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congratulations! Your wedding is about you, which is why we hope our 2013 Wedding Planner will inspire you with ideas for showcasing your personal style and coming in under budget - no sacrifices necessary. From the bridal shower to the reception, we give you expert advice on how to pull off a perfect wedding no matter what your constraints. Dive in. Heed some of our tips and have a fabulous wedding! 2013 Lakeshore Wedding Planner is published by The Sheboygan Press and Herald Times Reporter. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without prior consent of The Sheboygan Press or Herald Times Reporter. For information, contact Dave Liebelt at 920453-5120, dliebelt@sheboygan.gannett.com or Tami Gasch, 920-686-2124, tgasch@htrnews.com.

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Engaged? ... Start planning now!

A to-do list for brides-to-be

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Tips and sips for the perfect bridal celebration

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reparing for the big day means planning a multitude of details; everything from the flower arrangements to that something blue must be decided upon well in advance of the ceremony. Here are some tips to help ensure your big day goes off without a hitch.

The Big Decisions The decision to get married is the first of many big decisions you will be making in the weeks and months to come. Here are some things to consider right away: Pick a date. Talk with your fiancé and family (and your fiancé’s family) about potential wedding dates to ensure the important people in both your lives will be able to take part. Select your guests. The number of guests you invite will directly influence the cost of your wedding. Set a budget. Budgeting for your wedding is crucial, as this will have a great impact on every other aspect of your day, as well as your honeymoon. Plan for a little wiggle room for unexpected expenses. Choose a location. Because most popular bridal spots are just that — popular — you may want to start searching for a location quickly. Organize the bridal party. Make careful decisions about who you want supporting you leading up to the big day, and who will be displayed in front of everyone in your life. Pick a style. Many brides choose wedding styles that are reflected in their save-the-dates, invitations, ceremonies, receptions and thank-you cards. Choosing a theme and color scheme in the beginning will help narrow down options later.

Hire a caterer. Take into account the dietary needs of your guests by offering a variety of menu options, including a vegetarian dish. Order the cake. Whether you choose a large multi-tiered cake or cupcakes, remember to keep your budget in mind—and pick flavors you and your fiancé truly enjoy. Make the announcement. Decide how you want to let the community know of your planned nuptials. Do you want to take professional engagement photos? Do you plan to contact your local paper? Will you include a link to a wedding day website on your save-the-date or your wedding invitations? Get the gown. On your wedding day, everyone will be awaiting a glimpse of your gown. Listen to your instincts and choose a gown that “feels right” and reflects your personality and style. Planning continued on page 10 >>>

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Dress your party. Once you have chosen the wedding dress of your dreams, speak with your fiancé about his wishes for his suit, as well as the bridal party attire. Hire a photographer. Choose your professional photographer wisely. With a walk down the aisle, father/daughter dance and toast, your father is sure to get photographed, but your mother might get overlooked. Make sure to ask the photographer to get shots of your mother throughout the day as well. Choose your flowers. Once you set the date, discuss with your florists which flowers are in season to help narrow down your selection. You may love tulips, but if you have a winter wedding, they may be hard to come by, and may be more expensive. Book the entertainment. Do you want a DJ or a live band? Talk with your fiancé about your music preferences, as well as the types of tunes you want played at your reception to keep your guests on the dance floor.

Before the Big Day Create a website for your wedding to keep guests informed of events and for easy access to registry information. Provide accommodation information for those guests traveling from out of town. Insure your engagement and wedding rings against loss, damage, theft or mysterious disappearance. According to a survey conducted by Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company, 44 percent of married women either don’t insure their engagement ring, or don’t know for certain whether their engagement and wedding rings are insured.

The Big Day Bridal Kit Supplies • Bobby pins, elastic hair bands • Hairbrush • Hairspray • Panty hose • Nail file, nail polish, remover • Baby powder • Makeup • Stain remover • Tissues • Sewing kit with scissors • Ballet flats • Pocket mirror • Extra post-earring backs • Static cling spray • Antacid • Pain reliever • Bandages • Deodorant • Dental floss • Eye drops • Bottled water • Breath mints • Duct tape — for last-minute dress fix-ups and to adhere to the bottom of slippery dress shoes

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Make sure your marriage license, travel documentation and insurance information are ready to go and stored in a safe place in advance of the wedding day. Practice reciting your vows and speeches until you feel comfortable. Wear your wedding heels around the house to “break them in.” Pack a back-up pair of flats to wear during the reception. Remember to ask for help. Designate members of your family or close friends to specific assignments.

