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2011 Kittitas County

Wedding Event Planner The Official Guide to the 3rd Annual Winter Wedding & Event Expo

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Planning a Wedding... 4-5 6-7 8 9 10-11 12-13 14-15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

General information worksheet Budget worksheet Planning & Budget Places & Spaces Monthly planning checklist Tying the Knot - Literally Gift registry worksheet Invitations worksheet You Are Cordially Invited Altar-nate Beginnings Ceremony worksheet How to Choose Your Wedding Color Palette Bride’s attire worksheet Attendant’s attire worksheet Beauty worksheet

24 A Bridesmaid’s Guide to A Happy Bride 25 Groom and groomsmen attire worksheet 26-27 Photography worksheet 28 Picture Perfect 29 Cake worksheet 30 Events in Bloom 31 Florist worksheet 32 More than Just the Wedding 34 Wedding day checklist Dress rehearsal worksheet 35 Honeymoon worksheet 36 Top honeymoon destinations 37 Ease the Stress

Entertainment worksheet Reception worksheet Teasing the Taste Buds Throw the Perfect Dinner Party Caterer worksheet A Tale of Love

44-45 Monthly calendars 46 It’s My Party and I Can Plan If I Want To 46 3rd Annual Winter Wedding & Event Expo Vendors list

Planning a Event... 38 39 40 41 42 43

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General Information


Wedding date __________________________ Approximate number of guest ____________ Wedding party Bridesmaids & Maid of Honor _ ______________ ________________________________________ ________________________________________ ________________________________________ ________________________________________ Groomsmen and ushers _ __________________ ________________________________________ ________________________________________ ________________________________________ ________________________________________ Flower girl _______________________________ Ring bearer ______________________________ Guestbook attendant ______________________

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Honeymoon Destination ______________________________ Dates __________________________________ Additional information _____________________ ________________________________________ ________________________________________

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weddings Groom and/or Groom’s Family

Bride and/or Bride’s Family

Engagement party Wedding consultant’s fee Bridal gown, veil and accessories Wedding stationary and postage Wedding gift for bridal couple Groom’s wedding ring Gifts for bridesmaids Bridesmaids’ bouquets Pre-wedding parties and bridesmaids’ luncheon Photography and videography Bride’s medical exam and blood test Wedding guestbook and other accessories The total cost of the wedding, including the ceremony and reception All floral arrangements Transportation for bridal party to the ceremony and reception Own attire and travel expenses

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Own travel expenses and attire Rehearsal dinner Wedding gift for the bridal couple Bride’s wedding ring Gifts for the groomsmen and attendants Mothers’ and grandmothers’ corsages All boutonnieres Officiant’s fee Marriage license Honeymoon expenses

Wedding Party

Your attire (dress, shoes, tuxedo rental, etc.) The shower/stag Transportation to the city the wedding is in Gift for the couple

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Estimated Cost

Actual Cost

Estimated Cost


Site fee _ _____________ _ ____________ Officiant’s fee _ _____________ _ ____________ Guestbook & pen _ _____________ _ ____________ Total ____________________________

Wedding attire

Bride’s gown _ _____________ _ ____________ Alterations _ _____________ _ ____________ Veil or head piece _ _____________ _ ____________ Gloves _ _____________ _ ____________ Jewelry _ _____________ _ ____________ Garter _ _____________ _ ____________ Shoes _ _____________ _ ____________ Groom’s tuxedo _ _____________ _ ____________ Total_ ___________________________

Disposable cameras _ _____________ _ ____________ Rose petals/bubbles/ bird seed _ _____________ _ ____________ Attendants gifts _ _____________ _ ____________ Music _ _____________ _ ____________ total_ ___________________________

Wedding Cake General wedding cake _ _____________ _ ____________ Groom’s cake _ _____________ _ ____________ Cake knife, toasting glasses & cake topper _ _____________ _ ____________ total_ ___________________________


Marriage License

Hair _ _____________ _ ____________ Make-up _ _____________ _ ____________ total_ ___________________________



Photo disc _ _____________ _ ____________ Parents’ photo disc _ _____________ _ ____________ Ceremony video _ _____________ _ ____________ total_ ___________________________

invitations & Stationary

Invitations _ _____________ _ ____________ Response cards _ _____________ _ ____________ Reception cards _ _____________ _ ____________ Seating/place cards _ _____________ _ ____________ Stamps _ _____________ _ ____________ Thank You notes _ _____________ _ ____________ Ceremony program _ _____________ _ ____________ Napkins _ _____________ _ ____________ total_ ___________________________


Site fee Caterer fee Food & beverage Bartender/set-up fee Gratuity Party favors Table centerpieces Decorations

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Actual Cost



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Wedding party flowers _ _____________ _ ____________ Ceremony flowers _ _____________ _ ____________ Reception flowers _ _____________ _ ____________ total_ ___________________________

Transportation Rental items Bridal slip Tent/Canopy Dance floors Linens Tables/chairs

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_ _____________ _ ____________ _ _____________ _ ____________ _ _____________ _ ____________ _ _____________ _ ____________ _ _____________ _ ____________ total_ ___________________________

Honeymoon Transportation _ _____________ _ ____________ Hotel _ _____________ _ ____________ total_ ___________________________

Grand Total_______________________

Typical % of Budget Reception Attire & Beauty Floral Photography Music

50% 10% 10% 7% 6%

Stationary Rings Ceremony Transportation Miscellaneous

4.5% 2% 1% 2% 5.5%

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take a hard look at everything that needs to be done, they can get overwhelmed,” said Jeffries. “One of the most important things to do is to go through a checklist and a timeline well in advance of your wedding day. If you do this, you can avoid an awful lot of pitfalls later on.”

Planning a wedding can be among the most stressful, but also the most rewarding, of experiences you will ever do. By Tim Barry, Daily Record Kristin Jeffries is the co-owner of “All That Sparkles Events”, and she is a wedding planner in Ellensburg. She says that couples preparing for this major life event too often underestimate how daunting a task it can be. “A lot of brides go into the planning process thinking they can do most of it themselves, but once they

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Once you have decided to get married, says Jeffries, there are several key things you should address. First and foremost, you will need to know how many guests you will have. The size of the crowd is the major variable in determining how large a space you will need, for the ceremony as well as the reception, and ultimately how expensive your wedding will be. “I ask my clients to decide early on to complete a fairly lengthy checklist, which includes everything from where they want to tie the knot, to whom you want to invite, to details like flowers and music,” said Jeffries. “The more time you have to plan and prepare for this great event, the more

likely it is to go off without a hitch.” Jeffries works her clients through a checklist like the one provided here, giving their best estimates on all the items. Once the couple has gone through this process, they have a pretty good idea of how much they will need to budget. “There is no formula for how much a wedding will cost,” said Jeffries. “But without question, the more guests you have, the more expensive you can expect it to be.” In this area, she said, weddings tend to cost up to about $100 per guest. Kodi Still of Ellensburg is getting married in September, 2011. She and her fiance, Nathan Allemand, have been planning their wedding since last summer. “We almost didn't get our first choice of a venue, because they were so booked up, even though we were calling a year in advance.” Wedding planner Jeffries says the more time you have to plan your wedding, the less stressful and more successful it will be. Still and Allemand began the budgeting process by setting a figure for how much they wanted to spend, and using that to guide the rest of their decisions.

Places Spaces


By Tim Barry, Daily Record

There are numerous great places in the Kittitas Valley to hold wedding ceremonies and the other events of the wedding week. Wedding planner Kristin Jeffries advises couples to spend some time looking around and getting very comfortable with their venues. “Don't ever choose a location without actually walking around in it – think about the lighting at the time of day you'll be there, the comfort level for guests, especially if some of them have a hard time getting around, weather patterns, how it's going to look in pictures and videos,” she said. “Make sure you feel right at home there.”

