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Congratulations - you’re engaged! This is one of the most exciting times of your life…but first things first— we’re giving away CASH! Turn to the last page of the magazine for details. No matter if you are recently engaged, midway through your planning, or simply an aspiring bride to be, as you flip through these pages you will discover all you need for planning success. When you contact a business tell them you saw their ad in Wyoming Bride—they’ll want to know. Our articles, planning guide, and Bride’s Guides give you detailed information and will keep you organized through the whole planning process. Use your copy like a wedding textbook—highlight the articles for easy reference, jot your notes in the margins, 2014 CASH bend the pages with photos you like, and mark up the Directory of Services (pages 76–79) as you contact and GIVEAWAY! book these services. Use MyWyomingBride.com to find additional advertiser PAGE 96 information and more wedding trends and inspiration. As well, follow our blog entries and Facebook page to share HAS DETAILS. your likes and comments with us. The images used throughout the magazine are from real weddings and couples married here in Wyoming. As well, there are several pages spotlighting beautiful real Wyoming weddings…all while highlighting the work of talented local photographers. Thank you for using Wyoming Bride to plan your wedding. Our advice to you is simply this: stay organized and remember to experience the process— it’s once in a lifetime! We’re All Here to Help,

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Contents

7 APPAREL 7 Gowns, Tuxes & Jewelry 8 Alterations 9 Preserve Your Gown 11 Groom’s Corner 12 Gallery of Images 13 Gifts to Thank Them 14 Symbols of Commitment RECEPTION 17 C  eremony & Reception Sites 20 Location Scouting 25 Unity Symbols 27 Groom’s Dinner 101 CATERING 30 Your First Meal Together CAKE 34 A Sweet Ending FLOWERS 36 Bouquets & Arrangements

17 Bride's Guides 10 Gown Silhouettes 24 Venue Details 33 Catering Questions

SERVICES 42 Planning the Details 42 Y  ou Imagine. They Create. 44 Raising the Bar 45 Saying ‘I Do’ 45 Common Bible Verses 48 Custom Invitations 50 Dance the Night Away 50 Entertaining Kids PHOTOGRAPHY 52 Your Picture Perfect Day 54 Engagement Photos 56 The First Look 56 Two are Better Than One

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36 ENTERTAINMENT 62 Music for Every Moment TRANSPORTATION 64 The Wedding Day Ride BEAUTY 66 Beauty, Health & Fitness 68 Wedding Day Hairstyle 69 A Little Color 69 Manicured Nails 71 #TrendAlert 71 Social Media to Plan 71 Create an Emergency Kit 73 Gift Registry 76–79 Directory of Services 81 Wedding Planning Guide 82 12 Month Countdown 84 Sharing the Cost 85 Budget Development 86 Budget Management 88 Compare Reception Venues 89 Payment Records 91 Ceremony & Reception Details 92 Day-of Schedule 93 Photography Checklist 95 Calendar for 2014/2015

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Shopping for your wedding apparel is exciting, and may even be overwhelming at times. But with the right direction, you will find the perfect wedding gown with ease and confidence. Whatever your style, there is a dress out there waiting for you. When to Start Begin the search for your gown, accessories, and jewelry up to nine months before the wedding day to give ample time to avoid rush-order fees. Some dress designers require six months to produce a gown; others may be longer or even quicker so be sure to ask. Order early to allow sufficient time for your gown to be received, altered, and steamed. Do Your Research 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. Become familBECOME inspired MYWYOMINGBRIDE.COM

iar with the terms for specialty fabrics and gown silhouettes to make it easier to communicate what you want. For example, if you want a ball gown or mermaid style, let the bridal experts know your preferences. Have a budget in mind before you go, and don’t be afraid to communicate your budget to the consultant. After all, they are there to help your dress dreams come true, so they want to provide you with the best experience possible. Where to Go If you love a particular designer, find the local bridal salon that carries that designer and start trying styles on. Be sure to call ahead, as some bridal salons require appointments, and those that do not will be able to recommend a time to visit when you will receive one-on-one attention. These local professionals know their inventory and are there to personally assist you in this important dress WYOMING BRIDE

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APPAREL 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 out of place at a small wedding with 50 guests in a park. Each possible scenario calls for a different style of gown, so be sure to share this information with the salesperson. Who to Bring For this once-in-a-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. 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

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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. Alterations The bridal salon will take your exact measurements before ordering your dress. Order your gown in the size you are on the day you place the order—not the size you hope to be. It is much easier to make the dress smaller than bigger. To achieve a perfect fit, your dress will likely need minor alterations in the bust, waist, and hips, and is best done by a professional seamstress. Understand the First it was your grandmother’s, Then it was your mother’s,

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APPAREL special order policy of the bridal salon. In most cases, when you order your wedding dress, it is a final sale. Preserve Your Gown Wanting to keep your dress in good condition for many years to come involves hiring a professional to clean and preserve it. The goal of bridal gown preservation is to prevent yellowing, reduce the risk of mold and mildew, prevent oxidation spots, and protect the gown from light and dust elements. Preserving your wedding gown will clean it to such a degree that even the smallest invisible stain will be permanently removed. Preservation also helps to ensure the dress retains its shape and that embellishments remain affixed to it. Certain elements can cause a reac-

