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what's inside

Kandylane Photography

Knight Sounds Entertainment

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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fashion + beauty 52 shopping for a wedding gown 10 things to know 56 lingerie 56 selecting bridesmaid dresses 56 hair + makeup 57 tuxedos


Moxie Studio Photography & Cinema

KMH Photography

honeymoon

wedding trends (continued)

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honeymoon & after

floral trends

style + design

resources

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fashion photo shoot 13 photographers 1 cinematographer 2 locations - Anthem Country Club - Captured in the Studio

real weddings 88

stylish couple’s weddings las vegas and destination

bridal shows

10 tips for attending 153

marry me now

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planning place

directory 170

las vegas wedding professionals + services

wedding trends 122

wedding decor

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ELLA GAGIANO PHOTOGRAPHY

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about the cover

spring 2017

summer 2017

Photography Mindy Bean Photography

Photography M Place Productions

location Anthem Country Club

modelS (L to R) Eriko Yutani, Annie Gurtner, Khalilah Yasmin

model Karenn Beltran

HAIR+MAKEUP Makeup in the 702 (Mac Cosmetics, Shiseido)

HAIR+MAKEUP Makeup in the 702 (Mac Cosmetics, Shiseido)

FLORAL Enchanted Florist

FLORAL Naakiti Floral

Lighting LED Unplugged Lighting & Event Rentals

DRESS Brilliant Bridal (After Six)

DRESSES (L to R) Silhouette Bridal: (Calla Blanche), (Allure Bridals), (Allure Bridals)

fall 2017

winter 2017

Photography Adam Frazier

Photography Photos by Larotonda

model Eriko Yutani

location Anthem Country Club

HAIR+MAKEUP Makeup in the 702 (Mac Cosmetics, Shiseido)

model Tristan Bannerman

FLORAL WALL RockPaperBloom

HAIR + MAKEUP Glammed Up

FURNITURE RSVP Party Rentals

DRESS Brilliant Bridal

DRESS Silhouette Bridal (Allure Bridals)

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KANDYLANE PHOTOGRAPHY | ANTHEM COUNTRY CLUB

venue review 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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Photos by Larotonda

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.

Photos by Larotonda

Photos by Larotonda

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1 Club Side Drive, Henderson | 702.614.5007

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anthemcc.com

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Myron Hensel Photography

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11111 W. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas | 702.804.8924

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bearsbestlasvegas.com


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Moxie Studio Photography & Cinema

Just 5 miles from the Las Vegas Strip, Canyon Gate Country Club is the premier private golf course in the Southwest Valley. Located in the luxurious Canyon Gate Community, the golf club is a serene haven with spectacular views of the golf course, golf course lake, and the Red Rock Mountains. Canyon Gate

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Country Club is the perfect canvas to reflect your distinctive wedding style. Your wedding should be a representation uniquely your own and our professional Wedding Coordinators are here to help you customize every detail. Exceeding guest expectations and making magic moments is what we live for.

RECEPTION CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 190

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

CATERING RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $75 & up

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

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

CEREMONY CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 190

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

2001 Canyon Gate Drive, Las Vegas | 702.363.4650

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clubcorp.com

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Stephen Salazar Photography

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. 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.

Your wedding day will be unique, memorable and handled with care. In a picturesque setting surrounded by mountains and offering one of the best views of The Strip, your one-of-a-kind wedding will be all you dreamed of and more. Our expertise and personal service are unrivaled. From our dedicated coordination to our handcrafted menus, every detail of your special day will be realized. Visualize your wedding at DragonRidge Country Club by booking a tour today!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CATERING RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $110 & up

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

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

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

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

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

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552 S. Stephanie Sreet, Henderson 702.835.8582 dragonridge.com


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

206 N. 3rd Street, Las Vegas | 702.719.5525

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

At the JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa, we offer key components which will make your wedding, whether intimate or grand, a memorable occasion for you and your guests. The Resort features fifty-four acres of lush grounds. Allow our staff to help you plan your Wedding Ceremony and Reception in one of our seven outdoor ceremony sites and eight unique reception venues. The top-rated Spa Aquae and Salon offers bridal parties world-class pampering and full-service wedding day preparation.­

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CATERING RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $90 and up

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Adam Frazier Photography

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

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

Mindy Bean Photography

Mindy Bean Photography

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1610 Lake Las Vegas Parkway, Henderson | 702.567.4753

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If you are looking for a “one of a kind” reception or a unique spot for the rehearsal dinner, the Stardust Suite is your best bet! You and 50 of your closest friends and family will enjoy the finest view of the fabulous Las Vegas Strip from the 21st floor! Dance the night away while enjoying great food and signature libations!

The Platinum Hotel and Spa is a non-gaming, non-smoking property less than two blocks off of Las Vegas Boulevard. This advantage gives our property a relaxing, resort feel without the tourist traffic of the casino hotels as well as stunning views of the incredible, famous Las Vegas Strip for the most unique photography.

For a more traditional event, our beautifully appointed ballrooms may be more your style! Whether you choose The Stardust or a ballroom, let our wedding team help you put the glitz & glamour on your special day!

We offer two event venues on site – Misora Rooftop Venue and The City Lights Pool Deck and Restaurant Venue, both of which feature indoor and outdoor spaces.

