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You’re engaged—now what? Use Southern Minnesota Bride to plan your wedding—of course! Organizing the details of a wedding can be quite a task, and even overwhelming at times with all of the numerous arrangements that need to be made. You will not want to forget even the smallest of details, so use Southern Minnesota Bride to keep yourself organized while you plan your wedding. Southern Minnesota Bride is a wedding planning magazine that is filled with beautiful venue options, talented photographers, and many other wedding professionals who are ready to assist you with your wedding plans. The images used throughout the magazine are all of real brides, from real Southern Minnesota weddings, and are a showcase of the creative work of real photographers. The informative articles will help you become knowledgeable about all things wedding. Last, but certainly not least, there are helpful checklists in the back, serving as a reminder of the items needing attention, and a timeline to complete them within. Bring your copy with you wherever you go, and check the tasks off your list as you make plans. Use your copy of the magazine like a wedding textbook—highlight or underline the parts of the articles you want to refer back to, jot down notes in the margins, bend the corner of the page with the photo you like, and mark up the Directory of Services pages as you contact and book these wedding professionals. When your wedding day has come and past, you will have a wonderful keepsake of the planning details of one of the most important days in your life. Congratulations on Your Engagement! The Staff at Southern Minnesota Bride Within you I lose myself Without you I find myself Wanting to be lost again. ~ Unknown ~ 2 Southern Minnesota Bride

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In this issue The Gown Your Wedding Day Ensemble................ 8 Preserve Your Gown............................ 14

The Tuxedo.....................................16 the rings.........................................18 the gifts..........................................19 The Venue  Reception Site Selection...................... 21 Visit and Set a Date............................. 25 Obtain a License................................. 26 Elements to Consider.......................... 28 Kit for Emergencies............................. 32 Lighting the Night............................... 34 Entertaining the Kids.......................... 35 Symbols of Unity................................. 36 Arrangements for Travelers.................. 38 Rehearsal 101...................................... 42 Groom’s Dinner................................... 42

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Gown Terms........................... 12 Venue Details.......................... 40 Selecting a Caterer.................. 50 Cake Shapes........................... 54 Bouquet Terms....................... 66 Flower Meanings.................... 67 Transportation........................ 93

The Catering  Your First Meal.................................... 44 Serving Styles...................................... 46 Flavors and Requests........................... 48

The Cake  Sweet Ending to Your Day................... 52 Top It Off............................................ 53

G Real Weddings Klea Swenson (Our Cover Bride).............56 and Matt Rettmann Stacy Sandmeyer and Jerry Salfer, Jr.... 58 Amanda Andrews and Ben Jensen....... 60

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In this issue The Flowers  Design a Beautiful Wedding................ 62 Bouquet Considerations...................... 64

The Photography  Angle of a Perfect Day......................... 69 The First Look..................................... 72 Dance the Night Away......................... 73 Helping Hands.................................... 75 Schedule an Engagement Session........ 76 Color Ideas.....................................78-79 From Miss to Mrs................................ 80

Beauty  The Look, The Feel, The Glow............ 96 Updos and Curls................................. 97 Nails on Show..................................... 97 Avoid Reactions................................... 98 Golden Glow....................................... 99 Spray Tanning................................... 100

Honeymoon Travel................. 101 ever after..................................... 104 Bridal Shows............................... 105 SouthernMNBride.com.................... 106

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Moving Moments................................ 81

Wedding Services  Well-Planned Details........................... 82 Help Decorating.................................. 84 Photo Booth Fun................................. 85 Saying I Do......................................... 87 Announcing the Big Day..................... 88

The Music  Fun and Unforgettable........................ 90 Smooth Transitions............................. 92

The Ride  Transportation Details......................... 94

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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 more or less, so be sure to ask. Order early to allow sufficient time for your gown to be ordered, received, altered, and steamed. FIRST THINGS FIRST. What style of dress have you always dreamt of going down the aisle in? If you do not have a certain look in mind, flip through these magazine pages, and mark the gowns you like. Noting the details and comparing those you like will give you an idea of what you want before you head to the salon. WHERE TO GO. If you love a particular designer, find the local bridal 8 Southern Minnesota Bride

salon that carries that designer and start trying styles on. Be sure to phone 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. These local professionals know their inventory and are there to personally assist you in this important dress purchase. Utilize their expertise to ensure selection of a style that is right for you. WHAT TO LOOK FOR. The details of your ceremony—time of year, level of formality, location, theme, and so on, will help guide you in choosing a gown for your ceremony. Select fabrics that are appropriate for the location and weather of your wedding day. For example, an elaborate gown with a long train might seem Announce your engagement at SouthernMNBride.com


out of place at a small wedding with fifty guests in a park. Each possible scenario calls for a different style of gown, so be sure to share this information with the salesperson. They can then guide you toward styles that will best complement the formality of your affair. DO YOUR RESEARCH. Become familiar with the terms for specialty fabrics and gown shapes to make it easier to communicate what you want. Knowing your budget and having style details that are essential to you (i.e. an A-line style with a sweetheart neckline, or you want your arms covered) gives you a starting point, and will put you in control of the maze of dresses. WHO TO BRING. For this once-ina-lifetime purchase, invite only one or two close friends or family members. A crowd can make it difficult to listen to your own instincts about what makes

you feel fabulous. Be sure the people who accompany you are not only supportive, but also objective. The professionals at the bridal salons will ask to assist you in the dressing room. After all, you will have help getting into your dress on your wedding day. WHAT TO BRING. Wear a strapless bra for trying on strapless, halter, or spaghetti strapped dresses. Wear comfortable clothing and slip-on shoes. You will be standing on a platform, so you won’t need your actual shoes until the fitting appointment. Wear little to no makeup to see how colors complement your true skin tone, as well as to avoid staining the fabric. If the dress is not for you, surely it is another bride’s dream dress, so shop freshly bathed, avoid perfume, and do not apply lotions or tanning solutions without appropriate absorption. continued on page 11 u

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ORDERING. 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. Un-

derstand the special order policy of the bridal salon. In most cases, when you order your wedding dress, it is a final sale. You have found “The Dress,� so stop looking, and do not second-guess yourself! You have committed to your man, you can commit to a dress! Have faith in your decision, and enjoy the peace of mind that comes from having accomplished one of your most special decisions. o

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he wedding is over and you do not want to simply hang your beautiful gown in the corner of your closet and not think about it again. Even in a seemingly safe storage area, the elements will begin working at discoloring and even decomposing the fabric, particularly if kept in a plastic bag. A properly cleaned and stored dress can last for many years. After the wedding, many bridal gowns are put into a plastic garment bag with good intentions of cleaning and preserving it soon. Keeping your gown in a plastic bag exposes it to the most harmful environment possible—plastic fumes. Most plastic gives off chemical fumes that cause the yellowing of bridal gowns

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Advise the professional of the details of the wedding itself. Was the wedding outdoors and are there dirt and grass stains on the hem? Was the gown worn at the beach and in the ocean? Certain elements can cause a reaction with the dry cleaning solvent. If your dress was exposed to anything out of the ordinary, be sure to disclose the details. Be sure to view the gown together and point out the stains to the cleaning professional. Once cleaned, your dress can be stored or displayed. Most gowns will be stored in an archival quality acid-free box that resists water and mildew. Have your dress professionally cleaned and preserved as soon after the wedding as possible to ensure your dress remains in the best possible condition. With preservation and care, your dress will be an heirloom that gets worn again some day by someone special. o

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hen shopping for diamonds consider their Cut, Color, Clarity and Carat. These are the characteristics used by the diamond industry to grade and categorize diamonds. The more you know, the better prepared you are to make decisions regarding your purchase. Consult with a jeweler in this magazine for more information. — Introduction to the 4 C’s — Clarity: This refers to the presCut: When a diamond is transformed from rough to dazzling gem, it ence of identifying characteristics withis cut with facets, which are different in (inclusions) the stone. The visibility, shaped and sized areas on the diamond’s number, and size of these inclusions surface. Each facet is positioned and determine the clarity and value of a polished to create the angles that will diamond. All diamonds are systembest allow the light to enter and reflect atically graded and plotted under 10x back out of the stone. magnification. Carat Weight: A carat is the Color: The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has devised a set of unit of weight by which a diamond is guidelines to grade diamond color. A measured. The price of a diamond rises lettering system from D to Z is used to exponentially to its size. It is important identify the amount of color present in to realize that weight does not always each diamond, with D awarded only to equal size or beauty. o rare, totally colorless diamonds.

