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NEW EXPERIENCES FOR EVERLASTING MEMORIES

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JOIN US AT ONE OF OUR NEW EXCLUSIVE VENUES: MAPLESIDE BARN

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MICHAEL ANGELO ’S WINERY

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Henri’s Bridal The Nation’s Premier Bridal Shopping Destination 1-800-952-3560 BVEF Henris.com/Bridal

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HARVEST OF MEMORIES

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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 250 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! 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.

Hocking Hills, OH | (888) 222-4691 | (740) 746-9934 | valleyviewcabins@gmail.com | BarnatRushCreek.com | Facebook.com/barnatrushcreek

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HOCKING HILLS WEDDING CHAPEL boasts a log chapel, gazebo and outdoor stone fireplace. All-inclusive wedding packages are available with customizable options and on-site lodging. Elope with your fiancé or include up to 55 guests!

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CONTENTS

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

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fashion & beauty 169

the ultimate ring guide Your complete resource for finding the right sparkler for you.

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

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

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upgrade your maids Keep your girls looking fabulous with the hottest bridesmaid looks.

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

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elements of style

style 113

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

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your perfect venue

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

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

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décor details 101 We break down some of the most popular wedding elements so you know what you need for your day.

Find your ideal locale with our personality-based guide.

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flowers for every budget

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

The latest prewedding treatments to bring out your natural to-be-wed glow.

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

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natural beauty 101

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real weddings 63

jennifer & ryan august 25, cleveland

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lauren & dylan september 29, mount vernon

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madeleine & rob october 20, cincinnati

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sarah & haythem june 9, cincinnati

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joy & david april 27, columbus

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traditions with a twist

planning

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natalie & greg

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abigail & jake september 1, mansfield

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claire & christoph june 16, chagrin falls

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eduardo & matthew november 4, columbus

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marrying away?

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traditions with a twist

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venue makeover Smart hacks to help camouflage eyesores at your venue.

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your catering checklist Whatever the cuisine, you need these important tips.

registry awards We’ve rounded up the best of the best to start newlywed life off right.

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

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

Tell guests all they need to know about your destination celebration.

natalie & greg september 21, pleasant hill

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insta-worthy party spots Show your crew a ’grammable time at one of these group-friendly destinations.

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1 Studio 66 LLC 513.871.7960

10 Lace Bridal Couture 513.821.6000

20 Jasmine Thai Cuisine 513.948.1626

2 Tres Belle Cakes & Coffee Shop 513.241.CAKE

11 St. Paul Lutheran Church 513.821.0987

21 Everlasting Sounds 513.260.2780

3 White Wisteria Bridal Boutique 513.761.4696

12 A Thousand Words Photography 513.779.1000

4 DJ TOAD 513.288.8417

13 Images by Daniel Michael 513.759.6760

4 Brittany Bays Photography 513.846.3071

22 Unique Expressions by Tonya 513.602.9570 23 LUXEredux Bridal Boutique 513.550.3531

14 Christine’s Gift 513.761.GIFT

24 Jessica Wiggins Photography 513.346.9655

5 Reading Floral Boutique 513.752.3344

15 Jill Matthews Photography 513.267.7973

25 BoChic Bridal Boutique 513.954.4177

6 Aj Studio Photography by Angela and Jaime 513.491.3747

16 Love Curvy Bridal 513.761.0378

26 Patricia’s Weddings & Custom Cakes 513.733.3100

7 Blush Bridal 513.891.5500

17 Creative Invites and Events 513.748.0235

27 Bridal and Formal 513.821.6622

8 Redwine & Co. 513.975.0440

18 Something New, Borrowed & Blue 513.821.1777

28 Wendy’s Bridal Cincinnati 513.761.7750

9 Valley Central Bank 513.821.3335

19 Foley’s Irish Pub 513.948.9163

29 Cincy Bridal 513.514.0289

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30 Party Pleasers Services 513.417.8316 30 The Event Connections 513.601.8246 31 GENO’S Tux Plus 513.761.1777 32 Carrie Karibo Bridal 513.821.9666 33 O.G. Gallery & Studio 513.570.6070 34 Benson’s Tavern 513.918.5310 35 Laura Hicks Photography 513.755.0707 36 Vonderhaar’s Catering 513.554.1969 37 German Heritage Farm 513.563.6663

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ABOUT THE COVER

get the look

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

COVER Dress in sizes up to 24, $6,560, FrancescaMiranda .com; engagement ring, $1,289 (not including center stone), NoamCarver.com

COVER Dress in sizes up to 16, $2,375, cape in sizes up to L, $5,465, Jenny Packham at La Jeune Mariee Bridal Collection, LaJeuneMariee.com (Columbus); earrings, $168, JenniferBehr.com

COVER Dress in sizes up to 12, price upon request, ElieSaab .com; earrings, $125, KennethJayLane.com

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

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

BEHIND THE SCENES

The Greatest Show On Earth

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

animal kingdom

a note about four-legged performers

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

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

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

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

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Offering premier bridal designers such as: Allure Bridals Allure Couture Allure Romance Chic Nostalgia Jennifer Black for Tulle NY Lis Simon Madison James Mikaella Paloma Blanca Pronovias Pronovias White One

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EXCLUSIVE CATERER FOR

MANDY PAIGE WEDDINGS

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EDITOR IN CHIEF

Kristen Maxwell Cooper DESIGN DIRECTOR

EXECUTIVE EDITOR

MANAGING EDITOR

MANAGING EDITOR

SENIOR DIRECTOR, REAL WEDDINGS

PHOTO DIRECTOR

Tracy Everding

Lauren Kay

Susan Berryman

Maria Bouselli

Rebecca Crumley

Jo Miller

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

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

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

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THE STUDIO @ XO VP, CUSTOM CONTENT & HEAD OF STUDIO Nick Fortunato EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Elizabeth Roehrig EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Joanna Dedvukaj ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, SALES DEVELOPMENT MARKETING Chaucy Dixon DEPUTY EDITOR Kate Traverson INTEGRATED PRODUCER Alexandra Vicino SENIOR EDITOR Cassie Kreitner SENIOR MANAGER, CREATIVE MARKETING SOLUTIONS Jessica Bendes ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR Kelsey Paine SENIOR DESIGNER Amanda Kocis Gallagher JUNIOR DIGITAL MARKETING COORDINATOR Claire Flanagan ASSISTANT SOCIAL MEDIA EDITOR Stephani Schell SALES & MARKETING GROUP VP, LOCAL SALES John Pike, jpike@theknot.com PUBLISHER Carolyn Mantone, cmantone@theknot.com ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Mark Pittman, mpittman@theknot.com (855) 918-1218 SENIOR REGIONAL/NATIONAL ACCOUNT MANAGER SPECIALIST REGIONAL SALES DIRECTOR FASHION ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE BEAUTY ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE SENIOR DIRECTOR, SHOWS & EVENTS DIRECTOR, PRODUCT MARKETING PRINT STRATEGY SPECIALIST SENIOR DIRECTOR, PUBLIC RELATIONS & BRAND MARKETING SENIOR MANAGER, PUBLIC RELATIONS & BRAND MARKETING COORDINATOR, PUBLIC RELATIONS & MARKETING COFOUNDER

Karrie Ploss, kploss@theknot.com (800) 246-9993 Rhonda Haberkamp, rhaberkamp@theknot.com (888) 332-7815 Diane Thaete, dthaete@theknot.com (877) 771-3018 Kristy Newquist, knewquist@theknot.com (877) 927-3070 Danielle Pelletiere, dpelletiere@theknot.com (214) 460-7080 Susana Diharce, sdiharce@theknot.com (866) 960-9909 Bevin Stella, bstella@theknot.com (212) 515-3544 printspecialist@theknot.com (402) 596-8489 Melissa Bach, pr@theknot.com Lauren Nolan, pr@theknot.com Emilie Berman, pr@theknot.com

Carley Roney

The Knot Ohio is a publication of Weddingpages LLC, a subsidiary of XO Group Inc. All content © 2019 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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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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Discover new ideas, get answers to your questions and find local wedding pros that fit your style and budget.

REAL WEDDINGS

get inspired Browse weddings from across Ohio, including Stefanie and Lorenzo’s classic vows at the Amasa Stone Chapel in Lyndhurst. The pair chose the venue for its Gothic-style architecture, including stunning stained-glass windows. “We loved the venue’s character,” Stefanie says. To add a personal touch, Stefanie and her mom walked down a petal-lined aisle to a memorial in tribute to her late father.

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BEST OF WEDDINGS

Ready to assemble your pro squad? Discover the top-rated wedding vendors in your area and find out why couples love them at TheKnot.com/bow. +

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Gather your dream team of local wedding vendors with the help of our Ultimate Wedding Guides at TheKnot.com/ohio. You can connect with planners, photographers and other vendors by searching by region and price in our local Marketplace. Your state directory has everything you need to know to get married, even where and how to secure a marriage license. You’ll also discover real wedding inspiration from other Ohio couples.

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The City Club of Cleveland

PHOTOS COURTESY OF DAVID A. STAMM PHOTOGRAPHY

Endless Possibilities

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All-Inclusive Packages, Customized to Fit Your Dreams



Gourmet Menu Selections



Professional Event Coordinators



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Hosting ONE event at a time... making YOU our only priority!



You Say “I DO ” We Do the Rest City Club Catering 850 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH • 216.621.0082 www.cityclubcatering.com • catering@cityclub.org

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EDITOR ’S NOTE

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

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

Editor in Chief @kristenmax kristen@theknot.com Put your own twist on tradition—we’ve got the new “something blue” and swaps for the unity candle. (p. 216)

This colorful invite screams party. Find your perfect suite in our rainbow of paper inspo. (p. 129)

Doan Ly of a.p. bio created bouquets at every price point—and they’re all stunning. (p. 138)

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

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How amazing is this embellished cape? I love it as a veil alternative. (p. 198)

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J E F F E R S O N C O U N T RY C L U B

Classic. Sophisticated. Timeless.

Jefferson‌The perfect location for hosting your wedding celebration. Our spacious ballroom and immaculately manicured grounds can accommodate up to 350 guests. Included in all of Jefferson’s packages is our on-site wedding coordinator, who will assist you in planning your special event from start to finish! When you book your event with us, you are more than just a client; you become part of our family. Contact us today to discuss hosting your event and learn about our

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current wedding promotions.

7271 Jefferson Meadows Drive | Blacklick, OH | 614.759.7500

www.JeffersonCountryClub.com Follow us on Facebook by searching Jefferson Country Club Weddings and Events

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TOOL S

CONGRATULATIONS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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GO FOR FITTINGS Have the final attire fittings and arrange for dress and/or suit pickup.

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

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

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GET THE MARRIAGE LICENSE You’ll find this must-have doc at the state registrar’s office in the county where you’ll wed.

Get Married The planning and hard work are behind you—time to celebrate your new status. >>

CARD: COURTESY OF RIFLE PAPER CO.; MARIACHI BAND: GETTY IMAGES; MODEL: RODIN BANICA/MCV PHOTO; COMPUTER: SHUTTERSTOCK; COUPLE: EMELY TAVERAS; CEREMONY: THE YOUNGRENS; BOUQUET: SARAH ANNE WARD; ALL OTHER IMAGES: ISTOCK

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NAIL DOWN THE BUDGET Envision your wedding and decide how much you want to spend (and who else will be contributing).

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The Designers You Love, Sizes 16-32. Cincinnati’s ONLY Bridal Boutique specializing in bridal designers that cater to the curvy bride!

(513) 761-0378

133 West Benson Street, Cincinnati, OH 45215 • www.LoveCurvyBridal.com Located in the prestigious Reading Bridal District CARLY SHORT PHOTOGRAPHY

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TOOL S

Organizing all those details and to-dos? There’s an app for that. The Knot Wedding Planner pulls together your vision, pros and guests to put planning in the palm of your hand.

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FIND YOUR WEDDING STYLE We know—you’re probably figuring out where you should even start. We’ve got you covered. Once you download the app, the first thing you’ll do is swipe on images you love in our Style Quiz. It’s a fun way to help zero in on your vibe. Once complete, you’ll have your very own Wedding Vision (more on that on the next page). KEEP ORGANIZED Not sure what to do when? No sweat—we’ve put together a checklist for you, and it’s totally customizable. So if Uncle Jeff is officiating, we’ll take “find an officiant” off your list. Plus, our budgeter will help you track your overall spending and how much you’ve put toward each detail. COMPILE YOUR TEAM After sharing all your info (budget, location, guest count) we’ll help you assemble your squad with personalized recs. And if you want to keep scrolling, we’ve got thousands of award-winning pros, plus reviews, on The Knot Marketplace. MANAGE YOUR REGISTRY Now for the fun part: your registries. Your people will want to shower you with gifts from “we’re engaged” to your wedding day, so keep your wish lists fully stocked right from your phone. Our universal registry tool lets you add items from anywhere you shop—so you don’t have to choose between bespoke pottery on Etsy and the latest smart home tech at Amazon. And if you’d rather have money to put toward things like your honeymoon or a home down payment, start your cash registry on The Knot. THINK OF YOUR GUESTS Your wedding website is going to be your new BFF. Fill it with need-toknow info, like hotels and your registries, then share it with guests. You can stay on top of RSVPs on it too. And speaking of guests, make sure they download The Guest—a photo sharing app that will sync all of their photos in one place (it’s like a free wedding album you can see in real time!).

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plan your wedding on your phone

GET YOUR DAY-OF TIMELINE As you check off to-dos (so satisfying, right?) the app creates a detailed day-of timeline. Share it with your pros, wedding party and VIPs. This way, everyone knows when it’s all going down, and you can focus on enjoying some champagne and having a blast with your people. >>

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TOOL S

LE T ’ S G E T STA RT E D ON

Not sure how to define your style and theme?

That’s okay! Download The Knot Wedding Planner app and take our Style Quiz to get your personalized Wedding Vision.

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

PERFECT YOUR COLOR PALET TE Check out the colors that match your wedding style. And not to worry—you can always change them up as you plan.

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

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

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

ON THE APP LOOK FOR THIS ICON Throughout the issue we’ve included more ways the app can help you plan, like creating your wedding website and setting up the ultimate registry.

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

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PROP ST YLING: PA M MORRIS; VISION BOARD AND VENUES: DANA CUBBAGE WEDDINGS (6); VISION ICON: C ASEY SPEER/NOUN PROJEC T; SHARE ICON: LOGAN/NOUN PROJEC T; IPHONE ICON: NIKITA KOZIN/NOUN PROJEC T; CHECK ICON: KIMMI STUDIO/NOUN PROJEC T; RECOMMENDATION ICON: PRESENT TAS/NOUN PROJEC T; PALET TE ICON: ALEX AUDA SA MOR A/NOUN PROJEC T; ST YLE ICON: CHRIS HOM AN/NOUN PROJEC T

your wedding vision

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M AKE TR ADITION

THE DETAILS Angela and Brittany tied the knot on June 2, 2018, in downtown Cincy’s Washington Park. “We love spending time there and love the energy,” Brittany says.

THE COUPLE

Angela Ianniello (right, a program manager) and Brittany Green (a graduate student) are Cincy residents.

THEIR WEDDING, THEIR WAY

a walk in the park

Angela and Brittany’s relationship has spanned Cincinnati landmarks, from Holtman’s Donuts to the Roebling Bridge. For their day, the pair planned a tribute to the Queen City in Washington Park. BY LOUIS BAR AGONA PHOTOGR APHY BY HUNTER & LIGHT PHOTO CO

MANIFESTO “Our wedding

CEREMONY Angela

was a commitment to our community that our new family stands for something,” Angela says. Together, the couple pledged empathy and kindness as their guiding principles. GUEST LIST “Because we chose only to invite those closest to us, all 25 of our guests were our wedding party,” Angela says.

