A Bridal Tale

Your guy got down on one knee. You screamed. He pulled out the ring. You screamed. You called all your friends. They screamed. Upon commencing the wedding day planning, you and your beloved were stunned into silence.

Relax. You’ll overcome the fear and tell this story 100 times, which means, for now, all you have to worry about are the facts.

clutch it!Who
Duh. It’s you and the groom. But there’s also the bridesmaids to consider. Hand them some loot, and they’ll never complain (to your face anyway). Necklaces by Karen Astrachan should do the trick (Persona, 504 Commonwealth Avenue, Kenmore Square; 617-266-3003). Clutches by Guileless Designs are a nice touch, too. Then treat them (and yourself) to a day of beauty at LuxLash for lash applications, manis, and pedis (232 Newbury Street, Back Bay; 617-587-5274).

serve it up!What
The day is all about you. Make it feel that way with standout flowers by Twig (558 Tremont Street, South End; 617-292-8944). Have Erika Bruce of Le Beau Gâteau (617-233-7459) whip up a cake worthy of your attention. Then nudge someone close to you to present you with a one-of-a-kind cake cutter by local metalsmith Kristen Alexandra.

emotionally engaged!Why
Lest you get so harried with all the planning that you forget, check out Emotionally Engaged by Brookline resident Allison Moir-Smith. And, on the big day, stay gracious, relaxed, and sparkling with Historical Remedies lozenges (C.O. Bigelow, Copley Place, 100 Huntington Avenue, Back Bay; 617-236-7257).

After the invites from Posh Peacock have gone out, but not until you’ve tackled the bulge with BridalScapes, an intense 24 or 36 sessions with the personal trainers at BodyScapes (888-244-9989).

plan it!Where
You’re thinking edgy, funked-out cool; your mom wants “overlooking-the-city” elegance. Try one of each by planning your rehearsal dinner and wedding with Longwood Events. They’ve got four stellar locations (each with a unique vibe), so you both can be happy.

And that’ll give everyone plenty to talk about.

Looking for more facts? Check out our fall 2006 wedding guide.

BodyScapes Fitness
154 Turnpike Rd
Southborough, MA 01772
504 Commonwealth Ave
Hotel Commonwealth
Boston, MA 02215
232 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02116