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STYLE INSPIRATION PERSONALIZE YOUR DAY FOR A BEAUTIFUL WEDDING

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CELEBRATING YOU At Wyoming Bride, we are proud to enter our fifth year of publishing the trusted source for wedding planning in Wyoming. Everything you need—from the moment you say “yes” to the moment you say “I do”—is right here at your fingertips. Join the community of brides-to-be on our website, blog, Facebook, and Pinterest boards, too. Our first piece of planning advice is to take your time going through these 80 pages of resources, checklists, inspiration, and ideas. Enjoy your engagement, and let us help you plan your dream day. When we started planning this issue of Wyoming Bride, we knew we wanted to make some changes. So, we set out to create an issue that would incorporate small, organizational changes, as well as some big changes—like our new Creative Director, John Edwards, who’s moved with his family all the way from London, England, bringing all his experience and expertise. With this issue, we extend special thanks to each of our loyal advertisers who bring our brides the best services and advice in Wyoming—thank you for all of your hard work and dedication! So we raise our glass to all of you—our brides and our vendors—and toast the years we’ve shared and the years we will share in the future. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of such a special time in your life.

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Cheers! Rick and Lisa DenHerder Publisher & Managing Editor Whitney (Thompson) Wince, the cover bride, shares, “The most memorable part of the day was seeing Dylan at the end of the aisle. I had been so anxious about everything getting done, but the moment I saw him, the stress left instantly. I remember thinking, I can’t believe God chose me to be his wife.” View images from their day on page 56.

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CONTENTS

6 38 Venue 7 8 13 16

Choosing Your Venue The Right Location The Reception Flow Ask About the Venue

Catering

20 Your First Meal Together 21 Service Styles

Cake

23 A Sweet Ending

Attire

25 Wedding Day Fashion 26 Tips for Trying on Gowns 28 Alterations 28 Preserve Your Gown

Beauty

30 All Eyes on You 32 Health and Fitness Tips 33 Simple Advice

Flowers

34 Bouquets & Arrangements 36 Terms to Know 37 Other Considerations 39 40 42 44 45 46 47

Creative Details Coordinate and Rent Lighting the Night Dancing the Night Away Custom Stationery Behind the Curtain Cheers to You

Entertain

48 Soundtrack of the Evening

Photography

51 Your Picture Perfect Day 52 Create a Schedule

Videography

55 Moments on Screen

Real Weddings

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Services

Directory

61 Local Wedding Vendors

Wedding Planner

66 Wedding Timeline 68 Sharing the Cost 69 Budget Development 70 Budget Worksheet 72 Compare Reception Venues 73 Payment Record 74 Ceremony & Reception Details 76 Day-of Schedule 77 Photography Checklist 78 Wedding Day Checklist 79 2015 & 2016 Calendar


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CHOOSING YOUR WEDDING VENUE

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

Creative planning, an organized agenda, and the teamwork of bride, groom, and several key vendors bring to life the most magnificent receptions. Set the stage for a successful celebration with a well thought-out “plan-of-action.� Planning experts suggest a bride and groom put the wedding day in perspective by drafting a planof-action that includes: potential ceremony and reception sites, date and time options, estimated number of guests, style, theme and budget. As your vision and expectations develop, continue to perfect your plan-of-action. Selecting a wedding venue should be the first task you take action on. Select locations are often booked one to two years out, and prime dates (Saturdays, afternoons and evenings, May through October) go quickly. Knowing this, once you find your dream site, book it immediately. THE GUEST LIST The greatest factor to effect your budget will be the number of guests invited, and all should fit comfortably within the venue space. Keep in mind, sites have maximum capacities, so your guest count My Wyoming Bride.com 7


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

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

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

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

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will be served, since you will want to choose appropriate dishes. If possible, request a taste-test of your preferred meal to ensure it’s quantity and quality. THE COST When discussing costs, especially regarding food and beverage, make sure you get the price inclusive of tax and gratuity. Rates vary significantly depending on the type of venue, the number of guests and the time of year. All details of your reception should be written in a contract signed by you and the venue representative. Most sites require a deposit, and will need the balance paid at least one week in advance. Remember to coordinate this date with your RSVP date to confirm your guest count. YOUR TIMELINE Have your location secured before hiring

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


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

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

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ASK ABOUT THE VENUE

The Basics: How many hours/days of rental are included, are there overtime charges? Do the hours include catering, decorating, and DJ set-up time? What is the deposit and payment schedule? What is the cancellation policy? Are there reduced rates for off-season, off-hours or off-days? Are you able to hold the ceremony at the venue? Is there a fee? Is the location’s wedding coordinator included in the fee? Does the facility provide security? How much for additional staff? What are the fees to decorate the reception site? Can you decorate the site yourself? When will the decorating be able to take place? Where can your guests park? Are there extra fees? Is there valet parking/ The Food and Drinks: What are the menu options with the in-house caterer? Do they limit the use of an outside caterer to an approved list? Does the fee include the staff to serve the meal? Can alcohol be served? Will they allow you to bring your own liquor? What is the fee for a bartender? The Music: Where can the DJ and dance floor set up? Are there enough electrical outlets? How late can the DJ play music?

