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CONTENTS

contents SPRING/SUMMER 2018

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get the look theknot.com editor’s letter checklist ask carley top picks 9 european-inspired chateaux expert advice secrets from real couples haute hues love stories anatomy of a gift basket marriage licenses and wedding announcements snapshot

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RESTAURANT BAR VIEW

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beauty & wellness 289

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

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

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treat yourself Splurge on some self-care.

fashion 307

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

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

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accessorize in style

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A comprehensive guide to pulling off a personalized look.

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avant garden

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tailor on call Custom suit specialist Nick Torres answers your fit questions.

high impact

style 116

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

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high impact

The best color combinations to match your individual wedding style.

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

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

Ideas for a perfect confection.

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your perfect palette

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camouflage theory Clever solutions to fix unsightly venue issues.

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beauty for hire

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FROM LEF T: L AUR A MURR AY PHOTOGR APHY; ALEX ANDRE WEINBERGER/ TRUNK ARCHIVE

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

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CONTENTS

planning 66

wedding talk 101 A dictionary for all the wedding lingo.

how to throw a beach wedding Details to keep in mind when planning for a seaside affair.

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

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moving pictures Everything you need to know before booking a videographer.

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kathryn & andrew

real weddings 77

beth & chad

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march 11, fischer

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brandi & gaebril

december 31, dallas

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may 20, laredo

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kristen & keaton bailey & wesley

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laura & serafin mary lois & graham

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bobbie & brian

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

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your top venue issues, solved

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ashley & christopher

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martin & scott courtney & john

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melissa & evan march 25, rockwall

jennifer & doak february 18, bryan

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jayme & robert october 29, houston

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october 8, kerrville

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sheryl & billy april 7, montgomery

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megan & phillip april 23, houston

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may 7, cancun, mexico

Make your bachelorette weekend one to remember.

$ = $10,000 or less

nichole & tevin

gina & andre october 29, houston

march 31, austin

this one’s for the girls

real wedding budget key

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february 18, wimberley

Smart solutions to tackle any hiccups that come your way.

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teresa & jeff

deborah & elton march 18, tomball

december 31, austin

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party perfect

felicia & gideon

arden & brock august 27, grand lake, co

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october 29, austin

Fun ways to entertain guests.

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march 4, austin

Create a memorable wedding meal with these pointers.

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margaret & chris

amanda & logan february 20, dallas

november 12, dripping springs

your catering checklist

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amy & kent

justin & patrick april 23, dallas

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november 12, driftwood

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emilee & jeff october 29, ft. worth

may 7, san antonio

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presley & james october 21, mckinney

october 15, mcallen

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kathryn & andrew october 9, dallas

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august 6, clyde

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victoria & will march 11, ft. worth

february 18, san antonio

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sophia & david

amanda & juan november 25, houston

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alexis & john april 8, conroe

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

$$ = $10,001–$30,000

$$$ = $30,001–$50,000

$$$$ = $50,001–$75,000

$$$$$ = $75,001+

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Ceremony | Reception | Rehearsal Dinner | Bridal Shower

Tomball, Texas | www.moffittoaks.com | info@moffittoaks.com | 281.370.6616 Photography By: Happy Day Media

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TEXAS HILL COUNTRY MEETS RUSTIC CHARM Centrally located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country between Wimberley, Dripping Springs and Blanco. The Big Red Barn, Rustic Chapel and Farmhouse Lodging are illuminated by panoramic views, stunning sunsets, starry nights and Firefly moments.

FIREFLY MOMENTS: Moments in time when people, places and events shine brightly in our lives, illuminating, attracting and inspiring us.

ANNE MARIE PHOTOGRAPHY

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ASHLEY MEDRANO PHOTOGRAPHY

FIREFLY FARM | 13633 FARM TO MARKET 2325 | WIMBERLEY, TX | (512) 648-1285 | FIREFLYFARMEVENTS.COM ANNE MARIE PHOTOGRAPHY

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ANNE MARIE PHOTOGRAPHY

ASHLEY MEDRANO PHOTOGRAPHY

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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 Joan Pillow Bridal Salon, JoanPillowBridal.com (Houston), The Bridal Salon at Neiman Marcus, NeimanMarcus.com (Dallas); veil, $995, LivHart.com; aquamarine cocktail ring, $48,570, CoastDiamond.com

ON HER

Dress, $2,995, Marchesa Notte at Joan Pillow Bridal Salon, JoanPillowBridal.com (Houston); 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 at Joan Pillow Bridal Salon, JoanPillowBridal.com (Houston), The Bridal Salon at Neiman Marcus, NeimanMarcus.com (Dallas), Warren Barrón Bridal, WarrenBarron.com (Dallas); earrings, $2,221, AnabelaChan.com

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ON HIM

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

Kathy Nguyen

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

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THE STUDIO @ XO HEAD OF STUDIO Nick Fortunato EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Elizabeth Roehrig PRODUCER Joanna Dedvukaj SENIOR EDITORS Cassie Kreitner, Kate Traverson ASSOCIATE COPY EDITOR Kelsey Paine SENIOR DESIGNER Amanda Kocis Gallagher ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR Kelley Rowland JUNIOR DIGITAL MARKETING COORDINATOR Claire Flanagan SALES & MARKETING PRESIDENT, LOCAL MARKETPLACE Paul Bascobert, pbascobert@xogrp.com GROUP VP, LOCAL SALES John Pike, jpike@xogrp.com (212) 515-3535 PUBLISHER Carolyn Mantone, cmantone@theknot.com (888) 873-5093 REGIONAL SALES DIRECTOR Tom Chelednik, tchelednik@xogrp.com (877) 238-2369 ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Christina Emerson, cemerson@theknot.com (214) 366-0221

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

Cindy Elley, celley@theknot.com (866) 815-2747 Mechelle Lobpries, mechellel@theknot.com (713) 863-1502 Silver Varela, svarela@theknot.com (855) 847-7003 Eileen Frary, efrary@theknot.com (855) 983-3762 Rhonda Haberkamp, rhondah@xogrp.com (888) 332-7815 Diane Thaete, dthaete@xogrp.com (877) 771-3018 Leslie Karrer, lkarrer@xogrp.com (913) 499-6720 Muthithar Vinson, mvinson@xogrp.com (855) 891-7062 Susana Diharce, sdiharce@xogrp.com (866) 960-9909 Bevin Stella, bstella@xogrp.com (212) 515-3544 Amber Petersen, apetersen@theknot.com (402) 596-8401 Melissa Bach, pr@xogrp.com Lauren Nolan, pr@xogrp.com

COFOUNDER Carley Roney The Knot Texas is a publication of Weddingpages LLC, a subsidiary of XO Group Inc. All content © 2017 XO Group Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction, either in whole or in part, is forbidden without written permission from the publisher. The Knot, TheKnot.com and The Knot Texas are trademarks of XO Group Inc. The Knot is not responsible for the return or loss of, or damage to, unsolicited materials. Those submitting manuscripts, photographs, artwork and other materials for consideration should not send originals, unless specifically requested to do so in writing by The Knot. Manuscripts, artwork and other materials submitted must be accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope. Editorial Offices: 195 Broadway, New York, NY 10007 (212) 219-8555. Production Offices: 11106 Mockingbird Drive, Omaha, NE 68137 (800) 843-4983. please recycle after wedding

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COMING IN LATE 2017...

LINDSAY ELIZABETH PHOTOGRAPHY

REHEARSAL DINNERS • ANNIVERSARY PARTIES SHOWERS • CORPORATE EVENTS COMMUNITY EVENTS • BIRTHDAY PARTIES

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.com/texas

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

NEW!

REAL WEDDINGS

get inspired

Browse weddings from the Lone Star State, where you’ll find plenty of inspiration from local couples, like Erin and David. They included views of downtown Dallas along with bold colors, playful touches such as a sprinklecovered cake and comfort food bites of fried chicken for their preppy city celebration at The Room on Main.

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.

GO LOCAL

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

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EDITOR ’S LE T TER

I love everything about this dress, from the romantic ruffle to the hint of color. (p. 324)

This envelope liner is a fun surprise waiting for guests. (p. 129)

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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I want to hear from you! kristen@theknot.com *Our hearts go out to all of those affected by Hurricane Harvey. The magnitude of this disaster was only being fully realized as we were putting the final touches on this issue. We understand many venues and pros featured in the Houston-area Real Weddings may still be working to rebuild, and we've noted this information whenever possible. We will continue to keep you and the entire Houston community in our thoughts.

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CLOCK WISE FROM TOP LEF T: LIZ VON HOENE; SAR AH ANNE WARD; SAR AH LOVE PHOTOGR APHY; CHARLOT TE JENKS LEWIS PHOTOGR APHY

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My jaw dropped when I first saw this succulent cuff—I want to wear one every day! (p. 208)

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CAROLINE + BEN PHOTOGRAPHY

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With the perfect balance of picturesque charm and modern elegance, the Brodie Homestead will provide an unforgettable backdrop for your event. Unbelievable 38-foot wooden gambrel roof ceilings, adorned with six stunning crystal chandeliers, create a spectacular setting. White draping adds a touch of softness to the barn. Natural elements of rich barn wood and white limestone combine to provide a rustic yet chic opulence.

5211 Brodie Lane, Sunset Valley, TX | 512.439.2981 | www.brodiehomestead.com

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The Allan House is a charming, historic Victorian home built in the heart of downtown Austin in 1883. Embellished with native Texas blossoms and century-old oak trees, it is ideally suited for weddings, receptions, corporate functions and charitable events.

1104 San Antonio Street, Austin, TX 78701 | 512.478.8653 | www.allanhouse.com

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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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AUSTIN 512.473.2493

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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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As you begin your journey together, why not start in paradise? You have dreamed of this day since the day you met, now allow us to assist you in making your dreams come true. From unique outdoor venues with the ocean as your backdrop, to the spacious elegant ballrooms featuring large windows with scenic views, we have everything you need for your story-book wedding. Featuring all-inclusive oceanfront packages starting at $8,000. Package Includes: • One-hour hosted cocktail reception with light hors d’oeuvres • Two-course plated dinner • Bartender and cake-cutting service • Table linens with overlays, matching chair covers and house centerpieces • Round tables, registry table, bridal table, gift table and dance floor • Champagne toast for you and all guests • King suite for Bride and Groom for wedding night with champagne

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

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

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

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SHOWER STRESS

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

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

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

PARTY FOUL

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

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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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What is your favorite moment of a couple’s wedding day? When the bride walks down the aisle and the groom sees her for the first time—this moment is always so special and you will not have it again. I have chills every time! What is one piece of advice you share with all your couples? Spend time with your fiancé thinking about the things you love. What are your favorite date nights? Do something more like you!

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What’s the number one reason couples should hire a videographer? There are certain things that only a proper wedding film can do justice. To be able to hear your spouse’s voice crackle as they fight back tears during the vows, to see your parents’ expressions change as you walk into the room or to relive that hilarious moment with your friends—these are the moments that can’t be recreated in any other medium.

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What makes an unforgettable video? Personality makes the wedding video, like custom written vows, thoughtful letters or gifts, and speeches from friends and family. We want to let your personality show, so our goal is not to direct you. It’s to anticipate moments as you naturally enjoy the day. How do you coach a camera-shy couple? We never force a couple into any scenario, so it’s simply about discovering their comfort levels and adapting our shooting style accordingly. We set an expectation of how it may alter the film compared to others they may have referenced as favorites. We have very compact camera setups, so we hope that the couple is not thinking about us and having the time of their life.

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Share examples of films and styles you like when you first meet a videographer. Tell us about the personal touches included in the day. We are there to tell your story, so it helps us capture it. Plan time in your itinerary for an intimate session with us and the photographer.

What are the challenging aspects to filming a wedding? Time is always the biggest challenge. We only have a matter of hours to capture and articulate your story in a beautiful and compelling way. We allot our time wisely. We collaborate with the planner and couple, so we can go into the day with a strategic plan that will allow us to shoot everything we need to create a dynamic film. How do you go about choosing a soundtrack for the final film? Music is definitely a major part of the storytelling process. We have a consistent style, but each film’s music seems to represent the couple. Before the wedding, we ask the couple for their favorite musical genres, artists and songs, plus what they dislike. With that, and the feeling of the day, we have a great idea of the direction to go. We avoid any top-40-style music that dates the film; instead, we lean toward instrumental and cinematic-style pieces. What’s the best moment you’ve recently captured on camera? We had a bride whose father was terminally ill, which caused them to move up the wedding date. The father of the bride stood up and shared a beautifully written, personal speech about how her wedding was the final item he’ll check off his “dad bucket list.” They danced together, taking in every moment as they embraced. That bride sent us a handwritten letter after he passed, talking about how their film was the thing that helped her get through it. For us, it all comes down to that.

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What inspired you to start your videography company? We are storytellers and visual artists at heart, and we realized that something was lacking in the world of wedding videography. We hope to bring a fresh and different angle to the market. It’s an absolute honor that we get to travel the world and tell stories for couples on the happiest day of their lives.

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Jennifer Dirlam & Dash Harris Lavish Beauty ATX Where should brides look for beauty inspiration? Look for inspiration from real people! Follow Instagram accounts that post real photos of beauty looks. It’s tempting to live in Pinterest, but for beauty, you want to find people that remind you of yourself. Anything the bride should bring for the initial meeting with a beauty pro? When we first meet a bride, we like to get a sense of what her style is, what she likes to do with her partner and what type of makeup she normally wears. Bring a few items: photos of your dress and accessories, inspiration images and an open mind. This allows us to tailor the experience to your needs. Let’s talk prep in the weeks leading up to the day. Any dos and don’ts? Do hydrate in and out. Drinks lots of water and be sure to moisturize. If you know a peel works for you, get one. Don’t change the routine, and don’t get a big haircut. A small trim will do to fix split ends.

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What is the key to creating a wedding day look that lasts? In Texas, we are always fighting humidity. Our secret is to keep the foundation as light as possible while still getting full coverage. This means layering different products only where you need them. For many people, it’s a tinted moisturizer followed by concealer and topped with mineral powders. This keeps it light and humidity-proof. Lastly, name three beauty essentials every bride should keep in her clutch? We always give our brides a lip touchup kit. If it’s a summer weddding, throw in some rice paper to dab away shiny areas, and a few bobby pins are a great idea too.

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How about the guys? Any grooming tips for the groom? Men should be moisturizing their skin, and get a fresh haircut a week before the wedding. Day of, we can keep fellas from getting shiny and cover any blemishes or dark eye circles.

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Hire an artist who uses high-end, professional products, and ask tons of questions before booking. Go to a trusted skincare pro before the wedding to repair and prep your face and decolletage. If you’re doing a spray tan, do it two to three days before the wedding, not the day before.

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What should a couple look for when searching for a potential band or DJ? Pricing is a very strong indicator of quality. Be wary of someone who is overcommitting deliverables and giving a price that is a large sum lower than the competition. Instead, look for bands and DJs that specialize in what they do—the fullness of your dance floor is directly linked to your party host.

What main piece of advice do you offer couples during the planning process? Come up with a realistic budget for entertainment. Generally, it’s 10 percent of your total allotment. Don’t try to squeeze in other things, like lighting and confetti, in that portion. Spend it on a great party host, be it a band or DJ. It could make or break the party. MEET

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What is your idea of a great playlist? It varies by event, but at the end of the day, a great playlist results in a packed floor. A good band or DJ knows how to use genres, beats per minute and audience demographic to keep the party going all night long. That said, heavy rock, metal, vulgar rap or anything with questionable themes should really be avoided. Stick to songs that appeal to the masses and get people moving. What is challenging about what you do? I have been doing parties for about 18 years, and I have seen it all. The most challenging, though, is when a couple wants songs in a different language. Normally it doesn’t take very long to learn new material, but it takes me a few weeks and a tutor to learn songs like “Despacito.” But we still do it!

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Let’s talk songs. Name one you’ll never get tired of playing. Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September.” People just love singing that song. Tell us the tune you don’t want to ever play again. The “Cupid Shuffle” by Cupid and “Wobble” by V.I.C. There are way better dance songs. What’s your go-to song to end the night with a bang? I love to play Donna Summer’s “Last Dance,” because it gets people close and intimate, then jumps full speed into a high-energy song. At that point, most people will ask for one more song.

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Don’t overthink the songlist. Let your party host know your vibe, but don’t restrict them. You might end up creating what you fear: a hard-to-fill dance floor. Any song that gets everyone in the room singing creates a high-energy feeling. The night of, have fun! A flower might be in the wrong place or a linen missing, but none of that matters.

Finally, do any special moments stand out from recent weddings? We had one bride cross off almost all of the pop songs from our lists, request a ton of Latin material and had us play four hours non-stop. It was a lot of work, but at the end of the day, we added some really cool new songs to our repertoire and had a very busy dance floor the entire time. She told us they got rave reviews and so much interest in who we were. She even signed her feedback to us “your fan forever.”

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What’s the key to a packed dance floor? Knowing your audience is key. Try to give your band as much information as you can about your guests and what they like. Ultimately, your band or DJ will need to read the crowd and elevate their energy. Beats per minute also play a part. You want to steadily build energy. Breaks in sets and gaps between songs are a sure way to kill the vibe.

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INSIDE SCOOP

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

—Katie & Trip

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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RE AL COUPLES

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Six supersweet proposals from the Lone Star State. BY ERIN RUSSELL

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Shaquil’s proposal came as a total surprise to college sweetheart Jessica. Shaquil took careful notes when Jessica ordered her TCU class ring, and put together a custom design. He then organized a vacation to Hawaii, where he planned to pop the question on a hiking excursion. “I lagged behind the group to give myself pep talks,” he admits. When they reached the summit, he pulled out the ring. “I had no makeup, no fancy outfit—there we were standing at the top of the mountain in our running shoes,” Jessica says. “I wouldn’t have had it any other way.” The ring: Mariloff Diamonds; Cook Diamonds >>

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When Robert (right) toured the apartment complex Jonathan managed, the attraction between the two was instant, but complicated: Jonathan was not allowed to date residents. The duo became friends, and when Robert moved out, they got together. Nearly four years later, Robert set up a proposal while on a trip to New York City. “I woke up at 5 a.m. that day because I couldn’t sleep,” he says. “I wanted to find the perfect spot.” He took Jonathan to Central Park for a picnic lunch and started talking about life and love. “I was paying attention to the ducks on the lake,” Jonathan says, not realizing what was happening until he looked over to see Robert on one knee. The watch: Rolex

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A trip to Schlitterbahn got these hometown acquaintances talking, and for their five-year anniversary, the couple planned a trip to Washington, DC. Selena’s interest in Abraham Lincoln put the Lincoln Memorial at the top of their to-do list. Despite prepping a short speech, Rey teared up after kneeling at the site, simply asking, “Will you marry me?” “I felt blissful,” Selena says, to which Rey adds: “It was a great feeling to know the love of my life just agreed to be my wife.” A second surprise? One of the “tourists” was a hidden photographer Rey hired for the moment. The ring: Americus Diamond >>

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Tochi and Julius separated after dating in college, but a chance meeting gave them the opportunity to reconnect. After a year of being back together, Julius knew she was the one. He took his city-girl Tochi on a weekend trip to his family farm in Arkansas, timing their arrival at sunset. As the pair strolled through a field, Julius pointed out where his parents got married on the property. When Tochi turned back around, Julius was holding a ring. “I knew the place was special to him and that made me feel special,” Tochi says. “It was the perfect way to start our lives together, just us.” The ring: Premier Jewelry Co.

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Elbert wanted to incorporate a shared love for the outdoors in his proposal, so he took Emily on a winter adventure through the Grand Canyon. After an icy, secluded trek, the toughest route they’d attempted together, they arrived at a ledge. Emily started to get nervous as Elbert set up a tripod: “I just wanted to take the picture and get off the ledge,” Emily admits. “I am scared of heights and it was a straight drop down.” With the camera rolling, he popped the question. “It was the ‘grandest’ surprise I could ever ask for,” she says. The ring: Brilliant Earth >>

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When Reed decided to propose to Lisa, whom he’d known since high school, one memory stood out: Her favorite part of a graduation trip through New York City was the Alice in Wonderland statue in Central Park. He knew it was the most fitting place to surprise her with a ring. Reed coordinated a trip to New York and sneakily organized with his sister to get Lisa to the spot without suspicion. “When I saw the surprise on her face, I felt all the pressure melt away,” Reed says. “Lisa was smiling ear to ear.” The ring: custom

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BRIDE Beth Davis, 29, a realtor GROOM Chad Stephenson, 31, a commercial banker HOW THEY MET At 5 a.m. CrossFit class, where the couple discovered they lived in the same apartment complex WEDDING STYLE The elegant garden-chic look was accomplished with shades of blush, sage, berry, navy and mixed metals. —Erin Russell The bride had been dreaming of a garden wedding since she was five years old, so she choose a sprawling ranch with 360-degree views of the Hill Country. With 14 bridesmaids, 14 groomsmen, two flower girls and two ring bearers, having enough space for the ceremony was key.

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After an emotional roller coaster of a forecast (Beth was checking the weather in advance), there was only a light mist during the ceremony, which gave guests a “nice glow,” Beth says. She wasn’t picky about the ceremony decor, and let her florist’s creativity run wild. “All I cared about was the band and the dance floor!”

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OFFICIANT Tony

GOWN Christos, Now

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MAKEUP LoLa Beauty SHOES Valentino

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ENGAGEMENT &

WEDDING RINGS Jonathan’s Fine Jewelers EARRINGS BHLDN

BRIDESMAID DRESSES

Jenny Yoo, BHLDN James

MENSWEAR Tom

STATIONERY Invitations: Invitation

Solutions; programs, escort cards & menu cards: Two Sisters Paperie Co.,Etsy.com

RENTALS

Altared Wedding Productions; Whim Hospitality CATERING Royal Fig Catering

Cakes by Lori

CAKE Classic

MUSIC Ceremony: Walt and

Tina Wilkins; reception: Royal Dukes Band DANCE LESSONS D’Amico Dance; SSQQ

Dance Studio Travel

TRANSPORTATION Clark

ACCOMMODATIONS Hampton

Inn San Marcos

REGISTRIES Bed Bath

& Beyond; Crate & Barrel; Kuhl-Linscomb Finally, it was time to celebrate in the pavilion. “Chad and I never leave the dance floor at weddings,” Beth says, “so we of course did the same for our own!” The first dance was “Head Over Boots” by country singer Jon Pardi. To maintain the upbeat atmosphere, the live band was asked to avoid playing slow songs.

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Custom-tailored menus to suit any taste

Complimentary tastings at our cafe in a private setting

Now launching our new line of products: Heavenly at Home

www.HeavenlyG.com 210.496.9090 • 5005 West Avenue, Suite 1103 • San Antonio, TX 78213

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MAY 20

• LAREDO

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“Getting married where we met with our families around was important,” Brandi says. “It brought our love story full circle.”

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BRIDE Brandi D’Haiti, 26, a student and medical assistant GROOM Gaebril Velasco, 25, a landscaper HOW THEY MET On the bus in middle school WEDDING STYLE The rustic wedding stayed true to the couple’s long-building romance, with a focus on mint, rose and gold colors. —ER Gaebril and Brandi may have met when they were kids, but they stayed friends long after. When it came time to unite in marriage, the couple added many personal touches to reflect their timeless love, starting with a ceremony in their hometown of Laredo at the bride’s mother’s parish.

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The couple’s florist suggested a lush blend of blooms like roses, peonies and eucalyptus.

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BEAUTIFUL & UNIQUE WEDDING VENUES IN AUSTIN, SAN ANTONIO & DALLAS/FORT WORTH

PHOTO BY SHY LAUREL PHOTOGRAPHY

Introducing the naturally beautiful venues of Walters Wedding Estates

in the Texas Hill Country. Sitting in the Austin and San Antonio areas, our venues feature cascading waterfalls, spacious views and flowing creeks. Nothing is more inspiring than nature’s beauty, and that beauty further enhances our ceremony and reception spaces. Each venue has a style all its own, and they were designed with every aspect of you in mind. Take the scenic route through the rolling hills of Texas and see why so many couples say “We do” to our venues.

PHOTO BY PINE AND BLOSSOM PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTO BY TWO PAIR PHOTOGRAPHY

WALTERS WEDDING ESTATES TEXAS HILL COUNTRY VENUES FEATURING ON-SITE LODGING INFO@WALTERSWEDDINGESTATES.COM | TEXT US 682.503.9934

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BR ANDI & GAEBRIL WES T TE X A S

BRANDI & GAEBRIL’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY SITE Holy Redeemer

Church, Laredo RECEPTION SITE Los Patios, Laredo

PHOTOGRAPHY Jodi

Daniel Photography

VIDEOGRAPHY

Felicity Wedding Studios

PLANNER &

FLOWERS Making Me Events

Fr. Francisco Leon

OFFICIANT

GOWN Jasmine Bridal,

Brides by Elizabeth, San Antonio

HAIR

MAKEUP Bombshell Artistry

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SHOES DSW

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS

Helzberg Diamonds Azazie

BRIDESMAID DRESSES

MENSWEAR Men’s Wearhouse

STATIONERY Invitations: Wedding Paper

Divas; escort cards: Paper Passion

RENTALS

Jesse’s Floral & Event Services; Making Me Events

CATERING Rodriguez Catering

CAKE Cakeland DESSERTS Kaó Dessert

Bar; Marble Slab Creamery Calle 8

MUSIC

REGISTRY Bed Bath & Beyond

HONEYMOON Royal Caribbean Cruise GUESTS 165 BUDGET $$$ (see key, p. 8)

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Friends and family sent the newlyweds off with more than 250 sparklers.

