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2009 EDITION OUR COVER

Central Oregon still remains a mecca for weddings and events. Our goal is to bring to our readers informative, timely articles to assist in their planning process. We are committed to providing our readers with a publication that offers sound information combined with a powerful resource guide for locating quality, local industry professionals. In the coming years, we look forward to growing to meet the needs of our expanding local event industry. We appreciate your continued patronage and support of the Central Oregon Wedding & Event Resource Guide. Whether or not you have ever planned a wedding or event, it’s imperative to know that each one requires an extensive amount of detail oriented decision making. Our goal is to provide you with some basic knowledge of and ideas about event planning and execution. In the following pages we hope to give you information that will help you simplify the planning process, reduce emotional stress and ultimately create memories that will last a lifetime!

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This years’ cover features an outstanding photograph by Stott Shots Photography. Owners, Kyle & Kacie share their love for photography and their passion for life. Their immense gratitude and personal passions are exemplified in their broad array of outstanding professional images. One specific image, “Shuttered Glance,” won them a 2008 Award of Excellence at the “Wedding Portrait Photographers” convention in Las Vegas. No matter what the creative challenge, their images always possess a vibrant sensitivity, and a passionate spirit. This is aptly expressed in the tag line of their website: “Illuminating the Essence of Love.” Visit their online portfolio at: www.stottshotsphotography.com. The Central Oregon Edition of Celebrations Wedding & Event Resource Guide is Published Annually by the Central Oregon Event Professionals Association. All Rights Reserved No part of this Publication may be reproduced for commercial purposes without written permission from the Publisher Central Oregon Event Professionals Association © 17061 Cooper Drive Bend, Oregon 97707 541-593-1766

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Editors Corner Trends for 2009 Bravo Wedding Showcase Officiants Wedding Timetable Consultants/Coordinators Dream Wedding Giveaway Apparel Transportation Rentals Wedding Information Outline Locations Cake Design Catering Spirts for Every Occasion Trends in Shoes Photography 50 Ways to Personalize Your Day Beauty Flowers Children and Weddings Videography Live Entertainment DJ Entertainment Advertisers Index

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The Best Locations in Central Oregon

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Beverages that Mesh with the Aesthetics

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50 Ways to Personalize your Wedding

From intimate settings to full service resort properties and everything in between Color and accoutrements make the difference

Ready made list of ideas to take your wedding “over the top”

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EDITOR’S CORNER

2009 A year of challenges!

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Personalize Your Wedding

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Decorations and Beverages

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Welcome to the 7th edition of the Celebrations Wedding & Event Resource Guide. We are excited to be back for another year presenting you, the latest and greatest trends, ideas and the means to access the best professionals in the business of staging outrageous weddings and events. In order to give our readers more detailed information, last year started a precedent where we featured one specific area of wedding and event production. This also gave respective advertisers more exposure for their goods and services. This year on pages 18-23 we are focusing on the great expanse of “Event Locations” in Central Oregon. In this feature article we present numerous locations options in and around the high desert. Our goal is to educate our readership about these outstanding venues. Whether for a formal wedding or a casual outdoor setting, no matter the season Central Oregon can aptly accommodate any event with style and panache. Our second feature for this year focuses on how to personalize your wedding, making the day specific and special for you and your partner. In the article “50 Ways to Personalize your Wedding” on pages 35-37, we give you line by line ideas to take your wedding to the top. Making your wedding day as individual as you choose, and in so doing, creating lasting memories for family and friends. The third featured article “Beverages” on page 28 takes a different twist on refreshments and brings the party drinks into the art and decoration arena. Brides are purposefully selecting beverage choices that compliment their color palette and theme. This is a very fun way to punch up the overall sensation of the party with color and pizazz. Because of the challenging economy we have all been facing, we want to especially thank all our advertisers for this year’s magazine. We consider their support to be a great compliment to us. So many wonderful wedding and event professionals continue to value this resource guide because it brings them a steady stream of business throughout the year. The good news is that in economic tough times there are statistically more weddings. Couples tend to feel better when they face obstacles as a team. So it looks like we will all be busy, which will help our Central Oregon economy. When in doubt…throw a party!

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Weddings have evolved over the years to be a reflection of the join-