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with their tuxedo. Engraved flasks or steins can also be a fun gift. Parents. They worked hard both in raising you and making your day possible; give them something special. Personalized photo albums can be very dear to the heart. Incorporate both childhood and current pictures for a great memory book. Jewelry is always nice for mothers, and a personalized pen or watch is a great idea for fathers. Write a heartfelt thank you letter to both of them. Putting it on paper can mean the world. o

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MEALS. As one of the main parts of a reception, the food and drink to be served need consideration. Ask if the venue has in-house catering service, or if you need to select your own caterer. You will likely have several menu options, and be able to choose food that suits your needs. If possible, request a tastetest of your preferred menu to ensure you like the meal’s quantity, and quality of presentation. PHONE INTERVIEW. Before making an appointment with the venue, request the following information over the phone to confirm your initial criteria: Is your preferred date available? What do their prices per person start at? Can they accommodate your guest list? If they fit these initial criteria, make an appointment to tour the reception site. u

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graphs of the wedding party and family, or you may even choose to take a limousine ride throughout this time. The wedding party arrives at the venue discretely, and the guests are asked to take their seats. The emcee (usually your DJ) announces the grand entrance of each of the members of the wedding party as they enter the reception and make their way to the head table. The maid of honor and the best man are introduced just before the bride and groom, who are introduced last. Be sure to plan the path between the u

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Venues banquet tables, so that you can easily get to your table. All members of your wedding party will sit at the head table, with the exception of the children. Most head tables consist of long rectangular tables where the wedding party sits, facing all of the guest tables. An alternative to this is the “Sweetheart” table, a small, round table for only the bride and groom. This table allows the couple a bit of privacy for their first meal, and makes it easier for guests to visit the couple without the barrier of the large table. It also allows wedding party members to join their spouses, who may otherwise be at a table with a group of strangers. Each table, in turn, moves through the buffet line, or is served by wait staff.

Once everyone is served, the best man presents a toast to the couple, which may be followed by additional toasts. After dinner, take time to walk around the reception room to visit each table. Greet each of your guests and thank them for coming. At the planned time, the emcee announces the cake cutting. You and your groom complete the ceremonial cutting of the cake, and the emcee will announce the couple’s first dance. This 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, and garter throw. Everyone can then dance and celebrate the night away. Congratulations! You have just thrown the biggest, and best party of your life. o

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Your Place for an Exceptional Wedding The Caribou Banquet Hall is perfect for your wedding reception, rehearsal dinner, bachelor/bachelorette parties and more. Our expertise & dedication will make sure you experience the event of a lifetime! Come enjoy one of our renowned dinner selections and accommodations for up to 350 guests, complete with a 1,350 sq. ft. dance floor!

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nything 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: (Of course add your own favorite items that come to mind.) From the From the From the Extras Beauty Shelf medicine catch-all MP3 Player cabinet drawer Brush/Comb Cell Phone Deodorant Pen and Notebook Hair Spray/Pins Bottled Water Toothbrush Safety Pins Mousse/Gel Energy Drink Toothpaste Crazy Glue Cotton Balls Straws (so you Dental Floss Extra Earring Tissues/Q-Tips do not smudge Backs Breath Mints your lipstick) Make-Up Kit Mini-Sewing Kit Pain Reliever Favorite Snacks Baby Powder Double-Sided Band-Aids Hand Mirror Tape Visine Hair Dryer Tide To Go Pen Antacids Curling Iron Static-Cling Spray Flat Iron

Miller Armstrong Center A Classic Look With Modern Conveniences.

• Conference Center holds up to 100 • Event center holds up to 400 • WiFi

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• Hold Wedding/Grooms Dinner/Reception in one facility • Golf simulator @ facility • Four B&B rooms and Veterans Landing Cabins • Staging for bands or DJs

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Seats 500

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ighting can enhance your mers, and if the lighting can be adjusted event space, and make your cake, to the right brightness. Make sure your flowers, table décor, and dance floor re- venue has enough power to handle exally pop. If your ceremony, or reception tra lighting. Blow a fuse, and it is lights site, could use a little (or a lot) of help out for your party! Just because you have set wedding with ambiance, you need professional colors, it does not mean you have to use lighting. So what are the first steps to only those colors for your lighting. making your dream a reality? Choose colors that accent your Lighting is an art form, so wedding colors. Opt for colhire someone who knows Make smooth ors that accent skin tones, all the ins and outs. Ask transitions with no one wants to look like your wedding consultant, subtle lighting a ghost in pictures. Think venue, or DJ if they offer about using different colthis service. Professionals changes. ors or shades throughout the know where to put the lights course of the event. Consider to create the effect you are lookusing a softer lighting during dinner, ing for, and when enough is enough. They know how to make an event el- and darker shades during your dance. egant, and not a disco. Confirm the set- These subtle changes can smooth the up, and tear-down costs, and if those transitions between cocktail hours, dinare included. Check with a local rental ner, and dancing. store, you can often rent lighting equipWork with your lighting, or rental professionals, to find the kind of lightment. If you are having your event at night, ing right for you. They will be able to visit the site at the time of your event. help you make your event look incrediPay attention to where you can add ble, and impress your guests. Add lightsome much needed light to improve ing to your event to make it go from the space. See if your venue has dim- drab to fab! o

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location for your wedding. Your guests can enjoy the orchard, take a hay ride, or go apple picking between ceremony and reception. • Event tent • Pick your licensed caterer • Alcohol allowed • Parking available onsite • Accommodations 8 miles in New Prague 952-221-1051 • montgomeryorchard@integra.net minnesotaoutdoorweddings.com

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• Bring in a unique professional wedding is typically a “grown entertainer like a mime, balloon artist, up” affair, with time spent at the caricaturist, or a ventriloquist to capreception waiting for the wedding party ture everyone’ s attention. to arrive. If your guest list consists of a • Have a frozen yogurt bar or a lot of children, create a party within a cotton candy stand to party, just for the kids. • Have a special room impress the little ones. Fun and for children complete • Rent a bouncy house. creative ideas • If the weather is nice, with games, kids’ meals, have yard games set up, and a babysitter to keep that guests of all kites, and other outdoor them occupied. ages will enjoy. activities planned. • Create a kid-style fa• Make sure the provor, with a custom activity fessional babysitter is prepared to take booklet. Include word search, tic-tacthem on an adventure. toe, and coloring pages, to keep them These ideas are so much fun, the occupied at the dinner table, and duradults just might join in! o ing the “boring” parts of the reception.

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here are many unique facets to your wedding ceremony. One of those is a symbol of unity, signifying the coming together of the couple and their families. The unity candle is the traditional symbol used, however there are several others to possibly include in your ceremony.

ferent colored sand into one container has become a popular way to signify your union. This is a great idea for an outdoor ceremony, when you do not want to worry about keeping a candle lit. This is a beautiful keepsake that will help you remember your day. BOX, WINE, LOVE LETTERS. This Netherland’s tradition has the couple place a bottle of wine, two glasses, and love letters into a wooden box. It is then nailed shut during the ceremony, either by members of the family, or by the couple. The officiate explains, “If and when the marriage gets tough, open the box, have a glass of wine, and read your love Mcreationss Photography letters to each other. This will remind you of your love and commitment to one another.” GOD’S KNOT. This signifies your COMMUNION. Including your first faith and the presence of God in your communion together, as a married coumarriage. Three chords of rope are ple is an outward symbol bringing your braided together. Yourself, your fiancé, faith into your ceremony and into your and God are represented in the strands. SAND. The pouring together of dif- marriage. o

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ou want to make sure that your out-of-town guests feel welcomed, and know that you are thankful that they came. Use these ideas for a few ways to show them how thankful you are that they came to help you celebrate. Make arrangements before sending out your invitations with a couple of hotels where your guests can choose to stay. There is no need for you to pay for the rooms, however, most hotels will work with you on a better rate if you are blocking a group of rooms. You should have options to accommodate different budgets. It is a nice touch to have a welcome bag waiting for your guests when they arrive in their hotel rooms to thank them for coming. Items to include in the bag are locally made items, necessity items, snacks, drinks, and fancy bath items, just to name a few ideas. Remember that people look forward to weddings as a time to reconnect with family and friends that they haven’t seen for awhile. Consider planning at least one event outside of the wedding where everyone can get together and visit.

Don’t try to make it a major event—just something simple and relaxed. While it is not necessarily expected, it is a nice gesture to invite guest 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. Put this person’s contact information into the welcome bags and on agendas for your weekend. This should be someone outside of your wedding party or immediate family to avoid time spent on your day having to give directions. Perhaps a friend would be willing to play host/hostess for the weekend, or if you have a wedding planner, this would fall under their duties. If it is a friend you should include them in your “thank you” gift giving. Providing for your guests needs will ensure they feel comfortable as you dive into your weekend festivities. Hospitality, and generosity towards your wedding guests, will go a long way in ensuring that your wedding is a weekend to remember. o

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taying organized is key to finding a fabulous reception venue. There are many details to consider when evaluating venues available, so use these questions to prepare yourself before meeting with the venue’s coordinator: • What is the fee for the venue and for each additional hour? • How many hours/days of rental are included? • Do the hours include catering setup, decorating, and DJ set-up time? • Is there a security deposit required? • What is the cancellation policy? • Are there reduced rates for offseason, 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? • Does the fee include the staff to serve the meal? • Is there a caterer available in-house? • If not, do they require use of a caterer from an approved list? • Can alcohol be served on the property? Who supplies the bar?

