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Redefining Las Vegas Weddings

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what’s inside

planning

venues

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LORENZFOTO PHOTOGRAPHY

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venues

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flowers

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music

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the reception

reviews

24 destination las vegas

KMH PHOTOGRAPHY

25 obtaining a marriage license 25 wedding chapels

planning

captured 42 1 captured documented day 42 photography

28 10 steps to a magnificent reception

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the budget

50 cinematography

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an event planner

29 the guest list 29 invitations + favors

fashion + beauty

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54 10 things to know about shopping for a gown

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catering

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rentals

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ADAM FRAZIER PHOTOGRAPHY

style + design 65 fashion photo shoot

14 photographers. 3 locations

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STEPHEN SALAZAR

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real weddings 96 stylish vegas weddings

honeymoon

119 bridal shows

bridal spectacular

veils, tails & cocktails 150 marry me now, love me forever 153 the planning place

wedding protocol

time table

budget manager

126 l'heure bleue

reception and flower checklist

130 opulent glamour

music selections

134 modern gatsby

170 INDEX las vegas wedding professionals and services

114 honeymoon + after

wedding dĂŠcor trends

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146 floral trends S P E C TAC U L A R B R I D E .C O M

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from the editor You’ve said YES to the beloved question every girl dreams of. Love is in full bloom and you’re about to begin planning the most important event of your life. You have taken the first best step in planning your special day by picking up the Spectacular Bride Magazine and Wedding Guide. This is the single most valuable item that will get you in touch with Las Vegas’ top wedding professionals. As far as planning goes, certain rules of etiquette are timeless, such as, do not include your bridal registry in your invitation, be sure to send out your thank you cards, and sidestep the “no-host” bar idea- it is unnecessary and keeps your guests more responsible. The best place to experience these trend setting ideas is a Bridal Spectacular Show. At the show, you have the opportunity to meet with wedding professionals, collect brochures, and interview the vendors you will be working with in the planning of your wedding day. You will find inspiration from the magazine’s Real Weddings, the show’s Inspiration Avenue, and Fashion Show. Planning a wedding is a huge task, but it is a great deal of fun. Welcome the butterflies and the tender nervous moments of the day. Take in that “First Look” when he sees you in your gown for the first time and you see the big smile on his face. And as you are given to your husband, hold his hand, look deep into his eyes and experience all the love your heart can possibly hold. Take a deep breathe, say “I do!” and cherish a long and happy marriage together as Mr. & Mrs...

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he panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and the Las Vegas Strip make Anthem Country Club the premier site for your outdoor sunset ceremony or another special event. Our fine food and wines, served by our cordial staff, will assure you and your guests of a memorable event - whether planning an elegant formal wedding for 150 guests or a casual gathering for 25. Contact the club for more information. Wedding and reception packages are available.

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EXCEED PHOTOGRAPHY | THE LAKE CLUB AT LAKE LAS VEGAS

looking for a venue? You’re at the right place. This easy-to-use section enables you to do direct comparisons on everything from ceremony and reception capacities, rental fees, catering cost per person, and more.

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EMERALD AT QUEENSRIDGE

JW MARRIOTT RESORT & SPA

891 South Rampart Boulevard, Las Vegas 702.242.5700 info@eaqlv.com

221 North Rampart Boulevard, Las Vegas 877.869.8777 | 702.869.7023 jwlasvegasresort.com

VENUE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . banquet hall

VENUE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . hotel

OPTIONS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . indoor & outdoor

OPTIONS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . indoor & outdoor

EVENT TYPE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ceremony & reception

EVENT TYPE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ceremony & reception

CEREMONY CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 360 sitting

CEREMONY CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 500

RECEPTION CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 360 sitting

RECEPTION CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 800

CATERING RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $95 & up (includes tax)

CATERING RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $90 to $160

FACILITY RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . N/A

FACILITY RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . N/A

PARKING. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . complimentary

PARKING. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . complimentary / valet

Emerald at Queensridge is considered one of Las Vegas’ premier Banquet and Event Centers, located in the prestigious Queensridge community of Las Vegas, just minutes from the Strip.

At the JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa, we offer key components which will make your wedding, whether intimate or grand, a memorable occasion for you and your guests.

As a non-gaming, off the strip destination, single event, full-service venue, we provide ideal ambiance for ceremonies, receptions, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, corporate events, seminars, awards banquets, holiday parties, and virtually any event you may conjure up.

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The Resort features fifty-four acres of lush grounds. Allow our staf f to help you plan your Wedding Ceremony and Reception in one of our seven outdoor ceremony sites and eight unique reception venues. The top-rated Spa Aquae and Salon offers bridal parties world-class pampering and full-service wedding day preparation.


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A SECRET GARDEN 9001 Dean Martin Drive, Las Vegas 702.361.2202 asecretgardenwedding.com VENUE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . specialty venue OPTIONS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . indoor & outdoor EVENT TYPE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ceremony & reception CEREMONY CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 250 sitting RECEPTION CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 250 sitting CATERING RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . all inclusive packages FACILITY RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . N/A PARKING. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . complimentary / valet

A Secret Garden specializes in only one event a day. We feature 10 acres of private lush landscape for your outdoor or indoor ceremony and reception. All-inclusive packages can be customized to fulfill your every wish! Take advantage of our enchanting horse & carriage, or one of our classic cars to arrive in grand style to your garden ceremony! Just South of the Las Vegas Strip, we offer four generations of specialized service! Visit our website for package prices which include taxes, gratuities and fees! Contact Erin Mills by phone/text at 702.318.1484 for immediate service.

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CILI RESTAURANT AT BALI HAI 5160 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas 702.597.6316 ciliweddings.com VENUE. . . . country club /restaurant / specialty venue OPTIONS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . indoor & outdoor EVENT TYPE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ceremony & reception CEREMONY CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 200 sitting RECEPTION CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 275 sitting CATERING RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $80 to $135 FACILITY RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . N/A PARKING. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . complimentary / valet

Cili - Balinese for prosperity, good health, and great fortune. Guests will surely be amazed by our hidden tropical paradise located minutes from the “Strip.” Guests will experience an eclectic culinary menu sure to please every palate. On-site Wedding Coordinators, Management and Staff are ensured to present flawless service where every need is met, anticipated, and exceeded. Let Cili amaze you with lifelong memories!

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THE GROVE 8080 Al Carrison, Las Vegas 702.645.5818 | 866.645.5818 the-grove.com VENUE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . specialty venue OPTIONS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . indoor & outdoor EVENT TYPE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ceremony & reception CEREMONY CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 200 RECEPTION CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 225 CATERING RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $40 to $70 FACILITY RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . N/A PARKING. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . complimentary / valet

The Grove is a Las Vegas Wedding and Reception facility located in Centennial Hills and by far is the most beautiful setting you will find in Las Vegas. We strive for excellence in your wedding. Leave the neon lights behind and say “I Do” surrounded by majestic mountain ranges, with only the sounds of nature in the background. We want your wedding and reception to be amazing and unforgettable. We want you to cherish every moment of the beginning of your new life with your loved one. So let us do all the work and choose from one of our Garden Wedding and Reception Packages.

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THE REVERE GOLF CLUB

MOUNTAIN FALLS GRILL

2600 Hampton Road, Henderson 702.617.5707 reveregolf.com

5001 Clubhouse Drive, Pahrump 702.537.6553 mountainfallsgolfclub.com

VENUE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . golf club

VENUE. . . country club / restaurant / specialty venue

OPTIONS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . indoor & outdoor

OPTIONS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . indoor & outdoor

EVENT TYPE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ceremony & reception

EVENT TYPE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ceremony & reception

CEREMONY CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 350 sitting

CEREMONY CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 200

RECEPTION CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 350 sitting

RECEPTION CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 200

CATERING RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $45 & up

CATERING RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $25 and up

FACILITY RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1250 & up

FACILITY RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $250/hour and up

PARKING. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . complimentary

PARKING. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . complimentary

At an elevation of 3,000 ft. above the strip, The Revere Golf Club offers beautiful floor to ceiling windows, featuring breathtaking panoramic views of the Las Vegas Strip which provide the perfect backdrop to any event. The Revere utilizes its multiple event locations, both indoors and out, to allow you to customize the wedding of your dreams.

Mountain Falls Grill is the best kept secret in the Valley and an amazing venue for your wedding day.

With customizable menus and all-inclusive packages that fit a variety of personal styles and budgets, our friendly and professional staff is able to assist you with all your wedding details and will make your event truly unforgettable.

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An Oasis in the Pahrump Valley located in a beautiful community, your guests will enjoy the beautiful views, fine dining and exceptional service provided by our staff. Feel like you are having a destination wedding with the convenience of being close to Las Vegas. We have plenty of room to handle your guests for the Ceremony and Reception for either an indoor or outdoor reception. Take a short drive and visit us to find out why you should consider our beautiful Mountain Falls Grill.


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HILTON LAKE LAS VEGAS RESORT & SPA 1610 Lake Las Vegas Parkway, Henderson 702.567.4734 lakelasvegas.hilton.com VENUE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . hotel / specialty venue OPTIONS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . indoor & outdoor EVENT TYPE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ceremony & reception CEREMONY CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 500 RECEPTION CAPACITY. . . up to 600 sitting / 1000 standing CATERING RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $112 to $179 CEREMONY PACKAGE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,200 to $7,400 PARKING. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . complimentary / valet

Basking in a tranquil lake shore setting is Lake Las Vegas’ newest Four Diamond AAA, Hilton Resort & Spa. Say “I Do” in any of our five Mediterranean-inspired architecture venues designed specifically for ceremonies and receptions including La Capella di Amore, the only lake side resort chapel of its kind. Select from one of three ceremony packages or create your own with the assistance of your dedicated wedding planner leaving you time to beautify and relax in our award winning Romanesque Spa.

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SANTA FE STATION HOTEL & CASINO 4949 North Rancho Drive, Las Vegas 702.667.4723 santafestation.sclv.com

SILVERTON 3333 Blue Diamond Road, Las Vegas 702.914.8569 silvertoncasino.com

VENUE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . hotel / casino

VENUE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . hotel

OPTIONS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . indoor

OPTIONS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . indoor & outdoor

EVENT TYPE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ceremony & reception

EVENT TYPE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ceremony & reception

CEREMONY CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 500

CEREMONY CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 200

RECEPTION CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 500

RECEPTION CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 300

CATERING RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $25 & up

CATERING RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $49.95 to $89.95

FACILITY RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . N/A

FACILITY RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1500 to $2500

PARKING. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . complimentary

PARKING. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . complimentary / valet

Santa Fe Station is the perfect place for your next party or event. With over 14,000 square feet of luxurious banquet space, Santa Fe makes it easy to throw an elegant wedding, quinceañera or any social function:

It’s Your Day! Let us create a wedding that reflects your personal style! Veil Pavilion at the Silverton Casino Hotel boasts 11,000 sq. ft. of special event space, dramatic lighting, and a state of the art audio-visual system that will make your event spectacular! Whether you would like a beautiful pool side ceremony or something a little more intimate in our walkway, our team is dedicated to making your wedding day exactly how you imagine it. From in-house gourmet catering to onsite personal coordination, Veil Pavilion is the perfect spot in Vegas for your wedding. To schedule a personal tour please contact us at 702-914-8569.

- Customized package available - State of the art audio & visual capabilities - Limitless food & beverage options - Professional and attentive catering team - Se Habla Espanol

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RHODES RANCH GOLF CLUB 20 Rhodes Ranch Parkway, Las Vegas 702.740.8110 rhodesranchgolf.com VENUE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . country club OPTIONS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . indoor & outdoor EVENT TYPE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ceremony & reception CEREMONY CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200 RECEPTION CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200 CATERING RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $40 & up FACILITY RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . all inclusive packages PARKING. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . complimentary

Set above a serene lake with palm trees and breathtaking mountain views is our exclusively designed Ceremony Site. Imagine walking down a winding path soaking in that cherished moment‌you are now pronounced husband and wife in your own private wedding paradise. At Rhodes Ranch Golf Club we recognize the significance of your wedding as we do not book more than one event per day. Let our professional staff take care of the details while you enjoy and take in every moment of the most important day of your life.

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SILVERSTONE GOLF CLUB

SPANISH TRAIL COUNTRY CLUB

8600 Cupp Drive, Las Vegas 702.810.3013 par4weddings.com

5050 Spanish Trail Lane, Las Vegas 702.364.5050 x1002 spanishtrailcc.com

VENUE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . country club

VENUE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . country club

OPTIONS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . indoor & outdoor

OPTIONS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . indoor & outdoor

EVENT TYPE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ceremony & reception

EVENT TYPE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ceremony & reception

CEREMONY CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 250

CEREMONY CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . varies

RECEPTION CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 250

RECEPTION CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . 180 sitting/250 standing

CATERING RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $28-$100

CATERING RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . customized

FACILITY RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $250 & up

FACILITY RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . varies

PARKING. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . complimentary / valet

PARKING. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . complimentary / valet

Experience the beauty, professionalism and unmatched setting of Silverstone Golf Club.

