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CONNECTICUT GUIDE

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YOU’RE ENGAGED! HERE’S WHAT TO DO NEXT COLOR PALETTES BY SEASON THE PERFECT PLACE TO SAY “I DO” BUILD A MEANINGFUL BOUQUET

LET’S PARTY!

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A DAYTIME WEDDING HOW-TO

15 NEW YORK WEDDINGS EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GET TING MARRIED IN

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‘ROSETTA’ (LEFT) ‘K ENYA’ (RIGHT) FROM LUNA BLEÚ’S SPRING 2019 COLLECTION PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOANNA FISHER; VENUE, SAYBROOK POINT INN; HAIR AND MAKEUP BY DANA BARTONE & CO.

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Romantic, Intimate, Hudson Valley Estate. Award Winning Cuisine. 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. All-inclusive packages. One wedding a day. Capacity, with dinner and dancing, 200.

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fashion & beauty 221

the get-real guide to dress shopping Truths you should know before your first bridal salon appointment.

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maid for style Get inspired by the hottest dress trends to ensure your bridesmaids look, and feel, flawless on your day.

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anatomy of a tuxedo We broke down the basics of this formalwear staple.

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best hair day ever How to hire the best pro for your gorgeous bridal ’do.

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a matter of time Let the season of your wedding influence your bridal makeup.

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love sweet love

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shades for every season

style 167

shades for every season

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The prettiest color palettes for any time of year.

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your perfect venue Find the ideal setting for your day with our personality-based guide.

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all in the details These tiny touches are the key to hosting a one-of-a-kind celebration.

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the language of flowers Put together a meaningful bouquet.

style ingredients How to pull off popular wedding styles.

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a matter of time

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Craving a standout gown? This season’s dresses are fun, flirty and (almost) good enough to eat.

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CONTENTS

257 your just engaged to-dos

planning 157

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coastal charm

hayley & shiva

Find your picture-perfect reception venue in southern Connecticut.

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your just engaged to-dos Tasks you can do right now.

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inspiring eats 7 details guests won’t notice Stay on budget by skipping these quickly forgotten wedding accents.

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august 26, new york city

emily & steven

october 14, tuxedo park

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tivara & carl-robert

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hayley & shiva meredith & jason

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aashita & parth september 3, greenwich, ct

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april 22, brooklyn

bingqing & han

carly & jackie july 15, brooklyn

july 20-22, tarrytown

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jaclyn & francesco july 30, west park

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november 9, huntington

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nicole & jarrett may 27, brooklyn

november 11, long island city

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megan & eric

dana & mark august 19, morris, ct

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chanel & andrew september 9, groton long point, ct

tiffany & graham january 13, brooklyn

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

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Show your squad a good time with these five ’grammable trips.

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insta-worthy bachelorette spots

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jennifer & daniel may 20, new york city

Some of our favorite catering trends to make your day one to remember.

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how to throw a daytime wedding Host an afternoon bash that’s just as fun as any evening event.

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real weddings

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Whatever you’re celebrating...celebrate it in lavish classic grandeur.

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ABOUT THE COVER

1 Dress, $2,995, cape, $1,725, Monique Lhuillier at Mark Ingram Atelier, MarkIngramAtelier .com (New York City), Saks Fifth Avenue, SaksFifthAvenue.com (New York City), Wedding Salon of Manhasset, WeddingSalonOnline.com (Manhasset); earrings, $1,660, Mastoloni.com; ring, $495, VictoriaSix .com; shoes, $1,245, ChristianLouboutin.com

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get the look

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

2 Dress, price upon request, Marchesa at Gabriella New York Bridal Salon, GabriellaNewYork .com (New York City), Mark Ingram Atelier, MarkIngramAtelier.com (New York City), Wedding Salon of Manhasset, WeddingSalonOnline.com (Manhasset); engagement ring, $20,000, wedding ring, $850, ApresJewelry .com; earrings, $190, CZby KennethJayLane.com; bracelet, $36,675, EffyJewelry.com

With its colorful interior and enormous selection of candies, Dylan’s Candy Bar in New York City felt like the perfect location for our fashion and cover shoot full of fun, confectionary dresses.

3 Dress, $8,990, Carolina Herrera at Bergdorf Goodman, BergdorfGoodman.com (New York City), Saks Fifth Avenue, SaksFifthAvenue .com (New York City), Mark Ingram Atelier, MarkIngramAtelier.com (New York City); earrings, $2,300, cocktail ring, $2,750, VictoriaSix.com

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L O V E S W E E T L O V E We pulled an all-nighter to take over the Dylan’s Candy Bar flagship store in New York. Below, a sneak peek at our crazy, candy-fueled shoot.

8:30 PM Call time.

9:40 PM Prop stylist Martha Bernabe knows finding the perfect backdrop sometimes means taking the search to new heights.

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11:10 PM Photographer Ari Michelson regroups with the team before getting down to business.

1:17 AM Our model poses in one of our cover looks.

2:50 AM WE NEED CANDY.

4:35 AM 5:18 AM Digital tech One shot Louise Kahn keeps to go. us awake in the early morning hours by making us laugh.

6:12 AM Ten hours later, and we finally got the last shot. That’s a wrap!

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PHOTOGRAPHY Ari Michelson FASHION STYLING Shelley Brown HAIR Mark Anthony using Phyto Paris for Exclusive Artists MAKEUP Daniella Shachter using NARS Cosmetics for Workgroup PROP STYLING Martha Bernabe LOCATION Dylan’s Candy Bar Third Avenue Flagship, New York City

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Elegant Waterfront Venue • Breathtaking Fire Island Views • One Wedding at a Time • Lombardi’s Famous Gourmet Food

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your day

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Kristen Maxwell Cooper DESIGN DIRECTOR

DEPUTY EDITOR

MANAGING EDITOR

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REAL WEDDINGS DIRECTOR

PHOTO DIRECTOR

Tracy Everding

Lauren Kay

Susan Berryman

Maria Bouselli

Rebecca Crumley

Kathy Nguyen

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

Ivy Jacobson Esther Lee Shelley Brown Alyssa Longobucco Becky Murray, Rachel Sylvester Katie Kortebein Rebecca Delman Jessica Kane Maggie Seaver, Sophie Ross Farah Prince Whitney Little Jessica Molinari Michele Parrella Kasey Schroeder, Kate Richter Jacquie Militano Jose Marmolejos Toni Franchini

PRODUCTION VP, PRODUCTION Frank Dolphens PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Jesse Hardy SYSTEMS MANAGER Sheryl Ziegler SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER Katie Hover GRAPHIC DESIGNER Nicole Daberkow PHOTO PRODUCTION MANAGER Carly Steier CONTENT EDITOR Lois Brunnert Bethune

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

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Browse weddings from across New York, including Betty and James’s rustic-elegant celebration at Tarrytown’s Blue Hill at Stone Barns. The day before their Western ceremony, the couple hosted a traditional Chinese tea ceremony for immediate family members. “I’d always dreamed of getting married at Blue Hill,” Betty says. “The location, staff, style and food were spot on with what we were looking for.”

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EDITOR ’S LE T TER

CANDY GIRL Yes, that’s me cheesing for the camera at our shoot—I couldn’t resist playing with the oversize candy props!

“What the world needs now is love, sweet love.” Burt Bacharach’s song kept popping into my head as we worked on this issue—especially when we locked ourselves in a candy store overnight to shoot our fashion feature (p. 248). It’s no secret we live in a tough world right now, and at times, it’s hard to see the love—but I’m here to tell you, it’s there and there’s a lot of it. After all, in the 21-year history of The Knot, we’ve helped over 25 million to-be-weds bring together family members and friends to throw epic celebrations of love. And when it’s all said and done, we get to share those moments of laughter, happy tears and pure joy in our magazine, online and on social media to help inspire couples just like you. So thank you for allowing us to guide you on this incredible journey, and for proving that the world is still full of love, sweet love.

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

Editor in Chief @kristenmax

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Jay Lim Photography Imagine Studios

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Located in lower Manhattan, the elegant Tribeca Rooftop and Tribeca 360° 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!

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Imagine Studios

Vanessa Joy Photography

Jay Lim Photography

Overlooking the Great South Bay, Land’s End unique seaside charm offers captivating sunsets and a private beach, while Flowerfield boasts breathtaking orchards, royal gardens, ponds and fountains, as well as a large indoor atrium.

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you’re engaged!

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

book a venue Search for the perfect place to celebrate, keeping budget and guest count in mind. Then, set the date.

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hire your vendors Research and book pros—anyone you have to have should be locked in ASAP.

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plan the ceremony Meet with your officiant to discuss the details and attend prewedding counseling if required.

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

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

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

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buy the formalwear Shop for your attire and schedule necessary fittings—don’t forget accessories. Decide what your wedding party will wear too.

choose your wedding paper Order invites, thank-yous and other stationery. If you place one order, you may snag a discount.

finalize other party details Plan your rehearsal dinner, after-party and morning-after brunch.

go for fittings Attend the final dress fitting and arrange for suit or tux rental pickup.

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get the marriage license Pick up this must-have document at the state registrar’s office in the county where you’ll wed.

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get married!

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

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register & create a website Start a wish list and site. Share the link with guests so they’re in on all the details, like hotel room blocks.

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nail down the budget Envision your wedding and decide how much you want to spend (and who else will be contributing).

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The Knot All-In-One Wedding Planner app is the only app that pulls together your vision, pros and guests—and puts planning in the palm of your hand.

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find your wedding style The first thing you’ll do in our app is take an image-based style quiz to help zero in on your wedding vibe (more on that on the next page). Once complete, you’ll have your very own Wedding Vision that you can easily share with family and local pros with one click. This way, everyone knows exactly what you mean when you say “romantic garden party.” keep organized You’ll find all of your planning to-dos, and when to do them, in the app’s checklist. Best of all, it’s customizable to your celebration. If you’re not hiring an officiant because your uncle is doing the honors, that to-do disappears off your list. Worried about staying on budget? The app’s budgeting tool tells you how much to put toward individual tasks, and tracks overall spending. compile your dream team We’ll take the info you share with the app and provide you with personalized vendor suggestions. You can also browse thousands of awardwinning pros, including planners and photographers, through The Knot Marketplace. manage your registry Keep an eye on your registries straight from the app. Your wedding day isn’t the only time you’ll receive gifts (there’s the engagement party and shower too), so make it easy on guests and keep your wish list full of options. And check out The Knot Newlywed Fund—you can ask for cash to put toward things like a down payment on a home. think of your guests Give guests all the info they’ll need, like hotel details and registry links, in one pretty package with the app’s wedding website feature. We’ll guide you as you design your site. You can also sync it with your phone contacts (to save time address hunting) and use it to stay on top of RSVPs. get your day-of timeline As you check off your to-dos, the app creates a day-of timeline behind the scenes to ensure everything goes off without a hitch on your wedding day. Share it with your vendors, wedding party and parents. This way, everyone will be on the same page—and you can focus on your walk down the aisle and making it the best day ever.

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

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

SHARE YOUR IDEAS When you’re ready, send your vision board to your besties and the people bringing your day to life. A series of images will help to convey your “romantic garden party” style and theme.

PERFECT YOUR COLOR PALET TE Check out the colors that best match your wedding style. And the best part—you can always change them up as you plan.

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

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

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CARLEY RONEY Cofounder, The Knot

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SHAWNA GOHEL Founder and editor in chief, Maharani Weddings

MARK INGRAM Owner and creative director, Mark Ingram Atelier

BRITTANY LO CEO and founder, Beautini

HARMONY WALTON Founder, Jet Fete and The Bridal Bar

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I’m not ready to commit to invitations, but I want to send out my save-the-dates. Do they have to match? CARLEY RONEY: Not at all. It’s important to think about the big picture, but not if it stresses you out (and takes the fun out of planning). Lots of couples send out extra-fun save-the-dates that speak more to their personalities than set a style statement for what’s to come. Send photo save-the-dates using your engagement pictures, or if you’re having lots of guests from out of town, mail personalized luggage tags with your wedding info. If you have a special furry friend, use this as an opportunity to include them in your wedding with a cute photo or illustration, or even incorporate your proposal. If you said “yes” in front of the Eiffel Tower, have a sweet Parisian twist, or if it was during a quiet game night at home, replicate the board game with the basic info for the wedding day. PLANNING

How can I tell if possible vendors are LGBTQ friendly? BRIT TNY DRYE: No one wants to have that conversation of, “Oh, by the way, I’m a woman marrying a woman, are you cool with that?” To avoid that awkward, and possibly heartbreaking, exchange, there are ways to determine if a wedding pro is equality minded before even sending an initial inquiry email. Do a deep dive into their online presence. Does their website contain same-sex couples? Do they use gender-neutral language? Do their social accounts proclaim excitement for same-sex marriage or have photos of same-sex couples? You can always go back to June 2015 to see if they posted about marriage equality too. And you can also see if they’re a preferred vendor of, or have had work featured on, equality-minded sites like The Knot or Love Inc.

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What are some budget-friendly activities to keep guests entertained at the cocktail hour or reception? MARY CHATMAN: If you’re having an outdoor wedding, include games like ring toss and Jenga. They’re fun and interactive, plus you can keep them for future backyard parties with friends. For the reception, Mad Libs or crossword puzzles at tables can be the perfect icebreaker to get your guests engaged in conversation. Don’t stress too much about providing entertainment during the reception— let your DJ or band take the lead and do what they do best. Remember: Dancing doesn’t cost a thing, and doing something like a soul train line is a great way to get guests on their feet and on the dance floor. You can even come up with your own routine to a specific song and teach your friends and family members as a way to ensure they’ll remember your wedding every time they hear that tune. >>

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I’ve tried on so many different dresses and I’m feeling really overwhelmed—what should my next step be? MARK INGR AM: Relax! Sometimes women put too much pressure on themselves to find “the one.” You already found your perfect person, so finding the dress should be a joyful part of the planning process. Start by recalling the styles you were first drawn to—did you love every cap-sleeve dress you tried on? Focus on this silhouette next time you shop, and plan to go with just one or two people whose opinion you really trust, as too many can confuse you. A lot of brides actually find it easiest to make their final decision while shopping alone. Beyond that, consider your venue and what will work with the location, style and theme you’ve planned. Most importantly, focus on what makes you feel good.

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My fiancé and I come from two different cultural backgrounds and are planning a fusion wedding. What’s the best way to honor traditions from both sides? SHAWNA GOHEL: There are so many ways to combine traditions, so have fun and think outside the box—whether that means choosing fashions from both cultures or choreographing a dance to music from each background. Start by looking at your families’ heritages to see if there’s any overlap between the two. If so, this can be a sweet shared ritual to showcase on your wedding day. Or choose one of your favorite customs from each side. Practice both or combine the two with a modern twist for a unique spin all your own. If you’d rather keep it simple, include a cultural element in traditional “I dos,” like adding Indian kundan jewelry to a classic white gown. Don’t be afraid to break the rules—do what feels right for you both.

I’ve heard a lot about airbrush makeup— should I consider it for my wedding? BRIT TANY LO: Airbrush is a popular option for bridal makeup, but it’s not for everyone. It really depends on your skin type. Consult with your makeup artist during your trial and see if they would recommend it for you. Then use your trial as a way to test the look. How do you feel about it initially? How do you think you look in it? How does it wear throughout the day? Both traditional and airbrush foundation should last all day, so try both to figure out which is best for you. In general, if you have normal to oily skin, airbrush may be a great choice, but if your skin tends to be dry, the makeup could get flaky. Another thing to consider is while airbrush application can be quicker, it can be harder to touch up after all those emotional happy tears. T R AV E L

What’s a US spot for my bachelorette party that isn’t been there, done that? HARMONY WALTON: While the tried-and-true boozy bachelorette weekend is always a hit, for a unique trip, seek out a locale that can pamper your group and offer fun activities a bit different from the typical beach day. For instance, Park City, Utah, and Beaver Creek, Colorado, have summer and winter activities that mix spa treatments and shopping with a bit of adventure. Skiing and snowshoeing will get your heart racing (and make a decadent hot chocolate taste even better), while an afternoon spent rafting and horseback riding is a good reason to enjoy a massage.

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620 Fifth Ave., New York City; (212) 632-5000; RainbowRoom.com Nestled high above the ever-busy Rockfeller Center, this elevated garden oasis in bustling Midtown Manhattan will make you forget all about the crowds below. The private space is available for intimate events for up to 120, and the unmatched views of Fifth Avenue and St. Patrick’s Cathedral will leave your guests speechless long after your “I dos.” TIP The manicured garden boasts a reflecting pool and fountain, plus the roof can be tented year-round.

50 Bowery, New York City; (212) 508-8000; JDVHotels.com Innovative menus and an expansive rooftop make this modern boutique hotel a must-see. Drawing inspiration from its downtown location in the heart of Chinatown, the brand-new property celebrates the energy of its culturally rich neighborhood with an in-house art collection, restaurant, rooftop bar and after-hours lounge. Over 5,000 square feet of space is yours on the hotel’s outdoor terrace, where you’ll dine on dim sum, pork buns, peking duck and more.

29-12 23rd Ave., Astoria; (718) 274-2105; TheBonnie.com Everything about this Astoria restaurant is inviting—from its cobblestone-paved garden and brick-lined interior to its cozy, glass-encased room dubbed “The Snug”—a semi-private space that houses cozy booths and vintage paintings. Rent the Oak Room (50) for its charming private cocktail bar, or book the secluded bar garden (115) between the months of May and October. Planning for a bigger bash? Buy out the entire restaurant for up to 200 partygoers in a space that’s anything but ordinary. >>

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Brooklyn Grange at Brooklyn Navy Yard 63 Flushing Ave., Brooklyn; (347) 670-3660; BrooklynGrangeFarm.com Farm-to-table fare never tasted better at Brooklyn Grange, a massive rooftop farm where you can wed among fresh herbs, veggies and blooms between the months of May and October. Wide walkways and a 2,000-square-foot paved deck (complete with a rain-proof canopy) make it a remote option for fetes of up to 150—plus on-site parking means you can stress less.

653 11th Ave., New York City; (212) 757-2224; ThePressLounge.com Perched 16 floors above Midtown on the roof of the Ink48 Hotel, The Press Lounge is a swanky option for couples in search of a venue with a view. Invite up to 350 guests to the expansive top floor, where towering, 20-foot-high windows reveal 360-degree views of the surrounding cityscape. When combined with the lounge’s adjacent Greenhouse, the main interior space can accommodate up to 120 seated guests, while the neighboring Sun Room is available for more intimate gatherings of 30 or less.

Hotel Giraffe 365 Park Ave. S., New York City; (212) 685-7700; HotelGiraffe.com A private terrace, stone fireplace and panoramas of lower Manhattan are just a few reasons to obsess over Penthouse 1202 at Hotel Giraffe. This room boasts a rooftop garden and enough space to accommodate up to 50 guests. The retro-glam, 1,300-square-foot space is ideal for intimate receptions, and rental fees include setup, breakdown and a much-needed prosecco toast to help calm those inevitable preceremony jitters.

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71 W. 35th St., New York City; (917) 605-0363; MonarchRooftop.com Get married 18 stories above Midtown at Monarch Rooftop Lounge—an airy, 5,000-square-foot venue that’s bound to be your new go-to spot for bridal showers, rehearsal dinners and post-work cocktails alike. Vintage bricks, raw iron details and plush lounge furniture make the indoor space an inviting option for cocktail hour or a seated reception, and once you step through the floor-to-ceiling glass doors, you’ll find a spacious rooftop patio that can easily be heated or covered during cooler months.

240 Kent Ave., Brooklyn; (718) 310-3040; TheWLoft.com Take the guesswork out of planning at this flexible Brooklyn loft that offers to-beweds a detailed list of preferred wedding vendors, ranging from local florists and rental services to kosher-friendly caterers. Situated on the Williamsburg waterfront, the sleek space is equipped with a 1,600-square-foot roof deck and ample room to host 150 for a standing cocktail party, or 80 for a seated dinner indoors. TIP The loft’s modern white interior essentially acts as a blank canvas, and the views of the East River are unbeatable.

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What specific blooms are in your dream bouquet? I really love all flowers, but my special favorites are sweet peas, chocolate cosmos, jasmine, tweedia, butterfly ranunculus and any fragrant, beautifully opening rose. Are there any unique flower pairings you’d like to see more of? I’d love to see more tropical flowers—like heliconia or king protea—mixed in with lush, petaled varieties such as garden roses or peonies that help soften the tropical vibe.

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Secure your venue first, since it dictates your wedding date. It’s hard to speak to vendors before having this essential info locked down. Don’t assume all of the planning responsibilities, but don’t leave it all to your partner either. Your wedding is a great opportunity for you both to work together.

What’s the most creative boutonniere you’ve ever crafted for a couple? One design that comes to mind was a boutonniere we created based on a couple’s love of Sour Patch Kids. We wired and taped a hidden lemon candy into the arrangement. Do you have any cost-saving tips for couples on a tight floral budget? Use lots of candles, and ask your venue if they provide votives or pillar candles in-house. Even if you keep your centerpieces on the small side to save money, candles help fill the space and provide ambient lighting. Is there an easy way for couples to repurpose flowers from the ceremony at the reception? Altar arrangements are a no-brainer—they’re self-contained and can be moved to a reception entryway, band stage or lounge.

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What’s the easiest way for couples to personalize their flower arrangements? Choose flowers that speak to the season of your wedding. Staying seasonal and using locally sourced blooms is recommended, as you’ll see the best and freshest flowers that your wedding month has to offer, rather than a bloom that won’t be at its peak on your wedding day.

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MY SHOES WERE DEFINITELY A ‘TREAT YO’SELF’ MOMENT, BUT WHAT BETTER EXCUSE DO YOU NEED TO BUY AN OUTRAGEOUS PAIR OF HEELS?” —Anna R.

“We converted a vintage 1973 Volkswagen bus into a photo booth.” —Kate M.

“Our wedding rings. We each chose three bands we liked, and then we went back separately to purchase our favorite for the other person, so the rings were a surprise on our wedding day.” —Megan N.

“A trolley to transport the wedding party and our second-line performers to the reception in style.” —Abby V.

“The food. My partner used to be a chef, so his menu expectations were very high. We served a five-course dinner that our guests loved.” —Stacey W.

“Our venue. We found exactly what we wanted in a locally owned and operated winery with exposed beams, brick and wine barrels throughout. It’s everything we hoped for without being over the top.” —Samantha P.

“Individually pressed flower coasters etched with our guests’ names—they doubled as escort cards and favors. The coasters were displayed against a shelved white wall dressed in floral garlands.”

MY HUSBAND AND I ARE COFFEE ENTHUSIASTS, SO WE HAD ONE OF OUR FAVORITE LOCAL COFFEE SHOPS SET UP A FULL ESPRESSO BAR. AFTER THE MEAL, GUESTS COULD ORDER A DRINK OF THEIR CHOICE.”

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FOR MORE INFORMATION Contact our event specialists at: wusqevents@whotels.com or call 917.534.5916 WNEWYORKUNIONSQAURE.COM/WEDDING 201 Park Avenue South NY, NY 10003

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rust+petal

HAUTE HUES

A sweet meets edgy combo that’s totally fresh.

