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CONTENTS

contents FALL/WINTER 2017

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

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hot trends to make your own

fashion 176

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

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make it suite Your morning-of to-dos.

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

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maid for style Make sure your girls look fabulous.

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works of art

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beauty & wellness 209

white hot Get a megawatt smile for your day.

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

style wedding themes 101

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

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smart ways to snag the finest flowers

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Get the best blooms without breaking your budget.

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

Our glossary has everything you need.

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

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

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works of art

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r  eal weddings 68 jen & tevje september 29, philadelphia

72 helena & michael october 22, bryn athyn

76 lina & rory november 19, intercourse

82 alexis & will september 3, pittsburgh

88 sydney & matt july 23, thompson

94 nicole & roberto july 30, butler

98 shannon & michael july 9, boalsburg

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219 10 old-school planning rules

lina & rory

you can break

Advice no to-be-wed should be without.

Some traditions just don’t hold up.

102 nicole & dan

226 happy campers

september 3, lancaster

your wedding

110 angela & christopher

250 hottest honeymoon

destinations

233 how to actually pay for

september 24, philadelphia

243 the big picture Ask your photographer these questions.

Pull off an awesome camp wedding.

106 mia & jason

237 13 essential planning tips

Pack your bags for the trip of a lifetime.

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

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114 kali & sam may 29, philadelphia

118 emily & andrew november 5, doylestown

122 dara & aj april 30, pittsburgh

124 claire & nathalie december 19, philadelphia

r  eal wedding budget key $ = $10,000 or less

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

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$$$ = $30,001–$50,000

$$$$ = $50,001–$75,000

$$$$$ = $75,001+

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

ON HER

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Dress, $4,200, Rivini at Nicole Bridal & Formal, NicoleBridal.com (Jenkintown); engagement ring, $1,580, MarrowFine.com

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

Dress, price upon request, Sareh Nouri at Nicole Bridal & Formal, NicoleBridal .com (Jenkintown), Elizabeth Johns, ElizabethJohns.com (Ardmore), The Wedding Suite at Nordstrom, NordstromWeddings.com (King of Prussia); headpiece, $285, Paris by Deborah Moreland, KleinfeldBridal .com; engagement ring, $1,800 (not including center stone), AJaffe.com; band, $825, CoastDiamond .com; shoes, $110, WHITE by Vera Wang, DavidsBridal.com

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

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

ON HIM

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

behind the scenes

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

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

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

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

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EXECUTIVE EDITOR, DIGITAL

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CONTRIBUTING ART DIRECTOR

DESIGN DIRECTOR

REAL WEDDINGS PHOTO DIRECTOR

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

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

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

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REAL WEDDINGS

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Browse top weddings from the Keystone State for the ultimate local inspiration. You’ll find amazing venues plus creative style ideas that will show your guests what a true Pennsylvanian celebration is all about, like Mari and Chad’s Cescaphe Ballroom nuptials. Their day included pearl accents, gold details and vibrant arrangements of hot pink roses.

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EDITOR’ S LET TER

Try our savvy tips for saving without sacrificing. (p. 233) A luxe Chile eco-lodge is perfect for honeymooners. (p. 250)

When I got engaged the first thing I started thinking about was my wedding vision—something that proved much harder to settle on than I expected. I had recently vacationed in Italy and thought I wanted a family-style feast with rustic tables covered in majolica platters filled with Tuscan specialties. All of that changed the minute I walked into my dream venue: a stunning, light-filled Manhattan loft space with a glassenclosed roof and wraparound terrace. From there, everything else fell into place. To help you get your planning off to a successful start, we’ve got ideas for 15 different styles to inspire your day (p. 126). Once you’ve nailed your venue and theme, it will be so much easier to pick a gorgeous cake design (p. 154) and all the other details, as well as choose a dress that suits you and your wedding. And whether it’s a fun, flirty or straight-up sexy gown you’re envisioning, turn to “Let the Good Times Roll” (p. 176) for some seriously beautiful fashion inspo. Of course, it will be hard to pull off your day without a plan for how to pay for it. Luckily, we’ve got tips and tricks for ways to save (p. 233). Plus, there’s so much more to explore in this issue, from this year’s hottest trends (p. 138) to where to register right now (p. 167), so get ready to dog-ear pages and let us help you plan a wedding that’s totally you.

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I love the detailing on this Hayley Paige gown. (p. 176)

This cake is a work of art, and one of my faves. (p. 154)

KELLIE GOULD Editor in Chief

A dream catcher makes for a beautiful boho ceremony backdrop. (p. 126)

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

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CHECKLIST

get your customized wedding checklist at TheKnot.com/checklist

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

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Don’t worry, your first task is a fun one: Envision your wedding— think about the style you want and color palettes you love. Nail down a budget. When and where would you like to get married? Not sure where to start? The Knot Venue Concierge can give you personal recommendations based on a few details (see Wedding Planning Tools, p. 22). Hire any pros you just have to have, like a band or wedding planner. Start searching for the dress. Get the ring appraised and then insured ASAP.

Find a stationer and order your savethe-dates. This is really happening! Propose to your wedding party. Create your website with The Knot. Guests can also access it on the Guest List app (see Wedding Planning Tools, p. 22). Book your photographer, florist, musicians and other important pros. Order the gown and veil and schedule fittings for six weeks and one to two weeks before the wedding. Choose and order the bridesmaid dresses. Start registering—a super-fun to-do.

MONTHS

Plan the ceremony with your officiant and discuss religious requirements such as premarital counseling. Book your honeymoon. Choose the formalwear. Send out your save-the-dates. Order the invitations and thank-you notes. Hire a day-of coordinator (if you don’t have a full-service planner or a day-of planner isn’t included with your venue). Schedule beauty trials and book hairstylists and makeup artists.

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

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

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

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date: ______ /______ /______

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

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date: ______ /______ /______

Go to the first dress fitting— bring shoes and undergarments. Finalize the menu. Create a timeline for the weekend and share it with your attendants, planner and photographer.

K wedding planning tools Our apps and online tools for top to-dos in the first months of planning make the process easy. OUR APPS THE KNOT GUEST LIST AND WEDDING WEBSITES MANAGER Create your wedding website and guest list. Guests can access the app to get essential details and share photos. WEDDING LOOKBOOK BY THE KNOT Search for the hottest dresses and rings, and see where you can find them in your area. WEDDING PLANNER BY THE KNOT Consider this your personalized organizer: It includes the Wedding Budget Calculator and The Ultimate Wedding Checklist.

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

Mail your wedding invitations at the six- to eight-week mark. RSVPs should be due one month before the wedding. Work on your vows, especially if you’re writing them yourselves.

our planner app is a must-have!

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Give the marriage license to your officiant. Rehearse the ceremony and have dinner. Breathe—and have fun!

OUR ONLINE TOOLS THEKNOT.COM/WEDDINGWEBSITES Build your customized wedding website by choosing from unique design schemes and colors. The best part? It’s free! THEKNOT.COM/REGISTRY Register at your favorite stores and track all of your gifts. Be sure to share your registries on your wedding website. THEKNOT.COM/MARKETPLACE Research, read reviews, directly connect, then book top wedding vendors in your area, in all categories. SC STOCKSHOP

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EXPERT Q& A

ask carley Our cofounder answers your questions.

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

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

SEATING STRESS

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

A HAIR AHEAD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SOMETHING OLD, AND NEW

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

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

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LEGENDARY CELEBRATIONS VIDEOGRAPHY

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wedding florists THE FARMER’S DAUGHTER FLORAL FOUNTAIN

caterers DR SOUS’ CUSTOM CATERING/THE CHOP SHOP ChopShopButler.com “If we could go back and do it again, Dr Sous’ Custom Catering/The Chop Shop would still be at the top of our list!”

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bridal salons

GITANO PRODUCTIONS

A TORTORICE LIMOUSINE

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J. WALKER CREATIVE PRODUCTIONS (DJ)

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At Talamore, we suggest giving your guests a ‘wow surprise’ at the end of your special day. Exit food stations are great—a slider bar, mini ice cream sundaes or a taste of Philly buffet just to name a few! Match the local cuisine, or put your personal stamp on it with your own favorites!

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Looking for a thoughtful way to ask your friends to be in your bride tribe? Throw a brunch! Personalize each place setting with a heartfelt note and a hand-selected gift to make each person feel special. Share past stories, create new bonds and toast to new memories to come.

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Don’t wait until the last minute to take your dance lessons! Learning to dance together to the point where you look and feel natural takes time. Start at least six months before your wedding. You will wow your guests, and your first dance will always be one of your fondest memories.

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Think outside the box when choosing a date! Booking a wedding in January, February or March opens the door to more availability in addition to more competitive proposals from wedding sites. You may also find overnight room rates to be more travel-friendly for guests.

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770 Mt. Moro Road, Villanova; (610) 527-4280; ApplefordEstate.com Situated on 24 acres of land at the end of a tree-lined drive, this arboretum and bird sanctuary comes equipped with four verdant gardens and access to a tented terrace for 200. A maze of boxwoods and a walled perennial garden set the scene for a stunning reception, where partygoers will take in the sights from under a tent affixed to the venue’s flagstone terrace. Just remember to book the estate between the months of April and November to make the most of the surrounding grounds.

1020 South St., Philadelphia; (215) 733-0390; PhillyMagicGardens.org Combining both art and an outdoor oasis, Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens is a 3,000-square-foot mosaic installation created by Isaiah Zagar. Hosting up to 75, the unique backdrop is ideal for intimate gatherings. Included in your rental are chairs, tables, a coat rack and outdoor lighting, but additional offers like tents, sound equipment and more are also available. PMG has a list of recommended vendors, but couples are able to utilize whatever outside services they’d like.

799 Pinkerton Run Road, Oakdale; (412) 444-4464; PittsburghBotanicGarden.org When you book the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden as the place to celebrate your “I dos,” you’ll get access to a picturesque 1870s restored barn, charming outdoor plaza and celebration garden. All rentals are provided through the venue’s exclusive vendor, and for tented receptions, you can invite up to 250 of your closest friends and family. Six approved caterers are also available for couples to choose from on their special day. >>

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Your Ideas. Your Day. Our Expert Wedding Team. Perfect!

The DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh Green Tree offers a luxurious setting for your special day. Our Grand Ballroom accommodates up to 600 guests and the Junior Ballroom seats 200 guests. Our wedding specialist and professional banquet team will help create a distinctive and memorable wedding dream come true just for you. Where the little things mean everything.

Contact Mary Ann Papantonakis, our Certified Wedding Planner, to assist you in planning your big day. Email maryann.papantonakis@dtgreentree.com or call (412)353-8155.

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phipps conservatory One Schenley Park, Pittsburgh; (412) 622-6914; Phipps.Conservatory.org Phipps offers a number of facilities, including the entire conservatory and botanical garden, for weddings. That means you can host events for up to 1,000 attendees both inside—like in the tropical forest—and out. For receptions in the outdoor garden, Phipps will provide tents, and all food and beverages are provided through in-house catering. Time for your wedding rehearsal is included in the rental price as well.

914 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills; (610) 459-2400; ShopTerrain.com Terrain at Styer’s can transform its rustic space into a warm bonfire or Parisian garden. In-house floral and culinary teams will accentuate your wedding theme through a seasonal menu and arrangements. Terrain will also supply chairs, silverware, stoneware, mason jar glassware, napkins and farm tables, which you can cover with burlap runners and tealights, for up to 110 guests.

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100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia; (215) 247-5777; MorrisArboretum.org No matter what time of year your wedding is, Morris Arboretum will have seasonal foliage and blooms to enhance your day and elevate its magic to jaw-dropping heights. The arboretum’s visitor center, a 100-year-old stone carriage house, along with a tented area serve as a reception space for up to 175 guests. The remaining 92 acres of lawns, meadows and gardens are available for photos, and one of its six approved caterers will help you create your menu.

321 S. 4th St., Philadelphia; (215) 925-7866; PhilaLandmarks.org/physick-house Behind this 18th-century brick house in Society Hill, a romantic garden plays host to intimate weddings that resemble a scene straight out of a storybook. Invite up to 100 partygoers to dance among the brick walkways and manicured shrubs in the lush garden, where you’ll find an array of plants popular during the 19th century. Or you can host smaller fetes of 75 guests or less in one of the venue’s first floor parlors.

9 Old Mill Lane, Rose Valley; (610) 892-0141; ConnerCatering.com/oldmill Every event is 100-percent customizable at The Old Mill. Conner Catering does the heavy lifting for its three reception locations. In addition to the main ballroom reception space, the garden courtyard—complete with ivy-laced stone walls and gorgeous string lights—is perfect for cocktail hour and can remain open throughout the entire duration of the event, which can host up to 250 guests.

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what should to-be-weds bring to their first meeting with you at the shop? Online mood boards and any photos of the dress, décor, invitations and florals for inspiration. Oh, and a big appetite—there’s a lot of cake to taste! any inventive cake flavor combinations you’d like to share? Our orange olive oil cake with orange buttercream is a popular choice. A bride asked us to experiment with the flavor profile for her Tuscan-villa-themed wedding, and it’s been a hit ever since. That and our raspberrychampagne-flavored confection.

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Inspired by art and fueled by flavor, Skill creates custom cakes, macarons and cookies that are all uniquely tailored to her customers’ personalities. ON THE WEB

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I specialize in hand-painting and sugar flowers, and live for color, texture and composition. Don’t try to please your entire guest list—pick a cake flavor both you and your partner are psyched about.

what are some recent cake trends you’ve been obsessing over? Marbling is a popular trend I certainly don’t mind. I like the design best in a classic gray and white color scheme, but the pattern has so much potential for customization. how can a couple save on their cake if they’re working with a tight budget? Stick to a beautifully classic buttercream design with a smooth or textured finish, and spice up the presentation with fresh florals and greenery. Serving a few single-tier cakes is another cost-saving option to consider. share one pro tip you’d like all to-be-weds to know. Having extra cake leftover is never a bad thing. After all, who doesn’t love an extra slice at the end of a long night of dancing? F ind more bakers from your area in our directory on p. 275

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what inspired you to open your bakery? After studying the fine arts with hopes of becoming a studio artist or illustrator, I realized I craved a more “direct-to-consumer” approach with my work. I discovered cake decorating and realized it was the perfect combination of my skills and goals. The best part of my job is handing over a creation and immediately seeing the joy it gives a couple.