Wedding Day Details Provide bottled water for your wedding party. To ensure no one gets overheated, hide water near your bridal party during the ceremony for emergencies.

Choose meaningful gifts for your wedding party. Necklaces, earrings or bracelets are great for bridesmaids; cufflinks are perfect for groomsmen. Create individual envelopes for tipping drivers, caterers, musicians, etc. Separate envelopes will help ensure you don’t forget anyone.

Plan for weather: In case of rain — Order a tent or choose a venue with indoor space for last-minute protection from the elements. Offer extra umbrellas to usher people from their vehicles to the venue. In case of heat — Place fans throughout the venue and provide plenty of water for guests. In case of cold — Space heaters can be placed throughout the space to warm up the room in advance of the event. ●

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Bubbles add a festive, celebratory note to any bridal celebration. I love Cupcake Prosecco sparkling wine from Italy. It’s crisp and refreshing — an affordable alternative to pricey French champagne yet equally delicious. Food doesn’t have to be complicated to be remarkable. The finger foods here are varied and flavorful — but they’re not hard to make. To satisfy all guest preferences, I always recommend 3 to 5 appetizers including chicken, beef and fish plus two veggie options (ideally one being vegan or dairy free). A signature drink is a fun way to welcome guests and get the party off to a great start. The Prosecco Ginger Cocktail is delicious and memorable. I like to serve it in unconventional glassware and garnish with Persian cucumber “swizzle sticks” for even more impact. A popular alternative to the traditional sit down meal at engagement parties or showers: food stations with a range of different foods offered at each. Pair a different wine with each station to create maximum variety and enjoyment as guests taste and mingle. Factor in overall ambiance and the vibe you want for your wedding or event. Lighting is key. And when it comes to candles, more is more. Flavored vodka is another big trend I’m seeing right now. Look for vodkas infused with such exotic flavors as vanilla frosting, devil’s food cake and more. And don’t be afraid to mix spirits with wine: One of my favorite concoctions is a blend of lemony Cupcake Chiffon Vodka with muddled blackberries, fresh mint, sparkling grapefruit water and a splash of Cabernet Sauvignon.

Yield: 12 servings, 2 pieces per serving ❑ Extra virgin olive oil ❑ 4 slices (about 3 ounces) prosciutto, cut into 1/2-inch pieces ❑ 24 - 1/4-inch-thick slices Italian bread ❑ 4 ounces aged Gruyere, coarsely shredded (about 1 3/4 cups) Heat 1/2 inch olive oil in medium skillet over medium heat until hot enough to sizzle a piece of prosciutto. Stir half the prosciutto into hot oil and cook over medium heat until prosciutto is crispy, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from with a slotted spoon to a side dish. Add remaining prosciutto and cook until crispy. Set aside. Heat oven to 350°F. Spray baking sheet with nonstick spray and arrange bread slices on tray.

It’s not only more fun to serve bite-sized cupcakes at your wedding but they offer more variety and unexpected flavor combinations than a traditional cake.

Top each bread slice with a rounded tablespoon of cheese. Bake until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes. Remove from oven.

Be sure to have a good assortment of nonalcoholic beverages on hand as well such as bottled water, soft drinks and more to prevent dehydration and ensure that guests drink responsibly.

Stand a crispy piece of prosciutto in the center of each melted mound of hot cheese and serve at once.

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❑ 4 8-inch flour tortillas ❑ 1 ripe avocado, pitted and peeled ❑ 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lime juice ❑ 1 teaspoon finely chopped cilantro ❑ 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped jalapeño, or more to taste ❑ 6 ounces extra small (salad shrimp) cooked and peeled shrimp, chopped (about 1 1/4 cups)

❑ 3 tablespoons finely chopped peeled ripe mango ❑ 2 teaspoons finely chopped cilantro ❑ 1 teaspoon finely chopped jalapeño ❑ 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice ❑ 2 tablespoons thin sliced green onion (scallion) tops (garnish)

Preheat oven to 350°F. Use ruler to trim tortillas into 4 large 6-inch squares. Cut 24 2-inch squares from the squared off tortillas; discard trimmings. Spray baking sheet with nonstick spray. Arrange tortilla squares on pan and spray with nonstick spray. Bake until toasted golden and crisp, 10 to 12 minutes. Cool. Purée avocado, lime juice, cilantro and jalapeño in a food processor until smooth. Set aside.