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burgundy+ raspberry

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at Oldstone

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onteverde at Oldstone, built in 1760 and rich with history, is situated upon 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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AUGUST 26

• NEW YORK CITY

jennifer & daniel PHOTOGR APHY BY BRIAN DORSEY STUDIOS

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THEIR STORY With its antique train tracks and abundance of ivy, Gallow Green at The McKittrick Hotel set the stage for Jennifer Wright (31 and an author) and Daniel Kibblesmith’s (33 and a staff writer at The Late Show with Stephen Colbert) whimsical rooftop affair. “It felt like the kind of place you’d stumble upon if you were living in a weirdly idyllic, post-apocalyptic New York,” Jennifer says of the lush hideaway. Bookish details, like newspaper-inspired programs and bookmark escort cards, played up the couple’s love of literature for a look that was uniquely their own. —Rachel Sylvester

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“Above all, we wanted our wedding to be really joyful,” Jennifer says. The couple’s favorite books were stacked amid verdant clusters of ferns and moss, and a “60-second novelist” was on hand to craft personal stories on a typewriter for guests during cocktail hour.

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Above Weddings • 1100 South Avenue • Staten Island, NY 10314 EventAbove.com • 718.477.2400 x2

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“I’ll never have the opportunity to wear it again, but I loved every second I had it on,” Jennifer says of her lace and tulle gown. The self-proclaimed introverts designated an on-site reading room, filling it with armchairs, board games and books written by their closest friends. “One of my favorite mementos from the day was our programs,” Jennifer says of the mock newspapers filled with personalized “articles” in the form of a movie review, classified ad and comic strip.

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The best man concluded his toast by surprising the newlyweds with Daniel’s childhood hero, Spiderman. “He was our most shocking guest of the night,” Jennifer says. She was in for a second surprise when a vintage checker taxi arrived to take the couple home at the end of the evening.

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CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Gallow

Green at The McKittrick Hotel, New York City

PHOTOGRAPHY Michael

Webber/Brian Dorsey Studios

PLANNER

Sara Landon/SL Events EVENT DESIGN & FLOWERS Tinsel & Twine

OFFICIANT

Christopher Shelley/Illuminating Ceremonies GOWN CHRISTOS, Lovely Bride, New

York City

HAIR &

MAKEUP Glamsquad

HEADPIECE Erica Elizabeth Designs SHOES Rupert Sanderson

ENGAGEMENT

& WEDDING RINGS Mociun

MENSWEAR

Brooks Brothers; bow tie: BrackishBowTies.com STATIONERY Zazzle.com

Party Rental Ltd.

RENTALS

CATERING Gallow Green

CAKE Momofuku Milk Bar

MUSIC Bassey

& The Heathens/Gallow Green ENTERTAINMENT 60 Second Novelist/Interactive Entertainment Group DANCE LESSONS Natalie Reid/The Dance TRANSPORTATION The Checker Cab ACCOMMODATIONS The High Line

Hotel

HONEYMOON Fogo Island,

Newfoundland and Labrador GUESTS 125 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 10)

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An elegant venue in the heart of New York 240 West 47th Street | New York, NY 10036 | Telephone: (212) 201-7650 | Email: info@edisonballroom.com

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MAY 20

• NEW YORK CITY

emily & steven

The couple exchanged vows in front of an antiqued mirror framed by cherry blossoms.

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For Emily Tricarico (30 and a speech-language pathologist) and Steven Wilkinson (29 and a sales manager), their shared admiration of their hotel venue was instantaneous. “We knew from the second we walked into the ballroom that it was where we would be married,” Emily says of the modern, elegant space, that boasted white onyx walls. “The room was unlike anything we had ever seen.” Steven and his groomsmen sported personalized kippas as way to honor Emily’s Jewish heritage, while the bride herself donned a subtle blush gown for the occasion. —RS

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Flower girls toted vintage wood baskets, while the couple’s ring bearers carried a monogrammed glass jewelry box filled with the groom’s grandmother’s favorite flowers. Natural agate and geode elements dotted tablescapes and paid homage to Emily’s grandfather, who was a stone engineer.

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Serving Buffalo for 100 years Since 1918 Wedding Suit Program: Own your suits rather than rent Groom suit is FREE with purchase of 5 Always FREE Alterations Empowering the Men of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. The Legacy continues!

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EMILY & STEVEN’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Park Hyatt

New York, New York City

PHOTOGRAPHY

Amy Rizzuto Photography

VIDEOGRAPHY

Shutter and Sound

PLANNER Daniela

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Grafman/Vision Event Co. Floral Decorators Dancing was the primary focus for Emily and Steven, who swayed to Adele’s “One and Only” during the reception. “My number one goal was to keep the dance floor filled throughout the night,” Emily says of fueling partygoers with sushi, truffle chicken, peking duck and a cookies-and-cream-flavored cake.

(bride’s uncle)

FLOWERS Metro

OFFICIANT Victor Ort

GOWN Berta Bridal, Saks Fifth

Avenue, New York City

HAIR Angela Calisti/

Beauty Social Salon MAKEUP Makeup By Liz VEIL Mark Ingram Atelier, New York City SHOES Vince Camuto

ENGAGEMENT

RING Dalia Diamonds WEDDING RINGS Bride:

Dalia Diamonds; groom: David Yurman JEWELRY Henri Bendel Levkoff

BRIDESMAID DRESSES Bill

MENSWEAR Groom: Hugo Boss;

groomsmen: SRG Fashion

STATIONERY

Minted.com; mirror seating chart: Wade Trefethen/A Sign of Success

RENTALS

Diamond Cut Entertainment; Park Hyatt New York York

CATERING Park Hyatt New

CAKE Ron Ben-Israel

MUSIC

Cocktail hour: Platinum Star Band; reception: Diamond Cut Entertainment PHOTO BOOTH Diamond Cut Entertainment Charitable donation

FAVORS

ACCOMMODATIONS

Park Hyatt New York

REGISTRIES

Bloomingdale’s; Crate & Barrel; Williams Sonoma

HONEYMOON Bali & Thailand

GUESTS 119 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 10)

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NOVEMBER 11

• LONG ISLAND CITY

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Wood pillars and swaths of dove-gray velvet were placed throughout the Metropolitan Building’s second-floor parlor, where Jennifer and Devin sealed the deal in a sand-mixing unity ceremony among arrangements of king protea, banksia ashbyi and harvest wheat.

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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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JENNIFER & DE VIN

Postceremony, Jennifer swapped out her sequined bolero jacket for an embellished topper.

JENNIFER & DEVIN’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Metropolitan

Building, Long Island City

PHOTOGRAPHY

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Jove Meyer Events Design

VIDEOGRAPHY

PLANNER & EVENT DESIGNER FLOWERS Mimosa Floral

OFFICIANT Honorable Sidney Strauss/

Judges for Love

GOWN Hayley Paige, Kleinfeld

Bridal, New York City; bolero: Jaclyn Jordan, Kleinfeld Bridal

HAIR Chantell Carrtherol

MAKEUP Jessa Blades SHOES Free People

VEIL Family heirloom ENGAGEMENT RING

Malena’s Vintage Boutique WEDDING RINGS Iannelli Diamonds JEWELRY Topper: Hayley Paige, Kleinfeld Bridal; earrings: Ben-Amun; Erickson Beamon; Maria Tash

BRIDESMAID DRESSES

Avery G, Bloomingdale’s TheBlackTux.com

MENSWEAR

STATIONERY Escort card

holders: UnconventionalJ, Etsy.com; invitations: Katie Fischer Design; menus & programs: Paper Culture

RENTALS Broadway Party

Rentals; Universal Light & Sound & DESSERTS Fig & Pig Catering

Luckybird Bakery

CATERING CAKE

MUSIC Anthology Strings;

The Cafe Wha? House Band PHOTO BOOTH APGcollective

FAVORS Pins: Bayleaf Buttons;

espresso beans: Trader Joe’s; Wedding Favors Unlimited

ACCOMMODATIONS Paper

Factory Hotel

REGISTRY Zola.com

GUESTS 160 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 10)

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110 West 17th Street, New York • 212-929-4226 425 Lexington Avenue, New York • 212-867-8880 AristonWeddings.com

REDFIELD PHOTOGRAPHY

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• HUNTINGTON

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“As big as the dress was, I danced in it all night,” Tivara says.

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Long Island–based newlyweds Tivara Grant (28 and an attorney) and Carl-Robert Paul (27 and a registered nurse) are skilled at keeping secrets. “We didn’t share our venue location until the invitations were sent out six weeks before the wedding,” Tivara says of asking 220 guests to their ultra-luxe “I dos” at Oheka Castle. “We knew we were creating a feeling of suspense, but we weren’t prepared for our family and friends’ reactions.” One other detail Tivara kept under wraps: her custom-made ball gown. “Aside from my mother, no one saw the dress prior to the ceremony,” she says. —RS

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Partygoers were encouraged to wear black for the formal, adults-only fete. “It was beautiful to see everyone in black against the all-white setting,” Tivara says. A custom white runner emblazoned with the couple’s black monogram marked the alfresco aisle, and onlookers kept warm with black pashminas.

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IMAGINE IT... IN THE CATSKILLS

New York’s newest hotel & indoor waterpark is ready to bring that ‘certain something’ to your fairy-tale day like no other destination in the region. The new Kartrite Hotel & Indoor Waterpark is located just a stone’s throw from Resorts World, NY’s newest casino, on 1200 pristine acres of Catskills’ forest. We guarantee there’s just no better venue for those epic Instagram memories - opening early 2019.

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The final surprise of the night occurred when stilt performers danced to reggae and soca music during the lively reception. “Our Caribbean crowd loved it,” Tivara says of honoring her and Carl-Robert’s respective Jamaican and Haitian heritage. “Everyone was on their feet and dancing the whole time—it was a struggle to get them to sit down for dinner.”

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Castle, Huntington

PHOTOGRAPHY

Petronella Lugemwa/Petronella Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Nathaniel David Wedding

Videography

FLOWERS Feriani Floral

OFFICIANT Pastor Abraham Jules

GOWN

VEIL Jean-Ralph Thurin, Somerville, NJ

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HAIR Christopher Kyle

Francine

MAKEUP Theresa

SHOES Christian Louboutin

ENGAGEMENT RING Diamond Center

of New York WEDDING RINGS Bride: Diamond Center of New York; groom: Cartier BRIDESMAID DRESSES Truly Zac Posen,

David’s Bridal

MENSWEAR Groom: B2bespoke

Custom Clothier, Glen Head; groomsmen: Men’s Wearhouse

STATIONERY Escort

cards: Oheka Castle; invitations & menus: Invitations by Dawn Floral

CATERING &

RENTALS Feriani CAKE Oheka Castle

MUSIC DJ Royal STILT DANCERS Casa

Brazilia

FAVORS Jamaican rum cake: Clover

Williams-Dussard; Haitian pikliz: Marnelle Paul Castle

ACCOMMODATIONS Oheka REGISTRIES Bed Bath & Beyond;

Bloomingdale’s; Crate & Barrel; TheKnot.com HONEYMOON Maldives GUESTS 220 BUDGET $$$$ (see key, p. 10)

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JULY 20-22

• TARRYTOWN

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Eight years after a mutual friend introduced them in college, Hayley Reed (29 and a social worker) and Shiva Bhashyam (32 and a private wealth advisor) hosted an epic wedding weekend that spanned three days, two ceremonies and two very distinct venues. With an informal garden party in mind, the pair first wed in a civil ceremony at Lyndhurst Mansion in the groom’s hometown, followed by a traditional Hindu wedding at Tarrytown House Estate. “It was a multicultural affair reflecting our unified love for our families, cultures and unique traditions,” Hayley says. —RS

Dressed in an embellished sherwani and maroon dupatta, Shiva made his grand baraat entrance in the back of a Ferrari.

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Guests sat in a semi-circle around Hayley and Shiva during their first ceremony in a fragrant rose garden. “It felt like everyone was giving us a big hug,” Hayley says. A massive canopy comprised of orchids, roses and hydrangeas hovered over the couple during the Hindu ceremony—a structure that was repurposed as a DJ booth.

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© Amy Donohue Photography

Woodstock In The Knot FP NYC Spring 2018 version 2.qxp_Layout 1 4/13/18 5:07 PM Page 1

The Perfect Setting for an Exquisite Wedding is Vermont’s Most Beautiful Address. The Woodstock Inn & Resort, one of New England’s most scenic, romantic, and luxurious destinations for a Vermont wedding, is ready to make your celebration perfect in every way. Our experienced staff will assist you with every detail — from room reservations to dinner menus, wedding cakes to rehearsal dinners. PERSONAL WEDDING COORDINATOR EXQUISITE WEDDING CAKES

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The World’s Best Hotels ~ Travel + Leisure

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HAYLEY & SHIVA’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITES Lyndhurst

Mansion, Tarrytown; Tarrytown House Estate, Tarrytown

PHOTOGRAPHY Sophie Kaye

Photography

VIDEOGRAPHY NST Pictures

PLANNER & EVENT DESIGNER Premini

Menu items reflected fare sourced from the Hudson Valley, and signature Pimm’s Cup cocktails spoke to the bride’s English roots. As the night came to a close, the couple scrapped their original plan for a sparkler send-off when guests grabbed flowers off of dining tables and showered the pair with petals.

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FLOWERS Arcadia Floral Company

OFFICIANTS Shauna Kanter; Srinivas

Bhattar

GOWN Pronovias, New York City;

WellGroomed Designs Inc.

HAIR &

Beautini; Facetime Beauty

MAKEUP

VEIL Pronovias

SHOES Badgley Mischka; Bella Belle ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Tiffany

& Co. JEWELRY Banglez

BRIDESMAID

DRESSES David’s Bridal; Dessy Collection;

The New Delhi Company

MENSWEAR

TheBlackTux.com; The New Delhi Company; WellGroomed Designs Inc.

STATIONERY

Emily Kathryn Paper; Kara’s Vineyard Wedding; Kenley Kreations Inc.; Premini Events

RENTALS

DJUSA; High Style Rentals; In-Tents Party Rentals; Party Line Rentals

CATERING

Bukhara Grill; Philip Stone Caterers

CAKE

Sweet Lisa’s Exquisite Cakes DESSERTS Baked by Melissa; Philip Stone Caterers

MUSIC

Ceremony: David Lisker String Quartet; cocktail hour: Indrajit Roy-Chowdhury; reception: DJUSA PHOTO BOOTH DJUSA

TRANSPORTATION

Dream Limo NY; White Plains Bus Co ACCOMMODATIONS Tarrytown House

Estate

REGISTRY Bloomingdale’s

HONEYMOON Borneo & Japan GUESTS

Civil ceremony: 80; Hindu ceremony: 270 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 10)

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• BROOKLYN

meredith & jason

Garlands hung from the ceiling, freshening up the industrial space.

PHOTOGR APHY BY AMBER GRESS PHOTOGR APHY

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Cherry blossoms, potted blooms and botanical accents were in abundance at Meredith Haupt (30 and an operations director) and Jason Slutsky’s (33 and a lawyer) Pioneer Works wedding in Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighborhood. “We looked for a unique New York venue that was able to accommodate a large number of friends and family while still feeling intimate,” Meredith says of their 200-person fete. The pair became husband and wife in a traditional Jewish ceremony before gathering with guests around outdoor fire pits and indulging in baja fish tacos, local beers and spicy tequila cocktails. —RS

Meredith’s bouquet was tied off with ribbon borrowed from her mother’s wedding headpiece.

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Troughs of tulips and daffodils made for modern, spring-inspired centerpieces, and dining tables were lined with matte black china, glass hurricane vases and punchy black-and-white striped linens. “We used low flower arrangements so our guests could talk with ease throughout dinner,� Meredith says.

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Housing Works Bookstore will make your wedding one for the books. The Bookstore Cafe’s historic Soho location, paired with welcoming staff, guarantee your wedding, rehearsal dinner or engagement party will be a classic. All proceeds benefit Housing Works’ mission to end AIDS and homelessness. rentals@housingworks.org www.housingworks.org

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Meredith traded in her belted ivory crepe sheath for an asymmetrical metallic gown before the start of the reception—a look she calls “fun, comfortable and perfect for dancing.” Her favorite cheesecake was served for dessert, while a pizza truck fueled partygoers with late-night pies.

MEREDITH & JASON’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Pioneer

Works, Brooklyn

PHOTOGRAPHY &

VIDEOGRAPHY Amber Gress Photography PLANNER Michelle Meltzer

EVENT

DESIGNER & FLOWERS Lewis Miller Design OFFICIANT Rabbi Geoffrey Mitelman GOWNS Ceremony: Carol Hannah, Lovely

Bride, New York City; reception: Maria Lucia Hohan, MatchesFashion.com

HAIR Nikki

Avanzino MAKEUP Virginia Linzee J.Crew

VEIL

SHOES Nicholas Kirkwood; Nina

ENGAGEMENT RING Erstwhile Jewelry WEDDING RINGS Bride: Single Stone; groom:

Zoland Jewelry JEWELRY Ben-Amun; Stephanie Gottlieb Fine Jewelry Various

BRIDESMAID DRESSES

MENSWEAR Groom: Black Lapel;

groomsmen: Charles Tyrwhitt

STATIONERY

Invitations: Ceci New York; escort cards & menus: Belle Lettres Calligraphy

RENTALS

Party Rental Ltd.; Pegasus Productions CATERING Olivier Cheng Catering and

Events

CAKE Cowgirl Catering

MUSIC

Baby Soda Jazz Band; Northstar/Élan Artists TRANSPORTATION Joe Pal Limousine ACCOMMODATIONS The Ritz-Carlton

Battery Park Zola.com

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REGISTRIES Bloomingdale’s;

HONEYMOON Japan GUESTS 200

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• LONG ISLAND CITY

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Bingqing’s loose bouquet featured eucalyptus, white clematis and spray roses tied with raw silk ribbon.

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THEIR STORY Despite frigid January temps, Bingqing Yu (26 and an architect) and Han Lin (26 and a consultant) were determined to recreate a spring-like environment reminiscent of their favorite TV wedding. “Han and I like to watch Friends together, and Phoebe’s winter wedding has always been the most touching scene for us,” Bingqing says of finding design inspiration in the most unlikely of places. “Her wedding was simple and intimate, but also warm and sweet.” —RS

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Elegant, Rustic Weddings

Hollow Brook Golf Club features an elegant, rustic event space to serve as the perfect backdrop to the wedding of your dreams. Beautiful views, high vaulted ceilings, warm wood walls, and superb seasonal cuisine featuring food and wine from the Hudson Valley farms and vineyards all make Hollow Brook the perfect venue for the discerning bride and groom looking for a unique and memorable wedding experience for themselves and their guests.

One hour north of Manhattan in the heart of the Hudson Valley.

Start planning today by contacting Robbyn! 914-734-1500 x1151 robbyns@golfhollowbrook.com www.golfhollowbrook.com

At Hollow Brook we host just one wedding at a time. That means our experienced wedding team is dedicated exclusively to you.

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Lively reception music was a must for the jazz-loving duo, who danced to Frankie Valli’s classic “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.”

BINGQING & HAN’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE The Foundry,

Long Island City

PHOTOGRAPHY

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Bingqing wore three dresses throughout the night, including a traditional red cheongsam for the Chinese tea ceremony, an off-the-shoulder sheath and a red lace gown for dancing. Guests were treated to an American-Chinese fusion menu that called for sashimi, ribeye and apple pie à la mode.

Ang Weddings and Events Poppies & Posies

PLANNER FLOWERS

OFFICIANT Yang Yu (friend)

GOWN Ceremony: Rosa Clará; reception:

Diane von Furstenberg, Saks Fifth Avenue, New York City Blahnik

MAKEUP HighShadow

HAIR &

Makeup

SHOES Jimmy Choo; Manolo

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS

Tiffany & Co. JEWELRY Tiffany & Co.; Van Cleef & Arpels

BRIDESMAID DRESSES

David’s Bridal

MENSWEAR Groom:

Ermenegildo Zegna; groomsmen: Saks Fifth Avenue

STATIONERY Escort cards &

invitations: DIY; programs & menus: Minted.com RENTALS Broadway Party Rentals CATERING Creative Edge Parties

Nine Cakes

CAKE

MUSIC Ceremony: Élan

Artists; reception: 74 Events PHOTO BOOTH We Love Photobooths DANCE LESSONS NY Wedding Dance Me Sweets

FAVORS Stick With

TRANSPORTATION Uber

ACCOMMODATIONS Hampton Inn

Manhattan-Times Square North GUESTS 48 BUDGET $$$$ (see key, p. 10)

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“I think he might have been better dressed than me,” Tiffany jokes of Graham’s dapper navy-blue getup.

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THEIR STORY For some, it’s showstopping florals or an epic live band, but for California natives Tiffany Otoya (29 and an MBA candidate) and Graham Beckwith (31 and an executive advertising producer), their one wedding must-have was tacos—and lots of them. “We served beef barbacoa, black bean and chorizo con papas,” Tiffany says. “The food was awesome to say the least, plus we had leftovers the next day.” Papel picado details and Brazilian and Spanish music spoke to the bride’s South American roots, resulting in a one-of-a-kind celebration at Brooklyn’s 501 Union. “We didn’t have a theme—Graham and I just wanted to fill the day with all the things we love,” Tiffany says. —RS

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Guests put bubble guns to use right after the newlyweds’ first kiss.

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Regal Marge and Homer Simpson figurines from Graham’s childhood chess set topped the naked cake.

TIFFANY & GRAHAM’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE 501 Union,

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Brooklyn No linens were necessary to bring the couple’s colorful-eclectic design to life—only paint-dipped bud vases and vinyl record table markers made from albums recorded in New York. As a playful gift for their guests, Tiffany and Graham placed personalized pins on top of teal napkins at each place setting.

PHOTOGRAPHY Pat Furey

Photography Films

VIDEOGRAPHY Behold

PLANNER Leah Weinberg/Color

Pop Events

FLOWERS Wyld

Marcelo Andrade (friend)

OFFICIANT

GOWN Michelle

Roth, Kleinfeld Bridal, New York City HAIR Styles On B HEADPIECE Wyld

MAKEUP Pre-Dame SHOES Bloomingdale’s

ENGAGEMENT RING Vintage WEDDING RINGS Tiffany & Co. DRESSES Various

BRIDESMAID

MENSWEAR Ted Baker

STATIONERY Minted.com

RENTALS 501

Union; Broadway Party Rentals BALLOON BACKDROP Michelle Edgemont Design CATERING Tacombi

Milk Bar

CAKE Momofuku

MUSIC Ceremony & cocktail

hour: The Ladybugs; reception: James Mulry PHOTOBOOTH Pic a Photobooth DANCE LESSONS Ernesto Palma

pins: VC Custom Pins Uber

FAVORS Custom TRANSPORTATION

ACCOMMODATIONS Hampton

Inn Brooklyn/Downtown Zola.com

REGISTRY

HONEYMOON Thailand

GUESTS 119 BUDGET $$$ (see key, p. 10)

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Over 50 Years of Granting Wishes

For over 50 years, Mediterranean Manor has been making dreams come true and ensuring wonderful memories to last a life time. We are the right choice when looking to blend a sophisticated, elegant, impress your guests atmosphere, at a price that will keep you smiling. Come and experience for yourself why having a Destination Wedding does not require a passport, or a high price. Experience Mediterranean Manor

303 East Main Street, Patchogue NY 631.289.5857 www.medmanor.com

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“It was such a special experience to watch my dress come to life,” Megan says of working with a designer to create her custom silk satin gown.