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The Set-Up and Tear-Down: Are there additional charges for set-up and tear-down? What are the gratuity and sales tax to be added to these fees? Does the fee include tables, chairs, and linens? Are the dance floor, lighting, and sound included in the fee? Are they available to rent? Are you responsible for any additional event insurance? TIP: Use the table in the Planning Guide to compare your options. The site should comfortably accommodate your guest list and fit within your budget.

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


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YOUR FIRST MEAL TOGETHER

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Preparing the meal is just the beginning when it comes to catering a wedding. While taste will be your number one decision factor, following closely should be the quality of the meal presentation and service to your guests. Catering a meal requires a considerable amount of time for planning, preparation, serving, and clean up, not to mention, the cost of the food and equipment rentals. Keep in mind, if you are thinking about asking your relatives to help prepare and serve the meal, the time commitment you are asking for will interfere the most with your family’s participation in the reception. For this reason alone, you should strongly consider hiring a professional caterer to take care of the food preparation and service for your wedding reception. ON-SITE OPTION OR HIRE YOUR OWN The venue you select will have some impact on the caterer you choose, as some venues require


CATERING 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 works for you. These sites typically include all of the china, flatware, glassware, service, clean up, and gratuity in their catering price range. A professional caterer will provide amazing food, a beautiful presentation, and excellent service. Their food services will include preparing the food in their professional kitchens, packaging it for wedding service, transporting it to the site, preparing and decorating the food service table, and the staff to attend to the food service. Ask if they require you to provide the serveware, or if it is included. Before starting the process of identifying and interviewing potential caterers, you will

want to determine your particular meal needs and preferences. WHAT’S FOR DINNER? What are your favorite foods and what time of day will your meal be served? While most caterers can offer a variety of cuisine, there are those caterers that specialize in barbecue, ethnic cuisine, or vegetarian menus. Use the time of your reception to help narrow down your choices. If the meal will be served earlier in the day, a lighter meal is adequate, while a full meal is more common later in the day. CATERING SERVICE STYLES One basic catering question is the difference between the service style options. Here is a breakdown of four popular styles. Buffet Style. A buffet usually consists of long tables laden with both hot and cold

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them on the table for the guests to share. This is perfect for a more casual style of entertaining and is easily coupled with the use of longer tables. There are pros and cons of each style. Your caterer will work with you to determine what is the best match for you.

menu items. Guests make their way down the line with a plate in hand and serve themselves. A benefit to the buffet or food station style of serving food is that it affords the newlyweds more opportunity to mingle and visit with their guests. Plated Service. Plated dinners are served individually to each table by wait staff. The meals are beautifully laid out on the plate and more formal than other options. You may ask guests to select their meal choice as part of their R.S.V.P. Station Service. These serve-yourselfstations and are usually grouped by theme or cuisine, and guests mingle throughout the room and sample the different dishes. You are able to serve a variety of different foods, and this keeps even the most finicky guest content. Family Style. Waiters bring platters of hot-from-the-oven foods and place

SPECIAL MEAL REQUESTS The caterer can help you plan for the variations in your guest list and then determine the correct amount of food to order so you do not run out—better to have left overs than to have some guests without food. Discuss any special dietary needs you and your guests have, for example vegetarian, gluten or sugar-free, or food allergies. To avoid disappointment, test the meal you decide upon before confirming it. INTERVIEW AND BOOK THE CATERER Start the interview process and book your caterer early. If you need suggestions, ask event professionals to refer a caterer who has experience with the quality, style, and organization you are looking for. Complete a contract with the caterer that includes, a listing of the foods selected, services to be provided, and the cost. Regardless of the meal you choose, a festive wedding reception is the goal of every couple. After all, looking out into the room, and seeing your family and friends who are celebrating with you, is a feast for your eyes.

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CAKE

A SWEET ENDING

COMBINING YOUR FAVORITE FLAVORS Doing a taste test as part of your research allows you to confidently decide on what kind of wedding cake you desire. Once you have decided on the cake flavor, you can begin to think about frosting. As a general rule, there are three types of icing—the traditional butter cream versus cream cheese versus fondant. If you need suggestions for pairing cakes and frostings ask the baker to share their ideas. DECORATIVE ASPECTS Find images that demonstrate your ideas. If you want to use fresh flowers, you can use a few as a cake topper or dozens as a cascade. Your cake decorations can be as simple or as lavish as you want, but no matter if you choose traditional or ultramodern–make sure it’s the look that makes you happy! SELECTING THE SIZE AND SHAPE The number of wedding guests will define the cake size, as well as how many tiers it should have. Ask how many guests can

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

be served per tier, figuring on one slice per guest. Wedding cakes also include an additional anniversary tier. Adding sheet cakes is an economical option and allows you to serve several flavors. Classic round, tiered cakes work well at more formal weddings; square cakes suit sleek, contemporary affairs; and artsy topsy-turvy designs are perfect at fun, informal parties. CUPCAKES, CAKE POPS, AND MORE Cupcake towers and cake truffles are popular with couples who are looking for a non-traditional wedding dessert. The cake will not need to be sliced and served as your guests can help themselves. By categorizing the steps the process will be a manageable task and go smoothly. Surely you will have nothing short of an amazing wedding cake, delightful to the eyes and delectable to the taste buds.

