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Edible Wedding Favors Make a Fine Choice A token of appreciation for guests is requisite at wedding receptions. Wedding favors enable attendees to walk away from the event with a memento and also a small thank you for their participation and celebration of this momentous event. Brides- and grooms-to-be have different ideas when it comes to wedding favors. Guests have their own opinions, too. As customs and trends change, so do the options in wedding favors. In the past, wedding favors were not much different from the items offered today, and not every guest was privy to a take-home trinket. In the 16th century, wedding favors were a sign of extravagance and showed off the family's wealth to the guests. Only rich and prominent people during those times could afford and provide sophisticated gifts to their guests. Some favors symbolized luck, and sharing them with guests ensured good luck to all as well. Almonds were common favors because they symbolized fertility, health, happiness, wealth, and longevity. Bonbonnieres were once a popular wedding favor. A bonbonniere is a small, decorative box made of porcelain, crystal or gold. It is embellished with colorful and precious gems. Inside the box houses a sweet delicacy, often called a bonbon. In modern times, many couples are returning to the tradition of giving bonbonnieres or other edible favors as their wedding celebration thank-you’s. Edible favors are often economical and guests tend to appreciate them. After all, guests have to find a nook in their homes in which to house an engraved ice cream scooper or yet another small statuette. Edible gifts can be as varied as a person desires. Candy-coated almonds are still popular, but many couples have expanded their choices and have created new trends in favors. For those couples seeking a unique edible favor for the wedding, here are some suggestions. * Cake or brownie pops: Food on a stick has long been a favorite of many, but the

concept has been taken to new heights with the creation of cake pops. These are small balls of cake or brownie that are made from cake crumbs and frosting. The balls are covered in candy melts or chocolate and served on a stick. Chocolate artists can transform ordinary cake pops into works of art with intricate piping designs on the hard, outer shell. Clear cello bags and decorative ribbon may be all that's necessary for a classic wrapping. * Cookies: Pastry arts continue to be popular favors for any occasion. Many bakeries offer intricately designed and decorated cookies that can pertain to any

theme. Think about a wedding couple or a set of rings as the cookie of choice for a wedding favor. Most cookies last 2 to 3 weeks, so they can be purchased in advance. * Petit fours: These bite-sized pastries lend themselves well to wedding favors. They can easily be paired and put in small boxes as take-home treats. Some bakeries create petit fours on demand. * Chocolate: Gourmet chocolate remains a popular edible favor. Choose among truffles, caramels, chocolate-covered pretzels, or any favorite treat. Depending on the chocolatier, favors may come pre-

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boxed and wrapped. * Seasonal treats: If a wedding coincides with a particular season or holiday, favors can be coordinated as well. Think caramel-covered apples for fall parties, chocolate bunnies for spring events, spiced cake bars for the winter holidays or lemon tarts for summer weddings. Wedding favors have been a part of wedding ceremonies for centuries. Edible gifts are thoughtful and flavorful mementos of the wedding day.

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An A to Z of Wedding Planning Effective wedding planning is the keystone to any wedding, so if you need some help to get started then take a look through this simple A to Z checklist. A is for Alcohol – If your budget allows, then treat your guests to champagne for the toasts and wine for the wedding reception. Don't forget those guests who don't drink alcohol and make sure you have a nice alternative for them. B is for Breakfast – Never skip breakfast on your wedding day. You will go a long time before you eat again so make sure you have something nutritious to keep you going and to calm your nerves. C is for Cosmetics – Choose the best cosmetics for your attire and make you feel comfortable. Don’t wear more makeup then you would normally and don't be pushed into buying expensive products. D is for Dress – Your wedding dress is the thing you will be most excited about and the thing that your guests will be eager to see. Stick to a style that is flattering to you and do not be tempted to go over the top to impress. E is for Entertainment – The majority of wedding receptions are followed by an evening party, so keep your guests entertained with a great DJ, live band or some other form of entertainment. F is for Family – If you have family members joining you for your big day that you haven't seen in awhile, make sure you make time to talk to them throughout the day.