Jeffries also emphasizes the importance of having a detailed and workable back up plan for an outdoor wedding in the event of inclement weather. This will usually mean renting a large tent and having it set up just in case. “Both the primary and the back up venue need to have room for all the guests, and you should, at least on paper, arrange the tables and chairs in both venues as well,” she said.

take place at SURC. “We have had people do their ceremony and receptions here,” she said. “We can accommodate as many as 500 people, but the average wedding is usually between 150 and 300.” Alder needs at least 2 months advance notice for any event, and CWU catering provides food. Other popular places in the area include: the Springwood Ranch Party Barn in Thorp; the Kitittas Valley Event Center, at the County Fair Grounds, with 20 separate halls and rooms range from 480 square-feet to 7,200 square-feet, a commercial kitchen, up-to-date amenities and state-of-the-art sound and projection systems; the Flying Horseshoe Ranch in Cle Elum; the Canyon River Ranch; and Ritter Farms in Cle Elum. All have excellent websites with more information.

“Make sure you feel right at home there.”

Other things to account for with an outdoor venue include electricity (will you want loudspeakers set up for the band or disc jockey, or lights?), accessibility and things such as whether or not liquor can legally be served, or if a special license is required. Cathy Heaverlo of Pink Catered Events in Ellensburg catered a wedding recently outdoors on a farm. “The couple wanted a meal that required a commercial kitchen, but there was no electricity,” she said. “Working with them, we came up with an alternative that we cooked onsite on several large barbecue grills. It was a great success.” Amy Alder, the marketing and scheduling coordinator for Central Washington University's Student Union and Recreation Center (SURC), said at least five weddings a year

Wineries are becoming increasingly popular as wedding and reception venues. Numerous wineries in the area have experience with this, especially in the Yakima region. Jeffries said that couples should also think about hotel ballrooms, large restaurants, and even big private homes. “There are lots of private facilities with expertise in hosting large events, and couples should explore a lot of options before settling on any one,” she said. She emphasizes that each facility has its own rules about capacity, who can cater the event, how much advance notice it needs, and other aspects of the planning, so couples should contact them long before the wedding.

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Planning Checklist


T he following checklist is an ideal timetable. If the wedding is sooner than the time shown, couples should

still plan their wedding in much the same order. Once tasks are completed be sure to check them off.

Nine Months and Earlier Announce your engagement. Select a date for the wedding. Determine the type of wedding you want: Things to consider – Location, formality, time of day, number of guests, etc. m Determine budget and how expenses will be shared. m Consolidate all guest lists: 1. Those who must be invited 2. Those who should be invited 3. Those who would be nice to invite m Select and reserve ceremony site.

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Select and schedule your officiant. Select and reserve reception site. Select and order your bridal gown. Determine your color scheme. Send engagement notice with photograph to the Daily Record. m Select and book photographer. m Order passports, visa, or birth certificate if needed for your honeymoon or marriage license. m Select maid of honor, best man, bridesmaids and ushers.

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six to nine months before m m m m m

Select flower girl and ring bearer. Reserve wedding night bridal suite. Select attendants’ dresses, shoes and accessories. Select and book caterer. Select and book ceremony musicians.

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Select and book reception musicians or DJ. Schedule fittings and delivery dates for all attire. Select and book videographer. Select and book florist.

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Set date, time, and location for your rehearsal dinner. Arrange accommodations for out-of-town guests. Start planning your honeymoon. Register for gifts. Purchase shoes & accessories. Begin to break in your shoes.

Four to Six months before m m m m

Start shopping for each other’s wedding gifts. Reserve rental items needed for ceremony. Finalize guest list. Select and order wedding invitations, announcements, and other stationery such as thank you notes, wedding programs, and seating cards.

two to four months before m m m m m m

Select bakery and order wedding cake. Order party favors. Select and order room decorations. Purchase honeymoon attire & luggage. Select and book transportation for wedding day. Check blood test and marriage license requirements.

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m Shop for wedding rings and engrave them. m Have your teeth cleaned or whitened. m Plan activities for out-of-town guests both before and after the wedding. m Purchase gifts for wedding attendants.


Planning Checklist

Six to eight weeks before m Mail invitations. Include accommodation choices and a map to assist guests in finding the ceremony and reception sites. m Determine hairstyle and makeup. m Schedule appointments for hair, makeup and nails m Finalize shopping for wedding day accessories such as toasting glasses, ring pillow, guest book, etc. m Finalize your menu, beverage and alcohol order.

m Upload wedding announcement & photograph on the Daily Record Web site. m Select and reserve wedding attire for the groom, ushers, father of the bride and ring bearer. m Find “something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a six pence (or shiny penny) for your shoe.”

two to six weeks before Confirm ceremony details with your officiant. Arrange final fitting of bridesmaids’ dresses. Have final fitting of your gown. Make final floral selections. Pick up rings and check for fit. Finalize rehearsal plans. Confirm details with all service providers, including attire. Give them a copy of your wedding timeline. m Start packing for your honeymoon. m Decide if you want to form a receiving line. If so, determine when and where to form the line.

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m Meet with photographer and confirm special photos you want. m Meet with videographer and confirm special events or people you want videotaped. m Remind bridesmaids and ushers where and when to pick up attire. m Purchase all makeup, nail polish and all other accessories you want for the bridesmaids to wear. m Determine ceremony seating and give a copy to the ushers. m Plan the room layout for the reception with your reception manager.

The last week m Pick up wedding attire and make sure everything fits. m Do a final guest count and notify your caterer or reception site manger. m Gather everything you will need for the rehearsal and wedding day. m Arrange for someone to drive the getaway car to the reception site.

m Confirm all honeymoon reservations and accommodations. Pick up tickets and travelers checks. m Finish packing your suitcases. m Notify the Post Office to hold your mail while away

The Rehearsal day m Put suitcases in the getaway car. m Give best man the officiant’s fee and any other checks for service providers. Instruct him to deliver these checks the day of the wedding. m Arrange for someone to bring accessories such as flower basket, ring pillow, guest book & pen, toasting

glasses, cake cutting knife and napkins to the reception. m Arrange for someone to return all rental items m Have the gifts for the wedding party ready for the dress rehearsal dinner.

Day of the wedding m Give the groom’s ring to the maid of honor. m Give the bride’s ring to the best man.

m This one is the most important… relax and enjoy your day.

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Tying the


- literally

Brides prove that planning a wedding can be a hand-made affair. By Erika Solis, CWU Publicity Center It seems that everywhere you look brides are designing and creating their own weddings. From hand-made invitations to vintage tableware, the do-it-yourself (DIY) wedding style has found its way into the hearts and hands of many brides-to-be. DIY weddings can range from a bride who is crafty and makes elements for the big day to a bride who purchases second-hand items that fit the look of her wedding without costing a fortune. For Ellensburg bride Kerri Foreman, having her own DIY wedding came naturally. Foreman designed and created almost every aspect of her 2009 wedding, including all the reception décor, gift baskets for out-of-town guests and sweets for the dessert table. “Mom said I was born with a glue stick in my hand,” said Foreman.

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But for brides who may not have been so lucky, here are easy ways to add DIY touches to any wedding.

Inspiration Before you start warming up the glue gun Foreman suggests brides do some research. There are numerous online wedding blogs that are full of beautiful photo shoots, real weddings and ideas from past brides. Another source of inspiration can be found in craft books and bridal magazines. This is the time to flip through your favorite magazines and rip out any and all ideas to implement into your wedding. An easy way to keep track of everything you like is to make an inspiration board and pin-up your favorite DIY projects, or bookmark them for future reference.

