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CONTENTS

contents FALL/WINTER 2017

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let the good times roll

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get the look theknot.com editor’s letter checklist ask carley top picks 8 elegant old-world estates expert advice secrets from real couples haute hues love stories anatomy of an emergency kit marriage licenses and wedding announcements snapshot

PHOTOGRAPH BY PAUL COSTELLO

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It’s your dream day

LET ONE OF OUR EVENT PLANNERS MAKE IT COME TRUE FOR YOU

440.449.0700

AWARD-WINNING CUISINE • UNSURPASSED HOSPITALITY FLORAL AND DESIGN • WEDDING CAKE SPECIALISTS

INFO@LANDERHAVEN.COM | LANDERHAVEN.COM 6111 LANDERHAVEN DRIVE | CLEVELAND, OH 44124

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CONTENTS

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hot trends to make your own

fashion 168

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

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make it suite Your morning-of to-dos.

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

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maid for style Make sure your girls look fabulous.

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works of art

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Find the right ring for you.

beauty & wellness

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hair repair Celeb stylist George Papanikolas solves your prewedding hair dilemmas.

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sweating for the wedding Kick your fitness goals into gear.

style wedding themes 101 Our glossary has everything you need.

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

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

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

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

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works of art

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FROM TOP: VICKI GR AFTON PHOTOGR APHY; YASU + JUNKO

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Introducing Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux Brut Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux Brut, a sparkling wine with an added hint of blueberries, is a delicate wine reserved for memorable celebrations. It offers seductive flavors and fresh aromatic effervescence—vividly pasteled with blueberries. All of this is contained in an impressively sexy bottle with tasteful flair. The fruit for Blanc de Bleu is grown in select vineyards, known for their cool and clear breezes—ideal conditions for the exclusive grapes and soils that accentuate the profoundly flavorful characteristics.

www.BlancdeBleuUSA.com Sparkling grape wine with blueberry flavor and certified color. Drink responsibly. Drive responsibly.

Bronco Wine Co. | www.broncowine.com | 855.874.2394 | ©2017 Blanc de Bleu, Ceres, CA

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CONTENTS

real weddings amy & samir

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october 29, columbus

maude & zachary

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september 4, perrysburg

allie & nick

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august 27, lancaster

amy & alex

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october 1, bellville

kristel & ryan

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september 23, cincinnati

brooke & kyle

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july 3, youngstown

piper & jared

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october 16, cleveland

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stefanie & lorenzo october 15, lyndhurst

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libby & chris june 11, cincinnati

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happy campers

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stephanie & lorenzo

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katie & derek

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emily & jillian

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colleen & billy liz & andy

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september 9, cincinnati

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Ask your photographer these questions.

reel talk Find the perfect videographer to capture your day.

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please be seated

the big picture

foodie faves that ship nationwide Add some hometown flair to your day.

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road to the altar Stylish transportation options.

on the write track

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engagement party basics Hosting etiquette you need to know.

13 essential planning tips

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

Advice no to-be-wed should be without.

real wedding budget key $ = $10,000 or less

how to actually pay for your wedding

Follow our tricks to help you pen your vows.

june 25, cincinnati

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happy campers

New setup options for your ceremony.

august 20, columbus

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Some traditions just don’t hold up.

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

lauren & max october 1, catawba island

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Pull off an awesome camp wedding.

may 21, columbus

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10 old-school planning rules you can break

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.

$$ = $10,001–$30,000

$$$ = $30,001–$50,000

$$$$ = $50,001–$75,000

$$$$$ = $75,001+

FROM LEFT: RENEE LEMAIRE PHOTOGR APHY; JEREMIAH AND R ACHEL PHOTOGR APHY

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INTERCONTINENTAL CLEVELAND. A memorable setting for your unforgettable day.

AT T H E

I N T E R C O N T I N E N TA L C L E V E L A N D

At InterContinental Cleveland, we know that when you’re planning and customizing your wedding you want to talk to someone as excited as you are. To ensure that your unforgettable celebration runs smoothly and every detail is important, we provide unparalleled facilities and the highest level of personal service. And we use our local knowledge to access the very best the city has to offer. It’s your wedding. Let’s make it memorable, together.

Contact us at 216.707.4168 and ask about our Honeymoon on Us program. Visit us online at intercontinentalweddings.com

Photos courtesy of: (clockwise from top left) Dave & Kerri Photography, Alevtina Photography, Genevieve Nisly Photography, Genevieve Nisly Photography, New Image Photography, Anthony Vazquez Photography, New Image Photography

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n e u v e a

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PHOTOS BY HEARTS & COLOR CO.

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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

ON HER

ON HER

Dress, $4,200, Rivini at All Brides Beautiful, AllBridesBeautiful.com (Hudson); engagement ring, $1,580, MarrowFine.com

Dress, price upon request, Marchesa .com; headpiece, $197, SaraGabriel .com; engagement ring, price upon request, UneekJewelry.com; shoes, $795, JimmyChoo.com

Dress, price upon request, SarehNouri .com; headpiece, $285, Paris by Deborah Moreland, KleinfeldBridal .com; engagement ring, $1,800 (not including center stone), AJaffe.com; band, $825, CoastDiamond .com; shoes, $110, WHITE by Vera Wang, DavidsBridal.com

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

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ON HIM

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

ON HIM

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

behind the scenes

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

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

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

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

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Rustic charm...

The Centennial Barn is a unique and historic building perfect for receptions and parties. Accommodating up to 300 guests, the Barn offers a rustic, yet elegant, two-story venue with an open atrium. And your event “gives back.� All funds from events support the work of Franciscan Ministries, Inc., a non-profit organization serving the poor. Let us help you create a memorable experience for your special day!

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ALLIE BENNETT WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER DERRING DO PHOTOGRAPHY

DERRING DO PHOTOGRAPHY

Located in beautiful Hocking Hills, Ohio on a private 200 acre farm. Breathtaking scenery includes a pond, meadow and, of course, the hills! Custom or DIY wedding packages are available for up to 200 guests. Packages include licensed catering, flowers, wedding cake, lodging, ample parking and more! All wedding packages include the Rush Creek Retreat which will sleep up to 20 of your guest/wedding party. The Retreat is also located next to the Barn for the convenience of your special day! With 14 log cabins and a 20-person retreat available for your out-of-town guests, you can celebrate not only your wedding day, but also your entire wedding weekend! Call us to receive a customized quote and view our new venue. R E C E I V E A F R E E N I G H T ’ S S TAY ! C A L L F O R D E TA I L S.

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Hocking Hills boasts a log chapel, gazebo and outdoor stone fireplace. All-inclusive wedding packages with customizable options are available. On-site lodging accommodations are also available to celebrate your wedding day—or entire wedding weekend. Elope with your fiancé or include up to 65 guests.

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EDITOR IN CHIEF

Kellie Gould

MANAGING EDITORS

DEPUTY EDITOR

Lauren Kay

Susan Berryman Kellee Kratzer

EXECUTIVE EDITOR, DIGITAL

Kristen Maxwell Cooper

CONTRIBUTING ART DIRECTOR

DESIGN DIRECTOR

REAL WEDDINGS PHOTO DIRECTOR

PHOTO DIRECTOR

Toby Fox

Tracy Everding

Rebecca Crumley

Kathy Nguyen

SENIOR NEWS EDITOR FASHION & BEAUTY EDITOR DIGITAL EDITOR REAL WEDDINGS EDITOR ASSOCIATE EDITOR, REAL WEDDINGS ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR ASSISTANT EDITOR, RESEARCH ASSISTANT EDITOR, DIGITAL EDITORIAL ASSISTANT, FASHION & BEAUTY EDITORIAL ASSISTANT, DIGITAL SOCIAL EDITOR SENIOR DESIGNER DESIGNER REAL WEDDINGS DESIGNERS ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR ASSOCIATE DIGITAL PHOTO EDITOR EDITORIAL & MARKETING COORDINATOR

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

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

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THE STUDIO @ XO HEAD OF STUDIO Nick Fortunato EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Elizabeth Roehrig DIRECTOR, BRAND EXPERIENCE Alexis Jonnson PRODUCER Joanna Dedvukaj SENIOR EDITORS Cassie Kreitner, Kate Traverson ASSOCIATE COPY EDITOR Kelsey Paine VIDEO PRODUCER Jose Marmolejos SENIOR DESIGNER Amanda Kocis Gallagher PROJECT MANAGER Elizabeth Smith 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 ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Mark Pittman, mpittman@theknot.com (855) 918-1218 REGIONAL/NATIONAL ACCOUNT MANAGER SPECIALIST REGIONAL SALES DIRECTOR FASHION ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE JEWELRY ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE BEAUTY ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF SHOWS & EVENTS SENIOR MARKETING MANAGER STRATEGY SPECIALIST DIRECTOR, PUBLIC RELATIONS MANAGER, PUBLIC RELATIONS

Karrie Ploss, kploss@theknot.com (800) 246-9993 Rhonda Haberkamp, rhondah@xogrp.com (888) 332-7815 Tricia Dixon, tdixon@xogrp.com (877) 342-9676 Maria Catalano, mcatalano@theknot.com (855) 498-5668 Nikki Spangler, nspangler@xogrp.com (877) 771-3019 Muthithar Vinson, mvinson@xogrp.com (855) 891-7062 Susana Diharce, sdiharce@xogrp.com (866) 960-9909 Bevin Stella, bstella@xogrp.com (212) 515-3544 Erin Kouba & Sarah Waller, printspecialist@theknot.com (877) 996-8489 Melissa Bach, pr@xogrp.com Lauren Nolan, pr@xogrp.com

COFOUNDER Carley Roney The Knot Ohio is a publication of Weddingpages LLC, a subsidiary of XO Group Inc. All content © 2017 XO Group Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction, either in whole or in part, is forbidden without written permission from the publisher. The Knot, TheKnot.com and The Knot Ohio are trademarks of XO Group Inc. The Knot is not responsible for the return or loss of, or damage to, unsolicited materials. Those submitting manuscripts, photographs, artwork and other materials for consideration should not send originals, unless specifically requested to do so in writing by The Knot. Manuscripts, artwork and other materials submitted must be accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope. Editorial Offices: 195 Broadway, New York, NY 10007 (212) 219-8555. Production Offices: 11106 Mockingbird Drive, Omaha, NE 68137 (800) 843-4983 please recycle after wedding

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Alessandra Rinaudo Atelier Pronovias Antonio Gual for Tulle NY Allure Claire Pettibone Lis Simon Madison James Mikaella Nicole Sposa Paloma Blanca Pronovias

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(DIY) DO-IT-YOURSELF

VICTORIA ISABEL PHOTOGRAPHY

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APHY

At The Flowerman, we offer a hands-on, awardwinning floral concept designed to fit your unique style. Our goal is to give you your ideal wedding by helping you capture, create, and complete your vision while staying within your budget. Give us YOUR dream and together we can make it a reality.

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MAKING MEMORIES HAVING FUN SAVING MONEY

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.com/ohio

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

GO LOCAL

connect with pros and find tips

REAL WEDDINGS

get inspired

Browse top weddings from the Buckeye State for the ultimate local inspiration. You’ll find amazing venues plus creative style ideas that will show your guests what a true Ohio celebration is all about, like Gail and Adam’s Darby House nuptials. Their autumn affair included wood accents and fall-inspired florals in shades of burnt orange and burgundy.

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

@theknot

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All-Inclusive Packages, Customized to Fit Your Dreams



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EDITOR’ S LET TER

Try our savvy tips for saving without sacrificing. (p. 229) A luxe Chile eco-lodge is perfect for honeymooners. (p. 284)

When I got engaged the first thing I started thinking about was my wedding vision—something that proved much harder to settle on than I expected. I had recently vacationed in Italy and thought I wanted a family-style feast with rustic tables covered in majolica platters filled with Tuscan specialties. All of that changed the minute I walked into my dream venue: a stunning, light-filled Manhattan loft space with a glassenclosed roof and wraparound terrace. From there, everything else fell into place. To help you get your planning off to a successful start, we’ve got ideas for 15 different styles to inspire your day (p. 124). Once you’ve nailed your venue and theme, it will be so much easier to pick a gorgeous cake design (p. 146) and all the other details, as well as choose a dress that suits you and your wedding. And whether it’s a fun, flirty or straight-up sexy gown you’re envisioning, turn to “Let the Good Times Roll” (p. 168) for some seriously beautiful fashion inspo. Of course, it will be hard to pull off your day without a plan for how to pay for it. Luckily, we’ve got tips and tricks for ways to save (p. 229). Plus, there’s so much more to explore in this issue, from this year’s hottest trends (p. 136) to where to register right now (p. 159), so get ready to dog-ear pages and let us help you plan a wedding that’s totally you.

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I love the detailing on this Hayley Paige gown. (p. 168)

This cake is a work of art, and one of my faves. (p. 146)

KELLIE GOULD Editor in Chief

A dream catcher makes for a beautiful boho ceremony backdrop. (p. 124)

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

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: COURTESY OF LOCATION; LIBBY VANDERPLOEG; SAR AH LOVE PHOTOGR APHY; SYLVIE GIL PHOTOGR APHY; PERNILLE LOOF; PAUL COSTELLO

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CHECKLIST

get your customized wedding checklist at TheKnot.com/checklist

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

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

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

MONTHS

Don’t worry, your first task is a fun one: Envision your wedding— think about the style you want and color palettes you love. Nail down a budget. When and where would you like to get married? Not sure where to start? The Knot Venue Concierge can give you personal recommendations based on a few details (see Wedding Planning Tools, p. 28). Hire any pros you just have to have, like a band or wedding planner. Start searching for the dress. Get the ring appraised and then insured ASAP.

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Propose to your wedding party. Create your website with The Knot. Guests can also access it on the Guest List app (see Wedding Planning Tools, p. 28). Book your photographer, florist, musicians and other important pros. Order the gown and veil and schedule fittings for six weeks and one to two weeks before the wedding. Choose and order the bridesmaid dresses. Start registering—a super-fun to-do.

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Book your honeymoon. Choose the formalwear. Send out your save-the-dates. Order the invitations and thank-you notes. Hire a day-of coordinator (if you don’t have a full-service planner or a day-of planner isn’t included with your venue). Schedule beauty trials and book hairstylists and makeup artists. Iron out the rehearsal dinner details, like the time and location. >>

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Spectacular views, exceptional service, and quality food and beverage create the perfect day for your guests and yourselves. Let us help you plan a day as special as your relationship, while creating memories to last a lifetime.

The Lakes Golf and Country Club 614.882.2582 | 6740 Worthington Road | Westerville, OH | alison@lakesclub.com | www.LakesClub.com

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CHECKLIST

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date: ______ /______ /______

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

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

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

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our planner app is a must-have!

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

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

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

SEATING STRESS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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1901 Ford Drive, Cleveland; (216) 231-8900; GliddenHouse.com Once a prestigious family residence, this Gothic-style mansion has been reimagined into a chic boutique hotel, complete with luxurious accommodations and picturesque grounds. The historic building maintains its original red-brick facade, making it an elegant backdrop for outdoor ceremonies and tented receptions, and the new 2,200-square-foot Juniper room features a crystal chandelier, oversize windows and French doors to bring the outside in (150 guests).

8400 Blome Road, Cincinnati; (513) 793-2787; Green-Acres.org If you’re dreaming of a regal affair, look no further than this fully refurbished manor that will transport your guests back in time. Reminiscent of a castle, the limestone structure is surrounded by a cobblestone courtyard, stunning formal gardens and cascading waterfalls—one of which empties into a moat. Recite vows on the verdant grounds, then celebrate with up to 400 friends and family members in a transparent tent that showcases expansive views of the breathtaking scenery.

2366 Kipling Ave., Cincinnati; (513) 841-9999; PinecroftMansion.com Built in 1928 by renowned architect Dwight James Baum, this Tudor Revival–style home rests on 17 scenic acres and features many of its original characteristics, including rich mahogany paneling, teak hardwood floors and immaculate landscaping. Host an alfresco ceremony in the chestnut orchard or recently restored formal garden, followed by either an intimate reception within the mansion or a large party of up to 325 guests on the tented garden pavilion. >>

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jeffrey mansion 165 N. Parkview Ave., Bexley; (614) 559-4300; Bexley.org Seal the deal in style at Jeffrey Mansion, a historic manor tucked away amid 40 acres of flora and fauna in Bexley’s Jeffrey Park. Traversed by walking trails, the creekside mansion comes equipped with a garden room, dining room, kitchen and upper garden level in addition to outdoor space that can be utilized for alfresco “I dos.”

12171 Mosteller Road, Cincinnati; (513) 554-1969; HauckMansion.com This 22-room mansion has been meticulously restored to its former 1904 grandeur and is fully equipped to host both indoor (100) and outdoor (200) affairs. With its detailed woodwork, polished floors, mosaic tiles and stainedglass windows, the stately interior makes for a memorable backdrop. Ascend down the staircase to wed in the candlelit foyer, enjoy cocktails upstairs around the grand piano and host dinner in either the cozy parlor or formal dining room.

bryn du mansion 537 Jones Road, Granville; (740) 587-7053; BrynDu.com Situated in the charming village of Granville, this 52-acre estate boasts eight historic buildings and an array of reception sites. Renovated in 1905 to reflect a Federal aesthetic, the sandstone Mansion offers a classic architectural backdrop combined with contemporary amenities. The 7,200-square-foot Field House features hardwood throughout and can accommodate parties of up to 350, while the quaint Carriage House is ideal for intimate affairs. For those seeking an open-air setting, the scenic grounds are also home to several well-manicured patios, lawns and gardens.

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714 N. Portage Path, Akron; (330) 836-5533; StanHywet.org Akron’s largest National Historic Landmark, this 70-acre private estate encompasses five buildings and eight gardens. The stunning grounds provide a variety of settings for open-air ceremonies, including the hidden English Garden and the shaded Birch Tree Allée. Celebrate with a tented reception, or move the party inside to the charming Carriage House (125) or the main floor of the mansion, which includes a fireplace and balcony.

7800 Clocktower Drive, Kirtland; (440) 525-7306; MoorelandMansion.com This turn-of-the-century space has been hosting swanky soirees for more than 100 years. Thanks to a recent $3 million renovation, the lavish home preserved its architectural integrity and now boasts posh modern updates. With an impressive 42 rooms, a wood verandah, pristine landscaping and a dreamy rose garden, there are ample indoor and outdoor settings for up to 200 guests.

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Finding a great portfolio is nice, but most important is creating a strong relationship with vendors. Make sure you feel comfortable with your florist and confident in their abilities to create the floral design you want. Keep an open mind and have fun. Trusting your florist will make the design process much more enjoyable.

are there any unique flower pairings you’d like to see more of? I’d love to see bolder textures, like pairing a soft garden rose with a stem of thistle. Unexpected blooms add interest and a fun pop of color that doesn’t overpower. do you have any cost-saving floral tips for couples on a budget? Use in-season florals, and repurpose the flower arrangements from your ceremony for your reception. we’re curious: what really happens to flowers once a wedding is through? We always encourage our couples to send their guests home with arrangements, and we make sure our designs can easily be removed from their vases. Find more florists from your area in our directory on p. 312

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what should a couple bring to their first meeting with you? A general sense of your style and color scheme. But, more importantly, bring an open mind and an idea of your budget. Some couples feel uncomfortable discussing budget, but it allows your florist to create a tailored design that won’t break the bank.

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what do you love most about being a bridal dress shop owner? The honor of dressing a bride in arguably the most important garment of her life is a joy. I choose each and every gown that adorns our clothing racks, so pulling dress options for a bride to try on and say “yes” to is a privilege. name one pro tip all to-be-weds should know. When it comes to shopping for your bridal gown, decide what’s most important to you. Does it involve working with a knowledgeable stylist who can assist you with customizing your perfect gown? Many locally owned bridal boutiques pour their hearts into curating hand-selected gowns and an unbelievable experience for their clients, so remember to shop small and shop local.

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Don’t browse Pinterest for long—once you buy your dress, stop shopping. If you’re on a budget, sample sales are a great way to find a fabulous designer gown at an affordable price. Many clients ask if anyone else has purchased their gown, and the honest answer is usually yes. In that case, I offer up how brides style their dresses differently by using a sash, veil or jewelry.

what’s the craziest request you’ve ever received from a client? I’ve had multiple brides who have shopped with us solo, only to later come back with their mother and act as though it’s the first time they’ve been dress shopping. who is usually the best person a bride can bring along for a second opinion? The bride’s “person”—whether that’s her mom, sister, best friend or partner—has to be someone who is gracefully honest and supportive of her overall vision. what are some popular dress fabrics and trends you’re currently loving? Silk crepe has made a comeback, and it’s perfect for different seasons and styles of dresses. I also enjoy the mixed lace look that incorporates traditional lace with more modern, laser-cut pieces of lace. do you have any tips on accessorizing? Start with the sentimental pieces like heirloom jewelry or gifts from your partner. From there, add on additional accessories that you plan to purchase.

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videographers what’s the number one reason why a couple should hire a videographer? A videographer is necessary so you can relive one of the most important days of your life over and over again—as it happened. Photos can only help so much, so having footage of your vows and speeches is priceless. what’s the biggest challenge you face when filming a wedding? Running behind schedule makes it difficult to get those stylistic shots throughout the day that make for a great video.

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The husband-and-wife duo behind this cinematography team captures weddings all across the globe. ON THE WEB

what video services do you offer beyond a two-minute trailer? We also offer full-length films ranging from 5 to 20 minutes as well as complimentary drone footage. how do you manage to work side-by-side with photographers on the day of a wedding? Megan and I actually reach out to the photographers before the wedding to introduce ourselves. Once on-site, we work to ensure they have everything they need—it makes the process a lot easier. how do you deal with a camera-shy couple that struggles to open up? We try to get our clients to talk about themselves and crack jokes to help them feel more comfortable in front of the camera. what should a couple bring to their first meeting with you? A schedule of their day or a general idea of their wedding day timeline.

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Meeting and working with so many incredible couples and giving them a film they’ll cherish is the best part of our jobs. Allot time in your schedule for your videographer. We often need some time to film those key stylistic shots that will make your video look amazing. Try not to look at the camera—your film will look cheesy and not as professional.

describe the most emotional moment you’ve recently captured on camera. One of our couples chose not to see each other until the start of their ceremony. And once the groom saw the bride for the first time, he broke down in tears to the point that he could hardly stand. what about the funniest moment you’ve caught on film? Recently, a couple’s knife broke during the middle of their cake cutting. The bride ended up having to use her hand to grab a fistful of cake instead. what’s the typical editing timeline like after a wedding? how long should couples expect to wait for their video? Depending on how busy that particular wedding season is, it can take up to four weeks to edit the trailer and a total of three to four months for the feature film. Discover more tips and trends from your area at TheKnot.com/ohio

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Nine months after their meet-cute at a local Mexican restaurant, Yang and Alex were faced with the shocking realization that their time together was limited as a result of Yang’s denied visa application. “We couldn’t stand the thought of losing each other,” Alex says. “We decided right then that we wanted to continue to grow together.” A few days later, Alex presented Yang with a white gold, diamond and sapphire engagement ring. “I wish I could go back and give Yang a movie-worthy proposal, but what’s important is that we have each other,” he says. The ring: BlueNile.com >>

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Allie and Vince have an online dating site to thank for bringing them together just weeks after Allie moved from North Carolina to Ohio. “Our first date was in a coffee shop on a Sunday afternoon,” Allie says. “We ended up chatting for over three hours.” Three years later, Vince popped the question as the pair vacationed with friends in Asheville, North Carolina, on New Year’s Eve. “We were touring the Biltmore Estate and stopped for some photos when Vince got down on one knee,” Allie says. “I can’t imagine a more perfect proposal or person to spend the rest of my life with.” The ring: BlueNile.com >>

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With plans to surprise Jeff with a birthday party at his favorite postwork pub, an unassuming Hannah had no idea she would soon be in for a shock of her own. After spending the afternoon at the local Center of Science and Industry, Hannah and Jeff walked to a nearby Columbus park, where Jeff proposed on a bridge that overlooked a creek. “I was in shock,” Hannah says. “I had planned the whole day out as a birthday gift to Jeff, but he ended up giving me the biggest surprise of my life.” The ring: Denig Jewelers

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Despite plans to wed on their five-year dating anniversary, Brandon (left) had no idea when an actual proposal was coming his way. “Joe and I set a wedding date and worked backward from there,” Brandon says of their nontraditional approach to planning. The proposal took place during an impromptu getaway to New York City as the pair walked hand in hand down Broadway. “Joe picked me up from work on a Friday and drove me straight to the airport,” Brandon says of their unexpected stay in the Big Apple. “We were both so overwhelmed with emotion.” Find more amazing photographers in your area on p. 316

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October 29 • Columbus

amy &

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Bridal shower guests gifted Amy with nearly 40 bangles that she wore on her wedding day.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Amy Molnar, 26, a dental hygienist GROOM Samir Shah, 34, a periodontist HOW THEY MET Amy sat in while Samir performed surgery WEDDING STYLE The couple integrated American and Indian traditions into a multicultural celebration marked by vibrant hues, tropical florals and gilded details. —Samantha Meux

Amy and Samir tied the knot in a greenhouse under a wood mandap draped in linens and adorned with blooms. “We traded flower garlands, walked around the sacred fire, took the seven steps, exchanged vows and rings, and lit a unity candle,” Amy says of their interfaith ceremony. “It was a representation of our future lives together— blending our cultures into one great, unique ‘us.’ ”

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“Everyone raved about them,� Amy says of laser-cut place cards that added a personal touch to each tablescape.

