bulb details for a “tamed wilderness” aesthetic. —RS



Alexia has a wedding rom-com to blame for her desire to wed on a Manhattan rooftop. “I used to watch Made of Honor on a basis that’s more regular than I’d like to admit,” she says. “There was something about the scene where they get married on a New York City rooftop that I’ve always loved.” After tying the knot in a ceremony that fused Christian and Jewish customs, the newlyweds recessed back up the aisle to Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby Got Back.”

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Jason’s teenage daughters dressed the part of bridesmaids in floral-print gowns and read a heartfelt letter in tandem together during the ceremony. “They brought plenty of laughs and tears,” Alexia says. As a nod to the hotel’s existing light bulb installation, glass bulb escort cards guided guests to their seats.

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Park Hotel, New York City


Joseph Lin Photography The couple showcased their unwavering appreciation for out-of-town guests by writing a 126-page guide to New York City that detailed everything, including what to eat and where to shop. Titled Jason and Alexia’s Guide to the City, the book was “leaked” to guests a few weeks before the nuptials by the pair’s disgruntled dogs— Todd, Winnie and Henry—as a playful joke. “We made it look like the dogs leaked the unpublished manuscript since they were upset they weren’t invited to the wedding,” Alexia says.


Kruthika Chittiappa/The Gramercy Park Hotel

FLOWERS Kat Flower


Alvina Valenta, Schaffer’s Bridal, Scottsdale, AZ SHOES Badgley Mischka


RING E.D. Marshall Jewelers WEDDING RINGS Groom: Robbins Brothers EARRINGS

E.D. Marshall Jewelers

HAIR Oscar Blandi

Salon MAKEUP Zorina Czora DRESSES Camille La Vie


Groom: Suitsupply; groomsmen: Men’s Wearhouse


RENTALS The Gramercy Park Hotel; La

Tavola Hotel

CATERING The Gramercy Park

CAKE Sugar Lane Cake Shop


Constantine Ptohos and Gary Hoffman/74 Events

FAVORS BookBaby.com; Fishs

Eddy; Zazzle.com


The Gramercy Park Hotel


Neiman Marcus; Restoration Hardware HONEYMOON France GUESTS 67 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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September 16 • Stony Brook

sarah &

matthew engaged: a year and a half



photography by Cassi Claire Photography at Three Village Inn

Bridesmaids wore floor-length gowns in shades of blue as a nod to the oceaninspired nuptials.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Sarah McCay, 31, a graphic designer and illustrator GROOM Matthew Herr, 32, a marketing director HOW THEY MET Through a mutual friend WEDDING STYLE “Our style was what I like to call ‘garden party at the beach,’ ” Sarah says of their low-key gathering that featured plenty of personalized details. —POB

To create a nautical look reminiscent of summers spent in Montauk, Sarah and Matthew turned to a color scheme of blue, gray, green, gold and white. Mussel shell escort cards and miniature message-in-a-bottle favors lent sailor-infused flair to the inn’s ballroom.

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Sarah and Matthew sealed the deal with a wine ceremony that called for handwritten letters placed in a box with a bottle that the couple plans to open on their one-year anniversary. When it came time for dessert, partygoers dug into a confection filled with chocolate chips, buttercream frosting and cannoli cream.

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Sarah designed the stationery to include a custom crest and nautical vintage stamps.


Dressed in a crystal and pearl headpiece and her mother’s lace wedding dress, Sarah made her way down the aisle flanked by her parents on either side. “I hadn’t considered wearing my mother’s wedding dress until she showed it to me,” Sarah says of the gown, which originally featured long sleeves and a high collar. “But in the dress box was a handwritten letter addressed to her future daughter. In that moment, I knew I had to make that dress work.”

Village Inn, Stony Brook


Cassi Claire Photography


Lake Grove Village Florist


Eric Persson (friend)

GOWN Family

heirloom; tailor: Irene Travias BHLDN


SHOES Stuart Weitzman

ENGAGEMENT RING Two by London WEDDING RINGS Pyramid Jewelers BRACELET Kate Spade New York

Lucas Wilson Various





CATERING Three Village Inn


Rolling Pin Bakery


Scratch Weddings

FAVORS Krause’s

Chocolates Carpet Limo


Hilton Garden Inn Stony Brook; Three Village Inn Macy’s

REGISTRIES Crate & Barrel;


GUESTS 132 BUDGET $ (see key, p. 8)

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Have a grand affair in our elegant Great Hall or an intimate gathering in our new Charolais Room.

Your guests can a a also so enjoy o o our expanded a destination st at a o resort s with all the facilities including a year-round, heated, salt water pool and spa.

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October 22 • New York City

michelle &

dan engaged: about 1 year



photography by Sara Wight Photography at Hudson Hotel

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“Writing our own vows brought us even closer together,” Michelle says of customizing their interfaith ceremony, which took place under a dahlia-adorned arch.


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BRIDE Michelle Apiar, 38, a brand manager GROOM Dan Timins, 42, an attorney HOW THEY MET Through a professional networking group WEDDING STYLE Cosmopolitan couple Michelle and Dan steered clear of a classic, all-white wedding and instead planned a rooftop affair awash in deep wine and burgundy tones. —POB

“We wanted elegant with a touch of edge,” Michelle says of their inviting autumn nuptials. To keep the vibe of the venue feeling romantic, chandeliers and rich chiffon fabric were used to dress up the hotel’s rooftop. “One of the reasons we had our wedding in a hotel was that so many of our guests were coming from out of town,” Michelle says. “We wanted everyone to have a New York City experience.”

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On the couple’s must-have list: lots of lobster, skyline views and a playlist full of playful hits. “It was Dan’s idea to walk back up the aisle to ‘Nowhere to Run’ by Martha and the Vandellas,” Michelle says of their unconventional recessional song.

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An attention-grabbing dessert was essential for Michelle, who was once a wedding cake baker. Sweet treats included hibiscus-flavored artisanal doughnuts and a toasted almond cake made from freshly ground almonds and poached pears. “It looked a little punk rock with its torn edge detail,” she says.





Hotel, New York City


Sara Wight Photography NST Pictures Weddings


PLANNER Fallon Carter



Deborah Roth/Spirited Living


Lazaro, Kleinfeld Bridal, New York City VEIL Malis-Henderson, Kleinfeld Bridal SHOES Badgley Mischka



William & Henri

HAIR Jill Hammelman

Hair Design MAKEUP Anni Bruno/NYC Faces


After Six, RK Bridal, New York City MENSWEAR Groom: Tom James;

groomsmen: Men’s Wearhouse Bella Figura; Minted.com Ovando


CATERING Hudson Hotel

CAKE Nine Cakes

MUSIC 45 Riots

PHOTO BOOTH We Love Photobooths FAVORS Dough

Hudson Hotel


REGISTRIES Bloomingdale’s;



GUESTS 100 BUDGET $$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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104 East Main Street, Clinton, Connecticut 860.669.4596 by appointment | www.thewhitedressbytheshore.com| @thewhitedress

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May 13 • Huntington

rekha &

mihir engaged: about 1 year



photography by Salwa Photography at Oheka Castle

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Bridesmaids and flower girls donned embellished gold and blush lehengas that were a perfect match for the dramatic ceremony mandap.

THEIR STORY BRIDE Rekha Mahale, 35, a pediatrician GROOM Mihir Patel, 33, a corporate bond trader HOW THEY MET At a charity event WEDDING STYLE A stunning castle set the scene for Rekha and Mihir’s storybook spring celebration. —POB

“I didn’t think a fairy-tale wedding was possible unless we wed somewhere in Europe,” Rekha says of her search for the perfect venue that could accommodate 250 guests. “When we found Oheka Castle, which is so close to New York City, it almost seemed too perfect.”

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Prior to the start of the ceremony, Mihir made his grand entrance, or baraat, in a vintage Rolls-Royce to the sound of Indian dhol drummers. “Our parents immigrated here 50 years ago, so it was important for us to have both Indian and American cultures represented at our wedding,� Rekha says of the colorful affair.

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Glen Island Harbour Club


A truly spectacular place. You’ll be surrounded by gently breaking waves, lush park grounds on a secluded island, breathtaking sunsets, a storybook chapel and dramatic views of the New York skyline bridges. Glen Island Harbour Club—where new and everlasting memories are created.

Glen Island Park, Weyman Avenue, New Rochelle, NY 10805 | 914.636.6500 | www.gi-hc.com

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Clusters of cherry blossoms and peonies imparted a romantic vibe to the opulent castle venue.





Castle, Huntington


Anna and Simon Salwa/Salwa Photography After digging into a coconut buttercream cake, guests took home gift bags filled with personalized swag, including monogrammed glasses and decorative elephant place cards—a symbol of good luck in Indian culture. “It’s nice to visit our friends’ homes and actually see them using our favors,” Rekha says.


Elegant Affairs


GOWNS Ceremony:

Shehnaai Couture, New York City; reception: Payal Singhal

SHOES Badgley Mischka;

Jimmy Choo


BlueNile.com WEDDING RINGS Clear Cut Inc.

MAKEUP Style by Susmita




MENSWEAR Groom: Hugo Boss,

Saks Fifth Avenue; groomsmen: Nazranaa STATIONERY Metro Cards

Elegant Affairs Oheka Castle



MUSIC DJ Raj Entertainment

ACCOMMODATIONS Oheka Castle HONEYMOON Bora Bora & Morea GUESTS 250 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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For over 50 years, The Fountainhead has been regarded as one of Westchester’s Premier Wedding Facilities. As your guests are welcomed by valet and uniformed doormen, they will experience the elegance and sophistication of their surroundings complete with waterfall gardens, soaring glass atriums, elegant marble and gold leaf lobbies. You and your guests will enjoy our great tasting cuisines whether you choose Northern Italian, Sicilian, New American, Contemporary or Foods from the Islands menus. The spectacular ballrooms, complete with hand-finished marble and granite dance floors, can accommodate over 400 guests. The award winning design of our atriums will enable your guests to enjoy a separate area for your cocktail reception. Our elegant, nondenominational wedding chapel features a breathtaking skylight that will bring lasting memories of a beautiful wedding. The Fountainhead is very accessible from all major highways just 15 minutes from Manhattan, Connecticut, Long Island and New Jersey.


55 Quaker Ridge Road, New Rochelle, NY • 914.235.4400 • www.FountainheadCaterers.com

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November 19 • New York City

elizabeth &

jeremy engaged: about 1 year



photography by Roey Yohai Photography at Ellis Island

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A custom passport contained a list of the couple’s favorite immigrants—from Oscar de la Renta to Albert Einstein.


THEIR STORY BRIDE Elizabeth Fife, 29, founder of Batter & Cream GROOM Jeremy Levine, 29, an associate at a management consulting firm HOW THEY MET Through mutual friends at JazzFest in New Orleans WEDDING STYLE The couple initially dreamed of hosting a destination wedding, but instead chose Ellis Island as the site of their elegant fall fete. —POB

As a native New Yorker, Elizabeth had attended many events throughout Manhattan, but never on Ellis Island. “It felt like a destination in and of itself,” she says. “We love the history of the island, and since it’s a landmark, we can always come back to visit.”

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Guests boarded a ferry at Battery Park, where they were met with New York–themed fare in the form of miniature hot dogs, pretzels and fresh bagels topped with cream cheese and smoked salmon. Upon arriving to the island, guests were greeted by a live jazz trio and violin performance.

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Roey Yohai, Dan Tomei and Nicolas Messi/Roey


Yohai Photography Weddings Fête




OFFICIANTS Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove;

Rabbi Ethan Witkovsky



Oscar de la Renta, Saks Fifth Avenue Christian Louboutin



Private jeweler WEDDING RINGS Bride: family heirloom; groom: Corey Friedman EARRINGS Corey Friedman

HAIR Teddi Cranford/

White Rose Collective MAKEUP Kimara Ahnert


MENSWEAR Enzo Custom, New York


STATIONERY Cartier; Fête


Bestek; Broadway Party Rentals; New England Country Rental

CATERING Sonnier & Castle

MUSIC Cocktail hour: Empyreal Strings;

reception: Element Music PHOTO BOOTH Oh Snap Smile Statue Cruises


The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park Mirrored tabletops reflected overgrown arrangements of hydrangeas, lisianthus, orchids, sweet peas, ranunculus and trailing vine. “We wanted the interior to feel like an extension of the exterior,” Elizabeth says of their autumn-inspired design. “The room felt like an incredibly intimate garden.”

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REGISTRY Jung Lee NY GUESTS 230 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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July 16 • Brooklyn

alyssa &

reid engaged: 1 year



photography by Stylish & Hip Weddings at Prospect Park Boathouse

Alyssa’s striking gown was made of silk tulle and French Chantilly lace.

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BRIDE Alyssa Roberts, 28, a fashion designer GROOM Reid Comstock, 28, a philosophy PhD student HOW THEY MET While vacationing with friends in Austin, Texas WEDDING STYLE Untamed arrangements of Venus fly traps, king proteas, spiked thistles and sweet-smelling herbs lent botanical flair to Alyssa and Reid’s book-inspired bash. —RS

The bibliophiles blended glass terrariums and unconventional blooms with vintage books to create a one-of-a-kind reception in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. Victorian seed packets acted as table numbers, and personalized escort cards were displayed in a turn-of-the-century library card catalog. “Reid designed all of the cards to resemble vintage library cards, with a book description that was suited to each guest,” Alyssa says.

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Vintage porcelain toppers dating back to the 1920s adorned the couple’s classic yellow cake.




Bridesmaids stood out in patterned gowns complete with pockets, while Alyssa’s friend Erik donned a blue bow tie for his role as the man of honor. To represent her “something blue,” Alyssa sewed a single piece of blue ribbon onto her tulle gown, which she later swapped for a shorter sheath prior to the start of the celebration.

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Jazz tunes from the ’20s and ’30s played while partygoers sipped aptly named cocktails like The Reid-ing Rainbow. As the night came to a close, guests tossed dried flower petals and shook tambourines before the newlyweds made their grand exit. “The night was filled with so much love,” Alyssa says.




Church, Brooklyn RECEPTION SITE Prospect Park Boathouse, Brooklyn


Jennifer MacFarlane/Stylish & Hip Weddings VIDEOGRAPHY Mint Cinematography DAY-OF COORDINATOR Dana Butler FLOWERS Sprout

Denaro Basia


GOWN Rita Vinieris


& WEDDING RINGS vintage MAKEUP Face the Day NY



DRESSES RenttheRunway.com






RENTALS Prospect Park Boathouse


CAKE Moveable Feast

DESSERTS Betty Bakery; Magnolia Bakery MUSIC Ceremony: Phillip Lamb & Charles

Caranicas; reception: Dan Martin Music; DJ Jaye Diggs/Scratch PHOTO BOOTH Sweet Booths DANCE LESSONS Milo Saidl/DanceSport



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September 24 • Bridgehampton


Todd’s mother married the pair in a short 15-minute ceremony held on the hotel’s front porch.


todd engaged: 1 year photography by Cappy Hotchkiss Photography at Topping Rose House

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GROOM Brandon Penn (right), 26, works in real estate GROOM Todd Whiting, 40, works in sales HOW THEY MET At a bar WEDDING STYLE Potted greenery and a neutral palette of gray and tan lent a classic look to Brandon and Todd’s posh poolside affair. —Jennifer Leahy

“We basically wanted our wedding to look like one of Chip and Joanna’s Fixer Upper renovations on HGTV,” Brandon says of sealing the deal in a charming coastal celebration on Long Island’s South Fork. “When discussing potential venues, we knew we had to get married in the city where we bought our first home together.”

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Since invitations called for a “creative black tie,” guests showed up in polka dots and feathered bow ties. “We wanted to give everyone an excuse to dress up and have fun with it,” Brandon says. The couple’s French bulldog, Baylee, even got in on the fun by donning a verdant collar for his walk down the aisle.





Topping Rose House, Bridgehampton PHOTOGRAPHY Cappy Hotchkiss



Best Studios

PLANNER Jill Gordon


FLOWERS Lilee Fell flowers

OFFICIANT Todd’s mother


J.Crew SHOES Christian Louboutin; Salvatore Ferragamo WEDDING RINGS Cartier STATIONERY Vera Wang; Village Invites RENTALS Party Rental Ltd.

Topping Rose House Market


CAKE Harbor

MUSIC Jarrell Entertainment

HONEYMOON Dubai, United Arab

Emirates; Switzerland; Thailand GUESTS 50 BUDGET $$$$ (see key, p. 8)

“Unfortunately, I wasn’t allowed to wear a dress,” Brandon jokes of donning a classic black tuxedo instead.

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August 6 • Milton

monique &

Guests beat the heat with custom paper fans as the couple tied the knot under a birchwood chuppah draped with lace.

allen engaged: 2 years



photography by Betsi Ewing Studio at Buttermilk Falls Inn

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BRIDE Monique Anderson, 30, a fashion designer GROOM Allen Roiter, 33, works in sales HOW THEY MET Through mutual friends WEDDING STYLE Inspired by their scenic venue that spans 75 acres of land, Monique and Allen planned a rustic yet elegant fete at a bed-and-breakfast in the Hudson Valley. —JL

Vibrant florals were a must for Monique, who carried a jeweltoned arrangement of Juliet garden roses, dahlias and seeded eucalyptus down the stonepaved aisle. “The view from the ceremony was so incredible that I didn’t want to distract from the space,” she says of adding a white burlap runner and simple folding chairs to the alfresco setup.

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Falls Inn, Milton


VIDEOGRAPHY Betsi Ewing Studio FLOWERS Eltingville Florist


Rabbi Scott Matous


GOWN Maggie Sottero,

Kleinfeld Bridal, New York City


Kleinfeld Bridal HEADPIECE Bridal Styles Boutique

SHOES Schutz


& WEDDING RINGS Private jeweler


Julien Farel Salon MAKEUP Stephanie Martinez


by Allen Schwartz, Bloomingdale’s; Vera Wang, Nordstrom


Bow Ties; Saks Fifth Avenue Bellezza Invitations

Unlimited Party Rentals Buttermilk Falls Inn



CAKE Grounded

DESSERTS Economy Candy


Ceremony: Austin Ellis; reception: Neil Pontecorvo and Mike DeMaio/Sound Explosion Event Group PHOTO BOOTH Sound Explosion Event Group

FAVORS Candles4Less;

Texas Basket Company; The Succulent Source Cocktail hour took place on the barn’s covered veranda, where guests sipped signature Moscow Mules while taking in panoramic views of the farm. Afterward, partygoers moved indoors to dine on a lemon-and-raspberry-flavored buttercream cake and treats from an ice cream station.

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GUESTS 70 BUDGET $$$ (see key, p. 8)

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August 20 • New York City

christina &

eric engaged: 8 months



photography by Judy Pak Studio at Museum of the City of New York

The morning of the nuptials, Christina and her bridesmaids handwrote 150 escort cards during down time between hair and makeup appointments.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Christina Zhang, 27, a health care investment analyst GROOM Eric Yeung, 31, a director of business development HOW THEY MET Through Christina’s brother WEDDING STYLE There was no shortage of chic at Christina and Eric’s quintessential New York City bash, which took place in a landmark building on Fifth Avenue’s iconic Museum Mile. —POB

“The museum captured the essence of New York’s glamour and married the old and the new in a really beautiful way,” Christina says of channeling her inner Carrie Bradshaw for their “I dos.” The venue’s proximity to Central Park was also a plus, since Eric proposed at Belvedere Castle the year before. “Having our first look in Central Park really brought things full circle,” Christina says.


A decadent, four-tier dessert featured layers of apple pie, chocolate malt and German-chocolateflavored cake.


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of the City of New York, New York City PHOTOGRAPHY Judy Pak Studio VIDEOGRAPHY Live Picture Studios



Skylar Arden Wedding, Event Planning & Design

FLOWERS Lindsay Rae Design

GOWNS Ceremony: Christos, Saks Fifth

Avenue; reception: Jenny Packham, Saks Fifth Avenue

VEIL Top Trimmings




Group; Martin Flyer WEDDING RINGS Bride: Martin Flyer; groom: Leo Ingwer EARRINGS BHLDN Boorberg

MAKEUP Michiko



Papell, BHLDN

MENSWEAR Robbie & Co.

STATIONERY WeddingPaperDivas.com RENTALS Party Rental Ltd.

Great Performances


CAKE Momofuku Milk

Bar DESSERTS Snowdays

MUSIC Ceremony:

Consonance Music Ensembles; reception: The “A” Band PHOTO BOOTH The Ü Booth DANCE LESSONS Sergey Bolotnikov/Best Time to Dance FAVORS Raaka Chocolate

To honor their Chinese roots, the pair celebrated in a traditional Chinese tea ceremony the day before their nuptials, and invitations were sealed with a wax seal depicting the double-happiness symbol. “We put a lot of love into those invitations,” Christina says of taking the time to calligraph each address.

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GUESTS 150 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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December 11 • Wappingers Falls

porsha &

michael engaged: 2 years



photography by J&R Photography at The Villa Borghese

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Porsha Canales, 27, an HR coordinator GROOM Michael Flores, 32, a New York State Trooper HOW THEY MET In a college biology class WEDDING STYLE The venue’s existing chandeliers and massive fireplace set the tone for Porsha and Michael’s winter wedding. —POB

“Michael and I began dating in December and got engaged in December, so it was only right to host a winter wedding,” Porsha says of their nuptials, which boasted a bevy of navy blue accents, a snowflake-inspired invitation suite and arrangements made of dried blooms.


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Dressed in a pair of playful sequined sneakers, Porsha and her husband cut into a strawberry-filled white cake topped with the words “Happily Ever After.” That same expression also appeared on jars of hot chocolate mix, which served as edible take-home favors at the end of the evening.





The Villa Borghese, Wappingers Falls PHOTOGRAPHY Jennifer Aguilar

and Rolando Molina/J&R Photography FLOWERS Dried Flowers Forever


Madison James, Kleinfeld Bridal, New York City

VEIL Kleinfeld Bridal

Badgley Mischka




Bracelet: AMY O. Bridal; earrings: Kleinfeld Bridal; necklace: Kay Jewelers


Your Presence Salon MAKEUP Michelle Gonzalez New York


Abboud; groomsmen: Pronto Uomo STATIONERY Penelope’s Paper Pantry SIGN-IN BOOK The Missing Piece

Puzzle Company Rentals

RENTALS Durants Party

CATERING The Villa Borghese

CAKE La Deliziosa

MUSIC Joey Garcia/

Jade DJ Entertainment PHOTO BOOTH Jade DJ Entertainment


Courtyard Fishkill


& Beyond; Macy’s


Disney World, Orlando, FL GUESTS 100 BUDGET $ (see key, p. 8)

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February 4 • New York City

erica &

mike engaged: about 1 year



photography by Edward Winter for Readyluck at The Beekman

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“Everything about the venue is so quintessential New York City,” Erica says. “I wanted to make sure my look reflected that style as well.”



BRIDE Erica Volpe, 28, works in health care public relations GROOM Mike Compton, 33, works in investments HOW THEY MET On a blind date WEDDING STYLE Erica and Mike channeled The Beekman’s inherent old-world glamour to plan a winter wedding that was equal parts intimate and refined. —RS


“We couldn’t resist the opportunity to be the first couple to celebrate our wedding at such an iconic and unique space,” Erica says. “We must have visited the hotel five different times while it was still under construction.” After guests showered the newlyweds with confetti upon exiting the church, Erica swapped her off-the-shoulder gown for a white sequined party dress.

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Beekman, New York City


Edward Winter/Readyluck


Jackie Travers/Busy Bride Planning FLOWERS Putnam & Putnam &


VEIL Austin Scarlett, Bergdorf

Goodman, New York City


ENGAGEMENT RING Kwiat WEDDING RINGS International Diamond Company HAIR John Barrett Salon

Mariana Bull



Halston Heritage; Robert Danes, Bergdorf Goodman


STATIONERY Digby and Rose; Kelly

Compton Designs Party Rentals Wells


CATERING Fowler and

MUSIC Ceremony: The Highline

Quartet; reception: 45 Riots Levain Bakery The Beekman



Crate & Barrel; Williams Sonoma Caterers from the hotel’s on-site restaurant, Fowler & Wells, prepared bite-size powdered doughnuts with caramel and chocolate dipping sauce for dessert. “The handheld doughnuts allowed guests to grab a quick bite and keep on dancing,” Erica says of their decision to forgo a traditional tiered cake.

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HONEYMOON Italy GUESTS 80 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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June 18 • Water Mill

nimi &

rushabh engaged: 1 year



photography by Amber Gress Photography at Parrish Art Museum

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For the reception, Rushabh swapped his beige silk sherwani for a midnight-blue tuxedo, while Nimi changed into a beaded sheath.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Nimi Idnani, 29, an executive recruiter GROOM Rushabh Patel, 30, a business owner HOW THEY MET Through a mutual friend WEDDING STYLE Inspired by the museum’s modern-industrial vibe, the couple invited guests to dine at tables set with copper flatware and flanked by acrylic chairs. —POB

Savory fare made the 350-person fete an affair to remember. Guests noshed on lobster bouillabaisse with curried crostini and pepper-crusted lamb before taking nips from a custom whiskey bar. “Everyone still raves about the menu,” Nimi says.

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Art Museum, Water Mill



Amber Gress Photography Love Brain Films



Goldstein/Polka Dot Events Michelle Edgemont Bharatkumar Jani



GOWNS Ceremony:

Payal Singhal; reception: Jenny Packham, The Sample Room, New York City Payal Singhal


SHOES Stuart Weitzman

ENGAGEMENT RING Private jeweler WEDDING RINGS Cartier MAKEUP Alexa Blair Miller

J. Mueser



Broadway Party Rentals; Limelight Productions


Dish Food & Events


Molly & Me Pecans Hampton Jitney




Courtyard by Marriott Long Island MacArthur Airport; Southampton Inn Simple white runners topped wood farm tables, which lined the length of the reception space. In lieu of lush flower arrangements, single-stem blooms and succulents dotted the alfresco venue. “We cut into a cake, but saved it to eat with family the next day,” Nimi says of ending the weekend on a sweet note.

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HONEYMOON Amalfi Coast, Italy GUESTS 350 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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September 3 • Tarrytown

betty &

james engaged: 1 year



photography by Mademoiselle Fiona Wedding Photography at Blue Hill at Stone Barns

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BRIDE Betty Yuen Tung Liao, 25 GROOM James Morris Lee, 34 HOW THEY MET In Hong Kong WEDDING STYLE Organic elegance reigned supreme at Betty and James’s rustic event in upstate New York. —POB

“I’d always dreamed of getting married at Blue Hill,” Betty says. “The location, staff, style and food were spot on with what James and I were looking for.” The day before their Western ceremony, Betty and James hosted a traditional Chinese tea ceremony at their hotel for immediate family members.

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The three-tier confection was an enticing mix of vanilla mousse, blueberries and classic vanilla cake.

BETTY & JAMES’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS The couple worked with their florist to incorporate locally sourced blooms into their décor. “We mixed long and round tables to give the barn a less formal feel,” Betty says of the pastoral space. Low centerpieces ran the length of each tablescape, and sprigs of fresh herbs finished off each place setting.


Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Tarrytown PHOTOGRAPHY Fiona Conrad/

Mademoiselle Fiona Wedding Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Hello Super 8 Studios PLANNER Lauren Sozmen/Loli


FLOWERS Poppies & Posies

GOWN Ceremony: Oscar de la Renta,

Saks Fifth Avenue; reception: Stone Fox Bride Behr





MAKEUP Eva Scrivo




Groom: Alfred Dunhill; groomsmen: TheBlackTux.com &


CAKE Blue Hill at Stone Barns


MUSIC Rhythm

Collective/Elan Artists PHOTO BOOTHS We Love Photobooths DANCE LESSONS NY Wedding Dance Buster



5th Avenue


GUESTS 165 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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May 7 • Rosendale

kelcy &

nicholas engaged: 17 months



photography by Monika Photography at Belltower Venue

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Candles and goldpainted mason jars illuminated the airy ceremony space.


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BRIDE Kelcy Griffin, 29, an actress GROOM Nicholas Pender, 32, an operations analyst HOW THEY MET On Match.com WEDDING STYLE The couple made use of their locale’s generous amount of natural light for their inviting spring nuptials, which boasted kraft paper accents and an abundance of eucalyptus. —POB

“Our design was inspired by the venue itself,” Kelcy says of planning a warm and welcoming wedding marked by vintageinspired accents and gold details. “The Belltower owners are some of the nicest people I’ve ever met, so it made the planning process that much easier.”

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Venue, Rosendale Kelcy worked closely with a seamstress to create a custom, two-piece dress made from her mother’s existing wedding gown. “We took the dress apart and reworked it to fit my body and personality,” she says of the bespoke bodice, which she then paired with an ivory, floor-length skirt.


Monika Eisenbart/Monika Photography FLOWERS The Green Cottage


Alterations: Carla Bellisio, Fermata Designs, New York City; skirt: Karen Willis Holmes VEIL Gilded Shadows

SHOES Converse


Matinee Jewelry MAKEUP Makeup by CS

MENSWEAR Brooks Brothers

STATIONERY ClariseCrafts, Etsy.com;

Wanderlust Weddings, Etsy.com BOOK Kenziscript, Etsy.com

Events Unlimited Party Rentals Dinosaur Bar-B-Que DESSERTS &


CAKE Richard Gemme

FAVORS Chocolate Therapy


The 1850 House Inn


GUESTS 80 BUDGET $ (see key, p. 8)

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July 23 • Brooklyn

steph &

dylan engaged: 7 months



photography by Kate Edwards Weddings at a private residence

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On-demand cappuccinos and espresso shots kept guests caffeinated throughout the night.



Park, Brooklyn RECEPTION SITE Couple’s home, Brooklyn


Kate Edwards Weddings


Shortly after becoming Mr. and Mrs. in a public park, Steph and Dylan marched to their recently renovated backyard, where guests noshed on chicken and waffles to the tune of a sentimental soundtrack. “I created a 49-song playlist as a love letter to Steph,” Dylan says of the folk-and-soul-filled surprise.



BRIDE Steph Goralnick, 35, a photographer and graphic designer GROOM Dylan McCullough, 43, a publications editor HOW THEY MET HowAboutWe.com WEDDING STYLE White spray paint, a bold wedding dress and a little imagination were all Steph and Dylan needed to pull off the DIY backyard wedding of their dreams alongside 80 guests, who were all asked to wear white for the occasion. —RS


COORDINATOR Ashley M. Chamblin FLOWERS Flower District; The Home

Depot; Sprout Home; Union Square Greenmarket


Cirino (friend)

GOWN Milly, Neiman






Salon MAKEUP Pre-Dame NAIL ART Miss Pop Nails

MENSWEAR Groom: suit:

Secret Empire; tie: General Knot & Co. STATIONERY DIY; ForYourParty.com RENTALS Dutch East Design; Lite Brite Neon

Studio; Party Rental Ltd.


Cheeky Chef; Everyman Espresso DESSERTS The PitchBlak Brass Band led a second line parade from the ceremony site to the couple’s backyard.

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MUSIC PitchBlak Brass

ACCOMMODATIONS Wythe REGISTRY Zola.com GUESTS 80 BUDGET $$ (see key, p. 8)

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July 8 • Bethpage


The couple’s two dogs tagged along for the outdoor ceremony.


christyn engaged: 16 months



photography by City Love Photography at The Barn at Old Bethpage Village Restoration

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Alyssa Sheehan (right), 28, a restaurant manager BRIDE Christyn Grillo, 28, a registered nurse HOW THEY MET Through a mutual friend in college WEDDING STYLE “We’re strong believers in ‘less is more,’ ” Alyssa says, so they played up their barn bash with white linens, market lights and verdant garlands. —RS


Barn at Old Bethpage Village Restoration, Bethpage


Mint Cinematography


Bloom Inc. (friend)

OFFICIANT Patti Ann McDonald


City Love Photography


“We knew we wanted to get married on Long Island, since we both grew up there,” Alyssa says of booking a barn in Bethpage. “Christyn grew up riding horses, so we fell in love as soon as we saw it.”As nearly 200 guests looked on, the newlyweds swayed to Adele’s rendition of “Make You Feel My Love.”


GOWNS Alyssa: Calla Blanche,

Bridal Reflections, Massapequa; Christyn: Pronovias, Village Bridal & Boutique, Babylon VEILS Alyssa: Kleinfeld Bridal, New York

City; Christyn: Village Bridal & Boutique SHOES Alyssa: Schutz; Christyn: Guilhermina ENGAGEMENT RING Diamond in the Rough WEDDING RINGS Reflections Fine Jewelry EARRINGS BHLDN

MG Hair & Makeup Reformation Massapequa



Design Studio, Etsy.com Dover Group




CATERING Dover Caterers

CAKE Buon Amici Bakery


Ceremony: Christine Grosso & Sal Novello; reception: MRG Productions PHOTO BOOTH MRG Productions


GUESTS 195 BUDGET $$$ (see key, p. 8)

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Paper fans and ice-cold glasses of lemonade kept guests cool during the waterfront vows.


alexander engaged: 2 years



photography by Joanna Fisher Photography at The Branford House

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BRIDE Valia Capuano, 27, a lead financial analyst GROOM Alexander Santaniello, 27, an operations manager HOW THEY MET Through a mutual friend in college WEDDING STYLE A stunning white sailcloth tent and sophisticated gray and silver color scheme made for a coastal elegant fete on the Long Island Sound. —Rachel Sylvester

“The minute we stepped onto The Branford House grounds, I knew that was it,” Valia says. “Alexander kept saying it reminded him of a castle from a fairy tale.” Instead of cluttering the waterfront ceremony with additional décor, Valia and Alexander skipped an altar and placed clusters of hydrangeas at the end of each row.

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An open-air reception was a must for Valia, who worked with a planner to design a tented celebration that allowed guests to mingle on plush vignettes. A total of 19 crystal chandeliers were used to illuminate the tent, and silver candelabras borrowed from the groom’s mother added drama to each tablescape.

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Where Dreams Do Come True…

Two Venues-same ownership-same attention to detail!


Aqua Turf Club Mulberry St., Plantsville, CT 860.621.9335 | www.aquaturfclub.com

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Farmington Club 162 Town Farm Rd., Farmington, CT 860.677.7341 | www.farmingtonclub.com

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House, Groton, CT


Fisher Photography Filmmakers

Ryan/PDR Events



PLANNER Pamela D’Orsi FLOWERS Kerry & Paul

McLaughlin/I Do Flowers



Rosa Clará, Musette Bridal, Boston HEADPIECE Shoes to Dye for

SHOES Jimmy Choo


Alexander’s Jewelers JEWELRY Earrings & necklace: Lux Bond and Green; pearl ring: David Yurman Salon & Spa




Yoo, Nordstrom


Wang, Jos. A. Bank


Press; New England Invitations BOOK Kate Spade New York


Exquisite Events; Newport Tent Company; Rentals Unlimited Gourmet Catering by Donna

CATERING Coastal CAKE Creative Cakes

MUSIC Ceremony: Washington

Calvo Flute and Harp Duo; reception: DJ Joe Escobar; Night Rhythm LIVE PAINTER The bridesmaids donned convertible chiffon gowns that could easily be customized into various necklines. “My ultimate goal was to choose a dress style they wouldn’t feel restricted in,” Valia says of the floor-length designs. “The gray-blue color ended up matching the venue’s stonework perfectly.”

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The Party Painter


Mystic Marriott


GUESTS 230 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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1 0 N O RT H WAT E R S T R E E T


203.852.0700 X2217


Say your once-in-a-lifetime vows amongst open ocean exhibits and magnificent marine life. Celebrate in a fun and festive venue filled with historic charm. Dance and dine in the newly renovated, colorfully redesigned Newman’s Own Hall.

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October 15 • Clinton, CT

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jonathan engaged: 1 year



photography by Daphne & Dean at Chamard Vineyards

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Evamarie Gomez, 35, an executive web and video producer GROOM Jonathan Bostic, 35, an area manager HOW THEY MET She was his resident assistant in college WEDDING STYLE Wine cork details, mirrored place cards and sliced wood centerpieces lent a decidedly rustic vibe to the couple’s DIY dinner party. —RS

A vineyard wedding was a no-brainer for vino aficionados Evamarie and Jonathan. “Chamard is one of our favorite vineyards,” the bride says. “The wine is delicious, and the grounds are gorgeous.”

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Given the season, Evamarie donned a sleeved gown complete with an illusion neckline, while bridesmaids wore deep red sheaths that coordinated with the bridal bouquet. To round out her glam bridal style, Evamarie accessorized with a pearlembellished birdcage veil and statement earrings—a gift from Jonathan.

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“I was so busy talking and dancing throughout the night that I didn’t even get a chance to finish my glass of wine,” Evamarie says.





Guests sat down to an intimate feast that included homemade corn bread, rosemary-sea-salt French fries, grass-fed burgers and coconut-lime-French-vanilla cake. But the indulgences didn’t stop there. Later in the evening, the newlyweds gathered family and friends around a fire pit to roast s’mores.

Vineyards, Clinton, CT


Erin and Peter Krol/Daphne & Dean VIDEOGRAPHY Union Productions FLOWERS Smith Acres LLC

Galina, David’s Bridal Johnson


SHOES Betsey


Antique & Fine Jewelry WEDDING RINGS Jared the Galleria of Jewelry EARRINGS Kate Spade New York DIY




MENSWEAR Oscars Tux, West Hartford,


STATIONERY FranJohnsonHouse,

Etsy.com; Minted.com Artifact Uprising


RENTALS Taylor Rental

CATERING The Bistro at Chamard

Vineyards Cakes

CAKE A Little Imagination

MUSIC Vladimir Vega PHOTO


Fred Astaire Coastline Limos


Clinton Motel; Courtyard by Marriott New Haven at Yale; New England Cottages REGISTRIES Amazon.com; Honeyfund.com HONEYMOON Finger Lakes & Niagra Falls GUESTS 55 BUDGET $ (see key, p. 8)

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Connecticut’s Premier Wedding Destination Now…Imagine no longer The reality of Aria is yours to experience where true elegance awaits you Classic…Timeless…Beauty

45 Murphy Road, Prospect, CT sales@ariabanquets.com www.ariabanquets.com 2017

Contact one of our experienced sales staff to schedule your tour today: 203.758.0096 or 203.573.8083

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May 21 • Greenwich, CT

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patrick engaged: a year and a half



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Lavender sweet peas popped against a muted cluster of ranunculus, stephanotis and tuberose.