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ing of the unique personalities of two loving people. Gone are the days of accepting a package deal from the local Elks Lodge. This is the era for “personality” to infuse inspiration into your special day making the celebration specific for the couple. Today’s grooms have as much influence in the planning and design of their wedding as the brides have had in the past. This year’s key trends are kicked up a notch from the previous year’s focusing on personality, a commitment to the environment and details that reflect the belief systems of the bride and groom. This year more couples than ever will unite in holy matrimony. History show us that a struggling economy has a way of bringing couples together, so they can build a life as a team, and succeed. While this year will see the most unions of record, they will be highlighted by the “details” and reflection of personal belief systems. A common theme throughout the world is that of going “Green”. This notion has expanded since our last year’s article which talked about recycling and communing with nature. Now “Green” has filtered into everything we do and how we think about the world around us. Re-using a wedding dress or other attire reflects the desire to reduce waste by making use of a quality garment. Transportation such as horse drawn carriages, carpooling and the use of eco-friendly transportation for guests reduces fuels released into the atmosphere. Using only china and crystal that can be washed rather than thrown away reduces disposable waste. Another compassionate option is to recycle centerpieces and bouquets to brighten the day of an elderly person or ill patient. The re-use of the wedding flowers brings an added joy to the couple by giving back to those less fortunate. “Green” is no longer a fad. It’s now a way of life! Color, Color, Color will be the motivation for the expression of couples throughout the year. Vibrant, fiery colors will dominate the wedding season with beautiful bright reds and fuchsia pinks. These colors will be displayed in floral arrangements, cakes, and ring stones, bridesmaid dresses, “shoes” and other accessories for brides. Look for bold combinations of color that reflect personalities and inject a twist of individualism to the color scheme. The hottest trends in recent years have been chocolate and teal, lime green with orange and the stunning combination of red with accents of black or ivory. These beautiful colors will be combined with luminescent colors such as the glitz and glamour of silver and gold. It’s all about breaking up the sameness of white and ivory wedding gowns with hot flashes of color. You can bet red will be everywhere, only this year it will include an additional accent color in a bold hue! Individuality and thoughtfulness go hand in hand. In the wedding world giving back to the guests is the most sincere form of kindness. Distinctive favors that reflect the personality of the couple are the best way to show your guests that you appreciate their presence at your wedding. Finding that specific favor that depicts the joined personalities of the couple can be difficult. The search to find the perfect favor is a pursuit for a communion of the union. Whether the two are full-time baristas with a passion for coffee, pizza lovers, or a classic duo that envisions traditional Jordan almonds in a custom gift box, favors are a way to enhance the table décor while sharing a small piece of the couple in the process. One of the most fun trends right now is custom M&M’s in their wedding colors. Imagine your face imprinted on an M&M in just the right color. These are just a few suggestions of ways to add your personality into your special day and let your guests take a little bit home with them. Trends in this year’s wedding market will ultimately be determined by you, the bride of the future. Anything is possible when you have a dream. Make that dream a reality by bringing elements into your special day that reflect your unique personalities and celebrate your union with style throughout.

What’s HOT? What’s NOT for 2009?

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Officiants Once you set the date for your nuptials, you should be thinking about who is going to conduct the ceremony. Since time began, officiants have been marrying people with a variety of cultural and spiritual traditions. For some cou-

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ples the choice is simple. They have regularly attended a church and have a connection with that particular priest or minister. Others will need to interview clergy or certified officiants to make their choice. Keep in mind some denominations have a set marital process in which all couples are required to participate. This process often includes pre-marital counseling. Once you make your selection, be sure to discuss with the minister or priest what your options are for personalizing your service. Personalizing could mean writing your own vows, selecting your music or adding elements to the ceremony which are nontraditional. If you are more inclined to have a nondenominational officiant, it is important to take some time to interview several. Be assured, that you know your spiritual needs will be met. You will more likely have the opportunity to personalize the service so that it reflects both people’s values.

Officiants are vital to the ceremony process. They are both the physical representative of the state and the ceremonious guide for the nuptial vows. They function as professional facilitators, gifted personal counselors and passionate spiritual communicators.

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Day by day.... A Wedding Timetable Cut out or copy this timetable to help keep your planning on track. 12 Months or more ahead of time

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Start a wedding planning notebook to include your ideas, guest lists and thoughts for the day. Determine the type of wedding; formal or informal, indoor or outdoor, religious or civil ceremony. Choose a few dates that fit with personal and family schedules, work requirements, and honeymoon desires. Establish a budget and determine who is responsible for which expenses. Include ceremony, reception, and honeymoon. Consider hiring a wedding consultant/coordinator to make your dreams come true.

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Choose your wedding attendants and request the honor of including them. Visit with the clergy and review any church/synagogue requirements. Determine your ceremony and reception location and finalize date with deposits. Meet with florists to help determine color theme considering flower availability and floral design, secure chosen florist with deposit. Select your wedding gown. Set appointments to meet with event professionals such as caterer, cake designer, photographer, videographer, musicians and disc jockeys. Secure your choices with a deposit. Select Bridesmaids gowns and have fitted. Contract with remaining professionals you have chosen and send deposits. Review all contracts and compare with your original budget, adjust if necessary. Compile names and addresses for your guest list. Notify any out-of-town travelers of the date and send package of travel information which can be obtained from the Chamber of Commerce and/or Visitors Bureau. Order invitations and thank-you notes. Reserve any needed rental equipment such as chairs, linens, tents or decorations.

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Research and plan site for rehearsal dinner. Plan and confirm your honeymoon. Arrange any necessary transportation. Have groom, groomsmen, fathers, and ushers fitted for formalwear. Confirm delivery of bride’s and bridesmaid’s dresses. Select ceremony and reception music. Request people you want to do readings and candle lightings in your ceremony. Choose readings. Ask people to handle duties during the wedding and reception such as the guest book, cake cutting, passing favors, etc. Finalize all contracts, pay deposits, and review overall budget. Choose bridal and attendants accessories. Purchase wedding rings. Register for wedding gifts.

