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the decorating Accents Decorating

the tuxedo Leutholds

the planning The Bridal Company

the gown Bliss Bridal

the beverage, service & catering The Pour House

the invitation Celebrations Party & Gifts

the venue Wedgewood Cove


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Make your wedding dreams come true with one-of-a-kind floral arrangements and decoration services from Accents. Since 2005, owner and designer Jolene Bute has been providing unique arrangements and complete decorating service for weddings and receptions. Accents offers the finest variety of fresh cut and silk flowers. Services include setting up arrangements and decorations—from arches, to backdrops, lights, fabrics, greenery and much more. Jolene never creates any two weddings alike. Her personalized service includes getting to know each bride and groom before the big day, and implementing their vision for a dream wedding. Her background in graphic design lends to the creativity and uniqueness, as well.

the decorating If you can dream it, we can do it!

Jolene Bute - Owner/Designer 155 S. Broadway, Alden 507-874-3425


The biggest selection of styles to suit you. Leutholds is a proud member of Savvi Formalwear, representing North America’s largest cooperative of independent formalwear owners working together to serve you. Discover our difference in providing the finest service and styles for your special day. We have the perfect tuxedo or suit along with all the colors and accessories certain to fit you just right. No one can match the number of looks and styles we have waiting for you. From traditional to contemporary, from the most formal to the more casual, you are sure to find what suits you just perfectly. For special promotions on your upcoming wedding, see store for details.

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Northbridge Mall • Albert Lea • 373-3142

You’ve been dreaming about your wedding ever since you can remember. Now that you’re engaged, you’re excited to start the planning process. But planning a wedding isn’t as easy as it may seem -- there’s a lot to do to prepare for your big day! Take advantage of The Bridal Co.’s wedding planning services to ensure that no detail is overlooked and your perfect event stays on budget. The Bridal Co. has everything you need to plan your wedding: Exclusive Wedding Gowns • Tuxes • Bridesmaid Dresses • Jewelry and Accessories Customizable Invitations • Napkins and Favors • Super Fresh Flowers Linens and Chair Covers.

the planning The Bridal Co. MaryLynn Lockie Owner (507) 473-2032

1653 West Main Street Albert Lea, MN


You’ve found your true fall in love all over again with a gorgeous gown and accessories from Bliss. We’ve stocked our boutique with exclusive designer gowns from all over the world, styled with you in mind! Hundreds of brides from all over the midwest have entrusted their wedding experience to the staff at Bliss, and we are happy to be making a new home in Albert Lea. You may find it interesting that over 75% of our brides were referred by friends with fond memories of their experience! Let our designers create wonderful wedding memories for you and your special someone to enjoy forever.

the gown 2810 S. Federal Mason City, IA 4

Northbridge Mall Albert Lea, MN • 641-201-1032

At The Pour House we realize no two couples are alike and that setting your event apart from the rest is very important on this extraordinary occasion. Whether you are planning a simple affair or something more extravagant, trust your beverage catering service to us. We will work with you to customize the perfect bar set up, taking into consideration the atmosphere and budget you are looking for. We pride ourselves on a highly trained staff of courteous, knowledgeable bar-tending professionals who stay focused on your needs. Our experience will ensure that you and your guests will enjoy a night that they will never forget. • • • • •

Professional Staff Quality Products Reasonable Pricing Time Saving Convenience Fully Licensed & Insured

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Ready to begin wedding planning? Let’s chat! We have over 15 wonderful wedding invitation albums including two of the newest from McPherson’s and Carlson Craft. From classic to modern styles -- Seal ‘n Send to Sep ‘n Send, we have them all. The invitations these companies provide are absolutely beautiful! Plus ... any wedding invitation order placed with us automatically qualifies for FREE napkins and custom imprinting equal to the number of invitations ordered. It’s our way to show appreciation for your business and take one more item off that long wedding “to do” list. Wedding reception accessory items are also a must have. Not only can we custom order just about anything you’d like, we have a team of very creative people that can assist you with planning to make your day extra special.

