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FIND YOUR VIBE

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NEW PLACES TO WED E F F O RT L E S S DRESSES PLUS AN UN FO RG ET TA BL E B RU N CH BA S H

WEDDING D R E S S CO D E S DEBUNKED R E G I S T RY BY RO O M PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS F RO M T H E P RO S

PRETTY BOHO-CHIC LOOKS

AND MORE! ➜

TEXAS WEDDINGS

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GETTING MARRIED IN

D A L L A S / F O R T W O R T H / A U S T I N / S A N A N T O N I O / H O U S T O N & a cross th e sta te


DAVID TRINH PHOTOGRAPHY

HIS AND HERS FOTOS

THREE BIRDS PHOTOGRAPHY

Celebrating with North Texas and the DFW Area www.hawthornhillsranch.com // 940-600-7838 //

@hawthornhills

A MODERN VENUE, WHERE SAYING “I Do” IS ALL ABOUT YOU!

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ASHLEN SYDNEY PHOTOGRAPHY

KREATIVE ANGLE PHOTOGRAPHY

LAKESIDE VENUE FULL SERVICE WEDDINGS | PET FRIENDLY | WATER & BOAT ACCESS 281.291.9900 | 3901 NASA PARKWAY, EL LAGO, TEXAS 77586 WWW.WATERSEDGE.EVENTS | INFO@WATERSEDGE.EVENTS

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Photography by Jerry Hayes

www.thepremiereselect.com 512.220.1777 Call for an appointment

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www.premiereeventsonline.com South showroom & Warehouse | 512.292.3900 North showroom | 512.870.8552 Dripping Springs showroom | 512.829.4498

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CONTENTS

issue IN THIS

SPRING/SUMMER 2019

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get the look theknot.com editor’s note wedding tools refined rooftop party candlelit celebration ask the knot squad top picks venue scout expert advice the wed thread haute hues keeping time marriage licenses and wedding announcements snapshot

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happy trails

PHOTOGR APH BY CHRIS CR AYMER

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RESTAURANT BAR VIEW

THEGROVEHOUSTON.COM P H OTO S : C . B A RO N P H OTO G RA P H Y & S H A U N M E N A RY

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CONTENTS

fashion & beauty 175

bridal beauty, debunked Pros bust the biggest skin, hair and makeup myths.

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marriage mantras Stay Zen and get through planning with these ideas.

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the knot beauty awards We tested hundreds of products to find the best buys for your beauty routine.

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maid for style Keep your girls looking fabulous without creating drama or breaking the bank.

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slice by slice

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dress codes decoded The right attire and accessories no matter your venue or style.

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stylist on call Shoe queen Tamara Mellon gives us the scoop on choosing the best wedding shoes, plus trends she’s loving.

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happy trails Put the “glam” in glamping and channel the boho vibe of the great outdoors with these fresh wedding day looks.

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rental reboot

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We suited up and got the info on four companies’ rental services.

stylist on call

style 114

morning matrimony A bright palette and plenty of personal details kick a daytime affair up a notch.

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slice by slice Every cake detail you need—and want—to know.

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destination décor Evoke the feel of a destination wedding locale with these stylish items.

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the main course Five totally unique catering trends.

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favors for every style Fresh ideas for your guests to take home—whatever your vibe.

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registry by room Products for every corner of your newlywed nest.

FROM LEF T: JADE + MAT THEW TAKE PICTURES; THERESA BRIDGET PHOTOGR APHY

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CONTENTS

planning 189

domestic destinations 12 of our fave locales across the nation.

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the year’s freshest venues The new twists on some old faves.

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9 smart (and sneaky) ways to stay in budget Keep your funds in line while still having the wedding of your dreams.

your style, defined Nail down your wedding vision.

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picture perfect Use these photography tips for photos you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

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hannah & ryan

real weddings

the year’s freshest venues

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lauren & ben

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kristin & konrad

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hannah & ryan

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angela & roberto

300

kim & zane

november 22, san antonio

october 21, chico

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chloe & austin

october 14, lubbock

february 3, quinlan

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alicia & allan

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mackenzie & dan

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jessica & nate

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personalized wedding day gifts Creative and considerate gift ideas from real couples like you.

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thoughtful wedding traditions

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delaney & ryan

your prewedding jitters, solved

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Wade through nuptial nerves with this psych-backed advice.

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jessica & tj

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REAL WEDDING BUDGET KEY

november 11, houston

ashley & daniel september 2, dripping springs

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lindsey & bryan october 27, hutto

june 17, houston

lynsey & ryan

leah & julian september 16, austin

january 6, tomball

taylor & anthony

shereen & thomas july 8, jonestown

370

july 22, houston

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march 31, galveston

A breakdown of a few sweet sentiments you may (or may not) already know.

$ = $10,000 or less

rebekah & john

alyssa & mikey november 4, driftwood

january 15, plano

349

kara & clinton march 10, new braunfels

march 25, fort worth

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adam & branden april 21, san antonio

november 3 & 4, dallas

105

katie & cameron november 11, amarillo

march 25, dallas

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deonne & thomas october 14, houston

october 27, dallas

389

diya & brett december 21, austin

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+

FROM LEF T: CHOWEN PHOTOGR APHY; AUTUMN NICOLE PHOTOGR APHY

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Ceremony | Reception | Rehearsal Dinner | Bridal Shower Tomball, Texas | www.moffittoaks.com | info@moffittoaks.com | 281.370.6616 Photographer: Kristin Carrigan

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Two Beautiful Locations Experienced Staff

TRACY AUTEM PHOTOGRAPHY

Extraordinary Food

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d RYAN O’DOWD PHOTOGRAPHY

LIGHTLY PHOTOGRAPHY

BRADEN HARRIS PHOTOGRAPHY

THE TARNOS PHOTOGRAPHY

COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER

Piazza In the Village/Colleyville

(817) 520-0026

Piazza On the Green/McKinney

(214) 383-2500

www.PiazzaEvents.com

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ABOUT THE COVER

get the look Love our boho-chic cover dresses? Check out more fashion-forward styles for your wedding day and beyond at TheKnot.com/fashion.

COVER Dress, $8,500, TemperleyLondon .com; engagement ring, $3,890 (not including center stone), Tacori.com; earrings, $575, JenniferBehr.com; shoes, $950, JimmyChoo.com

COVER Dress, $3,220, Leanne Marshall at Blue Bridal Boutique of Austin, BlueBridal Austin.com (Austin), Lovely Bride, LovelyBride.com (Dallas & Houston); engagement ring, $2,815 (not including center stone), NoamCarver.com; earrings, $195, AlexisBittar.com

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COVER Dress, $3,300, Rita Vinieris at Julian Gold, JulianGold.com (Austin & San Antonio), Ivory Bridal Atelier, IvoryBridal Houston.com (Houston), Mia Bridal Couture, Mia BridalCouture.com (Houston); vest, $1,450, shop similar styles at TSECashmere.com; earrings, $1,000, JacquieAiche.com

Scout’s Honor

We a sked these campers about their fave moments on set.

glamping

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SCOUT Luca AGE 8 BEST PART OF THE SHOOT “I liked being outside, running toward the camera, dressing up and getting to meet a lot of new people.”

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SCOUT Brett AGE 7 BEST PART OF THE SHOOT “I love being outdoors, so I liked the camping theme of the shoot. It was pretty cool exploring the woods.”

SCOUT Tyler AGE 9 BEST PART OF THE SHOOT “It was fun dressing up as a scout because I’m a Cub Scout in real life. I’ve learned a lot about volunteering.”

A trendy way to do outdoor nuptials that combines glam amenities (think: tricked-out décor) with more traditional camping elements.

COVERS AND BOY SCOUTS: CHRIS CR AYMER; ICON: B FARIAS/NOUN PROJEC T

BEHIND THE SCENES

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H G  S  T T H have long been the locations of choice for romantic weddings in Galveston. The beachfront location of Hotel Galvez & Spa offers expansive Gulf views, the island’s finest spa, delicious island cuisine and two elegant ballrooms. The Tremont House, located in the historic Strand District, is within walking distance of a wide array of shops, restaurants, museums and galleries. Both hotels provide a dramatic backdrop for intimate and grand weddings. Arrange lifelong memories with one phone call to us.

2024 SEAWALL BLVD., GALVESTON ISLAND, TX

2300 SHIP’S MECHANIC ROW, GALVESTON ISLAND, TX

409.765.7721 | www.HotelGalvez.com

409.763.0300 | www.TheTremontHouse.com

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TEXAS

EDITOR IN CHIEF

Kristen Maxwell Cooper DESIGN DIRECTOR

DEPUTY EDITOR

MANAGING EDITOR

MANAGING EDITOR

SENIOR DIRECTOR, REAL WEDDINGS

PHOTO DIRECTOR

Tracy Everding

Lauren Kay

Susan Berryman

Maria Bouselli

Rebecca Crumley

Jo Miller

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

Ivy Jacobson Esther Lee Shelley Brown Alyssa Longobucco Rachel Sylvester, Becky Murray Sarah Evans Emma Gray Pitt Katie Kortebein Rebecca Delman Jessica Kane Maggie Seaver, Sophie Ross Farah Prince Sarah Rozen Michele Parrella Kasey Schroeder, Kate Richter Whitney Little Sarah Hooper Trisha Tucker Jacquie Militano Jose Marmolejos

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PRODUCTION VP, PRODUCTION Frank Dolphens PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Jesse Hardy PUBLICATION DESIGNER Nicole Daberkow SYSTEMS MANAGER Sheryl Ziegler SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER Katie Hover GRAPHIC DESIGNER Nicole Daberkow PHOTO PRODUCTION MANAGER Carly Steier CONTENT EDITOR Lois Brunnert Bethune THE STUDIO @ XO VP, CUSTOM CONTENT & HEAD OF STUDIO Nick Fortunato EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Elizabeth Roehrig EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Joanna Dedvukaj ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, SALES DEVELOPMENT MARKETING Chaucy Dixon SENIOR EDITORS Cassie Kreitner, Kate Traverson ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR Kelsey Paine SENIOR DESIGNER Amanda Kocis Gallagher JUNIOR DIGITAL MARKETING COORDINATOR Claire Flanagan ASSISTANT SOCIAL MEDIA EDITOR Stephani Schell 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

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

Cindy Elley, celley@theknot.com (210) 404-9019 Mechelle Lobpries, mechellel@theknot.com (713) 863-1502 Silver Varela, svarela@theknot.com (817) 847-7003 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 Emilie Berman, pr@xogrp.com

Carley Roney

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The Perfect Place for Your Perfect Day Weddings | Receptions | Spacious Bride & Groom Suites | Beautiful Ballroom & Outdoor Patio 13765 Southern Oaks Dr, Burleson, TX 76028 | 817-426-2400 | theoakseventcenter.com

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Your special day deserves

ANGELA SOSTARICH PHOTOGRAPHY

EVOKE PHOTOGRAPHY

5801 FM 723, RICHMOND, TX / (281) 238-4700 / BRISCOEMANOR.COM

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

REAL WEDDINGS

get inspired Browse weddings from across the state of Texas, including Ashley and Christopher’s romantic nuptials at Montesino Ranch. Ashley took on most of the planning herself, embracing plenty of greenery and the unpolished, raw aspects of the working ranch. “The Hill Country has always felt like home to us,” she says. “I wanted the décor to stay simple so it didn’t take away from the natural beauty of the venue.”

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I’m all about the idea of a brunch wedding. Cereal and mimosas? Yes, please. (p. 114)

EDITOR ’S NOTE

Casual themes, like glamping, are very on trend. (p. 268)

If a white dress doesn’t speak to you, find one in a color that does and just go for it. (p. 48)

ON THE APP WE’VE INCLUDED THIS ICON throughout the magazine to indicate whenever The Knot app can help with a planning or inspiration task.

When it comes to weddings today, the rules are simple: There are no rules! You can get married on a campground (p. 268), wear a colorful suit or dress (p. 48), or host a brunch celebration complete with cereal décor and everyone’s fave breakfast bites (p. 114). In other words, the options are truly endless. For all of the brides and grooms out there looking for a rule book ( hi there), the thought of “anything goes” could feel overwhelming—and you may not know where to start. Whoever you are, and whatever celebration you’re throwing, begin by downloading The Knot app—it will help you determine your style, customize to-do lists and find vendors in your area. The next step? Look to your relationship for inspiration. Consider activities you like to do together, a location you frequent or a global tradition you both admire. Start adding these bit by bit into your ceremony and reception, and you’ll soon have a celebration that feels just like you.

KRISTEN MAXWELL COOPER Editor in Chief

Follow me @kristenmax I want to hear from you! kristen@theknot.com

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COOPER: SAR AH LOVE PHOTOGR APHY; EMOJI: EMOJIPEDIA; BRIDE AND BOY SCOUTS: CHRIS CR AYMER; BRUNCH COUPLE: JESSIC A HUNT PHOTOGR APHY; COUPLE IN PINK: NERIPHOTO; CEREAL: ISTOCK

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DALLAS/FORT WORTH VENUES ARISTIDE | FLOWER MOUND ARISTIDE | MANSFIELD C H A P E L AT A N A V I L L A | T H E C O L O N Y HIDDEN PINES CHAPEL | HIGHLAND VILLAGE HIDDEN PINES CHAPEL | HURST MONROE PEARSON | DENTON MORGAN CREEK BARN | AUBREY

UNIQUE WEDDING VENUES

THE MILESTONE | AUBREY

IN DALLAS/FORT WORTH & TEXAS HILL COUNTRY

THE MILESTONE | DENTON WILDWOOD INN | DENTON

AUSTIN & SAN ANTONIO VENUES HIDDEN FALLS | SPRING BRANCH THE MILESTONE | BOERNE THE MILESTONE | GEORGETOWN

KATE PANZA PHOTOGRAPHY

PINE AND BLOSSOM PHOTOGRAPHY

THE MILESTONE | NEW BRAUNFELS

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LOCAL EMBERS & CO.

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ABSOLUTE PHOTOGRAPHY

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DALLAS/FORT WORTH VENUES ARISTIDE | FLOWER MOUND ARISTIDE | MANSFIELD C H A P E L AT A N A V I L L A | T H E C O L O N Y HIDDEN PINES CHAPEL | HIGHLAND VILLAGE HIDDEN PINES CHAPEL | HURST MONROE PEARSON | DENTON MORGAN CREEK BARN | AUBREY

UNIQUE WEDDING VENUES

THE MILESTONE | AUBREY

IN DALLAS/FORT WORTH & TEXAS HILL COUNTRY

THE MILESTONE | DENTON WILDWOOD INN | DENTON

AUSTIN & SAN ANTONIO VENUES HIDDEN FALLS | SPRING BRANCH THE MILESTONE | BOERNE THE MILESTONE | GEORGETOWN

KATE PANZA PHOTOGRAPHY

PINE AND BLOSSOM PHOTOGRAPHY

THE MILESTONE | NEW BRAUNFELS

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JEWELS

The Point Of Love Beyond the surface of love lies the point of love.

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CAROLINE + BEN PHOTOGRAPHY

CAROLINE + BEN PHOTOGRAPHY

SWEET LOUISE PHOTOGRAPHY

SWEET LOUISE PHOTOGRAPHY

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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WEDDING TOOL S

CONGRATULATIONS

you’re engaged! Here are the big tasks from “yes” to “I do.” Turn the page for more, including the tools you’ll need and how to get your personalized checklist.

BOOK A VENUE Search for the perfect place to celebrate, keeping budget and guest count in mind. Then set the date.

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GATHER YOUR CREW Ask your besties to stand by you at the altar and in the months leading up to your day.

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REGISTER & CREATE A WEBSITE Start a wish list and site on The Knot .com. Share the link so guests are in on all the details, like hotel room blocks.

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PLAN THE CEREMONY Meet with your officiant to discuss the details and attend prewedding counseling if required.

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COMPLETE YOUR TEAM Book any outstanding pros like hairstylists, makeup artists, day-of transportation or a photo booth for your reception.

BUY THE RINGS Shop for and purchase your wedding rings—don’t forget insurance (now it’s starting to feel really real, right?).

PICK YOUR WEDDING PAPER Decide on invites, thank-yous and other stationery. If you place one order, you may snag a discount.

FINALIZE OTHER PARTY DETAILS Plan your rehearsal dinner, after-party and morning-after brunch.

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GO FOR FITTINGS Have the final dress fitting and arrange for suit or tux rental pickup.

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CHOOSE A POINT PERSON If you don’t have a wedding planner or day-of coordinator, task a friend or family member to be the go-to so you can relax and enjoy the day.

BUY THE FORMALWEAR Shop for your attire and schedule necessary fittings—don’t forget accessories. Decide what your wedding party will wear too.

GET THE MARRIAGE LICENSE You’ll find this must-have doc at the state registrar’s office in the county where you’ll wed.

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FIND YOUR WEDDING STYLE We know—you’re probably figuring out where you should even start. We’ve got you covered. Once you download the app, the first thing you’ll do is swipe, swipe, swipe on images in our Style Quiz. It’s a fun way to help zero in on your wedding vibe. Once complete, you’ll have your very own Wedding Vision (more on that on the next page). KEEP ORGANIZED Not sure what to do when? No sweat—we’ve put together a checklist for you, and it’s totally customizable. So if Uncle Jeff is officiating, we’ll take “find an officiant” off your list. Plus, our budgeter will help you track your overall spending and how much you’ve put toward each detail. COMPILE YOUR TEAM After sharing all your info (budget, location, guest count) we’ll help you assemble your squad with personalized recs. And if you want to keep scrolling, we’ve got thousands of award-winning pros, plus reviews, on The Knot Marketplace. MANAGE YOUR REGISTRY Now for the fun part: your registries. Family and friends are going to be looking to shower you with gifts all engagement long, so keep your wish lists full of options right from the app. Our universal registry tool makes it easy to add items from anywhere you shop—so you don’t have to choose between that handmade glass pitcher from Etsy and the badass grill from Home Depot. And if you’d rather ask for cash to put toward things like a home down payment or first-class tickets, register on The Knot Newlywed Fund. THINK OF YOUR GUESTS Trust us—your wedding website is going to be your new best friend. Fill it with need-to-know info, like hotels, directions to the venue and your registries (we’ll help you along the way). Then share it with guests so your phone isn’t constantly blowing up with questions. You can sync it with your phone contacts to save time address hunting and stay on top of RSVPs. GET YOUR DAY-OF TIMELINE As you check off to-dos (so satisfying, right?) the app creates a detailed wedding day timeline. Share it with your pros, wedding party and parents. This way, everyone knows when it’s all going down, and you can focus on enjoying your mimosa and having a blast with your besties. >>

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DISCOVER YOUR ST YLE No couple is just one set style—instead, you’ll get a series of words that describe your vibe. Bonus: You can use this lingo when talking with your pros.

PERFECT YOUR COLOR PALET TE Check out the colors that best match your wedding style. And don’t worry—you can always change them up as you plan.

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

CREATE YOUR VISION All that swiping will leave you with tons of inspo, which you can add to anytime. Plus, there’s room for personalized must-haves (think late-night taco truck, dog-friendly ceremony space or room for a sangeet).

SHARE YOUR IDEAS When you’re ready, send your vision board to your fam and the people bringing your day to life. A series of images will help convey your idea of what a “romantic garden party” looks like.

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CARLEY RONEY Cofounder, The Knot

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MARY CHATMAN CEO and editor in chief, Black Bride

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BRITTANY LO CEO and founder, Beautini

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What should we put in the welcome bags for our island destination wedding? HARMONY WALTON: For tropical vows, definitely include some sun essentials. Travel-size sunscreen and after-sun care, like aloe and moisturizing lotion, are both useful items for guests. Then, throw in some beach-themed gifts to give everyone a peek into the fun to come. Sunglasses (even better if they’re emblazoned with your hashtag), flip-flops, tote bags and anything local you can source, like island rum cake or a voucher for a water activity such as paddleboarding, all do the trick. DIY your favors, like an infused olive oil, for a sweet touch

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I love the idea of navy bridesmaid dresses, but I’m worried they’ll clash next to black tuxes on the groomsmen. Is this color combo a no-no? CARLEY RONEY: This rule has gone the way of “no white after Labor Day”—so don’t bother giving it a second thought. In fact, these colors can work for almost any type of wedding. Pair inky-blue dresses with classic black suits and rich eggplant florals for an elegant, moody affair. If your signature style is a bit more vibrant, throw in a pop of color, like flamingo pink or kelly green. For a modern celebration, brighten the palette with scarlet accents. Still not convinced? Consider choosing ties or vests in something other than black—that still coordinates with your wedding palette, of course—to lighten the overall look and shift the focus away from the tuxedos. And for your attendants, opt for a shade of navy closer to black than to blue. But trust us: You don’t have to worry about a color clash.

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My family expects me to serve traditional Indian cuisine at my wedding, but how can I make sure I offer a meal every guest will love? SHAWNA GOHEL: There are a ton of fusion menu options that allow you to creatively incorporate Indian flavors with a variety of other cuisines—think spicy chicken tikka tacos or paneer lettuce wraps. Another thought: Since Indian weddings often consist of multiple events, compromise with your family by having one of the events feature a predominately non-Indian lineup. That way, you and your partner can incorporate some other favorite dishes into the wedding celebration. Food is one of the best ways to show guests who you are as a couple. >>

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What are some other terms we can use for our wedding party besides bridesmaid and groomsman? BRIT TNY DRYE: Gone are the days of ladies on one side of the aisle and guys on the other—today’s couples are having mixed genders on both sides on their wedding day. You shouldn’t feel limited by binary titles—instead, allow yourself to pick verbiage that best suits you and your loved ones. You can use more typical titles such as person of honor, bridesman, groomswoman and attendant. Or try giving your group a fun twist with broader labels, like ceremony squad or “ I do” crew. Having a themed wedding? Incorporate it into the wedding party title. For a travel-themed wedding, try adventure seekers, or for a camp celebration, go with counselors. B EAUT Y

PLANNING

How do we choose the best signature cocktail for our reception? MARY CHATMAN: When picking a signature sip, you want to make sure it has great flavor and some personal significance to you and your partner. Tap a local mixologist to help you create a one-of-a-kind libation with your favorite spirit that guests will enjoy. It’s important to also consider the time of year you’re celebrating, so you can land on a drink that has the perfect balance of in-season flavors and colors—and is the right temperature too. When in doubt, go classic with a mojito, margarita or martini, and add a few ingredients to make it your own (think: lavender, herbs like basil or mint, edible flowers, jalapeño or fresh fruit like raspberries). These elements are also a great way to tie in your wedding colors. Then, just give your drink a creative name and you’re all set.

23% OF COUPLES HAVE A SIGNATURE COCKTAIL AT THEIR WEDDING

FA S H I O N

What kind of undergarments should you wear to your wedding dress fitting? MARK INGRAM: You should plan to wear the same undergarments you’ll be wearing on your actual wedding day. Many gowns today have a built in corset and bust cups (or they can be added), so an additional bra isn’t really necessary. Your undergarment needs will also depend on your body type, and the fabrication and structure of your gown. Ask your consultant for their recommendation before purchasing any items.

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How do you keep your hairstyle intact at an outdoor summer wedding? BRIT TANY LO: For warmer temps, I tell brides to be realistic and choose a look that both complements their features and can withstand potentially hot and humid weather. For example, if your hair already doesn’t hold a curl well, ask your stylist if a half-up style may better defy the heat and humidity of the day. But if you’ve always dreamed of looking a certain way on your wedding day, there’s no need to completely stay away from that style. Your stylist has worked in plenty of conditions—they’ll be able to come up with a look that you’ll absolutely love and feel beautiful in from start to finish.

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A few years after Lauren Baldwin (31 and an investment manager) and Ben Baldwin (39 and a VP of finance) eloped on their farm in a ceremony officiated by the groom’s father, the now-parents saw a need for a grander gathering that included their two-year-old son and 106 guests. In search of a unique Dallas venue that felt both modern and unexpected, the duo booked Nasher Sculpture Center for their bash, renewing their vows on the steps of the museum. —Rachel Sylvester

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Dressed in a navy pinstripe suit, the couple’s creative son, Jack, left his own mark on the day’s art-forward aesthetic. “We wanted to incorporate him into the design, and our planner, Emily Clarke, came up with the idea of printing his artwork on our escort card display,” Lauren says.

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THEIR STORY In the 10 months it took to bring their bohemian bash to life, creatives Hannah Borden (27 and a photographer) and Ryan Wermich (26 and a freelance filmmaker) both agreed on their need to break from tradition. “Instead of feeling like observers, we wanted everyone to experience the day alongside us like one big family,” Hannah says. As 90 guests looked on from wood benches, Hannah and Ryan solidified their union by planting a bonsai tree together under a macramé backdrop that now hangs in their home. —RS

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While the newlyweds posed for postceremony photos, guests enjoyed quesadillas and looked forward to filling up on Korean barbecue and kimchee fries served from a local food truck for dinner. Once inside, gold flatware, trailing centerpieces and leafy ceiling installations made for a reception that was as inviting as it was chic.

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Fresh, Modern and Refined For Fort Worth’s brides-to-be, PalmWood is the perfect place to savor your celebration. With extraordinary cuisine and impeccable service, you will celebrate in style high above downtown Fort Worth. From your grand entrance to the big farewell, we’ll attend to every detail to ensure the first day of your marriage is remarkable.

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Hannah’s off-theshoulder dress featured billowy sleeves and a full train. “I felt comfortable, free and very much like myself,” she says.

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Nicole Photography VIDEOGRAPHY DP The bride’s brother sang an original song titled “Angel” for Hannah and Ryan’s first dance. “The lyrics fit our love story so perfectly,” she says. Rather than dish out slices of cake, the couple cut into a massive, three-tier cinnamon roll while guests snacked on bite-size cinnamon roll poppers for dessert.

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THEIR STORY After considering dozens of Dallas venues in the seven months before their nuptials, Chloe Cosby (27 and a nurse) and Austin Rumminger (26 and a member of the US Air Force) immediately saw potential in The White Sparrow. “We didn’t need to spend a ton of money to give it that dreamy appeal, since the barn had it all on its own,” Chloe says of outfitting the whitewashed space with silk linens, baby-blue accents, gold-rimmed goblets and china borrowed from her mom. —RS

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Chloe wasn’t the first bride to wear her borrowed veil. “My two very best friends both wore the same veil for their weddings,” she says. “I guess you could call it the sisterhood of the traveling veil.” As for her “something old,” Chloe slipped her grandmother’s gold wedding ring onto her finger for the ceremony.

“She brightens every room she walks into,” Chloe says of her grandmother and flower girl, Ethelene.

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Sparrow, Quinlan PHOTOGRAPHY Callie Since the pair dined at a Mexican restaurant on their first date, savory Mexican fare was an obvious choice for their first meal as newlyweds. The vanilla-almond cake, however, was Chloe’s favorite menu item. “I can’t wait to get my hands on another slice of it as soon as we reach our anniversary,” she says.

Manion Photography PLANNER Karli Jones/Ivory and Vine Event Co. FLOWERS Abelia Floral Studio GOWN Justin Alexander, Happily Ever After Bridal, Shreveport, LA HAIR Meagan Bechtel MAKEUP Unfleeting

Beauty by Lindsey Blount SHOES Bella Belle ENGAGEMENT RING National Jewelry Company WEDDING RINGS Bailey’s Jewelers BRIDESMAID DRESSES Bella Bridesmaids MENSWEAR OliverWicks.com STATIONERY BettyLuPaperie, Etsy.com RENTALS Silk & Willow; The White Sparrow CATERING Abuelo’s CAKE Sugar Bee Sweets OFFICIANT Pastor Phillip Deas MUSIC

LeForce Entertainment TRANSPORTATION Vintage Ford: DFW Vintage Cars REGISTRIES Bed Bath & Beyond; Dillard’s; Pottery Barn; Target GUESTS 175 BUDGET $$$ (see key, p. 8)

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THEIR STORY A serene hilltop setting took center stage at the wedding of Alicia Stepp (41 and a photographer) and Allan Tait (47 and a database developer). “Allan and I walked down the aisle together,” Alicia says. “We loved the idea of entering our marriage on equal footing.” As the couple swapped handwritten vows in a standing-room-only ceremony, the sunset over White Rock Lake quite literally shined. An intimate feast at The Joule hotel followed, but the real revelry occured the following evening when the pair invited 150 guests to a dinner turned karaoke party at Trinity River Audubon Center. —RS

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To surprise the groom, Alicia incorporated a few subtle pop culture references into their décor, including custom cocktail napkins that read “Let’s Get Schwifty”—an ode to Allan’s favorite TV show, Rick and Morty. Postparty, guests perked up with to-go cups of coffee paired with doughnut holes.

Ikebana-style centerpieces popped against dining tables set with velvet linens and gold flatware.

ALICIA & ALLAN’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY SITE Winfrey Point at White

Rock Lake, Dallas RECEPTION SITE Trinity River Audubon Center, Dallas PHOTOGRAPHY

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Maria Hibbs VIDEOGRAPHY Peyton Anne Frank PLANNER & EVENT DESIGNER Rebecca Marín Shepherd/The Wildflowers FLOWERS Bows and Arrows GOWNS Ceremony: Elie Tahari, Neiman Marcus; reception: Wtoo by Watters, Nordstrom HAIR & MAKEUP Quynh Nguyen Yip SHOES Valentino ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Molly Sharp Jewelry BRIDESMAID DRESS Jill Stuart MENSWEAR

Hugo Boss; Ripley Shirts Company STATIONERY Escort cards: Southern Fried Paper; invitations: Paperless Post RENTALS Astounding Sounds & Lighting; La Tavola; POSH Couture Rentals CATERING Bolsa CAKES Haute Sweets Patisserie; Reverie Bakery OFFICIANT Daniel Erickson/Love Notes Weddings MUSIC Robin Ryan KARAOKE Dallas Karaoke

Store FAVORS Coffee & doughnuts: Bolsa TRANSPORTATION Premier Transportation REGISTRY Zola.com HONEYMOON Costa Rica GUESTS 150 BUDGET $$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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A lush arch of coral charm peonies and roses framed the duo as they exchanged vows in front of 300 guests.

