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February 11, 2016

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Congratulations to all our Berthoud brides and grooms The Surveyor welcomes engagement and wedding announcements.

INDEX Trends in wedding cuisine ........4 Choosing a photographer ..........5 Wedding traditions ...................6 Wedding good luck charms .......7 Destination weddings ...............8 Grooms’ attire ..........................11

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Hot trends in wedding cuisine Special to the Surveyor

Once a couple has officially tied the knot, the newly recognized man and wife and all of their guests will retire to a party room where they can mingle, dance and enjoy a good meal. In the past, standard fare like prime rib and roasted chicken dominated wedding menus. But today’s weddings cater to people of various culinary tastes, and couples and their guests can expect more upscale and creative cuisine to be rolled out for wedding receptions. The following are a handful of the more popular trends with regard to wedding cuisine. Miniature bites Many people say good things come in small packages, and when it comes to miniature versions of favorite foods, they may be right. Instead of large meals that fill guests up fast, they can munch on smaller bites of their favorite dishes. How about a piece of meatloaf topped with whipped mashed potatoes? A cherry tomato with a small piece of mozzarella cheese makes a mini caprese salad. Turning favorite foods into bite-sized adventures can add a touch of whimsy to the reception. Breakfast for dinner Some couples are circumventing high price tags for their weddings by choosing to hold the festivities at less expensive times of day. Brunch-themed weddings are a big hit with those who would much

rather dine on a stack of pancakes than a dish of pasta. Omelet stations, croissants and a bevy of other breakfast table fare can be enjoyed any time of the day. Dim sum Dim sum allows guests to sample different foods without filling up. Carts of dumplings and other small plates of appetizers can be wheeled around so everyone can choose what they want and what they want to avoid. Gourmet comfort food

People love familiar comfort foods, but now gourmet comfort foods are shaking up wedding receptions. Mac-and-cheese with gouda and brie or chicken pot pie with a puff-pastry crust are a few offerings that can add glamour to down-home cooking. Food with a show Instead of passed foods or buffet stations, couples are opting to make food an experience for guests. An oyster bar with a chef serving fresh seafood or a dessert master whipping up flambé is a feast for

the eyes and mouth.

Interesting buffet stations

Keep guests on their toes with various meal stations. A bountiful display of artisanal cheeses, fruits and breads will be a cheese lover’s dream. These stations also can be appetizing focal points around the room and ensure all guests get a bite of what they like best. Family style Rustic and informal weddings have grown in popularity. Rather than food being brought to the guests or participants lining up in buffet lines, family-style dining allows guests to share conversation and pass the peas at the same time. Larger, rectangular tables allow more guests to sit with one another and serve

State of the Union themselves food from community plates located in the center of the tables. Food and beverage pairings Food-forward wedding couples are offering guests mouthwatering appetizers matched with a cocktail. A slider and a craft beer or a dumpling and a shot of saki are examples of this trend. Nontraditional ‘fake’ cakes Instead of a multi-tiered cake or the cupcake fad that is starting to fizzle, couples are now opting for something new. Desserts that mimic the look of cake, but aren’t quite that combination of sponge and frosting are trending. Crepes, pies, cookies, and doughnuts are acceptable and can add a creative spark to the cakecutting ceremony. When offered along with dessert stations, guests can certainly get their fill of sweet delights. Vegan and gluten-free options Chances are one or more people attending the reception will be on a restricted diet. Rather than relegate these guests to dining on side dishes and patchwork meals, certain couples are building entire offerings around vegan and gluten-free foods. Couples are getting creative with their food and beverage offerings at their weddings. Guests never know which culinary wonders they will encounter as they gather to wish the newlyweds well. • Select a florist. • Finalize arrangements for church and ceremony. Two — four months • Address invitations. Send out six-eight weeks prior. • Buy attendants’ gifts. • Select a baker and order wedding cake. • Buy wedding rings. • Buy accessories (cake knife, toasting glasses, guest book, etc.). • Make plans and reservations for wedding rehearsal and dinner.

