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venue reviews

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invitations + favors

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destination las vegas

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the venue

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wedding chapels

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catering

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rentals

fashion + beauty

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flowers

28 shopping for a wedding gown 10 things to know

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music

32 lingerie

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the reception

32 selecting bridesmaid dresses

editorial reviews

32 hair + makeup 34 tuxedos

planning

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wedding pro reviews

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photographer reviews

10 steps to a magnificent reception

captured

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the budget

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1 captured documented day

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an event planner

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photography

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the guest list

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cinematography

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Knight Sounds Entertainment

KMH Photography

fashion preview

wedding decor trends

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134 in the meadow

fashion photo shoot - 10 photographers - 1 cinematographer - on location at Casa de Shenandoah

real weddings 88

stylish couple’s weddings in las vegas

wedding decor trends

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shades of white

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secret garden storybook

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floral trends

resources 147 bridal shows 10 tips for attending

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love of a century

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marry me now

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the winner’s circle

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planning place

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nature’s romance

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romantic rose

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sapphire love

132 lush wisteria

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directory 170

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about the cover

spring 2018

summer 2018

Photography Mindy Bean Photography

Photography Ella Gagiano Studios

location Casa de Shenandoah

location Casa de Shenandoah

modelS Zelda Fairfax / Nathan Ferrier

model Jessica Senter

HAIR + MAKEUP Makeup in the 702

HAIR + MAKEUP Makeup in the 702

FLORAL Enchanted Florist

DRESS Silhouette Bridal

DRESS Silhouette Bridal

TUXEDO Friar Tux Shop

fall 2018

winter 2018

Photography Moxie Studio Photography

Photography Adam Frazier

location Casa de Shenandoah

location Casa de Shenandoah

model Tristin Bannerman

model Karenn Beltran

HAIR + MAKEUP Makeup in the 702

HAIR + MAKEUP Blo Blow Dry Bar

FLORAL Enchanted Florist

FLORAL Event Society

DRESS Brilliant Bridal (Sophia Tolli)

DRESS Silhouette Bridal

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KMH PHOTOGRAPHY | CASA DE SHENANDOAH

venue review

You’re at the right place. This easy-to-use section enables you to do direct comparisons on everything from the wedding ceremony and reception capacities, to rental fees, catering costs, and more.

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VENUE REVIEW


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The Secret Garden specializes in only one event a day. We feature 10 acres of private, lush landscape for your outdoor or indoor ce re mony a n d re ce ption . All-inclusive packages can be customized to fulfill your every wish! Take advantage of our enchanting horse and 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.

VENUE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . specialty venue

RECEPTION CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 250 sitting

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

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

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

FACILITY RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . n/a

CEREMONY CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 250 sitting

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

9001 Dean Martin Drive, Las Vegas | 702.318.1484 |

asecretgardenwedding.com

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LA Love Photography

Plan the first day of the rest of your life at Casa de Shenandoah. Las Vegas’ ultimate Celebrity Estate unfolds throughout 52 acres in the heart of Las Vegas. The expansive venue features an iconic Mansion, luxury car collection, private jet, Arabian horses, vintage Vegas memorabilia, and rich landscaping with water features you

can see on daily tours. Event space at the Welcome Center can host up to 550 with a private theater. Every occasion can be fully catered, with customized decor and ample parking for guests. With elements of surprise and elegance to last a lifetime, start planning your whimsical beginning at Casa de Shenandoah.

LA Love Photography

M Place Productions

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RECEPTION CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 550

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

CATERING RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $20 & up

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

FACILITY RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $3500 & up

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

PARKING. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 500 complimentary

3310 E Sunset Road, Las Vegas | 702.776.8020

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casadeshenandoah.com

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Ella Gagiano Studios

We specialize in all-inclusive weddings and pride ourselves in making the planning process seamless! Creating an elegant and memorable Las Vegas wedding is what we are passionate about. You will have breathtaking views of the Red Rock Canyon and the world famous Las Vegas Strip. The subtle elegance of the Club and the halting beauty of the outdoors creates the perfect setting for your wedding.

Booking your wedding at Bear’s Best means you are treated with an unparalleled level of service, professionalism and creativity. Our experienced Private Events Team will plan your wedding from start to finish. From the day you choose to get married all the way up to the last dance of the evening, we will be by your side assuring your wedding is all you imagined and more.

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RECEPTION CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 250

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

CATERING RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $70 & up

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

FACILITY RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . n/a

CEREMONY CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 250

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

11111 W. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas | 702.804.8924

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KMH Photography

Exchange vows in an exclusive, private club setting followed by a spectacular reception with gorgeous mountain and golf course views. Celebrate in our grand ballroom with dinner and dancing for 200 or an intimate affair for 50. We follow through on every detail as you enjoy your once in a life time event. Members and non-members are

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welcome to book with us. From our award winning chef to our outstanding banquet service team, our staff is talented in creating special events customized for the host’s desires and expectations. We take pride in our creativity, attention to detail, and follow through to ensure that every event creates unforgettable memories.

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

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

CATERING RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $65 & up

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

FACILITY RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2000-$2500

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

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

2001 Canyon Gate Drive, Las Vegas | 702.363.4650

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clubcorp.com

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We pride ourselves in providing our guests with an affordable and authentic Tuscan cuisine using only the finest and freshest ingredients delivered daily. So bring your friends and family and celebrate your special event in pure confidence knowing that it will be remembered for all the right reasons.

Emerald at Queensridge is considered one of Las Vegas’ premier Banquet and Event Centers. Our twinkle lit courtyard is picturesque for outdoor ceremonies and intimate receptions. The Grand Ballroom, with built in granite bar, sweeping staircase, vaulted ceilings, and mahogany dance floor, will become the perfect backdrop for your dream wedding. Not to mention, we boast one of the largest Bridal Suites in town. All inclusive packages make it easy to plan and customize. Our single-event venue and dedicated staff are focused on bringing your every detail to life.

We’ll do the planning, you do the impressing!

Where memories of a lifetime begin.

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At Brio, food and celebration go hand in hand! After all, a special day requires a special place. Our venue and private rooms are a wonderful place to host a wedding reception, bridal shower, or gather for a wedding rehearsal dinner.