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Check local marriage license requirements. Schedule appointment with hairstylist to plan styles and veil/headpiece possibilities. Begin planning if you are writing your own vows, share with your officiant. Meet with florist to finalize floral arrangements, decorations and bouquets.

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• Meet with photographer to plan “must-have” shots and time-line of wedding day. • Choose gifts for wedding party, parents, and any helpers. • Meet with cake designer to finalize design. • Buy cake knife, toasting glasses, guest book, and garter. • Plan ceremony program and research printing options.  Mail invitations six weeks prior to date. • Confirm reservations for out of town guests. • Make reservations for wedding night accommodations. • Set aside time to write any thank-you notes for helpers and shower gifts. • Make sure you have “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue”. • Begin completing proper name change documents and address changes if necessary. • Make sure all wedding attendants have final fittings. • Order favors based on guest count. • Get marriage license.

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Finalize all aspects of the wedding. Meet with music provider to plan reception itinerary and important songs for each special event. Share this list with your photographer and caterer. Confirm honeymoon reservations. Pick up wedding rings. Begin seating plan, decide if place cards are necessary and produce. Write toasts for rehearsal dinner and reception. Consult with hair stylist for final decisions including accessories and veil.

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Contact any guests that have not responded. Have final dress fitting; be sure to wear your chosen lingerie. Have a facial and any other beauty treatments such as tanning sessions. Have a meeting and/or phone call with officiant, review marriage license. Pack for your honeymoon. Mail any payments required before the wedding day. Prepare wedding announcements to send to newspapers. Wrap gifts you have purchased, be sure to include a thank-you note.

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Pick up your gown and try on everything together one last time, break in shoes at home. Give caterer final count for reception. Put final payments including tips in envelopes to be distributed at reception. Confirm details with all participants and review requests you have made for help. Groom and attendants to pick up formalwear and finalize fittings. Pack bride’s emergency kit for the wedding day. Designate person to take your belongings home after the reception, as well as return any rented or borrowed items. If you are having your flowers preserved, make arrangements to have them delivered while you are on your honeymoon.

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Have manicure, pedicure and a massage-relax and enjoy! Mail wedding announcements. Put everything together for the wedding day in one place including clothing, license, and rings. Have rehearsal and then enjoy your family and friends at rehearsal dinner.

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Have hair and make-up done. Travel to wedding site early. Begin dressing 2 hours prior to ceremony or beginning of pictures. Relax and enjoy the day you have worked so hard to create!

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Use your honeymoon to get some much deserved quality time with your spouse. Send thank-you notes within 2 months of your wedding day. Review photos and purchase wedding album. Freeze cake top. Take gown and veil to be cleaned and preserved.

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Coordinators

Every Brides Best Friend!

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Coordinators are the saving grace for stressed brides. Their knowledge of the planning process and close association with local industry professionals can save you countless hours of time and multiple trips to your “shrink.”

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Planning a wedding may seem easy at first, but the reality is that it can take a tremendous amount of time as well as money to try to “do-it yourself.” That is why God made Event Coordinators; to not only “save the day” for the bride but to save months of worry and planning prior to the big day. Hiring an event coordinator can be the wisest choice a bride can make. The Coordinator’s sole role is to shoulder the burden of making the wedding happen as the bride has envisioned it. To find a qualified and competent Coordinator in Central Oregon is pretty simple. Select several to interview, make a list of questions and set a time when she will have ample opportunity to talk with you about your “dream day.” You can also ask for references from past brides to get a sense of how she works with the bridal party, families, officiants, musicians, entertainers and purveyors. You want someone who can see your vision and deliver it to you. Before making a decision make sure you have established a trust with the Coordinator. Trust is crucial with this one person because the event’s success hinges on this person being able to pull it all together. What should you expect from a Coordinator? From the beginning a Coordinator should be meeting with you on a regular basis or having conference calls if you are not in the same area. It is her job to listen to your ideas and help bring them to fruition. She can help with all aspects of the wedding such as site selection, caterers, florists, officiants, rentals, transportation, lodging, entertainment, musicians, cake designers, photographers and many more. She will most likely have relationships with these people who will give her a discounted rate for their goods and services. That will help with your budget. The Event Planner will not only get all these pieces lined up but she will be the “Ring Master” of the show so to speak. She will be directing the activities of all the players, ensuring that the sequence of events transpires as flawlessly as possible. In addition she will be your ‘new best friend” throughout the day to make sure you have all your needs met in a compassionate and timely manner. Weddings can be stressful but with a Coordinator you can relax more readily and enjoy the day.

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Wedding apparel has taken on a whole new look. Today’s brides are stepping outside the box and infusing bold, dynamic colors into the bridal party palette. Take a chance and spice up the aesthetic appearance of your wedding party.

