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Catering One Wedding at a Time for Over 100 Years

• State-of-the-Art Wedding Venue and Event Space in Brooklyn • Michelin Star Catering and Cuisine • Personally Customized Bespoke Menus and Cocktails • Picturesque Gardens and Ceremony Space

Contact us for more information on our all-inclusive wedding packages: 718.372.3031 or Tommy@rivieracaterers.com

THE RIVIERA BROOKLYN • 2780 STILLWELL AVE, BROOKLYN, NY 11224 • RIVIERACATERERS.COM

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CONTENTS

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

PHOTOGR APH BY DEWEY NICKS

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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.

110 Round Hill Road, Washingtonville, NY • 800.337.2556 • 845.497.7476 • FeastatRoundHill.com facebook.com/FeastatRoundHill

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CONTENTS

fashion & beauty 223

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

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

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stylist on call Celebrity stylist Jeanne Yang dishes on everything menswear.

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elements of style

style 191

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

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

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

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

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

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

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your next act

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Indulge Your Senses M A K E YO U R N E X T E V E N T A N E X P E R I E N C E I N U R B A N W I N E C O U N T R Y.

E V E N T S @ C I T Y W I N E R Y. C O M

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CONTENTS

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traditions with a twist

planning special connecticut guide Venues, amenities and expert advice for a memorable wedding in southern Connecticut.

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

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venue makeover

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Smart hacks to help camouflage eyesores at your venue.

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DEST

hajir & omar

real weddings

crowd-pleasers

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

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shot at love

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Our best advice for finding the right photographer for your day.

amanda & brian

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cesarina & ramond

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caitlin & alex

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adam & tyler

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virginia & max

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hajir & omar

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melissa & kyle

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kate & michael

november 10, danbury, ct

september 8, long island city

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danielle & doreen

july 7, polson, mt

june 30, brooklyn

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jordana & jason june 2, hudson

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lacee & preston june 23, meriden, ct

june 16, pound ridge

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liz & phil september 15, madison, ct

november 10, new york city

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stephanie & kartik september 2, old saybrook, ct

september 15, mt. tremper

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flora & will october 20, new york city

august 26, centerport

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noah & p.j. october 7, earlton

november 15, brooklyn

kanha & jilson

molly & chuka september 15, long island city

august 25, brooklyn

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melissa & israel may 24, punta cana, dominican republic

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Your best day ever, our impressive place. We’ll handle the hard parts so you can party hard.

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ABOUT THE COVER

get the look

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

COVER Dress in sizes up to 24, $6,560, Francesca Miranda at Bergdorf Goodman, Bergdorf Goodman.com (New York City), Saks Fifth Avenue, SaksFifthAvenue .com (New York City); engagement ring, $1,289 (not including center stone), NoamCarver.com

COVER Dress in sizes up to 16, $2,375, cape in sizes up to L, $5,465, JennyPackham .com; earrings, $168, JenniferBehr.com

COVER Dress in sizes up to 12, price upon request, Elie Saab at Bergdorf Goodman, BergdorfGoodman .com (New York City), Esti’s, EstisOnly .com (Brooklyn), Saks Fifth Avenue, SaksFifthAvenue .com (New York City); earrings, $125, KennethJayLane.com

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

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

BEHIND THE SCENES

The Greatest Show On Earth

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

animal kingdom

a note about four-legged performers

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

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

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

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

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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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Waterfront Weddings

reputation

is everything.

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

631.654.8970 | 600 South Ocean Ave., Patchogue, NY | LombardisontheBay.com

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your day

is everything.

Family Owned and Operated • Newly Redesigned • Beautiful Private Gardens • Lombardi’s Famous Gourmet Food

631.471.6609 | 877 Main Street, Holbrook, NY | VillaLombardis.com

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NEW YORK

EDITOR IN CHIEF

Kristen Maxwell Cooper DESIGN DIRECTOR

EXECUTIVE EDITOR

MANAGING EDITOR

MANAGING EDITOR

SENIOR DIRECTOR, REAL WEDDINGS

PHOTO DIRECTOR

Tracy Everding

Lauren Kay

Susan Berryman

Maria Bouselli

Rebecca Crumley

Jo Miller

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

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

PRODUCTION PRODUCTION MANAGER Jesse Hardy SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER Katie Hover GRAPHIC DESIGNER Nicole Daberkow PHOTO PRODUCTION MANAGER Carly Steier CONTENT EDITOR Lois Brunnert Bethune

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THE STUDIO @ XO VP, CUSTOM CONTENT & HEAD OF STUDIO Nick Fortunato EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Elizabeth Roehrig EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Joanna Dedvukaj ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, SALES DEVELOPMENT MARKETING Chaucy Dixon DEPUTY EDITOR Kate Traverson INTEGRATED PRODUCER Alexandra Vicino SENIOR EDITOR Cassie Kreitner SENIOR MANAGER, CREATIVE MARKETING SOLUTIONS Jessica Bendes ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR Kelsey Paine SENIOR DESIGNER Amanda Kocis Gallagher JUNIOR DIGITAL MARKETING COORDINATOR Claire Flanagan ASSISTANT SOCIAL MEDIA EDITOR Stephani Schell SALES & MARKETING GROUP VP, LOCAL SALES John Pike, jpike@theknot.com PUBLISHER Carolyn Mantone, cmantone@theknot.com REGIONAL SALES DIRECTOR Mary Lou Pernod, mpernod@theknot.com (877) 502-0586 ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES George Proctor, gproctor@theknot.com (866) 630-0052

SENIOR REGIONAL/NATIONAL ACCOUNT MANAGER SPECIALIST REGIONAL SALES DIRECTOR FASHION ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE BEAUTY ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE SENIOR DIRECTOR, SHOWS & EVENTS DIRECTOR, PRODUCT MARKETING PRINT STRATEGY SPECIALIST SENIOR DIRECTOR, PUBLIC RELATIONS & BRAND MARKETING SENIOR MANAGER, PUBLIC RELATIONS & BRAND MARKETING COORDINATOR, PUBLIC RELATIONS & MARKETING COFOUNDER

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Carley Roney

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Be Over the Top

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

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

REAL WEDDINGS

get inspired Browse weddings from across New York, including Sarah and Calvin’s classic, elegant celebration at the Rainbow Room. “We wanted an iconic New York City wedding,” Sarah says. “The venue encompassed everything we needed— including zero view-obstructing columns.” Guests found their tables with an escort card installation made from a mini herb garden to stay with the organic feel of the day.

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C O A S TA L C H I C W E D D I N G D E S T I N AT I O N Offering intimate & unique bayside settings with the simple elegance of a coastal chic design, The Reeds is the most desirable seaside wedding destination at the southern New Jersey shore.

STONE HARBOR’S ONLY LUXURY BOUTIQUE HOTEL AND SPA

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L U X U R Y R I V E R F R O N T W E D D I N G D E S T I N AT I O N Edgy yet elegant, The River House is culturally rich and highly stylized, complete with sweeping riverfront views, perfectly curated furnishings, and vibrant local art that pay homage to New Hope’s history & charm.

Debuting early 2020

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R U S T I C T R A D I T I O N A L W E D D I N G D E S T I N AT I O N A traditional design accented with rustic farmhouse style, The Grove offers a whimsical woodland wedding experience inspired by the natural beauty of surrounding Parvin State Park.

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

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Your perfect wedding venue is conveniently located less than an hour from Manhaan and 2 miles from Woodbury Common Premium Shopping, with local hotels and shule services available. Events for 50-300 guests. Our entire staff is devoted to making the planning process and your Special Day everything you dreamed it would be.

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FOUR EXQUISITE VENUES, ONE U NF O RG ETTA B L E W ED D IN G

Jay Lim Photography Imagine Studios

Imagine Studios

EIN Photography

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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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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EDITOR ’S NOTE

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

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

Editor in Chief @kristenmax kristen@theknot.com Put your own twist on tradition—we’ve got the new “something blue” and swaps for the unity candle. (p. 252)

This colorful invite screams party. Find your perfect suite in our rainbow of paper inspo. (p. 199)

Doan Ly of a.p. bio created bouquets at every price point—and they’re all stunning. (p. 208)

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

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How amazing is this embellished cape? I love it as a veil alternative. (p. 242)

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Midtown Loft and Terrace

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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M AKE TR ADITION

THE SIGNAGE To make sure every guest followed along with the day’s events, Anisha and Antoine offered French and English translations in their stationery and signage.

THE COUPLE

Anisha Dadia (a writer and instructor) and Antoine Bouchié (a software engineer), New Yorkers.

THEIR WEDDING, THEIR WAY

love language

Anisha and Antoine jetted to his native France for a day packed with celebrations. First, the couple invited guests to a Hindu ceremony, then said “I do” at a Christian service—all planned from NYC. BY LOUIS BAR AGONA PHOTOGR APHY BY Y VAN ARCHENAULT & ALLEN COLT PHOTOGR APHY

THE IDEA “We wanted to honor our parents and fully embrace and celebrate both of our cultures,” Anisha says. To do that, the couple hosted two cultural ceremonies in Toucy at the Château des Gilats. In the morning, the couple made things official with Hindu tradition. After an Indian lunch, guests watched the pair say Christian vows.

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FASHION The pair started the day in a traditional lehenga and sherwani, but changed into Western looks for the Christian service. WEDDING PARTY Anisha and Antoine settled on orange outfits for the Hindu ceremony. “The vibrant colors really popped,” Anisha says.

HOME Anisha and Antoine first tied the knot with a civil ceremony in New York. “We threw a debaucherous party at the Empire State Building,” Anisha says. PARTY The newlyweds ended the night with both French and Bollywood tunes and international fare.

THE TEAM

CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Château des Gilats, Toucy, France FLORAL & EVENT DESIGN Mademoiselle Alice PHOTOGRAPHY France: Yvan

Archenault; New York City: Allen Colt Photography GOWNS Hindu: Omsara.co.uk; Western: Pronovias MENSWEAR Hindu: IndianWeddingSaree.com; Western: Suitsupply WEDDING PARTY Hindu: IndianWeddingSaree.com; Western: various INVITATIONS ALaCartePaperie, Etsy.com RENTALS, CATERING & CAKE Festins PHOTO BOOTH Yvan Archenault

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Antoine and Anisha rode off in his late father’s Mazda, used at each of his sibling’s weddings.

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M AKE TR ADITION

THE COUPLE Dana Conley (42 and owner of Conley & Silvers, a custom travel design and international event planning company) wed Adam Tooze (51 and a professor at Columbia University).

DAINTY DISHWARE “We love vintage china and have an eclectic collection of glamorous gilt-edged porcelain made up of broken sets acquired at auctions,” Adam says.

THEIR WEDDING, THEIR WAY

tea time

In under six weeks, Dana and Adam planned three days of events spanning six Manhattan locations that included City Hall “I dos” and two apartment bashes. Guess what? It was just their cup of tea. BY BECK Y MURR AY PHOTOGR APHY BY LISA HIBBERT PHOTOGR APHY

INSPIRATION “Adam brings me a cup of tea every morning,” Dana says. “It’s our ritual. Having tea together or bringing it to each other during the day is one of our ways of taking time to show affection for one another.”

PUPPY LOVE “Ruby, our

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two-year-old Havanese, loves nothing more than a party and has a particular penchant for champagne corks,” Dana says. A friend gifted them her outfit. FLOWERS Because Dana is a former gallerist specializing in vintage botanical art, she was drawn to arrangements reminiscent of still life paintings by the Dutch masters. A guest who also owns a floral design studio executed her vision.