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

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

EVENT TYPE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . rehearsal & reception

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

CEREMONY CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . n/a

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

RECEPTION CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 72

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

CATERING RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $17.95 & up

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

FACILITY RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . included

FACILITY RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . n/a

PARKING. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . self-parking

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

6653 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas 702.914.9145 lasv.banquet@bbrg.com

891 South Rampart Boulevard, Las Vegas 702.242.5700 emeraldatqueensridge.com

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Your wedding is one of the most memorable days of your life. At the Las Vegas Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino we will ensure you and your partner have countless happy memories to cherish for years to come. Your guests won’t stop talking about being part of this special day in this one-of-a-kind venue. Create your perfect wedding day with flexible and personalized guest service. The Downtown

Grand Hotel & Casino provides a variety of unique ceremony and reception spaces, and offers personalized décor package options. Our staff will help you bring your wedding plans to life and together choreograph all of the numerous details that make your wedding day unforgettable. For more details, contact Nicole Mehlhaff at 702.719.5525 or nmehlhaff@downtowngrand.com.

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RECEPTION CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1200

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

CATERING RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $55 & up

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

FACILITY RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2500 & up

CEREMONY CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150

PARKING. . . . . . . complimentary self-parking / $7 valet

206 N. 3rd Street, Las Vegas | 702.719.5525

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downtowngrand.com

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The Gold Coast’s newly renovated 30,000 square feet of event space is richly appointed and equipped with modern lighting and sound systems. We can accommodate a small intimate wedding and reception or groups up to 500 guests. Our team of professionals will take your vision and skillfully execute your event with the utmost care. At the Gold Coast, we know it is the little things that can make a big difference. We do the work so YOU can enjoy your special day!

If you are looking for a “one of a kind” reception or a unique spot for the rehearsal dinner, the Stardust Suite is your best bet! You and 50 of your closest friends and family will enjoy the finest view of the fabulous Las Vegas Strip from the 21st floor! Dance the night away while enjoying great food and signature libations! For a more traditional event, our beautifully appointed ballrooms may be more your style! Whether you choose The Stardust or a ballroom, let our wedding team help you put the glitz & glamour on your special day!

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

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

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

EVENT TYPE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . reception

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

CEREMONY CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . n/a

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

RECEPTION CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 600

CATERING RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $34 & up

CATERING RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $55 & up

FACILITY RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . n/a

FACILITY RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . n/a

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

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

4000 W. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas 702.880.5934 goldcoastcasino.com

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4500 W. Tropicana Avenue, Las Vegas 702.365.7090 orleanscasino.com


VENUE REVIEW

Stephen Salazar Co,

Rustic, lush, elegant, modern. The Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort is the perfect backdrop and your individual style will be reflected in every aspect of your event. With views that will stun you speechless, give your guests that “wow” factor made only in the purity

Moxie Studio Photography

of nature and coupled with the unique and special ways that define your commitment. Our professional team of event coordinators will cover every detail so that you can relax and enjoy your day.

Moxie Studio Photography

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

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

CATERING RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $79.95 & up

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

FACILITY RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . n/a

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

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

10325 Nu-Wav Kaiv Boulevard, Las Vegas | 702.395.1700

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eventsbypaiute.com

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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. The Resort features fifty-four acres of lush grounds. Allow our staff 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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221 North Rampart Boulevard, Las Vegas 877.869.8777 | 702.869.7031 jwlasvegasweddings.com

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Adam Frazier

Beautiful landscaped gardens, picturesque Mediterranean styled architecture, and a quaint over-water wedding chapel, are just a few of the reasons to host your wedding at the Hilton Lake Las Vegas. The elegant ballroom accommodates up to 1,200 guests

for a cocktail reception setting and 840 guests in a banquet setting. We offer several wedding and bridal packages to make your day perfect. And, now open - the 15,000 square foot Lake Las Vegas Event Center (formally Casino MonteLago).

Mindy Bean Photography

Mindy Bean Photography

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

RECEPTION CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 1200

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

CATERING RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $140 & up

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

FACILITY RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1200 & up

CEREMONY CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 1000

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

1610 Lake Las Vegas Parkway, Henderson | 702.567.4753

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hilton.com

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

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

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

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

CEREMONY CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 150

CEREMONY CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 240

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

RECEPTION CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 240

CATERING RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $95 & up

CATERING RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $120 & up

FACILITY RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . all inclusive packages

FACILITY RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $3000

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

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

1 Club Side Drive, Henderson 702.614.5007 anthemcc.com

552 S. Stephanie Sreet, Henderson 702.835.8582 dragonridge.com

Exceed Photography

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

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

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

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

CEREMONY CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65

CEREMONY CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1000

RECEPTION CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130

RECEPTION CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 750

CATERING RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $50 & up

CATERING RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $100 & up

FACILITY RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $399 & up

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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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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 moment…you 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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The Suncoast Hotel & Casino is a perfect place to make that lasting commitment. With our commitment to detail, you’d think it was our big day...and it will be, because your big day will make our day!

With full service catering from our award winning team of chefs, over 400 newly remodeled guest rooms, and suites with panoramic views, the Suncoast would be honored to set the cornerstone for building your life together.

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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!

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FACILITY RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . n/a

CEREMONY CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 600

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SPECIAL FEATURES Largest non-gaming resort in Las Vegas. We have a beautiful outdoor gazebo, rooftop terrace, and elegant ballrooms. Whether it’s a gathering of twenty or a thousand, we look forward to making your wedding day “the day that dreams are made of.

Picturesque natural landscaping. Newly remodeled reception area. Wraparound patio, fire pits, mountain views. Delicious gourmet food at reasonable prices. Best value of any venue in our category.

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Choose from many elegant Lake Las Vegas wedding venues, from our Andalusian Garden or wedding gazebo which overlooks gorgeous Lake Las Vegas to our spacious Casablanca Ballroom, which seats up to 1,200 banquet guests. From ceremonies

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O F ALL TH E PL AN S , PREPAR ATIO N S , AN D PU RC HASES MAD E FO R YO U R WED DI N G , N OTH I N G WI LL M O R E D R AMATIC ALLY AFFEC T H OW YO U FEEL O N THAT DAY, THAN YO U R GOWN .