tion with the dry cleaning solvent. If your dress was exposed to anything out of the ordinary, be sure to disclose the details. Have your dress professionally cleaned and preserved as soon after the wedding as possible to ensure your dress remains in the best possible condition. Once cleaned, most gowns will be stored in an archival quality acid-free box that resists water and mildew. With preservation and care, your dress will be an heirloom that gets passed down. You have found “the dress,” so stop looking, and do not second-guess yourself! You 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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Five Gown Silhouettes When you start looking for a wedding dress, you may discover the vocabulary is a little overwhelming. There are many different options to choose from. If you feel a bit confused become familiar with these terms you’ll hear in the bridal salon. The silhouette of a wedding dress refers to its overall shape and can be thought of in five basic categories. Naturally, your style choice will be based on your body shape—and the parts you want to accentuate will ultimately determine what style you choose. A-line: This style has a fitted bodice that gradually tapers into a wider, more flared skirt. This look highlights the narrowness of the midsection and floats away from the hips and thighs. It is designed to flatter nearly all body types. Ball Gown: This dress is the traditional Cinderella dress. This look will have a fitted bodice that flares to a full skirt. Ball gown dresses are appropriate for formal weddings and look great on women with pear-shaped bodies. Dreaming of a princess wedding? This is the look for you! Empire Waist: These dresses have a fitted bodice that ends just below the bust and free flowing skirts that help lengthen the body’s appearance. If you want to elongate your torso this is the style for you! Mermaid: A trumpet-style dress that has a very fitted bodice then just above the knee, flares out like a tail of a mermaid into a dramatic train. This mermaid wedding dress style is ideal for brides who want to emphasize their curves. Sheath: These sleek and sophisticated column dresses are form-fitting from top to bottom and have no waist. The style either hugs the natural curves of the body, or falls in a straight line from the shoulders to the hemline. If you are going for a romantic look and want to accentuate your natural curves, this is a great option for you! O 10 WYOMING BRIDE

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Groom’s Corner Helpful tips and answers to some of the most asked questions by grooms: What does rented formal wear include? A jacket, vest, shirt, neckwear, cufflinks, pants and shoes. Do they provide socks? You will need your own socks. Choosing colored, patterned, or bright socks is a fun way to show off your personality. How can I stand out? Set yourself apart with a different vest and tie color. Make sure to coordinate the vest and tie colors with the bridesmaids’ dresses. What if my groomsmen are all from different towns? Your traveling buds can have their measurements taken at their local formal wear store and forwarded on to your local store. Don’t

forget you can also have your fathers, brothers, and ushers dress up with you. How early do I need to reserve my tux? You will want to reserve at least 3–4 months in advance. That way there will be plenty of time for alterations. Do I need to schedule another fitting before the wedding? Yes! Make sure to get in one week before for any last minute adjustments. What if I am not a tux kid of guy? No problem. Your local shop will have an abundance of options from pants to suspenders, to bow ties. They are sure to have the exact look you want! Remember to recognize the importance of the day, talk with your fiancé, and know that there are options to fit your style. O

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GIFTS TO THANK THEM Many wedding trends come and go, but the tradition of giving and receiving wedding gifts is firmly ingrained in our culture. Take the opportunity to say “Thank You” for helping to make your day unforgettable with unique keepsakes, engraved gifts or any of the following ideas. Consider personalizing the item with initials, monograms, or even a special message to make it a gift that will surely be cherished. For Your Bridesmaids Assisting in your wedding preparations was probably time consuming for your bridesmaids and they certainly deserve a thoughtful gift. Consider giving jewelry to use not only for your wedding day but in the future as well. Gifts for the bridesmaids

can also be practical, like an embroidered tote bag or sweatshirt. Another gift idea for your wedding party is a gift certificate to a salon and spa or a restaurant. For the Groomsmen Consider buying them their shirt, tie or socks to be used with their tuxedo. Engraved flasks or steins can also be a fun gift. A simple gift lets your wedding party know that you appreciate their efforts and that you want to thank them for all that they have done to support you. Thank Your Parents They worked hard raising you, showing you what love is about, and most continued on page 72

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Symbols of Your Commitment When diamond shopping consider Cut, Color, Clarity and Carat. These characteristics are 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. Introduction to the Four Cs Cut: When a diamond is transformed from rough to dazzling gem, it is cut with facets, which are different shaped and sized areas on the diamond’s surface. Each facet is positioned and polished to create the angles that best allow light to enter and reflect back out of the stone. Color: The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has devised a set of guide-

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Some wedding reception sites are more formal, with ballrooms and chandeliers, while you will find others set on a ranch, at a winery, in a garden, or at an outdoor location with breathtaking views. Another varying factor is the extent of services offered. At some locations, you rent the entire space or an empty room and it’s up to you to completely transform it with tables, chairs, and other decorations. While other facilities will provide everything you need and will have all of the decorating, lighting, and other rental items on site for you to choose from. Most facilities fall somewhere in between. Serving a Meal As one of the main parts of a reception, the food and drink to be served need consideration. Ask if the venue has

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Conduct a 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? Where do their prices per person start? Can they accommodate your guest list? If they fit these initial criteria, make an appointment to tour the reception site. Location Scouting It may be love at first sight, but looks

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in-house catering service or if you need to select your own caterer. You will likely have several menu options, and will be able to choose food that suits your needs. If possible, request a taste-test of your preferred menu to ensure you like the meal’s quantity and quality of presentation.

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Book Your Site After settling on the venue, grab it before it gets away! Book the facility as far in advance of your wedding day as possible—it’s not uncommon to have your site booked a year or more in advance. Be sure you are given a contract that covers all of the details. Read the clauses and fine print and clarify anything con-

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Venue Details Staying organized is one of the keys to finding a fabulous reception venue. There are many details to consider when evaluating the venues available, so use these questions to prepare before meeting with the venue’s coordinator: The Basics: • How many hours/days of rental are included, what is the fee and can we rent additional hours if needed? • Do the hours include catering, 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? • 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?

The Food and Drinks: • 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? The Music: • Where can the DJ set up? • Are there enough electrical outlets? • How late can the DJ play music? The Set-Up and Tear-Down: • Are there additional charges for set-up and tear-down? • What are the gratuity and sales tax to be added to these fees? • Does the fee include tables, chairs, and linens? • Are the dance floor, lighting, and sound included in the fee, or are they available to rent? O

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Unity Symbols: United in Love

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During your ceremony you will have the opportunity to symbolize your love for one another and the coming together of your families. The unity candle is the traditional symbol used, however there are options to include in your ceremony. God’s Knot. This signifies your faith and the presence of God in your marriage. Three chords of rope are braided together to represent yourself, your fiancé, and God. Sand. Pouring together different col-

ored sand into one container is a popular way to signify your union. This is a great idea for an outdoor ceremony so you do not have to worry about keeping a candle lit. A Box, Wine and Love Letters. This Netherlands tradition has the couple place a bottle of wine and love letters into a wooden box. It is then nailed shut during the ceremony. The officiate explains, “If and when the marriage gets tough, open the box, have a glass of wine, and read your love letters to each other. This will remind you of your love and commitment to one another.” Communion. Including your first communion together as a married couple is an outward symbol bringing your faith into your ceremony and into your marriage. O

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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 rehearsal dinner should include parents and siblings, wedding-party members and their spouses or significant others, and the parents of any child attendants. You should invite the officiant and his/ her spouse. If any out-of town guests are invited to the wedding, they may also be invited to the rehearsal dinner, especially if there are many who will have already arrived in town for the wedding. O

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Selecting a caterer to prepare the meal is more than just about flavor; presentation of the meal and service to your guests are also important aspects to consider. 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.