Nine — twelve months • Visit clergy to discuss service and facility. • Start working on a guest list. • Work up a budget. • Find a reception site • Choose your attendants. • Shop for reception entertainment. Six — nine months • Book your caterer. • Book your photographer/videographer. • Shop for your wedding gown. • Plan ceremony music; select musicians. • Shop for your honeymoon. Four — six months • Order invitations and party favors. • Make sure all deposits have been made and contracts signed. • Shop for groom’s and groomsmen’s tuxedos. • Organize accommodations for out-oftown guests.

One — two months • Arrange final bridal and attendants’ gowns fittings. • Confirm all reservations for ceremony, reception and honeymoon. • Obtain marriage license. Two weeks • Pick up all gowns and accessories. • Make sure photographer and/or videographer has a list of photos and events to be captured. • Make sure musicians have the music specified. One week • Confirm seating arrangements and final count. • Have rehearsal and dinner. Pack for honeymoon. • Relax and get plenty of rest. Remember, you have planned for this event with the help of many qualified individuals. On this, the most exciting day of your life, concentrate on being happy, no matter what happens. Enjoy the new life you are beginning with your true love.

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Choosing the right photographer makes all the difference By Katie Harris The Surveyor “There are only two things you walk away with at the end of your big day: a spouse and your pictures!” These words, spoken by Kathy Dokter, owner of Kathryn Dokter Photography in Loveland, are a valuable reminder of just how important those wedding-day shots really are. As any married couple will tell you, the day itself seems to pass in the blink of an eye, but the images of your big day will last a lifetime. That’s why it’s so important to choose the right photographer to capture those moments we often miss in the hustle and bustle, and to make sure they’ll get it right. “We’ve lost the appreciation for good photography because we all take cellphone pictures,” said Dokter. “It’s really easy for someone to pick up a camera and call themselves a photographer.” She noted a good photographer should use high resolution, touch up photos, and delete poor-quality images before passing them along to the client. “You want someone who will put a story together for you,” said Dokter. “They should know how to deliver a finished product.” She said if you’re dealing with a pro you should expect them to have the right equipment, including lighting, provide digital images, and require a signed contract.

Berthoud photographer Alyssa Lucero, of Alyssa Lucero Photography, said a good wedding photography package should include at least two photographers, to ensure all angles are covered, and so one can photograph the bridal party getting ready while the other captures the groomsmen. She also advises couples to avoid basing their decision on cost when it comes to their photographer. “A lot of people are focused on the price, but the downfall is that sometimes this means you might not get the best portfolio of your wedding,” she said. Lucero said the most important thing to do when selecting a photographer is to meet with them first and view their work, as there are several different styles of wedding photography to choose from, including classic (generic, posed photos), photo journalistic (captures the moment), and artistic (creative shots). Dokter, who considers herself an “emotional-based photographer,” suggested looking for at least three to four years of work in their portfolio, with consistency of style throughout. “I really allow the personalities that I’m photographing to come out,” she said. “Pay attention to whether the photographer you’re considering is looking for a photo shoot or looking to really capture the emotions of the day.” She said it’s important to find someone who knows how to pose people, but

is also sensitive to the individuals in the wedding party and their unique needs. “It’s important to make sure that your personalities match up, and are a good fit,” said Lucero. “If they like to take lots of humorous photos and you want your wedding to be a serious event, things might end up getting uncomfortable.” Lucero recommends opting for an engagement shoot, which can also serve as a trial run. “It gives you a chance to make sure you like their work, and the engagement is also a very important part of the wedding process,” she said. “I always urge couples to get engagement photos.” Amelia Metzger, owner of Alegré Kreations in Longmont, has worked with many photographers throughout her career as a wedding planner. She said there are a couple questions couples need to ask prospective photographers before they narrow it down to one. “First of all, ask them what their expectations are,” she said. “Make sure they’re on the same page as you. You should also ask how they conquer obstacles.” Metzger said one huge obstacle that has become more and more relevant in recent years is the issue of guests with cell phones. “Everyone has them, and if a photographer’s not careful they make their way into the bride’s and groom’s photos.” She said a good photographer knows how to get creative and work around any unforeseen obstacles that might arise. Another hurtle photographers deal with is lighting, whether it be the position of the sun at an outdoor wedding, or the quality of lighting in an indoor venue. “Any photographer will tell you that they avoid the middle of the day, when the strongest shadows are cast, to take their best photographs,” said Lucero. “Most photographers can work around any lighting, but with the high volume of photos at a wedding, it’s best to avoid mid-day shots if possible.” If the ceremony will be indoors she