Since its opening in 1984, Spanish Trail Country Club, has established a tradition of creating beautiful weddings and sweet memories for families. The catering and banquet team are experts in making the dream wedding day come true effortlessly for the bride, groom and family. Spanish Trail Country Club is located in Las Vegas and specializes in wedding ceremonies, receptions and catering parties for the bride and groom.

Featuring intimate, exquisitely appointed banquet facilities and breathtaking panoramic views, it is the ideal location to celebrate your special day. Silverstone’s experienced staff is ready to welcome you and your guests with warmth, comfort and professionalism. Because we understand that one of the most memorable and exciting days in your life is the day you say “I do”, your personal Event Coordinator will be there every step of the way to ensure you and your guests enjoy every moment.

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- Beautiful outside settings - Up to 180 for a sit-down dinner and 250 for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres


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SAM'S TOWN HOTEL & GAMBLING HALL 5111 Boulder Highway, Las Vegas 702.454.8020 | 800.897.8696 x8020 samstownlv.com VENUE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . hotel OPTIONS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . indoor & outdoor EVENT TYPE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ceremony & reception CEREMONY CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 600 RECEPTION CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 650 CATERING RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $15 to $150 FACILITY RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . N/A PARKING. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . complimentary / valet

Sam’s Town offers a beautiful setting for your Wedding and Reception with our gorgeous live Atrium park as well as our tantalizing entrée selections for you and your guests to enjoy. From a ceremony of 10 to a reception of 650 our Catering Staff will make your day memorable and amazing! Your Special Day, Simply The Best!

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THE LAKE CLUB AT LAKE LAS VEGAS

702.856.8432 | msantosadams@pacificlinks.com

SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS GOLF CLUB

702.263.10 0 0 | nlukasiewicz@pacificlinks.com

THE PLATINUM HOTEL & SPA 211 East Flamingo Road, Las Vegas 702.636.2450 theplatinumhotel.com VENUE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . hotel OPTIONS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . indoor & outdoor

SOUTHSHORE GOLF CLUB

702.856.8432 | msantosadams@pacificlinks.com

EVENT TYPE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ceremony & reception CEREMONY CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 150

3 LOCATIONS. 1 PERFECT DAY.

RECEPTION CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 150

VENUE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . golf & lake clubs

CATERING RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . all inclusive packages

OPTIONS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . indoor & outdoor

FACILITY RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . N/A

EVENT TYPE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ceremony & reception

PARKING. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . complimentary / valet

At The Platinum Hotel & Spa, our professional staff will exceed your expectations from the moment you arrive. If you are looking for Las Vegas wedding reception facilities, consider this intimate location steps away from the Las Vegas Strip. Here, exquisitely appointed suites and boutique services set the stage for unforgettable weddings. Celebrate in modern venues featuring sleek furnishings and vibrant splashes of color. Plan a sunset pool side reception, bathed in the glow of the outdoor fire pits. Or welcome your guests to Misora - the 17th floor rooftop terrace where breathtaking views of the Las Vegas Strip and surrounding mountains lend a truly signature touch.

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CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150 indoor / 500 outdoor CATERING RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $55 weekdays & up FACILITY RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $750 weekdays & up PARKING. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . complimentary / valet

The Lake Club at Lake Las Vegas captures the ambiance of an Italian seaside villa in a secluded waterfront setting lined with majestic palms. SouthShore Golf Club at Lake Las Vegas overlooks the gently rolling private golf course, untouched desert mountains, and natural beauty. The Southern Highlands Golf Club is the epitome of inspired elegance. The Tuscan-style designed clubhouse features high wood-beamed ceilings, beautiful stairway leading to elegant private dining rooms, enormous picture windows overlooking the surrounding mountains and the world famous Las Vegas Strip. From intimate gatherings to lavish receptions, Southern Highland Golf Club’s passionate staff is committed to perfection.


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SUNCOAST HOTEL & CASINO 9090 Alta Drive, Las Vegas 702.636.7090 suncoastcasino.com VENUE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . hotel / casino OPTIONS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . indoor & outdoor EVENT TYPE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ceremony & reception CEREMONY CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 600 RECEPTION CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 650 CATERING RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $32-$54.50 FACILITY RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . N/A PARKING. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . complimentary / valet

Located in the picturesque Northwest corner of the Las Vegas Valley, Suncoast has everything you would ever want for the most beautiful day of your life. Our team of wedding professionals will help you plan every detail of your special day from rooms for your out of town guests, to limousines and the wedding cake. A favorite of Las Vegas locals, you will love this venue and it’s amenities and so will your guests.

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JD PHOTOGRAPHY

TPC SUMMERLIN

WILDHORSE GOLF CLUB

1700 Village Center Circle, Las Vegas 89134 702.485.6828 tpcsummerlin.com

2100 Warm Springs Road, Henderson 702.434.9009 x3 par4weddings.com

VENUE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . country club

VENUE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . country club

OPTIONS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . indoor & outdoor

OPTIONS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . indoor & outdoor

EVENT TYPE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ceremony & reception

EVENT TYPE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ceremony & reception

CEREMONY CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 300 outdoor

CEREMONY CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 225

RECEPTION CAPACITY. . up to 175 indoor / 300 outdoor

RECEPTION CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 225

CATERING RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $45 & up

CATERING RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . call for pricing

FACILITY RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,500 & up

FACILITY RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . N/A

PARKING. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . complimentary

PARKING. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . complimentary / valet

An oasis in the desert, our ceremony location is perched on a hilltop that overlooks the surrounding lakes below and provides a 360˚ view of the stunning mountain ranges. As the sun sets behind the mountains, the glistening sunlight and reflection off the lake provide the perfect backdrop.

Wildhorse Golf Club is where your happily ever after begins! Set amidst stunning desert beauty, lush fairways and a lovely park like setting, Wildhorse is a spectacular wedding venue located in the heart of Henderson’s Green Valley master community. Featuring floor to ceiling windows that offer gorgeous views of our beautifully landscaped golf course, your special day can be celebrated either indoors or outdoors depending on your preference. Let our team of dedicated, experienced professionals make your wedding day exceptional. Leave the details up to us.

Continuing from the ceremony, our newly renovated patio is furnished with lounge seating and fire pits overlooking the 18th hole. Let our experienced Wedding Specialists ensure every detail is attended to with care to provide a flawless, stress-free occasion. We look forward to being a part of your journey.

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THE WESTIN LAKE LAS VEGAS RESORT & SPA 101 Montelago Boulevard, Henderson 702.567.2162 westinlakelasvegas.com/weddings VENUE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . hotel / specialty venue OPTIONS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . indoor & outdoor EVENT TYPE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ceremony & reception CEREMONY CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 350 RECEPTION CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 500 CATERING RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $150-$200 FACILITY RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1500 PARKING. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . complimentary / valet

The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa is your destination for real romance. From your first steps down the aisle to the last dance of the evening, our breathtaking location is the perfect backdrop for your dream wedding. From the roses at Andalusian Gardens to the waterfalls at Lotus Court, choose one of our elegant locations for a ceremony overlooking Lake Las Vegas. Entertain your guests with a reception matching your style, palate and budget in one of our Mediterranean-inspired spaces.

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DEFINE YOUR VENUE STYLE

destination ADAM FRAZIER PHOTOGRAPHY

las vegas Wedding chapels aren’t the only place to get hitched in Las

In Las Vegas, you’ll find luxurious locations for heartfelt ceremonies and well-planned receptions. Consider your wedding style, and find a venue that reflects you. For a grand occasion, book a ballroom at an offthe-Strip hotel with scenic landscapes. For an intimate gathering, reserve a restaurant or garden venue. For a private party laden with luxury, choose a country club, golf club or Lake Las Vegas property. For a glamorous event, select a chic hotel on the Strip. For a natural connection, explore resorts near Red Rock Canyon or Mount Charleston. At these venues, you’ll receive dedicated customer service for a ceremony and reception customized to your preferences. BOOK EARLY Since Las Vegas is such a popular wedding destination, book all your wedding services as early as possible. First contact the wedding venue to secure your date and location. Then ask your venue’s representative for a list of preferred vendors. While not every venue makes recommendations, many venues offer individual referrals or all-inclusive packages. Also to view additional reputable vendors and wedding services, visit BridalSpectacular.com. With these resources, you can find quality professionals, who match your budget and personal style, for every category of your wedding planning.

Vegas! As one of the world’s premiere wedding destinations, Las Vegas offers opportunities for every bridal style. All you have to discover is what you and your groom want for your wedding day!

ADD THE PERSONAL TOUCH Even destination weddings deserve to be personalized! Since professional vendors frequently work with destination and local brides, they provide excellent services no matter where you live. Once you’ve booked your venue and vendors, stay in touch. Communicate your ideas through e-mail messages (complete with attached photographs for inspiration), Skype appointments or phone calls. Be sure to share your expectations, and listen to vendors’s ideas as well. If you’d like, also hire a local wedding consultant or visit Las Vegas in advance to meet with vendors. OBTAIN A MARRIAGE LICENSE Before your wedding, visit the Las Vegas Marriage Bureau with your groom to receive a marriage license. While you don’t need a blood test and there is no waiting period, bring

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these essentials: U.S. government-issued ID or passport, $60 cash ($65 credit card) and, if applicable, date of past divorce decree. Then it’s time to focus on enjoying every moment of the big day! THRIVE IN THIS CITY As a favorite destination for brides, grooms and wedding guests, Las Vegas offers warm weather, nightlife, arts and entertainment, world-renowned dining, outdoor recreation, affordable travel rates and honeymoon packages. Take advantage of your time in this city. Relax with a spa day for you and your bridesmaids. Hire a photographer for a postwedding “Trash the Dress” session. Invite your family for a Valley of Fire hike. Steal a kiss with your groom amid Nevada sunsets, and thrive at the wedding created specifically for you! With this destination wedding experience, you’ll unveil a memorable beginning to a lifetime commitment. All you have to say is: “I do.” n Author: Allyson Siwajian

wedtips | obtaining your marriage license in las vegas • Start the application process online at www.clarkcountynv.gov • To obtain your marriage license, both parties must appear in person before a Clerk at a Clark County Marriage Bureau. •

Nevada law allows only a male and female to marry. Domestic Partnership questions should be directed to the office of the Secretary of State in Carson City, Nevada at 800-992-0900.

Identification to prove your name and age is required. You must be at least 18 years old. Be prepared with a driver’s license or passport. Your marriage license and certificate will be prepared with your legal name exactly as it appears on the identification presented.

• A marriage license allows a couple to marry in the state up to one year from date of issue. It is not proof of marriage. •

Non U.S. citizens should check with their local officials for special documents needed to ensure their marriage will be recognized in their country.

• The fee for a marriage license is $60.

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The greatest factor to affect your budget will be the number of guests you invite. So, even though you’re ready to burst with excitement over your engagement, keep the wedding chatter to a minimum until you’ve set the budget and know exactly how many guests you can realistically invite. WHO PAYS FOR WHAT Will the two of you be paying for the entire event yourselves, or will your parents be contributing? As awkward as it may feel to ask, it’s important for the harmony of the family to get a firm answer of exactly how much each set of parents is planning to contribute. The days of the bride’s parents paying for the majority of the wedding are long past. So any support offered should be appreciated. PARENT CONTRIBUTIONS Before discussing their contribution, do some research on overall costs for the wedding you’re envisioning. If they’re lending financial support, it’s likely they’ll expect to have some input and the right to invite friends, extended family and business associates that you would otherwise not invite. Have an idea of how many guests you’re willing to let them invite (which, realistically, will be affected by how much they’re able to contribute) and a few meetings or decisions you’d like them to be involved in, such as the catering and cake tastings, viewing invitation options, etc. It doesn’t mean you have to take their opinions over your own, it’s simply a way of including them in the wedding planning process. 28

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AN EVENT PLANNER

A common hurdle for brides considering an event planner is the idea of relinquishing control. In reality, you’re not giving up control at all. You’re simply enlisting the services of someone with the organizational skills and resources to bring your vision to life. They do the footwork and research that allows you to make informed, intelligent decisions. Here’s a list of standard services: • An initial face-to-face appointment to review your ideas, expectations and preliminary budget. • Assist in creating a budget. • Make suggestions and research options. • Create an overview that accommodates your tastes, preferences and budget. • Provide a list of recommended service providers (vendors). • Assist with the selection of vendors, should you so desire. • Schedule appointments with the vendors being considered. • Review all contracts. • Develop a detailed timeline for the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception. • Develop a detailed floor plan. • Stay in communication with the selected vendors. • Confirm timeline several days before the wedding and provide final version to you and all vendors. • Be on-site the day of your wedding to see that all service providers are on time and set-ups are proceeding smoothly and on schedule, and any emergencies are dealt with promptly.


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THE GUEST LIST

Controlling your guest list will enable you to focus more time, attention and budget to the details that make a wedding so unique: the location, invitations, table décor, menu selection, music and other elements that are often limited by large guest lists. Begin by separating your list into two groups: one comprised of friends and family you simply must have at your wedding, and the other comprised of those with whom you’d like to have, but whose absence you can accept. On average, about 20 percent of your invitees will be unable to attend. As you begin to receive regrets from the primary list, immediately send invitations to the like to have list. To reduce the level of discomfort when the topic of your wedding comes up in front of fringe-friends and coworkers not invited to the wedding, exercise a little discretion. Avoid talking about it compulsively and limit the Twitter and Facebook updates. Nobody likes knowing that everyone else is invited to a super cool party except for them. So, be discrete. SINGLE FRIENDS If a single friend is engaged or in a serious relationship and you know the partner, by all means include them. However, you are not obligated to include an additional guest for a single friend. CHILDREN If you prefer not to have children at the reception, use the invitation to relay your preference. Refrain from using the phrase “no children.” Instead, opt for the more subtle verbiage of, “adult only reception.” An acceptable compromise is including the children at the ceremony, and providing childcare and a separate children’s menu for the reception.

