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SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT GUIDE

2018 WINNERS

NEW YORK TheKnot.com/newyork

the DRESS OF YOUR DREAMS

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OUR NO REGRETS SHOPPING ADVICE

18 NEW YORK WEDDINGS

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GETTING MARRIED IN

New York City / Long Island Rockland / Westchester The Hudson Valley Connecticut

BEST OF WEDDINGS

Venues, Florists Bakers and More

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IDEAS FOR AN EPIC BASH beyond the bouquet

7 SURPRISING WAYS TO USE FLOWERS love your look

THE BEST HAIR & MAKEUP TIPS


Catering One Wedding at a Time for Over 100 Years

• State-of-the-Art Wedding Venue and Event Space in Brooklyn

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

• 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

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

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LONG ISLAND’S NEWEST WEDDING VENUE... UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

BOOKING NOW. ECC Catering at Engineers Country Club 55 Glenwood Road Roslyn Harbor, New York 11576 516.629.5741 www.ecccatering.com

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THE EVENT OF A LIFETIME DESERVES A SPACE TO MATCH

516.921.2282 NORTH SHORE SYNAGOGUE 83 MUTTONTOWN EASTWOODS RD SYOSSET, NY 11791 WWW.CARLYLECATERING.COM

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1550 U.S. 9 • Old Bridge, N.J. • 732-679-5700 • www.grandmarquiscaterers.com

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CONTENTS

contents SPRING/SUMMER 2018

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

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ROMANTIC HUDSON VALLEY ESTATE

AWARD WINNING CUISINE

LUSH GARDENS

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

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

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CONTENTS

beauty & wellness 239

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

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treat yourself Splurge on some self-care.

fashion 251

how to avoid dress drama Tips for keeping your wedding party feeling happy and confident.

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10 things bridal consultants want you to know

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

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avant garden

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tailor on call Custom suit specialist Nick Torres answers your fit questions.

high impact

style 182

high impact

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

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

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

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camouflage theory Clever solutions to fix unsightly venue issues.

your perfect palette The best color combinations to match your individual wedding style.

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beauty for hire

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FROM LEF T: L AUR A MURR AY PHOTOGR APHY; ALEX ANDRE WEINBERGER/ TRUNK ARCHIVE

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

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CONTENTS

real weddings 52

casey & ed may 7, east rutherford, nj

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anthi & stephen

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november 12, brooklyn

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your catering checklist

sarah & calvin march 25, new york city

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eduardo & kevin may 27, new york city

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tanya & richard august 13, staatsburg

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merary & jon april 23, brooklyn

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jordan & eric june 24, rye

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danika & anders august 6, bronx

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sarah & britton september 25, montauk

amanda & charlie may 28, brooklyn

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annie & austin april 29, new york city

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tiffany & donte 175

jessica & alexander 227

arielle & meredith caroline & rory

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may 27, connecticut

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mackenzie & matt jenna & chris

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april 28, deep river, ct

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Why you should hire a pro, plus the right type for you.

shannon & michael april 29, new haven, ct

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

party perfect

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include your crew Wedding roles to make loved ones feel special.

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your top venue issues, solved Smart solutions to tackle any hiccups that come your way.

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Make your bachelorette weekend one to remember.

julie & jeffrey june 4, stonington, ct

real wedding budget key $ = $30,000 or less

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Fun ways to entertain guests.

how to throw a beach wedding planner perks

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

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Details to keep in mind when planning for a seaside affair.

october 15, waterford, ct

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marry away in the USA Tips for an exciting stateside destination affair.

may 21, brooklyn

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coastal charm Find your picture-perfect reception venue in southern Connecticut.

july 9, sands point

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A dictionary for all the wedding lingo.

september 24, long island city

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wedding talk 101

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

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$$$ = $50,001–$75,000

$$$$ = $75,001–$100,000

$$$$$ = $100,001+

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get the look

ABOUT THE COVER

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

ON HER

Dress, price upon request, Mira Zwillinger at Wedding Salon of Manhasset, WeddingSalonOnline.com (Manhasset), Mark Ingram Atelier, MarkIngramAtelier.com (New York City), A Little Something White, ALittleSomethingWhite.com (Darien, CT); veil, $995, LivHart.com; aquamarine cocktail ring, $48,570, CoastDiamond.com

ON HER

Dress, $2,995, Marchesa Notte at Gabriella New York Bridal Salon, GabriellaNewYork.com (New York City), Lovely Bride, LovelyBride.com (New York City); engagement ring, $5,225 (not including center stone), CoastDiamond.com; hairpins, $85 each, BijouVanNess.com; earrings, $354, Oscar de la Renta, NeimanMarcus.com; shoes, $540, SophiaWebster.com

ON HER

Dress, $7,590, Romona Keveza at Bridal Reflections, BridalReflections.com (New York City), Wedding Salon of Manhasset, WeddingSalonOnline.com (Manhasset), Kleinfeld Bridal Salon, KleinfeldBridal.com (New York City); earrings, $2,221, AnabelaChan.com

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

BRIDAL IN BLOOM

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

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

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photography Liz Von Hoene hair Alberto Guzman for Bumble

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

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

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

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EDITOR IN CHIEF

Kristen Maxwell Cooper DESIGN DIRECTOR

DEPUTY EDITOR

MANAGING EDITOR

ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR

REAL WEDDINGS DIRECTOR

PHOTO DIRECTOR

Tracy Everding

Lauren Kay

Susan Berryman

Maria Bouselli

Rebecca Crumley

Kathy Nguyen

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

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

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

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THE STUDIO @ XO HEAD OF STUDIO Nick Fortunato EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Elizabeth Roehrig PRODUCER Joanna Dedvukaj SENIOR EDITORS Cassie Kreitner, Kate Traverson ASSOCIATE COPY EDITOR Kelsey Paine SENIOR DESIGNER Amanda Kocis Gallagher ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR Kelley Rowland JUNIOR DIGITAL MARKETING COORDINATOR Claire Flanagan SALES & MARKETING PRESIDENT, LOCAL MARKETPLACE Paul Bascobert, pbascobert@xogrp.com GROUP VP, LOCAL SALES John Pike, jpike@xogrp.com (212) 515-3535 PUBLISHER Carolyn Mantone, cmantone@theknot.com (888) 873-5093 REGIONAL SALES DIRECTOR Mary Lou Pernod, mpernod@theknot.com (877) 502-0586 ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES George Proctor, gproctor@theknot.com (866) 630-0052

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

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COFOUNDER Carley Roney

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Browse weddings from the Empire State, including the 2017 winners of our 50 Weddings, 50 States. Our New York pick, Liz and Adam, said “I do” at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, where they had their first date. Movie magic was incorporated into every aspect of the day—from movie trivia to vintage film reel table numbers.

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

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

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EDITOR ’S LE T TER

I love everything about this dress, from the romantic ruffle to the hint of color. (p. 262)

My jaw dropped when I first saw this succulent cuff—I want to wear one every day! (p. 206)

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

This envelope liner is a fun surprise waiting for guests. (p. 189)

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

KRISTEN MAXWELL COOPER Editor in Chief

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AFTER HOURS PHOTO BOOTH

SPICE CATERING GROUP

SUPREME PHOTO BOOTH

SOUND INVESTMENT DJ SERVICE, LIGHTING & PHOTO BOOTH SPIN DOCTOR ENTERTAINMENT

invitations

TOTAL EVENTS

THE PERSNICKETY BRIDE

VIVID EVENTS

hair, makeup & wellness

calligraphy

ALLURE TRAVELING BEAUTY

A JOYFUL NOISE PAPER CO.

BEAUTY BY MINEKO

THE HARWINTON FLORIST LLC RITA’S FLORAL TOUCH

caterers

BE THE STAR PHOTO BOOTH

FLOWERS BY DANIELLE LLC

PARTYPRODJ WEDDING DJS, LIGHTING, PHOTO BOOTH

photo booths

RIVERHOUSE CATERING

THE FLOWERFALL

WEDDINGS BY CLEAR VISION

STEMS + CO STYLISH BLOOMS

officiants & premarital counseling A CT JUSTICE OF THE PEACE– MARIE TYLER WILEY CT’S TOP JUSTICE OF THE PEACE MARY C PUGH HUDSON VALLEY OFFICIANTS JP JEANINE

bands

MARY COBURN, WEDDING OFFICIANT & CELEBRANT

PHILLIPS DESIGNS

AL SCATT’S - STOLEN MOMENTS ENTERTAINMENT

RENEE T. CARLE JUSTICE OF THE PEACE

BELLE NOELLE BEAUTY

djs

AROUND TOWN ENTERTAINMENT

REV. GARY DEINSTADT

EIFFEL BEAUTE BY ASHLEY CRUZ ON-SITE HAIR AND MAKEUP

AFTER HOURS DJ ENTERTAINMENT

CHARISMA

favors

ELEGANT MAKEOVERS BY TAMMY

ALLSTAR ENTERTAINMENT AND UPLIGHTING

BEAUTY ENTOURAGE

ERICA T. MARTELL, MAKEUP ARTIST

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AUDIO MEDIA SOLUTIONS

ETA MUSIC LIVE MUSIC PROS

CINDEROLLIES | BRIDAL PARTY BALLET FLATS

METROPOLITAN PLAYERS

RESCUE FLATS

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MICHAEL POLITO PHOTOGRAPHY

HOLLOW BROOK GOLF CLUB

THE BRIARCLIFF MANOR

ANGIE LU TAILORS LLC

THE DAVENPORT MANSION ON THE SOUND

lighting & décor ENZA EVENTS VIVID EVENTS

transportation & valet VALET PARK OF AMERICA

CRABTREE’S KITTLE HOUSE

DIAMOND MILLS HOTEL & SAUGERTIES STEAMBOAT CO. DOUBLETREE BY HILTON HOTEL TARRYTOWN

THE GRANDVIEW GREENTREE COUNTRY CLUB

GolfHollowBrook.com “The staff went above and beyond to make sure we were happy. I strongly recommend having your wedding at Hollow Brook—my wedding was flawless.” ABIGAIL KIRSCH AT TAPPAN HILL MANSION

LORRAINE TYNE BRIDAL

VILLA BORGHESE

WHITBY CASTLE AT RYE GOLF CLUB

GLEN ISLAND HARBOUR CLUB

HIGHLANDS COUNTRY CLUB HILTON PEARL RIVER JEAN-JACQUES’ CULINARY CREATIONS THE LAKE HOUSE INN THE NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDEN NEW YORK COUNTRY CLUB PARAMOUNT COUNTRY CLUB (FORMERLY DELLWOOD COUNTRY CLUB) POUGHKEEPSIE GRAND HOTEL

CHAMONIX BRIDE RHINEBECK DIANNE KEESEE DESIGNS

THE FOUNTAINHEAD

FULL MOON RESORT

BE UNIQUE BOUTIQUE

THE VILLA BARONE HILLTOP MANOR

WEST HILLS COUNTRY CLUB

THE FOX HILL INN

bridal fashions

V.I.P. COUNTRY CLUB

FEAST AT ROUND HILL

TRIPGUY TRAVEL

HOLLOW BROOK GOLF CLUB

THE THAYER HOTEL AT WEST POINT

VILLA VENEZIA

honeymoon & travel

wedding venues

THE SURF CLUB ON THE SOUND

FALKIRK ESTATE AND COUNTRY CLUB

THE GARRISON

HUDSON VALLEY

RescueFlats.com

FleursDuMois.com

gown cleaning & preservation ORANGE RESTORATION LABS

RESCUE FLATS

FLEURS DU MOIS, INC.

GolfHollowBrook.com

wedding planners HUDSON VALLEY TRENDSETTERS HudsonValleyTrendsetters.com “Danielle’s attention to detail is impeccable! Her staff is amazing and went out of their way to make sure every guest and myself were taken care of.” BYAMANDA EVENT STUDIO THE CAPABLE BRIDE CATHY’S ELEGANT EVENTS LLC GINA MALONEY EVENTS HUDSON VALLEY CEREMONIES LOVELY EVENT PLANNING

SENG COUTURE SVETLANA BRIDAL COUTURE VIRGINIA’S BRIDAL

photographers ALICIA KING PHOTOGRAPHY AliciaKingPhotography.com “Alicia is not only an AMAZING photographer but one of the sweetest and most down-to-earth people I’ve ever had the privilege of meeting.” ALEX KAPLAN PHOTO - VIDEO PHOTO BOOTH SPECIALISTS ALEXIA PHOTO VIDEO ALLYSE PULLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY ASHER GARDNER PHOTOGRAPHY CASSADY K PHOTOGRAPHY CHRIS CARTER PHOTOGRAPHY CHRISTINE MERSON PHOTOGRAPHY DAN LUNGEN PHOTOGRAPHY, INC.

VARIETY VINTAGE EVENTS

DP STUDIO TING YI PHOTO & CINEMA

ANTHONY’S PIER 9

THE POWELTON CLUB

WEDDINGS BY DEBRA THOMPSON LLC

DREAMLIFE WEDDING PHOTO & VIDEO

ARROW PARK

SENATE GARAGE

WHAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF

EID PHOTOGRAPHY

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EMILY VISTA PHOTOGRAPHY FANTASY FLASH STUDIOS FRAME YOUR LOVE PHOTOGRAPHY JORDAN JANKUN PHOTOGRAPHY KELLY VASAMI PHOTOGRAPHY MATT STALLONE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY MONIKA PHOTOGRAPHY NIDYA LLOYD PHOTOGRAPHY THE POLISHED PORTRAIT PURE PLATINUM PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY THE RAMSDENS ROSEMARIE ELIZABETH PHOTOGRAPHY SUNDAE GRAPHIC DESIGN + PHOTOGRAPHY TESORA PHOTOGRAPHY THOMPSON PHOTOGRAPHY GROUP TIM RYAN SMITH PHOTOGRAPHY WINDCATCHER PHOTOGRAPHY

videographers BYDESIGN FILMS HUDSON VALLEY DREAMLIFE WEDDING PHOTO & VIDEO WEDDING VIDEOS BY CLEAR VISION

SACRED STAGES, LLC

RevSandraBargman.com

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photo booths HIPSTR PHOTO BOOTH

invitations

KATIE KELLY: HAIR + MAKE-UP

ALWAYS IMPRESSIVE

LEPLAIT

PHOTO BOOTH HUDSON VALLEY NY

MAKEUP ARTISTRY BY JILLIAN

SHUTTERBOOTH HUDSON VALLEY

MELISSA SCROFANI WESTCHESTER HAIR STYLIST

SUPREME PHOTO BOOTH

MG HAIR & MAKEUP

FITTING IMAGE GRAPHICS, INC. LAURA DAMIANO DESIGNS LOVE PRETTY INC. THE PERSNICKETY BRIDE

MICHELE LISA SALON

hair, makeup & wellness AG BEAUTY SERVICES ALEXANDRIA GILLEO MAKEUP ARTIST

NU-IMAGE

calligraphy

SALON 52 HAIR STUDIO INC.

REVIVINGDAILY

SIMPLY ELEGANT BEAUTY LLC

djs

ANGELAMAKEMEUP

wedding cakes & desserts

ANNALIESE & CO. BRIDAL HAIR AND MAKEUP ARTISTRY

BELLA SOPHIA SUGAR CRAFTS

DJ BRI SWATEK, SPINNING WITH STYLE

ASHLEY LAUREN BEAUTY LOUNGE

EYE CANDY BUFFETS

DJ DOMENIC ENTERTAINMENT

BEAUTY ENTOURAGE

HOMESTYLE DESSERTS BAKERY

DJ LOU PARIS / PARIS CREATIVE

BRIDAL ARTISTRY BY ALANA MARIA SCHMIDT

LOVELY CAKES

DJ MAV ENTERTAINMENT

A PERFECT BLEND ENTERTAINMENT

DJ SERG ENTERTAINMENT

LULU CAKE BOUTIQUE

CELESTE VON DAMON HAIR AND MAKE-UP

THE PASTRY GARDEN BAKERY

CHRISTINA DELFINO MAKEUP ARTISTRY

caterers

COLOR MAKE-UP STUDIO

BRIDGE CREEK CATERING

DUTCHESS COUNTY HAIRSTYLIST

HUDSON VALLEY BBQ CO.

ESU EVENTS-ENTERTAINMENT & SOUNDS UNLIMITED, INC.

HAIR BY ANDREA MOBILE BEAUTY/ SPECIAL EVENTS LOUNGE

HUNT & HARVEST

FIESTA ENTERTAINMENT

MANGIA AND ENJOY!

GET DOWN ENTERTAINMENT

EAT GREAT CAKES

EatGreatCakes.com

DON’T STOP THE MUSIC INC. ENTERTAINMENT EMPIRE SOUND ENRIQUEZ ENTERTAINMENT

MD MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT

MDMusicDJ.com

† Editor’s picks

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CHATEAU BRIAND CATERERS

GIORGIO’S

ChateauBriandCaterers.com

FOX HOLLOW CATERING & HOTEL

GiorgiosLI.com

TheFoxHollow.com

ETA MUSIC

MAYURI’S FLORAL DESIGN

lighting & décor

JIMMY DEE ENTERTAINMENT

HAL PRINCE MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT

MONICA CHIMES FLORAL, INC.

VIVID EVENTS

JTD PRODUCTIONS, INC.

KAZZ MUSIC ORCHESTRA

KAOS PRODUCTIONS

LIVE MUSIC PROS

MR. BOKAY FLOWERS & GREENHOUSE

M.C. FISH ENTERTAINMENT, INC.

LIVE WIRE ENTERTAINMENT

MAGICAL MEMORIES ENTERTAINMENT

MCLEAN AVENUE WEDDING BAND

MD MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT

PERRONE BROS. ENTERTAINMENT FEATURING NAKED SOUL BAND

HAL PRINCE MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT

MSV DJ ENTERTAINMENT, CINEMATOGRAPHY & PHOTO BOOTHS MUCH MUSIC DJ MUSIC SPEAKS VOLUMES ENTERTAINMENT NEXT GENERATION DJ GROUP PLATINUM PARTY EVENTS DJ & PHOTOBOOTH, INC. PURE PLATINUM PARTY ENTERTAINMENT INC. SOUND ACTIVE EVENTS STOLEN MOMENTS UNDENIABLE DJS STYLEZ ENTERTAINMENT TURNTABLE EVENTS - DJS, LIGHTING & PHOTO BOOTHS YOUR EVENT MATTERS

bands AL SCATT’S - STOLEN MOMENTS ENTERTAINMENT THE DEVONSHIRE PLAYERS

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SILVER ARROW BAND

ensembles & soloists APPASSIONATA PLAYERS CAPRICCIO ENSEMBLE THE DEVONSHIRE PLAYERS DORIAN STRING QUARTET

PURE PLATINUM PARTY ENTERTAINMENT INC. SECRET GARDEN FLORIST WEDDING AND EVENT PLANNING SUCCULENTS & SAFFRON WESTCHESTER FLORAL DECORATORS INC.

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ARCADIA FLORAL CO. CHERRY BRANDY DESIGNS BY WHAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF DARK + DIAMOND

JUDGES FOR LOVE, INC. ONE HEART PERSONALIZED CEREMONIES BY MARK & NORMA PERSONALIZED CEREMONIES & EVENTS BY REV. ZARO

FLORAL FANTASIES BY SARA

REVEREND GARY DEINSTADT

FLOWERS BY DAVID ANTHONY

REVEREND JIM ROONEY

FOREVER IN BLOOM

REVEREND JUDE SMITH INTERFAITH MINISTER

LUCILLE’S FLORAL OF FISHKILL

rehearsal dinners & bridal showers JEAN-JACQUES’ CULINARY CREATIONS

unique ideas LIVE EVENT PAINTING BY J. HOWARD STUDIOS

LONG ISLAND

HUDSON VALLEY OFFICIANTS

DRAMATIC INNOVATION

HUDSON VALLEY FLORAL

BEACHFRONTS TRAVEL

ALICE SOLOWAY UNCOMMON WEDDING OFFICIANT HUDSON VALLEY CEREMONIES

florists

honeymoon & travel

WEDDING PASTOR JEREMY ZIEGLER

wedding venues CHATEAU BRIAND CATERERS ChateauBriandCaterers.com “Yes yes yes! We loved Chateau Briand for our wedding. The staff was amazing and made us feel like celebrities on our special day. I felt so stress-free, as our maître d’ took care of everything.”

FOX HOLLOW CATERING & HOTEL TheFoxHollow.com “This venue was very organized and attentive! Staff was professional, and the food was exceptional! I’m glad I had my wedding at the Fox Hollow.”

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GIORGIO’S GiorgiosLI.com “My wedding was absolutely perfect, and the staff at Giorgios was the epitome of excellent service. Friendly, helpful, experienced, professional, etc.”

INSIGNIA EventsByInsignia.com “I was looking for something different from the usual catering halls, and when I went into Insignia for the first time, it was exactly what I was looking for.”

THE MEDITERRANEAN MANOR MedManor.com “Everything was flawless from start to finish. I couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful and special day.”

THE METROPOLITAN

BRENTWOOD COUNTRY CLUB

TERRACE ON THE PARK

SENG COUTURE

BRIDGEVIEW YACHT CLUB

VIEW

CARLYLE ON THE GREEN

THE VINEYARDS AT AQUEBOGUE

WEDDING DRESSER COUTURE BY VASSA

CHATEAU AT COINDRE HALL

WESTBURY MANOR

THE CRESCENT BEACH CLUB CREST HOLLOW COUNTRY CLUB THE ESTATE AT THE THREE VILLAGE INN FLOWERFIELD

BOSCHELLI PHOTOGRAPHY

wedding planners DEBORAH MINARIK EVENTS, LTD DREAM MAKERS NY EVENTS BY PARTIES N’ ALL

THE GARDEN CITY HOTEL THE INN AT NEW HYDE PARK

LONG ISLAND WEDDING & EVENT PLANNERS BOUTIQUE

LARKFIELD

PLATINUM PARTY PLANNERS

LEONARD’S PALAZZO

WATERMILL CATERERS

RIVIERA WATERFRONT CATERER

THE MANSION AT TIMBER POINT MANSION AT WEST SAYVILLE NYIT DE SEVERSKY MANSION

bridal fashions BLOSSOM BRIDES THE BRIDAL WORLD

BoschelliPhotography.com “The photos are just simply AMAZING. I’m thrilled I have all of it documented so beautifully on film. I would HIGHLY recommend Cecilia to any bride-to-be!”

SANDI RUFO PHOTOGRAPHY

HONEY BELLS EVENTS LLC

JERICHO TERRACE

TheMetropolitanCaterers.com “Absolutely magnificent. From the moment you walked in, John and his staff were nothing but accommodating and friendly, and the food was fivestar quality.”

WatermillCaterers.com “I highly recommend this venue. Not only were the grounds gorgeous for our pictures, but the staff went above and beyond to make our day perfect. Anything we asked for they delivered and better.”

photographers

SandiRufoPhotography.com “Sandi is absolutely amazing! She listened to our every wish and gave us the most beautiful photos! We had our albums less than two months after our wedding!” 456 WEDDINGS ADA STUDIO ANGEL PROJECT PHOTOGRAPHY

FANTASIA BRIDAL

ANTHONY VAZQUEZ PHOTOGRAPHY

HARBOR BRIDAL

CASTELLANOS CINEMA

KLEINFELD BRIDAL SALON

DEAR STACEY

RUSSO’S ON THE BAY

LARA KNIGHT

SMITHTOWN LANDING COUNTRY CLUB

LOTUS BRIDAL - BROOKLYN

DREAMLIFE WEDDING PHOTO & VIDEO

THE ROYALTON MANSION AT THE ROSLYN COUNTRY CLUB

ANTUN’S

SOUNDVIEW CATERERS

BELLPORT COUNTRY CLUB

STONEBRIDGE COUNTRY CLUB

BOURNE MANSION

SWAN CLUB

LOTUS BRIDAL - MINEOLA MAX BRIDAL NY NORTH FORK BRIDAL SHOPPE

ELEGANT MEMORIES BY SERENA ENVOGUE PHOTO EXO PHOTOGRAPHY FOXLIGHT STUDIOS

WILLIAM THOMAS PHOTOGRAPHY

INSIGNIA

EventsByInsignia.com

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THE MEDITERRANEAN MANOR

MedManor.com

WATERMILL CATERERS

WatermillCaterers.com

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BLISSFUL EVENTS

SANDI RUFO PHOTOGRAPHY

THE METROPOLITAN

RaquelVicari.com

SandiRufoPhotography.com

TheMetropolitanCaterers.com

GINA ESPOSITO

TRAVERSE THE TIDES

WHITE TIE VIDEO

CHRISTY ANN COSMETICS

THE GLENMAR STUDIO

TWELFTH NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY

YELLOW HOUSE IMAGES

EDA BEAUTY HAIR & MAKEUP

HEARTFELT STUDIO PHOTO & FILM

VINNYD. PHOTOGRAPHY

IM PHOTO STUDIO

WAVELIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY

JS VISIONS PHOTO & VIDEO

WHITE LIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO

KEN HILD WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY KENN DOYLE PHOTOGRAPHY LANA ROWE PHOTOGRAPHY

WILLIAM THOMAS PHOTOGRAPHY WINDCATCHER PHOTOGRAPHY YELLOW HOUSE IMAGES

LENNON PHOTO LIGHTHOUSE PHOTOGRAPHY LONG ISLAND PHOTO VIDEO LOTUS WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY MARC SOLOMON PHOTOGRAPHY MARKLAND PHOTOGRAPHY MARSHALL STUDIOS MATT STALLONE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY MAVEN JADE PHOTOGRAPHY MIRALLI PHOTOGRAPHY

321 PHOTO BOOTH NYC

LAUREN DECOSIMO BRIDAL AND CELEBRITY HAIRSTYLIST

THE Ü BOOTH HIPSTR PHOTO BOOTH IRIS PHOTOBOOTHS THE MODERN PHOTOBOOTH

MAKEUP BY BONNIE MAKEUP BY CHRISTINE MG HAIR & MAKEUP

tuxedos & formalwear

PRIMP L.I.

BILSKI PRODUCTIONS

ESQUIRE TUXEDOS

SAMANTHA NICOLE BEAUTY

BYDESIGN FILMS NEW YORK

FORESTO TUXEDO

STYLE BY TARA

CLEAR VISION VIDEOGRAPHY DIRECT IMAGE FILMS DREAMLIFE WEDDING PHOTO & VIDEO IMAGES EVERYTHING

NORTH FORK WEDDING FILMS & PHOTOGRAPHY RICCARDO PRODUCTIONS CINEMA...FINEARTS’ PHOTOGRAPHY... SHUTTERSOUND PICTURES

OOH LALA MAKEUP BY JOANNE

STYLES BY MARCELLA

hair, makeup & wellness ADELYN’S CANVAS ALI, LONG ISLAND MAKEUP AND HAIR BEAUTYBYCHRISTINAKAY BEAUTYBYI BRIDAL HAIR & MAKEUP BY NICOLE BRIDAL HAIR STUDIO ON LOCATION & MAKEUP ARTISTRY

STUDIO 27

SINEMAX FILMS

CELEBRITY MAKEUP ARTIST, CHRISTINA AMADOR BEAUTY

THOMPSON PHOTOGRAPHY GROUP

WHITE DIAMOND VIDEO

´ BEAUTY CHERISE LOREN

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LOLA LOVES MAKEUP

162 PRODUCTIONS // CINEMA & PHOTOGRAPHY

PARK AVE STUDIO

RUBY STAR PHOTOGRAPHY & CINEMA

ERICA DOES MAKEUP

videographers

INTRIGUE FILMS LUXURY WEDDING FILMS!