• What is the fee for a bartender? • 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, or are they available to rent? • Are you responsible for any additional event insurance? • How late can the DJ play music? • Are there enough electrical outlets? • Is there parking available for the guests? • Are there any discounts for hotel rooms for wedding guests? • What are the fees associated with decorating the reception site? Can you decorate the site yourself? • When will the decorating be able to take place?

Use the chart we have included in the Planning Guide to help you compare your options. Objectively review the list of answers received from all of the interviewed locations before making the final decision to reserve a venue. The site should comfortably accommodate your guest list, and fit within the budget. Paying close attention to the fees will ensure that you make an educated decision. o Cossairt Photography

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Sophisticated Surroundings Top View offers a full bar, banquet rooms, an outdoor deck with seating, and fireplace area. Perfect for your wedding reception, rehearsal dinner, bridal shower and more. We can cater to any size event, big or small. At Top View, your special day is ours, too.

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he objective of a rehearsal is to get those involved in the ceremony familiar with the overall details and procedures, and have each individual learn any special roles assigned to them. Now is the time to identify and work out any kinks in the process of the ceremony plan. Work with your coordinator to create an approximate wedding day timeline for each major element of the ceremony. Distribute a copy to everyone for use at the rehearsal and wedding day so they will know how the day will flow. Your professional coordinator should be present the night of the rehearsal, or assign someone to be in charge to direct the rehearsal, and keep it running smoothly. Identify any special details, such as where the candles will be placed, who will straighten your train after the lighting, etc. Identify any special announcements the minister is to make, for example, to inform your guests to proceed to the reception site and enjoy refreshments while the wedding party photographs are taken. Do a practice run of your entrance with the proper music, so everyone knows his or her cue. If the songs are

unfamiliar, and the musician is unavailable, it would be a good idea to bring an Ipod to play the songs. Assemble the wedding party in proper position at the altar, do a practice run of all elements of the ceremony, and walk through your exit to decide how far down the aisle each couple walks before the next couple leaves the altar. At a minimum, your entire wedding party, the officiant, the parents, and particularly, any children involved in the ceremony, should be at the rehearsal. If children do not practice their role at the rehearsal, the odds are slim they will muster the courage at the actual wedding. Those doing special readings or songs during the ceremony should also be present to practice.

Groom’s DINNER After your ceremony rehearsal, everyone gathers for a celebratory dinner. Traditionally, the groom’s family hosts this dinner. Both sets of parents 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

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are many who will have already arrived in town for the wedding. Tips. Book the venue as far in advance as possible. You may have a slide show or photos planned as entertainment, so verify the use of audiovisual equipment. Give the final guest count to the venue approximately 72 hours in advance. o

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Consider this. Catering a meal requires a considerable amount of time for planning, preparation, serving, and clean up time. Not to mention, the food and rental costs. This is an undertaking that, if you do it yourself, will interfere the most with your family’s participation in the reception. For this reason, you should strongly consider hiring others to take care of the food preparation and service for you. ON-SITE. The venue you have selected 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 price 44 Southern Minnesota Bride

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 incomparable food, presentation, and 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 staff to attend the food service. Discuss with your caterer if you can rent the required serve ware from them, or if you need to provide your own. PREPARE. Before beginning to identify and interview potential caterers, determine your particular food needs and preferences. Announce your engagement at SouthernMNBride.com


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Catering Choose a style. What serving style are you looking for? Some choose a combination of these: Buffet. 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 professional wait staff. Many couples mistakenly believe it to be expensive, but depending on what you serve, plated service can be as affordable as a buffet. Plated meals are more controlled from a timing standpoint, and tend to be more formal.

Food Stations. These serveyourself-stations are individual tables scattered around the room. Foods are usually grouped by theme or cuisine, and guests are invited to 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. For a warm, inviting atmosphere, where everyone is treated like family, this style centers around platters heaped with meat, and bowls brimming with side dishes that are passed among those seated at each table, like family. u

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Catering FLAVOR. As the bride and groom what are your favorite foods? Do you have a flavor-filled complicated food dish in mind? While most caterers can offer a variety of cuisine, there are those caterers that specialize in barbeque, ethnic cuisine, or vegetarian menus. TIME OF DAY. What time of day will your meal be served? If earlier in the day, a lighter meal is adequate, while a full meal is more common later in the day. Use time to narrow down your choice. EXTRAS. Are you concerned with a beautiful banquet table presentation? Do you want elaborately-draped serving tables, and stunning ice sculptures? As you can imagine, increasing the food quality and complexity, and the decorating and presentation of the food, the labor hours involved will result in a higher per person cost for your reception. If your budget is limited, take some time to determine your particular priorities, and spend the bulk of your catering dollars in that area. GUEST REQUESTS. The caterer can help you plan for the variations in your guest list, like guests with large appetites or even the smaller appetites of the children, and will help you determine the correct amount of food to order to ensure that you don’t run out. Better to have some left over than to leave some guests with an empty plate.

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Discuss any special needs you and your guests may have (e.g. vegetarian, sugarfree menu items, food allergies), and the costs associated with these. To avoid disappointment on the wedding day, make sure you test the meal you decide upon before confirming it. INTERVIEW. 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 that you are looking for. Credentials count! Are they licensed and insured? How long have they been in business? Complete a contract with the caterer you choose 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. Most caterers will require a final count at least two weeks in advance. Find out about all deadlines and due dates. Regardless of the serving style and food that you choose, a festive event is the goal of every couple. Looking out into the room, and seeing your family and friends who are celebrating this day with you, is a feast for you to behold. o Announce your engagement at SouthernMNBride.com


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ome reception venues require clients to bring in their caterer of choice. If you need to plan and provide the food service there are many talented caterers who are highly qualified to meet your every catering need. Use this set of questions to guide you when selecting a caterer: • What style of food or special menu items are your specialties? Can we see pictures of previous events along with references? • Can we include a sentimental family recipe in the menu? • Given the style, time, and date of my wedding, what menu items do you suggest? Will there be a tasting of the menu we choose? • What is your cost-per-person of a buffet compared to a sit-down dinner? • How much per person should I serve? • Do you offer a children’s menu? Do you offer vegetarian or vegan options? • Have you worked at my reception site before? • What service costs are included and what costs are additional? Are setup and cleanup included and how much time is needed for setup and cleanup? • Do you provide the wait staff? What will they wear? How much is overtime if the reception runs long? How are gratuities figured?

• 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? • Can you provide a wedding cake, and possibly a groom’s cake? If we provide them, do you charge a cake cutting and serving fee? • Do you charge for beverage service?
 • Do you have a liquor license? • If we want to provide our own wine, champagne, and liquor, do you charge a cork fee? • Will you be personally handling my wedding? If not, who will, and can I meet them? • Are you state licensed? (they have met health department standards) • Do you have liability insurance? • Can we see a copy of your standard contract? What deposit do you require to hold the date? When is the balance due? What is your cancellation policy? o

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tion, so you will want to provide your guests with a full view of the cake and the cutting by displaying your cake in a prominent, well-decorated location at your reception. FLAVOR. Traditionally, wedding cakes have been white or chocolate with buttercream frosting. Not necessarily so anymore. This gives you so much room to be creative with flavors and accommodating of others’ tastes. Take into consideration your groom’s favorite, your own favorite, and any family members who may have a particular liking for a unique flavor. Your choices are limitless and should be something that you have educated yourself on before you arrive at the bakery. FROSTING. Just as there are many different cake flavors, there are also many different frostings to choose from. Choices include butter cream, almond, white chocolate, dark chocolate, and cream cheese; just to name a few. Another increasingly popular choice is fondant, as it is moldable

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and shapeable. A seasoned baker can make many different types of flowers, polka dots, ribbon, etc., out of their fondant. Fondant holds up better in higher temperatures, while butter cream frosting tends to melt. This may be something you will want to consider as you are making your selections. UNIQUE DESIGNS. Your cake can be traditional, or as unique as you would like it to be. Go into your meeting with ideas and pictures to help you communicate with your designer. Have a swatch of your colors to give your baker, if you are using them on the cake. Discuss other options, such as flowers and ribbon. If you have a wedding theme make sure you discuss including the theme into your cake’s design at this time. Do not feel boxed in by the traditional tiered cake separated by Announce your engagement at SouthernMNBride.com


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pillars style. If this is your style then that is great, but it is not necessarily the only option anymore. BE DIFFERENT. Continue personalizing this day as you head into the dessert portion of your reception. Cupcake towers are a great way to serve an individual dessert to your guests. On the other hand, many couples are mixing it up, and offering a dessert bar stocked with family favorites, cookies, pies or chocolate fountains. TOP IT OFF. Today’s cake toppers have personality and style that mimic the bride and groom. Consider having a custom topper created to reflect the two of you. Incorporate your hobbies, interests, and personalities into the design idea. After the wedding, you will have a great keepsake (and conversation piece) for your home.

