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CELEBRATING YOU At Southern Minnesota Bride, we are proud to enter our fourth year of publishing the trusted source for wedding planning in Southern Minnesota. Everything you need—from the moment you say “yes” to the moment you say “I do”—is right here at your fingertips. We invite you to join the community of bridesto-be on our website, blog, Facebook, and Pinterest boards, too. Our first piece of planning advice is to take your time going through these 132 pages of checklists, inspiration, and ideas, and let them help you plan your dream wedding. When we started planning this issue of Southern Minnesota Bride, we knew we wanted to make some changes. So, we set out to create an issue that would incorporate small, organizational changes, as well as some big changes—like our new Creative Director, John Edwards, who’s moved with his family all the way from London, England, bringing all his experience and expertise. With this issue, we extend special thanks to each of our loyal advertisers who bring our brides the best services and advice in Southern Minnesota—thank you for all of your hard work and dedication! So we raise our glass to all of you—our brides and our vendors—and toast the years we’ve shared and the years we will share in the future. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of such a special time in your life. Cheers! Rick and Lisa DenHerder Publisher & Managing Editor THE COVER BRIDE SHARES, “I had originally gone into the bridal salon with the intention of trying on a different dress, and was definitely not planning on purchasing one that day,” said our cover bride Sara (Neidecker) Schoo when asked about her wedding gown. “The reactions on both my mother and grandmother’s faces when they saw me in this dress were priceless—and definitely meant it was “the one.” See Sara’s real wedding on page 72.

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MANAGING EDITOR Lisa DenHerder AD SALES David Schmalz Kayla Schmalz CREATIVE DIRECTOR John Edwards SENIOR DESIGNER Chris Valencia MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Jenna Carda EVENTS COORDINATOR Kayla Schmalz ACCOUNTING & DISTRIBUTION David Schmalz OUR FURRY FRIENDS Cooper, Tucker, & Nellie COVER BRIDE IMAGE Malwitz Photography FOR AD INFORMATION: 605.343.7684 Rick@SouthernMNBride.com SOUTHERN MINNESOTA BRIDE SouthernMNBride.com 2340 Taggart Road, #1 Rapid City, SD 57701 © Southern Minnesota Bride. All rights reserved. Reproduction of any part of this publication without the express consent of the publisher is prohibited. The information included in this publication is believed to be accurate at the time of publishing. Additional advertiser information, articles and more is available online at SouthernMNBride.com


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inspiration and ideas to make your weddding unique 26 46 Attire

13 Wedding Day Fashion 14 Tips for Trying on Gowns 16 Alterations 16 Preserve Your Gown 19 Create a Wedding Day Emergency Kit 20 For Grooms 22 His Checklist 23 Groom’s Dinner 23 Bachelor(ette) Party 24 Cheers to You

Venue

27 Choosing Your Wedding Venue 28 Finding the Right Location 30 Your Timeline 32 Reception Essentials 33 The Reception Flow 34 Ask About the Venue 37 Candle Ceremony Alternatives

Catering

39 Your First Meal Together 40 Service Styles 43 Ask the Caterer

Cake

44 A Sweet Ending to Your Day

Flowers

47 Bouquets & Arrangements 48 Bouquet Terms to Know

Beauty

55 All Eyes on You 58 Health and Fitness Tips

Services

63 Creative Details 64 Coordinate and Rentals 67 Arrange for Your Out-ofTown Guests 67 #Wedding Hashtag 68 Strong Foundations 68 Readings 69 The Vows 70 Behind the Curtain 71 Custom Stationery 71 Describe Your Wedding


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62 Real Weddings

72 Neidecker & Schoo 74 Schewe & Braulick 76 Brockway & O’Rourke 78 Boertje & Sieberg 80 Peterson & Reichert

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Your Picture Perfect Day Create a Schedule The First Look Covering all the Angles Becoming a Mrs Engagement Photos

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94 Moments on Screen 94 Ask the Videographer

Entertain

96 The Soundtrack of the Evening 97 Ask the DJ 98 Lighting the Night 98 Order of Events

Honeymoon

100 Plan Your Dream Trip 102 Pet Care While You Are Gone

Transport

104 Your Grand Exit 105 Ask About the Ride

Directory

107 Local Wedding Vendors

Wedding Planner

114 Your Timeline 116 Budget Basics 117 Budget Development 118 Budget Management 120 Compare Reception Venues 121 Payment Record 122 Ceremony Details 123 Reception Details 124 Day-of Schedule 125 Photography Checklist 126 Wedding Day Checklist 127 2015 & 2016 Calendar 128 Register to Win


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WEDDING DAY FASHION One of the most exciting, fun, and sometimes overwhelming parts of your wedding planning experience is shopping for your wedding day apparel. With the right direction, you will find the perfect wedding gown with ease and confidence. Whatever your style, there is a dress out there waiting for you.

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WHEN TO START Begin the search for your gown, accessories, and jewelry up to nine months before the wedding day to give ample time to avoid rush-order fees. Some dress designers require six months to produce a gown; others may be longer or even quicker, so be sure to ask. Order early to allow sufficient time for your gown to be received, altered, and steamed. Keep with classic looks or be fashion forward. With direction you will find your perfect wedding gown with ease and confidence.

DO YOUR RESEARCH When you think about the style of dress you have always envisioned going down the aisle in, how do you describe it? If you need help, become familiar with the terms for specialty fabrics and gown silhouettes to help you communicate the details of what you want. If you are still searching for that Southern MN Bride.com 13


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certain look, flip through these magazine pages, and mark the gowns you like. Have a budget in mind before you go, and don’t be afraid to communicate your budget to the consultant. After all, they are there to help your dress dreams come true and they want to provide you with the best experience possible. SHOP LOCAL No matter if you know the look and love a particular designer, or seem to be starting from scratch, it’s best to shop local. The staff at local bridal salons can help get you started trying styles on right away. These local professionals know their inventory and are there to assist you in this important dress purchase. Utilize their expertise to ensure selection of a style that is right for you. Be sure to call ahead, as some bridal

salons require appointments, and those that do not will be able to recommend a time to visit when you will receive one-onone attention. TIPS FOR TRYING ON GOWNS There are certain tips that can make the day go smoothly and potentially reduce the amount of time it may take to find the perfect dress. • W  ear your hair similar to the style you have in mind for your wedding. • G  o without face makeup when trying on gowns so they remain clean. •W  ear a supportive, well-constructed strapless bra or corset. •N  ote that the size of the wedding gown you will wear is typically one to two sizes larger than your day-to-day clothes. The store associate will get proper measurements to be matched to designers’ size charts. • I t’s always better to order a slightly larger gown and leave room for alterations if you are between sizes. •L  imit the number of people with whom you shop to one or two friends or family members. An entourage can be confusing. USE ELEMENTS AS A GUIDE The details of your ceremony–time of year, level of formality, location, theme, and so on–will help guide you in choosing

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PRESERVE YOUR GOWN The goals of bridal gown preservation is to prevent yellowing, reduce the risk of mold and mildew, prevent oxidation spots, and protect the gown from light and dust elements. Preservation also helps to ensure the dress retains its shape and embellishments remain affixed to it. If your dress was exposed to anything out of the ordinary, disclose the details and have it cleaned to ensure your dress remains in the best possible condition. Once cleaned, most gowns will be stored in an archival quality acid-free box that resists water and mildew. With preservation your dress will be an heirloom that gets passed on. You have found “the dress,” so stop looking, and do not second-guess yourself. Have faith in your decision, and enjoy the peace of mind that comes from having accomplished one of your most special decisions.

ALTERATIONS The bridal salon will take your exact measurements before ordering your dress. Order your gown in the size you are on the day you place the order—not the size you hope to be. It is much easier to make the dress smaller than bigger. To achieve a perfect fit, your dress will likely need minor alterations in the bust, waist, and hips, and is best done by a professional seamstress. Be sure you understand the special order policy of the bridal salon. In most cases, when you order your wedding dress, it is a final sale.

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WEDDING DAY EMERGENCY KIT

Anything can happen on your wedding day, so be prepared with an emergency kit. Create a kit using this list of items to pull off the perfect day: FROM THE BEAUTY SHELF Brush/Comb Bobby Pins Styling Products Cotton Balls Tissues/Q-Tips Make-Up Kit Baby Powder Hand Mirror Hair Dryer Curling/Flat Irons Ponytail Holder

FROM THE CABINET Deodorant Toothbrush Toothpaste Dental Floss Breathe Mints Tampons Pain Reliever Band-Aids Eye Drops Antacids Tweezers

FROM THE DRAWER Pen Notebook Safety Pins Crazy Glue Extra Earring Backs Mini-Sewing Kit  Double-Sided Tape Tide To Go Pen Static-Cling Spray Scissors

ALL THE EXTRA STUFF Bottled Water Energy Drink MP3 Player Cell Phone Charger Straws (so you do not smudge your lipstick) Favorite Snack Lighter Flats

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FOR GROOMS A groom’s options of attire may be more limited than those of his lovely bride’s, but whatever the degree of formality or style of the wedding, these few key points will help when ordering formalwear. FOUR BASIC STYLE CATEGORIES Formalwear can be separated into four styles: very formal, formal, semiformal, and informal. The time of your ceremony will strongly influence the level of formality, in turn influencing the attire. Other considerations such as color and theme will also play a part in the selection. GIVE YOURSELF THREE MONTHS Formalwear should be reserved or purchased at least three months in advance and all

measurements taken at least three weeks prior to the wedding to allow plenty of time for alterations. If your groomsmen live in different parts of the country, have them measured by a local tailor and forwarded to your store. Rented formal wear usually includes a jacket, vest, shirt, neckwear, cufflinks, pants and shoes. GROOMS HAVE OPTIONS TOO The groom, like the bride, has the option of purchasing his wedding day attire or having it tailor made. If his work calls for it, purchasing is a good investment. ONE WAY TO SHINE Set yourself apart with a different vest and tie color, then match the groomsmen with the bridesmaids’ dresses. Choosing patterned socks is a fun way to show a little bit of your personality.

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HIS CHECKLIST

Nine months before the wedding Ask your guys! Pick your best man, other groomsmen, and ushers. Make a list of all your guys that will need outfits for the big day, include relatives who need a tuxedo. Try on tuxes and suits. Let your guys know when and where they need to go to get fitted. Honeymoon Options.

One month before the wedding Check in with your guys to encourage all of them to get in for their fittings. Purchase groom’s gifts to say thank you. Consider cuff links, glasses, or their favorite drinks. It is a nice touch to have the gifts engraved with their names.

Seven days before the wedding Did everyone get their fittings done? Does anyone have questions? Get those last minute details figured out. Everyone looks and feels their best with a fresh haircut. Treat yourself to an upscale haircut for your big day. Two days before the wedding Try on everything one last time to ensure the proper fit. Pack for the honeymoon. Designate someone to return the tuxes the day after the wedding. On your wedding day Remember the rings and give them to someone for safe keeping.

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GROOMS DINNER After your ceremony rehearsal, which is typically held the night before your wedding day, everyone gathers for a celebratory dinner. Traditionally, the groom’s family hosts this dinner. Optionally, both families may choose to do the honor together, or you and your fiancé may decide to host. The event can be as casual or as fancy as you would like it to be. At the very least, guests attending the rehearsal dinner should include parents and siblings, wedding-party members and their spouses or significant others, the parents of any child attendants, and the officiant and his/her spouse. If any out-of town guests are invited to the wedding, they may also be

invited to the rehearsal dinner, especially if they already arrived in town for the wedding. It’s best to book the venue as far in advance as possible. If you plan to have a slide show as entertainment, verify if you are able to use their audiovisual equipment or if you will need to rent it. Give the venue the final guest count approximately 72 hours in advance. BACHELOR(ETTE) PARTY With the planning done, it’s time to unwind and celebrate with your friends with a bachelor(ette) party. Let your friends know what you like and what kind of party you want. Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box, your friends can schedule a group sporting event or a weekend full of activities. If your friends want the party to be a surprise, ask them to communicate their plans with your fiancé.