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Kendall Plantation

An Elegant Day Awaits You For a truly Southern-style wedding with timeless appeal and picturesque scenery, Kendall Plantation is the place to say “I do.” Set atop a hill, which offers amazing views of the Hill Country and cool breezes anytime of the year, Kendall Plantation highlights some of the most desirable features for today’s bride. We offer two distinct locations to vow forever: the gazebo, which overlooks a natural spring pond, or an indoor ceremony underneath a cascading staircase. The venue features wraparound porches, large columns, hardwood floors and classic architecture—perfect for a bride looking for a distinct yet classic look.

830.229.5090 • weddings@kendallplantation.com • 20 Guthrie Road, Boerne, Texas • www.kendallplantation.com SNAP CHIC

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Kristen Redding, 29, a pediatric occupational therapist GROOM Keaton Carlson, 28, a graphic designer HOW THEY MET At a New Year’s Eve party WEDDING STYLE The distinctive décor was livened up with brushes of burgundy and blush. —ER The couple opted for a traditional Catholic ceremony in the church Kristen attended her entire life. Large arrangments flanked the altar. “I told her my favorites and let her take it from there,” Kristen says of working with her florist.

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Continuing with the classic style, the eight bridesmaids wore blush dresses while the eight groomsmen wore tuxedos. After a moment of forgetfulness, Keaton had to bring Kristen’s wedding undergarments to the church. “Hopefully underwear doesn’t apply to seeing the wedding dress early,” the couple says.

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Find Forever at the

LOST MISSION Elegant Spanish Ambiance nestled in the beauty of the Texas Hill Country

Lost Mission

Elegant Hill Country Events 210.323.1955 info@lostmission.com www.LostMission.com Venue is located off Highway 46 between Boerne and 281

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The couple danced to Leon Bridges’s “Coming Home” because they lived in different cities when they started dating.

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Cocktail hour included dishes like gulf brown shrimp a la plancha with smoked garlic aioli, while the sit-down dinner featured grilled beef with a parsley chimichurri. After a night of dancing, Keaton’s father drove the newlyweds off in his prized 1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass convertible, “his fourth child,” Kristen jokes.

Msgr. Michael Yarbrough

OFFICIANT

GOWN Liancarlo,

Julian Gold, San Antonio

HAIR Bethany

Elyse Hair & Makeup MAKEUP Bride: Kendall Espensen/Beauty by the Blonde; bridesmaids & mother of the bride: Christy Schmidt

ENGAGEMENT RING Blue Nile

WEDDING RINGS James Allen DRESSES BHLDN

BRIDESMAID

MENSWEAR Groom:

Express; groomsmen: Men’s Wearhouse STATIONERY Invitation, program

& escort card design: Keaton Carlson Design; menu cards: Hotel Emma; printing: Aly Am Paperie Emma

RENTALS Hotel

CATERING Hotel Emma

Cake Crumbs

CAKE

MUSIC Ceremony: Ray Tamez;

reception: Caboose

ACCOMMODATIONS

Hotel Emma

REGISTRIES Dillard’s;

Sur La Table

HONEYMOON Punta

Cana, Dominican Republic GUESTS 130 BUDGET $$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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WILLOW WEST PHOTOGRAPHY

We’re here for the moments that matter! Services provided: *Catering with service staff *Day-of coordination *Full wedding and event planning

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• CLYDE

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Bailey explained her natural styling, saying, “Wesley likes my freckles and did not want them covered up.”

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Bailey Denison, 21, a student GROOM John Wesley Hagler, 22, a student HOW THEY MET At church camp when they were each 16 years old WEDDING STYLE The earthy, free-spirited vibe came from flower crowns and feathers. —ER Looking for a boho and carefree feel, Bailey and John fell for the open, spacious look of their outdoor venue surrounded by trees. The high school sweethearts put the spotlight on vibrant floral displays by sticking to shades of ivory for the décor, outfits and paper goods. For a sweet favor, they gifted guests seed packets. “Guests sent pictures of them growing later in the seaon,” Bailey says.

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Bailey found her dress at a tiny boutique in Montana, and accessorized it with barefoot sandals. “I wanted the theme to say, ‘Let’s grab some flowers and have a wedding,’ ” she says. There was also a fair amount of added DIY to make the wedding personal, like centerpieces, boutonnieres and rugs.

Peacock feathers honored Wesley’s late grandmother, who loved the bird.

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• Temperature-Controlled Barn • Hill Country Feel, Minutes from San Antonio • Groom Suite and Bridal Suite • Tables and Chairs Included

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The breezy boho wedding relied on bold flowers for pops of color.

Appropriately, the couple’s first dance was to “La Vie En Rose” by Louis Armstrong. “We used to sing and dance to it in the car together long before we were engaged,” Bailey says. “It just felt right.” They also had family and friends bake homemade desserts like peach cobbler and chocolate cake for the groom’s table.

BAILEY & WESLEY’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE

The Grove at Denton Valley, Clyde PHOTOGRAPHY Heather Sanderson

Photography

PLANNER Kendra Duke/

Double Knot Photography The Arrangement Steve Gauntt

FLOWERS

OFFICIANT Minister GOWN Ti Adora by

Alvina Valenta, Poppy Bride, Bozeman, MT MAKEUP Clinique

ENGAGEMENT

RING Thacker Jewelry WEDDING RINGS

Jared the Galleria of Jewelry

BRIDESMAID

DRESSES Show Me Your Mumu MENSWEAR Men’s Wearhouse STATIONERY Invitations: Shutterfly;

programs: HappyLifePrintables, Etsy.com SIGN-IN BOOK Clay Café

Sandstone Fine Foods Meadows

CATERING

FAVORS American

REGISTRY Bed Bath & Beyond

HONEYMOON Ka’anapali, HI GUESTS 200 BUDGET $$ (see key, p. 8)

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TxCherokeeRose.com TheVenue@TxCherokeeRose.com Located in Comfort 45 minutes from San Antonio

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Our venue provides FREE custom-made tables, benches, chairs and more! ...as if the views weren’t enough!

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• MCALLEN

laura & serafin PHOTOGR APHY BY ANAHI WEDDINGS

The couple made their getaway in a classic 1924 Studebaker convertible.

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BRIDE Laura Corpus, 30, a nurse GROOM Serafin Gomez, 30, a contractor HOW THEY MET In high school as friends, and they reconnected later WEDDING STYLE With white flowers and twinkling lights, the wedding had an ethereal, dreamy feel. —ER The couple held a traditional wedding at the Catholic parish they attend. The bride was adorned with family heirlooms, including a bracelet worn by all the women on her father’s side of the family. “It was an honor to wear a piece so exquisite,” she says.

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“No matter what happens that night, you just married the love of your life,” Laura says.

The elegant reception venue was an obvious choice. “I always wanted to have my wedding there because of its beautiful outdoor hacienda atmosphere,” the bride says. “When I saw all the décor [on our wedding day], my jaw needed to be picked up off the floor.”

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LAURA & SERAFIN’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY SITE Our Lady of Sorrows

Catholic Church, McAllen RECEPTION SITE Quinta Mazatlan, McAllen PHOTOGRAPHY Anahi Navarro/Anahi

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Hernandez/Oskar H. Films Iron & Lace Events Special Events Cerra Luna

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GOWN Eve of Milady, Sposa

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Carats WEDDING RINGS Portillo Jewelers BRIDESMAID DRESSES Nordstrom STATIONERY Menus: Iron & Lace Events RENTALS Cantu’s Special Events

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CATERING

CAKE Pasteles

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Consort; cocktail hour: Ram Danesse; reception: Blue Rio Variety Band Classic Auto Rent

TRANSPORTATION ACCOMMODATIONS

Embassy Suites McAllen Convention Center REGISTRY Bed Bath & Beyond GUESTS 350 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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Being mezcal fans, the couple offered mezcal margaritas at cocktail hour, as guests mixed and mingled to the sounds of an acoustic guitar player. To end the meal on a sweet note, they served a plate of their favorite desserts, including strawberries and Nutella, before digging into the buttercream cake.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Mary Lois Richter, 25, a market research professional GROOM Graham Smith, 31, a financial analyst HOW THEY MET At a dive bar WEDDING STYLE The soft, natural colors and décor were influenced by succulents, sage and lavender. —ER

Not fans of sweets, the couple opted for a cheese “cake” to be served for the cocktail hour.

After Graham’s father officiated the ceremony at an art museum, it was time for the bride to change into her white sneakers and the groom into his new cowboy boots to start the party. “We are both laid-back people,” Mary Lois says of their simple-chic choices, “and it was important for our wedding to reflect our personalities.”

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(806) 355-9874 • BarnesJewelry.com 100 Westgate Parkway, Amarillo, TX 79121

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A local food truck to served up paninis filled with mac and cheese, burnt-end brisket and sliced pear. “Hire a good day-of wedding planner,” Mary Lois says. “Even if or when things do go wrong, the planner should, under no circumstances, tell you about them.”

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The pair made their exit in a “very old-school” Bentley.

MARY LOIS & GRAHAM’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE San

Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio PHOTOGRAPHY Kellie Finch and

Traci Dennis/Anne Marie Photography PLANNER Tamika Hope/Flawless

Wedding Creations Urban Flowers

FLOWERS Fresh GOWN BHLDN

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS

Lewis & Heard Designs JEWELRY Ear jacket: Kate Spade New York DRESSES BHLDN

BRIDESMAID STATIONERY

Minted.com

CATERING Crazy Carl’s

Mobile Eats

CAKE Cheese wheels:

Central Market Band!

MUSIC Oh So Good

REGISTRIES Crate & Barrel; West

Elm; Williams Sonoma

HONEYMOON

Santa Teresa, Costa Rica GUESTS 350 BUDGET $$$ (see key, p. 8)

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YOUR SPECIAL OCCASION IS OUR MAIN EVENT.

Something old, something new, something borrowed - let Hilton be your blue! We have an unwavering commitment to making your wedding day a dream come true. Every detail is handled expertly, while our innovative dining options and stylish settings make your celebration unforgettable.

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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 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.

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Celebrating 25 years of love with our Silver Wedding Package.

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hillcountryweddings@hyatt.com | 210 520 4014 | hillcountry.regency.hyatt.com Must request “Silver Wedding Package” at time of booking. Price starting at $150 per person, plus tax and gratuity, based on availability and minimum spend of $10,000. Valid for 2018 weddings only. Not valid on previously booked weddings or events. The HYATT trademark and “Your Day, Your Way” offer based on a minimum spend of $5,000 and is based on availability. The HYATT trademark related marks are trademarks of Hyatt Corporation or its affiliates. © 2017 Hyatt Corporation. All reserved. andrights related marks are trademarks of Hyatt Corporation or its affiliates. © 2017 Hyatt Corporation. All rights reserved.

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Choose the flavor you want to eat Besides being a showpiece at your wedding, your cake should taste amazing too. When you meet with prospective bakers, try out a lot of flavors, and don’t be afraid to stray from the traditional vanilla and chocolate. Also, don’t forget to sample fillings—many bakers love experimenting with complex flavor pairings, like guava and mango or hazelnut and mocha. You’ll never please everyone, so choose a flavor (or flavors) you and your partner truly love.

Make wedding style decisions before choosing the cake You’ll want a confection that reflects the look and feel of your wedding. Ideally you’ll know the season and venue, and what your florals and gown will look like before meeting with a potential baker. Arrive at your cake consultation prepared—you don’t need to have a sketch, but a few visuals and knowledge of basic terms will make it easier on everyone. If you’re looking for a custom design, bring along any inspiration you’ve already compiled, like a swatch of lace from your dress or a picture of your wedding china.

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Have a budget in mind Wedding cake is usually priced by the slice. The cost can vary but generally ranges from $3 to $30 per piece (and beyond). It’s easy to be wooed by blood orange filling and a multi-flavor cake when you’re making decisions on a sugar buzz, but having a handle on your budget ahead of time—and knowing what will affect it—will allow you to prioritize your choices. For instance, more flavors often equals more money—the more complicated the flavor, the bigger the price tag. A five-tier design is going to run you much more than something small with two understated layers. Handmade sugar flowers are stunning, but they’ll add dollars to every slice, and fondant icing is generally more expensive than buttercream. Talk to your baker about designs you like and what specifically draws you to them—they’ll likely have a cost-effective solution that will let you have your cake and eat it too.

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Get the facts on frosting Do you prefer buttercream or fondant? Buttercream is often much more delicious. But if you love the smooth, almost surreal-like look of fondant, consider having the cake frosted in buttercream first, then adding a layer of fondant over the entire confection to give it a polished finish. Whatever type of icing you choose, opt for colors your guests will want to eat. If your wedding hues are blue and green, instead of sticking to only those colors, you could have a white cake with subtle green-frosted accents.

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Consider the temperature Just like with your wedding flowers, take the weather into account when choosing your cake. If you’re having an outdoor celebration in a hot climate, stay away from whipped cream, meringue or buttercream, which can all melt easily. Ask your baker about summer icing options or opt for a fondant-covered cake, which holds up much better against heat and humidity.

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Budget for extra details When it comes to decoration, adornment costs run the gamut. The most inexpensive option is fresh fruit or flowers that, in some instances, can be applied by your florist for a minimal fee. On the high end are delicate gum-paste or sugar-paste flowers, which are constructed by hand, one petal at a time. But here’s the bottom line: All add-ons—including marzipan fruits, chocolate-molded flowers and lace points—will increase the cost. (For the record, we think a little decoration is worth the extra budget.) >>

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Don’t forget the top layer There are unique ways to top your cake. If you have an heirloom piece, like a fine porcelain antique, work with your baker to integrate it into the cake’s design. It can double as your “something old.” Other alternatives include a bouquet of sugar flowers, a cascade of icing ribbons or even a sugar block carved to reveal your new monogram. Look to your locale for inspiration as well. A cluster of coral can look stunning for a beachside celebration, or try a fondant snowflake for a winter wedding. Or skip it altogether—some designs look great without a topper.

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Have a detailed delivery plan Cake delivery takes coordination (and usually a refrigerated van), so give yourself peace of mind and opt to have your cake delivered by your baker instead of picking it up yourself. Complex cakes may not necessarily arrive in final form, so allow time and space for on-site assembly, if needed. Once the masterpiece is delivered, make sure it has a place at the venue (especially if it requires refrigeration). It’s important to discuss all the delivery details with your baker before signing the contract and connect them with your venue or planner before your wedding day.

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Give your cake the spotlight Your cake will likely be on display for the entire evening before it’s cut and consumed, so have a designated, well-lit table that allows for the best presentation possible. A round table is perfect for circular cakes, but a linear design may call for a rectangular table. Add a specialty linen and decorate with candles or flowers that complement your cake.

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Eat your cake (seriously!) Sadly, most couples often don’t get a chance to eat their own wedding cake (besides the bite you feed each other when cutting). If you suspect you’ll be too busy on the dance floor to enjoy a slice, ask your caterer to save some extra for you to share with your new spouse postwedding for a late-night snack.

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Skip the freezer burn Even if you take the most painstaking packaging measures, eating the top tier of your cake on your first anniversary sounds far better than it tastes. Instead, think about enjoying it on your two-week or one-month anniversary, and then treat yourself to a fresh cake in the same flavor when you’ve hit the big one-year mark. If you want to adhere to tradition, have your caterer tightly wrap the cake in plastic wrap, then place it in an airtight baggie. Keep it in the freezer, then thaw it in the fridge before eating.

wedding cake 101 Know your (sweet) stuff by mastering these terms.

Buttercream

A smooth, creamy icing that stays soft. It can be colored or flavored, and is often used to create decorative accents or as filling. Because it’s made from butter, it may melt in extreme heat or humidity, so it’s not great for outdoor events.

Fondant

Ideal for creating intricate accents or an especially smooth exterior, fondant is icing made of sugar, corn syrup and gelatin that’s then rolled out and draped over a cake or used for detailing. It can be tinted various hues, “painted” on or even topped with edible gold leaf for a luxe look.

Ganache

A sweet, rich chocolate, it’s denser than mousse but less dense than fudge and can be used as icing or filling. Because it’s made of chocolate and heavy cream, it will soften in hot weather, so have your venue keep it in a fridge until serving.

Drips

You’ve probably seen this Instagram-famous accent all over social media. Ganache or colored melted chocolate is poured over the cake and allowed to drip down the sides artistically.

Piping

A decorative frosting technique created using a pastry bag, various metal tips and buttercream. Piping details include leaves, borders, basket weave patterns and flowers.

Fillings

Flavoring added between the layers of cake. Fillings can be made from buttercream, ganache or even jams and fruit compotes for a sweet or savory touch.

Sugar Flowers

Often used in place of real flowers atop a wedding cake or as a “sash” on the front, sugar flowers are created using food coloring and a sugar syrup that hardens.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Raw silk ribbons 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.

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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Jessica Peddicord is a Dallas watercolor artist, brush calligrapher and custom wedding stationer with a heart for visually portraying her couples’ love stories and creating truly heirloom designs.

I always strive to visually portray my couples’ love stories through their design. I send them a fun questionnaire asking them all about their favorite dates, personal style, wedding day and more.

My favorite design detail has to be a custom crest. Each one is unique and full of icons that pack so much story into a little design. They can transition into family crests as a lifelong heirloom after the day.

I draw most of my inspiration from my couples’ love stories, but I also like to take creative breaks. Sometimes I walk around Anthropologie to see the way they combine colors and fabric patterns.

I love to dream up unique details to add to suites, like a cocktail recipe card on the backs of response cards so a hostess-loving bride has a full recipe box of ideas when throwing her next party.

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Entrances

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

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

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

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

Cake table

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

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

Bathroom

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

Escort table

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

Aisle

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

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

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

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

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

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Candles There’s nothing like a flickering flame to give your reception a warm glow and a beautiful ambience. Modernize the classic concept by opting for brightly hued candles throughout your venue. Whether you prefer tapers, votives or pillars, the flames will illuminate your tablescape and decorate your affair while subtly accentuating your palette.

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Dramatic ceilings Looking to wow guests from every angle? Suspended décor makes a statement while adding an eye-catching dose of color to your lanterns or classic drapery can all transform

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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AUSTIN

These couples added plenty of personal touches to their wedding days, from bold green shoes and cowboy hats to a twist on the unity ceremony that involved soil from both of the bride and groom’s hometowns.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Bobbie Balazo, 30, a project manager at Loot Vintage Rentals GROOM Brian MacDougall, 27, a channel account manager at Adobe HOW THEY MET At work WEDDING STYLE Though there was no set theme or color palette, Bobbie told vendors to go romantic, organic and simple. —Erin Russell Bobbie’s employer provides rentals and styling for events like weddings, and she admits, “It was a very strange feeling being on the ‘other side!’ ” With her clear vision in mind, picking vendors was a matter of working with friends.

The couple’s dog, Kobe Jones, sported a festive floral wreath.

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The bride accented her open-back dress with a gold bodychain.

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After a ceremony officiated by one of the groomsmen, guests were treated to a cocktail hour featuring a Bye Balazo cocktail of Jameson and ginger beer. “We can’t rave enough about our DJ,” adds Bobbie. “He knew our tastes, and we had everything playing from James Brown to LCD Soundsystem.”

Bobbie hired her florist first and says they nailed the lush, foraged and deconstructed look.

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The reception featured rentals from Bobbie’s company, foraged greenery and a tent prepared for any forecast. Her insider tip: “The Austin creative industry is small and very close-knit. All of us vendors work closely together, so we’re always happy to recommend each other. And book early—especially the venue.”

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OFFICIANT Devin Cuzzolina (groom’s

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GOWN A La Robe, LOHO Bride,

Los Angeles

MAKEUP Adore

HAIR &

Makeup Boutique & Salon

SHOES ASOS

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS

Franzetti Jewelers JEWELRY Necklace: Litter SF BRIDESMAID DRESSES Various MENSWEAR Groom: J.Crew; groomsmen: The

Black Tux

STATIONERY Invitations: Vertallee

Letterpress; calligraphy: Carolyn Jane Design; escort & menu cards: Divina Balazo

RENTALS

ILD Lighting; Loot Vintage Rentals; Premiere Events; Whim Hospitality

CATERING Royal Fig

CAKE & DESSERTS Walton’s Fancy & Staple MUSIC Live Oak DJ

Bobbie took any minor snafus in stride, saying, “We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect wedding weekend.”

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R&R Limousine and Bus

TRANSPORTATION ACCOMMODATIONS

Best Western Plus Austin City Hotel; South Congress Hotel

REGISTRIES Anthropologie;

Bed, Bath & Beyond; West Elm

HONEYMOON

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The couple used purple linens and included fresh lavender at each guest’s place setting.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Amy Loh, 30, a marketing professional GROOM Kent Chao, 32, a business operations professional HOW THEY MET Through mutual friends WEDDING STYLE There was abundant use of the bride’s favorite color, purple, to add a dreamy element to the modern outdoor venue. —ER The bicoastal, native Texan couple decided on Austin for their “meet-inthe-middle” wedding. “The clean and modern design of Prospect House was a perfect canvas for us to add little touches throughout,” Amy says. “We wanted our guests to experience the beautiful sunset in the Hill Country.”

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Each part of the calligraphed stationery was custom designed in New Zealand.

It wasn’t until the day of the wedding that Amy realized the bridesmaid dresses were similar to her own fitted lace selection. “I was definitely drawn to lace necklines,” she laughs. Her stunner of a gown also won over her new husband: Their friends bet on whether or not Kent would cry, and the first look caused him to tear up (but only Amy saw!).

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The food was definitely a highlight of the wedding. “People raved about our appetizers all night,” Amy says. The four-tier cake had a different design on each layer—herringbone and watercolor—and was topped with purple flowers. The night ended with even more sweets to ensure no one left hungry.

Amy advises: “The day goes by very quickly, so try to enjoy and soak in every minute.”

AMY & KENT’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE

Prospect House, Dripping Springs PHOTOGRAPHY Jenny DeMarco Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Brad & Monica Weddings

Films

PLANNER Wild Sky Events

Exquisite Petals

FLOWERS

OFFICIANT Mark Wu (friend)

GOWN Trish Lee, Trish Lee Bridal, San

Francisco

HAIR &

VEIL Twigs & Honey

MAKEUP LoLa Beauty SHOES Jimmy Choo

ENGAGEMENT RING Brilliant Earth BRIDESMAID DRESSES BHLDN MENSWEAR Indochino

Michaela McBride

STATIONERY

SIGN-IN BOOK Heartworks

by Celadon Home, Etsy.com Loot Vintage Rentals

RENTALS

CATERING Royal Fig

CAKE & DESSERTS Sweet Treats Bakery MUSIC Ceremony: Barton Strings; reception:

Made from Skratch OTHER ENTERTAINMENT Photo booth: Pixter DANCE LESSONS Eldon Bryce/Miss Frances Dances Tiff’s Treats

FAVORS

TRANSPORTATION R&R

Limousine and Bus

ACCOMMODATIONS

InterContinental Stephen F. Austin HONEYMOON St. Regis Maldives, Vommuli GUESTS 105 BUDGET $$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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• AUSTIN

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Chris took an optimistic outlook on the weather: “The rain made the pictures really beautiful.”

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Margaret Lewis, 33, a production coordinator GROOM Chris Burns, 35, a comedy manager and producer HOW THEY MET On Tinder; their first date ended at 4 a.m. WEDDING STYLE A palm motif united a timeless formality with a 1970s disco, let-your-hair-down vibe. —ER The fun-loving couple added many whimsical elements to their wedding, but they had a traditional ceremony at a historic sanctuary in the heart of downtown Austin. In addition to her custom-made gown, Margaret’s ring added a little something special to her desired “unfussy but glamorous” style. “I look at it every day still and can’t believe I get to wear something so beautiful.”

Margaret’s silk crepe dress was created in just two weeks. Her favorite detail: the beaded neckline, adorned with her late grandmother’s string of pearls.

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Margaret says hiring her wedding planner was the “best moment of weakness I’ve ever had.”

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The challenge was turning their blank-slate venue into something intimate with a wow factor. At dinner tables, velvet linens accentuated floating greenery. To match the party feel, Margaret’s hairstylist created an “awesome trapdoor situation” so she could wear her hair up for the ceremony and down for the dance.

For the day’s colors, the bride decided on “saturated, dusty hues, like lavender, ocher, peach and cream.”

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After snacking on oysters from the Maine island where they got engaged, it was time to celebrate. Captain’s hats were dispersed to complete the yacht-rock dance floor theme, and the night became what the couple called “the best dance party of all time.” Afterward, they made their exit in an El Camino decorated with a garland and pillows.

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FLOWERS Gypsy

OFFICIANT Pastor Christian

Martinsen (friend of the couple) Coutures by Laura, Austin

GOWN

HAIR Brooke

Michie/Lyric Salon MAKEUP Mandy Morrison

SHOES Vintage Jimmy Choo;

vintage Dolce & Gabbana

ENGAGEMENT

RING Gabriella Kiss WEDDING RINGS The

Dowry, ByGeorge; groom: TinySparkleStudio, Etsy.com Design

STATIONERY Bonne Nouvelle RENTALS BBJ Linen; La Tavola;

Marquee Event Group; Townsley Designs; Whim Hospitality Hospitality

CATERING Whim

CAKE The Cake Plate

MUSIC

Ceremony: Lake Austin Strings; reception: Yacht Rock Revue

TRANSPORTATION

Transportation Consultants ACCOMMODATIONS InterContinental

The envelope liner on the invites was a vintage banana-leaf wallpaper print.

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Williams Sonoma

HONEYMOON A house

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Felicia Smith, 38, a principal and vice president of finance at Autonomous Oil GROOM Gideon Powell, 28, a director of acquisitions and new ventures at Cholla Petroleum HOW THEY MET At a charity lunch WEDDING STYLE The pair followed an organic, natural, modern theme to match the beauty of the Texas Hill Country and tranquility of the resort, which they reserved for the whole weekend to celebrate with family and friends. —ER Gideon still gets excited when talking about the first time he saw Felicia, whom he calls “the most beautiful girl I had ever seen.” After boldly asking her to dinner at a charity event, and a mutual friend calling Felicia to vouch for him, the two met for dinner at the Petroleum Club and couldn’t stop talking.

