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Minutes from the heart of Philadelphia, the newly renovated Waterfall is one of Delaware’s most elegant catering facilities, featuring two exquisite ballrooms that accommodate parties of up to 500 people. Come see the grand hallway, blown-glass chandeliers and ceiling décor above the marble flooring.

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CONTENTS

contents SPRING/SUMMER 2018

in this issue 12 get the look 16 theknot.com 20 editor’s letter 22 checklist 28 ask carley 34 top picks 40 8 industrial-chic venues 44 expert advice

real couples 53 haute hues 61 love stories 210 anatomy of a gift basket 213 marriage licenses and wedding announcements 232 snapshot

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LR1129 / LR1132 / LR1133

Your wedding, Your style.

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CONTENTS

beauty & wellness 141 beauty for hire All your makeup choices can be overwhelming—consider hiring a pro.

fashion 147 how to avoid dress drama

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153 10 things bridal consultants

want you to know

158 avant garden

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

high impact

style 112 high impact Vibrant fuchsia and sleek black team up for a dramatic, modern affair.

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

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

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From your first shopping trip to the final fitting, here’s what to consider.

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FOREVER DESERVES A

WORTHY

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Bring your dream wedding to life with Omni Hotels & Resorts. From sunset ceremonies nestled in Pennsylvania’s picturesque Allegheny

parties exuding the urban elegance of Pittsburgh, our destinations provide the perfect setting for your perfect day.

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Photography courtesy of Alisa Innoceti, Weddings by Alisa.

Mountains to historic ballroom

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real weddings 66 cassi & eric october 7, glen mills

70 anna & jim october 15, philadelphia

74 julie & gregory october 11, hickory

80 victoria & mark april 8, pittsburgh

84 marisa & morgan august 6, philadelphia

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planning

185 get the picture

58 wedding talk 101 A dictionary for all the wedding lingo.

92 nicole & kevin

170 how to throw

august 6, philadelphia

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

october 8, denver

100 carly & dante

179 your catering checklist

september 2, gordonville

Create a memorable wedding meal with these pointers.

104 caitlyn & jonathan december 10, lahaska

191 party perfect Fun ways to entertain guests.

a beach wedding

96 morgan & jaron

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

197 your top venue issues, solved Smart solutions to tackle any hiccups that come your way.

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

108 leagh & chris june 4, winterthur, de

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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.

$$ = $10,001–$30,000

$$$ = $30,001–$50,000

$$$$ = $50,001–$75,000

$$$$$ = $75,001+

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get the look

ABOUT THE COVER

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

ON HER

Dress, price upon request, Mira Zwillinger at Elizabeth Johns, ElizabethJohns.com (Ardmore); veil, $995, LivHart.com; aquamarine cocktail ring, $48,570, CoastDiamond.com

ON HER

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

ON HER

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

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

BRIDAL IN BLOOM

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

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

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photography Liz Von Hoene hair Alberto Guzman for Bumble

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

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EDITOR IN CHIEF

Kristen Maxwell Cooper DESIGN DIRECTOR

DEPUTY EDITOR

MANAGING EDITOR

ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR

REAL WEDDINGS DIRECTOR

PHOTO DIRECTOR

Tracy Everding

Lauren Kay

Susan Berryman

Maria Bouselli

Rebecca Crumley

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

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

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

THE STUDIO @ XO HEAD OF STUDIO Nick Fortunato EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Elizabeth Roehrig PRODUCER Joanna Dedvukaj SENIOR EDITORS Cassie Kreitner, Kate Traverson ASSOCIATE COPY EDITOR Kelsey Paine SENIOR DESIGNER Amanda Kocis Gallagher ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR Kelley Rowland JUNIOR DIGITAL MARKETING COORDINATOR Claire Flanagan

SALES & MARKETING PRESIDENT, LOCAL MARKETPLACE Paul Bascobert, pbascobert@xogrp.com GROUP VP, LOCAL SALES John Pike, jpike@xogrp.com (212) 515-3535 PUBLISHER Carolyn Mantone, cmantone@theknot.com (888) 873-5093 ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Rochell Heininger, rheininger@theknot.com (855) 785-1742

REGIONAL/NATIONAL ACCOUNT MANAGER SPECIALIST REGIONAL SALES DIRECTOR FASHION ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE BEAUTY ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF SHOWS & EVENTS SENIOR MARKETING MANAGER STRATEGY SPECIALISTS DIRECTOR, PUBLIC RELATIONS MANAGER, PUBLIC RELATIONS

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COFOUNDER Carley Roney

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Browse weddings from across the US, including the 2017 winners of our 50 Weddings, 50 States. Our Pennsylvania pick, Anjali and Christophe, pulled off a glam fusion soiree that highlighted their Indian and French roots. “We decided to have a colorful Hindu ceremony followed by a jazzy, French-themed cocktail hour,” Anjali says.

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

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EDITOR ’S LE T TER

I love everything about this dress, from the romantic ruffle to the hint of color. (p. 158)

My jaw dropped when I first saw this succulent cuff—I want to wear one every day! (p. 126)

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

This envelope liner is a fun surprise waiting for guests. (p. 119)

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

KRISTEN MAXWELL COOPER Editor in Chief

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CHECKLIST

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

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

 12+ MONTHS

date: ______ /______ /______

 9-11 MONTHS

date: ______ /______ /______

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

Find a stationer and order save-the-dates.

Nail down a budget.

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

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

Propose to your wedding party.

6-8 MONTHS

date: ______ /______ /______

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

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

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

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

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

Choose and order the bridesmaid dresses.

Schedule beauty trials, and book hairstylists and makeup artists.

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

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

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date: ______ /______ /______

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

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

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

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

1-2 WEEKS

date: ______ /______ /______

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

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

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

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

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

DAYS

date: ______ /______ /______

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

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

DAY BEFORE date: ______ /______ /______

Pass off the marriage license to your officiant. Rehearse the ceremony and enjoy the rehersal dinner with your favorite people. Breathe—and have fun!

CREATE THE ULTIMATE REGISTRY Register at your favorite stores, then share on your website for easy shopping. Already have everything you need? Our Newlywed Fund lets you ask for cash gifts you can put toward anything you like, from an epic honeymoon to a down payment on a home.

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E XPERT Q&A

ask carley

Our cofounder answers your questions.

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

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

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

CHOOSY TUNES

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

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

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FRUGAL FLORALS

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I don’t want to spend a fortune on flowers, but I don’t want to look like I skimped. Any suggestions for ways to save?

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

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

DIVORCE DILEMMA

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My parents are divorced and don’t get along. How can I keep them both happy on the wedding day?

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

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

PARTY FOUL

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

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I’m not used to wearing makeup and I’m worried I’ll end up looking like a clown on my wedding day if I decide to get it done. What should I do?

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Relax—you’re going to look gorgeous. Start with a professional trial or ask a steady-handed friend to help you practice. Be very clear that you want to look like the best version of yourself. Go with sheer makeup, such as tinted moisturizer instead of foundation and gloss instead of lipstick. Then have someone take a few pictures to see how you look—the way you see yourself in the mirror is probably a lot different from how you appear to other people and in photos. From there, adjust as you wish.

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My partner and I have been invited to a good friend’s wedding, as well as the rehearsal dinner, after-party and brunch—do we really have to go to all of these events?

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Attending the ceremony and reception are obvious musts, and the rehearsal dinner is an event you should try to go to. The after-party is strictly for those in the mood to keep the celebration going after the reception, so don’t feel bad about passing on that one. The postwedding brunch is a nice send-off, but if it conflicts with your travel plans, it’s okay to politely decline.

HAPPY FEET

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

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

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The Bond

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134 E. King St., York; (717) 585-0071; TheBondEvents.com An in-house catering and event team ensure effortless planning at The Bond, where you’ll find a brick-lined venue flooded with natural light. Invite guests to celebrate your start as newlyweds with a cocktail hour on the venue’s dock, or reserve one of The Bond’s handful of event spaces, including an intimate atrium (50) or the sleek yet edgy Ballroom (300). Rental packages include access to exclusive catering menus and a professional waitstaff, along with linens, tables, speciality china and chairs.

2424 E. York St., Philadelphia; Facebook.com/skyboxevents This premier Fishtown venue has all the makings of an industrial reception, thanks to its abundance of brick, hardwood and concrete detailing. Two distinct rooms in the center span over 11,000 square feet, and the studio’s primary event space, The Skybox, is designed to comfortably accommodate up to 1,200 guests for standing celebrations and 600 for seated affairs. Full audio and visual production is available, and your booking secures lounge furniture, dinnerware and use of existing rental equipment.

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E XPERT ADVICE

advice from a

florist

What’s in your dream bouquet? I’m a lover of spring flowers, so my bouquet would consist of distant drum garden roses, soft hellebores, creamy white anemones, bleeding hearts and copper sweet peas.