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and Brittany included a version of the handfasting ceremony and wrote vows to honor their commitment and shared faith. DINNER After the ceremony, everyone headed to Pies & Pints on The Banks. “Pizza is near and dear to us,” Brittany says.

CAKE A friend worked with her

parents to bake and transport Angela and Brittany’s cake, flying it in from New York the night before the wedding. “Her parents surprised us by bringing the cake knife from their wedding for us to use,” Brittany says.

THE TEAM CEREMONY SITE Washington Park, Cincinnati RECEPTION SITE Pies & Pints, Cincinnati PHOTOGRAPHY Jonathan Medina & Tim Spanagel/Hunter & Light Photo Co FLOWERS Gia and the Blooms GOWN David’s Bridal SUIT Jacket: JF J. Ferrar; pants: Banana Republic RINGS Angela: Mociun; Brittany: Pandora INVITATIONS PaperlessPost.com CAKE DIY OFFICIANT Rev. David W. Meredith

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“We needed sugar before the ceremony, and Holtman’s is always a good idea,” Angela says.

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ADVICE

THE CREW

Q AND A

ask the knot squad We tapped our experts for answers to your most pressing questions.

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

HARMONY WALTON Founder, Jet Fete and The Bridal Bar

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SHAWNA GOHEL Founder and editor in chief, Maharani Weddings

MARY CHATMAN CEO and editor in chief, Black Bride

LOUIS BARAGONA Associate real weddings editor, The Knot

MARK INGRAM Owner and creative director, Mark Ingram Atelier

LAUREN KAY Executive editor, The Knot

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

FA S H I O N

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

23%

OF COUPLES MARRIED AT LEAST 200 MILES AWAY FROM HOME

What are some fresh color palettes for Indian weddings? SHAWNA GOHEL: This depends on your aesthetic, but I love a look that leans toward saturated glamour. Since Indian weddings are bright, energetic celebrations, vibrant palettes tend to work best. Some of my favorite hues for weddings include jewel-toned combinations such as saffron and plum, peacock blue and silver, or crimson and gold. >>

THE BRAUNS; EXPERTS FROM TOP: ALLAN ZEPEDA PHOTOGRAPHY, CARLA TEN EYCK PHOTOGRAPHY, WEDDING DOCUMENTARY PHOTO + CINEMA, KAYLA MADONNA, REBECCA DELMAN, CHRISTIAN OTH STUDIO, PRESTON SCHLEBUSCH

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ADVICE PLANNING

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

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

remind your guests to stay present with an on-theme sign

RECEPTION

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

ETIQUETTE

25%

OF COUPLES ASKED GUESTS TO POCKET THEIR PHONES FOR THE CEREMONY

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

SIGN: MAKAYLA RAE PHOTOGRAPHY

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THEIR STORY Jennifer Snyder (28 and a dentist) and Ryan Winks (32 and a Navy dentist) are full of Cleveland pride—and their wedding day was proof of that. “When we met, we really bonded over being from the Great Lakes, so we knew we had to get married overlooking Lake Erie,” Jennifer says. A Cleveland native, Jennifer worked with Ryan, a diehard Michigan fan and native, to not only make the city feel like home over their years together, but also to fill their wedding with CLE-inspired touches. Custom Cavs-colored napkins and a starring role at the ceremony for their pup, the aptly named LeBron James, known as Bronny, celebrated the place they call home. Guests even took toothbrushes labeled “welcome to the land.” —Louis Baragona

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STATIONERY Watercolor peonies, roses and lisianthus brightened the invitation suite, while an illustration of Bronny added a lovable personal touch to Jennifer and Ryan’s custom crest. RECEPTION Blue floral tablecloths, bursts of yellow orchids and hanging greenery framed what Jennifer calls the “biggest conversation piece:” the dance floor. “We wrapped our dance floor with our custom wedding logo in the center,” she says. “Our goal was to keep everyone on the dance floor, and we accomplished it.” Later, guests wore light-up flower crowns and neon glasses as they sipped cucumber coolers, the party’s signature drink, from frosted cups finished with the wedding logo.

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JENNIFER & RYAN’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE The Veranda at

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TRADITION “We chose ‘Coming Home’ by Leon Bridges for our first dance because it reminded us how special it felt when Ryan returned home from deployment,” Jennifer says. FLOWERS A rainbow of yellow orchids, fuchsia roses and purple larkspur topped tables and filled bouquets. CAKE Real flowers appeared to be growing straight from the watercolor-painted leaves on the cake’s buttercream frosting. FAVORS LeBron made another adorable appearance on the couple’s frosted cookie favors.

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Choo ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Oak Park Jewelers STATIONERY Invitations, escort cards & menus: Butler’s Pantry Calligraphy; place cards: FranJohnsonHouse, Etsy.com; programs: TiedandTwo, Etsy.com RENTALS Borrow Rentals; Elite Wedding Chairs; Event Source; La Tavola; Rock the House; SHOUT! CATERING Lago Custom Events CAKE Wild Flour Bakery DOUGHNUTS Biagio’s Donut Shop & Pizzaria OFFICIANT John Becker MUSIC Ceremony:

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THEIR STORY Thirty-one-year-olds Lauren Passauer (a designer and nutrition coach) and Dylan Grieshaber (a government employee) took a DIY approach for their rustic-meets-vintage wedding. “We wanted everything to be a representation of our personalities and to feel like our own,” Lauren says. “All of the décor was from our home or an antique we’ve found over the years.” The pair took on as many projects as they could, with Lauren designing nearly all of the stationery herself. “I hand-made paper flowers and hand-lettered just about everything I could get my hands on,” Lauren says. “We wanted to provide as many creative personal touches as possible.” —LB

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WEDDING PARTY Lauren’s gals shared one common element in the design of their bridesmaids dresses: sequins. “Every dress was unique, so nobody looked the same wearing them,” Lauren says. ESCORT CARD DISPLAY Guests found their tables, each named for a flower in Lauren’s bouquet, with the help of hand-lettered tags pulled from a set of recycled French doors found in the couple’s neighborhood.

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Overflowing greenery, neutral garden roses and dark blue velvet marked Lauren and Dylan’s table at the head of the reception. To honor Dylan’s love of cycling, the coupled worked with their florist to create displays of bicycle tires draped in olive branches and delphinium.

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RECEPTION Lauren and Dylan welcomed their guests to Warmick Farm, which also hosts a historic antique market. The couple added romantic touches, including navy blue taper candles and hanging greenery installations, to the rustic venue for a more bohemian vibe. “We were lucky to have a lot of raw materials to work with,” Lauren says. TABLE NUMBERS Lauren also hand-illustrated the flowers on the table numbers, each resembling a different bloom she carried, from zinnias to dahlias.

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FASHION Madeleine sewed her dress by hand, spending a combined 700 hours working on the garment with the designer, fellow UC DAAP grad Calle Evans.

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Twenty-seven-year-olds Madeleine Tepe (a designer) and Rob Misleh (a videographer) knew exactly what they wanted for their wedding day. “My vision was a mix of vintage and eclectic,” Madeleine says. “I really found inspiration in the funky color palette of Wes Anderson’s movies, as well as the style of the 1950s and ’60s.” Madeleine, a University of Cincinnati DAAP graduate, knew exactly how to execute the couple’s vision for the event, from the mismatched vintage chairs to the bold color palette. Madeleine not only cut and lettered 300 leather escort cards and thrifted key favors for guests, but also helped conceptualize and direct the stationery. Along with the more artistic DIY touches, Madeleine and Rob also included a few of their local favorites into the day. “Of course we had late-night Skyline,” Madeleine says. “That’s always a crowd-pleaser.” —LB

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WEDDING PARTY In addition to creating her gown, Madeleine also worked with the same designer to make the bridesmaids’ dresses. The girls paired their black, floor-length gowns with fur shawls. MENSWEAR Rob also got creative with his look, choosing each detail of the custom double-breasted blue suit down to the paisley lining and purple pocket square. TABLE NUMBERS Tiles brushed with the colors of the wedding palette led guests to their seats at dinner.

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CAKE Madeleine and Rob topped their white naked cake with fresh roses. ENTERTAINMENT Guests snapped pictures in a converted mint-green Volkswagon van, which served as the photo booth. DANCING Madeleine and Rob danced to “Shiver Shiver” by Walk The Moon in part because of their shared Cincy roots. “Walk The Moon started out as a local band,” Rob says. “I used to take lessons from their guitarist, and later on I showed Madeleine this song, and it instantly became our song.” After the newlyweds’ debut, the Bluewater Kings beckoned guests back to the dance floor. “As long as everyone was moving and grooving, that’s all we really cared about,” Madeleine says.

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Drummond Films DAY-OF COORDINATOR Tres Chic Planning FLOWERS Blossoms Florist GOWN Calle Evans and Madeleine Tepe SUIT

Michael Magliano III WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE Bridesmaids: Calle Evans; groomsmen: ASOS .com VEIL Calle Evans HAIR Lori Dougherty/ Mira Mira Salon MAKEUP Makeup By Elizabeth SHOES Madeleine: ShoeDazzle.com; Rob: Allen

Edmonds ENGAGEMENT RING Koop Diamond Cutters WEDDING RINGS Madeleine: heirloom; Rob: GrooveLife.com STATIONERY Invitations & menus: Christa Seta; escort cards: DIY RENTALS Queen City Vignette CATERING Funky’s Catering Events CAKE The BonBonerie OFFICIANT Spencer Tepe (Madeleine’s brother) MUSIC Ceremony: Karen Addie/Showstoppers

Talent Agency; reception: Bluewater Kings Band PHOTO BOOTH Photo Bus FAVORS Brookes & Hyde; TLC Custom Products TRANSPORTATION A Savannah Nite

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THEIR STORY Sarah Wisler (25 and a network technician in the United States Air Force) and Haythem Tlili (31 and a student and bartender) didn’t just view their wedding day as a marriage of two people, but also as “a marriage of two cultures,” Sarah says. “We wanted to incorporate Haythem’s Tunisian roots into the day as much as possible.” In that spirit, much of the day was a DIY effort, from decorating the hall in gold henna-inspired patterned vases to Sarah rocking heirloom Tunisian jewelry and traditional henna. At the reception, guests ate falafel and gyros as they sang along to classics and some Tunisian and Bollywood favorites. They later took home Jordan almonds, a time-honored edible favor. —LB

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VENUE Sarah, Haythem and their guests celebrated at Urban Artifact in Northside, an event space formerly known as St. Patrick’s church. “The architecture is beautiful and has so much character,” Sarah says. DESSERT Instead of cake, guests grabbed s’mores and creme-brulee-flavored cupcakes. FIRST DANCE For Sarah, “La Vie en Rose” took on a poetic meaning. “Haythem makes me feel as though I see life through rose-colored glasses,” she says. “He really brought a positive change to my life.”

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Kyra & Vir, San Francisco SUIT TheDrop.co WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE Various HAIR & MAKEUP Janay Beauty SHOES Sarah: DSW;

Haythem: Kyra & Vir ENGAGEMENT RING SillyShinyDiamonds, Etsy.com WEDDING RINGS Sarah: SillyShinyDiamonds,

Etsy.com; Haythem: Ashcroft & Oak STATIONERY Design: DIY; printing:

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Joy Um (27 and a medical student) and David Wai (27 and a pharmacy student) wanted their wedding to feel as natural and effortless as their personalities, down to the reception venue. “We looked for something casual,” Joy says. “We really wanted an authentic coffee shop vibe.” The couple chose Strongwater for its exposed brick and modern architecture and, from there, added minimal touches, modern neutrals, bud vases of eucalyptus and baby’s breath, plus artsy greenery installations. “It all felt simple and cozy, which is very much us as a couple,” Joy says. For another genuine touch, Joy and David worked together to design their paper goods, and to add a touch of Columbus flavor, the couple chose Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream for dessert because “60 percent of our dates involved eating Jeni’s,” Joy says. —LB

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RECEPTION Light grey tablecloths and white chairs struck a soft note next to the more industrial exposed brick and lofted ceilings of Strongwater, the century-old converted warehouse on the Scioto River. CAKE Joy and David cut into a cake with layers of chocolate and strawberries and cream from Belle’s Bread, their favorite bakery in town. “The cake captured the minimalist vibe with the clean, smooth icing and the natural greens,” Joy says. FIRST DANCE The couple danced to “Touching Heaven” by Johnnyswim, a song whose lyrics their photographer actually chose when sharing a photo from their engagement session. “We loved it so much we had to choose it,” Joy says. Later, Joy, David and their guests danced to everything from Beyoncé to K-pop.

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VENUE “Kingwood Center Gardens inspired everything about our wedding,” Jake says. “Abbie loved the mansion’s colonial look and the garden.”

THEIR STORY For high school sweethearts Abigail Snyder (23 and a nurse) and Jake Ryan (23 and a videographer), their venue, an estate built in 1926 and situated on 47 acres, inspired their early September celebration, right down to their letterpress invitations finished with a wax seal. However, the couple’s appreciation and interpretation of the past extended beyond design. In memory of Jake’s younger brother Teague, who passed away when Jake was only nine, the couple left a seat open for him in the front row at the ceremony, right next to his mom. Flowers in yellow, his brother’s favorite color, marked his spot and looked extra vibrant next to all the mauve and neutral details. —Becky Murray

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RAIN PLAN Though a downpour broke up cocktail hour, it didn’t keep guests from sampling barbecue-fusion appetizers from Sweet Carrot. DESSERT Along with their five-tier cake, Abigail

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and Jake arranged for doughnuts and an ice cream truck. “We both really love sugar, so dessert was important to us,” Jake says. DÉCOR Blush, gold and cement décor surrounded arrangements of cappucino roses, pampas grass, lisianthus, Italian ruscus and locally grown scabiosa and zinnias.

VIDEOGRAPHY Logan Lambert PLANNER

Kimberly Potterf Photography Events Held Dear FLOWERS Bear Roots Floral GOWN & VEIL Jim Hjelm by Hayley Paige,

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Up Press RENTALS Lasting Impressions Event Rental CATERING Sweet Carrot; Tortilla CAKE Le Gateau DESSERTS Doughnuts:

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Natalie Lovett (25 and a mental health counselor) and Greg Grierson (27 and an outdoor recreation specialist) took rustic to new heights on their wedding day. “We wanted a backyard-style forest ceremony but with a twist,” Natalie says. “We’re drawn to anything weird or out of the ordinary.” Though the couple let the natural setting of their Canyon Run Ranch ceremony shine, they draped the historic reception barn in furs, Oriental rugs and antlers, and designated an area for a cigar bar and a fire pit as well. Guests headed to tables named after different woodland animals, including deer and peacock, and snacked on slices of naked cake filled with black raspberry jam. Toward the end of the night, Greg and his mom danced to Parliament’s “Give Up the Funk” while attempting to balance beers on their heads, a family tradition. —LB

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PLACE SETTINGS Greg crafted the handmade wood chargers from start to finish, including chopping the ash and oak trees and then sanding them. “Each one was unique in tone and shape,” Natalie says. They tucked rosemary sprigs and seed packets into black linens as favors. CENTERPIECES Natalie and Greg spent hours thrifting and collecting different vintage books to use on the tables. “All of them were related to love, marriage and human nature,” Natalie says.

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“We wanted our wedding to be a celebration of love and nature,” Claire says. “Our ceremony backdrop was the sights and sounds of the Chagrin River Valley.”