Outside Help Family and friends make great helpers for DIY elements. See if your grandmother or great aunts would

like to help by making flower girl dresses or the ring pillow. And don’t forget about the men in your family. A new DIY trend recently seen in wedding blogs is the beautifully handcrafted wood arch for the ceremony.

Shopping Once you’ve found inspiration for any DIY element the next step is to go shopping. To help ease the stress and avoid impulse buying, compile a shopping list and budget for those magazine cutouts. This would also be the perfect time to purchase the things needed for your family and friends to complete their DIY projects. Thrift stores, flea markets and antique shops are perfect places to find vintage and one-of-a-kind items. Imagine falling in love with a certain tablescape; second-hand stores are piled high with a variety of vases, votives, napkins and tableware. Paper goods stores and scrap

booking shops are also helpful when it comes to making your own invitations, place cards, announcements and other paper items.

Ways to get those projects done! One draw back to planning a DIY wedding is finding the time needed to get everything made. An easy and fun approach is to enlist the help from your wedding party.

For Foreman, no detail was left untouched. But she noted that a bride can also choose to only make the invitations and stop at that. No matter what, having the chance to personalize a wedding incorporates not only the couple’s personalities but also shows guests the love sewn into every little detail.

Foreman said the evening before her wedding she had a cooking party with all her bridesmaids. The night was spent preparing food for the wedding day, chatting and even de-stressing by having a little food fight.



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Gift Registry


Gifts Registered at Address _________________________________ phone_ __________________________________ e-mail _ _________________________________ Contact person ___________________________ Store Web site ___________________________

M any department stores now offer a wedding gift registry service. Even specialty stores, such as a sporting goods store, offer a gift registry. This service provides an excellent way for the bride and groom to set-up their household. The following page offers a simple list of items to consider when registering for gifts.

Gift registry etiquette

Gifts Registered at Address _________________________________ phone_ __________________________________ e-mail _ _________________________________ Contact person ___________________________ Store Web site ___________________________

It is improper form to mention wedding gifts/registry in any part of your wedding invitation. So how do guests know where you are registered at? There are a couple of options. 1. Enclose a card in the invitation directing your guests to your wedding Web site. Your guests will find the information there. 2. Make sure family and close friends know where you are registered. They can pass the word on for you. 3. It is alright to mention where you are registered within the wording of a bridal shower invitation.

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m Sheets m Throw blanket m Pillows

m Electric blanket m Comforter/duvet m Pillow case

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Luggage Stereo equip. Lamps Tool box

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You are Cordially Invited “It's very difficult to avoid offending somebody when you finalize your guest list,” said Jeffries. “Inevitably, there's some special cousin of your mother's or an old friend of your father's who they think absolutely must be invited, but the bride and groom need to stick to a limit on how many people they can invite.”

By Tim Barry, Daily Record Probably the most stressful and important aspect of wedding planning is determining your guest list. “Your decisions about where to have the ceremony, the reception and other events, about how much food and drink you'll need, ultimately how expensive the whole event will be depend on how many guests you'll have,” said Ellensburg wedding planner Kristin Jeffries. She urges couples to start thinking about the guest list at the very beginning of the planning process. “The thing to do is to write down the name of everyone you might possibly want to come, and then start prioritizing. Who are the friends and family members who absolutely must be invited, who are the ones you hope can come, and who are you inviting more or less inviting because you feel like you have to, even though you don't expect them to come?” There are a lot of rules of etiquette involved in a traditional wedding guest list. Generally speaking, only close family and members of the wedding party are invited to the rehearsal dinner, and often couples invite fewer guests to the ceremony itself than to the reception afterward. Couples should talk with their parents and other important relatives about what their expectations are and whom they want where and when. There are dozens of excellent websites

Jeffries has several pieces of important advice for couples. She says the biggest key is communication. “As soon as you start writing down your guest list, make sure you know who are the 'must-haves' – not just for the bride and groom, but for parents and others,” she said. “And then, when you have to start trimming the list, you need to talk to your parents about why you had to drop certain names. If they have months to get used to this idea, they are less likely to be upset.” Ultimately, it is your wedding. “I find myself sitting down with most brides at some point and saying: 'This is your day. You have to make it be what you want it to be, and accept the fact that you are not going to please everyone',” she said. “But this is where communication is so important. Be honest with your parents and others whose feelings might get hurt. Help them understand how and why you made your decisions.” One of the most common sources of stress has to do with step-families. Inviting Mom's new boyfriend might cause some angst for Dad and his new wife; and there will almost always be a difficult decision about whether to ask your groom's college roommate, who just broke up with one of your bridesmaids. These kinds of issues are also extremely important in arranging seating at the reception and rehearsal dinners. Again, Jeffries says these are things the bride and groom need to sit down and discuss frankly with each other and their families as early in the planning process as possible. Once the list is set, some couples stick like glue to its limits, while others prefer to remain flexible almost to the last minute, inviting people in the week before the event. If you are likely to do the latter, make sure you tell your caterer and venue manager to prepare for the possibility of a few extra guests.

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altar-nate beginnings By Tim Barry, Daily Record One thing all couples will need is a marriage license. Marriages may be solemnized anywhere within the State of Washington by justices of the supreme court, judges of the court of appeals, superior court judges, district court judges (judges of courts of limited jurisdiction), any regularly licensed or ordained minister or priest of any church or religious denomination. Couples should determine who will officiate at the wedding. You need to find out if he or she will be available on your chosen date, and can travel to your chosen venue. Sometimes the answers to these questions will affect your choice of where to get married.

in advance, so you have to make sure your pastor and your house of worship will be available when you want it. Kristin Jeffries, an Ellensburg wedding planner, says the bride and groom need to meet with the pastor or priest as long as possible before the event, to go over logistics (where will the bridesmaids and groomsmen stage before the ceremony, how many guests will fit, etc.), color schemes and flower arrangements, music choices and other aspects of the ceremony.

Jeffries says most houses of worship have a great deal of experience with weddings, and will often have ready suggestions for how to make things go smoothly. If there are special requests, such as having your For many couples, the dog be your ring bearer, or if location for the ceremony will you want the bridesmaids and be obvious: a church or place of groomsmen to dance down the worship they and /or their family aisle to a loud piece of popular attend. But even if you know music, it is important to go over you want to get married in your those with your pastor, since they church, make sure you book it may not always want or be able as early as possible – the most to accommodate them. Couples popular dates are often taken well should also think about potential concerns among some guests regarding religious differences or objections. For example, many If you are getting married in Kittitas County, people who get you can get a wedding license from the married in a Catholic County Auditor at the Court House on church need to weekdays during regular office hours, for decide whether or $35. Call the office with questions at not communion will (509) 962-7504. be offered. These are

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all things you need to discuss with your officiant. If the couple chooses not to have the ceremony in a house of worship, there are virtually endless options. Jeffries said she has heard of people getting married in public libraries, public parks (Olmstead State Park is a popular site) and at one of the local wind farms. Amy Alder, the marketing and scheduling coordinator at Central Washington University's Student Union and Recreation Center, said couples often get married on campus, often in a favorite spot that holds special memories for them. “One couple said their vows on the place on campus where they first met,” she said. “Another did it in the music building, because the bride was a music major.” If you want to get married on campus, you must make arrangements through Alder, at (509) 963-1641. Very often, couples choose a spot with particular significance – a favorite hiking spot or restaurant, a family farm or home. Wedding planner Jeffries said outdoor weddings are especially popular in this area in the summer, but she has a serious piece of advice. “If you're doing your ceremony or reception outside, you absolutely must have some kind of back up plan in the event or rain or high winds or some other unexpected weather event,” she said. “No matter how nice the weather usually is at that spot on that date, I always make sure there is a tent set up, or a nearby building that we can move to if we have to.”