THEIR STORY When planning their Fort Worth nuptials at the local zoo, Mackenzie Moore (24) and Dan Skipper (22 and an NFL player) ensured their ceremony started off with a bang. Guests received containers of popcorn that doubled as keepsake programs prior to the start of the ceremony, where a gospel choir led the bride and her father down the aisle to the tune of “Oh Happy Day.” “Everyone was up and dancing,” Mackenzie says. “It was the most surreal moment.” —RS

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“We wanted the focus to be on the band,” Mackenzie says of ushering guests to the dance floor immediately upon arrival to the tented reception. Southern fare was a dinner staple, with menu items like chicken fried steak, a walking taco bar and a late-night spread of cheeseburgers and chips.

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Hurt & Abby Simoneau/DFW Events FLOWERS Something Pretty Floral GOWN Hayley Paige, StarDust Celebrations, Plano HAIR & MAKEUP Maitee Miles VEIL StarDust

Celebrations SHOES Ceremony: Dillard’s; reception: Converse ENGAGEMENT RING Jayson Jewelers WEDDING RINGS Frisco Gold and Silver BRIDESMAID DRESSES Show Me Your Mumu MENSWEAR Jos. A. Bank STATIONERY Invitations: DIY; programs:

Ericksondesign, Etsy.com RENTALS Inside Image Design; Marquee Event Rentals; POSH Couture Rentals; Taylor’s Rental CATERING Culinaire CAKE Dallas Affaires

Cake Co. DESSERTS Funkytown Donuts MUSIC Ceremony: Carol Marks Music;

reception: Jordan Kahn Orchestra The newlyweds exited in a golf cart as partyogers waved pom-poms and personalized foam fingers.

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TRANSPORTATION American Transfers

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Jessica wore an off-the-shoulder gown and a custom veil she handcrafted.

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An iced bundt cake adorned with seeded eucalyptus and a laser-cut topper was served for dessert.

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THEIR STORY In a matter of a mere two months, Jessica Heard (24 and a managed service executive) and Nate Colligan (27 and a customer relations representative) managed to pull off their 200-person party at event1013 in Plano. “I wanted a cozy space with hardwood floors and brick walls,” Jessica says of playing up their urban venue’s interior with French-blue accents and muted arrangements of eucalyptus, anemones, silver brunia, blue thistle and roses. “It was important to me that I hand-pick all of the flowers myself.” The day before the celebration, she hosted family and friends in a flower party, where they arranged blooms while listening to the bride’s favorite Bruno Mars playlist. “That was definitley one of my favorite moments,” she says. —RS

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JESSICA & NATE’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE event1013,

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Plano PHOTOGRAPHY Jeff Brummett To honor the groom’s Los Angeles upbringing, Jessica and Nate made their grand reception entrance to Tupac’s “California Love.” Later, they swayed to Otis Redding’s “You Send Me” for their first dance. “We played all types of love songs, from country and soul to pop music,” Jessica says of their set list.

Visuals PLANNER Sarah Schuster/Worry Knot Events FLOWERS The Flower Market on 7th Street GOWN Beccar, Patsy’s, Dallas MAKEUP Kimeka Landry VEIL DIY SHOES Steve Madden ENGAGEMENT RING DesignByAndre, Etsy.com WEDDING RINGS Bride: Qalo; groom: Groove Life BRIDESMAID DRESSES Various MENSWEAR

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bold backdrop Couples portraits are more fun against an oversize Toucan Sam mural. How can you resist? Dress by ChristianSiriano.com

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When Leah Weinberg of Color Pop Events got the itch to reinvent the daytime wedding, there was no place more perfect (or colorful) to do so than Kellogg’s New York City café. But this isn’t your basic brunch bash. Infused with hues that pop, charming design accents and lots breakfast puns (win!), the inspiration packed into this playful scene will make for a meal, and marriage, you won’t forget. >>

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suite or savory Skirt tradition with wedding stationery that’s more fun than formal. Here, graphic fonts, bright colors and playful lingo all add up to an invitation suite that screams, “mimosas for all!” Who wouldn’t want to attend that party?

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disco “I dos” For a space worthy of a celebration (your vows, duh), pump up the volume with colorful enamel stools, eye-catching florals and, of course, a ’70s-inspired disco ball.

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Play up the retro breakfast vibe with custom menus attached to bright red clipboards at each setting.

ah, sugar sugar sunny-side up Want your blooms to say “happy�? Opt for a zesty palette, like this red, orange, yellow and pink one.

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Have an especially cool venue? Be sure to ask your photographer to shoot portraits of you and your honey, honey around the locale. >>

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altar twist For a more modern ceremony scene, swap the traditional arch with two metal pillars draped in florals.

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Get guests laughing (and snacking) with made-for-each-other bacon and eggs sugar cookies.

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We’re serving up every delicious cake detail you need to know. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APH BY DANA CUBBAGE WEDDINGS

Your cake is probably one of the most anticipated elements of your wedding—after all, who doesn’t like dessert? And while it’s bound to be delicious no matter what you do, there are a few things you should know about your confection before you sit down with a baker or start sampling frostings. Allow us to fill you in. >> 123

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Nail down your style, then choose your cake. You may love a rustic semi-naked cake, but if you’re hosting a black-tie ballroom wedding, the two styles may not jive. Before deciding on the look of your cake, figure out certain specifics about your event, like the venue, palette and vibe. That way, your cake will complement— and not compete with—your overall wedding look.

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Consider the size of your space (and guest list). When deciding what size cake to order, first look to your guest count. Three tiers typically serve between 50 and 100 guests, so if your list is in the hundreds, increase your order. Second, consider your venue. Hosting in a tent with a grand ceiling? Add Styrofoam tiers (yes, that’s a thing!) to up the height and make your cake proportional to your space.

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Budget for the flavor and details you want. Cakes are generally priced by the slice and can range from $3 to a whopping $30 per slice (and beyond), depending on the flavors, filling and frosting you choose. If you have your taste buds set on an custom combo, put aside extra funds to cover it. This goes for decorative additions too. Fresh fruits and flowers can often be applied for a small fee, while delicate, hand-crafted sugar blooms or intricate detailing will take a baker more time to create—and cost you more money.

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Don’t forget to finish it off. Before your event, pass off your cake topper to your baker, planner or catering manager so they can place it on your cake for its big reveal. A classic figurine is a traditional choice, but more and more couples are using the cake topper as a moment of personalization in their day. Choose something that represents you as a duo, like a clay model of your pet, figurines of your favorite action heroes or a monogrammed acrylic sign.

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have your cake and eat it too (even a year later) The 411 on saving your sweet for your first anniversary.

There’s simply no way your cake will taste as good after spending a year in the freezer as it does on your wedding day, which is why our first suggestion to couples is always to sneak a slice (or two!) while at your reception. If you’re worried about getting a chance to sit down and enjoy it, ask your planner or caterer to set aside two pieces for you and your partner to enjoy later that evening. Then, set aside the top tier for a celebration soon after, like returning from your honeymoon or your one-month anniversary and opt to buy a fresh version (in a similar flavor) to enjoy on your one-year anniversary. If you simply must adhere to tradition, tightly wrap the tier in plastic wrap and place it in an airtight bag before freezing.

top it off Cake toppers didn’t become popular until the 1950s, when couples in the US started using them on their wedding cakes.

cut it right Cutting the cake—and feeding your spouse—is a timehonored wedding tradition. Here’s how it should go down.

The ceremonial cutting of the cake has remained popular with newlywed couples. In fact, according to The Knot 2017 Real Weddings Study, 85 percent of couples include a formal cake cutting in their reception. Even if you think you’re a pro at cutting sweets, check with your baker or caterer for instructions on how to make the first cut—they may suggest you cut from the bottom tier or help you avoid a Styrofoam one. Once cut, the newlyweds usually feed each other the first slice, symbolizing their commitment to provide for one another. In some cases, this is replaced by a different tradition: smashing cake into each other’s faces. How you feed each other is up to you, but remember—you don’t need to smear frosting on your new spouse simply because you think guests expect it. >>

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fresh trends Some of the “it” ways bakers are creating standout cakes this year.

Edible gold leafing (!!) is a luxe touch

3-D textures Even basic white buttercream feels fresh when the focus is on texture. Get inspired by fabrics you love, like a cozy fisherman sweater or delicate Swiss dot, then ask your baker to re-create the look on your cake’s exterior.

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Geometric detailing Interesting, architectural accents are in. Ask your baker to echo any modern ones at your event space, like playing up your loft venue’s ceiling look in fondant or using a wire geode to hold up two individual tiers of cake. Marbleized exterior Work several hues from your wedding day palette into your cake with fondant icing designed to look marbled. The result will be so smooth and sleek, guests may think it’s the real deal.

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Hand-painted patterns Delicate paintings (typically made on a fondant exterior using food coloring) can be pricey, but the payoff is big. Use them to mimic details like the colors of your grandma’s heirloom china or the blooms in your bouquet. Celestial details Look to the stars for the future of cake decoration— literally. Make this trend yours with a dramatic inky-blue fondant exterior that resembles the night sky or a goldflecked pattern of the stars the night you got engaged. >>

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Semi-naked Totally naked cakes had their moment—now it’s their slightly dressed-up counterpart’s turn in the spotlight. With a sheer outer layer of frosting, a semi-naked cake strikes a classy balance between rustic and refined.

local love: simply delicious custom cakes The Texas baker shares what trends are inspiring her, plus advice for to-be-weds. ABOUT THE EXPERT

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Candace Powell is the owner and baker behind Simply Delicious Custom Cakes in Austin. She specializes in using all-natural ingredients and creating beautiful cakes from scratch.

Couples are going simpler in design but choosing cakes that still make a statement. Edible gold foil is huge right now. It offers a simple elegance suited to any style, without feeling too over the top.

A design we’ve done a million times can feel like a whole new cake once we’ve personalized it to the couple and their day. Flowers, toppers, color and more can all change the feel of a cake.

There’s so much inspiration for your cake design just waiting outside. I love creating organic-looking cakes, incorporating delicate flowers and greenery into our custom cakes.

Citrus flavors are most popular with our couples because they’re so light. Right now, I’m loving the combination of lemon poppy seed cake with raspberry framboise. It complements any meal.

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pastry passport Get inspiration for your cake with these traditional wedding sweets from around the world.

great britain

A fanciful fruit cake takes center stage at British weddings. Typically made from cognac-soaked dates, prunes, raisins, currants and orange peel, the cake is finished off with a marzipan or fondant topping.

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Buttercream Perhaps the most ubiquitous type of frosting, thanks to its delicious taste and versatility. Made using butter and cream, it can be flavored with various extracts, fruits and more to garner a different taste. Due to its ingredients, buttercream can melt quickly, so it should be kept out of extreme heat, humidity or direct sunlight until serving.

Italian couples opt for a millefoglie: crisp sheets of pastry dough layered with pastry cream, whipped cream, lemon curd, berries and more. Many couples even have a pastry chef prepare it on-site for their guests.

Ganache A decadently rich frosting with a fudgy texture. Ganache is made by combining chocolate and cream. Traditional chocolate will make it a dark brown hue that can’t be tinted, so ask your baker to make it wedding worthy with colorful fruit. Or opt for a white chocolate version, which can be dyed practically any shade.

Norwegians serve up brudlaupskling, a bread that became popular when white flour was rare in Norway. The sweet bread is topped with cheese, cream and syrup, then folded over and cut into small squares before serving.

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Fondant A smooth sheet of sugar paste, often used for the polished exterior it lends. Pros love that it can be easily tinted and molded, making it a no-brainer for cakes that require impeccable detailing or a modern, smooth exterior. Most bakers will ice a cake with buttercream before finishing the exterior with fondant, as fondant alone isn’t as tasty.

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Swiss meringue Icing made by whipping egg whites together with sugar. Swiss meringue is a less popular choice for wedding cakes, but it has a light and fluffy appearance that makes it look instantly whimsical and romantic. The airy marshmallow flavor means it pairs great with fruit-based cakes and fillings, like lemon, raspberry or strawberry.

Indonesian couples will usually have a cake known as kek lapis at their wedding. Made from layers of chocolate and vanilla cake and spiced with cinnamon or nutmeg, this sweet dates all the way back to the Dutch colonial period.

To-be-wed couples in Bermuda top their confection of choice with a small cedar sapling. The sentiment is said to symbolize the couple’s growing love, and it’s planted by the newlyweds following their “I dos.”

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The French traditionally serve up a stunner of a dessert known as a croquembouche. The towering pyramid of cream puffs is drizzled with rich caramel and can be decorated with berries, fresh blooms or even sparklers.

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Use these stylish items to bottle the feel of five popular destination wedding locales—no matter where you’re actually saying “I do.” BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO

THE LOCATION

MEXICO

THE LOOK Bold hues, playful details and a party-ready atmosphere make this one fiesta you don’t want to miss. Inspired by the carefree, colorful attitude of a Mexican beach town, guests will be ready to celebrate the moment they enter your reception.

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1 Rainbow tassel garland, $25, CrateandBarrel .com 2 Wood crossback chair, $10 to rent, PeterCorvallis.com 3 Roma wine glass in Aqua, $48 for 4, IMPULSE!, Wayfair.com 4 Melamine dinner plate in Sunshine Yellow, $8, Carmelo Collection, Pier .com 5 Seagrass charger, $16, Pier1.com ShopTerrain.com 6 Fiesta napkin ring, $60 for 4, KimSeybert.com 7 Talavera invitation in Azure, $163 for 100, Lagniappe Paper, Minted.com 8 Mini donkey piñata, $39 for 6, LulaFlora, Etsy.com 9 Otomi cocktail napkins, $63 for 6, Kim Seybert, NeimanMarcus.com

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THE LOOK 1 Aria napkin, $24 for 2, MarigoldLiving.com 2 L’Olivier olive oil gift set, $60, WilliamsSonoma.com 3 Barnacle two handle vase, $88, ShopTerrain.com 4 Danieli flatware collection, $16 for set of 4, WorldMarket.com 5 Verona charger in Antique White, $12 to rent, CasadePerrin.com 6 Gelato cart, catering price upon request, GorgeousGelato.com 7 Eucalyptus garland, from $45, Bloomers TradingCo, Etsy.com 8 Candlesticks, $79 for 2, Cole & Grey, Wayfair .com 9 The Laureate double ring box, $85, TheMrsBox.com 10 Italiano invitations in Olive, $234 for 100, Yolanda Mariak Chendak, Minted.com

Re-create the charm of the Italian countryside with accents that look like they could be found in an 18th-century castle. A neutral and green palette feels anything but boring when it’s done with a focus on texture and incorporates heirloom-worthy details.

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MAKE IT YOURS Celebrate among raw wood tables topped with sprawling eucalyptus garlands. Guests will enjoy twirling their pasta on intricate rental dishes and love their take-home olive oil favors. After dinner, friends and family can gather around a gelato cart to indulge in some sweet scoops. Now that’s amore. >>

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Our passion is for your event to be a success. From the time we open the doors for your guests to arrive to the time we lock up for the night, we are always

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THE LOCATION

MONTANA

THE LOOK

1 Rum barrel aged maple syrup, $30, Republic ofVermont.com 2 Rustic Horizon invitation, $229 for 100, Éclair Paper Company, Shutterfly .com 3 Stein checks bow tie in Royal Blue, $19, TheTieBar.com 4 Hurricane lantern in Red, from $9, Stansport, Amazon.com 5 Heath Ceramics dishware in Moonstone, from $4 to rent, CasadePerrin.com 6 Sawyer flatware, $12 for 4, WorldMarket.com 7 Personalized wooden wedding sign, $22, TheKnotShop.com 8 Tinware coffee mug in Gray, $48 for 4, Canvas Home, Wayfair.com 9 Gingham napkins, $48 for 4, SerenaandLily.com 10 Glacier National Park blanket, from $219, Pendleton-USA.com

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Chill, casual and perfect for an outdoors-loving couple, this mountain-inspired bash is packed with rustic charm. A primary-hued palette and lots of wood accents will reinforce your vibe whether you’re celebrating in the great outdoors or inside a vintage barn.

MAKE IT YOURS Encourage guests to reconnect with nature at a camp-inspired ceremony, complete with a canoe altar and blanket-covered benches. When it comes to dinner, serve up BBQ bites at tables set with rustic dishware and red lanterns. Boozy maple syrup favors are the perfect farewell. >> 10

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THE LOCATION

SAVANNAH

THE LOOK Southern charm meets classic elegance in this made-for-romance scene. A super-feminine palette of pinks is offset by the insane greenery and wispy Spanish moss Southern garden weddings are iconic for.

1 Fellers cake/pastry server, $65 for 2-piece set, Alcott Hill, Wayfair .com 2 Vintage Frame invitation in Pink, $174 for 100, PaperCulture.com 3 Waterfall wine glass in Pink, $16, Anthropologie .com 4 Floral dinner plate set, rental price upon request, HostessHaven .com 5 Cheery garden napkin in Reds, $20 for 2, Lori Wemple, Minted.com 6 Triomphe chair, $95 to rent, PremiereEvents Online.com 7 Metallic lace cake stand in Gold, $32, Anthropologie.com 8 Dessert rose and gold charger, $15 to rent, Anna Weatherley, CasadePerrin.com 9 Gold pineapple place card holder, $35 for 12, Kate Aspen, Michaels.com

MAKE IT YOURS Pack in the pretty with tons of floral elements, like watercolor-patterned napkins, rimmed dishware, invitations and more. Once guests find their place at the table thanks to clever pineapple escort card holders (that symbolize Southern hospitality), treat them to live jazz and a meal full of classic comfort foods, like mac and cheese and shrimp and grits. >> 9

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Victory ARTS CENTER

EVENTS & WEDDINGS AT VICTORY HALL Located in Fort Worth’s south side, the historic Victory Arts Center is home to a dramatic and unique space that offers historic grandeur and flexibility as a perfect backdrop for your special day. Victory Arts Center event space seamlessly transitions between a traditional ceremony setup to a custom reception layout tailored to your individual needs. Victory Arts Center | 682-444-2586 | www.VictoryArtsCenter.com

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BROOKLYN

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1 Metropolitan Romance invitation in Cement, $234 for 100, Makewells, Minted.com 2 Luna flatware in Matte Black, rental price available upon request, BorrowedBlu.com 3 Galvanized metal charger, $13, PotteryBarn.com 4 Tolix bistro chair in Black, $11 to rent, BigDawgPartyRentals .com 5 Marquee letter in Brown Patina/Rust, from $98, SawandSteel, Etsy.com 6 Cubisme candle holder in Black, $95, L’Objet, JungLeeNY.com 7 Hash vase in Black and White, $20, CB2 .com 8 Stripe table runner in Gray, $18, Threshold, Target.com 9 Large NYC taxi cookie party favor, $10, Elenis.com 10 Modern Names wedding napkin, $33 for 50, ForYourParty.com 11 Black string lights, $104, PartyLights.com

Brooklyn celebrations are known for being sleek, sophisticated and pretty much the coolest out there. Channel that feeling whether you’re celebrating in the city or country by incorporating edgy details and every New Yorker’s favorite color—black.

MAKE IT YOURS For a modern take on matrimony, hunt down a killer loft-style venue. From there, play into the industrial vibes with Edison bulb string lights, metal bistro chairs, and lots of ferns and greenery (no fluffy flowers here). Cool details like marquee light initials and matte flatware add personality and that undeniable “it” factor.

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Na’Kayshions Wedding & Event Center

Situated on five acres of serenity in Cedar Hill, Texas, Na’Kayshions Wedding Chapel and Special Event Facility offers 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. You get to relax and enjoy the day while we take care of the details! NA’KAYSHIONS WEDDING CHAPEL AND SPECIAL EVENT FACILITY 432 S. Clark Road, Cedar Hill, TX • 972.291.0333 • info@nakayshions.com • www.nakayshions.com

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the main course

These five totally out there (and obviously very cool) wedding catering trends are what’s for dinner. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGRAPH BY GIDEON PHOTOGRAPHY

Engaged foodies are transforming their wedding receptions into a must-eat event with countless creative takes on traditional catering. From fire and flames to custom curated menus and photo-worthy installations—a meal is no longer just a meal. Want in on all the delicious fun? Check out five of our favorite food trends happening now. >>

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Insta-worthy displays

On-the-move meal

If you’re looking for a standout moment that will leave guests ’gramming, hire a catering team with seriously creative display techniques. Companies like New York–based Pinch Food Design boast delicious food, sure—but for them it’s also all about the guest experience. The Pinch team focuses on one-of-a-kind displays that encourage party goers to interact with their surroundings and entertain them while they eat. Guests can choose a churro off a parasol, visit a “pop room” to fetch suspended bags of popcorn or formulate their own cocktail when they’re ready for a sip. The goal? A way above-average food experience that will leave everyone talking. If you’ve already nailed down your own catering team, infuse your day with a little bit of that magic by dreaming up creative ways to package or pass some of your bites, like a pegboard wall of pizza slices or a late-night burger bar with a sign that reads “friends don’t let friends go home hangry.”

We’ve got news: The one-size-fits-all dinner reception structure is no longer the only option. If the idea of sitting down to a threehour formal meal isn’t your thing, try a roaming dinner instead. Feed your friends and fam from an assortment of delicious passed appetizers and food stations, like waiters with barker trays for on-the-go oyster shucking, a guacamole bar or even a mozzarella pulling station. The goal is to keep guests moving, mixing and mingling so they don’t get bored or feel like they’re missing out on party time. Another perk? Without the need for traditional tables, chairs and place settings, you’ll save on rentals and possibly even staff count (as they won’t need to serve each table like at a sit-down reception). Just remember—guests will still need somewhere to perch, so make sure to set up several different high-top cocktail tables and cool lounge areas for added comfort.

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Local is in when it comes to weddings, and that fresh mentality extends from florals to—you guessed it—food. For a dining experience that encapsulates everything about your wedding locale, opt for a farm-to-table menu from start to finish. Of-themoment catering companies, like 24 Carrots Catering and Events in Southern California, are focusing on seasonal menus with sustainable and local meats, fish and produce for a wedding meal that represents both the couple and the region. If you’re getting married in a food-rich area or time of year, encourage your team to utilize veggies, proteins or spices unique to your spot, like fresh lobster in Maine or a well-known BBQ rub in Texas. Not only will you be scoring food in its best form (think: peak freshness and added color), but you’ll also be giving back to the local community. It’s a very mindful, sustainable, 2019 way to wedding. >>

You and your partner want every inch of your wedding to reflect the two of you, so your food shouldn’t be any different. Couples are personalizing all aspects of their day, down to the menu they’re serving at their reception. For a fun twist on signature cocktails, why not try signature menus? Maybe bae is a bit more spicy, while you prefer rich, savory classics—you can each work to curate your own courses for the day and allow your guests to choose which side they’ll take. Or infuse a bit of family history and heritage into the eats by asking your pros to adapt a few of your favorite recipes. Guests will love cocktail hour bites of Grandma Ruth’s mac and cheese or Mom’s famous chicken tikka masala. A menu reflecting both where you’ve come from and what you like as a duo is the perfect way to start your marriage off on the right fork.

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ak Knoll Ranch—the perfect setting for your elegant, rustic Texas wedding. The exquisite “Red Barn” sits among towering oak trees with a shaded outdoor pavilion and views of the pond, rolling hills and the gorgeous vintage “White Chapel.” Oak Knoll Ranch is conveniently located 30 minutes northwest of Fort Worth.

478 Three Skillet Rd. | Springtown, TX 76082 | oakknollranch@live.com | 214-601-3187 | www.OakKnollRanch.com

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questions for the caterer Here’s what to ask before booking your pro.

Experience

• Do you have a license? • Are there any limits my reception site imposes on the menu? • How many events will you handle during my wedding weekend? • Can you provide references from previous clients?

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chairs, plates, napkins, silverware, and salt and pepper shakers? Is there a rental charge? How many appetizer and entrée choices are included in each tier of catering packages? Do you provide waitstaff? How many? (Typically you’ll want one waiter for every two to three tables.) Do you provide the alcohol, or do we need to handle the bar separately? If provided, what sorts of beverage packages are offered? How many bartenders are included? (You’ll want to aim for four cocktail waiters for every 100 guests and two bartenders for around 80 guests.) Can we supply a few of our own spirits? Is there a fee for that? Do you provide a wedding cake, and, if so, do you have a portfolio of designs?

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If you’ve ever been wowed by a fishmonger filleting a catch right in front of you, or excited by the flames of a hibachi grill, then this idea may be for you. When planning out your wedding day catering, look for a crew that can essentially pop up a live restaurant on your event ground, like New England-based team Heirloom Fire. They transform outdoor spaces big and small into a legit working BBQ joint, cooking up spit-roasted pig, heirloom chickens, corn on the cob and strawberry cobbler, all over an open flame in front of your guests. The end result is an experience that’s somewhat akin to having a killer dinner at a close friend’s house—that is, if your close friend happens to be a crazy-talented chef, like Heirloom Fire owner James Gop. Not only will your friends and family get to enjoy fresh, local eats cooked to perfection, but they’ll be able to watch the cooking, interact with the pros and serve themselves from each fire station. The unique dining experience will keep them entertained long into your reception and create a one-of-a-kind event they won’t soon forget. Not saying “I do” in an area that Heirloom Fire services? Check The Knot Marketplace for similar pros in your region, or talk with your own catering team to see what you can do with your menu and space to bottle the same experience. Maybe you can have them cook up a seafood boil beachside, roll out fresh handmade spaghetti for your first course or roast up a whole pig on a rotating spit for your casual reception.

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FAVO R S FOR E V E RY STYLE Whatever your wedding day vibe, we have a fresh favor idea that will help spread the love to your guests. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APHY BY JOHNNY MILLER

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YOUR STYLE ROMANTIC

F LO R A L S U G A R CO O K I E S Spread some extra sweetness with grab-and-go cookie bags that boast colorful blooms. WHAT YOU’LL NEED Cookies, cellophane bags, hot glue gun, ribbon, gift tags STEP 1 Bake or buy floral cookies a week before your wedding day. STEP 2 Using small cellophane pastry bags, package up one to two cookies per guest. STEP 3 Fold a thank-you tag over top, securing to the bag with hot glue. Create a small bow using thin organza ribbon. Glue atop tag. Flower-pressed cookies, $48 for 12, LoriAStern.com; cellophane bags, $6 for 100, TR318, Amazon.com; 5/8� organza ribbon in Lavender, $12 per roll, BagsandBowsOnline.com; tag printing, Staples.com

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PA I N T E D FA N S Outdoor weddings can get hot. Encourage guests to give themselves a Beyoncé-level breeze by placing these punchy-hued palm leaf fans at every seat. WHAT YOU’LL NEED Painter’s tape, fans, acrylic paint, sponge brush, gift tags, ribbon STEP 1 Using painter’s tape, section off various lines and shapes to paint on fans. STEP 2 With neon acrylic paint and a small sponge brush, add two layers of paint to your desired sections. Allow an hour of drying time in between each coat. STEP 3 Once dry, peel away tape. Tie a thank-you tag onto the handle with ribbon. Raffia fans, $16 for 4, Beistle, Amazon.com; neon glow acrylic paint, $2, FolkArt, Michaels .com; 1/4” satin ribbon in Shocking Pink, $5 for 50 yards, RibbonBazaar.com; Palm favor tag, $27 for 55, Kaydi Bishop, Minted.com

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YOUR STYLE RUSTIC

BBQ SPICE RUB Big foodies? Add a bit of flavor (pun intended) to your wedding day with these dinner-ready test tubes. WHAT YOU’LL NEED Spice mix, test tubes, twine, gift tags STEP 1 Funnel store-bought spice rub (or your own personal recipe) into test tubes that have a cork or screw top.

baker’s twine adds a farm-to-table touch

STEP 2 Using striped twine, tie a narrow thank-you tag onto the top of each tube.

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BBQ rub, $14 for 1 lb., GustoSpice, Etsy.com; test tubes with cork stoppers, $11 for 30, Depepe, Amazon.com; baker’s twine in Black, $5 per roll, OrientalTrading .com; gift tag printing, Staples.com

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About $60 for 50 favors

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YOUR STYLE PLAYFUL

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B O OZ Y WAT E R M E LO N P I Ñ ATA S Think of these as the adult version of your favorite childhood party game. Only replace candy with vodka. Win! WHAT YOU’LL NEED Pink and green tissue paper, scissors, hot glue gun, cardboard triangles, vodka nips, gift tags, tape, hole punch, black paper STEP 1 Cut strips of tissue paper horizontally 1/2-inch thick, then fringe them by slicing vertically into the paper. STEP 2 Using hot glue, attach fringed tissue paper onto the triangles, layering to create a piñata effect. STEP 3 Cut flap in the triangle bottom, insert vodka with tag, and tape shut. Using a hole punch, cut circles from black paper for seeds. Attach with hot glue.

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Tissue paper, from $7, A1 Bakery Supplies, Amazon.com; triangles, $6 for 2, ArtistCraftsman.com; vodka nip, $2, TotalWine.com; Single Swath favor tag, $27 for 55, Angela Marzuki, Minted.com

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About $250 for 50 favors DIFFICULT Y

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YOUR STYLE RETRO

LU G G AG E TAG S Capture the wanderlust of a destination bash with old-school tags. WHAT YOU’LL NEED Cricut machine, iron-on transfer paper, luggage tags, dish towel, iron, gift tags STEP 1 Using a Cricut or other cutting machine, design and cut phrases out of white iron-on transfer paper. STEP 2 Place each phrase onto a luggage tag, top with dish towel and iron for 30 seconds on low heat. Carefully remove adhesive back, ensuring the phrase has properly transferred onto the tag.

your suitcase will def be the cutest in the airport

STEP 3 Let cool, then insert a postcardinspired “thank you” into the luggage tag.

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Leather luggage tags, $8 for 2, Travelambo, Amazon.com; Cricut machine, from $150, Everyday Iron-on paper, $12 per roll, Cricut .com; A Faraway Destination favor tag, $27 for 55, Bumble Ink, Minted.com

COST

About $155 for 50 favors (excluding Cricut cost) DIFFICULT Y

Easy. As long as you don’t get distracted browsing travel Instas.

