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what’s inside

M Place Productions

Adam Frazier Photograher

las vegas weddings

planning (continued)

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venue reviews

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music

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destination las vegas

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the reception

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wedding chapels

planning

captured 42

1 captured documented day

10 steps to a magnificent reception

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photography

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the budget

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cinematography

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an event planner

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the guest list

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invitations + favors

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the venue

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catering

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rentals

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flowers

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fashion + beauty 54 shopping for a wedding gown 10 things to know 58 lingerie 58 selecting bridesmaid dresses 58 hair + makeup 60 tuxedos


Key Lime Photography

KMH Photography

style + design

wedding trends (continued)

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fashion photo shoot

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bouquet trends

14 photographers 2 cinematographers 4 decor teams

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invitation trends

2 locations

real weddings 86

stylish couple’s weddings las vegas and destination

resources 118

bridal shows

10 tips for attending 113

marry me now

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the planning place

honeymoon

index

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honeymoon & after

las vegas wedding professionals + services

wedding trends 122

wedding decor

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about the front covers SPRING 2016 PHOTOGRAPHY Adam Frazier Photographer LOCATION Hilton Lake Las Vegas MODELS Christopher Spang, Chelsea Dawn HAIR + MAKEUP Makeup in the 702 JEWELRY Brighton Collectibles DRESS David’s Bridal (Galina Signature) TUXEDO Men’s Wearhouse

Publisher/Editor-in-Chief Debra Hansen Vice President/Sales & Marketing Laura Covington Web Development/Bridal Show Production Ty Hansen

SUMMER 2016 PHOTOGRAPHY Moxie Studio Photography & Cinema LOCATION Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort MODEL Alex Richardson HAIR + MAKEUP Hair’z Melinda JEWELRY Brighton Collectibles DRESS David’s Bridal (Melissa Sweet)

Spectacular Bride Design/Production Paper and Home Design Studio Distribution Dominion Distribution Spectacular Bride Team Contributors Heather Gubics Taylor Nguyen Joyce Scardina-Becker Cristine Thomas Allyson Siwajian

FALL 2016 PHOTOGRAPHY Kandylane Photography LOCATION Hilton Lake Las Vegas MODEL Jaffet Haro

Sales Office 2320 S. Duneville Road Las Vegas, Nevada 89146 702.368.0088 p 702.257.2395 f

HAIR + MAKEUP Hair’z Melinda JEWELRY Brighton Collectibles DRESS Brilliant Bridal (Maggie Sottero) DESIGN / FLORAL Flora Couture

WINTER 2016 PHOTOGRAPHY Stephen Salazar Photography LOCATION Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort MODEL Tala Marie HAIR + MAKEUP Makeup in the 702 JEWELRY Brighton Collectibles DRESS Bowties Bridal (Mori Lee) DESIGN / FLORAL Event Society

Publisher E-mails: deb@bridalspectacular.com Sales Inquiries: laurac@bridalspectacular.com

spectacularbride.com bridalspectacular.com The Spectacular Bride and Bridal Spectacular Events are produced by Bridal Spectacular Events Inc. The producer accepts no responsibility for errors or omissions. To the best of our knowledge the services offered are in good faith by reputable businesses. Bridal Spectacular Events Inc or it producer cannon and will not be held liable for the quality or performance of goods and services provided by the exhibitor or advertisers who market their business through this planner, event or web site. Contributors: National Bridal Publications. Spectacular Bride contain editorials, articles and graphics under license from National Bridal Publications. The editorials, articles and graphics appearing in the publication Spectacular Bride are reprinted by permission of NBP, Copyright 2016. All Rights Reserved. Reproduction of any part of this publication without the written consent of Spectacular Bride and Bridal Spectacular is strictly prohibited. Printed in USA.


venue review

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MINDY BEAN PHOTOGRAPHY (Doug Bean) | HILTON LAKE LAS VEGAS

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

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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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We are one of Nevada’s premier private clubs, and a perfect location for a Las Vegas ceremony and reception. We would be delighted to be a part of your special day and take pride in making your event a memorable occasion. We offer an ideal site for the exchange of wedding vows. This site affords a spectacular view of the Las Vegas

Valley and the Strip, offering a pictureperfect back drop on your wedding day. As the city comes to life, your guests move into our main dining room with its wall of windows overlooking the spectacular view. Our attentive staff will provide the fine Anthem Country Club service while you dine and dance the night away.

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

RECEPTION CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150

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

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

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

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

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

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

1 Club Side Drive, Henderson | 702-614-5007

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anthemcc.com


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Moxie Studio Photography & Cinema

Canyon Gate Country Club offers a one-ofa-kind wedding experience in Las Vegas. Set against the gorgeous Red Rock Mountain, our outdoor ceremony site and main ballroom offer breathtaking views from start to finish. We can accommodate a wedding as intimate as 20 and as grand as 204 guests for seated

offerings. If it’s a more laid back atmosphere you seek, we have specialty hors d’oeuvres packages that can accommodate up to 325. And, of course, we have afternoon packages for those early birds. For celebrating new beginnings, nothing compares to Canyon Gate Country Club.

VENUE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . specialty venue, country club

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

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

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

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

FACILITY RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2000 & up

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

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

2001 Canyon Gate Drive, Las Vegas | 702.363.4650

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clubcorp.com

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Emerald at Queensridge is considered one of Las Vegas’ premier Banquet and Event Centers, located in the prestigious Queensridge community of Las Vegas, just minutes from the Strip. As a non-gaming, off the strip destination, single event, full-service venue, we provide ideal ambiance for ceremonies, receptions, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, corporate events, seminars, awards banquets, holiday parties, and virtually any event you may conjure up.

Fabrizio is an 8,000 square-foot indoor and outdoor venue that can be transformed into the perfect location for your wedding and reception. Situated in the heart of downtown Las Vegas, Fabrizio is passionate about being one of the finest venues in Las Vegas. We offer an unforgettable event with our lighting system, grand piano, and amazing sound system. Fabrizio offers flexible start and end times at no additional charge to ensure your party doesn’t end until the last guest leaves. Get a taste of the good life with fivestar cuisine and customizable menus. We’ll take care of every detail, so you can have an amazing and memorable wedding day.

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

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

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

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

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

CEREMONY CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 316

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

RECEPTION CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 316

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

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

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

FACILITY RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . call for pricing

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

PARKING. . . . . complimentary valet with 200+ guests

891 South Rampart Boulevard, Las Vegas 702.242.5700 emeraldatqueensridge.com

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818 South Main Street, Las Vegas 702.678.5152 fabriziovegas.com


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Cili - Balinese for prosperity, good health, and great fortune. Guests will surely be amazed by our hidden tropical paradise with lush fairways, flawless white sands, exotic foliage and soothing waters of nationallyrenowned Bali Hai Golf Club, located minutes from the “Strip.”

