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IN THIS ISSUE

FALL/ WINTER

2020 GET THE LOOK

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THEKNOT.COM

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EDITOR’S NOTE

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THE KNOT TOOLS

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THEIR WEDDING, THEIR WAY

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ASK THE KNOT SQUAD

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TRENDING

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VENUE SCOUT

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EXPERT ADVICE

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MARRIAGE LICENSES AND WEDDING ANNOUNCEMENTS

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LAST LOOK

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CONTENTS

REAL WEDDINGS 57

EMILY + ANDY June 15, Newport, KY

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CHELSEA + DAN September 7, Cincinnati

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LINDSAY + PAURUSH September 14, Cleveland

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BR ANDON + JAKE June 20, Dayton

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LAUREN + MICHAEL

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From upcycling to self-serve sips, our favorite trends and ideas.

October 26, Centerburg

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PRISCILA + KELLY September 7, Cleveland

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JULIA + WILL October 6, Columbus

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K ATE + SHANNON July 5, Glenmont

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THINGS WE’RE LOVING IN 2020

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SHADES FOR EVERY SEASON Upgrade your celebration with these fresh color palettes. ››

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CONTENTS

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THE YEAR’S FRESHEST VENUES We introduce you to some of the hottest new venue options.

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BOUQUETS YOU’LL LOVE No matter your style or location, there’s a bundle of blooms for you.

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PERSONALITY-PACKED EATS Use your menu to channel the details of your relationship.

FA S H I O N + B E AU T Y

YOU ASKED, WE ANSWERED

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FLIGHTS OF FANCY Let your style soar with gorgeous engagement rings and bands.

Editor Louis Baragona answers top wedding planning questions.

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EDITOR TEST DRIVE A firsthand look at the hottest prewedding beauty treatments.

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VEILS, UNVEILED

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All the prettiest styles, from the traditional to the new and trendy.

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DRESS CODES DECODED How to find the right attire to complement your style and venue.

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MAID OF STYLE The bridesmaid trends you need to know, plus how to pull them off.

BRIDAL BEAUTY COUNTDOWN Your guide to looking fabulous in time for your celebration.

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COURT OF LOVE Break the fashion rules with fun details and unexpected silhouettes.

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RINGS: JOHNNY MILLER; FLOWERS: SARAH ANNE WARD

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In love with our gorgeous cover outfits? Check out more fashion-forward styles for your wedding day and beyond at TheKnot.com/fashion.

COVER Dress in sizes up to 20, price upon request, Viktor-Rolf.com; shoes, $975, JimmyChoo.com

Behind the Scenes Chic in the City

PHOTOGRAPHY Chris Craymer FASHION STYLING Shelley Brown HAIR Yoichi Tomizawa for Bumble and bumble at Art Department MAKEUP Hector Simancas for Elizabeth Arden at Art Department PROP STYLING Kayleigh Snowden

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

NYC City Hall Weddings

Fun facts about our shoot theme.

HAUTE MEAL Photographer Chris Craymer snaps a shot of our model snacking on a pretzel from a real food cart in downtown NYC.

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FOOTWEAR FETISH The best part about short dresses? The statement shoe moments, of course. We had upward of 50 stunning pairs on set.

SIP, SIP, HOORAY Our models had a blast shaking up several bottles of bubbly—and letting the corks fly—on the steps of city hall.

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D I G I TA L DOWNLOAD Get even more ideas on TheKnot.com/ohio and at @TheKnot on social.

Real Weddings

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Madeleine and Rob knew exactly what they wanted for their Ault Park wedding. “My vision was a mix of eclectic and vintage,” Madeleine says. “I found inspiration in Wes Anderson movies.” One of the ways Madeleine brought that vision to life was with her dress, which she sewed by hand. In total, Madeleine spent 700 hours combined working on the garment with her designer, a fellow UC DAAP grad.

BEST OF WEDDINGS

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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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EDITOR’S NOTE

WE ’RE IN THIS T O G E T H E R

5 Y E A R S L AT E R

CELEBRATING LOVE FOR ALL It’s hard to believe the legalization of samesex marriage passed just five years ago. To think the inability to marry whom you wanted existed so recently in this country is staggering. And while there’s still much to be done to create equality for all, we wanted to take the opportunity to celebrate the anniversary of such a historic moment. Turn to p. 176 to read the touching stories of two couples married the same year as the monumental decision, and what it means to them.

KRISTEN MAXWELL COOPER Editor in Chief @kristenmax kristen@theknot.com

CAKE FOR ONE

Let’s just say sharing food isn’t my strong suit. This individual confection is just one of the fun ideas in the issue. (p. 91)

BAND TOGETHER FANCY FOOTWORK

I loved this bride’s genius solution to include her crowd-shy rescue dogs in the wedding. (p. 40)

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From rainbow stones to mixed metals, wedding bands are more unique than ever and we’re so here for them. (p. 131)

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: SARAH LOVE PHOTOGRAPHY; CHRIS CRAYMER; MILANES PHOTOGRAPHY; JOHNNY MILLER; SARAH PORTER PHOTOGRAPHY; ALICIA WILEY PHOTOGRAPHY

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As we go to press, an unprecedented pandemic is impacting our country in ways we’ve never experienced before. Schools and stores are closed, and working from home has become the new normal. Another reality? Canceled weddings. My deepest hope is that by the time this issue hits stands, our world is seemingly back to normal, but I know the repercussions of this will be felt for months. So while we all work to rebuild our way of life, we want you to know that The Knot is here for you via social (@theknot), online (TheKnot.com) and in these pages. Whether you’re forced to reschedule your wedding day or simply feel behind on planning due to weeks of social distancing, we’re here for you. We created the content of these pages before the global pandemic, and we’ll be here when the dust settles too. We’re all in this together.

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

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Prompt guests to download The Guest app, and their photos and videos will be shared in real time, no hashtag necessary!

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with your Minted wedding invites), and even snag a custom URL for an extra touch of personalization.

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IS ICON Throughout the issue we’ve included more ways we can help you pull it all off, like creating your wedding website and setting up the ultimate registry.

LIGHT BULB: HEADSOFBIRDS/NOUN PROJECT; MAGNIFYING GLASS: LINSEED STUDIO/NOUN PROJECT; IDEAS: CREATIVE STALL/NOUN PROJECT; COLOR PALETTE: OLGA/NOUN PROJECT; TARGET: PRIME ICONS/NOUN PROJECT; LIST: ALEX MURAVEV/NOUN PROJECT

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MAKE TR ADITION

THE DETAILS The couple shared the stage with the 160 guests who attended their lively celebration on September 14, 2019 in Columbus.

THE COUPLE

Clare Georges (28 and an account manager) and Derek Roath (30 and a controller) first met at an outdoor concert.

THEIR WEDDING, THEIR WAY

FINE-TUNED A pair of music aficionados marched down the aisle to their own beat at their outdoor music festival wedding, complete with colorful tropical touches. B Y L I L LY B LO M Q U I S T P H O T O G R A P H Y B Y J E N N A P O W E R S

DANCING ON AIR To supplement the live band’s performance, the pair moved to the beat of their favorite song, “Electric Touch,” by Arizona, for their first dance. “We loved being able to dance the night away under the stars with our guests,” the couple says.

STATIONERY Clare’s

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graphic designer friend created the pair’s stationery to mimic concert lineup posters, while incorporating tropical accents. RECEPTION The duo decorated their outdoor reception with bright pops of color, allowing the natural setting and live music to shine.

TABLE SETUP

“I wanted the reception to be minimal and modern but still organic,” Clare says. She paired tropical leaves with sleek chairs.

FESTIVAL CHECK-IN

Clare and Derek dubbed themselves “Clerch,” a combination of their college nicknames, so they named their wedding weekend “Clerchfest.” Guests began the night by receiving “Clerchfest” wristbands.

THE TEAM CEREMONY SITE Saint Joseph Cathedral RECEPTION SITE Columbus Museum of Art PHOTOGRAPHY Jenna Powers VIDEOGRAPHY Happy Kamper Films FLOWERS The Flowerman! OFFICIANT Father Haddad GOWN Rime Arodaky, Alice in Ivory, Chicago MENSWEAR TheBlackTux.com ACCESSORIES Veil: Sara Gabriel; earrings: BHLDN ENGAGEMENT RING Renée James INVITATIONS Flannery Haas

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Temporary tattoos and glow sticks were handed out to guests while they enjoyed the music.

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ADVICE

Q+A

ASK THE KNOT SQUAD You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers. We tapped our team—and one of our go-to industry pros—to solve some of your most of-the-moment planning asks. OUR TAKE I really want a modern, fun invitation suite, but my fiancé is feeling something a bit more classic with calligraphy. Any design tips for picking invites that suit both of our styles? SARAH EVANS

Private vows allow you to express yourselves without an audience.

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My partner and I are both major introverts— we don’t do PDA and hate being the center of attention—so a traditional ceremony seems really scary to us. Are there ways for us to rethink the structure to fit our personalities?

PRO TAKE

JOVE MEYER

Owner Jove Meyer Events Jove is an NYC-based event designer known for throwing celebrations that take personalization to new heights.

Your wedding ceremony should be true to both of you—that includes reflecting your style, love story and personalities. If you’re both introverts, you could consider a city hall ceremony. This allows you to bring a few friends, keeping things intimate and casual. But, if you go with a city hall wedding, a majority of your loved ones will miss out on your public commitment. As an alternative, rethink the day in a way that pulls the attention away from you. Maybe you could skip walking down a traditional aisle and instead hang out with your guests preceremony. Think: no processing, just getting married where you are, on your terms. You could also walk down the aisle with your partner or ask guests to process to you instead, meeting you, your partner and the officiant at the altar. Starting the ceremony together might make you more comfortable. In the end, the goal of the wedding ceremony is to make your commitment of love in front of those you care about most. This can really take place in whatever form feels most authentic to your relationship.

Marriage is all about collaboration and figuring out how to blend two individual styles. Here’s the good news: When it comes to stationery design, seemingly opposing tastes can actually complement each other nicely and really represent you as a couple. If your fiancé is nonnegotiable on calligraphy, try pairing hand lettering with clean, modern typefaces for a combo that won’t feel too stuffy. Give your suite an energetic vibe by experimenting with color and avoiding any fussy details that might not feel true to your combined style. Letting the script shine as the focal point can feel clean and bold but simple and timeless at the same time. Win, win! We’re trying to settle on a first dance song, but the classics feel too serious. Where can we find a first dance jam to start the party? S H A R LY N P I E R R E Assistant Editor, Research

Check out different radio stations or comb through Spotify, but keep this in mind: As you’re researching, don’t be afraid to explore different genres you might not always find yourself listening to. Try pop, hip-hop or even Afrobeats. If nothing makes you want to strut and shake something, enlist the help of your wedding party and ask for song recs or even a playlist—they’ll know what feels most like you both.

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Art Director

Find more advice on THE K N OT WE D D IN G PL ANNE R APP

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THE OSCAR EVENT CENTER

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MAXIM PHOTO STUDIO, LLC

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THE DELISH DISH CATERING & EVENTS

TheDelishDish.com

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Check out this year’s list of the top-rated vendors in Ohio as chosen by couples like you. TheKnot.com/bow

KELSIE LYNN PHOTOGRAPHY

JEFF THOMAS CATERING

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THE LAKES GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB

LakesClub.com

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MAXIM PHOTO STUDIO, LLC MaximPhotoStudio.com “Where to begin? Max is simply amazing at his craft. He is polite, on time, artistically sound and has a fun/no BS professionalism to his process.”

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JEFF THOMAS CATERING

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DANA LYNN PHOTOGRAPHY, VIDEO & PHOTO BOOTH HITCHED CREATIVE MEDIA-77 TOAST WEDDING FILMS VALCINEMA WEDDINGS | PHOTO + VIDEO WEDDING STORIES IN MOTION WORK SHED WEDDINGS YOURS TRULY MEDIA PHOTO & VIDEO

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BRITTNEY NICHOLE DESIGNS COTTON INK INVITES IMPRESS MEG MORROW FINE PAPER

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LakesClub.com “The venue was spectacular! Many guests commented it was the best reception they had ever attended. The service was extraordinary and the food was incredible.” ALUM CREEK FARM THE ATHLETIC CLUB OF COLUMBUS

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officiants + premarital counseling WEDDINGS FOR THE AGES

bridal salons BELLE AMOUR BRIDAL FOREVERMORE BRIDAL THE GOWN SHOP

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Proudly Providing the Greater Cincinnati Area with the finest food and exceptional service since 1996

It is a wonderful feeling to be part of the special moments in peoples’ lives. We take great pride in the fact that we have had the privilege to be part of so many special occasions over the past 20 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. Essentially, we love what we do and would love to do it for you…

We proudly operate Molloy’s on the Green and are proud to be one of three Exclusive Caterers at Ronald Reagan Lodge at Voice of America Park. Our services also travel to any location in the Cincinnati area. 513-851-5434 | www.destinyscatering.com | www.destinyscateringatmolloysonthegreen.com

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TRENDING

ROAD TO LOVE

SMALL WONDERS

JOEY + SCOTT CINCINNATI

“Our genius designer paid tribute to the thousands of miles we traveled when we were long distance,” Scott says. “The path on the ampersand is the highway we drove to get to each other on I-71 in Ohio.”