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YOUR STYLE BOHO

SMUDGE STICKS Keep the good vibes coming with smudge sticks that are as pretty as they are (spiritually) potent. Sage cleanses and lavender relaxes, while calendula flowers promote success and renewal. We’ll take it. WHAT YOU’LL NEED Sage wands, dried flowers, cord, gift tags STEP 1 Make a bundle of sage, dried herbs and flowers, packing together tightly.

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STEP 2 Wrap well using waxed cord twine. Finish by tying on an organic gift tag. Sage wands, $9 for 3, New Age Smudges and Herbs, Amazon.com; rosebuds, $13, ZaranSaffron.com; calendula flowers, $22, FeelGoodOrg.com; bamboo cord in Neon Pink, $6, Hemptique, Amazon.com; Floral Wreath favor tag, $27 for 55, Kelly Schmidt, Minted.com

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Marcato pasta machine, $100, Atlas, SurLaTable.com

Salt mill in Marseille, $38, Le Creuset, Bloomingdales.com

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Whether you’re a pro chef or takeout champ, you’ll feel like a boss cook with these picks.

Studio Blue dinner plate, $64 for 4-piece set, Denby, BedBathandBeyond.com

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Gourmet kitchen knives, $130 for 3-piece set, Wüsthof, Amazon.com

Measuring cups, $9 for 4-piece set, Hearth & Hand with Magnolia, Target.com

$500 Novis, Vita juicer, $500, BedBathandBeyond.com

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52 Lists for Happiness journal, $17, Anthropologie.com

Somneo Sleep and Wake-up light, $200, USA-Philips.com

Luminous velvet pillow in Fawn, $150, abcDNA, ABCHome.com

Brighton table lamp in Wicker, $278, Serena andLily.com Wicked Good Scuffs III, $79, LLBean.com

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bed & bath

Smart 2.0 Diffuser, $200, AeraforHome.com

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Ultimate MicroCotton sculpted fashion bath towel in Glacier, $36, Hotel Collection, Macys.com Sleep mask, $50, SlipSilk Pillowcase.com “Rise” art print in natural raw wood frame, $89 for 11”x14”, Lorent and Leif, Minted.com Shagreen embossed nightstand in Ivory, $429, CB2.com Sonicare DiamondClean rechargeable toothbrush in Pink, $260, Philips, Kohls.com

Banded sheets in White/Dune, from $210 for set, BollandBranch.com

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Square stone slab photo frame in Tan Agate, $195, Kendra Scott, Bloomingdales.com

Acacia valet, $39, MarkandGraham.com

Hotel terry bathrobe in Grey, $96, Kassatex, BedBathandBeyond.com >>

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Enthen 10-light orb black chandelier, $202, Warehouse of Tiffany, Overstock .com

Clayton chair, $305, McGeeandCo.com

Harbour Drive napkin in Gold, $10, Kate Spade New York, BedBathand Beyond.com

Coupe bowl, $100, L’Objet, JungLeeNY.com

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dining room Host everything from business dinners to The Bachelor Mondays with serious style. Pryce gold coupe glass, $15, Crateand Barrel.com

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Black Orchid dinner plate, $31, Michael Aram, NeimanMarcus.com

Guglielmo stainless steel flatware in Matte Gold, $160 for 5-piece set, Mint Pantry, Wayfair.com

Medium salad servers, $60, TinaFrey Designs.com

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add an extra leaf for your first Thanksgiving Curly crystal decanter, $350, Riedel, Barneys.com

Puebla marble serving board, $95, The-Citizenry.com

Mid-century expandable dining table, from $599, WestElm.com >>

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Lubec pouf, $109, Beachcrest Home, Wayfair.com

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Scrabble luxury edition, $220, BedBathand Beyond.com

Boda bar cabinet with wine storage in Dark Walnut, $370, AllModern.com

Velvet broad stripe pillow in Navy, $90, CaitlinWilson.com

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4K UHD Fire TV Edition, from $330, Toshiba, BestBuy.com

Jenson pharmacy floor lamp in Aged Brass, $100, LampsPlus.com

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Let’s face it: Muddling through all the beauty advice out there is the last thing you want to add to your already-crazed to-do list. And while some beauty myths are easy to spot (no, that pricey cream won’t really erase your pores), others are harder to figure out (does naturally oily skin really need a moisturizer?). We asked the experts to set the record straight on some of the most common bridal beauty misconceptions—so you can focus on the important stuff before your day.

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MYTH Committing to a solid skin care routine will instantly transform your skin. FACT Slathering on new skin care products (even the expensive, super-fancy kind) is not a quick fix. Get a jump on perfecting your complexion and start your new skin care routine when you first start planning your wedding. “Most skin care products take six to eight weeks to work. You may even experience a purging effect, where skin gets worse before it gets better,” says Lian Mack, MD, a dermatologist and spokeswoman for Lumenis. And, if you’re looking to treat serious skin issues such as acne, wrinkles or uneven skin tone with more intense treatments (think: neurotoxins like Botox, peels or fractional laser resurfacing) you may need several weeks or even months to complete the suggested amount of treatments and fully recover in order to see results. “Give yourself enough time to be certain you have no complications and are totally happy with the outcome before you walk down the aisle,” Mack says.

keep it simple If you have a more natural approach to beauty, don’t feel pressured to go for an elaborate updo plus heavy makeup for your wedding.

MYTH More is more. FACT Your wedding may seem like the perfect moment to pull out

all the stops, but it’s actually not the time to try something drastic where your hair and makeup are concerned. For example, if you typically have a more natural approach to beauty, don’t feel pressured to go for an elaborate updo plus heavy makeup. “You should still look and feel like yourself on your wedding day,” says celebrity makeup artist Wendy Rowe. “You don’t need to try anything new or extreme—you just need to enhance what’s already there.” Rowe suggests sticking to products you know will work for you. “If you want to take your makeup up a notch, flawless foundation, some concealer, and a pretty lip and cheek stain are little details that can really elevate your look,” she says.

FACT Collagen pills, powders and creams are all the rage right

now, promising smoother, firmer, more youthful skin—but are they the real deal? “Few reputable studies have been done on collagen supplements,” says Ted Lain, MD, a dermatologist. “The claim that these supplements increase the collagen content of the skin, leading to improvement in wrinkling and texture, are unfortunately untrue.” Rather than stocking up on trendier formulas, Lain suggests using a moisturizer with hydrating ingredients like glycerin to boost your glow.

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FACT It sounds counterintuitive, but you shouldn’t skip moisturizer if you have an oily complexion or T-zone. Drying out your skin can actually increase its oil production, creating a vicious cycle of clogged pores and breakouts. “Moisturizers are used to improve your skin’s water content, not its oil content,” says celebrity facialist Cecilia Wong. “The right moisturizers or serums for your skin type won’t leave a greasy residue behind.” Wong suggests avoiding heavy moisturizers with mineral oil, petroleum, lanolin and coconut oil that won't absorb as easily, and instead seeking out lighter formulas with grapeseed and sunflower oils or hyaluronic acid. >>

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beauty to-dos before your “I dos” Five things to consider in the six months leading up to your wedding.

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Skin Visit your dermatologist to discuss any concerns. Six months is usually enough time to complete a treatment or regimen to deal with issues like acne or rosacea.

MYTH Dirty hair is easier to work with.

2 Hair Give yourself ample time to find the

FACT Do your strands and your stylist a favor and show up to both your hair trial and wedding day with clean hair. “Hairstylists don’t really like working with dirty hair,” says celebrity hairstylist Jon Reyman. “Dirty hair isn’t as sanitary, and we like the freedom to create hold with products that work best for the hair type we’re working with. If your hair is too oily, it may not hold the style as well.” Bottom line: Trust that a pro will know how to create a ’do that looks amazing and stays put—without any added grime.

Whether you’re going to do your makeup on

MYTH Pinterest is the best place to find makeup inspo.

this is the time to start trying out your look.

right stylist, and schedule two consultations prior to the wedding.

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FACT While Pinterest does offer a wealth of fun beauty tutorials, what you see isn’t necessarily what you get—especially where makeup is concerned. “A lot of the beauty images on Pinterest are altered, filtered or way too dramatic for your wedding day,” says Ashlee Glazer, global artistic director of Laura Geller Beauty. “I always recommend finding your celebrity doppelgänger, looking to classic red carpet icons and other real brides as a source of makeup inspiration. That way, you can see how the looks you’re loving will photograph in real life—without lots of editing.” MYTH High humidity will melt off your makeup. FACT Even if you’re getting married in a tropical locale in the

middle of summer, that doesn’t mean your makeup will get messy—especially if you hire a pro to help you out. “While high humidity can affect the efficacy of some products, a professional makeup artist will know how to prep your face so your makeup stays put,” says Brittany Lo, founder and CEO of Beautini. “Just make sure you’re using primer, waterproof mascara and have a few blotting sheets on hand, and you’ll have nothing to worry about.”

4 Teeth Ask your dentist whether you’d benefit from an at-home whitening kit. Also, make a cleaning appointment for a week before your wedding so your teeth are extra bright.

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Brows It’s not a bad idea to seek out a brow specialist and see what they have to say about your arch. The shape of your brows really can open up your whole face. SHUT TERSTOCK

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When it comes to balancing planning and gaining a new family, wedding stress can make your mind race nonstop. But if you start a meditation practice (which is easier than it sounds—we promise), you’ll be ready to enjoy the small tasks and get through the overwhelming ones in stride. >> BY IV Y JACOBSON

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While fun and exciting, planning a day that’s reflective of you and your partner has its stressful moments. Pile on expectations of parents, new in-laws, family and friends, and the stress can go from manageable to overwhelming. When anxiety starts to get the best of you, it’s worth scheduling five minutes for yourself to sit quietly, be still, refocus your energy and take several full, long breaths. These steps are otherwise known as meditation. “Not only can a meditation practice reduce and prevent stress while you’re planning your wedding, it can help you truly savor each moment of your special day,” says Colleen Carey, a yoga instructor and wedding officiant. “Practicing meditation is practicing presence and awareness—it’s learning to slow down your thoughts, feelings and experience.” Here are six things meditating can help you do, so you can plan your dream wedding and #enjoythejourney along the way.

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Take a step back Organizing your guest list sounds like fun, but add in all of your future mother-in-law’s cousins (and their spouses) and the price per head, and this happy time can definitely make you a little anxious. “Meditation can allow you to take a step back and enjoy the big picture with a bit of detachment,” says Lynne Goldberg, founder of OMG. I Can Meditate! and a meditation coach. You’ll also be able to deal with others’ perspectives a little easier. After all, getting to know how your families communicate (and realizing your own personal biases and perspective) can be helpful as you navigate all of the relationship dynamics you’re sure to encounter while wedding planning.

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Make better choices It can be hard to think clearly and make decisions that are true to your vision (even if they seem easy), especially when everyone is adding their two cents. But if you meditate for five minutes a day, you’re giving your mind a chance to settle down. “When you shake a snow globe, all you see are flakes of snow. But when you let it sit for a minute, it clears up and you can see the landscape underneath—the true picture. Much in the same way, meditation gives us a bit more clarity,” Goldberg says. Clarity also leads to creativity. With a clear mind, you can meet complicated topics with innovative fixes. “When the time comes to make the often-complex seating arrangements, for example, your brain will light up with all sorts of ingenious solutions,” says Will Schneider, a corporate mindfulness coach. >>

treat yourself Reward yourself for your wedding planning work with one (or all) of these total-body treatments.

You’ll slip into a bathing suit and unwind in a water-filled tub infused with ingredients that detoxify and remineralize the skin. The treatment uses water jets to melt away tension, and for extra-tired muscles, a massage therapist will give you a rub-down after your soak.

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Thai massage

Rooted in acupuncture, Ayurveda and yoga, Thai massage is all about flexibility and stretching to relieve any tension in your muscles and joints and create a balance within. A therapist will guide you—fully clothed on a floor mat—into yogalike poses to enhance your energy flow.

Mindfulness massage Feeling super stressed with all your to-dos? Put your worries at ease with a mindfulness massage. It’s a treatment to relax your body as well as your mind. A therapist will lead you through a guided meditation while also calming your muscles through massage techniques for maximum stress reduction.

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This spa offering refers to anything that gets you more in touch with Mother Nature, by allowing your bare feet to touch the earth’s surface to feel more grounded. Walking on stones promotes increased energy, while strolling meditations in forests calm the mind. Or enjoy a massage in an open-air hut.

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Tarrant County’s premier venue for weddings and special events. Enjoy panoramic views of the Sky Creek Ranch Golf Course from our main dining room, which can hold up to 150 people for plated events and up to 200 for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Whatever your catering or banquet needs, our catering department will work to deliver delectable menu selections to perfectly complement your event. Choose sophistication and elegance with a hint of Texas charm—choose Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club. 817-498-1414 • catering@skycreekranch.com

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Remain in the now It’s no revelation that planning your wedding is all about the future—everything leads up to that day, which leads up to your life as a married couple. It’s so easy to get caught up in the anticipation of those exciting times in the future that the moments you’re experiencing right here, right now are often forgotten. You’ll never be engaged again, so enjoy this time with your fiancé, and relish those wedding planning moments and “firsts,” like your first Thanksgiving as an engaged couple or your first cake tasting. “We’ve all heard from couples about how fast the wedding day comes and goes—and how quickly all that future planning turns into a memory,” Goldberg says. “Meditating during this time will help you enjoy it as it’s happening.”

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Have a daily reflection of intent An intent, which is a positive principle you set for how you want your surroundings and yourself to be, can be a very a valuable tool when it comes to tackling wedding planning. Think of a few intents you want to keep for yourself throughout the months leading up to your wedding day—and then make a commitment to keep them. Some intents could be: Approach any challenge with a calm and positive manner; be present and mindful in the decisionmaking process; and always look for the best in the people around you, whether it’s your partner, planner or parent. “What’s the attitude and energy you want going into your wedding?” says Tara Brach, PhD, a meditation teacher and officiant. “Do you want to be openhearted? Mindful? Forgiving? Focused? At ease? Each morning, take a few moments to reflect on your intention in moving through your wedding planning.”

It’s easy to get caught up in anticipating the future. You’ll never be engaged again, so enjoy this time with your fiancé, and relish those planning moments and “firsts” as a couple.

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Connect with your other half Meditating doesn’t have to be a solo activity—when you both have time, you and your soon-to-be spouse can take a few quiet minutes for yourselves to recharge. “First, meditate together for 5 to 20 minutes to relax and quiet your minds, and then take turns sharing whatever is challenging, exciting or important to you,” Brach says. “Speak and listen from the heart.” This ensures you’re both being honest and that you’re on the same page throughout the entire process—no matter what situations may arise.

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Let go of resentment When you’re knee-deep in dress fittings, seating charts and welcome bags, it often takes just one word or look from a family member or your partner to set you off or make you feel anxious (we’ve all been there). Meditation can help you release any feelings of resentment. “Bring your attention and breath to whatever part of your body feels agitated, angry or vulnerable,” Brach says. “Take a minute to breathe in healing energy, and when you breathe out, release your unpleasant feelings.” And if you’re feeling anxious, quickly inhale and exhale.

meditate on the go These apps will help you get your meditation fix anywhere, anytime.

Headspace

This app is “meditation made simple,” and it’s especially great for beginners. It’s easy to squeeze in its 10-minute meditation sessions.

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These guided meditations offer music and nature audio. Choose from a 7-minute work-break relaxation or 13-minute stress-relief meditation.

Omvana

Omvana’s meditation can be tailored to your stress levels and what you want to accomplish, whether it’s sleep, relaxation, productivity or focus.

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Calm’s mindfulness meditations range in length—from 3 to 25 minutes—and intents, including happiness, relationships and calming anxiety.

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Colorado Luxury lodges, outdoor activities—perfect for entertaining guests—and a laid-back atmosphere make the Centennial State an excellent place to say “I do,” no matter the season. Here are a few off-the-beaten-path, picture-perfect properties to consider.

WHY HERE Described as a “discovery resort,” Gateway Canyons Resort is positioned at the convergence of five jaw-dropping red-rock canyons with a backdrop of the Palisade rock formation. Event spaces include a Pueblo Revival–style amphitheater, shaded lawn and reflective ponds. If you’re looking for a rustic setting for a smaller crowd, head to Red Cliff Camp just across the Dolores River. Bonus: Wedding guests can take advantage of trail rides, roping lessons and a cookout (think: campfire sing-a-long) at Palisades Ranch, just 20 minutes away. (Site fees from $2,000, from $54 per person, GatewayCanyons.com) EXTR A-SPECIAL PERK Take a tour with the property’s Curator of Curiosity to learn all about the western Colorado locale, including info about dinosaur tracks and geology. You can even hop in a helicopter to get a bird’s-eye view.

The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch WHY HERE This Vail Valley resort—perched at the base of a ski run on Beaver Creek Mountain—offers a variety of wedding settings, whether it’s après ski season or summer solstice. The historic Anderson’s Cabin, once home to one of the seven men who settled there, is tucked away in a private area on the property and perfect for intimate (14 guests or less) rehearsal dinners or morning-after brunches. If your guest list is on the larger side, celebrate among the wildflowers on The Grand Lawn (at the base of Chair 16) or take in breathtaking views of the national forest on the Mountainside Terrace. Pre- or postwedding, guests can gather around the three-story stone fireplace in the lobby lounge to sip

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barrel-aged cocktails and craft beers while listening to live music. (Site fees from $2,000, from $185 per person, RitzCarlton.com) EXTR A-SPECIAL PERK Pamper yourself and your wedding party at The Bachelor Gulch Spa with the Miner’s Mineral Mud Wrap— the charcoal mud is foraged from local mines. And be sure to take a dip in the relaxing rock-lined grotto.

Taylor River Lodge WHY HERE Buy out this secluded Colorado haven—a former general store—and treat 24 guests to an unforgettable weekend. By day, take on the rapids while whitewater rafting, learn archery or play a friendly game of table tennis. Come dusk, unwind in the riverfront indoor-outdoor pool house heated to perfection (just like your cabin floors). The lodge uses locally sourced meats and seasonal ingredients to create family-style regional fare, like smoked pulled pork with heirloom grit soufflé and cast iron chicken with cornbread panzanella. Take wedding portraits on a private bridge over the Taylor River and say “I do” under the stars. (Site fees from $5,000, from $250 per person, ElevenExperience.com) EXTR A-SPECIAL PERK Make use of the property’s 12 fire pits. Chefs will hand-prepare s’mores ingredients and deliver them on a silver platter—perfect for toasting your newly married status. >>

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Northern California, home to some of our country’s finest winemakers, houses top resorts too. Getting married among the vines is an experience worth traveling for—with ceremony and reception sites as unique as they come in the Golden State.

views of the Stag’s Leap Mountain range. With 80 guest rooms, the size is ideal for taking over the entire property (and celebrating in the lobby turned event space for welcome cocktails too). Host dinner on the terrace, where guests will enjoy romantic garden views surrounded by a collection of fountains and vine-draped arbors. Then head to the 1870s Barrel Room, which fits 300 of your nearest and dearest, for a late-night dance party. After the celebration, stay in an upstairs suite and enjoy vaulted ceilings, a private patio, a spa-like bathroom and a wood-burning fireplace. Its sister property, Hotel Villagio, is set to open just steps away as an additional destination for guests. (Site fees from $4,000, from $150 per person, VintageHouse.com) EXTR A-SPECIAL PERK Talk about turn-down service—hotel guests are treated to freshly made Kollar Chocolates nightly.

Archer Hotel Napa

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Atop the five-story hotel (downtown’s tallest) sits the only rooftop space in Napa—complete with a 360-degree view of the valley, plus a bar and urban spa (melt away wedding jitters with their Deep Dive massage). The modern event space is flanked with fire pits and stone fireplaces, and acclaimed chef Charlie Palmer and his team serve gourmet meals that highlight wine country flavors. Guests can stroll the main streets of Napa (before or after your wedding day) and enjoy boutique shopping, eateries and, of course, wine at a variety of local tasting rooms. (Site fees from $1,500, from $180 per person, ArcherHotel.com) EXTR A-SPECIAL PERK Upon arrival, each guest is gifted a joker card from the Archer deck of playing cards that’s good for a $20 credit toward food and beverage.

WHY HERE With the largest pool in Napa, a lively scene and guest rooms that come with beach cruisers for riding into town, guests will have plenty to do during their stay in Calistoga. Snag a private poolside cabana, or take to one of the two bocce courts for some friendly wedding party competition. Come ceremony time, Solstice offers up a private lawn surrounded by rose bushes and flower gardens and an open-air reception venue with sliding window walls. Spectera, the property’s indoor space, is ideal for slightly smaller wedding parties or rehearsal dinners (under 50 guests) and those seeking the utmost in privacy. Looking to detox before the wedding day? The spa’s couples mudslide treatment is a truly one-of-a-kind rejuvenation experience. And don’t miss dinner on the patio of the on-site restaurant, Solbar. (Site fees from $9,600, from $200 per person, Solage.AubergeResorts.com) EXTR A-SPECIAL PERK Take a break from wine tasting and enjoy the Cal-Tanicals experience. Guests are encouraged to pick herbs from the garden to include in their own specialty cocktails chilled with floral-infused ice cubes. >>

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Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina

Charleston Best known for its cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages and pastel architecture, the Southern city is equal parts charming and romantic. A beach and mouthwatering cuisine make it the ideal place to entertain guests for a weekend-long celebration. Middleton Place

With 10 venues to choose from, two hotels, a pool deck, private beach and several bars and restaurants, you and your guests will have everything you need on-site. Ceremonies on the pier and receptions on the private beachfront perfectly capture the beauty of the Lowcountry. The open-air Lookout Pavilion provides something special off the sand, with a bluegrass vibe, exposed wood beams and an elegant fireplace that can be used year-round. Just a 10-minute trolley or ferry ride into downtown, this southern beach setting also offers easy access to the rest of the city. (Site fees from $1,500, from $75 per person, CharlestonHarborResort.com) EXTR A-SPECIAL PERK The hotel delivers palmetto roses to guests on the last night of their stay. These woven keepsakes were given to soldiers heading off to war, and now represent the desire to welcome you back some day.

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Middleton Place Belmond Charleston Place Located in the heart of the historic district, Belmond Charleston Place is a majestic destination ideal for those who want their wedding to say “Southern grandeur”—as evidenced by the two-and-a-half-ton chandelier in the lobby. Set the stage for a showstopping ceremony and reception at Riviera, a historic theater, or go for full-on romance under the magnolia trees at the outdoor Market Street Circle. The food is a focal point here with Southern favorites like shrimp and grits and an oyster roast on the menu. With its two restaurants, three bars, multiple event venues and 434 rooms, you and your guests will have more than enough space for all your wedding weekend activities. (Riviera Theater site fee $2,500, all other site fees waived with an $8,000 food and beverage minimum, from $125 per person, Belmond.com) WHY HERE

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WHY HERE Secret gardens, waterfront views and oak trees draped in Spanish moss are just some of the beauties you’ll find at this 18th-century plantation house turned museum. The new Pavilion is dressed with floor-to-ceiling windows and large oak doors, while the stable yards feature peacocks and guinea hens for animal-loving to-be-weds. Each venue is as unique as the couples who marry here, but one thing remains the same: Your feast is presented by these two-time Platinum Partners in the Sustainable Seafood Initiative, whose ingredients come from an on-site certified organic farm. ($2,000 donation, site fees from $5,000, from $100 per person, MiddletonPlace.org) EXTR A-SPECIAL PERK The venue’s not-for-profit status means you’re supporting and preserving a National Historic Landmark when you tie the knot in the landscaped gardens. >>

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From unspoiled wildlife to true tropical experiences, the Sunshine States boasts gorgeous coastlines. In the Keys, couples can find white-sand beaches and relaxed elegance at resorts big and small. Further north, posh properties await.

Playa Largo Resort & Spa WHY HERE Make it official overlooking the waters of Key Largo, just over an hour’s drive from Miami International Airport. Your party begins when you check in to one of 10 colorful bungalows or a hotel suite right above the action. Fishing gear is available if you want to get adventurous, although most guests can be found lapping along the ocean’s edge on a float. Come wedding time, host your rehearsal dinner on the private pool deck of the beach house, and exchange vows overlooking the ocean in the gazeboclad garden at the Event Lawn. The outdoor terrace at Sol by the Sea restaurant is a fan favorite for those who want to catch the sunset during their vows. Laid-back luxury is infused into every touch point here, so while a wedding would fit if the dress code is formal, you can also skip the shoes if you so choose. (Site fees from $3,000, from $200 per person, PlayaLargoResort.com) EXTR A-SPECIAL PERK Take advantage of complimentary paddleboards and pack a cooler of fresh mojitos for a cruise through the mangroves with cocktails at sunset.

WHY HERE Situated on the Gulf of Mexico, Sanibel Island offers pristine beaches and Caribbean-like turquoise waters. Settle into a oceanfront suite complete with a lanai and fully equipped kitchen. Activities such as biking and water sports will keep guests busy prewedding. Beach lovers can say “I do” in the sand and head to the Back Lawn, which can be tented for up to 250 guests, for the ultimate outdoor reception. Looking for grandeur? Thistle Lodge, a replica of a historic Victorian mansion, makes for a memorable reception space. (Inclusive costs per person from $195, CasaYbelResort.com) EXTR A-SPECIAL PERK Located on the west coast of Florida, the sunsets here are something to write home about. Time your ceremony just right for views that are worth the wait.

The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island WHY HERE Southern hospitality welcomes you at this 446-room resort situated between an 18-hole private golf course and a beautiful sand dune beach. The coastal oasis has an Oceanfront Lawn that flows into a ballroom for indoor/outdoor events tucked away from it all. Family recipes are encouraged—with chefs who can recreate Grandma’s famous meatballs or GreatAunt Betty’s iced lemon cookies. After the reception, guests can dance the night away in The Lobby Bar, making for a perfect informal after-party. (Site fees from $3,000, from $225 per person, RitzCarlton.com) EXTR A-SPECIAL PERK Partake in the salt-scrub-mixing experience and send your wedding guests home with a customscented favor, guaranteed to make them feel like they’re back on island time.

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THEIR STORY Attorneys Rebekah Sills (34) and John McEntire (29) met at the University of Texas Law School. When pinning down a location, they looked for a venue that felt remote but in reality wasn’t difficult to get to for locals. They found that balance at The Bryan Museum. The pair served up Lone Star classics—margaritas and Tex-Mex—and shipped in a cake from New York City–based Milk Bar for the occasion. An exit on beach bikes made for an unexpected finish. “It was cute,” Rebekah says, “except that we had to pedal back to the hotel uphill—with me in heels!” —Becky Murray

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“We wanted our wedding to feel elegant and classic, but also to have modern twists and a fun atmosphere,” Rebekah says. A laser-cut metal backdrop covered with a garland of bougainvillea, amaranthus and roses doubled as a modern altar at the outdoor ceremony.

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“We found a fluffy dress for our flower girl that she’d have fun spinning around in,” Rebekah says of her goddaughter’s ensemble. Navy, copper and marble accents complemented an abundance of greenery throughout the celebration, and large palm leaves held in place with plexiglass made for a bold seating chart.

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Satin polka dot heels and her grandmother’s topaz necklace completed both Rebekah’s ceremony and reception looks. The pair exited through glow sticks, and guests took home cookies from Milk Bar packaged with monogramed stickers reading, JMR. “They were quite a hit,” Rebekah says.

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Delaney Holender (24 and works in construction) and Ryan Kim (25 and a corporate banker) created a reception with an island feel right in Texas filled with pinks, ivory, champagne and gold. Though the urban venue, The Astorian, is located in the heart of downtown, an abundance of plant life, including Kiera garden roses, ranunculus, quicksand roses, dahlias and blushing bride proteas added an exotic atmosphere. Fiddle leaf fig trees even served as a natural barrier between cocktail hour and the main reception area, where guests took part in a fried chicken and waffle bar before hitting the dance floor. —BM

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“The church has special significance for both of us,” Delaney says. “It’s where I had my first communion as a little girl, and where Ryan was baptized, received first communion and was confirmed.” For the ceremony, Delaney designed a custom train that fit like an overskirt to attach to her lace gown. She shed it for the reception. To incorporate Ryan’s heritage, a grill-inspired groom’s cake was topped with the makings of a traditional Korean barbecue.

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The newylweds danced to “Coming Home” by Leon Bridges. To give the venue a tropical-glam vibe, the site’s bar was lined with giant, oversize glass vases filled with large green leaves and orchids. Guest tables received a similar floral treatment. Partygoers enjoyed a white and butter raspberry cake with raspberry filling before the night was through.

DELANEY & RYAN’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY SITE St. Anne’s Catholic Church,

Houston RECEPTION SITE The Astorian, Houston PHOTOGRAPHY Paige Budde/Awake Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Cakewalk

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Films DAY-OF COORDINATOR Love Detailed Events FLOWERS Flower Vibes GOWN Romona Keveža, Casa de Novia, Houston HAIR & MAKEUP Hey Lovely Makeup SHOES Sam

Edelman ENGAGEMENT RING Hoffman Diamond Company WEDDING RINGS Robbins Brothers BRIDESMAID DRESSES Hayley Paige Occasions, Bella Bridesmaids MENSWEAR Black by Vera Wang, Jos. A. Bank STATIONERY Invitations & programs: Embossed Graphics of Texas; escort cards: Minted.com RENTALS House of Hough CATERING Cordúa Catering CAKE Who Made the Cake! CAKE TOPPER

AlphabetCanvas, Etsy.com DESSERTS Steel City Pops OFFICIANT Fr. Jay Walsh, C.S.B. MUSIC & PHOTO BOOTH Essen Entertainment TRANSPORTATION Sam’s Limousine &

Transportation, Inc. REGISTRIES Crate & Barrel; Macy’s; Williams Sonoma HONEYMOON Italy A custom neon sign celebrated the pair’s surname.

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GUESTS 285 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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High school sweethearts Jessica Workman (26 and a retail manager) and TJ Stroud (25 and a lawyer) set out to throw a romantic winter wedding, which for them meant candles and flowers galore, velvet linens and a palette of burgundy, taupe, rose gold and blush. A family friend and pastor married the pair in front of a flower-covered cross, and a reception in a rustic barn followed. “The space has beautiful high beams and ceilings,” Jessica says. “I asked for tall table arrangements to help draw guests’ attention upward.” Blooms played a pivotal role: hydrangeas, roses and dahlias filled centerpieces, chandeliers and table runners. Fun eats, like boozy late-night milkshakes and kolaches, also had a moment, as did the groom’s cake: a German chocolate, Louisiana State University–themed treat, honoring the pair’s college alma mater. —BM

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Jessica carried two keepsakes from her grandmother: the sixpence from her wedding day, which Jessica clipped to the buckle of her dusty rose Jimmy Choos, and a brooch that Jessica attached to her bouquet of roses, ranunculus, dusty miller, eucalyptus and dahlias. Her lace gown featured bell sleeves with buttons.

