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features 6 COVER BRIDE AND GROOM "Jersey Boys" romance becomes a real life romance.

10 THE RECEPTION From selecting the site to seating your guests, get the scoop on what’s hot, what’s expected and what to do.

35 ELEGANT VEGAS Las Vegas Wedding Photographers put a unique twist on traditional wedding photos.

46 VEGAS LUXURY Las Vegas also offers elegant destination weddings in five-star hotels.

67 WEDDING PARTY Las Vegas Photographers provide exciting memories of real weddings.

130 MARRY ME NOW Strenghten and protect your relationship while planning your wedding.

planning 9 SPARKLE RINGS Learn the 4-C's of shopping for a diamond and which is most important.

19 SITE REVIEW Showcasing photos and eight key points of information for each location to assist you in determining which sites are right for you.

34 WEDTIPS/RECEPTION 54 THE GOWN Shopping for your wedding frock is the ultimate in retail therapy. Explore the secret to finding your flawless fit.

58 WEDTIPS/GOWN

60 BEAUTY

112 MUSIC

Set your strategy for wedding day

Set the tone for your ceremony and a

beauty. Hair, makeup, mani-pedi’s and

bust-a-move grove for the reception.

a little professional assistance.

Music is the master of atmosphere.

63 THE SUIT

122 FAVORS

Wedding formalwear can be separated

From thoughtful gifts to glam decor,

into four categories. Black tie and tux

start the search for your one-of-a-kind

or suit?

accessories and must-have favors.

73 FLOWERS

124 INVITATIONS

Set your creative self free and don’t be

Set the expectations for your nuptial

shy about it. Flowers are the heart and

celebration with the perfect pairing of

soul of your wedding decor. Explore!

paper and ink.

77 WEDTIPS/FLOWERS

126 WEDTIPS/INVITATIONS

78 RENTALS & DECOR

127 ESCAPE

From linens to chairs, plates to pillars,

Find the perfect destination for

find the rentals you need to tent it, light

romance, relaxation and adventure.

it and cover it.

inspiration

84 THE CAKE Oh so pretty for pictures, equally

133 THE IDEA GALLERY

delicious for your guests. Get the how-

Be inspired in ways you never dreamed,

to on designing your sweet confection.

by ideas you’ve never imagined. Boldly explore textures, seasons, shapes and

88 EVENT PLANNERS

color to find your wedding personality.

Leave the details to a professional who can manage the day and last minute surprises, so you don’t have to.

tools

94 PHOTOGRAPHERS

118 BRIDAL SHOWS

These aren’t your daddy’s snapshots.

Wedding planning made easy...attend

A day this important deserves the

a bridal show to help you find the wed-

expertise of a consummate pro and a

ding specialist to make your wedding

personality you can “click” with.

perfect.

102 WEDTIPS/PHOTOGRAPHY

157 THE PLANNING PLACE Before the first call or appointment,

108 TIPPING

take 15 minutes to skim through the

There is a difference between a tip and

time saving, eye-opening pages of this

gratuity. Who, how much and when.

must read, 16-page insert.

108 PHOTO BOOTHSKeep your

173 ADVERTISER INDEX

guests entertained. Photo booths are

All the service providers in this issue

where it's at!

in an easy-to-use reference guide.

109 VIDEOGRAPHY All that planning and it’s over in the blink of an eye, or is it? Hire a videographer and relive the romance.

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Congratulations! You're planning a wedding. You're getting married. And, you've chosen Spectacular Bride to guide you through the process. You're off to a great start. Planning a wedding, it can be exciting and unnerving. Think about it, you are about to spend more money than you have ever spent, on things you’ve never purchased, from businesses you’ve never heard of. Make sure you tell the businesses you find through us how you heard about them. Attending our bridal show, The Bridal Spectacular, and using this planner and our web site, BridalSpectacular.com, will be invaluable aids to getting through it all and experiencing the day you’ve always dreamed of since you were little. And finally, welcome the butterflies and the tender nervous moments of the day. Feel the grasp of his hand, cherish the look in his eyes, and let your heart swell with anticipation as you begin this new and exciting journey. You now have a partner in life! Sincerely, Debra Hansen, Publisher

Publisher/Editor-in-Chief Debra Hansen Sales/Customer Service Julie Pickrell Laura Hansen Manager Graphic Designer/Layout Design Sue Gestring Web Development/Show Production Ty Hansen Cover Photographer Altf.com Photography Distribution CircServ Dominion Distribution

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Contributors Allyson Siwajian Georgia Barron Joanie Cesano Taylor Nguyen Joyce Scardina-Becker Cristine Thomas Sales Office 2320 S. Duneville Road Las Vegas, NV 89146 702.368.0088 p 702.257.2395 f

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cover bride his wife. She was so surprised that she couldn't help but ask “Are you kidding?” But he wasn't kidding, and Joyce said “yes!” Although they were engaged for a year before the wedding, they had to do the planning in only three months. It was hard to find a date that would work for both of their busy performance schedules. When they finally picked the date Joyce set off to work. A friend gave her a copy of the Spectacular Bride wedding planner. Joyce chose a fantastic 50's vintage inspired wedding gown from Dolly Couture and Springs Preserve for their wedding venue. The name of their venue inspired a theme. The table center pieces were in preserve jars and the reverend gave a specially tailored speech about how to pre-

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JOYCE CHITTICK MET RICK FAUGNO on the set of “The Boyfriend,”a 1950's Broadway play that hit the streets of New York again in 2003. Director Julie Andrews had cast them to perform a dramatic and passionate tango in the New York musical. During that dance, Joyce met her perfect dance partner; seven years later they would be married. Because of the natural chemistry of their performance they were cast in a second Broadway production together called “A Wonderful Town.” They wowed the crowd again with their onstage romance, a connection that continued off stage as well. They performed together and dated each other off and on as their busy schedules often took them to opposite sides of the country. In 2008 they were brought together, long term, playing their new roles in “Jersey Boys” right here in Las Vegas. Rick took the starring role of Frankie Valli; Joyce as his wife: Mary Delgado. Last year on a trip to Europe, Rick decided to make their onstage marriage a reality. After a day of touring the Eiffel Tower, the couple retired to their beautiful suite with windows overlooking the Parisian rooftops. Rick got down on one knee and asked Joyce to be

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serve a relationship. What truly made their wedding an extraordinarily special event, however, was their first dance. In memory of their first meeting on the set of “The Boyfriend,” Rick and Joyce danced a classic and romantic tango to the same song that they had danced to years ago. As the night progressed Rick sang classic love songs like “Unchained Melody” and “The Way You Look Tonight” to his new wife. It was a perfect night as they, literally, danced the night away.


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ou may be among the lucky few whose future husband is blessed with uncanny sensitivity and forethought – a man who anticipates your every desire. Even so, plan on accompanying your intended during the first few visits to the jeweler. THE 4-C’S The most important things to consider when shopping for a diamond are cut, color, clarity and carat. These are known as the four C’s. Contrary to popular belief, cut and not carat is the number one factor in determining the value of a diamond. Cut A well-cut diamond directs rays of light to the diamond’s facets, the small planes on the surface of the stone. The reflected light emanating from the facets defines a stone’s fire and brilliance. “Fire” is the intensity of the rainbow of colors cast outward in a prism-like effect, while “brilliance” indicates the amount of sparkle generated.

www.aaronlelahjewelers.com Color The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) ranks diamonds on a standard 23-grade scale, from D through Z. D, the highest rating, indicates a perfectly colorless stone, while Z, the lowest rating, indicates a light yellow stone. Clarity Defined by the number, color, nature, size and position of natural marks, called inclusions. The fewer and smaller the inclusions a diamond contains, the greater its clarity and value. The GIA judges clarity based on a standard 11-part grading scale, as follows: FL & IF: Flawless and internally flawless (inclusions not visible under 10x) VVS1 & VVS2: Very, very slight inclusions (extremely difficult to see under 10x) VS1 & VS2: Very slight inclusions (difficult under 10x) SI1 & SI2: Small inclusions (noticeable under 10x) I1, I2 & I3: Imperfect (flaws visible to the naked eye) Carat The carat weight of a diamond is the final consideration. A carat is the standard metric weight of 0.2 grams, or 1/142 of an ounce. Another way to indicate a diamond’s weight is in points, with one carat equaling 100 points. So a diamond of 50 points, for instance, equals 1/2 carat. ■

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the reception Magnificent receptions are brought to life with the kind of creative planning afforded by an organized agenda and the collaboration of bride, groom and several key vendors. Set the stage for a successful celebration with a well thought-out “plan-of-action.” After all, your reception will account for the majority of your wedding budget and planning efforts. Here’s how to make the most of both.

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GETTING STARTED Put the event in perspective by drafting a plan-of-action that includes: potential ceremony and reception sites, date and time options, approximate number of guests, style, theme and budget. Keep in mind the greatest factor to affect your budget will be the number of guests invited. As you explore your vision and expectations, continue to refine this plan-of-action. Focus on securing the ceremony and reception site first. This will give you a confirmed date by which to begin booking your vendors. Choice locations are often booked one to two years out. Prime dates such as Saturday afternoons and evenings, May through October, go quickly and November through December weekends are in high demand for corporate and social holiday functions. So, once you've found your dream site, book it immediately.

To help determine whom you should invite to your wedding, consider the following: Who have been the most important people in your lives since you were born? Whose house do you go to for dinner on a regular basis? Aside from your immediate family and relatives, include close friends and coworkers you have a relationship with outside of the workplace. If a sense of obligation comes into the picture and not an invitation from the heart, do not invite. 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. Group your single friends together and seat them next to the band. It doesn’t matter if they know each other. Children Some couples can’t imagine a wedding without little ones. If you’re the type that aren’t bothered by children doing what they do (typically running around, especially on the dance floor) go for it! If you prefer things more formal and controlled,

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THE GUEST LIST Your wedding is a very personal occasion. Devote these few precious hours to the family and friends you cherish most. Limiting your guest list will enable you to focus more time, attention and budget to the details that make a wedding so unique: the location, invitations, favors, table décor, menu selection, and other items that are often limited by large guest lists.


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he panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and the Las Vegas Strip make Anthem Country Club the premier site for your outdoor sunset ceremony or another special event. Our fine food and wines, served graciously by our cordial staff, will assure you and your guests of a memorable event - whether planning an elegant formal wedding for 120 guests or a casual gathering for 25. Wedding and reception packages are available. (702) 614-5002 • anthemcc.com • 1 Club Side Drive, Henderson, NV 89052 Photos courtesy of (top to bottom): © Scott Gibson Photography, © ALTF Photography and © Scott Gibson Photography.

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consider opting for an “adult only” reception. Refrain from using the term “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 child-care and a separate children’s menu for the reception. Check with your wedding consultant or venue coordinator for suggestions on entertaining your younger guests. THE RIGHT LOCATION Once you have a good estimate of your guest count, begin the venue search. Looking for a place to hold both the ceremony and the reception? Want something charming and intimate? Prefer a grand estate? There are locations awaiting your every wish. Choosing a venue is very much like going house hunting. Having a list of your top desires will save you time.

Off-site facilities encompass private residences, historic estates, wineries, galleries, event sites and community centers. These locations offer the use of the facility for one flat fee, providing no other services. You then have the freedom of bringing in your own vendors or choosing from a list of preferred vendors. These facilities are extremely popular with couples who have diverse food preferences and who prefer to bring in their own liquor. Although there may appear to be a kitchen on the premises, certain historic buildings may not be up to present day codes. In this case your catering company may be required to provide their own cooking equipment. Make sure all of this is spelled out in advance of signing your contract.

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On-Site and Off-Site Venues are basically divided into two main categories; on- and off-site. On-site venues include hotels, restaurants and private clubs. These locations provide the majority of services you will need for your reception: catering, beverages, tables, chairs, china, flatware, linens and serving staff. They normally charge on a per person basis and have a minimum guest requirement. An on-site facility does not normally charge for the room rental fee as long as the minimum head count is achieved.


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With off-site facilities it is strongly recommended, and at times required, that you purchase additional insurance for the day of the reception. These event umbrella policies are reasonably priced and can be obtained through a current homeowner’s policy. All-Inclusive Much like an all-inclusive vacation, some venues package themselves to service the event from A-to-Z. With this type of venue you can have your wedding and reception at one location. Many times the ceremony will be held in the venue’s outdoor space with the reception inside a ballroom. This option is very convenient for guests, as they do not have to deal with additional directions and addresses. Theme Venues Select a venue that will inspire or enhance your theme. Wineries, museums, train stations, movie palaces, yachts and even breweries offer alternative options. Choose locations that tell your love story. Did you meet in college? Check with your alumni association for use of on-campus facilities. Proposed on the beach? Speak with state park representatives for permission to marry on the beach. By selecting a venue within your theme, you will not only save time and money but create a truly personalized celebration. Site Inspection Now that you know the differences in venues, here is what to look for during your tour. Bring along a digital camera and, of course, Spectacular Bride as your guide. If you are working with a consultant, ask them to accompany you as well. Noticing the following details and utilizing a professional will save you from costly mistakes.

• Inspect equipment—gazebos, dance floor, tables, chairs, china, stem ware, glassware, etc. What is included in the rental fee? Are there additional costs to consider? table? Who is the facility coordinator on the day of your wedding?

• Inspect florals, greenery and landscaping. Love the trailing wisteria? Book your reception when it is in full bloom.

• Inspect entrances, exits and restrooms. Are they attractive and easy to find?

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SPACE ALLOCATION Knowing a few standard guidelines regarding space allocation will help you make more accurate decisions. • The floor space required per person for a cocktail reception is 7 sq. ft. • The space required per person for dining only is 10 sq. ft. • For dining with a dance floor and band or DJ, the space needed is 15-20 sq. ft. Once you know the total square footage of your potential reception site, simply multiply the number of guests by the appropriate square footage above to see whether or not the space will accommodate your guest list. You can find a checklist of questions to review with the facility coordinator in The Planning Place at the back of this issue. YOUR TIME LINE Have your location secured before hiring your vendors. If you have your heart set on a particular venue, then by all means start planning one to two years out. If you are flexible about your venue selection and are open to different options, you can actually plan a wedding in six months. Saturday night weddings and summer holiday weekends are always popular. If you're interested in these dates, book your venue immediately. For a formal event, choose a location conducive to a formal occasion. By showcasing the natural attributes of the location youv'e selected, you'll more easily achieve harmony with your decor and the facility. Transforming a room is costly. Working with it will save time and money. RECEPTION FLOW A common mistake couples make is failing to orchestrate their reception. Timing of the key moments of your reception should be communicated to all your vendors and guests. The critical factor is to keep the event “flowing” and your guests comfortable and happy. (con't. on page 20)

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set your sites.

Before the cake, the flowers, the favors

and band, the first order of business will be to secure your ceremony and reception sites. The Site Review showcases photos and eight key points of information for each location to assist you in quickly determining which sites are right for you and your event.

meaning of terms VENUE the type of facility, such as a country club or hotel OPTIONS indoor and/or outdoor facilities available EVENT TYPE ceremony and/or reception space available CEREMONY CAPACITY maximum seated and standing capacity RECEPTION CAPACITY maximum seated and standing capacity CATERING RANGE minimum to maximum cost per person (excluding beverage, gratuity and tax) FACILITY RANGE minimum to maximum facility rental fee, if applicable PARKING availability and/or options

to begin your search Be prepared with the following information: 1. Wedding Date 2. Time of day for ceremony 3. Time of day for reception

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receptions (cont. from page 18) Direction If your ceremony and reception are at different locations, hire a wedding consultant to greet and guide your guests to the cocktail or reception area, or make sure there are adequate signs directing them to the proper place. If you are having the ceremony and reception in the same facility, this rule still holds true. People must be directed to the next area of the celebration so they feel welcomed and comfortable. Remember, you are the hosts of this event. Assigned Seating If you are planning on having assigned seating, provide a copy of the seating chart to your caterer or wedding consultant so they can arrange the seating cards in advance. In the case of open seating you’ll want to reserve specific tables (or places) for yourselves and the wedding party, as well as family members and honored guests.