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Both Gideon and Felicia are native Texans and “couldn’t imagine getting married anywhere else but the state we so dearly love,” Felicia says. The groom hand-painted each escort card, which included a plant from his ranch. He also wore a custom suit with Western stitching, while the bridesmaids accessorized with cowboy boots.

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PLANNER

FLOWERS Sprout

Floral and Event Design Rt. Rev. Philip Jones

OFFICIANT

GOWN Nardos

HAIR Kate Leatherwood/Last Satellite

Salon

SHOES Manolo Blahnik

STATIONERY Invitations, programs &

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Rentals; Marquee Rents Travaasa Austin Bakery

CATERING

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MUSIC Ceremony: Terra Vista

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Their first activity as newlyweds was taking communion. “Both Gideon and I felt strongly that this sacred act should be the first thing we do together in our marriage,” says Felicia. The pair left the reception in a golf cart draped in a Texas flag and made their way to their hotel.

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Art deco details on Teresa’s gown fit with the day’s nod to The Great Gatsby.

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BRIDE Teresa Huang, 31, a marketing manager GROOM Jeff Day, 32, a brand manager HOW THEY MET In business school WEDDING STYLE The pair transformed a warehouse in downtown Austin into a romantic, festive hot spot. —ER Because the couple got married on New Year’s Eve, they focused on making the wedding easy and fun for guests. They didn’t let the winter date stand in the way of Teresa’s dream garden party, covering the venue in greenery and flowers for what she calls a “Gatsby-meetswarehouse theme.”

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Jeff and Teresa embraced the DIY aspects of planning their wedding, creating a hanging display of escort cards made of Chinese red envelopes from Taiwan. The colors for the rest of the evening were dark and sultry: black, burgundy, white and gold, with pops of neon pink. “I wanted to incorporate a lot of floral elements into the wedding for a soft, romantic contrast against the industrial warehouse,� Teresa says.

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GOWN Lela Rose, L’Atelier

Couture, Minneapolis

HAIR Andrea Juarez

MAKEUP Maris Malone Calderon SHOES Jimmy Choo

ENGAGEMENT

RING A.Jaffe WEDDING RINGS & JEWELERY

Continental Diamond DRESSES Various

BRIDESMAID

MENSWEAR Groom:

Ted Baker; groomsmen: various STATIONERY Invitations: Vertallee

Letterpress, Minted.com; escort/place cards: DIY; tassels: Etsy.com; programs & menu cards: DIY

SIGN-IN BOOK DIY

RENTALS Ilios Lighting; Marquee Event

Group; Unique Design & Events CATERING &

Catering Band

DESSERTS Austin

MUSIC Reception: Royal Dukes

FAVORS DIY

ACCOMMODATIONS

JW Marriott Austin; Westin Downtown Austin REGISTRIES Crate & Barrel; Macy’s;

The couple created a custom wedding logo, which, in neon form, added to the day’s celebratory feel. “If you’re having fun, nobody will even notice the small hiccups,” Teresa says. “I lost my fur stole and got confetti trapped in the delicate silk chiffon pleats in my gown—all signs of a great party!”

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Nichole Denby, 34, a technology account executive GROOM Tevin Jackson, 25, a district sales manager at PepsiCo HOW THEY MET In the weight room at UT Austin WEDDING STYLE The couple opted for a chic, black-and-white wedding, from the décor to the guest attire. —ER Though the couple considered an all-white affair, a friend persuaded Nichole to consider adding black to the mix, and she fell in love. The wedding ceremony was a formal affair at the couple’s church (with Nichole’s daughter as flower girl), and then they were whisked away to a sophisticated soiree overlooking Lake Travis.

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The couple’s first dance was to “Love” by Musiq Soulchild.

Layers of French vanilla and strawberry cake were glammed up with black ribbon and rhinestones.

NICHOLE & TEVIN’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY SITE Church of Christ

at East Side, Austin RECEPTION SITE Vintage Villas, Austin

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Williams

GOWN & VEIL David’s Bridal

HAIR &

MAKEUP Meker Makeover

HEADPIECE Charming Charlie SHOES Steve Madden ENGAGEMENT RING Jewelry by Alex WEDDING RINGS Diamonds Direct JEWELRY Bracelet & earrings: Charming

Charlie

BRIDESMAID DRESSES Rent

the Runway Wearhouse

MENSWEAR Men’s

STATIONERY David’s Bridal

SIGN-IN BOOK Etsy.com

Monarch Event Rentals Vintage Villas by Lori

RENTALS

CATERING

CAKE Classy Cakes

MUSIC DJ Hella Yella

TRANSPORTATION Ross Elite

Chauffeur Service “I was going for African-American chic, Princess Barbie doll style,” Nichole says of her headpiece and her beaded, champagne-colored gown. At the party, white floral arrangements filled the room while guests ate barbecue chicken and danced to R&B “and some Motown for the older crowd,” Nichole says.

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Because Ashley has shot so many weddings as a photographer, she knew exactly the look she wanted for her own day. She did most of the planning herself and embraced the unpolished, raw aspects of the gorgeous ranch. “The Hill Country has always felt like home to us,” she says.

Ashley’s nieces and nephews took the roles of flower girls and ring bearers.

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Ashley praised her photographer for her “easy-going, stress-free vibe.”

ASHLEY & CHRISTOPHER’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE

Montesino Ranch, Wimberley PHOTOGRAPHY Paige Budde/Awake

Photography Cutrone

VIDEOGRAPHY Max PLANNER Kelley Rae

FLOWERS The Bloom Bar OFFICIANT Richard Logan

GOWN

Hayley Paige, Nordstrom Wedding Suite, Houston People Scott

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SHOES Free

JEWELRY Earrings: Kendra

BRIDESMAID DRESSES BHLDN;

Forever 21; Free People Suitsupply; TAFT Minted.com Rentals Cellar

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MUSIC Drugstore Gypsies FAVORS Hobby Lobby REGISTRIES Sur La Table

The first dance was to “Love the Lonely Out of You” by Brothers Osborne because the first time Christopher heard it, he says he pictured their wedding day. Ashley’s advice to engaged couples: “Don’t wait! We loved living on the constant ‘high’ of being in love and caught up in every moment!”

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Martin Twiss, 25, owner of Frances Martin Calligraphy GROOM Scott Hargrove, 26, a petroleum landman HOW THEY MET Through mutual friends during their freshman year of college WEDDING STYLE The day was kept clean, classic and sophisticated with a palette of black, gray and white. —ER Though Martin grew up admiring her parents’ all-white wedding, she thought that hints of black and gray would be more appropriate for the season. Her florists worked with the lush natural backdrop—the summer camp on the Guadalupe River that Martin attended as a child—to incorporate lots of greenery and loose white blooms.

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Martin owns a small calligraphy business, so she took pride in the stationery details, like a black wax seal with the letter “H” used for the menus and place cards. During cocktail hour, guests were treated to fabulous hors d’oeuvres and a beautiful view of the river while soft string music played.

The couple’s yellow Lab, Cabela, wore a floral collar for the festivities.

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In the heart of downtown Austin, this hotel’s history, location and ambiance make it an ideal setting for creating memories to last a lifetime. Let our wedding professionals help you set a uniquely Austin backdrop for not only receptions, but also rehearsal dinners, afterparties on the terrace and day-after brunches.

701 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX | (512) 721-4227 | www.intercontinental.com

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When it came time to exchange rings, the best man stumbled and suddenly they went flying. “I know! I had one job!” he panicked, as the crowd laughed. Though the rings were quickly recovered, Martin happily says that, “Pictures of this moment are by far our favorite from the entire weekend.”

Camp Waldemar, Kerrville

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Lauren Peele Photography

VIDEOGRAPHY

Waterloo Films

PLANNER Viridian Design

Studio; event design: Lindsey Brunk Bows and Arrows (family friend)

FLOWERS

OFFICIANT Tom Benson GOWN Eugenia Couture,

Patsy’s Bridal Boutique, Dallas MAKEUP The Professionals

Bridal Boutique

HAIR & VEIL Patsy’s

SHOES Halogen

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS

Kubes Jewelers Jenny Yoo

BRIDESMAID DRESSES

MENSWEAR Groom: Brooks

Brothers; groomsmen: El Rey Apparel STATIONERY Invitations and menu cards:

Crane & Co.; place card calligraphy: Frances Martin Calligraphy

RENTALS Marquee Event

Group; Viridian Design Studio Strange of Texas

CATERING Don

CAKE Bride’s cake: Jen

The Cookie Chick; groom’s cake: Sophie’s Bakery

MUSIC Ceremony: Terra Vista

Strings; reception: Limelight Band Alamo Fiesta Waldemar

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ACCOMMODATIONS Camp

HONEYMOON Los Cabos, Mexico

GUESTS 250 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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Located at the chic Hill Country Galleria, just 15 minutes from Dripping Springs, Sonesta Bee Cave offers the ideal venue to say, “I do.” Featuring stylish, world-class event spaces and Sonesta’s Food is Art catering options, Sonesta Bee Cave is the perfect choice for weddings for 50-250 guests. 195 stylishly designed guest rooms & suites, plus complimentary WiFi

A variety of menu options available including buffets, hors d’oeuvres and plated meals

Over 10,000 square feet of event space

Rehearsal dinners, departure brunches, welcome receptions, bridal or groom get-ready rooms and more also available

Outdoor options with beautiful sunlight and breathtaking views of the Hill Country, perfect for photo opportunities

Rooftop lounge, Meridian 98, featuring specialty cocktails and savory small plates

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Courtney Caplan, 38, an event planner GROOM John Young, 30 HOW THEY MET Through working events—and had to keep their romance a secret from coworkers! WEDDING STYLE Taking inspiration from the natural surroundings, the oceanside affair had shades of taupe, blush, black and mixed metallics. —ER “I’ve been planning weddings for 17 years,” Courtney says. “It was time for me to plan my own.” The bride chose a blush dress accented with peonies, beach waves fit for the venue and her grandmother’s bracelet from 1927. The couple even paraded down the beach alongside fire dancers and a drum line.

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After a ceremony under a floral chuppah, guests visited a “shoe valet” to slip on flip flops for dinner on the beach. Courtney does advise working with local vendors—some of the flowers got held up in airport customs, but having event pros as guests came in handy, and they luckily arrived hours before the wedding.

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Resort & Spa, Cancun The couple’s dogs Roux and Olive joined the ceremony in cake topper form, sitting atop a tres leches cake with traditional Otomi decorations. After dinner, guests were escorted to the pool terrace for dancing, where a band played and fireworks went off over the ocean to Fun’s “We Are Young.”

PHOTOGRAPHY

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VIDEOGRAPHY Cancun

Wedding Video

PLANNER Caplan

Miller Events

FLOWERS Canteiro

Weddings; David Kurio Designs Rabbi David Lyon

OFFICIANT

GOWN Monique

Lhuillier, Casa de Novia, Houston

HAIR

Whitney Paul/Mirror Mirror MAKEUP Mandy Wright/Yellow Pear Caovilla

SHOES Rene

ENGAGEMENT RING Finn Jewelry

WEDDING RINGS Bride: Finn Jewelry;

groom: Piaget JEWELRY Necklace: Tendenza; earrings: Heidi Gibson Capra & Cavelli

MENSWEAR

STATIONERY Méldeen

RENTALS Canteiro Weddings; Planner

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Nizuc Resort & Spa

CAKE & DESSERTS MUSIC Ceremony

and reception: Elan Artist Group; reception: DJ Rich Life “Source from local vendors when you can,” Courtney says of planning a destination wedding.

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FAVORS Gifts for the Good

TRANSPORTATION Maritur DMC

ACCOMMODATIONS Nizuc Resort & Spa;

Westin Cancun Resort & Spa Bering’s

REGISTRY

HONEYMOON St. Regis Bora

Bora, French Polynesia GUESTS 140

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WORK FLORAL ACCENTS INTO EVERY PART OF YOUR DÉCOR FOR WEDDING STYLE THAT TRULY STANDS OUT. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APHY BY SAR AH ANNE WARD

ECLECTIC TABLE GARLAND

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

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Wood baroque charger, $80 for 4, gold wave flatware, $20 for 5-piece set, WorldMarket.com; Shell Bisque dinner plate in Soft Pink, $22, CanvasHomeStore .com; OmbrĂŠ wedding favor tags in Mandarin, $39 for 105, Dean Street, Minted.com >>

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WOODROW’S VINEYARD ESTATE True Southern graciousness will greet you at Woodrow’s Vineyard Estate. Here you can leave the urban behind and head to the rolling hills and starry skies to a unique setting in the Hill Country of Texas. A laid-back elegance will help you create your romantic day with ease and style. The lovely accommodation offers a sanctuary for family or your bridal party to savor time together before your sweet day! Also, a hideaway honeymoon spacious cottage is tucked away and offers additional lodging.

512.722.3580 • HEARTOFTEXASGETAWAYS.COM • WIMBERLEY, TX

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ROMANTIC HAIR PIECES

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

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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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STELLAR NEW WEDDING VENUE IN THE HEART OF THE TEXAS HILL COUNTRY

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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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Wine Country Weddings Duchman Family Winery offers the Hill Country’s most breathtaking views, in-house catering and exceptional service all just 25 miles outside of Austin, Texas. A romantic winery setting. Luscious Texas vineyards. Award-winning Texas wine. Weddings • Rehearsal Dinners • Bridal Showers • Engagement Parties • Private Events

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

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BOHO ESCORT CARDS

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

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

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Terrible flooring

Too bold wallpaper

THE PROBLEM An unattractive carpet or eclectically tiled

THE PROBLEM The red-and-gold damask print wallpaper

floor gives the venue a worn-out feel or clashes with your décor. THE FIX First things first: Keep in mind that depending on your setup, your dining tables will cover much of the less-thanstellar floor in question (as will dim evening lighting). Ask to walk through the venue again next time they’re setting up for a wedding about the same size as yours to get a peek into how much of the floor is actually showing. If it still bothers you, you have a few options. If you’ll be responsible for bringing in a dance floor surface, consider pricing out the cost of outfitting the whole space in the same material (like hardwood flooring or a chic black-and-white checkered tile). Another solution? Roll out several neutral carpets (a timeless style, like sisal, can often be rented) to create a blank-slate background fit for any décor.

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

Gaudy chairs

An oversize space

THE PROBLEM You didn’t luck out with beautiful dining chairs.

THE PROBLEM A too-large reception room feels cavernous

THE FIX If your venue’s available seating is really cramping your style, you may have to resort to rentals. The bad news? It’ll add to your tab. The good? With so many options to choose from, you’ll be able to get a style, like a metallic chiavari or bistro-style wood, that perfectly suits your wedding vibe. Your planner can hook you up with a company that outfits parties on the regular, so you won’t have to worry about drop-off or pickup. If you can’t justify the added expense, try making the current style work for you needs with help from a few clever solutions. Pick a stunning fabric to make into cushions, ask about the availability of slipcovers or task your florist with creating swags of greenery.

and impersonal, even though you’ll be having over 100 guests. THE FIX You can up the intimacy of a sprawling space in a few ways. First, ask your planner and venue to use rectangle tables—they’ll take up more room than circle tables, which can go a long way in making the room feel more utilized. Past that, consider setting up different designated areas to put the extra square footage to work. Cluster together several plush sofas, ottomans and even fire pits (if outdoors) to create a cozy space right off the dance floor where guests can relax, mix and mingle, or set up a special satellite bar and high-top section for the perfect spot to serve up the evening’s signature cocktail. >>

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Jarring columns THE PROBLEM Support beams or columns spread throughout the space interrupt the eye and will hinder the flow of guests. THE FIX Disguise any posts (even the poles in a tented reception) with a clever greenery addition. Ask your florist to bring a few smaller trees or branch arrangements to place in front of the poles to distract guests from seeing what’s beneath. If you’d rather not add to your floral budget, turn the visual interruption into a romantic accent by stringing café lights between the poles or wrapping them down the pole in a spiral. They’ll look so pretty glowing in the night, you may even end up happy they’re there.

Clashing colors THE PROBLEM The color scheme competes with the soft and romantic blush-hued event you have planned. THE FIX Instead of fighting the venue’s colors, embrace them. Pull one or two of the less offensive hues into your color scheme with pretty napkins or seat cushions, so it feels like they coordinate intentionally. If you really can’t work with any of the preexisting shades, transform everything you can into a neutral base (like rolling out a carpet or covering chairs). Then, layer in your preferred shades. Guests won’t even notice what’s left behind.

5 questions to ask before you book Review this must-ask list before you sign.

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What kind of services do you offer? You’ll want to know whether the venue has any all-inclusive packages for the site and food, if any rentals or pros are included in the rate, and whether an on-site coordinator can help. Don’t assume anything is included unless it’s actually stated in writing.

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REAL WEDDINGS

DALLAS & FT. WORTH

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The state fair, colors of the countryside sunsets and even an urban rooftop inspired the design for these sweet pairs’ ceremonies and receptions. They didn’t forget the touch of Texas flair.

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The invitations incorporated a caricature of the couple.

“You can have your dream wedding on any budget,” Melissa says. “You just may not get a lot of sleep in the months leading up to it!” That was certainly the case for this Texas-size state fair wedding at an event venue Evan built on their ranch.

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“The cake looked exactly like my vision: an oldschool county fair baking contest,” Melissa says.

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The bride once owned a photo booth business, which connected her to key wedding vendors.

Evan’s family has owned the horse and cattle ranch where they wed for 55 years, and he was born and raised on the property. Following a small, private ceremony at his favorite spot in the barnyard, the couple threw an all-out carnival at their venue, inviting friends, family, and past and future clients.

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The crowning glory of the state fair theme was an epic Ferris wheel.

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For Melissa, the spirit of their big day was a no-brainer: “I have always loved the state fair of Texas, and part of the reason is because it embodies tradition,” she says. “That is something both Evan and I find very important—embracing a Western heritage lifestyle and carrying on a very Texan way of life.”

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The bride’s custommade ring was based on a vintage design she spotted on Instagram.

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Melissa and her friends made the red and white bunting by hand.

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Natalie Shelton/NBarrettPhoto Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Ceremony: Beckley & Co.;

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& Co. Flowers; reception: Bows and Arrows OFFICIANT John Smallwood (friend)

Tracy Popken, Oak Cliff Beauty Boss Network

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Bros Jewelers JEWELRY Earrings: Mana Culture MENSWEAR Ralph Lauren; Rodeo Hats STATIONERY Invitations: Jeremy Hughes;

RSVP, escort cards & menu: Blue Eye Brown Eye

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Boys Named Sue; DJ Bryan C; Straight Tequila Night OTHER ENTERTAINMENT Ferris wheel: MacGregor Entertainment; photo booth: Photo At the reception, loose, colorful bouquets dotted dinner tables. After the meal, the pair took the dance floor, with Melissa in a dress that perfectly fit their vision. “Evan and I love to dance, and we wanted the dress to have a beautiful flow when he twirled me around. It was exactly what I had dreamed of!”

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The bride’s love of trees and the groom’s opinions on the gold market inspired the wedding colors.

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Gold-painted flowers added a touch of glam to the all-white bouquet.

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BRIDE Sophia Michelle Andreola, 36, a physician’s assistant GROOM David Wayne Tice, 62, a private equity investor HOW THEY MET At work—David was a patient at a clinic where Sophia worked (but they followed all the rules of patient code!) WEDDING STYLE Their New Year’s Eve party called for a glamorous black-tie affair. —ER After meeting, the couple had their first date the next day (Sunday brunch at the Mansion), and it went so well they had a second date later that same afternoon. Sophia was thankful their long engagement gave her time to plan their gorgeous candle-filled ceremony.

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The golden forest theme carried through to the six-layer cake.

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Choosing a gown proved to be a stressful process. After attempting to add a skirt to a sample dress didn’t work, Sophia finally found her dream design for the ceremony. She then cut the original gown to a cocktail length for the reception, and used the extra fabric to make dresses for her daughters, the flower girls.

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The couple’s first dance was to “Bless the Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts. “It makes me cry every time I hear it,” Sophia says. “Our journey to find each other had many struggles, but it was worth every step if it meant finding each other and having the amazing life, partnership and love we have together.”

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“As long as you work together, your dreams will come true—no matter how the little details work out,” Sophia says.

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Instead of reciting vows, the couple sang them to each other. “We fell in love rehearsing for our high school talent show,” Victoria says. “It brought back memories.”

THEIR STORY BRIDE Victoria Tran, 25, a science teacher GROOM Will Wood, 25, a music teacher HOW THEY MET In middle school, where a crush blossomed into becoming high school sweethearts WEDDING STYLE Victoria and Will filled their industrial venue with simple, neutral colors, lots of laughter and nods to their love of music. —ER Victoria had a lot of help from the internet in creating her industrial-chic vision. She stumbled upon her venue on Instagram, adapted her color scheme from a Pinterest shot and even found Will’s ring on Amazon.com (for only $20).

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The top two layers of the cake were cookie butter, which Victoria still has dreams about.

The couple avoided a strict structure when planning out the day’s details. “We both wanted our wedding to not necessarily have a theme or style, but a mood,” Victoria explains. “When Will and I sat down to talk about our wedding ideas, we honestly just wanted our day to be filled with lots of laughter and joy.”

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“We loved the look of the bare wooden tables,” Victoria says.

The couple also incorporated their love of indie music throughout the day, with songs during the ceremony from their favorite artists performed by Will and his groomsmen, and a first dance to Johnnyswim. A live band started the dance party, and the pair surprised their guests with glow sticks.

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BRIDE Kathryn Bentley, 25, an adjunct instructor GROOM Andrew Butler, 27, a Naval Intelligence Officer HOW THEY MET At Starbucks in Arlington, Virginia, when Kathryn spotted a fellow Texan wearing a University of Texas fleece jacket WEDDING STYLE The crisp white ceremony with shades of blue paid homage to Andrew’s Navy traditions. —ER With a big move in process to their next duty station and a husband deployed during the entire wedding planning period, Kathryn miraculously managed to make it all happen. “Only having three weeks to plan locally allowed me to go with my gut on quite a few decisions and not second-guess myself,” she says.

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Kathryn says she “invested in professional and personable vendors” so she would feel confident about the logistics on the day.

The first big challenge was a bridal gown white enough to match her husband’s US Navy choker whites. Kathryn brought his uniform to the dress shop, and while the color narrowed her options, she chose the first dress she tried on. To avoid clashing, the reception had shades of blue and gold with greenery and pink roses.

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“Our venue had everything I was looking for, as well as the practical aspects,” Kathryn says.

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While guests snacked on charcuterie and bacon-wrapped apricots, the couple dined privately upstairs to enjoy each other’s company. “At some point, take a moment to look around and enjoy that every single person is there because they’ve loved and supported you throughout your life,” Kathryn says.

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The couple let the pink skies of the Hill Country sunset decorate their ceremony space. “The nature is already so beautiful,” Presley says.

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BRIDE Presley Gesek, 23, an assistant account executive GROOM James Gonzales, 22, an operations manager HOW THEY MET During a design class at Abilene Christian University WEDDING STYLE The warm and whimsical fall-inspired ceremony included romantic Spanish touches. —ER As soon as James met Presley, he told his friend he was going to marry her—a story Presley doubted until the friend later confirmed it. The couple fully utilized the 11-month engagement to plan a wedding that would be meaningful. “I wanted all of our guests to feel loved, welcomed and know that we were grateful for them and their support in our union,” Presley says of the intention behind the sense of warmth she instilled in the day.

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When Presley booked the venue, it was still in the process of being built. “All we could see was the framing and the owner’s rendering,” she says. “We loved it and believed that the owner would accomplish his vision.” The end result was the perfect union of rustic and modern that the couple wanted.

The bride wore a floor-length mantilla veil, symbolic of her husband’s Catholic faith.

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Couture Floral + Event Design After taking communion together, the couple paused for cocktail hour, then treated guests to a feast. The décor incorporated fall hues, including a unique amber goblet at each setting and a cake as a centerpiece at each table, because, as Presley says, “Who wouldn’t want more cake?”

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“I would honestly wear it every day if I wouldn’t get odd looks at work,” Emilee says of her ruffled dress.

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EMILEE & JEFF’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY SITE Marty Leonard

At the museum, the couple’s white flowers brought an element of romance, while warm chocolate chip cookies and milk added to the fun. “The black-and-white dance floor was a huge hit,” Emilee says. Deviating from the color scheme, the couple’s first dance was to “La Vie en Rose” by Louis Armstrong.

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Silver West Limousine Service; Prime Limo ACCOMMODATIONS Courtyard by

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THEIR STORY GROOM Justin Yoder (right), 35, a wedding photographer GROOM Patrick Thompson, 37, a lighting designer HOW THEY MET Through mutual friends WEDDING STYLE An unconventional rooftop wedding was crafted with a simple and elegant hand. —ER

“Photography is the one thing that lasts forever—invest in it!” Justin says.

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The pair met right after Justin came out, and the stars aligned—Patrick is the only man he’s ever dated. For the venue, their engagement photographer convinced the building manager of her lofts to have the ceremony on the roof. “Don’t be afraid to look into nontraditional venues,” the couple says.

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The pair’s goal was to combine a Northwest feel with a touch of elegance.