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

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

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

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

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

CEREMONY CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 120

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

RECEPTION CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 120

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

CATERING RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $125

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

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

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

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

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

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211 East Flamingo Road, Las Vegas 702.636.2450 theplatinumhotel.com


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Stephen Salazar 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.

Vitamin C Photography

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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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.

Truly Unforgettable Weddings & Receptions Desert Pines Golf Club’s spectacular setting, upscale amenities, delicious dining, and impeccable guest service make it a oneof-a-kind venue for wedding ceremonies, receptions, and wedding party functions, all within close proximity to the Las Vegas Strip.

VENUE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . country club, restaurant

VENUE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . specialty venue, golf course

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CATERING RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . starting at $28

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

FACILITY RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1500-$2500

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

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

2600 Hampton Road, Henderson 702.617.5707 reveregolf.com

3415 E Bonanza Road, Las Vegas 702.854.3801 desertpinesgolfclub.com

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Let our experienced team of wedding coordinators and event management specialists take care of all the details, so you can relax, enjoy this special milestone, and create memories for a lifetime with family and friends. From intimate ceremonies to lavish receptions we’ll customize a package that reflects your style.


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Ana Studios Photography

Amidst a beachfront setting like no other sets Reflection Bay Golf Club, one of Las Vegas’s most luxurious wedding venues. Say “I Do” on our private white sand beach followed

by an elegant reception in our 32,000 sq. ft. renovated clubhouse. Allow our professional staff assist in making your special day a memorable one.

Mindy Bean Photography

Lovely Day Media

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

RECEPTION CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200

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

CATERING RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $75 & up

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

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

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

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

75 Montelago Boulevard, Henderson |

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PRICE RANGE

OPTIONS

CAPACITY

ANGEL PARK GOLF CLUB

CATERING

INDOOR

CEREMONY

$35 and up

yes

300

100 South Rampart Blvd. Las Vegas 702.570.4275 angelpark.com

FACILITY FEE

OUTDOOR

RECEPTION

$1500 and up

yes

200

BRIO TUSCAN GRILLE

CATERING

INDOOR

CEREMONY

High Class Studios

$17.95 and up

yes

100

420 S. Rampart Blvd. Las Vegas 702.433.1233 brioitalian.com

FACILITY FEE

OUTDOOR

RECEPTION

n/a

yes

250

CANYON GATE COUNTRY CLUB

CATERING

INDOOR

CEREMONY

$75 and up

yes

190

FACILITY FEE

OUTDOOR

RECEPTION

$2000 and up

yes

190

CATERING

INDOOR

CEREMONY

$28-$60

yes

500+

FACILITY FEE

OUTDOOR

RECEPTION

$28-$115

yes

500+

ENCLAVE

CATERING

INDOOR

CEREMONY

5810 S. Eastern Ave. Las Vegas 702.747.9900 enclavelv.com

$35 and up

yes

700

FACILITY FEE

OUTDOOR

RECEPTION

$1000 and up

yes

1200

2001 Canyon Gate Drive Las Vegas 702.363.4650 clubcorp.com Moxie Studio Photography & Cinema

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

HILTON LAKE LAS VEGAS CATERING RESORT & SPA 1610 Lake Las Vegas Pkwy. Henderson 702.567.4753 hilton.com

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CEREMONY

yes

up to 1000

FACILITY FEE

OUTDOOR

RECEPTION

$1200 and up

yes

up to 1200

CATERING

INDOOR

CEREMONY

$79.95 and up

yes

up to 300

FACILITY FEE

OUTDOOR

RECEPTION

n/a

yes

up to 300

Skyview Banquet Hall

CATERING

INDOOR

CEREMONY

$30 and up

yes

50

6565 Spencer St. Las Vegas 702.769.8982 skyviewbanquets.com

FACILITY FEE

OUTDOOR

RECEPTION

n/a

yes

200

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

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$140 and up

SPECIAL FEATURES 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. BRIO brings authentic northern Italian cuisine and pleasures of the Tuscan country villa featuring indoor seating for 250 guests and al fresco dining for 100 guests on its outdoor terraces. Just 5 miles from the Strip, located in the luxurious Canyon Gate Community, this private golf club is a serene haven with spectacular views of the golf course, golf course lake, and the Red Rock Mountains.

Tropical pool with gazebo and waterfall. Luxurious golf courses. Beautiful spa and event center. Weddings and Quinceaneras. A new chapter in contemporary luxury with multiple ballrooms, a lush outdoor garden, and rooftop with an enviable panoramic view of the Las Vegas Strip.

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

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. Where romance and elegance meet - A wedding & reception venue specializing in affordable & elegant weddings. A 270 glass view of the Las Vegas strip, airport landing and mountains.


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Set above a serene lake with palm trees and breathtaking mountain views is our exclusively designed ceremony site. Imagine walking down a winding path soaking in that cherished moment…you are now pronounced husband and wife in your own private wedding paradise.

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

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

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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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.

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

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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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!