THEIR STORY If Claire Snavely (29 and a designer) and Christoph Gisel (33 and a lighting designer) were to name their wedding’s theme, they’d put it like this: “psychedelic minimalism.” A rainbow pattern that Christoph’s sister, a graphic designer and design writer in Switzerland, created brought that phrase to life. “We wanted the pattern to feel otherworldly, like the feeling of love itself,” Claire says. Because the pair met in Stockholm while Claire was studying abroad, they tied in Swedish details right alongside Ohio’s finest for their celebration at Claire’s childhood home, serving a menu full of in-season produce and local walleye and capping off the meal with international treats. The couple also got help and inspiration from their family. For example, Claire’s stepmom helped in stitching more than 100 napkins for the reception, making some from a shirting fabric to honor Claire’s late papa, who was known to wear striped and checked shirts in bright colors. “We peeled off many traditions and created a wedding authentic to us,” Claire says. —BM

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FLOWERS The couple “wanted the arrangements to feel sculptural, lush, airy and to appear foraged from nature,” Claire says. ENTERTAINMENT Claire and Christoph’s friend surprised them with a cornhole lawn game hand-painted to match their wedding pattern. Guests also sipped cocktails served up from a “bar car.” RECEPTION “Our florist used branches from the woods nearby to fill the tent with life and greenery,” Claire says. Because her grandmother used stephanotis, white orchids, pink roses and blue delphinium on her wedding day, it was important to Claire to incorporate those blooms for her own celebration too.

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FASHION Eduardo (left) and Matthew wore the same Bonobos suits, but in different colors— Eduardo in blue and Matthew in gray. “We had a complementing and contrasting effect, just like our personalities,” Eduardo says.

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THEIR STORY Eduardo Vivas Semkin (26 and a restaurant manager) and Matthew Petek (27 and a sales manager) have done things their way, beginning with their engagement. “Eduardo and I were on a boat and suddenly, he turned to me and asked, ‘Why aren’t we married already?’ and I said, ‘Well, we can fix that,’ ” Matthew says. The couple made it official with a wedding at the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, saying their vows among the Palm House’s lush greenery. “From the first time I stepped into the Palm House, I knew I wanted to be married there,” Matthew says. “When I took Eduardo there on our second date, he was in agreement. It’s such a landmark, we let it speak for itself.” The venue inspired all the details, from the earthy green palette to the succulents on the cake. —LB

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marrying away? don’t miss these wedding website must-haves

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Make your wedding website do work. Not sure where to begin? Head to TheKnot.com to choose from hundreds of free designs you can personalize. Oh, and we’ll help you along the way too. First things first, guests need to know the who-what-where-when of your nuptials. Include vital details along with an itinerary of events (only the ones everyone’s invited to), complete with locations and start times. Add any helpful extras too, like dress code (“on the beach—wear flats”) and online RSVPs.

Guests will be coming from everywhere, taking all sorts of transportation. Tell them the closest airports and train stations, plus the best routes and tips regarding traffic or planned construction. If taxis and Ubers are hard to come by at your destination, let people know and consider prearranging transportation. If your wedding locale is outside the US, indicate the necessary travel documents, like passports or visas. And don’t forget to share how guests can get to and from the wedding.

The easiest way to ensure affordable guest accommodations is to set up a hotel room block—or several. (HotelPlanner.com makes it easy.) You can suggest a few properties at various price points and alternatives like Airbnbs. Just make sure they’re all close to the main event.

Is there a hike at your destination that offers up some pretty awesome views? Or a spot that serves the best jerk chicken? Share those faves with guests. It’s likely your friends and fam will be making a little vacay out of your wedding, so give them plenty of options of what to see and do around the area.

Guests want to buy you something you want, so don’t keep that info to yourself. Share all of your registries on your wedding website, making them easy to find. This is especially important if you’re tying the knot away from home. Chances are, some of your guests may not be able to make the trip, but they’ll still want to celebrate you with a gift. Use The Knot universal registry to register for anything, anywhere (yes, anywhere). Or if your wedding weekend in the Bahamas is a kick-off to an island-hopping honeymoon, have guests contribute to your getaway through The Knot Newlywed Fund.

Guests may use your wedding as a little vacay of their own. Share some fun things to do on your website.

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Your wedding website is going to be your new best friend, especially for a destination affair. You can answer most of guests’ questions in one spot. Choose from fun (free!) design options on The Knot. And don’t forget to include personal details too, like your love story or wedding party bios.

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Someone (*cough, Aunt Linda*) will inevitably have questions, especially since travel is involved. Let guests know how to contact you—whether it’s a wedding-specific email or text. And don’t forget to list a point person, like your planner or maid of honor, for the day of—so you can relax.

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

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WHY IT WORKS Boho is back, but this time it’s grown up a bit. Sunset-inspired hues like rust and sienna are offset by moody mauve and barely-there taupe for a celebration that’s warm and welcoming yet sophisticated. Plus, these picks are fit for any season—play them up in summer with pops of bold yellow, or make them a bit more wintry with the addition of a dark green. HOW TO USE IT Sprinkle these desert hues over every inch of your fete, starting with your invitation suite. Rose gold foil printing will look amazing on blush or burnt orange invitations. At your reception, blanket your tables in mauve linens or macramé table runners and finish off your lounge seating with a pile of Moroccaninspired blankets and pillows. When it comes to blooms for your day, ask your florist to add in exotic picks like protea or pampas grass, or go green with tons of succulents, ferns and air plants. >>

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

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

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WHY IT WORKS These colors pretty much scream luxury, making them the ideal unexpected combo for a black-tie affair. They’re complementary to each other too, meaning you can use them in any combination and really never get it wrong (finally, something in wedding planning that is straightforward!). HOW TO USE IT A little goes a long way when it comes to shades this saturated, so focus on intentional pops of color, like beautiful tinted tablecloths or an emerald invitation suite that makes for a very happy mail day. Task your florist with adding tons of greenery to your reception venue as an eye-catching (and inexpensive) way to stick with your chosen palette. Extra wow-worthy moments, like an art-deco-inspired cake in rich emerald, will have all your guests reaching for their phones. Plus, how stunning would your gals be as your “something blue” in peacock-hued dresses? So chic!

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Lisa Costin and Somer Khouri Bedran, cofounders of luxury wedding planning company A Charming Fête in North Olmsted, specialize in highly personalized planning.

Budget is always a hot topic because even the small things can add up quickly. We recommend a couple identifies the things that are most important to them before booking anything for their day.

Having a planner will help make the whole process more enjoyable. He or she can advise on budget, vendors and help guide a couple throughout the entire process. You’ll have so much more fun.

We love to see couples carry out special traditions or incorporate signature moments that are meaningful and reflective of them personally. Every part of your wedding should “feel” like you.

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your perfect venue Narrow in on the ideal setting for your “I dos” with our personality-based guide. ONELOVE PHOTOGR APHY

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

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YOU ARE FUN FOODIES A couple whose love for food and entertaining is eclipsed only by your affection for one another. Your aim: Throw a boisterous, delicious and memorable affair where the wine is flowing and the food is unforgettable. YOUR SPOT A RESTAURANT Look into hosting your family and friends at a favorite local restaurant for an event that feels like pretty much the best (and most fun) dinner party ever. Most restaurants are well-versed in hosting large crowds, and the intimate setting will deliver big on the built-in ambience, so you’ll have to bring little in the way of décor (maybe a few strings of bistro lights to make the room glow). Play up the casual-cool atmosphere by making the most of the already-present seating arrangements (like mixing booths with smaller tables of four or six) and serving up eats family style to evoke that dinner party feel.

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

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Look into hosting your family and friends at a favorite local restaurant for an event that feels like pretty much the best (and most fun) dinner party ever.

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YOU ARE NATURE NUTS An adventure-loving team always on the hunt for the next fun weekend activity. Your dream day (make that weekend) involves treating your loved ones to a few of the heartthumping adventures that had you falling in love in the first place. YOUR SPOT A CAMP Steal away to summer camp for your celebration. Often a whole weekend affair, a wedding on the grounds of a camp (or a spot dedicated to outdoorsy adults-only weekends) means f-u-n for your guests. Traditional events are replaced with childhood favorites, like a capture-the-flag welcome party, a wedding day spent on the lake or a morning-after kickball game. When it comes to throwing a successful camp wedding, communication with your guests is key. Your choice of venue may mean modifications in attire (heels and mulch don’t mix) or accommodations (Aunt Sue is going to want to know if she’s sleeping in a tent, so she can look for nearby hotels) are necessary, so be clear from the start regarding what the weekend entails.

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YOU ARE POSH PREPS A classy pair who appreciates the finer things in life. You imagine your day having a refined elegance and ageless appeal that will be just as “in” 10 or 20 years from now. YOUR SPOT A PRIVATE ESTATE Book a private estate to bottle that preppy meets timeless vibe. A historical estate is a posh choice that takes the phrase “house party” to a whole new level with its immaculately maintained lawn and garden, plus tailored interiors. You’ll have a beautiful blank slate to work with aesthetically, so center your attention on incorporating details that are both unique and timeless. Rework your family’s tartan into eye-catching table runners, or team up with a stationery artist to draw a signature crest for you and your partner, then use it everywhere from cocktail napkins to the dance floor. When it comes to entertainment for the evening, ask yourself, WWJGD (what would Jay Gatsby do, obvi)? From the understated (roaming oyster shuckers) to the over the top (a 10-piece jazz band), focus on showing your guests a crazy-good time and you can’t go wrong. YOU ARE ALL ABOUT EDGE A twosome unafraid of making a statement—you eschew tradition in place of unexpected aesthetic choices that are all your own. You want a wedding and reception that’s anything but the traditional affair. YOUR SPOT A LOFT Surprise and delight guests by transforming an industrial loft into a totally cool event space. While this bare-bones venue isn’t for the faint of heart (there’s a lot of planning that needs to happen to make it suitable for guests), it promises big payoff in the cool department, thanks to exposed brick walls and factory-like

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piping and windows. Make sure any venue you choose has the modern comforts necessary to host an event, like electricity, plumbing and bathrooms. Then, play into the avant-garde vibe with accents like metallic flatware and eclectic furniture. Want to really wow? Add on a statement-making décor surprise that will push the envelope and get guests Instagramming, like a neon sign touting your favorite song lyric or marquee lights in your initials. >>

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

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YOU ARE LUXURY LOVERS Soon-to-be spouses who seek elegance at every turn. Your dream wedding is heavy on the shine, glitz and glam, and would probably give the royal wedding a run for its money. YOUR SPOT A BALLROOM Get everything you want in one pretty package with a chic ballroom wedding. Nearly every formal party space is outfitted with chandeliers and glam accents like crown molding or a mirrored dance floor, so your need for sparkle will be more than met. Add some overflowing vessels of high-end blooms (garden roses or peonies) and metallic accents (chiavari dining chairs and gold charger plates) to pack in the drama. To ensure your guests have a once-in-a-lifetime experience, tee up some jaw-dropping moments, like flame-throwing mixologists or roaming ballerinas toting dessert bites. When it comes to an event this luxe, the sky’s truly the limit. Keep in mind that, if you’re opting for a ballroom or wedding hall, there may be more than one event happening on the premises at any given time. If you would hate to run into another newlywed couple or want the space entirely to yourselves, ask about a total buyout.

Is the venue near any hotels? This could impact your decision to book if guests have to drive a long way to get from their hotel to the venue and back, especially if transportation isn’t provided. Usually, anything over 30 minutes is a big ask.

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How many people does the space accommodate? This directly impacts your guest list and, therefore, your budget. If you love the ballroom but it only fits 150 comfortably, and your guest list is looking more like 200, you have to decide what’s more important to you—the dream venue or your guest list.

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What services do you offer? Don’t assume that anything is included. You’ll want to know whether the venue has any all-inclusive packages for the site and food; if any rentals/ pros are included; and whether an on-site coordinator can help.

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What restrictions do you have? There are a few kinds of rules to be aware of. Ask if there are any alcohol limits or permits—some venues may not have a liquor license, and some won’t let you stock your own bar. Same goes for vendors—your venue may only allow you to book pros from a certain list, while others will let you bring in whichever vendors you want. Ask if there are any décor stipulations, like no confetti or open flames. Lastly, check to see if there’s a noise restriction after a certain time— some venues won’t allow you to play loud music past 10:30 p.m. or so, which won’t work if you want the option to party until midnight.

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MAKE IT YOURS

SPLURGE SMART

KEEP IT COHESIVE

UPGR ADE YOUR PAPER

Annette Furio is the co-owner and designer at Birdhaus Co., a three-time winner of The Knot Best of Weddings. She’s dedicated to bringing weddings to life with personalized designs.

Custom illustrations are one of the best ways to personalize your paper goods. You could have an artist re-create your venue, your hometown city skyline or even the florals you’ll carry on the day.

Upgrade on details that will add drama to your design. We love the look of white ink addresses printed on top of dark, richly colored envelopes or a classic wax seal to finish off a suite.

Day of, tie your invitation design into things like your programs, escort cards, seating charts and signage. Guests will notice that they match perfectly, and it will add to the cohesiveness of your day.

One trend that we love and expect to see more of in 2019 is handmade paper touches like deckled or torn edges. They’ll give your invitations an immediate upgrade that still feels classic.

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Fun fact: This is a tulip! Bend back the petals for an exotic, fuller look.

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Spray roses often come two to three a stem, so they’re a great way to fill holes.

TIE ONE ON

Grosgrain ribbon has a beautiful texture, but won’t break the bank.

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

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A wacky stem, like this pincushion, is worth a little splurge. B RIDAL FAVE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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These yellow cymbidium orchids (usually imported from Japan) add a wispy, playful shape.

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Nothing screams “special occasion” more than rich mustard velvet.

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Give guests a stylish place to hang during cocktail hour or on a break from the dance floor with these must-haves. Lots of seating Don’t underestimate the amount of furniture you’ll need to rent—you don’t want guests to have to battle for seating, after all. Several couches, armchairs and floor poufs should be enough to please the crowd. Playful pillows Nod to your wedding vibe or color palette by mixing in pillows (or throws) in patterns or hues that complement the rest of the décor. Coffee tables Think of your lounge as a living room—which isn’t complete without a coffee table! Bonus: It will give dancers a place to rest their drinks.

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welcome package Leave an assortment of thoughtful goodies for your loved ones to discover at check-in. Local treats Include an item or two that represents the area where you’re saying “I do,” like oyster shuckers for Cape Cod or maple syrup for Vermont. A weekend itinerary Guests crave being told what to do (at least a little bit) at a wedding. Include a short write-up of the

weekend’s to-dos, and don’t forget transportation info and event times. An “emergency” kit Okay, so a hangover isn’t exactly an emergency—but it can kind of feel like it. Trust us: Advil, water, Band-Aids and more will be appreciated. A cute carrier Choose packaging that will make a great first impression, whether it’s a custom tote or colorful tissue paper.

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A playful name Whether you dub your drink after your furbaby or the bar where you met, a moniker with a story behind it is essential.

Cool glassware Set the bar high with a specialty glass. An edgy rocks glass or gold-rimmed coup will make everyone want to order one.

A personal touch Buy stir sticks with your monogram, or have bartenders brand some orange peels (so cool) for a “you” element. >>

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wedding website Your wedding website is where friends and fam will go for info, so make sure it’s packed with all the right deets—and looks good too. Bold background Good news: The Knot has tons of stylish themes for your site, so finding one to match your vibe is a cinch. Day-of info Everything on your invitation (ceremony start time,

locations and so on) should be echoed on your site, just in case guests need a quick refresher. Hotel options Fill your crew in on where to stay in the area, and if you’ve reserved blocks for them. Registry Including your registry on your invites may be a no-no, but it’s totally fine here. Link out to your registries on The Knot.