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what’s the best lounge setup you’ve ever done and why? This past season, we put together a super-lush lounge at a Moroccan-boho wedding using rugs, pillows, lace details and pretty textiles. We even stacked wood under a mantel to create the effect of a working fireplace. is there a specific detail you wish more to-be-weds would rent from you? Colorful glassware is so pretty when displayed on tables or behind a bar. It can work with even the most neutral color palette too.

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Behind this specialty rentals and styling company is a husband-and-wife team who offer couples access to an eclectic array of vintage finds. ON THE WEB

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Inspiration photos are always helpful to bring to a first meeting. If you show me what you have in mind, I can help you select the perfect pieces. The most common rentals we loan out are the essentials: farm tables, mismatched chairs and glassware.

what’s the process like when you’re selecting décor for a client? Generally, we start at our warehouse, where couples can peruse our massive collection of items and hear more about our packages and services. If a couple is all about doing their own thing, they’re able to go online to shop or rent items from our inventory. what’s the biggest challenge of your job? The hardest part is streamlining our not-so-streamlined inventory. For example, our mismatched wood chairs don’t stack neatly, therefore we have to be very creative about how we deliver furniture.

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is planning a wedding in less than six months really doable? Absolutely! Less time equals less opportunities to change your mind and spend money on frivolous things. A short time frame isn’t for everyone, but it’s doable for the right couple with the right mind-set. do you have any wedding pet peeves or trends you wish would go away? I hate to see couples fall victim to what’s popular or on trend if it’s not reflective of their personal style and what they love.

what must-haves are currently stashed in your emergency kit? I have everything from Tylenol and hair spray to scissors, glue guns, hooks and twine— basically anything I would need in order to hang, fix or make something.

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I like my couples to come prepared with three words that describe how they want their wedding to feel. Don’t buy into the idea of what you “should” do. Tradition is what you make of it, and there’s nothing you have to do other than show up to marry your best friend.

what do you find is your favorite moment of a couple’s wedding day? I’m a sucker for a first look, which is ironic because I refused to see my husband before I walked down the aisle. A lot of people think a first look takes away from the ceremony moment, but in reality you get two emotionally raw moments instead of one. is there a secret to booking the perfect reception venue? The key is knowing what you want your venue to include and allow. Do you want the ability to bring in your own alcohol? How about having a caterer available on-site? Thinking about those details before your venue search allows you to eliminate places from the beginning. share one pro tip you’d like all to-be-weds to know. A day-of coordinator or planner is one of the best gifts you can give yourself—and I’m not just saying that because it’s my job. So much time, money and stress goes into planning a wedding that hiring someone to take care of the logistics and details so you can enjoy the day is priceless.

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first things first: what three items should a couple check off their to-do list immediately after getting engaged? The first thing you should do is breathe. Take it all in and enjoy the fact that you’re now engaged to the love of your life. When you’re finally ready to plan, consider your guest list first, followed by your budget and venue.

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SIGN UP FOR DANCE LESSONS. DANCING TOGETHER (EVEN WHEN YOU FEEL DUMB!) CONNECTS YOU TO YOUR PARTNER AND SERVES AS A REMINDER OF WHY YOU’RE GETTING MARRIED.” —Amanda & Thadd

“The morning of our wedding, I handed my phone to a friend who answered phone calls and took a bunch of candid photos and videos throughout the entire day.” —Kate & Lauren

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A little unexpected rain wasn’t enough to ruin Jeffrey’s plans to pop the question on a seemingly average Friday evening. “I was absolutely exhilarated the entire day,” he says. “I just wanted to get the proposal over with so I could finally be Lily’s fiancé.” With plans to meet up with friends for a photo shoot at a nearby park, Lily got dressed and left the house, only to find Jeffrey waiting at the same park with an umbrella in hand. “He led me to a tree covered in lights and said some very adorable things that neither of us remember,” Lily recalls. “I said ‘yes’ before he could finish talking.” The ring: Sunset Hill Jewelers >>

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Five years into their long-distance relationship, Sheetal was visiting Sushanth’s parents in New Jersey when Sushanth suggested they take an afternoon hike the following day. “We both love the outdoors, so I had a strong feeling he was going to propose,” Sheetal says of keeping calm despite her suspicions. The next morning, the pair set off as Sushanth’s brother—an amateur photographer— secretly snapped photos of the excursion. At the top of the summit, with the Manhattan skyline in the background, Sushanth popped the question. “I almost said ‘no’ as a joke since we’re rarely so serious with one another,” Sheetal says. The ring: Stephen Vincent Design

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During a Miami vacation with Kelly, Justin surprised his girlfriend of six years with an impromptu trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. “I asked a friend who worked at the park to scope out possible photo booths where I could propose,” he says of casually leading Kelly to a secluded booth before dinner one evening. With Kelly’s great-grandmother’s ring in his pocket, Justin proposed just as the first flashbulb went off. “I told Kelly to pretend to be asleep for the first photo so I could hold up the ring,” he says. “She isn’t one for being the center of attention, so it was perfect.” The ring: Family heirloom >>

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Angelita and Kenneth have Instagram to blame for reconnecting the pair three years after they first met at Rowan University. “I came across a photo he posted and we started dating long distance,” Angelita says. Two years later, Kenneth planned a birthday dinner for Angelita at her favorite restaurant, where family and friends waited patiently in a back room. “I walked in and assumed everyone was there for my birthday,” Angelita says. That’s when Kenneth gently grabbed her hand before getting down on one knee. “I was speechless,” she says. “He knew it was important for my family and friends to be there.” The ring: Allure

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“Growing up Jewish, my house was never decorated with traditional Christmas garb,” Melissa (left) says of the inspiration behind her winter proposal. “Sam’s family always had a house full of décor, so she was pretty bummed that our home was lacking lights and a tree.” After arranging for Sam to go on an evening run, Melissa transformed their abode into a winter wonderland complete with a working fire and faux reindeer antlers on their dog, Stella. “Sam came home and tears ran down her face,” Melissa says of proposing in their living room. The ring: Timothy Richard Jewelers Find more amazing photographers in your area on p. 276

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Jen Woodruff, 36, a professional wedding and food photographer GROOM Tevje Maillard, 34, CEO of a digital marketing agency HOW THEY MET At a mutual friend’s barbecue WEDDING STYLE “I truly believe the theme of every wedding is marriage,” Jen says of hosting an ultra-personal fete that focused on food, family and friends. —Allie Volpe

Rather than walk down the aisle alone, Jen and Tevje invited members of their wedding party to enter the ceremony hand in hand with their significant others. “It set the love tone for the entire ceremony,” Jen says. Afterward, the couple sealed the deal with a unity blessing that incorporated water from the same St. Thomas beach where Tevje grew up.

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The couple’s 3-year-old poodle, Pepper, donned a floral wreath for the festivities. “She roamed around during the ceremony before taking a seat between us as we exchanged our rings,” Jen says. Postceremony, the couple invited family and friends to celebrate at Heritage—a local restaurant known for its signature cocktails and live jazz. “We didn’t want a typical venue, so we booked the place where we’ve enjoyed many evenings together over great food and conversation,” Jen says.

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In a move that Tevje didn’t see coming, the newlyweds made their way back up the aisle to the sounds of a surprise drum line performance. “Our families danced out of the ceremony while we stood in the back and enthusiastically hugged each one of our guests,” Jen says. “It was truly a special moment.”

JEN & TEVJE’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY SITE The National Society of RECEPTION SITE Heritage, Philadelphia PHOTOGRAPHY M2 Photography

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BRIDE Helena Jampel, 30, an HR business consultant GROOM Michael Eagle, 34, a realtor HOW THEY MET Online WEDDING STYLE Glitzy gold accents and Gatsbyinspired details brought Helena and Michael’s vintage-glam celebration to life. “In the words of F. Scott Fitzgerald, it was a ‘kaleidoscopic carnival!’ ” Helena says. —AV

Dressed in a trumpet-style sheath adorned with more than 30,000 Swarovski crystals, Helena wed Michael at Abington Art Center before moving the celebration to the venue she’d been eyeing for years. “Cairnwood Estate is such a unique setting,” she says of contacting the venue months before Michael popped the question to inquire about available wedding dates. “It’s unlike any other space we’ve ever been to.”

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Towering gold centerpieces contained lush arrangements of dahlias, seeded eucalyptus, roses, hydrangeas and greenery. Chandeliers lined the length of the covered reception tent, where guests dined on bite-size tacos, miniature cheesesteaks and a homemade cake baked by the father of the bride.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Lina Khong, 28, a science teacher GROOM Rory Byrne-Dugan, 28, a field service engineer HOW THEY MET In a college ice skating course WEDDING STYLE Traditional elements from Vietnamese, French, Turkish and Spanish cultures added personal touches to Lina and Rory’s rustic winter affair. —AV

Perhaps the most attention-grabbing detail of the day was the deep red hue of Lina’s two-piece gown. “I loved the idea of a red dress for a winter wedding,” she says of putting a twist on tradition by asking her bridesmaids to wear white. “I was happy to take a risk, plus it was fun to challenge everyone’s expectations.”

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“It’s a tradition in Rory’s family to make a huge batch of wassail for Christmas every year,” Lina says of serving the hot mulled cider during cocktail hour. “You just can’t beat a warm drink on a snowy winter night.” Other indulgences included a three-tier confection composed of two sweet flavors: tart lemon and confetti cake filled with raspberry buttercream.

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“Our ceremony was about the blessing of our union and our new house,” Alexis says of exchanging vows at home in front of just 60 guests.

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Alexis opted for a two-piece blush gown with a high-low pink taffeta skirt that showcased her sequined shoes. Will picked out his gray duds just two hours before their “I dos.” “Will is a ‘fashionisto’ at heart, so he has a closet full of custom suits,” Alexis says. “He owned that suit for years, but never wore it until our wedding day.”

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Tufted furniture and sequined throw pillows transformed the couple’s backyard into a posh lounge.

Instead of a classic cake, Alexis and Will opted for a rose gold dessert spread that included glitter-dusted doughnuts, tiramisu “dessertinis,” mini champagne cakes and hand-painted macarons. Even the signature cocktails were rose gold in hue: a cucumber gimlet for him and a French martini for her.

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The alfresco reception took place on the lawn, where tables were topped with textured rosette linens, stone-colored cloths and rose gold flatware. In addition to a monogrammed dinner napkin, each place setting was marked with a single glass of sparkling rosé wine, tying the entire design together.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Sydney Neuschel, 26, an advertising account manager GROOM Matt Francolino, 27, an elementary school teacher HOW THEY MET In the Peace Corps WEDDING STYLE “We wanted a design that felt natural, wild, funky and romantic,” Sydney says of marrying Matt in a wooded ceremony before celebrating their newlywed status with a rustic barn reception. —AV

Matt created a birchwood arch to serve as their one-of-a-kind altar, which was adorned with mini test tubes that contained colorful wildflowers. “My mom woke up on the morning of the wedding to pick flowers from a field,” Sydney says of her bouquet, which was arranged by both her mother and her bridesmaids. “She jokes that it was her last motherly act before I got married.”

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“You can never have too many flower girls,” Nicole says of enlisting the help of four tutu-clad attendants to sprinkle petals down the alfresco aisle. “I wanted all of them to look like little fairies.”

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Shannon Hovick, 27, a graphic designer GROOM Michael Thigpen, 28, works in wealth management HOW THEY MET After they both moved to Washington, DC, despite growing up in the same town WEDDING STYLE Natural wood accents, gold details and lush greenery lent a decidedly organic feel to Shannon and Michael’s summer fete. —AV

Immediately after sealing the deal under a tree draped with gauzy white fabric, the newlyweds walked back up the aisle to the sound of guests ringing 50 cowbells. “Michael and I got engaged on top of a Spanish mountain with the sound of grazing cows wearing cowbells in the distance,” Shannon says. “We figured there was no better way to start our marriage than to that sound, paired with the added cheers of our family and friends.”

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String lights, worn rugs and burlapwrapped trees lent an intimate look to the tented reception.

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Lauren Fair Photography Guests sat down to a Spanish-style meal that called for large pitchers of sweet sangria and an array of decadent tarts and pies. “We wanted our reception to feel like one giant dinner party, so we placed all of the tables close together and served the food family style,” Shannon says.

Visual Rose

VIDEOGRAPHY

PLANNER Casey Hovick

Design DAY-OF COORDINATOR Kristie Putt

FLOWERS Ann Riccardi; Backyard

Bouquets; Daniel Vaughn Designs GOWN Theia, Lovely Bride, Washington,

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ENGAGEMENT RING Tiny Jewel

Box WEDDING RINGS Bride: Tiny Jewel Box; groom: Cartier

HAIR Viva Bella

Salon MAKEUP Kelly Clark Makeup Artist

BRIDESMAID DRESSES Various

MENSWEAR Combatant Gentlemen STATIONERY Shannon Hovick RENTALS Best Event Rental; Green

Horizon Landscape; Weir Event Rentals; CATERING & DESSERTS Spats Café CAKE Hope Woodhouse (cousin) MUSIC Ceremony: The G Band;

reception: NightLife

REGISTRIES

Crate & Barrel; Target; Williams Sonoma HONEYMOON California GUESTS 180 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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Groomsmen donned classic black tuxedos while Dan stood out in a dapper blue suit.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Nicole Calta, 28, a hairstylist GROOM Daniel (Dan) Abele, 29, a construction project manager HOW THEY MET Through Nicole’s cousin WEDDING STYLE Nicole’s intricately beaded sheath influenced the modern art deco theme. —AV

A pianist performed “Chapel of Love” during Nicole and Daniel’s ceremony on the venue’s open-air terrace beneath a verdant wall covered in living greenery. The celebration that followed included a Tuscan-inspired cocktail hour, tunes from a nine-piece band and iced treats from a pop-up dessert stand. “Our caterer had the awesome idea to pass out ice cream sandwiches on the dance floor,” Nicole says.

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Tablescapes featured loose arrangements of blush and green florals that popped against gold sequined linens. A gilded cake stand showcased the couple’s three-tier confection, which was made from a mix of vanilla, red raspberry and chocolate ganache flavors.

