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CONTENTS

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get the look theknot.com editor’s letter checklist cozy chic celebration urban boho garden ask carley top picks 8 charming barns and farms expert advice secrets from real couples haute hues love stories marriage licenses and wedding announcements snapshot

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It’s your dream day

Let one of our wedding planners make it come true for you!

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CONTENTS

beauty & wellness 185

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

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8 couples’ workouts you have to try Stay on track with your fitness goals and sweat with your partner.

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treat yourself Splurge on some self-care.

fashion 203

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

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10 things bridal consultants want you to know From your first shopping trip to the final fitting, here’s what to consider.

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accessorize in style

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A comprehensive guide to pulling off a personalized look.

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avant garden

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the ultimate ring guide How to choose the right sparkler for your personal style.

high impact

style 130

high impact

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defining details

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

gift some green Delight guests with these nature-inspired DIY favors.

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

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

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

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style your table Register for a mix-and-match tabletop that’s so “you.”

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beauty for hire

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

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CONTENTS

real weddings 76

anna & brian june 9, columbus

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stephanie & hersh april 22, cleveland

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caroline & amir

your catering checklist

september 17, cincinnati

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hannah & chance september 24, mt. vernon

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alexis & matthew april 22, columbus

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megan & benjamin october 29, brunswick

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gabrielle & james april 13, cincinnati

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kaitlin & patrick

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wedding talk 101

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molly & aaron 249

kaitlin & patrick september 17, toledo

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lauren & whitney

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may 20, columbus

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chloe & chris 261

arden & brock

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

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

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moving pictures your catering checklist

a true-to-you “I do” Fresh ideas to bring new life to a traditional ceremony.

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this one’s for the girls Make your bachelorette weekend one to remember.

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

$$ = $10,001–$30,000

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party perfect Fun ways to entertain guests.

Create a memorable wedding meal with these pointers.

august 27, grand lake, co

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

planner perks

Everything you need to know before booking a videographer.

july 9, kettering

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

september 24, cincinnati

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how to throw a beach wedding

the road to “I do” Top transportation tips that will have you riding away in style.

A dictionary for all the wedding lingo.

$$$ = $30,001–$50,000

$$$$ = $50,001–$75,000

$$$$$ = $75,001+

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NATIONWIDE HOTEL AND CONFERENCE CENTER

From the first kiss to the last dance… all we do is everything!

NATIONWIDE HOTEL AND CONFERENCE CENTER

We offer every possible luxury and convenience on one stunning 15-acre park-like setting to host the wedding of your dreams. From the moment your guests arrive, they will enjoy the exclusivity of an all-inclusive resort, the elegance of a country club, the quality and service of a fine hotel and the decadence of award-winning cuisine. www.nhccweddings.com

THE GRAND EVENT CENTER

Everything you want. Exactly what you need.

THE GRAND EVENT CENTER

Impeccably designed with your special day in mind, we bring a fresh new approach to weddings. This dynamic venue offers a courtyard with fire pit, abundant natural light and a fun, inviting vibe that is unlike anything else. Our modern yet understated décor and open layout is a blank canvas ready to transform into a space that is uniquely yours. www.thegrandeventscenter.com

GRANVILLE INN

Where your future becomes a part of our history.

GRANVILLE INN

Couples fall in love with the warmth and beauty of our historic Inn, its picturesque setting, grand ballroom, luxurious guest rooms and suites. As a full-service property, the Granville Inn offers an all-inclusive experience. Guests will love the convenience of staying where your wedding is hosted, and you’ll love the opportunity to spend more time together. Catch up over late-night drinks in our Tavern at the Inn and make your celebration a treasured experience. www.granvilleinn.com ALL PROPERTIES MANAGED BY C O L U M B U S H O S P I TA L I T Y M A N A G E M E N T

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get the look

ABOUT THE COVER

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

ON HER

Dress, price upon request, MiraZwillinger.com; veil, $995, LivHart.com; aquamarine cocktail ring, $48,570, CoastDiamond.com

ON HER

Dress, $2,995, MarchesaNotte.com; engagement ring, $5,225 (not including center stone), CoastDiamond.com; hairpins, $85 each, BijouVanNess.com; earrings, $354, Oscar de la Renta, NeimanMarcus.com; shoes, $540, SophiaWebster.com

ON HER

Dress, $7,590, RomonaKeveza.com; earrings, $2,221, AnabelaChan.com

ON HIM

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

BRIDAL IN BLOOM

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

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

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photography Liz Von Hoene hair Alberto Guzman for Bumble

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

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Rustic charm...

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

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Located in beautiful Hocking Hills, Ohio on a private 200 acre farm. Breathtaking scenery includes a pond, meadow and, of course, the hills! Custom or DIY wedding packages are available for up to 250 guests. Packages include licensed catering, flowers, wedding cake, lodging, ample parking and more! All wedding packages include the Rush Creek Retreat which will sleep up to 20 of your guest/wedding party. The Retreat is also located next to the Barn for the convenience of your special day! R E C E I V E A F R E E N I G H T ’ S S TAY ! C A L L F O R D E TA I L S.

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

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EDITOR IN CHIEF

Kristen Maxwell Cooper DESIGN DIRECTOR

DEPUTY EDITOR

MANAGING EDITOR

ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR

REAL WEDDINGS DIRECTOR

PHOTO DIRECTOR

Tracy Everding

Lauren Kay

Susan Berryman

Maria Bouselli

Rebecca Crumley

Kathy Nguyen

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

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

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

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THE STUDIO @ XO HEAD OF STUDIO Nick Fortunato EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Elizabeth Roehrig PRODUCER Joanna Dedvukaj SENIOR EDITORS Cassie Kreitner, Kate Traverson ASSOCIATE COPY EDITOR Kelsey Paine SENIOR DESIGNER Amanda Kocis Gallagher ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR Kelley Rowland JUNIOR DIGITAL MARKETING COORDINATOR Claire Flanagan SALES & MARKETING PRESIDENT, LOCAL MARKETPLACE Paul Bascobert, pbascobert@xogrp.com GROUP VP, LOCAL SALES John Pike, jpike@xogrp.com (212) 515-3535 PUBLISHER Carolyn Mantone, cmantone@theknot.com (888) 873-5093 ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Mark Pittman, mpittman@theknot.com (855) 918-1218 REGIONAL/NATIONAL ACCOUNT MANAGER SPECIALIST REGIONAL SALES DIRECTOR FASHION ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE BEAUTY ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF SHOWS & EVENTS SENIOR MARKETING MANAGER STRATEGY SPECIALISTS DIRECTOR, PUBLIC RELATIONS MANAGER, PUBLIC RELATIONS

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Browse weddings from the Buckeye State, including the 2017 winners of our 50 Weddings, 50 States. Our Ohio pick, Kevlin and Billy, celebrated their union with morning yoga, a pig roast and wood-fired pizza from Columbus’s famed Figlio restaurant. “We wanted to share the things we enjoy on a weekly basis,” Kevlin says.

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

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

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EDITOR ’S LE T TER

I love everything about this dress, from the romantic ruffle to the hint of color. (p. 220)

My jaw dropped when I first saw this succulent cuff—I want to wear one every day! (p. 154)

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

This envelope liner is a fun surprise waiting for guests. (p. 137)

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

KRISTEN MAXWELL COOPER Editor in Chief

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CHECKLIST

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

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

12+ MONTHS

date: ______ /______ /______

9-11 MONTHS

date: ______ /______ /______

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

Find a stationer and order save-the-dates.

Nail down a budget.

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

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

Propose to your wedding party.

6-8 MONTHS

date: ______ /______ /______

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

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

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

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

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

Choose and order the bridesmaid dresses.

Schedule beauty trials, and book hairstylists and makeup artists.

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

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

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Spectacular views, exceptional service, and quality food and beverage create the perfect day for your guests and yourselves. Let us help you plan a day as special as your relationship, while creating memories to last a lifetime. 614.882.2582 | 6740 Worthington Rd., Westerville, OH | alison@lakesclub.com | www.LakesClub.com

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date: ______ /______ /______

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

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

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

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

1-2 WEEKS

date: ______ /______ /______

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

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

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

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

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

DAYS

date: ______ /______ /______

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

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

DAY BEFORE date: ______ /______ /______

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SHOWER STRESS

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

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

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

PARTY FOUL

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

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HAPPY FEET

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

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

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294 Pearl Road, Brunswick; (440) 845-0800; Mapleside.com With an apple orchard, a pumpkin patch and a serene lake scattered across a sprawling 120 acres, it’s easy to see why Mapleside Farms was once voted America’s Most Beautiful Farm. In addition to a brand new barn that can comfortably accommodate up to 300 guests, the farm features two distinct indoor venues: The Lodge—a two-story space equipped with a 30-foot-tall fireplace crafted from boulders—and The Cellar, which is ideal for smaller fetes of 100.

700 Benner Road, Miamisburg; (937) 269-7163; MagnoliaEstate.com For to-be-weds in search of an alternative alfresco option, Magnolia Estate offers a wide selection of stunning wedding venues. From an open-air pergola and covered patio to a light-filled indoor pavilion, the estate imbues sophistication at every turn for weddings and events of up to 200 partygoers. TIP New to the grounds is Rosewood Manor, a two-story mansion that comes complete with a commanding staircase and dressing rooms for pre-party prep.

1121 Canton Road, Carrollton; (330) 575-6632; CenturyFarmsOhio.com It doesn’t get more rustic-chic than hosting your nuptials inside a big red barn, which is exactly what you’ll find at Century Farms. Built in 1937, this former Pleasant View Dairy building has since been converted into a charming event space that features rolling acres, private on-site villas and room for up to 300. Updated amenities include central heating and cooling, and your rental fee gains you access to an on-site coordinator to ensure your day goes off without a hitch. >>

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The Barn on Enchanted Acres 630 Roxford Church Road, Dennison; (330) 260-1812; TheBarnonEnchantedAcres.com Ease those planning pains at The Barn on Enchanted Acres, where rental perks include on-site furniture and linen rentals plus post-party cleanup. But perhaps the best part of booking this rustic retreat is that you gain full access to the venue beginning the Wednesday before your wedding until Saturday at 2 a.m. (That’s enough time to make sure even the grandest of parties is picture perfect.)

6920 County Road 203, Millersburg; (330) 674-0011; InnatHoneyRun.com Located in enchanting Amish Country, The Inn at Honeyrun is an immersive experience, thanks to a 39-room boutique hotel, an open-air art museum, bird watching, honey harvesting and an award-winning restaurant all on-site. With that many available options, it’s no surprise that weddings at the inn are equally as unique: Wed among the treetops or host a reception for up to 64 guests in the Sage Room next to a scenic ravine.

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The Barn at Heather Glen

Canyon Run Ranch

The Grand Barn at the Mohicans

4814 Chicken Coop Road, Sugar Grove; (614) 842-7762; TheBarnatHeatherGlen.com One visit to The Barn at Heather Glen and you’ll immediately take note of how the sunlight peeks through the cracks of the barn’s ancient timber frame. Inside, elegant chandeliers and ivory curtains set a romantic scene for a lively reception, while outside on the deck, guests will enjoy unobstructed views of the valley’s rolling hills and the quaint pond nearby. All 15 acres of the venue are yours to enjoy all weekend, as well as the barn’s separate bride and groom’s quarters.

395 N. Rangeline Road, Pleasant Hill; (937) 676-2082; OhioBarnWeddings.com The 1850s barn loft at Canyon Run Ranch was born out of necessity: The owners rehabbed their farm’s historic barn for their daughter’s wedding and, afterward, turned the space into a full-scale wedding venue. The magical, 150-acre ranch now includes an outdoor ceremony site and a sweet stone cottage all nestled within a whimsical forest. If the lush landscape isn’t enough of a draw, the ranch’s bartending team is composed of experts that can shake up signature handcrafted cocktails.

22650 Vess Road, Glenmont; (440) 263-8546; TheMohicans.net Pastoral charm meets cozy elegance at The Grand Barn at the Mohicans, where couples can exchange vows beneath twinkling lights on the patio before moving inside the wood barn for a night of revelry. Here, there’s no need to stress about rental items, as the barn comes equipped with everything you’ll need, including furniture and vintage décor. You can even make a weekend out of your “I dos” by inviting guests to rent out the property’s quaint cabins and treehouses nearby.

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INTERCONTINENTAL CLEVELAND. A memorable setting for your unforgettable day.

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

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

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Ann King Borrow Vintage + Eclectic Rentals What inspired you to launch your own rental company? I love all things old or collected that have a deep history—an item’s story gets me every time. I think of my team as people who are here to help you tell your story with a design that has depth and a sense of uniqueness. Is there anything a couple should bring to their first meeting with you? Bring an idea of your budget. There’s nothing worse than showing options to couples and having them fall in love with the design, only to realize it won’t work with their budget. Most couples have never rented furniture before. What are some things they should think about? Sometimes a client doesn’t treat our pieces in a completely respectful manner. The items are high-end, so it’s not wise to let your Uncle Bernie dance on top of a table, or to leave upholstered furniture out in the rain. Luckily, our stylists do an great job of explaining our process so we don’t encounter those mistakes.

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What are some of the most common rentals you loan out for weddings? Our most popular rentals are our tables and chairs, hands down. We were the first company in Ohio to carry farm tables, teak wood folding chairs and bentwood chairs, so when couples are looking to plan a truly unique event, they come to us for those items. Those items are of limited supply, so the odds of seeing them at your friends’ weddings are low, whereas you might see a resin folding chair or chiavari chair dozens of times. What types of rentals should couples be renting more of? Fun, soft seating and hightop dining tables are always a must. Anything that’s a little out of the norm throws people off and helps to get the party started. I’m dying to see our new cane back bentwood chairs in an event too.

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Consult the professionals and go with your gut. Your vendors are an awesome, honest resource. Remember that the “why” behind your whole wedding is to celebrate the beginning of a journey with your significant other.

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This is the perfect place to host a Maids Party. Shop from a selection of bridesmaids, mothers and flower girl gowns. You can even find the perfect matching tuxedo!

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E XPERT ADVICE

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What’s one wedding trend you wish would go away? I know they’re trendy, but barn weddings act as a big hurdle for your caterer—there’s no water, little power and lots of flies!

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What are some easy snacks to serve on the dance floor or at the after-party? Bite-size food helps to cut down on messes when guests are on the dance floor. Plus, you can never go wrong with a great slice of pizza paired with your favorite beer of choice. That, or there’s always a late-night taco bar— who doesn’t enjoy late-night tacos? What are five must-haves for a successful bar setup? Signature drinks are essential since they help cut your alcohol budget, as you only need to provide ingredients that are in the drink recipe rather than stocking the entire bar. Bar signs should display what drink selections are available to guests, and you should have plenty of ice, proper glassware and extra bartenders on hand.

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For couples hoping to create a signature cocktail, what should they keep in mind? Choose cocktails that you personally like to drink, but don’t pick something with a thousand different ingredients or special instructions—this will take your bartender a while to make, and could result in a long line at the bar.

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If you try to please everyone, you’ll probably end up pleasing no one. Select menu items you like and go for it.

Is there any easy way to save on catering costs without cutting out cocktails? Couples can choose to cut back on entrée choices, or they can switch to heavy appetizers for dinner instead of a typical buffet setup or seated meal. What are some of the biggest mistakes you see couples make with their menus? One dining mistake is choosing an awkward style of service. A pasta station is great, but not for 500 guests—you need to select a service style that lends itself to the menu.

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What inspired you to start your own Cincinnati-based planning company? I was inspired by my love for weddings, creativity and working with other women. I wanted to do something that paired my business background with my good old-fashioned love for all things bridal.

What’s the easiest way for couples to cut back on planning costs? Limit your guest list and consider an off-peak day or season, like Friday or winter weddings.

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With a name that signifies “a beautiful life,” Manuel and her team celebrate couples through thoughtful, well-crafted moments and innovative events. WEBSITE

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It’s a red flag if a venue has a strict list of preferred vendors. Find a space that fits your design vision and can accommodate your desired guest list.

Is planning a wedding in less than six months really doable? Yes, absolutely! But you have to have a good idea of what you want and be able to make decisions and stick with them. So much of what stalls the wedding planning process is indecisiveness and second-guessing your choices after they’ve been made. What are the advantages to bringing in a planner in the beginning versus working with a day-of coordinator? A planner can help you develop your budget before you even start spending, connect you with a vendor team that you can afford and offer you a planning timeline on what to do when. They relieve a lot of stress if you don’t love getting into those nitty-gritty details! Ultimately, what’s your favorite moment of a couple’s wedding day? I love when a couple comes back up the aisle together after the ceremony. My team gets to be the first ones to greet them and congratulate them as a newly married couple.