Guests will experience an eclectic culinary menu sure to please every palate. On-site wedding coordinators, management and staff are ensured to present flawless service where every need is met, anticipated, and exceeded. Let Cili amaze you with lifelong memories!

VENUE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . specialty venue, restaurant

RECEPTION CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Up to 250

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

CATERING RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $89 & up

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

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

CEREMONY CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200 seated

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

5160 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas | 702.597.6316

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ciliweddings.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 nashby@downtowngrand.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

206 N. 3rd Street, Las Vegas | 702.719.5100

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downtowngrand.com


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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.

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

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

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

CATERING RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $40 to $70

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

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

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

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

8080 Al Carrison, Las Vegas | 702.645.5818 | 866.645.5818

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the-grove.com

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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).

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 | 702.567.4621

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hilton.com

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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.

Fiesta Henderson Hotel & Casino is the perfect place to host a ceremony, reception or special event. With professional event planners and an excellent catering team, we’re here to make your special occasion an unforgettable experience.

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.

Our experienced team will help you create delightful menus, book photographers and entertainment for your event. Better yet, kick back and leave the planning to us. We’ve got you covered! We can accommodate any event, no matter what the occasion. Fiesta Henderson Hotel & Casino has newly appointed guest rooms and suites, so you can relax before or after your special day!

We’ll do the planning, you do the impressing! VENUE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . restaurant

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

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

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

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

CEREMONY CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 100

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

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

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

CATERING RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $27 & up

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

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

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

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

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

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777 West Lake Mead Parkway, Henderson 702.567.7329 fiestahenderson.sclv.com


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Vitamin C Photography

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 & Cinema

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.

Photos by Larotonda

VENUE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . specialty venue, country club

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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lvpaiutegolf.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.

Our flexible conference rooms and banquet halls offer fully configurable Las Vegas meeting space for events numbering a few dozen people to several hundred in size.

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.

Our event space includes a huge ballroom with a reception capacity for up to 2,000 guests, ideal for large events, small conferences, or conventions.足

The top-rated Spa Aquae and Salon offers bridal parties world-class pampering and full-service wedding day preparation.足

Our experienced event planners and caterers are prepared to make your Las Vegas wedding a smashing success. From finding rare flowers to creating delightful menus and arranging for photographers and entertainment, you can trust everything to our capable hands.

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

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

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

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

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

CEREMONY CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 300

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

RECEPTION CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1000

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

CATERING RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $31 & up

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

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

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

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

221 North Rampart Boulevard, Las Vegas 877.869.8777 | 702.869.7031 jwlasvegasweddings.com

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2411 West Sahara Avenue, Las Vegas 702.221.6750 palacestation.sclv.com


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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 moment‌you are now pronounced husband and wife in your own private wedding paradise.

At Rhodes Ranch Golf Club we recognize the significance of your wedding as we do not book more than one event per day. Let our professional staff take care of the details while you enjoy and take in every moment of the most important day of your life.

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RECEPTION CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 400

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

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

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

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

CEREMONY CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 400

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

20 Rhodes Ranch Parkway, Las Vegas | 702.740.8110

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rhodesranchgolf.com

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The Revere Golf Club provides an all-inclusive Las Vegas wedding experience offering four unique ceremony sites, each highlighting a feature of the Club, including panoramic views of the famous Las Vegas skyline. Following your ceremony, guests will be treated to a gourmet dining experience at our Clubhouse which maintains that unending view to the Las Vegas skyline. The Clubhouse features accommodations for up to 350 guests at one of three banquet spaces. The Revere Golf Club also provides the option to customize your wedding day to ensure your wedding day is flawless.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CATERING RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . starting at $55

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

FACILITY RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Up to $1500

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

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

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

2600 Hampton Road, Henderson 702.617.5707 reveregolf.com

3333 Blue Diamond Road, Las Vegas 702.914.8569 silvertoncasino.com

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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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RECEPTION CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 600

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

CATERING RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $34 and up

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

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

CEREMONY CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 600

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

9090 Alta Drive, Las Vegas | 702.636.7090 |

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An oasis in the desert, our ceremony location is perched on a hilltop that overlooks the surrounding lakes below and provides a 360˚ view of the stunning mountain ranges. As the sun sets behind the mountains, the glistening sunlight and reflection off the lake provide the perfect backdrop. Continuing from the ceremony, our newly renovated patio is furnished with lounge seating and fire pits overlooking the 18th hole. Let our experienced Wedding Specialists ensure every detail is attended to with care to provide a flawless, stress-free occasion. We look forward to being a part of your journey. VENUE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . country club OPTIONS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . indoor & outdoor EVENT TYPE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ceremony & reception CEREMONY CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 300 outdoor RECEPTION CAPACITY. . up to 175 indoor / 300 outdoor CATERING RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $45 & up FACILITY RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2000 & up PARKING. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . complimentary

1700 Village Center Circle, Las Vegas 702.485.6828 tpcsummerlin.com

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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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RECEPTION CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 650

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

CATERING RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $15 to $150

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

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

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

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

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PRICE RANGE

OPTIONS

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A SECRET GARDEN

CATERING

INDOOR

CEREMONY

yes

up to 250

OUTDOOR

RECEPTION

yes

up to 250

all inclusive 9001 Dean Martin Drive Las Vegas FACILITY FEE 702.318.1484 asecretgardenwedding.com all inclusive

ANGEL PARK GOLF CLUB

CATERING

INDOOR

CEREMONY

$35 and up

yes

300

100 South Rampart Blvd. Las Vegas 702.254.3250 angelpark.com

FACILITY FEE

OUTDOOR

RECEPTION

$1500 and up

yes

200

CANYON GATE COUNTRY CLUB

CATERING

INDOOR

CEREMONY

$70 and up

yes

250

FACILITY FEE

OUTDOOR

RECEPTION

$2000 and up

yes

200

CATERING

INDOOR

CEREMONY

$28-$60

yes

500+

FACILITY FEE

OUTDOOR

RECEPTION

$28-$115

yes

500+

CATERING

INDOOR

CEREMONY

$110

yes

300

FACILITY FEE

OUTDOOR

RECEPTION

$3000

yes

300

2001 Canyon Gate Drive Las Vegas 702.363.4650 clubcorp.com

CASABLANCA RESORT 950 W. Mesquite Blvd. Mesquite 702.346.6800 ext. 6917 casablancaresort.com

DRAGONRIDGE COUNTRY CLUB 552 S Stephanie St. Henderson 702.835.8582 pacificlinks.com

(for ceremony & reception)

HILTON LAKE LAS VEGAS CATERING RESORT & SPA 1610 Lake Las Vegas Pkwy. Henderson 702.567.4621 hilton.com

THE LAKE CLUB AT LAKE LAS VEGAS 210 Grand Mediterra Blvd. Henderson 702.856.8432 pacificlinks.com

PAIUTE GOLF RESORT 10325 Nu-Wav Kaiv Blvd. Las Vegas 702.395.1700 lvpaiutegolf.com

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CEREMONY

$140 and up

yes

up to 1000

FACILITY FEE

OUTDOOR

RECEPTION

$1200 and up

yes

up to 1200

CATERING

INDOOR

CEREMONY

$95 and up

yes

up to 250

FACILITY FEE

OUTDOOR

RECEPTION

$2000

yes

up to 250

CATERING

INDOOR

CEREMONY

$79.95 and up

yes

up to 300

FACILITY FEE

OUTDOOR

RECEPTION

n/a

yes

up to 300

SPECIAL FEATURES

10 acres of private lush landscape for your wedding. All inclusive, one event each day. Classic cars, horse and carriage.