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

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

5111 Boulder Highway, Las Vegas | 702.454.8020

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samstownlv.com

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

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THE 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 how much each set of parents is planning to contribute. The days of the bride’s parents paying for the majority of the wedding are long past. Any support offered should be appreciated. PARENT CONTRIBUTIONS Before discussing their contribution, do some research on overall costs for the wedding you’re envisioning. If they’re lending financial support, it’s likely they’ll expect to have some input and the right to invite friends, extended family, and business associates that you would otherwise not invite. Have an idea of how many guests you’re willing to let them invite (which, realistically, will be affected by how much they’re able to contribute). Also have an idea of a few meetings or decisions you’d like them to be involved in, such as the catering and cake tastings, viewing invitation options, etc. It doesn’t mean you have to take their opinions over your own, it’s simply a way of including them in the wedding planning process.

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an event planner

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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 enables you to focus more of your budget on the details that make a wedding so unique: the location, invitations, décor, menu, music and other elements that are often limited by large guest lists.


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.

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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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invitations + favors

Paper elements are the most effective way to translate your theme throughout the entire event. Here’s a list of paper items to consider: • Save-the-Date Cards • Ceremony Cards • Reception Cards • Response Cards • Directions / Accommodations Cards • Schedule of Events Cards • Ceremony Programs • Menu Cards • Table Numbers • Place Cards (for specific seat)

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• Escort Cards (for specific table) • Tags for Favors • Welcome Signs • Thank You Notes

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 30

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Send your save-the-dates as soon as the venue is booked, especially if your date falls on or near a holiday or school break. Avoid committing yourself until you’re sure of how many guests your budget can accommodate. Once your savethe-dates have been sent, you’re committed. Today’s favor selections are vast and varied. From themed and scented, to edible and decorative, favors have evolved into much more than a token gift. Enhance a favor’s value by having it serve a dual role as an element of décor and a departing gift. Let glass


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votives provide a home for tealights, become miniature vases for flowers, or, display place cards in a stylish, themed holder that guests take home with them. Another option is to select a gift wrap or type of packaging that adds some panache to your table dĂŠcor. Enclose the favor of your choice in a beautiful organza or beaded bag that brings out the color of your dĂŠcor, or use a decorative box to lend a bit of architecture and texture to your table setting. S P E C TAC U L A R B R I D E .CO M

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• What type of venue are you envisioninghistorical, ultra modern, by the water, lots of windows and light, etc.? • Do you want a venue that has overnight accommodations? • Do you want an indoor or outdoor location? • Do you want to bring your own caterer? • Do you want to bring your own liquor? • Do you need an area for child care? SITE INSPECTION While websites are great for initial research, plan to do an on-site tour. If you’ve hired an event planner, take the tour together. Take note of the following: • Inspect equipment—gazebos, dance floor, tables, chairs, stemware, glassware—What is included in the rental fee? Are there additional costs to consider? • Ask about staffing. Is security staff required? • How many servers will there be per table? Who is the facility coordinator on the day of your wedding? • Ask about same-day bookings. Confirm privacy and separation from other events; adequate parking; and enough time for your service providers to set-up, breakdown and load-out. • Ask when they begin calculating rental time. Is it from the moment your caterer or designers arrive, or the running time of the reception? • Inspect florals, greenery and land-scaping. Love the trailing wisteria? Book your reception when it’s in full bloom. • Inspect entrances, exits and restrooms. Are they attractive and easy to find? BOOKING THE SITE Secure your location before hiring all of your service providers. If you have your heart set on a particular venue, then by all means book it 12 to 18 months out. If you’re flexible about your venue selection and are open to different options, you can actually plan a wedding in 4 to 6 months.

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THE VENUE

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? 32

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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


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

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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.

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. CEREMONY RENTALS A great deal of focus 34

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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. Professional lighting is a necessity for


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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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FLOWERS

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.

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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 items

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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. THE EMCEE Provide the emcee with an S P E C TAC U L A R B R I D E .CO M

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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 • Seating of guests at their tables • Your first dance • Toasts, to begin as the first course is served • Main course • Dancing

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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 | CAPTURED

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


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

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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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BOOK IT Secure your photographer eight to ten months in advance. Provide exact locations and times for the ceremony and reception and agree upon a time for prewedding photos such as those with the bride, bridesmaids and parents as well as the groom and groomsmen. Although there are certain prerequisite shots, it still helps to provide your photographer with a checklist of these and other shots you absolutely must have. It is also a good idea to provide a schedule of events, such as the arrival, the first dance, cake cutting, etc., so your photographer is prepared.

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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.

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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 | 49


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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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skirts have an A-line cut. There’s a reason after all; A-lines add height, minimize curvy hips, and create an overall slimming profile. THE BALLERINA Inspired by the costumes of classical ballet, made of ultrafine fabrics with a fitted waistline and classic full skirt, this silhouette can court a formal event while still being relaxed and easy to move in. It’s quite flattering on medium to tall frames, but tends to shorten the appearance of petite brides. THE BUSTLE BACK When seen from the side, this dress has the S-shaped silhouette that was so favored by women of the late 19th century. More recently seen on Hollywood’s red carpet as modern day starlets take a page from the past. THE PRINCESS Another favored flattering cut, cousin to the A-line. The difference? Seams that run fluidly from the neckline, through the waist and skimming down the hips. The princess cut universally slims and lengthens. Ideal for brides with a petite figure and small waist. THE COLUMN OR SHEATH Ah, the timeless style and sophistication of Audrey Hepburn. Desire her dresses? She’s all about the sheath. This is the cut for the sexy yet understated bride. With its slim profile, strategically placed darts and seams, the sheath shows your body without an overwhelming display of skin. Flattering to the petite, slim, tall or thin bride. Also flattering for slender but broad shouldered athletic builds. THE EMPIRE Elect to be a Queen. Napoleon’s Josephine made this style all the rage. Here’s why: the empire waist is a seam that falls right below the bust, elongating the petite bride and flattering the smaller busted. It enhances the waist while flattering the hips. If you have a long neck and want to wear big jewelry, the empire is a cut above the rest. THE SLIP DRESS Do you love the feeling of your favorite negligee? Now imagine it in sumptuous silk and skimming your curves all the way down to your ankles. Ready for your figure to show? This is the cut for you. Only 1930’s loving, glamour goddesses need apply. THE TRUMPET It’s somewhat of a hybrid between the mermaid silhouette and the modified A-line, but flairs out higher on the skirt at about mid-thigh.

