The Game of Life

You’ve always been a game player — that’s how you won your main squeeze. Now you’ve got a ring, a date, and, ironically, no game plan. Fear not, playa. It’s not Taboo to have fun planning your wedding. If you feel like you’re in Trouble and could use a Clue or two, just roll the dice. You won’t be Sorry.

Girl Talk
OMG. You are like, so, totally freaking about your wedding. Take a chill pill and leave the planning to Meghan Andalman of Lovebird Events, which offers a slew of services for brides in a tizzy: full-service wedding coordination, prewedding coordination, day-of wedding coordination, and hourly consultations. Sounds like a winner.

party time!

Guess Who?
You’ve made your list and checked it twice. Now leave the dirty work to Anne Benjamin, a local illustrator and printmaker with an old-school letterpress and killer style. From quirky (a ceremony booklet-cum-fan for a Southern wedding) to classic (illustrated letters and numbers), she’ll customize your invite so it screams your name.

They say a photograph is worth a thousand badly drawn illustrations. Especially if it’s taken by Rob Warner of Warner Photography. Warner’s casual attitude and love of the art make for fun, pose-free sessions. He’s lightning fast (you’ll get your pics in about three weeks) and captures the essence of everyone he shoots.

frocking gorgeous!

You’ve found the living, breathing one. Now find your white, beaded one. Michelle Gertzman’s spanking new Michelle Rahn Bridal Salon is everything you want in a dress shopping experience: personal attention (it’s by appointment only); couture, custom, and ready-to-wear gowns; custom veils; and jewelry. Ready, set, dress.

The Name Game
Changing your name can make any reasonable woman a whack job. Breathe easy: MissNowMrs (genius) is a one-stop maiden-name-droppin’ shop. They break the process down into three easy steps (questions, forms, file) so you can avoid long lines, dropped calls, and meltdowns. You’ll be Mrs. X faster than you can say “certified marriage certificate.”

floral chic!

He Loves You, He Loves You Not
If you’re planning a wedding, chances are he loves you. Much as you love him, you may end up loving Floressence even more (awkward!). In addition to designing bountiful custom bouquets, the florist is among the first in town to offer a green option: local, organically grown, sustainable- and free trade-certified blooms. Designer Ebony Lashay Smith favors natural elements like fruit, branches, and moss for an earthy feel. Make her your flower girl.

so sweet!

Hungry Hippos
Don’t lose your marbles over your wedding cake. Stomach the process with the help of newly opened Luscious Layers Bakery. Owners Kile and Ashley Galliart specialize in custom cakes in jaw-dropping flavors (champagne cake with passion fruit mousse, lavender cake with cream cheese buttercream). Even cooler: Kile mocks up cake designs on his computer so you can see the creation before they bake it. Ah, like a kid in Candyland.

See? A seamless Operation. Game on.

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