RED SWEATSHIRT PHOTOGRAPHY

photo booths

NEEKO BOOTHS

ONE FINE DAY PHOTOGRAPHERS AND VIDEO

PATKEN PHOTOGRAPHER

THE EDGE SALON & SPA

TIFFANY JOY DESIGNS ON-LOCATION BRIDAL HAIR SPECIALIST

rings & jewelry FRASSANITO JEWELERS H.L. GROSS & BRO. JEWELERS

wedding cakes & desserts FANNY CAKES FRANCESCO’S ITALIANAMERICAN BAKERY JERRI’S CUSTOM CAKERY

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LABONNE BOULANGERIE SUGAR LANE CAKE SHOP

caterers LONG ISLAND CUBAN CIGAR AND BOURBON EXPERIENCE

CROWD CONTROL ENTERTAINMENT CrowdControlEntertainment.com “The Crowd Control staff was so wonderful and accommodating to any request we had. We have only the greatest things to say about our music and photo booth.” ABSOLUTE ENTERTAINMENT

TOMMY’S TUNES DJ ENTERTAINMENT

LIVE WIRE ENTERTAINMENT METROPOLITAN PLAYERS

ULTIMATE SOUND DISC JOCKEYS

SILVER ARROW BAND

URE EVENTS

THE STORYTELLERS BAND

VARIETY MUSIC DJ ENTERTAINMENT

ensembles & soloists

XCLUSIVE PRODUCTIONS

LUMINOUS SOUNDS, INC.

BARATTINI PRODUCTIONS

bands

VSMUSIC4U NY WEDDING CEREMONY & COCKTAIL HOUR MUSICIANS

FAT CAT PAPERIE

BODY ROCK DJ AND LIVE MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

EAST COAST MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT

JESSICA LEIGH PAPERIE

BRAVURA ENTERTAINMENT

MEDICI FINE STATIONERY & GIFTS

DR. BEAT PRODUCTIONS: DJ ENTERTAINMENT & VISUAL EFFECTS

invitations BLINGVITATIONS FAIRY TALE AFFAIRS

PAPER TREASURES RED LETTER DAY INVITATIONS & DESIGN

AFTER HOURS MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT

FUSION DL GENESIS EVENTS

THE WEDDING COMPANY

GOLD COAST EVENTS CO.

YVONNE’S INVITATIONS & FAVORS LLC

HIGH VOLTAGE ENTERTAINMENT LEGENDARY ENTERTAINMENT

djs BIG HITS DJ ENTERTAINMENT 1800BigHits.com “The best choice we made for our wedding. My husband and I are by far the most indecisive people on the planet, but when we interviewed DJs, we had no doubt.”

BIG HITS DJ ENTERTAINMENT

1800BigHits.com

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EastCoastBand.com “East Coast rocked everything! Two months after our wedding, people are still telling us how great our wedding was, and at the top of their list is our band!”

LONG ISLAND SOUND DJ’S MICHAEL BRYAN EVENTS MR. MATRIMONY & DJ SPYNFO PRODUCTIONS.

READY IN 10 ReadyIn10.com “Phenomenal! Had the dance floor packed the entire night. They played every request we asked for and even learned our wedding song in only a few short weeks.” BARBARA E. KLEIN AT OMNIPOP TALENT GROUP

florists CRESS FLORAL DECORATORS CressWeddingFlowers.com “They’re exceptionally professional and catered to all our needs with quality arrangements that truly brought a unique ambience and made our day more special.”

FLORAL DESIGNS BY NINA FloralDesignsbyNina.com “Nina was beyond amazing. The florals took my breath away. It was exactly how I’d imagined it. I highly recommend you choose Nina as your florist.” ARISTON FLOWERS

CAFE WHA? BAND

BELLA FLOWERS

MVPRODUCTIONS LLC.

CROSSING MIDNIGHT ENTERTAINMENT

ONE SOUND NYC EVENTS

FAZE 4 ORCHESTRAS

CALYX FLOWER DESIGN

REGAL EVENTS

LIVE MUSIC PROS

ELEGANT DESIGNS BY JOY

FLORAL DESIGNS BY NINA

FloralDesignsbyNina.com

BLACK DAHLIA INC.

READY IN 10

ReadyIn10.com

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ORIGIN PHOTOS

TRAN-STAR EXECUTIVE

I WED ALL

THE FLOWER PETALER FLOWERS BY BRIAN FLOWERS BY BURTON GIFTS FROM THE HEART FLORIST IN FULL BLOOM PAINTED ROCK DESIGNS PEDESTALS FLORAL DECORATORS RIVERHEAD FLOWER SHOP SOMETHING BLUE FLORAL EVENTS VERBENA DESIGNS INC.

officiants & premarital counseling I WED ALL

REVEREND LOUIS OLIVIERI, INTERFAITH MINISTER/OFFICIATE REVEREND SAMORA - COMMON GROUND CEREMONIES REVEREND SARAH GUTMANN LONG ISLAND WEDDING OFFICIANT

favors

BOURNE MANSION

honeymoon & travel PERSONAL ESCAPE TRAVEL

party rentals & service staff

dance lessons

lighting & décor

BANDS OF GOLD WEDDING CEREMONIES

SOUNDVIEW CATERERS

rehearsal dinners & bridal showers

WESTBURY MANOR

CEREMONIES OF THE HEART REVEREND DEB VIOLA

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BEDFORD VILLAGE INN

RESCUE FLATS

INSIGNIA

ONE HEART PERSONALIZED CEREMONIES BY MARK & NORMA

BATTERY GARDENS

SIR OLIVER LIMOUSINE

KNOTTED TEACUP

A CIRCLE OF GOLD

MARIE APRIL GISMONDI CHURCH OF ANCIENT WAYS

K AND G LIMOUSINE SERVICE

CINDEROLLIES | BRIDAL PARTY BALLET FLATS

ROYAL BACKDROPS

JUDGES FOR LOVE, INC.

MasterpieceCaterers.com

YOUR STORY CEREMONIES DANIELLE GIANNONE

IWedAll.com “She was an incredible presence with such a warm personality. Everyone told us that our wedding ceremony was one of the most beautiful that they ever attended.”

HONORABLE CAROLINE Z. BAZZINI, WEDDING OFFICIANT

MASTERPIECE CATERERS AT 1 HANOVER SQUARE

TranStarLimo.com

IWedAll.com

transportation & valet TRAN-STAR EXECUTIVE TranStarLimo.com “The perfect choice for transportation! Their attention to detail was impeccable, and they provided a complimentary airport ride for our honeymoon! Highly recommend!”

BRYANT PARK GRILL CRYSTAL SPRINGS RESORT THE ESTATE AT FARRINGTON LAKE FALKIRK ESTATE AND COUNTRY CLUB FEAST AT ROUND HILL GLEN ISLAND HARBOUR CLUB

DANCE REVERIE

THE GRANDVIEW HOLLYHEDGE ESTATE INN AT LEOLA VILLAGE

unique ideas LONG ISLAND CUBAN CIGAR AND BOURBON EXPERIENCE

MANHATTAN

wedding venues MASTERPIECE CATERERS AT 1 HANOVER SQUARE MasterpieceCaterers.com “THIS PLACE IS THE BEST! You cannot go wrong. I couldn’t have dreamt a better wedding. The service, food, décor, ambience and attention is unparalleled.” 3 WEST CLUB

THE LAKE HOUSE INN THE LEGACY CASTLE THE LOEB CENTRAL PARK BOATHOUSE THE MADISON HOTEL MYMOON RESTAURANT + VENUE THE NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDEN THE PALACE AT SOMERSET PARK PARK CHATEAU PORTA SENATE GARAGE STROUDSMOOR COUNTRY INN SUNSET TERRACE AT CHELSEA PIERS

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THE VINEYARDS AT AQUEBOGUE

THE PRIVILEGE IS MINE

SVETLANA BRIDAL COUTURE

WESTBURY MANOR

ROYAL BACKDROPS

WEDDING ATELIER

SHANNON GAIL WEDDINGS AND EVENTS

WEDDING DRESSER COUTURE BY VASSA

wedding planners A TAYLORED AFFAIR

SL EVENTS

ATayloredAffair.com “Jennifer works incredibly hard and has a genuine drive to make you feel happy, cared for and taken care of. You could not be better off with anyone else.”

TARA M. EVENTS

BLISSFUL EVENTS

YOUR WEDDING BY LAUREN

RaquelVicari.com “The best decision we made was to hire Blissful Events to plan our wedding. Raquel took care of everything. We could not have pulled it off without her.” ASHLEY M CHAMBLIN EVENTS AUDREY PIEROT EVENTS

TIMOTHY WESTBROOK EVENTS VISION EVENT CO.

bridal fashions A LITTLE SOMETHING WHITE BRIDAL COUTURE DESIGNER LOFT DRESSILYME FOREVER AMOUR BRIDAL BOUTIQUE

BYAMANDA EVENT STUDIO

KAREN WILLIS HOLMES

CHANCEY CHARM

KLEINFELD BRIDAL SALON

DREAM MAKERS NY EVERYTHING FABULOUS FOR YOUR EVENTS KATE EDMONDS EVENTS

LOTUS BRIDAL LOVELY BRIDE MODERN TROUSSEAU NEW YORK

LIFESTYLE MAVEN EVENTS

NANCY CAROLINE BRIDAL STYLING

LINA KREISBERG EVENTS

OUR STORY BRIDAL

LINDSEY M. EVENTS

SENG COUTURE

A TAYLORED AFFAIR

ATayloredAffair.com

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OwnYourSexy.com “I can honestly say this was one of the most amazing and fun experiences I have ever had. The studio is fabulous and welcoming.”

tuxedos & formalwear GENERATION TUX

ALEX KAPLAN PHOTO - VIDEO PHOTO BOOTH SPECIALISTS

KAMAAL KADRI BESPOKE

ALICIA KING PHOTOGRAPHY

photographers

ANTHONY VAZQUEZ PHOTOGRAPHY

BRYAN SARGENT PHOTOGRAPHY

APOGEE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

BryanSargentPhotography.com “Not only is he one of the kindest people we’ve ever met, but our wedding AND engagement photos look absolutely out of this world!”

DREAMLIFE PHOTOS & VIDEO

APRIL + GALINA PHOTOGRAPHY ASHER GARDNER PHOTOGRAPHY ASHLEY IZQUIERDO CASEY FATCHETT PHOTOGRAPHY CYNTHIA CHUNG WEDDINGS

DreamlifeWedding.com “Pictures were PERFECT! They were supremely professional and very helpful. Everything came out very nice. Best agency for photos and videos by far!”

DANILA MEDNIKOV PHOTOGRAPHY + VIDEO

NONESUCH NYC

EIN PHOTOGRAPHY AND DESIGN

NoneSuchNYC.com “They are truly gifted artists, and it shows in how they documented our entire day and provided us with photos to forever capture the spirit.”

DREAMLIFE PHOTOS & VIDEO

DreamlifeWedding.com

5TH AVENUE DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHERS A DAY OF BLISS WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

THE GROOMSMAN SUIT

TIEMART, INC.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDE EVENTS

CYNTHIA ROSS EVENTS

OWN YOUR SEXY

DEVA PHOTOGRAPHY DP STUDIO TING YI PHOTO & CINEMA

ELIZABETH TSUNG PHOTO EMMA CLEARY PHOTO AND VIDEO FOREVER PHOTOGRAPHY

NONESUCH NYC

NoneSuchNYC.com

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BEAUTY ENTOURAGE

BeautyEntourage.com

MISS HARLEQUIN WEDDING MAKEUP ARTISTRY & HAIR DESIGN

MissHarlequin.com

FUNICO STUDIOS

SALWA PHOTOGRAPHY

MESH FILMS

HAK WEDDINGS: CREATING YOUR STORY WITH VIDEO & PHOTO

SILVERFOX PHOTOGRAPHY

MY WEDDING WAY

SINCERELY, EMELIA PHOTO

NST PICTURES

STEVEN ROSEN PHOTOGRAPHY

SHUTTER AND SOUND FILMS

SUSAN SHEK PHOTO + VIDEO

SHUTTERSOUND PICTURES

THE TALENTED PHOTOGRAPHER (MAGAZINE-LEVEL PHOTOGRAPHY)

SINEMAX FILMS

THE HONS PHOTO + VIDEO JAMIE LEVINE PHOTOGRAPHY JAYLIM STUDIO JC LEMON PHOTOGRAPHY JORGE GARCIA PHOTOGRAPHY JUSTIN MCCALLUM PHOTOGRAPHY

THOMPSON PHOTOGRAPHY GROUP TIM RYAN SMITH PHOTOGRAPHY

MG HAIR & MAKEUP

MGHairandMakeup.com

MISS HARLEQUIN WEDDING MAKEUP ARTISTRY & HAIR DESIGN MissHarlequin.com “I cannot begin to explain their level of quality and professionalism. They can do hair and makeup, and their ability to do ANY STYLE you want is amazing.”

WELL SPUN WEDDINGS

AYARI’S BRIDES MAKEUP, HAIR STYLING & SPRAY TANNING

WINDY CITY PRODUCTION

BEAUTINI

YELLOW HOUSE IMAGES

THE BRIDAL SUITE NEW YORK

LA V IMAGE

TRAVERSE THE TIDES

LARISA SHORINA PHOTOGRAPHY

TRUE LOVE WEDDING

photo booths

ERIN TAYLOR HAIR

LE IMAGE

UNVEILED WEDDINGS

321 PHOTO BOOTH NYC

EVY DREW

LISA DREW PHOTOGRAPHY

W.C.P. WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY

THE Ü BOOTH

LAUREN DECOSIMO BRIDAL AND CELEBRITY HAIRSTYLIST

MARSHALL STUDIOS MONIKA PHOTOGRAPHY MY WEDDING WAY NINETY EIGHT NEW YORK CO. OLIVIA CAINE PHOTOGRAPHY THE PORTOS PURE PLATINUM PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY

WILDE SCOUT PHOTO CO. WILLIAM THOMAS PHOTOGRAPHY WINDCATCHER PHOTOGRAPHY WITH LOVE BY GEORGIE

videographers AMOR IN MOTION

RESONANCE VISION

BYDESIGN FILMS NEW YORK

RICCARDO PRODUCTIONS CINEMA...FINEARTS’ PHOTOGRAPHY...

DP STUDIO TING YI PHOTO & CINEMA

RICHARD B FLORES PHOTOGRAPHY THE RIVERS PHOTO RYON : LOCKHART PHOTOGRAPHY

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DREAMLIFE WEDDING PHOTO & VIDEO HEARTFELT STUDIO LIVE PICTURE STUDIOS (VIDEO + PHOTO)

ERICA DOES MAKEUP

HIPSTR PHOTO BOOTH IRIS PHOTOBOOTHS NEEKO BOOTHS

MARIEL GUAY BRIDAL BEAUTY MUAH BY KRISSY CORNELL MY MAKEUP ARTIST VICTORIA

hair, makeup & wellness

NU-IMAGE

BEAUTY ENTOURAGE

STACIE FORD WEDDINGS ELITE MAKEUP ARTISTRY

BeautyEntourage.com “I can’t say enough kind words about the quality of the service and Ashley’s professionalism running Beauty Entourage!”

MG HAIR & MAKEUP MGHairandMakeup.com “If I could give MG 10 stars, I would! MG Hair & Makeup went above and beyond any expectations I had for my special day! Thank you for everything!”

SALON POSH

TAFFETA HAIR & MAKEUP DESIGN

rings & jewelry DESIGNS BY KAMNI FIRENZE JEWELS H.L. GROSS & BRO. JEWELERS

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caterers

calligraphy

THE RAGING SKILLET

COHEN PRINTING

TheRagingSkillet.com “Absolutely the best! From creativity and, of course, fabulous food— everything about the experience with The Raging Skillet, Chef Rossi and Charmaine was top shelf!”

ORDER SHE WROTE

GREAT PERFORMANCES PRESERVING HARVEST CATERING

wedding cakes & desserts EAT GREAT CAKES EatGreatCakes.com “She truly delivered exactly what we wanted!” AROMAS BOUTIQUE BAKERY SUGAR LANE CAKE SHOP

invitations BONOMO PAPER CO. CECI NEW YORK INVITE & WRITE JOINS REED COHEN PAPERS & EVENTS

PAPERFINGER

djs MD MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT MDMusicDJ.com “I never imagined that working with a DJ could be so easy! Matty is punctual, professional, attentive and GREAT at keeping a party going strong!”

URE EVENTS UREEvents.com “If you're looking for an entertainer, a perfectionist, someone who can read the crowd and know what song to play next... look no further—URE is it.” 74 EVENTS

MVPRODUCTIONS LLC.

45 RIOTS

REMIXOLOGISTS

AFFINITINYC

SCRATCH WEDDINGS

ARIEL MUSIC AND EVENTS

SEANIE WILL

AROUND TOWN ENTERTAINMENT

STYLUS DJ ENTERTAINMENT

THE BARNSTORM

TRI-STATE WEDDING DJS

CAFE WHA? BAND

TSG PRODUCTIONS

* CHEVY * CHEVIS ENTERTAINMENT!!

bands

CREATIONS MUSIC - KIM SOZZI

BUD MALTIN MUSIC (LIVE BAND)— METROPOLITAN MUSIC DJS

ETA MUSIC HAL PRINCE MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT HANK LANE MUSIC

DJ & REV. CHERISHTHELUV

EAST COAST MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT

LIVE WIRE ENTERTAINMENT

DJ COOLHAND

EastCoastBand.com “East Coast rocked everything! Two months after our wedding, people are still telling us how great our wedding was, and at the top of their list is our band!”

BEAT TRAIN PRODUCTIONS BRAVURA ENTERTAINMENT CLASSIC EVENTS MUSIC

PINEAPPLE STREET DESIGNS

DLE EVENT GROUP

SHINDIG BESPOKE

GENESIS EVENTS

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JARRELL ENTERTAINMENT

BudMaltin.com “The band’s love for music and performing shines through! The Bud Maltin Band MADE our wedding the perfect dance party we always wanted—THANK YOU!”

A STARRY NIGHT MUSIC

DJ DAVID MEDINA

MANHATTAN CITY MUSIC

ManhattanCityMusic.com “They were nothing short of magnificent. MCM didn’t miss a beat. Many of our guests stated that it was the ‘best wedding band they had ever seen,’ and we agree!”

PURE PLATINUM PARTY ENTERTAINMENT INC.

PAPER & LACE

ManhattanCityMusic.com

MANHATTAN CITY MUSIC

HAL PRINCE MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT

THE RAGING SKILLET

TheRagingSkillet.com

JK ENTERTAINMENT THE LAST NITES LIVE MUSIC PROS

THE LOVE REVIVAL ORCHESTRA THE METROPOLITAN PLAYERS MOD SOCIETY - CHIC JAZZ AND HIGH-ENERGY DANCE NEW YORK EDGE MUSIC

EAST COAST MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT

EastCoastBand.com

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ON THE MOVE EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT

OFFICIANT REVEREND MARY-ROSE OF ENGLE HEART

ONYX ARTISTS

ONE HEART PERSONALIZED CEREMONIES BY MARK & NORMA

THE PLATINUM STAR BAND THE RHYTHM SHOP, THE GROOVE SHOP & THE PARTY SHOP SILVER ARROW BAND STARLIGHT MUSIC THE STORYTELLERS BAND

OUR WEDDING OFFICIANT NYC PETER BORUCHOWITZ PASTOR ALISON REVEREND ANNIE LAWRENCE, NYC WEDDING OFFICIANT

REVEREND JIM ROONEY

florists

REVEREND LOUIS OLIVIERI, INTERFAITH MINISTER/OFFICIATE

FleursDuMois.com “The sample they created was stunning, but the flowers the day of the wedding were even more beautiful than I could have imagined.” ARISTON FLOWERS CITY IRIS CRESS FLORAL DECORATORS DESIGNS BY AHN KATHERINE ELIZABETH EVENTS THE PAPER FLORIST L’ATELIER ROUGE NYC FLOWER PROJECT SAGE AND ROSE SAHOLA FLORAL ART & EVENT DESIGN

officiants & premarital counseling ILLUMINATING CEREMONIES IlluminatingCeremonies.com “There is no one better than Chris—he has a natural gift and talent for what he does.”

SACRED STAGES LLC RevSandraBargman.com “Sandra's brilliant ability to craft a ceremony, uniquely ours, blew us away. She struck a perfect balance of grandeur, touching sentiment and a sense of playfulness.” FATHER VINCE CORSO GERALD FIERST HARRIS BLOOM WEDDINGS

LEONARD’S PALAZZO

MY FAIR NANNY

MONTAUK LIBERTY GARDENS AT ANTUN’S

dance lessons

MYMOON RESTAURANT + VENUE

GET FIRST DANCE

NANINA’S IN THE PARK

I KNOW YOU CAN DANCE

THE NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDEN

REVEREND & DJ CHERISHTHELUV

TIMATHA KASTEN & TKO MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

FLEURS DU MOIS, INC.

party rentals & service staff

transportation & valet K AND G LIMOUSINE SERVICE

THE METROPOLITAN

NICOTRA’S BALLROOM AT THE HILTON GARDEN INN THE PALACE AT SOMERSET PARK THE PARK SAVOY ESTATE

REVEREND SAMORA–COMMON GROUND CEREMONIES

gown cleaning & preservation

QUEENS BOTANICAL GARDEN

WEDDINGS BY ARETHA

SEW ELEGANT BRIDAL

RUSSO’S ON THE BAY

RIVIERA WATERFRONT CATERER

SOUNDVIEW CATERERS

favors

unique ideas

SOUTH GATE MANOR

RESCUE FLATS

EVENT PAINTING BY KATHERINE

TERRACE ON THE PARK

LIVE WEDDING PAINTER - ARTIST CHRISSIE DOWLER

THE VINEYARDS AT AQUEBOGUE

RescueFlats.com “By far my best detail! Every gal LOVED the Rescue Flats! The quality is awesome. Definitely recommend them—well worth it!” CINDEROLLIES | BRIDAL PARTY BALLET FLATS

WESTBURY MANOR

OUTER BOROUGHS

LIVE WEDDING PAINTER - ARTIST CHRISSIE DOWLER

wedding venues

TALARIA FLATS

ANTUN’S

honeymoon & travel HELLENIC HOLIDAYS HellenicHolidays.com “My husband and I used Hellenic Holidays for our honeymoon to Greece, and it absolutely exceeded our expectations.”

Antuns.com “We literally just had to show up. They did everything. All the staff at Antun’s are so wonderful. They really catered to my husband and I as well as my guests.”

VIVO! MEDITERRANEAN GRILL & CATERING

ALLÉ TRAVEL PLANNING

VivoBayside.com “I love working with VIVO! As an event and wedding planner, it’s important to have the most trusting and professional team handling the venue and catering.”

BAREFOOT BRIDAL

ABOVE

DIVINE DESTINATION WEDDINGS & HONEYMOONS

BACCHUS BISTRO & WINE BAR

FIFTH MERIDIAN WEDDINGS HONEYMOONS, INC - ALL INCLUSIVE RESORT SPECIALISTS

THE BARNS AT WESLEYAN HILLS BOURNE MANSION

WHITBY CASTLE AT RYE GOLF CLUB

wedding planners ASHLEY M CHAMBLIN EVENTS COLOR POP EVENTS CYNTHIA ROSS EVENTS EVENTS BY PARTIES N’ ALL LIFESTYLE MAVEN EVENTS LINA KREISBERG EVENTS MODERN REBEL & CO. TWO KINDRED EVENT PLANNERS

bridal fashions KLEINFELD BRIDAL SALON LOTUS BRIDAL PAISLEY BRIDAL SENG COUTURE

DEITY EVENTS

MODERN DESTINATION WEDDINGS

THE ESTATE AT FARRINGTON LAKE

photographers

TRIPGUY TRAVEL

THE FOUNTAINHEAD

5 STAR PRODUCTION

JEDDAH VAILAKIS, ELEGANT & HEARTFELT CEREMONIES

THE GARDEN CITY HOTEL

456 WEDDINGS

gifts & registries

GRAND MARQUIS

JUDGES FOR LOVE, INC.

TRAVELER’S JOY HONEYMOON REGISTRY

THE GROVE

ALEX KAPLAN PHOTO - VIDEO PHOTO BOOTH SPECIALISTS

KEVIN BAIN OFFICIANT NYC

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WANDERABLE HONEYMOON REGISTRY

THE HISTORIC OLD BERMUDA INN

ALTON MARTIN WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

THE INN AT NEW HYDE PARK

ARTLOOK STUDIO

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videographers

DREAMLIFE WEDDING PHOTO & VIDEO

VENGO FILMS

ELVIRA KALVISTE PHOTOGRAPHY EMMA MCDONALD WEDDINGS ENVOGUE PHOTO GLAMOUR ME STUDIO. THE HONS PHOTO + VIDEO

VengoFilms.com “Choosing Vengo Films was probably the easiest part of planning the wedding. The most professional, courteous and, most of all, talented filming group out here.” 162 PRODUCTIONS // CINEMA & PHOTOGRAPHY

JULEP & BELLE PHOTOGRAPHY

AMOR IN MOTION

JUSTIN MCCALLUM PHOTOGRAPHY

BYDESIGN FILMS NEW YORK

LAUREN SPINELLI PHOTOGRAPHY LE IMAGE LIVE PICTURE STUDIOS (PHOTO + VIDEO) LOVELY PARADE RICCARDO PRODUCTIONS CINEMA...FINEARTS’ PHOTOGRAPHY...

DREAMLIFE WEDDING PHOTO & VIDEO

WEDDINGS BY NATO WILDE SCOUT PHOTO CO. WILLIAM THOMAS PHOTOGRAPHY WILLIAMSBURG PHOTO STUDIOS WINDCATCHER PHOTOGRAPHY ZAKAS PHOTOGRAPHY

ANTUN’S

Antuns.com

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JOANN SOLOMON LUXURY BRIDAL BEAUTY AGENCY LILI ANNE MAKEUP ARTIST MAKEUP ARTISTRY BY JILLIAN

MANCINI GIUFFRE SALON & SPA

GENESIS EVENTS

TRULY HAPPY BEAUTY ON-LOCATION BRIDAL MAKEUP & HAIR

JAY MCELFRESH

photo booths 321 PHOTO BOOTH NYC

wedding cakes & desserts

BESPOKE BEAUTY & BRIDAL CURLS AND LASHES ECO MAKEUP ARTIST SALLY BIONDO

LJDJS EVENT DESIGN AND ENTERTAINMENT MR. MATRIMONY & DJ SPYNFO PRODUCTIONS MVPRODUCTIONS LLC. MYSTICAL ENTERTAINMENT GROUP AND IPHOTOBOOTHS LLC PLATINUM ENTERTAINMENT SCRATCH WEDDINGS

A’S EXQUISITE CAKES

SEANIE WILL

FRANCESCO’S ITALIANAMERICAN BAKERY

TRI-STATE WEDDING DJS ULTIMATE SOUND DISC JOCKEYS UPSCALE SOUND & LIGHTING

caterers CREATIVE FOODS CATERING

bands

LCI CATERERS

THE BARNSTORM

PRESERVING HARVEST CATERING

LIVE MUSIC PROS

VIVO! MEDITERRANEAN GRILL & CATERING

VivoBayside.com

DLE EVENT GROUP

MICHELLE SCHULTZ MAKEUP

H.L. GROSS & BRO. JEWELERS

AMY KLEWITZ BEAUTY HAIR & MAKEUP ARTIST

djs

EXTREME RHYTHM DJ ENTERTAINMENT

rings & jewelry

hair, makeup & wellness

SHINDIG BESPOKE

MG HAIR & MAKEUP

SINEMAX FILMS

HIPSTR PHOTO BOOTH

BONOMO PAPER CO.