A Secret Garden 9001 Dean Martin Drive 702.361.2202 asecretgardenwedding.com VENUE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . specialty venue OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . indoor & outdoor EVENT TYPE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ceremony & reception CEREMONY CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 250 sitting RECEPTION CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 250 sitting CATERING FACILITY

RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . all inclusive packages RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . N/A

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

A SECRET GARDEN specializes in only one event a day, we feature 10 acres of private lush landscape for your outdoor or indoor ceremony and reception. All-inclusive packages can be customized to fulfill your every wish! Take advantage of our enchanting horse & carriage, or one of our classic cars to arrive in grand style to your garden ceremony! Just south of the Las Vegas Strip, we offer 4 generations of specialized service! Visit our website for package prices which include taxes, gratuities & fees! Contact Erin Mills by phone/ text @ 702.318.1484 for immediate service. www.asecretgardenwedding.com

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Floor Plan Make sure that the floor plan is well designed. Allow guests a reasonable view of the bride and groom, and enough space between tables (48 to 54 inches) to move about comfortably. Ask your consultant or facility coordinator for the best table arrangement for our venue. They'll know from experience which configurations work. Project Manager Hungry guests are harsh critics. Don’t be disorganized. Get the best value out of your wedding by having a professional manage your event. No matter the size of your budget, prioritize organization. No one notices beautiful flowers if they’re waiting an hour for food service. Guests are honoring you by sharing your joy. Keep them happy by designating an experienced project manager for your wedding day. This key person is usually a wedding consultant, your caterer or the facility manager. They’ll be responsible for the timing of the cocktail hour, meal service, musician cues, toasts, cake cutting, etc. You may also want to authorize this person to make decisions regarding alcohol corkage, asking the DJ or band to extend their playing time, or adjusting the timing of key events during the reception–depending on the flow of the party.

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Aliante Station Casino + Hotel 7300 Aliante Parkway 702.692.7360 aliantecasinohotel.com/meetings-events VENUE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . hotel OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . indoor & outdoor EVENT TYPE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ceremony & reception CEREMONY CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 150 RECEPTION CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 500 CATERING FACILITY

RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $32 to $120 RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . N/A

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

YOUR WEDDING DAY will be one of the happiest days of your life as a couple, and our catering team here at Aliante Station Casino + Hotel would love to be a part of that special beginning. Whether indoors or out, large or small, weddings at Aliante Station can be everything you've ever dreamed and more! A Las Vegas Wedding Professional will meet with you to tour the resort, discuss your wishes and design a wedding that reflects your personal style. Finding rare flowers, creating menus, arranging for a photographer and entertainment can be entrusted to the capable Aliante staff for a truly effortless experience. www.aliantecasinohotel.com/meetings-events SPECTACULARBRIDE.COM

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

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

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

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

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

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

CEREMONY CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 to 150 sitting

CEREMONY CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 400

RECEPTION CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 to 150 sitting

RECEPTION CAPACITY. . . . . up to 120 inside / 400 outside

CATERING FACILITY

RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $84 RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $600 to $2,100

CATERING FACILITY

RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $25 to $100 RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . N/A

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

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

THE ASTON MONTELAGO RESORT offers elegant and unique settings that are a world apart from typical Las Vegas hotel wedding chapels. Inspirational, memorable, spectacular, and gorgeous are typical words used to describe the special events held at this beautiful Lake Las Vegas wedding resort.

NESTLED ALONGSIDE Queensridge Estates with stunning vistas of both Red Rock and the Strip. Intimate gatherings will love the seclusion, while large groups are comfortably accommodated on our veranda. Our permanent hardwood dance floor is perfect for dancing while the creations of our gourmet chef will keep your guests coming back for more.

Spectacular accommodations for family and friends are available and are complemented by elegant facilities for indoor and outdoor weddings. Reception space is lake-side in the Riva di Lago Events Center.

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From all-inclusive designer packages to customizable options to suit your fancy, our bridal consultants will help you arrange every detail to create your ideal wedding. The personalized attention and service you receive is impeccable. www.par4weddings.com


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Canyon Gate Country Club 200 Canyon Gate Drive 702.363.4650 canyon-gate.com VENUE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . country club OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . indoor & outdoor EVENT TYPE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ceremony & reception CEREMONY CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 300 RECEPTION CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 200 CATERING FACILITY

RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $40 to $125 RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,500

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

THE CANYON GATE Grand Ballroom is enclosed with twenty-five foot glass windows, marble pillars, and an expansive balcony overlooking the beautifully manicured golf course and majestic Red Rock Mountains. Watch the sun set as you wine and dine with your closest family and friends, then party the night away. The staff understands the importance of this day and we pride ourselves on our ability to listen to what you envision. Your magical wedding day at Canyon Gate will not end here; it will only be a new beginning that you solidify and bring to fruition with the words "I DO"! www.canyon-gate.com SPECTACULARBRIDE.COM

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receptions life with vibrant yellows, brilliant chartreuse and hot orange–following nature’s lead by selecting produce and flora in season will enable you to be more extravagant and to do more with your budget. THE COST When discussing costs, especially regarding food and beverage, make sure you get the price inclusive of tax and gratuity. On a $20,000 event, a normal tax and gratuity will be an additional cost of $5,000. Rates vary significantly depending on the type of venue, the number of guests and the time of year. If your location does charge a fee for the room, it will generally be based on the usage of a block of time

The Bootlegger Bistro and The Copa Room 7700 Las Vegas Blvd. South 702.736.4939 bootleggerlasvegas.com VENUE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . restaurant OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . indoor & outdoor EVENT TYPE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . restaurant & reception CEREMONY CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 150 sitting RECEPTION CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 300 CATERING FACILITY

RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $40 & up RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $300 to $3,000

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

THE COPA ROOM AND THE BOOTLEGGER BISTRO on the Las Vegas "South Strip" offers romantic ceremony options ranging from an intimate vintage vegas candlelight ceremony - indoor and outdoor - to a lavish and elegant ceremony and reception in a unique nightclub ambiance with a full bar, elegant chandeliers and fabulous dance floors. The Copa Room and the Bootlegger Bistro feature award winning cuisine, spectacular service and breathtaking amenities, all suited toward creating memories you will cherish for a lifetime.

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Some venues begin calculating rental time from the moment your caterer, or staff, arrive on-site, not necessarily just the running time of the reception. If you anticipate your reception running longer, confirm all overtime charges. Clarify these issues well in advance. All of the details for your reception should be written in a contract signed by you and the venue representative. A deposit will be required to secure your date. MUSIC AND AMPLIFICATION Whether you intend to have a DJ or a live band it's a good idea to inquire about any possible restrictions regarding the type, volume or duration of musicespecially at outdoor venues. Confirm that there is an adequate power supply for speakers, mixers and amplifiers, or good acoustics for string and wind instruments. Some sites have built-in public address systems which can be used for introductions and toasts. SAME DAY BOOKINGS Inquire about other bookings on the same day or at the same time as yours. Confirm clearly with the facility coordinator that there will be appropriate privacy and separation from other events. There must be adequate time allowed between events for your caterer or other service people to set-up and breakdown your party. MAKE IT YOU While the very idea of a ceremony and reception may seen quite traditional, your celebration can be completely unique. Weave your interests, hobbies and passions into the tapestry of your celebration. food, music, color and culture are the perffect elements for creating a theme that's uniquely you. ■


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G Mansions Private Venue 877.702.9333 griffineventsinc.com VENUE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . specialty venue OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . indoor & outdoor EVENT TYPE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ceremony & reception CEREMONY CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 450 RECEPTION CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 450 CATERING FACILITY

RANGE. . . . . . . . . all inclusive starting $8,000 RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . N/A

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

GRIFFIN MANSIONS encase beauty, elegance and distinctiveness on your wedding day. We offer all-inclusive wedding services along with expert wedding consultants. We host private destination weddings for clients all over the world including Canada, London, New York, California as well as all areas of Las Vegas. We include exquisite culinary cuisines, grandiose floral creations, worry free wedding planning, designer cakes, unforgettable photography, designer bridal gowns, exquisite entertainment, and of course, the elegance and extraordinary style of a mansion setting. www.griffineventsinc.om

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Los Prados Country Club

Painted Desert Golf Course

5150 Los Prados Circle 702.395.0610 losprados-golf.com

5555 Painted Mirage Rd. 702.645.2570 painteddesertgc.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CEREMONY CAPACITY. . . . . . up to 150 sitting / standing

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

RECEPTION CAPACITY. . . . . . up to 150 sitting / standing

CATERING FACILITY

RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . call RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,000

CATERING FACILITY

RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . call RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to $5,000

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

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

LOS PRADOS COUNTRY CLUB has a variety of wedding packages to choose from. Beautiful sweeping views, great personal service, and lush landscaping, it's made us a long time local favorite. Begin your festivities with a rehearsal dinner to give family and friends.

NOW THAT YOU HAVE THE RING, let us set the tone...spectacular views, exceptional service, and memories that will be cherished for a lifetime.

Los Prados offers a picture-perfect setting for the wedding of your dreams. Select our Caliche Room for your ceremony or consider "tying the knot" on the beautiful 10th tee and conducting your reception inside. We offer a variety of menu choices or we'll talk to the chef if you have something special in mind. www.losprados-golf.com

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We have a breathtaking ceremony site and elegant wedding reception venue. Our catering menus provide several options for your event, or let us create a special menu to suit your needs! Ask about our all inclusive packages, where what you see is what you pay! www.painteddesertgc.com


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JW Marriott Resort and Spa 221 North Rampart Blvd. 702.869.7034 877.869.7777 jwlasvegasresort.com VENUE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . hotel OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . indoor & outdoor EVENT TYPE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ceremony & reception CEREMONY CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 500 RECEPTION CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 800 CATERING FACILITY

RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $90 to $160 RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . N/A

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

AT THE JW MARRIOTT Resort and 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 Marriott Certified Staff to help you plan your Wedding Ceremony and Reception in one of our seven outdoor Ceremony sites and eight unique reception venues. In addition, we offer four packages to host your Wedding Celebration: Intimate Celebrations, Joy Signature Weddings, Custom Weddings and Eco-Chic Wedidngs. www.jwlasvegasresort.com SPECTACULARBRIDE.COM

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Rainbow Gardens

Red Rock Country Club

4125 W. Charleston Blvd. 702.878.4646 rainbowgardenweddings.com

2250 A Red Springs Drive 702.304.5696 redrockweddingsandevents.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RECEPTION CAPACITY. . . . up to 325 sitting / 400 standing

CATERING FACILITY

RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . call RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . N/A

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RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $125 to $155 RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,000 to $2,500

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

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RAINBOW GARDENS is Las Vegas' Premiere Wedding and Banquet Facility and has been doing weddings and banquets for over 20 years. We offer all inclusive package that include food, open bar, cake, DJ, centerpieces, and all the decorations you can dream of. Choose from our elegant formal room with roman columns, twinkle-lit courtyard and cascading waterfall or our climate controlled garden room offering lush tropical trees, candlelit tablescapes and thousands of romantic twinkle lights.

RED ROCK COUNTRY CLUB offers the best of Las Vegas, yet a world away…You will notice the difference once you arrive at our palm tree lined driveway, reaching our flagstone and brick clubhouse overlooking the Las Vegas Valley.

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The organic architecture  of our clubhouse with sweeping views of the famous Las Vegas Strip, mountains, and golf course with roaring indoor and outdoor fireplaces and two terraces, our facility will provide the perfect place for “I do.” Packages include bar, hors d'oeuvres, meal, and linens and Chiavari chairs. www.redrockweddingsandevents.com


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The Grove 8080 Al Carrison 702.645.5818 866-645-5815 the-grove.com VENUE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . specialty venue OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . indoor & outdoor EVENT TYPE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ceremony & reception CEREMONY CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 200 RECEPTION CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 225 CATERING FACILITY

RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $40 to $70 RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . N/A

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

THE GROVE is a Las Vegas Wedding and Recpetion 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. www.the-grove.com SPECTACULARBRIDE.COM

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Santa Fe Station

Siena Golf Club

4949 North Rancho 702.667.4723 santafestationlasvegas.com/meetings

10575 Siena Monte Avenue 702.304.7314 sienagolfclub.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CEREMONY CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 to 250 guests

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

RECEPTION CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 to 250 guests

CATERING FACILITY

RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $25 to $75 RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $200 to $1,200

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RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $60 to $110 RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $500 to $2,500

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

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SANTA FE STATION is the perfect place for your next party or event. With over 14,000 square-feet of luxurious banquet space, Santa Fe makes it easy to throw an elegant wedding, quinceañera, or any social function. • Customized package available • State-of-the-art audio & visual capabilities • Limitless food & beverage options • Professional and attentive catering team • Se Habla Español

THE SIENA BISTRO/CLUBHOUSE is ideal for an intimate event. Built with floor to ceiling wall to wall glass window, large pillars, and a fully set up bar. A step from the clubhouse features a beautiful panoramic view of surrounding Mountains and Las Vegas Strip.

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The Grand Ballroom is perfect for all weddings. Featuring a built in stage and 20x40 built pergo dance floor. Siena offers a perfect backdrop for weddings, commitment ceremonies, anniversaries, and all occasions. Our personal wedding professionals are available to assist you with creating a truly memorable experience. www.sienagolfclub.com


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Sam's Town Hotel & Gambling Hall 5111 Boulder Highway 702.454.8020 800.897. 8696 ext 8020 samstownlv.com VENUE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . hotel OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . indoor & outdoor EVENT TYPE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ceremony & reception CEREMONY CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 600 RECEPTION CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 650 CATERING FACILITY

RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $15 to $150 RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . N/A

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

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

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Silverstone Golf Club 8660 Cupp Drive 702.562.3770 par4weddings.com

Tommy Bahama's Restaurant & Bar 6635 Las Vegas Boulevard South 702.948.8006 tommybahama.com

VENUE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . country club OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . indoor & outdoor

VENUE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . restaurant

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

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

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

EVENT TYPE . . . . . . . . . . rehearsal, ceremony & reception

RECEPTION CAPACITY. . . . up to 300 inside / 400 outside

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

RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $25-$100

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

CATERING FACILITY

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

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

CATERING FACILITY

RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $25 to $85 RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . N/A

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

MESMERIZING EFFECTS of the Grand Foyer's towering ceilings and panoramic view create a striking visual experience. From artisian appetizers to the exquisite prime rib carving station, our palatable catering options create a sensory experience like nothing you've ever imagined. With the help of our highly touted wedding consultants, you can take advantage of our allinclusive designer packages or customize the details to your liking. Either way, you get everything you need to create your dream wedding. www.par4weddings.com

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DEFINED BY CASUAL ELEGANCE, Tommy Bahama’s provides a spectacular setting for your wedding celebrations. From an intimate luncheon or dinner to a lavish cocktail party, we offer a variety of special features, including trained staff of event professionals, onsite catering, floral design, live music, and an outdoor patio for an evening under the stars. Count on Tommy Bahama to keep you looking relaxed on your big day.  We carry a wide range of wedding ready attire for the bride, groom and your entire wedding party. www.tommybahama.com


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Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort 10325 Nu-Wav Kaiv Blvd. 702.395.1700 eventsbypaiute.com VENUE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . country club OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . indoor & outdoor EVENT TYPE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ceremony & reception CEREMONY CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 500 RECEPTION CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 250 CATERING FACILITY

RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $69 & up RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . N/A

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

RUSTIC, LUSH, ELEGANT AND MODERN ... Paiute redefines Las Vegas weddings. An undisturbed desert oasis awaits you, and your individual style will reflect in every aspect of your wedding. With floor to ceiling windows that literally bring the outdoors in, our 360-degree views will stun you speechless. And, our wedding planning specialists will be there every step of the way – from discussing your vision to creating an event infused with the unique and special ways that define your commitment.