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Kate McManus Devon & Pinkett

What’s trendy in florals right now? We love getting requests for installations, whether it’s a canopy of greenery mixed with café lighting or a floral wall covered with boxwood. We’re also getting requests for bouquets with a naturally loose and organic aesthetic that you’d find in nature versus more tight and contrived arrangements. Are there any floral trends or color combos you can’t stand? I’m not into excessive floral bouquets and crowns that are too large for the bride. A large bouquet should balance the bride’s frame and the dress. When an arrangement or crown needs a wheelbarrow to assist it, the flowers look a bit too unbalanced. What’s the most creative boutonniere you’ve crafted for a groom? In lieu of a traditional boutonniere, I created a pocket square that was covered with tiny succulents. It was to die for!

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We’re curious: what really happens to the flowers after a wedding is through? We invite our couples to take low centerpieces with them for their postwedding brunch. We also recommend recycling your wedding flowers by taking them to local nursing homes or hospitals.

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Hand off all responsibilities to someone else the day before your wedding. You’ll be so happy you did. Take the time to consider what your top priorities are and allocate your budget to where it matters most. You should feel confident about the wedding vendors you hire. If you do, you won’t have to think twice about any decision.

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Lush floral designs are the focus for McManus and her team, who also specialize in event design and styling.

Aside from using lace, what are some unique ways to wrap a bouquet? Our brides have utilized sentimental elements like handkerchiefs, locket charms and ribbons from their loved ones. It’s totally becoming a thing to swap traditional satin wraps for plant-dyed silks, velvet, sequined beadwork and pieces of leather.

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E XPERT ADVICE

advice from a

dj

What separates your business from other wedding-focused djs and bands? As our name indicates, we’re all about creating a custom music mix for our couples. Our presentation is understated—no banners, no flashy lights and minimal microphone chatting—and we work with couples who are looking for something unique. What qualities should a couple look for when searching for a potential dj? You should look for someone with experience who’s willing to listen to your ideas. What’s the most challenging aspect of your job as a playlist professional? The challenge is knowing that you’re DJing a once-in-a-lifetime event every single weekend. What’s one song that’s guaranteed to please guests across all generations? Most Motown and funk songs are winners across the board. Pharrell’s “Happy” is another one that speaks to all age groups.

Is there one dance song you’ll never get sick of playing (or hearing)? The Jackson Five’s “I Want You Back” is brilliant in so many ways.

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Kim Alexander No Macarena ABOUT

This former radio DJ and Philly-based music pro is skilled at maintaining a packed dance floor. WEBSITE

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Is there a music genre you would advise against playing at a wedding? My first answer would be metal, but I’ve played it for some couples and it made them very happy. I would also stay away from too many slow songs during dinner and drinks— it creates a sleepy atmosphere, which is just the opposite of what a party should be. What are your thoughts on taking song requests from wedding guests? First, I always ask the couple if it’s okay to take requests. Generally, if a guest asks for a song that’s in the spirit of what’s on the couple’s playlist, I’ll honor it. Bridal party members and parents get priority, although a poorly timed parental request can kill the dance floor. That’s a tough one too—you can’t say no to the mother of the bride.

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Music is subjective, so there are no wrong answers. However, I do see couples who come up with a list of songs they like without considering how the playlist will sound at the actual event. Do your homework, hire vendors you trust and let them do their jobs.

What’s the key to a packed dance floor? The best dance parties are a combination of the couple’s tastes and suggestions, and the DJ’s experience. People dance to songs they know, so you want the music to be familiar to at least a portion of your crowd at all times. Couples usually know what songs are popular among their family members and friends, but a good DJ will look at a music request list and ask the right questions to zero in on what music will work for the overall group. Once the dance party is in action, a great DJ will take cues from the party to determine what’s working and what’s not.

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What inspired you to start no macarena? I had been a radio DJ for a number of years, so I had a lot of experience coming up with the right song at the right time for the right audience. A former coworker asked if I would DJ a wedding for a listener, but I didn’t see myself as the kind of person who could lead a conga line. The couple turned out to be really cool and they didn’t want that sort of thing, so an idea was born. At the time, the Macarena was the epitome of cheesy, so calling it “No Macarena” said everything about who I was in just two words.

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What are some cost-saving tips for to-be-weds on a budget? Seasonal or not, flowers can still be costly, which is why décor can be your budget’s best ally. Sometimes we find that coupling décor and textural elements with a more modest volume of blooms best balances a couple’s design vision with their budget. Everyone has a budget, but no one wants to feel as though it looks like they had to stretch their dollars. Staying aware of this from start to finish is one of our biggest design priorities.

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Cynthia & David Manchester Oleander ABOUT

The husband-and-wife team behind Oleander specializes in bespoke services, including destination event styling, seasonal floral design, décor rental and calligraphy. WEBSITE

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@oleandercurated PRO TIP

If you dream of marrying in a unique location, don’t immediately discount those thoughts based on preconceived notions of budget, travel or family. There are so many ways to design an event that balances a couple’s wanderlust with those other factors.

Is designing a wedding in less than six months really doable? Absolutely—even in the case of a destination wedding! Find a designer who is willing to ask the right, pointed questions, and be decisive in order to maximize your budget within that short time frame. Could you describe a recent example of how you’ve put an inventive twist on a wedding design. Not long ago, we turned a raw, industrial, white warehouse into a romantic, modern ceremony. Some creative brainstorming resulted in a floating chuppah covered with ivy that was illuminated with hanging geometric lanterns, and we finished the design with translucent ghost chairs so the room absolutely glowed. Seeing our couple radiate as they walked into the space had to be one of our proudest moments.

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

—Katie & Trip

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

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

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

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

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

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

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BLACK-TIE ATTIRE

RÉPONDEZ S’IL VOUS PLAÎT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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“Jay and I had been together for several years, and he felt like home to me,” Robert (right) says of casually asking Jay to marry him during a quiet evening at home. A few years later, Jay planned a counter-proposal of his own during a romantic trip to Turks and Caicos. “Robert knew where we were vacationing, but I kept all of the specific travel plans to myself,” Jay says of shocking his partner of nine years with an intimate proposal on a deserted beach. “I’ll never forget the smile he gave me as he said ‘yes.’” The ring: RedCatRun, Etsy.com >>

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A routine walk with their dog, Max, turned into an impromptu engagement for longtime couple Bianca and Andy, who first met while in high school. “I brought the ring along just in case,” Andy says of not fully knowing when and where he would pop the question. Once the pair reached a scenic site on the walking trail, Andy asked Bianca and Max to pose for a photo before pulling a rose gold engagement ring from his pocket. “We’ve always known we were going to get married at some point, yet I was still completely caught off guard,” Bianca says. “He was so nervous!” The ring: BlueNile.com

meifung & david Philadelphia PHOTOGR APH BY ALISON DUNN PHOTOGR APHY

Four months after they met on the steps of their church after a morning service, Meifung came home to find her apartment filled with candles, flowers, greenery and music. “She stood in the doorway for what felt like forever,” David says of shocking his now-wife with an engagement ring in the middle of her living room. “I knew she would appreciate an intimate proposal at home, since that’s where we spend most of our time together, sharing many meals, laughs and conversations.” The ring: DeSumma & Wexler Fine Jewelry >>

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Alex made sure to prepare before popping the question to Riana: He booked a cruise to the Bahamas, asked for her father’s blessing and, of course, bought a ring. “I carried it in my pocket for two days in international waters, just waiting for the perfect moment to ask Riana to spend her life with me,” Alex says. Two days into their beach vacation, the couple was alone on the shipdeck when Alex got down on one knee. “The moment I put the ring on her finger, I felt as if there was complete and perfect order in the world,” Alex says. “Everything was just as it was supposed to be.” The ring: The Jewelry Source

dana & eric Philadelphia PHOTOGR APH BY PAT FUREY PHOTOGR APHY

Exhausted, unshowered and having just returned from a friend’s bachelorette party, Dana came home to find hundreds of photos of her and Eric strung up around their kitchen. Affixed to each picture was a note that chronicled the specific date and corresponding memory. “The final photo instructed me to meet Eric in the living room for today’s memory,” Dana recalls. “I was confused at first, but once I realized what was happening, the nerves and excitement kicked in.” The ring: Elegant Designs Jewelry R E A D M O R E P RO P O SA L S TO R I E S AT HowHeAsked.com by The Knot

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Cassi carried a loosely gathered assortment of plum, rose and auberginehued blooms. “My forearms were sore from carrying it around all day!” she says.

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BRIDE Cassi Williams, 33, a nanny GROOM Eric Verosky, 34, works for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections HOW THEY MET Through mutual friends WEDDING STYLE The couple’s bohemian, rustic reception focused on wood details, brass accents and a muted blush palette. —Allie Volpe Cassi and Eric exchanged vows under Terrain’s existing white arbor, which was adorned with cascading florals and string lights. A large scroll suspended from the arbor’s beams featured hand-written lyrics to Coldplay’s “Yellow,” the song to which Cassi walked down the aisle.

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The reception, held in the venue’s garden shed, was illuminated with delicate string lights and a showstopping ceiling installation made from gilded tree branches. Ivory cable knit runners topped farm tables along with vintage glass vessels and low-lying clusters of kangaroo paw and pampas grass.