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Your invitations are the first glimpse guests get into your wedding day style, so let them shine. And, for practicality purposes, make sure your suite includes these four things. A main invite This may seem like a “duh” but we had to say it. Include need-to-know info on your main invite, such as your and your partner’s names, start time, date and location. An RSVP card Include options for will/won’t attend, an “RSVP by” date (which should be at least three weeks before your day), a food selection if necessary and a prestamped envelope. A details card While not a must, a details card is a great place to put extra info like your dress code, transportation details, lodging and website. A personal touch Work in something totally you, like a custom crest, wax seal with your initials or venue illustration. >>

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place settings These stylish details add personality to your reception dinner tables. A charger Even when placed under basic white dinnerware, a standout charger can transform a table. Opt for a metallic, wood or cool pattern. A napkin The perfect place to add a pop of personality, napkins are also relatively cheap to rent, making them the ideal element for an easy upgrade. Flatware If you’re looking to really make a style statement, rely on cool flatware to get the job done. We love a dose of metallics or a chic matte black. Menu What’s for dinner is one of the first things guests look at when they take a seat (hey, they’re hungry!), so incorporate cool details like illustrations or vellum overlays to catch their eye. Table numbers Dream up a unique way to label your tables, like naming them after Game of Thrones characters.

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emergency kit Whether you’re a bride or groom, rocking a dress or suit or something in between, you want to be prepared if something goes wrong on your wedding day. This list is a great place to start when making a quick day-of emergency kit. Needle and thread Make sure it matches the color of your outfit and you know someone who can actually use it.

Mints You’re going to be chatting up a lot of people and getting a lot of hugs. You’ll feel better if you know you have minty fresh breath—trust us. Pain relief Whether you suffer from migraines or are trying out a new pair of heels (hint: don’t do this day of!), pain relief pills are sure to come in handy. Deodorant You want to enjoy your amazing party and not worry about raising your arms. Enough said, right? Makeup Blush or concealer for a quick refresh will have you glowing all night.

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Top your cigar bar with cheeky matchboxes.

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

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Think inside the box and send along your suite in a mailer packed with moss.

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There are several basic shapes to choose from. The eight most popular are: round, oval, pear, marquise, princess, emerald and cushion. And while it’s easy to confuse the two, it should be noted that the term “diamond cut” does not refer to its shape. While you must cut a diamond to make a shape, the shape is essentially the overall geometry or form of the diamond (round, square and so on) and the cut of a diamond refers to how its facets and proportions affect how it interacts with light—the things that give diamonds their brilliance, fire and scintillation (read: sparkle). ROUND Often referred to as brilliant or as RBC (round brilliant cut), round diamonds are far and away the most popular shape for engagement rings, accounting for 52 percent of all diamonds sold, according to The Knot 2017 Jewelry and Engagement Study. Perfected by Polish diamond cutter Marcel Tolkowsky in 1919, round diamonds are cone shaped and have 58 facets (as opposed to the 17 facets of the original brilliant cut stones), which causes light to bounce from the bottom of the diamond back through the top. This maximizes the reflection of light, giving you the most sparkle for your buck.

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remarkable brilliance. Even and symmetrical, this shape in a solitaire setting is a popular choice for those with smaller hands and shorter fingers, because the oval’s elongated shape gives the illusion of longer, slimmer digits. But the oval is also often surrounded by a halo of diamonds or flanked by side stones, whether smaller diamonds, sapphires, emeralds or other gems, appealing to a wide range of tastes. Originally developed in the 1950s, this edgier take on the traditional round diamond has since become the go-to shape of many A-list celebs, appearing on the fingers of Blake Lively, Salma Hayek and Serena Williams. MARQUISE Legend has it that this cut was invented

during the 18th-century reign of Louis XIV of France and named after his mistress, the Marquise de Pompadour, whose smile inspired its unique shape. The tapered cut, essentially an oval with rounded sides and points at each end, is distinctive and dramatic. Modern versions often have a hexagon-shaped surface with facets on the top and bottom to reflect light. Since it has one of the largest surface areas of any diamond shape, this clever cut can also look larger than it actually is. It’s not uncommon to see a marquise set east to west (where the stone rests horizontally across your fingers instead of vertically), putting an unexpected twist on this time-honored shape.

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PEAR Mixing the best qualities of the marquise and the round diamond, this haute hybrid resembles a twinkling teardrop with a tapered point on one end. Popular for pendants and earrings, the pear shape is also an excellent choice for engagement rings and can be fatter (or, as we like to say, juicier) or more elongated, depending on your preference. When selecting a pear, look for one with properly curved sides that aren’t too boxy. Because the pointed end of a pear can be prone to chipping, consider opting for a prong or halo setting to protect your center stone. Pro tip: Though it can be worn either way, the most common way to wear a pear is to have the tip of the diamond pointing toward your fingernail. PRINCESS The year was 1961: London was swinging, and jewelry designer Arpad Nagy was inventing the princess, a square-shaped diamond with an array of intricate facets (anywhere from 49 to 144, depending on the diamond’s size). Because the additional facets add brilliance to this square or rectangular stone with pointed corners and increase the diamond’s inherent sparkle, flaws may be less noticeable. Princess diamonds are also one of the least expensive diamond shapes to create, and work with a variety of settings. For a less traditional take on this cut, consider a setting that places the princess diamond at a 45-degree angle. EMERALD If you’re all about iconic glamour (think: the preferred diamond shape of Grace Kelly, Beyoncé and Amal Clooney), this is your diamond. A rectangular shape with long, lean facets extending down the sides, it’s the large table (the flat part on top) that shows off the rock’s clarity better than any other shape, creating a hall of mirrors effect. What it lacks in brilliance, it more than makes up for in undeniable quiet elegance and subtle sparkle. Created during the art deco period, this diamond has a rectangular shape with cut corners that resemble stair steps (sometimes called a step cut) and is often set with tapered baguettes on the sides that mimic its more geometric feel. CUSHION Once referred to as the old mine cut, cushions look like a rectangle with rounded corners and have larger facets to increase their brilliance (note that cushions aren’t as easily executed on smaller stones). One of the most popular shapes a century ago, cushion cuts call back to a more romantic time, and are perfect for those who care about fire (the colorful sparkle you see when a diamond is exposed to light). This cut also enhances a stone’s color, making it a common choice for rings with colorful diamonds or gems. >>

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Ring metals Whether you decide to go romantic with rose gold or classic with platinum, get to know your options before you select a setting. PLATINUM A rare, natural white metal known for its strength and purity, platinum is usually 95 percent pure. Platinum’s density makes it extremely durable, meaning it will keep your center stone protected and secure. It’s also naturally hypoallergenic, so it won’t irritate sensitive skin. When platinum scratches (all metals do), there’s very little metal lost, so your ring will withstand years of wear. Also, since it’s a pure-white metal, it won’t cast any tint onto your center stone. Ashoka diamond

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Ruby

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YELLOW GOLD In its purest form (24k), this naturally soft, vibrant yellow metal is usually combined with different base metal alloys for added strength and durability. The yellow gold available to consumers is usually 70 to 75 percent pure. The result is jewelry available in a rainbow of colors, including white, green and pink (see below). Though 61 percent of brides have white gold engagement rings, yellow gold has become steadily more popular in recent years. Oval cut solitaire engagement ring, $37,000, MarisaPerry.com

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gold when the surface is plated with rhodium (a silvery-white metal). If you want the look of a white metal setting but don’t want to splurge on platinum, white gold is a budget-friendly choice. Though it bears a very similar resemblance to platinum, it’s more widely available and, therefore, less expensive. If you opt for this metal, keep in mind you may need to have your ring replated in the future. The white rhodium coating may eventually wear away and return to its original color. Cushion cut

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ROSE GOLD Also known as pink gold, this

blush metal is gold with a copper alloy. The higher the copper content in the metal, the deeper its rosy tones will be. Besides being super trendy right now (#millennialpink), one of rose gold’s especially attractive aspects is its underlying meaning. While white gold represents friendship and yellow gold means fidelity, rose gold symbolizes love. Another plus: Its blush tones make it a flattering option for most skin tones. Pear shape solitaire engagement ring, $4,284, VraiandOro.com >>

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Once you’ve chosen a stone for your engagement ring, then the fun really starts: picking the setting. Although the stone can account for up to 90 percent of the cost of the ring, the setting is what gives it personality as well as showcases and protects the center stone. PRONG This most common type of

engagement ring setting involves three to six “claws” that hold a stone firmly in a metal “head” or “basket.” Prongs can be pointed, rounded, flat or V-shaped and act as pockets for a square stone’s corners. When deciding on the number of prongs, know that four prongs show more of the diamond, while six prongs are more secure but can overwhelm a small stone. If you have a marquise- or pear-shaped stone, make sure its more fragile points are cradled in a V-shaped prong for protection. Round diamond solitaire engagement ring, $440 (not including center stone), Ritani.com

TENSION A design in which the compression-

spring pressure of the shank holds the stone firmly in place. The minimal interference of metal on this über-modern setting gives the impression that the stone is floating. Only extremely hard stones such as diamonds, sapphires and rubies can withstand the required pressure. Knife

PAVÉ The French word for “paved,” a pavé setting (pronounced “pah-vay”) involves three or more rows of several small stones fitted into holes that set them level with the surface of the ring. Surrounding metal—white gold or platinum for white stones, so it’s unnoticeable—is then raised to form beads that secure the gems. The setting can be flat or domed. One of the trendiest uses of pavé diamonds is the halo setting, where a ring of diamonds (or two!) surrounds the center stone. Pavé engagement ring, $12,250, HeartsOnFire.com

BEZEL A metal rim with edges fully or partially surrounding the perimeter of the stone. A bezel setting will protect a stone’s girdle from being nicked or chipped, as well as conceal any preexisting nicks or chips. A yellow gold version of this modern setting will cast yellow light onto the center stone, enhancing the hues of colorful stones like emeralds. Bezel set engagement ring, $1,190 (not including center stone), BrilliantEarth.com

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CHANNEL Also a popular choice for wedding bands, this timeless setting sandwiches a row of accent stones between two strips of metal that hold them in place. The end result is a clean look without prongs. Solitaire diamond engagement ring, price

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Cut

The cut of a diamond is the angles and proportions of the stone. It is the most important of the four Cs to consider. If the diamond is cut too deep or shallow, it will leak light on the sides, giving it a dull or lackluster appearance. A well-cut diamond will have two factors: mirrorlike facets and a “white light” reflected both internally and externally, also known as the brilliance.

Color

This actually refers to a lack of color, since a structurally perfect white diamond has no hue. The degree of a diamond’s colorlessness is graded on a scale from D (colorless) to Z (light yellow) with colorless stones being the most valuable. As a rule of thumb, a colorless diamond will cost you more than a colorful one, unless the color is extremely rare, like red, blue or green.

Clarity

A flawless diamond is extremely rare. The fewer inclusions (internal flaws) a diamond has, the clearer and more expensive it is. Inclusions occur when the diamond crystallizes under pressure in the Earth’s mantle. The clarity of a diamond is measured on a scale with six categories (some of which are divided, for a total of 11 grades). ranging from Flawless (FL) to Included (I1, I2, and I3).

Carat

Carats refer to the weight of the diamond. As the carat size increases, so does its price tag. But a diamond that has a bigger carat weight doesn’t necessarily mean it will look bigger. A diamond with a smaller carat size but a shallow cut may look larger than a diamond with a bigger carat size and a deeper cut. Different designs and mountings can also make your center stone appear larger.

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

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

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

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

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Make requests Just because a bridal salon carries your favorite designer doesn’t mean it will have the exact wedding dress you’ve been wanting to try on. But if you phone in advance and request a specific style, chances are a salon staffer will be able to call in a sample of that gown ahead of your appointment. >>

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The 10- to 12-month mark is the “sweet spot” for brides to start dress shopping. This gives them enough time to make any necessary alterations to their dress once it’s delivered.

If you have a specific dress in mind that’s not in stock in-store, some designers will offer a loaner sample for a small fee (which covers shipping) that can then be applied to your final purchase.

For your shopping appointment, you should wear a strapless bra and nude underwear or a half slip if you’d like more modest coverage. If you plan on wearing any shapewear, bring that too.

Your consultant knows how a gown will fit and if it’s in your budget, so trust their judgment. Try to avoid having your friends select dresses for you—that can become overwhelming.

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

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

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

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

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

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

1. Modify embellishments

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

2. Lace it up

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

3. Make it personal

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

4. Add sleeves

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

5. Switch up your bustle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

finishing touch

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

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

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

channel your inner royal with this dramatic option

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

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

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

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

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

tradition trivia

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

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

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upgrade your maids Searching for the perfect bridesmaid dress is all about finding a look your bridal party will love and (hopefully) wear again. With endless options out there, knowing where to start can be overwhelming—but don’t stress. We’ve got you covered with this year’s hottest bridesmaid dress styles. Here are the trends you need to know about, plus how to pull them off. >> BY FAR AH PRINCE PHOTOGR APH BY EMILY DEL AMATER PHOTOGR APHY

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High shine Not into bling? Sequins, beading and rhinestones aren’t the only ways to help your friends stand out. Opt for luxe fabrics like silk or satin with a natural sheen to get the same effect as glitzy embellishments—without the over-the-top feel. High-shine fabrics will catch the light no matter what shade you choose, but we love darker hues like charcoal, navy and hunter green for evening weddings, while light colors like blush and nude work well for daytime nuptials. From left: Monique Lhuillier Bridesmaids; Allure Bridals; Theia; Reformation

Off-the-shoulder dresses ALL IM AGES COURTESY OF VENDORS

Romantic off-the-shoulder styles are a bridesmaid dress staple for good reason: They’re versatile enough to work for every dress code and most body types. Plus, the added support makes this style perfect for bustier bridesmaids who may not feel comfortable in strapless or sleeveless silhouettes. To accessorize this unique neckline, skip necklaces and opt for statement earrings or headpieces. >>

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

5 to 6 months ahead

Start shopping once you know the color and silhouette of the dress you want your wedding party to wear. It takes two to three months for designer dresses to be ordered and delivered—and don’t forget to factor in time for alterations. To simplify the shopping experience, scout dresses ahead of time so you don’t waste hours trying on lots of options.

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2 to 4 months ahead

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

1 month ahead

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

Wedding day

Bring a handheld steamer to your venue in case your girls need to smooth out any wrinkles on their dresses. They should also show up with the appropriate undergarments, plus all of their accessories in tow. Put your maid of honor in charge of an emergency kit with safety pins, fashion tape and a handy stain-removing pen in case of wardrobe malfunctions.

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Ruffles This feminine detail gives cleaner silhouettes a high-fashion vibe without feeling too fussy. For a fresh take on the mismatched dress trend, have your bridesmaids wear dresses in the same color with different ruffle details (like on the sleeves or bodice). Just remember, not all ruffles are created equal. If anyone in your bridal party is petite, steer clear of oversize ones that could overwhelm them. From left: Wtoo by Watters; Monique Lhuillier Bridesmaids; BHLDN; Fame and Partners

Jewel tones These rich colors resemble the gemstones they’re named after and give any wedding party an instant regal upgrade. Though these shades are a standard for fall and winter weddings, they can also work year-round, especially for evening nuptials. Sapphire and emerald are perfect for lighter skin tones, while amethyst and ruby are vibrant against darker skin. Stylist’s tip: Let these bold hues take center stage and have your girls choose subtle accessories in metallic tones.

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Outfitting a large bridal party with a variety of body types? Meet your new best friend. Made famous in the ’70s by designer Diane von Furstenberg, the wrap dress became iconic for its ability to look good on almost every body. A cinched tie waist coupled with an A-line skirt skims over the hips, creating an hourglass shape. Paired with a V-neckline, this flattering design elongates the body. For casual nuptials, go with a cotton style, or for formal occasions, opt for silk. >> From left: Wtoo by Watters; Theia; Jenny Yoo; Show Me Your Mumu

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High slits Show just the right amount of skin (and a killer pair of shoes) with this edgier trend. A high slit helps to break up the heavy feel of a long skirt while also elongating the body. Stick to flowing fabrics like tulle or chiffon to keep the look balanced. If you really want to sex it up, red-carpet-inspired dresses with high slits and geometric cutouts are right on trend—just make sure your friends are comfortable with taking a walk on the wild side before you commit to a sultrier silhouette. From left: Fame and Partners; Jenny Yoo; Bari Jay; Monique Lhuillier Bridesmaids

Flutter sleeves ALL IM AGES COURTESY OF VENDORS

We love this playful look for a few reasons: It adds some flair to simpler silhouettes, it offers extra coverage if your girls don’t want to show their arms and it’s a perfect option if you want a modest bridesmaid dress. Flutter sleeves are made to move, so if you choose this style, stick to dresses in lightweight fabrics like chiffon or silk with minimal embellishments that won’t weigh them down. 196

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Monogrammed jewelry

Bottle of champagne

Scented candles

Friendship bracelets

Personalized tote bag

Letter ring, $135, Mejuri.com

Imperial Brut mini, $16, Moët & Chandon, Clos19.com

Sun Saint candle, $45, Pinrose.com

Gold beaded bracelet, $49, ExperimentalJewelleryClub.com

Monogrammed tote, $25, WeddingShop.TheKnot.com

There’s something so thoughtful about customized jewelry they can wear every day.