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Apparel They say, “once you choose the dress it’s all downhill from there.”

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That might have been true a few years ago, but for today’s wedding celebration the dress is only part of the mix. It is true that the bride’s dress is the largest diamond in the setting for the wedding, but the groom’s attire has also come a long way and plays a great role in depicting his character and preferences. Adding a splash of color to both the wedding dress and the wedding party’s attire is very much envogue for 2009. The hottest colors for this year are the fiery reds and hot pink fuchsias. Many bridal gowns now are decorated with contrasting colors against the white or ivory background to bring more attention to the gown. These color swatches can manifest themselves in sashes or in ornamental design elements on the gown itself. The shoes of both the bride and bridesmaids can sport that accent color as well. For more formal weddings, the color shows up for the guys in vests, cummerbunds, and ties. For more casual affairs the color dominates in shirts. Tommy Bahama makes an appearance at the more casual summer celebrations paired with shorts or slacks. Again, these choices are totally personal and will reflect the style of wedding you want and clearly show people who you and your soon-to-be-better half are. Another trend this year for bridesmaid dresses is for the bride to select a color and length of dress and then allow each bridesmaid the option of picking out her own dress in accordance with her particular style. With this option the bridesmaid will most

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HOT COLORS REIGN SUPREME likely have the opportunity to wear the dress again for another occasion. This is also a good option for flower girls dresses. Dress styles come and go, but it seems that almost any era has a dress that can be the perfect pick for today’s bride. Whether you want a classic, modern, romantic, vintage or a beach sheath dress, just make sure that the rest of your accessories match the style and that your entourage is dressed accordingly. Hair, make-up and jewelry will complete the look. Remember to explore the color option and to select a style that will truly reflect your personality and that of your fiancé. Take plenty of time to make your choice and shop around so you know you have seen all the options. It’s your day and you deserve to be that “vision of beauty.”

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Coach, carriage or limousine? Transportation on your wedding day can be a unique part of your entire scheme. Nothing is too outrageous! From horses to Harleys and carriages to Cadillacs, choose something that will make a personal statement and get you where your going in style.

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day is going to go smoothly. One way to ensure that is to have a solid transportation plan for the day. This plan is developed to make sure that the bridal party gets to the ceremony site without a glitch. It can also serve to move friends and family members to and from the site. No matter what method of transportation you choose, a timetable for pick-up and delivery is paramount. This responsibility is sometimes given to a member of the wedding party such a groomsman or usher. More often, it falls on the shoulders of a hired chauffeur that will be in attendance throughout the event, catering to your every need. The latest trend is to choose a mode of transportation that is more “Green” such as a horse drawn carriage in the warmer weather or a sleigh in the winter. Both are available in Central Oregon. To really be original think outside the “car.” For one young lady who grew up on a large farm her brother showed up outside the reception driving a tractor with a “Just Married” sign adhered to the back of it. For another who was married by a beauti-

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ful river, she and her new husband stepped into a drift boat and floated down the river while guest threw flowers into the river. On another occasion a couple were married in their kayaks on the Deschutes River and then paddled away to their reception. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination. Living in the great northwest offers many opportunities to create your own exotic exit plan from your ceremony and/or reception. Have fun with it and surprise your guests.

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Rentals

Details make the difference in dynamic decor! Unless you are having an ultra-small wedding, you will most likely need the services of a Professional Party Rental service. Party professionals have everything you need to put on a “first class” event. The location, theme and style of your wedding will determine exactly what you need to rent. Obviously the simpler and smaller the wedding, the less rentals needed. Once you have the ‘vision” you can initiate the process for finding the right rental professional.

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ABOVE: Square plates are all the rage for contemporary settings. These elegant emerald green glass plates make a dynamic statement and accentuate the geometry of the family style banquet tables.

ABOVE: table linens can change a table setting from eclectic to elegant. These analogous, monochromatic tones of sage green create a beautiful and simplistic fall setting. Photo by: Todd Martyn-Jones Photography

ABOVE: Nothing says sophistication more than chair covers. This exquisite decor is enhanced by using pure white covers tied with rich, vibrant red sashes and bows. The red/white theme was carried throughout the entire event.

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The best way to find the right fit is to select several companies in the area and go visit their showroom. You can tell a lot about the company by inspecting their wares sitting in the showroom. Interviewing each group is important as well. You want to make sure you have a person you can trust and like working with. It is perfectly acceptable to ask for references so that you can check for things like reliability, quality, timeliness, and accountability. This professional will be able to help you with a myriad of decisions about your events needs. They can provide items such as tents, tables, chairs, china, crystal, linens, dance floors, stages, heaters and even candelabras. Once you have the agency selected you meet with them to discuss the actual event. Once you have shared those details they will be able to give you a line by line estimate of everything you will need in terms of quantity and price. They are experts and can calculate your needs easily. They will provide you with a contract that should be reviewed carefully. Make sure you understand all your responsibilities. Make sure they are clear on things like set-up and breakdown times. The rental company should understand how long it will take to get the event site ready for the celebration. Conversely they will also know how long it will take to breakdown the event. When they arrive at the site their items should be clean and in good repair. If not, replacements should be provided. They should be easy to work with and accommodating to the bride and/or event coordinator. Their focus should be on providing great customer service. Using a Professional Party Rental Company should take a big load off your mind as far as planning the details of the event. Find a reputable company with good references and let the “professionals” do their job.