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How to choose your wedding



By Erika Solis, CWU Publicity We all know that incorporating color into a wedding can be a bit daunting. Beyond the traditional wearing “something blue,” as a bride it could feel that you’ve gone colorblind and choosing a palette for your wedding seems impossible. Well, don’t worry gals, here are a few ways to pick a color palette that you will enjoy ‘til the last bite of wedding cake. Most brides start by choosing one or two of their favorite colors and going from there. An easy way to discover what colors make you feel comfortable can be as simple as opening your closet doors. Snoop around and you will soon see that even though you didn’t need to add to your lavender sweater collection you did anyway. Then peak in the back of your closet and see what’s hiding in there. Is that red blouse still hanging with all the tags still on? Your wardrobe is a great way to find out what colors make you happy and which ones you’d rather stay away from. Another way to decide your color palette is to think about what season your wedding is in and choose colors that are associated with that time of year.

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During the winter months brides tend to go with hues that are more saturated. Gemstone colors such as emerald, ruby, sapphire or even amethyst work well. Another color scheme that works beautifully is layering shades of white with hints of silver or gold for a classic and chic affair.

But if you’re a bride wanting to incorporate more personal touches into your wedding then having a theme will make choosing a color palette easy. Think back to where you and your fiancé first met. A theme will naturally come with its own set of colors. Say you both met in Mexico: rich reds, yellows, whites and even bright pinks will turn the big day into a fun fiesta.

For an autumn wedding nature proves to be the best inspiration. This is the time when rich golden hues mixed with orange and deep wine work great. Another popular color palette for autumn is a beautiful mix of wheat, creamy whites and silvery grays.

A theme for your wedding can also come from a sweet saying you both share, whether it’s as simple as “you are the apple of my eye” or “I love you more than all the stars in the sky.” Romantic sayings bring special meaning and their own color palettes. Imagine a wedding designed around silver and sapphire blue, what’s better than knowing your special day is filled with heartfelt meaning?

Spring and summer are the time for brighter hues. Whether it’s yellow and turquoise or pink and lime green, these are the seasons for designing a wedding that’s full of cheerful color. An alternative to bright colors can be toning down the intensity by using pastel shades. There is still a feeling of color without that dose of vibrancy.

The traditional touch of “something blue” is found in almost every wedding but it’s the rest of the colors that bring the whole day together. So go ahead and take a peek inside your wardrobe to find what colors make you swoon, or find inspiration from the seasons or sweet sayings.

bride’s attire

weddings Store _ __________________________________________ Address ____________________________________________

Contact information phone_ _____________________________________________ e-mail ______________________________________________ Consultant __________________________________________

Gown Description (color, fabric, length, neckline, etc.) ___________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________ Price_ ______________________________________________

Date ordered__________________________________ Date promised_________________________________ Fitting appointments________________________ ___________________________________________________

Price Bridal Accessories Place of Purchase & Description Headpiece & veil ___________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ Bra/Bustier _______________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ Teddy/Body Stocking _______________________________________ _________________________________________________________ Stockings/Pantyhouse ______________________________________ _________________________________________________________ Garter ____________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ Full Slip _ _________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ Shoes ____________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ Jewelry ___________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ Something Old ____________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ Something New ____________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ Something Borrowed _ ______________________________________ _________________________________________________________ Something Blue ____________________________________________ _________________________________________________________

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attendant’s attire Store _ __________________________________________ Address ____________________________________________

Contact information phone_ _____________________________________________ e-mail_ _____________________________________________ Consultant __________________________________________

Gown Description (color, fabric, length, neckline, etc.) ___________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________ Price_ ______________________________________________

Date ordered__________________________________ Date promised_________________________________

weddings Bridal Attendants Accessories Place of Purchase & Description


Shoes ______________________________________________ ___________________________________________________ Jewelry_____________________________________________ ___________________________________________________ Undergarments ______________________________________ ___________________________________________________ Handbags _ _________________________________________ ___________________________________________________ Wrap _______________________________________________ ___________________________________________________ Hair accessories _____________________________________ ___________________________________________________ Other _ _____________________________________________ ___________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________

Bridal Attendants Size Chart


Gown Description






1._______________________________________________________________________________________________ 2._______________________________________________________________________________________________ 3._______________________________________________________________________________________________ 4._______________________________________________________________________________________________ 5._______________________________________________________________________________________________ 6._______________________________________________________________________________________________

Tip for the Bride & Her Attendants Be sure to take proper undergarments and shoes to fitting appointments.

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All Shapes & Sizes We all know that each person has their unique qualities and differences. Keep this in mind when shopping for your attendants’ dresses. What may look fabulous on one, may not necessarily look appropriate on another. It is not uncommon for attendants to have different styled dresses to compliment their figure. It’s important that your attendants are comfortable in what they are wearing (and paying for).



Place of Purchase & Description

Salon & Stylist _______________________________ Address ____________________________________________

Contact information

Bridal Attendants Appointments Name Date & Time Place Hair

1. ______________________________________________________ 2. ______________________________________________________ 3. ______________________________________________________ 4. ______________________________________________________ 5. ______________________________________________________ 6. ______________________________________________________

phone_ _____________________________________________ e-mail ______________________________________________

Description of hair Style



Manicure & Pedicure

___________________________________________________ Price _______________________________________________

Consultation Date & Time _ ________________ Bride’s Appointments for

1. ______________________________________________________ 2. ______________________________________________________ 3. ______________________________________________________ 4. ______________________________________________________ 5. ______________________________________________________ 6. ______________________________________________________


Hair________________________________________________ Manicure & Pedicure__________________________________ Makeup _ ___________________________________________

1. ______________________________________________________ 2. ______________________________________________________ 3. ______________________________________________________ 4. ______________________________________________________ 5. _____________________________________________________ 6. ______________________________________________________

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a Bridesmaid’s Guide to a Happy Bride are little things, like checking up on the cake or flowers or making sure the dresses will be ready on time, can relieve some tension in the grander scheme of things. “Make a wedding survival kit,” said Hiatt. She recommends including items like snacks, a miniature sewing kit, hairspray, a lint roller and extra bobby pins, using her personal experience as a guide.

By Katy Rutland, CWU Publicity Center They are the unsung heroes of weddings. The beautiful but powerful backbone. They are the bridesmaids. Ladies, this one’s for you. You have a crucial job at every wedding: making the bride as happy and stress-free as she can be. This is her “special day.” It should be something she remembers for the rest of her life. How does this happen? The bridesmaids. “The first rule of being a bridesmaid is to cater to the bride,” said Cynthia Hiatt, CWU student and veteran bridesmaid. “The last thing you want is a frantic bride.” A vital duty is to make sure the bride is as relaxed as possible and this can be achieved by being proactive in helping with the wedding. Anything that relieves some burden will keep her from becoming the “Bridezilla” that movies portray. Even if these acts

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On the day of the wedding, make sure the bride is fed. In all the hustle and bustle of last-minute preparations, food is the last thing on the bride’s

in-law is to not look better than the bride. Both of these situations take the attention away from the occasion at hand. As you can imagine, a lot of preparation goes into the actual wedding. But is there anything that prepares those lucky chosen ones for being a bridesmaid? “You have to prepare yourself to be humble and to serve to the best of your ability,” Hiatt advised. “You want to make the wedding day the most incredible day of the bride and groom’s lives.” To do this, other bridesmaids who have been through previous weddings are a valuable resource. Some tips and tricks can be learned through experience and then passed on, such as Hiatt’s lesson on dress trains and small bathroom stalls and how hairspray can keep dress straps in place. The family of the bride can also point in the direction of things that need done or would make the bride more relaxed.

bride is “Aa fed happy bride.” mind. Help keep her energy and spirits high with nutritious snacks like granola bars or apples and peanut butter. Sorry, the chocolate will have to wait. “A fed bride is a happy bride,” Hiatt continued. Since this is the bride’s special day, there are some rules that should never be broken. One of the most important is for bridesmaids to not discuss their boyfriend or fiancé excessively either before or during the wedding. Another unspoken rule that applies to bridesmaids as well as the mother-

When it comes to what the bride needs, she is the best resource. Just remember that this is the bride’s day. She’s going to remember it for the rest of her life. And she needs the support of those around her. Hiatt concluded by saying, “you wouldn’t be a bridesmaid if you weren’t special in some way.”

