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Trends coming in weddings for 2020 Tim Leeds tleeds@havredailynews.com

groom, imagine how the guests should feel while entering and leaving the wedding while making sure it reflects what is important to While the traditional huge weddings with a the happy couple, and, while maybe using bride in white and a groom in a black tuxedo, Pinterest and Instagram for ideas can be helpful, don’t base the wedding on what is a huge reception with flowers and favors on seen online — make it personal. every table, certainly will be seen, some wed The biggest common theme was making ding planners and progrosticators are saying different themes are trending for nuptials in the wedding green — not in color, but in sustainability. 2020. The Havre Daily News looked at forecasts “Though keeping the environment in mind for wedding trends in several articles in wed- is something that should never be considered a ‘trend,’ more and more couples are making ding websites and in magazines, and saw concerted efforts to lessen the impact their some common themes. One common trend is to move away from celebrations have on our planet,” Harper’s Bazaar posted in “These are the Top Trends tradition. for 2020 Weddings. “Couples with the environ “Hopefully, the biggest trend for 2020 is individuality,” British Vogue published in ment top of mind are even opting for completely sustainable weddings, “The Wedding Trends To from the food to the flowers.” K n ow I f Yo u ’ re G e t t i ng Some trends many The trends include resetMarried in 2020.” ting or re-using family gems Some trends many planplanners expect in or rings, using locally grown ners expect in 2020 weddings 2020 weddings food, reducing or eliminating i n c l u d e e n v i ro n m e n ta l l y include environmentalthe use of flower foams friendly weddings, bright colly friendly weddings, — oasis — recycling or comors, small weddings, elements bright colors, small posting flowers and biodeof mysticism and a continuagradable elements, eliminattion of destination weddings, weddings, elements of ing or replacing paper confetti with the bride and groom mysticism and a conwith biodegradable elements often traveling to a special tinuation of destination like birdseed or flower petals, location or even out of the weddings, with the and following another comcountry for their ceremony. bride and groom often mon theme — having a small Some recent themes wedding to reduce its carbon expected to trend out include traveling to a special footprint. using pampas grass, firelocation or even out of And micro-weddings are a works, party favors and the country for their theme on many planners’ matching outfits for bridesceremony. minds. maids and bridegrooms. The idea is to have small, But not all the planners invitation-only ceremonies disagree. Some said using veland receptions, which can make it much more vet in decoration and clothes is out, while others recommend its continuation and increased personal, make for less stress, open many venues that couldn’t be used for large ceremouse in 2020. One website noted, though, that trends are nies, make planning much simpler and —  at the same time —  reduce the expenses while only trends. allowing more to be spent on each guest. “They really don’t matter all that much,” “We love how  intimate a  micro wedding Wedding Wire writes in “The 5 Biggest can be,”  Virginia Edelson of Bluebird Wedding Trends You Need to Know.” “ … Your Productions told Brides. wedding should be about you and your part Another trend expected in 2020 weddings is ner.” color and bold themes, both in the decor and Several articles give tips to the planners in the clothing. on how to go about planning. “Expect the new year to bring about pops Brides talked to a multitude of wedding of color, new palettes, print mixing and stateplanners, and all gave tips on the planning ment hues that weddings haven't seen process. Although all had a different take on before” Harper’s Bazaar writes. “Get in touch it, a common recommendation was —  don’t with your personal style — and set the table, rush. “Take your time and don’t try to plan the florals and design accordingly.” entire wedding the week you get engaged," And some predictions are in for colors. M i n d y We i s s o f M i n d y We i s s Pa r t y Wedding Forward makes some predictions on colors that will be popular in 2020 in “The Consultants told Brides. "Enjoy your engageBiggest Wedding Trends We Predict in 2020.” ment and then enjoy the planning process.” Coral is a top choice, it says, with an alternate A common theme was planning, underidea using silver sage, mustard and dusty rose standing and following a budget — and building in a buffer because actualities almost for a more traditional but still not bridalwhite theme. always cost more than the plan. Not rushing, taking time and care to set a Junebug Weddings writes in kits “2020 venue, setting the venue and planning the Wedding Trends to Obsess Over This Year” guest list before starting to set the budget, plan for the guests as well as the bride and ■ See Trends Page 4