Postceremony, the bride and groom swapped their traditional ball gown and sherwani for more modern looks: a satin mermaid dress and low updo for her and a fitted navy suit for him. A lush botanical motif was brought into the industrial reception space, where floral arrangements, geometric terrariums and metallic accents infused the urban setting with bohemian flair.

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The menu featured full American and Indian buffets, and guests enjoyed a blend of customary and contemporary music. Amy’s family is Slovenian, so partway through the father-daughter dance, she had the DJ cut to high-energy polka music. “It got the whole crowd smiling, laughing and ready to party!” she says.

AMY & SAMIR’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY SITE Franklin Park

Vue Columbus, Columbus

PHOTOGRAPHY

Ben Hartley/Style & Story Creative DAY-

Events

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VIDEOGRAPHY Prodigy Cinema

OF COORDINATOR Tracie Zody/Oh So Lovely

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FLOWERS State & Arrow Design Co.

OFFICIANT Pandit Vimal Raval; Rev. Richard

Young

GOWN Ceremony: Rivini, LUXEredux

Bridal, Columbus; reception: Vera Wang, La Jeune Mariee Bridal Collection, Columbus VEIL Sara Gabriel

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New York WEDDING RINGS Littman Jewelers HAIR Simply Makeup & Hair

Mukha Spa

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La Jeune Mariee Maids & Social Occasions MENSWEAR Sahil

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CATERING Metro Cuisine; Saffron

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CAKE Short North Piece of Cake

MUSIC Baraat Music: DJ Samir Productions;

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September 4 • Perrysburg

maude &

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As a nod to the garden setting, Maude’s gown featured cherry blossom embroidery.

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BRIDE Maude Kasperzak, 27, creative director at Charm City Cakes GROOM Zachary Wimberly, 29, a buyer at Whole Foods HOW THEY MET While living in Baltimore WEDDING STYLE Because the bride always envisioned a wedding on the Maumee River, Maude and Zachary hosted a late-summer soirée on the verdant grounds of her grandmother’s home. —SM

“Getting married in the formal garden definitely set the theme for our day,” Maude says of their botanical-inspired nuptials. “Zachary also works part time at the Baltimore Conservatory and loves plants, so we wanted everything to feel lush and beautiful.” A Florida native, the groom worked with the florist to incorporate tropical Birds of Paradise into the vibrant bouquets.

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“Our ceremony was so elegant that we wanted our reception to embody a more fun and modern feel,” Maude says to describe their open-air celebration. Patterned green linens set an upbeat tone and were topped with bright blooms and gold accents. A cake designer by trade, the bride also created three ultra-colorful confections for the occasion.

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“We wanted our flowers to be bold,” Maude says of the mini arrangements that doubled as escort cards.

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The night’s festivities kicked off with a riverside cocktail hour featuring hors d’oeuvres re-created from the bride’s mother’s own recipes. Later, the groom sang “My Girl” with the band, and the evening concluded with a stunning fireworks display followed by an impromptu after-party. “We didn’t want the fun to end!”

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August 27 • Lancaster

allie &

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The bride stayed true to her simple style with a tulle gown and lace topper, while the groom kept cool in a lightweight gray suit and floral tie.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Allie Angerer, 24, a marketing manager GROOM Nick Buck, 25, a logistics manager HOW THEY MET Through a ministry program at Ohio State University WEDDING STYLE The pair was immediately smitten with the scenic grounds of a former horse farm outside of Columbus. “It was exactly what I had imagined, with all the trees and its woodsy feel,” Allie says of the rustic locale. —SM

With the forest as their backdrop, the couple selected soft blooms, hanging plants and cantina lights to enhance the property’s natural beauty. They said “I do” in front of an intricate, bohemian-inspired macramé curtain adorned with greenery. “It’s now hanging above our bed,” Allie says of repurposing their altar décor postwedding.

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“I was adamant about having them,” Allie says of the rectangular, whitewashed tables that made for an intimate setting. “One of my favorite parts of the reception was the seating.” Instead of a traditional head table, she and Nick sat together with their immediate family during dinner.

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Neutral floral arrangements in brass vases kept the table décor light, while black candles added a hint of drama.

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“I couldn’t get married without serving tacos,” Allie says of treating guests to her favorite fare in the form of a make-your-own taco bar. In keeping with the Mexican-inspired menu, guests were also served margaritas and churros with their choice of chocolate or caramel dipping sauces.

Sprigs of seeded eucalyptus topped the classic vanilla buttercream cake.

ALLIE & NICK’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Rockmill

Brewery, Lancaster

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Jenny Haas Photography

VIDEOGRAPHY

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FLOWERS State &

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The Charles Penzone Grand Salons MAKEUP Blush Columbus DRESSES Various

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STATIONERY Auburn + Ivory RENTALS O’Neil Tents and Party

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CAKE Blush Arrow Cakes

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October 1 • Bellville

amy &

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Alex’s wool suit and Amy’s crop top and skirt were custom created for the occasion.

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BRIDE Amy Crandall, 32, a health and fitness coach GROOM Alex White, 33, a sports performance coach HOW THEY MET At a bar WEDDING STYLE The natural surroundings of a local greenhouse brought the couple’s vision of a bohemianelegant fete to life. —SM

The greenhouse, which boasts lush hanging plants, was styled with Tuscan tables, candlelit terrariums and handcrafted dream catchers for an ethereal experience. “We wanted it to be a magical night no one would forget,” Amy says.

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“I wanted a quiet morning getting ready, so we kept the bridal party extremely small,” Amy says.

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Guests were greeted with handmade flower pins to wear during the reception, and they were later treated to a homemade dessert spread, which featured Amy’s grandmother’s Italian cookies and Alex’s mother’s cherry and pecan pies. In lieu of a guest book, partygoers were asked to sign a love seat that the bride’s father crafted with wood from her late grandfather’s shop. “The guests left us well wishes that we promised to reminisce over,” Amy says.

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The bride let her hair down and added a flower crown for the reception, which included cozy photo ops in a vintage bus.

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Greenhouse, Bellville Joy Barehl The evening was full of surprises, starting with Alex serenading the crowd. Later, he and his friends performed a choreographed routine to Boyz II Men’s “Motownphilly,” and when the venue experienced a brief power outage, he led an impromptu dance lesson. “He acted like it was part of the plan,” Amy says.

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VIDEOGRAPHY DH Capture FLOWERS State &

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OFFICIANT Kevin

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HEADPIECE

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Impressions Event Rental; The Lesser Bear; Re:work Furnishings The Berwick Bakery

CATERING

CAKE Golden Delight MUSIC DJ Chuck;

George Barrie Band PHOTO BOOTH The ShutterBus

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Mohican State Park Lodge and Conference Center Crate & Barrel; Macy’s

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September 23 • Cincinnati

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A close friend officiated the ceremony, and the pair penned their own vows. “We wanted it to be meaningful and personal,” Kristel says.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Kristel Rubio, 28, a talent acquisition manager GROOM Ryan Grote, 28, a financial advisor HOW THEY MET At Miami University WEDDING STYLE With their guests top of mind, an elegant estate that allowed for a seamless flow of events was a must-have for Kristel and Ryan. —SM

Kristel and Ryan exchanged vows amid the property’s flourishing orchard, where subtle décor highlighted the setting’s natural beauty. Guests then walked to the tented reception, which was styled with white linens, overflowing florals and an abundance of candlelight. “My florist had the brilliant idea of lightly spray painting some of the greenery gold, which elevated the entire look,” Kristel says.

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“We love to entertain in our own home, so I saw our wedding as an extension of that,” Kristel says of choosing the inviting Tudor-style manor.

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VIDEOGRAPHY Squirrel Films FLOWERS Oberer’s Flowers OFFICIANT Scott Wiley (friend) GOWN Enzoani, Bridal and Formal,

Cincinnati Etsy.com

HEADPIECE EnzeBridal, SHOES Nina WEDDING

RINGS Ashcroft & Oak Jewelers HAIR Salon Concepts; Zephyr Blowout

& Salon MAKEUP Makeup by Elizabeth BRIDESMAID DRESSES Various MENSWEAR Express

STATIONERY

Brittany Alvey; WeddingPaperDivas .com Estate

RENTALS Pinecroft at Crosley CATERING Funky’s Catering

CAKE 3 Sweet Girls Cakery

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DJ Toad PHOTO BOOTH Smiley Photo Booth

TRANSPORTATION Petermann

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Netherland Plaza Inspired by their shared love of electronic music, the couple worked with a friend to create a first dance song that started slow and transitioned to upbeat. “We had everyone rush to join us when the beat dropped,” Kristel says. After all the excitement, guests cooled down with an ice cream sundae bar.

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July 3 • Youngstown

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The bride paired a dramatic ball gown with her signature ponytail. “I loved being able to keep my hair, makeup and accessories minimal,” Brooke says of doing her own makeup.

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Since the high school sweethearts met and grew up in Youngstown, a hometown venue was at the very top of their wedding wish list. “We love so many things about the city,” Brooke says of selecting the historic downtown locale. “It was important for us to share the beauty of Youngstown with friends and family from all over.”

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A Pinterest-worthy sparkler exit paid homage to the coming Fourth of July holiday.

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Stambaugh Auditorium, Youngstown PHOTOGRAPHY Joey Kennedy

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VIDEOGRAPHY Mystic

Image Productions Party People Creative

PLANNER The

FLOWERS Joe Mineo

OFFICIANT Rabbi Joseph P.

Schonberger/Temple El Emeth

GOWN

VEIL Vera Wang, Chicago

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RING Tiffany & Company WEDDING RINGS Thom Duma Fine Jewelers HAIR Head to Toe

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DRESSES Jenny Yoo, Nordstrom MENSWEAR 1701 Bespoke, Detroit STATIONERY Venamour

Leo’s Ristorante

CATERING

CAKE Lori Shanosky

DESSERTS Bon Bon Bon

MUSIC

Ceremony: Kentland String Ensembles; reception: Special Productions Inc. TRANSPORTATION Anderson Coach

& Travel Avalon Inn Together for nine years before saying “I do,” the couple swayed to “At Last” by Etta James for their first dance, which then transitioned into traditional Jewish and Greek wedding music. For dessert, guests indulged in banana cake filled with chocolate fudge and cream cheese frosting.

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ACCOMMODATIONS The REGISTRIES Nora Modern;

Williams Sonoma

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Spain GUESTS 290 BUDGET $$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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October 16 • Cleveland

piper

“Our ceremony was like this little slice of green surrounded by the city,” Piper says of exchanging vows in the outdoor mall next to their venue.

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“My aunt, mother and two cousins-inlaw have all been married in that veil,” Piper says of her statement accessory. “I was so honored to be included in the tradition.”

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Margaret “Piper” Gustafson, 26, a sales director GROOM Jared Youtzy, 29, an advertising account executive HOW THEY MET At a sales conference WEDDING STYLE With the Cleveland cityscape as their backdrop, Piper and Jared worked with a local planner to achieve their desired elegant, rustic design. —SM

“We wanted our wedding to reflect the romance of fall with lots of candlelight, warm hues and organic, flowing foliage in bright pops of color,” Piper says. The couple sealed the deal beneath a nine-foot-high floral arch before celebrating with an open-air cocktail hour, which featured a string quartet and passed bites.

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FLOWERS Plantscaping and Blooms OFFICIANT Brian Diehl

GOWN

Modern Trousseau, All Brides Beautiful, Hudson, OH

SHOES Badgley Mischka

ENGAGEMENT RING Sulli Jewelers WEDDING RINGS Bride: Sulli Jewelers;

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HAIR & BRIDESMAID

DRESSES Bill Levkoff, Bella Bridesmaids MENSWEAR Groom: Tom James;

groomsmen: Topman Paperie

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Vintage & Eclectic Rentals; Event Source; La Tavola; Rock The House Levy Restaurants

CATERING Barrio;

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Café DESSERTS Levy Restaurants

MUSIC

Ceremony: Sonata Strings/Cleveland Music Group; reception: East Reed Entertainment ACCOMMODATIONS Hilton Cleveland

Downtown At the indoor reception, the focus was on the food. The seasonal menu included butternut squash soup, sweet potato croquettes and pumpkin spice panna cotta. Later in the evening, a taco truck served up late-night snacks. “People still say it was the highlight of the wedding,” Piper says.

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October 15 • Lyndhurst

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Stefanie Maclin, 29, a technical trainer GROOM Lorenzo Megginson, 38, a child care supervisor HOW THEY MET Through a mutual friend at work WEDDING STYLE A purple palette of lavender, mauve and eggplant was paired with ivory accents to bring a whimsical feel to the early fall fete. —SM

“I wanted the ceremony to be romantic and timeless,” Stefanie says of saying “I do” at a historic chapel featuring Gothic-style architecture and a stunning stained glass window. Escorted by her mother, she walked a petal-lined aisle that led to the grand altar, which featured a heartfelt memorial to the bride’s late father. The newlyweds then made their union official by jumping the broom.

The couple replicated outdoor photos of Stefanie’s parents’ wedding as a surprise gift for her mother.

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Once sliced, the stenciled cake revealed red velvet and almond layers with raspberry filling.

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CEREMONY SITE Amasa Stone Chapel,

Cleveland RECEPTION SITE Acacia Reservation, Lyndhurst “We chose our venue because of its character,” Stefanie says. Despite a 200-person guest list, the clubhouse’s soft lavender linens, candlelit lanterns and delicate blooms created an intimate atmosphere for their reception. During their first dance, the duo swayed to Jon B.’s “Someone to Love.”

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Renee Lemaire Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Peter Graves

Elegant Events by Maria Flower Studio

OFFICIANT Rev. Dr. Eddie

L. Hawkins

GOWN Demetrios, Brides

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PLANNER

FLOWERS Kara’s

SHOES Betsey

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING

RINGS Diamonds Direct

HAIR &

MAKEUP Ladies & Gentlemen Salon and

Spa; The Reverence Design Team Hair Salon BRIDESMAID DRESSES Sorella Vita, La Blanca

Bridal Boutique, Olmsted Falls

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BLACK by Vera Wang, Men’s Wearhouse STATIONERY Farm Basket

L’Nique

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REGISTRIES Macy’s; Pottery

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June 11 • Cincinnati

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“The flowers were the best part of the day—other than the celebration itself!” Libby says of the vibrant arrangements.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Libby Ferguson, 29, an advertising account executive GROOM Chris Mock, 31, a senior designer HOW THEY MET At a local bar WEDDING STYLE Inspired by the spring season, Libby and Chris incorporated a vivid palette of periwinkle, pink, yellow and orange hues for an upbeat and ultra-colorful soiree at her family’s country club. —SM

“Although the venue was formal, we wanted the look to be fun and light,” Libby says. Because her mother owns a floral shop, the couple relied on an abundance of bold blooms to bring their vision to life. “My flowers were breathtaking,” Libby says. “My mom went all out to make sure they were everything and more. Since she knows me so well, they were perfect!”

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The four-tier cake was adorned with cascading pink blooms and featured alternating layers of vanilla-raspberry and chocolate flavors.

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VIDEOGRAPHY Susan Fielding/Light

Parade Films & Events Flowers uncle)

PLANNER I-Do Weddings FLOWERS Robin Wood

OFFICIANT Bo Wood (bride’s GOWN Enzoani, Bridal and

Formal, Cincinnati Etsy.com

VEIL BlancaVeils,

SHOES 2 Lips Too WEDDING

RINGS Bride: TsoJewelry, Etsy.com; groom:

DimaltaGioielli, Etsy.com

HAIR Salon

Delagrange MAKEUP BRIDEface BRIDESMAID DRESSES Bridal and

Formal

MENSWEAR Savvi by Folchi’s

STATIONERY DIY (groom); printing:

Poeme

RENTALS All Occasions

Event Rental; Cincinnati Country Club CATERING Cincinnati Country Club CAKE The BonBonerie

MUSIC

Ceremony: Jessica Goldman; Pete Wood; Shake Spaulding; reception: DJ Toad REGISTRIES Amazon.com; Crate &

The bride’s cousins sang and played instruments as Libby made her way down the aisle. Libby and Chris also utilized their own creative talents to add personal touches: He designed the stationery, and she made pasta to pass out as favors. “I love to cook, so this was my special way of saying thank you,” Libby says.

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HONEYMOON Elk Rapids,

MI GUESTS 200 BUDGET $$$ (see key, p. 8)

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May 21 • Columbus

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The bride’s bouquet included lilacs—her late mother’s favorite bloom. “I could smell them during my processional and thought of her,” Katie says of the sentimental touch.

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Instead of linens, the couple rented acrylic tables and topped them with mirrored chargers, silver napkins and modern glassware.

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BRIDE Katie Ricart, 27, a human resources coordinator GROOM Derek Lichtfuss, 28, a commercial real estate broker HOW THEY MET At work WEDDING STYLE Mirrored accents, lush blooms and clean lines created a sleek yet romantic vibe for the couple’s modern celebration. —SM

When Katie and Derek heard that a local art museum was building an all-white room with floor-to-ceiling windows, they knew it’d be perfect for their ultra-chic affair. “Because the space was a completely blank slate, we relied heavily on décor to bring it to life,” Katie says. A floral arch set the tone for the ceremony, and the same polished, romantic feel was carried over into the all-white reception.

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Museum of Art, Columbus During cocktail hour, guests ate Maryland crab cakes and sipped Sun Sets in the East mojitos, which poked fun at the couple’s engagement. “We were in Puerto Rico, and Derek took me to see the sunset, but we were staying on the east side of the island,” Katie says. “I was too overwhelmed to even notice.”

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Ashley and Coty Henry/Henry Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Style & Story Creative DESIGNER & PLANNER MMJ Events FLOWERS Michele Ciminiello

Damian King

Bridal Atelier, Columbus Atelier

OFFICIANT

GOWN Vera Wang, Big Rock VEIL Big Rock Bridal

SHOES Jimmy Choo

ENGAGEMENT RING Diamond Cellar WEDDING RINGS Diamond Cellar; Kay Jewelers EARRINGS Dillard’s

HAIR Kristen Bretz

MAKEUP Nicole DiTommaso

BRIDESMAID

DRESSES Jenny Yoo, BHLDN

MENSWEAR

Groom: Threadwell Clothiers; groomsmen: Romanoff’s Classic Tuxedo Ivory

STATIONERY Ink &

RENTALS All Occasions Party Rental

CATERING Cameron Mitchell Catering CAKE Blush Arrow Cakes

MUSIC Ceremony:

Columbus Musicians; reception: The Conspiracy Band/Sutton Entertainment Group TRANSPORTATION Columbus Coach REGISTRIES Honeyfund.com; Macy’s;

Williams Sonoma

HONEYMOON St. Thomas

GUESTS 248 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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Artist rendering of renovated Music Hall.

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October 1 • Catawba Island

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“The view of the lake with its islands, ferries and golden sunsets is truly magical,” Lauren says of their waterfront locale.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Lauren Barone, 29, an anesthesiologist assistant GROOM Max Rybakov, 34, a subcontractor HOW THEY MET In Denver WEDDING STYLE “We’ve always enjoyed the slower, beautiful months of fall, so we wanted to have an autumn-inspired wedding,” Lauren says of their waterfront affair, which took place at her parents’ cliffside home on Lake Erie. —SM

The groom’s family lives in Russia, so their parents met just days before the couple exchanged vows on nearby Put-in-Bay island, where Max’s sister recited a Russian reading. “A ferry is needed to get to and from the island, so we thought it’d be a fun experience for our guests,” Lauren says. “The ride back after our ceremony was one of our favorite parts of our wedding day.”

Bridesmaids clutched organic bundles of burgundy dahlias, hypericum berries and kangaroo paws offset by a variety of neutral blooms and greenery.

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To create a cozy autumnal atmosphere, the couple paired deep burgundy hues with soft neutrals and seasonal greenery. The tented reception featured white pumpkins and wood accents aglow with twinkling café lights and candles. Wine-barrel bars and an Italian cookie table honored the bride’s heritage, while Moscow Mules were made from Russian vodka as a nod to the groom’s background.

The bride’s aunt made the Italianstyle carrot cake with cream cheese frosting and topped it with olive leaves and white ranunculus.

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Catholic Church, Put-in-Bay RECEPTION SITE Bride’s parents’ home, Catawba

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PHOTOGRAPHY Cameron

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FLOWERS La Boutique

Nostalgie

OFFICIANT Fr. Nathan

Bockrath

GOWN Pronovias, The

Bridal Collection, Denver Pronovias

VEIL

SHOES Badgley Mischka

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS

Shane Co. EARRINGS Shane Co. HAIR Salon 53

MAKEUP Nicole

Peterson; Rachel McCarthy; Salon 53 BRIDESMAID DRESSES Reformation MENSWEAR Hugo Boss STATIONERY DIY

RENTALS Lasting

Impressions Event Rental Black Pearl

CAKE DIY

Distant Cousinz

CATERING MUSIC

TRANSPORTATION

Birmingham Limousine Service REGISTRIES Bed Bath & Beyond;

Pottery Barn; REI

HONEYMOON Fiji

GUESTS 130 BUDGET $$ (see key, p. 8)

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August 20 • Columbus

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Jillian incorporated a pop of color with blue peep-toe heels, while Emily’s dress featured a lace topper that was created using lace from her mother’s wedding dress.

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The brides held lavender-filled bouquets as they strolled down the aisle to “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” before saying “I do.”

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Postceremony, the newlyweds made their grand entrance to “Wannabe” by the Spice Girls, and acoustic tunes filled the air during a dinner of their favorite Cuban fusion food. In lieu of a traditional wedding cake, they offered up a variety of sweets: ice cream and doughnuts from their favorite local spots.

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BRIDE Emily Walz (right), 30, a veterinarian BRIDE Jillian Zientek, 29, a veterinary oncologist HOW THEY MET At veterinary school WEDDING STYLE The pair fell in love with the urban-rustic feel of the courtyard where they hosted their DIY wedding blooming with floral-inspired stationery and potted herbs. —SM

EMILY & JILLIAN’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE

Strongwater Food and Spirits, Columbus PHOTOGRAPHY Amy Tannenbaum/

Amy Ann Photography

DAY-OF

COORDINATOR Strongwater Food and

Spirits

FLOWERS Far Hills Florist

OFFICIANT Tom Dozeman (friend) GOWN BHLDN

SHOES Birkenstock;

T.J. Maxx

WEDDING RINGS Filigree

Jewelers

HAIR &

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MAKEUP Styles

BRIDESMAID DRESSES STATIONERY Postable

CATERING Explorer’s Club

DESSERTS DK Diner; Jeni’s Splendid Ice

Creams

MUSIC Capitol City Sound

ACCOMMODATIONS The Westin

Columbus

REGISTRIES Honeyfund.com

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

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June 25 • Cincinnati

colleen &

“I wanted our wedding to take everyone’s breath away,” Colleen says of the open-air affair. “If heaven had a garden party, it would look like our reception.”

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An almond cake boasted layers of Amaretto mousseline, raspberry preserves and toasted almonds topped with whitechocolate icing and edible gold leaf.