The pair hosted an “English tea time” at their home after the Friday ceremony before heading to a dive bar for drinks.

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LIBATIONS In addition to bubbly, Adam’s favorite English tea

(in honor of his time spent in England), old-fashioneds nodding to Dana’s Kentucky roots and pink cosmopolitans signifying the pair’s new life together, got guests in the spirit at Saturday’s “champagne and canapés” cocktail reception.

THE TEAM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HARMONY WALTON Founder, Jet Fete and The Bridal Bar

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SHAWNA GOHEL Founder and editor in chief, Maharani Weddings

MARY CHATMAN CEO and editor in chief, Black Bride

LOUIS BARAGONA Associate real weddings editor, The Knot

MARK INGRAM Owner and creative director, Mark Ingram Atelier

LAUREN KAY Executive editor, The Knot

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

FA S H I O N

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

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

What kind of undergarments should I plan to wear to my dress fitting? MARK INGR AM: Try to wear the same undergarments you’ll be wearing on your actual wedding day. Many gowns today have a built-in corset and bust cups (or they can be easily added) so an additional bra is not required. Your undergarment needs will also depend on your body type, and the fabrication and structure of your gown. Ask your consultant for their recommendation before purchasing any added pieces.

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RECEPTION

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

ETIQUETTE

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

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What can New Yorkers expect to spend on their flowers, and how can they cut costs? Most couples spend anywhere from 15 to 25 percent of their wedding budget on flowers. The variance is impacted by the size of their guest list and wedding party, but also depends on their style, which can be minimalist or elaborate. To make the most of your budget, I recommend going a bit more minimal on the centerpieces. There are so many ways to create a romantic, textured tablescape. To get fresh flowers at the best price, choose locally grown and seasonal blooms. Even dahlias or peonies come at a great price in the spring because they’re so abundant. If you’re not sure about what’s in season, just ask around at the flower market. One place I wouldn’t cut costs: the bouquet, if you choose to have one. It’s something so special and personal, and it’s going to be in most of the day’s photos. How can couples repurpose flowers from the ceremony to the reception? Ceremony arches make a gorgeous frame for a sweetheart table. To switch things up even more, they can also be a great addition to a bar or a dessert table. I also love repurposing bouquets and displaying them in low vases on the sweetheart table.

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What unique or unexpected flower pairings would you like to see more often? I’d love to see dried flowers in the mix. I crave texture in floral design, and adding dried blooms to fresh arrangements creates something really stunning. I’d also love to see more earth tones like sand and clay. Those colors are so rich and warm and offer an unusual twist on more standard blush or white color palettes. I love a style that’s a little offbeat, like a muted, dusty palette for a springtime event. It goes against the trend of bright, warm-weather colors and feels so clean and elegant. Tell us about one of your most creative designs. One of my absolute favorites was a greenery ceiling installation we did at a warehouse-style venue in Brooklyn. The ceilings were 20-feet high, and we hung clusters of thick, green vines from the beams above. Walking into the room felt like entering a dense, overgrown forest. It was pure magic. How can couples personalize their flowers to set them apart? Communicate. Florists take layers of inspiration from couples in so many ways, drawing from their event space, their style and their color palette. Talk at length about what you’re drawn to as a couple, and then give the florist room to create it.

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Laura Mae Pfeffer, owner and creative director of Until We Wed, a Brooklyn floral design studio

When should couples book their floral designer, and what should they expect? As soon as you’ve booked your venue, start looking for your florist. The event space is a big determinant of your floral design, so that will help guide some of the details. FYI, many florists only take on one wedding per day, so we tend to book up fast. With the florist booked, we’ll head to the consultation, which is one of my favorite parts of the process. I get a feel for who the couple is, what elements draw them together and then talk to them about the process. From there, we’ll talk style, narrow down smaller details and find something that fits their vision.

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Which two wines, one white and one red, should couples serve? I recommend one wine that’s brighter and lighter in body, and one that’s denser, fuller and more opulent. It’s all about the balance and finding something for everyone. Chardonnay and pinot noir might make a great duo if the chardonnay is well rounded with oak and slightly aged, while the pinot is young, bright and perfumed. That said, there are many different expressions and flavors of grapes. Finding the right ones that work takes sampling and advice from a sommelier.

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What should couples keep in mind when selecting their wine list or picking pairings? Ask yourself about the style and the flavor profile, but remember: Wine is about pleasure. Generally, we tend to consider only intensity when choosing pairings, which usually results in lighter-bodied, delicate white wines accompanying lighter dishes like salmon. That’s changing. Pinot noir is now a staple with salmon. On the other hand, you don’t need to pair a denser, fuller wine with heavier dishes. Veal with an oak-aged chardonnay or rosé with barbecue is a total dream. Taste different combinations, trust your palate and don’t be afraid to break the “rules.” Other than cheese, what’s your favorite dish or spread to serve with wine? One of my favorite pairings is a lobster roll with a glass of late-harvest sweet white wine. The richness is over the top. Just imagine warm butter, sweet lobster meat and an extravaganza of candied orange, honey, ginger and tropical fruit aromas, all with a backbone of acidity to counterbalance and cut through the richness. Be honest: Is rosé really just a summer wine? There are many different styles of rosé available on the market now, so no, you really don’t have to limit it to one season. For example, some beautiful, full-bodied rosé wines from Bordeaux are amazing with hearty meals and red meats, no matter the time. Whenever you choose to sip rosé, it should be refreshing and full of fruit aromas. What are some ways couples can save on wine if they’re on a tight budget? Couples should understand what their guests like and how they like to party. If your guests aren’t big drinkers, opt for a consumption tab. That way, you will only be charged only for what is consumed. It’s also important to be aware of corkage fees. Most venues will charge a per-bottle fee for opening, service and glassware. Sometimes these fees might also include sommelier services or rentals. Luckily, there’s no set price for wines. Instead, it depends on the particular wine, producer or vineyard. There are not only some great options priced at $45 to $50 a bottle, but also incredible bottles of both red and white for $65 to $75 a bottle.

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Ganna Fedorova, the National Beverage Director at City Winery

How should a couple approach selecting the wines for their wedding? I always want to know what our clients prefer to drink in their everyday lives, and I find wines that are extensions of those preferences. It’s most important that guests feel comfortable with the selection while still having options that stimulate their curiosity. It’s usually a mix of classic, familiar wines like chardonnay, pinot noir and cabernet from the New World complemented by sancerre, valpolicella or priorat. A couple should always inquire if the wine pairing is available when they come in for a tasting. This allows them see how the wines pair with the cuisine as well as how knowledgeable the staff is about wine.

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When should clients start shopping for a custom look? We encourage clients to come to us three to four months before their wedding. Ten to 11 weeks after their first fitting, clients will officially try on their suit for the first time.

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Amanda Rubin (30 and works in global advertising sales) and Brian Goldslager (32 and a director of finance) went with two distinct themes for parts one and two of their day. “The ceremony was an ethereal, boho fairy tale, while the party was metallics and rock,” Amanda says. The pair exchanged vows under a chuppah with a “wildflower forest aesthetic” that was meant to “drip with flowers,” Amanda says. They also put a twist on the traditional seven Jewish blessings by incorporating their seven favorite quotes into the ceremony instead. The service’s “earthy vibe” was captured by the ketubah and Amanda’s dress, which included a dip-dyed green silk and tulle layer to give the dress a subtle hint “as if I had just walked through the grass and picked up brush along the way,” Amanda says. Brian also joined in with his custom dark green suit. —Becky Murray

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WEDDING PARTY The bridesmaids carried a single stem of their choice. “At the end, we created a unity bouquet,” Amanda says. ARTWORK The two designed a custom poster that mimicked the look of a ’70s concert advertisement, inspired by the likes of Phish and Grateful Dead. Guests took home “limited edition” copies of the poster, and Brian and Amanda hung the original in their apartment. CAKE Their chocolate champagne cake “obviously had gold foil,” Amanda says.

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DÉCOR Palm leaves, mini bananas, birds of paradise and other tropical plants decorated the party, with a few stems getting a hit of gold spray paint.

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SIGNAGE The pair’s hashtag “#AmandaStrikesGold” was a pun on the location and both of their names. Phrases like “Namaste Out All Night” and “Let The Good Vibes Roll” set the right tone. AFTER-PARTY Late-night, Amanda changed into a custom rainbow sequin romper and threw her hair into a high ponytail. MOOD “Brooklyn Bowl was all about the party,” Amanda says. “They have a giant disco ball in the center of the room, so it felt natural to throw a disco-rock concert in paradise.”

AMANDA & BRIAN’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY SITE Ravel Hotel, Long Island City RECEPTION SITE Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn PHOTOGRAPHY Lev Kuperman Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Love + Brain Films PLANNER &

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CENTERPIECES An assortment of disco balls, fairy lights and geodes topped tables and complemented the venue’s scheme of primary colors and metallics.

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WEDDING PARTY The bridesmaids’ glamorous looks brought serious “wow factor,” Cesarina says.

Because Cesarina Javier (32 and a school counselor) is Dominican and Ramond Desroches (31 and human resource generalist) is Haitian and Puerto Rican, they chose to blend their respective backgrounds for their wedding. For example, guests found signs at the reception that read #FromQueLoQueToSakPase— an idea hatched because Dominicans greet one another with “que lo que” and Hatians use “sak pase.” And at the reception, the DJ played a mix of Spanish songs, reggae, reggaeton, salsa, bachata and merenge. “Our goal was to have everyone on their feet dancing,” Cesarina says. “We wanted to make sure everyone had a good time.” Afterall, everyone needed to cut loose: An unexpected snowstorm hit that November, forcing Cesarina and Ramond to delay the ceremony by two hours. “Just seeing that our guests made it, made the ceremony that much more special,” Cesarina says. —BM

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the reception that she scored for $800 and altered to better fit her style. CANDLE DISPLAY “We didn’t want anything over the top,” Cesarina says. “The extensive use of candles at the ceremony made the room feel like a modern-day fairy tale.” SIGNAGE The two named their signature drink of vodka, mint and cucumber after their dog, Minnie.

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CAKE The marble and gold cake had alternating layers of chocolate and Dominican cake with dulce de leche filling. DÉCOR “Throughout the wedding, we used geometric decorations that made the design feel unique,” Cesarina says. Tall centerpieces created with stacked rectangular stands were topped with cascading flowers and candles.

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FIRST SONG Jilson surprised Kanha with a lineup of songs significant to their relationship. “Each song was a reminder of all the moments that brought us to that day,” Kanha says.

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MUSIC NOTES “Our small guest book guitar is symbolic to us because the first present Jilson ever gave me was a guitar,” Kanha says. They plan to use it to teach their future children how to play.

THEIR STORY Kanha Bou (29 and a consumer insights director) and Jilson Cabrera (31 and a financial analyst) hail from Cambodia and the Dominican Republic, respectively, and “it was important for us to have flowers and details that reminded us of that,” Kanha says. Their love for travel—especially to the Caribbean—also inspired the day’s theme. “Our goal was for guests to feel like they left New York and came to visit us somewhere far, beautiful and warm,” Kanha says. During the ceremony, they invited loved ones to participate in the Cambodian knot tying ritual, with each red string tied around their wrists symbolizing a marriage blessing. —BM

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Cambodian attire, we changed into gold silk sarongs,” Kanha says. “I got to wear a gold tiara, and Jilson carried a sword, which symbolizes protection for his wife.”