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. Before beginning to identify and interview potential caterers, determine your particular food needs and preferences.

On-site Option or Book Your Own The venue you select will have some impact on the caterer you choose, as some venues require that you use their on-site catering service, or work within their list of preferred vendors. If this is the case, many of your decisions have already been made. You will just select from the options in the price range that

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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 serve-yourselfstations 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 differ-

ent 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. What’s For Dinner? What are your favorite foods and what time of day will your meal be served? While most caterers can offer a variety of cuisine, there are those caterers that specialize in barbeque, ethnic cuisine, or vegetarian menus. Use the time of your reception to help narrow down your choices. If the meal will be served earlier in the day, a lighter meal is

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CATERING adequate, while a full meal is more common later in the day. Consider the 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. Special Meal 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. Discuss any special needs you and your guests may have (e.g. vegetarian, sugar-free menu items, food allergies), and the costs associated with these. To avoid disappointment on the wedding

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day, make sure you test the meal you decide upon before confirming it. Interview and Book the Caterer Start the interview process and book your caterer early in your planning process. Ask event professionals to refer a caterer who has experience with the quality, style, and organization that you are looking for. Credentials count! Ask if they are 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

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Questions for the Caterer The food service at your wedding is important so work with a top-rate professional. Schedule an appointment to meet and use this set of questions to guide you when selecting a caterer: The Basics • Do you have my date available? • Have you done events at my reception site and can you provide references? • Do you have a state license? (the business meets health department standards and has liability insurance) • Will you be personally handling the meal service at my wedding? The Food • What menu items and style of service are your specialties? • Are you willing to include a sentimental family recipe in the menu? • Given the style, time, and date of my wedding, what menu items do you suggest? • Can we schedule a tasting of the menu we choose? • What is your average cost per-person? • Can you prepare kids, vegetarian, or gluten-free menu for a few guests? • Can you provide a wedding cake? If we provide it, do you charge a cutting and serving fee?

The Drink • Do you provide beverage service? Is a drink included with meal service? • Do you have a liquor license? Or do we handle the bar separately? • Do you charge a corkage fee If we provide our own wine or liquor? The Business • What is the ratio of servers to guests and how will they be dressed? • Do you provide or rent linens, dinnerware, tables, chairs, and serving pieces? If so, what color and style of linens, glasses, plates, and accessories are available? • What service costs are included? How much time is needed for set-up and clean-up? • What deposit amount is required and when is the balance due? What is your cancellation policy? How are gratuities figured? How quickly will we receive a contract? O

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The wedding cake is on display at the reception and should have a wow factor. While you might not know where to start, or even what you like, breaking the design into several basic categories can help. Considering each separately will not only make the task less overwhelming—and maybe even fun—but will also help you create a cake that is uniquely your own. Combining Your Favorite Flavors It’s important that you and your groom

do a taste test as part of your research. This allows you to confidently decide on what kind of wedding cake you desire. Red velvet cake is popular, as is carrot cake, and the traditional white or chocolate. With the number of flavors and fillings, you can create some pretty spectacular combinations. Once you have the cake flavor, you can think about frosting. As a general rule, there are three types of icing—the traditional butter cream versus cream cheese versus fondant. If Homemade from scratch cupcakes in any flavor you can dream up

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you need suggestions ask the baker to share their popular combinations. Selecting the Right Size The number of wedding guests will define the cake size, as well as how many tiers it should have. A tier of cake typically consists of two layers, a filling in between, and frosting and decoration on the outside. Ask how many guests can be served per tier, figuring on one slice per guest. Wedding cakes also include an additional anniversary tier. Adding sheet cakes is an economical option and allows you to serve several flavors. The Shape Use your wedding style as a guide to help you choose the best cake shape. Classic round, tiered cakes work well at more formal weddings; square cakes suit sleek, contemporary affairs; and artsy topsy-turvy designs are perfect at fun, informal parties. Put a Topper On It Many couples select a traditional topper with a formal looking bride and groom or initials. Others choose a more light-hearted approach with a topper made to mimic the couple’s hobbies or

personalities. Whichever style is used you’ll have a great keepsake and conversation piece to use in your home. Cupcakes, Cake Pops, and More Do not feel boxed in by a traditional cake style—it’s not the only option anymore. Cupcake towers and cake pops are popular with couples who are looking for a non-traditional wedding dessert. The cake will not need to be sliced and served as your guests can help themselves. It’s also a great way to serve several flavors. No utensils needed to indulge in these beautifully decorated treats. Groom’s Cake Some brides will choose to surprise their groom with a themed cake incorporating one of his obsessions. You can ask your baker to produce a sports theme cake, or even one with an eight-point buck on it. The possibilities are endless. By categorizing the process of selecting your wedding cake it becomes a manageable task. Your preparation will make the process go smoothly and you’ll have nothing short of an amazing wedding cake, delightful to the eyes and delectable to the taste buds. O

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most flowers can be ordered any time of year, but flowers and greenery that are in season will generally be less expensive. Know Your Style Prepare for the consultation by listing your color palette and other special touches like monograms, hobbies, and themes that you want to incorporate into your flowers. The atmosphere of the ceremony venue may have a big impact on your floral design {rustic, modern, etc.} Check to see if your venue allows flower petals to be dropped during the ceremony, if candles are permitted, etc. Flower Types and Visual Aids Are there any specific flowers or a design you just have to have? Bring in photos of the style you’re looking for to help communicate your ideas. Not that you want an exact replica, but you may love one for the shape of the bouquet, continued on page 39 ANNOUNCE engagement MYWYOMINGBRIDE.COM


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another for the type of flower, or the element and color scheme that was used. Remember that flowers are seasonal so what you want may not be available for your wedding. Be sure to note any flower allergies that you or your groom might have and share with the floral designer. Descriptive Words Along with the photos, decide a few descriptive words to help express the style you have in mind. Try to use meaningful words like formal, vintage, country, rustic, casual, fun, glitz and glam, etc., while avoiding basic words like elegant or simple, unless that is really what you mean. Think about how you would describe your dress, venues, wedding theme, etc. when you come up with your descriptive words.