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Paper elements are the most effective way to translate your theme throughout the entire event. Here’s a list of the various paper elements to consider: • • • • • • • •

Save-the-Date Cards Ceremony Card Reception Card Response Card Directions (ceremony to reception) Ceremony Program Menu Cards Table Number Cards

Your Most Memorable Day Begins Here…

Country Club

702.304.5696 | gina@redrockcc.com 2250 A Red Springs Drive LV, NV 89135 www.RedRockCountryClubWeddings.com

goes where you go! Pick up a copy at these Spectacular Locations! Aaron Lelah Jewelers 4175 S. Grand Canyon 702.531.8100 Morgan Taylor Jewelers 7995 W. Sahara Ave #103 702.259.8011 John Fish Jewelers 953 E. Sahara Ave. 702.731.1323 David’s Bridal Couture Bride Bowties Bridal Smith’s

Jos. A. Bank Men’s Wearhouse Tuxedo Junction Jerry’s Tux Shop

Find more locations at www.BridalSpectacular.com

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8550 W. Charleston Blvd, Suite 109 702-258-2676 1000 N Green Valley Pkwy, Suite 510 702-568-0557

Popcorn stations for special events

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Place Cards (for specific seat) Escort Cards (for specific table) Tags for Favors Welcome Sign Thank You Notes Announcements

Send your save-the-date cards as soon as the location is booked, especially if the wedding date falls on or near a holiday or school break. A word of caution—avoid committing yourself until you’re absolutely sure of how many guests your budget can accommodate. Once your save-the-date cards have been sent, you’re committed. Today’s favor selections are vast and varied. From themed and scented, to edible and decorative, they’ve evolved into much more than a token gift. Enhance a favor’s value by having it serve a dual role as an element of decor and a departing gift. Let glass votives provide a home for tealights or become miniature vases for flowers, or stage placecards in a stylish, themed holder that guests take at the end of the reception. Another option is to select a wrap or type of packaging that adds some panache to your table décor. Enclose the favor of your choice in an organza or beaded bag that brings out the color of your décor, or use a decorative box to lend a bit of architecture to your table.

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Once you have a solid estimate of your guest count, begin the venue search. Choosing a venue is very much like going house hunting. Having a list of your top wants will save you time. Start by asking yourself a few questions: • Do you want the ceremony and reception at the same location? • Are you planning on having a formal sitdown dinner or buffet? • Will you need space to accommodate a band or will you have a DJ? • What type of venue are you envisioningHistorical, ultra modern, by the water, lots of windows and light, etc.? • Do you want a venue that has overnight accommodations? • Do you want an indoor or outdoor location? • Do you want to bring your own caterer? • Do you want to bring your own liquor? • Do you need an area for child care?


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SITE INSPECTION While websites are great for initial research, plan to do an actual site tour. If you’ve hired an event planner, take the tour together. Take note of the following: • Inspect equipment—gazebos, dance floor, tables, chairs, china, stemware, glassware, etc. What is included in the rental fee? Are there additional costs to consider?

702.804.0544 | alligatorsoup.com Village Square 9350 W. Sahara Ave. Las Vegas, NV 89117

• Ask about staffing. Is security staff required? • How many servers will there be per table? Who is the facility coordinator on the day of your wedding? • Ask about same-day bookings. Confirm privacy and separation from other events; adequate parking; and enough time for your service providers to set-up, breakdown and load-out. • Ask when they begin calculating rental time. Is it from the moment your caterer or designers arrive, or the running time of the reception? • Inspect florals, greenery and land-scaping. Love the trailing wisteria? Book your reception when it’s in full bloom. • Inspect entrances, exits and restrooms. Are they attractive and easy to find? BOOKING THE SITE Secure your location before hiring all of your service providers. If you have your heart set on a particular venue, then by all means book it 12 to 18 months out. If you’re flexible about your venue selection and are open to different options, you can actually plan a wedding in 4 to 6 months.

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CATERING

If you are in a position to select your own caterer, try to narrow your list immediately to no more than three. When calling each caterer, have as much information ready as possible – your wedding date, your reception location, time of day, approximate number of guests, and degree of formality and theme, if applicable. FOODIES UNITE Do you harbor a secret obsession for the Food Network? If so, you’re in good company. Couples across the country are releasing their inner-foodie, using both the cocktail party and reception to share their passion for the culinary arts. From Thai to Indian, Italian to Vietnamese, seafood to vegetarian, let your palate inspire. What better way to personalize your day than by sharing your secret love affair with food? The size

702.776.8243

info@paperandhome.com 4555 S. Fort Apache Road, 138 Las Vegas, Nevada 89147 www.paperandhome.com

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and generational span of your guest list will influence selections, so take a quick look at your list before placing your final order, making sure there’s a little something for everyone. CALCULATING THE COST Caterers calculate their prices on a per-person basis according to the menu selection. To determine your overall food cost, simply multiply the number of guests by the cost per person. For example, if you have 150 guests and the cost of dinner and beverages is $85 per person, multiply 150 x $85 for a total food cost of $12,750. Mentally add an additional 10% for overage, and 15%-20% for the gratuity (aka service charge). Ask for prices inclusive of tax and gratuity. SEASONAL INGREDIENTS Making menu selections that utilize fresh, seasonal ingredients will be more cost effective than choosing exotic or out of season ingredients. Be open to cost saving suggestions by your caterer and be realistic about what your budget can deliver. TO PRESET OR NOT TO PRESET Many venues encourage a preset first course. While it definitely saves time, it can also make your reception look like a charity event. Instead of presetting the salad, consider doing the first dance at the beginning of the reception. Servers can bring out the first course while guests are admiring the results of those fancy dance lessons you convinced your fiancé to take.

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FINAL GUEST COUNT Typically the final guest count is required one week before the event. This will be the minimum number of people/ meals for which you will actually be charged. Most caterers will plan on the addition of a few last minute guests and will add their meals to the final bill.

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Party rentals cover a variety of items, such as: tableware, linens, chair covers, tables and chairs, tents, dance floors, candelabras, fountains, plants, props, lounge furniture, vintage furniture, theme decor and more. Before contacting a rental company, have the following information available: • What items will be provided by the caterer: glass, flatware, china, buffet linens, etc.

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• Your event date, time and location. • Total number of guests attending, including wedding party. • Number of wedding vendors being seated. • A tentative floor plan. • T  able and chair requirements of your beverage service and disc jockey. • Food serving style. Buffet stations will need linens for each table and possibly props or décor. CEREMONY RENTALS A great deal of focus is placed on the decor for the reception. Not to be overlooked are the elements that literally set the stage for the wedding ceremony. Arbors, columns and pillars, topiaries, candelabras and chuppahs are props and structures readily available through most rental companies. LINENS Before you decide on colors and theme, you owe it to yourself to visit a rental or linen company. The styles, texture, fabrics, colors and options available are staggering. A single linen can launch a flurry of ideas and imagination. When tallying the number of linens needed, don’t forget the DJ table, back bar, buffet tables and other surfaces that may need a little coverage. TABLES & CHAIRS In determining the number of tables and chairs needed, confirm possible extras: chairs for the ceremony, tables for the back bar, serving stations, DJ, cake and gifts. If your reception site offers an outdoor area, rent a few kiosks (elevated cocktail tables) for guests who’ll be slipping outside to smoke or get a breath of fresh air. If there’s the chance of extreme heat or rain, reserve market umbrellas to go over the tables. These extras will also affect your linen and floral orders. CHAIRS + COVERS Old and worn chairs can be an unsightly distraction from an otherwise elegant affair. Easy options for the “bad chair” dilemma are chair covers and chair rentals. There are myriad options available, which you’ll find in the style + design feature on pages 102 to 151. Most rental companies also include images of their inventory online, so be sure to check-out their websites. COORDINATING VENDORS A key element to creating a total look for your reception is S P E C TAC U L A R B R I D E .C O M

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good communication between your floral designer and rental company. The linens, florals, plants and props should complement each other, as well as the room in which your event will take place. DELIVERY Find out in advance what the delivery, set-up, pick-up and payment policies are. Coordinate with the facility manager to ensure the location will be open when the rental company delivers your order and that someone will be there to direct where items should go. Arrange for someone to monitor your rental items at the end of the event, paying particular attention to gathering, counting and bagging the linens for return. LIGHTING Nothing transforms a room as dramatically as lighting. It is the single most effective tool for creating ambiance and mood. Done properly, it can be the difference between intimate and institutional or ordinary and extraordinary. Professional lighting is now a mainstream necessity for formal and evening weddings. Fortunately for today’s couples, it has also become quite affordable and increasingly flexible in accommodating various venues and restrictions. Note: many lighting companies also offer draping and props. Achieve maximum impact by hiring a professional lighting company. Their ability to subtly draw attention to key elements of dÊcor, throw dramatic silhouettes on walls and create warmth and romance is worth the investment. In addition to transforming a venue, lighting can be a cost effective means by which to divert attention from less attractive features of a room.

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When interviewing a floral designer, look for their use of color, texture, and overall flair. Share your ideas and your vision, and be open to their suggestions. Ask about the rentals they provide, as many have large prop closets filled with arches, chuppahs, and vases of every size, shape and style. Once you’ve selected your designer, the creative process begins. Provide the pertinent details at the get-go: your wedding date, time of day, style of wedding (formal or informal), 36

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ceremony and reception locations and a general idea of your budget. A good floral designer will suggest the right blooms to fit your wedding the day. BE PREPARED How do you express what you want when you don’t know the names for the flowers you like? Pictures, pictures, pictures. Before your initial consultation be sure check the style + design feature on pages 102 to 151, and visit the Designer’s Column blog online. The more examples you show your designer the easier it will be for them to meet your expectations. SEASONAL CONSIDERATIONS For everything there is a season and flowers are no exception. Flowers in bloom during and around the months of your wedding will be more available and less costly than out-of-season selections. Holidays are also a factor. Ever notice how red roses cost more around Valentine’s Day? Tulips and hyacinths are in high demand during Easter. Christmas creates a premium for poinsettias and holly. Should you choose these flowers around such seasons, factor this into your budget. TIME-OF-DAY Your florals should last throughout the day. Some flowers hold up beautifully in the sun; others are better suited for indoors. Let your designer know the time and month your wedding is taking place so they can advise you on what flowers remain perky and perfect under the palm trees, and which wilt before the wedding reception. CEREMONY FLOWERS Repurpose ceremony flowers for your reception. Ceremony arrangements are ideal for buffet tables, and aisle flowers can be used to decorate powder rooms, staircases and small hallway tables. Using these items twice helps maximize your budget. RECEPTION FLOWERS The venue will greatly influence your floral design needs. High ceilings call for bolder, more dramatic arrangements, while an outdoor venue can be accented with rustic, potted and flowering blooms. Not to be overlooked are greenery and plants. Ficus trees wrapped with twinkling lights and magnificent potted palms add dimension to all venues. If the budget allows, consider adding a few more finishing touches. Sprinkle petals on serving trays and weave garlands along buffet stations. S P E C TAC U L A R B R I D E .C O M

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There are three major segments for which to plan your music: the ceremony, the cocktail hour and the reception. CEREMONY + VENUE RESTRICTION If your ceremony is at a house of worship, inquire about any music restrictions before booking your musicians. Likewise with your reception venue. Whether you intend to have a DJ, a band, or both, be sure to ask about any restrictions regarding the type, volume or duration of music especially at outdoor venues within a residential community, which often have specific cut-off hours for amplified music. BANDS The size of the band will depend on your number of guests. Here’s a suggested formula for calculating the size of band you’ll need: For up to 100 guests, a 3 to 4 piece band is recommended. For 100-200 guests allow for a 5 to 7 piece band; 200-300 guests, provide a 7 to 9 piece band or orchestra. DISC JOCKEYS Couples traditionally engage disc jockeys for their ability to provide a wide variety of music. They can play all of your favorite songs, each performed by the original artists, and because DJ’s work with prerecorded music, your entertainment is continuous, even during breaks. SONG SELECTIONS Once you’ve decided on a DJ, band, or both, provide them with a list of songs you would, and would not like played at the reception, as well as the songs for your first dance, cake cutting, and any other moments you’d like to accentuate with a specific song. Keep in mind that while you may love jazz or alternative music, they don’t always make great dance selections, especially for hours on end. Give your professionals the freedom to truly entertain your guests by mixing a few of your personal requests with a balance of tried and true crowd pleasers. An experienced entertainer will know how to read the crowd and keep the party jumping. THE EMCEE Provide your emcee with a schedule of events. If there are any special introductions to be made, be sure to review the correct pronunciation of the names and relay what each person’s relationship is to the bride and groom. To avoid awkward moments, inform your emcee about family sensitivities. They can phrase introductions to make everyone feel comfortable and acknowledged. 38

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THE RECEPTION Your reception will account for the majority of your wedding budget and planning efforts. Make the most of both by taking time to orchestrate it. The timing of key moments should be communicated to all vendors, guests and wedding party. TRANSITION FROM CEREMONY TO RECEPTION Avoid a large time gap between the ceremony and reception. Out-of-town guests tend to feel a little lost; guests arrive at the reception feeling less than fresh after wearing the same celebratory clothes all day; those with children will have to arrange for all-day childcare. DIRECTING YOUR GUESTS If the ceremony and reception are at different locations, specifically designate someone to greet and guide your guests to the cocktail or reception area, or make sure there are adequate signs directing them to the proper place If you are having the ceremony and reception in the same facility, this rule still holds true. ASSIGNED SEATING If you opt for assigned seating, provide a copy of the seating chart to your caterer or event planner so they can arrange the seating cards in advance. In the case of open seating, reserve specific tables for yourselves and the bridal party, as well as family and honored guests. TIMELINE Most receptions last about four hours. That compressed amount of time, should accommodate the following: • Formal introduction of the bride and groom (as you enter the room) • Seating of guests at their tables • Your first dance, joined by your parents, then wedding party, then guests • Toasts, to begin as the first course is served • Main course • Dancing • Cake cutting and dessert course • Bouquet and garter toss • Grand finale—the couple’s departure

MAKE IT YOU! While the very idea of a ceremony and reception may seem quite traditional, yours can be completely unique. Weave your interests, hobbies, culture and passions into the tapestry of your celebration. And most importantly, don’t sweat the small stuff. Things happen and plans change. n

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Your photographer and cinematographer will be with you for a large part of your wedding day. Make it a priority to find professionals with positive energy and attitude—someone you have chemistry with. The more you “click” together, the better your photographs and video will be.