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THE MERMAID This silhouette, contours the body from chest to knee then flares out close to the hem. It accentuates your curves, creating that coveted hour glass shape.

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

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

Wedding gowns range from $1,000 to $10,000 or more, plus alterations. Tell your salon consultant up front what your budget is so she can direct you towards gowns in your price range. While it is only natural to want the best price possible, keep in mind that the cost not only covers the material and labor involved in creating a gown, it also covers the time invested by your salon consultant. Looking for your wedding gown can be one of the most enjoyable aspects of planning a wedding— trying on beautiful gowns, being pampered and waited on by your own personal consultant. Push too hard for a lesser price and you may lose the special service and attention to detail you would have received with the original price.

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or three-quarter-length convertible bra will do the trick. Bring these items to your dress fittings. You’ll see and feel the difference.

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

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Of course there are some salons that offer gown styles to choose from, but custom make the gown to your body measurements. In which case, you can check one more item off your to-do list.

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

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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. Combine that glow with a glamorous touch to your hair and makeup and looking your absolute, beautiful best will be easier than you think. Decide whether to use a professional makeup artist, hair stylist, or both and consider these services for just yourself, or for your entire bridal party. The benefits of hiring the professionals are many, from the convenience of on-location service, to the reassurance that the bridal party will look their very best. Enlisting the help of an expert is a simple way to shorten the list of wedding day worries. MAKEUP STYLIST A professional makeup artist is experienced in creating many different looks. A true artist will know trade secrets for fashioning a longer lasting look, and accentuating your finer features. From ruby red lips to smokey eyes, your stylist will help you look and feel your best. The end result: a picture-perfect-you. HAIR STYLIST An initial consultation is generally recommended one to two months prior to the wedding. Necessary items for this visit are the headpiece or veil and a digital camera. Take photos from several angles to assist the stylist in recreating the same look on your wedding day. n


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As the wedding day approaches and the bride labors over the smallest details of her dress, makeup, and hair, the groom may think his sartorial choices to be straightforward and simple, requiring merely a black tie and tux for the momentous occasion. Not so. Although his options of attire may be slightly more limited than those of his bride’s, he will still need to make a few decisions. Wedding formalwear can be separated into four categories, each with a distinctive style: very formal, formal, semiformal and informal.The time of day your ceremony is held will strongly influence the level of formality, in turn influencing the attire. Other considerations such as the overall color and theme of the wedding will also play a part in the final selection of formalwear. VERY FORMAL Morning weddings are often considered to be very formal events. Suggested attire is the long-jacketed morning suit with waistcoat, striped trousers, top hat, gloves, spats, and for the truly debonair – a walking stick. Some modern men opt to wear a complementary silk tie instead of the traditional ascot or striped four-in-hand tie. Very formal evening weddings call for white tie and tails – black swallowtail coat and trousers, with a white pique vest, shirt and white bow tie. Black top hats and white gloves are optional. FORMAL Afternoon weddings fall into the formal category. The groom and groomsmen don the classic black tie or tuxedo. Also

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groom and groomsmen should try to dress in the same color, and ties can complement the bridesmaids’ gowns. Formalwear should be reserved at least three months in advance and all measurements taken at least three weeks prior to the wedding. Out-of-town groomsmen can have their measurements taken at a men’s formalwear store near them and forwarded to the store where you’ve reserved your tuxedos. Traditionally the groomsmen pick up the rental cost of their own formalwear, but the generous groom can offer to cover the costs of formalwear accessories such as custom cuff links and shirt studs. Rented formalwear usually includes a jacket, vest or cummerbund, pants, suspenders, shirt, cufflinks, studs and a tie. It is recommended that shoes be rented from the same store to maintain consistency. Someone should be designated to gather and return all formalwear to the store on time to avoid late fees, which run from five to ten dollars per day, per outfit.

appropriate are white or ivory dinner jackets, worn with black pants trimmed with grosgrain or satin ribbon, a bow tie, and a vest or cummerbund. SEMIFORMAL Here is where tradition gives way, ever so slightly, to fashion. Tuxedo or dinner jackets can be livened up with a dash of coordinated color in the tie, vest or cummerbund, and suspenders. Tuxedo jackets come either double-breasted or single-breasted and in a variety of lengths and silhouettes. If you really want to make a statement, some formalwear stores now offer a colorful variety of jackets and vests in brocades and other textures. INFORMAL A navy or dark gray suit is perfectly appropriate for an informal wedding. Also attractive and equally suitable is a navy blazer with neutral-colored trousers. The fabric should be appropriate to the season— cotton or linen for summer, flannel for fall. The

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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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and 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. 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 anequipment, 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. 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 S P E C TAC U L A R B R I D E .CO M | 63


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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 at 8:00 pm and Saturday afternoon at 2:00 pm.