OCTOBER 14

• TUXEDO PARK

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THEIR STORY A serene lake in New York’s Ramapo Mountains set the scene for Megan Knapp (27 and a social media and content manager) and Eric DeFeo’s (28 and a business manager) rustic autumn nuptials in Tuxedo Park. “When Eric and I first drove up to our venue, we felt like we had entered another world,” Megan says. Shades of burgundy, blush and gold complemented the waterfront locale, where the couple wed under a birch wood arbor beneath the oak trees. “Our guests tossed leaves at us as we recessed back up the aisle,” Megan says. “It was such a fun moment.” —RS

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Pressed leaf table numbers and calligraphed leaf escort cards played up the subtle tree motif.

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Experience for yourself the beauty and grandeur of the Hudson Valley’s most elegant, upscale catering hall.The Hilltop Manor will assist you every step of the way to create the grandest affair with the utmost personal touch, guaranteeing a memorable experience to last a lifetime!

Our wedding planners cordially invite you for a personal tour to view the timeless elegance of the Hilltop Manor

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Branches and lush florals highlighted the club’s existing wood-burning fireplaces.

CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE The Tuxedo

Club, Tuxedo Park

VIDEOGRAPHY NST Pictures

Blue Jasmine

FLOWERS

OFFICIANT Pastor Ed Horne

GOWN Anna Maier, Bergdorf Goodman HAIR &

Gold-painted acorns and twine-wrapped napkins marked each place setting. As a nod to their love of the outdoors, the newlyweds set up a s’mores station for guests and offered pontoon boat rides to partygoers. “I was worried about not being able to do our first dance in my wedding dress, so I changed into a white lace dress that I had packed for our honeymoon,” Megan says of her last-minute decision. “I quickly ran upstairs to change and was able to dance my heart out.”

PHOTOGRAPHY

Jessa Schifilliti/Love & Light Photographs

Beauty

MAKEUP Nancy Caroline Bridal VEIL Tia Mazza, Panache Bridal,

New York City HEADPIECE Paris by Debra Moreland

SHOES Christian Louboutin

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Verdura JEWELRY Verdura

BRIDESMAID DRESSES

Alfred Sung, The Dessy Group

MENSWEAR

Groom: Kiton, Bergdorf Goodman; groomsmen: Generation Tux

STATIONERY Escort card

leaves: TreeTownPaper, Etsy.com; Invitations: Momental Designs; menus: The Tuxedo Club; welcome sign: OAKYdesigns, Etsy.com CATERING & DESSERTS The Tuxedo Club CAKE Sugar Lane Cake Shop

MUSIC

Ceremony: The Michael Thomas Duo; reception: The Sultans of Swing DANCE LESSONS Dance In Boston Promotions Limousine

FAVORS Chelsea

TRANSPORTATION Ramstar ACCOMMODATIONS Crowne

Plaza Suffern-Mahwah

REGISTRIES

Amazon.com; Bloomingdale’s; Zola.com HONEYMOON Fiji & New Zealand GUESTS 100 BUDGET $$$ (see key, p. 10)

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The Garrison and The Highlands make your once-in-a-lifetime day as perfect as you imagined. Overlooking the majestic Hudson River, The Garrison provides an environment that will make your special day into a spectacular event for you and your guests. The Highlands sets the scene for your Cinderella moment with elegant ballrooms, perched atop the Hudson Highlands.

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“Jarrett was adamant that I look like myself,” Nicole says of staying true to her style with a boho flower crown and strapless gown.

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• BROOKLYN

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THEIR STORY Four years after their meet-cute at a crowded D’Angelo concert in Brooklyn, Nicole Thomas (26 and an assistant vice president at Citi Foundation) and Jarrett Austin (28 and a teacher) wed in the same city they call home. “We wanted to get married in a public space that we could go back to visit whenever we wanted,” Nicole says of selecting Brooklyn’s Prospect Park Boathouse for their May nuptials. “We now love going to the park for free concerts or picnics before stopping by the boathouse to reminisce.” —RS

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NICOLE & JARRETT’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Prospect

With Jarrett’s Barbadian roots and Nicole’s San Diego upbringing, the pair incorporated their love for bright hues and large blooms into the day’s sophisticated tropical design. Trailing centerpieces and teal accents played up the park’s organic vibe without distracting from the venue’s Beaux-Arts architecture.

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PHOTOGRAPHY

Danielle Rivera/Danfredo Photos + Films VIDEOGRAPHY Danfredo Photos + Films FLOWERS Aurora Botanica

OFFICIANT

Gregory Mayhew (Jarrett’s grandfather) GOWN Monique Lhuillier, Los Angeles HAIR H2 Salon

MAKEUP Lyndsey Ariel

VEIL Monique Lhuillier

SHOES BHLDN

ENGAGEMENT RING Catbird WEDDING RINGS Bride: Catbird; groom: Justin Duance

Jewellery EARRINGS Nadri Reiss

MENSWEAR

STATIONERY Park Slope Press

RENTALS The Moveable Feast CAKE The Moveable Feast

&

CATERING MUSIC

Ceremony & cocktail hour: David Adewumi; reception: Whitney Dublin PHOTO BOOTH ACG Entertainment DANCE LESSONS Candace L. Whye

FAVORS Cookies: Momofuku Milk Bar

TRANSPORTATION Uber

Zola.com

REGISTRY

HONEYMOON Kenya & Seychelles

GUESTS 90 BUDGET $$ (see key, p. 10)

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modern yet timeless tableware

modern and chic table décor • wedding décor • wedding gifts E N J O Y 1 0 % O F F O F Y O U R E N T I R E P U R C H A S E A T W W W. M Y R T L E A N D R U M . C O M W I T H C O D E “ M Y R T L E R U M T K ” F O L L O W U S O N I N S TA G R A M - @ M Y RT L E A N D R U M

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• WEST PARK

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THEIR STORY Exactly eight years to the day after Jaclyn Celeste (25 and a photographer) and Francesco Quaranta (28 and an accountant) began dating, the Long Island– based couple became Mr. and Mrs. at a vineyard in New York’s Hudson Valley. A picturesque setting was a necessity for the photographer bride, who ultimately booked Red Maple Vineyard for its abundance of natural light. “I fell in love with the venue’s stone foundation,” Jaclyn says of the vineyard’s existing ruins. Fresh peaches and fragrant eucalyptus topped dining tables, along with décor sourced directly from Jaclyn and Francesco’s home. —RS

Gerbera daisies added a sentimental note to Jaclyn’s bouquet. “They were the first flower Francesco ever gave me,” she says.

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“The sweetheart table setup provided by the vineyard was one of my favorite details,” Jaclyn says. “The detailing on the chairs was incredible.” Slices of Italian genoise sponge cake filled with ganache and Bavarian cream were dished out for dessert, and guests took home maple syrup made on-site.

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Vineyard, West Park

PHOTOGRAPHY

Julie Paisley Photography Loomis Films By Sara

VIDEOGRAPHY

FLOWERS Floral Fantasies

OFFICIANT Rev. Alexander Kennedy

GOWN Jim Hjelm, Bridal Reflections, New

York City Entourage

HAIR &

MAKEUP The Beauty

VEIL Bridal Reflections

Vince Camuto

SHOES

ENGAGEMENT RING

Goldirocks WEDDING RINGS Bride: family heirloom; groom: SVS Fine Jewelry JEWELRY BHLDN

BRIDESMAID DRESSES Watters

MENSWEAR BLACK by Vera Wang,

Men’s Wearhouse in Paper

STATIONERY Designs

RENTALS Red Maple Vineyard

CATERING &

CAKE Corner Stone Caterers

MUSIC & PHOTO BOOTH Turntable Events FAVORS Maple syrup: Red Maple Vineyard TRANSPORTATION Settembre Luxury

Limousines

ACCOMMODATIONS Holiday Inn

Express Poughkeepsie

REGISTRY Bed Bath &

Beyond GUESTS 173 BUDGET $$$$ (see key, p. 10)

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“Faun is a place that’s incredibly special to us,” Jackie says of keepng their 32-person party close to home.

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THEIR STORY Four months was all it took for Carly Turkus (right, 34 and works in financial services) and Jackie Hampton (42 and also works in financial services) to pull off the ultimate intimate wedding at their favorite neighborhood restaurant, Faun. “We tried to keep the entire weekend feeling warm and authentically ‘us,’ ” Jackie says of kicking off the festivities with welcome drinks at Ode to Babel in Prospect Heights. The following afternoon, Carly and Jackie wed in a Jewish ceremony officiated by a female rabbi and wrapped up the weekend with a “rooftop recovery brunch.” “We created a Spotify playlist, hooked up a speaker and just ate, drank and got really merry,” Jackie says. —RS

Carly carried lavender in her bouquet, while Jackie’s boutonniere boasted blue thistle and a sprig of rosemary.

CARLY & JACKIE’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS PHOTOGRAPHY Bianca

Bourgeois and Anne-Michele Mallory/BAM MOJALVO

VIDEOGRAPHY

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Brooklyn

Amy Shackelford/Modern Rebel & Co. FLOWERS Stems

Jill Hausman

Bride, Brooklyn Keep

OFFICIANT Rabbi

GOWN Charlie Brear, Schone FORMALWEAR Bindle &

HAIR The Bird House

Miss Harlequin

MAKEUP

SHOES Carly: Bryr Clogs;

Jackie: Ermenegildo Zegna

ENGAGEMENT

RING Tura Sugden WEDDING RINGS

Todd Reed NECKLACE DeLaLunaUS, Etsy.com RENTALS,

STATIONERY Minted.com CATERING &

MUSIC Scott Kacenga

2 Note Hudson

CAKE Faun

FAVORS Lip butter:

REGISTRY Bloomingdale’s

HONEYMOON Long Island & Mendocino, CA GUESTS 32 BUDGET $$ (see key, p. 10)

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Even with a guest list of nearly 500, Aashita Shah (26 and a compliance analyst) and Parth Shah (27 and an otolaryngology resident) set out to plan a festive fall wedding that felt both intimate and lively. “Although we had a large number of guests, we wanted everyone to feel the love in the room,” Aashita says. One way to ensure guests’ comfort: through food, of course. Fresh popcorn was served during the Indian ceremony in custom boxes bearing the day’s details. Later, Aashita and Parth moved from their mirrored mandap to an ultra-glam reception in the hotel’s ballroom. —RS

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With a wedding that spanned the course of three days, the couple booked the Hyatt Regency Greenwich as the site of their lavish nuptials. “The lush green lobby and gazebo made us feel like we were in a garden,” Aashita says. “Parth and I booked the space because of the warm feeling we got when we first walked in.”

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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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Salwa/Salwa Photography Unique Visions Studio Aashita and Parth amped up the glitz for their regal reception, outfitting the room with mirrored tables, blush furniture and a dance floor emblazoned with a single pink flower. After entering the party to the tune of “Danza Kuduro,” the newlyweds took part in choreograped dances performed to Bollywood hits.

Events

VIDEOGRAPHY PLANNER Premini

EVENT DESIGNER & FLOWERS

Design House Décor Harendra Dave

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GOWN & VEIL/HEADPIECE

JadeCouture.com

HAIR &

Style by Susmita

Just Men, Mumbai, India Ruchi Arts SHOUT

MAKEUP

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RENTALS Party Line Rentals; CATERING & DESSERTS

Tandoor Restaurant & Caterers DiMare Pastry Shop

CAKE

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Hyatt Regency Greenwich

HONEYMOON

Maldives & Paris GUESTS 450-500 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 10)

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Two Venues-same ownership-same attention to detail!

PHOTO EXPRESSIONS

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

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THEIR STORY It didn’t take long for Dana Karin (31 and a director of client services) and Mark Hudspeth (41 and a TV producer) to lock down their pastoral venue in Connecticut’s Litchfield County. “I proposed on a Saturday, and by the following weekend we were touring the barn,” Mark says of their first visit to South Farms. “Dana saw right away how we could use the farm to throw the exact wedding that both of us wanted.” —RS

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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

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

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“Our goal was to bring togther all our favorite foods from the area,” Dana says. “We wanted everyone to get a taste of why Litchfield County is so special to us.” A savory spread of locally sourced cheese, meat and bread was displayed on a harvest table, and guests took home boxes of Thorncrest Farm chocolates.

PHOTOGRAPHY Kelsey

Combe Photography

Sigler (friend)

VIDEOGRAPHY PLANNER Monica

FLOWERS Sara Worden

Natural Design

OFFICIANT Maureen GOWN &

VEIL Vera

Wang, Saks Fifth Avenue, New York City

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HAIR &

MAKEUP Upstyle

Sam Edelman

RINGS Sackowitz Jewelers DRESSES Bella Bridesmaids

Calvin Klein

SHOES

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING BRIDESMAID MENSWEAR

STATIONERY I Do Invitations by

Sue Coe Designs

RENTALS Party Rental Ltd.

CATERING & DESSERTS Hunt & Harvest CAKE Litchfield Catering and Deli MUSIC Steve Wexler and The Top Shelf DANCE LESSONS Ballroom Wedding Dance

Lessons NYC Farm

FAVORS Chocolates: Thorncrest

ACCOMMODATIONS Heritage Hotel

REGISTRIES Amazon.com; Bloomingdale’s;

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HONEYMOON Greece

GUESTS 210 BUDGET $$$$ (see key, p. 10)

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“We tried our best to keep things beautiful but understated,” Andrew says of their design approach.

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• GROTON LONG POINT, CT

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Together, Chanel and Andrew spent hours finishing their invitations with gilded twine, leaves and gold leaf.

THEIR STORY Greek traditions and a refined palette of black, white and brass turned Chanel Champagne (28 and a retail director) and Andrew McCoy’s (30 and an attorney) waterfront wedding into an event that was truly their own. As 120 family members and friends looked on, the couple wed in a Greek Orthodox ceremony, wearing the original marriage crowns, or stefana, used by Chanel’s grandparents over 60 years ago. “The crowns are symbolic of a couple being the king and queen of their own kingdom,” Chanel explains. “The ribbon that joined our stefana together signified our unity.” —RS

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CHANEL & ANDREW’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY SITE Holy Trinity Greek

Orthodox Church, Norwich, CT RECEPTION SITE A private residence, Groton Long Point, CT PHOTOGRAPHY Emily Kirke Photography FLOWERS K.L.W. Design Co.

GOWN

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HAIR Marie Scarpa/That

Look Salon MAKEUP Eyelashes: Doll Me Up by BKS Shoppe

VEIL The Bridal

SHOES Badgley Mischka

ENGAGEMENT RING Vintage WEDDING RINGS Jonathan Day Silversmith; Vintage JEWELRY Family heirlooms DRESSES Various

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MENSWEAR Groom:

Ralph Lauren Purple Label; groomsmen: Ralph Lauren

STATIONERY Invitations:

Minted.com; programs, escort cards and menus: DIY

RENTALS Arrow Paper Party

Rental; Connecticut Rental Center Stellato’s Deli & Catering Bakery

CATERING

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TRANSPORTATION Joshua’s Limosine ACCOMMODATIONS The Inn at Mystic REGISTRIES TheKnot.com; Zola.com GUESTS 120 BUDGET $ (see key, p. 10)

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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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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 Great Lawn is the ideal scene 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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Chamard Vineyards makes for a picturesque party settting.

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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 vivid 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 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.

The charming town of Mystic boasts unforgettable views from its harbor.

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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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COSPE N CIA N L EC S TI OU CU T T HE G R U N ID E 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.

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.

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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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.

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COSPE N CIA N L EC S TI OU CU T T HE G R U N ID E 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 mosquitoes, 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 mosquitoes 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 logistic factor to keep in mind. Avoid harsh afternoon sunlight, and allow for early evening sunset photos instead. You can also seek out some shady spots away from direct sunlight for midday pictures, Cagginello says.

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 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 prospective 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 before you sign a contract.

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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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shades for every season Sunny or crisp, colorful or muted, we’ve got pretty palettes for any time of the year. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO

The season when you’re hosting your wedding can determine a lot about the event— your outfits, your location, your vibe and even your color palette. We’ve done part of the planning prep for you, combing through hundreds of color swatches to dream up eight fresh and festive combinations perfectly suited for whenever you hold your celebration. >>

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fall feminine and moody wine, lavender, petal, clover

Saturated burgundy offset with light pink and lavender results in a balanced palette perfect for a romantic and feminine autumn affair. The softer pastel shades keep the fall-favorite wine hue from feeling too dark or dramatic. HOW TO USE IT There’s simply nothing prettier than rich oxblood florals, so bring in the deep shade by working burgundy buds (like fluffy peonies, oversize dahlias or unique scabiosa) into your bridal bouquet, altar display or table arrangements. Your wedding party will look stunning in shades of lavender and petal (dresses for the gals, ties or pocket squares for the gents), while a vibrant clover green can be captured through an outdoor venue’s surroundings. This is the perfect palette for a late-September alfresco affair, where you can still host a fete outdoors but want to bring in color pairings that are a bit more seasonally appropriate. >>

fall fresh and rustic pumpkin, blush, french blue, forest

WHY IT WORKS Think of these hues as a tribute to the season’s prettiest shades. A rustic orange strays from its Halloween counterpart thanks to the addition of cool gray-blue and rich forest green. Add a few touches of soft, understated blush and you have a fall-inspired palette that’s anything but expected. HOW TO USE IT This quartet of colors is so versatile, you can find them a home among virtually any aspect of your wedding day. Team pumpkin and pink florals together in terra-cotta vases for eye-catching centerpieces, or work the rich orange hue in a whiskey-based signature cocktail (cheers to that!). Bridesmaids will be absolute knockouts in über-flattering deep green, but it could also be an unexpected color for a groom’s jacket. Reinforce your chosen hues with scenic outdoor couples portraits to naturally work in these shades with help from the fall foliage.

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If a glam evening affair is what you and your partner are envisioning, then these picks are for you. Shades of purple and an almost-black blue may not be what first comes to mind when you think of drama and elegance, but trust us when we say this mix of mauve, eggplant and ink will lead to a jawdropping affair. Offset by a slightly industrial slate gray, you won’t need much else to make this posh palette stand out. HOW TO USE IT Up the impact of your stationery suite by pairing dusty mauve and eggplant with delicate gold foil accents (a watercolor motif goes a long way in making it feel modern). Then, carry the shades into your day with details that pack a design punch, like elegant draping in your reception venue, velvet table linens and overflowing centerpieces that feature glam flowers like roses and ranunculus. Guests won’t know what to Instagram first. >>

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winter refined and natural emerald, peacock, tropical green, gold

WHY IT WORKS A mix of green shades lets you bring the vibrancy of the outdoors in, even if it’s the dead of winter. Traditional emerald green comes alive with the addition of party-ready teal and gold, resulting in a fun yet sophisticated palette that will look stunning in your photographs—and in person too. HOW TO USE IT Swap the idea of florals for a greenery-packed wedding (good news—it’s totally in), complete with fern bouquets and a sprawling vine table runner. Play up the festive atmosphere with hits of gold in your tabletop accents (think: a gilded leaf charger, gold-rimmed wine glasses or even gold-plated flatware) and encourage your girls to rock accessories in the shiny metal. An ombré display of emerald, peacock and tropical green escort cards would surely make a statement, as would day-of paper goods, like your dinner menu or program, in the same hues.

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spring sweet and sophisticated plum, violet, orchid, haze

Pantone named Ultra Violet its “it” color in fashion and design for 2018, so think of this palette as our wedding-ready take on that saturated shade. Slightly toned-down purple picks like plum, violet and orchid team together for a monochromatic look that certainly isn’t boring or bland. HOW TO USE IT Everywhere! Quiet colors like these will feel formal and intentional when sprinkled throughout your event, so try to work them into a bit of everything. Fresh lavender pairs with a variety of menu options, like an infused honey for the cheese platter or pale lavender-colored (and flavored) macaron favors. When it comes to your ceremony and reception, look for slightly more structured ways to work in these shades to keep it from skewing too sweet. Shapely florals, like orchids, or crinkle taffeta tablecloths add just the right amount of visual interest. >>

spring pretty and preppy sand, buttercup, blossom, breeze

WHY IT WORKS Quintessentially spring in appearance, these stunning selects go together as naturally as you and your soon-to-be spouse. A barely there blue and grounding neutral taupe successfully balance out saccharine butter yellow and pale pink for a just right palette that practically screams romance. HOW TO USE IT Pastels are inherently sweet, so don’t try to fight that feeling. Instead, play up the fluff factor with over-the-top accents like a rose-covered ceremony backdrop and aisle runner arrangements. You’ll easily find florals you love in soft yellow and pink, so use décor accessories to bring in the breezy blue and sandy cream. Sky-tinted glassware and charger plates work as a pretty tabletop addition, while a combination of sand and breeze would make for a seriously beautiful wedding party look (your bridesmaids can even double as your “something blue”).

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These picks are so adaptable, it doesn’t matter where you’re hosting your wedding day—they’ll feel just as at home against a tropical Floridian backdrop as they will in the lush forests of Maine. Keeping the saturation level of the greens more muted ensures the combination isn’t too in-your-face or overwhelming. HOW TO USE IT Sticking within a single color range is all about playing with textures, so incorporate a variety of them throughout your day. When it comes to a wedding day backdrop, the great outdoors is your friend, so opt for simple accents that serve to reinforce, not disguise, the organic vibe it creates. Greenery-centric floral displays (coupled with white blooms) and a focus on farm-to-table food helps hammer home the one-with-nature theme. For a final touch, have your bridesmaids add sprigs of a hearty green, like rosemary, to their updos.

summer fiery and fresh poppy, lipstick, coral, persimmon

WHY IT WORKS Bright, bold shades will bring the energy, so if you and your partner want to throw a party-til-you-drop bash where guests barely leave the dance floor, these hues are the perfect picks. Lipstick pink feels way less juvenile when matched with a punchy poppy, juicy persimmon and vivacious coral. Basically, fun is pretty much a given when these shades show up. HOW TO USE IT Don’t be afraid to combine all four of these personality-packed colors onto one item—the bolder, the better. Try asking your baker for painterly frosting brushstrokes on your cake, or work with your stationer to combine the hues on an attention-grabbing invitation suite. Bridesmaids will also look fab in a mix of the pigments. Tie the whole look together by having each of them carry a bouquet filled to the brim with lush and colorful florals like coral charm peonies, poppies and tulips.