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wedtips | receptions FINDING THE SITE • Book early—prime reception locations are booking a year to two years in advance. • The “prime” wedding dates are Saturdays, afternoons and evenings. • The “peak” wedding months are May through October. • Have your guest list completed before you begin your search for a reception site. • The term “on-site location” refers to a facility that has their own catering department, such as hotels, country clubs and restaurants. • The term “off-site location” refers to a facility that does not have its own catering department. This could include private homes, historic estates, wineries, galleries, etc. Nothing is provided for you; you must make all rental and catering arrangements.

Wildhorse Golf Club 2100 Warm Springs Road 702.434.9000, ext 2230 golfwildhorse.com VENUE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . country club OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . indoor & outdoor EVENT TYPE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ceremony & reception CEREMONY CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 225 RECEPTION CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 225 CATERING FACILITY

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• Some venues offer “wedding packages” that include the entire event and all related services for both ceremony and reception. This can be a very convenient option, requiring less travel for guests. • Other interesting locales include beaches, vintage movie palaces, train stations, barns, etc. THE COST • The reception will account for the largest portion of your total wedding budget— between 46-50%. • The greatest factor affecting your reception budget will be the number of guests attending. • Ask your caterer if they offer a children’s menu. If so, what is the price per child?. • Most caterers/hotels will factor in a 3-5% overage to cover extra guests. For example, if you are having 150 guests, confirm a guest count of 143 guests. • The term “plus-plus” as it appears on catering contracts translates to “tax” and “gratuity.” • The hotel or catering staff may add on extra charges for bartenders, coat check and cake cutting. Inquire in advance.


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destination weddings GUIDE TO DESTINATION While wedding chapels are available as an exciting fit for many couples, Las Vegas also offers elegant destination weddings in five-star hotels. Experience romantic grandeur through The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas, renowned hospitality at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas and intimate sophistication with JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort and Spa. For a stress-free experience and real advice from a Las Vegas local, hire a professional wedding planner. Let your guests roam free in the city, and revel in Vegas’ nightlife, entertainment, dining, warm weather and nearby outdoors adventures. Destination brides and grooms, embrace your Las Vegas luxury wedding experience.

At The Venetian, a five-diamond award-winning hotel, resort and casino, a destination bride can expect to receive high-quality treatment in every detail of her luxury wedding. Through on-site appointments, e-mails or phone calls, Filtz and his team discover a destination bride’s wedding vision and meet its every specification, be it an intimate elopement decided that day, a full-fledged party with few guests or a grand occasion planned months in advance. Weddings at The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas are always a memorable affair, with eight wedding locations that echo the romantic grandeur and genuine feel of its inspiration Venice, Italy. Step into a gondola with your groom and be wed as you traverse the Grand Canal. Be serenaded by trained accordion players at the wedding bridge that overlooks St. Mark’s Square. Say your vows in the seasonally decorated atrium of The Palazzo. Invite close friends and family to celebrate on The Terrace, complete with floral arrangements, catering, cake and champagne, provided by inhouse professionals. “Great lengths of detail were gone into during the construction of the hotel to make the material and architectural features as genuine as possible,” Filtz said. “[Brides and grooms] really do feel like they’re being captured in the romantic setting of Venice, Italy.” “The Venetian is romance,” Filtz said. “From the moment [a bride and groom] walk into the hotel lobby to the shops to the suites, it’s luxury and service with the beautiful architecture and ambience that make us world-known, and the attention to detail in that is really what makes it an exceptional experience.”

THE VENETIAN RESORT, HOTEL, CASINO AND THE PALAZZO LAS VEGAS “A luxury wedding is one where a bride really wants to touch and feel everything that she’s experiencing with her wedding, from the invitations to the champagne flutes she’s going to select to the china she’s going to eat from to the exact flavor and texture of the frosting of the cake,” James Filtz, Manager of Wedding Services at The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas, said. “A luxury wedding is all about the details and making sure that a bride’s vision is executed to those granular specifications.”

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MANDARIN ORIENTAL, LAS VEGAS Five-star hotel Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas in the CityCenter offers destination brides a hospitable hub of calm amidst the rush of the Las Vegas Strip. As a non gaming property with dedication to customer service, Mandarin Oriental provides “a more intimate, more elegant wedding that offers the bride and groom a sense of luxury and sense of service,” Melina Beckett, Director of Catering and Conference Services at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas, said. Designed for small gatherings, Mandarin Oriental offers several options for wedding venues, ranging


destination weddings from the high-tech Lotus and Jade room to in-suite ceremonies to The Ballroom with 17-foot ceilings, an outdoor patio and floor-length windows to view Las Vegas Boulevard. Also, with preferred vendors always on call, Mandarin Oriental is prepared to offer a bride and groom all-inclusive packages completely tailored to fit a couple’s needs.

relationship. Luxury hotel Mandarin Oriental is renowned for its integrated customer service, incredible hospitality and humble sophistication. “We are imaginative [and] innovative,” Beckett said, and the Mandarin Oriental can always be relied upon for their exceptional “quality of product and delivery of service” for any destination wedding. JW MARRIOTT LAS VEGAS RESORT AND SPA Located on 54 acres of natural beauty beyond the Las Vegas Strip, JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort and Spa gives destination brides a luxury wedding amidst flowing rivers, grandiose gardens and customizable ballrooms. “You and your guests will have access to the nightlife of Las Vegas,” Michael Testagrossa, Senior Catering Sales Manager at JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort and Spa, said. “However, for your wedding day, you actually have the opportunity to celebrate it in a more intimate setting.” Since JW Marriott provides multiple wedding locations, a destination bride can find the perfect fit to her personality through this luxury hotel’s variety. “Each of our spaces is extremely unique,” Testagrossa said. Whether a destination bride wants white-glove service in Suite 6200, a natural environment with stonework and fireplaces at The Lodge or Mediterranean inspiration in Valencia Ballroom, JW Marriott can create humble ceremonies or elaborate weddings.

Studio ATG “We like to make it more customized,” Beckett said, “rather than here it is, cut-and-dry.” This aspect affects the wedding planning process from start to finish to create a personal wedding experience, from décor to cake design, to specifically cater to each bride and groom. “We’re very personable,” Beckett said. “We want to hear [a bride’s] vision, and then we can create it for her.”

“Our spaces have a lot of character already, but it’s all based on who that bride is,” Testagrossa said. With belief in each bride’s individuality, he and his wedding team consistently deliver destination weddings that reflect each couple’s culture, taste and personality. “It’s about the beauty, the service, the experience,” he said.

At Mandarin Oriental, destination brides don’t need to worry about planning in advance. Whether a wedding is planned in a few months or the day of the ceremony, if rooms are available then the staff will make a destination wedding happen. “We’re all about spectacular spontaneity,” Beckett said. Most importantly, destination brides at Mandarin Oriental will experience “21st century luxury with oriental charm,” Beckett said. This oriental charm doesn’t relate to a visual theme, but rather to a

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destination weddings at the hotel towers. Order cake and catering. Contract for floral arrangements and photography. Be pampered at the spa, and prepare for bridal beauty in the salon. Host a reception with a dance floor and disc jockey. “As a destination bride, you want to make the process as simple as possible,” Testagrossa said. Fortunately, JW Marriott allows brides to do just that.

Artistic Imaging “Your wedding day is the opportunity to share one of the most wonderful days of your lives with friends and family,” Testagrossa said.  “At the JW Marriott Resort and Spa, we offer key components which will make your wedding, whether an intimate occasion or grand celebration, a memorable occasion for you and your guests.” HIRE A WEDDING COORDINATOR “Brides truly [deserve] to be guests at their own wedding,” Christie McCoy-Hjelm, owner of Las Vegas wedding planning service CLM Weddings, said. While luxury hotels provide wedding coordinators, many professionals recommend a destination bride hire an external wedding planner to make phone calls, book wedding professionals and vouch for the best fits for brides who can’t visit Las Vegas before their weddings. “It’s what a lot of brides look for when they come to Las Vegas,” McCoy-Hjelm said. “They just want somebody who’s here. We are their eyes … and ears.” With a reliable wedding planning professional, destination brides can relieve planning pressure while discovering how to personalize their luxury weddings through design and vendor recommendations. “It’s all about managing their time, their budgets, deposits, contracts, design…. We do it all on a step-by-step basis,” McCoyHjelm said. “But we get to build a great relationship together without being face-to-face.”

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REMEMBER THE ESSENTIALS While you may bring your own wedding attire, rings or cake topper to personalize your experience, all you need to be married in Las Vegas is a marriage license. When you and your groom bring your U.S. government-issued IDs or passports, $60 cash ($65 credit card) and, if applicable, date of divorce decree to Las Vegas’ downtown Marriage License Bureau, you’ll receive your marriage license with no waiting period and no blood test. Then, destination brides, grab your groom’s hand and head to the luxury hotel of your choice. Enjoy your luxury wedding in Las Vegas, and best wishes for a long, blessed marriage! Author: Allyson Siwajian


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bride Unlike other fashion retailers, bridal salons require a more formal approach to shopping. Begin by scheduling an appointment with the salon of your choice. This will ensure that a dressing room and personal consultant will be available to help you try on gowns. An experienced bridal consultant will be invaluable in helping you select styles that flatter your best features and camouflage the flaws. The good news is there are six basic silhouettes that make up almost all wedding gowns, and more than likely at least one will be flattering on you. Being well versed in wedding gown vocabulary is vital. Here are a few key terms-of-art to get you on your way. 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. 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 extends out in an “A” triangle along the body. Look in your closet; chances are you’ll find many of your skirts have an A-line cut. There’s a reason after all; A-lines add height, slimness and minimize hips. THE PRINCESS Another unanimously 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. Perfectly paired with a tiara, of course. THE SHEATH Ah, the timeless style of 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.

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THE EMPIRE Elect to be a Queen. Napoleon’s Josephine made this style 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. If you have a long neck and want to wear big jewelry,


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bride share your preferences with her. Is the fabric too heavy, the neckline too low? Don’t be afraid to speak up. If the off shoulder gown has you fidgeting now, think of the discomfort on your wedding day. The absolute last thing you want to be doing is tugging self-consciously at your gown all day. Your ideal gown leaves you confident and comfortable. UNDERNEATH IT ALL Once you’ve selected your gown, ask your salon for recommendations for appropriate lingerie. Make sure these garments supply the perfect amount of support and fit. Do you slouch? Discover a corset with boning. Wearing shimmering silk? Seamless lingerie is your secret. Heart set on strapless? A seam-free strapless bustier or threequarter-length convertible bra will do the trick. Bring these items to your dress fittings. You’ll see and feel the difference.

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the empire is a cut above the rest. THE SLIP DRESS Love the feeling of your favorite negligee? Now imagine it in sumptuous silk and skimming your curves all the way down to your ankles. Ready for your figure to show? This is the cut for you. Only glamour goddesses need apply. THE RETAILERS 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 one gown from each style, they must take special care to keep the dress in good condition. For this reason, salon consultants always assist brides in trying on dresses, minimizing damage from wear and tear. When calling to schedule the required appointment, inquire about the price range of the gowns. Such a simple question will free you from pressure and temptation to purchase a gown out of your budget. Next, ask that one trusted chic friend to accompany you. During your first appointment try on different silhouettes, even those you normally wouldn’t choose. Trust your gown consultant and

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WHEN TO ORDER Your gown will need to be special ordered, shipped and altered. To ensure “shear” perfection, start shopping six to ten months prior to the wedding, at the very least four. Likewise, dresses for your attendants should be ordered at least eight weeks in advance. ■

wedtips | the gown • Book early—prime reception locations are booking a year to two years in advance. If your bouquet has flowers with stamens that have the potential to stain, ask your florist to remove them. • When touching-up your makeup be certain to drape something across your chest and shoulders in case of a dropped tube or powder. • Use white tailor’s chalk to cover any smudges or tiny stains. • Gather up your long skirt to keep the hem off the ground. • Have someone make sure the car you’re riding in is clean (cover the seat and floor with a sheet). • Bring a travel iron or steamer and an extension cord. • If you’ll be on deep carpet or lawn during any part of the day, consider having an extra 1/2” taken off when hemming the gown. This can eliminate a stepped-on and torn hemline. • Bring your gown garment bag to transport your gown after you have changed into your going away clothes.


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MAKEUP ARTIST A professional makeup artist is experienced in creating many different looks. A true artist will know trade secrets for not only fashioning longer lasting look, but for accentuating your finer features. The end result: a picture-perfect bride. HAIR STYLIST Ever had a bad hair day? Since your hair is simply the last thing you need to worry about on your wedding day, consider hiring a stylist. For this service an initial consultation is generally recommended one to two months prior to the wedding. This gives the stylist an opportunity to discern what the bride is envisioning and to create a look that complements her facial features as well as the headpiece or veil. Necessary items for this visit are the headpiece or veil and a camera. Have photos taken from several angles to assist the stylist in recreating the look on your wedding day. BEAUTY TIPS Lasting Lips – Select a lip color that you are comfortable wearing. For precise lipstick application use a lip liner, matching or only slightly darker than your lipstick, to outline the lips. Then fill-in with the color of your choice. A tip for longer lasting lipstick: once the liner and color have been applied, pull apart a two-ply tissue and place

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beauty one layer over your lips. With a soft, fluffy makeup brush dust over the tissue with face powder. This little trick helps set your lipstick. Accentuated Eyes – To really accentuate the eyes, particularly for photographs, use an eyelash curler if needed and several applications of mascara, allowing your lashes to dry between each app-lication. Also, be sure to gently separate eyelashes between each application. For added allure and definition, experiment with liquid eyeliners and pencils. When using a liner, be sure to gently smudge it for a softer more refined look. One beauty trick is to gently dust over the applied liner with a face powder. This helps to set the color for longer lasting, smear-resistant wear. Blushable Cheeks – For blush, use two closely related shades to create a warm, natural effect. First apply a neutral tawny or sand pink on the apple of the cheeks using a sponge to blend the color up and out. Then, using the same motion, apply a second, more vibrant shade that complements your skin tone. This technique will help the color last longer and show better definition in photographs. Use a lighter and more natural application for a daytime wedding, and slightly heavier and more dramatic application for the evening. ■

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


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BE PREPARED How do you express what you want when you don’t know the names for the flowers you like? Pictures, pictures, pictures. Before your initial consultation, check out the Idea Gallery. The more examples you show your designer of what you do and don’t like, the easier it is for them to meet your expectations. Snapshots of your venue, along with items you would like to accentuate with flowers (from your hair to the Rolls-Royce) are all essentials. Swatches from table linens and the wedding party wardrobe (mothers’, bridesmaids’, flower girls’ and your own gown) are always a big help. Don’t be afraid to bring pictures of completely different arrangements and bouquets that grab your attention. A good designer will help you identify, focus and incorporate elements that appeal to you. SEASONAL CONSIDERATIONS For everything there is a season and flowers are no exception. Flowers in bloom during and around the months of your wedding will be more available and less costly than out-of-season selections. Holidays are also a factor. Ever notice how red roses cost more around Valentine’s Day? Tulips and hyacinths are in high demand during Easter. Christmas creates a premium for poinsettias and holly. Should you choose these flowers around such seasons, factor this into your budget. COLOR INSPIRED Color is a fun and easy way to theme your wedding. Pastels are currently taking a backseat to bold, vibrant and sophisticated hues. Green is still


flowers a hot color, but not just any green. You’ll see chartreuse, celadon and emerald green used in monochromatic bouquets, and as accents with dramatic shades of magenta, purple and orange. Monochromatic: Mix and match different blooms of the same hue. Color Cousins: Choose colors that are tonally similar, such as blue and purple or orange and yellow, then mix and match these similar shades. For example, deep blue hyacinths and purple double lisianthus, or yellow ranunculus with yelloworange Oriental poppies and terra-cotta roses. Contrast: Go for a complete contrast and select colors that are wildly different. Purple anemone with magenta and yellow gerbera daisies are a fun summer combination. GOWNS & TRENDS Take your inspiration from the couture runways for some ultra-stylish accents. Asymmetrical: The asymmetric hemline is in, and calla lilies and orchids make the most stunning bouquets to complement. Trailing stems should be cut to echo the slant of the hemline. Bohemian: Carry a hand-tied bouquet of lisianthus and lavender, and adorn hair with blooming buds for an unstructured, simply seductive look. Glamour: Bring the embellished detail of your gown to your bouquet. Fabulous feathers and beads can be wired to any floral arrangement. Modern: The clean lines of a sophisticated gown beg for a monochromatic bouquet. Try “Black Magic” roses with deep red mini calla lilies and red hypericum for texture. Or lean towards the heavenly all-white bouquet of amaryllis, freesia and tulips. Either way your statement of simplicity will be timeless. TIME-OF-DAY Chosen wisely, your floral arrangements should last throughout the day. Some flowers hold up beautifully in the sun; others are better suited for indoors. Let your designer know exactly the time and month your wedding is taking place. A good designer will advise you on what flowers remain perky and perfect under the palm trees, and

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flowers which wilt before the wedding reception. THE BOUQUET The star of all your floral choices is your bouquet. Understand bouquets come in all shapes and sizes. From petite nosegays to showering cascades, realize the size and style you select will affect your overall look. First pick a bouquet style that suits your height, frame and gown. Then combine different blossoms of varying shapes and size, or compose a delicate bouquet of one type of flower. From timeless white, to rich, jewel-toned shades of reds and purples to exotic tropical stems, the selections and combinations are endless. CEREMONY LOCATION Before making any decisions regarding ceremony florals, check with your venue for any possible restrictions. Some churches request that altar arrangements remain on-site for weekend services. A cost saving tip: determine if your ceremony flowers can be repurposed for your reception. Ceremony arrangements are ideal for buffet tables, and aisle flowers can be used to decorate powder rooms, staircases and small hallway tables. Using these items twice helps maximize your budget. RECEPTION LOCATION Your reception site is a big influence in determining your floral design needs. High ceiling venues call for bolder, more dramatic arrangements, while an outdoor venue can be accented with rustic, potted and flowering blooms. Let your floral designer know the size of your reception equipment (dining tables, place card tables, etc.) during your initial consultation so the scale of your arrangements will be perfectly balanced. CENTERPIECES The options are many: elegant vases filled with cut flowers, towering candelabras, potted orchids and detailed topiaries are magnificent design statements. Clusters of smaller arrangements or scattered rose petals around densely packed votives are dual centerpiece and favor options. Except for the “14 inch rule,” dictating that centerpieces should never obscure guests’ vision across the table, there are no hard and fast rules. Mix, match and think “outside the box.”