DASH OF CLASS ENTERTAINMENT

MAKEUP BY NATALIE D

SHUTTERSOUND PICTURES

TIM RYAN SMITH PHOTOGRAPHY TRUE LOVE WEDDING

invitations

GET NELLAFYD HAIR & MAKEUP STUDIO

VENGO FILMS

VengoFilms.com

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MOD SOCIETY - CHIC JAZZ AND HIGH-ENERGY DANCE SILVER ARROW BAND THE STORYTELLERS BAND

WESTERN/ CENTRAL/UPSTATE

PAUL SAUNDERS WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

SIGNATURE ENTERTAINMENT (DJ MIKE SETLOCK)

THE STORY PHOTOGRAPHY

SOUND EXPRESS ENTERTAINMENT GROUP

THOMPSON PHOTOGRAPHY GROUP

wedding venues

WOZNIAK’S PHOTOGRAPHY

TOTAL ENTERTAINMENT OF ALBANY

florists

AVANTI MANSION

YM PHOTOGRAPHY

TURNER MUSIC PRODUCTIONS

FLOWERS BY BRIAN

DIBBLES INN

MADISON FLORIST

GILBERTSVILLE FARMHOUSE

videographers

bands

ANYA DREW EVENT CINEMATOGRAPHY

METROPOLITAN PLAYERS

MIMOSA - FLORAL DESIGN STUDIO

GLENORA WINE CELLARS

NYC FLOWER PROJECT

LAKE PLACID CLUB MAPLE SHADE FARM

BELLA STAR PRODUCTIONS

officiants & premarital counseling

THE MCKINLEY

DAVE BIGLER PHOTOS & FILMS

SALVATORE’S HOSPITALITY

EBABIL PHOTO & VIDEO

HUDSON VALLEY OFFICIANTS

THE STATE ROOM

ILLUMINATING CEREMONIES CHRISTOPHER SHELLEY

WHITEFACE CLUB & RESORT

JUDGES FOR LOVE, INC.

wedding planners

OFFICIANT REVEREND MARY-ROSE OF ENGLE HEART

BYAMANDA EVENT STUDIO

ONCE UPON A VOW REVEREND LOUIS OLIVIERI, INTERFAITH MINISTER/OFFICIATE WEDDINGS BY ARETHA

transportation & valet K AND G LIMOUSINE SERVICE

honeymoon & travel PERSONAL ESCAPE TRAVEL

MLH EVENTS

YOUR DAY YOUR WAY LLC WEDDING PLANNING & BOUTIQUE

ANGELA’S BRIDAL BLISS BRIDAL LILY SARATOGA LOVELY BRIDE ROCHESTER M.A. CARR BRIDAL

favors

SOMETHING BLEU BRIDAL SALON

FRAMED FLORALS

DESIGNING THE AISLE ~ RUNNERS WITH STYLE!

rehearsal dinners & bridal showers BACCHUS BISTRO & WINE BAR TERRACE ON THE PARK

dance lessons DANCE REVERIE

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THE FLORAL GARDENS

SHUTTERBOOTH HUDSON VALLEY

MOHICAN FLOWERS OF COOPERSTOWN

tuxedos & formalwear

SAMANTHA NASS FLORAL DESIGN LLC

TUXEGO

caterers

hair, makeup & wellness

HUDSON VALLEY BBQ CO. SEASONS CATERING

AMANDA MCGINNIS

BOMBSHELL BEAUTY, HAIR AND MAKEUP

party rentals & service staff TAYLOR RENTAL & PARTY PLUS

COLOR ME GORGEOUS DIANA KATHLEEN’S MAKE-UP ARTISTRY

invitations PHILOSOPHIE’S STATIONERY & GIFTS

invitations PHILOSOPHIE’S STATIONERY & GIFTS

officiants & premarital counseling HV OFFICIANTS

djs

MARRIED BY REV ROXY

ALEKSEYK PHOTOGRAPHY

BLACK TIE ENTERTAINMENT - DJ, PHOTO BOOTH, VIDEOGRAPHY

REVEREND JOY BURKE

ALLISON MARIE PHOTOGRAPHY

DJ MIKE MELICE

DAVE BIGLER PHOTOS & FILMS

transportation & valet

DJ NICKY WOODG

FAIRYTALE DREAMS PHOTOGRAPHY

H&H EVENT ENTERTAINMENT

photographers lighting & décor

florists

photo booths

ARANDA ARTISTRY

bridal fashions

SILVER ARROW BAND

BLOOMS FOR ROOMS

PLACID PLANNER WEDDING PLANNING PLUS

THE NEW YORK PLAYERS

GERRITSEN PHOTOGRAPHY LEO TIMOSHUK PHOTOGRAPHY NY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER MADRIGAL FILMS PHOTOGRAPHY NATALIE SINISGALLI PHOTOGRAPHY OUT OF THE ORDINARY PHOTOGRAPHY

KALIFORNIA ENTERTAINMENT

VALET PARK OF AMERICA

LAKE PLACID DJ SERVICES

honeymoon & travel

MUSIC MAN ENTERTAINMENT

TRIPGUY

PIANO MAN’S DJ PRODUCTIONS / CONWAY ENTERTAINMENT SAY I TRU

gown cleaning & preservation

SHOWCASE SOUND

ABISHAI

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

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80 Brown’s River Road Sayville, NY 631-589-1888 www.landsendweddings.com

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CHECKLIST

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

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

12+ MONTHS

date: ______ /______ /______

9-11 MONTHS

date: ______ /______ /______

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

Find a stationer and order save-the-dates.

Nail down a budget.

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

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

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Propose to your wedding party.

6-8 MONTHS

date: ______ /______ /______

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

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

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

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

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

Choose and order the bridesmaid dresses.

Schedule beauty trials, and book hairstylists and makeup artists.

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

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

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4-5 MONTHS

MONTH

date: ______ /______ /______

date: ______ /______ /______

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

3

MONTHS

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date: ______ /______ /______

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

2

MONTHS date: ______ /______ /______

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

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

1-2 WEEKS

date: ______ /______ /______

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

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

COMPILE YOUR DREAM TEAM Receive personalized vendor suggestions based on your wedding style and budget, or browse hundreds of vetted pros in your area via The Knot Marketplace.

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

2-3

STAY ON SCHEDULE Track RSVPs and completed tasks, and perfect your day-of plan. Bonus: As you check off to-dos, your personal wedding planner (that’s us!) is working in the background to populate a wedding day Blueprint (the ultimate day-of timeline of who, what, where and when) so you can walk down the aisle with confidence.

DAYS

date: ______ /______ /______

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

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MAKE YOUR WEBSITE Give guests all the info they’ll need, like accommodation details, registry links and more, in one pretty package. Choose from our free and unique design schemes and colors. You’ll also get a reminder to update your site every time you make a big decision that impacts guests, like booking your reception locale.

DAY BEFORE date: ______ /______ /______

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

CREATE THE ULTIMATE REGISTRY Register at your favorite stores, then share on your website for easy shopping. Already have everything you need? Our Newlywed Fund lets you ask for cash gifts you can put toward anything you like, from an epic honeymoon to a down payment on a home.

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Finalize all of your flower arrangements with your florist.

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The Knot Gala We closed out Bridal Fashion Week in style with our eighth annual soiree. Inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, event designer Emily Clarke transformed the iconic New York Public Library into an enchanting forest full of color and surprises. Performers greeted partygoers and entertained throughout the evening alongside a mix of musical talent. A portrait lounge, living photo booth and Insta-worthy spaces delighted guests, while gourmet food stations and passed frozen treats fueled the crowd, resulting in a very memorable evening.

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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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E XPERT Q&A

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Our cofounder answers your questions.

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

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

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

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

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

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FRUGAL FLORALS

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

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E XPERT Q&A

SHOWER STRESS

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

DIVORCE DILEMMA

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

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

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

PARTY FOUL

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

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I’m not used to wearing makeup and I’m worried I’ll end up looking like a clown on my wedding day if I decide to get it done. What should I do?

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

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

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

HAPPY FEET

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

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

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653 11th Ave., New York City; (212) 757-0088; Ink48.com Talk about a venue with a view! Thanks to its location on the city’s far West Side, Kimpton’s Ink48 Hotel offers newlyweds the opportunity to pair intimate rooftop vows with an unobstructed backdrop of Midtown Manhattan and the nearby Hudson River. Seal the deal in style on the hotel’s 17th floor in the two-story Heaven Over Hell Penthouse Suite, a 3,300-squarefoot, indoor-outdoor space perfect for a cocktail reception for up to 75 friends and family members.

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91 Horatio 91 Horatio Street, New York City; (212) 691-4570; TheUpperCrustNY.com Brought to you by the creative culinary team behind The Upper Crust, 91 Horatio is a Greenwich Village gem equipped with ample room for anywhere from 20 to 200 revelers. The private space marries modern and contemporary furnishings with its white oak flooring, barrel-vaulted brick archways and neutral color scheme that pairs well with both rustic and romantic weddings alike. TIP Thanks to its all-inclusive focus on catering, events and overall design, hosting your “I dos” at 91 Horatio makes planning less of a pain point.

358 W. 58th Street, New York City; (212) 554-6000; MorgansHotelGroup.com Situated just steps away from Central Park, this swanky, 24-story boutique locale boasts a cozy bar reminiscent of an old English club, an on-site burger joint and valet parking to make guest transportation a breeze. For an unforgettable event, book the hotel’s impeccably manicured 1,200-square-foot Private Park or reserve the Sky Terrace for a venue with a view.

Dobbin Street 64 Dobbin Street, Brooklyn; (718) 302-0400; DobbinSt.com What was once a former Brooklyn factory is now a flexible event space in the heart of Williamsburg. Located next to McCarren Park, Dobbin Street is an industrial oasis that’ll give your guests the freedom of space—and lots of it. The expansive venue features a combined 8,900 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, which includes a tranquil courtyard, a light-filled main space and a rooftop terrace landscaped by local florist Fox Fodder Farm.

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123 Nassau Street, New York City; (212) 233-2300; TheBeekman.com Prep for your nuptials in one of The Beekman’s two rooftop penthouses before celebrating your newlywed status at this architectural jewel, which boasts a nine-story atrium and pyramidal skylight ideal for postceremony photo ops. While we’re fans of the hotel’s bespoke vintage furnishings and literature-inspired interior, our favorite detail is in the fare: All private events are catered on-site, and the hotel is home to two world-class restaurants from famed James Beard award winners Keith McNally and Tom Colicchio.

9 Crosby Street, New York City; (646) 218-6400; NoMoSoHo.com Inspired by Jean Cocteau’s 1946 French film La Belle et la Bête, the NoMo SoHo is a sleek space Francophiles and to-beweds alike will love. Make use of this tucked-away venue by reserving the upscale NoMo Kitchen for your reception, where you’ll dine on premium, locally sourced eats amid the 5,000-square-foot greenhouse space. TIP NoMo SoHo boasts an attentive staff of wedding pros who can assist with everything from flowers to linens and entertainment.

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Is planning a wedding in less than six months really doable? Absolutely! In fact, I’ve helped a couple plan a wedding from scratch in just three months, and I planned my own in seven. Be prepared to make decisions quickly, as there’s no time to mull things over or second guess yourself.

What’s one detail you’ve always wanted to incorporate into a wedding? I’m still waiting to book a couple who wants to have a cake-shaped piñata in lieu of a wedding cake. Instead of a traditional cake cutting, the couple would smash the piñata, revealing candy or other miniature wrapped desserts for guests.

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Do you have advice for to-be-weds hoping to stay within their set budget? It may not be obvious at first, but if you want to keep costs down, then be very discerning with your guest list. Your guest count drives up almost every other vendor cost, since more guests means a larger venue, more food, more alcohol, more rentals, the need for a second photographer—the list goes on.

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If planning has you stressed, remember that your wedding is one of the few chances in life when all of your favorite people are in one room together, celebrating you. Your wedding should be about you, so don’t feel pressured by norms or traditions—go your own way.

What’s the key to finding the perfect venue? What red flags should couples consider when searching for a space? Going in, you have to research, know what you want, and have an idea of your style. When selecting a venue, couples should understand the level of logistics involved with that space. For example, a venue that has in-house catering, rentals and staff is going to require significantly less coordination than a tented wedding outdoors where you have to rent everything and provide essentials like electric generators and portable toilets.

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What’s your favorite kind of wedding style to plan? For me, it’s less about a favorite style and more about finding amazing couples to work with. A wedding might look incredible aesthetically, but my connection with a couple is so much more important than what the wedding looks like.

D I S COV E R M O R E T I P S AT TheKnot.com/planning

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E XPERT ADVICE

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What’s trendy in florals right now? We’re seeing a lot of tropical flowers mixed with seasonal foliage and flora. It’s a cool look that I personally love, but when choosing your wedding flowers, don’t go with trends— pick what makes sense for you. How can couples save on blooms if they’re working with a tight budget? Choose one type of seasonal flower and work with it in mass. A good example is Queen Anne’s Lace in the summer: You can forage it from the side of the road in most places, and it’s so pretty.

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Do you—not what your cousin who got married last summer is telling you to do. If you’re throwing money down on flowers, pick a vendor you trust. It’s not worth spending a bunch of money to be stressed. If you want to repurpose flowers from the ceremony to the reception, choose designs that can easily be transported, like garlands.

What specific blooms are in your dream bridal bouquet? I would love a wild and unruly arrangement of garden roses—that’s my favorite. When it comes to boutonnieres, what’s the most creative one you’ve crafted for a couple? I don’t like big boutonnieres, so for one couple’s Montauk wedding, I made a simple boutonniere using stone, cord and a few blades of grass. We’re curious: What really happens to all of those flowers postwedding? You really don’t want to know (is there a trash bin emoji)? Any other pro tips you wish all to-beweds would know? Don’t marry in March if your heart is set on peonies—you’re going to be disappointed.

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What is the process like when you meet with a couple for the first time? Aside from necessary logistics, I like to keep the conversation open to get a sense of their personalities. I usually ask general questions about what the couple wants, what aesthetic they’re going for and what color palettes they prefer.

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E XPERT ADVICE

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Known for special occasion cakes, Luckybird is a boutique bakery that strives to add a personal touch to every cake and pastry. WEBSITE

Talk us through the tasting process at your storefront bakery. We offer 45-minute formal tastings at the shop as a way to connect with couples while they indulge in a selection of cakes. We prepare enough flavors so the couple goes home with a to-go box in order to keep tasting, since nothing is better than cake for breakfast the following day. Are there specific cake trends or details you especially love? To me, there’s nothing prettier than fresh flowers on cakes. What’s one cake trend you wish you could skip? I’ve never been a fan of sugar flowers—they never look like something you’d want to eat.

LuckybirdBakes.com

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Frosting, no frosting, flowers, tiered—there are no rules, only possibilities. You really can do anything you want with cakes, and, more importantly, anything you love.

What’s the secret behind a cake that looks great and tastes even better? The secret is love, time spent and fresh ingredients. When you bake with high-quality ingredients, you can keep it simple because the natural flavors come through strongly in the cake. Frosting and decorating then becomes a labor of love. Which do you prefer: buttercream or fondant? Fondant looks perfect, while buttercream looks delicious. For me, I have to want to eat everything I make, and I can’t bring myself to work with fondant. Buttercream is a dream to work with: There are endless flavor options, and it looks quite beautiful whether you ice the cake semi-naked or fully frosted. Aside from a traditional cake, what’s another must-have wedding dessert? I love when my clients order our salted walnut brittle to serve in small finger bowls. It’s the perfect sweet and salty nibble that’s a nice complement to any cocktail.

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Is the bakery known for any inventive cake flavor combinations? Berries and cream in any combination is always a winning flavor, and our two most popular cakes have just that. We fill our lemon zest cake with fresh vanilla bean whipped cream and seasonal berries, and, for our chocolate lovers, we pair dark chocolate cake with lightly sweetened crème fraîche and raspberries. The combination of tart, a touch of sweet and decadent chocolate is amazing.

F I N D M O R E B A K E R S AT TheKnot.com/marketplace

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INSIDE SCOOP

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

—Katie & Trip

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

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

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

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

CLOCK WISE FROM TOP RIGHT: THE BIGGER PIC TURE PHOTOGR APHY; DYANNA L A MOR A PHOTOGR APHY; M2 PHOTOGR APHY

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

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

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

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aqua+red

HAUTE HUES

Contrasting color combos create a bold statement.

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We tapped wedding pro Annie Lee of Daughter of Design to bring her Learn to Speak Wedding game to life. Here’s the lingo to know before you plan. ILLUSTR ATIONS BY ANNIK A HUET T

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The ideal choice for couples who may not want (or be able to afford) a full-service planner but still want a pro the day of the wedding to assure everything goes smoothly.

The abbreviation RSVP is so well known that its actual meaning is what needs defining. In French, “répondez s’il vous plaît” translates to “please reply.” To avoid any last-minute guest list headaches, require your guests to respond “yes” or “no” at least two to three weeks before the wedding.

The most recognizable type of “formal” dress code, black-tie attire usually means the wedding is a fancy affair. Gentlemen in attendance should plan on wearing a tuxedo with a bow tie and patent leather shoes, while ladies should go all-out in a stunning floor-length gown.

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MAKEUP ARTIST MARRIAGE LICENSE Obtained from a state registrar’s office before your wedding, a marriage license grants you permission to legally wed. After the signed license is filed, you’ll receive a marriage certificate as record of your union.

Also often abbreviated as MUA, the makeup artist gets you wedding ready. Do a trial run (or two) to ensure you like the look they create. If possible, snap a few pictures to see if it photographs well, and then rock your trial look to find out how it wears throughout the day.

FOOD AND BEVERAGE Venues that include an in-house catering team often set a food and beverage minimum for prime event days like Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This “minimum,” also known as F&B, refers to the required menu and bar price or head count total necessary to rent the space.

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Slightly less formal than black-tie attire, a cocktail dress code states that men should wear a suit and tie, while women can wear a cocktail dress or dressy suit. It’s a great choice for venues like a city loft or tent.

BM, or best man, is generally the male friend or family member of the groom designated with leading all things groomsmen related. He stands beside the groom at the altar and gives a speech at the reception.

Wedding STDs are a good thing! A precursor to the formal invite, a save-the-date notifies guests to mark their calendars for your day. Etiquette suggests sending them out six to eight months before your wedding.

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CERTIFICATE OF INSURANCE Also known as COI, it’s common practice for event venues to require any vendors working in the space—especially florists, photographers, caterers and musicians— to submit proof of general liability insurance in the amount of at least $1 million and to list the venue as additionally insured for the wedding date. That way, if anything goes wrong, neither the venue nor you is responsible.

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The PP that appears next to the pricing you see on your contracts indicates the cost per guest. You’ll want to keep an eye out for this type of pricing structure on anything that involves your catering or liquor choices.

A paper printing technique in which text, calligraphy or even a drawing is etched in reverse (think: mirror image) on a raised plate, which is then coated with ink and pressed into the paper.

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The large decorative plate already at each place setting before guests sit down. It helps style and accessorize the table décor and is not actually used for food service—it’s just for show. The first course plate is typically placed on top of the charger plate, and then both are removed before the next course.

Unless provided by your caterer, many venues and caterers charge an opening fee per bottle of alcohol, wine or champagne that you supply. The price per bottle can range drastically, so ask ahead of time about your venue’s regulations surrounding alcohol. Then, factor the additional pricing into your budget if you plan to bring your own bottles of vino or are envisioning an elaborate champagne toast at the reception.

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MAID OF HONOR MOH is the abbreviation for maid of honor, the female friend or relative of the bride designated to lead all bridesmaid duties. If she’s married, the MOH stands for matron of honor instead.

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Sports fans probably already know this one. Like a football game, wedding receptions can go over the intended time frame and into overtime. If the wedding is extended, OT fees may apply for the venue, as well as the band, photographer or other vendors you’ve contracted on an hourly basis. Be sure any OT fees are spelled out clearly in your contracts so the rate will not be a surprise.

PROCESSIONAL AND RECESSIONAL The processional is the entry of the wedding party into the ceremony—the officiant, groom(s), attendants and/or finally the bride(s). The recessional is the exit.

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RE AL COUPLES

love stories

Five heartwarming proposals from local couples. BY R ACHEL SYLVESTER

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After nearly five years of dating, Meredith and Tyler ventured east to Montauk for a weekend filled with vineyard tours, waterfront dinners and—unbeknownst to Meredith—a surprise proposal. Despite a less-than-stellar weather forecast, the clouds broke on Sunday morning, and the pair welcomed the sunny reprieve with a walk to the beach, where Tyler proposed. “I was so excited to hear her say ‘yes’ that we started walking back to the hotel before I realized we hadn’t taken a picture,” he says. “We had to run back to the beach to snap a few for family and friends.” The ring: Diamond Opportunities Inc. >>

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An orthopedic surgery resident by day, Stephanie had just completed an exhausting 24-hour shift when she and John arrived on Block Island, Rhode Island, for a relaxing Memorial Day weekend. Despite her fatigue, Stephanie accompanied John on a bike ride to one of the island’s famed lighthouses, where he suggested they capture the moment on his GoPro. But instead of simply snapping a photo, John began to record video as he pulled a cushion-cut diamond from his camera bag. “I was so surprised and sleep deprived in the moment that I wondered if I was dreaming!” Stephanie says. The ring: Lauren B

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Five years after they met at a friend’s New Year’s Eve party, Alison returned home from dinner to find their apartment littered with roses, a bottle of champagne and a single, handwritten note. “I tried to come up with a proposal that was simple, honest and special,” Andrew says of catching Alison off guard. “The more involved my ideas got, the further it felt from being genuine.” Surprised, Alison read the heartfelt letter and looked up to see Andrew on one knee with a solitaire diamond in hand. “I was so excited I put the ring on the wrong finger,” she says. The ring: Eternal Fine Jewels >>

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“I love that everytime I look at my ring, I see Drew,” Jennifer says of receiving a diamond and platinum band from her boyfriend of nine years during a trip to New York City. She and Drew were celebrating their 30th birthdays in Midtown Manhattan when Drew suggested a trip to the top of 30 Rockefeller Center. As they admired the surrounding cityscape on the building’s observation deck, Drew dropped to one knee with not a single tourist in sight. “I was literally on top of the world at that moment,” Jennifer says. The ring: Charleston Alexander

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Brooklyn-based pair Jenny (left) and Maria were traveling upstate for the weekend when Maria popped the question during dinner at a local farm. “We were attending a farm-to-table event that’s become a tradition over the years,” Maria says of inviting her brother and sister-in-law along for the evening. Jenny had wandered to the far edge of the farm’s property when Maria seized the opportunity to gift her with an engagement ring. “It’s hard to remember what I said because the moment felt slo-mo and surreal,” Maria says. “I just remember slowly and awkwardly sinking to one knee mid-sentence as I asked her to marry me.” The ring: Mociun R E A D M O R E P RO P O S A L S T O R I E S AT HowHeAsked.com by The Knot

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Anthi Pantelidis, 31, an entertainment publicist GROOM Stephen Kouvaris, 31, a cosmetic dentist HOW THEY MET They went to grade school together WEDDING STYLE Burgundy accents, laser-cut stationery and an abundance of candlelight transformed Anthi and Stephen’s warehouse venue into a picturesque party setting that evoked the feel of fall. —Rachel Sylvester Shortly after sealing the deal in a traditional Greek Orthodox ceremony down the block from Anthi’s parents’ home, the newlyweds recessed back up the aisle as a string trio performed “Marry You” by Bruno Mars.

Swaths of ribbon accented Anthi’s textured arrangement of amaranthus and seeded eucalyptus.

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“I always knew I didn’t want to get married in a traditional wedding hall,” Anthi says of booking their Brooklyn venue on the spot. “The only day that Liberty Warehouse was available was on my birthday, so for me, it was a win-win.”

Menu highlights included cider and carrot cake.

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ANTHI & STEPHEN’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS Orthodox Church, Brooklyn RECEPTION SITE The Liberty Warehouse, Brooklyn

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The couple’s dog donned a bow tie for the festivities, where guests danced to celebratory music courtesy of a DJ and a live Greek band. “Our DJ worked with vinyl, which was very impressive to me in this day and age,” Anthi says. “We splurged by flying him in from Los Angeles, but it was worth every penny.”

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BRIDESMAID MENSWEAR

Groom: Saks Fifth Avenue; groomsmen: Dante Zeller Tuxedo & Menswear

STATIONERY

Escort cards: Bastille Flowers & Events; invitations & menu cards: Lion in the Sun RENTALS Pegasus Productions

The Liberty Warehouse

CATERING

CAKE Nine Cakes

MUSIC Ceremony: Bravo Sounds; reception:

Michael Antonia/The Flashdance PHOTO BOOTH Lauren Fair Photography

REGISTRIES

Bed Bath & Beyond; Bloomingdale’s HONEYMOON South Africa GUESTS 350

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“We didn’t have a specific theme— we just wanted an iconic New York City wedding,” Sarah says.

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BRIDE Sarah Lem, 32, works in sales GROOM Calvin Chan, 31, an equity analyst HOW THEY MET Through a mutual friend WEDDING STYLE Muted gray linens and towering clusters of ranunculus and greens made for a timeless affair at an iconic Manhattan mainstay. —RS Sweeping views of the surrounding cityscape and an expansive open floor plan made The Rainbow Room an obvious choice for Sarah and Calvin’s 200-person fete. “The venue encompassed everything we wanted, including zero view-obstructing columns,” the bride says of the recently renovated space.

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With the help of moss, potted plants and personalized popsicle sticks, a minitaure herb garden was transformed into a whimsical escort card display for guests. “I didn’t want the room to be too overwhelmed with flowers,” Sarah says of sticking to organic ivory and green arrangements.

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Sarah and Calvin took to The Rainbow Room’s rotating dance floor for their first dance to Elton John’s “Can You Feel the Love Tonight.” Afterward, partygoers dug into a decadent dinner of lobster risotto, miso cod, s’mores and a towering confection comprised of layers of chocolate hazelnut cake.

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Church, New York City RECEPTION SITE The Rainbow Room, New York City PHOTOGRAPHY Jainé M. Kershner/Brklyn

View Photography Pictures

Meyer Events Ahn

VIDEOGRAPHY NST

PLANNING & DESIGN Jove FLOWERS Designs by

OFFICIANT Anne Conroy (bride’s

childhood pastor)

GOWN &

Amsale, New York City

MAKEUP JWO Productions

Manolo Blahnik

VEIL

HAIR Privé Salon SHOES

ENGAGEMENT RING

Custom WEDDING RING Groom: Tiffany & Co. BRIDESMAID DRESSES Jenny Yoo MENSWEAR Groom: Theory; groomsmen:

TheBlackTux.com

STATIONERY Fourteen-Forty

CATERING The Rainbow Room

Madison Lee’s Cakes

CAKE

MUSIC Rhythm

Collective/Élan Artists PHOTO BOOTH Team Photo Booth DANCE LESSONS Wedding Day Dance Luxor Limo

TRANSPORTATION

ACCOMMODATIONS

LOTTE New York Palace

REGISTRIES

Bloomingdale’s; Honeyfund.com GUESTS 200 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 10)

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Eduardo (left) donned a formal tuxedo, top hat and tails, while Kevin exuded elegance in a white dinner jacket.

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Both the vows and the celebratory reception took place outdoors, where arrangements of white calla lilies popped against monochromatic table linens. As live jazz music filled the alfresco setting, guests were invited to enjoy treats from a cigar bar and a champagne tower lined with coupes.

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Prior to the start of the cermeony, boa-draped attendants distributed metallic ribbons for guests to wave as Eduardo and Kevin walked up the aisle. Gold easels displayed excerpts from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famed novel, and the couple played the part by dressing in true The Great Gatsby–inspired fashion.

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Tavern on the Green, New York City PHOTOGRAPHY Boris Zaretsky

Photography Wedding Sitter New York (friend)

COORDINATOR The FLOWERS Belle Fleur

OFFICIANT Lisa Shulman

MENSWEAR Jack Silver Formal

Wear, New York City SHOES Stacy Adams WEDDING RINGS Stephen Einhorn STATIONERY AppyCouple.com; Ceci

New York

RENTALS Party Rental Ltd.

CATERING & DESSERTS Tavern on the

Green

CAKE Ron Ben-Israel

MUSIC

Wizard Studios PHOTO BOOTH The Modern Photobooth

FAVORS Ladurée

TRANSPORTATION M&V Limousines

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Cruise Line Baltic cruise GUESTS 150 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 10)

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• STAATSBURG

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Guests were encouraged to wear saris and fascinators for the affair, while Tanya wore two gowns, including a blush lehenga and this embroidered strapless design.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Tanya Gorowara, 35, a creative director GROOM Richard McGlone, 35, works for World Economic Forum HOW THEY MET Through friends WEDDING STYLE This New Orleans–born bride and her England-bred groom fused their respective cultures to create a truly unique wedding weekend. —RS Tanya and Richard, who are fondly referred to as “G&T” among their friends, wed in a Hindu ceremony under a mandap adorned with white lace and hydrangeas. A month prior to their vows, the pair honored both Southern and Punjabi tradition by burying a bottle of bourbon and lentils beneath their ceremony site.

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Richard’s lively baraat marked the start of the Hindu ceremony.