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BRIDE Wesley Royce, 30, a project manager GROOM Patrick Conlisk, 32, a finance manager HOW THEY MET On the first day of business school orientation WEDDING STYLE Subtle pops of lavender and hundreds of sweet peas lent a romantic feel to Wesley and Patrick’s timeless wedding. —RS

“I couldn’t imagine getting married anywhere but the same church where I had grown up singing in the choir,” Wesley says of their choice to say “I do” at her childhood church. Live trees and an abundance of greenery showcased the classic wood details of the parish. For the ceremony, Wesley donned a vintage veil made by her grandmother nearly 70 years ago.

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Pastel sugar flowers bedecked the fondant-covered dessert, which consisted of alternating tiers of chocolate chiffon, vanilla praline and dulce de leche cake. “After searching for the perfect cake topper, I asked for our baker to just add flowers on top,” Wesley says. “It was an important lesson to let go of some of the details.”

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CT RECEPTION SITE Riverside Yacht Club, Greenwich, CT Local microbrews were on tap during cocktail hour, along with a mint lemonade prosecco cocktail cleverly dubbed the Connecticut Crush. After surprising family and friends with a late-night pizza delivery from Frank Pepe’s, the newlyweds ended the night with a bang, thanks to a dazzling fireworks display.


Jenks Lewis Photography


Robert & Kathleen Photographers CONSULTANT &

Robbins Design


GOWN Carolina Herrera

VEIL Family heirloom


SHOES Christian


RINGS Betteridge


Lanphier Day Spa & Salon DRESSES J.Crew




Brunello Cucinelli, Richards, Greenwich, CT; ties: Eton; groomsmen: Calvin Klein, Macy’s

STATIONERY Regas Studio;

The Ritzy Rose, Etsy.com


Northeast Tent Productions; Party Rental Ltd. CATERING Riverside Yacht Club

Sweet Lisa’s Exquisite Cakes


MUSIC Ceremony:

Christ Church Choirs; reception: New York City Swing DANCE LESSONS Peter Jones TRANSPORTATION MTC Limousine ACCOMMODATIONS J House Greenwich;

Delamar Hotel

REGISTRIES Bloomingdale’s;

Hoagland’s of Greenwich; Williams Sonoma HONEYMOON France & Greece GUESTS 240 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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An Experience to Remember.

The estate features twenty-six private acres of meticulously landscaped gardens, courtyards, and fountains, highlighted by an elegantly appointed grand ballroom that will accommodate events of 50-700 guests. The tented verandas provide the perfect ambience to host cocktail receptions and ceremonies. Whether your preference is a specific theme, dĂŠcor, or menu enhancements, our passion is to make your wedding the vision of your dreams and an experience to remember. 1 Stacey Road, Danbury, CT


203.748.3800 | www.TheAmberRoom.net

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December 31 • Stamford, CT

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benji engaged: about 1 year



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The couple’s wedding date was sewn onto Benji’s shirt cuff and the underside of his tuxedo collar.

THEIR STORY BRIDE Katie Freedman, 31, a fashion director GROOM Benji Salter, 36, a cardiothoracic anesthesiologist HOW THEY MET A mutual friend set them up WEDDING STYLE Whimsical clock details, requisite party hats and a 1920s jazz band all helped Katie and Benji bring their roaring New Year’s nuptials to life. —RS

With hopes of throwing a New Year’s Eve party in New York City, Katie and Benji instead booked The Loading Dock in nearby Stamford, Connecticut. “It was hard finding a venue that could accommodate us for the holiday,” Katie says. “The Loading Dock was flexible and large enough to hold a crowd.”

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Immediately after the ceremonious ball drop, the band kicked the celebration into high gear by playing “Shout” for the crowd. A half hour later, partygoers refueled with slices of Domino’s thin-crust pizza paired with bottles of Peroni. “It’s Benji’s favorite guilty pleasure,” Katie says of the late-night treat.

The Loading Dock, Stamford, CT PHOTOGRAPHY Hudson River

Photographer, Rhinebeck


Well Spun Weddings


Mirabella/Diana Gould Ltd.; Stephanie Hill/Abigail Kirsch


Mirabella/Diana Gould


Cantor Leslie Friedlander

GOWN Monique

Lhuillier, New York City Bergdorf Goodman Blahnik

VEIL Vera Wang, SHOES Manolo


RINGS Roxbury Jewelry BRACELET

Danielle Trissi

HAIR MC Hair Salon

MAKEUP Kimara Ahnert DRESSES Various


MENSWEAR Suitsupply

STATIONERY Alpine Creative Group RENTALS Abigail Kirsch; The Loading Dock CATERING &

CAKE Abigail Kirsch

MUSIC Dane Wright Band/Hank Lane Music PHOTO BOOTH The Booth


Bloomingdale’s; Thankful; Williams Sonoma HONEYMOON South Africa GUESTS 230 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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Whether it’s a historic estate or a beachfront inn, find your picture-perfect reception venue in southern Connecticut. BY NATALIE GONTCHAROVA Southern Connecticut offers a dazzling array of scenic settings where you can tie the knot: casual and formal, indoors and out, rustic and urban. With its stunning shoreline, picturesque marinas and lush greenery, it’s one of the most photogenic locales on the Eastern Seaboard. >>

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co spec nn ia ec l so tic ut ut he g u rn ide the venues One of Cagginello’s favorite venues is The Inn at Longshore (InnatLongshore.com) in Westport, a quaint, former private estate overlooking Long Island Sound that features 12 guest rooms and suites. There, the inn’s sprawling Great Lawn is the perfect backdrop for a Connecticut wedding. Let your guests relax on white wooden lounge chairs while watching the sailboats go by. The property has also been known to host a clambake or two. >>

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the scenery The sheer variety of options in coastal Connecticut means any couple will be able to find their ideal venue. “With beaches, cities, vineyards and quintessential historic towns, southern Connecticut is packed with things to do, see and experience,” says Amy Cagginello, the owner and creative director of Amy Champagne Events (AmyChampagne.com) in Milford, adding that its diverse landscapes make for picturesque wedding day backdrops. Fairfield County alone offers mansions, rustic barns, country clubs and charming hotels, including The Westport Inn and Great River Golf Club, making it versatile for all wedding types. Whichever venue you choose, there will be no shortage of picturesque scenes for your guests to Instagram with your wedding hashtag, along the coast and farther inland. “Both the sea and the countryside are beautiful in Fairfield County,” says Madalene Benoist d’Etiveaud, the owner of Bash (BashCT.com) in Greenwich. “In towns such as Essex, Fairfield and Westport, and all the way down to Greenwich, you will find lush greenery, flowers and New England architecture that’s so incredibly charming.” In Connecticut, the verdant surroundings truly double as décor. If you’re lucky enough to have a family member with a waterfront home overlooking Long Island Sound where you can host your wedding (which, let’s be honest, few people are), “the views and rock formations are stunning,” Benoist d’Etiveaud says. But if you’re not so lucky, she notes that there are numerous locations that are sure to be perfect for your celebration. Think: country clubs, restaurants and even motor yachts. And if you tire of Connecticut’s greenery (impossible), the state’s proximity to Manhattan allows for city rehearsal dinners or postwedding minimoons. Connecticut’s central location is convenient for hosts, out-of-town guests (they can fly into Boston or New York City), event planners and wedding pros.

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co spec nn ia ec l so tic ut ut he g u rn ide Waveny House in New Canaan (NewCanaan.info), which both Cagginello and Benoist d’Etiveaud adore, is a Tudor mansion in a public park that overlooks fields of grass and trees. Its regal interior includes wood-paneled walls and ceilings, hand-stenciled mural walls and marble fireplaces. A private, walled garden offers an intimate, unforgettable option for alfresco “I dos.” If a more rural spot is what you have in mind, Candlelight Farms Inn (CandlelightFarmsInn.com) in New Milford is a stunning horse farm. Situated in an 1840s inn, this charming bed-andbreakfast offers a magical under-the-stars wedding experience— and the ultimate playground for outdoorsy guests, with options for horseback riding, fishing, canoeing and even camping on the property. Be aware that some of their wedding packages require you to rent a tent; Benoist d’Etiveaud recommends Chase Canopy (ChaseCanopy.com) and Sperry Tents (SperryTents.com) as two of the top tent purveyors in the area.

the style When it comes to décor, there’s a classic theme pervading southern Connecticut weddings. “I find most couples I work with describe their dream wedding as ‘relaxed elegance with a country-chic, romantic backdrop,’ ” Benoist d’Etiveaud says. But more modern décor elements have been increasingly common. “Natural colors mixed with white, blush pink and sage green have been very popular over the past four years, but as of late, I’m noticing a bit of a more contemporary flair emerging,” Benoist d’Etiveaud says. “Clean, white lines, ghost chairs, clear glass candelabras, votives and glass chargers are materials that display a more sophisticated yet simple look.” Classic or minimalist doesn’t have to mean boring: Break up an all-white or neutral palette with bright, punchy design elements that are so characteristic of this stretch of coastline. “Fairfield County in particular is known for its preppy style,” Benoist d’Etiveaud says.

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“The local culture is often incorporated into a wedding through the groomsmen attire; they’ll wear a Vineyard Vines tie or belt or brightly colored socks. Another way to display it is through nautical table design, using colors such as navy blue, sage or apple green or pink.” And don’t forget the monogrammed favors—or get even more local with nearby delicacies. “With local farms, favors could include honey, fruits and more. Wines from Connecticut vineyards are another great option, as well as fancy little containers of nutmeg to pay homage to the Nutmeg State,” Cagginello says.

the logistics With only two main highways, traffic is inevitable on Merritt Parkway and I-95. “In the summer, between the Cape, Martha’s Vineyard, Newport, Connecticut vacation spots and the Hamptons, traffic will be unpredictable,” Cagginello says. “Always add extra time, and have a few nonalcoholic drinks prepared for guests who may arrive earlier than the scheduled open bar.” >>


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Lighthouse Point Park is a scenic option for those searching for a waterfront site.

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Come and celebrate one of the most important events of your lifetime at The Inn at Villa Bianca, southern Connecticut’s premier venue for special events that transcend the ordinary. Our culinary and catering professionals are available seven days a week to serve you. We invite you to visit us and explore the possibilities.

The Inn at Villa Bianca | 312 Roosevelt Drive, Seymour, CT | 203-735-4883 | www.VillaBianca.com

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the planning If you’re hosting a destination wedding in southern Connecticut, you’re not alone. “I would say roughly half of my clients who are planning a Connecticut wedding don’t live in the state,” Cagginello

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says. “Hiring a wedding planner to work with you every step of the way can help guide you in the right direction and hone selections based on your budget, taste and personality, so you can talk to an abbreviated list of vendors as opposed to choosing blindly.” There are pros you could book over a FaceTime or Skype meeting, such as a photographer or a DJ, but others, like a caterer, you should definitely meet face to face. Most wedding planners will always recommend that you tour venues beforehand, so you can better imagine yourself and your entire guest list there. “To-be-weds should definitely visit the venue in person. Many couples choose their wedding venue based on the view they’ll have during their ceremony and reception first, then the feel they have when standing in the space in person,” Benoist d’Etiveaud says. “I find the surrounding area in which their guests arrive is important to them as well. What kind of neighborhood is it, and what’s next door to the venue? There’s a lot that goes unnoticed by looking at the website only—imagine getting married at a venue with a 24-hour A&P next door.” That’s definitely a good reason to check things out in person.

Find more local planning tips at TheKnot.com/connecticut



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Be prepared for unpredictable weather and insect-proof your event. June and July used to be the top months to get married, Benoist d’Etiveaud says, but because of the humidity, a greater chance of rain and mosquitos, many couples are turning to the early autumn months, such as late August, September and October. “I never let my clients wing it—always have a rain plan and spray for mosquitos with bottles of repellent,” she says. Also, know your noise ordinances—especially if planning your wedding in a private residence. In Fairfield County, for example, the music has to be turned off at 10 p.m., Benoist d’Etiveaud says. This is why weddings are starting earlier—typically, a ceremony will begin at 3:30 p.m. at a private residence and 5 or 5:30 p.m. at a venue or club, she says. Optimal photography times are another important logistic to keep in mind. Avoid harsh afternoon sunlight, and allow for some early evening sunset photos instead. You can also seek out some shady spots away from direct sunlight for midday pictures, Cagginello says.

Host your fete under a sailcloth tent at Jonathan Edwards Winery in North Stonington.

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Country ambience seamlessly transitions from the rustic beauty of the main banquet room to the natural elegance of the greenhouse, with spectacular views of the surrounding landscape.

A Special Place For Special Occasions www.farmingtongardensct.com

999 Farmington Avenue • Farmington, CT 06032 860.678.1353


Seating for groups of 30 to 340


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It seems like some of our fondest memories happen near water. And no matter how often we see the familiar glistening blue from our windows, we are always called to the calm waves and gentle breezes of our home along the coast.

Visit the website or contact our Wedding Sales Manager to find out why Weddings at Water’s Edge Resort & Spa have a whole different view.

Paige Jones Photography; Scobey Photography; Jasmine Star; Milou + Olin Photography; Ashley Seawell Photography; Tara Donne; Brooke Schwab




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Welcoming Families & Friends For Over 30 Years



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ith white-gloved service,

succulent cuisine and graciously appointed function space, The Cascade will serve as the ideal canvas on which you can paint the event of your dreams. Their wedding specialists invite you to


call for a personal tour of one of Connecticut’s premier event sites.

Crown Jewel of New Haven County

www.cascade-banquets.com 203.907.0595 480 Sherman Ave., Hamden, CT





Arrive by Car, Bus, Steam Train or Boat! Outside/Indoor Ceremony Sites at Venue


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161 River Street, Deep River, CT 06417

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Complete Wedding Day Package • Your choice of sit-down or deluxe buffet dinner • Five hour premium open bar • Cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres • Champagne toast • Wedding cake & chocolate fountain • Photographer • DJ playing your favorite songs • Overnight bridal suite accommodations


ANTHONY’S LAKE CLUB 10 Christopher Columbus Ave., Danbury, CT 203-792-4100 • ALC-Catering.com

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Ridgefield’s hidden treasure, The Garden House at Keeler Tavern Museum is the perfect setting— whatever the occasion. Designed by renowned architect Cass Gilbert, its historic, elegant ambience will make your event unique. Enjoy the private seasonal garden, carriage barn and tented upper terrace.

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The Garden House at Keeler Tavern Museum 132 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877 203.438.5485 keelertavernmuseum.org

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k From simple backyard ceremonies to exotic destination celebrations, learn everything you need to know to plan a stylish outdoor wedding. On Sale Now Wherever Books Are Sold

Cover: Jen Huang Photography Couple: Sarah Kathleen Photography

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Breathtaking views in a unique setting you cannot find anywhere else! The Overlook is situated on the highest point of Geer Tree Farm. Our 140-acre farm provides you with a great layout and total privacy. We work with an elite group of caterers and vendors to make sure your special day will not only exceed all of your expectations, but also your guests will be in awe. 141 Norman Rd., Griswold, CT / (860) 334-0467 / theoverlookatgeertreefarm@gmail.com / TheOverlookatGeerTreeFarm.com

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Happily Ever After Begins at the Sheraton Stamford Hotel FOR MORE INFORMATION

Please Contact Barbara Green, Wedding Sales Manager Direct - 203.564.1089 Email - events@sheratonstamford.com 700 East Main St, Stamford, CT 06901

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aybe one of the hardest things about wedding planning is getting on the same page with your vendors. You may be explaining your vision of the most perfect rustic soiree, but your planner may be hearing the makings of a bohemian

bash. This could happen with any of your pros—florists, bakers or caterers. Visuals help, of course, but it’s also important to know you’re speaking the same language. Enter our wedding theme dictionary. We broke down every theme, from alternative to whimsical, with descriptions and buzzwords for each—arming you with the basics, so to speak. Remember: Style is totally up for interpretation, so these aren’t rules. Think of them as jumping-off points or guidelines. Once you know what





you want and how to ask for it, we encourage you to twist the guidelines or mix them up to create a wedding that’s totally your own. >>




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Make your wedding all about you—it is your day after all. You want your guests to leave saying, “That was so them!” vintage A typewriter adds instant nostalgia to a classic guest book. art deco Sparkly dresses shout celebration. romantic Hanging florals and ambient lighting ooze romance. nautical An anchor motif paired with sailing rope sets the scene for a seaside affair. alternative A colorful celebration complete with quirky sneakers and a rainbow of blooms is sure to be remembered.




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art deco Evoking the American 1920s, especially art deco architecture (such as the Chrysler building), this wedding theme is all about spunky glitz and glam—after all, they were the roaring twenties. Energetic jazz music was the life of every party, so we highly recommend a live band to get your guests on their feet. BUZZWORDS: flashy, metallic, opulent WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: Pluming white ostrich feathers spilling from centerpieces, sequined tablecloths and geometric designs decorate any art deco soiree. Arguably, the most important detail of one of these throwback parties is a champagne tower. VENUE IDEA: historic museum (bonus points for art deco architecture)

bohemian Boho style has this way of looking incredibly chic, with minimal effort. It’s the “I woke up like this” of wedding themes. The décor is humble but eye-catching and the palette is one that can be found living harmoniously in nature. BUZZWORDS: tribal, hipster, nomadic WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: Expect mismatched bridesmaid dresses that don’t look too put together and bouquets of wispy and wild florals. The reception would definitely feature a cozy lounge area, complete with tepees and poufs. The finishing touch? A naked cake covered in fresh blooms. VENUE IDEA: open field >>

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Alternative seems to have gotten a bad rap over the years, and we’re here to change that. Having an alternative wedding just means your style is unique and can’t be boxed in with other categories. These themes are often representative of subcultures such as Burning Man, Steampunk, Renaissance or Marvel comics. BUZZWORDS: quirky, creative, unique WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: The bride may wear a traditional white dress, but the bouquet or accessories would be all her own. Or she might opt for something totally different, like a multicolored gown or handmade cocktail dress. There’s definitely a themed cake with a nod to shared interests (think: your favorite Marvel character). Expect lots of quirky touches, from centerpieces to favors. VENUE IDEA: renovated movie theater



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Infuse your theme with details big and small, like a motif on your invitation or the overall vibe of your reception. alternative Let your personalities shine with a nontraditional altar or a barefoot, seaside celebration. art deco Look for a beaded gown with intricate detailing or put a twist on the signature sip with a champagne tower. bohemian Embellish your outdoor ceremony with textural elements, like macramé dream catchers, and opt for unique entertainment, like a bluegrass band.

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This is your day—make the details really reflect who you are as a couple. classic Upgrade elegant table settings with place cards and fresh stems, or choose timeless attire ensembles, like black tuxedos. country Pick a bucolic place to host your celebration (like an old barn) and add pastoral touches. Wildflower bouquets, antique trucks and cowboy boots fit the bill. DIY Create your own bunting using printed fabric in your wedding colors, or add DIY elements to your invitation suite.





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Imagine a venue filled with monochromatic décor, from the linens to the floral arrangements. There may be metallic or pastel accents, but overall the palette is light and airy with different textures thrown in to mix things up. BUZZWORDS: traditional, timeless, elegant WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: Classic weddings are usually more on the formal side—they’re clean-cut affairs. That means there may be a champagne cocktail hour, chargers at each place setting and understated (but beautiful) décor like tealight candles or arrangements made up of a single floral variety. VENUE IDEA: ballroom


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Personifying the American West, country weddings are full of flavor and overflowing with charm. This style is all about celebrating your hometown and maybe throwing in some Americana flair for good measure. BUZZWORDS: Western, homespun, rural WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: Cowboy boots will definitely make an appearance, and don’t be surprised if camo comes along with them. More traditional items might be swapped for ones with a stronger hometown spin (like pies from your local bakery instead of a tiered wedding cake), and a strong send-off is a must. We love a good vintage car getaway, and an old Ford pickup would be perfect for the job. VENUE IDEA: ranch

diy You can see the personalization in every detail of a DIY wedding. Whether it’s a hand-sewn pennant flag banner, homemade cookies or handwritten escort cards, the couple’s style shines through. BUZZWORDS: handmade, charming, personalized WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: Details have a homemade, imperfect quality about them: a customized stamp that prints the couple’s monogram on each invitation, a handcrafted paper flower bouquet or favors packaged with personalized notes of thanks. Have a make-your-own food station (whether it’s in place of or supplementing a sit-down meal) at the reception. Think: sliders with a variety of toppings, a crepe bar or fireside s’mores for dessert. VENUE IDEA: backyard >>

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The ultimate inspiration for a glamorous wedding? The red carpet or awards show after-parties. Jaw-dropping outfits, sweeping hairstyles and old-Hollywood red lips pair with fancy décor for a glittering celebration. BUZZWORDS: dazzling, chic, captivating WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: Glamorous weddings probably have a few jaw-dropping details that end up all over Instagram, like a flower wall, elegantly draped fabric linens or exquisitely prepared food. The décor can range from neutral minimalist to over-the-top and extravagant. Metallics are a must. And something unexpected— a live performance or fireworks show—will wow the crowd. VENUE IDEA: luxury estate




modern A modern wedding is all about exquisite simplicity. City dwellers, urbanites and design lovers gravitate to this wedding style, which skews formal but has enough playful touches to keep it from feeling too stiff or stuffy. BUZZWORDS: graphic, contemporary, cutting edge WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: Expect a mix and match of patterns in a playful but incredibly sophisticated fashion, anchored by a streamlined color scheme. The theme is reflected in every detail from the thoughtfully chosen table linens to the specialty cocktail. A modern monogram or cool logo may be used to personalize the menus and the dance floor, while the cake will be simple but extra delicious (think: foodie ingredients and crazy flavors). VENUE IDEA: loft

nautical A celebration by the sea calls for some serious Cape Cod and Nantucket inspiration. A seafood bar, like an oyster shucking station or fresh shrimp cocktails during cocktail hour, is sure to send the right message. BUZZWORDS: preppy, navel, beachy WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: Nautical hues play a huge role (everything from navy to sand is free game). Breezy linens, lighthouse décor, sea shell escort cards, fishing line lighting installations and relaxed (but slightly preppy) attire make this theme really come alive. VENUE IDEA: waterfront yacht club >>

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You can have more than two wedding colors—really! Add an accent hue or a zesty pop to any palette. glamorous Go grand with a multi-tier cake covered in pastel sugar flowers, or opt for a more monochromatic palette of white and cream. modern Bright colors mixed with a pattern makes a bold statement, while mid-century furniture is perfect for a lounge. nautical A celebration by the ocean screams maritime, especially if you include rich blue hues and a pop of coral in your color scheme.




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retro It’s Mad Men meets Grease in this drive-in, sock hop, American Bandstand–era celebration. Even if your guests can’t jive like dancers back in the day, that’s what the vibe should feel like—and everyone should be on the dance floor. BUZZWORDS: nostalgic, old-fashioned, moxie WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: This was a time to be bold and express your style, so a bright color scheme of teal and cherry red or neon pink and yellow sets the stage. A few throwback details like Coke served in its signature glass bottles are just right to round out the décor. Borrow an heirloom cake topper or scout one from a vintage shop. VENUE IDEA: old theater

Romantic weddings are all about celebrating romance with barely there colors, soft lighting and ethereal details like flowing dresses with airy fabrics. Elaborate cakes, candlelight (to set the mood) and tons of florals are usually present too. BUZZWORDS: delicate, feminine, luxurious WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: We love the idea of a preceremony cocktail hour kicking things off, complete with light appetizers and flutes of sparkling rosé. The final detail: A beautifully tiered cake with an elegant cascade of sugar flowers followed by a grand exit in a classic car or a horse and carriage. VENUE IDEA: castle

rustic Rustic can mean many things, but we like to streamline it with a simple farm-to-table baseline. Textures, especially natural ones like wood and stone, are staples of this theme. BUZZWORDS: local, minimal, raw WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: Low, sprawling centerpieces with flowers that look fresh from the field dress up bare wood tables. Mixed glassware styles give a hint of glamour, but the eclectic collection still feels hand-curated. Market lights create ambience while a naked cake with fresh berries tastes as good as it looks. VENUE IDEA: renovated barn >>





Hosting an alfresco wedding? Work the landscape into the details. retro Make a memorable exit in an oldfashioned car. romantic An elegant gown with a full skirt is ultra-feminine. rustic Cream-colored draping adds a softness to a tented outdoor celebration.

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southern This elegant soiree is the epitome of Southern charm. Soft florals, sweet refreshments and amazing bites like tartlets or honey biscuits are the big players in this wedding theme. BUZZWORDS: charming, traditional, enchanting WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: A formal Southern affair calls for pulling out all the stops: bow ties, gloves, craft cocktails, traditional place settings and delicious food. Old-fashioned touches, like all-white flowers, mixed with sweet personalized details, like customized monograms, bring the day to life. VENUE IDEA: plantation





This “of-another-time” theme is often confused with retro. The biggest differences are in the eras: Retro is more about a specific period in time while vintage alludes more to antiques and Victorian details in the general sense. BUZZWORDS: antique, throwback, heirloom WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: Instead of cloths or runners, tables might be draped with delicate layers of lace. Old furniture makes the best statement, so a lounge area with classic armchairs or love seats would create the perfect ambience. A gown with lace sleeves or a three-piece suit is a nice nod to the fashion of the time. VENUE IDEA: historic courthouse

whimsical Think of a whimsical wedding as a hybrid of rustic and boho, topped with a flower crown. It’s a little more on the storybook side, but in the most tasteful way. BUZZWORDS: fanciful, enchanting, eclectic WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: Think: garden party mixed with Alice in Wonderland. Introduce this theme with a quirky motif on the invitations. Day-of details like mismatched bridal party dresses and thrifted china will make everything feel unique to you. VENUE IDEA: botanical garden

Personalized touches make any wedding extraordinary. southern Dress your party in elegant monochromatic gowns. vintage Choose attire that hearkens back to another era, like a beaded gown. whimsical Go for a wow factor with playful statements, like a wall of greenery.

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colors by season

Use nature’s hues to guide your wedding day palette. BY LAUREN KAY Choosing wedding colors is no small task—with so many distinctive shades, deciding on the perfect duo (or trio) can be a bit overwhelming. To narrow the playing field, look to Mother Nature and let the season of your celebration influence your picks. From a spring soiree to a winter fete, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite hues. Pair them together or mix them with neutrals or metallics for a winning color scheme. >>

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french blue WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: This gorgeous rich hue is bold enough to stand on its own. And it also pairs well with most shades, making it work for virtually any style (rustic, romantic, modern) celebration. PAIRS WELL WITH: gold, blush, emerald, mushroom, burgundy TIPS TO TRY: Ink your invites in blue or dress your bridesmaids in this flattering shade—they’ll look stellar in photographs.

peach WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: This pinkish-yellow hue was

a hallmark of art deco design—it can be dressed up or down depending on the formality of your celebration. PAIRS WELL WITH: gold, lilac, dove gray, pale yellow, blush TIPS TO TRY: Start the party with a celebratory sip, like a peach Bellini, or incorporate Juliet garden roses into your bouquet.

teal WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: A blue-green hue feels equal

parts fresh and classic. Use it to add a pop of color. orange, fuchsia, silver, plum, black TIPS TO TRY: Play with details, like teal drink stirrers, ribbon and bridal accessories (which can count as your “something blue”). >>

spring sage WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: Despite its softness, this pale green can lead or be a strong accent. PAIRS WELL WITH: blush, lilac, butterscotch, spruce, cotton TIPS TO TRY: Use sage-hued greenery in your bouquet or delight your guests with a pistachio macaron favor.

lavender WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: This pastel hue is known for its

calming tendencies—it’s perfect for creating a relaxed vibe for your wedding day. PAIRS WELL WITH: silver, cream, eggplant, dusty blue, berry TIPS TO TRY: Have guests shower you in dried lavender after your first kiss as newlyweds or as part of your grand exit.

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scarlet WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: An eye-catching shade, red is often associated with passion and joy. PAIRS WELL WITH: beige, copper, sky blue, lime, ash TIPS TO TRY: Add scarlet pillows to lounge furniture or cut into a rich, red-velvet cake for a surprising pop of color.

seafoam WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: Perfect for seaside celebrations,

this greenish-blue hue is soft but gender neutral. ivory, coral, crimson, pewter, magenta TIPS TO TRY: You’ll be hard-pressed to find florals in this shade, so try incorporating it into your wedding party attire (bridesmaid dresses, pocket squares or bow ties). PAIRS WELL WITH:


summer rose WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: This soft pink screams romance—plus it pairs flawlessly with metallics and stronger hues, balancing its femininity. PAIRS WELL WITH: white, gold, chocolate, sky blue, peach TIPS TO TRY: So many stems come in this shade of pink, from tea roses to ranunculus. Adorn a naked cake with a few fresh blooms.

canary yellow WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: A happy hue such as yellow gives levity and cheer to any color scheme. PAIRS WELL WITH: peacock blue, flamingo, navy, grape, teal TIPS TO TRY: For a bold hit, layer tables in yellow linens. Use the hue in your day-of paper or serve a lemon-flavored sip.

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WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: This golden tone of orange is bright and playful, a great match for a casual or whimsical celebration. PAIRS WELL WITH: hot pink, lilac, kelly green, rose gold, snow TIPS TO TRY: Include tangerines or other citrus fruits in your centerpieces for a tropical vibe. >>

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royal blue WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: A cool, saturated hue is the

perfect match for cooler temps. It’s also a universally flattering shade to wear and looks great in décor. PAIRS WELL WITH: cherry red, silver, melon, steel, marigold TIPS TO TRY: Add colored glassware to your table settings or opt for watercolor or patterned escort cards.

hunter green WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: This earthy hue transcends formality, mixing with neutrals for a rustic vibe or gold and cream for a more formal palette. PAIRS WELL WITH: gold, caramel, amber, terra-cotta, azure TIPS TO TRY: Load your bouquet and centerpieces with fresh greenery, or include the hue in your welcome bags.




WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: If you’re looking for a sophisticated yet approachable color, this fits the bill. PAIRS WELL WITH: walnut, copper, butter, pistachio, bisque TIPS TO TRY: Incorporate grape into your day-of paper, like ceremony programs, escort cards and favor tags. >>

fall WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: This saturated hue adds instant

warmth to a wedding palette. PAIRS WELL WITH: eggplant, cream, butter, bronze, mint TIPS TO TRY: Play up this rich hue in your menu—from butternut squash to hot toddies, there are a plethora of seasonal choices.

maroon WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: Deep reds make a bold

statement. Soften with a barely there blush or a more formal mix of sparkly metallics. PAIRS WELL WITH: blush, gold, topaz, navy, tan, lilac TIPS TO TRY: A velvet maroon jacket is an elegant look for him. Or berries can give your florals texture and depth.

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dark eggplant WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: This jewel tone gives off sophistication, richness and warmth. PAIRS WELL WITH: ruby, sand, navy, charcoal, emerald TIPS TO TRY: Have a cascade of eggplant sugar flowers on your cake, or choose a patterned linen runner for dining tables.

silver WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: This shade can go glitzy

(think: sparkly metallic) or be a luminous neutral. cranberry, sapphire, juniper, frost, pineapple TIPS TO TRY: Ask your bridesmaids to don a pair of glittery heels or accent your tables with candelabras or mercury glass vases. PAIRS WELL WITH:

steel blue WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: An almost-neutral blue, this

hue is perfect for adding a hint of color to a celebration. pearl, garnet, slate, copper, sage TIPS TO TRY: Since blue florals are hard to come by, tie a cascading ribbon to the stems of your bouquet, include the hue in a custom monogram or use pillar candles on your dining tables. PAIRS WELL WITH:

winter ivory WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: A timeless neutral is a total win—this one has warm undertones, which makes it perfect for winter nuptials. PAIRS WELL WITH: blush, gray, lapis, ebony, moss TIPS TO TRY: Don an ivory gown (more flattering than white for most skin tones) or opt for a classic ivory-frosted cake.

cherry red WHY IT’S A GOOD FIT: This happy hue is synonymous with romance and passion. PAIRS WELL WITH: fog, chartreuse, sky blue, gold, linen TIPS TO TRY: Tuck your invites into red envelopes to get guests’ attention, or mix red roses into your floral arrangements.

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hot trends to make your own From dangling décor to portrait booths and gifting lounges, here are the ideas we’re really loving for the year ahead. BY LAUREN KAY PHOTOGRAPH BY JOSEPH LIN PHOTOGRAPHY



We’re all about a personalized wedding, but we also really love a good trend. So we’ve rounded up our favorite ideas to steal for an of-the-moment celebration. And yes, a few of these trends could blow your whole budget, but there are infinite ways to pull inspiration from these ideas and spin them to match your style (and wallet).

furry friends

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Animal lovers take note: The hottest wedding guests have four legs and supersoft coats. From bunnies to donkeys, couples are incorporating more than just their pets into their weddings. This is a trend to try if you’re hosting a rustic soiree or celebrating in a picturesque barn.

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Sparkly gowns—gold, silver and metallic beading—flooded the bridal runways. The ball gown is making a comeback too, perfect for a formal evening wedding. Also hot? Breezy silhouettes and airy skirts. These effortless dresses (think: flowing fabrics like tulle and organza) have an ethereal vibe and are well suited for a destination affair or even a second look. Detachable skirts, floral embellishments and off-the-shoulder styles are making their way down the aisle as well. >>


metallic dresses and breezy silhouettes

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unique invitations Get your guests excited to celebrate from the very beginning with wedding correspondence that stands out. Plexiglass invites, foil stamping and glow-in-the-dark ink are a few of the stationery trends we’re loving right now. Bespoke illustrations and bold envelopes (think: shocking fuchsia with white ink) are other ways to get noticed.

grand getaways Think of this exit as a fresh take on the classic sparkler send-off. Surprise your guests with an unexpected getaway on the back of a motorcycle, in a horse-drawn carriage or by helicopter. For a twist on the trend, have a really memorable entrance instead. Anything goes—and just think of the photo ops.

games galore


the gift lounge

color comeback

This deconstructed welcome bag is perfect for destination weddings. Instead of stuffing and delivering a gift for your guests, let them do the work—they’ll be glad you did. Set up a room full of swag (snacks, drinks, local treats) and guests can choose their favorite things. Best of all, you (or your family or wedding party) can greet guests in person when they arrive. If your friends and family are split between a couple of hotels, set up a table of goodies at the exit of your welcome party for a truly memorable party favor.

Neutrals and pastels have paved the way for a total return to color. Expect to see pops of bold shades and bright pairings. Pantone named greenery the Color of the Year—it’s vibrant and earthy, making it perfect for all seasons. This fresh hue is symbolic of “the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. We expect to see this shade of green in everything from floral arrangements to colored linens.

asking for what you really want From cash to mountain bikes and even museum memberships, we love that couples can ask for just about anything under the sun these days—including nothing at all. Charity registries are on the rise along with experiences, like a pottery class or private cocktail session with an expert mixologist. Don’t worry, you can still register for classic wedding gifts like fine china, upgraded cookware and that fancy espresso machine you’ve had your eye on for years. Or do both!

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Classic aisles will always be popular, but couples are adding twists to the traditional ceremony. A circular seating setup or ceremony in the round gives guests a more intimate connection with your vows. Cocktails before your “I dos”? Why not! Couples are mixing up the timeline and kicking things off with a celebratory sip. >>




In an effort to entertain guests, couples are turning to the tried and true: games. From interactive Mad Lib wedding programs to croquet at outdoor cocktail hours, games are being used as a way to break the ice between guests. This playful detail will get your friends and family mingling.

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Décor trends are going au naturel. If you can’t celebrate under the stars, bring the outside in. Add some oversize potted trees to a ballroom for an instant forest effect. Or incorporate natural elements like wood and stone into your table settings. Greenery (not just the color) continues to trend—it’s easy to manipulate and can give your décor an undone but beautiful look. Bouquets are getting bigger too and some old-school styles, like cascade and pageant, are making a serious comeback.

a movable feast With food trucks and passed multicourse meals, the sit-down dinner is being replaced with more interactive options. Set up stations that feature your favorite eats, like wine and cheese pairings with an on-site sommelier. If you don’t want to forgo a plated dinner, host a cool cocktail hour and serve the main meal family style for a twist on the expected.

fun food presentations Menus are being carefully curated with favorite eats and local specialties. But the presentation is almost upstaging the food. Self-serve bars and food installations, like a hanging acrylic shelf piled high with hors d’oeuvres, are instant wows. These interactive stations will give your friends and family something to do, and talk about long after the wedding has ended. >>

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stylish swings




The latest in lounge seating is swings. This playground classic promises to be a big hit with wedding guests both young and old. And it’s the perfect way to stay in motion when your feet need a break from the dance floor. Seating in general is trending, with couples opting for “king” and “queen” chairs at a sweetheart table, or mix-and-match options for outdoor ceremonies. >>

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“Elegantly Hip!”


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image mapping Turn your indoor reception venue into an enchanted forest without uprooting a single tree. Image mapping is a projection technology that allows you to transform a space with lighting and moving pictures. You can change scenes too, giving your ceremony and reception each its own special vibe. On a budget? Use the technology on just your wedding cake.

double-duty escorts Escort cards are like the save-the-dates of your wedding day— they don’t have to match your theme or style. They’re the perfect place to be playful and infuse your celebration with your personalities or favorite things. Create a dramatic display that can double as a photo booth backdrop or cards that are also party favors, like splits of champagne or a boxed edible treat.

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Hanging accents are an instant wow factor, and they always get noticed. Suspend flowers from ceiling beams or string market lights from barn rafters for added ambience. Hanging décor will get guests looking up too, which is handy if you’re trying to downplay the venue’s color-clashing carpet. Towering candelabras and organic centerpieces continue to be popular table décor.

translucent cakes Not quite frosted, not quite bare, the almost-naked cake is a perfect blend of two styles, and ideal for a less formal celebration. These confections are usually packed with flavor, lightly iced in buttercream and topped with fresh flowers or in-season fruits that hint at the flavors of the cake.


party portraits We’re loving the new twist on the traditional photo booth: portrait studios. Much like a photo booth, there’s a designated space and, in some cases, props. But instead of four rapid-fire shots, there’s a live photographer asking you to “vogue” for the camera. You get beautiful images of your family and friends and they get a stellar classic portrait, perfect for their gallery wall. Vintage-loving duos might opt for an illustrator instead, who can sketch guests in their finest duds. Meanwhile, Geofilters are joining hashtags as the hottest way to be social with photos at weddings (#duh).