The duo kept it classic with black tuxes, touches of greenery and personal elements (like including their dogs in the wedding party and offering communion at the ceremony). Later, guests enjoyed Texas barbecue and a half-chocolate, half-champagne cake with wood-grain fondant to match the invitations.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Amanda Waldman, 27, a school counselor GROOM Logan Sherman, 29, a chiropractor HOW THEY MET A setup from Amanda’s incredibly insistent cousin WEDDING STYLE The ultra-modern venue was vamped up to sexy, city chic with orchids everywhere. —ER “Amanda, I’ve met your husband. Call me back,” proved fateful words from a matchmaking cousin. When Amanda met Logan for the first time, he was picking her up from the airport, with chicken nuggets (her favorite) in tow. The two have been laughing together ever since— even when he got stuck in an elevator on their wedding day. Luckily, the fire department arrived in time to break him out.

The couple’s terrace ceremony included a lucite chuppah decorated with white orchids, ghost chairs and a backdrop of twinkle lights.

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The ceremony décor at the rooftop venue was all white, with festive jewel tones for the reception. “I wanted guests to experience the dreamy, romantic vibes of the ceremony and then when they arrive downstairs—bam—it’s party time,” says Amanda. Later, breakfast tacos were served as a midnight snack.

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The Dallas-based couple chose Grand Lake, Colorado, as a destination because Brock’s family has spent their summers there for five generations. There’s even a waterfall named after his great-great grandfather. With a sunset-pink palette for the ceremony and a nautical-inspired reception, they put together a fun day that never lost its elegance.

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Arden’s look set the tone for their day: The engagement ring, a mine-cut diamond originating from the 1800s, was passed down in Brock’s family, and her blushcolored gown’s versatile styling options allowed for dancing (of which there was plenty). Postceremony, the couple took a lap around the lake on a vintage boat.

One wedding crasher—a moose!—had to be escorted out by animal control.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Set a time

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

Create the atmosphere

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

Sit in separate rooms

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

Be consistent

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Why not splurge on some #selfcare before your wedding day? Get the rundown on the hottest prewedding beauty treatments—and how to factor them into your budget. >> BY SHELLEY BROWN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Microblading HOW IT WORKS: This more sophisticated take on permanent

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tanning beds

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

Popping pimples

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

Drastically changing your hair color

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

Intense facials

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mismatched

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

Ombré

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

Allover embellishment

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

Metallics

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

All white

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

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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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Kelsey Tuben is the owner of Unbridaled, a bridal shop with locations in Austin and Houston. The salon carries a range of designers like Sachin & Babi, Claire Pettibone, Watters and Theia.

Each shopping experience is different, but you should start your dress search a year in advance. A time cushion means you’ll have plenty of time to find a dress you love and hiccups won’t stress you out.

Keep in mind that after purchasing your dress, you’ll usually have to wait a minimum of four months for it to be custom made. Once it arrives in store, it can take one to three months for alterations.

In my experience, brides are frequently unhappy when they buy a dress online. If you want a bargain, visit the salons during sample sales— you’ll get a great deal without sacrificing quality.

Brides generally have two to three fittings, but depending on the complexity of the alterations to your gown, it can take five to six visits to the tailor to make sure everything is perfect.

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

Add sleeves

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

Customize your bustle

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

Modify embellishments

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

Lace it up

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

Make it personal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

G E T M O R E FA S H I O N I N S P O AT TheKnot.com/gowns

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Celebrate in the historic

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

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The Iris Garden

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

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WORK OF ART

Express your personal style in a sequined, watercolor-print gown with an oversize shoulder ruffle. Dress, $6,600, Rivini at Julian Gold Bridal, JulianGold.com (San Antonio & Austin), Mia Bridal Couture, MiaBridalCouture.com (Houston), Ivory Bridal Atelier, IvoryBridalHouston.com (Houston); 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 Mia Bridal Couture, MiaBridalCouture.com (Houston); 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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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 Bridal Salon at Neiman Marcus, NeimanMarcus.com (Dallas), Casa de Novia Bridal Couture, CasadeNoviaBridal.com (Houston), Julian Gold Bridal, JulianGold.com (San Antonio); earrings, $925, JenniferBehr.com ON HIM Suit, $549, BlackLapel.com; shirt, $168, tie, $68, Bonobos.com; wedding band, $1,090, BrilliantEarth.com

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

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

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The Allée

ALL AFLUTTER

Butterflies aren’t just a gorgeous way to incorporate nature-inspired details into your wedding look— they also symbolize new beginnings. Dress, $7,590, Romona Keveza at Joan Pillow Bridal Salon, JoanPillowBridal.com (Houston), The Bridal Salon at Neiman Marcus, NeimanMarcus.com (Dallas), Warren Barrón Bridal, WarrenBarron.com (Dallas); engagement ring, $1,780, ParadeDesign .com; earrings, $2,221, AnabelaChan.com

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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 Joan Pillow Bridal Salon, JoanPillowBridal.com (Houston); engagement ring, $5,225 (not including center stone), CoastDiamond.com; earrings, $345, OscardelaRenta.com; flower hairpins, $85 each, BijouVanNess.com; shoes, $540, SophiaWebster.com ON HIM Suit, $549, BlackLapel.com; shirt, $168, tie, $85, Bonobos.com

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The Croquet Court

HAUTEHOUSE FLOWERS

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

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The Terrace Garden

HIDE AND CHIC

Channel the celebratory vibe of your nuptials with a feathery gown and bedazzled bandeau veil. After all, it doesn’t get more festive than wispy plumes and head-to-toe shimmer. Dress, price upon request, Mira Zwillinger at Joan Pillow Bridal Salon, JoanPillowBridal.com (Houston), The Bridal Salon at Neiman Marcus, NeimanMarcus.com (Dallas); 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 FASHION STYLING Shelley Brown HAIR Alberto Guzman for Bumble & Bumble at Ray Brown Pro MAKEUP Georgina Billington for By Terry Cosmetics at Judy Casey Inc. PROP STYLING Frederique Stephanie, The Pop Up House

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Whether you bought or rented your tux, alterations are essential to getting the perfect fit. Nick Torres, third generation tailor and owner of custom suit store Beyond Bespoke in New York City, is here to answer all of your tailoring questions. >> BY FAR AH PRINCE PHOTOGR APH BY PETRONELL A PHOTOGR APHY

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How far in advance of our wedding date should I schedule my initial alteration appointment? It’s important to time the tailoring of your tuxedo just right. When wedding season is in full swing (usually around March to November), you’re looking at a two- to three-week turnaround for most tux alterations—and as a rule, the more complicated the alterations, the longer it takes. During the off-months, your tailor may need only a week to make all the necessary adjustments. What should I bring to my first appointment? Bring the tux you want to have altered, as well as the exact shirt and shoes you plan to wear. It’s necessary to alter your shirt and jacket at the same time, so your tailor can make sure they’re both the correct length and work together perfectly. It’s easy to forget, but the height of your shoes determines the length of your pants. Will I need more than one fitting? Any good tailor will tell you that tailoring is an art. You should prepare for at least two fittings, and in some cases you may need more—it all depends on the alterations you are having done.

In most cases, if you’re having minor changes made to a rental (taking in or letting out the waist, adjusting the hem of the pants or tapering the sides of the jacket to help contour the body) you’ll only need one fitting. If you’re having any complex reconstruction work done (reducing the width of the jacket shoulders or making major customizations to the jacket and pants) plan on two or three fittings. Since the typical tux isn’t made for all postures and body types, your tailor may also make tweaks to flaws in the overall pattern of the suit (for example, resculpting the jacket shoulders so they fit flush to the body or recutting the collar to eliminate bunching in the back) to get the best fit for your specific build. This process will take multiple fittings to perfect.

What’s the biggest mistake grooms make when it comes to the alterations process? In my experience, a lot of grooms forget to make sure the shoulders of their jacket fit properly. The fit of the shoulders is extremely important—if it’s done correctly, most of the other adjustments to the tux will fall into place. Coincidentally, tweaking the shoulders is also one of the most expensive alterations, so not getting it right the first time may lead to a more costly jacket reconstruction. To determine if your jacket shoulder is fitting properly, make sure the shoulder seam is flush with your actual shoulder with no bunching.

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What are the basic alterations a tailor will make to my tuxedo during my first appointment? Generally, a tailor will need to shorten and slim the sleeves on your jacket, as well as taper the sides—this will make it look contoured to your body and more fitted. If you have a smaller frame, they may reduce the shoulders and take up the collar roll (read: the arch formed by the collar when it’s buttoned to the shirt). Depending on your height, your tailor could also taper your pant legs and adjust the hem, making them shorter or longer as needed. They might also modify the waist of your pants for a more comfortable fit.

make it personal Distinguish yourself from a sea of black tuxedos with fun accessories.

Pocket squares

If you have a favorite hue you’d like to work into your look, a pocket square adds a nice pop of color. If you end up choosing a patterned option, go for a small, subtle design.

Patterned socks

Make a statement with fun designs on your socks. Have all your groomsmen don matching pairs in the same color for an unexpected surprise and a playful photo op.

Engraved cuff links

Add sentimental value to your accessories by engraving your wedding date or partner’s initials onto your cuff links— they’ll be a beautiful keepsake you’ll wear beyond your day.

Fancy footwear

Not a fan of traditional black oxfords? Depending on the formality of your wedding, opt for your favorite lace-ups, loafers or even sneakers in black, gray or navy.

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how to throw a beach wedding Celebrate your love among all things sun, sand and surf. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APHY BR ANDON KIDD PHOTOGR APHY

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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Ask for permission in advance

Think about vendor access

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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Price

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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Choose durable décor

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.

bottle the beach

Prepare to share your space

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

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

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

Driftwood

Sea fan coral

Linen

Pampas grass

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

Shells

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photographer

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

Videographer

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

Band or DJ

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

Florist

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

Catering team

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Centerpieces

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

Catering

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

Music

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

Photography

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

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

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

Is your caterer legit?

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

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

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

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We love creating innovative menu items that reflect a couple’s personality or story. This can mean serving his and hers appetizers or re-creating a dish they shared on their first date.

Small passed bites paired with cocktails are so fun to create. Some of our favorites include crispy Texas Gulf oyster nachos paired with palomas and paella cakes paired with cava rosado champagne.

A well-rounded wedding menu is one that has some interesting twists, local flair and lots of delicious flavor. It should be satisfying but not too heavy, so guests will want to dance into the night.

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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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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.”

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

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

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Create a solid day-of timeline

Be upfront about your expectations

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

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

Plan for the light

Don’t try to control everything

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

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

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“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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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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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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From renovations to rain, even the most well-planned wedding weekends can be thrown a curve ball. Whether you’re trying to contend with an unexpected amount of RSVPs or are clueless when it comes to having a plan B for your outdoor reception, we’re here to help you iron out all those details before your wedding day, keeping the main event as stress-free as possible.

Our whole wedding aesthetic is based on our outdoor venue location, and we don’t really have a plan B in case of inclement 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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let it glow Strings of charming café lights hanging above the dance floor lend a party-ready—and flattering—glow.

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—bonus points if you also distribute fun extras, like glow sticks. 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 secondary venue. >>

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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? I don’t want them to see it early. 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 space or watch the ceremony. Is there any way we can politely keep them out? There are tons of 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. 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 intention is to help you and your partner make decisions when it comes to who you’re inviting to your wedding. 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. 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 day can be a huge disappointment. Assuming that pulling out and finding a 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 top-shelf liquor or an extra hour to your reception). Lastly, talk with your planner or vendor team 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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After the outdoor ceremony in front of an altar covered in pink and blue blooms, Deborah changed into a traditional red Chinese wedding dress that her aunt-in-law had tailored. Her family flew in from China, so the couple incorporated elements of Chinese heritage to honor them, like serving Peking duck baos as hors d’oeuvres.

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Bougainvilleas

The

Aventography

12126 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77077 832.914.7844 www.thebougainvilleasrooms.com Ammar Selo Photography

Ammar Selo Photography

Corporate Meetings Weddings Private Parties

Juan Huerta Photography

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OCTOBER 29

• HOUSTON

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Gina Armstrong, 36, a physician GROOM Andre Evans, 31, an attorney HOW THEY MET At a valet stand through a friend who secretly passed Andre Gina’s phone number WEDDING STYLE The evening was set as an elegant, enchanted garden. —ER “I was not that girl who had my entire wedding planned out years ago,” Gina says of scrolling thousands of pictures to see what she liked. “I was drawn to those with a lot of greenery with a romantic feel. My planner was integral in narrowing down the vision. He even sat with my mom, aunt and mother-in-law asking them about my personality, which was so helpful.”

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Sometimes it’s best to trust the experts: Gina gave her florist creative freedom to choose the reception blooms.

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Vine-draped place settings contributed to the romantic garden theme.

Their musem played host to the outdoors-in setting, which included a his (steak and potatoes) and and hers (cheese and charcuterie) lounge for cocktail hour. Both the bride and groom honored their college Greek life with a vocal performance from their brothers and sisters—the bride was serenaded with her sorority’s Delta Sigma Theta sweetheart song, then Andre’s Alpha Phi Alphas took center stage to sing to the couple.

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713.622.2022 miabridalcouture.com 2509 River Oaks Blvd

Atelier Pronovias Enaura Alon Livne Rivini Alyne Ysa Makino Martina Liana Watters Brides Legends Romona Keveza Paloma Blanca Sareh Nouri Gown by Atelier Pronovias

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Guests enjoyed small sips while an electric violinist played during cocktail hour.

GINA & ANDRE’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS

The newlyweds entered their reception to a shower of streamers, “and it immediately turned into a party,” Gina says. “We were lifted in the air—without chairs!” The couple’s first dance was to Journey’s “Faithfully” to remind them of an amazing night when Gina had surprised Andre with tickets to see the band.

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CEREMONY SITE McGovern Centennial

Gardens in Hermann Park, Houston RECEPTION SITE Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, Houston PHOTOGRAPHY Joshua and Kariss Farris/

Pharris Photography

PLANNER Darryl Wilson/

D’Concierge Weddings & Events 19eleven Events

FLOWERS

OFFICIANT Charles Purnell

(groom’s cousin)

GOWN Manuel Mota for

Pronovias, Pronovias, New York City

HAIR

Nadia Nicole MAKEUP Alaina Saulsberry/ Color Du Jour

SHOES Salvatore Ferragamo

EARRINGS David Yurman

BRIDESMAID

DRESSES Calvin Klein, Macy’s

MENSWEAR

Groom: Abe Ndoye Design; WJ Knots; groomsmen: The Black Tux

STATIONERY

Invitations: Indian Wedding Card; escort cards: Thistle Scribbles

RENTALS LG Entertainment;

Swift & Company; What’s the Occasion Linens & Decor

CATERING JK+CO

MUSIC Ceremony:

Susan Schnorr; reception: Bridgid Bibbens; DJ Mister Rogers

ACCOMMODATIONS

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Houston Greenway Plaza; Magnolia Hotel .com, Crate & Barrel

REGISTRIES Amazon HONEYMOON Singapore,

Sri Lanka & the Maldives GUESTS 200 BUDGET $$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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perfection It takes VISION and IMAGINATION to create a WEDDING CELEBRATION you can call your own.

W Nestled in the woods near the acclaimed Jack Nicklaus and Tom Fazio golf courses, Carlton Woods offers a choice of two elegant clubhouses for your wedding celebration. Our catering and event staff is dedicated to making every detail memorable. Our beautifully appointed décor, delectable cuisine, and impeccable service at The Club at Carlton Woods will delight you and your guests. Call us today to start planning a day that will be the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. Carlton Woods...where weddings are planned to perfection.

The Club at Carlton Woods One Carlton Woods Drive The Woodlands, Texas 77382 281-863-5844 • www.carltonwoods.com Event photos by Susan Lee Photography

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APRIL 7

• MONTGOMERY

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“My dress has so many incredible details,” Sheryl says. “It was the first one I tried on, and I felt stunning in it.”

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After her engagement, Sheryl sat down with a close friend and got to work organizing the wedding. She described her dream setting—peaceful scenery, a chapel, maybe some horses— and to her surprise found all of these qualities at a farmhouse venue in Montgomery. “This place was an answer to our prayers,” she says.

Sheryl raved about her calligrapher for her patience and incredible design.

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Sheryl soon realized the importance of having a strong network. “All of our wedding plans happened because of our family, friends and our incredible church family,” she says. “We couldn’t have done it without them!” At the ceremony, those gathered joined in song to celebrate the the newlyweds’ union.

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“I wanted the ceremony to feel elegant and beautiful,” Sheryl says of adding greenery and white flowers to the arbor.

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Stay Exquisite Enduring love, everlasting memories, weddings at The St. Regis Houston are celebrations beyond expectation. From personalized menus, captivating venues and impeccable service, a St. Regis Specialist stands ready to ensure your precious day is your most memorable experience.

Š2016 Marriott International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Preferred Guest, SPG, St. Regis and their logos are the trademarks of Marriott International, Inc., or its affiliates.

The St. Regis Houston 1919 Briar Oaks Lane, Houston, Texas t. +1 713 403 2625 stregishoustonhotel.com

Every detail is carefully attended to making each moment a cherished one. The Astor Ballroom

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Friends banded together to provide the wedding cake, dessert bites, favors and live music during the reception. The venue provided ample space to socialize and play games until, in true Texas style, a black RAM truck carried the couple away for their grand exit.

The bride honored her Indian heritage with light pink saris for the bridesmaids and a reception outfit change into a bridal sari similar to her mother’s.

SHERYL & BILLY’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE

The Farmhouse, Montgomery PHOTOGRAPHY Ryan Price

Photography

FLOWERS

Unforgettable Floral

GOWN

Oleg Cassini, David’s Bridal, College Station MAKEUP Beth Erickson

VEIL David’s Bridal

SHOES Chinese Laundry ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Fifth C Fine Jewelry BRIDESMAID DRESSES Sari

Sapne JCPenney

MENSWEAR J.Ferrar, STATIONERY Scripted

Love Calligraphy & Design SIGN-IN BOOK Artifact

Uprising

CATERING Kuntry

Katfish Catering

FAVORS

DetailsonDemand, Etsy.com REGISTRIES Anthropologie;

Bed Bath & Beyond; Pottery Barn; Target; Wayfair.com HONEYMOON Triple Creek

Ranch, Darby, MT GUESTS 250 BUDGET $$ (see key, p. 8)

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To have and to hold your trust

R e q u e s t y o u r a p p o i n t m e n t a t Ve n t u r a s B r i d a l F a s h i o n s . c o m 1 0 2 N O R T H L O O P @ YA L E S T R E E T

HOUSTON, TEXAS 7 7008

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• BRYAN

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Jennifer’s lace gown had convertible shoulder straps that took her from ceremony to reception mode.

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THEIR STORY

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BRIDE Jennifer, 25, a development coordinator and real estate associate GROOM Doak, 28, a vice president of business development HOW THEY MET On the Hinge dating app WEDDING STYLE The massive country club venue was transformed into a cozy, personal lounge with nods to the couple’s Aggie allegiance. —ER Jennifer and Doak’s planning and floral teams collaborated to pull together a never-before-seen event. The team made a 13,000-square-foot tent (accommodating 460 guests) seem welcoming, personal and, of course, lush—studded with blooms in shades of blush and the color of Bordeaux wine.

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The white almond cake with raspberry filling was decorated with boldly-hued blooms.

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The groom’s South Texas hometown roots inspired the mariachi band that played during cocktail hour. With guests’ comfort in mind, the tent was sectioned into lounges with a living room feel. A “re-charging station” allowed guests to charge their devices and grab a 5-Hour Energy or a pair of rescue flip flops. In addition to Shiner beer and champagne, water bottles customized with an image of the couple’s puppy reminded guests to hydrate.

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Ling Wang Photography

Serving the Houston Area 832.644.5655 www.whiiingtonbridal.com

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JENNIFER & DOAK’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY SITE Bethel Lutheran Church,

Bryan RECEPTION SITE Miramont Country Club, Bryan

PHOTOGRAPHY Chris Bailey and

David Bates/Chris Bailey Photography VIDEOGRAPHY 31 Films

Preisler/Keely Thorne Events In Bloom

PLANNER Katy FLOWERS Events

OFFICIANT Rev. Randall C. Bard

GOWN Monique Lhuillier, Mia Bridal Couture,

Houston

HAIR Hues by Heather

Kristin Daniell

SHOES Stuart Weitzman

David Yurman Bridesmaids

MAKEUP

VEIL Monique Lhuillier WEDDING RINGS

BRIDESMAID DRESSES Bella MENSWEAR Groom: Saks Fifth

Avenue; groomsmen: Men’s Wearhouse STATIONERY Papellerie

Papellerie

SIGN-IN BOOK

RENTALS Events In Bloom

CATERING Miramont Country Club CAKE Fabulous Fare

MUSIC Emerald City

Band OTHER ENTERTAINMENT Mariachi Calmecac DANCE LESSONS Dr. Susan Quiring FAVORS CC Creations

TRANSPORTATION

Transportation Consultants ACCOMMODATIONS Best Western Premier

Bryan College Station

REGISTRIES Bed Bath

& Beyond; Gourmet Divas; Williams Sonoma HONEYMOON Puerto Vallarta, Mexico GUESTS 460 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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The crowning glory of the evening was a wall of vintage light bulbs that lit up with the couple’s new last name as confetti rained down to Katy Perry’s “Firework.” At the end of the night, Jennifer and Doak made their exit and drove off in her father’s maroon Bentley convertible.

The couple danced among swirling confetti for their big finale.

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The bride’s trumpet gown and cathedral-length veil exuded elegance for the church ceremony.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Jayme Molohon, 30, a registered nurse GROOM Robert Pack, 30, a pool builder HOW THEY MET Two-stepping at a local country-western barn WEDDING STYLE Light pink, white and gray set a soft, romantic palette for the wedding ceremony. —ER The couple chose Annunciation Catholic Church, the oldest church in Houston (also a Texas landmark), as the backdrop for their traditional ceremony. They added small flower arrangements tied by ribbon in the aisles. “The church had so many beautiful features, we didn’t need to decorate much,” Jayme says.

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Large arches with greenery and light-colored flowers gave the reception a romantic feel.

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“We wanted to make a ‘wow’ statement,” Jayme says of the ballroom, which was transformed into a garden party escape with lush arbors, hanging candles and touches of gold. Jayme wanted to truly provide a treat for their family and friends, so the couple served surf and turf.

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Flowers

Are Love’s Truest Language

Weddings by G Johnson Floral 6560 Fannin Ste. 230, Houston, TX 77030 www.weddingsbyGJohnsonsfloral.com 713-797-6703

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Local studio Papellerie designed the monogram that appeared on many of the day’s elements.

JAYME & ROBERT’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY SITE Annunciation Catholic

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PHOTOGRAPHY Akil

Bennett Photography

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VIDEOGRAPHY

PLANNER Beth Rice

Werner/Keely Thorne Events Bergner & Johnson Design Deacon Larry Vaclavik

FLOWERS OFFICIANT

GOWN Rivini, Ivory

Bridal Atelier, Houston

HAIR Hues by

Heather MAKEUP Kristin Daniell Ivory Bridal Atelier

VEIL

SHOES Badgley Mischka

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS

Diamond World

BRIDESMAID DRESSES

Serenity by Donna Morgan, BHLDN MENSWEAR Calvin Klein, Men’s Wearhouse STATIONERY Papellerie

RENTALS Aztec

Events & Tents; LG Entertainment Who Made The Cake!

CAKE

MUSIC Ceremony:

Divisi Strings; reception: Infinite Groove OTHER ENTERTAINMENT Cigar roller: Leonard Hight/

JPL Entertainment; photo booth: Smilebooth TRANSPORTATION AFC Transportation REGISTRIES Crate & Barrel; Dillard’s; Pottery

Barn; Williams Sonoma The five-tier buttercream creation contained a cinnamon hazelnut filling. After a dancing to a live band and an after-party with more bites and a cigar roller, the couple made their grand exit in a horse and carriage. “Don’t sweat the small stuff and enjoy the planning process,” Jayme says. “It goes by fast.”

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HONEYMOON Peter

Island Resort & Spa, British Virgin Islands GUESTS 240 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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Cindy’s Palace

CINDYS-PALACE.NET 1102 FM 2977, RICHMOND, TX (281) 633-9886

BANQUET HALL

Come out to tour our facility—a premier banquet facility located in the heart of Richmond, Texas. Our venue is 14,000 square feet of pure European elegance, complete with luxurious Italian crystal chandeliers, which illuminate the spacious dance floor. Enjoy our private bridal suite, state-of-theart sound system including dance lights, projectors and dropdown screens, and private parking with ample lighting—all designed with you and your guests in mind.

Cindy’s Palace also offers: • A SPACIOUS PATIO • ABILITY TO ACCOMMODATE 500 SEATED GUESTS • IN-HOUSE CATERING • GROOM’S ROOM • ELEGANT BRIDAL SUITE • PORCELAIN TILE FLOORING

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One of Megan’s sisters, a jewelry designer, made the earrings she wore that day.

“We instantly fell in love with its industrial-chic style and the floor-toceiling windows,” Megan says of the reception venue.

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Phillip and Megan somehow never met in college, but family friends knew the two would hit it off and orchestrated a meeting at her father’s retirement party. The couple chose a Methodist church for the ceremony, as Phillip’s great-grandmother was a founding member, and an elegant venue for their reception.

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Another one of Megan’s sisters designed all of the paper items with a rose gold ink. The couple raved about the food. The bride’s cake was a traditional white sponge with buttercream frosting and raspberry filling, but in the place of a groom’s cake, the couple offered libations at a specialty bar dubbed “Phillip’s Bourbon Bar.”