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FLOWERS size bride should select a medium-sized bouquet that presents a nice proportion when held in front of her body. • Gown Style. Consider the scale of your gown. A common rule is, the bigger the gown, the bigger the bouquet. A simple sheath gown wouldn’t be able to hold its own against an overflowing cascade bouquet, however, a ball gown would. Consider any embellishments on the front of the dress and don’t obscure the beautiful beading or lace with a large bouquet. When you meet with your floral designer, bring a photo of your dress, and they will offer suggestions for the style and shape of bouquet that’s right for you. The Consultation Thoroughly discuss your ideas, share your photos and descriptive words, and then give creative control and trust to

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

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Minding all of the details and being organized is essential to creating a celebration that everyone enjoys. In the months leading up to your big day you will be contracting with several vendors who can help you realize your dream. While wedding planning can be an overwhelming task, they will do what they can to make the process go as smoothly as possible. However, to avoid misunderstandings, couples should clearly communicate with vendors about dates, deadlines, and details.

cake, the entertainment and even the dress. Be consistent in your choices to help you avoid a muddled look so you don’t overdo it.

Name Your Style and Theme A theme is usually a certain style such as ‘vintage glam,’ “rustic chic,” or ‘modern simplistic’—the words that sum up the overall look and feel of the day. It’s important to choose your colors, style and theme before you get started as it extends to every element of the wedding–the room décor, the centerpieces, the stationery, the flowers, the food, the

You Imagine It. They Create It. Amazing weddings require creative talent, many hours, and inventory. Hiring a professional to design and decorate is a convenient solution, as well as a wise investment. Many brides will underestimate what’s involved in the decorating process—the time researching and creating the vision, gathering the items, setting them up and then tearing them down, not to mention the cost of all of the items—and then the hassle of getting rid of them afterwards. Decorating professionals will help you avoid the frustration of producing your dream wedding on your own. Don’t choose a wedding decorator on price alone—consult with them to understand all that is included in their service. Ask to see samples of their

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past work and what they can custom create for you. Coordinate and Implement You may pride yourself in being organized and creative, but when it’s time to walk down the aisle, all you will really want is to feel the love—not the stress. If your life is already busy, avoid the pressure and hire a planner. You’ll gain valuable access to their knowledge and experience, as well as their vast contacts and connections. An experienced planner will work within your budget, recommend reputable vendors, negotiate contracts, book vendors, and the list goes on. Many planners offer different levels of service ranging from full service, start-to-finish management, to basic, month-of or day-of coordinating. Hiring a professional wedding consultant often

makes the difference between truly enjoying the celebration and having it blow by in a blur of details. Rent the Scene Some ceremony and reception sites will require that you rent equipment such as tables and chairs, sound and lighting equipment, tents, and more from an outside source. These event rentals can turn any setting into something spectacular so you can have the wedding of your dreams without the major expense of buying the items. When you meet with the rental provider, have a guest count estimate for the quantity of items you will need to reserve. At this time, set tentative delivery, set-up, and return times and expect to place a deposit for the rental of certain pieces. A decorating rental business will

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‘I Do’ Promise You This is your very special day. It will only happen once, so you will want to find a minister or wedding officiant with an engaging ceremony that will leave your guests inspired. Discuss with your fiancé your beliefs and ideas to ensure a ceremony that is meaningful to both of you. Then make plans to meet with and get to know the officiant or minister who will solemnize your wedding. Your ceremony will be more meaningful when your officiant knows more about you than just your name. Meeting in advance will 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

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

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your celebration. Conventional wisdom says that whites go best with chicken and fish and reds with meats. Most venues offer bar service with a variety of spirits and beer options. Providing beer on tap for your guests is an acceptable alternative to an open bar. This can be a perfect compromise for both your guests and your wallet. There are many tasty ways to add nonalcoholic drinks to your special day. Java lovers who want a fun and unique way to celebrate set up a coffee bar with flavors and toppings. For another unique idea, add a smoothie bar for guests to create their own beverage. Order personalized cups to double as wedding favors. Get it in Writing Once you have decided to work with

a particular wedding vendor, sign a detailed, written contract. Read over the contract (several times if necessary) so that you are aware of your responsibilities and your vendors’ duties for your wedding day. Reconfirm your arrangements several weeks before your wedding, especially for services that were discussed many months before the actual date. Careful attention to the details will let you enjoy every moment of your day. Alternatives to Tossing Rice The classical rainfall of rice is a fun and happy way for friends and family to wish the couple many happy years to come. However, the following are a couple ideas for those wanting to make their wedding unique. Butterflies or balloons. Butterflies will not likely return, once set free, however

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Custom Designed Stationery Do you want traditional designs with formal wording or a contemporary design with your own wording? Rely on a business that can create and customize your wedding stationery. 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. Begin your search for the perfect stationery design at least six months in advance of the wedding. This will ensure adequate time for designing, proofing, printing, addressing, mailing and replies. Many invitation designers will help you carry your stationery look through the wedding day with custom programs, escort or place cards, table numbers, and menus. Finally, work with your designer to create personalized thank you cards to send after the big day. O

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Dance the Night Away... Close your eyes and picture your first dance with your new husband. If you envision a flawless dance that wows your guests, dance lessons will be the best decision. You will want to start early (4 to 6 months in advance) and will want to wear shoes to your lessons that are similar to the ones you will be wearing at your reception. As you get closer to your event, you should even wear the actual shoes to practice in. If you already have a “First Song” picked out, bring it along to give to your instructor. Feeling confident and poised when you are on the dance floor for your very first dance together will be a wonderful memory you can both cherish forever. O