Enjoy a secluded & romantic ceremony space in front of a waterfall, in the heart of Summerlin. Features wraparound patio, fire pits and gorgeous Red Rock mountain views.

Offers a one-of-a-kind wedding experience in Las Vegas. Set against the gorgeous Red Rock Mountain, our venue features breathtaking views from start to finish.

Tropical pool with gazebo and waterfall. Luxurious golf courses. Beautiful spa and event center. Weddings and Quinceaneras.

The perfect setting for your event. Grand Ballroom has a spectacular view of Las Vegas from the balconies and windows.

Beautiful landscaped gardens, picturesque Mediterranean styled architecture, and a quaint wedding chapel on the bridge over beautiful Lake Las Vegas.

Captures the ambiance of an Italian seaside villa. Secluded waterfront and sand beach setting lined with majestic palms.

Rustic, lush, elegant, & modern with views that will stun you speechless, featuring a “wow” factor made only in the purity of nature with beautiful mountain views.


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RHODES RANCH GOLF CLUB 20 Rhodes Ranch Pkwy. Las Vegas 702.740.8110 rhodesranchgolf.com

SOUTHSHORE GOLF CLUB 100 Strada Di Circolo Henderson 702.856.8432 pacificlinks.com

PRICE RANGE

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CATERING

INDOOR

CEREMONY

$25 and up

yes

400

FACILITY FEE

OUTDOOR

RECEPTION

all inclusive packages

yes

400

CATERING

INDOOR

CEREMONY

$100 and up

yes

up to 250

FACILITY FEE

OUTDOOR

RECEPTION

$2000

yes

up to 250

VICTORIA’S FAMILY CATERING WEDDINGS & RECEPTIONS 2800 West Sahara Ave. Las Vegas 702-252-4565 victoriasfamily.com

INDOOR

CEREMONY

$48 and up

yes

175

FACILITY FEE

OUTDOOR

RECEPTION

$48 and up

yes

175

(including facility)

(including catering)

SPECIAL FEATURES

Set above a serene lake. Breathtaking views at exclusively designed ceremony site - a private ceremony paradise.

Set high above Lake Las Vegas with breathtaking view of tranquil desert and magnificent golf course. The club offers old world Mediterranean elegance at its best.

All-inclusive venue with most services done in-house to make your day memorable.

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the budget an event planner the guest list invitations + favors the venue catering rentals flowers music the reception

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THE BUDGET

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

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


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THE GUEST LIST

Controlling your guest list will enable you to focus more time, attention and budget to the details that make a wedding so unique: the location, invitations, table décor, menu selection, music and other elements that are often limited by large guest lists.

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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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Save-the-Date Cards Ceremony Cards Reception Cards Response Cards Directions and Accommodations Cards Ceremony Programs Menu Cards Table Numbers Place Cards (for specific seat) Escort Cards (for specific table) Tags for Favors Welcome Signs Thank You Notes


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9350 West Sahara Avenue Send your save-the-dates as soon as the venue is booked, especially if your date falls on ornear a holiday or school break. A word of caution—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, they’ve evolved into much more than a token gift. Enhance a favor’s value by having it serve a dual role as an element of decor and a departing gift. Let glass votives provide a home for tealights or become miniature vases for flowers, or stage placecards in a stylish, themed holder that guests take at the end of the reception. Another option is to select a wrap or type of packaging that adds some panache to your table décor. Enclose the favor of your choice in an organza or beaded bag that brings out the color of your décor, or use a decorative box to lend a bit of architecture to your table.

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Once you have a solid estimate of your guest count, begin the venue search. Choosing a venue is like going house hunting. Having a list of your top wants will save you time. Start by asking yourself a few questions: • Do you want the ceremony and reception at the same location? • Are you planning on having a formal sitdown dinner or buffet? • Will you need space to accommodate a band or will you have a DJ? • What type of venue are you envisioningHistorical, ultra modern, by the water, lots of windows and light, etc.? • Do you want a venue that has overnight accommodations? S P E C TAC U L A R B R I D E .CO M

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Do you want an indoor or outdoor location? Do you want to bring your own caterer? Do you want to bring your own liquor? Do you need an area for child care?

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.

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• Inspect entrances, exits and restrooms. Are they attractive and easy to find? BOOKING THE SITE Secure your location before hiring all of your service providers. If you have your heart set on a particular venue, then by all means book it 12 to 18 months out. If you’re flexible about your venue selection and are open to different options, you can actually plan a wedding in 4 to 6 months.

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CATERING

If you are in a position to select your own caterer, try to narrow your list to no more than three. When calling each caterer, have as much information ready as possible – your wedding date, reception location, time of day, approximate number of guests, and degree of formality and theme, if applicable. FOODIES UNITE Do you harbor a secret obsession for the Food Network? If so, you’re in good company. Couples across the country are releasing their inner-foodie, using both the cocktail party and reception to share their passion for the culinary arts. From Thai to Indian, Italian to Vietnamese, seafood to vegetarian, let your palate inspire. What better way to personalize your day than by sharing your secret love affair with food? The size 32

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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 according to the menu selection. 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 and beverages 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.