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CHEERS TO YOU

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JESS & JEN DO WEDDINGS

Most people associate weddings with champagne; its sparkling bubbles are the customary choice for toasts. But wines—both reds and whites—should be taken into consideration when creating the perfect meal. Look for at least one red wine and one white to serve at your celebration. Conventional wisdom says that whites go best with chicken and fish, and reds with meats. Most venues offer bar service with a variety of spirits and beer options. Providing beer on tap for your guests is an acceptable alternative to an open bar. This can be a perfect compromise for both your guests and your wallet.

There are tasty ways to add nonalcoholic drinks to your special day, too. Java lovers who want a fun and unique way to celebrate can set up a coffee bar with flavors and toppings. For another unique idea, add a smoothie bar for guests to create their own beverage. Order personalized cups to double as wedding favors.

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CHOOSING YOUR WEDDING VENUE

From site to centerpieces, plan a wedding reception to remember with inspiration, organization, vision and imagination.

Creative planning, an organized agenda, and the teamwork of bride, groom, and several key vendors bring to life the most magnificent receptions. Set the stage for a successful celebration with a well thought-out “plan-of-action.� Planning experts suggest a bride and groom put the wedding day in perspective by drafting a planof-action that includes: potential ceremony and reception sites, date and time options, estimated number of guests, style, theme and budget. As your vision and expectations develop, continue to perfect your plan-of-action. Selecting a wedding venue should be the first task you take action on. Select locations are often booked one to two years out, and prime dates (Saturdays, afternoons and evenings, May through October) go quickly. Knowing this, once you find your dream site, book it immediately. THE GUEST LIST The greatest factor to effect your budget will be the number of guests invited, and all should fit comfortably within the venue space. Keep in mind, sites have maximum capacities, so your guest count Southern MN Bride.com 27


VENUE will help narrow down your site choices— or your site choice will help narrow down your guest list. PICK A SEASON AND THREE DATES The best suggestion is to start with a season of the year and then pick three dates that work for you, your fiancé, and close family and friends involved in the wedding. By having more than one date in mind, you will be more flexible when it comes to such considerations as venue availability and work schedules. THE RIGHT LOCATION The various forms of venues are endless, ranging from a hotel ballroom with stunning interior design and panache, to a vineyard transformed into a rustic chic setting, and everything in between. The wedding venue you select will no doubt help you decide what areas of the wedding planning you need to focus on next, and even help in the decision-making process about some details. Choosing a venue is a lot like hunting for a house. Having a list of your top desires will save you time. On-Site venues include private clubs, hotels, and restaurants. These locations provide the majority of services needed for a reception: tables, chairs, china, flatware, linens, catering, beverages, and serving staff. Off-Site facilities encompass historic estates, wineries, private residences, galleries, event sites and community centers. These

locations offer the use of the facility for one flat fee, providing no other services. All-Inclusive venues offer packages to service the event from A-Z. With this type of venue, you can have your wedding and reception at one location, using the venue’s outdoor space for the ceremony and the ballroom for the reception. Theme Venues include your individual hobbies, interests, and passions into your celebration. Wineries, museums, train stations, and even breweries are all alternative options. Choose locations that tell your love story. If you meet in college, check for use of the facilities. Proposed on the beach; speak with state park representatives to book the site. By selecting a venue within your theme, you create a truly personalized celebration. CONDUCT A PHONE INTERVIEW There are a few initial criteria you can confirm over the phone before doing a site visit. Call to ask these basic questions: Is your preferred date available? Where do their prices per person start? Can they accommodate your guest list? If they fit these initial criteria, make an appointment to tour the reception site. INSPECT THE SITE PERSONALLY It may be love at first sight, but looks are not everything. Meet the staff you will be working with for your wedding and spend ample time touring the entire facility to

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ensure that the site’s design, decor, and ambiance complement the style you have envisioned for your wedding. Bring your camera, and of course your copy of this wedding magazine as your guide. You can use the thorough checklist of questions in this section at your appointment. The site’s event coordinators are professionals who

realize that people only plan an event like this once in their lifetime; they won’t be offended with questions. If you are working with a wedding consultant, ask them to accompany you as well. For a formal event, choose a location conducive to a formal occasion. By showcasing the natural attributes of the location you have selected, you will more easily achieve harmony with your decor and the facility. Transforming a room is costly. Working with it will save time and money. MEAL CHOICES Find out if the venue offers an in-house catering service, and includes food you prefer, or if you are required to hire an outside catering company. You will likely have several menu options, and will be able to choose food that suits your needs. Keep in mind the time of day your meal

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THE COST When discussing costs, especially regarding food and beverage, make sure you get the price inclusive of tax and gratuity. Rates vary significantly depending on the type of venue, the number of guests and the time of year. All details of your reception should be written in a contract signed by you and the venue representative. Most sites require a deposit, and will need the balance paid at least one week in advance. Remember to coordinate this date with your RSVP date to confirm your guest count. YOUR TIMELINE Have your location secured before hiring

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will be served, since you will want to choose appropriate dishes. If possible, request a taste-test of your preferred meal to ensure it’s quantity and quality.

your vendors. If you have your heart set on a particular venue, then start planning one to two years out. If you are flexible about your venue selection and are open to different options, you can plan a wedding in six months. Saturday night weddings and summer holiday weekends are always popular. If you are interested in these dates, book your venue immediately.

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A well-planned space and itinerary will help you form a mental image of how your reception will flow. Implement the following tips to ensure all your needs are met. Map it Out to identify where each component of the reception will take place and make a diagram of the room. Include the receiving line, buffet tables, bar, cake table, DJ or musicians, head table, immediate family tables, guest tables, guest book table, and the gift table. Place key elements separate from one another to prevent overcrowding. Have a Plan to guide your guests to the cocktail or reception venue, or make sure there are adequate signs directing them to the proper place.

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RECEPTION ESSENTIALS

The Project Manager is a key person and is usually a wedding consultant, your caterer, or the facility manager. They will be responsible for the timing of the cocktail hour, meal service, musician cues, toasts, cake cutting, etc. Best practice says to lay your concerns to rest by confirming all details at least one week in advance.

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THE RECEPTION FLOW A common mistake couples make is failing to orchestrate their reception. Timing of the key moments of your reception should be communicated to all your vendors and guests. The critical factor is to keep the event “flowing” and your guests comfortable and happy. After the ceremony your photographer will finish taking photographs, and you will take a limo ride. During this time, serve your guests appetizers and drinks, and have your DJ or musicians play soft background music as everyone waits for your arrival. The Master of Ceremonies (MC) announces that dinner will be served soon and asks your guests to be seated. The MC (usually your DJ) introduces the bridal party as they enter the room. Be sure to plan the path between the banquet tables, so you can easily get to your table. The bride’s father makes a short speech, welcomes everyone and thanks everyone for coming. The officiate blesses the meal and the food service begins. Each table, in turn, will move through the buffet line, or will be served by wait staff. Having

chat topics placed at each table is a good way to get your guests to mingle, socialize, and chat while they wait to be served. The best man presents a toast to the newly married couple. Additional speeches and stories can be told during and after dinner. At the planned time, the MC will announce the cake cutting. You and your groom complete the ceremonial cutting of the cake, and the MC will announce the couple’s first dance. The couple’s first dance may be followed by several additional special dances, and then the floor is opened for everyone to dance. The final reception event is the bouquet toss by the bride and garter throw by the groom. Remarks by the bride and groom. Though not necessary some brides and grooms like to take time to thank their parents, guests, and anyone who helped make the day possible. Congratulations! You have just thrown the biggest, and best party of your life.

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ASK ABOUT THE VENUE

The Food and Drinks: What are the menu options with the in-house caterer? Do they limit the use of an outside caterer to an approved list? Does the fee include the staff to serve the meal? Can alcohol be served? Will they allow you to bring your own liquor? What is the fee for a bartender? The Music: Where can the DJ and dance floor set up? Are there enough electrical outlets? How late can the DJ play music?

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TIP: Use the table in the Planning Guide to compare your options. The site should comfortably accommodate your guest list and fit within your budget.

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The Basics: How many hours/days of rental are included, are there overtime charges? Do the hours include catering, decorating, and DJ set-up time? What is the deposit and payment schedule? What is the cancellation policy? Are there reduced rates for off-season, off-hours or off-days? Are you able to hold the ceremony at the venue? Is there a fee? Is the location’s wedding coordinator included in the fee? Does the facility provide security? How much for additional staff? What are the fees to decorate the reception site? Can you decorate the site yourself? When will the decorating be able to take place? Where can your guests park? Are there extra fees? Is there valet parking/

The Set-Up and Tear-Down: Are there additional charges for set-up and tear-down? What are the gratuity and sales tax to be added to these fees? Does the fee include tables, chairs, and linens? Are the dance floor, lighting, and sound included in the fee? Are they available to rent? Are you responsible for any additional event insurance?

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Staying organized is one of the keys to finding a fabulous reception venue. There are many details to consider when evaluating the venues available. Use these questions to prepare before meeting with the venue’s coordinator:


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The unity ceremony symbolizes two people coming from their own families to become one new family. Traditionally, the lighting of the unity candle has been used as this symbol, and continues to be a popular option. For a twist on this tradition, here are some suggestions: Cord of Three Strands. The bride and groom braid the gold, purple, and white stands together symbolizing the union of God, husband, and wife. While braiding, someone reads an explanation of the ceremony and the coordinating verse from Ecclesiastes 4:12 that reads, “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Sand Ceremony. This consists of two smaller vessels filled with different colored sand being poured into a central vessel so you can see the colors blend together. This is convenient for outdoor ceremonies in lieu of keeping a candle lit. Wine Blend. In this unity ceremony, the bride pours a white wine, while the groom pours a red, making a unique blush wine symbolizing your new family. This can also

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be served at your reception. A Box, Wine and Love Letters. This tradition has the couple place a bottle of wine and love letters into a wooden box and nailed shut during the ceremony. The officiate explains, “If and when the marriage gets tough, open the box, have a glass of wine, and read your love letters to each other. This will remind you of your love and commitment to one another.”

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YOUR FIRST MEAL TOGETHER Preparing the meal is just the beginning when it comes to catering a wedding. While taste will be your number one decision factor, following closely should be the quality of the meal presentation and service to your guests. Catering a meal requires a considerable amount of time for planning, preparation, serving, and clean up, not to mention, the cost of the food and equipment rentals. Keep in mind, if you are thinking about asking your relatives to help prepare and serve the meal, the time commitment you are asking for will interfere the most with your family’s participation in the reception. For this reason alone, you should strongly consider hiring a professional caterer to take care of the food preparation and service for your wedding reception. Having your celebration catered is one way to assure a fabulous meal for your guests, and no one has to miss the fun.