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

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WHEN TO START Begin the search for your gown, accessories, and jewelry up to nine months before the wedding day to give ample time to avoid rush-order fees. Some dress designers require six months to produce a gown; others may be longer or even quicker, so be sure to ask. Order early to allow sufficient time for your gown to be received, altered, and steamed.

Keep with classic looks or be fashion forward. With direction you will find your perfect wedding gown with ease and confidence.

DO YOUR RESEARCH When you think about the style of dress you have always envisioned going down the aisle in, how do you describe it? If you need help, become familiar with the terms for specialty fabrics and gown silhouettes to help you communicate the details of what you want. If you are still searching for that certain look, flip through these magazine pages, and MY Wyoming Bride.com 25


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

TIPS FOR TRYING ON GOWNS There are certain tips that can make the day go smoothly and potentially reduce the amount of time it may take to find the perfect dress. • Go without face makeup when trying on gowns so they remain clean. • Wear your hair similar to the style you have in mind for your wedding. • Wear a supportive, well-constructed strapless bra or corset. • Note that the size of the wedding gown you will wear is typically one to two sizes larger than your day-to-day clothes. The store associate will get proper measurements to be matched to designers’ size charts. • Limit the number of people with whom you shop to one or two friends or family members. An entourage can be confusing. • It’s always better to order a slightly larger gown and leave room for alterations if you are between sizes. USE ELEMENTS AS A GUIDE The details of your ceremony–time of year, level of formality, location, theme, and so on–will help guide you in choosing a gown for your ceremony. Select fabrics that are appropriate for the location and weather of

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PRESERVE YOUR GOWN The goals of bridal gown preservation is to prevent yellowing, reduce the risk of mold and mildew, prevent oxidation spots, and protect the gown from light and dust elements. Preservation also helps to ensure the dress retains its shape and embellishments remain affixed to it. If your

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

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your wedding day. Each possible scenario calls for a different style of gown, so be sure to share this information with the salesperson.

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As you take that first step down the aisle towards the man of your dreams, every eye in the house will be fixed on you. As you prepare for what may be the single most important and memorable day of your life, you’ll want to consider these beauty enhancement options: skin and body care routines, slimming and toning plans, a picture-perfect makeover and hair style, facials, massages and body treatments, tanning, and spa manicures and pedicures. CARING FOR YOUR SKIN Nothing is more beautiful than the natural glow of happiness that comes from within a bride on her wedding day. To improve your glow, schedule a series of facials, with your last one no later than two weeks before the big day. Begin to implement a daily skin care routine of three basic steps: cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize to care for your facial skin. You can then add any special needs products to help repair and rejuvenate your skin.


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

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Exfoliate your body weekly to achieve a healthy shine, paying special attention to the parts of your skin that will be exposed when you are in your dress. Use body cream with sunscreen to smooth, moisten, and protect the skin.

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

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

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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 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.

process involves a professional spraying a solution onto the skin that develops a tanned appearance on the surface of the skin. The development of color takes anywhere from two to four hours and usually lasts five to seven days, but can vary. To ensure you are pleased with the results do a practice spray tan at least two weeks prior to your wedding day. For best results, in is recommended that you moisturize twice a day. MANICURED NAILS 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.

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. Stick to a Program When you get the right kind of program for you, then stick to it and keep a check on the progress. Don’t take on too many changes at once—you want the results to last your lifetime.

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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 start walking, any kind of activity is beneficial. Make exercise a priority in your daily routine and enjoy it to the fullest.


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SIMPLE ADVICE • Avoid any drastic skin care treatments and continue to use your regular hair products and makeup for at least one month prior to your wedding date to reduce the risk of redness or even worse, an allergic reaction a week before your wedding. • Experiment with different hairstyles in the weeks leading up to your big day, to choose the one you are most comfortable with. Tip: you don’t want to look back in two years and wonder, “who is that?” • Avoid trying trendy, new hair colors or

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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 look back at your pictures. Do yourself a favor and choose a pretty pale pink or nude for your wedding day manicure.

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.

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Flowers take your event to the next level. They add bright pops of color, show off your personality, showcase your dress, and bring the theme together. Before you set up a meeting with the floral designer, have these important details pinned down to have a productive meeting. WEDDING SIZE AND BUDGET You will want to know how many bouquets and boutonnières are needed for the bridal party, plus how many table arrangements you will need for guest seating. Having these counts will help you determine the floral budget. If you have no idea how to come up with a budget for flowers, start out with 10% of the overall budget. You can always allocate more if you are using all flowers for your aisles and centerpieces. With that figure, your floral designer can guide you towards the flowers


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FLOWERS and designs that will help you stay within or close to that amount. Keep in mind that most flowers can be ordered any time of year, but flowers and greenery that are in season will generally be less expensive. KNOW YOUR STYLE Prepare for the consultation by listing your color palette and other special touches like monograms, hobbies, and themes you want to incorporate into your flowers. The atmosphere of the ceremony venue may have a big impact on your floral design {rustic, modern, elegant, etc.} Check to see if your venue allows flower petals to be dropped, if candles are permitted, etc.