GET

Looking for a subtle way to personalize your suite? Try a custom wax seal in a favorite color, a meaningful stamp on the envelope or an illustration on the liner.

creative W I T H Y O U R

Set the tone for your celebration with a suite that’s as one of a kind as your story. Invites are an opportunity to take personalization to the next level, from custom illustrations of your abode to subtle tributes to your journey down the aisle. Ask your designer to create custom art of something special.

HOME SWEET HOME S I LV I A + M A R I O S A N A N TO N I O

“Oddly enough, we found our stationery when we moved into our home,” Silvia says. “I stumbled upon this handdrawn illustration as I was dusting and organizing our cabinets. I got copies printed and held onto them for a long time in the hopes of using them in the future. I never thought that the occasion would be our reception in the front yard of our home—but here we are.”

INCLUSIVE ‘I DOS’ CHRISTINA + JAMES PHILADELPHIA

“I created a version of our invitations in braille for my friends with vision impairment,” Christina says. “Not all people with vision impairments can read braille, so we also made sure the paper was white with a dark font to ensure a high contrast for universal legibility.”

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TRENDING

FURRY FRIENDS

TOP IT OFF

R A C H E L + K E V I N B A LT I M O R E

“It was always important for Kevin and me to include our pups in the ceremony,” Rachel says. “They’re rescues and don’t handle large crowds well, so this was my way of having them with me as I walked down the aisle.”

H AV E

Shoes aren’t the only accessory that can speak to your style. Rocking a suit? Try a custom bow tie or a bolo made from a special stone. If you’re wearing a gown, add extra meaning with jewelry or a veil.

fun W I T H Y O U R

Your wedding day is a chance to channel your personal style from head to toe—literally. These couples kicked their footwear up a notch by running wild with color, illustration and meaning, bringing a new definition to “happy feet.”

SEEING DOUBLE DANI + MIKE BEAVER, PA

GOOD LUCK CHARM RACHEL + FANGZHI CHICAGO

“I originally got these slides during a trip to my husband’s hometown of Yichang, China,” Rachel says. “I thought I’d wear them for our ceremony in China, but decided it would be even more special for them to serve as a nod to my husband’s family as well as a pop of color in our more modern Chicago ceremony.”

Channel your cultural identity with your accessories.

“I absolutely love wearing saddle shoes, and Mike is into the look too,” Dani says. “We wanted to do something a little different, and our wedding had a slight vintage flair, so these seemed like the right fit. We both felt stylish in a quirky, old-school way—not to mention confident and comfortable.”

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KICKS

Find footwear inspo at THE K N OT.CO M/RE AL-WE D D IN G S

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W W W. B E LW O O D W E D D I N G S . C O M

THE BEL-WOOD EXPERIENCE Allow “The Quiet Club in the Country� to transform your special day into one that will be remembered for years to come. Bel-Wood Country Club sits on a gorgeous, 18-hole golf course composed of lush greens, mature trees and ample bodies of water. With a Ballroom accommodating up to 300 guests overlooking the beautiful grounds, Bel-Wood is sure to provide a unique and intimate experience for you and your guests on the big day. Our vintage setting, culinary expertise and attention to detail will make your wedding day dreams become a reality.

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TRENDING

STITCHED WITH LOVE

PUT DOWN ROOTS

MELISSA + DANE ALMA, KS

“After Dane’s mom passed away, a dear friend and Sioux elder wrapped and blessed him in a morning star quilt,” Melissa says. “At our ceremony, she blessed us together as a couple in the same piece.”

Embrace your inner green thumb and plant a tree together. Add a sentimental twist to the ritual by using soil from your family homes.

After their ceremony, Melissa and Dane hung their quilt up at home.

MAKE

meaning W I T H Y O U R

When it comes to saying “I do,” there are a myriad of ways to seal the deal. Though many couples choose to light candles or pour sand, you can also link your lives together by remixing rituals, whether they’re based in your faith, your family or your favorite midnight snack.

FRESHLY MADE CASSIE + ERIC SAVANNAH, GA

FAMILY TIES A N G E L A + B R I T TA N Y CINCINNATI

“It was important to us to involve our pastor—who has played a huge role in our spirituality—in our ceremony,” Angela says. “We also wanted to honor our diverse faith journeys and those of our guests. A handfasting struck that perfect balance for us.”

“A few days before the wedding in a hungry stupor, we decided to make guacamole in front of everyone to seal the deal,” Cassie says. “Our officiant explained to our guests why chips and guac stood as a strong metaphor for marriage as we delightfully smashed avocados and shared bites.”

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UNITY CEREMONY

Shop for your nest at THE K N OT.CO M/REG I S TRY

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Where Every Event is a World Premiere SPECIALIZING IN: Weddings, Receptions, Banquets, Corporate Events, Private Parties and Celebrations.

3021 Madison Rd., Cincinnati, OH

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TRENDING DISCO DROPS Earrings, $38, Zaxie.com

BRING THE

drama W I T H

BOLD TIPS

EMERALD + BLUE

Gel Couture nail polish in Caviar Bar, $12, Essie.com

Get glamorous with a daring dose of jewel tones that will make any event feel luxe.

CROWN JEWEL Bobby pin, $82, JenniferBehr.com

DAPPER TOUCH Bow tie, $25, TheTieBar.com

INTO THE DEEP Saturated table number in Tidepool, $30 for 15, Erin Deegan, Minted.com

THE BACKSTORY

Dress in sizes up to 20, $280, TheiaCouture.com

PLUSH PERCH

KEEP CLEAR Clutch, $995, Edie-Parker.com

CANDY CRUSH Coffee crunch extra dark chocolate bar, $10, Compartes.com

SASSY STEPPERS Shoes, $395, LoefflerRandall.com

ARTSY VESSEL Libra blue and white vase, $15, CB2.com

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NAIL POLISH: GETTY IMAGES; ALL OTHERS COURTESY OF VENDORS

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Green velvet chair, $60 per day to rent, RentPatina.com

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WEDDINGS ENGAGEMENTS BOUDOIR www.jennamccartyphotography.com I jenna.mccarty.photography@gmail.com I 330-282-2554

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TRENDING WHAT A DISH

Food52 dinnerware by Jono Pandolfi, from $34 each, Food52.com

MOONSTONED Earrings, $495, KendraScott.com

KEEP IT

chic W I T H

GREIGE REIGE + CREAM STRAPPED IN

Shoes, $100, ChineseLaundry.com

Use tone-on-tone neutrals to lend an effortless and elegant appeal to your stylish celebration. TREASURE TROVE Keaton jewelry box, $40, KateSpade.com

COLD SHOULDER Dress in sizes up to 28, $270, Amsale.com

MODERN MEMO Foil-stamped colorblow wedding invitation, $270 for 100, ArtifactUprising.com

FIDO FASHION

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Flax lines dog bandana, $26, TheFoggyDog.com

PEARL POWER SWEET SCENT

Candle in Chandelier, $36, Otherland.com

GLOW UP

Ambient Lighting finishing powder in Diffused Light, $48, Sephora.com

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Clutch, $950, EKRDesigns.com

POWDER: GETTY IMAGES; ALL OTHERS COURTESY OF VENDORS

Dress up your fur baby in a pictureperfect coordinated bandana.

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Creating Memories at Wagner’s

Established in 1965, Wagner’s has hosted more wedding receptions than any other venue in Western Cuyahoga County. Five beautiful ballrooms, each with its own dance floor, private bar and distinct layout. Our executive chef uses only the freshest of ingredients in our on-site kitchen.

WWW.WAGNERSOFWESTLAKE.COM Call for information regarding our January bridal show, where one lucky person will win the grand prize of a catered wedding reception. 30855 CENTER RIDGE RD., WESTLAKE, OH 44145 • PHONE: 440-871-8800

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TRENDING

GET

luxe W I T H

AMBER + RUST

COLORFUL TOSS Cactus silk pillow in Mustard Yellow, $60, CB2.com

BOW-TIFUL

Barrette, $138, JenniferBehr.com

SHINE ON

Marc Jacobs Beauty See-Quins Glam Glitter liquid eyeshadow in Copperazzi, $26, Sephora.com

Embrace all things fall with an unexpectedly cool palette that brings the warmth. VELVET TOUCH

Dress in sizes up to 24, $295, JennyYoo.com

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Natural shapes save the date, $129 for 100, PaperCulture.com

BUZZY FAVOR

BumbleBerry honey, $20, ShopTerrain.com

FUNKY FRINGE

DAZZLING DANGLERS

Cotton fringe napkins, $22 for 4, Creative Co-op, Amazon.com

Earrings, $150, KennethJayLane.com

FESTIVE FIZZ

TOST beverage, $21 for 3, TOSTBeverages.com

Shoes, $1,245, ManoloBlahnik.com

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COURTESY OF VENDORS

FANCY FEET

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25 YEARS

OF GREAT RECEPTIONS 40 TO 450 GUESTS TWO UNIQUE BALLROOMS STARTING AT $39.95

A dinner your family and friends won’t stop talking about! THREE GREAT REHEARSAL DINNER ROOMS STARTING AT $20.00

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The Madison

VENUE SCOUT

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EMILY MILLAY PHOTOGRAPHY; COST APPLIES TO A SATURDAY WEDDING IN FALL OR WINTER 2020; GUEST COUNT IS DEFINED AS THE MAXIMUM NUMBER THE VENUE CAN ACCOMMODATE FOR A PLATED DINNER AND DANCING.

ON LOCATION

The first—and often hardest—decision you’ll make is where to throw down. Here are 10 spots to make that task a bit easier. B Y L I L LY B LO M Q U I S T

THE MADISON CLEVELAND COST

LE MERIDIEN COLUMBUS, THE JOSEPH COLUMBUS

from $12,500 450

$5,000

GUEST COUNT

COST

ABOUT Originally built in the early 1900s, this recently

GUEST COUNT

renovated venue boasts a light and airy industrial space, thanks to an open layout, charming whitewashed brick walls and a private outdoor patio.

VENUE AMENITIES

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PLANNER

170 This sophisticated locale is filled with floor-to-ceiling windows that capture natural light while providing views of the Short North Arts District.

ABOUT

FLOWERS

RENTALS

THE TRANSEPT CINCINNATI

THE WILLOW TREE TIPP CITY

COST

from $170 per guest 230 ABOUT Original stainedglass windows and tall ceilings help this old church, owned by Funky’s Catering, deliver historical character and an exemplary culinary experience.

COST

GUEST COUNT

GUEST COUNT

CATERING

CAKE

TRANSPORTATION

from $4,295 200 ABOUT At this rustic haven, a red brick house and open barn sit on a spacious green lawn, offering sweeping views of trees, blossoming gardens, a quaint pond and picturesque wooden bridge.

ON-SITE ACCOMMODATIONS

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ON LOCATION AKRON ART MUSEUM AKRON

from $2,500 300 ABOUT With world-renowned modern architecture and outdoor green spaces, this art gallery is a sleek oasis in the heart of downtown. COST

GUEST COUNT

HIGH LINE CAR HOUSE COLUMBUS

from $14,500 250 ABOUT Located within the city’s Brewery District, the venue’s soaring windows, high ceilings, wood floors and industrial beams make for a historic and charming wedding setup. COST

GUEST COUNT

THE MONASTERY EVENT CENTER CINCINNATI

from $14,400 345 ABOUT This old church boasts a rich history, with restored ceiling medallions and quaint exposed brick walls. COST

GUEST COUNT

Akron Art Museum

TENK WEST BANK CLEVELAND

from $5,500 GUEST COUNT 400 ABOUT Originally built as a factory in the 1880s, this full-service warehouse is home to oversized arched windows, bistro lights, wood and metal beams and a grand staircase.