THEIR STORY BRIDE Colleen Kennedy, 26, a community coordinator GROOM William (Billy) Rumpke III, 26, a VP in waste and recycling services HOW THEY MET On a dating app WEDDING STYLE The bride wanted to bring a botanical feel to their nuptials, so they wed under a floral trellis in a bloom-filled garden. —SM

CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Greenacres

Arts Center, Cincinnati

PHOTOGRAPHY &

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When she was 12, Colleen thought “Kissing You” by Des’ree was the perfect love song. “Fourteen years later, I walked down the aisle to a string quartet playing it,” she says. “It was one of the most perfect moments in my life.” A tented reception with a live band followed, and the evening was capped off with late-night snacking on a Cincinnati staple: a three-way mash-up of spaghetti, chili and cheese.

COLLEEN & BILLY’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS

GOWN

Atelier Pronovias, Lace Bridal Couture, Cincinnati VEIL Jaclyn Jordan, Lace Bridal Couture SHOES Dolce Vita

ENGAGEMENT &

WEDDING RINGS Geraci Fine Jewelry JEWELRY

Earrings & hairpiece: Nordstrom &

HAIR

MAKEUP Eye Do Makeup & Hair LLC

BRIDESMAID DRESSES Various

Ike Behar, Folchi’s, Cincinnati

MENSWEAR STATIONERY

M Hopple & Co; programs: Etsy.com All Occasions Event Rental Thomas Catering

RENTALS

CATERING Jeff

CAKE Sugar Realm

MUSIC Ceremony: Viva La Strings; reception:

Kudmani PHOTO BOOTH Kortnee Kate TRANSPORTATION Queen City Transportation ACCOMMODATIONS Renaissance Cincinnati

Downtown Hotel

REGISTRIES Anthropologie;

Bed Bath & Beyond; Crate & Barrel; Macy’s HONEYMOON Bermuda GUESTS 200 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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Liz gave a swatch of the grenadine-hued bridesmaid dresses to her florist as inspiration. “I wanted something fun and colorful,” she says of the punchy palette.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Liz Johnson, 32, an IT consultant GROOM Andy Mechtenberg, 38, a remodeling contractor HOW THEY MET At a local bar WEDDING STYLE After exchanging vows in a park, the couple wanted a relaxed, rustic locale for their laid-back reception, which they found in the exposed brick, wood floors and hanging lights of the historic downtown building where they partied. —SM

While the ceremony was relocated to Washington Park just a week before the wedding, it ended up being a blessing in disguise. “We love that park, and we were really happy with the sunny fall day we had,” Liz says of exchanging handwritten vows beneath giant oak trees as guests enjoyed local libations and acoustic tunes. Festivities continued at a brewery with a rooftop cocktail hour and, per the groom’s one and only request, Southern barbecue fare.

One of Liz’s friends watercolored the table numbers, which sat atop wood pallets that Andy cleaned and cut for the occasion.

CEREMONY SITE Washington Park, Cincinnati RECEPTION SITE Rhinegeist Brewery, Cincinnati VIDEOGRAPHY Light Parade Films FLOWERS Yellow Canary

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OFFICIANT

GOWN Amy Kuschel, Carrie

Karibo Bridal, Cincinnati Veils & Headpieces

VEIL Bellissima

SHOES BCBG Max Azria

ENGAGEMENT RING Genesis Diamonds WEDDING RINGS Genesis Diamonds; Hannoush

Jewelers

HAIR Parlour

Designs by Christine Saylor, Revolve.com .com

MAKEUP Makeup

BRIDESMAID DRESSES MENSWEAR TheBlackTux

STATIONERY Aesthetical Whim; Roula

Constantine Alpha Chalk

CATERING The Phoenix

CAKE

MUSIC Ceremony: Brian Deyo;

reception: Tim Gleason/McFadden Music DJs TRANSPORTATION Limousine Associates ACCOMMODATIONS Hyatt Regency

Cincinnati; Millennium Cincinnati; Residence Inn Cincinnati Downtown/The Phelps

REGISTRIES

BlueprintRegistry.com; Macy’s; Pottery Barn HONEYMOON Croatia GUESTS 130 BUDGET $$ (see key, p. 8)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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COLOR COMEBACK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Preservation Hall, PreservationHall.com

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Swing It A cocktail-length number embroidered with tiers of silk fringe is perfect for dancing the night away. Dress, $5,995, Naeem Khan, NeimanMarcus.com; engagement ring, $3,915, EfvaAttling .com; earrings, $54, HartHagerty.com; fan, price upon request, NewYorkVintage.com MUSICIANS

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Steal the Show Take center stage with a striking combo of intricate allover beading and a curve-skimming silhouette. Dress, $3,000, Blush by Hayley Paige at Hyde Park Bridal, HydeParkBridal .com (Cincinnati), Ivy Bridal Studio, IvyBridalStudio.com (Dublin), The Gown Shop, TheGownShop .com (Perrysburg); engagement ring, $6,600 (not including center stone), band, $2,500, SayYesWithKarl .com; earrings, $250, Theia Jewelry, KleinfeldBridal .com; shoes, $395, SJP Collection, Amazon.com SHOT ON LOCATION AT

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Get Up, Get Down A high-low hemline puts a fashion-forward twist on a romantic, floral-embellished gown. Dress, price upon request, Marchesa.com; engagement ring, price upon request, UneekJewelry .com; headpiece, $197, SaraGabriel .com; shoes, $795, JimmyChoo.com ON HIM Suit jacket, $450, pants, $250, JCrew.com; shirt, $90, pocket square, $30, Joseph Abboud, MensWearhouse.com; tie, $19, TheTieBar .com; shoes, $350, ColeHaan.com

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

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Dare to Bare A lace-up back, barely there lace panels and off-the-shoulder sleeves make a sexy statement. Dress, $4,200, Rivini at All Brides Beautiful, AllBridesBeautiful.com (Hudson) ON HIM Jacket, $450, pants, $250, JCrew.com; shirt, $90, Joseph Abboud, MensWearhouse.com SHOT ON LOCATION AT

New Orleans’s City Park, NewOrleansCityPark.com

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

Harry’s Corner

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Flirt It Up

SPECIAL THANKS TO Bourbon Orleans Hotel (BourbonOrleans.com) and New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau (NewOrleansCVB.com) STORY Shelley Brown FASHION STYLING Audrey Slater HAIR Miok using Wella Professionals at Judy Casey Inc.

Add some retroinspired flair to your bridal look with a short A-line dress and birdcage veil. Dress, price upon request, SarehNouri .com; birdcage veil, $227, SaraGabriel .com; engagement ring, $1,800 (not including center stone), AJaffe.com; band, $825, CoastDiamond .com; earrings, $450, PearlCollective.com ON HIM Jacket, $450, pants, $250, JCrew.com; shirt, $90, pocket square, $30, Joseph Abboud, MensWearhouse .com; tie, $230, Brioni, MrPorter.com

MAKEUP Brett Jackson using Nars Cosmetics at Sarah Laird & Good Company FLORALS Poppy & Mint Floral Company

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We offer a custom wedding experience for you and your guests. The vintage feel of Brookside’s Tudor-style clubhouse provides a romantic ambiance for any occasion. Ceremonies • Receptions • Bridal Showers • Engagement Parties Rehearsal Dinners • Indoor/outdoor options available Accommodates up to 300 guests • Customizable menu choices Contact us today 614-734-4091 | catering@brooksidegcc.com 2770 W. Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus, OH 43235

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

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

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

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

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

ask for recommendations

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

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

search for a one-stop shop

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

stay on top of new trends

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

keep an open mind

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WHAT PRODUCTS SHOULD I USE?

ARE YOU PLANNING ON USING FAKE

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

LASHES? If you think you’d benefit from

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HOW DO I KEEP MY COLOR VIBRANT?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

dropped waist

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

bubble

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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sombré

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

ecaille

WHAT IT IS Also known as the “tortoise shell

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

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

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get moving Is there better fitness motivation than wanting to look your best for your wedding and honeymoon? “It’s not about discipline, it’s about desire,” says Doug Rice, bridal fitness expert and founder of Bridalicious Boot Camp. “Take advantage of this rare window of opportunity to be super-driven. There may never be another time like this in your life.” Desire is greatest in the months leading up to your day, so put that motivation to good use.

start early Wedding planning is stressful enough, so don’t add more anxiety and frustration to the mix by procrastinating on your fitness routine. The earlier you can put your workout plan into effect the better. Get started at least six months before the wedding, especially if you’re looking to drop a few pounds or tone specific areas. Inevitably life happens, so you’ll have wiggle room to still hit your target on time. “We all lose focus at times and might have a few bad days—or weeks,” Rice says. “Also, once you shed any weight, you’ll want enough time to tone up and sculpt your physique so you look absolutely fabulous in that dress.”

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aim for balance Of course you’ll want to focus on the parts of your body that will be on display in your gown, but don’t neglect other areas. The most successful fitness plans balance nutrition with exercise. “Many brides just want to focus on their upper body because of their gowns, but you want to work on your entire body to create symmetry and balance,” says Cynthia Conde, celebrity trainer, creator of Bridal Bootcamp and founder of The Fitness Loft. “Don’t forget—eventually, the dress comes off.” Plus, too much time in the gym can actually backfire. Build recovery days into your plan by taking a meditation class or treating yourself to a spa day.

know what it takes If you continue to do what you’ve always done, you’ll continue to get the same results, Rice advises. Want to make more progress? Then prepare to push yourself a bit harder, try a new type of activity or work out more often. Rice recommends a minimum of three to four 30-minute sessions of cardio per week and the same amount of strength training, though that will need to be adjusted depending on your goals. If you want to lose weight more rapidly, you’ll need to kick your cardio up to five or six times per week. Don’t stress over the thought of cardio though. Rice is a proponent of short bursts of high intensity activity over steady state cardio. Add intervals of sprints during a fast-paced walk or up the resistance for short spells on a spin bike. >>

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our favorite apps for tracking your progress Keeping tabs on your fitness journey is easier said than done. Try these apps for quick and stress-free ways to monitor your goals—with workouts too.

nike+ training club

HOW IT WORKS: Created by a team of pros (the Nike master trainers), this app has a cache of over 100 workouts, with something for every fitness level. Each one comes with a video tutorial, so it’s no big deal if you’re a total beginner. And it’s super simple to use. Choose a program (“get toned,” “get strong,” “get lean” and “get focused”) and it’ll give you tailored, easy exercise plans—built-in rest days included. (Free, iOS and Android)

mapmyrun

HOW IT WORKS: Just have this app running (pun intended!) while you pound the pavement. It will record your mileage via GPS, telling you your overall pace with splits per mile. Save your route at the end of each workout so you can see your progress through the week. MapMyRun will send you weekly emails with your results and congratulate you for reaching new milestones. (Free, iOS and Android)

pocket yoga

HOW IT WORKS: This handy app is literally a yoga instructor inside your phone, soothing voice and all. Take your pick from a variety of practices, adjust your time and difficulty level, then roll out your mat and begin. The Zen vocal tone guides you through the poses as if you were in a studio class, even telling you when to inhale and exhale. ($3, iOS and Android)

7 minute workout challenge

HOW IT WORKS: Twelve exercises that can be performed in seven minutes but are the equivalent of an hour-long workout? Seems far-fetched. But this seven-minute fitness challenge is backed by serious peerreviewed research. The app will instruct you during each of the activities, track your results and encourage you on your journey. ($3, iOS and Android)

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set small goals Nothing makes you feel more motivated to keep going than actually hitting your goals. The key, Rice says, is to keep them small and specific. Write them down in a journal and make a note as you reach each milestone, keeping a record of your successes. He gave a few examples: WEEK ONE: Work out at least twice and strength train. Do cardio two times during the week for at least 20 minutes. WEEK TWO: Repeat your fitness regimen from week one, but add 10 minutes to your two cardio workouts. Cut out all soft drinks for the entire week.

lose fat, not muscle Your body has a cap of how much fat you can blast at any given time. Greg Doyle, founder of Wedding Gym and fitness author, explains you can try to lose more weight, but it may not be from fat. “The weight you lose may be from muscle, which isn’t good because losing muscle means messing with your metabolism,” he explains. To stay in the healthy zone, he says to follow this guideline: If your weight loss goal is 20 pounds, don’t try and rush to lose that amount in a month. Instead, aim for losing one percent per week to keep your body healthy and on track.

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feel the burn Conde recommends boosting the intensity of your cardio and strength-training programs every week. “Brides shouldn’t be afraid of increasing the weight load,” she says. “This is required to challenge your body and take it past a plateau. And no, increased strength training does not necessarily equal a masculine physique.” If you’re not sure how much weight will work, consider investing in a few personal training sessions so a professional can set you up with a regimen that will help you get toned without bulking up.

be realistic Setting a big fitness goal can help keep you on your game, but be careful. If you aim too high you may be setting yourself up for failure. “Not every bride must be a size two on her wedding day,” Conde says. She suggests realistically evaluating what your ideal weight should be and if you’re capable of getting there in a healthy way. Once you have an attainable goal in mind, be prepared to do the amount of work in the time it will take to reach it. “I sit down and walk people through their goals,” Doyle says. “I’ll tell them, ‘That would be a five-pound loss every week in your time frame— have you ever lost five pounds per week consistently?’ Then we have a serious conversation about whether or not they’ll be willing to work that hard.”

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adjust your eating habits The best way to get the most out of any exercise routine is to pair it with healthy eating habits. “You can lose weight through diet alone, but it’s exceedingly difficult to lose body fat by leaving your diet the same and trying to exercise it off,” Rice says. The simplest way to get started? Eat more vegetables. “I’ve had clients who decided to eat more vegetables and within a week, their body fat dropped 2 percent and their abs started to show,” Doyle adds. If you’re worried about feeling hungry, focus on superfoods like broccoli, eggs and walnuts, which fill you up faster, keep you feeling full longer and help you lose weight.

create a visual diary Snap a selfie! Doyle recommends taking pictures of yourself regularly as a means of tracking fitness progress since you’re likely losing fat but adding muscle. Since muscle, which is dense, takes up half the space of fat, it means the scale may indicate that you haven’t lost much weight. Don’t get too caught up in what the scale says, though. A picture will let you see how much better you’re looking in your clothes, the definition that’s starting to show in your stomach or how toned your arms are in your strapless gown. “You’re not walking down the aisle with a number on your forehead,” Doyle says. “Your guests aren’t going to see how much you weigh. They’ll see how great you look.” >>

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change perspectives Instead of looking at your fitness goals as chores, try to see your workout sessions as time you have control over, Conde says. It’s a place you can escape from the day-to-day drama of wedding planning and spend time with yourself. Turn off your cell and forget about your list of to-dos. Focus on pedaling that bike, enjoying the breeze as you run or challenging yourself in a new yoga pose. And have fun! Take a friend to a dance class, design playlists of your favorite songs for your next workout or shop for a new outfit to keep your excitement up. It’s also a great opportunity to rally your wedding party. Grab your bridesmaids for a get-fit session instead of bonding over drinks, and plan date night with your fiancé at a boxing gym instead of going to the movies. “With all the chaos around planning a wedding, it’s comforting to know you have control over how your body will look in your wedding gown and on the honeymoon,” Conde says. Find more fitness tips at TheKnot.com

recovery day at the spa Give yourself a break! Reward your body for its hard work with one (or all) of these total-body treatments.

1 hydrotherapy massage You’ll slip into a bathing suit and unwind in a water-filled tub infused with ingredients that detoxify and remineralize the skin. The treatment uses water jets to melt away tension before a massage therapist works out kinks in your muscles.

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mindfulness massage It’s a treatment to relax both your mind and your body. A therapist leads you through a guided meditation while also calming your muscles through massage techniques for maximum stress reduction.

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earthing This spa offering refers to anything that gets you more in touch with Mother Nature, by allowing your bare feet to touch the earth’s surface and help you feel more grounded. Walking on stones promotes increased energy while strolling meditations in forests calm the mind. The treatments can also include a massage in open-air huts.

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10 old-school planning rules you can break

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

gate of honor

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

signature shoes

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

tree toppers

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

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

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

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

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

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

game on Four ways to make your party more playful.

lawn games

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

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cocktail table tic–tac–toe

This is a simple DIY project: Use masking tape to make your cocktail tables into giant tic-tactoe boards. Provide wooden or colored cardboard Xs and Os, and then people can get to know each other over drinks.

word games

Whether it’s a personalized crossword puzzle, a word search on a giant chalkboard or a set of trivia questions about the couple displayed on your cocktail napkins, games that make your guests think could have them thinking your cocktail hour is pretty great.

checkers or chess

You can either set up your cocktail tables as built-in game boards or purchase a life-size set (think: extra-large Jenga), which is fun for board game aficionados of all ages and great for large families attending your wedding.

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have a plan b As with any outdoor wedding, the last thing you want is a rainstorm with no backup plan. Freeman suggests using a tent for outdoor affairs, no matter the weather—even if you land a glorious day, you’re going to want some shade. Freeman’s best recommendation is a clear tent with removable sides. That way, you can adjust the tent setting according to the weather and temperature at a moment’s notice. Otherwise, if you’re set on an open-air wedding, check to see if the camp has an indoor space you’d be able to use in case of bad weather. Other smart extras to have around (depending on the season) are heaters, fans, umbrellas, rain ponchos or blankets. Beyond the ceremony and reception, if you’re having a multiday celebration, Jacobs says to prep rainyday activities just in case. “Basketball games in the gym, pottery and lanyard making in an arts and crafts class, movie nights with a s’mores bar and flannel blankets—it’s all possible, but think these things through before you get to camp.”

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budget for camp extras Since your campsite is most likely not a full-service wedding venue, factor in additional expenses, like party rentals, proper lighting, suitable restrooms and additional lodging (in case the camp can’t sleep everyone or you don’t want your grandparents cramped in bunk beds). If you do block extra rooms nearby, don’t forget transportation to shuttle guests back and forth. “Accessibility is also critical,” Freeman says. “If the location you love for the reception is in the middle of the woods, but trucks can’t get there to load and unload, you could be looking at increased labor costs for rentals and catering.” And something you probably haven’t thought of? Hiring a lifeguard—you’ll definitely want a certified pro on duty during any activities involving water (especially if drinks are being served).

prepare electrical backup A rural or far-removed site means certain amenities, like electricity, aren’t necessarily a given. First, discuss the electrical situation with the campsite director and whether you’ll need extra power from a generator. Then talk to all your pros about their electrical needs. “When you plan things out, make sure you get a generator that has at least two more outlets than you think you’ll need,” Freeman says. “Also, the band may need two power sources, one for the ceremony and another separate spot for reception.” If your camp venue often hosts weddings, it may have a list of preferred vendors it’s worked with before. Finally, make sure there are enough phone chargers, batteries and flashlights on-site, whether it’s something the venue provides or you bring yourselves. >>

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types of tents Celebrate your wedding inside one of these sturdy shelters.

frame tent

Small versions of these tents are typically used on residential patios in the summer. They have no interior support poles that obstruct the view or limit the options for furniture layouts, but the frame tends to be visible from inside the space.

pole tent

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Good for all types of affairs, the roofline on this tent peaks in the middle and supports sloped panels extending from either side. Translucent fabric is a popular option, and side panels are available to help protect guests from inclement weather.

These tents have mountainlike peaks in the center, plus one or two rows of interior poles, creating that lofted shape (something to consider when mapping out tables and the dance floor). They’re often used for formal affairs, and also work well with vibrant ceiling lighting.

pergola

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tepee

A fancier version of a frame tent, this kind of structure has fabric panels with a scalloped edge that caps each end, creating a formal entryway into the tent.

These structures offer a nice option for outdoor receptions. Although they’re open to the elements, a perimeter of pillars supports overhead crossbeams, and an open lattice creates a feeling of shelter while offering views of the sky and surrounding landscape.

Add a playful décor element to your wedding with these triangular tents, perfect for housing different activity stations (and a fun touch for kids).

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offer fun activities

take care of your guests

Now for the really fun part: games and activities. These will obviously depend on the size and age range of your party, but you have so many options to choose from. Jacobs loves organized camp activities like color wars, a field day or tug-of-war to get everyone involved and spark some fun competition. It’s also a good idea to have sports gear and arts and crafts materials, and give your guests some time to take a break. You could set the younger ones up with a movie night while the adults enjoy something a little more festive, like a wine and cheese tasting. “You want to strike a balance between organized activities, free play and rest time for your guests,” Jacobs says. Utilize the camp’s facilities to the fullest and don’t let your guests get bored, but don’t micromanage—you don’t want everyone exhausted and crabby for the wedding.

Your friends and family are rock stars for making the trip to the camp, so give them the goodies they deserve (and need). Greet guests with a welcome bag in their rooms filled with local treats, campsite maps, daily itineraries and nearby areas to visit. And seeing as the closest pharmacy might be miles away, this definitely isn’t the time to skimp on necessities. Make sure every room and restroom is stocked with nice soaps, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, bug spray, sunscreen, and allergy and pain reliever medication—better safe than sorry. And don’t forget creams and ointment for any rashes or poison ivy. If you’re in a climate that gets chilly at night, always have cozy blankets and throws at the ready.

keep food simple, relaxed and local Celebrating over a few days? Jacobs likes to cater daily meals through the camp, if possible. Think: buffet breakfasts, deli spreads and barbecues. She suggests recruiting a local caterer to craft a locally sourced and seasonally fresh menu for the main event. “Farm to table is the way to go, and don’t expect to overcomplicate with fussy menu items or things that are hard to temperature control,” Jacobs says. As for serving, Freeman loves food stations. “Guests can play lawn games, dance, or sit and chat on a blanket and grab a bite whenever they’re hungry,” Freeman says.

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check local sound and alcohol ordinances You may be secluded in the woods, on a lake or in the mountains, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any rules. You might have to work with a 10 p.m. noise curfew or need to obtain a permit that allows your band to play later into the night. Same goes for alcohol—do a little research and find out what the deal is with serving cocktails, beer or wine on camp premises. Your campsite staff can generally point you in the right direction, especially if they’re accustomed to holding events. Get more planning tips at TheKnot.com/planning

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how to actually pay for your wedding The little things you can save, the big things you can sacrifice and how to make it all add up for your wedding. BY RACHEL TORGERSON ILLUSTRATIONS BY LIBBY VANDERPLOEG

Your wedding is probably the priciest party you’ll ever throw in your life. It’s easy to say you’ll stick to a budget, or have tons of fabulous DIY details, but at the end of the day, your venue and catering bill could amount to way more than you imagined. It’s important to understand how your budget will be broken down. Saving up for the wedding isn’t an insurmountable task—we promise. Here’s how to save up and pay for your wedding by spending smartly and cutting back a little along the way. >>

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use this simple math equation If you have a big budget goal that seems daunting, divide it into smaller chunks that are easier to digest. The simple math trick that makes it all work? Take the sum of your desired budget and divide it by the number of months you have to save up. Getting married in a year with a budget of $20,000? Divide $20,000 by 12 (which equals about $1,700 per month). If that amount seems like too much per month, add more time or try cutting back on a few of your big-ticket monthly expenses to help you save. “That’s literally how simple planning [financially] for a wedding can be,” says David Bach, founder and chairman of FinishRich Media and author of Smart Couples Finish Rich, about this relatively simple math. Where should this money go? Into a newly created “wedding account,” of course. Throughout your life, having a savings account dedicated to something more exciting than a retirement plan, like travel, a wedding or another big event, is a good idea and will help make saving more fun. Obviously, the amount of time you’ll need to save up for a wedding depends on your current income and expenses. For example, if you can only save $800 a month, but your dream wedding looks like it will cost somewhere in the $50,000 range, you’ll be saving for more than five years. When you’re thinking of your budget, work within realistic parameters and don’t set unattainable goals. For some couples, more drastic sacrifices will be required, while other to-be-weds will be splitting the cost with relatives to help lighten the load. Think about what’s best for you and your partner and what makes the sense. Be practical about your limits. The amount of time it takes you to save will depend entirely on your own circumstances.

cut back on monthly expenses Do you belong to a gym, club or subscription service that takes a monthly sum out of your account? Cutting back on these types of expenses can have some of the quickest effects on your account balance. Turning off your cable could save you $100 a month, and ending a gym membership could put an extra $75 in your account each month. You’re not going to give up your cell phone, but you might be able to change the data plans or forgo on-demand movies for a year. You should make a habit of reaching out to your cell phone and cable companies annually and negotiating a better deal. Sometimes, just by asking, you can get a price cut on your bills. Even $20 off a monthly bill can save you $240 over the course of a year. Nowadays, it’s so expensive for a company to acquire a new customer that most will lower their fees just to keep you around. And if your attempts at negotiation fail, consider cutting out nonessential monthly costs. We’re not talking about your health plan or your life insurance—those things are non-negotiable.

