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With This Ring A wedding ring is an endless circle that traditionally represents the love that you, the bride and groom, have for each other. It is wise to make a careful selection of these immortal tokens of love.

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ince you are unique, your wedding rings should portray your uniqueness. Choosing or designing your rings can be one of the most pleasurable experiences of your engagement. The variety of styles is endless. Many couples prefer to visit the jeweler together to learn about each others’ style preferences. Your jeweler can advise you on the style and design most becoming to your lifestyle and tastes. Decide if you prefer a single wedding band, a wedding ring with a matching engagement ring, or an engagement ring with guard rings. Other decisions that will need to be made are what type, size and shape of gem you prefer; whether or not you would like smaller diamonds on your band to accentuate your main stone; and if you would like your fiancé’s ring to match. After you have searched for the ultimate rings and have found them, congratulations! If you cannot find the perfect rings for you, then commission your jeweler to custom-design and create an original set of wedding rings for you. A custom jeweler can create magic by simply learning your preferences and designing your rings according to your liking. The jeweler will then hand-carve and create your perfect rings. Diamonds are an important part of engagement and wedding rings. You need to know a few basic facts and standards for diamonds. The most widely accepted diamond-grading standards were established by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), and the basic concepts can be mastered by you with the help of your jeweler. Diamond grading is divided into the Four C’s: Carat, Cut, Clarity, and Color. Carat refers to the weight of a diamond. One carat weight is divided into 100 points of weight. A 25-point diamond can be referred to as a stone that weighs 0.25 carats.

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Size is determined by the weight and is also a factor in the price of a diamond because the larger the diamond, and the heavier it is, the more rare the stone, and the more valuable it becomes. Cut refers to the make and shape of your diamond. The make is the faceting or cutting of the diamond surface. Most round diamonds have 58 facets. A good cut, or make, allows for the maximum light reflection throughout the diamond. Some diamonds are cut shallow, some deep, while the superbly cut diamond achieves the most brilliance. The shape of the diamond is also a part of the cut. The most common shapes include the round brilliant, marquis, pear, oval, heart, emerald, and baguette. Diamond shapes are not limited to these. Diamonds have been cut in the design of stars, flowers, trees, and even the state of Texas.

diamond basics, the better you can intelligently choose your diamond. ALTERNATIVES TO THE DIAMOND Another idea to consider when discussing your rings is the use of alternative stones instead of a diamond. The main reason that diamonds are the choice of most couples can be attributed to the fact that diamonds are the hardest stone known to man, thus they are better able to withstand the stress of daily wear. A myth exists about diamonds that they cannot be chipped nor can they break. But beware ... it is a myth. A diamond, like all gemstones, must be properly cared for by you. On a regular basis, preferably at least once every six months, ask your jeweler to clean and inspect your rings and stones so that you can maintain their glowing beauty. In between your visits to your jeweler, it does help to clean your wedding rings as often as you wish. Your jeweler can advise you as to the best way to clean your rings at home. The cleaner your rings are, the more they sparkle. Colored gemstones, such as ruby and sapphire, have also been used throughout history as a wedding ring center stone or as an enhancement to the center diamond. For example, you may choose an intense blue sapphire as your center stone and encircle it with smaller diamonds. After you receive your rings from your jeweler, you should check with your insurance agent as to how to insure your rings on your insurance policy. Inquire about an all-risk policy to fully insure your rings. Your insur-

A good cut allows for the maximum light reflection throughout the diamond. Some diamonds are cut shallow, some deep, while the superbly cut diamond achieves the most brilliance. Clarity refers to the ability to see through a diamond, which is affected by internal identifying characteristics of flaws formed in nature in the diamond. The fewer and less visible the flaws, known as inclusions, the better and more valuable the diamond becomes. Diamonds are graded on 10X magnification under a microscope or jeweler’s loupe, with good lighting. It is important to examine your major diamond purchase under a microscope so that you can see the flaws, their sizes, and locations. Overall, the fewer the inclusions, the more brilliant and valuable the diamond. Color as a grading defines diamond color very critically. The closer a diamond appears to colorless, the better the color grade. Color grading is done by comparing the diamond to a color test kit with stones graded by GIA. The lights used in this process are highly specialized. All of the Four C’s affect the price of a diamond. For example, a diamond that weighs 1 carat, is VS1 clarity, G color and good cut will cost more than a diamond that weighs 1 carat, is SI1 clarity, K color and poor cut. The more informed you are about

ance agent can give explanations and suggestions as to the best protection for you. OTHER WEDDING JEWELRY Your jeweler can assist you with other wedding jewelry, such as cultured pearls. This is a traditional wedding gift given by the groom to the bride to wear with her wedding gown. Pearls are an elegant jewelry gift and may be enjoyed for many occasions. The bride may appropriately choose a set of cufflinks or button covers as her gift to her groom to wear with his formal attire at the wedding and for future occasions. Your jeweler can guide you in making your choices. Check with your jeweler for bridesmaids’ and groomsmen’s gift ideas and give a gift that will remind them of the special day they will share with you. Choosing your wedding and engagement rings can be fun and exciting! With the professional guidance of your jeweler, your wedding rings will become cherished reminders of the love you share. •


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Touch-Ups Top Five Ways to Look your Best on the Big Day For many brides and their mothers, looking and feeling their best on the big day is just as important as the venue or dress. As a result, cosmetic procedures are often making the wedding to-do list. As cosmetic procedures become increasingly popular among today’s bridal parties, minimally invasive options are an essential for bridesto-be, as well as their mothers. Dr. Cynthia Elliott, a former ER surgeon and owner of Skinspirations in Tampa Bay, suggests that women seek procedures which require little or no downtime such as Botox, facials, eyelash treatments or a quick detox to look slimmer on the big day. With a practice devoted exclusively to cosmetic and laser procedures, Dr. Elliott is often sought out to perform prenuptial treatments. Skinspirations often sees brides-to-be and their mothers for the following prenuptial procedures: 1. Botox: These injections give you smooth, wrinkle-free skin and/or higher arched eyebrows (if requested). Begin six months prior to the wedding day and repeat as recommended. 2. Hydrafacial: This relaxing treatment detoxifies and rejuvenates skin, resulting in a smoother appearance. It can be done up to the day before the wedding. 3. Latisse eyelash treatment: This treatment gives you doubled eyelash fullness and should be started four months before wedding. 4. Regular skincare treatments: They result

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in clearer, smoother, more even skin. Begin 6 months before the big day to ensure a noticeable difference. 5. Detox/HCG diet: This diet rids the body of toxins and can also aid weight loss, which helps brides and their mothers achieve a slimmer look for the ceremony. For definite results, begin at least 90 days before the wedding. “Glowing skin exudes confidence – exactly what women want on their wedding day,” said Dr. Elliott. “Many brides – and mothers-of-the-bride – are seeking natural, subtle results that make them look rejuvenated.”

Prenuptial No-No’s: Common Mistakes to Prevent While certain cosmetic procedures can do much to improve the quality of the skin, the routine mistakes listed below can undo their effectiveness and should be avoided: • Too much sun exposure. Avoid the sun as much as possible and wear SPF every day. Too much UV radiation can lead to wrinkle formation and uneven skin pigmentation. • Picking at the skin. Picking often causes blemishes to worsen. • Failing to alert your practitioner to any sensitivity. Allergic reactions can cause unsightly side effects that could last until the big day. • Getting too many treatments at once. Bombarding your skin with several prod-

ucts won’t give you faster results and could potentially cause an adverse reaction. • Unreal expectations. Fillers and facial treatments can only do so much to change the quality of your skin—don’t envision a major change or you may end up disappointed.

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Dr. Elliott also suggests that brides and their mothers resist waiting until the last minute when considering any cosmetic procedures. “Time is of the essence,” said Dr. Elliott. “You want to ensure that you make a full recovery in time for the wedding day. For the best possible results, schedule a consultation before deciding on any procedures.” Dr. Elliott has the experience and expertise to perform a wide array of non-surgical procedures in her Tampa Bay office. She is a former emergency & trauma doctor who has been performing minimally invasive procedures in Tampa Bay for the last several years. For more information about Skinspirations or to schedule a free consultation, visit www.skinspirations-info.com. •

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Ask The Experts Got a question? Hear what the experts have to say! How can I be sUre THere wIll be smooTH TransITIons beTween mUsIc selecTIons dUrInG THe Formal SEATINGS AT MY WEDDING? The most important thing is to make sure that the wedding coordinator communicates with the string quartet. If the coordinator gives a clear cue to the musicians when it is time to start the seatings, then sends each group down the aisle to the correct music selection, the quartet can easily time selections to end after the last person in each group has been seated.

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How sHoUld I cHoose my brIdesmaIds’ dresses? Shopping for bridesmaid dresses is a very delicate matter. Not only is it important to be cost conscious to avoid putting anyone in a difficult financial situation, but it’s important to find a gown that works for everyone. This does not mean you have to buy the same gown for all bridesmaids. These days, many brides will pick a color that they would like the gowns to be and then let each bridesmaid pick the style that she wants to wear, that she is comfortable in, that is flattering on, and that keeps her smiling. After all, the bride should want everyone to look gorgeous on her big day so she’ll have beautiful pictures and happy memories.

I HAVE BEEN TO MANY WEDDINGS WHERE THE RECEIVING LINE IS SO LONG THaT IT Takes away so mUcH TIme From THe recePTIon. mUsT we Have A RECEIVING LINE? Most brides and grooms are not doing a receiving line. At the reception, oftentimes the bride’s parents call the groom’s parents to the microphone to introduce them and welcome them. The bride and groom then walk hand in hand to each table to welcome their guests, and thank them for attending their wedding. If the bride and groom wish, the photographer can follow them to each table and take photos.

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DO I NEED A CONTINGENCY PLAN? Preparing a contingency plan is a must when it comes to effective event planning. Weddings can be a challenging event, at best. Many intricate details must blend seamlessly for the wedding party and guests to enjoy themselves and to make it a fond memory for all. Sometimes the biggest secret to a successful event is having a contingency plan. Not only should serious thought be given to Plan B, but if it needs to be incorporated, it must be a feasible strategy. Best advice: Hire a competent coordinator who has planned ahead and can remain flexible on the day of the event.

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I GoT THe rInG! now wHaT? wHere do I sTarT?! wHaT are THe FIrsT and mosT ImPorTanT asPecTs oF THe weddInG PlannInG THaT we need To FocUs on? I get this question all the time! By far the most important aspect that needs your immediate attention is your budget. You cannot go through the steps of planning a wedding without knowing what you are working with. Brides often want to rush out and buy the dress or start looking at venues without at least having some rough numbers to work with. Once you have your budget, start looking for a wedding planner. It is never too early to hire a wedding planner to help through the planning and coordination of your wedding. In general, the earlier you hire a planner, the more money they will be able to help you save. Next, pick a venue and a date! This will require you having a rough idea of how many guests you will be expecting. This number will change, but having an idea will help in choosing a venue. I also suggest getting lots of ideas together. If you haven’t already, start looking in bridal magazines and at online bridal sites and go to a few bridal shows. Get an idea of what catches your eye and what definitely doesn’t look appealing to you. From here on out you and your wedding planner will have plenty of decisions to make, most of which will be fun and make your day everything you have dreamed of!

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I recenTly Had my weddInG recePTIon For 120 GUesTs. one HUndred GUesTs resPonded sTaTInG THey woUld be In aTTendance, bUT only 75 GUesTs sHowed. we PaId $75 Per Person For THe recePTIon. Is THere a way I can recoUP THIs exPense? It is a common courtesy for guests to provide an accurate count for the reception so the bride and groom can avoid overpaying. The guests’ gift to the bride and groom is their presence, and the bride and groom’s gift to the guests is entertainment and a meal. As a courtesy, the guests should send a monetary gift in exchange for their absence. Unfortunately, if the guests do not choose to send a gift, monetary or otherwise, you eat the loss, no pun intended! To avoid this mishap, guests can be given a courtesy call to ensure they still plan to attend, before the final head count is turned in to the caterer or wedding venue.

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Wedding Insurance By Jack Brown Independent, licensed, insurance counselor with more than 35 years experience Contact him at jackbrownins@aol.com It is every girl’s dream to have a fairytale wedding — a very special day to remember for life. However, when things go wrong, it can be the worst of the worst of times. You have spent a lot of money to make sure that special day is very special. As an insurance agent, I have learned one very important fact. “Risk never takes a break.” You could have a vendor or venue already going out of business and at the same time taking your money. So many problems can pop up without notice. Someone in your wedding party can become ill or you could get transferred to another state for your job. A vendor may not show, or the weather turns for the worse the day of the wedding, and no one can get to the venue. To solve this problem, you need wedding insurance. Or as we say in the business, “transfer the risk.”

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Wedding insurance can cover: • Lost deposits • Photographs and video • Wedding gifts lost or stolen • Cancellation/postponement • No shows • Unexpected illness or accident • Loss of the wedding ring • Travel costs • Many other costs associated with the wedding Liability Insurance. This will protect you in a situation of injury to an attendee or property damage caused by your wedding party. Most venues will require this coverage. Liquor Liability. This will protect you and your family against alcohol-related accidents. Most venues will require this coverage. Ask each vendor and venue if they carry a third-party fidelity bond. The bond will guarantee your money if they go broke. This

is a must for an all-inclusive wedding facility. Make sure that each vendor and venue gives you a written contract. You will need this to file an insurance claim to prove that you did in fact pay the vendor or venue. Ask for a statement of understanding. This will spell out what is expected of you and the vendor or venue. Make sure that you and the vendor or venue sign everything, even agreed-upon notes and emails. A wedding insurance policy will cost around $300 and can be purchased as far as 24 months before the wedding. Companies that sell wedding insurance: • TravelersInsurance.com • Wedsure.com • Wedsafe.com • Texianinsurance.com


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Today’s Valet Things You Should Know About Today’s Valet Companies By Rick Reid

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Valet operations should be employed in settings when an enhanced level of service is desired, or in parking operations in which an operator or facility owner needs to optimize use of limited or desirable parking. One of the most important things that you need to take into account while planning for your wedding is the parking condition at your wedding venue. Parking might not be present on your list of top issues, but it is something that should be planned by considering valet service, in order to ensure that your guests do not experience any sort of trouble at your wedding. Take into account the type of clothing and shoes required to wear during the event and what it takes to walk to the venue. What makes a great valet? When someone turns over the keys to their car, a good valet understands that this is one of their chief assets and that they should respect it, meaning: Don’t roll down the windows, don’t change the radio station, don’t move anything

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around. Great valets understand that they control the first and last impressions of any event. When should a customer say “yes” to the option of valet parking? When hiring a valet for your wedding, you should shop them at one of their venues prior to a decision. The valet should greet you with a smile, be dressed in a company uniform and have their hand out to help the ladies out of their vehicle. It sounds silly, but presentation is everything. The great valet companies have proper signage accompanied by a podium with a company name on it. If they lack these simple things, I would keep looking. Joyrides: fact or myth? Myth. Movies, such as “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” and the parking of his friend’s parents’ 1961 Ferrari 250 are the exception to the rule. Great valet companies know this isn’t the way to treat a customer’s vehicle. While parking luxury automobiles is a privilege, it’s always understood that there’s a huge amount of risk and liability involved in the way

these cars should be handled. VIP Parking—Who gets these spots? Usually, VIP guests of an event who have made it clear to the valet that they will be gracious in their gratuity (and gracious could be anything from $10-$20 or more). Typically event planners will say that they want the most expensive and best-looking cars up front, because it reflects well on the event, but those are not necessarily the customers who tip best. Tipping questions: What is an average tip? Do coins count? Tipping is always a nice gesture. Whether you are paying a standard fee or valet parking is offered on a complimentary basis, tipping is still customary. The going rate is $3-$5 per vehicle. While coins aren’t the norm in the valet business, it’s fine to give what you can. Any professional parking attendant will understand and gladly accept any level of gratuity. Valet service provides added convenience for both the venue as well as the guests. Not only saving guests from a long trek to their destination, valet service will also provide them with helping hands to carry items from cars into the venue for either guests or vendors, such as caterers. Extra help during an event, especially during inclement weather is always a welcome benefit, and the added security provided for parked cars is just a perk of the service. Everyone knows there’s a certain amount of skepticism when using a valet. Is this a misconception? I think yes. In my experience valet parkers I’ve encountered have been professional, polite, honest, and more than willing to serve whatever valet needs I have. I’ve found that a courteous gesture, and/ or word can set the tone for a great parking experience. •