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CEREMONY SIP Guests drank from fresh coconuts while waiting for the service to get underway.

RECEPTION “As soon as we walked through the cobblestone courtyard located in the center of the mansion and saw the adjoining gardens, we knew that the Vanderbilt Museum was our venue,” Kanha says. “The terra-cotta tile roof, stucco exterior and unique ironwork made us feel like we had traveled to the Mediterranean.” WEDDING PARTY The girls’ soft peach gowns fit right in with the day’s “tropical yet chic” color palette, Kanha says. Each carried a monstera leaf and blush anthurium.

KANHA & JILSON’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Vanderbilt

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“I’ll never forget when I turned around and saw my future wife for the first time in her breathtaking dress,” Alex says. “A lightness shot down my spine, and joy warmed my heart.”

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THEIR STORY Caitlin Mckenna (31 and a creative operations manager at Bumble and bumble) and Alex Chappo (36 and member of the band CHAPPO) took inspiration for their boho-chic day from the colors of Foxfire’s Moroccan tiles, and even stood on a vintage Moroccan rug for their ceremony, which they infused with originality. “It involved the four elements—earth, wind, fire and water—and a fifth element, love,” Caitlin says. Himalayan salt represented earth, white pillar candles from their apartment stood for fire and they brought along water from the shores of New Jersey, where Caitlin’s from. For love, the feather from Alex’s stage costume from the show he played when they first met was particularly sentimental. —BM

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King protea and passionflower vine gave Caitlin’s clutch an exotic look.

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WEDDING PARTY “The color palette I was going for was ‘Indian summer,’ ” Caitlin says, which inspired her bridesmaids’ looks. They carried three stems for their modern bouquet: a calla lily, dahlia and rose. ATMOSPHERE “We wanted a nice mix of traditional and formal elements but with a certain flair and flavor that felt like us,” Caitlin says. “We had wonderful centerpieces that our friends and family helped assemble, and Alex hand-wrote all the place cards.”

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FIRST DANCE The newlyweds danced to “Down by The Water” by The Drums on the venue’s floor of Moroccan tiles. SECOND LOOK Caitlin changed into a custom-made, hand-embroidered look with a skirt and a vintage metallic-blue faux-pearl crown. CAKE Two tiers of Meyer lemon cake sandwiched an almond cake layer. Guests left with Jersey peach jam that Caitlin and her mom made, and a mini bottle of made in Louisiana TABASCO sauce to nod to Alex’s homestate.

CAITLIN & ALEX’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Foxfire

Mountain House, Mt. Tremper PHOTOGRAPHY Paul Simon/Forged in The North PLANNER Kateri Jude de Valencia/Foxfire Mountain House FLOWERS Aurora Botanica GOWNS Ceremony: Rue de Seine, Lovely Bride, New York City; reception: Aurora Vestita SUIT King Sarah Clothing, Brooklyn WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE Various HAIR Le Shag MAKEUP

The Blushery SHOES Caitlin: ceremony: Gucci; reception: Loeffler Randall; Alex: Aldo ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Stvdio

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House OFFICIANT Noah Hebert (friend) MUSIC Ceremony: Phil Pickens; reception: DJ Jaytram FAVORS Homemade Jersey peach jam; TABASCO

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NOVEMBER 10

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THEIR STORY Adam Eisenhut (30 and a vice president at Brand Assembly) and Tyler Bush (38 and a creative director at Jessica Weber Design, Inc.) dined and danced with 60 for their swanky, jewel-toned Manhattan affair. “We both love the Art Nouveau movement, and our invitations that Tyler designed reflect that,” Adam says. Guests were also readied for the night with a fashion mood board, courtesy of Adam, with the instruction, “semi-formal with imagination! Ladies, hats are encouraged, but optional. Gentlemen, impress me.” Friends and family helped with everything from flower arrangements to the set list, with live performances all night, including ceremony solos, a cocktail hour jazz trio, a ukulele-accompanied performance at dinner, and a live band and DJ takeover at the reception. —BM

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STYLE “We let Norwood shine, as it offers so much personality,” Adam says. “For the elements we designed, we fell back on our palette of burgundy, navy and copper.”

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MOOD “Before even becoming engaged, I thought of having a wedding that felt like a fun, fancy house party,” Adam says. “We found everything we were looking for at Norwood.” CAKE The showstopper was iced with a painted effect and wrapped with sugar bubbles. DANCE Though a

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New York City PHOTOGRAPHY Phillip Van Rachelle Koser/Norwood FLOWERS Adam New York City; tie: The Tie Bar; cuff links: Spivey; pocket square: Etro; Tyler: Black Lapel SHOES Adam: Florsheim; Tyler: Kenneth Cole ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Tiffany & Co. STATIONERY Design:

Tyler Bush; printing: Coeur Noir RENTALS Norwood CATERING Norwood CAKE Cake Alchemy DESSERTS Norwood OFFICIANT Jennifer Zinn (Adam’s former teacher) MUSIC Ceremony: Andrew Halchak; Christina Halchak; Paige Herschell; Ryan Garrett; reception: Darrell

ACCESSORIES Adam’s cuff links were pink geodes, while Tyler wore his dad’s college class ring, his granddad’s cuff links and a silver engraved bracelet that Adam gifted him on the morning of their wedding.

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• POUND RIDGE

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FASHION Max accessorized with a subtle camo Valentino tie and classic all-white Vans, and Virginia wore the diamond and sapphire bracelet that her dad gave to her mom when she was born.

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THEIR STORY For what Virginia Utley (28 and works for the family business) calls her “unfussy” wedding to Max Edelman (28 and a cook), they leaned on “pops of color” and sentimental notes highlighting family. Max’s uncle officiated, and Virginia wrapped her bouquet with a piece of cloth from her grandfather’s camping tent. “My sister did the same thing at her wedding, and it was nice to have a piece of him there,” Virginia says. They had their first look at Max’s grandparents’ estate. “We planned on having Max’s grandfather marry us, but he passed away before the wedding,” Virginia says. “Being on their property really made us feel like he was there.” They even took a ride in Max’s dad’s car. —BM

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TABLE DÉCOR Virginia and her mom added clear acrylic table numbers to each table along with handmade place cards. The ones on the head table got an extra-special touch: neon pink edging. “Because the reception was at a Jean-Georges Restaurant, the food was incredible,” Virginia says. Guests sampled truffle pizza, crispy salmon sushi and more. RIDE The newlyweds drove off in Max’s dad’s Bentley convertible. CAKE The vanilla confetti cake lit up with a neon light heart topper.

VIRGINIA & MAX’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY SITE The Aldrich Contemporary

Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT RECEPTION SITE The Inn at Pound Ridge, Pound Ridge

MAKE TRADITION Virginia and Max’s guests didn’t hesitate to join in on the hora.

PHOTOGRAPHY Joseph Lin Photography FLOWERS Sweet Earth Co. GOWN A la Robe,

Spina Bridal, New York City SUIT Alton Lane; tie: Valentino WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE Bridesmaids: Joanna August; groomsmen: various HAIR Aleeta Mary MAKEUP Elizabeth McEvoy VEIL Britten SHOES Virginia: Sam Edelman; Max: Vans ENGAGEMENT RING Nicole Mera WEDDING RINGS Virginia: Nicole Mera; Max: D’Auria Brothers STATIONERY Invitations: The Whitney Shop; menus: The Inn at Pound Ridge RENTALS & CATERING The Inn at Pound Ridge CAKE The Cake Box CAKE TOPPER Neon Poodle by Sammy DESSERTS The Inn at Pound Ridge OFFICIANT

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SEPTEMBER 8

• LONG ISLAND CITY

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THEIR STORY Hajir Alttahir (32 and an architect and urban designer) and Omar Hammad (35 and an environmental engineer) met after he spotted her sketching at a convention and struck up a conversation. Some time and an engagement later, Hajir was sketching up a new idea: their wedding invitations. The two celebrated their union with a Middle Eastern–inspired celebration, including a Muslim sofreh aghd ceremony. They put an unconventional spin on the service by adding vows, which is uncommon. “It was important to us to state why we wanted to marry each other,” Omar says. “We said how much we’d enriched each other’s lives since we met.” —Louis Baragona

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FAVORS Guests took home engraved metal pomegranateshaped boxes. In the sofreh aghd, the fruit represents joy and hope for the future.

FLOWERS Jewel-toned orchids, chocolate Queen Anne’s lace, dahlias and lavender topped tables. “We wanted the flowers to be a cross between an English country garden and a Moroccan courtyard,” Hajir says. STATIONERY Hajir designed and illustrated all of the floral paper goods, which included a rendering of the Queensboro Bridge and the Manhattan skyline. CAKE The couple cut into three layers of different flavors: banana with salted caramel, lemon with rosewater and vanilla with green tea.

HAJIR & OMAR’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE The Foundry,

Long Island City PHOTOGRAPHY Nicki Fietzer/De Nueva Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Forged in the North PLANNER Jacob Heger/ Naturally Delicious Caterers EVENT DESIGNER & FLOWERS Ivie Joy Floral Arts + Events GOWN & HEADPIECE Hermione de Paula,

London SUIT Joseph Abboud; shirt: Calvin Klein; tie & pocket square: Mrs Bow Tie; cuff links: Aspinal of London; socks: Ted Baker WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE Bridesmaids:

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• BROOKLYN

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THEIR STORY When it came to tropical wedding destinations, Danielle DeLuna (left, 36 and a brand manager) and Doreen Kramer (34 and a certified nurse midwife) looked no further than Park Slope. “Though we’d considered a destination wedding, we chose a venue 15 minutes from home,” Danielle says. “We picked the Brooklyn Society of Ethical Culture because it has a strong social mission as well as a garden space.” To transport their guests to paradise, the couple decorated the space with orange and pink silk flowers, 1970s-inspired neon signage and pineapple cup favors for everyone to sip rum punch. After the celebration, the pair jetted off to their next destination: Andalusia, Spain. —LB

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FIRST DANCE Doreen has been a major fan of Al Green since she was a teenager, so it was only fitting for the newlyweds to start the ’70s-inspired party with “Let’s Stay Together.” “Al’s voice is so smooth and the tempo is just right for grooving,” Doreen says. GAME ON Between dances, guests showed off their competitive sides over rounds of croquet. CENTERPIECES Miniature pineapples, woven lanterns and, of course, silk monstera leaves topped cheerful pink tablecloths at the reception.

DANIELLE & DOREEN’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Brooklyn

Society for Ethical Culture, Brooklyn PHOTOGRAPHY Samantha Leonetti/Wilde

BOUQUETS Danielle and Doreen carried bright mixes of tropical greneery and ginger flowers.