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PERSONAL FLOWERS In addition to bouquets and arrangements you’ll


flowers need to select personal flowers. See the Flower Checklist in The Planning Place at the back of this issue for a list of the necessities. The ever-forgotten groom is taking a larger role in selecting boutonniere styles. Popular combinations are lavender and calla lily, pristine lily-of-the-valley paired with bay leaves, or the perfect gardenia. For mothers and honored women, romance is in vogue: diminutive nosegay bouquets in silver Victorian holders, a simple but elegant single rose and, of course, the always feminine wrist corsage. FINISHING TOUCHES What better way to tie-in your cake with the rest of your wedding, than with a floral cake topper? Echoing your floral choices of bouquet and centerpiece, the cake topper is the perfect statement on your delectable dessert. Not to be overlooked are greenery and plants. Ficus trees wrapped with twinkling lights and magnificent potted palms add dimension to all venues. ■

wedtips | flowers BOUQUET STYLES • Nosegay: rounded, hand-tied cluster of flowers, stems tied off with ribbon. • Hand-tied: Cluster of stems grouped together, finished with ribbon • Cascade: Large, hand-tied bouquet where flowers descend below the main portion of the design; can be quite formal • Composite: A flower that is created using the petals of another flower, wired together to resemble one large bloom. In vogue once again, they are dramatic, but labor-intensive and can be pricey. • Biedermeier: Tightly concentric circles of the same color of flower, often framed with a collar of leaves, fabric or ribbon. • Crescent: Flowers are wired together to drape over one arm; orchids are a popular choice for this type of bouquet. • Presentation: Long-stemmed flowers, cradled in the crook of the arm • Tussie Mussie: A small, metal hand-held vase with small flowers.

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rentals & decor Party rentals cover a variety of items, such as: tableware, linens, chair covers, tables and chairs, tents, dance floors, candelabras, fountains, plants, props, theme decor and more. The need for various rental items increases when the event is held outdoors or at an event facility where you are required to provide your own caterer.

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rentals & decor Before contacting a rental company, have the following information available: • What items will be provided by the caterer: glass, flatware, china, buffet linens, etc. • What will be provided by the facility: tables, chairs, bar, umbrella, linens, arbor, etc. • Your event date, time and location. • Total number of guests attending, including wedding party. • The number of wedding vendors being seated. • A tentative floor plan. • Table and chair requirements of your beverage service and disc jockey. • Food serving style. If you’re having buffet stations you’ll need linens for each of the tables. CEREMONY RENTALS A great deal of focus is placed on the decor for the reception, but not to be overlooked are the elements that literally set the stage for the ceremony. Arbors, columns and pillars, candelabras and chuppahs are special props not always available through a general rental company. Place calls and confirm rental reservations early-on for these unique props.

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LINENS The linens and accents covering your guest tables create the atmosphere for your event. Bold colors and clean lines create a contemporary look. Rich, textured linen in warm tones with lush velvet table runners make a statement of classic elegance, while shimmering shear overlays lend an air of romance. Do’s and Don’ts • Table linens should always drape to the floor. • Linens should never match the bridesmaids’ dresses (You don’t want your BFF’s looking like they’re wearing the table linen). • Go to a paint store to look at paint swatches. It’s a great way to mix and match colors you’ve never thought of. Get bold. You’re not making a commitment, you’re just playing.

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TABLES & CHAIRS In determining the number of tables and chairs needed, confirm possible extras: chairs for the ceremony, tables for the back bar, serving stations, DJ. cake and gifts. If your reception site offers an outdoor area, it’s a good idea to rent a few kiosks (elevated cocktail tables) for guests who’ll be slipping outside to smoke or get a breath of fresh air. If there’s the chance of extreme heat or rain, you’ll want to rent


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rentals & decor market umbrellas to go over the tables. These extras will also affect your linen and floral orders. CHAIR COVERS Old and worn chairs can be an unsightly distraction from an otherwise elegant affair. Popular options to the “bad chair” dilemma are chair covers and chair rentals. Chair covers come in a variety of colors and are usually accented with a sash or band that goes around the back of the chair. Chivari chairs, an elegant, spindle-back wooden chair with padded seat cushion, can be rented in gold, silver, natural, white, cherry and black. Some rental companies offer chair caps for chivaris that help pull them in to the table linens. Clear acrylic chairs are another contemporary option. Any of the styles mentioned will help complete the overall look. Some companies include the delivery, set-up and pick-up. If so, that’s great. If not, have someone designated to put them on the chairs and add the sashes. They’re very labor intensive, so be prepared. PLANTS Perhaps the best kept secret in event décor—live plants. They can virtually transform any room. Plants create a look of sophistication, and simultaneously stretch your budget by adding a large amount of visual coverage at relatively low cost. Create a regal atmosphere by placing 14-foot palm trees with up-lighting in each corner, fronted by 5-foot Bird of Paradise. Showcase the wedding cake with perfectly sculpted topiaries and wrapped twinkle lights on each side. The options are endless. A key element to creating a total look for your reception is good communication between your floral designer and rental company. The linens, florals, plants and props should complement each other, as well as the room your event will be held in. Find out in advance what the delivery, set-up, pickup 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. Since you’re responsible for any missing or damaged items, arrange for someone to monitor your rental items at the end of the event, paying particular attention to gathering, counting and bagging the linens for return. ■

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the cake What’s the one thing you expect to see at every wedding reception? The wedding cake, of course! Steeped in tradition, a symbol of good luck and fertility, cake has been a part of wedding celebrations since Roman times. Whether an elegant threetiered creation trimmed with seasonal fruits and a monogram, or fondant wrapped layers of vibrant colors, bows and designs, your cake and its presentation will undoubtably be a focal point and object of conversation at your reception.

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Begin your search with ideas of design and accents admired on cakes from other weddings you’ve attended or seen in bridal magazines. As your path narrows you will be presented with three very important decisions: the cake flavor, the filling, and the icing or cake covering. Properly paired, these elements will create a seductive blend of tastes, texture and visual appeal. This is truly one of the perks of planning a wedding. Enjoy the sweet journey, as you taste your way to your own personal masterpiece. CAKE FLAVORS Do you and your fiancé share the same tastes? If so, that’s wonderful. If not, this is an easy issue for compromise. Most cakes consist of multiple tiers, so you can each choose a favorite flavor, then agree on a third. In addition to selecting the flavor of the cake, you have a variety of options for the type of cake, too. Chiffon A light sponge cake; best complemented with fresh fruit and mousse fillings.

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Genoise The classic French sponge cake. Somewhat dryer and more crumbly than Chiffon; works well with heavier, denser fillings. French Croquembouche A tower of pastry cream puffs covered with a web of spun sugar. Others Sponge cake, butter cake, devil’s food cake, pound cake, cheesecake, fruitcake and carrot cake. THE FINISH - ICINGS AND COVERINGS Here is where your creative inspirations come to life. Whether theme, season or color inspired, the options available lend themselves to endless possibilities. Buttercream An icing and a filling consisting of sugar, eggs, vanilla, real butter (not shortening) and cream. Fondant An icing that is either poured in liquid form onto small cakes and petit fours, or rolled out in a sheet, cut and wrapped around the cake. Ganache A chocolate and cream mixture used as a cake filling and sometimes as a glaze.

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Marzipan A decorative paste made from ground almonds and powdered sugar. It can be rolled like


cakes fondant to cover the cake or used as a base for the fillings between the layers. Royal Icing Egg whites beaten with confectioner’s sugar and lemon juice, then piped with a pastry tube to make intricate decorative elements, such as piped lace trellises or miniature buds. It is very sweet and hardens quickly. Spun Sugar/Angel Hair A web of long, fine caramelized sugar threads, thrown to create a magical golden veil over a cake or dessert. Dragées Gold or silver edible, decorative balls(like BB’s) made of candied sugar. Gold and Silver Leaf Used in small amounts as a final touch on iced cakes. Painting with edible gold and silver is both labor-intensive and expensive, but quite beautiful for tinted flowers, leaves and Art Deco touches. Pulled Sugar Sugar syrup that is made molten and pulled into different shapes, like bows and flowers. Whipped Cream Filling or icing. Always use pure whipped cream – no other icing stabilizers mixed with it. Whipped cream must be refrigerated.

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THE COST Before talking to a baker you should know your cake budget and how many guests the cake will serve. If you plan on observing the age-old-tradition of saving the top layer for your first anniversary, be sure the number of servings does not include that layer. The average wedding cake consists of three-tiers: 12”, 9”, and 6”; or 15” 10” and 6”, and serves about 125-150 people. You will find that prices can range from $5 to $25 per slice depending on the elaborate nature of your cake. If cost is not an issue, be more elaborate with the addition of a "sweets table", also referred to as a Viennese table, offering cookies, candies, pastries and deliciously decorated petit fours and other miniatures to complement the cake.

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event planners Planning a wedding can be time consuming, labor intensive and often overwhelming. Add to the equation the ever increasing demands being placed on today’s working professional and it’s abundantly clear to see why so many couples are enlisting the services of experienced event planners and event designers.

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consultants A common hurdle for brides considering a coordinator is the idea of relinquishing control of such a personal event. In reality, you’re not giving up control at all. You’re simply enlisting the services of someone with the organizational abilities and resources to bring your vision to life. They do the footwork and research that allows you to make informed, intelligent decisions. COORDINATOR 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 time line for the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception. • Develop a detailed floor plan. • Stay in communication with the selected vendors. • Confirm time line 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 there on time and setups are proceeding smoothly, that everything stays on schedule and any emergencies are dealt with promptly so you can enjoy your day.

for the couple, because a reduced wedding cost would result in reduced fees. Some coordinators offer “day-of” wedding coordination, but this term can be misleading and is frequently misunderstood. While the concept of “day-of” coordination may be appealing to budgetconscious couples, it is almost impossible for consultants to provide effective service if they just show up on your wedding day. Instead, prior to the wedding day, your coordinator should review all wedding vendor contracts, develop a detailed time line and floor plan, reconfirm logistics with all vendors and oversee the rehearsal. And of course, the consultant will be on-site for the entire wedding day to manage every aspect of the event. Overall, to provide this minimum level of service, it usually requires about thirty hours of the coordinator’s time—considerably more than a single day. Expect to allocate approximately 8-15% of your overall wedding budget for a coordinator, depending on the level of services requested. An experienced coordinator should be able to pass along enough savings to you to at least defray their own fee. Vendors generally give them the best possible price considerations and service in hopes of continued business. In addition, a professional coordinator’s expertise will ensure you get what you pay for in terms of quality, quantity and service.

There are a number of professional associations throughout the US and Canada who require their members to undergo training and certification. Major organizations such as the Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC) and the Association of Certified Professional Wedding Consultants (ACPWC) have played an important role in raising the standard of professionalism in the industry through education and accreditation.

EVENT DESIGNERS If you’re looking for someone to create a total design concept for your wedding, you need an event designer. They offer creative design for the entire event, ensuring all elements compliment one another and support the overall design theme. These gems of creative genius can design and coordinate everything from save-the-dates to menu cards; favors to florals; linens to lighting. You’ll want to hire this professional in the early planning stages so they can be involved from the very beginning.

Most coordinators charge on a flat fee basis or hourly basis, as these are the fairest ways to charge. Flat fees can range from several hundred dollars to several thousand, depending on the size of the event and the services required. Couples should carefully evaluate percentage-based fee structures. With this type of arrangement there is no incentive for the coordinator to save money

Do note, not every wedding coordinator specializes in event design. Specifically ask if this is a service they offer. If the answer is “yes,” set a meeting to see their design portfolio. When reviewing their work, confirm what elements of the event were conceptualized by that designer, versus the floral, cake or stationery designers, and decide whether or not you like their style.

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consultants Understand that hiring someone to handle event design in addition to wedding coordination will cost more. It’s pure economics. The amount of time, resources and effort required in coming up with the design concept, development, and coordination of various vendors and actual creation, is above and beyond what they would do as a coordinator. This is not a service to pinch pennies on. If you’re investing a significant amount of money in flowers, rentals and overall décor, make sure you’ve got the right person to pull them all together. The right designer will produce and direct a rave-worthy wedding. EXPERIENCE MATTERS While there are some wedding services that can be adequately executed by someone new in the business, wedding consulting and event design are not among them. Considering the fact that this one key vendor will be responsible for orchestrating all other vendors, not to mention the budget those vendors represent, this is no place for a novice. Look for a coordinator with confidence, knowledge of the industry and event experience. We suggest a minimum of five weddings to their credit. If you’re hiring them for “day-of” coordination, they should have five “day-of” events. If you’re hiring them for full-service event coordination, then expect a minimum of five full-service events.

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DESTINATION WEDDING COORDINATORS With the popularity of destination weddings on the rise, more and more couples are finding themselves in need of a destination coordinator. We recommend hiring a local coordinator from the area in which you plan to wed. You’ll need someone who knows the area and who has experience working with the local vendors and has a complete understanding of any legal permissions needed. Find your destination diva several different ways. Start with a search on AboutWeddings.com. If you don’t find exactly what you’re looking for, do a search on Google. If you have a specific venue in mind, call their sales and catering department and ask for a list of the coordinators they recommend. Another option is the convention and visitor’s bureau. Leave the details to a professional who can anticipate mishaps before they occur, trouble shoot when necessary, and bring your vision to life. ■

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photography Select a photographer whose personality works with yours. Remember, this person is with you for a large part of your wedding day. You’ll appreciate someone with a good, positive attitude who treats both you and your guests courteously and with respect. A seasoned photographer knows how to charm your crotchety cousin and seduce smiles from the shyest bridesmaid. If you have a vivacious family, choose a photographer comfortable commanding crowds. Know your group is quiet and reserved? Select a photographer who is calming and patient. Most importantly, pick someone you have chemistry with. The more you “click” together, the better your photographs will be.