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Bracelet: Charming Charlie; earrings: J.Crew BRIDESMAID DRESSES Donna Morgan MENSWEAR Zara

STATIONERY Invitations:

Sandpiper & Co.; menu cards: Terrain Maggpie Rentals

CATERING Terrain

My Little Cupcake DESSERTS Terrain

RENTALS CAKE MUSIC

DJ Joey David PHOTO BOOTH Lauren Fair Photography Confectionery

FAVORS The Cotton Candy TRANSPORTATION &

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Glen Mills Wilmington

REGISTRY Target

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Annamarie (Anna) Saracino, 29, a dietetics student GROOM Jim Fox, 34, a surveyor and guitar salesman HOW THEY MET At the bride’s cousin’s wedding WEDDING STYLE “We’re not the most traditional couple, so we wanted something industrial yet polished,” Anna says of filling their vaulted venue with metallic brass accents and rustic wood details. —AV Lanterns and candles lined the way to the altar, where the couple exchanged Game of Thrones–inspired vows in front of a large wood pallet accented with an abundance of greenery and all-white blooms.

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Brass candlesticks of alternating heights and flower-filled metallic vessels lined each dining table.

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ANNA & JIM’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS

PHOTOGRAPHY Maria Mack

Designs

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The Skybox Event Center, Philadelphia

GOWN

Hayley Paige, Bridal Garden, Marlton, NJ

HAIR Donna & Co. Hair Design MAKEUP Ashley Marie Makeup

Artistry

SHOES ModCloth.com

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Belaggio Jewelers BRIDESMAID DRESSES La Belle

Mariée Bridal, Langhorne MENSWEAR Joseph Abboud STATIONERY DIY

RENTALS

Party Rental Ltd., The Skybox Event Center

CATERING The Skybox

Event Center Makes Cakes

CAKE Danielle

MUSIC Cocktail hour:

The End of America; reception: Timmy D Productions

REGISTRIES Bed

Bath & Beyond; Target Various lanterns, candles and bistro lights juxtaposed the venue’s existing high ceilings and raw, warehouse vibe. DIY details included custom save-the-dates, table numbers, bar signs and the escort card display, along with subtle, fox-themed accents as a nod to the couple’s new shared surname.

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HONEYMOON Hawaii GUESTS

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julie & gregory

Garlands of silver dollar eucalyptus ran the length of each dining table, which were topped with copper cutlery and glass bottle centerpieces.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Julie Glaser, 29, owner of a floral and event design company GROOM Gregory Start, 28, a technical writer HOW THEY MET At a Halloween party WEDDING STYLE “A festive autumn party felt perfect for us since we met in the fall and it’s our favorite time of year,” Julie says of their rustic barn bash. —AV Plaid blankets, chalkboard accents and autumn-inspired treats like caramels and homemade pies lent undeniable fall flair to Julie and Gregory’s October nuptials. After lining the alfresco aisle with freshly collected leaves, the couple officially became Mr. and Mrs. in a personalized tree-planting unity ceremony.

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“I wanted our wedding to feel like one big, eclectic dinner party,” Julie says.

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Stunning florals were a no-brainer for Julie, who owns Pittsburgh-based floral company Sapphire & Lace Design with her sister Bethany. In addition to the bride’s bohemian flower crown, Bethany created the cascading floral arch that served as the altar, while Julie woke up early on the morning of the wedding to assemble each boutonniere.

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Signature treats included old-fashioneds and a sweet sip dubbed The Perfect Pear. “It’s a drink recipe that I love from one of our favorite local restaurants,” Julie says. Additional indulgences ranged from a burnt almond torte to a dessert wagon filled with taffy and apple-flavored candy.

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Farm, Hickory

PHOTOGRAPHY Edward Coll

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VIDEOGRAPHY Jonathan Ryan

FLOWERS Sapphire & Lace Design

OFFICIANT Sandra Monahan/Weddings

Without Worries HAIR &

GOWN Grace Loves Lace

MAKEUP Bridal Hair by Andrea

FLOWER CROWN Sapphire & Lace Design SHOES Rachel Simpson

ENGAGEMENT &

WEDDING RINGS Goldstock Jewelers JEWELRY

Bracelet: Tiffany & Co.; earrings: Francesca’s BRIDESMAID DRESSES ModCloth.com;

Nordstrom

MENSWEAR J.Crew;

Nordstrom

STATIONERY Invitations:

KarmaPaperCoWeddings, Etsy.com; escort/place cards, programs & menu cards: DIY

RENTALS

General Rental Center; Windswept Party & Event Rentals

CATERING 2 Fine Caterers

Prantl’s Bakery Nick Fiasco Alibaba.com

CAKE

MUSIC DJ Cai Entertainment, FAVORS Pashmina scarves: TRANSPORTATION First Student

ACCOMMODATIONS Courtyard Pittsburgh

Washington Meadow Lands & Barrel; Target

REGISTRIES Crate

HONEYMOON Mexico

GUESTS 105 BUDGET $$ (see key, p. 8)

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WALK ON WATER Unique reception and ceremony space suspended over the Atlantic Ocean

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“We wanted a unique venue that wasn’t necessarily made for weddings,” Victoria says of celebrating at Wintergarden at PPG Place.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Victoria Quimpo, 28, an ob-gyn resident GROOM Mark Moretti, 31, a wealth planner HOW THEY MET As undergrads at Penn State WEDDING STYLE Mixed metallics and clusters of white anemones added a sense of refined sophistiction to Victoria and Mark’s spring fete. —AV While searching for the perfect party space, Victoria and Mark were immediately drawn to their venue’s floor-to-ceiling windows and abundance of natural light. “When our planner told us that it was a hidden gem that she had never worked in before, we were sold,” Victoria says.

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As a nod to the bride’s love of wine, guests’ names and seat assignments were written on glass bottles.

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In remembrance of her late father, Victoria sewed a fabric heart made from his wedding tie to the underside of her gown. Another sentimental detail included a DIY brooch bouquet made from pins gifted to the bride by her friends and family.

VICTORIA & MARK’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Wintergarden

at PPG, Pittsburgh

PHOTOGRAPHY Brianna

Stevenson/Brianna Wilbur Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Just Hitched Wedding Films PLANNER Soirée by Souleret

FLOWERS The

Farmer’s Daughter Flowers Michael Kiriazis

OFFICIANT

GOWN Cristiano Lucci, Bridal

Beginning, Pittsburgh Christine Salon & Spa

HAIR &

MAKEUP Bella

HEADPIECE Clarissa

Boutique, Bridal Beginning Brooke; Badgley Mischka

SHOES Audrey ENGAGEMENT

RING BlueNile.com; Brooks Diamonds WEDDING RINGS Brooks Diamonds EARRINGS Charming

Charlie

BRIDESMAID DRESSES Various

MENSWEAR Custom, Raja’s Fashions, Bangkok,

Thailand

STATIONERY Invitations: Minted

.com; escort/place cards: DIY; programs & menu cards: Soirée by Souleret

RENTALS All

Occasions Party Rental; Mosaic Inc. CAKE Tallulah’s Catering

&

Crawford Limousines

CATERING

MUSIC Sam

TRANSPORTATION Vogue ACCOMMODATIONS Wyndham

Grand Pittsburgh Downtown

REGISTRIES

Amazon.com; Crate & Barrel; Pottery Barn; West Elm

HONEYMOON Greece GUESTS 210 BUDGET $$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Marisa Sacks, 27, a law student BRIDE Morgan Sokol, 31, a director of government affairs HOW THEY MET While working for Teach For America WEDDING STYLE Inspired by the over-ripened fruit popular in Dutch masters paintings, the pair planned a gothic yet romantic gathering marked by dried flowers and pink Himalayan salt accents. —AV The couple sourced their wedding invitations from the stationery store Marisa’s grandmother opened and where she currently works. “In order to make sure the invitations reflected our belief in partnership and equality, we had our names placed side by side instead of one above the other,” Marisa says of the botanical-accented suite.

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Signature cocktails were named for the couple’s two cats, Earl Grey and Pip Squeak, and miniature menu items included baja fish tacos and grilled cheese served alongside tomato soup. Rather than send partygoers off with individual favors, the newlyweds treated guests to Philadelphia pretzels and artisan ice cream sandwiches to enjoy on their way home.

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FLOWERS Chicory

GOWNS

Marisa: Watters, Nordstrom, Brea, CA; Morgan: Monique Lhuillier, Monique Lhuillier, Los Angeles, CA

HAIR Le Papillon Hair

Salon MAKEUP Dylan Michael Cosmetics VEILS Marisa: Watters; Morgan: Monique

Lhuillier

SHOES Marisa: Sergio Rossi;

Morgan: Jimmy Choo

ENGAGEMENT

RINGS Anna Sheffield WEDDING RINGS

Marisa: Sack’s Jewelers; Morgan: Anna Sheffield

STATIONERY Paper Boutique;

Zazzle.com

RENTALS Front & Palmer;

Maggpie Rentals; Synergetic Sound & Lighting

CATERING,

DESSERTS Feast Your Eyes

CAKE & MUSIC Jazz

band: John David Simon; reception: Lenny Edison bulbs illuminated the dining space, where guests sat down to tables topped with gold flatware and taper candles.