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. 114

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Hotel Boutique Bridal Expo This is generally a smaller bridal show with between 50 and 70 vendors held in a banquet room of a hotel. You will still find plenty of professionals to talk to and ask those important questions to help you make wise decisions. Venue Open House Many of our Las Vegas wedding venues hold open houses once or twice a year so that you can come and see their facility as it would look on your wedding day and meet with their preferred vendors. This is a great opportunity to compare venues and the individualized services they can provide you with. Plus you get to see the building, landscaping, parking and other physical features of the venue. Typically in addition to the venue you will meet with up to 20 of their preferred vendors. Retailer Open House This event is designed to introduce you to a bridal registry department of a retail store or possibly a photographers studio or a floral studio. They will often invite 20 or less preferred vendors to also be there to meet you. Bridal Trunk Show This is all about fashion! Many of the local bridal shops will hold trunk shows at their locations and feature the latest gowns from a particular designer. So get busy, start with The Bridal Spectacular, and also plan to attend as many open house events as possible so you can shop and compare! n


You don’t need a pot of gold to marry luxuriously in Vegas. Theknot.com annually ranks Las Vegas as one of the best affordable wedding destinations in the United States. As the wedding capital of the world, we take our weddings seriously. Don’t let Hollywood confuse you with portrayals of inebriated nuptials! Las Vegas prides itself in quality weddings. Getting married in Vegas is legal and binding just like anywhere else. BOOK EARLY Though we have more standalone wedding chapels than any other place in the world, it doesn’t hurt to book your wedding date well in advance once you discover your ideal venue. Most couples coming to Vegas to get married plan six months to a year in advance. Send out your 118

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

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

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

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

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

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PHOTOGRAPHER Scott Clark | DESIGNER A Savvy Event | floral Nancy Liu Chin Designs cinematographer Swoon Films | linens La Tavola | rentals Bright Event Rentals desserts Honeycomb Events | location Buena Vista Winery | poppers Thimblepress tabletop West Elm / Z Gallerie | paper Forever HeyDay / Greenvine Lettering

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PHOTOGRAPHER Jessica Burke | DESIGNER Cassy Rose Events | floral Studio Mondine | linens La Tavola VINTAGE rentals One True Love | tabletop Francis Lane | CHAIRS Classic Party Rentals | signs Taryn Eklund Ink calligraphy Curliecue Designs | gown Kinsley James | hair + makeup Prettyologie | rings David Clay earrings Renee Pawele | tuxedo Vera Wang | location Asti Winery | cake Jasmine Rae Cakes

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marry me now, love me forever JENNA EBERT PHOTOGRAPHY

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

Everyone wants the best, most fulfilling relationship possible. Contrary to popular S P E C TAC U L A R B R I D E .CO M

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belief, marrying your soul mate doesn’t necessarily inoculate you against the inevitable pressures of modern life. You want a spouse with whom you can build a shared vision of the future, collaborate on raising children and create an open, trusting and accepting partnership. You want someone who supports your personal and career goals and offers the nurturance and safety of a committed relation-ship. You also want great communication, great lovemaking and great times—now and forever! That’s a large order to fill. Just ask anyone who’s been married for thirty years! CHOOSING THE RIGHT PROGRAM FOR YOU So, how do you know which program is right for you? The answer has to do with who you are, what your religious practices are, where you’re getting married and what is most convenient to your schedule. Fortunately, there are several options to consider. The marriage preparation field is divided into three broad categories: • Faith-based church programs • Private pre-marital counseling services • Skill-based classes and workshops Each method has its own strengths and advantages based on its particular approach, required time commitment and cost. Faith-Based Programs Faith-based marriage preparation got its start back in the 19th Century when a group of Catholic Spanish wives wanted to help their future husbands prepare for the sacrament of marriage. Engaged Encounter, as the Catholic program is called today, has rapidly proliferated around the world. It is presented by a lay husband and wife team who has volunteered to present a marriage curriculum with the help of a priest who may have training in pastoral counseling. Protestant and Jewish religions offer their programs tailored to the beliefs and traditions of their faiths. Unlike Engaged Encounter these offerings can be quite varied community-tocommunity and depend on the resources of the particular church or personnel involved. Some churches, especially among the Protestant faiths, have “marriage mentors” who volunteer their time to meet with 154

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


classes have emerged. These classes and workshops teach couples lessons from the latest marriage research studies that emphasize the importance of using particular skills and strategies to promote marital longevity. These studies have yielded an impressive body of knowledge that can easily be taught and applied to couples. In essence, skill-based programs teach couples how to protect their relationship. By learning how to resolve conflicts that can undermine their commitment, they are safeguarding their marriage as they navigate through the challenging early years. Key resolution skills include listening, com-municating and dealing with personal differences. By implementing these skills, couples can decrease negative interactions and unreasonable expectations; creating a framework of “we-ness” that promotes marital happiness and satisfaction. Having a foundation based on mutual understanding, agreed upon strategies, and personal awareness is crucial to making the transition to married life, especially if children are part of the plan. Skill-based programs are typically available either in a weekend workshop format or over several weekly sessions. The cost varies depending on what is provided, but the typical range is $400 - $600 per couple. Making the Decision So what’s the next step? Talk with your fiance, and even your parents and clergy about whether marriage preparation makes sense for you. Visit the Smart Marriages Web site at www.smartmarriages.com to get more information and a listing of programs available in your area. If you’re simply too busy to do anything before the wedding, consider that half of the couples in many of the skill-based programs across the country are newlyweds. n