FINDING YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER Tempting as it may be to enlist the talents of an acquaintance who dabbles in photography — don’t. Experienced photographers have the experience, equipment and know-how to make your photographs sensational. They understand the different moods created by proper lighting and posing, and use reliable techniques and equipment to create quality images. Not to be overlooked is the fact that your photographer has but one opportunity to get it right. There are no second chances. STYLE Just a few years ago wedding photography styles could be conveniently grouped into two categories: traditional and photojournalistic. Not so, today. As you delve into the task of finding your lens master, you’ll quickly discover a plethora of new styles. From vibrant enhanced color process to the milky, washed-out tones of the vintage process, or even the retro Fuji Instant prints, photographers are doing more with specialty filters, lenses and post production software than ever before. Find a photographer whose portfolio showcases the style you’re drawn to. LIGHTING Like photographic styles, you’ll find that most photographers have specific strengths and preferences when it comes to lighting. Some are masters with natural 42

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light, others excel in delivering spectacular images from indoor and low-light conditions. Skill is required, regardless. When looking at portfolios, think about the time of day and location where you’ll be getting married. If your reception is midday, outdoors, but the images you love in the portfolio are all dark, moody and shot indoors, you might want to look a little further for a photographer whose body of work features a nice volume of outdoor or natural light images. EQUIPMENT Some photographers shoot with film, others have migrated to digital. Is one better than the other? Not necessarily. Some photographers prefer the end product film delivers, while others prefer the convenience of digital. The most important factor is the quality of images in the photographer’s albums. If you like what you see, and can be guaranteed the same camera that captured those images will be capturing yours, don’t worry about what type of equipment or format. View the work! BLACK & WHITE Of course you’ll want to capture the vivid hues of your centerpieces and décor with vibrant, color photos. However, when it comes to documenting the emotional, unscripted moments of the day, black-and-white is in a class all by itself. The fewer colors your eyes have to process, the easier it is to focus on the subject matter. Black-and-white is great for capturing intimate and sentimental close-ups such as: mom buttoning the gown, the vows, the kiss and the first dance. In addition, black-andwhite helps mask skin imperfections because shades of gray don’t record blotchy, skin


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irritations. It’s also perfect for those “getting ready” shots. TIMING One of the most common planning mistakes is shortchanging the photographer on time between the ceremony and reception. To lessen the pressure consider doing all the bridal party and bride and groom photos prior to the ceremony. Your event planner and photographer can set up a private moment for the two of you to see each other before the wedding party joins the show. Rely on your photographer’s suggested time allocation. If you cut it short, don’t expect to get all the images on your wish list. MUST HAVE SHOTS If you have a large wedding party or family and want a series of posed group shots, compile a list of the persons or families you’d like in each shot. Provide the list to your photographer and event planner, or the person in charge of assembling everyone to be photographed. Nothing holds up a celebration more than waiting for missing people. THE COST Most basic packages start at around $2,800 but can easily reach five to six times that amount. Expect a range of prices depending on the skill, experience and demand for the photographer. Most packages include an engagement session, a block-of-time the day of your wedding, reproduction and post-production for the wedding album, two parents’ albums and enlargements for framing. If proofs aren’t included in the package, and you can’t imagine not owning each and every photo from your wedding, ask if they can be purchased. DO-IT-YOURSELF If considering the purchase of your negatives or raw images on disc and handling the reproduction yourself, be prepared to weed through a thousand images, arrange for photo retouching, find someone to develop the prints, find and order the album, and finally construct the album or scrapbook. Evaluate this option realistically. You don’t want to end up twelve months down the road with your proofs and negatives disorganized sitting in a box. Our advide: leave everything to the professionals.

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The most amazing thing happens the day of your wedding. Your feet never touch the ground, you can’t stop smiling and by the following day you can’t remember half of what happened. It’s true. Of course there’s good reason for not remembering certain things, like watching the flower girl inch her way down the aisle with ring bearer in tow, or catching the groom’s nervous glance as he takes his walk up the aisle. Simply put, the bride isn’t there for these priceless moments. She’s at the back of the church on her father’s arm, awaiting her grand entrance. What better reason could there possibly be for hiring a cinematographer? Nothing captures the moment like moving sight and sound. A professionally composed wedding video is the best way to experience all the moments you missed. In addition, it allows you to share the day in detail with loved ones unable to join you in your celebration. Cinematographers aren’t just cameramen, they’re storytellers. If you want the story told right, hire someone who’s skilled in capturing all the emotion and moments of the day, while also a master storyteller in the editing bay. A seasoned professional will have the time, equipment and experience to deliver a sensational product. As in most cases, the best in the trade are hired quickly, so don’t procrastinate. Start reviewing online demos and narrowing your choices as soon as you’ve booked your venue. Ask to view a video that was actually delivered to a client and shot by the professional you intend to hire. This allows you to see their style with material from one wedding, as opposed to a series of “best shots” woven into a demo. It’s common for cinematographers, especially during the peak wedding season, to hire “stringers” or “tapers.” If that’s the case, ask to meet the subcontractor and view their work; if you like it, hire them. If they can’t provide samples of their work, it might be wise to request someone else. EQUIPMENT Most cinematographers offer detailed information about the types of cameras and equipment they use. While camera quality can definitely impact the end product, your true criteria should be whether you like their style of taping and editing. If


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you’re happy with the quality of the demo and confirm that the same type of camera used for the demo will be used at your wedding, you’re set. If you want your day filmed in HD, be sure to hire a cinematographer that shoots in HD. Likewise, If you want the final product in a format that will play on your iPod or iPad, ask if it’s an option. STYLES & PRICING There are basically two methods of videotaping: documentary and cinematic. The documentary is typically a two hour version with a ten to fifteen minute highlights piece. Expect to invest anywhere from $2,500 to $3,500 for this style of video. Cinematic is usually thirty-five to fortyfive minutes long. It is edited throughout in much the same way as the highlights piece, creating an entertaining movie that tells a story. The shorter and tighter the video, the more time it takes to edit. This can take up to fifty (plus) hours to create. The price is commensurate with the effort, closer to the $4,000 to $7,500 range. Fees are impacted not only by the style of filming and editing, but by the level of service you contract; the number of cameras used, assistants and end-product deliverables. Cinematographers often charge per hour or per camera, though you can certainly inquire about a flat fee or package options. Packages typically include the filming, editing of the master and delivery on DVD. TIPS FOR A BETTER VIDEO • Don’t chew gum, it looks bad on video • Act natural. Don’t duck and avoid, just pretend the camera isn’t there. • Walk slowly when going down the aisle so cameramen can get plenty of footage. • Allow your cinematographers to move around. You’ll get better footage if they’re not confined to a tripod at the back. • Semi-competitors, your photographer and cinematographer will need to work side-by-side the day of your wedding, each trying to capture the same moments via different medium. It’s a huge plus if they like working together. • Provide a secure place for your vendors to store their backup equipment. n Get the free mobile app at

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You may wonder why bridal salons require an appointment to try on gowns. Here’s the reason why—bridal salons offer a wide selection of gown styles all in one size. Limiting the number of dresses to one size per style allows them to carry a larger selection. Because the salon has only one gown from each style, they take special care to keep the dresses in good condition. For this reason, salon consultants always assist brides in trying on the gowns.

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Before you get your heart set on a gown you simply can’t live without, ask if the house of worship where you’ll marry, has any restrictions. Some will not permit a bride to show bare shoulders or her back. It’s certainly worth a call to confirm before your first bridal salon appointment. Another factor is your reception location and the time of year and day you’ll wed. An outdoor, afternoon, garden wedding calls for a totally different gown than an evening wedding at the St. Regis’ Gallery Ballroom.

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no way means you should ignore your own preferences. Be absolutely forthcoming with your comfort level and reactions to each gown you try on. Is the fabric too heavy, the neckline too low? Don’t be afraid to speak up. If an offthe-shoulder gown has you fidgeting now, girlfriend, just think of the discomfort on your wedding day. No, thank you! The absolute last thing you want to be doing is tugging self-consciously at your dress all day. Your wedding day mantra should be, ‘beautiful, comfortable, confident.’

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There are ten basic silhouettes that make up almost all wedding gowns, and more than likely, at least one will be flattering on your body type. Being well versed in wedding gown vocabulary is vital. Here are a few key terms-of-art to get you on your way. And remember; trust your bridal consultant when it comes to trying on different styles. THE BALL GOWN The cut that exemplifies romance. This silhouette incorporates a natural or dropped waist, set off with a full skirt. Think Cinderella, waltzing with your prince at the reception. Extremely flattering around the waist. The volume of this dress might overtake the petite bride but it’s a good choice for an average height bride with very romantic taste. THE A-LINE Flattering to most figures. The secret? A slim fitting narrow top that


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skin. Flattering to the petite, slim, tall or thin bride. Also flattering for slender but broad shouldered athletic builds. THE EMPIRE Elect to be a Queen. Napoleon’s Josephine made this style all the rage. Here’s why: the empire waist is a seam that falls right below the bust, elongating the petite bride and flattering the smaller busted. It enhances the waist while flattering the hips. If you have a long neck and want to wear big jewelry, the empire is a cut above the rest. THE SLIP DRESS Love the feeling of your favorite negligee? Now imagine it in sumptuous silk and skimming your curves all the way down to your ankles. Ready for your figure to show? This is the cut for you. Only 1930’s loving, glamour goddesses need apply. THE TRUMPET It’s somewhat of a hybrid between the mermaid silhouette and the modified A-line, but flairs out higher on the skirt at about mid-thigh. THE MERMAID This silhouette, contours the body from chest to knee then flares out close to the hem. It accentuates your curves, creating that coveted hour glass shape.

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Your dress will most likely have some influence over what veil or headpiece you ultimately choose. As for rules, there are none. If you feel romantic and gorgeous in a veil, wear it. If you prefer a tiara, you go girl. If you plan on rockin’ a fabulous updo and don’t want to cover it up, sprinkle in a little bling with rhinestone barrettes or pins. Feel like donning a sassy bird cage veil? Do it. What’s our wedding day mantra? That’s right...”beautiful, comfortable, confident.’

THE COLUMN OR SHEATH Ah, the timeless style and sophistication of Audrey Hepburn. Desire her dresses? She’s all about the sheath. This is the cut for the sexy yet understated bride. With its slim profile, strategically placed darts and seams, the sheath shows your body without an overwhelming display of

Realistically, you should start shopping for your gown at least six months prior to the wedding, especially if you’re considering a custom made gown. Allow plenty of time for alterations.

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Wedding gowns range from $1,000 to $10,000 or more, plus alterations. Tell your salon consultant up front what your budget is so she can direct you towards gowns in

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The bridal salon will take measurements to assist you in ordering the correct gown size based on the manufacturer’s size chart. However, unless you’re as fit as a swimsuit model, expect at least minimal alterations. Especially if your upper and lower body proportions are two different sizes. Of course there are some salons that offer gown styles to choose from, but custom make the gown to your body measurements. In which case, you can check one more item off your to-do list.

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Once you’ve selected your gown, ask your salon consultant for recommendations on the appropriate lingerie. Make sure these garments supply the perfect amount of support and fit. Do you slouch? Discover a corset with boning. Wearing shimmering silk? Seamless lingerie is your secret. Heart set on strapless? A seam-free strapless bustier or three-quarter-length convertible bra will do the trick. Bring these items to your dress fittings. You’ll see and feel the difference.