Groom’s Attire

weddings Store _ __________________________________________ Address ____________________________________________

Tips for the Groom

Contact information

If you want to keep it simple and go with a tux, get measured about three months out of your wedding. Also be sure to get measurement cards sent out to your groomsmen and ushers.

phone_ _____________________________________________ e-mail ______________________________________________ Consultant __________________________________________

If you’re thinking more along the lines of a suit, keep a few things in mind:

Description of Tuxedo/Suit _______________

• Dark ties always work (if you decide to not match the color of the bridesmaid dresses)


• Tie bars and cuff links are a great way to add a bit of personal flash

• If you feel informal by not wearing a tux, go for the three-piece look with a vest. It adds a bit of panache to your look.

___________________________________________________ Manufacturer ________________________________________ Price _______________________________________________

Dates Measurements needed by _ ____________________________ Ordered ____________________________________________

Lastly, if you need a bit help in the fashion department, pick up a GQ or look to some of your favorite on-screen guys to be your guide. Don Draper (Jon Hamm) from “Mad Men” and 007 himself (Daniel Craig) both know how to clean up. Channel them and you’ll be good to go. –Timothy R. Schulte

To Be Delivered ______________________________________

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Return Date _________________________________________

Tux Gratis Most formalwear stores will give the groom his tux gratis when the whole party is getting its tuxes at the same spot, so keep that in mind as a money-saving technique.

Groomsmen Size Chart




Pants Waist Inseam




Coat Size Shoe

1. _ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ 2. _ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ 3. _ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ 4. _ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ 5. _ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ 6. _ _____________________________________________________________________________________________

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Photography by _____________________________

Before the Ceremony

Address ____________________________________________

m Bride getting ready (hair, make-up, putting on dress)

Contact information phone_ _____________________________________________ e-mail_ _____________________________________________ Photographer’s name__________________________________

Consultation date & time__________________ Price_____________________________________________ Time of arrival & departure_ _______________

Photographer’s checklist

Use your selections from the following checklist as a guide to give to your photographer to express what you envision for your photos.

m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m

Bride alone in wedding gown Bride receiving bouquet Bride with mother Bride with father Bride with both parents Bride with grandparents Bride with honor attendant Bride with bridesmaids Bride with flower girl Bride with ring bearer Honor attendant putting on bride’s garter Bride with best man Bride with groomsmen Groom getting ready Groom alone in tuxedo Mother of the groom putting on groom’s boutonniere Groom with mother Groom with father Groom with both parents



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m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m

Groom with grandparents Groom with best man Groom with groomsmen Groom with ushers Groom with ring bearer Groom with flower girl Groom with honor attendant Groom with bridesmaids Groom seeing his bride for the first time Bride & Groom together Bride & Groom looking at each other Bride & Groom with wedding party Bride & Groom with parents Bride & Groom with grandparents Bride & Groom with families together Other _ ______________________________________ Other _ ______________________________________ Other _ ______________________________________

At the Ceremony

m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m

Guests arriving Usher seating guests Mothers being seated Grandparents being seated Bride & father entering church Groom at the alter waiting Groom & best man at the alter Attendants coming down the aisle Honor attendant coming down the aisle Flower girl & ring bearer coming down the aisle Bride & father walking down the aisle Father giving away the bride Bride & Groom saying vows Bride & Groom exchanging rings The KISS Bride & Groom walking up the aisle as husband & wife Bride & Groom leaving church/getting into car Other _ ______________________________________ Other _ ______________________________________ Other _ ______________________________________

After Ceremony

m m m m m m

Bride & Groom’s hands Bride & Groom signing marriage license/certificate Honor attendant & best man signing Other _ ______________________________________ Other _ ______________________________________ Other _ ______________________________________

At the Reception

m Bride & Groom arriving & entering reception site m Bride & Groom in receiving line m Parents & attendants in receiving line

m m m m m

Guests arriving and in the receiving line Bride & Groom seated at the table Wedding party seated at the table Parents seated at the table Bride & Groom going through the buffet line or being _ served dinner


m Bride & Groom’s first dance m Bride & her father dancing m Groom & his mother dancing m Wedding party dancing m Flower girl & ring bearer dancing m Bride & Groom cutting the cake m Bride & Groom feeding cake to each other m Toasts m Bride tossing the bouquet m Single ladies waiting for bouquet toss m Bride with the lady who caught the bouquet m Groom removing Bride’s garter m Groom throwing the garter m Single men waiting for garter to be tossed m Groom with man who caught the garter m Bride & Groom mingling and talking with guests

Still photos of

m Cake m Table centerpieces m Buffet table/dinner plates m Get-a-way car m Other decorations m Bride & Groom leaving reception m Groom assisting his Bride in the get-a-way car m Bride & Groom in car m Bride & Groom driving away m Other _ ______________________________________ m Other _ ______________________________________ m Other ____________________________________

Photography Tips Since time is often limited between the ceremony and reception it is best to take all posed photos before the ceremony. If you are wanting to capture that special moment when the groom sees his bride for the first time in her wedding gown a simple solution is to arrange for the groom to be alone and have the bride enter the room alone and only have the photographer present to capture the special moment. If there are details that are special to you make sure you let the photographer know that you would like these captured, such as special jewelry, special guests, etc. Let your photographer know your preference in style, such as candid shots, posed, black & white or color. Don’t be afraid to let the photographer have free range of capturing moments especially at the reception.

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Picture Perfect By Tim Barry, Daily Record

characters are in the wedding story.

The photographs of your wedding are the lasting and sentimental mementos of your special day. It is important to find the right person to be your wedding photographer, and to make sure he/she is well-prepared to give you what you need. Ellensburg's David Dick photographs an average of between 15 and 20 weddings a year. “Everybody's wedding is different,” Dick said. “I like to have as much information as I can well before the wedding day. If you can give me a detailed plan of your day, I will be able to get the images you want.” Dick urges couples to prepare a list of “must have” photos. “A lot of the shots are traditional, and everyone wants those,” said Dick. “But I ask couples to let me know about things like important relatives that need to be included, whether they want a special record of flowers and rings – anything that has special meaning.” Dick says brides often provide him with images from bridal magazines or other weddings that they like, and this helps give him a sense of the kinds of photos they want him to capture.

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Both Dick and Bryan Myrick, an Ellensburg photographer who has been shooting weddings on and off for twenty years, say that a lot of wedding photos are fairly standard – the posed shots of the bride and groom, the wedding party, the taking of the vows, etc.. But they both agree that the best photographs are often those that are candid and unstaged. “I tell couples to allow for a certain amount of flexibility,” said Myrick. “I like to wander around the ceremony and the reception just shooting unscripted moments, and I find that these can produce the most memorable images.” For example, he said, pictures of new in-laws just getting to know each other, or distant relatives who have not been in touch for years enjoying a good time. This is why he said it is important for him to have some background about who the

“If the couple can give me a list of the key photos they expect me to get, that makes my job a lot easier,” said Myrick. “But it's equally important for me to know something about relationships – who are the people you want me to try to photograph together, what aspects of the event do you not want me to miss, such as the first dance, the walk down the aisle, your mother's reaction, whatever. The more I know about you and your guests, the better prepared I am to catch the moments you will treasure.” Both photographers urge couples to spend a little time with potential wedding photographers, to get to know them a little, and to be comfortable with the one they choose. If the photographer is at ease with the wedding party, he or she will have a better sense of how best to record the day. As is the case with all aspects of making a great wedding, lots of advance planning, communication and preparation make for the most successful wedding photographs.


