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Bridal

Alex and Ani
Photo Credit: Dan Watkins

Bridesmaid Gift

Alex and Ani

With Alex and Ani, brides can make their wedding day an unforgettable occasion for their hardworking bridesmaids, too. Available in Russian gold or silver finishes, bangles can be customized with sparkling birthstones, initials or something unique that the bridesmaids share. (A passion for the Red Sox? Check. A sorority? In stock. Irish heritage? Covered by Claddagh charms.) They also provide the perfect excuse for bridesmaids to gather for a post-nuptial trip to the narrow Newbury Street store (or any of the Rhode Island–based company’s 30 shops across the country) to add more fun charms.

115 Newbury St., Boston, 617-421-0777, alexandani.com
  • Bridal Makeup

    Jannicke Welde

    Those searching for a Bride of Frankenstein look are advised to go elsewhere. Jannicke Welde considers it her job as a makeup artist to make sure a bride never hides behind her cosmetics. “Some people don’t look like themselves on their wedding,” says Welde, who aims for a more natural aesthetic, mixing a bridal palette with products from MAC, Stila and Benefit, among others. She says she loves weddings because “it’s a happy day. Everything is fun and positive.” And brides love their picture-perfect looks, too. 

    617-605-5091 
  • Bella Bridesmaid
    Photo Credit: Katie Noble

    Bridesmaid Dress

    Bella Bridesmaid

    Whether bridesmaids walk the aisle in bohemian frocks or effortlessly chic wraps, it would be a crime for a Bella Bridesmaid dress to stay hidden in the closet after the wedding. Bella carries wearable lines from top designers, including Joanne August, Monique Lhuillier, Ivy and Aster and LulaKate. Franchise owner Brit McCarthy works with brides’ color palettes—including hot-right-now blushes and champagnes—to craft the perfect look, using unique fabrics and styles that let everyone shine, no matter her figure type.

    85 Newbury St., Boston, 617-424-7231, bellabridesmaid.com
  • Cake

    Party Favors

    Couples wanting something more substantial than sweet nothings can find it at Party Favors. John Pergantis’ luscious cake recipes and customized designs have satisfied brides and grooms for more than 20 years. The cakes (and cupcakes) are made with what’s fresh, whether it’s sweet mangoes, shredded coconut or plump strawberries in season. His credo is simple: nothing frozen, and no trans fats, ever. Red velvet is an ongoing flavor favorite—and don’t forget a healthy piping of decadent Party Favors frosting. 

    1356 Beacon St., Brookline, 617-566-3330, partyfavorsbrookline.com
  • Caterer

    Tables of Content

    Showstopping fare such as chardonnay-poached scallops on the half shell with grilled-pepper relish and cubed watermelon with feta cheese, basil and balsamic drizzle help Roslindale-based Tables of Content stand out. All of the company’s food is made from scratch, and the owners round out the summer menu by sourcing from local farms. Tables of Content is a certified green caterer, meeting stringent standards for recycling and composting kitchen waste. So everything from the production to the final product is in good taste. 

    2 McCraw St., Boston, 617-363-0404, tablesofcontent.com
  • Engagement Rings

    Lux Bond & Green

    Lux Bond & Green began in 1898, when founder Morris A. Green traveled through Waterbury, Conn., in a horse-drawn cart selling pocket watches and gold eyeglass frames. Today, top jewelry designers such as Precision Set and Michael Bondanza are meeting store demand for modern engagement rings with flair. Whether you’re in the market for a traditional round-cut diamond or pavé stones surrounded by a sparkling halo, the company specializes in getting its hands on almost any rock requested in two to three days.

    416 Boylston St., Boston, 617-266-4747, lbgreen.com
  • Favor

    Whoopie Monster

    For a handheld wedding favor that will quickly disappear, try the whoopie pie from Whoopie Monster. Owners Allison Werntgen and Danielle Wachs stir up these whoopie pies in their Germania Street kitchen, selling them online and at farmers’ markets. With an eye on health, they bake with organic butter and yogurt. Whoopie Monster accommodates gluten-free brides and grooms, too, so everyone enjoys a cakey, creamy treat. Just provide a few extra napkins. 

    31 Germania St., Buildings I & J, Boston, 617-396-4575, whoopiemonster.com
  • Artistic Blossoms
    Photo Credit: Katie Noble

    Florist

    Artistic Blossoms

    Artfully arranged cream-colored roses, azure hydrangeas and pink peonies are a family affair at Artistic Blossoms, a South Shore–based company that opened a second meeting studio on Newbury Street in 2010. Owner Kelly Dolloff has been in business for 26 years. She’d studied glassblowing and painting in college, but found a new calling after taking a Valentine’s Day job with a florist and realizing that “arranging flowers was a natural transition from the fluidity of coaxing glass into shapes.”

    162 Newbury St., Boston, 781-837-6251; 54 Macker Terrace, Marshfield; artisticblossoms.com
  • Gown

    L’élite

    Flawless service and timeless beauty are the marks of L’élite, where owner Salwa Khoory makes it her mission to send a bride floating down the aisle in high style. The shop carries dresses from 10 European and American designers ranging from traditional to modern, in cuts such as A-line, mermaid and sheath. You’ll find brands including Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta, Marchesa, Monique Lhuillier and Elie Saab. 