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of the Ball

PHOTOGRAPHY Diana M. Lott PLANNER Chelsea Wenner/Belle FLOWERS Events in Bloom

OFFICIANT Dr. Tom Pace

GOWN Reem

Acra, Ivory Bridal Atelier, Houston

HAIR Albert

Dominguez/The Hairdressers MAKEUP Jennifer Aronson Makeup

VEIL Ivory Bridal Atelier

SHOES Stuart Weitzman

ENGAGEMENT

RING Tacori WEDDING RINGS Bride: Tacori;

groom: Zadok Jewelers JEWELRY Earrings: KateLauren; necklace: Tenenbaum Jewelers BRIDESMAID DRESSES Alfred Sung MENSWEAR Men’s Wearhouse STATIONERY Hunt Lane Studio

RENTALS

Aztec Events & Tents; Blooming Gallery; Bright Star Productions; Events in Bloom City Kitchen Catering

CATERING

CAKE Cakes by Gina

MUSIC Ceremony: Divisi Strings; reception:

The Drywater Band The entire day went off without a single hitch. “I have all of my vendors to thank for that!” Megan says.

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Colony Limo

TRANSPORTATION

ACCOMMODATIONS Omni

Houston Hotel

REGISTRIES Bering’s;

Restoration Hardware; Williams Sonoma HONEYMOON Guacalito de la Isla, Nicaragua GUESTS 325 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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Old Town Elegance

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Timeless Charm

HOCHZEIT HALL A FINE WEDDING & EVENT VENUE O L D T OW N S PR I N G

“LET OUR JOURNEY TOGETHER BECOME YOUR MEMORIES!”

427 GENTRY ST., SPRING, TX 77373 INFO@OLDTOWNSPRINGWEDDINGS.COM

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(832) 992-3896

WWW.OLDTOWNSPRINGWEDDINGS.COM

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NOVEMBER 25

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A crown of roses and baby’s breath completed the flower girl’s look.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Amanda Lopez, 27, an office manager GROOM Juan Hernandez, 27, a real estate investor HOW THEY MET In college WEDDING STYLE The pair went for a rustic winter wonderland with shades of gray and frosted leaves. —ER Amanda and Juan opted for a glamorous Catholic ceremony, with aisles designed by the bride to overflow with roses. The couple’s son served as the ring bearer. “It was a special moment to watch him carry our rings down the aisle,” the bride says.

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Julia Ideson Library 550 McKinney Street, Houston, TX | (832) 393-1646

HoustonLibrary.org/spaces

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The towering nine-layer cake was a masterpiece with Grand Marnier ganache, raspberry almond cream ganache and handmade roses.

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FLOWERS Plants n’ Petals OFFICIANT Father Milton

Raybould/Catholics Without a Church VEIL Winnie Couture,

GOWN &

Winnie Couture Flagship Salon, Houston Pure

HAIR &

MAKEUP 2 B

SHOES Christian Louboutin ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING

RINGS Cartier EARRINGS Winnie

Couture Flagship Salon BRIDESMAID DRESSES Nordstrom MENSWEAR Q Clothier; Tom Ford STATIONERY Atelier du Papier RENTALS Plants n’ Petals CATERING Cordúa Catering CAKE Edible Designs by Jessie MUSIC Avalon Music; Signature

Eventx DANCE LESSONS Fred Astaire Dance Studio

FAVORS Etsy.com

REGISTRY Bed Bath & Beyond

The couple chose the elegant mansion as the setting for the November wedding because Amanda feels it is “the most beautiful venue in Houston.” After dancing to pop and Tejano classics, the newlyweds made their exit in Juan’s Rolls-Royce, with sparklers and fireworks lighting the way.

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HONEYMOON Paris, France GUESTS

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

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Mia Bella Vita

NORTHWEST HOUSTON’S PREMIER BOUTIQUE WEDDING VENUE

• UP TO 350 GUESTS • INDOOR AND OUTDOOR CEREMONIES AND RECEPTIONS • OUR SERVICES RANGE FROM ALL-INCLUSIVE PACKAGES TO VENUE-ONLY RENTALS

WWW.MIABELLAVITA.COM | 281.516.7032 | 22404 MUESCHKE ROAD, TOMBALL, TX

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Weddings Elegant, Sophisticated Weddings && Receptions Receptions -Modern Modern, Elegant, Sophisticated

www.5226elm.com | 5226 Elm Street, Houston, Texas 77081 | 713.529.2500 | info@5226elm.com

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APRIL 8

• CONROE

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ALE XIS & JOHN HOUS TON

THEIR STORY BRIDE Alexis Stacy, 26, a process engineer GROOM John Leonhardt, 28, a special education teacher HOW THEY MET In high school WEDDING STYLE The theme was vintage romantic, with gold accents, rose gold dresses and forest green tablecloths, calling on the groom’s outdoorsy nature. —ER Following a touching alfresco ceremony conducted by the bride’s grandfather, guests were treated to an elegant evening with down-home charm. Barbecue was served family-style—“You bet we served it on china,” the bride says—and dessert took the form of three bridal cakes on a tree-inspired stand.

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Our glistening waterfalls, fabulous golf course views, Tuscan inspired architecture and decor provide an exclusive and luxurious setting for both intimate or large weddings and receptions, spectacular tented extravaganzas, chic events on the terrace and informal gatherings. With custom menus prepared to uncompromising standards, every event at Royal Oaks is planned to perfection.

PHOTOS BY HOFFLAND STUDIOS, STEVE LEE WEDDINGS, AND FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY

2910 Royal Oaks Club Drive, Houston, Texas 77082 281.899.3200 | WWW.ROYALOAKSCC.COM

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House, Conroe The couple decided on their first dance song, “Yours and Mine” by Kyle Park, six years before their wedding day. After a twinkling send-off from friends holding 36-inch sparklers, the pair threw an after-party with what the bride calls “pizza galore” that lasted until 6 a.m.

PHOTOGRAPHY Courtney

Brown/Courtney Leigh Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Royal Elegance Productions PLANNER Kelly Kennedy Events

Bramble & Bee

FLOWERS

OFFICIANTS Dan Walsh

(bride’s grandfather); Matt Kindsvatter (friend) GOWN Martina Liana, Brickhouse Bridal, The

Woodlands

HAIR &

Made Up Blahnik

MAKEUP Sunkissed &

VEIL BHLDN

SHOES Manolo

ENGAGEMENT RING Tenenbaum

Jewelers WEDDING RINGS Staghead Designs; Tenenbaum Jewelers JEWELRY Bracelet: Kate Spade; earrings: BHLDN DRESSES BHLDN

Wearhouse

BRIDESMAID

MENSWEAR Men’s

STATIONERY Carlson Craft

RENTALS Aztec Events & Tents

Goode Company

CATERING

CAKE Hannah Joy’s Cakes

MUSIC Ceremony: Third Floor Strings;

reception: Radio Live OTHER ENTERTAINMENT Photo booth: GingerSnap Photocamper TRANSPORTATION The Houston Wave ACCOMMODATIONS Conroe Fairfield Inn &

Suites Beyond

REGISTRIES Amazon.com; Bed Bath & HONEYMOON Oranjestad, Aruba

GUESTS 300 BUDGET $$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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

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

Go all out with a glamette

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

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

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

Decide who is hosting

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

Make the guest list

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

Figure out a date

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

Spread the word

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

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

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Get in touch with nature while camping

Set sail on the open seas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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make it legal Texas Marriage License Requirements GUIDELINES FOR OBTAINING A MARRIAGE LICENSE In Texas, the legal age for marriage is 18. Couples ages 16–17 must have parental consent; 15 and under must obtain a court order. Blood tests and residency are not required. In most counties, the bride and groom must apply for and sign the license together. The bride and groom must present their Social Security numbers (in some counties, the actual card is required) and valid photo IDs or original copies of their birth certificates, along with a payment that is usually between $60 and $71 (methods of accepted payment vary). Couples not on active military duty will have a waiting period of 72 hours to obtain the license, which is then valid for 30 days within the state of Texas. Couples on active duty are exempt from this waiting period. No divorce decree or death certificate is required, although a license cannot be obtained until at least 30 days after the prior spouse’s divorce or death. All offices are open Monday through Friday. Call ahead to get all of the details. WHERE TO APPLY Bexar County

Comal County

Fort Bend County

Hays County

Nueces County

Travis County

County Clerk 101 W. Nueva St., Ste. 120 San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 335-2221 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

County Clerk 150 N. Seguin, Ste. 101 New Braunfels, TX 78130 (830) 221-1230 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

County Clerk 301 Jackson St. Richmond, TX 77469 (281) 341-8685 8 a.m.–5 p.m., M, Th.; 8 a.m.–4 p.m., T, W, F

County Clerk 712 Stagecoach Trail, Ste. 208 San Marcos, TX 78666 (512) 393-7330 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

County Clerk 901 Leopard St., Ste. 201 Corpus Christi, TX 78401 (361) 888-0580 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

County Clerk 5501 Airport Blvd., Ste. B-100 Austin, TX 78751 (512) 854-9188 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Galveston County

Hidalgo County

Rockwall County

Williamson County

County Clerk 600 59th St., Ste. 2001 Galveston, TX 77551 (409) 766-2200 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

County Clerk 100 N. Closner Edinburg, TX 78539 (956) 318-2100 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

County Clerk 1111 E. Yellowjacket Ln., Ste. 100 Rockwall, TX 75087 (972) 204-6300 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

County Clerk 405 Martin Luther King Blvd. Georgetown, TX 78626 (512) 943-1515 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Brazoria County County Clerk 111 E. Locust St., Ste. 200 Angleton, TX 77515 (979) 864-1355 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Cameron County

Denton County

Guadalupe County

Johnson County

County Clerk 964 E. Harrison St., Fl. 2 Brownsville, TX 78520 (956) 544-0815 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

County Clerk Denton County Courts Building 1450 E. McKinney St. Denton, TX 76209 (940) 349-2010 8 a.m.–5 p.m., M, T, Th., F; 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m., W

County Clerk 211 West Court St. Seguin, TX 78155 (830) 303-8863 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

County Clerk Johnson County Courthouse 2 N. Main St. Cleburne, TX 76033 (817) 202-4000 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

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Dallas County County Clerk Records Building 509 Main St., Fl. 2 Dallas, TX 75202 (214) 653-7099 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

County Clerk Collin County Administration Building 2300 Bloomdale Rd., Ste. 2104 McKinney, TX 75071 (972) 548-4185 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

El Paso County County Clerk 500 E. San Antonio, Ste. 105 El Paso, TX 79901 (915) 546-2071 8 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Harris County County Clerk Harris County Civil Courthouse 201 Caroline, 4th Fl. Houston, TX 77002 (713) 755-6405 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Montgomery County County Clerk 210 W. Davis Conroe, TX 77301 (936) 539-7885 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Tarrant County

Wilson County

Vital Records Tarrant County Plaza Building 200 Taylor St., Ste. 301 Fort Worth, TX 76102 (817) 884-1550 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

County Clerk PO Box 27 Floresville, TX 78114 (830) 393-7308 8 a.m.–noon, 1–5 p.m., M–Th.; 8 a.m.–noon, 1–4:30 p.m., F

Taylor County

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

County Clerk 300 Oak St. Abilene, TX 79602 (325) 674-1202 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

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

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

Form: No

Fees range from $224 to $2,016.

(210) 250-2583 Attn: Celebrations PO Box 2171 San Antonio, TX 78297

Submit info on Wednesday, two weeks prior to the desired Sunday publication.

Form: No

Fees range from $176.60 to $2,279.

Dallas Morning News

(214) 977-8405 508 Young St. Dallas, TX 75202

Announcements must be submitted by 3 p.m. Monday, two weeks prior to the desired Sunday publication.

Form: Yes

Fees start at $159.95.

Austin American-Statesman

(512) 445-4008 PO Box 670 Austin, TX 78767

Deadline for submissions is 10 days prior to the desired Sunday publication date.

Form: No

Fees range from $163.74 to $609.24 based on size of announcement.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

(817) 390-7178 808 Throckmorton Fort Worth, TX 76102

You will be contacted after info and payment are received.

Form: Optional

Fees range from $75 to $7,550 with a photo and $25 without a photo.

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San Antonio Express-News

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Where Happily Ever After Begins... Nestled in Champion Forest and overlooking a beautiful golf course, our French-inspired architecture makes Raveneaux Country Club the perfect place to host events from intimate gatherings to grand affairs. We combine our breathtaking views, unique gourmet cuisines and professional staff to create your fairy-tale ending!

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kind. This venue hosts several styles of spaces from traditional to contemporary, a seasoned team for both on- and off-premise catering, and the ability to create a celebration that is perfectly you. capacity 400 | price $$$

avalon legacy ranch 501 ranch

Uvalde, TX (830) 278-3939 events@501ranch.com 501Events.com The 501 Ranch is the ideal selection for an elegant ranch wedding you will never forget. Located in South Texas, it’s the perfect destination, whether you are coming from Mexico or elsewhere in the States. The ranch itself has several venue options—something for every bride! capacity 600 | price $$$$

the 1850 settlement

29360 Bulverde Road, San Antonio, TX (210) 865-2201 1850Settlement.com Here at The 1850 Settlement, you’ll enter into another world of old-world charm and romance. Get lost in each other’s company and the warm embrace that this oneof-a-kind venue offers. capacity 300+ | price $$

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the allan house

1104 San Antonio Street, Austin, TX (512) 478-8653 events@allanhouse.com AllanHouse.com This historic Victorian home creates a picturesque venue with lovely parlors, wide verandas, and an idyllic courtyard. Our gated grounds include a stone patio below a canopy of century-old oak trees illuminated with hundreds of white lights. Create your own historic memories at The Allan House. capacity 300 | price $$

the allen farmhaus

2606 FM 758, New Braunfels, TX (830) 358-3333 TheAllenFarmhaus.com The Allen Farmhaus brings a fresh perspective to vintage charm. Located right outside of the New Braunfels city limits, these 52 acres of rolling hay fields provide an unparalleled backdrop for the perfect wedding. The focus on bringing the outdoors in has never been so perfectly captured. capacity 300 | price $$

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2022 Wayside Trail, McKinney, TX (469) 450-6211 AvalonLegacyRanch.com You deserve a venue as unforgettable as your wedding. Nestled in the midst of 25 wooded acres that border a stunning reservoir, Avalon Legacy Ranch is unimaginably unique and magnificently beautiful. capacity 220 | price $

the barn at hickory creek

620 Hickory Creek Ranch Road, Crockett, TX (936) 222-4562 TheBarnatHickoryCreek.com Located in the piney woods of Crockett, overlooking a private 31-acre lake, The Barn at Hickory Creek combines rustic simplicity and modern elegance with simply stunning views. capacity 300 | price $$

beaumont ranch

10736 CR 102, Grandview, TX (817) 866-4000 info@beaumontranch.com BeaumontRanch.com Nestled on 800 beautiful North Texas acres, Beaumont Ranch provides unique wedding and event spaces with an extravagantly Texan flair. From elegance for the most formal affairs to casual settings for bridal parties in boots, Beaumont Ranch has options that will leave you and your guests breathless. capacity 400+ | price $$

bella sera ranch

286 Anderson Co. Road 1400, Palestine, TX (903) 723-0900 BellaSeraRanch.com Experience the elegance and Southern charm of Bella Sera Ranch, conveniently located between Dallas and Houston in the Piney Woods of East Texas. We provide comprehensive planning sessions with our brides and on-site professional catering. Bella Sera Ranch can make your wedding day dream a milestone to remember. capacity 300 | price $$

belleori homestead event venue

35 Old San Antonio Road, Boerne, TX (830) 446-9537 BelleoriHomestead.com Enchanting, magical and romantic—welcome to Belleori Homestead, nestled among 14 sprawling acres in the heart of Boerne. Lush, manicured lawns with oak trees offer an array of settings for your ceremony. There are many picturesque locations for your photographer to create your album of memories! capacity 200 | price $$

bentwood texas

8150 Hwy. 29 E., Georgetown, TX (512) 868-7278 BentwoodTexas.com Bentwood is one of the most versatile venues in Central Texas, and our space can transform into whatever your imagination desires. With 13 acres of lush greenery, Bentwood is the perfect place to host anything from an intimate wedding or birthday party to a large-scale corporate event or retreat. capacity 300+ | price $$

best day ever ranch

5927 Rose Hill Road, Whitewright, TX (214) 766-4831 BestDayEverRanch.com The 2,800-square-foot event barn with 800-squarefoot patio and gazebo can be rented together so you can have the perfect ceremony, photographs and party venue. The ranch has numerous cabins and rooms available for out-of-town guests, as well as a secluded treehouse for the wedding night. capacity 150 | price $$

blaine stone lodge

5331 Weatherford Road, Midlothian, TX (682) 309-3303 BlaineStoneLodge.com Here you’ll find a place with personality in a beautiful setting with the finest Southern style, where brides kick off their boots or diamond-studded heels and stay awhile. capacity 300 | price $$

blissful hill

The Barn on Pedernales River (512) 757-9300 BlissfulHill.com We are a family-owned venue that wants to make your day the one you always dreamed about as a little girl. We have two locations to choose from and believe that you can have your needs met at either location. capacity 250 | price $$

blue sage hall

Ingram, TX (830) 928-6162 | info@bluesagehall.com BlueSageHall.com Nestled in the beautiful Texas Hill Country just outside of Kerrville, Blue Sage Hall features a beautiful outdoor garden area, a large indoor stage, tables, chairs, balcony, sound system, a bridal room and a caterer’s kitchen! You are sure to find what you need to make your special day memorable! capacity 250 | price $$

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the bougainvilleas event center

12126 Westheimer, Houston, TX (832) 914-7844 info@thebougainvilleasrooms.com TheBougainvilleasRooms.com An elegant wedding venue featuring a ballroom, wine room, chapel, bridal room and a groom’s room, decorated with a stunning floral entrance that will captivate your guests’ attention. Request a tour today and let us walk you through your event details. capacity 350 | price $$

the bowden events & weddings

1745 Keller Parkway, Keller, TX (817) 379-1722 TheBowden.org/weddings The Bowden Events & Weddings was founded to be a first-class event and wedding venue centrally located just minutes from Dallas and Fort Worth, in the heart of Keller. We offer a groom’s suite, indoor and outdoor ceremony options, 24- to 31-foot-high ceilings, house linens, plates, glassware and flatware. capacity 400 | price $$

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5801 FM 723, Richmond, TX (281) 238-4700 BriscoeManor.com Distinctive, chic and truly Texas, Briscoe Manor is miles away from the ordinary and only minutes away from Houston. With its limestone architecture and country setting, Briscoe Manor is the ideal setting for any occasion! capacity 300+ | price $$$

the brookwood community

1752 FM 1489, Brookshire, TX (281) 375-2181 BrookwoodCommunity.org The Brookwood Community is located on more than 400 acres, with beautiful gardens and grounds for wedding photos and events. The Garden Ballroom can hold up to 275 guests and includes a dance floor, tables, chairs, linens, banquet staff and a wedding manager. capacity 275 | price $$

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 $$

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the cana ballroom

202 W. Kronkosky St., Boerne, TX (830) 816-5630 | CanaBallroom.com The Cana Ballroom’s historic downtown location, with breathtaking views of the Texas Hill Country, provides a magical setting for any special event, and offers space for an intimate gathering of 50 to an elaborate affair for 450 seated guests.

cherokee rose

Comfort, TX (830) 995-3435 TXCherokeeRose.com Come kick up your boots with us and enjoy some vintage Texas at a beautiful, soulful and scenic Hill Country ranch wedding and event venue. capacity 250 | price $$

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canyonwood ridge

250 South Canyonwood Drive, Dripping Springs, TX (512) 829-7029 | CanyonwoodRidge.com Canyonwood Ridge is a new Hill Country wedding and events venue in the Austin area. Our venue is unique and romantic with its dramatic views and Hill Country rustic undertones, but maintains a balance of simplicity and flexibility for brides to plan their perfect day.

cindy’s palace banquet hall

1102 FM 2977, Richmond, TX (281) 633-9886 | Cindys-Palace.net Our venue is 14,000 square feet of European elegance, complete with Italian crystal chandeliers that illuminate the spacious dance floor. Enjoy our private bridal suite, sound system including dance lights, projectors and dropdown screens, and private parking—all designed with you and your guests in mind. capacity 500 | price $$

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castle on the lake

Jacksonville, TX (903) 721-3593 | info@jacksonvillecastle.com JacksonvilleCastle.com We can handle your wedding details from the day you book with us until the last guest leaves. We have taken the most unique venue, and the best of the best vendors, to create a reasonably priced package so your wedding and reception will be unforgettable. capacity 300 | price $$

cedar cove ranch

Kaufman/Athens/Canton, TX (469) 207-0643 | CedarCoveRanch.com Cedar Cove Ranch has all of the amenities and space to plan a truly unique celebration. Our newly renovated outdoor venue or our charming barn is available for booking. Work with one of our event planners to create your specialized day—because at the ranch, each event is custom planned. capacity 200+ | price $$

the cedars ranch

506 Burnett Ranch Road, Wimberly, TX (512) 413-3537 | TheCedarsRanch.com One of the Hill Country’s newest wedding venues, The Cedars Ranch is an enchanting blend of modern green design and the elegance of nature. Book now for fall 2018! capacity 250 | price $$

chapel creek ranch

(214) 952-6754 ChapelCreekRanch.com Quietly tucked away in the rolling meadows of Denton, Chapel Creek is a place to come to relax, unwind and enjoy your special day. From our 350-capacity barn to our cozy chapel and outdoor ceremony locations, your options are endless. capacity 350 | price $$

cinnamon shore

5009 Hwy. 361, Port Aransas, TX (361) 749-0422 | CinnamonShore.com This picture-perfect seaside village offers beautiful settings for weddings of almost any size, as well as stellar accommodations for weddings parties, guests and honeymooners too! capacity 400 | price $

city club of fort worth

301 Commerce Street, Fort Worth, TX (817) 878-4051 | weddings@cityclubfw.com CityClubFW.com Whether planning your ceremony, reception, rehearsal dinner or a bridal luncheon, The City Club’s catering manager will customize a memorable event perfect for you. The Club features eleven exquisite banquet rooms with great views of downtown Fort Worth, accommodating almost any party size. capacity 250 | price $$$

clark gardens

567 Maddux Road, Weatherford, TX (940) 682-4856 Weddings.ClarkGardens.org Clark Gardens is a true hidden gem outside DFW and picturesque all four seasons of the year, with Europeanstyle fountains, colorful blooms and nature in every corner. Whether an intimate gathering or black-tie affair, Clark Gardens provides a natural beauty that cannot be matched. capacity 400 | price $$$

the club at carlton woods

One Carlton Woods Drive, The Woodlands, TX (281) 863-5844 CarltonWoods.com Carlton Woods will delight you and your guests. Call us today to start planning a day that will be the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. Carlton Woods, where weddings are planned to perfection. capacity 400 | price $$$

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the club at garden ridge

21320 Water Wood Drive, Garden Ridge, TX (210) 439-7887 TheClubatGardenRidge.com At the edge of the Texas Hill Country, six miles northeast of San Antonio, The Club at Garden Ridge is an elegantly rustic facility that features nature-inspired grounds with two serene lakes, hundreds of towering oak trees and a creek bed with a stone bridge to provide an oasis for your special day. capacity 250 | price $$

the clubs of kingwood

1700 Lake Kingwood Trail, Kingwood, TX (281) 358-2171 ClubCorp.com/clubs/the-clubs-of-kingwood Choose from several wonderful ceremony and reception locations with excellent food, gracious service and picturesque views. capacity 300 | price $$$

the county line

San Antonio & Austin CountyLine.com Since 1975 couples have trusted the County Line to host rehearsal dinners, wedding ceremonies and receptions. We have packages to fit any and all of your needs, so let the County Line show your guests what real Texas hospitality is all about! capacity 400 | price $$

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coyote garden hall

6880 Goforth Road, Kyle, TX (512) 806-9229 | CoyoteGardenHall.com Coyote Garden Hall is a celebration hall surrounded by lakes and forests and the wide open country sky. If it feels like it’s been manufactured out of dreams, that’s because it was originally a motion picture studio—and now that high-tech magic is available for you as a wedding hall and ceremony site. capacity 250 | price $

cross creek ranch

3406 Dublin Road, Parker, TX (972) 221-0167 CrossCreekRanchTX.com Specializing in custom, all-inclusive packages, our property is a rustic chic venue with mature trees, open spaces and a two-acre pond serving as the ceremony backdrop for our outdoor locations. Packages include facility rental, tables and chairs, a variety of catering options, floral centerpieces and more. capacity 300+ | price $$

crowne plaza dallas near the galleria – addison

14315 Midway Rd., Addison, TX (972) 980-8877 | (214) 259-0094 ashley.haub@cpaddison.com CrownePlaza.com/cpgalleria-nr Over the years the Crowne Plaza Dallas Near Galleria – Addison has established a tradition of elegance and personal service. Whether it’s small and intimate or

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cypress club at the reserve at lake travis

19926 Thurman Bend Rd., Spicewood, TX (512) 402-1400 | CypressClubEvents.com Cypress Club at The Reserve at Lake Travis. The Cypress Club is an exclusive facility that offers a breathtaking ambiance overlooking the pristine shores of Lake Travis. Oversized oak trees, rolling hills and our spectacular sunset views make the Cypress Club one of the most romantic settings for your special day.

DeepEddyVodka.com Nestled in the Hill Country just 20 minutes outside of Austin, with over 5,000 square feet, is the Deep Eddy Vodka Tasting Room—ideal for bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, ceremonies and receptions. With a covered outdoor patio and gorgeous interior, it is perfect for all your wedding events! capacity 400+ | price $$

diamond h3 ranch

Weatherford, TX (817) 597-9235 | (817) 703-5439 diamondh3ranch@outlook.com DiamondH3Ranch.com Beautiful weddings, beautiful memories.