GROOM’S CAKE. If theme is an important aspect of your wedding, ask your baker to incorporate some of those elements into the groom’s cake design. Cowboy or sports themes, bright colors, even custom artwork are all possibilities. DETAILS. Aside from design and flavor, the baker will need to know how many guests will be served. Be sure to ask about cake sizes, delivery charges, deposits, and payment schedules during your meeting. You might also discuss ways to economize, such as false layers on your “fancy” cake, and ordering sheet cakes to serve your guests. This gives you even more room to order different flavors and choices, allowing your guests to choose their flavor. Use your imagination as you design your cake. Let your personalities be reflected in this yummy addition to your day! o

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THE MOST MEMORABLE. Klea remembers waiting in anticipation for the chapel doors to open and to begin walking down the aisle with her dad. As well, it was an indescribable moment when their pastor announced them as husband and wife. THE MOST FUN. The girls choreographed a surprise dance to Crazy by Britney Spears for the reception. They didn’t think the guys knew anything about their dance until they came back dancing to Bringing Sexy Back by Justin Timberlake. The crowd’s reaction was priceless! Be inspired at SouthernMNBride.com

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any time of year, be guided by the advice of your florist. Remember to ask if the flowers you select will hold their shape throughout the day, as temperature will be a factor in how well the blooms hold their shape. APPOINTMENT. Scheduling a personal interview is the best method for finding a florist to help you find your wedding day flowers. His or her artistry, knowledge of wedding procedures, and ability to listen to your needs will ensure that you will get a good value for your money, and have the perfect floral bouquets and accents for your wedding day. Although your flowers will not need to be ordered until a few months before your wedding date, six months is not too soon to get on the florist’s schedule, especially for an elaborate wedding. o Announce your engagement at SouthernMNBride.com


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nosegay might seem out of proportion. And the average size bride should select a medium-sized bouquet that presents a nice proportion when held in front of her body. GOWN. Consider the scale of your gown also. 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. You will also want to consider any embellishment and not obscure the beautiful beading or lace with a large bouquet. When you meet with your floral designer, show them a photo of your dress, and they will be able to offer suggestions for the style and shape of bouquet that’s right for you. o

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PAGEANT. Long-stemmed flowers cradled in the bride’s arm that flow naturally from the elbow, while the rest should be comfortably resting on her hand. ROUND. The classic round bouquet, usually compiled of large flowers that are loosely arranged. This shape and style is less conspicuous than a cascade bouquet, yet bolder than a simple nosegay. POMANDER. A small, compact bloom-covered ball that is usually four to six inches in diameter and suspended from a ribbon worn around the wrist. TOSS BOUQUET. Solely made for the bouquet toss. Try something different and have three made into one, a nice surprise for the single ladies at your event. o

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ong after your wedding day is over, your photographs will provide lasting memories. With that in mind, you not only need to find a photographer that you feel comfortable with, but you also need to do some homework, to know what options are available, and what shots should not be missed. MEMORIES ARE FOREVER. Photographs are one of the few things that last forever from your wedding day. Do not gamble on it, hire a professional. Capturing your memories is in their hands. 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 the photographer, quality pictures will be treasured forever. COMMUNICATE. Open and clear communication is essential to getting the great wedding photos you expect. Share your expectations, and never assume that your photographer knows what you want. Vague terms, like “modern,” “colorful,” “close-up,”

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Photography passion, and talent, who specializes in a style that aligns with yours. If possible, visit the ceremony and reception locations with your photographer, or provide pictures of it, 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 candid, and spontaneous images conveying genuine emotion, while capturing the story 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

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SCHEDULED SHOTS. Having a wedding day schedule ensures you will have plenty of time to get all of the photographs taken. Your photographer can help you establish a schedule, taking into account your photography 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 to each other. Once the wedding gets started there is no stopping and going back. Most photographers agree, if the shot is not scheduled, it may not happen. You can not 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. Seeing each other before the ceremony is a subject debated by almost every couple. What are you going to do? There is no wrong answer, and photographers agree that there are pros and cons to either way. Some couples feel when their eyes meet for the first time, with the eyes of all their guests on them, is less romantic. 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 continued on page 75 u

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lose your eyes and picture well as teaching you the steps. Private your first dance with your new lessons are a great idea when you are husband. Are you stepping on his toes? starting out. This allows your instrucIs he stepping on yours? If so, perhaps tor to focus on the two of you and give wedding dance lessons are a good idea you personalized instruction and corfor you. Dancing together is one of the rection. You will both want to wear shoes to romances of marriage. Wouldn’t it be your lessons that are similar to the ones nice to have the skills to dance together you will be wearing at your for a lifetime? reception. As you get closer If you decide to go with All eyes are on to your event, you should dance lessons, you will want you – prepare even wear the actual shoes to start fairly far in advance. for your to practice in. This will give Dance instructors recomyou the “feel” of them, as mend beginning four to six first dance. well as helping you break months prior to your wedthem in. You do not want ding. This gives you plenty of time to learn your moves and practice sore feet on your wedding night! If you already have a “First Song” them. Be patient with each other as you go through this, and let your instructor picked out, make sure to bring it along do the teaching. Things will go much to give to your instructor. This will almore smoothly if you do not waste time low him or her to teach you some choarguing. reography to go along with it. Taking the time to learn to dance is When you are looking for an instructor, you want to find someone who will a wonderful gift you and your future start with the basics. It is very impor- spouse can give each other. Feeling tant to learn the essential elements of confident and poised when you are on dance before you move into the fancy the dance floor for your very first dance footwork. A good instructor will dem- together will be a wonderful memory onstrate to you how to lead or follow as you can both cherish forever. o

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see each other for the first time. It is an important and emotional moment you will want to capture. Whether you choose before the ceremony, or after, schedule time together for your photographer to capture the really beautiful, and genuine moments together. Cry, kiss, admire each other, and then relax together. A HELPING HAND. Even a digital camera with all its wizardry, cannot capture every moment. Consider using a company or buying a package that includes two professional photographers. Your photographer is only one person. If they are shooting the bride, then who is shooting the groom sharing the last moments of bachelorhood with his buddies? If the photograph is being taken of the bride as she approaches the aisle, then who is shooting the look on

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the groom’s face when he sees her for the first time? A second shooter provides a chance for the love story to be told more fully, from two pairs of eyes, rather than just one. If your photographer offers a second shooter, and it is in your budget, strongly consider it. Think of it this way —you will never regret hiring them, but there is a good chance you may regret it if you do not. ESTABLISH A RELATIONSHIP. Begin to build a bond with your photographer by having him or her take your engagement pictures. 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. Couples have included horseback riding, hiking, or a hole of golf in their continued on page 77 u

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session to show who they are together. Be creative, go do something you love, and bring your photographer along with you. Finally, the most important factor in choosing a photographer is whether you like their style. Remember, your photographer will be the eyes for capturing your memories. You want someone who has a vision similar to your own. o

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To update 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—just 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. o

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natural surroundings and decorate with the beauty of the great outdoors. Overdoing the decorating will take away from this if you’re not careful. RENTALS. A fully-equipped rental business will have a wide selection of wedding accessories, including arches, candelabra, plant stands, and aisle runners. They will also have several colors and styles in linens, china, glassware, and serving pieces to choose from. Some reception sites will require the rental of tents, tables, chairs, lighting, bars, and dance floors, and these rental suppliers will have options to fit your needs. A deposit may be required on the rental

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Services of certain pieces. At this time, set tentative delivery, set-up, and pick-up times. If you decide to rent, you will need to plan to enlist help with the pick-up, setup, tear-down, and return of the rentals. When you meet with the rental provider, have a guest count estimate for the quantity of items you will reserve. Trust their advice, these professionals plan more parties in one season than most people plan in their lifetime. Step inside—it’s photo fun. When planning your wedding try adding a unique flair by having a photo booth for your reception! Photo booths add instant entertainment for your guests as well as for the wedding party. As soon as the curtain closes, something magical happens, it brings out the true personalities of those inside. 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. Some couples use this as a unique wedding favor for their guests. This is a great way to provide lasting memories. You can arrange to have a copy of each photo strip put into a scrapbook. Alongside their photo each guest writes a personal note to the couple, creating a great keepsake for you. Having props available will add to the fun and excitement of your guest’s photo booth experience. Wigs, hats, glasses, outrageous jewelry, and even fake moustaches are just a few ideas of props to have available. Some u

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FFICIATE. This is your special day. It will only happen once, so you will want to find a minister or wedding officiant with an engaging ceremony that can leave your guests inspired. Discuss with your fiancé your beliefs and ideas to ensure a ceremony that is meaningful to both of you. Write down ideas for questions, whether they seem to make sense or not. A professional wedding officiant will be willing to answer all of your questions. Plan 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 than just your name. Meeting in

advance will also 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 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. o Ashley Marie Photography

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o 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. Send save-the-date cards up to a year in advance to get onto your guest’s calendars. 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.

