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MEET OUR CONTRIBUTORS • We asked some of the pros from this issue for the inside scoop on their areas of expertise.
ASK THE KNOT SQUAD • You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers. We tapped our team—and one of our go- to industry pros— to solve some of your most of-the-moment planning dilemmas.
WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS • Whether the pandemic forced you to make lemonade out of a tough situation or you simply love that lemons symbolize longevity, this tangy fruit deserves a spot at your nuptials.
A SIGN OF LOVE • DC-based realtor Jennifer Kalis chose to say “I do” in American Sign Language, her first language, as she often feels more at ease communicating in sign. An OHCODA (only hearing child of deaf adults), Jen comes from a deaf family and wanted her vows to honor the signing community. She shares tips from her experience planning a minimony with deaf guests.
loud & proud • MEAN GIRLS AND HALLMARK STAR JONATHAN BENNETT AND HIS TV HOST FIANCÉ JAYMES VAUGHAN DISH MEAN GIRLS CELEBRITY PAGE ON THEIR MOVIE-LIKE MEET-CUTE, THE STORY OF THEIR ENGAGEMENT AND HOW THEY’RE PURPOSELY LOVING OUT LOUD TO BRING MORE VISIBILITY AND REPRESENTATION TO THE LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY.
a grand affair • There’s a new design trend taking up residence in Insta feeds and IRL: grandmillennial style. The old-school look is approachable yet formal, rooted in feelings of nostalgia. It’s a modern sense of style that honors the past: think blue-and-white china, wicker details and prints for days. Best of all, it’s homey and centered around entertaining your people.
frost yourself • Gender-neutral rings aren’t limited to plain bands. From designs dripping in ice to subtle shine, the coolest bling is all about sparkle—no matter how you identify.
ALL ABOUT metals • Don’t know the difference between platinum and white gold? No problem. Read up on your options before you select a ring setting.
SHORT DRESSES • Perfect for a minimony or otherwise casual aff air, these short styles make a big statement.
POWER PANTS • No dress? No problem. These tailored alternatives are equal parts polished and badass.
SLEEK GOWNS • Streamlined doesn’t have to mean expected. These simple silhouettes bring the drama.
LIVE IN COLOR
well SUITED • Industry experts break down where to find the right gender-neutral wedding attire for you.
CHEERS to love • A SMALL CELEBRATION, BIG ON DETAILS, DELIVERS AUTHENTICITY AND MEMORABLE MOMENTS.
the knot Registry AWARDS
SHOP WITH intention • PUT YOUR WISH LIST TO WORK BY SUPPORTING SMALL AND MINORITY-OWNED BUSINESSES OR THOSE WITH ALLIANCES YOU BACK TOO. YOU’LL BE HELPING TO BUILD ECONOMIC DIVERSITY AND CREATE A LASTING IMPACT IN COMMUNITIES. HERE ARE A FEW STANDOUTS
go green • Make your mark on the environment by supporting companies and products who are eco-conscious and doing good by Mother Earth.
GO FOR upgrades • YOU’RE (STILL) SPENDING MORE TIME AT HOME THAN YOU COULD HAVE EVER IMAGINED, RIGHT? THAT PROBABLY MEANS YOU’VE IDENTIFIED A FEW THINGS THAT COULD USE AN UPGRADE. WE’VE GOT A BUNCH OF PRODUCTS THAT ARE SURE TO ENHANCE YOUR HOME LIFE, EVEN AFTER THINGS RETURN TO PRE-PANDEMIC NORMAL.
Bed + Bath • Add a dose of luxury to your sleep and shower zone. Relax in comfort with our fave picks.
get smart • Take control of your home—even when you’re away—with these voice-activated gadgets.
THE ULTIMATE kitchen checklist • EVEN IF YOU HAVEN’T REACHED...