recommends visiting your venue of choice at the same time of day you’ll be getting married, to make sure you like the lighting, and strongly suggests avoiding wedding venues with incandescent lighting. Dokter said an experienced photographer will shoot in any light and make it work, but agreed the best lighting is found in early morning or evening. As a final weddingday tip, Lucero urges couples to get out of their heads, and avoid thinking too much, as our faces tend to show any nervousness or tension we might be feeling. “If someone gets very nervous, a good photographer will direct them more,” she said. “Just be sure to voice your concern to them ahead of time.” The pros agreed that once a couple becomes engaged they should start looking at wedding photo samples early and book their photographer at least six months in advance, especially if they have a specific photographer they want to use. Lucero recommends browsing websites like Pinterest to get ideas of what you like and don’t like, and Metzger suggests attending bridal shows, which are a no-obligation way to chat with photographers and view their work on display. These events also give couples an opportunity to price out options, such as videography and print release. While package prices can vary greatly depending on what’s included, the typical price for an all-day wedding shoot starts around $2000. “It’s your wedding,” said Dokter. “You only get one shot at this. Make sure you find someone who will get it right.” Kathryn Dokter Photography can be reached at 970-689-9095, or on Facebook at photography/. Alyssa Lucero Photography can be reached at 970-310-0676, or at www. Alegré Kreations can be reached at 303-819-8329, or online at www.

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Wedding traditions are ‘something old and something new’ By May Soricelli The Surveyor “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue,and a silver sixpence in her shoe.” Some wedding traditions date back hundreds of years, and many of these age-old customs were superstitious omens of good luck, fertility, prosperity and purity. Presently, many of us no longer know why we throw rice on the bride and groom as they leave the wedding or why the bride wears a veil, or why the groom can’t see the bride before the wedding. Which is why the notion of a whole new type of wedding, the non-traditional wedding, has become increasingly more popular. The modern bride and groom are looking at how weddings were done in the past and finding ways to make their celebration more unique as an expression of their own interests and personalities. The customs that have lasted generations are being exchanged for reinvented traditions that are creative and out-of-the-box. “This has changed quite a bit over the last several years with traditional weddings versus nontraditional ways to change things up, to personalize your wedding, your way,” said Suzanne Doles, executive wedding planner at Lets PLANet. The tradition of who bears the responsibility of the wedding and honeymoon expense has changed. Instead of the bride’s family paying for the wedding, the new approach is that the expense is shared equally among the bride’s family, the groom’s family, and the couple, each taking one third of the cost. Honeymoons are now being paid for by the bride and groom, who are using online registry pages to collect funds instead of a shower or wedding gift. “A lot of brides and grooms are now registering for

Weddings by the Numbers Think you know weddings? Here are some common statistics. 25 — The average age of a first-time bride. 175 — Average number of guests invited to a wedding. 75 — Percentage of brides who will receive a diamond engagement ring. 2.4 — Number, in millions, of weddings performed in the U.S. each year. 16 — Average number of months for an American engagement. 15 — Percentage of weddings that include ethnic customs. 12 — Average size of the wedding party. 80 — Percentage of weddings performed in a church or synagogue. 64 — Percentage of couples living together before marriage. 10.2 — Percentage of weddings taking place in August, second only to June as the most popular month. 4,000 — Dollars spent on the average honeymoon.

