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Letter from the Editor Celebrations Ask the Experts Cover Shoot: Behind the Scenes The Wedding Checklist Our Favorite Things Style Your Engagement Shoot Like a Pro Saving the Dates in Style Get a Picture Perfect Photographer Timeless Weddings, Exquisite Details Boudoir Bridal Budgets Flower Girls and Ring Bearers Creating a Guest List Budget Friendly Facial Treatments Your Wedding Day Make Up Wedding Day Hair Do’s and Don’ts How to Carry a Bridal Bouquet Just a Cake? Rehearsal Dinners Ten Questions To Ask a Caterer Making Your Wedding a Little Bit Sweeter Cheers! Your Own Signature Cocktail Vendors: Why We Love Weddings Entertaining Out of Town Guests DIY: Wedding Favor Ideas Raise Your Glass: Toasts! Incorporating Your Cause The Great Getaway Murphy Moments to Avoid Father of the Bride Gift Etiquette: Giving, Receiving, Returning Thank You Cards Changing Your Last Name (Or Not)

Real Weddings! 20-21 Sara and Jeremy 36-37 Ali and Austin Center Sam and Sam 52-53 Karina and Paul 60-61 Jessica and Darryl 68-69 Courtney and Thomas 76-77 Niki and Dennis


Volume II, Issue 1: Published July 2012 Publisher Keela Johnson Assistant Publisher Brooke Johnson Editor Denise Tucker-Heidel Writer & Communications Specialist Meghan Corbett Advertising & Marketing Director Jennie Hess Advertising & Marketing Assistants Kelley Carnall • Brooke Johnson Contributing & Advertising Photographers CEM Photography Daryl Shaw Photography Jessica Marie Lifestyle Photography Liz Grogan Photography Logan Jarrard Photographer McCardell Photography One Shot Photography Real Life Photography Simply Southern Photography Other Photography Credited Accordingly Contributing Writers Kat Bodrie • Meghan Corbett • Martie Emory Jerry C. Heidel • Vonda Henderson Carolyn S. Peterson • Denise Tucker-Heidel Elisa Wallace • Susan Woodall Guest Contributors Ashley Hurst, Bella Upstyles Catered Affairs Christina Johnson, Creative Cake Designs Kat Mendenhall, Merry Making Events Melissa Sheets, Real Life Photography Graphic Design & Production Moonlight Designs, Inc. Printing Stone Printing Website Launch Media and Marketing Be sure to “like” our Facebook page Follow us on Pinterest and Twitter

That sparkling masterpiece located in our logo is a Henri Daussi pavé halo diamond engagement ring featuring a .50 Ct. Signature Daussi Cushion™ cut center diamond. A timeless piece of heirloom quality, this ring and matching wedding band are available at Windsor Jewelers. Volume II / Issue I

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ow! So many exciting things to talk about, I hardly know where to begin! First – we are excited to announce that Forsyth Woman Engaged! has joined the Triad Bridal Association! We are thrilled to be a part of a trusted resource to so many Triad-area couples planning their special day. We have also joined the non-profit organization, The Pink Initiative. The Pink Initiative is a group of wedding professionals who contribute a percentage of their profits to breast cancer research. If you are familiar with our sister-magazines, Forsyth Woman and Forsyth Family, you may be aware of our publications’ long-time advocacy for breast cancer awareness. We are delighted to be the first in our area to take part in The Pink Initiative, and hope others will join us in giving back to a worthy cause. And our big news: we are co-hosting a Bridal Show with BB&T Ballpark! This is going to be an event no bride will want to miss! Please see our ad on page 85 for details! As always, our magazine reflects the collaborative effort of our fabulous sales team, writers, designers, and advertisers. We’ve spent a lot of time since the last issue asking the question – how can we improve? We are constantly looking for ways to make our magazine better and we welcome your feedback and suggestions! Our goal is to bring fresh, innovative ideas to brides and grooms in our community while supporting the local wedding professionals who entrust us to share their products and services with our readers. Please be sure to let our advertisers know that you heard about them in Forsyth Woman Engaged! Congratulations on your engagement! Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your planning process!

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Congratulations to the couples recently married or engaged, whose photos appear on pages 6 and 7. Please email Denise at if you would like more information on how to submit your wedding picture for our Celebrations pages.

Our apologies! Our last issue of Forsyth Woman Engaged! incorrectly credited this photo. This gorgeous image was captured by Simply Southern Photography and the bouquet was designed by Amy Lynne Originals. Our sincere apologies for the mix-up!

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Matt & Caroline Johnson April 21, 2012 Leslie Koehn Photographic

Marquis Barnett & Deniece McCoy August 16, 2014 Shawna Robertson

Nicholas Lynch & Alicia James

Christian Covington & Candice Slate

June 20, 2013 Belinda Eldridge Photography

June 30, 2012 Almond Leaf Studios

Brock Jennings & Alice Hanes

Luke Mahon & Erica Nail

May 26, 2012 MiMi’s Photography

May 18, 2012 Lydia Smith Photography

Christopher & Sheldon Geis May 26, 2012

Mike Jefferson & Jennifer Welker May 5, 2012 Ariel Perez Photography

Todd James Willert & Katheryn Parker Neugent May 12, 2012 Images by Autumn

Steven & Christen Chambers December 3, 2011

Ask The Experts My fiancé and I and are on a tight budget so we've decided to keep this an adult-only event (no children). However, our decision is causing a rift in our families. We want a beautiful sit-down dinner, but we can't feed the children of all our family and friends, and we don’t think they'd even have fun. What should we do?


n the enclosed envelope, address only to those invited. When you include “The Reilly Family” you are encompassing the entire family whereas, instead, if you address and target specific people to attend the occasion, you are letting the recipient know that those, and only those, people are invited to the event.

See below for examples depending on formality: formal: Dr. and Mrs. Terrence Reilly and Adam Reilly (child) informal: Terrence, Carole and Adam If you don't include "and Family" or each child's name, you're implying that children are not invited. That being said, don't be surprised if some guests still mistakenly or intentionally assume their children are welcome to attend. If you're concerned this will happen with your guests, ask your immediate family, friends and bridal party to help spread the word that the wedding will be adults only. While at times uncomfortable, you may have to follow up with guests individually who don't get the message via phone or email to gently explain the situation.

I just got engaged and I want a small bridal party, limited to my sister and two closest friends. However, I'm feeling some pressure from my soon to be mother-in-law to ask my fiancé’s sister to also be a bridesmaid. Am I going to start my new marriage off badly if I don't ask my future sister-inlaw to be a bridesmaid?

There are two ways to approach this situation: 1. Avoid drama, conflict and arguments with your soon to be mother-in-law and ask your future sister-in-law to be a part of the wedding celebration. Not the answer you’re looking for, huh? 2. Involve your soon to be sister-in-law in another aspect of the ceremony, such as a reading, carrying of gifts, handing programs to guests, or signing the guest book.

Gauge from your fiancé if his sister, your future sister-in-law, would be hurt or offended if you didn’t include her in your wedding party. There have been many times when a friend asked me to play a smaller role in her wedding day and I was more than pleased to accept – especially since I wasn’t obligated to wear what oftentimes isn’t a dress “you can wear again.” If he’s adamant, I see no reason why one additional person would be a big deal if it appeases your future husband, motherin-law and sister-in-law. Pick your battles…there’s no sense in getting on your new family’s bad side on day one – there’s plenty of time for that! 8

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Cover Shoot: Behind the Scenes Our photographer and stylist getting every detail right!

The team from Bella Upstyles did more than just hair and make up!