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HIRE A PROFESSIONAL You may be tempted to ask an acquaintance who dabbles in photography to serve as your wedding photographer. The truth is, that unlike a novice, professional 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. Remember, your photographer has but one opportunity to get it right. There are no second chances. Ask if they’re involved in associations and trade groups. A photographer should invest time in staying current with technology and trends. STYLE Wedding photography generally falls into two categories: traditional and photojournalistic. While most photographers offer a combination of both, it’s common for them to excel in one style over the other. You’ll see it in their portfolio work. Traditional This style focuses on the perfectly composed or more formal portrait. If your wish is for the pristine posed picture, the traditional photographer is right for you. Photojournalistic Seeing the moments of your event unfold through their camera lense, these photographers are geniuses with candids. They tell a story through a series of photos which resemble snapshots. Determine your style by flipping through magazines, borrowing friends’ wedding albums and perusing photography books. Decide your preference and choose a photographer whose strength is your preferred style.

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photography LIGHTING METHODS Natural-light Photography Utilizing illumination that ranges from bright sunlight to softer light from a window. It offers a natural and realistic appeal, complete with dramatic shadows. It tends to be more complimentary to skin tones. Full-flash Photography Photographs taken with a flash when appropriate lighting is not available. It eliminates the shadows often experienced with natural lighting, but often loses the background, which can appear dark. It’s not always the most flattering option for skin tones. Commercial Photography A style necessary to capture table, décor, cake and flower images for high-quality magazine submission and still life shots. Usually requires a tripod for longer exposures. Special Effect Photography Multiple exposure and specialty filters and lenses. Evening, candlelight photos are more difficult and sometimes less flattering than images captured in natural light. A photographer will need to use a flash for darker rooms, or set-up a tripod for longer exposure. It’s a good reason to consider doing the bride and groom photos earlier in the day. Ask about the lighting equipment the photographer travels with. Will the equipment meet the needs posed by your choice of venue and time of the event? Are you opposed to a flash going off during your first dance, or is the moment so important you can stand a little extra light? Let your photographer know your preferences. Open the door for them to further explore your preferences and priorities. PORTFOLIO A photographer’s portfolio is a collection of their work. During your initial consultation, survey the artist’s studio. Do you like the way the pictures are displayed? Remember, a photographer has to have a good eye. Request to see entire albums—a wedding from start to finish. Look at the most recent weddings. Look for clear, sharp images. Technical expertise is in the focus, lighting and exposure. Pay close attention to the consistency of style and quality. You want a photographer who finds good images under pressure. There’s no substitute for experience.

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photography EQUIPMENT Film -vs- Digital. 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!

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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, blackand-white is the way to go. 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-and-white helps mask skin imperfections because shades of gray don’t record blotchy, skin irritations. It’s perfect for those “getting ready” shots. TIMING One of the most common planning mistakes is shortchanging the photographer on the time. We suggest doing your bride and groom photos, as well as those with attendants, prior to the ceremony. Your wedding coordinator 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 coordinator, or the person in charge of assembling everyone to be photographed. Nothing holds up a celebration more than waiting for missing people.

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THE COST Most basic packages start around $2,800 but can easily reach five times that amount. Knowing what you’re paying for helps . You’re hiring a


photography photographer for their time to shoot your engagement photos, the day of the wedding, processing the film or editing the digital images, reviewing proofs with you, the final order of images and assembling your albums. Not to be overlooked is the photographer’s level of experience and creative talent. A lot more goes into photographing a wedding than showing up with a camera. PACKAGES Inclusive 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 charges for the wedding album, two parents’ albums and enlargements for framing . If proofs are not part of the package and you can’t imagine not owning each and every photo from your wedding, ask if they can be purchased. Al a Carte If all you want is a block-of-time on the day of your wedding, a couple enlargements and one album, al a carte is what you’re looking for. If you’re do-it-yourselfers, contract the block-oftime and ask for the raw images on a disk, or the negatives, and you’re good to go. Consider this—if a photographer charges a base fee for his time, and a separate fee for prints, they know the better the images they produce, the higher the order will be, which is an incentive to do an incredible job. Magazine Albums The style of this album allows for more photos than a traditional album, which is why so many couples gravitate to it. However, if opting for this sexier version of the traditional wedding album prepare to check yourself when it comes to selecting the images. There’s a natural tendancy to go over board on the number of images, resulting in an album that’s cluttered and unattractive. Avoid requesting four photos of virtually the same image, just because you look exceptionally fabulous in each shot. One image will do. By exerting some will power and narrowing your selection to the best of the best, you’ll be much happier with the end result.

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photography Keep in mind, you can always purchase the proofs and put them in a separate album you pick-up at Target. Do-It-Yourself If considering the purchase of your negatives or raw imaes on disk 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, then construct the album. Evaluate this option realistically. You don’t want to end up twelve months down the road with your proofs and negatives still in a box and your mother asking where her precious photos are.

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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. Some photographers simply prefer to work on their own. 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. PROOFS With the advent of digital photography, wedding proofs can now be viewed and ordered online by not only the couple, but guests as well. This technically savvy option takes some pressure off the bride and groom, who in the past were responsible for gathering the orders, handling the collection of monies and delivery of end product.

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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 pre-wedding 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


photography 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. CONTRACT DETAILS Understand exactly what you are buying when you purchase this entricate service. • Name and contact information for you and your photographer • The photographer shooting your wedding and any assistants, if any. • Name of acceptable substitute photographer in case of emergency • Engagement portrait parameters • Meal for photographer and assistant(s) • Attire of photographer and assistant(s) • Number and type(s) of cameras to be used • Correct date(s) for all event/shoot locations (engagement, rehearsal, wedding, etc.) • Exact addresses for all event/shoot locations • What time the photographer will arrive • Beginning and end time(s) for each event

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• Number of hours included in the package • Total Cost (itemized if possible) • Package details: size and number of prints • Type of album and number of pages • Parent albums and number of pages • Additional travel costs (mileage, parking fees) • Overtime charges, if applicable • Average number of pictures taken on the wedding day • Percentage of color -vs- black and white pictures that will be taken • Cost of reprints and reorders at a later date • Schedule of receipt for proofs and albums • Number of proofs provided • When and how you’ll receive your order once you’ve placed it • Are negatives included? If not, are they available for purchase? • Length of time negatives will be held • Who owns rights over reproduction of images? • Cancellation and refund policy • Signatures (yours and the photographer’s) ■

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wedtips | photography FINDING A PHOTOGRAPHER • When interviewing, get a sense of your prospective photographer’s enthusiasm for shooting weddings. If they seem indifferent or “burned out,” interview someone else. • Find a photographer who’s excited and energetic about what they do. You’ll see it in the end results…your photographs. • If the studio you’re working with utilizes a number of different photographers, make sure you meet and see samples of the person’s work assigned to shoot your wedding. • Black & white photography can be very dramatic. If your preference leans in that direction, find a photographer who specializes in black and white and can show you a portfolio of weddings done in that format.

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THE LOCATION • Your photographer should be familiar with your ceremony and reception locations in regards to the surroundings and available lighting at the specific time of day and year as your event. • If they have not worked at your specific locations, arrange to visit the site with them to discuss what your envisioning regarding photos. • Be wary of a photographer who is unfamiliar with your site but insists that a visit “isn’t necessary.” SHOOT LIST • Decide if you want formal photos taken before or after the ceremony. There are pros and cons in favor of both ideas. By having the bridal party and bride & groom photos taken an hour prior to the wedding, the newly wedded are afforded more time with guests at the cocktail hour. • Provide a detailed list of “formal shots” that you want of yourselves, family and friends. However, be realistic about the time required for these shots, and discuss this with your photographer well beforehand. Trim down your list to the absolute musts. • Well-meaning friends and relatives, who

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photography might be amateur photographers, may want to “snap along” with your hired professional. Politely let them know that you’d prefer for them to be true guests that day, and leave the work to the professionals. (This will more than likely be appreciated by your photographer as well.) BASIC SPEEDS/FILM TYPE • Black & White - A timeless look and very in vogue right now, used mostly by photographers specializing in the photojournalistic approach. • Color - Always popular, and utilized by most photographers. • Digital Images taken are stored on computer chips. PROOFS • Developing every image taken at your wedding is not realistic. Therefore, photographers provide proofs from which to narrow down your final selection. The most common formats are: print proofs, contact sheet, online and CD.

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• Proofs 5”x 5” or 4” x 6” prints presented in small books or “proof boxes” and numbered to help with the selection process. • Contact Sheet A sheet of miniature photos of all the shots taken on each roll of film. • Online Low-resolution images provided online for viewing. • CD The couple is supplied with a digital contact sheet with numbers corresponding to the images on the CD. ALBUMS • Traditional photo albums are usually bound in leather or fabric, and photos are mounted on acid-free paper, using matting and double-bound archival paper, with the corners secured to position the prints. • A new addition to the wedding album repertoire is the “magazine album,” best described as a coffee table-sized book, with heavy, cardboard-like photo pages. These books are pricier than normal photo albums, starting at around $3,000, depending on your area. • If your wedding occurs during the peak wedding season, be prepared to wait from four to six months for your finished photos..

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othing transforms a room as dramatically as lighting. It is undoubtedly the single most effective tool for creating ambience and mood. Done properly, it can be the difference between intimate and institutional, ordinary and extraordinary. Once reserved for black and white balls, the Oscars and the Emmys, professional lighting is quickly positioning itself as a mainstream necessity for formal and evening weddings. Fortunately for today’s couples, it’s become quite affordable and increasingly flexible in accommodating various venues and restrictions. Achieve maximum impact by hiring a professional lighting company. Their ability to subtly draw attention to key elements of décor, throw dramatic silhouettes on walls and create warmth and romance is well worth the investment.

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photography What exactly can the right lighting do? Imagine your first dance under a ballroom ceiling lit with thousands of twinkling stars. Heart set on an outdoor, evening wedding? Lighting brings as much drama to an outdoor reception as an indoor event. Up-lit trees, elegant lanterns, twinkle-lights and candles turn an ordinary backyard into a magical backdrop. 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. Not sure where to begin? No problem. Here’s a brief education in the most common types of lighting and equipment. Ask the event coordinator at your chosen reception facility for examples of how other social and corporate events have utilized lighting to enhance the room. Then determine the mood you want to create; whether romantic, dramatic, subtle or bold. Almost anything’s possible. TYPES OF LIGHTING • Uplighting: floor to ceiling for plants, walls, architectural features of the room

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• Hung lighting: attaches to ceiling or protrusion from wall • Ground support: “trees” or “tripods” used to support the equipment. • Spotlights: for centerpieces, cake, dance floor • Wash: accomplished with a flood fixture which provides a wide dispersion of light. Good for coloring a wall, such as behind the head table or band. • Motion lighting: can be triggered by sound or movement. It has a set pattern of movement, such as a figure eight. Perfect for the band and dance floor. • Intelligent lighting: can be programmed to go through a variety of predetermined motions. • Custom projections: for monograms, names, seasonal icons—such as snowflakes or leaves. Ideal for sidewalks, dance floor, or wall behind the head table. COLOR Lighting specialists place tinted gels over lights to provide a desired color. Choose amber for a warm fall glow, blue for a crisp winter wedding atmosphere or red for festive holiday cheer. Another valuable

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DETAILS TO CONFIRM • Depending on your space, ground support can be an obstruction. Ask your lighting specialist how they’ll “dress” the ground support (cables and covering). How will it affect your overall décor? What space considerations should be made? • Does your lighting company carry insurance on their equipment and events? • Have they done an event at the facility you’ve selected? • How long is the set-up and tear down? When will they need to get into the facility? • How many amps will they need? They must be familiar with the electrical outlets and available amps to ensure they don’t exceed the breakers. • Notify them of where the DJ or band will be located and what outlets they will be using. • They should meet with the building’s engineer when scouting the facility. The last thing you want is for breakers to start going out during your wedding. ■

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any people will be involved in making your day spectacular, some of whom are customarily thanked with a monetary acknowledgment. But who, how much and when? Here’s a list to help ensure no one is accidentally overlooked or offended. BEFORE THE WEDDING Hotel Chambermaids: $2 to $5 per room; $10 to $15 if you used a suite to get ready. Makeup and Hair Stylists: 15-20% of total bill. Rental Delivery People: $5-$20 per person (tents, tables, lighting equipment, flowers, cake, etc.) CEREMONY Civil Ceremony Officiant: $50 to $75 Clergy: The best man normally gives the clergy an envelope containing $100 to $150 after the ceremony. It is not considered a tip, but rather a donation. Hired Musicians: 15% of fee

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House Musicians: $30 to $50 for an organist or other musician included in the rental of the church or synagogue.

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f you are looking for something new and trendy, unique and fun, photo booths and party photos are where it’s at! Your guests will have a blast taking photos together, making funny faces and creating memories you will all enjoy for years to come. Photo booths can print out photo strips instantly for all to enjoy the spontaneity of the moment. Some services will place them in a scrapbook for you or you can scrapbook them later. The bride and groom can even join in the fun with their guests or with each other for a private moment (as long as there is no viewing window on that photo booth) LOL. Check with the companies listed on this page for more information.■

Bartenders: $25 per person or 10% of total bar tab to be split among them Bathroom Attendants: $1 to $2 per guest Catering Manager: $200+, personal gift or gift card Chef: $100+ Coat Check Attendants: $1 to $2 per guest DJ/Reception Musicians: $25 to $50 per musician Lighting Engineer: $25 to $50 if they stay on premise to run lighting the length of the event Limo/Bus Drivers: 15% of rental fee Maitre d’ or Headwaiter: 1 to 3% of food and beverage fee Photographer/Videographer: $100 if you’re paying a flat fee with no overtime Reception Site Manager: $30 or more per manager, depending on the size of the event, or 15 to 20% of the bill, should you feel it is warranted. Valet/Parking Attendants: $1 to $2 per car or 15% of service bill (con't. on page 117)

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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.

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www.emeraldmotionpictures.com 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 videographer? Nothing captures this moment in time like moving sight and sound. Like your wedding photographs, you’ll want to place this treasured keepsake in the hands of a professional. As capable as a favored uncle, or other family member may be, a seasoned professional will have the time, equipment and experience to deliver a sensational product. www.digsstudio.com

FINDING A VIDEOGRAPHER Begin the search for a professional videographer four to six months prior to your wedding date, up to a year if the wedding is in the peak months. As in most cases, the best in the trade are hired quickly. Start by contacting your candidates via phone. While some may be willing to mail you a demo, we recommend meeting them in person. After all, you’ll be spending a large portion of your day with this particular vendor. Be sure you “click.” View a sample tape that has been shot by the professional you intend to hire. We also recommend asking to view a video that was actually delivered to a client. This allows you to see their consistency and impact with the material from one wedding.

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It is not uncommon for some videographers to hire “stringers” or “tapers.” If so, ask to meet these subcontractors 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. When reviewing such tapes or DVD’s, it’s important to pay attention to colors, camera angles and (con't. on page 116)


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music From the romantic and thoughtful tone of the ceremony, to the celebratory tenor of the reception, nothing creates atmosphere better than music. From the background melodies surrounding the cocktail hour, to the lively tunes that infuse the reception with romance and energy, music makes the moment. Start jotting down your favorite songs as you hear them, keeping all your guests in mind. Music can be a fun way to pull different generations together.

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entertainment Before you take your vows, before your guests get their first gorgeous glimpse of your wedding party, there is one element that is crucial to setting just the right tone and atmosphere for your wedding– music. FINDING YOUR MUSICIANS Whether live at a local club or restaurant, during rehearsal, or prerecorded on CD or video, you’ll need to hear prospective groups play to determine if you like their sound and presentation. Never hire a musician without hearing their music first. You want to be certain their talent is up to your performance standards. Find out the range of their musical repertoire. From 50’s to disco, big band to jazz or rock to hip hop, if you plan on keeping all your guests in the party mood, you’ll need a little diversification. COCKTAIL HOUR The ceremony is usually followed by a cocktail hour to allow guests time to arrive at the reception site and mingle while awaiting the arrival of the guests of honor. Wonderful options for this portion of the celebration are chamber music, classical guitar, harpist, or perhaps a jazz ensemble.