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WEDDING INFORMATION OUTLINE

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This page should be used as your quick reference for phone numbers of the professionals you have contracted and important details about your event. Make copies of this form to give to each person involved in your wedding.

Bride & Groom Contact Information Grooms Name

Brides Name

Relationship

Person Responsible for Wedding Plans Mailing Address City, State, Zip Grooms Phone

Brides Phone Address After Wedding

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Wedding Day Information Time

Ceremony Location

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Bride Arrival Time

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Reception Location

Set up Start Time Set up Start Time Phone

Reception Address Couple Departure

Couple Arrival Time

End Time

Important Contact Information Coordinator/Consultant

Email

Phone

Officiant

Email

Phone

Photographer

Email

Phone

Videographer

Email

Phone

Florist

Email

Phone

Bridal Gown/Bridesmaids

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Phone

Alterations

Email

Phone

Tuxedos

Email

Phone

Caterer/Banquet Manager

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Phone

Cake

Email

Phone

Ceremony Music

Email

Phone

Reception Music

Email

Phone

Equipment Rental

Email

Phone

Decorations

Email

Phone

Maid of Honor

Email

Phone

Best Man

Email

Phone

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Beverage selection has taken on new role for the modern wedding. Not only do you want to pair your beverages to your cuisine, but you can also pair it with your color palette and wedding style or theme. This is a wonderful way to stimulate the senses of your guests through taste, touch, smell and sight. Imagine a sophisticated summer event with yellow as a major player in the color palette. Creating a signature Lemon Drop Martini in a stemmed glass glistening with sugar around the rim ties the theme and the style together beautifully. For the kids serve lemonade. For a tropical theme with a color palette including fuchsia serve Mai Tais with the traditional umbrella accompaniment to visually complete the concept. The kids would love a good quality fruit punch. Use your imagination to expand your beverage horizons. Let the drinks be another “work of art” that embellishes your celebration. Here’s to you!

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6. MUTUAL TATOOS. Celebrate your commitment with matching tattoos selected to commemorate some aspect of your relationship. 7. HONOR YOUR CULTURE. Heritage is the backbone of true family. Incorporate traditional dress, music, food and ceremony into your event. It will assist in continuing age old traditions and certainly please your parents. 8. A SIGNATURE DRINK. Nothing gets a party started like a unique cocktail at the beginning of your reception. You can always have the standard wine, beer and champagne, but consider a tangy apple martini, peach sangria or lemon drop. 9. ARRIVE IN STYLE. Rent a vintage car, stretch limo or horse drawn carriage to be your transportation for the day. Consider the entire wedding party and rent a bus, trolley, fancy motorcoach or multiple carriages. 10. EMBRACE THE SEASON. The seasons can provide you with a plethora of dynamic design and theme opportunities. From the fresh bright colors of spring to the deep rich monochromatic tones of winter, let your imagination go wild and create your own personal pallet. 11. HONOR OUT OF TOWN GUESTS. Create a special gift package for those individuals who came a long distance to celebrate this day with you. Make it personal and something easy to carry home with them. Share with them some local candies, wines, literature, local attractions and maybe even a gift card to your favorite restaurant. 12. SPECIAL PLACE CARDS. Place cards can be made from just about anything. Make a statement by using old photos, places you’ve visited, favorite sports or items from nature that coincide with the season of your wedding. 13. CUSTOM WEDDING FAVORS. Look for items that are uniquely yours or create personalized favors with monogrammed glasses, bottles of wine, key chains, bags of coffee, mints, special foods, baskets or detailed containers. 14. PICK A THEME. It doesn’t have to be totally over-the-top, but something subtle. How about western, 1950’s, or just focusing on a color or country. It can often be quite fun to carry the theme through each aspect of the wedding process. 15. SPECIAL GUEST BOOKS. Try renting an arcade photo booth and having guests shoot their own candid shots and sign them. Or break out an old “typewriter” and have each guest type in a short note. 16. UNTRADITIONAL TABLE CENTERPIECES. Instead of just flowers, consider going out on the edge a bit with wine bottle center pieces, fruit, colored candles, boldly decorated boxes or combinations of all the above. 17. CAKE TOPPER. Break from the standard bride and groom and incorporate something that is much more personal like your college mascots or favorite sporting activity or maybe an item from the place your planning to honeymoon. 18. NORTHWEST TEA OR COFFEE. If caffeine is your vice, host a special table with flavored lattes, teas or hot coffee drinks. These could go especially well at your desert time. 19. INCLUDE PETS ON THE GUEST LIST. Most every new SUV in the northwest come equipped with at least one canine. Dress them up and make them a part of the wedding. 20. FIND AN UNCONDITIONAL WEDDING VENUE. Go for something out of the ordinary like a theatre, museum, airplane hanger or dude ranch. 21. SPECIAL AREA FOR KIDS. Create an area just for the “munchkins” with games, bright colors, sweets, and food designed just for them. 22. SHOOT BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOS. Go back to basics with the classic look of B&W.