Ashley Hurst of Bella Upstyles applies some finishing touches! 10

Our editor, Denise Tucker-Heidel, reviewing some of the candid pictures she took. Volume II / Issue I

S Kristin Johnson (left, The Perfect Pair Event Design & Coordination) and Jennie Hess (FWE’s Advertising and Marketing Director) look on as the photo shoot commences!

o much goes into planning a photo shoot. We have so many wonderful professionals to thank for their time, talents, and efforts! We especially want to thank the Millennium Center for allowing us to use their spectacular facility! Please be sure to read all about the Millennium Center in our cover story, starting on page 24 (see ad in the inside front cover).

Models • Susan Maier, a bride herself! • Allison David, bridesmaid • Vanessa Nazrala, bridesmaid • Johnathan Burch, the bartender

e following talented professionals really made our photo shoot spectacular! • Lisa Miller of Simply Southern Photography (see ad on page 23) • Ashley Hurst and team of Bella Upstyles (see ad on page 43) • Kristin Johnson of The Perfect Pair (see ad on page 9)

Our models’ dresses and tuxedo were provided by: • Wedding gowns by Dawn’s Bridal (see ad on page 33) • Bridesmaid dresses and tuxedo by Christopher’s Formal Wear (see ad on page 31)

Florals Lisa Miller of Simply Southern Photography discusses the plan of action with our bride.

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The Wedding Checklist O

nce you’ve chosen the date, the following serves as a general guideline for all the to-do’s as you count down to your wedding day!

10 – 12 months from the date

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Announce your engagement. Select an overall theme. Work on your guest list. Pick the time of day / night for the wedding. Secure a church and / or reception venue. Choose your bridal party. Determine your wedding budget. Hire a wedding planner. Make a list of vendors (florists, caterers, musicians, etc.) and begin scheduling appointments.

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8 – 10 months from the date • Begin shopping for a wedding dress. • Select bridesmaid dresses. • Sign contracts and make initial deposits to reserve vendors. • Select honeymoon destination and begin travel plans. • Have engagement pictures taken.

4 – 7 months from the date • Send ‘save the date’ notices. • Begin planning the rehearsal dinner. • Schedule appointments for week-of-thewedding beauty treatments. • Register for gifts. • Coordinate wedding transportation. • Select and order attire for the groom and groomsmen. • Purchase the wedding rings. • Reserve a block of rooms at a local hotel for out of town guests. • Buy wedding-party gifts. • Decide on and order wedding favors.

2 – 3 months from the date • Discuss photography wants with the photographer. • Discuss the menu with the caterer. • Meet with your wedding officiate to discuss ceremony details. • Write your vows, if you choose to write your own. 12

• Mail the wedding invitations. • Apply for marriage license up to 60 days prior to the wedding date.

1 month from the date • Schedule a final gown fitting. • Confirm that bridesmaids and groomsmen have the schedule of events. • Confirm arrival and delivery times from all of your vendors. • Have your wedding program printed. • Create welcome bags for out-of-town guests and deliver to the hotel. • Write thank you notes as you receive gifts. • Confirm attendance of guests who have not RSVP’d. • Provide caterer with the final head count.

Day of the wedding • Relax and enjoy your special day! Congratulations! For a more comprehensive and detailed wedding countdown, please visit Volume II / Issue I

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Our Favorite Things


ur team LOVES weddings and how there are so many opportunities to create a personalized day that is reflective of the couple. This issue, here are a few of our favorite things!


loves rose petal bouquets! With a little creative construction from your florist, a stunning bouquet can be fashioned from individual rose petals to create a super-sized rose that is a true showstopper!


has chosen creative, colorful wedding cakes! Brides who dare to step away from the traditional white tiered cake should think bold colors or polka dots! Find a look that mirrors your invitations or reflects the wedding’s colors.


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chose flower petal aisle runners for her favorite thing. Traditional aisle runners are a tripping hazard, but a lovely scattering of petals up either side of the aisle helps create boundaries (especially for outdoor weddings) and adds a lovely touch of elegance to the ceremony.

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loves the new trend of offering guests milk and cookies (or donuts!) at the end of the reception! It’s a great way to close the night, and send the subtle message to guests that it’s time to wrap things up.

Keela has chosen personalized vases for bridesmaids as her favorite thing! Let the vase pull double-duty as both a thank you gift for your best friends for helping out with the day, and a lovely container to keep their bouquets fresh during the reception. They’ll enjoy their bouquet beyond the wedding day and also think of you every time they enjoy fresh flowers in their home.

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loves sand vases in lieu of the unity candle. Choose sand that is reflective of your individual backgrounds and regions or simply your favorite colors! Have your officiate add a third sand in white to represent the foundation of your new marriage.

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Style Your Engagement Shoot Like A Pro By Kat Mendenhall, Merrymaking Events


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ngagement photo shoots are a wonderful way to commemorate your engagement and capture some stunning photos. To design unique photos, a couple should include elements that showcase who they are, what they love, and how they came to be. Here are some tips for a beautiful and easily styled engagement shoot. 1. Be a little unconventional. Think outside the box while selecting the perfect locations, outfits and props. 2. Understand your style and personality as a couple. Incorporate things, places or colors that mean something to you as a couple. Did you meet at a bookstore? Return there for some unique shots. 3. Use what’s available. If the carnival is in town, it could be the ideal setting for capturing the fun side of your relationship. Ferris wheel rides, sharing cotton candy, and all those lights and textures can be inspirational! 4. Pick a couple of different locations and outfits. A downtown train yard makes for some cool urban shots and a park setting would be perfect for a romantic picnic – do both. (With different outfits and props, of course.) 5. Use props to showcase your personality. Show what you love. If you love to go for bike rides, why not rent some classic bike cruisers and style your shoot around them? 6. Wear something you feel amazing in. As a general rule, solid colors appear better on film and are more flattering, as stripes and patterns draw attention away from your face. Pick something you LOVE and make sure it fits the setting! 7. Most importantly, remember not to take it too seriously. It is all about having fun and capturing the love you have on film. Volume II / Issue I







Saving The Date In Style By Meghan Corbett


o make your day complete, you need guests to celebrate with you and your beloved. In today’s busy world, everyone needs as much notice as possible‌enter the Save-the-Date card. Below are some ways to make sure your Save-the-Dates really make a statement:

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Sara Miller and Jeremy Stanley October 15, 2011


lthough Sara Miller and Jeremy Stanley became engaged in a rather long-distance location (dreamy Paris, France, complete with horsedrawn carriage and the Eiffel Tower as a backdrop), they married close to home. Having grown up in Advance, Sara knew she wanted a local wedding where families and friends could celebrate with them. The two envisioned something fun, classic and elegant, but certainly not stuffy. So following the ceremony at Mocks United Methodist Church in Advance, guests ventured to the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts in Winston-Salem – a venue that Sara and Jeremy chose for its eclectic feel. Throughout the celebration – with its bright pink, black and white color scheme – Sara incorporated a little of the past, present and future. Jeremy’s groom’s cake, served at the rehearsal dinner, depicted a leather suitcase with logos for UNC, Paris and Hawaii (his school, where he proposed and where the two honeymooned.) Instead of a traditional gift registry, they also invited guests to donate to a scholarship fund for nurse anesthesia students, which is Sara’s field. Guests were greeted at the arts center with a cocktail hour and a lavish buffet. A cupcake tower, in shades ranging from white to bright pink and flavors like red velvet and white chocolate raspberry, was the sweet centerpiece of the reception. From Sara’s beautiful gown, which friends noted suited her to 20

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perfection, to the diverse dance music at the reception (their first newlywed dance was to “Amazed” by Lonestar), Jeremy and Sara made every element a personal expression of their funloving nature. As a now “seasoned” bride, Sara offers sage advice: listen to suggestions, but let the decisions ultimately be your own … so that your once-in-a-lifetime event is what you and your fiancé really want. For Sara and Jeremy, their planning and creativity paid off with a dream wedding that featured only one glitch: at the end of the ceremony the minister forgot to have the groom kiss his bride. Jeremy quickly noticed the omission and interjected, “I have been waiting all day for this!” He got his kiss, of course, along with a perfect day to begin a new life with Sara! This wedding included the following Forsyth Woman Engaged advertising partners: A&A Disc Jockey (ad page 79) Bella Upstyles (ad page 43) Beverly’s of Midway (ad page 47) McCardell Photography (ad page 39)

Get A Picture Perfect Photographer!