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and Jess Hoffman/Mustard Seed Photography Signature drinks, an old-fashioned for TJ and a “sugar plum fizz” made with prosecco, simple syrup, thyme and plums for Jessica, kicked off cocktail hour. Later, guests snapped pics in a photo booth trailer and enjoyed an Italian cream and vanilla wedding cake with strawberry cream cheese filling.

VIDEOGRAPHY Brittan Pittman PLANNER

J Low Events FLOWERS Blooming Gallery GOWN Olvi’s, Milena’s Bridal, Spring HAIR & MAKEUP Sunkissed and Made Up VEIL Milena’s Bridal SHOES Jimmy Choo ENGAGEMENT RING

Thomas Markle Jewelers WEDDING RINGS Bride: Wellington & Co. Fine Jewelry; groom: Thomas Markle Jewelers BRIDESMAID DRESSES Bella Bridesmaids MENSWEAR

Groom: Z Zegna; groomsmen: BLACK by Vera Wang, Men’s Wearhouse STATIONERY Invitation Solutions RENTALS EB Inc Event Rentals; The Events Company; Swift + Company CATERING Behind the Bash CAKE Hannah

Joy’s Cakes CAKE TOPPER Blooming Gallery OFFICIANT Larry Ridenour (family friend) MUSIC

Ceremony: Divisi Strings; reception: In10City Band PHOTO BOOTH Silvercloud Trailer Events FAVORS Shipley Do-Nuts TRANSPORTATION

Lone Star Executive Limousine; Monarch British Limo REGISTRIES Bed Bath & Beyond; Macy’s; Pottery Barn HONEYMOON Jamaica GUESTS 240 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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“My dress made me feel like a fairy,” Taylor says of her ivory tulle gown. Anthony sported gold loafers for an added bit of sparkle.

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THEIR STORY Eight years after they met as freshmen at Baylor University, Taylor Felton (26 and an attorney) and Anthony Moore (26 and a high school teacher and football coach) wed in the chapel at Ashton Gardens in front of nearly 250 family members and friends. “The chapel’s floor-to-ceiling windows are incredible,” Taylor says. She showcased the light-filled space with ivory rose petals and an ivy-covered cross. “I was inspired by all of the greenery that we saw outdoors through the glass.” —RS

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Classic white hydrangeas made for simple centerpieces.

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Signature sips were fittingly dubbed The Blushing Bride and The Grinning Groom. To honor their alma mater, the newlyweds cut into an edible replica of Anthony’s Baylor University football jersey and served Dr Pepper ice cream floats in custom frosted cups emblazoned with their wedding date.

TAYLOR & ANTHONY’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Ashton

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COORDINATOR Erika Berry/Ashton Gardens FLOWERS Linda Riddick/Artistry-N-Design GOWN Essense of Australia, Houston

Bridal Gallery, Houston HAIR & MAKEUP Kiss and Makeup Houston VEIL Essense of Australia SHOES Nordstrom ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Family jeweler BRIDESMAID DRESSES LuLus.com MENSWEAR Groomsmen:

Men’s Wearhouse STATIONERY Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas by Shutterfly; programs: Pamela Printing RENTALS & CATERING Ashton Gardens CAKE & CAKE TOPPER Who Made the Cake! OFFICIANT Pastor Lee Petty MUSIC JPL Entertainment PHOTO BOOTH Ashton Gardens TRANSPORTATION Blue Star Limousine REGISTRIES Bed Bath & Beyond; The Container

Store; Macy’s HONEYMOON St. Lucia Both Taylor and Anthony made a quick outfit change before guests saw them off in a sparkler exit.

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

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The Grand Hall and surrounding Mezzanine level offer exquisite vistas replete with a colonnade of 24 soaring Corinthian pillars, intricate marble floors and a stunning suspended bi-cameral staircase.

We would love to design the perfect celebration for you.

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THEIR STORY Though Lynsey Jones (30 and a graphic designer) has photographed many Houston weddings over the years, for her own celebration, she and Ryan Owens (30 and a mechanical engineer) wanted an undiscovered venue. They found that and more at Hughes Manor. “We loved the mix of mid-century modern and industrial vibes,” Lynsey says. “We pulled in copper, wood and darker colors, then layered on vibrant florals to mix masculine and feminine styles.” For example, copper mugs hung on a wood board doubled as escort cards and favors, and the container for their signature drink: a Moscow mule. Meanwhile, the pair recessed just as blue and green smoke bombs went off behind them. “I wanted to make sure everything felt like us—fun, unique, modern and colorful,” Lynsey says. —BM

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Table numbers were fashioned from matte black tiles and copper vinyl.

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Lynsey and Ryan exchanged vows at an altar made from hanging geometric garlands tied off with navy and merlot ribbon. During the ceremony, they planted a bonsai tree using dirt from their parents’ gardens. The invites were printed on bright white cardstock using navy and teal inks and geometric patterns. “The typography is very simple and structural, and helped set the tone for the industrial-style décor at the reception,” Lynsey says.

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The meal ended with a carrot cake and a semi-naked vanilla cake with strawberry and buttercream filling topped with fresh ranunculus, kermit mums and succulents. The two had their first look under a colorful overhang installed by The Color Condition at Discovery Green in downtown Houston.

Manor, Houston PHOTOGRAPHY Rebecca Smith/Smith House Photography PLANNER Plan Our Day FLOWERS H-E-B Blooms GOWN Maggie Sottero, Ventura’s Bridal Fashions, Houston HAIR Jessica Dawn Hair MAKEUP The Fairest One VEIL Ventura’s Bridal Fashions SHOES Anne Klein ENGAGEMENT RING

Hoffman Diamond Company WEDDING RINGS Bride: Hoffman Diamond Company;

groom: Stonebrook Jewelry BRIDESMAID DRESSES Various MENSWEAR Groom:

Oliver Wicks; groomsmen: TheBlackTux.com STATIONERY Lynsey Creative; calligraphy:

Camel & Birdie RENTALS Hughes Manor; Linens and Events CATERING Demeris Catering CAKE Cakes by Gina OFFICIANT John Hazelwood (friend) MUSIC Saxophone: Bob Menefee; DJ: DJ Brio DANCE LESSONS Houston Swing Dance Society FAVORS Moscow mule mugs: RP & Associates REGISTRIES Amazon.com; CB2; Crate & Barrel; West Elm HONEYMOON Thailand GUESTS 210 BUDGET $$$ (see key, p. 8)

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Deonne Cunningham (36 and a senior attorney) and Thomas Gregory Nauls (37 and founder and owner of a retail store) threw a wedding fit for the Jazz Age. “We both share a love of history and music,” Deonne says. “We wanted to celebrate the era of the Harlem Renaissance and its contributors in every single detail.” After a garden ceremony outdoors, partygoers moved to a pavillion for a vintageinspired reception. A 1920s set list and a signature drink dubbed “Take the A Train,” based on a song by 20th-century bandleader Duke Ellington, got the party started. The pair honored not just historical figures but their own ancestors too. Deonne wore an emerald ring gifted from her grandmother, while Thomas wore his grandfather’s ring and father’s cufflinks. —BM Deonne carried hydrangeas, roses, anemones and ranunculus.

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DEONNE & THOMAS’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE McGovern

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“I loved that my wedding dress made me feel like a blushing bride,” Deonne says of her ivory, gold and blush number. Gold leaf appliqués complemented her tiara. Their custom cake topper read, “House of Nauls,” reflecting the jazz-club-style nickname the pair gave to their reception. Art deco table décor included framed photos of Harlem Renaissance figures like Josephine Baker and Marian Anderson.

Dillon Photography DAY-OF COORDINATOR Melodee Jordan FLOWERS F. Dellit Designs GOWN David Peck, Miles David, Houston HAIR & MAKEUP Yaya Williams/Glam Moguls HEADPIECE Anna Marguerite SHOES Badgley

Mischka ENGAGEMENT RING Macy’s WEDDING RINGS Heirloom BRIDESMAID DRESSES Diane

von Furstenberg; Monique Lhuillier MENSWEAR Groom: Balani Custom Clothiers; groomsmen: Macy’s; Nordstrom STATIONERY Invitations, programs & escort cards: Minted.com; menus & signs: Got Signs? Houston by Xtickers Designs Inc. RENTALS Any Occasion Party Rental CATERING

A Fare Extraordinaire CAKE Who Made the Cake! CAKE TOPPER Let’s Top That OFFICIANT

Michael Mast (uncle) MUSIC Ceremony & cocktail hour: Charlie Perez Quintet; reception: Dakota Sampson PHOTOBOOTH Smilebooth TRANSPORTATION Hotel ZaZa REGISTRIES

Amazon.com; Crate & Barrel; Williams Sonoma HONEYMOON Oranjestad, Aruba GUESTS 150-160 BUDGET $$$ (see key, p. 8)

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BEAUT Y AWARDS 2018 WINNERS

MAKEUP: OFFSET; OPPOSITE PAGE: SARAH FORD/THE LICENSING PROJECT; ALL PRODUCTS COURTESY OF VENDORS

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PRESSED POWDER Not only does this setting powder give your complexion an airbrushed appearance, it also keeps your foundation in place while staving off dreaded T-zone shine. Bye Bye Pores pressed powder, $29, ITCosmetics.com

MAKEUP These f inds stand up to happy tears, f irst kisses and daylong celebrations—plus, they’ll make you look flawless in high-def photos.

B LUS H There’s a reason why this blush is a cult classic (and no, it’s not just the suggestive name). Its sheer formula creates a natural-looking flush and has just the right amount of flattering shimmer. Blush in Orgasm, $30, NARSCosmetics.com

BRONZER Sweep this powder of superfine pigments where the sun naturally hits your face (forehead, cheekbones and jawline) to sculpt your features for a perfectly sun-kissed glow. Shimmer Brick compact in Bronze, $48, BobbiBrownCosmetics.com

LIPSTICK A bridal beauty triple threat, this hydrating lipstick keeps your pout smooth and provides rich color that actually stays put, so you won’t have to worry about messy first kisses or lots of touch-ups. Boys & Girls lip color, $36, Tom Ford, Sephora.com

BROW DEFINER Not achieving your #browgoals is simply not an option with this wallet-friendly pencil that offers a precision tip, smudge-resistant formula and spoolie brush in one. Draw the Line eyebrow pencil, $8, FlowerBeauty.com

WA T E R P R O O F M A S C A R A This high-drama mascara coats lashes in an innovative shrink-wrapping formula that defines, curls and lengthens. Plus, it will survive even the most emotional vows. The Curling Mascara, $28, KevynAucoin.com

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EYELINER A built-in brush takes the intimidation factor out of drawing the perfect cat eye. And don’t worry—the long-lasting formula won’t crease or fade. Liquidlast liner, $21, MACCosmetics.com

PRIMER Whether you’re planning to wear a full face of makeup down the aisle or going more natural during your honeymoon, just a few pumps of this multitasker and your skin is primed and camera ready. One Step Prime, $36, StilaCosmetics.com

F O U N DAT I O N A buildable foundation works for all skin types and offers just the right amount of creamy coverage. And added jojoba and sweet almond seed oils smooth fine lines for a flawless finish. Cream foundation, $68, KjaerWeis.com

S E T T I N G S P R AY If there’s a time to embrace a full-coverage look, your wedding day is it. Avoid a makeup meltdown for up to 16 hours (no matter how crazy the dance floor gets) with this weightless spray. All Nighter makeup setting spray, $32, Urban Decay, Ulta.com

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BEAUT Y AWARDS 2018 WINNERS

HAIR OIL Smooth a small amount through dry hair for brilliant shine that won’t make your locks lifeless. Can you say, “game changer”? Pure treatment oil, $39, EleniandChris.com

FA L S E EYELASHES It takes a few tries to perfect applying these reusable magnetic falsies, but they’re worth the effort. They add fluttery length and volume but look natural. Full Coverage original lash, $90, OneTwoCosmetics.com

HIGHLIGHTER Pull off the “lit from within” trend by mixing a few drops of liquid luminizer with your foundation. It melts into your skin for a dewy finish. Shimmering Skin Perfector liquid highlighter, $41, Becca, Ulta.com

CONCEALER Experiencing wedding-planninginduced dark circles or stress breakouts? We’ve got you covered. This waterproof concealer goes on smooth and gives serious coverage. Bye Bye Under Eye concealer, $24, ITCosmetics.com

SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER A luxe, caviar-infused duo keeps your mane looking gorgeous and glossy. Caviar Repair Instant Recovery shampoo and conditioner, $34 each, AlternaHairCare.com

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H A I R S P R AY This hair spray has strong hold but is still flexible enough to allow you to adjust your ’do. Air Control light hold hair spray, $29, Aveda.com

L I P G LOSS This versatile gloss leaves behind a unique, glassy sheen and just the right amount of sheer pigment. And with over 40 shades to choose from, it’s easy to find one that works for your skin tone. Lipglass, $17, MACCosmetics.com

MAKEUP REMOVER This cleansing micellar water cuts through even the most stubborn mascara, eyeliner and lipstick, but won’t leave your face feeling irritated or stripped of its natural oils. We call that a skin win. Sensibio H2O, $15, Bioderma, Dermstore.com

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ANTI-FRIZZ Silk protein and algae extract tame even the most unruly strands. Frizz Ease Extra Strength hair serum, $12, John Frieda, Ulta.com

EYE SHADOW You’ll use this versatile mix of warmand cool-tone eye shadows well beyond your wedding day. Shade + Light eye contour palette, $48, KatVonDBeauty.com

“This is my go-to palette for brides because it offers a range of matte, neutral shadows that really last.” —Emily Miller, Emily Miller Makeup & Hair in St. Louis

VO LUM I Z E R Give your hair bouncy volume with an invisible spray that lifts and absorbs oil at the roots. Dry texturizing spray, $46, Oribe.com

DRY SHAMPOO Keep your tresses looking fresh from your walk down the aisle to your morning-after brunch—sans any pesky white residue. Hair Goals dry shampoo, $19, Tarte.com

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HAIR

Whether you’re going with a classic chignon, boho braid or über-glam cascading curls, these are the products you can trust to lock in your best hair day ever.

HAIR MASK This wallet-friendly find leaves your hair just as silky as pricier picks. PRO-V Gold Series repairing mask, $8, Pantene, Target.com

HAIR DRYER Save yourself time (and heat damage) with an innovative new hair dryer that splits open to dry your strands vertically. Salon 360 Surround styler, $27, Revlon, Walmart.com

EXPERT PICK

“Your hair will look just as good at the end of the day as it did in the beginning.” —Megan Garmers, MG Hair and Makeup in New York City

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STYLING S P R AY A fine mist gives strands extra body but won’t weigh them down. Session Spray Strong, $40, Balmain Paris Hair Couture, Net-a-Porter.com

S T Y L I N G WA N D Pull off the “just-left-the-salon” look with a heated round brush that doesn’t require the help of a blow-dryer. Blowout Babe thermal brush, $100, Amika, Sephora.com

CURLING IRON If round brushes aren’t your thing, an efficient iron with an ergonomic handle turns frizz into polished waves in a single pass. BodyWaver 1.75" styling iron, $149, T3Micro.com

F L AT I RO N Don’t fret if there’s rain, wind or high humidity on your wedding day. This sleek iron is all you need to get straight, shiny locks. Platinum Styler, $249, GHDHair.com

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BEAUT Y AWARDS

BODY

2018 WINNERS

Bathe, buff and bronze with these essentials to boost your confidence from head to toe. DEODORANT

Swiping on this deodorant keeps you dry all day—even during the most nerve-racking moments. Fresh Invisible Solid, $5, Secret, Target.com BODY BRONZER

Light-reflecting pigments create an airbrushed effect that subtly evens out your skin tone. Body Blur Instant HD Skin Finish, $45, Vita Liberata, Ulta.com BODY SCRUB

A gently exfoliating combo of brown sugar and coconut shell leaves skin soft and polished. Coconut Crush scrub, $38, KopariBeauty.com

NAILS

S E L F - TA N N E R

Gradually build a bronze glow with this streak-proof, hydrating balm-to-oil formula. Coconut melting tanning balm, $35, James Read, BlueMercury.com

Are you ready for your ring close-up? Get pristine digits with these nail necessities.

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B A S E COAT

CUTICLE OIL

A good base coat should do more than just make polish last. This one is full of antioxidants that protect and nourish nails. Nailkale base coat, $15, Nails Inc., Sephora.com

Basically a mani in a bottle, its blend of oils softens and conditions cuticles while strengthening nails. Solar Oil nail and cuticle conditioner, $9, CND, Ulta.com

GEL EFFECT POLISH

Pair with the accompanying base and top coats for a highgloss finish that lasts, no UV lamp required. Gel Lab Pro color, $20, DeborahLippmann.com

POLISH

It’s like your natural nail color, only better. This ultra-flattering shade hits the sweet spot between true nude and ballet pink. Polish in Bare With Me, $9, Essie.com

B O D Y WA S H

An innovative foaming formula feels luxurious and makes it easy to lather up your whole body. Shower Foam Deep Moisture body wash, $6, Dove, Target.com

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T O P C O A T Swipe on this pro

favorite for a durable, wet-looking sheen that dries almost instantly. Dry fast top coat, $9, Seche Vite, SallyBeauty.com

“It seals polish for a chip-free manicure. It’s truly one of the best nail products out there.” —Tamara Granath, Tamara Makeup + Hair Artistry in Chicago

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POLISH REMOVER

HAND CREAM

It may be a splurge, but this must-have removes even the darkest nail polish in seconds while moisturizing with aloe and lavender. The Stripper, $19, DeborahLippmann.com

This cream leaves you with pictureperfect hands, and its scent makes you want to reapply. Whipped Argan Oil hand cream, $22, Josie MaranCosmetics.com

E X F O L I A T O R Fruit enzymes slough away dead skin cells quickly and painlessly. Spritz on before applying self-tanner or body bronzer. SexAPeel instant exfoliation spray, $40, SoniaRoselli.com

“This spray even works for sensitive skin.” —Mindy Orsak Fuller, Mindy Orsak Hair & Makeup Design in Austin, TX

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BODY MOISTURIZER

Slather on this body butter full of salmon enzymes (we’re not kidding) to smooth and firm skin. Retexturizing body butter, $120, Restorsea.com

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BEAUT Y AWARDS 2018 WINNERS

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Good skin is just as important as flawless makeup. Upgrade your skin care routine in the weeks leading up to your day with our must-haves.

ACNE FIGHTER Keep it on hand to dry up zits that pop up at inopportune moments (say, right before your wedding). Drying lotion, $17, MarioBadescu.com

TONER A natural toner, complete with flower petals, cleanses pores without overdrying. Calendula Herbal Extract toner, from $21, Kiehls.com

SUNSCREEN Shield yourself from sun damage with this fast-absorbing formula that won’t leave a chalky residue. SPF 50 mineral sunscreen, $28, Clinique.com

FAC E M I S T Stash this soothing spray in your emergency kit and break it out when your makeup needs a refresh. Beauty Elixir, $49, Caudalie, Sephora.com

SERUM Believe the hype. This organic face oil evens out skin tone and protects against free radicals. Active Botanical serum, $185, VintnersDaughter.com

SHEET MASK Lie back, relax and allow this luxe cotton mask to totally rejuvenate your skin in under 15 minutes. Facial treatment mask, $17, SK-II.com

E X F O L I AT O R A brown sugar and strawberry scrub buffs away dull skin and smells like dessert—what’s not to love? Sugar face polish, $62, Fresh.com

CLEANSING MASK A drugstore gem with a 60-year legacy, this green mask obliterates blackheads. Mint Julep masque, $4, Queen Helene, SallyBeauty.com

CLEANSER Massage a dime-size amount of balm into your face for brighter, plumper skin. Vitamin C nourishing cleansing balm, $65, KatBurki.com

EYE CREAM Look like you got your beauty sleep with cream that combats fine lines and puffiness. The Eye Balm Intense, $205, CremedelaMer.com

M O I S T U R I Z E R The under-the-radar French beauty secret is trés hydrating but miraculously never feels greasy or sticky to the touch. And, due to its mild, unscented formula, it also works as a primer, makeup remover and body cream. Lait-Crème Concentrè, from $16, EmbryolisseUSA.com

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“I love how this product has multiple uses. I mix it with heavier foundation to make a great tinted moisturizer.” —Perry Warren, Creative Hair & Makeup Design by Perry Warren in Springfield, VA

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BEAUT Y AWARDS 2018 WINNERS

SPICY A unisex perfume with a devoted following of beauty influencers, this sultry, statement scent leaves a lasting impression in its wake. Santal 33 eau de parfum, $270 for 3.4 oz., LeLaboFragrances.com

F LO R A L This flirty, energetic blend of white flowers like jasmine and gardenia is perfect for a bachelorette weekend. Wild Child eau de parfum, $65 for 1.7 oz., Pinrose.com

ROMANTIC Made from seven different types of roses from all around the world, this surprisingly clean scent unfolds like a fresh-cut bouquet. Wear solo or layer it over complementary fragrances (we like muskier ones) for an end result that’s all your own. Red Roses cologne, $135 for 3.4 oz., JoMalone.com

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Scent has the ability to evoke a memory even years later. Choose a special new fragrance to remind you of your day every time you wear it.

SWEET Besides being a pretty addition to your nightstand, this scent is a delicious combo of vanilla and florals. Dolce Garden eau de parfum, $118 for 2.5 oz., Dolce & Gabbana, Macys.com

BEACHY A bottle of tropical sunshine, the exotic blend of orange blossom and herbs like basil is a no-brainer for a destination affair. Eau Papaguéna extrait de parfum, $210 for 1.7 oz., Elisire.com

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CLASSIC Powdery notes of rose, magnolia and amber, plus a cedarwood base, make for a balanced fragrance that’s appropriate for any wedding locale or time of year. Chloé eau de parfum, $105 for 1.7 oz., Chloé, Sephora.com

FRESH Perfect for the bride who typically goes au naturel, this crisp blend of citrus and peony is pleasant but never overpowering. Warm cotton eau de toilette, $40 for 1 oz., CleanPerfume.com

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FASHION & BE AUT Y

maid for style Follow these fashion rules to keep your girls looking fresh and fabulous—without breaking the bank or causing any drama. >> BY SHELLEY BROWN PHOTOGR APH BY KENZIE VIC TORY

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You’ve probably heard, “But you’ll totally wear this again!” before shelling out for a bridesmaid dress in the past, only to have it collecting dust in your closet months later. Now that you’re the bride, you might be feeling the pressure to find a style that’s budget friendly, universally flattering and works for your wedding style. Think that’s impossible? We promise—it’s actually totally doable. Stick to these fashion rules to find an on-trend dress that won’t cost a fortune, but will make your bride tribe feel gorgeous and confident.

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

Stick to a timeline It typically takes two to three months for orders to arrive plus another four to six weeks for alterations. A six-month cushion will give you and your friends ample time to find, order and fit the dresses. If you’re buying off the rack, either get your girls’ sizes and order their dresses all at once, or let them know they should purchase their gowns as soon as possible. Since off-the-rack styles aren’t made to order, there’s a chance they could sell out quickly, especially if they’re in more popular sizes or go on sale. >>

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figure flattery Styles for every body shape in your bridal party.

A-line

One of the most popular silhouettes, this style extends out from the waist in the shape of an A (no surprise there). BEST FOR Every figure,

and those bridesmaids who prefer a classic silhouette.

Modified A-line A less dramatic take on the A-line, this style still hits at the waist but forms a smaller A. BEST FOR Girls with

larger hips may prefer the classic A-line, but this style is still über-flattering.

Empire

This forgiving style has a high waistline that sits just below the bust. BEST FOR Girls with

smaller chests or larger midsections. It’s also a great option for pregnant bridesmaids.

Dropped-waist

This style sits below the natural waistline, so the skirt starts at the hips. BEST FOR Shapely

bridesmaids—this silhouette will show off every curve.

Trumpet

Gowns with trumpetstyle skirts hug the body around the waist and mid-thigh, and then flare out toward the bottom. BEST FOR Girls with

curves, since the flared skirt will draw attention to the hips.

Soft trumpet

This toned-down style has a more relaxed fit and flares out only slightly toward the bottom. BEST FOR Fitted but not as body-hugging as a true trumpet, this style works for most shapes.

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If any of your friends have been in a bridal party before, they’ll know bridesmaids traditionally 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—after all, a bridesmaid dress probably isn’t they only thing they’re paying for. 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 range, or select a specific color you like and let them pick their own style from off the rack. Another idea: Take a cue from the guys and consider renting your bridesmaid dresses. Rental sites like Rent the Runway let your girls choose dresses from high-end designers in a range of colors and styles for a fraction of the cost.

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Flatter their figures

Do a test run

Take your friends’ various body shapes into consideration before selecting silhouettes (read: crop tops, minidresses and super-fitted styles should be off the table if your girls make a point of avoiding them IRL). If your bridesmaids have an array of different body types and you’re having trouble finding one dress that will work for all of them, consider picking a color and allowing them to choose their own dresses. If your heart is set on a specific silhouette, try to be flexible where custom alterations are concerned if they make your girls feel more comfortable. Small tweaks like adding cap sleeves to a sleeveless dress, bringing up a plunging neckline or toning down a high slit can make a world of difference but won’t drastically change the overall look of your bridal party—trust us, your girl squad will thank you for understanding.

Here’s the deal: Your bridesmaids don’t want to steal the show, but they do want to look their best. They’ll be heavily photographed and standing in front of a room full of people too. The best way to prove you respect their feelings is by trying on the bridesmaid dress. Does it have an unflattering cut? Is the fabric itchy? Does the silhouette make moving around impossible? If you answer yes, move on. When you find one that you’d love to wear yourself, you’ll have no problem convincing your friends to get on board.

Find the right fit A bridesmaid dress is typically ordered using a person’s biggest measurements, so your friends will likely buy dresses at least a size larger than they normally wear. If a friend is shocked by the number on the tag or she’s in between two different sizes and she wants to buy a smaller dress, let her know it’s much easier to alter a bigger dress. It also doesn’t hurt to mention if the dress ends up being too small, she’ll have to order a new one and that would be a buzzkill, given most bridesmaid dresses are made to order.

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Select the right shade There are several foolproof ways to pick the perfect color. One of the easiest methods is to play off the color schemes of the venue and the season. For instance, if your wedding will be held at a rustic vineyard with burgundy décor, you’ll probably want to rule out bright coral dresses. Rich colors—marsala and emerald—work well in the fall and winter months, while lighter shades—French blue and lavender—are perfect for spring and summer. If you’re still at a loss for exactly which hue to choose, go for a general color, and let your bridesmaids pick their favorite shades for a mismatched look. Want to push the envelope even further? Consider prints. Just remember: These work best in smaller parties. Or, you could toss tradition altogether and go for an all-white bridal party à la Solange Knowles for a look that’s crisp and chic. >>

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FASHION & BE AUT Y

Don’t dictate the footwear Insisting bridesmaids purchase a particular pair of shoes may feel like the perfect finishing touch to you, but it also creates another expense—so think twice before you send photos of the red bottoms you’re in love with to the group text. And, like the dress, it’s unlikely they’ll want to wear the shoes again, especially if they’re an uncomfortable height. Most of your friends probably already have a pair of black or metallic shoes they’d be thrilled to reuse and can actually walk in. Another bonus: Sporting a pair of their own comfortable shoes means blister-free dancing.

Let them bring the baubles

Find complementary colors

Consider lingerie logistics Remind your girls to get the right undergarments. Depending on the style of dress (read: strapless or one shoulder), your bridesmaids may need some special support. Pro tip: Even the most amazing dress can look unflattering with the wrong bra. In addition to a new bra, each bridesmaid might also need a specific pantie or body shaper, especially if you choose a dress with a formfitting silhouette.

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Also, think about choosing a color that goes well with a variety of skin tones. Stonewashed colors, like blush and sand are universally flattering and right on trend. Jewel tones (amethyst, emerald and sapphire) complement fairer complexions, while bolder hues like yellow and magenta, pop against darker skin. Want an edgier feel? Try flattering metallics, like champagne, or rose gold. If you do opt for a print, make sure the dominant colors work with your bridal party. Alternatively, deck out just your maid of honor in a print. We also love the idea of mismatched sequin dresses—that way your girls can choose a shade that suits them.

It may be tempting to ask your girls to wear identical necklaces, earrings and bangles, but a mismatched approach to accessorizing will give your party a more modern vibe. By having each bridesmaid select her own jewelry, you’re also encouraging her to express her unique personality (that’s the reason you chose her in the first place, right?). Plus, the right jewelry will make any bridesmaid look and feel more like herself.

bridesmaid reprieve Here are a few things your girls shouldn’t have to worry about on your wedding day.

Despite the name, this is actually an event thrown by the bride for her bridesmaids as a way to show her appreciation to her bridal party for the many things each girl has done to make her wedding special. This sit-down lunch or brunch is typically held the afternoon of the rehearsal dinner. Think of it as a “thank you” to your girls for supporting you on your day.

Hair and makeup

Your bridesmaids are already paying for dresses, travel, the shower and more. If you want your attendants to have their hair and makeup professionally done for the wedding, it’s a nice gesture to offer to pay for these services. Otherwise, trust your girls to do their own hair and makeup if they’d prefer not to pay for a professional stylist.

Bouquets

You’re expected to pay for your attendants’ personal flowers, which is something to consider when you’re thinking about how many bridesmaids you want by your side. The bridesmaid bouquets (and groomsmen boutonnieres) should be factored into the floral budget along with the bride’s bouquet, centerpieces and other décor.

Transportation

While you don’t have to order a car service to pick up each and every one of your bridesmaids, you should make sure they have a ride to the wedding and from the ceremony to the reception, especially if your two venues are far apart or in an unfamiliar area. You can hire a bus or limo to pick them up from a set location, or you can ask local guests to give them a lift.