VISUAL AIDS Are there any specific flowers or a design you know you like and just have to have? Bring in photos of the styles you like to help communicate your ideas. Not that you want an exact replica, but you may love one for the shape of the bouquet, another for the type of flowers or the elements used, and yet another one for the color scheme that was used. FLOWER TYPES Flowers are seasonal, so keep in mind what you want may not necessarily be available or cost effective during the time of year your wedding will be. Lastly, it’s a good idea to note any flower allergies

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

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

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

Consider any embellishments on the front of the dress and don’t obscure the beautiful beading or lace with a large bouquet. When you meet with your floral designer, bring a photo of your dress, and they will offer suggestions for the style and shape of bridal bouquet that is right for your look. THE CONSULTATION Thoroughly discuss your ideas, share your photos and descriptive words, and then give creative control and trust to your florist. A good florist thrives on having the blessing of doing what is best for the look of the arrangement. Keep in mind they are working with a natural product and often enough, floral products come in different colors, sizes and shapes than planned. Be as flexible as possible and believe they have the best intentions at heart. At the end of the consultation or shortly thereafter you should receive a quote of costs. This is not set in stone and nothing is ordered until you contract with them, so if you want to expand and make something greater let your florist know. Although your flowers will not need to be ordered until a few months before your wedding date, six months is not too soon to choose your floral vendor and get on their schedule, no matter the size or complexity of your floral designs.

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

The details matter in wedding planning. Create your perfect celebration by being organized and utilizing the help of the pros.

NAME YOUR STYLE AND THEME A theme is usually a certain style such as “vintage glam,” “rustic chic,” or “modern simplistic”—the words that sum up the overall look and feel of the day. It is important to choose your colors, style, and theme before you get started as it extends to every element of the wedding—the room decor, the centerpieces, the stationery, the flowers, the food, the cake, the entertainment and even the dress. Be consistent in your choices to help you avoid a muddled look. YOU IMAGINE IT…THEY CREATE IT Amazingly decorated weddings require creative talent, many hours, and an extensive inventory of items. Hiring a professional to design and decorate is a convenient solution, as well as a wise investment. Many brides will underestimate what is involved in My Wyoming Bride.com 39


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

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

RENT THE SCENE Some ceremony and reception sites will require that you rent equipment such as tables and chairs, sound and lighting equipment, tents, and more from an outside source. These event rentals can turn any setting into something spectacular so you can have the wedding of your

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SERVICES dreams without the major expense of purchasing. When you meet with the rental provider, have a guest count estimate for the quantity of items you will need to reserve. Set tentative delivery, set-up, and return times and expect to place a deposit for the rental of certain pieces. A decorating rental business will also have a wide section of accessories to rent including arches, candelabra, chair covers, and aisle runners. They also offer a variety of colors and styles of linens, china, glassware and serving pieces. Remember when renting, that you will need to enlist help with the pick-up, set-up, tear-down and return. A MEANINGFUL CEREMONY Aesthetics are not the only preparation that needs to be done for your wedding. Enlist the help of an experienced

professional to help you plan the perfect ceremony that reflects your beliefs, relationship, and dreams for your future. ALTERNATIVES TO TOSSING RICE The classical rainfall of rice is a fun and happy way to wish the couple many happy years to come. However, the following are a couple ideas for those wanting to make their wedding unique: Rose petals are a great alternative to rice. When thrown into the air, the colorful petals will gently shower the newlyweds. Sparklers are an affordable alternative that will light up the night. They photograph well and add a bright pop to your exit. Balloons filled with helium go straight up in the sky for a whimsical effect. They can be personalized with the names of the newlyweds for a personal touch.

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MUSICIAN FOR HIRE Live music at a wedding celebration is a great touch that can really personalize your ceremony and reception. Musical styles vary, so choose a performer that will best suit your occasion. Brass instruments, string performers and guitars are classical choices and bring a more traditional sound to the ceremony. Vocalists and small singing groups are another great option for the musical sound of your wedding. Most musicians bring what they need to perform with them. They will simply need a place to sit at your venue, but it doesn’t hurt to ask if they have any other needs. Set them in a location that works best for you and them, but consider the sound of the performance in the location you choose. If they are playing your prelude and entrance music, asking them to attend the rehearsal is a good way to practice timing for both of you. Be sure to ask your musician for advice when choosing your music. Clarify what you want played at what time, and make sure they can cover the variety of musical genres you require. Find out the payments they require and how long they will play. ENTERTAIN THE KIDS Because a wedding is typically a “grown up” affair, and there is usually time spend by your guests waiting for you to arrive, you will need to get creative to keep your young guests entertained at the reception. If your

