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By Deborah Welky

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ou’re planning your big day. It’s an event everyone will want to attend. You’ve booked the perfect venue for the perfect date. You have a good idea what you’re going to wear and who is going to supply the music. But what about the food? In your heart, you know that what you serve has the ability to make or break your event — at least as far as your guests are concerned. And, as the popularity of TV cooking shows can attest, people care about good food, and they know it when they see it. Dry, overcooked chicken dishes from days gone by are not going to cut it anymore. The palate of America has changed. In this issue, Wellington The Magazine gives you an insider’s view of the kitchen by talking with top chefs and catering directors. We spoke with them about what’s hot, what’s not, and what options are offered to today’s conscientious host or hostess — everything from sample menus to specialties of the house. At the end of the day, whichever of the following venues you’ve chosen, your guests are in good hands. The culinary skills and presentation abilities of these local chefs and caterers rival that of top destinations around the globe. So relax, read on, and check “food” off your to-do list. International Polo Club Palm Beach The International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington is the nation’s premier polo facility, recognized for the highest standards of gracious hospitality and service in a stunning equestrian setting. The world-class staff at IPC can help you and your guests create treasured wedding memories in elegant style. Bring them your dreams, and the International Polo Club will turn them into reality.

From the engagement party to the special day itself, the stunning array of venues available at the International Polo Club allows couples to customdesign personalized experiences. They may choose from unique indoor venues to spectacular outdoor locations. IPC’s luxurious poolside pavilion is an ideal tropical setting, as is the lush expanse of an emerald green polo field. To make the fantasy complete, a charming horse and carriage awaits to transport the bride and groom. IPC honors each wedding by offering highly personalized care that includes exceptional décor, premier support services and impeccable attention to detail. To the delight of guests, award-winning chefs bring a superior level of talent to inspired menus and use only fresh, high-quality, seasonal ingredients.

med at the University of St. Louis when he realized that food was more his style. Instead, Sellner became a four-star chef at a bed and breakfast in Maine, then went on to Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach. When IPC offered him more freedom and lots of room to grow professionally, Sellner jumped at the chance. “Our kitchen/catering team thrives on the fast-paced environment,” he said, “It’s an adrenaline rush every day during the winter season.”

Whether you want your dream wedding to be elegant, sophisticated, intimate or “one for the ages,” IPC can make your affair an event to remember — Chef William Sellner practically guarantees it. Now in his seventh season at IPC, Sellner is a smiling, talented, high-energy “force of action.” He has worked in the industry since his high school days, starting out at restaurants doing everything from grilling chicken to waiting tables. He was fast-tracked in pre-

Chef William Sellner of the International Polo Club Palm Beach. PHOTO COURTESY JONATHAN CONNOLLY PHOTOGRAPHY

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Sellner particularly enjoys creating unique menus for weddings and special events. “A person’s wedding day should be perfect,” he said, “so we intensely focus on every single detail that the family wants — be it a lavish buffet or a sixcourse gourmet dinner — to make it extraordinary.” Binks Forest Golf Club Three ballrooms and the capability to host up to 250 guests make the Binks Forest Golf Club one of the larger venues in Wellington. And, with previous experience at the “21” Club and the Russian Tea Room in New York City, Chef Mark Adams brings a wealth of knowledge to his profession. “He does a zucchini ring filled with whole baby carrots and fresh asparagus that has become a specialty of the house,” Director of Catering Whitney Buchanan said. “He also does a sweet mashed and garlic mashed potato coupe.’”