SELECTING BRIDESMAID DRESSES To make your girls happy, allow them to choose their own style of dress. Select a designer whose overall line appeals to you, and choose a color from their design palette.

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With the designer and color selected, let your girls choose the style of dress they feel most flatters their figure. This is a great option if one of your bridesmaids is pregnant or if you have a variety of body sizes and shapes to contend with. Another option is to select a two-piece ensemble, which naturally adjusts itself to different body types. Alterations are often easier when dealing with just a top, or just a skirt.

HAIR + MAKEUP All eyes will be focused on you, and only you, as you gracefully make your entrance up the center aisle. You’ll be the object of one handsome groom’s love and adoration, and the subject of hundreds of photographs. Not to mention your walk will be captured on camera via your cinematographer. Are you just the slightest bit nervous? Don’t be! You may have heard it said before that brides have a special glow. Well, it’s true. Combine that glow with a glamorous touch to your hair and makeup and looking your absolute, beautiful best will be easier than you think. The first decision is whether to use a professional makeup artist, hair stylist, or both. Should you consider these services for 58

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just yourself, or for your entire bridal party, the benefits of hiring these professionals are many. From the convenience of onlocation service, to the reassurance that all of the bridal attendants will look their very best, enlisting the help of an expert is one simple way to shorten the list of wedding day worries. MAKEUP STYLIST A professional makeup artist is experienced in creating many different looks. A true artist will know trade secrets for not only fashioning a longer lasting look, but for accentuating your finer features. From ruby red lips to smokey eyes, your stylist will help you look and feel your best. The end result: a picture-perfect-you. HAIR STYLIST An initial consultation is generally recommended one to two months prior to the wedding. Necessary items for this visit are the headpiece or veil and a digital camera. Take photos from several angles to assist the stylist in recreating the same look on your wedding day. n

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Wedding formalwear can be separated into four categories, each with its own distinctive style: very formal, formal, semiformal and informal. The time of day your ceremony is held will strongly influence the level of formality, in turn influencing the attire. Other considerations such as the overall color and theme of the wedding will also play a part in the final selection of formalwear. VERY FORMAL Morning weddings are often considered to be very formal events. Suggested attire is the long-jacketed morning suit with gray waistcoat, striped trousers, top hat, gloves, spats, and for the truly debonair – a walking stick. Some modern men opt to wear a complementary silk tie instead of the traditional ascot or striped four-in-hand tie. Very formal evening weddings call for white tie and tails – black swallowtail coat and trousers, with a white pique vest, shirt and white bow tie. Black top hats and white gloves are optional. FORMAL Afternoon weddings fall into the formal category. For this occasion the groom and groomsmen don the classic black tie or tuxedo. Also appropriate are white or ivory dinner jackets, worn with black pants trimmed with grosgrain or satin ribbon, a bow tie, and vest or cummerbund. SEMIFORMAL Here is where tradition gives way, ever so slightly, to fashion. Tuxedo or dinner jackets can be livened up with a dash of coordinated color in the tie, vest or cummerbund, and suspenders. Tuxedo jackets come either double-breasted or single-breasted and in a variety of lengths and silhouettes. If you really want to make a statement, some formalwear stores now offer a colorful variety of jackets and vests in brocades and other textures. 62

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INFORMAL A navy or dark gray suit is perfectly appropriate for an informal wedding. Also attractive and equally suitable is a navy blazer with neutral-colored trousers. The fabric should be appropriate to the season—cotton or linen for summer, flannel for fall. The groom and groomsmen should try to dress in the same color, and ties can complement the bridesmaids’ gowns. Formalwear should be reserved at least three months in advance and all measurements taken at least three weeks prior to the wedding. Out-of-town groomsmen can have their measurements taken at a men’s formalwear store near them and forwarded to the store where you’ve reserved your tuxedos. Traditionally the groomsmen pick up the rental cost of their own formalwear, but the generous groom can offer to cover the costs of formalwear accessories such as custom cuff links and shirt studs. Rented formalwear usually includes a jacket, vest or cummerbund, pants, suspenders, shirt, cufflinks, studs and a tie. It is recommended that shoes be rented from the same store to maintain consistency. Someone should be designated to gather and return all formalwear to the store on time to avoid late fees, which run from five to ten dollars per day, per outfit. The groom, like the bride, has the option of purchasing his wedding day attire or having it tailor-made. If his social calendar calls for it a tuxedo is a good investment, which will pay for itself in three or four occasions, to say nothing of the unmistakable elegance of owning a custom tailored tuxedo. Whatever the style and degree of formality you choose for your wedding, there are a few key points to keep in mind when ordering formalwear for groom and groomsmen. Shirts, whether with pleated front panels or traditional smooth-fronted, should fit snugly around the neck. The bottom hem of the pants should touch the top of the shoes. Jackets should fit snugly but comfortably with some room at the waist. Sleeves should end at the wrist bone. Vents on the sides of the jacket should lay smoothly. The jacket collar should hug the neck and the lapels shouldn’t buckle. Cummerbunds should be worn pleats-up (you should be able to stick a finger down into the folds). If the groom chooses to wear a pocket square, it should be small and discreet. Knowing the proper names and uses of different articles of formal attire will make shopping for this important ensemble a much easier task. n


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inclusive packages generally include food and lodging, extensive recreational facilities and equipment, ground transportation plus other amenities and services. Options range from couples-only resorts, which cater specifically to honeymooners, to family resorts. Rates can vary significantly between companies and time of year, so shop around. Whatever your choice, the all-inclusive package is perfect for those honeymooners who want to pay one price and forget about everything else but each other.

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TRAVELING ABROAD You’ll need a passport when traveling abroad. If you don’t have a passport or yours is expired, apply for a new one at least three months before your wedding. Typically the process takes six weeks, but allow for any mishaps or delays. For travel in some countries you’ll need vaccinations. Visit www.cdc.gov/travel for recommended and required vaccinations.

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oneymoon - just the mention of the word conjures up images of champagne breakfasts for two, lazy afternoons in the sun, romantic candlelight dinners and passionate nights. Making arrangements for this intimate escape will be one of the most enjoyable aspects of planning your wedding. Begin discussing honeymoon plans as soon as you’ve set the wedding date. Not only will this allow you time to explore the many options, it will also afford you the best availability and value. ALL-INCLUSIVE More than just mere accommodations, all116

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CRUISES Similar to all-inclusive resorts, cruise packages offer many services and amenities for one price. They usually include airfare, accommodations, meals, spa and health club facilities, sports, activities, entertainment, not to mention exotic ports of call. Overall, cruise packages provide good value for the money. For this type of honeymoon excursion you’ll want to select a travel agent that specializes in cruise packages. They will have the best knowledge of what each cruise line offers, as well as personal experience and suggestions. STAYING LOCAL Not all newlyweds are afforded the luxury of extended honeymoon bliss in a faraway place. If you plan on honeymooning locally, consider a quaint bed and breakfast, a posh hotel or a spa resort. Champagne and candlelight can be just as romantic 100 miles from home as they are on the other side of the globe. CONFIRMATIONS No matter the destination, confirm your travel and hotel well in advance and be sure to double-check them at least a week before your ceremony. In addition, it doesn’t hurt to call the hotel on the day of your wedding to confirm your time of arrival. Be sure to mention you were just married, as this often results in a nicer room or suite, depending on availability, or a special gift basket from the hotel, waiting for you upon arrival. Whether traveling across the globe or staying close to home, the most important thing is to enjoy each other and relax. n


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bridal shows A bridal show is a convention for brides and grooms. It affords couples the convenience of meeting photographers, florists, caterers, bakeries, musicians and other wedding professionals all under one roof, in one day. It provides the perfect opportunity to sample the wares and view the work of prospective wedding vendors while observing their personality and professionalism.

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QUALITY From the moment you enter The Bridal Spectacular, you know you are in for a special day. Wide aisles make it easy to navigate among the area’s premier wedding vendors. The atmosphere is fun and energetic as well as professional. VARIETY The Bridal Spectacular bridal show offers a huge variety of specialists in the most categories. You’ll have the opportunity to meet with major vendors including reception facilities, florists, bakers, bridal shops, tuxedo shops, DJ’s, invitations, etc. You will also find a variety of specialty exhibitors such as bridal registry, salons, hairstylists and make-up artists, jewelers and much more. TRENDS AND IDEAS As you wonder thru the hall you will find all the current trends, popular colors and wedding theme ideas for your wedding. In addition to decorating ideas you will see at vendor booths. FASHION SHOWS The best trends in gowns, tuxedo and floral designs are presented in a spectacular way everyone talks about. This dazzling event takes place Friday evening and Saturday at 12:30 pm. Then at 3:00 pm you have the opportunity to see a classic runway style show.

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to talk to and ask those important questions to help you make wise decisions. Our event “Veils, Tails and Cocktails” is in this category. VENUE OPEN HOUSE Many of our Las Vegas wedding venues hold open houses once or twice a year so that you can come and see their facility as it would look on your wedding day and meet with their preferred vendors. This is a great opportunity to compare venues and the individualized services they can provide you with. Plus you get to see the building, landscaping, parking and other physical features of the venue. Typically in addition to the venue you will meet with up to 20 of their preferred vendors. RETAILER OPEN HOUSE This event is designed to introduce you to a bridal registry department of a retail store or possibly a photographers studio or a floral studio. They will often invite 20 or less preferred vendors to also be there to meet you. BRIDAL TRUNK SHOW This is all about fashion! Many of the local bridal shops will hold trunk shows at their locations and feature the latest gowns from a particular designer. So get busy, start with The Bridal Spectacular, and also plan to attend as many open house events as possible so you can shop and compare! n


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If every couple devoted as many hours to learning how to strengthen and protect their relationship as they do planning their wedding, US marriage statistics would boast a different tale. As it is, the average couple will spend an estimated 273.75 hours over a twelve-month period planning for one day— their wedding. Care to guess how much time is spent preparing for the success of their marriage? Less than 2 hours. It’s a very sobering thought. Thus, the question begs to be asked—what are you doing to ensure your wedded bliss? While your response might be, “Us? Counseling? But we’re so in love, he’s such a wonderful man,” reality suggests that love alone isn’t enough to guarantee matrimonial longevity. The simple truth is that even with the best matches, all couples can benefit from learning how to build a satisfying, committed marriage. But don’t take it on faith, let the facts support the reasoning. A CASE FOR MARRIAGE PREPARATION You’ve probably heard the statistics and know they’re not encouraging. Half of all first marriages end in divorce. Statistics are even less 150

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encouraging for second marriages. Half of those who do stay together report lowered marital satisfaction within a few years of marrying. It’s no secret that the risk for divorce is greatest in the first five years. Spending enough time together, establishing a pleasurable sex life and managing shared finances are the major challenges newlywed couples must resolve in these first five years of marriage. Add children to the mix and the pressure of maintaining relationship satisfaction increases even more. Studies show that getting married is a major life transition and how the marriage is established in the early years shapes how the marriage will unfold over the long term. Research has also shown that certain types of marriage preparation programs are particularly effective at preventing divorce, lowering the risk by 30% when couples practice specific relationship skills. The conclusion to be drawn from this research is crystal clear: investing in your relationship during the “magic window”—the year before and after marriage—may be the best wedding gift you could ever receive! Everyone wants the best, most fulfilling relationship possible. Contrary to popular


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belief, marrying your soul mate doesn’t necessarily inoculate you against the inevitable pressures of modern life. You want a spouse with whom you can build a shared vision of the future, collaborate on raising children and create an open, trusting and accepting partnership. You want someone who supports your personal and career goals and offers the nurturance and safety of a committed relation-ship. You also want great communication, great lovemaking and great times—now and forever! That’s a large order to fill. Just ask anyone who’s been married for thirty years! CHOOSING THE RIGHT PROGRAM FOR YOU So, how do you know which program is right for you? The answer has to do with who you are, what your religious practices are, where you’re getting married and what is most convenient to your schedule. Fortunately, there are several options to consider. The marriage preparation field is divided into three broad categories: • Faith-based church programs • Private pre-marital counseling services • Skill-based classes and workshops Each method has its own strengths and advantages based on its particular approach, required time commitment and cost. FAITH-BASED PROGRAMS Faith-based marriage preparation got its start back in the 19th Century when a group of Catholic Spanish wives wanted to help their future husbands prepare for the sacrament of marriage. Engaged Encounter as the Catholic program is called today, has rapidly proliferated around the world. It is presented by a lay husband and wife team who has volunteered to present a marriage curriculum with the help of a priest who may have training in pastoral counseling. Protestant and Jewish religions offer their programs tailored to the beliefs and traditions of their faiths. Unlike Engaged Encounter these offerings can be quite varied community-tocommunity and depend on the resources of the particular church or personnel involved. Some churches, especially among the Protestant faiths, have “marriage mentors” who volunteer their time to meet with

engaged-couples to answer questions and discuss issues. In many cases, these mentors will continue to be available to the married couple long after the wedding is over. Faithbased marriage preparation services also may be the right choice for couples on a limited budget since the costs are usually minimal, if not free of charge. PRE-MARITAL COUNSELING Another option to consider is pre-marital counseling with a mental health professional. Many couples may have particular issues they want to work on and prefer a more customized approach that individual sessions can provide. With individualized therapy, couples can explore in more depth such issues as inlaws, finances, remarriage and differences in backgrounds. Although many therapists provide pre-marital counseling, it is best to select one who is a specialist in couples therapy, since they will have more expertise in helping couples. Typically, pre-marital counseling utilizes a three to five session format with one-hour meetings scheduled weekly. Private counseling is the most expensive of the options described here. However, if your health insurance covers mental health services, you may even be able to get some reimbursement for the fees. In some cases, therapists might suggest you and your partner take a relationship questionnaire or “inventory” to provide more insight into your relationship’s strengths and challenge areas. The three pre-marital “inventories” available on the market are Prepare/Enrich (lifeinnovations. com), Foccus (used in Engaged Encounter) and Relate (relate-institute.org). Prepare/Enrich and Foccus are only offered through a licensed counselor, whereas the Relate questionnaire is available online for only $10. Each of these questionnaires provides a detailed report of the couple’s communication styles, values, goals, and relationship dynamics. This tool can serve as a useful discussion guide to augment whatever program you decide to pursue. SKILL-BASED PROGRAMS Within the last ten years a new breed of nonreligious, skill-based marriage preparation S P E C TAC U L A R B R I D E .C O M

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classes have emerged. These classes and workshops teach couples lessons from the latest marriage research studies that emphasize the importance of using particular skills and strategies to promote marital longevity. These studies have yielded an impressive body of knowledge that can easily be taught and applied to couples. In essence, skill-based programs teach couples how to protect their relationship. By learning how to resolve conflicts that can undermine their commitment, they are safeguarding their marriage as they navigate through the challenging early years. Key resolution skills include listening, com-municating and dealing with personal differences. By implementing these skills, couples can decrease negative interactions and unreasonable expectations; creating a framework of “we-ness” that promotes marital happiness and satisfaction.