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d’vine grace vineyards and event venues

McKinney, TX (214) 901-2311 | DVineGrace.com If you’re looking for a brand-new venue with old-world charm in signature Tuscan-style architecture, with stateof-the-art sound and lighting, D’Vine Grace is yours. capacity 250 | price $$$

the dallas arboretum

8525 Garland Road, Dallas, TX (214) 515-6513 | weddings@dallasarboretum.org DallasArboretum.org The internationally recognized Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is one of the most romantic and beautiful locations in the country—the perfect setting for a spectacular wedding and party. capacity 400+ | price $$$

dallas historical society

3939 Grand Avenue, Dallas, TX (214) 421-4500 EXT. 101 | DallasHistory.org Imagine cocktails in the impressive Hall of Heroes followed by a sumptuous dinner in the Great Hall and dancing under the stars in clear tents on the front lawn. The possibilities are endless, and the support services offered by our team of experts assure that every event will be a fabulous success. capacity 350 | price $$

dallas palms

2424 Marsh Lane, Carrollton, TX (972) 416-1416 | info@dallaspalmsvenue.com DallasPalmsVenue.com Your dream ceremony can take place in an ornate yet intimate chapel-set ballroom or in our beautifully landscaped garden grove, while your magical reception can be created to match your dreams, complete with full décor and planning services and decadent dining options. capacity 300+ | price $$

deep eddy vodka tasting room

2250 E. Hwy. 290, Dripping Springs, TX (512) 994-3534 | tracy@deepeddyvodka.com

don strange ranch

103 Waring Welfare Rd., Boerne, TX (210) 434-2331 | info@donstrange.com DonStrange.com The historical Don Strange Ranch is located in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. It is a real working longhorn ranch that is only a short 45 minutes from downtown San Antonio. A perfect venue for you to make your own! capacity 450+ | price $$

doubletree by hilton houston downtown

400 Dallas Street, Houston, TX (713) 759-0202 HoustonDowntown.DoubleTree.com At the DoubleTree by Hilton Houston Downtown, our wedding experts are ready to guide you every step of the way in creating unforgettable memories that last a lifetime. capacity 350 | price $$$

dove ridge vineyard

6000 Tucker Drive, Weatherford, TX (817) 444-8172 DoveRidgeVineyard.com Just 30 minutes from downtown Fort Worth, our romantic vineyard setting gives your wedding a destination feel. Enjoy sunsets and stunning views from our luxurious hilltop venue through our almost floorto-ceiling windows. Let Dove Ridge take your wedding from ordinary to extraordinary! capacity 350 | price $$$

downtown aquarium

410 Bagby at Memorial, Houston, TX (713) 315-5168 | nautilusweddings@ldry.com DowntownAquarium.com The Nautilus Ballroom at the Downtown Aquarium is the most unique and spectacular venue in town featuring breathtaking views of the downtown skyline. Artfully hand-painted ceilings, beaded chandeliers, velvet nautilus-shell chairs, and velvet, beaded drapes wrap your guests in elegance. capacity 400 | price $$$

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duchman family winery

13308 FM 150 West, Driftwood, TX (512) 858-1470 DuchmanWinery.com Whether you are looking for a relaxing private event in a unique winery setting, a romantic wedding ceremony at sunset overlooking luscious Texas vineyards or a spectacular celebration dancing the night away while enjoying award-winning Texas wine, our professional staff is awaiting your arrival. capacity 400+ | price $

the eagle historic warehouse

116 E. Franklin St., Hillsboro, TX (817) 648-4038 hello@evergreeneventco.com EvergreenEventCo.com Exposed brick, restored barn doors and 20-foot vaulted ceilings adorn a lively, charming small Texas town. Newly renovated, everything has been carefully planned to make your wedding perfect. The Warehouse is ideal for weddings across Texas, conveniently located between Fort Worth, Dallas, Waco and Austin. capacity 300 | price $

eisemann center

2351 Performance Drive, Richardson, TX (972) 744-4600 EisemannCenter.com From the alluring fountain to the elegant exterior and stunning interior spaces, you and your guests will share a unique and memorable experience. To learn more about one of the premier wedding and reception sites in North Texas, contact the Eisemann Center today!

10827 Hwy. 36, Bellville, TX (979) 865-0702 EmerysBuffaloCreek.com Your dreams are important to us. Our venue is rustic yet refined, just an hour from downtown Houston. The stately waterfront gazebo is the perfect romantic setting to say your “I dos.” Sit by one of the grand Austin stone fireplaces to enjoy the magical evening. Memories that last a lifetime begin here. capacity 300+ | price $$

fifty-two-twenty-six

(713) 529-2500 5226Elm.com 5226 offers award-winning architecture and lush landscaping. Floor-to-ceiling windows look out onto the stunning interior gardens. A large banquet room seats 150 people, with a dance floor. Liberal (no fee) vendor rules allow you create almost anything you can dream up without breaking the bank! capacity 150 | price $$

firefly farm

13633 Farm to Market 2325, Wimberly, TX (512) 648-1285

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the flying v ranch

297 County Road 1170, Decatur, TX (972) 754-9426 FlyingVRanch.com The clean lines, open-air spaces and twinkling lights of the Flying V Ranch create a relaxing atmosphere to cultivate the wedding of your dreams. The Flying V Ranch graciously awaits your visit and looks forward to helping you plan your special event! capacity 300 | price $$

the fort worth club

306 W. 7th Street, Fort Worth, TX (817) 338-3491 | mphillips@fortworthclub.com FortWorthClub.com Your dream reception awaits. Choose from historic and contemporary room options with spectacular views of downtown Fort Worth. Your menu will be perfectly prepared by Culinary Olympic gold medal winner Chef Tim Prefontaine. Relax and let The Fort Worth Club professional staff handle the details. capacity 400+ | price $$$

fort worth zoo

1989 Colonial Parkway, Fort Worth, TX (817) 759-7300 FortWorthZoo.org/weddings You’ve always pictured the perfect wedding—now picture it at the Fort Worth Zoo. The Zoo is a one-ofa-kind setting to celebrate one of the most important days in your life. Multiple venues make this an allseason destination for parties and events of all sizes. capacity 1,100 | price $$$

garden grove

9770 FM 967, Buda, TX (512) 638-7414 | GardenGroveAustin.com Nestled in the serene setting of the Texas Hill Country, Garden Grove was born out of a love for luxury Mediterranean design and well-curated events. This 12-acre private estate is the perfect setting for your beautiful day! capacity 500+ | price $$$

the gardens of cranesbury view

1470 S. Cranes Mill Road, New Braunfels, TX (830) 515-9231 | CranesburyView.com The Gardens of Cranesbury View allows your wedding dreams to become an enchanting storybook reality filled with European ambiance and charm. Cranesbury is a captivating, welcoming environment for you and your guests. The beauty of God’s creation is truly evident among the gardens and hillsides. capacity 400+ | price $$

207 E. Virginia St., McKinney, TX (972) 548-8882 | GatherMcKinney.com Recently renovated, Gather has an increased occupancy of 150 people and allows BYOB alcohol service. capacity 150 | price $$

giddings stone mansion

2203 Century Circle Drive, Brenham, TX (979) 836-1690 | GiddingsStoneMansion.com Choose from the parlor, veranda, gardens or a tent under the splendid spreading oaks. This expansive 11room mansion provides an elegant setting with sizable galleries and a carved mahogany staircase, perfect for a princess to descend to meet her waiting prince. capacity 400+ | price $$

the grand texana

53447 Hwy. 290, Hempstead, TX (713) 444-3202 TheGrandTexana.com Our two authentic white dairy barns and farmstead estate exude original charm not manufactured or confined between four walls. Picture your indoor barn chapel ceremony and indoor barn reception! We have outdoor ceremony options too—all for that boutique, rustic-chic, barn wedding experience. capacity 200 | price $$

the grove restaurant

1611 Lamar, Houston, TX (713) 337-7321 | catering@thegrovehouston.com TheGroveHouston.com Welcome to a truly unique dining experience in the middle of a lush, downtown park. The Grove offers two enclosed private rooms and one indoor/outdoor space with a deck overlooking downtown. Our spaces accommodate a variety of events and the possibilities are only limited by your imagination.

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FireflyFarmEvents.com Centrally located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country between Wimberley, Dripping Springs and Blanco, The Big Red Barn, Rustic Chapel and Farmhouse lodging are illuminated by panoramic views, stunning sunsets, starry nights and Firefly moments.

capacity 700 | price $$$

h.e.s.s. club

5430 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX (713) 627-2283 HESSClub.com Conveniently nestled among the hotels within the Galleria area, the Club is a freestanding building with complimentary parking. The interior has beautiful private settings including a cozy fireplace and marble jade bar. Let us help you create lasting memories. capacity 300 | price $$$

hawthorn hills ranch

10340 Jackson Road, Krum, TX (940) 600-7838 | HawthornHillsRanch.com This modern, southern chic venue in the rolling North Texas hills offers a one-of-a-kind view, allowing brides to enjoy every moment of the wedding day. If you are looking for a venue close to amenities, where guests can relax, forget where they are and focus fully on you— we are the perfect location! capacity 250 | price $$

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heather’s glen

200 East Phillips, Conroe, TX (936) 441-6611 | heathersbb@aol.com HeathersGlen.com Experience your wedding in a stunning chapel surrounded by exquisite gardens and waterfalls. Heather’s Glen is an oasis offering all-inclusive, stressfree wedding packages for every bride and groom. The estate boasts breathtaking scenery for photographic opportunities and everlasting memories. capacity 200 | price $$$

heritage place

412 N. Live Oak Street, Rockport, TX (361) 790-6125 HeritagePlaceRockport.com Heritage Place allows those who enter to be transported to a different time. It embodies a rich history, dating back to the late 1800s; we are certain that it will continue to witness the making of memories for years to come. We are not just a venue, we are a place that brings loved ones together. capacity 214 | price $$

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215 Chris Cuny Parkway, Heath, TX (972) 535-6686 HiddenCreekEvents.com This brand-new, state-of-the-art, 8,000-square-foot venue, located 30 minutes east of downtown Dallas, provides a rustic Texas feel with an elegant touch. We offer a lush, tree-lined outdoor ceremony space and a vintage-style barn. Hidden Creek is the perfect setting to make your dreams become reality. capacity 300 | price $$$

hidden falls

2225 Bridal Veil, Spring Branch, TX (830) 228-4880 HiddenFallsEvents.com Hidden Falls features two venues on one gorgeous estate! Remi’s Ridge sits at the base of a cliff and is home to cascading waterfalls at the ceremony site and a stunning ballroom. Hayes Hollow captures modern elegance with its transitional modern style. capacity 300 | price $$

hidden hills weddings and events

7387 Rector Road, Sanger, TX (940) 300-5384 HiddenHillsTX.com Locally owned and operated, let Hidden Hills be the spot for your dream wedding. Whether enjoying our Hidden Hills at beautiful Possum Kingdom Lake or on our family farm, either location offers great amenities such as lodging, restaurants and shopping. capacity 300+ | price $$$

hidden river ranch

10715 S. Hwy. 281, Lampasas, TX (512) 755-9076 | HiddenRiverRanchTX.com Hidden River Ranch offers a 10,000-square-foot event barn sitting over a large pond with a bridal suite, groom

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loft and over 3,000 square feet of outdoor patio area. Outside is a spacious courtyard area that attaches to the elegant chapel and a pavilion that sits on the edge of the pond for outdoor events. capacity 300 | price $$$

hidden waters wedding and events venue

2220 Bells Chapel, Waxahachie, TX (972) 617-7787 HiddenWatersEvents.com We believe Hidden Waters is the perfect place for your event! We will go above and beyond to exceed your expectations. With our indoor/outdoor facility, your event possibilities are endless. Our beautiful Tuscan-style setting has the ability to make any event a special one to remember. capacity 300 | price $$

hideout on the horseshoe

New Braunfels, TX (830) 964-4540 | hideout@stayandfloat.com HideoutWeddings.com The Hideout on the Horseshoe is the perfect location for a Hill Country wedding. With lodging, an outdoor rustic pavilion and a 13,000-square-foot flagstone landing directly on the water, it is the premier spot to get married on the Guadalupe River. capacity 300 | price $$

hilton fort worth

815 Main Street, Fort Worth, TX (817) 870-2100 FortWorth.Hilton.com Make your mark in history and celebrate your wedding in style at the historic Hilton Fort Worth! We have the perfect venue for you, from an expansive ballroom to more intimate settings. Together, we invite you to experience our renowned expertise and the gracious hospitality for which we are known. capacity 300+ | price $$

hilton san antonio airport

611 NW Loop 410, San Antonio, TX (210) 340-6060 SanAntonioAirport.Hilton.com Something old, something new, something borrowed— let Hilton be your blue! We have an unwavering commitment to making your wedding day a dream come true. Every detail is handled expertly, while our innovative dining options and stylish settings make your celebration unforgettable. capacity 300+ | price $$

hochzeit hall

427 Gentry Street, Spring, TX (832) 992-3896 info@oldtownspringweddings.com OldTownSpringWeddings.com Let our journey together make your memories! We just opened in October 2017. capacity 300 | price $$

hollow hill

1680 Mary Drive, Weatherford, TX (682) 233-3065 | info@hollowhilleventcenter.com HollowHillEventCenter.com Let the beauty of the Texas countryside be the setting for your special celebration at Hollow Hill. The replica of the western town adds to the country atmosphere, while giving guests a glimpse into the past. Schedule a tour to experience this unique venue’s beauty. capacity 300 | price $$

honey hollow ranch

3696 W. Hwy. 380, Runaway Bay, TX (940) 575-1950 HoneyHollowRanch.com Honey Hollow Ranch is the perfect rustic wedding venue. Just minutes outside the DFW area, Honey offers a unique country experience complete with lush green pastures, oak trees and gently rolling hills. From simple and sophisticated to elaborate and enchanting, we can make your dreams come true. capacity 200 | price $$$

horseshoe bay resort

Horseshoe Bay, TX (830) 598-7880 HSBResort.com Lake LBJ was made for lovers and Horseshoe Bay Resort was made for marriage. With 7,000 acres of Texas’ most romantic scenery and our certified wedding planners, you can easily host 600 guests for an unforgettable wedding. capacity 400+ | price $$$

horseshoe falls ranch

190 Private Road 3011, Lampasas, TX (512) 789-0313 HorseshoeFalls.net Cross the suspension bridge to a fairy-tale ceremony site, or enjoy the riverfront, multilevel outdoor patios to dance the night away with no noise restrictions. Our 2,500-square-foot, climate-controlled pavilion with stage and dance floor seats 150 guests. capacity 150 | price $$

hotel galvez & spa

2024 Seawall Blvd., Galveston, TX (409) 765-7721 | hotelgalvez@wyndham.com HotelGalvez.com Elegance and charm in a historic setting are yours at the legendary beachfront Hotel Galvez & Spa. Choose from exquisitely appointed ballrooms or an intimate garden setting—each the perfect venue for a romantic wedding. Your special day will be expertly handled by our professional staff. capacity 300 | price $$$

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220 Main Street, Houston, TX (713) 224-4266 Hotelicon.com Hotel ICON will dazzle you with its magnificent ballroom and four-star service for an unforgettable

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houstonian hotel, club & spa

111 North Post Oak Lane, Houston, TX (713) 680-2626 Houstonian.com The Houstonian offers brides over 18 acres of wooded bliss. The unique venue space allows brides to create their dream destination wedding experience in the heart of Houston. Four ballrooms along with scenic outdoor spaces offer a versatility and sophistication to accommodate weddings of any size. capacity 400+ | price $$$

hyatt place dallas/garland and firewheel conference center

5101 North President George Bush Highway, Garland, TX (972) 414-3500 | HyattPlaceDallasGarland.com Allow our professional staff, executive chef and sales/ catering team to assist you with planning every detail of your wedding. We’re committed to making your special day memorable for both you and your guests. capacity 450 | price $$$

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hyatt regency hill country resort and spa

9800 Hyatt Resort Drive, San Antonio, TX (210) 520-4014 HillCountry.Regency.Hyatt.com Celebrate your dream San Antonio wedding at Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa. Surrounded by the beauty of the Hill Country, our hotel features gorgeous indoor and outdoor wedding venues paired with Texas charm and hospitality. capacity 400 | price $$$

hyatt regency lost pines resort and spa

575 Hyatt Lost Pines Road, Lost Pines, TX (512) 308-4640 | LostPines.Hyatt.com An extraordinary combination of pampering luxury and stunning wilderness, our 405-acre resort retreat is the perfect setting for the ultimate wedding. Whether you envision a lavish celebration with hundreds of guests or a quiet affair with just close family and friends, we’ve got you covered. capacity 400+ | price $$$

the ingenhuett on high

731 High Street, Comfort, TX (210) 347-6383 | info@theingenhuettonhigh.com TheIngenhuettonHigh.com The Ingenhuett on High is a quaint wedding venue in a charming little town. It features indoor and outdoor spaces including a koi pond patio, back lawn, an old cellar and a huge bridal suite with beautiful natural light. Make your wedding as historical as the building. capacity 200 | price $$$

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intercontinental stephen f. austin

701 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX (512) 721-4227 | julie.stanfield@ihg.com InterContinental.com In the heart of downtown Austin, this hotel’s history, location and ambiance make it an ideal setting for creating memories to last a lifetime. Let our wedding professionals help you set a uniquely Austin backdrop for receptions, rehearsal dinners, after-parties on the terrace and day-after brunches. capacity 300 | price $$$

jack guenther pavilionbriscoe western art museum

San Antonio, TX (210) 507-4849 | pavilion@briscoemuseum.org BriscoeMuseum.org The Jack Guenther Pavilion at the Briscoe Museum is San Antonio’s newest event venue. Located downtown on the banks of the River Walk, this beautiful locale has three floors of customizable space in addition to an outdoor sculpture garden. Perfect for your big day! capacity 400+ | price $$

the jl bar ranch & resort

3500 Private Road 2254, Sonora, TX (855) 414-3337 | JLBar.com Every bride wants a beautiful backdrop for the most special day in her life. Nestled among the oaks and prickly pear, The JL Bar Ranch & Resort offers a beautiful setting with a custom experience. From an intimate wedding to a guest list of 500, we’ll make your wedding a memory to cherish. capacity 500 | price $$$

julia ideson library

550 McKinney Street, Houston, TX (832) 393-1646 HoustonLibrary.org/spaces Discover Houston’s best-kept secret. Once you enter the doors, you and your guests will be swept away into another time. With detailed historic architecture, tall ceilings and the beautifully restored splendor, your wedding will be truly unforgettable. Come visit us today.

Minutes to the Boardwalk, on 4-plus private acres of lush gardens, with a climate-controlled reception venue, an arbor overlooking a lake, an illuminated fountain, various ceremony sites, a bridal suite and groom’s room, and our award-winning industry partners, Kemah Gardens is ideal for any event. capacity 150 | price $$

kendall plantation

20 Guthrie Road, Boerne, TX (830) 229-5090 weddings@kendallplantation.com KendallPlantation.com Unrivaled in the San Antonio area, Kendall Plantation is set back on a private ranch among Texas oak trees and a natural spring fed pond. The plantation offers stunning views and beautiful backdrops for indoor or outdoor ceremonies and receptions. capacity 400 | price $$$

king river ranch

2054 Ranch Road 1320, Johnson City, TX (830) 392-6484 events@thekingriverranch.com TheKingRiverRanch.com Forty minutes from Austin and San Antonio on the 290 Wine Trail near Fredericksburg, KRR offers elegant indoor/outdoor event spaces, luxurious amenities, incomparable scenery, experienced staff and private riverfront—minutes from world-class dining, shopping, lodging, wineries and outdoor activities. capacity 400+ | price $$

la cima club

5215 North O’Connor Road, Suite 2600, Irving, TX (972) 869-2266 LaCimaClub.com Our venue features panoramic views of the Metroplex, including the Dallas skyline, Cowboys Stadium and the Fort Worth skyline. Event rooms on the 26th floor boast 20-foot-high cathedral ceilings, while a covered outdoor ceremony space is available on the water. Let our awardwinning staff create your dream wedding! capacity 250 | price $$$

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kaycee club

10110 Shoreview Road, Dallas, TX (214) 348-7940 KayCeeClub.com The KayCee Club of Dallas is proud to present our main ballroom and meeting space to both our members and the general public. We invite you to schedule a visit and see why the KayCee Club will be the perfect setting for your wedding reception, rehearsal dinner or special event.

lakeway resort and spa

101 Lakeway Drive, Austin, TX (512) 261-7314 LakewayResortandSpa.com With Lake Travis as the backdrop, the culinary creations of Lakeway Resort and Spa will make your special event an event to remember. From the rehearsal dinner to the wedding ceremony and reception, our professional catering staff is personally involved in the coordination of your special day. capacity 300 | price $$$

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kemah gardens

1019 Lewis Drive, Kemah, TX (281) 334-0501 events@kemahgardens.com KemahGardens.com

the landing event center

14278 Highway 322 N., Kilgore, TX (903) 812-0078 TheLandingEventCenter.com We can accommodate stunning indoor or outdoor ceremonies and have an incredible reception room

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the lodge at mound creek

16020 Linda Lane, Montgomery, TX (281) 755-3474 | LodgeatMoundCreek.com Our cozy, romantic main hall features all wood details, a four-story fireplace and a split-level log staircase. The huge veranda is a fabulous place for a cocktail hour or reception. Our outdoor garden area features an amazing tree-arch-lined walkway that is perfect for your ceremony! capacity 250 | price $$

lone star lodge and marina

2200 FM 1192, Pilot Point, TX (940) 686-0261 LoneStarLodgeResortandMarina.com Lone Star Lodge and Marina offers a wedding location as unique as your love. Perched atop one of the highest points in all of Denton County, Lone Star Lodge and Marina provides spectacular outdoor sites, indoor options for 150, 28 guest rooms and a hospitality suite— all in Texas-chic style. capacity 150 | price $$

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lone star mansion

629 John Charles Drive, Burleson, TX (682) 224-1488 | LoneStarMansion.com We specialize in providing a one-of-a-kind experience for your wedding day. With our all-day packaging, you can enjoy your entire day in an Antebellum-style mansion that offers much more than simply a space to host your wedding. capacity 300 | price $$

lost mission

Spring Branch, TX (210) 323-1955 | info@lostmission.com LostMission.com Lost Mission is secluded in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. It is an exquisite, unique environment for entertaining weddings, personal and corporate events. A private road leads to an authentic mission chapel and beautiful reception facility surrounded by majestic oak trees. capacity 400+ | price $$$

ma maison

2550 Bell Springs Road, Dripping Springs, TX (512) 777-1642 | info@themamaison.com TheMaMaison.com Ma Maison, French for “my house,” is an elegant, French-inspired venue nestled in the Texas Hill Country. The venue offers multiple outdoor ceremony sites, a reclaimed French Gazebo, a built-in rain plan on the Trellis and a stunning Great Hall with grand wooden beams and magnificent chandeliers. capacity 400+ | price $$$$

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magnolia halle

10319 Huebner Road, San Antonio, TX (512) 675-0205 MagnoliaHalle.com For a truly one-of-a-kind wedding day experience, Magnolia Halle is the perfect place to say “I do.” Nestled on 6.3 acres and surrounded by 200-plusyear-old oaks, Magnolia Halle offers some of the most desirable features without the drive to the Hill Country. capacity 250 | price $$

the marq southlake

285 Shady Oaks Drive, Southlake, TX (817) 748-8900 | sales@themarqsouthlake.com TheMarqSouthlake.com Create your perfect wedding at The Marq. With indoor and outdoor ceremony locations, a grand ballroom that holds up to 300 guests, ideal spots for cocktail hour and after parties, an on-site catering kitchen and an open vendor policy, your options are limitless. Marq your perfect wedding date now! capacity 300 | price $$

maryland farms

Celina, TX (713) 894-4345 MarylandFarmsTX.com Maryland Farms is a beautiful backdrop for all occasions. Call today for a tour or to book your intimate gathering. capacity 60 | price $$$

mcnay art museum

6000 N. New Braunfels, San Antonio, TX (210) 805-1782 | rentals@mcnayart.org McNayArt.org The McNay Art Museum offers a unique opportunity to entertain guests in a beautiful historic setting. Offer your guests the chance to experience an internationally renowned art collection during your reception. Dine and dance in the elegant Leeper Auditorium and enjoy the oasis courtyard setting. capacity 300 | price $$$

mia bella vita

Serving the Greater Northwest Houston area (281) 516-7032 | MiaBellaVita.com Northwest Houston’s newest premier wedding venue is Mia Bella Vita. We offer the perfect location, nestled among hundreds of trees, to celebrate an elaborate or intimate affair. Our facility offers your choice of an indoor or outdoor wedding and reception for up to 350 guests. capacity 350 | price $$

midlothian conference center

1 Community Circle Drive, Midlothian, TX (972) 775-7125 MidlothianCenter.com Offering small-town hospitality in a spacious, state-ofthe-art facility designed just for your event, we combine the best of technology with outstanding personal service by our experienced staff. Our elegant ballroom

and spaces can accommodate groups as small as a handful up to over 1,000. capacity 1,000+ | price $$

milltown historic district

New Braunfels, TX (830) 837-5480 MilltownHistoricDistrictNB.com This is the perfect place where memories are made. Whether you are looking for a grand ballroom or a more rustic feel for your wedding, we have just the place. Overnight accommodations available on-site as well as floral, photography and bar services. Let us host your memory. capacity 200 | price $

mimosa hall

10405 Shannon Valley Dr., Crowley, TX (817) 923-2996 | contact@mimosahall.com MimosaHall.com We are just minutes from downtown Fort Worth, located in a secluded country setting just outside Burleson. We have a 12-foot white gazebo in a garden setting for outdoor weddings, or for indoor weddings and receptions, our elegant Grand Ballroom with a waterfall staircase. capacity 250 | price $$

moffitt oaks

20125 Cedar Lane, Tomball, TX (281) 370-6616 | info@moffittoaks.com MoffittOaks.com Please contact us to schedule your tour of this luxurious estate sitting on 47 acres. Visit our website for pictures and contact information. We are excited for you to view the endless options available for your special day! capacity 300 | price $$$

na’kayshions wedding chapel and special event facility

432 S. Clark Road, Cedar Hill, TX (972) 291-0333 | info@nakayshions.com NaKayshions.com Situated on five acres of serenity, we offer four tasteful and unique venues for the wedding of your dreams. These venues include a quaint historic wedding chapel, the elegant Grand Room, the charming terrace and the lovely lakeside gazebo area. Thick, lush trees line the property, creating an intimate outdoor setting. capacity 300 | price $

oak knoll ranch

478 Three Skillet Road, Springtown, TX (214) 601-3187 | oakknollranch@live.com OakKnollRanch.com Allow us to make all your dreams come true! Traveling over the dam and across the trestle bridge to the rustic elegance of our exquisite Red Barn and gorgeous White Chapel, a private bridal suite and groom’s suite await for your wedding party to enjoy preparing for your special day. capacity 300 | price $$