ON-SITE OPTION OR HIRE YOUR OWN The venue you select will have some impact on the caterer you choose, as some venues require that you use their on-site catering service, or work within their list of preferred vendors. If this is the case, many of your decisions have already been made. You will just select from the options in the Southern MN Bride.com 39


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price range that works for you. These sites typically include all of the china, flatware, glassware, service, clean up, and gratuity in their catering price range. A professional caterer will provide amazing food, a beautiful presentation, and excellent service. Their food services will include preparing the food in their professional kitchens, packaging it for wedding service, transporting it to the site, preparing and decorating the food service table, and the staff to attend to the food service. Ask if they require you to provide the serveware, or if it is included. Before starting the process of identifying and interviewing potential caterers, you will want to determine your particular meal needs and preferences. WHAT’S FOR DINNER? What are your favorite foods and what time of day will your meal be served? While most caterers can offer a variety of cuisine, 40 Southern MN Bride.com

there are those caterers that specialize in barbecue, ethnic cuisine, or vegetarian menus. Use the time of your reception to help narrow down your choices. If the meal will be served earlier in the day, a lighter meal is adequate, while a full meal is more common later in the day. CATERING SERVICE STYLES One basic catering question is the difference between the service style options. Here is a breakdown of four popular styles. Buffet Style. A buffet usually consists of long tables laden with both hot and cold menu items. Guests make their way down the line with a plate in hand and serve themselves. A benefit to the buffet or food station style of serving food is that it affords the newlyweds more opportunity to mingle and visit with their guests. Plated Service. Plated dinners are served individually to each table by wait staff. The meals are beautifully laid out on the plate and more formal than other options. You may ask guests to select their meal choice as part of their R.S.V.P. Station Service. These serve-yourself stations and are usually grouped by theme or cuisine, and guests mingle throughout the room and sample the different dishes. You are able to serve a variety of different foods, and this keeps even the most finicky guest content. Family Style. Waiters bring platters of hot-from-the-oven foods and place them on the table for the guests to share. This is perfect for a more casual style of entertaining and is easily coupled with the use of longer tables. There are pros and cons of each style. Your caterer will work with you to determine what is the best match for you. CONSIDER THE EXTRAS Is a beautiful banquet table presentation part of your vision? As you can imagine, the more complex the decorating and presentation of the food is, it increases labor hours, as well, increasing the food quality will result in a higher per person cost for


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your reception. If your budget is limited, determine your priorities, and spend the bulk of your catering dollars in that area. SPECIAL MEAL REQUESTS The caterer can help you plan for the variations in your guest list and then determine the correct amount of food to order so you do not run out—better to have left overs than to have some guests without food. Discuss any special dietary needs you and your guests have, for example vegetarian, gluten or sugar-free, or food allergies. To avoid disappointment, test the meal you decide upon before confirming it. INTERVIEW AND BOOK THE CATERER Start the interview process and book your caterer early in your planning process. Ask event professionals to refer a caterer who has experience with the quality, style, and organization you are looking for. Complete a contract with the caterer that includes, a listing of the foods selected, services to be provided, and the cost. Know the number of servers included, the number of hours service will be provided, and arrival and departure times. Caterers need a final count at least two weeks in advance. Find out about all deadlines and due dates. Regardless of the meal you choose, a festive event is the goal of every couple. Seeing your family and friends who are celebrating with you, is a feast for your eyes.

The Basics Do you have my date available? Have you done events at my reception site and can you provide references? Do you have a state license? (the business meets health department standards and has liability insurance) Will you be personally handling the meal service at my wedding? The Food What menu items and style of service are your specialties? Are you willing to include a sentimental family recipe in the menu? Given the style, time, and date of my wedding, what menu items do you suggest? Schedule a tasting of the menu. What is your average cost per-person? Can you prepare kids, vegetarian, or glutenfree menu for just a few of the guests? Can you provide a wedding cake? Do you charge a cutting and serving fee? The Drink Do you provide beverage service? Is a drink included with meal service? Do you have a liquor license? Or do we handle the bar separately? Do you charge a corkage fee If we provide our own wine or liquor? The Business What is the ratio of servers to guests and how will they be dressed? Do you provide or rent linens, dinnerware, tables, chairs, and serving pieces? If so, what color and style of linens, glasses, plates, and accessories are available? What service costs are included? How much time is needed for set-up and clean-up? What deposit amount is required and when is the balance due? What is your cancellation policy? How are gratuities figured? How quickly will we receive a contract? Southern MN Bride.com 43


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One focal point of a reception is the cake, and you will want yours to take your guests’ breath away. Choosing a wedding cake starts by breaking down the process into several basic categories.

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COMBINING YOUR FAVORITE FLAVORS Doing a taste test as part of your research allows you to confidently decide on what kind of wedding cake you desire. Once you have decided on the cake flavor, you can begin to think about frosting. As a general rule, there are three types of icing—the traditional butter cream versus cream cheese versus fondant. If you need suggestions for pairing cakes and frostings ask the baker to share their ideas.

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DECORATIVE ASPECTS Find images that demonstrate your ideas. If you want to use fresh flowers, you can use a few as a cake topper or dozens as a cascade. Your cake decorations can be as simple or as lavish as you want, but no matter if you choose traditional or ultramodern–make sure it’s the look that makes you happy! SELECTING THE SIZE AND SHAPE The number of wedding guests will define the cake size, as well as how many tiers it should have. Ask how many guests can be served per tier, figuring on one slice per guest. Wedding cakes also include an additional anniversary tier. Adding sheet cakes is an economical option and allows you to serve several flavors. Classic round, tiered cakes work well at more formal weddings; square cakes suit sleek, contemporary affairs; and artsy topsy-turvy designs are perfect at fun, informal parties. CUPCAKES, CAKE POPS, AND MORE Cupcake towers and cake truffles are popular with couples who are looking for a non-traditional wedding dessert. The cake will not need to be sliced and served as your guests can help themselves. By categorizing the steps the process will be a manageable task and go smoothly. Surely you will have nothing short of an amazing wedding cake, delightful to the eyes and delectable to the taste buds.

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Flowers take your event to the next level. They add bright pops of color, show off your personality, showcase your dress, and bring the theme together. Before you set up a meeting with the floral designer, have these important details pinned down to have a productive meeting.

Allow your personality to shine through the floral designs you choose for your bouquet, wedding party, and reception dĂŠcor.

WEDDING SIZE AND BUDGET You will want to know how many bouquets and boutonnières are needed for the bridal party, plus how many table arrangements you will need for guest seating. Having these counts will help you determine the floral budget. If you have no idea how to come up with a budget for flowers, start out with 10% of the overall budget. You can always allocate more if you are using all flowers for your aisles and centerpieces. With that figure, your floral designer can guide you towards the flowers and designs that will help you stay within or close to that amount. Keep in mind that most flowers can be ordered any time of year, but flowers and greenery that are in season will generally be less expensive. Southern MN Bride.com 47


FLOWERS want to incorporate into your flowers. The atmosphere of the ceremony venue may have a big impact on your floral design {rustic, modern, elegant, etc.}

KNOW YOUR STYLE Prepare for the consultation by listing your color palette and other special touches like monograms, hobbies, and themes you

BOUQUET TERMS TO KNOW: Nosegay: This is a hand-held bouquet of fragrant flowers and foliage designed as a small bouquet. Hand-Tied: A larger bouquet of assorted flowers in a loosely gathered design. The stems can be wrapped, embellished or left natural. Pageant/Arm/Presentation:­ Long-stemmed flowers the bride carries cradled in her arm. Posy or Tussie-Mussie: Similar to nosegay, but smaller and more compact. Perfect for bridesmaids, and a great alternative to the mother’s corsage.

Pomander: A bloom-covered ball that is usually four to six inches in diameter and suspended from a ribbon. Toss Bouquet: Solely made for the bouquet toss. Hint: have one that breaks apart into three when thrown (Break-away or Fortune Toss), a nice surprise for the single ladies as tradition says the woman who catches the bouquet will be the next to marry. Remembrance: Done in memory of a lost loved one or family member who may not be able to attend the wedding.

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Check to see if your venue allows flower petals to be dropped, if candles are permitted, etc. FLOWER TYPES AND VISUAL AIDS Are there any specific flowers or a design you know you like and just have to have? Bring in photos of the styles you like to help communicate your ideas. Not that you want an exact replica, but you may love one for the shape of the bouquet, another for the type of flowers or the elements used, and yet another one for the color scheme that was used. Flowers are seasonal, so keep in mind what you want may not necessarily be available or cost effective. Lastly, it’s a good idea to note any flower allergies that you or your groom might have and share them with the floral designer to avoid any untimely sneezes.

DESCRIPTIVE WORDS Along with the photos, decide a few descriptive words to help express the style you have in mind. Try to use meaningful words like formal, vintage, country, rustic, casual, fun, glitz and glam, etc., while avoiding basic words like elegant or simple, unless that is really what you mean. Think about how you would describe your dress, venues, wedding theme, etc. when you come up with your descriptive words. OTHER BOUQUET CONSIDERATIONS Complement your dress, personality and proportions when choosing your bridal bouquet. Here are some basic considerations to factor in before making your final choice: Color Match. All-white bouquets are the most traditional choice for brides, while the use of color in a bridal bouquet is a beautiful way to express individual personality. Consider using accent flowers in your wedding colors or something bright and fun. Gown Style. Consider the scale of your gown. A common rule is, the bigger the gown, the bigger the bouquet. A simple sheath gown wouldn’t be able to hold its own against an overflowing cascade bouquet, however, a ball gown would. Consider any embellishments on the front of the dress and don’t obscure the beautiful beading or lace with a large bouquet. When you meet with your floral designer,

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bring a photo of your dress, and they will offer suggestions for the style and shape of bouquet that’s right for you. THE CONSULTATION Thoroughly discuss your ideas, share your photos and descriptive words, and

then give creative control and trust to your florist. A good florist thrives on having the blessing of doing what is best for the look of the arrangement. Keep in mind they are working with a natural product and often enough, floral products come in different colors, sizes and shapes than planned. Be as flexible as possible and believe they have the best intentions at heart. At the end of the consultation or shortly thereafter you should receive a quote of costs. This is not set in stone and nothing is ordered until you contract with them, so if you want to expand and make something greater let your florist know. Although your flowers will not need to be ordered until a few months before your wedding date, six months is not too soon to choose your floral vendor and get on their schedule, no matter the size or complexity of your floral designs.

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As you take that first step down the aisle towards the man of your dreams, every eye in the house will be fixed on you. As you prepare for what may be the single most important and memorable day of your life, you’ll want to consider these beauty enhancement options: skin and body care routines, slimming and toning plans, a picture-perfect makeover and hair style, facials, massages and body treatments, tanning, and spa manicures and pedicures.

You’re the bride and the center of it all at your wedding. Look your best with a little preparation pre-celebration.

CARING FOR YOUR SKIN Nothing is more beautiful than the natural glow of happiness that comes from within a bride on her wedding day. To improve your glow, schedule a series of facials, with your last one no later than two weeks before the big day. Begin to implement a daily skin care routine of three basic steps: cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize to care for your facial skin. You can then add any special needs products to help repair and rejuvenate your skin. Exfoliate your body weekly to achieve a healthy shine, paying special attention to the parts of your skin that will be exposed when you are in your dress. Use body cream with sunscreen to smooth, moisten, and protect the skin. Southern MN Bride.com 55


FITNESS AND BRIDAL BOOT CAMP You know the drill: a combination of a reasonable but restricted diet combined with both weight-bearing and fat-burning exercises will yield results. Whether you want to tone up and lose 20 pounds or even just ten, this will take some time, so start six months to one year prior to your wedding. If you are exercising and eating right but just not seeing the results you want, there are businesses that specialize in slimming, detoxifying, and toning options to give a boost to any weight loss program you use.

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HOW ABOUT A MAKEOVER If it’s been a while since you last updated your look, your upcoming wedding is a great reason for a makeover. A professional makeup artist can help you

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choose a foundation and colors that compliment your skin tone and give you a smooth, natural look. Apply makeup lighter for an everyday look and heavier for a more dramatic look for photographs. Keep in mind that your cheeks will be flushed all night, and with overdone blush you will look too red in person and in pictures. Inevitably a few tears will be shed, so use waterproof mascara. Take a picture of your new look at the same time of day as your wedding, and remember flash photography is less forgiving than a mirror. Get your makeover done early so you can use your new look and easily recreate it on your wedding day. WEDDING DAY HAIRSTYLE When meeting with your stylist, bring a photo of the hairstyle you would like to have done, but remain flexible. Rely

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Seek Advice It is always advisable to consult an expert about your weight loss. It will be easier for you to understand your body type, your fat type, your BMI and other factors; making the process of how to get in shape easier for you. Stick to a Program When you get the right kind of program for you, then stick to it and keep a check on the progress. Don’t take on too many changes at once—you want the results to last your lifetime. Don’t Starve, Just Eat Right You don’t have to starve when it comes to your eating patterns. Eat all the healthy foods; including grains, meats, vegetables and fruits; and not to mention the natural fats. Don’t skip meals; just eat right and in the right quantity.