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Begin your search for the perfect stationery design at least three months in advance of the wedding, to ensure time for designing, printing, proofing, addressing, mailing and replies. Once you have decided to work with a particular wedding vendor, sign a detailed, written contract to ensure both you, and the vendors know what is expected on your wedding day. Reconfirm your arrangements several weeks before your wedding, especially for services that were discussed many months before the actual date. Careful planning will enable you to truly enjoy every moment of your wedding day. o

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their play list to highlight the songs you would like played during the reception. This is a great way for you to select specific dance music, rather than expecting them to select songs from your preferred genre of music. A professional disc jockey (DJ) acquires their good reputation from their ability to get guests involved at an event, so ask for referrals. ADAPT. You want a DJ for the wedding reception entertainment 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 tend to have a ton of popular music in their book of albums and Announce your engagement at SouthernMNBride.com


can accommodate your change. If you ask your DJ to act as master of ceremony, discuss the level of involvement you want, and work closely with them in planning, so they can keep your reception on schedule. 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. Be sure to ask for references. When you have all of this information gathered, select the entertainment that best meets your needs. Ensure that the following are stated in your contract with your DJ or band: date and loca-

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tion, music start and end times, number and duration of breaks, and total cost. Ask if they would be willing to include an option to play beyond the agreed upon end time, just in case the reception runs long. DETAILS. It is a good idea to ask your band or DJ to contact the reception site to discuss specifics to avoid potential disasters. Your reception venue may have time or volume level restrictions, and limited electrical usage. It is best to get these issues addressed before the day of your wedding. Professional DJs and musicians are exactly that...professionals who are knowledgeable and creative. They will have professional-level equipment, with a back-up system available, to avoid the chance that your reception would be without music. o

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aving a schedule for your reception is important. From the time you will make your entrance, to the time you begin the slow dances, you will want to keep your reception flowing smoothly. Points to discuss include: • The time you will be cutting the • The time the wedding party will cake, i.e. before you eat, or after. be arriving at the reception. • How many toasts will be made • The names and roles of the wedding party, and how you want them and what time you want them done. introduced, for example, some couples • How many first dances—bride and groom, bride with father, groom announce how each attendant knows with mother, and so on. Provide the the couple. • If the DJ is dismissing tables to eat, song choices. • The special songs you want, or explain how you would like it done, don’t want played? Be specific. and at what time. If your DJ is going to perform emcee services you will need to discuss your event with them, and together create a timeline for the night. Having the timeline will keep the party on schedule, and ensure the night will run smoothly, keeping your guests entertained all night long. o

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pecial occasions call for special rides, and besides, cruising around in style is a great perk for your wedding party. To make sure you arrive in style, and get to the church on time, be prepared with a few questions to ask: • Do you have my date available? • How many people can comfortably fit in the vehicle? • What are the hourly rates? • When can we see the vehicle? • What kind of training do the drivers receive? • Do the drivers have uniforms? • Are all insurance and state licenses current? • Are beverages included? Can we bring our own? • When is the payment due? Is there a contract to sign? Mi Amore Imagery In an effort to make this part of your day go off without a hitch, follow up with a confirmation call at least one week before the wedding to verify your reservation. o

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ransportation on a wedding day used to be fairly basic. However, these days couples are making arrangements for more of their guests, and have more options available to them. To help you make decisions, take these ideas into consideration when booking your transportation: CONSIDERING ALL. 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 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. SELECTION. 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

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married during prom season or on a very popular wedding day. ASK QUESTIONS. Talk to several rental companies. Do not just book a vehicle or carriage over the phone— see it first. Make sure it has air conditioning. Find out how many people fit in each vehicle as it gets awkward and uncomfortable when fourteen people squeeze into a vehicle meant for ten! TIME TO RIDE. 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 an extended time, check out an option with all the bells and whistles, go ahead and splurge! SAFE AND ON TIME. If you have several out-of-town guests withAnnounce your engagement at SouthernMNBride.com


Rides out their own transportation, you may want to consider providing transportation to get them to and from the ceremony and reception locations as well. Providing a shuttle service to pick them up and deliver them would be a nice touch, and ensures that they won’t be late because they got lost. It is 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 on this day, and planning ahead for these circumstances will help to ensure only happy memories. GET IT IN WRITING. As with any reservations you make, you want to be

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s you prepare to look your best for what may be the single most important and memorable day of your life, you will want to consider some of these beauty enhancement options: skin and body care routines, slimming and toning, picture-perfect makeover, and hair style, facials, massages, tanning, manicures, spa pedicures, and teeth whitening. SKIN CARE. Nothing is more beautiful than the natural glow of happiness that becomes every bride on her wedding day. To help that glow along you will want to schedule a series of facials with your last facial no later than two weeks before the big day. Implement a daily skin care routine to care for your facial skin. Skin care consultants recommend three basic steps: cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize. You can add other products to treat any special needs 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 on show in your dress. Remember to use body cream with sunscreen to smooth, moisten, and protect the skin.

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WORKOUTS. Unfortunately, those fifteen-minute fixes for dropping some weight and tightening the muscles just do not work. You know the drill here: a combination of a reasonable, but restricted diet, with both weightbearing, and fat-burning exercises will yield a slimmer, tauter body. 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. There are some great local gyms and businesses specializing in slimming and toning for women. NEW LOOK. Who would not benefit from a makeover? Have you become comfortable with your current colors and never quite got around to updating your look? Well, your upcoming wedding is a great Announce your engagement at SouthernMNBride.com


reason to try out a new makeup program. Wearing a foundation that gives you a clean, smooth, natural look is ideal. Apply your makeup lighter for an everyday look and heavier for a 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. It is inevitable that a few tears will be shed, so prevent the black tracks down your face by using waterproof mascara. Have a picture taken of your new look at the same time of day as your wedding, and remember flash photography is less forgiving than what you see in a mirror. Get your makeover early so you can begin using your new look and easily recreate it on your wedding day. UPDO AND CURLS. For your wedding hairstyle, bring a photo of the style you have chosen with you to your stylist. Rely 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 an updo shows off the neckline and shoulders, and is always flattering. On the other hand, wear your hair down to show off your

tresses and go for the sexy, wavy look. Several weeks prior to the wedding, do a trial run of this style. Bring your veil and any other hair accessories with you to this appointment. Consider the wedding day schedule and set your hair appointment accordingly. Wear a buttonup shirt to protect your style when you change into your dress. You will need to allow enough time for make-up application after your hair is complete and before you put on your dress. SPA-TASTIC. It is never too early to relieve the stress you may be encountering during this sometimes-chaotic time. Most massage therapists offer discountpriced massage packages when you pay for several massages in advance. In the months prior to your wedding, think of massage as something you want access to on a regular basis! In the weeks leading up to the big day, consider a full service spa package including a soothing facial, body polish, waxing, spa pedicure, and a manicure. You deserve to be pampered. NAIL CARE. Your hands will be on stage for the entire day—signing the certificate, showing off your rings, shaking hands—you will want them looking pretty, polished and feminine. u

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Painting your nails a dark color such as burgundy, even if that is your wedding color, may make you cringe when you later look at your wedding pictures. Your hands will jump out and scream “bad trend!� in every photo. Do yourself a favor and choose a pretty pale pink or nude for your wedding day manicure. Use the burgundy on your toes. SMILE. The appearance of your teeth can dramatically affect the way you feel about your pictures. For both brides and grooms, simple whitening may be desired, while others may opt for more. First, meet with a dentist for a consultation. Laser enhanced bleaching takes about one hour, while standard bleaching will take about two months. Both will whiten your teeth by four to eight shades. Porcelain veneers can fill

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in small spaces and even out chips. This procedure provides a significant change in a very short amount of time. Cosmetic re-contouring may correct uneven teeth. Evaluate the best procedure for you, and plan your lead-time accordingly. Avoid Reactions. Whether you treat yourself to professional treatments or do it on your own, reduce the risk of redness, irritation, or even worse, an allergic reaction, by avoiding any new chemical treatment for at least one month prior to your wedding. Keep on