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23. PERSONALIZE YOUR NAPKIN RINGS. It’s a small detail with a big effect. Choose something that fits your theme, like ring of daises, grapes or beads. Craft stores have thousands of options that can highlight your intentions. 24. THEME DANCES. Pick a couple of special dances that encourage all the reception participants to join in. Whether it’s the “polka” or the “electric slide,” it’s a great way to get and keep the party going. 25. WEDDING PARTY DEDICATIONS. Rather than the traditional “toasts”, require each member of the wedding party to do a skit, dance or create their own unique message to you and your new partner. 26. POST CARD GUEST BOOK. Instead of the traditional guest book, have pre-stamped and addressed postcards for guests to fill out. They will be a great surprise to greet you on your return from your honeymoon. 27. WRITE A MESSAGE ON THE BOTTOM OF YOUR SHOES. Use colored press-on rhinestones or jewels to print your initials or convey some secret message that only you and your partner understand. 28. SIGNATURE NON-ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES. Not everyone wants a cocktail. Create a signature non-alcoholic daiquiri or margarita to compliment your lemonade and iced tea. 29. PERSONALIZE READINGS OR POETRY. Make your ceremony stand out by customizing the elements like readings, prayers and poetry. Read books and look online for verses that are special to you both. 30. PERSONALIZED PROGRAMS. Include photos of the wedding party with a short explanation of who he or she is and why they are so special to you. 31. GO RETRO. It’s all the rage! Big hair, glamorous makeup, a vintage gown and “edgy photos”. It’s not for every bride and groom, but it makes a real statement and can produce some fun design elements. 32. ENGAGEMENT PHOTO DISPLAY. Show off your engagement photos in a display at the reception. Choose some great romantic shots or images that are striking and artistic. Place them near the guest book for viewing. 33. AN AT HOME WEDDING. This does not work for every couple. However, it makes the entire event extremely cozy and personal. It also offers your guests a ready made reflection of your past. 34. HAND DELIVER SOME INVITATIONS. Many individuals have been very special in your life and deserve special attention. Take the time to “hand deliver” their invitation. It will give you an opportunity to share your joy personally. 35. MIX AND MATCH WEDDING PARTY COLORS. There is no rule that says, “bridesmaids dresses and groomsmen suits must match.” Create a sense of whimsey with dresses and suits of different colors. Tie them together with a dominant accessory. 36. USE UNIQUE OBJECTS FOR DECOR. This is a great thing about personalization, you can implement virtually anything your imagination can dream up. How about gift boxes decorated with fresh flowers. 37. CANDLE CENTERPIECES. Candles come in a wide range of colors and give off a warm inviting glow. Not to mention they are often less expensive than flowers. 38. ADD COLOR TO CLASSIC ATTIRE. Try wearing a bright colored sash, shoes or flowers with solid colors dresses . The men can wear vests, shirts, ties or pocket handkerchiefs in the same color. A clean, slick, sophisticated look! 39. INCORPORATE FRUITS AND FLOWERS. Your decor can be stylized by the use of fruit & flower combinations. Go monotone with red roses and red

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strawberries, or incorporate contrasting colors like yellow daises with bright lemons and limes. 40. A CHOCOLATE FOUNTAIN. This is the perfect solution to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth. Provide strawberries, pineapple, pear and cookies for dipping. 41. LET THE GROOM SHINE. Not every guy feels comfortable in a tuxedo. Let your special guy showcase his own personal style. He might be a “Hawaiian shirt” kind of guy or feel more at home in a slick, stylish suit with a coordinating necktie. 42. CHAUFFEUR YOUR GUESTS. Parking is always a hassle, especially for elderly guests. Consider providing stretch limos, decorated golf carts or even horse-drawn carriages for your guests to get from their cars to your reception venue. 43. CUPCAKES. Wedding cake is delicious, but consider cupcakes as an alternative. They are smaller bite-sized portions and can be considerably less expensive than a formal wedding cake. 44. FAMILY OR FRIEND VOCALISTS. Ask a talented family member or friend to sing at the ceremony or reception. It’s a great opportunity for them to contribute in their own special way to your wedding day. 45. REHEARSAL DINNER. Break with the standard, formal restaurant setting and stage a barbecue in the woods or a clam bake on a scenic lake. 46. GROOMSMEN GIFTS. Guys are always hard to buy for. Make it something that’s right up their alley, like sports tickets, personalized beer or a round on a special golf course. 47. FOOD STATIONS. Plated dinners are great but can be quite expensive. Consider a buffet of individual food stations. This allows guests to select exactly what they enjoy in just the right proportions. 48. DAZZLE THE DECOR. Step it up a notch with rented chair covers, colored linens, or crystal glassware and candelabras. For an even more dramatic statement, add custom chandeliers or dynamic flower arrangements. 49. RENT A PRIVATE HOME. For more intimate weddings, private homes can offer a warm and special aura of sophistication and elegance. 50. A SIGNATURE DISH. Showcase and share your favorite foods at your reception. Whether it’s barbecue, berries or Boston cream pie....it’s your chance to share your favorites with your friends and family.