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family finances

Discuss with your families about who’ll be paying for what. Some couple’s families will still pick up the entire tab, but now, 10 percent of couples are covering the cost themselves.

But for things like cable, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Birchbox and Spotify—anything that debits you on a monthly basis—the time has come to really consider if these are must-haves you truly need, or if you can sacrifice them for a bit in favor of a larger wedding budget—and that fancy cake you have your eye on.

stop little spending habits that add up Scale down your shopping during the months you’re saving or only buy lunch out one day a week. You’ll begin to see a little wiggle room for your wedding account in no time. “I call this ‘the latte factor’—the way we spend money on a lot of little things without thinking about it,” Bach says. “It could be your coffee, bottled water, eating out for lunch and dinner, or having drinks. It could even be taking a cab instead of taking the subway, or parking your car closer to your office and therefore paying a higher parking fee.” A dollar here, three dollars there—it adds up over days and weeks. Cutting back on a few (or a lot) of these expenditures can result in saving up to $10, maybe $20, per day—that’s $300 to $600 per month. But don’t worry—cutting out these expenses isn’t going to change your whole life for the next year. Trust us, time flies when you’re wedding planning. >>

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make bigger sacrifices, if you’re willing Looking for any possible way to cut costs or find extra money to help pay for your wedding? There are some more drastic measures you can take as well. You could move in with your parents to save on rent for the year (or move in together if you haven’t already). If you both own a car, consider selling one of them—that itself could save you more than $5,000 in expenses like gas, tune-ups and insurance. “The expenses from that car could pay for a third of the wedding,” Bach says.

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use your credit cards—realistically If you’re in the process of saving up for the wedding while you’re making deposits to reserve your venue and other vendors, you’re likely going to have to use credit cards. That shouldn’t worry you as long as you’re using them correctly (read: paying them off in full in a timely manner). Credit cards can actually protect you from fraud and make transactions easier, so we don’t suggest avoiding them entirely as long as you’ve saved up enough, or will have saved up enough to pay them off before interest sets in. But one big thing to keep in mind: Don’t start your marriage off in debt—it’s never a good idea—and don’t consider paying for things with money you don’t have and won’t have for a long time. You also shouldn’t take out a loan to cover costs. “Going into marriage with debt for a one-day party is a huge mistake,” Bach says. “People start their lives in these huge financial holes and it’s just a shame. It’s smart to create a specific wedding account to put money into and then simply reverse the math to come up with your savings plan.” Bottom line: Don’t spend more than you can afford.

think of creative ways to make more cash Have you considered selling items you don’t need anymore online? What about starting an Etsy shop or doing freelance work? This can be a great way to supplement your wedding fund. Once you have a plan in place, start a budget with The Knot Budget Calculator. There are lots of additional ways to save too, like looking into expensive wedding dates to avoid and checking out planning advice to get a handle on the whole process.

what about investing to pay for the wedding? Investing in stocks is more of a long-term process, and probably not the best idea as a way to pay for the wedding. But if your parents are planning to pay, it’s something they might have already considered years before you even met your partner. Set your budget at TheKnot.com/budget

where not to skimp All the places that are worth splurging for your wedding day.

the photographer

Trust us—you don’t want a wedding album full of blurry photos to realize a pro is worth it. Your friend who took up photography last year might take great photos of his dog running on the beach, but that doesn’t mean he’s a cheap alternative for your wedding day. A professional photographer knows what to capture—the rings, the cake, the details and candid moments. They’ll also be able to work the crowd and direct you and your new spouse in order to get the best shots.

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the dress

You don’t need to spend a ton on a dress to look beautiful on your day, but you do need to have it fitted by a good tailor.

the music

Hiring a DJ simply because he charges only $40 an hour or recruiting your friend’s garage band might not be the best bets for your wedding. Splurging on a great band or DJ who will have you and your guests dancing all night is truly money well spent.

the bouquet

Your bouquet is the one floral purchase you shouldn’t hold back on. Consider that as a part of your overall look—it’ll be photographed like crazy. Opt for more expensive blooms for your bunch and scale back on centerpieces.

the food

Serving unappetizing food will make your guests remember your reception for all the wrong reasons. Eliminate a course or offer less expensive options, but maintain the quality.

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in the round Chairs in a circle (a symbol of everlasting love) allow all guests to feel closer to the ceremony—even a large group. Arrange a few aisles so guests can get in and out, and for a dramatic entrance, parents, attendants and the couple can all walk down the different openings. During the ceremony, the couple stands in the center, and the wedding party can position themselves in the aisles.

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amphitheater As in ancient Greek theater, guests are seated in semicircles around the altar. The rows are staggered like stadium seats, and typically there’s a center aisle and smaller aisles on each side breaking up the rows. This affords guests, even those in the back, a better view and lends a momentous feeling. But it’s hard to create if your site doesn’t have built-in seating for it, and you’ll need to figure out a place for attendants to stand, either in the aisles or on the stage.

picnic At a casual garden or lawn ceremony, place pretty blankets, colorful rugs and oversize floor cushions on the ground, picnic style. Just be sure to communicate to friends and family that they’ll be getting down and possibly a little dirty. Use a picnic basket and blanket as your motif on the invite, or cute wording like “life’s a picnic,” so they’ll know to dress appropriately. To accommodate older guests or others who aren’t comfortable on the ground, place a few chairs or benches on the outskirts of the setup, curving around the space so they don’t block anyone’s view.

lounge Vignettes of comfy, coordinated furniture are a great option for relaxing during the reception, but the look also works for ceremonies (bonus: repurpose the seating as an after-dinner lounge space). Soft, white leather sectionals, banquettes, ottomans and poufs grouped in cool configurations let friends and family get cozy during your nuptials, almost like you’ve invited them into your ultra-chic living room. >>

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get with the program Invite your guests to read along with a well-planned ceremony program.

basics

Include your names, wedding date and the location of the ceremony. Most programs then provide a chronological list of musical selections, names of the wedding party and their relation to the to-be-weds, and titles of any readings.

special mention

Many programs feature a thank-you note to the couple’s parents, plus one to guests for sharing the day. The program is an appropriate place to explain the symbolism of any tributes too.

added understandings

For guests from different cultures, it’s helpful to offer details about rituals that’ll take place. Explain the origin of a custom and print the words of a blessing or prayer so guests can join in.

specific instructions

Avoid postceremony confusion by writing detailed directions for your guests on the program. After the recessional listing, add something like, “Please find bubbles under your pew and help us create a memorable exit!”

fun details

Recount how you met or the story of your proposal, or describe the members of your wedding party in a witty way that highlights their most interesting qualities. (“Our groomsman Jake Jones nearly missed today’s service with a broken foot from rock climbing. Ladies, tread carefully if you dance with him!”) It gives guests something to read during downtime, and it provides an easy way to break the ice later at the reception.

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Form rows into a semicircle or V-shape instead of a straight line. When your venue only has one entrance to access seats, shake up the seating. Each row is slightly angled, anchored by a center aisle. As with in-the-round seating, you still have the feeling that everyone’s curving around you. Plus, you’ll be able to have fewer rows, as the setup allows for longer ones (and more chairs) toward the back of the layout. Curved seating feels romantic, while the sharper angles of the chevron give it a modern vibe.

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benches or pews

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Pews typically found in a house of worship are especially charming when placed outside. These custom rentals (available through many antique furniture companies) can get expensive, so to cut the budget, consider having pews in just the first few rows and using wood chairs behind them. For a similar feel, wood benches blend well with the natural colors of the outdoors. Benches are extra sturdy in sand or grass, and they don’t detract from the view because they’re lower to the ground. For a modern look, pad them with cushions, which also makes them more comfortable and allows for guests to truly be in the moment while witnessing your vows (your older guests will definitely appreciate it).

For a brief, intimate service, ask guests to join hands and surround you in a circle as you say your vows. The cozy ring makes attendees and your wedding party feel like they’re actually participating in the exchange, not just watching it. Just try to limit the ceremony to less than 20 minutes, and make sure everyone in your group is aware they’ll be on their feet for that amount of time.

bales of hay For a barn wedding, carry out the theme with bucolic bundles of hay (just beware of allergies). Affordable, rustic and all-natural, hay ties perfectly into an idyllic country celebration. Arrange the bales in rows and dress them up with quilts or simple white canvas cloth (use a heavy fabric so guests don’t get pricked). Then reuse them later as lounge seating by the dance floor.

mix and match An eclectic assortment of chairs and couches mixed nonchalantly adds quirky character. Use a little imagination to style bistro seats, benches and ottomans in rows or groupings to take on the feel of an enchanted tea party. Shop vintage markets and yard sales for inexpensive finds to mix with rented wood folding chairs.

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themed options Use your ceremony locale to set the tone for unexpected seating that will wow guests and make for great photos. Getting married with your feet in the sand? Arrange rows of simple, chic, creamcolored beach chairs that blend in nicely with the shore. For a garden or mountain wedding, seat guests on tree stumps. Tying the knot in a modern, industrial-style space or rooftop? Sleek, metallic-hued chairs will look great in photos.

switch sides Traditionally, the bride’s family and friends sit on the left side and the groom’s on the right side (although in Jewish tradition, it’s swapped). For a new twist, let the first few rows switch sides for a better view—when the bride is standing on the left and her parents are on the right, the angle helps them to see her face. More couples are also asking guests to simply pick a seat, not a side, as stated on pretty signs at the ceremony location. Get more ceremony tips at TheKnot.com/planning

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Penning your own vows may seem daunting, but it’ll be worth it when you’re up at the altar. Here are some tips and tricks to help you through it. >>

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read lots of vow examples for inspiration Start by looking at traditional, by-the-book vows from your own religion, if you practice a certain faith, and others as well to see what strikes a chord with you. Incorporate these samples into the original words you write or simply use them as a jumping-off point. Once you’ve found a few you love, consider what it is about the style that draws you to those vows in particular.

agree on format and tone with your partner Decide how you want your vows to come across. Do you envision them as humorous? Poetic and romantic? Go over the logistics too. Will you write them separately or together? Will they be completely different or will you make the same promises to each other as you would with traditional vows? Some couples do a little of each. Finally, will you share them with each other or keep them a secret until the wedding day?

jot down notes about your relationship

• Why did you decide to get married? • What hard times have you gone through together? • What have you supported each other through? • What challenges do you envision in your future? • What do you want to accomplish together? • What makes your relationship tick? • What did you think when you first saw your fiancé? • When did you realize you were in love?

write it all out Now that you have notes, you’re ready to establish a structure and write your first draft. It helps to start with a four-part outline: Declare your love, praise your partner, make promises and finish with a final vow. Another way to organize them is to start with a short story and then circle back to it at the end. This type of structure is especially good for couples who want to keep things light and funny.

• What do you most respect about your partner?

avoid clich´es

• How has your life gotten better since meeting your mate?

Now that you have your first draft, it’s time to make edits. Borrow from poetry, books, religious texts and even from romantic movies, but don’t let someone else’s words overpower your own. You want your vows to sound like you and relate to your relationship, and that won’t happen if every word is borrowed from other sources. And if you find yourself relying on cliché phrases (you know, those sayings that have been used over and over so many times they no longer sound genuine) to get your point across, try coming up with a specific example from your relationship that has a similar message. For example, instead of, “Everything happens for a reason,” you might say, “I’d like to think there was a reason why we both went to the dog park that day.” >>

• What about them inspires you? • What do you miss most about them when you’re apart? • What qualities do you most admire in one another?

come up with one or two, or many, promises They’re called vows for a reason—the promises are the most important part. We suggest including promises that are broad, as well as more specific ones. “I promise to always love you” is classic, but add a way you’ll show it. For instance, “I promise to pick up your favorite ice cream every time you’re sick.”

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Take some time to reflect on your partner. Think about how you felt when you first met, what made you fall in love and when you knew you wanted to spend the rest of your lives together. Write it all out to get your creative gears turning. Here’s a handy list of questions to help get you started:

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take out anything too cryptic or embarrassing You’ve invited your family and friends to witness your vows in order to make your bond public, so be sure everyone feels included in the moment. That means putting a limit on inside jokes, deeply personal anecdotes and obscure nicknames or code words. Think ahead while you’re writing them. Will your vows still make sense 10 years from now, or will even you be confused? Have a friend or family member read it over ahead of time for feedback, if you’re okay with sharing your vows beforehand.

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practice out loud (seriously) It might sound a little awkward, but this really is the best way to prep. The more you practice, the more confidently you’ll be able to speak. Your vows should be easy to say and sound conversational. As you recite them, listen for any tongue twisters and superlong sentences, then cut them. This is also the time to work on the delivery. Stand tall and straight, look at your partner and use your hands expressively, but only in small gestures. This is where mostly memorizing your vows will come in handy. You can focus on the presentation and being real instead of trying to remember which word comes next.

make a clean copy for yourself The paper you read from should be legible, so even if you’re working on it right up until a few moments before your ceremony, use a fresh copy free of any cross outs, arrows and notes. And give some thought to the presentation because it will likely be photographed. You can write your vows in a pretty notebook, print a copy and paste that inside, or have them written in calligraphy on stationery in your wedding colors. It can make a nice keepsake to hang in your home later on. Have a backup plan too. Some couples find themselves too emotional to speak, so have your officiant either prompt you by quietly saying the vows first or read the vows on your behalf. (It also helps if some of the verses are the same for both of you to jog your memories and make it easier to memorize.) Find more vow advice at TheKnot.com/planning

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beyond the wedding party Here are four other honorary roles to give to loved ones.

ushers

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readers

Ask special friends or relatives (male or female) to serve as ushers, walking your guests to their seats, passing out ceremony programs, and acting as general guest guides. Groomsmen can double as ushers, but if it’s a large wedding or there are lots of people, you’ll want to appoint extra.

In some Christian ceremonies, preteens (between the ages of 9 and 12) light candles at the altar just before the mother of the bride is seated. But at any wedding, you can honor someone special by asking him or her to light a candle during the ceremony or even at the reception.

Musically inclined friends or siblings can be a featured part of your ceremony or reception. Ask them to sing a special song or play an instrument during the ceremony. Just make sure they’re comfortable in front of crowds and you’re both okay with what song they’re planning to perform.

Have a well-spoken friend or relative do a reading during your ceremony. You can choose the text yourself or ask them to select something they love. Alternatively, you could ask a literary type to write something original to be read aloud or to be printed in the ceremony program.

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Your vows are important, but that doesn’t mean they should drag on. Speak from the heart and you won’t need to repeat the same sentiments because they’ll come through the first time. Pick the most important points and make them. If yours are running longer than two minutes, make some edits. Put some of the more personal thoughts in a letter or gift to your fiancé on the morning of your wedding and save any guest-related topics for your toasts.

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13 essential planning tips

Cover all your bases with expert advice no soon-to-be-wed should be without. PHOTOGRAPH BY BIRDS OF A FEATHER

When planning your wedding, there are things that are nice to know, and then there are things you really need to know. If you’re worried you missed something (or even if you’ve got everything under control), check out our planning advice and put your mind at ease. >>

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put guests first Settle on the approximate number of guests you’ll invite before selecting a venue. This will ensure there’s ample space for your crew. As a rule of thumb, allow for 25 to 30 square feet per guest. That may seem like a lot, but it’s not if you count the space you’ll need for the tables, bustling waiters, the band and a dance floor. Nobody wants to feel cramped or overheated.

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listen to mother nature Heed the weather and other potential annoyances. Guests have been known to skip out early from hotter-than-hot summer weddings and improperly heated winter receptions. Be prepared. Bugs (gnats, flies and mosquitos) also swarm during certain seasons. Consider renting pest control tanks to alleviate the problem or including bug repellent in restroom amenities.

first things first

manage the mail Of course you want the perfect stamps for your wedding invitations, but not all stamps are widely available at every post office, especially in large quantities. Save yourself some scouting time by ordering them online at USPS.com. Weigh your invitation with all the additional paper products before you send them so you can attach the right amount of postage. Ask your stationer about the need for additional postage for oddly shaped envelopes— and don’t forget to stamp the RSVP envelopes too.

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pay it forward Listen to your pros and one vendor can lead you to another— plus, they know what they’re talking about. Your wedding photographer can tell you which florist’s blooms really pop, and your planner should know which band will pack the dance floor.

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make a meal plan Another unforeseen expense? Feeding your wedding pros. Before you sign contracts, make sure you’re not required to serve the same meal to your vendors that guests will receive. Otherwise, you could be paying for 20 additional lobster tails. Choose a less expensive (but equally hearty) meal for them instead.

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get organized Compile all your correspondence with vendors, notes from meetings and photos you want them to see. Set up a special email address dedicated to your wedding. For on-the-go planning, download the Wedding Planner by The Knot app.

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prepare for rejection Generally about 20 percent of the people you invite won’t attend your wedding. It all depends on the location (destination weddings are harder to attend), how many out-of-towners are on your list and the timing of the event (some guests may have annual holiday or summer plans).

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tend to your bar Typically, you need one bartender per 50 guests to keep the lines short. But if you’re serving a signature sip that can’t be mixed ahead of time (or in large quantities), consider adding an extra server. Your guests will thank you.

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release rooms As soon as you’ve picked a date, start to look for hotels in a wide variety of price points. Many allow you to reserve rooms for guests under a special wedding block and a reduced rate. You can then release any unbooked rooms a month prior to your wedding. If the hotels you contact insist upon drawing up contracts with cancellation penalties, just say no—you don’t want to be responsible for rooms you can’t fill. >>

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express engagement timeline Have just five months? Here are your essential to-dos.

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keep a paper trail Get any nonstandard changes to your agreements in writing, or send the vendor a confirmation email saying, “Hello, just confirming that you’ll keep the venue open until 2 a.m. versus midnight.” Don’t just assume everything’s all set. Sometimes, by the time the actual day rolls around, your contact for a certain vendor may no longer be working there to vouch for you.

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help guests pay attention Make sure your guests can both see and hear from their seats. If people are seated farther than 15 rows back from your ceremony altar, consider renting a mic or riser. This could range anywhere from $50 to $150, depending on the equipment used. You’ll need to coordinate the delivery and setup with your ceremony space too, so put your wedding planner or a wedding party member in charge of this task.

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be realistic with your time When it comes down to the last month of your planning (and when you’re particularly stressed), look at your mile long to-do list and cut three things. Yes, three things. Not crucial things that you just don’t feel like doing, such as picking a processional song or confirming final details with all of your vendors. Eliminate the over-the-top tasks like hand-painting “Just Married” signs, or baking cookies for all of the welcome bags. Get more planning advice at TheKnot.com/planning

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4–5 months before Nail down your date, time and budget, and compile the guest list. Book your venue(s) and vendors (planner, florist, photographer, band). Find flower alternatives (in your price range) if a specific bloom is unavailable on your wedding day; include unacceptable substitutions, if any. Choose your dress (off the rack). Order invites, and give travelers the date.

3 months before

Register and shop for wedding rings. Book your rehearsal dinner space. Plan the ceremony with your officiant.

2 months before

Send out invitations. Book the honeymoon. Hire hair and makeup artists.

5–7 weeks before Discuss playlists with musicians/DJ and shot list with photographer. Buy favors and gifts for attendants, parents and each other.

3–4 weeks before Plan the day-of schedule (including the ceremony and your vows).

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Put the seating chart together. Prepare your wedding toasts. Place cash tips for vendors in envelopes. Apply for your marriage license together. Have your dress pressed or steamed. Confirm vendor orders/delivery details. Get a mani-pedi. Give your officiant your marriage license. Rehearse the ceremony. LENS CAP PRODUCTIONS

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learn about marriage licenses You can check your state’s license requirements online, but confirm with a call to the county clerk’s office to see when they’re open. Even if it’s from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., it may issue marriage licenses only during slower times like, say, Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Give a copy of your marriage license to your officiant or honor attendant (just in case you lose yours during the final days before your wedding).

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the big picture

Before you book your shooter, quiz possible pros on these important points. >> PHOTOGRAPHY BY SCOBEY PHOTOGRAPHY

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Once you’ve narrowed down your list to two or three potential photographers, meet with each in person to see if you feel comfortable with them. We can’t stress enough how important this is—almost as crucial as their camera skills. Aside from your gut instinct, ask these questions before signing a contract.

style and background What photography style(s) do you specialize in? Are there any styles you don’t do? Most shooters use a blend of several, but make sure they shoot portraits, for example, if they’re important to you. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW You wouldn’t ask Monet to paint a Picasso, right? Going with the style a photographer likes to shoot (and has the most experience shooting) will give you the best results.

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Will the photos be retouched and color balanced? Is that done before I see the proofs? These are the techniques that professionals use to digitally enhance your photographs and make them look perfect. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW Some photographers will polish up all your photos before you see them for the first time, while others will show you unretouched proofs of the images and work their magic only on the ones you order. How many weddings have you shot in your career, and about how many do you do in a year? Your photographer should do this for a living and edit photos in a timely manner. Don’t pick a friend who takes pictures as a hobby. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW You have one chance to get amazing photos, so you’ll want a pro who can take them under pressure.

Do you shoot both digital and film? Which do you prefer? While digital is more common today, film has had a resurgence. If you want the latter, be sure your photographer has the relevant experience and technical skills required to execute this format. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW If you’re obsessed with the quality of film, go with a pro in this medium. And let him know how many photos you want taken with film—all of them or just the ceremony. Do you usually shoot film in both color and black and white? What percentage of each do you recommend? Digital photos can be changed from color to black and white with just a click, but film needs to be specified before shooting. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW These days, most shooters will do a mix of both color and black-and-white photography. You’ll get a sense of their style and how your album might look by asking what balance they prefer. >>

find your wedding photography style Brush up on your photography terms.

artistic

The photographer’s original take allows for a different perspective (like the couple not looking at the camera, for example). If you want something unique, go with a pro who’s eager to use a little artistic freedom.

dramatic

Lighting, especially using an off-camera flash, is a key component of dramatic photography. If the sun isn’t cooperating, the photographer will use specialized lighting equipment to capture the same gorgeous effect.

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lifestyle

This take on wedding photography is mostly candid with some direction and style—the end result is beautiful but relaxed. A good photographer will look for moments but also help direct the scene.

classic

Like the ones in your parents’ wedding album, these are the images that stand the test of time— striking, gorgeous and a bit formal. Classic photos portray reality, but they’re infused with the shooter’s artistic license too.

documentary

Rather than posed shots, documentary photography captures candid or spontaneous pictures of people, décor and action in the moment. These shots feel intimate and “real,” the opposite of classic style.

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shooters Will you be my actual photographer, or will one of your associates shoot my wedding? Don’t assume Taylor of Taylor Photography will be taking your photos. Make sure the actual photographer is specified. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW Taylor’s partner Stacey may be just as good (or even better!), but you’ll want to meet with her and see her photos so you know exactly what you’ll be getting. Do you have backup photographers who will shoot the wedding if you’re sick? You have a contingency plan in case of rain, right? Well, you’ll need one in case your photographer comes down with the flu as well. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW If you’re going with a larger company that employs a team of photographers, you’ll have a built-in backup shooter. But if you’re going with a solo photographer, ask if she has colleagues on call in case of an emergency.

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fees What exactly is included in your packages? When comparing fees, check whether prints, albums, proofs and extra coverage (such as engagement shoots) are covered. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW These differences can alter the costs significantly. It’s not necessarily a bad thing if, say, your album isn’t included—you can always buy it à la carte—but you want to be sure you’re comparing apples to apples to get the best value. If you’re having your shooter use film, ask about cost and processing fees. How many hours of coverage do we get? What’s the charge for overtime in case we need you longer? While photographers almost always charge by the day, the number of hours that gets you will vary. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW If you have six hours of coverage but your photographer charges a huge hourly rate for overtime, you might have them leave after you cut the cake instead of after the last dance. Or you may opt for a longer package to pay a little more up front (and avoid the larger hourly overtime rate later). What’s the deposit and total fee? You’ll owe a percentage up front and the balance at a later date. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW In addition to these numbers, you should also ask when all the payments are due.