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THE SALON

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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During your first appointment try on different styles, even those you normally wouldn’t choose. Trust your salon consultant to lead you in the right direction. An experienced consultant will be invaluable in helping you select styles that flatter your best features and camouflage the flaws. Of course that in no way means you should ignore your own

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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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THE TEN SILHOUETTES

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 skims the rib cage and hips, extending out in an “A” triangle along the body. Look in your closet; chances are you’ll find many of your


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skirts have an A-line cut. There’s a reason after all; A-lines add height, minimize curvy hips, and create an overall slimming profile. THE BALLERINA Inspired by the costumes of classical ballet, made of ultrafine fabrics with a fitted waistline and classic full skirt, this silhouette can court a formal event while still being relaxed and easy to move in. It’s quite flattering on medium to tall frames, but tends to shorten the appearance of petite brides. THE BUSTLE BACK When seen from the side, this dress has the S-shaped silhouette that was so favored by women of the late 19th century. More recently seen on Hollywood’s red carpet as modern day starlets take a page from the past. THE PRINCESS Another favored flattering cut, cousin to the A-line. The difference? Seams that run fluidly from the neckline, through the waist and skimming down the hips. The princess cut universally slims and lengthens. Ideal for brides with a petite figure and small waist. 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 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 Do you 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. 30

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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."

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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.

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 your price range. While it is only natural to want the best price possible, keep in mind that the cost not only covers the material and labor involved in creating a gown, it also covers the time invested by your salon consultant. Looking for your wedding gown can be one of the most enjoyable aspects of planning a wedding— trying on beautiful gowns, being pampered and waited on by your own personal consultant. Push too hard for a lesser price and you may lose the special service and attention to detail you would have received with the original price.

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

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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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Most bridal salons carry a few gowns from each of their select group of designers. Trunk shows provide the opportunity for you to see and try on an even larger selection from these designers. In addition, it’s an opportunity to meet the designer, or representative, in person. Appointments are highly recommended.

LINGERIE 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 Select a designer whose overall line appeals to you, and choose a color from their palette. With these selected, let your girls choose the style of dress they feel 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.

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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. Combine that glow with a glamorous touch to your hair and makeup and looking your absolute, beautiful best will be easier than you think. Decide whether to use a professional makeup artist, hair stylist, or both and consider these services for just yourself, or for your entire bridal party. The benefits of hiring the professionals are many, from the convenience of on-location service, to the reassurance that the bridal party will look their very best. Enlisting the help of an expert is a 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 fashioning a longer lasting look, and 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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As the wedding day approaches and the bride labors over the smallest details of her dress, makeup, and hair, the groom may think his sartorial choices to be straightforward and simple, requiring merely a black tie and tux for the momentous occasion. Not so. Although his options of attire may be slightly more limited than those of his bride’s, he will still need to make a few decisions. Wedding formalwear can be separated into four categories , each with a 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 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. 36

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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,

FORMAL Afternoon weddings fall into the formal category. 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 a 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.

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

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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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SE T TH E STAG E FO R A SU CC ES SFU L C ELEB R ATI O N WITH A SMART P L A N - O F -AC TI O N A N D A TO U C H O F O RGA N IZ ATI O N . AR E YO U R E ADY ?

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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 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. 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). Also have an idea of 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.

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• 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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Controlling your guest list enables you to focus more of your budget on the details that make a wedding so unique: the location, invitations, décor, menu, 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 this. 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 paper items to consider: • Save-the-Date Cards • Ceremony / Reception Cards • Response Cards • Directions / Accommodations Cards • Ceremony Programs • Menu Cards • Table Numbers • Place Cards / Escort Cards • Tags for Favors • Thank You Notes Send your save-the-dates as soon as the venue is booked, especially if your date falls on or near a holiday or school break. Avoid committing yourself until you’re sure of how many guests your budget can accommodate. Once your save-the-dates have been sent, you’re committed. Today’s favor selections are vast and varied. From themed and scented, to edible and decorative, favors have evolved into much more than a token gift. Enhance a favor’s value by having it serve a dual role as an element of décor and a departing gift. Let glass votives provide a home for tealights, become miniature vases for flowers, or, display place cards in a stylish, themed holder that guests take home with them. Another option is to select a gift wrap or type of packaging that adds some panache to your table décor. Enclose the favor of your choice in a beautiful organza or beaded bag that brings out the color of your décor, or use a decorative box to lend a bit of architecture and texture to your table setting. 44

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Once you have a solid estimate of your guest count, begin the venue search. Choosing a venue is 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? • Will it be a formal sit-down 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, 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 need an area for child care? SITE INSPECTION While websites are great for initial research, plan to do an on-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, stemware, glassware—What is included in the rental fee? Are there additional costs to consider? • 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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If you are in a position to select your own caterer, try to narrow your list to no more than three. When calling each caterer, have as much information ready as possible – your wedding date and time, reception location, approximate number of guests, and degree of formality and theme, if applicable.


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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. What better way to personalize your day than by sharing your secret love affair with food? The size and generational span of your guest list will influence selections, so before placing your final order, make sure there’s a little something for everyone. CALCULATING THE COST Caterers charge on a per-person basis. To determine your food cost, multiply the number of guests by the cost per person. For example, if you have 150 guests and the cost of dinner is $85 per person, multiply 150 x $85 for a total cost of $12,750. Anticipate an additional 10% for overage, and 15%-20% for gratuity (service charge). Ask for prices inclusive of tax and gratuity. SEASONAL INGREDIENTS 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 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 the fancy dance lessons you convinced your fiancé to take. FINAL GUEST COUNT Typically the final guest count is required one week before the event. This is the minimum number of people/meals for which you will be charged. Most caterers plan on the addition of a few last minute guests and will add these to the final bill.