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

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Showstopping Suit

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

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Proportion Play

The drama is in the details. An oversize embroidered peplum makes a simple, strapless silhouette feel couture. Dress in sizes up to 24, $6,560, FrancescaMiranda.com; engagement ring, $1,289 (not including center stone), NoamCarver.com Comic Characters: Mark Gindick & Adam Kuchler

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High Style

Go ahead, make the most of your time in the spotlight. An over-the-top ball gown covered in luxe beads, sequins and crystals is guaranteed to wow the crowd. Dress in sizes up to 12, price upon request, ElieSaab.com; engagement ring, $3,586 (not including center stone), SimonGJewelry.com

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Fun & Games

Frilly sleeves plus a flirty tea-length hemline equal one whimsical number. Dress in sizes up to 20, price upon request, Viktor-Rolf.com; shoes, $425, StuartWeitzman.com

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Sheer Star Power

Celestial-inspired jewels are a great alternative to more traditional bling: They’re just as glam but also have high-fashion edge. Dress in sizes up to 16, $2,375, cape in sizes up to L, $5,465, Jenny Packham at La Jeune Mariee Bridal Collection, LaJeuneMariee.com (Columbus); engagement ring, $2,100, SofiaZakia.com; earrings, $168, JenniferBehr.com

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If there was ever a time for a good party dress, your wedding is it. Allover sequins and tiered ruffles are perfect for dancing the night away. Dress in sizes up to 18, $4,195, TemperleyLondon.com; earrings, $99, CZbyKennethJayLane.com; shoes, $495, SophiaWebster.com

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Loud & Proud

If you’re feeling bold, opt for a dress in a daring hue. A flamered ball gown is sure to turn a few heads. Dress in sizes up to 14, $8,995, Monique Lhuillier at Bridal & Formal, Inc., BridalandFormalInc.com (Cincinnati), La Jeune Mariee Bridal Collection, LaJeuneMariee.com (Columbus); engagement ring, $3,586 (not including center stone), SimonGJewelry .com; earrings, $4,900, DoyleDoyle.com

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Retro Glam

Throwing a vintage-themed affair? Give a nod to a bygone era with swinging fringe, art-deco-style jewels and a bold red lip. Dress in sizes up to 18, $3,495, NaeemKhan.com; earrings, $17,000, MindiMondNY .com; cuff, $7,590, Joelle Jewellery, Swoonery.com

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

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natural beauty 101 New rule: Achieving a #iwokeuplikethis level of flawless isn’t just about the products you buy, but the complexion you’re working with. Get in on the hottest prewedding beauty treatments with our guide to looking naturally gorgeous—with a little help from the professionals. >>

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

Lash lift

Another fresh take on permanent makeup, the results of lip blushing resemble a lip stain that never wipes off—that sheer kiss of pretty color you might otherwise find in a tube. After blending a custom hue, an aesthetician can create a subtle shade that will last for anywhere from one to two years. “While traditional permanent makeup uses a strong machine, synthetic pigments, and is embedded deep in the skin, this procedure is very different,” says Christopher Drummond, licensed aesthetician and microblading and cosmetic tattoo master at PFRANKMD Skin Salon. “It uses organic pigments and modern tools so the results are more natural looking.” Another important note: Since you can create any lip color you want, it works for all skin tones. WHAT IT ADDRESSES Most people’s lip color fades through age, sun damage and exposure to chemicals. If you’re dependent on lip liner, lipstick or lip stain to enhance your pout, or you’re going more au naturel on your wedding day and want to ditch the heavy makeup altogether (without worrying about kissing or sipping off a sheer balm or gloss), lip blushing could be an option for you. HOW TO TIME IT The treatment typically takes four to five days to heal. Your lips may look swollen after, so give yourself at least a month between your lip blushing session and your “I dos.” AVER AGE COST $1,500 a treatment

WHAT IT IS Swap falsies, extensions and even mascara for this quick curling and tinting treatment that amplifies what you’ve already got. Your lashes are wrapped around small silicone rods and secured with a medical-safe glue, then permed with a curling solution and tint (usually with a vegetable dye). The whole process takes around 40 minutes, and the results last up to 12 weeks or the amount of time it takes for a new set of lashes to grow in. WHAT IT ADDRESSES Think of this treatment as a substitute for a kick-ass mascara. It dramatically boosts what’s already there but won’t weigh down your lashes or come unglued, as can be the case with falsies and extensions. It also addresses a variety of lash woes. “Anyone with straight lashes, lashes that grow downward instead of upward, unruly lashes that stick out in different directions or light-colored lashes is a great candidate,” says Niki Garcia, lash expert at Boom Boom Brow Bar. Another plus? You can’t cry it off—no matter how emotional your vows get. HOW TO TIME IT Schedule it a week or so before your wedding in case you have an adverse reaction. It’s best to avoid oil-based products afterward (they reverse the lash-curling effects of the treatment) so plan accordingly if facial oil, cleanser or makeup remover is an important part of your skin routine. AVER AGE COST $150 to $200 >>

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facialists think so. This high-tech treatment isn’t about the surface of your skin, but toning the muscles underneath it for a perfectly taut complexion. During this treatment, an aesthetician uses two handheld prongs that deliver a precise dosage of energy to the skin. “This process stimulates circulation and collagen production, while toning the facial muscles,” says Joanna Vargas, celebrity facialist and founder of Joanna Vargas Salons and Skincare collection. Think of this painless facial as a mini-face-lift—no surgery needed. WHAT IT ADDRESSES If lack of sleep or stress (say, from planning one of the biggest days of your life) has your skin sagging, this is a noninvasive solution. “A microcurrent facial can help combat a number of issues, like fine lines, puffiness and loss of elasticity,” Vargas says. HOW TO TIME IT You’ll see immediate results after one treatment, but it’s a cumulative process. Vargas recommends getting three microcurrent facials in the last three weeks leading up to your wedding. “Get your last microcurrent facial a few days before your day,” Vargas says. “Many brides end up trying to manage their stress by drinking wine, which leads to puffiness. Microcurrent will help you look fresh-faced for photos.” AVER AGE COST From $250 per treatment

Clear + Brilliant laser facial WHAT IT IS This laser resurfacing facial uses beams of light to exfoliate away layers of skin to reveal a smoother, clearer complexion. After numbing your face with a topical cream, a Clear + Brilliant laser is applied to your face for 15 to 20 minutes. “The device sends pulsating light into the skin, making tiny incisions that stimulate new collagen and elastin cells for an instant skin refresh,” says Adriana Martino, cofounder of Skinney Medspa. While it sounds intimidating, the treatment is virtually painless and feels similar to the snap of a rubber band.

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WHAT IT ADDRESSES If you’re looking to amp up your bridal glow or correct minor skin issues like enlarged pores, fine lines, sun damage, or uneven skin tone or texture, this is the treatment for you. It won’t solve more serious concerns, but it can significantly improve your skin’s overall appearance, creating a dewy complexion and a smooth base for makeup application. HOW TO TIME IT Schedule your Clear + Brilliant facial at least two weeks before your wedding, so you have ample time to see results. “You may look pink or sunburned for a couple of hours afterward, but there’s essentially no recovery time,” Martino says. “Your skin will look renewed and refreshed in five to seven days post-treatment.” Disclaimer: Not all laser facials are created equal (some cause intense peeling and require weeks of recovery), so do your research before you make an appointment. WHAT IT COSTS $400 to $550 per treatment

Microneedling WHAT IT IS Also called collagen induction therapy, microneedling involves a mechanized pen with a disposable tip containing small blades that repeatedly puncture the skin. “The treatment creates microscopic ‘damage’ in the skin, which activates your body’s wound healing processes and revs up collagen production,” says dermatologist Lian Mack. After numbing your face with topical numbing cream, a dermatologist or microneedling specialist will run the pen-like device over your face three times with the help of a hyaluronic acid serum. There’s also an option to go the vampire facial route and use your own blood, aka platelet-rich plasma, as a serum in tandem with microneedling for an extra boost. (Yes, we are serious.) “With a vampire facial, we draw the patient’s blood and spin it down to isolate the platelet-rich plasma,” Mack says. “It stimulates collagen production better than other topical treatments like serums or face creams.” WHAT IT ADDRESSES If you have serious skin concerns like scarring, wrinkles or hyperpigmentation, microneedling is a more aggressive approach similar to Fraxel laser treatments or medical dermabrasion, without the lengthy recovery time. Another plus: You can wear makeup within 24 hours of getting it done. HOW TO TIME IT While unsightly side effects like blotchy skin and peeling don’t last more than a week, Mack suggests planning your treatments as far as six months in advance of your day—especially if your skin concerns will take several treatments to fix (think: deep acne scars). If you opt for one microneedling session, make sure to time it at least two weeks before your wedding date so you have ample time to heal. That way, your face won’t look irritated or flaky right before you walk down the aisle. AVER AGE COST From $500 per treatment >>

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WHAT IT IS Commonly referred to as Botox (fun fact: Botox

WHAT IT IS Similar to botulinum toxin, dermal fillers go by many names. Some of the most popular are: Restylane, Juvéderm and Sculptra. And while this trendy cosmetic procedure may conjure images of pouty-lipped Instagram celebrities, it can also help stave off the aging process—for a little while. “Fillers can either enhance your natural features (such as the lips) or make up for lost facial volume that occurs with age,” says dermatologist Lisa Airan, MD. Once injected into the face, fillers sit under the skin, immediately filling in hollow areas that lose plumpness and definition with age and smoothing out deep creases and wrinkles. WHAT IT ADDRESSES If you’re in your 30s or 40s and are looking to soften common signs of aging like crow’s feet, smile lines or hollow under eyes—and you have chill where needles are concerned—consider consulting a dermatologist about fillers. While most fillers dissolve within a year or so, they can help you look more refreshed throughout the wedding planning process when used sparingly (no duck lips here). For longer term results, Sculptra in particular stimulates your fibroblasts (the cells that produce collagen), creating results that last for two to three years. HOW TO TIME IT Although there isn’t significant downtime associated with fillers, timing is important—especially if you don’t want to appear less (ahem) youthful and refreshed in your engagement photos than in your wedding photos. “Plan to get filler up to four months before your wedding date, so you don’t look noticeably different at your prewedding events,” Airan says. AVER AGE COST Varies depending on area treated and injector

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is actually a brand name of one of the most popular versions of botulinum toxin), this injectable also goes by the name Dysport and Xeomin. When used for antiaging purposes, it smooths out wrinkles caused by the repetitive activity of the facial muscles. “Once injected into the face, botulinum toxin blocks the transmission of nerve signals, causing the facial muscles at the injection site to relax,” says plastic surgeon Konstantin Vasyukevich, MD. “The reduction of movement allows the overlying skin to regenerate and repair damage.” WHAT IT ADDRESSES Facial wrinkles across the forehead, between the brows, at the outer corners of the eyes and around the mouth are early signs of aging. These typically appear in the mid-30s and become progressively deeper with time. “The best candidate for Botox is someone who is beginning to develop noticeable lines,” Vasyukevich says. “As with many other medical conditions, treating these wrinkles in the early stages of their development is easier than trying to smooth out deeper lines.” HOW TO TIME IT It takes three to four days for the effects of botulinum toxin to kick in. “To make the most out of a Botox injection, get the treatment at least a month before your day so you have enough time for wrinkles to smooth out,” Vasyukevich says. Editor’s note: It’s easy to go overboard here, so work with your plastic surgeon or dermatologist to ensure you have some facial movement and don’t end up looking totally frozen on your day. AVER AGE COST Varies depending on area treated and injector

skin care must-haves

Lifting mask

Perk up sagging skin with a firming sheet mask infused with natural antioxidants. Eden Instant Lift mask, $75 for 5, JoannaVargas.com

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Eye cream

Dab on this multitasker to combat puffiness and plump up fine lines for up to 72 hours. Hyaluronic Marine Dew It Right eye gel, $48, DrDennisGross.com

Brightening serum

Night cream

Lash enhancer

Feeling dull? This vitamin C serum resurfaces skin for an overall glow.

Slather on a hydrating mask before bed and wake up to a smoother, dewier complexion.

Violet-C brightening serum, $88, Tatcha.com

Watermelon Glow sleeping mask, $45, GlowRecipe.com

Advanced lash conditioner, $150, RevitaLash.com

Ditch the falsies and apply this nourishing serum once a day for stronger, fuller lashes.

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For Jeffrey and Augustus, their complementary outfits represented their marriage.

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“SOMETHING BLUE”

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

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How perfect are these floral-patterned skirts?

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MATCHING WEDDING PARTY

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

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

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

TRADITIONS AROUND THE WORLD

Native American quilt wrapping symbolizes warmth.

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A Chinese tea ceremony shows familial respect.

African American broom jumping is a tribute to tradition.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Terrible flooring

Gaudy chairs

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

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

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LIGHT IT UP Use image mapping on a blank white wall to make your space feel more dynamic.

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

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

Too bold wallpaper

Clashing colors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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What does their package include? There are a lot of different things to consider before signing on the dotted line. Catering packages can vary, so make sure you leave your initial meeting with a concrete idea of what your caterer includes in theirs. For instance, is your quoted price based on the specific foods or dishes you choose, or is it an all-inclusive rate (which typically includes an appetizer, salad, entrée and dessert,

plus coffee service and, in some cases, wine for each guest)? Also, unless you’re going with an outside mixology team, work alcohol service into your contract and your catering plans. Talk through the tiers of alcohol coverage, what brands will be served and whether there’s a corkage fee if you provide your own wine or champagne. When it comes to must-have items like plates, napkins, silverware and more, ask if they’ll be bringing those and whether they or the venue are in charge of setup and breakdown. Lastly, inquire as to whether waitstaff is provided. Most caterers work with their own staff, but it’s good practice to check. >>

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

Snapshots of your day are the longest-lasting legacy when it comes to your wedding, so it’s not the place to skimp or trust just any friend with a digital camera. Splurge on a quality, experienced photographer (plus an engagement session) to get the memories you deserve.

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Planner/coordinator The last thing you want to do on your wedding day is field questions or direct vendors. Enter: a planner. Whether you work with someone for a year ahead of your day or just the month before, it’s beyond amazing to have extra help so you can party stress free.

Florist

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

Band or DJ

Music makes the party, so your band or DJ pick is a very important one. These entertainers understand the flow of music and how to keep guests on the dance floor all night long, in a way that your Spotify playlist just can’t. Trust us—and the pros—on this one.

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Do you have the same vision?

What kind of meal appeals to you?

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

Can you sample their menu in advance? Researching caterers through reviews and sample menus is a great start, but taste-testing the food yourself is a must-do, and it’s a delicious part of the process. Sitting down for a tasting before your wedding day will help you and your caterer plan out a cohesive menu and eliminate any dishes that don’t suit you and your partner.