Scout Photo Co. PLANNER Amy Shack Egan/Modern Rebel FLOWERS Bouquets: Belinda Martin; silk flowers: Jamali Garden GOWNS Danielle: Jill Stuart, Rent The Runway;

Doreen: Tadashi Shoji, Rent The Runway BEAUTY & HEADPIECE Eileen Sheppard SHOES Fluevog Shoes ENGAGEMENT RINGS Pippin Vintage Jewelry WEDDING RINGS Written by Forest STATIONERY

Paper Source RENTALS Westside Party & Tent Rental; Shades of Grey Productions Inc. CATERING Night Kitchen Catering PIE Baked OFFICIANT Chinaka Hodge

(friend) MUSIC DIY FAVORS Oriental Trading HONEYMOON Spain GUESTS 75

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JUNE 2

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THEIR STORY Jordana Rabinowitz (33 and a visual manager for Club Monaco) and Jason Ross (39 and a business valuation consultant) let their venue lead the way when it came to wedding day inspo. “I wanted something original and raw, but with history and creative energy,” Jordana says. “We found that in the Basilica.” Jordana used her creative background to design the details of the day while embracing the space’s features. “I loved how wild the Basilica felt with its 40-foot ceilings and weathered brick,” Jordana says. In juxtaposition to the antique surroundings, the pair filled the space with Lucite candle holders and a floating greenery chuppah. —LB

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DÉCOR Jordana called her color palette “50 shades of invisible,” choosing neutral whites, creams and grays. “I wanted more greenery than flowers, and I chose for the centerpieces to be more textural than colorful,” Jordana says. SIGNAGE In line with the venue’s history as a steel foundry, the couple displayed messages on metallic sheets with calligraphy. ENTRANCE Jordana’s family arranged for multiple cannons to shoot confetti and surprise the newlyweds as they headed to the reception.

JORDANA & JASON’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Basilica Hudson,

Hudson PHOTOGRAPHY Quyn Duong/One Night Cereus VIDEOGRAPHY Tweed Weddings PLANNER Jeanne Stark/Hudson Valley

Ceremonies FLOWERS Centerpieces & bouquets: Succulents & Saffron; chuppah: Nick Jones and Justin Davis/Davis Jones Design GOWN Shareen Bridal, New York City TUXEDO Groom: Ralph Lauren Purple Label; cuff links: Left Angle Jewelry; pocket square: Eton; tie: Prada WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE Bridesmaids: Jenny Yoo Collection; groomsmen: pocket squares: Eton; ties: Nordstrom FLOWER GIRL ATTIRE Jenny Yoo Collection HAIR & MAKEUP

La Tua Bella Beauty Bar SHOES Jordana: Stuart Weitzman; Jason: Magnanni ENGAGEMENT RING G. Anthony Jewelers WEDDING RINGS

Lisa Spiros STATIONERY Paper: Silk & Willow; calligraphy: Chelsea Rabinowitz/Hudson Calligraphy RENTALS Hudson Valley Ceremonies CATERING The Rhinecliff DOUGHNUTS Glazed

Over Donuts TOPPER Jordana’s grandmother OFFICIANT Rabbi Lauren Grabelle Herman MUSIC Jerry Kravat Music GUESTS 245

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FASHION Molly and Chuka changed into traditional Nigerian looks for the reception. “I wore an isiagu covered in roaring lion heads, which we can all agree is incredibly cool,” Chuka says.

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THEIR STORY Molly Samson (27 and an actor) and Chuka Ugwu-Oju (33 and an attorney) have mastered the art of combining old and new. Once Chuka proposed with a ring made from the stone Molly’s late father proposed to her mother with, the couple planned an affair at the historic Metropolitan Building, grabbing items from the venue’s prop closet and adding their own signature touch with colorful stationery and artistic installations and vignettes. “We really wanted to feel like we were at our own special party,” Molly says, “but we embraced the forgotten, funky feel of the mansion.” Later, their moms joined them on the dance floor, a new spin on the father-daughter dance. —LB

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MAKE TRADITION At Chuka’s mother’s instructions, Nigerian guests formed a circle and began to dance. Soon, Molly and Chuka joined—and guests threw money to reward them for their smooth moves. “Molly and I did our best and ended up with a respectable amount of cash, as is the custom,” Chuka says. DÉCOR Ripe pomegranates and grapes filled brass bowls, adding to the day’s antique vibe. COCKTAILS Guests sipped gin, lemon and rose water cocktails topped with a feverfew garnish.

MOLLY & CHUKA’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Metropolitan

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Samson (Molly’s sister) VEIL BellaBridalVeils, Etsy.com GELE Ravissante Atelier SHOES Molly: Bella Belle Shoes; Chuka: Johnston & Murphy ENGAGEMENT RING HeidiGibson.com WEDDING RINGS Molly: Ferkos Fine Jewelry;

Chuka: BlueNile.com STATIONERY Invitations: Michelle Maurer (friend); save-the-date: Maggie Samson; calligraphy: Lauryn Muraida (friend) RENTALS Big Dawg Party Rentals CATERING Eventfull.NYC CAKE Maggie Samson DOUGHNUTS The Donut Pub OFFICIANT

Amy Ng (friend) MUSIC Ceremony & cocktail hour: Manhattan School of Music; reception: DJ DreSteff OTHER ENTERTAINMENT Psychic: Paula Taylor Psychic; photo booth: DIY HONEYMOON Italy GUESTS 150

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Noah Aberlin (36 and a director of operations for the Paul Taylor Dance Foundation) and P.J. Simmons (51 and the cofounder and chair of the Corporate Eco Forum) wanted every aspect of their weding day to be intentional. The couple, who strongly believes in environmental sustainability, invited guests to Noah’s family home in Earlton, where loved ones could plant their own trees, play Jenga and watch the pair say their vows as their fathers co-officiated. Later, the newlyweds cut into a homemade pie, but even sweeter: The affair resulted in donations to the It Gets Better Project and the Rainforest Trust. —LB

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SPARKS FLY “Unbeknownst to us, our fathers planned a postdinner fireworks display,” Noah says. “It was so beautiful and unexpected.”

NOAH & P.J.’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE A private

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FIRST DANCE The seasoned dancer he is, Noah (left) made sure the newlyweds kicked off the night with a showstopping choreographed number. The hard work paid off: The video of the dance, including a “Dirty Dancing” lift, has more than two million views on YouTube. SIGNAGE The couple reminded loved ones to be mindful of nature’s guests with bug spray and bug-friendly notes. FAVORS Noah and P.J. donated to the Rainforest Trust in honor of guests and sent them home with sustainable chocolate.

Holtz/Holtz Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Holtz Photography PLANNER Cassandra Smith/Love and Other Plans FLOWERS Story’s Nursery, Inc. MENSWEAR Trunk Club, New York City; bow ties: Brackish HAIR Bobby Tochterman/Davide Hair Studio SHOES Santoni ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Versani STATIONERY Invitations:

Paperless Post; programs: Vistaprint RENTALS Cantele Tent Rentals CATERING Dinosaur Bar-B-Que; Yard House PIE DIY PIE TOPPER P2Topper, Etsy.com DESSERTS Dinosaur Bar-B-Que OFFICIANT Joe Simmons & Robert Aberlin (grooms’ fathers) MUSIC DJ Sam Hyde OTHER ENTERTAINMENT Fireworks: Young Explosives Corp.; audio: Chuck Vosganian, Empire Audio DANCE LESSONS Wil Nieves/Nieves Latin Dance Studio FAVORS Chocolate: RescueChocolate.com;

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FASHION Flora rocked a white wool tea-length dress with nude kitten heels and a vintage-inspired veil.

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LOCATION Flora, Will and their guests chowed down on Italian fare at Casa Apicii in the West Village. “The restaurant has a library-like feel,” Flora says. “It’s so elegant but cozy.”

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Thirty-five-year-olds Flora Yang (an actuary) and Will Groves (a data scientist) wrote their elegant, intimate wedding as a love letter to the most iconic elements of New York City. “We knew we wanted a classic vibe,” Flora says. “Choosing to go to the lake at Central Park, taking photos in the West Village—it was all naturally very timeless.” The couple spent weeks scouting spots for their “I dos,” but after the sun came out the day of, Flora and Will knew they’d head to the park’s lake. After their lakeside vows atop a rock, the couple and their parents hopped into yellow cabs and welcomed 28 guests to Casa Apicii, an Italian restaurant in a 19th-century townhouse, where they devoured pasta, sipped cocktails and raised toasts. —LB

Flowers GOWN Ermanno Scervino, FarFetch.com TUXEDO Armani, Suitsupply HAIR DIY MAKEUP Jenna Wren Makeup VEIL Etsy.com SHOES Flora: vintage

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Director of the Connecticut Office of Tourism: Randy Fiveash LOCAL CHARM “Southern Connecticut is filled with maritime history, charming small towns, rich local culture and unspoiled natural treasures.” GIFTING GUIDE “Stock welcome bags with soy candles from CT River Candles, a bottle of wine from Saltwater Farm Vineyard, fresh-baked pastries from Sift Bake Shop and merch from The Two Oh Three.” GET ACTIVE “Bring guests aboard the Argia in Mystic for a sunset cruise, throw a beach day at duBois Beach or head west and hit the water in a kayak from Downunder Kayak and Surf Shop.”

sweet talk Owner and Designer at Ana Parzych Cakes: Ana Parzych COLOR CODE “Our clients love preppy neutrals like white or ivory with pops of soft blue or blush and lots of loose greenery.” TRENDY TOPPINGS “Couples are choosing subtle tonal changes, watercolor washes and luxe speckles of gold or silver for their cakes.” FLAVOR FAVES “Clients love our Tahitian vanilla and toasted almond cake.”

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HOME GROWN “When couples buy local beers for receptions or rehearsal dinners, they’re not only helping to support the community’s agricultural growth, but also getting a drink that’s fresher, which is sure to be a hit with guests.” SIGNATURE SIPS “Hoppy, citrusy beers are quintessentially southern Connecticut, especially our blonde ale, “Bright,” which is full of citrusy grapefruit and pale ale notes and low on bitterness. It’s available year-round, but it’s especially great for enjoying on a boat, on a golf course or doing, well, just about anything else in hot, hazy beach weather.” PAIRING PLAY “We’re big fans of partnering with food trucks to create unique, one-of-a-kind experiences. Pro tip: Food trucks are often flexible with their menus, so that allows for an especially personal, unique experience. Pair dishes to go with any of our brews, from our peach wheat to our IPA.” HOPPY HACK “Couples should contact a brewery directly to discuss which beers will be available for their event. Oftentimes, the beer that’s available right now might not be around in a few months. If you’ve got a signature cocktail, clue the brewery in, too—they’ll be able to pick a beer to complement it, or they could even incorporate one into the drink.”

flower power Owner and creative director of Hana Floral Design: Yumiko Fletcher

“We see everything from bright, classic weddings filled with hydrangeas, roses, ranunculus and peonies to fall ones packed with dahlias, foliage and grasses. Neutral palettes of ivory and white along with lush greens are Connecticut’s signature. More and more, we’re seeing pops of blue, coral and peach. In the fall, I love seeing wine-colored palettes.” IN BLOOM “We encourage all couples to source fresh, seasonal flowers from local farms. Ranunculus, tulips and anemones are grown in greenhouses in the spring. In the summertime, peonies, hydrangeas and the ever-popular dahlias will sprout until the first strong frost.” FAVORITE FLOR ALS “I once filled a May wedding in Darien with spring blossoms. I used tall pear blossoms for a minimal look alongside greenery and floral installations.” PRICE PLANS “On average, wedding flowers will cost local couples $7,000, though there are always ways to spend more or less. The price is dependent upon the flower varieties and items needed.”