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Party rentals cover a variety of items: linens, tableware, chairs, chair covers, tables, dance floors, furniture, tents, candles, theme décor, etc. When contacting a rental company, be ready with the following information: • What items will be provided by the caterer: glass, flatware, china, buffet linens, etc. • What will be provided by the facility: tables, chairs, bar, linens, arbor, etc. • Total number of guests attending. • A tentative floor plan. • Table/chair requirements of your bar and DJ • Food serving style. Buffet stations will need linens for each table and possibly décor. CEREMONY RENTALS A great deal of focus is placed on the reception décor. Not to be 46

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overlooked are the elements that literally set the stage for the ceremony. Arbors, columns, topiaries, candelabras and chuppahs are available through most rental companies. LINENS Before you decide on colors and theme, visit a rental or linen company. The styles, textures, fabrics, and colors available are staggering. A linen can launch a flurry of ideas and imagination. When tallying the number of linens needed, don’t forget the bar, buffet tables and other surfaces that may need a little coverage. TABLES & CHAIRS In determining the number of tables and chairs, confirm possible extras for the bar, serving stations, DJ, cake, and gifts. If your venue offers an outdoor area, rent a few 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 umbrellas for 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 a myriad of options. Most rental companies have images of inventory online, so be sure to check-out their websites. COORDINATING VENDORS A key element to creating a total look for your reception is good communication between your floral designer and rental company. The linens, florals, 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 to ensure the location will be open when the rental company delivers your order and that someone will be there to direct them. Arrange for someone to monitor your rental items at the end of the event, paying attention to gathering, counting and bagging linens for return. LIGHTING Nothing can transform a room as dramatically as lighting. It is the most effective tool for creating ambiance, and can be the difference between ordinary and extraordinary. Professional lighting is a necessity for formal and evening weddings. It has become quite affordable and flexible in accommodating venues and restrictions. Many lighting companies offer draping and props. Achieve impact by hiring a professional. Their ability to subtly draw attention to elements of décor, and create warmth and romance is worth the investment. In addition to transforming a venue, lighting can be a cost way to divert attention from less attractive features of a room.


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“Your Day” Weddings & Events, Inc. specializes in creating memories you will cherish for a lifetime. They provide full service ‘start to finish’ planning, coordination, and design services, while incorporating a personal touch to make your event special and unique. Wendy genuinely listens to each of her clients and always strives to go above and beyond in expectation. Choosing Wendy to help plan your special day will guarantee a straight path in bringing your dream vision to life. Adam Frazier

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“RockPaperBloom was such a pleasure to work with! They did an awesome job customizing the flower wall backdrop to make sure it was exactly what we wanted! MJ was so very kind and very responsive to any questions we had. Also, the photo booth was a huge hit with all of our guests! They definitely helped make our event a memorable one!” - Suzie Adam Frazier

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Enchanted Florist is home for uniquely creative floral designs for all your wedding and event needs. The entire team will take great care with every floral detail to insure your big day is beautiful and reflects your individual style. efilasvegas.com | 702.731.2656 Moxie Studio Photography

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SERVICES Entertainment + Mobile Disc Jockey

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Knight Sounds has been entertaining Las Vegas for over thirty years with a premier staff to accommodate the highest of demands. Planning, preparation, and quality service are the key to a successful event. We are Las Vegas’s most preferred DJ company!

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Alligator Soup has been providing stationery for couples getting married in Las Vegas since 1982! Let them handle all your paper needs from your invitations, cocktail napkins and even to the addressing of your envelopes. A trip into their boutique is a real treat with all their lovely specialty gift items for all of your gift giving needs! Call to book your individual and personalized appointment. 702.804.0544 | alligatorsoup.com 9350 W Sahara Avenue (Village Square), Las Vegas

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Paper and Home is a graphic design studio and boutique specializing in custom wedding stationery­—from save the dates and invitations to all of the essential day-of accessories such as ceremony programs, seating charts, place cards, and menus. Creative experts guide you through the entire process, including wording, guest addressing, timelines, and course, design! 702.776.8243 | paperandhome.com 4555 S. Fort Apache Road, Suite 138, Las Vegas

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Everyone loves cupcakes and nobody makes them better or tastier than The Cupcakery. Cupcakes are perfect for wedding receptions, bachelorette parties, bridal showers, and so much more. The Cupcakery’s sophisticated flavors and perfect attention to details are what really sets them apart from all the rest. thecupcakery.com | 702.835.0061 Adam Frazier Photography

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SERVICES Candy + Popcorn Stations At Popcorn Girl, they take great pride in their popcorn, fudge and collection of eclectic candies. All of their popcorn and fudge are made right in their stores to ensure freshness. They use only the finest ingredients, along with their unique and special recipes. Popcorn Girl’s assortment of gifts, decorative popcorn stations, and favors will have everyone falling in love and wanting more. popcorngirlvegas.com Adam Frazier Photography

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Diamonds Events has been in business for over 25 years. They provide a variety of services for weddings, corporate, and milestone events. Diamond Events is fully insured and licensed for serving food and alcohol, and will assist and coordinate with all aspects of catering from beginning to end ensuring their brides piece of mind on their important day. The Bridal Spectacular team has personally experienced them at vendor events and loves the food and service. For more information call Diamonds Events.

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SERVICES Hair + Makeup Looking for the mane of your dreams? Blo Blow Dry Bar has you covered with their signature Blo Bridal hair and makeup services! Blo Bridal Services include a full consultation prior to garter belt removal, and when it comes time to say “I do’, their beauty experts will have you looking picture perfect. For blushing brides far and wide, Blo offers group rates for brides + their entourage. They vow to blo you away! 702.929.3342 | blomedry.com 3900 Paradise Road, Suite S, Las Vegas

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“This company is fantastic! Not only on my wedding day did my makeup and hair look amazing -- every time I had a question and called, the owner of the company spoke with me and provided any and every detail I needed to know! My consultants that worked on my makeup and hair did a phenomenal job. I looked magazine ready!! They care about detail and performance as well as making you feel comfortable. They arrived to my hotel room at 12:15 pm the day of my wedding on 09/21/17 and were finished at 2 pm (I also had my mother-in-law’s hair and makeup done). This gave us plenty of time for pictures and to get ready before we got into our limo to go to the Valley of Fire to get married. They didn’t rush anything and were so professional! I didn’t even need any editing work on my wedding pictures because my face had already been “edited” in person!! :) They are the top makeup & hair company in Las Vegas, you will not be disappointed!” Moxie Studio Photography

SERVICES Spa Treatments + Body Sculpting

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Stevie’s Healing Arts and Spa view skin and body care as an intricate part of your health and well-being. Stevie’s specialized methods of sculpting activate the lymphatic system, contour the body, reduce cellulite, and help with blood circulation. Puresculpt Ice and Woodsculpt body sculpting, remove toxins naturally. It’s a non-invasive & NEW organic way of contouring! Stevie’s provides the best treatments designed specifically for your individual needs. Special bridal packages available for massage and spa services.