Can they handle food allergies? Depending on your guests’ needs, there may be special dietary restrictions your caterer should plan for in advance. See if your team is able to prepare vegetarian, gluten-free, kosher or halal meals if guests should request or need them, and what the additional cost per plate may be. While you’re at it, if you’re planning on having children at your reception, ask about including a kid-friendly menu or smaller portions. You’ll also want to learn about meal options for serving wedding pros the day of (a must). Ask what date your caterer needs to know your final menu choices and guest head count by. Then, base your RSVP date on that to ensure all responses from guests are in at least two weeks before your catering head count is due to their team.

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

A movable feast

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

Family style

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

European family style

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

All action eats

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

Drive-in dinner

Round up a few of your favorite food trucks to serve guests for a charming picnic-style event. Be sure your venue has an accessible gravel patch for the vehicles, as well as electrical access.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WE’VE ROUNDED UP THE BEST OF THE BEST TO HELP YOU START NEWLYWED LIFE OFF RIGHT. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGRAPH BY JOHNNY MILLER STYLING BY SARAH SMART

From top: Bistro blue stripe dinner plate, $8, Everyday White by Fitz and Floyd, BedBathandBeyond .com; Perlee gold dessert plate, $246, L’Objet, JungLeeNY .com; Festival dinner napkins in Royal, $57 for 4, Sferra.com; Bleus D’Ailleurs American dinner plate, $165, Hermès, JungLeeNY.com; Corail Or porcelain dessert plate, $65, Medard de Noblat, JungLeeNY .com; Newport dinner plate, $38, dessert plate, $28, JonathanAdler.com; Perlee gold dinner plate, $290, L’Objet, JungLeeNY.com; Bleus D’Ailleurs dessert plate, $120, Hermès, JungLeeNY.com

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ICONIC favorites

TEA TIME Your morning cup of Earl Grey tastes better poured from a stylish spout—fact. Stagg EKG 0.9L kettle in Polished Copper, $169, FellowProducts.com

YOU KNOW ’EM, YOU LOVE ’EM— THESE PERENNIAL FAVES WILL BE YOUR GO-TOS FOR YEARS TO COME.

A TOAST FOR T WO Use these flutes on your wedding day and for all the date nights to come. Talia platinum champagne flute, $25, Mikasa, BedBathandBeyond.com

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Whether you entertain a little or a lot, go for at least 8 to 12 place settings (think: dinner and salad plates, a soup bowl and flatware). That way, you can host dinner for two or a Turkey Day feast.

PACK IT UP Stackable storage bowls are essential for weekly lunch prep. Bonus: They’re cute!

WHAT A DISH Even takeout looks classy on a plate this pretty. Shhh, we won’t tell.

Microwavable nested storage bowls in Nordic Berry, $60 for 4, Rosti Mepal, Food52.com

Prince Bleu dinner plate, $175, Bernardaud, JungLeeNY.com

PICTURE THIS Show off a favorite wedding day snap in this timeless silver frame.

SHARP OBJECTS Chef-grade steel makes slicing and dicing a cinch. Crafter knife set, $500 for 7-piece set, Wüsthof, Williams-Sonoma.com

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Grace Avenue 8x10 frame, $75, KateSpade.com

COOL COPPER A focus on construction and even heat distribution means these pans are as practical as they are pretty. Martellata tri-ply copper cookware, $900 for 10-piece set, Lagostina, Macys.com

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CLEAN SWEEP This high-tech gadget may have you battling it out for vacuum duty. Hey, it could happen.

drape it over the arm of your sofa for a pop of color

Cyclone V10 Absolute vacuum, $700, Dyson.com

TEAL TOSS A pretty hue and cozy cashmere make this throw worth fighting over. Dorsey throw in Ice, $610, Sferra.com

BREW BUDDY Score coveted pour-over coffee hands-free thanks to this automatic brewer. MONOGR AM MAT Tout your new family moniker with a signature jute doormat. Personalized wreath doormat, $89, MarkandGraham.com

Ottomatic 6-cup pour-over coffee machine, $350, Chemex, WorldMarket.com

FINISHING TOUCH Add a bit of glam to any table with gilded flatware. Colebrook Champagne flatware, $115 for 5-piece set, Lenox.com

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Round Dutch oven, from $140, LeCreuset.com

MIX IT UP This do-it-all pick has dozens of uses, so why limit yourselves? whip up some ice cream

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Swap the metal bowl for Kitchen Aid’s freezer-ready ice cream maker. Then, just add cream and your go-to flavors or toppings.

MUST-HAVE MIXER Do we even need to sell you on this culinary hero? Your kitchen counter would be empty without one. Artisan Series 5-quart tilt-head stand mixer, $500, KitchenAid.com

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Attach a pasta press to the head of your mixer and crank out fettuccine or rigatoni Ă la your local Italian ristorante. s qu e e z e i n s o m e j u i c e

The juicer attachment makes pouring fresh morning OJ (or happy hour mixers) a breeze.

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BOLD BOWL Serve up your daily dose of greens in this acacia wood bowl. Stonewood stripe round serving bowl, $188, Juliska.com

Hair of the Dog cocktail napkins, $38 for 4, AugustMorgan.com

ENTERTAINING essentials

SUCCESSFULLY HOST EVERYTHING FROM THE FANTASY DRAFT TO A GAME OF THRONES WATCH PARTY WITH THESE PICKS.

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DraftPour in Copper, $150, Fizzics.com

TOOL OF THE TR ADE Keep this 10-in-1 gadget on hand to mix up everything from margs to martinis like a pro.

SPIN IT Your favorite vinyl become the party soundtrack thanks to this USB-enabled turntable.

FYI: cabinets are totally the new bar cart, guys

STOUT SPOUT Score that freshfrom-the-tap taste from any brew (really!) with this draft beer system.

10-in-1 bartender tool, $39, MarkandGraham.com

AT-LP120-USB turntable in Silver, $249, AudioTechnica, Amazon.com

SIGNATUR E SIPS b lu s h i n g b r i d e

COCKTAIL COUNTER Use this chic cabinet as a bar. Don’t drink? Store board games inside it instead. Dock cabinet, $799, GrandinRoad.com

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Pour 2 oz. passion fruit nectar into a flute. Top with 3 oz. champagne and 1/2 tsp. grenadine. b e r ry h a p py

In a pitcher, mix 1 bottle white wine, 3/4 cup St-Germain, 2 cut peaches, 1/2 pint strawberries,

1 pint raspberries and 1 bunch grapes. Rest it for 15 minutes then serve cold. just rosemarried

In a shaker combine 2 sprigs rosemary with 1.5 oz. tequila, 1 oz. lime juice and 3/4 oz. simple syrup. Add ice, shake until cold, and strain into glass.

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BEST IN SHOW Pull out these cheeky embroidered cocktail napkins during a boozy brunch for a guaranteed laugh.

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POPPIN’ BOT TLES This opener uses a needle to pierce the cork and dispense a perfect pour, meaning your bottles stay way fresher.

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Model Two Elite, $350, Coravin.com

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INSTANT INSTA Turn your fave snaps into 2x3 prints straight from your smartphone.

CUTTING-EDGE SCIENCE AND SERIOUSLY COOL FEATURES MAKE THESE MUSTS FOR ANY HOME.

Sprocket 2, $130, HP, BestBuy.com

EAT GR EEN Herbs to upgrade your culinary creations: i ta li a n fo o d

Basil, parsley, oregano a s i a n fo o d

Chives, chilies, Thai basil

PUPPY LOVE Get in face time with Fido with a pet-cam system that lets you talk and dispense treats.

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Cilantro, thyme, mint

COUNTER GARDEN Grow herbs, veggies and flowers worry free with this smart garden, complete with LED lights and a zero-effort water tank.

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TR AVEL BUDDY Take the guesswork out of flying with TSA-approved luggage that even boasts a phone charger (genius!).

The Smart Garden 9 in Grey, $200, ClickandGrow.com

GOAL GET TER This smart scale syncs up with your phone to log your BMI, body composition, weight and more.

The Bigger Carry-On in Sky, $245, AwayTravel.com

QardioBase 2 in Arctic White, $150, GetQardio.com

SMART CHEF Cook everything from swordfish to creme brulee like a pro every time with this app-enabled sous vide. Joule, $199, ChefSteps.com

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LIGHT IT UP This futuristic light simulates a sunrise “alarm” to wake you up gradually. Somneo sleep and wake-up light, $200, Philips.com

SWEAT SESH Track your next 5K (or hey, trip to the grocery store) with Fitbit’s newest smart watch. Fitbit Ionic watch, $270, Fitbit.com

CHORE HELPER Upgrade garbage duty (yep, we went there) with a voice-activated can. Sensor can, $200, SimpleHuman.com

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PetChatz HD, $380, PetChatz.com

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WHITE NOISE Tune out city commotion (or your spouse’s snoring) with this sound machine.

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PLUSH PICKS Cloud-like towels (thanks to organic Turkish cotton) are a bathroom mainstay.

Wave premium sleep therapy sound machine, $30, Pure Enrichment, Amazon.com

Cloud Loom organic towels, $198 for 6-piece set, Coyuchi.com

TUB SHELFIE Draw a bath, prop up a glass of vino and read your latest book club pick.

TR ANQUILI-TEA Indulge in one of the 40 tea flavors in this box, including pear cobbler and Belgian mint.

Aquala bathtub caddy in Natural, $40, Umbra.com

COMFORT QUILT Use a gravity blanket (engineered to be 7 to 12 percent of your body weight) to calm your mood and fall asleep faster.

Dolce Vita tea chest, $60, TeaForte.com

The Gravity Blanket in Moon Ivory, $249, GravityBlankets.com

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SALT BAE Upgrade bath time with scented salts that also pack in skin-soothing essential oils. Bath salts, $25 each, SabonNYC .com

comforts BECOME A COUPLE OF LEISURE POSTWEDDING WITH LUXURIES THAT WILL SERIOUSLY UPGRADE YOUR #SELFCARE ROUTINE.

HAPPY FEET Give tired soles a rest in cushy velvet slippers. (Tip: Get ’em early and rock them while prepping for your wedding day.) The Phoebe slippers in Saffron Bow, $120, BirdiesSlippers.com

SAY “OM” Get Zen with the Headspace app, which offers hundreds of themed sessions and guided meditations. Year-long membership, $96, Headspace.com

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JUST BREATHE Relax, reinvigorate and even purify with this streamlined essential oil diffuser. Stone diffuser in White, $119, Vitruvi.com

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diffuse eucalyptus, lavender and grapefruit to chill while planning

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When shopping for sheets, it’s a bit of a numbers game. Look for a luxe set that’s between 300 to 430 thread count—anything higher won’t impact quality or comfort.

BED IN BLOOM You’ll actually want to make the bed with sheets this pretty. Poppy pillowcases in Azure, from $135 for set, Matouk.com

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CIAO, BELLA City dwellers will love zipping to the market on this bold scooter (just don’t forget a matching helmet).

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BRIGHT TOUCH Use these floor cushions for extra seating when company swings by. Chartreuse velvet tufted floor cushions, $45 each, WorldMarket.com

Primavera 50 50 Anniversario in Azzurro, $4,149, Vespa.com

FANCY FLOORS Brighten up your living room with a bold patterned rug built to withstand a bit of everyday wear and tear. Samode rug in Denim/Ivory, from $50, Dash & Albert, AnnieSelke.com

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Silent 21 bottle dual zone wine refrigerator, $299, WineEnthusiast.com

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HOME AWAY FROM HOME Take in the great outdoors from inside this easy-to-pitch domed tent. REI Co-op Camp Dome 2 tent in Blue Heaven, $100, REI.com

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BOT TLES UP Take Winc’s online quiz and they’ll curate a monthly delivery you’ll love. Gift certificate, from $60, Winc.com

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TENT FOR T WO Glamp at one of these luxury campsites for a memorable honeymoon.

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Show your crew (and ’gram) a good time with these five photo-friendly bachelor or bachelorette trips. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO

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

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AT GERVASI VINEYARD ™

the perfect setting for both outdoor & indoor weddings Choose from a stunning outdoor Pavilion with breathtaking views, an elegant ballroom in the Tuscan-inspired Villa Grande or The Conservatory, a charming greenhouse for intimate ceremonies.

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

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Why you’ll love it Winter getaways always seem like they’re harder to plan, but don’t panic. Instead, embrace the cool temps by planning a party in a snowy locale, like trendy Stowe, Vermont. It’s packed with cold-weather activities, plus plenty of quaint small-town charm. >>

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Nearly 100 years in the making, Brookside Golf and Country Club offers you and your guests breathtaking views, indoor and outdoor ceremony venues, luxurious amenities, top-notch food and beverage selections, as well as a private bridal suite.

CEREMONIES | RECEPTIONS | BRIDAL SHOWERS ENGAGEMENT PARTIES | REHEARSAL DINNERS

Contact us for a venue tour Daniel Hug, Director of Membership and Special Events 614.889.2581 | daniel@brooksidegcc.com 2770 W. Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus, Ohio 43235 www.brooksidegcc.com

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Where to snap a shot While hitting the slopes with your besties. What not to miss Kick off your winter wonderland weekend by checking yourselves into The Lodge at Spruce Peak, which legit looks like it’s out of some Swiss mountainside day dream. Plus, it’s the area’s only ski-in, ski-out resort, so hitting the powder anytime you want is a breeze. If black diamond trails aren’t your thing, there are treatments aplenty at the on-site spa. Once you’ve sweat it out for the morning (slopes or sauna, that is) you can head to town for a bit of shopping and sightseeing. When you’re ready for a midday break, choose from a bevy of local breweries or pop into the family-owned Von Trapp Brewing Bierhall (yep, that Von Trapp family) for some Austrian-inspired lager and eats. Speaking of food, Vermont locals are passionate about their cuisine. From a hearty post-ski brunch at Butler’s Pantry or Café on Main (get the homemade soup) to a fancier celebratory dinner at Harrison’s Restaurant or The Bistro at Ten Acres, you will leave with a happy heart and a very full stomach.

Charleston, South Carolina Why you’ll love it For a trip that bottles quaint Southern charm with all the perks of a modern city (think: shopping, delicious food and good nightlife) look no further than the Holy City. Charleston is made for a weekend away with a group big or small, and the beauty around the city ensures it will look great on your feed too. Where to snap a shot In front of the iconic and charming Georgian pastel homes on Rainbow Row or The Battery. What not to miss The gorgeous 86 Cannon inn is the perfect home away from home for your weekend—if its cozy rooms don’t convince you, the wraparound porch, light blue bikes and resident pups Sully and Gus will do the trick.

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Peruse the local farmers market at Marion Square, then roam King Street for shopping and dining (Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit is a must-stop). If you’re craving a bit of sand and sun, nearby Sullivan’s Island and Folly Beach promise just that, while a more Zen crowd will love the serene spa at Belmond Charleston Place. When it comes to delicious dishes and cocktails, plus a swoon-worthy atmosphere, you can’t go wrong with a night spent at The Ordinary, Husk, The Darling Oyster Bar or FIG. Come morning, sweat out the night before with a class at Urban Yoga Charleston, followed by a true Southern brunch at Hominy Grill. Pro tip: If there’s a wait, grab a Bloody Mary from its walk-up window bar.

Austin, Texas Why you’ll love it Plan a trip to vibrant ATX and get ready for all the country crooners and barbecue you can handle. The hip locale is packed with killer food, great nightlife and enough street art to keep your Insta feed full for months. Where to snap a shot Pose alongside one of the city’s iconic murals, like the “Greetings from Austin” wall or the “Love is the question love is the answer” wall at 12th and West Lynn. What not to miss Pile your party into a hip rental house (trust us, there are plenty!), or go with one of the many boutique hotels, like the colorful Austin Motel or sleek South Congress Hotel. Spend the day at the “it” local watering hole, Barton Springs Pool, or take your buds paddleboarding on scenic Lady Bird Lake. Come afternoon, take a stroll through SoCo for shopping, and get a pick-me-up treat from nearby Voodoo Doughnut. For dinner, a big boisterous group will feel right at home at Franklin Barbecue, while Eden East promises a farm-to-table meal you won’t forget.