ERIN WILSON PHOTOGR APHY

Bridesmaid luncheon

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FA SHION & BE AUT Y

So you booked the venue and figured out the general vibe of your wedding—congrats! Now it’s time to find the right outfits and accessories. BY SHELLEY BROWN PHOTOGR APHY BY DEVON JARVIS

B L ACK T IE You locked in a grand location, hired the 24-piece band, splurged on over-the-top centerpieces and asked your bride tribe to wear floor-length gowns—all that’s left to do is make sure you and your SO show up looking snazzy. For the über-luxe event you’re planning, only a traditional tux and formal gown will do.

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FOR THE BRIDE It’s your day—celebrate it. Make the most of your moment in the spotlight with a dramatic dress. We love a classic ball gown with illusion lace sleeves à la Kate Middleton, or a more fashion-centric style with a ruffled skirt or lots of bling. When it comes to accessories, don’t be afraid to indulge in more glitter. Pair drop earrings with a loose updo to play up the embellishments in your gown. Stash your lipstick, a compact and a tissue (or a whole bunch of tissues) in an equally glitzy beaded clutch, and step into some bejeweled heels or strappy metallic sandals for the finishing touch.

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FOR THE GROOM Though you’d certainly look dapper in any suit, a classic tux will guarantee you’ll be dressed for the part for your formal affair. To keep it modern, forgo contrasting studs (those little doodads that cover the shirt’s buttons), dated cummerbunds and shiny vests, and instead consider a trendy notch collar and a self-tie bow tie. Opting for a sleek satin lapel won’t hurt either. If you’re more daring, try a tux with a velvet jacket—they’re all over the red carpet. Equally streamlined accessories, like understated cuff links and black patent leather dress shoes, complete the polished look. >>

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SE M IFO R M A L

FA SHION & BE AUT Y

Your wedding is all about a killer setting with a modern feel. Whether it’s a cool museum or an art gallery off the beaten path, your ideal affair is sophisticated without the strict formality of a traditional venue. When it comes to your look, opt for a wardrobe that’s as cutting edge as your celebration. Hint: It’s all about structure and polished details.

a bedazzled clutch adds a glam touch

FOR THE BRIDE

FOR THE GROOM

A minimalistic silhouette will work for your one-of-akind nuptials, without being too conservative. A strapless, satin, mermaidstyle dress is fancier than your average cocktail look, but still more subtle than a full-blown ball gown. Want to create an unexpected contrast? Consider a style with a cowl back or oversize bow on the back. Not only are they all over the runways, but they make for one heck of a dramatic exit. Finish off your look with sparkly earrings and a pair of elegant heels.

A classic black tuxedo might feel too stuffy. Instead, pair a charcoal or midnight-blue suit (darker hues are more formal than lighter ones) with standout accessories like a patterned tie or pocket square and statement cuff links. Another idea: Fun socks (like a classic argyle or a kitschy pattern) can bring in the theme and color palette of your wedding without overpowering the rest of your outfit. Keep your footwear simple—a pair of black leather oxfords or monk straps are polished without being too flashy.

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CO CK TA IL If it wasn’t already obvious from the swanky invitations, rooftop locale, gourmet hors d’oeuvres and signature martinis, your wedding wardrobe will surely solidify the fact that you’re hosting a hip wedding. You can’t go wrong if you stick with fitted silhouettes and statement accessories for both of you. FOR THE BRIDE

FOR THE GROOM

Find a gown that’s dressy but not totally over the top for your cocktail soiree. Consider one of this season’s hottest silhouettes: a simple, fit-and-flare dress. A formfitting style with a plunging neckline or daring low back still feels classy but will also show off your curves for just the right amount of va-va-voom. Where bling is concerned, sleek ear crawlers or even a back necklace are fashionforward options. Complete your outfit with a graphic clutch (we love acrylic ones) and unexpected black heels.

Try a slim-cut gray suit for a look that’s sharp but still not trying too hard. A skinny tie works best with this style because it mimics the narrow shape of your suit (regular-width ties can appear too bulky or wide). You’ll look more pulled together if your tie and belt are the same solid color, but a fun, colorful or printed pocket square will give your ensemble unique appeal. Keep the modern look consistent with a pair of dress loafers. They used to get a bad rap for looking dated, but new, trendier styles are actually the perfect in-between shoe. >>

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go for a lightweight suit in warmer temps

FA SHION & BE AUT Y

B E ACH FO R M A L Whether you’re jetting off to an exotic destination or staying domestic at your local seaside venue, you’re all about saying “I do” with your toes in the sand. And while you aren’t into the idea of wearing anything too formal, you still want to dress to impress. Relaxed silhouettes, lightweight fabrics and novelty accessories are essential when it comes to pulling off a beach-chic wedding style. FOR THE BRIDE

FOR THE GROOM

Dramatic silhouettes (read: ball gowns or dresses with long trains) and heavy fabrics aren’t exactly compatible with a seaside locale, but that doesn’t mean your dress shouldn’t show some personality. Beach wedding dresses can run the gamut from super-casual ones you could wear again to more romantic, Grecian-inspired gowns and lacy, boho numbers. As far as footwear is concerned, go barefoot to fully embrace your environment, or opt for metallic sandals or short wedges (heels will sink into the sand) for a fancier vibe.

Breathable fabrics like linen and cotton that will stand up to heat and humidity are a must where beach-appropriate formalwear is concerned. A darker suit could be too formal, but the same cut in khaki or light blue is a great option for more casual asual surroundings. (Depending on how low-key your wedding is, you may even want to lose the suit jacket and roll up your sleeves.) To take your wedding theme up a notch, opt for nautical- or tropical-printed accessories (anchors and pineapples FTW). For shoes, bare feet, sandals and boat shoes are all acceptable choices—just make sure you and your partner are on the same page.

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DAY T IM E While a luxe venue plus fussy attire isn’t your thing, you’ve been dreaming of a stylish, backyard ceremony (well, at least something more intimate and homespun) since the second you got engaged. FOR THE BRIDE

FOR THE GROOM

Keep it simple with a short, midi-length or high-low wedding dress and let your accessories do the talking. After all, a flirty hemline is the perfect opportunity to show off killer shoes. If heels aren’t your thing, opt for embellished flats or more playful sneakers. For a whimiscal touch, add a birdcage veil or fascinator.

A light gray, light blue or khaki suit with a patterned bow tie and complementary pocket square (we love the idea of mixing gingham and polka dots) is equal parts preppy and laid-back. If you’re going for a slightly edgier and more personalized feel, consider ditching the jacket altogether for a vest, or adding colorful or patterned suspenders plus a custom lapel pin or bouttoniere— they’re all the rage right now.

F I N D YO U R P E R F E C T W E D D I N G O U T F I T AT TheKnot.com/wedding-dress-style

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Stylist on Call

tamara mellon

The footwear guru gives us the scoop on choosing the right wedding shoes, plus the trends she’s loving now. BY SHELLEY BROWN PHOTOGR APH BY THERESA BRIDGET PHOTOGR APHY

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If anyone knows shoes, it’s Tamara Mellon. In 1996, she left her post as an accessories editor at British Vogue to cofound a company with an East London cobbler named Jimmy Choo (maybe you’ve heard of it?). Over the next 16 years, she built one of the most recognized luxury brands in the world, worn by fashion icons—both real and fictional—like Beyoncé and Carrie Bradshaw. She left Jimmy Choo in 2011 and launched her eponymous direct-to-consumer shoe brand in 2016. Here, her tips on finding the best shoes for your day—without sacrificing your feet or the chance to dance the night away. >>

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make it personal “It’s a cute idea to get a professional calligrapher to personalize the soles of your shoes with your partner’s initials, your new monogram or your wedding date.”

WHAT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING A BRIDE SHOULD CONSIDER BEFORE BUYING HER WEDDING SHOES?

You’re probably going to be wearing these shoes from your ceremony to your reception, so choose a heel height you feel comfortable and confident in. For instance, my perfect heel height for walking all day is three-and-a-half inches, but it’s different for every woman. Go with whatever feels best to you personally. WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE BRIDAL FOOT WEAR

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TRENDS? I love classic silhouettes with a modern twist. My Belle shoe is a cross between a pump and an ankle boot, and my Siren pump has unexpected PVC (read: clear vinyl) details—both are standout, nontraditional options in white. DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS FOR BREAKING IN NEW HEELS?

You should break in your wedding shoes at home so you don’t get them dirty or damage them. Wear them around the house at least a few times before your day. That way, there won’t be any unpleasant surprises, and you’re less likely to get blisters.

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WHAT ABOUT CHOOSING THE RIGHT SHOES FOR VENUES WITH UNEVEN TERR AIN, LIKE BEACHES OR VINEYARDS. ARE THERE KEY THINGS TO LOOK FOR? I recommend opting

for flats, block heels or wedges—anything but a stiletto heel, which will sink into the ground and throw off your balance. I especially love the idea of a block heel with a platform in the front that will evenly distribute your weight and take some of the pressure off the ball of your foot and toes. This style will give you some extra height, but won’t feel like you’re wearing a typical high heel.

strut your stuff A guide to Tamara’s favorite wedding-worthy shoes.

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If embellishment isn’t your thing, keep it interesting with cutouts. Belle pumps, $525, TamaraMellon.com

KEEP IT CLEAR

These pumps with PVC details are just made for a bridal pantsuit. Siren pumps, $450, TamaraMellon.com

Flashy heels work for a glam wedding or a night on the town. Frontline sandals, $425, TamaraMellon.com

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girly scout Tiers of lace fringe put a flirty twist on a tea-length sheath. Dress, $3,995, Lela Rose at Warren Barrón Bridal, WarrenBarron .com (Dallas); earrings, $1,595, Ippolita.com; bandanna, $34, Abercrombie.com; boots, $360, RedWingHeritage.com

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easy livin’ Calling all bridechillas. An embellished crop top plus a curve-skimming skirt feels effortlessly chic. Top and skirt, $5,430, Rime-Arodaky .com; engagement ring, $2,775, LizzieMandler.com; earrings, $29,000, Sylva & Cie, ModaOperandi.com; bracelet, $1,095, Ippolita.com; shoes, $180, Schutz-Shoes.com

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flower child If you’re feeling bold, consider a vibrant gown with floral embroidery. It’s equal parts romantic and fashion forward. Dress, $8,500, TemperleyLondon .com; engagement ring, $3,890 (not including center stone), Tacori.com; earrings, $575, JenniferBehr.com; hat, stylist’s own; shoes, $950, JimmyChoo.com

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An oversize Mongolian fur vest takes a flowy frock from simple to striking. Dress, $3,300, Rita Vinieris at Julian Gold, JulianGold .com (Austin & San Antonio), Ivory Bridal Atelier, IvoryBridal Houston.com (Houston), Mia Bridal Couture, MiaBridalCouture.com (Houston); vest, $1,450, shop similar styles at TSECashmere.com; engagement ring, $2,992 (not including center stone), SimonGJewelry .com; earrings, $1,000, JacquieAiche.com; bracelet, $11,375, Sylva & Cie, ModaOperandi.com

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stunning site Turn some heads (without trying too hard, of course) with a dreamy combo of delicate lace and sheer bell sleeves. Dress, $5,625, Claire Pettibone at Unbridaled, Unbridaled.com (Austin & Houston); earrings, $145, LuluFrost.com; opal ring, $3,940, JacquieAiche.com; boots, $199, MarcFisherFootwear.com

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perfect catch A bridal romper is a surprisingly versatile choice. Rock a sleek, belted style to your shower or morning-after brunch. Romper, $1,800, Catherine Kowalski Bridal at Serendipity Bridal, SerendipityBridal.com (Austin); engagement ring, $699 (not including center stone), NoamCarver.com; ear crawlers, $2,795, Ippolita.com; rain boots, $75, RomaBoots.com

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into the wild It’s all about daring details. Lace-up shoulders and sleeves add an edgy tilt to an otherwise traditional silhouette. Dress, $3,220, Leanne Marshall at Blue Bridal Boutique of Austin, BlueBridalAustin.com (Austin), Lovely Bride, LovelyBride.com (Dallas & Houston); earrings, $195, AlexisBittar.com

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breezy beauty Casual doesn’t have to mean less stylish. An allover lace dress with a ruffled bodice is comfy and totally on trend. Dress, $650, Tadashi Shoji, BHLDN.com; engagement ring, $1,799 (not including center stone), NoamCarver.com; band, $1,716, SimonGJewelry.com; earrings, $352, Bounkit.com; shoes, $180, Schutz-Shoes.com

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rental reboot

Not sold on splurging on a tux for your wedding day? These four companies will change the way you think about rentals—and won’t break the bank. >> BY FAR AH PRINCE PHOTOGR APH BY AMANDA NIPPOLDT PHOTOGR APHY

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It’s no secret tuxedo rentals have a bad rap for being ill fitting and outdated. Factor in the multiple trips to a rental shop to buy and later tailor your look (not an easy feat when you have an entire party to outfit) and the whole process can seem even more daunting. So what’s the good news? Brands like The Black Tux, Generation Tux, Men’s Wearhouse and Stitch & Tie are reinventing the rental game. With little more than a measuring tape, internet connection and spare half hour, you can pick out a tux or suit (plus shoes and accessories, if you’re so inclined) and have it all shipped directly to your doorstep. Below, our guide to the new way to rent formalwear.

The Black Tux THE SELECTION With the largest collection of the bunch, The Black Tux boasts 39 suit and tuxedo rentals guranteed to fit any and every wedding style with options in tried-and-true neutral shades, plus more fashion-forward colors and prints. THE FIT Most styles come in a range of sizes, for a made-to-order look. If you don’t know your size, use their Fit Formula to help find what’s best for you based on answers to a few questions like your height and weight. You can also visit any one of their 21 showrooms across the country to be measured in person. Your outfit will ship two weeks prior to your wedding, so plan ahead and secure your

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a matter of time Avoid costly rush-shipping fees by starting the rental process at least three months ahead of your wedding date. That will give you enough time to choose your look, schedule an at-home try-on, coordinate wedding party rentals and make minor alterations.

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rentals at least three months in advance. That will give you enough time to make alterations (should they be necessary). The Black Tux will cover minor fixes to jacket sleeves and pants, up to $15 with a receipt. If the thought of renting a tux or suit without first seeing it in person makes you nervous, take advantage of The Black Tux’s free, at-home try-on. You’ll get to test drive one of its rentals for up to 48 hours for peace of mind before you commit. THE PROCESS The six-step rental process takes about 25 minutes to complete, including adding your measurements. You’ll first choose your tux or suit, and a name for it (like groom). If you’re looking to differentiate your best man’s look from the rest of your groomsmen, this will help keep you organized. Next, build your outfit with a shirt, tie, shoes and accessories. Then add all your event details and enter your measurements. If you don’t know what your size is, use their guide. Shipping is free, unless you need it expedited, which can run from $20 to $40. Once your event is over, you have three days to return the rental with prepaid postage. STANDOUT SERVICE If you’re looking to make a serious fashion statement at your wedding (after all, it’s your day too!), The Black Tux offers plenty of unexpected suiting options like mixed tartan prints, gingham, oversize pinstripes and rose-colored jackets. PRICE From $95, TheBlackTux.com >>

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THE SELECTION While Generation Tux has a smaller lineup of

formalwear styles with a selection of 21 suits and tuxedos in classic shades like blue, gray and black, its extensive collection of accessories more than makes up for the difference. You can choose from an assortment of neckwear, socks, cuff links, pocket squares, suspenders, belts, tie bars and even satin flower lapel pins in a range of colors and prints—you know, the trendy add-ons that will guarantee you and your guys look extra dapper. THE FIT Without a brick-and-mortar store, Generation Tux relies on its eTailor to determine your perfect fit with a few questions about your body profile, including height, weight and jean size. Order your rental three months prior to your wedding date and you’ll have plenty of time to flag any fit issues. Generation Tux will cover minor alterations up to $20, and if your suit requires more extensive fixes, they will send you a free replacement. THE PROCESS First order of business is creating an event on the website. Once that’s done, enter your measurements using the instructional videos. During this step, you can also set up a free at-home try-on if you want to touch and feel the suit you’re planning to order in person. Then you’ll pick out your tux or suit, add accessories and check out. The whole process takes under 30 minutes. Once you secure your own rental, you can then invite your groomsmen to get started on their orders. Generation Tux’s management system allows you, your partner or even your wedding planner to view the status of each groomsman. (So, if

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clean conscience Spilled some bubbly on your jacket? Lost a button while tearing up the dance floor? Don’t fret. Most rental sites cover dry cleaning and minor damages at no additional cost, so there’s no need to stress out or rush to the cleaners before returning your suit or tux.

one of your friends is seriously slacking and hasn’t been measured yet, you can follow up before it becomes a full-blown crisis.) And with friendly automated reminders of rental deadlines, all of the stress of managing (read: nagging) your wedding party is out of your hands. Another plus: When six or more of your groomsmen rent tuxedos through Generation Tux, your outfit is free. Your rental will arrive two weeks prior to your wedding. Once your receive your rental, you have 48 hours to flag any issues. After your event, return your rentals within three days with prepaid postage. STANDOUT SERVICE In addition to killer accessories, Generation Tux also offers a pretty decent selection of suits and tuxes in boy sizes—so even the most pint-sized members of your wedding party will look polished in photos. PRICE From $69, GenerationTux.com >>

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THE SELECTION Men’s Wearhouse is the go-to for off-the-rack designer suits for every style, but it also slays at rentals. There are 38 options to choose from, including looks for junior groomsmen and ring bearers. The selection is more traditional, with two- and three-piece suit and tux rentals in black, gray, blue and tan, plus a variety of accessories. THE FIT Men’s Wearhouse offers a range of sizes, lengths and styles in classic, modern and slim fits, depending on the suit or tux you choose. If you’re unsure of your size, you can use the site’s built-in Fit Evaluator or visit one of their nationwide locations to be measured by an in-store tailor. THE PROCESS Your rental will arrive seven days before your event, but you should place your order at least 15 days in advance (if you’re cutting it super close). Start by selecting a pre-styled outfit, or build your own look by choosing a suit or tux and adding accessories. Then specify the type of event you’re renting for and the date before entering your measurements and checking out. Similar to Generation Tux and The Black Tux, Men’s Wearhouse offers an online group management tool to help you keep tabs on your wedding party. And, if five or more of your groomsmen rent suit or tuxedo packages, you get a $400 shopping credit toward the balance of your outfit. After your event, you only have one day to return your rental, but you can either use a prepaid shipping label or return it to any store location. STANDOUT SERVICE Men’s Wearhouse hits the mark with their size-inclusive range of rentals, with jackets going all the way up to 70 long and pants that go up to a 70-inch waist. PRICE From $100, MensWearhouse.com

Stitch & Tie THE SELECTION Stitch & Tie has a collection of 27 suits and tuxedos in traditional shades, as well as a couple of bolder options like red and teal. Unlike other sites, they also have a classic black tuxedo rental specifically tailored for women too. THE FIT Stitch & Tie offers a range of sizes in slim and modern cuts. To ensure an accurate fit, you’ll have to enter your specific measurements. If you’re not sure how to take your measurements, watch the instructional videos that make measuring yourself virtually fool proof. If your rental arrives and the fit is off, they’ll send you a replacement if you contact them within 48 hours or reimburse you up to $15 for minor alterations. For added peace of mind, try the at-home trial service and borrow a suit or tux for 48 hours for $40, which is later applied to your final costs if you decide to take the plunge.

find your fit Choosing the right cut for your suit or tuxedo can make your rental look and feel custom-made. If you want a little extra room, opt for a classic fit. For a slightly more tailored look, choose a modern fit. If an edgier style with narrow sleeves and pants is your thing, go for a slim fit.

THE PROCESS To avoid rush-shipping charges, start shopping for your rental at least 21 days before your event. After creating your account, build your custom look or choose from a selection of curated outfits, enter your event date and then your sizes before checking out. Their group management tool can save different looks for each groomsman and even send out friendly reminders to place their orders. Your rental will arrive a week before your event date, and you’ll have 48 hours afterward to return it. If you need to keep it longer (or forget to pop it in the mail), there’s an extra fee. STANDOUT SERVICE No formalwear is complete without the right accents, and while Stitch & Tie offers the usual accessories to complete your outfit, its bespoke service is pretty innovative. It works like this: Mail in your fabric of choice, and it’ll send you a custom bow tie, tie or pocket square within four weeks. Let your groomsmen choose their favorite print, or send in a swatch complementary to your bridal party’s dresses to match. PRICE From $120, StitchandTie.com

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Carriage Caterers Your one-stop source for all your wedding needs Food | Flowers | Linens | Cakes | And More! Bob Christensen 713.433.5986 | 409.762.8053 by appointment only Serving Houston, Galveston and surrounding areas www.CarriageCaterers.info CarriageCaterers@msn.com www.Facebook.com/CarriageCaterers

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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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Velvet-lined envelopes were stamped with a design reminiscent of the wallpaper found in the estate’s powder room.

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Familial ties were the focus of Katie Bivins (31 and a yoga instructor) and Cameron Cone’s (33 and a creative director) luxe autumn affair at The Mary E. Bivins Foundation—a sprawling estate that once belonged to the bride’s grandmother. “I grew up spending most of my holidays there along with countless family dinners,” Katie says. “Both of my parents have passed away, so having our celebration in a home that houses such sweet memories kept them close to my heart.” The bride’s “something borrowed” took the form of her grandmother’s diamond bow earrings, and as a surprise, Katie’s uncle gifted Cameron with a bow tie made from Katie’s late father’s Hermès tie. “If there weren’t enough reasons to cry while walking down the aisle, that certainly added one!” Katie says. —Rachel Sylvester

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“The house really inspired me, along with my grandmother’s legacy and her style,” Katie says of repurposing family-owned vases in the décor. To honor the Bivins Christmas tradition of eating and drinking while singing The Rolling Stones, Katie and Cameron made their grand reception entrance to the tune of “Start Me Up.”

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Grace Hills At Uno Mas Ranch

• Hill Country venue with phenomenal views • Rustic elegance • Lodging for up to 70 guests

Impeccable Facilities…Unbeatable Views

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Cameron sabered a bottle of champagne for the festivities, and guests sipped from coupes arranged in an artful tower in the venue’s sun room. As the pair drove away in a rare 1938 Lincoln Willoughby Limousine, fireworks went off, resulting in a moment that “truly felt like a fairy tale,” Katie says.

Amarillo RECEPTION SITE The Mary E. Bivins Foundation, Amarillo PHOTOGRAPHY Samuel Lippke Studios PLANNER Julian Leaver Events FLOWERS Bows and Arrows GOWN Monique

Lhuillier, Los Angeles HAIR Bernard lchkanian MAKEUP Patti Stapp VEIL & SHOES Monique

Lhuillier BRIDESMAID DRESSES Various MENSWEAR Groom: Harper & Jones, Dallas;

groomsmen: various STATIONERY Méldeen RENTALS Beyond; DFW Dance Floors; La Tavola;

P.O.S.H. Couture Rentals; Quest Events; Shag Carpet; United Rentals; Whim Hospitality CATERING Two Knives Catering CAKE The Cake

Company DESSERTS Donut Stop OFFICIANT Rev. Dr. Robert Pace MUSIC Absolute Entertainment TRANSPORTATION Royal Limo Service REGISTRIES Grange Hall; Little Brown House;

Williams Sonoma HONEYMOON Bora Bora GUESTS 200 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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San Antonio–based newyweds Angela Bazan (31 and a senior tax accountant) and Roberto Pacheco (35 and a sommelier) managed to keep mum on their officiant up until the start of their vows. “We chose to have a short ceremony officiated by my aunt,” Angela says. “We kept her identity a secret, so it was a really wonderful moment when she came out and surprised everyone.” After an upbeat recessional to Walk The Moon’s “Shut Up and Dance,” the newlyweds invited guests to a cocktail hour that called for Italian wines that Angela and Roberto discovered during their engagement abroad. —RS

The couple’s pup, Gardener, got glam with a garland harness for the festivities.

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Vintage San Antonio stamps added a fitting final touch to the wax-sealed invitations.

A Thanksgiving feast was in order at Hotel Emma, where gilded pumpkins, pomegranates and grapes topped long dining tables. “We chose to have our wedding the week of Thanksgiving because we wanted to spend the first moments of our life together with the people we’re most thankful for,” Angela says.

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Dessert came in the form of churros, chocolate mousse and Angela’s favorite nostalgic confection: yellow cake topped with classic chocolate icing. Since the duo had a caricature done during their engagement trip to Italy, they brought in artist Erica Missey to illustrate custom portraits for partygoers.

ANGELA & ROBERTO’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Hotel Emma,

San Antonio PHOTOGRAPHY Allison Jeffers Photography PLANNER Southern Unique Events

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FLOWERS The Elegant Bee GOWN Needle &

Thread, BHLDN HAIR Damian Gonzales, Look Salon MAKEUP Katie Steinbach VEIL Elibre SHOES Jimmy Choo BRIDESMAID DRESSES

BHLDN MENSWEAR Suit: J. Hilburn, bow tie: FeatherGameBirdsUK, Etsy.com; groomsmen: Ralph Lauren STATIONERY Calligraphy: Lazy Creek Designs; crest: Arabella June RENTALS Linens: Parties by Design CATERING Hotel Emma CAKE Bird Bakery CAKE TOPPER The Elegant Bee DESSERTS Hotel Emma OFFICIANT Vangie Bazan

(bride’s aunt) MUSIC Ceremony: Monte Vista Strings; reception: Sinatra of South Texas CARICATURE ARTIST Erica Missey FAVORS

Rescue Flats REGISTRIES Amazon.com; Zola.com GUESTS 85 BUDGET $$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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Kim and Zane exchanged wedding bands designed by the bride’s brother. “He made several of my siblings’ rings, so it was really special to continue that tradition,” Kim says.

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“We had almost a 100 percent RSVP rate,” Kim says of mailing postcards to guests.

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THEIR STORY As a part-time wedding photographer, Kim Mears (22 and graphic designer) had a clear vision of what her and Zane Robles’s (23 and an architecture student) own nuptials would look like. “We booked the 5&J Gallery because it had great lighting and it’s not commonly used for weddings,” she says of outfitting the concrete venue with acrylic accents, black chairs and wood candle holders. “Our personal style is a mix of modern minimalism and simple elegance, so we tried to find playful ways to combine both.” Arrangements of olive, eucalyptus and huckleberry provided a pop of green to tablescapes, and Kim opted for olive branches in her hair rather than a veil. —RS

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Zane handcrafted wood benches for guests that were later gifted to friends who assisted with the wedding planning.

Instead of fresh petals, flower girls scattered the aisle with gold confetti dots to “make the ceremony feel more like a party,” Kim says. The bride’s favorite coffee shop, Yellow House Coffee, was on hand during cocktail hour to serve espresso and caffeinated drinks to guests in need of a pick-me-up.

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KIM & ZANE’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE CASP 5&J

Gallery, Lubbock PHOTOGRAPHY Katie Rivera

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Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Mandy Voight DAYGroomsmen rocked denim jackets as a playful nod to Zane’s daily uniform.

OF COORDINATOR Allie and Andie FLOWERS

Jessica Ormond Events GOWN David’s Bridal HAIR Alisha Johnson/Designers Group Salon MAKEUP Emily Koontz (bridesmaid) WEDDING RINGS Robert Mears (bride’s brother) BRIDESMAID DRESSES The Dessy Group;

Dillard’s; LuLus.com; Macy’s MENSWEAR Express; ties: Irlecia Bertaioli STATIONERY Stacie Stine/ Jamboree; menus and programs: Greenhouse Creative RENTALS For Your Party; Spoil Me Rotten Party & Event Rentals CATERING Twist’d Texan CAKE DIY OFFICIANT Michael Koontz (friend) MUSIC Ceremony: Caleb Ward; DJ: Connor Voight REGISTRIES Amazon.com; Crate & Barrel; Target HONEYMOON Akumal, Mexico GUESTS 180 BUDGET $ (see key, p. 8)

A close friend of Kim and Zane wrote the bride’s processional song, its lyrics later appearing on the back of the newlyweds’ ghost chairs. “We chose to assign seats during dinner because we wanted our guests to feel seen knowing we had saved a spot specifically for them,” Kim says.

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APRIL 21

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ADA M & BR ANDEN SAN ANTONIO

Adam (left) sported a deep green suit, while Branden landed on a cobalt blue hue.

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THEIR STORY A decade after a mutual friend introduced them at New York City’s Pride Parade, Adam Lilly (32 and a marketing executive) and Branden Torres (30 and an operations manager) made their union official in a traditional hispanic lasso ceremony that called for a garland of fresh flowers and five of their closest friends. “Branden’s cousins joined us at the altar and placed a floral lasso on us in a figure-eight shape, signifying the joining of us for infinity,” Adam says. Flower girls tossed petals from handwoven linen totes, and the ring bearer, Branden’s nephew, Mason, toted the wedding bands in a Mexican clay keepsake jar handpainted with a scene of San Antonio. —RS

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ADAM & BRANDEN’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE ZaZa

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Gardens, San Antonio PHOTOGRAPHY San Antonio’s annual Fiesta celebration inspired the day’s design, including the lively cocktail hour complete with piñatas and a drink menu of frozen margaritas, agua fresca and Mexican beer. Tex-Mex fare was a must, as were Girl Scout cookies in support of the troop one of their flower girls belongs to.

Jona Davis and Jerry Blackwell/Forever Photography VIDEOGRAPHY The Wedding Theater DAY-OF COORDINATOR The French Connection FLOWERS Statue of Design SHOES Gucci; Ralph Lauren WEDDING RINGS Cartier MENSWEAR Adam: Marni;

Branden: Suitsupply STATIONERY Minted .com RENTALS DPC Events Services CATERING True Flavors Catering OFFICIANT

Andrew Lilly (Adam’s brother) MUSIC Ceremony: Galo Gutierrez; reception: Texas Professional Disc Jockey PHOTO BOOTH InHouse PhotoBooths TRANSPORTATION Elegant Limousine and Charter REGISTRY Zola.com HONEYMOON Capri, Italy GUESTS 125 BUDGET $$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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SARAH KATHRYN PORTAIT DESIGN

South Texas Elegance 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!