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BEAUTY Lifestyle is the foundation!

Looking great on your wedding day requires more than a quick trip to the beauty parlor. It’s a process that requires a total lifestyle evaluation. Fitness, proper diet, hygiene and sufficient rest are the ingredients for a healthy lifestyle. Once these are in balance,

choosing the right styles and accessories to fit your body type will complete your overall look. Here are some suggestions for capturing and maintaining your natural beauty.

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• Start a regular routine of healthy eating and exercise. This will help to maintain fitness and relieve stress. If you need to shed a few extra pounds, give yourself plenty of time and do so with the help of a professional. • If you plan to change your hair color or do any semi-permanent cosmetic changes, do so months in advance to make sure they meet your expectations. • On your wedding day try not to change too many things from your normal routine. For example, if you always wear our hair down – you shouldn’t plan to do a dramatic up-do for the wedding. If you are not used to wearing platform heels – don’t make your wedding day a first! • When choosing a wedding dress and accessories seek professional help to ensure a flattering style, fit and comfort. Be open to their suggestions and try on as many as possible to be sure you are finding the best style for your body type. • Routine facials, pedicures and manicures will ensure the most “polished” look for your big day. Test out all products and hairstyles prior to your big day. Make sure to choose products that will keep you fresh the entire day. • Makeup and finishing touches will put the final seal on your look for the day. There are many long wearing products available. • Consider working with a professional makeup artist to achieve your desired look.

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Flowers are the simplest way to bring excitement and color into your event. With so many textures and colors to choose from, combinations for arrangements and bouquets are infinite. However, pricing can vary widely depending on the time of year.

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press and enhance the aesthetic theme of your wedding. Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bride has an infinite array of colors, shapes and sizes of flowers at her disposal from which to create. Assessing the possibilities is the key to aesthetic success. An accomplished floral designer can recommend flowers that are available locally, or ones that are easily obtained at reasonable prices. In February yellow calla lilies may break the bank, but they may be just the right price for an infusion of color in May. Trust the professionals to have an array of examples for creations that can transform your dream into a reality.

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Children bring a certain magic to every event. Their sense of wonder and innocent exuberance is magnetic and promotes an overwhelming sensation of joy and optimism within us all.

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Kids have a magical way of bringing warmth and love into almost any situation. For your wedding, they really love being part of the celebration. Having children in the wedding ceremony is very traditional. Flower girls and ring bearers bring that touch of innocence and whimsy to the party. After the service it is great to have a special “kids” area where all the kids can hang out, eat fun food and be entertained. Planning the special “kids” area is a wonderful gift for their parents and the other guests. It allows everyone to “play” without worry and without a lot of interruption.

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Videography

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By Kara McGinn Jensen Imagine yourself, moments before you are to walk down the aisle to marry the man of your dreams. As your father takes hold of your arm, he hugs you and tells you that you are the most beautiful bride he has seen since your mother, 28 years ago. Together, you march down the isle. The ceremony ensues, concluded with a kiss! You glide down the isle to the recessional wedding march! The Reception! The dinner! The dancing! How much do you actually remember? You can have each an every moment captured, just as it happened by hiring a professional videographer to document your special day. Their experience affords them the opportunity to be one step ahead of all the action. A seasoned professional can produce the raw footage that will encompass all aspects of your Wedding day, from the ceremony to personal testimonials from guests. Every videographer has a distinctive style. Choose the one that best meets your vision of what you want to see. Closely assess their creativity, their innovative processes, their demeanor and their price structure. Secondly, video quality can vary dramatically based on experience. Look for crisp,steady, well framed shots, clean and seamless editing and innovative transitions and photographic techniques. Great raw stock camera work is imperative to a great finished product. Keep in mind, most of this knowledge is only gained from on the job experience and continuing education. In the final assessment, your choice of a wedding videographer should be based on several key factors: a review of past work, editing style, compatibility, price and referrals. It is important to remember that your wedding only happens once. There are no second takes! Interview prospective professionals. Evaluate their strong and weak points. Then select the wedding videographer you think best knows how to capture the pulse, the character and broad range of emotions that will make the finished product a memory worthy of Photo by: Tullis Photography an â&#x20AC;&#x153;Academy Awardâ&#x20AC;?!