• Do your research. Check out photographers from local bridal magazines. Ask friends for recommendations. Look at some of your recently married friends' albums. Go online and check websites. • After you have narrowed down your list, make appointments to visit the different photographers. Make sure you are on the same page and feel comfortable with this professional.

By Susan Woodall • You may choose to have one photographer for an engagement session and another for your wedding. This may cost a little more, so do your homework. • Unless you are able to cut something else back, remember to keep to your budget. Most photographers offer packages of different sizes and price points. • If there are special photographs you want to make sure you have, make a list for your photographer. They do not know that it is important for you to have a picture of Mr. and Mrs. John Doe unless you tell them. • Just because your friend/relative has a great camera, it does not make them a professional!


or most couples their beautiful, well-planned, anticipated wedding day goes by in a blur. Thank goodness they will have pictures to remember that very special time. There are several things most couples need to consider when choosing the photographer.

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Timeless Weddings, Exquisite Details By Denise Tucker-Heidel

Photos by Simply Southern Photography


hen it comes to venues that offer timeless beauty and exquisite details, couples would be hard pressed to find a venue as perfect as Winston-Salem’s own Millennium Center. Located at West Fifth Street and Liberty, the Millennium Center has been at the heart of WinstonSalem since 1914.

The Millennium Center is the perfect location for brides and grooms planning any wedding style, including speakeasy chic to modern sophisticate to classic southern charm. This historic landmark offers three different floors for couples and can accommodate parties of 50 to 500 guests on any floor.

When Greg Carlyle purchased the Millennium Center in 1994, he wanted to renovate it as a special events center, as well as preserve the original character of the building. He originally envisioned the space as a venue for corporate events and nonprofit galas, but when friends asked to use the facility for their wedding, a whole new door was opened. “We didn’t go looking for the wedding industry, the wedding industry came looking for us,” said Carlyle. And has it ever! Since 1994, the Millennium Center has played host to over 500 wedding celebrations, not to mention rehearsal dinners and other prewedding festivities!

The lower level is perfect for thematic weddings, especially for couples embracing vintage fabulous. An environment that speaks to another era, the space has brick walls, columns, and arched doorways. Get married in the Garden Room, have cocktails in the bar and game room, and dinner and dancing in The Speakeasy. The main level is where history meets sophisticated chic. The Grand Lobby features beautiful, soaring ceilings with intricate plaster relief details, gorgeous marble walls and terrazzo floors. Enter the Millennium Ballroom with hardwood floors, high ceilings

and giant arched windows. The space can be right-sized for your event. The top floor boasts stunning woodworking, a gorgeous view of the city skyline, and will soon feature botanical gardens. Get married in The Courtroom, have dinner and drinks overlooking the city, and then head back to the Courtroom, which will have been “flipped” to an awesome dance party environment while you and your guests were feasting. Each level of the Millennium Center features its own ceremony site, bride and groom’s rooms, cocktail area, and dining room. The hardest choice will be choosing which level! Planning a wedding at the Millennium Center also means one-stop-shopping. The Millennium Center offers award winning catering with experienced staff. Amenities include tables and chairs, linens, fine china, silver, and glassware. Optionally, brides may utilize chocolate and champagne fountains as elegant additions to their celebration. The Millennium Center also offers full concert-grade audio and visual services. Couples planning their day at the Millennium Center won’t be met with a list of “you can’t do that” rules. Greg Carlyle and his team operate under the philosophy that, “if you can dream it, we can do it,” and they believe that it’s not just the space that is being rented, but a full-service venue. Mr. Carlyle tells brides, “All you need to bring is your cake, photographer, band or DJ. We can cover the rest.” The Millennium Center’s team specializes in attention to detail and

Mr. Carlyle says, “We are always watching for opportunities to exceed our client’s expectations. We want to help them create breathtaking events.” Dozens of accolades pour into the Millennium Center after each event, with feedback including, “I can’t say enough about the ease of coordinating our event!” and “Thank you for all you did to make my dream wedding come true!” and “I wish I had another daughter so I can do it again!” The Millennium Center was recently designated as “Best of the Knot” for 2012 and won the Readers’ Choice award for NC for WeddingWire. Greg Carlyle spent the last 35 years working in production and design in the fashion industry and he’s carried the skills he honed through the years to the Millennium Center. And at the Millennium Center, the motto is “Let Us Set the Stage For Your Event.” It’s sure to be a showstopper.



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ooking for a gift that will knock his socks off and leave you feeling gorgeous? Surprise him with the gift of BOUDOIR. Boudoir has gained popularity in the past two years but most of us have no idea what it is. Simply put, boudoir is a photography session that showcases you in a sultry or playful mood. Don't worry – having a super-model's figure is not required. A good photographer will know how to highlight your assets and make you look your best. Most photographers include retouching in the cost of your session, and if they don't, ask if it is offered. Need inspiration? The internet is full of ideas and Pinterest is a good place to start. Collaborate with your photographer to choose your location – boudoir isn't only for the studio. Keeping an open mind means you may find yourself in a field of daisies, or in a swanky hotel room for your shoot. This is a perfect time to let your imagination run wild. Ready to unleash your inner bombshell? Take these steps to make it happen: • Seek a photographer that is experienced in shooting boudoir. • Look for lingerie or clothes that you feel good in. • Bring a playlist of your music that you can groove to. • Remove tight fitting garments two hours before the session. • Treat yourself to having your hair, makeup and nails done by a professional. • Don't forget shoes, jewelry, and stockings – think stilettos and pearls!

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Bridal Budgets One Shot Photography

By Vonda Henderson “I am the father of the bride. I write checks.” Those are lines from a recent radio ad. Very catchy, but not necessarily so these days. Sharing wedding expenses among the families of the bride and groom, as well as the wedding couple, are fairly typical. • Soon after the engagement announcement, discuss and agree on what type of wedding you both want – formal, informal, outside, in church, etc.

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• Once you have agreed on the wedding style, work out a preliminary wish list. While this may sound too much like business versus wedding planning, realistic planning and budgeting will save stress and nerves down the road for you and your families. • Meet with your families to review the plans. Ask if they would like to contribute. Ideally, you probably already know the answer, but asking is always appreciated. • Perhaps one parent or a close friend has an interest in a particular part of your wedding and offers that service as a gift. Lucky you! • Finances are a sensitive subject. Use discretion in discussing who is paying for what or how much one parent is contributing to the wedding. • Budgeting and finances are part of wedded life. Practice those skills and plan a memorable wedding! 30

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eciding on your wedding party is a very important task during the wedding planning process, but it is important not to get caught up in the moment. Think about each and every person you ask‌most importantly, think about the pros and cons of including young children in the ceremony. Pros: You will be including family such as nieces, nephews and young cousins. Guests will enjoy seeing the young faces in fancy attire coming down the aisle. Children often add humor to the sometimes stressful day. Cons: Children are unpredictable. You may have to deal with overbearing parents. The bride and groom may be overshadowed by a spunky, attentionseeking youngster. If you choose to let the ring bearer carry the rings, you may never see them again. After thinking over the pros and cons, remember that this is your day, and you should do what feels right to you, not what others may want.