Drs. Patrick and Michelle Gannon are psychologists in private practice in San Francisco, California and present the skill-based Marriage Prep 101 workshop for pre-engaged, engaged, and newlywed couples eight times a year on the beautiful San Francisco waterfront at Fort Mason Center. For more information and workshop registration, visit their website at www marriageprep101.com.

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planning place Before making the first call or setting the first appointment, take 15-20 minutes to skim through the following 15 pages. A quick immersion in Weddings 101 will not only save time, money and frustration, it will demystify the process so you can relax and enjoy the journey. From setting the budget and creating the guest list, to booking your site and vendors, it's all in here.

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wedding protocol FOR CEREMONY & RECEPTION SEATING DURING CEREMONY Altar

Left Side

Right Side

Bride's Family

Groom's Family

Honored Guests

Honored Guests

Guests

Guests

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

JEWISH PROCESSIONAL Cantor

Rabbi

Bride's Grandfather

Bride's Grandmother

Groom's Grandfather

Groom's Grandmother

Usher Groomsmen Best Man

Groom's Father

Groom's Mother

Groom Bridesmaids Maid of Honor

Bride's Father

Bride's Mother

Bride

RECEIVING LINE Bride's Mother

Bride's Father

Groom's Mother

Groom's Father

Bride

(optional*)

Groom

Maid of Honor

Best Man

Attendants

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

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

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

four to six months ahead  Compile guest list and gather addresses  Order invitations, reply cards, direction cards, thank-you notes  Plan and book the honeymoon  Confirm passports are valid  Select and order bridesmaids’ dresses  Purchase or reserve groom and groomsmen’s attire  Plan the details of the reception  Meet with floral designer to coordinate flowers, rentals and design concept     

Reserve rental equipment—tables, chairs, linens Order favors Reserve accommodations for out-of-town guests Arrange transportation for wedding day Book a room for the wedding night

two to four months ahead  Set-up bridal registry  Select song lists for ceremony and reception  Review menu with caterer  Meet with officiant to plan ceremony  Select vows and readings  Schedule rehearsal and rehearsal dinner  Meet with makeup and hairstylist  Address and mail invitations  Purchase gifts for wedding party  Announce engagement in local paper(s)  Write thank-you notes as gifts arrive S P E C TAC U L A R B R I D E .CO M

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Give announcements to an attendant to mail the next day

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

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

TOTAL BUDGET $ __________________

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Actual

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5.00%

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 Cake/Cake Cutting Fee

2.00%

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29.00%

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6.00%

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1.00%

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 Other

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 Other

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 Aisle Runner

0.25%

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 Candles/Candelabras or Sand/Vases

0.35%

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0.75%

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0.40%

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 Marriage License

0.25%

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reception

 Catering/Food/Servers/Tax/Gratuity

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ceremony

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Sub Total

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0.10%

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0.10%

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0.30%

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apparel/bride

 Shoes  Other

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 Other

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8.00%

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0.75%

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0.25%

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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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 Other

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1.00%

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0.75%

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 Bride’s Bouquet

0.70%

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 Flower Girl’s Basket

0.10%

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 Ceremony Arrangements

0.20%

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 Reception Tables (buffet/cake/guests)

4.25%

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 Other

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___________________

 Other

__________________

___________________

__________________

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Sub Total

apparel/groom

Sub Total

photographer  Photographer Fee/Prints  Other

Sub Total

videographer  Videographer Fee/Copies

Sub Total

flowers

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Actual

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1.50%

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 Cocktail Hour

1.50%

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4.00%

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 Other

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7.00%

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1.50%

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 Save-the-Date Cards

0.30%

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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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 Seating Cards/Place Cards

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 Menu Cards

__________________

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 Announcements

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 Calligraphy

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3.00%

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 Cake Knife & Server

0.20%

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 Favors

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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 Parents

0.40%

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 Pre-Wedding Party Hosts

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

Sub Total

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Budget

Actual

0.50%

__________________

___________________

1.50%

__________________

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 Other

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 Other

__________________

___________________

2.00%

__________________

___________________

0.85%

__________________

___________________

0.15%

__________________

___________________

 Other

__________________

___________________

1.00%

__________________

___________________

 Wedding Coordinator

9.00%

__________________

___________________

 Wedding Insurance

1.00%

__________________

___________________

 Other

__________________

___________________

 Other

__________________

___________________

 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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Total

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._ ___________________

(Can be as much as 20% of total)

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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.