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Having a foundation based on mutual understanding, agreed upon strategies, and personal awareness is crucial to making the transition to married life, especially if children are part of the plan. Skill-based programs are typically available either in a weekend workshop format or over several weekly sessions. The cost varies depending on what is provided, but the typical range is $400 - $600 per couple. MAKING THE DECISION So what’s the next step? Talk with your fiance, even your parents and clergy about whether marriage preparation makes sense for you. Visit the Smart Marriages Web site (www. smartmarriages.com) to get more information and a listing of programs available in your area. If you’re simply too busy to do anything before the wedding, consider that half of the couples in many of the skill-based programs across the country are newlyweds. n Drs. Patrick and Michelle Gannon are psychologists in private practice in San Francisco, California and present the skill-based Marriage Prep 101 workshop for pre-engaged, engaged and newlywed couples eight times a year at Fort Mason Center on the beautiful

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planning place Before making the first call or setting the first appointment, take 15-20 minutes to skim through the following 15 pages. A quick immersion in Weddings 101 will not only save time, money and frustration, it will demystify the process so you can relax and enjoy the journey.

From setting the budget and

creating the guest list, to booking your site and vendors, it's all in here.

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wedding protocol FOR CEREMONY & RECEPTION SEATING DURING CEREMONY Altar

Left Side

Right Side

Bride's Family

Groom's Family

Honored Guests

Honored Guests

Guests

Guests

CHRISTIAN PROCESSIONAL Clergyman Groom and Best Man Groomsmen Bridesmaids Maid of Honor Ring Bearer Flower Girl Brides's Father & Bride

JEWISH PROCESSIONAL Cantor

Rabbi

Bride's Grandfather

Bride's Grandmother

Groom's Grandfather

Groom's Grandmother

Usher Groomsmen Best Man

Groom's Father

Groom's Mother

Groom Bridesmaids Maid of Honor

Bride's Father

Bride's Mother

Bride

RECEIVING LINE Bride's Mother

Bride's Father

Groom's Mother

Groom's Father

Bride

(optional*)

Groom

Maid of Honor

Best Man

Attendants

* Keep in mind that many of today's brides are eliminating the receiving line. If you are expecting a large number of guests, receiving lines can take up to an hour to go through and this becomes very tiring on everyone. You can also simplify the receiving line to include only the mothers of the bride and groom, the bride and groom, the maid of honor and the bridesmaids. Let the fathers and groomsmen be roving hosts.

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planning time table Organized planning will ensure you enjoy every minute of your wedding day. Begin the planning process for a large formal wedding at least six months beforehand.

six or more months ahead  Decide on the type of wedding—large or small, formal or informal  Set the date (select back-up dates)  Set the budget and number of guests to invite  Book the ceremony location and officiant  Book the reception site  Order save-the-date cards  Hire a wedding coordinator—day-of or full event  Choose and notify attendants  Book the caterer  Book the photographer and videographer  Book ceremony and reception music  Book the floral designer  Order the cake  Order gown and accessories—veil, shoes, undergarments  Purchase the wedding rings  Send save-the-date cards

four to six months ahead  Compile guest list and gather addresses  Order invitations, reply cards, direction cards, thank-you notes  Plan and book the honeymoon  Confirm passports are valid  Select and order bridesmaids’ dresses  Purchase or reserve groom and groomsmen’s attire  Plan the details of the reception  Meet with floral designer to coordinate flowers, rentals and design concept  Reserve rental equipment—tables, chairs, linens  Order favors  Reserve accommodations for out-of-town guests  Arrange transportation for wedding day  Book a room for the wedding night S P E C TAC U L A R B R I D E .C O M

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two to four months ahead  Set-up bridal registry  Select song lists for ceremony and reception  Review menu with caterer  Meet with officiant to plan ceremony  Select vows and readings  Schedule rehearsal and rehearsal dinner  Meet with makeup and hairstylist  Address and mail invitations  Purchase gifts for wedding party  Announce engagement in local paper(s)  Write thank-you notes as gifts arrive

one to two months ahead  Order ceremony program, place cards, table cards and menus  Purchase accessories—guestbook and pen, toasting flutes, unity candles, cake knife and server, flower girl’s baske and ring bearer’s pillow

 Get marriage license and certified copies  Prepare necessary name change documents  Confirm all professional services in writing  Remind bridesmaids of final dress fittings  Order gift baskets to be delivered to hotel for out-of-town guests  Assign family and friends to assist with boutonnieres, guest book, gift table and collecting items after reception

two weeks ahead  Final dress fitting with shoes and undergarments  Arrange for cleaning and preservation of gown  Finalize guest count and meal selections with caterer  Finalize the seating plan and write place cards  Confirm rehearsal dinner arrangements  Confirm rehearsal date, location and details with wedding party  Confirm delivery date of all dresses  Confirm location, date and time with each wedding day vendor  Confirm honeymoon arrangements and make copies of passports  Provide honeymoon itinerary to family or friend in case of an emergency  Confirm final count and delivery details with rental company  Write toasts for rehearsal dinner and reception  Address announcements (mail on wedding day)  Hair color and/or trim  Break-in wedding shoes 156

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one week ahead  Send change of address to post-office  Confirm out-of-town guests’ hotel selections for delivery of gift baskets  Confirm responsibilities assigned to family and friends  Pick-up dress or have it delivered  Purchase traveler’s checks  Pack for honeymoon  Update caterer with final guest and vendor meal count  Make final seating chart adjustments

one day ahead  Massage, manicure and pedicure  Confirm transportation for ceremony and reception  Prepare tip and payment envelopes and make arrangements for someone to deliver them to the appropriate vendors

 Rehearsal and rehearsal dinner  Present gifts to wedding party. Give gifts to parents, if you choose, as thanks for their support

 Give announcements to an attendant to mail the next day

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budget manager One of the greatest influences on the type of wedding you have will be your budget. To establish an accurate distribution of wedding finances, you and your fiancé should first take a moment to discuss one another’s wants, needs and wish-lists. The next step--prioritize. If serving a lavish buffet with passed hors d’oeuvres at the reception takes precedence over hiring a live band, or if an abundance of lush, cascading flowers framing your entry into the reception is more important than the cake, you’ll need to make the appropriate adjustments and allocations. Remember, when you increase the expenditure in one category, you decrease the available budget for the remaining categories.

USING THE BUDGET MANAGER The percentages that appear in the Suggested column on the following pages are only guidelines. They can easily be changed to accommodate your personal preferences and priorities. To calculate the Suggested Budget per category, simply multiply your Total Budget by the Suggested Percentage. For example: $25,000 (total budget) x 5.00% (suggested percentage) = $1,250. Utilize this printed version of the Budget Manager or visit www.aboutweddings.com and go to The Planning Place>Budget Manager. Either way, set your budget as soon as possible and commit to following it.

TOTAL BUDGET $ __________________

Suggested %

Budget

Actual

 Beverages/Bar/Corkage Fee

5.00%

__________________

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 Cake/Cake Cutting Fee

2.00%

__________________

___________________

29.00%

__________________

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 Facility Rental

6.00%

__________________

___________________

 Rental Items

1.00%

__________________

___________________

 Other

__________________

___________________

 Other

__________________

___________________

43.00%

__________________

___________________

 Aisle Runner

0.25%

__________________

___________________

 Candles/Candelabras or Sand/Vases

0.35%

__________________

___________________

 Facility Rental

0.75%

__________________

___________________

 Officiant

0.40%

__________________

___________________

 Marriage License

0.25%

__________________

___________________

__________________

___________________

__________________

___________________

reception

 Catering/Food/Servers/Tax/Gratuity

Sub Total

ceremony

 Other

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Suggested %

Budget

Actual

 Alterations

0.55%

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 Bride’s Gown

6.45%

__________________

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 Headpiece/Veil

0.50%

__________________

___________________

 Jewelry

0.10%

__________________

___________________

 Lingerie

0.10%

__________________

___________________

0.30%

__________________

___________________

apparel/bride

 Shoes  Other

__________________

___________________

 Other

__________________

___________________

8.00%

__________________

___________________

 Groom’s Tuxedo or Suit

0.75%

__________________

___________________

 Accessories (shoes, cufflinks, etc)

0.25%

__________________

___________________

 Other

__________________

___________________

1.00%

__________________

___________________

7.00%

__________________

___________________

__________________

___________________

7.00%

__________________

___________________

4.00%

__________________

___________________

 Other

__________________

___________________

4.00%

__________________

___________________

 Attendants’ Bouquets

1.00%

__________________

___________________

 Boutonnieres/Mothers’ Flowers

0.75%

__________________

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 Bride’s Bouquet

0.70%

__________________

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 Flower Girl’s Basket

0.10%

__________________

___________________

 Ceremony Arrangements

0.20%

__________________

___________________

 Reception Tables (buffet/cake/guests)

4.25%

__________________

 Other

__________________

___________________

 Other

__________________

___________________

__________________

___________________

Sub Total

apparel/groom

Sub Total

photographer  Photographer Fee/Prints  Other

Sub Total

videographer  Videographer Fee/Copies

Sub Total

flowers

Sub Total

7.00%

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Budget

Actual

 Ceremony

1.50%

__________________

___________________

 Cocktail Hour

1.50%

__________________

___________________

4.00%

__________________

___________________

 Other

__________________

___________________

7.00%

__________________

___________________

1.50%

__________________

___________________

 Save-the-Date Cards

0.30%

__________________

___________________

 Directions/Hotels/Maps

0.20%

__________________

___________________

 Ceremony Program

0.25%

__________________

___________________

 Postage

0.45%

__________________

___________________

 Thank You Notes

0.30%

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 Seating Cards/Place Cards

__________________

___________________

 Menu Cards

__________________

___________________

 Announcements

__________________

___________________

 Calligraphy

__________________

___________________

3.00%

__________________

___________________

 Cake Knife & Server

0.20%

__________________

___________________

 Favors

1.00%

__________________

___________________

 Guest Book & Pen

0.15%

__________________

___________________

 Toasting Flutes

0.15%

__________________

___________________

1.50%

__________________

___________________

 Bride’s Attendants

0.30%

__________________

___________________

 Groomsmen & Ushers

0.30%

__________________

___________________

 Parents

0.40%

__________________

___________________

 Pre-Wedding Party Hosts

0.30%

__________________

___________________

 Soloists/Musicians (Friends)