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the oaks at heavenly

18826 Bandera Road, Helotes, TX (210) 988-3334 OaksatHeavenly.com The Oaks at Heavenly takes you beyond your expectations.

naturally romantic surroundings just waiting for you. With dinner in our Creekview room, dancing on our spacious deck, cocktails by our firepit, cozy guest cottages and a 100-year-old pecan orchard, we have it all. capacity 400 | price $$

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the oaks event center

13765 Southern Oaks Drive, Burleson, TX (817) 426-2400 TheOaksEventCenter.com Enjoy expansive grounds nestled on the beautiful Southern Oaks Golf Course, with indoor and outdoor ceremony locations. The 6,000-square-foot ballroom can accommodate up to 250 guests. Our outdoor space showcases two breathtaking stone fireplaces overlooking our award-winning golf course. capacity 250 | price $$

oakwind bed & breakfast

4601 County Road 156, Alvin, TX (281) 585-0060 info@oakwindweddings.com OakwindWeddings.com Each wedding at Oakwind is special and unique. Every bride and groom will receive the attention they deserve to make their day one they will cherish forever. Whether it is a very formal affair for 300 or more or a small casual gathering of family and friends, every detail will be taken care of.

the orchard event venue & retreat

1421 Northwest Parkway, Azle, TX (817) 270-4555 TheOrchardTX.com With multiple sites located on over 100 acres, available for gathering with loved ones, hosting a rehearsal dinner, ceremony and reception, your wedding at The Orchard Event Venue & Retreat will be the event of a lifetime for you and your guests. capacity 400 | price $$

palm door on sabine | palm door on sixth

Austin, TX (512) 391-1994 | (512) 386-1295 info@palmdoor.com PalmDoor.com Palm Door on Sabine is Austin’s hidden gem, offering an urban loft space with a beautiful wooden deck overlooking Waller Creek. Palm Door on Sixth is your modern oasis located in Austin’s historic entertainment district. Come see why both venues are perfect for your downtown destination wedding! capacity 200+ | price $$

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1001 Lebanon Road, The Colony, TX (972) 370-4653 OldAmericanGolfClub.com There is no more beautiful or romantic place to exchange vows or celebrate your wedding than Old American’s Carriage House and landscaped grounds. Our professional staff will work with you to make your event a memorable one, designed with originality and style especially for you.

paniolo ranch

1510 FM 473, Sisterdale, TX (866) 726-4656 paniolo@panioloranch.com PanioloRanch.com Paniolo Ranch is a Texas Hill destination venue, which offers an eclectic style of design from the whimsical to the traditional and formal. We specialize in free-spirited weddings that strive to make memories of a lifetime, not only for the couple but also for their guests. capacity 300 | price $$

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old glory ranch

3633 River Road, Wimberley, TX (512) 847-3646 OldGloryRanch.com First-class celebrations in simple country elegance. Old Glory Ranch is a full-service wedding/event venue offering preferred vendor lists for all your needs! Your event at this magnificent Texas Hill Country setting on the Blanco River will be the talk of your family and friends for years to come! capacity 400 | price $$$

the orchard at caney creek

923 County Road 235, Wharton, TX (281) 944-3331 jennifer@hastalapasta.com Caney-Creek.com The Orchard at Caney Creek is 36 acres of

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the pearl south padre hotel

310 Padre Boulevard, South Padre Island, TX (956) 761-6551 PearlSouthPadre.com Whether you choose to celebrate the special occasion with an intimate wedding ceremony on the beach or an elegant reception in one of our ballrooms, our experienced staff will help create the wedding of your dreams. capacity 200 | price $$$

pecan springs ranch

Austin, TX (512) 632-1046 | info@pecanspringsranch.com PecanSpringsRanch.com Where Hill Country charm meets uptown style. capacity 400 | price $$

phillips event center

8140 Exchange Drive, Austin, TX (512) 982-9187 PhillipsEventCenter.com The Phillips Event Center boasts a luxurious 4,800square-foot ballroom with hickory hardwood floors and coffered ceilings, a spacious 1,200-square-foot patio and an elegant lobby! capacity 350 | price $$$

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park city club

5956 Sherry Lane, Suite 1700, Dallas, TX (214) 373-0756 | (214) 373-8305 hala@parkcityclub.net ParkCityClub.net The Park City Club sets a new standard in romantic elegance. Our team of professionals offers the best and most comprehensive wedding services available. We invite you to realize your wedding visions with our wedding experts. Creativity, talent, and the finest facilities, cuisine and services are our gifts to you. capacity 400+ | price $$$

pearl

307 Pearl Parkway, San Antonio, TX (210) 212-7260 venues@pearlbrewery.com AtPearl.com/events As a former brewery, Pearl and the Pearl Venues reflect

piazza in the village/piazza on the green

Colleyville/McKinney (817) 520-0026 | (214) 383-2500 PiazzaintheVillage.com Spectacular elegance awaits every bride at our two locations in McKinney and Colleyville. The Piazza boasts a stunning chapel, two unique ballrooms and separate bride and groom suites. Streaming the wedding live, the Piazza brings your family to the ceremony. Let your story begin at the Piazza. capacity 300 | price $$

pinstripes

5001 Trailhead Bend Way, Fort Worth, TX (817) 269-1913 mn-events@pinstripes.com Pinstripes.com Pinstripes can accommodate groups from 20 to 600 and offers a unique venue that can be tailored to your specific needs. Whether your passion is bowling, bocce or terrific Italian/American cuisine, we offer a memorable and winning combination for any social or corporate event. capacity 400+ | price $$

plantation elegance

4520 Plantation Bend Street, Dickinson, TX (281) 309-9951 PlantationElegance.com

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THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY cont. Plantation Elegance is a ceremony and reception venue. Set on seven acres of waterfront property, our spacious venue offers you privacy and tranquility to enhance the intimacy of your event. We want you and your guests to leave with memories that will last a lifetime. capacity 200 | price $$

rancho mirando

Between Wimberley and Blanco, TX (512) 826-7847 RanchoMirando.com Rancho Mirando is a luxurious 46-acre guest ranch and special event venue located just outside of Austin, TX. Breathtaking views overlooking the Wimberley valley, lavender-and-olive-punctuated outdoor spaces and mission-style stone architecture set the stage for flawless entertaining. capacity 200 | price $$$

raveneaux country club

9415 Cypresswood Drive, Spring, TX (281) 370-6370 Raveneaux.com Nestled in Champion Forest and overlooking a beautiful golf course, our French-inspired architecture makes Raveneaux Country Club the perfect place to host events from intimate gatherings to grand affairs. We combine our breathtaking views, unique gourmet cuisines and professional staff to create your fairy-tale ending! capacity 300 | price $$

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the reserve at dancing elk ranch

313 CR 351, Mathis, TX (361) 946-4812 TheReserveatDancingElk.com Envision your wedding in the serenity of rustic elegance set against a beautiful Texas sunset. The Reserve at Dancing Elk Ranch is all that and more. capacity 700 | price $$

river road chateau

5511 County Road 424, Anna, TX (214) 425-4445 RiverRoadChateau.com Come be enchanted at the River Road Chateau. Located on 76 acres of Anna, Texas countryside, we blend rustic Texas chic with class and traditional Southern charm. capacity 200 | price $$

the room on main

2030 Main Street, 6th Floor, Dallas, TX (214) 742-1526 TheRoomOnMain.com The beautifully restored historic ballroom has natural wood floors, antique chandeliers and 30-foot ceilings with 15-foot windows on three sides for great views. This 6,000-square-foot ballroom will accommodate up to 320 people and is the perfect facility for wedding receptions, celebrations or corporate events. capacity 300 | price $$

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roszell gardens

7561 E. Evans Road, San Antonio, TX (210) 651-6520 RoszellGardens.com You have to see the space at Roszell Gardens to believe it. We have several acres of beautiful, serene land and many outdoor spaces and meeting rooms. Patrons of Roszell Gardens love what we have to offer. Hosting an outdoor wedding is an incredible experience. There is no limit to your imagination. capacity 300 | price $$$

royal oaks country club

2910 Royal Oaks Club Drive, Houston, TX (281) 899-3200 RoyalOaksCC.com Our glistening waterfalls, fabulous golf course views, Tuscan-inspired architecture and décor provide an exclusive and luxurious setting for intimate or large celebrations. Royal Oaks is the perfect place to host your celebration with personalized planning and attention to detail. capacity 250 | price $$

salt lick bbq

18300 FM 1826, Driftwood, TX (512) 894-3117 SaltLickBBQ.com Step into marital bliss with a celebration at one of our spectacular venues in the Texas Hill Country. Whether you envision dancing under the stars at Pecan Grove, sipping cocktails overlooking the sunset at Thurman’s Mansion or exchanging vows in the vineyard, we have a venue for every bride. capacity 300 | price $$

seven for parties

150 Turtle Creek Blvd., Suite 107, Dallas, TX (214) 748-5559 | SevenforParties.com Allow your imagination to run wild with unique possibilities at Seven for Parties. This transformative space has separate rooms for ceremonies and receptions. Turn it from basic to whimsical by adding our inclusive art, furniture and lighting! capacity 300 | price $$$

sheraton gunter hotel

205 East Houston St., San Antonio, TX (210) 554-1740 SheratonGunter.com With the Sheraton Gunter Hotel San Antonio you’ll have room for up to 450 people to toast, cheer and share your day. Built in 1909, the building and its décor combine the ageless grace of the 1900s with today’s amenities to create a beautiful backdrop for your wedding. capacity 450 | price $$$

shirley acres

217 Woerner Road, Houston, TX (281) 444-2582 | events@shirleyacres.com ShirleyAcres.com Shirley Acres is a full-service special event facility

nestled on 21 wooded acres. The Courtyard is perfect for classic garden weddings. The window-walled Garden Room and lakeside Pavillion accommodate private indoor weddings and receptions. capacity 400 | price $$

signature manor

6968 Howell-Sugarland Rd., Houston, TX (713) 541-1000 SignatureManor.com Experience the warm hospitality of our dream weavers, the elegance of our dual-spiral staircase and all of the luxury amenities without the luxury price tag. Visit today for the ultimate one-stop shop experience. capacity 400+ | price $

sky creek ranch golf club

600 Promontory Drive, Keller, TX (817) 498-1414 SkyCreekRanch.com Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club offers a unique setting for ceremonies, receptions and other special occasions. Our pristine golf course and elegantly appointed dining room are ideal for entertaining wedding guests, offering ample choices in catering for any special occasion you may have. capacity 150 | price $$

sonesta bee cave austin

12525 Bee Cave Parkway, Bee Cave, TX (512) 483-5900 hhartzog@sonesta.com Located at the chic Hill Country Galleria, just 15 minutes from Dripping Springs, Sonesta Bee Cave Austin offers the ideal venue to say “I do.” Featuring stylish, worldclass event spaces and Sonesta’s Food is Art catering options, Sonesta Bee Cave Austin is the perfect choice for weddings for 50-250 guests. capacity 250 | price $$

southfork ranch

3700 Hogge Road, Parker, TX (972) 442-7800 | info@southforkranch.com SouthforkRanch.com Internationally renowned as the home of the Dallas TV series, and a three-time winner of MPI D/FW’s “Facility of the Year” award, Southfork’s 63,000 square feet of indoor event space, 10 ballrooms, and acres of Texas ranchland create the perfect setting for legendary wedding celebrations. capacity 1,000+ | price $$$

the st. anthony hotel

300 East Travis, San Antonio, TX (210) 227-4392 TheStAnthonyHotel.com Imagine a wedding celebration that transports you to a more elegant time: a stunning ballroom, sparkling chandeliers, turn-of-the-century décor and a wait staff ready to serve. It’s all possible at The St. Anthony Hotel, where we’ve been giving couples their dream weddings for over 100 years. capacity 300+ | price $$$

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st. george maronite center

6070 Babcock, San Antonio, TX (210) 696-5937 StGeorgeMaroniteCenter.com St. George Maronite Center is a perfect backdrop to set the overall tone for your event. Whether you are looking for an elegant ballroom setting, modern lounge area or an intimate setting in our Mediterranean-style courtyard, St. George Maronite Center will make your occasion a memorable one. capacity 550 | price $$

the st. regis houston

1919 Briar Oaks Lane, Houston, TX (713) 403-2625 StRegisHoustonHotel.com The St. Regis Houston is the ideal address for the most distinctive wedding. The décor is unique and stately, while the atmosphere is engaging and refined. From private dinners to gala occasions, each event makes a statement of sophistication and style. capacity 300 | price $$$

stockyards station

131 East Exchange Avenue, Suite 234, Fort Worth, TX (817) 710-7364 | slawson@stockyardsheritage.com StockyardsStation.com Stockyards Station is a unique destination located in the heart of the historic Fort Worth Stockyards. With three distinctive facilities, on-site catering and bar services, full-service staff, decorations, sound system and dance floor, what more could you want in a reception or rehearsal dinner location? capacity 650 | price $$

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tapatio springs

1 Resort Way, Boerne, TX (844) 532-7344 TapatioResort.com Tapatio Springs is the Hill Country’s premier wedding destination, featuring two magnificent ballrooms, beautiful outdoor ceremony venues, resort-style accommodations, restaurant, full-service salt cave spa and championship golf. Tapatio Springs offers brides the complete experience for their most important celebration! capacity 400 | price $$

the terrace club

2600 East Hwy. 290, Dripping Springs, TX (512) 894-4009 | info@theterraceclub.com

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texas discovery gardens

Dallas, TX (214) 428-7476 EXT. 290 TexasDiscoveryGardens.org Enjoy a stunning garden wedding at Texas Discovery Gardens. An organic oasis nestled in the corner of historic Fair Park, we are just minutes from downtown Dallas. You can rent our expansive lawns, our Grand Hall with full-length picture windows, and other indoor and outdoor spaces. capacity 400+ | price $$

texas hill country river region in uvalde county

Uvalde County, TX (830) 232-4310 VisitUvaldeCounty.com Whether you dream of an intimate hilltop setting, tying the knot at the bend of a river or hosting a grand wedding with all of your family and friends, Uvalde County offers unique venues to make sure your destination wedding is truly unforgettable.

the texas tumbleweed barn at painted lakes

1728 FM 1191 South, Bryson, TX (940) 229-9399 PaintedLakes.com If you want the real, authentic Old West, you’ve found it! Our barn has been in our family for 100 years and served many of those years as the town’s feed store. We have restored the old barn and retained its Western heritage. capacity 300 | price $$

thistle springs ranch

13974 FM 1434, Cleburne, TX (817) 851-9317 info@thistlespringsranch.com ThistleSpringsRanch.com Welcome to Thistle Springs Ranch, a vintage, provincial barn constructed of reclaimed barn wood, antiqued tin and classic elements that will create the perfect ambiance for you and your guests. The open floor plan, garden areas and stunning vistas allow it to transform into your perfect venue. capacity 250 | price $$

thistlewood manor

1520 Roland Ln., Kyle, TX (512) 268-1900 | info@thistlewoodmanor.com ThistlewoodManor.com Looking for an extraordinary setting for your wedding celebration? If timeless elegance is in your dreams,

capacity 200 | price $$$

towering oaks haven

528 Northshore Lane, Valley View, TX (940) 580-2709 ToweringOaksHaven.com Unforced elegance is an apt description of our property set on 20 acres of northern Texas countryside. At Towering Oaks, we understand that wedding days are one of the transformative moments of life. That insight drives our dedication to provide an experience that is grand, intimate and worry-free. capacity 250 | price $$$

trinity river audubon center

(214) 254-4936 TrinityRiver.Audubon.org Trinity River Audubon Center is 10 minutes from downtown Dallas but a world away. Stunning modern architecture, wildflower-studded prairie and a forest backdrop make for the most unique indoor-outdoor venue in Dallas. Coordination and chef-inspired cuisine is provided by Bolsa. capacity 300 | price $

twisted ranch weddings

7345 W. FM 243, Bertram, TX (512) 553-5365 tricia@twistedranchweddings.com TwistedRanchWeddings.com Located in the Texas Hill Country, Twisted Ranch is a gorgeous location where rustic meets elegance—a destination where you feel at home while feeling as if you have been transported to another time. There is no comparison because there is nowhere else quite like it. capacity 200 | price $$

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16401 Country Club Drive, Crosby, TX (832) 657-6050 | (281) 328-3576 StonebridgeNewport.com When opening the grand doors, the unique view of the lighted water fountains, lush green trees and stone bridge makes a romantic backdrop for rustic, vintage or classically elegant ceremonies or receptions. We are a full-service location booking only one wedding event per day.

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look no further than Thistlewood Manor. This gorgeous ballroom, with its grand staircase, amazing chandeliers and marble-like floors, is a magical place for your wedding reception.

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stonebridge

TheTerraceClub.com Nestled in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, we are located just twenty minutes from downtown Austin. Spectacular sunsets are an everyday occurrence at The Terrace Club. Let us help you treat your guests to a special evening to remember.

the university of texas golf club

2200 University Club Drive, Austin, TX (512) 266-6464 UTGolfClub.com Our versatile outdoor pavilion, fabulous golf course views and gorgeous clubhouse provide a perfect setting for both intimate and large weddings and receptions. The UT Golf Club is simply legendary. capacity 200+ | price $$$

venue 311

Plantersville, TX (936) 894-1246 Venue311.com Our over 6,000-square-foot venue with a stunning French country design has all a bride might dream of. With luxury bride and groom suites, extravagant dance floor, buffet room, kitchen, indoor/outdoor bar, courtyard, patio, water scenery and beautiful landscaping, this site is all you could hope for. capacity 250 | price $$

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verona villa

6591 Dallas Pkwy., Frisco, TX (972) 837-8034 | VeronaVilla.com Turn your dream wedding into a beautiful reality at Verona Villa. Two incredible indoor spaces, an outdoor patio, spectacular bridal suite, groom room, soaring ceilings, stately staircase and majestic custom chandeliers await. A professional coordinator is available to plan every aspect of your day. capacity 250 | price $$

victory arts center

801 W. Shaw St., Fort Worth, TX (682) 444-2586 VictoryArtsCenter.com This elegant, historic venue has rich hardwood floors, lofty 22-foot muraled ceilings, beautiful columns and lovely stained glass windows to create the perfect backdrop for your extraordinary day. capacity 200 | price $

villa capri restaurant

3713 Nasa Parkway, Seabrook, TX (281) 326-2373 | (713) 304-0379 FrenchiesVillaCapri.com Villa Capri is a charming restaurant and banquet facility on the waterfront. Our Italian country villa has an inviting patio set in an Italian garden where our receptions are held. capacity 150 | price $$

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vintage villas hotel & events

4209 Eck Lane, Austin, TX (512) 220-0185 | sales@vintagevillas.com VintageVillas.com Vintage Villas provides the ideal setting for indoor and outdoor wedding ceremonies and indoor receptions with a spectacular view of Lake Travis as a backdrop. We offer the finest service, exquisite cuisine, convenient hotel accommodations and venue planning assistance to ensure that your wedding wishes come true. capacity 299 | price $$$

the vista on seward hill

6414 Bee Cave Rd., Austin, TX (512) 327-3843 | info@thevistaonsewardhill.com TheVistaonSewardHill.com Beautifully located in the hills of Austin, The Vista on Seward Hill offers a picturesque setting for a lavish and elegant wedding day, anniversary or special event. Old world atmosphere and Austin nostalgia makes The Vista on Seward Hill a setting where events are never forgotten. capacity 200 | price $$$

vista west ranch

4505 McGregor Lane, Dripping Springs, TX (512) 894-3500 info@vistawestranch.com VistaWestRanch.com VWR is refined rustic chic—combining Hill Country elegance and Austin’s contemporary energy with understated charm. Weathered wood, aged tin and

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gorgeous rolling hills are a few things that make weddings here truly unique. Contact us to learn about our new venue, The Creek Haus. capacity 250 | price $$

walters wedding estates

Serving Texas (972) 317-RING | info@waltersweddingestates.com WaltersWeddingEstates.com Whether you’re looking for an intimate outdoor ceremony and reception or a formal chapel wedding, we have an estate that is sure to meet your expectations. Walters Wedding Estates consists of multiple wedding properties in the DFW Metroplex. capacity 350 | price $$

warwick melrose - dallas

3015 Oak Lawn Avenue, Dallas, TX (214) 224-3153 arodriguez@warwickhotels.com WarwickHotels.com/dallas As you first walk through the door, you are surrounded with timeless elegance and the magical ambiance that is so natural to the Warwick Melrose - Dallas. Nestled among opulent surroundings, the prestigious Warwick Melrose is devoted to making your wedding dreams come true. capacity 250 | price $$$

waterfront hideaway ranch

640 Lloyds Road, Little Elm, TX (214) 506-3355 WHREvent.com We offer wide open space with gorgeous views combined with hardwood and pecan trees. Your wedding can take place steps from the shores of Lake Lewisville, or choose another location on the property. You can be completely outdoors under our lighted grove, under our enclosed pavilion or a combination! capacity 300+ | price $$

waters edge venue

3901 Nasa Parkway, El Lago, TX (281) 291-9900 | info@watersedge.events WatersEdge.events Get married in grand style! Waters Edge offers the utmost in elegance for your spectacular waterfront wedding. Call us today to start planning your truly beautiful and memorable experience! capacity 300 | price $$

the waters point

13401 RR 12, Wimberley, TX (512) 722-3848 TheWatersPoint.com This premier destination wedding venue in the Texas Hill Country is nestled along the breathtaking banks of the Blanco River and Cypress Creek. Within walking distance to the downtown Wimberley square, the private 34-acre resort features multiple ceremony and reception sites, plus luxurious lodging. capacity 300+ | price $$

wedding in the branch

Farmers Branch, TX (972) 919-8730 WeddingintheBranch.com Historic structures, beautiful gardens, great location— what more could you ask for when planning your wedding or reception?

weddings at riverbend

4214 N. Capital of Texas Hwy., Austin, TX (512) 743-2223 Riverbend.com/weddings In the scenic Hill Country of Austin, this beautiful nondenominational wedding chapel seats 340 comfortably, 371 max, and is a perfect blank canvas for any wedding. Our beautiful, spacious ballroom area— just a short walk up the hill—holds 100-320 guests and allows food and alcohol to be catered in. capacity 371 | price $$

weddings of austin

16200 E. Lakeshore Drive, Austin, TX (512) 476-2628 WeddingsofAustin.com We had our wedding here with the thoughts of extending it to many loving couples in the future. Each detail and every stone that was placed was truly done from the heart, in the hopes that a beautiful and longlasting marriage will begin here for many others, for many years to come. capacity 100+ | price $$

the westin riverwalk

420 West Market Street, San Antonio, TX (210) 444-6036 WestinRiverwalk.com The perfect match — you and The Westin Riverwalk. It’s all here for your perfect day: an elegant venue, an experienced professional catering and banquet team to ensure a flawless reception and a heavenly wedding suite for the happy bride and groom. capacity 400 | price $$$

white chapel estate

7601 Precinct Line Rd., N. Richland Hills, TX (817) 498-4981 info@whitechapelestate.com WhiteChapelEstate.com Our 10,000-square-foot building sits on four beautiful acres, accommodating both indoor and outdoor weddings and receptions. Features include: chapel, spiral staircase, flower arrangements, chandeliers, ballrooms, chiavari chairs, linens, garden gazebos and amazing wedding planners from start to finish! capacity 200 | price $$

white oak music hall

2915 N. Main Street, Houston, TX (713) 438-3775 WhiteOakMusicHall.com From the Rooftop Deck overlooking downtown Houston to the warm, modern Music Hall, White

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willow creek wedding & events venue

415 S. Westmoreland Rd., Waxahachie, TX (972) 800-7973 | willowcreektx@gmail.com WillowCreekTX.com This elegant countryside locale with a tree-lined creek flowing through the property is set only 30 minutes south of downtown Dallas. Spend your entire day celebrating with friends and family at one location, with everything you could need from ceremony to reception. Let’s celebrate love! capacity 300 | price $$

the windsor at hebron park

3016 E. Hebron Parkway, Carrollton, TX (972) 306-3300 WindsorParkDallas.com The Windsor at Hebron Park is a newly constructed venue that boasts just under 16,000 square feet of decadence, including a chapel, ballroom, a plush bridal suite and handsome groom’s room! The Windsor at Hebron Park offers an all-inclusive wedding and event experience! capacity 300 | price $$$

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woodrow’s vineyard estate

Wimberley, TX (512) 722-3580 HeartofTexasGetaways.com True Southern graciousness will greet you at Woodrow’s Vineyard Estate. Here you can leave the urban behind and head to the rolling hills and starry skies to a unique setting in the Hill Country of Texas. The lovely accommodations offer a sanctuary to savor time together before your sweet day! capacity 200 | price $$

cakes & caterers

beyond the box

Dallas-Fort Worth (214) 828-2228 FoodBeyondtheBox.com Beyond the Box Catering is a full-service catering and event company that has served the DFW area since 2004. In addition to food and beverage, we offer professional staffing, chairs, tables, linens, event rentals and day-of wedding coordination to make your experience simple and efficient.