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Address ____________________________________________

Number of tiers_ _____________________________________

Contact information

Tier shape(s) ________________________________________

phone_ _____________________________________________ e-mail_ _____________________________________________ Contact name _ ______________________________________

tasting date & time __________________________ Price_____________________________________________ Date Ordered__________________________________ Number of guests to serve _______________ Delivery Date & time _________________________

Cake flavor(s)________________________________________ Frosting/fondant flavor(s) ______________________________ Fillings _____________________________________________ Decorations/Fresh flowers _____________________________ Topper _ ____________________________________________

Wedding Cake Tips Avoid surprises! During the consultation with the bakery be sure to inquire about additional fees such as delivery and setup fees as well as rental fees for items such as a cake stand. Also, expect to leave a deposit. If you want to coordinate your cake with your dress and/or flowers it is a good idea to bring along photos.

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Events in

By Katy Rutland, CWU Publicity Center

Every event needs a final, finishing touch–something living and growing, vibrant or subdued depending on the mood. But where can you turn to find information about what will give an event that extra spice or graceful element? A florist, of course. Flowers can fit any event, and season. With a wealth of information about the various buds and blooms, a florist can make the process of picking

of-season blooms, but many bulb-type flowers are very hard to find in the colder months. “Tulips are especially hard to find,” said May. “They’re a spring and summer flower, and some flowers just don’t grow well in greenhouses.”

But, if tulips are the perfect flower for a colder-season event, the best thing to do is give the florist plenty of notice to check with their suppliers. The florist may suggest other options that are more readily available and will give a similar look.

“...for something

unusual...the more notice we have the better. ”

flowers and arrangements much easier. Bring in pictures or a list to give an idea of what you want. Most florists also have books of arrangements and themes to help solidify the look of the event. “Even more important than knowing what you want is having a budget,” said Heather May of familyowned Williams Florist in downtown Ellensburg. “Bringing pictures and a budget will help us pick flowers that look similar to what you want but are less expensive.” According to May, another very important factor is the season. Most florists will have a wide variety of out-

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Time is another courtesy to extend to florists. When planning events such as reunions or anniversary parties, most florists need to meet with customers a minimum of one month in advance. For larger events such as weddings or formal dinners, giving at least three months’ notice allows florists plenty of opportunities to match the flowers to the themes of the events. “If you’re looking for something unusual or out-of-season, the more notice we have the better,” said May. “Let’s say you’re looking for a black rose. That’s unusual, so we’ll need time to check if something like that will be blossoming soon.” Even if a flower is in season, it can be ruined without the right care during

the event. If the event is outdoors, special consideration for the weather must be taken. In the hot summer months, the sun can wilt the flowers and evaporate the water. Keep them cool by either placing them in the shade or making sure their water stays full. During colder months, the blooms don’t last long because of freezing temperatures. The best thing to do is to use luke-warm water to keep the stems from freezing. After the event, and all the planning and preparations have paid off, what happens to all those flowers? Some of them can go with family or friends after the event, but if there are still flowers left over, there are several places that accept donations. If the event is in a church, most often the church is happy to keep the flowers. Some adult living communities and assisted care facilities will gladly take the flowers and arrangements. You can even ask your florist for suggestions. Just remember, when it comes to flowers, the smartest thing to do is to take advantage of your florist’s knowledge and experience. They know flowers inside and out, backwards and forwards. Just ask.

Quantity Unit Price Total Price

Florist __________________________________________ Address ____________________________________________

Contact information


phone_ _____________________________________________ e-mail ______________________________________________

Bride Honor attendant Bridesmaid Flower girl

Contact person _ ___________________________ Headpieces Consultation date & time _ ________________

Corsages _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____

____ ____ ____ ____

Description (Bouquet style, colors, flowers) ___________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________

_____ _____ ____ _____ _____ ____ _____ _____ ____


Bride Honor attendant Bridesmaid Flower girl

_____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____

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Groom Best man Groomsmen Ushers Ring bearer Fathers Grandfathers Special guests

_____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____

____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____

Delivery date, time & place _ _______________ Boutonnieres Contact person on site ________________________________

Mothers Grandmothers Special guests

Quantity Unit Price Total Price




Aisle & pew decorations Altar

_____ _____ ____ _____ _____ ____

Reception Cake Top Centerpieces

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Total _____________________

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More Than Just the Wedding By Tim Barry, Daily Record There are a lot of events associated with weddings other than just the wedding and the reception. Most couples have a rehearsal dinner the night before the event. This can happen whether or not there is an actual wedding rehearsal, although most officiants will want to spend a little time the day before the ceremony to walk through the logistics with the members of the wedding party. After the rehearsal -- usually held at the church/ceremony site -- everyone gathers for a celebratory dinner, traditionally hosted by the groom's family. This is an opportunity for the two families to get better acquainted before the wedding day. The bride and groom may also present the wedding party with thank-you gifts during the course of the evening. The rehearsal dinner is usually a lot smaller and more intimate than the reception the next day, with the guest list including immediate family (parents and siblings), wedding-party members and any spouses and significant others, and the parents of any child attendants (inviting the children themselves is optional). You should also invite the officiant and his/her spouse to the dinner. If many out-of-town guests are invited to the wedding, they may also be invited to the rehearsal dinner, especially if there are many who will have already arrived in town for the wedding. Because of the relatively small number of guests, the options for where to have it are a lot greater than they are for the much larger reception. In Ellensburg, most restaurants have room

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for at least twenty or thirty people, and a lot of them have special rooms just the right size for a rehearsal dinner. Cathy Heaverlo, co-owner of Pink Catered Events, says they have hosted several rehearsal dinners in their large space on 4th avenue. “We did one not so long ago for a couple who had met in Africa, and they decorated the room in a colorful African theme, we served African food and played African music,” she said. “It was fun. I encourage people to personalize their events to make them as memorable as possible.” Traditionally occurring in the week or two preceding the wedding, a bachelor party is a (often rowdy) event thrown for the bachelor by his male friends and relatives. Similarly, the bride's girlfriends will often take her out for a bachelorette party during this same period. These are not typically events that appear on the long range planning calendar, as the bride and groom are specifically excluded from their planning. There are dozens of great locations in and around Ellensburg for these raucous affairs. The friends planning them should consider a good full meal at a nice restaurant, followed

by a visit to some or several of Ellensburg's many celebrated licensed establishments. It is a good idea for the people planning the bride's party to check with the groom's friends, to coordinate whether or not they want to do them on the same night. If you have a lot of guests coming from out of town, you may want to have a special event for them, such as a dinner the night before the rehearsal dinner, or a lunch the day before the wedding. Wedding planner Kristin Jeffries said she knows of some couples who have had a rehearsal breakfast – held the morning of the day before the wedding. There are also several events that couples of plan for after the wedding reception. Jeffries suggests that, if you like, you plan a post-reception “after party”. Oftentimes the older guests head home early in the evening, and a lot of younger guests want to keep the party flowing into the night. This event would of course be very casual, but usually involves dancing and other latenight revelry. In addition, it is becoming increasingly common to have a brunch the morning after the wedding. This should be a relaxed affair, including as many or as few of your wedding guests as you care to invite. It serves as an opportunity to thank your guests and to give a special send-off to the out-oftown people who are starting to head back home. Remember that the pre- and postwedding parties don't have to match the formality of your wedding exactly -even if you're having a formal wedding, feel free to incorporate fun themes, like a luau, BBQ, or even a trip to a bowling alley.