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INSIDE SCOOP

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

—Katie & Trip

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Alson Jewelers has attended more weddings in Cleveland than anyone. For over 87 years, our family has been Cleveland’s trusted expert in fine jewelry. Your wedding band is the most personal piece of jewelry you will ever own. Not only will you wear it every day for the rest of your life, but it will be passed on for generations. Let us help you make a decision on a wedding band that you can live happily ever after with.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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RE AL COUPLES

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Five supersweet proposals from the Buckeye State. BY KRISTIN JOY

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It wasn’t exactly love at first sight when Rena met Alex—the two were members of the symphonic winds ensemble at their university and ended up sharing a music stand. “I was suspicious of just how friendly Rena was, and Rena thought I was kind of cold,” Alex laughs. Fortunately, the two got to know one another, and five years into their relationship, Alex custom designed a ring using a diamond that had belonged to his great-grandmother. He then surprised Rena with a night out at a jazz concert and ended the evening with a sweet proposal at home. “I was shocked and elated!” she says. The ring: Abracadabra >>

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When it came time for Marc to propose, he had the perfect plan: a tranquil camping trip for two, accompanied by his two daughters, under the stars. “That was in a perfect world,” Marc says. “Everything that could’ve gone wrong, absolutely did.” Mishaps included forgetting to pack firewood and an air mattress that required electricity, but rather than scrap his original plan, Marc popped the question regardless. “He told me, ‘This is my life. I have two little girls that make it a little more complicated at times, but I love you,’” Sherine says. Despite her initial shock, she leaned over and answered Marc’s proposal with a kiss. The ring: Diamond Cellar

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Four months after first meeting at a local brewery, Allison (right) knew the locale was the ideal spot to propose. The only problem: The brewery had since closed. “I set up a date under the pretense that we would be taking a tour of the old brewery,” Allison says. Although Alex suspected a memorable moment was in the works, she was overjoyed to see Allison down on one knee. “I had mentioned that I would like to be the one to be proposed to, and I loved the way she did it,” Alex says. The ring: Modern Art Jewelry >>

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For this Disney-obsessed duo, there was only one logical place for Willy to propose to Sally after four years of dating: Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. Fully aware that Alice, from Alice in Wonderland, is Sally’s favorite fictional character, Willy got down on one knee in front of the Mad Tea Party ride as park guests looked on. “Crowds of people cheered and clapped,” Sally says of the public proposal. “Willy even arranged for Alice and the Mad Hatter to ride on the Teacups with us—the magic is real!” The ring: James Free Jewelers

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Mackenzie was anticipating a proposal from her high school sweetheart while vacationing in Massachusetts, but David had another idea in mind. “We went for a few walks together on the beach and I kept thinking it was about to happen, but I was wrong!” Mackenzie says. David instead popped the question at a family cookout knowing their families would want to be present. “After we ate, David said he wanted to make a speech and that gut feeling came back, but this time it was actually happening,” Mackenzie says. “He was so nervous he even called me ‘awesome sauce’ in his speech—no one will let him forget that one!” The ring: Arabella R E A D M O R E P RO P O S A L S T O R I E S AT HowHeAsked.com by The Knot

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Anna and her bridesmaids coordinated in floral hair combs purchased during a trip to Mexico’s San Miguel de Allende.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Anna Opitz, 28, an assistant account executive GROOM Brian Bjelovuk, 30, an industrial designer HOW THEY MET When Anna crashed a wedding that Brian was attending WEDDING STYLE Whimsical monarch butterfly details and nods to Anna’s Mexican heritage made for an ultra-personal, urban fete. —Kristin Joy “Mexico is very important to me because my father spent most of his life there,” Anna says. “Brian and I always love visiting, so the country was a natural place to look for inspiration.” The couple brought the outdoors in for their DIY nuptials with the help of miniature potted plants and hundreds of handcrafted butterflies.

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Strawberry margaritas were a hit menu item among guests, who were also treated to cake from New York City’s famed Momofuku Milk Bar in flavors that ranged from chocolate malt and apple pie to a sweet dulce de leche.

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ANNA & BRIAN’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE

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During their “I dos,” Anna and Brian stood before a five-foot-tall ceremony backdrop that depicted an image of an Aztec galactic butterfly. The insect made yet another appearance during the reception, where vibrant garlands of paper Monarch butterflies were suspended from the ceiling.

OFFICIANT Charley Hudak (friend) GOWN Stella McCartney, Farfetch.com HAIR The Blowout Bar

Blushed by Victoria Gavriel

MAKEUP

SHOES Mansur

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING

RINGS N+A New York EARRINGS Vintage BRIDESMAID DRESSES BHLDN;

Nordstrom; White House Black Market MENSWEAR Groom: Bonobos;

groomsmen: TheBlackTux.com STATIONERY DIY

RENTALS Strongwater

CATERING Made from Scratch

CAKE

Momofuku Milk Bar DESSERTS J-POPS; Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Erickson

MUSIC Charles

FAVORS Five Below; Flying

Tiger; NYC Greenmarket; Oriental Trading ACCOMMODATIONS Westin REGISTRY MyRegistry.com HONEYMOON Cuba GUESTS 135 BUDGET $$ (see key, p. 8)

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• CLEVELAND

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Stephanie’s raw silk lehenga featured pearl embellishments and gold detailing throughout.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Stephanie Napolitano, 28, a pediatrics resident physician GROOM Hersh Varma, 28, an ophthalmology resident physician HOW THEY MET Through a mutual friend in college WEDDING STYLE Stephanie and Hersh wed in a modern fusion affair that blended elements from the bride’s Italian heritage and the groom’s Indian upbringing. —KJ “Our wedding was carefully crafted to incorporate cultural traditions in a new way for an Indo-Western weekend,” Stephanie says. Personalized details included hand-painted watercolor escort cards, oil-painted table numbers and a rustic birchwood altar that juxtaposed the museum’s stone facade.

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The textured vanilla cake boasted a buttercream exterior accented with fresh anemones. Stephanie carried a bouquet of burgundy peonies and white ranunculus, and further accessorized her look with heirloom pearl necklaces and gold anklets. “I chose gold flats to stay true to my creature-comfort self,� she says.

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Towering arrangements of cascading greenery and low, verdant centerpieces topped dining tables, which were set with white linens, gold flatware and burgundy napkins. “We wanted to fuse a modern style with warm, rustic elements,” Stephanie says of their elegant design approach.

STEPHANIE & HERSH’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE

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Aster + Olive Photography

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Miniature canvas and easel table numbers were a natural fit within the art museum.

OFFICIANTS Bride’s brother

and groom’s sister

GOWN Anita

Dongre, Mumbai, India

HAIR DIY

MAKEUP The Perfect Hair and Makeup;

mehndi: Sneha, Henna Tattoo Artist HEADPIECE Hair Plus Beauty Outlet SHOES TOMS

ENGAGEMENT

RING Heirloom WEDDING RINGS The

Smithery

MENSWEAR Raghavendra

Rathore

STATIONERY Invitations:

On Paper

RENTALS Event Source

CATERING & DESSERTS Catering by

Provenance, Cleveland Museum of Art CAKE Luna Cake Shop

MUSIC

Cleveland Institute of Music; DJ Vikas, Opening Minds Entertainment FAVORS DIY

ACCOMMODATIONS

Courtyard Cleveland University Circle; The Glidden House GUESTS 180 BUDGET $$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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SEPTEMBER 17

• CINCINNATI

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BRIDE Caroline Kalnow, 29, a manager and buyer for a boutique GROOM Amir Shemony, 35, a director of merchandise HOW THEY MET At work WEDDING STYLE The couple relied on a pastel palette and undone arrangements to give the country club a lush look they referred to simply as “alfresco.” —KJ Prior to the start of the ceremony, Caroline and Amir chose to privately exchange emotional vows during their first look. “I cried so much that I had to get my makeup touched up before I walked down the aisle,” Caroline says. Moments later, the pair made their union official under a chuppah draped with greens.

Gold-rimmed chargers popped against dusty blue table linens.

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“My mother has always been a gardener and flower lover, so flowers played a significant role in transforming our venue,” Caroline says of bedecking the refined space with seeded eucalyptus, dahlias, ranunculus and amaranthus. Guests tossed rose petals into the air at the ceremony’s conclusion, and sugar flowers covered the tiered, buttercream-frosted cake.

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“While we wanted our wedding to have a sense of formality and tradition, it was important to us that everyone felt welcome and that we set the tone for an evening full of love,” Caroline says. A vintage 1958 Cadillac convertible belonging to the mother of the bride served as the couple’s getaway car.

CAROLINE & AMIR’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Cincinnati

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PHOTOGRAPHY Ted

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Lambert Floral and Event Design Gay Glasscott

PLANNER

FLOWERS Courtenay OFFICIANT

GOWN Tony Ward, Kleinfeld

Bridal, New York City

HAIR A Salon Named

Desire MAKEUP BRIDEface Bridal New York City

VEIL Kleinfeld

SHOES Manolo Blahnik

ENGAGEMENT RING Ralph Lauren WEDDING RINGS Krombholz Jewelers

BRIDESMAID

DRESSES Lee Anderson Couture; Watters, Bridal

& Formal, Inc., Cincinnati

MENSWEAR Ralph

Lauren; Stubbs & Wootton

STATIONERY

Clementine Studio; Poeme

RENTALS All

Occasions Event Rental; Canvas Event Furniture; Event Source; Fitz the Occasion; Nüage Designs; Primetime Party Rental; Vincent Lighting Systems; Wildflower Linen Country Club

CATERING Cincinnati CAKE Maribelle Cakery

DESSERTS Bonbonerie

MUSIC Band:

Attraction/Sam Hill Entertainment; McFadden A lively Jewish hora signaled the start of the reception.

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Music DJs

REGISTRIES Goldsmith Cardel;

Macy’s; Williams Sonoma

HONEYMOON

Spain GUESTS 240 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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✯ NorthStar ✯ GOLF CLUB

As a new club, only minutes north of Polaris Mall, we offer you a truly unique setting with a perfect atmosphere highlighted by a panoramic view of our lake and golf course. We are a full service facility that offers first class service at an affordable value. Between our fabulous food and beautiful views, NorthStar is sure to make a lasting impression on you and your guests.

Contact Alisha Yoder 1150 Wilson Road ✯ Sunbury, OH 43074 ✯ 740-524-4653 ayoder@thenorthstargolfclub.com ✯ www.thenorthstargolfclub.com

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• MT. VERNON

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R ACHEL JOY BAREHL

Hannah wore an ethereal gold headpiece for a look her bridesmaids referred to as belonging to a “farm angel.”

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Hannah Culp, 25, works for Victoria’s Secret home office GROOM Chance Price, 25, a construction project manager HOW THEY MET While attending Ohio State University WEDDING STYLE Hannah and Chance hosted their DIY wedding at the groom’s family farm, where they exchanged vows in front of two interwoven beech trees. —KJ “The farm has an undeniable magic,” Hannah says. Dressed in a breezy, embroidered charmeuse gown, Hannah walked down the aisle to the tune of “Blue Ridge Mountains,” by Fleet Foxes—the same song that was playing when Chance proposed the year before. “One of my groomsmen got ordained so he could be the one to marry us,” Chance says. “It meant so much that our ceremony was officiated by one of our best friends—it might actually be the best decision we made throughout the entire wedding.”

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“We embraced the inherent beauty of the farm in its natural state,” Hannah says of playing up the pastoral setting with wicker furniture, lush garland runners, copper pipe accents and over 150 brass candlesticks. A banner bearing a notable Parks and Recreation quote framed the newlyweds’ sweetheart table.

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Comfo rtab le, Pe rs ona l and A l l A b o u t You.

A Couture Bridal Boutique

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HANNAH & CHANCE

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FLOWERS The Rural Society OFFICIANT Sage Boggs (friend) GOWN Yoana Baraschi, BHLDN HAIR Glam on the Go, LLC; Holly

Hunt/Yudu Salon MAKEUP Glam on the Go, LLC

VEIL BrendasBridalVeils,

Etsy.com; HEADPIECE Paris by Debra Moreland

SHOES Sam Edelman

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS

ShopClementine, Etsy.com JEWELRY Anthropologie; Old Navy DRESSES Lulus

BRIDESMAID

MENSWEAR Express;

H&M; MVMT; Old Navy

STATIONERY

design: DIY; printing: CatPrint Warwick Farm

RENTALS

CATERING The Berwick

DESSERTS B’s Sugar Buzz

MUSIC

DJ A-Prez (Anthony Molden) ACCOMMODATIONS The Mount

Vernon Inn

REGISTRIES Amazon.com;

Crate & Barrel; Target With the help of a few friends, Chance brewed 15 gallons of a homemade oatmeal-flavored pale ale to create a custom beer that guests sipped throughout the night. Additional treats included a savory bruschetta bar, late-night “fourth meal” tacos and indulgent butter bars sourced from a local bakery.

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HONEYMOON

Playa del Carmen, Mexico GUESTS 150 BUDGET $$ (see key, p. 8)

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• COLUMBUS

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HENRY PHOTOGR APHY

“I loved the venue’s vibe, and Matt is a huge history buff, so the statehouse suited us perfectly,” Alexis says.

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THEIR STORY

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BRIDE Alexis Hutta, 29, an attorney GROOM Matthew Kucek, 30, a sales executive HOW THEY MET Through a mutual friend WEDDING STYLE Alexis borrowed inspiration from her ball gown for their opulent affair. “I wanted our wedding to look like a garden party, but with crystals, glass and candles throughout,” she says. —KJ Luxe, garden-inspired details were in abundance, from chic, laser-cut invitations to loose, asymmetrical arrangements of blush peonies, peach garden roses and white ranunculus. “The church didn’t allow much décor, but since we got married right after Easter, there were flowers everywhere,” Alexis says of making the most of the church’s existing blooms.

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Guests enjoyed a cocktail hour in the rotunda, followed by a lavish dinner in the on-site atrium, where gold chiavari chairs and blush table linens dressed up dining tables. “I wanted the reception to live up to the grandiosity of the Statehouse and my ball gown,� Alexis says.

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Towering clusters of greenery popped against the venue’s stately white interior.

Before indulging in filet mignon, miniature grilled cheese sandwiches and a four-tier fondant confection made of flavors like lime-margarita cake with piña colada buttercream, friends and family looked on as the new Mr. and Mrs. swayed to Chantal Kreviazuk’s “Feels Like Home.”

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ALEXIS & MATTHEW’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY SITE St. Paul the Apostle

Catholic Church, Westerville RECEPTION SITE The Ohio Statehouse, Columbus PHOTOGRAPHY Ashley and Coty Henry/

Henry Photography Grenley, Vimeo

VIDEOGRAPHY Adam

DAY-OF COORDINATOR

Sophie Chase, The Ohio Statehouse FLOWERS POSY

OFFICIANT Father

Dave Sizemore (Pastor)

GOWN Lazaro,

Kleinfeld Bridal, New York City

HAIR

GoodeHair MAKEUP Nikki Jackson Artistry VEIL Lazaro, La Jeune Mariee, Columbus SHOES Jimmy Choo

ENGAGEMENT &

WEDDING RINGS Diamond Cellar JEWELRY

Diamond Cellar; Swarovski

BRIDESMAID

DRESSES Hayley Paige, La Jeune Mariee,

Columbus

MENSWEAR Alpha Suit

STATIONERY DIY; WeddingPaperDivas.com RENTALS Event Source DESSERTS Milo’s Catering

Petite Fleur Productions Coach

CATERING & CAKE Jan Kish, La

MUSIC Platinum Music

TRANSPORTATION Columbus

ACCOMMODATIONS The Sheraton

Columbus at Capitol Square Zola.com

REGISTRY

HONEYMOON French Polynesia

GUESTS 170 BUDGET $$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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A Dramatically Different Venue

• Offering only the finest in food, entertainment and facilities. • Two private event centers. • Seven unique ceremony sites. • Seventy-acre country estate setting. • Outdoor ceremony, reception and entertainment sites. • Full-service catering and bar. • Specialized off-site catering • Professional personal attention to every detail

2017

-We would love to serve you

Ashley West Photography

www.CheersChalet.com | p: 740.654.9036 | e: Cheers@CheersChalet.com Serving the Greater Columbus area

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OCTOBER 29

• BRUNSWICK

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Roses, delphinium and hypericum berries came together to create a showstopping ceremony arch.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Megan Fortney, 27, a marketing manager GROOM Benjamin Smith, 26, a student HOW THEY MET Online WEDDING STYLE A rustic-elegant barn set the scene for Megan and Benjamin’s bloom-filled affair. —KJ “It was a sign!” Megan says upon discovering that their farm venue was only available on the one-year anniversary of her and Benjamin’s engagement. The pair immediately booked the pastoral space, where they invited nearly 300 guests to dine under a 28-foot-long floral installation comprised of peonies and astilbe. “I knew it would leave our guests speechless,” Megan says of the living focal point.

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Antique wine barrels and verdant garlands spruced up the barn’s exterior during the couple’s vows, while gold-rimmed glassware and textured blush linens lent a sense of refined romance to the reception. Signature Moscow mules were a hit during cocktail hour, where guests sipped and mingled while overlooking the surrounding apple orchards and Cleveland Metroparks.