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hether your wedding will be a grand, lavish event or a more intimate affair, one thing is certain—weddings are all about the details, and couples want every last element to be picture-perfect. Every bride deserves to look fabulous on her wedding day and every bride deserves the special memories that come with truly stunning photos of one of the most extraordinary moments of her life. Couples spend a lot of time, effort, and planning on their appearance before the first shutter clicks. From flawless skin, to immaculately styled hair and makeup, to the perfect wedding attire, you want yourself and your wedding party to look your best. What if you could have the gorgeous, glowing skin that

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comes from tanning without any of the unhealthy side effects? The good news is that now you can. With a custom sunless tan, you can show off a healthy glow in your pre-wedding and wedding photos that will be immortalized forever. What Makes Sunless Tanning Special? With awareness about the harmful effects of ultraviolet (UV) exposure on the rise, the sunless experience is an innovative, guilt-free solution to conventional tanning methods. By using a sunless tanning system, professional tanning experts can give a bride-tobe the illusion of a natural tan without any of the damaging effects associated with sunbathing or traditional tanning beds. Better yet, applications

are available for all types of skin. Approved by dermatologists and skincare specialists, sunless tanning is a naturallooking solution to achieving a healthy glow. With the availability of sunless tanning on the rise, you are sure to find the look you desire without causing harm to your skin. The Photogenic Results You’ll find that a sunless tan will even skin tone, giving you the appearance of a slimmer figure and enhanced muscle definition. Your teeth will look whiter and manicures and pedicures will stand out against that healthy-looking skin. Even your hair color will enjoy a boost. Opting for a full-body tan can eliminate unsightly lines that could clash


with the cut of your dress. With the popularity of sleeveless and strapless wedding dresses, this could be a great solution for you. Special Considerations In order to achieve the natural and conservative glow that is ideal for brides, a color consultation with a licensed sunless tan provider is a good start. Rather than trying the sunless tanning experience without knowing how it will look in the day or two leading up to an engagement photo shoot or wedding photos, it is a good idea to plan ahead and make sure that you’re happy with the results. While full-body sunless tans are available, you might want to start with a par-

tial-body trial to make sure that you are happy with the results. As with any wedding preparations, look for discount bridal packages. Check out results with a trial appointment. Consider bringing along the groom, or even your entire wedding party. You can even make an event of it by bringing in your bridesmaids to get ready with the girls before the big day. With your maid-of-honor, best man, and other attendants looking their best, you’ll ensure that your wedding photos truly dazzle—with everyone looking their healthy best, your photos are sure to pop. What to Look For When selecting a tanning service, you’ll want to look for

an experienced, professional staff that provides services in a private setting. Ask about their palette—a more extensive selection means a better chance that you’ll find the natural tone that yields your healthy glow. Ask for testimonials or references from satisfied clients, and better yet, see if there is a photographic portfolio of the results—how better to envision the photos you’ll be able to capture at your wedding? Whether you want your skin to be radiant for the big day or you want to look your best for your engagement photo shoot, a sunless tanning service will provide you with a unique tanning experience that will ensure your photos will shine with your special glow. •

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Picture Perfect A tender moment, captured in a silver frame on an office desk. A special home movie to pop in the DVD player on a snuggly winter night. Wedding images keep the memories alive.

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ong after the wedding dress is packed away, the caterer is on to the next wedding, and the thank-you notes are mailed — the photographs and DVDs remain. The documentation of the beginning of your new family will be cherished for future generations. PHOTOGRAPHY Book your photographer at least six months in advance to ensure availability for your wedding date. When choosing a photographer, there are several important things to remember. Select a photographer who works for a living, not as a part-time or weekend job. Do not entrust this blessed event to an amateur or friend. You don’t want to risk losing the recording of this once-in-a-lifetime occasion. Protect your wedding memories by using a professional. And make sure your photographer has extra cameras, lenses and lighting equipment on hand as backups in case of emergency. Most photographers now prefer to use digital cameras for wedding photography. Of course, no matter what style camera is used, make sure your photographer will also have an appropriate backup strategy to preserve the images from your precious day. Advances in digital cameras are rapidly improving the image detail and color. There are other benefits to digital versus film cameras. Not only can a photographer see immediately what the image will look like, he or she can correct the shot on-site as opposed to during the film-developing process. Brides will appreciate the speed and efficiency of digital cameras since they’ll be able to see their wedding proofs quicker. This digital process can give you an idea of what your wedding album will look like when complete. Choose a photographer with whom you are compatible and who puts you at ease. If there is a personality conflict between you and the photographer, you may end up with photos of your best sneer instead of your best smile! Look for a photographer whose

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judgment and opinions you trust. Remember, you’ll be spending a lot of time with the “camera person” on your wedding day, relying on that person to capture those special moments. When you meet with a photographer, view sample wedding albums to obtain a clear impression of the overall style in which the photographer covers a wedding. Look for color, sharpness and detail of the photographs. Determine the type of photographs you prefer — a formal posed look, candids, or a combination of both formats. Communicate clearly with your photographer to ensure the best results. Make sure your photographer knows exactly what you want — you only get one chance to make things right. Obtain information on package sizes and prices, deposits, retouching charges, travel expenses and any other costs. Wedding packages can range from several hundred dollars to well into the thousands. Make sure everything you need is included in your package — formal portrait, blackand-white print for the newspaper, wedding album, and anything else you are looking for. Find out the cost of additional prints and “mini-albums” for parents and close friends.

special friends and relatives you want photographed during the reception. VIDEOGRAPHY Once a mere stepchild of photography, videography has quickly become an exciting, essential part of the wedding celebration. The guidelines for selecting a videographer parallel those for choosing a photographer. The number one rule — use a professional! Don’t be tempted to take advantage of your Uncle Joe’s camcorder. There are no “second takes.’’ Hire a professional with professional equipment, so your memories are safe. Make sure your videographer has top-notch audio-visual cameras and editing equipment. Your videographer must be experienced and well trained on the equipment. Different audio techniques include the use of wireless remote microphones, a feed from the church’s sound system, a shotgun microphone and ambient sound, and a separate recording dubbed in during editing. Determine with your videographer the technique best suited to your wedding location. Ask to view DVDs of actual weddings that were shot and produced within the past year. By watching these samples, you’ll see first-hand the videographer’s level of talent and professionalism. Look for sharp images, adequate lighting and clear sound. The video should flow smoothly from scene to scene, with highlights fully covered to tell the whole wedding story. Look for special effects, such as fades, wipes, dissolves, multiple images, freezeframes and background music. The videographer should dress appropriately, and be able to comfortably mingle with your guests. Wedding videography prices range from several hundred dollars to the

Select a photographer who works for a living, not as a part-time or weekend job. Do not entrust this blessed event to an amateur or friend. Finally, be sure everything you’ve agreed to is written in a contract. Other details that should be in writing include: when the photographer will arrive at the wedding and leave the reception, how the photographer will be dressed, and the number of images that will be provided. When you meet with your photographer, come prepared with pertinent information regarding your wedding. It’s also helpful if the photographer knows the style, color and setting of the wedding so that the mood and the moment can be captured. Let your photographer know the size of your wedding party and with whom you would like to be photographed. It’s helpful to designate a friend or relative to point out those

thousands. Find out what’s included in the package deals, and if items such as duplicate DVDs, adding music and titles, special effects, overtime and second cameras are additional. Obtain a contract including date, time, location, cost, equipment used, editing time, deposits and delivery date. It’s so important to choose professionals to record your wedding celebration. The expense is well worth the future returns. Preserving the memories of your nuptials is too important to leave to chance. Take care to ensure that your photographs and DVDs are of the quality you’ll be proud to share with your family and friends. You’ll enjoy your memories for many years to come.•


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Things To Do

Use this handy checklist as a general information and scheduling guide, and tailor it to fit the specific needs of your own wedding.

The Bride 6 Months Or Longer

• Prepare a budget for the wedding and reception. • Schedule consultation for selecting the color and style of wedding gown and attendants’ attire for a picture-perfect wedding. • Begin your guest list. • Select the time and place for the wedding and reception. • Ask your attendants to be in your wedding. • Order your wedding gown and bridal accessories. • Interview florists, caterers, photographers, videographers, bakers and reception entertainers.

3 To 6 Months Before

• Register for your china, crystal and other items. • Order bridesmaids’ dresses and accessories. • Order invitations and other stationery, including informals and map cards. • Meet with your clergyman and obtain a copy of the church’s wedding policies, if you plan to have your ceremony in a church. • Purchase the groom’s wedding ring. • Make your final decisions on your florist, caterer, photographer, videographer, bakery and entertainment. • Make arrangements for accommodations for your out-of-town guests.

10 To 12 Weeks Before

The Groom 6 Months Or Longer

• Prepare a budget for your share of the wedding and honeymoon expenses. • Purchase the bride’s wedding ring. • Begin interviewing travel agents to arrange your honeymoon. • Begin your guest list—ask the bride’s family the number of guests you can invite. • Ask your attendants to be in the wedding.

3 To 6 Months Before

• Arrange lodging for attendants and close family members coming from out of town. • Ask the bride’s family to determine your share of the florist bill. • Reserve the restaurant or other facility for the rehearsal dinner; consider a limousine service for transportation. • You may want to go with your bride to register for china, crystal, and other items. • Make an appointment for you and your bride to visit your clergyman.

10 To 12 Weeks Before

• You and your attendants must be measured for the tuxedos. • Inform the wedding party where and when the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner will take place.

• Arrange transportation to the wedding and reception for your attendants and out-of-town guests. • Choose your house party, such as friends and family to hand out programs, attend the guest book, and greet guests. • Meet with your music director. • Finalize the reception menu. • Begin fittings for your gown and the bridesmaids’ dresses. • Coordinate showers with gift-registry sources. • Have your bridal portrait taken. • Address invitations and announcements. • Arrange a time and place for your bridesmaids’ luncheon. • Select gifts for your attendants. • Double-check arrangements with your florist, caterer, photographer, videographer, bakery and entertainment. • Schedule appointment with professionals for makeup and hair styling.

4 To 10 Weeks Before

4 To 10 Weeks Before

Day Of The Wedding

2 To 4 Weeks Before

• Finalize arrangements with your clergyman and music director. • Inform the wedding party and close family members of the time and place of the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. • Apply for your marriage license with your groom. • Change your name on your social security card, driver’s license, credit cards and bank accounts, and file change-of-address cards with post office and correspondents. • Go over special seating arrangements for the wedding. • Finalize arrangements with the florist, caterer, photographer, videographer, bakery, entertainers and gift registries. • Arrange for the pressing of your wedding gown and bridesmaids’ dresses. • Arrange for someone to take your dress to be heirloomed or preserved after the wedding. • Arrange for someone to take your bouquet to be preserved or dried after the wedding, if you choose to do so.

Week Of The Wedding

• Give the final guest count to your caterer 72 hours before the reception. • Finalize direction of the rehearsal and wedding with your wedding consultant.

Day Of The Wedding

• Mail wedding announcements (if you are planning to). • Arrive at the wedding site two hours before the ceremony.

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2 To 4 Weeks Before

• Apply for your marriage license with your bride. • Ask your best man to prepare a toast to give you and your bride at the reception.

Week Of The Wedding

• Give the final guest count to the caterer for the rehearsal dinner; confirm bridal party transportation. • Take your marriage license to the rehearsal. • Reconfirm honeymoon plans. • Give the clergyman’s check to the best man to handle. • Arrive at the wedding site, along with your attendants, 1.5 hours before the ceremony. • PHOTO COURTESY OF MARGARET ATKINSON, WWW.4HARPMUSIC.COM

• Mail invitations, weighing them for proper postage. • Send your wedding picture and announcement to the newspaper. • Finalize your fittings.

• Select gifts for your attendants. • Reconfirm honeymoon plans. • Book limousine service.


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Members of the Wedding Each member of the wedding party plays a part in the success of your event. Read on to find out the responsibilities of everyone involved! BRIDE AND GROOM

• Decide wedding plans and budget with parents if they are footing the bill. • Choose wedding party attendants. The bride helps her attendants in dress selection and the groom discusses appropriate attire with his groomsmen. • Purchase small gifts for their attendants. • Acknowledge receipt of wedding gifts with a personal note of appreciation.

BRIDE

• Discusses budget with fiancé and parents. • Sets date, time and place of wedding and reception. • Selects wedding dress and accessories, allowing at least three months for delivery. • Books caterer, wedding and reception entertainment, florist, photographers, videographer, and bakery. • Helps compile the guest list; chooses her attendants. • Orders invitations, thank-you notes and personal stationery. • Shops for trousseau. • Buys groom’s wedding band and arranges for engraving if desired.

GROOM

• Discusses budget with fiancée and parents. • Buys bride’s wedding band and arranges for engraving if desired. • Gets the marriage license (with the bride) and obtains any other necessary legal documents. • Arranges and pays for honeymoon. Checks on available hotels for out-of-town guests. • Pays for bride’s bouquet and flowers or corsages for both mothers and close female relatives on both sides. • Supplies boutonnieres for himself and male attendants.

MAID/MATRON OF HONOR

Usually someone very close to the bride, such as her sister or a dear friend or relative. • Assists the bride in any way she can: helping plan the wedding, shopping, addressing invitations, taking charge of recording and displaying wedding gifts. • Lends the bride moral support. • Attends rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. • Pays for her own gown and accessories (not including flowers). • Helps bridesmaids prepare for their wedding-day duties and organizes their fittings if necessary. Makes sure they arrive at the ceremony on time; confirms transportation arrangements. • Helps bride get ready before the ceremony and before departure from the reception. • Holds the groom’s ring during the ceremony until time to pass it to the bride. • Holds bride’s bouquet and arranges bridal veil and dress during the ceremony. • Is usually one of the two witnesses signing the marriage certificate. • Stands to the left of the groom in the receiving line; sits to the left of the groom at the honor table, if there is one.

BEST MAN

Usually the groom’s best friend, brother, father or other close relative. • Assists the groom in any way he can. • Pays for his own wedding attire. • Attends rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. • Holds bride’s wedding ring, producing it at the proper time in the ceremony. • Makes sure ceremony officiant is paid. • Sits to the right of the bride at the honor table; offers the first toast to the newlyweds. • Helps newlyweds prepare for the honeymoon departure. Takes care of luggage, makes sure car is ready to go — hands over keys to groom or makes sure limousine is ready and sees that the groom has travel documents in order. • Makes sure that all men’s rental clothes are returned the first business day after the wedding.

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BRIDESMAID

• A bridesmaid has no particular pre-wedding responsibilities, but might offer to help the bride in any way she can, such as throwing her an engagement party or bridal shower, or helping stuff invitations. • Pays for and assembles her wedding outfit. • Attends rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. Walks in the processional and recessional. • May stand in the receiving line.

JUNIOR BRIDESMAID

• Wears a dress similar to that of a bridesmaid, but in an age-appropriate style. • Participates in the processional (recessional participation is optional).

USHER/GROOMSMAN

• Pays for his own wedding attire (boutonnieres provided by the groom). • Seats guests at the church as they arrive — offers his right arm to each woman. Asks if they are friends of the bride or groom and seats them accordingly. Bride’s guests are seated to the left, the groom’s to the right; order is reversed in Jewish services. When one side has more guests than the other, the usher may begin seating guests on the side with fewer people. • Decorates the couple’s going-away car.

FLOWER GIRL

Usually a young girl between 3 and 10 years old. • Carries a basket of flowers, tiny nosegay or a basket of loose rose petals to strew in the bride’s path, if the ceremony venue allows.

RING BEARER

Usually a young boy between 3 and 10 years old. • During the ceremony, carries a white satin pillow with two fake rings tied or sewn on. After the ceremony, the pillow is turned upside down so the dummy ring won’t show. The real rings can also be used if he is old enough.

CANDLELIGHTER

Young boys or girls, usually between 9 and 14 years old. • Light the candles at the altar just before the bride’s mother is seated. Children should attend rehearsal to practice their parts, although it is optional for them to attend pre-wedding parties. After walking down the aisle, they might quietly slip into their parents’ pew to avoid disrupting the ceremony with fidgeting. They need not participate in the recessional.