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Creating A Guest List A Formula for Budgeting Your Wedding


ometimes a guest list seems to write itself. If it doesn’t (and you’re on a budget), follow these guidelines.

By Kat Bodrie

Size. In general, how many guests do

related items—save-the-dates, invitations, food and drinks, entertainment, cake, and take-home gifts? Create a shared spreadsheet on Google Docs to track your ideal and actual costs.

you and your fiancé want—15-30? 50-100? 100+?

Price priorities. What guest-related items are most important to you? If you want a huge wedding on a budget, you can cut costs by looking for bargains on items that aren’t at the top of your priority list.

Price. How much are you and your fiancé willing to spend on guest-

Flexibility. How flexible are you and your fiancé with size and price?

Guest list decisions. Are extended family members, significant others, and children invited?

Guest list priorities. Be honest with yourself about the closeness and importance of your relationships. Make three lists: Have to Invite, Would Love to Invite, and Would Like to Invite. Consider sending the lists to your fiancé, parents, and fiancé’s parents for feedback. Remember, though—this is your wedding, so don’t feel obligated to invite anyone you don’t want to be there.


Smooth ruffled feathers. If you feel you might offend someone by not inviting them, explain the situation by phone or in person. Most will understand if price and size are issues. Send announcements to the uninvited after the wedding, and include a statement like, “Our only regret is that we were unable to invite all the family and friends who are so important to us.” Volume II / Issue I

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Ali McNeil and Austin Speas August 20, 2011


hat do chalkboards, mason jars, zinnias and a summer sunset have in common? Each was a part of Ali (McNeil) and Austin Speas’ August 2011 wedding. “Our wedding location was Kyle Petty’s Adaumont Farm in Thomasville, NC. The farm had a beautiful lakeside location for the ceremony and a reception barn complete with a wrap around porch, rockers and sunset views. As soon as we saw it, we knew this was our place” recalled Ali. Ali and Austin carried the simplicity of the country throughout the wedding with brightly colored zinnias and two very unique touches. “Instead of wedding programs, we wrote the order of the ceremony, as well as the reception menu, on a chalkboard. We also used mason jars as centerpieces and as the glassware for our reception, offering them as the guests’ favors. The feel of our wedding was relaxed, which made the day enjoyable for us and our guests. With just four months to plan the wedding, since Austin is in the military, our families, friends and wedding coordinator Cathy Nifong were instrumental in making it happen so quickly. Everything came together so well, from my stylists, Cindy Benson and Morgan Gower, to the catering by Pepper Moon Catering, to the wedding cupcakes by Fancy Pastry, to the music at the wedding and reception by Chloe Everhart and Jay Bowman, respectively. Our wedding was wrapped around us; we didn’t do anything that didn’t represent who we are as a couple. It was a wonderful time,” Ali said.

This wedding included the following Forsyth Woman Engaged advertising partners: Dawn’s Bridal (ad page 33) Jessica Marie Photography (ad page 71)

Budget Friendly Facial Treatments By Elisa Wallace


nvitations sent. Dress bought. Wedding planned. With the stress that comes with a wedding, a bride can forget about something important: her skin. For the money savvy bride, her own kitchen can provide the ingredients to make her skin radiant. Try these masks, once a week, for glowing bridal skin! • Tightening Egg White Mask All you need are eggs. Separate egg whites out. Beat until frothy. Apply egg white to clean skin. Wash away with cold water. Enjoy tighter skin. • Moisturizing Avocado Mask Avocados aren't only good on a salad. Mash up half an avocado with half a banana. Add two tablespoons of plain yogurt and one teaspoon of olive oil. Mix well. Apply. Keep on 30 minutes. Wash with cold water for luxuriously soft skin. • Exfoliating Oatmeal Mask Oatmeal can be a great exfoliating ingredient. Juice one lemon, adding juice to blender. Add a medium tomato and two tablespoons of oatmeal. Blend until a smooth paste. Apply onto face until dries. Wash away with cool water. Enjoy incredibly smooth skin. Also remember that, for hydrated skin, drinking at least two liters of water a day and eating a healthy, balanced diet is key. Wedding day skin really can be as easy as walking to the kitchen! Volume II / Issue I

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Your Wedding Day Make-Up By Vonda Henderson

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our wedding day is a day you will always remember. Your “look” will be captured forever in pictures and videos. When planning your make-up, follow these tips!



• Have a facial or try a new make-up line right before your big day, especially if you have sensitive skin.

• Select someone skilled in applying make-up. A beauty consultant familiar with your skin and your likes would be an excellent choice.

• Decide to go for a smoky eye look for the first time, especially if you tend to rub your eyes. You don’t want to look like Rocky Raccoon’s sister!

• Have several trial make-up sessions. Document with pictures and write down all the products and colors used.

• Wear the latest shadow, lip color or trendy look, especially if your usual look is natural. Your groom should not be wondering what you did to yourself as you come down the aisle. 40

• Practice, especially if you’re using false eyelashes and you’ve never worn them before. • Be yourself. Look like yourself. Celebrate! It’s your wedding day! Volume II / Issue I

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Wedding Day Hair Do’s And Don’t’s By Ashley Hurst, Bella Upstyles


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ne of the biggest questions asked is why a bride should hire a professional to do her hair. The answer is that it is one less thing to be stressed about and one less thing you have to do on your wedding day. You

are able to relax and be pampered, resting assured that your hair will look amazing. Is it important to do a trial run? Yes! This is definitely one of the most important things for a bride to do. You want to make sure that you love your hair on your wedding day, so go ahead and meet with your stylist well before the event. The stylist is able to “learn” your hair and give you different style options to choose from, so that you can pick the style that best complements you and your dress – and, most importantly, that feels like you! Do's & Don’t's • Do pick a hairstyle that complements your face shape and works well with your hair texture, and that also complements your dress. • Don't have your hair dirty for the stylist – it is a big misconception that dirty hair can be more easily styled. The stylist would much rather have clean hair to work with because he or she can always put product in it to give it the texture needed. • Don't choose a style that you’re not 100% sure about and that you don't feel like is you. • Don't be afraid to think outside of the box and be more creative with your hair and makeup. Remember to have fun with it and to do something different than your everyday self!


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How To Carry A Bridal Bouquet

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By Carolyn S. Peterson

December 10, 2011


f all the things on a bride’s to-do list, you might not think knowing how to hold her bouquet would be one of them, but there is a proper way to do so.

• Have a graceful grasp No matter how nervous you may be, holding your bouquet is not the time to ‘white knuckle’ it. A graceful grasp on the bouquet is always the most feminine look.

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• Treat it as an accessory A bouquet is to be seen as an accessory to the dress itself, so treat it as so. Never hold the bouquet so high on your waist that it detracts from the detail of your dress. But most of all, after all is said and done, take time to ‘smell the roses.’ McCardell Photography

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• Find the front of the bouquet For the most part, this is usually self explanatory, especially if there is a bow or ornamentation. But if your bouquet is of the hand tied variety, rotate the bouquet until you see the best side and keep it angled outward, with placement at the waist.