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Will there be a second shooter or any assistants? If the answer is yes, you’ll want to ask about any additional fees. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW Second shooters can give you two perspectives on big moments (for instance, one can photograph you two exchanging vows while the other can simultaneously capture your parents’ teary reactions). But this may cost you extra.

logistics How long after the wedding day does it take for us to see all of the photos? Most photographers will offer a sneak peek a couple of days or weeks after the wedding, but the rest will take a few months. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW You’ll want to see photos ASAP and the wait can be agonizing, so it’s good to manage expectations. How do you coordinate with my videographer? If you haven’t hired a videographer yet, ask the photographer you’re interviewing for suggestions. There’s a good chance they’ve worked with certain videographers at events in the past. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW This pair will need to coordinate and stay out of each other’s way—easier to do if they have a good rapport. How many weddings do you shoot a weekend? It isn’t uncommon for photographers to work multiple events on the same day, especially during high wedding season. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW For instance, if your photographer is shooting an afternoon wedding before your evening affair, you’ll need to work out a plan if the first event runs over. >>

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Have you ever shot at my venue(s) before? If they haven’t photographed a wedding or other event in your venue, they should be willing to check it out beforehand. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW Your shooter should be aware of any lighting needs or issues specific to the space ahead of time. Will you be following a shot list? Or do you prefer to have free rein to capture the festivities how you see fit? If they have a standard shot list, take a look at it ahead of time and add any must-haves that aren’t included. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW You want to make sure you get the special pics you need. But keep in mind that you’re hiring the photographer for their eye as well as their experience creating amazing albums. Try not to overwhelm them with requests.

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“Read reviews! And not just ones that say, ‘Oh this person was great,’ but explain why they were or weren’t great.” —Christin Berry of Blue Martini Photography in Cincinnati & Toledo

What type of paper will you use for the prints and album? You want these photos to last for generations to come, without worrying about fading and any other problems. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW The answer should be acid-free, archival-quality paper, which will stand the test of time. Will we own the copyright to our photos? In other words, are there restrictions for sharing photos online, having photos printed or an album put together by another source? WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW Most contracts stipulate that the photographer owns the rights to all of the photos, which restricts you from posting them without permission—even on social media. Do you bring your own lighting? Your venue’s lighting may not be the best, even if it’s hosted weddings. WHY YOU WANT TO KNOW You may need to supply additional lighting or special features (to give a dimly lit room an extra boost)—and check that the equipment won’t be too obtrusive. Get more photo tips at TheKnot.com/planning

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look amazing in your wedding photos Be ready for your close-up—instantly.

practice smiling

Taking selfies for Snapchat isn’t the only way to practice your best smile. Got a favorite photo of yourself? Tape it to your mirror and perfect the expression.

get your look down pat

Book hair and makeup trials, and take practice photos to see how different looks translate into pictures.

close your eyes

Quickly closing your eyes, and then opening them slowly when you hear “Say ‘cheese’” will help you look relaxed and natural—and prevent you from blinking.

keep your chin down

strike a red-carpet pose

Here’s a secret straight from Hollywood: Looking thin on camera isn’t only due to diet and exercise. Angle your body three-quarters of the way toward the camera, with one foot in front of the other and your weight on your back foot.

stand up straight

We know—we sound like your mother. But standing up straight with your belly button tucked in and your shoulders back will help you look tall and relaxed.

loosen your arms Leaving a little space between your torso and your arms make both look smaller.

Want instantly larger eyes? Tip your chin down slightly and look up at the lens for immediate enlargement.

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Wedding videography packages range from $1,000 to more than $15,000, and the styles are just as varied. These tips will help you find the perfect pro to create a video so good you’ll watch it on repeat well past your first anniversary. >> BY RACHEL TORGERSON PHOTOGRAPHY BY WENDY LAUREL

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hire the person whose style most closely matches your own Just like photographers, videographers take different approaches to their craft. Documentary-style videos present the events chronologically, without special effects, while a cinematic film is more dramatic, using interesting angles for a Hollywood-movie feel (these are just two options of many). Do your research and watch several different wedding videos (most videographers will have samples on their websites) to get a feel for the different styles and which one you like best. Remember: You want to hire a videographer that already shoots in that particular style. THE KNOT TIP: You can find thousands of amazing wedding pros on TheKnot.com/marketplace, complete with customer reviews.

take finding a videographer as seriously as you do your photographer Unfortunately, hiring a videographer seems to get pushed back somewhere between welcome bags and favors—and it’s just too important for that C-list slot on your long list of wedding to-dos. If you know you want to hire a videographer to capture your day, this pro should be on the top of your priority list, along with finding your photographer. Wait too long and you likely won’t be able to hire your first pick. THE KNOT TIP: Planning ahead always pays off, so set aside money in your budget for your videographer from the beginning. If you make videography a priority, you’ll see it in the end result—a film of your wedding day that comes out even better than you imagined.

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go pro

Like your photographer, choose a professional wedding videographer—not a friend with a steady hand who loves videography.

subscribe to vimeo There are plenty of places to find wedding videographers (like TheKnot.com/marketplace), but Vimeo is the preferred spot for most A-list picks to post their recent work. Aside from the large videography community, you can easily search by location and even wedding venue to find clips from your reception spot and get ideas. THE KNOT TIP: Not all wedding videos are created equal. When you’re watching sample videos, there are a few things to look for. A good film will be well lit, have easy-to-understand audio and appropriate music, and it will be edited so that transitions are smooth and special effects complement the story.

embrace the professional referral factor People like your photographer and wedding planner have worked with videographers in the past with previous clients and will be able to suggest filmmakers they’ve liked. THE KNOT TIP: Many photography studios also offer videography, and it usually makes sense to book a package for both. A pair of pros from the same company will have an easy working rapport. >>

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seek out reviews Even if you feel like you’ve found the perfect fit after leaving the studio, you should still do your due diligence and read reviews online as well as call references. Ask questions like: Did he capture the most important parts of your wedding? Was she a positive presence throughout the day? Did anything go wrong? Overall, were you happy with the final film? THE KNOT TIP: Keep in mind that if the reference was married a year or more ago, things that seemed like a big deal then could matter less now. It’s a red flag if the couple starts out a sentence like, “The video came out great, but…” They may not care now that the videographer showed up late, but you should be wary.

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You need to feel at ease with your videographer. (They’ll be following you around on your wedding day, after all.) It’s best to meet them in person, but FaceTime or Skype also works well in a pinch. Once you’ve met with a few potential pros, ask to see a full video or two (clips only tell part of the story, and you want to know what your entire film might look like). THE KNOT TIP: Finding the right person also means asking the important questions. Be sure to make a list of what you want. >>

10 questions to ask before booking a videographer These key points are musts.

• What’s your style: cinematic, documentary, classic or a mix?

• Have you done many weddings before? Can I see samples of other weddings you’ve done?

great sound quality? What kind of mics do you use during the ceremony? (A wireless mic is sometimes hidden just under the groom’s boutonniere.)

• What types of videos • Have you ever shot a wedding at my specific ceremony or reception site? Can I see clips?

• How do you coordinate with a wedding photographer? (It’s a plus if you can find shooters who’ve worked together before, and some studios have teams who work in tandem.)

• Will you be the one shooting my wedding? If not, can I speak to whomever will be the shooter on the day and see their clips?

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• How will you ensure

(trailer, highlight roll, and so on) do you offer, and which do you recommend?

• Will you bring in your own lighting, or will I need to arrange a lighting specialist and have them coordinate with you?

• What kind of special effects do you like to use for weddings, and what are the benefits of using them?

• Can you provide me with a price list and talk me through exactly how you charge for your services?

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get the most out of your contract

don’t micromanage

Your contract should include the coverage time (as in, how long your videographer will be at your venue), how many shooters you’ll have, an itemized list of the finished product (highlight reels, trailers, digital media files), nitty-gritty logistic details (time and location), cancellation policies and, of course, the fee. If it’s not outlined in the contract, don’t assume you’re going to get it. Any extras, like an engagement video session or same-day edit, need to be in there too. If they’re not and you want them, ask about them. THE KNOT TIP: Double-check that your package includes the important things: a second shooter (so your video can be edited to include at least two perspectives, like your walk down the aisle and your partner’s face), an edited video between 5 and 25 minutes long and coverage of both the ceremony and reception.

You’re hiring someone for their experience and talent (not just their equipment). Trust your decision. On the day of, you shouldn’t feel like you need to direct them or keep your eye on them. If you’ve truly done your research and fully vetted your videographer, you should have complete confidence in them. THE KNOT TIP: If you love your video, share your experience with other couples by posting a review and offering to sign on as a reference. It’s important to be timely (when the day is fresh in your mind—your videographer will appreciate it) and be specific (other couples will love knowing that your videographer caught your grandma having a sweet dance with her grandchildren). Find videographers in your area at TheKnot.com/marketplace

quality assurance The latest tech improvements to make your video look better.

high-definition

High-definition, or HD, resolution makes videos clearer. By now, all videographers have updated their equipment to shoot in a wider aspect ratio, 16:9, because when the older 4:3 video is played on HDTVs, everyone filmed looks short, stubby and probably 10 pounds heavier.

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combining video and photography

Some videographers are now offering both because of the quality of still images taken using high-resolution, high-definition digital video cameras. In this case, hire an all-encompassing “digital imager” to cover photography and videography.

light-sensitive cameras

Using these cameras means there’s no need for harsh, bright light in people’s faces that can be distracting, especially in a dimly lit space. Unexpected bonus: It makes everyone much less camera shy, so you get to record more candid videos with more natural reactions.

smaller cameras

Many videographers say the best moments are usually captured when the couple isn’t aware of the camera, which is why the more discreet the videographer is and the smaller the camera, the better. Don’t you love the fact that even the tiniest cameras can deliver top-notch HD videos?

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ben's chili bowl Open since 1958, this DC landmark on U Street is home to some seriously legendary secret-recipe chili, half-smoke hot dogs, burgers and other diner-style fare for a fun, throwback vibe. HOW TO GET IT: Meat, chili and sauces are shipped via FedEx 2Day and FedEx Home Delivery from $10 to $75, and products range from $40 to $160 per pack and pint. WHERE TO GET IT: BensChiliBowl.com

texas the salt lick Texans don't mess around when it comes to barbecue—and most will agree that The Salt Lick, based in Driftwood, Texas, is the can’t-miss spot for pit-smoked brisket, ribs and other meats (the recipes date back to the mid-1800s). HOW TO GET IT: Different barbecue packages start at $35 and are shipped via UPS Next Day and 2nd Day Air. Shipping cost is calculated according to the weight of the product and the shipping zip code. WHERE TO GET IT: SaltLickBBQ.com

illinois giordano's If thin-crust pizza isn't going to cut it with your after-party crowd, let Giordano's deep-dish, stuffed pies take the lead. Its famous Chicago-style pizzas offer cheese, pepperoni, sausage and spinach topping choices. You can even order a heart-shaped pie! HOW TO GET IT: Pizzas are priced from $65 for a 2-pack to $119 for a 6-pack, including shipping charges for FedEx Ground (additional charges will apply for FedEx Express). WHERE TO GET IT: Giordanos.com >>

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raising the food bar Live preparation stations are as entertaining (and on trend) as they are delicious.

raw bar

Oysters are shucked and kept on ice. This is an equally appropriate option for a seaside soiree or formal fete.

pasta station

Guests choose their sauce (marinara, vodka, Bolognese) and watch as their pasta is tossed just for them with tasty mix-ins like caramelized onions, roasted veggies and fresh basil.

waffle stand

This breakfast dish is made to order, with tasty add-ins. Blueberries, chocolate chips, walnuts, raspberry syrup and whipped cream, anyone?

sushi station

Chefs slice and assemble fresh sushi rolls from maki to tuna, paired with ginger and fresh wasabi.

crepe table

Your guests will love sweet (from sugar to dark chocolate) and savory (like smoked ham and swiss or tomato and mozzarella) crepes.

s’mores bar

Along with the traditional graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate, consider a spread of unexpected additions like farm-fresh strawberries or Nutella.

cheese table

Swiss, cheddar and mozzarella are key gotos, but take your cheese plate up a notch with artisanal flavors too. ANTONIS ACHILLEOS

milk bar Famed New York City bakery Milk Bar, founded by renowned pastry chef Christina Tosi, upped the ante for wedding cakes everywhere with its signature naked cakes in a variety of delicious flavors—chocolate chip, birthday, dulce de leche and salted pretzel are just some of the options. Can’t decide? Have a cake tasting package mailed to you and try them all. HOW TO GET IT: Cakes are shipped via UPS Next Day Air with a $250 handling fee and an overnight shipping fee (typically $100 to $200), and range in price from $400 to $1,200, depending on the size and number of tiers. WHERE TO GET IT: MilkBarStore.com

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With both our Grand Polaris and Junior Gemini ballrooms, the hotel can accommodate your ceremony and reception needs. The Grand Polaris Ballroom can accommodate 450+ guests, while the Gemini Ballroom can accommodate 100+ guests. Your guests will feel right at home in this state-of-the-art facility! On your special day, you and your guests can enjoy all of the hotel’s amenities including an on-site full-service spa. Other offerings to enhance your wedding experience include: • Complimentary Self-Parking • Champagne Toast • Four Butler Passed Hors d’oeuvres & Reception Display • Elegant Hurricane Vase Centerpieces with Three Votive Candles • Cake Enhancement • King Parlor Suite for Bride & Groom • Private Bridal Party Room • 3 Complimentary Uplights provided

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maine hancock gourmet lobster co. It doesn't have to be summer to enjoy a lobster roll—Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co. ships the iconic Maine treat fresh year-round. Lobster pot pies and lobster mac and cheese can be sent too. HOW TO GET IT: Lobster products, from $40, are usually shipped via UPS 2nd Day Air with various charges. Large orders (20+ cases) are shipped by frozen truck. WHERE TO GET IT: HancockGourmetLobster.com

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questions for the caterer Ask these questions before you book your food pro.

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Showing your hometown or college state pride is a unique way to personalize your wedding, and what better way to do it than with food?

louisiana louisiana crawfish company Order live crawfish (or the pre-boiled and seasoned variety) from the Louisiana Crawfish Company for a true Cajun-style feast. HOW TO GET IT: Shipping is via FedEx and UPS or through cargo with Southwest Airlines for an airport pickup. Pricing is based on volume and season. WHERE TO GET IT: LACrawfish.com

oregon sterling coffee roasters Add some signature Portland java to your brunch from Sterling Coffee Roasters coffeehouse. The beans represent a true Pacific Northwest style of coffee that’s light to medium with a sweet finish. HOW TO GET IT: Shipping is free via USPS Priority Mail, with coffee ranging from $13 to $17 per 10-ounce bag. WHERE TO GET IT: Sterling.Coffee Find your caterer at TheKnot.com/marketplace

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(This means the caterer has met local health-department standards and carries liability insurance.) • Are there any limits my reception site imposes on the menu? • How many events will you handle during my wedding weekend?

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• When is the tasting? • What are the setup and breakdown costs?

• What do you and your staff wear?

• How much time do you need to set up? • Do you set out place cards and menus? • On the day, who oversees it all? • Do you arrange the food prettily on plates and at the buffet?

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chairs, plates, napkins, silverware, and salt and pepper shakers? Is there an extra charge? Do you provide waitstaff? How many waiters are included? If you provide a bar, what sorts of packages are offered? How many bartenders are included? What’s the fee for extras? (Aim for four cocktail waiters for every 100 guests and two bartenders for around 80 guests.) Do you provide alcohol or do we need to handle the bar separately? Can I supply my own alcohol? Is there a fee (like corkage) for it? Do you provide a wedding cake, and if so, do you have a portfolio of designs? How many appetizer and entrée choices are included in the package?

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Before you jump in and take off, make a grand entrance or an unforgettable getaway with these tips. >> PHOTOGRAPH BY BRIANNA WILBUR PHOTOGRAPHY

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keep an open mind Let’s say you’re the types who just can’t bear the thought of speeding off in anything that doesn’t come with a minibar—and your local limousine service has tons of souped-up options. Take the time to test-drive other options, like a classic white Rolls-Royce, a stretch SUV and a super-luxe convertible limo-bus. And don’t think your getaway vehicle has to be white—a shiny black limo offers some snazzy appeal too.

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Not into a limo? There are lots of other options that’ll zip you off in style. You can go for something with personality—a vintage VW Microbus, a Harley-Davidson or an old-school trolley. Or slip into something a little more racy—a cherry-red Lamborghini, a jet-black Camaro SS or a silver BMW Z3 roadster.

save in sneaky ways You don’t have to blow your budget to ride in style. For example, think about renting a car for only a one-way trip. If you’re making a grand entrance, rent a vehicle for the arrival and drive your own wheels home. On a similar note, if you’re going to take off with the whole party watching, it’s fun to get a fancy set of wheels for the farewell. Save by signing up for an hourly rate, rather than an entire evening. That way, you’ll pay for the car and driver combo only when it’s actually being used—and not when it’s just sitting idly in the parking lot at the reception.

know the owner Trust us: It’s a good idea to know who actually owns the vehicle you’re renting. If the transportation company you’re dealing with doesn’t have the car you’re looking for, they might “borrow” a car from another vendor (and basically pay them a rental fee). Since you’re one more vendor away from the wedding car of your dreams, there’s a possibility for lateness or, even worse, a no-show—and that’s the last thing you need to be worrying about before saying “I do.” If you have your heart set on a particular car, you’ll be better off finding a vendor that owns the one you’ve got in mind. >>

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what’s your ride? Find the wheels that suit your style.

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Modern and understated chic characterize you and your partner’s style best. Both of you are always ahead of the trend. Rent a car that’s a little out of the ordinary but streamlined enough to fit your style, such as an Audi convertible, a VW bug or even a Vespa for some cute exit photos.

vintage truck

As a couple who loves a good time, what’s the last thing you want? Fuss. A turquoise vintage truck for a casual wedding will speak volumes about your style. You could even do a tandem bicycle. Want to add a personal touch? Incorporate some fun DIY décor, like a paper garland or a few classic tin cans and streamers.

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You’re a romantic at heart, but that doesn’t mean you have to resort to a princess carriage. Instead, go for an antique car. You can find one at specialty rental car companies in your area. If that’s too much for you, then stretch out in a rented limo or a sleek black town car to take you to and from the reception.

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You’re a couple that’s certainly not afraid of flash. While we’d like to recommend a helicopter, if your budget doesn’t allow for that, choose a ride (on wheels) that will still make an impact, like a bright red sports car or a sporty SUV limo with cool lighting and a fully stocked bar. DIAMOND EYES

Many transportation companies offer more than just the wheels and will pull out all the stops for you and your partner with their wedding packages. Often, you can choose a “red-carpet treatment” in which the driver will literally roll out a red carpet to your door. You can also request that your favorite playlist be cued up in the car’s entertainment center. Many companies will also stock the vehicle with chilled champagne and snacks of your choosing.

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You shouldn’t feel limited to automobiles. For example, if you’re looking for an all-out storybook experience, go for a horse-drawn carriage. If riding the waves is more your thing, sail away on a boat or canoe. Love biking on the weekends together? Use a bicycle built for two to make your grand exit.

We never tire of saying it: Don’t even think about hiring your transportation vendor without getting everything in writing. And we mean everything: arrival time (pad an extra 20 minutes just in case); reception departure time; all relevant addresses to minimize any wrong turns; the size, color and model of the car (with the license plate number if you’ve chosen something specific); the name of the driver you want; gratuity; plus any special requests that you have (like avoiding a certain highway that’s packed at 5 p.m.). You’ll have peace of mind—and a piece of paper—to ensure it all goes smoothly.

add variety Why be a one-car couple? If you can’t decide between the stretch Hummer and a sleek Corvette, choose one to take you to the wedding and one for the ride home. Don’t think that you have to get the same type of car for everyone in the wedding party either— maybe indulge your wedding party in some 4-wheel-drive action, but have your parents roll up in a sweet midnight-blue Porsche.

take care of your guests While you’re relaxing in all-out style, let your guests in on some of the transportation fun. A luxury charter bus (which can seat up to 75) has become a popular—not to mention a super-safe—way to transport family and friends between the ceremony and reception. There’s no drinking-and-driving worries, and no guests will get lost between the two locations, which could hold things up for your reception dinner.

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stock the car If you’re traveling with your wedding party to your after-party, make sure the vehicle is stocked with waters, spirits and light bites to keep the festivities going. And if your exit is just the two of you, enlist a bridesmaid to assemble a small package to fortify you as you make your getaway. Have her include leftovers from dinner to eat because—trust us—you’ll be hungry (some couples barely have time to eat at their reception) and something to drink (water, soda or champagne to have a private toast). Get more transportation advice at TheKnot.com/planning

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engagement party basics Whether you’re the hosts or guests of honor, our engagement party primer has everything you need to know about the first celebratory bash of many. >> PHOTOGRAPH BY MATHEW IRVING PHOTOGRAPHY

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what it’s for People will want to congratulate you on your engagement, and a party’s a lot more fun than a phone call. It’s also a great time to introduce key people from your lives who are going to be seeing a lot of each other (and possibly helping plan your wedding together) over the next year or so. “It’s really the first time before the wedding when you have different groups of friends and generations getting to know each other in a much more intimate way,” says celebrity wedding planner Jung Lee of Fête.

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who hosts Traditionally, the bride’s parents host the first official celebration. Then, the groom’s parents can throw their own party, or maybe both sets of parents will come together to cohost an event. But these days, more couples are throwing their engagement party themselves (but keep in mind that if you’re doing the inviting, it’s your responsibility to foot the bill too). Friends can also host (and may even volunteer to), but before you ask, be conscious of the financial responsibility they may be taking on.

when to have it The engagement party should fall within a few months of the proposal, right in the sweet spot between carefree, just-engaged life and the start of serious wedding planning. So about 9 to 11 months before the wedding is the ideal time frame, and you’ll want to give guests about a month’s notice (or more if they’ll be traveling).

whose turf it’s on Say you live in New York but most of your family and friends are in Chicago: You may decide to have your party in your hometown (and enlist someone local to help you plan), host it in your current locale or even throw two parties.

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Also, when picking the party location, consider where you plan to have your wedding—you may not want to ask guests to travel twice. Just be mindful of how many invitations you’re sending out to your guests and bridal party before the wedding day arrives; they won’t feel left out if they’re not invited to one that’s a plane ride away.

where to have it Depending on how many people you’re inviting, you can make an engagement party work almost anywhere—it’s really up to the hosts. To choose the venue, think about the atmosphere you want. If you like the idea of having everyone in the same room, you might opt to rent a private space at a restaurant, bar or country club. Want something a bit more low-key? A house, backyard or beach club might be a better choice for you.

If, on the other hand, either you two or your parents are hosting, the old etiquette rule sticks. When the wedding hosts send the engagement party invitation, it’s considered one of the official wedding events and guests assume they’re invited to the wedding too. To avoid a sticky situation later, start working on your wedding guest list now with your families. Then trim the engagement party list down to your wedding party, immediate family and closest friends.

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Have your wedding registry started before the engagement party invites are sent in case guests want to bring a gift.

who to invite It used to be that you weren’t supposed to invite anyone to the engagement party whom you weren’t inviting to your wedding, case closed. But now that so many couples live and host their nuptials far away from their families and friends, and the formality level of engagement parties is evolving, expectations have changed. Engagement parties now often include people who aren’t invited to the wedding. If your friends want to plan an informal bar party and just email the invites a few weeks before, it’s totally fine to include people you aren’t sure will end up making the wedding guest list (coworkers, newer friends, college roommates). And if your parents’ good friends want to host a cocktail party at their home in your honor, let your parents invite mutual friends and important business associates you might not have room for at your wedding.

how to invite Feel free to keep the invitations simple and budget friendly. You can even make them yourselves or send out an email invite from sites like Paperless Post. If you’ve chosen your invitation designer already and want to go more formal, see if they’ll offer a special rate. Don’t worry if you haven’t settled on a color palette or don’t have a wedding date in mind yet— your engagement party invitations don’t have to match the rest of your stationery. Also, have your wedding registry started before the engagement party invites are sent in case guests want to bring a gift.

what to serve There’s no need to plan a five-course meal with a four-hour open bar. Anything from passed appetizers or tasting menu stations to a buffet or casual cookout will work.

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Or get creative and serve dishes that share something about you. “I had a bride and groom known for having Sunday Mexican dinners, so of course they brought it back with margaritas, mini fish tacos and great guacamole,” Lee says. As for dessert, serve it if you’d like, but it doesn’t have to be cake. Consider gourmet ice cream sandwiches, assorted baked goods or seasonal treats like candy apples or lemon tarts.

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While it’s fine for the décor and details to reflect your wedding colors and theme, don’t feel like you have to rush to choose them just so your engagement party can match. The real trick here is you don’t want to upstage the wedding. If you’re envisioning a casual beach soiree with simple décor, a fancy cocktail party at a swanky hotel with over-thetop centerpieces might make that beach bash feel like a bit of a letdown. Consider choosing a style and theme that are completely different from your wedding day to mix things up a bit. So if you’re planning a formal ballroom affair, go for a laid-back clambake for your engagement party, with vibrant, fun colors and an outdoor setting.