The most popular entrées are the petite filet mignon with pink peppercorn reduction and the chicken breast stuffed with boursin cheese and wilted spinach with chardonnay beurre blanc. However, if you’ve got a particular taste in mind, the Binks Forest Golf Club aims to please. “Our main focus is to be very, very accommodating,” Buchanan said. “We offer different packages in several price ranges, depending on the type of event, and we customize the menu until it is exactly what the clients want.” Specialty meals for vegetarians and vegans are no problem, and glutenfree meals have become increasingly popular. And since presentation is everything, the staff puts a lot of thought into how the food will look. “We have several props we use for elevation and stations display,” Buchanan said. “We are constantly adding to our inventory to keep current with what’s in style and

in season. As far as Chef Adams is concerned, he is always changing and updating his menu and plating techniques. We also do a lot of tailoring of food presentation toward different themes, building around the color scheme of the event.”

Binks Forest hosts about 275 events each year, with the fundraiser for Bosom Buddies being one of the most popular with staff. “It’s a group of women who raise money for breast cancer patients in Palm Beach County,” Buchanan said. “They do a fashion show luncheon and a gala here, and those events are out of the box. They are such personal events, and they hit home with a lot of our staff, servers and bartenders.”

Binks Forest Golf Club Director of Catering Whitney Buchanan. PHOTO BY ABNER PEDRAZA

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Wanderers Club Executive Chef Tam Ha. PHOTO COURTESY JONATHAN CONNOLLY PHOTOGRAPHY

Wanderers Club The Wanderers Club in Wellington, with its classic pairing of golf and polo, is an exclusive private club that hosts outside events such as weddings from May to October and on selected nights during the fall and winter. It was created for equestrian, golf and tennis enthusiasts but also features party and meeting spaces for gatherings of all sizes. The club’s talented executive chef, Tam Ha, who came to the club directly from Mar-a-Lago, is well-equipped to handle all culinary requests to create the perfect wedding.

The rest is history. Ha has excelled in his position as executive chef for the past four years. “The kitchen is the heart of the club,” he said. “My experience here is unlike any previous position in my career. I have a close-knit kitchen staff, and we work together like a family. We take great pride in keeping our menus interesting and in serving excellent and intriguing dishes.” Benvenuto Restaurant The 1929 Mizner-inspired building that is Benvenuto features Tuscaninfluenced architecture surrounded by breathtaking gardens. With more than 38 years of experience, Benvenuto Restaurant is one of the premier catering and banquet destinations in Palm Beach County. Its Tower Room bar and lounge is the perfect place to host a cocktail hour before dinner, and the European Courtyard allows the bride and groom to entertain guests in style under the stars. The world-influenced American cuisine is a favorite, whichever of the elegantly appointed banquet rooms you choose. Guests will dine on gourmet Continental cuisine, served by whitegloved professionals. Specialty drinks will help set your event apart and make it memorable. “The promise of excellence starts

Ha was born in Vietnam and raised by a grandmother who inspired his love of cooking. He moved to the United States at age 14 and, due to that early influence, decided to go to culinary school to become a professional chef. After graduation, he began his culinary career — first in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York, then, in 1997, as sous chef at Palm Beach’s Everglades Club. In 2003, Tam left the Everglades Club to work at Mar-a-Lago — until the Wanderers Club came calling.

here,” owner Jean-Philippe Gaudree said. “We know that you are planning an event to be remembered, and no matter what the occasion, you’ve come to the right place.”

With Director of Catering Marija Posavac at the helm, Benvenuto is a five-star winner of Wedding Wire’s Bride’s Choice Awards in 2013 and was also featured in The Knot’s Best of Weddings 2013. “What sets Benvenuto apart is that it is run by family,” Posavac said. “All the family is in the business, so you get service and a personal touch you may not be able to get at a large venue.” When future brides and grooms meet with a Benvenuto representative, they are shown the grounds and asked about the date and number of expected guests. Then comes the tasting. “We like to invite the bride and groom to the dining room and let them order off the menu so they can taste the food and see the presentation of the plate,” Posavac said. That’s possible because co-owner Jon Howe is also the chef. The specialties of the house — rack of lamb and chateaubriand — are available for weddings, and any entrée can be custom-tailored. “The menu is American Continental, but there are many different cultures in South Florida,” Posavac said. “Our chef Benvenuto Restaurant Director of Catering Marija Posavac. PHOTO BY ABNER PEDRAZA

