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September bride shares insights By REBECCA SAMSON-SIM Special to the Globe
fter surviving almost two years of planning that went into our Sept. 25, 2010, wedding in Bayfield, Wis., I feel like I should be an expert wedding planner. That is not to say that I gracefully went through the process of planning with no hiccups along the way, but I survived. And I managed to piece together an event that I was proud of and that reflected my vision of the perfect wedding day.
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Brides use websites to keep guests in loop By CARYN ROUSSEAU Associated Press
With friends and family headed to her California wedding from all over, bride-to-be Carrie Shields decided online organization was key. “Really the wedding website was one of the first things we did,” said Shields, 32, a public relations director from San Diego. Shields is marrying fiance R.J. Jones, 36, who was born and raised in Wales. Their April wedding in Napa Valley comes four years after they met through friends. “I knew people were going to have a lot of questions about what to do and how to get there,” Shields said. “I wanted to make it fun and personal. I kind of jumped right on things because people were traveling so far.” Wedding experts at TheKnot.com and its partner WeddingChannel.com say this year’s annual survey found 64 percent of brides now have a website to share details with guests about ceremony and reception logistics, registry information and travel accommodations. Web companies exist that allow couples to host wedding sites for free while others charge a fee for access to fancier
templates and tools. The page Shields created has a personal and creative flair. It features a blue and orange frame with a brown background. The happy couple smile from behind sunglasses on a beach. A counter below them lets visitors know it’s “151 until our wedding!” “A lot of the people coming over, they’ve never been to America,” Shields said. “I’m going to add a little bit about things to do in San Francisco, trying to take the guess work out of it.” Experts at WeddingWire.com recommend that couples launch their website at least six months before the wedding date to give guests as much information as early as possible. That allows time to make travel arrangements. WeddingWire also offers other online tools, including a program that lets guests RSVP directly from the website. Carley Roney, editor and founder of TheKnot.com, said her site and WeddingChannel.com together host more than 500,000 wedding websites for couples. “It’s a simple, easy way of communication,” Roney said. “It’s really like going to the website for a restaurant or a concert event. Everything is in one
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place.” That’s why more wedding w e b s i t e addresses are appearing in fancy fonts on the bottom of printed invitations. “ Yo u ’ r e going to want to give the same information you always needed to have on an invitation: the name, location, time of event,” Roney Associated Press said. But things like Carrie Shields updates her wedding website on Dec. 4 at at her dress code or home in San Diego. With friends and family headed to California b a b y s i t t i n g from around the country and the United Kingdom for her upcomservices can ing wedding, Shields knew online organization was key. be saved for Couples who choose WeddingChanthe website. Some sites let couples upload music or an audio track of their nel.com to host their websites can voices, video, animated graphics, or polls choose from templates by high-fashion asking guests what songs to play or designers like Oscar de la Renta, Monique Lhuillier and Vera Wang. which appetizers to serve. “You still want to make the investTo personalize her website, Shields added a “glossary” of Welsh and Ameri- ment in it to make it uniquely you,” can words, and photos of the 20-member Roney said. “Just like you do on the wedding day.” wedding party.
Wedding Website How-To Carley Roney, of TheKnot.com, offers three tips for setting up a wedding website: 1. Remember your etiquette. “You want to keep things ‘wedding and older people friendly. You don’t want to go on and on forever. You don’t want to put things like, ‘please ship our gifts to.’ Some of the etiquette that is wrong for wedding invitations is wrong for this too. To be making specific demands of your guests isn’t appropriate.” 2. Include registry information. A survey found that about 61 percent of guests find out where a couple is registered from their wedding website, a figure that has grown from 47 percent in 2008. “It really is becoming the absolute de facto way that guests are going to find out where you’re registered. It’s simply not tacky. It’s how it’s done now.” 3. Get the word out. Don’t just create and publish the website and assume everyone knows it exists. “Send the information directly to your guests, ”sometimes more than once. You can’t assume that something you put on your website was acknowledged by all.”