MOTHER OF THE BRIDE

• Usually acts as hostess of the reception. • Helps the bride compile the guest list, arrange details of the ceremony and reception, and may help her select her wedding gown. • Is accorded special honor at the wedding service and is seated last, just a few minutes before the wedding begins. • Greets guests at the head of the reception line. Sits in place of honor at parents’ table. • Makes sure guests are having a good time and is on hand to bid them goodbye.

FATHER OF THE BRIDE

• Rides to the ceremony with the bride; chauffeured transportation suggested. • Escorts the bride down the aisle, then joins his wife on the front row. • Acts as official host of the reception. • Keeps an eye on the bar and champagne supply. • Makes a short toast at the reception. • Is the last person to leave the reception; says goodbye to the guests. • Traditionally pays for the majority of the wedding. It is now appropriate for other financial arrangements to be made. •


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Wedding Wear

You’ve dreamt of how you would look and now it’s time to make the dream come true. Let your wedding dress and your bridal party’s attire make a statement of your personality and dreams.

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ou may already have a mental picture of the look you want on your wedding day. It’s your job to choose the gown that makes fantasy a reality. But with all the styles, colors and fabrics around, finding the perfect dress may seem like “mission impossible!” Don’t despair. By following a few basic guidelines, you’ll find the look that suits your unique style. You’ll need to order your gown and veil six to nine months before the wedding. Make an appointment with a reputable bridal salon, and let the consultant know what type of wedding you’re planning before you arrive. Take along a friend or relative whose honesty and good taste you can count on — you’ll need an objective opinion. Bring your checkbook

— a 50% deposit is customary when placing an order. Choose a gown that makes the most of your figure. Princess or A-line styles are slimming and create the illusion of height. A full skirt hides heavy legs and hips. Dropped waist styles flatter most figure types. A decorative bodice highlights the upper body, while a simpler style minimizes a heavy bust. There are many fabrics and shades to choose from — find the textures and hues that flatter your complexion. Choose a veil that’s appropriate to the style of your wedding. And remember, your back gets lots of attention during the ceremony — your dress, veil and train should look elegant from that angle.

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Check out store policy on alterations, and make sure there’s a good seamstress on hand. Examine the workmanship on the dress itself — all buttons and trim should be hand sewn, not glued. At dress fittings, wear the same heel height and type of undergarments you’ll wear on your wedding day. When shopping for veils and headpieces, style your hair as you’ll wear it at the ceremony. Every detail is important to the creation of a stunning package! ATTENDANTS’ ATTIRE Now that you’re taken care of, it’s time to dress the rest of your bridal party. • Ask for help. Enlist the aid of your maid of honor or another friend, and choose styles and colors that flatter the face and figure of each attendant. As bridesmaids usually pay for their own dresses, shop conservatively. Carefully coordinate shoes and accessories to achieve a balanced look. • Be selective. Be just as careful in selecting attire for the groom and his attendants. Men’s wedding clothing is usually rented — place your order six to eight weeks before the wedding. • Tux tips. The groom may dress differently from his attendants, or wear the same tux as the other men. He might consider wearing a bow tie and cummerbund in a contrasting color or pattern from the others. The men’s attire should complement the bridal gown. Choose tuxedos appropriate to the style of your wedding. • Proper fit. Men have different builds, so shop accordingly. Your formal wear professional can offer great advice on which styles are appropriate, and properly fit the tuxedo you choose. Attention to detail is a must if you want a perfect wedding. Look around a lot, get some expert advice, and enjoy this shopping adventure. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience! •


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Beautiful Brides

Look your best! Feel your best! It’s the most important day for your looks. Learn how to “wow” not only your groom, but all of your guests on the happiest day of your life!

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for you that you do for yourself almost every day. After all, you can do your makeup just fine for everyday wear, and sometimes even for special occasions. But consider this: what will you remember the most — how you know you looked on your wedding day, or how you looked in your photographs from

MAKEUP ARTISTRY Professional makeup artists have experience with all skin types and colorings, face shapes, and hair shapes. A licensed esthetician is one who has studied skin and skin care, has hours of training, is skilled in the sterilization process (to eliminate cross-contamination from tools), and has much practice and work experience with actual people. These exceptional artists have the talent and training to camouflage any scars or blemishes and to bring out your best facial features. You may wonder why you need a professional to do something

your wedding day? Trained makeup artists know how to make you look good, not only in person, but for photographs as well. Makeup for photography is a learned skill and one most women don’t have. In planning what you want to look like, don’t forget your eyebrows! They can make all the difference in a polished look. If your brows look good and are shaped to complement your eyes, your whole face will look more finished. Have a professional do this, as often women tweeze too many hairs out of their brows and come away with having to resort to pencil lines.

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Trained makeup artists know how to make you look good, not only in person, but for photographs as well.

HAIR ARTISTRY Many, many things can go wrong when people try to not only style their own hair, but also use harsh chemicals at home. A trained colorist has the chemistry knowledge to change the color of your hair slightly or altogether differently, while still making it look natural. Some eager people even try perming or straightening their own hair at home, and some of these people have horror stories to tell. Rather than becoming a casualty, hire a professional to design the look that’s right for you and your hair. If you’re one of the lucky women who has long, healthy hair, there are countless ways your hair can be styled. Be sure the hair artist in which you are interested has experience with long hair, whether you just want it styled or want a chemical process. It behaves nothing like short hair, and if you mess it up at home, it just takes that much longer to grow it back out to the same length again. SCHEDULING About six months before your wedding you’ll want to start a skincare program designed especially for you — and stick with it! During stressful times your skin can do all sorts of panicking on its own, so if you start being good to it you shouldn’t have as many problems when that special day arrives. Licensed estheticians can help devise such a regimen with you and can lead the way to healthy skin. If you are considering changing the look of your hair, whether it be the cut, style, color or texture, now is the time to book those appointments, too, so the person working on your hair can have the time to perfect your new look before the last minute. It is wise to choose your hair and makeup artists early so that you’ll be working with the same people throughout the whole process; not only because they will become familiar with your skin and hair, but because when you look back at the photographs, you will be looking at your wedding as an event, rather than something occurring over a few months, and you’ll want to have the same look in all of them. Be sure to make all the necessary appoint-


ments to lead up to your wedding day. And don’t forget to include the appointments for that day, too! Some artists work only in their own studios; others will go on-location and meet you where you need to be. Make sure you confirm all of your plans with everyone involved. Once it gets closer to your wedding date, about three to four months prior to your wedding or when your tailored gown arrives, you’ll be having your bridal portrait taken. Make sure you confirm how long it will take for hair and makeup so you won’t be rushed trying to make the photographer’s appointment. Another good tip is to book a “trial run” appointment with both the makeup and hair people before your portrait day so they can decide how to make you look your best without your trying to race out the door. Be sure to bring your veil, tiara, or other accessories to all appointments so they can work around each one. About a month before the big day is the time to have any processes done to your hair that you are needing. You may think that this is too early, but in actuality, it is the prime time to have these processes done, so your hair will have a chance to get reconditioned and healthier afterward. Have all of your hair touch-ups done about a week before the wedding. When that day finally arrives and you wake up in the morning, you can be assured that absolutely everything has been taken care of for you, and there isn’t anything for you to worry about. Your skin and hair will be planned for, just as you planned everything else. Good skin care, makeup applied by a professional, and hair styled to perfection will not only help you look your very best, but will help ease that last-minute stress. After all, a relaxed bride is a beautiful bride. So enjoy a nice breakfast and get ready for the time of your life! •

Pampering Packages Now that you have planned your hair and makeup for your big day, you need to turn your attention inside. All the stress of planning your wedding can leave you feeling depleted. A day of spa pampering is the antidote to stress and will leave you feeling like the most beautiful woman in the world. The number of men and women indulging in the spa experience is growing. From the day spas to destination spas to resort spas, those on the cutting edge are having to specialize in services to attract loyal clients. That means you will have no trouble finding a spa to meet your needs. Many spas offer “packages.” These are groups of treatments and pampering techniques. They include full-body massages, sugar scrubs, facials, waxing and body peels, to name a few. Prices can range from less than a hundred dollars to several hundred dollars, depending on the package. A day at the spa makes a great wedding gift for your bridal party — including the men! The treatments are designed to soothe you and help you escape the chaos of wedding planning. So take a deep, relaxing breath and enjoy! Arrive at your appointment 10 – 15 minutes ahead of time. Firsttimers will be asked to fill out minor but important health questions to determine the best treatments. Not all treatments are appropriate for heart patients, diabetics or people with other health considerations. This information also gives your therapist an idea of what your needs are. Some spas include warm, soothing showers after which you will be provided with a robe and slippers and escorted into a private room for your treatment. MASSAGE There are several styles of massage with varying intensity, so try a variety to learn how your body reacts to each. A massage helps loosen sore muscles and soft tissue. It can be targeted to certain body parts or lavished over the entire body. Aromatherapy by use of essential oils enhances the massage and deepens the sense of relaxation. Expect soothing, soft music to provide a nice backdrop to your experience.

SKIN CARE Facials can treat a myriad of imperfections, including acne, rosacea and dry skin. It is usually one hour, and includes cleansing, sloughing and moisturizing that you won’t soon forget. Creams, masks, peels and lotions are gently applied and massaged over the entire face and neck to maximize rejuvenation and relaxation. Essential oils, exfoliating cleansers, and TLC are combined in body peels and wraps to treat the rest of your body. This gentle pampering stimulates blood circulation, leaving behind a glowing you! Some salons also offer body waxing and permanent makeup. SCHEDULE It is recommended you start your facials at least two months prior to your wedding day. Hydrating body wraps should be started six months prior to your wedding. Massages should be started one month out. Make sure you schedule a massage for yourself one week before and then the day before your big day. Most importantly, drink plenty of water the entire time you are receiving treatments. Water helps get rid of toxins released during treatments and it also helps improve your mood. BEFORE YOU GO Many spas will offer special rates for bridal parties. Compare them, noting what spa services are included and what scheduling is necessary. Ask if gratuities are included in that price. Some packages include a gratuity. If not, use your discretion. Check to see if there is a cancellation or change policy. Some spas will charge up to 100% of the scheduled services if you miss your appointment. Certain spas offer lunch with gourmet dining. Find out what’s on the menu to make sure everyone in your party can enjoy a fun bite to eat while sharing their spa experience. Don’t forget — it’s all about you. The more you take care of yourself before your wedding, the better you will look and feel on the most important day of your life. •

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Financial Matters Dreaming about the perfect wedding is one thing — actually paying for it is another. Establish a realistic budget up front, and you’ll be able to create an affordable fantasy.

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ou are in love — it’s the real thing. Now that you’ve found your partner in life, you want to share your happiness with everyone. You want your wedding celebration to be the talk of the town — the biggest and best ever. Before your fantasies get ahead of your checkbook, ask yourself: who’s paying for this wedding, and how much can you afford to spend? Traditionally, the bride’s parents paid the majority of the wedding costs. Back in the old days, the groom assumed full financial responsibility for his bride after they rode off into the sunset. He didn’t have to chip in much for the wedding — he paid his share later. It’s a different story now. Both partners in a modern marriage tend to go back to work after the honeymoon, and these newlyweds have a bit more financial independence. It seems only natural for both families to contribute to the wedding celebration. Decide the kind of wedding you’d like. Discuss your plans with those contributing to the cost, and determine a budget. Make everyone’s financial limitations clear at this point — it will prevent hard feelings later. Nowadays, the average wedding costs around $27,000. Remember, there are always places you can cut costs to save money if you are wanting to spend less. As a rule, the more guests you invite and the more expensive the venues you choose, the more your costs will increase. Most brides also find that their costs go over their actual budget, so try to plan accordingly. The largest single expense you’re faced with is the reception. Festivities at private clubs and four-star restaurants are pricier than those held in the church fellowship hall. Check rates at several types of reception sites so that you can find one within your budget. Many facilities offer excellent package deals. You’ll find everything completely organized, from tea and sandwiches at the church to a formal

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sit-down dinner complete with orchestra. Purchasing services separately is a lot of work! Many couples opt for at least a partial package — it saves time and energy. Costs for the reception room itself vary. Prices range from free to several hundred dollars per hour. Professional planners suggest the reception last from three to four-and-a-half hours. Any shorter, and people who have traveled from afar may feel cheated. Any longer, and guests tend to start leaving before it is over. Deciding whether or not to serve a meal depends on your finances and what is expected in your community. Many ethnic and religious cultures traditionally celebrate with a hearty meal. If many of your guests have traveled a long distance, it’s hospitable to feed them. If you plan your wedding during mealtimes, you are expected to provide sustenance. If this creates a fiscal panic, change your reception style, or invite fewer guests. One workable option — plan a large reception with light refreshments, then ask close family, friends and out-of-town guests to your parents’ house for a buffet dinner. Food and beverage costs vary greatly. Depending on whether you serve a buffet of hot appetizers, a complete buffet differ, or a multi-course seated dinner, prices can range from $10 to more than $100 per person. Caterers’ estimates usually include the cost of beverages, but do make sure. Some caterers include champagne, beer and wine, but charge extra for mixed drinks at an open bar. You may pay for drinks individually, or include the libations in the caterer’s package. Most professionals offer reasonable prices — they get it wholesale. With careful planning and a lot of investigating, you and your family can host the wedding you’ve always wanted — without ruining your budget. And you can go on dreaming about how special your wedding day will be. •

Tipping Tips • Caterer, hotel or club banquet manager, bridal consultant. 15 – 20% if not covered in fee. Reception hosts pay bill on receipt. Add any special tip to payment after reception. • Waiters, waitresses, bartenders, table servers. 15 – 20% of bill — given to the captain or maitre d’ of hotel to distribute to rest of staff. If included, reception hosts pay tips with bill. If not, right after the reception. • Powder room, coat room attendants in hotels or clubs. 50¢ – $1 per guest, or arrange a flat fee with hotel or club management. If a flat fee, reception hosts pay tips with bill. If not, right after the reception. • Florist, photographer, baker, musicians you hire, limousine driver. 15% for driver, others tipped only for extra special service, up to 15%. Ceremony hosts tip driver at reception site. Add other tips to bill payments. • Civil ceremony officials. Usually a flat fee. (Some judges cannot accept money; ask when you apply.) Groom gives fee to best man, who pays the official after ceremony. • Clergy members who perform the ceremony. Groom gives donation to best man who pays after ceremony. • Ceremony assistants. Sometimes covered by church fee — ask clergy member what’s customary. Ceremony hosts pay church fee when billed; separate fees and tips after service. • Custodians or kitchen help if reception is in church. Ask church secretary. Ceremony hosts pay when billed or after service.