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Long after your wedding day is over, your photographs will provide lasting memories. With that in mind, you need to do your homework to know what options are available so opportunities are not missed. Most importantly, find a photographer that you feel comfortable with and will provide you with top quality images. Photos are Forever Photographs are one of the few things that last forever from your wedding day. Do not take a gamble—hire a professional! Just as you have invested time in choosing the person you are marrying, invest time in choosing a talented photographer who is a good match for you. Do not let price be your sole factor in hiring the photographer; quality pictures will be treasured forever.

you expect. Share your expectations, and never assume that your photographer knows what you want. Vague terms, like “modern,” “close-up,” and “artistic” can mean very different things to a bride and her photographer. One way to be sure everyone is on the same page is to go through sample shots together, identify ones you like, and explain why you chose those particular images. If you have certain shots you want taken, ask for them. Talk with your photographer, and be honest about your expectations. Making a “must-have” list will help ensure nothing is missed on your wedding day.

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What’s Your Style What style of wedding photos do you want? Is it photojournalistic or traditional; dramatic colors or black and white; serious or silly and fun? Find a photographer whose work shows connection, passion, and talent, who specializes in the style that aligns with yours. If possible,

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visit the ceremony and reception locations with your photographer to discuss how to use the landscape in pictures. The photojournalistic style captures moments, rather than poses, because the photographer doesn’t “direct” the participants or guests. The result is candid and spontaneous images that convey the genuine emotion of your day as it naturally unfolds. You will end up with a wide array of shots and captured moments, some you may not have even witnessed, and they will serve as a record of the great time your guests had at your wedding. Traditional, formal photography refers to the typical posed pictures. These usually consist of the wedding party, the couples’ families, the shots of the bridesmaids with their bouquets, the groom with his parents, the happy couple gazing into each other’s eyes, etc.

In general, most photographers take both styles. Be clear if you prefer more of one type. Be sure to request traditional family portraits. Getting everyone together at one time can be hard, so your wedding is a great place to capture those few-and-far-between family photos. Schedule the Shots Your photographer can help you establish a wedding day schedule, taking into account your photograph goals, as well as your desire to have fun. Instead of having the wedding party and family members milling around for several hours, give them the schedule showing when they need to be there. Remember to schedule alone time to reflect on the commitment you just made to each other. Once the wedding gets started there continued on page 56 u

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Engagement Photos: Don’t Skip ’Em When you book your photographer, schedule an engagement session to spend some additional time getting to know him or her. You may consider skipping this step, or think that just having a friend take your engagement pictures is good enough, but you will be thankful for what you gain by using your day-of photographer. The engagement session gives you and your fiancé a chance to get to know your photographer and how he or she interacts with you before the wedding day. You will be more comfortable the

day of the wedding knowing that all of your personalities blend. Having pictures taken can be uncomfortable for a lot of people; engagement sessions can ease any tension and anxiety. Your photographer will get to know the two of you; will find out if your eyes blink a lot; if you need help in some posed shots (What do I do with my hands? Should I look at you? Look away?); discover the angles that look best for your facial expressions. This session will save time when creating a “timeless portraiture” on your wedding day. O

Tips for a Great Session 1. Share your ideas! Talk to your photographer about locations you would like to go to, and your ideas. Maybe you would love to have more candid pictures taken in a coffee shop. The better you communicate about what you are looking for in your pictures, the more likely you’ll get it. 2. Look Amazing! Bring several outfits to choose the clothes that go best with each background. It is important for your clothes to complement and look good next to each other, but try to avoid looking like twins. Solids are great and look good next to almost any backdrop. 3. Have Fun! Your engagement session should be stress-free and relaxed. It is an experience to enjoy together. 54 WYOMING BRIDE

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taken with each other before the ceremony gives you a more private moment, and a longer time to be with just each other. It is the most important day of your lives, and it is powerful when you see each 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. Cry, kiss, admire each other, and then relax together.

is no stopping and going back. Most photographers agree, if the shot is not scheduled, it may not happen. You cannot go back to get the photographs you miss and wished you had, so confidence in, and communication with your photographer is key. The First Look There is only one moment when the groom sees his bride for the first time, and then it’s over. 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 it is less romantic when their eyes meet for the first time, with the eyes of all their guests on them. Others say, no matter where they see each other, it is a wonderfully romantic moment. Choosing to have your photograph

Two Are Better Than One Your photographer is only one person and cannot capture every moment. Consider buying a package that includes two professional photographers. If one is shooting the bride, then the other will be shooting the groom sharing the last

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moments of bachelorhood with his buddies. If a photograph is being taken of the bride as she approaches the aisle, then the other will be shooting the look on the groom’s face when he sees her for the first time. A second photographer 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.

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Get to Know Your Photographer 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 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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Entertainment that is fun, unforgettable and unique to your celebration is what you are looking for, right? You want guests to dance and have fun. You want your introductions, your first dance, and all of your special moments to be unforgettable. You want your entire day to be uniquely yours, and not a generic production. Music sets the tone from the wedding ceremony to the last dance. It heightens emotions, creates atmosphere, fills awkward silences, and gets us to dance. Work closely with your disc jockey (DJ) to ensure your celebration is memorable by following these tips:

the various segments of your reception. Be sure to discuss the volume level and genre of music that you want played during each of the time periods. Ask your DJ or band for their play list to select songs you would like played at the reception. This is a great way for you to select specific dance music, rather than expecting them to guess your preferred genre of music. A professional DJ acquires their good reputation from their ability to get guests involved at an event, so ask for referrals.

Playlist Variety After all of the formality of the ceremony, you and your guests are ready to relax and get the party started! Your choice of music should be enjoyable for everyone at your reception, both older and younger guests. Consider playing a variety of music that is appropriate for

On the Mic 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 have a ton of popular music in their book of albums and can accommodate your

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change. If your DJ acts as master of ceremony, discuss their level of involvement, and work closely with them in planning, to keep your reception on schedule. Details It’s a good idea for your band or DJ to contact the reception site to discuss specifics and avoid potential disasters. Your reception venue may have time or volume level restrictions, and limited electrical usage. Address these issues before the day of your wedding. Professional DJs and musicians are exactly that...professionals. They are knowledgeable, creative and will have professional-level equipment, with a back-up system available to avoid the chance that your reception would be without music.