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122 S. Broadway Ave • Albert Lea


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With sunset’s setting over mature grasses and rolling green fairways, Wedgewood Cove Golf Course offers a beautiful, absolutely perfect location for memorable weddings. After all, a wedding -- the most special of all days -- deserves the most special of all locations, and few places can match Wedgewood Coves beauty. Regardless of the event – engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, weddings or parties – the staff at Wedgewood Cove will help ensure that your occasion will be remembered by all. The Banquet Hall that seats 440 people, Ceremony Pad by Pickerel Lake, well designed and state of the art facility; the food is spectacular and the service is impeccable - all of which combine to create a truly special wedding for you.

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2200 W 9th St. 507-373-2007


A to-do list for brides-to-be


reparing for the big day means planning a multitude of details; everything from the flower arrangements to that something blue must be decided upon well in advance of the ceremony. Here are some tips to help ensure your big day goes off without a hitch.

The Big Decisions The decision to get married is the first of many big decisions you will be making in the weeks and months to come. Here are some things to con­sider right away: n Pick

a date. Talk with your fiancé and family (and your fiancé’s family) about potential wedding dates to ensure the important people in both your lives will be able to take part.

n Select

your guests. The number of guests you invite will directly influence the cost of your wedding.

n Set

a budget. Budgeting for your wedding is crucial, as this will have a great impact on every other aspect of your day, as well as your honeymoon. Plan for a little wiggle room for unexpected expenses.

n Choose

a location. Because most popular bridal spots are just that — popular — you may want to start searching for a location quickly.

n Organize

the bridal party. Make careful decisions about who you want supporting you leading up to the big day, and who will be displayed in front of everyone in your life.


n Pick

a style. Many brides choose wedding styles that are reflected in their save-the-dates, invitations, ceremonies, receptions and thank-you cards. Choosing a theme and color scheme in the begin­ning will help narrow down options later.

n Hire

a caterer. Take into account the dietary needs of your guests by offering a variety of menu options, including a vegetarian dish.

n Order

the cake. Whether you choose a large multi-tiered cake or cup­cakes, remember to keep your budget in mind—and pick flavors you and your fiancé truly enjoy.

n Make

the announcement. Decide how you want to let the community know of your planned nuptials. Do you want to take professional engagement photos? Do you plan to contact your local paper? Will you include a link to a wedding day website on your save-the-date or your wedding invitations?

n Get

the gown. On your wedding day, everyone will be awaiting a glimpse of your gown. Listen to your instincts and choose a gown that “feels right” and reflects your personality and style.

n Dress

your party. Once you have chosen the wedding dress of your dreams, speak with your fiancé about his wishes for his suit, as well as the bridal party attire.

n Hire

a photographer. Choose your professional photographer wisely. With a walk down the aisle, father/daughter dance and toast, your father is sure to

get photographed, but your mother might get overlooked. Make sure to ask the photographer to get shots of your mother throughout the day as well. n Choose

your flowers. Once you set the date, discuss with your florists which flowers are in season to help narrow down your selection. You may love tulips, but if you have a winter wed­ding, they may be hard to come by, and may be more expensive.

n Book

the entertainment. Do you want a DJ or a live band? Talk with your fiancé about your music preferences, as well as the types of tunes you want played at your reception to keep your guests on the dance floor.

Before the Big Day n Create

a website for your wedding to keep guests informed of events and for easy access to registry information. Provide accommodation information for those guests traveling from out of town.

n Insure

your engagement and wedding rings against loss, damage, theft or mysterious disappearance. According to a survey conducted by Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company, 44 percent of married women either don’t insure their engagement ring, or don’t know for certain whether their engagement and wedding rings are insured. For a free, no-obligation jewelry insurance quote, visit

n Make

sure your marriage license, travel documentation and insurance information are ready to go and stored in a safe place in advance of the wedding day.

n Practice

reciting your vows and speeches until you feel comfortable.

n Wear

your wedding heels around the house to “break them in.” Pack a backup pair of flats to wear during the reception.

n Remember

to ask for help. Designate members of your family or close friends to specific assignments.