The Wedding Budget ITEM Clothing Bride’s Attire Groom’s Attire Ceremony Clergy Fees Church Rental Reception Caterer/Food Wedding Cake Bar/Liquor Site Rental Waiters’ Tips Decorations, Centerpieces, Napkins, etc. Stationery Invitations Announcements Thank-You Notes Flowers Ceremony Bride’s Bouquet Bridesmaids’ Bouquets Groom’s Boutonniere Groomsmen’s Boutonnieres Mothers’ Corsages Reception Arrangements Music Wedding Reception Instrument Rentals Other Photography Formal Portraits Candids Videographer Extra Prints Other Transportation Limousines Travel For Out-Of-Town Guests Other Gifts Wedding Rings Bride’s Gift Groom’s Gift Bridal Attendants’ Gifts Groomsmen’s Gifts Other Rehearsal Dinner Flowers Attire Food Liquor Music Other Honeymoon Travel Accommodations Wardrobe Other Miscellaneous Marriage License Bridal Consultant Hotel Accommodations For Out-Of-Town Guests TOTAL

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Wedding Venues

Twisted-Ribbon

Tulips Excerpt from PAPER TO PETAL: 75 Whimsical Paper Flowers to Craft by Hand by Rebecca Thuss and Patrick Farrell Potter Craft, $24.99, on sale August 27, 2013

MATERIALS • 3 1/2”-wide (9 cm) paper ribbon in gold and white • 1 1/2”-wide (4 cm) paper ribbon in pink, white, lavender, and red • Twisted paper ribbon in light pink, lavender, navy, yellow, and burgundy • 18” (45.5 cm) 18-gauge papercovered floral wire • Floral tape in brown • Dry floral foam • Decorative rocks SPECIALTY TOOLS • Deckle edger TRY THIS Try crafting white tulips with deep green leaves, silver tulips with white leaves for the holidays, or pale pastels for springtime entertaining. CUT Cut a 3” (7.5 cm) length of 3 1/2” (9 cm) white paper ribbon. Cut a 2 3/4” (7 cm) length of navy twisted paper ribbon; untwist it completely. Make 5 cuts, 3/4 of

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the way down to make 6 connected strips. To make the petals: Cut three 4” (10 cm) lengths of 3 1/2” (9 cm) gold paper ribbon; fold each in half lengthwise. Starting 1 1/2” (4 cm) from the top of each piece on the unfolded side, round off top corner with a deckle edger. Repeat with remaining pieces to create 3 petals. To

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make leaves: Cut a 12” (30.5 cm) length of pink twisted ribbon; untwist completely and fold in half lengthwise. Starting 1 1/2” (4 cm) from the top of each piece on the unfolded side, round off top corner with a deckle edger. BUILD Secure all layers with floral


Wedding Venues tape. 1. Roll white paper ribbon lengthwise, scrunching loosely; bend in half. Center the wire between the fold, twist paper around the wire, creating a small loop, and secure. 2. With navy ribbon, twist 1 strip from the base up toward the top, leaving the last 1/2” (13 mm) untwisted, to create an abstract stamen; repeat with remaining 5 sections. Gather and Wrap (note follows) around center. 3. Scrunch Pleat (note follows) base of each gold petal, attach evenly around center. Gently round petals by hand. 4. Finish stem. Scrunch Pleat leaves. Attach 1 leaf 3” (7.5 cm) from end of stem, secure, finish remainder of stem with tape. Style Stems (note follows).

firmly together and tightly tape it (to prevent slipping) at the base of the flower center and down the stem. Continuous petals can be cut into multiple lengths to make attaching them easier. Scrunch Pleat: Begin Scrunch Pleat for single petals by holding one side of the base of a petal or leaf between your thumb and index finger, and the opposite side of the base between your other thumb and index finger. Scrunch the sides toward each other, creating multiple gathers. Press a bit to crease. This technique adds dimension and creates a thinner base and

a slightly rounded petal. You can pre-scrunch your petals to condition the paper, and then Scrunch Pleat again as you attach each one to a stem. Style Stems: Leaving stems stiff and straight will give your flowers or leaves an angular and graphic appearance. Curving the wires will create a more lifelike and organic impression. Use your fingers to gently curve the wires in any direction or bend them around a jar, can, or dowel to create clean uniform curves. •

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PROJECT NOTE Multiple tulips were made from a selection of paper and twisted paper ribbons. We made a smaller bloom using the following measurements: Petals: 2” (5 cm) length of 1 1/2” (4 cm) paper ribbon. Stamen: 2 1/4” (5.5 cm) in length. Leaf: 10” (25.5 cm) in length. To resemble our arrangement, trim wires to different lengths and vary the curve in your stems. Anchor stems in containers filled with dry floral foam and cover with gold decorative rocks. Gather & Wrap: Use Gather and Wrap to attach continuous, cuff, and large single petals. Start by placing a flower center at the base of one end of a paper strip, supporting both between thumb and index finger. With your other hand, begin gathering the strip of paper against the stem while rotating the flower slowly as you pinch and wrap the paper around the stem until you reach the end of the strip. Hold it

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Find the perfect ceremony site!

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Will it be a religious or civil ceremony? Whatever your wish, the Dallas/Fort Worth area offers a splendid selection from over-thetop lavish to simple sophistication.

COOPER HOTEL, CONFERENCE CENTER & SPA

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Cooper Hotel, Conference Center & Spa, Dallas

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Your special day deserves a special place. At Cooper Hotel, Conference Center & Spa, their lush 30-acre grounds provide a beautiful setting for your wedding or reception. Their experienced wedding coordinator will provide the personal touches and detailed service to make your day what it should be...perfect. They offer affordable wedding and reception packages, including beautiful outdoor sites by ponds and fountains, indoor facilities that hold up to 200, rehearsal dinners and bridal luncheons, complimentary bridal suites, spacious accommodations with preferred rates for guests, full-service catering, a full-service day spa, complimentary parking and Wi-Fi, a complimentary three-month membership to Cooper Fitness Center for the bride and groom, and the option to provide your own bar. Take a tour of Cooper Hotel, located at the world-famous Cooper Aerobics Center, and imagine the happiest day of your life. Call 972.386.0308 for availability and pricing or visit www.cooperhoteldallas.com.


Wedding Venues COYOTE RIDGE GOLF CLUB

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The natural waterfall just outside the Grand Ballroom provides the perfect backdrop for your wedding ceremony or reception photographs. Continue your celebration inside its spacious and elegant reception hall overlooking the rolling hills of the award-winning golf course. Their Executive Chef will personally design a dinner menu especially for your event, and the staff will provide you and your guests with unsurpassed service and irresistible cuisine. There are so many details to plan and they can help you from start to finish, with decorations, floral arrangements, music, limousine service, ice sculptures and much more. Their objective is to ensure that this tremendously important moment of your life remains as stress-free and joy-filled as possible. Leave the details to them and rest assured that your reception will create memories for a lifetime. Coyote Ridge Golf Club is located near Hwy. 121 and Hebron in Carrollton. Visit www.coyoteridgegolfclub. com or call 972.395.0786 for more information. Coyote Ridge Golf Club, Carrollton

GREEN OAKS WEDDING CHAPEL Green Oaks Wedding Chapel, with its white stone exterior, offers you an elegant and romantic setting for the most memorable day of your life. inside the professionally decorated chapel, which seats up to 200 guests, you will find white pews adorned with greenery, flowers and bows. italian glass chandeliers add elegance and complement the altar which is beautifully lit by dozens of candles. A magnificent antique grand piano and state-of-the-art sound system convey just the right mood for your special day. Their exquisite Reception Room sets a lovely scene to greet and thank your guests for making your day such a grand occasion. Lighted trees, greenery, candles and round, skirted tables and chairs add warmth and elegance. Wedding and reception include a wedding coordinator, bride and groom dressing rooms, floral arrangements, wedding music, minister, punch, coffee, dance floor and setup and cleanup services. Green Oaks Wedding Chapel is located at 4115 S. W. Green Oaks Boulevard in Arlington. For more information, please call metro 817.572.4300 or visit www.greenoaksweddings.com.

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Wedding Venues HILTON GARDEN INN DALLAS/DUNCANVILLE

Hilton Garden inn Dallas/Duncanville, Duncanville

Whether planning rehearsal dinners, wedding ceremonies and receptions, or even honeymoon stays, in-the-know brides have learned that at Hilton Garden inn, they can have the same onsite banquet halls, delicious food, and attentive service for a greater value. You can count on them to make your event a success. Their in-house catering offers menu options designed to help you create a delicious and memorable event in your personal style. And the meal is just one of the many ways they’re committed to make your event just right. Take advantage of their online planning tips and tools to create a personalized web page for your event, get great rates on rooms with group discounts and more. For more information, visit www.dallasduncanville.hgi.com or call 972.283.9777.

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Hilton Garden inn Dallas/Richardson, Richardson

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The Hilton Garden inn Dallas/Richardson is a full-service experience in a boutique setting. This award-winning hotel is a premiere north Dallas destination for all your wedding needs, including venue, caterer, and luxury guest accommodations. Experience the wedding of your dreams in more than 3,000 square feet of flexible banquet space. Our Prairie Creek Ballroom accommodates up to 200 guests, and features a variety of event set-ups, which includes lighting, a dance floor, and A/V capabilities. A spacious, private pre-function area is perfect for buffet set-up and additional event seating. The hotel’s restaurant, bar, lounge, and outdoor terrace are ideal for intimate events and cocktail receptions. Additionally, the hotel’s extensive, on-site art collection is displayed prominently throughout the hotel, including in the pre-function area and outdoor sculpture garden. Our chef and culinary team have created a variety of delectable menus and wedding packages, and are on hand to customize details for the perfect plate. From receptions to buffets to formal seated dinners, we offer delicious catering options to suit any palate. Guests can relax in comfort in our 125 elegant guest rooms, and our complimentary guest shuttle serves destinations within a five-mile radius of the hotel. To learn more and begin planning your event, call 972.792.9393, or visit www.dallasrichardson.hgi.com.


Wedding Venues THE HYATT PLACE DALLAS/GARLAND AND FIREWHEEL CONFERENCE CENTER

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The Hyatt Place Dallas/Garland and the Firewheel Conference Center is conveniently located in the Dallas northeast suburb of Garland on the President George Bush Highway, easily accessible from both DFW international Airport and Dallas Love Field Airport. They are located in the prestigious Firewheel area, and the hotel is minutes from the world-class shopping, golf, and family fun of Firewheel Town Center Mall, the 63-hole Firewheel Golf Club, and the Hawaiian Falls Water Park. Your wedding guests will enjoy 42� flat-panel HDTV, the Hyatt Grand Bed™, complimentary Wi-Fi, and continental breakfast. They offer more than 15,000 square feet of flexible event space, including a 7,632-square-foot ballroom. Their staff is always available to ensure everything goes exactly the way you want. Because when it does, great happens. The Hyatt Place is located at 5101 north President George Bush Highway, Garland, TX 75040. Call 972.414.3500 to book your event, or visit www.HyattPlaceDallasGarland.com.

The Hyatt Place Dallas/Garland, Garland

IRVING CONVENTION CENTER AT LAS COLINAS The stunningly modern architecture of the irving Convention Center will fascinate every guest and enhance your grand entrance on the big day. They can host your wedding and reception, and are happy to assist you with hotel selection and transportation needs. They even have Enterprise onsite to rent and return cars for your guests! The irving Convention Center delivers on elegance and superior service. irving primarily serves weekday corporate business, which offers flexible weekend availability for you to select your special date. Heard of Jerry Jones? His head executive chef has taken over their kitchen, so prepare to pamper your taste buds! To view more information and photos, visit www.irvingconventioncenter.com. irving Convention Center, irving

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Wedding Venues MAPLE MANOR HOTEL

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Built in 1898, this turn-of-the-century Victorian hotel is located in the vibrant Dallas Arts District. Maple Manor is the most desirable setting for your rehearsal dinner or your wedding ceremony and reception. Available to you is a full-scale formal dining room with wood-coffered ceilings, hardwood floors, and a baby grand piano. A stone-walled garden boasts three waterfalls, two streams, flowers and fountains, and landscape lighting. Adjacent to the garden is a climate-controlled atrium complete with dramatic architectural lighting, arched ceilings, a full service bar and a large dance floor. All catering is provided by The Old Warsaw, so you can rest easy knowing that your guests will enjoy cuisine prepared by the most established restaurant in Dallas. The Maple Manor Hotel is located at 2616 Maple Avenue in Uptown Dallas between McKinney Avenue and Cedar Springs Road. To schedule your site visit, please contact our event’s coordinator at 214.871.0032. For more information visit www.TheMapleManorHotel.com or e-mail maplemanorhotel@yahoo.com.

Maple Manor Hotel, Dallas

MIDLOTHIAN CONFERENCE CENTER The Midlothian Conference Center offers small-town hospitality in a spacious, state-of-the-art facility designed just for your event. Within the 39,000-square-foot facility, they combine the best of technology with outstanding personal service by their experienced staff. The meeting spaces can accommodate groups from as small as a handful, to more than 1,000. Weddings are a dream come true in Midlothian. Along with providing beautiful spaces, the Midlothian Conference Center offers a wide variety of decorations, dance floors, table linens, locations for photographs, and more. They partner with the best in the area for all of your heart’s desires. Whether it is a wedding planner, florist, caterer, DJ, band, photographer, or baker, the center has several preferred partners that are ready to assist in assuring your wedding is a complete success. For more information, call 972.723.7919 or visit www. midlothiancenter.com.

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Wedding Venues PLANO CENTRE With 122,500 square feet of event space, Plano Centre offers a flexible layout for your dream wedding. From the bridal shower to the reception, Plano Centre has the ability to host it all! The beautifully landscaped courtyard is a magnificent setting for your wedding ceremony, and 17 additional rooms can be configured to meet any size or style. For large receptions, Collinwood Hall can provide seating for up to 1,400 guests. More intimate receptions can take place in the Windhaven Ballroom for 200 guests, looking out into the gorgeous courtyard. Their professional event coordinators can assist you in all of your planning needs from room setup to catering and beverage services. Located at 2000 E. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano Centre is just two blocks east of Highway 75 and is close to a variety of Plano hotels. You can find a sense of ease when planning your wedding and reception at Plano Centre, as they have several packages to fit every bride’s budget. Please call 972.941.5840 and let them be at your service. To view more photos, please visit their board on Pinterest at www.pinterest.com/visitplano/ plano-centre. For more information, visit their website at www.planocentre.com. Plano Centre, Plano

THE BOULEVARD EVENT CENTER The Boulevard Event Center, located in DeSoto, Texas, is a high-quality, premier venue for special events, accommodating the needs of a diverse group of clients. Housed inside of a unique, Spanish-style building with a beautiful courtyard and plenty of parking, The Boulevard features stunning stained concrete floors, high-end fixtures, granite countertops, a water feature, two sets of restrooms, a full bar, and a lobby for a grand entrance. Designed with style and functionality in mind, the floor plan accommodates multiple set-up arrangements for versatility, including easy access for those with disabilities. Every glance includes touches of elegance, attributing to the perfect backdrop for pictures capturing those special moments. The Boulevard offers reliable, beautiful, and affordable professional services for your event, including tables, comfortable chairs, house linens, a projector with large screen, and an event specialist to assist you. From a baby shower to a business meeting, and everything in between, we promise a successful and memorable event. The Boulevard is located at 2010 n. Hampton Rd #700, DeSoto, TX 75115. For more information please visit our website at www. theboulevardevents.com or call 972.224.5888 to arrange for a private tour of the facility.

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Wedding Venues WAXAHACHIE CIVIC CENTER

Waxahachie Civic Center, Waxahachie

Make your wedding day memorable at the Waxahachie Civic Center. Conveniently located at the intersection of i-35E and Highway 287, the center is within 25 minutes of the DFW Metroplex. The Waxahachie Civic Center has a 20,000square-foot sub-dividing ballroom that seats up to 1,000 guests. The Crape Myrtle Room, showcased by elegant floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the room will be the highlight of your event. This opportune location makes the Waxahachie Civic Center the picture-perfect place for your event. From the wedding to the reception, our staff will work closely with each client to create a custom-tailored event that will exceed your expectations and leave you looking forward to planning your next event with us. Whether a small private wedding or a large reception, the Waxahachie Civic Center truly makes every event a special event. The Waxahachie Civic Center is located at 2000 Civic Center Lane in Waxahachie, Texas. For more information call 469.309.4040 or visit www.waxahachieciviccenter.org.

WILDHORSE GRILL AT ROBSON RANCH

WildHorse Grill at Robson Ranch, Denton

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Congratulations on your engagement and upcoming wedding! With this grand occasion comes the grand responsibility of seeking out a location, food, and beverage for your ceremony/reception. Robson Ranch would be delighted to be the host of this chapter in your life’s most monumental occasions. The facilities at Robson Ranch have the capability of fitting your group with rooms comfortable for 30 to 300 people. For a more intimate group, the classically ambient restaurant may be the right fit, with a fireplace in every room and windows for walls. For the “more the merrier” personalities, the magnificent clubhouse is settled at the highest point in Denton, allowing the most beautiful panoramic views and breathtaking sunsets. Just inside is a long, wrap-around foyer, perfect for the prereception hors d’oeuvres and mingling. Once inside the 6,200square-foot ballroom, you will be overcome by the expansive wooden dance floor and stage area, as well as the warmth of the room despite its size. The professional, uniformed service staff will assist you with any needs you may have. They provide and set up all the essentials, such as banquet-style round tables and chairs, elegant bone china, glasses, tableware, linens, and napkins. The highly skilled chef employs a truly gifted culinary team. They will work with you to customize the perfect menu, all within your budget. Contact Rhett Hubbard to schedule a time to meet and tour the grounds, and to have your questions answered. For more information, contact WildHorse Grill at Robson Ranch at 940.246.1080, e-mail rhett.hubbard@robson.com, or visit www.wildhorsegrill.net.