Schedule an Interview Have a phone interview with them first to determine if they are available on your wedding date. Ask about their experience level, their equipment quality, and if they have a back up system. Determine the variety and versatility of their song list, the cost of their services, amount of the deposit, and the due date for the final payment. After the entertainment has been selected, ensure that the following are stated in your contract with your DJ or band: date and location, music start and end times, number and duration of breaks, and total cost. In case the reception runs long, ask if they would be willing to play beyond the agreed upon end time. O

DISCUSS YOUR EVENT WITH THE DJ AND CREATE A TIMELINE FOR THE NIGHT • The time the wedding party will be arriving at the reception. • The names and roles of the wedding party, and how you want them introduced, for example, some couples announce how each attendant knows the couple. • If the DJ is dismissing tables to eat, explain how you would like it done, and at what time.

• The time you will be cutting the cake, i.e. before you eat, or after. • How many toasts will be made and what time you want them done. • How many first dances—bride and groom, bride with father, groom with mother, and so on. Provide the song choices. • The special songs you want, or don’t want played? Be specific.

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Make arrangements for you and your wedding party to get to the reception and don’t forget to provide safe travel options for your guests. To help you sort through the options and make decisions, take these ideas into consideration when booking your transportation: Discover the Options Different varieties of limousines, vans, trolleys, and even horse-drawn carriages are available. You will want to include the cost in your budget, so start research-

ing and checking the local options early. Book your transportation six months in advance—especially if you are getting married during prom season or on a very popular wedding day. A Ride for Everyone You are responsible for providing transportation for your wedding party and both sets of parents the day of the wedding. Typically, the best man is in charge of getting the groom and the other groomsmen to the ceremony site

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nice touch, and ensures that they won’t be late because they got lost. It’s a good idea to have cab information, or the same shuttle service available to your guests following the reception. This is especially true if alcohol has been served, you do not want any tragedy to occur, and planning ahead for these circumstances will help to ensure only happy memories. O

Questions for the Ride Special occasions call for special rides. To get to the church on time and arrive in style be prepared with a few questions to ask the provider: The Basics • Do you have our date available? • Are you licensed and insured? • When booking, are we reserving the limo for just a few hours or for the day and/or evening? • When does the time actually start and when do the overtime charges begin? • What is your cancellation/refund policy? The Ride • When can we see it? • How will the driver be dressed?

• What are the features and benefits of each option? The Business • What are your rates? • What is covered in this fee and how many miles are allowed? • Do the packages include gratuity for the driver? • Do you offer any discounted rates for wedding packages? • When is the payment required? • What amenities are provided with the package and is there an extra charge for these items (drinks, etc…)?

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achieve a healthy shine; paying special attention to the parts of your skin that will be on show when you’re in your dress. Use body cream with sunscreen to smooth, moisten, and protect the skin. Fitness and Bridal Boot Camp You know the drill: a combination of a reasonable but restricted diet combined with both weight-bearing and fat-burning exercises will yield results. This will take some time, so start six months to one year prior to your wedding. If you are exercising and eating right but just not seeing the results that you want, there are businesses that specialize in slimming, detoxifying, and toning options to give a boost to any weight loss program you use. De-Stress with a Massage For your sanity, take time to relieve any stress you may be encountering. In the months prior to your wedding, think ANNOUNCE engagement MYWYOMINGBRIDE.COM


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BEAUTY 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 facial, body polish, waxing, spa pedicure, and a manicure. You deserve to be pampered. How About a Makeover If it’s been a while since you last updated your look, your upcoming wedding is a great reason for a makeover. A professional makeup artist can help you choose a foundation and colors that compliment your skin tone and give you a smooth, natural look. Apply makeup lighter for an everyday look and heavier for a more dramatic look for photographs. Keep in mind that your cheeks will be flushed all night, and with overdone blush you will look too red in person and in pictures. Inevitably a few tears will be

shed, so use waterproof mascara. Take a picture of your new look at the same time of day as your wedding, and remember flash photography is less forgiving than a mirror. Get your makeover done early so you can use your new look and easily recreate it on your wedding day. Wedding Day Hairstyle When meeting with your stylist, bring a photo of the hairstyle you would like to have done, but remain flexible. Rely on her experience to help you discover what style flatters you most. Have your bridesmaids do the same, so your entire wedding party has a consistent, complimentary look. Wearing your hair in a traditional updo shows off the neckline and shoulders, and is always flattering. On the other hand, wear your hair down to show off your tresses. Schedule a trial Kelli Nixon Photography

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BEAUTY run of your style several weeks prior to the wedding and remember to bring your veil and any other hair accessories. Consider the wedding day schedule and set your hair appointment accordingly. Wear a button-up 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. A Little Color A sun-kissed tan looks stunning against a white wedding gown. If your skin has the ability to tan, look for a salon that offers skin profiling to determine the best tanning unit, tanning lotion to use, and how many minutes to tan each session. Build a base tan and remember, the number one rule is never, ever burn. If you have type 1 skin (white, very fair,

freckles, always burns, never tans) then spray tanning is an excellent choice. The process involves a professional spraying a solution onto the skin that develops a tanned appearance on the surface of the skin. The development of color takes anywhere from two to four hours and usually lasts five to seven days. 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. Manicured Nails Your hands will be on stage the entire day—signing the certificate, showing off your rings, shaking hands—you will want them looking pretty, polished and feminine. Painting your nails a dark color such as burgundy, even if that is your

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BEAUTY wedding color, may make you cringe when you look back at your pictures. Do yourself a favor and choose a pretty pale pink or nude for your wedding day manicure. Use the burgundy on your toes. Simple Advice Reduce the risk of redness or even worse, an allergic reaction, by avoiding any new treatment for at least one month prior to your wedding. Keep your regular skin care schedule and avoid new shampoos or makeup before your wedding.

Experiment with different hairstyles, but choose the one you are most comfortable with. You don’t want to look back at photos 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 the aisle. O

Four Health and Fitness Tips Seek Advice It is always advisable to consult an expert about your weight loss. It will be easier for you to understand your body type, your fat type, your BMI and other factors; making the process of how to get in shape easier for you.