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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

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Bride’s wedding apparel

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Bride’s emergency kit

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_ _____________________________

Groom’s tuxedo and accessories

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_ _____________________________

Favors, guest book and pen

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Aisle runner, unity candle and holder _____________________________

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Cake knife, server and toasting flutes _____________________________

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Wedding programs

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Ring bearer pillow

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Guest book table attendant

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Gift table attendant

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Pay officiant and other vendors

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Personal flowers

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Lighting candles prior to ceremony

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Toasts and announcement of couple _____________________________

_ _____________________________

Transportation of gifts

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Bouquet for floral preservation

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Top layer of cake and cake top

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Gather rental items/bride’s gown

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vendors (wedding day contact)

name

cell phone

Cake

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Catering

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Event coordinator

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Facility contact

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Flowers

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Hair

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Makeup

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Music/ceremony

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Music/reception

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Officiant

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Photographer

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Transportation

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Videographer

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las vegas wedding professionals + services apparel: alterations & bridal gown care Tiffany Couture Cleaners See ad pg 54 (702) 735-0186 www.tiffanycouturecleaners.com

apparel: bridal gown & bridesmaids

bachelor & bachelorette: parties in las vegas

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

beauty: hair & make up

Alfred Angelo (702) 648-6838 alfredangelo.com

Glammed Up (702) 444-1379 glammedupvegas.com

Bridal XOXO (702) 966-9717 bridalxoxo.com

Makeup in the 702 See ad pg 56 (702) 301-1912 makeupinthe702.com

Brilliant Bridal See ad pg (702) 724-8180 brilliantbridal.com

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David's Bridal See ad pg 53 (877) 921-2743 davidsbridal.com Silhouette Bridal See ad pg 54 (702) 534-0949 silhouettebridallv.com

apparel: tuxedos and formalwear

beauty: health & wellness Anchor Chiropratic (702) 778-8664 your-anchor.com It Works! Global (801) 791-8724 christinabwraps.com Spinal Care of Nevada (702) 566-4673 drdevin.com

bridal registry

Friar Tux Shop See ad pg 59 (702) 248-4777 friartux.com

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

Generation Tux See ad pg 60 (844) 726-4889 generationtux.com

Macy’s (800) 568-8865 macys.com

Jos. A. Bank See ad pg 62 (800) 285-2265 josbankformal.com

cakes & confections

Menguin See ad pg 60 (844) 636-4846 menguin.com Men’s Wearhouse See ad pg 61 (800) 776-7848 menswearhouse.com Tuxedo Junction See ad pg 58 (800) 832-5717 / (702) 873-8830 tuxedojunction-lv.com 170

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Las Vegas Custom Cakes See ad pg 33 (702) 233-2253 lasvegascustomcakes.com Mad Batter Cafe & Bakery See ad pg 33 (702) 475-6360 madbatterusa.com Nothing Bundt Cakes (702) 314-0520 nothingbundtcakes.com The Cupcakery See ad pg 33 (702) 748-3425 thecupcakery.com

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las vegas wedding professionals + services candy, treat & popcorn stations

florist & floral decor

Baskin Robbins Catering (702) 483-9652 pinkspoonevents.com

Bouquet Couture (702) 232-7940 bouquetcouture.com

Popcorn Girl See ad pg 33 (702) 258-2676 popcorngirlvegas.com

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

catering

Jovani Linens and Event Design See ad pg 31 (702) 460-8370 jovanilinens.com

Diamond Events & Productions (702) 625-0789 diamondevents.com

dance lessons A Perfect Wedding Dance See ad pg 38 (702) 242-6400 aperfectweddingdance.com

destination weddings CasaBlanca Resort See ad pg 22 (702) 346-6800 x6917 casablancaresort.com Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa See ad pg 17 (702) 567-4621 lakelasvegas.hilton.com Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort See ad pg 19 (702) 395-1700 lvpaiutegolf.com

entertainment: mobile disc jockey High Class Studios See ad pg 36 (888) 610-3305 highclassstudios.com Knight Sounds Entertainment See ad pg 37 (702) 452-3544 knightsoundsdjs.com Spectacular Entertainment See ad pg 37 (702) 824-6831 spectacularentertainmentlv.com

event planning Your Day Weddings & Events See ad pg 32 (702) 525-2766 yourday-weddings.com

home & lifestyle purchases Bridal Registry, Inc bridalregistryinc.com Your Wedding Realtor See ad pg 64 (702) 933-7909 yourweddingrealtor.com

hotels: las vegas Downtown Grand See ad pg 13 (702) 719-5525 downtowngrand.com Gold Coast Hotel & Casino See ad pg 16 (702) 880-5934 goldcoastcasino.com JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa (702) 869-7031 JWLasVegasWeddings.com

See ad pg 16

Sam's Town Hotel & Gambling Hall See ad pg 25 (702) 454-8020 samstownlv.com Suncoast Hotel & Casino See ad pg 24 (702) 636-7090 suncoastcasino.com The Orleans Hotel See ad pg 18 (702) 365-7090 orleanscasino.com The Platinum Hotel & Spa See ad pg 18 (702) 636-2450 theplatinumhotel.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 invitations & wedding stationery

photography (continued)

Alligator Soup See ad pg 33 (702) 804-0544 alligatorsoup.com

Ella Gagiano Photography See ad pg 39 (702) 340-5505 ellagagiano.com

High Class Studios See ad pg 32 (888) 610-3305 highclassstudios.com

High Class Studios See ad pg 39 (888) 610-3305 highclassstudios.com Images by EDI See ad pg 46 (702) 286-8759 imagesbyedi.com