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guest list consists of a lot of children, create a party within a party just for the kids. At an outdoor location you can set up yard games such as beanbag toss and yard golf, it’s so much fun the adults just might join in. Offer kid-style favors such as an activity booklet with word search, tic-tac-toe and coloring pages to keep them occupied at the dinner table. Add a few experienced babysitters in the room next door and parents and kids alike will rave about how much fun the reception was. LIGHTING THE NIGHT Your ceremony or reception site may need a little (or a lot of) help to give it the look that will take your guest’s breath away. Lighting will enhance the beauty of your event design and transform your space into a unique and flattering environment. Ask your wedding consultant, venue, or DJ if they offer this service.

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SERVICES Light decorating is an art form and an experienced professional will know where to place the lights to create the effect you are looking for. They can transform a room and make it magical by using personalized monograms, uplighting, lighted backdrops, and so much more. Opt for colors that accent skin tones and consider using softer lighting during dinner, and darker shades during your dance. These subtle changes can smooth the transitions between cocktail hours, dinner, and dancing. Visit the site at the time of your event. Pay attention to where you can add some much needed light to improve the space. See if your venue has dimmers and if the lighting can be adjusted to the right brightness. Make sure your venue has enough power to handle extra lighting. Blow a fuse, and it is lights out! Schedule a time to visit the venue to

work out the technical details. Items such as windows and where the house lighting is located will be big factors in how your room will be lit. Adding lighting to your event will take it from ordinary to extraordinary. GET IT IN WRITING Once you have decided to work with a particular wedding vendor, sign a detailed, written contract. Read over the contract (several times if necessary) so you are aware of your responsibilities and your vendor’s duties for your wedding day. Reconfirm your arrangements several weeks before your wedding, especially for services that were discussed many months before the actual date. Paying careful attention to the details early will allow you to enjoy every moment of your day. TIP: See our website for more inspiration.

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It is very important to learn the essential elements of dance before you move into the fancy footwork. A good instructor will demonstrate to you how to lead or follow, as well as teaching you the steps. Private lessons are a great idea when you are starting out. This allows your instructor to focus on the two of you and give you personalized instruction and correction. If you already have a “First Song� picked out, make sure to bring it along to give to your instructor. This will allow him or her to teach you some choreography to go along with it.

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With custom programs, table numbers, menus and thank yous, invitation designers will help you carry your theme throughout the wedding stationery. Do you want traditional designs with formal wording or a contemporary design with your own wording? Rely on a business that can create and customize your wedding stationery. Wedding invitations should be sent at least six weeks before your wedding to give your guests ample time to reply and make travel arrangements. With the invitation, include a response card (R.S.V.P.) if you are serving a

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meal, and a stamped envelope for your guest to return it in. Some brides are now using online R.S.V.P. sites for their guests to use. Searching for the perfect stationery at least six months in advance will ensure adequate time for designing, proofing, printing, addressing, mailing and replies.

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BEHIND THE CURTAIN When you’re planning your wedding, try adding a unique flair by having a photo booth at the reception. Photo booths add an instant entertainment option for your guests and wedding party—both young and old. As soon as the curtain closes, the personalities of those on the inside come to life. This provides unique entertainment and a fun keepsake that both you and your guests can laugh at and enjoy for years to come. Guests typically get to keep a copy of the photo strip they created. Some couples choose to use this memento as a unique wedding favor for their guests to provide lasting memories for everyone. Create a unique guest book and arrange the photo into a scrapbook. Alongside your guests’ photo, they get to write a personal note to the couple, creating a great keepsake for you and something fun for them. Having props available will add to the fun and excitement of your guests’ photo booth experience. Wigs, hats, glasses, outrageous jewelry, and even fake mustaches are just a few ideas of props to have available for your guests use. Another idea couples use is to have chalkboards or whiteboards available for their guests to add messages to their photos. If you are ready to step outside the box,

or rather into one, then this is a great idea for your wedding reception entertainment. A photo booth is an amazingly fun way to ensure your guests, young and old, will walk away from your event with a smile on their face and a memory of the night.

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Is the booth big enough for multiple people? Can you set up outdoors? How long does set up take? How many hours are included in the fee? Do you provide an attendant? What props and costumes are provided? Can I provide my own props? Do you provide a DVD of the images? What is the payment schedule?

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

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

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


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

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YOUR PICTURE PERFECT DAY Your photos will live on long after your wedding day—sharing your memories for years to come. Keep this in mind while researching all the options available to you, and above all, find a photographer that makes you feel comfortable and will provide you with beautiful top quality images.

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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. Do not let price be your sole factor in hiring your wedding day photographer; the value of having quality pictures will be priceless.