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VISION: Wedding reflects your unique personalities (Continued from Page 2) Church or outside? Large or small? Formal or informal? Look through blogs, websites and magazines for ideas that you like. Collect pictures and then go through them to find recurring themes to really narrow it down. Make sure that you include your own personal touches to reflect your personalities and the fact that it is your wedding, not just a cookie cutter repeat of someone else’s.
avid Sim and Rebecca Samson of Ironwood chose a destination wedding, though they went only as far as Bayfield, Wis., for their Sept. 25, 2010, ceremony.
nce you figure out approximately what you are going for, do your research on pricing in your area and come up with a budget you both feel comfortable with. Make sure that your goal is attainable and start saving right away. Create a spreadsheet to keep track of your expenses. Spend money on what is important to you — we focused on venue, food and photography. Then plan around those things. Be prepared to let some items fall to the wayside as other expenses come up, whether related to your wedding or not. Besides beginning to save right away, one major way to help keep your budget
The Samson / Sim Wedding ebecca Samson and David Sim were married Sept. 25, 2010, in Bayfield, Wis. They chose local and regional vendors for their wedding, and put their own talents to use tracking down bargains on things like glassware, as well as designing and creating their invitations.
Rehearsal dinner: Good Thyme Restaurant, Washburn , Wis. Wedding venue: Le Chateau Boutin, Bayfield, Wis. Reception venue: Bayfield Pavilion, Bayfield, Wis. Caterer: Old Rittenhouse Inn, Bayfield, Wis. Event Coordinator: Wendy Phillips, Old Rittenhouse Inn, Bayfield, Wis. Photographer: Erin Winkowski, Cedar Creek Photography, Bessemer, Wis. Florist: Jerry Wuorinen, Floral Gardens, Wakefield. DJ: Todd Haegar, Hurley, Wis. Invitations: Self-designed and printed; materials, cardsandpockets.com.
in check is to do-it-yourself. The more of your wedding you can do yourself, the better off your pocketbook will be. We chose to do our save-the-date notices, invitations and favors. It was a lot of work, but in the end, we were able to use the money we saved in these areas to upgrade in others. Another big part of the wedding expenses, if your venue does not include everything, are rentals. In some cases, like ours, you may need to rent linens, glassware, china, silverware and chairs. My advice for these is to shop around. Determine whether it is really better to rent for the day or to purchase new or previously used. Can you ask someone to help you transport chairs to your site or do you need to have them delivered? Researching costs, I found that it was cheaper for us to buy everything except chairs. Sure, it was more work, but we were able to redirect this money elsewhere in our budget.
from planning. If you get burned out, take a week off and then come back to it. Plan nights out for yourselves that are completely wedding-free and then stick to it. Don’t talk about anything that has to do with your planning.
lanning can get stressful and overwhelming, especially if you are working on do-it-yourself projects or planning from a far. Make sure that you take time away
n the last month or so of planning, you might find that you have a bunch of little projects left to do. Ask yourself if they are a necessity, and, if not, don’t worry about them. If they are a necessity, see if there is someone you can delegate a few tasks to. Remind yourself that the projects that aren’t necessities are things that only you will know weren’t completed. Save yourself some sanity by focusing on the big picture and not the details. Things we wanted to finish and never did were rehearsal dinner menus, reception dinner menus, and programs. I didn’t miss them, and if anyone else did, I never heard about it. The show went on, and I saved myself some unnecessary stress.
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Lake shimmers as couple exchange vows By DIANE MONTZ firstname.lastname@example.org
unshine, freshly mowed lawn and Lake Superior provided a fresh air atmosphere for the Sept. 18 wedding of Amber Pellinen and Jeremy Zanella, both of Saxon. The bride and her attendants dressed in a canopy tent set up on the grounds of Little Girls Point County Park. The groomsmen set up 200 rented chairs facing the lake. “It was nice,” the bride said earlier this month. The ceremony, set for 2:30 p.m., started late. The wind was nippy. “Things run late. It was gorgeous in the sun,” Amber Zanella said. Decorations were simple at the outdoor site. The bride’s mother tied streamers of white gauze topped with big black gauze bows to the end chair in each row. The streamers blew in the lake breeze. Months of filling a binder with wedding plans and photos of dresses, traveling from Duluth, Minn., to Wausau, Wis., to find a gown, and making invitations, programs and thank-yous ended when Amber walked around the corner of an outbuilding to where her groom waited on the bluff above the lake. She remembered another woman’s advice about enjoying the day. Her cousin said, “make sure you take a step back and think, ‘this is my wedding.’”