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Matina’s Bridal

Cleveland’s Exclusive Bridal Retailer for Lazaro, Amsale and Randy Fenoli 28601 Chagrin Blvd. (Located inside the Eton Shops) Beachwood, Ohio 44122 MatinasBridal.com • info@MatinasBridal.com

Appointments Necessary Schedule yours via www.MatinasBridal.com or 216-464-1288

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MEGAN & BENJA MIN

“Peonies are my favorite flower, so our florist surprised me by incorporating imported coral charm peonies into my bouquet,” Megan says. A muted palette of navy, blush and gold spoke to the fall season, and autumnal fare included a tiered, maple-cinnamon cake and caramel-dipped apples that served as edible favors.

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Mapleside Farms, Brunswick PHOTOGRAPHY Emily Millay

Cunningham/Emily Millay Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Studio 213

Kate Horne (bride’s sister) HeatherLily

PLANNER FLOWERS

OFFICIANT Vicki McGaw

GOWN Watters, Something White,

Independence Salons & Spas

HAIR Charles Scott

MAKEUP Kajal By Kimberly

VEIL Jennifer Leigh, Something White,

Independence

SHOES Keds

ENGAGEMENT

RING Zales WEDDING RINGS Stadler Jewelers JEWELRY Something White; Zales BRIDESMAID DRESSES Bill Levkoff, Bella

Bridesmaids

MENSWEAR Ticknors

(Giorgio Fiorelli)

STATIONERY Lovely

Paperie & Gifts; WeddingPaperDivas.com RENTALS Event Source

Taste of Excellence Elizabeth Cakes

CATERING A CAKE Kelsey

MUSIC Fig Media

FAVORS Mapleside Farms TRANSPORTATION A-1 Mr. Limo REGISTRY Crate & Barrel

HONEYMOON

L’Auberge De Sedona, Sedona, AZ GUESTS 295 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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• CINCINNATI

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Bunches of eucalyptus and oversize, mossfilled lanterns lined the length of the indoor aisle.

THEIR STORY BRIDE Gabrielle Buckley, 24, a small business owner GROOM James Mahone, 24, an electrician HOW THEY MET While attending Nashville’s Lipscomb University WEDDING STYLE “I wanted a clean, elegant and simple look,” Gabrielle says of outfitting their venue in shades of pink, green and gold. —KJ Cincinnati’s historic Monastery Event Center was a natural choice for Gabrielle and James, who played up the venue’s charming old-world interior with low-lying arrangements of roses and ranunculus. “We loved that the monastery makes it a priority to maintain a lot of their historic detailing,” Gabrielle says.

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Photography Before rounding up guests for a classic sparkler send-off, the newlyweds cut into a modest white cake filled with sweet raspberry mousse. Partygoers then took home handcrafted gold candles from the bride’s personal Etsy shop. “They were a hit!” she says of the DIY favor.

FLOWERS Floral Verde

OFFICIANT Pastor Chris Woodard GOWN Monique Lhuillier, Bridal &

Formal, Inc., Cincinnati

HAIR Salon

Rhonda MAKEUP Art of Makeup Collective

VEIL Bridal & Formal, Inc.,

Cincinnati

SHOES Badgley Mischka

ENGAGEMENT RING James Free

Jewelers WEDDING RINGS Bride: blueridgenotions, Etsy.com; groom: dimaltagioielli, Etsy.com JEWELRY Kendra Scott; Nadri

BRIDESMAID DRESSES

Watters, Bridal & Formal, Inc., Cincinnati MENSWEAR BLACK by Vera Wang,

Men’s Wearhouse

STATIONERY

WeddingPaperDivas.com Floral Verde Event Center Sugar Etsy.com

RENTALS

CATERING Monastery CAKE A Spoon Fulla

FAVORS HonestAndBeautiful, ACCOMMODATIONS Airbnb

REGISTRIES Crate & Barrel; Sur La

Table

MINIMOON Covington, KY

GUESTS 120 BUDGET $$$ (see key, p. 8)

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W A L D E N

Let nature provide the perfect backdrop for a beautiful Ohio wedding. With our full-service spa and salon, Walden offers everything you need to complete your wedding experience. Relax and enjoy our private suites, lavish service and the delight of total rejuvenation.

TO LEARN MORE, VISIT WWW.YOURWALDEN.COM 330.995.7160 | Jacqueline@yourwalden.com | 1119 Aurora Hudson Rd., Aurora, OH

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• CINCINNATI

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AMANDA DONAHO PHOTOGR APHY

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BRIDE Molly Snyder, 27, an architectural designer GROOM Aaron King, 28, a placement probation officer HOW THEY MET In a high school photography class WEDDING STYLE “My architect brain went into full design mode,” Molly says of planning a party marked by geometric accents, DIY details and punchy pops of blue. —KJ “It was important for our day to reflect our unique style,” Molly says of filling the reception space with an eclectic mix of candlesticks, gold flatware and a custom paper flower installation. The pair sealed the deal outdoors among the ivy, where nearly 200 guests gathered in the estate’s open-air courtyard to witness the “I dos.”

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MOLLY & AARON’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY SITE Peterloon Estate,

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PHOTOGRAPHY Amanda Donaho

Photography

VIDEOGRAPHY Alexandra

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Canada, Vimeo Flowerman McMillian

GOWN Pronovias, B. Loved

Bridal, Columbus AV Beauty Bar

FLOWERS The

OFFICIANT Pastor Dale HAIR DIY

MAKEUP

VEIL Camilla Christine, B.

Loved Bridal, Columbus

SHOES ModCloth

ENGAGEMENT RING Genesis

Diamonds WEDDING RINGS Bride: Krombholz Jewelers; groom: Christian Bauer JEWELRY Kohl’s; Nordstrom BRIDESMAID DRESSES After Six; Alfred

Angelo; Bill Levkoff

MENSWEAR Joseph

Abboud, Men’s Wearhouse Molly Ann Photo & Design

STATIONERY RENTALS

Kosins Tents & Events; Prime Time Party Rental

CATERING Jim Dandy’s Family

BBQ DESSERTS Bill’s Donuts Ryan Kellinghaus My Party Bus

MUSIC DJ

TRANSPORTATION

REGISTRIES Bed Bath &

Beyond; Crate & Barrel; Target Muted teal napkins, potted succulents and garlands comprised of eucalyptus and lemongrass topped long dining tables, where guests found their seats at place settings finished with a fresh sprig of lavender. For an added pop of panache, the couple pieced together recycled wood pallets to create a chevron backdrop.

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HONEYMOON Punta Cana GUESTS 200 BUDGET $$ (see key, p. 8)

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GownCollections AMY KUSCHEL CAROL HANNAH CAROLINE DEVILLO COUTURE CHRISTOS IVY & ASTER KATE McDONALD BRIDAL LEANNE MARSHALL LEGENDS BY ROMONA KEVEZA LELA ROSE PRONOVIAS THE STEVEN BIRNBAUM COLLECTION WATTERS WTOO

Schedule an appointment online at www.somethingwhitebridal.com or via phone at 216.447.9620 6596 Brecksville Road, Cleveland Ohio 44131

WWW.SOMETHINGWHITEBRIDAL.COM Images courtesy of Hunter Photographic & Arielle Doneson Photography

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SEPTEMBER 17

• TOLEDO

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Kaitlin Beckham, 28, an architect GROOM Patrick McLoughlin, 28, an entrepreneur HOW THEY MET While attending architecture school at Miami University WEDDING STYLE A retro palette of turqouise, persimmon, gray and gold lent a mid-century modern vibe to the pair’s whimsical wedding. —KJ Kaitlin walked down the aisle in a knee-length frock to the tune of Pearl Jam’s “Just Breathe” before exchanging vows with Patrick in front of a custom-made Sputnik altar. “Aimee from Modernly Events made sure the installation was taller than my six-foot, four-inch husband,” Kaitlin says of the massive ceremony centerpiece.

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PHOTOGRAPHY Mary VIDEOGRAPHY Eye on the

World Productions

DAY-OF COORDINATOR

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FLOWERS Bartz Viviano

OFFICIANT Sue Thomas (bride’s aunt) GOWN Ellis Bridals, Weddings 826, Chicago HAIR Caidy Marie Beauty

by Billie Jo

MAKEUP Beauty

VEIL Weddings 826, Chicago

HEADPIECE Gold Coast Couture

BHLDN

SHOES

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS

Wedding Bands and Co. EARRINGS BHLDN BRIDESMAID DRESSES Alfred Sung, Weddings

826, Chicago

MENSWEAR Combatant

Gentlemen; Knotty Tie Co. Minted.com Modernly Events Club

STATIONERY

RENTALS Mager Designs; CATERING Toledo Country

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Lauren Laskey, 28, an associate director of college counseling BRIDE Whitney Hawkins, 29, an institutional research analyst HOW THEY MET As undergraduates at University of Virginia WEDDING STYLE Vibrant pink and blue details set a celebratory tone for the couple’s intimate wedding in downtown Columbus’s Red Brick District. —KJ Despite listing “festive” as their dress code, Lauren and Whitney were surpised by just how much their guests embraced the colorful concept. “My cousin wore a bright purple suit!” Whitney says. “Ultimately, we wanted everyone to come ready to laugh, dance and help us get our marriage off to a great start.”

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Chloe Donaldson, 25, a documentation specialist GROOM Chris Rivalsky, 25, an architecture student HOW THEY MET In high school WEDDING STYLE The couple looked to a refined palette of coral, navy and gold to play up their Old Hollywood–inspired nuptials. —KJ Nearly a decade into their relationship, Chloe and Chris sealed the deal inside Dayton’s historic Memorial Hall, which coordinated with their art deco design aesthetic. “The hall has an amazing stained-glass ceiling and polished stone interior,” Chloe says. “We didn’t have to do much with the décor.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Taylor Nicholson is the president of Let’s Get Festive LLC, an event design company that creates custom invitations and personal details that will turn your dream event into a reality.

A lot of couples are skipping the traditionally heavy wording and opting for a more minimalist approach. Less is more, and this trend leaves room for unique creative elements and bold type.

I do a “design diagnostic” before I start on a couple’s stationery. I send them a questionnaire, start a shared Pinterest board and do an in-person meeting. This way, I understand their vision and story.

For me, design inspiration isn’t always found on Pinterest or by looking at other invitation suites. Something as simple as a color, pattern, texture or wedding theme can jump start a lot of ideas.

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Entrances

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

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

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

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

Cake table

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

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

Bathroom

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

Escort table

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

Aisle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Over 10,000 square feet of modern, open-concept space including a large Outdoor Veranda with exquisite views of Lake Erie. Founded in 2006, Lago Custom Events is renowned for exceptional culinary excellence, gracious service, and inspired cuisine. Our on-site Event Specialists will guide you through every step of the planning process, ensuring every moment of your celebration is memorable. 1091 W. 10th Street | Cleveland, OH 44113 216.664.1135 | weddings.lagoeastbank.com Located in the newly redeveloped East Bank of the Flats.

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

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

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

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

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ECLECTIC TABLE GARLAND

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

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ROMANTIC HAIR PIECES

Your bridesmaids will feel extra beautiful with bud-covered combs to tuck into their updos. >> CREATED BY POPPIES & POSIES, PoppiesandPosies.com

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Arrive in style with our complimentary limo*.

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Make every lucky guy feel like a VIP with bundles of blooms for them to wear throughout the night. Have a florist create enough for the groomsmen and any standout helpers, like ushers or your officiant. Ribbon, from $8, StellaWolfe.com >>

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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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MODERN CUFF

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

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Nestled on the banks of the Ohio River with the Cincinnati skyline as its backdrop, The Annie W. and Elizabeth Anderson Pavilion in Smale Riverfront Park, a gift of the Anderson Foundation, is located at street level underneath Carol Ann’s Carousel. With spectacular views, contemporary elegant décor and ambiance, state-of-the-art technology and an award-winning in-house culinary group, Anderson Pavilion offers a 350+ seat facility, ideal for hosting a wedding in the following spaces: • • •

Gardner Family Grove & Rose Garden Carol Ann’s Carousel & Balcony Suspension Bridge Tunnel Scape

Anderson Pavilion 8 East Mehring Way Cincinnati, OH 45202

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(513) 978-1821 info@andersonpavilion.com www.andersonpavilion.com Photos by Kirk Rhein Photography

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

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BOHO ESCORT CARDS

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

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

Some of the many venues we cater to: Irongate Equestrian Center The Vault • Jorgenson Farms • Bryn Du The New Ohio Wildlife Center • Everal Barn & many, many more throughout Central Ohio

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make your wedding a work of art. Located in beautiful Eden Park, the classic elegance of the Cincinnati Art Museum creates a memorable location for wedding ceremonies, receptions and rehearsal dinners.

Enjoy our Alice Bimel Courtyard for an outdoor ceremony or cocktail hour. Walk down our Great Hall marble staircase into your elegant reception. The museum’s Special Events team will customize your events to your needs.

Save your date today!

cincinnatiartmuseum.org/about/plan-your-event specialevents@cincyart.org (513) 639-2347

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Enchant guests with beautiful handmade favors they wouldn’t dream of leaving behind. With plant-based ideas from DIY pro Lia Griffith, there’s a gift for every celebration. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APHY AND CR AFTS BY LIA GRIFFITH

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Guests will love a thoughtfully presented pantry staple. WHAT YOU’LL NEED

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Dried herbs, like rosemary Screw-top bottles Quality extra-virgin olive oil Fabric, cut into circles Decorative ribbon Custom “thank you” labels

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Place herbs in bottle, then fill with oil and let infuse for at least two weeks. Tie circle of fabric over bottleneck using ribbon. Finish with personalized “thank you” labels (for similar labels, go to TheKnotShop.com). >>

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Reinvent stemless wine glasses as long-lasting gifts. WHAT YOU’LL NEED

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Gold leaf kit Stemless wine glasses Succulents or air plants Small river rocks Soil “Thank you” tags Binder clips

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Gold leaf the base of wine glasses according to package instructions. Let dry, then fill with small river rocks or soil and succulents. Attach “thank you” tags to rim with clips. >>

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A Perfect Setting...

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Barrington Golf Club’s Event and Banquet Facilities provide the perfect country club setting for your special occasion. Whether you are planning for a rehearsal dinner, wedding reception, bridal shower, or special event, Barrington’s staff will ensure that your event is a resounding success.

Club House Amenities:

• Private Event Space • Outdoor Ceremony Area • Indoor/Outdoor Reception Area • Personalized Event Planning and Wedding Consultant • Customized Event Menus For more information and to schedule a tour, please contact Elyse Broer at 330-995-0600 x215 or email at ebroer@barringtongolf.org. Learn more at BarringtonGolf.org or follow us at Facebook.com/BarringtonGolf.

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Invite loved ones to create a soothing herbal sachet with a make-your-own setup. WHAT YOU’LL NEED

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Fabric dye Small muslin bags “Thank you” tags Assortment of fragrant dried herbs and flowers (Amazon.com)

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ABOUT THE EXPERT

Lia Griffith is a DIY designer and creative expert. For more of her work, see the crafts she dreamed up in our new book, Yours Truly: Inspiration and Ideas to Personalize Your Wedding ($25, Amazon.com), and visit LiaGriffith.com.

F I N D M O R E D I Y I D E A S AT TheKnot.com/DIY

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The Columbus Athenaeum Downtown Ceremony and Reception Space

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614.222.6338 www.columbusmeetings.com 32 N. Fourth Street Columbus, OH 43215

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Soft pastels and feminine details pair to create a sweet and beautifully whimsical setting.

1 Galvanized metal tray, $15, WorldMarket.com 2 Double hammered charger plate, $115, Jan Barboglio, NeimanMarcus.com 3 Denk’Art universal glass, $59, Zalto, WineEnthusiast.com 4 Bazaar napkin, $112 for 4, KimSeybert.com 5 Reglisse dinner plate in Pepper, $132 for 4, Apilco, Williams-Sonoma.com 6 Hammered steel rivet flatware, $52 for 5-piece place setting, RestorationHardware.com 7 Coppertino highball glass, $33 for 4, Artland, Target.com

1 Josie lilac double-old fashioned glass, $5, CrateandBarrel.com 2 Michelangelo gold flatware, $60 for 5-piece place setting, Oneida, BedBathandBeyond.com 3 Festival napkin in Carnation, $58 for 4, Sferra.com 4 Jasper Conran gold baroque charger, $150, Wedgwood, Bloomingdales.com 5 Swan salt cellar, $150, L-Objet.com 6 Spring in Budapest dinner plate, $330, Anna Weatherley, MichaelCFina.com 7 Gilded rim red wine glass in Pink, $22, Anthropologie.com >>

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Timeless blue prints and refined silver accessories are the epitome of sophistication.