Give your guests an evening they won’t soon forget with unparalleled entertainment. Think outside the box with an aerialist, a live painter or a choir belting out your favorite Beyoncé song. An artist can capture the scene and commemorate the day—fun entertainment for your guests and a keepsake for you. Or go the more traditional route with music, but pair it with a performance, like a classical quartet and ballerinas in tutus. If you have a noise ordinance at your outdoor locale, host a silent disco: A DJ spins music, but instead of it blasting from speakers, your guests don a pair of headphones and dance (and sing along) in relative silence. We’re kind of obsessed. DOUBLE-DUTY ESCORTS

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Your invites are one of the most important elements of your wedding because they provide guests with a lot of crucial information. And while many details of your day don’t follow a strict set of rules, your invitations do have some guidelines worth noting. See all of the answers to your most pressing wedding invite questions below.



when should we make the deadline for RSVPs? Make your RSVP date two to three weeks before your wedding— this will allow enough time for you to get a final head count to the caterer (one week before) and to finalize your seating chart. If some guests still haven’t responded by your deadline, give them a quick call and ask for their RSVPs (still via mail) so you have all their information. where do we include information about our wedding website? Your wedding website should be included on your save-the-date. Don’t have one yet? Create your free site at TheKnot.com/website. If you’d like (or if you aren’t sending save-the-dates), you can include the web address in the formal invitations with an insert—a small card that informs guests they can go online for more details. can we include our registry info on our invitations or save-the-dates? In a word, no. Including registry info on the wedding invitations or save-the-dates is still considered impolite because it can come off as though you’re asking for gifts. Tell your wedding party, parents and close friends where you’re registered, and let them fill everyone in. Plus, most guests will know that all that extra information (that they didn’t find on the invitation) is on your wedding website. we’re having an adults-only wedding (no kids). how can we make sure this is clear to our guests? Address your invitations correctly—to each guest by name, not “and guest”—and guests should understand the invite is meant for only those mentioned. If you find that some reply with their children’s names added, give them a call and explain that you’re

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having an adults-only wedding and you hope they can still attend. If there are a lot of kids in your family, you may want to consider hiring or arranging for a babysitter. It’s definitely not required, but it’s a nice gesture. Just be sure to include this information on your wedding website.

how do we let guests know our dress code? The easiest way to get your point across is to include a dress code in the lower right-hand corner of the invite or on a reception card; “black-tie,” “cocktail attire” or “casual attire” are all acceptable. Your invitation design will also clue guests in. An ultra-formal, traditional invite with letterpress and calligraphy will give guests a hint to the formal nature of the event, whereas a square invite with a playful font and bright colors would fit a much more casual style. Another way is to direct guests to your wedding website, where you can go into more detail about the weekend events and dress code in a more informal forum. do we have to invite every guest with a “plus-one”? No, you don’t have to. If a guest isn’t married or in a serious relationship, it’s perfectly acceptable to invite them solo. Most will understand that without an “and Guest” or another name on the invitation, it means they aren’t invited with a plus-one. While it’s always nice to invite everyone with a guest, if you’re having a small wedding, your family and friends should understand your reasoning. What to do if a guest RSVPs for two? Call them and explain you’re having an intimate celebration and, unfortunately, you were not able to invite everyone with a guest. But if you realize that nearly everyone will be coupled up, extend a plus-one invitation to your few single friends and family. >>


when should we send out our wedding invitations? Traditionally, invitations go out six to eight weeks before the wedding—that gives guests plenty of time to clear their schedules and make travel arrangements if they don’t live in town. If it’s a destination wedding, give guests more time and send them out three months before the day. Most couples also send out save-thedates. Those get mailed six to eight months in advance.

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where do you put the return address? The return address usually goes on the back flap of the envelope, and it should be that of the person(s) whom you’ve designated to receive response cards. This could be either your parents or you (traditionally, whomever is hosting the wedding handles response cards). Don’t forget that the RSVP envelope should also be printed with this address and should include postage. if our wedding reception is only for immediate family, is it okay to invite more people just to the ceremony? Not really. By inviting guests to one and not the other, you’re basically saying you want them there for the actual ceremony but you either don’t want to pay for their plate at your party or don’t care enough to have them there to actually celebrate your newly-married status. Sorry!

paper planning Here’s what you need to order for your stationery and when.

9–11 months before Research styles and stationers.


6–8 months before


Order and send save-the-dates; order thank-you notes.

4–6 months before

Order and finalize invitations, reply cards and any other enclosures; reserve a calligrapher (if you’re using one).

4 months before

6–8 weeks before Send invitations; order table numbers, escort cards, place cards and menus (or get started on them if you’re going the DIY route); and order ceremony programs (or start working on them).

4 weeks before

Send invitations for any peripheral parties you’re hosting, like a rehearsal dinner or a welcome party; drop escort cards and place cards off with your calligrapher or print yourselves.

Drop off envelopes with the calligrapher, or address and stuff invitations on your own.


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I invited my friend and her boyfriend (by name on the invite) to the wedding, but they recently broke up. Now she wants to bring a friend I don’t like—can I tell her no? Because you worded the invitation correctly by including her boyfriend’s name on the envelope (not “and guest”), etiquette wise, you have every right to say no. As a rule, invitations are nontransferable when people are invited by name. Try explaining that you’d prefer that the wedding be limited to family and good friends—just be prepared for a discussion.

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Our ultimate flower guide—45 blooms to be exact—includes details on seasonality, color and price for the most coveted wedding botanicals. BY ANDREA FOWLER PHOTOGRAPH BY DEVON JARVIS


Choosing wedding flowers that fit your style and petals that match your color palette isn’t always easy—especially if you can’t tell a dahlia from a daisy. Here’s everything you need to know about the most popular wedding flowers. >>


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These flowers have small, bright blooms that grow in clusters and often feature freckled petals. They’re best used as a backdrop to primary flowers. And they’re super long lasting. season: year-round cost: $ colors: white, yellow, orange, pink, red, lavender, purple, flecked

amaryllis If you want wow, this impressive flower is for you. It features large, trumpet-shaped blossoms that open in succession at the top of its extralong stalk. Grown from a bulb, the amaryllis originated in the tropical rain forests of Africa and South America. A more costly stem, these flowers are long lasting and offer a lot of drama in a bouquet or centerpiece. season: November to April cost: $$$ colors: white, yellow, green, pink, red, burgundy



anemone Greek mythology has two legends about the anemone. These jewel-toned flowers were said to have sprung up from the blood that was shed by Aphrodite’s lover, Adonis, when he died. The ancient Greeks also believed that Zephyrus, the god of the west wind, favored the bloom, hence its other name: windflower. Though unscented, this relative of the peony and ranunculus is sought after for its vibrant magenta, red and purple hues. Just a few bright blooms can add a pop of color to bouquets and arrangements. season: November to May; primarily spring cost: $$$ colors: white, pink, purple, magenta, burgundy

bouvardia This flower is perfect for filling out a classic wedding bouquet or centerpieces. It has clusters of small, star-shaped blossoms bursting from a leafy green stem. It’s delicate, cost effective and totally romantic. season: year-round cost: $ colors: white, peach, pink, red

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calla lily Also known as the arum lily, this trumpetshaped blossom originated in Africa and symbolized “magnificent beauty” to the Victorians. Two types are commonly available: one with a large head and a long, smooth stem, suitable for tall arrangements or presentation bouquets; and a miniature version ideal for nosegays and boutonnieres. season: year-round, winter to late spring is the peak cost: $$$ colors: ivory, yellow, orange, light pink, dark pink, red, dark burgundy

camellia A symbol of loveliness and beauty, this multipetaled relative of the tea plant was originally from China. The flower had a notable role in Giuseppe Verdi’s opera La Traviata. In the story, a courtesan named Violetta always wore a white camellia, except for the few days of the month when she was “not available” and donned a red camellia instead. season: late winter to early spring, fall cost: $ colors: white, cream, pink, red

carnation Don’t turn up your nose at the carnation— this long-lasting flower is full of possibilities. The ruffled heads offer an inexpensive way to bring lushness and color to bouquets and arrangements. When massed, they also make a pretty arrangement of their own. Today, more than 300 species (in large, single blooms and miniature spray varieties) are available. season: year-round cost: $ colors: white, yellow, apricot, pale pink, dark pink, red, burgundy, also bicolors and flecked

chrysanthemum About a thousand varieties of long-lasting, versatile mums can be found in single stems or sprays. What the chrysanthemum lacks in sweet perfume, it makes up for in a range of colors. season: year-round, peak in late summer and fall cost: $ colors: white, yellow, green, orange, russet, red, burgundy >>


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Named the coxcomb due to its resemblance to a rooster’s comb, this vibrant flower makes a statement. It looks brilliant when cut short and used en masse as a centerpiece. season: late summer to late fall cost: $ colors: yellow, green, orange, pink, crimson

cornflower In medieval lore, it was believed that a girl who placed a cornflower beneath her skirt could have any bachelor she desired—which is perhaps how the flower acquired its other name, bachelor button. This inexpensive stem is perfect for casual and outdoor celebrations. It comes in a wide variety of shades, great for mixing in arrangements. Its button head (and historic story) make it a shoe-in for boutonnieres. season: summer to early fall cost: $$ colors: white, pink, blue



cosmos Hoping to capture the look of a summer garden in full bloom? Cosmos is the stem for you. This daisylike flower grows in shades of pink and magenta on long stems with feathery foliage. A striking chocolate color is also available and can be used to create rich, late-summer arrangements. season: mid-summer to fall cost: $$ colors: white, pale pink, dark pink, chocolate

daffodil (also know as narcissus, paperwhite or jonquil) Shakespeare and Wordsworth both created rhapsodies about this humble and happy bulb flower. Perhaps it’s so well liked because its cheery yellow bloom is one of the first to appear after winter’s frost subsides and spring is on its way. The daffodil is a flower of true variety: Its blooms can be single or multiple, with large or small cups, in solid colors or in combinations of white and yellow with touches of orange. season: November to April cost: $$ colors: white, yellow, apricot, orange

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dahlia These bold, bushy flowers have a history as dramatic as their appearance. Conquistadors found the dahlia in the gardens of the Aztecs and caused a sensation when they brought the flower back to Europe. As the dahlia gained popularity, the pursuit of its potato-like tubers was conducted with intrigue and deception—dahlia tubers were reportedly stolen even from the garden of the Empress Josephine. season: summer to early fall cost: $$ colors: white, yellow, orange, pink, red, purple

daisy You may find the daisy a fitting flower for your wedding if you plucked its white petals in a game of “he loves me, he loves me not” as a child. Generally available year-around, the affordable stem is a lovely and whimsical flower, well suited for a casual wedding. season: year-around, peak summer to early fall cost: $ color: white

delphinium (also known as larkspur) A beloved classic in English flower beds, the delphinium has towering spires and clustered florets. The delphinium lends a country-garden feel to wedding arrangements while adding height and drama. Delphiniums can be found year-round, but most colors are at their peak from summer to early fall. season: year-round, peak June to October cost: $$ colors: white, pink, lavender, purple, blue

dutch tulip Widely available, this flower shouldn’t be overlooked just because it’s fairly common; its versatility and vast range of colors make it a wonderful flower at weddings (especially when clustered on its own). Dutch tulips have shorter stems and smaller blossoms than the French tulip. season: November to May cost: $$ colors: white, yellow, orange, pale pink, dark pink, red, purple >>



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french tulip Large, tapered heads spring from graceful stems in this elegant variety. The extra-long stems can be 12 inches or longer, which makes the French tulip a natural for presentation bouquets or minimalist centerpieces. More expensive than the Dutch variety, the French tulip is most often seen in pastel hues. season: Summer to early fall cost: $$$ colors: white, yellow, pink, blue



gardenia Surrounded by dark green, waxy leaves, the exquisite gardenia exudes a very sultry and heavy scent. It was this intoxicating fragrance that captivated an English sea captain traveling through South Africa in 1754, prompting him to bring home one of the native plants as a souvenir. But the delicate, creamy ivory petals of this expensive flower can bruise easily, so handle with care. Carry a few as a posy or wear one as a corsage. season: year-round cost: $$$ color: ivory

gerbera This graphic flower is so flawless in its form that it almost doesn’t look real. Grown in the hottest climates of Asia and Africa, the gerbera is a year-round gem that comes in a crayon-box range of colors—nearly 350 intense shades are available, including bright orange, pink, red, yellow and burgundy. season: year-round cost: $ colors: white, yellow, orange, pale pink, dark pink, red >>

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a cheat sheet for centerpieces Foolproof tips for your table arrangements.

the basics

• Your centerpieces should match the proportions of the reception space.

• They should make sense for the size of your tables (long tables call for multiple arrangements; round tables, smaller ones).

• They should be the right height for conversation (tall enough or short enough that they don’t block guests’ views).

low and lovely

• The highest arrangement shouldn’t go above the shortest adult’s chin.

• Low arrangements call for big blooms—you might need the wow factor.

• Use color or texture, or both, to make the arrangement pop.

high and mighty

• The lowest flower in an arrangement should be about two to three feet above the table.

• Blooms don’t have to be big, but they should soar (think: branches or orchid sprays).

• Stick to simple vessels, like clear vases, so all eyes are drawn up.


A favorite of perfumers for its fresh, fruity scent, freesia packs a lot of fragrance in just a few blossoms. A couple of stems are all you need to sweeten your bouquet, but avoid using freesia in your centerpieces (the scent may interfere with your dinner menu). The green buds clustered along the thin, arched stem open gradually into delicate flowers. season: year-round cost: $$ colors: most colors are available, except for blue

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Standing tall and proud, the gladiolus has a spiky stem with large florets that open in succession. Miniature varieties with fewer blooms are also available. Full stems can be used to add height to arrangements, while the individual florets can be made into boutonnieres. The flower’s name is derived from the Latin word for sword, gladius, after the shape of its leaves. season: year-round, peak during summer cost: $ colors: white, yellow, green, apricot, orange, pale pink, dark pink, red, lavender, purple

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While technically not of the lily family (it grows on a climbing vine, not from a bulb), this flower’s refluxed petals and stamens bear a resemblance to those of actual lilies. Generally pinkish red and tipped with yellow, the gloriosa, or Rothschild lily, adds a tropical punch to bouquets and arrangements. season: year-round cost: $$ colors: red with yellow edges

grape hyacinth (also known as muscari) Grape hyacinth gets its name from the shape of its flower and perhaps from its mild, sweet scent. Sometimes called muscari, grape hyacinth is available in greenish white but is most often seen in a pretty purplish blue. This springtime bulb flower can be expensive, so it is best used as an accent or massed in small bunches. season: November to May cost: $$ colors: white-green, blue-purple

hyacinth In ancient mythology, Hyacinthus was a figure in a tale of tragic love. Today, we know this stocky bulb flower as a fragrant signature of spring. The hyacinth’s scent is strong, so less is more in centerpieces and arrangements. season: November to May cost: $$ colors: white, yellow, peach, pale pink, fuchsia, lavender, purple, blue

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hydrangea With its big, bushy head and intense colors, a stem or two of this moderately priced, scentless shrub flower helps fill out arrangements and bouquets. And it’s one of the few blue blooms. season: July to November cost: $$ colors: white, green, pink, burgundy, purple, blue

iris This unusually shaped flower has been admired by many throughout history. Ancient Greeks associated it with their gods, and ancient Egyptians linked it to their pharaohs. To the medieval Europeans, it signified chivalry and served as a model for the French fleur-de-lis symbol. The most common varieties are the Dutch iris, the graceful Siberian iris, and the large “bearded” iris, all grown in numerous shades of white, yellow and purple. season: year-round, peak in spring and early summer cost: $$$ colors: white, yellow, purple

lily of the valley Their fresh, perfumelike scent is unmistakable, and it’s hard to believe such a delicious fragrance can come from such tiny flowers. With its bell-shaped florets dangling from a thin stem, lily of the valley is sometimes called “the ladder to heaven.” In Norse mythology, the flower is linked to Ostara, the goddess of springtime, and while most plentiful during this season, it remains available—and expensive—year-round. Most people only know of the white variety, though a very rare rosy pink exists too. season: year-round in limited quantities, peak in spring cost: $$$$ colors: white, pale pink (rare)

lisianthus This cupped flower somewhat resembles a rose or ranunculus that’s missing a few petals. Lisianthus boasts multiple blossoms and buds on a single stem and has a slight peppery scent. Its wide range of colors makes it an excellent choice as a secondary flower for bouquets and arrangements. season: year-round cost: $ colors: white, cream, pale green, peach, pink, lavender, purple >>



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ornithogalum (also know as chincherinchee and star of bethlehem) This flower is known particularly for its ability to open in the morning and close in the evening. season: year-round cost: $ colors: white, ivory, yellow, orange

parrot tulip Also known as the Rembrandt or parakeet tulip, this showy bloom is noted for its ruffled, striped petals in intense colors. Some varieties feature fringe-tipped petals for added drama. season: November to May cost: $$$ colors: white/green, yellow, orange/green, pink/green, red

peony The peony is showy in its lush and full-headed structure, sweet perfume and bright colors. A relative of the ranunculus and the anemone, the peony is available in two main types: the herbaceous and the tree. season: spring; imported, scentless variety available in fall and winter cost: $$$$ colors: white, cream, peach, pink, burgundy

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phlox Perhaps phlox’s popularity at weddings is due to its meaning: “unification of the souls.” With large clusters of small-petaled, disk-shaped blossoms atop branching stems, phlox provides a lush backdrop for featured flowers in a bouquet or arrangement. season: June to November cost: $ colors: white, orange, pink, red, purple

queen anne’s lace Known for the flower head’s similar appearance to lace, this wildflower symbolizes “protection.” It adds texture to all-white arrangements and is a great filler choice. season: spring to early fall cost: $ colors: white, green

ranunculus Looking for a cost-effective alternative to the rose and peony? Try the lush, multi-petaled ranunculus. This flower was first seen by Westerners in the Far East around the 13th century. Available in practically every color, the ranunculus features several blossoms and a whimsical stem with fernlike foliage. season: November to April cost: $$$ colors: white, yellow, apricot, orange, pale pink, dark pink

rose Is it any wonder that roses rank as the most beloved of wedding flowers? Long considered a symbol of beauty and love, legend has it that Cleopatra seduced both Julius Caesar and Marc Anthony with the flower. A wide variety of the flower exists, including unique and fragrant hybrid stems like the Juliet garden rose. They come in various sizes too. Their accessibility means roses can be surprisingly affordable. However, the price of this bloom goes up around key flower-giving holidays such as Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day. season: year-round cost: $$$ colors: white, cream, yellow, apricot, orange, pale pink, dark pink, red, burgundy, lavender >>


orchid Sexy and exquisitely gorgeous, thousands of species of orchids are cultivated worldwide. A full spray can be used in bouquets and arrangements, or a simple blossom can be plucked to make an exotic boutonniere. The most common wedding stems include: cymbidium (usually green; popular, yet expensive; durable yet perishable in cold temperatures), dendrobium (sweetly scented; used in classic Hawaiian leis), oncidium (often referred to as “spray orchids”; they come on slender long branches), vanda (summer-blooming; comes in a rare, yet stunning bluish purple) and phalaenopsis (popular and widely used; usually comes in white and purple). season: year-round cost: $$$$ colors: white, yellow, green, apricot, orange, pale pink, dark pink, red, burgundy

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It’s not hard to figure out how the scabiosa, with its tufted head atop a long, wiry stem, got its other name, pincushion. This enchanting flower is right at home tucked in between showier blooms. After the stem blooms, the scabiosa pod is equally as beautiful. It’s often used in rustic, wild-looking bouquets for a touch of organic whimsy. season: spring to early fall cost: $$ colors: white, burgundy, lavender

stephanotis The name stephanotis means “marital happiness,” making the flower an obvious choice for weddings. The star-shaped, waxy florets grow on a flowering vine, and each must be individually wired or placed onto a special holder before it can be used in a bouquet or boutonniere. season: year-round cost: $ color: white



stock Rising from a tall stem, stock has dense clusters of small single- and double-blossomed flowers. Stock first became known outside of the Mediterranean region toward the end of the Middle Ages. Stock is valued for its use as a complementary flower and its fragrant, spicy, clovelike scent. It comes in a wide variety of colors, making it a popular addition to arrangements. season: year-round, peak in spring and summer cost: $ colors: white, yellow, apricot, pale pink, dark pink, purple

sunflower The head of the sunflower follows the sun as it moves across the sky, a trait that undoubtedly inspired its symbolism: “adoration” and “loyalty.” Bold and flashy, with raylike petals and disk-shaped dark centers, the sunflower is most at home at informal weddings, like outdoor or barn celebrations. It comes in warm colors, from golden yellow to deep reddish brown. season: May to November, peak in summer cost: $ colors: pale lemon, deep gold, orange, russet, brown

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sweet pea The sweet pea was first brought to England from Sicily in 1699. Its sweet scent and rugged blossoms grown on a spindly green vine make this flower an old-fashioned favorite. season: November to June cost: $$ colors: white, cream, apricot, pale pink, dark pink, red, lavender, purple

tuberose A native of Mexico, the tuberose has a very strong scent. Its white, trumpet-shaped florets grow in clusters and open gradually, while the closed buds have a pink or green tinge. It’s most commonly used as a secondary flower in arrangements. season: summer to fall cost: $$ colors: ivory, pink

tweedia Best used as an accent flower, these cheery, star-shaped blossoms grow on climbing branches. While available in white and pink, tweedia is most admired in its unusual soft blue hue. season: April to November cost: $ color: blue, white, pink

veronica Shaped like a plume, the tapered spike of veronica pokes out from the tops of arrangements and bouquets for a wild, garden-inspired look. season: year-round cost: $$ colors: white, pink, magenta, burgundy, purple

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Make the pièce de résistance of your celebration— the cake, of course—mirror your wedding’s overall vibe and theme.

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SUGAR STEMS Nothing says “romance” quite like flowers, especially when they’re handcrafted in sugar and entirely edible.

Add color and panache to a simple round cake with a bevy of blooms. Choose stems found in your bouquet or centerpieces, or flowers that match your wedding palette. A single cascade makes a statement, while multiple floral sprays are a total wow. CAKE BY MADISON LEE’S CAKES

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classic A white cake is the perfect canvas for an eye-catching design. Guarantee yours steals the show by choosing a bold print, like this timeless yet whimsical blue floral motif. Pair with a topper of sugar flowers or your new monogram for an elegant look. CAKE BY BETTY BAKERY




Love a detail from your stationery or the pattern of your wedding china? Let that inspire your cake.

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glam A mix of patterns, metallics and dimensions create an extravagant confection. Bold pops of color in the base (echoed in the sugar blooms) lend a bit of sophistication. Opt for varying tier heights— it will give your cake depth and a little opulence. A MIDAS TOUCH


Metallics make anything feel instantly luxe—including cakes. Gold edging, bold brush strokes and a confetti speckled tier create intrigue and texture.

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modern Proof that a simple design can make a big impact, this marble-inspired cake pairs perfectly with any wedding palette. A classic red rose gives the top tier dimension. Add even more drama by having nontraditional layers like hexagons, squares or ovals. CAKE BY BUTTERFLY BAKESHOP

Flecks of gold combine with gray and black in a rolled fondant technique. This motif is equal parts elegant and edgy.




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rustic Not quite naked, not quite frosted, this hybrid look is focused on flavor. Vary the ingredients based on the season, like decadent dulce de leche in the winter or vanilla lemon zest in warmer months. Decorate with fresh blooms or nods to the flavors (think: berries or shaved chocolate). CAKE BY LUCKYBIRD BAKERY

EXTRA FLAVOR A caramel drizzle is a carefree finishing touch to translucent tiers—and another layer of rich flavor.

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low-key luxe

You want your wedding to be elegant but easygoing. The latest trend is a perfect mix of two styles. >> BY LAUREN KAY PHOTOGRAPHY BY SYLVIE GIL PHOTOGRAPHY

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A low-key luxe celebration is equal parts relaxed and exceptional, from the décor details to the cuisine. It’s the kind of party your friends will want to attend—fun with unique surprises and personal touches present in all the elements. Follow these tips to pull off a flawless, totally elegant affair.

perfect place Choosing the right venue is essential. Opt for a space that will allow you to embrace both casual and luxury décor. A ballroom might be super-fancy, while an industrial building could appear a little too laid-back. An outdoor space is a perfect choice—the natural setting will appeal to your low-key desires and you’ll still have the flexibility to add elegant design elements. Historic buildings, vineyards and barns are great options if the seasons aren’t on your side. These specialty venues are in high demand (and, in most cases, low supply), so book early to get the best date.

personalize the party



Regardless of the style of your wedding, it should reflect the tastes and personalities of you as a couple. Tailor the details—food, music, décor—so they feel like you.

color cues Once you’ve settled on a place, pick a palette that coordinates with the location and season. Pastels and neutrals, like blush, champagne and sage, will give your celebration a sophisticated feel, while fresh greens and even light browns can keep things from feeling too formal. To give your event some personality, choose one pop of color, like sunny yellow or robin’s-egg blue, to break up the softer hues. If you want to highlight the glam factor, add a metallic to the mix. Gold and silver are expected, but a rich copper feels fresh and is a nice blend of the two styles.

enticing invites Round out your wedding style with a motif. Perhaps it’s a modern monogram or a drawing of the historic property where you’ll say “I do.” Opt for witty or casual language in your save-the-date to clue guests in on the fun they’ll have celebrating with you. Your invite may be more traditional, but this first piece of correspondence should show off your personalities. Relaxed calligraphy, illustrations and foil are all great options. Or add some color to the suite in the envelope or another unexpected place. An envelope liner and coordinating stamps are luxe touches guests will love.

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wedding attire Brides, skip the ball gown and go with a fuss-free yet elegant dress. A sheath will wow while looking totally effortless. Add an element of opulence in your accessories, like sparkly shoes or stunning drop earrings. Choose bridesmaid dresses in varying shades of your colors or go glam with metallic or sequined gowns. Grooms have two choices: a classic tuxedo or more understated suit. Either works—just make sure your ensembles complement one another and you both feel comfortable. Groomsmen should follow that lead with slight variations, like in the bow tie for example. If you want your guests to be outfitted in their best, request it on the invitation (“black tie welcome” or “cocktail attire will impress”).

dazzling d´ecor Flowers are the easiest décor element to balance. Rather than letting one color or bloom dictate your arrangements, choose in-season stems. Opt for lush flowers like Juliet garden roses, ranunculus and dahlias in various shades. Then mix in nonfloral accents like seeded eucalyptus, berries or ferns. Texture is key to achieving a high-low look. Hand-tied bouquets with cascading leaves strike the right balance between grand and easygoing. Opt for low, slightly undone centerpieces in gilded urns or mercury vases for a touch of opulence. If your budget allows, upgrade standard furniture rentals in favor of mismatched chairs and farm tables. Add sparkly or luxe linen runners to tabletops, and go for specialty flatware and glassware (with gilded edges). The table finery can make a big statement. >>

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mood lighting

tasty treats

If you’re planning an outdoor wedding, good lighting is crucial— you’ll want your guests to be able to see once the sun sets. Market lights, oversize lanterns and candles are great alternatives to spotlights. They’ll provide a nice ambience and ample light. The right illumination can greatly benefit an indoor celebration too. Oversize chandeliers and candelabras can double as striking décor.

You’ll have to decide if you want your cake to feel extravagant or more casual—it’s hard to design something that hits both notes. If you want to glam it up, opt for a tall, multi-tier confection with a metallic dusting or cascade of gorgeous sugar blooms. Keeping the look more low-key? Consider a naked cake with a beautiful fresh floral topper. Either way, delight guests with unexpected flavor choices that reflect your personal tastes (don’t forget—it is your wedding cake).



delicious eats Spirited sips and scrumptious cuisine are key party elements. Your choices can hit both styles, like comfort food presented in an elegant way (think: mini hot dogs with artisanal mustard passed by white-gloved waiters). Let locally sourced, seasonal ingredients inspire your menu. Clever cocktail pairings, interactive food stations and passed treats (roving oyster shucker, anyone?) will delight your guests. Instead of a signature sip, opt for craft cocktails and a professional mixologist. The cocktails will be really delicious, and the resident bartender will keep your guests entertained while they await dinner.

party time Let your carefree nature shine through in your entertainment choices too. Hire a nontraditional band, like bluegrass, funk or swing, to croon during cocktails and dinner. Then switch to a DJ for the main dance party. Instead of setting up a photo booth, surprise guests with a caricature artist. Source some inexpensive frames and let the jovial sketches double as party favors. Want more style inspo? Head to TheKnot.com/style

overlooked spaces You’ve got your reception décor covered, but don’t forget some of the other areas.

the restrooms

Pay a little extra attention to the restrooms. Go for subtle sophistication: A flower arrangement (like a bunch of lavender in a small vase) and personalized soaps will go a long way to creating an inviting space for guests to freshen up.

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the bar

Top the bar with blooms (sturdier ones work best, or reuse your ceremony arrangements). Or let the barware do the work. Set out rows of highball glasses on lacquered trays, along with pretty iced pitchers filled with your signature cocktail.

the entranceways

Wow your guests with a grand entrance. Floral wreaths on doors, colorful votive candles atop entrance tables, hurricane lanterns hanging from trees, luminarias lining the walkways and other beautiful embellishments will give guests a warm welcome.

the hallways

Use potted plants, trees, floral garlands and trellises to make a big impact when guests enter or exit your ceremony or reception space. Or try a small dramatic flower arrangement placed on the ground, like tightly packed blooms lining the route to the bathroom.

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the frontend favor

Traditionally, a party favor was a parting gift—not anymore. >> BY LAUREN KAY PHOTOGRAPH BY JODI & KURT PHOTOGRAPHY

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You’ve planned a wedding full of thoughtful details and now you’re stuck on the perfect favor, something that will make your guests remember your day. “As we realize how much ‘stuff’ we all actually have, it’s just not something we need,” says planner Brian Worley of YourBASH! Instead, channel your favor budget toward something to be enjoyed at the beginning of your celebration or at some point throughout the wedding (or weekend if you’re hosting a destination party). Here are a few of our favorite no-fail options.



welcome guests in style Hosting a weekend-long celebration? Treat guests to a plush welcome bag upon arrival. “The welcome bag is the first impression of the wedding weekend for guests,” says Lynn Easton of Easton Events. In addition to making your loved ones feel, well, loved, you can quickly get them acclimated with your chosen destination. Include a welcome note, a few of your favorite things to do and see around town, and suggestions for nearby restaurants. Make the logistics fun by including a custom map or adding some wit to your recommendations (“Scoops is Tim’s favorite ice cream shop, but Meghan swears the rocky road is superior across the street at Mick’s—you be the judge!”). Don’t forget an itinerary of the weekend’s activities—but only include events or celebrations open to all guests (not the exclusive bridesmaid lunch). And last, but not least: snacks. Your guests have already traveled—don’t make them raid the minibar. Include you and your fiancé’s favorite goodies as well as local flavor, Easton recommends. If you’re packing it all in a tote you hope guests will reuse, you may want to think twice about adding your monogram or wedding date (they’ll be less likely to use it post-celebration). But do add your own custom logo to other details, such as water-bottle wraps or any itinerary information.

give something to the kids Let’s face it—the people who like party favors the most are the under-12 crowd. If you’re including kids in your celebration, consider packaging up something especially for them. Instead of waiting until the end of the evening, give them a treat early on (it can double as entertainment). For wee ones, create a custom activity book with pictures to color and easy puzzles to solve. Older crowd of tweens? Wrap up a disposable camera and send kids on a picture scavenger hunt (get a snap of you and your new spouse kissing, take a picture of someone older than you, capture a relative dancing). Your littlest guests will feel extra-special, and their parents will be eager to engage in adult conversation during dinner—a total win-win. >>

secrets to unforgettable favors Follow these rules and your gifts won’t get left behind.

Ask yourself: Is this something I would want? Consider something that’s practical like locally roasted coffee or a picture frame. You can’t go wrong with an edible treat like homemade cookies.

skip the monogram try before you buy Personalize your packaging, not the gift itself. This will ensure everyone will want to use their favor long after your wedding day.

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Once you’ve decided on a favor, do a trial run—you want to make sure the truffles taste as good as they look, or the handmade soaps are the right scent, before you order 200 of them.

order extra

Whether you choose to give one favor per guest or per couple, always have backups ready. Plan for 10 extra for every hundred guests in case something happens to get lost or broken in transit.

wrap it up

Personalized packaging and a thoughtful display goes a long way. Match your packaging to your wedding theme. If you’re gifting something edible, choose a box or bag that won’t absorb grease.


think practically

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hire a food truck A food truck waiting at the exit of your venue is perfect for guests craving a late-night snack. Let your personal favorites dictate the cuisine—anything is possible from waffles or tacos to snow cones. Or opt for something that’s representative of the local flavor, like lobster rolls and fries for a seaside celebration.

make a memory Photo and video booths have been around for decades because, well, they’re fun! Roll in an old-fashioned photo booth, or try for a more modern GIF or slow-motion version. Everyone will love sharing the photos on social media (and you’ll get copies too). If you really want to do something special, hire a caricature or silhouette artist to live-capture your guests. They’ll head home with an exceptional memory and a keepsake.

not your average favor

Unless you’re opting for a receiving line, you may not have a chance to personally greet your guests until you’re making your rounds mid-meal. And even still, your time with each person is likely to be limited. Let your friends and family know just how much their presence means to you by penning a handwritten note to each guest. Enclose in envelopes and print names and table numbers on the outside. This personalized escort card will be a lovely keepsake for your older relatives and a special detail that will not go unnoticed by even your college pals. If you have a large guest list, this can still be accomplished—start early and create a template for your note (thank them for coming, share a personal memory and close with a promise to meet them on the dance floor later).

entertain them Treat your guests to a special performance—we’re not talking your typical band or DJ, but something extra. It’s not a traditional favor, but we guarantee your guests will remember (and really enjoy) the marching band you hired to perform your alma mater’s fight song or the synchronized swimmers who take over the pool. They also contribute to the overall “awesome-time” vibe you’re channeling for your wedding. Opt for a performance that has some significance to you or the place you’ve chosen to wed—a mariachi band for a Mexico wedding or a jazz serenade for the couple who shared their first date at an underground club. Your guests will be delighted and your entertainment choice will personalize your celebration.

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treat them to breakfast If you really want your guests to leave the party with a tangible token of your gratitude, edible favors are the way to go. “Sending your guests off with a tasty treat for the ride home or the following day is the new party favor,” Worley says. If you’ve already indulged guests in a five-course meal, consider gifting them breakfast to go. This is an especially nice touch if you don’t plan to host a day-after brunch. Instead of a candy bar, set up big glass jugs filled with your favorite cereals. Include wood spoons with your wedding date or custom hashtag. If you want to bake something, package homemade muffins or chewy granola bars for guests to enjoy with their morning coffee (while they relive all the fun they had at your wedding, of course). Presentation is key here—include a clever message like, “Thanks for sharing in the most important day of our lives. Don’t let tonight’s party keep you from skipping the most important meal of the day tomorrow.” Search hundreds of favors by style and season at TheKnot.com/favors




write them a note

There’s no rule that says you have to give your guests a favor. If you like the tradition of giving guests “a little something extra,” channel your budget toward a gift that can be enjoyed at the beginning of your celebration or at some point throughout the wedding.

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where to register right now

From the big players to boutique options, here’s the nitty-gritty on the pros and cons of our favorite retailers. >> BY EMMA BATY PHOTOGRAPH BY THEO MILO PHOTOGRAPHY

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It seems like there are a million places to create registries (yes, plural—we recommend making a wish list at two or three stores) and the idea of having to play favorites between beloved brands can leave you feeling exhausted. So, we’ve taken the guesswork out of it, compiling the ultimate guide of places to register. And when you register with The Knot (TheKnot.com/registry) we’ll aggregate all of your wish lists in one spot, allowing guests to purchase gifts with just a few clicks—a total win for you both.

amazon WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Amazon has a universal registry program,

anthropologie WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Anthropologie believes registering is one

of the most exciting parts of wedding planning. Your wish list will stay available for up to a year after your event, and you can enter two different shipping addresses to accommodate for moves and other big changes during your engagement and after. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES : Anthropologie has plenty of products with an eclectic spin, perfect for the trendy couple—but you may not find what you’re looking for in terms of simple, minimalist designs or the basics. BONUS PERKS: Your guests can have your gifts wrapped for $4 a box or include a gift message for free.

bed bath & beyond WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: You can make an appointment to visit a

store and build your registry with a consultant. Or you can look to a curated online collection to help you create your wish list. For example, the “build your bar” one has the best bar essentials on one page—and you can add one product or the entire collection straight to your registry in one click. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: Bed Bath & Beyond is known for affordability, which means high-end luxury brands are limited.

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Family and friends can contribute to your registry by giving recommendations for particular products they love. There’s also a discount offered postwedding to scoop up any items you really wanted that no one purchased. Guests can also use those awesome 20 percent off coupons on (most of their) purchases.


belk WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: The Belk app lets you scan items directly

with your smartphone and add them to your registry. It also has checklists and a thank-you note feature to keep you on track. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: Belk only has physical stores in certain states (mostly the Southern US), but you can always register online. BONUS PERKS : Belk has engagement parties in its stores twice a year where you can create a new registry or add to an existing one. It also holds two 10-day completion events during the year where couples can get 20 percent off on select items.

best buy You can register for the technology and gadgets that make life easier (think: big-screen TV, smart fridge). All the products on your registry will be eligible for free shipping, with no minimum purchase requirement. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: We’re pretty sure Best Buy won’t start selling fine china or 400 thread count linens anytime soon, so you’ll need to register elsewhere too. BONUS PERK: For more expensive items on your registry, like those noise-canceling headphones you’ve been coveting, or the surround-sound speaker set, there’s a group gifting option. WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT:

bloomingdale’s WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Bloomingdale’s has consultants that work

strictly on wedding registries, so they’re a consistent resource while you’re going through the process. It offers completion discounts too—10 percent off for the first six months after your event and 20 percent off during special discount times. >>




which means you can add items to your registry that aren’t on Amazon.com using a browser extension. Also, you can shop Amazon Smile and support your favorite charities. There’s even a thank-you note feature that allows you to track which guest gave you what (and if you actually sent that thank-you note). POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: You don’t have the option for a traditional walk-through-the-store-with-a-scan-gun experience or the advantage of seeing things in person before you list them. BONUS PERKS: You can browse curated selections of items, like “dinner and serve ware” or the top 100 items people register for. Or you can also check out products from third-party boutique options, such as the MoMA Design Store.