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The most memorable weddings are ones that truly reflect the couple throwing them, and incorporate thoughtful details and special touches that really speak to who they are. When it comes to planning your dream day, you’ll want to make each decision with an ultra-personalized mind-set. This includes, selecting the menu, choosing the favors and deciding on the venue where you’ll host all your loved ones. To help, we’ve narrowed in on the top locations for your personality type to ensure you and your partner throw a bash that’s totally you. >>

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YOU ARE COASTAL COOL A relaxed, effortless duo who loves all things sun, sand and surf. Your ideal wedding day is a no-frills affair with good old Mother Nature lending most of the décor. YOUR SPOT A BEACH When seeking out your ideal wedding venue, look to the water. A beach bash will give that effortless vibe you and your partner crave, and guests will love toasting your union among swaying palm trees and a salt-strewn breeze. Host just your vows directly on the shore for added ease, then move onto a beachfront pavilion or club for the reception. If you prefer the whole party take place on the coastline, book the stretch of sand ahead of time with the city and check local ordinances to get the lowdown on what is (and isn’t) allowed when it comes to catering, alcohol, rentals, noise and more.

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

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YOU ARE FUN FOODIES A couple whose love for food and entertaining is eclipsed only by your affection for one another. Your aim: to throw a boisterous, delicious and memorable affair where the wine is flowing and the food is unforgettable. YOUR SPOT A VINEYARD Look into hosting your family and friends at a nearby vineyard for an event that feels like pretty much the best (and most fun) dinner party ever. The bucolic setting will deliver big on the ambience, so you’ll likely have to bring little in the way of décor (a few strings of bistro lights to make the wine cask room glow). Most vineyards are well versed in hosting weddings, but inquire about their harvest season when booking your date—a late August wedding may be your dream day, but if that’s when the team at the vineyard harvests their grapes (as many do), then you’re in for a lot of added commotion on the grounds. Past that, bottle the charm of your venue (literally) by including special vineyard-themed add-ons to your reception, like a “wine flight” cocktail hour or special pairing menu for dinner. >>

go green The bucolic setting of a vineyard will deliver big on ambience, so you’ll likely have to bring in little décor (a few strings of bistro lights to make the cask room glow).

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As a twosome unafraid of making a statement, you eschew tradition in place of unexpected aesthetic choices that are all your own. You want a wedding that’s anything but the traditional “I dos” and reception. YOUR SPOT A LOFT Surprise and delight guests by transforming an industrial loft into a totally cool event space. While this bare-bones venue isn’t for the faint of heart (there’s a lot of planning that needs to happen to make it suitable for guests), it promises big payoff in the cool department, thanks to exposed brick walls and factory-like piping and windows. Make sure any venue you choose has the modern comforts necessary to host an event, like electricity, plumbing and bathrooms. Play up the edgy vibe with moody accents like black flatware and industrial furniture. Want to really wow? A statement-making extra, like a neon sign or marquee lights in your initials, will really push the envelope. YOU ARE NATURE NUTS

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one thing for your guests: fun. Traditional wedding events are replaced with childhood favorites, like a capture-the-flag welcome party, a wedding day spent on the lake or a morning-after kickball game. When it comes to throwing a successful camp wedding, communication with your guests is key. Your choice of venue may mean modifications in attire (heels and mulch don’t mix) or accommodations (Aunt Sue is going to want to know if she’s sleeping in a tent, so she can look for nearby hotels) are necessary, so be clear from the start regarding what the weekend entails. >>

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5 questions to ask before booking your venue These must-asks leave nothing to chance. What’s the driving distance from your ceremony space? If you’re not providing transportation for your guests, you’ll need to know how long it’ll take them to get from the ceremony to the reception. Ask what the traffic is like around the time of your wedding to ensure guests won’t be stuck bumper to bumper on a road for an hour.

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2 As you plan, going above and beyond to ensure guests’ comfort is paramount—just because you’re hanging in the woods doesn’t mean everyone wants to rough it. Trust us—no one will feel their party best if you forget the bug spray or they haven’t gotten a good night’s sleep in three days. YOU ARE POSH PREPS A classy pair who appreciates the finer things in life. You imagine your day having a refined elegance and ageless appeal that will be just as “in” 10 or 20 years from now. YOUR SPOT A COUNTRY CLUB Book a country club locale to bottle a preppy meets timeless vibe. From immaculately maintained greens to tailored interiors, a country club is a posh and practical choice. Not only will you have a beautiful blank slate to work with aesthetically, but country clubs often have the added perk of having everything you need for your wedding day already included (an in-house catering team, tabletop rentals, bar setup, dance floor and so on), so you can dedicate less time to planning the nitty-gritty (must-have) details of your day and more time concentrating on the fun stuff, like coming up with signature sips and fun signs, or ways for you to work in your family’s tartan. You can reinforce the country club feel by hiring an artist to draw up your own couples’ “crest” and put the insignia on everything from cocktail napkins to your dance floor (and use it throughout your home postwedding).

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The tabletop items, design accents and stylish accessories you need to pull off four of the prettiest, most popular wedding styles. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO

You’ve decided on the style you’d like your wedding to have (and if you haven’t, you should totally take our Style Quiz on The Knot All-In-One Wedding Planner app), so your next step is about choosing the right décor and accents that will help you capture that feel. Whether you’re going for rustic, glam, classic or industrial, we have all the tips for what you should plan to buy (or rent) to make your style stand out.

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THE LOOK Rustic décor is all about bringing the outdoors in, so bottle up that natural feel with raw wood accents and a palette packed with earth-inspired hues, like green. An open, airy venue like a vineyard, garden or wood-clad barn will go a long way in making your bucolic dream a reality.

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THE LOOK If you’re a couple whose dream day involves all things luxurious and shiny, then a glam look is for you. A formal ballroom or event space comes alive with over-the-top accents and a saturated palette that’s sure to lend a dramatic, standout feel.

1 Gilded Drape invitation, $270 for 100, Grace Kreinbrink, Minted .com 2 Louis XVI dining chair, $25 to rent, SnyderEvents .com 3 Versailles glass charger plate, $15 to rent, CasaDePerrin.com 4 Gold-rimmed wine glass, $2 to rent, EventSource Solutions.com 5 Concord napkin, $12, Waterford, NeimanMarcus.com 6 Cake server, $95, Anna by RabLabs, Horchow.com 7 Gold mercury glass votives, $15 for set, TheKnot Shop.com

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THE LOOK Traditional couples will love the clean lines, crisp color palette and no-frills atmosphere a classic vibe will impart on their wedding day. Whether you’re hosting guests in a pitched sailcloth tent along the shoreline or in a timeless country club ballroom, a classic style will feel just as “in” this year as it will in 10 years.

HOW TO GET IT A palette of blue and white is a timeless pick for this style of celebration. Carry the pairing from a pretty patterned invitation suite to an equally eye-catching tablecloth or napkins. Styled with classic chiavari chairs, textured white plates, and blush and white blooms in silver footed urns, the combination is equal parts effortless and elegant. >>

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DÉCOR STYLE 1 Tolix chair, $11 to rent, BigDawg PartyRentals.com 2 Maison plate collection, from $4 each to rent, CasaDePerrin.com 3 Matte black bar, $250 to rent, AdoreFolklore.com 4 Simply Abstract invitation, $234 for 100, Peony Papeterie, Minted .com 5 Large metal candlestick, $18, HM.com 6 Concrete charger, $14 to rent, CasaDe Perrin.com 7 Luna flatware, from $2, BorrowedBlu.com

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THE LOOK Edgy duos will love the tough and unique feel of a warehouse or loft celebration. Accents of black, galvanized metals and concrete finishes will transform nearly any space into a party-ready spot.

HOW TO GET IT Play up the raw elements of your space (whether that’s exposed beams or brick walls) with invitations and paper goods in a sleek graphic black and gray motif. Your reception will look seriously cool with black tolix bistro chairs or a statementmaking black and metal bar. Dramatic displays of greenery (a natural fit for this style) are offset by bold tabletop décor like concrete charger plates, geometric candleholders and modern black flatware. 6

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WHY First impressions impress. Give your guests something to “ooh” and “ahh” over by pulling out all the stops at the entrance of your reception venue. Whatever you choose will set the stage for what’s to come—whether you’re throwing a swanky soiree or rowdy revelry. Let your entrance create excitement for the evening. MAKE IT YOURS Post up a stylish jazz trio at the doorway to your tented beach reception to get guests moving before they even hit the dance floor, or task your florist with creating a lush statement wall to double as an entry photo booth. Big or small, you want to dream up something that gets your guests energized and ready to keep the celebration going all night long. >>

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Terrible flooring THE FIX First, keep in mind that your dining tables will likely cover much of the less-thanstellar floor in question. If it still bothers you, consider pricing out the cost of outfitting the space in the same material as your dance floor. Another solution? Roll out several neutral carpets to create a blank-slate backdrop.

An oversize space THE FIX You can up the cozy factor of a sprawling room in a few ways. First, ask your planner and venue to use rectangle tables for dining—they’ll take up more space than round tables, which will go a long way in making the room feel more intimate. Past that, consider setting up different lounge areas to put the extra square footage to work and give guests a spot to chill out.

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Gaudy chairs THE FIX If your venue’s chair offering is really cramping your style, you may have to resort to rentals. If you can’t justify such a large added expense, make the current style work with a few clever solutions, like picking out a fabric to have sewn into cushions or tasking your florist with creating swags of greenery for the backs.

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Jarring columns THE FIX Disguise any posts with a clever greenery addition. This is a great moment to go big, so ask your florist to bring a few small-scale trees or amazing branch arrangements to place in front of the poles and distract guests from seeing what’s beneath.

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Too-bold wallpaper THE FIX Create another world within the room by covering the walls in glam drapery. Select a fabric that fits well with your wedding palette, or choose white for a clean, neutral look. Then, have the venue hang it from the walls (and even the ceiling) to neutralize the space.

Clashing colors THE FIX Instead of fighting the present palette, embrace it. Pull one or two of the less offensive hues into your current color scheme with pretty napkins or a seat cushion to make it all coordinate.

THE DAY

Wedding planning can be overwhelming—between the cake tastings, floral appointments and venue tours, it can be hard to remember to also plan for those little moments that make an event feel truly like you and your partner. We’ve rounded up seven can’t-miss details that will leave guests talking about your amazing wedding (and your love story) for weeks to come.

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An escort card display Having all the seating arrangements in one spot will simplify things for your guests (no roaming around the ballroom or playing musical chairs) and ensure your reception starts on time. MAKE IT YOURS Pros and their clients are getting more creative when it comes to escort card displays, using them as a moment to inject a bit of playful personality into the day. Set up a scene of wooden sailboats with guests’ names for your beachside “I dos,” or have your display double as your favors with jars of honey tied with each loved one’s name and table number. >>

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Your ride

Customize your wedding wheels by leaving your event in something that speaks to you as a couple, like a vintage city cab, a sleek mint-green Vespa or a stunning sailboat.

Your first dance

Think about your song choice and go for one that really means something to the two of you—but don’t stop there. Your wedding dance can be even more meaningful if you put a little tango into that two-step. Take dance lessons and have an instructor help you choreograph a unique first dance that’ll be a true showstopper.

The menu

Make your meal true to you by serving local cuisine or a certain specialty dish you both love (like French pastries if you were engaged in Paris). As a lasting impression, pass around a personalized treat at the end of the night, like your grandmother’s famous chocolate-chip cookies or paper cones filled with “Nuts for Each Other” peanuts.

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WHY You’ll want to make sure guests can easily find their way from the ceremony to the reception or navigate the grounds on the way to the restrooms, so clear signage is a no-brainer. MAKE IT YOURS Practicality aside, signs are a great way to reinforce the overall vibe of your day. Hosting a rustic affair? Opt for reclaimed wood signs. Looking for a modern feel? Sleek acrylic or Lucite pointing the way is sure to get noticed.

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A posh powder room WHY Comfort is key for your guests, and while having enough bathrooms is a must (typically one bathroom per every 35 guests), an extra bit of attention paid to the facilities, like flowers or a lightly scented potpourri, is never a bad thing. MAKE IT YOURS Reuse your bridesmaid bouquets in a vase in the powder room and stock a basket full of necessities (feminine products, mints, deodorant and more) alongside it. Want to go the extra mile? Include a fun personal touch, like a sign, favorite lotion or decal on the mirror that says “Get back on the dance floor!”

Luminous lighting WHY Lighting is one of the most valuable tools you have when it comes to transforming your space. Use it to evoke a certain mood, warm up a cavernous room or give guests a glow in photos. MAKE IT YOURS When deciding how to light your reception, look for styles that suit your overall vibe. Strands of vintage-inspired Edison bulbs would look right at home in an industrial loft space, while candlelit Moroccan lanterns are well suited for a boho bash.

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A beautiful bar Once party time hits, the bar is probably where the majority of your guests will be spending their time (besides the dance floor, of course). Make sure it doesn’t feel like a forgotten moment by dressing it up like the rest of the venue. MAKE IT YOURS Pile on the florals, task a vendor with creating a backdrop that will add a fun pop of color or rent furniture to mimic the look of a real watering hole (like a sleek wood bar and high-top tables where guests can perch). If you’re stuck with your venue’s plain style, look into having vinyl stickers made for it, or use a peel-and-stick wallpaper pattern to decorate the facade.

Personal touches You want your wedding to be memorable, right? Well, in a sea of vows and garden roses, it’s the unique, couple-inspired moments that will truly make your day stand out from the crowd. MAKE IT YOURS While you’re planning, dedicate some time brainstorming a few of your favorite things to do as a pair and figure out a way to work them into your wedding day. Love spending Saturday nights playing board games at home? Create an oversize Scrabble board for guests to duel on during cocktail hour. Are you self-described bookworms? Name every drink on your menu for one of your favorite fictional characters. Whatever aspect of your love story you choose to play up, the goal is the same—you want guests to leave your bash exclaiming, “That was so them!” WHY

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prim and proper A tight, round bundle of blooms in an ombré of blush shades is perfect for the traditional bride. Romantic peonies go well in style and meaning with equally chic ranunculus, which symbolize radiant charm.

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Admired by gardeners and professional florists alike, hydrangeas represent “heartfelt emotions.”

rich and saturated While hydrangeas are well known for their use in preppy affairs, they’re very versatile blooms. For a moody, autumn-inspired bouquet, combine an antique plum hue with dahlias.

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refined and elegant A standout bouquet of pure white orchids becomes even more graceful when arranged in a traditional cascading shape. The sweeping style was made famous in part by Princess Diana, who carried a 42-inch long cascading bouquet of white orchids, roses and myrtle on her wedding day. >>

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Roses are an iconic wedding bloom for good reason. As a symbol of love, honor and beauty, they’re right at home on a day of celebration.

The great thing about the large variety of roses available nearly year-round is mixing and matching a few types to get exactly the look you want. Pair your rose picks with equally glam ranunculus and stock flowers for a truly unforgettable arrangement.

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The bridal bouquet is one of the items I most look forward to putting together for weddings. Just like a bride, each bouquet is its own unique sculpture. No two designs are exactly alike.

When working within a tighter budget, keep the overall décor simple and understated. Focus on the reception flowers and skip cocktail hour décor. You can also opt for lower centerpieces over tall.

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Colorado Thanks to Rocky Mountain backdrops and elegant ski towns, the Centennial State has all the ingredients for an unbeatable destination wedding. Here are some of the state’s “I do”-worthy lodges and family-owned ranches.

WHY HERE Fresh from a multimillion-dollar investment, the 285-room Hotel Talisa—formerly the Vail Cascade Resort—just reopened. Ideally located close to town, the property is surrounded by hiking trails and evergreens, with a view of Vail Mountain, and has ski-in, ski-out access to the slopes. The collection of ceremony and reception sites range in size (the Talisa Balloom can fit 900) and offer indoor and outdoor settings. An on-site event planner can help you add some special touches, such as local 10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit Company cocktails or bouquets incorporating Colorado’s famous wildflowers. (Ceremony fee, $2,000; reception packages from $189 per person; HotelTalisa.com) PERFECT PAIRS Who doesn’t love champagne—and french fries? Treat your guests to midreception Flutes and Frites: glasses of bubbly paired with house-made fries and a range of dips.

Devil’s Thumb Ranch WHY HERE Reception venues on this 6,000-acre property range from the rustic-chic Broad Axe Barn (up to 200 people), anchored by a stately stone fireplace, to the 50-person Timber House, with 150-year-old hand-hewn beams and walls of windows overlooking the Continental Divide. Guests can start their days horseback riding or fly-fishing before a wedding ceremony set in a meadow (time to don your cowboy boots) or on a stone patio with a mountain backdrop. During the reception, sip Colorado vodka cocktails and dine on Wagyu burgers made from the ranch’s own herd of cattle. And your wedding party will thank you for the range of accommodation options, including the $100-a-night Bunkhouse (shared bath) and the Ridgetop Cabins, from $399 a night. (Site fee from $3,000; food and beverage packages from $10,000; DevilsThumbRanch.com) R AINY DAY PLAN The ranch sees more than 300 days of sunshine a year, but if you happen to catch an afternoon shower, don’t fret. Corral your guests into the game room—complete with a bowling alley—or the 37-person movie theater.

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C Lazy U Ranch WHY HERE “Brides and bridesmaids often start the morning with a horseback ride,” says Brady Johnson of C Lazy U Ranch, a luxury, all-inclusive dude ranch. And why not? With more than 8,500 acres to explore, not to mention the scenic Continental Divide setting, it’s the ideal way to relax, connect with nature and snap a few memorable photos along the way. Ceremony sites dot the grounds (the Woodsie Overlook, on the banks of a reservoir overlooking the Rockies, is the most popular) and three reception venues can be dressed up with chandeliers and chiavari chairs or kept casual with rustic fire pits and picnic tables. (Site fee from $10,500; accommodation, activities, meals and nonalcoholic beverages from $245 per person per night; CLazyU.com) QUALIT Y SERVICE Along with luxurious accommodations (couples can spend their wedding night glamping under the stars or in the cozy Aspen Cabin, aka the honeymoon suite), what sets C Lazy U apart is its staff, who get to know ranch guests by name, and memorize their activities and any preferences. >>

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Florida Famous for its Latin vibe and see-and-be-seen beaches, Miami is a welcome escape for a destination wedding. Whether you’re interested in a toes-in-the-sand ceremony, an art deco affair or a striking urban setting, the Magic City has the venue for you.

WHY HERE When considering a Miami wedding, most couples think beach, but the city’s glittering downtown is home to some of its most impressive hotels, restaurants and clubs. The InterContinental Miami is a 641-room tower in the heart of the city that recently emerged from a $30 million renovation with refreshed rooms, stunning public spaces outfitted in original art and signature restaurant Toro Toro, led by chef Richard Sandoval. His custom menus, which lean on Latin fusion cuisine such as lomo (beef loin) empanadas and chipotle miso Chilean sea bass, are a favorite among couples. And no other venue in downtown Miami can compete with the Bayfront Room with its panoramic windows that open up to Biscayne Bay. (Ceremonies from $1,000; receptions from $142 per person; ICMiamiHotel.com) PHOTO OP Plan a wedding party shoot on the fifth-floor deck that overlooks the cityscape and bay.

Freehand Miami WHY HERE Freehand is an upscale hostel housed in one of Miami’s classic art deco buildings in the heart of South Beach. Designers Roman and Williams—of the Ace Hotel in New York fame—are behind the property’s 81 rooms, which range from shared quads to private king rooms and apartments. Guests can play ping-pong and bocce in common gardens or bike to the beach just blocks away. Original event venues include 27, a two-story restaurant, or the Broken Shaker, an outdoor patio shaded by palm trees and strings of twinkling lights that can fit up to 300 guests. (Venue buyouts from $10,000; FreehandHotels.com)

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SIGNATURE SIP Start the night with a Broken Shaker favorite: Mary’s Garden punch made with cucumber and parsley grown on-site, Bombay dry gin, Dolin Blanc vermouth and hopped grapefruit bitters. And don’t miss the artichoke fries.

The Miami Beach Edition WHY HERE “This hotel is perfect for couples who want everything

at their fingertips: direct beach access, upscale restaurants and nightlife,” says Jen Schwartz, president of Miami’s CaliJen Events. The property went through a top-to-bottom overhaul before opening as a luxury boutique hotel complete with a destination spa and Jean-Georges restaurant. Have your ceremony on the fourth-floor terrace overlooking the Atlantic before heading to a contemporary ballroom, which holds up to 540 guests. And don’t worry about curfew—the Edition can accommodate late-night revelers in Basement, its downstairs club, which has table service, a bowling alley and even an ice skating rink. And the hotel hosts only one wedding a night, so you’ll get the VIP treatment. (Menus from $199 per person; ceremony fees from $2,000; EditionHotels.com) SPECIAL CEREMONY Want to get married right on the beach? The Edition will happily make all the arrangements for a sandy ceremony, including necessary permits. >>

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California The Golden State is full of wedding-worthy locales, thanks to its beautiful beaches on the Pacific, hip desert cities and elegant coastal havens that have long been favorites of jet-setters. The Saguaro Palm Springs

WHY HERE This playful Palm Springs property, painted in 14 bright colors inspired by California desert wildflowers packs an entire weekend with memorable events. Start with boozy bocce games in the property’s aptly named hammock village, and wrap up with a poolside wedding brunch. As for the main event, envision an evening wedding ceremony, as the sun sets behind Mount San Jacinto, followed by an outdoor dinner on the Saguaro’s pop green event lawn (up to 200 guests). All 245 rooms are stocked with organic bath products and have balconies or patios. Request a room with moutain view. Site fees from $750; family-style dinner from $60 per person; TheSaguaro.com) WELLNESS WIN Resort guests have access to desert cruiser bikes, a 24-hour gym and an in-house underground spa. Try the Desert Essence Poultice Massage for an authentic Southwestern rub.

Hotel Californian WHY HERE Your wedding will be one of the first at this new Santa Barbara hotel just blocks from the beach. The property’s 3,500-square-foot Mirador rooftop deck is a beautiful spot to exchange vows—and take in 360-degree views of the Pacific Ocean and Santa Ynez Mountains. The ballroom and adjacent plaza create an indoor-outdoor ambience, welcome anytime of year on the central California coast. And a farm-to-table menu with a heavy emphasis on fresh local produce plus craft cocktails will delight all your senses. Bonus: Couples can treat themselves to a little prewedding R & R with a massage for two in the Moroccaninspired spa. (Venue price varies; cocktail reception and dinner from $200 per person; TheHotelCalifornian.com) SPECIAL TOUCH Hit up the Hotel Californian’s Aromatherapy Design Bar to create your event’s own signature scent made from essential oils sourced from artisanal farms.

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L’Auberge Del Mar WHY HERE Thanks to its priceless perch above the ocean and elegant gardens brimming with white roses and succulents, this classic SoCal resort, just outside San Diego, feels like a private estate. Start the wedding weekend in the charming beach-housestyle spa (the Eye Rejuvenation treatment is especially popular on the morning of the wedding) or surfing the ocean waves. After a Pacific sunset ceremony, guests can drift from a party-ready patio overlooking the water to one of two ballrooms for dinner and dancing. Couples are greeted with champagne, strawberries and wedding cake in their room after the festivities. The honeymoon suite was recently updated—along with all 121 rooms—in contemporary California décor by renowned West Coast designer Barclay Butera. (Ceremony fees from $2,500; reception packages from $165 per person; LAubergeDelMar.com) CELEBR ATORY HOPS San Diego is known for its craft beer scene. Pay tribute to the locale by hosting a “beer garden” at your reception. Set up a satelite craft bar and highlight some the city’s best breweries, like Del Mar’s new Viewpoint Brewing Co. >>

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North Carolina The Tar Heel State is full of Americana-inspired destinations from densely forested mountains and barrier islands to charming towns, all of which make for great year-round wedding escapes.