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ᴥ Formal dining featuring customized menus to fit your desires. ᴥ 4,900-square-foot outdoor, covered patio with water/fire fountain feature.

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F ea turin g ᴥ 16,000-square-foot, air-conditioned venue including indoor and outdoor wedding sites.

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ᴥ Three lodges and a cottage available for overnight reservations.

ᴥ Unique photo opportunities with camels, deer, rams, zebras and other exotic animals.

ᴥ Formal dining featuring customized menus to fit your desires. ᴥ 4,900-square-foot outdoor, covered patio with water/fire fountain feature.

T he R eserve at Dancing E lk R a n c h is your destination for any event, including wedding ceremonies and receptions, corporate functions, family reunions, charity events, fundraisers and special celebrations.

ᴥ Conveniently located between Corpus Christi and San Antonio, Texas, just off Highway 37.

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• NEW BRAUNFELS

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THEIR STORY High school teachers Kara Epstein (27) and Clinton Woller (27) booked their venue, The Allen Farmhaus, for two simple reasons: the ambience and the owners. “There’s something magical about the place,” Kara says. “With the big open Texas sky above us and great people to work with, what more could we ask for?” Clinton’s nickname for Kara (“Moonbeam,” as he calls her) inspired the day’s celestial theme, which came to life thanks to sweet MoonPie desserts and crescent-stamped favor bags. “It was important that our wedding didn’t feel too formal or rigid,” Kara says. “I wanted it to be a representation of us.” —RS

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Instead of a veil, Kara wore a bohemian flower crown for the occasion, just like her mother did on her own wedding day. A cocktail camper was parked on-site and dished out custom margaritas in flavors like blueberry pomegranate, strawberry mango, white peach and lavender. “It was such a hit,” Kara says.

KARA & CLINTON’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE The Allen

Farmhaus, New Braunfels PHOTOGRAPHY Chandra Yarter/Chandra’s Collection Photography

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VIDEOGRAPHY Dynamic Films SA DAY-OF COORDINATOR & DESIGN Touch of Whimsy FLOWERS The Bloom Bar GOWN Morilee, Bridal

Connection, San Antonio HAIR Salon DMA MAKEUP Liv Beautified FLOWER CROWN The

Bloom Bar SHOES Nordstrom ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Jared The Galleria of Jewelry BRIDESMAID DRESSES Bella Bridesmaids MENSWEAR Men’s Wearhouse STATIONERY

Minted.com RENTALS Cru Vintage Decor and Rentals CATERING Jimmy Lyn’s Catering; Bartenders4You CAKE 2tarts Bakery CAKE TOPPER Chicago Factory, Etsy.com OFFICIANT

Texas Wedding Ministers, Reverend Rene Esparza MUSIC Cutting Edge Entertainment PHOTO BOOTH MBP Photo Booth FAVORS MoonPie.com REGISTRIES Bed Bath & Beyond; Dillard’s;

Target HONEYMOON Orlando, FL GUESTS 165 BUDGET $$$ (see key, p. 8)

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Escape The Ordinary Located just north of San Antonio, Texas, Tapatio Springs Hill Country Resort and Spa offers an incredible setting for your wedding. Our experienced wedding specialists will work with you to ensure that your wedding is not only as unique as you are but truly something you will cherish for the rest of your life. Whether it’s an intimate gathering or a luxurious reception, we’ll make sure that all of your wishes and dreams for your wedding come true.

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the year’s freshest venues

These new picks have some of the same perks as our perennial favorites, with a unique vibe all their own. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APH BY SAW YER BAIRD

If it feels like everyone you know is getting married in a barn or on a vineyard, you’re not alone. According to The Knot 2017 Real Weddings study, the two locales are consistently growing in popularity for couples who are tying the knot. And while we love us a good rustic barn celebration or refined vineyard affair, we’re also excited to introduce you to the new kids on the block. Score one of these venues and you’ll officially be that couple ahead of the curve. >> Dos Pueblos Orchid Farm, Goleta, CA

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Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Columbus, OH

Does the word “rustic” give you all the heart eyes? Well, you’re in luck because there’s a new “it” venue on the market to help you achieve that look. While barns aren’t going out of style anytime soon, to-be-weds wanting a fresh space to bottle up that same casual, outdoorsy vibe should look to greenhouses. Nature lovers will go crazy over the built-in décor (hello, plants, plants and more plants!), while the airy structure (think: floor-to-ceiling glass windows and so much light) makes it the perfect spot to host a fun party for a few hundred of your closest friends and family. MAKE IT YOURS Go for custom botanical-inspired stationery to set the scene and give guests a sneak peek into your wedding location. On the day of, reinforce the natural vibes by asking your florist to go heavy on the vines and greenery to incorporate your tabletops or ceremony space into the surrounding scenery. Wood farm tables and chairs will add refined texture to the place, while strings of bistro lights will make dinner under the stars feel magical. SOME OF OUR FAVES Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Columbus, OH // The Greenhouse at Driftwood in Driftwood, TX // Historic Shady Lane in Manchester, PA // The Greenhouses at Audrey’s Farmhouse in Wallkill, NY // Snow Avenue Greenhouse in Lowell, MI // Volunteer Park Conservatory in Seattle // Planterra Conservatory in West Bloomfield, MI >>

Snow Avenue Greenhouse, Lowell, MI Planterra Conservatory, West Bloomfield, MI

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If you like a barn, try a greenhouse

fun plans for out-of-town guests Keep your crew entertained all weekend long with these out-of-the-box activities.

Treat them to a cooking class

Ask your favorite local eatery if they offer cooking classes and enroll your loved ones in some midday culinary fun ahead of your wedding day. Guests of all ages will enjoy getting a taste of the local food scene (and flexing their chef muscles), and a good meal always brings about good conversation and friendships.

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Host a cookie and coffee reception

Looking for a way to make all your guests feel included on the night of your rehearsal dinner without breaking the bank? Host a cookie and coffee reception afterward for a sweet end to the night. The casual yet intimate setting will be perfect for catching up before the busyness of the day.

Arrange for a group tour

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

Host a postwedding brunch

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

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Dunton Hot Springs, Dolores, CO Tanque Verde Ranch, Tucson, AZ

Rancho Dos Pueblos, Goleta, CA

smart questions to ask before you book What’s the driving distance from your ceremony space?

If you’re not providing transportation for your guests, you’ll need to know how long it’ll take them to get from the ceremony to the reception. Ask what the traffic is like around the time of your wedding to ensure your guests won’t get stuck bumper to bumper on a road for an hour.

Is the venue near hotels?

This could impact your decision to book if guests have to drive a long way to get from their hotel to the venue and back, especially if transportation isn’t provided. Usually, anything over 30 minutes is a big ask.

If you like a vineyard, try a ranch If you love the foodie vibe a vineyard lends (plus all that wine), think about looking into ranches. You’ll score a stunning private property with added perks like activities for your guests (think: kayaking or lasso lessons) and even live animals. The best part? Some ranch venues are fully functioning and can accommodate overnight guests, so you and your whole crew can call it home base for the weekend and make the most of your time together. MAKE IT YOURS Play up the surrounding scenery with accents that tie together the whole vibe of the joint, like terra-cotta pots overflowing with just-picked wild flowers and leather charger plates. For eats, this is the perfect time to go for high-end BBQ, so see if you can find a caterer who will grill up guest favorites right in front of you. Finish the night with dancing and toasting around a big bonfire. S’mores are optional but of course encouraged. SOME OF OUR FAVES The Ranch at Rock Creek in Philipsburg, MT // Hofmann Ranch in Castroville, TX // Bayshore Ranch in North Fort Myers, FL // Rancho Dos Pueblos in Goleta, CA // Dunton Hot Springs in Dolores, CO // Tanque Verde Ranch in Tucson, AZ // Ironstone Ranch in Elizabethtown, PA >>

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This directly impacts your guest list and, therefore, your budget. If you love the space but it only fits 75, and your guest list is looking more like 200, you have to decide if the venue or your guest count is more important.

What kind of services do you offer?

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

What restrictions do you have?

There are a few kinds of limits to be aware of. Ask if there are any alcohol restrictions or permits. Some venues may not have a liquor license, and some may not let you stock the bar yourselves. Same goes for vendors—your venue may only allow you to book pros from a certain list, while others will let you bring in whoever you want. Ask whether there are any décor restrictions, like confetti or open flames. Also check to see if there’s a noise ordinance after a certain time— many venues won’t allow you to play loud music past 10:30 p.m. or so, which won’t work if you want the option to dance until midnight.

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If you like a loft, try a distillery If your style is more industrial than glam, a loft wedding is probably at the top of your list. For a similar feel with added personality, seek out a whiskey or spirit distillery in your local area. You’ll get a lot of the same lust-worthy industrial features (like exposed piping, brick walls and metal windows), plus the added bonus of a space that isn’t totally a blank slate. Translation: You probably won’t have to worry about bringing in essential things like tables and chairs and can instead focus on the fun stuff, like what killer set of flatware goes best with the distillery’s copper equipment. MAKE IT YOURS An oversize venue is the place to go big with high-impact design accents, so opt for a massive Lucite escort card display or statement-making suspended arrangement of graphic branches. Pair the raw feel of the space with hits of metallic gold, copper and inky black for a color palette as chic as it is sophisticated. At the end of the night, send guests packing with bottles of whatever spirit is the house specialty, customized with a signature wax seal featuring your wedding crest or monogram. SOME OF OUR FAVES Journeyman Distillery in Three Oaks, MI // Westland Distillery in Seattle // McClintock Distilling in Frederick, MD // O.Z. Tyler Distillery in Owensboro, KY // Union Horse Distilling Co. in Lenexa, KS

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Couples looking for a classic or glam environment to host their wedding should look no further than an old manor or stately home. The authentic space will pack in all of the opulence of a traditional ballroom setting, while still feeling unique and special to your event. Plus, a private home or manor means you’ll likely be the only duo saying “I do” on the property, so you won’t have to worry about running into other weddings that weekend. MAKE IT YOURS Reinforce the refined dinner party atmosphere by sprinkling your reception tables throughout the main floor of the home so each guest gets their own unique dinner surroundings. Old homes mean lots of vintage fabrics or wallpapers, so keep your other décor accents neutral and opt for streamlined tabletop textiles, flowers and paper goods. Work in lots of candlelight (real or fake) to set a romantic mood and hire a string quartet or jazz trio to fill the home with live music that sets a celebratory mood. SOME OF OUR FAVES Rixey Manor in Rixeyville, VA // Lyndhurst Mansion in Tarrytown, NY // Decatur House in Washington, DC // The Twelve Oaks Bed & Breakfast in Covington, GA // Benachi House & Gardens in New Orleans // The Chanler at Cliff Walk in Newport, RI // The Manor House in Littleton, CO

The Chanler at Cliff Walk, Newport, RI

WESTL AND DISTILLERY: ALEX ANDR A KNIGHT PHOTOGR APHY; UNION HORSE DISTILLING CO.: MORGAN MILLER PHOTOGR APHY; THE CHANLER AT CLIFF WALK: REBECC A YALE PHOTOGR APHY

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9 smart (and sneaky) ways to stay in budget Whether you’re looking to spend a little or a lot, we’ll help you look good while doing it. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APH BY SHANNON COLLINS PHOTOGR APHY

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First, land on the right number for you

Opt for a roaming dinner

Before you spend any money, you’re going to want to figure out how much you can afford to spend. That’s where we come in— with The Knot Wedding Planner app, we’ll help you come up with the right number for your celebration and offer suggestions for how much of that budget you should put toward each part of your wedding. Plus, we’ll help you turn money to action with vendor and venue recommendations in your budget, which means no more falling in love with a pricey pro you can’t afford (we’ve all been there). The result? An easy-to-follow spending road map that will ensure you stay in the green from your first contract to your last.

If you’re looking to save on your catering, but a buffet dinner isn’t really your style, look no further than the roaming dinner. Basically an all-night cocktail hour, an up-and-at-’em dinner consisting of all passed bites is a fresh (and a bit frugal) take on the traditional reception meal. You’ll save some money since there’s less waitstaff needed, and guests will get to mix and mingle all night long instead of having to sit down for a formal meal. Just make sure the variety (and amount) of food guests would expect of a traditional dinner is still there, with plenty to choose from for those who have dietary restrictions.

Prioritize your top must-haves

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When it comes to wedding planning, there’s no shame in playing favorites. Before you do too much research, sit down with your partner and make a list of your priorities when it comes to your day. The goal? Decipher where your money is best spent and what will really set the day apart for you. Remember, there are no wrong answers here. This is all about what’s going to make you and your partner the happiest. Once you have your list, move forward with booking those top vendors and spending your money accordingly.

This may sound counterintuitive, but hear us out. Spending up front on a knowledgeable wedding planner can pay off big time for your budget and your sanity. A skilled pro will help you navigate everything from vendor selections to contract negotiations, ensuring you’re spending smart throughout the process. Another bonus? They’ll have a handle on venues and services in your area, so they can help you score insider-only deals and achieve coveted looks ($10-per-stem peonies, anyone?) for way less.

Trim your guest list

Play up your venue décor

It may sound harsh, but the biggest way to save money is to cut down your guest list. Think of each person you invite as a price tag (sorry, Aunt Sue)—you’re likely shelling out at least $100 or more per person, so you want to compile your guest list wisely. Consider narrowing down plus-ones to only couples that are engaged, married or living together. Then, if you still need to size down, put a few hard-and-fast rules in place, like “no coworkers.” The tighter you keep your guest count, the more money you’ll have to put toward other perks, like a string quartet for the ceremony.

Choosing a party spot with good bones is a priority when looking to make the most of your money. It’s not helpful if you get a great deal on a ballroom but have to spend big to cover up the ’80s wallpaper, so make sure your chosen venue feels 85 percent of the way “there” without having to add anything extra. When walking through potential locations, pay attention to things you can’t tweak easily, like good lighting, an open space and decent flooring. Then, work with your vendors to come up with décor that accents the space’s characteristics, instead of disguising them. >>

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Skip the rentals Trust us, no one is going to remember whether they used silver or gold flatware on your wedding day. When it comes to rentals, it’s best to work with what your venue has to offer. While it may be necessary to rent some items, when it comes to purely stylistic choices, avoid upgrading unnecessarily if your budget doesn’t have the wiggle room. If you must elevate your venue’s basic dinnerware selection, opt for a high-impact item, like a wow-worthy charger plate or patterned tablecloth. Anything else will likely go unnoticed by your guests and isn’t worth the up-charge.

Go for greenery Good news: This last piece of advice is totally on trend. You can shrink your floral budget by opting for a trendy, greenery-heavy look. Because big blooms are often what ups the price for your florist, ask them instead to focus on a textural mix of greenery for the larger moments at your wedding, like a table runner, overhead installation or ceremony décor. Then, concentrate your flower usage to high-impact areas that will be center stage in a lot of your photographs, like your bridal bouquet.

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Over-the-top stationery Your wedding invite is the first glimpse your guests get of your wedding style. Have fun with small, unexpected elements, but don’t go crazy with thick card stock, 14-karat gold calligraphy and real peacock feathers. As long as your invites share essential information and look pretty, you’re good to go.

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if you’re exchanging vows in a house of worship or outdoors. If you’re set on decking out your ceremony space, stick to highlighting the focal point: an altar or arch.

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Monogrammed favors Guests will appreciate fun favors, but chances are, they won’t miss them either. Skip customizing favors with your initials and wedding date. This will save you cash and even entice guests to take them home.

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Cake details Standout wedding cakes are stunning, a sculpture—it’s dessert. Just because you splurged on sugar flowers doesn’t mean your cake will taste good. As long as it looks as yummy as it tastes, and there’s a slice for everyone, there’s no need to go crazy.

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Figuring out your signature style for your wedding day is no easy feat. With so much pretty to choose from, landing on just a few favorites is a tough task, but we’ve got your back. Nailing down your look and feel, deciding on the right venue, picking out florals—we’ll help you through the brainstorming so you can get started on the really fun stuff (um, hello, cake tasting!).

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First, take our style quiz We promise—this is a fun pop quiz. Open up The Knot Wedding Planner app, or head to TheKnot.com, and spend a few minutes with your partner going through our style quiz. You’ll answer questions pertaining to wedding day specifics (like whether you’ll be hosting your ceremony in a religious setting) and get to choose from photos to help you decide on everything from the look of your flowers to the design of your tabletops. The result? A seriously valuable vision board that includes everything from helpful descriptors (like luxe garden party) to the perfect color palette, vendor suggestions and must-have celebration essentials you may not have even thought of. And here’s the best part—your board will live in your app and online all throughout your ON planning process, so you can refer back to it, tweak it or pass it THE APP along to vendors whenever you need. How easy is that? >>

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Cast a wide (inspiration) net

Tackle some of the logistics

Now that you have the helpful visuals and words to describe your ideal wedding day look, it’s time to do a deep inspo dive. This is the “dreaming” phase of your planning, so don’t worry too much about the cost of an idea or whether it’s a good fit for a certain venue— your vendors can help you figure all that out. Right now just focus on getting a better idea of what you do (and don’t) want. Instagram and real weddings (like those on TheKnot.com) are crazy-valuable sources of inspiration, but don’t stop there. Practically anything can inform your wedding day vibe, so be on the lookout for unusual sources of inspiration. Love a pattern you see on a dress while shopping at Anthropologie? Snap a pic of it. Touched by the sweet china pattern on your mom’s plates at Thanksgiving? Model your invitation suite after it. The more unique places you can pull inspiration from, the more true to your DNA your wedding will feel.

Nailing down certain specifics for your day can make imagining it (and executing it) much easier. Once you think you’ve compiled a good amount of inspiration, start to narrow in on a few of the most important factors for your day, such as which season you prefer to get married in, a general radius or location, and the size and formality of celebration that feels right to you. A lot of times, your season or your setting can dictate your vision, so you want to firm this up ASAP. Have your heart set on a beachfront wedding? You’ll likely want to say “I do” during warmer months, and a sandy spot may mean a more casual feel overall. Likewise, the desire for a moody, glamorous affair may point you in the direction of a fall ballroom wedding. Once you have certain guidelines sketched out pertaining to your whole vision, it will be much easier to find vendors, details and products to help you execute it flawlessly. >>

fun ways to personalize your day Make your wedding truly feel like your wedding with these touches.

The invitations

Think beyond just coordinating your paper with your color palette. Instead, include unique details as well, like finishing the envelope off with vintage stamps from the states where you both grew up, shutting it with a custom wax seal depicting your initials or incorporating a favorite piece of poetry onto the back of your details card for guests to frame.

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Your vows

The promises you and your partner make to each other during your ceremony are the whole reason this party is going down, so put your heart into it. If you’re too nervous or shy to do anything super personal, think about including a special sentiment in your wedding programs instead, like additional vows, a favorite poem, quote or inside joke.

The menu

Serve solely local cuisine, or a certain specialty dish you both love (like French pastries, if you got engaged in Paris). Midnight snacks are also becoming increasingly popular, so keep the dance floor packed by having waiters pass around your grandmother’s famous chocolate chip cookies or paper cones filled with “Nuts for Each Other” peanuts.

Your transportation

Leave your ceremony or reception in a vehicle that’s totally #couplegoals. Take a ride in a vintage cab to nod to your love of New York City, scooter away on a super-sleek mint-green Vespa if you’re honeymooning in Italy, or say your final farewells to your coastal reception venue aboard a luxe sailboat. It will be a farewell to remember.

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Terrible flooring THE FIX: Keep in mind, your dining tables will likely

cover much of the floor. But, if it still makes you cringe, price out the cost of outfitting the whole space in the same material as your dance floor, like hardwood or a chic checkered tile. Or, roll out several neutral carpets to create a blank-slate background fit for any décor. THE PROBLEM

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Figure out your priorities The key to making the most of your vision—and your budget? Sticking firm to your list of priorities. Before you and your partner spend one dollar or hire one vendor, sit down and prioritize each aspect of your wedding in terms of its importance to you both. Are you big foodies who couldn’t care less about wow-worthy floral displays? You do you, and allocate some of your floral budget toward a delicious catering team instead. Are over-the-top personalization moments your jam? Then splurge on that custom vinyl dance floor and save on something lower on your “must-have” list instead. You’ll find your dreams of a luxe venue, Michelin-starworthy meal or high-flying performing artists are more in reach than you think once you know what you’re willing to scale back on.

Tap your A-team One of your biggest assets when it comes to nailing down and pulling off your wedding day style is—you guessed it—your kickass vendors. Whether you’re working with a full-blown creative team (think: a planner, florist, photographer, stationery designer, glam squad—the works), or just a few essential members, trust your pros to help fine tune your style. Think of them as your inside look into the wedding industry—they know what’s trending and how to execute your biggest ideas in a way that feels fresh and doesn’t break the bank. Plus, real talk: If you’re going to a pro and just asking them to replicate a look you saw on Pinterest or their Insta feed, you’re not going to get their most creative work or an end result that’s unique to you. You’re hiring your team for a reason, so share your likes and dislikes, then leave them to rock it out and do their thing. Trust us, they’ll rise to the challenge.

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Gaudy chairs THE FIX: If you can’t justify spending to rent new

chairs, try making the current style work for your needs with a few hacks. Pick out a pretty fabric to have sewn into cushions, or task your florist with creating swags of greenery for the chairbacks. THE PROBLEM

Too-bold wallpaper THE FIX: Create another world within the room by

covering the walls in drapery. Select a fabric that fits well with your wedding palette, or choose white for a clean, neutral look. Then, have the venue hang it from the walls (and even the ceiling) for a cozy feel. THE PROBLEM

An oversize space THE FIX: Up the intimacy by using rectangle tables for

dining—they’ll take up more space than circle tables, which will go a long way in making the room feel more utilized. Past that, consider setting up different lounge areas to put the extra square footage to work. THE PROBLEM

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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 a get-to-know-you phone call or in-person meeting). This is your chance to get comfortable in front of the lens (it’s a bit different than snapping selfies, trust us) and get to know your pro and how they work. “Awkward always shows, so use this session to get out the nerves and figure out your best angles—we all have them,” says Elizabeth Fogarty, a fine art wedding photographer based in Washington, DC. Keep it casual by choosing one or two special-to-you locations, and ask your photographer to shoot you somewhere quiet if you’re especially camera shy. Otherwise, trust that they’ll warm you up and get you feeling like a natural. “Posing is very much a photographer’s job,” explains Jen Huang, a fine art photographer based in New York City. “There’s no need to practice before your session because you’ll want to be as authentic as possible. I try and direct couples so their natural moments can emerge.” >>

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Digital photography

Digital is the most typical way of shooting. The biggest advantage? Time—depending on how your photographer works, you could see snaps just days postwedding. Digital cameras can shoot in very low light, and thanks to a display screen, your photographer can preview shots and adjust accordingly. That means lots of images to choose from when putting together your album.

Film photography

Images shot on film will have a soft, organic quality to them, which may fit your vibe. But shooting with film is more work and, therefore, more money. In addition to the price of film, your photographer will also factor processing and development fees into your final cost.

Classic style

Like the ones in your grandparents or parents’ wedding album, classic images are those that stand the test of time—striking, gorgeous and a bit formal. These photos reflect reality, but they’re often infused with your photographer’s signature style or aesthetic.

Lifestyle

Think of lifestyle photography as the casual sister of classic photography. It’s candid, but with a dose of styling and direction. A good photographer will look for moments but also set the scene for a relaxed, approachable result.

Artistic style

Not all portraits have to be a couple in full frame looking at the camera. Think: unique angles, cool framing and contrast-y lighting and coloring.

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To start, hire a photographer who has the same vision for your day as you and your partner do. Whether you love a soft, romantic look, covet crazy candid dance floor shots or know you’ll want formal family portraits, partnering with a pro who specializes in exactly what you’re looking for will ensure you’re already off to a good start. “Intentionally seek out a photographer whose portfolio is filled with the types of moments you want to see reflected in your own wedding photographs,” explains Kate Ignatowski, a fine art photographer based in Richmond, Virginia. Ask to see full wedding galleries (not just what they’ve posted online) so you can scope out how they’ll capture your entire day, and schedule a phone call to ask more about how they operate and whether they’ll do things like pose you and curate moments, or just act as a fly on the wall.

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Dress like you’re out on a date Choosing a look for your engagement photos can be almost as hard as picking your wedding day outfit, 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’d pick out for a date night,” Huang says. “Everyone has a different look and style—just be sure your outfits ‘match’ in the sense that if one of you is wearing something casual, the other isn’t in formalwear.” Worried you won’t know what to do when your photographer starts snapping? Set up a little wine and cheese picnic, go grab drinks at an outdoor bar or wander the streets of your city with ice cream cones in hand. Giving yourselves an activity will automatically make you more natural.

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Your pro has likely been in the wedding industry for a while, so use them like your own personal vetting tool when it comes to whom else to hire for your dream team. More than any other vendor, your photographer will encounter every person involved in your day (from your planner to your florist and the DJ), so it’s in both your best interests that they feel confident with your choices. After bringing your photographer on board officially, provide them with a list of who else you’re considering to get their take before signing on the dotted line. While their opinion doesn’t have to be the be-all, end-all of whom you choose, it’s a good place to start.

Create a solid timeline for the day of “Allowing enough time for each part of the wedding day is essential if you want amazing images,” Fogarty says. To ensure your photographer doesn’t miss out on a moment of the action, pass them along a detailed outline of your day from start to finish. (Not sure where to start? Download The Knot Wedding Planner app, and we’ll do the work for you.) Keep in mind, if you want pictures of everything from morning mimosas to the night’s last call, you may need to work overtime hours into your contract, which can increase your costs a bit. Another thing to consider? Whether or not you want to do a first look together. “I always encourage my couples to do one,” Fogarty says. “It allows them to have a bit of 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 go to your cocktail hour and enjoy your guests.” Lastly, ask your photographer to shoot all those amazing details you spent months dreaming up, like your escort cards or your invitation suite (be sure to get and bring an extra copy). “Also allow your photographer time to capture a few reception details before the room is flooded with guests,” Ignatowski says. >>

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your picture-perfect kit Have these must-haves on hand the day of your wedding to set a pretty scene.

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Sentimental extras

A beautiful ring box is a must for those up-close shots of your sparkler. Choose a color or style that goes with the overall vibe of your wedding, like a rich burgundy velvet for a vineyard celebration.

Provide your photographer with a few extra spools or strands of the ribbon used in your bouquet or throughout your décor. It will make a great addition to your invitation suite photos.

Invitation suite

Speaking of your stationery—bring it! You’ll want your photographer to get a shot of everything laid out nicely, so make sure you order an extra complete set for exactly that purpose.

Have your florist bring a few bonus stems when they drop off your bouquet and centerpieces for your photographer to work into styled photographs of your stationery or accessories.

Consider packing a few bonus items that are particularly reminiscent of you as a couple. Whether you wrote letters to each other your first year of dating, picked up a beloved brass figurine on a trip together or even want to include shells you’ve collected over the years, it’s a great way to add sentimental value to a shot.

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Plan for the light When plotting out your day-of timeline, it’s important to factor in the golden hour—that covetable time of day photographers love to shoot during to capture incredibly romantic, glowy shots. “Shooting in the best light possible makes all the difference, both for your engagement shots and your wedding day portraits,” Ignatowski says. “Start shooting about an hour and a half before sunset for an engagement session, and begin couple’s portraits about an hour before sunset on your wedding day, depending on how much time you need to allot.” Your location, venue and day-of timeline can all impact how much time you’ll have during golden hour (if any), so loop in your photographer ahead of your wedding to plan out the most logical solution for your day.

From the moment you bring a photographer on board, encourage an open dialogue with them regarding everything from where you hope to shoot your couple’s portraits to how much communication you want to have with them in the months leading up to your wedding. Remember, you’re going to be spending the most time with your photographer on your wedding day (even more than your partner, honestly), so it’s important that you hit it off with them. The more up front you are about your needs, the more you and your photographer can make sure you’re working together 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—things that you really want captured versus things that are maybe a little less important. This way, if there’s a time crunch, I’ll know which types of images to focus on.”

But don’t try and control everything Listen, you’ve done all the right stuff, so once your wedding day rolls around, let it go. Relinquish control to your photographer and vendor team, and trust that you’re in good hands. Trying to get too prescriptive with your photographer’s work will mean they may miss out on more special, genuine moments, so just 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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Kayla Barker—based in Austin—is an awardwinning destination wedding photographer and member of The Knot Hall of Fame. She’s been capturing weddings for over 10 years.

When booking a photographer, ask to see some full wedding galleries. It helps give insight into how your day would be captured, rather than the small snippet shown in a portfolio.

Don’t compromise on vendors, including your photographer. If you find someone you’re really drawn to, it’s worth the investment to hire and work with a team whose vibe you truly love.

I think the ceremony is the best part of a wedding. I especially love when couples incorporate elements that are unique to their relationship into their day so it feels truly like their celebration.

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A Rolls-Royce getaway car “Jacob has always wanted to own a vintage car. He’d comment on any retro car that drove by us on the highway, so I thought it might be fun to surprise him by booking a vintage getaway car for our wedding. When he saw the 1958 Rolls-Royce outside our reception, he was so eager to hop in and didn’t want to get out—it was worth every penny to see him so happy and excited.” Jordan and Jacob, Indiana the gift

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An embroidered handkerchief “Kerron’s grandfather passed away years ago. For our wedding, I wanted to give him something that acknowledged how much his grandfather meant to him, and how much we all missed having him there. The handkerchief was embroidered with his grandpa’s favorite biblical verse, and was a tangible way to remind him that he was with him on our wedding day.”

A live first dance painting “We had been taking dance lessons leading up to our wedding, and it was always a fun date night for us. At our wedding, my husband surprised me with a live painting of our first dance, done by the artist Tesh Parekh. It was a beautiful way to capture such a memorable moment, and it now hangs as a centerpiece in our living room.”