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POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: Bloomingdale’s offers a huge variety of items, but most are at a higher price point. BONUS PERKS: Bloomingdale’s also gives discounts to registry couples for certain clothing items too. For example, when you start a registry, you get 25 percent off a single regular-price men’s purchase of $500 or more, perfect for a new suit

boscov’s Boscov’s has registry consultants in every store (and online) to help you build your dream wish list. They can help you mix and match china patterns or tell you the pros and cons of cookware. They’ll also monitor your registry and notify you when you’re running out of gifts, or when something goes out of stock so you can replenish. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: Boscov’s only has stores in six states and they’re mostly on the East Coast. BONUS PERKS: You get a 15 percent shopping pass discount just for registering. You’ll also get 10 percent back on every gift your guests purchase from the registry, which you can use to buy the remaining items. And on top of that, it gives you a 10 percent completion discount on almost all the items left on your registry. WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT:

cb2 Update your registry on the go through the app and updates go “live” within 15 minutes—perfect for adding additional gifts down the line or for changing your mind. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: CB2 is like Crate & Barrel’s little (and more modern) sister. It only has brick-and-mortar stores in five states, so if your friends and family are the type who like to shop in store instead of online, this could be tricky. BONUS PERKS : CB2 will make it easy on your guests by including gift wrapping and a personalized gift message for free.




the container store This organizational mecca lets you manage your registry online, making adding or deleting products easy. It also has a registry checklist of some of its most popular wedding gifts to guide you in your shopping. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: Registering here means you’ll need to create a wish list elsewhere too (it doesn’t have things like sheets, towels or dinnerware, for example). BONUS PERKS: After the wedding, you can save 10 percent on any items still left on your registry—like the makings for a custom closet. Your guests get free shipping and gift wrapping on purchases of $75 or more, and they can contribute to a more expensive group gift (like said closet). WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT:

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crate & barrel WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Crate & Barrel offers engaged couples

private registry events for one-on-one attention and advice. It also gives a 10 percent discount not only on registry items, but on other items in stores and online for six months after your wedding. Just in case you’re moving or want to store your stuff elsewhere, you can add two shipping addresses when you create your registry. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES : You may end up registering for too many gifts—it has everything from furniture to shower curtains. BONUS PERKS: Guests receive free shipping on items more than $99, and your registry stays open for 18 months after your event.

gearys Whenever a guest buys a gift off your registry, you get an email that allows you to digitally “unwrap” the present and see the value. The value is added to your registry account as store credit. Then, whenever you’re ready, you can make final decisions and purchase what you really want with that flexible account. You can even choose items that weren’t on your original registry. The money in your registry account never expires, so if you change your mind about your china pattern three years down the road, you could use your remaining credit to buy a new set. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: Gearys only has store locations in California—you need to live in the Golden State to take advantage. BONUS PERKS: You’ll receive a personal registry consultant to help you select the perfect items. WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT:

gump’s Gump’s, a San Francisco department store, allows you to build your registry in stores or online. It offers two registry selections: the more traditional version in which you select your gifts and they’re shipped as they’re purchased, and a “gift notification” program where you’re notified as guests purchase your gifts and you pick a date for Gump’s to ship them all to you at one time—perfect if you’re hoping to upgrade your space after “I do.” POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: There’s only one physical Gump’s store and it’s in California. BONUS PERKS: If you choose the notification option, you’ll get an email when someone makes a purchase from your registry, so keeping track of who gifted what for thank-you notes is a breeze. WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT:

jonathan adler Jonathan Adler hosts its registry feature on MyRegistry.com, a site that combines all your registry items from different sites onto one list. You can manage it on its app too (and take advantage of the scanning feature). >>


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BONUS PERKS: You can send your guests a 20 percent discount to

use toward gifts on your registry. You can save an extra 15 percent on anything left on your registry up to three months after the wedding.

macy’s WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Macy’s offers a newlywed discount so you




WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Have enough sheets and towels? JustGive

lets your guests donate to a charity instead of buying you tangible gifts. You can fundraise for one charity or multiple, and you can set a fundraising goal with an optional deadline. JustGive sends the donations directly to the charities for you, so you don’t have to worry about any of the logistics, and all guests receive an email receipt for tax deduction. JustGive has every 501(c)(3) charity in the country, so regardless of how big or small, every cause is included. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: You may need another registry. As much as we love the idea of being charitable, you might also want to treat yourselves to something special. BONUS PERKS: You can send a custom thank-you note to accompany each guest’s tax receipt. JustGive also has a guide for charities, so if you know you want to be philanthropic, but don’t know which cause is for you, it can help you find your match.

kohl’s The Kohl’s program allows you to manage your registry in stores or online. You can get started by browsing through the catalog, which can help guide you through the process. And you can earn Kohl’s rewards (that you can use in store) on gifts purchased from your registry. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: You’ll be able to register for every home category (dishes, appliances, linens and so on), but you may not be able to find those unique statement pieces to complete your new abode or extras like furniture. WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT:

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pottery barn Three words: free design services. When you create a registry account you’re given access to Pottery Barn’s team of design specialists who can help you curate the exact aesthetic you’re looking for. Guests also have the option of sending you gift cards that are redeemable at Pottery Barn and its sister stores, Williams Sonoma and West Elm. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: Pottery Barn doesn’t have an app, so managing your registry on the go isn’t quite as easy. BONUS PERKS: You get a postwedding discount of 10 percent off remaining registry items for up to six months. It also offers a thank-you tracker service so you can accurately track gifts received and thank-you notes penned. WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT:

scully & scully At Scully & Scully, the registry program is a “hold all gifts” format. So instead of receiving gifts as guests purchase them, you actually accumulate credit from those purchases, and you can use that money however you want within the store. So if a guest buys you a $200 bedspread from your list, you can use that $200 on the comforter or something else. This makes selecting the products for your registry seem a lot less final. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: There’s only one Scully & Scully store in the country and it’s located in New York City. BONUS PERKS: If dinner parties are important to you, Scully & Scully has a wide selection of tabletop items (china, glassware, flatware). You can have a one-on-one consultation to see different patterns and experiment with how to mix and match. >> WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT:


POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: Jonathan Adler is more suited to the modern, boundary-pushing couple. If you love trendy and fashionforward décor, this designer is for you. BONUS PERKS: Your Jonathan Adler registry stays open for a year after your wedding, giving guests plenty of time to shop. You can register in stores or online, then manage your wish list through MyRegistry.com.

can get an extra 20 percent on most of the items on your registry, and that discount lasts for six months after your nuptials. Plus, its Registry Star Rewards program allows couples to earn points as people shop for them. So when you receive a gift or buy something from Macy’s (like a rehearsal dinner outfit), you earn points that translate into a gift card—total win. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES : Macy’s has so many products that you may get overwhelmed with the sheer amount of registry potential. BONUS PERKS: Macy’s hosts Sip & Scan events during the year. Couples can visit a store, enjoy refreshments and get started with the help of a personalized registry consultant.

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For the couple who loves to spend their evenings in the kitchen, Sur La Table not only lets you manage your registry online, it also gives you a registry concierge who helps you through the entire process. There’s even a comprehensive online guide to exclusive brands. It offers a 10 percent completion discount with no exclusions as well. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: Sur La Table is a kitchen specialty store, so you’ll definitely need a separate wish list elsewhere to complete the other rooms in your home. BONUS PERKS: You can get extra gifts just for registering, or when certain items on your registry have been purchased.

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WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: You have up to one year after your wedding

to return any gift from your registry. There’s also a 15 percent completion code for whatever’s left on your list. Friends and family can chip in toward the purchase of bigger gifts through its group gifting program. You can also find inspiration in the Wedding Shop, which includes gifts for your wedding party or faves from Target’s home style expert Emily Henderson. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: You may not be able to register for that luxe, cashmere blanket you’ve always wanted, but you’ll be able to get practically everything else. BONUS PERKS: Target has a feature called Add From Anywhere. Basically, if you see something you love that Target doesn’t carry, like a handmade item from Etsy, you can still put it on your Target registry—simple and easy.

traveler’s joy WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Traveler’s Joy is a registry service that lets

you collect money toward your honeymoon in lieu of traditional gifts. You create an account based on your honeymoon destination and the activities you want to do, and Traveler’s Joy lets your guests contribute lump sums toward your trip. The “gifts” you ask for can be experience based or practical. Let’s say you’re taking a cruise: You can add extra excursions like scuba diving to the registry or more tangible products like sunglasses and sunscreen. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: There are some service charges involved. Traveler’s Joy charges a small fee for things like credit card processing, hosting fees and so on. BONUS PERKS: Unlike other honeymoon registry sites, Traveler’s Joy lets you book your trip through whomever you’d like—you don’t have to use a specific travel agent or company. It also lets you split up the cost of an item, so if your couples massage is going to be $200, you can turn that into four gifts of $50.

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Pottery Barn and West Elm, plus it has its own home line. Any gift cards you receive from your registry can be used at any of the stores. Williams Sonoma also offers product help after your wedding, so if you can’t figure out how to use that high-tech juicer you registered for, someone can step in and show you. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: Although Williams Sonoma does have furniture and linens, its specialty is kitchen equipment. You may want a wish list at one of its sister brands or elsewhere too. BONUS PERKS: You can make a one-on-one appointment with a registry specialist or attend a private shopping event with experts who can help you craft the perfect registry. After you’re official, complete your registry with a 10 percent discount on everything left for a full six months.

zola Zola is an online registry with a curated selection of products for your home (from brands you’ll recognize), but you can also create fund registries too, like a honeymoon wish list. You can even register for experiences, like a cooking class, wine tasting tour or even a handyman to help you hang a gallery wall of wedding photos. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: Zola has so many registry options (like being able to add any item on the internet) that it’s almost a little daunting. There’s also not a brick-and-mortar retail option, so you’ll have to trust your gut and click to add. BONUS PERKS: Zola has a button you can install in your browser to let you choose items from anywhere, so if there’s a boutique in your hometown that you really love that doesn’t offer a registry service, Zola has you covered. WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT:

z gallerie Z Gallerie is a member of the MyRegistry .com family, which means when you create a registry from this trendy home goods store, it will be synced with any other registries on the platform making it easy for your guests to shop. POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES: Z Gallerie has stores across the country, but not one in every state. Also, MyRegistry.com is an online service that doesn’t offer in-person help, so it can feel a little less personal than other options. BONUS PERKS: MyRegistry.com does allow you to register for cash gifts as well as more traditional gifts—a total win if you want both or have registry indecision. WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT:

Start your registry today at TheKnot.com/registry

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pick the perfect spot The location of your wedding is going to be instrumental in determining the overall vibe of your celebration (rustic, sophisticated, beachy). You want your guests to walk away from your wedding weekend thinking, “That was so them!” so it should say something about your personal style, experiences and your passions. Did he propose on vacation in Paris? Then why not host a swank wedding in the City of Lights? Are you foodies? Think about gathering your crew in a place

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like Tuscany or California wine country. Or if you love outdoor adventures, consider Costa Rica, where guests can zip-line through the treetops before the rehearsal dinner. Also keep in mind that the location you choose will determine the travel, time and budget required to pull it off.


time it right Unfortunately, the best weather in popular vacation destinations tends to correlate with tourist season, when there are typically more crowds, fewer hotel and

venue availabilities, and higher rates. If you choose to marry during high season, you’ll want to reserve hotel blocks and venues immediately and send out save-the-dates 10 to 12 months in advance so guests can book their flights and accommodations before prices skyrocket. If you choose the shoulder season (right after high season), you may be able to save yourselves and your guests some money and still enjoy great weather. While the off-season means fewer crowds, the weather can be iffy, and many stores, venues and vendors may close up shop.


Planning a wedding from afar? No sweat! Here are 13 tips and tricks to help make it a breeze.

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take a trip We seriously can’t recommend this enough: Take at least one planning trip, and if you can swing it, two or three is ideal. On the first trip, scout and secure your key venues—ceremony and reception spaces, hotels for guests, a rehearsal dinner spot—and local suppliers such as caterers, florists and photographers. Next (or during a second trip), schedule tastings with your caterer, see sample bouquets from the florist, plan a hair and makeup session with a local salon and organize activities (golf, tennis, walking tours, museums) for your guests.




research local marriage requirements The legal side of tying the knot in a different country can be complicated. Many countries have a residency requirement (for example, 48 hours in Turks and Caicos and seven days in England), which means you must reside in the country for a certain length of

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get help Type As, beware: If you’re hosting a wedding in a distant locale, you’ll need to entrust at least part of the planning to someone else’s capable hands. A wedding planner can shoulder the burden of researching and securing local vendors (especially valuable if said vendors speak English only as a second language), dealing with logistics like tent rentals and lighting, and handling any lastminute fires in the weeks leading up to your wedding. A planner can also be the behind-the-scenes guru, creating gift bags for guests, vetting special requests (babysitters, dry cleaners and so on), and getting you, your fiancé and all of your guests where you need to be—on time. Many resorts include a coordinator in their wedding packages, but it might be a good idea to set aside about 10 to 15 percent of your total budget for a

planner. Generally speaking, a local planner is your best bet, as they can be your man or woman on the ground when you can’t be there. But if you prefer to go with a planner from back home, make sure they have experience planning weddings in your chosen destination, and expect to cover the transportation costs for their planning visits and the actual wedding.



time before your ceremony. Although this is usually just a few days, it can be longer—France requires you to arrive at least 40 days before you marry.


factor in extra expenses If done right, a destination wedding can cost no more—and maybe even less—than hosting the same party at home (depending on where you live, of course). For example, if you live in a US city where event facilities are in high demand, like New York City, then holding your wedding in Mexico will likely be less expensive than doing it at home, even when you factor in airfare, hotel expenses and planning trips. Still there are extra expenses you’ll need to consider, including importing key vendors and décor, welcome bags, additional activities for guests and travel costs for you and your immediate families (including the planning trips, not just the wedding weekend).


remember you’re on island time Don’t keep a constant eye on the clock. Remember that many tropical islands run on “island time”—things happen when they happen—so don’t mistake a vendor’s laid-back attitude for incompetence. Schedule regular check-ins and then trust your vendors to work their magic.


vet vendors carefully While you can view vendors’ portfolios online and check references from afar, it’s especially important that you’re comfortable with all your pros. You’ll be leaving a lot in their hands, as you won’t be able to be nearly as hands-on, so it’s important you trust that they’re capable. (That’s why we >>

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forewarn your friends Tell your bridal party about the destination before you ask them to stand by your side so they can gracefully decline if finances are tight. Don’t be upset if some of your closest friends or relatives don’t attend. While you are, in a sense, footing some of the food bills, their fees for travel,

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hotel, and a car rental (if necessary) can really add up. And while your wedding is a mini vacation for you, it may not be the one they want to take.


mind mother nature Don’t just assume the weather in the Caribbean, Hawaii and Mexico is gorgeous year-round. Hurricane season lasts from June through November in the Caribbean and can put a major damper on your nuptials, while rainy season makes marrying in Hawaii dicey from November to March, and Italy can be uncomfortably hot in July and August.


take care of guests In addition to arranging group rates for flights and rooms, list information for your friends and family on how to get to and from the nearest airport to your wedding locale, invite everyone to the rehearsal or welcome dinner and next-day brunch, and deliver welcome bags full of essentials for the trip, like sun tan lotion, snacks, water and bug spray.


dress the part Consider the climate when picking your wedding dress—and everyone else’s attire. You’ll be swimming in sweat if you pair your satin ball gown with tropical humidity, and asking your groomsmen to wear tuxes in the heat is just cruel. Also, if you’re exchanging vows outside, you may want to reconsider a long train that will easily get grass stained or stilettos that might stick in the mud.


stay organized Every trip should be a to-do list of appointments with vendors, coordinators and venue managers, so do your research, set up appointments and form a clear vision of what you want before you go. The good news: If you give yourselves one weekend to find a reception site, you’ll find one. In other words, distance will make you decisive, which will make the whole planning process a lot less stressful. Find more destination planning tips at TheKnot.com/destination-weddings


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strongly suggest making at least one planning trip to meet with potential pros.) If you must hire your vendors unseen, schedule a video chat so you can get a sense for their demeanor and personality before you sign a contract. You could also have your wedding planner meet with them on your behalf, and then brief you on your options. Another idea: Bring pros you trust from home to handle critical aspects such as the wedding photography, your hair and makeup, and the design (the lighting, flowers), and then work with local vendors in a supervisory capacity to avoid any communication mishaps. Just remember: You will have to cover their travel and lodging expenses.

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Your wedding is a party. Why not dress for the occasion? Whether you go for fringe or feather details, or a flirty silhouette, choose a one-of-a-kind dress that plays up the celebratory vibe of your day.

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Shake Your Feathers A sheer column gown goes from sexy to showstopping with cascading plumes. Dress, $9,800, Christian Siriano at Kleinfeld Bridal, KleinfeldBridal.com (New York City); sapphire engagement ring, $50,000, CoastDiamond.com SHOT ON LOCATION AT

Preservation Hall, PreservationHall.com

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Swing It A cocktail-length number embroidered with tiers of silk fringe is perfect for dancing the night away. Dress, $5,995, Naeem Khan at Saks Fifth Avenue, SaksFifthAvenue.com (New York City), Bergdorf Goodman, BergdorfGoodman .com (New York City), Mark Ingram Atelier, MarkIngramAtelier .com (New York City); engagement ring, $3,915, EfvaAttling .com; earrings, $54, HartHagerty.com; fan, price upon request, NewYorkVintage.com MUSICIANS

Drums: Joe Lastie Jr.; trombone: Freddie Lonzo

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Steal the Show Take center stage with a striking combo of intricate allover beading and a curveskimming silhouette. Dress, $3,000, Blush by Hayley Paige at Susan Deborah Bridal, SusanDeborahBridal .com (Rochester), RK Bridal, RKBridal.com (New York City), Sayville Bridal, SayvilleBridal.com (Sayville); engagement ring, $6,600 (not including center stone), band, $2,500, SayYesWithKarl.com; earrings, $250, Theia Jewelry, KleinfeldBridal .com; shoes, $395, SJP Collection, Amazon.com SHOT ON LOCATION AT

Hotel Royal, FrenchQuarter HotelGroup.com

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Get Up, Get Down A high-low hemline puts a fashion-forward twist on a romantic, floral-embellished gown. Dress, price upon request, Marchesa at Gabriella New York Bridal Salon, GabriellaNewYork.com (New York City), Mark Ingram Atelier, MarkIngramAtelier .com (New York City), Bergdorf Goodman, BergdorfGoodman .com (New York City); engagement ring, price upon request, UneekJewelry .com; headpiece, $197, SaraGabriel .com; shoes, $795, JimmyChoo.com ON HIM Suit jacket, $450, pants, $250, JCrew.com; shirt, $90, pocket square, $30, Joseph Abboud, MensWearhouse.com; tie, $19, TheTieBar .com; shoes, $350, ColeHaan.com

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Play It Cool Give a sweet, polka dot ensemble some cool-girl edge with hot pink slides and a studded clutch. Dress, $3,400, Christos Costarellos at Kleinfeld Bridal, KleinfeldBridal.com (New York City); engagement ring, $2,830 (not including center stone), AJaffe .com; cocktail ring, $1,995, EffyJewelry .com; clutch, $65, AldoShoes.com; shoes, $895, Manolo Blahnik, Saks.com SHOT ON LOCATION AT

Peter Patout’s private residence

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Dare to Bare A lace-up back, barely there lace panels and off-the-shoulder sleeves make a sexy statement. Dress, $4,200, Rivini at Kleinfeld Bridal, KleinfeldBridal.com (New York City), Panache Bridal & Eveningwear, PanacheBridals.com (New York City), Wedding Salon of Manhasset, WeddingSalonOnline .com (Manhasset) ON HIM Jacket, $450, pants, $250, JCrew.com; shirt, $90, Joseph Abboud, MensWearhouse.com SHOT ON LOCATION AT

New Orleans’s City Park, NewOrleansCityPark.com

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Romp Around Feeling brave? A romper with a detachable overskirt is equal parts sophisticated and unexpected. Romper with overskirt, $8,150, Mark Zunino at Kleinfeld Bridal, KleinfeldBridal .com (New York City); tourmaline engagement ring, $9,390, CoastDiamond .com; opal drop earrings, $110,000, gold huggie earrings, $1,700, EricaCourtney .com; clutch, $350, Moyna, BHLDN .com; shoes, $995, JimmyChoo.com

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Flirt It Up

SPECIAL THANKS TO Bourbon Orleans Hotel (BourbonOrleans.com) and New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau (NewOrleansCVB.com) STORY Shelley Brown FASHION STYLING Audrey Slater HAIR Miok using Wella Professionals at Judy Casey Inc. MAKEUP Brett Jackson using Nars Cosmetics at Sarah Laird & Good Company

Add some retro-inspired flair to your bridal look with a short A-line dress and birdcage veil. Dress, price upon request, Sareh Nouri at Wedding Atelier, WeddingAtelier .com (New York City), Kleinfeld Bridal, KleinfeldBridal.com (New York City), Saks Fifth Avenue, SaksFifthAvenue.com (New York City); birdcage veil, $227, SaraGabriel.com; engagement ring, $1,800 (not including center stone), AJaffe.com; band, $825, CoastDiamond .com; earrings, $450, PearlCollective.com ON HIM Jacket, $450, pants, $250, JCrew.com; shirt, $90, pocket square, $30, Joseph Abboud, MensWearhouse .com; tie, $230, Brioni, MrPorter.com

FLORALS Poppy & Mint Floral Company

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make it suite

Getting ready on the day of your wedding should be a breeze. >> BY AMANDA ELSER PHOTOGRAPH BY OFF BEET PRODUCTIONS

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make the room cozy Once you have the essentials figured out, it’s time to set the mood. Make your bridal suite as relaxing as possible—right down to scented candles or aromatherapy spray. Getting ready on a tight schedule is stressful, but a calming aroma can reduce the tension.

unpack first thing Lay out all of your accessories right away so you’ll know immediately if you left anything behind or are missing any necessities. That way, if something’s forgotten, you can send someone out on an errand before it’s too late. Double- and triple-check that you have your panties, bra, other undergarments, garter, heels, veil, hair accessories and jewelry. Put your accessories in a separate area, away from your bridesmaids—you don’t want your extras to get mixed up or lost during the day.



hang your dress with care Putting on your wedding dress is a moment you’ve been anticipating for months, so you should give it a place of honor in your bridal suite. Hang it in a spot where no one will accidentally step on it, bump it or wrinkle it—and, obviously, far away from the food table and hot curling irons that could potentially burn it. You know your photographer will want to get a picture of your dress while it’s hanging up, so choose a spot with soft lighting—maybe in front of a window or next to a full-length mirror. Your gown may have arrived on a plastic or dry-cleaning hanger, and while this is practical, it isn’t exactly aesthetically pleasing. Check out sites like Etsy where you can get a custom hanger created, or see how you can DIY it on TheKnot.com for a sweet photo op. >>

your hair and makeup pros How to assemble the perfect people for your day-of beauty team.

If you can, use your tried-and-true aesthetician, makeup artist and stylist. They know your hair, skin type and personality, which eliminates any possible room for error.

ask for recommendations

Want a new pro or don’t have a favorite yet? Browse local magazines and websites for lists, like The Knot Best of Weddings, to get the scoop on the pros in your area.

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study each trial run

Put your potential pro to the test. Schedule trial runs, and take pictures and notes of each hair and makeup session. Then use your cheat sheet to narrow down your choices and pick a favorite.

search for a one-stop shop

Choose a salon or spa where you can get everything done at one time. This way all your beauty pros can be on the same page.

stay on top of new trends

Talk to your professional crew about incorporating the latest and greatest treatments and products into your bridal primping routine.

keep an open mind

Even though you may have a clear vision of what you want, a seasoned stylist will know what works best. You’ll be surprised how much you like their ideas.


stick with whom you know

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good vibes only

A scented candle, a few bottles of champagne, some snacks and a fun playlist can totally transform your bridal suite—and make getting ready on a timeline a less stressful experience for your whole bridal party.

keep track of special accessories Put one bridesmaid or friend in charge of your “something old,” “something new,” “something borrowed” and “something blue” during day-of prep. These are often valuable and meaningful pieces or heirlooms, and you’ll rest easy knowing one person will be keeping an eye out all day. Tell your friend you want her to keep them somewhere safe, but not so well hidden that you forget to put them on during the hectic rush to get out the door.

Skip the inconvenient trip to the salon and have your makeup artist and hairstylist come to you. If you’re planning on getting ready at home, pick a room that has windows for lots of natural light and wall outlets for multiple hair dryers and curling irons. The room should also be big enough to hold your entire makeup and hair team (on average two to three people), plus your bridal party. Bring in mirrors and be sure to have at least one full-length mirror. If you plan on getting ready at a hotel, visit the bridal suite in person ahead of time so you can gauge its size, lighting and general setup.

pack some backups Planning ahead will help the day run smoothly, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t plan for a few hiccups. Bring umbrellas, wraps and jackets just in case of rainy or cold weather. Umbrellas are a good idea for sunny days too—they help shield you from the sun while your photographer stages your bridal photos. Get more day-of beauty tips at TheKnot.com/beauty



prepare for your glam team

what to ask Six questions to ask the pros during important prewedding appointments.

makeup artist



Everyone’s skin is different, so no matter how well a product was reviewed online, it still may not be the right one for you. Your derm can recommend products that will treat your particular skin type and keep it healthy.

LASHES? If you think you’d benefit from

hair colorist




Hair color is a fickle thing and depends on whether it’s been colored before or not. Your colorist can give you step-by-step instructions to care for your hair so it won’t fade.

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a little lash boost, then consider eyelash extensions before your wedding. That way you won’t have to worry about falsies falling off or drooping into your eyes throughout the day.

veil to see how it works with your hairstyle. At the very least, you should bring a photo or a similar style borrowed from a friend.


SHOULD I BE CLEANSING? Juice cleanses are a very hot topic and are often up for debate. If you’re considering a cleanse before your wedding, talk to your doctor to determine the healthy way to go about it.

spray tan technician CAN YOU CONTOUR MY STOMACH AND LEGS? Ask your aesthetician if they can contour your abs or thighs for some added definition that you’re sure to appreciate once it’s time to slip into that nightie you packed in your honeymoon bag.



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Gown guru Maradee Wahl answers your bridal fashion questions. BY SHELLEY BROWN PHOTOGRAPH BY JILL DEVRIES PHOTOGRAPHY

Finding “the one” comes with a lot of important decisions—and potential dilemmas. Fortunately, bridal stylist Maradee Wahl is an expert on all things wedding dresses. (She even styled for Carolina Herrera for over eight years.) Here, get the scoop on what you need to know to nail your perfect wedding day look. >>

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I definitely want to wear a veil on my wedding day, but I fell in love with a dress with a high-low hemline. Now I’m not sure a veil will work—what are my options?


You don’t have to give up your dreams of wearing a veil on your wedding day. A style that complements the shape of the skirt is the best choice with a minidress or high-low hem. If the skirt is fitted or slinky, a narrow veil with few or no gathers works best. For a party skirt or pleated style, try a fuller veil with a blunt edge, or wear one higher on the head to create a more dramatic shape to complete the overall look.


I found my dream dress but I’m not sure how to accessorize it, and I definitely don’t want to overdo it. Is there a musthave accessory every bride needs?



I found a designer sample gown I love for just a fraction of the cost, but it’s a few sizes too big for me. Should I throw caution to the wind and buy it?


Many samples can be reduced one or two sizes, but most samples lose their shape when attempting to bring them in. Depending on the style lines, making the gown smaller can disrupt the silhouette and proportions. Many brides are not happy with the end result and excessive cost when everything is completed. Get an estimate from a reliable seamstress before committing to a gown that seems like a great deal.


My mom insists I need to add an embellished sash to make my dress look more complete—but I’m not totally convinced. When is a sash or a belt overkill?


If your gown has a natural waistline or no waistline, a sash will help accentuate your waist, creating a more flattering silhouette—plus, it’s a nice personal touch. Consider all your accessories together, though. The sash may be too much with the veil for the ceremony, but it could be a fun extra for the reception after removing the veil and bustling your gown.

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I bought a simple, breezy dress for my upcoming destination wedding in Mexico. What’s the best way to transport a wedding gown on an airplane?


When traveling with your gown, the best protection is the bag the gown arrived in—with an additional second bag. If the designer provided a breathable fabric bag, purchase an opaque plastic bridal bag to protect against dirt, rain and prying eyes. And never check your precious cargo. You should always carry on your gown. The airline will usually be happy to help you find a hanging space or a free overhead bin.


I bought the first dress I tried on and now I’m having second thoughts. I felt sure it was the right gown for me when I put it on, but I’m having regrets. What can I do?


Unfortunately, dress regret is a common problem— especially if you made a snap decision. This is a perfect time to hire a bridal stylist to solve this problem for you. Your wedding planner or recently married friends can help with a referral. A bridal stylist can suggest a styling change with new accessories, or redesign some elements of the gown to make it work for you. If all else fails, she can assist you in finding a new gown quickly. Definitely call in a professional before wasting time or money at this stage in the game. Get more expert style tips at TheKnot.com/fashion




My pick for a must-have bridal accessory is a hair piece or fresh flowers. Many brides prefer a natural, undone hairstyle, and adding some sparkle or a floral element is the best way to look like a bride throughout the day—even without a traditional veil. Try a variety of different hairstyles and hair pieces while wearing your gown during fittings. It’s difficult to decide what looks best without all the elements in place.

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maid for style Follow these fashion rules to keep your girls looking fresh and fabulous—without any drama. PHOTOGRAPH BY BEN AND COLLEEN: WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS

You’ve probably heard, “You’ll totally wear this again!” before shelling out for a bridesmaid dress, only to have it collecting dust in your closet months later. Now that you’re the bride, you might be feeling the pressure to find a dress that’s budget friendly, flattering and works for your wedding style. Think that’s impossible? It’s actually totally doable. Stick to these rules to find dresses that won’t cost a fortune and will make your girls feel gorgeous. >>

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keep costs in mind If any of your friends have been in a bridal party before, they’ll know bridesmaids generally pay for their own dresses. But a gentle reminder is never a bad idea. When it comes to price, try to be considerate of your friends’ lifestyles. If you’re concerned your wedding might be a financial burden for one or more of your bridesmaids, focus your search on dresses in a more affordable price range, or select a color you like and let them pick a style off the rack that won’t require a lot of alterations. Another idea: Take a cue from the guys and consider renting your bridesmaid dresses. Rental sites like Vow to Be Chic and Rent the Runway let your girls choose from gowns by popular designers (like Monique Lhuillier and Jenny Yoo) in a range of styles—for a fraction of the cost.

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

stick to a timeline It takes two to three months for orders to arrive and four to six weeks for alterations. A six-month cushion will give you and your bridesmaids ample time to find, order and fit the dresses. If you’re buying off the rack, either get your girls’ sizes and order their dresses all at once or let them know they should purchase their gowns as soon as possible. Since off-the-rack styles aren’t made to order, there’s a chance they could sell out quickly, especially in more popular sizes. If you’re renting, it usually takes at least two weeks to receive your order, so plan accordingly.

find the right fit A bridesmaid dress is typically ordered using a person’s biggest measurements, so your friends will likely buy dresses at least a size larger than they normally wear. If a friend is planning to lose weight and wants to buy a size smaller, let her know it’s much easier to alter a bigger dress. If the dress ends up being too small, she’ll likely have to order a new one or deal with even more costly alterations, and you’d hate for that to happen. >>

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flatter their figures Styles for every shape in your bridal party.


This style extends out from the waist in the shape of an “A” (as the name implies). BEST FOR Almost every figure, and bridesmaids who prefer a more classic silhouette.


This forgiving style has a high waistline that sits just below the bust. BEST FOR Girls with smaller chests. It’s definitely a must for pregnant bridesmaids.

dropped waist

This style sits below the natural waistline, so the skirt flares at the hips. BEST FOR Bridesmaids with hourglass figures— this silhouette will show off every curve.


These skirts have fabric bunched together at the hemline. Knee-length options are usually the most flattering. BEST FOR Ladies with larger hips—the poufy skirt will draw attention to their waistline.


This style hugs the body around the waist and thighs and then flares out toward the bottom. BEST FOR Women with curves, since the flared skirt will draw attention to the hips.


This skirt style is fitted, starting from the waist and going to the knee. BEST FOR Petite bridesmaids—the minimal fabric won’t overwhelm them.




shop accordingly

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



select the right shade There are several foolproof ways to pick the perfect color. One of the easiest methods is to play off of the color schemes of the venue and the season. For instance, if your wedding will be held at a rustic vineyard with burgundy décor, you’ll probably want to rule out bright yellow dresses. Rich colors—oxblood and teal—work well in the fall and winter months, while lighter shades—lavender and blush—are perfect for spring and summer. If you’re still at a loss, go for a classic color, like blue, and let your bridesmaids pick their favorite shades from light to dark for a trendy, mismatched effect. Want to push the envelope even further? Consider printed or heavily embellished gowns (floral-print and sequined bridesmaid dresses are hot right now). Just remember: Patterns and metallics work best in smaller wedding parties and should be paired with simple accessories. Or you could flout tradition and opt for an all-white bridal party, à la Kate Middleton or Solange Knowles, for an unexpected look that’s crisp and chic.

start strong

If you’re taking the whole gang bridesmaid dress shopping, begin the day with a leisurely brunch to make sure your girls are feeling relaxed.

find complementary colors Think about choosing a hue that goes well with a variety of skin tones. Stonewashed colors, like blush and gray, are universally flattering and right on trend. Jewel tones (amethyst, emerald and sapphire) complement fairer complexions, while brighter, bolder hues, like cobalt blue and hot pink, pop against darker skin. Want an edgier feel? Try universally flattering metallics, like champagne or rose gold. If you’re opting for a standout print, make sure the dominant colors work with your entire bridal party. Or, alternatively, deck out just your maid of honor in a printed dress and keep the rest of your girls in solid colors.

consider lingerie logistics Remind your girls to get the right undergarments. Depending on the style of dress (think: strapless, one shoulder or thin straps), your bustier bridesmaids may need some extra support. Trust us— even the most amazing dress can look unflattering with the wrong bra. In addition to a new bra, each bridesmaid might also need a specific panty or body shaper.

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

let her bring the baubles

Get more bridal party inspiration at TheKnot.com/bridesmaid-dresses

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

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Put your own spin on tradition and pair a vibrant blue suit with a patterned bow tie.

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the dapper groom

Tim Gunn, fashion guru and mentor on Lifetime’s Project Runway, shares his accessory advice for the gent’s trip down the aisle. >> PHOTOGRAPH BY BROOKE IMAGES

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tim’s tie tip

Once tied, the tip of the tie should hit the top of the belt—not above it and not below it. But ideally, your jacket will be buttoned, hiding the end of your tie.


Whether you choose a cummerbund or vest, suspenders are essential because you can’t wear a belt. I’ve made the mistake of wearing a tux without suspenders—I thought the pants fit well, but I ended up tugging at them all night.

pocket squares

I firmly believe if you’re wearing a tuxedo in any color—black, navy or gray—the only way to accessorize is with a white shirt and black silk bow tie. This goes for a white dinner jacket as well. Never wear a white bow tie—it’s only appropriate if you’re wearing a morning suit, and they’re mostly reserved for the royal family. For suits, I almost always prefer a tie, tied in a Windsor knot, over a bow tie. But if the textile is heavier, a Windsor knot isn’t going to work. In that case, I’d suggest a half-Windsor. The double Windsor is something that’s made its way into people’s vocabulary, but it’s a misnomer—it doesn’t really exist. The only time a bow tie feels appropriate with a suit is if you’re going for a playful look. Then I could see a madras, linen or seersucker in a darker color working, depending on the season and location of the event. Although, I would stick with darker colors, which feel more formal.

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Under all circumstances, cuff links should be silver. Unless you are some sort of royalty, gold just feels too flashy. Some men choose mother of pearl cuff links, but I think they tend to blend in with the rest of the shirt. In that case, buy a shirt with a placket that hides the button. Get more fashion advice at TheKnot.com/fashion

You should always wear a pocket square— it dresses everything up. For a tux, regardless of the color, your pocket square should be white and folded into a crisp rectangle with no flourish. When it comes to a suit, you can experiment a bit more with colors and patterns. Just keep in mind that your tie and pocket square should never be an exact match, but should complement each other and be in the same color family. A rectangular fold is always appropriate, or you can add a flourish with different folds, like what I call “the ghost.” Hold the pocket square in the middle and let it drape, then place it into the pocket—it has a nice, organic shape.

shoes For a tuxedo, you must wear tux shoes. There are two textiles I would suggest you choose from: black patent leather and black velvet. Which one you pick is just a matter of taste. A great dress shoe is all you need for a suit. The harder part seems to be deciding whether to wear black or brown. In that case, look at the color of the buttons on the suit. They’re usually either black or brown, and that will dictate what color shoes you should wear.

tim’s pocket square tip

Silk pocket squares are slippery and can disappear into your pocket by the end of the evening. Put a piece of paper towel behind the pocket square to keep it perfectly in place.




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Retro pear-shaped diamonds are making a comeback. $11,990 (not including center stone), Tacori.com



Diamond-encrusted blossoms and vines add just enough whimsy. $7,175 (not including center stone), ScottKay.com




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settings glossary The frame around your diamond can determine the style of your engagement ring, so choose wisely.

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1. PRONG The most popular ring setting, including anywhere from three to six claws or tines. Price upon request, Forevermark.com 2. THREE STONE A center stone flanked by two side diamonds. Also known as a trinity or trilogy, a three-stone setting often represents the past, present and future. Price upon request, JBirnbach.com 3. BEZEL A sleek metal rim surrounds the perimeter of the center stone, holding it in place. This modern setting is ideal for protecting

softer stones (like opals), and its smooth surface won’t snag on clothing. $2,880 (not including center stone), Danhov.com 4. BAGUETTE Two smaller rectangular stones along the sides of the center diamond. They can also be set horizontally. $59,995, MarkBroumand.com 5. PAVÉ From the Old French word for “to pave,” a band lined (or paved) with tiny round diamonds, resulting in subtle, allover sparkle. $2,640, SimonGJewelry.com >>

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band trends

Opt for one of these stylish bands to find a chic mate for your engagement ring, or stack up several.


1. SCROLLWORK A perfect companion


to a vintage-inspired engagement ring, scrollwork and milgrain (rows of tiny beads) give extra flourish to a wedding ring. $4,210, KirkKara.com 2. COLORFUL METAL Besides being on trend, rose gold is universally flattering. $1,425, Ammara Stone, BenchmarkRings.com 3. MIXED METALS Your wedding band and engagement ring don’t have to match. Consider a mixed metal band for a fashion-forward look. $4,825, ParadeDesign.com


4. ETERNITY BAND Also called an infinity ring, this band has identical stones set in a continuous line. The circle symbolizes endless love. $5,525, MartinFlyer.com 5. ALLOVER PAVÉ Similar to a pavé engagement ring setting, a band covered in tiny diamonds adds subtle sparkle. $2,420, SimonGJewelry.com 6. TRIANGULAR BAND A statement all on its own, this edgy band also complements a pear-shaped or trillion diamond. $2,795 for set of 3, EffyJewelry.com





the 4 Cs A quick breakdown of this diamond grading system. CUT A diamond’s cut determines its brilliance and refers to the facets within the stone. Don’t confuse this with the shape of a diamond, which is the geometry of the stone. CLARITY The clarity of a diamond is graded on how free it is of inclusions (otherwise known as imperfections) when viewed with the naked eye and with a loupe (a 10x magnifying glass). The fewer inclusions a stone has, the more valuable it is.