0.20%

__________________

___________________

 Guest (hotel) Gift Baskets

__________________

___________________

 Other

__________________

___________________

__________________

___________________

entertainment/music

 Reception

Sub Total

stationery  Invitations/Reply Cards

Sub Total

accessories

Sub Total

gifts

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Budget

Actual

0.50%

__________________

___________________

1.50%

__________________

___________________

 Other

__________________

___________________

 Other

__________________

___________________

2.00%

__________________

___________________

0.85%

__________________

___________________

0.15%

__________________

___________________

 Other

__________________

___________________

1.00%

__________________

___________________

 Wedding Coordinator

9.00%

__________________

___________________

 Wedding Insurance

1.00%

__________________

___________________

 Other

__________________

___________________

 Other

__________________

___________________

 Sub Total

10.00%

__________________

___________________

2.00%

__________________

___________________

 Other

__________________

___________________

Sub Total

2.00%

__________________

___________________

Total

100.00%

__________________

___________________

transportation  Guest Transportation  Limousine

Sub Total

beauty  Hair & Makeup  Manicure and Pedicure

Sub Total

optional

overages  Tax/Tips

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reception checklist & questionnaire  The Location:_ _______________________________________________________________________________  Date availability?______________________________________________________________________________  Proximity to ceremony location?_________________________________________________________________  Are any other receptions booked for the same day?_________________________________________________  Room capacity? (independently confirm)_________________________________________________________  Square footage of room? Cocktail area? Dance floor? _ _____________________________________________  Is there a public address system available?_________________________________________________________  Are there visual obstructions in room? Pillars, columns, etc.?__________________________________________  What does the rental fee include?________________________________________________________________  Are there discounts for specific days/ time of day/time of year?_ ______________________________________  Is there a minimum person guarantee (equal to a min. food/beverage charge) requirement?_ _______________  What are the overtime fees?_ ___________________________________________________________________  What is the required deposit? When is it due? When is the balance due?_ _______________________________  What additional costs should we expect?__________________________________________________________  Postponement/cancellation policy?_______________________________________________________________  Liability insurance required? Terms?______________________________________________________________  Is there adequate parking or valet?_______________________________________________________________  Are we required to use an in-house caterer or ‘preferred’ caterers list?_ _________________________________  What time will vendors be allowed to enter facility?_ ________________________________________________  Are clean-up services provided? Is there an additional charge?_ _______________________________________  Are candles/open flames allowed? _______________________________________________________________  Are there decorating restrictions?________________________________________________________________  Are there any music/amplification restrictions?_____________________________________________________  Is there a coat check area available?______________________________________________________________  Are there bride and groom changing rooms?_______________________________________________________  Is it handicap accessible?_______________________________________________________________________  Are there childcare facilities?____________________________________________________________________  Is there adequate power and outlets for the entertainment?___________________________________________  Are guests allowed to throw rice or birdseed?______________________________________________________  Are there plans to renovate in the future?__________________________________________________________

(If answer is yes, get completion date in writing before finalizing contract)

 Is it a union venue? _ __________________________________________________________________________  Are there upcoming contract negotiations or ongoing labor disputes to be aware of?______________________  Are you anticipating selling the property?_ ________________________________________________________  When getting final price quote, make sure the dollar amounts include tax and gratuity._ ___________________

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reception order & timeline Begin Time

End Time

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_____________________

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 Guests are directed to place card table

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______________________

 DJ or MC announces the arrival of the

_____________________

______________________

 Bride and groom mingle with guests

_____________________

______________________

 Dinner is announced

_____________________

______________________

 Guests are seated

_____________________

______________________

 Dinner is served

_____________________

______________________

 Champagne is served for toasting

_____________________

______________________

 Toasts by bestman, maid of honor and

_____________________

______________________

 Band or DJ music begins

_____________________

______________________

 Dinner plates are cleared

_____________________

______________________

 Bride and groom’s first dance

_____________________

______________________

 First dance with parents

_____________________

______________________

 Wedding party joins the dance floor

_____________________

______________________

 Open dancing for all guests

_____________________

______________________

 Bestman/designated person presents

_____________________

______________________

 Cake cutting

_____________________

______________________

 Cake and/or other desserts are served

_____________________

______________________

 Garter Toss (optional)

_____________________

______________________

 Bouquet Toss (optional)

_____________________

______________________

 Sweetheart Dance

_____________________

______________________

 Last Dance for bride and groom

_____________________

______________________

 Departure of newlyweds

_____________________

______________________

 Parents or designated host announce

_____________________

______________________

 Guest departure

_____________________

______________________

 Designated persons collect wedding gifts,

_____________________

______________________

 Background music plays as guests arrive and are

directed to the cocktail reception area

 Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres are served while

guests await the bridal party

wedding party and bride and groom

other pre-determined guests

enveloped-payment to appropriate vendors

conclusion of the evening

rentals and other items for bride and groom

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flower checklist personal flowers  Bride’s bouquet  Maid / matron of honor bouquet  Bridesmaids’ bouquets  Flower girl basket or headpiece  Mothers’ flowers (i.e., single stem flower, tussy mussy, corsage)  Grandmothers’ flowers (i.e., single stem flower, tussy mussy, corsage)  Readers  Vocalists  Groom’s boutonniere  Bestman / groomsmen boutonnieres  Ushers / ring bearer  Fathers / grandfathers’ boutonnieres  Other ____________________________

ceremony flowers  Guest book attendant  Gift table attendant  Church flower s/ candles  Aisle flowers / ribbons  Altar / chuppah  Rose petals for decorations/tossing  Other ____________________________

reception flowers  Powder-room arrangements  Entryway table  Place card table  Head table  Bride / groom chairs  Guest tables  Cake / cake table  Reception buffet table(s)  Rose petals for decorations  Bar  Other ____________________________

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music selections Whether your preferences lean toward classical, jazz, Motown, ethnic, or spiritual, you needn’t feel bound by traditional selections. Use this opportunity to share songs that mean something to you with those you love. Most couples assume they’ll remember all their favorite songs when it comes time to compose the list, but with so many details to contend with, it’s easy to forget. When you get to the point of finalizing your list, note the song lengths. Your event coordinator will need this information when composing a time line for both you and your other vendors.

song

performed by

length

 Prelude (20-40 minutes prior to ceremony/guest seating) __________________________________________

___________________________

____________

__________________________________________

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____________

__________________________________________

___________________________

____________

__________________________________________

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____________

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____________

__________________________________________

___________________________

____________

Total Minutes ________________

 Processional (1 to 2 selections for wedding party & one for bride) __________________________________________

___________________________

____________

__________________________________________

___________________________

____________

__________________________________________

___________________________

____________

__________________________________________

___________________________

____________

__________________________________________

___________________________

____________

Total Minutes ________________

 Ceremony Selections (Musicians and soloists) __________________________________________

___________________________

____________

__________________________________________

___________________________

____________

__________________________________________

___________________________

____________

__________________________________________

___________________________

____________

__________________________________________

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Total Minutes ________________

 The Recessional (Wedding party and guests departing) __________________________________________

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performed by

length

 First Dance (“Your Song”) / Parent Dance _____________________________________________

_____________________________

_____________

_____________________________________________

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_____________________________________________

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Total Minutes ________________

 Special Requests for Band or DJ _____________________________________________

_____________________________

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_____________________________________________

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_____________

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_____________________________________________

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Total Minutes ________________

 "Don’t Play" List _____________________________________________

_____________________________

_____________

_____________________________________________

_____________________________

_____________

_____________________________________________

_____________________________

_____________

_____________________________________________

_____________________________

_____________

Total Minutes ________________

ask the right questions  Do you have a demo-CD or is it possible to hear you play live?________________________________________  Do you charge a flat fee or an hourly rate?_________________________________________________________  How do you handle overtime?___________________________________________________________________  What is your cancellation/postponement policy?___________________________________________________  If something happens to the person(s) contracted, who will replace them?_______________________________  Do you have any special requirements regarding space, electricity or any other items?_____________________  Is there a member of the group that can act as MC for the first dance, cake cutting, etc?_ __________________  Will the same performer(s) on the demo-CD be performing at my wedding?_____________________________  Can we make requests at the reception?___________________________________________________________  Do you have a list of your repertoire?_____________________________________________________________  How long will it take you to set up? Will you do it before the guests arrive?______________________________  What will the performers be wearing?_ ___________________________________________________________  How often, and for how long do you break?________________________________________________________ 166

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making the merge your name change Keeping Your Maiden Name Women who have established a professional career using their maiden name often choose to continue using that name.

Name Change Checklist

                  

Using Both Names Some women choose to use their maiden name at work and career related functions, yet legally take their husband’s surname and use it for social and family purposes. Hyphenating Your Name This option requires a hyphen after the bride’s maiden name followed by her husband’s surname. (Sandra Smith becomes Sandra Smith-Fisher.) Changing Your Name Women opting to change their name both socially and legally, should plan to take action upon returning from the honeymoon. A request should be made for a separate credit history to be maintained under the bride’s maiden name. It is wise for a woman to keep one or two credit cards under her maiden name to maintain a credit rating in the event she is widowed or divorced.

Auto Registration Bank Accounts Car Insurance Credit Cards Credit Reporting Agency Deeds Doctor/Dental Records Driver’s License Employee Records Internal Revenue Service Life Insurance Policy Memberships Passport Post Office Property Titles Savings Accounts Social Security Card Stock Certificates Voter Registration

 Will

where to start His bank or hers?

Joint checking or individual? The merging of two households and two sets of

finances warrants some time and attention. With all the focus on the wedding, it's easy to put off a few of the not-so-urgent details, such as banking, insurance and other financial decisions. Here are a few of the items you'll want to address sooner, rather than later. Banking

One of the first decisions to make is whether to merge your accounts or keep them

separate. Many couples opt to open a joint account, while still keeping separate accounts. Others choose to open a joint savings account, where they funnel a certain percentage of their monthly income. The amount allocated towards the account is usually determined by their financial goals. Bills If you choose to maintain separate bank accounts, sit down together and discuss the allocation of household bills. If all funds are merged, you'll need to decide who's in charge of finances and responsible for paying the monthly bills. Insurance Review car, home, health and life insurance policies. Analyze coverage plans and address the new beneficiary issues where necessary. Your First Home

No matter what state the economy is in, investing wisely in real estate can be an

important factor in building a solid financial future. Start addressing your financial goals right from the start. There are benefits to being married—you've got combined purchase power. Wield it wisely. Finding an agent that's familiar with local neighborhoods, schools and market conditions is key. Whether you know exactly what you want, or have no idea where to start, you'll want an experienced, reputable agent to walk you through the process.

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wedding day responsibilities responsibilities

name

cell phone

Rings & marriage license

_____________________________

_ _____________________________

Bride’s wedding apparel

_____________________________

_ _____________________________

Bride’s emergency kit

_____________________________

_ _____________________________

Groom’s tuxedo and accessories

_____________________________

_ _____________________________

Favors, guest book and pen

_____________________________

_ _____________________________

Aisle runner, unity candle and holder _____________________________

_ _____________________________

Cake knife, server and toasting flutes _____________________________

_ _____________________________

Wedding programs

_____________________________

_ _____________________________

Ring bearer pillow

_____________________________

_ _____________________________

Guest book table attendant

_____________________________

_ _____________________________

Gift table attendant

_____________________________

_ _____________________________

Pay officiant and other vendors

_____________________________

_ _____________________________

Personal flowers

_____________________________

_ _____________________________

Lighting candles prior to ceremony

_____________________________

_ _____________________________

Toasts and announcement of couple _____________________________

_ _____________________________

Transportation of gifts

_____________________________

_ _____________________________

Bouquet for floral preservation

_____________________________

_ _____________________________

Top layer of cake and cake top

_____________________________

_ _____________________________

Gather rental items/bride’s gown

_____________________________

_ _____________________________

vendors (wedding day contact)

name

cell phone

Cake

_____________________________

_ _____________________________

Catering

_____________________________

_ _____________________________

Event coordinator

_____________________________

_ _____________________________

Facility contact

_____________________________

_ _____________________________

Flowers

_____________________________

_ _____________________________

Hair

_____________________________

_ _____________________________

Makeup

_____________________________

_ _____________________________

Music/ceremony

_____________________________

_ _____________________________

Music/reception

_____________________________

_ _____________________________

Officiant

_____________________________

_ _____________________________

Photographer

_____________________________

_ _____________________________

Transportation

_____________________________

_ _____________________________

Videographer

_____________________________

_ _____________________________

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2014 calendar january

february S

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3 10 17 24 31

4 11 18 25

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2 9 16 23 30

3 10 17 24 31

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8 15 22 29

may

4 11 18 25

5 6 12 13 19 20 26 27

7 14 21 28

8 15 22 29

september S

1 2

5 12 19 26

6 13 20 27

2 3 4 9 10 11 16 17 18 23 24 25 30 31

1 2 3 8 9 10 15 16 17 22 23 24 29 30

4 11 18 25

5 6 7 12 13 14 19 20 21 26 27 28

8 15 22 29

5 12 19 26

6 13 20 27

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7 14 21 28

1 8 15 22 29

2 9 16 23 30

3 10 17 24

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4 11 18 25

2 9 16 23 30

7 14 21 28

8 15 22 29

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july

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5 6 12 13 19 20 26 27

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4 11 18 25

1 8 15 22 29

1 2

5 12 19 26

6 13 20 27

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october

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4 11 18 25

3 4 10 11 17 18 24 25

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june

S M T W T 3 7 8 9 10 14 15 16 17 21 22 23 24 28 29 30

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april

F

2 9 16 23 30

F

march

S M T W T

2 9 16 23 30

3 10 17 24 31

3 10 17 24 31

november

2 9 16 23 30

3 4 10 11 17 18 24 25

5 12 19 26

6 13 20 27

F 7 14 21 28

4 5 11 12 18 19 25 26

6 13 20 27

7 14 21 28

8 15 22 29

2 9 16 23 30

december

3 7 8 9 10 14 15 16 17 21 22 23 24 28 29 30

4 11 18 25

New Year's Day . . . . . . . . . . . . Jan 1

President's Day . . . . . . . . . . . Feb 17

Memorial Day . . . . . . . . . . . . May 26

1st Day of Rosh Hashanah . . Sept 25

Thanksgiving . . . . . . . . . . . . Nov 27

Martin Luther King . . . . . . . . Jan 20

Good Friday . . . . . . . . . . . . . Apr 18

Independence Day . . . . . . . . .July 4

1st Day of Yom Kippur . . . . . . Oct 4

1st Day of Hanukkah . . . . . . . Dec 16

Valentine's Day . . . . . . . . . . . . Feb 14

Easter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Apr 20

Labor Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sept 1

Columbus Day . . . . . . . . . . . . Oct 13

Christmas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dec 25

NOTES:

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las vegas wedding professionals + services apparel: alterations & bridal gown care

beauty: hair & makeup

The Dress Doctor (see ad pg 56) (805) 769-6053 www.marla-thedressdoctor.com

Amelia C & Co. (see ad pg 57) (702) 749-4411 www.amelia-c.com

apparel: bridal & bridesmaids

Hair’z Melinda (see ad pg 58) (702) 608-4635 www.hairzmelinda.com

Bridal Galleria @ Tux One (702) 878-8891 www.tuxone.com

Makeup in the 702 (see ad pg 59) (702) 301-1912 www.lasvegaswedding-makeup.com

Bowties Tuxedo and Bridal Boutique (702) 456-5688 www.bowtiestuxandbridal.com

beauty: health & wellness

Couture Bride (702) 423-6610 www.couturebridelv.com

It Works! (see ad pg 58) (702) 416-4921 www.kerriwrapsvegas.myitworks.com

David`s Bridal (see ad pg 55) (877) 921-2743 www.davidsbridal.com

bridal registry

apparel: tuxedos & formalwear

Bed Bath & Beyond (800) 462-3966 www.bedbathandbeyond.com

Jerry's Tux Shop (see ad pg 61) (702) 248-4777 www.jerrystuxshop.com

Bridal Registry, Inc. (845) 782-4544 www.bridalregistryinc.com

Jos. A. Bank (see ad pg 63) (877) 703-4438 www.josbankformal.com

cakes & confections

Men's Wearhouse (see ad pg 64) (800) 776-7848 www.menswearhouse.com Tuxedo Junction (see ad pg 62) (800) 832-5717 / (702) 873-8830 www.tuxedojunction-lv.com

Cravin’ Cake Bakery (see ad pg 32) (702) 544-0275 www.cravincakebakery.com Emerald at Queensridge Bakery (702) 242-5700 www.emeraldatqueensridge.com

bachelor & bachelorette: parties

Gimme Some Sugar (see ad pg 32) (702) 882-2537 www.gimmesomesugarlv.com

Slumber Parties by Melisa (702) 296-1108 www.slumberpartiesbymelisa.com

Sweet Lucy’s Confections (see ad pg 32) (702) 494-9757 www.sweetlucysconfections.com

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las vegas wedding professionals + services candy & popcorn stations

florists & floral dĂŠcor

Popcorn Girl (see ad pg 30) (702) 258-2676 www.popcorngirlvegas.com

Bouquet Couture (702) 595-1720 www.bouquetcouture.com

Sugar Factory (see ad pg 33) (702) 577-1814 www.sugarfactorylv.com

Enchanted Florist (see ad pg 36) (702) 731-2656 www.lasvegasfloral.com

Sweet Occasions (see ad pg 30) (702) 280-0483 www.sweetoccasions4u.com

Flora Couture by Floral 2000 (702) 221-1220 www.floral2000.com

clergy & officiants Elegant Vegas Weddings (702) 260-7875 www.elegantvegasweddings.com

(continued)

(see ad pg 37)

Jovani Linens and Event Design (see ad pg 35) (702) 460-8370 www.jovanilinens.com Naakiti Floral Design (702) 385-5484 www.naakitifloral.com

dance lessons home & lifestyle purchases

A Perfect Wedding Dance (702) 242-6400 www.apwdlv.com

Direct Buy of Las Vegas (702) 588-5200 www.lasvegas.directbuy.com

Elite Dance Studio (702) 586-2700 www.elitedancestudiolv.com

Holy Sheets (702) 565-4067 www.holysheetsusa.com

entertainment & music Good Vibrations Events (702) 438-8091

(see ad pg 39)

www.gvevents.com Knight Sounds Entertainment (702) 452-3544 www.knightsoundsdjs.com

(see ad pg 39)

florists & floral dĂŠcor Albertsons Cakes Catering Flowers (702) 336-9309 www.albertsons.com

Your Wedding Realtor (see ad pg 118) (702) 933-7909 www.yourweddingrealtor.com

hotels Suncoast Hotel & Casino (see ads pg 21, inside back cover) (702) 636-7090 www.suncoastcasino.com Wingate Henderson (702) 568-0027 www.wingatehenderson.com

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las vegas wedding professionals + services invitations & wedding stationery

photography

1st Impressions Invitations (see ad pg31) (702) 290-6805 www.1stimpressionsinvitations.com

Dave Lite Photography (see ad pg 46) (702) 228-8080 www.davelitephotography.com

Alligator Soup (see ad pg 31) (702) 804-0544 www.alligatorsoup.com

Ella Gagiano Photography (see ad pg 47) (702) 340-5505 www.ellagagiano.com

Paper and Home (see ad pg 31) (702) 776-8243 www.paperandhome.com

Exceed Photography (see ad pg 44) (702) 768-0210 www.exceedphotography.com

Visionary Pen (702) 395-3583 www.visionarypen.com

George Street Photo & Video (see ad pg 45) (702) 866-831-4103 www.georgestreetphoto.com

jewelry

Images by EDI (see ad pg 46) (702) 286-8759 www.imagesbyedi.com

Aaron Lelah Jewelers (702) 531-8100 www.aaronlelahjewelers.com

photo booths

Premiere Photobooth LV (702) 285-1761 www.premierephotoboothlv.com ShutterBooth (see ad pg 50) (702) 823-3659 www.shutterbooth.com

(see ad pg 43)

Amanda Mae Images (see ad pg 44) (920) 318-1865 www.amandamaeimages.com

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Kandylane Photography (see ad pg 46) (702) 471-8161 www.kandylanephotos.com Key Lime Photography (see ad pg 46) (540) 207-9908 www.keylimephoto.com KMH Photography (see ad pg 47) (702) 285-9588 www.kmh-photography.com

photography

172

Imagine Studios (see ad pg 50) (702) 982-3598 www.imaginestudioslv.com John Morris Photography (see ad pg 48) (702) 807-1600 www.johnmorrisphoto.com

Imagine Studios (see ad pg 50) (702) 982-3598 www.imaginestudioslv.com

Adam Frazier Photographer (702) 379-3435 www.adam-frazier.com

(continued)

Life Inspired Photography (see ad pg 47) (702) 630-7147 www.lifeinspiredphoto.com LorenzFoto Photography (702) 460-4853 www.lorenzfoto.com

W EDDING P ROF ESSION A L S + SERV IC ES D I R E C TO RY

(see ad pg 46)


las vegas wedding professionals + services photography

reception sites & venues

(continued)

(continued)

LOVELY DAY MEDIA (see ad pg 49) (702) 582-7577 www.lovelydaymedia.net

Anthem Country Club (see ad pg 5) (702) 614-5000 www.anthemcc.com

M Place Productions (see ad pg 48) (702) 799-9540 www.mplaceproductions.com

Bear's Best Las Vegas (see ad pg 6, back cover) (702) 804-8500 www.bearsbestlasvegas.com

Maple Hill Photography (see ad pg 49) (702) 419-8020 www.experiencemaplehill.com

Black Mountain Golf & Country Club (702) 566-5935 www.golfblackmountain.com

Moxie Studio (see ad pg 48) (702) 527-0258 www.gomoxiestudio.com

Canyon Gate Country Club (702) 363-4650 www.canyon-gate.com

Myron Hensel Photography (see ad pg 44) (702) 985-1871 www.myronhensel.com Neon Sun Photography (see ad pg 48) (702) 625-2065 www.neonsunphotography.com Ron Dillon Photography (see ad pg 44) (203) 822-2918 www.rondillonphotography.com Stephen Salazar Photography (702) 622-1869 www.stephensalazar.com

(see ad pg 48)

Vilela Photography (see ad pg 48) (702) 722-4007 www.vilela-photography.com

(see ad pg 7)

Cili Restaurant at Bali Hai Golf Club (see ad pg 12) (702) 856-1000 www.ciliweddings.com Emerald At Queensridge (see ad pg 10) (702) 242-5700 www.emeraldatqueensridge.com FABRIZIO Banquet Hall (702) 678-5152 www.fabriziovegas.com Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa (see ad pg 15) (702) 567-4734 www.lakelasvegas.hilton.com JW Marriott Resort & Spa (see ad pg 10) (702) 869-7031 www.jwlasvegasresort.com

reception sites & venues

Lakeside Weddings & Events (702) 240-5290 www.lakesideweddings.com

A Secret Garden (see ad pg 11) (702) 361-2202 www.asecretgardenwedding.com

Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort (see ad inside front cover) (702) 395-1700 www.lvpaiutegolf.com

Angel Park Golf Club (702) 254-3250 www.angelpark.com

MEET Las Vegas

(702) 322-2910 www.meetlv.com

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las vegas wedding professionals + services reception sites & venues (continued)

reception sites & venues (continued)

Mountain Falls Grill in Pahrump (see ad pg 14) (775) 537-6553 x3 www.mountainfallsgolfclub.com

Suncoast Hotel & Casino (see ads pg 21, inside back cover) (702) 636-7090 www.suncoastcasino.com

Panos Hall St. John Baptist Greek Orthodox Church (702) 889-6376 www.panoshall.com

Texas Station (702) 631-8292 www.stationcasinos.com

Red Rock Country Club (see ad pg 29) (702) 304-5696 www.redrockcountryclubweddings.com Rhodes Ranch Golf Club (see ad pg 17) (702) 740-8110 www.rhodesranchgolf.com Sam`s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall (see ad pg 19) (702) 454-8020 www.samstownlv.com

Santa Fe Station Hotel & Casino (see ad pg 16) (702) 667-4723 www.santafestation.sclv.com SilverStone Golf Club (see ad pg 18) (702) 810-3013 www.par4weddings.com Silverton Casino (see ad pg 16) (702) 914-8569 www.silvertoncasino.com Southern Highlands Golf Club (702) 263-1000 www.pacificlinks.com Southshore Golf Club (702) 856-8432 www.pacificlinks.com

(see ads pg 1, 20)

Spanish Trail Country Club (702) 364-5050x 1002 www.spanishtrailcc.com

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The Grove (see ad pg 13) (702) 645-5818 www.the-grove.com The Lake Club at Lake Las Vegas (see ads pg 1, 20) (702) 856-8432 www.pacificlinks.com The Platinum Hotel & Spa (see ad pg 20) (702) 636-2430 www.theplatinumhotel.com The Revere Golf Club (702) 617-5707 www.reveregolf.com

(see ad pg 14)

The Ritz of Las Vegas (702) 336-3626 www.theritzoflasvegas.com The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa (see ad pg 23) (702) 567-2162 www.westinlakelasvegas.com

The Wildhorse Golf Club (702) 434-9000 x3 www.golfwildhorse.com

(see ad pg 22)

TPC Summerlin (see ad pg 22) (702) 248-6828 www.tpcsummerlin.com

rentals & dĂŠcor (see ad pg 18)

Casino Party Creations (see ad pg 38) (702) 871-1299 www.casinopartycreations.com

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las vegas wedding professionals + services rentals & dĂŠcor (continued)

videography & cinematography (continued)

Jovani Linens and Event Design (see ad pg 35) (702) 460-8370 www.jovanilinens.com

Memory Lane Video (702) 499-9998 www.mlvnv.com

(see ad pg 51)

LED Unplugged Lighting and Event Rentals (see ad pg 36) (702) 266-6900 www.ledunplugged.com

wedding chapels

RSVP Party Rentals (see ad pg 34) (702) 878-0144 www.rsvpparty.com

Sam`s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall (see ad pg 19) (702) 454-8020 www.samstownlv.com

travel: honeymoons

wedding gifts & favors

AA Discount Travel (see ad pg 116) (702) 241-4504 www.aadiscounttravel.com

Things Remembered (800) 274-7367 www.thingsremembered.com

All About Honeymoons and Destination Weddings (702) 219-2739 www.allabouthoneymoons.com

wedding planning resources

Expedia Cruise Ship Centers / Summerlin (702) 431-7000 www.cruiseshipcenters.com/summerlin Resort Stay International (702) 589-3481 www.geoholidays.com

(see ad pg 116)

Ultra Vacations & Honeymoons (800) 804-5426 www.ultravacations.com

(see ad pg 117)

videography & cinematography

Bridal Spectacular Events, Inc. (702) 368-0088 www.bridalspectacular.com TheKnot.com (877) 771-3020 www.theknot.com Spectacular Bride Wedding Planner (702) 368-0088 www.spectacularbride.com Veils, Tails & Cocktails (see ads pg 121, 149) (702) 368-0088 www.lasvegasbridalshow.com

M Place Productions (see ad pg 48) (702) 799-9540 www.mplaceproductions.com

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