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on their experience to help you discover what style flatters you most. Have your bridesmaids do the same, so your entire wedding party has a consistent, complimentary look. Wearing your hair in a traditional updo shows off the neckline and shoulders, and is always flattering. On the other hand, wear your hair down to show off your tresses. Schedule a trial run of your style several weeks prior to the wedding and remember to bring your veil

Whether you want to lose ten or thirty pounds, this will take some time, so start six months to one year prior to your wedding.

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A LITTLE COLOR A sun-kissed tan looks stunning against a white wedding gown. If your skin has the ability to tan, look for a salon that offers skin profiling to help determine the best tanning unit, tanning lotion to use, and how many minutes to tan in each session. You will want to build a base tan and

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BEAUTY remember, the number one rule is never, ever burn. If you have type 1 skin (white, very fair, freckles, always burns, never tans) then spray tanning is an excellent choice. The process involves a professional spraying a solution onto the skin that develops a tanned appearance on the surface of the skin. The development of color takes anywhere from two to four hours and usually lasts five to seven days, but can vary. To ensure you are pleased with the results do a practice spray tan at least two weeks prior to your wedding day. For best results, in is recommended that you moisturize twice a day. SIMPLE ADVICE • Avoid any drastic skin care treatments and continue to use your regular hair products and makeup for at least one

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month prior to your wedding date to reduce the risk of redness or even worse, an allergic reaction. • Experiment with different hairstyles in the weeks leading up to your big day, to help you choose the one you are most comfortable with. Tip: you don’t want to look back at your photographs in two years and wonder, “who is that?” • Avoid trying trendy, new hair colors or cuts in the months leading up to the wedding and then being disappointed in it, leaving you no time to grow it out. • Consult a professional to learn what flatters your features.


BEAUTY Painting your nails a dark color such as burgundy, even if that is your wedding color, may make you cringe when you look back at your pictures. Choose a pretty pale pink for your wedding day manicure. DE-STRESS WITH A MASSAGE For your sanity, take time to relieve any

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Your wedding is full of the little things—the dates, the deadlines, the details. Being organized can be a big task, but while you plan your wedding, you will be meeting with professionals who can help you realize your dream. From the theme and design to the venues and vows, the little details are what make your wedding sparkle and shine. Visit with your vendors to make your day the best it can be.

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NAME YOUR STYLE AND THEME A theme is usually a certain style such as “vintage glam,” “rustic chic,” or “modern simplistic”—the words that sum up the overall look and feel of the day. It is important to choose your colors, style, and theme before you get started as it extends to every element of the wedding—the room décor, the centerpieces, the stationery, the flowers, the food, the cake, the entertainment and even the dress. Be consistent in your choices to help you avoid a muddled look. YOU IMAGINE IT…THEY CREATE IT Amazingly decorated weddings require creative talent, many hours, and an extensive inventory of items. Hiring a professional to design and decorate is a convenient solution, as well as a wise investment. Many brides will underestimate what is involved in Southern MN Bride.com 63


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HIRE A COORDINATOR You may pride yourself in being organized and creative, but when it’s time to walk down the aisle, all you will really want is to feel the love—not the stress. If your life is already busy, avoid the pressure and hire a planner, you will gain valuable access to their knowledge and experience, as well as their vast contacts and connections. An experienced planner will work within your budget, recommend reputable vendors, negotiate contracts, book vendors, and the list goes on. Many planners offer different levels of service for you to choose from, ranging from full service, start-to-finish management, to basic, month-of, or day-of coordinating. Hiring a professional wedding consultant often makes the difference between truly enjoying the celebration and having it blow by in a blur of details.

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the decorating process—the time researching and creating the vision, gathering the items, setting them up and then tearing them down, not to mention the cost of all of the items— and then the hassle of getting rid of them afterwards. Decorating professionals will help you avoid the frustration of producing your dream wedding on your own. Don’t choose a wedding decorator on price alone— consult with them to understand all that is included in their service. Ask to see samples of their past work and what they can custom create for you.

RENT THE SCENE Some ceremony and reception sites will require that you rent equipment such as tables and chairs, sound and lighting equipment, tents, and more from an outside source. These event rentals can turn any setting into something spectacular so you can have the wedding of your dreams without the major expense of purchasing. When you meet with the rental provider, have a guest count estimate for the quantity of items you will need to reserve. At this time, set tentative delivery, set-up, and return times and expect to place a deposit for the rental of certain pieces. A decorating rental business will also have a wide section of accessories to rent including arches, candelabra, chair covers, and aisle runners. They also offer a variety of colors and styles of linens, china, glassware and serving pieces. Remember

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SERVICES when renting, that you will need to enlist help with the pick-up, set-up, tear-down and return. A MEANINGFUL CEREMONY Aesthetics are not the only preparation that needs to be done for your wedding. Enlist the help of an experienced professional to help you plan the perfect ceremony that reflects your beliefs, relationship, and dreams for your future. GET IT IN WRITING Once you have decided to work with a particular wedding vendor, sign a detailed, written contract. Read over the contract (several times if necessary) so you are aware of your responsibilities and your vendor’s duties for your wedding day. Reconfirm your arrangements several weeks before your wedding, especially for services that

were discussed many months before the actual date. Paying careful attention to the details early will allow you to enjoy every moment of your day. ALTERNATIVES TO TOSSING RICE The classical rainfall of rice is a fun and happy way to wish the couple many happy years to come. However, the following are a couple ideas for those wanting to make their wedding unique: Rose petals are a great alternative to rice. When thrown into the air, the colorful petals will gently shower the newlyweds. Sparklers are an affordable alternative that will light up the night. They photograph well and add a bright pop to your exit. Balloons filled with helium go straight up in the sky for a whimsical effect. They can be personalized with the names of the newlyweds for a personal touch.

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Before ordering your invitations, make arrangements with a couple hotels where your guests can choose to stay. Most hotels will work with you on a better rate if you are blocking a group of rooms. Include the information and a “book by” date on your invitations. It’s a nice touch to have a welcome bag waiting for your guests when they arrive in their hotel rooms. You may want to include some locally made items, snacks, and drinks. Be sure to include a local tourism publication, maps and written directions to all events that guests are invited to attend. While it’s not necessarily expected, it is a nice gesture to invite guests who have made the journey to your wedding to the rehearsal dinner. For the day of your wedding, have someone local whom guests can contact should questions or needs arise. Hospitality and generosity towards your wedding guests will go a long way to ensure your wedding is a weekend for everyone to remember.

#WEDDING HASHTAG Choosing a hashtag for your celebration allows you to follow the great time your guests had, as well as all the fun and candid photos from the night. Let your creativity shine when creating your wedding hashtag. Is there an inside joke or nickname? Choose something that everyone will remember and keep them smiling. Make sure you let your guests know by creating a sign to display, as well as having your DJ announce it throughout the evening. CREATE YOUR WEDDING HASHTAG In a bride survey, 55% of all weddings have a hashtag for the guests to use, but there’s more to it than just typing out the pound sign. Use these tips to create a successful hashtag: # Start with your names. # Use numbers to set your hashtag apart. # Capitalize the first letter of each word. # Avoid easy misspellings. # Check the hashtag. # Spread the word. # Don’t overthink it. Will you remember your wedding hashtag forever? Definetly. In the end, you will see all the fun everyone had.

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Your wedding preparations should include preparing for a lifetime together. Premarital counseling and education has proven to significantly reduce the divorce rate (30-40%), and increase the quality of your intimate relationship. Boost your success not only for your wedding day, but for all of your days with a strong foundation. Get the most from premarital counseling with a program that covers: effective communication, it s barriers in your relationship, and successfully using tension with conflict management. Counseling will also help you understand each of your histories, and how to work with them towards health and healing. Working through money matters and leisure time, as well as, sexuality and intimacy myths and truths. You’ll learn how to stay connected and achieve your marital expectations, dreams and goals. Premarital care facilitates strength in your relationship by educating, preparing, and investigating the needs and assets of the relationship. The process works to identify differences and gives tools for successfully relating.

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Many couples choose to have a scripture passage read at their ceremony. Here are two sample verses: “But ‘God made them male and female’ from the beginning of creation. ‘This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.’ Since they are no longer two but one, let no one split apart what God has joined together.” Mark 10:6–9 (NLT) “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not selfseeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” 1 Cor. 13:4–7a (NIV)

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This is your very special day. It will only happen once, so you will want to find a minister or wedding officiant with an engaging ceremony that will leave your guests inspired. Discuss your beliefs and ideas with your fiancé to ensure a ceremony that is meaningful to both of you. Make plans to meet with and get to know the officiant or minister who will solemnize your wedding. Your ceremony will be more meaningful when your officiant knows more about you than just your name. Meeting in advance will give everyone a chance to make sure your personalities blend. The officiant will help match your personal desires with the type of ceremony you would like to have to create your unique service. For instance, you may not

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choose the same components for an informal outdoor wedding versus a formal religious ceremony in a church. Consider meeting with your pastor for pre-marital counseling before the wedding to discuss your relationship, love, marriage, and commitment.

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When you’re planning your wedding, try adding a unique flair by having a photo booth at the reception. Photo booths add an instant entertainment option for your guests and wedding party—both young and old. As soon as the curtain closes, the personalities of those on the inside come to life. This provides unique entertainment and a fun keepsake that both you and your guests can laugh at and enjoy for years to come. Guests typically get to keep a copy of the photo strip they created. Some couples choose to use this memento as a unique wedding favor for their guests to provide lasting memories for everyone. Create a unique guest book and arrange

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the photo into a scrapbook. Alongside your guests’ photo, they get to write a personal note to the couple, creating a great keepsake for you and something fun for them. Having props available will add to the fun and excitement of your guests’ photo booth experience. Wigs, hats, glasses, outrageous jewelry, and even fake mustaches are just a few ideas of props to have available for your guests use. Another idea couples use is to have chalkboards or whiteboards available for their guests to add messages to their photos. If you are ready to step outside the box, or rather into one, then this is a great idea for your wedding reception entertainment. A photo booth is an amazingly fun way to ensure your guests, young and old, will walk away from your event with a smile on their face and a memory of the night.


With custom programs, table numbers, menus and thank yous, invitation designers will help you carry your theme throughout the wedding stationery. Do you want traditional designs with formal wording or a contemporary design with your own wording? Rely on a business that can create and customize your wedding stationery. Wedding invitations should be sent at least six weeks before your wedding to give your guests ample time to reply and make travel arrangements. With the invitation, include a response card (R.S.V.P.) if you are serving a meal, and a stamped envelope for your guest to return it in. Some brides are now using online R.S.V.P. sites for their guests to use. Searching for the perfect stationery at least six months in advance will ensure adequate time for designing, proofing, printing, addressing, mailing and replies. GET CREATIVE WITH YOUR GUESTBOOK You will want to remember your wedding day forever, especially the special people with who you have shared it. Unique sign-in ideas are sure to impress your guests, so don’t be surprised if most of the comments in your guestbook are about the guestbook itself ! Gone are the days of feathered pens. When you choose to go a creative route with your guestbook it can be used as decoration in your home. From thumbprint trees, to signature wine corks, the possibilities are endless. Forget the book, let your personality show and have fun choosing a way to cherish the memories of your special day.

