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2 « January 5, 2012 « Green Bay Press-Gazette « www.greenbaypressgazette.com TABLE OF CONTENTS Love letters ......................3 White weddings ..............4 The Kiss ............................5 Technology ......................6 Event map and vendor list ................8 Groom’s cakes ................10

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THE WEDDING SHOW

This year’s wedding show will be held Friday and Saturday at Shopko Hall, 1901 S. Oneida St., Ashwaubenon. The event runs from 5-9 p.m. Friday, with a fashion show at 7 p.m., and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday with a fashion show at 3 p.m. The Wedding Show, produced by PMI Show & Events, will feature more than 180 exhibitors and offer the latest in photography, invitations, decorations and accessories. Admission is $10 at the door, with free parking in the Lambeau Field lot.

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Say yes to the dress — and the price

Gorgeous gowns and accessories don’t have to break the bank By Jennifer Hogeland Special to the Press-Gazette

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ost women have been dreaming of their wedding day since they were 5 years old. We weren’t necessarily concerned about whom our Prince Charming would be, because all eyes would be fixed on us in our princess-like white dress. Fast forward about 20 years, and it’s finally time to walk down the aisle. We still hope to be a vision of loveliness in our bridal gown, but chances are the style we imagined wearing has changed dramatically. And, the cost for our fairytale day is also a shocker. Area experts divulge the most current wedding dress trends — and how to get the look you adore without breaking your budget.

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This year’s wedding dress trends are gorgeous, yet very wearable. Traditional gowns are an aisle favorite. Brenda Kilheffer, owner of Tie the Knot in Green Bay, reveals brides are choosing elegant tulle and lace ball gowns. Light and airy is a popular pick. “One of the biggest changes we are seeing this year is ladies are going back to the tulle ball gown,” she adds. “We have always had a few of them, but this year it is bigger than ever.” One of the biggest trend changes Kilheffer’s seen in the last year has been the addition of floral accents. Whether in the hair or on the wedding dress, large floral details are seen adorning brides. Lisa Greault, bridal consultant at Elaine’s House of Brides in Ashwaubenon, explains decorative bridal belts are another trend seen on simple gowns. The ornamental belt adds personality and pizzazz to a dress. It is bejeweled with everything from

Hilary Rose and Tiffany Wolf of Marinette look at dresses from Elaine’s Wedding and Event Center at last year’s annual Wedding Show at Shopko Hall in Ashwaubenon. This year’s styles focus on traditional as well as the ever-popular strapless gowns. File/Press-Gazette beads, ruffles, jewels, pearls and sequins. Greault adds, “A bride may pick a plain dress, but the belt gives her a little bit of bling.” Brides who choose the one shoulder strap styles showcase their flair for fashion, but strapless dresses are still a top pick. As for the bottom, Kilheffer explains the fit and flare style is the number one seller. When shopping for that dress that will take your future husband’s breath away, Kilheffer encourages brides to try on dresses in different styles, necklines and fabrics. “Keep an open mind,” she said, “Sometimes brides will come in with a picture and think it is what they want. But, if they try on a variety of dresses, they can be sure to find the one that looks the best on them.” Greault adds, “Fifty percent come in with an idea but leave with something completely different.”

Affording that dream dress For brides abiding by a wedding budget, the amount that can be spent on the dress is limited. It is possible to find that quality, stylish, to-die-for gown and the accessories at an affordable price. Bridal boutiques carry gowns at a range of price points. “I often ask in advance if there is a budget. I’m then able to show the bride styles she is interested in while keeping in mind her price range,” Greault said. Savvy shoppers can save a great deal of money on their gown. The designer name and the dress’ detailing are responsible for influencing the price. Swarovski crystals cost more than pearls and glass beads. “You may not get that instantaneous sparkle, but it will still have plenty of shimmer,” Kilheffer said. “The average eye wouldn’t know the difference.”

The price also fluctuates with the type of lace on the dress. The softer the lace, the more expensive it likely is. “I encourage brides to try and find a middle ground. You want the lace to be beautiful and have a good quality to it,” said Kilheffer. For the more casual weddings, brides are opting to order a bridesmaid dress in white or offwhite. Kilheffer suggested these dresses cost less than $200 compared to traditional gowns that are nearly $1,000. Another option is to consider cutting the costs in other places. Budget-conscious brides often borrow their headpiece or undergarments from a friend. “This is their ‘something borrowed’ and they don’t have to incur the additional expense,” Kilheffer said. Before being scared away by price, Greault reminds brides to ask questions. “The shop may be running a special that you haven’t seen or discussed yet,” she said.