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An Indian wedding came first, followed by a Christian ceremony and tented reception on the venue’s lush lawn. English biscuits and chai tea were served between events, and guests found their seats on an oversize installation of greenery affixed with hundreds of delicate paper butterflies.

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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.

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TANYA & RICHARD’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Locusts

on Hudson, Staatsburg

PHOTOGRAPHY

Dave Robbins Photography

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“We wanted to amaze and overwhelm everyone with our ‘G&T’ theme by serving multiple types of gin and tonics,” Tanya says of the intricate dinner menu, which included Indian tandoori, New Orleans–style po’ boys and English brisket. At midnight, everyone refueled with a late-night meal of fish and chips.

Reverend Sarah McCaslin

GOWNS Ines

Di Santo, Ivory Bridal Atelier, Houston; Shyamal & Bhumika, Mumbai

HAIR

George at the Four Seasons Salon MAKEUP Angelique Dudoussat Choo

SHOES Jimmy

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING

RINGS Ken & Dana Design JEWELRY Family

heirlooms

BRIDESMAID DRESSES Pearl’s

Place, New Orleans

MENSWEAR Groom:

Dolce & Gabbana; groomsmen: Charles Tyrwhitt

STATIONERY Lucky Invitations

RENTALS Events Unlimited Tent & Party

Rentals

CATERING Chutney Masala;

Main Course Catering

CAKE Main

Course Catering; cheese cake: Rhinebeck Farmers Market

MUSIC DJ Amrit/BWD

Entertainment; Oh La La! HENNA Farzana Fatema Coachways

TRANSPORTATION US ACCOMMODATIONS

Courtyard by Marriott Kingston; Locusts on Hudson; Residence Inn Kingston REGISTRY Charitable donation HONEYMOON Curaçao GUESTS 200 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 10)

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APRIL 23

• BROOKLYN

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“I fell in love with all of its romantic lace,” Merary says of her mermaid-style sheath, which she accessorized with a refined cape topper.

PHOTOGR APHY BY SASITHON PHOTOGR APHY

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BRIDE Merary Soto, 35, a global VP at Andela GROOM Jon Saunders, 34, a chief operating officer HOW THEY MET On Hinge WEDDING STYLE Intimacy was key for Merary and Jon, who remotely planned their Brooklyn bash from their new home in Nairobi, Kenya. —RS An inviting palette of rose gold and navy blue warmed up the wood interior of Brooklyn Winery, an urban space the couple selected due to its rustic charm. To solidify their status as husband and wife, the pair honored the African tradition of jumping a broom handcrafted by the bride.

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“We wanted the room to feel thoughtful and warm,” Merary says of their inviting aesthetic. Clusters of cherry blossoms played up the venue’s existing potted plant inlays, and fresh blooms dotted the couple’s German chocolate, passionfruit and dulce de leche cake.

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MERARY & JON’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS Laser-cut place cards marked each guest’s seat at wood dining tables lined with taper candles and delicate bud vases. “We wanted our guests to feel like they were coming over to have dinner with us,” Merary says of treating their company to a family-style meal.

CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Brooklyn

Winery, Brooklyn

PHOTOGRAPHY

Sasithon Pooviriyakul/Sasithon Photography DAY-OF COORDINATOR Emily Dolan-Leach/

Brooklyn Winery

FLOWERS by Elias

OFFICIANT Lisa Rubin (friend)

GOWN &

CAPE Pronovias, Barcelona

HAIR

Amika Styleblow MAKEUP Dre Brown SHOES Stuart Weitzman

ENGAGEMENT

RING Ruberg Jewellery WEDDING RINGS

BlueNile.com EARRINGS Oscar de la Renta

BRIDESMAID DRESSES twobirds

Bridesmaid

MENSWEAR Groom: Ralph

Lauren; groomsmen: TheBlackTux.com STATIONERY Escort cards: Etsy.com;

menu cards: Brooklyn Winery Brooklyn Winery Bar

CATERING

CAKE Momofuku Milk

MUSIC DJ KAOS PHOTO BOOTH

The Bosco William Vale

ACCOMMODATIONS The REGISTRY Honeyfund.com

GUESTS 124 BUDGET $$$ (see key, p. 10)

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Glen Island Harbour Club

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

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

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• RYE

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Eric’s accessories included his late grandfather’s cufflinks and a handkerchief made from his mother’s and late grandmother’s wedding dresses.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Jordan Masarek, 27, a medical device sales representative GROOM Eric Keller, 27, an assistant vice president HOW THEY MET As undergraduates at Miami University WEDDING STYLE A muted palette of gray, blue and white lent a sense of modern elegance to the couple’s country club venue. —RS Due to their number of out-of-town guests, Jordan and Eric wed in the city of Rye for its proximity to their home and a local airport. Both a rabbi and a pastor presided over the Jewish and Lutheran ceremony, and the couple exchanged personalized vows before their mothers lit a unity candle in tandem.

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A watercolor illustration of the couple’s golden retriever, Tucker, was incorporated into the invites, and their pooch made yet another appearance on an installation framed with branches and blooms. Potted tulips topped long dining tables, which were arranged under a tent lined with geometric chandeliers.

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JORDAN & ERIC’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS

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CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Westchester

Country Club, Rye

PHOTOGRAPHY Melani

Lust Photography

VIDEOGRAPHY Dorian

Iribarren & Maggie Stolzberg/Seaglass Studios PLANNERS Ashley Douglass Events; Betsy

Baron Communications Botanica

FLOWERS KD&J

OFFICIANTS Pastor Bonnie Gerber;

Rabbi Leah Cohen

GOWN Caroline Castigliano,

The Plumed Serpent Bridal, Westport, CT &

HAIR

MAKEUP Margie Bresciani, Truly Happy

Beauty

VEIL Caroline Castigliano

Jimmy Choo

SHOES

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING

RINGS Diamond Cellar EARRINGS The Plumed

Serpent Bridal

BRIDESMAID DRESSES Joanna

August, Bella Bridesmaids Wearhouse

MENSWEAR Men’s

STATIONERY Escort cards, menu

cards & programs: Grace Connell Designs; invitations: Bella Figura

RENTALS borrowed

BLU; Gather and Lounge; KD&J Botanica; NY Tent; Party Rental Ltd; Social Decor

CATERING &

CAKE Westchester Country Club; food

trucks: Big Green Truck Pizza; The Souvlaki Truck

MUSIC Starlight Orchestras OTHER

ENTERTAINMENT Fireworks: Westchester

Country Club; mixologist: Justin Pasha/The Cup Bearer; photo booth: Dynamic Entertainment Inc.

FAVORS Crystals: Creative Games NY TRANSPORTATION Leros Point to Point

HONEYMOON Grandview Travel GUESTS 240 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 10)

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AUGUST 6

• BRONX

danika & anders PHOTOGR APHY BY JUDITH R AE PHOTOGR APHY

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Danika Fears, 27, a journalist GROOM Anders Pauley, 28, a lawyer HOW THEY MET In college WEDDING STYLE Danika and Anders paid homage to the spirit of the space with literary objects and historical accents. —RS The botanical gardens of Wave Hill were an ideal setting for the history buffs, who quickly learned of their venue’s storied past. “Theodore Roosevelt and Mark Twain both lived there,” Danika says. “When we first visited, we noticed a portrait of one of my distant relatives on the wall, so there was a family connection there too.”

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The historical references were numerous, yet subtle: “Anders walked down the aisle to a folk song that plays throughout Ken Burns’s Civil War documentary, and our Mark Twain cocktail napkins were a personal favorite,” Danika says of customizing their nuptials.

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Partygoers sipped blackberry and basil gin fizzes—a cocktail that Danika and Anders frequently mix up at home. Additional treats included banh mi sandwiches, a raspberry-lemonade cake and a dim sum cart brimming with dozens of dumplings, noodles and takeout containers.

DANIKA & ANDERS’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Wave

Hill, Bronx

PHOTOGRAPHY Judith Rae

Photography McNeeley

PLANNER Events by Melissa

FLOWERS a.p. bio

Kim Dunning (family friend)

OFFICIANT

GOWN Temperley

London, Saks Fifth Avenue, New York City HAIR Salon SCK

MAKEUP NYC Faces

VEIL Saks Fifth Avenue, New York City SHOES Dolce & Gabbana

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BRIDESMAID DRESSES Amsale, Bella

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MENSWEAR Brooklyn Tailors

STATIONERY Fourteen-Forty

SIGN-IN

BOOK The Life and Times of Teddy Roosevelt RENTALS &

CATERING Great Performances

CAKE Baked

MUSIC The Elements/Élan

Artists DANCE LESSON Ballroom Wedding Dance

REGISTRIES Macy’s; Williams Sonoma HONEYMOON Austria & Switzerland

GUESTS 100 BUDGET $$$$ (see key, p. 10)

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The beachobsessed pair booked Montauk’s Surf Lodge since it was reminiscent of Palm Beach.

PHOTOGR APHY BY A GUY + A GIRL PHOTOGR APHY

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Sarah Lawhead, 28, a financial analyst GROOM Britton Cotton, 29, a senior wealth advisor HOW THEY MET While attending Palm Beach Atlantic University WEDDING STYLE “We met at the beach, but fell in love in New York City,” Sarah says of channeling a nautical feel for their late-summer fete. —RS Light wood accents, rose gold stationery and potted succulents were scattered throughout the waterfront venue, where bunches of cotton acted as a playful nod to the groom’s surname.

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“Britton’s first note to me read ‘hooked on you,’ ” Sarah explains of their subtle maritime motif that called for fish hook tie bars and seafood. Champagne, rosé and locally brewed Montauk ale were must-have bar essentials, along with a dinner of spicy scallops and lobster rolls.

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“My dad kept whispering ‘Look up, I won’t let you fall,’ as he walked me down the aisle,” Sarah says of traversing the hotel’s wood slat flooring. Rather than toss her hydrangea-and-dahlia-filled bouquet to a group of single friends, Sarah gifted her arrangement to her mother as the reception came to a close.

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Lodge, Montauk

PHOTOGRAPHY Lauren

Saldutti and Michael Kelley/A Guy + A Girl Photography Cinema

VIDEOGRAPHY First Dance

PLANNER &

Rae Design

FLOWERS Lindsay

OFFICIANT Bride’s grandfather

GOWN Anne Barge, Bridal Garden, New

York City

HAIR 27 Hampton Salon

VEIL

Heirloom FLOWER CROWN Lindsay Rae Design SHOES Valentino

ENGAGEMENT &

WEDDING RINGS Kent New York JEWELRY

bracelet & tie clip: Miansai; earrings: Chanel; necklace: Barneys New York DRESSES Various

BRIDESMAID

MENSWEAR J.Crew

STATIONERY Bestype Imaging

RENTALS,

CATERING & DESSERTS The Surf Lodge CAKE King Kullen

MUSIC Ceremony: Brian

Cates; cocktail hour: Ron Stone; reception: DJ Nityanan K. Tapia Bar

FAVORS Momofuku Milk

ACCOMMODATIONS The Surf Lodge REGISTRIES Crate & Barrel; Zola.com

HONEYMOON Bali, Indonesia GUESTS 89 BUDGET $$$ (see key, p. 10)

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Oversized pretzels, sausages and beer cheese rice balls were fitting fare for the raucous venue. “Radegast is the kind of place Charlie and I always want to bring out-of-town guests to visit,” Amanda says. “It made perfect sense to have our wedding there so we could really share the space with everyone.”

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Hall, Brooklyn Winter/Readyluck

PHOTOGRAPHY Edward FLOWERS Homecoming

OFFICIANT AJ Borges (friend)

GOWN

Vera Wang, Glamour Closet, New York City HAIR Candice Kelly

SHOES Anne Klein

ENGAGEMENT RING Ken & Dana Design WEDDING RINGS Bride: Etsy.com; groom:

Kay Jewelers EARRINGS Aldo DRESSES Various

BRIDESMAID

MENSWEAR Indochino

STATIONERY Vistaprint

RENTALS &

CATERING Radegast Hall DESSERTS

Dough Doughnuts

MUSIC Tyran Wimberly

ACCOMMODATIONS The William Vale REGISTRY West Elm

HONEYMOON

Amsterdam, Dublin & Munich GUESTS 75 BUDGET $ (see key, p. 10)

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APRIL 29

• NEW YORK CITY

annie & austin PHOTOGR APHY BY RYON/LOCKHART PHOTOGR APHY

A custom copper frame arch made for a picturesque ceremony backdrop.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Annie Berger, 30, a children’s book editor GROOM Austin Hall, 30, an alternative investment analyst HOW THEY MET In kindergarten WEDDING STYLE Bright and cheery was the end goal for Annie and Austin, who became Mr. and Mrs. in the center of Bryant Park. —RS Instead of ditching their venue’s existing furniture for more understated accents, Annie and Austin embraced the room’s red and fuschia furnishings. “I thought about covering them up at first, but I eventually decided on bold florals that matched the chairs,” Annie says.

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Pink peonies popped against bridesmaids’ navy floor-length gowns.

CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Bryant Park

Grill, New York City

PHOTOGRAPHY Sarah

Lockhart and Tim Ryon of Ryon/Lockhart Photography

VIDEOGRAPHY NST Pictures

PLANNER Color Pop Events

Blade Floral + Event Design

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OFFICIANT Eliza

GOWN Watters, Kleinfeld

Bridal, New York City

HAIR Face Time Beauty;

Glamsquad MAKEUP Pre-Dame Kleinfeld Bridal, New York City Weitzman

VEIL

SHOES Stuart

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING

RINGS Sahni Importing Co. JEWELRY Zoland

Diamonds & Jewelry

BRIDESMAID DRESSES

Amsale, The Wedding Library, New York City MENSWEAR Groom: Alan David Custom;

groomsmen: Men’s Wearhouse Invitations: Rifle Paper Co. SweetNCCollective, Etsy.com DESSERTS Bryant Park Grill

STATIONERY

SIGN-IN BOOK CATERING & CAKE Nine Cakes

MUSIC Ceremony & cocktail hour: Attacca

Quartet; reception: 74 Events PHOTO BOOTH We Love Photobooths Etsy.com

FAVORS GraciousBridal,

ACCOMMODATIONS Bryant

Park Hotel

REGISTRIES Bed Bath

& Beyond; Bloomingdale’s; Crate & Barrel “We didn’t have a theme, but we wanted to play up the elegant and romantic nature of the city,” Annie says. With simple, fun fare in mind, the newlyweds served miniature burgers, lobster rolls and mac and cheese bites to guests, along with signature Kir Royale cocktails and chocolate-peanut butter cake.

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

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SEPTEMBER 24

• LONG ISLAND CITY

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“We were looking for a raw space with character and a vintage feel,” Tiffany says of booking the former factory.

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BRIDE Tiffany Vastion, 29, a sales executive GROOM Donte Jones, 30, a banker HOW THEY MET In high school WEDDING STYLE Glam navy and gold details made for a regal reception in a historic Queens structure. —RS High school sweethearts Tiffany and Donte wed at their local Harlem church before shifting the celebration across the East River to Long Island City. There, the newlyweds danced to Beyoncé’s “1 + 1” before indulging in Oreo cheesecake finished with a boozy whipped topping.

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“This is the city where we met and fell in love,” Tiffany says of incorporating the Brooklyn Bridge in gold foil throughout their stationery. Other ultra-personal details included a custom ceremony runner emblazoned with the couple’s wedding logo and signature champagne cocktails.

Church, New York City RECEPTION SITE Metropolitan Building, Long Island City PHOTOGRAPHY Amy Anaiz Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Chip Dizárd Weddings PLANNER Victorious Events NYC

Diva Blooms

FLOWERS

GOWN Hayley Paige, The

Vow Bridal Couture, Little Neck Bridal Salon by Demetrios

VEIL

SHOES Aldo

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS

Luma Diamond Consultants

BRIDESMAID

DRESSES Pantora Bridal, Brooklyn

MENSWEAR

Groom: Nat Plush Studios; groomsmen: Men’s Wearhouse

STATIONERY Invitations:

Oda Creative; escort & menu cards: Etsy.com RENTALS Diva Blooms

Kitchen

CATERING Omar’s

CAKE BCakeNY

FAVORS Pontie Wax

Registry; Macy’s

MUSIC DJ Scoota

REGISTRIES Blueprint

HONEYMOON South Africa

GUESTS 250 BUDGET $$$ (see key, p. 10)

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Beautiful views; rich, warm wood walls; high vaulted ceilings; and superb cuisine featuring food and wine from the Hudson Valley’s farms and vineyards makes Hollow Brook the perfect venue to make those dreams come true. At Hollow Brook, we host just one wedding at a time. That means our experienced planners are dedicated exclusively to you on your wedding day. From the first meeting with your planner to the last toast of your

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JULY 9

• SANDS POINT

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Jessica Zamir, 37, a bridal and eveningwear designer GROOM Alexander Kushner, 39, CEO of Kushner Moving Group HOW THEY MET Through mutual friends WEDDING STYLE With a Tuscan-inspired design in mind, Jessica and Alexander invited over 300 guests to witness them wed at a palatial Long Island estate outfitted with fruit-filled centerpieces and Cypress trees. —RS “It was difficult to choose just one dress,” Jessica says of instead opting for three distinct looks (which she all designed), including a mermaid-style gown, a beaded metallic sheath and an ivory ball gown equipped with a detachable tulle skirt.

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Garlands of peonies, orchids, amaranthus and scabiosa pods lined dining tables, along with bunches of lemons, limes, grapes and gilded artichokes. “Alex and I love to travel, so it was important for us to create an ambience that reminded us of places we love to visit,” Jessica says of the Italian-style celebration.

House, Sands Point

PHOTOGRAPHY

Barbara Torres/Anthony Vazquez Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Anthony Vazquez

Photography

PLANNER Pejy Kash Events

FLOWERS Carolyn Morin Flowers &

VEIL Jessica Zamir

GOWN

HAIR Namoiaporto

MAKEUP Anneka Mclean

SHOES

Badgley Mischka JEWELRY Family heirloom BRIDESMAID DRESSES Various MENSWEAR Enzo

STATIONERY Escort

cards: Pejy Kash Events; invitations: Gina K. Designs; menu cards: Regal Caterers

RENTALS

The Finishing Touch; Fusion Productions; Great Neck Games & Productions; Paige Marion Specialty Rentals Caterers

CATERING Regal

CAKE Hey! Cookie

Behyar DJ Bee Productions Bloomingdale’s

MUSIC DJ REGISTRY

HONEYMOON Amalfi Coast,

Italy GUESTS 315 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 10)

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(516) 864-0600

www.soundviewcaterers.com

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MAY 21

• BROOKLYN

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“Meredith and I visited our venue about a month before we actually got engaged, and we instantly loved the space,” Arielle (right) says.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Arielle Duhaime-Ross, 28, a VICE News correspondent BRIDE Meredith Cornelius, 31, a manager of a consulting practice HOW THEY MET On OkCupid.com WEDDING STYLE Beyoncé cover songs, macaron favors, Trinidadian music and syrupy Canadian-inspired cocktails made for an ultra-personal party unique to Brooklyn-based couple Arielle and Meredith. —RS “The venue fit our needs so well that we were able to have our ceremony and reception in a single location, which really helped alleviate the stress of planning,” Arielle says of marrying Meredith in an outdoor garden. “The end result felt playful, modern and elegant.”

ARIELLE & MEREDITH’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS PHOTOGRAPHY

Tara Beth Robertson/Tara Beth Photography PLANNER Gilleon Smith

FLOWERS

SUITS Arielle: Bindle

& Keep; Meredith: Bindle & Keep, Express

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May Dekalb, Brooklyn

HAIR Arielle: Men’s Best Haircut;

Meredith: Anny Chow Bridal; High Horse Salon MAKEUP Anny Chow Bridal SHOES Arielle: Cole Haan; Meredith:

Both brides rocked suits and carried bouquets for the day’s festivities.

Stuart Weitzman

ENGAGEMENT

& WEDDING RINGS Catbird JEWELRY

Earrings & necklace: ABC Carpet & Home; watch: Bering Various

BRIDAL PARTY ATTIRE

STATIONERY Escort cards: DIY;

invitations: Paperless Post; programs: The Wedding Shop by Shutterfly BOOK DIY

RENTALS ,

& DESSERTS Maison May Dekalb

Macarons: Woops! Lyft

SIGN-IN

CATERING FAVORS

TRANSPORTATION

ACCOMMODATIONS Airbnb

REGISTRIES Amazon.com; Crate and

Barrel; Target; West Elm

HONEYMOON

Zihuatanejo, Mexico GUESTS 53

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MAY 27

• CONNECTICUT

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“It was special to not only invite guests to my hometown, but to actually host them at my childhood home,” Caroline says.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Caroline, 28, a writer GROOM Rory, 27, an MBA candidate HOW THEY MET At a bar in the Hamptons WEDDING STYLE Simple, clean and slightly unique were three design requirements for Caroline and Rory, who wed on the driveway of the bride’s parents’ home. —RS Classic arrangements of hydrangeas, roses and peonies helped the couple pull off an elegant backyard wedding for the books. Caroline’s grandmothers served as flower girls for the Episcopalian ceremony, which concluded with a surprise performance from a live gospel choir.

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Unforgettable fare was a priority for the pair, who served Moscow mules and sips from a Guinness bar to honor Rory’s Irish roots. “All of the food was bite-size so guests didn’t have to stop socializing to eat,” Caroline says of treating guests to rosé popsicles, ice cream sandwiches and miniature pies.

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Where Dreams Do Come True…

Two Venues-same ownership-same attention to detail!

PHOTO EXPRESSIONS

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

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CAROLINE & RORY’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE A private

estate Tequila nip favors bearing the words “sip and be seated” doubled as escort cards in a move that encouraged conversation among dinner guests. “Our favors were meant to be enjoyed during the wedding,” Caroline says. “There’s nothing like getting to know your table over a little tequila!”

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Since they met on a dance floor, Caroline and Rory shared a first dance to Leo Sayer’s “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing.”

PHOTOGRAPHY Genya O’Neall/VUE

Photography Crow

VIDEOGRAPHY Inkspot

PLANNER Jody Ewen

Elegant Effects in Floral Design

FLOWERS OFFICIANT

Rev. Ted Pardoe, St. Barnabus Church GOWN Amsale

HAIR Fallon Fitzpatrick

MAKEUP Dina Altieri

SHOES Jimmy

Choo WEDDING RINGS Betteridge JEWELRY Family heirlooms Joanna August

BRIDESMAID DRESSES MENSWEAR Groom:

Ermenegildo Zegna; groomsmen: J.Crew STATIONERY Colleen Kranz, Social Alchemy RENTALS Northeast Tent Productions;

Party Rental Ltd.; Spectrum Event Lighting and Decor; Taylor Creative Inc.

CATERING

Big Green Truck Pizza; Peter Callahan

MUSIC

ETA Music; I Love This Band; Kickin’ Aspen Entertainment

TRANSPORTATION

Parking Productions - John Dent, Inc. MINIMOON Anguilla GUESTS 300

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

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OCTOBER 15

• WATERFORD, CT

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MacKenzie’s airy crepe de chine gown featured lightly textured silk, cap sleeves and ruched detailing.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE MacKenzie Cotters, 29, a marketing and business development manager GROOM Matt Kikosicki, 30, an architect HOW THEY MET On their college rowing team WEDDING STYLE Borrowing inspiration from nature and their sprawling mansion venue, MacKenzie and Matt incorporated washed out tones of green, blue, taupe and blush into their fall affair. —RS

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“We were looking forward to having all of our family and friends in one room at the same time,” MacKenzie says.

MACKENZIE & MATT’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY SITE Harkness State Park,

Waterford, CT RECEPTION SITE Eolia,

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FLOWERS Jakkelyn Iris

OFFICIANT Renee Carle

GOWN Nicole Miller, Glitter & Grit,

Pittsburgh

HAIR Brittany Aldana, Posh

Salon MAKEUP Jennie Fresa Beauty Bar

VEIL Clarissa Boutique

BHLDN

SHOES

ENGAGEMENT RING Family

heirloom WEDDING RINGS Green Lake Jewelry Works JEWELRY BaubleBar.com BRIDESMAID DRESSES Joanna August MENSWEAR Groom: Suitsupply; groomsmen:

Generation Tux Press

STATIONERY Dahlia

RENTALS A Thyme to Cook; Eolia,

The Mansion at Harkness State Park; Ryan Designs

CATERING A Thyme to Cook

CAKE Zest Fresh Pastry

MUSIC

Ceremony: Suite Occasions; reception: PartyProDJ

TRANSPORTATION East Lyme

School District

ACCOMMODATIONS

Hampton Inn by Hilton Easy elegance was the focus for the newlyweds, who sent guests home with homemade cookies in hand-stamped paper bags. “It’s a Pittsburgh tradition,” the bride says, paying homage to her hometown with a cookie table. “Some guests baked theirs at home and brought them all the way to Connecticut.”

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Heath Ceramics

REGISTRY

HONEYMOON Thailand

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

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APRIL 28

• DEEP RIVER, CT

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“Our entrace was one of my favorite memories of the day,” Jenna says. “We felt so much love from our guests as they stood and cheered.”

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Jenna Fahey, 29, a director of partnerships GROOM Chris Maloney, 36, a pilot in the US Marine Corps HOW THEY MET On OkCupid.com WEDDING STYLE Stained wood centerpieces, striped accents, and splashes of gray and gold played up the modest interior of the couple’s charming factory venue. —RS A bagpiper performed as guests entered the church, and onlookers waved mini American flags during the newlyweds’ grand exit. “We passed through a sword arch as we left the church,” Jenna says. “It was a wonderful way to welcome me to the Marine Corps and a special thing for our family and friends to witness.”

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“Our reception décor was a labor of love,” Jenna says of filling The Lace Factory with dozens of DIY details, including 150 wood candle votives. “We wanted to play up the raw, understated space with simple items.”

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W W W. N H L C C A T E R I N G . C O M

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The heart of New Haven is yours.

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Catholic Church, Chester, CT RECEPTION SITE The Lace Factory, Deep River, CT PHOTOGRAPHY Erin and Peter Krol/

Daphne and Dean Films

VIDEOGRAPHY Wise

FLOWERS Jakkelyn Iris Flowers

OFFICIANT Father Arul Rajan Peter GOWN Alexandra Grecco, Everthine

Bridal Salon, Madison, CT MAKEUP Upstyle

Camuto

HAIR &

SHOES Vince

ENGAGEMENT RING Steven

Singer Jewelers WEDDING RINGS Macy’s JEWELRY Belt & hairpin: DavieandChiyo,

Etsy.com; earrings: BHLDN DRESSES BHLDN

BRIDESMAID

MENSWEAR Jos. A. Bank

STATIONERY Escort cards: Minted.com;

invitations: Vistaprint

SIGN-IN BOOK

Vintage map: eBay.com

CATERING &

CAKE Cloud 9 Catering DESSERTS

Still Delicious Gluten-Free Bakery Powerstation Events Connecticut Limousine The Griswold Inn Macy’s; Zola.com

MUSIC

TRANSPORTATION ACCOMMODATIONS

REGISTRIES Crate & Barrel; HONEYMOON Spain

GUESTS 170 BUDGET $$ (see key, p. 10)

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An Experience to Remember.

The estate features twenty-six private acres of meticulously landscaped gardens, courtyards, and fountains, highlighted by an elegantly appointed grand ballroom that will accommodate events of 50-700 guests. The tented verandas provide the perfect ambience to host cocktail receptions and ceremonies. Whether your preference is a specific theme, dĂŠcor, or menu enhancements, our passion is to make your wedding the vision of your dreams and an experience to remember. 1 Stacey Road, Danbury, CT 203.748.3800 | www.TheAmberRoom.net

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APRIL 29

• NEW HAVEN, CT

shannon & michael

Shannon clutched a punchy cluster of ranunculus, peonies and pincushion proteas for her walk down the aisle.

PHOTOGR APHY BY L ACEY GABRIELLE PHOTOGR APHY

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BRIDE Shannon McGee, 38, a marketing account director GROOM Michael Suppe, 34, a sports editor HOW THEY MET Through mutual friends WEDDING STYLE Vibrant florals and a subtle palm leaf motif brought undeniable flair to Shannon and Michael’s retro, Palm Springs–inspired fete. —RS The duo said “I do” in front of a fireplace mantel adorned with a floral installation that served as the ceremony’s focal point. “The most important thing was for our wedding to feel undeniably ‘us,’ ” Shannon says. “I wanted to infuse it with as many personal details as possible so the day felt as unique as our relationship.”