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Susan at A Travel Desk is here to help you have the most memorable honeymoon or destination wedding. She is dedicated to finding the destination that is right for personality and dreams. Whether you want an exotic and intimate getaway or a celebration for your whole family she will help you find the best value and experiences. Susan cares about her clients and you will love working with her during the process of your travel planning. ATRAVELDESK.com | 702.524.6132

SERVICES Travel Resort Stay offers 3-day/2-night vacation packages to Las Vegas & Big Bear. Find their Las Vegas Welcome Center booths around town for vacation package details, and enter for a chance to win Airfare-for-Two, a Mexico Cruise-For-Two, and/or $100,000! T r av e l

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SERVICES Bridal Gown Cleaning + Pressing + Preservation Tiffany Couture Cleaners is family owned and operated and has been servicing the Las Vegas valley since 1970 as a premiere wedding gown specialist. Choose Tiffany’s to take care of your most precious wedding dress, along with your entire bridal party and family attire. They specialize in pressing, cleaning and heirloom preservation for all your wedding needs. Destination weddings are always welcome. tiffanycouturecleaners.com | 702.735.0186 Ella Gagiano Studios

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The LED Unplugged team works tirelessly to bring you top of the line technology and décor rentals that take your wedding ambiance to a different level. Beyond just the quality of their product you can also expect top notch service. The owner, Kevin Cordova, genuinely cares about each couple he works with and donates his time and expertise to the community. When you hire LED Unplugged your Wedding Day will shine.

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When interviewing a floral designer, look for their use of color, texture, and overall flair. Ask about the rentals they provide, as many have large prop closets filled with arches, chuppahs, and vases of every size, shape, and style.

beautifully in the sun; others are better suited for indoors. Your designer can advise you on what flowers remain perky and perfect under the palm trees, and which wilt before the wedding reception.

Once you’ve selected your designer, the creative process begins. Provide pertinent details at the get-go: your wedding date, time of day, style of wedding, ceremony and reception locations and a general idea of your budget. A good floral designer will suggest the right blooms to fit your wedding day.

CEREMONY FLOWERS Repurpose ceremony flowers for your reception. Using these items twice helps maximize your budget. Ceremony arrangements are ideal for buffet tables, and aisle flowers can be used to decorate powder rooms, staircases and small hallway tables.

BE PREPARED How do you express what you want when you don’t know the names of the flowers you like? Pictures, pictures, pictures. The more examples you show your designer the easier it is for them to meet your expectations.

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 potted palms add dimension. If the budget allows, consider adding a few more finishing touches. Sprinkle petals on serving trays and weave garlands along buffet stations.

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 at Easter. Christmas creates a premium for poinsettias and holly. Should you choose these seasonal flowers, factor this into your budget.

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music restrictions before booking your musicians. Likewise with your reception venue. Whether you intend to have a DJ, band, or both, be sure to ask about restrictions regarding the volume, or music duration-especially at outdoor venues within a residential community, which may have specific hours for amplified music. BANDS The band size will depend on your number of guests. A suggested calculation for the size you’ll need is: 3-4 piece band for up to 100 guests; 5-7 piece band for 100-200 guests; 7-9 piece band for 200-300 guests. 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, and because DJ’s work with prerecorded music, your entertainment is continuous, even during breaks.

songs you would, and would not like played, as well as songs for your first dance, cake cutting, and other specific moments. Keep in mind that while you may love jazz or alternative music, they don’t always make great dance songs. Give your professionals the freedom to entertain your guests by mixing your personal requests with a balance of tried and true crowd pleasers. An experienced entertainer can read the crowd and keep the party jumping. THE EMCEE Provide the emcee with an events schedule. If introductions are to be made, review the pronunciation of names and relay each person’s relationship to the bride and groom. To avoid awkward moments, inform your emcee about family sensitivities so they can phrase introductions to make all feel comfortable and acknowledged.

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both by taking time to orchestrate it. Timing of key moments should be communicated to vendors, guests, and your wedding party. TRANSITION FROM CEREMONY TO RECEPTION

Avoid a large time gap between the ceremony and reception. Guests will likely 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 wedding ceremony and reception are at different places, designate someone to greet and guide your guests to the cocktail or reception area, or make sure that there is adequate directional signage. 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, and should include the following: • Formal introduction of bride and groom • Seating of guests at their tables • Your first dance • 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 idea of a ceremony and reception may seem traditional, you can make yours completely unique. Weave your interests, culture, and passions into your celebration. And, most importantly, don’t sweat the small stuff. Things happen and plans change. n SPE C TAC U L AR B R I D E .C OM

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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.

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to lighting. Some are masters with natural 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


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shades of gray don’t record blotchy, skin irritations. It’s also perfect for those “getting ready” shots. TIMING One of the most common 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

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PROOFS W ith th e a d ve nt of d ig it a l photography, wedding proofs can now be viewed and ordered online by not only the couple, but guests as well. How fabulous is that? This technically savvy option takes some pressure off the bride and groom, who in the past were responsible for gathering the orders, handling the collection of monies and delivery of end product. Just one more thing you can cross of your list. BOOK IT Secure your photographer eight to ten months in advance. Provide exact locations and times for the ceremony and reception and agree upon a time for prewedding photos such as those with the bride, bridesmaids and parents as well as the groom and groomsmen. Although there are certain prerequisite shots, it still helps to provide your photographer with a checklist of these and other shots you absolutely must have. It is also a good idea to provide a schedule of events, such as the arrival, the first dance, cake cutting, etc., so your photographer is prepared.

finding A cinematographer and negatives disorganized sitting in a box. Our advice: leave everything to the professionals. ASSISTANTS Most photographers work with an experienced and professional assistant. While the photographer concentrates on lighting and equipment, the assistant is watching the details; arranging the hem of your gown, smoothing out wrinkles, etc. Although hiring a photographer with a qualified assistant may cost more, it’s worth the investment. If a photographer you’re interested in does not work with an assistant, confirm the images you admired were taken without additional help. CEREMONY Ask your photographer to communicate with your minister, rabbi or priest, to avoid last-minute situations where his or her lighting might not be allowed in their house of worship. 60 | CAPTURED

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


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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 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, S P E C TAC U L A R B R I D E .CO M | 61


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SERVICES Wedding + Portrait Photography

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KMH Photography offers modern, natural wedding and portrait photography in Las Vegas and destinations. Their style is timeless and relaxed, ensuring you're free to celebrate and revel in the joy of your wedding day. KMH owner + photographer Kristen Hansen believes that real moments are truly the best moments.