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What’s the best season for beachfront weddings in southern Connecticut? May through October is the ideal season for a southern Connecticut or New England wedding. That said, we wish more people would get excited about winter weddings! We’ve done spectacular tented weddings in December. No matter the season, though, you should be prepared for the weather. Talk about the rain plan when you’re considering your venue. Make sure you can imagine your wedding in that space, no matter what the weather may be that day. Our advice: Take it all in stride. Some of our fave pictures are of couples under umbrellas. If you’re happy, your guests will be happy. How can couples put personal twists on beach weddings? There are a lot of fun, kitschy details that can be incorporated into beachside celebrations. Our personal favorites involve playing off of the area’s natural charms. When decorating, we think it’s most important to remain subtle and nuanced instead of overdoing it with the nautical touches. We’ve used capiz shells, sea glass and driftwood for escort cards, then tied those back to the décor with a capiz shell chandelier or sea glass votives. Your guests will have fun seeing these little details reappear throughout the night.

WHEN BUDGETING, CHOOSE YOUR TOP THREE PRIORITIES. EMPHASIZE THOSE THINGS AND GET CREATIVE WITH THE OTHERS. What local flowers and traditions do you love incorporating into wedding design? The bloom depends on the season. In the spring, you can’t beat peonies. For summer, we love to play off of the colors of the sunset, especially for events held near the water. In the fall, the dahlias are to die for because of all the unique colors, textures and sizes to choose from. As for traditions, clambakes are really popular. What better place to host one than by the seaside? A clam or lobster bake introduces your guests to the area and sets the tone for the weekend. What traditions or etiquette would you like to see retire when it comes to weddings? We’d really like to say goodbye to the receiving line. Instead, opt for a first look. It allows you to get photos out of the way before the ceremony. That way, you’ll be able to take part in the cocktail hour so you can truly bond and mingle with your guests. Which trends are you seeing now, and what are you predicting for 2020? Right now, we’re seeing a lot of traditional white and green weddings with neutral colors. Recently, we’ve been telling couples not to be afraid of color, especially when it comes to spicing up linens and flowers during cocktail hour. Luckily, color, texture and print will be all the rage. More and more, couples are ready to see something unique and wanting to break out of the social media bubble with something different.

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SEPTEMBER 2

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THEIR STORY Stephanie Tagliatela (30 and the cofounder and chief scientist of a biotechnology startup) and Kartik Ramamoorthi (32 and chief executive at the same startup) filled their wedding day with equal parts of their respective Italian and Indian heritages. “We wanted to honor our cultures but still keep things fresh and modern,” Stephanie says. The celebration began with a morning Brahmin Hindu ceremony, during which the couple sat under a mandap surrounded by their loved ones. After their Western ceremony later in the day, guests ate Italian fare at the Saybrook Inn, which Stephanie’s grandfather built, before taking home Indian spices. Everyone ended the night by dancing to Bollywood hits and Western faves. —Louis Baragona

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BRUNCH The newlyweds ate under the cover of a showstopping arch draped with greenery and jewel-toned marigolds. Brunch-goers feasted thali style, grabbing Kartik’s favorite South Indian dishes. CAKE Not only did Stephanie and Kartik cut into a jacquard-printed cake, but they also opted to provide guests with some Italian sweets. COFFEE FIX “Kartik and I share an intense love of coffee,” Stephanie says. “I surprised him with the Source Coffeebus for all of us to enjoy.”

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STEPHANIE & KARTIK’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITES Hindu: Florence

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Planning + Design FLOWERS Fleurescent; mandap: Mayuri’s Floral Design GOWN Atelier des Modistes, San Francisco WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE Bridesmaids: Jenny Yoo Collection; groomsmen: TheBlackTux.com HAIR Essence Center for Beauty and Wellness MAKEUP Sanno Spa VEIL Atelier des Modistes SHOES Stephanie: Hindu: Alice and Olivia; Kartik: TOMS; Western: Stephanie: Jimmy Choo ENGAGEMENT RING Stone: Diamond Foundry; design: Anna Sheffield STATIONERY Coral Pheasant Stationery RENTALS BBJ Linen; Chase Canopy Company Inc.; Gather and Lounge; PEAK Event Services CATERING Hindu: Moghul Caterers; American: Saybrook Point Inn; coffee truck: Source Coffeebus DESSERTS Saybrook Point Inn OFFICIANT Rev. Mary Jo Leeper MUSIC Hindu: Shaadi Ki Shenai; Western: Millennium Music; reception: Bud Maltin Metropolitan Music PHOTO BOOTH Photo Booth Planet WELCOME BAG

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Sea grass, lavender and eucalyptus leaves decorated the aisle, which overlooked the reef.

THEIR STORY After meeting in Nantucket and getting engaged on the harbors of Massachusetts, it was only fitting for Liz Foye (29 and works in sales at L’Oréal Paris) and Phil Hastings (30 and works in investor relations and management) to stick to the seashores for their wedding day. This time, though, the couple headed to the Madison Beach Club, where Liz spent her childhood summers. “I’ve known I wanted to get married there since I was little, but I just had to find the right guy,” Liz says. “I’ve made so many memories there.” The couple filled their day with nautical notes and an oceanic color palette. “At one point, Liz and I looked over our loved ones drinking cocktails at the beach club from where we were on the pier,” Phil says. “I couldn’t have been happier to take it all in with my new wife.” —LB

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RECEPTION Liz and Phil welcomed partygoers to the beach club’s historic ballroom, a wooden space covered in sailing plaques, including one bearing Liz’s parents’ names. “We filled the room with candles and strung lights from the rafters,” Liz says. “I didn’t want any harsh lighting to contradict the old ambience of the classic ballroom.” TABLE NUMBERS As a nautical nod to the seaside setting and their shared love of boating, the couple hand-made miniature maritime flags for each of the tables.

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Beach Club, Madison, CT PHOTOGRAPHY Amy Donohue Photography VIDEOGRAPHY First Light Studios COORDINATOR Lisa Kronauer/K & Co. Event Planning FLOWERS Madison Flower Shop GOWN Sarah Seven, Everthine Bride, Madison, CT SUIT Blazer: J.Crew; pants: Bonobos; tie: Vineyard Vines; belt: La Matera WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE Bridesmaids: Jenny Yoo Collection; Reformation; Social Bridesmaids; groomsmen: Blazer: J.Crew; pants: Bonobos; tie: Vineyard Vines; belt: La Matera HAIR Vanessa Sgrott/Urbane Salon MAKEUP DIY VEIL Sara Gabriel, Everthine Bride STATIONERY

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Lacee Levesque (26 and a regulatory affairs specialist) and Preston Mueller (26 and a business analyst) wanted their wedding day to be as classic as their romance. After meeting freshman year of high school and dating for nearly a decade, the couple planned a celebration that incorporated their family history as well as iconically romantic touches. Guests found their way around the expansive property, owned by Preston’s grandmother, using a handillustrated map. Meanwhile, Lacee tied the roses, ranunculus and eucalyptus of the bouquet together with an heirloom locket. “It was a special way to blend something beautiful from the past in with something new,” she says. —LB

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FIRST DANCE Lacee and Preston broke out into a choreographed dance to Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect,” lift included.

PLACE SETTINGS Sprigs of rosemary added a soft, natural touch to the mismatched china and luxe chargers. CAKE Not only did guests bite into vanilla cake with cannoli filling and chocolate chips, but they also grabbed coconut cake and tiramisu from the sweet table spread. VENUE Lacee and Preston welcomed guests to his grandmother’s estate, complete with fountains and flowers for their desired garden party vibe. “Her home means so much to us, and it will forever be a part of our lives,” Lacee says.

LACEE & PRESTON’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE A private

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NOVEMBER 10

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SETTING Melissa and Kyle welcomed guests to The Hangar at Danbury Airport for their reception.

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Nature lovers Melissa Greenfield (27 and an environmental scientist) and Kyle Gauck (28 and works in quality assurance) brought the outdoors in for their November wedding day. The couple said their vows under the cover of a tent in Melissa’s mom’s wooded backyard, which they filled with rustic, organic elements, including an arch draped in greenery and warm fall colors like burnt orange and mustard yellow. From there, guests chowded down on grilled cheese and tomato soup as well as a dessert spread of chocolate chip cookies and s’mores bites. “We wanted our wedding to feel like a big party,” Melissa says. Melissa’s favorite moment of all came toward the end of the night. “My bridesmaids gave out of a bunch of colorful wigs,” she says. “It really gave the party one last jolt.” —LB

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RIDE The newlyweds headed off in a 1992 Jeep Wrangler that Kyle’s late stepfather handed down to him after they restored it together.

CENTERPIECES Melissa and Kyle skipped flowers in favor of greenery, including succulents and potted plants. CAKE Instead of just cutting cake, the couple turned the dessert into a game of “cake in the face.” Melissa and Kyle asked guests to add coins to jars with their names on them. In the end, Kyle earned the least amount of money—and ended up caked in the face. ESCORT CARDS The pair honored Melissa’s late father by collecting 130 stones, his favorite activity, one for each guest’s place.

MELISSA & KYLE’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY SITE A private residence,

Weston, CT RECEPTION SITE The Hangar at Danbury Airport, Danbury, CT PHOTOGRAPHY Monika Eisenbart PLANNER Double G Events, Planning + Design FLOWERS Carrie Wilcox Floral Design GOWN Sarah Seven, New York City SUIT Jos. A. Bank WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE

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K ATE & MICHAEL JULY 7 • POLSON, MT

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Katharine (Kate) Gillett (27 and a pediatric intensive care nurse) had high hopes of marrying Michael Seyman (25 and a pediatric cardiac intensive care nurse) at Glacier National Park, but even their mostly-family guest list exceeded what the park would allow. Luckily, their plan B, Kate’s family’s house overlooking Flathead Lake, was anything but a backup. The weekend celebrated Montana’s finest, with a group hike, dishes like venison tenderloin bruschetta and huckleberry phyllo cups, and Michael’s favorite local brews— Moose Drool from Big Sky Brewing and Cold Smoke from KettleHouse Brewing Company. Even their cake had huckleberry filling and showed off a custom monogram honoring their love of the mountains. After a ceremony Kate’s grandfathers officiated in an outdoor chapel constructed just for the occasion, the newlyweds recessed under a shower of biodegradable confetti. —Lois Brunnert Bethune

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COLOR PLAY The party’s palette and the barware took a cue from Kate’s favorite jewel tones—emerald, eggplant, navy and a spin on Deborah Lippmann “Single Ladies” red nail polish. BOUQUET Kate’s bright mix included anemones, peonies, clematis and wild blueberries. WELCOME GOODIES Montana-made treats like Béquet caramels, huckleberry scones, trail mix, state-shaped cookies and Hurraw! lip balm got guests mountain ready.

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STYLE Kate’s high-neck, racerback lace dress and greenery crown combination matched her day-to-day style. “Michael describes my look as ‘classic hippie,’ ” she says. FIRST DANCE The pair traded in dressy footwear for Nikes that Michael customized with their initials and wedding date for their dance to “Never in My Wildest Dreams” by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. Sho-Down, a local country band, performed all night. LOUNGE AREA Plush green sofas blended into the natural surroundings.

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MELISSA & ISRAEL MAY 24 • PUNTA CANA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

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BOUQUET Green ferns brightened up Melissa’s sandy mix of roses, ranunculus and foxgloves.

FAMILY AFFAIR Israel asked his sister to be his “best woman,” and Melissa tapped her own sister to be matron of honor.