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CREATE A SCHEDULE Your photographer can help you establish a wedding day schedule, taking into account your photograph goals, as well as your desire to have fun. Instead of having the wedding party and family members milling around for several hours, give them the schedule showing when they need to be there. Remember to schedule alone time to reflect on the commitment you just made to each other. THE FIRST LOOK There is only one moment when the groom

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PHOTOGRAPHY see each other, it is a wonderfully romantic moment. Choosing to have your photograph taken with each other before the ceremony gives you a more private moment, and a longer time to be with just each other. It is the most important day of your lives, and it is powerful when you see each

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

Adoring Images Helping you enjoy your precious memories, today, tomorrow and for a lifetime.

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PHOTOGRAPHY

MOMENTS ON SCREEN Still photography can’t always capture the fluid movement of the bride making her way down the aisle or the trembling of the groom’s hands as he sees her for the first time, the way her parent’s hug her before she steps up to the alter, the emotion he shows as he sings to his bride, the funny way she spills her sand over the edge of the vase. Videographers are professional storytellers, so you will want to make sure that they will capture every part of your story that you want to be told. You and your fiancé might want to consider having your videographer create a short clip of how you met and fell in love to show at your

rehearsal dinner and reception. You will need to create a script or interview questions for your videographer to ask you as they film your clip. Practice being interviewed and what you want to say, so that you are comfortable in front of the camera. Having a video at your event is a fun way for members of your new family and friends to get to know you as a couple. Be sure to budget for a professional videographer. You’ll have great food and drinks, a wonderful venue, and lots of other wedding memories, but if you don’t budget video into the mix, in the future, you will miss having it. You will miss hearing your voices and seeing the emotion on your faces from your wedding day. You will miss the sway of your first dance as Mr. and Mrs. Hiring a professional will ensure that your wedding video will be worth sharing time and time again.

JCV JAIMECRUZ videography

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COVER BRIDE

WHITNEY THOMPSON DYLAN WINCE AUGUST 23

PHOTOGRAPHY: Caiti Jackson Photography Romantic, rustic, yet with sophisticated style, and breathtaking are words Whitney uses to describe their outdoor, summer wedding carrying the theme of romance and glam. The colors ivory and dusty rose with pearl accents were used throughout the details of their day, and she wanted her dress to be romantic and glamorous, just like the rest of their wedding. Whitney said that she tried on a ton of dresses before she found “the one.” This beautiful bride says, “I found my dress, and once I put it on I never wanted to take it off !”  

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DIRECTORY ALTERATIONS

BEAR’S NATURALLY CLEAN DRY CLEANERS (P. 28) 305 W. Lakeway Road • Gillette 307-685-4455

ATTIRE

SEE ALSO GOWNS AND TUXEDOS PIZZAZ LINGERIE (P. 26) 2117 E. 12th Street • Casper 307-472-3087

BRIDAL SHOWS

CHEYENNE WEDDING SHOW 2800 W. Lincolnway • Cheyenne cheyenneweddingshow.com

(P. 60)

BEAUTY

HAIR, SKIN, NAILS AND TANNING OASIS TANS (P. 31) 1103 E. Boxelder Road, Suite 2G • Gillette 307-257-6464 oasistans.net SUNRISE IMAGES SALON DAY SPA (P. 33) 4330 S. Poplar Street • Casper 307-265-2252

CAKE AND CUPCAKES

ALLA-LALA 204 S. Gillette Avenue • Gillette 480-205-9879

(P. 23)

CATERING

THE CHOPHOUSE RESTAURANT (P. 22) 113 S. Gillette Avenue • Gillette 307-682-6805 gillettechophouse.com QDOBA MEXICAN GRILL 5030 E. 2ND Street • Casper 307-473-1100 facebook/qdobacasper

(P. 21)

DANCE INSTRUCTION RECEPTION CONNECTION 307-259-2501 • 307-259-2382 receptionconnection.net

(P. 49)

BACKWARD AND IN HEELS (P. 44) 201 W. Lakeway, Suite 100 • Gillette 307-696-7913 backwardandinheels.com

DECORATING AND RENTALS 4 SEASONS EVENTS Northeastern Wyoming • Gillette 307-660-9771 gilletteevents.com

(P. 1)

ALL OCCASION PARTY PLANNERS AND RENTALS (P. 42) 502 Osborne Avenue • Gillette 307-660-4148 alloccasionpartyplannersandrents.com DECORATE BY DESIGN 136 S. Wolcott, Suite 201 • Casper 307-277-7142 christinaatdecoratebydesign.com

(P. 43)

IT’S MY PARTY Riverton 307-851-7067 • 307-856-5055

(P. 40)

KISTLER TENT 424 S. Oak Street • Casper 307-237-3020 kistlertent.com

(P. 41)

DRY CLEANING AND GOWN PRESERVATION BEAR’S NATURALLY CLEAN DRY CLEANERS 305 W. Lakeway Road • Gillette 307-685-4455

ENTERTAINMENT AND DJ’S

(P. 28)

RECEPTION CONNECTION 307-259-2501 • 307-259-2382 receptionconnection.net

(P. 49)

CJ’S SOUNDS 307-247-2313

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DIRECTORY FLOWERS

FLOWER GALLERY 114 W. 2nd Street • Casper 307-237-0851

(P. 35)