Wedding Day Details

Provide bottled water for your wedding party. To ensure no one gets over-heated, hide water near your bridal party during the ceremony for emergencies. n Choose meaningful gifts for your wedding party. Necklaces, earrings or bracelets are great for bridesmaids; cufflinks are perfect for groomsmen. n Create individual envelopes for tipping drivers, caterers, musicians, etc. Separate envelopes will help ensure you don’t forget anyone. n Plan for weather: In case of rain — Order a tent or choose a venue with indoor space for lastminute protec­tion from the elements. Offer extra umbrellas to usher people from their vehicles to the venue. In case of heat — Place fans throughout the venue and provide plenty of water for guests. In case of cold — Space heaters can be placed through­out the space to warm up the room in advance of the event. n Over-estimate the amount of parking needed for guests. n

After the Honeymoon

Open wedding gifts and keep an accurate list of each guest in correspondence with their gift. n Write thoughtful, personalized handwritten thank you cards. n

The Big Day Bridal Kit Supplies • Bobby pins, elastic hair bands • Hairbrush • Hairspray • Panty hose • Nail file, nail polish, remover • Baby powder • Makeup • Stain remover • Tissues • Sewing kit with scissors • Ballet flats • Pocket mirror • Extra post-earring backs

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Static cling spray Antacid Pain reliever Bandages Deodorant Dental floss Eye drops Bottled water Breath mints Duct tape — for last-minute dress fix-ups and to adhere to the bottom of slippery dress shoes


Wedding showers

Rain showers on a wedding day may bring good luck, but they are seldom coveted. However, a different type of shower altogether is often highly anticipated and can help couples feel like they’re one in a million.

Wedding showers are gift-giving parties held for couples about to get married. The custom began in the nineteenth century and continues to present day, primarily in North America and Australia. Guests traditionally “shower” the bride-to-be with all the necessities (and some fun extras) that she will need after she ties the knot. These gifts will help the soon-to-be-married couple establish a home together. Bridal showers are steeped in tradition, but today’s bridal showers continue to veer off the beaten path. Nowadays, bridal showers feature fun and games much like a party having nothing to do with a wedding., a website that aims to help couples


plan their weddings and all the events leading up to the big day, identifies these key trends in modern bridal showers.

* Couples’ showers: Modern couples who like to be all-inclusive are now planning bridal showers that cater to mixed audiences. Dubbed a “couple shower,” these parties include female and male friends and relatives. Gifts are still the main focus of the event, but they’re varied and include guy-friendly items within the mix of household goods. * Power showers: Many are familiar with the terms “man cave” and “bromance,” but few may know that there are now wedding showers geared entirely around the groom. Known as “power showers,” these events focus on the groom-tobe, who is showered with a bevy of gadgets and power tools that are certain to stock his future garage. The parties are decidedly more testosterone-friendly and can include golf outings,

poker nights or action movie flicks as possible themes. * Destination/activity showers: Rather than having guests hang around a restaurant


continue to break from watching gift after gift get unwrapped, some bridal parties opt to throw an activity shower. These showers are focused around a particular activity. For example, ladies may be treated to

a day at the spa. Other ideas include horseback riding at a stable or a day at the ballpark. Because hosting an activity shower for dozens of people may get expensive, these types of showers may be

Gifts are still important, but new trends in wedding showers have shifted the focus of these events.

reserved for only your closest friends and family members. * Bride-involved showers: The idea of walking into a room and being surprised by friends and family members is appealing to some bridesto-be but not everyone. Some brides prefer not to be surprised by a shower and actually would like to have a role in the planning of the party. However, this is delicate ground on which to tread, considering there may be differences over where the party is held and even the overall experience of the party. These type of showers should be discussed before any plans are made, and tasks should be delegated in accordance with those plans. It is customary for a bridal shower to take place before a wedding. But new trends have emerged that are shaking up the way showers are planned and held.


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