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THEIR STORY Israel Delgado’s (33 and in the US Air Force) family is from the Dominican Republic, so it was an obvious choice for his and Melissa Villegas’s (35 and a makeup artist) destination wedding. “It was a vacation for our entire family,” Melissa says. “Having a planner was the best, and our resort, Paradisus Palma Real, was accommodating and inclusive, so planning from another country wasn’t as bad as it seems.” Luxe navy blue and soft neutrals complemented the Caribbean backdrop, where curled areca palms and birds-of-paradise made up the whimsical ceremony arch. Sword ferns arranged in woven baskets channeled the feeling of the beachfront location from the sand all the way up to the towering palm trees that swayed above the festivities. —LBB

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ITINERARY A handy “Passport to Punta Cana” listed the weekend events to come and included a thank-you note welcoming all 90 guests to “sun, sand and relaxation.” VOWS Melissa and Israel made extra-personal commitments to each other during their ceremony on Playa Bávaro. Melissa pledged, “if there is only one avocado left, I’ll let you have it,” while Israel promised to put his wife first and “love you even when you get real sassy.”

WELCOME PARTY Melissa and Israel kicked off their destination affair two days before the wedding with a welcome barbecue on the beach and an all-white dress code. Guests checked their shoes into a shoe station and walked barefoot right into the sand. After a Caribbean dinner, everyone danced to Latin music and left with tote bags designed for the occasion. They contained essentials for the week, including familiar snacks as a little piece of the States.

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TABLESCAPES Palm and monstera leaves, ferns and coconut palm seeds in tall centerpieces

mimicked the look of the surrounding trees and didn’t compete with the area’s natural scenery. CAKE Once their vanilla buttercream cake started leaning from the heat, Melissa and Israel knew it was time to get cutting. TRADITION Melissa’s aunt and Israel’s family friend united the pair in a lasso ceremony. “They are people we look up to—not only as individuals, but also in their marriages,” Melissa says.

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modern wedding whites ecru, cream, stone, slate

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

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

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

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Work with your planner to structure your wedding in a way that keeps things moving and has guests engaged and interested. Also, don’t take it too seriously—even a formal event should have humor!

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MAKE IT YOURS

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KEEP IT COHESIVE

PLAY WITH TRENDS

East Six Invitations is a boutique design studio founded by Marina Marchisi and Stacey Mui. Together, they create custom designs that reflect their couples’ style, personality and vision.

We work closely with clients to carry their personalities into the stationery. Sometimes that’s through a custom crest that contains their favorite things or a watercolor of their venue.

We always recommend that couples splurge on luxurious paper and a beautiful printing process, like letterpress. If you’re on a budget, limit the ink colors you use. Simple can be stunning!

It’s always nice to carry your invitation style throughout your wedding day. Choose a monogram, a design motif or a distinct color, then reintroduce it on your programs, menus, napkins or dance floor.

Watercolor illustrations and detailing are really big right now, as are handmade paper touches like torn edges. Have fun with trends but tread lightly— you want to look back and still love your invites.

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

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

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

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

A bit more room in your budget? Task your florist with pulling together a full bouquet with delicate and feminine buds. Vine-y hellebores and Queen Anne’s lace add a dynamic shape, while ranunculus ups the romance factor. >>

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

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

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

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

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Decorate your tabletop with a mix of peppers and chilies.

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

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1 Tumbler in Light Amber and Clear, $30, Ichendorf, JungLeeNY.com 2 Spider bead burst napkin ring in Red, $56 for 4, KimSeybert.com 3 Hot sauces, $15 for 3, Queen Majesty, DocHotties.com 4 Cambria salad plate in Red, $32 for 4, PotteryBarn.com 5 Classic custom wax seal stamp, from $38, Artisaire.com 6 Garden Lush art print, from $21, Nell Waters Bernegger, Minted.com 7 Custom string lights, $40 for 24-ball length, BrightLabLights.com 8 Custom cigar matchboxes, $120 for 50, ForYourParty.com 9 Nolita invitations, $234 for 100, Annie Clark, Minted.com 10 Small form bowl set, $100, Tom Dixon, JungLeeNY.com >>

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Top your cigar bar with cheeky matchboxes.

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

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

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Upgrade any tablescape by renting cutlery that truly stands out.

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

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

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

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

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Joanna Daidone is the owner of The Bridal Salon NYC in Manhattan. The salon carries designers like Justin Alexander, Casablanca, Lillian West and Nicole Spose.

Start dress shopping at least 12 months in advance of your wedding date since your order can take up to eight months to arrive and the necessary alterations can take an additional three months to complete.

Before you head to your dress appointment, research different designers, styles and silhouettes. Finding inspiration can go a long way in helping you figure out what you like.

If a bride wants to try on a dress that’s not in stock in-store, certain designers will send loaner samples for the appointment. These requests require a fee, which is applied to the final cost of the gown.

Set a budget before you shop that includes alterations as well as accessories—and stick to it. Clearly communicate it to your consultant and avoid dresses outside of your price range.

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

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

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

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

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

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

1. Modify embellishments

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

2. Lace it up

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

3. Make it personal

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

4. Add sleeves

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

5. Switch up your bustle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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a chapel veil works best with a dress with a train

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

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

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

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

finishing touch

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

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

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

channel your inner royal with this dramatic option

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

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

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

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

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

tradition trivia

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

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

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IS THERE A TRICK TO MAKING A RENTAL OUTFIT LOOK CUSTOM? The most important aspect of a suit or tuxedo rental is

getting the fit right. If the sizing or alterations are off, it will look like the suit is wearing you, not the other way around. What’s great about Men’s Wearhouse is they have locations all over the country, so even if members of your wedding party live far from you, you’re all still guaranteed professional tailoring. Pro tip: If you’re not all shopping together, have your groomsmen send you photos of themselves in their outfits so you can ensure no one looks out of place. It’s also important to choose styles that feel on trend for that tailor-made feel, so stick to modern or slim-cut suits or tuxedos with a peak lapel. Skip the boxy fit—it’s outdated and will scream “rental.” DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS FOR BUYING CUSTOM FORMALWEAR WHILE STAYING ON BUDGET ? Unlike a wedding dress, you’ll wear

a suit or tuxedo more than once, so think of it as an investment piece and buy smart. If it’s not in your budget to get a custom black tux, opt for a black suit with a peak lapel. It has the same formal feel but you can wear it to events that are semiformal as well as black tie. A midnight navy or dark green suit is another great option because it works for almost any occasion and the color pops on camera. If you’re getting something custom made, ask for extra fabric. It’ll come in handy if you need to make alterations later on. >>

day-of emergency kit and socks a groom can choose from—the possibilities are endless. Wear a vest in a patterned print, incorporate bold colors into your tie or think outside the box and sport your favorite superhero on your socks for a fun surprise. Make it even more personal by engraving your monogram or wedding date into a lapel pin for extra flair. HOW CAN I PULL OFF THE MISMATCHED GROOMSMEN TREND WHILE STILL MAINTAINING A COHESIVE WEDDING PART Y ? When you’re outfitting your guys in different suits, tuxes or

accessories, the key is to make everyone look coordinated even if they’re not wearing the exact same thing. One of the easiest ways to pull that off is to stick to specific colors that work well together. Try to incorporate just three shades into an outfit. If everyone is wearing the same dark suit and a colorful vest or tie, keep the color palette to three complementary colors like gray, navy and black— especially if you’re outfitting your party based on their roles, such as styling your best man differently from your groomsmen. You don’t want to have too many conflicting shades—that can make your wedding party look uncoordinated. If you’re opting for different prints or patterns, remember less is more. Keep everything within the same color family, vary the sizes of each print or pattern, and have a neutral in the mix for a balanced look.

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To solve any last-minute mishaps, keep a few essential items on hand. Black shoe polish (or a black Sharpie in a pinch) can help mask any scuffs, and shirt button extenders (small buttons that loop onto the existing button on your shirt collar) can give you extra room on a snug collar. Black safety pins and double-stick tape will also save you from a multitude of issues, like a ripped hem or split seams.

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DOES BLACK TIE ALWAYS REQUIRE A BLACK TUXEDO? HOW CAN I HAVE FUN WITH MY LOOK BUT STILL KEEP IT FORMAL?

Black tie means you have to be the dressiest you can be, which actually leaves a lot of room to play outside of a classic black tux. Break from tradition and opt for something colorful instead; it’s a chic alternative, and you’ll stand out from the sea of other black outfits. If you’re going for color, stick to darker shades like maroon or emerald. Accessories can inject some personality

add a personal touch with monogrammed socks

(read: fun) to a formal look as well. Besides your wedding ring, add another piece of statement jewelry to your outfit, like a watch with a patterned strap. Take the staple accessories like a tie or bow tie and choose options in different colors or textures like velvet or leather. Cuff links or lapel pins in cute shapes and designs are also a playful addition to any traditional tuxedo. If you’re looking to incorporate your pet or favorite hobby into your wedding, have custom cuff links made for an unexpected twist on tradition. Don’t be afraid to switch up your footwear too. A sleek pair of dark leather sneakers or velvet loafers adds a fashion-forward vibe without looking out of place.

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important things to get right is the shoulder of the jacket. Unless you’re having an ’80s-themed wedding, you don’t want a sloped shoulder, meaning the shoulder seam should lay flat and not sag past the natural line of your actual shoulder. Most tailors are hesitant to even alter that area since it’s difficult to execute and can be extremely costly, so make sure the jacket you choose fits perfectly before you go in for alterations. You also don’t want your pants to look too wide and unstructured. They should be slim throughout the leg and then break at the hem. Another tailoring tip is to stick to having just one break to avoid cutting off your legs. More than one break will make you look shorter and can give off a sloppy vibe too. Lastly, take into account the shape of your body when you’re getting your outfit altered. When men are on the shorter side or a bit wider, I find they’ll wear suits or tuxedos that are less tapered to either give the illusion of height or a slimmer build, but that’s not the case. You should find a suit or tux in a slim fit (meaning the coat should be fitted through the waist and the pants are narrow with a more tapered leg) to help elongate the body, particularly with tuxedos, since they’re almost always a single-button jacket and have a much longer lapel. It tricks the eye into making you look taller and slimmer since it drops lower.