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Beauty your regular skin care schedule and avoid new products—including shampoos or makeup—during the month before your wedding. Experiment with different hairstyles, but then choose the one you are most comfortable with, the one that is most you. You don’t want to look back at photos of the special day 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. Remember, your fiancé is expecting to see the woman he knows and loves walking down that isle. PLAN AHEAD. Set a schedule that anticipates some of your most impor-

tant health and beauty needs you want to address prior to your wedding day. Ideally, you should begin three to four months before your wedding, even thirty days is adequate for the most important self-care rituals. Trying to do too much a day or two before the wedding can result in a litany of problems that really could have been easily avoided. Care for yourself and your body, for both your wedding day, and your future. Be determined to meet your goals and do not let anything stop you. Golden Glow. 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 u

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Beauty session. You will want to build a base tan and remember, the number one rule is never, ever burn. SPRAY TANNING. 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 ap-

pearance on the surface of the skin. The development of color takes anywhere from two to four hours and usually lasts five to seven days. The amount of days that a spray tan lasts varies, so have a practice spray tan at least two weeks prior to your wedding day to be sure of the results. For best results, moisturize twice a day. o

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lanning A honeymoon takes almost as much forethought as planning a wedding. Both are loaded with details that must be attended to ahead of time for your plans to go smoothly. Follow these ideas to make your honeymoon a carefree vacation: 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. One great advantage of hiring a travel agent is the peace of mind you will have knowing that

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HOneymoon you are vacationing, and pack accordingly for the weather, as well as for the possible activities you will be doing. Be sure to use sunscreen, you do not want to spend your honeymoon in the hotel room soaking in aloe. Start making a list of the items you will need so that 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. If there is a currency difference it may be more beneficial to do an exchange before you leave the country. Begin early to avoid the stress of waiting for your credentials to arrive. Major credit cards and travelers checks offer fraud protection, 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 is great in these unlikely events to 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 you only take a few days at a bed and breakfast near home, it’s time spent together you will not regret! o

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CATERING

19368 State Highway 83 • Mankato 507-245-3208 www.artistrysewing.com

Dinos • Neighbor’s • Number 4 • Tav On The Ave Mankato 507-382-2133 www.absolutecustomcatering.com

ARTISTRY SEWING AND DESIGN.......... (p. 13)

PINS AND NEEDLES ALTERATIONS..... (p. 14)

728 North Riverfront Drive • Mankato 507-625-5163 www.katobears.com

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BEAUTY and cosmetics BELLA DONNA MAKEUP ARTISTRY..... (p. 99)

Mankato 507-380-4691 Emily@mankatobelladonna.com www.mankatobelladonna.com

DASCH SALON.......................................... (p. 98)

114 South Agency Street • Eagle Lake 507-257-2444 www.daschsalon.com

PERMANENT COSMETICS...................... (p. 97) BY ANNETTE

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CAKES DECADENT DESSERTS.........(p. Back Cover)

530 North Riverfront Drive • Mankato 507-382-4998 amy@decadentdessertsonline.com www.decadentdessertsonline.com

ELLIE GAIL’S BAKERY,.............................. (p. 51) DELI AND CATERING

410 West Highway 60 • Elysian 507-267-4480 cakes@elliegails.com www.elliegails.com

HY-VEE Cakes.......................................... (p. 55)

Fairmont • 507-238-4323 Mankato Riverfront • 507-625-1107 Mankato Hilltop • 507-625-9070 New Ulm • 507-354-8255 Windom • 507-831-2786 Worthington • 507-372-7354

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ELLIE GAIL’S CATERING........................... (p. 51)

410 West Highway 60 • Elysian 507-267-4480 cakes@elliegails.com www.elliegails.com

HY-VEE Catering................................... (p. 47)

Fairmont • 507-238-4323 Mankato Riverfront • 507-625-1107 Mankato Hilltop • 507-625-9070 New Ulm • 507-354-8255 Windom • 507-831-2786 Worthington • 507-372-7354

L&S CATERING.......................................... (p. 51)

New Ulm 507-276-7273 Rick 507-995-1966 Greg

PRAIRIE PRIDE BBQ Catering............. (p. 45)

Mankato 507-245-3117 • 507-340-3612 www.PrairiePridebbq.com

WEBER’S CUSTOM CATERING ...............(p.46)

Highway 169 • St. Peter 507-381-9960 frkatck@hotmail.com www.citygrillestpeter.com

DECORATING AND RENTALS BALLOON ART AND DECORATING...... (p. 83)

57988 119th Street • Mapleton 507-387-3326 balloonartanddeco@yahoo.com www.balloonartanddecorating.com

G&K RENTAL.............................................. (p. 83)

507-625-3238 • Mankato 952-758-5715 • New Prague gkrental@hotmail.com www.gkrental.com

SILK EXPRESSIONS ................................. (p. 84)

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J LONGS...................................................... (p. 17)

AtoZINNIA FLORals and gifts............ (p. 7)

1817 Adams Street • Mankato 507-345-8885 www.jlongs.com

ACCENTS FLORAL AND DECORATING..... (p. 66)

320 South Minnesota Avenue • St. Peter 507-931-4340 www.facebook.com/NutterClothingCo

HILLTOP FLORIST AND GREENHOUSE... (p. 67)

1201 South Broadway • New Ulm 507-359-7204 www.sistersbridalandtux.com

15 South Broadway • New Ulm 507-359-9900 www.a2zinnia.com 155 South Broadway • Alden 507-874-3425 www.accents-design.com

885 East Madison Avenue • Mankato 507-387-7908 • 800-944-1667 hilltopflorist@hickorytech.net www.hilltopflorist.com

HOPE AND FAITH FLORAL AND GIFTS.... (p. 65)

209 North Minnesota Street • New Ulm 507-354-2222 23 West Main Street • Madelia 507-642-8967 232 Main Street East • Sleepy Eye 507-794-2050 www.hopeandfaithfloral.com

HY-VEE Floral........................................ (p. 63)

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PLAID PIPER FLORAL AND gifts......... (p. 64)

308 Main Street • Mapleton 507-524-4222 plaid@hickorytech.net

FORMALWEAR BLUE BOX BRIDAL.................................... (p. 13)

NUTTER CLOTHING COMPANY............ (p. 17)

SISTERS BRIDAL & TUX............................. (p. 9)

THE SILHOUETTE..................................... (p. 11)

55 Main Street • Easton 507-787-2211 www.SilhouetteWedding.com

TIP TOP TUX................................................. (p. 5)

River Hills Mall • Mankato 507-625-1831 www.tttux.com

VALERIE’S BRIDAL, PROM & TUX.......... (p. 15)

19463 State Highway 22 South • Mankato 507-344-0101 www.valeriesbridalshop.com

WEDDINGS BY DEB ................................. (p. 14)

214 Central Avenue • Faribault 507-332-7171 www.weddingsbydeb.com

GIFTS CUSTOMIZED M&H ENGRAVING.................................... (p. 19)

201 Linda Drive • Eagle Lake 507-257-3642 mhengraving@gmail.com www.mhengraving.com

72 Downtown Plaza • Fairmont 507-235-5585 www.blueboxbridal.com

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GRAIF CLOTHING..................................... (p. 16)

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5 Civic Center Plaza • Mankato 507-345-3000 sales@graifclothing.com www.graifclothing.com

INSPIRE BRIDAL BOUTIQUE..................... (p. 1)

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directory of HOTELS (Also See Venues) LEXINGTON INN & SUITES..................... (p. 38)

1200 1st Street NE • New Prague 952-758-7300 info@lexingtonnp.com

INVITATION Design/print GINGER P DESIGNS.................................. (p. 88)

507-327-7422 gingerpdesigns@yahoo.com www.gingerpdesigns.com

PERSONALIZED PRINTING..................... (p. 89)

100 South State Street • Waseca 507-835-7565 www.pprintwaseca.com

Services

PHOTO BOOTH MAKING MEMORIES PHOTO BOOTH... (p. 86)

507-317-7880 Jenny 507-317-2505 Laura makingmemoriesphotobooth@gmail.com www.makingmemoriesphotobooth.vpweb.com

SITT & GRINN PHOTO BOOTH............... (p. 85)

Albert Lee • Marshall 507-220-1268 Virginia • 507-763-3956 Monica VirginiaC1106@yahoo.com www.sittandgrinn.com

PHOTOGRAPHY Ashley Marie Photography........... (p. 79)

STATIONERY AND GIFT STORE................ (p. 3) BY CARLSON CRAFT

23347 583rd Avenue • Mankato 507-387-7522 ashleymariephoto@ymail.com www.ashleymariephoto.net

JEWELRY

Mankato 507-327-3103 www.cbraunshausenphotography.com

1750 Tower Boulevard • North Mankato 507-625-0547 www.stationerygift.carlsoncraft.com

DOUGLAS DIAMONDS............................ (p. 18)

300 Western Avenue NW, Suite 107 • Faribault 507-332-2347 www.douglasdiamonds.com

Braunshausen Photography....... (p. 70)

Cossairt Photography.................... (p. 80)