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DISC JOCKEYS Couples traditionally engage disc jockeys for their ability to provide a wide variety of music. They can play all of your favorite songs, each performed by the original artists, and because DJ’s work with prerecorded music your entertainment is continuous, even during breaks. For the Ceremony It’s common to think of hiring a DJ for the cocktail hour and reception, but how about the ceremony? If your budget doesn’t allow for an organist and string quartet, consider hiring a DJ for both ceremony and reception. As Your Emcee A veteran wedding DJ not only plays the music, they can also act as an emcee for the event, smoothly introducing your wedding party, arranging to have champagne poured before the toast, announcing your cake cutting, and a myriad of other milestone moments throughout the reception. Needless to say, they’ll be an integral part of your celebration, which is why you should take great care to hire a disc jockey with a personality and style you’re comfortable with. The Best DJ For Your Event Decide in advance how much you would like he or she to say, and

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entertainment how interactive you would like them to be with your audience. Of course much of this will depend on the type of celebration you are planning. An energetic, out-on-the-dance-floor-all-night reception will require a different type of interaction than a sophisticated, more low-key event. In either case a disc jockey with experience and an extensive repertoire can tailor the presentation to the needs of the occasion. Arrange a meeting with prospective disc jockeys. Listen to their expertise on previous receptions. Don’t be dismayed if they don’t have obscure songs, but gauge their willingness to try and track them down. Also arrange to see them perform, or request a tape or video of past performances. SELECTING THE MUSIC Once you’ve decided on a DJ or band, be prepared to provide a list of songs you would, and would not like played at your reception, as well as the songs for your first dance, cake cutting and any other moments you’d like to accentuate with a special song. Keep in mind that while you may love jazz or alternative music, those types of music don’t always make great dance selections, especially for hours on end. Give your professionals the freedom to truly entertain your guests by mixing a few of your personal preferences with a balance of tried and true reception crowd pleasers. An experienced entertainer will know how to read the crowd and keep the party jumping, but only if you let them.

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SCHEDULE FOR THE EMCEE Should you plan on having a band member or your disc jockey emcee the reception, provide a schedule of events. If you are on a stringent time schedule, make sure you convey the importance of strict adherence to the schedule. If there are any special introductions to be made, make sure you review the correct pronunciation of the names and relay what each person’s relationship is to the bride and groom. TIME LINE Use the Music List found in The Planning Place at the back of this issue to keep track of song preferences and lengths. A week prior to the wedding, provide the final list to your musicians. Be specific and include song titles and singers/composers, and make sure your musicians can play your first dance song, or that the DJ has a clean copy of the original recording. ■

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videography (con't. from page 110) clarity of sound. You want images that are bright and clear, music that is sharp and voices audible, smooth and steady panoramas, close-ups and no jarring jumps from one scene to another, or scenes that linger too long on one certain person or event. It’s equally important to observe their eye for catching meaningful moments and interactions. THE COST Fees depend on how complete a service you desire and upon the number of cameras used, assistants, editing time and other production costs. A package typically includes the taping, editing of the master and delivery on DVD. Most videographers will offer detailed information about the types of cameras and equipment they use, which can be quite daunting to the average consumer. Don’t be intimidated. Camera quality can definitely impact the end product, but your true criteria should be whether you like their style of taping and editing. As long as you are 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 should be fine. ■

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www.ewihome.com tipping (con't. from page 108) Waitstaff: $20+ per person (distributed by the maitre d’ or catering manager) Wedding Coordinator: 15% of fee, personal gift or gift card Many couples are unaware that there’s a difference between tip and gratuity. A gratuity (aka service charge) is added automatically into the food and beverage price, and can range from 15-20 percent. It will be written into your contract and is usually non-negotiable. A tip, on the other hand, is a voluntary gift given to hotel/catering staff and other wedding professionals for excellent service. Have all tips prepared ahead of time, placed in sealed envelopes and labeled with the service provider’s name. Have the best man or wedding coordinator discretely deliver them to the appropriate people near the end of the event. There will most likely be other service providers to whom you’d like to extend a little extra “thank you.” While it’s not always appropriate to tip a professional that owns their own business, a written note and small gift are always appreciated. ■

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bridal shows A bridal show is a convention for

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

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bridal shows 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 makeup 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 newest gowns, tuxedo and floral designs are presented in a spectacular way everyone talks about. This dazzling event takes place Friday evening and Saturday at 12:30. Then at 3:00 you have the opportunity to see a classic runway style show.

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Interactive Displays & Cake Tastings Want to experiment with your make up and hair for your wedding day? Stop in at one of our beauty demonstration booths and check out the latest beauty tips. Be sure to visit the reception facilities, caterers and bakers in attendance, for many of them will have food sampling of culinary delights and wedding cakes for you. Here's some tips for attending a bridal show. 1. Register on line to save time at the door. If you do not register online, make sure you register when you enter. Registering will allow you to receive special money saving offers, receive free gifts and opportunities to win big prizes. 2. Create a temporary e-mail to be used while you are planning your wedding. That way you can delete it when you no longer are interested in receiving special offers or hearing from vendors. 3. Bring adhesive address labels, if you have them, or print some up on your computer. This will save you time when you register for prizes at individual booths. Make sure to put your wedding date on the label. 4. Make sure you get bride and groom stickers when you register in order to receive special attention from the wedding pros. 5. Walk down every aisle and collect any information you are interested in and take it home to look at it at you leisure. Most large bridal shows will provide you with a shopping bag, when you register. 6. Bring your credit or debit card to the show in case you want to book any services or hold a date. Some of your best discounts will be given at the show. 7. If you're attending the Bridal Spectacular, it's Las Vegas’ largest bridal show, so come prepared to spend at least 4-5 hours and include time to see a fashion show and visit with all the wedding professionals. If it’s a smaller show, there will be less vendors and generally no fashion show, so you'll probably need less time. 8. Bring your fiancé with you for at least one trip to the event, then go again with your mother and girlfriends. Going twice allows you to really take in everything. 9. Ask lots of questions and take notes, that’s what you’re there for...to get a “wedding planning honorary degree”. 10. Wear comfortable shoes and have a great time! ■

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If your perception of favors was formed in the late 80’s when Jordan almonds wrapped in tulle was the favor of choice, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. Today’s favor selections are vast and varied. From themed and scented, to table decorations and place card holders, they’ve evolved into much more than a token gift. From place cards to favors, guest book to cake knife, attention to detail makes a memorable difference. . 122

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favors Enhance a favor's value by having it serve a dual role as an element of decoration and a departing gift. Let glass votives provide a home for tealights or become miniature vases for flowers. Elegantly encase guest names with silver frames; at the reception they’re place card holders, later they frame a keepsake snapshot from your wedding. Select a wrap or type of packaging that adds some panache to your table decor. Enclose the favor of your choice in an organza or beaded bag that brings out the color of your decor, or use a decorative box in an imaginative shape to lend a bit of architecture to your table. Everyone loves to unwrap a gift. HOBBIES AND SPORTS FAVORS Here’s a fun way to express your personality. If you share laughter while playing games, incorporate that into your favor selection. Go nostalgic with popular games from your childhood in those fun little travel sizes. Chances are your loved ones will enjoy miniature UNO as much as you! Share your sense of adventure with a favorite sport. Present your gentlemen guests with a silver-plated golf ball bottle opener and the ladies with a porcelain golf ball keepsake box. THEMED FAVORS Favors can be the perfect finishing touch for theme weddings. If you’re getting married by the sea, incorporate silver shell place card holders, frosted nautical tealight holders or festive sea-scented candles. Wine tasting one of your favorite joys? For a wine country theme, gift your guests with unique wine bottle stoppers, decorative wine glass charms, or wine splits personalized with your engagement photo, names and wedding date. Want to honor your Italian theme with more than just a feast? Evoke old-world charm and the feel of Tuscany with tiny terra-cotta pots that contain fragrant herbs and flowers such as rosemary or lavender. If your wedding is taking place near a particular holiday you enjoy celebrating, don’t hesitate to share that joy with your guests.

Tea infusers packaged with several bags of your grandmother’s blend share memories and love. PRICES Favors generally range between $4 to $15 each. Of course your selection is infinite. Should you come across an extravagant temptation, one you simply must have but can’t afford in great quantities, provide one favor per couple instead of one per person. WEDDING ACCESSORIES The term “wedding accessory” encompasses many different things. From ring pillow to guest book to toasting glasses, all are important details in your day and offer fun ways to express yourself. As you begin planning the major aspects of your wedding, keep an eye out for unique items that will add sparkle and personality to your celebration. YOUR TIME LINE Three to four weeks before the wedding, set aside an evening with your fiancé to review the accessories you’d like to incorporate in your wedding. Outline each of the items required for the different elements of your ceremony and reception. Assemble these items, making sure they are either delivered to your wedding coordinator or given to the designated individual who will be responsible for them. Arrange for these items to be removed and returned after the wedding. Though tempting, avoid procrastinating on these seemingly simple purchases and tasks. Some selections will require special order, resulting in several weeks for shipping. You should also allow time for delivery delays. ■

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CONSUMABLE FAVORS These are always a delight. Delicious options include custom bonbons, cellophane wrapped lollipops, and the show-stopper: miniature replicas of your wedding cake. Or how about giving your guests a great start in the morning? Individualized servings of your favorite French Roast can be personalized with your names and wedding date.

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Your invitations set the expectations of the style, theme and formality of the occasion. Whether you plan on presenting your nuptial request in a traditional manner, or decide to let your creativity take over and design your own, selecting the paper, style and wording is an important step in the planning process. First things first. Unless your wedding budget is unlimited, you will most likely find yourself in the age-old position of “cutting the list.� 124

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invitations Begin by separating your list into a primary list, comprised of friends and family you simply must have at your wedding, and a secondary list of those with whom you’d like to share your day, but whose absence you can accept. On average, about 20 percent of your invitees will be unable to attend. INVITATIONS Ceremony Card This card invites guests to the ceremony. If your ceremony and reception are being held at the same location, it is perfectly acceptable to include all the information on this one card. In fact, since many couples are now choosing one-site locations, the ceremony card is also sometimes referred to as the Invitation. Reception Card If your ceremony and reception are held at different locations, this card is for you. Printed on a small card that matches the paper, type style and look of the ceremony card, the reception card includes pertinent information such as the address, location, cocktail hour, time and type of meal as well as any dress requirements (i.e. black-tie requested). Response Card Response cards are commonly included to enable you and your family to keep track of the number of guests who will attend the reception. If your guests are to have a choice of entrees at the reception, the response card will ask for this information as well. Be sure to include the corresponding postage-paid return envelope. Placing Your Order Once you’ve selected your wording, place your order three to six months prior to the wedding. You will receive a proof; read carefully for typos. Any errors found afterwards will be your responsibility and not the printer’s. To determine how many invitations you should order, count each couple, single guests, attendants, parents, family, clergy and their guest. Order 25 extra invitations and envelopes for errors and for sending out to your secondary list.

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Mailing Invitations Your invites should be mailed four to six weeks before the wedding. Weigh the complete invitation to ensure correct postage and to confirm whether the envelope is considered standard or oversized by the postal service. You don’t want your invitations to arrive with postage due.

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invitations WEDDING STATIONERY Since a wedding is all about the details, show your guests you care by considering the following additions to your wedding stationery: Save-the-Date Cards As a courtesy to guests traveling from out of town, send save-the-date cards four to six months prior to sending the invitations. This considerate reminder encourages guests to block and plan out the necessary dates. Ceremony Programs Growing in popularity, ceremony programs personalize and acquaint your guests with the key elements of your wedding. Included are the order of the ceremony, the names of the bridal party, parents, the officiant, readers, the source of readings, musicians, vocalists, musical selections and composers. Place Cards If you are having an intimate or formal reception, place cards are a wonderful consideration for your guests. These cards direct guests to their specific seat at the dinner table. With some careful planning, you can select dinner partners that will complement each other’s interests perfectly. Seating / Escort Cards Many of today’s couples are opting to give their guests some guidance for their dinner placement without mandating that they sit in a specific chair by a specific person. Perfect for semi-formal events, seating cards inform guests of the table you’ve chosen for them. Menu Cards Individual menus are the perfect touch of detail. In addition to informing guests of their dinner selection, menu cards can also be place cards, individually customized with each guest’s name.

wedtips | invitations WHAT TO ORDER • The wedding invitation contains several enclosures: ceremony card, reception card (if the ceremony and reception are held at two different locations), response card and wedding directions. • When you receive the text proofs for your wedding stationery read over everything carefully. Then enlist someone not involved with the wedding, to look over the wording with ‘fresh eyes.’ Errors you miss at this point will be your responsibility, not the printer’s. ADDRESSING ENVELOPES • Invitation envelopes (both “outer” and “inner" ) should always be addressed by hand or done by a calligrapher. • The “outer” (mailing) envelope should have all names spelled out in full, e.g. John Robert Smith. • All words need to be spelled out, i.e. Apartment, Avenue, Street, Drive and state names. • Mr., Mrs., Miss, Jr. are acceptable title abbreviations, however formal titles such as Doctor or Judge are written out. • When inviting unmarried couples together, their full names are written out in full on separate lines. • Use the phrase “and Family” only when everyone living under the same roof is invited. • Send separate invitations to children over the age of 18. • The “inner” envelope, which holds the invitation elements, should have married couples’ names written out, without the first names or address, e.g. Mr. and Mrs. Smith.

Table Number Cards These cards are used to denote the name or number of dinner tables during your reception. Like place cards and table cards, these numbered cards can be quite decorative and echo the theme of your wedding. With today’s relaxed rules of etiquette and expanded possibilities for design, your creative expression need not have limits. Whether formal or informal, elegant or whimsical, use this opportunity to quietly reflect your style, passions or hobbies. ■

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escape 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. SPECTACULARBRIDE.COM www.spectacularbride.com

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honeymoon ALL-INCLUSIVE More than mere accommodations, all-inclusive packages generally include: food and lodging, extensive recreational facilities and equipment, ground transportation plus other amenities and services. Options range from couples-only resorts, which cater specifically to honeymooners, to family resorts. Rates can vary significantly between companies and time of year, so shop around. Whatever your choice may be, 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 out of date, apply for a new one at least three months before your wedding, preferably sooner. Typically the process takes six weeks, but allow for any mishaps or delays. For travel in some countries you’ll need vaccinations. Go to www.cdc.gov/travel or do a Google search for recommended and required vaccinations. CRUISES Similar to an all-inclusive resort, 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 downtown 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 accommodations 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

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just married, as this often results in a nicer room or suite, depending on availability, or a special gift from the hotel, basket 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. Let the glow of newly wedded bliss fill your hearts and imagination as you begin this lifelong journey of love and romance. HONEYMOON EXPENSES • • • • • • • • • •

Airfare Ground Transportation Hotel / Accommodations Resort Packages Cruise Packages Food & Beverage Tips & Gratuities Sightseeing Shopping / Souvenirs Miscellaneous

PACKING ESSENTIALS With the airlines now charging for extra bags, it pays to pack light. Think about what you’ll really need. Consider the weather and the type of activities you’ll enjoy, and think mix and match, wrinkle-free fabrics that dress-up easily with accessories. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Airline Tickets and copies Passports, visas and copies Credit cards & traveler’s checks Confirmation/reservation number Itinerary with phone numbers Digital camera & extra memory stick Travel size toiletries in sealable bag Travel iron or steamer Hair dryer, curling/flat iron Sunglasses, sunscreen & bathing suit Birth control / prescriptions Extra contact lenses or glasses Foldable tote carrying souvenirs back Electrical adapter/converter (Intl.) Addresses and stamps for postcards


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If every couple devoted as many hours to learning how to strengthen and protect their relationship as they do planning their wedding, US marriage statistics would boast a different tale. As it is, the average couple will spend an estimated 273.75 hours over a twelve-month period planning for one day—their wedding. Care to guess how much time is spent preparing for the success of their marriage? Less than 2 hours. It’s a very sobering thought.