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COST

Tenk West Bank

SAPPHIRE CREEK WINERY CHAGRIN FALLS

from $8,000 220 ABOUT This rustic-modern winery incorporates nature into its interior with organic design finishes and allover views of the surrounding fields. GUEST COUNT

GRADUATE CINCINNATI CINCINNATI

from $82 per guest 350 ABOUT Situated on the University of Cincinnati campus, this funky hotel venue offers a waterfront backdrop, cool interiors and a lush garden. COST

GUEST COUNT

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ON THE APP

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COST

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Nestled on 13 beautiful acres, S t one Valley Meadows is the wedding facility of your dreams...

Stone Valley Meadows provides an unforgettable barn experience in a timeless setting complete with old world rustic charm and a touch of modern sophistication. Panoramic views, a private bridal suite, and an elaborate groom’s barn are just a few of our exclusive features.

• Accommodates up to 350 seated guests

Comprised of inlaid barn wood and reclaimed flooring, guests will marvel at the natural elements and subtle splendor of the carefully selected details.

• Reclaimed wood

Every detail of SVM will ensure your day is one not to be forgotten. The barn will naturally enrich the anticipation for your long awaited entrance.

• Equipped with audiovisual support, surround sound speakers and televisions

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EXPERT ADVICE

ALL ABOUT

S TAT I O N E R Y WHEN SHOULD COUPLES START THE PROCESS OF BOOKING THEIR STATIONER?

OUR PRO Deanna Sukalac, designer, owner and mastermind behind Rose Gold Studio

TO P T I P S Whether it’s a colorful tassel or a wax seal with herbs, Deanna loves adding custom touches that capture her clients’ relationships and offer a sneak preview of their event.

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As a general rule of thumb, you should book a stationer six months before the wedding—but the earlier, the better! You’ll want to send your invitations out approximately six to eight weeks ahead of your event, so this timeline will give your pro about four months to produce, design and edit a top-notch suite for you.

WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION WHEN DESIGNING FOR YOUR COUPLES? We always start with a consultation to get a feel for our couples’ vision and vibe. We love hearing what you want guests to experience when they first open your invitation. We’ll also make note of any quirky ideas that represent your relationship or interests, such as including your dog’s face on the invitation because he’ll be the ring bearer or incorporating designs of a flower that grew outside your childhood home. From there, I’ll create a mood board with an array of images that help capture your personality and start piecing together our ideas until I’ve built a suite that tells your love story. Even when suites have the same paper, palette or starting components, no two end up looking the same—they’re always completely unique to the couple they’ve been created for.

WHAT IS THE MOST CREATIVE STATIONERY OR PAPER GOODS MOMENT YOU’VE DESIGNED? Gosh, there are too many to list! One that instantly comes to mind is an invitation we printed with white ink on thin wood slices. We incorporated blush, ivory and neutral shades and decorated it with taupe foil, placing the whole suite in a moss-lined letter box and using calligraphy to address the exterior for mailing. The ceremony and celebration was set to take place outdoors under a big canopy, so we wanted guests to experience that garden party vibe from the moment they opened the couple’s invitation.

ARE THERE ANY MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT STATIONERY? I’d like to retire the idea that there is one “right” way to create invitations. It’s your wedding—let your personalities shine through and create a beautiful paper suite that will continue to make you smile whenever you look back at it.

Your stationery is the first visual representation of your event, so it should capture your style and personality. Make it unique, and make it yours. Wedding stationery also serves a purpose beyond just looking visually appealing—your invites communicate important details about when and where the event will take place, and help guests prepare and know what to expect (like if they should opt for flats instead of stilettos for a lawn celebration). On the day-of, elements like welcome signs reassure guests that they’re in the right place, while place cards tell them where to sit, helping the event run smoothly for everyone involved.

EMILY MILLAY PHOTOGRAPHY

WHAT EXPERT TIPS DO YOU WISH YOU COULD SHARE WITH EVERY TO-BE-WED COUPLE?

Find a local stationer at THE K N OT.CO M/O HI O

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Elegance with a personal touch...

FLOURISH & CO.

513.459.0177 info@manorhouseohio.com Inquire today for wedding specials. @manorhouseeventcenter

A full-service venue serving both Greater Cincinnati and Dayton Ohio • In-house executive chef featuring a customized culinary experience • YOU customize your wedding package, not us—it is your day after all! • In-house event planning + management

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• Wedding concierge and dressing suite • 7 different indoor and outdoor ceremony locations • Complimentary parking that ensures ample and safe parking • 6 elegant grand ballrooms and 1 cozy carriage house

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Ashford Hall: accommodates up to 500 guests

Burke Hall: accommodates up to 250 guests

AHERNCATERING.COM | 726 AVON BELDEN RD., AVON LAKE, OH 44012 | 440-933-7500 Ahern Catering will provide excellent service, the finest quality foods and elegant style for your event. Our reputation is firmly established as the company of choice for events of distinction and excellence.

Indoor and Outdoor Ceremony Space | Receptions | Rehearsal Dinners

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Real Weddings NEED A LITTLE INSPO? THESE COUPLES TOOK THEIR CELEBRATIONS TO NEW HEIGHTS BY FOLLOWING ONE RULE: YOUR DAY, YOUR WAY.

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6 . 1 5 | N E W P O R T, K Y

Emily + Andy

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALI BONOMO PHOTOGRAPHY

FA S H I O N

Emily wore an elegant lace and crepe gown, while Andy sported a tux with their names and wedding date embroidered on it.

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RING BEARER The couple’s dog, Carter, surprised guests when he dashed down the aisle with the rings tied to his back.

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THEIR STORY Emily McTate (33 and a pediatric psychologist) and Andy Acosta (37 and a basketball official) wanted their friends and family to feel like a part of their wedding day. To promote that closeness, the couple hung their wedding rings outside the ceremony for guests to hold and warm with good wishes, and left everyone personalized handwritten notes at their tables. They also honored Emily’s late father and grandmother by serving cocktails inspired by their favorite drinks—an old fashioned and an extra-dirty vodka martini—with their photos next to the menu on the bar. — R E B ECCA DALZE LL

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Emily + Andy

CAKE Macarons and meringues, Emily and Andy’s favorite desserts, decorated the pistachio champagne cake. BLOOMS Emily and her bridesmaids carried bouquets of peonies, anemones and blue thistles. DÉCOR Runners of greenery, pillar candles and gold framed table numbers helped to create an elegant vibe at the industrial venue, which overlooked downtown Cincinnati and the Ohio River. FIRST DANCE The newlyweds danced to “If I Ain’t Got You,” by Alicia Keys.

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Emily + Andy’s

WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE New Riff Distillery, Newport, KY PHOTOGRAPHY Ali Bonomo Photography DAY-OF COORDINATOR KMC Weddings and Events FLOWERS Blossoms Florist GOWN & VEIL Viero Bridal, Chicago TUXEDO Indochino; shirt: David Donahue WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE Bridesmaids: Bella Bridesmaids; groomsmen: Indochino HAIR Cheyenne Hairston MAKEUP Almaz Faces by Yodit ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Egal Ziv STATIONERY Paper Culture RENTALS Chef’s Choice Catering; New Riff Distillery CATERING Chef’s Choice Catering CAKE Tres Belle Cakes OFFICIANT Laurie Repko MUSIC The Good Hooks HONEYMOON Mexico GUESTS 155 HASHTAG #lovedontacostathing

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PICTURE YOURSELF

HERE

YOUR SPECIAL DAY DESERVES AN EQUALLY SPECIAL SPACE

WEDDINGS at the AKRON ART MUSEUM Choose the Akron Art Museum to celebrate the most important moment of your life. Exhibit your style with bold and dramatic art, iconic architecture and an elegant garden space which will wow your guests and make any occasion a rare and memorable celebration.

For more information, contact our senior events manager at events@akronartmuseum.org

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9.7 | CINCINNATI

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY BEST DAY EVER PHOTOGR APHY

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BOUQUET Chelsea attached pins from her greatgrandmother’s wedding dress to her bouquet of roses and anthurium.

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THEIR STORY Chelsea Baker (31 and an event planner) and Dan Rosenthal (32 and a web developer) like to do things a little differently. They jointly planned to get engaged on a trip to New York, chose their renovated industrial venue before it had windows or lights, and asked Dan’s dad to officiate their ceremony. A friend designed their modern invites, while the couple dreamed up a retro-cool wedding vibe with a bold peach, mustard and coral palette. The menu of frozen rosé, tacos and a chili cheese coney bar kept the mood relaxed. — R D

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TABLESCAPE Tables set with light pink plates, gold cutlery, rust-colored napkins and velvet tablecloths set the scene. FLOWERS “I wanted the florals to have a sculptural feel with an interesting palette,” Chelsea says. “By using rows of bud vases as centerpieces, we highlighted the beauty of each individual bloom.” DESSERT Chelsea’s mom made the couple’s favorite cookies for the sweet spread: smoochies, peanut butter blossoms and chocolate chip.

CAKE A vintage bride and groom topper finished off the classic Milk Bar birthday cake.

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We proudly cater to many of central Ohio’s finest venues, and have been serving only the freshest and finest since 1989.

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SIGNAGE One of Chelsea’s bridesmaids designed all the stationery and signage. “We wanted something bold and fun, but not too childlike,” Chelsea says. FAVORS Chelsea and Dan sent guests home with sugar cookies decorated to look like their dogs. FIRST DANCE The newlyweds swayed to “Thank You Too,” by My Morning Jacket. “When I listened to a playlist of our favorite songs, this was the only one that made me cry,” Chelsea says. “That’s how I knew it was the song.”

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CENTERPIECES

A graphic mix of roses, strawflowers, lisianthus and cockscomb topped the cocktail tables.

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9.14 | CLEVELAND

Lindsay + Paurush

For the Hindu ceremony, Lindsay wore an embroidered lehenga and Paurush sported a sherwani.

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THEIR STORY Lindsay Wetzel (33 and an anesthesiologist) and Paurush Babbar (32 and a urologist) gave their respective Western and Indian cultures time in the spotlight on their wedding day. “We had two separate ceremonies, which allowed each of us to incorporate our unique traditions,” Lindsay says. “To achieve a cohesive look, we stuck to the same palette and re-used flowers.” In the morning, a lively baraat procession led Paurush (and the couple’s maltipoo) to City Hall, where the pair had a shortened Hindu ceremony, luncheon, Christian vows and reception. — R D

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PALETTE “We didn’t want the bright reds and oranges typical of Indian weddings,” Lindsay says. “We instead decided on a palette of pink, fuchsia, black and gold.” MENU The couple served an Indian buffet of curries and naan, but included a few Italian dishes for spice-averse guests. STATIONERY The invitation suite, designed in India, encouraged guests to observe both ceremonies, while a black escort card display hung atop a flower print and boxwood wall.

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CAKE

The newlyweds cut into an almond cake with cherry filling and champagne frosting.

GUEST BOOK Guests wrote well-wishes on pieces of a large photo, then placed their notes in slots on the board, like a puzzle. SWEETHEART TABLE A bright mix of hydrangeas, orchids, roses and dahlias marked the couple’s seats. GRAND ENTRANCE Lindsay played a dhol (traditional Indian drum) as she entered the reception, while Paurush danced alongside her. “Guests said it was a perfect fusion of cultures, with me in a white dress playing an Indian instrument” Lindsay says.

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6 . 2 0 | DAY TO N

Brandon + Jake

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CEREMONY Brandon (right) and Jake walked down the aisle together. “We wanted to feel that rush of emotion side-by-side,” Brandon says.

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RECEPTION

The couple held their celebration in a former steam plant, featuring tall ceilings, exposed brick and arched windows.

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THEIR STORY Brandon Stauffer (23 and works in property management) and Jake Rettig (27 and an elementary school teacher) envisioned a modern black-tie wedding that mixed the old and the new for their celebration. To achieve that vision, they filled their industrial venue with unique antique finds like typewriters, trunks, apothecary jars and wooden toolboxes, then complemented the scene with an earthy color palette to create a masculine look. Succulents unified the design, appearing everywhere from the tabletop centerpieces to the marbled white and lemon cake. — R D

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CHAMPAGNE WALL Glasses of bubbly hung from a greenery-covered wall and sat atop an antique tea cart the couple restored for the occasion. SOCKS Brandon, Jake and their best men rocked matching socks with the equality symbol. MENU The couple made clear acrylic and vinyl menus using a Cricut machine. “We wanted something different than paper menus,” Brandon says. Dinner consisted of salads served in martini glasses, carved beef tenderloin and mac and cheese.