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Couples’ letters move ceremony to ‘deeper place’ By Jennifer Dobner

The Associated Press

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ALT LAKE CITY — The task assigned by the minister ahead of our May 1999 wedding seemed simple enough: a letter from each of us telling her why — out of all the possible people in the world — we had chosen to marry each other. The answer, too, seemed simple: love, of course. “But you can’t use the word love,” the Rev. Constance Redding Sidebottom said. “That makes it too easy.” Sidebottom, 68, a retired United Methodist minister and my aunt, always asks couples for wedding letters — and is certain they have transformative power. “Often weddings are for show,” said Sidebottom, of Polson, Mont. “The sacredness is removed by the glitz and the money spent. But when couples are asked to write the letters, they often move to a deeper place. Their effort to be honest and genuine for one another is honored by God and made holy.” Beyond the ban on the word “love,” Sidebottom has other rules about the letters, which she reads out loud during the ceremony. Bride and groom are forbidden from sharing their letters with each other ahead of the wedding, and Sidebottom won’t officiate without receiving them. Over her 11 years of fulltime ministry, not one person has failed to write the letter, although some have cut it close, Sidebottom said. One groom delivered his to her door at 7 a.m. on the day he was to be married. “Every single bride and groom says they agonize over writing the letters be-

tion. Some have been innew one each year and climb that year. I doubt it’s spired to begin writing an- read them out loud to each the latter. niversary letters to their other on our anniversary. Some are messily spouse. “It seems to help us rescrawled on lined, yellow Sidebottom often hears commit somehow, through notepaper (mine), others from couples she’s married the ups and downs,” he (mostly his) are neatly that the letters have had a said. typed and printed from the lasting impact on their We keep our letters in a computer. Neither of us marriage. At a visit to a wooden box carved with has ever skipped writing, church where she once was X’s and O’s, on the dresser although Bill likes to tease pastor, Sidebottom was ap- in our bedroom. The box me each May by saying proached by a man whose was a gift from Sidebothe’s not going to do it this wedding she performed tom. year. more than 16 years ago. Even now, the letters What’s most interesting “He and his wife are still aren’t easy to write. to me is how the threads married — always a relief Some read like long book from those first letters to me — and they read reports that chronicle the continue through each of Jennifer Dobner and her husband write a love letter to each their letters every anniver- years’ events _ the job loss, the 24 we’ve written since. the death of our parents, Our commitment to the other each year, and keep them all in a wooden box. Jen - sary, and at times in between when life was so our struggle through infer- idea of marriage hasn’t nifer Dobner/AP hard that they had to retility and a failed attempt changed, despite our miscause they understand The letters can reveal member why they wanted at adoption. takes and missteps. We how important they are,” more about a couple’s indi- to marry,” she said. Others are shorter, more love each other and like Sidebottom said. vidual personalities and Thirteen years after my literary and sweet. I’m not each other. We respect Nearly every faith tradi- tell the “truth about what’s own wedding, my husband, sure if that’s a function of each other, and in each tion has a well-scripted really going on” between Bill Keshlear, and I are how much time we made other we have found a formula for wedding cere- hearts, Sidebottom said. also still married, and still for writing or some sign comfortable place to call monies. There are specific A carpenter she married writing letters. We write a that we had fewer hills to home. prayers to be offered, some years ago, for examscriptural passages to be ple, scrawled his thoughts read and vows to exon a bid sheet, while his change. bride carefully penned But the letters bring hers on beautiful stasomething different. tionery. The contrast made Through their own the congregation giggle. words, the couple essenAnother groom, a Naval tially writes their own ser- officer, compared the bride mon about life, love and to his favorite sandwich, their expectations for mar- peanut butter and jelly. riage, Sidebottom said. “He said all these things They add a personal about the stickiness and touch to a ceremony much the sweetness and the salike self-written vows, a vory, how all the right eletrend that began in the ments for a perfect dish 1960s as some couples had just happened to show moved away from reliup in her,” said Sidebottom, Our Wedding Specialists Will Create the Reception You Deserve… gious tradition, said Diane who confesses the letter is • Great Friday Wedding Dates Still Available • Private Bar in All Banquet Facilities Warner, author of the her all-time favorite. “We “Complete Book of Wedcouldn’t stop laughing and in 2012 & 2013. Call for Friday Specials • Accommodations for Receptions ding Vows” (New Page we couldn’t stop crying.” • Hotel Room Blocks Available from 20 - 700 Guests Books, 2006). Warner had The simple act of readFamily Traditional from Options • Dining not heard of Sidebottom’s ing the letters out loud can Style to Elegant Buffet and Plated Entrees letters, but said that, espe- add emotional heft to a cercially in stricter faiths emony. • Rehearsal Dinners, Gift Openings, where customized vows “It’s like the Holy Spirit and Bridal Showers are discouraged, they infuses the place and it be920.499.7449 920.497.4701 All Suite Full Service Hotel • 115 might be a way to satisfy comes (the couple’s) wedboth clergy and the couple. ding with God,” Sidebot• Whirlpool, Executive & Presidential “And for those who have tom said. “Everybody that Suites Available children, someday those is there is affected.” • Award Winning Restaurant & Lounge Exit Hwy 29 off Hwy 41, East to 1951 Bond St. letters will be a really She said many wedding valuable gift,” said Warnguests have told her their www.comfortsuitesgb.com • Water Attraction at Comfort Suites WI-5001435079 er, of Tucson, Ariz. own stories of transforma-