Old Edwards Inn & Spa WHY HERE Located in the Highlands of North Carolina, this property’s elegant European design is matched only by its stunning Blue Ridge Mountain setting. Rooms and cottages are dressed up with oil paintings, antiques and Persian rugs, and many have private porches. The Old Edwards is also steps from the town’s main street, meaning guests can park their cars for the entire weekend and easily stroll to shops, cafés and hiking trails between wedding events. Tuck into the on-site spa for day-of pampering with your bridal party, or arrange an outdoor adventure. Foodies take note: Ingredients from the property’s five-acre gardens are the stars of the menus. Consider incorporating elderflower in drinks like gin and tonics, a nod to the rare type of juniper berry that grows only at this elevation. The indoor/outdoor Barn and Pavilion, which seats up to 275 guests, is a frequent request thanks to its heart pine flooring, stone fireplace and Adirondack-style furnishings. (From $178 per person; OldEdwardsInn.com) SUITE PERK The Old Edwards treats brides and grooms to a complimentary dinner in its restaurant, Madison’s, as well as a free honeymoon night in a coveted room.

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WHY HERE Couples can get married on the beach or even in a gazebo over the water at this classic Outer Banks resort—think cedar shake siding and big, inviting porches—located on North Carolina’s Currituck Sound. Venue options include the indoor Event House (up to 80 people), with a patio and a new fire pit, and the tent-ready Event Lawn, which has its own observation deck that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. The resort’s cuisine, rooted in a S.O.A.L. (sustainable, organic, artisanal and local) philosophy, includes options like an “I heart bacon” station and Carolina blue crab cake dinner plates. (Ceremony fees from $1,500; Sanderling-Resort.com) LOCAL FLAVOR Consider adding local favorite Duck Donuts to your dessert table. Its cinnamon sugar and lemon icing with raspberry creations are a guaranteed show-stopper.

The Mayton Inn WHY HERE Southern hospitality is second nature to the staff at this 45-room Georgian-style property just outside Raleigh. Staff members are happy to arrange wine tastings in a penny-floored cellar or prepare a classic Southern Sunday brunch, complete with chicken and waffles and shrimp and grits, for a wedding weekend send-off. There are four event venues to choose from, including a 3,000-foot terrace that overlooks Cary’s brand-new eight-acre Towne Center Park, plus a stand-alone wedding suite, complete with a double-sided fireplace and a Victorian bathtub. (From $60 per person; event-space fees are waved with a food and beverage minimum; MaytonInn.com) PREWEDDING ACTIVIT Y Sign your wedding party up for a cocktail-making class and learn to make the inn’s signature drinks such as the bubbly Mayton Mimosa. >>

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lucky streak From contemporary wedding chapels to fireside lodges and poolside rooftops, the possibilities in Sin City are endless. Search for a space that’s a match for your personalities.

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Whether you want an anything-can-happen-in-Vegas vibe (including a champagne fountain or an elephant-top entrance), a more laid-back soiree in Lake Tahoe or something in between, you can find a perfect spot to celebrate in Nevada.

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe WHY HERE Dating to the 1920s, this grand lakeside lodge is designed in rich leathers, rough-hewn beams and handsome granite details. Accommodation options range from queen rooms to suites to waterfront cottages with fireplaces. The property has a variety of reception options like the intimate Water Gardens (up to 70 people), the outdoor Lakeside Cottage Green (up to 300 guests) and the Regency Ballroom (up to 500 guests), which has 15-foot ceilings and haute lighting. Between wedding events, guests will stay busy thanks to the resort’s boat, Jet Ski and paddleboard rentals, as well as guided hikes and mountain-biking trips. Postadventure, they can kick back at Cutthroat’s Saloon with a glass of aged bourbon. Being on the Nevada side of the lake also has its perks—the property is home to a 24-hour casino with over 250 slot machines and 16 game tables. (Ceremony fees from $4,000; reception fees from $10,000; LakeTahoe.Regency.Hyatt.com) SPECIAL SEND -OFF Couples can arrange to leave their reception by boat on Lake Tahoe—a dramatic exit and an opportunity for a romantic starlit trip on the water.

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WHY HERE Thanks to its striking architecture, sustainable design and statement artwork, the ARIA is one Vegas’s most sophisticated hotels. The contemporary wedding chapel is fresh from a renovation, though couples can also opt to marry on the tropical poolside veranda or in the fireside lodge. A variety of wedding packages means that to-be-weds can have a traditional ballroomstyle wedding or a stress-free two-hour reception at the hotel’s Julian Serrano restaurant before a night on the town in Sin City. (Wedding packages from $2,000; Aria.com) SWEET RIDE Most wedding packages include limousine transportation to and from the airport and the Regional Justice Center, where couples can snag a marriage license.

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the get-real guide to dress shopping There are some things you just don’t find out until you’re in the dressing room of a bridal salon. Here, truths you should know before your first gown shopping appointment. BY L AUREN K AY PHOTOGR APHY BY MONICA WANG PHOTO

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Eat breakfast Feeling “hangry” is no way to begin your dress search. You probably don’t need to wolf down a short stack of pancakes moments before you try on gowns, but make sure you have a meal with some protein before you head to the salon. Trying on gowns can be draining (you’d be surprised by how much some dresses weigh) and you’ll be on your feet for a while, so definitely fuel up.

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Choose your companions wisely Most bridal salons are happy to welcome you and a few guests—but not your entire entourage. Enlist one or two of your closest friends or family members to join your dress shopping journey. This way you can find the gown that best suits you and your style and not feel pressured by too many opinions.

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Wear makeup Buying your wedding dress is not an everyday occurrence— it’s going to be a tricky decision. Not to mention the potentially unflattering lighting typical of most fitting rooms. Do yourself a favor and wear a touch more makeup than your usual look (we’re talking blush, black eyeliner and a pop of color on your lips) to your appointment. You’ll look more like you will on your wedding day, which will ultimately make it easier to pull the trigger on a gown.

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Prepare to strip down Full disclosure: A stranger may catch glimpses of you naked. Most consultants will give you some privacy, but since gowns can be unwieldy, they’ll need to help you in and out of at least a few of them. Wear undergarments you won’t mind seeing the light of day (we recommend nude underwear and a strapless bra).

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Trust your consultant They may be older than your mom or young and single, but that doesn’t mean they’re not qualified—would they be doing this if they weren’t? Your consultant knows the dresses and sees hundreds of brides with varying body shapes try them on every day. Make sure you share your wants (think: lace, ball gown silhouette, off-the-shoulder sleeves) but also be open to their suggestions. You may end up loving something completely different from the dress you originally envisioned, and that’s totally okay. >>

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Cristina DeMarco is the co-owner of Bridal Reflections, a bridal shop with locations in New York City and Long Island. The salon carries top designers like Lazaro, Hayley Paige and Galia Lahav.

Start your gown search at least 8 to 12 months before your wedding date. Dresses can take about six months to arrive in-store (or more if you’re requesting customizations).

Bring photos of dresses you like, but don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone. Just because a gown doesn’t look amazing on the hanger doesn’t mean it won’t look amazing on you.

Buying a wedding dress online is definitely a risk. Many online vendors sell counterfeit gowns but use designer photos to trick you. You could end up with a dress that looks nothing like the original.

Schedule your dress alterations six to eight weeks before your day. Most brides need two dress fittings and a final try-on appointment to make any minor adjustments.

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Bridal sizes are different Don’t panic—wedding gowns typically run one to two sizes smaller than street clothes. If you wear an 8 in your favorite summer dress, there’s a good chance you’ll be wearing a 10 or 12 down the aisle. Play it safe and order the size that fits your body— don’t plan on losing drastic amounts of weight in order to squeeze into a smaller gown. Focus on how you awesome you feel in the dress and how it fits your body shape, not the number on the tag.

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Experiment a little Even if you have your heart set on a satin mermaid-style gown, or think you can’t wear silk, try on a variety of dresses. You’re only going to do this once, and you may surprise yourself by choosing something completely different than the pins on your inspiration board. And try the dress that your mother (or grandmother or mother-in-law-to-be) is just sure is “the one”—she’s been looking forward to this day too. She’ll either see you were right about the skirt swallowing you whole, or you may shock yourself by actually liking the dress—we call that a win-win.

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You might have to share “your” dress Let’s get real: You’re not the only bride planning a classic ballroom wedding, so it’s entirely possible someone else will be trying on your dream dress. Or, you may see someone wearing a gorgeous illusion-back gown you hadn’t considered and want to try it on immediately. Be courteous and play nice with other brides— share the mirrors, pedestals and even the gowns.

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Make moves Sure, there will be moments when you’re standing still at your wedding (like when you pose for photos and say your vows). But you’ll also be sitting, mingling and getting down on the dance floor. If you think the dress is a serious contender, take a walk around the salon, sit down and practice your dance floor moves. You may feel a little silly in the moment, but you’ll be glad you gave the gown a test-drive when you’re comfortable on your day.

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You may not cry (and that’s okay) Maybe emotion will overcome you when you decide on your dress. Maybe your mom will get choked up too. But it’s totally fine if no one cries. It doesn’t mean you picked the wrong gown. Every bride is different, so don’t put pressure on yourself to react a certain way once you choose the dress. Also, your consultant may not pop a bottle of champagne (some can’t due to liquor laws) like you see on TV. If that’s the case, take your shopping companions out for a celebratory drink instead—you all deserve it!

ways to customize your dress Wedding dresses certainly aren’t one style fits all. On a day when all eyes are on you, let your personality shine in a gown as unique as you are.

1. Add sleeves

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

2. Customize your bustle

Every dress with a train needs a bustle, but not many brides know that each bustle is custommade to suit her gown and preferences. These tricky systems of hooks, buttons and ties are designed to pull your train off the floor so you can dance all night, and they need to be carefully planned and sewn in a pattern that works with each individual silhouette.

3. Modify embellishments

Depending on your personal style, you might feel like your dress could use a little more, or even a little less, embellishment. The easiest way to up the wow factor is to add a sash. See how much control you have over the existing details on your dress—can you add more to or remove from certain areas?

4. Lace it up

Swapping out a zipper for a corset closure adds a romantic touch for brides looking for a dramatic back, and they can be added to most silhouettes. But a corset-style closure isn’t only for looks. If you feel like you might need a little extra breathing room, a lace-up back gives you some leeway in the bodice.

5. Make it personal

There are also sentimental details you can add to make your wedding dress extra meaningful. Find a creative way to add your “something blue,” or sew a charm with a special meaning into the hem of your dress.

F I N D A B R I DA L S A LO N N E A R YO U AT TheKnot.com/newyork

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Make your special day one to remember at New York City’s most premier location! The beautifully landscaped Midtown Terrace provides a full view of Manhattan’s skyline for ceremonies and cocktails. After the ceremony, you and your guests can enjoy a stylish reception in our elegant Midtown Loft. We are proud to announce our new retractable rooftop on the Terrace that can be utilized for outdoor events year round. It will provide full enclosure for your wedding.

Come and celebrate. (212) 537-0117 267 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016 www.midtownloft.com sales@midtownloft.net

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Get inspired by the hottest bridesmaid dress colors, silhouettes and fabrics to make sure your girls look—and feel—flawless on your day. BY FAR AH PRINCE PHOTOGR APH BY K ATIE SHULER PHOTOGR APHY

Once you figure out what you’re wearing down the aisle, it’s time to focus on outfitting your bridal party. Whether you decide to go matchy-matchy, fun and eclectic, or something in between, finding dresses that pair well with the theme, season and location of your wedding (not to mention everyone’s various body types and personalities) can be a challenge. Not sure where to begin? Jump-start your search by reading up on the prettiest new dress styles. Here, eight hot trends to know before your first shopping trip. >>

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Halter necklines This ’90s throwback is back and better than ever. The perfect balance of sultry and modest, a halter-neck bridesmaid dress is a chic way for your girls to show some skin. The mix of a conservative collar and bare shoulders and arms instantly works for any outdoor spring or summer affair. But don’t think this style is just for warmer months; you can also pair it with a wrap or faux-fur bolero once the temperature drops. From left: Jenny Yoo; Jasmine Bridal; David’s Bridal; White Runway

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If lots of shimmer isn’t for you, skip the beading and opt for dresses with lace details instead. This fabric may be a classic bridal staple, but when done in new and unexpected ways, it feels fresh and modern. For a fun take on the mismatched bridal party trend, have your bridesmaids choose dresses with different lace elements (think: lace bodices or lace cap sleeves). Just keep the type of lace the same throughout for an overall cohesive look. >> From left: The Dessy Group; Bari Jay; Jasmine Bridal; Theia

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High slits Floor-length bridesmaid gowns are taking on an edgier vibe this season with thigh-high slits. Whether in the front or on one or both sides (for the truly daring), this sexy style is the perfect way to show off just the right amount of leg—and a killer pair of heels. To keep this sultry style from going too over the top, opt for dresses with more modest bodices, and skip curve-hugging fabrics like jersey. A flowy chiffon gown works best for casual nuptials, while more structured satin is perfect for a formal ballroom affair. From left: Allure Bridals; The Dessy Group; Jasmine Bridal; Wtoo by Watters

Move over skinny straps—the one-shoulder neckline is the new look of the moment. This versatile silhouette works for every wedding style and dress code. Another plus: It draws the eye upward, creating a slimming effect while flattering the neck and shoulders (what’s not to love about that?). Choose sleek satin for a modern vibe, or go with black for a red-carpet-inspired feel your girls can wear again. >> From left: David’s Bridal; Jenny Yoo; Bari Jay; Watters

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perfect timing Avoid the drama and be prepared with this bridesmaid dress timeline.

5 to 6 months ahead

Once you know the color and style of the dress you want your bridal party to wear, it’s time to start shopping. It takes two to three months for designer dresses to be ordered and delivered—and don’t forget about factoring in alteration time. To simplify the shopping experience, scout dresses ahead of time, so you don’t waste hours trying on lots of options.

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2 to 4 months ahead

Once the dresses have arrived, alterations can take up to six weeks, depending on the type of changes needed. Remember, the more embellished the dress, the more time it will take to alter, and the more it will cost. If you’re renting dresses, you should start as early as two months out. They may take up to two weeks to arrive, so give yourself a cushion just in case.

1 month ahead

With only a few weeks left, it’s time to start finalizing details. Finish up any final fittings, and make sure you have your girls’ accessories picked out. This includes jewelry, shoes and any headpieces. If you’re letting your bridesmaids pick their own, give them guidelines (preferred colors, metals and styles) so your crew has a cohesive look in photos.

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Remind your girls to steam and hang up their dresses the night before so they don’t wrinkle en route to your venue. They should also show up with the appropriate undergarments, plus all of their accessories in tow. Put your maid of honor in charge of an emergency kit with safety pins, fashion tape and a handy stain-removing pen in case of wardrobe malfunctions.

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Power red There’s no denying that red is a statement color. You can have all of your ladies don the same red gowns, or take on the mismatched trend with a gradient of shades (we recommend sticking to darker hues for an elegant effect). But before you land on a red dress, it’s important to note that not every shade of this color will work for everyone in your bridal party. For lighter skin tones, opt for jewel hues like cranberry, while darker tones look best in orangey or plum reds. From left: Theia; Allure Bridals; Bari Jay; David’s Bridal

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Allover sparkle You’re the star of the show on your wedding day, but that doesn’t mean your bridesmaids can’t shine too. Gold sequin bridesmaid dresses have been hot for a while, but gorgeous shades of blue, silver and pink are our new favorites. If you’re throwing an evening wedding, nothing says “glam” like a bridal party decked out in dark navy sequin gowns. For a daytime affair, choose blush, rose gold or copper hues for a romantic feel. Since sequins are quite a statement on their own, it’s best to have your girls pare down their accessories— stick to strappy sandals and simple earrings. From left: The Dessy Group; Wtoo by Watters; Bari Jay; Jasmine Bridal

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Trends come and go, but a traditional black tux is forever. We’ve broken down the basics of this formalwear staple—here’s how to pull it off. PHOTOGR APH BY YUNHEE KIM BOW TIE

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The bow tie should always match the lapel, so choose a similar fabric, like this classic matte-satin one.

A crisp white piqué bib shirt with French cuffs and a wing collar is the perfect canvas for all the accessories.

Silk bow tie, $135, Lavin, MrPorter.com

Tuxedo shirt, $179, BlackLapel.com

PEAK LAPEL SINGLE BUT TON

The foundation for groom attire is the jacket. Opt for a single button or a doublebreasted style for a more traditional look.

More contemporary than its counterparts, the peak lapel’s point draws the eye upward for an elongating, slimming effect.

POCKET SQUARE

A plain white silk or silk-blend pocket square with a mussed (think: fluted or puffed) fold helps add a soft contrast to a sharpedged tux.

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Aside from the wedding ring, cuff links will probably be the only other bling you’ll wear, so choose a snazzy pair.

Pocket square, $10, TheTieBar.com

SHIRT STUDS

These accessories are a more formal, streamlined option for tuxedo shirts. Seamlessly tie the outfit together by matching the metal and style of the studs to the cuff links.

Cuff links, $55, Ox & Bull Trading Co., CuffLinks.com

SOCKS

Wear long, dark-hued dress socks (or fun patterned alternatives) to avoid showing any skin when you sit.

Tuxedo studs, $59 for set with cuff links (not pictured), BlackLapel.com

Socks, $22, HappySocks.com

SLEEVE LENGTH TROUSER BREAK

Hem the tuxedo trousers to graze the tops of your shoes to create a sleek profile. Tuxedo, $1,975, Canali, MrPorter.com

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Patent leather oxfords give a polished finish to a tuxedo.

The sleeves of your shirt should be slightly longer than the tuxedo jacket to allow a sliver of the shirt and cuff links to peek out.

Oxfords, $280, ColeHaan.com

S H O P M O R E T U X E D O S A N D S U I T S AT TheKnot.com/tuxedos

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A wedding day ’do that falls flat—or short of your expectations—is simply not an option. Here’s how to seek professional help to get gorgeous bridal tresses. >> PHOTOGR APHY BY OFF BEET PRODUCTIONS

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When it comes to choosing the right bridal hairstyle, the possibilities are endless. And unless you’re a hair aficionado, all of those choices might make your head spin (no pun intended). Hiring a professional hairstylist will help take the stress out of getting photo ready on your wedding day. Not only can they help find the perfect style for you, they’ll also handle the hair-related questions you didn’t think to ask, like how to switch up your look for your reception quickly, or how to keep your hair perfectly coiffed once you remove your veil. Below, a foolproof guide to finding, hiring and working with a hair pro.

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Know how to hire Before you hire a stylist, you need to decide a few things: Do you want them to come to you on your wedding day, or would you rather go to the salon? Will they only do your hair or your bridal party’s as well? Do you want them to stay with you throughout the day to do touch-ups before the photo session and reception? Discuss these options with your stylist. Of course, how long you hire a professional to stay with you depends on your budget and their time limitations. Once you’ve decided who you’re going to hire, put down a deposit to save the date, and request a receipt. You should also create a formal contract with your stylist. List everything you expect on the wedding day, including the agreed upon time of arrival, the location, pricing and any other pertinent details like a contingency plan if something comes up. In the event of an emergency, you should also have their cancellation and refund policy in writing. Pro tip: Your hairstylist may also be a helpful resource for other pros you’ll need for your wedding. Don’t forget to ask if they know or work with any makeup artists. Chances are, they’ll have at least one or two awesome recommendations.

Come prepared As experienced as your hairstylist may be, just describing what you want won’t be enough for them to properly execute the style. Bring multiple inspiration images of hairdos you like from magazines, Pinterest and Instagram. You can even bring photos of yourself with a look you’d like to re-create—anything that will give them a clear picture of the kind of style you’re after. And while it might be tempting to try a drastically new style for your wedding, choosing a trendier ’do can result in a dated look down the line. Another idea: Wear a shirt with a neckline similar to that of your gown to your trial, since different hairstyles lend themselves to particular necklines. Bring along any hair accessories you plan to wear, whether it’s an elaborate headpiece or veil, or at least show your stylist some photos so they know what to expect the day of. >>

match game Your hairstyle should complement, not compete with, your wedding dress. Here are the best dress neckline and hairdo pairings.

Halter

Showcase a high neckline with a style that pulls the hair off your face and shoulders completely, like a classic chignon, boho halo braid or high ballerina bun.

Strapless

Whether it’s a twisted low bun, high volume ponytail, or effortless, beachy waves, this versatile neckline will work with virtually any ’do you want to try.

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Sideswept styles, like a Brigitte Bardot–inspired French twist, curly low ponytail or retro finger waves with a deep side part, visually balance an asymmetrical gown.

V-neck

This neckline draws the eye up and elongates the neck and torso, so choose a hairstyle that does the same, like long, loose waves or a romantic fishtail braid.

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Dresses that highlight your neck, collarbone and décolletage are more impactful when paired with swept-back hair, like in a tousled half-updo or sleek topknot.

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Document it Once the stylist finishes your requested looks, ask them to snap photos from four different angles: front, back and both sides. That way, you’ll get a 360-degree view of your hair and a better idea of how it will look in your wedding photos. If there’s one particular style you like, ask them to write down exactly which products and techniques were used. Since your hair trial can take place months before your wedding date, it’s important to take notes and photos so you both remember what worked. When scheduling your trial, consider making your appointment in the morning. You’ll have a better idea of how your hair will hold up throughout the day and how much maintenance it will require once it’s styled.

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Clock it Pulling off great hair on your wedding day comes down to timing. Schedule your appointment too early and your ’do could start to look stale just as the festivities are getting started, but do it too late and you’ll feel rushed. Time your initial hair trial to see how long it takes to get your hair looking perfect, then allow that amount of time plus a half hour of leeway on the day of. And schedule your hair appointment for as late in the day as possible. For example, if photos are scheduled for 4 p.m. and your hair takes an hour, make your appointment at 2:30 p.m. Don’t forget to factor in your bridal party if they’re also having their hair done. We recommend 30 to 45 minutes for each bridesmaid. If you can, look for a stylist who has an assistant or two. The assistants can work on your bridal party at the same time your stylist is getting you aisle ready. This will also cut your prep time in half and ensure no one feels rushed.

Do the ’do When your wedding day arrives, put your undergarments on under a button-down shirt so you’ll be ready to slip on your dress once your hair is done and your veil or headpiece (if you’re wearing one) is in place. If your stylist is coming to you, set up a place for them next to a low table and sit in a chair with a low back so they’ll have easy access to your hair. Make sure there are electrical outlets nearby for appliances like hair dryers, curling irons and electric rollers. If necessary, have an extension cord handy. If you start to worry about how the stylist’s vision for your hair is different from your own, calmly and respectfully suggest an alternative. You need expert help—that’s why you hired a professional—but you shouldn’t be afraid to voice your concerns. Don’t forget to also ask for upkeep tips. They should let you know how to remove your veil or headpiece without disturbing the rest of your hair, keep your ’do in place while getting down on the dance floor and refresh your look for photo ops throughout the evening.

ask away You’ll want to ask these important questions before booking your hairstylist.