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is a reflection of the bride and grooms personal preferences. Part of setting the tone is the choice of location and music to showcase the event. The addition of live music for the ceremony can bring more depth and warmth to the celebration. There are many styles of live music that are available in our area. The use of a small duo or quartet featuring classical chamber music is appropriate for any wedding ceremony. You may Photo by: Studio 404 Photography prefer a lone harpist, or the soothing sounds of the piano to play your favorite tunes. As you envision your service you will need to plan exactly what songs you want and how they will fit into the ceremony. The musician(s) you select should have ample time to learn any songs that you may want. If at all possible provide them with a CD of the rendition you like so that they perform it in the same style.

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You may also use the same musician(s) for the reception as well if their repertoire lends itself to the type of entertainment you want for the party. When selecting musicians for your reception, you should be able to ask for a demo tape or CD to review their style and quality. Another alternative is to attend a live performance so you can see first hand how they perform and work with a crowd. If you are planning an outside venue, you will need to determine if electrical power is needed, or if their instruments are loud enough for your guests to hear. Be sure to check with the reception facility to determine space requirements and stage layout for the band. It will vary depending on the size of the group and the type of equipment they use. Once you have chosen the type of music and the performer or group you prefer, be sure to get all of your details in a written contract. Many professional entertainers have their own contract form which they will fill in all the data such as charges, set-up time, length of entertainment, breaks for the band during the gig and other items such as lodging or transportation costs. And finally, if you are requesting particular music, plan the sequence of the music to be performed. During the actual ceremony you will need to have a coordinator work with your musicians to give them cues as to when to start the ceremony music or change songs. If you have professional musicians the event should run quite smoothly. Professionals are used to the wedding format and can easily adapt to almost any situation or request. Your guests will enjoy and appreciate your entertainers both during the ceremony and reception. You can easily create a warm and inviting atmosphere for your guests with quiet background music for cocktails and or dinner and

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Disc Jockey’s

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isc Jockey’s have the ability to provide the most extensive repertoire of music to satisfy your ceremony needs as well as keep your quests dancing the night away. Hiring a friend with a great iPod might be cheaper. However, you might not be quite satisfied with the quality or quantity of sound produced by his favorite “boombox.” Professionals travel with extensive sound systems and ample backups in case of unforeseen problems. Most DJ’s will act as the Master of Ceremonies throughout your event and can provide seamless transitions between specific event sequences. With today’s digital technology, “requests” can be available in “seconds.” This means an experienced DJ can augment his program instantly with specific songs that meet your fancy perfectly. A great music collection and knowledge of all genres of music, makes the experienced DJ the right choice for your event. 5 hours of music means just that. They don’t take breaks and there are no gaps in the energy of the evening. Do you want your DJ to let the music do the talking, or do you want a charismatic DJ to have fun with your crowd? A experienced professional can connect with your guests and create a non-stop party atmosphere. Talk with local event

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planners and facility managers to see who they might recommend. A good recommendation from an industry professional can save you weeks of research and tons of time. The first order of business in any entertainment selection is to consult your facility contact regarding any specific requirements or limitations that might effect your music presentation. It’s important that you have a clear picture of your expectations. Then, make sure your DJ clearly understands your expectations and agrees to comply. Next, discuss appearance. Do you want them in a sophisticated tuxedo or a Hawaiian shirt? If you have a unique theme, discuss the options. Equipment can vary widely from DJ to DJ. Ask for details of the equipment they will be bringing, how much space they will require and in case of problems, do they have a backup? Equipment appearance can also be an issue. Will their station have covered tables and will cords be taped or covered. Clarify their power requirements and clearly outline any additional needs such as lights or microphones for special presentations. Most facilities will require DJ’s to provide their own liability insurance up to $1 million dollars of coverage. Ask for proof of this policy so you won’t be held liable in the event of some unfortunate mishap. Once you have narrowed your search, request a personal consultation to assess the professionalism and personality of your DJ. Once you are comfortable, sign a detailed contract outlining all your needs. This is a legally binding agreement that explains each party’s responsibilities and commitments. A deposit should be necessary to secure your date in ad-

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vance, with the balance due a few weeks prior to the event. As with other vendors in the wedding industry, the best ones book first; sometimes up to a year in advance. Consequently, don’t delay! Many DJ’s offer online tools on their websites to assist in song selections and overall event planning. One tool, the “Do Not Play” list targets specific songs that you absolutely do not want to hear at your event. Along with your personal song selections, this will assist the DJ in framing the perfect program of music for your special day. A great DJ can make the difference in a placid social gathering and a great party. Take the time to choose yours wisely and he or she can provide you with an evening to remember!

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Killer Whale Audio ............................................................. 47 Visit www.thepeak1041.com for contest details. Star Productions Entertainment Services ........................... 47 Live Entertainment Cascade Chamber Players ................................................. 45 Michelle Van Handel - The Sapphire Jazz Orchestra 45 Sterling Talent Inc. ........................................................... 45 Floral Design LeFleur Jardin .................................................................. 41 Wild Flowers of Oregon ..................................................... 41 Gift Registry Macy’s ..................................................... Inside Front Cover Jewelry Fred Meyer Jewelers.................................. 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