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can add a Creole influence or a Haitian influence or whatever the couple would like. Vegetarian, gluten-free and kosher meals are always available.” Posavac noted that clients today have more culinary knowledge. “It absolutely makes things easier,” she said. “Individual people bring individuality to an event. We did a masqueradethemed wedding that was absolutely gorgeous.” The Addison Of the 500 events Executive Chef Patrick Duffy caters annually for the Addison, many are weddings, each with its own color scheme and some with a strong cultural theme. “One Indian wedding we did several weeks ago was quite challenging,” Duffy recalled. “There are so many variations Executive Chef Patrick Duffy shown in front of one of the colorfully decorated banquet halls at the Addison.

of the chicken dish teekha masala. There is no specific way to do it, but we presented a couple of variations until we got it right. This is what makes my job interesting on a daily basis. We want to appease each client’s palate — get the seasoning right, tweak the presentation a bit — we are very accommodating that way.” This attention to detail is what sets the Addison apart. Formerly a restaurant, the event venue has kept its fivediamond ability to please each and every diner. “We fire our proteins fresh so we are able to allow guests to choose how they want them done. If we are serving 300 guests and 150 of them order filets and 13 of those want mid-rare, we can do it. You have the choice right at your table. We serve a la carte type food to

a catering multitude,” Duffy added. “We also kept several of the restaurant’s longstanding signature dishes — the Chilean sea bass with miso-sake marinade and the jumbo Addison crab cakes, for instance.”

Events are custom-tailored to the finest point, beginning when clients meet with the Addison’s event coordinators. Themes and colors are discussed, then, as the big day approaches, menus are chosen and private tastings scheduled. Even out-of-town clients can be accommodated for tastings. “We honor all dietary restrictions, whether due to allergies or personal preference,” Duffy said. “Last week, out of 300 people, 40 of the entrees were prepared with dietary restrictions.” A favorite hors d’oeuvre is the tomato basil soup shooter, served in an PHOTO COURTESY MUNOZ PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTO BY ABNER PEDRAZA

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espresso cup with a mini grilled cheese sandwich on the side. Or the braised short ribs. Or the butternut squash — when it’s in season. And presentation is everything. “We do a lot of fresh greens and, because of that, have access to farm-fresh flowers and vines for presentation purposes,” Duffy said. Beautiful — and delicious. Boca Raton Resort & Club Whether a bride envisions a stunning oceanfront beach wedding or an elegant wedding aboard a yacht, the wedding event planners at Boca by Design at the Boca Raton Resort & Club can make destination wedding dreams come true. The private, 356-acre resort features exquisite architecture from its glamorous 1926 heritage, a half-mile stretch of private beach at the beach club, a marina and yacht club.

From grand ballrooms and spacious salons with verandas featuring magnificent views, to oceanfront ballrooms and meticulously landscaped gardens and lawns, weddings and events at the resort’s venues can be simple or spectacular. With approximately 150,000 square feet of space available, there is a wide variety of locations throughout the property from which to choose. Brides searching for a one-of-a-kind space to hold a memorable wedding will find all they need.

“With innovative menus and awardwinning catering services, brides have an endless variety of world-class dining choices,” said George Petrocelli, director of convention services at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. “Menus are customized for each wedding, creating celebrations that are memorable.”

One of the most important elements of unforgettable weddings is the selection of the menu. With more than 16 chefs in 13 on-site kitchens and bakeries, wedding menus at the Boca Raton Resort have been created to meet the discriminating tastes of the bride and her wedding guests. Each menu showcases the season’s freshest ingredients in inventive dishes that complement the style of the wedding.