Nicole and Dan commissioned a friend to create a custom map of Lancaster to help guide guests to their favorite local haunts.

NICOLE & DAN’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Excelsior,

Lancaster

PHOTOGRAPHY Alison

Martin/Ali & Paul Co. Cinema Four40

VIDEOGRAPHY

DAY-OF COORDINATOR

Jonnaysa Kirkham/Planned Perfection FLOWERS Petals With Style OFFICIANT David Larkin (Nicole’s cousin) GOWN Theia, Lovely Bride, Philadelphia SHOES Jimmy Choo

ENGAGEMENT

RING Lauren B Fine Jewelry WEDDING RINGS Lauren B Fine Jewelry; Ream

Jewelers EARRINGS Lovely Bride

HAIR

Bristle & Prim MAKEUP Allyson Brittany Aesthetics; Danielle Librizzi DRESSES Various

BRIDESMAID

MENSWEAR Groom:

Suitsupply; groomsmen: Men’s Wearhouse STATIONERY Adam Taylor

SIGN-

IN BOOK Bow & Arrow Calligraphy RENTALS Shumaker; Special Occasions

& Queen Street Linens Duffy Catering

CATERING Jimmy

CAKE Bella Manse

MUSIC EBE Events & Entertainment ACCOMMODATIONS The Hotel

Lancaster; Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square

HONEYMOON Italy GUESTS

180 BUDGET $$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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mia

Mia wore a knee-length crepe dress bought off the rack a week before the wedding.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Mia, an art curator GROOM Jason, a business consultant HOW THEY MET Through mutual friends WEDDING STYLE It was all about sophisticated simplicity for Mia and Jason, who infused their modern gallery venue with white furniture, verdant arrangements and striped linens. —AV

The pair tied the knot at Mia’s mother’s art gallery—an airy space that holds a significant amount of sentimental value to the bride. “It’s where I had some of my earliest encounters with contemporary art, which has since become a central part of my life,” she says. “It was a lot of fun to work with my mother on the design.”

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The rooftop reception offered panoramic views of Philadelphia’s Washington Square neighborhood.

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FLOWERS Petals Lane

Proenza Schouler Saint Laurent

GOWN

SHOES Yves ENGAGEMENT

RING Gillian Conroy WEDDING RINGS Bride: Hunrod; groom: Tiffany

& Co.

MENSWEAR Freemans

Sporting Club

STATIONERY Chick

Invitations; Coeur Noir Taylor Creative Inc.

RENTALS CATERING

Garces Catering DESSERTS Éclat Chocolate ENTERTAINMENT Greek Dance Group

REGISTRY Zola.com

GUESTS 150 (see key, p. 8)

“The most important details were delicious food and drink,” Mia says. As a nod to Jason’s heritage, the couple participated in a traditional crowning ceremony and surprised guests with a Greek dance performance. Savory barbecue beef and kimchi paid homage to Mia’s South Korean heritage.

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1 Atlantic Ocean, 4th Level, The Playground, Atlantic City, NJ 609-343-9902

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Angela Gispert, 26, a graphic designer GROOM Christopher Church, 26, also a graphic designer HOW THEY MET As freshmen at the University of Delaware WEDDING STYLE The couple evoked the late-summer feel of an intimate garden party using blush florals and organic accents. —AV

College sweethearts Angela and Christopher exchanged vows at the same parish where the bride grew up before moving the party to a country club down the road. “We wanted an outdoor space that was lush, intimate and felt like home,” Angela says of their reception venue. “Greenville Country Club checked all of those boxes for us.”

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Fr. Hynes

OFFICIANT

GOWN Nicole Miller, Lovely

Bride, Philadelphia Campbell

SHOES Jeffrey

ENGAGEMENT RING Alexis

Russell WEDDING RINGS Bride: N + A; groom: Catbird EARRINGS Catbird HAIR &

MAKEUP Tribe

BRIDESMAID DRESSES Bari Jay;

Donna Morgan

MENSWEAR Groom:

Bonobos; groomsmen: TheBlackTux.com STATIONERY DIY

Jenni Bick Club

SIGN-IN BOOK

CATERING Greenville Country CAKE Crown Jewel Cakes

MUSIC Ceremony: Maria Shollenberger

and Lisa Malatesta; reception: Parisan and Sons Entertainment ACCOMMODATIONS The Westin

Wilmington “I wanted our bouquets to look handpicked and soft, like they were just gathered from a garden,” Angela says of the fern-filled arrangements. The design-savvy duo aimed to keep their reception style sleek and simple, like the crisp table linens and black-and-white stationery that topped each table.

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REGISTRY BlueprintRegistry

HONEYMOON Croatia GUESTS 115 BUDGET $$ (see key, p. 8)

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There was no strict dress code for the couple’s intimate garden party. “We encouraged guests to wear whatever made them feel good,” Kali says of the laidback celebration.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Kali Ciesemier, 30, an illustrator GROOM Sam Bosma, 30, an illustrator HOW THEY MET In art school WEDDING STYLE Kali and Sam played up their natural garden setting with a punchy palette of orange, plum, pink, blue and gold. —AV

“All we had to do was set up the chairs and point people toward the garden,” Kali says of keeping the ceremony décor to a minimum. After the vows, family and friends found their seats thanks to personalized blind-contour drawings the creative couple sketched for each guest. “We set out pencils and pads of paper on each dinner table so people could try it for themselves,” Kali says of the escort cards that doubled as whimsical favors.

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A local doughnut shop provided an indulgent tower of treats in flavors like strawberry lavender, apollonia spice and chocolate eclair. “All of the doughnuts were incredible,” Sam says. “I still think about them.” Cocktail hour highlights included boozy Arnold Palmers and sweet mojitos, along with a selection of beers sourced from every city the couple has lived in together. “We’re casual people, so it was our goal to reflect our personalities in a lovely location,” Kali says.

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KALI & SAM’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE

The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America, Philadelphia PHOTOGRAPHY Shannon Collins

and Michele Suits/Shannon Collins Photography

FLOWERS Falls

Flowers

OFFICIANT Andrea Kalfas

(friend)

GOWN Self Portrait, ASOS

.com

FLOWER CROWN Falls Flowers SHOES BareTraps, Amazon.com ENGAGEMENT RING BlueNile

.com WEDDING RINGS Bride: Bowman Originals; groom: Christine Mighion MENSWEAR Bonobos; Hugo

Boss; Suitsupply DIY

RENTALS &

STATIONERY CATERING

Diverse Catering DESSERTS Federal Donuts

MUSIC DJ Kim Alexander/

No Macarena DANCE LESSONS Cinnamon’s DanceWorks DIY

FAVORS

ACCOMMODATIONS Club

Quarters Hotel; Kimpton Hotel Palomar Philadelphia GUESTS 76 BUDGET $$ (see key, p. 8)

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Emily topped her lace gown with an ivory wrap and traded her cream-colored heels for glittered sneakers prior to the start of the reception.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Emily Strasburg, 25, a special education teacher GROOM Andrew DiPietro, 24, a chemical engineer HOW THEY MET While caroling with friends in high school WEDDING STYLE Textured linens and cranberry-colored florals lent a classic look to Emily and Andrew’s winter wedding. “We didn’t want anything overly manicured or stuffy,” Emily says of their semiformal affair. —AV

“We booked the museum because it’s an iconic Doylestown landmark that felt different from other venues,” Emily says. “The unique space at the back of the museum felt like a blank canvas we could truly make our own.”

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Church, Doylestown RECEPTION SITE James To juxtapose the room’s dramatic stone interior, gold accents and plenty of candlelight were used to soften the space. Signature bourbon-based cocktails were a hit at the couple’s cocktail hour, and guests indulged in red velvet and chocolate chip cupcakes before a late-night spread of apple cider doughnuts.

A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown PHOTOGRAPHY Isabel March

Photography Floribunda Willingham

FLOWERS Doylestown OFFICIANT Rev. John

GOWN Monique Lhuillier, The

Wedding Shoppe, Wayne The Wedding Shoppe

HEADPIECE

SHOES Nordstrom

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS

Gabriel and Co. JEWELRY Paris by Debra Moreland Prinzi

HAIR &

MAKEUP Stars Di

BRIDESMAID DRESSES The Wedding

Shoppe

MENSWEAR Men’s Wearhouse

STATIONERY Tri-County Printers

SIGN-

IN BOOK MissDesignBerryInc, Etsy.com CATERING,

CAKE & DESSERTS Jeffrey

A. Miller Catering

MUSIC EBE Events &

Entertainment DANCE LESSONS Valerie’s Dance Studio

TRANSPORTATION Sterling

Limousine & Transportation Services ACCOMMODATIONS Homewood Suites REGISTRIES Crate & Barrel, Macy’s; West

Elm

HONEYMOON Dominican Republic

GUESTS 157 BUDGET $$$ (see key, p. 8)

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“I wasn’t afraid of something a little different and sexy,” Dara says of her striped sheath, which featured off-theshoulder straps.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Dara Lisanti, 25, a general manager of family-owned business GROOM Andrew (AJ) Weber, 32, works in commercial contracting HOW THEY MET At a concert WEDDING STYLE With a posh, Parisian aesthetic in mind, Dara and AJ planned a regal, French Baroque–inspired fete fit for royalty. —AV

Centerpieces included compact arrangements of roses, astilbe and seeded eucalyptus, but the true standout was a three-tier white almond cake. The buttercream-covered confection featured hand-painted pink peonies and a gold fondant border that mimicked the museum’s ornate architecture.

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Pittsburgh RECEPTION SITE Carnegie Museum

FLOWERS Wallace Bethel Park Flowers OFFICIANT Fr. Joe Farnan

GOWN Stephen

Yearick, Anne Gregory for the Bride Pittsburgh VEIL Anne Gregory for the Bride

Marc Defang

SHOES

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING

RINGS Bucci’s Jewelry & Design EARRINGS

Chanel

HAIR Tease Salon

and Makeup

Bridesmaids, Bella Bridesmaids Men’s Wearhouse More Than Words Alley Rentals

MAKEUP Kiss

BRIDESMAID DRESSES TwoBirds MENSWEAR

STATIONERY Advision; RENTALS Mosaic; Vintage

CATERING &

CAKE Culinaire

DESSERTS Bella Christie and Lil Z’s Sweet

Boutique

MUSIC No Bad JuJu PHOTO BOOTH

Lux Photobooth

TRANSPORTATION Elite

Coach Limousine Inc.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center HONEYMOON Amsterdam; Belgium;

France; Germany GUESTS 230 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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Nathalie (left) accessorized her A-line dress with her mother’s pearl jewelry and a white fur coat that she purchased at an antique store the day before their “I dos.”

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THEIR STORY

CEREMONY SITE The Philadelphia

Wedding Chapel, Philadelphia RECEPTION SITE Eatalia, Philadelphia PHOTOGRAPHY Tara Robertson/

Tara Beth Photography Riehs Florist

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After sealing the deal on their six-year anniversary, Claire and Nathalie skipped back up the aisle to Sade’s “Kiss of Life” before joining family and friends for dinner at an Italian restaurant nearby. “Our party of 12 nearly filled the entire restaurant, but it all felt quite private and warm,” Nathalie says of the intimate fete.

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Stacey Thomas ATTIRE Nathalie: Aidan Mattox, Nordstrom; Claire: H&M SHOES Joan & David ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Pandora

Vistaprint.com

INVITATIONS CATERING Eatalia

FAVORS Ornaments: Things

Remembered GUESTS 10 BUDGET $ (see key, p. 8)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The ultimate inspiration for a glamorous wedding? The red carpet or awards show after-parties. Jaw-dropping outfits, sweeping hairstyles and old-Hollywood red lips pair with fancy décor for a glittering celebration. BUZZWORDS: dazzling, chic, captivating WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: Glamorous weddings probably have a few jaw-dropping details that end up all over Instagram, like a flower wall, elegantly draped fabric linens or exquisitely prepared food. The décor can range from neutral minimalist to over-the-top and extravagant. Metallics are a must. And something unexpected— a live performance or fireworks show—will wow the crowd. VENUE IDEA: luxury estate

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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hot trends to make your own From dangling décor to portrait booths and gifting lounges, here are the ideas we’re really loving for the year ahead. BY LAUREN KAY PHOTOGRAPH BY JOSEPH LIN PHOTOGRAPHY

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

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

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

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

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

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COLOR COMEBACK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Most to-be-weds have a pretty good idea about what their wedding attire might cost, and caterers often share per-guest estimates on their websites. But many couples walk into their florist consultation with no basic knowledge of how much flowers cost— or how different blooms can affect your bottom line. You may find you’ll need (or want) to readjust your budget after your initial appointment, but a good florist will help you achieve your vision without putting you in the red. Here are seven helpful tips to keep your flower spend in check.

use more greenery It’s simple: Greenery and other fillers like baby’s breath cost less than their petal-laden peers, and featuring them as part of your arrangements can save you serious cash. Textured greenery can give your arrangements an organic and wild look too.

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Think of your florist as a personal shopper who can source the smartest values for your wedding. For instance, did you know those peonies you’ve had your eye on could be five times as expensive as roses? Your florist can recommend flowers that are similar in style and color to the blooms you really have your heart set on, but may be a fraction of the price. >>

questions to ask your florist You don’t have to play 20 questions to find a fine flower expert—just ask these five. How many weddings are you handling on the same day or weekend as mine? If your florist is handling multiple clients, you need to make sure they have enough staff to go around. You don’t want to play second fiddle to another couple on your wedding day. Have you done many weddings? Follow up this query by asking to see photographs or live examples of their work at past weddings. If they can’t come up with them, quickly nip this relationship in the bud. Even if they seem creative and competent, the proof is truly in the petals.

Have you done any weddings at my venue? It’s best to choose someone familiar with what works in terms of size, shape and color for the space. Otherwise, they should be willing to scope it out so they can note any limitations and suggest possible arrangements. Do you think my budget is doable? If this florist can’t work within your budget, you can’t work with this florist. Tell them everything you think you’ll want, from a bridal bouquet to reception centerpieces and specific flowers. A fantastic florist can set the stage for a soiree that only looks über-expensive.

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Which flowers do you think will work best with my space and style? This is the equivalent of a floral pop quiz. Provide details like the venue, personal style, inspiration boards and wedding party attire, and a good florist will be able to give you some smart suggestions.