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hen high school sweethearts Samantha Holt and Sam Cronin (aka “The Sams”) got engaged on November 20, 2010, they immediately knew they wanted a gorgeous, yet casual, wedding in their hometown of Winston-Salem. The bride, an employee of Google in San Francisco, and the groom, a soccer player for The San Jose Earthquakes, knew their transcontinental wedding would be a challenge to organize, so right away, they hired Rebecca Rose Events to facilitate the planning. The wedding weekend started with a fantastic rehearsal dinner at The Millennium Center. The bride was thrilled with the surprise Mardi Gras theme that her in-laws organized as an homage to her college days in New Orleans. With so many friends from so many areas of the country, it was a great way to start the festivities and bring several social-circles together! The wedding took place at WinMock at Kinderton. The couple felt that the recently restored barn was the perfect reflection of the style they wanted for their wedding – shabby chic, casual, yet elegant. And with the natural beauty of the venue, they didn’t need to worry about a lot of decorations! The bride dressed in a stunning strapless gown with a sweetheart neckline and beaded accents, and was accompanied by seven bridesmaids in fun, flirty black cocktail-style dresses. Samantha joined her groom and became Mrs. Cronin with her

childhood minister officiating the service. The couple wrote their own vows and after they were pronounced husband and wife, there were few dry eyes left in the room. And then the party began. The couple’s food selection were heavy hors d'oeuvres, including a brie and fruit platter, roasted vegetables, ham biscuits, chicken skewers, a pork tenderloin carving station, and a tribute to a favorite of them both – pimento cheese sandwiches. Though it was not a sit-down meal, no one went hungry. The newlyweds and their guests enjoyed a fantastic night of dancing, led by The Reality Show Band. The couple was thrilled with their entertainment selection as the band played a variety of tunes and encouraged their guests to have fun. In fact, the dance floor was never empty. The couple rested on Sunday before leaving for their honeymoon at an all-inclusive resort in the Dominican Republic. Samantha and Sam learned early on the importance of hiring vendors they trusted to make their special day the magical event they envisioned. They embraced the big picture, instead of getting mired down by the little details that can become overwhelming and, as a result, they spent their wedding day focused on being with their family and friends. It was the perfect wedding of their dreams.

is wedding included the following Forsyth Woman Engaged advertising partners: Amy Lynne Originals (ad page 51) Cake and All ings Yummy (ad page 73) Eye Heart Stationery (ad page 39) Logan Jarrard Photographer (ad page 55) Millennium Center (rehearsal dinner, ad inside front cover) Rebecca Rose Events (ad page 51) WinMock (ad page 9) Colors: Black with crimson red and ice-blue accents First Dance Song: “You Make It Real” by James Morrison

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Just A Cake? By Christina Johnson, Creative Cake Designs


lmost every wedding has a wedding cake, and one of the most important pictures during the celebration is the cake cutting. More and more, we’re seeing the cakes diplayed in the center of the dance floor as a centerpiece for all the guests to admire. It’s taken away right after the cake cutting, which can happen before the dancing starts. Now days, the sky’s the limit when it comes to your wedding cake design. With many talented cake artists out there, there’s no reason why you can’t have an incredible work of art displayed as part of the wedding décor. Many brides are even opting to do smaller display cakes with additional sheet cakes kept in the back to achieve that incredible centerpiece cake, without blowing their budgets. A common misconception is that if you have 150 guests, in all cases you will need 150 slices of cake. That’s not entirely true. If you are having your cut cake served on a buffet table for your guests to take, instead of the servers bringing a slice to each guest, you will not need as many slices. One

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thing to keep in mind is that not everyone takes a slice of cake. And in most cases, by the time cake is served, some people have even left the wedding. Why not use your budget to create that special cake you and your guests will forever remember instead of on a lesser detailed cake that yields more slices and will probably be leftover anyway? (Unless of course, you’d prefer a simpler, lesser detailed cake. Then, by all means, get what makes you happy.) You remember this special day for the rest of your life, so you tell me… should the wedding cake be considered just a cake?

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Rehearsal Dinners By Meghan Corbett • Instead of the typical “I’ve known the bride or groom since childhood…” toasts we’ve all heard a million times, try a roast of the bride and groom, but keep it fun. Nothing vulgar, obscure or embarrassing for anyone in attendance. A lighthearted joke or two can liven up an otherwise dull toast, but remember who’s paying for your dinner!


rehearsal dinner can be whatever you and your groom want it to be, regardless of the style of the wedding day. The most important part of a rehearsal dinner is having one, as it serves as a time to bring your closest friends and family together to celebrate in a more relaxed setting before the big day. Whether you decide to go with a 5-course menu or a backyard BBQ, here are a few suggestions to spice up any rehearsal dinner: Jessica Marie Photography

• If having an at-home dinner, such as a BBQ, be sure to include games around the yard for your guests. Think cornhole, ladder ball and darts…maybe even jazz it up by hiring a bartender to serve drinks on the porch. • Introduce your wedding party to your other guests. Include why they were chosen to be part of your special day…you can even hand out wedding party gifts at this time. • Consider having a slideshow complete with pictures submitted by parents, siblings and your wedding party. Just make sure someone previews before showtime to remove any inappropriate submissions!

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Karina Horeyseck And Paul Kaper

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May 22, 2011


hat do singer Sarah McLachlan, the city of Pittsburgh, PA, and a big oak tree at Tanglewood Park have in common? … The love story of Karina Horeyseck and Paul Kaper. Karina and Paul had a roundabout way of getting together with ‘chance’ meetings along the way. They began to date, leading to a shared love of the outdoors and an appreciation for music, when along came Sarah McLachlan, setting the theme of romance between the couple. “Although Paul didn’t listen to Sarah McLachlan very much, she was one of my favorite singers, so much to the point that Paul proposed to me at her Pittsburgh, PA concert. It was the best day of my life to that point,” recalled Karina. This couple took just 3 ½ months planning their wedding, but things more or less just fell into place. “We both grew up less than five minutes from Tanglewood Park, and we knew of the beautiful 200+ year old oak tree. We couldn’t think of a better place to begin our life together,” Paul said. The couple’s rehearsal lunch was held at River Birch Lodge, with a reception at Fabian’s restaurant, both highly recommended by Karina and Paul. Guests were given sprouted acorns from Red Oaks to remember the day. “Because the wedding was less than 30 guests, I thought I could handle all the details, but I soon realized there was more involved than I had thought, so Becca Atchison was invaluable and made the journey to the day so much fun!” said Karina. This wedding included the following Forsyth Woman Engaged advertising partners: Amy Lynne Originals (ad page 51) Rebecca Rose Events (ad page 51) Tanglewood (ad page 51)

Ten Questions To Ask A Caterer

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ne of the biggest decisions in the wedding planning process is which caterer to use for the rehearsal dinner, reception and other wedding-related events. Jack and Pam Welker of Catered Affairs at Deacon Tower recommend asking these questions of potential caterers. 1. Are you licensed and insured? Many caterers work out of their own home kitchens, and they’re sometimes cheaper. Beware! Home-based caterers frequently are not licensed or insured. 2. Should I compare caterers? Yes! If you buy a new car, you usually shop several dealerships. Do the same with your caterer (make sure you’re comparing “apples to apples,” which is more difficult with food than cars). 3. What does the estimated price include? Make sure the estimate includes food, servers, bartenders, china and linens. Many brides and grooms are disappointed when they receive a bill for “extras.” 4. How will the wait staff dress? Some caterers save money by hiring temp help. Make sure the servers are professional and dress in appropriate uniforms. Simply Southern Photography

5. How and where will the food be prepared? Under North Carolina law, food must be prepared in a health inspected kitchen. Make sure the food will be delivered to your event site on time and served at the right temperature. 6. Can you provide references? If the caterer does a good job, couples from past wedding events are usually anxious and willing to serve as references (ask for three). 7. Is there a cake cutting fee? Couples sometimes want to bring their cake from an outside bakery. Make sure your caterer doesn’t have a hidden “cake cutting fee” (many caterers charge $2 a slice). 8. Do you charge for clean up? Another common “hidden fee” is for clean up after your wedding event. Your caterer should be fully responsible for cleaning the facility. 9. Do you provide a tasting opportunity? There’s no better indicator about the quality of the food than eating it yourself! Most caterers will gladly show off their culinary and serving skills by providing a free pre-event tasting. 10. What time will you arrive to cater my reception? The caterer should be familiar with the site prior to the reception date and arrive no later than two hours prior to the start time on the day of the event For more information or to talk to Catered Affairs, please visit or call (336) 759-0003. Volume II / Issue I

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Making Your Wedding A Little Bit Sweeter By Carolyn S. Peterson


eddings are full of sweet times and sweet things; from the little flower girl holding hands with the ring bearer, to the ceremony, to all that candy at the reception. Yes, I said candy! Today’s brides are choosing to have a complete table, or a buffet, of nothing but candy, many times alongside a chocolate fountain.