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Brandon + Jake’s

WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY SITE St. John’s United Church of Christ, Dayton RECEPTION SITE The Steam Plant, Dayton PHOTOGRAPHY Josh Ohms/Carrs & Co Photography House DAY-OF COORDINATOR Ava Greer (friend) EVENT DESIGN Brittney Hidalgo FLOWERS The Flower Shoppe TUXEDOS Jos. A. Bank WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE Jenny Yoo, Gilded Social, Columbus; Jos. A. Bank HAIR & MAKEUP Square One Salon and Spa WEDDING RINGS Tiffany & Co. STATIONERY Invitations & programs: Minted.com; seating chart template: BlanchePaperie, Etsy.com; menu cards: DIY RENTALS Lost and Found Vintage Rentals; Prime Time Party Rental CATERING Elite Catering & Events; alcohol: The Market; Yellow Springs Brewery CAKE Love Cakes by DLM DESSERTS Elite Catering & Events OFFICIANT Rev. Dr. Adam Wirrig MUSIC Cocktail hour: Bobby Crawford; reception: Party Pleasers - DJ/MC, Lighting/Decor & Audio/ Visual FAVORS Rewined Candles HONEYMOON Arizona GUESTS 120 HASHTAG #RettigStateOfMind

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CEREMONY

Lauren and Michael married in front of an overflowing altar of ruscus, nandina, smoke bush and roses. A framed photo of Michael’s late father sat in the front row.

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THEIR STORY For their wedding, Lauren Kinsey (23 and a professional nanny) and Michael Gross (26 and a med student) turned a working flower farm in the heart of Ohio into a cozy old-world retreat. “We love all things French, so we drew inspiration from country chateaus, with lots of candlelight and decorative details,” Lauren says. Wild foliage, climbing vines, potted plants and a blue, green, lavender and slate color palette set the mood, while details like the seating chart and cake drew textural inspiration from old stone walls. — R D

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CAKE The newlyweds cut into a vanilla, sugarplum and spiced carrot cake with white chocolate ganache. Sugar flowers and cracked fondant on the exterior mimicked moss-covered stone. TABLESCAPE Roses, lisianthus, ranunculus, eucalyptus and sweet pea vines filled the centerpieces, while candles added a romantic glow. STATIONERY Gold wax seals finished off the letterpress invitations, which were printed on handmade paper and wrapped in a silk ribbon.

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FA S H I O N

9.7 | CLEVELAND

Priscila + Kelly

Priscila rocked a bespoke black silk chiffon dress and cape, while Kelly coordinated in an inky suit jacket lined with a photo of him and his late father.

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CENTERPIECE

Orchids, palm leaves, and pampas grass filled a tall gold vase on the head table.

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WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY SITE A private residence, Cleveland RECEPTION SITE Spaces Gallery, Cleveland PHOTOGRAPHY Jen Ochwat/Aster + Olive Photography DAY-OF COORDINATOR Kristy Papson and Alascia Jones FLOWERS Urban Orchid; installation: Elbowgrease GOWN Yellowcake Shop, Cleveland SUIT Tom James, Cleveland HAIR Suzanne Davis/ Urbane Society MAKEUP Makeup By Riley HEADPIECE Apatico.net ENGAGEMENT RING Harvey Oaks Jewelers WEDDING RINGS Priscila: Jennie Kwon Designs; Kelly: heirloom STATIONERY Invitations: Zola.com; place cards: Paper Source; programs & menu cards: Canva.com RENTALS Event Source; U*New Tent Rental CATERING Dinner: Flying Fig; reception: Marigold Catering + Events CAKE DIY OFFICIANT Alex Frondorf (friend) MUSIC Ceremony: Jevaughn Bogard; Abstract Horns; reception: DJ Red-I HONEYMOON Australia GUESTS 41 (ceremony and dinner); 150 (reception)

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THEIR STORY “We broke with tradition in every way imaginable,” Priscila Rocha (38 and an attorney) says of her wedding to Kelly Lytle (36 and works at a software startup). Their walkable Ohio City wedding began with a ceremony and dinner in their neighbors’ backyard, where they served orange sponge cake baked by a friend, then continued with a New Orleans–style second line parade to a larger reception at an art gallery. The Met Gala inspired the edgy, minimalist design, down to Priscila’s celestial headpiece. — R D

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B O L D B LO O M S

10.6 | COLUMBUS

Julia + Will

Julia carried an eyecatching bouquet of dahlias, mums, scabiosa, roses and astrantia, all tied with raw silk ribbon.

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S TAT I O N E R Y Moody letterpress invitations on handmade paper previewed the lush, boho-style affair.

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Julia + Will’s

WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Camp Mary Orton, Columbus PHOTOGRAPHY Red Gallery Photography PLANNER Auburn + Ivory FLOWERS State & Arrow Design Co. GOWN Wendy’s Bridal Columbus, Dublin; cape: BHLDN SUIT Pursuit, Columbus HAIR Brittany Brohard MAKEUP DB Professional Makeup Artistry HEADPIECE State & Arrow Design Co. ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Jack Seibert Goldsmith STATIONERY Invitations: Cheer Up Letterpress; escort/place cards & menu cards: Auburn + Ivory RENTALS Event Source; La Tavola CATERING Ajumama; Dos Hermanos; Short & Stout Mobile Bar CAKE L & P Cake and Candy Shoppe CAKE TOPPER DIY DESSERTS MMELO Boutique Confections OFFICIANT Mike Johnston (Will’s dad) MUSIC Bluewater Kings Band HONEYMOON Japan GUESTS 150 HASHTAG #willbelievedthehype

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THEIR STORY Julia Hypes (32 and a NICU nurse) and Will Johnston (32 and a chef) met when they opened a restaurant together, so food has always been a big part of their relationship. For their wedding, Will designed a menu of passed apps inspired by their families’ favorite dishes, like the rock shrimp Julia always got on childhood vacations to Florida. The reception, held on a campground and inspired by the movie Chocolat, included a mobile bar and multiple cakes from a bakery in Julia’s hometown. — R D

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7.5 | GLENMONT

Kate + Shannon PHOTOGRAPHY BY MANN & WIFE PHOTOGRAPHY

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FA S H I O N Kate (right) wore a knee-length white dress, while Shannon sported a widelegged pantsuit.

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THEIR STORY Kate Wright (34 and an ICU nurse) and Shannon Sefcik (39 and an occupational therapist) aimed to keep their DIY wedding fun and upbeat. Glitter-filled invitations asked guests to dress colorfully and set the tone for the rainbow-themed celebration. The couple made a candy table and lawn games, family members arranged flowers from Shannon’s parents’ backyard and everyone stayed in the treehouses on-site. “It was truly a no judgement, let-your-freak-flag-fly type of vibe,” Shannon says. — R D

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TO P P E R A cheeky figurine of one bride carrying the other topped the colorful cake.

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WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY& RECEPTION SITE The Mohicans, Glenmont PHOTOGRAPHY Kalyn Mann/Mann & Wife Photography PLANNER DIY DRESS gifted PANTSUIT Macy’s; Dillard’s WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE Various HAIR & MAKEUP Kate: Elane Babak (friend); Shannon: Leah Lester (sister); Tricia Carey HEADPIECE Heirloom ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Chinchar/ Maloney STATIONERY Invitations: Zazzle.com; menu cards: Leah Lester (Shannon’s sister) RENTALS & CATERING The Grand Barn at The Mohicans CAKE Heidi and Julie’s Country Confections CAKE TOPPER Amazon.com DESSERTS DIY OFFICIANT Kanto Opma (friend) MUSIC DJ Chuckie D PHOTO BOOTH The Grand Barn at The Mohicans FAVORS Amazon.com; DIY HONEYMOON Aruba GUESTS 80

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C U LT U R A L S I P

Infuse your signature cocktail with symbolic ingredients, like Scandinavian lingonberries.

HAPPY HOUR Your cocktail space deserves love too. Here, chic seating and patterned linens set a festive scene.

ELEGANT ESCORT

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Delight guests with a treat that leads them to their seats, like these stunning floral-topped cookies.

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PA P E R P O S I E S

Your invites are the first look guests have into your wedding style, so let them shine. Here, muted tones and classic Swedish florals make for a stylish and thematic suite.

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TO W E R I N G T R E AT Your cake is a great place to lend a cultural touch, like this kransekake, a cookie tower typically stacked atop a champagne bottle for the couple to drink during the reception.

Smilax vine and sweet blue tweedia flowers tie the cake into the bouquet.

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STYLE + PLANNING

C LO U D O F B U D S Draw the eye up with sprawling florals. This bright arrangement features dahlias, anemones and more.

BLUE BUNDLE This bouquet of blue tweedia boasts a hidden meaning: peace and harmony. Very Scandi, no?

DA N I S H D I S H

FRESH AIR

Carry similar patterns throughout your event (like bitsy blue florals) for a cohesive look.

A retro Airstream trailer adds to the ski town aesthetic—and can double as a photo booth for guests.

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Go for the wow! Instead of stretching your décor budget to include all. the. things, narrow in on one or two true heart-stoppers, like hanging florals, a neon installation that doubles as a ceremony altar or unique rentals. Your guests will be sure to remember this standout detail, especially if it’s so “you guys.”

FLORAL REMIX

Unexpected and totally on trend!

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Greenery is still hip, but this year it’s getting a colorful makeover. Spray-painted branches, greens and grasses are adding texture and unnatural color—think: neon, frosted pastels and metallics—to arrangements and bouquets (knuckle posy, anyone?). Dip-dyed petals are also a fun way to add an unexpected dose of color into the mix. Looking for a low cost, big impact floral moment? Two words: color blocking.

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Good lighting gets your details noticed and doubles as décor.

This trend is designed to keep things small—think: 40 people or less. But like any exclusive party, this celebration delivers big. The cost per guest is higher, meaning people are treated to bespoke touches, elaborate meals (read: tasting menu) and tons of personalization.

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SELF-SERVE SIPS We’re not talking a cooler full of cold ones. This wedding trend dresses up the actual serving of a signature sip. An artfully created wall-mounted dispenser, a trickedout bar of pour-over drinks or a slew of specialty garnishes allows guests to create their perfect cocktail. Bonus: You’ll need one less bartender to pull it off.

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EDIBLE BLOOMS Whether frozen in ice cubes, tossed in salads or sprinkled on top of dessert, edible flowers are on point. This pretty #extra is perfect for floral-loving duos and an easy way to elevate virtually anything from infused water to classic vanilla cake. Pair the petals with even more stems for an über-romantic party.

Veils aren’t going anywhere, but tiaras have given way to the latest in hair jewelry— barrettes and combs. These accessories are often adorned in pearls, rhinestones and colorful enamels. They’re great for holding back natural curls or creating a second style for your wedding reception.

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STYLE + PLANNING

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Saying “I do” in autumn is all about embracing the dramatic atmosphere of the season, so concentrate on working with colors that pack on the saturation. Traditional fall shades like inky navy blue and rich burgundy get a very 2020 upgrade with help from of-the-momenthues like coral, mauve and fiery orange. HOW TO USE IT When working with a palette as unexpected as this one, it’s only right to keep the surprises coming. Instead of focusing all the color attention on your tabletops, why not turn to your florals to bring that wow-factor? Painted or dyed botanicals like baby’s breath, feather ferns and dried blooms are a great way to add a dose of unexpected (and other-worldly) color. From there, you can complement the look with a modern mix of signage or paper goods printed on colored paper, a bold menu and seasonal sips.

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WINTER icy pastels

There’s no better way to embrace the snowy nature of (most) winter climates than to add a subtle layer of “frost” over all your favorite pastel shades. Slightly whitewashed hues like pale blue and soft lavender still feel lively while not seeming completely out of place for the season. The best part? This pretty palette helps to keep your celebration from skewing too “holiday,” which can often be a struggle in winter. HOW TO USE IT Good news: You’ll be able to find tons of florals in these shades, even during the depths of winter, so that’s a great jumping off point for your palette. From there, layer on extras like table linens, bridal party attire and more to help set the scene. Just keep in mind: You’ll want any fabrics and or textures to uphold a seasonal feel, so opt for heavier-weight materials like wool and velvet over lighter options like silk. WHY IT WORKS

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SPRING natural retro

This unique combo marries the best of mid-century design with a modern feel totally fit for any of-the-moment celebration. Think of this palette as neutrals-but-better— calming shades like nude and olive green set the foundation for more zesty picks like mustard yellow, coral and soft mint. The end result? A look perfect for a boho, nature-inspired spring soiree. HOW TO USE IT These shades beg to be mixed and matched, so start by decking out your wedding party in looks that range in color, texture and saturation. From there, set the scene at your reception with funky lounge furniture and interesting tablescapes. Don’t shy away from embracing the retro feel of this palette—you’ll be able to find tons of cool couches, chairs and even rugs in shades perfect for your party. Then, bring everything together with an eclectic mix of buds.