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what to wear Your wardrobe will depend on the setting of the party. For brides-to-be, aside from the obvious (don’t wear an evening gown to a backyard barbecue), keep it simple enough that you don’t outdo your wedding look, but special enough that you still stand out. For grooms, you don’t have to wear a suit and tie or a tux, but you should match your partner in formality. And if you have a specific dress code for guests, make a note of it on the invitation. Download the app Wedding Planner by The Knot to check off your to-dos.

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AROUND THE WORLD From beautiful beaches to grand adventures and off-the-beaten-path escapes into the wilderness, pick a region of the world and pack your bags for the trip of a lifetime. >> BY JEN MURPHY

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Barrier Reef gets all the hype, but the Ningaloo Reef on the northwest coast is equally spectacular. WHEN TO GO April to September is prime time. Whale shark swim experiences are available April to July and humpback whale swims from August to October. WHERE TO STAY The Outback-meets-reef setting of Sal Salis in Cape Range National Park puts you steps from UNESCO World Heritage–listed coral. Stay in the honeymoon tent (from $710 per person, including meals; SalSalis.com.au), which features ocean views and a double hammock for stargazing. BEST FOR Adventurous couples looking to disconnect, and reconnect with nature WORTH THE SPLURGE If you love being on the water, book the sail and snorkel package (from $3,600 per person). It includes three nights at the camp and three nights aboard the 51-foot catamaran.

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the world’s most dynamic cities, Sydney will fill your culture quota with museums, restaurants, opera and architecture while also checking your chill box with its beachside cafés and surfer style. WHEN TO GO September through November and March to May offer comfortable temps and fewer tourists. WHERE TO STAY The hip, new QT Bondi (from $215; QTHotelsandResorts .com/bondi-beach) has a vibrant SoCal vibe, retro furnishings and a location just off legendary Bondi Beach. There isn’t a restaurant, but each room has a kitchenette, and every Saturday, the Bondi Farmers Market sets up across the street. BEST FOR Cool seekers who want culture mixed with seaside R & R WORTH THE SPLURGE Get an aerial view of the Opera House during a seaplane ride to Pretty Beach House. This four-pavilion retreat is all about indulgence (from $1,500 per night, two-night minimum; round-trip seaplane flight from $495; PrettyBeachHouse.com).

Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, Namibia

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MAKGADIKGADI PANS & THE KALAHARI DESERT, botswana

WHY GO Deemed the Serengeti of the South, the lunarlike Makgadikgadi Pans is one of the largest salt flats in the world. During wet season, the area boasts southern Africa’s last surviving zebra and wildebeest migration—a must-see. WHEN TO GO Wet season, November through March, brings high rainfall but also zebras, wildebeests and flamingos. April to May is dry and warm, while June to August is dry but chillier. WHERE TO STAY Jack’s Camp feels like a mirage set in the desert. Ten en suite canvas tents are decked out in lavish, 1940s exploration style complete with Persian rugs and rich mahogany furnishings (from $1,225; UnchartedAfrica.com). The guides at Jack’s are a rare mix of wise scholars and old-school bushman adventurers. BEST FOR Couples nostalgic for Hemingway-esque safari luxury; couples who want culture and wildlife ROMANTIC MOMENT Enjoy a drink on the salt pans as the sun goes down—just two chairs, a few beverages and you and your new spouse. Once the sun has set, the most amazing star-filled night sky appears, as there’s absolutely zero air pollution.

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Bali in favor of Raja Ampat. Nestled deep in an archipelago of uninhabited islands, you’ll find some of the best diving in the world. WHEN TO GO October through April is the dry season, and it also brings an abundance of manta rays. WHERE TO STAY Misool Eco Resort is surrounded by the protected 300,000-acre Misool Marine Park, teeming with ocean life. Spend days snorkeling, at the spa or touring local villages (from $2,400 per person for a seven-night stay, all-inclusive; MisoolEcoResort.com). BEST FOR Diving enthusiasts INSTAGRAM-WORTHY SHOT Don your snorkels and swim with baby black tip reef sharks in the waters just off the resort.

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WHY GO One of the world’s most dramatic stretches of coast is home to ancient valleys, dune fields and shipwrecks. Despite the extreme landscape, it’s also startlingly full of life and offers a really unique safari experience. WHEN TO GO Namibia is a true year-round destination. December through March is hot, but also green with lots of wildlife. WHERE TO STAY Conservation-minded outfitter Wilderness Safaris boasts some of the top guides in Africa and operates the eight-tent, fly-in, fly-out Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp (from $595, allinclusive; Wilderness-Safaris.com). Each tent features an en suite bedroom with an outdoor deck. You may be blissfully isolated from civilization, but the camp still provides top-shelf gin and tonics around the campfire, cashmere slips under the duvets and a delicious springbok fillet for dinner. BEST FOR Couples who have already been to Africa or who are looking for a fresh take on the classic safari INSTAGRAM-WORTHY SHOT The Big Five are overrated. Instead, take home game drive shots of Namibia’s desertadapted wildlife, like brown hyena, giraffe and desert elephants. WORTH THE SPLURGE On a three-night stay or more with Wilderness Safaris, guests have the opportunity to experience a flying excursion over the coast, which provides a magnificent perspective of the other-worldly landscape (think: moonlike), plus great photo ops of seal colonies.

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WHY GO The gateway to the ancient temples of Angkor Wat, Siem Reap offers authentic Khmer restaurants, and access to the floating village on Tonle Sap Lake. WHEN TO GO December and January are assuredly sunny, but can also be crowded. While June is in the rainy season, the days are cooler and the temples don’t overflow with tourists quite like “summer” months. WHERE TO STAY Located only a 20-minute drive from Angkor Wat, Phum Baitang is the hotel of choice for celebrities. The resort has the feel of a traditional Khmer village, with 45 stilted villas and a bar and restaurant housed in a century-old Cambodian farmhouse (from $375; PhumBaitang.com). The Spa Temple offers seven treatment rooms, or choose to unwind at the cigar and cocktail lounge. BEST FOR Culture lovers INSTAGRAM-WORTHY SHOT Skip the typical sunrise temple posts. Get your guide to snap a photo of you riding a buffalo cart through Khmer villages. ROMANTIC MOMENT At Cuisine Wat Damnak, chef Joannès Rivière updates Cambodia’s golden age dishes like Mekong langoustine with pumpkin and lemon basil. The six-course menu is a steal, and the garden patio is the perfect spot for a special meal (CuisineWatDamnak.com). >>

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resort city of Nha Trang is known for its beaches, dive sites and vibrant nightlife. Off the coast, you have your choice of quiet island paradise. WHEN TO GO Sunny days abound from February through August. WHERE TO STAY The new 105-villa Anam raises the bar for over-the-top service. In addition to a private beach, you have your choice of three swimming pools (from $200; TheAnam.com). BEST FOR Beach lovers; architecture nerds; service snobs; couples seeking nightlife ROMANTIC MOMENT Spend an afternoon being totally pampered with body scrubs and massages at the Balinese-inspired Sri Mara Spa at The Anam, then have a private lunch with your own waitstaff right on the beach.

MALAYSIA WHY GO Malaysia offers a unique blend of Malay, Chinese and Indian cultures, plus wild rain forests, untouched beaches and some of Southeast Asia’s most delicious cuisine. WHEN TO GO Avoid monsoon season and visit between March and September. WHERE TO STAY Indulge your private island fantasies at Pangkor Laut Resort (from $193; PangkorLautResort.com). Just off the west coast of Malaysia, the resort is surrounded by jungles and turquoise sea and has its own spa village. Of the seven restaurants, Uncle Lim’s Kitchen stands out for its Chinese-style home cooking. BEST FOR Spa junkies; romantics; foodies INSTAGRAM-WORTHY SHOT Let a resident naturalist lead you on a rain forest trek in search of monkeys, reptiles and more.

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NORTH AMERICA Wai’anapanapa State Park, Maui

MAUI, hawaii WHY GO Maui is the best of all worlds:

You’ll find a carefree surfer vibe on the North Shore, amazing resorts and a place that makes you feel like you’re in another era in Hana. WHEN TO GO During shoulder seasons— April through May and September through November—you’ll find more affordable rates, fewer crowds and idyllic weather. WHERE TO STAY Skip the tourist-filled big resorts of Maui’s South Coast and experience the island like a local on the North Shore. The Inn at Mama’s is set on a secluded beach shaded by coconut palms and puts you steps from the island’s celebrated restaurant Mama’s Fish House and a five-minute drive from the hippie-chic town of Paia (from $275; InnatMamas.com). BEST FOR Free-spirited beach lovers INSTAGRAM-WORTHY SHOT A photo tour with Daniel Sullivan, owner of Paia’s Indigo Gallery, will take you off the beaten path along the wildly popular Hana Highway (three-hour tours from $560; DanielSullivan.PhotoShelter.com). Just don’t give up the location of the remote spots when you post.

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get hooked on Kauai because of its Jurassic Park–esque waterways and the postcard-perfect sunsets of Hanalei Bay. WHEN TO GO Mid-April to mid-June and September to December are best. WHERE TO STAY The St. Regis Princeville Resort has a heavenly setting overlooking Hanalei Bay and a “your wish is our command” philosophy (from $1,575; StRegisPrinceville.com). Don’t fall victim to the resort’s 5,000-square-foot infinity pool. You can easily laze away a week under a pool lounger, but the natural attractions should not be missed. BEST FOR Couples seeking wild natural beauty but super-luxe digs WORTH THE SPLURGE Dine by candlelight while a private waitstaff attends to your every whim during a secluded, four-course, alfresco dinner at the St. Regis (from $1,290 per couple). >>

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WHY GO Rugged coastlines, wild beaches and animals like whales, eagles and bears make you feel like you’re truly in the wild, but the quirky town of Homer— with its hippie cafés, fun bars and funky shops—is just a 25-minute boat ride away. WHEN TO GO June to August is the warmest, but shoulder months May and September can be cheaper. WHERE TO STAY Tutka Bay Lodge’s remote setting on a seven-mile fjord at the southern end of Kachemak Bay feels worlds away (from $4,860 per person for a three-night, all-inclusive stay; WithintheWild.com). The six-cabin wilderness retreat perfectly combines adventures with indulgences including a sauna, wine tastings, massages and multicourse meals. BEST FOR Wannabe chefs; outdoorsy types INSTAGRAM-WORTHY SHOT Bring your zoom lens to snap a photo of a brown bear at Katmai National Park and Preserve. ROMANTIC MOMENT The staff can arrange everything from a picnic for two on top of Grewingk Glacier to a sunset cruise through Kachemak Bay followed by a private dinner on your cabin’s deck. They’ll even prepare oysters you’ve scouted at a nearby farm.

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is the gateway to the ever-shifting icy landscape of Los Glaciares National Park. WHEN TO GO Visit from November to mid-December or March through April. WHERE TO STAY Set within a nearly 10,000-acre estate, Eolo was inspired by ancient Patagonian ranches and exudes old-world gaucho elegance. Rooms offer views of the Lago Argentino and La Anita Valley (from $770; EOLO.com.ar). The in-house guides are all locals and have exceptional knowledge. But don’t expect gaucho cuisine—the fine dining restaurant has earned Eolo Relais & Chateaux status. BEST FOR Food and wine connoisseurs; nature lovers; hikers; wannabe gauchos ROMANTIC MOMENT The staff can arrange a horseback ride to a private picnic with a bottle of malbec. EcoCamp, Chile

TORRES DEL PAINE, chile WHY GO Unparalleled trekking through a changing landscape of glacial lakes and jagged mountains is just outside your door. WHEN TO GO November through March is best, but shoulder months April, September and October have lower rates. WHERE TO STAY EcoCamp offers sustainable digs in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park (from $1,395 for a five-day wildlife safari; EcoCamp.travel). Guests sleep in geodesic dome-shaped structures modeled after ancient Kaweskar tribe dwellings. Ceiling windows let you fall asleep while stargazing, and private terraces offer a romantic spot to watch the sunset. Guests gather for meals in an enormous dining dome. Request one with heat unless you prefer to snuggle. BEST FOR Eco-conscious travelers; glampers; hikers; yogis; outdoor lovers WORTH THE SPLURGE Visit one of Patagonia’s largest ranches and spend a day horseback riding with local baqueanos (cowboys). You’ll ride past small villages, spot condor nests and hear about the region’s legendary stories over a picnic lunch (from $461; Cascada.travel). >>

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flight from major East Coast hubs, the Dominican Republic is a mix of party beach towns and elite and exclusive compounds. WHEN TO GO Skip crowds and hurricane season and visit March through May. WHERE TO STAY With just nine colorful bungalows, Playa Grande Beach Club is an intimate departure from the DR’s all-inclusive mega-resorts (from $800; PlayaGrandeBeachClub.com). The North Coast retreat is set on a mile-long beach, but guests can also sunbathe in a cabana by the property’s lap pool. BEST FOR Beach bums ROMANTIC MOMENT Playa Grande can arrange sunset horseback rides for all levels ($66 per person for two hours).

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DUBROVNIK, croatia WHY GO One of the world’s most magnificent walled cities, Dubrovnik charms visitors with its pedestrian-only Old Town, Baroque churches and fortified beauty. Add its stunning beaches and laidback eateries serving top-notch seafood and excellent Croatian wine to the mix, and you have a recipe for paradise. WHEN TO GO Avoid the cruise passengers and visit September through November. WHERE TO STAY Built into a cliff above the Adriatic, the newly renovated Villa Dubrovnik makes you feel like royalty perched above the Adriatic and Old City (from $490; Villa-Dubrovnik.hr). The exclusive setting means guests must arrive from the Old Town via a 10-minute Vaporetto speedboat ride. Some of its 56 rooms and suites offer sea-view balconies, and the roof is home to a wine bar. BEST FOR Couples who have already explored classic Europe; history buffs; über romantics; urbanites INSTAGRAM-WORTHY SHOT Re-create a scene from a vintage Adriatic postcard and pose in your swimsuits on the hotel’s private rocky beach. At the shoreline, concrete platforms extend out from the sandstone, creating a natural backdrop from another era.

SALINA, the aeolian islands WHY GO Salina is the greenest of seven of the inhabited islands in the UNESCO World Heritage–status Aeolian archipelago. Hikers can climb Monte Fossa delle Felci, the highest peak. WHEN TO GO The busy season is from mid-July through August when sun seekers descend. Late May and September are the sweet spots—great weather, fewer crowds. WHERE TO STAY The family behind Tasca d’Almerita, one of Sicily’s most important wine producers, owns the 20-room Capofaro hotel, which overlooks some of the vineyards (from $296; Capofaro .it). Food and wine are taken seriously here, but don’t expect fussy eats—the philosophy is simple and delicious. BEST FOR Wine lovers looking for a fresh experience; foodies; island junkies WORTH THE SPLURGE Have the hotel arrange a day cruise aboard the yacht Don Felipe and explore coves, bays and caves that are otherwise unreachable by land.

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SERIFOS, greece WHY GO Don’t follow the masses to Santorini, Mykonos or Paros. Instead, explore Serifos. Active travelers can keep busy hiking, biking and diving. Plus, you’re just a three-hour ferry ride from Athens. WHEN TO GO April to June and September to mid-October are the best bets. WHERE TO STAY In a previous life, CocoMat Eco Residences housed local miners. Today, the beachfront hotel has a seaside lounge bar and a friendly staff who can arrange a romantic breakfast in bed (from $231; Serifos.Coco-Mat-Hotels.com). BEST FOR Eco-minded, active couples ROMANTIC MOMENT Coco-Mat’s staff can help you rent scooters for a perfect island beach crawl.

PUGLIA WHY GO Puglia has

always had amazing beaches, beautiful architecture and ancient ruins. But the recently booming food scene on this remote heel of Italy’s boot has the region primed to be the next Tuscany. WHEN TO GO A temperate climate makes Puglia a year-round destination. WHERE TO STAY Masseria Le Carrube, a working farmhouse in the town of Ostuni, has been transformed into a sister property of Puglia’s top hotel Borgo Egnazia (from $155; MasseriaLeCarrubeOstuni.it). Don’t miss a meal at its vegetarian restaurant. BEST FOR Food and wine nerds; beach lovers INSTAGRAM-WORTHY SHOT Explore Valle D’Itria and the village’s cylindrical houses with beehive-shaped roofs. Plan your perfect adventure at TheKnot.com/honeymoons

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clumped lashes, you never know when these will come in handy. Ultra Precision point tweezer, $36, Tweezerman, NeimanMarcus.com 3. BLOTTING PAPERS Keep shine away with oil-absorbing sheets. Blotting papers, $8, Sephora.com 4. CLEAR POLISH Smooth out

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any sudden spills. Tide to Go mini, $3, Tide, BedBathandBeyond.com

5. LIPSTICK Touch up your lip often with a mini tube in your shade of choice. Le Rouge lipstick, $36, Givenchy, Sephora.com

8. FRAGRANCE Dab a scent

11. FASHION TAPE A quick fix for falling hemlines and plunging necklines. Fashion tape, $9, Hollywood Fashion Secrets, Ulta.com

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happy tears (and keeping your eye makeup on point). On the Go slim pack, $2 for pack of 3, Kleenex, Drugstore.com 7. HAIR SPRAY Splurge on a high-quality formula to make sure your ’do stays put.

on your pulse points to smell amazing all day. Gelsomino Nobile cream, $95 for 5.25 oz., Acqua Di Parma, Sephora.com 9. FACE MIST Just one spritz

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make it legal Ohio Area Marriage License Requirements GUIDELINES FOR OBTAINING A MARRIAGE LICENSE In all three states in the Greater Cincinnati area (Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky), the legal age to marry is 18. Applicants under 18 must have parental consent and may need marriage counseling papers to obtain a legal license. The license must be obtained in the state where the ceremony will be performed. Both the bride and groom must be present to apply for the license. Ohio and Indiana residents marrying in those states must apply in the county in which they reside, but the license is valid anywhere in the state. Nonresidents marrying in those states must apply in the county in which they will marry. In all three states, there is no waiting period to obtain the license. Ohio and Indiana licenses are valid for 60 days, but Kentucky licenses are valid only for 30 days. There are no general health requirements or blood tests needed. In most cases, if the bride or groom has been previously married, she or he may need to present a divorce or death certificate. All offices are open Monday through Friday, unless otherwise indicated. Identification, paperwork, method of payment and fees vary by state and county. Please call ahead to get all of the details.

WHERE TO APPLY OHIO Athens County Probate Court 1 S. Court St. Athens, OH 45701 (740) 592-3251 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Brown County Probate Court 510 E. State St. Georgetown, OH 45121 (937) 378-6549 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Clermont County Probate Court 2379 Clermont Ctr. Dr. Batavia, OH 45103 (513) 732-7243 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Cuyahoga County

Portage County

Wood County

Gallatin County

Courthouse 700 Adams St., Fl. 1 Toledo, OH 43604 (419) 213-4361 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Probate Court 203 W. Main St. Raveena, OH 44266 (330) 297-3870 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Probate Court 1 Courthouse Sq., Fl. 2 Bowling Green, OH 43402 (419) 354-9230 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

County Clerk 102 W. High St. Warsaw, KY 41095 (859) 567-5411 8 a.m – 6 p.m., M; 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., T–F

Franklin County

Madison County

Preble County

Probate Court 373 S. High St., Fl. 23 Columbus, OH 43215 (614) 525-3894 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Probate Court 1 N. Main St., Rm. 205 London, OH 43140 (740) 852-0756 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Probate Court 101 E. Main St., Fl. 2 Eaton, OH 45320 (937) 456-8137 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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Grant County

Greene County

Medina County

Stark County

Marriage License Bureau 45 N. Detroit St., Fl. 1 Xenia, OH 45385 (937) 562-5282 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Probate Court 93 Public Sq. Medina, OH 44256 (330) 725-9703 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Probate Court 110 Central Plz. S. Canton, OH 44702 (330) 451-7752 8:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Miami County

Summit County

Probate Court 201 W. Main St., Fl. 2 Troy, OH 45373 (937) 440-6050 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., M–Th. 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., F

Probate Court 209 S. High St. Akron, OH 44308 (330) 643-2346 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. M–F; 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Sat.

Montgomery County

Union County

Probate Court 41 N. Perry St. Dayton, OH 45402 (937) 225-4657 8:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Probate Court 128 S. Main St., Ste. 109 Marysville, OH 43040 (937) 645-3029 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Pickaway County

Warren County

Probate Court 207 S. Court St., Rm. 3 Circleville, OH 43113 (740) 474-1524 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Probate Court 570 Justice Dr. Lebanon, OH 45036 (513) 695-1771 8 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Hamilton County Probate Court William Howard Taft Center 230 E. 9th St., Fl. 10 Cincinnati, OH 45202 (513) 946-3589 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Probate Court Marriage License Dept. 1 Lakeside Ave., Rm. 146 Cleveland, OH 44113 (216) 443-8920 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Licking County

Delaware County

Lorain County

Probate Court 140 N. Sandusky St., Fl. 3 Delaware, OH 43015 (740) 833-2685 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Probate Court Public Square Newark, OH 43055 (740) 349-6140 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Probate Court 225 Court St., Fl. 6 Elyria, OH 44035 (440) 329-5175 8 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

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Dearborn County Clerk’s Office 215 W. High St., Fl. 2 Lawrenceburg, IN 47025 (812) 537-8867 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Ohio County Circuit Court 413 Main St., Fl. 2 Rising Sun, IN 47040 (812) 438-2610 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., M, T, Th., F; 9 a.m. – noon, Sat.

KENTUCKY Boone County County Clerk 2950 Washington St. Burlington, KY 41005 (859) 334-2276 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., M, Th., F; 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. T, W

Campbell County County Clerk 1098 Monmouth St. Newport, KY 41071 (859) 292-3885 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., M–F; 9 a.m. – noon, Sat.

County Clerk 107 N. Main St. Williamstown, KY 41097 (859) 824-3321 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., M–F; 8:30 a.m. – noon, Sat.

Kenton County County Clerk 303 Court St., Rm. 102 Covington, KY 41011 (859) 392-1650 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., M, T, W, F; 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., Th.

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Probate Court 101 High St. Hamilton, OH 45011 (513) 887-3294 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Lucas County

Probate Court 224 E. Main St., Rm. 308 Lancaster, OH 43130 (740) 652-7464 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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Fairfield County

Pendleton County County Clerk 233 Main St. Falmouth, KY 41040 (859) 654-3380 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., M–F; 8:30 a.m. – noon, Sat.

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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The Akron Beacon Journal

(330) 996-3360 Attn: Celebrations 44 E. Exchange St. Akron, OH 44309

Submit seven days before Sunday publication.

Form: Optional, online.

Packages range from $24.99 to $69.99, which includes a photo.

The Canton Repository

(330) 580-8400 500 Market Ave. S. Canton, OH 44702

Submit info by 5 p.m. the Monday before Sunday publication.

Form: Yes; available online.

Service is free for 10 lines and no photo. Small announcement with no photo is $32.50.

The Cincinnati Enquirer

(513) 768-8400 312 Elm St. Cincinnati, OH 45202

Must submit info by the Monday prior to the desired Sunday publication.

Form: Optional

Fees start at $49 and are based on announcement and photo size.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer

(216) 999-5555 1801 Superior Ave., Fl. 1 Cleveland, OH 44114

Info must be received by the Monday prior to the last Saturday of the month.

Form: Yes

Announcements cost $28 for first 10 lines and $2.80 for each additional line; photos cost an additional $26.

The Columbus Dispatch

(614) 883-4992 Attn: Celebrations 5300 Crosswind Dr. Columbus, OH 43228

Must submit info by noon the Monday prior to the desired Sunday publication.

Form: Yes; available online.

Packages range from $45 to $250.

The Dayton Daily News

(937) 222-4337 Attn: Celebrations Desk 1611 S. Main St. Dayton, OH 45409

Must submit info no later than 5 p.m. 11 days prior to the desired Sunday

Form: Yes; email to celebrations@coxohio.com.

Packages start at $25.

The Lorain Morning Journal

(440) 245-6901 x522 Attn: Announcements 1657 Broadway Lorain, OH 44052

Announcements are published on a spaceavailable basis; publication is not guaranteed

Form: Yes; available online.