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Can there be too much white at a wedding? N By Samantha Critchell

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EW YORK — Is it all right to go all white? Of course, white is the traditional color for brides, but many of them are surrounding themselves with white way beyond a head-to-toe look. It’s more like left to right and floor to ceiling, and everything in between. “I do love an all-white wedding,” gushes fashion designer Amsale Aberra, who uses her first name as her label. “I think it can be very beautiful.” But, in the next breath, Aberra says the look leaves room for error, with white-wearing bridesmaids and flower girls, white flowers, white tablecloths and white candles all potentially stealing the bride’s thunder. “You don’t want to need to wear the veil the whole day just to be identified as the bride,” she says. It takes a woman with a strong personality and sense of self to remain the belle of the ball, and she needs to embrace little tools to help her shine — things like a beaded waistband on her gown or choosing a dress that’s just a slightly different shade of white than everyone else’s, adds celebrity wedding planner David Tutera. Kate Middleton pulled it off at the big British royal wedding this spring, Tutera said, but even so, her sister, Pippa Middleton, got her fair share of attention in her white cowl-neck gown. “I think the royal wedding will have an influence on brides for years, even decades, to come, and Pippa Middleton’s white Alexander McQueen bridesmaid dress will most certainly be credited with sparking a trend,” says Darcy Miller, editorial director of Martha Stewart Weddings. She notes, however, that it’s a longtime tradition in Britain to have the wedding party wear white. “It’s very striking,” Miller adds, noting that Beyonce and Kim Kardashian also opted for the color — or non-color —

“That metallic white — that’s not flattering to almost anybody. A more natural white has a more pearl feel to it, it’s not harsh.”

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brides look great in white — it might even be why they do it. When you have a bunch of bridesmaids all dressed in white, that’s a beautiful visual thing,” Oth says. He’d much rather see the parade of white coming at him than the bridal parties of a few decades ago, with the bridesmaids in pouffy-sleeve, fuchsia dresses and the groomsmen wearing ties to match. “Those typical bridesmaids’ dresses are very hard to photograph well,” Oth adds. And the different shades of white that are apparent to the naked eye probably won’t show up in pictures, he says. Still, a little hint of contrast color does work well; Oth suggests white floral bouquets that have visible green stems. Miller agrees that it’s the small details that are key with Many brides are going with all-white weddings, including decorations. an all-white wedding. Fabrics Photos by Raymond Hom/AP and textures will create the depth, she says. scheme. of white, from bright, blueish diShe ticks off suggestions, inMiller says the look is sophisamond white to a creamy, more cluding bouquets of white peticated, too — but more versayellowed eggshell white, he onies paired with a cluster of tile than one might think. “The notes. The color scheme of the classic look of an all-white wed- wedding should all be in the ding is thought of as very tradisame family, although not 100 tional, but the clean, sophisticat- percent matching, either. ed palette can easily be transAberra encourages the formed for modern venues so it warmer, richer shades, perhaps is suitable for all types of the eggshell, ivory or chambrides. Whether you are getting pagne. “That metallic white — married on the beach, at a coun- that’s not flattering to almost try club, at a ski lodge or on a anybody. A more natural white city rooftop, the look will transhas a more pearl feel to it, it’s late, so you really can’t go not harsh. I’d stay away from a wrong.” harsh white, especially in the Tutera, who hosts WeTV’s “My daytime, which will just look Fair Wedding,” still isn’t fully brighter and brighter.” sold. When white is done right, Seems like a lot of detail for a there’s nothing better, he says, bride to keep track of, but Manbut there’s still more of a hattan-based photographer chance that something could go Christian Oth says the results wrong. can be worth it. There are hundreds of shades “It’s an established fact that