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Timeline for

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by Christina Truelove, Christina Truelove Photography Planning your wedding day timeline can be frustrating. You have to try to fit everything in, and still manage to have a little room for portraits. Check out this wedding day timeline to give you an idea of how a photographer would plan your day to maximize photo-taking opportunities. 1.5–2 hours prior to ceremony Everyone is ready to take pictures. Make sure you plan make-up and hair to finish 30 minutes BEFORE you expect to be ready, as this is the biggest reason for wedding delays. I always start with my guys, as they usually come ready. We do about 30 minutes with the guys and 30 minutes with the ladies before a ceremony. If we have a first look, it allows for us to get finished even sooner. 30 minutes prior to ceremony Everyone is tucked away as guests arrive and are seated. This is a great opportunity for candids.

Ceremony This usually lasts for about 30 minutes, and your photographer is capturing the moments as they happen. 1–1.5 hours after the ceremony We REALLY only need about 30 minutes for formal portraits after your ceremony, but we would like to get a few of just the two of you. The more time you allow here, the better your pictures will be. For bridal party and couples, think about a whole different location, if time allows. Get your limo to pick you all up and take you to a nearby park or city location for something fun and a little different. 1–5 hours (or more) after ceremony: Reception Put most of the reception activities at the beginning of your reception, especially if you are limited on photographer time. This also allows elderly relatives and guests with small children to get home at an earlier time, but still not miss out on anything.

Entrance Plan something fun for your entrance. Don’t just have your band leader or DJ rattle off the names. One fun idea is to write mini bios for each member of the bridal party, to be read as they enter. Or pick a lively song and do a dance into the reception! First Dance After the entrance, go straight into your first dance. Everyone is up already and all eyes are on you. Toasts Toasts are a great way to transition from the first dance into dinner. Religious couples add in a prayer at this time as well. Dinner This will generally take about 1–2 hours, but can vary greatly, depending on how many guests you have, and whether you are offering a buffet-style dinner or a plated meal. Cake Cutting I have noticed that the best time to place the cake cutting


PARENT DANCES The father/daughter and mother/son dances are great traditions that tend to get everyone in the room teary-eyed. These are very important dances, so make sure you select a song that is meaningful and have your DJ or band leader play the whole song. Make it more fun by adding planned choreography. You can even add in additional parent dances, such as mother/daughter, daughter/fatherin-law, bride/brother, and so on. Just make sure not to have too many, as your guests will be anxious to join in on the fun. OPEN DANCING This is a great time to cut loose and have fun with your friends and family. it also gives you a time to get a bite to eat, if you weren’t able to when dinner was served, or to do some couple photos if the photographer didn’t do them earlier. Be careful to not let open dancing go on too long, especially if you have other activities planned that require guest attendance. One to two hours of open dancing is usually plenty.

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is right after dinner. Your guests are finishing up dinner and soon will want desert. Plus, as you do the parent dances, your cake can be cut and served.

LAST DANCE Use this to get a few private moments with your new husband, while getting your guests in place for your farewell. it is nice to unwind after a long day of rushing. This might be the first time you really got to see each other without being pulled away. Savor this moment. Often, your photographer will snap a picture or two and leave as well, so you two have the place to yourselves. FAREWELL Sparklers, streamers, bubbles, glow-sticks, flags— whatever you plan to use, personalize your farewell and go out in style. •

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GAMES/ACTIVITIES Many couples plan to have the newlywed game or an anniversary dance. Those are great to have and can be used to break up open dancing.


Inside our doorway awaits a romantic journey back to the elegant Victorian style of 1898…outside our doorway is the vibrant Dallas Arts District, offering you the best of both worlds and the opportunity to treasure the most exclusive day of your life. Maple Manor is the most desirable setting for your wedding ceremony and reception or your rehearsal dinner. Available to you is a full-scale formal dining room with wood coffered ceilings, hardwood floors, and a Baby Grand piano. A stone-walled garden boasts three waterfalls, two streams, and fountains, with landscape lighting. Adjacent to the garden is a climatecontrolled atrium complete with dramatic architectural lighting and arched ceilings with a oversized dance floor. All catering is provided by The Old Warsaw, so you can rest easy knowing that your guests will enjoy cuisine prepared by the most established restaurant in Dallas. The staff at Maple Manor is ready to host your event from beginning to end and ensure that it will be a day to treasure for eternity. Come enjoy the Maple Manor Hotel.

Above Photos by Helmut Walker Photography

MAPLE MANOR HOTEL 2616 Maple Avenue Dallas, Texas 75201 214.871.0032 www.themaplemanorhotel.com

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Reception & Rehearsal Dinner Sites No matter how informal the party, there’s more to planning your reception and rehearsal dinner than just the menu. Plan an event they won’t soon forget. As you flip through these pages, you will be inspired by the many venues the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex has to offer to complement your special day!

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our wedding reception can seem overwhelming, but never fear. Start with the basic guidelines, and let your creative juices flow. Your reception could include a formal sit-down dinner or an authentic Texas bar-be-que. Have the party at a first-class hotel, or take your guests on a riverboat cruise. Hire a disc jockey or a 30-piece orchestra for your dancing pleasure. The choices are unlimited — you can fashion the festivities to fit your personal-

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ity and your budget. Popular locations for receptions include hotels, restaurants, and private clubs. These party places can often provide the complete facilities and food services you require. Other options to consider: private homes, church halls, fraternal organizations, park pavilions, and art galleries. If your reception site doesn’t offer all the services you need, find a competent wedding consultant, caterer or party rental store that can provide food, equipment,

and staffing. It’s important to be well-informed when you plan your reception. In order to negotiate with caterers, hoteliers, entertainers, and the like, you’ll need to provide them with some basic information. Essential data includes the date of the event, how many guests you expect, your budget range, and the reception style you’re planning. After you’ve told your story, find out what you need to know. www.brideandgroom.com

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What is the facility rental fee? What is included in the cost? How many guests can the space accommodate (including table and chair availability)? How long does the fee reserve the space for and what are the overtime charges? What time can setup begin? What time must the space be vacated? Who’s responsible for cleanup? How far in advance must reservations be made? Are parking, rest room and changing room facilities adequate? Are air, heating and electrical (outlets) systems adequate? Is the dance floor adequate? Can you review staging, lighting, audio and video needs? Is there a public address system or microphone available? Is it necessary to use in-house catering: if so, will beverages and hors d’oeuvres be served before dinner? Are security guards, coat check, parking attendants, bartenders and similar services provided? How much is the deposit; when is it due; and when is the remainder due? What is the cancellation policy and is their liability insurance adequate? Is there a security deposit; if so when will it be refunded? Are there special rules and regulations that may affect the party?


RECEPTION STYLES The time and formality of your wedding determines what kind of reception will follow.

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It’s important to plan at least nine months in advance. Book your reception site as soon as you set the big date. If your location is in demand, you may have to set the wedding date around its availability. If an outdoor wedding and reception is on your agenda, consider the possibility of inclement weather. Rent a tent or arrange for a back-up inside site — you don’t want your party called off because of rain! Now that you know how to book your reception, you may have questions about what goes on at this once-in-a-lifetime event. Read on for details about the order of activities at the reception, and other guidelines to follow when planning your festivities. Cooper Hotel, Conference Center & Spa, Dallas 12230 Preston Road 972.386.0306

Early Morning: Breakfast gathering at local restaurant. It’s unnecessary to serve alcoholic beverages at this early hour. Afternoon (2 p.m. to 4 p.m.): Afternoon tea; serve coffee, tea or punch with light hors d’oeuvres.

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Late Afternoon (4 p.m. to 6 p.m.): Cocktail party; feature 11 to 12 varieties of hot and cold hors d’oeuvres. Alcoholic beverages are served — an open bar is usually provided. Evening: Serve a full meal; a cocktail hour often precedes dinner. Anything from a buffet to a sit-down meal is appropriate. RECEPTION TIMETABLE Here is a basic guide to the timeframe of a typical wedding reception. Upon Arrival At Reception Site Bridal party forms the receiving line, if you choose to have one. Guests pass through into the reception area where drinks and hors d’oeuvres are waiting. www.brideandgroom.com

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After One Hour Buffet or dinner is served; the best man starts the toasting by offering the first good wishes to the bride and groom. After One-and-a-Half Hours The first course is cleared from the head table; the first dance begins. Guests then join in the dancing. After Two Hours Tables are cleared of food; it’s time to cut the cake!

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The Last Half Hour The bouquet and garter are thrown; the grand march (optional) takes place. The bride and groom bid farewell to their guests. RECEIVING LINE The receiving line allows parents and principals to greet guests and receive their good wishes. The line usually begins just inside the reception site; it may also be held at the church immediately following the wedding ceremony, if you choose. A church reception line is appropriate when not all guests are invited to the reception. An alternative way to greet guests at the church: the bride and groom re-enter after the recessional, greeting guests as they file out. This method is appropriate if the gathering is not too large, and eliminates awkwardness if parents are divorced or don’t wish to participate in a formal receiving line. In a traditional receiving line, the mother of the bride, as hostess, is first to greet guests. Following her are the groom’s mother, the bride, the groom, and maid of honor. Fathers of the bride and groom, the best man, bridesmaids and groomsmen may also be included. Children in the wedding party do not stand in the receiving line. Make sure guests sign your guest book before they enter the receiving line. Place an attendant near the book to remind them to sign. Guests should move quickly down the line, saving conversation for later at the reception.


SEATING ARRANGEMENTS Place cards should be set by the caterer at the head table and honor tables to avoid confusion and embarrassment. At the rest of the tables, feel free to allow guests to choose their own seats. The head table showcases the bride and groom, who sit in full view, facing the guests. The best man flanks the bride, while the maid of honor is seated next to the groom. Bridesmaids and groomsmen are seated, alternating males and females. At a small wedding, the parents of the bride and groom may sit at the head table, as well as the officiating clergy and spouses of married attendants. Otherwise, there is a separate honors table, with the bride’s parents at opposite ends. The groom’s father sits to the right of the bride’s mother; the wedding officiant to her left. The groom’s mother sits to the right of the bride’s father, the wedding officiant’s spouse to his left. You may also arrange two parents’ tables, with the bride’s parents at one, while the groom’s mother and father head the other. In this arrangement, more friends and relatives may be given a seat of honor at these tables. Divorced parents should be seated at separate tables, among their own friends and family. The bride and groom should divide their time between their families. CUTTING THE CAKE The cutting of the wedding cake is a charming ritual, and the highlight of the reception. Guests are signaled by the best man tapping his glass, or by an announcement from the band. Using a special knife, the bride and groom cut the first slice. He offers her a bite, and she presents a piece for him to sample, symbolizing their willingness to share their lives. The rest of the cake is sliced by an at-

tendant and served as dessert. It’s an extra treat to have a groom’s cake — usually a chocolate cake — contrasting with the bride’s cake, which is usually white, although it comes in all colors and flavors nowadays. The groom’s cake may also be served for dessert, or packed in small boxes for guests to take home as a memento. WEDDING CAKES: A SLICE OF LIFE The wedding cake has long served as a symbol of fertility and good luck. The first piece is shared by the bride and groom as they cut the cake. Guests then partake of this tasty good luck charm, joining in the couple’s happiness. Start shopping for your cake about four months before the wedding if you can. Look at pictures or models of cakes, and compare quality and workmanship. Many bakers allow potential customers to sample cakes before ordering. What a delicious way to shop! Wedding cakes are traditionally composed of white or yellow layers, filled with custard or jam, then frosted in white. Current fashion allows for more unusual flavors, even a different flavor in every tier. Chocolate, banana, cherry, even carrot cake, are popular options. Liqueur-laced fillings add extra zip. A multi-colored cake is an elegant favorite — some cakes are even four, five, or more tiers! A modern wedding is not molded by tradition — flowers, ribbons, seashells and other imaginative shapes are often seen at receptions. Traditional cake-toppers include a bride and groom, but today’s toppers may include fresh flowers or the couple’s monogram. In addition to the wedding cake, you can have a groom’s cake. This cake sits on a separate table, and can be chocolate or the groom’s favorite flavor. The theme may depict his favorite hobby. Wedding folklore holds that an unmarried person who sleeps with a sliver of the groom’s cake under their pillow will dream of his or her future mate. Give your cake a place in the

spotlight, on its own table — perhaps in the center of the dance floor during the cutting ceremony. Guests love to watch the newlyweds cut it and take the first bite. It’s long been customary to freeze the top layer of the cake for your first wedding anniversary. Your bakery can give you tips on how to best wrap it for keeping. Or, many bakeries now offer to recreate a miniature version of the original cake for your oneyear celebration.

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After all guests have arrived, the line disperses. The bridal couple takes their place at the head table, if they have chosen to have one. Some couples elect to eliminate the receiving line, circulating with their guests throughout the reception instead.

DANCING If a reception features a buffet, the bride and groom may dance their first dance as soon as they’ve recovered from the rigors of the receiving line, or, if they are not having a receiving line, when they first enter. When a full meal is served, dancing usually begins after the last course is cleared. After the newlyweds begin the first dance, others may join in as follows: Second Couple The bride’s father cuts in and dances with his daughter. Third Couple The groom asks the mother of the bride to dance. Fourth Couple The groom’s father dances with the bride. Fifth Couple The father of the bride cuts in on the groom and dances with the bride’s mother. Sixth Couple The groom dances with his mother. www.brideandgroom.com

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None of the first couples must dance a full dance. After a few minutes, other guests are invited to join in the dancing. Ethnic dancing may be featured, or a grand march may also be formed well into the reception. As the activities end, a second receiving line is sometimes formed beside a small table filled with cake boxes, favors, or a last drink for the guests as they depart. This gives guests a chance to say goodbye to the newlyweds, who then have a last dance and prepare to depart the reception.

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TOSSING THE BOUQUET AND GARTER The bouquet and garter are usually tossed just before the end of the reception. All of the single men and women gather in a semi-circle. The bride tosses the bouquet over her shoulder — the lucky girl who catches it is supposedly the next to be married. The groom tosses the bride’s garter into the crowd of bachelors; the recipient, according to the myth, will become the next groom.

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LEAVING THE RECEPTION After the bouquet and garter ceremony, the bride and groom can opt to change clothes, or remain in their wedding attire. In a shower of rose petals, birdseed, sparklers, or anything else you can imagine, the happy couple heads for their car or limo, which has often been decorated by the groomsmen and ushers. The newlyweds leave the reception for a local hotel, or for their honeymoon, ready to start their new life together. CATERING CONNECTION: FOOD FOR THOUGHT Wining and dining your wedding guests takes the largest bite out of your wedding budget. A well-planned reception is crucial to the success of your marriage celebration. Choose your caterer with care — a talented, well-organized culinary artist can create a fabulous feast you’ll never forget. If you’ve chosen a hotel or restaurant for your reception site, they’ll probably provide their own food and beverage services. If you’ve chosen a different type of facility — such as a church hall or park pavilion — you’ll need to arrange for catering. Book catering services well in advance; six to nine months before the wedding is ide-


I’LL DRINK TO THAT: THE TRADITION OF TOASTS No matter how informal the party may be — it’s traditional to toast the bride and groom at their wedding reception. The festive air that toasting lends to pre- or postwedding celebrations creates a feeling of shared good will for everyone present. Toasts are a tribute to the bridal couple and the wedding party. Champagne is usually used for toasting — the bubbly brew is synonymous with romance and gaiety. If alcohol is not a part of this party, well-wishers can toast with sparkling cider or ginger ale. Toasting can begin after the receiving line breaks up, and can be made all throughout the reception. At a less formal function,

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al. Give your caterer the pertinent data — date, time, place, reception style, budget, and the number of guests attending. For food service, most caterers charge a flat fee per person; liquor costs are usually by the bottle or per drink. Waiters may be paid by the hour or be included in the package. Your caterer can help you determine the kind of food to serve, and provide china, glasses, and everything else you need. He or she can usually arrange for servers, bartenders and valet parking services as well. Be sure charges for these services are included in your cost estimate. Check to see if gratuities are automatically added to the final bill. Your contract should specify the food and beverages to be served and the guest count. Look into postponement and cancellation policies before you sign. A deposit is usually required when you sign the contract. By all means, comparison shop — it’s important to get the most for your money. Just make sure the caterer you choose has a reputation for quality and service — the success of your reception depends on it!