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.

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.

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!

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 encouraging for second marriages. Half of those who do stay together report lowered marital

Today’s couples have high expectations for what they want from a marriage. Everyone wants the best, most fulfilling relationship possible. Contrary to popular belief, marrying your soul mate doesn’t necessarily inoculate you against the inevitable pressures of modern life. You want a spouse with

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.

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communication whom you can build a shared vision of the future, collaborate on raising children and create an open, trusting and accepting partnership. You want someone who supports your personal and career goals and offers the nurturance and safety of a committed relation-ship. You also want great communication, great lovemaking and great times—now and forever! That’s a large order to fill. Just ask anyone who’s been married for thirty years! CHOOSING THE RIGHT PROGRAM FOR YOU So, how do you know which program is right for you? The answer has to do with who you are, what your religious practices are, where you’re getting married and what is most convenient to your schedule. Fortunately, there are several options to consider. The marriage preparation field is divided into three broad categories: • Faith-based church programs • Private pre-marital counseling services • Skill-based classes and workshops Each method has its own strengths and advantages based on its particular approach, required time commitment and cost. FAITH-BASED PROGRAMS Faith-based marriage preparation got its start back in the 19th Century when a group of Catholic Spanish wives wanted to help their future husbands prepare for the sacrament of marriage. Engaged Encounter as the Catholic program is called today, has rapidly proliferated around the world. It is presented by a lay husband and wife team who has volunteered to present a marriage curriculum with the help of a priest who may have training in pastoral counseling. Protestant and Jewish religions offer their programs tailored to the beliefs and traditions of their faiths. Unlike Engaged Encounter these offerings can be quite varied community-tocommunity and depend on the resources of the particular church or personnel involved. Some churches, especially among the Protestant faiths, have “marriage mentors” who volunteer their time to meet with engaged-couples to answer questions and discuss issues. In many cases, these mentors will continue to be available to the married couple long after the wedding is over. Faith-based 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 in-laws, 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” currently available on the market are Prepare/Enrich (www. lifeinnovations.com), Foccus (used in Engaged Encounter) and Relate (www.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

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communication 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, communicating 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, even your parents and clergy about whether marriage preparation makes sense for you. Visit the Smart Marriages Web site (www.smartmarriages.com) to get more information and a listing of programs available in your area. If you’re simply too busy to do anything before the wedding, consider that half of the couples in many of the skill-based programs across the country are newlyweds. If you want the best marriage possible, it takes some knowledge, effort and skill, like any of the truly important things in life. So start now, during your “magic window” and build the partnership of a lifetime! ■ Drs. Patrick and Michelle Gannon are psychologists in private practice in San Francisco, California and present the skill-based Marriage Prep 101 workshop for pre-engaged, engaged and newlywed couples eight times a year at Fort Mason Center on the beautiful San Francisco waterfront. For more information and workshop registration, visit their Web site at www. marriageprep101.com.

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Whether the detail on a cake or a combination of blooms, embracing elements you like and eliminating those you don’t are essential to creating your own wedding personality. Define your style by boldly exploring textures, colors, shapes, culture and seasons. Watch your vision come to life as you compose a virtual palette of preferences.

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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. SPECTACULARBRIDE.COM www.spectacularbride.com

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Wedding P rotocol FOR CEREMONY & RECEPTION

SEATING DURING CEREMONY Altar

Left Side Bride's Family Honored Guests Guests

Right Side Groom's Family Honored 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 Bride's Grandfather Groom's Grandfather

Usher Groomsmen Best Man Groom Bridesmaids Maid of Honor Bride

Groom's Father

Bride's Father

RECEIVING LINE Bride's

Bride's

Groom's

Groom's

Mother

Father

Mother

Father

Bride

Rabbi Bride's Grandmother Groom's Grandmother

Groom's Mother

Bride's Mother

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Groom

Maid of

Best

Honor

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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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P l a n n i n g T i m e Table Organized planning will ensure you enjoy every minute of your wedding day. Begin planning efforts 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  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

Four to Six Months Ahead  Compile guest list and gather addresses  Order stationery—invitations, announcements, reply cards, thank-you notes and save-the-date cards  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  Send save-the-date cards

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Two to Four Months Ahead  Design and print map(s), ceremony program, place cards, table cards and menus  Set-up bridal registry  Select song lists for ceremony and reception  Review menu with caterer  Meet with officiant to plan ceremony  Select vows and readings  Schedule rehearsal and rehearsal dinner  Meet with makeup and hairstylist  Address and mail invitations  Purchase gifts for wedding party  Announce engagement in local paper(s)  Write thank-you notes as gifts arrive

One to Two Months Ahead  Purchase accessories—guestbook and pen, toasting flutes, unity candles, cake knife and server, flower girl’s basket 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

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 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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B u d g e t M a n ager 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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 Favors

1.00%

______________________

_______________________

 Guest Book & Pen

0.15%

______________________

_______________________

 Toasting Flutes

0.15%

______________________

_______________________

1.50%

______________________

_______________________

 Bride’s Attendants

0.30%

______________________

_______________________

 Groomsmen & Ushers

0.30%

______________________

_______________________

 Parents

0.40%

______________________

_______________________

 Pre-Wedding Party Hosts

0.30%

______________________

_______________________

 Soloists/Musicians (Friends)

0.20%

______________________

_______________________

 Guest (hotel) Gift Baskets

______________________

_______________________

 Other

______________________

_______________________

1.50%

______________________

_______________________

Music/Entertainment

 Other

Sub Total

Stationery

Sub Total

Accessories

Sub Total

Gifts

Sub Total

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Suggested %

Budget

Actual

 Guest Transportation

0.50%

______________________

_______________________

 Limousine

1.50%

______________________

_______________________

 Other

______________________

_______________________

 Other

______________________

_______________________

2.00%

______________________

_______________________

 Hair & Makeup

0.85%

______________________

_______________________

 Manicure and Pedicure

0.15%

______________________

_______________________

______________________

_______________________

1.00%

______________________

_______________________

 Wedding Coordinator

9.00%

______________________

_______________________

 Wedding Insurance

1.00%

______________________

_______________________

 Other

______________________

_______________________

 Other

______________________

_______________________

10.00%

______________________

_______________________

2.00%

______________________

_______________________

______________________

_______________________

2.00%

______________________

_______________________

100.00%

______________________

_______________________

Transportation

Sub Total

Beauty

 Other

Sub Total

Optional

 Sub Total

Overages  Tax/Tips  Other

Sub Total

Total

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R e c e p t i o n C h e c k l i s t / Questionnaire  The Location:______________________________________________________________________________________________  Date availability?___________________________________________________________________________________________  Proximity to ceremony location?____________________________________________________________________________  Are any other receptions booked for the same day?_ __________________________________________________________  Room capacity? (independently confirm)____________________________________________________________________  Square footage of room? Cocktail area? Dance floor? _________________________________________________________  Is there a public address system available?_ __________________________________________________________________  Are there visual obstructions in room? Pillars, columns, etc.?_ __________________________________________________  What does the rental fee include?___________________________________________________________________________  Are there discounts for specific days/ time of day/time of year?_________________________________________________  Is there a minimum person guarantee (equal to a min. food/beverage charge) requirement?_______________________  What are the overtime fees?_ _______________________________________________________________________________  What is the required deposit? When is it due? When is the balance due?_________________________________________  What additional costs should we expect?_____________________________________________________________________  Postponement/cancellation policy?_ ________________________________________________________________________  Liability insurance required? Terms?_ ________________________________________________________________________  Is there adequate parking or valet?___________________________________________________________________________  Are we required to use an in-house caterer or ‘preferred’ caterers list?___________________________________________  What time will vendors be allowed to enter facility?_ ___________________________________________________________  Are clean-up services provided? Is there an additional charge?_________________________________________________  Are candles/open flames allowed? _ _________________________________________________________________________  Are there decorating restrictions?___________________________________________________________________________  Are there any music/amplification restrictions?_ ______________________________________________________________  Is there a coat check area available?_ ________________________________________________________________________  Are there bride and groom changing rooms?__________________________________________________________________  Is it handicap accessible?___________________________________________________________________________________  Are there childcare facilities?________________________________________________________________________________  Is there adequate power and outlets for the entertainment?____________________________________________________  Are guests allowed to throw rice or birdseed?_ ________________________________________________________________  Are there plans to renovate in the future?_____________________________________________________________________

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

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

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Reception Order & Timeline Begin Time

End Time

_ _______________________

_ ________________________

_ _______________________

_ ________________________

 Guests are directed to place card table

_ _______________________

_ ________________________

 DJ or MC announces the arrival of the wedding party

_ _______________________

_ ________________________

 Bride and groom mingle with guests

_ _______________________

_ ________________________

 Dinner is announced

_ _______________________

_ ________________________

 Guests are seated

_ _______________________

_ ________________________

 Dinner is served

_ _______________________

_ ________________________

 Champagne is served for toasting

_ _______________________

_ ________________________

 Toasts by bestman, maid of honor and

_ _______________________

_ ________________________

 Band or DJ music begins

_ _______________________

_ ________________________

 Dinner plates are cleared

_ _______________________

_ ________________________

 Bride and groom’s first dance

_ _______________________

_ ________________________

 First dance with parents

_ _______________________

_ ________________________

 Wedding party joins the dance floor

_ _______________________

_ ________________________

 Open dancing for all guests

_ _______________________

_ ________________________

 Bestman/designated person presents

_ _______________________

_ ________________________

 Cake cutting

_ _______________________

_ ________________________

 Cake and/or other desserts are served

_ _______________________

_ ________________________

 Garter Toss (optional)

_ _______________________

_ ________________________

 Bouquet Toss (optional)

_ _______________________

_ ________________________

 Sweetheart Dance

_ _______________________

_ ________________________

 Last Dance for bride and groom

_ _______________________

_ ________________________

 Departure of newlyweds

_ _______________________

_ ________________________

 Parents or designated host announce conclusion

_ _______________________

_ ________________________

 Guest departure

_ _______________________

_ ________________________

 Designated persons collect wedding gifts, rentals

_ _______________________

_ ________________________

 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

and bride and groom

other pre-determined guests

enveloped-payment to appropriate vendors

of the evening

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F l o w e r C h e c klist Personal Flowers  Bride’s bouquet

 Vocalists

 Maid/matron of honor bouquet

 Groom’s boutonniere

 Bridesmaids’ bouquets

 Bestman / groomsmen boutonnieres

 Flower girl basket or headpiece

 Ushers / ring bearer

 Mothers’ flowers (i.e., single stem flower,

 Fathers / grandfathers’ boutonnieres

 Other____________________________________________

tussy mussy, corsage)

 Grandmothers’ flowers (i.e., single stem flower,

 Other____________________________________________

 Other____________________________________________

tussy mussy, corsage)

 Readers

Ceremony  Guest book attendant

 Rose petals for decorations/tossing

 Gift table attendant

 Other____________________________________________

 Church flowers/candles

 Other____________________________________________

 Aisle flowers / ribbons

 Other____________________________________________

 Altar/chuppah

Reception  Powder-room arrangements

 Reception buffet table(s)

 Entryway table

 Rose petals for decorations

 Place card table

 Bar

 Head table

 Other____________________________________________

 Bride/groom chairs

 Other____________________________________________

 Guest tables

 Other____________________________________________

 Cake/cake table

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

Song

Performed by

Length

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

_________________________________

_______________

____________________________________________________

_________________________________

_______________

____________________________________________________

_________________________________

_______________

____________________________________________________

_________________________________

_______________

____________________________________________________

_________________________________

_______________

____________________________________________________

_________________________________

_______________

Total Minutes____________________

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

_________________________________

_______________

____________________________________________________

_________________________________

_______________

____________________________________________________

_________________________________

_______________

____________________________________________________

_________________________________

_______________

____________________________________________________

_________________________________

_______________

Total Minutes____________________

 Ceremony Selections (Musicians and soloists) ____________________________________________________

_________________________________

_______________

____________________________________________________

_________________________________

_______________

____________________________________________________

_________________________________

_______________

____________________________________________________

_________________________________

_______________

____________________________________________________

_________________________________

_______________

____________________________________________________

_________________________________

_______________

____________________________________________________

_________________________________

_______________

Total Minutes____________________

 The Recessional (Wedding party and guests departing) ____________________________________________________

_________________________________

_______________

____________________________________________________

_________________________________

_______________

____________________________________________________

_________________________________

_______________

____________________________________________________

_________________________________

_______________

Total Minutes____________________

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Song

Performed by

Length

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

_________________________________

_______________

____________________________________________________

_________________________________

_______________

_ ___________________________________________________

_________________________________

_______________

____________________________________________________

_________________________________

_______________

Total Minutes____________________

 Special Requests for Band or DJ ____________________________________________________

_________________________________

_______________

____________________________________________________

_________________________________

_______________

____________________________________________________

_________________________________

_______________

____________________________________________________

_________________________________

_______________

____________________________________________________

_________________________________

_______________

____________________________________________________

_________________________________

_______________

____________________________________________________

_________________________________

_______________

Total Minutes____________________

 ‘Don’t Play’ List ____________________________________________________

_________________________________

_______________

____________________________________________________

_________________________________

_______________

____________________________________________________

_________________________________

_______________

____________________________________________________

_________________________________

_______________

Total Minutes____________________

A s k T h e R i g h t Q uestions  Do you have a demo-CD or is it possible to hear you play live?___________________________________________________  Do you charge a flat fee or an hourly rate?____________________________________________________________________  How do you handle overtime?_______________________________________________________________________________  What is your cancellation/postponement policy?______________________________________________________________  If something happens to the person(s) contracted, who will replace them?_______________________________________  Do you have any special requirements regarding space, electricity or any other items?_ ___________________________  Is there a member of the group that can act as MC for the first dance, cake cutting, etc?___________________________  Will the same performer(s) on the demo-CD be performing at my wedding?_ ____________________________________  Can we make requests at the reception?_ ____________________________________________________________________  Do you have a list of your repertoire?_________________________________________________________________________  How long will it take you to set up? Will you do it before the guests arrive?_________________________________________  What will the performers be wearing?_ _______________________________________________________________________  How often, and for how long do you break?_ __________________________________________________________________

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M a k i n g t h e Merge Your Name Change Keeping Your Maiden Name - Women who have established a professional career using their maiden name often choose to continue using that name. Using Both Names - Some women choose to use their maiden name at work and career related functions, yet legally take their husband’s surname and use it for social and family purposes. Hyphenating Your Name - This option requires a hyphen after the bride’s maiden name followed by her husband’s surname. (Sandra Smith becomes Sandra Smith-Fisher.) Changing Your Name - Women opting to change their name both socially and legally, should plan to take action upon returning from the honeymoon. A request should be

made for a separate credit history to be maintained under the bride’s maiden name. It is wise for a woman to keep one or two credit cards under her maiden name to maintain a credit rating in the event she is widowed or divorced. Name Change Checklist  Auto Registration  Bank Accounts        

Car Insurance Credit Cards Credit Reporting Agency Deeds Doctor/Dental Records Driver’s License Employee Records Internal Revenue Service

 Life Insurance Policy  Memberships        

Passport Post Office Property Titles Savings Accounts Social Security Card Stock Certificates Voter Registration Will

Where to Start His bank or hers? Joint checking or individual? The merging of two households and two sets of finances warrants some time and attention. With all the focus on the wedding, it's easy to put off a few of the not-so-urgent details, such as banking, insurance and other financial decisions. Here are a few of the items you'll want to address sooner, rather than later. Banking- One of the first decisions to make is whether to merge your accounts or keep them separate. Many couples opt to open a joint account, while still keeping separate accounts. Others choose to open a joint savings account, where they funnel a certain percentage of their monthly income. The amount allocated towards the account is usually determined by their financial goals. Bills - If you choose to maintain separate bank accounts, sit down together and discuss the allocation of household bills. If all funds are merged, you'll need to decide who's in charge of finances and responsible for paying the monthly bills. Insurance - Review car, home, health and life insurance policies. Analyze coverage plans and address the new beneficiary issues where necessary. Your First Home - No matter what state the economy is in, investing wisely in real estate can be an important factor in building a solid financial future. Start addressing your financial goals right from the start. There are benefits to being married—you've got combined purchase power. Wield it wisely. Finding an agent that's familiar with local neighborhoods, schools and market conditions is key. Whether you know exactly what you want, or have no idea where to start, you'll want an experienced, reputable agent to walk you through the process.