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buy flowers that are in season If you’ve ever tried to buy strawberries in winter, you know how expensive (and tasteless) out-of-season produce can be. The same goes for flowers. You’ll get much more for your money (and better quality) by sourcing primarily seasonal stems. Some MVPs are in season all year-round, like gerbera daisies, lilies and carnations. Your florist can guide you to other varieties that may even be blooming locally during the time of your wedding.

reuse and recycle Use the same flowers for your ceremony and reception and it’s like an instant “buy one, get one free” sale. Have your altar arrangements and bridesmaid bouquets do double-duty by serving as decorations for the cake table or bar.

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think big and add nonfloral elements

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Flowers with full blossoms like cymbidium orchids, peonies and hydrangeas fill a whole lot of space on a table, fast. Even though they’re relatively pricey, you’ll save because you can buy fewer flowers than you would if you chose more petite petals. Vary your arrangements too by alternating flowers with candles and other nonfloral elements like books, lanterns or driftwood.

You’re hiring a pro for their experience and talent, which will allow them to make beautiful and cost-effective arrangements. Choose a florist whom you trust and who will respect your budget. Be up front about your priorities, and be open to their suggestions. Find your florist at TheKnot.com/marketplace

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Centerpieces with an array of large, lush blooms can finish a tablescape gracefully. Avoid complicated structures that will increase labor costs and instead opt for simple stems in vases.

flower contract checklist Nail down details with your florist early to prevent a budget blowout later. Be sure to cover these topics.

An itemized list of all the flower arrangements you’re buying—from bouquets to centerpieces—with exact names, amounts and colors Flower alternatives (in your price range) if a specific bloom is unavailable on your wedding day; also include unacceptable substitutions, if any Arrival times for setup at the ceremony and reception sites and addresses for both

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A list of items the florist will supply— centerpiece vases, trellises and/or other accessories Name of the florist who will be on hand during the wedding, and for how long (you’ll want the florist you’ve been working with to help set up the arrangements at both your ceremony and reception sites; if you’re bringing your ceremony flowers to your reception site, you may also want your florist to stay through the ceremony to help transport and rearrange your flowers for the reception)

Where and when bouquets and boutonnieres should be delivered, if not to the ceremony site (to your home, for example, stating that exact address) Who will be responsible for breakdown of any installations Who will fill in if the florist can’t be there on your wedding day Sales tax, delivery fees and setup fees Deposit and balance amount and due date Cancellation/refund policy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Traditionally, a party favor was a parting gift—not anymore. >> BY LAUREN KAY PHOTOGRAPH BY JODI & KURT PHOTOGRAPHY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

strictly on wedding registries, so they’re a consistent resource while you’re going through the process. It offers completion discounts too—10 percent off for the first six months after your event and 20 percent off during special discount times. >>

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

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Settled on 80 acres in Blue Bell, PA, The Manor House welcomes you and your guests to charming ambiance and picturesque surroundings. Twin ponds with fountains, waterfalls, bridges, a private island with gazebo and landscaping complement your celebration.

The Manor offers a variety of event possibilities, utilizing the Library, Dining Room, Living Room, Lounge, and Great Room, enhanced with their fireplaces. The spacious bridal suite and groom’s room are available pre-ceremony throughout the reception. The double terrace accommodates up to 300 guests with optional air conditioning.

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

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

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

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

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crate & barrel WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Crate & Barrel offers engaged couples

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

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

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

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

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Customized Wedding Reception Packages and Menus Bridal Showers - Rehearsal Dinners - Farewell Breakfasts Accommodations Up To 350 Guests Convenient Location Discounted Sleeping Room Rates

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

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

macy’s WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Macy’s offers a newlywed discount so you

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Start your registry today at TheKnot.com/registry

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Your wedding is a party. Why not dress for the occasion? Whether you go for fringe or feather details, or a flirty silhouette, choose a one-of-a-kind dress that plays up the celebratory vibe of your day.

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

Preservation Hall, PreservationHall.com

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

Drums: Joe Lastie Jr.; trombone: Freddie Lonzo

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Steal the Show Take center stage with a striking combo of intricate allover beading and a curveskimming silhouette. Dress, $3,000, Blush by Hayley Paige at La Belle MariÊe Bridal, LaBelleMarieeBridal .com (Langhorne), Bridal Beginning, BridalBeginning.com (Pittsburgh), Jennifer’s, JennifersBridal.com (Hockessin, DE); engagement ring, $6,600 (not including center stone), band, $2,500, SayYesWithKarl .com; earrings, $250, Theia Jewelry, KleinfeldBridal .com; shoes, $395, SJP Collection, Amazon.com SHOT ON LOCATION AT

Hotel Royal, FrenchQuarter HotelGroup.com

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

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

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

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

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SPECIAL THANKS TO Bourbon Orleans Hotel (BourbonOrleans.com) and New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau (NewOrleansCVB.com) STORY Shelley Brown FASHION STYLING Audrey Slater HAIR Miok using Wella Professionals at Judy Casey Inc. MAKEUP Brett Jackson using Nars Cosmetics at Sarah Laird & Good Company

Add some retroinspired flair to your bridal look with a short A-line dress and birdcage veil. Dress, price upon request, Sareh Nouri at Nicole Bridal & Formal, NicoleBridal .com (Jenkintown), Elizabeth Johns, ElizabethJohns.com (Ardmore), The Wedding Suite at Nordstrom, NordstromWeddings .com (King of Prussia); birdcage veil, $227, SaraGabriel.com; engagement ring, $1,800 (not including center stone), AJaffe .com; band, $825, CoastDiamond .com; earrings, $450, PearlCollective.com ON HIM Jacket, $450, pants, $250, JCrew.com; shirt, $90, pocket square, $30, Joseph Abboud, MensWearhouse .com; tie. $230, Brioni, MrPorter.com

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

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

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

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

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

ask for recommendations

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

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study each trial run

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

search for a one-stop shop

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

stay on top of new trends

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

keep an open mind

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

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

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

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

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

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prepare for your glam team

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

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

LASHES? If you think you’d benefit from

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HOW DO I KEEP MY COLOR VIBRANT?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

a-line

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

empire

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

dropped waist

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

bubble

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

trumpet

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

pencil

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

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

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

start strong

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

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

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

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

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

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to a vintage-inspired engagement ring, scrollwork and milgrain (rows of tiny beads) give extra flourish to a wedding ring. $4,210, KirkKara.com 2. COLORFUL METAL Besides being on trend, rose gold is universally flattering. $1,425, Ammara Stone, BenchmarkRings.com 3. MIXED METALS Your wedding band and engagement ring don’t have to match. Consider a mixed metal band for a fashion-forward look. $4,825, ParadeDesign.com

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

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

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

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

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You’ll want to make sure you’re flashing a set of perfect pearly whites at your wedding. (After all, you have a lot to smile about!) Luckily, there’s never been a better array of at-home whitening treatments offering results comparable with pricey in-office procedures—for a fraction of the cost. We put some of the most popular treatments to the test and polled the professionals to get the skinny on the best ways to achieve, and maintain, your most dazzling, camera-ready smile. >>

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teeth-whitening kits The most popular kits on the market now are strips, trays and gels. We’ve tested them all, and they’re equally effective—it’s just a difference of application, sensitivity and strength. A form of peroxide is the active ingredient in all over-the-counter teethwhitening products. The concentration of the whitening ingredient and length of time teeth are exposed determine the degree of whitening and the likelihood of sensitivity.

trays Also prefilled with a whitening gel, trays ensure you get the perfect dose every time. The downside for anyone with super-sensitive teeth is that it’s harder to minimize contact with gums. While we were pleasantly surprised by the thin, flexible trays in Dazzlepro 7-Day Smilepacks ($25, BedBathandBeyond.com), one size definitely does not fit all. However, after sampling all 14 disposable molds for a week, we were very pleased with our noticeably more lustrous chompers. gels The most “hands-on” application method, gels are smeared directly on teeth by gliding the gels in a quick back-and-forth brushing motion, requiring a steady and dexterous hand. If you’re willing to splurge, we got more bang for our buck with Philips Zoom DayWhite gel treatment (USA.Philips.com) than with other alternatives. The trays are molded to your mouth by a dentist, but you apply the gel at home. “Custom-fitted trays allow for more comfort and efficiency,” Lazare says. If you salivate a lot while whitening (which is common), Philip’s Zoom NiteWhite trays work while you sleep. “Since you salivate less while you sleep, this option could offer better results,” Lazare says. After using our Philips Zoom DayWhite trays for two weeks, we had noticeably more radiant smiles. >>

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gel versus laser whitening Pros and cons of the two most popular professional treatments.

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creates trays in the office for you to take, you can whiten at home. • It can get your teeth up to 10 shades whiter. • Professional trays (versus overthe-counter ones) minimize the amount of bleach that can get on the gums and cause irritation.

way to see the most dramatic results. • It usually doesn’t require multiple treatments. • The results last longer than any other treatment.

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• You’ll have to use the trays every night for two weeks. • It’s not as pricey as laser treatments, but will still cost from $200 to $400. • Some treatments require that you sleep with trays in, which can be uncomfortable. • It’s best not to eat or drink for several hours after application.

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• It’s pretty pricey— it can run up to $1,000, depending on where you live. • You might feel some gum sensitivity and achiness afterward. • If you have deep stains or discoloration, it could require two treatments.

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strips By far the most foolproof option, thin, disposable strips come pre-coated with a whitening gel formula. We just had to align the strips with the gumline, press the gel side on the fronts of the teeth and fold the excess underneath and behind the teeth to secure the strips in place. “Strips are generally inexpensive and easy to use and travel with,” says Marc Lazare, DDS, MAGD. “If you’ve had professional whitening treatments previously, strips are a good option for touch-ups.” Though it was a bit of a time commitment, we had brighter smiles after trying Crest 3D White Professional Effects Whitestrips ($36, Amazon.com) for the recommended 30 minutes a day for 20 days.

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bacteria reducers Now that your teeth are already looking whiter and brighter, you’ll want to keep them that way—at least until your wedding photographer folds up his tripod. Giving new meaning to that old adage “you are what you eat,” Mitchell Charnas, DMD, says choosing the right foods (and avoiding the wrong ones) can have a transformational effect on your teeth. For starters, he suggests getting into the habit of eating a serving of yogurt every day—perfect for breakfast or an afternoon snack. “Yogurt reduces the level of bacteria in the mouth, which will prevent plaque buildup, resulting in less staining of the teeth,” Charnas says. “When it comes to choosing one, look for a yogurt with active cultures and no added sugar, such as Greek yogurt.”

rethink your consuming habits In addition to watching your diet, it’s worth getting into some Hollywood smile-friendly habits. Start with one of the first things that comes into contact with your teeth on a daily basis—coffee. “Adding a tablespoon of milk to your coffee makes it much less likely to stain,” says dentist to the stars Arthur Glosman, DDS. And you might want to rethink your creamer: “The higher the fat content in milk, the more stain protection for your teeth,” he notes. Tea drinkers should consider switching from darker leaves like Earl Grey and English breakfast, which are more likely to stain, to lighter varieties such as white, green and herbal blends. Addicted to cola? Drink it at room temperature. “Extreme temperatures make teeth more porous and likely to absorb stains,” Glosman explains. And he also cautions to watch the sneaky little extras. “Ketchup, soy sauce, chocolate sauce, barbecue sauce and balsamic vinegar can all stain teeth,” he says and suggests going superlight on garnishes.

anti-yellowing agents Another weapon in your anti-yellowing arsenal is the strawberry. “The acidity found in strawberries has an ability to remove stains,” Charnas says. His recipe for creating your own at-home stain remover: Add baking soda or salt to crushed strawberries. “Apply the paste to teeth, leave on for five minutes, then brush with your regular toothpaste,” he suggests.

keep a toothbrush handy When in doubt, brush. “Try to clean teeth immediately after consuming anything that’s highly pigmented,” Glosman says. “If it can stain your clothes, it can stain your teeth.” Don’t have a toothbrush and paste handy? “Give your mouth a good rinse with water,” he suggests, or better yet, nosh on an apple. “Not only are apples a superfood, they’re also a wonderful way to clean teeth in a pinch.” Find more beauty tips at TheKnot.com/beauty

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stain removers Another camera-friendly choice? Surprisingly, the experts suggest acidic fruit. “Snacking on foods with a balanced amount of acidity, such as oranges and pineapples, works to oxidize stains that other sugary foods can leave on teeth and improve teeth whiteness over time,” Charnas says. Just keep in mind, too much acid can damage tooth enamel, leading to dull, sensitive teeth.

4 lipsticks for a brighter smile Try one of these shades to give the illusion of instantly whiter teeth.

Opaque red lipsticks with blue undertones can make teeth appear shades whiter. Experiment with different shades to find one that works with your skin tone. There’s a classic red for everyone.

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bright red

Not only are vivid reds hot right now, they have the added benefit of creating a stark color contrast, which makes your teeth look brighter. If a toneddown version of these hues is more your style, look for a lip stain in the cherry red family.

dark pink

A preppy alternative to red, cooler pink or berry shades also make your teeth appear whiter. Just don’t go too dark— deeper shades can accentuate stains on your teeth.

glossy pink

While matte colors can make teeth appear dull, glossy or sparkly pinks reflect light and make teeth seem more lustrous. Go bold with a bright shade or subtle with a sheer wash of glossy shimmer.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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I’m having an outdoor wedding and I’m worried my curly hair will get frizzy. How do I keep the flyaways at bay?

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

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sombré

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

ecaille

WHAT IT IS Also known as the “tortoise shell

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

keep food simple and local Celebrating over a few days? Jacobs likes to cater daily meals through the camp, if possible. Think: buffet breakfasts, deli spreads and relaxed barbecues.

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She suggests recruiting a local caterer to craft a locally sourced and seasonally fresh menu for the main event. “Farm to table is the way to go, and don’t expect to overcomplicate with fussy menu items or things that are hard to temperature control,” Jacobs says. As for serving, Freeman loves food stations. “Guests can play lawn games, dance, or sit and chat on a blanket and grab a bite whenever they’re hungry,” Freeman says.