dahlias, white orchids and snowberry branches, tied with satin and lace. She likes white flowers on the table, but also suggests whitewashed papier-mache fruit piled on a cake stand and trimmed with silver millinery leaves. White works on the menu if you serve hors d’oeuvres during the cocktail hour made with seafood such as scallops, yellowtail or crabmeat; veggies like cauliflower and parsnips; and even pasta. The one place a bride and groom shouldn’t see white — unless they specifically request it — is in the crowd, the experts say, with Miller saying the “common consensus” is that only the bride, or bridal party, wears white unless the invitation says otherwise. Tutera says he recently worked with a bride for a year to find her perfect gown, but was upstaged by a guest. “This guest wore all white. She stood out like a sore thumb. You had to ask: What was that guest thinking?” The bridal bouquet is one place that brides are incorporating even more white into their wedding days.


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Seal the deal without making guests squeal

Keep your first kiss natural, comfortable — and appropriate

practice kissing. But you might want to put in a little practice time, especially if you’re doing something you’re not used to, like having the groom dip the bride. Hope Bourgeault, 21, a social work student at the University of WisconsinEau Claire, says she and her fiance, Jeff Betterman, are planning to do a dip at their wedding next August. They’re already practicing so it won’t look awkward. “I could imagine without some practice he’d either drop me from being nervous or else I’d bend a certain way to dip and he’d think I was leaning the other way and it would just be a mess,” she said.

By Dee-Ann Durbin The Associated Press

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hen Prince William gave his new bride, Kate, a brief kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace last spring, the crowd of thousands wasn’t satisfied. “Kiss again!” they chanted. When the two shared a slightly longer kiss, onlookers erupted in cheers. Few other wedding kisses will ever be subjected to so much scrutiny. But there’s a lesson here: People love the wedding kiss, and they have definite opinions about how a couple should seal the deal. Some want passion; some don’t. Some like staged moments; others want to keep things natural. Everyone wants the kiss to be heartfelt. “There are extreme thoughts about the kiss,” said Kristin Koch, a senior editor at the wedding website TheKnot.com. “Some people think it’s too public and they don’t want to do too much. Others think, `This is your big declara-

Prince William kisses his wife, Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in London following their April 29 wedding ceremony at Westmin- Or don’t practice ster Abbey. File/AP Some people insist that the kiss should be natural, tion of love!’” help things go more kiss should look like: and that you should do Here are some tips to smoothly on the big day. classy and loving. whatever you feel is right make The Kiss cheer-worChelsea Kopperud, 26, “We agree that it should- at that moment. Andrea thy instead of cringe-worwho is planning a wedding n’t be just a quick peck, we Fassacesia, a New Yorker thy: for next June in her home- want it to be more intimate who’s getting married in town of Rushford, Minn., than that. It is our first April, said she and her fiTalk about it said her parents weren’t kiss as Mr. and Mrs.,” said ance have decided to “wing You talk through everycomfortable kissing in Kopperud, who coordiit.” thing else about the wedfront of everyone when nates accounts for an in“A rehearsed kiss looks ding, from the guest list to they got married, so they dustrial supply company. rehearsed,” she said. “It the bridesmaids’ dresses. waited and kissed at the “I would guess it will prob- should be natural, intimate You and your partner back of the church. But ably be about five seconds and romantic. And, while should talk about what Kopperud and her fiance, long.” it’s in front of hundreds of kind of kiss you want to Jeffrey O’Donnell, do plan people, it should just feel Practice share, or even whether you to kiss at the end of the like the two of you.” want to share one at all. ceremony, and they’ve alIt sounds silly. After all, An informal poll of memChatting beforehand can ready agreed on what the most couples have a lot of bers of The Knot found

that just a third of the 71 respondents planned to practice the kiss. Most — 61 percent — said they’ll go with whatever they’re feeling at the moment.