Cap off the night with drinks at Easy Tiger, Whisler’s or Garage, or catch a live show at Broken Spoke. If you’ve been sipping enough bubbly, you could maybe even convince your crew to brave the karaoke mic at The Highball.

Portland, Oregon Why you’ll love it If the thought of whitewater rafting, hiking or craft breweries gets your heart thumping, then Portland should be on your must-visit list. Those seeking a chill experience will love the hipster scene the city offers. Where to snap a shot Grab a cone outside local legend ice cream stop Salt & Straw (we recommend the honey lavender or cinnamon snickerdoodle flavors) for #foodporn everyone will be jealous of. What not to miss The centrally located Ace Hotel is popular, while The Society Hotel and Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel have their own cult followings. Kick off your weekend with a little bit of green time at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Mount Tabor or Washington Park, where you can catch a glimpse of the internationally acclaimed rose garden. No trip to Portland would be complete without a little coffee and beer imbibing, so hit up local giant Stumptown Coffee Roasters before taking part in a few brewery tours. Can’t pick from the 60-plus spots in Portland? Book an experience through Brewvana, which gives you a VIP look into stops around the city with their all-access bus tour. Once your stomachs start rumbling, hit up Pok Pok for unique Thai dishes, Farm Spirit for a veggie menu or Departure for local favorites. End your night with another sweet-tooth fix at Blue Star Donuts or a trip to Multnomah Whiskey Library for the best spirit selection in Portland. G E T M O R E PA RT Y I N S P O AT TheKnot.com/planning

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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.

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Butler County Probate Court 101 High St. Hamilton, OH 45011 (513) 887-3294 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

Fairfield County

Lucas County

Portage County

Wood County

Gallatin County

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

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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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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

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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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(216) 415-6171 info@theballroomatparklane.com TheBallroomatParkLane.com Unforgettable weddings call for Cleveland’s most memorable venue, The Ballroom at Park Lane. Impress your guests with a backdrop that is rich with historical details and stunning character. capacity 200 | price $$

20th century theater

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ahern banquet center

726 Avon Belden Road, Avon Lake, OH (440) 933-7500 AhernCatering.com Ahern Banquet Center is conveniently located 20 minutes from downtown Cleveland. Ashford Hall has a comfortable seating capacity of up to 500. Burke Hall seats up to 250, with large windows overlooking the grounds. The outside pavilion is ideal for the wedding ceremony, followed by a reception. capacity 400+ | price $$

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One South High, Akron, OH (330) 376-9186 EXT. 214 ciacianci@akronartmuseum.org AkronArtMuseum.org With its stunning architecture, incomparable drama and distinctive prestige, the Akron Art Museum offers a world-renowned venue for your dream wedding. Complete with a dramatic grand staircase and a large, elegant garden space, the Akron Art Museum has the capacity for a 300-person seated reception. capacity 300+ | price $$$

barn at rush creek

Hocking Hills, OH (888) 222-4691 | (740) 746-9934 valleyviewcabins@gmail.com BarnatRushCreek.com Facebook.com/barnatrushcreek Our private 200-acre farm’s breathtaking scenery includes a pond, meadow and, of course, the hills! With 14 log cabins 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. capacity 250 | price $$

bel-wood country club

5873 Ludlum Road, Morrow, OH (513) 899-3361 EXT. 125 narnia@belwoodcc.com BelWoodWeddings.com Bel-Wood offers a unique experience for your special day, boasting a wraparound deck overlooking lush greens and mature trees, plus a waterfall site—providing unforgettable outdoor wedding backdrops. With a cherry wood bar and walls of mirrors and windows, BelWood has the elegance you are looking for.

136 East Broad Street, Columbus, OH (614) 221-3344 | ACColumbus.com Be whisked away to the romantic times of the past while you celebrate in our exquisite, century-old ballroom. Elaborate crystal chandeliers and floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the downtown skyline, paired with innovative cuisine, provide the perfect setting for your special occasion. capacity 250 | price $$$

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2770 W. Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus, OH (614) 889-2581 daniel@brooksidegcc.com BrooksideGCC.com Brookside Golf & Country Club offers unique indoor and outdoor spaces for your ceremony and reception. An on-site coordinator takes care of every detail to ensure that your big day is memorable! capacity 300 | price $$

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

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

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carnegie hall at newport the bell event centre

444 Reading Rd., Cincinnati, OH (513) 852-2787 | lori@belleventcentre.com BellEventCentre.com The Bell Event Centre is a brilliantly restored church, originally built in 1850. The beauty and awe of the facility can only be truly experienced first hand. We offer all-inclusive packages, suites, on-site parking, an executive chef and day-of coordinator to bring your vision of the perfect wedding day to life. capacity 250+ | price $$$

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bridgewater banquet & conference center

10561 Sawmill Parkway, Powell, OH (614) 734-9800 BridgewaterBanquetCenter.com Bridgewater Banquet & Conference Center would be honored to assist you with planning your event to remember. We offer complete event services including ceremony, reception and décor. Whether you are looking for an intimate gathering or an event for 450, we can accommodate all your wishes. capacity 450 | price $$

Only one block from Newport on the Levee (513) 469-6000 | info@newportcarnegie.com NewportCarnegie.com 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 10-175 people. The ambience of the Carnegie’s historical architecture is second to none. capacity 175 | 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 $$

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cincinnati music hall

1243 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH (513) 744-3241 btroendly@cincinnatiarts.org CincinnatiArts.org Cincinnati’s elegant and historic Music Hall (recently re-opened after an extensive and stunning renovation) 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 $$$

city club catering

850 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH (216) 621-0082 catering@cityclub.org 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.

cleveland museum of art

11150 East Boulevard, Cleveland, OH (216) 707-2141 events@clevelandart.org ProvenanceCleveland.com 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 $$$

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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. capacity 400 | price $$

the columbus athenaeum

32 North Fourth Street, Columbus, OH (614) 222-MEET | brides@columbusmeetings.com ColumbusMeetings.com High ceilings, rich woods and distinct architectural 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. capacity 400+ | price $$

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the cleveland catering group

(440) 933-4739 info@clevelandcatering.com ClevelandCatering.com Overwhelmed with finding the perfect venue for the shower, rehearsal and wedding? Just send your budget and wishes; we will recommend your venue and menu. From the Fountain Bleau Event Center and Nelly Belly Pizza Truck to hundreds of venues, we know your perfect fit!

3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland, OH (216) 635-3304 slb@clevelandmetroparks.com ClevelandMetroparks.com/weddings 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, including customized full-service catering. capacity 300 | price $$

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country club of the north

One Club North Drive, Beavercreek, OH (937) 374-5000 lrenshaw@ccothenorth.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 stephanie.rose@concordhotels.com CourtyardHamiltonOhio.com Located in the heart of Butler County, our 7,000 square feet of flexible banquet space is perfect for events up to 300. 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 300 | price $$

columbus hospitality management 775 Yard Street, Suite 180, Columbus, OH (614) 824-1770 ColumbusHospitality.com We have our roots in the hotel industry and our president, Charles, has been in the business for decades. From boutique lofts to bustling inns, unparalleled customer service creates unmatched results. No matter the property, our success stories are unlike any other.

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(513) 745-8596 info@coopercreekblueash.com CooperCreekBlueAsh.com An inviting, upscale destination overlooking the scenic Blue Ash Golf Course, accommodating up to 320 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.

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

destinys

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 $$$

the exchange at bridge park

6520 Riverside Drive, Dublin, OH (614) 793-2263 CameronMitchellPremierEvents.com The Exchange by Cameron Mitchell Premier Events is a contemporary, open event space with hardwood floors, raw stone details and stunning views of historic downtown Dublin and the Scioto River. Its neutral palette and outdoor courtyard make it the perfect setting for any event. capacity 500 | price $$$

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Shannon M. Hajek and Gary M. Hajek - Wedding Officiants/Ministers 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.

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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. capacity 250 | price $$$

gervasi vineyard

Canton, OH (330) 497-1000 EXT. 122 sales@gervasivineyard.com GervasiVineyard.com Gervasi Vineyard is a premier destination wedding venue. The meticulously manicured 55-acre, Tuscaninspired estate provides a graceful, romantic setting for both indoor and outdoor weddings. Experience the breathtaking views of the spring-fed lake and lush vineyards as you host your dream wedding! capacity 300 | price $$

glenmoor country club

4191 Glenmoor Rd. NW, Canton, OH (330) 966-3600 | weddings@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!

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glidden house

1901 Ford Dr., Cleveland, OH (216) 231-8900 | sales@gliddenhouse.com GliddenHouse.com Plan, cater, host your guests and dance the night away at the Glidden House. Our elegant Juniper Room, beautiful grounds and outdoor gazebo are ideal for your wedding ceremony and reception. We pay attention to the details so you can savor every moment. capacity 150 | price $$$

the grand event center

820 Goodale Boulevard, Columbus, OH (614) 600-9106 | info@eventcentergy.com TheGrandEventsCenter.com Impeccably designed for your special day, The Grand Event Center brings a fresh new approach to weddings. The Grand’s natural lighting and patio access is ready to be transformed into a space that is uniquely yours. capacity 250 | price $$$

great american ball park Cincinnati, OH

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(513) 765-7237 | vvolp@reds.com Reds.com/wedding For a once-in-a-lifetime event like your wedding, you deserve the best. Great American Ball Park invites you to have the wedding of your dreams by hosting your ceremony and reception at the home of the Reds. capacity 350 | price $$

heritage club

6690 Heritage Club Dr., Mason, OH (513) 459-7711 | HeritageClub.com Our remodeled clubhouse with panoramic views of a beautiful golf course delivers the perfect venue and a stunning backdrop to begin your happily ever after. Our dedicated staff provides personalized service and unlimited options. Our promise is to create memories and stories that last a lifetime. capacity 200 | price $$

heritage golf club

3525 Heritage Club Drive, Hilliard, OH (614) 684-7112 sierra.ridenour@clubcorp.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 250 | price $$

hilton columbus at easton

3900 Chagrin Drive, Columbus, OH (614) 414-5000 HiltonColumbus.com The possibilities are endless with an elite team of expert planners and three elegant ballrooms. Located in the heart of Easton Town Center, the hotel includes captivating spaces for an outdoor cocktail hour on the terrace or in our grand foyers, plus luxurious accommodations and amenities for guests. capacity 700 | price $$$

hilton columbus downtown

401 North High Street, Columbus, OH (614) 484-5275 lauren.lawson@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.

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 $$$

hocking hills wedding chapel

29301 Klump Rd., Sugar Grove, OH (740) 746-9934 valleyviewcabins@gmail.com HockingHillsWeddingChapel.com The Hocking Hills Wedding Chapel includes a stunning log chapel, gazebo and outdoor stone fireplace. All-inclusive wedding packages are available with customizable options. Accommodations for lodging are also available on-site to celebrate not only your wedding day, but your entire wedding weekend. capacity 55 | price $$

hotel covington

(859) 905-6600 sales@hotelcovington.com HotelCovington.com Today, Hotel Covington stands as a testament to high stakes, high fashion and high ambition. You can feel it in all 114 guestrooms, unique restaurants, intimate lounge spaces and outdoor courtyards. With vintage touches and modern tailoring, Hotel Covington sings in style, character and comfort. capacity 250 | 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 $$$$

the ivory room

2 Miranova Place, Columbus, OH (614) 221-2347 CameronMitchellPremierEvents.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. capacity 300 | price $$$

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hilton columbus polaris

8700 Lyra Dr., Columbus, OH (614) 885-1600 ColumbusPolaris.Hilton.com The hotel was designed with a modern elegance and has

jefferson country club

7271 Jefferson Meadows Drive, Blacklick, OH (614) 759-7500 bdonovan@jeffersoncountryclub.com JeffersonCountryClub.com A dream come true. Each wedding is as unique as each

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Old Stone Church Preparing you for a day of joy and a lifetime of love

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OSC welcomes all couples to celebrate their marriage in the heart of Cleveland!

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Sanctuary for wedding and rehearsal Officiating minister Organist and soloist Wedding assistant Videographer and ceremony video 2-day Marriage Preparation Seminar Printed programs Personalized unity candle

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premier downtown locations. Between views of the bridge-cradled Flats East Bank and the stunning Lake Erie horizon, Lago Custom Events’ diverse venue options serve as the perfect backdrop. capacity 120+ | price $$$

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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 our stunning Oak Grove Cottage and Greenhouse. Both sit on our 100acre organic farm, offering different styles in a beautiful farm setting. capacity 300 | price $$

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 $$

lake forest country club

100 Lake Forest Drive, Hudson, OH (330) 656-3800 EXT. 239 fandb@lakeforestcc.org LakeForestCC.org Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. You want everything to be perfect. We feel the same way at Lake Forest Country Club! From outdoor ceremonies in our Lake Front Park to an elegant indoor ceremony, Lake Forest Country Club is the ideal setting for your special day. capacity 240 | 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 $

juniper

580 N. 4th St., Seventh Floor, Columbus, OH (614) 464-3333 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 $$$

the lakes golf and country club

6740 Worthington Road, Westerville, OH (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 $$

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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.

4199 W. Dublin-Granville Rd., Dublin, OH (614) 889-9431 banquets@lascala.com LaScala.com We’re a family-owned Italian restaurant and have helped couples achieve their wedding dreams since 1976. We offer three beautifully updated rooms, our menus can accommodate your budget and taste preferences, and our event coordinators, room rentals, setup and cleanup services are at no additional charge.

(513) 459-0177 info@manorhouseohio.com Congratulations on your engagement and upcoming wedding! We want to help create a wedding day that reflects who you are as a couple. With our flexible indoor and outdoor settings, we can design weddings that feel small and intimate or ornate and grand. Start customizing your dream wedding today! capacity 500 | price $$$

lamalfa centre

5783 Heisley Road, Mentor, OH (440) 357-9333 LaMalfa.com LaMalfa 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 83-room, all-suite hotel. We are able to cater to large and intimate receptions. Let us make your dreams a reality. capacity 900 | price $$

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landerhaven

6111 Landerhaven Drive, Mayfield Heights, OH (440) 449-0700 info@landerhaven.com Landerhaven.com Bring the wedding of your dreams to life at Landerhaven, with their all-inclusive wedding packages boasting delicious in-house catering, custom wedding cakes, stunning floral décor and state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment included among exquisite ballrooms and beautiful patios and gardens. capacity 1,200 | price $$$

the marmalade lily

985 Schlottman Road, Loveland, OH (513) 604-6561 themarmaladelily@gmail.com TheMarmaladeLily.com The serene grounds and chic barn of this flower farm in the heart of Loveland are perfect for your special event. We provide an in-house wedding coordinator, custom floral design, cross-back farm chairs, tables, ceremony sites, benches, golf cart shuttle services, and rehearsal and ceremony coordination. capacity 150+ | price $$

meadow ridge events

(440) 537-1865 MeadowRidgeFarm.com Meadow Ridge Events is a unique outdoor event facility with two custom pavilions and ceremony sites set on 80 secluded acres in picturesque Geauga County. Family-run for over 40 years, and specializing in on-site catering and exceptional service, we offer a memorable experience for your special day. capacity 200+ | price $$$

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lago custom events

Weddings.LagoEastBank.com LagoCustomEvents.com Lago Custom Events gives couples the opportunity to host their ceremony and reception at one of Cleveland’s

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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

the medallion club

5000 Club Dr., Westerville, OH (614) 794-6999 MedallionClub.com Picturesque views. A spectacular setting. Warm, friendly, professional service. The Medallion Club’s

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16540 ChilliCothe Road • ChagRin Falls, ohio • 440-543-5123 www.lowesgReenhouse.Com • FloRist@lowesgReenhouse.Com

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THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY cont. 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 $$

mills park hotel

321 Xenia Avenue, Yellow Springs, OH (937) 319-0403 leob@millsparkhotel.com MillsParkHotel.com Located in Yellow Springs with 28 luxurious rooms, versatile gathering spaces and a five-star culinary experience, it is no wonder why Mills Park Hotel is becoming Ohio’s hot new wedding destination. We hope you will spend not just your wedding night, but the entire weekend with us. capacity 150 | price $$

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.