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CARAT A unit of weight. One carat is exactly 0.2 grams, or about the same weight as a standard paper clip. COLOR This refers to the colorless to near-colorless variety. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) grades color based on a range from D (colorless) to Z (light yellow and brown). A colorless diamond will cost you more than a colored stone, unless the color is extremely rare (think: green or red diamonds).

a guide to metals Know your platinum from your palladium? Study up with a rundown of some of the most popular ring metals. PLATINUM Naturally white and one of the purest metals. It won’t change color and is hypoallergenic. YELLOW GOLD Malleable, yet strong. Also available in colors like white and pink. WHITE GOLD Yellow gold plated with rhodium. Less expensive than platinum, but the white coating could wear off over time. ROSE GOLD A mix of yellow gold and copper alloys gives this rosy metal its pretty pink tint. PALLADIUM Similar to platinum but less costly, this lustrous darker gray metal can also be an alloy in white gold. TITANIUM Typically used for men’s bands, a rugged gray metal that’s corrosion resistant and hypoallergenic.

Shop more engagement rings at TheKnot.com/rings

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9 rules for accessorizing your dress Now that you’ve found your gown, the next step is choosing the finishing touches. Here, our advice on picking the perfect accessories. >> BY LIBBY MACCARTHY PHOTOGRAPH BY ANNA ROUTH PHOTOGRAPHY

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think beyond earrings Looking for a super-simple way to add a bit of personality to your wedding dress (and help create the illusion of curves)? Try a belt or sash. A fashionable fastener is an easy way to customize your gown and change its look without having to make expensive alterations. A classic beaded or floral-embellished satin sash or trendier metallic belt will give even the simplest dress an instant upgrade. The key to choosing the right waist cincher is to find one that works with your body type. Thin belts are best suited for short torsos, while wider belts work well with longer ones. If you’re an apple shape, think about a beaded or heavily embellished belt to flatter your midsection. If you’re petite, a belt with a V-shape appliqué will elongate your body. As a general rule, stick with a style that’s no more than three inches wide—you don’t want to overpower the rest of your gown.


know your veils The veil is the iconic bridal accessory. From flirty birdcages and ornate mantillas to regal cathedral-length styles, there’s no shortage of options. But there are a few things you should keep in mind as you narrow down the type of veil you plan to wear:


A veil in the wrong shade of white can look out of place. If you’re wearing a colorful gown, consider dyeing your veil to match. KEEP YOUR DRESS DETAILS IN MIND. If your dress has a lot going on, go with something simple that won’t steal the spotlight. WATCH YOUR BACK. If showing off the back of your dress is a must—say you have gorgeous embroidery or beading—choose a sheer veil rather than one with two layers of tulle. CONSIDER YOUR SIZE. Longer waltz or floor-length veils will elongate a petite frame while mid-length styles, like fingertip or elbow, can visually cut you in half, making them a better pick for taller brides. Short styles, like a birdcage, work for all shapes and sizes and lend a retro vibe to your gown. >>

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new “something blue” ideas We’ve got seven fresh ideas for this time-honored tradition.

your clutch

Stash your day-of essentials in a colorful blue clutch. Try a navy minaudière for a formal event, or a silver or pearl-encrusted one with a light blue lining.

your lingerie

Save your “something blue” for your spouse’s eyes only. Find a lingerie set in a romantic cornflower shade. Or choose one with blue accents, like bows.

your wedding ring

Why limit this stylish color to just your wedding day? You can wear it forever when you choose a wedding band lined with beautiful blue sapphires.

your nails

We’re not suggesting you get a neon-blue manicure (or pedicure, if you’re wearing open-toe shoes) for your wedding. Try a powder-blue polish for a subtle and soft nod to this tradition.

your bridesmaid dresses Have your attendants represent your “something blue” in navy dresses. A major plus of this plan: Your friends will thank you for choosing this versatile shade.

your hair accessories

A hair clip or headband in a cool cobalt color with geometric patterns can give off an art-deco vibe, while romantic periwinkle blossoms work for a garden affair.

the soles of your shoes

For just a hint of blue, try a pair of heels with a blue sole. You can also personalize the bottom of your shoes with a blue marker or even blue rhinestones. Add your new monogram or wedding date. Or have your soon-to-be-spouse write a note for you to find when you put your shoes on the morning of.


match your metals You may not realize this, but some metals look better with certain dress colors. As a general rule, ivory is best paired with gold since it highlights the creamy tint of the fabric. For a pure white dress, choose accents in silver or platinum or with pearl detailing (gold may clash with brighter white hues). You can have your pick with a diamond-white gown: This barely off-white color looks amazing with yellow gold, rose gold, silver or pearls. If the dress you chose is already embellished with beadwork, let that dictate the colors of your accessories. For example, if your gown has silver beading, pick a necklace, bracelet or earrings with a silver base.

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remember: less is more You don’t need a veil, tiara, necklace, sash and earrings. Accessories add a unique touch to your look, but one too many can be over the top with an already embellished gown. Before you start shopping, take an inventory of your gown’s standout features and then base your choices around them. If your dress has an ornate neckline, opt for a pair of drop earrings instead of a necklace. For a simpler gown, try a bold statement necklace or fascinator. When it comes to earrings, take a cue from your hairstyle. If you’re leaving your hair down and over your ears, small studs or drops will do. But for an updo, you might want something a little more dramatic, like a pair of chandelier danglers. Lastly, it’s a good idea to avoid designs that closely mimic the embellishments on your gown—you don’t want to look too matchy-matchy.


cover it up A stylish cover-up is a must if you’re getting married during the cooler months or at a house of worship that requires you to wear something over your shoulders. From capelets to fur stoles, the options are endless. The key is to choose one that strikes the perfect balance with your gown. Simple, understated styles can be paired with more embellished cover-ups, like a beaded capelet or bold feather bolero for added personality. For already ornate gowns, try a more minimal accent. A delicate lace jacket or a chiffon wrap will keep you warm without competing with your gown.


stick to what you know Although it’s a special day, don’t stray too far from your normal style. If you rarely wear jewels, there’s no need to drown yourself in diamonds on your wedding day. The goal is to look like the best, most beautiful version of your regular self.

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top it off Veils not really your thing? From combs and clips to fascinators, there are plenty of other ways to finish your look. Choose your hairstyle before you pick your accessory, since some types will look better with updos than others. A flower crown, for example, is best with loose locks. You should also consider your hair type—dainty accessories may be perfect for fine hair, but won’t be as noticeable with thick waves. Most importantly, make sure whatever you choose feels secure while you’re moving around.


keep it comfy No outfit is complete without the perfect pair of shoes—and your wedding day look is no exception. Of course you’ll want a killer pair to go with that gorgeous dress, but that doesn’t mean you have to compromise on comfort. Don’t forget: You’ll be standing for long periods of time, and you don’t want to be cringing in pain before you’ve even hit the dance floor. While shopping, consider the height of the heel (the taller you go, the higher the pain potential), the type of straps and the material the shoe is made of. Your feet need to be well supported (think: ankle and toe straps over slipons) to avoid instability. Look for high-quality, natural materials. They’re more comfortable than synthetic ones and are also more durable, meaning you’ll be able to wear them again. For the best fit, go shopping at the end of the day, when your feet are swollen from activity, and give yourself plenty of time to break in your new kicks before the wedding. Wear them around the house a couple weeks prior to the day, noting any areas that are prone to blisters. To make your shoes more comfortable, consider buying moleskin, strap stickers or gel insoles designed specifically for heels. Shoes too strappy to conceal an insole or grip? Pick up a spray or cream that protects against friction or provides pain relief. >>





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consider your décolletage Pairing your neckline style with the proper adornment can add character to your wedding gown, or even highlight a unique feature. Follow these simple guidelines: SWEETHEART OR STRAPLESS For something a little different, skip the necklace and focus on an elegant pair of chandelier earrings instead. Wear clear crystal for a sleek look, or add punch with a hint of color. Try using a meaningful gem, like your birthstone, or pick a hue from the flowers in your bridal bouquet. For a more romantic look, include two or three small fresh or silk flowers in your hair to add a soft, organic feel. Vintage elegance more your style? Pay homage to the past with an art-deco-like bracelet or some roaring twenties–inspired feather barrettes.

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If your family jewelry isn’t “you,” head to a trusted jeweler to repurpose it. See if you can change the design or setting before you scrap vintage pieces—you might even end up with a new favorite bauble.

HALTER OR REVERSE HALTER For this shoulder-baring style, skip the necklace and focus on dressing up your tresses. Try adding some sparkle to your hair with intricate crystal hairpins or an embellished hair vine. If you’ve got a curly mane, five to seven hairpins is the perfect number, while brides with thinner locks or shorter hair need fewer—just two or three pins will do the trick.

V-NECK Whether you opt for a pendant or choker, this style begs for a little décolletage decoration. A thin chain with a delicate pendant (we love the idea of small diamonds or gemstones) or a lariat is an elegant way to accessorize, while pearls (single or double stranded) are always a classic choice. If you’re going for a more decadent look, a crystal choker or statement necklace with matching earrings could be the perfect combination.

Get more accessory inspo at TheKnot.com/fashion

made to last Five tricks for keeping your shoes in tip-top shape.

Love a pair of shoes but not the height of the heels? You can ask your cobbler to decrease the height of your shoes up to a half inch by re-heeling (think: more comfortable stilettos). Keep in mind re-heeling your shoes could take up to a month, so allow yourself some extra time.

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put on polish

Cleaning your shoes regularly will protect the material. For most leathers—patent included—rubbing with a soft cotton cloth almost always does the trick. For more sensitive materials, like suede, buy a suede brush or sponge and protection spray.

get a base lift

Have a cobbler put rubber guards on leather-soled shoes to prevent slipping or water damage.

shape up

If you’re wearing pointy shoes, consider shoe shapers to help the toe box keep its shape.

wrap it up

Proper storage will help your favorite footwear last longer. To keep your shoes free of dust, which can damage leather, store them in bags rather than hard plastic containers. Flannel bags let air pass through, won’t damage sensitive fabrics and prevent mold from forming.


get comfortable

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foodie beauty slay your beauty routine with help from these ingredients

These five everyday foods work hard to keep you healthy and gorgeous—inside and out.


apple cider vinegar Enzymes in apple cider vinegar not only aid in digestion, they also balance skin and encourage good gut flora. BEAUTY BOOST Create a solution for skin: Mix one part vinegar with four parts water, says Adina Grigore, author of Skin Cleanse: The Simple, All-Natural Program for Clear, Calm, Happy Skin. HEALTH BENEFIT

avocado HEALTH BENEFIT Oleic acid, the healthy fat found in avocados,

has been linked to better heart health and may help burn fat. BEAUTY BOOST Avocado fatty acids can lock in moisture and

replenish hair, says Lorna Jane Clarkson, certified sports nutritionist and founder of active apparel brand Lorna Jane. To get the benefits, mix an avocado with a quarter cup olive oil and a bit of lemon juice. Apply the mixture from root to tip. Wait 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse.

ground oats Oats are dense in beta-glucan, a type of dietary fiber proven to lower blood cholesterol. A bowl of oatmeal for breakfast will also keep you feeling full throughout the morning. BEAUTY BOOST Oats can make a gentle exfoliant, perfect for people with sensitive skin, itchiness or rosacea, Grigore says. For your face, mix ground oats with water until it becomes like a paste, then apply to your skin. Leave it on for a few minutes, then rinse. For your body, just pour oats into a warm bath and soak.




cucumber HEALTH BENEFIT Cucumbers are incredibly hydrating, both

internally and externally. They’re also packed with antioxidants, which may help lower your risk of chronic diseases. BEAUTY BOOST Cucumbers have vitamins C and K, which combat inflammation and aging. But it’s the gel in a cucumber’s center that has the most moisturizing benefits. Place a couple of cucumber slices on your eyes to combat puffiness.

tea HEALTH BENEFIT Green tea leaves contain theanine, an amino

acid that has been shown to reduce stress and improve cognitive function, while all have healthy antioxidants. BEAUTY BOOST “Black tea is a known astringent that will reduce under-eye puffiness,” Clarkson says. Let the bags cool to room temperature after steeping and apply. If acne is your issue, the catechins in green tea can help reduce breakouts.

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The months leading up to your wedding are the perfect opportunity to get the luscious locks you’ve always wanted. From fixing damaged strands to fighting frizz, Matrix celebrity stylist George Papanikolas solves your biggest prewedding hair dilemmas. >> BY SHELLEY BROWN

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I bleach my hair and it’s become dry and lifeless. What can I do to revive my locks before I walk down the aisle?

The best way to fix overprocessed hair is to invest in a good haircut. I also recommend weekly mask treatments (I personally like the Matrix Biolage R.A.W. Re-Hydrate Mask), especially if you’re trying to preserve your hair length. Another tip: The night before you wash your hair, spray hair oil on the ends to protect it from losing additional moisture when you shampoo.

lighten up

Skip conditioner, which can weigh down your strands and make them appear oily. Then, experiment with volumizing products. After you’re done styling, spray a little dry shampoo at your roots and brush through for extra texture and volume.

Foolproof highlighting trends to try before your “I dos.”


ombré. Rather than an extreme color change from dark brown to light blonde, sombré hair gradually becomes lighter at the tips. WHY IT’S FOOLPROOF A sombré strikes the balance between a trendy ombré and a more elegant bridal look. It’s edgy, but not too much.

My hair barely brushes my shoulders, but I’m considering getting extensions before my wedding. Any tips?

If you’re getting permanent extensions, put them in the week of the wedding so they’re fresh. If you’re going the removable clip-in route, get them two weeks before your wedding to check out their look and feel. With all extensions, make sure the color matches your actual hair color—and don’t go too long.


I want to change my hair color, but I know it’s risky to dye your hair close to the wedding. What are my options?

Never attempt drastic color change before your wedding. You do have options if you’re looking for a subtle change. If you have gray roots, take care of them as close to your wedding as possible to avoid any regrowth. Highlights should be done two weeks before the wedding in case the color needs to be adjusted.


I’m having an outdoor wedding and I’m worried my curly hair will get frizzy. How do I keep the flyaways at bay?

Smoothing products help repel humidity and control frizz (like the Matrix Biolage SmoothProof line). Use a serum on damp hair before your blow-dry. Then have your stylist take small sections and blow-dry each one individually until it’s smooth. For a more permanent fix, consider a keratin treatment or relaxer. Find more hair tips for your wedding TheKnot.com/hair

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WHAT IT IS Just like it sounds, a sombré is a softer


WHAT IT IS Also known as the “tortoise shell

technique,” ecaille is similar to dip-dye trends, but starts closer to the root, giving hair a more understated, marbleized look by blending blonde streaks and darker caramel tones. WHY IT’S FOOLPROOF Since ecaille mixes both highlights and warmer brown tones, it works in any season and with most hair textures.

babylights WHAT IT IS With babylights, the majority of your hair should be its natural color, with just a few face-framing golden pieces to mimic natural, summery highlights. The goal is to look like you just spent a day at the beach. WHY IT’S FOOLPROOF Even more understated than sombré and ecaille, babylights is probably the most subtle coloring route you can go, making it great for trendsetters and low-key brides alike.





I have superfine hair but I love the look of voluminous waves. How can I create the illusion of fuller hair?

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10 old-school planning rules you can break

While it’s true that weddings have a lot of traditions, times have changed—and some old-school rules don’t hold up anymore. >> BY MEREDITH BODGAS PHOTOGRAPH BY KIM FOX PHOTOGRAPHY

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You must invite everyone with a guest. NEW RULE If they’ll know others, skip the plus-one. It’s still polite (and very appreciated) to invite guests’ significant others, but if you’re inviting a group of coworkers, for instance, and two or more of them are single, they should have no problem attending solo. It’s only mandatory to let guests who won’t know anyone aside from you and your fiancé bring a date—and the same goes for your wedding party (they’re shelling out big bucks for your day).


Your registry should consist entirely of housewares for your new home. NEW RULE You can register for anything from honeymoon hotel accommodations to skiing equipment—and even cash. Lots of couples live together before they get married and may have all of the towels and cookware they’ll ever want. You can request upgraded versions of home items you already own, but nothing should stop you from creating a honeymoon or otherwise “nontraditional” registry. These are your gifts and you should be happy with them. To avoid unwanted presents, register at two to three places, including a national retailer with brick-and-mortar stores, plus an e-commerce site, at TheKnot.com/registry. And feel free to include a ping-pong table for your basement or a flat-screen television on your wish list if you don’t need (or want) yet another kitchen appliance or set of sheets.


Brides must wear a long, white gown. NEW RULE Wear whatever you want. Sure, most brides go the long white or ivory dress route, but for your wedding day attire, anything goes—from a retro short dress to a silver, slinky sheath or a black pantsuit. We’ve seen tons of couples put their own twist on their dresses and suits. Make it colorful, make it casual—as long as you feel fabulous in your outfit. You can even skip the veil. >>

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should you do a first look? How to decide whether to take photos before you walk down the aisle.


• You won’t miss a second of precious time with guests— including your cocktail hour (when couples traditionally take portraits). You put thought into that signature sip, and we don’t blame you for wanting to try it.

• You’ll get a few minutes alone to soak in the moment and prepare to walk down the aisle. You’ll have all eyes on you when you’re about to say your vows, so if there are things you want to say to each other beforehand, this is a great time to do it.

• You don’t have to worry about makeup touch-ups in case you shed a tear. Trust us: Even if you don’t normally cry, the waterworks might come on when you exchange vows.


• You miss out on that “gasp” moment, when the ceremony venue doors open and your partner (and guests) see you for the first time. If you crave the spotlight, this can be pretty incredible.

• You’ll have to be ready even earlier for photos. Know yourself: Do you seriously hate being rushed or need tons of time to get ready for a regular night out? You might want the extra hours on the day of.

• You’re superstitious and you believe seeing each other before the ceremony is bad luck. (We don’t agree—but it’s your day.)


The bride’s parents pay for the wedding. NEW RULE Every couple funds the festivities in different ways. Maybe your parents want to pay for every single thing, but unlike in the past where the bride’s family was expected to foot the whole bill, they’re in no way obligated to now. Grooms’ parents and couples themselves chip in nearly as often as brides’ parents do—it just depends on your family’s situation. If you’d like your partner’s parents to help, he or she will need to ask for it—not you, and certainly not your parents. Just remember: Whoever pays gets a say. If you know your mother-in-law will insist on an in-church ceremony if she contributes and you’ve got your heart set on exchanging vows on a sandy beach, you may be happier cutting your guest list than asking her to contribute funds.

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Your mom can’t throw you a shower. NEW RULE Anyone can throw your shower. People used to think it was rude for the bride’s mother to host a party where the sole purpose was for her daughter to get gifts. Other close family members were similarly forbidden from hosting too. We never really agreed with this idea—and, luckily, today’s mothers of the bride are ignoring the passé etiquette. So, encourage your mom to throw you a party if she wants to. Your bridesmaids may be itching to plan something too (multiple showers are normal), so make sure everyone coordinates before finalizing the plans—you don’t want to invite the same guests to every party.




You have to have a rehearsal dinner. NEW RULE Feel free to skip a rehearsal dinner. When couples lived apart before saying “I do” and engagements were a few weeks long, the rehearsal dinner was often the first time both sets of parents met. Since the parents of the couple would be responsible for introductions at the wedding the next day, they needed to shake hands first—not so today. Having a rehearsal dinner is still smart when your and your partner’s parents aren’t well acquainted, but if there’s no time or room in the budget, then it’s okay to skip it, especially if your ceremony rehearsal has to take place on a weekday or you don’t have a wedding party. It’s nice to treat out-of-towners to a welcome meal, or you can just gather your closest local friends and family for a prewedding dinner, a welcome party with drinks, or a dessert party, but nothing is mandatory

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The first time you see your partner on your wedding day should be at your ceremony. NEW RULE You can spend every minute with your partner before the ceremony. We promise it’s not bad luck if he or she catches a glimpse of you in your wedding attire on the wedding day (but why not make it a surprise if you can both hold out?). Many couples who decided to wait until the ceremony to see each other would’ve preferred to have the emotional experience in private rather than in front of all of their guests. More couples are having a first look before their “I dos” and taking photos too—that way, you don’t have to miss your cocktail hour. Do what feels right to you.

Ceremony seating is based on a bride’s side and groom’s side. NEW RULE Guests can choose to sit wherever they want. It used to be that guests of the bride sat on the left side at the ceremony and guests of the groom sat on the right. Even now, plenty of your guests will go by this guideline to find their seats. But if your partner’s family is huge and yours is tiny, your ceremony will look a little weird if most people are seated on one side. And at Jewish weddings, the sides are flipped anyway. If you’re having ushers, ask them to direct your VIPs, grandparents, aunts, uncles and the like to prime seats toward the front of either side and instruct your other guests to sit in any open seat. No ushers? No problem. Place a sign in the area and have it read something like, “Choose a seat, not a side—we’re all family once the knot is tied.” >>





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5 wedding traditions you’ve never heard of See how couples marry around the world.

Looking for a wedding perfume or cologne? In Sweden, grooms sew small pockets of herbs, like thyme, into their clothes for good luck. But if you try it, beware: You may smell like Thanksgiving dinner.

in-person invites




You must walk down the aisle. NEW RULE You don’t have to walk anywhere. Perhaps you’re a flats-wearing gal and your trip down the aisle may turn into a real trip in your wedding heels. Or maybe you’d prefer to skip all the hoopla that’s associated with that long walk. Whatever your rationale, it’s your prerogative. Your partner is already going to be up at the altar, so why can’t you be too? Who says you have to have a processional at all? Yet, for Jewish weddings, it’s strongly suggested that brides (and grooms too) walk down the aisle. That’s because they each make their way to the chuppah with both of their parents. If you want to skip the walk, but still want to honor your mom and dad, present them with flowers during your ceremony. And if you’d rather just walk with your partner, that’s fine too.


You have to leave for your honeymoon right after your reception. NEW RULE You can go on a honeymoon whenever you want. Heading straight to your honeymoon sounds romantic, but it can be a logistical nightmare. Think it over: You’d have to pack for your wedding and honeymoon at once (no small feat if it’s a destination affair) and arrange for your luggage, passport and plane tickets to be in the trunk of the getaway car at the appropriate time). But even if you’re an organizational whiz, you’ll be so exhausted from your whirlwind day that you’ll want nothing more than to just veg out for a while with your new spouse after the wedding. When you take a honeymoon is entirely up to you two (and maybe your boss). Get more wedding advice at TheKnot.com/planning

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Before a Serbian wedding, the groom’s father fills a flask with his best brandy and sets out to personally invite all the guests to the wedding. He offers each a drink, they offer a small gift and together they toast to the new couple.

gate of honor

Before some Danish weddings, a “gate of honor,” an arch constructed from pine branches, evergreens and florals, is erected in front of the bride’s home (attached to the front door). It may reappear for the silver anniversary.

signature shoes

Before a Turkish bride walks down the aisle, her single bridesmaids and relatives sign the soles of her shoes. After a night of dancing and prancing, the signature that has faded the most will be the next person to marry.

tree toppers

In Bermuda, bakers top a cake with a small cedar sapling, which symbolizes the couple’s growing love and is usually replanted after the ceremony. Today, modern couples will sometimes incorporate a tree planting ritual into their wedding ceremony.


strong scents

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happy campers

Pull off an awesome camp wedding, complete with color wars, bonfires and fabulous food. (Just don’t forget the bug spray.) BY MAGGIE SEAVER PHOTOGRAPHY BY JEREMIAH AND RACHEL PHOTOGRAPHY

There’s something about the fresh outdoors, a relaxed vibe and a nostalgic first look on the dock of your childhood summer camp that makes for an unforgettable wedding. For the ultimate celebration, bring your loved ones together for a few days of camp-inspired activities like capture the flag, canoeing, and arts and crafts. Exchange vows at sunset, then dance the night away amid fireflies and a chorus of crickets. And who doesn’t love a round of s’mores? But before you spear any marshmallows, you’ve got some planning to do. We went to two pros, Amy Shey Jacobs of Chandelier Events and Andrea Freeman of Andrea Freeman Events, who know all about pulling off a fabulous camp wedding, rain or shine. >>

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do a little research First things first: Make sure the campsite you’re dreaming of is available on your preferred wedding date. A working summer camp will most likely only be available during its off-season, so months like June, July and August could be off-limits. Also keep varying seasonal climates in mind. “Camps can often be in cooler mountainous locations, so their seasons can differ from what you’re used to at home,” Jacobs says. “Often, nights are 10 to 20 degrees cooler than average temperatures at higher elevations.” As gorgeous as your natural camp setting already is, you’ll probably want to add personal wedding touches (especially if you’re hosting a large group for a few days), whether it’s an entire tent, your floral ceremony arch or a photo booth. So when it comes to picking a date and talking with pros, factor in time to set up and break down. Freeman recommends leaving anywhere from two to seven days for setup, and one to two days for cleanup.



dress accordingly (and tell your guests to do the same) This probably isn’t the venue for a long gown with lots of volume and multiple undergarments, but if you just can’t part with the idea of a dramatic dress, you have a few options. “A great bustle will usually do the trick—just discuss it with your seamstress beforehand,” Jacobs says. “Otherwise, I say stick to shorter trains and get the drama with a removable tulle overskirt paired with a more low-maintenance silhouette. Or just go with the camp theme and opt for a short gown and fun pair of wedges.” Speaking of footwear, you won’t want to deal with stilettos sinking into the grass, so Freeman recommends flats (or at least flat-soled shoes). Just make sure your dress is altered to avoid letting extra fabric drag. >>

camp couture

“Stick to shorter trains with a removable tulle overskirt for a more low-maintenance silhouette. Or just go with the camp theme and opt for a short gown and a fun pair of wedges.”

game on Four ways to make your party more playful.

lawn games

Croquet and horseshoes are favorites perfect for a rustic fete. Cornhole is a lawn and beach party staple. Custom sets are available online—even with your wedding date or faces printed on it. Buy (or DIY) these games in your wedding colors.

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cocktail table tic–tac–toe

This is a simple DIY project: Use masking tape to make your cocktail tables into giant tic-tactoe boards. Provide wooden or colored cardboard Xs and Os, and then people can get to know each other over drinks.

word games

Whether it’s a personalized crossword puzzle, a word search on a giant chalkboard or a set of trivia questions about the couple displayed on your cocktail napkins, games that make your guests think could have them thinking your cocktail hour is pretty great.

checkers or chess

You can either set up your cocktail tables as built-in game boards or purchase a life-size set (think: extra-large Jenga), which is fun for board game aficionados of all ages and great for large families attending your wedding.

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have a plan b As with any outdoor wedding, the last thing you want is a rainstorm with no backup plan. Freeman suggests using a tent for outdoor affairs, no matter the weather—even if you land a glorious day, you’re going to want some shade. Freeman’s best recommendation is a clear tent with removable sides. That way, you can adjust the tent setting according to the weather and temperature at a moment’s notice. Otherwise, if you’re set on an open-air wedding, check to see if the camp has an indoor space you’d be able to use in case of bad weather. Other smart extras to have around (depending on the season) are heaters, fans, umbrellas, rain ponchos or blankets. Beyond the ceremony and reception, if you’re having a multiday celebration, Jacobs says to prep rainyday activities just in case. “Basketball games in the gym, pottery and lanyard making in an arts and crafts class, movie nights with a s’mores bar and flannel blankets—it’s all possible, but think these things through before you get to camp.”



budget for camp extras Since your campsite is most likely not a full-service wedding venue, factor in additional expenses, like party rentals, proper lighting, suitable restrooms and additional lodging (in case the camp can’t sleep everyone or you don’t want your grandparents cramped in bunk beds). If you do block extra rooms nearby, don’t forget transportation to shuttle guests back and forth. “Accessibility is also critical,” Freeman says. “If the location you love for the reception is in the middle of the woods, but trucks can’t get there to load and unload, you could be looking at increased labor costs for rentals and catering.” And something you probably haven’t thought of? Hiring a lifeguard—you’ll definitely want a certified pro on duty during any activities involving water (especially if drinks are being served).

prepare electrical backup A rural or far-removed site means certain amenities, like electricity, aren’t necessarily a given. First, discuss the electrical situation with the campsite director and whether you’ll need extra power from a generator. Then talk to all your pros about their electrical needs. “When you plan things out, make sure you get a generator that has at least two more outlets than you think you’ll need,” Freeman says. “Also, the band may need two power sources, one for the ceremony and another separate spot for reception.” If your camp venue often hosts weddings, it may have a list of preferred vendors it’s worked with before. Finally, make sure there are enough phone chargers, batteries and flashlights on-site, whether it’s something the venue provides or you bring yourselves. >>

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types of tents Celebrate your wedding inside one of these sturdy shelters.

frame tent

Small versions of these tents are typically used on residential patios in the summer. They have no interior support poles that obstruct the view or limit the options for furniture layouts, but the frame tends to be visible from inside the space.

pole tent


Good for all types of affairs, the roofline on this tent peaks in the middle and supports sloped panels extending from either side. Translucent fabric is a popular option, and side panels are available to help protect guests from inclement weather.

These tents have mountainlike peaks in the center, plus one or two rows of interior poles, creating that lofted shape (something to consider when mapping out tables and the dance floor). They’re often used for formal affairs, and also work well with vibrant ceiling lighting.


gable end


A fancier version of a frame tent, this kind of structure has fabric panels with a scalloped edge that caps each end, creating a formal entryway into the tent.

These structures offer a nice option for outdoor receptions. Although they’re open to the elements, a perimeter of pillars supports overhead crossbeams, and an open lattice creates a feeling of shelter while offering views of the sky and surrounding landscape.

Add a playful décor element to your wedding with these triangular tents, perfect for housing different activity stations (and a fun touch for kids).

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offer fun activities

take care of your guests

Now for the really fun part: games and activities. These will obviously depend on the size and age range of your party, but you have so many options to choose from. Jacobs loves organized camp activities like color wars, a field day or tug-of-war to get everyone involved and spark some fun competition. It’s also a good idea to have sports gear and arts and crafts materials, and give your guests some time to take a break. You could set the younger ones up with a movie night while the adults enjoy something a little more festive, like a wine and cheese tasting. “You want to strike a balance between organized activities, free play and rest time for your guests,” Jacobs says. Utilize the camp’s facilities to the fullest and don’t let your guests get bored, but don’t micromanage—you don’t want everyone exhausted and crabby for the wedding.

Your friends and family are rock stars for making the trip to the camp, so give them the goodies they deserve (and need). Greet guests with a welcome bag in their rooms filled with local treats, campsite maps, daily itineraries and nearby areas to visit. And seeing as the closest pharmacy might be miles away, this definitely isn’t the time to skimp on necessities. Make sure every room and restroom is stocked with nice soaps, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, bug spray, sunscreen, and allergy and pain reliever medication—better safe than sorry. And don’t forget creams and ointment for any rashes or poison ivy. If you’re in a climate that gets chilly at night, always have cozy blankets and throws at the ready.

keep food simple, relaxed and local Celebrating over a few days? Jacobs likes to cater daily meals through the camp, if possible. Think: buffet breakfasts, deli spreads and barbecues. She suggests recruiting a local caterer to craft a locally sourced and seasonally fresh menu for the main event. “Farm to table is the way to go, and don’t expect to overcomplicate with fussy menu items or things that are hard to temperature control,” Jacobs says. As for serving, Freeman loves food stations. “Guests can play lawn games, dance, or sit and chat on a blanket and grab a bite whenever they’re hungry,” Freeman says.

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check local sound and alcohol ordinances You may be secluded in the woods, on a lake or in the mountains, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any rules. You might have to work with a 10 p.m. noise curfew or need to obtain a permit that allows your band to play later into the night. Same goes for alcohol—do a little research and find out what the deal is with serving cocktails, beer or wine on camp premises. Your campsite staff can generally point you in the right direction, especially if they’re accustomed to holding events. Get more planning tips at TheKnot.com/planning

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how to actually pay for your wedding The little things you can save, the big things you can sacrifice and how to make it all add up for your wedding. BY RACHEL TORGERSON ILLUSTRATIONS BY LIBBY VANDERPLOEG

Your wedding is probably the priciest party you’ll ever throw in your life. It’s easy to say you’ll stick to a budget, or have tons of fabulous DIY details, but at the end of the day, your venue and catering bill could amount to way more than you imagined. It’s important to understand how your budget will be broken down. Saving up for the wedding isn’t an insurmountable task—we promise. Here’s how to save up and pay for your wedding by spending smartly and cutting back a little along the way. >>

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use this simple math equation If you have a big budget goal that seems daunting, divide it into smaller chunks that are easier to digest. The simple math trick that makes it all work? Take the sum of your desired budget and divide it by the number of months you have to save up. Getting married in a year with a budget of $20,000? Divide $20,000 by 12 (which equals about $1,700 per month). If that amount seems like too much per month, add more time or try cutting back on a few of your big-ticket monthly expenses to help you save. “That’s literally how simple planning [financially] for a wedding can be,” says David Bach, founder and chairman of FinishRich Media and author of Smart Couples Finish Rich, about this relatively simple math. Where should this money go? Into a newly created “wedding account,” of course. Throughout your life, having a savings account dedicated to something more exciting than a retirement plan, like travel, a wedding or another big event, is a good idea and will help make saving more fun. Obviously, the amount of time you’ll need to save up for a wedding depends on your current income and expenses. For example, if you can only save $800 a month, but your dream wedding looks like it will cost somewhere in the $50,000 range, you’ll be saving for more than five years. When you’re thinking of your budget, work within realistic parameters and don’t set unattainable goals. For some couples, more drastic sacrifices will be required, while other to-be-weds will be splitting the cost with relatives to help lighten the load. Think about what’s best for you and your partner and what makes the sense. Be practical about your limits. The amount of time it takes you to save will depend entirely on your own circumstances.

cut back on monthly expenses Do you belong to a gym, club or subscription service that takes a monthly sum out of your account? Cutting back on these types of expenses can have some of the quickest effects on your account balance. Turning off your cable could save you $100 a month, and ending a gym membership could put an extra $75 in your account each month. You’re not going to give up your cell phone, but you might be able to change the data plans or forgo on-demand movies for a year. You should make a habit of reaching out to your cell phone and cable companies annually and negotiating a better deal. Sometimes, just by asking, you can get a price cut on your bills. Even $20 off a monthly bill can save you $240 over the course of a year. Nowadays, it’s so expensive for a company to acquire a new customer that most will lower their fees just to keep you around. And if your attempts at negotiation fail, consider cutting out nonessential monthly costs. We’re not talking about your health plan or your life insurance—those things are non-negotiable.

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family finances

Discuss with your families about who’ll be paying for what. Some couple’s families will still pick up the entire tab, but now, 10 percent of couples are covering the cost themselves.

But for things like cable, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Birchbox and Spotify—anything that debits you on a monthly basis—the time has come to really consider if these are must-haves you truly need, or if you can sacrifice them for a bit in favor of a larger wedding budget—and that fancy cake you have your eye on.

stop little spending habits that add up Scale down your shopping during the months you’re saving or only buy lunch out one day a week. You’ll begin to see a little wiggle room for your wedding account in no time. “I call this ‘the latte factor’—the way we spend money on a lot of little things without thinking about it,” Bach says. “It could be your coffee, bottled water, eating out for lunch and dinner, or having drinks. It could even be taking a cab instead of taking the subway, or parking your car closer to your office and therefore paying a higher parking fee.” A dollar here, three dollars there—it adds up over days and weeks. Cutting back on a few (or a lot) of these expenditures can result in saving up to $10, maybe $20, per day—that’s $300 to $600 per month. But don’t worry—cutting out these expenses isn’t going to change your whole life for the next year. Trust us, time flies when you’re wedding planning. >>

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make bigger sacrifices, if you’re willing Looking for any possible way to cut costs or find extra money to help pay for your wedding? There are some more drastic measures you can take as well. You could move in with your parents to save on rent for the year (or move in together if you haven’t already). If you both own a car, consider selling one of them—that itself could save you more than $5,000 in expenses like gas, tune-ups and insurance. “The expenses from that car could pay for a third of the wedding,” Bach says.



use your credit cards—realistically If you’re in the process of saving up for the wedding while you’re making deposits to reserve your venue and other vendors, you’re likely going to have to use credit cards. That shouldn’t worry you as long as you’re using them correctly (read: paying them off in full in a timely manner). Credit cards can actually protect you from fraud and make transactions easier, so we don’t suggest avoiding them entirely as long as you’ve saved up enough, or will have saved up enough to pay them off before interest sets in. But one big thing to keep in mind: Don’t start your marriage off in debt—it’s never a good idea—and don’t consider paying for things with money you don’t have and won’t have for a long time. You also shouldn’t take out a loan to cover costs. “Going into marriage with debt for a one-day party is a huge mistake,” Bach says. “People start their lives in these huge financial holes and it’s just a shame. It’s smart to create a specific wedding account to put money into and then simply reverse the math to come up with your savings plan.” Bottom line: Don’t spend more than you can afford.

think of creative ways to make more cash Have you considered selling items you don’t need anymore online? What about starting an Etsy shop or doing freelance work? This can be a great way to supplement your wedding fund. Once you have a plan in place, start a budget with The Knot Budget Calculator. There are lots of additional ways to save too, like looking into expensive wedding dates to avoid and checking out planning advice to get a handle on the whole process.

what about investing to pay for the wedding? Investing in stocks is more of a long-term process, and probably not the best idea as a way to pay for the wedding. But if your parents are planning to pay, it’s something they might have already considered years before you even met your partner. Set your budget at TheKnot.com/budget

where not to skimp All the places that are worth splurging for your wedding day.

the photographer

Trust us—you don’t want a wedding album full of blurry photos to realize a pro is worth it. Your friend who took up photography last year might take great photos of his dog running on the beach, but that doesn’t mean he’s a cheap alternative for your wedding day. A professional photographer knows what to capture—the rings, the cake, the details and candid moments. They’ll also be able to work the crowd and direct you and your new spouse in order to get the best shots.