G is for Gifts – Put together a gift registry with a wide choice of items and a wide price range to fit every guest’s budget. H is for Honeymoon – Make sure you look out for special deals with travel agents and book it early to avoid any disappointment, particularly in the peak season. I is for Invites – Get these sent out at least six weeks before the wedding day so your guests have time to respond. Don't forget to put on them the basic information about your wedding including location, date and time! J is for Jewelry –Choose simple pieces that will compliment and not compete with your wedding dress. K is for Kind Advice – Take on board any advice family members may try to give you, but keep in mind that is your wedding and you should have what you want. L is for Laughter – Stay relaxed and remember to smile and laugh. If you are happy then your guests are happy too! M is for Money – Your wedding budget is vital to the success of your wedding planning, so decide on what you can realistically afford to spend and stick to it. You do not want to start married life in debt. N is for Nails – You will showing off your new wedding ring a lot over the course of the day and no doubt will have to pose for photographs. So make sure your nails and hands are looking in the best shape possible. O is for Organization – Proper planning and clever organization is the key to a sucCustom Shower, Wedding & Graduation Invitations

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Financing 101 1. Talk About It The first step every couple should take once they are married is to sit down and talk about their financial history. You have to be open and honest and talk about any debt, previous problems, potential budget plans and everything else that has to do with how you spend, save and manage money in general. You do not want to be surprised by debt, outstanding student loans or other costs you will be jointly responsible for. This can be an uncomfortable and stressful thing to talk about, so make sure you are ready and willing to be open with your partner.

2. Set A Budget It is always healthy to get the big picture. This is why a newlywed couple should sit down and compare finances with one another

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3. Pick a Leader It is best to decide who will be in charge of the budget. Even if both partners will manage money, it is still best to outline how the final financial decisions will be made. Some families have one spouse that prefers

to handle the money while the other doesn’t. You need to decide how much each person can spend without consulting the other on the purchase.

4. Should you Merge Accounts? If you would rather split bills and expenses, maintaining separate checking accounts would be the best option. Some couples do not want to combine incomes or debt. Other couples can opt for a combination of both by having a joint checking account for expenses and bills, and two separate accounts for other expenses that may not concern each another. The final option is having one joint account for everything. Each couple functions differently and there is no right answer for which to choose. A discussion will help you and your spouse figure out which route works best for you.

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what name should she use on her travel bookings? The biggest issue is that your plane ticket and your ID must match. Realistically, the plane ticket should be issued in the maiden name since it takes time to file for a new passport, driver’s license, etc. But the hotel reservations can be made under “Mr. and Mrs.”; that way, you get to enjoy using your new name immediately. Should couples book their activities in advance or just work with their resort concierge onsite? Book your must-do activities in advance so they don’t get filled up. Leave yourself some free time so you can not only relax and enjoy the resort but also add excursions you decide to do while in your locale.

Is it worth it to buy travel insurance? Absolutely! It’s so much better to be protected so you aren’t disappointed or scrambling if your honeymoon plans have to change. There are many policies that allow you to cancel for any reason, not just for medical reasons. These policies have higher premiums but also give you much greater flexibility. In today’s world, you just never know what might happen. Where are the best places to get reliable, up-to-date info on travel deals and specials? Check your travel agent’s website for the latest travel news. Check guidebook sites like Fodor’s and Frommer’s. Beware of websites that tout deals, as most of these promotions really are not deals.

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Wedding Receptions to Dream About There is a lot of thought and planning

Perhaps you are a couple that wants

be a good addition. Using all the same

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that goes into wedding receptions. In order to decide on the right style, you will likely consider a number of ideas.

one more chance to show some individuality before you get married. One way you can do this is by having a groom's cake that represents what the groom loves, and have the main wedding cake be more of a representation of who the bride is. The groom's cake

flowers throughout and other types of uniformity will lend the decorations to an ultra simple style as well. A more old fashioned, flowery, or Victorian style might be what you prefer. With this, you can use a variety of flowers, lots of lace, ribbon and other fluffy ac-

tions. Even having a photographer, you will miss moments and details. It is a fun idea to put a disposable camera at each table for the guests to use. After everything is done, you can send the cameras away and get all of those fun memories.

could be anything from the head of a deer, to a cake made in the colors of

cessories for the decor.

Wedding receptions vary from couple to couple. Some people want their reception to remind them of how they met or started dating, some people want individuality that represents the bride and groom uniquely, but most like a specific overall style. If your first date was at a Chinese restaurant then perhaps you would like some Chinese flair at your receptions. You could do this by having a Chinese table dedicated to just Chinese food, and you could have a bowl of fun fortune cookies for people to take. If your first date was at an ice cream shop, then you could buy cartons from the

his favorite sport's team.

your personality that is okay. Do not be afraid to think outside of the box

You might not care so much about those distinct personal touches at wedding receptions as you care about the overall style of the reception. You

elements. It is you and your spouse's day, and you will want to remember the little details. Sometimes the way you can best remember those little de-

and really show who you are with the style of your reception. Guests will enjoy it so much more if it truly represents who you are.

might like things rustic, ultra simple, or you might like things very Victorian in style and more old fashioned.

tails is by making sure to have a good photographer to capture everything.