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DESCRIBE YOUR DREAM WEDDING Get a clear visual idea of your wedding by verbally expressing what type of theme you would like. Try to capture the mood you want for your wedding. For example, if you want a relaxed outdoor wedding, brainstorm all the words related to that one broad term. Then, think of words you want your wedding guests to use to describe the day. Once you have a collection of words and ideas, you can move toward putting together an inspiration board. Having a word bank accessible will help you keep your vision alive through the various planning stages. Southern MN Bride.com 71


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SARA NEIDECKER BENJAMIN SCHOO OCTOBER 11 PHOTOGRAPHY Malwitz Photography DECORATING T & K Event Planners and Decorators The theme of this intimate wedding was a glamorous vintage feel, with blush pink and gold glitter colors. In keeping with the theme, chalkboards, chandeliers, and wooden crates were used to decorate the ceremony and reception spaces. The couple decided to not have a “first look,” so the first time Ben saw Sara was when she was walking down the aisle with her father. “It was truly an emotional experience for both of us,” Sara shares, “It was such an amazing feeling to see so many people there to support us and then see Ben standing at the end of the aisle. We wrote our own vows and didn’t let each other hear them until the ceremony. It was so special to share them in front of the people we love.”

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CASIE SCHEWE TOM BRAULICK SEPTEMBER 20 PHOTOGRAPHY Jess & Jen Do Weddings FLOWERS A to Zinnia DECORATING T & K Event Planners and Decorators The most memorable part of the day for Casie and Tom was after the ceremony when they stood outside in the receiving line. “I just couldn’t believe how many people were there,” the bride expresses. “I didn’t realize just how full the church was, but when they all came out, the line was never ending. It was amazing to feel support from so many people.”

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JENNY BROCKWAY BLAKE O’ROURKE SEPTEMBER 13 PHOTOGRAPHY P.S. I Do Wedding Photography RECEPTION Country Inn & Suites HAIR Karizma RENTALS G&K Event Rentals “After we said our vows, and as Blake and I were walking back down the isle, our groomsmen surprised us with blowing duck calls,” Jenny shares when asked about the funniest thing that happened on their wedding day. “Blake is the biggest hunter and fisherman so this gave us a big laugh.”

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ELIZABETH PETERSON TIMOTHY REICHERT FEBRUARY 8 PHOTOGRAPHY Daniel Dinsmore Photography RECEPTION Country Inn & Suites INVITATIONS Carlson Craft SUITS AND TIES J. Longs The bride chose an “elegant winter wedding” as her theme, and added slight rustic touches throughout the reception. Elizabeth shares, “I wanted the reception hall to be filled with warmth on our cold winter wedding day, so we used a lot of candles and candelabras, in every shape and size.” “It was exciting to see my soldier waiting for me at the end of the aisle, safe and sound, looking so handsome in his uniform. It was a magical moment that I will remember forever!”

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Your photos will live on long after your wedding day—sharing your memories for years to come. Keep this in mind while researching all the options available to you, and above all, find a photographer that makes you feel comfortable and will provide you with beautiful top quality images. PHOTOS ARE FOREVER Photographs are one of the few things that last forever from your wedding day. Do not take a gamble—hire a professional! Just as you have invested time in choosing the person you are marrying, invest time in choosing a talented photographer who is a good match for you. Do not let price be your sole factor in hiring your wedding day photographer; the value of having quality pictures will be priceless. Capture the moment, the laughs, and the memories to treasure for ages and share with all those you love.

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WHAT’S YOUR STYLE What style of wedding photos do you want? Is it photojournalistic or traditional; dramatic colors or black and white; serious or silly and fun? Find a photographer whose work shows connection, passion, and talent, who specializes in the style

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like “modern,” “close-up,” and “artistic” can mean very different things to a bride and her photographer. One way to be sure everyone is on the same page is to go through sample shots together, identify ones you like, and explain why you chose those particular images. If you have certain shots you want taken, ask for them. Talk with your photographer, and be honest about your expectations. Making a “must-have” list will help ensure nothing is missed on your wedding day.

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that aligns with yours. If possible, visit the ceremony and reception locations with your photographer to discuss how to use the landscape in pictures. The photojournalistic style captures moments, rather than poses, because the photographer doesn’t “direct” the participants or guests. The result is


PHOTOGRAPHY candid and spontaneous images that convey the genuine emotion of your day as it naturally unfolds. You will end up with a wide array of shots and captured moments, some you may not have even witnessed, and they will serve as a record of the great time your guests had at your wedding. Traditional, formal photography refers to the typical posed pictures. These usually consist of the wedding party, the couples’ families, the shots of the bridesmaids with their bouquets, the groom with his parents, the couple gazing into each other’s eyes. In general, most photographers take both styles. Be clear if you prefer more of one type. Be sure to request traditional family portraits. Getting everyone together at one time can be hard, so your wedding is a great place to capture those few-andfar-between family photos.

CREATE A SCHEDULE

Your photographer can help you establish a wedding day schedule, taking into account your photograph goals, as well as your desire to have fun. Instead of having the wedding party and family members milling around for several hours, give them the schedule showing when they need to be there. Remember to schedule alone time to reflect on the commitment you just made. Once the wedding gets started there is no stopping it. Most photographers agree, if the shot is not scheduled, it may not happen. You cannot go back to get the photographs you miss and wished you had, so confidence in, and communication with your photographer is key.

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THE FIRST LOOK There is only one moment when the groom sees his bride for the first time, and then it’s over. Have you thought about what you are going to do? There is no wrong answer, and photographers agree that there are pros and cons to either way. Some couples feel it is less romantic when their eyes meet for the first time, with the eyes of all their guests on them. Others say, no matter where they see each other, it is a wonderfully romantic moment. Choosing to have your photograph taken with each other before the ceremony gives you a more private moment, and a longer time to be with just each other. It is the most important day of your lives, and it is powerful when you see each

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other for the first time. It is an important and emotional moment you will want to remember forever. Whether you choose to see each other before the ceremony, or after, set time in the schedule to capture those genuine moments. Go ahead and cry, kiss, and admire each other, it’s your time together.


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Your photographer cannot be in more than one place at a time; on a wedding day they get pulled in many different directions. To cover all the angles consider the package that includes a second photographer. At every stage of the day, it’s wonderful to have two different perspectives of everything that happens. While one is photographing the bride throwing her bouquet, the second shooter can focus on all the ladies diving for it. Who wouldn’t want both of those photos? While one is taking family photos, the other can go photograph the details and your guests at the reception. An extra photographer provides backup to capture all of the moments constantly happening at weddings—the family members who haven’t seen each other in years sharing a laugh, little kids being little kids, hugs, smiles, and tears. They happen all night long, and they can’t all be caught on film, but with two photographers around, the odds are pretty good that the big ones won’t be missed. Second shooters are also there to help attend to details, like a family member wearing sunglasses in the family portrait,

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or a groomsman who’s got a flask, a phone and a key chain stuffed in his pockets during the posed shots with the grooms. If a second shooter is in your budget, strongly consider it. Think of it this way—you will never regret hiring them, but there is a chance you may regret not taking the opportunity available to you.

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such as your birth certificate, your social security card or last year’s W-2 form. You will also need two documents to prove your local, residential address. To update the name on your Social Security card you will find the application available at the Social Security Administration’s website, or at the local office. You will keep your same number— only your name will get updated. Your bank accounts, bills, and insurance should happen easier. Contact each to inform them of your name and address change. Some will just require a phone call, while others may ask for documents. If you are going on a honeymoon right after your wedding you should not change your name before leaving. Your new name has to match all travel documents, most importantly, your passport—processing name changes on passports generally takes anywhere from four to six weeks.

Changing your name is one of the first things you will have to do after your wedding. No matter if you take your husband’s last name or choose to hyphenate your name, you will have to inform the government and companies with which you do business of your legal name change. Before you begin the process, you will need a notarized copy of the marriage license. Call the clerk’s office where the license was filed for details on how to get a copy. Keep in mind there will be a fee. When you go to the Department of Motor Vehicles to change your driver’s license, bring the notarized copy of your marriage license, an identity document,

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When you book your photographer, schedule an engagement session to spend some additional time getting to know him or her. You may consider skipping this step, or think that just having a friend take your engagement pictures is good enough, but you will be thankful for what you gain by using your day-of photographer. The engagement session gives you and your fiancé a chance to get to know your photographer and how he or she interacts with you before the wedding day. You will be more comfortable the day of the wedding knowing that all of your personalities blend. Having pictures taken can be uncomfortable for a lot of people; engagement sessions can ease any tension and anxiety. Your photographer will get to know the two of you; will find out if your eyes blink a lot; if you need help in some posed shots (what do I do with my hands? should I look at you? look away?); discover

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the angles that look best for your facial expressions. This session will save time when creating a “timeless portraiture” on your wedding day. The session offers added time with your photographer and a unique opportunity to peek into the window of your personalities. Have a session that highlights your favorite thing to do together. Be creative, go do something you love, and bring your photographer along with you. Couples have included horseback riding, hiking, or a hole of golf in their session to show who they are together.

TIPS FOR A GREAT SESSION Share your ideas. Talk to your photographer about locations you would like to go to, and your ideas. Maybe you would love to have more candid pictures taken in a coffee shop. The better you communicate about what you are looking for in your pictures, the more likely you’ll get it. Look Amazing. Bring several outfits to choose the clothes that go best with each background. It is important for your clothes to complement and look good next to each other, but try to avoid looking like twins. Solids are great and look good next to almost any backdrop.

Have Fun. Your engagement session should be stress-free and relaxed. It is an experience to enjoy together. Bring Props. Bringing your own fun props will give you something to do, and make your photos unique to you as a couple. When choosing your props think of your style, the location of your shoot, your clothing changes, and your wedding theme. You will want everything to flow nicely. TIP: Use your photos for engagement announcements, wedding invitations, or to decorate the guest book and reception tables.

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Videography is an art that uses professional grade cameras, software, computers, and sound equipment to capture your event and puts it on DVD so your story can be retold for years to come. A video will capture every important moment that photographs can often miss. Still photography can’t always capture the fluid movement of the bride making her way down the aisle or the trembling of the groom’s hands as he sees her for the first time, the way her parent’s hug her before she steps up to the alter, the emotion he shows as he sings to his bride, the funny way she spills her sand over the edge of the vase. Videographers are professional storytellers, so you will want to make sure that they will capture every part of your story that you want to be told. You and your fiancé might want to consider having your videographer create a short clip of how you met and fell in love to show at your rehearsal dinner and reception. You will need to create a script or interview questions for your videographer to ask you as they film your clip. You will need to practice being interviewed and what you want to say, so that you are comfortable in front of the camera. Having a video at your event is a fun way for members of your new family and friends to get to know you as a couple, if they haven’t had the chance yet.

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Be sure to budget for a professional videographer. You’ll have great food and drinks, a wonderful venue, and lots of other wedding memories, but if you don’t budget video into the mix, in the future, you will miss having it. You will miss hearing your voices and seeing the emotion on your faces from your wedding day. You will miss the sway of your first dance as Mr. and Mrs. Video is the only way to capture those things. Hiring a professional will ensure that your wedding video will be worth sharing time and time again.

WHAT TO ASK W  hat storytelling approach will you use to shoot the video? Ask to see examples of their work. Will this fit you as a couple? H  ave they worked with your photographer before? How will they coordinate? H  ave they ever shot a wedding at your ceremony/reception site before? Ask to see the video. W  ill the videographer you are interviewing be the same one that films your wedding?


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You spend months making sure every little detail of your wedding goes exactly the way you dreamed it would. You stress, and plan, and now it’s time for a little fun. You want your guests to dance and have fun. You want your introductions, your first dance, and all of your special moments to be unforgettable. You want your entire day to be uniquely yours, and not a generic production. Music sets the tone from the wedding ceremony to the last dance. It heightens emotions, creates atmosphere, fills awkward silences, and gets guests to dance. Work with your DJ to ensure your celebration is memorable with these tips: PLAYLIST VARIETY After all of the formality of the ceremony, you and your guests are ready to relax and get the party started! Consider playing a variety of music that is appropriate for the various


ENTERTAIN segments of your reception. Be sure to discuss the volume level and genre of music that you want played during each of the time periods. Ask your DJ or band for their play list to select songs you would like played at the reception. This is a great way for you to select specific dance music, rather than expecting them to guess your preferred genre of music. ON THE MIC You want a DJ for your reception who has the ability to go with the flow. If you picked a first song months ago, but on the way to the wedding you heard a more perfect song on the radio, can they change your first dance with this little notice? Most DJs have a ton of popular music in their book of albums and can accommodate your change. If your DJ acts as master of ceremony,

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What type of music is your specialty? May I see/hear a performance? Can you provide ceremony music? Are you willing to be the announcer/MC? Which entertainers will be performing at my reception? Will you accept special requests? Will you allow us to control the volume? Do you provide your own sound system/ equipment? If not, what will you need? How much space will you need? What is the set-up time? What will the DJ or musicians be wearing? Is there a time limit or minimum time the band or DJ will play? What is the payment schedule? What is your cancellation policy?