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wedding day checklist For the Bride


m Headpiece/veil

m Something new

m Cummerbund

m Aspirin/Alka Seltzer

m Iron

m Something old

m Deodorant

m Bobby pins

m Jewelry

m Something borrowed

m Hair comb

m Mints/gum

m Kleenex

m Something blue

m Hair spray

m Extra panty hose

m Lint brush

m Spot remover

m Kleenex

m Bridal dress

m Luggage

m Feminine products

m Lint brush

m Cake knife

m Make-up

m Toothbrush & toothpaste

m Luggage

m Change of clothes

m Mirror

m Clear nail polish

m Passport

m Deodorant

m Perfume

m Garter

m Camera

m Gloves

m Purse

m Guest book

m Safety pins

m Hair brush

m Scotch tape

m Hair spray

m Shoes

For the Groom m Aspirin/Alka Seltzer m Airline tickets m Breath spray/ mints/ gum m Bride’s ring/ groom’s ring m Change of clothes m Cologne m Cuff links

m Necktie m Passport m Shirt m Shoes m Socks m Toothbrush & Toothpaste m Tuxedo m Underwear

dress rehearsal Dress Rehearsal Site ___________________________ Bride’s responsibilities: Address ______________________________________________

m Bridesmaid gifts

Contact information

m Camera

phone_ _______________________________________________ e-mail ________________________________________________ Contact person ________________________________________

Time & Date of Dress Rehearsal _____________

m Groom’s gift m Flower girl/ring bearer pillow for the maid of honor m Last-minute lists to delegate out to family

Groom’s responsibilities: m Bride’s gift

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Marriage license Ushers and groomsmen gifts Officiant fee for the best man to hold onto


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Airline (Departure) ___________________________

Address ____________________________________________

Date & Time _________________________________________ Flight number _ ________________ Gate _ ______________ Confirmation # _ _____________________________________

Contact information phone_ _____________________________________________ e-mail ______________________________________________

Airline (Return) _______________________________

Contact person ______________________________________

Date & Time _________________________________________ Flight number _ ________________ Gate _ ______________

Honeymoon Dates & Destination _______

Hotel Reservations at ___________________


Address ____________________________________________ Phone ______________________________________________ Dates reserved _ _____________________________________ Confirmation #_______________________________________

Departure Date_______________________________________ Return Date _________________________________________

Planned Activities ___________________________ ___________________________________________________

Budget/Spending Money __________________

Car Rental Company _______________________ Dates reserved _ _____________________________________ Price _______________________________________________ Confirmation # _ _____________________________________

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Honeymoon Packing List For the Bride Casual outfit

For the Groom m Deodorant

Casual outfit

m Deodorant

m Shirts

m Soap

m Shirts

m Soap

m Pants/Shorts

m Razors/shaving cream

m Pants/Shorts

m Razors/shaving cream

m Shoes

m Lotion

m Shoes

m Lotion

Semi-Formal outfit

m Sunscreen

Semi-Formal outfit

m Sunscreen

m Dresses

m Perfume

m Shirts

m Cologne

m Shoes

m Hats

m Pants

m Hats

m Underwear

m Jacket/coat

m Shoes

m Jacket/coat

m Bras

m Feminine products

m Ties

m Passport

m Lingerie

m Passport

m Underwear

m Spending money

m Sleepwear

m Tickets

m Sleepwear

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Ease the Stress By Tim Barry, Daily Record Wedding planning can be extremely stressful, especially for the central participants – the bride and groom and those closest to them. Weddings are expensive, and any decisions that cost a lot of money are bound to raise your blood pressure. Planning them takes a lot of time, especially for the bride (and usually her mother), and it often feels like you have another full-time job in the months leading up to the special day. Add to this all the well-meaning advice and input from family and friends, and the inevitable squabbles between family members, and it can create a very unhealthy level of anxiety for any bride or groom. And all of this is supposed to be in preparation for a day dedicated to love and joy! There are some simple things you can do to reduce this stress. First and foremost, said Ellensburg wedding planner Kristin Jeffries, is the planning process itself. “Of course, I'm a wedding planner, so I recommend that anyone who can afford one should hire one,” said Jeffries. “But even if you don't hire me, I know a lot of people who have delegated most of the planning to a trusted friend or a sister. Especially in the last week and on the day of, having someone other than the bride in charge of details makes her day much more special and memorable.” Having an outside person without an emotional stake in the planning – someone to bounce ideas off of, and with the time and interest to help your vision become reality – can make all the difference. Hiring a professional who has gone through all of this before, and knows how to negotiate with facilities, caterers, liquor distributors and the like can save money as well.

Some couples schedule prewedding counseling, which even for the most loving and healthy couples can be a fabulous experience. Clergy members often request or require that couples do some sort of counseling, or at least that they meet with the pastor or priest a few times in the months before the event to talk about what it means to them and to make sure the couple is getting along. The person most likely to suffer the brunt of your stress, and who will stress you out the most is the person you're going to spend the rest of your life with. This is mostly because the bride and groom are around each other most. With or without a wedding planner, making and sticking to workable plan well in advance will help both of you deal with the stress. This means using the tools provided in this guide, and on numerous wedding planning websites. “There are several excellent websites that provide budget outlines, long-term and short-term calendars, short cuts, registries, wedding and reception ideas, and great advice,” said Jeffries. D e l e g a t i n g responsibilities to others is very important. “If you have a friend who bakes great cakes, and wants to make your wedding cake her present to you, let her,” said Jeffries. “It's one less thing to worry about, and puts a special personal touch on that part of the day.” In setting up your calendar, she suggests the bride and groom block out one night a week as a “no wedding” night – when there will be no planning wedding-related work done, and the

couples retreat Remind yourselves why you fell in love. Set aside one night a week for each other without any wedding-planning related talk or work. Relax and enjoy each other.

two of them can be reminded of why they fell in love in the first place. Jeffries said the most stressful day is, of course, the wedding day itself. Often, she recommends that the bride schedule a massage or a spa session for that morning, or the day before. Not only can it provide some needed relaxation, it is the kind of pampering that will help her feel like she is being treated like someone special.

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Teasing the

Taste Buds By Katy Rutland, CWU Publicity Center

ideas. Buffet-style dinners are often less expensive than plated dinners, but it all depends on what food is served.

What’s one thing we all love about events? The free food. For the guests anyway. For the hosts, it’s actually quite a process to get the right caterer, the right food and the right flavors. After all, there are many factors involved. What if a guest has a nut allergy or is vegan? What if the guest of honor is diabetic? With so many complications, putting together the right menu for the occasion can be a genuine puzzle.

Often, the “starter” menus caterers provide are based on seasonal availability. For example, fresh apples in the early spring won’t be from local orchards and will be more expensive.

When planning a large event such as a wedding or formal banquet, Garmong likes to have at least a few months’ advance notice to meet with the client in order to plan the menu and make sure of its availability at the time of the event. For smaller events, like a reception with light refreshments or a business meeting with boxed lunches, two weeks is usually sufficient.

“It’s important to use seasonal products...”

“The best thing a client can do is to convey their expectations clearly,” said Patrick Garmong, CWU Catering manager and chef. “It makes the process much more enjoyable for everyone involved, and those events are always the most successful.”

Knowing what type of menu to plan can be a challenge. Garmong presents menu options as a starting point. The client can then pick items straight from the provided menu or talk with the catering staff about variations on dishes or adding new dishes entirely. Make sure to have a catering budget worked out as well. This helps the caterer prepare a meal within your price range that still fits your original

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Garmong uses a lot of asparagus in the spring and root vegetables in the winter when the plants are at their freshest. This keeps costs down as well as features what’s in season.