Coyote Ridge Golf Club, Carrollton 1640 Hebron Parkway 972.395.0786 toasts are presented just before the cutting of the cake. The best man acts as master of ceremonies, offering the first toast. This toast may be just for the bride, or aimed at both newlyweds. The best man gets everyone’s attention by clinking on his glass. He may introduce himself and others in the wedding party, and explain his relationship to the newlyweds. At this time he may tell an amusing anecdote about the bridal couple, making a wish for their future happiness. The toast may be in the form of a poem, quotation or the like — it should be brief and sincere. Those offering toasts should plan what they wish to say ahead of time. It’s important to speak loudly and clearly when making the toast — everyone wants to hear this! After the best man’s tribute, the groom usually responds with toasts honoring his wife, parents and new in-laws. The bride may then rise to offer toasts to her husband, the couple’s families, attendants and guests. (A special thank-you is expressed particularly well in the form of a toast.) The fathers of the bride and groom may propose toasts to their new

son and daughter, and other members of the wedding party may then offer their own toasts. When you’re the object of a toast, remain seated, and don’t sip from your glass — you’re allowed to imbibe between toasts. Smile and nod at who¬ever is offering the toast. The tradition of toasting is one to treasure — long after your wedding day, you’ll look back and smile when you think of those ¬special words: the funny stories the best man told about you; the love your parents expressed as they welcomed your spouse into the family. Above all, remember the tide of good wishes from all those present as they raised their glasses and drank to your happiness ¬during every toast that was made. TOASTS WITH THE MOST Best Man To Couple “And now, ladies and gentlemen, I shall ask you to rise.” Give guests adequate time to respond. If they are already standing, say: “I now ask you to raise your glasses.” Turning to the couple, say: “May your www.brideandgroom.com

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wedding day be the threshold of a wonderful future of sharing as you walk together through life, hand in hand. To Jane and John.” Groom To Bride “Here’s to the prettiest, here’s to the wittiest, here’s to the truest one of all who are true, here’s to the neatest one, here’s to the sweetest one, here’s to them all in one — here’s to you.” Bride To Groom “I wonder if you realize how much you mean to me, how wonderful you’ve been, how dear you’ll always be. You’ve brought such love and happiness into my life. No wonder I’m so thankful and so proud to be your wife. To John!” Bride’s Father To Couple “To Jane and John. May your lives be full of the kind of happiness we are enjoying here today.” Bride To Parents “To my new family, with thanks for raising such a loving and supportive person, and to my parents, for all the love and strength they’ve given me. May we all have many more memorable days together.” THE REHEARSAL DINNER:

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The groom’s family or a close relative or friend usually hosts the rehearsal dinner. The dinner is usually given after the wedding rehearsal, an evening or two before the actual ceremony. Rehearsal dinners are sometimes two-part affairs. A cocktail party may be held before the rehearsal and dinner. This is especially helpful in introducing the two families, who may not live in the same town. The cocktail party acts as an icebreaker for all members of the wedding — it can help

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the rehearsal proceed smoothly. Invitations to the traditional dinner should be sent about two weeks in advance. The guest list includes all members of the wedding party, both sets of parents and immediate family, and officiating church members. Spouses and dates of these guests should also be invited. Another thoughtful gesture — invite those guests who have traveled from out-oftown. Since the rehearsal dinner is not ruled by convention, it can be very casual or ultra-formal. You can plan a picnic, buffet, or a sit-down dinner. If the occasion warrants, consider putting place cards at each seat. The bridal couple usually sits together at the head table, with hosts of the opposite sex seated at either side. Parents and grandparents of the bride and groom complete the table. The host, or the best man, offers the first toast to the bridal couple. Other guests may then follow with their own toasts. To achieve the best results, prepare toasts before dinner. Add a special touch to the festivities — have guests bring pictures of the bridal couple when they were younger, and make a collage for the newlyweds. Or have the rehearsal dinner videotaped. To make the occasion especially memorable, hand out notecards on which guests may write good wishes directed to the bride and groom. Each note should be sealed by the author, and kept safe by the hostess for presentation to the bridal couple on their first anniversary. The rehearsal dinner also presents an opportunity for the bride and groom to give presents to their attendants, and thank everyone for their participation in the wedding ceremony. •

Wedding Emergency Kit • Non-allergenic makeup remover • Makeup/eye shadow/mascara • Hair products: gel, hair spray, combs, pins • Tampons/pads/painkillers • Facial tissue/bandaids • Cold/allergy tablets • Travel-size sewing kit (including an assortment of safety pins) • Nail glue/polish/remover/file • Earring backs • Toothpaste/mouthwash/breath mints • Cotton balls/swabs • Antacid tablets • Deodorant/body powder • Cologne/after-shave/body lotion • Extra car keys!

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Accommodations Keeping your guests comfortable makes that special weekend extra pleasant for everyone involved. Show your hospitality by making guest room arrangements for them.

You’ve got it all under control, right? Your invitations have

been ordered and you were thoughtful enough to include maps to your ceremony and reception sites to avoid confusion and lost friends and relatives. Think you’ve got your bases covered? Where are your out-of-town guests going to stay? Streets that may look familiar to those friends and relatives who live nearby may look confusing, and even imposing, to those unfamiliar with the area. Having all of your guests stay at one appointed hotel can help calm the nerves of those people so close to you who live so far away. Fortunately, there are several different types of hotels from which to choose. Because all hotels offer different amenities, consider those things you think your guests may find important. The last thing by which you’d want your guests to remember your wedding would be that they had an unpleasant stay in an unfamiliar town.

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Ask the hotel if they provide invitation inserts with hotel name and phone numbers for your “out-of-town” guest list only. Or make them yourself!

Try to minimize the number of hotels that you select for your guests. You usually get the best rates if you have more rooms blocked off.

Decide whether you are looking for a full-service hotel or a limited-service hotel for your guests. Do you need a hotel with a restaurant, bar, or banquet facilities? Are you looking for upscale, economy, or mid-level hotels?

Encourage your guests to book at the hotel of your choice and to book EARLY. It is easier to cancel a reservation at the last minute than to try to get a room at the last minute.

Hotels will have “cut-off dates.” This is the last date that special rates and availability are guaranteed for your event.

If you want to ensure your guests’ requests for specific room types (king/double/non-smoking or rooms all on the same floor, etc.), make the reservations at one time. Have each person’s special request listed and the credit card information for payment of room all at the time of making the reservation.

Remember that hotels are NOT in the transportation business. If you want to ensure that your guests arrive to and leave from your ceremony/reception at a designated time, hire a professional transportation company.

Ask the hotel to keep you informed as to how many guest rooms are reserved in your block. They can run a report.

Encourage your family and friends to ONLY book under your block of rooms to get the negotiated rate.

Ask the hotel if it provides a special reservation code that you can give the guests to put into their reservations if they want to book through the hotel’s direct web site. This code ensures they get the negotiated rate and they are assigned to your block of rooms.

Ask the hotel if it offers the negotiated rate if someone needs to check in one or two days prior to the original block or if they want to stay a day or two later. Rates can vary greatly if this is not discussed at the time of the booking.

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How convenient is the location to your ceremony and reception sites? Does your wedding date coincide with any conventions that may be booking all of the choice rooms? Is there a shuttle to and from the airport and/or around town? Does the location offer rooms and/or suites? How much are the rooms? They may offer a group rate, depending on how many rooms you need. If you need just a few rooms, do they have special weekend rates? Can you reserve a wedding block of Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights? Do they offer a hospitality room where all of your guests can meet to pick up anything left specifically for them, or for just spending time together? Do they have smoking and non-smoking rooms? Do they provide irons/hair dryers/an in-room safe? Is there cable TV with movie channels? Is there a coffee bar/small refrigerator/ freezer/microwave in the rooms? Do they have free local calls/internet access/voice mail? Is a complimentary continental or buffet breakfast offered? Happy hour? Do they have an on-site swimming pool/hot tub/exercise facilities? Do they have a guest laundry or valet service? Is there a charge for additional services, such as for delivering gift baskets?

Estimate how many rooms you may need and remember to reserve a block of rooms three to six months prior to your wedding date to avoid any confusion. Forward the room information to your out-of-town guests as soon as possible so that they may confirm the room at least two weeks prior to the wedding. Your guests will truly appreciate knowing in advance that you have taken their stay into consideration. Adding guest accommodations to your list of things to do is small in comparison to making your guests feel as important as you know they are! •

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How to Distribute Itineraries for Weekend Wedding Events The most common distribution method of printed itinerary sheets is placing them in the welcome gift bags or baskets that each of the out-of-town guests receives when checking into their hotel rooms. The itinerary serves as a pretty and fun addition to a well-packed welcome basket, and guests have on hand an easy reference to the events and locations taking place throughout the weekend. You can also hand out these cards at a guest welcome cocktail party, or arrange them on a side table for guests to take on their own. Guests who are not staying at the hotel may receive these via regular mail, or you can send the pdf file to them via e-mail. Don’t forget to present these itinerary cards to the bride and groom as well as to their family members so that they may use them and keep them as wonderful keepsakes! Courtesy of Sharon Naylor’s The Smart Guide to Wedding Weekend Events

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Flower Power A bountiful array of beautiful blossoms creates an atmosphere of romance! On your wonderful wedding day, pretty posies tell the world how you feel about each other! deepest feelings through the language of flowers.

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BRIDE’S FLOWERS: BRIDAL BOUQUET You’ll want to carry a bouquet that complements your wedding gown and is scaled to your proportions. Traditional bouquets are composed of all white and ivory blooms — roses, orchids, stephanotis, lilies of the valley and gardenias are commonly used. Today, brides often carry bouquets in colors taken from their wedding palette. One currently popular style is the natural-look bouquet — an airy arrangement which may include wildflowers with stems showing. This type of bouquet can be held in front or draped over the bride’s arm. Other favorite arrangements include a round or crescent-shaped bouquet, a nosegay, a single flower or a flower-covered prayer book.

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lowers speak a language all their own — we use them to say so many things: “I love you,” “I’m sorry,” or “Get better soon.” Every flower holds meaning all its own — take the time to choose the kinds and colors that express your personal sentiments. Flowers play a major role at your wedding; arrangements may be as simple or elaborate as you desire. A professional florist’s advice is invaluable — working together, you can achieve the perfect ambiance for your wedding. Choose your florist three to six months before the big day if possible. He or she may wish to visit the wedding and reception sites to view the layout. Provide photos and fabric swatches if possible from your wedding gown and attendants’ dresses if you can. Details on the groom’s and mothers’ attire are helpful in planning your wedding decorations. Decide if you wish to use fresh or silk flowers. Fresh flowers add fragrance and a more natural look to the ceremony, while silk flowers hold up better in hot weather and are available in any color. Descriptions of floral arrangements should be written into your contract. Total cost should also be included — make sure the document is complete before you sign. Take care to choose a reputable, talented florist — one who can express your

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BRIDE’S THROWAWAY BOUQUET Although some brides may toss their actual bridal bouquet, most prefer to keep that arrangement. At the bouquettossing ceremony, a detachable section or another small bouquet may be thrown. BRIDAL ATTENDANTS Bridesmaids and maid of honor usually carry similar arrangements; the maid of honor’s may be more elaborate. Attendants may carry traditional bouquets, or alternative arrangements: baskets of blooms, long-stemmed flowers over one arm, or a single, perfect rose. If the bride wears a floral headpiece, attendants may wear a single bloom, spray or wreath of the same blossoms. GROOM AND MALE ATTENDANTS The groom and each male member of the wedding party, including fathers, customarily wear a boutonniere in the left lapel. Traditionally, the bloom was a white rose or carnation, but as bridal bouquets have become more colorful, so have boutonnieres. The groom’s boutonniere should differ from the others — he might consider wearing a flower from the bride’s bouquet. YOUNG ATTENDANTS Flower girls traditionally carry baskets of loose petals to be strewn in the bride’s path, but may also carry a miniature bouquet in a basket or a small nosegay. They also might wear a single flower, or a

wreath of flowers, in their hair. The ringbearer should wear a boutonniere just like the groom. You may wish to decorate the ringbearer’s cushion with a sprig of flowers. MOTHERS, GRANDMOTHERS & OTHER VERY SPECIAL PEOPLE It is customary to present the mothers and grandmothers of the bridal couple with flowers to wear at the wedding. These arrangements may be made up of flowers that coordinate with their dresses; personal preferences should also be considered. If grandfathers are present, they, too, would receive boutonnieres. A corsage or boutonniere is a perfect way to honor others who contribute to your wedding. The guest book and gift table attendants are examples of special helpers to thank. CEREMONY SITE Flowers at the ceremony vary considerably depending on location and style of the wedding. If the marriage takes place in a church, at least one arrangement should decorate each side of the altar. Adorn the ends of pews with flowers and ribbons if you choose. If your ceremony is held at a private home, club, hotel or other secular location, flowers and greenery are especially important. The arrangements serve as a romantic backdrop, taking the place of the church altar, and can be used to mark aisles. RECEPTION SITES Some brides may wish to use the altar arrangements from the wedding to decorate the reception area; this is perfectly acceptable. Others feel ceremony and reception flowers should be considered separately. Remember you may want to keep your ceremony flowers in place for photos with your wedding party, while guests go on to the reception, which would mean you would need separate arrangements. Church flowers should relate to the ceremony, arranged in a more serene, subtle fashion, while reception flowers would promote an unrestrained air of celebration. This is strictly a matter of personal preference. As more time is spent at the reception than at the ceremony itself, many brides elect to concentrate the majority of their decorating efforts on the party facility.•


The Language of Flowers Through the ages, flowers have become symbolic of the qualities we value in ourselves and others. Flowers at your wedding symbolize the beauty of the ceremony and a union growing in love and devotion. Combining different blooms and their meanings expresses the unique feelings of the bridal couple, sending a message of special significance to everyone present at the wedding. Apple Blossom GOOD FORTUNE

Holly DOMESTIC HAPPINESS

Orange Blossom FERTILITY, HAPPINESS

Bluebell CONSTANCY

Honeysuckle FAITHFUL AFFECTION

Orchid BEAUTY

Buttercup RICHES

Ivy

FIDELITY

Red Rose I LOVE YOU

Camellia GRATITUDE

Jasmine GRACE, ELEGANCE

white Rose

Carnation PURE, DEEP LOVE

Jonquil AFFECTION RETURNED

Daisy

SHARE YOUR FEELINGS

Purple Lilac FIRST LOVE

Forget-me-not TRUE LOVE

Lily PURITY

Gardenia JOY

Lily of the Valley HAPPINESS

YOU ARE HEAVENLY

Violet FAITHFULNESS water Lily A PURE HEART

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lacing wedding and engagement announcements is a piece of cake. Simply contact the paper(s) of your choice and request an announcement form, e-mail them, fill it out online, or stop by in person. Complete the form and return it with a photograph (some papers print the bride’s picture only). Most newspapers prefer black-and-white glossies or high-resolution photos e-mailed to them. Engagement announcements are usually short, listing only the names of the prospective bride and groom, their parents’ names and the wedding date. Pictures are sometimes published with engagement announcements. wedding announcements go into more detail, featuring the couple’s names, parents’ names and their city and state if they’re from out of town. Also listed are the church, wedding date and members of the wedding party. A photograph may be included at this time. Information deadlines vary by publication. Engagement information may be required up to seven weeks in advance, while wedding announcements might be accepted up to a month or two after the celebration. The dailies have more rigid deadlines. Contact each newspaper for specific deadlines. THE MARRIAGE LICENSE: YOU CAN’T BE WED WITHOUT IT! The hard part is almost over — the

bridal gown has been bought, the invitations are in the mail, and the caterer is cooking. Getting your marriage license is one of the last tasks before you can say, “I do.” The procedure for obtaining your license is basically the same all over Texas. Together, the prospective bride and groom must visit the office of the county clerk. Bring a valid form of identification — a driver’s license, certified copy of your original birth certificate, u.S. passport, or military ID. Also be sure to bring your Social Security Card. Cost for the license — $71, cash. They don’t take checks. However, there is a new premarital education program sponsored by the state of Texas called “Twogether in Texas” that is only $50. Take the class, and receive a $60 discount on your marriage license. Visit www.BeTheChampion.org, call 214.426.0900, or e-mail parer@anthemstrongfamilies.com for more information. There’s one important detail you must not forget: a 72-hour waiting period is required after the license is issued. Your license is good 30 days from that date. Good news — blood tests are not required in the tri-county area. Most county clerks’ offices are open Monday through Friday. In downtown Dallas, hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The other Dallas, Collin and Tarrant County offices are open longer, until 4:30 p.m. Some sub-courts in Tarrant County may close for lunch. Call ahead to make sure they’re open before you make the trip. •


Party Time! Finally! The details have all been taken care of. now, it's time to relax and have some fun. Bachelor and bachelorette parties are designed to send off the bride and groom into their new lives with one last outing. Get your wedding party to plan the time of your life with creative outings and entertainment.