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We d d i n g D a y R e s p onsibilities Responsibilities

Name

Cell Phone

Rings & marriage license

_ _______________________________

___________________________________

Bride’s wedding apparel

_ _______________________________

___________________________________

Bride’s emergency kit

_ _______________________________

___________________________________

Groom’s tuxedo and accessories

_ _______________________________

___________________________________

Favors, guest book and pen

_ _______________________________

___________________________________

Aisle runner, unity candle and holder

_ _______________________________

___________________________________

Cake knife, server and toasting flutes

_ _______________________________

___________________________________

Wedding programs

_ _______________________________

___________________________________

Ring bearer pillow

_ _______________________________

___________________________________

Guest book table attendant

_ _______________________________

___________________________________

Gift table attendant

_ _______________________________

___________________________________

Pay officiant and other vendors

_ _______________________________

___________________________________

Personal flowers

_ _______________________________

___________________________________

Lighting candles prior to ceremony

_ _______________________________

___________________________________

Toasts and announcement of couple

_ _______________________________

___________________________________

Transportation of gifts

_ _______________________________

___________________________________

Bouquet for floral preservation

_ _______________________________

___________________________________

Top layer of cake and cake top

_ _______________________________

___________________________________

Gather rental items/bride’s gown

_ _______________________________

___________________________________

Vendors

(Wedding Day Contact)

Name

Cell Phone

Cake

_ _______________________________

___________________________________

Catering

_ _______________________________

___________________________________

Event coordinator

_ _______________________________

___________________________________

Facility contact

_ _______________________________

___________________________________

Flowers

_ _______________________________

___________________________________

Hair

_ _______________________________

___________________________________

Makeup

_ _______________________________

___________________________________

Music/ceremony

_ _______________________________

___________________________________

Music/reception

_ _______________________________

___________________________________

Officiant

_ _______________________________

___________________________________

Photographer

_ _______________________________

___________________________________

Transportation

_ _______________________________

___________________________________

Videographer

_ _______________________________

___________________________________

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2 0 1 1 C a l e n dar JANUARY

S 2 9 16 23 30

M 3 10 17 24 31

T 4 11 18 25

S 1 8 15 22 29

M T 2 3 9 10 16 17 23 24 30 31

S 4 11 18 25

M T 5 6 12 13 19 20 26 27

W 5 12 19 26

T 6 13 20 27

FEBRUARY F S 1 7 8 14 15 21 22 28 29

S 6 13 20 27

M 7 14 21 28

T 1 8 15 22

F 6 13 20 27

S 7 14 21 28

S 5 12 19 26

M T 6 7 13 14 20 21 27 28

F S 2 3 9 10 16 17 23 24 30

S 2 9 16 23 30

M 3 10 17 24 31

MAY W 4 11 18 25

T 5 12 19 26

T 1 8 15 22 29

T 3 10 17 24

MARCH

F S 4 5 11 12 18 19 25 26

S 6 13 20 27

M 7 14 21 28

T 1 8 15 22 29

F S 3 4 10 11 17 18 24 25

S 3 10 17 24 31

M 4 11 18 25

T 5 12 19 26

F S 1 7 8 14 15 21 22 28 29

S 6 13 20 27

M 7 14 21 28

JUNE

SEPTEMBER W 7 14 21 28

W 2 9 16 23

W 1 8 15 22 29

W 5 12 19 26

T 3 10 17 24 31

APRIL F S 4 5 11 12 18 19 25 26

S 3 10 17 24

M 4 11 18 25

F S 1 2 8 9 15 16 22 23 29 30

S 7 14 21 28

M T 1 2 8 9 15 16 22 23 29 30

S 4 11 18 25

M T 5 6 12 13 19 20 26 27

JULY

T 2 9 16 23 30

OCTOBER T 4 11 18 25

W 2 9 16 23 30

T 6 13 20 27

W 6 13 20 27

T 7 14 21 28

W 2 9 16 23 30

T 3 10 17 24

W 6 13 20 27

T 7 14 21 28

F S 1 2 8 9 15 16 22 23 29 30

AUGUST

NOVEMBER T 1 8 15 22 29

T 5 12 19 26

F S 4 5 11 12 18 19 25 26

W 3 10 17 24 31

T 4 11 18 25

F S 5 6 12 13 19 20 26 27

DECEMBER W 7 14 21 28

T 1 8 15 22 29

F 2 9 16 23 30

S 3 10 17 24 31

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

President's Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Feb 21

Memorial Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 30

1st Day of Rosh Hashanah . . . . Sept 28

Thanksgiving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nov 24

Martin Luther King . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jan 17

Good Friday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . April 22

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

1st Day of Yom Kippur . . . . . . . . . . . Oct 7

1st Day of Hanukkah . . . . . . . . . . . Dec 20

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

Easter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . April 24

Labor Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sept 5

Columbus Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Oct 10

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

index apparel: bridal, bridesmaids & children

Alfred Angelo (877) 726-4356........................................... Bowties Tuxedo & Bridal Boutique (702) 456-5688..... N/A Bridal Elegant (702) 989-9700.....................................56 Couture Bride (702) 647-7778.......................................58 David's Bridal (877) 921-2743......................................57

apparel: formalwear & tuxedos

Jerry's Tux Shop (702) 733-1976..................................64 Jos. A Bank (800) 999-7472........................................N/A Men's Wearhouse (800) 776-7848...............................65 Tuxedo Junction (702) 873-8830..................................66

apparel: purses, shoes & accessories

B's Purse's (702) 498-7562.........................................N/A

bachelor/bachelorette parties

Slumber Parties by Melisa (702) 296-1108................. N/A

banquet & reception facilities

A Secret Garden (702) 361-2202..................................20 Aliante Station (702) 692-7360......................................21 Angel Park Golf Club (702) 254-3250......................... N/A Anthem Country Club (702) 614-5002..........................13 Aston MonteLago Resort (702) 564-4717.....................22 Badlands Golf Club (702) 562-3770..............................22 Bahama Breeze Island Grille (702) 731-3252.............. N/A Bear's Best Golf Course (702) 804-8500......................15 Black Mountain Golf Club (702) 566-2084.................. N/A Bootlegger Bistro & The Copa Room (702) 736-4939....24 Boulder Creek Golf Club (702) 589-9469.................... N/A Boulder Dam Hotel Weddings(702) 371-7845............. N/A Canyon Gate Country Club (702) 363-0303..................23 Cili Restaurant (702) 597-6316................................... N/A Desert Pines Golf Club (702) 388-4400...................... N/A DragonRidge Country Club (702) 896-1416................ N/A Emerald At Queensridge (702) 242-5700.................... N/A Griffin Mansions (877) 702 9333............................ 1 & 25 JW Marriott (702) 869-7034..........................................27

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Las Vegas Golf Club (702) 646-3003.......................... N/A Las Vegas Paiute Resort (702) 395-1700.Inside Front,33 Los Prados Country Club (702) 395-0610.....................26 Painted Desert Golf Club (702) 645-2570.....................26 Palace Station (702) 367-2401....................................N/A Rainbow Gardens (702) 878-4646................................28 Red Rock Country Club (702) 304-5696.......................28 Rhodes Ranch Golf Club (702) 740-8109................... N/A Sam's Town Hotel & Casino (702) 454-8020.................31 Santa Fe Station Casino (702) 667-4723......................30 Siena Community Association (702) 258-2500........... N/A Siena Golf Club (702) 304-7314....................................30 Silverstone Golf Club (702) 562-3770...........................32 Silverton Hotel & Casino (702) 263-7777..................... N/A Southwest Event Center (702) 948-8119.................... N/A Suncoast Hotel & Casino (702) 636-7090...... Inside Back Sunset Station (702) 547-7807...................................N/A The Grove (702) 645-5818............................................29 The Resort On Mt. Charleston (702) 872-5500........... N/A The Revere Golf Club (702) 617-5757........................ N/A Tommy Bahama's Restaurant & Bar (702) 948-8006....32 University of Nevada Las Vegas (702) 895-3903..........17 Wildhorse Golf Club (702) 434-9000 ext 2230..............34 Wolfgang Puck at Springs Preserve (702) 822-8719... N/A

beauty: hair & makeup

Amelia C Hair & Makeup (702) 610-8699.....................61 Hair by Daniela (702) 334-6420....................................61 Hair'z Melinda (602) 451-0676..................................... N/A Sumita Beauty (702) 462-7980.....................................59

beauty: wellness & weight loss

Spinal Care of Nevada (702) 944-4673....................... N/A Twigs Healthy Weight Loss (702) 525-8757............... N/A

bridal consultants & event planners

CLM Weddings (702) 982-2129....................................91 Scheme Events (702) 287-9099.................................. N/A

bridal registry

1-800-Registry (800) 809-6714................................... N/A Bed Bath & Beyond (800) 462-3966........................... N/A Dillard's Bridal Registry (702) 733-2008 ext 5739...... N/A Kohl's Wedding Gift Registry (800) 837-1500............. N/A Macy's Wedding & Gift Registry (800) 568-8866......... N/A

cakes, candies & confections

Albertsons (702) 336-9309............................................86 Popcorn Girl (702) 258-2676.........................................87 Rugged Ice Cakes by Lorna (702) 326-3543................87 Queensridge Bakery (702) 242-5700.......................... N/A Sweet Artistry Cakes (702) 858-3749.......................... N/A Sweet-P-Candy Buffet (702) 672-7629....................... N/A Sweet Sensation Candy Station (702) 417-2805........ N/A

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catering

A Matter of Taste (702) 524-0222.................................N/A Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen (855) 845 5234 ..................87

chapels

Chapel List.....................................................................50 Texas Station (702) 631-8102..................................... N/A The Grove (702) 645-5818............................................29

charity

Wish Upon A Wedding (702) 432-0404.........................91

dance lessons

Elegant Wedding Dance (702) 292-3987......................60

destination weddings

Aura Cozumel Wyndham (888) 773-4349 ext. 8103... N/A Mexico Wedding Vendors (323) 319-6510....................52 Wyndham Cozumel (888) 773-4349 ext. 8103............ N/A Sheraton Hacienda del Mar (011) 526-241467321........52 Villa Group Beach Resorts (011) 526-241457038..........52

entertainment: DJ's

All Events DJ & Photobooths (702) 348-6641............. N/A Boogie Entertainment (702) 258-1393........................ N/A D Jay's Entertainment (702) 643-3529........................ 114 DJ Harry "O" (702) 767-0699......................................N/A DJi Entertainment (888) 649-9464.............................. 116 DJs to You (702) 266-6900..........................................N/A Dream Entertainment (702) 616-1555......................... 114 Events with Integrity (702) 608-3535........................... 117 Good Vibrations Mobile DJs (702) 438-8091.............. N/A Knight Sounds Entertainment (702) 452-3544............ 115 Pure Energy Productions (702) 566-1360................... 115 Sight & Sound Events (702) 365-9526........................ 116 Sound Fusion Entertainment (702) 400-6439............. 117 Woolard Productions (702) 807-2128.......................... N/A

entertainment: live

Duo Mystique (702) 461-1750.....................................N/A

floral & gown preservation

Lasting Keepsakes (702) 657-1649............................ N/A

florist & floral decor

Bunny's Floral Design (702) 292-5868........................ N/A Enchanted Florist (702) 731-2656..................................74 Flora Couture by Floral 2000 (702) 221-1220................75 I Do Wedding Flowers (702) 275-0478........................ N/A Julie Reed Events (702) 435-9783.............................. N/A Marisha Floral & Event Design (702) 249-5808.............76 Naakiti Floral (702) .......................................................77 Springtime Floral (702) 938-1088..................................76


index WriteShot (800) 857-7550...........................................107

home lifestyle & living

Camden and Oasis Apartments (702) 436-2098......... N/A

insurance

American Family Insurance (702) 403-4413............... N/A

invitations

1st Impressions Invitations (702) 290-6805................ N/A Alligator Soup (702) 804-0544....................................125 Annabelle's All Occasions (702) 364-1184..................125 Inspired Designs Invitations (702) 595-6286............... N/A Invitations Your Way (702) 239-1943.......................... N/A Paper and Home (702) 776-8243................................125

jewelry

A Wedding Ring Experience (866) 583-6982.............. N/A Aaron Lelah Jewelers (702) 531-8100.....9 & Back Cover Lia Sophia Jewelry (702) 277-3955............................. N/A

limousines Las Vegas VIP Limo (702) 649-5466........................... N/A Royalty Limo (702) 385-5509......................................N/A

photo booth

AGR Las Vegas, Inc. (702) 388-4263 ext. 1............... N/A ShutterBooth (702) 823-3659.....................................108

photographer

ABC Photo & Video (702) 685-3355..............................97 Altenburg Studio (702) 252-7557..................................96 Altf.com (702) 860-3653................................................96 Artistic Imaging (702) 432-0404....................................99 Cashman Brothers Fine Photography(702) 220-9506...98 Dave Lite Photography (702) 228-8080......................102 Digs Studio (702) 651-6000...........................................98 D Jay's Entertainment Photo (702) 643-3529............. 114 Dtyler Photography (702) 949-9888............................100 Ella Gagiano Photography (702) 340-5505.................103 J & J Photography (702) 612-5255.............................101 John Morris Photography (702) 807-1600...................105 Jon Lee Kern Photography (702) 769-6881................102 KMH Photography (702) 285-9588.............................101 Lorenzfoto (702) 460-4853..........................................104 Martin Photo Group (702) 228-0000...........................103 Orange Soda Photography (702) 510-5532................105 Photos by Larotonda (702) 378-0283..........................104 Picture Perfect Weddings (702) 740-8207..................105 Reflective Souls Photography (702) 324-7498............106 Studio ATG (702) 809-4878.........................................107 Studio N Photography (702) 249-8879........................107 The Black Chicken (702) 353-0947............................. N/A Tyler Freear Photography (702) 401-9930..................100 TSL Photography (702) 813-7928...............................106

travel & honeymoon

All About Honeymoons (702) 219-2739...................... N/A Exotic Destinations & Honeymoons (702) 347-971..... N/A Journey Pacific (866) 704-7074.................................. N/A Ultra Vacations (800) 804-5426...................................129

videographer

Digs Studio (702) 651-6000........................................ 110 Emerald Motion Pictures (702) 396-3090.................... 110 Events with Integrity (702) 608-3535........................... 110 Memory Lane Video (702) 499-9998........................... 111 Videos by Mark & Beverly (702) 274-6275.................. N/A

wedding accessories &favors

And A Six Pence...........................................................N/A Lola Felli (877) 565-2355............................................N/A Scentsy (702) 431-1619..............................................N/A The Bridal Box (208) 269 0109................................... N/A Things Remembered (866) 902-4438........................ N/A Thirty One Gifts (423) 742-1054.................................. N/A Winder Farms (702) 743-4939.................................... N/A

wedding rentals & decor

Atmosphere North America (702) 932-5588................ N/A Dream Events (702) 293-7326.......................................80 FWR Rental Haus (702) 982-8102................................82 Jovani Linens & Floral Design (702) 460-8370.............81 RSVP Party Rentals(702) 878-0144...............................83 Sit On This (702) 476-4245...........................................80

wedding planning resources

AllAboutWeddings.com....................................... 92 & 132 Bridal Show Producers International..............................86 Bridal Spectacular.com (702) 368-0088.......... 5, 60 & 121 Sam's Town Hotel & Casino (702) 454-8020.................31 Spectacular Bride (702) 368-0088................................93 TheKnot.com (877) 771-3020..................................... N/A The Perfect Wedding Guide (702) 290-4038............... N/A VegasVows.com (702) 889-0232..................................53 WeddingsLasVegasStyle.com........................................51

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