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he wedding party offered dramatic contrast to the natural setting. The bridal attendants wore crimson strapless gowns and carried bouquets of white Gerbera daisies. The men wore black tuxedos and black shirts, with crimson ties for the groomsmen and a
white tie for the groom. The bride wore a white, strapless, beaded satin gown, fitted through the hip then flared to a train, the hem edged in wide lace. She carried red Gerbera daisies. In deference more to comfort on the dance floor than the beach setting, the bride and her attendants wore flipflops. The couple left the lakeshore in a vintage Thunderbird that belongs to the bride’s great-uncle. An usher drove. Before they arrived at the reception at the Saxon Community Center, the newlyweds posed for photos on the beach, in the park where the ceremony was held, along an old railroad track and on a dirt road in the forest. Gerard Lauzon of North Light Photography in Ironwood suggested the location shots. “We had fun with them,” Amber said. There are black-and-white photos, arty shots in which most of the color has been faded, and full color photos lighted by sun shining through fall foliage. Amber’s album also holds traditional shots of bride and groom and wedding party — all smiling except for the 3year-old flower girl. The couple hired a local caterer and (See FLOWERS — Page 7)
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FLOWERS (Continued from Page 6) photographer. They went to a florist in Phillips, Wis., for the Gerbera daisies for the wedding party bouquets. The cost of flowers led Amber to change her plan to have a floral centerpiece on each of 18 tables at the reception. She scaled back to bridal party flowers, those on the cake and a tossing bouquet. Sharon Ofstad catered the reception food and made the small wedding cake, topped with a whimsical statue of bride and groom and a spray of Gerbera daisies. Amber said they chose a small cake because there were many other desserts. She shopped for her bridal gown in Duluth. “I was sure I wanted a dress with straps, simple,” she said. Her friend persuaded her to look at a totally different dress, embroidered in sparkling beads, with a long train. “I didn’t even want to try it on,” she said. After she did, there was no other dress — although she and her mother went to Wausau bridal shops just to be sure. Amber had the halter neckline altered to a strapless design and the back zip converted to a lace-up of wide satin ribbons. After the final fitting, she said, the dress fit so perfectly that “I could dance in it without having to keep pulling it up.” She wore chandelier earrings and no other jewelry to distract from the elegant gown.
cloths and scattered transparent rock gems on the runners for sparkle. Candle centerpieces replaced expensive flowers, adding soft, warm light. Amber ordered some supplies online, but cautioned other brides to buy only what’s on sale. “It’s so overpriced, it’s crazy,” she said. “I’m lucky that me and my Mom are pretty creative.”
mber said she was an easygoing bride, surprising herself and the friend who’d expected a bridezilla. “I like things done my way,” she said. Making 300 invitations, programs and thank-you notes let her do them her way. Her mother and sister, Kim and Arianne Pellinen, helped her decorate the hall with strands of white lights trimmed in black ribbons. They laid black table runners over white table-
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nside the Saxon hall, dancing and celebration went on till 1:30 a.m. The beer kegs were outside, with a tent for people who wanted to sit and visit away from the music. Dancing began with a twist on the traditional — the bride dancing with her mother. (Amber’s parents divorced when she was very young.) (See DANCE — Page 11)
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A lake breeze lifts Amber Pellinen’s veil as she walks across the lawn at Little
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Saxon neighbors now married mber Pellinen and Jeremy Zanella were married Sept. 18 at Little Girls Point on the Lake Superior shore north of Ironwood. She’s a native of Saxon, Wis. He’s from Hurley. It’s a second marriage for the groom. “He lived next door for years,” Amber said earlier this month. At the end of the summer in 2006, her brother was helping Jeremy pile firewood. “I just walked over,” she said, smiling. Four years later, she walked across the lawn on the bluffs above Lake Superior to where her groom waited. Amber is the daughter of Kim Pellinen of Saxon. Jeremy is the son of Pam Zanella and the late Peter Zanella of Hurley. They’re both Hurley High School graduates, Jeremy in 1997 and Amber in 2005. She earned an administrative assistant degree from Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in Ashland, Wis., in 2006 and works as a pharmacy technician at White Cross Pharmacy in Hurley. He’s a 1998 graduate of Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire, Wis., and works for Twin City Dairy in Hurley. They live at Saxon.