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discuss their level of involvement, and work closely with them in planning, to keep your reception on schedule. DETAILS Professional DJs and musicians are exactly that...professionals. They are knowledgeable, creative and will have professional-level equipment, with a back-up system available to avoid the chance that your reception would be without music. SCHEDULE AN INTERVIEW Have a phone interview with them first to determine if they are available on your wedding date. Ask about their experience level, their equipment quality, and if they have a back up system. Determine the variety and versatility of their song list, the cost of their services, amount of the deposit, and the due date for the final payment, then book them. LIGHTING THE NIGHT Your ceremony or reception site may need a little (or a lot of) help to give it the look that will take your guest’s breath away. Lighting will transform your space into a unique environment. Ask your wedding consultant, venue, or DJ if they offer this service. Light decorating is an art form and an experienced professional will know where to place the lights to create the effect you are looking for. They can transform a room and make it magical by using personalized 98 Southern MN Bride.com

This sample schedule is a guideline to help you create your own reception timeline. 5:00 PM Cocktail Hour - the bridal party has remaining photos taken or cruises around in a limo. 6:00 PM Introduction of bridal party, bride and groom. 6:10 PM First dance. 6:20 PM Welcome by bride’s father. 6:30 PM Table blessing and begin food service. 7:00 PM Toast by the best man, the maid of honor, and parents. 7:15 PM Mother/Son and Father/Daughter dances. Timed so the bridal party and family have had enough time to eat. 7:30 PM Music and entertainment. 7:45 PM Dance floor is open. 8:45 PM Garter and bouquet toss. 9:00 PM Cake cutting. 9:20 PM Remarks by the bride and groom. 9:30 PM Exit. If you will have a grand exit before the party ends you will want to do it before all the guests leave. You may also choose to stay at the reception until it ends; it’s all a matter of choice. 10:00 PM The reception ends. An after party is a great idea if you love to party and want to do something beyond the reception.

monograms, uplighting, lighted backdrops, and so much more. Opt for colors that accent skin tones and consider using softer lighting during dinner, and darker shades during your dance. These subtle changes can smooth the transitions between cocktail hours, dinner, and dancing. Visit the site at the time of your event. Pay attention to where you can add some much needed light to improve the space. Make sure your venue has enough power to handle extra lighting. Items such as windows and where the house lighting is located will be big factors in how your room will be lit.


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PLANNING THE TRIP OF YOUR LIFE

Planning a honeymoon is a lot of work. Hire a travel agent to assure a safe and memorable vacation.

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Dreaming of a honeymoon full of romance, adventure, and relaxation? Make those dreams a reality by hiring a certified travel agent. Working with a certified travel agent will save you time, and money. Travel professionals know all of the ins and outs of a destination, and will have invaluable local advice to make your honeymoon as safe and enjoyable as possible. Consider the climate where you are vacationing, and pack accordingly for the weather, as well as for the possible activities you will be doing. Start making a list of the items you will need so when the time arrives you don’t have to rush and forget items. If you plan an international trip it will take time to get your passports, and medical clearances. Begin the process early to avoid the stress of waiting for your credentials to arrive. If there is a currency difference it may be more beneficial to do an exchange before you leave the country. Major credit cards and travelers checks offer fraud


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HONEYMOON protection, plan to carry these not cash. Be sure to have your travel agent’s contact information with you for help if needed. Check into traveler’s insurance for a policy that offers protection in the event of a natural disaster or illness. Hurricanes happen, and insurance against these unlikely events ensure you get your money refunded, or your honeymoon rescheduled. Check with your travel agent a few days before the wedding to confirm your plans. Then prepare to have an amazing first vacation as husband and wife. It doesn’t matter where you decide to go for your honeymoon, just go. Even if it’s simply a few days at location near home. WEDDING DAY AND HONEYMOON PET CARE Research pet hotels in your area to find one you are comfortable leaving your dog with

during your wedding or honeymoon. Ask about the amount of playtime, outdoor time, and walking your pup will receive. Most kennels include a set amount of attention in the cost of boarding, and you can usually pay a per-diem fee for additional time— it all depends what your pet is used to. Be sure to let them know if your dog has any special needs or medication he has to be given and the schedule to follow. You may also have to provide food or treats—send these along in baggies that each contain a single serving to ensure the quality and quantity is consistent with the way you feed him. Lastly, you may be able to provide your own bedding, or even a well-worn piece of your clothing—the familiar scents are sure to comfort and soothe your pup while you are away. All in all, with a little research your pet can have a pleasant experience.

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Getting to and from locations is an important detail to not forget. Book ahead and arrive in style.

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DISCOVER THE OPTIONS Different varieties of limousines, vans, trolleys, and even horse-drawn carriages are available. You will want to include the cost in your budget, so start researching and checking the local options early. Book your transportation six months in advance—especially if you are getting married during prom season or on a very popular wedding day. A RIDE FOR EVERYONE You are responsible for providing transportation for your wedding party and both sets of parents the day of the wedding. Typically, the best man is in charge of getting


TRANSPORT ASKING QUESTIONS Talk to several rental companies. Do not just book a vehicle or carriage over the phone—ask to see it first. Find out how many people will fit in each vehicle as it gets awkward and uncomfortable when fourteen people squeeze into a vehicle meant for ten! THE CONTRACT Get a written contract outlining all of the specifics, including the specific vehicles for each purpose, and all financial information including rates, deposits, gratuities, taxes, and any other fees. TIP: If your ceremony and reception site are close to each other, you might want to stay simple with your choice, since you won’t be in it for long. However, if you want to be chauffeured around for a while, check out an option with all the bells and whistles.

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the groom and the other groomsmen to the ceremony site on time. After the ceremony the groom then joins the bride on the way to the reception. If you choose to ride alone as a couple you will need to arrange a second option for the wedding party to get to the reception site. If you have several out-of-town guests without their own transportation, consider providing transportation to get them to and from the ceremony and reception locations. Providing a shuttle service is a nice touch, and ensures that they won’t be late because they got lost. It’s a good idea to have cab information, or the same shuttle service available to your guests following the reception. This is especially true if alcohol has been served. You do not want any tragedy to occur, and planning ahead for these circumstances will help to ensure only happy memories.

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DIRECTORY ALTERATIONS

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BACHELOR/ETTE PARTY

RAYDIANCE SALON (P. 57) 11 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 101 • Mankato 507-388-8811 raydiancesalon.com

PINS AND NEEDLES ALTERATIONS (P. 16) 728 N. Riverfront Drive • Mankato 507-625-5163 katobears.com POLE DANCE MINNESOTA (P. 58) Mankato • Minneapolis • Rochester 507-351-7805 poledanceminnesota.com WOW ZONE 2030 Adams Street • Mankato 507-625-2695 wowzonefec.com

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BRIDAL SHOWS

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BEAUTY AND COSMETICS

CAKES

BANQUET FACILITIES

HAIR, SKIN, NAILS, AND BODY TONING ADVANCED DENTAL SOLUTIONS (P. 59) 608 Madison Avenue• Mankato 507-345-1284 advanceddentalmn.com BELLA DONNA MAKEUP ARTISTRY Mankato 507-380-4691 belladonnabeautyonlocation.com

(P. 61)

DECADENT DESSERTS (BACK COVER) 530 N. Riverfront Drive • Mankato 507-382-4998 decadentdessertsonline.com HY-VEE CAKES 507-238-4323 • Fairmont 507-354-8255 • New Ulm 507-835-8030 • Waseca

CATERING

BODY CONCEPTS (P. 59) 1609 N. Riverfront Drive, Suite 105 Mankato 507-381-5467 bodyconceptsmankato.com ELECTROLYSIS LASER CENTER 403 S. Broad Street • Mankato 507-345-3254 electrolysisandlasercenter.com

(P. 61)

KARIZMA SALON 611 N. Riverfront Drive • Mankato 507-779-7110 katokarizma.com

(P. 60)

(P. 6)

(P. 45)

HY-VEE CATERING 507-238-4323 • Fairmont 507-354-8255 • New Ulm 507-835-8030 • Waseca

(P. 42)

LONE STAR BBQ & GRILL 408 S. 3rd Street • St. Peter 507-934-3314 lonestarbbqgrill.com

(P. 41)

DECORATING AND RENTALS ALI MARIE’S WEDDING DECORATING AND MORE 320-979-0878 alimaries.com

(P. 65)

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DIRECTORY DECORATING AND RENTALS CONTINUED COUNTRY STYLE ACCENTS Henderson 763-568-2864 countrystyleaccents.com G&K EVENT RENTALS 507-625-3238 • Mankato 952-758-5715 • New Prague gkrental.com T&K EVENT PLANNERS AND DECORATORS 507-217-9993 • 507-217-7295 tandkdecorators.com

(P. 67)

(P. 65)

(P. 66)

DRUMMERS GARDEN CENTER AND FLORAL 281 St. Andrews Drive • Mankato 507-388-4877 drummersgardencenter.com HILLTOP FLORIST & GREENHOUSE 885 E. Madison Avenue • Mankato 507-387-7908 hilltopflorist.com HY-VEE FLORAL 507-238-4323 • Fairmont 507-354-8255 • New Ulm 507-835-8030 • Waseca

DJ/ENTERTAINMENT/LIGHTING PARTY SOUND 507-327-8311 partysoundpro.com

(P. 97)

GOWN PRESERVATION

SHOWTIME PRODUCTIONS 507-327-3811 showtimematt.com

(P. 99)

GOWNS AND TUXEDOS

EVENT COORDINATION

SEE ALSO DECORATING AND RENTALS MEANINGFUL MOMENTS (P. 64) 507-440-2295 meaningfulmomentsevents.com 

FITNESS AND HEALTH

(P. 48)

(P. 51)

(P. 52)

STEPHEN CLEANERS & LAUNDRY (P. 16) 507 N. Riverfront Drive • Mankato 507-387-2224 ASHLEE BRIDAL, PROM & TUX 2 N. Minnesota St • New Ulm 507-380-5185 ashleebridal.com

(P. 15)

BLISS BRIDAL AND FORMALWEAR (P. 18) Northbridge Mall • Albert Lea 507-552-1362 blissformalwear.com

POLE DANCE MINNESOTA (P. 58) Mankato • Minneapolis • Rochester 507-351-7805 poledanceminnesota.com

ENCORE CONSIGNMENT AND BRIDAL BOUTIQUE 311 N. Riverfront Drive • Mankato 507-386-0861

FLOWERS AND GIFTS

GRAIF CLOTHING 5 Civic Center Plaza • Mankato 507-345-3000 graifclothing.com

(P. 22)

INFINITY BY SISTERS BRIDAL 202 W. College Drive • Marshall 507-532-9415 infinitybysistersbridal.com

(P. 17)

A TO ZINNIA FLORALS, EVENTS & GIFTS (P. 49) 15 South Broadway • New Ulm 507-359-9900 a2zinnia.com BUDDING CREATIONS WEDDING & EVENT FLORAL 507-720-2513 • 507-381-4355 buddingcreationsfloral.com

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(P. 50)

INSPIRE BRIDAL BOUTIQUE 507-514-2224 • St. Peter inspirebridalboutique.com

(P. 18)

(P. 1)