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A guide to hosting a daytime wedding Metro Creative Connection Weddings dot the social calendars of mill i o n s o f p e o p l e a c ro s s t h e g l o b e. T h e A s s o c i a t i o n fo r We d d i n g Pro f e s s i o n a l s International says every year an average of 2.4 million weddings are performed in the United States and approximately 150,000 per year are performed in Canada. Evenings are the most common time of the day to host a wedding, but that does not mean a daytime wedding cannot be a beautiful event and make for a party to remember. Couples are increasingly customizing their weddings to be a reflection of their personal styles. One of the ways couples are customizing their festivities is by moving the wedding to various hours of the day that meet the couple’s needs. A wedding that takes place in the late morning or afternoon may be the perfect fit for some couples. Here’s how to navigate the specifics of a daytime wedding. • Secure accommodations. An early wedding means guests may have to travel from afar the evening before to be able to attend the festivities. Daytime weddings can be complemented by working with a hotel or bed and breakfast to ensure guests will have a place to stay and get ready to arrive at the early wedding in time. • Don’t be afraid to negotiate prices. The wedding resource Bridal Guide says that vendors are typically more amenable to price discounts or offering greater value for daytime weddings. That’s because demand for their services is reduced during the day. Similarly, venues may have more availability during the day than at night, and, as a result,

they’re more flexible on prices, especially since brunch foods generally cost less than dinner entrees. • Hire the right photographer. Be sure to contract with a photographer who is a pro at handling photos in daylight and natural light. While many photographers are skilled in any light, many are used to shooting in churches and venues with low lighting. Be sure to see picture samples taken during the daytime to gauge a photographer’s daytime experience and skill level. • Employ color to add dimension. During evening weddings, lighting or candles help set the mood. Those same elements will be ineffective in daylight. Choose bright colors for your decor and flowers to brighten up spaces. • C h o o s e a l t e r n a t i ve e n t e r ta i n m e n t . Chances are guests are not going to feel as comfortable dancing during daylight hours. Consider other entertainment, such as lawn games, karaoke, or a comedian. A guitarist or pianist may be a nice musical touch. • Plan food accordingly. Just because the wedding is early does not mean the food should be. Guests still will need to eat. If you are only opting for light appetizers and cocktails, be sure to mention this on the invitation so guests can plan ahead and won’t go hungry. Daytime weddings can be successful with a little tweaking of traditional evening wedding planning.

Metro Creative Connection A late-morning or early afternoon wedding can be the perfect fit for some bridal parties.

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After the Wedding Checklist o Return all rented tuxedos. o Return all rented equipment. o Return all borrowed accessories. o Write thank-you cards. o Preserve your bridal bouquet. o Send your wedding gown to the cleaners and have it sealed in a vacuum bag or box. o Decide on filing taxes jointly or separately, and update your tax forms at work.

o Add your spouse to your employer's health insurance. o Make your spouse the beneficiary of any retirement and 401(k) plans. o Purchase life insurance. o Start financial planning and consider meeting with an accountant and financial advisor for strategies that fit your goals as a married couple.

Name Change Check List o SOCIAL SECURITY CARD o DRIVER'S LICENSE o PASSPORT o BANK ACCOUNTS o CREDIT CARDS o SAFE DEPOSIT BOX o INVESTMENTS o LOANS o WILL o PROPERTY TITLES o UTILITY COMPANIES

o POST OFFICE o MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTIONS o CAR REGISTRATION o INSURANCE POLICIES o VOTER REGISTRATION o DOCTORS o DENTIST o EMPLOYEE RECORDS o SCHOOL RECORDS o CLUB MEMBERSHIPS o ANYONE WHO BILLS YOU

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Engagement & Wedding Announcement In The Havre Daily News

Use this guide to help you format your announcement to be published on Fridays in the Havre Daily News Community section. Deadline is 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, prior to the requested Friday publication.