1 Vinum sauvignon blanc wine glass, $59 for 2, Riedel, Macys.com 2 Carrillo napkin, $48 for 4, SerenaandLily.com 3 Picardie glass tumbler, $27 for 6, Williams-Sonoma.com 4 Crawford charger, $20, CrateandBarrel.com 5 Ravina Antique flatware, $100 for 20-piece set, Cambridge, Target.com 6 Medium cocoon vase, $85, FarmhousePottery.com 7 Shell Bisque dinner plate in White, $22, CanvasHomeStore.com

1 Grand Royal white wine glass, $80, Villeroy-Boch.com 2 Blue fluted plate, $150, RoyalCopenhagen.com 3 Heirloom whitewash delft blue napkin, $30, Juliska.com 4 Intaglio charger, $36, Wedgwood.com 5 Han spice jewels in Platinum, $185 for 2, L-Objet.com 6 Burgundy sterling flatware, $680 for 4-piece place setting, Reed & Barton, Lenox.com 7 Color Concepts tumbler in Midnight Blue, $40, Villeroy & Boch, Bloomingdales.com >>

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Southern Hospitality and elegance grace spacious floor plans and ballroom designs. Host an intimate gathering or a grand reception for over 1,200 guests. Our Chef and full-service culinary staff are proud to serve award-winning cuisine, as well as prepare a customized menu to make your day truly unique. MICHAEL BAMBINO

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A sleek, minimal, black and white palette plus graphic shapes feels chic and very right now.

1 Enchante wine coupe, $20, Anthropologie.com 2 Al Fresco Oceanica multi napkin, $15, Juliska.com 3 Blur dinner plate in Blue, $42 for 2, AllModern.com 4 Brass pyramid miniature lantern, $18, ShopTerrain.com 5 Copper-handled flatware set, $40 for 5-piece set, PotteryBarn.com 6 DOT Sunflower Yellow water glass, $375 for 6, Nason Moretti, JungLeeNY.com 7 Charger plate in Salmon, $85, Mar, VistaAlegre.com

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AFFORDABLE LUXURY EVENT RENTALS and expert event design services to help you put it all together.

Visit beseatedinstyle.com for inspiration, pricing and to see our extensive inventory of furniture, chairs, bars, and accessories.

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Hues that pop play with mismatched patterns for a cheeky look packed with personality.

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Artist rendering of renovated Music Hall.

Now open after a stunning makeover!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How do you charge?

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

Do you have a team of assistants?

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

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

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

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8 couples’ workouts you have to try The best way to stay on track with an exercise routine is to sweat with a partner—good thing you’re marrying yours!

Getting motivated to work out can be hard enough without the pressure of wedding planning, but having a partner can make it easier—and who better to join you in your workouts than your fiancé? Exercising together has tons of benefits. Not only will you have someone to provide resistance during moves, but it adds to your sense of teamwork. That’s a valuable necessity when it comes to attacking life together, especially as a married couple. >>

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Don’t know where to start? “Find something both of you like,” suggests Heather Lilleston, a cofounder of yoga retreat company Yoga for Bad People. “You don’t have to suffer through a workout you hate just to appease your partner. The main thing is that your relationship holds a quality of being healthy.” Plus, it can be enlightening to discover each other’s skills. “You’ll also watch your partner struggle,” adds Jill Penfold, creator of LA Bride Body Transformation System. “High-five and tell each other, ‘You rock!’ ” To motivate you, here are some top ways couples can work out and recover together. Grab your soon-to-be spouse, throw on a high-energy playlist and go for it.

Go on an active adventure with your significant other, like hiking a nearby trail, swimming at a local pool or beach, biking around town or running on a local path. You two can take it as fast or slow as you want and even turn it into a romantic date by setting up a picnic at the finish line. “Something outdoorsy that’s not necessarily working out can be a nice middle ground to start,” Lilleston says of building a fitness routine together. “You get the benefit of circulation, movement and time with your significant other that feels good without intoxicants.”

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Attend a class together If you’re both in need of motivation, sign up for a class together. Take advantage of each other’s diverse fitness likes and attend a class that you wouldn’t normally try, such as spinning, rowing or yoga. Penfold recommends trying something that’s new for both of you. You’ll work muscles that you normally don’t engage and have a fun, new experience to bond over with your other half. You can also hire a personal trainer and book a private dual sweat session. These instructors will whip you into shape with a customized routine to fit both of your goals.

Time each other for interval training Incorporate interval training into your regimen. This method involves high-intensity bursts of exercise followed by rest between each session. It can take many forms and target many areas, including nonstop squats, planks, burpees or jumping jacks. Penfold suggests 20 seconds of training followed by 10 seconds of rest. To switch it up, work for 30 seconds, followed by 30 seconds of recovery. While one partner breaks, the other is training. Alternatively, you can exercise simultaneously, then rest together. “The possibilities are endless,” she says. Running out of ideas? Download a fitness app to count the intervals for you and showcase new moves to keep your muscles guessing. >>

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start a meditation practice Don’t forget to take days off to revitalize your body and mind. It’s key to every great fitness program, even one together. Lilleston shares tips for setting up a meditation practice as a recovery technique.

Set a time

Mark your calendars with a regular time when you can both disconnect. Gauge about 20 minutes in the mornings, and be realistic. You know there are certain days when you will sleep in.

Create the atmosphere

Make a quiet environment. Power down electronics, like mobile phones, televisions and music. Then find a comfortable seat on the floor, a mat, a rug, a pillow or even a chair—anything that allows you to feel grounded for the allotted time.

Sit in separate rooms

Contrary to what you might think, it’s better not to sit side by side. Give yourself space for your individual practices by setting up in different rooms. That way you won’t be tempted to look over at your partner or be disturbed by their breathing.

Be consistent

Even if you don’t feel like meditating one day, show up. Making it part of your routine will increase your ability to meditate more deeply over time.

Allow it to become your place of refuge Planning a wedding is inevitably chaotic. Let your meditation time be your moment to reflect and reset, keeping your eye on what matters in the long run: your relationship with yourself and your bond with your soon-to-be spouse.

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Use your body weight

Partner yoga, also called aerial yoga, involves yoga-based poses that require two people to work together. Contrary to what you may have seen online, they don’t all include one person balancing on the other in a complicated position. These sequences of poses are a great way to gain the physical and mental benefits of the yoga practice, plus one important skill for your relationship: communication. “You can connect without having to say anything,” Lilleston says. “One of the most common causes of conflict is miscommunication. When you are silent but side by side, there is an unspoken communication that can often clear the air between two people.” If you are experienced yogis, you can even practice at home with hands-on assists. Giving your partner feedback through touch allows you to better understand their body and what makes them feel good.

You can use each other’s body weight as an effective resistance tool—no equipment required. Just have your partner push back at you while you try to tone legs and arms: While you’re curling your biceps or triceps, your partner will hold your hands and push the opposite direction gently, or while you’re lying down for leg lifts, your partner can place their hands on your feet. Adding resistance forces you to work harder, so you’ll get more out of each move.

Try circuit workouts Just like interval training, circuits take advantage of every moment of an exercise, so that even when you’re resting, you’re being active and burning calories. Your heart rate stays elevated throughout the entire exercise. To work out together, have one person perform the first part of a circuit while the other starts in the middle. Then switch. “There is so much stress and tension when putting together a wedding,” Penfold says. “It’s nice to unwind, release energy by moving your body and help each other get stronger. And it can be really sexy seeing your partner get hot and fit!”

Use medicine balls and resistance bands There are several ways to use weighted balls and bands, and you don’t even need a gym. For a great ab exercise, sit back-to-back and pass a medicine ball back and forth, twisting to each side to catch the ball. Challenge yourselves by increasing the pace. For arm sculptors, throw the ball back and forth or use the band: Have one person stand against a wall and hold the middle of the band while the other holds the ends and does bicep curls.

Challenge each other Work toward personal goals by having your partner encourage you. Sometimes all you need is someone to say, “You can do it!” to finish that last push-up. Challenge each other to hit new goals for interval training, circuits and jogging or biking distances. Just remember it’s about getting fit, not outdoing each other. “Egos are left at the door and must stay there,” Penfold advises. “Training together is about unity and fun.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Microblading HOW IT WORKS: This more sophisticated take on permanent

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tanning beds

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

Popping pimples

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

Drastically changing your hair color

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

Intense facials

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mismatched

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

Ombré

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

Allover embellishment

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

Metallics

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

All white

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

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• Wedding reception for up to 320 guests in our completely renovated ballroom • White, ivory or black table linen • Cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres in our open-air atrium • Five hours of open bar • Dance floor, gift, DJ and guestbook tables • Chair covers with sashes • Centerpieces • Bridal day dressing room with hors d’oeuvres and champagne • Complimentary honeymoon suite • Discounted room rates for overnight guests

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Schedule a shopping trip

Be open to discussion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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10 things bridal consultants want you to know

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Julie Rauzan-Possage is the owner of Matina’s Bridal, a bridal salon in Cleveland, founded in 1974. They carry a range of designers, such as Ines di Santo, Amsale, Hayley Paige and Lazaro.

It’s best to start dress shopping at least one year in advance. This gives you plenty of time to find a gown that’s figure flattering and in your price range and that works for your wedding style.

Bring the exact shoes or shoes similar in height to the ones you plan to wear on your wedding day to your first dress shopping appointment. It will help determine both the length and fit of your gown.

I don’t recommend buying your wedding dress online. It’s a huge risk and can lead to spending more time and money to find a replacement dress in a pinch. It creates a lot of unnecessary stress.

If you want a certain gown from a designer carried by the salon, a loaner sample can probably be shipped to the store for your appointment. Just make sure you give a reasonable amount of notice.

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Elegant Events BY MARIA

WEDDING AND EVENT PLANNER

Begin your planning process with a one-hour complimentary consultation with Maria, Northeast Ohio’s premier wedding planner. With having planned over 300 weddings and national recognition, Maria’s expertise can bring your wedding vision to life. With Elegant Events by Maria, “You say yes, and I do the rest.”

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Shop for your shape When trying on dresses, focus less on the number on the scale and more on the general shape and frame of your body. Your weight may be constantly fluctuating, especially if you’re stressed out, so don’t let that be the deciding factor in choosing your dress. Concentrate on finding a silhouette that accentuates the features you love and makes you feel confident. Limit your entourage You may be tempted to invite all your friends and family to help you shop for your gown, but bringing a big group to the salon is a gown shopping don’t. Enlist one or two of your closest friends or family members to help you start your search. This way you can find the gown that best suits you and your style and not feel pressured by too many conflicting opinions.

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

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

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

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

Add sleeves

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

Customize your bustle

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

Modify embellishments

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

Lace it up

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

Make it personal

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

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accessorize in style Customize your bridal ensemble by adding accessories that work with your wedding style. Here, a comprehensive guide to pulling off the perfect personalized look.

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Rustic Complement your outdoor surroundings with nature-inspired details in a stonewashed palette. Lush flower crowns with a mix of blooms or sprigs of baby’s breath are a great place to start. For a bit of sparkle, consider antique gold, rose gold or pewter jewelry embellished with raw gemstones or crystals. To take your rustic style up a notch, skip the fancy heels and opt for distressed boots in leather or suede. For late fall or winter nuptials, a textured touch like a faux-fur wrap, bolero or even a muff is a chic way to stay warm. >>

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Vintage This style can refer to a wide range of time periods, so first narrow down the feel you’re going for. Is it the sophistication of the ’50s or the glamour of the ’20s? If the former, a birdcage veil gives off an instant retro vibe and works with a variety of necklines and dress silhouettes. If you aren’t crazy about the idea of wearing a veil, hair combs and headbands with old-fashioned touches like lace or pearls add polish to a classic updo. Keep your color palette understated with soft hues like blush, mint, ivory and pale blue. To channel the more elaborate style of the Roaring Twenties, look for feathery and beaded headbands and metallic statement accessories embellished with geometric art deco details or silk fringe.

Romantic Flowy, gauzy fabrics, floral embellishments and soft, pastel hues give romantic nuptials a dreamy feel. Whether you’re wearing a sexy, curve-skimming dress or a frothy, embellished ensemble, consider wearing a long, sheer veil for a dramatic detail that won’t distract. Or, channel your inner Kate Moss with a boho Juliet cap veil with floral accents. Accessorize with delicate, sparkly pieces (we love rose gold and garden-inspired motifs)—especially if your gown has a lot of detailing. Or, focus on one statement piece, like a pair of crystal drop earrings and keep the rest of your accessories minimal. >>

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After making it official, swap studs for fun statement earrings and add a bold party lip for your reception. It’s an easy way to get two looks in one.

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Beachy Saying “I do” in the sand? An exotic, seaside locale calls for fun, colorful accessories, perfect for complementing breezy dresses. Freshwater pearls, tropical statement earrings, thin stackable bangles and delicate layered necklaces are right on trend. If you’re feeling bold, a straw hat decorated with local, fresh flowers makes for a cute photo op. When it comes to footwear, less is more. Forgo shoes altogether or swap out your heels for embellished sandals. If you still want the added height of a heel, white or metallic grosgrain wedges or flatforms offer more stability on the sand than traditional pinpoint stilettos or pumps.

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Classic Simplicity is key to pulling off a timeless bridal look. For sparkle that won’t clash with a classic gown, invest in sophisticated jewelry like pearl drop earrings, diamond studs or a thin tennis bracelet you’ll want to wear long after your wedding day. To make a more dramatic statement, sport a bejeweled headpiece or a long, sheer veil with lace edging that matches the fabric of your gown. Looking to infuse a pop of color into your streamlined ensemble? Give a nod to the “something blue” tradition with a pair of baby blue heels or a sapphire pendant. Another thought: Pair a black velvet sash with your gown. It’s a bold accessory that creates a sophisticated contrast and accentuates your waist.

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Wearing stunning chandelier earrings? Skip the big necklace. Choose just one statement accessory you love to avoid overdoing it.

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

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The Iris Garden

LADY OF THE LAKE For a look that’s both polished and fashion forward, top off a classic tulle ball gown with a gauzy, shoulder-baring shrug. Dress, $7,700, Sabrina Dahan, SabrinaDahan .com; earrings, $7,600, EricaCourtney.com

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The Sculpture Garden

WORK OF ART

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

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The Great Bowl

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

Dress, $8,800, Rivini, Rivini.com; engagement ring, $3,700 (not including center stone), SylvieCollection.com; earrings, $11,997, Le Vian, Jared.com; tennis bracelet, $3,000, BlueNile.com

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The Great Bowl

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

Dress, $8,900, Monique Lhuillier at Bridal & Formal, Inc., BridalandFormalInc.com (Cincinnati), La Jeune Mariee LUXE, LaJeuneMariee.com (Columbus); earrings, $925, JenniferBehr.com ON HIM Suit, $549, BlackLapel.com; shirt, $168, tie, $68, Bonobos.com; wedding band, $1,090, BrilliantEarth.com

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

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

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The Allée

ALL AFLUTTER

Butterflies aren’t just a gorgeous way to incorporate nature-inspired details into your wedding look— they also symbolize new beginnings. Dress, $7,590, Romona Keveza, RomonaKeveza .com; engagement ring, $1,780, ParadeDesign .com; earrings, $2,221, AnabelaChan.com

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The Rose Garden

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

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The Rose Garden

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

Dress, $2,995, Marchesa Notte, Marchesa .com; engagement ring, $5,225 (not including center stone), CoastDiamond.com; earrings, $345, OscardelaRenta.com; flower hairpins, $85 each, BijouVanNess.com; shoes, $540, SophiaWebster.com ON HIM Suit, $549, BlackLapel.com; shirt, $168, tie, $85, Bonobos.com

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The Croquet Court

HAUTEHOUSE FLOWERS

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

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The Terrace Garden

HIDE AND CHIC

Channel the celebratory vibe of your nuptials with a feathery gown and bedazzled bandeau veil. After all, it doesn’t get more festive than wispy plumes and head-to-toe shimmer. Dress, price upon request, Mira Zwillinger, MiraZwillinger.com; veil, $995, LivHart.com; ON HIM Suit, $549, BlackLapel.com; shirt, $168, tie, $68, Bonobos.com; bunny ears, stylist’s own

SPECIAL THANKS TO

Ladew Topiary Gardens Planning your own extraordinary outdoor nuptials? Consider Ladew Topiary Gardens, located near Baltimore. Established in the 1930s by huntsman and socialite Harvey S. Ladew, the sprawling 22-acre grounds feature over 100 larger-than-life topiaries, which serve as centerpieces for a series of formal garden “rooms.” Named “The Most Outstanding Topiary Garden in America” by the Garden Club of America, Ladew’s stunning greens host around 40,000 visitors per year. FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT LadewGardens.com

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the ultimate ring guide

Your engagement ring should be a reflection of your personal style. Here, everything you need to know about choosing the right one for you. >> BY SHELLEY BROWN

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There are several basic shapes to choose from. The eight most popular are: round, oval, pear, marquise, princess, emerald and cushion. It’s easy to confuse the two, but it should be noted that the term “diamond cut” does not refer to its shape. While you must cut a diamond to make a shape, the shape is essentially the overall geometry or form of the diamond (round, square and so on), and the cut of a diamond refers to how its facets and proportions affect how it interacts with light—the things that give diamonds their brilliance, fire and scintillation (read: sparkle).