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the dress

You don’t need to spend a ton on a dress to look beautiful on your day, but you do need to have it fitted by a good tailor.

the music

Hiring a DJ simply because he charges only $40 an hour or recruiting your friend’s garage band might not be the best bets for your wedding. Splurging on a great band or DJ who will have you and your guests dancing all night is truly money well spent.

the bouquet

Your bouquet is the one floral purchase you shouldn’t hold back on. Consider that as a part of your overall look—it’ll be photographed like crazy. Opt for more expensive blooms for your bunch and scale back on centerpieces.

the food

Serving unappetizing food will make your guests remember your reception for all the wrong reasons. Eliminate a course or offer less expensive options, but maintain the quality.

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13 essential planning tips

Cover all your bases with expert advice no soon-to-be-wed should be without. PHOTOGRAPH BY BIRDS OF A FEATHER

When planning your wedding, there are things that are nice to know, and then there are things you really need to know. If you’re worried you missed something (or even if you’ve got everything under control), check out our planning advice and put your mind at ease. >>

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put guests first Settle on the approximate number of guests you’ll invite before selecting a venue. This will ensure there’s ample space for your crew. As a rule of thumb, allow for 25 to 30 square feet per guest. That may seem like a lot, but it’s not if you count the space you’ll need for the tables, bustling waiters, the band and a dance floor. Nobody wants to feel cramped or overheated.


listen to mother nature Heed the weather and other potential annoyances. Guests have been known to skip out early from hotter-than-hot summer weddings and improperly heated winter receptions. Be prepared. Bugs (gnats, flies and mosquitos) also swarm during certain seasons. Consider renting pest control tanks to alleviate the problem or including bug repellent in restroom amenities.

first things first

manage the mail Of course you want the perfect stamps for your wedding invitations, but not all stamps are widely available at every post office, especially in large quantities. Save yourself some scouting time by ordering them online at USPS.com. Weigh your invitation with all the additional paper products before you send them so you can attach the right amount of postage. Ask your stationer about the need for additional postage for oddly shaped envelopes— and don’t forget to stamp the RSVP envelopes too.

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pay it forward Listen to your pros and one vendor can lead you to another— plus, they know what they’re talking about. Your wedding photographer can tell you which florist’s blooms really pop, and your planner should know which band will pack the dance floor.


make a meal plan Another unforeseen expense? Feeding your wedding pros. Before you sign contracts, make sure you’re not required to serve the same meal to your vendors that guests will receive. Otherwise, you could be paying for 20 additional lobster tails. Choose a less expensive (but equally hearty) meal for them instead.


get organized Compile all your correspondence with vendors, notes from meetings and photos you want them to see. Set up a special email address dedicated to your wedding. For on-the-go planning, download the Wedding Planner by The Knot app.

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prepare for rejection Generally about 20 percent of the people you invite won’t attend your wedding. It all depends on the location (destination weddings are harder to attend), how many out-of-towners are on your list and the timing of the event (some guests may have annual holiday or summer plans).


tend to your bar Typically, you need one bartender per 50 guests to keep the lines short. But if you’re serving a signature sip that can’t be mixed ahead of time (or in large quantities), consider adding an extra server. Your guests will thank you.


release rooms As soon as you’ve picked a date, start to look for hotels in a wide variety of price points. Many allow you to reserve rooms for guests under a special wedding block and a reduced rate. You can then release any unbooked rooms a month prior to your wedding. If the hotels you contact insist upon drawing up contracts with cancellation penalties, just say no—you don’t want to be responsible for rooms you can’t fill. >>




“Sit down and write out everything you both want for your wedding, then prioritize.” —Linda Smith of Your Day Your Way Wedding Planning and Boutique in East Greenbush


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express engagement timeline Have just five months? Here are your essential to-dos.




keep a paper trail Get any nonstandard changes to your agreements in writing, or send the vendor a confirmation email saying, “Hello, just confirming that you’ll keep the venue open until 2 a.m. versus midnight.” Don’t just assume everything’s all set. Sometimes, by the time the actual day rolls around, your contact for a certain vendor may no longer be working there to vouch for you.


help guests pay attention Make sure your guests can both see and hear from their seats. If people are seated farther than 15 rows back from your ceremony altar, consider renting a mic or riser. This could range anywhere from $50 to $150, depending on the equipment used. You’ll need to coordinate the delivery and setup with your ceremony space too, so put your wedding planner or a wedding party member in charge of this task.


be realistic with your time When it comes down to the last month of your planning (and when you’re particularly stressed), look at your mile long to-do list and cut three things. Yes, three things. Not crucial things that you just don’t feel like doing, such as picking a processional song or confirming final details with all of your vendors. Eliminate the over-the-top tasks like hand-painting “Just Married” signs, or baking cookies for all of the welcome bags. Get more planning advice at TheKnot.com/planning

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4–5 months before Nail down your date, time and budget, and compile the guest list. Book your venue(s) and vendors (planner, florist, photographer, band). Find flower alternatives (in your price range) if a specific bloom is unavailable on your wedding day; include unacceptable substitutions, if any. Choose your dress (off the rack). Order invites, and give travelers the date.

3 months before

Register and shop for wedding rings. Book your rehearsal dinner space. Plan the ceremony with your officiant.

2 months before

Send out invitations. Book the honeymoon. Hire hair and makeup artists.

5–7 weeks before Discuss playlists with musicians/DJ and shot list with photographer. Buy favors and gifts for attendants, parents and each other.

3–4 weeks before Plan the day-of schedule (including the ceremony and your vows).

1–2 weeks before

Put the seating chart together. Prepare your wedding toasts. Place cash tips for vendors in envelopes. Apply for your marriage license together. Have your dress pressed or steamed. Confirm vendor orders/delivery details. Get a mani-pedi. Give your officiant your marriage license. Rehearse the ceremony. LENS CAP PRODUCTIONS


learn about marriage licenses You can check your state’s license requirements online, but confirm with a call to the county clerk’s office to see when they’re open. Even if it’s from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., it may issue marriage licenses only during slower times like, say, Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Give a copy of your marriage license to your officiant or honor attendant (just in case you lose yours during the final days before your wedding).

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the big picture

Before you book your shooter, quiz possible pros on these important points. >> PHOTOGRAPHY BY SCOBEY PHOTOGRAPHY

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Once you’ve narrowed down your list to two or three potential photographers, meet with each in person to see if you feel comfortable with them. We can’t stress enough how important this is—almost as crucial as their camera skills. Aside from your gut instinct, ask these questions before signing a contract.

style and background What photography style(s) do you specialize in? Are there any styles you don’t do? Most shooters use a blend of several, but make sure they shoot portraits, for example, if they’re important to you. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW You wouldn’t ask Monet to paint a Picasso, right? Going with the style a photographer likes to shoot (and has the most experience shooting) will give you the best results.



Will the photos be retouched and color balanced? Is that done before I see the proofs? These are the techniques that professionals use to digitally enhance your photographs and make them look perfect. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW Some photographers will polish up all your photos before you see them for the first time, while others will show you unretouched proofs of the images and work their magic only on the ones you order. How many weddings have you shot in your career, and about how many do you do in a year? Your photographer should do this for a living and edit photos in a timely manner. Don’t pick a friend who takes pictures as a hobby. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW You have one chance to get amazing photos, so you’ll want a pro who can take them under pressure.

Do you shoot both digital and film? Which do you prefer? While digital is more common today, film has had a resurgence. If you want the latter, be sure your photographer has the relevant experience and technical skills required to execute this format. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW If you’re obsessed with the quality of film, go with a pro in this medium. And let him know how many photos you want taken with film—all of them or just the ceremony. Do you usually shoot film in both color and black and white? What percentage of each do you recommend? Digital photos can be changed from color to black and white with just a click, but film needs to be specified before shooting. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW These days, most shooters will do a mix of both color and black-and-white photography. You’ll get a sense of their style and how your album might look by asking what balance they prefer. >>

find your wedding photography style Brush up on your photography terms.


The photographer’s original take allows for a different perspective (like the couple not looking at the camera, for example). If you want something unique, go with a pro who’s eager to use a little artistic freedom.


Lighting, especially using an off-camera flash, is a key component of dramatic photography. If the sun isn’t cooperating, the photographer will use specialized lighting equipment to capture the same gorgeous effect.

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This take on wedding photography is mostly candid with some direction and style—the end result is beautiful but relaxed. A good photographer will look for moments but also help direct the scene.


Like the ones in your parents’ wedding album, these are the images that stand the test of time— striking, gorgeous and a bit formal. Classic photos portray reality, but they’re infused with the shooter’s artistic license too.


Rather than posed shots, documentary photography captures candid or spontaneous pictures of people, décor and action in the moment. These shots feel intimate and “real,” the opposite of classic style.

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shooters Will you be my actual photographer, or will one of your associates shoot my wedding? Don’t assume Taylor of Taylor Photography will be taking your photos. Make sure the actual photographer is specified. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW Taylor’s partner Stacey may be just as good (or even better!), but you’ll want to meet with her and see her photos so you know exactly what you’ll be getting. Do you have backup photographers who will shoot the wedding if you’re sick? You have a contingency plan in case of rain, right? Well, you’ll need one in case your photographer comes down with the flu as well. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW If you’re going with a larger company that employs a team of photographers, you’ll have a built-in backup shooter. But if you’re going with a solo photographer, ask if she has colleagues on call in case of an emergency.



fees What exactly is included in your packages? When comparing fees, check whether prints, albums, proofs and extra coverage (such as engagement shoots) are covered. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW These differences can alter the costs significantly. It’s not necessarily a bad thing if, say, your album isn’t included—you can always buy it à la carte—but you want to be sure you’re comparing apples to apples to get the best value. If you’re having your shooter use film, ask about cost and processing fees. How many hours of coverage do we get? What’s the charge for overtime in case we need you longer? While photographers almost always charge by the day, the number of hours that gets you will vary. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW If you have six hours of coverage but your photographer charges a huge hourly rate for overtime, you might have them leave after you cut the cake instead of after the last dance. Or you may opt for a longer package to pay a little more up front (and avoid the larger hourly overtime rate later). What’s the deposit and total fee? You’ll owe a percentage up front and the balance at a later date. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW In addition to these numbers, you should also ask when all the payments are due.

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Will there be a second shooter or any assistants? If the answer is yes, you’ll want to ask about any additional fees. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW Second shooters can give you two perspectives on big moments (for instance, one can photograph you two exchanging vows while the other can simultaneously capture your parents’ teary reactions). But this may cost you extra.

logistics How long after the wedding day does it take for us to see all of the photos? Most photographers will offer a sneak peek a couple of days or weeks after the wedding, but the rest will take a few months. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW You’ll want to see photos ASAP and the wait can be agonizing, so it’s good to manage expectations. How do you coordinate with my videographer? If you haven’t hired a videographer yet, ask the photographer you’re interviewing for suggestions. There’s a good chance they’ve worked with certain videographers at events in the past. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW This pair will need to coordinate and stay out of each other’s way—easier to do if they have a good rapport. How many weddings do you shoot a weekend? It isn’t uncommon for photographers to work multiple events on the same day, especially during high wedding season. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW For instance, if your photographer is shooting an afternoon wedding before your evening affair, you’ll need to work out a plan if the first event runs over. >>

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Have you ever shot at my venue(s) before? If they haven’t photographed a wedding or other event in your venue, they should be willing to check it out beforehand. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW Your shooter should be aware of any lighting needs or issues specific to the space ahead of time. Will you be following a shot list? Or do you prefer to have free rein to capture the festivities how you see fit? If they have a standard shot list, take a look at it ahead of time and add any must-haves that aren’t included. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW You want to make sure you get the special pics you need. But keep in mind that you’re hiring the photographer for their eye as well as their experience creating amazing albums. Try not to overwhelm them with requests.

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“Every studio has its own artistic style in capturing or producing photos. Make sure it speaks to your heart and your personality.” —Khoa Le of Live Picture Studios in the Tri-State Area

What type of paper will you use for the prints and album? You want these photos to last for generations to come, without worrying about fading and any other problems. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW The answer should be acid-free, archival-quality paper, which will stand the test of time. Will we own the copyright to our photos? In other words, are there restrictions for sharing photos online, having photos printed or an album put together by another source? WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW Most contracts stipulate that the photographer owns the rights to all of the photos, which restricts you from posting them without permission—even on social media. Do you bring your own lighting? Your venue’s lighting may not be the best, even if it’s hosted weddings. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW You may need to supply additional lighting or special features (to give a dimly lit room an extra boost)—and check that the equipment won’t be too obtrusive. Get more photo tips at TheKnot.com/planning

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look amazing in your wedding photos Be ready for your close-up—instantly.

practice smiling

Taking selfies for Snapchat isn’t the only way to practice your best smile. Got a favorite photo of yourself? Tape it to your mirror and perfect the expression.

get your look down pat

Book hair and makeup trials, and take practice photos to see how different looks translate into pictures.

close your eyes

Quickly closing your eyes, and then opening them slowly when you hear “Say ‘cheese’” will help you look relaxed and natural—and prevent you from blinking.

keep your chin down

strike a red-carpet pose

Here’s a secret straight from Hollywood: Looking thin on camera isn’t only due to diet and exercise. Angle your body three-quarters of the way toward the camera, with one foot in front of the other and your weight on your back foot.

stand up straight

We know—we sound like your mother. But standing up straight with your belly button tucked in and your shoulders back will help you look tall and relaxed.

loosen your arms Leaving a little space between your torso and your arms make both look smaller.

Want instantly larger eyes? Tip your chin down slightly and look up at the lens for immediate enlargement.

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face the music

The music is definitely one aspect of your day you don’t want to overlook—and we’re here to help. BY SIMONE HILL PHOTOGRAPH BY JILLIAN MITCHELL

Whether you consider yourselves music people or not, the tunes at your wedding are super-important—and a great band or DJ can be the difference between a fun wedding and an unforgettable one. Avoid these mistakes and you’re guaranteed to have a packed dance floor all night long. >>

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dismissing the idea of a band or DJ This is your first music decision to make, and it’ll narrow down your options by half. Love live music and have a bigger budget? A band might be your preferred pick. Have less to spend or dozens of songs you’d like played perfectly (in other words, exactly how they sound on Spotify)? A DJ could be your best bet. But don’t dismiss either because you think a band will automatically be out of your budget or a DJ will be cheesy. MUSIC MUST Do your research (check out amazing DJs and bands at TheKnot.com or Gigmasters.com to get started) and get recommendations from friends. You’ll see there’s a lot of variety— from mash-up artists to barbershop quartets—among both types of entertainers. You may want even want to hire a band and a DJ.

starting the ceremony in silence Most guests will arrive 20 to 30 minutes before the ceremony starts, but the wait will seem a lot longer if they have to sit there in silence. Book your ceremony musicians to start no later than 20 minutes before you begin. MUSIC MUST Having music before and during the ceremony will also help signal to guests when it’s time to be seated or be quiet by upping the volume or tempo.

Getting married in a house of worship? When it comes to ceremony music, many churches, synagogues and other religious institutions have rules that could affect your choice of ceremony tunes, like prohibiting certain secular songs. It may be your wedding day, but unfortunately it’s not technically your church, so you’ll have to respect the regulations. MUSIC MUST It’s a good idea to speak to your officiant before you book musicians to play a classical version of The Beatles’s “All You Need Is Love” composed for your ceremony and can’t get your deposit back.

skipping a sound check Depending on your venue, there may be limitations (like power supply, sound amplification or certain time-of-day restrictions) to the type of music you can have. Even without regulations, it’s still a good idea to ask your venue manager what type of music typically works best for that space (for example, a soloist may feel tiny for your grand ballroom reception, or a six-piece band may crowd the dance floor). MUSIC MUST Plan for your band or DJ to do a walk-through if they haven’t worked in the space before. While you might not realize that crashing waves could easily drown out a string quartet or trio of flutes, a pro can solve any situation with a sound check.

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Want to know exactly what your music might sound like in real life, rather than a recorded sample? Take in a live performance. Checking this task off your list can actually be a lot of fun. Go to a showcase if that’s an option. Make dinner reservations, grab your fiancé and make a date night of it. While you’re there, notice not just the tunes, but also how the band or DJ emcees, whether they take requests and how well they get the audience going. If possible, talk to the DJ or bandleader at some point, or set up another time to meet face-to-face. This person will be your emcee, so you want to have an easy rapport. MUSIC MUST Make a note of the names of the particular musicians or DJs you like, so you’ll be sure to book the same exact people for your party.

forgetting to talk through your selected songs Don’t assume your band knows how to play the most important songs of the night—we’re talking your first dance number and any songs for the dances you’ll both have with your parents—or the DJ has them in their set list. If it’s a band, talk to them before you book, since they may have to learn a song or two. MUSIC MUST If they’re missing some of your favorites from their repertoire, ask whether there are any fees associated with adding them. >>




offending your officiant

not meeting your musicians in person

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making it impossible for guests to hear each other

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Sit down with your soon-to-be spouse and go through your favorite songs together to create must-play and do-not-play lists. If you decide to use a band instead of a DJ, give them plenty of time to review your picks, in case they have to add a track to their mix. Once you’ve handed over the lists, leave the rest up to the pros. And be careful not to micromanage (that’s why you hired them). MUSIC MUST If your must-play list gets too long (say, more than 10 songs), create a third list. This can be more of a wish list of songs you’d like to be played only if your guests respond positively to them.

playing explicit songs before the after-party You won’t be able to please everyone, but ask that your DJ or band keep it at least PG-13 during the reception. When it’s just you, your college besties and adult cousins at the after-party, feel free to play the songs that weren’t appropriate while your grandparents, toddler nieces and boss were around earlier in the night. MUSIC MUST Beyond blatant profanity, really consider the song’s lyrics and meaning. There may be a very innocent inside joke behind your choice of a raunchy song, but most guests will be on the outside—including your cute little flower girl.

sticking to one genre You both may love ’90s grunge, but five full hours of Nirvana might drive some guests to leave early. You’re sharing this day with family and friends, so save your more obscure favorites for the honeymoon playlist and let your band or DJ play a mix of songs that everyone can enjoy. MUSIC MUST Give your parents a shout-out with their favorites. Seeing them enjoy the night will be well worth a few classics. Get more music tips at TheKnot.com/music

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DJ vs. band Not sure which will set your reception off on the right note?


DJs have the whole world of music at their fingertips. A great band will know a ton of songs, but a DJ has fewer limitations. YOU’RE ON A LIMITED BUDGET

DJs generally cost less—especially when compared with a larger band. YOU HAVE A SMALL SPACE

A large band will take up a more sizeable area than a DJ. If you have a small section for musicians, a DJ may be a safer selection. YOU WANT THE SONGS TO SOUND EXACTLY LIKE YOU KNOW THEM

Not only will DJs have access to any song you could want, they’ll also be able to play them perfectly every single time.

go with a band if… YOU WANT AN ELEVATED VIBE

Live music creates an atmosphere that most DJs aren’t able to replicate with prerecorded tunes. YOU WANT A SPECIFIC MUSIC STYLE

A 1950s band, for example, will provide a perfect soundtrack for a retro-chic affair. YOU WANT TO ALTER SONGS

Have a favorite pop song you want to slow down for your father-daughter dance? A band can probably help you do this, while a DJ has to work with what artists have already created. YOU REALLY, REALLY LOVE MUSIC

If you’re always going to concerts or are musicians yourselves, live music can’t be beat by even the most talented DJ.


Your reception isn’t the place for nightclub-level volume. It’ll only frustrate your older family members and make it tough for them to talk to one another and enjoy the party. And you don’t want your guests to wake up with sore throats from having to yell to each other all night. MUSIC MUST When going over your timeline with your DJ, you can make volume requests. Ask for low volume during cocktail hour and dinner (like instrumentals and soft ballads) and louder for dancing and the final song (yes, you can go all out for “Sweet Caroline”). On the wedding day, ask a bridesmaid or your day-of consultant to keep volume on their radar and alert the band or DJ if there are any issues.

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keep an open mind Let’s say you’re the types who just can’t bear the thought of speeding off in anything that doesn’t come with a minibar—and your local limousine service has tons of souped-up options. Take the time to test-drive other options, like a classic white Rolls-Royce, a stretch SUV and a super-luxe convertible limo-bus. And don’t think your getaway vehicle has to be white—a shiny black limo offers some snazzy appeal too.

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Not into a limo? There are lots of other options that’ll zip you off in style. You can go for something with personality—a vintage VW Microbus, a Harley-Davidson or an old-school trolley. Or slip into something a little more racy—a cherry-red Lamborghini, a jet-black Camaro SS or a silver BMW Z3 roadster.

save in sneaky ways You don’t have to blow your budget to ride in style. For example, think about renting a car for only a one-way trip. If you’re making a grand entrance, rent a vehicle for the arrival and drive your own wheels home. On a similar note, if you’re going to take off with the whole party watching, it’s fun to get a fancy set of wheels for the farewell. Save by signing up for an hourly rate, rather than an entire evening. That way, you’ll pay for the car and driver combo only when it’s actually being used—and not when it’s just sitting idly in the parking lot at the reception.

know the owner Trust us: It’s a good idea to know who actually owns the vehicle you’re renting. If the transportation company you’re dealing with doesn’t have the car you’re looking for, they might “borrow” a car from another vendor (and basically pay them a rental fee). Since you’re one more vendor away from the wedding car of your dreams, there’s a possibility for lateness or, even worse, a no-show—and that’s the last thing you need to be worrying about before saying “I do.” If you have your heart set on a particular car, you’ll be better off finding a vendor that owns the one you’ve got in mind. >>

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what’s your ride? Find the wheels that suit your style.


Modern and understated chic characterize you and your partner’s style best. Both of you are always ahead of the trend. Rent a car that’s a little out of the ordinary but streamlined enough to fit your style, such as an Audi convertible, a VW bug or even a Vespa for some cute exit photos.

vintage truck

As a couple who loves a good time, what’s the last thing you want? Fuss. A turquoise vintage truck for a casual wedding will speak volumes about your style. You could even do a tandem bicycle. Want to add a personal touch? Incorporate some fun DIY décor, like a paper garland or a few classic tin cans and streamers.


You’re a romantic at heart, but that doesn’t mean you have to resort to a princess carriage. Instead, go for an antique car. You can find one at specialty rental car companies in your area. If that’s too much for you, then stretch out in a rented limo or a sleek black town car to take you to and from the reception.

sports car

You’re a couple that’s certainly not afraid of flash. While we’d like to recommend a helicopter, if your budget doesn’t allow for that, choose a ride (on wheels) that will still make an impact, like a bright red sports car or a sporty SUV limo with cool lighting and a fully stocked bar. DIAMOND EYES

Many transportation companies offer more than just the wheels and will pull out all the stops for you and your partner with their wedding packages. Often, you can choose a “red-carpet treatment” in which the driver will literally roll out a red carpet to your door. You can also request that your favorite playlist be cued up in the car’s entertainment center. Many companies will also stock the vehicle with chilled champagne and snacks of your choosing.

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think outside the box

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You shouldn’t feel limited to automobiles. For example, if you’re looking for an all-out storybook experience, go for a horse-drawn carriage. If riding the waves is more your thing, sail away on a boat or canoe. Love biking on the weekends together? Use a bicycle built for two to make your grand exit.

We never tire of saying it: Don’t even think about hiring your transportation vendor without getting everything in writing. And we mean everything: arrival time (pad an extra 20 minutes just in case); reception departure time; all relevant addresses to minimize any wrong turns; the size, color and model of the car (with the license plate number if you’ve chosen something specific); the name of the driver you want; gratuity; plus any special requests that you have (like avoiding a certain highway that’s packed at 5 p.m.). You’ll have peace of mind—and a piece of paper—to ensure it all goes smoothly.

add variety Why be a one-car couple? If you can’t decide between the stretch Hummer and a sleek Corvette, choose one to take you to the wedding and one for the ride home. Don’t think that you have to get the same type of car for everyone in the wedding party either— maybe indulge your wedding party in some 4-wheel-drive action, but have your parents roll up in a sweet midnight-blue Porsche.

take care of your guests While you’re relaxing in all-out style, let your guests in on some of the transportation fun. A luxury charter bus (which can seat up to 75) has become a popular—not to mention a super-safe—way to transport family and friends between the ceremony and reception. There’s no drinking-and-driving worries, and no guests will get lost between the two locations, which could hold things up for your reception dinner.

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stock the car If you’re traveling with your wedding party to your after-party, make sure the vehicle is stocked with waters, spirits and light bites to keep the festivities going. And if your exit is just the two of you, enlist a bridesmaid to assemble a small package to fortify you as you make your getaway. Have her include leftovers from dinner to eat because—trust us—you’ll be hungry (some couples barely have time to eat at their reception) and something to drink (water, soda or champagne to have a private toast). Get more transportation advice at TheKnot.com/planning





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WHY GO The Great

WHY GO One of

Barrier Reef gets all the hype, but the Ningaloo Reef on the northwest coast is equally spectacular. WHEN TO GO April to September is prime time. Whale shark swim experiences are available April to July and humpback whale swims from August to October. WHERE TO STAY The Outback-meets-reef setting of Sal Salis in Cape Range National Park puts you steps from UNESCO World Heritage–listed coral. Stay in the honeymoon tent (from $710 per person, including meals; SalSalis.com.au), which features ocean views and a double hammock for stargazing. BEST FOR Adventurous couples looking to disconnect, and reconnect with nature WORTH THE SPLURGE If you love being on the water, book the sail and snorkel package (from $3,600 per person). It includes three nights at the camp and three nights aboard the 51-foot catamaran.

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the world’s most dynamic cities, Sydney will fill your culture quota with museums, restaurants, opera and architecture while also checking your chill box with its beachside cafés and surfer style. WHEN TO GO September through November and March to May offer comfortable temps and fewer tourists. WHERE TO STAY The hip, new QT Bondi (from $215; QTHotelsandResorts .com/bondi-beach) has a vibrant SoCal vibe, retro furnishings and a location just off legendary Bondi Beach. There isn’t a restaurant, but each room has a kitchenette, and every Saturday, the Bondi Farmers Market sets up across the street. BEST FOR Cool seekers who want culture mixed with seaside R & R WORTH THE SPLURGE Get an aerial view of the Opera House during a seaplane ride to Pretty Beach House. This four-pavilion retreat is all about indulgence (from $1,500 per night, two-night minimum; round-trip seaplane flight from $495; PrettyBeachHouse.com).

Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, Namibia

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WHY GO Deemed the Serengeti of the South, the lunarlike Makgadikgadi Pans is one of the largest salt flats in the world. During wet season, the area boasts southern Africa’s last surviving zebra and wildebeest migration—a must-see. WHEN TO GO Wet season, November through March, brings high rainfall but also zebras, wildebeests and flamingos. April to May is dry and warm, while June to August is dry but chillier. WHERE TO STAY Jack’s Camp feels like a mirage set in the desert. Ten en suite canvas tents are decked out in lavish, 1940s exploration style complete with Persian rugs and rich mahogany furnishings (from $1,225; UnchartedAfrica.com). The guides at Jack’s are a rare mix of wise scholars and old-school bushman adventurers. BEST FOR Couples nostalgic for Hemingway-esque safari luxury; couples who want culture and wildlife ROMANTIC MOMENT Enjoy a drink on the salt pans as the sun goes down—just two chairs, a few beverages and you and your new spouse. Once the sun has set, the most amazing star-filled night sky appears, as there’s absolutely zero air pollution.





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Bali in favor of Raja Ampat. Nestled deep in an archipelago of uninhabited islands, you’ll find some of the best diving in the world. WHEN TO GO October through April is the dry season, and it also brings an abundance of manta rays. WHERE TO STAY Misool Eco Resort is surrounded by the protected 300,000-acre Misool Marine Park, teeming with ocean life. Spend days snorkeling, at the spa or touring local villages (from $2,400 per person for a seven-night stay, all-inclusive; MisoolEcoResort.com). BEST FOR Diving enthusiasts INSTAGRAM-WORTHY SHOT Don your snorkels and swim with baby black tip reef sharks in the waters just off the resort.


WHY GO One of the world’s most dramatic stretches of coast is home to ancient valleys, dune fields and shipwrecks. Despite the extreme landscape, it’s also startlingly full of life and offers a really unique safari experience. WHEN TO GO Namibia is a true year-round destination. December through March is hot, but also green with lots of wildlife. WHERE TO STAY Conservation-minded outfitter Wilderness Safaris boasts some of the top guides in Africa and operates the eight-tent, fly-in, fly-out Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp (from $595, allinclusive; Wilderness-Safaris.com). Each tent features an en suite bedroom with an outdoor deck. You may be blissfully isolated from civilization, but the camp still provides top-shelf gin and tonics around the campfire, cashmere slips under the duvets and a delicious springbok fillet for dinner. BEST FOR Couples who have already been to Africa or who are looking for a fresh take on the classic safari INSTAGRAM-WORTHY SHOT The Big Five are overrated. Instead, take home game drive shots of Namibia’s desertadapted wildlife, like brown hyena, giraffe and desert elephants. WORTH THE SPLURGE On a three-night stay or more with Wilderness Safaris, guests have the opportunity to experience a flying excursion over the coast, which provides a magnificent perspective of the other-worldly landscape (think: moonlike), plus great photo ops of seal colonies.

WHY GO Bypass

WHY GO The gateway to the ancient temples of Angkor Wat, Siem Reap offers authentic Khmer restaurants, and access to the floating village on Tonle Sap Lake. WHEN TO GO December and January are assuredly sunny, but can also be crowded. While June is in the rainy season, the days are cooler and the temples don’t overflow with tourists quite like “summer” months. WHERE TO STAY Located only a 20-minute drive from Angkor Wat, Phum Baitang is the hotel of choice for celebrities. The resort has the feel of a traditional Khmer village, with 45 stilted villas and a bar and restaurant housed in a century-old Cambodian farmhouse (from $375; PhumBaitang.com). The Spa Temple offers seven treatment rooms, or choose to unwind at the cigar and cocktail lounge. BEST FOR Culture lovers INSTAGRAM-WORTHY SHOT Skip the typical sunrise temple posts. Get your guide to snap a photo of you riding a buffalo cart through Khmer villages. ROMANTIC MOMENT At Cuisine Wat Damnak, chef Joannès Rivière updates Cambodia’s golden age dishes like Mekong langoustine with pumpkin and lemon basil. The six-course menu is a steal, and the garden patio is the perfect spot for a special meal (CuisineWatDamnak.com). >>






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NHA TRANG, vietnam

WHY GO The coastal



resort city of Nha Trang is known for its beaches, dive sites and vibrant nightlife. Off the coast, you have your choice of quiet island paradise. WHEN TO GO Sunny days abound from February through August. WHERE TO STAY The new 105-villa Anam raises the bar for over-the-top service. In addition to a private beach, you have your choice of three swimming pools (from $200; TheAnam.com). BEST FOR Beach lovers; architecture nerds; service snobs; couples seeking nightlife ROMANTIC MOMENT Spend an afternoon being totally pampered with body scrubs and massages at the Balinese-inspired Sri Mara Spa at The Anam, then have a private lunch with your own waitstaff right on the beach.

MALAYSIA WHY GO Malaysia offers a unique blend of Malay, Chinese and Indian cultures, plus wild rain forests, untouched beaches and some of Southeast Asia’s most delicious cuisine. WHEN TO GO Avoid monsoon season and visit between March and September. WHERE TO STAY Indulge your private island fantasies at Pangkor Laut Resort (from $193; PangkorLautResort.com). Just off the west coast of Malaysia, the resort is surrounded by jungles and turquoise sea and has its own spa village. Of the seven restaurants, Uncle Lim’s Kitchen stands out for its Chinese-style home cooking. BEST FOR Spa junkies; romantics; foodies INSTAGRAM-WORTHY SHOT Let a resident naturalist lead you on a rain forest trek in search of monkeys, reptiles and more.

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NORTH AMERICA Wai’anapanapa State Park, Maui

MAUI, hawaii WHY GO Maui is the best of all worlds:

You’ll find a carefree surfer vibe on the North Shore, amazing resorts and a place that makes you feel like you’re in another era in Hana. WHEN TO GO During shoulder seasons— April through May and September through November—you’ll find more affordable rates, fewer crowds and idyllic weather. WHERE TO STAY Skip the tourist-filled big resorts of Maui’s South Coast and experience the island like a local on the North Shore. The Inn at Mama’s is set on a secluded beach shaded by coconut palms and puts you steps from the island’s celebrated restaurant Mama’s Fish House and a five-minute drive from the hippie-chic town of Paia (from $275; InnatMamas.com). BEST FOR Free-spirited beach lovers INSTAGRAM-WORTHY SHOT A photo tour with Daniel Sullivan, owner of Paia’s Indigo Gallery, will take you off the beaten path along the wildly popular Hana Highway (three-hour tours from $560; DanielSullivan.PhotoShelter.com). Just don’t give up the location of the remote spots when you post.


get hooked on Kauai because of its Jurassic Park–esque waterways and the postcard-perfect sunsets of Hanalei Bay. WHEN TO GO Mid-April to mid-June and September to December are best. WHERE TO STAY The St. Regis Princeville Resort has a heavenly setting overlooking Hanalei Bay and a “your wish is our command” philosophy (from $1,575; StRegisPrinceville.com). Don’t fall victim to the resort’s 5,000-square-foot infinity pool. You can easily laze away a week under a pool lounger, but the natural attractions should not be missed. BEST FOR Couples seeking wild natural beauty but super-luxe digs WORTH THE SPLURGE Dine by candlelight while a private waitstaff attends to your every whim during a secluded, four-course, alfresco dinner at the St. Regis (from $1,290 per couple). >>


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WHY GO Rugged coastlines, wild beaches and animals like whales, eagles and bears make you feel like you’re truly in the wild, but the quirky town of Homer— with its hippie cafés, fun bars and funky shops—is just a 25-minute boat ride away. WHEN TO GO June to August is the warmest, but shoulder months May and September can be cheaper. WHERE TO STAY Tutka Bay Lodge’s remote setting on a seven-mile fjord at the southern end of Kachemak Bay feels worlds away (from $4,860 per person for a three-night, all-inclusive stay; WithintheWild.com). The six-cabin wilderness retreat perfectly combines adventures with indulgences including a sauna, wine tastings, massages and multicourse meals. BEST FOR Wannabe chefs; outdoorsy types INSTAGRAM-WORTHY SHOT Bring your zoom lens to snap a photo of a brown bear at Katmai National Park and Preserve. ROMANTIC MOMENT The staff can arrange everything from a picnic for two on top of Grewingk Glacier to a sunset cruise through Kachemak Bay followed by a private dinner on your cabin’s deck. They’ll even prepare oysters you’ve scouted at a nearby farm.

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is the gateway to the ever-shifting icy landscape of Los Glaciares National Park. WHEN TO GO Visit from November to mid-December or March through April. WHERE TO STAY Set within a nearly 10,000-acre estate, Eolo was inspired by ancient Patagonian ranches and exudes old-world gaucho elegance. Rooms offer views of the Lago Argentino and La Anita Valley (from $770; EOLO.com.ar). The in-house guides are all locals and have exceptional knowledge. But don’t expect gaucho cuisine—the fine dining restaurant has earned Eolo Relais & Chateaux status. BEST FOR Food and wine connoisseurs; nature lovers; hikers; wannabe gauchos ROMANTIC MOMENT The staff can arrange a horseback ride to a private picnic with a bottle of malbec. EcoCamp, Chile

TORRES DEL PAINE, chile WHY GO Unparalleled trekking through a changing landscape of glacial lakes and jagged mountains is just outside your door. WHEN TO GO November through March is best, but shoulder months April, September and October have lower rates. WHERE TO STAY EcoCamp offers sustainable digs in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park (from $1,395 for a five-day wildlife safari; EcoCamp.travel). Guests sleep in geodesic dome-shaped structures modeled after ancient Kaweskar tribe dwellings. Ceiling windows let you fall asleep while stargazing, and private terraces offer a romantic spot to watch the sunset. Guests gather for meals in an enormous dining dome. Request one with heat unless you prefer to snuggle. BEST FOR Eco-conscious travelers; glampers; hikers; yogis; outdoor lovers WORTH THE SPLURGE Visit one of Patagonia’s largest ranches and spend a day horseback riding with local baqueanos (cowboys). You’ll ride past small villages, spot condor nests and hear about the region’s legendary stories over a picnic lunch (from $461; Cascada.travel). >>



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Caribbean’s most elite island has 22 white-sand beaches, extraordinary restaurants and hot nightclubs. WHEN TO GO May through June has great weather and a chill vibe. December is peak season and prime for celebrity sightings. WHERE TO STAY Nestled on Baie de St. Jean, arguably St. Bart’s sexiest beach, Le Tom Beach Hotel (from $342; TomBeach.com) is in walking distance to island hot spots like Nikki Beach and Eden Rock. Rooms are secluded by gardens. BEST FOR Sun seekers; couples who want nightlife; celeb junkies ROMANTIC MOMENT Stop at a local grocery for a picnic lunch and hike to quiet Anse du Grande Colombier, one of the world’s prettiest beaches.

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flight from major East Coast hubs, the Dominican Republic is a mix of party beach towns and elite and exclusive compounds. WHEN TO GO Skip crowds and hurricane season and visit March through May. WHERE TO STAY With just nine colorful bungalows, Playa Grande Beach Club is an intimate departure from the DR’s all-inclusive mega-resorts (from $800; PlayaGrandeBeachClub.com). The North Coast retreat is set on a mile-long beach, but guests can also sunbathe in a cabana by the property’s lap pool. BEST FOR Beach bums ROMANTIC MOMENT Playa Grande can arrange sunset horseback rides for all levels ($66 per person for two hours).

restaurants and gorgeous beaches make this one of the Caribbean’s hot spots. WHEN TO GO May through August are the best months to visit. WHERE TO STAY An 18-month remodel by Auberge Resorts brought the famed Malliouhana hotel back to its 1950s glamour: The rooms, suites and a cliffside restaurant were redone and a 15,000-square-foot spa was added (from $525; Malliouhana.AubergeResorts.com). Perched atop a bluff above three of the island’s top beaches—Meads Bay, Bobbing Cove and Turtle Cove—the hotel is ideally situated for snorkeling and sunsets. BEST FOR Food lovers; sun seekers INSTAGRAM-WORTHY SHOT Every honeymoon requires the quintessential sunset photo, and the Sunset Bar at Malliouhana is the precise place to snap it—with mojitos in hand, of course. ROMANTIC MOMENT Book a candlelit, private dinner with a dedicated waiter and guitarist under one of the recently refreshed pool cabanas overlooking the ocean. Then, indulge in gourmet s’mores around the fire pit for dessert accompanied by an aged rum tasting. Cap your night off with a late-night dip in the two-tier pool. >>


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DUBROVNIK, croatia WHY GO One of the world’s most magnificent walled cities, Dubrovnik charms visitors with its pedestrian-only Old Town, Baroque churches and fortified beauty. Add its stunning beaches and laidback eateries serving top-notch seafood and excellent Croatian wine to the mix, and you have a recipe for paradise. WHEN TO GO Avoid the cruise passengers and visit September through November. WHERE TO STAY Built into a cliff above the Adriatic, the newly renovated Villa Dubrovnik makes you feel like royalty perched above the Adriatic and Old City (from $490; Villa-Dubrovnik.hr). The exclusive setting means guests must arrive from the Old Town via a 10-minute Vaporetto speedboat ride. Some of its 56 rooms and suites offer sea-view balconies, and the roof is home to a wine bar. BEST FOR Couples who have already explored classic Europe; history buffs; über romantics; urbanites INSTAGRAM-WORTHY SHOT Re-create a scene from a vintage Adriatic postcard and pose in your swimsuits on the hotel’s private rocky beach. At the shoreline, concrete platforms extend out from the sandstone, creating a natural backdrop from another era.