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vent planners and wedding coordinators will be a big help in generating ideas, making contacts and setting up reservations for those trendy dinner and entertainment spots for the bachelor and bachelorette parties. Ask them to contact your maid of honor and best man to coordinate your parties. Then sit back and be surprised. A day at the races or attending a professional football, basketball or baseball game is a natural for a men’s outing. If the man in your life is more of a doer than a watcher, a day at the golf course might be in order. Friends might meet for breakfast, head for the golf course, and enjoy lunch and a party at the “19th” hole. They might arrange for the golf pro to play with them, helping everyone with their game. This could tie in with the ladies spending an afternoon of pampering at a sauna or salon following their own golf game, or on the tennis court. A more mature groom might enjoy a gentlemen’s night at a wonderful restaurant. A “tasting” of scotch, wines, or cordials might be arranged with the maitre d’. Some restaurants have a private room, allowing for cigars, preselected by the groom for each of his guests. Perhaps friends and other members of the wedding party might meet to finish the evening with dancing and a nightcap. For the ultimate “bachelor” gettogether, a weekend spent at a cabin for fishing, card playing, and reminiscing about the “good ol’ college days” is hard to beat. The boys might have so much fun that it could

become the traditional party each year, even after everyone is married! An outing (prearranged with instruction) at a skeet range provides an opportunity for camaraderie and, later, greatly exaggerated stories of shooting prowess, even if no one has ever shot before. If the bachelor party takes place the day before the wedding, it might start with a trip to the tuxedo shop where any last-minute alterations could be made while there’s still time before the big day. After ensuring their fit, the men are off to the golf course while the store manager arranges for the tuxedos to be delivered directly to the hotel or the groom’s home. Your bridesmaids will enjoy a day at the spa for some long-overdue pampering. Cap it off with a light lunch or early dinner at your favorite food spot. For the more active ladies, plan a golf outing, a day of shopping at an outlet mall, or tickets to a live theatre show or comedy club. Make it extra special by hiring a limousine to deliver your party in a safe manner. The worst time for a bachelor or bachelorette party is the night before the wedding. Everyone needs to be at their best for the big day, without worrying about headaches, lack of sleep or a queasy stomach. Plan the parties several days or weeks ahead. If all the participants live in the same city, the weekend before is a perfect time. If travel plans preclude “getting that old gang together” until the day before, all the more reason for an afternoon outing that leaves everyone ready for the rehearsal and dinner to

follow. The bachelor/bachelorette party has long been regarded as the last great fling before the fun is over forever. Today’s couples don’t regard marriage and family as the end of freedom, but the beginning of a relationship that is its own fulfillment. Relationships of commitment change one’s perspective on many facets of life. A bachelor or bachelorette party that everyone feels comfortable discussing and participating in, is a part of that commitment. Throughout marriage there will be many times that couples see things differently—even vehemently differently. use this as an opportunity to find a compromise that is mutually acceptable and that sets a pattern for discussion instead of arguing.•

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Musical notes Set your wedding-day memories with your wedding music and relive those special moments every time you hear “your song.”

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t countless wedding ceremonies, Clarke’s “Prince of Denmark’s March” or wagner’s “The Bridal Chorus’’ (“Here Comes The Bride’’) is the processional song of choice. Mendelssohn’s “wedding March” from A Midsummer night’s Dream or Handel’s “Hornpipe in D” from water Music Suite is often played during the recessional. It’s tradition, right? not always. The type of music played at your wedding is a matter of personal choice. while there may be some restrictions due to religious considerations, there is an abundance of music appropriate to any style of ceremony. Enlist the aid of your church or-

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ganist, clergy, choir director or bridal coordinator in making musical decisions. Your ceremony might feature an organist, pianist, harpist, string or woodwind quartet, or vocal performers. The musical program should begin 15 to 30 minutes before the ceremony, as guests arrive. At the rehearsal, you may want to spend a little time practicing walking to the music you have chosen. wedding music is highly emotional, and many brides have cried their way to the altar because of the sudden effect the music has had on them. It might also be a good idea to tell your

father you need practice walking on his arm to the music, giving him a chance to get used to it, too. Elaborate wedding walks are unpopular today, but a lovely bride will want to have an aura of confidence about her ability to float down the aisle to the music she has chosen. Select a processional march that’s joyous, yet dignified. Your recessional music should be livelier in tempo — after all, you’ve just been married! RECEPTION CONSIDERATIONS Music sets the mood for your reception—consider your selections carefully. You might have


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Comprised of full-time professional musicians from the area’s major symphony orchestras, Stradivarius String Quartet offers artistry and commitment to quality, as well as a well-rounded repertoire from Bach to blues. The timbre of this string quartet will add a classic elegance to your special day. a DJ spinning discs, or a jazz musician tickling the ivories. A 30piece orchestra or a rowdy rock band might play “your song.” Just remember to feature a variety of music—slow romantic numbers as well as rousing dance tunes. Music should entertain both younger and older guests. Plan some selections for dancing, others just for listening. The band shouldn’t be so loud as to hinder conversation. At a small wedding, a pianist or jazz trio is a good choice. A “wedding band” is a popular choice— they’re trained to play to all different age groups. when interviewing musicians, find out the size of the group, instruments played, and whether or not they feature vocalists. Ask to see a current song list. You’ll want to have a large variety of music to choose from, including selections from the following categories: Top 40, showtunes, ballads, rock & roll, and country. If possible, catch the band in a live situation for a sneak preview of their performance style.

Make sure the group can accommodate your personal preferences. Indicate songs you’d like played during special moments. You might request one of the groom’s favorite tunes as the wedding party sits down to dinner. Music is also played during the cake cutting, when the bride’s bouquet and garter are tossed, and to signal that it’s time for the bride and groom to leave. You should expect a professional attitude and appearance in the musicians you hire. Ask if one of the band members can act as master of ceremonies, if you need one. Determine how long the band plays and learn how many breaks they will take. Make sure they can provide recorded music during breaks. From setting up the musical equipment to tearing it back down, the band will spend four to six hours at your reception, and they will get hungry. It’s customary to provide them with refreshments—sandwiches and nonalcoholic beverages, or a plate from the buffet. A happy band contributes greatly to the festive

mood of your party. Inform the band manager whom to contact at the reception site so they can check out the facilities ahead of time for acoustics, lighting arrangements, etc. If you’re planning an outdoor reception, decide where the party will move in case of rain. Don’t leave any of the details to chance or memory—write them down in a contract. Your contract with the band should include the date, time, location, set-up time, number and length of sets, payment, overtime fees, cancellation and postponement policies, musicians’ attire, and any special considerations. If live entertainment doesn’t fit into your reception plans, consider hiring a professional disc jockey. These entertainers can provide a great variety of music, from rock & roll to waltzes, usually at a lower cost than a live band. Many disc jockeys can also provide lighting effects and act as a master of ceremonies.•

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Intriguing Invitations A wedding invitation peeking out of the mailbox is always a pleasant sight. Make sure your message expresses the warmth and happiness you wish to share with your guests.

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s with every aspect of planning a wedding, traditional guidelines exist for wording, paper and engraving of wedding invitations and announcements. Many couples, however, come up with informal and creative variations. A very formal wedding still commands the use of very proper wording engraved on thick, creamy paper. A less formal celebration might call for pastel ink on parchment. THE GUEST LIST After you’ve decided on a budget and the number of guests to invite, ask your fiancé and his family to make up their list. Let them know how many you hope they’ll invite. normally, each family invites half the guests.

Another option: divide the guest list into three sections. The groom’s family, the bride’s family and the bridal couple each invite a third. As a rule of thumb, expect about three-fourths of those invited to attend. Invitations should be sent to your wedding officiant and spouse, your fiancé’s immediate family, and members of your wedding party and their parents. You are not obligated to invite companions for single friends on your list. If you do wish to invite the friend or fiancé of a single guest, ask for that person’s name and address and send a separate invitation. If the couple lives together, mail a joint invitation, as you would for a married couple. while drawing up your invitation

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list, put together your announcement list, if you are planning to send announcements. This list should include acquaintances not invited to the wedding with whom you wish to share the good news. neither an invitation nor announcement requires a gift — feel free to send them to everyone. Order about 50 extra envelopes to allow for addressing mistakes. PAPER AND PRINTING while handwritten invitations are appropriate for a small ceremony — 50 guests or less — for a larger wedding, you’ll want printed invitations. A classic formal invitation is printed or engraved on the top page of a folded sheet of white or off-white paper. A small inner envelope, ungummed and unsealed, encloses the invitation or announcement. This is placed inside a larger envelope which is addressed and stamped. Add a personal touch to your invitations using translucent or shiny paper, colored ink or a special border. If you select colored ink, use the same shade to address the envelopes. Select someone with beautiful handwriting, perhaps a professional calligrapher, to address envelopes or write invitations. Order invitations and announcements at least three months before the wedding to allow time for printing, addressing and mailing. Engraving may take longer. Have the envelopes delivered early for addressing ahead of time. ADDRESSING Compose a master list on index cards; make sure all names and titles are spelled correctly. Address all invitations by hand, in blue or black ink; never use a computer. The only abbreviations used are Mr., Mrs., Ms. and Jr. Most elected officials are addressed as The Honorable; the clergy as The Reverend Father, Pastor or Rabbi; and highranking military personnel as Commander, Colonel, etc. A single woman, even a child, is addressed as Miss


or Ms. Young boys are addressed as Master. Try to avoid nicknames or initials. Spell out streets, cities and states in full, and don’t forget zip codes. If several members of a family are invited, avoid using the phrase “and family.” You want each person to feel the invitation is meant especially for them. On the inner envelope, include the name of each child invited:

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Mr. and Mrs. Smith Sam and Charlie Adult members of a family should receive separate invitations, whether or not they live with their parents. Send one joint invitation to two brothers or two sisters living at the same address. Invitations should be mailed four to six weeks before the ceremony. Two months is courteous if you plan to marry during the holidays. Allow people time to consider your invitation and word their replies. Depending upon the formality of your invitation, they’ll respond with formal written acceptances or regrets, informal notes, phone calls or response cards. If you haven’t had a response from a guest two weeks before the wedding, call and check. when each invitation is accounted for, tell your caterer how many guests to expect. Formal announcements, created in the style of your invitation, should be mailed the day of the wedding or immediately afterward if you plan to send them. Ask a bridesmaid or family member to do this if you don’t have time. KEEPING TRACK As soon as your invitations are sent, you’ll begin receiving calls and notes from guests, saying they can hardly wait. Promptly record who’s coming, and who won’t be able to attend. Allow space in your filing system to describe gifts received, and make a notation when a thank-you note is sent. SPECIAL ENCLOSURES Enclosures are printed in the same style as the invitation itself. At-home cards may be enclosed with formal invitations, but are usually sent with announcements. These are small cards informing everyone of your new address and the date you’ll be ready to receive mail and visitors there. Ceremony cards are sent if there’s a chance that uninvited persons may try to attend, or if the wedding is held

So many people will make your wedding-day dreams come true: your family, friends, co-workers and wedding professionals. what better way to single them out for their hard work than to send a heart-felt “thank you.” Invitation by Pear Tree Greetings in a public or historic place. Engraved cards may be enclosed with the invitations, to be presented at the door for admittance. For other types of enclosures you may wish to ask your printer, stationer or wedding consultant. WEDDING PROGRAMS A program is extremely helpful in guiding your guests through the ceremony and is a wonderful memento of your wedding. It provides vital information and might be an elaborate booklet, a calligraphy-inscribed scroll, or a preprinted wedding bulletin with your wedding service photocopied inside. ANNOUNCEMENTS normally, announcements are not mailed to anyone who has been invited to the wedding. But they may go out after an intimate ceremony for family only, after an elopement, or a wedding so far away that many people could not attend. Business associates with whom the couple work day-to-day might also receive announcements. (Remember, no one receiving an announcement need feel obligated to send a gift.) Printing and paper for the announcements are the same as for invitations. Announcements should be addressed like invitations and, whenever possible, mailed out immediately after the ceremony.•

Choose formal thank-you notes for both of you, since your groom will be writing thank-you cards as well. Your note paper may be engraved with your new address, in which case you could use it after the wedding. City and state names are printed out in full with no abbreviation. A street number may be spelled out or shown in numerals.

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LAKESIDE MARKET Lakeside Market is a premier luxury lifestyle center, located at Preston Road and Spring Creek Parkway in Plano. They offer the ultimate open-air, upscale shopping experience amidst scenic plazas and tree-lined boulevards. Discover oneof-a-kind treasures, unique gifts, signature cuisine, and superb service from their home furnishing stores, salons, spas, specialty retailers, and restaurants. They include Bridal Collections by Stella, Jalin Jewelers, Beaux Arts Photography, Petals, A Florist, Paper Affair, Corner Wines, PFamily Arts, Luxe Salon, Renee Rouleau, Pranaa Ayurveda Spa, The Bar Method, Fitness Together, GNC, Utopia, City Salon & Suites, Castle Nail Spa, The Boardroom, Ziziki’s, Japon Steakhouse & Sushi, Mignon, Mi Cocina, Breadwinners, Capriotti’s, Sea Breeze Fish Market, Starbucks, The Purple Cow, Texadelphia, Taverna Rossa, Weir’s Furniture Village, The Consignerie, Sur La Table, Designing Windows, ICE Fine Eyewear, Gracie Gym, KJ Dance, Edward Jones, Allegiance Title, Steinway Hall, Pickles & Ice Cream, Cat & The Fiddle, and Posh Petunia.

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Bridal Shows

BRIDAL SHOWS, INC. Every bride will want to attend the 25th annual Dallas Bridal Show on January 25-26, 2014, at Dallas Market Hall! Known as the most beautiful bridal show and the third largest bridal show in the U.S., the Dallas Bridal Show will help every bride plan her complete wedding with more than 350 quality wedding businesses, including photographers, gowns, tuxedos, cakes, caterers, reception halls, hotels, restaurants, musicians, videographers, DJs, florists, invitations, limos, wedding planners and designers, photobooths, formal beaded attire, travel and cruises, clubs and resorts, bridal registries, jewelry, cosmetics, nails, balloons, rentals, china, gifts, bridal publications, and much more! Future show dates are July 26–27, 2014. The 24th annual Plano Bridal Show will take place on September 8, 2013, at the Plano Centre, with more than 100 quality wedding businesses. Future show

dates are March 9, 2014, and September 7, 2014. The 3rd annual Las Colinas Bridal Show is coming up on January 5, 2014, at the new Irving Convention Center, with more than 100 quality wedding businesses. The 17th annual Fort Worth Bridal Show will take place on February 23, 2014, at the Fort Worth Convention Center, with more than 100 quality wedding businesses. Stunning fashion shows will take place at these shows. Lots of incredible door prizes will be given away, including a beautiful diamond ring from Dallas Gold & Silver, and more! Make plans for your wedding day at these amazing bridal events, where all of your wedding dreams come true! For more information about the shows, call Bridal Shows, Inc. at 972.713.9920, or visit them online at www. bridalshowsinc.com. Adult tickets can be purchased online at www.bridalshowsinc.com. Also view “Tips For The Bride — What To Do At A Bridal Show” on their website. Visit bridalshowsinc on facebook. See ad on page 20 and editorial on page 21.