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Round Often referred to as brilliant or as RBC (round brilliant cut) round diamonds are far and away the most popular shape for engagement rings, accounting for 52 percent of all diamonds sold, according to The Knot 2017 Jewelry and Engagement Study. Perfected by Polish diamond cutter Marcel Tolkowsky in 1919, round diamonds are cone shaped and have 58 facets (as opposed to the 17 facets of the original brilliant cut stones), which causes light to bounce from the bottom of the diamond back through the top. This maximizes the reflection of light, giving you the most sparkle for your buck. Oval Similar to round, oval diamonds have a remarkable brilliance. Even and symmetrical, this shape is popular as a solitaire among those with smaller hands or shorter fingers, because the oval’s elongated shape gives the illusion of length to the hand, resulting in slender-looking fingers. But the oval is also often surrounded by a halo of diamonds or flanked by side stones, whether smaller diamonds, sapphires, emeralds or other gems, appealing to a wide range of tastes. Originally developed in the 1950s, this edgier take on the traditional round diamond has since garnered cool-girl appeal and is steadily rising in popularity, appearing on the fingers of celebrities like Blake Lively, Salma Hayek and Behati Prinsloo. Pear Mixing the best qualities of the marquise and the round diamond, this haute hybrid resembles a twinkling teardrop with a tapered point on one end. Popular for pendants and earrings, the pear shape is also an excellent choice for engagement rings and can be fatter or more elongated, depending on your preference. When selecting a pear, look for one with properly curved sides that aren’t too boxy. Because of its unbalanced shape, pears are usually set in a tapered solitaire setting or with an elaborate diamond halo. Though it can be worn either way, the most common way to wear a pear is to have the tip of the diamond pointing toward your fingernail.

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Marquise Legend has it that this cut was invented during the 18th-century reign of Louis XIV of France, purportedly named for his mistress, the Marquise de Pompadour, and inspired by the perfect shape of her smile. The tapered cut, essentially an oval with rounded sides and points at each end, is distinctive and dramatic. Modern versions often have a hexagon-shaped surface with facets on the top and bottom to reflect light. Since it has one of the largest surface areas of any diamond shape, this clever cut can also look larger than it actually is. It’s not uncommon to see marquise set east to west (where the stone rests horizontally across your fingers instead of vertically), putting an unexpected twist on this time-honored shape. Princess The year was 1961: London was swinging, and jewelry designer Arpad Nagy was inventing the princess, a square-shaped diamond with an array of intricate facets (anywhere from 49 to 144, depending on the diamond’s size). More facets mean more sparkle on this square or rectangular stone with pointed corners. Because the additional facets add brilliance and increase the diamond’s inherent sparkle, flaws may be less noticeable. Princess diamonds are also one of the least expensive diamond shapes to create, and work with a variety of settings. For a less traditional take on this cut, consider a setting that places the princess diamond at a 45-degree angle. Emerald If you’re all about glamour (think: the preferred diamond shape of Beyoncé, Angelina Jolie and Amal Clooney), this is your diamond. A rectangular shape with long, lean facets extending down the sides, it’s the large table (the flat part on top) that shows off the rock’s clarity better than any other shape, creating a hall of mirrors effect. What it lacks in brilliance, it more than makes up for in undeniable quiet elegance and subtle sparkle. Created in the art deco period, the emerald boasts long, glamorous lines and a rectangular shape with cut corners that resemble stair steps (it’s often called a step cut), and its name is a nod to the most popular shape for emeralds in the 1920s. Cushion Once referred to as the old mine cut or the pillow cut, cushions look like a rectangle with rounded corners and have larger facets to increase their brilliance (note that cushions aren’t as easily executed on smaller stones). One of the most popular diamond shapes a century ago, cushion cuts hark back to an era of romance and elegance, and are perfect for those who care about fire. This cut also really retains and enhances a stone’s color, making it a popular choice for engagement rings with colorful diamonds and gemstones. >>

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Ring metals Whether you decide to go romantic with rose gold or classic with platinum, get to know your options with this ring metals rundown. PLATINUM A rare, natural white metal known for its strength and purity— platinum is usually 95 percent pure. Platinum’s density makes it extremely durable, meaning it will keep your center stone protected and secure. It’s also naturally hypoallergenic, so it won’t irritate sensitive skin. When platinum scratches (all metals do), there is 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. Emerald cut

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JANUARY

Garnet

JULY

Ruby

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In its purest form (24k), this naturally soft, vibrant yellow metal is usually combined with different base metal alloys for added strength and durability. The yellow gold available to consumers is usually 70 to 75 percent pure. The result is jewelry available in a rainbow of colors, including white, green and pink (see below). Though 61 percent of brides have white gold engagement rings, yellow gold has become steadily more popular in recent years. RoyalT engagement ring, $3,990 (not

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gold when the surface is plated with rhodium. It’s also more widely available, and therefore less expensive, than some other metal options like platinum, and the various added alloys mean you can personalize your hue. If you opt for this metal, keep in mind you may need to have your ring replated in the future. The white rhodium coating may eventually wear away and return to its original color. Oval engagement ring, $2,530 (not including center stone),

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ROSE GOLD Also known as pink gold, this

blush-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 especially attractive aspects is its underlying meaning. While white gold represents friendship and yellow gold means fidelity, rose gold represents love. Plus, it’s durable and universally flattering against all skin tones. Rose gold engagement ring, $4,550, (not including center stone), KirkKara.com >>

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Ring settings Once you’ve chosen a stone for your engagement ring, then the fun really starts: choosing the setting. Although the stone can account for up to 90 percent of the cost of the ring, the setting is what defines its look as well as showcases and protects the center stone.

Prong This most common type of engagement ring setting involves three to six “claws” that hold a stone firmly in a metal “head” or “basket.” Prongs can be pointed, rounded, flat or V-shaped and act as pockets for a square stone’s corners. When deciding on the number of prongs, know that four prongs show more of the diamond, while six prongs are more secure but can overwhelm a small stone. If you have a heart-, marquise- or pear-shaped stone, be sure its points are cradled in a V-shaped prong for protection. Solitaire engagement ring, $1,770 (not including center stone), Ritani.com

Pavé The French word for “paved,” a pavé setting (pronounced “pah-vay”) involves three or more rows of several small stones fitted into holes that set them level with the surface of the ring. Surrounding metal—white gold or platinum for white stones, so it’s unnoticeable—is then raised to form beads that secure the gems. The setting can be flat or domed. One of the trendiest uses of pavé diamonds is the halo setting, where a ring of diamonds (or two!) surrounds the center stone. Old Mine Cut engagement ring, $17,495, MarkBroumand.com

Bezel A metal rim with edges fully or partially surrounding the perimeter of the stone. A bezel setting will protect a stone’s girdle from being nicked or chipped, as well as conceal any preexisting nicks or chips. A yellow gold version of this modern setting will cast yellow light onto the center stone, enhancing the hues of colorful stones like emeralds. Luna engagement

Tension A design in which the compression-spring pressure of the shank holds the stone firmly in place. The minimal interference of metal on this übermodern setting can give the impression that the stone is floating. Only extremely hard stones such as diamonds, sapphires and rubies can withstand the required pressure. Voltaggio tension

Channel Popular for wedding bands, this timeless setting sandwiches a row of accent stones—with no prongs separating them—between two grooved, horizontal channels that hold them in place. Vintage channel set engagement ring,

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the 4 c’s A quick guide to determining a diamond’s value.

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

Color

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

Clarity

A flawless diamond is extremely rare. The fewer impurities or inclusions a diamond has, the clearer and more expensive it is. Inclusions occur when the diamond crystallizes under pressure in the Earth’s mantle. Similar to color, the clarity of a diamond is measured on a scale. Diamonds graded in the SI1 and SI2 range are slightly included but their imperfections are invisible to the naked eye.

Carat

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

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

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

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

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

Symbolism

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

Season

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

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

VIP preferences

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

Holidays

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

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

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

Mind Mother Nature

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Driftwood

Sea fan coral

Linen

Pampas grass

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

Shells

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photographer

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

Videographer

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

Band or DJ

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

Florist

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

Catering team

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

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A videographer is an often-overlooked—and incredibly important— part of your wedding day. Here’s what to know before you book. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APHY BY ONELOVE PHOTOGR APHY

You’ve probably budgeted for a photographer, but if you’re not also setting aside funds for a videographer, you could be doing yourself a disservice. The chance to look back on a professional video of your day and easily recall the emotion in your partner’s voice as they read their vows or the laughter of friends during speeches is irreplaceable. Make hiring a quality videographer just as big of a priority as a photography team and you’ll reap the benefits from your first anniversary to your 50th. Here’s what to keep in mind. >>

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Decide your vibe Just like with photography, there are many different styles, techniques and mediums of videography to consider when selecting the pro or company to hire. You’ll likely want the style of your wedding video to be in harmony with the style of photography you choose, so keep in mind that a grainy, retro Super 8 film might not be the right match alongside super-modern, artsy photography. Past that, consider what type of films you and your partner typically enjoy watching. Are you drawn to a more cinematic, movie-esque telling of your day, or would you rather it be shot more documentary style? Settling first on a film “tone” will ensure you seek out the right pro to get your desired end result.

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Do your research You want to make sure you’re choosing from the most seasoned, talented vendors that fall within your budget. Browse online for pros in your area (visit TheKnot.com/marketplace for a selection of our favorites), then narrow it down to your top five contenders. Spend an afternoon researching their past work, watching videos they’ve completed for other couples on sites like Vimeo or Love Stories TV, and reading reviews past clients have left. Once you have one or two clear favorites, reach out to them and ask a few basic get-to-know-you questions, like how long they’ve been in the business and how they would describe the style of their work. If you find yourself tearing up at a random couple’s wedding video or losing hours binge-watching flicks on a company’s site, you’re probably on the right track to finding your pro.

Make sure the mix works Your videographer will be working very closely with your photographer day of (oftentimes capturing the same intimate moments), so it’s important to feel out if the two of them are a good fit. Inquire as to whether they’ve worked together before, and if they haven’t, offer to make the introduction so they can get acquainted before your wedding. The photographer and videographer can talk through their typical work flow and how they like to shoot, so you’ll be less likely to get a lot of photographs with a videographer in the background (or vice versa). Another thing to consider? Where you’ll be tying the knot. It’s always beneficial to partner with a pro who has done weddings or events at your location before. That way, they’ll be in the know on the prettiest backdrops, as well as any lighting quirks and potential issues that may arise throughout the day. If they’re new to the space, introduce them to your on-site coordinator or planner so they can walk through the venue before your wedding day. The more in sync everyone is, the smoother the day will go.

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Choose the right package for your needs Chances are your videographer offers a variety of packages, ranging from different hourly rates to multiple shooters on the day of. Narrow in on your needs by first deciding how much of your day you want filmed. Do you want someone there catching you and your wedding party getting ready and toasting with mimosas, or do you only feel strongly about capturing footage from the ceremony and reception? Once you have a general timeline nailed down (your pro can help you finesse it a bit more), think about how many eyes you want on your event. One videographer will get the job done, but a team of two can capture the perspective of the main event and the reactions of loved ones, like your partner’s face as you walk down the aisle or your mom’s smile during the father-daughter dance. Lastly, you should factor in how long of an end product you want. Something short and sweet, like a wedding day highlights reel, uses a lot less footage (and therefore requires a lot less time spent filming and editing in post-production) than a one- to two-hour detailed recap of the day would. Ask your videographer what video length and editing each package includes, and base your decision on what suits your needs best. >>

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Make a list of can’t-miss moments

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Leading up to your wedding day, sit down with your partner and write out a list of 5 to 10 moments that you feel your videographer just has to capture, as well as any surprises you’re planning for guests (they’ll want to have their camera ready when you drop confetti onto the dance floor). If you have large families with a lot of VIPs, you can also provide your videographer (as well as your photographer) with a rundown of who’s who at the party. They’ll know to shoot the wedding party getting down on the dance floor, but make sure they take footage of your cousins too.

A lot of the magic of wedding videos happens in post-production, where they piece together all the best moments from your day and pair them with music, voice-overs or special effects. Pros will often shoot with a video layout or specific shots already in mind, so to ensure you get the product you want, speak up before your event. Not into special effects? Totally fine. Want the video set to your first dance song? See if they can license it ahead of time. Lastly, ask what format you’ll get your video in. If receiving a DVD, USB drive or password protecting the video online is important to you, say so.

4 wedding tasks you should hire out You may want to be involved, but don’t try to take on these stressful tasks.

Centerpieces

A stunning centerpiece can set the mood for your day, so it’s not a place to skimp or DIY. With the help of a florist or planner, you can find a budget-friendly solution (whether that’s fewer flowers and more greens or just a bunch of succulents) that will still wow your guests. Bonus: You won’t have to worry about setting up or keeping it fresh the day of.

Catering

Catering a large-scale party is a huge undertaking, even for a culinary whiz. You’ll be hard-pressed to get enough food together for a hundred people and keep it hot, not to mention the fact that you have to also get married. Caterers are trained to make it happen, plus they have the support staff and equipment to serve you and your guests in a timely manner.

Music

It’s tempting to rock out to your favorite tunes on an iPod, but it’s not quite that simple. You’ll be limited to only your music taste (not what everyone else will like) and you likely won’t have the gear to make it loud enough for a party. Music pros are trained to read the dance floor. They can speed it up or slow it down so your guests are dancing throughout the night.

Photography

Photographs are one of the few tangible things you’ll have to remember your wedding by. Loved ones may promise to snap every moment, but what happens if they get distracted or have a camera malfunction? If it’s important for you to have high-quality images and hundreds of great shots, hire a pro. You’ll be glad you did when you get a picture-perfect album.

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

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

Is your caterer legit?

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

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

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

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Carly Ziemer is the director of sales for Two Caterers in Columbus, specializing in weddings and other events. She organizes more than 400 events for clients each year.

Stations are huge this year. Couples are getting creative and really want food with an experience, like build-your-own gyros or a farm-fresh salad station. It’s a great way to keep the party going.

Our clients want an experience, and I’m a big fan of pairing your food with a cocktail. Serve sliders alongside boozy ice cream floats, or team mini tacos with freshly squeezed margaritas.

Any menu that creatively reflects a couple and their life together is always a hit. Past that, keep it fun and interactive for your guests—they like to be involved and should walk away thinking, “Wow.”

One of the first things I ask couples is what their favorite foods are. We had a groom who loved meat loaf, so we upgraded it with a brioche bun and house-made ketchup. It was a delicious hit!

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

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

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

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

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Family style

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

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

European family style

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

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

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

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the road to “I do” Go from aisle to reception with ease on your wedding day. Our top transportation tips will have you and your wedding party riding in style. Plus: fun ways to rethink your grand exit. >> BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APH BY SYLVIE GIL PHOTOGR APHY

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When it comes to wedding day transportation, getting to the church on time is only half the battle. There are also contracts, guests needs and, yes, even aesthetics, for you to consider before booking. Ensure your day-of ride is safe, streamlined and super stylish with these important to-dos.

Book ahead of time Really ahead of time—we mean it. Transportation may not be your top priority going into wedding planning, but move it up the list. Depending on the season, a lot of the best rides can book up early, so if you have your heart set on a gorgeous old-school trolley or vintage Rolls-Royce, you should inquire ASAP (between six to nine months before your wedding day is the sweet spot, no matter what you want to rent). First figure out your ceremony and reception sites, as well as any special photo locations, so you can give the transportation company an idea of the exact routes and timing you’ll need for the most accurate price quote.

Make a list of who you’re transporting The size and number of vehicles you choose will largely depend on how many people need transportation. As a rule of thumb, you should plan on providing a ride for the entire wedding party (groomsmen, bridesmaids, and flower girls and ring bearers and their parents, if necessary), as well as your and your partner’s parents, your photographer and possibly your officiant. It’s also important to consider your specific needs. If you and your partner decide to forgo a first look and plan on traveling separately to the ceremony with your respective wedding parties, you’ll need two vehicles instead of the usual party bus for everyone. Likewise, if you two are planning to shoot couples portraits around town postceremony, you’ll need a car for you three and a way to get your wedding party to the reception in the meantime. To guarantee everything goes smoothly day of, make a call sheet to pass out to your drivers, with addresses and directions, timing, a role call of everyone expected in the vehicle and emergency numbers.

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Think beyond the limo While transportation is a practical matter, it can also be an added layer of personalization for your wedding day. Think of it as a fun opportunity to nod to your wedding theme, location or love story. Did your first date include a pedicab ride around New York City’s Central Park? Find a charming rickshaw to take you from your ceremony to your reception. Throwing a boho backyard bash? Rent out a Volkswagen van for a wow-worthy entrance, then keep it on premises to double as a fun photo booth backdrop. With so many out-of-the-box options available to rent, there’s no need to settle for a traditional choice if that’s not a match for your personalities.

Time it right Keep the day running seamlessly by padding your schedule with an extra 20 to 30 minutes of transportation time when going to and from your ceremony or reception venues. Events beyond your control (traffic, road work or even an accident) can happen, so having that extra bit of wiggle room already built into your day will make it less likely that you’ll end up with a delayed ceremony or an officiant who is running late. Another thing to consider? Working around the arrival of your guests. If you’re the type who wants to remain hidden away until your walk down the aisle, you’ll want to be extra careful about coordinating your arrival to your ceremony spot around when your partner and your guests get there. Ask ahead of time if there’s an alternative entrance you can use to sneak in, or arrange transportation schedules so you’re at least 20 minutes ahead of all your guests and your partner. >>

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Aim to book your wedding day transportation between six and nine months beforehand—more if you’re getting married during busy season.