Do you have a portfolio of your work?

See visuals of their past work to get a feel for their style and ability, especially if you have a different or challenging hair texture. Looking through their portfolio will give you a good idea of whether or not the hairstylist can work with your hair type.

Do you have a list of references I can call?

While perusing their portfolio is essential for gauging their expertise, actually speaking with past clients can help you get the inside scoop on things like promptness, attitude and professionalism. If possible, speak with at least two to three references.

Will you bring your own products, or will I be responsible for supplying them?

Most hairstylists will bring a kit with them containing all of the essentials they may need to style your tresses. But if they won’t, you’ll want to know early on, especially if that’s a deal breaker. If you prefer to use your own tools and products, communicate this with your hairstylist to see if they’re game.

How do you charge— by the hour or per person?

Every hairstylist prices their work a bit differently. Before you sign a contract, have a clear understanding of the packages they offer and what’s included in each one. You’ll also want to know how they would like to be paid. Cash is most popular, but these days, more individual vendors are taking credit cards. Whatever their preference, the more you know about the logistics of paying them, the smoother the day will be.

Will I have to travel to you or do you work on-site?

Why you need to know: Not all hairstylists will work on-site—some may ask you to travel to their salon or studio. You should consider how far the salon is from where you’ll be getting dressed, determine if it will work in your wedding day schedule and build in extra time accordingly. You don’t want to be rushed.

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Between Instagram and Pinterest—and a wealth of websites catering to beauty—there’s no lack of makeup inspo out there to inform your wedding day look, but where should you start? Instead of focusing on trends like heavy contour or overdrawn lips, try something more general, like the time of year you’re getting married. (Pro tip: This will also keep your makeup from being dated down the line.) With the help of beauty expert and celebrity makeup artist Kimara Ahnert (who’s worked with A-listers like Gwyneth Paltrow and Catherine Zeta-Jones), we’ll show you how to use your wedding season as a base for your bridal beauty look.

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Fall Fall is a transitional time—not as bright and cheerful as summer, but also not as glam as winter. “Darker days mean your makeup will require more definition and color,” Ahnert says. “Start wearing bolder eyeliner and more dramatic mascara, fill in your brows (they probably lightened up over the summer) and add a fullcoverage foundation back into your beauty routine.” The eyes are the perfect canvas for playing with colors and textures in this season. For a simple way to add drama and dimension, start with a matte base in a neutral hue and add just a touch of gold glitter at the inner corners of your eyes—it’s glam but also works for daytime nuptials. For a fun evening look, swap out shimmery black shadow for an unexpected pop of cobalt blue or dark green. To take it up a notch, smudge a dark green, blue or chocolate liner along your waterline. If you opt for darker hues, Ahnert advises to keep the rest of your look minimal—think: fluttery lashes and soft washes of color on the lips and cheeks. You can also build your makeup around an array of colors in the same color family—like monochromatic with shades of red, orange or copper—for an end result that’s both autumnal and subtle. Fall skin concerns mirror wintertime woes (low humidity plus lower temperatures mean drier skin), but you shouldn’t break out the heavy formulas just yet. Stick to a more personalized approach and switch your products

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rose-colored blush works for every season

based on individual concerns, like an illuminating eye cream for dark circles, an exfoliating toner for dull skin or a luxurious night cream for dry spots. HUES TO CHOOSE Gold, rose gold, copper, camel, chocolate, rust, apple red, hunter green, cobalt, navy, wine

Winter The festive nature of winter sets the perfect backdrop for an über-romantic wedding and makeup with a particularly luxe feel. Frosty temperatures and festive holidays mean this season lends itself to deeper colors. “Your makeup should adjust to stand up to the darker décor colors common during this time of year,” Ahnert says. Swap bright reds and pinks for their richer counterparts, like cranberry and raspberry, and switch out neutral eye shadows for smokier hues. You can determine whether warmer or cooler tones work for you by looking at the veins on the inside of your wrist. If your veins are blue, cool tones are more flattering; green ones mean warmer tones will work best for you. Lipsticks, blushes and eye shadows in richer hues tend to have matte finishes because they contain more pigment. For this reason, it’s important to use a light touch while applying them— you don’t want to end up looking overdone. For instance, if you’re considering an intense smoky eye, create balance by sticking to lighter colors on your lips and cheeks. If you want to rock a vampy lip, keep the size and shape of your lips in mind, as darker colors can actually make them appear smaller. If you have a more petite pout, try a berry-hued lipstick with a glossy consistency over a super-dark, matte one. As color palettes shift, the types of products you choose should change with the season as well. “Winter skin is usually paler, so switch to a heavier foundation or powder that will even out your complexion,” Ahnert says. To combat the dry winter air and ensure your beauty look lasts the entire day without flaking off, focus on prepping your skin prewedding for a smooth makeup application. “Prepare for your day with a series of hydrating treatments like oxygen facials,” Ahnert says. “Using a mask suited to your skin type the night before your wedding will give your skin a boost, which will help your makeup look even better.” HUES TO CHOOSE Brick, ruby, raspberry, eggplant, indigo, emerald, forest green, midnight blue, charcoal, silver >>

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Spring Spring is a time of renewal, when flowers start to bloom and temperatures gradually heat up, so your makeup palette should get lighter and brighter. Use nature to complement your look, like floral-inspired washes of pastels or earthy hues. To put a weddingworthy spin on this more muted array of colors, start with a classic makeup trend, like a dramatic cat eye, and soften it with a light brown liner, or make a smoky eye less severe by pairing nudes with warmer, golden tones. But don’t be afraid of more vibrant colors either. “Teal and plum eyeliner and bronze or coral lip gloss are fun alternatives for spring,” Ahnert says. Bolder liners are best when paired with neutral makeup everywhere else (think: liquid highlighter over heavy blush). Warmer temperatures mean you won’t need a heavy foundation, so switch to a tinted moisturizer and sheer setting powder for a dewy finish. Prep your complexion for the lighter spring air with products aimed to slough away dull skin and clogged pores. Follow up a chemical or physical exfoliator with a hydrating mask to replenish any lost moisture.

The key to pulling off more vivid colors is to focus on one or two shades at a time, in varying intensities. For example, if you’re rocking a cherry-red lipstick, your eyes and cheeks should have a lighter wash of nude or bronze.

Summer Sunny weather makes summer the best time to experiment with more color, especially since weddings during this season tend to incorporate brighter hues too, like bold bridesmaid dresses or tropical florals. The key to wearing more vivid colors is to focus on one or two shades at a time in varying intensities. For example, if you’re rocking a cherry-red lipstick, your lids and cheeks should have a lighter wash of nude or bronze. Brighter shades work beautifully with a glowing complexion (as opposed to a matte one), so swap heavier creams for lighter gel formulas. Warmer temperatures also mean you should take extra precautions to make sure your makeup stays put. “Summer brides may need more touch-ups depending on the climate, since high humidity will make skin absorb makeup more quickly,” Ahnert says. “To get the most out of your look, use a foundation primer, eye shadow primer and setting spray, and stick to waterresistant mascara.” This balmy season is also the perfect time to switch to cream bronzers, blush and highlighters that won’t cake or crease when mixed with a little perspiration. HUES TO CHOOSE Bronze, peach, tangerine, cherry red, scarlet, bubblegum, fuchsia, turquoise, lapis, cocoa, granite

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HUES TO CHOOSE Pale pink, coral, magenta, mauve, periwinkle, plum, champagne, nude, chestnut, dove gray, navy, teal

power couples Give your skin care an extra boost by mixing products that bring out the best in each other.

Amp up your protection from the sun by applying an antioxidant-rich moisturizer or serum before your sunscreen. Antioxidants protect your skin from cellular damage caused by sun exposure, while sunscreen blocks UV light from penetrating the skin. We call that a skin care double whammy.

Facial oil + night cream

Skin feeling exceptionally dry? Mix a couple drops of your favorite facial oil into a cream-based moisturizer (silicon-based ones will break down) for an ultra-hydrating effect. Stick to using this skin care cocktail at night, as it could cause your makeup to crease during the day.

Hydrating mask + clay mask

If your complexion tends to get oily around your T-zone but is dry everywhere else, cater to all of your skin’s needs by multimasking, or using two face masks at once. A hydrating mask will soothe irritated skin, while a clay mask will absorb excess oil and purify any clogged pores.

Vitamin C + retinol

Boost your retinol’s antiaging properties with the addition of a vitamin C serum. Vitamin C helps to stabilize retinol, extending its effectiveness. To ensure your skin doesn’t get irritated by the combination of these strong ingredients, look for a serum with a lower concentration of vitamin C.

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sugar-coated style A glaze of allover beading gives a classic tea-length dress a glam update. Dress, price upon request, Naeem Khan, MarkIngramAtelier .com; engagement ring, $2,750 (not including center stone), AJaffe.com; earrings, $5,873, tanzanite bracelet, $855, EffyJewelry.com; tennis bracelet, $125, CZbyKennethJayLane.com; shoes, $945, Paul Andrew, MatchesFashion.com

couture confection opposite Indulge your inner fashionista by opting for a statement ball gown with a tiered skirt. Dress, $8,990, Carolina Herrera at Bergdorf Goodman, Bergdorf Goodman.com (New York City), Saks Fifth Avenue, SaksFifthAvenue.com (New York City), Mark Ingram Atelier, MarkIngramAtelier .com (New York City); engagement ring, price upon request, UneekJewelry.com; earrings, $1,990, cocktail ring, $2,750, VictoriaSix.com

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cotton candy crush Pastel embroidery plus a two-piece silhouette is both dreamy and totally on trend. Dress, price upon request, Mira Zwillinger at A Little Something White, ALittleSomething White.com (Darien, CT), Mark Ingram Atelier, MarkIngramAtelier.com (New York City), Wedding Salon of Manhasset, WeddingSalonOnline.com (Manhasset); engagement ring, $65,000, MarisaPerry .com; earrings, $2,310, Anabela Chan.com; cocktail ring, $68,000, EricaCourtney.com; pouf seats, $99 each, DylansCandyBar.com

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opposite A cape and killer heels lend a sophisticated touch to a playful polka dot number. Dress, $2,995, cape, $1,725, Monique Lhuillier at Mark Ingram Atelier, MarkIngramAtelier .com (New York City), Saks Fifth Avenue, SaksFifth Avenue.com (New York City), Wedding Salon of Manhasset, WeddingSalonOnline.com (Manhasset); earrings, $1,660, Mastoloni.com; pearl ring, $495, VictoriaSix .com; shoes, $1,245, ChristianLouboutin.com

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marshmallow dream Cascading layers of tulle put a fantastical spin on a traditional ball gown. Dress, $4,290, Hayley Paige at Bridal Reflections, BridalReflections.com (Carle Place), Kleinfeld Bridal, KleinfeldBridal .com (New York City), M.A. Carr Bridal, MACarr .com (Orchard Park); engagement ring, $2,310 (not including center stone), CoastDiamond.com; earrings, $188, KennethJay Lane.com; cocktail ring, $4,400, DovesJewelry.com

fabulous frosting opposite An off-theshoulder ruffle adds whimsical flavor to a simple sheath. Dress, $2,495, Watters at The White Gown, TheWhiteGown.com (New York City), RK Bridal, RKBridal.com (New York City), The Bridal Salon of Dix Hills, BridalSalonof DixHills.com (Huntington); engagement ring, $7,990 (not including center stone), Tacori.com; earrings, $390, Oscar delaRenta.com; bracelet, $5,738, EffyJewelry.com

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conversation hearts Get people talking in a frothy dress embellished with giant hearts. Dress, price upon request, Viktor&Rolf at Bergdorf Goodman, Bergdorf Goodman.com (New York City), Mark Ingram Atelier, MarkIngramAtelier.com (New York City); morganite engagement ring, $1,610, ApresJewelry.com; earrings, $125 each, JenniferFisher Jewelry.com; cocktail ring, $1,540, SheBee, Swoonery.com

delicious details opposite Bows are a bridal staple, but oversize ones feel fresh. Dress, price upon request, Marchesa at Gabriella New York Bridal Salon, GabriellaNewYork.com (New York City), Mark Ingram Atelier, MarkIngramAtelier.com (New York City); engagement ring, $20,000, wedding ring, $850, ApresJewelry.com; earrings, $190, CZbyKenneth JayLane.com; bracelet, $36,675, EffyJewelry.com

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You’ve said yes—so now what? Kick off your trip to the altar with these tasks. >> BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APH BY LUXE PHOTOGR APHY

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There’s nothing more exciting than the first few weeks post-engagement. You’ve got that to-be-wed glow, something sparkly on your finger, and you and your partner are dreaming up all the ways to make your wedding day one to remember. Start your planning journey with these items and you’ll be ready for “I do” in no time.

Insure your ring No matter how careful you are, you’ll want the peace of mind that comes with knowing your engagement ring is protected, so look into insuring it as soon as possible. There are two basic ways to go about it. The first, you can add it as an extension of your renter’s or homeowner’s policy, which will reimburse you for a set amount of cash in relation to its worth should anything happen to it. The second option is to seek out a company that specializes in jewelry insurance, like Jewelers Mutual, which can offer customizable policies or provide more coverage than a homeowner’s one. >>

engagement party planning 101 You don’t need an excuse for a bash—you’re engaged! Get party ready with these tips.

Take time to breathe

An impromptu gathering the weekend after your partner has proposed is the perfect time to break out the bubbly, but don’t schedule an all-out affair during the first month of your engagement. You’ll want (and need) time to revel in your new status. Plan to have an engagement party two to four months after the question was popped.

Figure out your guest list

Everyone invited to the engagement party should be on the wedding guest list as well. Otherwise, guests may wonder what they did at the engagement party to insult you. If you decide to keep your wedding guest list small but want to throw an extravagant engagement party, go for it. Just let people know the main event will be intimate so no feelings will be hurt.

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Register for gifts beforehand

Guest aren’t traditionally required to bring presents to an engagement party, but there’s always the chance someone will want to. It’s smart to stock your registry early and provide those wishing to gift you something with a bit of guidance. Register for gifts in the low to middle range and save the bigger ticket items for closer to the shower and wedding—after all, a $500 cappuccino machine is not your typical engagement present. If some guests arrive bearing gifts, unwrap them after the party, so people who came empty-handed won’t feel bad.

Remind yourself there’s still a wedding to enjoy

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Every host wants to plan an unforgettable affair, but you never want to upstage the main event. Try to create a different mood for your engagement party while maintaining a style that’s true to you and your partner. You won’t want to force a casual cookout if you (and your guests) favor formal parties, and vice versa.

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find your “I do” locale

Download The Knot All-In-One Wedding Planner app Our app is an essential ingredient in making these next few months as stress free as possible. You’ll start by taking an image-based style quiz to help you zero in on your wedding vibe and give you a personalized inspo board you can share with vendors, like your florist or planner. From there, we’ll help you stay organized with our step-by-step checklist, land your dream team with custom vendor suggestions based on your budget and location, manage your registry, keep tabs on your guest list and RSVPs, and, finally, construct a foolproof day-of timeline that will keep everything running smoothly. It’s the pocket-size planner you simply can’t head to the altar without.

Map out your budget While it’s not the most fun conversation, a budget talk is important. Sit down with your partner (and families, if they’re contributing) and figure out how much you’re comfortable spending. It’s helpful to have a general idea of where you’d like to get married and what time of year, so you’ll be able to easily picture how far your budget will go. Once you’ve landed on a number, talk through your day-of priorities to clarify where you envision most of your money going (like you’re willing to splurge on a pricier photographer but sacrifice a bit on your paper goods to make up for it). The more on top of your finances you are before you start planning, the less likely you’ll end up over budget as your day gets closer.

Your venue is the key to all other wedding-related decisions, like your exact guest list count, catering menu, time of year and even décor. Make it one of the first things you book (at least nine months to a full year ahead of time) to ensure you get the look, price and date you really want.

Book your venue Your venue is the key to all other wedding-related to-dos, so it should be one of the very first things you book. Where you decide to host your wedding will likely determine other heavy-hitter decisions, like your exact guest list head count, catering menu and even the vibe of your décor. To ensure you get the look, price and date you want, start browsing The Knot Marketplace or our in-app suggestions at least a year to nine months ahead of your anticipated wedding date (but possibly even earlier, depending on your location, desired date and the venue’s popularity). As you review your options, keep an eye out for sneaky budget busters, like a spot that doesn’t include furniture or tabletop rentals, or rules that could possibly become an issue later on, like an especially early noise ordinance that will end the reception early, or a preferred vendor list that doesn’t permit you to hire your dream caterer. >>

5 times not to wear your engagement ring Keep that rock bright, clean and safe.

1 At the beach

If you lose your bauble in the sand or surf, it’s as good as gone. The second and lesser known reason to avoid bringing it to the beach is because of sand. The tiny grains can wedge themselves in the ring setting or get under the diamond. Also, don’t apply sunscreen while wearing your ring—it can cloud your stone right up.

2 At the gym

Wearing your ring during cardio won’t do it any harm, but it’s the weightlifting that can take a toll on your hardware. The pressure of the weight’s bars can bend it, which is especially bad for a pavé setting because the smaller stones can fall out. Take off the ring during any contact sports, or risk a serious injury.

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3 In the shower

Similar to sunscreen, many soaps, hair and beauty products can cause a cloudy buildup to collect on your stone, or worse, under your stone (which is much harder to clean at home). Shampoos and body washes are all a no-go, as are any hair serums, styling products and lotions you apply throughout the day.

4 In a pool

Losing your ring in a swimming pool (or hot tub) isn’t as big of an issue compared with the open ocean. After all, filters can be checked and, in the worst-case scenario, the pool can be drained. The real issue here are the chemicals often found in pools, like chlorine, which can do major damage and discolor metals over time.

5 While cleaning

Washing your car on the weekend? Cleaning the oven? Bleaching the shower? Take that rock off, please. It’s good practice for anyone (particularly if you’ll be using chemicals), but especially important if your ring has a colored gemstone, as many cleaning astringents can erode the finish and polish on specialty gems.

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Hire your priority vendors

Set up your wedding website

If you can’t imagine your first dance without the acoustics of a certain local band, or you love the portfolio of a hard-to-get photographer, do yourself a favor and act now. Many top vendors are hired more than a year in advance and once they’re booked, you’re out of luck. Figure out what your biggest vendor priorities are and find out their availability as soon as you have a date and venue locked in. That way, you can relax a little and enjoy the rest of the planning process knowing key members of your dream team are already on board. A bonus to booking early: Your primary vendors can recommend other A+ pros they enjoy working with, so ask them for direction on any outstanding hires. They may have insight into the perfect calligrapher for your day-of signage or the florist that will really make your venue come to life.

You’ve nailed down the basic details, so now’s the time to create your (free) personalized wedding website on TheKnot.com. It’s the ideal place to house need-to-know info for your guests, like directions to your venue, a schedule for the weekend, registry links and hotel suggestions. In addition to these practical details, consider adding a few charming customizations to give guests insight into your event (and you as a couple). Provide background on yourself and your soon-to-be spouse, like how you met, your proposal or why your reception locale is special to you. Engagement photos or a who’s who of the wedding party can’t hurt either.

Choose your wedding party Now it’s your turn to propose. Once you and your partner have settled on who you’d like to include in your wedding party, think of a creative or meaningful way to ask. A little thought goes a long way here—you’re asking these people to spend a lot of their time and money celebrating you and your partner in the next year, so treat them to a fun night out, trip to the spa or home-cooked meal before you pop the question. Another perk: The sooner you ask your pals, the sooner you can rally the troops to help with any lingering to-dos, fun projects or planning conundrums that arise.

Create your wedding registry If you’re worried you’ll look greedy or inconsiderate if you set up your registry too early, don’t. With all the parties and well-wishing relatives in your near future, guests will appreciate your foresight. Have a registry started before the first big wedding event (like an engagement party) or at least before your save-the-dates go out. Register for more gifts than there are guests on your invite list, and make sure they fall within a variety of price points. Aim for a mix of the practical (a stainless steel cookware set), the pretty (a gorgeous throw for your bedroom) and a few off-beat items (like bikes to enjoy on the weekend or a Newlywed Fund cash registry for your first house). Share the links on your wedding website, and don’t forget to check back in on them periodically.

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how to throw a (fun! exciting! party-ready!) daytime wedding Midday weddings are becoming increasingly popular and are no longer just reserved for those who consider brunch among their favorite things in life. Here’s how to throw an afternoon soiree that’s as fun as any evening event out there. >> BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APHY BY FONDLY FOREVER PHOTOGR APHY

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Whether you’re looking to save a little bit on your budget or just really love the views at your reception spot and want to give guests more time to appreciate them, a sun-filled morning or afternoon event may be something for you to consider. And before you worry that “daytime wedding” is synonymous with “boring,” “bland” or even “brunch,” think again. Like everything else, a daytime wedding is all what you make of it—and we’re here to help you make it awesome.

Analyze your timeline While exact timing may depend on your venue, daytime wedding receptions usually take place somewhere between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., with your ceremony happening beforehand. When sketching out your timeline for the day, there are a few important factors to consider. First, inquire with all your vendors what an early start may mean for their costs. If your florist needs several hours to set up and your ceremony starts at 10 a.m., they’ll likely have to get up early to prep or set up the night before, which can cause you to accrue additional costs (same goes for vendors like your caterer, furniture rentals or even your photographer). Past that, try and ensure your early start is reasonable for most guests—the ceremony should begin no earlier than 10 a.m. to give your loved ones who are traveling in a chance to get there on time without waking up at the crack of dawn. Keep in mind, you, your partner and members of your wedding party will also need to set an early alarm in order to get ready in time for a morning ceremony.

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Choose the right venue A daytime wedding has its own unique feel, so when searching for a venue, seek out spots that fit that vibe. A bright greenhouse, refined topiary garden or beachside patio that boasts a seaside view can all feel more properly suited to a sunlit affair than, say, a ballroom. That being said, no space is off-limits, so if you do fall in love with a traditionally evening venue, work with vendors like your florist and planner to bring in decorative touches that make it feel a bit more daytime appropriate.

light-filled locale A daytime wedding has its own unique feel, so seek out a venue that fits a playful, vibrant vibe. A bright greenhouse, refined topiary garden or beachside patio are all suited to a sunlit affair.

Inquire about pricing breaks If budget is the reason you’re considering a midday celebration, ask about any available pricing breaks as you negotiate your contracts. Many venues may abide by a lower minimum head count or offer a daytime pricing model. You can also save on things like rentals or catering fees depending on what you serve guests. >>

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Go as formal (or as casual) as you’d like Just because you’re not hosting an after-dark affair doesn’t mean you can’t opt for a formal dress code and aesthetic if that’s the vibe you and your partner prefer. You don’t have to completely forgo any of the more traditional evening wedding additions—just rethink them a bit. If a multicourse sit-down dinner or true cocktail hour is what you’re envisioning, go for it, but make the meal a dynamic lunch feast or brighten up the cocktails with freshly squeezed juices. Hoping to have live music for your guests? A typical 10-piece band and rowdy dance floor may not feel totally right, but a suave jazz quartet, bluegrass crew or playful doo-wop group will be charming and equally as entertaining. When it comes to your colors, vibrant daylight hours call for an equally energetic palette, so play around with adding some saturated hues into your scheme. Bright pinks, blues, yellows and greens feel right during the day— no matter the time of year. >>

Here’s where to save costs on your wedding.