Paper and Home See ad pg 33 (702) 776-8243 paperandhome.com

Jenna Ebert Photography See ad pg 45 (702) 596-7750 jennaebertphotography.com

Visionary Pen (702) 395-3583 visionarypen.com

jewelry

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

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

KMH Photography See ad pg 45 (702) 285-9588 kmh-photography.com

Sin City Treasures (702) 578-0789 sincitytreasures.com

LA Love Photography See ad pg 44 (310) 809-1848 lalove.photography

photo booths

Lucas Strawhorn Photography See ad pg 44 (702) 513-7144 LucasStrawhornPhotography.com

RockPaperBloom (702) 882-7358 rockpaperbloom.com

M Place Productions See ad pg 47 (702) 799-9540 mplaceproductions.com

ShutterBooth (702) 823-3659 shutterbooth.com

Mindy Bean Photography See ad pg 46 (702) 340-5415 mindybeanphotography.com Moxie Studio Photography and Cinema See ad pg 47 (702) 527-0258 gomoxiestudio.com

Social Snaps (702) 305-3392 socialsnaps.com

Photos by Larotonda See ad pg 47 (702) 378-0283 photosbylcg.com

photography Adam Frazier Photographer See ad pg (702) 379-3435 adam-frazier.com Celebrate Your Sexy See ad pg (800) 352-7664 celebrateyoursexy.com 172

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Pixo2 LLC See ad pg 45 (702) 715-4233 pixo2.com Stephen Salazar Photography See ad pg 47 (702) 622-1869 stephensalazar.com

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las vegas wedding professionals + services reception sites & venues

reception sites & venues

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

Emerald At Queensridge See ad pg 14 (702) 242-5700 emeraldatqueensridge.com

Aliante Casino Hotel & Spa (702) 692-7530 aliantegaming.com

Enclave See ad pg 22 (702) 747-9900 enclavelv.com

Angel Park Golf Club See ad pg 22 (702) 570-4275 angelpark.com

Fabrizio Banquet Hall See ad pg 14 (702) 678-5152 fabriziovegas.com

Anthem Country Club See ad pg 9 (702) 614-5007 anthemcc.com

Gold Coast Hotel & Casino See ad pg 16 (702) 880-5934 goldcoastcasino.com

Bear’s Best Golf Course See ad pg 10 (702) 804-8924 bearsbestlasvegas.com Border Grill See ad pg 32 (702) 947-4164 bordergrill.com Brio Tuscan Grille - Tivolli Village See ad pg 22 (702) 433-1233 brioitalian.com Brio Tuscan Grille - Town Square See ad pg 12 (702) 914-9145 brioitalian.com

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Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa See ad pg 17 (702) 567-4753 lakelasvegas.hilton.com JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa See ad pg 16 (702) 869-7031 JWLasVegasWeddings.com Las Vegas National Golf Club (702) 889-1000 lasvegasnational.com Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort See ad pg 19 (702) 395-1700 lvpaiutegolf.com

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

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

CasaBlanca Resort See ad pg 22 (702) 346-6800 x6917 casablancaresort.com

Reflection Bay Golf Club See ad pg 21 (702) 740-4653 Reflectionbaygolf.com

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

Rhodes Ranch Golf Club See ad pg 23 (702) 740-8110 rhodesranchgolf.com

Desert Pines Golf Club See ad pg 20 (702) 854-3801 desertpinesgolfclub.com

Sam's Town Hotel & Gambling Hall See ad pg 25 (702) 454-8020 samstownlv.com

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

Skyview Banquet Hall See ad pg 22 (702) 769-8982 skyviewbanquets.com

DragonRidge Country Club See ad pg 12 (702) 835-8582 dragonridge.com

Suncoast Hotel & Casino See ad pg 24 (702) 636-7090 suncoastcasino.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

The Grove See ad pg 15 (702) 645-5818 the-grove.com

High Class Studios See ad pg 48 (888) 610-3305 highclassstudios.com

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

M Place Productions See ad pg 47 (702) 799-9540 mplaceproductions.com

The Orleans Hotel See ad pg 18 (702) 365-7090 orleanscasino.com

Memory Lane Video See ad pg 49 (702) 499-9998 mlvnv.com

The Platinum Hotel & Spa See ad pg 18 (702) 636-2450 theplatinumhotel.com

wedding accessories & favors Things Remembered See ad pg 33 thingsremembered.com

rentals and dĂŠcor Jovani Linens and Event Design See ad pg 31 (702) 460-8370 jovanilinens.com LED Unplugged Lighting and Event Rentals See ad pg 34 (702) 266-6900 ledunplugged.com

RockPaperBloom (702) 882-7358 rockpaperbloom.com RSVP Party Rentals See ad pg 35 (702) 878-0144 rsvpparty.com

travel: honeymoons A Travel Desk See ad pg 64 (702) 524-6132 atraveldesk.com AA Discount Travel (702) 241-4504 aadiscounttravel.com

wedding chapels Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa See ad pg 17 (702) 567-4753 lakelasvegas.hilton.com Sam's Town Hotel & Gambling Hall See ad pg 25 (702) 454-8020 samstownlv.com The Grove See ad pg 15 (702) 645-5818 the-grove.com

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

Resort Stay International See ad pg 64 (702) 589-3481 resortstayevents.com Ultra Vacations & Honeymoons (800) 804-5426 ultravacations.com

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