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insta worthy Now is the perfect time to consider your getaway style, so book something fun and photo-ready, like a retro convertible, sailboat or carriage.

Don’t forget about your guests

The moments you spend traveling to your “I dos” or the reception will be one of the few spots of calm in an otherwise jam-packed wedding day. Savor the time alongside your friends or make the most of a one-on-one moment with your new spouse by preparing ahead of time with a few essentials. Champagne flutes and some bubbly are musts for toasting on your way to and from the altar, while a care package of tissues, aspirin, Band-Aids, a quick snack, stain remover stick and bobby pins is also good to have on hand. Task a savvy bridesmaid with compiling a playlist of upbeat, fun tunes that’ll be perfect to set the mood and alleviate any lastminute nerves. You can also bring along decorations—just check with your rental company before decking out the interior or exterior of your vehicle so you don’t accrue any damage fees.

Say farewell in style Now is the perfect time to consider your grand getaway as a married duo. Leave a lasting impression for your guests by exiting your wedding reception in Insta-worthy fashion on a cute bicycle built for two, speeding away in a retro red convertible or sailing into the sunset (literally!) aboard a vintage boat. It’ll make for a great photo-op and seal the deal on a wedding to remember.

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Make it a ride to remember

Unless you’re hosting your ceremony and reception in the same place all of your guests will be staying, chances are you’ll have to factor guest transportation into the day-of game plan. If you’ve reserved a block of rooms at a specific hotel, arrange to have transportation (like a charter bus, which can hold over 50 passengers) leave from there preceremony, that way guests who are staying elsewhere or live local can meet in the parking lot to catch a ride. It’s important to offer transportation post-reception, too (especially if guests have been drinking), as well as offer up the numbers to local cab companies. Allow guests to board the shuttle at least a half hour before your night officially ends—early birds can get a prime seat on the way back, while guests who aren’t quite ready to leave the dance floor yet can catch the next bus out.

how to hang postreception After the party comes the after-party. Keep the fun going with these quick tips.

Keep it casual

Leave the wedding day formality behind with a chill after-hours shindig. Choose a low-key bar or lounge area to relax and catch up with loved ones over a few cocktails.

Spread the word

It’s important for guests to know that they’re welcome at the afterparty. Include the info on your wedding website or have your DJ announce the continued festivities.

Serve some eats

Ensure no one goes hungry by serving up a few quintessential bar foods like wings, fries and grilled cheese. Or order a slew of pizzas for your friends and family to enjoy.

Set the mood

This is the perfect time to play DJ. Break out your best playlists and ask your after-party venue to hook up your phone to speakers. Keep the tunes fun and dance-y.

Pay the tab

You’ve already treated your guests to a night of revelry but now’s not the time to cut corners. Let the manager know you’ll be covering the bill, or arrange for an open bar.

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

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

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

Dress like you’re out on a date

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

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

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Create a solid day-of timeline

Be upfront about your expectations

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

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

Plan for the light

Don’t try to control everything

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

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

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party perfect Your wedding is bound to be a blast with smart ways to keep guests mixing, mingling and having fun. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APH BY K ATE EDWARDS WEDDINGS

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

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

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

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Offer icebreakers Help guests get to know one another by incorporating lighthearted, engaging icebreakers into your wedding day. Get as creative as you’d like—from party crackers at each place setting with questions hidden inside to “bride” and “groom” buttons guests can wear to designate whose family they’re representing. Or task a few of your most lively, outgoing friends to act as table ambassadors (this is a great job for ushers and groomsmen). >>

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

Treat them to a cooking class Enroll early arrivers in a cooking class with a favorite local eatery for some midday culinary fun. Friends and family members of all ages will enjoy getting a taste of the local food scene, and a good meal always brings about good conversation.

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

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Arrange a group tour If guests are traveling for your wedding, odds are they’ll want to see the sights while they’re there. Encourage everyone

They can move from table to table ensuring everyone has met one another and is having a ball. The goal: Make conversation and camaraderie easy to come by for a reception that will have everyone feeling appreciated and included.

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

get familiar Make conversation and camaraderie easy to come by for a reception that will have everyone feeling appreciated and included.

to play tourist with a guided tour to some of the area’s best landmarks. Whether it’s a coastal boat trip, a bike ride or a walking tour, the experience will leave them loving your destination city as much as you do.

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

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

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

Get social When in doubt, let social media do the mingling work for you. There are a slew of new apps that are dedicated to helping wedding guests get to know one another and enjoy their evening. Guesterly helps you create a completely customized photo guide of all your guests, which you can then supply printed or digitally for the ultimate who’s who party roster. The process is fairly easy; guests receive a link to a questionnaire they complete before the event. Each mention in the lookbook includes a photo, a bio and some details on each person, so everyone feels welcome and instantly involved. Have a lot of single friends coming to your celebration? Try out SinglesTable, which aims to play Cupid ahead of your “I dos” by giving unhitched friends a place to mix and mingle virtually before they meet IRL on the dance floor. Create a profile at SinglesTable.co, and share the private code with guests on your wedding website. They can download the app, view profiles and chat up fellow attendees before your wedding. Who knows—they could be the next ones to walk down the aisle. F I N D M O R E E N T E RTA I N M E N T O PT I O N S AT TheKnot.com/marketplace

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a true-to-you “I do” Bring new life to traditional ceremony elements with these fresh ideas. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APH BY ABBY JIU PHOTOGR APHY

You’re probably teeming with ways to personalize every inch of your wedding reception, but if you haven’t given much thought to doing the same for your ceremony, you should. There’s a slew of inspiration that ups the fun and will make it a ceremony to remember. >>

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Commission a jaw-dropping backdrop

Start your marriage with a bang

You’ll already be the center of attention at the altar, but make the moment even more powerful by saying your vows in front of a wow-worthy backdrop. Forgo the traditional arch or urns in place of a floral wall display or modern painting behind you and your partner. Ask your planner to choose an idea that speaks to the personality of your wedding (like a macramé hanging for a boho bash). Or, have a visual artist create something unique for you to hang in your home afterward as a sweet reminder of the day.

Or a boom, or a spray of confetti. Couples are going the extra mile when it comes to recognizing the moment they’re pronounced officially wed. Ring in newlywed life just like you’d ring in the New Year by arranging for confetti cannons, colorful smoke “bombs” or fireworks to go off when you seal your union with a kiss. Or, involve guests by putting poppers at each seat for them to erupt when you smooch. A bit over the top? Sure! But if there’s ever a time to be beaming beneath rainbow-hued confetti, this is it. >>

5 old-school traditions you can skip Reinvent the wheel by saying “no” to some of these old stand-bys.

Rock whatever you want. For your wedding day attire, anything goes for you and your partner— from a traditional ivory gown to a retro short dress, slinky sheath or a black pantsuit. Make it colorful or make it casual—as long as you feel fabulous in your outfit.

A two-color palette

Your wedding can have as many (or as few) colors as you want. The trick is to make sure they work together by using multiple neutrals or colors in the same family of shades (think: a trio of warm hues like pink, orange and yellow, or a quiet palette of white, cream and blush).

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You don’t have to confine your list of VIPs to your female friends (and vice versa for grooms), so feel free to have a bridesman or a groomswoman. Coordinate their looks with the rest of the party with accessories like a colorful bow tie or sash.

Staying apart A long white veil until you say “I do” You don’t have to wear a This superstition has long been proven false, so there’s nothing stopping you if you want to do a first-look photo shoot to free up more time after the ceremony so you can enjoy your cocktail hour. (Bonus: It can also help prewedding jitters.)

long white veil—or any veil at all. Break away from the standard tulle headpiece by swapping it with a chic jeweled headband, romantic flower crown or sparkly hair clips. Or you could just leave your hair down with nothing in it at all (you rebel, you).

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Have a nighttime ceremony Up the romance factor of your wedding day by structuring your timeline so you say “I do” after the sun goes down. It may take a bit of logistical rearranging (for instance, you may want to do your cocktail hour first, followed by your ceremony and your reception), but we can’t think of anything sweeter than reciting your vows in a candlelit room or under a starry sky, surrounded by loved ones. A nighttime ceremony is especially apt if you’re hoping to lend a moodier overall vibe to your wedding day. Luxe accents like rich velvet, inky black bridesmaid dresses and gorgeous burgundy florals will be right at home at dusk. Swoon!

sweet surprise Task a few honored attendees with choosing readings that remind them of you as a couple, and allow yourself to be surprised by them when they share them aloud on your wedding day.

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For couples not abiding by a religious ceremony structure and text, the possibilities for personalization through your reading selection are endless. In the months leading up to your wedding, be on the lookout for passages, verses or poems that speak to you as a couple. If you have a poem or set of song lyrics you love, consider asking a friend to recite them at the ceremony for you. Or, task a few honored attendees with choosing readings that remind them of you as a couple and allow yourself to be surprised by them (and caught up in the moment) on your wedding day.

Serve preceremony cocktails Kick your wedding day off right by passing out preceremony sips for your guests to enjoy while they await your big reveal. This is a great place to introduce your signature cocktail for the evening, or speak to your reception’s overall vibe with a pick that’s indicative of what’s to come (like mini wine flights at a vineyard or a selection of boozy lemonades to hint at the casual southern BBQ you have planned for the reception meal). You could also keep it classic and greet guests with mini bottles of champagne or prosecco. Tie cute paper straws and a tag onto each bottle, instructing guests to pop the cork when you kiss. Then have waitstaff pass out the bubbly in preparation for the big moment. >>

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Do a guest processional

Savvy couples are moving beyond the traditional two-sided aisle setup to layouts that feel more intimate. Just because you come from two families doesn’t mean you need your guests to sit on separate sides. Encourage mixing and mingling by arranging seating in an arch or semicircle, with the altar centered in the middle. It creates more “front row” seating and fosters a warm environment that will leave you and your partner feeling the love.

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love language Coming up with words meaningful enough for your vows can be intimidating. Here are a few tricks to help you speak from your heart in the moment.

Read samples

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

Define the details

Decide how you want your vows to come across, both in tone and structure. Do you envision them being funny and lighthearted or poetic and romantic? Talk through the logistics too. Will you write them separately or together? Will they be different or will you include the same promises to each other, like in traditional vows? Finally, will you share them with each other beforehand or keep them secret until the wedding?

Avoid clichés

Borrow from books, spiritual texts and even movies, but don’t let someone else’s words overpower your own. You want your vows to sound like you, and that won’t happen if every word is borrowed from other sources. If you find yourself relying on cliché phrases to get your point across (like “Love is blind”), come up with a specific example from your relationship that has a similar message.

Keep it short

Your vows are important, but that doesn’t mean they should drag on. Pick the most important points and make them. If yours are running longer than two minutes, make some edits. Put some of the more personal or intimate thoughts in a letter to gift to your partner on the morning of your wedding, and save any guest-related topics, like thank-yous or shout-outs, for your toasts later on.

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It’s tradition for the groom, wedding party and then bride and a parent (often her father or a father figure) to walk down the aisle, and if you don’t want to miss out on that classic moment, that’s fine. However, if you’re up for something a bit different, why not turn things on their head and have your guests walk toward you? Mix up the classic entrance by awaiting your guests at the altar, while the guests themselves walk to you and your partner and take their seats. It’s a powerful way to make loved ones feel extraimportant, and you’ll get an up-close look at the happiness on their faces as they see you for the first time and prepare to witness your vows. This is also a great option for same-sex couples that may not identify as much with a traditional processional. If you choose to do a guest processional, make sure to clearly state your intentions in your wedding program and post several in-the-know ushers around the ceremony space to help guests figure out what to do.

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

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

Go all out with a glamette

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

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

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

Decide who is hosting

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

Make the guest list

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

Figure out a date

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

Spread the word

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

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

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Be one of the first to host one of the most important days of your life in one of two freshly renovated modern spaces. Each venue is uniquely different and can comfortably accommodate 200 guests inside. Or, do you picture yourself hosting the big day outside with stunning golf course views? Both courses offer the flexibility to cater to as many guests as you need, while having plenty of interior space to mix and mingle. Whether you choose inside or out—or both—you will fall in love with our distinctive settings.

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Get in touch with nature while camping

Set sail on the open seas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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make it legal 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.

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

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

Cuyahoga County

Fairfield County

Lucas County

Portage County

Wood County

Gallatin County

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

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

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

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

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

Franklin County

Madison County

Preble County

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

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

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

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Greene County

Medina County

Stark County

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

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

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

Miami County

Summit County

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

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

Montgomery County

Union County

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

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

Pickaway County

Warren County

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

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

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

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

Licking County

Delaware County

Lorain County

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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350 N. Aurora Road, Aurora, OH (330) 995-0600 EXT. 215 ebroer@barringtongolf.org Barrington’s staff will create a spectacular setting for your event, whether it is to accommodate small meetings or a large celebratory event. Barrington can accommodate events up to 250 and can offer our spectacular covered and uncovered verandas for wedding ceremonies. capacity 250 | price $$$

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5873 Ludlum Road, Morrow, OH (513) 899-3361 EXT. 125 lora@belwoodcc.com BelWoodCC.com Bel-Wood offers a unique experience for your ceremony and reception. Bel-Wood boasts a wraparound deck overlooking lush greens and mature trees, making it ideal for your outdoor wedding. With a cherry wood bar and walls of both mirrors and windows, Bel-Wood provides the elegance you are looking for. capacity 300 | price $$

the bell event centre

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

the bertram inn & conference center

600 N. Aurora Road, Aurora, OH (877) 995-0200 weddings@thebertraminn.com

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2770 W. Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus, OH (614) 734-4091 catering@brooksidegcc.com BrooksideGCC.com Brookside Golf & Country Club offers unique indoor and outdoor spaces for your ceremony and reception. An on-site coordinator takes care of every detail to ensure that your big day is memorable! capacity 300 | price $$

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

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

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850 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH (216) 621-0082 catering@cityclub.org CityClubCatering.com Recently remodeled, The City Club is a beautiful, modern facility, offering beautiful views, wonderful food, and unmatched service: a great, romantic atmosphere for you and your guests. The City Club is the perfect place for any event, especially wedding receptions and rehearsal dinners. capacity 250 | price $$

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

cleveland museum of art

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

the clock tower

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

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

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4040 Cooper Road, Blue Ash, OH (513) 745-8596 info@coopercreekblueash.com CooperCreekBlueAsh.com An inviting, upscale destination overlooking the scenic Blue Ash Golf Course, accommodating up to 320 guests. Featuring an elegant ballroom, exquisite cuisine and extraordinary atmosphere. It’s the atmosphere that makes the event. It’s the people that make it unforgettable. capacity 320 | price $$$

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

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THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY cont. feet of flexible banquet space is perfect for events up to 300. With three breathtaking chandeliers and outdoor terrace along the Great Miami River, our Marriott Certified Wedding Planners will make sure every detail is handled to perfection. capacity 300 | price $$

cox arboretum

6733 Springboro Pike, Dayton, OH (937) 278-2657 CoxArboretumFoundation.org Cox Arboretum MetroPark is an ideal location for your wedding venue. Whether it is outdoors in the Allée lined by a double row of 100 Kousa Dogwood trees, the Maimon Garden or one of our indoor facilities, a beautiful scenic backdrop will surround you for your special day. capacity 200 | price $$

crowne plaza columbus-dublin

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

different, accommodating 200 guests inside. Or, do you picture yourself hosting the big day outside with stunning golf course views? Enjoy the flexibility to cater to as many guests as you want, while having plenty of interior space to mix and mingle. capacity 400+ | price $$

destinys

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

embassy suites cleveland beachwood

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

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8244 Columbia Rd. SW, Pataskala, OH (740) 964-9336 cdec@trprop.com CumberlandTGC.com This inviting, newly expanded venue is uniquely different, accommodating 200 guests inside. Or, do you picture yourself hosting the big day outside with stunning golf course views? Enjoy the flexibility to cater to as many guests as you want, while having plenty of interior space to mix and mingle. capacity 400+ | price $$

darby house by cameron mitchell premier events

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

delaware golf club

3329 Columbus Pike, Delaware, OH (740) 964-9336 cdec@trprop.com DelawareGolfClub.com This stately, warm, newly renovated venue is uniquely

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gather walden

1119 Aurora Hudson Rd., Aurora, OH (330) 995-7160 | jacqueline@yourwalden.com YourWalden.com At Walden, you’re surrounded by a glorious natural environment, with a choice of superb gathering places. In Walden’s intimate setting, service is especially attentive and delightful menus reflect the spectacular five diamond surroundings. capacity 300 | price $$$

glenmoor country club

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

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bride’s garden, the rustic yet elegant Wells Barn and the newly updated Grand Atrium.

the exchange at bridge park

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

executive caterers

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

franklin park conservatory

1777 East Broad Street, Columbus, OH (614) 715-8100 eventsales@fpconservatory.org FPConservatory.org Indoor and outdoor venue options are offered: the lush Victorian-era Palm House with a terrace overlooking gardens, The Veridian with its lovely, intimate outdoor

glidden house

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

the grand event center

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

granville inn

314 East Broadway, Granville, OH (740) 587-3333 GranvilleInn.com Fall in love with the beauty of our historic inn and picturesque setting. We offer a grand ballroom, superior dining options and luxurious guestrooms for an allinclusive experience. Guests will love staying where your wedding is hosted, and you’ll love the opportunity to spend more time together. capacity 130 | price $$$

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great american ball park

Cincinnati, OH (513) 765-7237 mbrutz@reds.com Reds.com/wedding For a once-in-a-lifetime event like your wedding, you deserve the best. Great American Ball Park invites you to have the wedding of your dreams by hosting your ceremony and reception at the home of the Reds. capacity 400+ | price $$

great wolf lodge cincinnati/mason

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

heritage club

6690 Heritage Club Dr., Mason, OH (513) 459-7711 HeritageClub.com Heritage Club is a traditional setting complete with panoramic views of our P.B. Dye Champion Golf Course. Our special event staff will entertain your guests with personalized service and unlimited options.