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SERVICES Photography + Album Design

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LA Love Photography, based in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, Lisa Ann (“LA”) believes in starry romance and fun, quirky love — happily ever afters worthy of fairy tales and romantic comedies. With a knack for bringing out natural, relaxed interactions between couples, she uses her talent and camera to capture the story of your special, unique love for one another through timeless imagery. lalove.photography | 310.809.1848

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Mindy Bean Photography is dedicated to capturing the stunning moments of your wedding into photos that will make those memories last a lifetime. Their photos have a rich quality that will wow you as you reexperience your special day each and every time. Mindy and her husband Doug have kind hearts and warm personalities that will put you at ease when you are together for your engagement, family or wedding day photos. MINDYBEANPHOTOGRAPHY.COM | 702.340.5415

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Moxie Studio was created in 2010 by Jamison and Lisa, a husband and wife team. When you book Moxie Studio, you don’t get an assigned, random pair of photographers to capture your day, rather, you always get the two of them. Their style is a blend of soft, romantic, natural moments as well as colorful epic images. They take great care in capturing and preserving every moment on your special day, all the while, making sure you still have fun in the process.

702.527.0258 | Gomoxiestudio.com

SERVICES Photography + Cinematography

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M Place Productions provides boutique photography and cinematography services that capture the day and create the experience. They like to focus on natural light and genuine emotions in their wedding photos. They pride themselves on valuing the experience of your day as much as the art of what they create. M Place Productions strives to separate themselves in service and timeless images. 702.799.9540 | mplaceproductions.com

SERVICES Photography + Cinematography

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Stephen Salazar Co. is a creative group of Las Vegas wedding photographers who love to create amazing images. Stephen and Jenelle, along with their creative group work hard to bring the best in custom wedding day, luxury and boudoir photography. They love to think outside the box and push their talents to the limit with their modern and cutting-edge uniqueness. If you are recently engaged and are looking for a wedding photographer in Las Vegas or surrounding areas, Stephen Salazar will exceed your expectation with their high-end style photography.

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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

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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 they like working together. • Provide a secure place for your vendors to store their backup equipment. n

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PhotographY la love photography | model Tristin Bannerman dress Brilliant Bridal | HAIR + MAKEUP Makeup in the 702


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PhotographY M Place Productions | models Karenn Beltran / Dominick Moline dress Silhouette Bridal (Mori Lee) | HAIR + MAKEUP Blo Blow Dry Bar | tuxedo Creative Formalwear


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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. Quality From the moment you enter The Bridal Spectacular, you know you are in for a special day. Aisles of wedding professionals make it easy for you to navigate and meet the best in the business. 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. These dazzling fashion events are held each day and you won't want to miss them.

different BRIDAL EVENTS TO ATTEND Since face to face interaction with your future wedding professionals is so important in making your selections, we highly recommend attending all quality wedding events. We also don't want you to be disappointed if your expectations are not met, so here is a reference guide to the different types of events. Bridal Shows, Fairs, and Expos This is typically the larger in scope of the possible wedding events you can attend to find the wedding professionals, products and services you will need. The largest in Las Vegas is The Bridal Spectacular held held twice a year in January and summer months. A quality event of this type will generally have approximately 150 or more vendors for you to meet with and will be held in a large convention center. 148

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Hotel Boutique Bridal Expo This is generally a smaller bridal show with between 50 and 70 vendors held in a banquet room of a hotel. You will still find plenty of professionals to talk to and ask those important questions to help you make wise decisions. 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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las vegas You don’t need a pot of gold to marry luxuriously in Vegas. Theknot.com annually ranks Las Vegas as one of the best affordable wedding destinations in the United States. As the wedding capital of the world, we take our weddings seriously. Don’t let Hollywood confuse you with portrayals of inebriated nuptials! Las Vegas prides itself in quality weddings. Getting married in Vegas is legal and binding just like anywhere else. BOOK EARLY Though we have more standalone wedding chapels than any other place in the world, it doesn’t hurt to book your wedding date well in advance once you discover your ideal venue. Most couples coming to Vegas to get married plan six months to a year in advance. Send out your

save the dates at least six to seven months in advance then Go to mlic.vegas and fill out your wedding license preapplication to get a free .vegas wedding website. DEFINE YOUR VENUE STYLE The first decision: Outdoors? Or Indoors? Should you have a Vegas beach wedding? In an outdoor garden lined with pillars or under a canopy of lights? Vintage Vegas? Or luxury chapel? Classic? Or modern sophistication? there are so many options in Las Vegas, that WE just launched the first Wedding Chamber of Commerce in the world to help couples sort through their options. Vintage Vegas chapels offer the best bargains for a simple ceremony, flowers and photographer. If you want to be able to book your rooms along with your wedding, it couldn’t be easier than going through one of the casino resort chapels. If food is your focus, check out Vegas’ world famous restaurants that can serve up an amazing reception feast that your guests will remember for a lifetime. If you want something away from the glitz and glamour S P E C TAC U L A R B R I D E .CO M