Decide your priorities

Pick your top three areas of importance (like your gown, catering, and flowers) and allocate a little extra money toward them. Likewise, choose the three things that come lowest on your priority list, and budget accordingly.

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Reduce costs by choosing flowers that are in season, and pick from locally grown varieties rather than buds that need to be flown in from afar. For example, if you exchange Black Magic roses for deeply colored dahlias in all your bouquets and table arrangements, you could save about $4 a stem.

Simplify your dinner menu

Reduce the number of overall dinner courses (making three fabulous courses costs less than serving five individual courses) and keep your menu simple. Stick with the specialties of the season and region.

Pare down the extras

There are plenty of ways to cut corners that won’t even be noticed by your guests. Have the caterers bring out the fancy Dom Pérignon for the toast, but pour a less expensive champagne the rest of the day— no one will ever see the bottle or know the difference. Likewise, you can order a small, fabulous cake that’s exactly what you want, and have several sheet cakes in the kitchen of the same flavor, cut and plated for your guests.

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Rethink the after-party

If the first thing that comes to mind when we say “daytime wedding” is a steamy buffet of pancakes, eggs and bacon, you’re not alone. It makes sense that a bounty of breakfast foods have become the go-to menu items for an early event, but don’t feel like you’re stuck with all things sweet and syrupy if you’re hosting a daytime wedding of your own. You’ll still want to stray from anything too heavy, as guests typically don’t want to stuff themselves just hours after waking up, but meat carving stations, freshly made pasta, savory flatbreads and veggie-packed frittatas are all great dishes to add to the menu to mix things up a bit. If a traditional brunch is what you’re really craving, look to upgrade some of the classics so they feel a bit more wedding worthy and special. A do-it-yourself waffle station can be a fun (and interactive) addition, while a breakfast sandwich or yogurt parfait bar will also be big hits. And, before you even ask: Yes, you can definitely still serve a cake—trust us, it goes with everything.

With your main event ending in the afternoon, you’ll have plenty of time for partying postreception. Instead of a traditional after-party, plan something unusual for guests, like a poolside cabana bash back at the hotel, a casual barbecue or a bar crawl. If you’d rather spend the evening just you and your new spouse (a night of room service does sound pretty amazing), give guests a few suggestions of what to do after your event on your wedding website, the detail card in your invitation suite or your ceremony programs.

Take advantage of the extra sunlight One of the biggest benefits to a daytime wedding is the extra daylight hours. Work activities into your day that encourage guests to soak up the sun, like a variety of outdoor lawn games. Another perk? Gorgeous light means you’ll luck out with your photos too. Ask your photographer to stick around for a few “golden hour” couples portraits once festivities wrap up.

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local spotlight: a taylored affair The New York planner shares her best wedding planning tips and tricks. ABOUT THE EXPERT

PICK THE RIGHT PRO

TRUST YOUR EXPERT

MAKE IT YOURS

GO BIG AND BOLD

Jennifer Taylor is the founder and creative director of A Taylored Affair, located in New York City. With her team, she creates distinctive affairs her couples can cherish forever.

When choosing a planner, honesty and personality are key. You want to jive with them but also know they’ll give it to you straight. Find someone you can laugh and have fun with along the way.

Every person in your world will be sharing wedding advice with you at this point, and it can be overwhelming. Your planner can help you focus on what you actually love and actually achieve it.

I always tell my clients to hone in on their weirdness. I want to know what makes you laugh and what makes you unique. From there, the ways to personalize your day are endless.

You only get one magical wedding day, so make the most of it. Choose the over-the-top gown, or serve up fish tacos at your black-tie affair. It’s all about making memories with, and for, your guests.

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Daring displays Give partygoers something to feast their eyes on with a wowworthy food display. “Clients are always looking for fresh ideas, and the more visual, the better,” says Peter Callahan of Peter Callahan Catering. Better yet, get guests up and interacting with their surroundings to create a memorable food moment. MAKE IT YOURS Work with your vendors on an idea that marries charm with an activity, like picking candied apples off a faux tree or choosing a delicious doughnut from a pegged wall.

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Get the party started early by offering beverages before the ceremony while guests await your “I dos.” Refreshing mixers or alcohol-free sips, like sweet tea, will set the mood for your reception and evoke a celebratory atmosphere. MAKE IT YOURS Have servers pass out mini bottles of champagne (with pretty striped straws, of course) as guests take their seats so they can pop the cork and cheers when you’re officially wed.

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Roaming dinner Instead of a traditional seated meal, feed guests from a plethora of delicious passed apps, filling small plates and interactive stations. “Our staff serves guests from barker trays that are tied behind their necks for a fun stadium feel,” says Alison Awerbuch, executive chef and partner at Abigail Kirsch. MAKE IT YOURS Hire a few expert servers to interact with guests and delight them with everything from oyster shucking and on-site guacamole making to mozzarella pulling on the go. >>

Experience

• Do you have a license? • Are there any limits my reception site imposes on the menu? • How many events will you handle during my wedding weekend? • Can you provide references from previous clients?

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setup and breakdown costs for the day of? What do you and your staff wear? How much time do you need to set up? Do you set out place cards and menus? On the day, who is our point person? Will you arrange the food nicely on plates or at the buffet?

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chairs, plates, napkins, silverware, and salt and pepper shakers? Is there a rental charge? How many appetizer and entrée choices are included in each tier of catering packages? Do you provide waitstaff? How many? (Typically you’ll want three waiters for every six tables.) Do you provide the alcohol or do we need to handle the bar separately? If provided, what sorts of beverage packages are offered? How many bartenders are included? (You’ll want to aim for four cocktail waiters for every 100 guests and two bartenders for around 80 guests.) Can we supply a few of our own spirits? Is there a fee for that? Do you provide a wedding cake, and if so, do you have a portfolio of designs?

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Cultural cuisine

Family style

Celebrate your dual heritages with a unique menu that fuses both your cultures together (think: Indian cocktail hour meets Southern dinner). You could even go one step further and pair each specialty food with a sip, like mini margs and tacos or sushi rolls and sake. MAKE IT YOURS The team at Paula LeDuc Fine Catering in California often takes requests to re-create family-favorite recipes. Ask your caterer if they’d be willing to do the same, then surprise guests with Grandma’s legendary mac and cheese during dinner.

Serving up the main meal of the evening family style (every table passes dishes of mains and sides among themselves) in lieu of a buffet or plated dinner makes for a casual vibe that will get guests interacting. Your reception will take on the effortless, relaxed feel of a dinner party, and guests can sample a bit of everything without having to narrow their selection to one dish or protein. MAKE IT YOURS Get the best of both worlds with a “European” family-style spin. Every guest selects their main protein (like a traditional beef, chicken, fish or veggie dish), which is plated for them, but the sides are passed around the table for sharing.

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Specialty bars

Take the signature cocktail to the next level by setting up a special spot at your reception (also known as a satellite bar) where you can serve a favorite brew or spirit, like whiskey, gin or trendy Aperol. Or hire a flair bartender to wow guests with some mixology magic. MAKE IT YOURS Try a spin on fresh seasonal sips. Paula LeDuc’s staff treats clients to their From the Garden bar, which pairs popular spirits, like vodka and rum, with fresh herbs, edible flowers and house-made juice blends, like strawberry-rhubarb.

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High-end tastes

Lend a luxe feel to your meal with a multicourse (five or more) menu, complete with wine pairings. Complex flavors and intricate plating are surefire ways to impress your guests. MAKE IT YOURS Tasting menus are known for their unique dish names, so work with your caterer to dream up a personalized menu full of cleverly named dishes that act as a tribute to your story. >>

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Locally sourced

Center your meal around farm-to-table ingredients unique to your reception locale for a fun way to give your loved ones a culinary tour of the area with each bite. Not only will it help you trim down your catering costs by choosing local, in-season fruits and vegetables, you’ll end up with dishes that are more interesting, flavorful and colorful too. To execute, hire a caterer who is willing and committed to serving up a locally focused menu. MAKE IT YOURS Go for an all-veggie meal. It’s a gutsy choice for a crowd, but when your picks are that fresh, even the most die-hard meat lovers won’t miss their beef. Hire a caterer who specializes in veggie-based dishes—they’ll be able to plan a well-balanced and filling meal that will leave guests satisfied.

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Guests will work up an appetite on the dance floor, so treat them to a second round of bites featuring your fave comfort foods. Casual items like mini sliders and grilled cheese with tomato soup will delight the crowd, and are a great way to cap off the celebration. MAKE IT YOURS Serve an oldie but goodie: pretzels. The salty treat is the new “it” snack, and even high-end caterers are getting in on the fun. The team at Abigail Kirsch serves them up dangling from clear umbrellas—really! Offer yours alongside a slew of sauces, or package them in wax paper sleeves so guests can easily tote them from the dance floor to the after-party.

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Foodie favors Edible gifts are one thing you can guarantee won’t get left behind. Thank guests with a beautifully packaged treat reminiscent of your reception locale. Luxe chocolates, homemade limoncello or regional olive oil are all total crowd-pleasers. MAKE IT YOURS Go for a breakfast theme with baskets of essentials like jam and biscuits, coffee, cinnamon buns and more. It’s a sweet solution for guests leaving early the next morning.

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Instead of opting for a premium open bar with every spirit imaginable, offer guests a tailored selection of sips. Beer, wine and two or three batched cocktails will keep everyone happy and help cut down on your bar tab. When deciding what your signature drinks will be, include one or two that have a well-loved alcohol, like vodka or whiskey.

Plan to self-serve

Skip the passed hors d’oeuvres altogether during your cocktail hour and instead pile tables high with beautiful spreads of crudités and dips, plates of artisan cheeses, baskets of gourmet crackers and fresh breads, and mouthwatering bowls of fruit. You’ll save money by cutting back both on food preparation and serving staff— and guests won’t go hungry.

Trim the guest list

We know it’s tough, but one of the fastest and most effective ways to lower your wedding cost is to pare down the invitees (so get out that red pen!). At $100-plus a head for food and beverage costs, taking even just 10 guests off your invite list can save $1,000 or more. Just check with your caterer first—some have a head count minimum you must reach.

Let the chef choose

Your caterer is a pro, so trust they’ll know the best (and most inexpensive) cuts and variety of proteins to choose. Instead of insisting they serve up filet mignon or a pricey branzino, let them lead the way and select the main proteins that will be served up at your wedding. Not only will you end up with the freshest options, you’ll save on costs too.

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We’re going to let you in on a little secret: There are wedding details that aren’t worth losing sleep (or money) over. At the end of the day, the only thing your guests truly care about is celebrating your marriage without going hungry, getting thirsty or feeling bored, so if you’re looking for permission to save some money, we’ve got you covered. Scaling back on these details will help you stay on budget and still throw a bash your loved ones will be talking about for months to come.

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Aisle décor Depending on your chosen venue, you might not need much in the way of ceremony décor—especially if you’re choosing to say “I do” in a pretty house of worship or outdoor space. If you’re dead set on decking out your ceremony space, stick to highlighting the focal point: your altar or arch, not the aisle. The attention of nearly everyone will be on you and your soon-to-be-spouse at the head of the room, so they likely won’t notice (or even be able to see) the hundreds of rose petals intricately lining the aisle. Feel free to disguise an unattractive floor with a jute or silk runner, or light the way to an evening ceremony with lanterns (then use them again at the reception)—but leave it at that. The money you save from not going overboard on the aisle can be put toward giving love to a space your guests will spend more time in.

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Most people don’t know enough about paper goods to appreciate over-the-top selections, so stay away from anything extreme. Instead have fun with smaller elements like stamps or wax seals.

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Over-the-top stationery Your invitation suite is the first glimpse your guests get into your wedding’s style, so it’s important to give a little love and attention to it. However, most people don’t know enough about paper goods to appreciate over-the-top (and expensive) selections like heavy-weight card stock, 14-karat gold calligraphy or real peacock feathers, so skip anything too extreme or indulgent (and remember, the heavier the invites, the more you’ll pay in postage). Instead, have fun incorporating smaller unexpected elements into your paper goods, like personalized stamps, a wax seal closure or a brightly colored envelope liner. As long as your invites share all the essential information your guests need to know and look pretty enough to hang on their fridge, you’re good to go. >>

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Ceremony programs The simple is better rule applies to ceremony programs too. If you do opt to hand out programs (a great idea if you’re having a religious ceremony guests may not be familiar with), then keep the design simple. You can even try to order them with your invites or menus to get a bulk discount. Guests will likely glance at them while they wait for the ceremony to begin, then leave them on their seats once it’s time for cocktail hour.

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seat guests drama free The secret to a successful reception is making the perfect seating chart. Here’s how to keep the peace and where to place your invitees.

Start early

Don’t be one of those couples left panicking the morning of because you still haven’t finished your seating chart. It’s fine to make some last-minute adjustments but try to have it done at least one week before the wedding day.

Break it down

Categorize your guest list by relationship: your friends, your family, your partner’s friends, your partner’s family, family friends and so on. This way, it will be easier to sort guests into the most logical table.

Placing parents

Traditionally, both sets of parents sit at the same table, along with the grandparents and siblings that weren’t in the wedding party. But, with divorces, stepparents and family drama, some family members might be uncomfortable sitting next to each other. If there are any awkward feelings, consider letting each set of parents host their own table of close family and friends. Place everyone wherever it feels best to you.

Enlist your wedding party

To make all of your guests feel special and included, feel free to place your wedding party strategically throughout the room, focusing especially on the outlying tables. It will make your guests feel like they’re in the center of the action, no matter where they’re seated.

Tame tensions

There may be situations where certain invitees do not get along. Consider these relationships (or lack thereof) before you start making the seating chart, and strategically place any contentious attendees on opposite sides of the room— for everyone’s sake.

Offer some reunion time

Your high school and college cliques will be psyched to see each other again. Place all of your old friends at the same tables, and give everyone an opportunity to reminisce and catch up with each other. Who knows when you’ll all get the chance to be together again.

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5 ways to keep guests entertained Ensure your bash goes down as the most fun event ever with these easy ideas to keep friends and family engaged the entire weekend.

Kick off your wedding weekend with a casual prewedding mixer. It’s a great opportunity to introduce any guests who don’t know each other yet—this way, they’ll feel like old friends by the time your wedding rolls around.

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Monogrammed favors Fun favors are an added bonus, but something guests won’t miss if they’re not around. This is especially true if you’re planning to monogram the parting gift. Chances are, guests won’t feel like breaking out shot glasses that have your and your partner’s names all over them. When deciding on favors, skip customizing them with your initials or wedding date and instead opt for something edible (it’s the most popular with guests). You’ll save a little cash and entice your guests to actually take them home.

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Elaborate centerpieces The photos of full, towering arrangements look stunning on your inspiration board, but in real life they can be both pricey and potentially difficult to pull off (not to mention conversation stoppers, if guests can’t see each other over them). If all you can swing is tablecloths, farmers market flowers, a little greenery and some twinkling votive candles, no one will bat an eye. Your guests just want an inviting place to sit, eat, sip and laugh.

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A detailed wedding cake Just because you splurge on cascading sugar flowers doesn’t mean your cake will taste good. Intricate designs are stunning, but the flavor of your cake should be the priority. Plus, guests often miss out on getting a good glimpse of the towering sweet due to being on the dance floor or hitting up your photo booth. As long as it looks as yummy as it tastes and there’s a slice for everyone, there’s no need to take out a loan for a crazy confection.

Create a swag suite

Take the welcome bag up a notch by transforming it into a welcome lounge. Instead of stuffing and delivering gifts for your guests, let them do the work by setting up a room full of goodies and allow guests to choose their favorites.

Supply icebreakers

Help guests get to know each other with simple icebreakers, like party crackers at each place setting with questions hidden inside, or “bride” and “groom” buttons they can grab and wear. The goal: Make conversation and camaraderie easy to come by for a reception that will have everyone feeling appreciated and included.

Hire interactive vendors

Encourage guests to engage with their surroundings throughout your wedding night by hiring a few standout vendors to interact with the group while they’re serving, feeding or pouring for them. Food carts are another great way to get guests up and moving around, so consider doing a four-wheel dessert display or cocktail hour.

Designate a conversation corner

Give guests a place to take a load off during dance breaks by creating a lounge area at your reception. It’s the perfect way to keep everyone in on the party, even when they’re resting or uninterested in dancing—plus it helps to use up any extra space in an especially large venue.

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NYIT de Seversky Mansion’s historic architectural details and dynamic layout provide the perfect backdrop for an elegant and intimate celebration. Only one wedding per day ensures unmatched, highly personalized service and attention to detail that will exceed your expectations.

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insta-worthy bachelorette spots

Show your girls and ’gram a good time with these five photo-friendly trips. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO

Half the fun of choosing a vacation destination is dreaming up all the gorgeous Instagram shots you’ll take while there. So why should planning your bachelorette party be any different? We’ve rounded up our favorite cities around the country for your getaway, as well as what to do while you’re there. Get ready for a great time (oh, and those likes). >>

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Charleston, SC

Charleston, South Carolina Why you’ll love it For a trip that bottles quaint Southern charm with all the perks of a modern city (think: shopping, delicious food and good nightlife) look no further than the Holy City. Charleston is made for a weekend away with your pals, and the beauty around the city ensures it will look great on your feed too. Where to snap a shot In front of the iconic and charming colorful Georgian pastel homes on Rainbow Row or The Battery. What not to miss The gorgeous 86 Cannon inn is the perfect home away from home for your weekend—if its cozy rooms don’t convince you, the wraparound porch, light blue bikes and resident pups Sully and Gus will do the trick. Peruse the local farmers market at Marion Square, then roam King Street for shopping and dining (Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit is a must-stop). If you’re craving a bit of sand and sun, nearby Sullivan’s Island and Folly Beach promise just that, while a more Zen crowd will love spending the afternoon at the serene spa at Belmond Charleston Place. When it comes to delicious dishes and cocktails, plus a swoon-worthy atmosphere, you can’t go wrong with a night spent at The Ordinary, Husk, The Darling Oyster Bar or FIG. Come morning, sweat out the night before with a class at Urban Yoga Charleston, followed by a true Southern brunch (biscuits and all) at Hominy Grill. Pro tip: If there’s a wait, grab a Bloody Mary from its walk-up window bar.

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Why you’ll love it Plan a trip to vibrant ATX and get ready for all the Country crooners and barbecue you can handle. The hip locale is packed with killer food, great nightlife and enough street art to keep your Insta feed full for months. Where to snap a shot Pose alongside one of the city’s iconic murals, like the “Greetings from Austin” wall or the “Love is the question love is the answer” wall at 12th and West Lynn. What not to miss Pile your party into a hip rental house, or go with one of the many boutique hotels, like the colorful Austin Motel, sleek South Congress Hotel or upscale Hotel Saint Cecilia. Spend the day at the “it” local watering hole, Barton Springs Pool, or take your buds paddle-boarding on scenic Lady Bird Lake. >>

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Why you’ll love it If a quaint weekend of R&R is your jam, then this New England island escape is for you. A few days in Nantucket and your feed is sure to be awash with all things navy and white, blooming hydrangeas and charming cedar-shingle homes. May we suggest your group buy matching boat shoes for the trip? Where to snap a shot On a sunny sail with your best mates. What not to miss Once you settle into your rooms at one of the island’s sweet hotels (21 Broad, 76 Main, White Elephant and The Pineapple Inn all pack in the charm), head right to local favorite eatery Black-Eyed Susan’s for a hearty breakfast and some people watching. The island is only 48 square miles, so rent bikes from Young’s Bicycle Shop postbreakfast and pedal your way to some of ’Sconset’s most beautiful locations, like Sankaty Head Lighthouse, Cliff Road and Surfside Beach. If the ocean is your preferred method of travel, charter a sailboat through Endeavor Sailing, pop some bubbly and take in the Atlantic coastline from your ride. Once lunch rolls around, an outdoor spot like Cisco Brewers is a great place to enjoy the afternoon sun and snack on a lobster roll. Follow that up with a bit of shopping at popular mom-and-pop stores like Current Vintage, In the Pink and The Lion’s Paw, or opt for ice cream in a homemade waffle cone from The Juice Bar. For a delicious dinner, Cru, Galley Beach (ask your waiter to take a group photo during sunset) and The Proprietor’s Bar & Table will be crowd-pleasers whether your pals prefer surf or turf.

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Stroll through SoCo to do some shopping, and get a quick pick-me-up treat from nearby Voodoo Doughnut. For dinner, a big boisterous group will feel right at home at Second Bar & Kitchen, while Eden East promises a farm-to-table meal your girls won’t soon forget. Cap off your night with drinks at Easy Tiger, Whisler’s or Garage, or catch a live show at Broken Spoke. And if you’ve been sipping enough bubbly, you and your crew could even become the stars of the show during karaoke at The Highball.

Why you’ll love it If the thought of whitewater rafting, hiking or craft breweries gets your heart thumping, then Portland should be on your must-visit list. Adventure buddies will go crazy over Portland’s great-outdoors-geared activities, while those seeking a more chill experience will love the hipster scene the city offers. Where to snap a shot Grab a cone outside local legend ice cream stop Salt & Straw for #foodporn everyone will be jealous of. What not to miss The centrally located Ace Hotel is an everpopular bachelorette spot, while The Society Hotel and Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel have their own cult followings. Kick off your weekend with a little bit of green time at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Mount Tabor or Washington Park, where you can catch a glimpse of the internationally acclaimed rose garden (and get some inspo to send to your florist). No trip to Portland would be complete without a little coffee and beer imbibing, so hit up local giant Stumptown Coffee Roasters before taking part in a few brewery tours. Can’t pick from the 60-plus spots in Portland? Book an experience through Brewvana, which gives you a VIP look into stops around the city with their all-access bus tour. If your group isn’t into IPAs, take a pottery or paint class through Carter & Rose, or indulge in a luxurious foot soak and massage at Soakology. Once your stomachs start rumbling, hit up Pok Pok for unique Thai Portland, OR

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dishes, Farm Spirit for a veggie menu that will blow your mind or Departure for some local favorites. End your night with another sweet-tooth fix at Blue Star Donuts or a trip to Multnomah Whiskey Library for the best spirit selection in Portland.