Don’t Get Skimpy Between 7-10 different types of candy are suggested and don’t skimp; too many candies aren’t a problem, but too few are…

Decisions, Decisions… To choose the candy for your bar, sit down and make a list of candies both you and your fiancé like. You can also take the color scheme of your wedding into consideration with sweets in your special color.

Who doesn’t like a chocolate fountain? Even though you choose a candy buffet, that doesn’t mean that a chocolate fountain is out of the picture. Everyone loves to ‘take a dip’ in chocolate with fruit or some good pound cake!

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‘Can I get that to go?’ To give your guests a little reminder of the great time they had, give them little baggies to take some candy to go.

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Cheers! Your Own Signature Cocktail T

oasting your new marriage – and future happiness – is one of the most fun and festive moments of your wedding reception. No matter what your style of celebration, you can personalize the moment by serving a “signature” cocktail. Finding the perfect drink to pass takes just a little creativity: a drink reminiscent of your first date, something that hints of your honeymoon destination (a little Jamaican rum, perhaps?) or simply a favorite libation you two like to sip on weekends. Some tips to keep in mind:

• If you’re on a budget, offer your signature drink during the cocktail hour and only wine with dinner. • Choose something that blends with your color scheme – complete with fresh flower garnishes. • Keep it simple by serving champagne cocktails. Classics are always in vogue! • Staging a summertime or beach celebration? Serve a fruity punch in coconut shells. • Marrying in fall or winter? Consider festive apple cider with brandy or a tempting eggnog. • Celebrate with meaning. In Greek mythology the pomegranate represented fertility and the bonds of marriage. Serve a delightful pomegranate champagne or Superfruit Sangria (see recipe) with pomegranate liqueur. • Be prepared with a non-alcoholic version of your cocktail for guests who don’t drink. • Don’t forget the monogrammed cocktail napkins! • Create a presentation. Opt for cute labels like, “Jane and Jon’s Favorite Tropical Treat.”

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Superfruit Sangria 1.5 oz. Veev Clear Spirit 3 oz. pomegranate liqueur 1 oz. cranberry juice Red wine Fresh fruit garnish Fill pitcher halfway with ice. Add all ingredients and stir well.

The Fiancé Cocktail 2 oz. Hendrick’s Gin ½ oz. Elderflower syrup Splash of Moet et Chandon Champagne Stir all in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a chilled champagne flute. Garnish with fruit.

Sealed with a Kiss 2 oz. Godiva chocolate liqueur 1.5 oz. vodka Hershey’s Kiss Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and pour into chilled cocktail glasses with one Hershey’s Kiss resting on the bottom! Photos by One Shot Photography

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Jessica McKinney And Darryl Lane April 28, 2012


n 2011, Darryl Lane, a WinstonSalem native, was working on teller equipment at a bank where Jessica McKinney, an “island girl at heart” (she has lived throughout the Pacific), was an administrative assistant. Sparks flew, and after dating for five months, Darryl proposed on the beach at sunrise, but “we couldn’t see the sunrise due to wildfire smoke,” said Jessica. Their wedding was even more memorable and perfect. Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden was “a beautiful venue, the perfect size” for more than 125 guests. Jessica’s craft skills gave their black, white, and green wedding a personal flair. Because the couple likes wine, she pasted the dinner menu on the side of green wine bottles and wrapped fabric-covered pipe cleaners around the tops to hold table numbers. She wrapped ribbon around trios of wine corks to act as escort cardholders. “I used a lot of recycled materials,” said Jessica. She 60

also started early and completed most of the decorations a month before the wedding so she “wouldn’t have to worry about tedious things when family came into town.” The island theme also worked its way in. During the ceremony, the couple poured black and white sand from two smaller, embellished vases into a larger one. Darryl’s titanium ring features an inlay with a rare type of wood from Hawaii. As favors, guests received cake boxes for pieces of the traditional wedding cake and four dessert cakes, all by Cake and All Things Yummy. In lieu of traditional wedding gifts, the couple asked guests to donate to their adoption fund so Darryl could adopt Jessica’s four-year-old daughter Kailani, who was the flower girl. Jessica advises brides to “Determine how important things are at your wedding and spend more on those. For us, it was food (by Visions Catering) and entertainment (by KickVolume II / Issue I

It Productions).” She adds, “If you don’t like event planning or don’t have experience, get a coordinator.” Her experience as an administrative assistant made her the perfect planner for her own wedding. This wedding included the following Forsyth Woman Engaged advertising partners: Cake and All Things Yummy (ad page 73) Dawn’s Bridal (ad page 33) Imagine Flowers (ad page 9) Liz Grogan Photography (ad page 57) Paul J. Ciener Botanical Gardens (ad page 59)

Vendors: Why We Love Weddings

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“I have always had a passion for formal wear since I was a little girl. After 20 years of assisting brides in the planning of their weddings, I advise brides to enjoy the engagement time and to show appreciation for the friends and family around you who are a help to you in your wedding endeavors. An attitude of gratitude goes a long way in relationships beyond the wedding.” ~Lisa Groce, Christopher’s Formal Wear

“Weddings are such an extraordinary expression of the couple getting married. I love the manifestation of tradition, creativity, and love that is demonstrated in every detail of the event. I recommend that brides season their weddings with their personality. An event that is a reflection of the bride and groom is so much more memorable than a cookie-cutter wedding. If you are an aficionado of vintage décor, consider a historical location for your reception or add a touch of personalized elegance with antique brooches on napkins. Love animals? A donation to the local humane society or rescue organization in lieu of favors is a great way to show what you are passionate about.” ~Kristin Johnson, Broyhill Historic Events Center

“Who doesn't love a wedding? Weddings are a new beginning and a start to two people’s lives together! It reflects the personality and style of the bride and groom. Helping plan the wedding cake is such a happy time and we LOVE being a part of that! When it comes to your wedding cake, go with what YOU want! When selecting your cake flavors, get what you like and don't try to please your guests! We can guarantee no one will complain about the CAKE! Your flavor choices and cake decoration will reflect you and your groom.” ~Renna Welborn, Ketchie Creek Bakery 62

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“We love weddings because it allows us the opportunity to see the interaction and magic that happens between the newly bonded families in a way that others may not get a chance to see. We also have the honor of being a part of the celebration instead of watching everything and everyone from a distance. The best part of all is the excitement, happiness and love that we see and feel from the guests, that reminds us of our own special celebration twenty-five years ago.” ~Angie and Dale Holcomb, Prints Charming Photobooth