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heritage golf club

3525 Heritage Club Drive, Hilliard, OH (614) 684-7112 lindsey.niederlander@clubcorp.com HeritageGC.com We offer a great place to hold a wedding reception, rehearsal dinner or bridal shower. We have a spectacular view of our golf course and lakes, and you do not need to be a member to reserve banquet space. Enjoy excellent cuisine and service for your event. capacity 250 | price $$

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

CameronMitchellPremierEvents.com The Ivory Room by Cameron Mitchell Premier Events is an urban space with spectacular views of the city and the Scioto and Olentangy Rivers. The oversized room with soaring window walls may be customized for a variety of creatively styled events and may accommodate up to 300 guests. capacity 300 | price $$$

hocking hills wedding chapel

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

ivy hills country club

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

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7701 Reynolds Road, Mentor, OH (440) 951-7333 HolidayInn.com/mentoroh We offer something for every couple. Each package includes a complimentary bridal suite, hospitality room and your very own wedding specialist to assist you with all of the details. Let the Holiday Inn make your memorable day worry free. Please call our Sales Department today to schedule an appointment. capacity 300 | price $$

hotel covington

(859) 905-6600 sales@hotelcovington.com HotelCovington.com Today, the Hotel Covington stands as a testament to high stakes, high fashion and high ambition. You can feel it in all 114 guestrooms, unique restaurants, intimate lounge spaces and outdoor courtyards. With vintage touches and modern tailoring, the Hotel Covington sings in style, character and comfort. capacity 300 | price $$$

jack cincinnati casino

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

jefferson country club

7271 Jefferson Meadows Drive, Blacklick, OH (614) 759-7500 bdonovan@jeffersoncountryclub.com JeffersonCountryClub.com A dream come true. Each wedding is as unique as each bride. Let Jefferson’s professional staff customize every detail so your dreams become reality. We invite you to plan your shower, rehearsal dinner, ceremony or reception at Columbus’ premier private catering and event facility. capacity 400 | price $$

hilton columbus downtown

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

intercontinental cleveland

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

8700 Lyra Dr., Columbus, OH (614) 885-1600

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5851 E. Walnut Street, Westerville, OH (614) 855-2697 info@jorgensen-farms.com Jorgensen-Farms.com Choose from one of two unique venues: the charming elegance of our Historic Barn or our stunning Oak Grove Cottage and Greenhouse. Both sit on our 100acre organic farm, offering different styles in a beautiful farm setting. capacity 300 | price $$

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the ivory room by cameron mitchell premier events 2 Miranova Place, Columbus, OH (614) 221-2347

juniper

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

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for the Unique Couple If you are looking for an unconventional contemporary venue that is located on one of the most prestigious corners in downtown Cincinnati, look no further than The Contemporary Arts Center. Your wedding will be enhanced by wall-to-wall windows, separate lighted dance space with adjacent lounge, the ability to choose your very own outside caterer, private set-up and preparation rooms for the bride and groom, an onsite officiant, a venue where children will have their very own activities, but, most importantly, you will have your very own wedding coordinator who will work with you from your planning LOIS & RICHARD ROSENTHAL CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART 44 EAST SIXTH STREET, CINCINNATI, OHIO 45202 • (513) 345-8415

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The perfect location for your wedding reception, with beautiful outdoor gardens available for your wedding photographs or on-site ceremony. 3442 Stoney Ridge Road Avon, OH 44011 440-934-4553

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THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY cont. info@juniperrooftop.com Juniper is downtown Columbus’ first rooftop restaurant, gin bar and event space. Juniper offers an unrivaled experience of the Columbus skyline and night sky with its panoramic glass rooftop. capacity 300 | price $$$

kelton house

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

la scala

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

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lake forest country club

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

the lakes golf and country club

6740 Worthington Road, Westerville, OH (614) 882-2582 alison@lakesclub.com LakesClub.com Spectacular views, exceptional service, and quality food and beverage create the perfect day for your guests and yourselves. Let us help you plan a day as special as your relationship, while creating memories to last a lifetime. capacity 250 | price $$

LaMalfa.com LaMalfa Banquet Centre has been recognized as the premier event planner in northeast Ohio for over 50 years! We are a newly remodeled facility with an indoor chapel and an attached hotel. We are able to cater to large celebrations, as well as intimate receptions. Let us make your dreams a reality. capacity 900 | price $$

landerhaven

6111 Landerhaven Drive, Mayfield Heights, OH (440) 449-0700 info@landerhaven.com Landerhaven.com Whether you’re hosting an intimate affair or a grand reception, this scenic venue with in-house catering, floral design, wedding décor and audiovisual technology included among exquisite ballrooms and an enchanting landscape will bring the wedding of your dreams to life. capacity 1,200 | price $$$

the madison event center

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

the makoy center

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

the medallion club

5000 Club Dr., Westerville, OH (614) 794-6999 MedallionClub.com Picturesque views. A spectacular setting. Warm, friendly, professional service. The Medallion Club’s banquet rooms are perfectly designed to accommodate any event, from a small corporate meeting to a lavish wedding reception. Our 27-hole Nicklaus II Signature Golf Course creates the ideal backdrop. capacity 300 | price $$

lamalfa banquet centre 5783 Heisley Road, Mentor, OH (440) 357-9333 weddings@lamalfa.com

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nationwide hotel and conference center (614) 880-4169

bwright@nationwidehcc.com From the first kiss to the last dance, all we do is everything! Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center is the premier wedding destination in Columbus, offering every possible luxury and convenience on one stunning 15-acre park-like setting to host the wedding of your dreams. capacity 400+ | price $$$

newport syndicate

18 East Fifth St., Newport, KY (859) 491-8000 NewportSyndicate.com Whether you’re looking for a rehearsal dinner for 20-50 guests or a wedding reception for 100-400 guests, we have a space for you. Come see why we’ve been so successful for over 22 years. capacity 400+ | price $$

norlyn manor

4440 St. Route 132, Batavia Township, OH (513) 732-9500 lynne@norlynmanor.com NorlynManor.com Norlyn Manor, with its imported marble, chandeliers and architecturally unique styling, lends a European flavor to all receptions. Designed specifically for weddings, the gazebo is among one of our most popular features. We pride ourselves on quality, service, and customer satisfaction. capacity 400+ | price $$

northstar golf club

1150 Wilson Rd., Sunbury, OH (740) 524-4653 ayoder@thenorthstargolfclub.com TheNorthStarGolfClub.com The ideal location for your ceremony and reception is just minutes north of the Polaris Mall. We offer you a truly unique setting with a perfect atmosphere highlighted by a panoramic view of our lake and golf course. NorthStar is sure to make a lasting impression on you and your guests. capacity 200 | price $$

oasis conference center

902 Loveland-Miamiville Road, Loveland, OH (513) 583-8383 dos.oasis@vintagegp.com OasisConferenceCenter.com Situated in a spectacular Arnold Palmer–designed golf course, Oasis Conference Center offers a unique wedding or rehearsal dinner location. Oasis offers indoor and outdoor ceremonies and indoor receptions. capacity 400+ | price $$

old stone church

91 Public Square, Cleveland, OH (216) 241-6145 EXT. 119 weddings@oldstonechurch.org OldStoneChurch.org Old Stone Church welcomes all couples to celebrate

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THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY cont. their marriage in our historic sanctuary. Weddings here are occasions of both joy and reverence—joy in the love and happiness that the couple have found, and reverence because of the commitment they have made in their vows under the grace of God. capacity 600 | price $$

the oscar event center

5440 Dixie Highway, Suite E, Fairfield, OH (513) 674-6055 JungleJims.com/oscareventcenter The stage is set for your event. Whether you’re having a wedding ceremony and reception, celebrating an anniversary or having a corporate meeting or get-together, The Oscar Event Center is a perfect fit for any occasion. capacity 400 | price $$

paul brown stadium

2 Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH (513) 455-4830 rachel.geiger@bengals.nfl.net Bengals.com/events Hosts extraordinaire! With a 62’ window wall showcasing a spectacular view, the no wait 45’ bar and our delectable on-site catering that can tailor any menu to fit your needs, your wedding is guaranteed to be unforgettable for you and your guests. capacity 400+ | price $$$

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the phoenix

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

venue design to creative catering menus and special rates on accommodations for your guests. Let our wedding specialists bring your dream to life! capacity 400 | price $$

rolling meadows ranch

421 N. Waynesville Road, Lebanon, OH (513) 659-0476 rollingmeadowsranch@hotmail.com RollingMeadowsRanch.com We are proud to be Lebanon, Ohio’s newest venue. Nestled on 40 gorgeous acres, we bring you the ultimate wedding experience. Pairing romantic elegance with rustic class, and offering a seating capacity of 325, we are confident that you will enjoy our spacious, upscale barn for your dream wedding. capacity 325 | price $$$

the savannah center at chappell crossing

5533 Chappell Crossing Blvd., West Chester, OH (513) 860-4142 SavannahCenter.com Elegant upscale event destination, featuring luxury bridal suites, groom’s parlors, picturesque gardens, lake and gazebo along with indoor and outdoor ceremony locations. Our award winning chef creates customized menus while our professional banquet staff treats you and your guests with Southern hospitality.

nation. Since 1889, this downtown Club has offered the community a setting for many festive parties in one of the most notable works of architecture in the city. capacity 250 | price $$$

tom’s country place

3442 Stoney Ridge Road, Avon, OH (440) 934-4553 info@tomscountryplace.com TomsCountryPlace.com Tom’s Country Place, est. in 1959, is family-owned and operated for over 55 years. Available to serve as your venue or cater to the venue of your choice for your wedding, bridal shower or special event. We also feature a beautiful garden area for outdoor ceremonies and photographs. capacity 400+ | price $$

the trout club

2250 Horns Hill Road NE, Newark, OH (740) 366-2770 amanda@thetroutclub.com TheTroutClub.com With delicious food and beautiful views, we’ll turn your vision into a lasting impression for you and your guests! We offer a myriad of services including an on-site wedding coordinator, choice of ceremony locations, catering, lodging accommodations, shuttle services, bridal suite, groom suite and more. capacity 250 | price $$

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the sebring mansion inn & spa

385 West Ohio Avenue, Sebring, OH (330) 938-0423 SebringMansion.com The Sebring Mansion Inn & Spa staff takes pride in providing the best hospitality and guest services. Your event should be a relaxing and enjoyable experience. Develop your plan with us, and we will make it happen!

village pantry catering

453 Wards Corner, Loveland, OH (513) 965-0511 VillagePantryCatering.com With three full-service companies all under one roof— specializing in upscale, homemade cuisine, custom menus, weddings, rehearsals, showers, brunches, event design and worry-free event planning—we are the natural choice for your special event. capacity 400+ | price $$

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pink shell beach resort & marina

Fort Myers Beach, FL (866) 976-9620 PinkShell.com Whether you prefer the casual elegance of a beach wedding or a formal evening in a grand ballroom, our wedding specialists make your dreams come true. Pink Shell provides impeccable service in a picturesque setting. After all, the only thing we overlook is the beach. capacity 150 | price $$$

radisson hotel at the university of toledo

3100 Glendale Avenue, Toledo, OH (419) 381-6800 Radisson.com/toledo The Radisson Hotel at The University of Toledo ensures that no detail is overlooked—from decorations and

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the summit, a dolce hotel

5345 Medpace Way, Cincinnati, OH (513) 527-9900 TheSummitHotel.com The Summit pairs cutting-edge event spaces with all-out comfort. Featuring 32,600 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space (including a rooftop garden and terrace with stunning skyline views) and 239 stylish guest rooms, we’re raising the bar yet reflecting Dolce’s gift for simple sophistication. capacity 320 | price $$$

the toledo club

235 14th Street, Toledo, OH (419) 254-2981 catering@toledoclub.org ToledoClub.org Rich in tradition and heritage, The Toledo Club stands as one of the most outstanding city clubs in the

the virtues golf club

(740) 763-1100 EXT. 228 sales@thevirtuesgolfclub.com TheVirtuesGolfClub.com Let our friendly and professional staff make your special day a relaxed and fun occasion for you and your guests. Our on-site coordinator will take care of every detail to ensure your wedding day is perfect in every way. capacity 250 | price $$

wagner’s of westlake

30855 Center Ridge Road, Westlake, OH (440) 871-8800 info@wagnersofwestlake.com WagnersofWestlake.com Wagner’s of Westlake is a leading venue choice for brides in Northeast Ohio. Our chef provides quality menu choices prepared fresh on-site. Tour our five ballrooms, each with private bar and dance floor.

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With picturesque bridges and ponds and spectacular views of our amazing golf course, The Medallion Club will sweep you and your guests away! Our outdoor veranda provides an ideal ceremony setting and the cathedral-ceiling ballroom can easily accommodate events up to 400 guests. (614) 794-6987 5000 Club Drive, Westerville, OH 43082 cramsay@medallionclub.com

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wiedemann hill mansion

(859) 655-9018 celebrate@whillmansion.com WHillMansion.com At this historic, private home set atop a hillside in northern Kentucky, overlooking the Cincinnati skyline, the bride and groom are provided private dressing suites complete with private baths. The mansion accommodates 60 guests, which provides an intimate setting for your ceremony and reception. capacity 100 | price $$

windows on the river

2000 Sycamore, Cleveland, OH (216) 861-1445 mcoyne@windowsontheriver.com WindowsontheRiver.com Windows on the River presents a truly exceptional experience—an urban vibe with an air that exudes classic elegance. In the heart of Cleveland’s waterfront, Windows on the River is conveniently located in the historic FirstEnergy Powerhouse at Nautica. capacity 300+ | price $$$

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catering by scott

2980 East Broad Street, Columbus, OH (614) 237-1949 | (614) 893-5455 scott@cateringbyscott.com CateringByScott.com Our extensive knowledge, experience and unparalleled array of resources, combined with our friendly, professional associates, enable us to implement creative cost-effective events tailored to maintain your budget and achieve your objectives.

creative cuisine

839 Busch Court, Columbus, OH (614) 436-4949 CreativeCuisineColumbus.com Fabulous food is only the beginning; our creative professional staff has the experience of designing and producing amazing weddings of all sizes. At Creative Cuisine, we consider each wedding a personal statement that reflects you. That’s why each proposal is crafted to match your style and budget.

emelio’s catering

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

intimate cocktail party or an elaborate soiree, we translate your vision into a once-in-a-lifetime event.

entertainment unlimited events

Serving Ohio (937) 291-3337 UnlimitedEvents.com Since 1989 Unlimited Events, a full-service event design and production company, has been transforming your ideas into spectacular, memorable events. Please call us for a free consultation to find out how to alleviate the stress of planning your event so that you can relax and celebrate!

lowe’s greenhouse

16540 Chillicothe Road, Chagrin Falls, OH (440) 543-5123 (888) 543-5123 florist.lowes@gmail.com LowesGreenhouse.com We make your special day beautiful. Being a florist and garden center, we find our inspiration from the garden. Our talented floral team remains current with flower trends and styles, enabling us to capture the feeling and look you desire while working with any budget.

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a taste of class catering

3415 Glenmore Ave., Cincinnati, OH (513) 481-3663 catering@atasteofclass.com ATasteofClass.com A Taste of Class Catering is a full-service caterer. With the ability to accommodate events from an intimate gathering to a lavish banquet up to 10,000 guests, we offer premium quality food, exceptional service and unmatched professionalism at prices that cater to your needs.

19 W. Pleasant Street, Reading, OH (513) 554-1969 vonderhaar1@fuse.net Vonderhaars.com Our full-service company provides a variety of menus or you can customize your own. We offer buffet and plated dinners, chef-attended food stations, linens, complete beverage and bar service, and equipment rental. It’s our priority to provide excellent food, exceptional service and a memorable occasion.