Meanwhile, the resort’s resident cake artists are renowned for their exceptional creativity with all things sweet and delectable. Wedding cakes can be artfully adorned with fresh flowers that complement the bride’s theme, such as alternating tiers of peonies and hydrangeas tucked between square layers of luscious cakes, or fresh daisies atop and beneath a fresh springtime cake design.

Wedding menu choices can feature selections from renowned Iron Chef Morimoto’s Sushi Bar or from Serendipity, New York City’s famous ice cream restaurant.

Ivette Savoie, Jillian Stevens, George Petrocelli and Joyce Lu. PHOTO COURTESY BOCA RATON RESORT & CLUB

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&TRENDS

Traditions

“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue!” Those wellknown wedding traditions have been passed down from generation to generation. But how did they originate and what do they stand for?

Some say “something old” symbolizes the bride’s connection to her family and her past, whereas “something new” represents the start of her new life. Borrowing an item to wear on the wedding day is a symbolic gesture that family and friends will always be by the bride’s side, while in many cultures, “something blue” denotes love, fidelity and modesty. Today, it is often a piece of ribbon pinned to the bride’s undergarments, but in olden days, many wedding dresses were actually blue, not today’s traditional white. Yet modern weddings often turn tradition on its head, adding unique, personalized details. Although many still wouldn’t be caught without that lucky sixpence in her shoe, many brides have opted out of the traditional white or ivory wedding heel for a pop of color beneath the dress. While onlookers are comforted to see the old-fashioned, wellorchestrated standards, such as the cutting of the cake, the first dance and the bouquet toss, these traditions are now usually modified with unique, personal touches that carry the flavor of the bride and groom. The once-traditional, three-tier, white, round wedding cake may now be draped in jewel tones and crystals, or even adorned with the colors of the couple’s favorite sports team. There are many new and creative trends for today’s weddings. Yet no matter how far off the traditional path, fragments of the well-worn, longstanding traditions lie at the core. 20

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TABLE FOR TWO

TYING THE KNOT

To dais or not to dais? This is the question. How many times have you been asked to be in a bridal party and dreaded sitting at the long bridal table on a raised platform, often surrounded by strangers throughout the entire reception. These days, more and more couples are opting for a personalized table for two and unchaining the bridal party so they may sit with their friends and family. This motif places more emphasis on the bride and groom and highlights their special moment that much more.

There is no doubt that the bride will look beautiful on her big day, but make sure that the groom also looks his best. After all, it is also his big day! White dress shirts with big, black bow ties have long been replaced and rarely make appearances at today’s weddings. Although most still want to go formal with bow ties and cummerbunds, many grooms choose to add a hint of their style with color or patterns allowing their personalities to shine through. Ties with matching pocket squares are all the rage.


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Signs are popping up all over today’s venues. Whether it’s guiding guests to the ceremony, welcoming everyone to the reception, or helping friends and family find their seats, a unique sign is a great way to convey personal messages throughout the event. Many couples coordinate signage to wedding colors or themes. From chalkboards for a homespun look, to custom-printed signs announcing “here comes the bride” strung on ribbon and carried down the aisle just before the big reveal, to the fun “pick a seat not a side” sign that urges both families to become one, couples can really have great fun with this new trend.

Plain gold bands and old-fashioned solitaire, pear-shaped engagement rings have been replaced by many alternate shapes and metal choices. Platinum has made its way onto many newlyweds fingers in recent years. Many women are hoping for the ring that they have long been dreaming of, and many of the new styles provide the best of both worlds: a trendy overall look with a classic-shaped stone. Uniquely colored diamonds are also becoming more popular. Few diamonds possess natural color, but rare finds include yellow, red, blue and brown. Know as “fancy” diamonds, they’re perfect for the bride who wants her ring to be more distinctive than the average ring.