“As a hairstylist and make-up artist, I enjoy making the most important day of a young woman’s life the ‘BEST.’ I advise my brides to be patient and enjoy this experience, from the beginning until the ‘I-do's,’ because it will go by in a hurry.” ~Neil Combs, Hair by Neil

“The movie ‘27 Dresses’ has my name written all over it, except Katherine Heigl played me! I was 9 when I attended my first wedding, and I was 12 when I helped plan my aunt's wedding. I loved going to every appointment, picking out her dress, helping with the seating chart, and creating a menu! I breathe design, eat creativity and just adore couture. When I see the groom's reaction of seeing the bride come down the aisle, it’s as if an angel has appeared ~ to experience that ... is why I love weddings! I would advise a bride that right after getting engaged, her first step before hiring any vendor, looking at a venue, or choosing a date is to work on the guest list! A guest list can determine how much a bride is willing to spend on the venue, or how many chairs, tables, linens, centerpieces, invitations, etc., are needed. By creating your guest list first, not only will it be your guide throughout your planning process, but your wedding will be shared with equal love and equal happiness!” ~Shaunda Eggleston, E’Magine Weddings and Events 63

Entertaining Out of Town Guests By Denise Tucker-Heidel


hile the big day is really all about you and the groom, you’re also going to be playing hosts to your guests, including out of town guests who may have no idea what to do in their down time. Here are some ideas to help your out of town guests feel right at home while they are in town: • Reserve a block of rooms at a hotel that is centrally located to your wedding and reception venues. • Prepare welcome bags with bottled water, a snack, a wedding itinerary, and of course, copies of Forsyth Woman and Forsyth Family magazines! Include a handwritten note of welcome in addition to a list of great, locally owned restaurants. Stop by the Visitor’s Center and pick up pamphlets of area attractions. Leave the bags at the hotel’s front desk for guests to pick up at check-in.

• Book tickets for a tour of Old Salem (see ad on page 65) or tour the gardens at Paul J. Ciener Botanical Gardens (see ad on page 59). • Schedule a meet and mingle at the hotel! This will give your out of town guests an opportunity to meet other traveling guests and get to know a few friendly faces before the wedding! If you aren’t able to attend, perhaps your parents and soon-to-be in-laws could attend on your behalf. • Consider a morning-after brunch! You’ll have more time to catch up with the guests who traveled to be a part of your big day. Also, be sure to talk to every guest at the wedding, whether they traveled or not. If they took the time to be a part of your special day, be sure to acknowledge it and thank them for coming.

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DIY: Wedding Favor Ideas By Denise Tucker-Heidel


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avors can get expensive and when budgets are tight, it may seem an impractical notion. But they are a lovely acknowledgement that couples can offer their guests as a small memento of thanks for joining them on their wedding day! Consider these inexpensive, DIY alternatives to tchotchkes that may be left behind or never used.

• Are you coffee drinkers? Pick up some of your favorite beans at your favorite local coffee shop, bag them in cute mini-burlap bags tagged with “The Perfect Blend” or “Love is Brewing.” • We loved one bride’s idea of using Mason jar drinking glasses as the dual purpose of table setting and favor! • If you feel you have the time, bake cookies or cake pops packaged with a tag that reads “Sweets from the Sweethearts.”

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• For a cooking DIY that you can prepare way in advance, consider homemade jam made from locally grown berries. • Create “Mint For Each Other” packets filled with buttercream mints. • In a cellophane bag, include two graham crackers, marshmallows, and a mini Hershey bar. Optional: include a mini tea-candle and a pack of matches. Tag them with “S’More Love!” Volume II / Issue I




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lthough U.S. Navy officer Thomas Wileman was deployed during much of the planning stage, he knew the details of his wedding day were in the creative hands of his fiancée, Courtney Etchison. Engaged for slightly over a year, the two planned to marry in Clemmons, where she was born and raised and he spent much of his youth. Their dream day – vows at Clemmons First Baptist Church and reception at The Broyhill Center – would be traditional all the way, but with a vintage twist, and with what Courtney describes as a “garden feel” to it. She chose spring bouquets of mixed colors for a “just-picked” look that complemented midori green chiffon bridesmaids’ dresses and her father, a landscape designer, added his touch of elegant lighting to the venue’s charming courtyard. (The couple also stole a few moments together during the night for a slow dance in that courtyard!) Since family and tradition are major factors in their lives, the bride and groom added many touches to honor both. Thomas wore his dress blues for the occasion and they cut their wedding cake with his uncle’s Navy sword. Courtney’s bouquet was adorned with her grandmother’s brooch and wrapped with lace from her mother’s wedding dress, perfectly accenting her elegant strapless gown. As a creative personal touch, photos of the bride and groom through the years were displayed around the venue and, since both are Volume II / Issue I

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photo enthusiasts, they added the fun of a photo booth where guests could attach photo strips from the evening to the couple’s guest book and also keep them as favors, along with handmade wildflower seed bags. Southern home cooking was the menu theme, Krispy Kreme doughnuts concluded the night as a tribute to the South and to their home state, and the dance floor was kept full – just as they had envisioned – with a colorful mix of dance music, craziness and fun. Home, for now, is Norfolk, Virginia, where they can begin creating new, romantic traditions all their own!

Raise Your Glass: Toasts! A By Denise Tucker-Heidel

rrgh! Public speaking for some is the equivalent of having bamboo shoots shoved into their fingernails, but a couple of tips will help keep wedding-day toasts from becoming awkward, embarrassing, or just plain boring. For the bride and groom: • Prepare a list ahead of time of who is giving toasts and make sure the DJ or best man knows the identity, as well as the order, of the speakers. • If you have a lengthy list of toast-givers, consider having toasts given at the rehearsal dinner instead, as it’s generally a smaller, more intimate setting. • Schedule toast time for before or after the cake cutting, or perhaps after the meal. • If you plan to toast with a specific drink, i.e., the traditional champagne, make sure your caterer and wait staff know ahead of time when to begin circulating with the chosen beverage. For those giving a toast: • Keep it personal, but not too personal. This isn’t the time to reminisce about frat-party stories that may embarrass the bride or groom, or cause them to blush in front of their new in-laws. • Be yourself; don’t worry about being a comedian. You’re there to share your feelings, not to entertain the group. A heartfelt toast is more meaningful than a comedy routine that falls flat. • Toasts should be limited, and no more than three minutes long.

• Avoid “stage fright” by focusing on the couple, not the whole room. • Feel free to borrow romantic quotes, song lyrics, or a poem. • At the conclusion of your toast, raise your glass as a cue to the other wedding guests that it is time to drink to the joyful couple and their happiness. 70

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• Write some notes to reference if you worry about forgetting what you want to say.

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Incorporating Your Cause By Susan Woodall


hese days, many engaged couples are privileged to have several parties and showers thrown in their honor. A number of these couples have been on their own for several years and have accumulated most of the household goods they need. In these and other instances, the couple may choose to request other options that still allow guests to "gift" them, but also benefit others. • For the couple whose lives have been touched by an illness, they may wish to have donations made to help with research in hopes of one day eradicating the disease. This idea could be applied to any charity that prefers monetary gifts. So, invitations to a shower or party could be worded in a way to let guests know the couple's desire to have a contribution to that cause.

provide a gift, such as chocolates (check out, tied with a ribbon letting the guests know that a donation has been made to a charity embraced by the newlyweds. • Giving to something near to your heart will make your special day even more memorable to you, your guests, and to the beneficiaries of your generosity. The Knot website offers many suggestions, or search the Internet under "wedding favors for charity" for more options.