1150 Wilson Rd., Sunbury, OH (740) 524-4653 ayoder@thenorthstargolfclub.com TheNorthStarGolfClub.com The ideal location for your ceremony and reception is just minutes north of the 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 $$

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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 $$

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.

181 S. Oval Mall, Columbus, OH (614) 292-2262 events@ohio-statefacultyclub.com Ohio-StateFacultyClub.com Nestled in the heart of the Ohio State University campus, the Faculty Club has three floors and beautiful outdoor spaces to delight your guests. Our experienced wedding and culinary teams will provide you with impeccable service to ensure the Club is the perfect choice for your perfect day!

the phoenix

812 Race Street, Cincinnati, OH (513) 721-8901 ThePHX.com The Phoenix is a National Historic Landmark and the place to host your dream wedding ceremony and reception. Built in 1893, the building embodies some of the finest art-deco-style architecture that creates a sense of timeless elegance and romance in a setting that is truly one of a kind. capacity 400+

pink shell beach resort & marina

Fort Myers Beach, FL (866) 976-9620 PinkShell.com Whether you prefer the casual elegance of a beach wedding or a formal evening in a grand ballroom, our wedding specialists make your dreams come true. Pink Shell provides impeccable service in a picturesque setting. After all, the only thing we overlook is the beach.

pinstripes

111 Park Avenue, Orange Village, OH (216) 532-4200 cl-events@pinstripes.com Pinstripes.com/events Pinstripes can accommodate groups from 20 to 600 and offers a unique venue that can be tailored to your specific needs. Whether your passion is bowling, bocce or terrific Italian/American cuisine, we offer a memorable and winning combination for any social or corporate event.

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old stone church

the place at 534

91 Public Square, Cleveland, OH (216) 241-6145 EXT. 119 weddings@oldstonechurch.org

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the prickel barn

14112 Walton Verona Rd., Verona, KY (859) 512-3149 angie@theprickelbarn.com Facebook.com/theprickelbarn Our privately owned barn sits abreast a farm located in the heart of Boone County. Although it looks like a barn, it has the presence of a church with an old rugged cross as a staple centerpiece. We offer a 2.5-day experience. Your time here means as much to us as it does you. capacity 300+ | price $$$

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the ohio state university faculty club

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northstar golf club

ThePlaceat534.com The Place at 534 is a rustic-themed wedding venue located on 12 acres of land less than an hour away from Cleveland. Whether you are looking for elegant, romantic or a relaxed, fun setting, The Place at 534 will meet your expectations.

4230 GP Easterly Road, West Farmington, OH (440) 409-8883 info@theplaceat534.com

pyramid hill sculpture park & museum

1763 Hamilton-Cleves Rd., Hamilton, OH (513) 868-8336 nkoedel@pyramidhill.org PyramidHill.org This 300-plus-acre park consists of lakes, rolling hills, meadows and over 60 sculptures. Our four reception venues and multiple ceremony sites throughout the park allow you to create your own style. You can work with the event sales manager to choose the site that matches your vision. capacity 350 | price $$

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 $$

reverie

reveriecoordinator@southbrook.org ReverieDayton.com The Reverie exists to celebrate significant personal and professional events in the lives of the people of Dayton. The Reverie provides a brand-new modern chapel and classic reception space for your wedding and reception. capacity 300 | price $$

stables entwined event venue (859) 630-1053 stablesentwined@gmail.com StablesEntwined.com Facebook.com/thestablesevents

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THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY cont. Our wood barn built in 2016 features loft seating, a large stage, bridal room and groom’s cabin. The Stables is complete with a patio, grain bin bar, playground, pavilion and fire pit. All of this alongside a pond makes for a picturesque setting. Overnight accommodations are available for up to 12 guests. capacity 200 | price $$$

the summit, a dolce hotel

5345 Medpace Way, Cincinnati, OH (513) 527-9900 TheSummitHotel.com The Summit pairs cutting-edge event spaces with all-out comfort. Featuring 32,600 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space (including a rooftop garden and terrace) and 239 stylish guest rooms, we’re raising the bar yet reflecting Dolce’s gift for simple sophistication. capacity 350 | price $$$

tom’s country place

3442 Stoney Ridge Road, Avon, OH (440) 934-4553 info@tomscountryplace.com TomsCountryPlace.com Tom’s Country Place, established in 1959, has been family-owned and operated for over 60 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 $$

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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 $$

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 feature fireplaces. capacity 350+ | price $$

white pine grove

996 County Road 3275, Perrysville, OH (419) 938-8280 whitepinegrove3@gmail.com WhitePineGrove.com

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Nestled in the hills of Mohican Forest, White Pine Grove has stunning views and beautiful craftsmanship. Enjoy handmade wood tables, antique chairs, and indoor and outdoor ceremony sites. All this, plus indoor bathrooms, heat and air conditioning, makes White Pine Grove a truly unique rustic venue! capacity 220 | price $$

windows on the river

2000 Sycamore, Cleveland, OH (216) 861-1445 | mcoyne@windowsontheriver.com WindowsontheRiver.com In the heart of Cleveland’s waterfront, Windows on the River is located in the Historic FirstEnergy Powerhouse. Its striking industrial architecture bestows an impressive loft-like appeal that will take your breath away. Windows On The River presents a truly exceptional experience. capacity 300+ | price $$$

cakes & caterers

emelio’s catering

574 Georgesville Road, Columbus, OH (614) 266-3870 info@emelioscatering.com EmeliosCatering.com We take pride in both the quality of our dishes and the art of display. While our menus are extensive, we are dedicated to providing a personalized experience for all customers. Don’t see something you want? Just ask! We understand how stressful event planning can be, and Emelio’s Catering is here to help!

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.

wedding consultants 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.

a taste of excellence catering

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.

catering by scott

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.

aisle & co.

Columbus, OH (614) 735-3656 hello@aisleandcompany.com AisleandCompany.com We are a full-service wedding planning company with all the knowledge and experience to execute a flawless day. Our team of seasoned planners will work with you from beginning to end to ensure your dream day becomes a reality.

columbus bride & groom

5251 Norwich Street, Hilliard, OH (614) 787-1840 | info@columbusbg.com ColumbusBrideandGroom.com Columbus Bride & Groom specializes in local vendor referrals service and providing you with an extra pair of hands on the wedding day with our Wedding Day Assistant Package.

it’s the little things

Akron, OH (330) 715-0340 itsthelittlethingswp@gmail.com Congratulations on your engagement! It’s time to sit back, relax and let It’s the Little Things take care of the details while you enjoy your bliss. It’s the Little Things is an all-inclusive vendor that takes care of planning, floral and stationery and works closely with a variety of other vetted vendors.

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reading bridal district

ReadingBridalDistrict.com With 11 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!

bridal fashion & beauty

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.

the dress bridal boutique

amanda’s hyde park bridal

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.

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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.

captivate hair & makeup

(513) 443-8224 captivatehairandmakeup@gmail.com CaptivateHairandMakeup.com Facebook.com/captivatehairandmakeup Our goal is to exceed your expectations. Our expertise and professionalism allows us to provide clients with the ultimate beauty experience. With the use of high-quality products, let us help you captivate your natural beauty and make you feel your best. Follow us on Instagram: @captivatehairmua.

cincy bridal

307 West Benson St., Cincinnati, OH (513) 514-0289 | info@cincybridal.com CincyBridal.com Cincy Bridal is the newest and hottest bridal salon in the city, offering new and sought-after designers from all over the world to bring you fashion-forward designs. Whether your inspiration is classic and timeless or glamorous and sexy, there is sure to be the perfect gown for you at Cincy Bridal.

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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 offer a beautiful and large selection of wedding gowns and bridesmaid dresses to say “yes” to!

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!

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.

unparalleled styles and selections to ensure that you can find that one-of-a-kind gown that is perfect for your special day.

mansion hill bridal

Newport, KY (859) 750-6445 info@mansionhillbridal.com MansionHillBridal.com Mansion Hill Bridal, a by-reservation-only bridal boutique located in the quaint East Row Historic District of Newport, KY, provides a very memorable, elegant and relaxed dress shopping experience for all brides-to-be! We offer a fashionably curated collection of wedding dresses, veils and accessories!

penzone salons + spas

6 Columbus, OH, locations + on-demand services (614) 418-5350 specialevents@charlespenzone.com PenzoneSalons.com Our event coordinators and bridal services make bridal beauty planning simple. Enjoy the amenities of our salons and spas, or plan for our bridal glam-squad to come to your home or wedding venue so you can relax and enjoy every moment of your special day.

revision lasik & cataract surgery

1080 Polaris Parkway, Columbus, OH 240 W. Cook Road, Mansfield, OH (800) 475-2113 ReVisionEyes.com How will you see all the special moments of your big day as they unfold before your eyes? Life-changing vision correction procedures give the gift of freedom, comfort and convenience on your wedding day and beyond. See if LASIK or another procedure is right for you. Schedule a free consultation!

valentino’s bridal and tailoring

9630 Ravenna Rd. #200, Twinsburg, OH (330) 405-7929 | info@valentinosohio.com ValentinosOhio.com Our motto has always been: Your style, our quality. With this in mind, we want to give our brides the best product we can, the best advice we can give and make you look spectacular on your wedding day. With American and European designers, we’re able to offer a wide variety of truly unique dresses.

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love curvy bridal

133 West Benson St., Cincinnati, OH (513) 761-0378 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

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renée james jewelry

(937) 539-2371 customerservice@reneejamesjewelry.com ReneeJamesJewelry.com Renée James Jewelry was created by jewelry designer and GIA gemologist Lauren Duff Major. Lauren’s creative designs make RJ Jewelry a truly incredible experience. Renée James Jewelry offers an extraordinary design process, where we use your existing or new materials to create unique masterpieces.

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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Serving Cincinnati, Dayton and Columbus (513) 417-8316 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.

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(614) 407-MYDJ justin@platinummusicdj.com 614Mirror.com 614DJ.com The entertainment experts here will have your dance floor packed and your guests raving about how great your wedding is. Magic Mirror Photobooth will capture the unforgettable memories of your celebration. Worryfree entertainment like it should be. Call, text or email today for your dream wedding.

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jenna mccarty photography

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joe banker photography

(330) 461-3070 joe@joebankerphotography.com JoeBankerPhotography.com I am a firm believer in providing professional imagery to all my clients. I strive to capture moments that you and your family will cherish forever! “Joe is both incredibly talented and passionate in his work. It shows through his careful attention to detail and the top-quality product he delivers.”

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(855) 874-2394 BlancdeBleuUSA.com/shop-wine Blanc de Bleu is available in two varietals. Its signature varietal is a blue sparkling brut with a hint of blueberry. Its “something new” varietal is Blanc de Bleu Rosé Brut. Both are perfect for weddings. Drink responsibly.

bliss weddings - shannon m. hajek, wedding officiant/minister

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.

the campfire experience

hello@thecampfireexperience.com TheCampfireExperience.com The Campfire Experience is the little secret of boho brides and outdoorsy grooms in the Midwest! We’re known for creating spectacular glamping villages in beautiful spaces. With our help, you’ll wow your friends and family, keep the celebration going and relax in comfort and style!

claiborne productions/ohio wedding shows

(937) 550-4138 tracyclaiborne@gmail.com OhioWeddingShows.com Claiborne Productions/Ohio Wedding Shows produces wedding shows and expos in Dayton, Cincinnati and Columbus. With over 15 years of experience, we are established in these markets and, in addition, have a website that’s highly trafficked by engaged couples who are planning a wedding.

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5300 Crosswind Dr., Columbus, OH (614) 461-5257 | info@dispatchevents.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.

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20th Century Theater

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Destinys Catering Inc.

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Ahern Catering & Banquet Center

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Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

31

Akron Art Museum

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Gervasi Vineyard

256

The Athletic Club of Columbus

50

Glenmoor Country Club

251

The Ballroom at Park Lane

247

Glidden House

105

Barn at Rush Creek

2

The Grand Event Center

219

Bel-Wood Country Club

117

Great American Ball Park

161

The Bell Event Centre

242

Heritage Club

249

Bridgewater Banquet & Conference Center

279

Heritage Golf Club

125

Brookside Golf & Country Club

257

Hilton Columbus at Easton

131

Bryn Du Mansion

267

Hilton Columbus Downtown

193

Buca di Beppo

61

Hilton Columbus/Polaris

189

Cameron Mitchell Premier Events

143

Hocking Hills Wedding Chapel

3

Carnegie Hall at Newport

123

Hotel Covington

135

The Centennial Barn

17

InterContinental Cleveland

173

Cheers Chalet

120

Jefferson Country Club

21

Cincinnati Arts Association

277

Jorgensen Farms

254

The City Club of Cleveland

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Juniper

81

The Cleveland Catering Group

62

Kelton House Museum & Garden

179

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

5

La Scala

47

The Cleveland Museum of Art

109

Lago Custom Events

53

The Clock Tower

133

Lake Forest Country Club

233

The Club at The Ohio State University

282

The Lakes Golf and Country Club

27

The Columbus Athenaeum

281

LaMalfa

137

The Contemporary Arts Center

269

Landerhaven

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Country Club of the North

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The Makoy Center

229

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White Pine Grove

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The Marmalade Lily

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Windows on the River

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Meadow Ridge Events

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The Medallion Club

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The Mill Event Center

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A Taste of Class Catering

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Mills Park Hotel

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A Taste of Excellence Catering

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Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center

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Catering by Scott

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Newport Syndicate

165

Emelio’s Catering

149

NorthStar Golf Club

115

Jeff Thomas Catering & Events

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Oasis Conference Center

141

Vonderhaar’s Catering, Inc.

100

Old Stone Church

271

The Oscar Event Center

259

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Paul Brown Stadium

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Courtenay Lambert Floral & Event Design

106

The Phoenix

41

Lowe’s Greenhouses, Florist & Gift Shop

273

Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina

111

Pinstripes

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The Place at 534

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Amanda’s Hyde Park Bridal

43

The Prickel Barn

185

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Captivate Hair & Makeup

271

Radisson at The University of Toledo

45

Cincy Bridal

33

Reverie

151

Doreen Leaf Designs

49

The Stables Entwined Event Venue

144

The Dress Bridal Boutique

97

Stone Valley Meadows

79

The Gown Shop Bridal

85

Sugar Valley Country Club

127

Henri’s Bridal

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The Summit, A Dolce Hotel

241

Lace Bridal Couture

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Tom’s Country Place

267

Love Curvy Bridal

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Village Pantry Catering

171

Mansion Hill Bridal

69

Wagner’s of Westlake

230

Penzone Salons & Spas

283

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Party Pleasers

275

Valentino’s Bridal & Tailoring

94

Platinum Music Productions

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Renée James Jewelry

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Images by Daniel Michael

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Worthington Jewelers

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Jenna McCarty Photography

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Joe Banker Photography

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Aisle & Co.

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SPECIALTY SERVICES

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Columbus Bride & Groom

211

Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux

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It’s The Little Things

264

Bliss Weddings

269

Reading Bridal District

10, 163

The Campfire Experience

176

The Wedding Place

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Columbus Weddings Show

168

Wolf & Bird Event Design & Styling

103

Dublin Cleaners

263

Island Travel Co.

67

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Ohio Wedding Shows

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Billy J Full-Spectrum Entertainment

263

Prime Time Party Rental

235

Hi-Fi Entertainment

264

WeddingChairs.net

227

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