EXCLUSIVELY DIAMONDS..... (p. Inside Front)

504 West 1st Street • Blue Earth 507-525-2400 kim@cossairtphoto.com www.cossairtphoto.com

JEWELS OF AUSTRIA............................... (p. 19)

Mankato 507-380-0220 info@dinsmorephotography.com www.dinsmorephotography.com

1660 Tullamore Street • Mankato 507-345-1658 contactus@exclusivelydiamonds.com www.ExclusivelyDiamonds.com River Hills Mall • Mankato 507-766-1814 sales@jewelsofaustria.com

JULEE’S JEWELRY...................................(p. 112)

222 South Minnesota Avenue • St. Peter 507-934-3344 www.juleesjewelry.com

MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT/djs PARTY SOUND.......................................... (p. 91)

507-327-8311 jake@partysoundpro.com www.partysoundpro.com

STAGE 1 SOUND....................................... (p. 92)

507-520-4376 www.stage1sound.com

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Daniel Dinsmore Photography... (p. 73)

Malwitz Photography..................... (p. 72)

Mankato 507-420-8192 info@malwitzphotography.com www.malwitzphotography.com

Mandy B Photography..................... (p. 78)

Mankato 507-381-7659 mandybphotos@live.com www.mandybensonphotography.com

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Services

PHOTOGRAPHY continued Mcreationss Photography & Design .(p. 77)

507-525-4095 www.mcreationss.com

Mi Amore Imagery............................... (p. 71)

TRANSPORTATION Rainbow Country Experience....... (p. 93)

Carriage and Trolley Services 507-399-4505 www.facebook.com/RainbowCountryTrolley

Unique Specialty & Classic Cars...(p.95)

26 North Broadway • New Ulm 507-304-3401 miamoreimagery@gmail.com www.miamoreimagery.com

1000 South Victory Drive • Mankato 507-386-1726 www.uniquemankato.com

Nissa NaKia Photography.............. (p. 75)

TRAVEL AGENCIES

611 North Riverfront Drive • Mankato 507-380-8573 info@NissaNaKia.com www.NissaNaKia.com

Patty’s Photography........................ (p. 78)

Hometown Travel ............................(p. 102)

400 South 3rd Street • St. Peter 507-931-6174 www.hometown-travel.com

Lutes Travel ........................................(p. 101)

Faribault 507-332-8014 • 507-330-3045 pattysphotography@yahoo.com www.pattysphotography.com

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

P.S. I Do Wedding Photography.... (p. 77)

Elysian 507-267-4857 Shelli@sShellisTravel.com www.ShellisTravel.com

507-360-8193 Kandi 507-276-5369 Kim psidoweddings@gmail.com www.facebook.com/psidoweddings

REHEARSAL DINNER Jake’s Stadium Pizza......................... (p. 43)

330 Stadium Road • Mankato 507-345-3185 1627 S. Broadway • New Ulm 507-354-3613 119 West Broadway • St. Peter 507-934-4944 www.jakesstadiumpizza.com

Timber Lodge Steakhouse.............. (p. 43)

4455 Frontage Road • Owatonna 507-444-0303 www.timberlodgesteakhouse.com

RENTALS

(See Decorating and Rentals)

TANNING

(also see beauty and cosmetics)

Electric Beach Tanning Salon.....(p. 100)

2104 Hoffman Road • Mankato 507-625-6242 www.electricbeachmankato.com

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Shelli’s travel....................................(p. 103)

TUXEDOS

(See Formalwear)

VENUES Caribou Banquet Hall..................... (p. 31)

30649 380th Street • Le Sueur 612-414-6948 www.caribougunclub.com

Cat and Fiddle Ballroom............... (p. 29)

47572 State Highway 68 • New Ulm 507-441-0225 cat_fiddle@live.com Facebook: Cat & Fiddle Ballroom

Country Inn & Suites......(p. Inside Back) Mankato Hotel & Conference Center

1900 Premier Drive • Mankato 507-388-0690 dlpieper@sandcompanies.com www.countryinns.com/mankatomn

Creeks Bend Golf Course ............... (p. 37)

26826 Langford Avenue • New Prague 952-758-7200 ext. 2 banquets@creeksbendgolfcourse.com www.creeksbendgolfcourse.com

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Services

New Prague Golf Club ..................... (p. 39)

Glencoe City Center.......................... (p. 36)

400 Lexington Avenue • New Prague 952-758-5326 info@newpraguegolf.com

Jackpot Junction casino & hotel... (p. 27)

102 South State Street • New Ulm 507-354-2022 www.newulmturnerweddings.com

Glencoe 320-864-6951 www.glencoemn.org

39375 County Highway 24 • Morton 1-800-WIN-CASH www.jackpotjunction.com www.dacotahridge.com

Lakeside Supper Club........................ (p. 35)

32298 State Highway 13 • Montgomery 952-758-2005 www.lakesidesupperclub.com

Main Street Plaza............................... (p. 42)

141 4th Street • Pemberton 507-869-3650 pemberton.city@mchsi.com www.pembertonmn.govoffice2.com

New Ulm Turner Hall........................ (p. 29)

Nicollet Co Historical Society... (p. 30)

1851 North Minnesota Avenue • St. Peter 507-934-2160 ben@nchsmn.org www.nchsmn.org

North Links Golf Course................ (p. 22)

Mankato 507-947-3355 www.northlinksgolf.com

The Loose Moose Saloon................ (p. 24) and convention Center

Mankato City Center Hotel........... (p. 23)

119 South Front Street • Mankato 507-345-1446 www.theloosemoosesaloon.com

Miller Armstrong Building........ (p. 32)

300 Lexington Avenue South • New Prague 952-758-4603 theparkballroom@frontier.com www.theparkballroom.com

101 East Main Street • Mankato 507-385-3505 www.mankatomnhotel.com 204 2nd Street SW • Waseca 507-835-1146 events@wasecamac.com www.wasecamac.com

Montgomery Orchard..................... (p. 34)

The Park Ballroom............................ (p. 39)

Top View Grill....................................... (p. 41) at the faribault golf club

15953 State Highway 99 • Montgomery 952-221-1051 montgomeryorchard@integra.net www.minnesotaoutdoorweddings.com

1700 17th Street Northwest • Faribault 507-334-5559 www.topviewgrill.com

Morgan Creek Vineyards................ (p. 28)

One Civic Center Plaza • Mankato 507-389-3000 www.verizonwirelesscentermn.com

23707 478th Avenue • New Ulm 507-947-3547 www.morgancreekvineyards.com

MORRISTOWN COMMUNITY CENTER.... (p. 33)

402 S. Division Street • Morristown 507-491-2720 morristowncommunitycenter@gmail.com www.morristownmn.com/communitycenter

Verizon Wireless Center................. (p. 25)

VIDEOGRAPHy Square One Films............................... (p. 81)

Southern Minnesota 507-351-1201 www.squareone-films.com

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222 South Minnesota Ave. | St. Peter, MN

507-934-3344 www.juleesjewelry.com


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12 MONTH PLANNING TIMELINE

on Southernmnbride.com m Decide on style and size of wedding m Choose color scheme m Set your budget; discuss finances with those helping to pay m Decide wedding party size, choose attendants m Begin your guest list to get a rough count m Hire a wedding planner to help m Meet with clergy or officiant m Shop for gown and veil, order when chosen m Begin to interview and reserve as decided: m Ceremony site m Reception site m Photographer m Videographer m Caterer m Florist m Ceremony musicians m Entertainment

m Order and mail save-the-date cards m Choose dress for bridesmaids m Register for gifts at bridal registries m Have engagement photos taken m Discuss honeymoon plans, apply for passport if needed

m Select transportation for ceremony and reception

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m Set the date and time for the wedding m Submit engagement announcement

m Order dress and accessories:

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­— 9 Months Ahead ­—

­— Upon Engagement to 12 Months Ahead ­—

Wedding arrangements should be started twelve months in advance if possible. The keys are to be well organized with a timetable and checklists, and to fully involve your fiancé, family, and attendants in the many tasks of arranging the perfect wedding. Don’t forget that your contracted vendors are experts and are eager to help you through the entire process!

m Select wedding music for ceremony,

schedule delivery date

m Help mothers choose their dresses m Reserve rental equipment such as tables, chairs and tent if unfurnished space m Select invitations, stationery, and thank you cards m Book hair, nail appointment m Choose baker-order wedding cake m Choose favors m Make honeymoon reservations m Reserve accommodations for out-of-town guests m Order wedding rings and arrange engraving m Take dance lessons and choreograph first dance m Research marriage license requirements

dinner and dances

m Finalize details with florist, DJ, photographer, caterer

m Finalize menu with caterer m Choose and order men’s attire m Meet with a premarital counselor