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Don’t Starve, Just Eat Right You don’t have to starve when it comes to your eating patterns. Eat all the healthy foods; including grains, meats, vegetables and fruits; and not to mention the natural fats. Don’t skip meals; just eat right and in the right quantity. Keep Moving Don’t get glued to the couch! Get up and move. Join a gym or go for a walk. Make a routine for your exercise session and enjoy it to the fullest. O

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#TRENDALERT Choosing a hashtag for your celebration allows you to follow the great time your guests had, as well as all the fun candid photos from the night after it is all over. Let your creativity shine when creating your wedding hashtag. Is there an inside joke or nickname? Choose something that will keep everyone smiling. Just make sure you let your guests know by creating a sign to display, as well as having your DJ announce it throughout the evening. After the event is over all you have to do is search the hashtag on each social network and all of the fun quotes, photos, and memories will be there for you to view. O

Social Media to Help You Plan Use Facebook and other social media to stay in touch with your vendors throughout your wedding planning process. You can search your vendors, ask them questions, and even invite them to your private wedding event. The more contact you have with your vendors the better! That way they will be able to create an event that is uniquely yours. And don’t forget to tag them in your statuses and photos that you post during each of your wedding planning stages. O

Wedding Day Emergency Kit Anything can happen on your wedding day, so be prepared with an emergency kit. Create a kit using this list of items to pull off the perfect day: FROM THE BEAUTY SHELF

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

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importantly helping make your wedding day possible; give your parents a gift that is thoughtful that shows them how much they mean to you. A personalized photo album or picture frame can be very dear to the heart and you could incorporate both childhood and current pictures for a great gift. Jewelry is a nice gift for mothers, and a personalized pen or watch is a great idea for fathers. Write a heartfelt thank you letter to give to both of them. Putting it on paper can mean the world and becomes a treasured keepsake they will cherish as they watch the love you two share grow. Although the tradition of the bride and groom exchanging gifts on their wedding day is beginning to fade, many couples

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Your Gift Registry Registering for gifts is a socially acceptable way to let your guests know what gifts you want or need. Here are a few basic tips to help you through the process: Set up your registries soon after your engagement, as friends and family will look to it for gift-giving ideas for engagement parties and showers. At least one of your registries should be available for purchases made online for guests who do not live in the area. Before you register, spend some time with your fiancé thinking about the items you could use the most, and the ones you already have. Plan on spending several hours cruising your favorite stores to pick out just the right items. Registering can be fun and create a nice break in the hectic wedding planning process.

Register for items at several stores and price points to give your guests flexibility in shopping. Include items from the kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom and don’t forget to include items your groom wants. If there is a rule of thumb on wedding gifts, this is it: whether the gift is what you registered for or comes from the giftgivers attic, always, always say “Thank you.” Show you care by being prompt when sending notes and try to have them in the mail within a month after your honeymoon. Make them personal and write them together, after all you are a married couple now. O

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BEAR’S NATURALLY CLEAN DRY CLEANERS............................................(P. 8)

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MyWyomingBride.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 for pre-marital counseling requirements m Start to shop for gown and veil m Begin to interview and reserve as decided: m Ceremony site m Reception site m Photographer m Videographer m Caterer m Florist 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 Book transportation for ceremony and reception

6 Months

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

m Order dress and accessories—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 and makeup appointments m Choose baker—order wedding cake m Choose favors m Make honeymoon reservations m Reserve rooms 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

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12 MONTH PLANNING COUNTDOWN

m Select wedding music for ceremony, 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 m Prepare bridal shower guest list for your host m Schedule a session with your videographer to film your “How We Met and Fell In Love” video for the rehearsal dinner/reception m Confirm all reservations for honeymoon

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m Address and mail invitations m Confirm ceremony details and arrange

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 Deliver out-of-town guest gift baskets

m Prepare printed program for ceremony m Invite wedding party and guests to rehearsal dinner

m Purchase guest book and pen, unity candle,

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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,

to hotel

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

m Prepare tip envelopes and arrange for

entertainers, and officiant

someone to distribute them

m Schedule fittings for gown, tuxedo,

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ring bearer, fiancĂŠ, parents

m Confirm rehearsal dinner plans m Submit list of must-take shots to photographer and videographer

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attendants’ dresses

m Buy gifts for attendants, flower girl,

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

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

Bride’s Family

Groom’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

• 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

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

Overall Budget

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? Will there be alcohol? Full bar or limited to beer, champagne and wine?

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

Entertainment

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

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?

Photography

Transportation

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

How will you travel from the ceremony to the reception? Will you provide rented transportation for the entire wedding party? Does your venue require valet parking or shuttle service?

Attire

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

Once you decide on your priorities, it will guide you in setting your budget. Once your budget is set, stick to it by using our handy budget worksheets (starting on the adjacent page) to keep you on task.

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BUDGET MANAGEMENT Wedding Rings

Engagement ring

___________

Stationery

Bride’s ring

___________

Groom’s ring

___________

Bride’s Attire

Save-the-date cards

___________

Invitations and envelopes

___________

Map inserts

___________

Announcements

___________

Response cards

___________

___________

Thank you notes

___________

___________

Ceremony programs

___________

Calligraphy / addressing

___________

Bridal gown

___________

Headpiece / veil Alterations Shoes

___________

___________

Postage

___________

Lingerie, hosiery, garter

Jewelry and accessories

___________

Place cards

___________

Hair, makeup, manicure

___________

Printed napkins

___________

Dress preservation

___________

Guest book and pen

___________

Other

___________

Other Women’s Attire

Mother of the bride

___________

Rehearsal Dinner

Mother of the groom

___________

Site rental

___________

Bride’s attendants

___________

Food / caterer

___________

Taxes and gratuities

___________

Men’s Formal Attire

Groom’s tuxedo, shoes, etc.