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

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

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

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

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cut back on monthly expenses Do you belong to a gym, club or subscription service that takes a monthly sum out of your account? Cutting back on these types of expenses can have some of the quickest effects on your account balance. Turning off your cable could save you $100 a month, and ending a gym membership could put an extra $75 in your account each month. You’re not going to give up your cell phone, but you might be able to change the data plans or forgo on-demand movies for a year. You should make a habit of reaching out to your cell phone and cable companies annually and negotiating a better deal. Sometimes, just by asking, you can get a price cut on your bills. Even $20 off a monthly bill can save you $240 over the course of a year.

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money talks Discuss your finances first and foremost before saying “I do.”

exchange credit reports This will reveal whether your partner is consistently late at paying the bills or has a load of debt. Work together on reducing debt and paying bills on time.

discuss your long-term dreams After all, you’ll both be financing them. Maybe you’ve always imagined retiring in a beach house or being a stay-at-home mom. These lifestyle decisions require cash. Make sure you’re both traveling down the same financial road and are able to decide on the destination together.

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can’t get a grip on the present. If one of you thinks it’s critical to have a fully furnished house with a pool and crown molding, while the other wants to keep a stash of cash for a Tahitian vacation, now’s the time to negotiate. Don’t just say what you want—explain why you think it’s important for the both of you.

little expenses add up Create your weekly budget in advance and include all expenditures. Yes, you’ll be sharing housing costs, but the other person might be inheriting some big dry-cleaning bills or a pricey hair highlighting habit. Make sure each of you knows what you’ll be funding.

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

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

use your credit cards— realistically If you’re in the process of saving up for the wedding while you’re making deposits to reserve your venue and other vendors, you’re likely going to have to use credit cards. That shouldn’t worry you as long as you’re using them correctly (read: paying them off in full in a timely manner).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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“Obviously, couples have a budget, but the last thing they should skimp on is their photographer. They’ll capture those priceless memories.” —Frank Slezak of Studio 63 in Philadelphia

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

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

practice smiling

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

get your look down pat

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

close your eyes

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

keep your chin down

strike a red-carpet pose

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

stand up straight

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

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

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

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

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

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MAKGADIKGADI PANS & THE KALAHARI DESERT, botswana

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

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

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

WHY GO Bypass

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

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

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

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NORTH AMERICA Wai’anapanapa State Park, Maui

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Caribbean’s most elite island has 22 white-sand beaches, extraordinary restaurants and hot nightclubs. WHEN TO GO May through June has great weather and a chill vibe. December is peak season and prime for celebrity sightings. WHERE TO STAY Nestled on Baie de St. Jean, arguably St. Bart’s sexiest beach, Le Tom Beach Hotel (from $342; TomBeach.com) is in walking distance to island hot spots like Nikki Beach and Eden Rock. Rooms are secluded by gardens. BEST FOR Sun seekers; couples who want nightlife; celeb junkies ROMANTIC MOMENT Stop at a local grocery for a picnic lunch and hike to quiet Anse du Grande Colombier, one of the world’s prettiest beaches.

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

restaurants and gorgeous beaches make this one of the Caribbean’s hot spots. WHEN TO GO May through August are the best months to visit. WHERE TO STAY An 18-month remodel by Auberge Resorts brought the famed Malliouhana hotel back to its 1950s glamour: The rooms, suites and a cliffside restaurant were redone and a 15,000-square-foot spa was added (from $525; Malliouhana.AubergeResorts.com). Perched atop a bluff above three of the island’s top beaches—Meads Bay, Bobbing Cove and Turtle Cove—the hotel is ideally situated for snorkeling and sunsets. BEST FOR Food lovers; sun seekers INSTAGRAM-WORTHY SHOT Every honeymoon requires the quintessential sunset photo, and the Sunset Bar at Malliouhana is the precise place to snap it—with mojitos in hand, of course. ROMANTIC MOMENT Book a candlelit, private dinner with a dedicated waiter and guitarist under one of the recently refreshed pool cabanas overlooking the ocean. Then, indulge in gourmet s’mores around the fire pit for dessert accompanied by an aged rum tasting. Cap your night off with a late-night dip in the two-tier pool. >>

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

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

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

PUGLIA WHY GO Puglia has

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

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Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey Marriage License Requirements

GUIDELINES FOR OBTAINING A MARRIAGE LICENSE In Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey, the legal age for marriage is 18 years old. Couples ages 16 or 17 must have parental consent. The couple must apply for and sign the license together, and in New Jersey, they must be accompanied by a witness who is at least 18 years old and has known them for at least six months. Either a valid photo ID or birth certificate and Social Security card (depending on the location) will be required. Pennsylvania and Delaware residents can obtain a license from their county. New Jersey residents must obtain the license in the township where the bride resides, and if only the groom is a resident, it must be obtained from where either party resides. In all states, nonresidents must obtain the license in the county or town where they will marry. Some locations require knowledge of parents’ residency and place of birth. In Pennsylvania there is a three-day waiting period to obtain the license, which is valid for 60 days in that state. In New Jersey there is a three-day waiting period to obtain the license, which is valid for 30 days in that state. In Delaware in-state residents must wait 24 hours; out-of-state couples must wait 96 hours to obtain the license, which is valid for 30 days in the state of Delaware. If either party has been previously married, he or she may be asked to present a divorce decree or death certificate. No general health requirements or blood tests are needed. All offices are open Monday through Friday. Cost and method of payment varies by location. Please call ahead to get all of the details.

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Adams County Clerk of Court 117 Baltimore St., Rm. 103 Gettysburg, PA 17325 (717) 337-9806 x234 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Allegheny County

Register of Wills 810 3rd St. Beaver, PA 15009 (724) 770-4550 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Berks County Register of Wills 633 Court St., Fl. 2 Reading, PA 19601 (610) 478-6617 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Bucks County Register of Wills 55 E. Court St., Fl. 3 Doylestown, PA 18901 (215) 348-6271 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Perry County

Register of Wills 61 E. Main St. Uniontown, PA 15401 (724) 430-1206 8 a.m.–noon, 1–3:45 p.m.

Recording Office 2 E. Main St. New Bloomfield, PA 17068 (717) 582-2131 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

Chester County

Franklin County

Marriage License Department 201 W. Market St., Ste. 2200 West Chester, PA 19380 (610) 344-6335 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.

Clerk of Court 157 Lincoln Way E., Fl. 2 Chambersburg, PA 17201 (717) 261-3805 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.

Cumberland County Register of Wills 1 Court House Sq., Rm. 102 Carlisle, PA 17013 (717) 240-6345 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

Dauphin County Register of Wills 101 Market St., Rm. 103 Harrisburg, PA 17101 (717) 780-6507 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Delaware County Register of Wills 201 W. Front St. Media, PA 19063 (610) 891-4548 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.

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Lancaster County Register of Wills 50 N. Duke St., Fl. 2 Lancaster, PA 17608 (717) 295-3522 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Lebanon County Register of Wills 400 S. 8th St., Rm. 105 Lebanon, PA 17042 (717) 228-4415 8:30 a.m.–4:15 p.m.

Montgomery County Register of Wills 1 Montgomery Plz., Fl. 4 Norristown, PA 19404 (610) 278-3414 8:30 a.m.–4:15 p.m.

Philadelphia County Marriage License Bureau City Hall, Rm. 415 Philadelphia, PA 19107 (215) 686-2233 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m., M, T, Th., F; 8:30 a.m.– 7:30 p.m., W

Washington County Register of Wills 1 S. Main St., Ste. 1002 Washington, PA 15301 (724) 228-6775 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Westmoreland County Register of Wills 2 N. Main St., Ste. 301 Greensburg, PA 15601 (724) 830-3177 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

York County Clerk of Orphans’ Court 45 N. George St., Fl. 2 York, PA 17401 (717) 771-9615 8 a.m.–4:15 p.m.

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New Castle County Clerk of the Peace 800 N. French St., Fl. 2 Wilmington, DE 19801 (302) 395-7780 9 a.m.–noon, 1–4 p.m.

Kent County Clerk of the Peace 555 Bay Rd. Dover, DE 19901 (302) 744-2346 8 a.m.–4:15 p.m.

Sussex County Clerk of the Peace 2 The Circle, Rm. 268 Georgetown, DE 19947 (302) 855-7834 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.

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Atlantic County Bureau of Vital Statistics City Hall, Rm. 105 Atlantic City, NJ 08401 (609) 347-5410 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Burlington County Registrar of Vital Statistics 23 Washington St. Mount Holly, NJ 08060 (609) 845-1102 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

Salem County City Clerk 17 New Market St. Salem, NJ 08079 (856) 935-0373 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Gloucester County Office of Vital Statistics 33 Delaware St. Woodbury, NJ 08096 (856) 845-1300 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m (by appointment only)

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Fayette County

Register of Wills 124 W. Diamond St., Fl. L Butler, PA 16003 (724) 284-5379 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.

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Department of Court Records 414 Grant St., Fl. 1 Pittsburgh, PA 15219 (412) 350-4180 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.; 8:30 a.m.–7:30 p.m., W

Butler County

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

Camden County Office of Vital Statistics 520 Market St., Fl. 1, Rm. 103 Camden, NJ 08101 (856) 757-7086 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

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make it known Publications GUIDELINES FOR ANNOUNCING YOUR WEDDING IN THE LOCAL PAPERS Photographs may be submitted to accompany the

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announcement; however, instant photos or color copies are not acceptable. In some instances, photographs may be returned if a self-addressed stamped envelope is included with the announcement. Call to get all of the details before submitting.

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Beaver County Times

(724) 775-3200 x124 Attn: Your News 400 Fair Ave. Beaver, PA 15009

Announcements are published on a spaceavailable basis every Wednesday.

Form: No; submit information online.

The cost is $40 per 100 words; $15 for 50 extra words.

Bucks County Courier Times

(215) 949-4000 Attn: Celebrate Life 145 Easton Rd. Horsham, PA 19044

Submit info up to a year after wedding.

Form: Optional Photos will be returned with SASE.

Fees range from $115 to $155 and includes a photo.

Butler Eagle

(724) 282-8000 x253 Attn: Focus Dept. PO Box 271 Butler, PA 16003

Submit info two weeks prior to the desired Wednesday publication. Announcements published on a space- available basis.

Form: Yes Photos will be returned with SASE.

The cost is $35.

Chester County Daily Local News

(610) 430-2952 250 N. Bradford Ave. West Chester, PA 19382

Submit info on Wednesday, one week prior to the desired Sunday publication.

Form: Yes; available online.

Fees range from free to $129 depending on size.

Courier-Post (New Jersey)

(856) 486-2952 Attn: Weddings/ Civil Unions PO Box 5300 Cherry Hill, NJ 08034

Submit info two weeks prior to the desired Thursday publication. Published on a spaceavailable basis.

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

The cost is $49.95.

Delaware County Daily Times

(610) 622-8800 500 Mildred Ave. Primos, PA 19018

Submit info three to four weeks prior to the desired Sunday publication.

Form: Yes

The cost is $50 for a basic announcement with photo; additional lines cost $1.50 each.

Gettysburg Times

(717) 334-1131 PO Box 3669 Gettysburg, PA 17325

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

Form: Yes

There is no charge for this service.

Herald-Standard

(724) 439-7510 8-18 E. Church St. Uniontown, PA 15401

Submit every Sunday.

Form: Yes

Fees are $30 for 125 words and one photo, or $50 for 250 words and two photos.

The Intelligencer

(215) 345-3010 333 N. Broad St. Doylestown, PA 18901

Submissions are accepted up to a year.

Form: Optional Photos returned with SASE.

Fees range from $115 to $155.

Lancaster Intelligencer Journal

(717) 291-8611 PO Box 1328 Lancaster, PA 17608–1328

Must submit info no later than 4:30 p.m. on Monday before the desired Sunday publication date.

Form: Yes; LancasterOnline.com

Cost is free for the first 3 column inches and $25 for each additional inch.

News Journal (Delaware)

(302) 324-2308 Attn: Celebrations/Advertising PO Box 15505 Wilmington, DE 19850

Submit info on Tuesday, one week prior to the desired Sunday publication.

Form: Yes; available online.

Fees range from $85 to $299.

Philadelphia Inquirer

(215) 854-5362 Attn: Celebrations Desk 400 N. Broad St. Philadelphia, PA 19130

Must submit info before the first wedding anniversary.

Form: Yes Photos returned with SASE.

Packages range from $75 to $525.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

(412) 263-1185 Attn: Celebrations 34 Boulevard of the Allies Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Info must be submitted by noon on the Thursday prior to the desired Tuesday publication.

Form: Yes

Call for pricing.

Tribune-Review

(724) 836-5750 Attn: Style Dept. 622 Cabin Hill Dr. Greensburg, PA 15601

Submit info within three months of the wedding.

Form: Yes Photos returned with SASE.

There is no charge for this service.

York Daily Record & York Dispatch

(717) 505-4778 Attn: Celebrations 1891 Loucks Rd. York, PA 17408

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Form: Yes Photos returned with SASE.

The cost is $48 for a 4-inch column; $12 for each additional inch.

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allegheny county courthouse

436 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA (412) 350-3172 alexandria.delancey@alleghenycounty.us AlleghenyCounty.us/venuerentals Located in downtown Pittsburgh, the 128-year-old Allegheny County Courthouse is a National Historic Landmark and architect H.H. Richardson’s masterpiece. Its grand staircase features soaring arches, marble floors and murals. It is perfect for an intimate ceremony, large reception or special event! capacity 500 | price $$

annapolis and the chesapeake bay

(410) 280-0445 | WeddingsInAnnapolis.com Dreaming of a Chesapeake Bay destination wedding? Experience a charming, historic city or a lush countryside for a waterfront wedding, or fulfill your dream of a being married on a boat on the Bay. Call our team to “Create Your Moment” for a truly memorable wedding experience by the Bay.