What could be better than a gorgeous cake on your dessert table? Three trendy cakes, of course! Many couples are choosing to go with variety instead of tradition when it comes to wedding cakes. Large, white, threetiered cakes are being replaced by multiple cakes in smaller sizes and brighter colors. This allows for the option to serve more than one flavor, and guests will marvel at the bountiful dessert spread. Choosing this new twist over a traditional single cake will set a reception apart and ensure that every detail, including dessert, is a reflection of the bride and groom’s distinctive style.

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DADDY’S/MOMMY’S LITTLE GIRL

SAY CHEESE?

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Perhaps it makes you cry just thinking about walking down the aisle with dad. However, if mom plays a huge role in your life, too, she can now accompany the bride arm in arm. This has moms feeling more included than ever. As the groom’s mother gets to dance with her son and the father of the bride has his special dance, the mother of the bride traditionally does not have a special wedding part. Change tradition and give mom her special place on this big day. With one parent on each arm, you’ll show your guests just how important both your parents are to you.

Weddings tend to be elegant affairs, but with this new twist at weddings, guests can let loose. With a multitude of props, including funky sunglasses, masks, swords, crowns and big foam fingers, guests can enter a photo booth, slide the privacy curtain closed and take some outrageous photos to leave for the couple, along with a second set for them to take home. The idea is quickly becoming more than a trend, and photo booths and video booths are now a staple at many weddings. So when attending your next wedding, be sure to find the booth and get in line!

The newest dresses sweeping the bridal runway shows this season are perfect for the bride-to-be looking to make a statement on her big day. Although there’s still plenty of white and ivory dresses to choose from, don’t be surprised if the guest of honor shows up in pewter, cotton candy, scarlet red or even a black wedding gown. Many brides want their dress to express their identity and share their fashion sense with the world. There are no hard rules when choosing a favorite — just keep in mind that pictures will live on far longer than fly-by-night trends.

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CLICK YOUR HEELS

OUR GIFT TO YOU

GRATITUDE

White wedding shoes have been shelved for hot, new, spunky, blinged-out, colorful heels. Getting married today? Perhaps you’d like to choose a vibrant red shoe. Think no one will even be able to see them? They’ll notice. And more importantly, you will know. They’ll peek out from under the dress when the bride walks or sits. Choose a color that matches the bouquet, or perhaps the wedding colors or bridal party outfits. Some brides are even opting for two pairs of shoes, one for the wedding ceremony and one for the reception. Go for it and add some color to the day!

Remember when couples actually sat through a receiving line, or those clumsy white satin or lace gift bags the bride had to hold during the reception? Well, thank goodness for the trending gift collection options. Wedding card boxes are now made of wood with fancy hardware, peekthrough Plexiglass holders or decorated bird cages. Regardless of style, it should be placed in a specified area in the reception hall, usually on a table where the guest book can be signed at the same time. This makes it possible for guests to make their way over and leisurely place gifts inside throughout the night.

Trends don’t always become traditions, but one of the current thank-you card ideas being received by guests across the nation has real staying power. Although it will need to be pre-planned with the photographer, couples are sneaking away from the party to stage the perfect thank-you card photo. Everything from a dangling “thank you” sign held end-to-end by the couple, to names and dates etched into a tree, to a stolen kiss posed behind an open umbrella with the words “thank you” on it. These well-thought-out plans send heartfelt thanks to guests for sharing in the special day.

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Wedding Checklist NINE TO TWELVE MONTHS BEFORE YOUR WEDDING 

Choose your wedding date. If you are to be married in a church or temple, clear the date & time with your officiant.

Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ___________________________________ ________________________________________  Announce Your Engagement Consider local & out of town newspapers when appropriate. Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ___________________________________ ________________________________________ Newspaper: ________________________________ Contact: __________________________________ Phone: ___________________________________ Email: ___________________________________  Set Your Budget Keep in mind the style of your wedding, type of reception, wedding related parties, & who pays for what. Budget: __________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________  Consider Hiring a Bridal Consultant Don’t have the budget for it? Don’t worry; ask relatives and close friends to help you, especially in areas where you feel you need some guidance. Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________ Name: ____________________________________ Contact: __________________________________ Phone: ____________________________________ Email: ____________________________________ 26

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 Compose Your Guest List As soon as possible, let our of town guests know your wedding date so they can make travel plans. Budget: __________________________________ Notes: ___________________________________ ________________________________________  Reserve Your Reception Site Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________ Date: _____________________________________ Location: __________________________________ Contact: ___________________________________ Phone: ____________________________________ Email: ____________________________________  Choose your Maid of Honor, Bridesmaids & Wedding Attendants Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ___________________________________ ________________________________________  Begin Planning Your Bridal Registry Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ___________________________________ ________________________________________  Select Your Wedding Gown, Shoes & Accessories Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ___________________________________ ________________________________________ Location: __________________________________ Contact: __________________________________ Phone: ___________________________________ Email: ___________________________________


Palm Beach BRIDES  Select Bridesmaid Dresses Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ___________________________________ ________________________________________ Location: __________________________________ Contact: __________________________________ Phone: ___________________________________ Email: ___________________________________  Decide theme & colors you want to use for table settings, flowers, food & entertainment. Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ___________________________________ ________________________________________  Start interviewing caterers, florists, musicians, DJ’s, entertainers, photographers, videographers & cake bakers. Always get written estimates & keep for reference. Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ___________________________________ ________________________________________  Contact Your Travel Agent Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ___________________________________ ________________________________________ Travel Agent: _______________________________ Contact: __________________________________ Phone: ___________________________________ Email: ___________________________________  Begin Planning an Engagement Party Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ___________________________________ ________________________________________ Location: __________________________________ Contact: __________________________________ Phone: ___________________________________ Email: ___________________________________

SIX MONTHS BEFORE YOUR WEDDING  Choose Your Caterer Begin planning your menu. Always get a written agreement/contract. Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________ Name: ___________________________________ Contact: __________________________________ Phone: ___________________________________ Email: ___________________________________  Book Your Photographer Always get a written agreement/contract. Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________ Name: ___________________________________ Contact: __________________________________ Phone: ___________________________________ Email: ___________________________________  Book Your Videographer Always get a written agreement/contract. Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________ Name: ___________________________________ Contact: __________________________________ Phone: ___________________________________ Email: ___________________________________  Select Your Baker & Order Cake Always get a written agreement/contract. Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________ Name: ___________________________________ Contact: __________________________________ Phone: ___________________________________ Email: ___________________________________ Palm Beach Brides 2013 |wellington the magazine| October 2013 27


Wedding Checklist  Select Your Florist & Begin Picking Your Floral Arrangements Always get a written agreement/contract. Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________ Name: ___________________________________ Contact: __________________________________ Phone: ___________________________________ Email: ___________________________________  Decide Your Color Scheme Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________  Shop for Wedding Rings & Choose Engravings Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________  Choose Your Honeymoon Destination Check with travel agent regarding passport & visa requirements. Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________  Select Your Wedding Invitations Don’t forget to purchase personal stationery Thank-you notes. Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________ Name: ___________________________________ Contact: __________________________________ Phone: ___________________________________ Email: ___________________________________  Complete Your Bridal Registry Process Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________ 28

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 How do you want your hair to look on your Wedding Day? Schedule color changes, hair cuts, manicures, pedicures, & massages as necessary. Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________ Name: ___________________________________ Contact: __________________________________ Phone: ___________________________________ Email: ___________________________________  Secure Your Musicians for the Ceremony Always get a written agreement/contract. Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________ Name: ___________________________________ Contact: __________________________________ Phone: ___________________________________ Email: ___________________________________  Secure Your DJ, Musicians & Entertainment for Your Reception Always get a written agreement/contract. Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________ Name: ___________________________________ Contact: __________________________________ Phone: ___________________________________ Email: ___________________________________  Secure Your Master of Ceremonies for Your Reception Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________ Name: ___________________________________ Contact: __________________________________ Phone: ___________________________________ Email: ___________________________________