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Couples ask friends to officiate
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Jessica Alexander’s wedding was everything she had envisioned: a private gathering by her summer house on an Iowa lake. There was a pink and purple color scheme, a butterfly motif, and a dessert bar rather than a full meal. And, wearing a short periwinkle dress designed “to show off her legs,” was Alexander’s minister and bridesmaid, Anna-Megan Raley, a friend who was ordained online to perform the ceremony. Raley didn’t know she had been ordained until Alexander and her mother sprang the news at the bridal shower. They had already paid a $25 fee and filled out a form with her name and address, making her the Rev. Raley. “I thought it was a joke,” said Raley. “But I had heard about people getting ordained to perform weddings. So, I said: ‘Sure, I’d love to.”’
A GROWING TREND Nontraditional? Perhaps. A growing trend? Definitely. More and more engaged couples are turning to friends or family members to perform their wedding ceremony. They say it is more personal, relatively stressfree and cheaper. It is also surprisingly fast and simple. Getting ordained requires little more than finding an online ministry that performs ordinations, and filling
out a short form with your name and address. Some websites require a fee for paperwork; others don’t charge. Prospective brides and grooms should look into the website and local marriage laws, however, to make sure the ceremony would be valid. Although online ordinations are generally recognized, laws vary widely from state to state, sometimes from county to county. Some states require ministers to register after they are ordained. Last year, about one in seven weddings were performed by a friend of the couple, according to The Wedding Report, a research firm. Janis Jones, a 27-year-old Chicago nurse, asked her older sister to perform her wedding this June. “Neither of us belong to a church, and we liked the idea of incorporating prayers and the religious aspect into the ceremony, but we didn’t want to be married by someone we don’t know at all and who didn’t know us,” said Jones, who has been dating her fiance, Eric Strand, for six years. The couple turned to Jones’ sister, Vicky Rappatta, who has been happily married for 10 years, has a background in writing and had always been a motherly figure to her younger sibling. “I was so honored and so moved that they wanted me to be such a huge part of their wedding. Now, I’m getting terri-
fied,” joked Rappatta. Rappatta said she researched the legality of the ordination process, including checking with the county where her sister will be getting her marriage license. “The last thing I wanted to do was get a fake ordination,” said Rappatta, who got her credentials from American Marriage Ministries. Kirsten Nichols, whose October wedding was performed by her husband’s cousin, asked a co-worker who is an ordained minister to be on hand at the service — just in case. “If you find out after the fact that you are not legally married, it can definitely put a damper on things,” said Nichols, who lives in Montgomery County, Md. Nichols, who is Christian, and her husband, who was raised Muslim, wanted a spiritual ceremony that would “focus on us coming together under God, not on the fact that we are of two different faiths.” At Alexander’s lakeside wedding in Iowa, her minister-bridesmaid Raley also served as personal attendant, and helped decorate for the reception — all of which lent an air of comfort and familiarity to the ceremony. “It helped that she was the one standing up there for us,” said Alexander. “I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.”
Anna-Megan Raley, who was ordained online specifically to perform a wedding ceremony for a close friend, is seen Dec. 7 in Houston. More engaged couples are turning to friends or family members to perform their wedding ceremony. They say it is more personal, relatively stress-free and cheaper.
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Sudden change of venue sets off domino effect LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jennifer Cassista expected that her 18-month journey to the altar would include a few stumbles. She didn’t count on having to book a new venue less than three months before her May nuptials because her first choice closed down. Of all the troubles that can arise during wedding planning, having the location fall through at the last minute is perhaps the most trying. Couples tend to decide early where to tie the knot, and every other detail is linked to that. When a seemingly perfect spot unexpectedly evaporates before the big day, it sets off a domino effect. Pre-wedding hurdles usually can be fixed in time, said Tampa, Fla., wedding planner Lauren Grove, who keeps the “Every Last Detail” blog. For couples who find themselves venue-less before the big day, the priority should be fighting to get the deposit back. Those who can’t need to rethink their budget when searching for a plan B venue, Grove said.