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Raney (DJ Chinua)

TRANSPORTATION

Philadelphia Trolley Works ACCOMMODATIONS Kimpton Hotel

Monaco Philadelphia Registry.com

REGISTRY Blueprint

HONEYMOON Shelter Island,

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

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BRIDAL BEGINNING be a legend in BERTA 450 Cochran Road • Pittsburgh, PA • 412.343.6677

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Alexandria (Alex) Kragie, 27, a medical student GROOM Olamide Sanuth, 31, a scientist HOW THEY MET As undergrads at Purdue University WEDDING STYLE Marrying on Earth Day meant an organic palette of blue, brown and green for Alex and Olamide, who focused on incorporating DIY details and simple florals into their spring nuptials —AV Six months after they wed in a traditional Nigerian ceremony, Alex and Olamide became Mr. and Mrs. once more when they exchanged vows against a one-of-a-kind backdrop made from hundreds of colorful paper cranes.

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ALEX & OLAMIDE’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS “We had a no-fuss style,” Alex says of keeping their décor to a minimum in order to focus on memorable menu items, like savory, cheese-based appetizers and bites. “We picked the market because the venue’s catering team allowed us to serve a tasting menu of all of our favorite things.”

CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE

Reading Terminal Market, Philadelphia PHOTOGRAPHY Lisa Hornak

Photography Petals (friend)

FLOWERS Print on

OFFICIANT Jon Rodger GOWN Theia, Lovely Bride,

Philadelphia

HAIR Elisa DiBruno

MAKEUP Camila Bravo

Badgley Mischka

SHOES

ENGAGEMENT &

WEDDING RINGS Rona Fisher BRIDESMAID DRESSES Various MENSWEAR Groom: Suitsupply;

groomsmen: various

STATIONERY

DIY; Minted.com; Postable.com CATERING &

Terminal Market

CAKE Reading MUSIC Joe Pizzio/

PZO Productions DANCE LESSONS Art in Motion Dance Academy REGISTRY Zola.com HONEYMOON Australia GUESTS

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

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Nicole Molino, 28, a teacher GROOM Kevin Johnson, 29, a chief of staff HOW THEY MET They lived in the same Temple University dormitory WEDDING STYLE Powder blue linens and paper goods paired perfectly with copper accents for a modern, romatic look. —AV “I wish I could have kept it forever,” Nicole says of the dramatic floral trellis that framed her and Kevin as they exchanged vows in front of their guests. “We didn’t have a specific style in mind—we knew what we didn’t like, and the design just came together from there.” Florals were inspired by the stone fruit of summer, and Nicole carried an asymmetrical arrangement secured with blue velvet ribbon for her walk down the aisle.

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VIDEOGRAPHY Between Sleep & Awake COORDINATOR Confetti & Co.

Oleander

FLOWERS

OFFICIANT Diane Smith-Hoban/

Journeys of the Heart

GOWN Suzanne Neville,

Wedding Atelier, New York City

HAIR Hush

Salon Philadelphia MAKEUP Victoria Roggio SHOES Manolo Blahnik

ENGAGEMENT

& WEDDING RINGS Golden Nugget Jewelers EARRINGS Samantha Wills

BRIDESMAID

DRESSES Bella Bridesmaids

MENSWEAR

Groom: ENZO Custom; groomsmen: Polo Ralph Lauren, Macy’s

STATIONERY

Hello, Bird.; Minted.com CAKE Garces Group

CATERING &

MUSIC Amsterdam/

EBE Events & Entertainment PHOTO BOOTH The Little Picture Photo Booth TRANSPORTATION Philadelphia

Trolley Works and Carriage Company ACCOMMODATIONS Kimpton Hotel

Monaco Philadelphia For their first dance as newlyweds, Nicole and Kevin swayed to “Loving Wings” by Dave Matthews Band. “We love a good dance party,” Nicole says. “My dad and I broke into a surprise performance to the ‘Wobble’ before my mom and sister joined in. It was one of the best moments of my life, hands down.”

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REGISTRIES Crate &

HONEYMOON Anguilla

GUESTS 160 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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BRIDE Morgan Phillips, 29, a senior financial analyst GROOM Jaron Nalewak, 31, an attorney and small business owner HOW THEY MET At a party in college WEDDING STYLE Morgan and Jaron’s fall wedding exuded a cozy, bohemian feel thanks to an autumnal color palette of burnt orange, hunter green, navy blue and deep red. —AV “The venue has so much charm and character that we didn’t have to do much at all,” Morgan says of playing up the estate’s existing décor with wood accents, verdant garland centerpieces and gold-rimmed dinnerware. After tying the knot in an alfresco ceremony, the newlyweds and their partygoers settled in for an Italian feast served family style.

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PHOTOGRAPHY Hillary

Muelleck Photography Instead of seating their wedding party at a head table, Morgan and Jaron opted to sit alone during dinner. “A separate table for just Morgan and I seemed like the right decision,” Jaron says. “Sitting alone allowed us to sit back and watch all of our planning come to fruition—we were overcome with happiness and love.”

Cinescope Films

VIDEOGRAPHY

DAY-OF COORDINATOR

Tammy Peifer/Bear Mill Estate

FLOWERS

Kerry Kegerise/Bear Mill Estate

OFFICIANT

Ryan J. McGinnis/Wellness on Walnut

GOWN

Enzoani, La Bella Moda, Conshohocken &

MAKEUP The Bonafide Ginger

Symphony Bridal, La Bella Moda ASOS

HAIR VEIL

SHOES

ENGAGEMENT RING BlueNile.com

WEDDING RINGS Bride: BlueNile.com; groom:

TheSlyFox, Etsy.com EARRINGS Nordstrom BRIDESMAID DRESSES Bari Jay, Berni Bridal

and Formal Apparel, Skippack

MENSWEAR Ike

Behar, Fifity-Fifty Tuxedos, Sinking Spring STATIONERY Escort cards: CottonandGrain,

Etsy.com; invitations & programs: Coeur by K Design; menu cards: Zazzle.com Kerry Kegerise Company

CAKE Unique Desserts by Anne

Louise DESSERTS Isgro Pastries Bachelor Boys Band Glass

RENTALS

CATERING Brother’s Catering MUSIC

FAVORS Daniel

TRANSPORTATION Rhoads

Limousine Service

HONEYMOON Antigua

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

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L I L L A’ S B R I D A L

B O U T I Q U E

w w w. l i l l a s b r i d a l b o u t i q u e . c o m 717-757-6788

Photo credit WToo by Watters

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Carly Fryer, 29, a senior buyer at Free People GROOM Dante Molino, 29, cofounder of Gravity Rail Media HOW THEY MET In their college English class WEDDING STYLE Rustic bohemia was the theme of Carly and Dante’s relaxed fete at a whitewashed barn in rural Pennsylvania. —AV The bride wore a white crochet gown and gold metallic heels, while her five bridesmaids rocked pale blue gowns complete with lace panels. “I’m still trying to figure out how I can wear my wedding dress again,” Carly says. “It was really fun to dance in!”

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C ARLY & DANTE

Treats included a chocolate and banana-chocolatechip-flavored cake filled with peanut butter icing.

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PHOTOGRAPHY Love

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DAY-OF

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Homestead & Gardens

FLOWERS

Karma Floral & Event Design William Newhart (friend)

OFFICIANT GOWN Rue

De Seine, Lovely Bride, Philadelphia HAIR Meg Frattare

Kelsey Kabinoff Kirkwood

MAKEUP

SHOES Nicholas

ENGAGEMENT RING

Cathy Waterman WEDDING RINGS Bride: Sirciam; groom: Esqueleto BRIDESMAID DRESSES For Love &

Lemons

MENSWEAR Groom:

Hickey Freeman; groomsmen: Jos. A. Bank

STATIONERY Minted.com

CATERING Hess’s Barbeque Catering CAKE The Baker’s Table DESSERTS

Inspired Confections Entertainment

MUSIC Klock

ACCOMMODATIONS

Best Western Plus Intercourse Village Inn REGISTRIES Pottery Barn; Zola.com

Carly’s sister created indigo shibori linens for the party, which covered dining tables topped with mercury glass votives and arrangements of dahlias, thistle and blue muffin viburnum. “Our main goal was to make our day feel relaxed and filled with love and family,” Carly says of their laid-back affair.

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HONEYMOON Riviera Maya, Mexico GUESTS 100 BUDGET $$$ (see key, p. 8)

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THE

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ADRIENNE MATZ PHOTOGR APHY

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Caitlyn Omensetter, 28, a nanny GROOM Jonathan Pfeifer, 28, a truck manufacturer HOW THEY MET At Kutztown University WEDDING STYLE With a winter romance design in mind, Caitlyn and Jonathan filled their colonial-style setting with pinecone details and frosty shades of ivory, blue and gray. —AV The couple didn’t have to search long to find their dream venue at Peddler’s Village in Lahaska. “The space looked absolutely beautiful during the winter season,” Caitlyn says. “It was the first venue we looked at, and we booked it immediately.”