FLYING LESSONS ON A WW11 PLANE “When we first started dating, my husband shared many stories about his grandfather, and it was clear to me just how much he had meant to him. He had been a decorated pilot, and so many of Drew’s favorite times with him involved plane rides to Florida alongside his cousins and siblings. For our wedding, I wanted to give him a gift that tied in his family history and included a little fun and adrenaline for my fastpaced husband. We had agreed that instead of gifting a ‘thing,’ we were going to gift an experience. He had never actually flown a plane himself before, so I started there. I ended up finding a company called Cloud 9 Living that offered WWII plane flying lessons. I chose a flight path over Baltimore, since we have friends in the area and he could fly over the water. Needless to say, he was pretty shocked. He even asked if I thought they’d show him how to roll the plane!”

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A box of letters “On the day of our wedding, my husband, Casey, gifted me a box that included 12 cards with instructions for when to open them. They were all tied to different life events—our wedding day, our first married Christmas, when he moved to start his

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special to have something from him to turn to when I was having a hard day. Reading the card titles, I found myself falling in love with him all over again in that moment, and, looking back on it now, the gift of these letters embodies so many of the reasons why I married him to begin with.” Alicia and Casey, Washington >>

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An engraved guitar pick “Sam and I are both musicians—we met in music school and started a band together, so it’s a big part of our story. He’s obsessed with guitar picks (he has hundreds of them) so gifting him a pick engraved with our initials and wedding date was a no-brainer!”

Three chickens “I’ve always wanted chickens of my own. When my husband heard this, he was adamantly opposed—after all, he had worked on a 500-plus chicken farm and despised them. Unbeknownst to me, however, he had posted online in search of chickens before our wedding. The day of

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our rehearsal dinner, I made an unexpected stop at home and found him hammering away on a surprise chicken pen, surrounded by three chickens in storage tubs. It was the best gift I’ve ever received. I named them Erma, Barbara and Queenie—each one has a different personality, and they’re so entertaining. Since then, our flock has grown to 11 hens and one rooster!”

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A STAR WARS CAKE “My husband, Dave, is a huge fan of Star Wars—he actually wanted us to dress up as Princess Leia and Han Solo for our wedding, but I put my foot down and gave him a surprise groom’s cake instead. It was made by Something Sweet by Maddie Lu, and I loved the way it turned out. Plus, it was super tasty. Dave was really surprised and excited—he had a hard time deciding where he wanted to cut, if anywhere!”

A visit from a college mascot “My husband and I met while studying abroad in Spain through Michigan State University, so MSU has always been a huge part of our lives. When we walked down the aisle at the MSU Horticulture Gardens, it felt like everything had come full circle. I thought it would be amazing for our mascot, Sparty, to show up at our wedding, and Abdul’s groomsmen helped me pull it off. During the reception, our DJ announced we had a special guest arriving. Abdul looked confused until they started playing the fight song and Sparty came bounding into the reception wearing a tux. We even ended up having a dance-off with him—it was amazing.”

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A custom cigar box “In all the time we’d dated, I had never seen my now-husband Tim smoke a cigar. But he’d mentioned a couple of times that he likes to have one on special occasions, which is how I came up with the idea to gift him a bunch at our wedding and attach each to a special occasion. Some of them were tied to specific dates (like our wedding day and our one-year anniversary), others to goals (like finally taking a trip to Iceland) and others were simply funny—neither of us want kids, so one jokingly said ‘Our First Child (Better never smoke this one!).’ ” Ashley and Tim, North Carolina

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A $2 bill “A few years back, my grandma gave me some $2 bills for my birthday, and I’ve just held onto them because I know they are rare. The night I met my husband, Nolan, he offered to buy me a drink. The bartender got my order wrong so Nolan ended up drinking that drink and ordering me another one. I felt bad, so I gave him one of my $2 bills to help cover the cost of the drink. Fastforward a year later and we are at dinner getting ready to pay. Nolan pulls out his wallet and I see a $2 bill. Forgetting I gave it to him, I remark that I have some of those too, to which he responds, ‘I know. You gave me this one the night we met. I kept it because it reminds me of you.’ I was at a loss for words. When planning our wedding, we joked about using the $2 bill as our ‘something old.’ You can imagine my surprise, then, when he sent it over with a groomsman on the day of our wedding, having written our wedding date on it. I put it in my shoe and kept it with me the whole day. We plan to pass it down to our kids so they can use it as their ‘something old’ at their own weddings someday.” Samantha and Nolan, Utah

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HISTORIC BEER HOPS “One of Phil’s favorite hobbies is brewing beer. He reads books, does research, writes his own recipes and even makes custom labels for the really good batches. He’s also a history buff, and had expressed interest in making a more historic beer recipe. Well it turns out, during the Colonial era, my hometown was the center of hop production. That’s when the pieces began to fall into place in my mind: What if I could give Phil a bit of my history and something he’d love? The hops wouldn’t be mature to pick until August or September (after our June wedding), so the plan became to gift him the plants, and go back to pick them together later. I printed out photos, wrote a note explaining the gift and folded it into the card I gave him at our wedding. Not only was it special because it was a historic variety of hops from my town, but it was also a new adventure for him in brewing.” Melissa and Phil, Massachusetts the gift

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A Slaughterhouse-Five book “I got Henry a Kurt Vonnegut–signed copy of Slaughterhouse-Five, his favorite book. When we met, he told me he lent his copy to a girl and she never returned it. I wanted to be the girl who gave it back—but even better.”

Paul McCartney tickets “T and I have been best friends since we were 12. There is only one man I have loved for longer, and that is Paul McCartney. So, the gift of the concert tickets was his way of honoring my ‘first love.’ ”

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Alyssa Hassell (31 and a landscape architect) and Mikey James (33 and a graphic designer) tag-teamed their eclectic, outdoor celebration decked out in shades of peach, pink and green. Mikey designed the save-the-dates and invitations, while Alyssa made a watercolor map of the venue to make navigating the sweeping grounds all the easier for guests. Family also played a pivotal role, processing down the aisle ahead of the couple in bright ensembles of their choosing. “Some wore bolo ties and hats in the Texas spirit,” Alyssa says. Other members covered popular songs, from The Beatles to Vance Joy, for the ceremony. The pair exchanged vows beneath an oak tree at an altar made from hanging pampas grass after Alyssa walked down an aisle of rugs lined with swaths of grasses and mass plantings. —Becky Murray

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“We wanted to create a space that promoted intermingling and walking around,” Alyssa says.

Mikey took the lead on designing cocktail hour, which was held on the deck under a massive live oak tree with festoon lighting. The goal: “A colorful, playful space with an intimate feel,” he says. All but one lounge area was awash in peach. The exception, dubbed “the man lounge,” was filled with dark green and black. Lush, mossy plants mixed with structural groupings of painted palms dotted the property, and kokedamas and driftwood sculptures hung from the tented ceiling.

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THEIR STORY Shereen Palomo (26 and a dental hygienist) and Thomas Bucag (29 and a software engineer) looked to their venue—Villa Antonia—for design inspiration for their blush, gold and silver celebration. “We loved the oldworld style of the estate and were drawn to its architecture,” Shereen says. The festivities began with an outdoor ceremony on an arched terrace overlooking the Hill Country that included eight wedding sponsors, a Filipino tradition. “These nominees are typically older married aunts, uncles or family friends whom the couple looks up to as role models in marriage,” Shereen says. DJ-led dancing followed, and the night capped with a seminaked buttercream tres leches cake and a sparkler exit. —BM

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Shereen’s soft-white, off-the-shoulder lace gown had removable straps that she omitted for the reception. Thomas accessorized with a solid navy bow tie, a navy pocket square with white polka dots and monogrammed silver cuff links. Eucalyptus garlands decorated iron railings and accentuated the property’s Saltillo tiles.

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Blush, gold and burgundy accents filled the reception alongside fresh pineapples spray-painted gold and tropical leaves—both favorites of Shereen. Guests sat for roasted beef medallions with salsa verde and baked truffle mac and cheese before hitting the dance floor with glow sticks.

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“We served a family-style meal to encourage people to get to know one another,” Leah says.

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Leah Paley Salloway (31 and a director of publisher services) and Julian Frachtman (32 and CEO of an advertising platform) looked to shades of blue, gray, charcoal and green to bring their earthy palette to life. “We wanted to dispel the misconception among our California-based friends and family who hadn’t yet traveled to Austin that a Texas wedding meant ‘desert, tumbleweed and cowboys,’ ” Leah says. “The venue was luscious and green, and we wanted a colorscape that would complement that.” Nonetheless, the pair did incorporate a bit of West Coast flair into their celebration: The stationery was inspired by menu designs from some of their favorite San Francisco restaurants. —BM

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Guests found their seats on a “bon appétit” escort card display. “I opted not to wear a veil and swept my hair up to show off the back of my dress,” Leah says. She also wore a chunky heel to make maneuvering outdoors a breeze. Leah asked that her favorite plant be put to use at the reception. “We love succulents and wanted the flowers to be modern and clean but not staged or overdone—like someone had gathered them from the field nearby,” Leah says of the arrangements.

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Though Ashley O’Bryan (32 and a wedding planner) designs weddings for her nine to five, when it came time to organize her own celebration with Daniel Robertson (36 and a software engineer), she had to pause. “I initially wanted a wedding in Italy but realized that some of our closest family members wouldn’t be able to make the trip abroad,” Ashley says. “Instead, we chose Dripping Springs because it has the stunning vistas and ambience of Europe but is only 30 minutes from Austin.” Their wedding, a close-knit celebration for 35, began with a ceremony outdoors followed by dinner to the tune of string musicians. After what the couple calls a “fancy dinner party,” they roasted s’mores with friends before turning in to one of Camp Lucy’s casitas for the night. —BM

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“The biggest inspiration was the vision of an alfresco garden party in the Italian countryside,” Ashley says of the event’s European edge. To re-create it, the reception was styled with ivory and blue linens, candles, and vases filled with anemones, chocolate cosmos, dahlias, peonies and textured greenery.

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“I’m a veil fanatic,” Ashley says. “Instead of jewelry, I opted for a cathedral-length drop veil with a blusher that fluttered in the breeze.”

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THEIR STORY One Eleven East got splashed with bright shades for Lindsey Phaup (32 and a principal at a branding firm) and Bryan Gibson’s (33 and a biochemist) wedding. “The venue is just so gorgeous and clean,” Lindsey says. “We knew that we could really play with color—so we did every chance we could.” The place cards, signage and programs packed a punch, as did the bouquets and arrangements—a kaleidoscope of warm hues. After a ceremony staged in front of a greenery backdrop, guests took their seats at tables marked with blue taper candles. “The colors just made the day feel so alive and celebratory,” says Lindsey, who admits, ironically, that she spends most days in black. —BM

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The two went with a classic for dessert: an almond cake iced with buttercream and finished with a fresh peony, garden roses and blue thistle.

A custom illustration of the couple graced the save-the-dates and koozies, which were made to look like brown paper bags—one of the pair’s favorite “highbrow-lowbrow” details. Though they were meant to be taken home, cactus enamel pins made an appearance on guests’ lapels before the night was over.

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Glittery Jimmy Choo pumps paired with statement pearl and crystal Kenneth Jay Lane earrings completed Diya’s ceremony look.

THEIR STORY Diya Ajit (35 and an entrepreneur) planned and designed her wedding to Brett Eggleston (37 and a special assistant to the deputy Secretary of State) right down to her showstopping ensemble in all of four months. “I was surrounded by visual inspiration daily while a director at Vogue Arabia,” Diya says. “Both Brett and I like to keep a beautiful home filled with plants, flowers, music and fine food, and our wedding was simply an extension of our natural style.” The Washington, DC–based pair invited 14 guests to the Four Seasons for a ceremony on the banks of Lady Bird Lake. They looked on from chairs covered in tulle and white blooms as the duo wed under a floral arch. An à la carte dinner followed at Jeffrey’s restaurant. —BM

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Diya designed her winter-white, one-shoulder jumpsuit with Japanese silk crepe. It featured a large shoulder embellishment, as well as a detachable “cape” that acted as a cathedral-length train when layered under her crystal-encrusted tulle veil. “It was a contemporary design inspired by the runway but meant to be worn again, sans cape and veil,” Diya says. After enjoying a gluten-free buttercream chocolate cake with ganache, the newlyweds exited through sparklers and hopped in a limo.

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Whether you’re already incorporating one of these touching traditions into your day or are on the hunt for a meaningful moment to add to your wedding, we’re explaining a few of the sweet sentiments you may (or may not) be familiar with. >> BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APH BY ANGEL A NEW TON ROY PHOTOGR APHY

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chuppah A chuppah is the altar that Jewish couples stand beneath to exchange their vows. Made up of four corners and a covered “roof,” it’s meant to symbolize the new home the couple is building. Traditionally, the posts are held up by friends or family of the couple, but today, many duos simply have their chosen loved ones join them beneath it. The structure itself can be simple or fancy, ranging from a family heirloom fabric (like a tallit) to a large installation of blooms. >>

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tea ceremony A quintessential Chinese wedding ritual, the purpose of a tea ceremony is to show respect for family. Traditionally, after exchanging vows, a couple would serve tea to the groom’s family (with the bride’s family served later in the day after the bride’s home visit). These days, modern couples often choose to honor both sides of their family tree by hosting a joint ceremony for their whole crew, either post-vows or even the day after their wedding (think: a tea ceremony instead of a day-after brunch). Tea is served in order of seniority, with popular flavors being sweetened red or black tea. Those participating often bring a lai see, or lucky red envelope, usually containing money or jewelry, to gift the couple.

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While Hindu weddings incorporate many rituals, one of the most recognized is the saptapadi, or seven sacred steps around a fire. “Each step represents a hope or wish for the couple’s future,” says Eleni N. Gage, author of Lucky in Love: Traditions, Customs & Rituals to Personalize Your Wedding. “The first is for the couple to provide nourishment for their household; the second, that they grow stronger physically, mentally and spiritually; and the third, that they prosper. The fourth is a petition to grow in joy, love and trust; the fifth, that they have children; the sixth, that they enjoy a long life together; and the seventh, that they remain lifelong friends and partners.” Couples circle the agni (fire) together while reciting the vows and are pronounced officially wed after their final lap around the flames. FILIPINO

veil and cord ceremony Filipino wedding traditions put a large emphasis on family (their processionals can sometimes include 50 people or more), and the cord and veil ceremony is no different. Couples looking to work in these rituals will first have to choose sponsors for both the veil and cord traditions (as well as the unity candle, which takes place last)—often these are godparents or other close family friends or relatives. During the ceremony, two sponsors drape a white veil over the couple’s shoulders as a symbol of unity. Another two sponsors then add a white cord (sometimes referred to as a yugal) atop the veil, further bonding the couple as they receive the officiant’s blessing. >>

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planting a tree Nature is symbolic in nearly every culture, which is probably why this ritual has gained such popularity among newlyweds. During their ceremony, couples can take turns covering a partially planted sapling with dirt—sometimes from a place that’s significant to them, like their joint alma mater or backyard. “To make it even more meaningful, pick a tree that’s rich in symbolism,” Gage says. “Orange trees represent fertility, olive trees symbolize peace and evergreens can remind you of everlasting love.” The rustic ritual is perfect for any couple hosting a nonreligious ceremony or outdoor affair—or really anyone who isn’t afraid of getting their hands dirty. Bonus points if you find cute gardening gloves.

What better way to start married life together than to jump right in? Jumping over a broom is a symbolic action, meant to sweep away the past and show a couple embarking on a new life together. “It became popular in the United States before the Civil War, when slavery prohibited African American couples from legally marrying,” Gage explains. “They would hold their own ceremonies that involved placing a broom on the floor and jumping over it together while holding hands. There’s also symbolism in the idea of sweeping away the past and stepping into the future.” Today many couples continue to honor that tradition, choosing to “jump the broom” right after they’re pronounced wed at the altar, or at the reception as the wedding party enters. Make it your own by using a family member’s broom, decorating a new one to fit your wedding vibe or playing a signature song while you make the leap.

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burying the bourbon Whether you’re from the South or not, chances are you’ve got your fingers crossed for sunny weather on your wedding day. Good news—you can think of burying the bourbon as a plea to Mother Nature. “The idea is to bury a bottle of bourbon upside down at your wedding venue in the hope of influencing nature to give you good weather,” Gage says. “It’s a tradition in the Southern US, and, like a lot of rituals, was developed to calm anxiety. It makes you feel like you’ve done what you can to influence the weather, so you can stop worrying about rain ruining your day and just enjoy the celebration.” Splurge on the good stuff, get the bottle monogrammed for a personal touch and get digging.

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A wedding is a loaded event—financially, emotionally and even spiritually—so it’s no wonder there can be a lot of anxiety surrounding both the actual celebration and the idea of marriage. There are certainly red flags you should pay attention to, but the majority of prewedding jitters stem from the expectation that this is supposed to be, unequivocally, the happiest time in your life. And while that can definitely be true (hey, it’s pretty darn fun!), it’s also okay to feel a bit thrown off by the whole thing. “We think of happiness as really binary,” explains Matt Lundquist, founder and director of Tribeca Therapy in New York City. “We tend to believe you can’t be both happy and stressed, nervous or worried, but that’s not true. Weddings are massive, expensive ordeals, so of course they’re going to be hard. Believing that the tough stuff means you’re doing it wrong makes the tough stuff even harder.” So, what is normal to feel leading up to the main event? Here are the top worries psychologists say are most common.

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The actual wedding We bet you’re not too surprised about this one, huh? Unless you’re an event planner, you’ve probably never organized something of this magnitude. And somewhere between your cake tasting, the third meeting with your florist and the fifth call from Great Aunt Valerie, you realize you’re a little overwhelmed. Totally understandable, says relationship therapist Aimee Hartstein. “We get so swept up in having the perfect event. It can help to realize that six months from now, you probably won’t care about the details that are keeping you up at night,” she says. Her advice? Take a step back. Instead of spending the night worrying over your ceremony schedule, call up a few friends and head out for margs or a movie—a quick reminder that your life consists of more than just planning a wedding will have you instantly feeling better. If your nerves are more about being the center of attention rather than a long to-do list, Hartstein suggests you take a moment to remember the loved ones that will be there on the day of. “Remind yourself that everyone there is someone who loves you and is happy to celebrate you,” she says. “Focus your attention on you and your partner, and know there will be so much adrenaline and excitement that day, you won’t be nearly as self-conscious as you think.”

Family dynamics Whether you’re besties with your future in-laws or simply cordial, your relationship with them has likely been the center of a few sleepless nights. “Dealing with in-laws is a very common premarital anxiety,” Lundquist says. “When I see couples for counseling, they’re usually in the middle of wedding planning, and dealing with one >>

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5 ways to stay chill while planning Keep calm and carry on through prewedding chaos with these stress-relieving tips.

Have a tech-free night

To disconnect with your tech and reconnect with your love, observe at least one tech-free date night a week (that means no phone, email or social media). Trust us, you’ll appreciate the extra attention and QT together.

Learn to meditate

These days, it seems like everybody’s trying to get Zen. Get in on the action by setting aside 5 to 10 minutes every morning to quiet your mind and set an intention for your day. Beginners can get acclimated with a meditation app like Buddhify or Headspace.

Pamper yourself

Indulge in a mud mask, light some scented candles (lavender is so soothing) and run a bubble bath to take your thoughts off planning for a little while. Your body and mind will thank you for the self-care and you’ll feel refreshed when you get back to the grind.

Make time to sweat

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

Get crafty

Immerse yourself in a creative project that has nothing to do with your wedding (that means no DIY party favors allowed), like putting together a scrapbook, painting a watercolor or taking a pottery class.

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fight right another’s families is often at an intense place.” Whether you’re butting heads with your future MIL or are worried that dear old Dad will say something silly, be as straight forward as possible with your partner—and their family—about both your issues and expectations. “Try your best to anticipate what it is you’re worried will happen and talk to your families about it,” Hartstein says. “No family is perfect, but most want the best for you. If you let them in on your fears, hopefully they’ll then do their best to make your day as stress free and happy as possible.” Laurel Steinberg, PhD, a clinical sexologist and relationship therapist in New York City, agrees. “If you feel the need to give someone a prewedding hint about your behavior expectations, feel free to do so,” she says. “Be smart about the table arrangements and where you seat people, but past that, don’t sweat it. The person who acts badly is the one who looks bad, not you.”

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Arguments and disagreements We’re going to let you in on a little secret—all couples fight. If you feel like you and bae are battling it out more than usual lately (especially while wedding planning), use it as a chance to talk about how (and why) you fight, instead of judging your relationship. “Couples can be self-conscious about how much they fight or the fact that they fight period,” Lundquist says. “Use this time to talk about your boundaries for fighting and what it means to fight fair in your relationship.” He suggests conversations around things like what sort of words or behaviors are too harsh, and what to do when a line is crossed can be super beneficial to the health of your marriage in the long run. Having a hard time starting those conversations yourselves? Try downloading an app like Lasting,

Use the time ahead of your wedding to talk about what it means to fight fair in your relationship. Conversations around what words or behaviors are too harsh can be super beneficial to the health of your relationship in the long run.

which will walk you through science-backed exercises devised to help strengthen the health of your partnership. “Don’t forget that relationships are complicated,” Hartstein adds. “None of us are madly in love all the time, especially during times of high anxiety. Even if you’re in a stressful place, it doesn’t reflect on the marriage you are embarking on.”

Lifetime commitment Pledging to spend your life with one person can be like whoa, right? Whether you’ve had 2 or 20 relationships before your partner, it’s natural to wonder if you’re making the right choice. “The worry that there’s someone better out there for you usually comes from FOMO,” Steinberg explains. “Most people feel scared by a lifetime commitment at some point, but if you remember to care for your relationship and do the best you can to be kind, you will be fine.” Hartstein agrees, suggesting that, like all big life choices (think: buying a house, starting a new job or, hey, even cutting bangs) getting married is a leap of faith. “If you love your partner, are happy and think you’re good together, that’s enough,” she says. “None of us can know exactly where we will be and how we will feel 50 years from now. Right now, all that matters is you’re choosing to go on a journey with the person who you feel is right for you.”

4 convos to have before getting married Here are the crucial topics to discuss together—and what is okay to disagree on.

Raising kids

If it hasn’t already come up, now’s the time to discuss whether or not you envision yourselves having children. But don’t stop there. It’s also important to talk over where you each stand on the many issues that will inevitably come up once you start trying to have kids and when the tykes are actually around, like infertility, adoption, discipline and more.

Money and careers

One of the biggest things couples fight about is finances, so talk now to avoid arguments. Decide whether you’ll keep separate accounts, and determine where you’ll draw from for expenses and big investments. If one of you is a spender and the other is a saver, choose amounts to set aside for savings and personal spending that you’ll both be okay with.

Religion and values

Every marriage counseling expert brings up faith and moral values for good reason. They might not seem like a big deal now, but religion and morals play a larger role in marriage success than some couples expect. Talk about your faith, general values you find important in a partner and how you see them affecting your shared life together.

Deal breakers

If there’s anything else you know will drive you nuts in a marriage, it’s better to chat about it sooner rather than later. You should also be up front about any life goals you’re dying to accomplish. Aiming to live in another country or own your own business someday? Make sure your partner knows about that dream and is open to helping you achieve it.

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Have Your First Dance Whether you want to show off your salsa moves or wow with your (okay, slightly modified) rendition of Dirty Dancing’s signature scene, plan to have your first dance immediately after your entrance into the reception. If you’re not a pair who loves center stage, sway for a few minutes, then have your DJ or band segue right into an upbeat song. That’s your wedding party’s cue to storm the dance floor and get your guests moving.

WHEN TO

Give Toasts WHEN TO During dinner tends to be the best time for speeches—everyone is sitting, and music isn’t blaring. The hosts (whether it’s your parents or yourselves) usually kick off the meal with a greeting, then the honor attendants follow soon after with their toasts. If other friends would like to share some stories, encourage them to speak at the rehearsal dinner, and keep the main event speeches short, sweet and PGPG-13.

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Before you race to the bar and down a cocktail, make time for a little schmoozing. To score face time with everyone, from your college roomie to Great Aunt Vera, organize a receiving line as guests exit your ceremony or enter your reception. Not into that idea? Plan on using your cocktail hour (or part of dinner) to make the rounds and flash those new wedding rings.

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Cut the Cake WHEN TO

Sign the Ketubah

We know what you’re thinking—ASAP, right? While the temptation to dig in may be strong, most couples wait until the last hour of the reception to start slicing. If you prefer a more private moment, simply do it to the side with your photog instead of making it a big to-do. Trust us, guests will be too busy on the dance floor to notice.

The ketubah is a Jewish marriage contract traditionally signed by the couple and their witnesses ahead of the wedding ceremony. Modern or mixed-faith couples often take the signing public and share the moment in front of all their guests, or even invite everyone present to sign their names onto an oversize document that doubles as art.

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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.

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

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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.

Collin County County Clerk Collin County Administration Building 2300 Bloomdale Rd., Ste. 2104 McKinney, TX 75071 (972) 548-4185 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.

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.

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

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

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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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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 the 4 eleven

411 S. Main Street, Fort Worth, TX (682) 703-0077 The4Eleven.net Bring your vision to life in our restored 1920s industrial warehouse just blocks from downtown Fort Worth. The ivy-covered garden patio with vintage brick walls leads into an expansive warehouse with double staircases and a mezzanine, plus tons of whitespace, natural light and vintage details throughout. capacity 300+ | price $$

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 $$$$

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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.

2606 FM 758, New Braunfels, TX (830) 358-3333 TheAllenFarmhaus.com The Allen Farmhaus raises the bar for barn weddings. Located in New Braunfels on 52 acres of unending views, this backdrop complements every couple’s style. The combination of indoor and outdoor experiences has your guests not wanting the night to end. capacity 300 | price $$

angel mountain events

178 Pine Tree Loop, Bastrop, TX (512) 695-0932 lpena@angelmountainevents.com AngelMountainEvents.com Angel Mountain Events offers both indoor and outdoor ceremony sites. Our scenic, hilltop patio is perfect for an outdoor ceremony—and the sunsets are free! Our staff will set up guest seating and décor for your event, or you can provide the décor to enhance your own personal style.

at&t hotel and conference center

1900 University Ave., Austin, TX (512) 404-3624 Let’s host your beautiful wedding! Celebrate in our modern 15,000-square-foot ballroom, rustic 10,000-square-foot ballroom, courtyard or unique reception areas. Elevate the experience with delicious dishes created by our expert culinary team. Our luxury guest rooms make it easy for your guests. capacity 300+ | price $$

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alamo resort & dancehall

11841 CR 1871, Mason, TX (325) 597-2602 Facebook.com/masonweddings Our stone courtyard with large live oak trees, a pool and waterfall is the perfect setting for your ceremony. Then on to The Dancehall for your reception! Overnight lodging is available for up to 23 guests on-site. With six bedrooms and eight bathrooms, we offer weekend-long wedding packages. capacity 125 | price $$

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

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avalon legacy ranch

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 $$

the barn at swallow’s eve

1411 Lower Crabapple Road, Fredericksburg, TX (917) 455-1725 SwallowsEveBarn.com Gather here to celebrate life’s joys and journeys amidst the seep of warm breezes, open sky and rustic elegance. Nestled among 35 acres of tree-laden land with dry creek beds, rolling hills and beautiful skies, this is the place to be. 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 $$

bethel ranch

1922 Bethel Cannon Rd., Whitewright, TX (870) 538-8707 BethelRanch.com Whether you use our new wedding chapel, our upscale rustic main lodge or take advantage of our 82 acres of rolling hillside, fields and lake, we have lots to offer— allowing the options of an indoor or outdoor ceremony and/or reception. We would love to be the place you choose to host your special day. capacity 300 | price $$

big cedar

190 Top of the Rock Road, Ridgedale, MO (417) 339-5159 | BigCedarWeddings.com Whether you’re imagining an intimate gathering or a grand celebration, your wedding day will be an unforgettable experience. Choose from rustic, luxury venues including intimate patios, charming chapels, a perfectly manicured lawn or a grand ballroom—all with breathtaking views of Table Rock Lake. capacity 400+ | 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 $$

boardwalk fantasea yacht charters #8 Kemah Boardwalk, Suite G, Kemah, TX (281) 538-9600 | events@boardwalkfantasea.com BoardwalkFantaSea.com The Boardwalk FantaSea creates the most picturesque setting for beautiful weddings and receptions.

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the bowden events & weddings

1775 Keller Parkway, Keller, TX (817) 379-1775 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 and bridal suite, indoor and outdoor ceremony options, 24- to 31-foot-high ceilings, house linens, plates, glassware and flatware. capacity 400 | price $$

briscoe manor

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 $$$

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buca di beppo

(844) EAT-BUCA 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 $$

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. capacity 400+ | price $$$

canyon lake cabins and cottages

Canyon Lake, TX (830) 935-3430 | CLCabins.com Centrally located between Austin and San Antonio lies a relaxing and charming retreat. Our gazebo and beautiful Outback Hall provide a romantic setting with views of Canyon Lake. We can accommodate your guests in our 24 lovely cabins and cottages to provide your destination wedding dream. capacity 250 | price $$

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the carriage house

3845 Sapp Road, Conroe, TX (936) 588-4083 TheCarriageHouseHouston.com If you’re looking for a bit of rustic balanced with the perfect touches of elegance for your wedding day, this is your venue! Have your ceremony among the outdoor gardens, or say “I do” in our romantic vintage chapel. capacity 300 | price $$

the cascades country club

4511 Briarwood Rd., Tyler, TX (903) 525-0005 | CascadesofTexas.com We understand that you want your wedding to be unique and memorable. Our facilities and staff can accommodate any request, from a formal wedding and reception in the main clubhouse to a relaxed cocktail reception at our one-of-a-kind marina—a large and luxurious affair to an intimate one. capacity 800 | price $$

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 $$

the cedars ranch

506 Burnett Ranch Road, Wimberly, TX (512) 413-3537 TheCedarsRanch.com Situated on 20 acres of meandering live oak and cedar trees in the heart of Texas Hill Country, The Cedars Ranch is a new green wedding venue designed by award-winning architects, featuring inspiring modern architecture and gorgeous eco-friendly design in a stellar natural setting. Book now for 2019! 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 $$

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 $$$

cityplace events

2711 North Haskell Ave., LB #34, Dallas, TX (214) 515-5115 | dcope@cityplaceevents.com CityplaceEvents.com Cityplace Events ensures your ceremony and/or wedding reception will be one of a kind. This venue hosts several styles of spaces from traditional to contemporary, a seasoned team for both on- and offpremise catering, and the ability to create a celebration that is perfectly you. capacity 400 | price $$$

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 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 $$

courtyard by marriott austin pflugerville hotel

16100 Impact Way, Pflugerville, TX (512) 220-2525 | heather.hartzog@marriott.com Experience the comfortable accommodations and convenient location of the stylish Courtyard Austin Pflugerville. Our conference center boasts over 20,000 square feet of flexible event space, perfect for planning a memorable weekend for all of your guests! capacity 300+ | price $$

cross creek ranch

3406 Dublin Road, Parker, TX (972) 221-0167 CCRTX.net 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 $$

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crowne plaza dallas near the galleria – addison

14315 Midway Rd., Addison, TX (972) 980-8877 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 large and extravagant, our luxurious sleeping rooms and elegant ballrooms make the Crowne Plaza the perfect place for an unforgettable experience. capacity 700 | price $$

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. capacity 400+ | price $$$

cypress valley event center

1223 Paleface Ranch Road, Spicewood, TX (512) 264-8880 CypressValleyEventCenter.com Say “I do” on an incredible ceremony platform suspended from ancient cypress trees with a creek whispering beneath your feet and your loved ones gathered in an outdoor amphitheater. Dance the night away in our cliffside reception pavilion and then retreat to your romantic treehouse.