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

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Showstopping Suit

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

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The drama is in the details. An oversize embroidered peplum makes a simple, strapless silhouette feel couture. Dress in sizes up to 24, $6,560, Francesca Miranda at Bergdorf Goodman, Bergdorf Goodman.com (New York City), Saks Fifth Avenue, SaksFifthAvenue.com (New York City); engagement ring, $1,289 (not including center stone), NoamCarver.com Comic Characters: Mark Gindick & Adam Kuchler

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Go ahead, make the most of your time in the spotlight. An over-the-top ball gown covered in luxe beads, sequins and crystals is guaranteed to wow the crowd. Dress in sizes up to 12, price upon request, Elie Saab at Bergdorf Goodman, BergdorfGoodman.com (New York City), Esti’s, EstisOnly.com (Brooklyn), Saks Fifth Avenue, SaksFifthAvenue.com (New York City); engagement ring, $3,586 (not including center stone), SimonGJewelry.com

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Fun & Games

Frilly sleeves plus a flirty tea-length hemline equal one whimsical number. Dress in sizes up to 20, price upon request, Viktor&Rolf at Bergdorf Goodman, Bergdorf Goodman.com (New York City), Gabriella New York Bridal Salon, Gabriella NewYork.com (New York City), Mark Ingram Atelier, MarkIngramAtelier.com (New York City); shoes, $425, StuartWeitzman.com

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Celestial-inspired jewels are a great alternative to more traditional bling: They’re just as glam but also have high-fashion edge. Dress in sizes up to 16, $2,375, cape in sizes up to L, $5,465, Jenny Packham at Bergdorf Goodman, BergdorfGoodman.com (New York City), Gabriella New York Bridal Salon, GabriellaNewYork.com (New York City), Saks Fifth Avenue, SaksFifthAvenue.com (New York City); engagement ring, $2,100, SofiaZakia.com; earrings, $168, JenniferBehr.com

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Razzle-Dazzle

If there was ever a time for a good party dress, your wedding is it. Allover sequins and tiered ruffles are perfect for dancing the night away. Dress in sizes up to 18, $4,195, Temperley London at Kleinfeld Bridal, KleinfeldBridal .com (New York City), Schone Bride, SchoneBride.com (Brooklyn); earrings, $99, CZbyKennethJayLane.com; shoes, $495, SophiaWebster.com

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If you’re feeling bold, opt for a dress in a daring hue. A flamered ball gown is sure to turn a few heads. Dress in sizes up to 14, $8,995, Monique Lhuillier at Mark Ingram Atelier, MarkIngramAtelier.com (New York City), Wedding Salon of Manhasset, WeddingSalon Online.com (Manhasset), The Plumed Serpent Bridal, PlumedSerpentBridal.com (Westport, CT); engagement ring, $3,586 (not including center stone), SimonGJewelry .com; earrings, $4,900, DoyleDoyle.com

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Retro Glam

Throwing a vintage-themed affair? Give a nod to a bygone era with swinging fringe, art-deco-style jewels and a bold red lip. Dress in sizes up to 18, $3,495, Naeem Khan at Bergdorf Goodman, BergdorfGoodman .com (New York City), Mark Ingram Atelier, MarkIngramAtelier.com (New York City), Saks Fifth Avenue, SaksFifthAvenue.com (New York City); earrings, $17,000, MindiMondNY .com; cuff, $7,590, Joelle Jewellery, Swoonery.com

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

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

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

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SIMPLE BOUQUETS

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KID ATTENDANTS

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Your pup (or anyone you want!)

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“SOMETHING BLUE”

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

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

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

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STAYING APART UNTIL THE ALTAR

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

TRADITIONS AROUND THE WORLD

Native American quilt wrapping symbolizes warmth.

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A Chinese tea ceremony shows familial respect.

African American broom jumping is a tribute to tradition.

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

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

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

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

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Camouflage any eyesores at your venue with these smart hacks. >> BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APH BY OUR LOVE IS LOUD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The photography industry can be complicated to navigate as a newly engaged couple. With so many unique options out there—and so many talented pros to choose from— it’s hard to decide what vibe suits your celebration best. We’ve rounded up our best advice to help you figure out your style and find a true-to-you photographer. >>

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The first step to finding your dream photographer is a fun one—just get inspired. Spend some time pouring over any and every kind of imagery you love, such as sunny home décor shots, a fashion blogger’s Instagram feed or moody avant-garde French movie posters. Once you have a good collection of inspiring photographs, take a step back and try to narrow in on what draws you to them specifically. Is it the soft pastel color palette? The off-the-cuff happy grins of the people in the picture? The interesting angles and perspectives? The more you familiarize yourself with what you like photo-wise, the easier it will be for you to identify that same quality in a potential photographer’s portfolio.

Now’s the time to hit the web to find the pro who will bring your day to life. Browse The Knot Marketplace for photographers in your area and price range, then peruse their portfolios and social media channels to identify if they’re a good fit. How do they capture the moments that are important to you? Have they shot in a venue similar to yours? Do they seem friendly and personable with their online audience? If available, check out reviews from past couples as well. Then, go ahead and send an introductory email with a bit about you and your soon-to-be spouse, your event and the vision for your day—you can even attach a few inspiration images you love from their portfolio. Be sure to chat with them and get to know each other on a personal and professional level. You’ll be spending the most time with them on your wedding day, and you’ll want to feel comfortable as they capture some of your and your family’s most emotionally intimate moments.

Decide on a “feeling” When you’ve figured out what inspires you, dig deeper and dissect what feels most authentic to you and your partner, and how you envision your album looking. If you’re a timeless couple that has your heart set on formal portraits, you may gravitate toward a more classic photography style. If your inspiration was fly-on-the-wall images that bottle an authentic moment in time, then lifestyle photography may be the right choice for you. If you fell in love with the sharp and contrast-y editorials of a favorite blogger, then maybe you’ll want to seek out a photographer with a flair for the dramatic.

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4 tips from real photographers Put these direct-from-the-pros tips to work to get pictures you’ll cherish forever.

1 Don’t skip the engagement session

Think of an engagement session as a second date with your photographer. This is your chance to get to know your pro and how they work. “Nothing helps build trust more than an engagement session,” says James Christianson, a fine art wedding photographer and one-half of the James x Schulze photography team. “It helps us understand you as a couple, strips away any preconceived ideas of what shooting together will be like and allows us to capture you exactly as you are.”

Present your photographer with your budget and see how far it will take you. The number of hours they spend at an event or shots they provide you with may be flexible, so see if you can find a middle ground that works for both of you. Now’s also the time to inquire about the cost of any add-ons you’re envisioning, like retouching services or an engagement session. Ask about any additional fees that could add up, like having to pay for your photographer’s travel and lodging. Finally, settle on an image delivery date so you know exactly when to expect your shots.

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Prep for the day of Instead of putting together a detailed shot list for your photographer, pass along your day-of timeline, give them an idea of what images you’d like captured (like a picture with each of your bridesmaids or flower girls) and let them do their thing. Ahead of the wedding is also the perfect time to give them a heads up on any familial or friendship intricacies they should be aware of, like divorced parents, a grandmother that needs to remain seated for portraits, or a groomsman and bridesmaid that don’t get along (hey, it happens). If you’re hoping to get your wedding day published online or in a magazine, relay that to your photographer. This way, they’ll put extra emphasis on snapping shots of all your amazing details and will likely come armed with gorgeous styling accessories, like ribbons, linens and more—all with the goal of helping your wedding aesthetic truly stand out.

Be relaxed and ready You’ve put a lot of work into finding the right photographer so, like with all your pros, put your faith in them come the wedding day. In the week leading up to your wedding, confirm all the important details (your venue location, day-of timeline and any surprises you’ve planned for your guests or partner), then chill out. It’s time for you and your partner to enjoy yourselves and get married.

2 Put their knowledge to good use

Use your pro as your personal vetting tool and take their advice on whom to bring on board. Your photographer will be encountering everyone involved in your day, so it’s in your best interest (and theirs) that they feel confident about your picks. “To make sure my clients will receive the best images they can, I advise on all aspects of the wedding,” explains Jen Huang, a fine art photographer. “This includes helping select their team of vendors—if I know how the other vendors will operate on a wedding day, I can work seamlessly with them.”

3 Plan for the light

When making your day-of timeline, it’s important to factor in the golden hour—that coveted time of day when photographers love to shoot to capture incredible, romantic images. “Shooting in the best light possible makes all the difference, both for engagement shots and wedding day portraits,” says Kate Ignatowski, a fine art photographer. “A foolproof tip is to schedule about an hour and half before sunset for an engagement session and to start portraits about an hour before sunset on your wedding day.”

4 Don’t try and control everything

All prep work aside, on your wedding day, you’ll need to relinquish control to your photographer and trust you’re in good hands. “Trying to re-create that Pinterest-perfect image you love means we may be missing out on authentic moments, like your mom holding your veil or your bridesmaids tearing up,” says Elizabeth Fogarty, a fine art wedding photographer. “Trust your photographer and their eye—if you let your story unfold naturally, your photographer will capture it beautifully.”

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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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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

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)

Litchfield

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

MIDDLESEX COUNTY Chester

Town Clerk 203 Middlesex Ave. Chester, CT 06412 (860) 526-0013 x511 9 a.m. - noon, 1 - 4 p.m., M, W, Th.; 9 a.m. - noon, 1 - 7 p.m., T; 9 a.m. - noon, F

East Haddam

Town Clerk 7 Main St. East Haddam, CT 06423 (860) 873-5027 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., M, W, Th.; 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., T; 9 a.m. - noon, F

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.

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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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100 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan, FL (561) 540-4940 celebrations@eaupalmbeach.com EauPalmBeach.com Intimate or lavish, weddings at Eau Palm Beach Resort are elegant celebrations beyond expectation. Choose from more than 30,000 square feet of flexible event space including our oceanfront courtyard, or in one of our extravagant ballrooms dressed in Austrian crystal chandeliers. capacity 400 | 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 $$$

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 Manhattan, our elegant and tastefully designed venue features custom woodwork, floor to ceiling windows and a large outdoor terrace overlooking the majestic Ramapo Mountains and the pristine Falkirk Golf Club. Award winning cuisine, impeccable service and our magnificent venue will exceed your expectations. capacity 300 | price $$$

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the diplomat beach resort

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!

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

the garden city hotel

45 Seventh Street, Garden City, NY (516) 663-7010 kfoders@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 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 $$$

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

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the grove at centerton

1022 Almond Road, Pittsgrove, NJ (856) 358- 3325 | info@thegroveevents.com GroveatCenterton.com Nestled in the quaint woods of Parvin State Park and set among the rich farm country of Salem County, The Grove offers a distinctive traditional design accented with rustic farmhouse style, seasonally inspired cuisine and five unique spaces for grand celebrations. 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.

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heritage club at bethpage

99 Quaker Meeting House Road, Farmingdale, NY (516) 927-8380 | blodato@lessings.com HeritageClubatBethpage.com 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 $$$

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

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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 $$

intercontinental new york barclay

111 East 48th Street, New York, NY (212) 906-3100 barclaygs@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 events@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 230 | price $$$

the kartrite resort & indoor waterpark

555 Resorts World Drive, Monticello, NY (844) 527-8748 groups@thekartrite.com TheKartrite.com New York’s newest resort and indoor waterpark will bring a certain something to your day like no other destination in the region. Located in the heart of the beautiful Catskills just 95 miles from New York City and northern New Jersey, there’s no better venue for epic Instagram memories. capacity 350 | price $$$

land’s end

80 Browns River Road, Sayville, NY (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 $$$

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 From one-of-a-kind mansions and a medieval-style chateau to intimate country clubs and a breathtaking castle, venue locations span from Montauk to Westchester—and, most recently, Florida. With over 125 years of experience, Lessing’s can make your dream wedding come true. 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) 303-6839 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 $$$

the mansion at glen cove

200 Dosoris Lane, Glen Cove, NY (516) 674-2955 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 220 | price $$$

marina del rey

1 Marina Dr., Throgs Neck, NY (718) 931-6500 | info@mdrnyc.com

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the maritime aquarium at norwalk

10 North Water Street, Norwalk, CT (203) 852-0700 EXT. 2217 ccarlucci@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

303 E. Main Street, Patchogue, NY (631) 289-5857 MedManor.com Let us work with you to create a magical, custom wedding, exactly the way you dreamt it! The Garden at The Manor is a remarkable destination, a magical place where your dream wedding can become a reality. Experience The Manor in a way you only imagined. capacity 300 | price $

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the metropolitan

Glen Cove, NY (516) 671-4444 TheMetropolitanCaterers.com The Metropolitan invites you to experience the sophistication of Manhattan right on Long Island. We continue our tradition of one wedding at a time—the entire hall, all to yourself. Our superior cuisine and cosmopolitan ambiance have brought recognition and respect to The Metropolitan name. capacity 250 | price $$