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CAITLYN & JONATHAN’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY SITE Our Lady of Guadalupe,

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Photography Weddings Flowers

VIDEOGRAPHY D.P. FLOWERS The Pod Shop

OFFICIANT Father Robert Ianelli

GOWN Stella York, Rena Elle Couture,

Maple Shade, NJ

HAIR Happily Ever After

Hair MAKEUP JazminRae Makeup BlancaVeils, Etsy.com .com

VEIL

SHOES BridalShoes

ENGAGEMENT RING Carol A

Zemnick Jewelers WEDDING RINGS Kay Jewelers EARRINGS Romantique Studio BRIDESMAID DRESSES The Dessy

Group

MENSWEAR Joseph Abboud,

Men’s Wearhouse Flanagan; Vistaprint Bull Restaurant Cupcake Company DJs

STATIONERY Tara CATERING Cock ‘n CAKE The Lucky MUSIC Signature

FAVORS The Knot Shop

TRANSPORTATION Sterling

Limousine & Transportation Services REGISTRIES Bed Bath & Beyond;

“Guests still tell me that our cake was the best they’ve ever had,” Caitlyn says of their buttercream neopolitan confection made with layers of sweet strawberry cream. After sipping on signature cranberry champagne cocktails, guests took home snowflake wine bottle stoppers that served as favors.

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Target

HONEYMOON Costa Rica

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

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BRIDE Leagh Rogers, 30, a stylist GROOM Chris Harrington, 30, a management consultant HOW THEY MET Through mutual friends on St. Patrick’s Day WEDDING STYLE Slategray linens and pops of pink turned Leagh and Chris’s tented event into an elegant garden party. —AV “We wanted the evening to feel elegant but very relaxed,” Leagh says of playing up their muted tablescapes with vibrant pink and orange florals. Cocktail hour took place around the museum’s reflecting pool, where guests sipped champagne and listened to a three-piece band before dinner and dancing commenced.

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LE AGH & CHRIS

“I’m keeping our cake toppers in hopes that our daughter or nieces will use them one day,” Leagh says.

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FLOWERS TableArt

Father Rob Hagen

OFFICIANT

GOWN Lihi Hod, Gabriella

New York Bridal Salon, New York City

HAIR

Anastasia Rash MAKEUP Dylan Michael Cosmetics

VEIL Sara Gabriel, Gabriella

New York Bridal Salon Weitzman

SHOES Stuart

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING

RINGS Gianinni Jewelers EARRINGS Sara

Gabriel

BRIDESMAID DRESSES Nordstrom

MENSWEAR Brooks Brothers

The Papery

rental: Rental City NJ Restaurant Associates Baker

FAVORS Teuscher

Hotel du Pont

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CATERING & DESSERTS CAKE The Master’s

MUSIC EBE Events & Entertainment

Delaware Express “I wanted everyone to be comfortable,” Leagh says of dressing her bridesmaids in breezy, floor-length gowns. The bride’s embellished sheath featured a beaded bodice and dramatic slit, and she accessorized with her grandmother’s sapphire ring that served as both her something old and something blue.

STATIONERY

RENTALS Party Rental Ltd.; tent

TRANSPORTATION ACCOMMODATIONS

REGISTRIES Bloomingdale’s;

Restoration Hardware; Williams Sonoma HONEYMOON France GUESTS 210

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HOST YOUR WEDDING EVENT AT PNC PARK Our unique venues are available for wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, anniversary parties and engagement parties. Each venue offers a captivating view of downtown Pittsburgh, world-class cuisine, multimedia capabilities, and accommodates up to 300 guests.

AVAILABLE VENUES Lexus Club | Rivertowne Brewing Hall of Fame Club | Keystone Corner | Gunner’s | Club 3000 | Business Center

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Fanciful fuchsia and sleek black pair together for an unexpectedly dramatic, modern affair. /// BY A LYSS A LONG OBUCCO

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daringly deep A black and marble place setting is a crisp backdrop for a vibrant centerpiece of oxblood peonies, pink ranunculus, chocolate cosmos, blush garden roses and branches. The cake’s marbled exterior and sugar flowers echo the tablescape and unite the overall palette. Cake, IntricateIcings.com; florals, FlorabyNora.com; tabletop décor, EclecticHive.com; linens, LuxeLinen .org; stationery, YonderDesign.com; gifts, BundlesGiftCo.com; venue, DenverPhotoCollective.com >>

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a touch of texture

Reinvent table numbers by trading paper signs for black engraved shagreen plaques, set on a gilded photo ledge.

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fresh ingredients Go beyond florals in your boutonnieres. For a woodsy vibe, try leaves and touches of pine.

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For a total twist on the white wedding cake, go for smooth black fondant icing with a pretty marble design and a cascade of sugar blooms. >>

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A leather folio and luggage tag for guests are nice personal touches, and add a hint of texture to a streamlined black-and-white invitation suite.

F I N D M O R E I N S P I R AT I O N AT TheKnot.com/reception

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Dreamy. Organic. Artistry. Wedding. Photography. Available for local and destination weddings www.perfectlypairedphoto.com 610.505.6498

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Design a standout suite with one of these fresh invite accents. >> BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APH BY COCO TR AN

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

Statement envelope liner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Christy Howton is the owner and creative director of Papertree Studio in Philadelphia, where she specializes in creating inspiring paper goods for weddings and other special events.

This year, I’m loving the trend of using saturated, dark colors in an invite design. It’s such a different look than we typically see, and I love the feel that kind of palette lends to a wedding invitation suite.

A lot of what we do is custom, so it’s important we listen to what a couple envisions their day to be like—it plays a huge role in our approach to their design. We want the suite to really feel like them.

You can find inspiration for your suite anywhere. Maybe it’s flowers you’ll be using in a centerpiece, art or even the fashion for the day, like a wedding dress. It can be something simple but impactful.

I love using my artwork and the invitations to evoke a feeling. It’s such an important part of a wedding and really sets the tone for the event. When couples see their invites, it feels real.

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

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

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MODERN CUFF

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

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

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

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If the idea of putting on eyeliner makes your hand shake, you may want to hire a pro to do your makeup on your wedding day. >>

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

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Get inspired You’ve spent months tearing pages out of wedding magazines and pinning everything you can find for your wedding décor and dress, but your inspiration hunt shouldn’t stop there. The easiest way to ensure your makeup turns out exactly the way you envision it is by using a reference photo. “Pinterest or bridal magazines and blogs are a perfect place to start,” Lo says. “Finding photos that reflect a bride’s vision is helpful for an artist to fully understand the desired direction for the look.” Did a celebrity have a major beauty moment on the red carpet you’ve been dying to re-create? Was there a makeup look on the runway that caught your eye? Take those pictures and file them away for your makeup artist to reference. And if you don’t have a specific image in mind, that’s okay too. Just knowing the shades you’d like to incorporate or the feeling you’d like to evoke can help your makeup artist lock down a look you’ll love.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How do you charge?

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

Do you have a team of assistants?

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

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

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

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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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how to avoid dress drama

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mismatched

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

Ombré

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

Allover embellishment

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

Metallics

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

All white

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Krystyne Levey is the manager of L&H Couture, a bridal shop in Doylestown. The salon specializes in bridal gowns, motherof-the-bride dresses and eveningwear.

You should start shopping for your gown a year in advance. Most gowns take six to nine months to arrive in store. It could even take longer if you’re requesting customizations or extensive alterations.

Your dress alterations should occur two months before your wedding. Give your tailor enough time to make all the necessary changes to your gown— especially if you’re asking for customizations.

I don’t recommend shopping for a wedding dress online. You may think you’re getting a bargain, but if it turns out to be ill-fitting, the cost of alterations can add up to more than the gown.

It’s a good idea to bring shapewear like a longline bra and body-shaping underwear to your first dress appointment. It will help you get a better idea of how your gown will fit after alterations.

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

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

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

Add sleeves

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

Customize your bustle

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

Modify embellishments

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

Lace it up

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

Make it personal

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

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The Iris Garden

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

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

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

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

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The Great Bowl

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

Dress, $8,900, Monique Lhuillier at The Wedding Shoppe, Wedding-Shoppe.com (Wayne), Anne Gregory For the Bride, AnneGregoryBrides.com (Pittsburgh); earrings, $925, JenniferBehr.com ON HIM Suit, $549, BlackLapel.com; shirt, $168, tie, $68, Bonobos.com; wedding band, $1,090, BrilliantEarth.com

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

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

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

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The Rose Garden

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

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

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

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HAUTEHOUSE FLOWERS

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

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The Terrace Garden

HIDE AND CHIC

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

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

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

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

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

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

Symbolism

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

Season

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

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

VIP preferences

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

Holidays

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

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

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

Mind Mother Nature

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pampas grass

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

Shells

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

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

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

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

Is your caterer legit?

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

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

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

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We encourage our couples to be more adventurous in their menu selections. Nothing outrageous, but try and make it personal. Choose things you love, not what you think you should have on the menu.

Everyone loves a seated meal, so that’s a safe option. Let your guests pick which meal they want from a selection. You can’t go wrong with filet mignon, sea bass and a good chicken dish.