‘honey funds’ which can be gifted by any family members, friends or coworkers and that gift can all be made online,” said Doles. Guests are seeing wedding traditions change as they enter a ceremony that no longer has defined seating arrangements. The barrier between families is being broken down by guests who no longer are sitting on either the “groom’s side” or the “bride’s side” of the aisle; instead, they are greeted with signs stating “pick a seat, not a side, we’re all family.” The customary guest book has had a makeover as well, with “guest books” such as thumbprint collages where guests leave a fingerprint on a canvas with their name inscribed over it, or stones inscribed by guests and placed in a glass jar for display. They have become art pieces for the couple to display in their home after their wedding. When it comes to decorating, in previous generations the focus was on the color scheme and coordinating flowers and linens. Today it’s all about the theme. Whether it is rustic, Hollywood glam, tropical, vintage, or even Disney inspired, there are a multitude of unique themes being used for weddings. “There are a lot of sci-fi themes, geeky weddings, superhero, video game themes, and nerdy pop-culture ones, that have become a big hit,” said Doles. As for fashion, wedding dresses are still often the traditional white romantic gowns. However, many brides have begun to be a lot less traditional and have gone with floral print gowns, brightly colored gowns, and even cropped dresses; some are more simplistic, some are more elaborate. Men have even been known to opt for the suspenders and bow-tie look over the suit or tuxedo look. Bridesmaids, too, have been incorporated into the revolution in wedding ceremonies. Many


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of us recall the poufy neon bridesmaid dresses of the ’70s, ’80s, and even ’90s. The new trend is feminine and flowing bridesmaid gowns which have often been purposely mismatched in either their color or their style of dress to make each bridesmaid’s individuality shine during the event. Even the shoes that are worn by the wedding party are meant to make a statement. “I see more and more personalized fun footwear; from sandals, flip-flops to fun cowgirl boots,” said Doles. The days of Pinterest have changed the way many brides have approached their weddings, saving money by the do-it-yourself creation of handmade decor, bouquets of paper flowers, unique invitations, or handmade jewelry and centerpieces. “I also see less money on real flowers and more eco-friendly flower options with beautiful jewels, brooches, felt, fabric and precious keepsakes,” said Doles The towering tiered cake with the figurines on top has toppled in popularity as new ways of sharable confections are created and showcased in weddings. From tiers of cupcakes, to cake pops, to miniature individual tiered cakes, the tradition of cake hasn’t changed much, but the way it’s displayed or created has. “From food stations to desert stations to S’mores stations, they are a fun and active way of keeping your guests moving and visiting,” said Doles. Big churches and reception halls

Berthoud Weekly Surveyor • February 11, 2016 Page 7 were the norm for generations and now couples have branched out by getting married in a variety of different places. Some are getting married on a mountaintop, in a backyard, a garden, a vineyard, a barn house, a lighthouse, a warehouse, or an art gallery. It seems any space can be turned into a wedding destination. All traditions are being challenged by couples as they consider “what is the function of that tradition? Does it apply to us and who we are?” and “what is the statement we want to make on our wedding day; not just to our guests, but also for ourselves to remember in 10, 20, 50 years?” There is no tradition being left unturned, and the results are thought out, intentional, and meaningful expressions of the couple on their wedding day. And yet there are still some traditions that have stood the test of time and still carry prominent roles in modern weddings. “Some traditions that have not changed: The groom asking the bride’s father to have her hand in marriage, religious and traditional rituals, sand or candle ceremony, first dance, father/ daughter dance, mother/son dance, father walking his daughter down the aisle, something borrowed something blue,” said Doles. And there’s one more tradition that has stood the test of time and doesn’t show signs of ever disappearing from a wedding ceremony: “You may now kiss the bride.”

