The dress of your dreams is out there, indie brides—and there’s a good chance it’s waiting for you at Ceremony. With lacy numbers from Rue de Seine and Sarah Seven and beaded overlays from Limor Rosen, this Beacon Hill shop does stunning, come-run-away-with-me chic like no one else. Even if you’re not getting married on a secluded beach or in a grassy meadow, a dress from Ceremony is guaranteed to make your free spirit sing. 53 River St., Boston, MA 02114, ceremony-boston.com.
It doesn’t get much cooler than throwing back an Old Fashioned while lounging in a 1983 Airstream. Let the team from Hive Events curate (or create) the perfect beverage selection for your wedding and then bring it to sweet, sippable life in one of their retro trailers, which they’ll park outside your venue. Posh glamping tents offer additional, highly ’Grammable space for relaxing and imbibing. Good luck getting your guests to leave after last call. MA hive-events.com.
Longtime Vineyard chef Scott Cummings made Down Island one of last summer's most popular island debuts (and an Obama family favorite) by eschewing the stuffiness—and the dress code—found at most fine-dining spots. Each week, he creates a new six-course menu using produce, meat, and fish from only sustainable sources, then serves it up in a relaxed, you're-with-friends setting. 6 Circuit Ave., Oak Bluffs, MA 2568, downislandmv.com.
Why spend nights clicking through hundreds of Etsy shops when you have Fête? Serving as your local connection to the most talented designers, printers, and calligraphers across the country, the team of paper and etiquette experts here will help you choose everything from custom invitations to menus. You'll get the gold foil, embossing, and hand-lettering of your dreams coordinated through one friendly face, saving you the most precious resource of all during wedding planning: time. 345 D St., South Boston, MA 02127, shopfete.com.
Prepare to come in for a cleanser and leave with a changed life. Just one brief consult with a member of the dewy-skinned staff about the benefits of using natural products and you'll make plans to overhaul your bathroom cabinet. Luckily, it will take several visits to the Pinterest-worthy space to fill your shelves with serums, oils, and creams from Tammy Fender, True Botanicals, Osea, and May Lindstrom. 65 Charles St., Boston, 857-233-5211; 53 Dartmouth St., Boston, 857-284-7078; shopfollain.com. 65 Charles St., Boston, MA 02114, shopfollain.com.
Proprietor Bobby Garnett is no longer with us, but his spirit lives on at his eponymous South End shop. Looking for a vintage hatbox? Aviator shades? A bejeweled belt that makes you look like a country-and-western diva? Chances are you'll find it here, plus racks of $2 blazers during Bobby's legendary sidewalk sales. Lots of vintage shops have style, but this one also has soul. 19 Thayer St., Boston, MA 02118, bobby-from-boston.com.
Some trainers tend to give pointless cues, like “Lengthen your muscles!” and offer nauseating advice straight from The Secret. Sarah Dussault isn’t one of them. She tells it like it is, whether you want to hear it or not. No, you can’t lengthen your muscles in real life—but you can have the best body for your body. Dussault’s believable, refreshing approach has made her a YouTube star. sarahfit.com.
Bespectacled, bearded punk-rock fan Gary Petersen has a knack for crafting absurd yet intelligent jokes in the same vein as Patton Oswalt or Jim Gaffigan: “I like food more than I like sex because I don’t have to lie to get chicken fingers” is a memorable one-liner. The Weymouth native landed the gig of a lifetime in 2014 when he opened for Louis C.K. in Somerville. garypetersencomedy.com.
Along Route 3, it's the same sad story: shopping plaza after shopping plaza, each offering a slightly different version of the pants you've seen on every one of your coworkers. Break away from the crowd with a stop at this under-the-radar Cohasset storefront, which packs AG jeans, Nicole Miller dresses, cashmere sweaters, and other individualistic pieces onto shelf and rack. 23 S. Main St., Cohasset, MA 02025, portsandcompany.com.
Most Cape restaurants fall into one of two categories: beachy seafood shacks staffed by teenagers, or precious tourist traps with huge markups. The Naked Oyster is neither—just a sleek raw bar and restaurant featuring oysters fresh from chef Florence Lowell’s farm. Enjoy baked bivalves of every variety, inventive fish preparations, and a civilized bar scene fueled by well-made drinks. 410 Main St., Hyannis, MA 02601, nakedoyster.com.
If you're going to drop a few grand on a suit, you might as well have it built from the ground up. Alan Rouleau—called one of America's finest suit makers—can design, cut, and sew a custom ensemble made from your choice of fine Italian and British fabrics. Select the lining, buttons, and lapel, then consider a pair of custom python boots, sold exclusively through Rouleau. 85 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02116, alanrouleau.com.
Drawing influences from Indian and Caribbean cuisines, this Trinidadian shop's roti wraps—pizza-size flatbreads griddled to order, then stuffed with meat (curried goat!), vegetables (sautéed cabbage, potato), and a house-made spicy pepper sauce (also available to go by the bottle)—are hearty and bold. Share one with a friend to leave room for the rest of the menu's treasures, which include curried chickpeas, garlicky puréed pumpkin, and spongy pholourie fritters with sweet-sour tamarind sauce. 692 Columbia Rd., Dorchester, MA 02125, singhsrotishop.net.
There are a couple of reasons to visit a bar. One is to sip masterful cocktails. The other is to savor the charms of the bartender, a pleasure you'll discover in less than five minutes when the lighthearted Gaggiano is behind the stick. At Vialé, he's as likely to pour you a shot of cheap whiskey for the hell of it as he is to whip up an inspired creation filled with infusions and specialty liqueurs. 502 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139, vialecambridge.com.
It’s the closest thing to eating on the deck of a yacht without actually leaving dry land: Perched at the edge of the water, this Edgartown hot spot offers one of the prettiest views around of the boats moored in the harbor and the ferry shuttling people back and forth from Chappy. The view on the plate is equally top-notch — carnivores will delight in the selection of steaks, while seafood lovers can enjoy the fruits of the sea raw, grilled, or in chowder form (also an island best). 2 Main St., Edgartown, MA 02539, atlanticmv.com.
As overused as the word “curated” may be in the retail industry, there’s simply no other way to describe the one-of-a-kind fine art, clothing, accessories, and jewelry hand-selected by owner Mikel Hunter, a veteran of both the fashion and gallery worlds. Small-batch designer duds? Check. Paintings by collectible emerging artists? Check. Everything and anything unexpected? Double check. 11 Winter St., Edgartown, MA 02539, mikelhunter.com.