One of our signature dishes is a summer favorite of our clients. We serve spiced short ribs finished with chimichurri sauce, with white cheddar grits and shaved Brussels sprouts on the side.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dress like you’re out on a date

Put your pro’s knowledge to use

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

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

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Create a solid day-of timeline

Be upfront about your expectations

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

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

Plan for the light

Don’t try to control everything

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

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

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

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1 Treat them to a cooking class Enroll early arrivers in a cooking class with a favorite local eatery for some midday culinary fun.

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

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

Offer icebreakers Help guests get to know one another by incorporating engaging icebreakers into your wedding day. Get as creative as you’d like— from party crackers at each place setting with questions hidden inside to “bride” and “groom” buttons guests can wear to designate whose family they’re representing. Or task a few of your most lively, outgoing friends to act as table ambassadors (this is a great job for groomsmen). They can move from table to table ensuring everyone has met one another and is having a ball. The goal: Make conversation and camaraderie easy to come by for a reception that will have everyone feeling appreciated and included. >>

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Friends and family members of all ages will enjoy getting a taste of the local food scene, and a good meal always brings about good conversation.

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

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Arrange a group tour If guests are traveling for your wedding, odds are they’ll want to see the sights while they’re there. Encourage everyone to play tourist with a guided tour to some of the area’s best landmarks. Whether it’s a coastal boat trip, a bike ride or a walking tour, the experience will leave them loving your destination city as much as you do.

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

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

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

Get social When in doubt, let social media do the mingling work for you. There are a slew of new apps dedicated to helping wedding guests get to know one another and enjoy their evening. Guesterly helps you create a completely customized photo guide of all your guests, which you can then supply printed or digitally for the ultimate who’s who party roster. Each mention includes a photo, a bio and some details on each person, so everyone feels welcome and instantly involved. Have a lot of single friends coming? Try out SinglesTable, which aims to play Cupid ahead of your “I dos” by giving unhitched friends a place to mix and mingle virtually before they meet IRL on the dance floor. Create a profile at SinglesTable.co, and share the private code with guests on your wedding website. They can download the app and chat up fellow attendees before your wedding. Who knows—they could be next.

seat guests drama-free Take the guesswork out of your seating arrangements with these foolproof tips.

Start early

Don’t be one of those couples left panicking the morning of their wedding because they haven’t finished their seating charts. You’ll have more important tasks to take care of by then. It’s fine to make last-minute adjustments, but try to have your chart done at least one week before the wedding.

Break it down

Before choosing seating, categorize your guest list by relationship: your friends, your family, your partner’s friends, your partner’s family, family friends and so on. This way, it will be easier for you to sort your guests into the most logical table arrangements.

Work out placing parents

Traditionally, both sets of parents sit at the same table, along with the grandparents and siblings who weren’t in the wedding party. But with divorces, stepparents and family drama, some people might be uncomfortable sitting next to each other. If there’s any awkwardness, consider letting each set of parents host their own table of close family and friends. Remember, the parent positioning is flexible. Place everyone in a spot where it feels best to you.

Enlist your wedding party

At most weddings, the bridesmaids and groomsmen sit at the head table alongside the newlyweds. To make all your guests feel special and included, feel free to sit your wedding party strategically throughout the room, focusing especially on the outlying tables. Sitting with an honored member will make other attendees feel like they’re in the center of the action no matter where they’re seated.

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

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Our venue underwent renovations after we booked, and all the charm we loved is gone! Falling head over heels with a space only to have it transformed before your wedding can be a huge disappointment. Assuming that pulling out and finding an entirely different venue isn’t an option, there are a few ways to approach this. First, review your contract, looking for anything that may protect your investment in the space or any language that essentially frees the venue of any responsibility in the scenario. Then contact the venue with a concise email explaining your frustration. Detail why you initially chose the space and how the renovations have affected your wedding. Mention any additional fees you envision having to pay, and see what they can do to alleviate the situation, either monetarily or by throwing in extra perks (like upgraded chairs, top-shelf liquor or an extra hour to your reception). Lastly, talk with your planner and your team of vendors to see what they recommend you change or add to regain some of the charm you lost. Maybe your florist suggests bringing in a few topiaries to make up for the rows of vineyard that got wiped out, or your planner thinks adding a high-gloss lacquer dance floor over the ugly new carpet will add some personality back into the space. Review and adjust your game plan, and price out what additional costs you might accrue. >>

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Our whole wedding aesthetic is based on our outdoor venue location, and we don’t have a plan B in case of bad weather. What should we do? Outdoor receptions can be so romantic and special, but they do come with an unpredictable guest: Mother Nature. No matter what the forecast is looking like for your day, you should absolutely plan for a backup location in case things take a turn for the worse. If you’re not already renting a tent, consider booking a weatherproof option (which often has roll-down sides in case it rains), or look into securing a few seasonal extras like portable air conditioners or propane heaters for added comfort. If your venue has indoor space as well (like a barn or a ballroom), inquire as to whether those spots are booked on the day of your wedding—a lot of places keep them open on the off chance they’ll need to move your setup, and they may already have that backup plan in place. If you do wind up having to move indoors, don’t feel like your whole wedding vibe will suffer. Instead, focus on carrying the elements you loved about the outdoors into your interior space, like stringing café lights from the ceiling or adding tall greenery around the perimeter to re-create the sweet outdoor garden environment.

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Our venue has a super-early noise curfew. How can we keep the party going without getting into trouble? If your heart is set on having an evening wedding and you want your guests to enjoy your venue for as long as possible, a silent disco is a great way to preserve the party without breaking a noise ordinance. Once “quiet hours” commence (typically around 9 or 10 p.m.), hand guests wireless headphones that are plugged into the DJ’s beats and continue tearing up the dance floor. It’s a quirky, out-of-the-box solution that will be fun for your loved ones. >>

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5 ways to keep your cool while planning Keep calm with stress-relieving, wedding-free tasks.

Have a tech-free night Between vendor emails, calls from your bridal party and Instagram inspiration, escaping from wedding planning can seem next to impossible. To chill out and reconnect with your spouse-to-be, plan at least one tech-free date night a week—no phone, no email, no social media. Trust us, your partner (and you!) will appreciate the extra attention and quality time together.

Learn to meditate These days, it seems like everybody is meditating to get Zen. Get in on the action by setting aside five to 10 minutes every morning to quiet your mind and set an intention for your day. Beginners: Get acclimated by using a Headspace) until you’re a relaxation pro.

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yourself to some at-home pampering. Indulge in a mud mask, light some candles and run a bubble bath to take your mind off the wedding hustle. Your body and your mind will thank you for the self-care, and you’ll feel refreshed when you get back to planning.

Make time to sweat Being active has been proven to boost your mood, lower stress levels and help your overall health, so make a point to maintain a consistent workout routine throughout the planning process. You’ll feel powerful and motivated—extra points if you include a stress-combating practice, like yoga.

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You could also prolong the nighttime fun at a different venue entirely by hosting an after-party. Lead your guests to a nearby bar or tavern, where the night owls can enjoy the rest of the evening as noisily as they’d like. The casual, more intimate setting will give you face time with guests you didn’t get to speak to at the formal festivities. An after-party can actually be cheaper than extending a reception—just be sure to factor in the need for additional transportation to and from the after party. Photo Credit: Krista Patton Photography

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We’re hosting our ceremony and reception in the same space at our venue. What do we do with guests while it’s being turned over? Host your cocktail hour somewhere else. You’ll need to get all your guests out of the ceremony space shortly after your “I dos” so your vendor team can make fast work of transforming the room. To ensure everyone gets the memo, dictate the cocktail hour plans on a note card tucked into the ceremony program, then place it on all the seats at the ceremony. You can also task your ushers with directing guests out of the room afterward. Aim to host your cocktail hour in an entirely different space so guests can’t see the makeover— you want them to be wowed by the quick transformation without witnessing the catering team toting towers of chairs. Our wedding is at a resort where the other guests can wander into the celebration space. Is there any way we can politely keep them out? There are perks to having your ceremony or reception at a resort, but a group of curious onlookers isn’t one of them. Start by setting up a distinct perimeter around your zone, either by ribboning it off around the edges or posting “private event” signs. You’ll be amazed at how many wedding watchers that will dissuade. >>

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plus-one 101 Who absolutely needs a plus-one—and who doesn’t.

Yes: married, engaged, living together or in a relationship Always invite both parties in a married couple, even if you’re closer with one person. Past that, lots of couples live together before they get married— or never marry at all—so recognizing their commitment is the right thing to do. You can use your judgment with couples who’ve been dating over a year, but when in doubt, extend a plus-one.

Yes: your wedding party They’ve not only given you their time, love and energy, but also spent a lot of money. They deserve a plus-one.

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to have much time to spend with her. Give guests who fit this description a plus-one so they can feel comfortable.

No: single guests or guests who are casually dating If they seem to have a new significant other every few months or haven’t been dating the same person for a year, giving them a plus-one isn’t a priority, although it is thoughtful if you have the budget.