IT’S MY PARTY Riverton 307-851-7067 • 307-856-5055

(P. 40)

LAURIE’S FLOWER HUT (P. 37) Southview Shopping Center • Gillette 307-682-2375 lauriesflowerhut.com PLUSH FLORAL Casper 307-220-6151 plusheventsfloral.com

GOWNS AND TUXEDOS CHRISTINA’S BRIDAL 2740 E. 3rd • Casper 307-234-2251 promandbridal.com

(P. 36)

(P. 27)

YESTERDAY TODAY TOMORROW BRIDAL AND FORMAL WEAR (P. 27) 221 S. Gillette Avenue • Gillette 307-686-4919

HOTELS

SEE ALSO RECEPTION VENUES

INVITATIONS

SIR SPEEDY (P. 45) 300 S. Gillette Avenue, Suite 100 • Gillette 307-682-0077 FAGAN DIAMOND JEWELERS 105 E. 2nd Street • Casper 307-472-5517

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RIDDLE’S JEWELRY (BACK COVER) Eastridge Mall • Casper 307-234-8485 Frontier Mall • Cheyenne 307-778-7459 2610 S. Douglas Hwy • Gillette Gillette 307-685-6455 45 N. Main Street • Sheridan 307-673-2579 riddlesjewelry.com

PHOTOGRAPHY

J&J’S MENSWEAR, BRIDAL, TUXEDOS AND ACCESORIES (P. 5) 207 S. Gillette Avenue • Gillette 307-257-6042

JEWELRY

MARSHALL JEWELRY (P. 29) 1103 E. Boxelder Road, Ste. B & C • Gillette 307-686-6666 marshalljewelry.com

(P. 29)

ADORING PHOTOGRAPHY (P. 54) 144 E. Midwest, Suite 111 • Casper 307-259-9529 BEST OF THE WEST PHOTOGRAPHY (P. 52) Gillette 307-660-5134 bestofthewestphotography.smugmug.com CAITI JACKSON PHOTOGRAPHY (P. 54) caitijackson.com CHRISTINE KRONZ PHOTOGRAPHER Cheyenne 307-634-9755 christinekronz.com DAVID CHILCOTT PHOTOGRAPHY 307-672-6186 davidchilcottphotographywyb.com

(P. 52)

(P. 53)

JASON ROGERS PHOTOGRAPHY (P. 3) 307-751-8606 jasonrogersphoto.com

PHOTOBOOTH

FUNKY FUN FOTOBOOTH 307-660-0370

(P. 46)


DIRECTORY RECEPTION VENUES

BEST WESTERN RAMKOTA HOTEL (P. 19) 800 N. Poplar • Casper 307-266-6000 casper.bwramkota.com CAM-PLEX (P. 13) 1635 Reata Drive • Gillette • 307-682-0552 CASPER/NATRONA COUNTY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT 8500 Airport Parkway • Casper 307-472-6688 DOUGLAS INN AND CONVENTION CENTER 1450 Riverbend Drive • Douglas 307-358-9790 douglasinnwyoming.com

(P. 18)

(P. 14)

HAVEN STUDIO (P. 8) 316 W. Yellowstone Highway • Casper 503-964-0154 havenstudio.com HILTON GARDEN INN 1150 N. Poplar • Casper 307-266-1300 casper.hgi.com

(P. 15)

LODGES OF THE N. BIG HORN MTS. (10) ARROWHEAD LODGE 6002 US14 • Dayton 307-752-2444 arrowheadlodgewyoming.com BEAR LODGE RESORT 5600 US14A at Burgess Junction • Dayton 307-752-2444 bearlodgeresort.com ELK VIEW INN 4622 W. Highway 14 • Dayton 307-461-4168 elkviewinn.com

RAMADA PLAZA HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTER 300 W. F Street • Casper 307-473-3106 casper-ramada.com

(P. 12)

RAMADA PLAZA (INSIDE BACK) 2009 S. Douglas Highway • Gillette 307-686-3000 TATE PUMP HOUSE 1775 W. First Street • Casper 307-472-0532 platterivertrails.com

(P. 17)

THE CHOPHOUSE RESTAURANT (P. 22) 113 S. Gillette Avenue • Gillette 307-682-6805 gillettechophouse.com THREE CROWNS GOLF CLUB (11, 14, 18) 1601 King Boulevard • Casper 307-472-7696 threecrownsgolfclub.com YELLOWSTONE GARAGE (I FRONT) 355 W. Yellowstone Highway • Casper 307-262-7256 yellowstonegarage.com

RENTALS

SEE ALSO DECORATING AND RENTALS

REHEARSAL DINNER

SEE ALSO RECEPTION VENUES

VIDEOGRAPHER

JAIME CRUZ VIDEOGRAPHY 307-377-0180 jaimecruz.net

(P. 55)

WEDDING CONSULTANT

SEE ALSO DECORATING AND RENTALS

PARADISE VALLEY COUNTRY CLUB (P. 9) 70 Magnolia • Casper 307-234-9146 paradisevalleyccwyo.com My Wyoming Bride.com 63


DIRECTORY

REGISTER to Win ANNOUNCE your Engagement SUBMIT your Wedding

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

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4 to 6 Months Ahead

Submit engagement announcement on

Reserve rental equipment, such as

2 to 4 Months Ahead

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­6 Months or More Ahead

WEDDING TIMELINE

Select songs for ceremony, dinner

tables, chairs and tents.