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

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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 $$$$

mountain top inn & resort

Chittenden, VT (802) 483-2311 MountainTopInn.com Set on 700 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, dedicated wedding coordinators, 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. 2 info@nicotrasballroom.com NicotrasBallroom.com Nicotra’s Ballroom, nestled in 415 acres of protected woodland, features floor-to-ceiling windows with dramatic views. Stunning gardens, fountains, a Florentine gazebo and a great lawn with pathways leading to a romantic bridal swing create the perfect outdoor wedding ceremony and photo backdrop. capacity 400+ | price $$

ny zoos & aquarium

Bronx Zoo | Central Park Zoo | Queens Zoo Prospect Park Zoo | NY Aquarium (718) 741-3836 | events@wcs.org NYZooEvents.com 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 $$$

oceanbléu

231 Dune Road, Westhampton Beach, NY (631) 288-8878 | oceanbleu@robbinswolfe.com Oceanbleu-WestHampton.com Oceanbléu is the definition of beachside elegance. The newly renovated ballroom is in reach of sandy beaches, crashing waves and unforgettable sunsets. Say your once-in-a-lifetime vows with breathtaking views of the sand and surf, followed by dinner and dancing amid panoramic views of the Atlantic. capacity 250 | 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 $$

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the reeds at shelter haven

9601 Third Ave., Stone Harbor, NJ (609) 368- 0100 info@reedsresort.com ReedsatShelterHaven.com An intimate bayside setting with simple elegance and coastal-chic design, The Reeds is the most desirable wedding destination at the southern New Jersey shore, complete with stunning views, luxurious accommodations and all-new resort and spa amenities to fulfill your wedding day dreams. capacity 220 | price $$$

renaissance event hall

27-34 21st Street, LIC/Astoria, NY (718) 274-9210 RenaissanceEventHall.com We specialize in creating distinctive, incomparable events. We design menus and cocktails specifically for your celebration. Our 12,000-square-foot venue is all yours—we only host one event at a time! capacity 350+ | price $$

river house at odette’s

274 S. River Rd., New Hope, PA (267) 740-2362 info@riverhousenewhope.com RiverHouseNewHope.com Edgy yet elegant, the River House is culturally rich and highly stylized, complete with sweeping riverfront views, perfectly curated furnishings and vibrant local art that pays homage to New Hope’s history and charm. The River House is slated to debut in early 2020. capacity 220 | price $$$

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riviera waterfront caterer

200 East Shore Drive, Massapequa, NY (516) 541-5020 RivieraWaterfrontCaterer.com Come experience the breathtaking views of the Great South Bay! Our professional staff and European-trained chefs concentrate on your event alone because, at the Riviera, we only have one wedding at a time. Established in 1926, family owned and operated, the Riviera is truly a landmark facility. capacity 350 | price $$$

saint clements castle

1931 Portland-Cobalt Road, PO Box 427, Portland, CT (860) 342-0593 info@saintclementscastle.com SaintClementsCastle.com Saint Clements Castle is just 10 minutes away from Middletown, Connecticut. The exquisite estate offers sprawling gardens, manicured lawns and two extraordinary ballrooms that create the perfect setting. Attend our annual bridal show on February 2, 2020. capacity 260 | price $$$

sands point preserve

127 Middleneck Road, Port Washington, NY (516) 304-5365 SandsPoint-Events.com The one and only ultra-luxe, gold coast, Gatsby-esque

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saybrook point inn & spa

Two Bridge Street, Old Saybrook, CT (860) 388-4809 weddings@saybrook.com Saybrook.com Plan your seaside wedding at the Saybrook Point Inn, Marina & Spa, located where the Connecticut River meets Long Island Sound. Our AAA Four Diamond inn, restaurant and spa provides the perfect location for your wedding celebration. Learn more on our website. capacity 220 | price $$$$

sheraton laguardia east hotel

135-20 39th Avenue, Flushing, NY (718) 670-7408 | sales@sheratonlaguardia.com SheratonLaGuardiaEast.com Offering memorable facilities with Asian flare, the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel is the ideal venue for stylish, traditional and multicultural weddings in one of our 14 well-appointed function rooms to a lavish outdoor terrace wedding reception. Our executive wedding specialists will help you create a once-in-alifetime event. capacity 400+ | price $$$

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 $$

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 $$

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

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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 $$$

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. capacity 300 | price $$$

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200 South Woods Road, Woodbury, NY (516) 864-0001 regalwjc@culinartinc.com TheWJC.com Woodbury Jewish Center is a conservative synagogue and leading event venue in the heart of Nassau County. With a design unrivaled on Long Island, WJC will leave your guests speechless. Regal Caterers (certified glatt kosher under KOF-K) challenges the conventional perception of kosher catering.

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 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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241-13 North Conduit Avenue, Rosedale, NY (516) 213-4069 | (718) 978-1150 info@designedbylu.com DesignedByLu.com Designed By Lu is a top-notch event planning management and décor firm. We take great joy in creating the perfect scenery for blissful reflections and happy gatherings. We offer complete event planning services to help you with hands-on guidance and coordination of your event.

events by mb

Serving the tri-state area and destination events (917) 673-3123 | mbhalpin@eventsbymb.com EventsbyMB.com Events by MB produces and designs gracious weddings and events. Mary Beth brings together a unique combination of skills, with Fortune 500 business savvy, a Maine-grown sense of pragmatism and an inherent love all of things beautiful. Let’s create your dream day!

nóbl events

(416) 797-8848 info@noblevents.co NoblEvents.co Nóbl Events Inc. is a bespoke wedding and special events boutique devoted to creating sophisticated, intimate and timeless experiences for our couples.

bridal fashion & beauty

6 Century Hill Drive, Suite 5, Latham, NY (518) 213-7006 DiaBeautyCo.com We are a full-service beauty studio, certified in all facets of makeup, and we know how to create perfect, customized looks for you. We accentuate all of your best features using products for longevity to keep you looking flawless for hours. Our makeup will stand up to kisses, tears and perspiration.

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!

hair by lauren

(917) 843-8644 hairbylaurenxo@gmail.com Our updos are custom designed to fit the personality of each individual bride while reflecting who we are as artists. We can re-create styles that are sleek, classic, romantic, textured, braided and fun! We look forward to meeting you and would love to glamify you on your special day!

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3 West Club

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Delegates Dining Room at The United Nations

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360º East at Montauk Downs

14

The Diplomat Beach Resort

183

620 Loft & Garden

23

East Wind Long Island

207

Above

51

Estate at Three Village Inn

14

Allegria Hotel

271

Eau Palm Beach

181

Amarante’s Sea Cliff

171

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

5

Aqua Turf Club

152

Falkirk Estate and Country Club

25

Aria Wedding & Banquet Facility

151

Farmington Club

152

Atlantis Banquets + Events

236

Farmington Gardens

176

Bay Ridge Manor

85

Flowerfield

26

Bedell Cellars

284

Fox Hollow

59

Birchwoods at Oak Lane

161

The Garden at Mediterranean Manor

255

The Boardwalk Café at Sunny Atlantic Beach Club

201

The Garden City Hotel

20

Bourne Mansion

14

The Garrison

65

Brecknock Hall

291

Glen Cove Mansion

227

Brentwood Country Club

14

Glen Island Harbour Club

93

The C.V. Rich Mansion

287

Grand Marquis

2

Camelback Resort

43

Grand Oaks Country Club

111

Caperberry Events Catering

287

Great River Golf Club

173

The Carltun

41

The Grove at Centerton

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Cascade

158

Harbor Club at Prime

259

Castle Hotel & Spa

33

Harbor Links

37

Château at Coindre Hall

14

Heritage Club at Bethpage

14, 257

Chateau Briand

213

Heritage Hotel

155

City Winery

7

The Highlands

65

Cloud Nine Catering

169

Hollow Brook Golf Club

47

The Confidante

187

Housing Works Bookstore

53

Coral House

30

Indian Ridge Preserve

283

Cradle of Aviation Museum

231

The Inn at New Hyde Park

233

The Crescent Beach Club

239

InterContinental New York Barclay

103

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Pavilion at Sunken Meadow

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The Kartrite Hotel & Indoor Waterpark

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Peconic Bay Yacht Club

211

The Lace Factory Events

169

Pelican Club

14

Land’s End

26

The Prince George Ballroom

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143

Radegast Hall & Biergarten

135

Leonard’s Palazzo

10

Rainbow Room

22

Lessing’s

14

The Reeds at Shelter Haven

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Lombardi’s On The Bay

16

Renaissance Event Hall

293

Lyndhurst Castle

263

River House at Odette’s

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Manhattan Penthouse on Fifth Avenue

131

The Riverview

116

The Mansion at Oyster Bay

14

Riviera Waterfront Caterer

67

Mansion at Timber Point

14

Saint Clements Castle

140

The Mansion at West Sayville

14

Sands Point Preserve

269

Marina Del Rey

193

Saybrook Point Inn and Spa

149

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk

157

Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel

45

The Metropolitan

235

Smithtown Landing Country Club

14

Midtown Loft and Terrace

29

Soundview Caterers

225

The Milleridge Cottage

31

Stonebridge Country Club

14

Montauk Lake Club & Marina

241

Surf Club on the Sound

35

Montauk Manor

14

Terrace on the Park

129

Monteverde at Oldstone

13

Tribeca Rooftop

26

Mountain Top Inn & Resort

9

Tribeca 360º

26

New York Zoos & Aquarium

61

Trump National Golf Club

55

Nicotra’s Ballroom

197

The Vanderbilt at South Beach

205

The North House

176

Victory Garden Café

300

NYIT de Seversky Mansion

260

View Weddings

14

Oceanbleu

195

Villa Barone Hilltop Manor

105

Onteora

295

Villa Barone Manor

203

The Overlook at Geer Tree Farm

167

Villa Lombardi’s

17

Paramount Country Club

126

Villa Venezia

19

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265

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The Vineyards at Aquebogue

14

Chandelier Events

109

Wadsworth Mansion at Long Hill

175

Designed By Lu

277

Watermill Caterers

266

Events by MB

289

Westbury Manor

121

Nóbl Events

279

Whitby Castle

14

Shien Artists

100

Woodbury Jewish Center

228

Woodstock Inn & Resort

49

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WoodWinds

145

Dreamlife Photos & Video

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Heartfelt Studio

132

CAKES & CATERERS

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Monachetti Weddings

99

2 Hearts 1 Cupcake

56

Roey Yohai Studios

119

Riviera Caterers

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Thomas Preti Caterers

79

ENTERTAINMENT

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74 Events

289

FLOWERS & DÉCOR

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DJ Brian B

91

Pedestals Floral Decorators

97

East Coast Music & Entertainment, Inc.

281

Genesis Events

74

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Silver Arrow Band

281

Bea•u•ty Mark

297

Soulsystem Orchestras

137

beGlammed

279

Sound Society Band

277

DiaBeauty Co. LLC

291

Vivid Events

177

The Edge Salon & Spa

81

Girasolé Salon

299

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Hair by Lauren

284

Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux

1, 73

JennCole Designs

39

Great Value Vacations

115

JoAnn Soloman Agency

297

I Know You Can Dance

125

Kate Ford Beauty

295

Okamoto Studio

68

Natasha Vallejo

293

Rentquest

87

The Traveling Stylists

283

Tran-Star Executive Transportation

106

303

BRIDAL FASHION & BEAUTY

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