DIRECTORY J LONGS 1817 Adams Street • Mankato 507-345-8885 jlongs.com

(P. 21)

NUTTER CLOTHING COMPANY (P. 20) 320 S. Minnesota Avenue • St. Peter 507-931-4340 nutterclothingcompany.com SISTERS BRIDAL AND TUX 1201 S. Broadway • New Ulm 507-359-7204 sistersbridalandtux.com

(P. 17)

THE SILHOUETTE 55 Main Street • Easton 507-787-2211 silhouettewedding.com

(P. 19)

TIP TOP TUX Several Minnesota Locations 507-625-1831 tttux.com

(P. 7)

(P. 14)

GROOM’S DINNER

CHARLEY’S RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE 920 Madison Avenue • Mankato 507-388-6845 charleysrestaurantmankato.com JAKE’S STADIUM PIZZA 330 Stadium Road • Mankato 507-345-3185 119 W. Broadway • St. Peter 507-934-4944 jakesstadiumpizza.com

(P. 25)

HONEYMOON

SEE ALSO TRAVEL AGENCIES

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS SEE ALSO RECEPTION VENUES KONSBRUCK HOTEL 408 S. 3rd Street • St. Peter 612-483-6771 konsbruckhotel.com

(P. 41)

INVITATIONS

THE STATIONERY AND GIFT STORE BY CARLSON CRAFT (P. 5) 1750 Tower Boulevard • North Mankato 507-625-0547 • 800-899-3417 stationerygift.carlsoncraft.com

JEWELRY

VALERIE’S BRIDAL, PROM & TUX (P. 15) 19463 Minnesota Hwy 22 • Mankato 507-344-0101 valeriesbridalshop.com WEDDINGS BY DEB 214 Central Avenue • Faribault 507-332-7171 weddingsbydeb.com

WOW ZONE 2030 Adams Street • Mankato 507-625-2695 wowzonefec.com

(P. 23)

(P. 24)

EXCLUSIVELY DIAMONDS (INSIDE FRONT) 1660 Tullamore Street • Mankato 507-345-1658 exclusivelydiamonds.com JULEE’S JEWELRY (P. 112) 120 Minnesota Avenue South • St. Peter 507-934-3344 juleesjewelry.com PATTERSON’S DIAMOND CENTER (P. 11) Madison Avenue Hilltop • Mankato 507-625-1625 Downtown • New Ulm 507-354-2613 pattersonsdiamondcenter.com

OFFICIANT

JASON MEKALSON 612-839-1050

PET CARE

(P. 69)

THE PAW 1741 Premier Drive • Mankato 507-625-7070 thepawmankato.com

(P. 103)

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DIRECTORY PHOTO BOOTH

SARAH JOY PHOTO BOOTH 507-217-6364 sarahjoyphoto.com

(P. 70)

PHOTOGRAPHY

BOY-NAMED GIRL PHOTOGRAPHY 507-317-9139 boynamedgirlphotography.com BRAUNSHAUSEN PHOTOGRAPHY 201 Maverick Drive • Mankato 507-327-3103 cbraunshausenphotography.com DANIEL DINSMORE PHOTOGRAPHY 507-380-0220 dinsmorephotography.com

(P. 89)

(P. 88)

(P. 84)

(P. 89)

HMD PHOTOS 507-382-1021 hmdphotos.com

(P. 91)

JESS & JEN DO WEDDINGS jessandjendoweddings.com

(P. 90)

MALWITZ PHOTOGRAPHY 507-420-8192 malwitzphotography.com

(P. 85)

MELISSALEE PHOTOGRAPHY (P. 87) 507-822-3064 melissaleephotography.zenfolio.com

P.S. I DO WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY 507-360-8193 • Kandi 507-276-5369 • Kim psidoweddingphotography.com 110 Southern MN Bride.com

(P. 86)

SR PHOTOGRAPHY 507-380-4583 susanrungephotography.com

(P. 91)

PREMARITAL COUNSELING FOOTNOTES FAMILY COUNSELING SERVICES 507-351-8799 footnotescounseling.com

(P. 68)

RECEPTION VENUES

FRANK PHOTOGRAPHY 507-461-3346 stevefrankphoto.com

PATTY’S PHOTOGRAPHY 507-332-8014 • 507-330-3045 pattysphotography.com

SARAH JOY PHOTOGRAPHY 507-217-6364 sarahjoyphoto.com

(P. 87)

(P. 85)

AMERICINN HOTEL AND CONFERENCE CENTER 240 Stadium Road • Mankato 507-345-8011 americinnmankato.com CHANKASKA CREEK RANCH AND WINERY Kasota 507-931-0089 chankaskawines.com

(P. 2)

(P. 35)

COUNTRY INN & SUITES (INSIDE BACK) Mankato Hotel and Conference Center 1900 Premier Drive • Mankato 507-388-8555 countryinns.com/mankatomn COURTYARD MARRIOTT Mankato 507-388-1234 courtyardmankato.com

(P. 3)

GLENCOE CITY CENTER 1107 11th Street East • Glencoe 320-864-6951 glencoemn.org

(P. 37)

JACKPOT JUNCTION 39375 County Hwy 24 • Morton 1-800-WIN-CASH ext. 8067 jackpotjunction.com dacotahridge.com

(P. 106)


DIRECTORY MAIN STREET PLAZA 141 4th Street • Pemberton 507-869-3650 pembertonmn.govoffice2.com

(P. 32)

MANKATO CITY CENTER HOTEL (P. 31) 101 E. Main Street • Mankato 507-385-3500 mankatomnhotel.com MANKATO GOLF CLUB 100 Augusta Drive • Mankato 507-387-5676 mankatogolfclub.com NEW ULM CONFERENCE CENTER 2101 S. Broadway • New Ulm 507-359-3540

(P. 29)

(P. 35)

NICOLLET COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY (P. 33) 1851 N. Minnesota Avenue • St. Peter 507-934-2160 nchsmn.org NORTH LINKS GOLF COURSE Mankato 507-947-3355 northlinksgolf.com

(P. 36)

OLD MAIN VILLAGE 301 S. 5th Street • Mankato 507-388-1480 oldmainvillage.com

(P. 36)

RIVERSIDE TOWN AND COUNTRY CLUB Blue Earth 507-526-2764 rtccgolf.com

VERIZON WIRELESS CENTER One Civic Center Plaza • Mankato 507-389-3000 verizonwirelesscentermn.com

(P. 30)

REHEARSAL DINNER

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RENTALS

SEE ALSO DECORATING AND RENTALS

TRANSPORTATION LAND TO AIR EXPRESS 507-625-3977 landtoairexpress.com

(P. 103)

MVP COACHES 507-386-1060

(P. 105)

TRAVEL AGENCIES

HOMETOWN TRAVEL 400 S. 3rd Street • St. Peter 507-931-6174 hometown-travel.com

(P. 102)

LUTES TRAVEL 112 Marshall Street • Mankato 507-625-1658 lutestravel.com

(P. 103)

SHELLI’S TRAVEL 507-267-4857 shellistravel.com

(P. 101)

TUXEDOS

SEE ALSO GOWNS AND TUXEDOS (P. 32)

ROUND LAKE VINEYARDS & WINERY (P. 10) 30124 State Hwy. 264 • Round Lake 507-945-0100 roundlakevinyards.com

VENUES

SEE RECEPTION VENUES

VIDEOGRAPHY

DANCING DAY CINEMA 507-317-6088 dancingdaycinema.com

(P. 95)

WEDDING PLANNER

SEE ALSO DECORATING OR EVENT COORDINATION

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SouthernMNBride.com. Take engagement photos. Think about the style of wedding you want­–formal or informal, big or small– and the season it will take place. Set budget. Hire wedding coordinator, if desired. Compile guest list, and organize addresses. Finalize wedding date and time. Choose color, theme, and size of wedding. Reserve ceremony and reception sites. Choose attendants. Order dress and accessories, including veil and shoes. Book officiant. Book caterer. Book florist. Book music for ceremony and reception. Book photographer and videographer. Meet with clergy or officiant for premarital counseling requirements and begin classes. Arrange the transportation for the wedding day. Discuss honeymoon, apply for passport if needed. Send save-the-dates, if using.

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4 to 6 Months Ahead

Submit engagement announcement on

Reserve rental equipment, such as

2 to 4 Months Ahead

­

­6 Months or More Ahead

WEDDING TIMELINE

Select songs for ceremony, dinner

tables, chairs and tents.

Order stationery, including invitations, and thank you notes, book calligrapher, if using. Register for gifts. Purchase wedding rings and arrange engraving, if needed. Purchase or reserve groom’s attire. Choose attendants’ attire. Help mothers choose their dresses. Book hair, nail and makeup appointments. Order wedding cake. Choose favors. Book a room for wedding night. Reserve accommodations for out-oftown guests. Sign up for dance lessons.

and dances.

Finalize details with florist, DJ, photographer, caterer.

Finalize menu with caterer. Discuss service with officiant. Choose readings for ceremony. Try out makeup and hairstyle Schedule a session with your

videographer to film video for the rehearsal dinner/reception. Mail invitations. Write thank-you notes as gifts arrive.

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Have final dress fitting with shoes, accessories, and lingerie.

Have fittings for tuxedos and attendants’ dresses.

Submit list of must-take shots to photographer and videographer.

Follow up on missing RSVPs. Arrange seating chart and place cards. Create wedding day schedule; share

1 Week Ahead

glasses, cake knife and server, flower girl/ring bearer accessories. Confirm ceremony details. Prepare printed program for ceremony. Schedule rehearsal time and rehearsal dinner. Invite wedding party and guests to rehearsal dinner. Complete documents for legal name change, change of address. Obtain marriage license, and request certified copies. Pick up rings and check engraving. Confirm details with the florist, caterer, entertainers, and officiant. Buy gifts for attendants, flower girl, ring bearer, fiancĂŠ, parents.

Pick up dress. Pick up the rings. Write rehearsal dinner and wedding toasts.

Finalize seating plan. Get manicure and pedicure. Pack for honeymoon! Write thank you notes as you receive gifts.

Verify transportation to and from. ceremony

Day Before

Buy guest book, unity candle, toasting

Deliver out-of-town guest gift baskets to hotel.

Attend ceremony rehearsal. Hold rehearsal dinner and give gifts to wedding party.

Prepare tip envelopes and arrange for someone to distribute them.

Wedding Day

2 Weeks Ahead

1 to 2 Months Ahead

PLANNER

Eat breakfast. Get hair and makeup done. Get dressed. Relax and enjoy the day. Give your vows to your Maid of Honor. Exchange a note/gift with your groom.

with wedding party and vendors.

Notify caterer of final guest count. Find out where your guests will be

staying, if you plan to deliver welcome bags to their rooms.

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BUDGET BASICS

The most useful approach for a bride and groom to take with their families is to be communicative, realistic, and courteous. Weddings are expensive and there are times when tradition should bow to practicality. Below is the traditional division of expenses.

Bride’s Family

• Invitations, announcements, and postage • Bride’s wedding attire and trousseau • Cost of the ceremony including rental of sanctuary, chapel or other facility, organist, soloist and sexton fees, aisle carpets, flowers, and any additional decorating costs • Bridesmaids’ bouquets • Cost of the reception including food, wedding cake, beverages, flowers, decorations, music, rental equipment and gratuities for the bartenders and waiters • Engagement and wedding photographs • Transportation • Wedding gift for the newlyweds • Wedding consultant • Any welcome parties for out-of-town guests

Bride

• Groom’s ring • Gift for the groom • Gifts for her attendants • Lodging for her out-of-town attendants (optional) • Bridesmaids’ luncheon • Gift for parents

Groom’s Family

• Their wedding attire • Wedding gift for the newlyweds • Rehearsal dinner • Their travel expenses and hotel bills • Shipment of wedding gifts to the bridal couple’s new home

Groom

• Bride’s engagement and wedding rings • Gift for the bride • Marriage license • Fee for clergy officiant • Gifts for best man, groomsmen, and ushers • Bridal bouquet and going away corsage • Boutonnières for all men in wedding party • Mothers’ and Grandmothers’ corsages • Lodging for out-of-town attendants (optional) • Honeymoon • Bachelors’ dinner (optional) • Gift for parents

Attendants and Ushers

• Their wedding attire selected by the bride • Travel expenses and lodging • Parties for the bride and groom • Wedding gift for the couple

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BUDGET DEVELOPMENT

Developing a realistic wedding budget is essential and should be one of the first things you do. Keep your budget in mind so you will be able to make the right decisions when making choices. Here are a few questions you may want to discuss before developing your final budget.