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of the Las Vegas strip and downtown our city is also filled with stunning banquet halls, country clubs, and national parks that will take your breath away. THRIVE IN THIS CITY One thing about Las Vegas, we invite everyone to the party. We’ve attracted world-renowned chefs, platinum-award winning performers, and we've built more three-, four-, and five-star hotel rooms per square foot than any other city in the world. Because Las Vegas is a passionate and sensual city, it’s no wonder we're the Wedding Capital of the World. Offering up more than 260 venues that specialize in weddings and countless options for receptions and unique gastronomic experiences along with more than 1800 square feet of parks and public play areas – remember, we have more than 295 days of sunshine a year -- we’re still humbled to be the busiest wedding destination in the world. That you bring your wedding to Las Vegas means something to us. And we thank you. Are you ready to Wed in las Vegas? Here’s how! • Fill out the online application for a marriage license at mlic.vegas • Sign up for your FREE .vegas website courtesy of the Las Vegas Wedding Chamber of Commerce •

If you want a family friend to marry you, they MUST apply for a Certificate of Permission to Perform Marriages from the Clerk’s office no later than 30 days before the ceremony

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Grab legal identification for both people (your wedding license will reflect the name on your legal documentation.) If divorced, bring a copy of your divorce decree Fly/drive/walk/swim to Las Vegas

• Go to the Las Vegas Marriage License Bureau to apply for your marriage license • Bring all your marriage license papers to your wedding venue. Say your vows in front of a licensed officiant and a witness • Check mlic.vegas for your wedding certificate and order for $15. • Live Happily Ever After and come join us n in Vegas for your Silver anniversary! Written by the Las Vegas Wedding Chamber of Commerce

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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.

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.

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.

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!

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

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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 154

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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


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. 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, and even your parents and clergy about whether marriage preparation makes sense for you. Visit the Smart Marriages Web site at 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 on the beautiful San Francisco waterfront at Fort Mason Center. For more information and workshop registration, visit their website at www marriageprep101.com.

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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

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 S P E C TAC U L A R B R I D E .CO M

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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

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%

__________________

___________________

 Cake/Cake Cutting Fee

2.00%

__________________

___________________

29.00%

__________________

___________________

 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

Sub Total

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Actual

 Alterations

0.55%

__________________

___________________

 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%

__________________

___________________

 Bride’s Bouquet

0.70%

__________________

___________________

 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

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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%

__________________

___________________

 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

Sub Total

1.50%

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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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______________________

_____________________

______________________

 Guests are directed to place card table

_____________________

______________________

 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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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. 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.

Name Change Checklist

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

bachelor & bachelorette: parties in las vegas

Tiffany Couture Cleaners See ad pg 52 (702) 735-0186 tiffanycouturecleaners.com

apparel: bridal gown & bridesmaids Brilliant Bridal See ad pg (702) 724-8180 brilliantbridal.com

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Creative Bridal Wear See ad pg 33 (702) 586-2281 creativebridalwear.com David's Bridal See ad pg 29 (877) 923-2743 davidsbridal.com Silhouette Bridal See ad pg 30 (702) 534-0949 silhouettebridallv.com

L & M Secrets (530) 701-7056 landmsecrets.intimatetickles.biz Magic Mike Live See ad pg 33 (702) 785-5394 baseentertainmentsales.com Pure Romance by Melisa (702) 296-1108 pureromance.com/melisalabeef-thomas

beauty: hair & make up Blo Blow Dry Bar See ad pg 51 (702) 929-3342 blomedry.com Makeup in the 702 See ad pg 51 (702) 301-1912 lasvegaswedding-makeup.com

apparel: tuxedos and formalwear Friar Tux Shop (Central) See ad pg 35 (702) 602-2111 friartux.com Friar Tux Shop (Southwest) See ad pg 35 (702) 248-4777 friartux.com Generation Tux See ad pg 38 (844) 726-4889 generationtux.com Jos. A. Bank See ad pg 37 (877) 703-4438 josbankformal.com

Rodan & Fields (702) 234-7736 ckfabface.com

beauty: health & wellness 9 Round (702) 489-6000 9round.com/lasvegasnvsfortapache Anchor Chiropratic (702) 778-8664 your-anchor.com

Men’s Wearhouse See ad pg 39 (800) 776-7848 menswearhouse.com

Gentle Pain Care Centers with Spinal Care of Nevada (702) 565-4673 drdevin.com

Tuxedo Junction See ad pg 36 (800) 832-5717 / (702) 873-8830 tuxedojunction-lv.com

Stevie's Healing Arts & Spa See ad pg 51 (702) 979-8035 steviesspa.com

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event planning (continued)

Las Vegas Custom Cakes (702) 233-2253 lasvegascustomcakes.com

Your Day Weddings & Events See ad pg 48 (702) 525-2766 yourday-weddings.com

The Cupcakery See ad pg 50 (702) 835-0061 thecupcakery.com

florist & floral decor

candy & popcorn stations Popcorn Girl See ad pg 50 (702) 258-2676 popcorngirlvegas.com

catering Diamonds Events See ad pg 50 (702) 625-0789 diamondevents.com

destination weddings Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa See ad pg 17 (702) 567-4753 lakelasvegas.hilton.com

Bouquet Couture & Event Society (702) 232-7940 bouquetcouture.com Enchanted Florist See ad pg 48 (702) 731-2656 efilasvegas.com Jennifer's Floral Design (702) 743-0359 jennifersfloraldesign.com Jovani Linens and Event Design See ad pg 43 (702) 460-8370 jovanilinens.com

home & lifestyle purchases

The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa See ad pg 25 (702) 567-2162 westinlakelasvegas.com

Aroma 4 Home / Scentsy (702) 325-5499 aroma4home.scentsy.us

entertainment: mobile disc jockey

Bridal Registry, Inc (845) 637-2430 bridalregistryinc.com

Boogie Entertainment (702) 497-5271 boogiedj.com Knight Sounds Entertainment See ad pg 49 (702) 452-3544 knightsoundsdjs.com Sound Fusion Entertainment (702) 400-6439 soundfusionent.com

event planning Symphony Weddings & Events (702) 771-4022 symphonywed.com

Your Wedding Realtor See ad pg 54 (702) 933-7909 yourweddingrealtor.com

hotels: las vegas Caesars Entertainment (702) 946-3000 caesars.com Downtown Grand Las Vegas See ad pg 13 (702) 719-5525 downtowngrand.com S P E C TAC U L A R B R I D E .CO M