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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, lounge furniture, vintage furniture, tents, candles, props, theme décor and more. 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. • Your event date, time and location. • Total number of guests attending, including wedding party. • Number of wedding vendors being seated. • A tentative floor plan. • T  able and chair requirements of your beverage service and disc jockey. • Food serving style. Buffet stations will need linens for each table and possibly décor. S P E C TAC U L A R B R I D E .CO M

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CEREMONY RENTALS A great deal of focus is placed on the reception décor. Not to be overlooked are the elements that literally set the stage for the wedding ceremony. Arbors, columns and pillars, topiaries, candelabras and chuppahs are props and structures readily available through most rental companies. LINENS Before you decide on colors and theme, visit a rental or linen company. The styles, texture, fabrics, colors and options available are staggering. A single linen can launch a flurry of ideas and imagination. When tallying the number of linens needed, don’t forget the DJ table, back bar, buffet tables and other surfaces that may need a little coverage. TABLES & CHAIRS In determining the number of tables and chairs needed, confirm possible extras: tables for the back bar, serving stations, DJ, cake and gifts. If your reception site offers an outdoor area, rent a few elevated cocktail tables for guests who’ll be slipping outside to smoke or get a breath of fresh air. If there’s the chance of extreme heat or rain, reserve 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 manager to ensure the location will be open when the rental company delivers your order and that someone will be there to direct where items should go. Arrange for someone to monitor your rental items at the end of the event, paying 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 mood, and can be the difference between intimate and institutional or ordinary and extraordinary. S P E C TAC U L A R B R I D E .CO M

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Professional lighting is a necessity for formal and evening weddings. Fortunately for today’s couples, it has become quite affordable and increasingly flexible in accommodating various venues and restrictions. Note: many lighting companies also offer draping and props. Achieve impact by hiring a professional lighting company. Their ability to subtly draw attention to elements of décor, throw dramatic silhouettes on walls, and create warmth and romance is worth the investment. In addition to transforming a venue, lighting can be a cost effective means by which to divert attention from less attractive features of a room.

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When interviewing a floral designer, look for their use of color, texture, and overall flair. Ask about the rentals they provide, as many have large prop closets filled with arches, chuppahs, and vases of every size, shape, and style. Once you’ve selected your designer, the creative process begins. Provide 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. 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. 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. TIME-OF-DAY Your florals need to last throughout the day. Some flowers hold up 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. CEREMONY FLOWERS Repurpose ceremony flowers for your reception. Using these S P E C TAC U L A R B R I D E .CO M

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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. 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.

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There are three major segments for which to plan your music: the ceremony, cocktail hour, and the reception. VENUE RESTRICTION If your ceremony is at a house of worship, inquire about 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. SONG SELECTIONS Once you’ve decided on a DJ, band, or both, provide them with a list of songs you would, and would not like played, 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. 38

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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 everyone feel comfortable and acknowledged.

THE RECEPTION Your reception will account for the majority of your budget and planning. Make the most of 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 arrive at the reception feeling less than fresh after wearing the same celebratory clothes all day; those with children will have to arrange for all-day childcare.

DIRECTING YOUR GUESTS If the ceremony and reception are at different places, designate someone to greet and guide your guests to the cocktail or reception area, or make sure 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

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• 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, yours can be 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 S P E C TAC U L A R B R I D E .CO M

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

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

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


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

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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.

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

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you’re happy with the quality of the demo and confirm that the same type of camera used for the demo will be used at your wedding, you’re set. If you want your day filmed in HD, be sure to hire a cinematographer that shoots in HD. Likewise, If you want the final product in a format that will play on your iPod or iPad, ask if it’s an option. STYLES & PRICING There are basically two methods of videotaping: documentary and cinematic. The documentary is typically a two hour version with a ten to fifteen minute highlights piece. Expect to invest anywhere from $2,500 to $3,500 for this style of video. Cinematic is usually thirty-five to fortyfive minutes long. It is edited throughout in much the same way as the highlights piece, creating an entertaining movie that tells a story. The shorter and tighter the video, the more time it takes to edit. This can take up to fifty (plus) hours to create. The price is commensurate with the effort, closer to the $4,000 to $7,500 range. Fees are impacted not only by the style of filming and editing, but by the level of service you contract; the number of cameras used, assistants and end-product deliverables. Cinematographers often charge per hour or per camera, though you can certainly inquire about a flat fee or package options. Packages typically include the filming, editing of the master and delivery on DVD.

TIPS FOR A BETTER VIDEO • Don’t chew gum, it looks bad on video • Act natural. Don’t duck and avoid, just pretend the camera isn’t there. • Walk slowly when going down the aisle so cameramen can get plenty of footage. • Allow your cinematographers to move around. You’ll get better footage if they’re not confined to a tripod at the back. • Semi-competitors, your photographer and cinematographer will need to work side-by-side the day of your wedding, each trying to capture the same moments via different medium. It’s a huge plus if they like working together. • Provide a secure place for your vendors to store their backup equipment. n S P E C TAC U L A R B R I D E .CO M

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

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

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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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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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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 10 SILHOUETTES (CONTINUED) 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 56

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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. 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.

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

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

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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.

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

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


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

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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.


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INFORMAL A navy or dark gray suit is perfectly appropriate for an informal wedding. Also attractive and equally suitable is a navy blazer with neutral-colored trousers. The fabric should be appropriate to the season—cotton or linen for summer, flannel for fall. The groom and groomsmen should try to dress in the same color, and ties can complement the bridesmaids’ gowns. Formalwear should be reserved at least three months in advance and all measurements taken at least three weeks prior to the wedding. Out-of-town groomsmen can have their measurements taken at a men’s formalwear store near them and forwarded to the store where you’ve reserved your tuxedos. Traditionally the groomsmen pick up the rental cost of their own formalwear, but the generous groom can offer to cover the costs of formalwear accessories such as custom cuff links and shirt studs.

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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. 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 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 62

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Rented formalwear usually includes a jacket, vest or cummerbund, pants, suspenders, shirt, cufflinks, studs and a tie. It is recommended that shoes be rented from the same store to maintain consistency. Someone should be designated to gather and return all formalwear to the store on time to avoid late fees, which run from five to ten dollars per day, per outfit. The groom, like the bride, has the option of purchasing his wedding day attire or having it tailor-made. If his social calendar calls for it a tuxedo is a good investment, which will pay for itself in three or four occasions, to say nothing of the unmistakable elegance of owning a custom tailored tuxedo. Whatever the style and degree of formality you choose for your wedding, there are a few key points to keep in mind when ordering formalwear for groom and groomsmen. Shirts, whether with pleated front panels or traditional smooth-fronted, should fit snugly around the neck. The bottom hem of the pants should touch the top of the shoes. Jackets should fit snugly but comfortably with some room at the waist. Sleeves should end at the wrist bone. Vents on the sides of the jacket should lay smoothly. The jacket collar should hug the neck and the lapels shouldn’t buckle. Cummerbunds should be worn pleats-up (you should be able to stick a finger down into the folds). If the groom chooses to wear a pocket square, it should be small and discreet. Knowing the proper names and uses of different articles of formal attire will make shopping for this important ensemble a much easier task. n


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PHOTOGRAPHY KMH Photography MODEL Khalilah Yasmin HAIR + MAKEUP Hair ’z Melinda JEWELRY Brighton Collectibles DRESS Bowties Bridal (Allure Bridals)


PHOTOGRAPHY KMH Photography MODEL Alex Richardson HAIR + MAKEUP Hair ’z Melinda JEWELRY Brighton Collectibles DRESS David's Bridal (Melissa Sweet)