No: coworkers Colleagues can be a tricky category in general. The easiest way to avoid any drama is not inviting them. But if you’re

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If you’re concerned about strangers sneaking into your space (or snapping photos of you and your guests), designate a few friends to casually keep watch. Only truly gutsy strangers will try to infiltrate your party, and they’ll stick out because they’ll be dressed wrong or won’t be mingling with other guests. If you notice an interloper, task your planner with discreetly removing them.

After receiving all our RSVPs, we’ve somehow ended up over our venue’s allowable capacity. What now? The good news: You have a lot of friends and family who want to celebrate with you two. The bad news: Where are you going to put them all? As a rule of thumb, you should always plan on having an A-list and a B-list for your invites. The A-list should comprise guests who are must-haves for you and your partner or your families, while nonessentials (like work colleagues or high school buddies you might be able to skip) should be added to the B-list. You should invite 10 percent more guests than your target number, since 10 to 20 percent of those invited will decline—unless they don’t. So what now? Well, the first phone call you make should be to your venue. If you’re only 15 to 20 people over your quoted head count, see if they can accommodate your additional guests for an added fee. Most wedding venues can’t just add 10 more tables—fire laws limit the maximum number of people allowed in any room at one time—so consider seating some of your guests elsewhere by either renting out an additional small ballroom on-site or having some guests dine on a terrace, for example. Not ideal, sure, but neither is uninviting guests who have already RSVP’d yes. B O O K YO U R D R E A M V E N U E AT TheKnot.com/pennsylvania

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

Go all out with a glamette

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

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

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

Decide who is hosting

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

Make the guest list

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

Figure out a date

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

Spread the word

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

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

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Set sail on the open seas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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a note of thanks Drop in a bit of gratitude to thank guests for coming and provide a timeline for the weekend’s events.

a map of the area Point guests in the direction of your favorite local attractions for them to enjoy during downtime.

something local Nod to your wedding locale or hometowns with a regionally sourced treat, like Vermont maple syrup.

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branded details Dress up your basket’s contents with your signature crest or accents reminiscent of your stationery palette.

a warm greeting The next best thing to saying “hello” in person is a basket filled with items to make their stay more enjoyable.

anatomy of a gift basket Greet out-of-town guests with a sweet welcome.

late-night snacks Cookies, candy and chips will all be big hits with guests looking for a midnight treat postreception.

something extra Add a unique touch, like a sachet filled with dried lavender as a nod to your engagement in France.

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Show your appreciation for loved ones who have traveled near and far to attend your wedding by greeting them with a thoughtful welcome basket. Pack it with everything they’ll need to enjoy the weekend’s celebrations, plus a few personalized touches.

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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 threeday 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. WHERE TO APPLY PENNSYLVANIA • • • • • • • • • • • • •

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

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A Central Destination— Where Rustic Meets Elegance Located between major Northeast cities Entertain your guests during cocktail hour on our tented patio.A delicious dinner, prepared fresh on-site, will be served in our rustic ballroom.After dining and dancing the night away, your guests will appreciate a peaceful night’s slumber in one of our cozy, comfortable hotel rooms.And our bride and groom enjoy a complimentary suite.Your dreams easily turn into reality with the assistance of our dedicated event planner. Our facility accommodates up to 225.

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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 being married on a boat on the Bay. Call our team to “Create Your Moment” for a truly memorable wedding experience by the Bay.

the baldwin school

701 W. Montgomery Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA (484) 988-2973 | events@baldwinschool.com The Baldwin School, formerly the Historic Bryn Mawr Hotel, is the perfect location for your special event. The five-story, chateau-style structure oversees 22 private landscaped acres just nine miles west of Philadelphia. Our beautiful grounds and indoor spaces are the perfect backdrop for your ceremony or reception. capacity 300+ | price $$

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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 experience the exquisite brickwork and towering beams as you dream of your perfect wedding! capacity 300 | price $$

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buca di beppo

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

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 $$$

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 $$$

colonial golf & tennis club

Harrisburg, PA (717) 657-3212 EXT. 15 | info@colonialgolftennis.com ColonialGolfTennis.com Our venue is Harrisburg’s best-kept secret! From indoor or outdoor wedding ceremonies to receptions, showers and rehearsal dinners, we’ll make your dreams a reality. Our event specialist makes your planning a breeze, and all catering is prepared by our executive chef and culinary staff. capacity 300 | 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 cakes, comfortable

overnight guest accommodations and more. Let our event specialists 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 $$

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. capacity 200 | price $$

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. capacity 260 | price $$$

fairmont pittsburgh

510 Market Street, Pittsburgh, PA (412) 773-8903 | natalie.weiss@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 wedding, all in one convenient location, plus an all-inclusive package for stress-free planning. The historic estate boasts an outdoor ceremony site, four acres of manicured grounds and gardens, and a large wraparound deck overlooking a gazebo bar. capacity 175 | price $$

finley catering company

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 and Union Trust, plus the new Ellis

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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 $$$

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 $$

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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 $$$$

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 barn, the setting is simple yet elegant. Using only the freshest ingredients, we create a menu for your special event. A dedicated event coordinator will work with you to customize every detail. capacity 140 | price $$$$

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general warren

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 $$

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 $$

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 $$

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 $$

hartwood acres mansion

200 Hartwood Acres, Pittsburgh, PA (412) 767-9200 | specialevents@alleghenycounty.us AlleghenyCounty.us/venuerentals

Designed by Alfred Hopkins and erected in 1929 for John and Mary Flinn Lawrence, Hartwood Acres is one of the largest and most spectacular country estates in the region. The Tudor mansion, grand pavilion, formal gardens and terrace provide unique settings for weddings and other special occasions. capacity 400+ | 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 $$

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 ashland

6219 Lincoln Highway, Wrightsville, PA (717) 740-0090 | leah@historicashlandevents.com HistoricAshlandEvents.com This private estate is completely renovated with four outdoor ceremony options and a fully restored barn offering 10,000 square feet of climate-controlled event space. Included is a full-day experience in our bridal suite and salon with private dressing rooms, bathrooms and balcony overlooking the estate. capacity 200 | price $$

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

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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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THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY cont. 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 village

(866) 683-3586 | LandmarkVenues.com Luxurious, sophisticated, exclusive. Hotel du Village offers the ultimate chateau wedding experience. Nestled on 12 acres in Bucks County, an estate and boutique hotel are surrounded by lush gardens, perfect for your lavish weekend getaway wedding. It’s a gem for couples wanting an exclusive affair. capacity 250 | price $$

joseph ambler inn

1005 Horsham Road, North Wales, PA (215) 362-7500 | abaron@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 $$$

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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 jenna.robertson@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 four ceremony locations and four reception venues to choose from, we have one to fit your style. capacity 300 | price $$$

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lingrow farm

188 Forks Church Rd., Leechburg, PA (724) 472-1305 | info@lingrowfarm.com LingrowFarm.com When you book with Lingrow Farm, you can rest easy knowing you’re in the hands of experts. Exquisite food that is always artfully displayed, elegant landscaping and our beautifully reclaimed 19th century barn is why together, with our couples, we create award-winning weddings. 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 accommodates 300 guests in one area. Bridal suites compliment the charm of the home. capacity 300 | price $$$

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 $$$

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 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) 281-7100 | 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 | info@pinebarninn.com Let us welcome your guests with our beautiful outdoor tented patio for a relaxing cocktail hour. Following

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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 $$

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the pennsylvanian

Pittsburgh, PA (412) 485-9005 thepennsylvanian.events@gmail.com ThePennsylvanian.com Amazing details make this historic 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 $$$

phipps conservatory and botanical gardens

One Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, PA (412) 315-0685 eventsales@phipps.conservatory.org Phipps.Conservatory.org/weddings Phipps is consistently voted one of Pittsburgh’s best and greenest event venues. Whether it’s an intimate vow exchange in the Victorian glasshouse; a large ceremony and reception in our romantic, estate-style outdoor garden; or a cocktail hour atop a green roof, we can bring your vision to life. 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 $$

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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 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@premiercateringandevents.com PremierCateringandEvents.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. 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 $$

the reeds at shelter haven

Stone Harbor, NJ (609) 368-0100 kostrander@reedsresort.com ReedsatShelterHaven.com Your spectacular wedding begins here, where casual elegance and coastal-chic design combine in perfect harmony with the natural surroundings to create a oneof-a-kind backdrop. The Reeds offers the most exclusive seaside wedding destination at the southern New Jersey shore with unlimited possibilities. capacity 220 | price $$$

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 $$$

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

3368 Harvest Dr., Gordonville, PA (717) 303-9249 | sales@rusticweddingandevent.com RusticWeddingandEvent.com Experience the epitome of rustic charm that marries contemporary elegance with country-chic ambience for a wedding day that is second to none. Scenic Village is a perfect location to celebrate your dream wedding at our beautiful fountain and scenic ballrooms. capacity 200 | price $$

spring mill manor

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. capacity 400 | price $$$

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 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 $$