___________

Father of the bride

___________

Other

___________

___________

Bridesmaid’s luncheon

Father of the groom

___________

Gifts

Groom’s attendants

___________

Ceremony

Church / ceremony site fee

For bride

___________

For groom

___________

For bride’s attendants

___________

___________

For groom’s attendants

___________

___________

For parents

___________

Organist / musicians / soloist ___________

For flower girl / ring bearer

___________

Marriage license

___________

Other

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Officiant

Aisle runner, decorations

___________

Candles, misc.

___________

Flower girl accessories

___________

Ring bearer accessories

___________

___________

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BUDGET MANAGEMENT Transportation

Limousine / carriage

Other

Flowers Ceremony

___________ ___________

Reception

___________

Alter / church

___________

Pew markers

___________

Bride’s bouquet

___________

Site rental fee

___________

Bouquet preservation

___________

Food / service tax and gratuity ___________

Attendant’s bouquets

___________

Cake / cutting fee

___________

Mothers’ corsages

___________

Groom’s cake

___________

Grandmothers’ corsages

___________

Cake knife / server

___________

Men’s / ushers boutonnieres ___________

Toasting glasses

___________

Flower girl basket

Beverages

___________

Favors

___________

___________

Reception

___________

Cake table

___________

Decorations besides flowers

___________

Buffet table

___________

Rental items ___________ (tables, chairs, linen, china, etc.)

Head table

___________

Centerpieces

___________

Band or DJ

___________

Decorating

___________

___________

___________

Other

Photography

Engagement photo

___________

Formal portrait

___________

Wedding album and photos

___________

Parents’ albums

___________

Extra prints

___________

Photographer’s fee

___________

Other

___________

Videography Ceremony

___________

Reception

___________

___________

Extra copies of video

Other

Going away corsage Helpers (total):

___________

___________

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

___________

Honeymoon Expenses Transportation

___________

Accommodations

___________

Bride’s apparel

___________

Groom’s apparel

___________

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

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Formal / informal dĂŠcor Decorating restrictions Distance from ceremony Disabled access Capacity Air conditioned Dance floor / stage Sound system / piano Head table # of guest tables / chairs Guest book table Gift table Cake table Linens China, flatware Stemware / glassware Wedding coordinator Catering service Wait staff Bar / bartender Champagne cost Corkage fee Cake cutting charge Clean-up charge Adequate / or valet parking Other Head count deadline Hours available Early set-up availability Taxes and gratuity Deposit amount Deposit deadline Final payment deadline EST. COST TO BUDGET 88 MY PLANNING GUIDE

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PAYMENT RECORDS Date

Payment Made To

Amount

Method/ Check #

Balance Due

Date Due

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CEREMONY DETAILS Details of your ceremony will express who you are. Use this page to record all of your vendors you have selected to make your ceremony the one of your dreams. Date ______________________Time________Location______________________________ Officiant___________________________________________Officiant fee_______________ Address____________________________________________Phone___________________ Rehearsal date_______________________________________Rehearsal time_____________ Rehearsal dinner location_________________________________Reservation time____________ Number of guests____________________________________________________________ Site requirements____________________________________________________________ Seating capacity____________________________________________________________ Site fee____________________________________________Other fees________________

Services: Photographer________________________________________Phone___________________ Videographer________________________________________Phone___________________ Florist_____________________________________________Phone___________________ Decorator___________________________________________Phone___________________ Wedding coordinator____________________________________Phone___________________ Transportation________________________________________Phone___________________

Music: Soloist____________________________________________Phone___________________ Soloist____________________________________________Phone___________________ Musician___________________________________________Phone___________________ Musician___________________________________________Phone___________________ Processional Song____________________________________________________________ Recessional Song____________________________________________________________

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

Venue: Location___________________________________________Seating capacity____________ Address____________________________________________Phone___________________ Manager_________________________________________________________________ Rental cost__________________________________________Deposit__________________ Final payment due date__________________________________Equipment rental fee__________ Date / time room is available for decorating______________________ Tables and chairs provided Linens provided

m Yes m No  Quantity needed ____________

m Yes m No  Quantity needed ____________

Cleanup requirements_________________________________________________________

Food: Caterer____________________________________________Phone___________________ Meal description____________________________________________________________ Baker_____________________________________________Phone___________________ Cake description_____________________________________________________________

Entertainment: DJ / Band___________________________________________Cost____________________ Contact person_______________________________________Phone___________________ Arrival time_________________________________________Hours of music______________

Songs: Father / daughter dance______________________Mother / son dance_______________________ First dance______________________________Parents’ dance__________________________ Throwing bouquet_________________________Garter toss____________________________ Wedding party dance_______________________Dollar or traditional dance___________________ Last dance______________________________Other_______________________________

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YOUR PARTY

Attendants

DAY OF SCHEDULE

Wedding Day

Name:_____________________________ Phone:_____________________________

6:00 am:

E-mail:_____________________________

7:00 am:

Name:_____________________________

8:00 am:

Phone:_____________________________

9:00 am:

E-mail:_____________________________ Name:_____________________________

10:00 am:

Phone:_____________________________

11:00 am:

E-mail:_____________________________

NOON:

Name: _____________________________

1:00 pm:

Phone:_____________________________ E-mail:_____________________________ Name:_____________________________ Phone:_____________________________ E-mail:_____________________________ Name:_____________________________

2:00 pm: 3:00 pm: 4:00 pm: 5:00 pm: 6:00 pm:

Phone:_____________________________ E-mail:_____________________________

7:00 pm:

Name:_____________________________

8:00 pm:

Phone:_____________________________

9:00 pm:

E-mail:_____________________________

10:00 pm:

Name:_____________________________ Phone:_____________________________

11:00 pm:

E-mail:_____________________________

MIDNIGHT:

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Bride’s Photos

PHOTOGRAPHY CHECKLIST

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

Pre-Wedding

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

Groom’s Photos

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

Bride and Groom Photos

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

Ceremony

m Musicians / Vocalists 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

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

Recessional

m Guests throwing seeds, petals, etc.

Reception

m Guests signing guest book m Place cards, favors m Centerpieces, place settings 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 Bouquet toss m Garter removal and toss m Going away vehicle m Newlyweds departing

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 MY PLANNING GUIDE

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Wedding Attire Bride:

WEDDING DAY CHECKLIST

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

Honeymoon 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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