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What’s In A Name? You Decide
Kerry Sullivan Smith “always felt a stronger connection to the name Kerry than to Allison,” her legal first name. Her parents chose the middle name to honor their ancestors’ roots to County Kerry in Ireland. “When I’ve told people that my legal first
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Hair
BEST Going au naturel for your nuptials? Whether your hair type is kinky, curly, coily or wavy, this cream will stave off frizz and give your ’do voluminous oomph. Coconut & Hibiscus curl enhancing smoothie, $11, SheaMoisture, Target.com BEST This dr
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All About Your Pup
Lara Leinen, the owner of Doggy Social MN, a Minneapolis-based, full-service pet care company Doggy Social MN donates five percent of its proceeds to an animal rescue of the couple’s choice DoggySocialMN.com @doggysocial_mn HOW EXACTLY DOES THE PROCE
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Nails
BEST Pair with the accompanying top coat for a long-lasting, high-gloss finish that mimics a professional-quality gel mani—no UV lamp required. Gel Couture in Moments to Mrs., $12, Essie.com BEST It may be on the pricey side, but this must-have remov
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Sammi + Erik
The movie Up and a love of craft beer inspired the wedding of Sammi Wreschner (26 and a software developer) and Erik Burgess (29 and an IT project manager). The couple, who had their first date at a brewery, filled Bauhaus Brew Labs with balloons, se
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Fragrance
BEST If you’re feeling bold, dab on this musky choice that is as every bit as sultry as its flame-red bottle. A bouquet of Bulgarian rose plus woody notes packs a seriously seductive punch. Narciso eau de parfum Rouge, $98 for 1.6 oz., Narciso Rodrig
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Lia + Tony
Lia Ramirez (39 and a consumer lending manager) grew up helping her late grandmother tend to the peonies, stock, ranunculus and delphiniums in her magnificent garden. So for her wedding to Tony Patino (40 and a senior solutions architect), she put th
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Bridesmaid Dress Break Down
BEGIN BY BROWSING Start off by doing some research. In our (ahem) unbiased opinion, TheKnot.com is a great place to start—you can search thousands of dresses by color, fabric and style and find stores in your area that carry your faves. If you’re fli
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LaCresia + Mary
It’s always risky to host a winter party in the Twin Cities, but LaCresia King (28 and a social worker) and Mary Lennick (34 and the executive director of a foster care agency) weren’t about to let potential blizzards stop them. “We knew we wanted a
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Bling On A Budget
To get the same stylish look as platinum, consider a ring with a white gold setting. While there are plenty of pros when it comes to platinum—it’s an extremely durable, natural white metal, it won’t change color, plus it gives off a gorgeous polish—a
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Kaileigh + Matthew
Matthew Diwi (25 and an assistant manager) is an avid hunter and fisherman. Kaileigh Nesenson (26 and an associate buyer) prefers dressing up for dinners downtown. “We have very different tastes,” Kaileigh says. “It was important that our wedding inc
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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 will help you stay on budget. It’s no secret tuxedo rentals have a bad rap for being ill fitting and outdated. Factor in the mul
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Raquel + Jared
Raquel Flores (34 and a flight attendant) and Jared Davin’s (32 and an investment banker) wedding had all the trappings of a chic urban celebration: a black-and-white palette, fuchsia roses and a gold-flecked vanilla buttercream cake. But this was no
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Accessorize in Style
Simplicity is key to nailing timeless bridal style. For sparkle that won’t clash with a classic gown, invest in understated jewelry like pearl drop earrings, diamond studs or a thin tennis bracelet you’ll want to wear long after your wedding day. To
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Bo + Trevor
Bo Podkopacz (27 and a graduate student) and Trevor Siemian (27 and a player for the New York Jets) trusted their florist so much that they asked her to surprise them. “We let her choose the palette and style,” Bo says. “It was exciting because I had
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Skin Deep
“I want the opposite of a glow on my wedding day,” said no bride ever. But seasonal changes and dehydration (say, from hitting the wine to counteract wedding planning stress) can cause your complexion to have a dry, lackluster appearance. To boost yo
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Star Search
ARIES MAR 21-APR 19 VENUE TENTED WEDDING You want classic elegance with a twist, Aries—plus something you can make your own. A ballroom that has hosted many-a-wedding? Not for you, thought leader. Instead, pop up a tent somewhere unexpected and use t
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Local Resources
Minnesota Marriage License Requirements GUIDELINES FOR OBTAINING A MARRIAGE LICENSE IIn Minnesota, the legal age for marriage is 18 years old. Couples ages 16 and 17 must have parental consent, and in some counties you may need juvenile court approva
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Candy CRUSH
AN OMBRÉ OF NAVYS, TEALS AND EMERALD GREENS COMBINES FOR A FRESH NEW TAKE ON THE WEDDING CLASSIC “SOMETHING BLUE” FROM TOP TO BOTTOM: Dreaming invitation in Sea, from $234 for 100, iamtanya, Minted.com; Emerald Gold Foliage invitation, $6 for digital
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Budget Blasting Tips
No matter what your budget is, you likely still have limits—practically every couple does. Whatever the numbers say, you’re going to want to make the most of your money when planning your celebration. To help, we’ve rounded up our best tips, big and
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Get The Picture
The photography industry can be complicated to navigate as a newly engaged couple, and hiring your wedding day photographer is arguably one of the biggest decisions you make throughout your entire planning journey. After all, this will be the person
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The knot DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
Real Weddings Whitney and Jim didn’t just DIY their décor, but their venue, Gladden Farms in Watertown, too. “I always wanted our family farm to be our location but wasn’t sure how it would work,” Whitney says. “I pitched the idea of building a barn
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Amazing Eats
Engaged foodies are transforming their wedding reception 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
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You’re Eng Aged!
Envision your wedding and decide how much you want to spend (and who else will be contributing). Search for the perfect place to celebrate, keeping budget and guest count in mind. Then set the date. Ask your besties to stand by you at the altar and i
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Love On The Road
It may seem tempting to rely on friends or family to get you to and from your wedding, but trust us—this is one to-do best left to the professionals. They’re well versed in wrangling large crowds and will know local roads well, which comes in handy i
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Plan Your Wedding on Your Phone
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 on images you love in our Style Quiz. It’s a fun way to help zero in on your vibe. Once complete, y
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Makeup
BEST The name says it all. Not only does this powder give your complexion an appearance worthy of the most flattering Instagram filter, it also staves off dreaded T-zone shine. Genius Magic powder, $45, CharlotteTilbury.com BEST A high-drama mascara
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Ask The Knot Squad
How do I tell my guests I want to have an unplugged ceremony? MARY CHATMAN: A simple note on your wedding website and a small, concise sign advising guests that you’re having an unplugged wedding should suffice. Say something like, “We want our frien
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Face
BEST Part makeup remover, part gentle cleanser, this versatile gel leaves your face feeling spotless AF but never irritated. Use on wet skin to start your day or on dry skin to dissolve dirt and makeup. Milky Jelly cleanser, $18, Glossier.com BEST Pu
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Amy & Grant
Amy Berry (25 and a freelance web designer) and Grant Boes (26 and a regional sales manager) met thanks to Twilight—well, sort of. “As a member of Team Edward, I was smitten with how much he looked like Robert Pattinson,” Amy says. “I jokingly asked
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