Flat fee of $65 includes a photo.

The Middletown Journal

(800) 319-1445 Attn: SWG Celebrations 1611 S. Main St. Dayton, OH 45409

Must submit info within 6 months of the wedding and 11 days before the desired Sunday publication.

Form: Yes, available online.

Flat fee of $25. Both black-and-white and color photos up to 8� x 10� are accepted.

The Sandusky Register

(419) 609-5847 314 W. Market St. Sandusky, OH 44870

Announcements are published Sundays on a space-available basis.

Form: Yes; send requests to milestones@sanduskyregister.com.

Please call for pricing.

Suburban News Publications

(614) 785-1199 Attn: Society Editor PO Box 29912 Columbus, OH 43229

Should submit info within 6 months of the wedding. Will be published in the community where the bride and groom live.

Form: Yes; available online. Photos returned with SASE.

There is no charge for this service. Published on a spaceavailable basis.

Sun News

(800) 362-8008 5510 Cloverleaf Pkwy. Cleveland, OH 44125

Submit info no later than six months after the wedding. Announcements published on a spaceavailable basis.

Form: Yes

There is no charge for this service.

The Toledo Blade

(419) 724-6430 541 N. Superior St. Toledo, OH 43360

Must submit info no later than 3 p.m. Tuesday for Sunday publication.

Form: Yes; email to celebrations@toledoblade.com

Announcements cost $35 per inch. Photo with header is $50.

The Youngstown Vindicator

(330) 747-1471 x1282 Attn: Society Dept. 107 Vindicator Sq. Youngstown, OH 44503

Announcements are published on a spaceavailable basis.

Form: Yes; availble online.

There is no charge for this service.

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bridgewater banquet & conference center

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bel-wood country club

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600 N. Aurora Road, Aurora, OH (877) 995-0200 dbryan@thebertraminn.com TheBertramInn.com For your dream day and a wedding to remember, our experienced wedding coordinators work with couples in choosing room design, color schemes, menus and lighting. Multiple ballrooms accommodate up to 400 guests. Ask about our indoor and outdoor ceremony packages, rehearsal dinners, showers and more. capacity 400 | price $$

the blackwell

2110 Tuttle Park Place, Columbus, OH (614) 247-4000

bryn du mansion

537 Jones Rd., Granville, OH (740) 587-7053 BrynDu.com The Bryn Du Mansion is a 52-acre estate with two unique venues and many outdoor locations. Use the elegant Mansion for smaller events and the spacious, lodge-like Fieldhouse and Patio for events up to 350. Choose from our list of caterers, or bring your own— you can bring your own alcohol too. capacity 350 | price $$

buca di beppo

(877) 955-2822 groupreservations@bucainc.com BucaWeddings.com We’re perfect for rehearsal dinners and wedding events, featuring authentic Italian cuisine served family style. Catering and delivery is available, plus banquet and bar packages to suit any budget. Our festive dining rooms and attentive staff will keep the celebration energetic and fun. Now that’s amoré! capacity 300 | price $$

carnegie hall at newport

Only one block from Newport on the Levee (513) 469-6000 info@newportcarnegie.com NewportCarnegie.com

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THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY cont. Cincinnati’s most unique and impressive venue for weddings, rehearsal dinners and special events is where memories are made. Carnegie Hall is a full-service event center capable of accommodating groups from 10-250 people. The ambience of the Carnegie’s historical architecture is second to none. capacity 250 | price $$

CityClubCatering.com Recently remodeled, The City Club is a beautiful, modern facility, offering beautiful views, wonderful food, and unmatched service: a great, romantic atmosphere for you and your guests. The City Club is the perfect place for any event, especially wedding receptions and rehearsal dinners. capacity 250 | price $$

centennial barn

110 Compton Road, Cincinnati, OH (513) 761-1697 info@franciscanministriesinc.org CentennialBarn.org The Barn offers rustic charm in a unique and elegant setting. It accommodates up to 300 in a two-story venue with an open atrium. The property’s picturesque gardens, green spaces and St. Clare Chapel make it the perfect spot for your wedding. capacity 300 | price $$

cheers & lakeside chalet

1211 Coonpath Rd. NW, Lancaster, OH (740) 654-9036 cheers@cheerschalet.com CheersChalet.com Choose from one of our two charming reception venues on our scenic, 70-acre property. Each venue has its own covered outdoor ceremony seating area or garden ceremony seating area. We offer full-service catering. We’re only 20 minutes from Columbus—call today to plan the celebration of a lifetime.

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cincinnati art museum

953 Eden Park Dr., Cincinnati, OH (513) 639-2347 specialevents@cincyart.org CincinnatiArtMuseum.org/about/plan-your-event Events held at the Cincinnati Art Museum are truly masterful and memorable. You’ll find no other location quite like the Art Museum, with our soaring Greek Revival entrance, the year-round beauty of our Eden Park setting, and our incomparable art collection that surrounds each event. capacity 200 | price $$$

cleveland metroparks zoo

3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland, OH (216) 635-3304 slb@clevelandmetroparks.com ClevelandMetroparks.com/zoo Plan your wedding, reception, rehearsal dinner or shower at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Be surrounded by animals from around the world. Choose from several exotic venues that accommodate up to 300 guests. Friendly, professional staff will assist with every detail, even customized full-service catering. capacity 300 | price $$

cleveland museum of art

11150 East Boulevard, Cleveland, OH (216) 707-2141 events@clevelandart.org ClevelandArt.org The Cleveland Museum of Art has more than 44,000 square feet of special event space. Astound your guests with a stunning space, delicious cuisine by acclaimed Chef Douglas Katz and impeccable service. From intimate to grand, we create flawless, one-of-a-kind events surrounded by world-class art. capacity 1,000 | price $$$

cleveland museum of natural history

1 Wade Oval Drive, University Circle, Cleveland, OH (216) 231-4600 EXT. 3482 CMNH.org We offer unique galleries, exciting exhibits and natural outdoor areas for you and your guests to explore—a stunning backdrop for your wedding day, one that you simply cannot find anywhere else. Call for more information or to arrange a tour. capacity 300 | price $$

cincinnati marriott north at union centre

6189 Muhlhauser Road, West Chester, OH (513) 645-4613 CincinnatiMarriottNorth.com You’ll get a full-service experience, from the first appointment to last dance. We would be honored to help you plan the most important day of your lives. Your vision, voice and budget will guide our team in customizing every detail of your wedding experience.

the clock tower

4500 Eastland Drive, Columbus, OH (614) 759-9371 | ColumbusClockTower.com Feel like royalty as our expert catering and culinary teams assist you with all the details to make your day unforgettable. The Clock Tower seats up to 350 and has a flexible floor plan, which allows you to utilize all that we have to offer.

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contemporary arts center

44 East Sixth Street, Cincinnati, OH (513) 345-8415 ContemporaryArtsCenter.org The CAC is Cincinnati’s unique downtown wedding venue. Surround yourself with wall-to-wall windows, a private lighted lounge and dance area, a personalized wedding ceremony with our very own in-house officiant and the caterer of your choice! capacity 225 | price $$

cooper creek

4040 Cooper Road, Blue Ash, OH (513) 745-8596 info@coopercreekblueash.com CooperCreekBlueAsh.com An inviting, upscale destination overlooking the scenic Blue Ash Golf Course, accommodating up to 350 guests. Featuring an elegant ballroom, exquisite cuisine and extraordinary atmosphere. It’s the atmosphere that makes the event. It’s the people that make it unforgettable. capacity 350 | price $$$

country club of the north

One Club North Drive, Beavercreek, OH (937) 374-5000 lrenshaw@escalantgolf.com CountryCluboftheNorth.com Country Club of the North wants your special day to be a dream come true, from the panoramic views and extraordinary service to the gourmet cuisine. CCN offers indoor and outdoor ceremonies as well as rehearsal dinners, receptions, day after brunches and more! capacity 300 | price $$$

courtyard by marriott hamilton

1 Riverfront Plaza, Hamilton, OH (513) 896-6200 CourtyardHamiltonOhio.com Located in the heart of Butler County, our 7,000 square feet of flexible banquet space is perfect for events up to 340. With three breathtaking chandeliers and outdoor terrace along the Great Miami River, our Marriott Certified Wedding Planners will make sure every detail is handled to perfection. capacity 340 | price $$

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city club catering

details abound in the Columbus Athenaeum. A magnificent ballroom, two arena-style theatres and a Gothic chapel are featured among our 11 rooms. Gourmet cuisine, highly trained staff and courteous service. Convenient to downtown hotels.

the columbus athenaeum

32 North Fourth Street, Columbus, OH (614) 222-MEET | brides@columbusmeetings.com ColumbusMeetings.com High ceilings, rich woods and distinct architectural

cox arboretum

6733 Springboro Pike, Dayton, OH (937) 278-2657 CoxArboretumFoundation.org Cox Arboretum MetroPark is an ideal location for your wedding venue. Whether it is outdoors in the Allée

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crowne plaza columbus-dublin

600 Metro Place North, Dublin, OH (614) 764-2200 CrownePlazaDublinOhio.com Our Grand Ballroom is the perfect location to accommodate your ceremony, reception, rehearsal dinner or family gathering. With 215 luxurious rooms, a bridal suite, fitness center and indoor pool, the Crowne Plaza Dublin will provide you and your guests with an experience that is anything but ordinary! capacity 275 | price $$

darby house by cameron mitchell premier events

925 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway, OH (614) 878-4527 | DarbyHouse.com All the natural beauty is yours and more on this 1,200-acre private estate. The Darby House is beyond compare and the perfect setting to host your ceremony (indoor/outdoor) and reception. Cameron Mitchell Premier Events will help create an event of a lifetime. capacity 250 | price $$$

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Cincinnati, OH (513) 851-5434 | DestinysCatering.com At Destinys Catering we have been pleased to provide the greater Cincinnati area with cutting-edge catering for the past 15 years. We pride ourselves in using our creativity, talents and 120-plus years of combined experience in the hospitality industry to help create wonderful memories and spectacular events. capacity 300 | price $$$

embassy suites cleveland beachwood

(216) 255-3157 molly.love@interstatehotels.com A successful event requires an escape from the ordinary! By choosing a hotel that’s different, your event will be uniquely inspiring and entertaining. We are the only full-service, upscale, all-suite hotel on the East Side. capacity 300+ | price $$$

embassy suites columbus airport

2886 Airport Drive, Columbus, OH (614) 536-0210 | craig.tremblay@hilton.com ColumbusAirport.EmbassySuites.com This is the perfect venue for your special day, with AAA 4-Diamond Award–winning accommodations for all of your special guests. Full-service catering and event services are available. It’s a convenient location to Easton, Port Columbus Airport and downtown. capacity 300 | price $$

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executive caterers

6111 Landerhaven Drive, Mayfield Heights, OH (440) 449-0700 info@executivecaterers.com Landerhaven.com A champagne toast – a grand entrance. A wedding unlike any other. Our wedding planners have innovative ideas and experience beyond compare. With a variety of unique venues to choose from and unparalleled cuisine, we can custom design your perfect wedding day. capacity 400+ | price $$$

franklin park conservatory

1777 East Broad Street, Columbus, OH (614) 715-8100 eventsales@fpconservatory.org FPConservatory.org Indoor and outdoor venue options are offered: the lush Victorian-era Palm House with a terrace overlooking gardens, The Veridian with its lovely, intimate outdoor bride’s garden, the rustic yet elegant Wells Barn and the newly updated Grand Atrium.

(513) 765-7237 | kdixon@reds.com Reds.com/events In the wedding planning process, finding a venue as unique as your love can seem like a daunting task. Great American Ball Park invites you to host your ceremony and reception at the home of the Cincinnati Reds. Bring your MVPs down to GABP for one extraordinary evening. capacity 400+ | price $$

great wolf lodge cincinnati/mason

2501 Great Wolf Drive, Mason, OH (513) 229-5817 | masonsales@greatwolf.com GreatWolf.com/meetings Great Wolf Lodge Cincinnati/Mason is the perfect place to host your wedding. Our warm, personable, experienced staff is ready to assist you in planning the details of your day. Masterful chefs, an elegant setting, accommodations and plenty of space for fun will set the stage for your dream wedding. capacity 600 | price $$$

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glenmoor country club

4191 Glenmoor Rd. NW, Canton, OH (330) 966-3600 | lahlers@glenmoorcc.com GlenmoorCC.com Facebook.com/glenmoorweddings Discover the perfect destination for your wedding. Our fairy-tale castle is right in your backyard and features unique spaces for your ceremony and/or reception, a boutique hotel for your out-of-town guests, full spa and salon and our signature Jack Nicklaus golf course. Call us for your private tour and non-members details! capacity 300 | price $$$

the grand event center

820 Goodale Boulevard, Columbus, OH (614) 600-9106 info@eventcentergy.com Impeccably designed for your special day, The Grand Event Center brings a fresh new approach to weddings. The Grand’s modern yet understated décor and open layout is a blank canvas ready to be transformed into a space that is uniquely yours. capacity 250 | price $$$

granville inn

314 East Broadway, Granville, OH (740) 587-3333 GranvilleInn.com Fall in love with the beauty of our historic inn and picturesque setting. We offer a grand ballroom, superior dining options and luxurious guestrooms for an allinclusive experience. Guests will love staying where your wedding is hosted, and you’ll love the opportunity to spend more time together.

heritage golf club

3525 Heritage Club Drive, Hilliard, OH (614) 684-7112 foodandbeverage@heritagegc.com HeritageGC.com We offer a great place to hold a wedding reception, rehearsal dinner or bridal shower. We have a spectacular view of our golf course and lakes, and you do not need to be a member to reserve banquet space. Enjoy excellent cuisine and service for your event. capacity 200 | price $$

hilton columbus downtown

401 North High Street, Columbus, OH (614) 384-8600 cmhdw-salesadm@hilton.com ColumbusDowntown.Hilton.com Whether you’re planning an intimate wedding or an extravagant event to accommodate hundreds, we have an exquisite venue option for you. Our convenient downtown Columbus location means we’re accessible for out-of-town guests, who’ll be overjoyed with our contemporary ambience and world-class service. capacity 400+ | price $$$

hilton columbus polaris

8700 Lyra Dr., Columbus, OH (614) 885-1600 ColumbusPolaris.Hilton.com The hotel was designed with a modern elegance and has a feel that is warm, open and inviting. We know that this is a day that you will never forget and our dedicated and innovative wedding specialists are here to inspire you through every step. capacity 450+ | price $$$

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great american ball park Cincinnati, OH

holiday inn cleveland northeast/mentor rt. 306 7701 Reynolds Road, Mentor, OH

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Old Stone Church welcomes all couples to celebrate their marriage in our historic sanctuary. Wedding fees include: Building facilities for rehearsal and wedding The professional fees of the: Officiating minister Organist Soloist Wedding assistant Videographer Video of your ceremony Marriage preparation seminar Programs for your ceremony Personalized unity candle

91 Public Square Cleveland, OH 44113 216-241-6145 weddings@oldstonechurch.org OldStoneChurch.org

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THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY cont. (440) 951-7333 HolidayInn.com/mentoroh We offer something for every couple. Each package includes a complimentary bridal suite, hospitality room and your very own wedding specialist to assist you with all of the details. Let the Holiday Inn make your memorable day worry free. Please call our Sales Department today to schedule an appointment. capacity 300 | price $$

(614) 759-7500 bdonovan@jeffersoncountryclub.com JeffersonCountryClub.com A dream come true. Each wedding is as unique as each bride. Let Jefferson’s professional staff customize every detail so your dreams become reality. We invite you to plan your shower, rehearsal dinner, ceremony or reception at Columbus’ premier private catering and event facility. capacity 400 | price $$

intercontinental cleveland

9801 Carnegie Avenue, Cleveland, OH (216) 707-4168 InterContinentalWeddings.com Distinctive wedding celebrations with impressive details and a sophisticated setting. We offer customized menus, an international culinary team, fine china and crystal, luxurious accommodations, personalized planning services and significant experience with various religions and ethnicities. capacity 400+ | price $$$$

jorgensen farms

5851 E. Walnut Street, Westerville, OH (614) 855-2697 info@jorgensen-farms.com Jorgensen-Farms.com Choose from one of two unique venues: the charming elegance of our Historic Barn or the contemporary feel of our Oak Grove Greenhouse. Both sit on our 100-acre organic farm, offering stunningly different styles on a beautiful farm setting.

(614) 882-2582 alison@lakesclub.com LakesClub.com Spectacular views, exceptional service, and quality food and beverage create the perfect day for your guests and yourselves. Let us help you plan a day as special as your relationship, while creating memories to last a lifetime. capacity 250 | price $$

lamalfa banquet centre

5783 Heisley Road, Mentor, OH (440) 357-9333 weddings@lamalfa.com LaMalfa.com LaMalfa Banquet Centre has been recognized as the premier event planner in northeast Ohio for over 50 years! We are a newly remodeled facility with an indoor chapel and an attached hotel. We are able to cater to large celebrations, as well as intimate receptions. Let us make your dreams a reality. capacity 900 | price $$

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the ivory room by cameron mitchell premier events 2 Miranova Place, Columbus, OH (614) 221-2347 TheIvoryRoomColumbus.com The Ivory Room by Cameron Mitchell Premier Events is an urban space with spectacular views of the city and the Scioto and Olentangy Rivers. The oversized room with soaring window walls may be customized for a variety of creatively styled events and may accommodate up to 300 guests.

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ivy hills country club

7711 Ivy Hills Blvd., Cincinnati, OH (513) 561-9119 | IvyHillsCountryClub.com Receptions and ceremonies with panoramic views, plus a historic guesthouse with a bridal suite and the classic architecture of our clubhouse create a memorable setting. Whether you’re planning a grand affair or just an intimate gathering, Ivy Hills Country Club will make your wedding dreams come true! capacity 200 | price $$$

juniper

580 N. 4th St., Seventh Floor, Columbus, OH (614) 464-9999 info@juniperrooftop.com Juniper is downtown Columbus’ first rooftop restaurant, gin bar and event space. Juniper offers an unrivaled experience of the Columbus skyline and night sky with its panoramic glass rooftop. capacity 300 | price $$$

kelton house

586 East Town Street, Columbus, OH (614) 464-2022 keltonhouse@cs.com KeltonHouseEvents.com An elegant Victorian setting for your ceremony, reception or rehearsal dinner, located conveniently close to downtown. We feature an award-winning garden with a stunning eight-column pergola. Indoor or outdoor ceremonies are available and we give you the flexibility to choose your caterer. We can accommodate up to 100-150. capacity 150 | price $$

jack cincinnati casino

1000 Broadway Street, Cincinnati, OH (513) 250-3259 sheldenwolf@jackentertainment.com JACKEntertainment.com/cincinnati/ meetings-special-events JACK Cincinnati Casino boasts the perfect space for any event. Our 19,000-square-foot Ballroom can be divided into as many as nine individual rooms, with a capacity of 900 guests. Overlooking the city, the 3,999-square-foot River Room offers floor-to-ceiling windows and can seat up to 354 guests. capacity 900 | price $$$

jefferson country club

7271 Jefferson Meadows Drive, Blacklick, OH

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the madison event center

700 Madison Avenue, Covington, KY (859) 261-1117 info@thecovingtonmadison.com TheCovingtonMadison.com We have hosted more than 10,000 events. With six magnificent ballrooms and spacious rooms for ceremonies and rehearsal dinners, we offer many elegant options. Our truly all-inclusive package makes planning stress-free, and attentive event specialists will help you create a special celebration. capacity 400 | price $$

the makoy center

5462 N. Center St., Hilliard, OH (614) 777-1211 info@makoy.com Makoy.com The Makoy Center is a full-service event center that provides on-site catering and beverage services. Located in downtown Old Hilliard, our luxurious center that boasts 30,000 square feet can accommodate anywhere from 35 to 500 guests and offers large dance floors and free parking. capacity 800 | price $

la scala

4199 W. Dublin-Granville Rd., Dublin, OH (614) 889-9431 lascala@rrcol.com LaScalaWedding.com LaScala offers two beautiful reception ballrooms with no additional room charge. Both rooms boast a new, distinctive style along with designer bar and dance floor. Our menus offer authentic house-made entrees at reasonable pricing. Our professional wedding coordinator will handle all the details.

mccormick & schmick’s seafood and steaks

McCormickandSchmicks.com Let our highly trained staff work with you to design a memorable event. We focus on the finer points of service and offer creative menus, delicious food and a beautiful private room. Our attention to detail ensures your guests will experience exceptional service and hospitality.

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the lakes golf and country club 6740 Worthington Road, Westerville, OH

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THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY cont. MedallionClub.com Picturesque views. A spectacular setting. Warm, friendly, professional service. The Medallion Club’s banquet rooms are perfectly designed to accommodate any event, from a small corporate meeting to a lavish wedding reception. Our 27-hole Nicklaus II Signature Golf Course creates the ideal backdrop. capacity 300 | price $$

music hall

1243 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH (513) 744-3242 tkidney@cincinnatiarts.org CincinnatiArts.org Elegant and historic Music Hall (closed for renovation until October 2017) offers a dramatic and unique setting that creates the perfect stage for any special occasion. Music Hall’s talented event staff is available to provide expert assistance with all the details. capacity 400+ | price $$$

nationwide hotel and conference center

(614) 880-4169 bwright@nationwidehcc.com From the first kiss to the last dance, all we do is everything! Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center is the premier wedding destination in Columbus, offering every possible luxury and convenience on one stunning 15-acre park-like setting to host the wedding of your dreams.