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PHOTOGRAPHY Moxie Studio Photography & Cinema MODEL Alex Richardson HAIR + MAKEUP Hair ’z Melinda JEWELRY Brighton Collectibles DRESS David's Bridal (Melissa Sweet) golf resort


PHOTOGRAPHY Stephen Salazar Photography MODEL Alex Richardson HAIR + MAKEUP Hair ’z Melinda JEWELRY Brighton Collectibles DRESS Bowties Bridal (Pronovias)

PHOTOGRAPHY M Place Productions MODEL Megan Highfill HAIR + MAKEUP Hair ’z Melinda JEWELRY Brighton Collectibles DRESS Brilliant Bridal (Maggie Sottero)


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PHOTOGRAPHY Adam Frazier Photographer CINEMATOGRAPHY Memory Lane Video PHOTOGRAPHY M Place Productions MODELS Christopher Spang, Chelsea Dawn MODEL Megan Highfill HAIR + MAKEUP Makeup in the 702 HAIR + MAKEUP Hair ’z Melinda JEWELRY Brighton Collectibles JEWELRY Brighton Collectibles DRESS David's Bridal (G alina Signature) DRESS Brilliant Bridal Men's (Maggie Sottero) TUXEDO Wearhouse


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PHOTOGRAPHY Ella Gagiano Photography MODEL Jaffet Haro DESIGN Glitterati Weddings & Events FLORAL Jovani Linens and Event Design HAIR + MAKEUP Hair ’z Melinda JEWELRY Brighton Collectibles DRESS Brilliant Bridal (Allure Bridals)


PHOTOGRAPHY Ella Gagiano Photography MODEL Jaffet Haro HAIR + MAKEUP Hair ’z Melinda JEWELRY Brighton Collectibles DRESS Brilliant Bridal (Allure Bridals)


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PHOTOGRAPHY M Place Productions MODEL Chelsea Dawn DESIGN / FLORAL Flora Couture HAIR + MAKEUP Makeup in the 702 JEWELRY Brighton Collectibles DRESS Brilliant Bridal (Mon Cheri)


PHOTOGRAPHY M Place Productions MODELS Chelsea Dawn, Christopher Spang PHOTOGRAPHY M Place Productions FLORAL Flora Couture MODEL Megan Highfill HAIR + MAKEUP Makeup in the 702 HAIR + MAKEUP Hair ’z Melinda JEWELRY Brighton Collectibles JEWELRY Brighton Collectibles DRESS Brilliant Bridal (Mon Cheri) DRESS Brilliant Bridal (Maggie Sottero) TUXEDO Jerry's Tux Shop


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PHOTOGRAPHY Kandylane Photography MODEL Megan Highfill HAIR + MAKEUP Hair ’z Melinda JEWELRY Brighton Collectibles DRESS Brilliant Bridal (Roz la Kelin)


PHOTOGRAPHY Knight Sounds Photography MODEL Jaffet Haro DESIGN / FLORAL Flora Couture HAIR + MAKEUP Hair ’z Melinda JEWELRY Brighton Collectibles DRESS Brilliant Bridal (Allure Bridals)

PHOTOGRAPHY M Place Productions MODEL Megan Highfill HAIR + MAKEUP Hair ’z Melinda JEWELRY Brighton Collectibles DRESS Brilliant Bridal (Maggie Sottero)


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R E D R O C K C O U N T RY C LU B PHOTOGRAPHY: Kandylane Photography FLORAL DESIGN Layers of Lovely | CAKE Peridot Sweets | TREATS STATION Popcorn Girl DRESS Celebrations Bridal | BRIDESMAID DRESSES Bella Bridesmaid | TUXEDOS Men's Wearhouse

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S P R I N G S P R E S E RV E PHOTOGRAPHY: KMH Photography DAY OF EVENT COORDINATOR Faithfully Yours | HAIR + MAKEUP Amelia C & Co | FLORAL DESIGN The Palette LIGHTING LED Unplugged | CAKE Nothing Bundt Cakes | TREATS STATION Popcorn Girl | DRESS JLM Culture (Tara Keely) | BRIDESMAID DRESSES Bella Bridesmaid (Alfred Sung) | TUXEDOS Men's Wearhouse (Vera Wang)

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S PA N I S H T R A I L C O U N T RY C LU B PHOTOGRAPHY: Knight Sounds Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Memory Lane Video | ENTERTAINMENT Knight Sounds Entertainment CAKE (made by the groom) | FLORAL DESIGN Roxy Floral | INVITATIONS 1st Impressions

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V I A N S A W I N E RY SONOMA, CALIFORNIA PHOTOGRAPHY: Ella Gagiano Photography FLORAL DESIGN Angie Zimmerman Floral Designs | VIDEOGRAPHY High Class Studios | CAKE Crisp Bake Shop DRESS Couture Bride | BRIDESMAID DRESSES David's Bridal | TUXEDOS Men's Wearhouse

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Wedding chapels aren't the only place to get hitched in Las Vegas! As one of the world’s premiere wedding destinations, Las Vegas offers opportunities for every bridal style. All you have to discover is what you and your groom want for your wedding day!

DEFINE YOUR VENUE STYLE In Las Vegas, you’ll find luxurious locations for heartfelt ceremonies and well-planned receptions. Consider your wedding style, and find a venue that reflects you. For a grand occasion, book a ballroom at an offthe-Strip hotel with scenic landscapes. For an intimate gathering, reserve a restaurant or garden venue. For a private party laden with luxury, choose a country club, golf club or Lake Las Vegas property. For a glamorous event, select a chic hotel on the Strip. For a natural connection, explore resorts near Red Rock Canyon or Mount Charleston. At these venues, you’ll receive dedicated customer service for a ceremony and reception customized to your preferences.

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BOOK EARLY Since Las Vegas is such a popular wedding destination, book all your wedding services as early as possible. First contact the wedding venue to secure your date and location. Then ask your venue’s representative for a list of preferred vendors. While not every venue makes recommendations, many venues offer individual referrals or all-inclusive packages. Also to view additional reputable vendors and wedding services, visit BridalSpectacular.com. With these resources, you can find quality professionals, who match your budget and personal style, for every category of your wedding planning. ADD THE PERSONAL TOUCH Even destination weddings deserve to be personalized! Since professional vendors frequently work with destination and local brides, they provide excellent services no matter where you live. Once you’ve booked your venue and vendors, stay in touch. Communicate your ideas through e-mail messages (complete with attached photographs for inspiration), Skype appointments or phone calls. Be sure to share your expectations, and listen to vendors’s ideas as well. If you’d like, also hire a local wedding consultant or visit Las Vegas in advance to meet with vendors. OBTAIN A MARRIAGE LICENSE Before your wedding, visit the Las Vegas Marriage Bureau with your groom to receive a marriage license. While you don’t need a blood test and there is no waiting period, bring these essentials: U.S. government-issued ID or passport, $77 cash and, if applicable, date of past divorce decree. Then it’s time to focus on enjoying every moment of the big day!