Yield: 12 servings, 2 glasses per serving ❑ 1 1/2 cups water ❑ 1 cup (6 ounces) ❑ crystallized ginger ❑ 1/2 cup sugar ❑ 2 bottles (750 ml) Cupcake Prosecco, chilled ❑ 24 thin diagonal sliced seedless or Persian cucumber Combine water, ginger and sugar in saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer on low heat, uncovered, 15 minutes. Off heat let steep, covered, 30 minutes. Cool.

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Purée in blender until smooth. Add 1 tablespoon ginger purée to each champagne glass. Add chilled prosecco, and stir well with swizzle stick until blended. Garnish glass with cucumber slice.

Combine shrimp, mango, cilantro, jalapeño and lime juice in small bowl. Spread about 1/2 tablespoon avocado mixture in center of each toasted tortilla square. Lightly press a tablespoon of the shrimp salad in center of each. Garnish with scallion slices and serve.

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Wedding Ceremony Location Fee Officiant Fee / Donation Accessories (rings pillow, basket, unity candle, etc.) Organist, Vocalist Fees Miscellaneous Costs SUBTOTAL

Wedding Reception Location Rental Tables / Chairs Silverware / Cups Wedding Favors and Gifts Food / Caterer Bartender Beverages (cocktail hour) Disc Jockey (DJ) Live Band and/or Musicians Cake Cake Knife and Server Miscellaneous Costs SUBTOTAL

Attire Bride’s Ring Groom’s Ring Wedding Dress Headpiece / Veil Bride’s Accessories (shoes, gloves, jewelry, etc.) Hair, Makeup and Nails Groom’s Tuxedo or Suit Groom’s Accessories (shoes, tie, cufflinks, etc.) Miscellaneous Costs SUBTOTAL

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Stationary Wedding Invitations Reply Cards Postage Reception Seating Cards Miscellaneous Costs (thank you notes, save the date cards, etc.) SUBTOTAL

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Honeymoon Wedding Night Accommodations Travel Costs Honeymoon Accommodations Meals Spending Money Passport Miscellaneous Costs SUBTOTAL

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“We monitor trends in both weddings and showers so we can incorporate the freshest and most modern themes in our cards,” explains Gale Thomson, American Greetings trend spotter. “We’ve found wine, gourmet kitchen and couples themes are the new wave. Changes in dating and relationship etiquette and other social factors, like career women postponing marriage, have directed showers away from providing basic necessities and more toward reflecting the couple’s interests.” Thomson offers these tips for planning some of today’s top trendy bridal shower themes: Wine tastings reflect a popular interest. The wine theme can influence the menu, party activities and gifts. Invite guests to bring two bottles of wine: one to serve at the party and a second to give the couple. Search online for menu items to complement each wine, and display wine-pairing notes at each food and wine station. SHOWER continued on page 28 >>>

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Couples showers are a great way to include both the bride’s and the groom’s friends, and they tend to be cocktail, dinner or summer barbeque parties. Couples showers are a good option for smaller guest lists or as one of multiple showers. A note on the invitation could suggest gifts for future entertaining. American Greetings has taken note of this hot trend by introducing special couples shower cards to its Target line, like one with tiny pink and blue “His” and “Hers” cloth towel icons attached to the front. Kitchen showers have moved away from providing basic necessities and become more sophisticated, reflecting alreadyestablished brides and gourmet cooking trends. High-end stainless steel fondue pots, blenders and food processors are topping gift registries and wedding Website wish lists. Invite guests to bring their favorite recipe to share with the bride. Personal gifts, indulgences the bride would never buy for herself or honeymoon

trip items are also a fashionable shower theme option for second marriages or brides who are already established in their households. Spas are a great personal shower venue, and a gift certificate for spa services presented in a pretty card makes a wonderful gift. Showers may be changing, but they are still an important part of the wedding tradition. If you’re planning a shower and want it to be the latest and greatest, try one of these party concepts. ●

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So how do you make sure the caterer you hire is a great one? By asking the right questions.

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➊ May I have references? Most caterers get their business from word of mouth. Ask for at least 10 former clients and call as many as you can. Ask questions such as

• Was the food delicious, and did it arrive hot? • Were there any problems that came up and how did the caterer deal with them?