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stone gables estate

(717) 902-9791 | StoneGablesEstate.com Ironstone Ranch features a renovated 1860s barn and farmhouse, orchard and trails. Or, discover pristine artistry in neighboring The Star Barn Village. This 1877 authentic grand dame of history was meticulously moved and resurrected. Both world-class sites offer incredible options and amenities. capacity 300 | price $$$

stroudsmoor country inn

Stroudsburg, PA (570) 421-6431 EXT. 420 | (800) 955-8663 EXT. 420 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 six dedicated event venues to suit your style and budget. Storybook weddings come true at Stroudsmoor. capacity 350 | price $$

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 $$$

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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, multiple 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 $$

valley green inn

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

717-393-0668

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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 $$$

warwick rittenhouse square, philadelphia

220 S. 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA (215) 735-6000 lauren.belsh@warwickrittenhouse.com WarwickRittenhouse.com Newly renovated in 2015, The Warwick is a landmark building listed on the National Register of Historic

Places. The highly dedicated team of on-site event professionals is ready and eager to make your wedding vision a reality in a setting that combines a sense of history with culture and innovation. capacity 250 | price $$$

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 $$

whitewoods

312 Moyers Grove Road, Wapwallopen, PA (570) 714-4832 whitewoodswedding@gmail.com Whitewoods.com Whitewoods is a beautiful venue surrounded by towering pines, hidden clearings, cozy cottages and a babbling brook. Guests will delight at our natural landscape, rustic décor and well-appointed accommodations. capacity 225 | 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 $$$

wilson’s bittersweet barn

590 Dicks Dam Road, New Oxford, PA (717) 624-7116 wilsonsbittersweetbarn@yahoo.com Facebook.com/wilsonsbittersweetbarn Constructed in 1817, Wilson’s Bittersweet Barn was built prior to the Civil War and was likely used as a staging area during the Battle of Gettysburg. Expert care has been used to maintain the integrity and rustic features this spacious barn has to offer, holding 220 guests at an affordable rate. capacity 220 | price $$

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PETALS 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.

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cakes & caterers

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.

Lancaster, PA 717.392.4000 www.petalswithstyle.com petalswithstyle@hotmail.com

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(717) 522-5108 LancasterCupcake.com Our cupcakes are uniquely crafted to your personal taste and style.

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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.

flowers & décor

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.

Settings for Extraordinary Events Call 412.322.5058 • www.pittsburghkids.org/rentals 10 Children’s Way • Pittsburgh, PA • 15212

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splints & daisies

Lancaster, PA (717) 735-1500 tara@splintsanddaisies.com SplintsandDaisies.com Floral design is the air we breathe! From small, intimate affairs to large installations, we focus on seasonal blooms with a natural style.

bridal fashion & beauty

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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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 30 years. Claire’s specializes in apparel and accessories for brides, bridesmaids, mothers and guests.

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lilla’s bridal boutique

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.

salon 360

1940 County Line Rd., Huntingdon Valley, PA (215) 953-8100 salon360inc@aol.com Salon360PA.com Salon 360 is a full-service salon offering the finest in hair, makeup and skin care for over 21 years. We pride ourselves in our artistic abilities, professionalism and ability to blend bridal traditions with modern ideals. We have a bridal concierge on staff to make sure your special day runs smoothly.

weddings by paulette

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

photography & video

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!

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irini’s originals, llc

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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.

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(610) 739-0733 denisemariephotog@gmail.com DeniseMarie.photography My photographs are light and airy, classic and romantic. I love timeless elegance! My priority is that you feel comfortable behind the camera. We look back for generations at photographs, and it is a magical thing to relive an event or feel something that you would have forgotten without the photograph.

Pittsburgh and surrounding areas (412) 444-8674 engaged@happyoutphotography.com HappyOutPhotography.com If you are looking for a photographer who will be by your side helping with small details, plan the engagement session, give advice for the wedding day, design gorgeous albums and portraits for your home, and to, overall, be a friend to you both—then you found the right sisters who love what they do!

perfectly paired photography

Serving the tri-state area and beyond (610) 505-6498 amrit.photo@gmail.com PerfectlyPairedPhoto.com We believe that fabulous photography is created by highlighting the individuality of the two of you! We push the limits and have a fantastic time doing it. For us, the experience of being photographed is just as important as the amazing images you walk away with! Dreamy. Organic. Photography.

pictures by todd

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

wedding consultants

wanderlust weddings and events llc

PO Box 642, Bethel Park, PA (412) 965-3038 services@wanderlustweddingsandevents.com WanderlustWeddingsandEvents.com We’re an exquisite event production company born in the heart of Pittsburgh. Offering full-service event planning, event design, day-of coordination and décor rentals, Wanderlust prides itself on making any celebration an organized, memorable event. Wanderlust’s sister team brings unique events to life.

jewelry

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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entertainment

second vision

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.

specialty services Lancaster, PA | 717.735.1500 SplintsandDaisies.com

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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

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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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!

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RESOURCE INDEX SITES & LOCATIONS

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Historic Rock Ford Plantation

215

The Baldwin School

131

HollyHedge Estate

9

Bella Sera Venue

13

Hotel du Pont

140

The Booking House

121

Joseph Ambler Inn

39

Brick Gables

183

Kimberton Inn

77

Brookside Country Club

178

Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square

199

Buca di Beppo

63

Landmark Venues

52

Cameron Estate Inn

43

Liberty Mountain Resort & Conference Center

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Celebrations 33 Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

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The Lodges at Gettysburg

190

Colonial Golf & Tennis Club

35

The Manor House at Prophecy Creek Park

145

Cork Factory Hotel

37

The Merion Catering & Special Events

10

The Crystal Room & Terrace Room

225

Morning Glory Inn

83

Duck Hollow Golf Club

211

Mulberry Art Studios

195

Excelsior 91

Northampton Valley Country Club

123

Fairmont Pittsburgh

204

Old York Road Country Club

135

The Farmhouse

149

Olivia’s 129

Finley Catering Company

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Omni Hotels & Resorts

7

Fireside Tavern

23

One Atlantic Events

79

Flourtown Country Club

103

One Pine Barn Place at Pine Barn Inn

216

Foxchase Golf Club

49

Outer Banks Wedding Association

60

The Franklin Institute

198

Pen Ryn Estate

184

The Gables at Chadds Ford

173

Penn Oaks Golf Club

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General Warren

215

The Pennsylvanian

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The Grand Estate at Hidden Acres

146

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

212

Green Gables Restaurant

29

Pittsburgh Marriott North

177

Hamilton Ballroom at Wheatland Place

226

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

196

Harry’s Savoy Ballroom

57

PNC Park Events

111

Hartwood Acres Mansion

187

Premier Catering & Events at Genetti Ballrooms

212

Herman & Luther’s

219

Radnor Valley Country Club

117

Hilltop House

221

The Reeds at Shelter Haven

51

Historic Acres of Hershey

65

Regents’ Glen Country Club

17

Historic Ashland

143

Rivers Casino

137

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Lilla’s Bridal Boutique

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Spring Mill Country Club & Manor

201

Salon 360

207

Springfield Country Club

202

Weddings by Paulette

151

Stoltzfus Homestead & Gardens

175

Stone Gables Estate

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JEWELRY

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Stroudsmoor Country Inn

155

Milanj Diamonds

152

The University Club

157

Mountz Jewelers

5

Valley Forge Casino Resort

31

Valley Green Inn

223

The Warwick Hotel Rittenhouse Square

139

WEDDING CONSULTANTS

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The Waterfall Catering & Special Events

2

Heart & Dash

41

Weddings In Annapolis

209

Wanderlust Weddings and Events, LLC

216

White Chimneys Estate

189

Whitewoods 95

PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO

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William Penn Inn

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Courtney Kattler Photography

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Wilson’s Bittersweet Barn

193

Denise Marie Photography

47

Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown

21

Happy Out Photography

200

Perfectly Paired Photography

118

Pictures by Todd Photography

211

ENTERTAINMENT

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Second Vision

181

INVITATIONS & DETAILS

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Things Remembered

25

SPECIALTY SERVICES

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Karen Spire Catering & Events

207

Lancaster Cupcake

219

Rettew’s Catering

209

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CAKES & CATERERS

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Scenic Village

FLOWERS & DÉCOR

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Petals With Style

227

Splints & Daisies Floral Design

229

BRIDAL FASHION & BEAUTY

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Bridal Beginning

87

Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux

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Claire’s Fashions Inc

125

Classic Tent Rental & Party Supplies

223

The Exquisite Bride

18

Shumaker - Plan, Design, Transform

45

Irini’s Originals

107

Society Hill Dance Academy

221

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State College “This moment at Beaver Stadium was special for us,” Alex says of returning to their Penn State alma mater shortly after saying “I do.” The postceremony photo op allowed the newlyweds to reminisce before celebrating with family and friends nearby. “The best part is that we’ll be able to relive this photo every time we come back for a football game,” Alex says.

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The Knot Pennsylvania Spring/Summer 2018  

From the #1 wedding website: TheKnot.com. Check out The Knot Pennsylvania online magazine to make planning easier. Find all you need to know...

The Knot Pennsylvania Spring/Summer 2018  

From the #1 wedding website: TheKnot.com. Check out The Knot Pennsylvania online magazine to make planning easier. Find all you need to know...