SALINA, the aeolian islands WHY GO Salina is the greenest of seven of the inhabited islands in the UNESCO World Heritage–status Aeolian archipelago. Hikers can climb Monte Fossa delle Felci, the highest peak. WHEN TO GO The busy season is from mid-July through August when sun seekers descend. Late May and September are the sweet spots—great weather, fewer crowds. WHERE TO STAY The family behind Tasca d’Almerita, one of Sicily’s most important wine producers, owns the 20-room Capofaro hotel, which overlooks some of the vineyards (from $296; Capofaro .it). Food and wine are taken seriously here, but don’t expect fussy eats—the philosophy is simple and delicious. BEST FOR Wine lovers looking for a fresh experience; foodies; island junkies WORTH THE SPLURGE Have the hotel arrange a day cruise aboard the yacht Don Felipe and explore coves, bays and caves that are otherwise unreachable by land.

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SERIFOS, greece WHY GO Don’t follow the masses to Santorini, Mykonos or Paros. Instead, explore Serifos. Active travelers can keep busy hiking, biking and diving. Plus, you’re just a three-hour ferry ride from Athens. WHEN TO GO April to June and September to mid-October are the best bets. WHERE TO STAY In a previous life, CocoMat Eco Residences housed local miners. Today, the beachfront hotel has a seaside lounge bar and a friendly staff who can arrange a romantic breakfast in bed (from $231; Serifos.Coco-Mat-Hotels.com). BEST FOR Eco-minded, active couples ROMANTIC MOMENT Coco-Mat’s staff can help you rent scooters for a perfect island beach crawl.

PUGLIA WHY GO Puglia has

always had amazing beaches, beautiful architecture and ancient ruins. But the recently booming food scene on this remote heel of Italy’s boot has the region primed to be the next Tuscany. WHEN TO GO A temperate climate makes Puglia a year-round destination. WHERE TO STAY Masseria Le Carrube, a working farmhouse in the town of Ostuni, has been transformed into a sister property of Puglia’s top hotel Borgo Egnazia (from $155; MasseriaLeCarrubeOstuni.it). Don’t miss a meal at its vegetarian restaurant. BEST FOR Food and wine nerds; beach lovers INSTAGRAM-WORTHY SHOT Explore Valle D’Itria and the village’s cylindrical houses with beehive-shaped roofs. Plan your perfect adventure at TheKnot.com/honeymoons

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make it legal Connecticut Marriage License Requirements GUIDELINES FOR OBTAINING A MARRIAGE LICENSE In Connecticut, the legal age for marriage is 18. Couples under 18 must have parental consent. Residency is not required, but both the bride and groom must apply for the license in the town where the ceremony will take place. Some towns will require proof of age via valid photo ID and/or birth certificate. There is no waiting period to obtain the license, which is valid for 65 days in the town where it was acquired. If previously married, you must know the date of divorce or death. The marriage license fee is $30 with an additional charge, which varies, for each certified copy. Payments vary by office. Offices are open Monday through Friday, unless otherwise noted. Please call ahead to get all of the details.

WHERE TO APPLY FAIRFIELD COUNTY Bridgeport Office of Vital Records 999 Broad St. Bridgeport, CT 06604 (203) 576-7445 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Town Clerk 155 Deer Hill Ave. Danbury, CT 06810 (203) 797-4531 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., M-Th.




Town Clerk 611 Old Post Rd. Fairfield, CT 06824 (203) 256-3090 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Town Clerk 101 Field Point Rd. Greenwich, CT 06830 (203) 622-7869 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

New Fairfield

Town Clerk 4 Brush Hill Rd. New Fairfield, CT 06812 (203) 312-5616 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., M-Th.; 8:30 a.m. - noon, F


Town Clerk 3 Primrose St. Newtown, CT 06470 (203) 270-4210 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Town Clerk 125 East Ave., Rm. 102 Norwalk, CT 06851 (203) 854-7746 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., M-W, F; 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m., Th.


Town Clerk 888 Washington Blvd., Fl. 1 Stamford, CT 06901 (203) 977-4054 8 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.


Town Clerk 5866 Main St., Fl. 1 Trumbull, CT 06611 (203) 452-5035 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.



Vital Records 550 Main St., Rm. 103 Hartford, CT 06103 (860) 757-9690 8:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Town Clerk 41 Center St. Manchester, CT 06040 (860) 647-3037 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

New Britain

Town Clerk 9 Center St. East Granby, CT 06026 (860) 653-6528 8 a.m. - noon, 1 - 4 p.m., M-Th.; 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., F

Town Clerk 27 W. Main St., Rm. 109 New Britain, CT 06051 (860) 826-3344 8:15 a.m. - 3:45 p.m., M-W, F; 8:15 a.m. - 6:45 p.m. (last Thursday of each month)

East Hartford


Town Clerk 740 Main St. East Hartford, CT 06108 (860) 291-7235 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., M-F; 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., first & third Th.


Town Clerk 820 Enfield St. Enfield, CT 06082 (860) 253-6440 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Town Clerk 131 Cedar St. Newington, CT 06111 (860) 665-8545 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Town Clerk 933 Hopmeadow St. Simsbury, CT 06070 (860) 658-3243 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m., M; 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., T-F

South Windsor

Town Clerk 1 Monteith Dr. Farmington, CT 06032 (860) 675-2380 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Town Clerk 1540 Sullivan Ave. South Windsor, CT 06074 (860) 644-2511 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.




Town Clerk 2155 Main St. Glastonbury, CT 06033 (860) 652-7616 8:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m (appointments requested)

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Town Clerk 75 Main St. Southington, CT 06489 (860) 276-6211 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., M-W, F; 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m., Th.


Town Clerk 42C North St. Goshen, CT 06756 (860) 491-3647 9 a.m. - noon, 1 - 4 p.m., M-Th.; 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., F (or by appointment)


Town Clerk 74 West St. Litchfield, CT 06759 (860) 567-7561 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

New Hartford

Town Clerk 530 Main St. New Hartford, CT 06057 (860) 379-5037 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., M, T, Th.; 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., W; 8 a.m. - noon, F

New Milford

Town Clerk 10 Main St. New Milford, CT 06776 (860) 355-6020 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.



Town Clerk 203 Middlesex Ave. Chester, CT 06412 (860) 526-0013 x511 9 a.m. - noon, 1 - 4 p.m., M, W, Th.; 9 a.m. - noon, 1 - 7 p.m., T; 9 a.m. - noon, F

East Haddam

Town Clerk 7 Main St. East Haddam, CT 06423 (860) 873-5027 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., M, W, Th.; 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., T; 9 a.m. - noon, F


Town Clerk 30 Field Park Dr. Haddam, CT 06438 (860) 345-8531 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., M-W; 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., Th.; 8:30 a.m. - noon, F


Town Clerk 245 deKoven Dr. Middletown, CT 06457 (860) 344-3459 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Old Saybrook

Town Clerk 389 Rte. 2 Preston, CT 06365 (860) 887-5581 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., T, W, F; 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., Th.

Town Clerk 302 Main St. Old Saybrook, CT 06475 (860) 395-3135 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.



City Clerk 140 Main St. Torrington, CT 06790 (860) 489-2236 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., M-W; 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., Th.; 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., F

Town Clerk 84 S. Main St. Cheshire, CT 06410 (203) 271-6601 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

East Haven

Town Clerk 250 Main St. East Haven, CT 06512 (203) 468-3201 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Town Clerk 2750 Dixwell Ave. Hamden, CT 06518 (203) 287-7112 8:45 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.


City Clerk 142 E. Main St., Rm. 124 Meriden, CT 06450 (203) 630-4030 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


City Clerk 70 W. River St. Milford, CT 06460 (203) 783-3210 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

New Haven

Vital Statistics 165 Church St., Rm. 154 New Haven, CT 06510 (203) 946-8084 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

North Haven

Town Clerk 18 Church St. North Haven, CT 06473 (203) 239-5321 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Town Clerk 45 S. Main St., Rm. 108 Wallingford, CT 06492 (203) 294-2145 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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Town Clerk 127 Norwich Ave., Ste. 101 Colchester, CT 06415 (860) 537-7215 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., M-F; 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m., Th.


Town Clerk 45 Fort Hill Rd. Groton, CT 06340 (860) 441-6640 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Town Clerk 741 Colonel Ledyard Hwy. Ledyard, CT 06339 (860) 464-3257 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

New London

City Clerk 181 State St. New London, CT 06320 (860) 447-5205 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Old Lyme

Town Clerk 52 Lyme St. Old Lyme, CT 06371 (860) 434-1605 x221 9 a.m. - noon, 1 - 4 p.m.


Town Clerk 152 Elm St. Stonington, CT 06378 (860) 535-5060 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Town Clerk 55 Main St. Ellington, CT 06029 (860) 870-3105 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., M; 8:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m., T– Th.; 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., F


Town Clerk 21 Tolland Green Tolland, CT 06084 (860) 871-3630 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., M–W; 8 a.m. – 7:30 p.m., Th. Closed Friday


Town Clerk 1043 Buckley Hwy. Union, CT 06076 (860) 684-3770 9 a.m. – noon, T, Th.; 9 a.m. – noon, 1 – 3 p.m., W


Town Clerk 14 Park Pl. Vernon, CT 06066 (860) 870-3662 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., M–W; 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m., Th.; 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., F

WINDHAM COUNTY Killingly Town Clerk 172 Main St., Fl. 1 Danielson, CT 06239 (860) 779-5307 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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

make it known Connecticut 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.





Connecticut Post

(203) 333-0161 Attn: Weddings 410 State St. Bridgeport, CT 06604

Submit no later than two months after wedding date.

Form: Yes; available online. Must be typed or printed in ink.

The fee is $32.

Danbury News-Times

(203) 731-3338 333 Main St. Danbury, CT 06810

Announcements are published on Saturdays on a space-available basis.

Form: Yes; email to brides@newtimes.com.

There is no charge for this service.

Fairfield Citizen-News

(203) 255-4561 Attn: Living Editor 220 Carter Henry Dr. Fairfield, CT 06824

Announcements are published on a spaceavailable basis. The bride or groom must be a resident or previous resident.

Form: No

There is no charge for this service.

Greenwich Time

(203) 625-4400 Attn: Wedding Announcements 1455 E. Putnam Ave. Greenwich, CT 06870

Submissions are accepted up to six months after the wedding date.

Form: Yes; email to scott.gargah@scni.com.

There is no charge for this service.

Hartford Courant

(860) 241-6232 Attn: Weddings 285 Broad St. Hartford, CT 06115

Information must be received no later than 10 days prior to the desired Sunday publication.

Form: Yes; call to request a form or go online.

Fees start at $105.

Manchester Journal Inquirer

(860) 646-0500 c/o Living Dept. Attn: Weddings PO Box 510 Manchester, CT 06045

Information must be received by the Wednesday morning prior to the desired Friday publication.

Form: Yes

The $49 set price includes a photo.

New Britain Herald

(860) 225-4601 Attn: Social Editor 1 Herald Sq. New Britain, CT 06051

Submissions are accepted up to nine months after the wedding date. Announcements are published Monday-Saturday, when space is available.

Form: No

There is no charge for this service.

New Haven Register

(203) 777-3278 Attn: Weddings & Engagements 40 Sargent Dr. New Haven, CT 06511

Information must be received by 5 p.m. on the Tuesday prior to the desired Sunday publication.

Form: Yes; available online.

Brief announcements (8 column inches) are $40, and $20 per additional inch. Add a photo for $10.

Willimantic Chronicle

(860) 423-8466 x3342 Attn: Editorial PO Box 148 Willimantic, CT 06226

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

Form: Yes; available online.

There is no charge for this service.

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make it legal New York Marriage License Requirements GUIDELINES FOR OBTAINING A MARRIAGE LICENSE In New York, the legal age for marriage is 18. Applicants under 18 must have parents present. Residency is not required. Both the bride and groom must apply for and sign the license together and bring proper form of identification. There is a 24-hour waiting period to obtain the license, which is valid for 60 days in the state of New York only. Blood tests and other health requirements are not needed. If previously married, you must bring a copy of the divorce decree or death certificate. Fees are typically between $35 and $40, and methods of payment vary. In New York, you can apply for a marriage license from any town or city clerk; below is a list of various locations in the state of New York, which are all open Monday through Friday. Please call ahead to get all of the details.


Dutchess County

Orange County

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Putnam County

Staten Island

851 Grand Concourse 161st St., Rm. B131 Bronx, NY 10451 (718) 590-5307 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Municipal Building 210 Joralemon St., Rm. 205 Brooklyn, NY 11201 (718) 802-4107 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Columbia County

City Clerk 520 Warren St. Hudson, NY 12534 (518) 828-1030 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. closes 4 p.m. Jul. and Aug.

Town Clerk 1 Overocker Rd. Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 (845) 485-3620 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Municipal Building 141 Worth St. New York, NY 10013 (212) 669-2400 8:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Nassau County

Town Clerk 1 Washington St., Fl. 1 Hempstead, NY 11550 (516) 489-5000 8 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Town Clerk 41 Webster Ave. Goshen, NY 10924 (845) 294-6250 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Town Clerk 25 Sybil’s Crossing Kent, NY 10512 (845) 225-2067 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Queens Borough Hall 120-55 Queens Blvd., Rm. X001 Kew Gardens, NY 11424 (718) 286-2846 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Clarkstown Town Clerk 10 Maple Ave. New City, NY 10956 (845) 639-2010 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sullivan County

Town of Thompson Clerk 4052 Rte. 42 Monticello, NY 12701 (845) 794-2500 x302 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Borough Hall 10 Richmond Ter., Rm. 311 Staten Island, NY 10301 (718) 816-2290 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Ulster County

Suffolk County

Westchester County

Town Clerk 116 Hampton Rd. Southampton, NY 11968 (631) 287-5740 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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

Town Clerk 1 Town Hall Drive Lake Katrine, NY 12449 (845) 382-2455 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Office of the City Clerk 40 S. Broadway, Rm. 107 Yonkers, NY 10701 (914) 377-6020 9 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.



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Daily News

(212) 210-2100 Attn: Down The Aisle 4 New York Plaza, Fl. 7 New York, NY 10004

Contact information for the bride and groom must be received at least one week before the desired publication date. Accepted up to six months after wedding. Will be featured on a space-available basis.

Form: No Call or send in contact information, including the date, time, location of the wedding and a daytime phone number.

There is no charge for this service.

New York Times

(212) 556-7321 Attn: Society News 620 8th Ave. New York, NY 10018

Priority will be given to announcementsreceived at least six weeks prior to the wedding date. There is no guarantee your announcement will be posted.

Form: No Requests must be typed and include the ceremony date and time, schooling and occupations, plus residences and occupations of couple’s parents.

There is no charge for this service.

Poughkeepsie Journal

(845) 471-7355 Attn: Classified Dept. PO Box 1231 Poughkeepsie, NY 12602

Must submit the Tuesday prior to the desired Sunday publication date.

Form: Yes

Cost is $10 per inch and $25 for a color photo.

Staten Island Advance

(718) 981-1234 x2236 Attn: Weddings 950 Fingerboard Rd. Staten Island, NY 10305

Announcements must be received one week before the wedding date.

Form: Yes

Cost is $25 for a color photo, and free for black-and-white.

White Plains Journal News

(914) 696-8231 Attn: Celebrations 1 Gannett Dr. White Plains, NY 10604

Must submit Thursday at 10 a.m. prior to the desired Sunday publication date.

Form: Optional; available online. Photos will only print in blackand-white.

Fees range between $75 and $381, based on announcement size.

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metropolitan ballroom’s 20-foot floor-to-ceiling windows and open-air terrace with heated cabanas and fire pits. The 10-story hotel tower has modern bridal suites with a stylist bar and weekend wedding packages. capacity 300 | price $$$

allegria hotel 3 west club

3 West 51st Street, New York, NY (212) 582-5454 EXT. 2184 directorofcatering@3westclub.com 3WestClub.com The classic elegance of the 3 West Club makes it the perfect place to host your Manhattan wedding. Steps from St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Rockefeller Center; a beautiful view from the terrace; crystal chandeliers; impeccable service—all in a historical building. Spectacular memories await. capacity 150 | price $$$


19 Main Street, New Milford, CT (860) 799-7779 19Main.com Simple, modern and elegant, 19Main is ideal for your next gala event. Host your wedding, private party, corporate event or fundraiser in one or more of our reception rooms—we have sizes suitable for cozy events of 50 or less, sit-down parties of 200 or even larger cocktail receptions.



capacity 200 | price $$

620 loft & garden

620 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY (212) 632-5055 events@rockefellercenter.com 620LoftandGarden.com Ideal for private events, 620 Loft & Garden offers a meticulously manicured garden, complete with a reflection pool and a dramatic view of the soaring tower of 30 Rockefeller Plaza. The loft’s elegant simplicity is a blank canvas on which to create your own experience. capacity 165 | price $$$$

abigail kirsch

New York, NY (212) 696-4076 events@abigailkirsch.com AbigailKirsch.com Our award-winning, cutting-edge cuisine is known for quality and originality. Our exclusive New York metropolitan area catering locations include Pier Sixty, The Lighthouse and Current, The Skylark, Tappan Hill Mansion and The Loading Dock, as well as off-premise catering anywhere in the area. capacity 400+ | price $$$


1100 South Ave. at Lois Lane, Staten Island, NY (718) 477-2400 EXT. 5 | info@nicotraonline.com EventAbove.com Above, a sophisticated rooftop wedding venue, showcases panoramic NYC skyline views from its

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80 West Broadway, Long Beach, NY (516) 992-3765 AllegriaHotelNY.com The Allegria Hotel is a luxurious, ultra-modern hotel perfectly situated on the Atlantic Ocean in Long Beach. The hotel features several contemporary event venues with direct ocean views, including the restaurant, lounge, ballroom and rooftop function space, ideal for weddings and special events. capacity 250 | price $$$

the amber room colonnade

1 Stacey Road, Danbury, CT (203) 748-3800 TheAmberRoom.net The Amber Room is one of Fairfield County’s most recognized wedding venues. Nestled amongst 25 acres of perennial gardens, lush green sweeping lawns, a hidden brook, and gazebos, we pride ourselves in providing our guests with outstanding personal, professional service and preparing fine innovative cuisine for your customized menu. capacity 400+ | price $$

anthony’s lake club

10 Christopher Columbus Avenue, Danbury, CT (203) 792-4100 roccoiscooking@aol.com ALC-Catering.com Our mission is to provide our customers with the finest quality food at an affordable price, excellent service and respect from our staff, and a relaxed, clean, electrifying atmosphere. Your day is as special to Anthony’s Lake Club as it is to your family and friends. capacity 200 | price $$$

aqua turf club

556 Mulberry Street, Plantsville, CT (860) 621-9335 | AquaTurfClub.com Sprawled across 35 acres, the Aqua Turf Club offers the perfect year-round setting for all your wedding needs. Our professionally trained sales and banquet staff is renowned for their attention to detail and personalized service. We have the experience to create a memorable occasion for all! capacity 400+ | price $

aria wedding & banquet facility

45 Murphy Road, Prospect, CT (203) 758-0096 | sales@ariabanquets.com AriaBanquets.com True elegance. When you choose Aria, you’ll place an astounding amount of resources at your disposal to create a breathtaking affair. It is our family’s personal pledge that any occasion celebrated with us will be an extraordinary and treasured event. We look forward to hosting your event. capacity 400+ | price $$


Chelsea Piers, Pier 61, New York, NY (888) 822-5997 ecnewyork@entertainmentcruises.com ElitePrivateYachts.com Say “I do” to a wedding with a view aboard Atlantica and Manhattan Elite Private Yachts. Cruise along the NYC Harbor in a unique floating space with stunning city skyline views. Our chartered yachts offer customizable menu and entertainment options, as well as flexible boarding and cruising times. capacity 300 | price $$$

atlantis banquets & events

431 E. Main St., Riverhead, NY (631) 574-8008 | catering@amwny.com AtlantisBanquetsandEvents.com From our waterfront location to our spectacular aquatic displays, we offer the ultimate wedding on the water in settings as diverse as the Riverside Pavilion, Coliseum Room—with our most colorful tropical tanks—and elegant Sea Star Ballroom, located next to the Hyatt Place Long Island/East End. capacity 400+ | price $$

bay ridge manor

476 76th Street, Brooklyn, NY (718) 748-8855 | bayridgemanor@aol.com TheBayRidgeManor.com The path to happily ever after begins at Bay Ridge Manor, beautifully renovated and located in the heart of Bay Ridge Brooklyn. Experience true elegance with outstanding service and superb cuisine. Family owned and operated, we take pride in paying attention to every detail, making your day a truly memorable one. capacity 250 | price $$$

bear mountain inn

Bear Mountain, NY (845) 786-2731 catering@visitbearmountain.com VisitBearMountain.com Bear Mountain Inn has a long standing tradition of helping brides and grooms plan an unforgettable wedding that is uniquely yours whether intimate to extravagant, traditional to the unexpected. We will help make certain your wedding is a cherished memory for you and all of your guests. capacity 250 | price $$$

bedford village inn

2 Olde Bedford Way, Bedford, NH (603) 472-2001 bvieventteam@bedfordvillageinn.com BedfordVillageInn.com From the moment you step onto our nationally acclaimed, Four Diamond property, you know that this is the setting for your unforgettable wedding. Our beautifully landscaped 10-acre farm estate features wisteria-draped walkways or snow-capped silos, seasonal gardens and fountains. capacity 200 | price $$$

birchwoods at oak lane

1027 Racebrook Road, Woodbridge, CT (203) 389-5555 | (203) 980-8112

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THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY CONT. contact@birchwoodsbanquet.com BirchwoodsBanquet.com Located on a beautiful golf course, Birchwoods has spectacular views that make our venue ideal for your celebration. Our staff will ensure your event is tailored to meet your needs for a personalized, memorable occasion. Come as a guest, leave as a friend! Contact us with questions or to set up a tour. capacity 200 | price $$

brecknock hall

(631) 598-8200 info@brecknockhall.com BrecknockHall.com Brecknock Hall provides the dreamscape you’ve been searching for: a restored 1857 historic mansion on Long Island’s North Fork, resplendent with elegance and infused with warmth and detail. With charming parlor rooms and sprawling lawns, it’s perfect for an intimate affair or a larger tented reception. capacity 200 | price $$$

bridgeview yacht club

80 Waterfront Boulevard, Island Park, NY (516) 432-2400 | sam@bridgeviewyc.com BridgeviewYachtClub.com Located on Long Island, NY, Bridgeview specializes in celebrating one occasion at a time in our elegant waterfront pavilion with gazebo garden. Whether you are looking to celebrate a wedding, bar/bat mitzvah, private affair or corporate function we can cater to your needs. capacity 400 | price $$$



bristol harbour resort

5410 Seneca Point Road, Canandaigua, NY (585) 396-2200 BristolHarbour.com Bristol Harbour offers our breathtaking backdrop of spectacular Canandaigua Lake, in the heart of New York’s Finger Lakes region. Our unique, rustic, luxe style; Finger Lakes farm-to-table cuisine; and sincere dedication to service combine to create a one-of-a-kind destination for your celebration. capacity 240 | price $$$

buca di beppo

(877) 955-2822 groupreservations@bucainc.com BucaWeddings.com We’re perfect for rehearsal dinners and wedding events, featuring authentic Italian cuisine served family style. Catering and delivery is available, plus banquet and bar packages. Our festive dining rooms and attentive staff keep the celebration energetic. Now that’s amoré! capacity 300 | price $$

c.v. rich mansion & caperberry events

305 Ridgeway, White Plains, NY (914) 949-3543 | (914) 948-0958 CaperberryEvents.com This turn-of-the-century Victorian mansion, with strolling gardens, sun rooms, verandas and a majestic ballroom, is your perfect wedding day setting. The exclusive caterer for C.V. Rich Mansion, Caperberry

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setting for your wedding or event. We offer a wide variety of superb cuisine along with an experienced staff that will make your event most memorable. capacity 250 | price $$

the carltun

Eisenhower Park, East Meadow, NY (516) 542-0700 EXT. 2 | info@thecarltun.com TheCarltun.com Happily ever after begins at The Carltun. You have found the love of your life. Let us give you the wedding of your dreams. capacity 350 | price $$$

carlyle on the green

Bethpage State Park, Farmingdale, NY (516) 501-9700 info@carlylecatering.com CarlyleCatering.com We create extraordinary affairs with exquisite taste and style. Set amidst the backdrop of Long Island’s most historic golf course, our conservatory ballroom offers views of rolling hills, and our private ceremony room opens to an outdoor garden gazebo. Make your day unforgettable. capacity 400+ | price $$$


480 Sherman Avenue, Hamden, CT (203) 907-0595 Cascade-Banquets.com With white-gloved service, succulent cuisine and graciously appointed function space, The Cascade will serve as the ideal canvas on which you can paint the event of your dreams. Their wedding specialists invite you to call for a personal tour of one of Connecticut’s premier event sites. capacity 400 | price $$$

castle hotel & spa

400 Benedict Avenue, Tarrytown, NY (914) 631-1980 | events@castlehotelandspa.com CastleHotelandSpa.com Fairy tales do come true! Castle Hotel & Spa presents an enchanted and intimate atmosphere. The Great Hall, with an impressive 40-foot vaulted ceiling, Tiffany-style stained glass and a musician’s balcony, provides the most spectacular venue on a historic Hudson Valley landmark. capacity 120 | price $$$

celebrate at snug harbor

1000 Richmond Terrace, Building R, Staten Island, NY (718) 442-2700 Celebrate-Snug.com Celebrate at Snug Harbor offers an enchanted 83-acre setting with unique event space, lush botanical gardens and the finest cuisine. capacity 300+ | price $$$

ceola manor

489 East Main Street, Jefferson Valley, NY (914) 245-0630 sales@ceola.com Ceola.com Located on beautiful Lake Osceola in Westchester County, our family-owned venue provides the perfect

chateau briand caterers

440 Old Country Road, Carle Place, NY (516) 334-6125 ChateauBriandCaterers.com Chateau Briand brings Manhattan glamour and South Beach style to Long Island, making this one of the most unique settings for your wedding. Imagine your wedding set in a location convenient to your guests yet with the feel of a remote destination. There is nothing like it—anywhere. capacity 400 | price $$$

cloud 9 charters

New York Skyport Marina, New York, NY (212) 248-3800 | (718) 224-4460 caliberyacht@gmail.com CaliberYachtCharters.com Cruise NY Harbor and vicinity with impeccable views of the Brooklyn Bridge and South Street Seaport complete with a bridal suite, large dance floors and floor to ceiling windows. Our gourmet chef will create your favorite foods and our complimentary bridal consultant will make sure your day is magical. capacity 50+ | price $$$

cloud nine catering/ the lace factory

CloudNineCatering.net TheLaceFactory.com Cloud Nine Catering offers tailored menus to make for an unforgettable event! We’re exclusive to The Lace Factory, an antique warehouse and a perfect venue for an industrial-chic wedding. capacity 400+ | price $

conrad new york

102 North End Ave., New York, NY (646) 769-4200 conradnyweddings@conradhotels.com ConradNewYork.com An evocative mix of historic and ultra-modern landmarks offers a stunning landscape for wedding ceremonies and photography. Our world-class catering team and professional event managers take care of every last detail. capacity 400 | price $$$$

coral house

70 Milburn Avenue, Baldwin, NY (516) 223-6500 | info@coralhouse.com CoralHouse.com Coral House, overlooking Milburn Lake in Baldwin, Long Island offers an exquisite waterfront location and every amenity. Menus are custom designed to each bride and groom’s taste and budget. Our caring staff will help you create the wedding of your dreams. capacity 400+ | price $$

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THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY CONT. (516) 572-4063 philipstoneatcradle@culinartinc.com CradleAviationEvents.com This historic, distinctive space with authentic aircraft hangars and impressive flight displays creates a powerful backdrop, while flexible spaces can create the look and feel you desire. CulinArt Group Catering Collection will provide tasteful creations, unparalleled service and customized menus. capacity 400+ | price $$$$

crescent beach club

333 Bayville Avenue, Bayville, NY (516) 628-3000 privateevents@thecrescentbeachclub.com TheCrescentBeachClub.com If you are looking to be the only bride and be at the only place on Long Island that you can have your dream beach destination wedding, look no further. We have been a leading private events venue for over 20 years, with our beautiful white-sand beach, breathtaking views and gourmet dining. capacity 400+ | price $$$


23rd Street and West Side Highway, New York, NY (212) 336-6144 | events@piersixty.com PierSixty.com As New York’s newest waterfront venue, Current provides a blend of modern elegance, natural beauty and panoramic views of the Hudson River. The space’s seasoned team of event professionals will guide you through each step of the planning process to ensure your wedding is nothing short of spectacular.



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delegates dining room at the united nations

(212) 963-7029 DelegatesDiningRoom-UN.com The Delegates Dining Room’s floor-to-ceiling windows and large outdoor terrace set the stage for dramatic special events. With sweeping views of the East River and Manhattan, celebrating life’s most important moment on historic international territory at the UN will make your wedding more memorable. capacity 400 | price $$$

edison ballroom

240 West 47th Street, New York, NY (212) 201-7650 | info@edisonballroom.com EdisonBallroom.com The Edison Ballroom is an elegant private event space in the heart of Times Square. This historical venue re-opened in 2008 after a multimillion-dollar renovation that restored it to its original glory. With a versatile menu and attentive service, the Edison Ballroom is the perfect venue to celebrate. capacity 400+ | price $$$


635 West 42nd St., New York, NY (212) 967-7003 | EspaceNY.com Espace is a modern, elegant canvas allowing guests to create a truly memorable event experience. With attention to every detail and an award-winning chef,

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clients and guests are treated to impeccable service and uncompromising quality. Espace is sophisticated hospitality at its finest. capacity 400+ | price $$$


125 East King Street, Lancaster, PA (717) 715-5957 | ExcelsiorLancaster.com Unlike anything you may have seen, this multifaceted property combines elegant, classical architectural features blended with modern design throughout various connecting spaces. Refreshing outdoor areas and enchanting brewer’s catacombs enhance the experience, creating a venue for any event in any season. capacity 260 | price $$$

f.e.a.s.t. at round hill

110 Round Hill Road, Washingtonville, NY (800) 337-2556 | info@feastcaterers.com FeastCaterers.com Travel less than one hour from Manhattan to Round Hill, F.E.A.S.T.’s impeccably restored early 1800s Greek Revival Manor. Intimate, romantic, and enveloped by lush gardens, fountains and lawns. Its majestic columns and sweeping verandas introduce your guests to the casual yet sophisticated elegance of a country estate. capacity 200 | price $$$

faculty house | columbia university 64 Morningside Drive, New York, NY (212) 854-1200 | fachouse@columbia.edu FacultyHouse.com Celebrate a unique marriage of city sophistication and Ivy League cachet at our premier Upper Manhattan venue. A beautifully updated 1920s landmark, Faculty House features elegant banquet rooms and a terrace with skyline views. Explore Faculty House today and find a venue that’s uniquely you. capacity 250 | price $

falkirk estate and country club

206 Smith Clove Road, Central Valley, NY (845) 928-8060 | events@falkirkestate.com FalkirkEstate.com Less than an hour from Mahattan, our elegant and tastefully designed venue features custom woodwork, floor to ceiling windows and a large outdoor deck overlooking the majestic Ramapo Mountains and the pristine Falkirk Golf Club. Award winning cuisine, impeccable service and our magnificent venue will exceed your expectations. capacity 300 | price $$$

farmington gardens

999 Farmington Avenue, Farmington, CT (860) 678-1353 FarmingtonGardensCT.com Set in a scenic garden full of rolling hills, Farmington Gardens’ team of chefs, designers and directors strives to fulfill the most lavish ambitions of today’s bride. Let us make your special day as perfect as it deserves to be, surrounded by the natural beauty and rustic charm of Farmington Gardens. capacity 400 | price $$$

the fountainhead

New Rochelle, NY (914) 235-4400 FountainheadCaterers.com For over 50 years, it has been regarded as one of Westchester’s premier wedding facilities. Spectacular ballrooms with award-winning atriums, complete with hand-finished marble and granite dance floors, can accommodate over 400 guests. With great tasting cuisine and superior service, let us make your dreams come true. capacity 400+ | price $$$

fox hollow

7725 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury, NY (516) 921-1415 | foxhollow@scottobrothers.com TheFoxHollow.com Nestled on eight private acres of Long Island’s Gold Coast, the Fox Hollow offers a unique wedding destination with gardens, indoor and outdoor facilities, custom-designed menus, fine-dining restaurant and all-suite luxury boutique hotel. There’s so much to fall in love with at the Fox! capacity 350 | price $$$

the garden city hotel

45 Seventh Street, Garden City, NY (516) 663-7010 | caterer@gchotel.com GardenCityHotel.com Experience the legendary, newly restored Grand Ballroom and brand new guest rooms and suites. Whether an intimate celebration or lavish affair, we will help you create your dream day. Impeccable service, a first-class culinary team and attention to detail creates The Garden City Hotel experience. capacity 400+ | price $$$

the garden house at keeler tavern museum

132 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT (203) 438-5485 | KeelerTavernMuseum.org Ridgefield’s hidden treasure, The Garden House at Keeler Tavern Museum is the perfect setting—whatever the occasion. Designed by renowned architect Cass Gilbert, its historic, elegant ambience will make your event unique. Enjoy the private seasonal garden, carriage barn and tented upper terrace. capacity 100 | price $$

the garrison/ highlands country club

2015 Route 9, Garrison, NY (845) 424-3604 | TheGarrison.com HighlandsCountryClub.net Nestled in Hudson Highlands, one hour north of NYC, The Garrison is set on 300 acres with spectacular views, while Highlands radiates elegance with old-world beauty. Our countryside retreats offer delicious food, personalized service and outdoor ceremonies with golf course or garden photo sessions. capacity 150+ | price $$$

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489 EAST MAIN STREET, JEFFERSON VALLEY, NY 914-245-0630 | SALES@CEOLA.COM | CEOLA.COM Located on beautiful Lake Osceola in Westchester County, our family-owned venue provides the perfect setting for your wedding or event. We offer a wide variety of superb cuisine along with an experienced staff that will make your event most memorable.