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Wedding good luck charms Special to the Surveyor

• Ancient Romans were so concerned with ensuring good luck they actually studied pig entrails to determine the luckiest time to marry. If they consulted with the English, they might determine a wedding shouldn’t take place on a Saturday, which is unlucky. English tradition states Wednesday is the best day to get married. * In Holland wellwishers would plant pine trees outside of newlyweds’ homes as a symbol of fertility and luck. • Grooms may want to give a coin to the first person they see on the way to their weddings. This is another symbol of good luck. • Some couples plan to marry during a full moon, because that can symbolize good luck and good fortune. • On a couple’s wedding day, tears from a bride or a child during the ceremony is considered lucky. English folklore suggests brides who discover spiders in their gowns are in for some good luck. • The Chinese believe lighting fireworks at their wedding ceremonies chases away evil spirits. A red umbrella also might be held over a Chinese bride to keep bad spirits at bay. • Many grooms do not see their brides in their wedding gowns before their wedding ceremonies, feeling it is bad luck if they do. Many brides also do not wear their complete wedding outfits prior to their big day.

Spiders, doves and sugar cubes all can be symbols of good luck on couples’ wedding days.

Couples’ wedding days are special moments; ones they hope pave the way to a life filled with happiness and good fortune. That’s why the bride and groom surround themselves with close friends and family who want to celebrate and support their new life joined together. Perhaps due to superstition or tradition, many couples employ some wedding-day strategies to increase their good luck. The following are some of the symbols that couples may want to keep an eye out for on the day they walk down the aisle. • It’s good luck for the bride to see a dove on the way to the wedding because doves symbolize peace and prosperity. Because doves mate for life, this symbol is doubly beneficial on a couple’s wedding day, as it can be a harbinger of a long, happy marriage and home. • Some brides believe sugar cubes tucked into their wedding gloves leads to a sweet union.

• Hindu tradition states that rain on a wedding day is good luck. Rain is believed to be a symbol of fortune and abundance, especially after times of drought. What’s more, rain can foretell a strong marriage. That’s because a wet knot is more difficult to untie.

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Destination weddings are a popular choice, preparation is key

Europe has many different locations and options. Pricing will vary in Europe as well, but if you are looking for oldworld charm and an incredible start to your adventure together as husband and wife, it may be just what you dream.

By Chakel Palmer Special to the Surveyor

Congratulations! That special someone got down on one knee and your life will never be the same again. Now you get to plan that beautiful day you will join your lives together as one. There are many decisions and so many options when it comes to having the wedding of your dreams, but never forget in all the craziness that the planning and the day should be fun. (At the end of the day you get to walk down the aisle and spend your life with the person you love, the rest of it is just icing on the cake.) Have you ever considered a destination wedding? What is a destination wedding? Any wedding at least 100 miles from the bride’s home. Why a destination wedding? There are many advantages to a destination wedding: A beautiful backdrop: Your dream setting for your fairytale wedding. Whether you dream of islands, beaches, mountains, forests, old world charm, or glitz and glamour, there is a destination for you. It’s easier: Instead of planning everything by yourself, your travel agent can help keep everything simple when it comes to the travel for you and your guests. She can even help you find a wedding coordinator at your destination, or closer to home, for all those other details. A shorter guest list: With the extra distance and time commitment, people are a bit more understanding when it comes to a destination wedding. P.S. You can always do a reception when you get back home if you want too. Vacation with your closest friends and family: With all the people you care about coming, you will get quality time and actually enjoy the coming together and celebration of your marriage with your close friends. A more affordable vacation for your guests: Your guests will thank you for the excuse to vacation. (Think:

Important notes: Different places/countries have different rules and regulations when it comes to the paperwork of marriage. Make sure you know the rules or have your travel agent and coordinator help you navigate the regulations. More information can also be found at the website: search marriage.