• If the couple has a special charity, such as an animal shelter, a homeless shelter, a children's center, etc., that needs certain material goods, guests could donate items from a list included with the party invitation. Causes can inform you of what their specific needs are. • For the couple that would like to present their guests with a tangible favor at their wedding reception, there are web sites that 72

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hen it’s time to bid farewell after your reception, you’ll want a memorable send-off, which also makes for a fabulous photograph! But first, check with your reception venue for regulations on what you can and cannot toss. With traditional rice thought to be hazardous for birds – and slippery for guests – consider these other festive options: • Fill paper cones or moss baskets with pretty rose petals for tossing.

• Bubbles are a popular alternative to rice as they don’t require cleanup afterwards – but be aware that they can stain the fabric of your gown. • Arrange for the release of white doves as you wave goodbye to your guests. • If you have wedding musicians available, have them present a trumpet salute as you exit the reception.

• For a summer wedding, consider environmentally friendly confetti or streamers.

• For absolutely no worries about cleanup, have your guests ring small wedding bells as you two leave (and remember you can also have bells on your reception tables for guests to ring throughout the evening when they want the bride and groom to kiss!).

• Marrying at night? Have your guests hold lighted sparklers as you rush to the going-away car – which also makes a dramatic shot for your photographer!

• We’ve seen a snow machine actually blow snow at the newlyweds as they left a December reception … think about creating your own winter wonderland!

• Have your guests sprinkle lavender along your path as a sign of long-lasting romance.

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or Niki (Weston) and Dennis Farlow, making their wedding special meant keeping family and a shared love of nature as the common threads throughout their ceremony. “Our families are very important to us, as is our shared love of gardening and flowers. Dennis and I were the third generation of his family to marry at our church’s sanctuary, College Place UMC, which is 111 years old. At our reception, we combined family and friends with nature by having our guests write their well wishes to us and tie them on a crepe myrtle, now planted at our home, a daily reminder of our wonderful day,” said Niki. Continuing with the family ties, the couple decided to honor their family members who have battled with cancer, including Niki’s father, with donations to the American Cancer Society as their guests’ favors. “We wanted to give something that would make a difference to our guests to thank them for the parts they’ve played in our lives. As I look back, Dennis and I made our wedding just that, our wedding, with vintage touches like leaving the wedding in a 1949 Cadillac, a homemade cake topper from Etsy and antique cake plates used as centerpieces. Along with our coordinator, Ann Jones, everyone from Anton’s Cellar, where we held the rehearsal dinner, to Simply Southern Photography, to our reception caterer, Culinary Visions, to our florist, Bloemenbinder, to Maxie B’s who made our wedding cake, to DJ Mike Harding… each made our day so special. With our first anniversary coming up on June 11th, Dennis and I have great memories and we wouldn’t change a thing about the day,” Niki recalled.


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Murphy Moments to Avoid urphy’s Law states that anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. And usually, Murphy has a way of showing up when least expected. Below are some Murphy wedding moments every bride hopes to avoid.


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• During the “Does anyone object?” moment, someone clears his throat – loudly. • The Mother of the Bride and Mother of the Groom are wearing the same gown and are glaring across the aisle. • Your dad steps on your veil and rips it as he’s taking his seat. • Several of your wedding party have forgotten to flex their knees during the service and are falling over like tree trunks. • Your flower girl has decided to save time by carrying the basket in her teeth, throwing rose petals with both hands for all she’s worth. • Speaking of children, there’s a rising crescendo of wailing making it hard to hear anything but “I want my mommy,” who happens to be a bridesmaid and can do nothing but hope somebody – anybody – will take the baby outside – soon! • And the big one, you’re notified that your wedding is going to be featured on America’s Funniest Videos. (Hey, look on the bright side; maybe you’ll win the grand prize!) 78

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Father Of The Bride By Jerry C. Heidel


hen my one and only daughter Lia went with my wife of 42 years to pick out a wedding dress, my wife returned home and began describing the dress to me. She said it was a strapless gown…and after that first line I mentally blocked out the rest of what she said. Now, be honest, men – we do this. I envisioned a dress for my daughter that would have more material than an oven mitt. As her father, I wanted something that the Amish would be proud of. However, when I first saw her in the back of church, I was awestruck. She was beautiful. The dress was beautiful. And I finally got it. It was her dress. When we started down the aisle, I stepped off with my daughter’s arm around mine. Suddenly, after several hurried footsteps, I felt fingernails digging into my forearm. My daughter smiled and stated, “Slow down dad. This is my moment and I want to enjoy it.” And once again, I got it. It was her day, her moment. A few years later, at my only son’s rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding, I decided that I wanted to give a toast. I was not sure of the protocol but being the Aries-type person I am, I was going to do it anyway. So I raised a glass of wine and gave the following toast: “Back in 1968 after returning from Vietnam, our ship, the USS Enterprise, had pulled into Bremerton, Washington for overhaul. One Saturday, I went walking and came across a ceremony going on which included Naval brass, the town mayor and his wife, plus a nice crowd. A brass band was playing as the new ship was being launched and christened. Standing alone and off to the side stood a Catholic priest reading a small prayer book. Being Catholic, I approached him. I introduced myself and asked what he was doing. ‘Giving the ship her blessing,’ he said. Very quietly, he gave her the following blessing as she slipped out to sea for the first time.

This blessing I now give to my son Wayne and his new bride Denise: ‘May your seas be calm, your oceans smooth, and may the light of God’s heavenly stars guide you forever.’” I get it. As the father of the bride and the groom, I learned it’s their day, their attire, their arrangements and their wonderful, hope-filled life together. Fathers, always give them your best and let them have their day. I hope you all get it.

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Thank You Cards By Meghan Corbett

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s a bride, you have many things to be thankful for as you plan your wedding. You have undoubtedly been asked about showers, parties, luncheons, registries or honeymoons since announcing your engagement, and with all that fun comes many, many thank-you cards. Before you let the task of writing countless thank-you notes overwhelm you, read on for some great tips to keep your stresslevel where it should be…low!


• Write thank-you cards as you receive gifts during your engagement. This includes gifts that are mailed to you before the wedding, shower gifts and presents received at engagement parties. • Dedicate a space to opening presents where you keep a record of what you’ve received and when you have mailed a thank-you card. • Don’t let the 3-month etiquette rule lead to procrastination. Yes, 84

technically you have 3 months from the receipt of a gift to send a thankyou note, but abusing this rule can lead to forgetfulness. • And finally, MOST IMPORTANTLY, divide and conquer! Your groom should be involved in this process. Have him write the thank-you notes to his family’s guests, and you write those on your side. It will make for more personal notes, and it will be much easier on your hands! McCardell Photography

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odern brides are in a unique position: they do not have to change their last names, and if they do, hyphenating their last name with their husband’s is an option. But which should you choose?

Keeping Your Last Name • Pros: Benefits those with active professional careers and those who want to take a stand against what is seen as a patriarchal practice by some. Also, you do not have to obtain new documents (license, social security card, etc.). • Cons: Prepare to be mistaken as single or be called by your husband’s last name by strangers. Hyphenating Your Name • Pros: Benefits those with active professional careers who want the change to be recognized by current clients and acquaintances. • Cons: Can confuse new acquaintances. (Are you married, or did your parents give you a hyphenated last name?) You must obtain new documents. Adopting Your Husband’s Last Name • Pros: Benefits those who want to observe tradition and identify with their husband’s last name for whatever reason. Making your maiden name your middle name can benefit those with active professional careers. • Cons: You must obtain new documents. From a feminist standpoint, this option continues a patriarchal practice. Ultimately, the choice is your decision and based on your unique circumstances. Whatever your decision, it will be right for you, and you can always change your mind later!

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