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las vegas wedding professionals + services hotels: las vegas (continued)

photo booths

Gold Coast Hotel & Casino See ad pg 14 (702) 880-5934 goldcoastcasino.com

RockPaperBloom See ad pg 48 (702) 882-7358 rockpaperbloom.com

JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa See ad pg 16 (702) 869-7031 jwlasvegasweddings.com

ShutterBooth of Las Vegas (702) 823-3659 shutterbooth.com

Sam's Town Hotel & Gambling Hall See ad pg 23 (702) 454-8020 samstownlv.com/meet/weddings Suncoast Hotel & Casino See ads pg 22, Inside back cover (702) 636-7090 suncoastcasino.com The Orleans Hotel See ad pg 14 (702) 365-7090 orleanscasino.com

invitations & wedding stationery Alligator Soup See ad pg 49 (702) 804-0544 alligatorsoup.com Beautiful Wedding Announcements (801) 254-2778 beautifulweddingannouncements.com Paper and Home See ad pg 49 (702) 776-8243 paperandhome.com

jewelry D & R House of Diamonds (702) 758-3421 dandrdiamonds.com

photography Adam Frazier See ad pg 59 (702) 379-3435 adam-frazier.com Celebrate Your Sexy See ad pg 60 (800) 352-7664 celebrateyoursexy.com Ella Gagiano Studios See ad pg 61 (702) 340-5505 ellagagiano.com KMH Photography See ad pg 62 (702) 285-9588 kmh-photography.com LA Love Photography LLC See ad pg 62 (310) 809-1848 lalove.photography LuxLife Las Vegas See ad pg 60 (702) 997-3913 luxlifelasvegas.com M Place Productions See ad pg 63 (702) 799-9540 mplaceproductions.com Mindy Bean Photography See ad pg 62 (702) 340-5415 mindybeanphotography.com

officiants

Moxie Studio Photography See ad pg 63 (702) 527-0258 gomoxiestudio.com

Elegant Vegas Weddings (702) 260-7875 elegantvegasweddings.com

Stephen Salazar Co. See ad pg 63 (702) 622-1869 stephensalazar.com

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las vegas wedding professionals + services reception sites & venues

reception sites & venues

A Secret Garden See ad pg 7 (702) 318-1484 asecretgardenwedding.com

Gold Coast Hotel & Casino See ad pg 14 (702) 880-5934 goldcoastcasino.com

Alexis Park Resort See ad pg 24 (702) 796-3394 alexisparkresort.com

Green Valley Ranch Resort Spa Casino See ad pg 18 (702) 617-7580 greenvalleyranchresort.com

Angel Park Golf Club See ad pg 24 (702) 570-4275 angelpark.com

Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa See ad pg 17 (702) 567-4753 lakelasvegas.hilton.com

Anthem Country Club See ad pg 18 (702) 614-5007 anthemcc.com

JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa See ad pg 16 (702) 869-7031 jwlasvegasweddings.com

Bear’s Best Golf Course See ad pg 10 (702) 804-8924 bearsbestlasvegas.com

Las Vegas National Golf Club (702) 889-1000 lasvegasnational.com

Brio Tuscan Grille - Town Square See ad pg 12 (702) 914-9145 brioitalian.com

Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort See ad pg 15 (702) 395-1700 eventsbypaiute.com

Canyon Gate Country Club See ad pg 11 (702) 363-4650 canyon-gate.com

Lucky Events See ad pg 24 (702) 816-8314 luckyevents.vegas

Casa de Shenandoah See ad pg 9 (702)776-8020 casadeshenandoah.com

Rhodes Ranch Golf Club See ad pg 21 (702) 740-8110 rhodesranchgolf.com/the-big-day

Cascata See ad pg 24 (702) 294-2022 cascatagolf.com

Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino See ad pg 20 (702) 946-3000 caesars.com

Downtown Grand Las Vegas See ad pg 13 (702) 719-5525 downtowngrand.com

Sam's Town Hotel & Gambling Hall See ad pg 23 (702) 454-8020 samstownlv.com

DragonRidge Country Club See ad pg 18 (702) 835-8582 dragonridge.com

Suncoast Hotel & Casino See ads pg 22, Inside back cover (702) 636-7090 suncoastcasino.com

Emerald At Queensridge See ad pg 12 (702) 242-5700 emeraldatqueensridge.com

The Grove See ad pg 19 (702) 645-5818 the-grove.com

Forever Amore Weddings at The Lakes See ad pg 18 (702) 489-3939 foreveramoreweddingslv.com

The Mob Museum (702) 229-2713 themobmuseum.org

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las vegas wedding professionals + services reception sites & venues

(continued)

videography & cinematography (continued)

The Orleans Hotel See ad pg 14 (702) 365-7090 orleanscasino.com The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa See ad pg 25 (702) 567-2162 westinlakelasvegas.com

M Place Productions See ad pg 63 (702) 799-9540 mplaceproductions.com Memory Lane Video, LLC See ad pg 64 (702) 499-9998 mlvnv.com

rentals and dĂŠcor

wedding accessories & favors

Jovani Linens and Event Design See ad pg 43 (702) 460-8370 jovanilinens.com

Things Remembered thingsremembered.com

LED Unplugged Lighting and Event Rentals See ad pg 53 (702) 266-6900 ledunplugged.com

RSVP Party Rentals See ad pg 45 (702) 878-0144 rsvpparty.com

travel: honeymoons A Travel Desk See ad pg 52 (702) 524-6132 atraveldesk.com AA Discount Travel (702) 241-4504 aadiscounttravel.com

wedding chapels Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa See ad pg 17 (702) 567-4753 lakelasvegas.hilton.com Lucky Events See ad pg 24 (702) 816-8314 luckyevents.vegas Sam's Town Hotel & Gambling Hall See ad pg 23 (702) 454-8020 samstownlv.com The Grove See ad pg 19 (702) 645-5818 the-grove.com

wedding resources & planning

Resort Stay International See ad pg 52 (702) 589-3481 resortstayevents.com

Bridal Spectacular Blog (702) 368-0088 blog.BridalSpectacular.com

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

Bridal Spectacular Bridal Show See ad pg 1 (702) 368-0088 BridalSpectacular.com

videography & cinematography

Spectacular Bride Magazine (702) 368-0088 SpectacularBride.com

Izzo Pro (702) 637-4005 izzopro.com

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