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toasting glasses, cake knife and server, flower girl/ring bearer accessories m Complete documents for legal name change, change of address

m Obtain marriage license m Pick up rings and check engraving m Confirm details with the florist, caterer, entertainers, and officiant

m Deliver out of town guest gift baskets to hotel m Attend ceremony rehearsal m Hold rehearsal dinner and give gifts

m Eat breakfast m Get hair and makeup done m Get dressed m Relax and enjoy the day

m Schedule fittings for gown, tuxedo, attendants’ dresses

m Buy gifts for attendants, flower girl, ring bearer, fiancé, parents

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m Purchase guest book and pen, unity candle,

m Pick up dress m Pick up the rings m Write rehearsal dinner and wedding toasts m Confirm out-of-town guest lodging m Get manicure and pedicure m Pack for honeymoon! m Write thank you notes as you receive gifts m Verify transportation to and from ceremony

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m Address and mail invitations m Confirm ceremony details and arrange rehearsal m Prepare printed program for ceremony m Invite wedding party and guests

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m Confirm rehearsal dinner plans. m Find out about gown preservation m Submit list of must-take shots to photographer and videographer m Follow up on missing RSVPs m Arrange seating chart and place cards m Create wedding day schedule; share with wedding party, family and vendors m Confirm final guest count to caterer and reception site

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m Prepare tip envelopes and arrange for someone to distribute them

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sharing the cost In terms of wedding planning, the bride’s family once paid virtually all of the nuptial expenses. Societal changes have loosened this rule a bit. Probably the most useful approach for a bride and groom and their families to take when making wedding plans is to be communicative, realistic, and courteous. Weddings are expensive and there are times when tradition should bow to practicality. Some expenses the bride and groom can assume themselves, and perhaps the groom’s family is willing to help out. Below is the traditional division of expenses. To avoid conflict, discuss these financial obligations frankly and thoroughly from the beginning.

— 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 • Boutonnieres 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 thoughts A realistic wedding budget is absolutely essential and should be one of the first things you do. Know how much money you have to spend and on what it should be spent. By keeping budget in mind 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.

— Budget —

— Food / Catering —

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

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

— Ceremony — Where will you hold it? Indoors or outdoors? Church or venue? Reception Formal or casual? Ballroom or hall? Does the venue you like provide services like catering and bar service or will you arrange it yourself?

— Attire —

— 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?

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

— Transportation —

— Photography — What style do you prefer, posed or photojournalistic? Will you want video? Do you want a beautiful leather-bound photo book or something less expensive?

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

How will you travel from the ceremony to the reception. Will you provide rented transportation for the entire wedding party? Will your venue location 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 worksheets Bride’s Attire

Stationery

Bridal gown

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Save-the-date cards

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Headpiece / veil

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Invitations and envelopes

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Alterations

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Map inserts

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Announcements

Shoes

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Lingerie, hosiery, garter

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Response cards

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Jewelry and accessories

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Thank you notes

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Hair, makeup, manicure

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Ceremony programs

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Dress preservation

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Calligraphy / addressing

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Other Women’s Attire

Postage

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Place cards

Mother of the bride

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Printed napkins

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Mother of the groom

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Guest book and pen

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Bride’s attendants

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Other

Men’s Formal Attire

Groom’s tuxedo, shoes, etc.

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Rehearsal Dinner ____________

Site rental

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Father of the bride

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Food / caterer

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Father of the groom

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Taxes and gratuities

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Groom’s attendants

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Other

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Bridesmaid’s luncheon

Ceremony

Church / ceremony site fee

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Gift Budget

Officiant

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For groom

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Organist / musicians / soloist

Marriage license

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For bride’s attendants

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Aisle runner, decorations

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For groom’s attendants

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Candles, misc.

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For parents

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Flower girl accessories

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For flower girl / ring bearer

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Ring bearer accessories

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Other

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Wedding Rings

Engagement ring

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Bride’s ring

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Groom’s ring

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Transportation

Limousine / carriage

Other

Flowers Ceremony

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Reception

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Alter / church

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Pew markers

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Bride’s bouquet

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Site rental fee

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Bouquet preservation

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Food / service tax and gratuity ____________

Attendant’s bouquets

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Cake / cutting fee

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Mothers’, grandmothers’

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Groom’s cake

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corsages

Cake knife / server

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Men’s / ushers boutonnieres

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Toasting glasses

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Flower girl basket

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Beverages

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Favors

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Reception

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Cake table

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Decorations besides flowers

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Buffet table

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Rental items (tables, chairs,

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Head table

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linen, china, etc.)

Band or DJ

Other

Centerpieces

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Decorating

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Photography

Engagement photo

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Formal portrait

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Wedding album and photos

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Parents’ albums

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Extra prints

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Photographer’s fee

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Other

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Videography Ceremony

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Reception

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Extra copies of video

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  Wedding coordinator   Cake cutting / gift table attendants   Guest book attendant  Officiant   Soloists / musicians Other

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Honeymoon Expenses Transportation

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Accommodations

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Bride’s apparel

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Groom’s apparel

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Daily budget

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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 In-place decorations Decorating restrictions Private room / single party Distance from ceremony Disabled access Capacity Air conditioned Dance floor / stage Sound system / piano Receiving line area 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 Est. Cost to Budget 120 Your Planning Guide

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Your 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____________________ Music Favorites________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________

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Your 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. 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

m Yes m No  Amount needed ____________

Tables or linens provided

m Yes m No  Amount needed ____________

Cleanup requirements____________________________________________________________ Caterer______________________________________________Phone____________________ Meal description_______________________________________________________________ Baker_______________________________________________Phone____________________ Cake description________________________________________________________________

Music: 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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The Wedding Party Bride and groom should choose attendants six to nine months ahead. A formal wedding party consists of Best Man, Maid or Matron of Honor, Bridesmaids, Groomsmen, Ring Bearer, Flower Girl, and Ushers. Groomsmen may also serve as ushers. For a semi-formal wedding, choose two to six attendants each, and for an informal wedding, choose one honor attendant with one extra bridesmaid or groomsman.

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Photography Checklist Bride’s Photos

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

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

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

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

m Musicians m Attendants waiting to enter m Parents being seated m Candids of parents m Attendants walking down aisle m Child attendants walking down aisle m Groom coming down the aisle m Clergy, groom and best man at altar m Bride and father walking down aisle m Father giving bride’s hand to groom m Vow exchange m Soloist m Ring ceremony

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m Candids of bride’s / groom’s faces m Unity candle ceremony m Groom kissing the bride

Recessional

m Guests throwing rice, petals, etc.

Reception

m Guests signing guest book m Place cards m Centerpieces, place settings m Plated meals, favors m Bride and groom listening to toasts m Candids throughout room m Bride and groom first dance m Bride and father dance m Groom and mother dance m Guests dancing m Cake, cake table m Cake cutting m Couple feeding each other cake m Bouquet toss m Garter removal and toss m Sweetheart dance m Going away vehicle m Newlyweds departing

m Bride / groom as babies m Bride / groom in childhood m Wedding photos of parents m Early days as couple m Bachelor / bachelorette parties m Other _______________________

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Videography Checklist

m Bride leaving home m Guests arriving at ceremony m Wedding party preparing m Ceremony m Guests leaving m Guests arriving reception m Announcing of newlyweds and party m Toasts m First dance m Guests dancing m Cake cutting m Bouquet and garter toss m Bride and groom with individual guests m Bride and groom leaving m Other Your Planning Guide 125


Day before and Day of wedding

The hours just before your wedding will be filled with last minute details. Use this convenient day planner and the Wedding Day Checklist to get your time organized, assemble necessary items, and to tie up all loose ends. That way you will remain calm and confident that everything is under control for your big day.

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Wedding Day Checklist Wedding Attire Bride:

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

Groom:

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

Don’t Forget

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

Wedding Day Emergency Kit

m Cell phone and phone numbers of

wedding party and vendors

m Scotch tape (1 and 2 sided),

plastic bags, super glue

m Sewing kit, safety pins, scissors m Personal emergency kit

m

m

m m m m m m

(spare contact lenses, spot remover, tampons, breath mints, antacid, aspirin, allergy medication, small snack, bottled water) Hair care (dryer, brush, comb, rollers, bobby pins, spray) Nail polish (color for nails, clear to stop runs), polish remover, emery boards Makeup and hand mirror Skin care (moisturizers, lotions) Disposable wipes and tissues Toothpaste, mouthwash, deodorant Extra earring backs Extra stockings

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m Portable iron or steamer, anti-cling

spray, clothes brush or lint roller

m White tailor’s chalk for gown fixes m Toupee tape for fallen hems

Honeymoon Checklist

m Airline tickets (note flight number

and departure / arrival times)

m Cruise tickets (note cabin number

and departure / arrival times)

m Resort / Hotel (address, phone

and confirmation numbers)

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

When Updating Your Name

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

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