Do something you’re both comfortable with Don’t plan a dip or any other acrobatics if you’re not sure you want to go through with it. Koch said grooms often feel more pressure than brides about the kiss, since tradition dictates that it’s something the groom initiates. Koch says you should remember that you may already be nervous when you’re on the altar, and you don’t need the added pressure of a fantastic kiss.

Don’t be gross

Just about everyone agrees that extra-long, over-the-top displays of affection are a no-no. They can look forced and make guests squirm. Remember Al Gore’s long, sloppy kiss with Tipper at the 2000 Democratic National Convention? “Have fun with it, be true to you, but a huge make-out or a tongue kiss is just not appropriate, especially if grandma and grandpa are watching,” Koch said.

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Mobile technology on the rise for weddings By Leanne Italie The Associated Press

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EW YORK — As her grandfather sat pleasantly perplexed at her wedding, Lauren Barnes reached into the recesses of her strapless white gown, whipped out her iPhone and accepted her groom’s Facebook relationship change to “married.” “Nothing’s official,” she said, “until it’s Facebook official!” In today’s $78 billion-a-year business of getting hitched, those wacky viral videos of whole wedding parties dancing down the aisle seem positively 2009. Social media, mobile tools and online vendors are abundant to offer the happy couple extra fun, savings and convenience, though most of the nation’s betrothed aren’t ready to completely let go of tradition. Some send out video save-thedates, include high-speed scannable “QR” barcodes on invitations, live-stream their ceremonies for far-flung loved ones to watch online and open their party playlists to let friends and families help choose the tunes. They invite guests to live tweet the big day using special Twitter keywords, called hashtags, and create interactive seating charts so tablemates can chat online ahead of time. James Williams, right, watches his bride, Lauren Barnes, use her iPhone to One couple featured a “guest accept his Facebook relationship status change to married during their wed- of the week” on their wedding ding at Long Beach Museum of Art in Long Beach, Calif. Molly Yarchin/AP blog. Another ordered up a cake — Luminaire Images Photography with an iPad embedded at the

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base to stream photos at the reception. A third Skyped in a “virtual bridesmaid” who couldn’t make it, so she was walked down the aisle by a groomsman via iPad. For Steve Poland, 31, in Buffalo, N.Y., it was the whole shebang for his Sept. 10 wedding. “We used the Twitter hashtag ‘polandwedding,’ our nuptials were read from an iPad by our friend, who got ordained online, and our wedding invites were printed by the hip Us.moo.com as postcards that we mailed out. I was really hoping to use Turntable.fm as our music, but it didn’t work out,” he said. Oh, and Poland and his wife, Caryn Hallock, spent part of their honeymoon in a Hawaii tree house they found on Airbnb.com. According to surveys by the magazine sites Brides and The Knot, tech is on the rise in the world of weddings, with 65 percent of couples now setting up special sites to manage RSVPs, stream video of the ceremony and-or reception, and keep guests in the loop. One in five couples use mobile apps for planning. That includes chasing down vendors, and virtually trying on and locating dresses. Seventeen percent of couples use social media to plan, shop or register for gifts, along with sharing every detail online. About 14 percent to 18 percent of brides buy a dress online, according to Brides. Nearly 1 in 5 couples go pa-

perless for invitations or savethe-dates. Many of those who have preserved the tradition of paper invites have dispensed with the inserts usually tucked inside envelopes, opting for email or Web tools for RSVPs, maps, and details on destinations or related events. From proposals on Twitter to Foursquare check-ins from the church or honeymoon, weddings seem ready-made for social media sharing — or oversharing, depending on whether you’re invited. Alexandra Linhares, 23, is nervous about that. She just moved to Marietta, Ga., but she’s getting married in April back home in Highlands Ranch, Colo. She and fiance Bradley Garritson, 24, are taking care not to gush too much to their hundreds of Facebook friends. Other couples turn off their Facebook walls so premature messages of congrats don’t show up before they’ve announced their engagements. “There are a lot of people I work with on Facebook and who follow me on Twitter,” Linhares said. “We don’t want to hurt anybody’s feelings.” But apps and online services have saved her life, logistically speaking. “Since we’re planning a wedding from thousands of miles away, we’re relying heavily on technology to help us,” she said.