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

and dances.

Finalize details with florist, DJ, photographer, caterer.

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

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

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

Have fittings for tuxedos and attendants’ dresses.

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

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

1 Week Ahead

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

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

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

Verify transportation to and from. ceremony

Day Before

Buy guest book, unity candle, toasting

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

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

Prepare tip envelopes and arrange for someone to distribute them.

Wedding Day

2 Weeks Ahead

1 to 2 Months Ahead

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

with wedding party and vendors.

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

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

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BUDGET BASICS

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

Bride’s Family

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

Bride

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

Groom’s Family

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

Groom

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

Attendants and Ushers

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

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BUDGET DEVELOPMENT

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

Overall Budget

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

Ceremony and Reception

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

Attire

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

Photography

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

Wedding Cake

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

Food / Catering

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

Entertainment

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

Transportation

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

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BUDGET MANAGEMENT Wedding Rings

Engagement ring Bride’s ring Groom’s ring

subtotal

Attire

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

subtotal

_____________ _____________ _____________ _____________

_____________ _____________ _____________ _____________ _____________ _____________ _____________ _____________ _____________ _____________ _____________

Ceremony and Reception

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

Photography

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

subtotal

Music

Ceremony music Cocktail-hour music Reception music (DJ)

subtotal

Stationery

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

subtotal

Transportation

Limousine or carriage Guest’s transportation

subtotal

_____________ _____________ _____________ _____________ _____________ _____________

_____________ _____________ _____________ _____________

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

_____________ _____________ _____________

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

subtotal

Rehearsal Dinner

Site rental Caterer Taxes and gratuities Other Bridesmaid’s luncheon

subtotal

Videography

Videographer fee Extra copies of video

subtotal

Honeymoon

Transportation Accommodations Daily budget

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

_____________ _____________ _____________ _____________ _____________ _____________

_____________ _____________ _____________

Flowers

Ceremony

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

subtotal

Reception

Cake table Buffet table Head table Centerpieces Decorating

subtotal

_____________ _____________ _____________ _____________ _____________ _____________ _____________ _____________

_____________ _____________ _____________ _____________ _____________ _____________

Helpers (total):   Wedding coordinator

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

Total

_____________

_____________ _____________ _____________

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COMPARE RECEPTION VENUES

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

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

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PAYMENT RECORD Date

Payment Made To

Amount

Method/Check # Balance Due Date Due

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CEREMONY DETAILS

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

SERVICES: Photographer____________________________________________Phone____________________ Videographer____________________________________________Phone____________________ Florist__________________________________________________Phone____________________ Decorator______________________________________________Phone____________________ Wedding coordinator______________________________________Phone____________________ Transportation___________________________________________Phone____________________

MUSIC: Soloist_________________________________________________Phone____________________ Soloist_________________________________________________Phone____________________ Musician________________________________________________Phone____________________ Musician________________________________________________Phone____________________ Processional Song_________________________________________________________________ Recessional Song__________________________________________________________________

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RECEPTION DETAILS

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

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

Yes

Yes

No  Quantity needed ____________

No  Quantity needed ____________

Cleanup requirements______________________________________________________________

FOOD: Caterer________________________________________________Phone____________________ Meal description___________________________________________________________________ Baker__________________________________________________Phone____________________ Cake description__________________________________________________________________

ENTERTAINMENT: DJ / Band_______________________________________________Cost______________________ Contact person__________________________________________Phone____________________ Arrival time_____________________________________________Hours of music_____________

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

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YOUR PARTY

DAY OF SCHEDULE

Attendants

Wedding Day

Name:_________________________________

6:00 am:

Phone:_________________________________

7:00 am:

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

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

Name: _________________________________

1:00 pm:

Phone:_________________________________

2:00 pm:

E-mail:__________________________________

3:00 pm:

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

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

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PHOTOGRAPHY CHECKLIST BRIDE’S PHOTOS

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

PRE-WEDDING

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

GROOM’S PHOTOS

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

BRIDE AND GROOM PHOTOS

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

CEREMONY

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

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

RECESSIONAL

Guests throwing seeds, petals, etc.

RECEPTION

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

VIDEOGRAPHY CHECKLIST

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

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WEDDING DAY CHECKLIST

Wedding Attire Bride:

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

Groom:

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

Don’t Forget

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

Honeymoon

Airline tickets (note flight number and

Cruise tickets (note cabin number and

Resort / Hotel (address, phone and

departure / arrival times)

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

When Updating Your Name

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

departure / arrival times) confirmation numbers)

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