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bella sera venue

414 Morganza Rd., Canonsburg, PA (724) 745-5575 | weddings@bellaserapgh.com BellaSeraPgh.com Bella Sera combines the ingredients of which dream weddings are made. Incredible food, extraordinary service and perfect ambience come together to create the day you’ll cherish. Ask about our Winter Wedding and Fabulous Friday packages as well as on-site ceremonies, showers and rehearsal dinners. capacity 400+ | price $$$

the booking house

210 South Penn Street, Manheim, PA (717) 664-0503 info@thebookinghousemanheim.com TheBookingHouseManheim.com We know you want a wedding venue that is as unique as you are, so we renovated the Old Cigar Warehouse in the small town of Manheim. We created the perfect rustic setting for your wedding and added a little glam to give the space an urban-chic feel. capacity 250 | price $$

brick gables

800 East Newport Road, Lititz, PA (717) 627-0080 | info@brickgables.com BrickGables.com The elegant, rustic barn sits in the small town of Lititz. With space for both your ceremony and reception, we can customize your needs at a reasonable price. Come

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396 Williamstown Road, Winslow, NJ (856) 629-4545 Brigalias.com Brigalias is a full-service, family-run catering facility with over 40 years of experience. The elegant, romantic atmosphere combined with magnificent grounds makes Brigalias a perfect choice for your special day. Your wedding is once in a lifetime; our passion and dedication will make it memorable. capacity 300+ | price $$$

buca di beppo

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

cameron estate inn

1855 Mansion Lane, Mount Joy, PA (717) 492-0111 ceiweddings@cameronestateinn.com CameronEstateInn.com The historic Cameron Estate Inn specializes in fully customized weddings in a secluded country venue. We have several settings to host your indoor or outdoor event with several creatively designed packages from which to choose. We also offer bridal teas, showers, brunches, and rehearsal dinners. capacity 275 | price $$

celebrations

Bucks County, PA (215) 244-4400 | CelebrationsWeddings.com Where dreams come true. Celebrations helps you realize your dream through our variety of services, like on-site wedding assistance and our New York style weddings that include ice sculptures, floral centerpieces, stretch limo service, five hours of top shelf open bar, and much more. capacity 400+ | price $$$

cescaphe event group

(215) 238-5750 Cescaphe.com We are Philadelphia’s premier wedding brand. Our team of trendsetting experts coordinate extraordinary celebrations at six distinctively unique, gorgeously appointed venues throughout Philadelphia—Cescaphe Ballroom, Atrium at Curtis Center, Tendenza, Vie, Down Town Club and Water Works.

children’s museum

10 Children’s Way, Pittsburgh, PA (412) 322-5058 EXT. 211 | events@pittsburghkids.org PittsburghKids.org/rentals For a unique and memorable venue for your wedding celebration that’s sure to delight you and your guests, consider the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. Whether it’s an intimate reception or a lavish wedding, the Museum will add elegance to your special day with its unique, award-winning architecture. capacity 230 | price $$$

clubs at colonial ridge

Harrisburg, PA (717) 657-3212 EXT. 15 mzimmerman@browngolf.net ClubsatColonialRidge.com Our venues, located in beautiful central Pennsylvania, are Harrisburg’s best-kept secret! From ceremonies to receptions and everything in between, we make your dreams a reality. Whether it’s an intimate affair or a 250-person wedding, our staff makes planning a breeze with our gorgeous setting and exquisite cuisine. capacity 300 | price $$

conroy catering

8001 Verree Road, Philadelphia, PA (215) 722-8082 | info@conroycatering.com ConroyCatering.com Built by famous Victorian architect Frank Furness, this fully restored mansion features antiques, stained glass, an impressive art collection and ornate woodwork throughout. Newly built conservatory includes cocktail terraces, a pergola for ceremonies and 13 acres of magnificent perennial gardens. capacity 250 | price $$$

cork factory hotel

480 New Holland Avenue, Lancaster, PA (717) 735-2075 | weddings@corkfactoryhotel.com CorkFactoryHotel.com Cork Factory Hotel offers many possibilities for your special day with our warm event spaces, extensive catering menus, custom wedding cake design, comfortable overnight guest accommodations and more. Our event specialists will help you orchestrate the wedding of your dreams. capacity 250 | price $$

crystal room & terrace room

139 Pittsburgh Rd., Butler, PA (724) 287-6761 CrystalRoomButler.com We offer elegant weddings with affordable pricing. capacity 300+ | price $$

doubletree by hilton-green tree

500 Mansfield Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA (412) 922-8400 maryann.papantonakis@dtgreentree.com PittsburghGreenTree.DoubleTree.com For a beautiful wedding reception, we use your ideas, focus on your day and rely on our expert wedding team

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Experience Historic Charm and Timeless Elegance Hilltop House is a converted 200-year-old farmhouse situated atop a picturesque 23-acre Devon hillside. The beauty surrounding this former country manor estate of William N. Wilbur, of the renowned Wilbur Chocolates confectionery empire, makes the perfect backdrop to capture memories of your special event. The formal gardens and breathtaking views, along with the manor’s large, easily accessible rooms and covered terrace, will provide up to 240 guests an unforgettable experience. Hilltop House is located on the Main Line within minutes of Philadelphia and all major routes. Hotel accommodations are available nearby. Visit us at www.hilltopdevon.com or call 610.341.3928 • 570 Beaumont Road, Devon, PA 19333

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duck hollow golf club

374 Duck Hollow Road, Uniontown, PA (724) 439-3150 julia@duckhollowgolfclub.com DuckHollowGolfClub.com With unparalleled mountainous views of our golf course and a beautiful, rustic banquet facility, Duck Hollow Golf Club is perfect for every bride! We pride ourselves on exceptional customer service and a phenomenal culinary staff that will impress you and your guests long after the wedding.

fireside tavern

Strasburg, PA (717) 687-7979 DSFireside.com Lush lawns and red-brick courtyards surrounding an elegant ballroom offer the perfect setting for your wedding day. Tucked away among the many unspoiled splendors of Lancaster’s Amish country, this 18-acre property provides the ideal space for your ceremony, rehearsal dinner and reception. capacity 300 | price $$$

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excelsior

125 East King Street, Lancaster, PA (717) 715-5957 ExcelsiorLancaster.com Unlike anything you may have seen, this multifaceted property combines elegant, classical architectural features blended with modern design throughout various connecting spaces. Refreshing outdoor areas and enchanting brewer’s catacombs enhance the experience, creating a venue for any event in any season.

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510 Market Street, Pittsburgh, PA (412) 773-8904 madeline.kelly@fairmont.com Fairmont.com/pittsburgh Whether hosting an intimate ceremony or a lavish reception, Fairmont Pittsburgh’s contemporary and elegant spaces set the stage for an extraordinary day. Work with our experienced team to create the wedding of your dreams at downtown Pittsburgh’s premier wedding venue. capacity 350 | price $$$

the farmhouse

5600 Old Capitol Trail, Wilmington, DE (302) 999-8477 info@thefarmhousede.com TheFarmhouseDE.com The Farmhouse provides an intimate setting for your ceremony and reception, all in one convenient location. The historical estate boasts two outdoor ceremony sites, four acres of manicured grounds and gourmet food prepared on-site.

flourtown country club

150 McCloskey Road, Flourtown, PA (215) 233-1550 dthomas@flourtowncc.com FlourtownCC.com Flourtown Country Club specializes in vintage-chic weddings. Our beautiful stone building overlooks a nine-hole golf course. Our ballroom is decorated with floor-to-ceiling windows that lead to a large veranda. Your vision is our passion, from your first encounter until the end of your reception. capacity 350 | price $$

100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia, PA (215) 627-5100 | info@finleycatering.com FinleyCatering.com Finley Catering Company was established in 1976. We are the exclusive caterers to the Ballroom at the Ben, Crystal Tea Room, Clothier Room and Union Trust, plus

the grand estate at hidden acres

399 Ford City Road, Freeport, PA (724) 295-1500 innkeeper@thegrandestateresort.com TheGrandEstateResort.com At The Grand Estate at Hidden Acres wedding venue, we are experts at customizing small and large wedding packages for you, from your rehearsal dinner by a fire poolside to the formal or casual dinner receptions that will be after your personalized ceremony under a spacious white or clear top tent. capacity 300 | price $$

foxchase golf club

2 mi off I-76 PA Tpke. Exit 286, 300 Stevens Rd., Stevens, PA (717) 336-3673 | FoxchaseGolf.com Foxchase can accommodate your reception inside or outside. The elegant Palmer Room offers a panoramic view of the picturesque golf course. Our covered pavilion in the woods offers a beautiful waterfall, providing a one-of-a-kind outdoor setting that is unmatched in Lancaster County. capacity 300 | price $$

the franklin institute

222 North 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA (215) 448-1165 rentals@fi.edu FI.edu/weddings Celebrate your wedding ceremony in the Fels Planetarium, under the stars. Enjoy cocktails in our interactive exhibits. Dine in the sophistication and elegance of the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial Hall, and enjoy the innovative cuisine of our exclusive caterer, Frog Commissary. capacity 350 | price $$$$

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finley catering company

9 Old Lancaster Road, Malvern, PA (610) 296-3637 | info@generalwarren.com GeneralWarren.com This 18th century inn with award-winning cuisine has a beautiful setting for lawn and garden ceremonies and receptions, all-seasons terrace and historic dining rooms—perfect for intimate weddings, rehearsals or outdoor receptions. Eight guest suites are available for honeymoons or wedding parties. capacity 125 | price $$

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the gables at chadds ford

423 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, PA (610) 388-7700 ann@thegablesatchaddsford.com events@thegablesatchaddsford.com TheGablesatChaddsFord.com The Gables is situated in the heart of historic Brandywine Valley. Located in a converted 1800s dairy

green gables restaurant

7712 Somerset Pike, Jennerstown, PA (814) 629-9201 weddings@greengablesrestaurant.com GreenGablesPA.com No matter the season, Green Gables Restaurant is ideal for your wedding day. Panoramic windows bring spring pastels and hues of autumn close enough to touch. Our outdoor patio and lawn are perfect for summer, and crackling fireplaces enliven events throughout the entire year. capacity 400 | price $$

hamilton ballroom at wheatland place

941 Wheatland Avenue, Lancaster, PA (717) 393-0668 HamiltonEventsInc.com GreenfieldCatering.com Hamilton Ballroom is an unparalleled modern, chic ballroom featuring contemporary chandeliers, dramatic high ceilings, black-and-white dance floor and elegant chiavari chairs. We go beyond ballroom rentals by providing planning services for an unforgettable customized event for you and your guests. capacity 250 | price $$

harmony hall estate

1400 Fulling Mill Road, Middletown, PA (717) 985-9300 | info@harmonyhallestate.com HarmonyHallEstate.com Whether you are planning a rustic-chic wedding, a

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harry’s savoy ballroom

2020 Naamans Road, Wilmington, DE (302) 475-3000 HarrysWeddings.com Perfect weddings begin at Harry’s. Welcome to Harry’s Savoy Ballroom. Our facility can entertain any event you desire, from weddings to rehearsal dinners and showers. Harry’s fulfills your every need with top quality, awardwinning service and cuisine. Minutes from Philadelphia in tax-free Delaware. capacity 250 | price $$

herman & luther’s

787 State Rt. 87, Montoursville, PA (570) 433-3334 becky@hermanandluthers.com At Herman & Luther’s, our historic barn has been renovated to provide all of the modern amenities you could want. Whether inside, on our patio that seats 300 or overlooking a field of sunflowers, your event will be the one no one will ever forget! capacity 300 | price $$

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hilltop house

(610) 341-3928 | mdepiano@easttown.org HilltopDevon.com See formal gardens and breathtaking views! This manor’s large, easily accessible rooms and covered terrace will provide up to 240 guests an unforgettable experience. Hilltop House is located on the Main Line within minutes of Philadelphia and all major routes. Hotel accommodations are available nearby. capacity 250 | price $$

historic acres of hershey

3425 Old Hershey Road, Elizabethtown, PA (717) 298-6340 HistoricAcres.com Historic Acres of Hershey offers rustic elegance and timeless beauty for any bridal couple. Dance the night away under the glow of gorgeous chandeliers, indulge in the romantic ambiance of the large stone fireplace and enjoy indoor/outdoor reception options with our versatile four-seasons pavilion. capacity 250 | price $$

historic hotel bethlehem

437 Main Street, Bethlehem, PA (610) 625-5000 jgrasch@hotelbethlehem.com HotelBethlehem.com Restored to its original 1922 grandeur, Hotel Bethlehem is the perfect venue for your wedding reception. Floor-to-ceiling palladium windows, painted murals and beautiful balconies provide an elegant 1920s décor for the perfect wedding or unforgettable special event. capacity 300 | price $$

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historic rock ford plantation

881 Rockford Road, Lancaster, PA (717) 392-7223 | weddingsatrockford@gmail.com RockFordPlantation.org/weddings This circa 1794 mansion and estate of General Edward Hand is surrounded by 33 scenic acres but minutes from downtown Lancaster. Remodeled 18th century barn (heat, central air, restrooms, bar, catering area) serves as special event facility. capacity 250 | price $$

hollyhedge estate

6987 Upper York Road, New Hope, PA (215) 862-3136 | (800) 378-4496 events@hollyhedge.com | HollyHedge.com This elegant, private estate nestled in the tranquil, rolling hills of historic Bucks County has 20+ acres of formal and native gardens, streams, ponds and stone terraces that offer a gorgeous wedding backdrop. Enjoy 15 private guest rooms, our award-winning in-house cuisine and personal wedding planners. capacity 200 | price $$$

hotel du pont

11th & Market Streets, Wilmington, DE (302) 594-3122 | (800) 894-4528 HotelduPont.com Imagine your perfect wedding day, and let our attentive professionals ensure your dreams become a reality. The historic Hotel du Pont exudes elegant sophistication and magnificent artistry, from the du Barry Room’s imported crystal chandelier to the Gold Ballroom’s opulent carvings dedicated to love. capacity 300 | price $$$

hotel du village

(866) 683-3586 LandmarkVenues.com Steps away from the center of New Hope, Hotel du Village offers two equally captivating ballrooms, each complete with private entrances, separate cocktail rooms and ceremony spaces. This historic, French country estate offers 22 guest rooms and suites, featuring sleek finishes with modern, French flair. capacity 250 | price $$

joseph ambler inn

1005 Horsham Road, North Wales, PA (215) 362-7500 | wendi@josephamblerinn.com JosephAmblerInn.com Surrounded by 12 acres of lush lawn and gardens, the Joseph Ambler Inn offers an extraordinarily romantic setting for your special day. Our award-winning cuisine, elegant event space and professional full-service staff will help to make your wedding day truly magical. capacity 200 | price $$$

kimberton inn

2105 Kimberton Road, Kimberton, PA (610) 933-8148 | kimbertoninn@comcast.net KimbertonInn.com Kimberton Inn has everything you need to love your wedding: a charming historic building in a beautiful

setting, restaurant food in a party setting, and personalized expert care and guidance. We offer three private rooms available for wedding receptions and rehearsal dinners. Call to schedule your tour! capacity 150 | price $$$

lancaster marriott at penn square

25 South Queen Street, Lancaster, PA (717) 207-4046 jennifer.mercandetti@interstatehotels.com Dream weddings don’t just happen, they’re planned. We have certified wedding planners who are trained to help you execute each detail—including setting an event budget; deciding on a menu; arranging table settings; and finding florists, photographers, a band and other entertainment. capacity 400+ | price $$

liberty mountain resort

78 Country Club Trail, Carroll Valley, PA (717) 642-8282 sales@libertymountainresort.com LibertyMountainResort.com Our beautiful mountain setting located in the Catoctin Mountains is the perfect backdrop for your special day. With three ceremony locations and three reception venues to choose from, we have one to fit your style. capacity 300 | price $$$

lingrow farm

188 Forks Church Rd., Leechburg, PA (724) 472-1305 | info@lingrowfarm.com LingrowFarm.com Rolling over 40 picturesque acres, Lingrow Farm is a charming setting for you to celebrate the most important day of your lives together. Our staff can create an event that will reflect who you are as a couple and express the style with which you live. capacity 225 | price $$

the lodges at gettysburg

685 Camp Gettysburg Road, Gettysburg, PA (717) 642-2500 denise@thelodgesatgettysburg.com TheLodgesAtGettysburg.com The Lodges offers breathtaking views of historic Gettysburg. Superior service and flawless attention to detail at an affordable price. Lakeside ceremonies, outdoor and indoor receptions. Beautifully appointed private cottages and a professional team to guide you from beginning to end. capacity 200 | price $$

the manor house at prophecy creek park

Blue Bell, PA (215) 587-4000 sales@prophecycreekmanor.com ProphecyCreekManor.com With water’s edge dining on 82 beautiful acres, The Manor features pristine landscaping, twin ponds, fountains, stone bridge and gazebo. The double terrace