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“We have a private Facebook group that we use to communicate with everyone in our bridal party since we’re all in different states and countries.” Linhares found her gown with the help of an app. She and Garritson rely on Skype meetings to interview vendors. They’re keeping track of RSVPs on their phones, along with the usual tangle of deadlines. And they’re using an app to keep track of their budget. The couple went to the cloud — for online data storage and sharing — to maintain a master spreadsheet everyone can access at any time, avoiding the need to push updates around in email. Such tools can be a godsend, so long as older or not-so-techie folk aren’t stranded on the wrong side

for the ceremony because I consider that the most important part of the wedding.” John Ham, co-founder of Ustream, said about 10,000 weddings have been broadcast live from the site — Ustreamtv.com — over the last 12 months. “People want to participate in the moment,” he said. Stone is using Deposita Gift.com. It offers a button on her wedding site so peoGroom Steve Poland, right, and bride Caryn Hallock had a ple can give cash for the friend, Robert Palgutt, get ordained online and read the couple’s home remodel “without ever worrying nuptials from an iPad. AP — Fisher Creative Images about checks or actual cash of the firewall. “But that and ask for cash at the envelopes,” she said. list of people is shrinking same time for honeymoons “It’s proven extremely fast,” said Anja Winikka, or home repairs. popular so far, and surprissite editor for The Knot. Cris Stone, 33, will marry ingly not with the younger Brides found that 17 per- Jerry Delp, 44, in San Anto- crowd as we had originally cent of couples register for nio, Texas, in May. assumed, but with the 40 to gifts exclusively online. “I already have a wed55 set who like not worrySites have popped up makding website,” she said. ing about losing the enveing it easier to combine “People will be able to lope,” Stone said. multiple registries into one watch the wedding via live She jiggered her Deposit — like MyRegistry.com — streaming, though it’s only a Gift so people can con-

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tribute $25 increments of brick, for instance, or $100 toward the cost of new windows. Nicole Endres, 25, in Centreville, Va., and fiance Dan Rodriguez, 28, asked for cash, among other gifts, on their wedding website using Honeyfund.com, to help pay for their honeymoon in the Dominican Republic. “We can transfer it straight from PayPal to our bank account, instead of taking checks to the bank,” Endres said. On invitations, some couples are using the small, square QR codes to lead guests online for additional details, and sharing photos and video on Tumblr, Flickr, Picasa or numerous other fast, free sites. As for the Barnes and James Williams nuptials held Sept. 3 on the grounds of the Long Beach Art Mu-

seum, their officiant and friend Andrew Pachon used an iPad for the ceremony, but that and the Facebook fiddle to “married” was about it in the way of tech flourishes. Williams and Barnes, a 29-year-old physician from Long Beach, had Pachon explain toward the end of the ceremony that the couple wanted to share the moment with their 400-plus Facebook friends. Before the ceremony, Williams had sent his bride a Facebook request to change his relationship status to “married to Lauren Barnes.” Once they were hitched, she accepted using her iPhone — at 5:48 p.m. to be exact. There was a flurry of “likes” from gathered guests and the masses in cyberspace. But not grandpa, who still managed to have a good time.

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Groom’s cakes grow in popularity, creativity

Traditionally plain, couples opt for special personalized shapes By Lisa A. Flam

For The Associated Press

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aseball stadiums, poker chips and racks of saucy ribs don’t usually come to mind when you think “wedding.” But these manly pursuits have found their way to the dessert table through a new breed of groom’s cake that is more elaborate and personal than ever. Traditionally a gift from the bride to her new husband, the groom’s cake was usually a simple affair, made with fruit and liquor, and perhaps chocolate. It is believed to have originated in Victorian England and arrived in the United States in the mid19th century, where it became popular mostly in the South. Take today’s trend of highly personalized weddings, add the fact that more grooms are involved in wedding planning, and throw in the popularity of extreme baking shows such as TLC network’s “Cake Boss,” and you’ll find that humble groom’s cakes have evolved into works of edible art. While traditionalists still Yankee Stadium cake by Fairy Dust Cakes