Palm Beach BRIDES FOUR MONTHS BEFORE YOUR WEDDING  Assist both Mothers to coordinate & shop for their wedding day attire. Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________ Name: ___________________________________ Contact: __________________________________ Phone: ___________________________________ Email: ___________________________________  Select music for the ceremony & reception. Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________  Select readings for your wedding & write wedding vows. Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________  Plan Rehearsal Dinner & Reserve Location Traditionally this takes place the day before the wedding. Include members of your wedding party, families & out of town guests. Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________ Name: ___________________________________ Contact: __________________________________ Phone: ___________________________________ Email: ___________________________________  Investigate hotel rates for members of the wedding party who live out of town. Reserve a block of rooms for out of town guests & let them know where the rooms are available. Remember to ask for group discounts or special packages. Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________ Name: ___________________________________ Contact: __________________________________ Phone: ___________________________________ Email: ___________________________________

 Secure your limousine, antique car, horse & carriage wedding day transportation. Don’t forget transportation for parents. Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________ Name: ___________________________________ Contact: __________________________________ Phone: ___________________________________ Email: ___________________________________  Schedule appointments for gown fittings. Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________  Check the requirements for a marriage license. Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________  Begin searching for your new home together. Keep in mind moving costs and furniture buying. Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________ Name: ___________________________________ Contact: __________________________________ Phone: ___________________________________ Email: ___________________________________  Make sure all contracts & arrangements are complete with all of the professionals/vendors you hired for your Wedding Day. Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________

THREE MONTHS BEFORE YOUR WEDDING  Prepare directions for your guests to the ceremony, reception & hotels. Include maps that are easy to read. Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________ Palm Beach Brides 2013 |wellington the magazine| October 2013 29


Wedding Checklist  Assemble information packets of fun things to do and see in the area for out of town guests.

 Groom: Purchase wedding present for your Bride. Jewelry is traditionally chosen.

Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________

Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________ Name: ___________________________________ Contact: __________________________________ Phone: ___________________________________ Email: ___________________________________

 Invitations should be mailed six to eight weeks before your big day. Begin addressing invitations & announcements. Select your special stamp at the post office or custom make them online. Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________  Furnish your caterer or Banquet Manager with an approximate number of guests to expect. Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________  Check that all reservations are in place for honeymoon travel. Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________  Make sure Bridesmaids have ordered their gowns & arranged fittings. Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________  Select gifts for your bridesmaids. Help your fiancé select gifts for his attendants. Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________ Name: ___________________________________ Contact: __________________________________ Phone: ___________________________________ Email: ___________________________________ 30

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 Shop for clothes needed for honeymoon & special items for your trousseau. Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________ Name: ___________________________________ Contact: __________________________________ Phone: ___________________________________ Email: ___________________________________  Secure appointments to have your hair done for your rehearsal dinner & the day of your wedding. Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________ Name: ___________________________________ Contact: __________________________________ Phone: ___________________________________ Email: ___________________________________  Plan a “spa day” with bridesmaids for manicures, pedicures, massages & makeup consultation. Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________ Name: ___________________________________ Contact: __________________________________ Phone: ___________________________________ Email: ___________________________________


Palm Beach BRIDES  Plan a luncheon on your “spa day” & for a memorable experience. Don’t forget to have someone take a camera. Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________ Name: ___________________________________ Contact: __________________________________ Phone: ___________________________________ Email: ___________________________________  Grooms: You, your Best man, the Fathers, Ushers & Attendants need to have tuxedos measured, fitted & coordinated. Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________ Name: ___________________________________ Contact: __________________________________ Phone: ___________________________________ Email: ___________________________________

TWO MONTHS BEFORE YOUR WEDDING  Mail your wedding invitations & track your RSVP’s. Finalize your seating arrangements. Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________  It’s time to get your marriage license.