Some ideas for the rustic style are to use textures and fabrics to represent

ice cream shop and have a table set up to look like an ice cream shop and give guests dishes of the ice cream

it. Using burlap is a good choice along with cut flowers and even roses, the combination can be beautiful. Ultra

you had on that first date. The ideas in this area are numerous.

simple wedding receptions can be just as beautiful. For this style, the use of architectural elements like pillars will

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Wedding Receptions to Dream About There is a lot of thought and planning

Perhaps you are a couple that wants

be a good addition. Using all the same

That is an essential of wedding recep-

that goes into wedding receptions. In order to decide on the right style, you will likely consider a number of ideas.

one more chance to show some individuality before you get married. One way you can do this is by having a groom's cake that represents what the groom loves, and have the main wedding cake be more of a representation of who the bride is. The groom's cake

flowers throughout and other types of uniformity will lend the decorations to an ultra simple style as well. A more old fashioned, flowery, or Victorian style might be what you prefer. With this, you can use a variety of flowers, lots of lace, ribbon and other fluffy ac-

tions. Even having a photographer, you will miss moments and details. It is a fun idea to put a disposable camera at each table for the guests to use. After everything is done, you can send the cameras away and get all of those fun memories.

could be anything from the head of a deer, to a cake made in the colors of

cessories for the decor.

Wedding receptions vary from couple to couple. Some people want their reception to remind them of how they met or started dating, some people want individuality that represents the bride and groom uniquely, but most like a specific overall style. If your first date was at a Chinese restaurant then perhaps you would like some Chinese flair at your receptions. You could do this by having a Chinese table dedicated to just Chinese food, and you could have a bowl of fun fortune cookies for people to take. If your first date was at an ice cream shop, then you could buy cartons from the

his favorite sport's team.

your personality that is okay. Do not be afraid to think outside of the box

You might not care so much about those distinct personal touches at wedding receptions as you care about the overall style of the reception. You

elements. It is you and your spouse's day, and you will want to remember the little details. Sometimes the way you can best remember those little de-

and really show who you are with the style of your reception. Guests will enjoy it so much more if it truly represents who you are.

might like things rustic, ultra simple, or you might like things very Victorian in style and more old fashioned.

tails is by making sure to have a good photographer to capture everything.

Some ideas for the rustic style are to use textures and fabrics to represent

ice cream shop and have a table set up to look like an ice cream shop and give guests dishes of the ice cream

it. Using burlap is a good choice along with cut flowers and even roses, the combination can be beautiful. Ultra

you had on that first date. The ideas in this area are numerous.

simple wedding receptions can be just as beautiful. For this style, the use of architectural elements like pillars will

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For More Info or to Book an Event Call Betty at 507-369-5434

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If none of these styles or ideas fit With any of the above styles, couples could also add in their own personal

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Financing 101 1. Talk About It The first step every couple should take once they are married is to sit down and talk about their financial history. You have to be open and honest and talk about any debt, previous problems, potential budget plans and everything else that has to do with how you spend, save and manage money in general. You do not want to be surprised by debt, outstanding student loans or other costs you will be jointly responsible for. This can be an uncomfortable and stressful thing to talk about, so make sure you are ready and willing to be open with your partner.

2. Set A Budget It is always healthy to get the big picture. This is why a newlywed couple should sit down and compare finances with one another

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Honeymoon Help • How much are you making? • How much are you spending? • How much are you saving? • Where can you improve? • What are your future financial goals? After you have laid out the groundwork, set up a budget. Putting together a budget will make it easier to manage your finances and see how much each person is contributing. By establishing your future financial goals you can plan for children, buying a house or anything else you want to do in order to grow your family.

3. Pick a Leader It is best to decide who will be in charge of the budget. Even if both partners will manage money, it is still best to outline how the final financial decisions will be made. Some families have one spouse that prefers

to handle the money while the other doesn’t. You need to decide how much each person can spend without consulting the other on the purchase.

4. Should you Merge Accounts? If you would rather split bills and expenses, maintaining separate checking accounts would be the best option. Some couples do not want to combine incomes or debt. Other couples can opt for a combination of both by having a joint checking account for expenses and bills, and two separate accounts for other expenses that may not concern each another. The final option is having one joint account for everything. Each couple functions differently and there is no right answer for which to choose. A discussion will help you and your spouse figure out which route works best for you.

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what name should she use on her travel bookings? The biggest issue is that your plane ticket and your ID must match. Realistically, the plane ticket should be issued in the maiden name since it takes time to file for a new passport, driver’s license, etc. But the hotel reservations can be made under “Mr. and Mrs.”; that way, you get to enjoy using your new name immediately. Should couples book their activities in advance or just work with their resort concierge onsite? Book your must-do activities in advance so they don’t get filled up. Leave yourself some free time so you can not only relax and enjoy the resort but also add excursions you decide to do while in your locale.