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THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY CONT. GlenCoveMansion.com Grand or intimate, formal or casually elegant, your wedding and the preparation leading up to it should be easy and carefree, allowing you, your family and friends to celebrate this most memorable milestone of your life. We vow to make that happen at Glen Cove Mansion. capacity 250 | price $$$

glen island harbour club

Glen Island Park, Weyman Avenue, New Rochelle, NY (914) 636-6500 | GI-HC.com It’s a truly spectacular place. You’ll be surrounded by gently breaking waves, lush park grounds on a secluded island, breathtaking sunsets, a storybook chapel and dramatic views of the New York skyline bridges. Glen Island Harbour Club—where new and everlasting memories are created. capacity 400+ | 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 $$



grand oaks country club

200 Huguenot Avenue, Staten Island, NY (718) 356-2771 GrandOaksNYC.com The new Grand Oaks Country Club overlooks South Shore Golf Course. We welcome you into a world of enchantment, providing services and amenities far beyond being plain satisfactory. Whether you are planning an intimate celebration or a luxurious reception, your event will create lasting memories. capacity 400+ | price $$

harbor club at prime

95 New York Avenue, Huntington Harbor, NY (631) 271-5600 HarborClubatPrime.com The Harbor Club at Prime is the perfect location for the wedding you have always dreamed of. Nestled on the shores of Huntington Harbor, the Harbor Club at Prime blends a contemporary, urban design with the timeless elegance and beauty of a waterfront venue. capacity 200 | price $$$$

harbor links

1 Fairway Drive, Port Washington, NY (516) 767-4810 | jphelan@palmergolf.com HarborLinks.com Harbor Links offers an exclusive atmosphere on Long Island’s prestigious North Shore. Your private occasion will receive the individual attention of our entire staff. Our Grand Ballroom offers breathtaking panoramic vistas while the warmth of our interior creates the perfect setting for your special affair. capacity 250 | price $$$

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heritage hotel

522 Heritage Road, Southbury, CT (203) 267-2622 | HeritageSouthbury.com Our newly renovated resort offers a destination wedding to remember. Timbers provides a rustic yet elegant atmosphere for your reception, paired with our Stone Garden for your ceremony. After a good night’s sleep, you can spend the day in the pool, on the golf course or at the spa. capacity 220 | price $$$

hollow brook golf club

(914) 734-1500 EXT. 1151 robbyns@golfhollowbrook.com GolfHollowBrook.com Beautiful views, rich wood walls, vaulted ceilings and superb cuisine featuring food and wine from the Hudson Valley’s farms and vineyards makes Hollow Brook the perfect venue to make dreams come true. We host one wedding at a time so our planners are dedicated exclusively to you. capacity 200 | price $$$

hornblower cruises & events

New York, NY (646) 798-4447 HornblowerNewYork.com/weddings From intimate ceremonies to grand receptions, weddings are a breeze with Hornblower. Choose from one of six beautiful yachts in our New York fleet, and one of our expert planners will help with all the details. Make your dream wedding on the water come true, with anywhere from 2 to 1,200 guests! capacity 1,200 | price $$$

housing works bookstore & the works catering

126 Crosby Street, New York, NY (646) 786-1100 | TheWorksCatering.com Host your storybook wedding with 100% of proceeds benefitting the homeless living with HIV/AIDS. This Soho bookshop resembles an Ivy League library with its spiral staircases, mahogany balconies and rows of books. The Works Catering, also operated by Housing Works, serves amazing seasonal fare. capacity 200 | price $$$

indian ridge preserve

500 Crescent Avenue, Highland, NY (845) 883-3208 events@indianridgepreserve.com IndianRidgePreserve.com Marry the love of your life surrounded by natural beauty at Indian Ridge—spring apple blossoms, private lake, picturesque fall foliage and waterfall. Get married lakeside, under an elegantly lit tent or in our rustic lodge. We have over 300 acres to create your perfect Hudson Valley country wedding! capacity 400+ | price $$$

the inn & spa at east wind

5720 Route 25A, Wading River, NY (631) 929-6585 | EastWindLongIsland.com At East Wind, you decide—the Cottage, Estate, Veranda or the Grand Ballroom at the Inn. Magnificent chandeliers, warming fireplaces and 24 beautifully

manicured acres make East Wind the perfect choice for your day. Spend the day you will always remember in a place you will never forget! capacity 100+ | price $$

the inn at new hyde park

214 Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park, NY (516) 354-7797 | InnAtNHP.com Modern luxury, timeless elegance. The Inn at New Hyde Park will surpass all of your expectations. From magnificent interiors to lush gardens, a perfect environment has been created to ensure the most memorable experience for you and your guests. capacity 500+ | price $$

the inn at villa bianca

312 Roosevelt Drive, Route 34, Seymour, CT (203) 735-4883 | VillaBianca.com Nestled along the banks of the Housatonic River, The Inn at Villa Bianca is southern Connecticut’s premier venue for special events that transcend the ordinary. Our careful combination of modern and traditional décor sets the background for your wedding ceremony and reception. capacity 600+ | price $$


610 Smithtown Bypass, Smithtown, NY (631) 656-8100 | banquet@insigniasteakhouse.com InsigniaSteakhouse.com Refreshingly different by Anthony Scotto—that is Insignia! Are you tired of the same style wedding? Introducing Insignia, where the Hamptons meet Manhattan. Unique, fine dining, trend setting, personal—schedule your own personal experience today! capacity 300 | price $$

interlaken inn

74 Interlaken Road, Lakeville, CT (800) 222-2909 | sales@interlakeninn.com InterlakenInn.com Nestled in the heart of the Litchfield Hills. Delight in exclusive use of the resort with a scenic lakefront ceremony, cocktail reception in our country gardens, and elegant dinner under our gorgeous marquee tent. Charming guest rooms, impeccable service, and distinctive weekend weddings. capacity 220 | price $$$

jean-jacques’ culinary creations

468 Bedford Road, Pleasantville, NY (914) 747-8197 | info@jean-jacques.com Jean-Jacques.com Jean-Jacques’ Culinary Creations is a full-service caterer with exclusive venues for weddings and special events in Westchester. Whether at our restaurant in Pleasantville, one of our historic mansions and estates or a location of your choice, we are committed to providing the highest quality of service and culinary expertise at an affordable price. capacity 400 | price $$

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THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY CONT. jennifer.barnett@lovinoven.com LandsEndWeddings.com With its seaside charm, this newly renovated, classic Tudor-style mansion overlooks the Great South Bay and Fire Island. Stroll through impeccably-kept gardens or gaze out from the canopied deck at captivating sunsets creating the perfect backdrop for your most memorable day. capacity 325 | price $$$


507 Larkfield Road, East Northport, NY (631) 368-4422 larkfieldweddings@gmail.com Larkfield.com The Larkfield has introduced its newly renovated, state-of-the-art wedding venue, while offering all new features throughout for the modern bride. Please call or email to take a tour (by appointment only). capacity 350 | price $$

lawn club fine catering

193 Whitney Ave., New Haven, CT (203) 777-3494 | christine.brush@nhlawnclub.com NHLCCatering.com The New Haven Lawn Club is comprised of elegant rooms that will charm your guests and provide them with a change of scenery throughout the evening. Stunning yet simple décor ensures that every couple is able to make the space their own. capacity 250 | price $$$



le chambord

2737 Route 52, Hopewell Junction, NY (845) 221-1941 | LeChambord.com Le Chambord is New York state’s most elegant European-style country inn on 10 magnificent acres, just 75 minutes north of New York City. Le Chambord features four-star cuisine, two gazebos, an outdoor pavilion for ceremonies and cocktail parties and 25 rooms for overnight guests. capacity 250 | price $$

leonard’s palazzo

555 Northern Blvd., Great Neck, NY (516) 487-7900 | inquiry@leonardspalazzo.com LeonardsPalazzo.com On your special day, you want everything to be perfect. You will receive undivided attention when it comes to planning and executing all aspects of your important day. Feel at ease knowing Leonard’s will work as hard as possible to make your day a memorable one. capacity 400+ | price $$


Long Island and New York (631) 581-0022 | LessingsWeddings.com Endless possibilities await. Share your vows in a ceremony by the sea. Celebrate in a majestic mansion with exceptional cuisine. Experience timeless elegance with exquisite waterfront views. Reserve our premier luxury destinations for lavish events with extraordinary edibles. capacity 500 | price $$$

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lyndhurst castle

635 South Broadway, Tarrytown, NY (914) 631-4481 EXT. 43236 lyndhurst@culinartinc.com | LyndhurstCatering.com Named one of America’s most beautiful mansions by Forbes Magazine, Lyndhurst sits on a picturesque knoll with gardens and greens that stretch to the Hudson River. Ceremony on the lawn, cocktails on the veranda and dinner and dancing in the tented courtyard make for a wedding day of your dreams. capacity 300 | price $$$

manhattan penthouse on fifth avenue

(212) 627-8838 | info@greenmansionscatering.com ManhattanPenthouse.com Manhattan Penthouse, seating 100 to 200 with dancing, is an extraordinary, loft-like, beautifully finished penthouse aerie with rich details. Guests are surrounded by stunning 360° skyline views framed by our signature Palladian windows. Simply put, it’s one of NYC’s premier venues and best values. capacity 250 | price $$$

the maritime aquarium at norwalk

10 North Water Street, Norwalk, CT (203) 852-0700 EXT. 2217 maritimecatering@culinartinc.com MaritimeAquariumEvents.com Sip cocktails alongside prowling sharks, savor hors d’oeuvres as you overlook frolicking sea otters and enjoy dinner and dancing amidst fun-loving seals. The Maritime Aquarium is transformed after-hours into a truly spectacular one-of-a-kind destination for special events. capacity 400+ | price $$$$

mediterranean manor caterers

303 East Main Street, Patchogue, NY (631) 289-5857 | MedManor.com At the Mediterranean Manor we believe that successful weddings deserve more than just adequate facilities. We offer a balanced blend of planning expertise, elegant ambiance, exceptional cuisine and impeccable service at surprisingly affordable prices. Call for a private tour and menu planning. capacity 300 | price $

the metropolitan

Glen Cove, NY (516) 671-4444 | TheMetropolitanCaterers.com The Metropolitan invites you to experience the sophistication of Manhattan right on Long Island. We continue our tradition of one wedding at a time—the entire hall, all to yourself. Our superior cuisine and cosmopolitan ambiance have brought recognition and respect to The Metropolitan name. capacity 250 | price $$

montauk lake club and marina

211 East Lake Drive, Montauk, NY (631) 668-5705 | info@montauklakeclub.com MontaukLakeClub.com Have your own private waterfront estate. With one intimate affair at a time, the Montauk Lake Club’s

plush grounds, spectacular water views and firstclass amenities beckon your wedding ceremony and reception. Fall captive to an enchanting destination with only your family and friends nearby—the magic of Montauk. capacity 350 | price $$$$

montauk yacht club resort & marina

32 Star Island Road, Montauk, NY (631) 668-9251 | (888) 692-8668 kpearsall@montaukyachtclub.com MontaukYachtClub.com Whether an intimate lakeside reception, a tented wedding or a Farmhouse Ballroom gala, our wedding specialist will take care of your special day. Make it a destination—guests can stay shoreline in the newly renovated rooms and villas. Begin forever here at the Montauk Yacht Club Resort & Marina. capacity 160 | price $$$

monteverde at oldstone

28 Bear Mountain Bridge Rd., Cortlandt Manor, NY (914) 737-6555 events@monteverdeatoldstone.com MonteverdeAtOldstone.com Built in 1763, Monteverde at Oldstone is a magnificent 27-acre estate located less than one hour from Manhattan. Majestically situated on the Hudson River, Monteverde offers enchanting river views and two charming settings for weddings and events: The Manor House and The Pavilion, a grand open-air tented venue. capacity 350 | price $$$$

the mountain top inn & resort

Chittenden, VT (802) 483-2311 | MountainTopInn.com Set on 350 acres in the heart of Vermont’s Green Mountains and overlooking a sparkling lake, you will find the perfect magical backdrop, regardless of the season. Enjoy luxurious lodging, a brand new spa and salon, on-site dining and tons of activities to create your special day. capacity 300 | price $$$

nicotra’s ballroom at the hilton garden inn

1100 South Ave. at Lois Lane, Staten Island, NY (718) 477-2400 EXT. 5 | info@nicotrasballroom.com NicotrasBallroom.com Nicotra’s Ballroom, nestled in 415 acres of protected woodland, features floor-to-ceiling windows with dramatic views. Stunning gardens, fountains, a Florentine gazebo and a great lawn with pathways leading to a romantic bridal swing create the perfect outdoor wedding ceremony and photo backdrop. capacity 400+ | price $$$

ny zoos & aquarium

Bronx Zoo | Central Park Zoo | Queens Zoo Prospect Park Zoo | NY Aquarium (718) 741-3836 | events@wcs.org NYZooEvents.com Whether exchanging vows as sea lions look on or sipping cocktails while strolling through lush gardens, saying “I do” at the zoo provides a truly unique and

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nyit de seversky mansion

Northern Boulevard, Old Westbury, NY (516) 686-7675 | deseversky@nyit.edu NYIT.edu/deseversky This is the chance to create the celebration of a lifetime. By choosing the mansion for your wedding, you’ll experience designing an event that reflects your personal style, multicultural customs and cuisine, and other unique elements—in a charming, sophisticated setting that’s sure to delight guests. capacity 300 | price $$$


231 Dune Road, Westhampton Beach, NY (631) 288-8878 | oceanbleu@robbinswolfe.com Oceanbleu-WestHampton.com Enjoy true seaside glamour with a breathtaking once-in-a-lifetime wedding ceremony overlooking the magnificent sand and surf followed by dinner and dancing amidst panoramic views of the majestic Atlantic Ocean. Oceanbléu boasts an imperial ballroom with incomparable views of the Atlantic seascape. capacity 250 | price $$$$



oheka castle

135 West Gate Drive, Huntington, NY (631) 659-1400 | weddings@oheka.com OHEKA.com OHEKA CASTLE has been celebrating the art of entertaining since 1919. Breathtakingly beautiful, from the historic estate, elegant rooms and formal gardens to the white-glove service, European ambience and awardwinning cuisine, OHEKA is one of the finest wedding venues in the world. capacity 400 | price $$$$

onteora the mountain house

PO Box 356, Boiceville, NY (845) 657-6233 | info@onteora.com Onteora.com Why settle for a five-hour wedding when it can last the whole weekend? Onteora’s trademark is the “Weekend Wedding Experience.” Want an autumn noon wedding? A summer afternoon wedding? A spring sunset wedding? All are possibilities at Onteora. Seven guest rooms for two nights are included. capacity 180 | price $$$

the overlook at geer tree farm

141 Norman Rd., Griswold, CT (860) 334-0467 theoverlookatgeertreefarm@gmail.com TheOverlookatGeerTreeFarm.com The Overlook is situated on the highest point of Geer Tree Farm. Our 140-acre farm provides you with a great layout and total privacy. We work with an elite group of caterers and vendors to make sure your special day will not only exceed all of your expectations, but also your guests will be in awe. capacity 200 | price $$

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paramount country club

60 Zukor Rd., New City, NY (845) 634-4626 EXT. 217 alevy@paramountcountryclub.com ParamountCountryClub.com Welcome to Paramount Country Club, filled with the history and aura of an early 1900s estate. Once the private home to the president of Paramount Pictures, this estate has been lovingly restored to its original grandeur. Our elegance will greet you and your guests with warmth and charm. capacity 300 | price $$$

peconic bay yacht club

64300 Main Road, Southold, NY (631) 407-5200 info@peconicbayyachtclub.com PeconicBayYachtClub.com Nestled in the North Fork’s Peconic Bay and Long Island wine country, the Peconic Bay Yacht Club offers spectacular views and versatile grounds, including a waterfront lawn, private marina, exquisite indoor ballroom, lounge, private tasting room and a panoramic view from the terrace. capacity 300 | price $$$$

penthouse 808 at the ravel hotel

8-08 Queens Plaza South, Long Island City, NY (718) 289-6109 | delores.a@ravelmgmt.com RavelWeddings.com | Penthouse808Rooftop.com Crowning the Ravel Hotel is Penthouse 808, an 8,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor rooftop restaurant, lounge and events space that offers breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline and Queensboro Bridge. Penthouse 808 can accommodate seated dining for up to 250 guests and lounge receptions up to 400. capacity 400 | price $$

the prince george ballroom

15 East 27th Street, New York, NY (212) 471-0870 | eventspaces@breakingground.org PrinceGeorgeBallroom.org This is Manhattan’s premier wedding destination, where history meets luxury. Meticulously restored to its original Neo-Renaissance splendor in 2005, this elegant venue is the place for your wedding with over 9,000 square feet of space, including a ballroom, tearoom, gallery, kitchen and bridal suite. capacity 300 | price $$

renaissance event hall

27-34 21st Street, LIC/Astoria, NY (718) 274-9210 | RenaissanceEventHall.com We specialize in creating distinctive, incomparable events. We design menus and cocktails specifically for your celebration. Our 7,000-square-foot venue is all yours—we only host one event at a time! capacity 300 | price $$

riverside farm

(877) 746-8822 | events@riversidefarm.com RiversideFarm.com Specializing in exclusive destination weddings, this Vermont estate hosts rustic but elegant barn and outdoor weddings in our meadow and five uniquely restored barns. Nestled in the heart of the Green

Mountains, but only a gas tank away from New York City, escape to Riverside Farm. capacity 300+ | price $$$

the riverview

One Warburton Avenue, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY RV-NY.com For more than fifty years, The Riverview has been creating a lifetime of memories for brides and their families. Whether it is your wedding reception, bridal shower or rehearsal dinner, the warmth and attention lavished on you by our dedicated staff will make your experience one that you, your friends and family will talk about for years. capacity 200 | price $$

royal palm

2143 Boundary Ave., Farmingdale, NY (516) 845-1151 | info@royalpalmny.com RoyalPalmNY.com For the one day in your life where you matter more than anyone else, the team at Royal Palm is here to help. Tell us what you want and how you want it. Our event team will make it happen. capacity 500 | price $$

the royal regency hotel & banquet facility

165 Tuckahoe Road, Yonkers, NY (914) 476-6200 | events@royalregencyhotelny.com RoyalRegencyHotelNY.com The Royal Regency Hotel is Westchester County’s first and only boutique hotel. The hotel recently finalized a multi-million dollar renovation project featuring an updated ballroom, lobby, guest rooms and suites. All you have to do is dream your perfect day, and we will make it a reality. capacity 400+ | price $$

saint clements castle & marina

1931 Portland-Cobalt Road, PO Box 427, Portland, CT (860) 342-0593 info@saintclementscastle.com SaintClementsCastle.com Imagine yourself stepping back in time to an era of grand elegance in a European style estate overlooking the scenic Connecticut River, with meticulously landscaped gardens and gracious courtyards. Enjoy the awardwinning cuisine and service that is the hallmark of Saint Clements Castle experience. capacity 250 | price $$$

sands point preserve

127 Middleneck Road, Port Washington, NY (516) 326-2156 SandsPoint-Events.com The one and only ultra-luxe, gold coast, Gatsby-esque Sands Point Preserve is a show-stopping, jaw-dropping wedding venue like no other. It’s a mansion all your own with sprawling outdoor gardens and unrivaled water views with catering by CulinArt Group Catering Collection. capacity 300 | price $$$

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Villa Roma Resort: The Perfect Grounds for a Marriage Ask about our custom wedding packages! • Your wedding ceremony in our outdoor gazebo or on the grand staircase • Rehearsal dinner • Private wedding reception with cocktail party • Wedding cake • Complimentary bridal suite • Overnight accommodations • Personal wedding consultant • Salon & spa packages • Golf packages

Minutes from the Northern Poconos! Book your dream wedding today! Call 800-533-6767 or visit www.villaroma.com

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saybrook point inn and spa

Two Bridge Street, Old Saybrook, CT (860) 661-1155 weddings@saybrook.com Saybrook.com Perfection at the Point. Magnificent water views of the Connecticut River and Long Island Sound. AAA Four Diamond Award Restaurant and Inn. Classic ambiance, delectable fare. All weddings exclusive, one wedding at a time. capacity 200 | price $$$$

sheraton laguardia east hotel

135-20 39th Avenue, Flushing, NY (718) 670-7408 | sales@sheratonlaguardia.com SheratonLaGuardiaEast.com Offering memorable facilities with Asian flare, the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel is the ideal venue for stylish, traditional and multicultural weddings in one of our 14 well-appointed function rooms to a lavish outdoor terrace wedding reception. Our executive wedding specialists will help you create a once-in-alifetime event. capacity 400+ | price $$$

sheraton stamford hotel

700 East Main Street, Stamford, CT (203) 564-1089 | events@sheratonstamford.com SheratonStamford.com You found the perfect partner, now partner with the perfect venue! Newly renovated with 380 upscale guest rooms and two ballrooms that can accommodate up to 300 of your closest family and friends, the Sheraton Stamford Hotel is the place to create lasting memories.



capacity 300 | price $$

ceremonies and cocktail parties. Terrace just completed a comprehensive multi-million dollar makeover. capacity 450+ | price $$$

the vanderbilt at south beach

300 Father Capodanno Blvd., Staten Island, NY (718) 447-0800 | VanderbiltSouthBeach.com Easily accessible from all five boroughs, New Jersey and Long Island, we offer dramatic ocean views, white-glove service and delectable cuisine. If your vision is a seaside ceremony with a sunset cocktail reception or a full banquet on the beach, our specialized event planners will make it happen. capacity 400+ | price $$$

venetian yacht club

494 Fire Island Avenue, Babylon, NY (631) 422-2400 VenetianYachtClub.com We are located in the picturesque village of Babylon on Long Island’s beautiful South Shore and offer amazing waterfront views of the Great South Bay. capacity 400+ | price $$

victory garden caf´e

21-69 Steinway Street, Astoria, NY (718) 274-2087 info@victorysweetshop.com VictorySweetShop.com The café has amazing European décor, plus available indoor and outdoor spaces conveniently located in the heart of the city. Book your next event at Victory Garden Café; whether it is your wedding, bridal shower, baby shower or birthday, we promise to make memories that will last a lifetime! capacity 100 | price $$

soundview caterers

45 Bayville Avenue, Bayville, NY (516) 864-0600 | info@soundviewcaterers.com SoundviewCaterers.com Located on the Gold Coast of Long Island’s North Shore with breathtaking views of the Long Island Sound and neighboring states, our goal is to bring you to a moment in time where elegance and pageantry are at your service for your special day. capacity 250 | price $$

surf club on the sound

280 Davenport Avenue, New Rochelle, NY (914) 633-8221 | TheSurfClubontheSound.com The all new Surf Club on the Sound is ready to make memories of your special day last forever. Our seaside mansion has stunning views of the Long Island Sound. That, accompanied by our gourmet menus and impeccable service, will have guests talking about your event for years. capacity 500+ | price $$$

terrace on the park

5211 111th Street, Queens, NY (718) 592-5000 | info@terraceonthepark.com TerraceonthePark.com Our ballrooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows with remarkable views, while the rooftop and penthouse offer sweeping 360-degree panoramas year-round, and the gardens provide beautiful outdoor spaces for

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the villa barone hilltop manor

466 Route 6, Mahopac, NY (914) 478-7575 | vbhilltopmanor1@aol.com VillaBaroneHilltop.com Experience the beauty and grandeur of the Hilltop Manor. We assist you every step of the way to create the grandest affair to fit your budget, accommodating from 50-500 guests with the utmost personal touch. You are invited for a personal tour to view the timeless elegance. capacity 400+ | price $$

villa barone manor

737 Throggs Neck Expressway, Bronx, NY (718) 892-3500 | info@villabaronemanor.com VillaBaroneManor.com Villa Barone Manor is one of New York City’s most exclusive catering halls. Celebrate with your guests in our magnificent ballrooms, take romantic photos in our gardens or make a dramatic entrance to your reception in our spectacular glass elevator. capacity 400+ | price $$

villa lombardi’s

877 Main Street, Holbrook, NY (631) 471-6609 VillaLombardis.com Villa Lombardi’s has been redesigned for the modern bride with exceptional taste. With private gardens,

redesigned ballrooms and Lombardi’s famous food, see why happily ever after starts at Villa Lombardi’s. capacity 400+ | price $$

villa roma resort and conference center

356 Villa Roma Road, Callicoon, NY (800) 533-6767 | VillaRoma.com Our mountain location, friendly staff and attention to detail set us apart from other properties. The food quality will exceed your expectations and wow your guests! When you have a wedding with us, you are the only bride, and it is truly all about you! capacity 300 | price $

villa venezia

2257 Goshen Turnpike, Middletown, NY (845) 692-3300 | events@villaveneziany.com VillaVeneziaNY.com Make memories that last a lifetime at Villa Venezia, an elegant family-owned venue with beautiful décor, exceptional cuisine and unsurpassed service. Located just an hour from Manhattan in the heart of the Hudson Valley, Villa Venezia shines with grandeur and luxury. capacity 400 | price $$

the village club at lake success

Great Neck, NY (516) 829-5493 | VillageClubatLakeSuccess.com You’ll find a pristine country club setting on the outside and a contemporary, en vogue space on the inside. This venue only hosts one event at a time. Catering is provided by the CulinArt Group Catering Collection: Stone Caterers, Robbins Wolfe Eventeurs and Regal Glatt Kosher Caterers. capacity 400+ | price $$$$

village club of sands point

Thayer Lane, Sands Point, NY (516) 944-7400 | VillageClub.org With acres of sprawling lawns, a breathtaking 18-hole golf course and an Italian Renaissance–style mansion, The Village Club of Sands Point provides the perfect setting for your event. For those who wish to primarily use the Club for dining and as a special events venue, a social membership is offered. capacity 200 | price $$$

the vineyards at aquebogue

978 Main Road (Route 25), Aquebogue, NY (631) 722-3200 | LessingsWeddings.com Nestled on the North Fork of Long Island, The Vineyards at Aquebogue provides a captivating setting at any time of year for your event. Whether it be your dream wedding or an intimate celebration, we will make your dream come true. capacity 250 | price $$$

w new york-union square

201 Park Avenue South, NY, NY (917) 534-5947 | leah.maio@whotels.com WNewYorkUnionSquare.com Make your vow day a wow day: a glamorous wedding dinner, a chic commitment ceremony, a reception soiree, an intimate rehearsal dinner or a private night

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74 Events is a Brooklyn-based DJ company offering services throughout the tri-state area. With more than 20 DJs, we work with our clients and customize around their musical preferences. 74 Events staff members are comfortable with any genre or style. Obscure to top 40, Bollywood to Bachata, hip hop to hardcore—whatever you need, we can do it! We offer music and sound options with a minimum of emceeing. All of the emphasis is on the music, dance floor, and our clients. You can count on a clever and fun set list, a packed dance floor and focused customer service from the moment you submit a price quote form until the last song of the night.


www.74events.com | gary@74events.com

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THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY CONT. that celebrates just the two of you—we’ll make it your experience of a lifetime. capacity 150 | price $$$

water’s edge resort & spa

1525 Boston Post Rd., Westbrook, CT (860) 399-5901 | WatersEdgeResortAndSpa.com Sun-drenched shores and moonlit ocean views—say “I do” to beautiful lawns overlooking the glistening Sound, endless ballroom possibilities and a talented culinary staff that serves only the best. Have a wedding at Water’s Edge—where those who matter most gather in one place to create lifetime memories.

The Suppa family owns and operates both Woodwinds by Chef Silvio and Café Allegre in Madison. An event at Woodwinds by Chef Silvio will be remembered for the award winning cuisine, exquisite ambiance and superb service. Accommodations are available for up to 600 guests. capacity 600 | price $$$

cakes & caterers

capacity 300 | price $$$

having an intimate wedding or a lavish affair, our team will create the most memorable event. With locations in Midtown and Chelsea, we serve Manhattan, Long Island, Westchester and New Jersey.

henry’s florist

8103 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY (718) 238-3838 | henrysflorist@gmail.com HenrysFloristWeddingEvents.com Henry’s Florist has been proudly serving the tri-state area for over 92 years. We offer extraordinary wedding arrangements, personalized designs and chic high-level arrangements delivered with friendly and prompt professionalism. Enjoy a complimentary consultation on your floral design and décor.

watermill caterers

Smithtown, Long Island (631) 724-3242 | WatermillCaterers.com This magnificent catering establishment is unsurpassed in providing world-class cuisine and service in elegant, natural and handcrafted surroundings. As a Scotto Family tradition, you and your guests can count on enjoying the very best of everything as you celebrate your new beginning. capacity 300+ | price $$$



westbury manor

1100 Jericho Turnpike, Westbury, NY (516) 333-7117 WestburyManor.com Welcome to Westbury Manor, a traditional Victorian mansion with formal English gardens and classically elegant banquet rooms. Every moment of your affair will be a memory in the making in one of our beautifully appointed ballrooms or outdoors on our six acres of lavishly planted grounds.

dolce & gelato catering

New York City and the tri-state area (844) 435-2861 gino@dolceandgelato.com DolceandGelato.com From black tie to backyard weddings, Dolce & Gelato offers gelato bars and full-service espresso and cappuccino bars. All flavorful ingredients are imported from Italy and made fresh the day of for you and your guests.

wedding consultants

capacity 300 | price $$$

woodbury country club

884 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury, NY (516) 692-6200 | info@woodburycc.com WoodburyCC.com We will offer you the privacy and exclusivity you deserve on your wedding day. Our 18-acre estate is divided to ensure total privacy for your ceremony, cocktail hour and photos. Custom designed menus for cultural, religious and dietary needs will be created by our professional banquet staff! capacity 400 | price $$$

woodbury jewish center

200 South Woods Road, Woodbury, NY (516) 864-0001 | regalwjc@culinartinc.com TheWJC.com A new era is unfolding at WJC, a leading synagogue and event venue. With new construction and a design unrivaled in Nassau or Suffolk Counties, Regal Caterers (certified glatt kosher under KOF-K) introduces modern kosher cuisine in a glamorous, über-chic, grand dining hall. WJC is better than ever!


29 Schoolground Road, Branford, CT (203) 481-6577 | TheWoodwinds.com

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bridal fashion & beauty

busy bride planning + consulting

(646) 941-0349 BusyBride.com This boutique planning firm specializes in Manhattanbased weddings that reflect each couple’s unique style and personality. Busy Bride’s talented team guides clients through the planning process and makes every step enjoyable and stress-free. Full and partial packages are available—contact us for prices.

flowers & décor


alluring brides

35 S. Middletown Rd., Nanuet, NY (845) 507-0289 alluringbridesofnewyork@hotmail.com AlluringBridesofNY.com Our full-service bridal boutique specializes in haute couture designer gowns, expressing each beaming bride’s, proud mother’s and bridesmaid’s unique sense of style and personality. We assist one bride at a time in a private, fun and pressure-free atmosphere coupled with an exceptional customer care.

anna avaliani md cosmetic & laser surgery

30 East 60th St., Suite 1100 (Btw. Park & Madison Ave.), New York, NY (212) 673-8888 | hello@dravaliani.com DrAvaliani.com Our practice helps men and women achieve elegant, natural results using the latest advances in cosmetic and laser surgery. We offer Botox, fillers, Ultherapy, Cellfina, SculpSure, Vampire filler, tattoo removal, acne scar removal, stretch mark removal, melasma, cellulite, laser hair removal and more.


ariston flowers

110 West 17th Street, New York, NY (212) 929-4226 florist@aristonweddings.com AristonWeddings.com This award-winning, family-owned florist since 1975 specializes in weddings and events. Whether you are

Serving South Florida (844) 595-6773 | bridal@beglammed.com beGlammed.com We provide hair and makeup for every occasion, including girls’ night out, bridal showers, bachelorette parties and the most important day of your life—your wedding! Call us today to speak with one of our expert consultants to learn more about our bridal and bridesmaid packages.


(844) 235-5264 info@bellamihair.com BellamiHair.com

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Whether intimate or extravagant, our thoughtful planning assistance, world-class cuisine and extraordinary setting will ensure your wedding becomes a cherished memory.


VisitBearMountain.com (845) 786-2731 Located 45 minutes north of New York City

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THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY CONT. We provide our Bellas with luxury, high-quality 100 percent human Remy Hair Extensions at affordable prices, which you can shop for on our website. We also offer the Bellami Beauty Bar in the Los Angeles area, which offers a personalized experience to give you the full Bellami effect.

the edge salon & spa

1630 Old Country Road, Garden City, NY (516) 747-0606 | theedgesalon0606@yahoo.com TheEdgeHairSalon.com At The Edge Salon & Spa, we are dedicated to providing outstanding customer service in-salon and on-site for our brides. From fun, sexy, glamorous looks to cute, flirty and bohemian, we make it our number one priority to achieve the look our bride has envisioned for herself on her big day.

i do! glam

(516) 503-0118 idoglam2u@gmail.com IDoGlam.com Our mobile beauty team comes to you! We offer hair, makeup and organic spray tans, and we have our own accessories for your convenience! Our full-service brand will make you look and, more importantly, feel beautiful! Enjoy zero travel fees, discounted group rates and complimentary airbrush makeup!

sareh nouri new york

1292 Boston Post Rd., Darien, CT (203) 309-5110 | contact@sarehnouri.com ALittleSomethingWhite.com | SarehNouri.com Sareh’s designs are made with lightweight and ultraluxurious fabrics, each with impeccable structure and fit, entirely hand-sewn in the USA. From dreamy ball gowns with intricate embroidery to body-hugging silhouettes, there is truly something for every bride.

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panache bridals

New York, NY (212) 813-1919 | panachenewyork@gmail.com PanacheBridals.com Panache Bridals’ full service bridal salons provide the largest collection of bridal gowns on the West coast. With four locations we showcase over 85 designers. Our friendly and experienced consultants are ready to help you find all of your wedding day needs.

rk bridal

619 W. 54th Street (5th floor), New York, NY (212) 947-1155 | info@rkbridal.com RKBridal.com RK Bridal has the hottest selection of bridal gowns, bridesmaids, mother-of and special occasion dresses— all under one roof! Dedicated to providing the most competitive prices in the industry, with the service you cannot afford to be without.

safie´ salon & day spa

519 Central Ave., Massapequa, NY (516) 541-7007 SafieSalonSpa.com Our passion is to bring out the beauty in every bride by creating a breathtaking look with bridal hair and makeup services. Our beauty technicians offer a deluxe experience by catering to the preferences of our clients, including on-site travel to your event.

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the white dress by the shore

104 East Main Street, Clinton, CT (860) 669-4596 TheWhiteDressbytheShore.com It’s about beautiful surroundings. It’s about dedication to details. It’s about exceeding expectations. It’s about luxury. At The White Dress by the Shore, we re-define luxury every day with our curated collection of chic couture for brides, mothers and maids, offered in an antique home.

photography & video

jkflashy makeup service, inc.

(914) 630-7970 | info@jkflashy.com JKFlashy.com JKFlashy offers longwearing, waterproof, HD-friendly professional makeup. From airbrush tanning to airbrush makeup, eyelash extensions, skin care treatments and a full retail cosmetic line, you won’t need to go anywhere else for your health and beauty needs! On-location services are available.

It is my privilege to capture the beautiful moments of your day and to reflect who you are as a couple.

a day of bliss

307 West 38th Street #1418, New York, NY (212) 724-1790 | wolf@adayofbliss.com ADayOfBliss.com Wolfgang’s resume includes years as a fashion and beauty photographer, shooting for top magazines and designers with models across the world. Wolfgang Freithof will capture the beauty and subtle emotions during your wedding day as part of his artistic vocabulary.

74 events

gary@74events.com | 74Events.com 74 Events is a Brooklyn-based DJ company offering services throughout the tri-state area. With over 20 DJs, we work with our clients and customize around their musical preferences. All of the emphasis is on the music, dance floor and our clients.

around town entertainment

(917) 679-8636 | info@aroundtownent.com AroundTownEnt.com Our entertainment company specializes in live music for all events. Whether providing first-class music and entertainment for corporate and charitable events or adding the perfect exciting elements for that special wedding day, Around Town is best known for its ability to make events spectacular.

east coast music & entertainment, inc.

Serving Tri-State Area (516) 354-2372 | eastcoastband@msn.com EastCoastBand.com Musicians who love what they do! Top-tier entertainment at fair prices. Party bands featuring multiple male and female lead vocalists, dynamite horn sections and over twenty years of rave reviews. Smiling faces and tired feet—guaranteed!

dreamlife photos & video

genesis events

heartfelt studio

soulsystem orchestras

216 E. 39th Street, Level 2, New York, NY (917) 388-2835 | newyork@dreamlifeweddings.com DreamlifeWeddings.com We pride ourselves in our unprecedented ability to come up with premium products at competitive prices. Using only consummate professionals and state of the art technology, we are creating works never before thought possible.

(516) 734-6564 | HeartfeltStudioNYC.com Our work is a collaborative process, combining the ideas of our clients with our well-honed craft to tailor a product that most authentically reflects the couple’s unique shades of love. Now please let us know how we can best help you make your special day memorable.

tim ryan smith photography

(479) 790-7249 | info@timryansmith.com TimRyanSmith.com I’m Tim, and I love photographing iconic moments in people’s lives, both carefully crafted and wonderfully spontaneous. My photography is both classic and fresh.

204 Jericho Turnpike, Floral Park, NY (516) 233-2337 | GenesisEvents.com Genesis Events is a DJ and event company that offers many event enhancements including live musicians, vocalists, red carpet entrances, décor, lighting and photo booths. Our specialists will respect your personal budget and customize your vision to give you all that we have to offer.

Metropolitan New York (800) 466-7685 | rob@soulsystemorchestras.com SoulsystemOrchestras.com Soulsystem Orchestras was founded by multiplatinum artist Rob Affuso, drummer of Skid Row. A full-service entertainment and production company boasting worldclass musicians, Soulsystem Orchestras’ entertainers know how to deliver the perfect customized music for our clients. Pricing starts at $6,500.

total dj entertainment group

593 Route 6, Mahopac, NY (845) 628-2800 | djsquintsnyc@gmail.com

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TotalDJNY.com We’re recommended by the tri-state area’s top catering venues. Experience goes a long way. With many years in the DJ entertainment world, our professionals will ensure your reception will be perfectly attended to while customizing a music playlist for you and your guests.

specialty services

blanc de bleu cuv´ee mousseux

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

colonial transportation

• All menu items are made on premises • Greek-Mediterranean cuisine (prix fixe & custom menus) • Free event planning services • In-house decorations available • Outdoor garden open and available all year-round in the heart of Astoria, 15 minutes from Manhattan • Family-owned business

21-69 Steinway Street, Astoria, NY | (718) 274-2087 | (917) 373-7055 info@victorysweetshop.com | VictorySweetShop.com


Sayville, NY (631) 589-3500 info@colonialtransportation.com ColonialTransportation.com Your wedding day transportation is more than just a way to get from point A to point B. It’s an opportunity to make a statement. When it’s time to decide on your wedding transportation, call Colonial Transportation. We have the perfect wedding transportation to enhance your special day.

We promise to make memories that will last a lifetime!

destination weddings


(888) 536-1923 DestinationWeddings.com Whether you envision saying your vows barefoot on a beach, on board a luxury cruise at sea or within a blooming historic garden, we have your perfect destination. Explore nearly 2,000 hotels and resorts in 42 countries to make your dream a reality!

hipstr photo booth

(844) 266-5447 | info@bookhipstr.com BookHipstr.com At Hipstr Photo Booth, we always provide world-class service and amazing attendants. You’ll love all the innovative features including hashtag printing, social media iPad kiosks, slideshow projection, scrapbook, unlimited custom prints, video booth, great backdrops, props, animated GIFs and much more.

The S hakespeare at the William

24 E. 39th Street, New York, NY 10016 • 646.837.6776 • events@theshakespearenyc.com

tran-star executive transportation 321 Bay Shore Rd., Deer Park, NY (800) 894-7827 | weddings@transtarlimo.com TranStarLimo.com Tran-Star Executive Worldwide Chauffeured Services has been providing elegant, reliable and affordable wedding limousine services for over 25 years. Our versatile fleet will guarantee service for all of your needs. From your bridal party to family and guests, Tran-Star has you covered! Contact us today to start customizing your wedding package.

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Ceola Manor on the Lake


3 West Club


Château at Coindre Hall




Chateau Briand


360º East at Montauk Downs


Cloud 9


620 Loft & Garden


Cloud Nine Catering


Abigail Kirsch


Conrad New York


Abigail Kirsch at The Loading Dock


Coral House on Milburn Lake




Cradle of Aviation Museum


Allegria Hotel


The Crescent Beach Club


The Amber Room Colonnade



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Anthony’s Lake Club


Delegates Dining Room at The United Nations


Aqua Turf Club


Eden Roc Miami Beach Resort


Aria Wedding & Banquet Facility


The Edison Ballroom


Atlantis Banquets + Events


Elite Private Yachts


Bay Ridge Manor




Bear Mountain Inn


Estate at Three Village Inn




Bedford Village Inn


F.E.A.S.T. at Round Hill


Birchwoods at Oak Lane


Faculty House | Columbia University


Bourne Mansion


Falkirk Estate and Country Club


Brecknock Hall


Farmington Club


Brentwood Country Club


Farmington Gardens


Bridgeview Yacht Club




Bristol Harbour Weddings


The Fountainhead


Buca di Beppo


Fox Hollow


The C.V. Rich Mansion


The Garden City Hotel


Caperberry Events Catering


The Garden House at Keeler Tavern Museum


The Carltun


The Garrison


Carlyle of Lawrence


Glen Cove Mansion


Carlyle On The Green


Glen Island Harbour Club




The Grand at Bedford Village Inn


Castle Hotel & Spa


Grand Marquis


Celebrate at Snug Harbor


Grand Oaks Country Club


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Mediterranean Manor


Harbor Links


The Metropolitan


Heritage Hotel


The Milleridge Inn


Highlands Country Club


Montauk Lake Club & Marina


Hollow Brook Golf Club


Montauk Yacht Club


Hornblower Cruises & Events


Monteverde at Oldstone


Housing Works Bookstore & The Works Catering


Mountain Top Inn & Resort


Indian Ridge Preserve


New York Zoos & Aquarium


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