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STRADIVARIUS STRING QUARTET As you plan for your wedding, you’ll want to use only the highest quality experienced professionals, and your musical needs are no exception. Stradivarius String Quartet has performed hundreds of weddings and receptions in a variety of settings with a variety of music. Comprised of full-time professional musicians from the area’s major Symphony Orchestras, Stradivarius String Quartet offers artistry and commitment to quality, as well as a well-rounded repertoire from Bach to blues. The timbre of the string quartet, considered by renowned composers to be the highest form of musical expression, will add a classic elegance to your special day. Whether you choose to have Stradivarius String Quartet play everything, or if you would like to complement the group with other instruments or singers, allow them to assist you in selecting the perfect music and the perfect musicians for your ceremony or reception. For more information on the group as well as a quote of their competitive rates, please

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call 972.949.4111 or visit www.stradivariusmusic.com. See editorial on pages 12 and 65.

Guest Accommodations

COOPER HOTEL, CONFERENCE CENTER & SPA 972.386.0306 or 800.444.5187; Dallas www.cooperhoteldallas. com See ad on page 71 and editorial on pages 12, 32, 38, 51, and 58.

Party Rentals

TAYLOR’S RENTALS Taylor’s Rentals is one of the largest rental facilities in Fort Worth. Their showroom features a wide variety of wedding and reception items: fountains, silverware, glassware, arches, linens, candelabras, and even cribs for your out-of-town guests. Planning a wedding has never been so easy. Taylor’s has everything you need to put together a complete wedding and reception without the hassle of storeto-store shopping. The dedicated and friendly staff will assist you with all your rental needs. Taylor’s offers pickup and delivery of equipment to your location. Whether your function is indoors or outdoors, they have the

items you’re looking for at a price you can afford. Taylor’s is located near the Arts District of Fort Worth at 220 University Drive. Call 817.332.5258 or visit www.trectx.net for more information. See editorial on page 2.

Reception & Rehearsal Dinner Sites

COOPER HOTEL, CONFERENCE CENTER & SPA Your special day deserves a special place. At Cooper Hotel, Conference Center & Spa, their lush 30-acre grounds provide a beautiful setting for your wedding or reception. Their experienced wedding coordinator will provide the personal touches and detailed service to make your day what it should be...perfect. They offer affordable wedding and reception packages, including beautiful outdoor sites by ponds and fountains, indoor facilities that hold up to 200, rehearsal dinners and bridal luncheons, complimentary bridal suites, spacious accommodations with preferred rates for guests, full-service catering, a fullservice day spa, complimentary parking and Wi-Fi, a complimentary three-month membership to Cooper Fit-


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ness Center for the bride and groom, and the option to provide your own bar. Take a tour of Cooper Hotel, located at the worldfamous Cooper Aerobics Center, and imagine the happiest day of your life. Call 972.386.0306 for availability and pricing or visit www.cooperhoteldallas. com. See ad on page 71 and editorial on pages 12, 32, 38, 51, and 58. COYOTE RIDGE GOLF CLUB Coyote Ridge Golf Club completed construction of a new 26,000-square-foot

clubhouse in January 2007. This seven-million-dollar, state-of-the-art facility is brought to you by the club’s new owner, Sam Moon Trading Company of North Dallas. The retailing giant has spared no expense in making Coyote Ridge the finest golf and reception destination in Dallas/Ft. Worth. The natural waterfall just outside the Grand Ballroom provides the perfect backdrop for your wedding ceremony or reception photographs. Continue your celebration inside its spacious and elegant reception hall overlooking the rolling hills of the award-winning

golf course. Their Executive Chef will personally design a dinner menu especially for your event, and the staff will provide you and your guests with unsurpassed service and irresistible cuisine. There are so many details to plan, and they can help you from start to finish. From decorations, floral arrangements, music, limousine service, ice sculptures to much more, their objective is to ensure that this tremendously important moment of your life remains as stress-free and joy-filled as possible. Leave the details to them and rest www.brideandgroom.com

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Wedding Shop assured that your reception will create memories for a lifetime. Coyote Ridge Golf Club is located at 1640 W. Hebron Pkwy in Carrollton. See www.coyoteridgegolfclub. com and call 972.395.0786 for more information. See ad on page 3 and editorial on pages 39 and 55. HILTON GARDEN INN DALLAS/DUNCANVILLE Whether planning rehearsal dinners, weddings ceremonies and receptions or even honeymoon stays, in-the-know brides have learned that at Hilton Garden Inn, they can have the same on-site banquet halls, delicious food, and attentive service for a greater value. You can count on them to make your event a success. Their in-house catering offers menu options designed to help you create a delicious and memorable event in your personal style. And the meal is just one of the many ways they’re committed to make your event just right. Take advantage of their online planning tips and tools to create a personalized web page for your event, get great rates on

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rooms with group discounts, and more. For more information, visit www.dallasduncanville.hgi.com or call 972.283.9777. See ad on page 77 and editorial on pages 40, 52, and 59. HILTON GARDEN INN DALLAS/RICHARDSON The Hilton Garden Inn Dallas/Richardson is a full-service experience in a boutique setting. This award-winning hotel is a premiere north Dallas destination for all your wedding needs, including venue, caterer, and luxury guest accommodations. Experience the wedding of your dreams in more than 3,000 square feet of flexible banquet space. Our Prairie Creek Ballroom accommodates up to 200 guests, and features a variety of event set-ups, which includes lighting, a dance floor, and A/V capabilities. A spacious, private pre-function area is perfect for buffet set-up and additional event seating. The hotel’s restaurant, bar, lounge, and outdoor terrace are ideal for intimate events and cocktail receptions. Additionally, the hotel’s extensive, on-site art collection is displayed

prominently throughout the hotel, including in the prefunction area and outdoor sculpture garden. Our chef and culinary team have created a variety of delectable menus and wedding packages, and are on hand to customize details for the perfect plate. From receptions to buffets to formal seated dinners, we offer delicious catering options to suit any palate. Guests can relax in comfort in our 125 elegant guest rooms, and our complimentary guest shuttle serves destinations within a fivemile radius of the hotel. To learn more and begin planning your event, call 972.792.9393, or visit www. dallasrichardson.hgi.com. See editorial on page 40. THE HYATT PLACE DALLAS/GARLAND The Hyatt Place Dallas/ Garland and the Firewheel Conference Center is conveniently located in the Dallas northeast suburb of Garland on the President George Bush Highway, easily accessible from both DFW International Airport and Dallas Love Field Airport. They are located in the prestigious Firewheel


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area, and the hotel is minutes from the world-class shopping, golf, and family fun of Firewheel Town Center Mall, the 63-hole Firewheel Golf Club, and the Hawaiian Falls Water Park. Your wedding guests will enjoy 42” flat-panel HDTV, the Hyatt Grand Bed™, complimentary Wi-Fi, and continental breakfast. They offer more than 15,000 square feet of flexible event space, including a 7,632square-foot ballroom. Their staff is always available to ensure everything goes exactly the way you want. Because when it does, great happens. The Hyatt Place is located at 5101 North Presi-

dent George Bush Highway, Garland, TX 75040. Call 972.414.3500 to book your event, or visit HyattPlaceDallasGarland.com. See editorial on page 41. IRVING CONVENTION CENTER AT LAS COLINAS The Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas represents the innovative future of meetings and events. With almost 100,000 square feet of meeting and event space, the building’s unique architecture, vertical design, and interior finishes create a new niche in the marketplace. You’ll discover outdoor terraces, conversational seating areas and

the most refined finishes of any facility of its kind. Their exceptionally wellappointed grand ballroom is located on the top level of the convention center and provides a wealth of prefunction space, with south and east vistas to the Dallas skyline. With a capacity of over 1,200 for a plated dinner and the flexibility to intimately seat less than 200, the Irving Convention Center can easily accommodate weddings of all sizes. Perfectly situated on 40 acres in the heart of Irving’s Las Colinas Urban Center and in the center of Dallas/Fort Worth, the convention center’s location offers www.brideandgroom.com

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Wedding Shop prime access to everything there is to see and do in North Texas. Irving boasts more than 75 hotels, ranging from budget to full-service, along with a grand selection of dining options, all within mere minutes of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. To view more information and photos, visit www.irvingconventioncenter.com. See ad on page 5 and editorial on pages 41 and 50. MAPLE MANOR HOTEL Built in 1898, this turn-ofthe-century Victorian hotel is located in the heart of downtown Dallas. The recently added climate-controlled pavilion with dramatic architectural lighting and arched ceilings makes a wonderful spot for your wedding ceremony and reception. This area will accommodate up to 150 guests for a seated dinner. The pavilion is furnished with audio and video equipment. A private, stone-walled garden boasts three waterfalls, two streams, flowers and fountains. It creates an elegant site for photographs and your intimate ceremony or smaller reception. In the original dining room area of the hotel, you may utilize the winding staircase

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for your grand entrance. This area seats 120 of your guests. French doors lead to a glassed-in conservatory. Catering is provided by The Old Warsaw. The Maple Manor Hotel has six suites that are decorated in the late 1800’s motif, reflecting French, American and Italian themes. Their wedding packages include one complimentary night in a bridal suite. The Maple Manor Hotel assures personalized service and is wheelchair-accessible. It is located at 2616 Maple Avenue in Dallas. Please call 214.871.0032. Visit them at www. t h e m a p l e m a n orhotel.com or e-mail them at maplemanorhotel@yahoo. com. See ad on page 1 and editorial on pages 42, 48, and 49. THE OLD WARSAW RESTAURANT Since 1948, its rich, oldworld atmosphere has made it a favorite for wedding celebrations. With five private areas, the entire facility seats approximately 300 people. The nearby garden is also available for outside wedding ceremonies. Complimentary transportation is available for your guests staying in area ho-

tels. For more information, please call 214.528.0032 or visit www.theoldwarsaw. com. The Old Warsaw Restaurant is located at 2610 Maple Avenue, next to Maple Manor Hotel in the heart of Uptown Dallas. See editorial on pages 48 and 54. PLANO CENTRE With 122,500 square feet of event space, Plano Centre offers a flexible layout for your dream wedding. From the bridal shower to the reception, Plano Centre has the ability to host it all! The beautifully landscaped courtyard is a magnificent setting for your wedding ceremony, and 17 additional rooms can be configured to meet any size or style. For large receptions, Collinwood Hall can provide seating for up to 1,400 guests. More intimate receptions can take place in the Windhaven Ballroom for 200 guests, looking out into the gorgeous courtyard. Their professional event coordinators can assist you in all of your planning needs from room setup to catering and beverage services. Located at 2000 E. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano Centre is just two blocks east of Highway 75 and is close to a variety of Plano hotels.


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Rd #700, DeSoto, TX 75115. For more information please visit our website at www. theboulevardevents.com or call 972.224.5888 to arrange for a private tour of the facility. See editorial on page 43. THE SPRINGS EVENTS RUSTIC ELEGANT EVENT VENUES On your wedding day, imagine coming through beautifully engineered iron-

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cast arched doors onto a white stone patio porch covered by a beautiful gable. From the porch, you will see and hear the beauty that is created by The Springs Events’ signature water feature. You will walk onto a bridge, over a running stream of water, and on towards the covered pavilion that sets the backdrop of one of the most important events of your life. After being sealed together in holy

matrimony, you will make your way into the rustic and elegant 9,000-square-foot reception hall through the back stairs, unseen by all your guests, and then down the wood-crafted staircase as you are introduced as Mr. and Mrs. for the first time in your lives. Upon coming down the staircase, you will be welcomed by all your guests into the rustic and elegant open backdrop created by hardwood floors, open-beam trusses and white stone walls. In addition to the beautiful scenery that is created for you on your special day, The Springs Events wants to make your day as easy as possible. To achieve this, The Springs Events provides personal payment plans, allows you to choose your own vendors, allows you a full 16hour rental timeframe, and provides many other amenities in the price of a Springs Events’ venue. For more information, please visit www. thespringsevents.com. See ad on page 11. WAXAHACHIE CIVIC CENTER Make your wedding day memorable at the Waxahachie Civic Center. Conveniently located at the intersection of I-35E and Highway 287, the center is within 25 minutes of the DFW


Wedding Shop Metroplex. The Waxahachie Civic Center has a 20,000square-foot sub-dividing ballroom that seats up to 1,000 guests. The Crape Myrtle Room, showcased by elegant floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the room will be the highlight of your event. This opportune location makes the Waxahachie Civic Center the pictureperfect place for your event. From the wedding to the reception, our staff will work closely with each client to create a custom-tailored event that will exceed your expectations and leave you looking forward to planning your next event with us. Whether a small private wedding or a large reception, the Waxahachie Civic Center truly makes every event a special event. The Waxahachie Civic Center is located at 2000 Civic Center Lane in Waxahachie, Texas. For more information call 469.309.4040 or visit www.waxahachieciviccenter.org. See editorial on pages 21 and 44. WILDHORSE GRILL AT ROBSON RANCH Congratulations on your engagement and upcoming wedding! With this grand occasion comes the grand responsibility of seeking out a location,

food, and beverage for your ceremony/reception. Robson Ranch would be delighted to be the host of this chapter in your life’s most monumental occasions. The facilities at Robson Ranch have the capability of fitting your group with rooms comfortable for 30 to 300 people. For a more intimate group, the classically ambient restaurant may be the right fit, with a fireplace in every room and windows for walls. For the “more the merrier” personalities, the magnificent clubhouse is settled at the highest point in Denton, allowing the most beautiful panoramic views and breathtaking sunsets. Just in-

side is a long, wrap-around foyer, perfect for the prereception hors d’oeuvres and mingling. Once inside the 6,200-square-foot ballroom, you will be overcome by the expansive wooden dance floor and stage area, as well as the warmth of the room despite its size. The professional, uniformed service staff will assist you with any needs you may have. They provide and set up all the essentials, such as banquet-style round tables and chairs, elegant bone china, glasses, tableware, linens, and napkins. The highly skilled chef employs a truly gifted cuwww.brideandgroom.com

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Wedding Shop linary team. They will work with you to customize the perfect menu, all within your budget. Contact Rhett Hubbard to schedule a time to meet and tour the grounds, and to have your questions answered. For more information, contact WildHorse Grill at Robson Ranch at 940.246.1080, e-mail rhett. hubbard@robson.com,or visit www.wildhorsegrill.net. See editorial on page 44.

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GREEN OAKS WEDDING CHAPEL Green Oaks Wedding Chapel, with its white stone exterior, offers you an elegant and romantic setting for the most memo-

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rable day of your life. As you enter, you and your guests will be greeted with a beautifully decorated entry hall with a stunning staircase leading to a balcony in the chapel. Once inside the professionally decorated chapel, which seats up to 200 guests, you will find white church pews adorned with greenery, flowers and bows. White Italian-glass chandeliers add beautiful elegance to your wedding. The altar area, breathtakingly lit by dozens of candles and professionally designed floral arrangements, offers you a picturesque setting for this special moment. A magnificent antique grand piano and state-of-the-art sound

system add the finishing touches for your wedding. A large private dressing room with makeup table and fulllength mirrors is provided for the bride and bridesmaids. A separate dressing area for the groom and groomsmen is also provided. Your reception in the exquisite Reception Room is a lovely way to greet and thank your guests for making your wedding day a special occasion. Lighted trees, greenery, decorated candles and round, skirted tables with chairs provide an elegant atmosphere. The lights are on dimmers, allowing you to control the perfect setting for your reception. The skirted serving


Wedding Shop tables are beautifully decorated with flowers, greenery and candles, and set with silver serving platters, chaffing dishes, silver punch bowl and other lovely appointments. A state-of-theart sound system surrounds you and your guests with beautiful music for listening or dancing. Green Oaks Wedding Chapel is located at 4115 SW Green Oaks Boulevard in Arlington. Please call metro 817.572.4300 for more information or visit www. greenoaksweddings.com. See editorial on page 39. MIDLOTHIAN CONFERENCE CENTER The Midlothian Conference Center offers smalltown hospitality in a spacious, state-of-the-art facility designed just for your event. Within the 39,000-squarefoot facility, they combine the best of technology with outstanding personal service by their experienced staff. The meeting spaces can accommodate groups from as small as a handful, to more than 1,000. Weddings are a dream come true in Midlothian. Along with providing beautiful spaces, the Midlothian Conference Center offers a wide variety of decorations, dance floors, table linens, locations for photographs, and more.

They partner with the best in the area for all of your heart’s desires. Whether it is a wedding planner, florist, caterer, DJ, band, photographer, or baker, the center has several preferred partners that are ready to

assist in assuring your wedding is a complete success. For more information, call 972.723.7919 or visit www. midlothiancenter.com. See editorial on pages 21 and 42. www.brideandgroom.com

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