“It's important to use seasonal products for two reasons,” he said. “It shows that you’re  trying to work locally as much as possible, and it also allows for those items to become more of a treat–when they are at the peak of their season.” When in doubt about a particular food item, be sure to ask your caterer of its availability. That way, no one is surprised should the menu need slight changes due to an unavailable ingredient.

When planning a plated dinner, making sure every guest eats something they like can be a challenge. Garmong recommends including menu choices in the RSVP. This is also an excellent way to acquire certain guests’ special diet requests or restrictions. Once receiving the RSVPs it is important to meet with the caterer, not only to give the final counts for what to prepare but also to share any guests’ special dietary needs. For a buffet-style dinner, just make sure to have several alternative options should some of your guests need them. “Do not be afraid to go ‘offmenu,” said Garmong as a final piece of advice when choosing dishes. “It gives the event an identity of its own.” In the end, being open and active with your caterer and maintaining strong lines of communication are the keys to any successful catered event.

Throw the perfect

Dinner Party By Erika Solis, CWU Publicity Center

Whoever said entertaining was best left to the professionals was wrong. Welcome to the 21st century where having friends over to dinner involves more than just pizza. However, creating an intimate dinner party is easier than you think!

Tablescape Ideas Setting the table is one of the most important (and fun) ways to get the party started. And you don’t have to venture far to get your décor. Start by using any flowers

ENTERTAINING TIPS • Seat the most talkative guests at the center of the table, they will naturally keep the conversation going. • Prepare any dishes ahead of time. • Stock up on the drinks! • Make a party playlist filled with both upbeat and quiet music. • Remember to breathe, you should have fun too!

If you are the romantic type a simple way to dress up your dinner table is with a beautiful assortment of dinnerware. This can mean going to a thrift shop and buying dinner, salad and dessert plates that all share a similar pattern—floral designs are easiest to find. Simply drape a tablecloth over your table and arrange your new dinnerware—it’ll be sure to create the perfect vintage feel.

Menu Ideas One of the biggest reasons many shy away from entertaining has to do with the cooking that’s involved. But don’t worry it’s actually easier than you think. Start with what you know and work from there. Familiarity always makes things easier, so go ahead and make your famous spaghetti and meatballs then incorporate easy sides like a garden salad and French bread. By the time you’re finished your guests will be asking for seconds.

or small branches from your yard or garden. Then find your favorite vase and arrange similar shades of flowers in a loose manner to create a chic and effortless look. Now if you don’t know where to place your branches, an empty wine bottle will work just fine. Place one or two inside and, voilà, you have an instant arrangement!

But if you want to try and venture out of your comfort zone, here’s what to do. Find a few recipes and spend an evening making them. Yes, that’s right, go ahead and test out your dinner party menu beforehand. You will soon find what works and what needs a little more salt or what should be thrown down the disposal. That way once it comes to the night of your party you will be sure everything you serve to your guests will be wonderful.

Another element to add to the atmosphere is candles. Run different sized pillars up and down your table—they will light up the evening with a beautiful glow. And remember to use non-scented candles at your dinner table, you want your guests to smell the delicious meal you prepared, not “fields of lavender.”

Another important thing to remember while planning a menu is to consider any guests who might be vegetarian or vegan. An easy fix is to keep a fresh stock of fruits and vegetables on-hand. You can also prepare a side dish like quinoa that easily works with almost any menu and is perfect for those who do not consume meat products.

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not provided at the site of the reception be sure to ask if your catering service will provide such things.

A Tale of

It was my high school graduation day, I was eager to get my diploma and begin the next chapter of my life. Little did I know I would be swept off my feet that day. I remember standing in the sun waiting for the ceremony to begin. I was wearing the official graduation clothing, cap and all, when my future fiancé walked up to me and said, “You look beautiful.” I was instantly curious and smitten of course because I had known this blue-eyed boy since elementary school. We had never hung out in the same crowds but I always knew of him. We don’t recall much of anything after he spoke those three words except that we eventually went on our separate ways. A couple weeks later our moms asked us to volunteer at field day. Knowing that he might be at field day too, I raced to his mom’s classroom to see if he was there. As I peeked my head inside our eyes connected and he practically jumped off the table he was sitting on and met me at the door.

P h o to s

Love stories are the best kind of story. You can try and win me over with a scary story, you can try to impress me with a funny tale but in the end love stories will always make me swoon. And why is that you ask? Because I happen to think that love does indeed make the world go round. People search for it, others hold on to it and some cannot stand it. But in the end love somehow weaves its way into our lives. It is the unexplainable force that ultimately molds us into who we are. That is why I am happy to let you in on my love story.

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We spent the night before he left looking at the stars. Then through tearful eyes he made me promise to never forget how much he loved me. For the next two years we would be in a long-distance relationship. Then on our third year together we finally were in the same state attending the same university. For obvious reasons we had our doubts if we could even be together since we were so used to talking on the phone. But like I said fate had different plans.

By the end of the day I was in heaven, by the end of the week we were talking on the phone till the sun came up and by the end of the month we both knew we were in love.

Being together again was effortless. And just when we thought we knew everything about each other we would learn something new. Then, last summer, a few months after our three-year anniversary my blue-eyed boy took me on a walk that led us down to the ocean. After a few minutes of strolling through the park overlooking the ocean we sat down on a bench to admire the water. As I turned away to look down the path he got down on one knee. And right when I turned back to look at him a diamond ring was staring back up at me.

It was unlike anything I had ever experienced before. He was funny, smart and very handsome. And I was simply happy knowing I was his dream girl, the one he fell in love with back in the third grade.

He then told me that he loved me with all his heart and asked me to marry him. Of course I said yes! We are now on our way to planning a summer wedding, four years after we fell in love.

As August came around and as much as we wanted to push away knowing he had to leave, we couldn’t. In a few weeks my blue-eyed boy would eventually pack his things up and move to Montana to play college football.

I have found the one who adds joy and laughter to my life, and I’m thankful to say that I cannot wait to begin the next chapter of our love story. Because it is these stories that change us and make life worth every minute.

We were inseparable the whole day. I found out that I had been his third grade crush and he told me I looked beautiful on graduation day because he thought he would never get the chance to ever see me again. But obviously fate had different plans.

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It’s my party & I can plan if I want to Third Annual Winter Wedding & Event Exop Returns to Central

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Parties, whether big or small, are important events in our lives. They are fun, festive and filled with family and friends. But where do you start when the planning is left up to you? CWU Student Union Operations and The Daily Record invite guests to find inspiration and meet local vendors at the third annual Winter Wedding & Event Expo Sunday, Jan. 23 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Student Union and Recreation Center (SURC) Ballroom. Tickets are $3 per guest, $5 for couples and free for children 12 years and younger at the door. Attendees will be swept away by more than 50 vendor booths ranging from caterers and florists to photographers and salons, and more. These professionals will take the stress off of event planning by offering demonstrations and samples perfect for making the decisionprocess easy. “There will be live music playing that can be booked for weddings, as well as food and wine tastings,” said Amy Alder, Student Union Operations Marketing and Scheduling supervisor.

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Most vendors attending the Winter Wedding & Event Expo are from central and eastern Washington – perfect for the party planner who wants to support local businesses, or for those who would rather not cross over the mountains to plan a wedding or large event. “Planning a wedding can be stressful; the Expo is a fun and relaxing event that will showcase professionals and their services,” said Alder. “Guests can get all the information they need to plan their wedding or big event in one afternoon.” Another aspect to think about when planning a large event is the location. Alder says that any space on campus, such as the SURC Ballroom, Sue Lombard rooms and the Japanese Garden can be booked for events. “Recently we had a request from a couple that wanted to get married under a willow tree by the Science Building. It was the spot where they first met,” said Alder. So whether planning mode is in full swing or just an idea the third annual Winter Wedding & Event Expo may just solve all your needs.

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