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THRIVE IN THIS CITY As a favorite destination for brides, grooms and wedding guests, Las Vegas offers warm weather, nightlife, arts and entertainment, world-renowned dining, outdoor recreation, affordable travel rates and honeymoon packages. Take advantage of your time in this city. Relax with a spa day for you and your bridesmaids. Hire a photographer for a postwedding “Trash the Dress” session. Invite your family for a Valley of Fire hike. Steal a kiss with your groom amid Nevada sunsets, and thrive at the wedding created specifically for you! With this destination wedding experience, you’ll unveil a memorable beginning to a lifetime commitment. All you have to say is: “I do.” n 114

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Honeymoon. Just the mention of the word conjures up images of champagne breakfasts for two, lazy afternoons in the sun, romantic candlelight dinners and passionate nights. Making arrangements for this intimate escape will be one of the most enjoyable aspects of planning your wedding.

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equipment, ground transportation plus other amenities and services. Options range from couples-only resorts, which cater specifically to honeymooners, to family resorts. Rates can vary significantly between companies and time of year, so shop around. Whatever your choice, the all-inclusive package is perfect for those honeymooners who want to pay one price and forget about everything else but each other. TRAVELING ABROAD You’ll need a passport when traveling abroad. If you don’t have a passport or yours is expired, apply for a new one at least three months before your wedding. Typically the process takes six weeks, but allow for any mishaps or delays. For travel in some countries you’ll need vaccinations. Visit www.cdc.gov/travel for recommended and required vaccinations. CRUISES Similar to all-inclusive resorts, cruise packages offer many services and amenities for one price. They usually include airfare, accommodations, meals, spa and health club facilities, sports, activities, entertainment, not to mention exotic ports of call. Overall, cruise packages provide good value for the money. For this type of honeymoon excursion you’ll want to select a travel agent that specializes in cruise packages. They will have the best knowledge of what each cruise line offers, as well as personal experience and suggestions. STAYING LOCAL Not all newlyweds are afforded the luxury of extended honeymoon bliss in a faraway place. If you plan on honeymooning locally, consider a quaint bed and breakfast, a posh hotel or a spa resort. Champagne and candlelight can be just as romantic 100 miles from home as they are on the other side of the globe.

HONEYMOON (CONTINUED) Begin discussing honeymoon plans as soon as you’ve set the wedding date. Not only will this allow you time to explore the many options, it will also afford you the best availability and value. ALL-INCLUSIVE More than just mere accommodations, allinclusive packages generally include food and lodging, extensive recreational facilities and 116

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CONFIRMATIONS No matter the destination, confirm your travel and hotel well in advance and be sure to double-check them at least a week before your ceremony. In addition, it doesn’t hurt to call the hotel on the day of your wedding to confirm your time of arrival. Be sure to mention you were just married, as this often results in a nicer room or suite, depending on availability, or a special gift basket from the hotel, waiting for you upon arrival. Whether traveling across the globe or staying close to home, the most important thing is to enjoy each other and relax. n


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

HOTEL BOUTIQUE BRIDAL EXPO This is generally a smaller bridal show with between 70 and 100 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. Our event “Veils, Tails and Cocktails” is in this category. VENUE OPEN HOUSE Many of our Las Vegas wedding venues hold open houses once or twice a year so that you can come and see their facility as it would look on your wedding day and meet with their preferred vendors. This is a great opportunity to compare venues and the individualized services they can provide you with. Plus you get to see the building, landscaping, parking and other physical features of the venue. Typically in addition to the venue you will meet with up to 20 of their preferred vendors. RETAILER OPEN HOUSE This event is designed to introduce you to a bridal registry department of a retail store or possibly a photographers studio or a floral studio. They will often invite 20 or less preferred vendors to also be there to meet you. BRIDAL TRUNK SHOW This is all about fashion! Many of the local bridal shops will hold trunk shows at their locations and feature the latest gowns from a particular designer. So get busy, start with The Bridal Spectacular, and also plan to attend as many open house events as possible so you can shop and compare! n

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 at Cashman Center twice a year. 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. S P E C TAC U L A R B R I D E .CO M

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DESIGN Paulina Clute Events | LOCATION Hilton Lake Las Vegas, Florentine Gardens FLORAL Enchanted Florist | PHOTOGRAPHERS Adam Frazier Photographer (left page, top) , Mindy Bean Photography (Doug Bean) (middle left) , Ella Gagiano Photography (bottom left, bottom right) , Knight Sounds Entertainment (middle right) | STATIONERY 1st Impressions

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DESIGN Emily Grace Events | LOCATION Hilton Lake Las Vegas, Florentine Gardens | FLORAL + CANDELABRAS Enchanted Florist | RENTALS RSVP Party Rentals | PHOTOGRAPHERS Knight Sounds Entertainment (left page), Ella G agiano Photography (top left, middle top right, bottom left) , Kandylane Photography (top right) , Mindy Bean Photography (Doug Bean) (middle left) , M Place Productions (middle bottom right) , Adam Frazier Photographer (bottom right) | HAIR + MAKEUP Makeup in the 702 | JEWELRY Brighton Collectibles | DRESS Brilliant Bridal, Romantic Bridals | TUXEDO Tuxedo Junction | CAKE Melissa's Bakeshop | STATIONERY Alligator Soup

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DESIGN Glitterati Weddings & Events | LOCATION Hilton Lake Las Vegas, Grand Ballroom FLORAL Jovani Linens & Event Design | RENTALS Current Events | UPLIGHTING LED Unplugged Lighting & Event Rentals | PHOTOGRAPHERS Adam Frazier Photographer (middle left, bottom center, bottom right) , M Place Productions (top) , Ella Gagiano Photography (middle right) , Mindy Bean Photography (Doug Bean) (bottom left) | CAKE Las Vegas Custom Cakes | STATIONERY Paper and Home

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DESIGN Glitterati Weddings & Events | LOCATION Hilton Lake Las Vegas, Monte Carlo Ballroom FLORAL Jovani Linens & Event Design | RENTALS Current Events / Jovani Linens & Event Design UPLIGHTING LED Unplugged Lighting & Event Rentals | CAKE Las Vegas Custom Cakes PHOTOGRAPHERS Kandylane Photography (left page, top left, middle) , Adam Frazier Photographer (top right, bottom left, bottom right) , Ella Gagiano Photography (bottom center) | STATIONERY Paper and Home

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DESIGN / FLORAL Flora Couture | LOCATION Hilton Lake Las Vegas, Beach | PHOTOGRAPHERS Adam Frazier Photographer (left page, top left, top right, bottom left) , Kandylane Photography (bottom right) HAIR + MAKEUP Hair'z Melinda | DRESS Brilliant Bridal, Roz la Kelin

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DESIGN / FLORAL Event Society | LOCATION Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort RENTALS CPR Tents and Events | CAKE / SWEETS Mad Batter Cafe PHOTOGRAPHERS Moxie Studio Photography & Cinema (top left) , Photos by Larotonda (top right), Stephen Salazar Photography (bottom)

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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


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

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By implementing these skills, couples can decrease negative interactions and unreasonable expectations; creating a framework of “we-ness” that promotes marital happiness and satisfaction.