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West Coast is the best coast—at least when it comes to summer wedding palettes. For a bright and cheery warm-weather bash, look no further than the citrus-inspired shades of colorful Palm Springs. A range of orange, yellow and fuchsia will practically create the party atmosphere for you—plus they’ll all pop amazingly in your photos. HOW TO USE IT When you’re going this bright with your palette, more is more. Look to create photo-ready installations, like paper lanterns or a standout floral wall that doubles as a photo booth backdrop. You can also have some cheeky fun with oranges in this palette by incorporating the real-deal fruit into your decor. Think: blood oranges slices used as a table runner, clementines in your salad appetizer and even orange-blossom buttercream on your cake.

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Start by having an open convo with whomever is financially involved in your day. Once you have a number, you can decide what is most important and how to spend your budget.

One of my favorite ways a couple can personalize their day is with signage, invites and day-of paper. Whether it’s a seating chart or a custom napkin, guests will remember those items.

In 2020, I’m excited to see smaller, more intimate weddings. Couples are prioritizing budget and comfort over the number of attendees and it lets you splurge more on details.

Simplify your vision, avoid comparing your event to everything you see online and enjoy the process. The day is about you both as a couple and your amazing marriage.

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THE YEAR’ S FRESHEST VENUES If it feels like everyone you know is getting married in a barn, you’re not alone. According to The Knot 2018 Real Weddings Study, the rustic locale is consistently growing in popularity for couples who are tying the knot. And while we love us a good barn celebration, we’re also excited to introduce you to some of our favorite new kids on the block. Score one of these unique venues and you’ll officially be that ahead-of-the-curve couple.

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ARTIST RETREAT If your dream day includes having your friends and family in one spot for the duration of your wedding weekend, look no further than a nearby artist retreat. It has all the perks you’ve come to know and love from more traditional “summer camp” settings, like accommodations for the majority of your guests, access to the sprawling grounds for the whole weekend, privacy and plenty of space for fun extras like outdoor games or midnight bonfires. However, it swaps the rustic cabins and dirt for more refined buildings and event spaces, with an architectural and artistic edge that will make couples totally swoon.

MAKE IT YOURS Focus on modern details with a bit of a bespoke touch to play into the artistic DNA of the space, like lots of greenery, matte-black accents and even artfully plated food for dinner. If you’re open to it, look into local designers or artists that utilize the space and see if you can incorporate some of their work into the design of your day, like in your stationery suite or signage. Be sure to take advantage of having all your favorite people in one spot with a wedding weekend itinerary that packs in the fun (think: a Friday night barbecue followed by a family field game showdown and brunch on Sunday).

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What’s the driving distance from your ceremony to your reception space? If you’re not providing transportation for your guests, you’ll need to know how long it’ll take them to get from the ceremony to the reception. Ask what the traffic is like around the time of your wedding to ensure your guests won’t get stuck bumper to bumper on a road for an hour. A good general rule of thumb is to keep the ceremony and reception space within 30 minutes of each other—and give guests at least an hour to get between the two. Is the venue near 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.

What kind of services do you offer? You’ll want to know whether the venue has any all-inclusive packages for the site and food, if any rentals or pros are included (some venues may even ask that you hire specific companies), and whether there’s an on-site coordinator. Don’t assume that anything is included.

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Does the word rustic give you heart eyes? Well, you’re in luck because there’s a new “it” venue to help you achieve that look. While barns aren’t going out of style anytime soon, to-be-weds wanting a fresh space to bottle up that same casual, outdoorsy feel can look to a ski resort. Nature lovers will go crazy over the built-in décor (hello, snow-covered pines and wood beams!), while the cozy atmosphere (think: stone fireplaces and leather couches to lounge on) makes it the perfect spot to host a fun party for a few hundred of your closest friends and family—you can even plan to hit the fresh powder. MAKE IT YOURS A ski resort is made for a winter wonderland wedding. Channel those snow bunny vibes with décor that brings the cozy thanks to rich colors and luxe textures, like faux fur, wool blankets and more. A snowy scene doesn’t need much to make it stand out, so focus your efforts on adding ambience with candlelight, roaring fires and floral arrangements that bring the outdoors in (like boughs of pine or snowy-white blooms). Vintage ski gear can be a charming (and thematic) addition, so see if you can rent an old-school chair lift to double as a photo booth setting. Finish the night with hot toddies—because duh.

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HISTORIC RUINS The edgy, “forgotten” appeal of a cavernous loft or industrial space appeals to many couples—and for good reason. Not only does it boast tons of character (and probably history), but it acts as a blank slate upon which you can design your dream day. Capture that same appeal by taking the detritus outdoors and booking historic ruins as the setting for your “I dos.” Not only is it a super-unique spot (we can almost guarantee none of your guests have been to a wedding among crumbling buildings before), but it allows you to bring a bit of beauty and life back to a once-forgotten space. Love that. MAKE IT YOURS First things first, friends: We are not suggesting you stumble into any old pile of rubble and say, “Hm, a wedding here, I think.” Safety comes first, so do your due diligence when it comes to selecting the “ruins” that will host your wedding day. Most legit spots will likely be listed with a historical preservation society, so that’s a great place to start. From there, focus on décor that accents, not competes with, the grounds. Sprawling vines and florals, simple neutral colors and lots of glowing candlelight will help lend a romantic, untouched atmosphere.

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FUN PLANS FOR OUT-OF-TOWN GUESTS Treat them to a cooking class Ask your favorite local eatery if they offer cooking classes and enroll your loved ones in some midday culinary fun ahead of your wedding day. Guests of all ages will enjoy getting a taste of the local food scene (and flexing their chef muscles), and a good meal always brings about good conversation, easy mingling and new friendships. Host a bonfire reception Looking for a way to make all your guests feel included on the night of your rehearsal dinner without breaking the bank? Hold a bonfire reception afterward (complete with s’mores, of course) for a sweet end to the night. The casual yet intimate setting will be perfect for catching up before the busyness of the day.

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Arrange a group tour Odds are if guests are traveling for your wedding, they’ll want to see the city while they’re there. Encourage everyone to play tourist by arranging a guided tour, like a coastal boat trip, bike ride or food crawl. A unique experience will have your guests loving your city just as much as you do.

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Opt for a postwedding brunch End a weekend of celebrating on a high note with a farewell brunch. Guests will appreciate getting a hearty meal before they hit the road, and it gives you and your partner a last chance to connect with any friends and family you didn’t get to spend QT with the night before. Keep it casual and flexible to respect travel plans.

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If you want all the timelessness and elegance that comes with a ballroom—without the history of 20 of your closest Facebook friends already getting married there—then look no further than an upscale restaurant. You’ll be able to bottle that same sophisticated feel with a few added perks that are sure to have any couple rushing to sign on the dotted line. Just think of it as a very stylish dinner party with all your favorite people, only you don’t have to do the dishes afterward. If you score a spot big enough, you can host dancing there too—if not, look to a local bar or club for an after-hours get-down.

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MAKE IT YOURS Restaurant décor is often more of-the-moment and updated than the traditional ballroom, so chances are you won’t have to bring in much to make your chosen venue stand out. Keep the big things the same (think: the table and chairs) and add a pop of color with rental linens or bold blooms. When it comes time to eat, you’ll want to make dinner the star of the show. Work with the chef ahead of time to create a custom tasting menu for your guests based off the restaurant’s most popular dishes. You can even consider serving up the food family style so each table gets to sample it all.

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For an undone bunch made for a winding vineyard, ask your florist to focus on a loose shape and soft, pastel colors. Here, fluttery pink lisianthus and light purple clematis are paired with roses, white campanulas and sprigs of wispy greenery and vines. BOUQU ET BY P OPPIE S AND P OS IE S , P OPPIE SANDP OS IE S .COM

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Add dimension to a bouquet with sprawling feather ferns and curly garlic scapes.

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Channel the islands with a bright, energetic arrangement. Tropical picks, like ti leaves, pink anthurium and orchids, team with classic favorites ranunculus and garden roses for an accessible combo. Pink, peach, green and orange hues keep the palette playful.

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t’s no secret that wedding food can sometimes feel a little one-note. But if the two of you are

big foodies and looking to create a memorable meal for yourselves and your guests, “good enough” just isn’t going to cut it. While any meal cooked up by a pro catering team is bound to be delicious, you shouldn’t feel, ahem, married to the traditional (and, typically, expected) steak, fish and chicken way of doing things. Instead, use your wedding day menu as means of illustrating the ins and outs of your truly unique love story, with a meal packed with foods that unite your cultures, harken back to your first date or make you feel like you’re at Grandma’s dinner table.

First up is the fun part—daydreaming! When it comes to the big meal, the possibilities are endless, so cast a wide net when gathering inspiration for your menu. For a personalized dinner, think of ways you can tell your story through food (you can explain the deets on your paper menus!). Are you and your partner from two different cultural backgrounds? Serve up traditional eats from both sides for a fusion menu that will have guests feeling like they just hopped on a plane to a different world. If a love for cooking runs in your family, consider compiling a few signature recipes (like Aunt Mary’s mac and cheese or Mom’s chicken tikka masala) and using those as a jumping off point for the day’s spread—most catering teams are willing to adapt a family recipe if you just ask. Or, design a menu that calls to mind your first date at that holein-the-wall taco joint or a memorable trip you took to Italy for your anniversary. Whatever the inspiration, a meal deeply ingrained in your couple history is sure to be a big hit with the hearts—and the stomachs—of your friends and family.

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FIND THE RIGHT TEAM Once you’ve settled on your perfect menu, it’s time to find your dream team. If you’ve already chosen a venue that has an in-house catering staff, make an appointment to sit down with the team and talk through your vision. Remember, just because what you’re asking for isn’t “typical” of their client offerings, doesn’t mean they can’t make it happen. Just be prepared to compromise if necessary— there’s a chance your unique asks may up the cost per person from what you were originally quoted, or they may only be able to fulfill a few of your culinary wishes. If you’re hosting your day at a

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venue that requires you bring in your own catering team, then you’re in luck— this is going to make it easier for you to handpick the crew that can best execute your menu. Our advice? Let your pro do what they do best. Just because you fall in love with the drool-worthy Instagram feed of a local barbecue team, doesn’t mean they’re the right people to pull off your Italian-meets-Asian menu. When in doubt, hire a team within the culinary culture of your choosing—not only will that guarantee you’ll get delicious eats, but you’ll know that there will be less of a risk for day-of surprises that could derail your whole dinner.

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SETTLE ON A SERVING STYLE

PICK THE RIGHT RENTALS

SHARE THE MENU DEETS

Traditionally, most wedding meals are served one of three ways—buffet style, where guests get up and serve themselves; family style, where platters of food are placed on each table and passed around like at a dinner party; and plated, where waitstaff will place an individual plate in front of each guest. As you can imagine, all of these options ring in at different price points—but they also boast different vibes too. Once you’ve booked your team and have a general idea of what you’ll be serving, it’s time to think about how you’ll be serving. A casual Tex-Mex menu of tacos, guac and street corn may not necessarily jive with a whiteglove plated dinner, so consider mixing up the service style to better complement the overall feel of your menu. From food stations to a slew of roaming servers, the right combo can take your meal to the next level.

Chances are, you’ve already put a bit of thought into how your reception tables will look—after all, they’ll be the design focal point of your event and are a great way to contribute to the overall energy of your day. If budget allows, think beyond basic linens and white dishware, and explore some truly unique rental options to help your menu come alive. Ask your catering pros to weigh in on what color plates will make your main meal pop, or complement your traditional cultural dinner with accessories suited to that style (think: handmade Moroccan lamps and bespoke napkins to pair with your Middle Eastern menu). One more important thing to note? Specialty plates and utensils! If you’re having an out-ofthe-box meal, chances are your typical place setting won’t suffice. Be sure to rent things like chopsticks, seafood forks, bamboo steamers or whatever else you may need to ensure your dining experience is complete.