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“I get emotional just thinking about my dress,” Shannon says of her sleeved, illusion lace design. The reception took place in the club’s ballroom, which boasts existing art deco chandeliers. “I was reduced to tears when we visited the venue,” Shannon says. “It was one of the easiest decisions we made.”

SHANNON & MICHAEL’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE

New Haven Lawn Club, New Haven, CT PHOTOGRAPHY Lacey DellaPace/Lacey

Gabrielle Photography Dubbed Studios Justine

VIDEOGRAPHY

FLOWERS Flowers By

OFFICIANT Mayor Ben Blake

GOWN Hayley Paige, The White Dress

by the Shore, Clinton, CT

HAIR Nancy

Vargovchik MAKEUP Artistry by Angelina VEIL Sara Gabriel

Mischka

SHOES Badgley

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING

RINGS ArtCarved Bridal EARRINGS Haute

Bride

BRIDESMAID DRESSES Various

MENSWEAR Groom: Alfani; groomsmen:

TheBlackTux.com

STATIONERY Etsy.com

RENTALS Correlation Productions CATERING New Haven Lawn Club CAKE & DESSERTS Sweet Maria’s Bakery MUSIC Ceremony: Millenium Music

String Quartet; reception: DJVinCT REGISTRIES Crate & Barrel; Macy’s;

West Elm

HONEYMOON Croatia

GUESTS 170 BUDGET $$$$ (see key, p. 10)

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Julie slipped into a white strapless, Chantilly lace gown for the occasion.

THEIR STORY BRIDE Julie Sylvester, 29, a licensed architect GROOM Jeffrey Schmidt, 28, works in finance HOW THEY MET They went to grade school together WEDDING STYLE Striped linens, botanical-inspired stationery, and a neutral palette of green and white lent a sense of sophistication to the couple’s winery wedding. —RS Julie and Jeffrey booked Saltwater Farm Vineyard—a former airport and hangar converted into a winery—for its exposed timber frame, polished concrete floors, steel staircase and industrial siding. “I wanted the theme of our wedding to reflect that fun interplay of rustic and modern,” Julie says of their aesthetic.

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Cakes by Donna DESSERTS Coastal Gourmet MUSIC Ceremony: Marlon & Jordan Doucette;

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Williams Sonoma Public school buses transported guests to the reception, where they found personalized escort cards made from framed photos. “I admittedly stalked all 190 guests on Facebook to find my favorite photo of them,” Julie says. “It was such meticulous work, but worth seeing the excitement on everyone’s faces.”

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

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Venues One of Cagginello’s favorite venues is The Inn at Longshore (InnatLongshore.com) in Westport, a quaint former private estate overlooking Long Island Sound that features 12 guest rooms and suites. There, the inn’s Great Lawn is the ideal scene for a Connecticut wedding. Let your guests relax on white wooden lounge chairs while watching the sailboats go by. The property has also been known to host a clambake or two. >>

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

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COSPE N CIA N L EC S TI OU CU T T HE G R U N ID E Waveny House in New Canaan (NewCanaan.info), which both Cagginello and Benoist d’Etiveaud adore, is a Tudor mansion in a public park that overlooks fields of grass and trees. Its regal interior includes wood-paneled walls and ceilings, hand-stenciled mural walls and marble fireplaces. A private, walled garden offers an intimate, unforgettable option for alfresco “I dos.” If a more rural spot is what you have in mind, Candlelight Farms Inn (CandlelightFarmsInn.com) in New Milford is a stunning horse farm. Situated in an 1840s inn, this charming bed-andbreakfast offers a magical, under-the-stars wedding experience— and the ultimate playground for outdoorsy guests, with options for horseback riding, fishing, canoeing and even camping on the property. Be aware that some of their wedding packages require you to rent a tent; Benoist d’Etiveaud recommends Chase Canopy (ChaseCanopy.com) and Sperry Tents (SperryTents.com) as two of the top tent purveyors in the area.

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

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

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

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Planning If you’re hosting a destination wedding in southern Connecticut, you’re not alone. “I would say roughly half of my clients who are

planning a Connecticut wedding don’t live in the state,” Cagginello says. “Hiring a wedding planner to work with you every step of the way can help guide you in the right direction and hone selections based on your budget, taste and personality, so you can talk to an abbreviated list of vendors as opposed to choosing blindly.” There are pros you could book over a FaceTime or Skype meeting, such as a photographer or a DJ, but others, like a caterer, you should definitely meet face to face. Most wedding planners will always recommend that you tour prospective venues beforehand, so you can better imagine yourself and your entire guest list there. “To-be-weds should definitely visit the venue in person. Many couples choose their wedding venue based on the view they’ll have during their ceremony and reception first, then the feel they have when standing in the space in person,” Benoist d’Etiveaud says. “I find the surrounding area in which their guests arrive is important to them as well. What kind of neighborhood is it, and what’s next door to the venue? There’s a lot that goes unnoticed by looking at the website only—imagine getting married at a venue with a 24-hour A&P next door.” That’s definitely a good reason to check things out in person before you sign a contract.

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A leather folio and luggage tag for guests are nice personal touches, and add a hint of texture to a streamlined black-and-white invitation suite.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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MIX IT UP

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Katie Fischer Cohen is the CEO and creative director at Katie Fischer Design based in New York City, where she specializes in creating inspiring paper goods for weddings and other special events.

I love to create designs that require multiple printing methods, such as watercolor paired with metallic foil accents. It’s a great way to create a suite with a lot of layers, textures and depth.

I listen to clients and build on what they like. We can go classic, modern or artful—as long as we’re designing something that’s “them.” We start with the invite and design the suite to match.

I find inspiration for my designs anywhere and everywhere—but mostly from art, fashion and my clients. They’re my muse! Right now, I’m loving super-thick and dramatic hand-painted edges.

I take detailed notes during my initial meetings with my clients, but I urge them to always remember what their first instinct was when it comes to design. If you follow your gut, you’ll get it right.

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Entrances

No matter where you wed, first impressions are essential for the ceremony and reception space. A personalized entryway for both will make your site welcoming and help guests feel party ready from the start.

The vibe: playful and retro clementine, flamingo, aqua and sunshine

WHY IT WORKS Saturated, funky shades evoke a time when jukeboxes were hip and soda fountains were all the rage. Channel that same vibrant spirit by pairing flamingo pink and aqua with an equally bright clementine orange and sunny yellow. The happy combo is perfect for a retro celebration. HOW TO USE IT This vibe is all about bold colors and playful patterns. Look to inject some energy into your wedding with geometric tablecloths, cheeky favors (neon-pink personalized sunnies, anyone?) and vintage-inspired fashion, like charming Converse sneakers or blue suspenders. A personality-packed venue can also go a long way in perfecting this overall feel. But if you’re hosting your day at a blank-slate ballroom, bright pink uplighting, a checkered dance floor, colored acrylic chairs and a polka-dotted tiered confection can make it more festive. >>

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The bar is a spot that most of your guests will visit at least a few times throughout the night, which is precisely why it’s a great place to add a burst of color, special floral arrangement or personalized décor.

Cake table

The cake table is often a main focal point of the reception space where many of your guests will congregate to take pictures. It’s also going to be the center of attention for your cake-cutting photos, so you’ll want to set that stage perfectly.

A cozy spot to relax and mingle during the reception is a must. Make sure it feels like part of the overall vibe with a few throws in your colors or pillows featuring your new signature monogram.

Bathroom

No need to get too fancy in the facilities, but adding few thoughtful touches, like a petite flower arrangement and basket full of often-forgotten essentials, can make freshening up between dance numbers that much more pleasant for your guests.

Escort table

Assign seating ahead of time and create a pretty spot for guests to stop by on the way to their table with an escort card display. Use it as an opportunity to creatively speak to your theme.

Aisle

Sure, the altar is going to be the star of the ceremony (along with you and your partner, of course), but don’t forget to deck out the aisle as well. Florals or candles are a perfect touch.

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The vibe: rustic and woodsy citron, rust, cobalt and acorn

Reminiscent of an iconic Pendleton blanket, the combination of woodsy rust and acorn, paired with bold citron and cobalt, is a modern take on classic camp shades. HOW TO USE IT Whether you’re hosting a barn affair or saying your vows at a charming summer lake escape, this palette lends itself perfectly to a back-to-nature bash. Seek out an open-air venue, then offset the greens of the forest or fields with rich blue tabletop linens and a handful of rust-colored florals. Looking to deck out your wedding party? Groomsmen will look great in blue suits, while a soft neutral acorn is the perfect shade for bridesmaid dresses. For the reception, work in natural textures by having guests dine at raw wood farm tables, topped with a collection of vintage gas lanterns. Finish the night by roasting s’mores under the stars, and gift each guest with a plaid blanket to keep warm. >>

The vibe: rich and refined olive, blush pink, merlot and fawn

WHY IT WORKS Think of this as your new classic wedding palette. Perfect for any time of year (and practically any venue), a blush pink and sweet fawn get some extra edge when paired with a more moody merlot and rich olive green. Fall or summer, you can’t go wrong with this effortlessly beautiful combination. HOW TO USE IT You’re in luck—these shades lend themselves to a slew of gorgeous florals, so you’re sure to have your pick of the garden when it comes to buds. Juxtapose barely there blush-pink bridesmaid dresses with bouquets featuring saturated burgundy dahlias and red astilbe, then wrap them with velvet merlot ribbon. Unexpected hits of color, like a blush runner on the escort card table or wine-colored taper candles, help keep things looking fresh, not dated. For favors, take inspiration from your hues (literally) with custom bottles of herb-infused olive oil.

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Candles There’s nothing like a flickering flame to give your reception a warm glow and a beautiful ambience. Modernize the classic concept by opting for brightly hued candles throughout your venue. Whether you prefer tapers, votives or pillars, the flames will illuminate your tablescape and decorate your affair while subtly accentuating your palette.

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Dramatic ceilings Looking to wow guests from every angle? Suspended décor makes a statement while adding an eye-catching dose of color to your lanterns or classic drapery can all transform

The vibe: calm and coastal surf, mist, royal navy and driftwood

the room and help reinforce your theme.

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Trade in the traditional nautical colors and opt instead for slightly “off” shades for a twist on coastal. Aim for a dynamic, varied palette (instead of an in-your-face nautical one) of a blue-gray surf, hazy mist, classic navy and beachy driftwood to ensure your wedding remains refined, not kitschy. HOW TO USE IT For a stunning seaside soiree (whether you’re actually getting married by the ocean or not), focus on mixing your bluesy palette with unexpectedly fresh oceanic touches (goodbye sand, hello coral!). A soft surf shade makes for flattering bridesmaid dresses, while gray mist lends itself to everything from your table linens and dishware to your cake and dining chairs. Work reclaimed pieces of driftwood down the reception tables for a fun twist on a runner, or task a pro with creating a wow-worthy altar for you and your partner to say your vows in front of. >> WHY IT WORKS

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monogram, project a unique design or opt for a striped vinyl. A bright dance floor will elevate your venue from the ground up and encourage guests to get moving.

4 Pillows Make your venue feel extra welcoming by tossing a couple colorful throw pillows into a lounge area. They’ll pack a powerful punch and bring out the details in a room while brightening up the space.

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The vibe: romantic and whimsical garden rose, meadow, butter and powder pink

Pretty pastels are an unbeatably charming combination, ideal for the most romantic day of your life. Butter yellow and meadow green marry perfectly with garden rose and powder pink for subtle shades straight out of a storybook. HOW TO USE IT With a palette made of hues this delicate, you want to be sure you don’t overdo it on all the feminine touches. Skip the lace tablecloths or frilly formal china in lieu of crisp linens and handmade ceramic dishware to strike the right balance between sweet and stuffy. If you’re hosting your wedding at a garden or country club, let your venue lead by example and accent the already lush atmosphere with powder-pink tablecloths and classic pillar candles. Or bring the wonderland vibe to wherever you are with bloom-filled floral runners, romantic rose bridesmaid dresses and even a topiary-lined dance floor.

The vibe: modern and edgy midnight, white, evergreen and gold

WHY IT WORKS Want to host the coolest wedding ever? Opt for this gutsy grouping. Built for a duo that isn’t afraid of a little drama on their day (the good kind, we promise), these hues combine forever-timeless black and white with accents of chic evergreen and metallic gold for a bold combination that is so on trend. HOW TO USE IT Anywhere and everywhere. The best part of a pared down palette like this is you really can’t take it overboard, so don’t feel the need to tread lightly. Try a bold cake covered with script lettering and black anemone sugar flowers, or play with different patterns (think: a striped runner or polka-dotted tablecloth) to keep things visually interesting. Stick to streamlined shapes in your tabletop accessories, like vases, to reinforce the modern aesthetic, and opt for structural greenery, like anthurium leaves or leatherleaf ferns, to complete the decidedly fresh look.

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

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MODERN CUFF

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

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

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

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Unless you’ve been lucky enough to find a “unicorn” venue that checks off every box on your list, you’ve probably had to compromise on a few things when deciding where you’ll tie the knot. Maybe it 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—flooring will be the last thing on your mind on your wedding day. >>

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Terrible flooring

Too bold wallpaper

THE PROBLEM An unattractive carpet or eclectically tiled

THE PROBLEM The red-and-gold damask print wallpaper

floor gives the venue a worn-out feel or clashes with your décor. THE FIX First things first: 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 next time they’re setting up for a wedding about the same size as yours to get a peek into how much of the floor is actually showing. If it still bothers you, you have a few options. If you’ll be responsible for bringing in a dance floor surface, 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 style, like sisal, can often be rented) to create a blank-slate background fit for any décor.

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, light and breezy blush linen for a vineyard affair), or choose 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, which will also rid you of the wallpaper altogether. It’ll 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 uplighting, which can lend a similar glowy effect, sans imagery.

Gaudy chairs

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THE PROBLEM You didn’t luck out with beautiful dining chairs.

THE PROBLEM A too-large reception room feels cavernous

THE FIX If your venue’s available seating is really cramping your style, you may have to resort to rentals. The bad news? It’ll add to your tab. The good? With so many options to choose from, you’ll be able to get a style, like a metallic chiavari or bistro-style wood, that perfectly suits your wedding vibe. Your planner can hook you up with a company that outfits parties on the regular, so you won’t have to worry about drop-off or pickup. If you can’t justify the added expense, try making the current style work for your needs with help from a few clever solutions. Pick a stunning fabric to make into cushions, ask about the availability of slipcovers or task your florist with creating swags of greenery.

and impersonal, even though you’ll be having over 100 guests. THE FIX You can up the intimacy of a sprawling space in a few ways. First, ask your planner and venue to use rectangle tables—they’ll take up more room than circle tables, which can go a long way in making the room feel more utilized. Past that, consider setting up different designated areas 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 section for the perfect spot to serve up the evening’s signature cocktail. >>

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Jarring columns 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 (even the poles in a tented reception) with a clever greenery addition. Ask your florist to bring a few smaller trees or branch arrangements to place in front of the poles to distract guests from seeing what’s beneath. If you’d rather not add to your floral budget, turn the visual interruption into a romantic accent by stringing café lights between the poles or wrapping them down the pole in a spiral. They’ll look so pretty glowing in the night, you may even end up happy they’re there.

Clashing colors THE PROBLEM The color scheme competes with the soft and romantic blush-hued event you have planned. THE FIX Instead of fighting the venue’s colors, embrace them. Pull one or two of the less offensive hues into your color scheme with pretty napkins or seat cushions, so it feels like they coordinate intentionally. If you really can’t work with any of the preexisting shades, transform everything you can into a neutral base (like rolling out a carpet or covering chairs). Then, layer in your preferred shades. Guests won’t even notice what’s left behind.

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Ask if there are any alcohol restrictions, or if there’s a noise curfew you need to be aware of. Same goes for vendors—your venue may only allow you to book pros from a certain list, or have restrictions on décor.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

W Las Vegas WHY HERE In Sin City, the hotel competition is fierce, and thanks to a first-class renovation, this 289-room property is setting a new standard. Phillipe Starck-designed public spaces are awash in midcentury glamour with conversation-starting details, including an elevator lobby lined with playing cards from the original Sahara casino, plus a resident fortune teller. There are three floors of event space, seven venues, the Living Room—a popular bar with original neon artwork by Keith Lemley—and a rooftop pool with unparalleled views of the Las Vegas Strip. (From $125 per person; ceremony site fee upon request; WLasVegas.com) SWEET DEAL Brides and grooms receive a complimentary upgrade to the Mega Suite for the wedding night, as well as a bottle of bubbly and chocolates upon check-in.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How do you charge?

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

Do you have a team of assistants?

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

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

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

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Microcurrent facial HOW IT WORKS: Is electricity the key to eternal youth? Microcurrent facialists think so. During this treatment, an aesthetician uses a microcurrent machine to apply a mild pulse of electricity to the face to stimulate circulation and collagen production, while lifting and toning the facial muscles. Think of it as a mini face-lift, without the surgery. WHAT IT ADDRESSES: If lack of sleep or stress (say, from wedding planning) has your skin sagging, this is a noninvasive solution. “A microcurrent facial can help combat a number of issues, like loss of elasticity, wrinkles and puffiness,” says Cecilia Wong, a celebrity facialist and the founder of Cecilia Wong Skincare in New York. HOW TO TIME IT: You’ll see immediate results after one treatment, but it’s a cumulative process. “It’s basically a workout for your face. The more treatments you get, the more your skin becomes toned and sculpted,” Wong says. She recommends brides get a series of six treatments leading up to their wedding. AVER AGE COST: $300 per treatment

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meaning to going under the knife. An aesthetician uses a sterile surgical blade, held at a 45-degree angle, to scrape away dead skin cells and fine vellus hair (or peach fuzz) on the face and neck. WHAT IT ADDRESSES: If your skin is dry or dull or just needs a prewedding boost, consider this alternative to regular exfoliation. “Dermaplaning immediately rejuvenates the skin by painlessly removing the outermost layer of dead skin cells,” says Oksana Shenker, the lead aesthetician at Julien Farel Restore Salon & Spa in New York. “It’s also highly effective at minimizing the appearance of fine lines and acne scars, and it leaves skin smooth and supple.” HOW TO TIME IT: While there is no downtime after dermaplaning (the treatment tickles more than anything), Shenker recommends scheduling your appointment two to three days before your wedding to make sure your skin won’t look irritated or flaky. AVER AGE COST: $300 for a 60-minute treatment

Laser teeth whitening HOW IT WORKS: A whitening gel made with hydrogen peroxide

bleach is smeared onto your pearly whites. A halogen light is then used to activate the bleach, which penetrates teeth and removes stains. “The whole process takes 45 minutes, and results last one to two years,” says Lana Rozenberg, a cosmetic dentist in New York. WHAT IT ADDRESSES: More effective than strips or gels, laser whitening removes surface stains on enamel, as well as deep stains, which occur as the dentin of the tooth naturally darkens over time.

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HOW TO TIME IT: There is no recovery period with laser teeth whitening. “You can have it done during lunch and go back to work,” Rozenberg says. But you should avoid any dark staining food and drink for 24 hours after a treatment, so if you’re going to drink coffee or red wine on your wedding day, plan accordingly. AVER AGE COST: $675 per treatment

Laser hair removal HOW IT WORKS: After numbing the area with a topical anesthetic, a specialist applies a professional-grade laser device to the skin. Concentrated beams of light target the root of hair beneath the skin’s surface. The pigment in the hair follicles absorbs the light, ultimately destroying the follicles and preventing future hair growth. WHAT IT ADDRESSES: Rid yourself of unwanted hair and ingrowns. Another unexpected plus? “Areas with shadows, like the underarms, will appear lighter once hair growth is stunted,” says Keiann Roberts, the lead specialist at Spruce & Bond in New York. HOW TO TIME IT: Immediately following a treatment, you may experience slight redness (similar to a sunburn), which typically lasts two to three days. Roberts recommends using aloe vera gel or an anti-inflammatory cream for any residual irritation. For optimal results, plan on at least four to six sessions, spaced four to six weeks apart. “For a summer wedding, I would recommend starting your treatments in the fall or winter to make sure you have smooth skin by your wedding day,” Roberts says. AVER AGE COST: $200 to $300 per session. The number of sessions required depends on your hair type and the area treated. >>

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Microblading HOW IT WORKS: This more sophisticated take on permanent

makeup is a form of tattooing, where hairlike strokes are drawn onto the brow area to resemble the look of your existing brow hairs. First, a microblading artist will draw your desired brow shape onto your brow area and apply numbing cream. Once the brows are numb, a handheld tool is used to create tiny incisions, where pigment is implemented. The result is a series of natural-looking, fine tattoo “hairs” that will last one to three years. WHAT IT ADDRESSES: Microblading can be used to correct patchy or uneven brows. “Many clients without serious brow issues even use it to create fuller brows than they have naturally,” says Kendra Bray, the founder of Better Brows in New York. HOW TO TIME IT: Timing is especially important here. “Microblading is a process, not a quick fix,” Bray says. After your initial appointment, keep your brows totally dry for a full week while scabs form. Once the scabs come off, another couple of weeks are required to let the skin regenerate. At four weeks, you’ll need a touch-up to perfect any areas that didn’t retain pigment. Bray recommends scheduling your first appointment at least 12 weeks before your wedding to allow enough time for healing. AVER AGE COST: $500 to $1,600

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Lash extensions HOW IT WORKS: Faux mink hairs are bonded to each natural lash with a surgical-grade adhesive. The entire process takes about 90 minutes and lasts from two to three weeks without touch-ups. WHAT IT ADDRESSES: Lash extensions are a longer-lasting, more natural-looking alternative to falsies. “Brides love it because they don’t have to worry about mascara or strip lashes on their day,” says Mandy Jacobellis, owner of Makeup Mandy salon in Los Angeles.

HOW TO TIME IT: Try out a set of extensions a couple of weeks before your wedding. Jacobellis also recommends scheduling a touch-up right before your day to make any tweaks to your look. AVER AGE COST: $200 to $500

Infrared body wrap HOW IT WORKS: An aesthetician applies essential oils and

moisturizing balm from the neck down. You’re then wrapped in a plastic cocoon, followed by an infrared blanket, which slowly heats up to around 56 degrees Fahrenheit. “The warming wrap opens the pores, leading to faster absorption of hydrating oils,” says Anastasia Cupcea, an aesthetician at Daphne, a New York spa. It’s a sweaty process, but the result is smooth, intensely moisturized skin. WHAT IT ADDRESSES: Combat dry, rough or flaky skin. “It’s perfect for the bride who just wants an allover glow,” Cupcea says. HOW TO TIME IT: Only one treatment is required to feel the effects, and there is no recovery time. AVER AGE COST: $195 for a 60-minute session

Underarm botox HOW IT WORKS: After numbing the area, a physician injects 100 units of Botox into each armpit. “The solution paralyzes the tiny muscles around each sweat gland, which stops perspiration for around six months,” says New York plastic surgeon Norman Rowe. WHAT IT ADDRESSES: Armpit injections may sound extreme, but brides suffering from hyperhydrosis (excessive sweating) are ideal candidates for this treatment. “You won’t have to worry about body odor, sweat stains or ruining your gown,” Rowe says. HOW TO TIME IT: Injections take one month to take effect and last for about six months. AVER AGE COST: $1,500 per treatment

beauty don’ts Just say no to these common pitfalls before your walk down the aisle.

Tanning beds

Aside from the obvious health risks, baking under UV lights in a tanning bed can actually make your skin look dull and flat. Consider swapping the tanning salon for a spray tan, a self-tanner or a body bronzer.

Popping pimples

It may be tempting to pop that whitehead on your face, but don’t even think about touching it. Instead of picking at blemishes, try drying them out with a overnight acne spot treatment or mask.

Drastically changing your hair color

Now is not the time to experiment. If you’re planning to touch up your color, play it safe and arrange for your salon appointment two to three weeks before your wedding.

Intense facials

Deep-cleansing facials often lead to breakouts as they bring impurities to the surface, while abrasive treatments like chemical peels can leave skin red and irritated. Opt for a gentler treatment instead.

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You’ve heard this line: “The best part is—you can totally wear this dress again.” So have your bridesmaids, but they may not be easily convinced. How can you really keep your girls looking and feeling fabulous? Here, bridesmaid dress rules for a happy, confident bridal party. >> PHOTOGR APH BY EMILY DEL AMATER PHOTOGR APHY

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Let them pick the dress Just hear us out on this one. Letting each bridesmaid choose her own dress proves you want everyone to look their best and shows you trust their fashion sense. The trick to getting this mismatched look right is setting some guidelines (think: color, fabric and formality) so your whole bridal party still looks cohesive. It’s even okay to create a list of don’ts with requests like no dresses with miniskirts, sky-high slits or super-plunging necklines.

Go for basic black There are obvious reasons why black dresses will keep major complaints at bay: Black is flattering on all figures, black dresses look great long or short (who couldn’t use another LBD?) and classic black never goes out of style. And if your wedding has a more formal vibe, black dresses have an instantly polished look.

Like wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses don’t run true to size and are ordered using the largest measurement as a guide. Chances are, your bridesmaids will end up with dresses that are a size or two larger than what they normally wear. Depending on the dress and the body types in your bridal party, alterations can cost anywhere from about $30 (for a simple hem) to about $150 (taking in, hemming, adding straps). Suddenly, a small price tag becomes a small fortune. Choosing a knee-length style will eliminate the need for at least one alteration: hemming. Also, opting for a simpler fabric, like chiffon, and skipping intricate lacy or allover beaded styles will make for less expensive alterations. The more elaborate the dress, the more expensive it is to change.

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

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trends to try When it comes to bridal party fashion, there are no rules anymore. Try one of these fresh ideas.

Mismatched

Pull off this popular look by choosing one color or a palette and letting your girls pick their dress style. Just make sure you give them guidelines (specify formality and fabrics) so your bridesmaids still look cohesive.

Ombré

Get in on this pretty trend by choosing a color (like green), and assigning each of your bridesmaids a different shade in the same family (think: hunter green, emerald green and mint) for an ombré effect.

Allover embellishment

If you’re throwing an ultra-glam affair (think: art deco or old Hollywood inspired), consider having your girls don sequin or beaded gowns. The glitzy embellishments will give their dresses extra dimension—and look amazing in group photos.

Metallics

Similar to the embellished bridesmaid dress trend, this style is perfect for a more formal affair. Go bold with gold and silver or more subtle with rose gold or champagne.

All white

Take a cue from celebs like Solange Knowles and opt for all-white bridesmaid dresses in a variety of styles. And don’t worry, even if your girls are also wearing white, you’ll still stand out as the bride.

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Be open to discussion

Our best formula for a complaint-free shopping spree? Make it a whole day of fun. Your first stop: the beauty salon. Get all your bridesmaids together for mani-pedis (bonus points if you’re treating) and some pampering. Next up: ladies’ lunch. Choose a restaurant with light dishes that won’t leave your friends feeling too full or bloated. But don’t skip the mimosas—relaxed bridesmaids are more likely to fall in love with your dress choice. And finally: the bridal salon. Pick your favorite styles ahead of time so your friends won’t feel at liberty to try on the whole store. Then let your ladies put on a fashion show for a fun selection process.

If one of your girls balks at the bridesmaid dress you chose, do your best to channel your inner bridechilla—and not your inner bridezilla—when it comes to hearing her concerns and exploring other options. Maybe the dress silhouette doesn’t work for her body type, the neckline makes her feel self-conscious, or the color isn’t flattering. Even if you just agree to disagree, an honest conversation can usually snuff out dress drama before it starts.

Do a test run Here’s the deal: Your girls don’t want to steal the show, but they do want to look their best. They’ll be standing in front of a large audience, and they’ll be in lots of photos (and probably in many #tbt posts for years to come) too. The best way to prove that you respect their feelings is by trying on the bridesmaid dress. Does it flatter your body type? Is the fabric itchy? If there are any issues, move on. When you find one that you’d honestly love to wear yourself, you’ll have no problem persuading your friends to get on board.