Overall Budget

How much do you want to spend? Are the necessary funds available? Size of wedding party? How many guests will be invited?

Ceremony and Reception

Where will you hold it? Indoors or outdoors? Church or venue? Reception formal or casual? Ballroom or hall?

Attire

Do you want a designer gown or off-the-rack? Will you purchase or rent formalwear?

Photography

What style do you prefer, posed or photojournalistic? Do you want a leather-bound photo book or something less expensive? What style of videography do you want? How many copies of the video will be needed?

Wedding Cake

Do you want a custom designed cake or something smaller with sheet cake service?

Food / Catering

Do you want a caterer separate from your venue? Sit-down service or buffet? Will appetizers be served during cocktail hour? Will there be alcohol? Full bar or limited to beer, champagne and wine?

Entertainment

Will you have an orchestra or organist at the ceremony? Band, DJ or both? What other sort of entertainment will be needed? Invitations Letterpress or printed? Custom designed or just customized? Will you be sending save the dates? What inserts will be required with the invitations?

Transportation

How will you travel from the ceremony to the reception? Will you provide rented transportation for the entire wedding party? Does your venue require valet parking or shuttle service? Once you decide on your priorities, it will guide you in setting your budget. Once your budget is set, stick to it by using our handy budget worksheets (starting on the adjacent page) to keep you on task.

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BUDGET MANAGEMENT Wedding Rings

Engagement ring Bride’s ring Groom’s ring

subtotal

Attire

Bride’s dress Headpiece and veil Bride’s shoes Lingerie, hosiery, garter Jewelry and accessories Hair, makeup, manicure Dress preservation Groom’s tuxedo or suit Groom’s shoes Groom’s accessories

subtotal

_____________ _____________ _____________ _____________

_____________ _____________ _____________ _____________ _____________ _____________ _____________ _____________ _____________ _____________ _____________

Ceremony and Reception

Ceremony location fee _____________ Officiant fee _____________ Organist / musicians / soloist____________ Marriage license _____________ Aisle runner, decorations _____________ Candles, misc. _____________ Reception location fee _____________ Catering fee _____________ Cake _____________ Bar _____________ Decorations _____________ Rentals _____________ Tips _____________ subtotal _____________

Photography

Photographer’s fee Engagement portrait Wedding album Parents’ albums Additional prints

subtotal

Music

Ceremony music Cocktail-hour music Reception music (DJ)

subtotal

Stationery

Save-the-date cards Invitations and envelopes Map inserts Announcements Response cards Thank you notes Ceremony programs Calligraphy / addressing Postage Place cards Printed napkins

subtotal

Transportation

Limousine or carriage Guest’s transportation

subtotal

_____________ _____________ _____________ _____________ _____________ _____________

_____________ _____________ _____________ _____________

_____________ _____________ _____________ _____________ _____________ _____________ _____________ _____________ _____________ _____________ _____________ _____________

_____________ _____________ _____________

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PLANNER Gifts, Favors, and extras Maid of honor’s gift Bridesmaids’ gifts Best man’s gift Groomsmen’s gifts Bride’s parents’ gifts Groom’s parents’ gifts Flower girl Ring bearer Favors Ring pillow Guest book Cake knife / server Toasting glasses

subtotal

Rehearsal Dinner

Site rental Caterer Taxes and gratuities Other Bridesmaid’s luncheon

subtotal

Videography

Videographer fee Extra copies of video

subtotal

Honeymoon

Transportation Accommodations Daily budget

_____________ _____________ _____________ _____________ _____________ _____________ _____________ _____________ _____________ _____________ _____________ _____________ _____________ _____________

_____________ _____________ _____________ _____________ _____________ _____________

_____________ _____________ _____________

Flowers

Ceremony

Alter / church Bride’s bouquet Bouquet preservation Attendant’s bouquets Flower girl accessories Mothers’ corsages Boutonnières

subtotal

Reception

Cake table Buffet table Head table Centerpieces Decorating

_____________ _____________ _____________ _____________ _____________ _____________ _____________ _____________

_____________ _____________ _____________ _____________ _____________ _____________

subtotal

Helpers (total):   Wedding coordinator

  Cake cutting / gift table attendants   Guest book attendant   Officiant   Soloists / musicians subtotal _____________

Total

_____________

_____________ _____________ _____________

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COMPARE RECEPTION VENUES

Where to hold your reception is one of the most complex decisions to make. Use this comparison chart to help you decide what your priorities are, and how the cost will enter into your overall plan.

Amenities Available Formal / informal decor Decorating restrictions Distance from ceremony Disabled access Capacity Air conditioned Dance floor / stage Sound system / piano Head table # of guest tables / chairs Guest book table Gift table Cake table Linens China, flatware Stemware / glassware Wedding coordinator Catering service Wait staff Bar / bartender Champagne cost Corkage fee Cake cutting charge Clean-up charge Adequate / or valet parking Other Head count deadline Hours available Early set-up availability Taxes and gratuity Deposit amount Deposit deadline Final payment deadline

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2: 3:


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PAYMENT RECORD Date

Payment Made To

Amount

Method/Check # Balance Due Date Due

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CEREMONY DETAILS

Details of your ceremony will express who you are. Use this page to record all of your vendors you have selected to make your ceremony the one of your dreams. Date ______________________Time________Location________________________________ Officiant________________________________________________Officiant fee________________ Address________________________________________________Phone____________________ Rehearsal date___________________________________________Rehearsal time______________ Rehearsal dinner location___________________________________Reservation time____________ Number of guests_________________________________________________________________ Site requirements__________________________________________________________________ Seating capacity___________________________________________________________________ Site fee_________________________________________________Other fees_________________

SERVICES: Photographer____________________________________________Phone____________________ Videographer____________________________________________Phone____________________ Florist__________________________________________________Phone____________________ Decorator______________________________________________Phone____________________ Wedding coordinator______________________________________Phone____________________ Transportation___________________________________________Phone____________________

MUSIC: Soloist_________________________________________________Phone____________________ Soloist_________________________________________________Phone____________________ Musician________________________________________________Phone____________________ Musician________________________________________________Phone____________________ Processional Song_________________________________________________________________ Recessional Song__________________________________________________________________

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RECEPTION DETAILS

Use this page to record all of the vendors you have selected to help make your reception a party. It’s your first celebration as husband and wife – so make it great.

VENUE: Location________________________________________________Seating capacity_____________ Address________________________________________________Phone____________________ Manager_________________________________________________________________________ Rental cost______________________________________________Deposit___________________ Final payment due date____________________________________Equipment rental fee_________ Date / time room is available for decorating____________________ Tables and chairs provided Linens provided

Yes

Yes

No  Quantity needed ____________

No  Quantity needed ____________

Cleanup requirements______________________________________________________________

FOOD: Caterer________________________________________________Phone____________________ Meal description___________________________________________________________________ Baker__________________________________________________Phone____________________ Cake description__________________________________________________________________

ENTERTAINMENT: DJ / Band_______________________________________________Cost______________________ Contact person__________________________________________Phone____________________ Arrival time_____________________________________________Hours of music_____________

SONGS: Father / daughter dance____________________________________Mother / son dance__________ First dance______________________________________________Parents’ dance______________ Throwing bouquet________________________________________Garter toss________________ Wedding party dance_____________________________________Dollar or traditional dance_____ Last dance______________________________________________Other_____________________

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YOUR PARTY

DAY OF SCHEDULE

Attendants

Wedding Day

Name:_________________________________

6:00 am:

Phone:_________________________________

7:00 am:

E-mail:__________________________________ Name:_________________________________ Phone:_________________________________ E-mail:__________________________________ Name:_________________________________ Phone:_________________________________ E-mail:__________________________________

8:00 am: 9:00 am: 10:00 am: 11:00 am: NOON:

Name: _________________________________

1:00 pm:

Phone:_________________________________

2:00 pm:

E-mail:__________________________________

3:00 pm:

Name:_________________________________ Phone:_________________________________ E-mail:__________________________________ Name:_________________________________ Phone:_________________________________ E-mail:__________________________________ Name:_________________________________ Phone:_________________________________ E-mail:__________________________________

4:00 pm: 5:00 pm: 6:00 pm: 7:00 pm: 8:00 pm: 9:00 pm: 10:00 pm:

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PHOTOGRAPHY CHECKLIST BRIDE’S PHOTOS

Full Length Back of dress Bouquet With both parents With parents separately With grandparents With siblings With maid / matron of honor With all attendants With groomsmen With flower girl and ring bearer

PRE-WEDDING

Bride getting ready Bride putting on veil Candid shots of bride preparing Groom getting ready Attendants getting ready Front of ceremony location Guests arriving and being seated

GROOM’S PHOTOS

Full length With both parents With parents separately With grandparents With siblings With best man With all attendants With bridesmaids

BRIDE AND GROOM PHOTOS

Bride and groom together With each set of parents With entire wedding party Close-up of hands displaying rings Signing the marriage certificate

CEREMONY

Musicians / Vocalists Attendants waiting to enter Parents being seated Candids of parents Attendants walking down aisle Child attendants walking down aisle Groom coming down the aisle

Clergy, groom and best man at altar Bride and father walking down aisle Father giving bride’s hand to groom Vow exchange Ring ceremony Candids of bride’s / groom’s faces Unity candle ceremony Groom kissing the bride

RECESSIONAL

Guests throwing seeds, petals, etc.

RECEPTION

Guests signing guest book Place cards, favors Centerpieces, place settings Bride and groom listening to toasts Candids throughout room Bride and groom’s first dance Bride and father dance Groom and mother dance Guests dancing Cake, cake table Cake cutting Bouquet toss Garter removal and toss Going away vehicle Newlyweds departing

VIDEOGRAPHY CHECKLIST

Bride leaving home Guests arriving at ceremony Wedding party preparing Ceremony Guests leaving Guests arriving reception Announcing of newlyweds and party Toasts First dance Guests dancing Cake cutting Bouquet and garter toss Bride and groom with individual guests Bride and groom leaving Other

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WEDDING DAY CHECKLIST

Wedding Attire Bride:

Gown (be sure it is pressed) Headpiece and veil Lingerie (bra, bustier, slip, petticoat) Hosiery and garter Shoes Jewelry and accessories Wrap / jacket / gloves

Groom:

Coat, shirt, vest, trousers Neckwear Cuff links Socks and shoes

Don’t Forget

Rings and marriage license Ring bearer’s pillow / flower girl basket Wedding programs Cake knife and server, toasting glasses Favors Guest book and pen Unity candle To pay officiant and vendors Assign someone to collect / transport gifts

Honeymoon

Airline tickets (note flight number and

Cruise tickets (note cabin number and

Resort / Hotel (address, phone and

departure / arrival times)

Passports / Visas Digital camera Credit cards / travelers checks Medicines / prescriptions Extra contacts or glasses Toiletries Hair dryer Electrical plug adapters Travel iron / steamer Travel clock / radio

When Updating Your Name

Auto registration Bank and credit card accounts Car insurance Credit reporting agencies Deeds / titles Driver’s license Employee records Investment accounts / stock certificates Life insurance Medical / dental records Memberships Passport Post Office Social Security Tax agencies (federal, state, local) Voter registration Wills / trusts

departure / arrival times) confirmation numbers)

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