At this point, you’ve put a lot of love and care into crafting a menu that feels unique to you and your partner—so you obviously want guests to notice, right? That’s where your paper goods come in. When designing day-of items like your menus or cocktail hour food cards, it’s important to take the time to explain the backstory behind some of your yummy selections. If you’re opting for a seated meal, consider creating a little booklet to walk guests through your love story and what each dish means to you as a couple or to your families’ cultures (this is especially important if the majority of guests will be eating dishes unfamiliar to them). Or, if you’re serving up a lot of family-favorite dishes, include a few of the best recipes in the welcome bags for the weekend so guests can re-create their favorites at home. Whatever you choose, letting guests in on the fun story behind your menu will help tie the whole occasion together seamlessly.

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AWKWARD QUESTION: DO I TIP MY VENDORS? WHO? HOW? HELP!

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Okay, we got this, but remember: You can’t please everyone! I know, I know, groundbreaking stuff here, but if there’s ever a day on which this sentiment should be remembered, it’s your wedding day. You and your partner’s style and preferences should reign supreme for your event. Does that mean you need to rule with an iron fist? Um, no. Instead, think of ways you can compromise with your wedding party without abandoning your vision. Try giving your besties a color swatch and a few rules (aka no sparkle), and let them go wild (subject to veto!).

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Nothing awkward here, friend. You’re talking to someone who blacks out every time they’re asked to do simple math, so I get it. Who you tip (and what you tip) depends on the vendor in question. Here’s a quick cheat sheet: Caterers, beauty pros, transportation pros and DJs should all get 15 to 20 percent of the total bill amount for their services. If you’re hiring servers, tip them around $20 each (or more), and same goes for musicians. Some pros don’t expect or require tips at all (floral designers, event planners and photographers, for example). When in doubt, head over to our site—TheKnot.com has your back with an extensive tip list.

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YOU ASKED, ANSWERED! MY PARENTS ARE DIVORCED, AND IT’S NOT EXACTLY AMICABLE. HOW DO I KEEP THEM FROM STRANGLING EACH OTHER AT MY WEDDING?

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I’m sorry you’re in the position of worrying about this. The best thing you can do here is overcommunicate, even when it’s hard. Remind your parents that it’s your day—not theirs—so a peace treaty is necessary. Talk logistics and comfort levels. Can they sit next to each other at the ceremony? What about posing for family photos? Be considerate of their feelings, but not at the expense of your own.

I THINK MY PRO IS GHOSTING ME. WHAT DO I DO? Okay, okay. Before you send off that fiery email, let’s keep one thing in mind: Things happen, and depending on your timeline, your pro might have other clients who are getting married sooner and are getting their attention. If the amount of time is absolutely unreasonable (think: weeks with NO response to emails or calls, but meanwhile they’re still active on Insta), it’s time to check out your contract and begin considering your options. After all, you’re paying your vendors—get your money’s worth.

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Please know you’re not alone in this. Care for yourself and set firm boundaries. You can plan without your fam, I promise. It may not be easy, but luckily, a chosen family is a special, valid thing too. Lean on your pros, be open with your friends and be honest with your partner. If you think inviting them would take away from the day, listen to your heart. Your day, your way—all the way down to your feelings.

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WE MET ONLINE, BUT OUR FAM DOESN’T KNOW—AND WE’RE NOT SURE IF OUR WEDDING IS THE TIME OR PLACE FOR US TO GET OUTED. WHAT DO WE DO? You legend, you. I think you first need to ask yourself why exactly you wouldn’t want your family to know that you met via swipe, spark, tap, woof or whatever else I may or may not have done to find love on an app. At this point, you’re probably in the clear—you’re about to seal the deal! If you’re really nervous, give anyone toasting you a heads up, but I say you be honest and tell the story of your appily ever after.

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YOU ASKED, ANSWERED! HOW DO I TALK TO MY FIANCÉ ABOUT BUDGET? WE’RE ON TWO DIFFERENT PAGES, AND MONEY DISCUSSIONS ARE SO UNCOMFORTABLE.

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Uh, I get it—thinking about bills makes me want to cry. Budgets are stressful, but money needs to be something you can discuss openly with your partner. Consider this talk a little practice for your financial future. Bring up your wedding spend in a way that doesn’t feel accusatory, set boundaries (no raised voices, no low blows, etc.) and work together to come up with a list of priorities—costs included.

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HOW MANY SPEECHES OR TOASTS IS TOO MANY? I’m a sucker for a good toast, but even I can agree there’s such a thing as too many. You don’t want to keep guests from mingling and dancing just to hear the whole wedding party wax poetic about your love. I say you choose a rep from each side (typically an MOH and a best man, but gender is made up, my loves) and allow for parents to toast at their discretion. Somewhere around four to five short (think: around six minutes) toasts feels just fine to me. From there, get the party started.

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NEITHER OF US WANTS TO WRITE OUR OWN VOWS, BUT WE WANT OUR CEREMONY TO FEEL PERSONAL. ANY IDEAS?

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You’d be shocked by how many people have this same issue. Writer’s block can be a beast, and some of us just aren’t cut out for public declarations of love. Whatever your reason, you could replace traditional vows by reciting a poem you both love, repeating the lyrics to a song that means a lot to you, or taking part in a personalized unity ceremony. (My fave I’ve seen: a guac-making ceremony. *Drools.*)

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MY ____________ IS CONTROLLING AND WANTS A SAY IN EVERY DECISION. HOW DO I MAKE SURE THIS WEDDING ISN’T THEIR “I DO” TAKE TWO? I’m #TeamCompromise, but to a point. Is this person dictating major choices and expressing disapproval for the details too? Is this turning into a wedding you don’t even recognize? Hard stop. Form a united front with your s/o and talk to this person about the importance of your vision. If they have a financial stake in the game, you might need to make some tough compromises—prioritize accordingly.

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1 THRICE AS NICE Looking for bling with extra-special meaning? Give a nod to your past, present and future with a threestone sparkler. Engagement ring, price upon request, DeBeers.com 2 HELLO, YELLOW

A canary diamond is an alternative choice but still gives off megawatt shine. Engagement ring, price upon request, Kwiat.com

4 FEELING ROSY

Rose gold is trending for two reasons: It works for most skin tones and has a naturally romantic feel. Engagement ring, $12,690 (not including center stone), Tacori.com

5 MODERN ART An east-west design (one where the center stone rests horizontally across your finger) edges up a simple solitaire setting. Engagement ring, $44,370, EvaFehren.com 6 EMERALD CITY

If diamonds aren’t your thing, a dazzling colorful gemstone like this emerald will set you apart from the crowd. Engagement ring, $52,000, UneekJewelry.com

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3 PRETTY + PETITE If daintier settings are your thing, consider a rose cut diamond. They have old-world flair and look gorg at any carat weight. Engagement ring, $2,700, KirkKara.com

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Your wedding rings are a gorgeous way to let your personal style really soar. Whether you’re in the market for an engagement ring, a band or both, we’ve got the pretty plumage you need to know about.

7 SHAPE UP

You heard it here first: Retro-chic marquise diamonds are making a serious comeback. Engagement ring, $1,100 (not including center stone), SimonGJewelry.com

8 GOOD VINTAGE

An asscher cut sparkler with a geometric halo has an instant heirloom quality. Engagement ring, $30,000, AshleyZhangJewelry.com

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1 WITH A TWIST Overlapping diamond ribbons put a whimsical spin on the classic pavé eternity band. Band, $1,560, AJaffe.com 2 CLEAN CUTS

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Thin baguettes all the way around create a sleek and chic effect. Band, $4,840, LizzieMandler.com

3 PATTERN PLAY A unique herringbone texture gives an otherwise classic design extra visual interest. Band, $890, BlueNile.com

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It’s all in the details. A raw diamond edge adds supersubtle sparkle.

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Bring on the bling. A band with large and in charge stones is bold enough to stand alone. Band, $17,465, ChristopherDesigns.com

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5 IN THE RAW Brushed palladium plus raw diamonds makes for one cool, industrial-inspired design. Band, $5,485, ToddReed.com

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Alternating marquise, pear and round diamonds give this glitzy style a creative tilt. Band, $13,000, MaterialGood.com

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Intersecting links symbolizing an eternal connection are equal parts modern and sentimental. Band, $1,350, Tiffany.com

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8 RAINBOW BRIGHT

Whether you’re a color fanatic or want to give a nod to Pride, a rainbow eternity band is vibrant fun. Band, $795, AnnaSheffield.com

BANDS of a feather

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A traditional style gets a fashion-forward update with the unexpected combo of white and rose gold. Band, $1,496, SimonGJewelry.com

The trendiest wedding rings are anything but basic.

You don’t need a giant rock to make a statement. While an engagement ring is an undoubtedly special piece of jewelry, a wedding band is equally meaningful to add into the mix or wear alone. The best part? The bands of the moment are all about letting your personal expression fly high with new shapes, color combinations and textures.

RING INSURANCE 101 In the name of love, insure that precious ring. Ask these essential questions before choosing a policy.

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Don’t know the difference between platinum and white gold? No problem! Read up on your options before you select a ring 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. While it is the most expensive of the metals, when platinum scratches, 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.

YELLOW GOLD Besides the fact that yellow gold is on trend right now, the pure form of gold has plenty of other appeal too. It’s about as low maintenance as it gets (it’s easier to clean than white or rose gold) and it’s a fairly hypoallergenic metal as well, depending on its karat measurement. Not to mention, it’s typically priced slightly lower than other fine jewelry metals like platinum.

WHITE GOLD Yellow gold is turned into white gold when the surface is plated with rhodium (a 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 has a 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 the ring to its original yellow color.

EDITOR’S TIP If you fall in love with a ring that isn’t available in your size— say, you’re a woman in love with a men’s band or vice versa—don’t count yourself out. Ask if your jeweler can make your preferred design to fit you. — S H E L L E Y B R O W N senior fashion & beauty editor

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We’re obsessed with these new unisex-friendly designs.

From left: This luxe take on the signet ring is all about maximum sparkle. Ring, $7,700, Ceremony.us. A small diamond set on the inside of the band is a glam substitute for more traditional engravings. Band, $1,995, Forevermark.com

A hidden gem is a great alternative if you aren’t into lots of bling.

RO SE GOLD Made popular in 19th-century Imperial Russia, this pink-tinted metal is gold with an added copper alloy. The more copper alloy in the metal, the deeper the rosy tones will be. One of rose gold’s most attractive qualities is its underlying meaning. While white gold represents friendship and yellow gold means fidelity, rose gold symbolizes love.

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EDITOR TEST DRIVE GET THE DEETS ON WHAT THE HOTTEST PREWEDDING BEAUTY TREATMENTS REALLY HAVE IN STORE. BY SHELLEY BROWN

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A S A B E A U T Y E D I T O R A T T H E K N O T, I'll try anything once. Sometimes this is a super perk (hello, fancy facials). Sometimes it’s risky, like the time I went in for trendy highlights and came out a peroxide blonde. For better or for worse, I’ve tested (almost) every buzzy beauty option out there. Here’s the scoop on some of the most popular prewedding treatments, so you can decide what to splurge on—and what to skip.

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W H A T I T I S If you have naturally thin or uneven brows or were an over-plucker like so many of us in the early aughts, this corrective brow treatment could be for you. A more sophisticated take on permanent makeup, microblading is a form of tattooing where hairlike strokes are drawn onto the brow area to resemble the look of your existing brow hairs. The result is a series of naturallooking, fine tattoo “hairs” that will last one to three years. E D I T O R ’ S N O T E S If there’s one big takeaway here, it’s that timing is especially important. Microblading is a process, not a quick fix. I recommend scheduling your first appointment at least 12 weeks before your wedding date. After my initial microblading appointment at Better Brows & Beauty (BetterBrowsNYC.com) in New York City, I had to keep my brows totally dry for a full week while scabs formed—no easy feat if you’re into consistent exercise or showers. Once my scabs fell off, it took another couple of weeks before I could go in for touch ups to perfect the look. While it was a time commitment, it was also a game changer. I've shaved minutes off my morning makeup routine and I never worry about smudging or sweating off my brows anymore. I also feel comfortable without makeup because my face is more symmetrical now—no more cringing at glaring bald patches whenever I catch myself in the mirror.

LASH LIFT W H A T I T I S Swap falsies, extensions and even mascara for this quick curling and darkening 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 tinted (usually with a vegetable dye). It 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. E D I T O R ’ S N O T E S Think of this 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 (think: straight lashes, lashes that grow downward instead of upward or unruly lashes that stick out in different directions). My lash lift at Glo Skin & Laser in New York City (GloSpaNY.com) only took half an hour, and my annoyingly thick but straight lashes looked amazing for weeks—like, people on the street commenting on how good they looked, good. You should schedule your lash lift a week or so before your wedding in case you have a reaction to the lash dye or curling solution. I had to give up my favorite oil-based cleanser afterward (oil-based products reverse the effects of the treatment) but it was a small price to pay for gorgeous lashes I couldn’t cry or rub off.

LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE FACIAL W H A T I T I S If you’ve been hitting the wine or salty snacks to combat wedding planning stress, you could find yourself dealing with a puffy face all of the contouring in the world can’t fix. Enter: your new BFF, the lymphatic drainage facial. A jade roller on steroids, this combination of various massage techniques (including gua sha, acupressure points, and manual lymphatic drainage massage) reduces inflammation by draining excess water and toxins trapped beneath the skin. The result? A contoured face and jawline, lifted and toned cheekbones and a brighter and clearer complexion overall. E D I T O R ’ S N O T E S Extra-dirty martinis are my guilty pleasure, so I’m no stranger to facial puffiness. I booked a lymphatic drainage facial with celebrity facialist Cecilia Wong (CeciliaWongSkincare .com) right around the holidays, when the martinis were flowing and the bloat was real. While part of the treatment was slightly uncomfortable (the massage portion of the facial requires pretty firm pressure to work), my face was noticeably firmer afterwards, especially around my jawline and cheekbones. If you can swing it, book a series of six treatments leading up to your wedding to look your most contoured. Schedule your last one a week or so before your day for a taut complexion that’s extra camera-ready.

W H A T I T I S Microneedling (also called collagen induction therapy if you're fancy) involves a mechanized device that repeatedly punctures the skin with tiny, sterile needles. The treatment creates microscopic "damage" in the skin, which activates your body's wound-healing processes and revs up collagen production. Without getting too technical, an increase in healthy skin cells and collagen can reduce fine lines, scars and hyperpigmentation. E D I T O R ’ S N O T E S I didn’t know exactly what to expect from my microneedling session at Better Brows & Beauty, but it was surprisingly painless. Since I was numbed beforehand, the process felt like using a gritty face scrub. However, there's no

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sugarcoating it: Immediately after microneedling, I looked rough. My face was blotchy, bright red and swollen. (You know that scene in Sex and the City where Samantha shows up to Carrie's book party looking like beef carpaccio? It was kind of like that.) Despite the initial shock of how I looked after, there was virtually no downtime—I even wore makeup the next day without any residual irritation. My skin started to peel about four days after my appointment, but was back to normal within a week. In the weeks following my microneedling treatment, there was a remarkable improvement in my skin. The treatment faded the hyperpigmentation on my top lip, my overall complexion was smoother and my pores even seemed smaller. Coworkers commented I look "refreshed" and a friend even asked what I'd done to amp up my skincare routine. Bottom line: Whether you want to correct severe skin issues in the months leading up to your wedding or just boost your glow with a one-and-done approach, this is one Instagram trend worth investing in.

W H A T I T I S There’s no shortage of peels out there, but the SkinCeuticals Smart TCA System (SkinCeuticals.com) is especially potent. Applied in layers, this higher concentration of glycolic acid and trichloroacetic acid deeply penetrates the skin in just 30 minutes, stimulating collagen and solving a myriad of skin issues like fine lines, acne, discoloration and scarring. E D I T O R ’ S N O T E S I’ve done tons of at-home peels but the SkinCeuticals Smart TCA System was the real deal. After the first layer of chemicals was applied, I could only feel a slight tingling, but once the second and then third layer kicked in, the stinging was squirming-in-my-chair levels of intense. Afterwards, my skin was bright red and felt hot to the touch. In the week that followed, my entire face peeled off in large sheets (lovely visual, I know). While you can wear makeup immediately after, I decided to forgo the cover-up and let my skin slough off without any poreclogging interference. Within 10 days, all the dead skin peeled off to reveal a much dewier complexion, but I was disappointed to discover my sun spots and fine lines remained intact. My results weren’t as dramatic as I expected, so if you’re looking to totally overhaul your skin, plan to get a few peels in the months leading up to your day. Give yourself at least two weeks between treatments to bounce back, especially if you have sensitive skin.

BOTULINUM TOXIN W H A T I T I S Commonly referred to as Botox (Botox 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, it blocks the transmission of nerve signals, causing the facial muscles at the injection site to relax. E D I T O R ’ S N O T E S While it’s easy to find injectables these days, it’s still important to go to an experienced professional (plastic surgeons and dermatologists tend to be best) who can inject you safely. I did my research and went to celebrity dermatologist Lisa Airan in New York City (DrLisaAiran.com). I was a little

nervous about sticking needles in my face, but she worked as quickly and as painlessly as possible while injecting my forehead and crow’s feet, which helped to put my mind at ease. Botox takes about three days to kick in, and I didn’t feel the full effects for about a week. After that, I noticed I had less movement in my forehead, my fine lines had disappeared and my brows even appeared slightly lifted. I looked, in a word, younger. The results lasted for three months. If you go under the needle before your “I dos,” make sure you still have some movement in your face— otherwise, you could end up looking emotionless in photos.

DERMAL FILLER W H A T I T I S Similar to botulinum toxin, dermal fillers go by many names. Some popular ones are: Restylane, Juvéderm and Sculptra. And while this trendy procedure may conjure images of pouty-lipped Instagram celebrities, it can also help stave off the aging process—for a little while. Once injected into the face, filler (hyaluronic acid is the most popular kind) sits under the skin, plumping up hollow areas and smoothing wrinkles. E D I T O R ’ S N O T E S This is not for the faint of heart, but it sure is effective. While luscious lips have never been on my wish list, the areas under my eyes have always been hollow, making me look permanently tired. The big downside to this particular issue is that no eye cream can fix it, so I took the plunge and got my under eyes injected with filler by Dr. Konstantin Vasyukevich, a plastic surgeon in New York City (FacialArtistryMD.com). It was pretty painful (the skin around your eyes is very sensitive) and I was bruised and swollen at the injection sites for a week. But after the swelling went down, my results were nothing short of amazing. I looked instantly well-rested. The only drawback? Filler lasts for just six months, so the gorgeous effects were only temporary. Pro tip: Get filler around four months before your day so you won’t look less refreshed at your prewedding events.

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VEILS,

unveiled DISCOVER THE PRETTIEST STYLES, FROM THE MORE TRADITIONAL TO THE N E W A N D T R E N DY.

BY SHELLEY BROWN I L LU ST RAT I O N S BY J ES S I CA D U R RA N T

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

A birdcage veil gives off serious retro-glam vibes

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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. P A I R I T W I T H 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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Finger tip

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. P A I R I T W I T H 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.

Juliet Cap

Inspired by the fashion of the 16th century, this unique veil is making a comeback thanks to its pretty, old-world 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. P A I R I T W I T H It’s perfect for a lacy gown with a vintageinspired feel or a simple slip dress with lace details. Add fresh blooms behind one ear for an extrasweet effect.

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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. P A I R I T W I T H 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 appliqués or ruffles) they don’t want to cover up.

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Mantilla

A chapel veil works best with a dress with a train

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. P A I R I T W I T H 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.

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. P A I R I T W I T H 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.

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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. P A I R I T W I T H 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.

Waltz

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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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. P A I R I T W I T H This style pairs well with formal floor-length gowns, like A-line and mermaid silhouettes, and dresses without trains.

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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. P A I R I T W I T H 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.

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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-a-half 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. P A I R I T W I T H The sweeping cathedral can hold its own next to even the most overthe-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 cathedralor semi-cathedral-length train.

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You may think a veil will be a hindrance on your day, but at least try some on and see how you feel. Your wedding is the one time when you can wear this very special accessory.

A veil is a fantastic way to express your personal style. You can either keep it simple and keep the focus on your gown, or you can make a statement with a style with special details.

If you’re opting for a longer veil, it should extend six inches past the edge of your train. If you go shorter than this, it could get caught on your dress and become cumbersome.

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SUIT A light gray, light blue or khaki suit with a patterned bow tie and complementary pocket square is equal parts preppy and laid-back. If you’re going for a slightly edgier feel, consider ditching the jacket altogether for a vest or a pair of printed suspenders.

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DRESS Keep it chic with a short dress and let your accessories do the talking. After all, a flirty hemline is the perfect opportunity to show off killer shoes. If heels aren’t your thing, opt for glitzy flats or sneakers. Another thought: Add a fun hair barrette or birdcage veil to the mix.

CASUAL

If you’ve been dreaming of a courthouse ceremony, backyard celebration or even an intimate dinner party, this is the dress code for you. While casual dress usually means anything goes, you’ll want to look put together in your photos. To pull this off, a dress, separates or suit with a relaxed vibe—and extras with lots of personality—are key.

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DRESS Dramatic silhouettes, elaborate trains and thicker fabrics like satin and taffeta tend to look—and feel—too heavy for a beachy affair. Looser silhouettes, shorter hemlines and breezier fabrics like chiffon, lace and jersey won’t look out of place or weigh you down.

RUSTIC

Similar to beach chic, this loose set of rules is all about attire that works with your naturally gorgeous surroundings. A light gray or earth-toned suit or a romantic lace dress are made for a relaxed celebration at a farm, barn or vineyard. Swap stilettos for block heels or wedges, or go for more casual lace-ups or sneakers with sturdy soles that can stand up to any uneven terrain. If you’re game to really play up the rustic feel, consider adding botanicalinspired accessories.

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Whether you’re jetting off to an exotic island destination or staying domestic at your local seaside venue, you’re all about making it official with your toes in the sand. And while beach-chic attire isn’t about wearing anything too over the top, it is about dressing to impress. Unstructured silhouettes, lightweight fabrics and nautical or tropical-themed accessories are essential when it comes to pulling off beachy wedding style. Where footwear is concerned, go for shoes you don’t mind getting wet—or just go barefoot.

SUIT A laid-back location calls for lightweight duds that won’t look too stuffy. Feeling bold? Mix up a light-colored ensemble with a floral jacket lining, vest or socks. Or, keep it easy with a printed bow tie and pocket square. DRESS A simple—but still stunning—lace dress with flutter sleeves won’t look out of place at a chill venue, but also doesn’t skimp on the romance. Give this effortless look a little something extra with statement earrings or hairpins.

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SUIT Breathable fabrics like linen and cotton are a must. A darker suit could feel too formal, but the same cut in khaki or light blue is a great option for casual surroundings. Depending on how lowkey your wedding is, you may even want to lose the jacket and roll up your sleeves.

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The easiest way to get your point across is to include a dress code at the bottom of the invite or on a separate reception card. Your invitation design will also clue guests in. A traditional invite with letterpress and calligraphy will hint to the formal nature of the event, whereas one with a playful font and bright colors speaks to a more casual vibe.

SUIT A tux or black suit is too fancy, while a khaki or light blue one is too relaxed for this (kind of) formal vibe. What’s a to-be-wed to do? Enter: the navy, bright blue or gray suit. A step above their more casual counterparts, sharply tailored formalwear in these trendy hues is versatile and just polished enough.

SEMIFORMAL

One of the most misinterpreted dress codes, semiformal attire is basically an outfit that’s dressier than what you’d wear to the office but not as much as an evening gown or formal suit. (Easy, right?) There are lots of ways to riff on this, but we love the idea of fitted silhouettes—whether a slimcut suit or fit-and-flare dress—plus bold accents.

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DRESS Heavily embellished or voluminous numbers are better suited for ultra-glam nuptials. A fit-and-flare or column dress with impeccable tailoring works for a variety of locales and wedding themes—and is easy to dress up or down, depending on how you accessorize it.

If your dress code is on the more obscure side (say, beach or rustic), your wedding website is the perfect opportunity to explain what you mean. If you’re feeling really extra, you can even link to Pinterest boards with outfit inspo.

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FORMAL DRESS A sleek evening gown in a high-shine fabric is made for a swanky venue. A satin, mermaidstyle look is dressed up but still more subtle than a full-blown ball gown. Want to create an unexpected contrast? Opt for one with a cowl back, oversize bow or one-shoulder neckline. SUIT A classic black tuxedo might feel too traditional. Instead, pair a charcoal, midnightblue or hunter-green suit (darker hues are more formal than lighter ones) with a sharp dress shirt and standout pieces like a statement tie, pocket square, socks or cuff links.

Also known as black tie optional, we like to think of this dress code as fancy but with a little less pomp and circumstance. Whether you’re saying “I do” in a cool museum, on a rooftop or in an art gallery off the beaten path, this kind of affair is definitely sophisticated—minus some of the strict rules of a blacktie event. When it comes to your look, opt for a wardrobe that’s as put together—and also cutting edge—as your celebration. Structured outfits (think: a streamlined evening gown or a welltailored dark suit) plus polished accessories are easy fashion wins.