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merion caterers

1901 US Route 130 South, Cinnaminson, NJ (856) 829-2111 | TheMerion.com The Merion is the premier catering facility in South Jersey. With marbleized columns, a magnificent hallway, a grand staircase and four ballrooms there is nothing else like it. Each ballroom has its own décor, all differing from one another to satisfy the tastes of all. capacity 400+ | price $$

morning glory inn

2119 Sarah Street, Pittsburgh, PA (412) 431-1707 | dave@gloryinn.com GloryInn.com Morning Glory is not in the mainstream of traditional wedding venues. The candlelit garden courtyard, nestled between the 1862 Italianate Victorian Inn and the Pergola party room, creates a flowing indooroutdoor celebration that is always a smashing success. capacity 130 | price $$$

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Iacocca Hall 111 Research Drive, Bethlehem, PA (610) 758-4166 mountaintopweddings@lehigh.edu LehighDining.com/catering Dazzle your guests by choosing Mountaintop at Lehigh, and see for yourself the most breathtaking view in the Lehigh Valley. capacity 350 | price $

mulberry art studios

19-21 North Mulberry Street, Lancaster, PA (717) 295-1949 | mulberryartstudios@comcast.net MulberryArtStudios.com Originally built as a bakery in the early 1900s, Mulberry Art Studios is a unique ceremony and reception venue (250 max). Enjoy our hardwood floors, exposed beams, brick walls, premier art collection, elegant linens and fine china. For showers (60 max), choose our newest venue, Mulberry on King. capacity 250 | price $$

northampton valley country club

299 Newtown-Richboro Road, Richboro, PA (215) 355-2234 | info@nvgc.com NorthamptonValleyCountryClub.com Northampton Valley Country Club provides couples two ballroom and ceremony options that overlook our picturesque golf course. Unique from other Bucks County and Philadelphia venues, Northampton makes dream weddings a reality. capacity 300 | price $$

old york road country club

801 Tennis Avenue, Ambler, PA (215) 643-0180 | jim.carnahan@oyrcc.com OYRCC.com

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Best wishes as you plan your special day! From a cocktail hour on our beautiful garden patio to your final dance, our personal touch is truly special for you and your guests. Our award-winning golf course is the perfect backdrop to your outdoor ceremony or wedding photos. capacity 200 | price $$

olivia’s

318 Forest Grove Rd., Coraopolis, PA (412) 331-9282 | weddings@oliviasbanquet.com OliviasBanquet.com Our goal is to make your event come to life while treating you like family. We pride ourselves in offering one of the most complete packages you can find in the area including planning sessions, chef-prepared meals from scratch and customized linens, just to name few. We take the stress out of your big day. capacity 170 | price $$$

omni bedford springs resort

2138 Business 220, Bedford, PA (814) 623-8100 | OmniHotels.com/bedford Exchange vows amid the natural surroundings of the legendary Omni Bedford Springs Resort, an enchanting backdrop for your special day. Create the wedding you’ve always envisioned amid a variety of indoor and outdoor settings, including the lush Grand Lawn and the elegant Colonnade Ballroom. capacity 250 | price $$$

omni william penn hotel

530 William Penn Place, Pittsburgh, PA (412) 553-5000 | OmniHotels.com/pittsburgh Host your big day in a setting that has charmed guests since 1916, the Omni William Penn Hotel. This Pittsburgh legend has hosted everyone from movie stars to politicians, and it continues to impress with outstanding service, delectable cuisine and more. Let us help you create your moment in history. capacity 400+ | price $$$

one pine barn place at pine barn inn

(570) 275-2071 EXT. 508 jbarone@shanercorp.com Let us welcome your guests with our beautiful outdoor tented patio for a relaxing cocktail hour. Following cocktail hour is an evening of dinner and dancing in our spacious ballroom showcasing large timber beams and soft neutrals to complement any color palette. capacity 225 | price $$

outer banks wedding association

hello@obxwa.com | OBXWA.com The Outer Banks Wedding Association is the premier resource for couples seeking a destination wedding on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. With over 300 members strong, our wedding professionals can cater to any wedding style through their unparalleled local knowledge and expertise.

penn oaks golf club

150 Penn Oaks Drive, West Chester, PA (610) 399-0501 | PennOaksGolfClub.com Tucked away on historical, impeccably manicured grounds, with a whimsical 150-year-old Chinese cherry tree, Penn Oaks provides a simply perfect backdrop. Hosting one wedding at a time, Penn Oaks’ exemplary service and delicious cuisine has brides traveling from all over the tri-state region. capacity 400+ | price $$

the pennsylvanian

Pittsburgh, PA (412) 368-5997 | ThePennsylvanian.com Amazing details make this historical space exceptional. The Grand Hall features arched openings, marble floors, ornate walls and 40-foot ceilings capped with a stunning skylight. The Rotunda is a spectacular outdoor location with terra cotta archways and hand-laid brick flooring. Reserve your piece of history. capacity 400+ | price $$$

philmont country club

301 Tomlinson Road, Huntingdon Valley, PA (215) 947-1271 EXT. 124 edrubin@philmontcc.org PhilmontCC.org Philmont pulls together the magnificent aspects of our club to make your event the best. Our specialists will help you plan your event in our 88,000-square-foot clubhouse down to the most intimate detail to ensure resounding reviews from your guests and clients. Come see our newly renovated ballroom. capacity 300 | price $$

pittsburgh marriott north

100 Cranberry Woods Drive, Cranberry Township, PA (724) 779-4212 | emily.stas@marriott.com PittsburghMarriottNorth.com Dream weddings don’t just happen, they’re planned. The Pittsburgh Marriott North is a place where a girl’s dream wedding becomes reality. Relying on experience, training and tradition, Marriott’s certified wedding planner provides valuable assistance and handles the smallest of details for your special day. capacity 500 | price $$

pittsburgh zoo & ppg aquarium

One Wild Place, Pittsburgh, PA (412) 365-2536 | PittsburghZoo.org Have your reception at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium. We have unique and beautiful facilities that are sure to impress your guests and provide a storybook setting to start your new life together. capacity 400 | price $$

pnc park

115 Federal Street, Pittsburgh, PA (412) 325-4746 | ann.elder@pirates.com Pirates.com/pncparkevents You already know PNC Park is the “Best Ballpark in America,” but did you know it is also the perfect venue

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for your next event? From weddings to rehearsal dinners to parties, PNC Park has the right space to accommodate any event. capacity 300 | price $$$

premier catering & events at genetti ballrooms

1345 N. Church Street, Hazle Township, PA (570) 501-3700 | amyz@genetticatering.com GenettiCatering.com Premier Catering & Events sets the bar for entertaining, whether it is for a grand affair or an intimate gathering. Genetti’s has been the trusted choice for everything from fabulous food to outstanding décor.

Lancaster, PA | 717.735.1500 SplintsandDaisies.com

capacity 300+ | price $$

radnor valley country club

555 Sproul Road, Villanova, PA (610) 688-9450 EXT. 130 bcunningham@radnorvalleycc.com RadnorValleyCC.com The Radnor Valley Country Club’s clubhouse is a beautiful 1907 Georgian-style mansion. We are one of the Main Line’s premier country clubs offering fine cuisine and world-class service in an elegant setting. Our professional staff will be happy to meet with you and assist you in planning your wedding! capacity 300 | price $$

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regents’ glen country club

1000 Golf Club Drive, York, PA (717) 747-1919 | maryann@regentsglen.com RegentsGlen.com Breathtaking gardens provide a romantic backdrop for your outdoor ceremony, complete with either the reflecting pond or koi pond. Enjoy cocktails or your entire reception on our beautiful patio in the midst of beautiful English gardens, accommodating up to 250 guests. capacity 250 | price $$$

rivercrest

Phoenixville, PA (610) 933-4700 EXT. 110 | RiverCrestWeddings.com It happens on the rarest of occasions. The special feeling you get when you know that everything about your reception is absolutely right. The perfect setting. The incredible food. The right price. It’s a magnificent experience, and it can be all yours at RiverCrest. capacity 300 | price $$$

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rivers casino

777 Casino Dr., Pittsburgh, PA (412) 566-4486 | events@theriverscasino.com EventsatRiversCasino.com Rivers Casino offers indoor and outdoor wedding venues with riverfront and skyline views. The banquet space, customizable to fit any size party, is ideal for intimate gatherings or large wedding celebrations. Rivers’ dedicated catering staff offers a diverse menu and custom, hand-decorated cakes. capacity 600 | price $$

scenic village at harvest drive

3368 Harvest Dr., Gordonville, PA (717) 303-9249 | amy@rusticweddingandevent.com RusticWeddingandEvent.com Find the epitome of rustic charm at Scenic Village at Harvest Drive! Nestled among picturesque sprawling Amish farmlands, this delightful venue marries contemporary elegance with country chic ambience for a wedding day that is second to none. capacity 200 | price $$

sheraton pittsburgh airport hotel

1160 Thorn Run Road, Coraopolis, PA (412) 262-2400 nrogers@sheratonpittsburghairport.com SheratonPittsburghAirport.com Whether you are looking for a small intimate gathering or a grand affair, the Sheraton Pittsburgh Airport Hotel is the place to create wedding memories that will last a lifetime.

StoltzfusHomestead.com This rustic, romantic venue combines the elegance of two preserved historical barns and the timelessness of beautiful gardens and grounds. A lighted outdoor lounge area for an evening fire, lawn games and dancing make this the perfect venue for those couples looking for an extraordinary wedding day! capacity 200 | price $$

stroudsmoor country inn

Stroudsburg, PA (570) 421-6431 | (800) 955-8663 Stroudsmoor.com Stroudsmoor Country Inn has been making wedding history for more than three decades, offering a team of professionals to assist with every detail and five dedicated event venues to suit your style and budget. Stroudsmoor will help you write your wedding story— making your fairy-tale wedding come true!

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171 Jacksonville Rd., Ivyland, PA (215) 675-6000 | banquetsales@springmillmanor.com SpringMillManor.com The Spring Mill Manor is Bucks County’s premier wedding venue and reception location. Relax with comfortable luxury and be pampered with attentive service, decadent cuisine and an exquisite setting that will make you feel like royalty. We specialize in all events including weddings, ceremonies and rehearsal dinners.

the university club

123 University Place, Pittsburgh, PA (412) 648-0037 | uclub@pitt.edu UC.Pitt.edu Located in the heart of the University of Pittsburgh’s campus, the University Club’s beautifully renovated 1923 building seamlessly blends old-world elegance with every modern amenity. A reception on our stunning rooftop terrace will have guests talking about your wedding for years to come! capacity 220 | price $$$

valley forge casino resort

1160 First Avenue, King of Prussia, PA (610) 768-3215 | weddings@vfcasino.com ValleyForgeWeddings.com Entertain your “I do” at Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia with a full resort experience including two hotel towers, three bars, eight dining options, live music venues and so much more. Located across from the beautiful National Historical Park, your wedding will be just as historic! capacity 400+ | price $$

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springfield country club

400 W. Sproul Road, Springfield, PA (610) 690-7600 jrickards@springfieldcountryclub.net SpringfieldCC.net When it comes to weddings, we have it all—innovative cuisine, impeccable service, natural beauty and newly renovated ballrooms! Plus, enjoy our on-site amenities including the Courtyard Marriott Hotel with new luxury suites, new Joseph Anthony Retreat Spa & Dry Bar, public golf course and award-winning restaurant and bar! capacity 400+ | price $$$

stoltzfus homestead and gardens 3716 East Newport Road, Gordonville, PA (717) 768-8801 weddings@stoltzfushomestead.com

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the washington at historic yellow springs

1701 Art School Road, Chester Springs, PA (610) 827-7414 EXT. 15 bburrows@yellowsprings.org Washington.YellowSprings.org Choose a village that truly feels like another place in another time. Our buildings and grounds provide a unique setting perfect for your special day. The Washington at Historic Yellow Springs provides an indoor venue true to its 18th century roots with 21st century comforts. capacity 150 | price $$

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views—50 floors above Center City—add magic to your elegant wedding. With our delicious cuisine and thoughtful service, experience a wedding day as unforgettable as you are.