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newport syndicate

18 East Fifth St., Newport, KY (859) 491-8000 NewportSyndicate.com Newport Syndicate offers unique, beautiful private rooms for your ceremony, receptions, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, or bridal teas from 10 to 600 guests. Turn your event into a fine dining experience with attention to detail, service, and personal wedding planning. capacity 400+ | price $$

norlyn manor

4440 St. Route 132, Batavia Township, OH (513) 732-9500 lynne@norlynmanor.com NorlynManor.com Norlyn Manor, with its imported marble, chandeliers and architecturally unique styling, lends a European flavor to all receptions. Designed specifically for weddings, the gazebo is among one of our most popular features. We pride ourselves on quality, service, and customer satisfaction. capacity 400+ | price $$

northstar golf club

1150 Wilson Rd., Sunbury, OH (740) 524-4653 ahowellfb@thenorthstargolfclub.com TheNorthStarGolfClub.com

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As a new club, only minutes north of Polaris Mall, we offer you a truly unique setting with a perfect atmosphere highlighted by a panoramic view of our lake and golf course. NorthStar is sure to make a lasting impression on you and your guests. capacity 200 | price $$

oasis conference center

902 Loveland-Miamiville Road, Loveland, OH (513) 583-8383 | dos.oasis@vintagegp.com OasisConferenceCenter.com Situated in a spectacular Arnold Palmer–designed golf course, Oasis Conference Center offers a unique wedding or rehearsal dinner location. Oasis offers indoor and outdoor ceremonies and indoor receptions. capacity 400+ | price $$

old stone church

91 Public Square, Cleveland, OH (216) 241-6145 | weddings@oldstonechurch.org OldStoneChurch.org Old Stone Church welcomes all couples to celebrate their marriage in our historic sanctuary. Weddings here are occasions of both joy and reverence—joy in the love and happiness that the couple have found, and reverence because of the commitment they have made in their vows under the grace of God. capacity 600 | price $$

the oscar event center

5440 Dixie Highway, Suite E, Fairfield, OH (513) 674-6055 JungleJims.com/oscareventcenter The stage is set for your event. Whether you’re having a wedding ceremony and reception, celebrating an anniversary or having a corporate meeting or get-together, The Oscar Event Center is a perfect fit for any occasion. capacity 400 | price $$

paul brown stadium

2 Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH (513) 455-4830 | rachel.geiger@bengals.nfl.net Bengals.com/events Hosts extraordinaire! With a 62' window wall showcasing a spectacular view, the no wait 45' bar and our delectable on-site catering that can tailor any menu to fit your needs, your wedding is guaranteed to be unforgettable for you and your guests. capacity 400+ | price $$$

the phoenix

812 Race Street, Cincinnati, OH (513) 721-8901 ThePHX.com Our beautiful historic building creates an elegant ambiance for the perfect wedding reception. We assist brides and their families in creating a worry-free and memorable evening complete with great food and excellent service. capacity 400

radisson hotel at the university of toledo

3100 Glendale Avenue, Toledo, OH (419) 381-6800 Radisson.com/toledo The Radisson Hotel at The University of Toledo ensures that no detail is overlooked—from decorations and venue design to creative catering menus and special rates on accommodations for your guests. Let our wedding specialists bring your dream to life! capacity 400 | price $$

rolling meadows ranch

421 N. Waynesville Road, Lebanon, OH (513) 659-0476 rollingmeadowsranch@hotmail.com RollingMeadowsRanch.com We are proud to be Lebanon, Ohio’s newest venue. Nestled on 40 gorgeous acres, we bring you the ultimate wedding experience. Pairing romantic elegance with rustic class, and offering a seating capacity of 325, we are confident that you will enjoy our spacious, upscale barn for your dream wedding. capacity 325 | price $$$

the savannah center at chappell crossing

5533 Chappell Crossing Blvd., West Chester, OH (513) 860-4142 SavannahCenter.com Elegant upscale event destination, featuring luxury bridal suites, groom’s parlors, picturesque gardens, lake and gazebo along with indoor and outdoor ceremony locations. Our award winning chef creates customized menus while our professional banquet staff treats you and your guests with Southern hospitality. capacity 400+ | price $$

the sebring mansion inn & spa

385 West Ohio Avenue, Sebring, OH (330) 938-0423 SebringMansion.com The Sebring Mansion Inn & Spa staff takes pride in providing the best hospitality and guest services. Your event should be a relaxing and enjoyable experience. Develop your plan with us, and we will make it happen! capacity 100 | price $$$

the toledo club

235 14th Street, Toledo, OH (419) 254-2981 catering@toledoclub.org ToledoClub.org Rich in tradition and heritage, The Toledo Club stands as one of the most outstanding city clubs in the nation. Since 1889, this downtown Club has offered the community a setting for many festive parties in one of the most notable works of architecture in the city. capacity 300 | price $$$

tom’s country place

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THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY cont. (440) 934-4553 info@tomscountryplace.com TomsCountryPlace.com Tom’s Country Place, est. in 1959, is family-owned and operated for over 55 years. Available to serve as your venue or cater to the venue of your choice for your wedding, bridal shower or special event. We also feature a beautiful garden area for outdoor ceremonies and photographs. capacity 400+ | price $$

village pantry catering

453 Wards Corner, Loveland, OH (513) 965-0511 VillagePantryCatering.com With three full-service companies all under one roof— specializing in upscale, homemade cuisine, custom menus, weddings, rehearsals, showers, brunches, event design and worry-free event planning—we are the natural choice for your special event. capacity 400+ | price $$

the virtues golf club

At this historic, private home set atop a hillside in northern Kentucky, overlooking the Cincinnati skyline, the bride and groom are provided private dressing suites complete with private baths. The mansion accommodates 60 guests, which provides an intimate setting for your ceremony and reception. capacity 100 | price $$

windows on the river

2000 Sycamore, Cleveland, OH (216) 861-1445 | mcoyne@windowsontheriver.com WindowsontheRiver.com Windows on the River presents a truly exceptional experience—an urban vibe with an air that exudes classic elegance. In the heart of Cleveland’s waterfront, Windows on the River is conveniently located in the historic FirstEnergy Powerhouse at Nautica. capacity 300+ | price $$$

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(740) 763-1100 EXT. 227 sfinckel@thevirtuesgolfclub.com TheVirtuesGolfClub.com Let our friendly and professional staff make your special day a relaxed and fun occasion for you and your guests. Our on-site coordinator will take care of every detail to ensure your wedding day is perfect in every way. capacity 250 | price $$

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wagner’s of westlake

30855 Center Ridge Road, Westlake, OH (440) 871-8800 info@wagnersofwestlake.com WagnersofWestlake.com Wagner’s of Westlake is a leading venue choice for brides in Northeast Ohio. Our chef provides quality menu choices prepared fresh on-site. Tour our five ballrooms, each with private bar and dance floor. Two rooms offer private outside patios and two rooms have fireplaces. capacity 400+ | price $$

westin columbus

310 S. High Street, Columbus, OH (614) 228-3800 kathyjohnson@westincolumbus.com WestinColumbus.com In the heart of downtown Columbus, the historic Westin Grand Ballroom fuses modern refinement with traditional grandeur. Featuring customizable wedding packages, this location could be the ideal spot for couples hoping for a tastefully timeless ceremony and reception. capacity 300 | price $$$

wiedemann hill mansion (859) 655-9018 celebrate@whillmansion.com WHillMansion.com

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creative cuisine

839 Busch Court, Columbus, OH (614) 436-4949 CreativeCuisineColumbus.com Fabulous food is only the beginning; our creative professional staff has the experience of designing and producing amazing weddings of all sizes. At Creative Cuisine, we consider each wedding a personal statement that reflects you. That’s why each proposal is crafted to match your style and budget.

vonderhaar’s catering, inc.

19 W. Pleasant Street, Reading, OH (513) 554-1969 vonderhaar1@fuse.net Vonderhaars.com Our full-service company provides a variety of menus or you can customize your own. We offer buffet and plated dinners, chef-attended food stations, linens, complete beverage and bar service, and equipment rental. It’s our priority to provide excellent food, exceptional service and a memorable occasion.

flowers & décor

a taste of class catering

3415 Glenmore Ave., Cincinnati, OH (513) 481-3663 catering@atasteofclass.com ATasteofClass.com A Taste of Class Catering is a full-service caterer. With the ability to accommodate events from an intimate gathering to a lavish banquet up to 10,000 guests, we offer premium quality food, exceptional service and unmatched professionalism at prices that cater to your needs.

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courtenay lambert florals

4212 Airport Road, Suite 108, Cincinnati, OH (513) 321-0100 | CourtenayLambert.com Courtenay Lambert Florals is dedicated to the art of floral and event design. We design flowers and décor that make your wedding unique. Whether you’re planning an intimate cocktail party or an elaborate soiree, we translate your vision into a once-in-a-lifetime event.

16888 Pearl Rd., Strongsville, OH (440) 845-0800 | william.rini@taste-food.com Taste-Food.com We represent Cleveland’s premier landmark locations and will create the perfect setting for your dream reception. We cover every detail, including your wedding ceremony, valet, floral and table design, entertainment, cake and, of course, world-class menu design. Let us turn your vision into reality.

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lowe’s greenhouse

2980 East Broad Street, Columbus, OH (614) 237-1949 | (614) 893-5455 scott@cateringbyscott.com CateringByScott.com Our extensive knowledge, experience and unparalleled array of resources, combined with our friendly, professional associates, enable us to implement creative cost-effective events tailored to maintain your budget and achieve your objectives.

Serving Ohio (937) 291-3337 | UnlimitedEvents.com Since 1989 Unlimited Events, a full-service event design and production company, has been transforming your ideas into spectacular, memorable events. Please call us for a free consultation to find out how to alleviate the stress of planning your event so that you can relax and celebrate!

16540 Chillicothe Road, Chagrin Falls, OH (440) 543-5123 | (888) 543-5123 florist.lowes@gmail.com LowesGreenhouse.com We make your special day beautiful. Being a florist and garden center, we find our inspiration from the garden. Our talented floral team remains current with flower trends and styles, enabling us to capture the feeling and look you desire while working with any budget.

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Excellence Down to a Science Immerse your guests in the fascinating wonders of science and nature. Our galleries and collections provide a wholly unique and stunning backdrop for your wedding day. One that you simply cannot find anywhere else. We can create an unforgettable experience fully customized to your exacting standards, all complemented by exquisite culinary creations from award-winning chef and restaurateur Zack Bruell. Contact Anne Thompson, Rentals and Events Manager, at 216-231-4600 ext. 3482 or at athompson@cmnh.org to discuss your ceremony, reception, rehearsal dinner or engagement party.

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Bridgewater Banquet & Conference Center 10561 Sawmill Parkway, Powell OH 43065 614.734.9800 | www.bridgewaterbanquetcenter.com

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petals & leaves florist

1266 Goodale Blvd., Columbus, OH (614) 785-9690 info@petalsandleaves.net Petals & Leaves is a full-service weddings and events florist. Whether you’re looking for simple ceremony flowers, elaborate reception pieces, décor items or centerpieces, each wedding is as important as the next. With no event minimum, we proudly work with all budgets.

bridal fashion & beauty

look and feel amazing. Charles Penzone offers you an unforgettable experience.

donna salyers’ fabulous-bridal

601 Madison Avenue, Covington, KY (859) 291-9222 | info@fabulousbridal.com FabulousBridal.com Helping you select the perfect dress is not simply about finding a breathtaking gown. Our consultants provide unsurpassed personal attention and a customized experience. Our four floors of exclusive designer dresses showcase the latest runway bridal fashions, including bridal party dresses and accessories.

doreen leaf designs

831 Sunnyside Street SW, Hartville, OH (330) 877-6284 | DoreenLeafDesigns.com A full-service bridal salon known for impeccable service, quality and selection. We will assist you with every choice, from choosing a perfect gown and accessories to coordinating the bridesmaids, groom, groomsmen and your parents. Doreen is well-known for her expertise in restoring vintage gowns.

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3319 Erie Avenue, Cincinnati, OH (513) 321-1800 | amanda@hydeparkbridal.com HydeParkBridal.com It’s your big day—don’t you deserve the perfect dress? Amanda’s Hyde Park Bridal is a specialty bridal boutique, where we’re passionate about finding the dress that fits your style, shape and personality. Your dream dress is waiting. Visit our website to schedule an appointment.

bridal & formal, inc.

Cincinnati, OH (513) 821-6622 | BridalandFormalInc.com Bridal & Formal, a family-owned business that has grown to be one of the country’s largest bridal salons. We are a full-service salon catering to the bride’s individual needs. We offer over 4,000 bridal gowns, hundreds of veils and headpieces, plus bridesmaid, jewelry and accessory departments.

bridal by kotsovos

9501 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH (513) 791-3877 | kotsovosapparel@gmail.com BridalByKotsovos.com Situated in the heart of Olde Montgomery, Kotsovos’ unique salon has the most elegant selection of bridal and mother-of-the-bride dresses in the Midwest, available for special order or immediate purchase. Kotsovos prides itself on professional excellence, quality and service. In-house alterations.

the charles penzone bridal department

1480 Manning Parkway, Powell, OH (614) 418-5350 | bridals@charlespenzone.com CharlesPenzone.com Like what you see. Love how you feel. It’s your big day. Whether you’re growing your hair for an updo, looking for completely different hair color, getting makeup and nails done or scheduling spa treatments, you should

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the dress bridal boutique

228 South Court St., Medina, OH (330) 952-0636 | TheDressBridalBoutique.com At The Dress, we are a full-service bridal boutique, specializing in your experience. We attend to three brides at a time and one bridesmaid party, so our focus is completely on your appointment and your experience. We have a nice selection of gowns and bridal party attire that is not overwhelming by any means.

the gown shop

202 Louisiana Ave., Perrysburg, OH (419) 679-4696 | perrysburg@thegownshop.com TheGownShop.com Located in a lovely suburban Toledo city, The Gown Shop - Perrysburg is what fashion-forward and elegant brides-to-be have dreamed about! Our passion and promise of this shabby-glam and ultra-chic boutique is to make sure that every bride has the perfect gown for her perfect day.

henri’s cloud nine

Minerva and Columbus, OH (800) 952-3560 | (888) 823-9880 info@henris.com | Henris.com Henri’s Cloud Nine has been dressing brides for over 50 years. Let our experienced bridal stylists help you achieve the perfect look by guiding you through our selection of designer bridal gowns, dresses for maids and mothers, accessories and more. Henri’s is your one-stop bridal shop!

ivy bridal studio

4441 W. Dublin Granville Rd., Dublin, OH (614) 742-7253 (by appointment only) IvyBridalStudio.com Each gown in our store has been selected with you in mind. We know who the Columbus bride is—smart, confident, easygoing and fashion conscious—and

what she expects. You want what you wear to reflect how you feel, and your wedding gown should be no different.

la jeune mariee collection

139 E. Main St., Columbus, OH (614) 228-2700 | ido@lajeunemariee.com LaJeuneMariee.com La Jeune Mariee is an intimate bridal boutique with a gown for every bride. Our exclusive selection of bridal gowns has the styles you’re looking for: boho and ethereal, chic and modern, timeless and classy. We provide each bride with the personal experience she deserves!

la jeune mariee luxe

139 E. Main St., Columbus, OH (614) 228-2700 LaJeuneMariee.com Formerly Big Rock Bridal Atelier, La Jeune Mariee LUXE is the epitome of luxury bridal fashion. With designers like Carolina Herrera, Monique Lhuillier, Vera Wang and Berta under one roof, we will create a one-of-a-kind bridal experience for you, right here in central Ohio.

lace bridal couture

The Reading Bridal District, Cincinnati, OH (513) 821-6000 | info@lacebridalcouture.com LaceBridalCouture.com From classic lines to today’s hottest trends, we can fulfill the dreams of the most fashion-forward and modern brides. With exquisite ball gowns to fun and sexy destination gowns, we have the styles and selections to fit most any bride’s sense of style and budget.

love curvy bridal

133 West Benson St., Cincinnati, OH info@lovecurvybridal.com LoveCurvyBridal.com Love Curvy Bridal is a chic and modern bridal boutique specializing in providing the latest designs for the fashion-forward bride size 16-32. We provide unparalleled styles and selections to ensure that you can find that one-of-a-kind gown that is perfect for your special day.

luxeredux bridal

Columbus, Cincinnati, Indianapolis (614) 787-2930 | info@luxereduxbridal.com LUXEreduxBridal.com LUXEredux Bridal offers an amazing collection of discounted bridal gown boutique samples in our Columbus, Cincinnati and Indianapolis boutiques, where you’ll have a personal bridal shopping experience—or snag that steal of a gown in our digital storefront! Visit in store or online today.

matina’s bridal

(216) 464-1288 | info@matinasbridal.com MatinasBridal.com Matina’s Bridal has offered the most exquisite couture bridal gowns straight from the New York runway for more than 40 years. We continue to provide the

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discerning bride a wide selection of designer wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses, mothers’ dresses and stunning accessories to complete the look.

something white

6596 Brecksville Rd., Ste. C, Independence, OH (216) 447-9620 info@somethingwhitebridal.com SomethingWhiteBridal.com Looking for something truly unique? Something White has curated a selection of couture wedding gowns— with styles ranging from rustic and whimsical to classic and preppy. We offer a variety of gowns with straps, as well as strapless options, plus fabulous accessories, jewelry and veils.

trousseau bridal

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5 N. Liberty Street, Powell, OH (614) 430-8730 by appointment trousseauofpowell@gmail.com TrousseauofPowell.com Our boutique bridal salon has exclusive, unique wedding gowns and accessories in an intimate setting that’s all about the bride. By appointment only, come explore our gown selection starting at $1,300.

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alson jewelers

28149 Chagrin Blvd., Cleveland, OH (216) 464-6767 AlsonJewelers.com For over 84 years, our family has been Cleveland’s trusted expert in fine jewelry. Your wedding band is the most personal piece of jewelry you will own. Not only will you wear it every day for life, but it will be passed on for generations. Make a decision that you can live happily ever after with.

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23 North High Street, Dublin, OH (614) 791-2600 WhiteofDublin.com White of Dublin is a couture bridal boutique in historic Dublin, Ohio, located in the greater Columbus area. We offer an intimate setting to find your perfect designer wedding gown, as well as mother of the bride, bridesmaid and flower girl dresses. We also offer designer lingerie.

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the diamond cellar

Dublin and Columbus DiamondCellar.com The Diamond Cellar is one of the largest independent jewelry stores in the US, representing some of the

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worthington jewelers

692 High Street, Worthington, OH (614) 430-8800 | info@worthingtonjewelers.com WorthingtonJewelers.com Your love is one of a kind, so begin your lives together with rings designed and handcrafted just for you. Choose from 1,300-plus engagement and wedding styles, with competitive prices on loose diamonds. Friendly, non-commissioned consultants help you find the perfect rings at our family-owned store.

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Cincinnati, OH (513) 759-6760 | photo@danielmichael.com DanielMichael.com True artistry comes from the ability to anticipate a moment and capture that relationship in the moment with flawless technique for you to remember and tell stories about for the rest of your life. It’s your wedding and we want to show your style and your memories.

entertainment

billy j entertainment

ReadingBridalDistrict.com With 9 bridal gown stores, over 9,000 bridal gowns and 35 top wedding professionals on one street, we’re the largest bridal district in the world!

34351 Chadron Road, Willoughby Hills, OH (440) 585-3004 billyjamesdj@yahoo.com BillyJDJs.com/ohio Billy “J” Entertainment proudly serves with over 20 years of experience. From your initial consultation all the way to the final dance at your wedding reception, expect nothing but the personalized attention that makes us the most highly referred DJ company in Cleveland.

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party pleasers services

photography & video

Serving Cincinnati, Dayton and Columbus (513) 336-6935 | PartyPleasersServices.com With offices in Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton, we provide award-winning DJ/master of ceremony services. We have multiple DJs to match all personalities, styles and cultures. We transform spaces using lighting, drapes and décor to create the atmosphere and look that you desire.

specialty services amy peppercorn photography

(614) 226-8438 amy@apeppercornphotography.com APeppercornPhotography.com Timeless, beautiful and fun—Amy Peppercorn Photography is dedicated to freezing your day in time. Amy’s passion for capturing the beauty of your love is endless—your final product will feel like you are re-living the whole day!

derk’s works

Columbus, OH (614) 887-7502 | DerksWorks.com Committed to bringing you the best in artistic wedding photography, we shoot in an editorial, photojournalistic, true-to-who-you-are-as-an-individual, simply romantic, laugh-out-loud, crazy-beautiful and down right honest style. We hope you’ll let us show you how much we love this job.

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blanc de bleu cuv´ee mousseux

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

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reading bridal district

Northeast Ohio’s finest affordable luxury event rental company specializes in unique seating options, lounge furniture, chiavari chairs, custom bars and lounge accessories. Born of design, we offer white-glove service with every installation, comprehensive event layout services and production planning.

Serving Ohio (440) 476-9125 | shannon@blissweddingsinc.com BlissWeddingsInc.com At Bliss Weddings, it is our mission to turn every wedding into an incredible experience. We will make your special day one that you will never forget. Bliss Weddings offers a variety of officiant service packages to fit every couple’s needs.

columbus weddings show

Dispatch Media Group 5300 Crosswind Dr., Columbus, OH (614) 573-7028 | krutherford@dispatch.com CbusWeddings.com There is no better place to start researching everything you need for your big day than Columbus’ largest weddings event. Sample wedding cakes and reception food, see the latest in wedding styles and meet hundreds of wedding specialists—all in one place at the Columbus Weddings Show.

dublin cleaners, inc.

Serving Ohio (614) 335-9206 | DublinCleaners.com We are recommended by nearly every central Ohio bridal boutique. Your gown will be carefully cleaned and museum-quality preserved by two of the owners who have several decades of experience! Dublin Cleaners also offers free ship-in and ship-back “Courier Pak” service for out-of-the-area brides.

all occasions event rental

10629 Reading Road, Evendale, OH (513) 563-0600 | AORents.com Let our team of experienced event professionals help make your wedding remarkable! With 36 years in the rental business, we’ve built our reputation on outstanding customer service, a knowledgeable staff and the most impressive array of products in the area.

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(330) 535-4950 | info@beseatedinstyle.com BeSeatedinStyle.com

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RESOURCE INDEX Cox Arboretum MetroPark

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20th Century Theater

309

Crowne Plaza Columbus-Dublin

279

Ahern Catering & Banquet Center

240

Destinys Catering Inc.

231

The Athletic Club of Columbus

64

Embassy Suites by Hilton Cleveland Beachwood

267

The Ballroom at Park Lane

89

Embassy Suites by Hilton Columbus Airport

305

Barn at Rush Creek

14

Franklin Park Conservatory

45

Barrington Golf Club

193

Gather Walden

204

Bel-Wood Country Club

305

Glenmoor Country Club

155

The Bertram Inn & Conference Center

101

The Grand Event Center

219

The Blackwell

39

Granville Inn

300

Bridgewater Banquet & Conference Center

313

Great American Ball Park

255

Brookside Golf & Country Club

178

Great Wolf Lodge

303

Bryn Du Mansion

293

Heritage Golf Club

249

Buca di Beppo

67

Hilton Columbus Downtown

265

Cameron Mitchell

47

Hilton Columbus/Polaris

271

Carnegie Hall at Newport

191

Hocking Hills Wedding Chapel

15

The Centennial Barn

13

Holiday Inn Cleveland

273

Cheers & Lakeside Chalet

228

InterContinental Cleveland

9

Cincinnati Art Museum

211

Ivy Hills Country Club

251

Cincinnati Marriott North

299

JACK Entertainment

53

The City Club of Cleveland

21

Jefferson Country Club

69

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

2

Jorgensen Farms

237

The Cleveland Museum of Art

135

Juniper

252

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History

313

Kelton House Museum Garden

187

The Clock Tower

163

La Scala

57

The Columbus Athenaeum

117

Lago Custom Events

259

Contemporary Arts Center

307

The Lakes Golf & Country Club

27

Cooper Creek

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LaMalfa

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Country Club of the North

225

Landerhaven

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Courtyard by Marriott Hamilton

311

The Madison Event Center

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RESOURCE INDEX CONT. The Makoy Center

143

Creative Cuisine

274

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks

291

Elegant Fare

257

The Medallion Club

311

Vonderhaar’s Catering, Inc.

184

Music Hall

113

Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center

309

FLOWERS & DÉCOR

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Newport Syndicate

93

Courtenay Lambert Florals & Event Design

197

Norlyn Manor

239

Elbowgrease Design

215

NorthStar Golf Club

49

Entertainment Unlimited Events

203

Oasis Conference Center

207

The Flowerman

18

Old Stone Church

307

Lowe’s Greenhouses, Florist & Gift Shop

295

The Oscar Event Center

43

Petals & Leaves

280

Paul Brown Stadium

105

The Phoenix

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Radisson at The University of Toledo

199 Amanda’s Hyde Park Bridal

141

Rhinegeist

217

Rolling Meadows Ranch

10

American Commodore Tuxedo

188

Savannah Center at Chappell Crossing

165

Bridal & Formal

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The Sebring Mansion Inn & Spa

209

Bridal by Kotsovos

109

The Toledo Club

260

Charles Penzone Bridal

289

Tom’s Country Place

289

Donna Salyers’ Fabulous-Bridal

87

Village Pantry Catering

145

Doreen Leaf Designs

283

The Virtues Golf Club

212

The Dress Bridal Boutique

299

Wagner’s of Westlake

223

The Gown Shop Bridal

158

The Westin Columbus

183

Henri’s Bridal

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Wiedemann Hill Mansion

33

Ivy Bridal Studio

295

Windows on the River

152

La Jeune Mariee Collection

41

La Jeune Mariee LUXE

63

CAKES & CATERERS

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Lace Bridal Couture

17

A Taste of Class Catering

181

Love Curvy Bridal

31

A Taste of Excellence Catering

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LUXEredux Bridal, LLC

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Catering by Scott

245

Matina’s Bridal

167

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161

Derk’s Works

200

Trousseau Bridal

133

Green Couch Photography

157

White of Dublin

51

Images by Daniel Michael

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JEWELRY

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Alson Jewelers

61

Billy J Full-Spectrum Entertainment

315

Diamond Cellar

25

Party Pleasers

293

Worthington Jewelers

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A Savannah Nite Limousine Services

227

All Occasions Event Rental

246

Be Seated

268

WEDDING CONSULTANTS

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Reading Bridal District

22, 234

INVITATIONS & DETAILS

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Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux

7, 55

Things Remembered

29

Bliss Weddings

303

Columbus Weddings Show

233

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Dublin Cleaners

300

Amy Peppercorn Photography

277

Weddingapolis Expos & Shows

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ellen & tim DUBLIN “My photographer had to remind me to slow down,” Ellen says of eagerly descending a set of stairs to steal a peek at her fiancé, Tim, prior to the start of their ceremony. “When I finally reached the bottom, I went to tap his shoulder and realized Tim had already turned around to face me with tears in his eyes.”

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The Knot Ohio Fall/Winter 2017  

From the #1 wedding website: TheKnot.com. Check out The Knot Ohio online magazine to make wedding planning easier. Find all you need to know...

The Knot Ohio Fall/Winter 2017  

From the #1 wedding website: TheKnot.com. Check out The Knot Ohio online magazine to make wedding planning easier. Find all you need to know...