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

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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.

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5.00%

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6.00%

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1.00%

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 Other

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1.00%

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7.00%

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7.00%

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4.00%

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1.00%

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0.20%

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4.25%

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 Other

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 Other

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apparel/groom

Sub Total

photographer  Photographer Fee/Prints  Other

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videographer  Videographer Fee/Copies

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1.50%

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 Other

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7.00%

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1.50%

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 Directions/Hotels/Maps

0.20%

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 Ceremony Program

0.25%

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 Postage

0.45%

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 Thank You Notes

0.30%

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 Menu Cards

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 Announcements

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 Calligraphy

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0.20%

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1.00%

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 Guest Book & Pen

0.15%

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 Toasting Flutes

0.15%

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1.50%

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 Bride’s Attendants

0.30%

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 Groomsmen & Ushers

0.30%

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0.40%

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0.30%

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 Soloists/Musicians (Friends)

0.20%

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 Guest (hotel) Gift Baskets

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 Other

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entertainment/music

 Reception

Sub Total

stationery  Invitations/Reply Cards

Sub Total

accessories

Sub Total

gifts

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Actual

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1.50%

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 Other

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 Other

__________________

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2.00%

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0.85%

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0.15%

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 Other

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1.00%

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 Wedding Coordinator

9.00%

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 Wedding Insurance

1.00%

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 Other

__________________

___________________

 Other

__________________

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 Sub Total

10.00%

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2.00%

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 Other

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Sub Total

2.00%

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100.00%

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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

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 DJ or MC announces the arrival of the

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 Bride and groom mingle with guests

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 Dinner is announced

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 Guests are seated

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 Dinner is served

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 Champagne is served for toasting

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 Toasts by bestman, maid of honor and

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 Band or DJ music begins

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 Dinner plates are cleared

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 Bride and groom’s first dance

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 First dance with parents

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 Wedding party joins the dance floor

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 Open dancing for all guests

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 Bestman/designated person presents

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 Cake cutting

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 Cake and/or other desserts are served

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 Garter Toss (optional)

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 Bouquet Toss (optional)

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 Sweetheart Dance

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 Last Dance for bride and groom

_____________________

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 Departure of newlyweds

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 Parents or designated host announce

_____________________

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 Guest departure

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 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

beauty: hair & make up

Tiffany Couture Cleaners See ad pg 56 (702) 735-0186 www.tiffanycouturecleaners.com

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

apparel: bridal gown & bridesmaids Alfred Angelo See ad pg (702) 648-6838 alfredangelo.com

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beauty: health & wellness

Bridal XOXO (702) 966-9717 bridalxoxo.com Brilliant Bridal See ad pg (702) 724-8180 brilliantbridal.com

Makeup in the 702 See ad pg 59 (702) 301-1912 makeupinthe702.com

It Works! Global (801) 791-8724 christinahb.myitworks.com 57

David's Bridal See ad pg 55 (877) 923-2743 davidsbridal.com

apparel: tuxedos and formalwear Bowties Tuxedo and Bridal Boutique (702) 456-5688 bowtiestuxandbridal.com Generation Tux See ad pg 62 (844) 726-4889 generationtux.com

Spinal Care of Nevada (702) 566-4673 drdevin.com

bridal registry Bed Bath & Beyond (800) 462-3966 bedbathandbeyond.com Bridal Registry, Inc bridalregistryinc.com Macy’s (800) 568-8865 macys.com

cakes & confections Jerry's Tux Shop See ad pg 61 (702) 248-4777 jerrystuxshop.com Jos. A. Bank See ad pg 64 (877) 703-4438 josbankformal.com Men’s Wearhouse See ad pg 63 (800) 776-7848 menswearhouse.com

Las Vegas Custom Cakes (702) 233-2253 lasvegascustomcakes.com Melissa’s Bakeshop (702) 744-7009 melissasbakeshop.com The Mad Batter Cafe & Bakery See ad pg 32 (702) 475-6360 madbatterusa.com

Tuxedo Junction See ad pg 62 (800) 832-5717 / (702) 873-8830 tuxedojunction-lv.com

candy, treat & popcorn stations

bachelor & bachelorette: parties in las vegas

CREAM (702) 272-0072 creamnation.com

Pure Romance by Melisa (702) 296-1108 pureromance.com/melisalabeef-thomas

Popcorn Girl See ad pg 32 (702) 258-2676 popcorngirlvegas.com

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las vegas wedding professionals + services catering

florist & floral decor (continued)

Diamond Events & Productions (702) 210-9715 diamondevents.com

Jovani Linens and Event Design See ad pg 34 (702) 460-8370 jovanilinens.com

Three Square (702) 644-3663 x345 threesquare.org

home & lifestyle purchases

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

entertainment: mobile disc jockey Dream Entertainment, Inc. See ad pg 38 (702) 616-1555 dreamlv.com High Class Studios See ad pg 39 (888) 610-3305 highclassstudios.com Knight Sounds Entertainment See ad pg 39 (702) 452-3544 knightsoundsdjs.com

event planning Emily Grace Events (714) 458-5993 emilygraceevents.com Faithfully Yours Weddings & Events (702) 813-6199 faithfullyyoursevents.com Glitterati Weddings & Events, LLC See ad pg 29 (702) 417-3219 glitteratiwedding.com Paulina Clute Events (504) 452-9976 paulinacluteevents.com

florist & floral decor

Your Wedding Realtor See ad pg 117 (702) 933-7909 yourweddingrealtor.com

hotels: las vegas Downtown Grand See ad pg 12 (702) 719-5100 downtowngrand.com JW Marriott Resort & Spa See ad pg 16 (702) 869-7031 JWLasVegasWeddings.com Sam's Town Hotel & Gambling Hall See ad pg 23 (702) 454-8020 samstownlv.com Suncoast Hotel & Casino See ad pg 21 (702) 636-7090 suncoastcasino.com

invitations & wedding stationery 1st Impressions Invitations (702) 290-6805 1stinvite.com Alligator Soup See ad pg 31 (702) 804-0544 alligatorsoup.com Chic Favors & Invitations See ad pg 31 (702) 877-1155 shopchicfavors.com High Class Studios See ad pg 30 (888) 610-3305 highclassstudios.com