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Serving the greater Austin area (512) 248-8771 CateringwithaTwist.com Much more than just a catering company, we thoroughly embrace the creative aspect of everything we do! We are based on 1950s old-fashioned heart and honesty, putting customers and their big day expectations first and foremost. The desire to think outside the box is apparent in our work.

122 N. Bryant, Pleasanton, TX (830) 281-3222 CreationsCakes.com We at Creations Cakes specialize in creative design and artistic detail. We will prepare a one-of-a-kind cake for you that tastes as amazing as it looks, all within your budget. We look forward to working with you to create a wedding cake uniquely designed for you.

cynthia’s cakes

South Texas and beyond (956) 381-0008 cynthiascakes@aol.com CynthiasCakes.com Cynthia’s Cakes brings elegance, taste and creativity together to make your wedding cake a lasting impression and delicious memory. We pride ourselves in offering an extensive variety of techniques and mediums to work with to create and inspire the perfect sweet centerpiece for your special wedding day.

heavenly gourmet

5005 West Avenue, Suite 1103, San Antonio, TX (210) 496-9090 info@heavenlyg.com HeavenlyG.com At Heavenly Gourmet we excel at what we do, which is providing specialty meals and superb customer service, at affordable prices. Please call for a complimentary tasting at our café.

jimmy lyn’s events and catering

30281 Saratoga Lane, Fair Oaks Ranch, TX (210) 618-4063 JimmyLyns.com Jimmy Lyn’s is a family owned and operated business. We specialize in wedding and event catering and recently added event planning to our list of services. We know you, your family and guests will all love our fresh meals always made from scratch. We’re here for you for the moments that matter.

pennington’s cakes

1662 S. Interstate 35, San Marcos, TX (512) 396-4059 PenningtonsCakes.com Since 1962, we’ve been creating your custom wedding and birthday cakes. We are now serving third-generation brides! Join our family of satisfied customers!

7710 Cherry Park Drive #B, Houston, TX (281) 861-7995 WeddingCakesbyTammyAllen.com We are award-winning wedding cake specialists and designers with incredibly delicious signature flavors. We have an outstanding reputation and excellent reviews. One taste and you’ll say, “This is the best wedding cake ever.” We have the look and the taste. Call today for your appointment!

1811 South Shepherd, Houston, TX (713) 528-4719 info@whomadethecake.com WhoMadetheCake.com “Who Made The Cake!” is known throughout Texas for creating spectacular custom designed cakes that taste as wonderful as they look. Specialties include hand-made sugar paste flowers and handpainted details.

flowers & décor

botanika

13614 Bluffcircle, San Antonio, TX (210) 733-8120 melissa@botanika.com Botanika.com Botanika offers creative and modern ideas with a focus on texture and color. With a background in interior design, we enjoy focusing on the details to make your event a dream come true!

bouquets of austin

8863 Anderson Mill, Suite 111, Austin, TX (512) 257-2395 BouquetsofAustin.com Bouquets of Austin is a design studio devoted exclusively to Central Texas brides. We have been designing and creating weddings in the Austin area for over 20 years. Our design staff will bring your ideas to life, designing and creating the perfect floral bouquet to complement your personal style.

g. johnson’s floral images 6560 Fannin Ste. 230, Houston, TX (713) 797-6703 GJohnsons.com Flowers are love’s truest language.

haute flowers & events

(281) 332-1518 HFFEvents.com We believe in partnering with our clients to see their vision come to fruition.

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h-e-b blooms™

Heb.com/blooms Expect the unexpected with H-E-B Blooms™ Floral Shops. Think of us as your personal floral boutique for all of your special occasions—no matter how big or small. Let our expert designers create something extraordinary that will be remembered for many tomorrows to come.

ilios lighting design

(512) 440-7045 IliosLighting.com For more than a decade, ILIOS Lighting Design has been enhancing spectacular weddings. With our innovative use of the latest technologies and products in the industry, ILIOS is well positioned to provide a creative and professional experience individually tailored to our clients.

stems floral design

(512) 537-0577 StemFloral.com We can create anything you dream up and bring your wedding day vision to life. We pride ourselves in making this possible within your budget, without stress. Our mission is to leave you feeling that your look was perfect and exactly how you imagined it would be.

bridal fashion & beauty

brickhouse bridal

200 Valleywood Drive, Suite A300, The Woodlands, TX (281) 681-3430 info@brickhousebridal.com BrickhouseBridal.com Our brides have the experience of a lifetime when purchasing their dream wedding gown. We are committed to being the salon that offers the best service and value in a boutique environment for the bride and her bridesmaids. Appointments recommended.

bridal boutique

139 West Main Street, Lewisville, TX (972) 219-8500 BridalBoutiqueLewisville.com Bridal Boutique is a family-owned-and-operated bridal salon that has been located in downtown Lewisville for over 27 years. With the largest selection of bridal gowns in Texas, we house designers from all over the world, allowing for the best collection of dresses under one roof.

chic occasion

Greater Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex (469) 847-8502 ChicOccasion.com Our professional makeup artists and hairstylists come to your home or venue of choice, specializing in groups of three plus! Grab some friends and get chic for your big day with our on-site, wedding makeup and hair services!

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ava’s bridal couture/classy concepts bridal boutique

Serving the DFW Metroplex (817) 732-4457 | (817) 473-2100 plan@avasbridalcouture.com AvasBridalCouture.com If you’re looking for special moments throughout your bridal gown search, let us get to know you! We’re here to save you time and stress with our in-house alteration departments, making us full-service all the way until the wedding day! Make your appointment and we will look forward to meeting you!

bellami

(844) 235-5264 info@bellamihair.com BellamiHair.com We provide our Bellas with luxury, high-quality 100 percent human Remy Hair Extensions at affordable prices, which you can shop for on our website. We also offer the Bellami Beauty Bar in the Los Angeles area, which offers a personalized experience to give you the full Bellami effect.

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2964 Park Hill Drive, Fort Worth, TX (817) 921-2964 DeMaFille.com We are a French-inspired boutique that has a warm and personal approach to service. Our bridal designers are exclusive to the Fort Worth area. Please take pictures to help you remember, and when you say “yes,” we pop the champagne! We do prefer appointments so our brides get our undivided attention!

julian gold bridal

San Antonio, Austin and Corpus Christi ahart@juliangold.com JulianGold.com Julian Gold Bridal is the perfect start to your new beginning. Our full-service bridal salon features collections from designers including Carolina Herrera, Monique Lhuillier, Reem Acra, Rivini, Liancarlo, Lazaro and a host of others. Take full advantage of being a Julian Gold bride and let us spoil you!

leann’s bridal

McKinney, TX (214) 842-8844 LeAnnsBridal.com With 6,200 square feet of space and three floors, LeAnn’s is filled with beautiful gowns from several different bridal lines, including lines that are not carried by any other store in the state! LeAnn’s

has dresses in all different styles, shapes and sizes, providing something for each unique bride.

mia bridal couture

2509 River Oaks Blvd., Houston, TX (713) 622-2022 MiaBridalCouture.com Mia Bridal Couture offers an inviting and personable boutique shopping environment shielded from the hustle and bustle of wedding planning. Our designers’ inspiration, dedication to design and couture craftsmanship result in a unique and distinct collection of gowns from acclaimed designers.

parvani vida

7107 Hwy. 6 South, Houston, TX (281) 498-9292 sales@parvanivida.com ParvaniVida.com Parvani Vida is a full-service bridal salon, featuring an extensive collection of gowns to suit every price range. Our staff includes professional consultants and skilled seamstresses, all dedicated to your satisfaction. Appointments are recommended.

pretty on premises

(817) 202-7906 prettyonpremises@yahoo.com PrettyOnPremises.com Hello, beautiful bride! I have been a licensed cosmetologist for ten years, with a passion and specialty for formal styling and glamour makeup. I absolutely love weddings! Pretty On Premises can come to you on premises, or you can enjoy the experience from the salon studio located in Fort Worth.

signature bridal salon

12717 Shops Pkwy., Suite 200, Austin, TX (512) 892-5000 SignatureBridalSalon.com Signature Bridal Salon is central Texas’ premier fullservice bridal experience offering the latest in designer wedding gowns, bridesmaid and flower girl dresses, plus-size gowns and bridal accessories. We offer upfront pricing, and we genuinely care about making each bride’s experience perfect.

sposa mia couture

912 N. 10th Street, McAllen, TX (956) 683-8740 SposaMiaBride.com We are a small team, passionate and friendly, with a unique collection of wedding gowns and accessories. We believe that choosing your wedding gown should be the most fabulous experience ever. Our bridal collections start at $1,000. Appointments are recommended.

unbridaled

Austin & Houston (512) 444-2743 | (832) 767-0407 Unbridaled.com Unbridaled offers bridal and bridesmaid fashions that are as unique as the girl wearing them—from simple

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ventura’s bridal fashions

102 N. Loop at Yale St., Houston, TX (713) 880-2364 VenturasBridalFashions.com Ventura’s Bridal Fashions offers the newest trends in wedding gowns from the most requested designers. From timeless to modern day elegance, we take pride in featuring the largest wedding gown collection in Houston. We’re open seven days a week, and appointments are required.

whittington bridal

2665 Royal Forest Drive, Kingwood, TX (832) 644-5655 WhittingtonBridal.com Have your moment at Whittington Bridal! Enjoy spacious fitting rooms and a personal stage area with large mirrors as you find the dress of your dreams. Choose from our hand-selected collection of wedding gowns and enjoy a day that’s all about you and finding your dress! Appointments are recommended.

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of your special day. We’re here not only to help beautify your ceremony and reception, but to simplify your wedding planning process. Call us today!

precious nuptials & destination weddings

Houston, Mexico, Caribbean and beyond (281) 962-1008 PreciousNuptials.com Whatever you desire—small and intimate, large and luxurious or an exotic destination with flair—we are providers of impeccable service to fit your specific needs! Layout, design and all the elements in between, we know that precious nuptials don’t just happen. They’re planned!

refined romance events

DFW and destination weddings (214) 302-7505 RefinedRomance.com Our mission is to provide a seamless service to our clients that is professional yet fun. We filter down the endless noise of the wedding and event industry and leave you only with the details that matter most—a refined design that joins your personality with your event.

photography & video

joyful style as well as her ability to effortlessly connect with her clients.

gina schild photography

Serving all of Texas (713) 828-6940 ShotsbyGina.com It is my job to make you smile and your job to have the best day of your life! I make sure to capture things you never even saw happen, the things that happened from all the planning you did. When you look back years from now, it will be my images that will make you remember your big day clearly.

laura miller photography

Dallas, TX (972) 256-6016 | laura@lauramphotos.com LauraMPhotos.com I don’t believe in cookie-cutter couples. You are beautifully unique. Whether your style is artistic, romantic, modern, vintage or anything else, I capture photos tailored to you in a way that is fun, meaningful and reflective of your personality and your own personal brand of love.

lorena burns photography

Dallas, Ft. Worth + Destination (469) 251-4019 LorenaBurnsPhotography.com I want to get to know you and tell your story through the images that I capture. This is the most important day of your life, and I want you to remember every single detail about it.

melakia photography austin event company

Austin, TX (512) 653-3602 AustinEventCompany.com We can assist with wedding planning, floral design, cake creation, wedding officiating, event staffing, bar services, event rentals and audio/visual services. Each of our team members has been hand-selected, working seamlessly together to capture your vision and transform it into living art!

eventfulls wedding & event planning

Houston, TX (713) 447-1614 | Eventfulls.com Eventfulls combines creativity and event planning experience to offer our clients professionally planned events that cater to their individual attention to detail. Our team of consultants works with you from the start to help you plan your special event. We want to make your day an Eventfull one!

heb weddings by design

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basem photography

Austin, TX (512) 399-0024 | BasemPhotography.com My aim is to provide you with memorable artistic wedding pictures delivered via a simplified and interactive process.

bespoke images & photography, llc

Houston and across the globe (713) 865-3121 BespokeImagesandPhotography.com We want to perfectly capture your dream day vision so it can be cherished for generations. We enjoy putting a smile on the faces of all who attend your event, while capturing the most precious moments of the wedding. Call us today for an appointment.

emily chappell photography

Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex (254) 733-1069 EmilyChappellPhotography.com Based in Dallas, Emily Chappell Photography offers bright and airy wedding photography inspired by modern day fairy tales. She is known across the DallasFort Worth Metroplex for her timeless, romantic and

DFW, Texas and destination weddings (972) 214-8265 | MelaKiaPhoto.com We are a wedding photography company that focuses and excels in our clients’ happiness by personalizing their experience from beginning to end. Every bride and groom has a love story that is uniquely their own; therefore, we believe in photographs that reflect your love, your story, beautifully captured.

nicole ryan photography

(281) 728-7139 nicole@nicoleryanphoto.com NicoleRyanPhoto.com Your wedding day comes and goes in a whirlwind of excitement, laughter, long embraces and sweet kisses. Don’t let a single moment go unremembered. Nicole Ryan Photography will capture your wedding day and the events leading up to it in a natural, creative and romantic way.

reverent wedding films

Houston, Austin, San Antonio and Dallas Wedding.Film Reverent Wedding Films is a wedding cinematography company specializing in high-quality cinematic wedding films. With our growing team of industry professionals, our team of passionate cinematographers will be able to provide top-quality footage and seamlessly capture your wedding day.

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jewelry

barnes jewelry

100 Westgate Pkwy., Amarillo, TX (806) 355-9874 | BarnesJewelry.com We have been honored to help people celebrate life’s special moments since 1956. Whatever the occasion, we treasure the opportunity to make it as special as possible. We have an exquisite bridal selection and an on-site custom jeweler. Come on in and let’s celebrate your special moments.

zadok jewelers

1749 Post Oak Blvd., Houston, TX (713) 960-8950 Zadok.com Master jewelers for seven generations.

invitations & details

dj dave productions

Serving Greater Houston (713) 806-1085 info@djdaveproductions.com DJDaveProductions.com Discover how Houston’s hottest DJ can make your wedding reception unforgettable, successful and fun! We will create an unforgettable, fun and unique wedding reception that truly reflects your style and personality. We promise to make the entire process stress-free and exciting—guaranteed!

password band

Houston, TX (281) 935-3412 PasswordMusic.com Password is a high-energy band specializing in audience participation. Its musical journey covers the latest top 40 hits, hip-hop, R&B, classic rock, Motown and romantic favorites. This is the best musical experience in Texas. Fun and dancing is guaranteed!

the special edition band

(972) 345-2984 TheSpecialEditionBand.com The Special Edition Band authentically and powerfully performs a vast repertoire ranging from current popdance hits, to rock, country, Latin and jazz, and will customize our music to fit each event, client and venue. We deliver everything with extreme attention to detail and client service.

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Whether you envision saying your vows barefoot on a beach, on board a luxury cruise at sea or within a blooming historic garden, we have your perfect destination. Explore nearly 2,000 hotels and resorts in 42 countries to make your dream a reality!

premiere booth

Serving North Texas (214) 295-1049 info@premierebooth.com PremiereBooth.com Capture all the fun and spontaneous moments from your event with Premiere Photo Booth! The lines will form, the crowds will gather and inhibitions will be lost. It’s amazing how much fun guests have in our Premiere booths. Always the life of the party!

premiere events

Serving Texas North Austin: (512) 870-8552 South Austin: (512) 292-3900 Dripping Springs: (512) 829-4498 PremiereEventsOnline.com Our exceptional products and experienced certified event rental professionals help make your wedding dreams a reality! We have two Austin showrooms, plus a Dripping Springs showroom, to enhance your rental experience. In addition to amazing inventory, our website features live chat! Talk to you soon!

the relationship firm

Houston area (713) 678-0052 TheRelationshipFirm.com We specialize in helping you craft the best life and the best love because “happy” lives or loves don’t just happen.

percolator letterpress co.

Austin and abroad (512) 633-8153 PercolatorPress.com We create beautiful letterpress and gold foil invitations and wedding day print items. You can choose from our designs, have us design something just for you or bring your own design for us to print. We’d love to help you create your dream wedding invitations!

entertainment

bridal registries any occasion tents & events

Serving Houston (713) 662-9724 AnyOccasionHouston.com We’re how Houston brides create dream weddings. Customer service is our top priority, along with offering quality products and doing our part to help make your wedding as stress-free as possible. Whether you are planning a casual outdoor ceremony or a formal reception, we have what you need.

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Serving Texas and beyond (512) 417-5074 | AaronMcDonnell.com Experienced, professional and great-sounding country band stylistically in the vein of Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Dwight Yoakam and Dale Watson. Let us bring that classic dance hall sound to your wedding!

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belk

Serving nationwide Belk.com Belk’s professionally-trained bridal consultants make planning your wedding gift registry enjoyable and convenient. You’ll find quality brand names and styles in china, crystal, flatware, kitchen electrics, bedding and bath essentials and more. Your guests are a click away from making your house a home. Just visit our website.

destination weddings (888) 536-1923 DestinationWeddings.com

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RESOURCE INDEX SITES & LOCATIONS

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Cinnamon Shore on Mustang Island

137

501 Ranch

138

City Club of Fort Worth

294

The 1850 Settlement

101

Clark Gardens

367

The Allan House

27

The Club at Carlton Woods

399

The Allen Farmhaus

81

The Club at Garden Ridge

128

Andrew Ormsby Cityplace Events & Catering

276

The Clubs of Kingwood

434

Avalon Legacy Ranch

265

The County Line

203

The Barn at Hickory Creek

471

Coyote Garden Hall

223

Beaumont Ranch

269

Cross Creek Ranch

281

Beer Park

65

Crowne Plaza Dallas Near Galleria - Addison

336

Bella Sera Ranch

360

Cypress Club at The Reserve at Lake Travis

189

Belleori Homestead

135

D’Vine Grace Vineyards & Event Venues

285

Bentwood Texas

173

Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden

287

Best Day Ever Ranch

300

Dallas Historical Society

368

Blaine Stone Lodge

279

Dallas Palms

343

Blissful Hill

183

Deep Eddy Vodka Distillery

191

Blue Sage Hall

141

Diamond H3 Ranch

347

Boardwalk FantaSea

461

Don Strange Ranch

109

The Bougainvilleas

393

DoubleTree by Hilton Houston Downtown

455

The Bowden Events & Weddings

357

Dove Ridge Vineyard

354

Briscoe Manor

18

Downtown Aquarium

461

Brodie Homestead

26

Duchman Family Winery

217

The Brookwood Community

465

Eisemann Center

371

Buca di Beppo

73

Emery’s Buffalo Creek

455

The Cana Ballroom

143

Events at Hawthorn Hills Ranch

293

Canyonwood Ridge

213

fifty-two-twenty-six elm

428

The Carlisle Room

275

Firefly Farm

10

Castle on the Lake

383

Flying V Ranch

51

Cedar Cove Ranch

361

The Fort Worth Club

339

The Cedars Ranch

215

Fort Worth Zoo

373

Chapel Creek Ranch

362

Garden Grove Wedding & Event Venue

227

Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop

65

The Gardens of Cranesbury View

131

Chayo

65

Gather in Downtown McKinney

297

Cherokee Rose

103

The Giddings Stone Mansion

459

Cindy’s Palace Banquet Hall

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The Grand Texana

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Heather’s Glen

421

The Lodge at Mound Creek

437

Heritage Place

53

Log Cabins at Jacobs Creek

57

HESS Club

391

Lone Star Lodge, Resort and Marina

377

Hexx

65

Lone Star Mansion

306

Hidden Creek

299

Lost Mission

95

Hidden Hills Wedding & Events

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Ma Maison

184

Hidden River Ranch

192

Magnolia Halle

141

Hidden Waters Wedding and Events Venue

303

The Marq Southlake

365

Hideout on the Horseshoe

13

Maryland Farms

270

Hilton Fort Worth

362

The McNay Art Museum

122

Hilton San Antonio Airport

115

Mia Bella Vita

427

Hochzeit Hall

422

Midlothian Conference Center

245

Hollow Hill

257

Milltown Historic District

110

Honey Hollow Ranch

367

Mimosa Hall

309

Horseshoe Bay Resort

195

Moffitt Oaks

9

Horseshoe Falls Ranch

227

Na’Kayshions Wedding & Event Center

311

Hotel Galvez & Spa

75

Oak Knoll Ranch

312

Hotel ICON

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The Oaks at Heavenly

84

Hotel Saint George

147

The Oaks Event Center

17

The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa

441

Oakwind Bed & Breakfast

467

Hyatt Place Dallas/Garland/Richardson

374

Old American Golf Club

380

Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa

121

Old Glory Ranch

187

Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa

21

The Orchard

263

The Ingenhuett on High

145

The Orchard at Caney Creek

457

InterContinental Stephen F. Austin

197

The Orion Ballroom

275

Jack Guenther Pavilion

127

Palm Door

315

The JL Bar Ranch & Resort

60

Paniolo Ranch

49

Julia Ideson Library

425

Park City Club

317

KayCee Club

348

Pearl South Padre

31

Kemah Gardens

57

Pecan Springs Ranch

167

Kendall Plantation

91

Phillips Event Center

229

King River Ranch

148

Piazza in the Village

Cover

La Cima Club

305

Pinstripes

377

Lakeway Resort & Spa

159

Plantation Elegance

449

477

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68

Victory Arts Center

345

Raveneaux Country Club

445

Villa Capri Restaurant

473

The Reserve at Dancing Elk Ranch

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Vintage Villas

231

River Road Chateau

318

The Vista on Seward Hill

224

The Room on Main

239

Vista West Ranch

Cover

Roszell Gardens Wedding & Events Center

143

Walters Wedding Estates

89, Insert

Royal Oaks Country Club

431

The Warehouse

365

The Salt Lick BBQ

205

Warwick Melrose Hotel

291

Seven for Parties

351

Waterfront Hideaway Ranch

251

Sheraton Gunter Hotel San Antonio

133

Waters Edge

33

Shirley Acres Weddings & Events

469

The Waters Point

221

Signature Manor

469

Wedding in the Branch

383

Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club

379

Weddings at Riverbend

179

Sonesta Bee Cave

199

Weddings of Austin

207

Southfork Ranch

321

Wendy Krispin Caterer

351

The Springs Event Venue

Insert, 25

The Westin Riverwalk San Antonio

147

The St. Anthony Hotel

125

White Chapel Estate & Gardens

374

St. George Maronite Center

137

White Oak Music Hall

449

St. Regis Houston

403

Willow Creek Wedding & Event Venue

273

The Stable at Pearl

107

The Windsor at Hebron Park

239

Stockyards Station

323

Woodrow’s Vineyard Estate

211

Stonebridge

433

Tapatio Springs Hill Country Resort

76

CAKES & CATERERS

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The Terrace Club

177

Catering with a Twist

215

Texas Discovery Gardens

379

Creations Cakes

145

The Texas Tumbleweed Barn at Painted Lakes

288

Cynthia’s Cakes

44

Thistle Springs Ranch

232

Heavenly Gourmet

85

Thistlewood Manor & Gardens

161

Jimmy Lyn’s Event Planning & Catering

97

Towering Oaks Haven

380

Pennington’s Cakes

231

The Tremont House

75

Wedding Cakes by Tammy Allen

459

Trinity River Audubon Center

360

Who Made the Cake!™

465

Twisted Ranch Weddings

171

The University of Texas Golf Club

213

FLOWERS & DÉCOR

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Uvalde County

133

Botanika

138

Venue 311

475

Bouquets of Austin

219

Verona Villa

43

Haute Flowers & Events

467

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Gina Schild Photography

443

ILIOS Lighting

153

Laura Miller Photography

371

STEMS Floral Design Productions

221

Lorena Burns Photography

361

Weddings by G Johnson Floral

415

MelaKia Photography

373

BRIDAL FASHION & BEAUTY

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Nicole Ryan Photography

219

Ava’s Bridal Couture

353

Reverent Wedding Films

22

Bellami

368

Brickhouse Bridal

386

ENTERTAINMENT

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Bridal Boutique of Lewisville

237

Aaron McDonnell Band

229

Chic Occasion

357

DJ Dave Productions

411

Classy Concepts Bridal Boutique

353

Password Band

451

De Ma Fille

253

Julian Gold Bridal

29

JEWELRY

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LeAnn’s Bridal

259

Barnes Jewelry

113

Mia Bridal Couture

397

Zadok Jewelers

14

Parvani Vida

446

Pretty On Premises

359

INVITATIONS & DETAILS

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Signature Bridal Salon

165

Percolator Letterpress Co.

217

Sposa Mia Couture

83

Things Remembered

71

Unbridaled

35

Ventura’s Bridal Fashions

405

SPECIALTY SERVICES

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Whittington Bridal

409

Any Occasion Tents & Events

439

Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux

7, 63

Destination Weddings

47

Peerless Events & Tents

37

Premiere Booth

359

Premiere Events

3

Premiere Select

2

The Relationship Firm

451

Traveling Photo Booth

206

Wedding Fair Show

135

WEDDING CONSULTANTS

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Austin Event Company

223

Clearly Classy Events

155

Eventfulls Wedding & Event Planning

475

H-E-B Weddings

41

Precious Nuptials & Destinations

471

Refined Romance Events

247

PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO

PAGE #

Basem Photography

224

Bespoke Images & Photography

473

BRIDAL REGISTRIES

PAGE #

Emily Chappell Photography

55

Belk Department Stores

59

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“People always say your wedding will be the ‘best day of your life,’ and I always rolled my eyes at that,” Lauren admits. “When I locked eyes with Alex, the smile he had on his face was one of the biggest and happiest I’d ever seen from him. We had such incredible people there to celebrate with us. It really was the most fun and loving atmosphere I’ve ever been in.”

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