Choose something comfortable We’re aware the term “comfortable” can be somewhat subjective (to your bustier friends, strapless dresses are irritating, but to your smaller-chested pals, thick straps feel overwhelming), but who can argue with the idea of slipping into a frock made of soft, itchfree fabric like jersey? Or an empire-waist gown that’s easy on the tummy? Bring on the wedding cake and the dancing, please!

Don’t dictate the footwear Insisting they purchase a particular pair of silver strappy sandals may feel like the perfect finishing touch to you, but to your bridesmaids, it simply creates another expense—especially if you have your heart set on a high-end brand. And like the dress, it’s unlikely they’ll want to wear the shoes again either. Most of your friends probably already have a pair of black or metallic dress shoes that they’d be thrilled to reuse. Another bonus: Sporting a pair of their own shoes means a night of blister-free dancing.

Have them bring the baubles By letting your bridesmaids select their own jewelry, you’re encouraging them to express their personalities (their personalities are the reason you chose them to be your bridesmaids in the first place, right?). Plus, the right jewelry will make any bridesmaid feel more like herself, even if she’s wearing a dress she might not necessarily love. If you’re worried about their jewelry clashing with their dresses, give them some guidelines about metal colors and general style, but don’t get too caught up in the accessories—in the grand scheme of things, they’re a pretty small detail.

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10 things bridal consultants want you to know

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From your first shopping trip to your final fitting, here’s what the pros want you to consider before you hit the salon. >> BY SHELLEY BROWN PHOTOGR APH BY ERIC KELLEY

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Shop early Take note: A designer wedding gown is custom made to your measurements. 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 12 to 9 months before your wedding date. (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 samples or off-the-rack gowns. And smaller 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 venue and body type to narrow that down. Then look through pictures of wedding dresses online and in magazines, and save the styles you like. The Wedding Lookbook by The Knot app (free, iTunes.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. 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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Lauren Delamater is the sales director for Modern Trousseau, a bridal salon with locations in New York City and New Haven, Connecticut. The salon specializes in classic, couture wedding gowns.

When you stick to a timeline, the entire wedding planning experience is much less stressful. Brides should start their dress search at least nine months before their wedding date.

We like to have the final dress fitting three to four weeks before the wedding to account for any weight fluctuations. The dress is usually finished and ready to take home a week or two after the last fitting.

Typically two to three fittings are required, but certain alterations could need more work. The initial fitting is where the bulk of the alterations are done, while the final fitting is for fine-tuning.

Purchasing a dress online is a risk since you can’t try anything on. Always look at the return policy before placing an order. You may want to have a tailor take your basic measurements before you shop.

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

Add sleeves

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

Customize your bustle

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

Modify embellishments

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

Lace it up

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

Make it personal

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

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Discover a world of pure bridal fashion imagination with striking f loral-print dresses, lush textures and whimsical accessories. PHOTOGR APHY BY LIZ VON HOENE PHOTOGR APHED ON LOCATION AT LADEW TOPIARY GARDENS

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LADY OF THE LAKE For a look that’s both polished and fashion forward, top off a classic tulle ball gown with a gauzy, shoulder-baring shrug. Dress, $7,700, Sabrina Dahan at Mark Ingram Atelier, MarkIngramAtelier.com (New York City); earrings, $7,600, EricaCourtney.com

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WORK OF ART

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

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The Great Bowl

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

Dress, $8,800, Rivini at Kleinfeld Bridal Salon, KleinfeldBridal.com (New York City); engagement ring, $3,700 (not including center stone), SylvieCollection.com; earrings, $11,997, Le Vian, Jared.com; tennis bracelet, $3,000, BlueNile.com

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

Dress, $8,900, Monique Lhuillier at Mark Ingram Atelier, MarkIngramAtelier.com (New York City), Wedding Salon of Manhasset, WeddingSalonOnline.com (Manhasset), Saks Fifth Avenue, SaksFifthAvenue.com (New York City); earrings, $925, JenniferBehr.com ON HIM Suit, $549, BlackLapel.com; shirt, $168, tie, $68, Bonobos.com; wedding band, $1,090, BrilliantEarth.com

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

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

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The Allée

ALL AFLUTTER

Butterflies aren’t just a gorgeous way to incorporate nature-inspired details into your wedding look— they also symbolize new beginnings. Dress, $7,590, Romona Keveza at Bridal Reflections, BridalReflections.com (New York City), Wedding Salon of Manhasset, WeddingSalonOnline.com (Manhasset), Kleinfeld Bridal Salon, KleinfeldBridal.com (New York City); engagement ring, $1,780, ParadeDesign .com; earrings, $2,221, AnabelaChan.com

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

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

Dress, $2,995, Marchesa Notte at Gabriella New York Bridal Salon, GabriellaNewYork.com (New York City), Lovely Bride, LovelyBride.com (New York City), Mark Ingram Atelier, MarkIngramAtelier.com (New York City); engagement ring, $5,225 (not including center stone), CoastDiamond. com; earrings, $345, OscardelaRenta.com; flower hairpins, $85 each, BijouVanNess.com; shoes, $540, SophiaWebster.com ON HIM Suit, $549, BlackLapel.com; shirt, $168, tie, $85, Bonobos.com

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

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Whether you bought or rented your tux, alterations are essential to getting the perfect fit. Nick Torres, third generation tailor and owner of custom suit store Beyond Bespoke in New York City, is here to answer all of your tailoring questions. >> BY FAR AH PRINCE PHOTOGR APH BY PETRONELL A PHOTOGR APHY

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How far in advance of our wedding date should I schedule my initial alteration appointment? It’s important to time the tailoring of your tuxedo just right. When wedding season is in full swing (usually around March to November), you’re looking at a two- to three-week turnaround for most tux alterations—and as a rule, the more complicated the alterations, the longer it takes. During the off-months, your tailor may need only a week to make all the necessary adjustments. What should I bring to my first appointment? Bring the tux you want to have altered, as well as the exact shirt and shoes you plan to wear. It’s necessary to alter your shirt and jacket at the same time, so your tailor can make sure they’re both the correct length and work together perfectly. It’s easy to forget, but the height of your shoes determines the length of your pants. Will I need more than one fitting? Any good tailor will tell you that tailoring is an art. You should prepare for at least two fittings, and in some cases you may need more—it all depends on the alterations you are having done.

In most cases, if you’re having minor changes made to a rental (taking in or letting out the waist, adjusting the hem of the pants or tapering the sides of the jacket to help contour the body) you’ll only need one fitting. If you’re having any complex reconstruction work done (reducing the width of the jacket shoulders or making major customizations to the jacket and pants) plan on two or three fittings. Since the typical tux isn’t made for all postures and body types, your tailor may also make tweaks to flaws in the overall pattern of the suit (for example, resculpting the jacket shoulders so they fit flush to the body or recutting the collar to eliminate bunching in the back) to get the best fit for your specific build. This process will take multiple fittings to perfect.

What’s the biggest mistake grooms make when it comes to the alterations process? In my experience, a lot of grooms forget to make sure the shoulders of their jacket fit properly. The fit of the shoulders is extremely important—if it’s done correctly, most of the other adjustments to the tux will fall into place. Coincidentally, tweaking the shoulders is also one of the most expensive alterations, so not getting it right the first time may lead to a more costly jacket reconstruction. To determine if your jacket shoulder is fitting properly, make sure the shoulder seam is flush with your actual shoulder with no bunching.

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What are the basic alterations a tailor will make to my tuxedo during my first appointment? Generally, a tailor will need to shorten and slim the sleeves on your jacket, as well as taper the sides—this will make it look contoured to your body and more fitted. If you have a smaller frame, they may reduce the shoulders and take up the collar roll (read: the arch formed by the collar when it’s buttoned to the shirt). Depending on your height, your tailor could also taper your pant legs and adjust the hem, making them shorter or longer as needed. They might also modify the waist of your pants for a more comfortable fit.

make it personal Distinguish yourself from a sea of black tuxedos with fun accessories.

Pocket squares

If you have a favorite hue you’d like to work into your look, a pocket square adds a nice pop of color. If you end up choosing a patterned option, go for a small, subtle design.

Patterned socks

Make a statement with fun designs on your socks. Have all your groomsmen don matching pairs in the same color for an unexpected surprise and a playful photo op.

Engraved cuff links

Add sentimental value to your accessories by engraving your wedding date or partner’s initials onto your cuff links— they’ll be a beautiful keepsake you’ll wear beyond your day.

Fancy footwear

Not a fan of traditional black oxfords? Depending on the formality of your wedding, opt for your favorite lace-ups, loafers or even sneakers in black, gray or navy.

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

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Ask for permission in advance

Think about vendor access

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

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

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

Symbolism

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

Season

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

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

VIP preferences

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

Holidays

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

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Choose durable décor

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

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

Mind Mother Nature

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Driftwood

Sea fan coral

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Pampas grass

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

Shells

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

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

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

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planner perks Still debating whether or not to hire an expert to help execute your wedding? Here’s why you should say “I do” to a party pro. BY AMY ROBERTSON PHOTOGR APHY BY KOBY BROWN, ARCHET YPE

You may have helped a friend plan her day or spent hours on Pinterest creating your dream wedding board, but that doesn’t mean you should tackle your affair solo. Between booking vendors, working a full-time job and maintaining your relationship, pulling together a wedding can be a lot of work for even the most organized to-be-weds. Hiring a pro can take a huge weight off you and your partner, leaving you time to enjoy the process without the stress. >>

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Wedding planner 101 Trust us—planning a wedding, whether you’re expecting 50 or 150 guests, requires a lot more than just picking out pretty flowers or tabletop décor. A wedding planner essentially juggles the roles of designer, legal counsel, budget manager, coordinator and therapist—all while helping you pull together your wedding. They can be tapped to take care of everything on your to-do list, from choosing aesthetic details to going over vendor contracts and dealing with day-of emergencies—a huge asset for busy couples hoping to plan their day with minimal stress. They’re clued into everything there is to know about throwing a wedding, and all that comes along with such an emotionally charged event, so you’ll be in good hands whether your issue is bouquets or overbearing in-laws. Plus, they’re connected with top venues and pros in your area, ensuring you have the best team of experts to pull off your celebration. Simply put, an experienced planner is one of the key investments you can make when bringing your day to life.

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Determine your needs There are essentially three types of wedding planners: full-service, à la carte and day-of coordinators. A full-service planner will handle it all, start to finish—from crafting the vision for your event to hiring and meeting with your vendors, and coordinating a weekend of activities for guests. This option is best for a pair looking to host a multiday affair or destination wedding, or for couples who simply want a professional to guide them through every step of the wedding planning process. Prefer a part-time pro you can contact on an as-needed basis? An à la carte planner can help you iron out specific details, like your tabletop rentals, or give suggestions for the perfect caterer to execute your French bistro menu. Ideal for couples who just need someone to help refine their wedding day blueprint, an à la carte or part-time planner is also a more price-conscious choice, giving you the help you need for a price that doesn’t put you over budget. For assistance during your wedding day (but not throughout the entire process), opt for a day-of coordinator. Different from an on-site venue coordinator, they’ll be solely focused on your priorities and responsible for making sure your wedding day runs smoothly. Typically, a day-of coordinator will begin working with you anywhere from two weeks to a month ahead of your wedding to make sure everything is in order. They’ll coordinate both your ceremony and reception setup, keep you and your wedding party on schedule, and handle any necessary, immediate postwedding duties, like tipping. If you’re unable to include a full-service or à la carte planner in your budget, adding a day-of coordinator to your team will help you and your partner relax and enjoy your wedding day festivities to the fullest.

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score the inside scoop Planners have connections with top venues and experts in your area, helping you to assemble the best team for the type of celebration you’re looking to throw.

Stick to your budget Packages can range depending on the pro you hire, but a wedding planner typically charges their clients a flat fee, an hourly rate or a percentage of their overall wedding budget. These days, most planners list a flat fee for their contracted services. If they don’t, expect to set aside around 10 to 20 percent of your overall budget for a full-service planner. An à la carte planner will charge an hourly rate or flat fee for each service they provide, while day-of coordination is generally a flat fee. While hiring a planner may seem like a big chunk of your budget, it’s an investment that will give you peace of mind and ensure you enjoy the moments you’ve spent months planning. Plus, with an expert behind all your decisions, purchases and negotiations, you’ll save money in the long run. Their pull may be able to score you insider deals, and they’ll always look out for your budget so you don’t have to. >>

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Find the (other) “one” Hiring the right pro can be tough, so start your search early on, preferably after you have a date and locale (about a year out is a good time to seek out a full-service team). Ask your venue for a list of vendors that typically work in the space (always an added benefit), tap recently wed friends for their suggestions or scour The Knot Marketplace (TheKnot.com/marketplace) for a list of top-rated pros in your area. Once you’ve narrowed down your selection to a few favorites, spend time looking through their online portfolios, reading reviews from past clients and stalking their social media feeds. A planner’s Instagram or Facebook page is a great place to catch a glimpse of their most recent work or collaborations. Contact your final choice and set up a time to chat.

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Meet, greet and get down to business Think of your initial meeting with a planner like a first date— you want to make sure the two of you get along and have the same vision, as you’ll be spending a lot of time together over the next year or so. Arrive armed with a few basic questions: Which of their packages best suits your budget and needs? How does the contract and deposit process work? Do they have insurance? What other vendors (like florists, caterers, photographers or bands) do they typically like to work with? Get a feel for how familiar they are with your venue as well—the more they’ve worked on-site, the more in-the-know they are with the team there, and the more likely it is they can tackle any snags that may come up. It’s important to do your part as the client too. Prep for the meeting by compiling any details or facts your coordinator will likely want to know ASAP, like what you’ve budgeted for different vendors, a rough guest count and your overall vision. Together, you can start pulling inspiration and making important decisions as soon as possible.

Enjoy the day It’s time to relax and get married! Think of your planner as a safety net on your wedding day. If anything goes wrong (and something always does) they’re there to troubleshoot so you won’t have to fret. They’ll be the one able to make the rain call to move your affair indoors when you can’t bear to, or hunt down your set of heirloom champange flutes before the first toast of the evening. On your wedding day, your only order of buisness is to soak up every memorable second, so trust the pro you’ve hired to do their job, and let go of control day-of. Hiring a pro also means you’ll get to spend precious extra time with loved ones instead of worrying about the cake not showing up or a missing flower arrangement. Trust us on this one—you want (and deserve) a helping hand and some room to breathe. After all, this is going to be the happiest day of your life.

5 must-hire vendors Add these other experts to your wedding team for a flawlessly beautiful celebration.

Photographer

Snapshots of your day are the longest-lasting legacy when it comes to your wedding, so it’s not the place to skimp or trust just any friend with a digital camera.

Videographer

Once looked at as a “bonus” hire when the budget allowed, videography is becoming a priority for pairs and shouldn’t be overlooked (in fact, 34% of couples make sure to hire one!). You will love watching your ceremony or first dance years from now.

Band or DJ

Music makes the party, so your band or DJ pick is a very important one. These entertainers understand the flow of music and how to keep guests dancing all night long, in a way that your Spotify playlist can’t.

Florist

Blooms may seem easy to execute on your own, but when you factor in the time and energy spent sourcing and arranging, they practically pay for themselves. If you really want to DIY some florals, opt to do an event leading up to your day, like a bridesmaid brunch.

Catering team

Feeding a crowd takes skill, and it’s likely that you don’t have the time, equipment or space to prep a complete meal that will feed your 100-plus guests. Hire a team, then give the day your personal flavor with an edible favor.

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Whether you’re planning a delicious buffet or a seven-course sit-down dinner, you’ll want to abide by these important tips. >> BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APH BY PATRICIA HE AL

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

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

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

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

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Holly Sheppard is the chef and owner of Fig & Pig Catering in Brooklyn, specializing in weddings and other events. She and her team focus on serving creative, seasonally focused food.

We’re seeing more and more couples who want to combine their different cultural backgrounds and influences within their wedding day menu. It makes for such a fun, diverse menu.

I’d love to see more events that serve whole fish family style, like a branzino or arctic char. It’s such a beautiful plate, and everyone digging into a whole fish around the table is so communal.

We begin with heavier hors d’oeuvres during cocktail hour that reflect the couple’s memories or backgrounds, then switch to lighter and healthier eats during dinner to keep the energy up for dancing.

You can’t go wrong with a classic comfort food dish, like mini chicken and waffles hors d’oeuvres during cocktail hour. People freak out over it every time we serve it— it’s so cute and delicious.

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

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

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

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

A movable feast

All action eats

Family style

Drive-in dinner

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

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

European family style

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

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

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

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

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There’s no more prized keepsake from your wedding day than the photos that remain. It’s important to know what to do—and ask—to ensure you hire the right pro for your day. We’ve tapped three industry experts to give you the lowdown on everything to keep in mind for a wow-worthy wedding album. >>

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

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

Dress like you’re out on a date

Put your pro’s knowledge to use

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

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

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Create a solid day-of timeline

Be upfront about your expectations

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

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

Plan for the light

Don’t try to control everything

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

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

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“I do” is about more than uniting you and your spouse in marital bliss—it’s the melding of your family and friends into one large, boisterous group. Whether your loved ones are complete strangers to each other or old friends, they’ll appreciate the attention to detail you pay to their wedding day experience. Ensure your bash goes down as the most fun ever with these tips to keep them entertained the entire weekend. >>

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four fun wedding weekend plans for out-of-town guests Keep traveling loved ones entertained all weekend with out-of-the-box activities.

1 Treat them to a cooking class Enroll early arrivers in a cooking class with a favorite local eatery for some midday culinary fun.

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Kick off your wedding weekend with a bang by hosting all your favorite people at a casual prewedding mixer a night or two before the main event. If you’re having a destination wedding, reserve a spot that represents all that’s special about your locale, and serve a laid-back menu of local eats and beverages. Or choose a favorite restaurant on your home turf to share with your guests. This is also a great opportunity to introduce any family members or friends who don’t already know each other—this way, they’ll feel like old pals by the time your wedding reception rolls around.

Create a swag suite Take the idea of a welcome bag up a notch by transforming the thoughtful concept into a full-blown welcome lounge. Instead of stuffing gift bags and delivering them to your guests’ hotel rooms, let them do the (fun!) work by setting up tables of amazing goodies, like late-night snacks, drinks and artisanal treats, and let them fill a personalized tote bag with all of their favorite things. You, your partner and your wedding party can set up the station in a hotel suite or outside at a tent to greet friends and family the evening before the wedding and get a bit more face time in with guests.

Offer icebreakers Help guests get to know one another by incorporating engaging icebreakers into your wedding day. Get as creative as you’d like— from party crackers at each place setting with questions hidden inside to “bride” and “groom” buttons guests can wear to designate whose family they’re representing. Or task a few of your most lively, outgoing friends to act as table ambassadors (this is a great job for groomsmen). They can move from table to table ensuring everyone has met one another and is having a ball. The goal: Make conversation and camaraderie easy to come by for a reception that will have everyone feeling appreciated and included. >>

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Friends and family members of all ages will enjoy getting a taste of the local food scene, and a good meal always brings about good conversation.

2 Host a cookie and coffee reception Looking for a way to make everyone feel included on the night of your rehearsal dinner without breaking the bank? Host a cookie and coffee reception for a sweet end to the night. The intimate setting will be perfect for mingling and catching up with those who didn’t attend the rehearsal dinner earlier.

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Arrange a group tour If guests are traveling for your wedding, odds are they’ll want to see the sights while they’re there. Encourage everyone to play tourist with a guided tour to some of the area’s best landmarks. Whether it’s a coastal boat trip, a bike ride or a walking tour, the experience will leave them loving your destination city as much as you do.

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Host a postwedding brunch Keep the celebration going and bid visitors adieu with a farewell brunch. Guests will appreciate a hearty meal before they hit the road, and it gives you and your partner a last chance to connect with anyone you didn’t get to spend time with the night before.

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Hire interactive vendors Encourage guests to engage with their surroundings at your wedding reception by hiring a few standout vendors to delight the group while they’re serving, feeding or pouring. A flair bartender is always a great option (your guests will love the flaming cocktails and high-flying glass tricks), while more off-beat ideas, like a roaming ice cream cart or an oyster-shucking station, can feel playful and personalized to your event theme. Food trucks are another great way to get guests moving around, so consider hiring a few for a four-wheel dessert display or cocktail hour.

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Party old-school Everyone loves a good party game, so be sure to plan on including a few in your cocktail hour and reception. Lawn games like horseshoes, cornhole and oversize Jenga are great for outdoor events, while classics like a photo booth, a piñata or even a caricature artist will be a hit indoors. Encourage a little friendly competition by posting a chalkboard scoreboard near a game like ladder ball and letting playful rivalries form between guests.

Get social When in doubt, let social media do the mingling work for you. There are a slew of new apps dedicated to helping wedding guests get to know one another and enjoy their evening. Guesterly helps you create a completely customized photo guide of all your guests, which you can then supply printed or digitally for the ultimate who’s who party roster. Each mention includes a photo, a bio and some details on each person, so everyone feels welcome and instantly involved. Have a lot of single friends coming? Try out SinglesTable, which aims to play Cupid ahead of your “I dos” by giving unhitched friends a place to mix and mingle virtually before they meet IRL on the dance floor. Create a profile at SinglesTable.co, and share the private code with guests on your wedding website. They can download the app and chat up fellow attendees before your wedding. Who knows—they could be next.

seat guests drama-free Take the guesswork out of your seating arrangements with these foolproof tips.

Start early

Don’t be one of those couples left panicking the morning of their wedding because they haven’t finished their seating charts. You’ll have more important tasks to take care of by then. It’s fine to make last-minute adjustments, but try to have your chart done at least one week before the wedding.

Break it down

Before choosing seating, categorize your guest list by relationship: your friends, your family, your partner’s friends, your partner’s family, family friends and so on. This way, it will be easier for you to sort your guests into the most logical table arrangements.

Work out placing parents

Traditionally, both sets of parents sit at the same table, along with the grandparents and siblings who weren’t in the wedding party. But with divorces, stepparents and family drama, some people might be uncomfortable sitting next to each other. If there’s any awkwardness, consider letting each set of parents host their own table of close family and friends. Remember, the parent positioning is flexible. Place everyone in a spot where it feels best to you.

Enlist your wedding party

At most weddings, the bridesmaids and groomsmen sit at the head table alongside the newlyweds. To make all your guests feel special and included, feel free to sit your wedding party strategically throughout the room, focusing especially on the outlying tables. Sitting with an honored member will make other attendees feel like they’re in the center of the action no matter where they’re seated.

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Create a conversation corner Give everyone a place to take a load off between dance breaks by creating a lounge area at your reception. Ask your planner to style it with comfy couches, plush pillows and a coffee table or two for guests to place their drinks on. It’s the perfect way to keep everyone engaged in the party even when they’re resting or uninterested in dancing, plus it helps to fill any unused space in an especially large venue. Really want to wow everyone? Close off the lounge areas with sheer curtains to create a clublike VIP vibe.

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If there aren’t enough formal roles in your bridal party for all your buds, make sure every loved one feels included with these VIP tasks. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APH BY CHRISTINA LILLY PHOTOGR APHY

Choosing whom to include in your wedding party can be a pretty daunting task. There are long-term friendships, familial relationships and sensitive feelings to consider— it’s enough to make any to-be-wed couple go a little crazy. If your wedding party roster is full and you still have a cousin or an old college roomie you want to include in your day, task them with one of these bonus wedding roles so they’ll feel important. >>

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Perhaps one of the most forward-facing roles in the wedding (besides the couple of honor, of course) is the officiant. If you’re not particularly religious or are planning on a nondenominational ceremony, consider asking someone close to you to do the honor of officially pronouncing you wed. This role is best suited for a friend or family member who feels at home in front of crowds. They will be charged with uttering some of the most important words of the day, and they’ll also have to be warm enough to make the rest of the guests feel emotionally involved and invested in the ceremony. Choose that someone special, ensure they get properly (and officially) ordained, then talk them through the type of ceremony you and your partner are envisioning. The good news: A close pal or relative already knows you both well, so you won’t have to worry about your ceremony feeling scripted or impersonal.

Musician Have a friend who is a virtuoso on the violin or particularly savvy on a set of ivories? Ask if they’ll bring their talents to your wedding day. You don’t want them as the entertainment during cocktail hour or dinner—that’s no fun for them!—but a song or two during the ceremony is the perfect special add-on. Give them a favorite tune to learn for your walk down the aisle, or re-create that classic Love, Actually moment with a trio of friends on trumpets, bellowing out the cords to “All You Need Is Love” as you exit your ceremony.

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Ushers Think of ushers as the adult-sitters at the ceremony. They’ll help guests to their seats, answer any pre-event questions (like where the bathroom is or which side of the aisle they should sit on) and hand out ceremony programs or other goodies you have at the ready. While the role is typically reserved for groomsmen, there’s no rule that says you can’t ask whomever you want to take it on—an uncle, a stepsister or even a close coworker. They’ll be interacting with a number of your family members, so make sure they’re a charming conversationalist and comfortable with being on their feet for at least the beginning of the ceremony. In addition, you’ll want guests to know the ushers are their point of contact before and during the ceremony, so post them at the ends of the aisle to ensure they’re accessible, or help them stand out with a special boutonniere or corsage. You could also use this as an opportunity to rethink other traditional wedding roles. Have your beloved pup as a ring bearer, or enlist your and your partner’s grandmothers to walk down the aisle as flower grannies. Every tradition is another opportunity to personalize your day, so don’t feel wedded to one typical way of doing things. >>

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No matter what type of ceremony you and your partner are envisioning for your wedding day, it’s likely to include several readings, whether they’re religious or simply meaningful to the two of you. This moment is a great place to work in a few honored guests (like your teenage cousin or a beloved neighbor) whom you want to call attention to by giving them a moment to shine during your ceremony. If you really trust your selected speakers, make it feel even more personal by asking them to choose the passage or item they’ll read at the ceremony. Provide them with a general theme (like partnership, love or family values) and a loose structure (like poems, song lyrics or scripture), then set them free to find whatever passage reminds them most of you and your partner. Make sure everyone has their readings at least a week in advance so they can practice their delivery, and be sure to describe who they are and their relationship to you and your partner (as well as what they’ll be reading aloud) in your ceremony programs.

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Unity helper If you’re planning on including a unity ritual in your ceremony, use it as an opportunity to incorporate a few extra loved ones into the program as well. Popular practices, like joint-lighting a candle, the mixing of sand, handfasting or even planting a tree, all require some sort of additional propping, so task a friend or family member with bringing those necessary items up to the altar and presenting them to you both. Sure, it’s a small to-do, but it will likely make someone feel very special to be entrusted with the job (plus, it’s even simple enough to pass off to a young child). Likewise, if you are planning to have a religiously focused ceremony and will be completing something like Holy Communion or the presentation of gifts, you can also give that honor to a loved one.

Chuppah holder In Jewish culture, the chuppah a couple marry beneath represents the home that they will build together. Often topped with fabric or a tallit (prayer shawl) and adorned with flowers, it’s a privilege to be asked to hold or carry a couple’s chuppah. Consider having loved ones do the honors. If you’re not into the idea of them standing there throughout the ceremony, have them carry it down the aisle and then place it in the front. If it’s stationary and already in place at the head of your ceremony space, they can man the corners until you and your families arrive, then take their seats.

Marriage license witness There comes a point on your wedding day where you need to sign on the dotted line and make it legal, so think about whom you want standing with you while you give your best autograph. The witness lines on your marriage license are typically signed by the best man and maid of honor, but you could also ask another friend to step in as your witness instead. Want to get really fancy? Ask them ahead of time with a cute, personalized pen they can use the day of.

who gives a toast (and when) Smiles, laughs and happy tears, toasts are guaranteed to bring out the aw moments at your reception. Here’s who to hand the mic to.

The honored attendant(s)

Whether you have a best man, a maid of honor or a man or woman of honor, they’re usually the ones who kick off the speeches at the reception once everyone has snagged a glass of champagne. One or more of them can take turns speaking about the couple, their love story and their friendship with the pair. Just cap this portion at three or so pals—there are others to get to!

The parents

If the bride’s parents are hosting, they will usually speak first. If the bill is being split, both sets of parents should speak together. They welcome the guests, thank them for coming, raise their glasses to the newlyweds and give some words of wisdom to the couple.