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3319 Erie Avenue, Cincinnati, OH (513) 321-1800 amanda@hydeparkbridal.com HydeParkBridal.com It’s your big day—don’t you deserve the perfect dress? Amanda’s Hyde Park Bridal is a specialty bridal boutique, where we’re passionate about finding the dress that fits your style, shape and personality. Your dream dress is waiting. Visit our website to schedule an appointment.

american commodore tuxedo & dress shoppe

a taste of excellence catering

16888 Pearl Rd., Strongsville, OH (440) 845-0800 william.rini@taste-food.com Taste-Food.com We represent Cleveland’s premier landmark locations and will create the perfect setting for your dream reception. We cover every detail, including your wedding ceremony, valet, floral and table design, entertainment, cake and, of course, world-class menu design. Let us turn your vision into reality.

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courtenay lambert florals

4212 Airport Road, Suite 108, Cincinnati, OH (513) 321-0100 CourtenayLambert.com Courtenay Lambert Florals is dedicated to the art of floral and event design. We design flowers and décor that make your wedding unique. Whether you’re planning an

Visit website for locations (800) 225-5889 info@actux.com ACTux.com | ACDress.com Whether finding a tuxedo or matching a bridesmaid’s dress color, American Commodore has one of the largest selections of men’s wedding styles and accessories in the country. Compare our quality, service, variety and price before you decide your wedding needs. We’re proud members of Savvi Formalwear.

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bridal & formal, inc.

Cincinnati, OH (513) 821-6622 BridalandFormalInc.com Bridal & Formal, a family-owned business that has grown to be one of the country’s largest bridal salons. We are a full-service salon catering to the bride’s individual needs. We offer over 4,000 bridal gowns, hundreds of veils and headpieces, plus bridesmaid, jewelry and accessory departments.

bridal by kotsovos

9501 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH (513) 791-3877 kotsovosapparel@gmail.com BridalByKotsovos.com Situated in the heart of Olde Montgomery, Kotsovos’ unique salon has the most elegant selection of bridal and mother-of-the-bride dresses in the Midwest, available for special order or immediate purchase. Kotsovos prides itself on professional excellence, quality and service. In-house alterations.

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1480 Manning Parkway, Powell, OH (614) 418-5350 bridals@charlespenzone.com CharlesPenzone.com Like what you see. Love how you feel. It’s your big day. Whether you’re growing your hair for an updo, looking for completely different hair color, getting makeup and nails done or scheduling spa treatments, you should look and feel amazing. Charles Penzone offers you an unforgettable experience.

donna salyers’ fabulous-bridal

601 Madison Avenue, Covington, KY (859) 291-9222 | info@fabulousbridal.com FabulousBridal.com Helping you select the perfect dress is not simply about finding a breathtaking gown. Our consultants provide unsurpassed personal attention and a customized experience. Our four floors of exclusive designer dresses showcase the latest runway bridal fashions, including bridal party dresses and accessories.

doreen leaf designs

831 Sunnyside Street SW, Hartville, OH (330) 877-6284 | DoreenLeafDesigns.com A full-service bridal salon known for impeccable service, quality and selection. We will assist you with every choice, from choosing a perfect gown and accessories to coordinating the bridesmaids, groom, groomsmen and your parents. Doreen is well-known for her expertise in restoring vintage gowns.

the dress bridal boutique

228 South Court St., Medina, OH (330) 952-0636 | TheDressBridalBoutique.com At The Dress, we are a full-service bridal boutique, specializing in your experience. We attend to three brides at a time and one bridesmaid party, so our focus is completely on your appointment and your experience.

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the gown shop

202 Louisiana Ave., Perrysburg, OH (419) 679-4696 | perrysburg@thegownshop.com TheGownShop.com Located in a lovely suburban Toledo city, The Gown Shop - Perrysburg is what fashion-forward and elegant brides-to-be have dreamed about! Our passion and promise of this shabby-glam and ultra-chic boutique is to make sure that every bride has the perfect gown for her perfect day.

henri’s cloud nine

Minerva and Columbus, OH (800) 952-3560 | (888) 823-9880 info@henris.com | Henris.com Henri’s Cloud Nine has been dressing brides for over 50 years. Let our experienced bridal stylists help you achieve the perfect look by guiding you through our selection of designer bridal gowns, dresses for maids and mothers, accessories and more. Henri’s is your one-stop bridal shop!

ivy bridal studio

4441 W. Dublin Granville Rd., Dublin, OH (614) 742-7253 (by appointment only) IvyBridalStudio.com Each gown in our store has been selected with you in mind. We know who the Columbus bride is—smart, confident, easygoing and fashion conscious—and what she expects. You want what you wear to reflect how you feel, and your wedding gown should be no different.

la jeune mariee collection

139 E. Main St., Columbus, OH (614) 228-2700 | ido@lajeunemariee.com LaJeuneMariee.com La Jeune Mariee is an intimate bridal boutique with a gown for every bride. Our exclusive selection of bridal gowns has the styles you’re looking for: boho and ethereal, chic and modern, timeless and classy. We provide each bride with the personal experience she deserves!

la jeune mariee luxe

139 E. Main St., Columbus, OH (614) 228-2700 LaJeuneMariee.com Formerly Big Rock Bridal Atelier, La Jeune Mariee LUXE is the epitome of luxury bridal fashion. With designers like Carolina Herrera, Monique Lhuillier, Vera Wang and Berta under one roof, we will create a one-of-a-kind bridal experience for you, right here in central Ohio.

fulfill the dreams of the most fashion-forward and modern brides. With exquisite ball gowns to fun and sexy destination gowns, we have the styles and selections to fit most any bride’s sense of style and budget.

love curvy bridal

133 West Benson St., Cincinnati, OH (513) 761-0378 | info@lovecurvybridal.com LoveCurvyBridal.com Love Curvy Bridal is a chic and modern bridal boutique specializing in providing the latest designs for the fashion-forward bride size 16-32. We provide unparalleled styles and selections to ensure that you can find that one-of-a-kind gown that is perfect for your special day.

matina’s bridal

(216) 464-1288 | info@matinasbridal.com MatinasBridal.com Matina’s Bridal has offered the most exquisite couture bridal gowns straight from the New York runway for more than 40 years. We continue to provide the discerning bride a wide selection of designer wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses, mothers’ dresses and stunning accessories to complete the look.

something white

6596 Brecksville Rd., Ste. C, Independence, OH (216) 447-9620 | info@somethingwhitebridal.com SomethingWhiteBridal.com Looking for something truly unique? Something White has curated a selection of couture wedding gowns— with styles ranging from rustic and whimsical to classic and preppy. We offer a variety of gowns with straps, as well as strapless options, plus fabulous accessories, jewelry and veils.

white of dublin

23 North High Street, Dublin, OH (614) 791-2600 | WhiteofDublin.com White of Dublin is a couture bridal boutique in historic Dublin, Ohio, located in the greater Columbus area. We offer an intimate setting to find your perfect designer wedding gown, as well as mother of the bride, bridesmaid and flower girl dresses. We also offer designer lingerie.

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lace bridal couture

The Reading Bridal District, Cincinnati, OH (513) 821-6000 | info@lacebridalcouture.com LaceBridalCouture.com From classic lines to today’s hottest trends, we can

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the carrs photography

(937) 802-5422 studio@thecarrsphotography.com TheCarrsPhotography.com Our experienced storytellers deliver photographs that speak with soft and gentle effortlessness while still being creative and unique. If the idea of wedding pictures that could be on the front page of a magazine or framed beautifully in your home suits you, look no further—you’ve found your guys.

images by daniel michael

Cincinnati, OH (513) 759-6760 | photo@danielmichael.com DanielMichael.com True artistry comes from the ability to anticipate a moment and capture that relationship in the moment with flawless technique for you to remember and tell stories about for the rest of your life. It’s your wedding and we want to show your style and your memories.

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billy j entertainment

34351 Chadron Road, Willoughby Hills, OH (440) 585-3004 billyjamesdj@yahoo.com BillyJDJs.com/ohio Billy “J” Entertainment proudly serves with over 20 years of experience. From your initial consultation all the way to the final dance at your wedding reception, expect nothing but the personalized attention that makes us the most highly referred DJ company in Cleveland.

alson jewelers

28149 Chagrin Blvd., Cleveland, OH (216) 464-6767 AlsonJewelers.com For over 87 years, our family has been Cleveland’s trusted expert in fine jewelry. Your wedding band is the most personal piece of jewelry you will own. Not only will you wear it every day for life, but it will be passed on for generations. Make a decision that you can live happily ever after with.

the diamond cellar

Dublin and Columbus DiamondCellar.com The Diamond Cellar is one of the largest independent jewelry stores in the US, representing some of the finest brands in the world including Scott Kay, A. Jaffe, Christopher Design and Precision Set. Check out our selection, and visit us for the best price—guaranteed.

worthington jewelers

692 High Street, Worthington, OH (614) 430-8800 info@worthingtonjewelers.com WorthingtonJewelers.com Your love is one of a kind, so begin your lives together with rings designed and handcrafted just for you. Choose from 1,300-plus engagement and wedding styles, with competitive prices on loose diamonds. Friendly, non-commissioned consultants help you find the perfect rings at our family-owned store.

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party pleasers services

Serving Cincinnati, Dayton and Columbus (513) 336-6935 PartyPleasersServices.com With offices in Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton, we provide award-winning DJ/master of ceremony services. We have multiple DJs to match all personalities, styles and cultures. We transform spaces using lighting, drapes and décor to create the atmosphere and look that you desire.

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a savannah nite

9331 Seward Rd., Fairfield, OH (513) 858-2677 ASavannahNite.com We are a full-service ground transportation company in the tri-state area. With seating for 2-54, we will customize all limousine packages to fit your special day! And we now offer trolleys. Affordable, comfortable and unforgettable is what we do.

all occasions event rental

10629 Reading Road, Evendale, OH (513) 563-0600 AORents.com Let our team of experienced event professionals help make your wedding remarkable! With 36 years in the rental business, we’ve built our reputation on outstanding customer service, a knowledgeable staff and the most impressive array of products in the area.

be seated

(330) 535-4950 info@beseatedinstyle.com BeSeatedinStyle.com Northeast Ohio’s finest affordable luxury event rental company specializes in unique seating options, lounge furniture, chiavari chairs, custom bars and lounge accessories. Born of design, we offer white-glove service with every installation, comprehensive event layout services and production planning.

blanc de bleu cuv´ee mousseux

(855) 874-2394 Blanc de Bleu is the world’s first blue sparkling wine—a dry, crisp, sparkling grape wine with a hint of blueberry. It’s perfect for wedding receptions. Visit BlancdeBleuUSA.com for your nearest retailer. Drink responsibly.

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

Serving Ohio (440) 476-9125 shannon@blissweddingsinc.com BlissWeddingsInc.com At Bliss Weddings, it is our mission to turn every wedding into an incredible experience. We will make your special day one that you will never forget. Bliss Weddings offers a variety of officiant service packages to fit every couple’s needs.

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5300 Crosswind Dr., Columbus, OH (614) 461-5257 | info@dispatchevents.com CbusWeddings.com There is no better place to start researching everything you need for your big day than Columbus’ largest weddings event. Sample wedding cakes and reception food, see the latest in wedding styles and meet hundreds of wedding specialists—all in one place at the Columbus Weddings Show.

dublin cleaners, inc.

Serving Ohio (614) 335-9206 | DublinCleaners.com We are recommended by nearly every central Ohio bridal boutique. Your gown will be carefully cleaned and museum-quality preserved by two of the owners who have several decades of experience! Dublin Cleaners also offers free ship-in and ship-back “Courier Pak” service for out-of-the-area brides.

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(513) 282-0960 weddings@blacktielace.com BlackTieLace.com We believe anything is possible, and planning gorgeous, romantic, fun and memorable weddings is our specialty. What we do is hard to describe, kind of like love. It’s organic and natural and unbelievable and, at times, hard work. But in the end, love is thrilling and something you never saw coming.

columbus bride & groom

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

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ReadingBridalDistrict.com With 9 bridal gown stores, over 9,000 bridal gowns and 35 top wedding professionals on one street, we’re the largest bridal district in the world!

Personalized Custom Apparel & Gifts Shop EmbellishThisLLC.com to find great Gifts & Apparel for the Bride, Groom and everyone in the wedding party—gifts that will be cherished for years to come. Need a custom gift or apparel that you don’t see in my online store? Email embellishthisllc@gmail.com with details. I’m here to make sure we find you what you’re looking for. Darlene Osborne • www.etsy.com/shop/embellishthisllc • 513 235 6010

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Granville Inn

311

20th Century Theater

317

Great American Ball Park

217

Ahern Catering & Banquet Center

161

Great Wolf Lodge

319

Anderson Pavilion

163

Heritage Club

237

The Athletic Club of Columbus

62

Heritage Golf Club

199

The Ballroom at Park Lane

247

Hilton Columbus Downtown

291

Barn at Rush Creek

14

Hilton Columbus/Polaris

195

Barrington Golf Club

171

Hocking Hills Wedding Chapel

15

Bel-Wood Country Club

193

Holiday Inn Cleveland Northeast/Mentor Rt. 306

139

The Bell Event Centre

235

Hotel Covington

187

The Bertram Inn & Conference Center

251

InterContinental Cleveland

53

The Blackwell Inn & Pfahl Conference Center

43

Ivy Hills Country Club

202

Bridgewater Banquet & Conference Center

315

JACK Cincinnati Casino

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Brookside Golf & Country Club

149

Jefferson Country Club

75

Bryn Du Mansion

323

Jorgensen Farms

99

Buca di Beppo

73

Juniper

135

Cameron Mitchell

271

Kelton House Museum & Garden

265

Carnegie Hall at Newport

159

La Scala

61

The Centennial Barn

13

Lago Custom Events

151

Cheers & Lakeside Chalet

101

Lake Forest Country Club

144

Cincinnati Art Museum

168

The Lakes Golf & Country Club

29

The City Club of Cleveland

21

LaMalfa

201

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

2

Landerhaven

5

The Cleveland Museum of Art

301

The Madison Event Center

243

The Clock Tower

208

The Makoy Center

289

The Columbus Athenaeum

173

The Medallion Club

319

Columbus Hospitality Management

10

Music Hall

183

Contemporary Arts Center

313

Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center

232

Cooper Creek

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Country Club of the North

275

Norlyn Manor

253

Courtyard by Marriott Hamilton

323

NorthStar Golf Club

89

Cox Arboretum MetroPark

311

Oasis Conference Center

141

Crowne Plaza Columbus-Dublin

219

The Old Stone Church

309

Cumberland Trail

295

The Oscar Event Center

47

Delaware Golf Club

295

Paul Brown Stadium

263

Destinys Catering Inc.

259

The Phoenix

51

Embassy Suites by Hilton Cleveland Beachwood

205

Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina

129

Franklin Park Conservatory

49

Radisson at The University of Toledo

269

Glenmoor Country Club

281

Rolling Meadows Ranch

35

Glidden House

292

Savannah Center at Chappell Crossing

179

The Grand Event Center

284

The Sebring Mansion Inn & Spa

257

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The Summit, A Dolce Hotel

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Something White

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The Toledo Club

302

White of Dublin

93

Tom’s Country Place

313

The Trout Club

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The Virtues Golf Club

287

Alson Jewelers

65

Wagner’s of Westlake

254

Diamond Cellar

25

Walden

111

Worthington Jewelers

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Wiedemann Hill Mansion

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Windows on the River

248

Black Tie & Lace

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CAKES & CATERERS

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Columbus Bride & Groom

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A Taste of Class Catering

119

Creative Invites & Events

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A Taste of Excellence Catering

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Catering by Scott

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Reading Bridal District

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Creative Cuisine

297

Shi Shi Events

283

The Delish Dish

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Emelio’s Catering

196

Amy Peppercorn Photography

157

Jeff Thomas Catering & Events

22

The Carrs Photography

136

Village Pantry Catering

177

Images by Daniel Michael

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Vonderhaar’s Catering, Inc.

147

Lifetime Films

321

FLOWERS & DÉCOR

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ENTERTAINMENT

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Courtenay Lambert Florals & Event Design

278

Billy J Full-Spectrum Entertainment

325

Lowe’s Greenhouses, Florist & Gift Shop

321

Party Pleasers Services

315

Molly Taylor & Co.

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BRIDAL FASHION & BEAUTY

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Brittney Nichole Designs

309

Amanda’s Hyde Park Bridal

70

Embellish This LLC

325

American Commodore Tuxedo & Dress Shoppe

214

Bridal & Formal

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Things Remembered

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Bridal by Kotsovos

143

SPECIALTY SERVICES

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Charles Penzone Bridal

305

A Savannah Nite Limousine Service

26

Donna Salyers’ Fabulous-Bridal

55

All Occasions Event Rental

207

Doreen Leaf Designs

280

Be Seated

181

The Dress Bridal Boutique

307

Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux

7, 59

The Gown Shop Bridal

87

Bliss Weddings

305

Henri’s Bridal

1

Borrow Vintage & Eclectic Rentals

239

Ivy Bridal Studio

317

Columbus Weddings Show

165

La Jeune Mariee Collection

45

Dublin Cleaners

307

La Jeune Mariee LUXE

67

Entertainment Unlimited Events

272

Lace Bridal Couture

17

Event Source

245

Love Curvy Bridal

39

Weddingapolis Events & Expos

107

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