honor the groom with a plain, round cake, many couples are ordering cakes in the groom’s favorite flavor and in the shape of golf clubs, fishing gear, football helmets, smartphones, and guys-night foods like burgers, pizza and hot dogs. “It’s really about the groom’s interests and his hobbies and something that’s reflective of the groom,” said Darcy Miller, editorial director of Martha Stewart Weddings. “A wedding is about the two of them. That’s one detail that can be all about the groom.” After last spring’s royal wedding, at which Britain’s Prince William requested a groom’s cake made of biscuits, the popularity of the cakes among U.S. couples is likely to get another boost, Miller said. “All eyes were on that wedding,” she said. “I think (William’s) groom’s cake will definitely help inspire the growing trend here.” Groom’s cakes originally were served at weddings. Today, they also appear at rehearsal dinners or day-after brunches. Wedding planner Tara Guerard, who owns

Soiree in Charleston, S.C., urges her couples to enjoy the groom’s cake at the rehearsal dinner to give the groom a night in the spotlight, so his cake doesn’t get overshadowed by the big white one. “A lot of our grooms want this groom’s cake,” she said. “It’s really important to them.” Women sometimes keep their grooms in the dark about the cake; other men help select it with their fiancees while choosing a wedding cake. John Keenan wasn’t interested in having a groom’s cake for his August wedding in Baton Rouge, La., but his fiancee persisted. “We have to have something that puts you in the picture, too,” his wife, Ashley, 26, recalled telling him. Pushed to choose, Keenan, 31, asked their baker if she could create the only design he could imagine for himself: Yankee Stadium. “I almost fell down,” Keenan said, upon seeing the highly detailed cake. “It was more than I could have asked for.” Being a native New Yorker in Louisiana is “such an odd thing,” Keenan said, in the drawl of a true Southerner. “The fact that I was able to put a New York twist (on the wedding) ... it was really nice.” Like Keenan’s confection celebrating the Yankees, these cakes often highlight something that reminds a guy of home. Patrick Delaney wanted a groom’s cake when he got married last year but was resigned to missing out when his fiancee told him they couldn’t afford one. Instead, she surPatti Cakes created this groom’s cake shaped like a bottle of whiskey for prised him at their rehearsal bride Stefanie Rulis. AP photos dinner in Alexandria, Va., with a cake touting his Kansas City roots. and the family members I had at lors (he wore a pair at the wedIt was shaped the rehearsal dinner were from ding). as a grill, with a Kansas City.” “That got more compliments sizzling rack of ribs Bob Hazlet, originally from and comments after we posted and a bottle of barbeOhio, also was surprised at his the photos than anything else,” cue sauce from his fawedding last year in Memphis, said Hazlet, 32. “I hang around vorite childhood rib joint, Tenn., with a groom’s cake that in those geek circles, and even Gates Bar-B-Q. looked like his iPhone 4. His folks there were pretty excit“I was amazed,” said Delaney, bride had the apps personalized: ed.” 30. “It had even more weight be- the Cincinnati Bengals, Ohio cause most of my groomsmen State, bowling and Chuck Tayã See Cakes, Page 11


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Groom Bob Hazlet was surprised at his wedding with a groom’s cake that looked like his iPhone 4. His bride had the apps personalized: the Cincinnati Bengals, Ohio State, bowling and Chuck Taylors. AP photos

With so much information about weddings available in magazines, online and on TV, more couples are aware of the groom’s cake tradition, and the cakes are now being sliced and served in many parts of the country, not just the South, Miller said. Rachael Myers, owner and baker at Sweet Tooth Confections, a small, custom-order bakery in Alviso, Calif., says the number of groom’s cakes she made nearly doubled from summer 2010 to summer 2011, with about 60 percent of couples now ordering them. Her couples mostly learned about groom’s cakes through cake-baking shows or real weddings posted online, she said. They

order cakes shaped into guitars, baseball hats and gloves, and vintage cars. “Here in California, it’s not about the cake itself, it’s about what can we create out of cake that the groom is just going to fall over on,” Myers said. “People are starting to realize it’s really more of an art form than anything else,” she said. Even in the South, Kyleen Kiger-Smith, who owns Fairy Dust Cakes in Denham Springs, La., and

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