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group discounts arranged by your travel coordinator) More affordable for you: Many destinations offer wedding packages, and some resorts even offer weddings for free. Even if it’s not free, you have more flexibility as to the day of the week and time of your wedding, which can save you money too. This year’s popular destinations for weddings Mexico and the Caribbean: Mexico is a short flight from Denver, and the Caribbean isn’t too much farther by connecting flights. Both have many all-inclusive resorts which are a wonderful option for your wedding. Costs are consolidated for you and your guests. Hawaii: It is a little farther away, but beautiful. There are several islands to choose from, and it is still a U.S. state, so it keeps the paperwork simple. Hawaii does not have the all-inclusive options, so pricing may vary a bit more. Europe: Becoming more of a destination recently,

Maybe a destination wedding isn’t for you, but I guarantee honeymooning is. I was just at a wedding where the officiant gave practical marriage advice, including “honeymoon annually.” It really is great advice. A chance to get away and enjoy the world together, whether near or far, is one of my favorite parts of marriage. Who says the honeymoon has to end? Destination wedding and honeymoon planning can be easy when you have the help of a great travel agent. They can help you figure out the right destinations; they know the ins and outs of travel (like whether you should book under your maiden or married name); and they can manage the travel of groups of people much easier than you. Your travel agent will make sure everything is in order and help in case something goes wrong. Without a travel agent, you’re on your own. Where do you find an amazing travel agent? I highly recommend mine, Kina Palmer. She has plenty of experience and working with her a breeze. Here’s to a happy wedding and wedded bliss. Kina Palmer, Travelhound. Call 303-902-8567 or email: Website:

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Grooms: Look your wedding-day best

Special to the Surveyor

Weddings are a chance for couples tying the knot to be the center of attention. All eyes will be glued to the bride and groom on this special day, which makes it even more important for couples to look their collective best. Brides might garner most of the attention on a couple’s wedding day, but dashing grooms also will get their share of attention. As a result, grooms must be just as diligent as their blushing brides with regard to grooming and appearance on their wedding days. To look picture-perfect, grooms may want to include these grooming tips in their weddingday preparation.

Hair Schedule a haircut with a professional stylist roughly a week before the wedding to get your hair shaped and trimmed. Although trendy hairstyles may show off creativity, keep in mind photos last forever, and it’s often better to stick with a classic cut. A barber or stylist may suggest styles that best suit your face shape and hair texture. Above all, the haircut should be neat. Resist the urge to wash your hair every day before the wedding. Allow some natural oils to build up and make your hair shine in a healthy way. Shaving Shaving is another thing grooms must consider. If you have a beard, make sure it is clean, combed and trimmed. Men who shave the day of their wedding may find their skin is sensitive and irritated, which can lead to redness. Unless your facial hair grows especially fast, shave the evening before. This is a good time to splurge on a professional shave with a straight razor at a barber shop. A hot shave from a professional will produce a close shave with the least amount of irritation when done correctly. Hands

Grooms also may want to book a manicure. Keep in mind salons will do men’s non-polish manicures and pedicures, and they can be well worth the investment. Photos of entwined hands or close-ups of the ring exchange will have guests zeroing in on your fingers. Have hands look their best with clean, shaped fingernails and trimmed cuticles.

Skin Get plenty of sleep the night prior to the wedding. Being well rested will help reduce puffy eyes, dark circles and sallow skin. It will also put you in a more positive mood, which can help you enjoy the day even more. The day of the wedding, shower using water and a mild soap. Avoid any skin irritation by patting your face and body dry, rather than rubbing it with the towel. Moisturize your skin to avoid dry patches. Stores sell many moisturizers geared toward men’s needs, often in unscented or more masculine fragrances. Reducing shine is key for wedding-day photos. Rely on face and hair products that will not add unnecessary sheen to your skin or hair to avoid making you look greasy. Matte hair waxes and sprays will tame tresses. Also, ask your fiancé to pick you up a package of blotting tissues if you are prone to oily skin. These absorbent, typically rice-paper sheets will remove oil from your face and keep sheen to a minimum. Smile Make sure your teeth have been thoroughly brushed and you have used a minty mouthwash so you’re primed for that first kiss. Many grooms also opt for whitening treatments prior to the wedding so they have a dazzling smile. On their wedding day’s grooms will likely be photographed more than any other time in their lives. That means putting extra effort into personal grooming to look their best.

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