The couple

While you can’t toast to yourselves, it’s always a good idea to take a moment to acknowledge the hard work of your wedding party and parents and to thank your guests for sharing in this special day with you. You can each say your own words or give a joint speech together.

Who shouldn’t give a speech

As much as everybody loves you two, constantly having toasts interrupt the party will get old. Limit the speeches by keeping the mic reserved for the honored members of your wedding party and family (others can speak at the rehearsal dinner) so guests can hit the dance floor. Definitely don’t pass it off to anyone who has indulged in too many signature cocktails.

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Working a ring warming into your ceremony is a great way to incorporate all your guests into your vows and make them feel involved in your union. You’ll need to select two “ring chaperones” to shepherd your rings throughout the group and explain the process—a great job for honored attendees you may not have been able to include in your formal bridal party. Put your rings in a box or tie to a pillow then, starting in the back of the group, have guests pass your wedding bands among themselves, each taking a moment to imbue them with well-wishes and love before continuing them along to the next guest. By the time they reach the two of you at the altar, they’ll have enough good vibes to last you a lifetime.

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From renovations to rain, even the most well-planned wedding weekends can be thrown a curve ball. Whether you’re trying to contend with an unexpected amount of RSVPs or are clueless when it comes to having a plan B for your outdoor reception, we’re here to help you iron out all those details before your wedding day, keeping the main event as stress-free as possible.

Our whole wedding aesthetic is based on our outdoor venue location, and we don’t really have a plan B in case of inclement weather. What should we do? Outdoor receptions can be so romantic and special, but they do come with an unpredictable guest: Mother Nature. No matter what the forecast is looking like for your day, you should absolutely plan for a backup location in case things take a turn for the worse. If you’re not already renting a tent, consider booking a weatherproof option (which often has roll-down sides in case it rains), or look into securing a few seasonal extras like portable air conditioners or propane heaters for added comfort. If your venue has indoor space as well (like a barn or a ballroom), inquire as to whether those spots are booked on the day of your wedding—a lot of places keep them open on the off chance they’ll need to move your setup, and they may already have that backup plan in place. If you do wind up having to move indoors, don’t feel like your whole wedding vibe will suffer. Instead, focus on carrying the elements you loved about the outdoors into your interior space, like stringing café lights from the ceiling or adding tall greenery around the perimeter to re-create the sweet outdoor garden environment.

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let it glow Strings of charming café lights hanging above the dance floor lend a party-ready—and flattering—glow.

Our venue has a super-early noise curfew. How can we keep the party going without getting into trouble? If your heart is set on having an evening wedding and you want your guests to enjoy your venue for as long as possible, a silent disco is a great way to preserve the party without breaking a noise ordinance. Once “quiet hours” commence (typically around 9 or 10 p.m.), hand guests wireless headphones that are plugged into the DJ’s beats and continue tearing up the dance floor. It’s a quirky, out-of-the-box solution that will be fun for your loved ones—bonus points if you also distribute fun extras, like glow sticks. You could also prolong the nighttime fun at a different venue entirely by hosting an after-party. Lead your guests to a nearby bar or tavern, where the night owls can enjoy the rest of the evening as noisily as they’d like. The casual, more intimate setting will give you face time with guests you didn’t get to speak to at the formal festivities. An after-party can actually be cheaper than extending a reception—just be sure to factor in the need for additional transportation to and from the secondary venue. >>

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We’re hosting our ceremony and reception in the same space at our venue. What do we do with guests while it’s being turned over? I don’t want them to see it early. Host your cocktail hour somewhere else. You’ll need to get all your guests out of the ceremony space shortly after your “I dos” so your vendor team can make fast work of transforming the room. To ensure everyone gets the memo, dictate the cocktail hour plans on a note card tucked into the ceremony program, then place it on all the seats at the ceremony. You can also task your ushers with directing guests out of the room afterward. Aim to host your cocktail hour in an entirely different space so guests can’t see the makeover—you want them to be wowed by the quick transformation without witnessing the catering team toting towers of chairs. Our wedding is at a resort where the other guests can wander into the space or watch the ceremony. Is there any way we can politely keep them out? There are tons of perks to having your ceremony or reception at a resort, but a group of curious onlookers isn’t one of them. Start by setting up a distinct perimeter around your zone, either by ribboning it off around the edges or posting “private event” signs. You’ll be amazed at how many wedding watchers that will dissuade. If you’re concerned about strangers sneaking into your space (or snapping photos of you and your guests), designate a few friends to casually keep watch. Only truly gutsy strangers will try to infiltrate your party, and they’ll stick out because they’ll be dressed wrong or won’t be mingling with other guests. If you notice an interloper, task your planner with discreetly removing them.

After receiving all our RSVPs, we’ve somehow ended up over our venue’s allowable capacity. What now? The good news: You have a lot of friends and family who want to celebrate with you two. The bad news: Where are you going to put them all? As a rule of thumb, you should always plan on having an A-list and a B-list for your invites. The intention is to help you and your partner make decisions when it comes to who you’re inviting to your wedding. The A-list should comprise guests who are must-haves for you and your partner or your families, while nonessentials (like work colleagues or high school buddies you might be able to skip) should be added to the B-list. You should invite 10 percent more guests than your target number, since 10 to 20 percent of those invited will decline—unless they don’t. So what now? Well, the first phone call you make should be to your venue. If you’re only 15 to 20 people over your quoted head count, see if they can accommodate your additional guests for an added fee. Most wedding venues can’t just add 10 more tables— fire laws limit the maximum number of people allowed in any room at one time—so consider seating some of your guests elsewhere by either renting out an additional small ballroom on-site or having some guests dine on a terrace, for example. Not ideal, sure, but neither is uninviting guests who have already RSVP’d yes. Our venue underwent renovations after we booked, and all the charm we loved is gone! Falling head over heels with a space only to have it transformed before your wedding day can be a huge disappointment. Assuming that pulling out and finding a different venue isn’t an option, there are a few ways to approach this. First, review your contract, looking for anything that may protect your investment in the space or any language that essentially frees the venue of any responsibility in the scenario. Then contact the venue with a concise email explaining your frustration. Detail why you initially chose the space and how the renovations have affected your wedding. Mention any additional fees you envision having to pay, and see what they can do to alleviate the situation, either monetarily or by throwing in extra perks (like top-shelf liquor or an extra hour to your reception). Lastly, talk with your planner or vendor team to see what they recommend you change or add to regain some of the charm you lost. Maybe your florist suggests bringing in a few topiaries to make up for the rows of vineyard that got wiped out, or your planner thinks adding a high-gloss lacquer dance floor over the ugly new carpet will add some personality back into the space. Review and adjust your game plan, and price out what additional costs you might accrue.

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There’s no better way to celebrate your impending “I dos” than to spend time alongside your best friends. Replace the typically cheeky X-rated agenda with a bachelorette theme that will make for a weekend to remember. >> BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APH BY ROBERT EVANS STUDIOS

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

Go all out with a glamette

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

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

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

Decide who is hosting

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

Make the guest list

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

Figure out a date

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

Spread the word

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

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

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Get in touch with nature while camping

Set sail on the open seas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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make it legal New York Marriage License Requirements GUIDELINES FOR OBTAINING A MARRIAGE LICENSE In New York, the legal age for marriage is 18. Applicants under 18 must have parents present. Residency is not required. Both the bride and groom must apply for and sign the license together and bring proper form of identification. There is a 24-hour waiting period to obtain the license, which is valid for 60 days in the state of New York only. Blood tests and other health requirements are not needed. If previously married, you must bring a copy of the divorce decree or death certificate. Fees are typically between $35 and $40, and methods of payment vary. In New York, you can apply for a marriage license from any town or city clerk; below is a list of various locations in the state of New York, which are all open Monday through Friday. Please call ahead to get all of the details. WHERE TO APPLY Bronx

Dutchess County

Orange County

Rockland County

Brooklyn

Manhattan

Putnam County

Staten Island

851 Grand Concourse 161st St., Rm. B131 Bronx, NY 10451 (718) 590-5307 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Municipal Building 210 Joralemon St., Rm. 205 Brooklyn, NY 11201 (718) 802-4107 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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City Clerk 520 Warren St. Hudson, NY 12534 (518) 828-1030 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. closes 4 p.m. Jul. and Aug.

Town Clerk 1 Overocker Rd. Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 (845) 485-3620 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Municipal Building 141 Worth St. New York, NY 10013 (212) 669-2400 8:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Nassau County

Town Clerk 1 Washington St., Fl. 1 Hempstead, NY 11550 (516) 489-5000 8 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Town Clerk 41 Webster Ave. Goshen, NY 10924 (845) 294-6250 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Town Clerk 25 Sybil’s Crossing Kent, NY 10512 (845) 225-2067 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Queens

Queens Borough Hall 120-55 Queens Blvd., Rm. X001 Kew Gardens, NY 11424 (718) 286-2846 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Clarkstown Town Clerk 10 Maple Ave. New City, NY 10956 (845) 639-2010 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sullivan County

Town of Thompson Clerk 4052 Rte. 42 Monticello, NY 12701 (845) 794-2500 x302 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Borough Hall 10 Richmond Ter., Rm. 311 Staten Island, NY 10301 (718) 816-2290 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Ulster County

Suffolk County

Westchester County

Town Clerk 116 Hampton Rd. Southampton, NY 11968 (631) 287-5740 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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

Town Clerk 1 Town Hall Drive Lake Katrine, NY 12449 (845) 382-2455 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Office of the City Clerk 40 S. Broadway, Rm. 107 Yonkers, NY 10701 (914) 377-6020 9 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

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

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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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make it legal Connecticut Marriage License Requirements WHERE TO APPLY NEW LONDON COUNTY Colchester

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

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Connecticut Post

(203) 333-0161 Attn: Weddings 410 State St. Bridgeport, CT 06604

Submit no later than two months after wedding date.

Form: Yes; available online. Must be typed or printed in ink.

The fee is $32.

Danbury News-Times

(203) 731-3338 333 Main St. Danbury, CT 06810

Announcements are published on Saturdays on a space-available basis.

Form: Yes; email to brides@newtimes.com.

There is no charge for this service.

Fairfield Citizen-News

(203) 255-4561 Attn: Living Editor 220 Carter Henry Dr. Fairfield, CT 06824

Announcements are published on a spaceavailable basis. The bride or groom must be a resident or previous resident.

Form: No

There is no charge for this service.

Greenwich Time

(203) 625-4400 Attn: Wedding Announcements 1455 E. Putnam Ave. Greenwich, CT 06870

Submissions are accepted up to six months after the wedding date.

Form: Yes; email to scott.gargah@scni.com.

There is no charge for this service.

Hartford Courant

(860) 241-6232 Attn: Weddings 285 Broad St. Hartford, CT 06115

Information must be received no later than 10 days prior to the desired Sunday publication.

Form: Yes; call to request a form or go online.

Fees start at $105.

Manchester Journal Inquirer

(860) 646-0500 c/o Living Dept. Attn: Weddings PO Box 510 Manchester, CT 06045

Information must be received by the Wednesday morning prior to the desired Friday publication.

Form: Yes

The $49 set price includes a photo.

New Britain Herald

(860) 225-4601 Attn: Social Editor 1 Herald Sq. New Britain, CT 06051

Submissions are accepted up to nine months after the wedding date. Announcements are published Monday-Saturday, when space is available.

Form: No

There is no charge for this service.

New Haven Register

(203) 777-3278 Attn: Weddings & Engagements 40 Sargent Dr. New Haven, CT 06511

Information must be received by 5 p.m. on the Tuesday prior to the desired Sunday publication.

Form: Yes; available online.

Brief announcements (8 column inches) are $40, and $20 per additional inch. Add a photo for $10.

Willimantic Chronicle

(860) 423-8466 x3342 Attn: Editorial PO Box 148 Willimantic, CT 06226

Submissions are accepted up to six months after the wedding date. Announcements are published on a space-available basis.

Form: Yes; available online.

There is no charge for this service.

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3 west club

3 West 51st Street, New York, NY (212) 582-5454 EXT. 2184 directorofcatering@3westclub.com 3WestClub.com The classic elegance of the 3 West Club makes it the perfect place to host your Manhattan wedding. Steps from St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Rockefeller Center; a beautiful view from the terrace; crystal chandeliers; impeccable service—all in a historical building. Spectacular memories await. capacity 150 | price $$$

620 loft & garden

620 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY (212) 632-5055 | events@rockefellercenter.com 620LoftandGarden.com Serenity and romance have an intimate home above Fifth Avenue at 620 Loft & Garden. Dramatic cityscapes overlooking St. Patrick’s Cathedral are highlighted by a manicured garden, sparkling reflective pool and tasteful fountain. This extraordinary indoor and outdoor space is entirely customizable. capacity 120+ | price $$$

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abigail kirsch

New York, NY (212) 696-4076 events@abigailkirsch.com AbigailKirsch.com Our award-winning, cutting-edge cuisine is known for quality and originality. Our exclusive New York metropolitan area catering locations include Pier Sixty, The Lighthouse and Current, The Skylark, Tappan Hill Mansion and The Loading Dock, as well as off-premise catering anywhere in the area. capacity 400+ | price $$$

above

1100 South Ave. at Lois Lane, Staten Island, NY (718) 477-2400 EXT. 5 | info@nicotraonline.com EventAbove.com Above, a sophisticated rooftop wedding venue, showcases panoramic NYC skyline views from its metropolitan ballroom’s 20-foot floor-to-ceiling windows and open-air terrace with heated cabanas and fire pits. The 10-story hotel tower has modern bridal suites with a stylist bar and weekend wedding packages. capacity 300 | price $$$

allegria hotel

80 West Broadway, Long Beach, NY (516) 992-3765 | AllegriaHotelNY.com The Allegria Hotel is a luxurious, ultra-modern hotel perfectly situated on the Atlantic Ocean in Long Beach. The hotel features several contemporary event venues with direct ocean views, including the restaurant,

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1 Stacey Road, Danbury, CT (203) 748-3800 | TheAmberRoom.net The Amber Room is one of Fairfield County’s most recognized wedding venues. Nestled amongst 25 acres of perennial gardens, lush green sweeping lawns, a hidden brook, and gazebos, we pride ourselves in providing our guests with outstanding personal, professional service and preparing fine innovative cuisine for your customized menu. capacity 400+ | price $$

anthony’s lake club

10 Christopher Columbus Avenue, Danbury, CT (203) 792-4100 | roccoiscooking@aol.com ALC-Catering.com Our mission is to provide our customers with the finest quality food at an affordable price, excellent service and respect from our staff, and a relaxed, clean, electrifying atmosphere. Your day is as special to Anthony’s Lake Club as it is to your family and friends. capacity 200 | price $$$

aqua turf club

556 Mulberry Street, Plantsville, CT (860) 621-9335 | AquaTurfClub.com Sprawled across 35 acres, the Aqua Turf Club offers the perfect year-round setting for all your wedding needs. Our professionally trained sales and banquet staff is renowned for their attention to detail and personalized service. We have the experience to create a memorable occasion for all! capacity 400+ | price $

aria wedding & banquet facility

45 Murphy Road, Prospect, CT (203) 758-0096 | sales@ariabanquets.com AriaBanquets.com True elegance. When you choose Aria, you’ll place an astounding amount of resources at your disposal to create a breathtaking affair. It is our family’s personal pledge that any occasion celebrated with us will be an extraordinary and treasured event. We look forward to hosting your event. capacity 400+ | price $$

atlantis banquets & events

431 E. Main St., Riverhead, NY (631) 574-8008 | catering@amwny.com AtlantisBanquetsandEvents.com From our waterfront location to our spectacular aquatic displays, we offer the ultimate wedding on the water in settings as diverse as the Riverside Pavilion, Coliseum Room—with our most colorful tropical tanks—and elegant Sea Star Ballroom, located next to the Hyatt Place Long Island/East End. capacity 400+ | price $$

bay ridge manor

476 76th Street, Brooklyn, NY (718) 748-8855 | bayridgemanor@aol.com TheBayRidgeManor.com The path to happily ever after begins at Bay Ridge

Manor, beautifully renovated and located in the heart of Bay Ridge Brooklyn. Experience true elegance with outstanding service and superb cuisine. Family owned and operated, we take pride in paying attention to every detail, making your day a truly memorable one. capacity 250 | price $$$

bear mountain inn

Bear Mountain, NY (845) 786-2731 | catering@visitbearmountain.com VisitBearMountain.com Bear Mountain Inn has a long standing tradition of helping brides and grooms plan an unforgettable wedding that is uniquely yours whether intimate to extravagant, traditional to the unexpected. We will help make certain your wedding is a cherished memory for you and all of your guests. capacity 250 | price $$$

birchwoods at oak lane

1027 Racebrook Road, Woodbridge, CT (203) 389-5555 | (203) 314-7355 contact@birchwoodsbanquet.com BirchwoodsBanquet.com Located on a beautiful golf course, Birchwoods has spectacular views that make our venue ideal for your celebration. Our staff will ensure your event is tailored to meet your needs for a personalized, memorable occasion. Come as a guest, leave as a friend! Contact us with questions or to set up a tour. capacity 200 | price $$

brecknock hall

(631) 598-8200 | info@brecknockhall.com BrecknockHall.com Brecknock Hall provides the dreamscape you’ve been searching for: a restored 1857 historic mansion on Long Island’s North Fork, resplendent with elegance and infused with warmth and detail. With charming parlor rooms and sprawling lawns, it’s perfect for an intimate affair or a larger tented reception. capacity 200 | price $$$

bridgeview yacht club

80 Waterfront Boulevard, Island Park, NY (516) 432-2400 sam@bridgeviewyc.com BridgeviewYachtClub.com Located on Long Island, NY, Bridgeview specializes in celebrating one occasion at a time in our elegant waterfront pavilion with gazebo garden. Whether you are looking to celebrate a wedding, bar/bat mitzvah, private affair or corporate function we can cater to your needs. capacity 400 | price $$$

bristol harbour resort

5410 Seneca Point Road, Canandaigua, NY (585) 396-2200 | BristolHarbour.com Bristol Harbour offers our breathtaking backdrop of spectacular Canandaigua Lake, in the heart of New York’s Finger Lakes region. Our unique, rustic, luxe style; Finger Lakes farm-to-table cuisine; and sincere dedication to service combine to create a one-of-a-kind destination for your celebration. capacity 240 | price $$$

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buca di beppo

(877) 955-2822 groupreservations@bucainc.com BucaWeddings.com We’re perfect for rehearsal dinners and wedding events, serving authentic, family-style Italian cuisine. Catering and delivery is available, plus banquet and bar packages. Capacities vary by location. Our festive dining rooms and attentive staff keep the celebration energetic and fun. Now that’s amoré! price $$

c.v. rich mansion & caperberry events

305 Ridgeway, White Plains, NY (914) 949-3543 | (914) 948-0958 CaperberryEvents.com This turn-of-the-century Victorian mansion, with strolling gardens, sun rooms, verandas and a majestic ballroom, is your perfect wedding day setting. The exclusive caterer for C.V. Rich Mansion, Caperberry Events assures every detail will be attended to with personal care and sophisticated style. capacity 220 | price $$$

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193 Resort Drive, Tannersville, PA (570) 517-7039 tgering@camelbackresort.com CamelbackResort.com Begin your love story with the mountain wedding of your dreams. Whether your wedding celebration includes a mountaintop ceremony, a formal dinner and dancing in our Camelback Grand Ballroom, or a casually elegant afternoon brunch, Camelback offers the perfect setting for this once-in-a-lifetime event. capacity 400+ | price $$$

the carltun

Eisenhower Park, East Meadow, NY (516) 542-0700 EXT. 2 info@thecarltun.com TheCarltun.com Happily ever after begins at The Carltun. You have found the love of your life. Let us give you the wedding of your dreams. capacity 350 | price $$$

cascade

480 Sherman Avenue, Hamden, CT (203) 907-0595 Cascade-Banquets.com With white-gloved service, succulent cuisine and graciously appointed function space, The Cascade will serve as the ideal canvas on which you can paint the event of your dreams. Their wedding specialists invite you to call for a personal tour of one of Connecticut’s premier event sites. capacity 400 | price $$$

castle hotel & spa

400 Benedict Avenue, Tarrytown, NY (914) 631-1980 events@castlehotelandspa.com CastleHotelandSpa.com Fairy tales do come true! Castle Hotel & Spa presents an enchanted and intimate atmosphere. The Great Hall,

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with an impressive 40-foot vaulted ceiling, Tiffany-style stained glass and a musician’s balcony, provides the most spectacular venue on a historic Hudson Valley landmark. capacity 120 | price $$$

celebrate at snug harbor

1000 Richmond Terrace, Building R, Staten Island, NY (718) 442-2700 Celebrate-Snug.com Celebrate at Snug Harbor offers an enchanted 83-acre setting with unique event space, lush botanical gardens and the finest cuisine. capacity 300+ | price $$$

chateau briand caterers

440 Old Country Road, Carle Place, NY (516) 334-6125 ChateauBriandCaterers.com Chateau Briand brings Manhattan glamour and South Beach style to Long Island, making this one of the most unique settings for your wedding. Imagine your wedding set in a location convenient to your guests yet with the feel of a remote destination. There is nothing like it—anywhere. capacity 400 | price $$$

cloud nine catering/the lace factory CloudNineCatering.net | TheLaceFactory.com Cloud Nine Catering offers tailored menus to make for an unforgettable event! We’re exclusive to The Lace Factory, an antique warehouse and a perfect venue for an industrial-chic wedding. capacity 400+ | price $

conrad new york

102 North End Ave., New York, NY (646) 769-4200 conradnyweddings@conradhotels.com ConradNewYork.com With a prime lower Manhattan location, Conrad New York offers a stunning landscape for wedding ceremonies and photography. Our world-class catering team and professional event managers take care of every last detail. capacity 400 | price $$$$

coral house

70 Milburn Avenue, Baldwin, NY (516) 223-6500 info@coralhouse.com CoralHouse.com Coral House, overlooking Milburn Lake in Baldwin, Long Island offers an exquisite waterfront location and every amenity. Menus are custom designed to each bride and groom’s taste and budget. Our caring staff will help you create the wedding of your dreams. capacity 400+ | price $$

cradle of aviation museum

1 Davis Avenue, Garden City, NY (516) 572-4063 philipstoneatcradle@culinartinc.com CradleAviationEvents.com This historic, distinctive space with authentic aircraft hangars and impressive flight displays creates a powerful backdrop, while flexible spaces can create the look and feel you desire. CulinArt Group Catering

Collection will provide tasteful creations, unparalleled service and customized menus. capacity 400+ | price $$$$

crescent beach club

333 Bayville Avenue, Bayville, NY (516) 628-3000 privateevents@thecrescentbeachclub.com TheCrescentBeachClub.com If you are looking to be the only bride and be at the only place on Long Island that you can have your dream beach destination wedding, look no further. We have been a leading private events venue for over 20 years, with our beautiful white-sand beach, breathtaking views and gourmet dining. capacity 400+ | price $$$

current

23rd Street and West Side Highway, New York, NY (212) 336-6144 | events@piersixty.com PierSixty.com As one of New York’s most unique waterfront venues, Current provides a blend of modern elegance, natural beauty and panoramic views of the Hudson River. The space’s seasoned team of event professionals will guide you through each step of the planning process to ensure your wedding is nothing short of spectacular. capacity 220 | price $$$

delegates dining room at the united nations

(212) 963-7029 | DelegatesDiningRoom-UN.com The Delegates Dining Room’s floor-to-ceiling windows and large outdoor terrace set the stage for dramatic special events. With sweeping views of the East River and Manhattan, celebrating life’s most important moment on historic international territory at the UN will make your wedding more memorable. capacity 400 | price $$$

edison ballroom

240 West 47th Street, New York, NY (212) 201-7650 | info@edisonballroom.com EdisonBallroom.com The Edison Ballroom is an elegant private event space in the heart of Times Square. This historical venue re-opened in 2008 after a multimillion-dollar renovation that restored it to its original glory. With a versatile menu and attentive service, the Edison Ballroom is the perfect venue to celebrate. capacity 400+ | price $$$

elite private yachts

Chelsea Piers, Pier 61, New York, NY (888) 822-5997 ecnewyork@entertainmentcruises.com ElitePrivateYachts.com Say “I do” to a wedding with a view aboard Atlantica and Manhattan Elite Private Yachts. Cruise along the NYC Harbor in a unique floating space with stunning city skyline views. Our chartered yachts offer customizable menu and entertainment options, as well as flexible boarding and cruising times. capacity 300 | price $$$

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f.e.a.s.t. at round hill

110 Round Hill Road, Washingtonville, NY (800) 337-2556 | info@feastcaterers.com FeastCaterers.com Travel less than one hour from Manhattan to Round Hill, F.E.A.S.T.’s impeccably restored early 1800s Greek Revival Manor. Intimate, romantic, and enveloped by lush gardens, fountains and lawns. Its majestic columns and sweeping verandas introduce your guests to the casual yet sophisticated elegance of a country estate. capacity 200 | price $$$

faculty house | columbia university 64 Morningside Drive, New York, NY (212) 854-1200 | fachouse@columbia.edu FacultyHouse.com Celebrate a unique marriage of city sophistication and Ivy League cachet at our premier Upper Manhattan venue. A beautifully updated 1920s landmark, Faculty House features elegant banquet rooms and a terrace with skyline views. Explore Faculty House today and find a venue that’s uniquely you. capacity 250 | price $

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falkirk estate and country club

206 Smith Clove Road, Central Valley, NY (845) 928-8060 | events@falkirkestate.com FalkirkEstate.com Less than an hour from Mahattan, our elegant and tastefully designed venue features custom woodwork, floor to ceiling windows and a large outdoor deck overlooking the majestic Ramapo Mountains and the pristine Falkirk Golf Club. Award winning cuisine, impeccable service and our magnificent venue will exceed your expectations. capacity 300 | price $$$

farmington gardens

999 Farmington Avenue, Farmington, CT (860) 678-1353 | FarmingtonGardensCT.com Set in a scenic garden full of rolling hills, Farmington Gardens’ team of chefs, designers and directors strives to fulfill the most lavish ambitions of today’s bride. Let us make your special day as perfect as it deserves to be, surrounded by the natural beauty and rustic charm of Farmington Gardens. capacity 400 | price $$$

the fountainhead

New Rochelle, NY (914) 235-4400 FountainheadCaterers.com For over 50 years, it has been regarded as one of Westchester’s premier wedding venues. Award-winning atrium, elegantly appointed ballrooms with handfinished marble and granite dance floors, outstanding service and international cuisine make your dream wedding day come true. capacity 400+ | price $$$

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fox hollow

7725 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury, NY (516) 921-1415 | foxhollow@scottobrothers.com TheFoxHollow.com Nestled on eight private acres of Long Island’s Gold Coast, the Fox Hollow offers a unique wedding destination with gardens, indoor and outdoor facilities, custom-designed menus, fine-dining restaurant and all-suite luxury boutique hotel. There’s so much to fall in love with at the Fox! capacity 350 | price $$$

the garden city hotel

45 Seventh Street, Garden City, NY (516) 663-7010 | caterer@gchotel.com GardenCityHotel.com Experience the legendary, newly restored Grand Ballroom and brand new guest rooms and suites. Whether an intimate celebration or lavish affair, we will help you create your dream day. Impeccable service, a first-class culinary team and attention to detail creates The Garden City Hotel experience. capacity 400+ | price $$$

the garden house at keeler tavern museum

132 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT (203) 438-5485 | KeelerTavernMuseum.org Ridgefield’s hidden treasure, The Garden House at Keeler Tavern Museum is the perfect setting—whatever the occasion. Designed by renowned architect Cass Gilbert, its historic, elegant ambience will make your event unique. Enjoy the private seasonal garden, carriage barn and tented upper terrace. capacity 100 | price $$

the garrison/ highlands country club

2015 Route 9, Garrison, NY (845) 424-3604 | TheGarrison.com HighlandsCountryClub.net Nestled in Hudson Highlands, one hour north of NYC, The Garrison is set on 300 acres with spectacular views, while Highlands radiates elegance with old-world beauty. Our countryside retreats offer delicious food, personalized service and outdoor ceremonies with golf course or garden photo sessions. capacity 150+ | price $$$

glen cove mansion

200 Dosoris Lane, Glen Cove, NY (888) 426-4252 | GlenCoveMansion.com Grand or intimate, formal or casually elegant, your wedding and the preparation leading up to it should be easy and carefree, allowing you, your family and friends to celebrate this most memorable milestone of your life. We vow to make that happen at Glen Cove Mansion. capacity 250 | price $$$

glen island harbour club

Glen Island Park, Weyman Avenue, New Rochelle, NY (914) 636-6500 | GI-HC.com It’s a truly spectacular place. You’ll be surrounded by gently breaking waves, lush park grounds on a secluded island, breathtaking sunsets, a storybook chapel and

dramatic views of the New York skyline bridges. Glen Island Harbour Club—where new and everlasting memories are created. capacity 400+ | price $$$

grand marquis

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

grand oaks country club

200 Huguenot Avenue, Staten Island, NY (718) 356-2771 | GrandOaksNYC.com The new Grand Oaks Country Club overlooks South Shore Golf Course. We welcome you into a world of enchantment, providing services and amenities far beyond being plain satisfactory. Whether you are planning an intimate celebration or a luxurious reception, your event will create lasting memories. capacity 400+ | price $$

harbor club at prime

95 New York Avenue, Huntington Harbor, NY (631) 271-5600 | HarborClubatPrime.com The Harbor Club at Prime is the perfect location for your waterfront wedding. Nestled on the shores of Huntington Harbor, the Harbor Club at Prime blends a modern and chic design with the beauty of the harbor view. As a single wedding venue, with on-site ceremonies, your wedding will be the main event! capacity 200 | price $$$$

harbor links

1 Fairway Drive, Port Washington, NY (516) 767-4810 | jphelan@palmergolf.com HarborLinks.com Harbor Links offers an exclusive atmosphere on Long Island’s prestigious North Shore. Your private occasion will receive the individual attention of our entire staff. Our Grand Ballroom offers breathtaking panoramic vistas while the warmth of our interior creates the perfect setting for your special affair. capacity 250 | price $$$

heritage hotel

522 Heritage Road, Southbury, CT (203) 267-2622 | HeritageSouthbury.com Our newly renovated resort offers a destination wedding to remember. Timbers provides a rustic yet elegant atmosphere for your reception, paired with our Stone Garden for your ceremony. After a good night’s sleep, you can spend the day in the pool, on the golf course or at the spa. capacity 220 | price $$$

hollow brook golf club

(914) 734-1500 EXT. 1151 robbyns@golfhollowbrook.com GolfHollowBrook.com Beautiful views, rich wood walls, vaulted ceilings and superb cuisine featuring food and wine from the Hudson Valley’s farms and vineyards makes Hollow

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Henry’s Florist Floral Decorators has been a family owned and operated florist since 1922, serving Brooklyn and the tri-state area over 93 years. We are committed to offering you only the finest artistic wedding floral arrangements, backed by professional services that are friendly and prompt. Our professional staff takes special pride in creating for you the finest unique wedding floral designs that will meet any bride and groom’s individual taste and flexible budget. We would like to offer you a free complimentary consultation—contact Peter or Telly for an appointment.