Palm Springs, California Why you’ll love it For a weekend packed with color, personality and sunshine, Palm Springs is your place. Picture this: You and your girls sipping coladas poolside out of cups with flamingo koozies (obviously), then hitting the streets to take in all the food, fun and culture this desert town has to offer. Where to snap a shot Head to The Saguaro hotel, where guests, day visitors and locals alike can spend time sunning themselves at the playful and crazy-colorful rainbow pool area. What not to miss Palm Springs has some of the coolest hotels around—Ace Hotel, The Saguaro and the iconic Parker Palm Springs, to name a few—so you’ll definitely want to splurge on a fancy suite as your home away from home for the weekend. Fuel up with a morning iced cold brew from Ernest Coffee, then take in some local mid-century modern architecture with a tour through the Palm Springs Mod Squad. If your group prefers succulents to stylish interiors, then a jaunt through the Moorten Botanical Garden may be more your scene. Follow up with lunch at one of the retro-inspired spots in town, like Cheeky’s, Frankinbun (yes, hot dogs) or King’s Highway. Then, treat your squad to a little pampering at the luxe Palm Springs Yacht Club inside the Parker Palm Springs. Nightfall should find you at Workshop Kitchen & Bar for one of the best meals in town (and enviable interiors), followed by tropical libations at Bootlegger Tiki.

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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.

Danbury

Town Clerk 155 Deer Hill Ave. Danbury, CT 06810 (203) 797-4531 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., M-Th.

Fairfield

Town Clerk 611 Old Post Rd. Fairfield, CT 06824 (203) 256-3090 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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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

Newtown

Town Clerk 3 Primrose St. Newtown, CT 06470 (203) 270-4210 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Norwalk

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.

Stamford

Town Clerk 888 Washington Blvd., Fl. 1 Stamford, CT 06901 (203) 977-4054 8 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Trumbull

Town Clerk 5866 Main St., Fl. 1 Trumbull, CT 06611 (203) 452-5035 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

HARTFORD COUNTY East Granby

Hartford

Vital Records 550 Main St., Rm. 103 Hartford, CT 06103 (860) 757-9690 8:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Manchester

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

Newington

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.

Enfield

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.

Simsbury

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.

Glastonbury

Southington

Farmington

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.

LITCHFIELD COUNTY Goshen

MIDDLESEX COUNTY Chester

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 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

Litchfield

East Haddam

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.

Preston

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.

Torrington

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 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

Haddam

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

Middletown

Town Clerk 245 deKoven Dr. Middletown, CT 06457 (860) 344-3459 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Old Saybrook

Town Clerk 302 Main St. Old Saybrook, CT 06475 (860) 395-3135 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

NEW HAVEN COUNTY Cheshire

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.

Hamden

Town Clerk 2750 Dixwell Ave. Hamden, CT 06518 (203) 287-7112 8:45 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Meriden

City Clerk 142 E. Main St., Rm. 124 Meriden, CT 06450 (203) 630-4030 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Milford

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.

Wallingford

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.

Groton

Town Clerk 45 Fort Hill Rd. Groton, CT 06340 (860) 441-6640 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Ledyard

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.

Stonington

Town Clerk 152 Elm St. Stonington, CT 06378 (860) 535-5060 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

TOLLAND COUNTY Ellington

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

Tolland

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

Union

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

Vernon

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.

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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. WHERE TO APPLY Bronx

Dutchess County

Orange County

Rockland County

Brooklyn

Manhattan

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

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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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 $$

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 $$$

birchwoods at oak lane

1027 Racebrook Road, Woodbridge, CT (203) 389-5555 | (203) 314-7355

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 $$$

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 Events assures every detail will be attended to with personal care and sophisticated style. capacity 220 | price $$$

camelback lodge

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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 $$$

cascade

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 $$$

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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 $$$

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 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 With a prime lower Manhattan location, Conrad New York offers a stunning landscape for wedding ceremonies and photography. Our world-class catering

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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 $$

cradle of aviation museum

1 Davis Avenue, Garden City, NY (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 $$$

current

23rd Street and West Side Highway, New York, NY (212) 336-6144 events@piersixty.com PierSixty.com As one of New York’s most unique waterfront venues, 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. capacity 220 | price $$$

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 $$$

the diplomat beach resort

3555 South Ocean Drive, Hollywood, FL (855) 293-8851 | cateringinfo@diplomatresort.com DiplomatResort.com For a wedding overlooking the ocean, our sugar-sand beaches and shoreside perch awaits. Our attention to “I do day” perfection is highly personalized. Our beach-luxe resort is a welcoming haven, and it’s always our pleasure to help plan your wedding, from first-night soirees to a farewell brunch. capacity 1,500 | 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 $$$

engineers country club

55 Glenwood Road, Roslyn Harbor, NY (516) 629-5741 | ECCCatering.com We create extraordinary affairs with exquisite taste and style. Make your day unforgettable. capacity 300+ | 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,

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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.

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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 $$$

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 $$$

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the garden city hotel

45 Seventh Street, Garden City, NY (516) 663-7010 | caterer@gchotel.com GardenCityHotel.com Experience the Garden City Hotel’s legendary Grand Ballroom along with our deluxe guest rooms and suites. Whether an intimate celebration or lavish affair, let us create your dream day. We pride ourselves on impeccable service and a first-class culinary team led by world-renowned Chef David Burke. 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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glen cove mansion

200 Dosoris Lane, Glen Cove, NY (888) 426-4252 | 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 your waterfront wedding. Nestled on the shores of Huntington Harbor, the Harbor Club at Prime blends a modern and chic design with the beauty of the harbor view. As a single wedding venue, with on-site ceremonies, your wedding will be the main event! 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 $$$

heritage club at bethpage

99 Quaker Meeting House Road, Farmingdale, NY (516) 927-8380 blodato@lessings.com LessingsWeddings.com Formerly Carlyle on the Green, the Heritage Club at Bethpage stands as one of the most celebrated venues in New York state. Elegance and opulence is exuded from the incredible ballroom overlooking the world-renowned Bethpage Black Golf Course. It’s where award-winning cuisine meets remarkable service. capacity 300+ | price $$$

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 $$$

housing works bookstore

126 Crosby Street, New York, NY rentals@housingworks.org HousingWorks.org 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. 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

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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 $$

insignia

610 Smithtown Bypass, Smithtown, NY (631) 656-8100 | banquet@insigniasteakhouse.com EventsbyInsignia.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 $$

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intercontinental new york barclay

111 East 48th Street, New York, NY (212) 906-3237 | stephanie.hawkins2@ihg.com nickie.andrews@ihg.com InterContinentalNYBarclay.com The InterContinental New York Barclay is located steps from Park Avenue in the center of Manhattan with a recent full renovation, including a beautiful wedding event space. Allow our dedicated, expert team to guide you through the planning process and ensure no detail is overlooked. capacity 400+ | price $$$

interlaken inn

74 Interlaken Road, Lakeville, CT (800) 222-2909 | salesplanner@interlakeninn.com InterlakenInn.com Enjoy full use of the resort, nestled in the Litchfield Hills, with a scenic lakefront ceremony, garden cocktail reception and elegant dinner under a gorgeous yearround marquee tent and newly remodeled atrium. Charming guest rooms and suites, impeccable service and distinctive weekend weddings await. capacity 220 | price $$$

the kartrite hotel & indoor waterpark

555 Resorts World Drive, Monticello, NY (570) 517-7039 | groups@thekartrite.com TheKartrite.com New York’s newest hotel and indoor waterpark will bring a certain something to your fairy-tale day like no other destination in the region. The Kartrite Hotel & Indoor Waterpark is just a stone’s throw from Resorts World. There’s no better venue for those epic Instagram memories—opening early 2019. capacity 300 | price $$$

land’s end

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(631) 589-1888 | info@landsendweddings.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 $$$

larkfield

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) 777-0137 christine.brush@lawnclubfinecatering.com LawnClubFineCatering.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 $$

lessing’s

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 600+ | price $$$

lombardi’s on the bay

600 S. Ocean Avenue, Patchogue, NY (631) 654-8970 | info@lombardicaterers.com LombardisontheBay.com With breathtaking views of the Great South Bay and Fire Island, Lombardi’s on the Bay offers a legendary elegance exclusive to this venue. capacity 250 | price $$

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 200 | 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

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midtown loft and terrace

267 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY (212) 537-0117 | sales@midtownloft.net MidtownLoft.com Make your special day one to remember at New York’s most premier location! The beautifully landscaped Midtown Terrace provides a full view of Manhattan’s skyline for ceremonies and cocktails. After the ceremony, you and your guests can enjoy a stylish reception in our elegant Midtown Loft. capacity 300 | 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 $$$$

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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 upon the Hudson River, Monteverde offers enchanting river views and two charming settings for weddings and events: The Mansion 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 $$

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the north house

1 Nod Road, Avon, CT (860) 404-5951 | info@thenorthhouse.com The North House, a 250-year-old Connecticut gem that has always been a cherished social landmark, is also one of the state’s most sought-after event venues. Traditional, sophisticated style is present throughout. capacity 200 | price $$

ny zoos & aquarium

Bronx Zoo | Central Park Zoo | Queens Zoo Prospect Park Zoo | NY Aquarium (718) 741-3836 | events@wcs.org NYZooEvents.com Looking for a unique wedding location? Why not say “I do” at the zoo? All wedding couples receive a free one-year membership to our zoos. Make your green go further! All event proceeds help support the Wildlife Conservation Society’s mission to help save wildlife and wild places around the globe. capacity 150+ | price $$

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 $$$

oceanbleu

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 $$$$

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 $$

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 $$$$

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 $$

radegast hall and biergarten

113 N. 3rd St., Brooklyn, NY (718) 963-3973 | cl.radegast@gmail.com RadegastHall.com Our beautifully decorated bar room and beer halls were converted from what was once a functioning spice factory—the combination of industrial charm and old-world adornments provides a warm communal environment perfect for any wedding. capacity 425 | price $$

ravel hotel (penthouse 808 & the estate grand ballroom)

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 event space that offers Manhattan skyline and Queensboro Bridge views. The Estate Grand Ballroom features a 9,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor event space with a complete pre-function area. capacity 400 | price $$

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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 12,000-square-foot venue is all yours—we only host one event at a time! capacity 350+ | 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 $$

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1931 Portland-Cobalt Road, PO Box 427, Portland, CT (860) 342-0593 | info@saintclementscastle.com SaintClementsCastle.com Saint Clements Castle is located just 10 minutes away from Middletown, CT. Experience a European-style estate overlooking the Connecticut River with gracious courtyards, meticulously landscaped gardens and two elegant ballrooms. The rustic yet elegant features will make your fairy-tale wedding become reality. 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 $$$

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 $$$$

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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 $$$

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 ceremonies and cocktail parties. Terrace just completed a comprehensive multi-million dollar makeover. capacity 450+ | price $$$

trump national golf club

100 Shadow Tree Lane, Briarcliff Manor, NY (914) 373-6254 Our facility offers outdoor and indoor space, picturesque views of the grounds and is 30 minutes from Manhattan in the heart of Westchester County. With exquisite crystal chandeliers, floor-to-ceiling windows and a luxurious grand staircase, our stately Clubhouse lends itself to extraordinary events. 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 $$$

victory garden café

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 $$

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 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 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:

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201 Park Avenue South, New York, NY (917) 534-5916 | wusqevents@whotels.com WNewYorkUnionSquare.com/wedding Say “I do” in the center of it all. Whether you’ve always imagined a sultry ceremony in our stunningly spacious Great Room or a more intimate affair, W New York Union Square, will do Whatever/Whenever® to fulfill your every wedding wish and get guests as amped up as you. Let us wow you!

award-winning cuisine, exquisite ambience and superb service. The stately, European manor features gorgeous grounds and gardens—it’s simply magical looking! A unique setting inside and out! Accommodations are available for up to 600 guests. capacity 600 | price $$$

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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 $$$

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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.

weddings by regina marie

175 Capital Blvd., Suite 402, Rocky Hill, CT (959) 200-4399 | (203) 806-4050 regina@weddingsbyreginamarie.com WeddingsbyReginaMarie.com Weddings by Regina Marie is an award-winning wedding consulting company offering full-service, partial-planning and day-of coordination packages. Regina Marie takes pride in getting to know each couple personally and making their wedding day dreams come true.

cakes & caterers

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!

riviera caterers

(516) 205-0199 | tommy@rivieracaterers.com RivieraCaterers.com For over 100 years, the Riviera has taken pride in the belief that your wedding day or special event should be yours exclusively. At the Riviera, you will not have to share the facility, garden, staff or valets with any other bride and groom or their guests.

flowers & décor the woodstock inn & resort

Fourteen the Green, Woodstock, VT (802) 457-6647 | weddings@woodstockinn.com WoodstockInn.com The Woodstock Inn & Resort is New England’s most scenic, romantic and luxurious destination for a Vermont wedding. Our experienced staff, breathtaking facilities and charming ambiance create an exceptional setting for your special day. capacity 300 | price $$$

woodwinds

29 Schoolground Road, Branford, CT (203) 481-6577 | TheWoodwinds.com An event at Woodwinds will be remembered for its

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pedestals floral decorators

125 Herricks Road, Garden City Park, NY (516) 248-5300 | info@pedestalsflorist.com PedestalsFlorist.com Having over two decades of experience, Pedestals is the cutting edge of floral design. We offer a personalized design experience reflecting your style. Only the finest imported blooms are chosen for our clientele. Our award-winning design teams service the tri-state area and destination weddings.

bridal fashion & beauty

bea•u•ty mark

(516) 578-4805 | tara_silverman@ymail.com TaraSilverman.com Bea•U•ty Mark is a hair and makeup artist from Long Island serving clients and weddings throughout the local area. A timeline is set up for each client to get everything done promptly but efficiently, producing only the best work. We are confident that we can produce the exact look you have in mind.

beglammed

capacity 300 | price $$$

woodbury jewish center

in Midtown and Chelsea, we serve Manhattan, Long Island, Westchester and New Jersey.

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 having an intimate wedding or a lavish affair, our team will create the most memorable event. With locations

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.

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.

girasolè salon

26 Deer Park Ave., Babylon, NY (631) 422-0259 | girasolesalon@gmail.com GirasoleSalon.com Our bridal team is comprised of extremely talented stylists who love what they do. We create a work of art for our bride to wear on her most special of days. From mother of the bride to maid of honor, bridesmaids and flower girls, everyone will look exceptional!

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jude jowilson new york

208 West 29th Street, Suite 205, New York, NY (917) 362-8780 | info@judejowilson.com JudeJowilson.com Receive one-on-one attention by designer Jude Jowilson in his NYC showroom. Jude’s design aesthetic is sophisticated-classic with a modern approach and exquisite attention to detail. Find something you love from his collection, or let Jude create the dress of your dreams—custom made in NYC.

modern trousseau

New York City | New Haven, CT (212) 278-8030 | (203) 393-8936 nyshowroom@moderntrousseau.com newhaven@moderntrousseau.com ModernTrousseau.com/new-york ModernTrousseau.com/new-haven The distinctive designs of Modern Trousseau are the romantic creations of Australian-born designer Callie Tein. The hallmark of Modern Trousseau is customization, with each unique design evoking classic couture while expressing a vision of modern style and sophistication.

heartfelt studio

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.

nonesuch nyc

New York | (646) 741-2867 Seattle | (425) 243-6473 Santorini | +30 6980 515821 info@nonesuchnyc.com NoneSuchNYC.com We blend an unobtrusive documentary approach with the high-end aesthetic of fashion photography. We will create powerful visual compositions with you, conveying the genuine spirit of your day, to provide images that portray unchoreographed emotions and highlight the details that tell your story.

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s&e jewelers

6470 Transit Road, Depew, NY (716) 832-1595 We’ve made memories with you for 70 years, celebrating engagements and weddings, births and graduations through many generations. Our on-site goldsmith performs custom design and repairs. We have timepieces for every occasion. Our only limitation is your imagination!

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dreamlife photos & video

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.

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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!

genesis events

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.

silver arrow band

entertainment 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.

exciting elements for that special wedding day, Around Town is best known for its ability to make events spectacular.

(720) 937-5185 | info@silverarrowband.com SilverArrowBand.com Silver Arrow is a premium, customizable 3- to 14-piece band at a sensible price. They host live local showcases so couples can preview the band before booking. Their talented and professional musicians bring energy and fun to every event they perform and pride themselves on filling dance floors!

soulsystem orchestras

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.

sound society band (ny)

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

Manhattan (347) 282-0399 | info@soundsociety.band SoundSociety.band We partner with highly selective clients to create upscale events that are distinctive and unrepeatable. Our artists are among the world’s most gifted touring and studio musicians. They deliver unrivaled entertainment experiences that get people dancing— and talking. Ask about travel!

total dj entertainment group

593 Route 6, Mahopac, NY (845) 628-2800 | djsquintsnyc@gmail.com 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.

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kolbo fine judaica gallery

437 Harvard St., Brookline, MA (617) 731-8743 | Kolbo.com Our friendly, knowledgeable staff can help you find your Jewish wedding essentials, including kiddush cups, breaking glasses and ketubot with a variety of texts— egalitarian, interfaith, same-sex and others. Register for handmade candlesticks, menorahs, seder plates and more to celebrate holidays together.

specialty services

We promise to make memories that will last a lifetime! • 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

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blanc de bleu cuvée mousseux

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(800) 624-5448 | TheGrandBand.com The Grand Band is an innovative and unique accessory that wraps around and holds anything you might keep in your wallet—ID, cash, credit cards, business cards and more. Crafted in gold, silver, steel or aluminum, the Grand Band comes with free engraving—and save 15 percent with discount code: WEDDING18.

riverside men’s shop

6470 Transit Road, Depew, NY (716) 833-8401 We’ve served Buffalo for 100 years, since 1918, with free alterations. Our Wedding Suit Program allows groomsmen to own their suits rather than rent—the groom’s suit is free with a wedding party purchase of five suits. Empowering the Men of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. The Legacy Continues!

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 26 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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3 West Club

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Coral House on Milburn Lake

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360º East at Montauk Downs

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Cradle of Aviation Museum

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620 Loft & Garden

45

The Crescent Beach Club

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Abigail Kirsch

11

Current

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Abigail Kirsch at The Loading Dock

11

Delegates Dining Room at The United Nations

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Above

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The Diplomat Beach Resort

213

Allegria Hotel

279

East Wind Long Island

184

Aqua Turf Club

141

The Edison Ballroom

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Aria Wedding & Banquet Facility

145

Engineers Country Club

277

Atlantis Banquets + Events

247

Estate at Three Village Inn

16

Bay Ridge Manor

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F.E.A.S.T. at Round Hill

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Bear Mountain Inn

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Faculty House | Columbia University

189

Birchwoods at Oak Lane

165

Falkirk Estate and Country Club

25

Bourne Mansion

16

Farmington Club

141

Brecknock Hall

307

Farmington Gardens

161

Brentwood Country Club

16

Flowerfield

30

Bridgeview Yacht Club

169

Fox Hollow

125

Bristol Harbour Weddings

29

The Garden City Hotel

22

The C.V. Rich Mansion

305

The Garden House at Keeler Tavern Museum

165

Camelback Resort

43

The Garrison

121

Caperberry Events Catering

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Glen Cove Mansion

280

The Carltun

41

Glen Island Harbour Club

83

Cascade

155

Grand Marquis

2

Castle Hotel & Spa

53

Grand Oaks Country Club

197

Château at Coindre Hall

16

Harbor Club at Prime

229

Chateau Briand

269

Harbor Links

256

Cloud Nine Catering

164

Heritage Club at Bethpage

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Montauk Lake Club & Marina

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The Highlands

121

Montauk Manor

16

Hollow Brook Golf Club

107

Monteverde at Oldstone

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Housing Works Bookstore

101

Mountain Top Inn & Resort

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Indian Ridge Preserve

297

New York Public Library

15

The Inn at New Hyde Park

225

New York Zoos & Aquarium

116

Insignia

33

Nicotra’s Ballroom

49

InterContinental New York Barclay

113

The North House

161

Interlaken Inn

163

NYIT de Seversky Mansion

288

The Kartrite Hotel & Indoor Waterpark

89

Oceanbleu

263

The Lace Factory Events

164

Onteora

311

Land’s End

30 The Overlook at Geer Tree Farm

159

Larkfield

233 Paramount Country Club

187

Lawn Club Fine Catering

147 Pavilion at Sunken Meadow

16

Le Chambord

220 Peconic Bay Yacht Club

293

Leonard’s Palazzo

12 The Pelican Club

16

Lessing’s

16

Lombardi’s On The Bay

18

Pier Sixty and The Lighthouse

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Lyndhurst Castle

275

Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

211

Manhattan Penthouse on Fifth Avenue

173

The Prince George Ballroom

231

The Mansion at Oyster Bay

16

Radegast Hall & Biergarten

242

Mansion at Timber Point

16

Ravel Weddings

271

The Mansion at West Sayville

16

Renaissance Event Hall

307

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk

139

The Riverview

191

Mediterranean Manor

115

Riviera Caterers

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207

Royal Palm

195

Midtown Loft and Terrace

226

Saint Clements Castle

153

The Milleridge Inn

39

Sands Point Preserve

241

317

149

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142

Woodstock Inn & Resort

95

Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel

261

WoodWinds

150

The Skylark

11

Smithtown Landing Country Club

16

CAKES & CATERERS

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Soundview Caterers

245

Marcia Selden Catering & Events

183

Stonebridge Country Club

16

Riviera Caterers

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Surf Club on the Sound

37

Tappan Hill Mansion

11

FLOWERS & DÉCOR

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Terrace on the Park

97

Ariston Weddings & Events

85

Three-Sixty°

30

L’Atelier Rouge

26

Tribeca Rooftop

30

Pedestals Floral Decorators

47

Trump International Hotel & Tower

208

Trump National Golf Club

131

JEWELRY

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S&E Jewelers

77

BRIDAL FASHION & BEAUTY

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Bea•u•ty Mark

305

beGlammed

303

The Edge Salon & Spa

309

Girasolè Salon

313

Jude Jowilson

55

Modern Trousseau

4

Panache Bridal

9

The Vanderbilt at South Beach

133

Victory Garden Café

315

View Weddings

16

Villa Barone Hilltop Manor

119

Villa Barone Manor

179

Villa Lombardi’s

19

Villa Venezia

35

The Village Club at Lake Success

291

The Vineyards at Aquebogue

16

W New York - Union Square

60

Watermill Caterers

285

Westbury Manor

239

Whitby Castle

16

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Windsor Court Hotel

217

Emily Clarke Weddings and Events

219

Woodbury Jewish Center

267

Jove Meyer Events

199

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235

Scarlett Entertainment

127

Weddings by Regina Marie

163

Silver Arrow Band

301

Soulsystem Orchestras

109

PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO

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Sound Society Band

297

5th Avenue Digital Photography

122

Total DJ Entertainment Group

57

A Day of Bliss

171

Banga Studios

215

SPECIALTY SERVICES

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Dreamlife Photos & Video

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Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux

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Heartfelt Studio

287

Bombshell Graphics

110

Hechler Photographers

175

Grand Band

315

NoneSuch

21

Jenks Productions

236

Myrtle & Rum

128

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Riverside Men’s Shop

77

74 Events

303

Tran-Star Executive Transportation

264

Around Town Entertainment

181

Wish Upon a Wedding

59

East Coast Music & Entertainment, Inc.

311

Genesis Events

91

BRIDAL REGISTRIES

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Jordan Kahn Orchestra

104

Kolbo Fine Judaica Gallery

301

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319

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