    14 Newbury St., Boston, 617-424-1010, lelite.com
  • Barbershop Lounge Travel Kit
    Photo Credit: Dan Watkins

    Groomsman Gift

    Barbershop Lounge Travel Kit

    A travel kit from the Barbershop Lounge makes a handy, affordable gift from the groom—a sure thing to keep any man looking tip-top whether on the road or trapped at an extra-long reception. The package includes 2-oz. bottles of shampoo, conditioner, hair gel and grooming cream and a stick of peppermint lip balm. At $14.95, the kit covers the bases for any groomsman and is available exclusively at the Newbury Street salon.

    245 Newbury St., Boston, 617-450-0021, barbershoplounge.com
  • Hair

    Wedding Tresses

    A former volunteer firefighter/EMT, Wedding Tresses founder Jacki Norrie developed her signature down styles and updos for weddings while working at a Cape Cod boutique salon. Now with 15 employees, Wedding Tresses coifs beautiful brides who’ve popped up everywhere from Fox 25’s Morning News to the movie Bride Wars to the pages of Boston Brides and the New England Wedding Guide.

    213 Newbury St., Boston, 781-585-0600, weddingtresses.com
  • Smudge Ink
    Photo Credit: Katie Noble

    Invitations

    Smudge Ink

    If you’re looking for wedding invitations that would make Johannes Gutenberg proud, go to Smudge Ink in Charlestown. The wedding collection is inspired by nature, with artful shapes that seem to move and float on the page. Brides and grooms can even check out the five in-house presses, where the company turns out invites, save-the-date cards, menus, wedding programs and anything else that’s fit to print… beautifully. 

    50 Terminal St., Bldg. 2, Charlestown, 617-242-8228, smudgeink.com
  • Katie Noble
    Photo Credit: Katie Noble

    Photographer

    Katie Noble

    Documenting the funny and poignant at weddings, Katie Noble’s images are artistic, colorful and classic. A former photo editor at Travel + Leisure and The Improper Bostonian, Noble is a veteran who knows how difficult it can be to face a camera, so she’s as unobtrusive as possible, preferring to stay back and let the special day unfold as she shoots. She says she never stops feeling sentimental at weddings, and her images capture the freshness of every new “I do.”

    802-734-7100, katienobleweddings.com
  • Place to Register

    Lekker Home

    In Dutch, lekker means alluring, enticing and tempting, which are all apt ways to describe this airy South End store where brides and grooms register for modern–but–rustic items they know they won’t be able to find elsewhere. Whether it’s the LSA line of hand-blown glassware, a sleek oak Ethnicraft dining table or Urban Oasis Ripple dinnerware that’s inspired by waves, there’s no better way to show your guests you seek the unique. 

    1317 Washington St., Boston, 617-542-6464, lekkerhome.com
  • Planner

    Paula Marrero, Marrero Events

    No wedding detail is missed under the watchful eye of Marrero Events’ Paula Marrero. She’s known as a master at planning everything from the casually elegant to the simply breathtaking, with a focus on flawless execution and a “little fun during the process.” Marrero navigates the business side like a seasoned pro, dishing on how to avoid a bad venue, who’s going to serve the tastiest filet mignon and who can pull off a three-course dinner at the beach. 

    978-304-0773, marreroevents.com
  • Reception Music

    Entertainment Specialists

    It’s all music to the newlyweds’ ears after Entertainment Specialists connects them with a crowd-pleasing, versatile band to keep the energy high at the wedding reception. The talent roster includes some of the industry’s hottest wedding players—from the youthful spirit of Sweet Tooth & the Sugarbabies to the sharp Four Tops–style choreography of the World Premier Band to the solid Top-40 wedding band expertise of Double Vision. 

    60 State St., Boston, 617-723-1115, entertainmentspecialists.com
  • Reception Venue, Large

    Boston Harbor Hotel

    A wedding at the Boston Harbor Hotel translates into elegance: a stunning waterfront view, renowned chef Daniel Bruce’s ever-changing global menu and perfect floral centerpieces and linens. Overlooking the water, guests can meander along the terrace to spy on passing yachts. Top-notch service helps make weddings in the hotel’s Wharf Room run like clockwork, accommodating groups of up to 300 people.

    70 Rowes Wharf, Boston, 617-439-7000, bhh.com
  • Reception Venue, Small

    The Aujourd’hui Event Space at Four Seasons Boston

    Though it was a sad day when the Four Seasons’ legendary French restaurant Aujourd’hui shut its doors in 2009, this elegant space was transformed into a perfect wedding reception spot. The five-star hotel boasts some of the prettiest vistas in Boston, overlooking the Public Garden. Comfortably seating up to 150 people, the second-floor Aujourd’hui room has garden views and timeless sophistication with dark wood, wine racks and floor-to-ceiling windows. There isn’t a more classically elegant—indeed, more Bostonian—venue in town.

    200 Boylston St., Boston, 617-338-4400, fourseasons.com
  • Tuxedos

    J.Crew Men

    An Italian wool tux by J.Crew has the power to transform an everyday guy into a head-turning groom. J.Crew’s black wool tuxedos have a fitted, hip edge and come in two jacket styles with a double- or center-vented back. The matching Ludlow tuxedo pants have a more tailored, modern fit (a chino pant is also available). It’s an heirloom-quality outfit, sure to bring out the inner Frank Sinatra or James Bond in any man.

    100 Huntington Ave., Boston, 617-375-1032, jcrew.com

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