valley green inn

Valley Green Rd. at Wissahickon Creek, Philadelphia, PA (215) 247-1730 | ValleyGreenInn.com The inviting atmosphere of Philadelphia’s last roadhouse is complimented by the romantic setting of the Wissahickon Creek and the valley in which it’s cradled. The Valley Green Inn is literally one of the city’s best kept secrets, available to customize your wedding and special occasion packages year-round. capacity 180 | price $$$

vista at top of the tower

Three Logan Sq., 1717 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA (215) 567-8787 garcia@topofthetower.com VistaPhiladelphia.com The Knot Best of Weddings 2013 Pick. The Vista Room

the waterfall

3416 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont, DE (302) 792-2600 | WaterfallBanquets.com Minutes from the heart of Philadelphia, The Waterfall is one of Delaware’s most elegant catering facilities, featuring two exquisite ballrooms with dance floors that accommodate parties of up to 500 people. See the grand hallway, blown-glass chandeliers and ceiling décor above the marble flooring. capacity 500 | price $$

white chimneys

5117 Lincoln Hwy., Gap, PA (717) 442-1037 | weddings@whitechimneys.com WhiteChimneys.com Let us create the wedding of your dreams with old world elegance in an early American setting. Our pergola and rose garden are ready to host you and your guests. Come. Sit by the fountain. Smell the roses. Let’s decide how you will spend the most memorable day of your life. Dreams do come true! capacity 220 | price $$

william penn inn

Route 202 & Sumneytown Pike, Gwynedd, PA (215) 699-9272 | WilliamPennInn.com Like nowhere else...perfect from day one. European ambiance, imaginative menus, personal service and flawless coordination for up to 250 guests. Complete wedding packages from $75 per person, plus tax and gratuities. capacity 250 | price $$$

wyndham grand pittsburgh downtown

(412) 594-5131 WyndhamGrandPittsburgh.com The Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown is perfectly placed for a beautiful beginning to your happily ever after. Stunning views, impeccable service and delightful cuisine await in the heart of Pittsburgh. capacity 400+ | price $$$

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karen spire catering and events

149 Greenwood Ave., Ambler, PA (215) 738-1860 | karen@karenspire.com KarenSpire.com Established in 1999, Karen Spire Catering is a fullservice, off-premise catering company with a reputation for fantastic food and excellent service. Karen Spire, executive chef and owner, creates a personal relationship with each client, ensuring that every detail is perfect for your occasion.

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4 Bridge Street, Phoenixville, PA (610) 933-6518 | events@robertryancatering.com RobertRyanCatering.com/tk As Philadelphia’s premier wedding caterer, with a 25-year reputation for impeccable food, unparalleled service and flawless execution, we have a venue for every style—each rich with timeless character and elegance. We are an approved caterer at many top venues and experts in tented receptions at home.

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309 S. Main Street, Manheim, PA (717) 665-9200 | info@rettewscatering.com RettewsCatering.com Rettew’s Catering offers delicious cuisine and exquisite culinary presentations created by talented chefs. We offer customized menus served by a courteous waitstaff, full bartending service and a variety of rental options—all at very favorable pricing.

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petals with style

117 S. West End Ave., Lancaster, PA (888) 862-6677 PetalsWithStyle.com Simple, elegant, modern to traditional, elaborate styles. We do weddings to fit any size or style you choose. Full service flower shop with complete delivery and setup of ceremony and reception flowers. All price ranges and budgets can be accommodated.

splints & daisies

Lancaster, PA (717) 735-1500 tara@splintsanddaisies.com SplintsandDaisies.com Sustainable. Eco-friendly. Unique flair. Artistic arrangements. Extraordinary flowers. Anything but runof-the-mill, Splints & Daisies Floral Design has a passion for beautiful design. We will work within all budgets and provide a free consultation. We’re a local, no-waste, chemical-free business.

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claire’s fashions inc

1312 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington, DE (302) 798-1312 | clairesinc@aol.com ClairesFashions.net Claire’s Fashions has been providing Delaware and the surrounding tri-state area with the best in women’s fashions and outstanding customer service for over 20 years. Claire’s specializes in apparel and accessories for brides, bridesmaids, mothers and guests.

daneene jensen & associates

(484) 437-6136 DaneeneMakeup.com We are award-winning on-site hair and makeup artists.

1752 N. Highland Road, Pittsburgh, PA (412) 854-4422 pittsburgh@bellabridesmaids.com 30 South Bank St., Philadelphia, PA (267) 639-5919 philadelphia@bellabridesmaids.com BellaBridesmaids.com Bella Bridesmaids specializes in stylish, wearable bridesmaid dresses for the modern wedding. The boutique offers a departure from the traditional bridesmaid dress experience—modern dresses and personal service in an upscale, approachable and one-on-one environment.

bridal beginning

Pittsburgh, PA (412) 343-6677 bridalbeginningbride@bridalbeginning.com BridalBeginning.com Our curated selections are from designers all over the world and reflect a bride who is traditional yet breaks the barrier of tradition. She is sexy, edgy— yet sophisticated. Think: boho, effortless, elegant, somewhat conservative, modestly seductive, seriously romantic and, most of all, unforgettable.

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exquisite bride

Murrysville and Gibsonia (724) 327-4337 | (724) 443-0400 exquisitebridals@aol.com TheExquisiteBride.com Our intimate, full-service bridal boutique places an emphasis on customer service, carrying a wide selection of bridal gowns, bridesmaid, mother-of-the-bride and special occasion dresses from industry-leading designers including Maggie Sottero, Casablanca, Sottero & Midgley, Eddy K. and more!

irini’s originals, llc

400 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington, DE (302) 762-0397 | info@irinisoriginals.com IrinisOriginals.com For 35 years, Irini’s Originals bridal boutique has offered quality gowns and in-house alterations with 50 years of expertise. As a family-owned business, we go the extra mile to ensure you are provided with exceptional service. Our shop offers a wide variety of custom and designer dresses.

lilla’s bridal boutique bella bridesmaids

WeddingsbyPaulette.com With 42 years in business, our award-winning bridal salon is dedicated to creating an exceptional experience. Our staff will help you find the latest styles of bridal gowns, bridesmaids’ dresses, mother of the bride and groom gowns, and special occasion gowns. Contact us for a professional consultation.

3416 East Market Street, York, PA (717) 757-6788 lillasbridal@gmail.com LillasBridalBoutique.com Our boutique focuses on you as an individual; service is our first priority. Our consultants will make the most of your experience, dressing you up from head to toe in the gown of your dreams. Our expertise will allow you to leave feeling that you have the perfect gown for your unforgettable day.

milanj diamonds

160 N. Gulph Road, Ste. 1392, King of Prussia, PA (610) 992-0707 diamonds@milanjdiamonds.com MilanjDiamonds.com Our passion is diamonds. Our commitment is to you. Each diamond is hand selected by our experts. Our service, diamond and jewelry guarantees, largest selection of diamonds and top designer names in bridal jewelry available in the area, plus a staff that includes gemologists, makes Milanj the obvious choice.

mountz jewelers

3780 Trindle Road, Camp Hill, PA (717) 763-1199 info@mountzjewelers.com MountzJewelers.com Over 65 years ago, the Mountz tradition began with a commitment of professional service. Experience the jewelry industry’s finest bridal designers—Forevermark, Hearts On Fire, Tacori, Karl Lagerfeld, JB Star, Scott Kay, A.JAFFE, Simon G. and Henri Daussi. Trust your special moments to Mountz.

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new attitude salon & spa

(610) 253-5550 info@newattitudesalondayspa.com NewAttitudeSalonDaySpa.com Our hair and makeup services are available for bridal parties or other special events. This is about more than just one day—it’s about making memories. Our staff is here to help you look your best for photographs and memories that will be shared for years to come. It’s your day, and we want you to shine!

weddings by paulette

2503C Lititz Pike, Lancaster, PA (717) 553-5656 sales@weddingsbypaulette.com

pictures by todd

Bryn Mawr, PA (610) 788-2283 todd@picturesbytodd.com PicturesbyTodd.com The experience you have on your wedding day is very bit as important as the images we capture. Our combination of unobtrusive photojournalism and artistic yet natural portraiture allows you to enjoy your

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shannon hemauer photography

Dillsburg, PA (920) 918-1716 shannon@shannonhemauerphotography.com ShannonHemauerPhotography.com Shannon Hemauer Photography shoots exclusively boudoir and contemporary glamour portrait photography for “everyday women” of all shapes, sizes, ages and beliefs living in the central Pennsylvania area.

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classic tent rental & party supplies

1179 Butler Rd., Freeport, PA (724) 295-6500 info@classic-tent.com Classic-Tent.com We have served this community since 1992. With over 22 years of experience with weddings and large events, we have proved ourselves with our excellent tent specialists and floral designers/wedding planners. Our staff goes above and beyond in every event that we are privileged to be a part of!

shumaker pdt

240 Harrisburg Ave., Lancaster, PA (717) 735-0767 ShumakerPDT.com Let your style shine with Shumaker. Custom event design, lighting, décor, fabrics, lounge furniture, audiovisual and multimedia.

society hill dance academy second vision

409 S. 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA (215) 574-3574 info@societyhilldance.com SocietyHillDance.com Your first dance as husband and wife should be filled with the romance that brought you together. Learning how to dance as a couple will help you step into the spotlight with all the style, grace and the confidence you need to make your first dance look and feel natural.

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10063 Sandmeyer Lane, Philadelphia, PA (215) 673-8339 | vince@2ndvision.com 2ndVision.com Second Vision is a ten-piece dance band with the versatility necessary to entertain all ages. Our energetic, talented professional musicians consist of drums, keyboard, bass, screaming lead guitar, three-piece sizzling horn section, and male and female vocalists who will keep everyone on the dance floor all night. Now offering photo and video services.

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soundfactor entertainment & events

(484) 256-5877 info@soundfactordj.com SoundFactorDJ.com Real DJs, good music, no cheese. We’ve been providing exceptional entertainment at hundreds of receptions for years—but your wedding isn’t just another number in our books. We strive to make each one unique! Some DJ companies attempt to book a gazillion weddings a day—we focus on keeping things personal.

specialty services

HAMILTON BALLROOM AT WHEATLAND PLACE 941 Wheatland Ave., Lancaster, PA www.HamiltonEventsInc.com www.GreenfieldCatering.com

blanc de bleu cuv´ee mousseux

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Hilltop House

267

Allegheny County Courthouse

221

Hines Ward’s Vines

195

Bella Sera

13

Historic Acres of Hershey

207

The Booking House

147

Historic Hotel Bethlehem

228

Brick Gables

165

HollyHedge Estate

9

Brigalias

10

Hotel duPont

196

Buca di Beppo

65

Joseph Ambler Inn

43

Cameron Estate Inn

47

The Kimberton Inn

93

Cape May

87

Landmark Venues

56

Celebrations

51

Lehigh Catering

257

Cescaphe Event Group

163

Liberty Mountain Resort & Conference Center

230

Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

273

Lingrow Farm

166

The Clubs at Colonial Ridge

255

The Lodges at Gettysburg

192

Conroy Catering

27

The Manor House at Prophecy Creek Park

169

Cork Factory Hotel

39

Marriott Lancaster at Penn Square

223

The Crystal Room & Terrace Room

249

The Merion Catering & Special Events

28

DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh - Green Tree

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Morning Glory Inn

113

Duck Hollow Golf Club

259

Mulberry Art Studios

199

Excelsior

97

Northampton Valley Country Club

151

Fairmont Pittsburgh

229

Old York Road Country Club

135

The Farmhouse

269

Olivia’s

143

Finley Catering

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Omni Hotels & Resorts

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Fireside Tavern Ballroom

41

One Atlantic Events

109

Flourtown Country Club

101

Outer Banks Wedding Association

62

Foxchase Golf Club

53

Penn Oaks Golf Club

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The Franklin Institute

234

The Pennsylvanian

15

The Gables at Chadds Ford

145

Philmont Country Club

247

General Warren

257

Pine Barn Inn

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Genetti Catering

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Pittsburgh Marriott North

201

The Grand Estate at Hidden Acres

211

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

160

Green Gables Restaurant

214

PNC Park

91

Hamilton Ballroom at Wheatland Place

277

Radnor Valley Country Club

173

Harmony Hall Estate

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The Reeds at Shelter Haven

141

Harry’s Savoy Ballroom

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Regents’ Glen Country Club

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Herman & Luther’s

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RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

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Rock Ford Plantation

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Bella Bridesmaids

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Scenic Village

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Bridal Beginning

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Sheraton Pittsburgh Airport Hotel

171

Claire’s Fashions Inc.

137

Spring Mill Country Club & Manor

231

Daneene Jensen & Associates

239

Springfield Country Club

235

The Exquisite Bride

25

Stoltzfus Homestead & Gardens

175

Irini’s Originals

153

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Lilla’s Bridal Boutique

79

Table 86 by Hines Ward

195

New Attitude Salon and Spa

247

Weddings by Paulette

121

University Club

189

Valley Forge Casino Resort

37

The Valley Green Inn

249

JEWELRY

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Milanj Diamonds

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Vista at Top of the Tower

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Mountz Jewelers

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The Warwick Hotel Rittenhouse Square

186

The Washington at Historic Yellow Springs

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WEDDING CONSULTANTS

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Heart & Dash

191

Weddings In Annapolis

241

White Chimneys Estate

217

Whitewoods

208

PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO

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William Penn Inn

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271

Shannon Hemauer Photography

245

Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown

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CAKES & CATERERS

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Second Vision

213

Birchtree Catering

205

Sound Factor Entertainment & Events

81

Karen Spire Catering & Events

255

Lancaster Cupcake

269

INVITATIONS & DETAILS

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Rettew’s Catering

262

Things Remembered

23

Robert Ryan Catering & Design

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FLOWERS & DÉCOR

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Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux

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Froggy’s Garden Flowers

239

Classic Tent Rental & Party Supplies

271

Petals With Style

275

Shumaker - Plan, Design, Transform

49

Splints & Daisies Floral Design

273

Society Hill Dance Academy

245

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lindsay & conor CHESTER SPRINGS “Tess and I grew up dreaming about that moment,” Lindsay says of stopping to give her best friend and maid of honor a squeeze as they posed for preceremony photos. “We’ve endured highs, lows, breakups and long distance, so physically having her by my side is something I’ll always treasure. Plus, she killed her speech.”

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