Bouquet Couture (702) 595-1720 bouquetcouture.com

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

Enchanted Florist See ad pg 37 (702) 731-2656 lasvegasfloral.com

Visionary Pen (702) 395-3583 visionarypen.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 jewelry

photography (continued)

D & R House of Diamonds (702) 465-4525 dandrdiamonds.com

Key Lime Photography (540) 207-9908 keylimephoto.com

live entertanment

KMH Photography See ad pg 44 (702) 285-9588 kmh-photography.com

Lucky Devils Band See ad pg 35 (770) 402-5250 luckydevilsband.com

See ad pg 44

LA Love Photography See ad pg 48 (310) 809-1848 lalove.photography

Ricardo Griego-Spanish Guitar (702) 401-6062 RicardoGriego.com

photo booths

Lucas Strawhorn Photography (702) 513-7144 LucasStrawhornPhotography.com

iFlick Photo Booth (702) 882-7358 iflickphotobooth.com

M Place Productions See ad pg 46 (702) 799-9540 mplaceproductions.com

ShutterBooth (702) 823-3659 shutterbooth.com

MG Productions See ad pg 48 (702) 769-8333 mymgphotovideo.com

photography

Mindy Bean Photography See ad pg 48 (702) 340-5415 mindybeanphotography.com

Adam Frazier Photographer See ad pg (702) 379-3435 adam-frazier.com

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Ella Gagiano Photography See ad pg 45 (702) 340-5505 ellagagiano.com High Class Studios See ad pg 45 (888) 610-3305 highclassstudios.com Holy Spirit Inspirations Photography See ad pg 46 (702) 806-9098 hsiphotographylv.com

Moxie Studio Photography and Cinema See ad pg 49 (702) 527-0258 gomoxiestudio.com Photos by Larotonda See ad pg 47 (702) 378-0283 photosbylcg.com Stephen Salazar Photography See ad pg 49 (702) 622-1869 stephensalazar.com

reception sites & venues

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

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

Jenna Ebert Photography See ad pg 46 (702) 596-7750 jennaebertphotography.com

Angel Park Golf Club See ad pg 24 (702) 254-3250 angelpark.com

Kandylane Photography See ad pg 46 (702) 471-8161 kandylanephotos.com

Anthem Country Club See ad pg 8 (702) 614-5007 anthemcc.com

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las vegas wedding professionals + services reception sites & venues

(continued)

reception sites & venues

(continued)

Bear’s Best Golf Course See ad pg 5, back cover (702) 804-8500 bearsbestlasvegas.com

Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort See ad pg 18 (702) 395-1700 lvpaiutegolf.com

Brio Tuscan Grille See ad pg 16 (702) 914-9145 brioitalian.com

Palace Station See ad pg 18 (702) 221-6750 palacestation.sclv.com/Meetings.aspx

Canyon Gate Country Club See ad pg 9 (702) 363-4650 canyon-gate.com

Pioneer Saloon See ad pg 33 (702) 480-3464 pioneersaloon.info

CasaBlanca Resort See ad pg 24 (702) 346-6800 x6917 casablancaresort.com

Red Rock Counrty Club See ad pg 33 (702) 304-5696 redrockcountryclubweddings.com

Chandelier Banquet Hall (702) 528-1021 chandelierbanquet.com

Revere Golf Club See ad pg 20 (702) 617-5707 reveregolf.com

Cili Restaurant at Bali Hai See ad pg 11 (702) 597-6316 ciliweddings.com

Rhodes Ranch Golf Club See ad pg 19 (702) 740-8110 rhodesranchgolf.com

Downtown Grand See ad pg 12 (702) 719-5100 downtowngrand.com

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

DragonRidge Country Club See ad pg 24 (702) 835-8582 pacificlinks.com

Silverton Casino & Hotel Veil Pavilion See ad pg 20 (702) 914-8569 silvertoncasino.com

Emerald At Queensridge See ad pg 10 (702) 242-5700 emeraldatqueensridge.com

SouthShore Golf Club See ad pg 25 (702) 856-8432 pacificlinks.com

Fabrizio Banquet Hall See ad pg 10 (702) 678-5152 fabriziovegas.com

Suncoast Hotel & Casino See ad pg 21 (702) 636-7090 suncoastcasino.com

Fiesta Henderson Hotel & Casino See ad pg 16 (702) 567-7329 fiestahenderson.sclv.com

The Grove See ad pg 13 (702) 645-5818 the-grove.com

Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa See ad pg 15 (702) 567-4621 lakelasvegas.hilton.com

The Lake Club at Lake Las Vegas See ad pg 24 (702)856-8432 pacificlinks.com

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

Three Square (702) 644-3663 x345 threesquare.org

Las Vegas National Golf Club (702) 734-4700 lasvegasnational.com

TPC Summerlin See ad pg 22 (702) 485-6828 tpcsummerlin.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 reception sites & venues

(continued)

videography & cinematography (continued)

Victoria’s Weddings and Receptions See ad pg 25 (702) 252-4565 victoriasfamily.com

rentals and décor Jovani Linens and Event Design See ad pg 34 (702) 460-8370 jovanilinens.com LED Unplugged Lighting and Event Rentals See ad pg 35 (702) 266-6900 ledunplugged.com

RSVP Party Rentals See ad pg 36 (702) 878-0144 rsvpparty.com

M Place Productions See ad pg 46 (702) 799-9540 mplaceproductions.com Memory Lane Video See ad pg 51 (702) 499-9998 mlvnv.com

wedding accessories & favors LifeCast Studios See ad pg 30 (702) 544-8214 lifecaststudios.com

travel: honeymoons

The Lil Things (678) 592-5890 the-lil-things.com

A Travel Desk See ad pg 117 (702) 524-6132 atraveldesk.com

Things Remembered (440) 473-2000 thingsremembered.com

AA Discount Travel (702) 241-4504 aadiscounttravel.com

wedding chapels

Vegas Aloha Weddings (702) 592-5557 vegasalohaweddings.com Cruise Planners See ad pg 116 (888) 980-7245 cruiseaddiction.com Idyllic Destinations (702) 219-2739 carolp.allabouthoneymoons.com Resort Stay International See ad pg 116 (702) 589-3481 resortstayevents.com Ultra Vacations & Honeymoons (800) 804-5426 ultravacations.com

Sam's Town Hotel & Gambling Hall See ad pg 23 (702) 454-8020 samstownlv.com Victoria’s Wedding and Reception See ad pg 25 (702) 252-4565 victoriasfamily.com

wedding resource & planning TheKnot.com (877) 771-3020 theknot.com Bridal Spectacular Las Vegas See ad pg 1 (702) 368-0088 BridalSpectacular.com

videography & cinematography

Mia Magazine See ad pg 120 (702) 292-0487 miamagazine.com

High Class Studios See ad pg 39, 50 (888) 610-3305 highclassstudios.com

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

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