“Hopefully the losses wouldn’t be too severe, and they would be able to reschedule and have their dream wedding day,” she said. Associated Press Luck and resourcefulness saved the day Newlyweds Jennifer Cassista and Tom Bryan, center, celebrate with their wedding party on May 29 for Cassista and her at the Golden Beach Resort on the south shore of Rice Lake, east of Toronto. The first site they booked fiance, Tom Bryan. for their reception went bankrupt weeks before their wedding. They had thought they had found their dream ceremony site when they booked from a resort front desk receptionist weeks redoing invitations and notifying other vendors. Cassista said, she was a resort lodge not far from where they saying the place had gone bankrupt. Cassista and Bryan started dialing willing to change the wedding date if lived in Ontario, Canada, in March other venues on their short list. All were they didn’t find a backup in time. 2009. “You just need to relax and roll with During a walk-through, the wedding booked on their wedding date, May 29. “We were in desperation mode. It was the punches. Things will happen in coordinator gushed about an upcoming renovation to erect a new vow-exchange like, ‘Oh my God, we have to do this all every bride’s planning,” she said. “Be site down by some rapids, complete with over again,”’ Bryan said. levelheaded and try to figure it out.” Bryan’s father suggested Golden a lush garden and pew-style seating. Though the couple had to use their Beach Resort on the south shore of Rice ‘FOODIES’ REGROUP imagination, they trusted the resort to Lake, east of Toronto. Not only were the Self-described foodies Sarina Chhay grounds better than the first place, but and Brian Harnett worked their connecdeliver. Things became suspicious when no the dance floor was larger. It was avail- tions to turn a pre-wedding near-disasone returned Bryan’s calls or e-mails able the day they wanted, and was ter in their favor. when he asked for updates on the proj- cheaper than the previous resort. ect. This past spring, he received a call (See VENUE — Page 10) The couple spent the next several
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Chilly vows PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pennsylvania couple took a frigid plunge to symbolize taking another plunge — their marriage. Judy Herilla and Adam Lipinski were among hundreds of members of the Pittsburgh Polar Bear Club who jumped into the Monongahela River on New Year’s Day. They had just gotten married aboard a water taxi. Herilla wore a veil and a long purple-and-white tutu with her swimsuit. Lipinski wore a Tshirt with a tuxedo design.
(Continued from Page 9) The couple were set on holding their reception at Great Bay restaurant, a seafood restaurant close to Fenway Park in Boston. The restaurant was shuttered at the end of May 2009, three months before their wedding. They called more than 20 places and visited half a dozen, with zero luck. “There was a feeling of helplessness,” Chhay said. “I was losing sleep.” Harnett had an idea. As a last resort, he reached out to the restaurant’s events manager, who promised to check with sister restaurants to see if they could host their wedding. Radius, known for modern French cuisine, was available. The couple went with it since it was where they shared their first fine dining experience. In September, they celebrated their one-year anniversary there too, the chaos all but a memory. “It goes to show that you can plan a wedding in two months,” Harnett said. Both Cassista and Bryan, and Chhay and Harnett managed to get their money returned.
WEATHER WOES Christina and Christoph Schumacher had a laundry list of things go wrong before they said their “I dos” in June 2008. Many couples worry about the weather not cooperating, but for the Schumachers Mother Nature unleashed a flood a week before their wedding in a small Indiana town, triggering a
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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s top court will consider whether newlyweds in tuxedo and gown arguing in a hotel parking lot early in the morning were disturbing the peace — even if nobody was complaining. Tony Weaver, who was subdued with a Taser in the May 2008 incident, spent the night in jail instead of the honeymoon suite. Weaver was convicted of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Their attorney said the couple were in a commercial district with nobody around and no risk of disturbing anyone.
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DANCE (Continued from Page 7) At 7 a.m. the next day, the couple returned to help clean the hall. In October, they took a road trip west, through Kansas to Colorado and Rocky Mountain and Yellowstone national parks. It was the end of the season, before snow closes roads into the mountains. “It was very, very pretty,” the bride said, adding, “It’s a test to stay in a vehicle for two weeks with one person.” They’d passed the test two years earlier, on a two-week trip to Texas. Closer to home, they’ve bought some land at Saxon. Their next test as a couple: planning the house they want built.
Sun and shadow create a backdrop for the wedding party, above, in the county park at Little Girls Point on Sept. 18. Pictured are, from left, Cody Rye, Lacey Hill, Brock Swartz, ring bearers Collin Thier and Brant Swartz, Brianne Lehrkamp, Jeremy and Amber Zanella, Arianne Pellinen, Justin Zanella, flower girl Kaydence Christofersen, Melissa Christoferson and Jack Maccani.
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