➋ Do you have a business

license and liability insurance? Caterers should be licensed by the state. Usually licenses are displayed in the office, but if you’re not positive, then ask to see it. Make sure you see proof of liability insurance as well.

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Catering can be a large part of your wedding budget. Make sure you know what it is you’ll be getting for your money. Take your spouse-to-be and a friend with you to the tasting so that you can get varied opinions. Some caterers will charge a tasting fee, but it’s worth it.

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Some caterers who provide buffets or food stations include floral arrangements and other decorations. It’s also a good idea to discuss your color theme so that decorations and floral arrangements coordinate

➎ What does the price per person include?

Is the cost strictly for food, or does it cover tables, chairs, linens, tableware, punch service, table displays, etc.?

➏ What other fees do you charge?

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Are tips and taxes included in the price? Some caterers will charge a cake-cutting fee or corking fee for wines. Make sure you get all fees in writing up front.

➐ Do you handle special menu requests?

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You may have guests with special menu needs, such as food allergies, vegan or kosher requirements. Make sure your caterer will accommodate these needs. Some couples want to have a special family recipe at the reception – grandma’s meatballs or foods from the family’s ethnic traditions. Find out if your caterer will personalize your menu with these kinds of items.

➑ Do you offer cakes? Ask if your caterer offers wedding and groom’s cakes, and find out if they are included in the price.

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don’t try to please everyone. It’s just not possible. Nor is it reasonable to try. The wedding is about the bride and groom. You two need to decide what is meaningful to you and what will express who you are. If his mother wants Cousin Jennie to play her bagpipe as you march down the aisle and you don’t care for the idea, it’s ok to say no. Come up with a polite response such as, “Thanks for your suggestion, but we’re going in a different direction with the plans.” Feelings may get bruised, but ultimately it’s your day and it only has to please you and your fiancé.

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No matter how capable you are, no matter how nifty your organizer is, you can’t do everything by yourself. Nor should you, so stop feeling guilty. It’s ok to ask friends, family and the groom for help – as long as you do it nicely. Some churches or re-

ception halls have a wedding coordinator available to help with details. They’ve done this hundreds of times – you haven’t. Use them!

take care of yourself. It’s always important to eat right, get enough sleep and exercise, but it’s especially important during times of stress. You’ll feel more energized, you’ll be able to think more clearly and make better decisions. Besides, who wants to see a bride with dark circles under her eyes drag herself down the aisle?

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Instructor at The Art Institute of Washington - Dulles, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta. “People are spending more on their accessories, because they can wear them again.” Another trend in jewelry is vintage pieces. “Brides are incorporating vintage pieces from their family,” says Michael Watson, Fashion Instructor at The Art Institute of Charlotte. These pieces are not only unique, but they also have sentimental value. And, whether vintage or new, brooches and lariats are making a return to the scene, but are being used in unexpected ways. Lariats are long chains that can be wrapped around the neck several times with the ends either hanging loosely or tied into a “y” shape. “If a bride has a dress with some back detail, some are using a lariat in reverse so the long part is accessories continued on page 41 >>>

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Jewelry: When looking at jewelry, many brides are keeping it simple or focusing on statement pieces that can be worn again and again after the wedding is over. “Your dress you wear one time. Your accessories are for a lifetime,” says Michelle Zabel, Fashion

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hanging down the back,” says Sewell. Instead of finding brooches only on the dress, brides are now using them to accessorize their bouquets.

Feathers: If the thought of a feathered headpiece worthy of Carrie Bradshaw’s couture-clad bride seems a little extreme for your tastes, don’t worry. Feathers are definitely having a fashion moment, and the ways to incorporate them are endless. According to Watson, “feathers have transitioned into an inexpensive way to make your look unique.” Sewell agrees, noting that people are putting feathers on fascinators, clips, combs and veils. “Feathers are a big story as far as headgear,” she says.

Headpieces aren’t the only place one can find feathers. Just like brooches, they are also turning up on wedding bouquets. “Flowers have been clean, simple, minimal and accessorized with pearls, feathers and rhinestones,” says Watson.

Shoes: What girl doesn’t love her shoes, and for today’s bride pretty much anything goes. For something unexpected, brides can add a pop of color with their shoes or even go a little trendier with lace booties. Sewell says she is also s e e i n g shoes in general becoming less traditional and more casual. This includes taking a fashion cue from the guys. “Some brides are wearing sneakers, such as Chuck Taylors, because the grooms are wearing sneakers,” says Sewell. ●

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