Is it worth it to buy travel insurance? Absolutely! It’s so much better to be protected so you aren’t disappointed or scrambling if your honeymoon plans have to change. There are many policies that allow you to cancel for any reason, not just for medical reasons. These policies have higher premiums but also give you much greater flexibility. In today’s world, you just never know what might happen. Where are the best places to get reliable, up-to-date info on travel deals and specials? Check your travel agent’s website for the latest travel news. Check guidebook sites like Fodor’s and Frommer’s. Beware of websites that tout deals, as most of these promotions really are not deals.

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An A to Z of Wedding Planning Effective wedding planning is the keystone to any wedding, so if you need some help to get started then take a look through this simple A to Z checklist. A is for Alcohol – If your budget allows, then treat your guests to champagne for the toasts and wine for the wedding reception. Don't forget those guests who don't drink alcohol and make sure you have a nice alternative for them. B is for Breakfast – Never skip breakfast on your wedding day. You will go a long time before you eat again so make sure you have something nutritious to keep you going and to calm your nerves. C is for Cosmetics – Choose the best cosmetics for your attire and make you feel comfortable. Don’t wear more makeup then you would normally and don't be pushed into buying expensive products. D is for Dress – Your wedding dress is the thing you will be most excited about and the thing that your guests will be eager to see. Stick to a style that is flattering to you and do not be tempted to go over the top to impress. E is for Entertainment – The majority of wedding receptions are followed by an evening party, so keep your guests entertained with a great DJ, live band or some other form of entertainment. F is for Family – If you have family members joining you for your big day that you haven't seen in awhile, make sure you make time to talk to them throughout the day.

G is for Gifts – Put together a gift registry with a wide choice of items and a wide price range to fit every guest’s budget. H is for Honeymoon – Make sure you look out for special deals with travel agents and book it early to avoid any disappointment, particularly in the peak season. I is for Invites – Get these sent out at least six weeks before the wedding day so your guests have time to respond. Don't forget to put on them the basic information about your wedding including location, date and time! J is for Jewelry –Choose simple pieces that will compliment and not compete with your wedding dress. K is for Kind Advice – Take on board any advice family members may try to give you, but keep in mind that is your wedding and you should have what you want. L is for Laughter – Stay relaxed and remember to smile and laugh. If you are happy then your guests are happy too! M is for Money – Your wedding budget is vital to the success of your wedding planning, so decide on what you can realistically afford to spend and stick to it. You do not want to start married life in debt. N is for Nails – You will showing off your new wedding ring a lot over the course of the day and no doubt will have to pose for photographs. So make sure your nails and hands are looking in the best shape possible. O is for Organization – Proper planning and clever organization is the key to a sucCustom Shower, Wedding & Graduation Invitations

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Edible Wedding Favors Make a Fine Choice A token of appreciation for guests is requisite at wedding receptions. Wedding favors enable attendees to walk away from the event with a memento and also a small thank you for their participation and celebration of this momentous event. Brides- and grooms-to-be have different ideas when it comes to wedding favors. Guests have their own opinions, too. As customs and trends change, so do the options in wedding favors. In the past, wedding favors were not much different from the items offered today, and not every guest was privy to a take-home trinket. In the 16th century, wedding favors were a sign of extravagance and showed off the family's wealth to the guests. Only rich and prominent people during those times could afford and provide sophisticated gifts to their guests. Some favors symbolized luck, and sharing them with guests ensured good luck to all as well. Almonds were common favors because they symbolized fertility, health, happiness, wealth, and longevity. Bonbonnieres were once a popular wedding favor. A bonbonniere is a small, decorative box made of porcelain, crystal or gold. It is embellished with colorful and precious gems. Inside the box houses a sweet delicacy, often called a bonbon. In modern times, many couples are returning to the tradition of giving bonbonnieres or other edible favors as their wedding celebration thank-you’s. Edible favors are often economical and guests tend to appreciate them. After all, guests have to find a nook in their homes in which to house an engraved ice cream scooper or yet another small statuette. Edible gifts can be as varied as a person desires. Candy-coated almonds are still popular, but many couples have expanded their choices and have created new trends in favors. For those couples seeking a unique edible favor for the wedding, here are some suggestions. * Cake or brownie pops: Food on a stick has long been a favorite of many, but the

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theme. Think about a wedding couple or a set of rings as the cookie of choice for a wedding favor. Most cookies last 2 to 3 weeks, so they can be purchased in advance. * Petit fours: These bite-sized pastries lend themselves well to wedding favors. They can easily be paired and put in small boxes as take-home treats. Some bakeries create petit fours on demand. * Chocolate: Gourmet chocolate remains a popular edible favor. Choose among truffles, caramels, chocolate-covered pretzels, or any favorite treat. Depending on the chocolatier, favors may come pre-

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