Pretty much as buttoned up as it gets (with the exception of über-formal white tie, which is essentially a thing of the past outside of royal and state balls), a black-tie wedding is synonymous with pulling out all of the stops. So, you locked in a grand location, hired the 24-piece band, splurged on over-the-top centerpieces and asked your guests to wear their finest—all that’s left to do is make sure you and your SO show up looking appropriately snazzy. For the luxe event you’re planning, only a tuxedo or formal gown and opulent accessories will do.

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DRESS Make the most of your moment in the spotlight with a dramatic dress. We love a classic ball gown with illusion lace sleeves à la Kate Middleton, or a more fashion-forward style with cascading ruffles, 3-D florals or feathers. SUIT Though you’d certainly look dapper in any suit, a traditional tux will guarantee you’ll dress the part for your formal affair. To keep it modern, forgo contrasting studs, dated cummerbunds and shiny vests, and instead consider a jacket with sleek, satin notch lapels and a self-tie bow tie. DEVON JARVIS

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ICYMI: The ’90s are back and better than ever. Cowl necklines (an unstructured style that drapes below the collarbone) are making a return in full force, appearing in both bridesmaid and wedding dress trends. This sultry silhouette goes hand in hand with another ’90s and early aughts favorite, the slip dress. You’ll love this look if you’re envisioning a chic, minimalistic aesthetic for your wedding party, or if you want your friends to wear lightweight, effortless dresses. From left: Amsale, BHLDN, The Dessy Group

NEED SOMETHING FOR A BRIDESMAN? If your wedding party includes a male bestie, these accessories will give his look some extra personality. B O L D B O U TO N N I E R E Have your guy wear a floral boutonniere in your signature color, or go for a themed lapel pin. PRINTED SHIRT Patterned shirts will make even the most basic suit feel fashionforward. You can’t go wrong with gingham, stripes or even understated polka dots. S TAT E M E N T S O C K S Novelty socks (think: anchors for a beach wedding or florals for a garden party) are a fun way to keep your guy’s look on theme.

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Sequins and beading aren’t the only ways to get glam. Opt for luxe fabrics like satin with a natural sheen for the same effect as glitzy details. Highshine fabrics will catch the light no matter what shade you choose, but soft colors like blush and nude are great for daytime nuptials, while darker hues like navy and emerald green work for an for evening affair. If you’ve heard satin can be clingy or unflattering, don’t write it off yet. Modern silhouettes like flowy A-line styles and new stretch satin blends make this fabric more forgiving than ever before. From left: Amsale, David’s Bridal, Allure Bridals

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Dresses with sleeves have been hot for a while, but we love this romantic twist on an established trend for a few reasons: It adds flair to simpler silhouettes, it offers extra coverage if your girls don’t want to show their upper arms and it’s a perfect option if you’re looking for more modest wedding party looks. 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. From left: Watters, Jenny Yoo, Theia

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Outfitting a wedding 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 is iconic for its ability to look amazing on almost every body. A cinched tie waist coupled with an A-line skirt creates an hourglass shape. Paired with a V-neckline, this flattering silhouette also elongates the body. Opt for shorter styles for a more low-key vibe, or go formal with dramatic floorlength numbers. From left: Wtoo by Watters, BHLDN, Show Me Your Mumu

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The average engagement is just over a year. That gives you plenty of time to look like the best version of yourself before you walk down the aisle. Whether you’ve got major plans (adding six inches to your mane and overhauling your entire skin care regimen) or you just want to get your nails in shape and achieve an overall glow, it can be done— even while juggling all your other wedding to-dos. Follow our foolproof timeline to keep your beauty routine on track in the weeks and months leading up to your wedding.

5-6 MONTHS BEFORE

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Begin a stress-relief regimen. Reserve at least one night a week for some nonwedding fun or quiet time to regroup.

Want to grow out your hair or try a new color or cut? Talk to your stylist and start experimenting now.

Get serious about skin care: Begin a good cleansing and moisturizing program, and consider consulting a dermatologist or making appointments for monthly facials. TRY TH I S Goat Milk moisturizing cream, $50 for 1 oz., KateSomerville.com

1 WEEK BEFORE

3-4 MONTHS BEFORE If you don’t plan on using your regular hairstylist, schedule trials with potential candidates. Take pictures of hairstyles you like, as well as pictures of your veil or headpiece (if you have them). If you have your heart set on an updo, discuss with your stylist how long it will take to grow out your hair so it’s the right length for your desired look.

What you put in your body shows up on your face. Examine your eating habits, but don’t crash diet. Instead, stick to specific goals, like incorporating more whole grains and fruits and veggies into every meal.

Have consultations with potential makeup artists. Take pictures, then analyze them. Do your favorite features stand out? Do you still look like you?

Decide on a hair and makeup team and book them for your wedding date. Set up a day-of wedding schedule for yourself and your attendants.

GETTING CLOSER!

1-2 MONTHS BEFORE See your hairstylist for a trial run of potential ’dos. Don’t be afraid to speak up. Be vocal (but polite) about any tweaks you’d like to make.

Considering a faux glow? Now’s the time to test self-tanners or a spray tan. Think about the neckline of your dress, and whether you have tan lines to cover. TRY TH I S James Read Fool Proof bronzing mousse, $23, BlueMercury.com

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Studies show exercise can reduce stress. Jump-start your fitness routine with a trainer or consider yoga; the postures build lean muscle and are great tension relievers. You’ll feel better overall—no matter what challenges wedding planning throws your way.

Try to avoid overindulging in the bubbly at prewedding parties—too much alcohol can lead to dehydration and disrupted sleep.

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Get a final facial. Don’t do this any closer to your wedding date— give your skin time to bounce back from any irritation.

Splurge on a spa treatment like a massage, full-body scrub or some infrared sauna time. You deserve it.

Get a bikini wax and a final eyebrow shaping. Resist the temptation to try a new, fancy place and go to your regular waxer.

Confirm your wedding day beauty appointments. If you’re getting ready in a wedding suite, start figuring out the logistics for you and your attendants.

Exfoliate and moisturize your whole body. And, if you haven’t tried detoxifying dry brushing before, there’s no time like the present.

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Meet with your makeup artist for a trial run. Take note of the lipstick and concealer your artist uses and buy them for touchups. If you’re not hiring a pro, get a makeup tutorial at a department store and purchase the products you need so you have time to practice.

Remember to eat right. Load up on fruits and veggies, and nix the salt and junk. Drink lots of water to help keep your skin clear and glowing.

TRY TH I S Tender Flesh blush in Bloom, $26, FleshBeauty.com

Have your eyebrows professionally shaped, if you haven’t already. Your brows frame your face, and a little grooming goes a long way.

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Use an at-home face mask or get a facial. If you need extractions, make sure you do them 15 days before your wedding so your skin has time to settle down. TRY TH I S Supermud clearing mask, $59 for 1.7 oz., GlamGlow.com

Drink lots of water. Have we made ourselves perfectly clear?

Pack a day-of beauty kit with must-haves like lipstick, concealer, blotting papers, Q-tips, setting spray, tweezers, tissues, Advil, deodorant and Band-Aids. TRY TH I S Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray, $15 for 1 oz., Ulta.com; Ultra Precision slant tweezer $35, Tweezerman.com

Gently exfoliate your skin (with products you’ve tried before) to amp up your wedding day glow.

YOU MADE IT!

ON YOUR WEDDING DAY Wash and style your hair for the rehearsal dinner—if you’re having one—and make sure to go superlight on conditioner so your locks don’t feel greasy the morning of.

Remember to fuel up with a healthy, protein-rich breakfast. It will keep you energized for the long day ahead.

2 WEEKS BEFORE

Get your hair and makeup done. Wear a robe or button-down shirt (one that matches the color of your gown, if possible, to get the right makeup color application) that can be easily removed.

Get your final haircut or trim. If you dye your hair, get a touch-up. No experimenting here—just stick to the look you love.

Cut down on beverages that stain teeth, like tea and coffee, and try a whitening toothpaste. You may also want to consider a bleaching treatment by a dentist, or use an over-thecounter whitening system.

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MARRIAGE EQUALITY BY THE NUMBERS

EQUAL

Five years after the US Supreme Court’s monumental decision to make marriage equality the law of the land, two of our real couples look back. BY LOUIS BARAGONA

2001 The year The Netherlands became the first country to legalize same-sex marriage

JOHN CHENG + PAUL CRAYTHORNE

2004

SEPTEMBER 17 | NEW YORK + ATLANTA “By the time marriage equality passed, we were already well into our wedding planning,” John says. “We deliberately chose to get married in New York City—not only because we both love it, but also because gay marriage was legal in New York state and we live in the South. Once marriage equality passed nationwide, our preparations took on a much more celebratory feel. We had that giddy sense of anticipation that you get between Thanksgiving and Christmas or on the day before you start vacation. Our wedding went from a necessary expense in order to get the protections afforded to legal marriage to the happy expense of a destination wedding.”

The year Massachusetts became the first state to support marriage equality

61%

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The evolution of marriage eqality.

“The day of the Supreme Court’s decision, we were so happy and overwhelmed with joy—though we were already married in our eyes, it was still emotional,” Nichole says. “I remember Kelli couldn’t wait to get to the DMV to finally change her last name on her driver’s license—and we celebrated by doing exactly that. Though the decision didn’t change or affect our relationship directly, it was an amazing feeling to finally be recognized as equals. We’re just happy and proud to have been alive to witness marriage equality nationwide, and since then, we’ve seen same-sex couples gain more acceptance in society. We even notice more and more same-sex couples represented on TV.”

The number of cohabitating American LGBTQ+ couples who married post ruling in 2015

10 MILLION The number of tweets in response to the decision, including the #LoveWins

LOUD AND PROUD Express your pride with these ceremony ideas.

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WA L K T H I S WAY

TA K E N OT E

SHOUT OUT

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Mix up your processional—ask guests to walk to you.

Define any LGBTQ+ terms in your ceremony programs.

Recognize your community with queeraffirmative vows.

Choose a reading or music by a LGBTQ+ activist.

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LOCAL RESOURCES

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.

INDIANA

Grant County

Greene County

Medina County

Stark County

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

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

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

Miami County

Summit County

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

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

Montgomery County

Union County

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

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

Pickaway County

Warren County

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

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

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

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

Licking County

Delaware County

Lorain County

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

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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.

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

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

CONTACT

TIME CONSTRAINTS

GUIDELINES/ RESTRICTIONS

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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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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20th Century Theater

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The Contemporary Arts Center

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A Taste of Class Catering

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Cooper Creek

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Crimson Lane Wedding & Event Venue

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Ahern Catering & Banquet Center

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Darby House

121

Akron Art Museum

61

Destinys Catering, Inc.

37

Amanda’s Hyde Park Bridal

50

Emelio’s Catering

118

The Athletic Club of Columbus

23

Event Source

159

The Ballroom at Park Lane

145

Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

19

Bel-Wood

41

Gervasi Vineyard

109

The Bell Event Centre

151

Glenmoor Country Club

123

Black Bird Farm

31

The Gown Shop Bridal

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Bridal and Formal

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The Grand Event Center

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Bridgewater Banquet & Conference Center

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Great American Ball Park

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Carnegie Hall at Newport

86

HeatherLily

77

Catering by Scott

65

Henri’s

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Cincinnati Arts Association

177

Heritage Club

137

The City Club of Cleveland

9

Hilton Columbus at Easton

81

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

5

Hotel Covington

101

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InterContinental Cleveland

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Jefferson Country Club

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Jenna McCarty Photography

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Party Pleasers

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The Phoenix

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Pinstripes

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Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum

67

Radisson at The University of Toledo

25

Reverie

134

RSVP Event Center by Village Pantry Catering

147

The Stables Entwined Event Venue

73

Stone Valley Meadows

53

Sugar Valley Country Club

103

The Summit

139

Tom’s Country Place

163

Vonderhaar’s Catering, Inc.

107

Wagner’s of Westlake

47

Worthington Jewelers

14

45

Juniper

89

La Scala

27

Lago Custom Events

71

Lake Forest Country Club

130

The Lakes Golf & Country Club

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111

The Makoy Center

29

Manor House Event Center

55

Mills Park Hotel

112

Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center

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Newport Syndicate

49

183

The Madison Event Center

NorthStar Golf Club

Party Decor

127

Oasis Conference Center

143

Old Stone Church

181

The Oscar Event Center

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