ONE MONTH BEFORE YOUR WEDDING  Finalize music selections for the wedding ceremony. Indicate when each selection is to be played. Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________  Plan meals & activities for out of town guests to enjoy the day after your wedding. Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________ Name: ___________________________________ Contact: __________________________________ Phone: ___________________________________ Email: ___________________________________  Purchase accessories for your wedding day attire. Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________ Name: ___________________________________ Contact: __________________________________ Phone: ___________________________________ Email: ___________________________________  Plan a special thank you event for your bridesmaids. Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________ Name: ___________________________________ Contact: __________________________________ Phone: ___________________________________ Email: ___________________________________

Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________

 Confirm appointments with your hairdresser, makeup consultant & manicurist.

 Finalize plans for the rehearsal dinner.

Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________

Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________

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Wedding Checklist THREE WEEKS BEFORE YOUR WEDDING  Get your marriage license & put it in a safe place. Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________

 Check your wedding day transportation plans. Confirm addresses, times & number of passengers with provider. Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________

 Go for a final fitting of your gown & confirm that your bridesmaids and attendants have had their final fittings as well.

 Complete change of address forms at the post office. Inquire about change of name/address applications to update official documents after the wedding; credit cards, driver’s license, Social Security, etc.

Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________

Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________

 Finalize your menu selections & all other details with your caterer.

 Confirm with the photographer any formal or candid shots to be taken & any special locations preferred. Review the video plans with your videographer.

Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________

Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________

 Record your wedding gifts as they arrive. Use a guest list to stay organized. Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________  Write thank-you notes on a daily basis. Record them in your guest list. Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________  It’s time to finalize your seating plan & print guest placement cards. Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________  Double check the floral arrangements & delivery times with your florist. Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________

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TWO WEEKS BEFORE YOUR WEDDING  Pick up your wedding rings. Check to make sure engravings appears exactly as you requested. Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________  Begin packing for your honeymoon. Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________

ONE WEEK BEFORE YOUR WEDDING  Bride & Groom: review all final plans with your wedding consultant or adviser(s). Finalize any last minute details with your wedding professionals/vendors. Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________


Palm Beach BRIDES  Make arrangements to have a friend or family member deliver to your home or a safe place, wedding gifts that are brought to the reception. Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________  Confirm plans for the rehearsal dinner. Don’t forget to wrap & bring gifts for your attendants.

TWO DAYS BEFORE YOUR WEDDING  It has been traditional, that this is the day bachelor & bachelorette parties take place. Today, a combined party is hosted, creating one big party for all! Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________

Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________  Buy travelers checks & speak with your bank regarding conversion of dollars if traveling out of the country for your honeymoon. Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________ Name: ___________________________________ Contact: __________________________________ Phone: ___________________________________ Email: ___________________________________  Prepare checks to be written & ready to pay vendors per your contract/agreement. Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________  Finalize with your caterer the total number of guests per the RSVP’s received and the seating arrangements. Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________  Check that all guests visiting from out of town are set with hotel accommodations & transportation. See that everyone has maps & any phone numbers they might need. Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________

THE DAY BEFORE YOUR WEDDING  Relax & enjoy a massage, manicure & pedicure with your bridal party. Budget: ___________________________________ Notes: ____________________________________ ________________________________________ Make sure to go to bed early & get a good night’s sleep!

YOUR WEDDING DAY      

Don’t forget your marriage license! Remember to bring the Wedding Rings! Don’t forget the airline tickets! Bring the travelers checks & money for your honeymoon. Don’t forget your passports and visas. Remember your birth certificates, drivers license, credit cards, medications & anything else you may need.  Allow plenty of time for dressing, makeup & hair styling.  Allow ample time before the ceremony if you planned on having the photographer take pictures so that you are not rushed. Remember, this is your day, the result of all your dreams & plans. So relax & enjoy yourselves. Don’t worry about the little things. Cherish every moment & bask in the love and joy around you. This is the beginning of your new journey as Husband & Wife. Congratulations from all of us at Palm Beach Brides!

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