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housing works bookstore

126 Crosby Street, New York, NY rentals@housingworks.org | HousingWorks.org Host your storybook wedding with 100% of proceeds benefitting the homeless living with HIV/AIDS. This Soho bookshop resembles an Ivy League library with its spiral staircases, mahogany balconies and rows of books. capacity 200 | price $$$

indian ridge preserve

500 Crescent Avenue, Highland, NY (845) 883-3208 | events@indianridgepreserve.com IndianRidgePreserve.com Marry the love of your life surrounded by natural beauty at Indian Ridge—spring apple blossoms, private lake, picturesque fall foliage and waterfall. Get married lakeside, under an elegantly lit tent or in our rustic lodge. We have over 300 acres to create your perfect Hudson Valley country wedding! capacity 400+ | price $$$

the inn & spa at east wind

5720 Route 25A, Wading River, NY (631) 929-6585 | EastWindLongIsland.com At East Wind, you decide—the Cottage, Estate, Veranda or the Grand Ballroom at the Inn. Magnificent chandeliers, warming fireplaces and 26 beautifully manicured acres make East Wind the perfect choice for your day. Spend the day you will always remember in a place you will never forget!

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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 $$

the inn at villa bianca

312 Roosevelt Drive, Route 34, Seymour, CT (203) 735-4883 VillaBianca.com Nestled along the banks of the Housatonic River, The Inn at Villa Bianca is southern Connecticut’s premier venue for special events that transcend the ordinary. Our careful combination of modern and traditional décor sets the background for your wedding ceremony and reception. capacity 600+ | price $$

insignia

610 Smithtown Bypass, Smithtown, NY (631) 656-8100 banquet@insigniasteakhouse.com EventsbyInsignia.com Refreshingly different by Anthony Scotto—that is Insignia! Are you tired of the same style wedding? Introducing Insignia, where the Hamptons meet

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intercontinental new york barclay

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

interlaken inn

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

jean-jacques’ culinary creations

468 Bedford Road, Pleasantville, NY (914) 747-8197 | info@jean-jacques.com Jean-Jacques.com Jean-Jacques’ Culinary Creations is a full-service caterer with exclusive venues for weddings and special events in Westchester. Whether at our restaurant in Pleasantville, one of our historic mansions and estates or a location of your choice, we are committed to providing the highest quality of service and culinary expertise at an affordable price. capacity 400 | price $$

the kartrite

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

land’s end

80 Browns River Road, Sayville, NY (631) 589-1888 | jennifer.barnett@lovinoven.com LandsEndWeddings.com With its seaside charm, this newly renovated, classic Tudor-style mansion overlooks the Great South Bay and Fire Island. Stroll through impeccably-kept gardens or gaze out from the canopied deck at captivating sunsets creating the perfect backdrop for your most memorable day. capacity 325 | price $$$

larkfield

507 Larkfield Road, East Northport, NY (631) 368-4422 | larkfieldweddings@gmail.com Larkfield.com The Larkfield has introduced its newly renovated, state-of-the-art wedding venue, while offering all new features throughout for the modern bride. Please call or email to take a tour (by appointment only). capacity 350 | price $$

lawn club fine catering

193 Whitney Ave., New Haven, CT (203) 777-3494 | christine.brush@nhlawnclub.com NHLCCatering.com The New Haven Lawn Club is comprised of elegant rooms that will charm your guests and provide them with a change of scenery throughout the evening. Stunning yet simple décor ensures that every couple is able to make the space their own. capacity 250 | price $$$

le chambord

2737 Route 52, Hopewell Junction, NY (845) 221-1941 | LeChambord.com Le Chambord is New York state’s most elegant European-style country inn on 10 magnificent acres, just 75 minutes north of New York City. Le Chambord features four-star cuisine, two gazebos, an outdoor pavilion for ceremonies and cocktail parties and 25 rooms for overnight guests. capacity 250 | price $$

leonard’s palazzo

555 Northern Blvd., Great Neck, NY (516) 487-7900 | inquiry@leonardspalazzo.com LeonardsPalazzo.com On your special day, you want everything to be perfect. You will receive undivided attention when it comes to planning and executing all aspects of your important day. Feel at ease knowing Leonard’s will work as hard as possible to make your day a memorable one. capacity 400+ | price $$

lessing’s

Long Island and New York (631) 581-0022 | LessingsWeddings.com Endless possibilities await. Share your vows in a ceremony by the sea. Celebrate in a majestic mansion with exceptional cuisine. Experience timeless elegance with exquisite waterfront views. Reserve our premier luxury destinations for lavish events with extraordinary edibles. capacity 500 | price $$$

lyndhurst castle

635 South Broadway, Tarrytown, NY (914) 631-4481 EXT. 43236 lyndhurst@culinartinc.com | LyndhurstCatering.com Named one of America’s most beautiful mansions by Forbes Magazine, Lyndhurst sits on a picturesque knoll with gardens and greens that stretch to the Hudson River. Ceremony on the lawn, cocktails on the veranda and dinner and dancing in the tented courtyard make for a wedding day of your dreams. capacity 300 | price $$$

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manhattan penthouse on fifth avenue

(212) 627-8838 | info@greenmansionscatering.com ManhattanPenthouse.com Manhattan Penthouse, seating 100 to 200 with dancing, is an extraordinary, loft-like, beautifully finished penthouse aerie with rich details. Guests are surrounded by stunning 360° skyline views framed by our signature Palladian windows. Simply put, it’s one of NYC’s premier venues and best values. capacity 250 | price $$$

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10 North Water Street, Norwalk, CT (203) 852-0700 EXT. 2217 maritimecatering@culinartinc.com MaritimeAquariumEvents.com Sip cocktails alongside prowling sharks, savor hors d’oeuvres as you overlook frolicking sea otters and enjoy dinner and dancing amidst fun-loving seals. The Maritime Aquarium is transformed after-hours into a truly spectacular one-of-a-kind destination for special events. capacity 400+ | price $$$$

mediterranean manor caterers

303 East Main Street, Patchogue, NY (631) 289-5857 | MedManor.com At the Mediterranean Manor we believe that successful weddings deserve more than just adequate facilities. We offer a balanced blend of planning expertise, elegant ambiance, exceptional cuisine and impeccable service at surprisingly affordable prices. Call for a private tour and menu planning.

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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 (888) 435-4979 | 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 first-

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montauk yacht club resort & marina

32 Star Island Road, Montauk, NY (631) 668-9251 afeta@montaukyachtclub.com Whether an intimate lakeside reception, a tented wedding or a Farmhouse Ballroom gala, our wedding specialist will take care of your special day. Tie the knot where knots have more meaning—at MYC. capacity 160+ | price $$$

monteverde at oldstone

28 Bear Mountain Bridge Rd., Cortlandt Manor, NY (914) 737-6555 | events@monteverdeatoldstone.com MonteverdeAtOldstone.com Built in 1763, Monteverde at Oldstone is a magnificent 27-acre estate located less than one hour from Manhattan. Majestically situated upon the Hudson River, Monteverde offers enchanting river views and two charming settings for weddings and events: The Mansion and The Pavilion, a grand open-air tented venue. capacity 350 | price $$$$

the mountain top inn & resort

Chittenden, VT (802) 483-2311 | MountainTopInn.com Set on 350 acres in the heart of Vermont’s Green Mountains and overlooking a sparkling lake, you will find the perfect magical backdrop, regardless of the season. Enjoy luxurious lodging, a brand new spa and salon, on-site dining and tons of activities to create your special day. capacity 300 | price $$$

nicotra’s ballroom at the hilton garden inn

1100 South Ave. at Lois Lane, Staten Island, NY (718) 477-2400 EXT. 5 | info@nicotrasballroom.com NicotrasBallroom.com Nicotra’s Ballroom, nestled in 415 acres of protected woodland, features floor-to-ceiling windows with dramatic views. Stunning gardens, fountains, a Florentine gazebo and a great lawn with pathways leading to a romantic bridal swing create the perfect outdoor wedding ceremony and photo backdrop. capacity 400+ | price $$

ny zoos & aquarium

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

nyit de seversky mansion

Northern Boulevard, Old Westbury, NY (516) 686-7675 | deseversky@nyit.edu NYIT.edu/deseversky This is the chance to create the celebration of a lifetime. By choosing the mansion for your wedding, you’ll experience designing an event that reflects your personal style, multicultural customs and cuisine, and other unique elements—in a charming, sophisticated setting that’s sure to delight guests. capacity 300 | price $$$

oceanbleu

231 Dune Road, Westhampton Beach, NY (631) 288-8878 | oceanbleu@robbinswolfe.com Oceanbleu-WestHampton.com Enjoy true seaside glamour with a breathtaking once-in-a-lifetime wedding ceremony overlooking the magnificent sand and surf followed by dinner and dancing amidst panoramic views of the majestic Atlantic Ocean. Oceanbléu boasts an imperial ballroom with incomparable views of the Atlantic seascape. capacity 250 | price $$$$

oheka castle

135 West Gate Drive, Huntington, NY (631) 659-1400 | weddings@oheka.com OHEKA.com OHEKA CASTLE has been celebrating the art of entertaining since 1919. It’s breathtakingly beautiful, from the historic estate, elegant rooms and formal gardens to the white-glove service, European ambience and award-winning cuisine. OHEKA is one of the finest wedding venues in the world. capacity 400 | price $$$$

onteora the mountain house

PO Box 356, Boiceville, NY (845) 657-6233 | info@onteora.com Onteora.com Why settle for a five-hour wedding when it can last the whole weekend? Onteora’s trademark is the “Weekend Wedding Experience.” Want an autumn noon wedding? A summer afternoon wedding? A spring sunset wedding? All are possibilities at Onteora. Seven guest rooms for two nights are included. capacity 180 | price $$$

the overlook at geer tree farm

141 Norman Rd., Griswold, CT (860) 334-0467 theoverlookatgeertreefarm@gmail.com TheOverlookatGeerTreeFarm.com The Overlook is situated on the highest point of Geer Tree Farm. Our 140-acre farm provides you with a great layout and total privacy. We work with an elite group of caterers and vendors to make sure your special day will not only exceed all of your expectations, but also your guests will be in awe. capacity 200 | price $$

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

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THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY cont. 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 $$

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radegast hall and biergarten

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

ravel hotel (penthouse 808 & the estate grand ballroom)

8-08 Queens Plaza South, Long Island City, NY (718) 289-6109 | delores.a@ravelmgmt.com RavelWeddings.com | Penthouse808Rooftop.com Crowning the Ravel Hotel is Penthouse 808, an 8,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor rooftop restaurant, lounge and event space that offers Manhattan skyline and Queensboro Bridge views. The Estate Grand Ballroom features a 9,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor event space with a complete pre-function area. capacity 400 | price $$

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 $$

riverside farm

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Specializing in exclusive destination weddings, this Vermont estate hosts rustic but elegant barn and outdoor weddings in our meadow and five uniquely restored barns. Nestled in the heart of the Green Mountains, but only a gas tank away from New York City, escape to Riverside Farm. capacity 300+ | price $$$

the riverview

One Warburton Avenue, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY RV-NY.com For more than fifty years, The Riverview has been creating a lifetime of memories for brides and their families. Whether it is your wedding reception, bridal shower or rehearsal dinner, the warmth and attention lavished on you by our dedicated staff will make your experience one that you, your friends and family will talk about for years. capacity 200 | price $$

royal palm

2143 Boundary Ave., Farmingdale, NY (516) 845-1151 | info@royalpalmny.com RoyalPalmNY.com For the one day in your life where you matter more than anyone else, the team at Royal Palm is here to help. Tell us what you want and how you want it. Our event team will make it happen. capacity 500 | price $$

the royal regency hotel & banquet facility

165 Tuckahoe Road, Yonkers, NY (914) 476-6200 | events@royalregencyhotelny.com RoyalRegencyHotelNY.com The Royal Regency Hotel is Westchester County’s first and only boutique hotel. The hotel recently finalized a multi-million dollar renovation project featuring an updated ballroom, lobby, guest rooms and suites. All you have to do is dream your perfect day, and we will make it a reality. capacity 400+ | price $$

saint clements castle

1931 Portland-Cobalt Road, PO Box 427, Portland, CT (860) 342-0593 | info@saintclementscastle.com SaintClementsCastle.com Saint Clements Castle is located just 10 minutes away from Middletown, CT. Experience a European-style estate overlooking the Connecticut River with gracious courtyards, meticulously landscaped gardens and two elegant ballrooms. The rustic yet elegant features will make your fairy-tale wedding become reality. capacity 250 | price $$$

sands point preserve

127 Middleneck Road, Port Washington, NY (516) 326-2156 | SandsPoint-Events.com The one and only ultra-luxe, gold coast, Gatsby-esque Sands Point Preserve is a show-stopping, jaw-dropping wedding venue like no other. It’s a mansion all your own with sprawling outdoor gardens and unrivaled water views with catering by CulinArt Group Catering Collection. capacity 300 | price $$$

saybrook point inn and spa

Two Bridge Street, Old Saybrook, CT (860) 661-1155 | weddings@saybrook.com Saybrook.com Perfection at the Point. Magnificent water views of the Connecticut River and Long Island Sound. AAA Four Diamond Award Restaurant and Inn. Classic ambiance, delectable fare. All weddings exclusive, one wedding at a time. capacity 200 | price $$$$

sheraton laguardia east hotel

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

soundview caterers

45 Bayville Avenue, Bayville, NY (516) 864-0600 | info@soundviewcaterers.com SoundviewCaterers.com Located on the Gold Coast of Long Island’s North Shore with breathtaking views of the Long Island Sound and neighboring states, our goal is to bring you to a moment in time where elegance and pageantry are at your service for your special day. capacity 250 | price $$

surf club on the sound

280 Davenport Avenue, New Rochelle, NY (914) 633-8221 TheSurfClubontheSound.com The all new Surf Club on the Sound is ready to make memories of your special day last forever. Our seaside mansion has stunning views of the Long Island Sound. That, accompanied by our gourmet menus and impeccable service, will have guests talking about your event for years. capacity 500+ | price $$$

terrace on the park

5211 111th Street, Queens, NY (718) 592-5000 info@terraceonthepark.com TerraceonthePark.com Our ballrooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows with remarkable views, while the rooftop and penthouse offer sweeping 360-degree panoramas year-round, and the gardens provide beautiful outdoor spaces for ceremonies and cocktail parties. Terrace just completed a comprehensive multi-million dollar makeover. capacity 450+ | price $$$

trump national golf club

100 Shadow Tree Lane, Briarcliff Manor, NY (914) 373-6254 Our facility offers outdoor and indoor space, picturesque views of the grounds and is 30 minutes from Manhattan in the heart of Westchester County. With exquisite crystal chandeliers, floor-to-ceiling

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the vanderbilt at south beach

300 Father Capodanno Blvd., Staten Island, NY (718) 447-0800 VanderbiltSouthBeach.com Easily accessible from all five boroughs, New Jersey and Long Island, we offer dramatic ocean views, white-glove service and delectable cuisine. If your vision is a seaside ceremony with a sunset cocktail reception or a full banquet on the beach, our specialized event planners will make it happen. capacity 400+ | price $$$

venetian yacht club

494 Fire Island Avenue, Babylon, NY (631) 422-2400 VenetianYachtClub.com We are located in the picturesque village of Babylon on Long Island’s beautiful South Shore and offer amazing waterfront views of the Great South Bay. capacity 400+ | price $$

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21-69 Steinway Street, Astoria, NY (718) 274-2087 info@victorysweetshop.com VictorySweetShop.com The café has amazing European décor, plus available indoor and outdoor spaces conveniently located in the heart of the city. Book your next event at Victory Garden Café; whether it is your wedding, bridal shower, baby shower or birthday, we promise to make memories that will last a lifetime! capacity 100 | price $$

the villa barone hilltop manor

466 Route 6, Mahopac, NY (914) 478-7575 vbhilltopmanor1@aol.com VillaBaroneHilltop.com Experience the beauty and grandeur of the Hilltop Manor. We assist you every step of the way to create the grandest affair to fit your budget, accommodating from 50-500 guests with the utmost personal touch. You are invited for a personal tour to view the timeless elegance. capacity 400+ | price $$

villa 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

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the village club at lake success

Great Neck, NY (516) 829-5493 | VillageClubatLakeSuccess.com You’ll find a pristine country club setting on the outside and a contemporary, en vogue space on the inside. This venue only hosts one event at a time. Catering is provided by the CulinArt Group Catering Collection: Stone Caterers, Robbins Wolfe Eventeurs and Regal Glatt Kosher Caterers. capacity 400+ | price $$$$

w new york - union square

201 Park Avenue South, New York, NY (917) 534-5947 | leah.maio@whotels.com WNewYorkUnionSquare.com/wedding Say “I do” in the center of it all. Whether you’ve always imagined a sultry ceremony in our stunningly spacious Great Room or a more intimate affair, W New York Union Square, will do Whatever/Whenever® to fulfill your every wedding wish and get guests as amped up as you. Let us wow you! capacity 150 | price $$$

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.

unrivaled in Nassau or Suffolk Counties, Regal Caterers (certified glatt kosher under KOF-K) introduces modern kosher cuisine in a glamorous, über-chic, grand dining hall. WJC is better than ever!

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 The Suppa family owns and operates both Woodwinds by Chef Silvio and Café Allegre in Madison. An event at Woodwinds by Chef Silvio will be remembered for the award winning cuisine, exquisite ambiance and superb service. Accommodations are available for up to 600 guests. capacity 600 | price $$$

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westbury manor

1100 Jericho Turnpike, Westbury, NY (516) 333-7117 | WestburyManor.com Welcome to Westbury Manor, a traditional Victorian mansion with formal English gardens and classically elegant banquet rooms. Every moment of your affair will be a memory in the making in one of our beautifully appointed ballrooms or outdoors on our six acres of lavishly planted grounds. capacity 300 | price $$$

woodbury country club

884 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury, NY (516) 692-6200 | info@woodburycc.com WoodburyCC.com We will offer you the privacy and exclusivity you deserve on your wedding day. Our 18-acre estate is divided to ensure total privacy for your ceremony, cocktail hour and photos. Custom designed menus for cultural, religious and dietary needs will be created by our professional banquet staff!

weddings by regina marie

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

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woodbury jewish center

200 South Woods Road, Woodbury, NY (516) 864-0001 | regalwjc@culinartinc.com TheWJC.com A new era is unfolding at WJC, a leading synagogue and event venue. With new construction and a design

ariston flowers

110 West 17th Street, New York, NY (212) 929-4226 | florist@aristonweddings.com AristonWeddings.com This award-winning, family-owned florist since 1975 specializes in weddings and events. Whether you are

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

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3 West Club

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Current

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360º East at Montauk Downs

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Delegates Dining Room at The United Nations

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620 Loft & Garden

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East Wind Long Island

249

Abigail Kirsch

11

Eden Roc Miami Beach Resort

229

Abigail Kirsch at The Loading Dock

11

The Edison Ballroom

68

Above

71

Elite Private Yachts

135

Allegria Hotel

345

Engineers Country Club

2

The Amber Room Colonnade

163

The Estate at Farrington Lake

95

Anthony’s Lake Club

179

Estate at Three Village Inn

16

Aqua Turf Club

149

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

7

Aria Wedding & Banquet Facility

157

Faculty House | Columbia University

215

Atlantis Banquets + Events

322

Falkirk Estate and Country Club

35

Bay Ridge Manor

211

Farmington Club

149

Bear Mountain Inn

346

Farmington Gardens

173

Birchwoods at Oak Lane

177

Flowerfield

26

Bourne Mansion

16

The Fountainhead

107

Brecknock Hall

358

Fox Hollow

127

Brentwood Country Club

16

The Garden City Hotel

20

Bridgeview Yacht Club

329

The Garden House at Keeler Tavern Museum

181

Bristol Harbour Weddings

29

The Garrison

203

Buca di Beppo

51

Glen Cove Mansion

327

The C.V. Rich Mansion

354

Glen Island Harbour Club

109

Camelback Resort

55

Grand Marquis

4

Caperberry Events Catering

354

Grand Oaks Country Club

219

The Carltun

49

Harbor Club at Prime

347

Carlyle of Lawrence

3

Harbor Links

303

Carlyle at North Shore

3

Heritage Hotel

167

Cascade

177

The Highlands

203

Castle Hotel & Spa

73

Hollow Brook Golf Club

139

Celebrate at Snug Harbor

23

Housing Works Bookstore

121

Château at Coindre Hall

16

Indian Ridge Preserve

361

Chateau Briand

217

The Inn at New Hyde Park

89

Cloud Nine Catering

179

Insignia

41

Conrad New York

125

InterContinental New York Barclay

25

Coral House on Milburn Lake

36

Interlaken Inn

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Cradle of Aviation Museum

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Jean-Jacques’ Culinary Creations

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The Pelican Club

16

The Lace Factory Events

179

Pier Sixty and The Lighthouse

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Land’s End

26

Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

226

Larkfield

199

The Prince George Ballroom

256

Lawn Club Fine Catering

161

Radegast Hall & Biergarten

113

Le Chambord

243

Ravel Weddings

325

Leonard’s Palazzo

12

Renaissance Event Hall

358

Lessing’s

16

Riverside Farm

76

Lombardi’s on the Bay

321

The Riverview

247

Lombardi’s on the Sound

321

Riviera Caterers

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339

Royal Palm

209

Manhattan Penthouse on Fifth Avenue

295

Royal Regency Hotel

281

The Mansion at Oyster Bay

16

Saint Clements Castle

171

Mansion at Timber Point

16

Sands Point Preserve

292

The Mansion at West Sayville

16

Saybrook Point Inn and Spa

155

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk

151

The Shakespeare at the William

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Mediterranean Manor

341

Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel

337

The Metropolitan

255

The Skylark

11

Midtown Loft and Terrace

101

Smithtown Landing Country Club

16

The Milleridge Inn

37

Soundview Caterers

143

Montauk Lake Club & Marina

304

St. Augustine Ponte Vedra

231

Montauk Manor

16

Stonebridge Country Club

16

Montauk Yacht Club

241

Surf Club on the Sound

47

Monteverde at Oldstone

81

Tappan Hill Mansion

11

Mountain Top Inn & Resort

91

Terrace on the Park

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New York Public Library

19

Three-Sixty°

26

New York Zoos & Aquarium

97

Tribeca Rooftop

26

Nicotra’s Ballroom

63

Trump International Hotel & Tower

233

NYIT de Seversky Mansion

357

Trump National Golf Club

213

Oceanbleu

307

The Vanderbilt at South Beach

119

Oheka Castle Hotel & Estate

298

Venetian Yacht Club

286

One Atlantic Events

235

Victory Garden Café

364

Onteora

350

View Weddings

16

The Overlook at Geer Tree Farm

181

Villa Barone Hilltop Manor

250

Paramount Country Club

201

Villa Barone Manor

131

Pavilion at Sunken Meadow

16

Villa Lombardi’s

321

Peconic Bay Yacht Club

310

Villa Venezia

45

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Shien Artists

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The Vineyards at Aquebogue

16

Square Mile Events

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W New York - Union Square

291

Weddings by Regina Marie

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Watermill Caterers

319

Westbury Manor

343

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Whitby Castle

16

A Day of Bliss

301

Windsor Court Hotel

237

Banga Studios

196

Woodbury Country Club

285

CLY by Matthew

187

Woodbury Jewish Center

274

Woodstock Inn & Resort

115

Dreamlife Photos & Video

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WoodWinds

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Heartfelt Studio

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Hechler Photographers

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CAKES & CATERERS

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NoneSuch

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Marcia Selden Catering & Events

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Preserving Harvest Catering

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ENTERTAINMENT

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Purslane

315

74 Events

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FLOWERS & DÉCOR

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Around Town Entertainment

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Ariston Weddings & Events

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East Coast Music & Entertainment, Inc.

346

Birch

331

Genesis Events

313

Henry’s Florist

342

Jordan Kahn Orchestra

195

L’Atelier Rouge

32

Perrone Bros. Entertainment

333

Pedestals Floral Decorators

59

Scarlett Entertainment

193

Petals & Roots

259

Soulsystem Orchestras

205

BRIDAL FASHION & BEAUTY

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67

beGlammed

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The Edge Salon & Spa

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INVITATIONS & DETAILS

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ESKMD

360

Things Remembered

31

Girasole´ Salon

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JKFlashy Makeup Service, Inc.

354

SPECIALTY SERVICES

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Jude Jowlison

188

Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux

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Modern Trousseau

42

Bombshell Graphics

355

Panache Bridal

9

Colonial Transportation

297

WEDDING CONSULTANTS

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Luxe Event Rentals and Décor

191

Emily Clarke Weddings and Events

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Promise Wine

220

Jove Meyer Events

225

Rentquest

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Pixies & Petals

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Tran-Star Executive Transportation

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“This moment happened just seconds after our celebratory walk back up the aisle,” Corinne says of exiting their ceremony to the tune of “Oh, Oh, I Love Her So” by the Ramones. “Ryan and I paused to look at each other, elated that we were actually married, but our wedding party’s ecstatic cheering made us turn right back around.”

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