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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 events center

4343 Sigma Road, Suite 600, Farmers Branch, TX (214) 358-3628 Dallas-Events-Center.com Offering customized options to fit any couple’s needs. We are very centrally located on Midway by I-635, right in the heart of the North Dallas Design District by Galleria Mall! Make very memorable moments with us! capacity 450 | price $$

dallas historical society

3939 Grand Avenue, Dallas, TX (214) 421-4500 EXT. 101 DallasHistory.org Imagine cocktails in the impressive Hall of Heroes

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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 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.

downtown aquarium

410 Bagby at Memorial, Houston, TX (713) 315-5168 nautilusweddings@ldry.com DowntownAquarium.com The newly renovated 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 and velvet nautilus-shell chairs combine to create an elegant, memorable setting for your celebration. capacity 400 | price $$$

duchman family winery

13308 FM 150 West, Driftwood, TX (512) 858-1470 EXT. 107 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 200 | 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 $

ember ranch 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 400 | price $$$

Mico, TX (210) 440-4141 EmberRanchEvents.com With idyllic waterfront views and majestic sunsets, Ember Ranch offers a unique venue for your rehearsal dinner, bridal shower or outdoor wedding. Two separate facilities with extensive outdoor patios offer breathtaking views of Medina Lake that are sure to serve as a unique backdrop to your ceremony. capacity 200 | price $$

emery’s buffalo creek

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 $$

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fairmont austin

101 Red River St., Austin, TX (512) 524-4572 whitney.hodges@fairmont.com Fairmont.com/austin A wedding at Fairmont Austin sets a new standard in romantic elegance. From bridal showers to luxurious suites for the bride and groom, we offer comprehensive wedding services and specialize in creating unique experiences. Fairmont Austin is the perfect venue to take your first steps toward forever. capacity 300+ | price $$$$

the fort worth club

306 W. 7th Street, Fort Worth, TX (817) 338-3491 | hmaynard@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) 759-7555 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 1,200+ | price $$$

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frisco celebration hall

Frisco, TX (972) 335-1000 | FriscoHall.com Our stunning ballroom is stylish and spacious, and will impress your guests. To-be-weds will be able to say “I do” and host a reception all under one roof. We can also customize any event both large and small. Make your event a memorable one! Call to schedule your private tour. 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 $$

garey house

6450 RM 2243, Georgetown, TX (512) 930-6801 GareyHouse.Georgetown.org

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The Texas Hill Country meets Tuscan style at Garey House. Located 23 miles north of downtown Austin in historic Georgetown, Garey House is set within Garey Park, a 525-acre public park nestled along the San Gabriel River. capacity 150 | price $

gather in downtown mckinney

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 $$

gleneagles country club

5401 West Park Boulevard, Plano, TX (972) 867-6666 GleneaglesClub.com Gleneagles is a premier wedding venue located in west Plano. Our experienced wedding planners are available to help you with all of your wedding event needs. Whether intimate or extravagant, we’re certain the memories you make here will be the ones you’ll cherish for years to come. capacity 300+ | price $$

grace hills at uno mas ranch

Bandera, TX (830) 688-2303 | (830) 796-9689 GraceHillsatUnoMasRanch.com The rolling hills form beautiful backdrops in every direction. The sunsets and star-filled night skies are breathtaking, transitioning the natural beauty of your special day into the night. We offer the complementary coupling of rustic and elegant at our wedding locations for a memorable experience. capacity 200 | 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 160 | 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. capacity 700 | price $$$

haak vineyards & winery

6310 Ave. T, Santa Fe, TX (409) 925-1401 | weddings@haakwine.com HaakWine.com What’s more romantic than saying “I do” surrounded by acres of grapevines, set against the backdrop of a winery? Have your wedding at Haak Winery and let us cater to your every need. capacity 200 | price $$$

hawthorn hills ranch

10340 Jackson Road, Krum, TX (940) 600-7838 HawthornHillsRanch.com This romantic, hillside venue 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 $$

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 200 | price $$

h.e.s.s. club

5430 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX (713) 627-2283 HESSClub.com

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hidden creek

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 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’s room 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 $$$

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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 $$

highpointe estate

5555 County Road 258, Liberty Hill, TX (512) 636-9200 HighPointeEstate.com Our location is readily accessible from anywhere in the central Texas region. Our casually elegant interiors will boast creamy white shiplap walls with chocolate-stained timber trusses. It’s a perfect backdrop for any event, regardless of theme. capacity 300 | price $$$

hochzeit hall

427 Gentry Street, Spring, TX (832) 992-3896 info@oldtownspringweddings.com OldTownSpringWeddings.com Let our journey together become your memories! capacity 300 | price $$

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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, 100-year-old oak trees and gently rolling hills. From small and quaint to large and elaborate, Honey makes everything sweeter. 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 $$$

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 $$$

hotel granduca

Austin and Houston (888) GRANDUCA GranducaHotels.com When it has to be perfect: Granduca Hotels. Beyond your expectations. capacity 250 | 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

wedding! Catering by our exquisite culinary team, soaring ceilings, walls of windows and wood finishes are landmarks of this unique setting. capacity 150 | price $$

hotel saint george

Marfa, TX (432) 729-3700 MarfaSaintGeorge.com Saint George Hall at Hotel Saint George offers convenient access to the hotel’s full services and accommodations, including gorgeous spaces for rehearsal dinners, ceremonies, receptions, intimate meals or late-night celebrations. capacity 350 | price $$$

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 $$$

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 $$

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. capacity 250 | price $$

kendall plantation

20 Guthrie Road, Boerne, TX (830) 229-5090 kristin@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

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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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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 $$$

las hadas ballroom

Dallas, TX (214) 960-0237 LasHadasBallrooms.com Make your wedding dream a reality in one of our luxurious ballrooms. We have three beautiful venues that include decorations, servers, bartenders, in-house catering, security officers, kids’ play room, table linens, centerpieces, general maintenance, video, photography and DJ services. capacity 500 | price $$$

lone oak barn

1810 North County Rd. 122, Round Rock, TX (512) 651-3214 | info@loneoakbarn.com LoneOakBarn.com Lone Oak Barn captures your heart with its Southern charm and modern finishes. The strikingly tall ceilings, wood beams and pasture views provide the perfect venue for an indoor/outdoor soiree. With the versatility of an all-inclusive or basic package, couples can create their perfect love story. capacity 250 | 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 $$$$

magnolia grace

636 County Road 4945, Leonard, TX (214) 560-4222 MagnoliaGraceRanch.com If you’re looking for a fun and fantastic elegant-meetsstarry-nights wedding venue just 15 minutes east of downtown McKinney, here it is. This is where country charm meets uptown style! capacity 250 | price $$

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 $$

main street events

4111 Main Street, Rowlett, TX (469) 209-0566 MainStreetEventsRowlett.com Our passion is for your event to be a success. From the

time we open the doors for your guests to arrive to the time we lock up for the night, we are always working toward that goal. Let us add your next chapter to our book of memories at Main Street Events. capacity 160 | 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 $$$

mediterranean villa

1111 Wet N Wild Way, Arlington, TX (817) 557-2700 | (214) 557-7009 info@mediterraneanvilla.net Mediterranean Villa can accommodate weddings and receptions, plus corporate and social events. Our facility is a stunning Mediterranean-style setting on a threeacre estate with lavish landscaping and breathtaking design and sophistication. We are a full-service facility that leaves no detail unpolished. capacity 300+ | price $$

messina inn

Wimberley, TX (512) 847-6000 MessinaInnTX.com On the banks of Cypress Creek this Italian-inspired Hill Country venue features an expansive lawn with beautiful magnolias, stunning chandelier-lit pavilion, multiple creekside ceremony sites and an Italian-style villa with overnight accommodations. It’s perfect for your weekend wedding destination. capacity 200 | price $$$

milltown historic district

New Braunfels, TX (830) 837-5480 MilltownNB.com This riverside haven located in the heart of New Braunfels has overnight accommodations, the opportunity to bring your own caterers/alcohol, plus award-winning staff. Filled with charm and beauty, Milltown is sure to uphold all of your wedding dreams! 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

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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 $

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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 $$

oak valley vineyards

27315 FM 3009, San Antonio, TX (830) 980-8033 OakValleyVineyardsRestaurant.com Unique and romantic, Oak Valley Vineyards is the perfect Hill Country setting for the wedding of your dreams. Delicious Texas bistro food, attentive service and event planning are customized to accommodate your vision. Oak Valley Vineyards is a Texas bistro with rustic elegance. capacity 250 | price $$

the oaks at heavenly

18826 Bandera Road, Helotes, TX (210) 988-3334 OaksatHeavenly.com The Oaks at Heavenly takes you beyond your expectations. capacity 300 | 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. capacity 300 | price $$

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 $$$

old mill resort & event center

1554 Gruene Road, New Braunfels, TX (830) 387-5833 OldMillResortatGruene.com Old Mill Resort is located deep in the heart of Texas. Weddings can be held indoors in our beautiful 8,500-square-foot venue or outdoors under the shade of majestic oak trees beside the mill. Come let our resort staff make your dream day come true. capacity 300+ | price $$$

omni barton creek resort & spa

8212 Barton Club Drive, Austin, TX (512) 329-4057 OmniHotels.com/bartoncreek Set in the Texas Hill Country, Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa offers endless possibilities for your perfect wedding. And once the resort transformation is complete in spring 2019, say your vows in stunning venues including the new Brazos Ballroom or Hill Country Pavilion featuring grand event lawns.

Caney-Creek.com The Orchard at Caney Creek is 36 acres of 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 $$

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 $$

palmwood event and conference

640 Taylor Street, Fort Worth, TX (682) 785-8875 PalmWoodEvents.com PalmWood is the perfect place to savor your celebration. With extraordinary cuisine and impeccable service, you will celebrate in style high above downtown Fort Worth. From your grand entrance to the big farewell, we’ll attend to every detail to ensure the first day of your marriage is remarkable. capacity 300+ | price $$

park 31

1200 Park Road 31, Spring Branch, TX (210) 526-0310 Park31.com Park 31 is nestled on 33 picturesque acres in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. Experience impeccable ambience for your wedding day with a variety of exquisite indoor and outdoor spaces for cherished moments with those you love most. capacity 400 | price $$

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 $$$

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the orchard at caney creek

923 County Road 235, Wharton, TX (281) 944-3331 | jennifer@smithsheridan.holdings

pearl

307 Pearl Parkway, San Antonio, TX (210) 212-7260 | venues@pearlbrewery.com AtPearl.com/events

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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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piazza in the village/piazza on the green

Colleyville/McKinney (817) 520-0026 | (214) 383-2500 PiazzaEvents.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 325 | price $$

pinstripes

5001 Trailhead Bend Way, Fort Worth, TX (817) 269-1913 | fw-events@pinstripes.com Pinstripes.com/events 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 250+ | price $$

plantation elegance

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

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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 $$

plantation on the bay, inc.

3600 Tri City Beach Rd., Baytown, TX (281) 709-4888 PlantationontheBay.com Our waterfront gazebo is a picture-perfect outdoor wedding space overlooking the bay. Our event center can host a large, comfortable indoor wedding and reception, party or corporate event, with a romantic bridal suite. Let us help you plan your dream wedding or special event. capacity 300 | price $$$

rancho cielito lindo

Bishop, TX (361) 318-8486 | RCLTexas.com At Rancho Cielito Lindo, our main objective is to have you feel right at home. Indulge in some rest and relaxation. Our staff is here to welcome you and make your stay as memorable as possible for you and all your guests. capacity 400 | 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 $$

red corral ranch

505 Red Corral Ranch Road, Wimberley, TX (830) 833-0206 RedCorralRanchEvents.com Red Corral Ranch combines elegance and charm, making your wedding an enchanting, classic country experience. Find everything you need in one place—we are flexible, creative and offer many options. Red Corral Ranch is a beautiful venue that can accommodate overnight guests of up to 33 people! capacity 200 | price $$

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 $$

riven rock ranch

390 Hermann Sons Rd., Comfort, TX 830-995-4045 | info@rivenrockranch.com RivenRockRanch.com The three distinctive event spaces, stunning wine country estate and one mile of private Guadalupe Riverfront set the scene for an experience unmatched in the Texas Hill Country. This private dream venue is tailored to offer the essential elements of successful, effortless entertaining for your wedding. capacity 250+ | 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 $$

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 dĂŠcor 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

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the sam houston hotel

1117 Prairie Street, Houston, TX (832) 200-8800 TheSamHouston.CurioCollection.com Have a wedding with an outdoor feel in our climatecontrolled Veranda Ballroom any time of year. A simple change in lighting will create the mood in this exposedbrick venue accented with natural ivy and featuring white décor. Separate staging rooms and a personal reception attendant are available. capacity 200 | price $$$

selah springs ranch

Brady, TX (325) 597-2602 | info@selahspringsranch.net SelahSpringsRanch.net If you have ever wanted to get married on a real Texas Hill Country ranch, then Selah Springs is the venue for you! Exchange vows beneath an oak grove along the banks of the San Saba River—an ideal setting for intimate groups to celebrate your union. capacity 150 | price $$

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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 $$

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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 $$

sonnenalp hotel

20 Vail Road, Vail, CO (800) 654-8312 | (970) 476-5656 weddings@sonnenalp.com SonnenalpWeddings.com Steps from Vail Interfaith Chapel in the heart of Vail Village, the award-winning Sonnenalp Hotel will honor your special event with unmatched Bavarian hospitality, an intimate atmosphere and attention to detail that has been cultivated through a century of experience. capacity 220 | 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 $$

staley mountain ranch

140 Old Staley Road, Oakhurst, TX (936) 524-2694 StaleyMountainRanch.com Our unique location between Huntsville and Livingston is high in the hills overlooking Lake Livingston. Make your memories in our elegant, rustic barn, pavilion, spacious lawn or beautiful arbor. If you want to relax and enjoy quiet nature, then rent out our lodge for overnight or weekly stay.

SteinerSteakhouse.com Enjoy our custom menus served by the finest and most exclusive banquet staff in Austin. Private dining rooms accommodate 10 to 125 guests. Enjoy private bars, 50inch plasma screen TVs and patios that overlook Lake Travis and the beautiful views of Texas Hill Country. capacity 125 | price $$$

strawberry pines

Poteet, TX (210) 296-1764 StrawberryPines.com Our on-site accommodations create a memorable, relaxed stay-over experience. Your wedding doesn’t have to be stressful. With our stay-over packages, you and your family can arrive early to the venue, decorate the barn, hold your wedding rehearsal and be well rested for the big day. capacity 250 | price $$$

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 $$

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 $$

trickle creek ranch

5555 Old Brock Road, Weatherford, TX (817) 597-6557 ronda@tricklecreekevents.com TrickleCreekEvents.com Enjoy your best day ever at Trickle Creek Events. Huge live oak trees and beautiful lush landscaping surrounds our vintage-farmhouse-styled venue. Our enchanted oaks ceremony area features a pavestone walkway that wanders through the lawn where your guests will be awaiting your arrival down the aisle!

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steiner ranch steakhouse

5424 Steiner Ranch Blvd., Austin, TX (512) 381-0800 anunez@steinersteakhouse.com

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

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THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY cont. 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 $

twin lakes

13821 FM 787 West, Cleveland, TX (281) 659-9161 Twin-Lake.com Come experience the most magical 35-acre wedding resort. You are offered a 2,500-square-foot banquet hall, a gazebo and two fully furnished lodges. You can watch breathtaking sunrises and sunsets from the porch or along the lake shore. Experience a place where time stands still and memories are made. capacity 250 | 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 350 | price $$

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umbra winery at la buena vida vineyards

399 Vineyard Lane, Springtown, TX (855) 662-8438 OPT. 3 UmbraWinery.com More than three differently sized, brand-new event spaces are available in our Spanish Colonial–inspired event center complete with an antique bell tower and courtyard fountain. Highlight your event with our custom label wine or enjoy our mead, ports or other offerings made right here on-site. capacity 200 | price $$

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 (979) 777-7344 | 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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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 $

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, romantic and fun wedding day, anniversary or special event. It’s a setting where events are never forgotten. Please tour The Vista and use your imagination to make it truly your event. capacity 200 | price $$$

walters wedding estates

Serving Texas (972) 317-RING | info@waltersweddingestates.com WaltersWeddingEstates.com Whether you’re looking for picturesque waterfalls or a modern, rustic chapel to build your memories, we have an estate that is sure to match your style and meet your expectations. Walters Wedding Estates consists of multiple unique wedding venues in the DFW Metroplex and Texas Hill Country. 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 $$$

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 $$

western sky wedding & event venue

315 Obst Road, Bulverde, TX (830) 980-2226 | WesternSkyEvents.com Western Sky is the closest Hill Country venue to San Antonio, sitting on 71 acres. Under Texas oaks, the wooden chapel serves as a gorgeous setting for outdoor ceremonies. Our spacious venue features beautifully stained floors, vintage chandeliers and sheer ivory drapes. On-site lodging is available. capacity 300 | price $$

whispering oaks wedding venue

910 Red Top Road, Valley View, TX (214) 912-1199 WhisperingOaksWedding.com If a rustic yet elegant atmosphere is what you’re looking for, call us today for information on pricing and availability. capacity 300 | price $$

white oak music hall

2915 N. Main Street, Houston, TX (713) 438-3775 WhiteOakMusicHall.com From the Rooftop Deck overlooking downtown

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THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY cont. Houston to the warm, modern Music Hall, White Oak Music Hall offers seven indoor and outdoor spaces to host the most intimate ceremony or the grandest reception. Edgy, elegant, fun and eclectic, our modern venue can be dressed up or down to make your big day rock. capacity 3,000 | price $$$

the wildflower barn

Driftwood, TX (512) 751-2739 | weddings@thewildflowerbarn.com TheWildflowerBarn.com Our picture-perfect outdoor setting in the Texas Hill Country makes an ideal backdrop for whatever you have in mind, whether it is a lavish garden party on the lawn or kicking up your heels in the rustic dance hall under the twinkling lights. capacity 150 | price $

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 $$

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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 $$$

bridal fashion & beauty

the beauty lounge

The Woodlands, TX (281) 203-5034 TheBeautyLoungeWoodlands.com Our team’s experience and artistry is unmatched! We know weddings! Have our private studio all to yourself with you and your girls, or let us bring the glam and fun to you! Only the best will do on the best day of your life—let us make you look and feel like royalty!

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belle âme bridal

4340 Westheimer Rd., Suite 200, Houston, TX (832) 463-0486 BelleAmeBridalHouston.com Our global designers have been carefully curated to bring fresh, new-generation designs to the Houston market—and we are excited to introduce them exclusively at Belle Âme Bridal! We offer high-end, haute couture gowns at prices that will fall within your wedding budget.

blush by arma

de ma fille—a bridal boutique

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

Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex (469) 693-4889 BlushByArma.com Blush By Arma is a full-service makeup artistry providing on-location services for all special occasions and specializing in Indian/Pakistani wedding hair and makeup. We believe you should look absolutely stunning on your special day!

San Antonio and Austin 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!

blushbar beauty and blowouts

leann’s bridal

Frisco, TX (214) 618-1564 info@blushbarbeauty.com BlushbarBeauty.com Hello, Gorgeous! It’s our mission to make you look and feel your prettiest on your big day! We offer bridal trials to perfect your look ahead of time, and we can glam your entire bridal party in our salon or at your wedding venue. Our team of talented makeup and hair artists is at your service.

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.

chacha’s beautiful

DFW and surrounding areas (469) 213-9454 ChaChaIsBeautiful.com Say “I do” to making you the most beautiful bridal party. We provide hair and makeup services for all ethnicities.

McKinney, TX (214) 842-8844 LeAnnsBridal.com 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.

maria’s hair designer, inc.

Houston, TX (832) 661-5990 MariasHairDesigner.com More than 20 years of experience and training from the best Spain, France, England and the USA have to offer in the latest techniques, tools and products makes Maria’s Hair Designer, Inc. “a VIP experience in the hair industry.” Ask for the latest styles and trends.

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 has been helping beautiful brides for the past 17 years. It is important to us to have a staff that is experienced, patient and stylish to help you find your dream gown. Let us be a part of your journey, and we will do our best to make your experience memorable and exceptional.

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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.

the princess bridal

119 Main St., Spring, TX (281) 651-9393 info@theprincessbridal.com ThePrincessBridal.com Are you are looking for a unique dress and a bridal boutique like no other? Visit our boutique in the historic Old Town Spring for personal assistance finding the perfect dress, glass slippers, or jewels for your dream of a day! Everything for your perfect princess wedding!

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.

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stardust celebrations

6464 West Plano Parkway, Plano, TX (972) 781-1619 StarDustCelebrations.com StarDust Celebrations is a full-service wedding department store with an exquisite selection of bridal gowns, special occasion gowns and bridal party attire. Personal customer service, wedding planning services, gifts and wedding stationery round out the offerings at this turnkey wedding salon.

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 elegance, short and sassy and destination to couture gowns and vintage-inspired. Unbridaled offers an eclectic assortment of fashion-forward formalwear and accessories that lets the bride’s personality shine through.

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

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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.

xxoo studio

DFW & Destination (214) 226-7447 XXOOStudio.com XXOO Studio is a team of fun, energetic and professional hairstylists and makeup artists. We come in glammed and equipped to make all of your wedding day getting-ready dreams a reality—because they are a thing!

cakes & caterers

2 guys 1 pit bbq and catering

Spring, TX (832) 817-9614 | info@2guys1pitbbq.com 2Guys1PitBBQ.com We’re family owned and operated with an elegant, highend wedding feel for the “friends and family” price. We began catering because cooking is a passion. With over 50 combined years in the food and service industry, you will never regret having us cater your special 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.

red sage catering

14335 Whitecross Drive, Houston, TX (281) 460-4943 Red-Sage-Catering.com From our farm to your fork, we offer wedding packages to fit any taste and budget.

who made the cake!®

1811 South Shepherd, Houston, TX (713) 528-4719 | info@whomadethecake.com WhoMadetheCake.com Owner/cake artist Nadine Moon is known for creating elegant, custom-designed cakes that taste as wonderful as they look. Schedule a complimentary consultation and tasting to design the perfect cake for your wedding. Specialties include sugar paste flowers, 3-D groom’s cakes and hand-painted details.

flowers & décor

beyond the box weddings

(469) 687-2897 BtBWeddings.com Beyond the Box Weddings offers full-service catering and bar services to enhance your special day! In addition to food and beverage, we offer professional staffing, chairs, tables, linens and event rentals to make your experience simple and efficient.

creations cake shop, llc

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.

botanika

(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

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h-e-b blooms®

Heb.com/blooms H-E-B BLOOMS® has everything you need to create a look and feel that reflects your personal style on your special day. Whether sophisticated, modern, elegant or trendy, let our expert designers create something extraordinary that will be remembered for many tomorrows to come.

haute flowers & events

(281) 332-1518 HFFEvents.com We believe in partnering with our clients to see their vision come to fruition.

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!

photography & video

wedding consultants

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 Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex for her timeless, romantic and joyful style as well as her ability to effortlessly connect with her clients.

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haute weddings

San Antonio and surrounding areas (210) 364-0907 MyHauteWedding.com Haute Weddings is most passionate about working with couples in preparation of their celebration. Planning for such a big event is a journey, and we love the ride! Haute Weddings has planned over 300 weddings, and our experience putting out fires before a flicker becomes a flame is what sets us apart.

heb weddings by design

HEB.com/weddings Congratulations on your upcoming nuptials! Weddings by Design by H-E-B™ is happy to be considered as part 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!

meant to be events

Dallas-Ft. Worth and surrounding areas (940) 230-6837 M2BWeddings.com Planning a wedding isn’t easy to do alone. Since every wedding is completely unique, packages are completely customized and designed to fit your needs. Contact me today to find out more!

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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.

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

peony bliss

South and central Texas; destination weddings PeonyBliss.com Peony Bliss provides floral and event design for your wedding or event. Let us help you make your special day unforgettable!

lorena burns photography

Houston, Austin, San Antonio and Dallas (281) 639-3541 EPHoustonFilms.com At EP Films, our goal is to make you an amazing wedding video that lasts a lifetime and beyond. All our packages include free drone footage for your wedding!

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.

wink! by js photography

Serving Texas (832) 646-5982 | WinkbyJs.com We love creating thematic engagements, classic bridals and one-of-a-kind wedding day images, of course all while maintaining a timeless look and feel for your wedding day photos! We love to think we provide an experience more than just a service. Call us today to book your wedding!

entertainment

gypc girl photography

Texas and surrounding states (505) 480-3471 GypcGirlPhotography.com Gypc Girl Photography is all about the people we meet, the places we go and the spontaneity of each shoot. The name “Gypc” defines our perspective and influences the intention of our work. Much like a real gypsy, we embrace the constant movement and energy of photography.

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.

the royal dukes band

(425) 221-2009 | info@royaldukesband.com RoyalDukesBand.com The Royal Dukes are a premium, customizable 3- to 14-piece band—at a sensible price. They host live local showcases so couples can preview the band before booking. Their talented and professional musicians bring energy and fun to every event they perform and pride themselves on filling dance floors!

sound sensations tx

Greater DFW area (214) 937-9759 | dfw@soundsensationstx.com SoundSensationsTX.com Sound Sensations delivers stress-free, fun but not

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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.

jewelry

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.

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 dinnerware, glassware, 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.

blanc de bleu cuvée mousseux

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

zadok jewelers

1749 Post Oak Blvd., Houston, TX (713) 960-8950 Zadok.com Master jewelers for seven generations.

invitations & details

Work with gifting experts in store, by phone or visit our website to get personalizing today.

total wine & more

TotalWine.com/tk We make it easy to pick wines, beers and spirits for your wedding! We’ll make personalized recommendations based on your taste, menu and guest list size—and with thousands of options, there’s a bottle to fit your budget. Visit one of our more than 190 stores for a complimentary consultation today!

visit big bend

Big Bend, TX VisitBigBend.com Big Bend is home to a few remarkable communities: Marathon, Study Butte, Terlingua Ghost Town, Lajitas and Big Bend National Park. Communities offer services, amenities and entertainment. Accommodations run the range from convenient and comfortable to resort luxury.

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.

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one stop tents & events

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!

specialty services

18217 Hwy. 3, Webster, TX (281) 338-9898 OneStopParty.com Specializing in weddings, we carry a full line of rental products including tents, linens, chair covers, sashes, dishware, glassware, archways, dance floors and more.

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!

things remembered any occasion tents & events

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Cross Creek Ranch

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The 4 Eleven

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Crowne Plaza Dallas Near Galleria - Addison

145

501 Events

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Cypress Club at The Reserve at Lake Travis

356

The 1850 Settlement

305

Cypress Valley Event Center

381

The Alamo Resort & Dancehall

355

Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden

121

The Allan House

27

Dallas Events Center

125

The Allen Farmhaus

299

Dallas Historical Society

163

Angel Mountain Events

425

Dallas Palms

122

AT&T Hotel & Conference Center

392

Deep Eddy Vodka Distillery

361

Avalon Legacy Ranch

79

Diamond H3 Ranch

127

The Barn at Hickory Creek

227

Doubletree by Hilton Houston Downtown

253

The Barn at Swallows Eve

411

Dove Ridge Vineyard

157

Beaumont Ranch

113

Downtown Aquarium

261

Bethel Ranch

169

Duchman Family Winery

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Big Cedar Lodge

192

Ember Ranch

312

Blissful Hill

397

Emery’s Buffalo Creek

253

Boardwalk FantaSea

261

Fairmont Austin

385

The Bowden Events & Weddings

177

The Fort Worth Club

151

Briscoe Manor

18

Fort Worth Zoo

174

Brodie Homestead

26

Frisco Celebration Hall

187

Buca di Beppo

83

The Gardens of Cranesbury View

339

The Cana Ballroom

348

Garey House

429

Canyon Lake Cabins & Cottages

343

Gather in Downtown McKinney

77

The Carriage House

205

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Oakwind Bed & Breakfast

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Old Glory Ranch

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Hotel Galvez & Spa

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Old Mill Resort at Gruene

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Hotel Saint George

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367

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323

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245

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Signature Manor

278

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199

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258

Southfork Ranch

149

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309

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247

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263

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285

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431

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351

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306

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325

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316

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324

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185

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303

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13

Red Sage Catering

200

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158

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376

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165

Total Wine & More

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Twin Lakes

278

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140

Twisted Ranch Weddings

388

Who Made the Cake!™

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41

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Blooms by H-E-B

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435

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258

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421

ILIOS Lighting

398

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173

Belle Âme Bridal

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97

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321

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Lorena Burns Photography

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281

Nicole Ryan Photography

419

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213

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Reverent Wedding Films

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Parvani Vida

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Pretty On Premises

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Royal Dukes Band

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Whittington Bridal

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Percolator Letterpress Co.

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10th Collection

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Meant To Be Wedding & Event Planning

165

Transportation Consultants

435

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Visit Big Bend

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The Simply Elegant Group

188

Wish Upon A Wedding

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