Engagement announcement suggested content: Full name of bride-to-be and groom-to-be, bride's parents' names and city, groom's parents' names and city, bride's education and year(s) of graduation, bride's employment and city, groom's education and year(s) of graduation, groom's employment and city, wedding date and location, couple's future home city.

Wedding announcement suggested content: Full maiden name of bride, full name of groom, noting if the bride is keeping her maiden name; wedding date, time and location; bride's and groom's parents' names and city; first and last name and title of officiant; name and city of maid or matron of honor, of best man; name and city of bridesmaids and groomsmen, flower girl, ringbearer, candlelighters, ushers and musicians; location of reception and hosts; bride's and groom's education and year(s) of graduation; bride's and groom's employer and city; honeymoon location; and couple's new home city.

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How to file for a marriage in Montana

By Tim Leeds, Havre Daily News

One part of the often-lengthy planning in holding a wedding has fairly simple requirements in Montana: to receive a marriage license, people need to fill out an application with a clerk of District Court in the state, swear the information is true, pay the $53 fee and either have a blood test completed or sign a waiver of that requirement, then get married within six months. Same-sex marriages have been legal in the state of Montana since 2014. The requirements are still all the same. On the state application, everything is gender neutral and now refers to applicants as spouse 1 and spouse 2. While people in Montana can have a common-law marriage, going through the official steps can save some trouble later on. Common-law marriages result from actions of a couple — typically living together as husband and wife while of legal age and not being legally married to someone else — holding themselves forth as a married couple and having an agreement to be married, says a brochure by Montana Legal Services Association. But common-law marriages

have been known to cause troubles with applying for or receiving insurance or Social Security benefits and other issues because of a lack of a license to prove a marriage exists. In Montana, people also can be married without a ceremony by filing a written declaration of marriage with a clerk of court. Even that could cause problems depending on whether it would be recognized under rules in other states, including by insurance companies. The requirements in Montana to apply for a marriage license are fairly simple and straightforward. Residents of the state don’t even have to apply for marriage in the county where the ceremony will be performed. A license issued in Hill County, for example, can be used in any Montana county. If one person is a nonresident, that person’s section of the application may be completed before an official authorized to accept such applications in the county and state where the party resides, the law states. The application is fairly simple, requiring information including the names of the parties, their resi-

dence and address, names of the parents and their birthplaces, race, education and information about any previous marriage and its termination. The participants are required to swear under oath that the information provided is true, and state law specifies that the parties must pay the filing fee. The law requires that the parties applying provide satisfactory proof that they will be at least 18 years old when the license is issued, or will be 16 and have judicial approval of the marriage, generally with the consent of the parties’ parents. The parties must also be able to provide proof that their marriage is not prohibited under state law, such as a marriage between first cousins or an uncle and a niece. Montana law does specify that any female applicant applying for a marriage license must submit a blood test confirming immunity to rubella, but also allows the parties of the marriage to request a waiver of the requirement after reading information about the need to ensure rubella immunity to protect any children conceived. Infection of a woman with the rubella virus

during early pregnancy can lead to complications with the pregnancy or a variety of congenital defects, the waiver reads. The waivers are available at the time of application. The marriage must take place within 180 days of the application being completed, though there is no waiting period before the ceremony can take place. Once the marriage is completed and the license issued, it is kept on record both in the county where it was filed and on the state level. Another issue people might need to remember is taken care of after the marriage: making sure any

name changes are on record. If a name is changed due to marriage — such as the woman taking the family name of the husband — it is important that the change is recorded by any agencies or entities that need to know. That would include the Social Security Administration, for recording income and issuing benefits; insurance companies; bank and other financial accounts including mortgages, and making sure names — and addresses — are correct on driver’s licenses, passports and other identification, as well as any other documents or entities that require a name to be on file.


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Trends: Personalized, out-of-the-box weddings are trending ■ Continued from page 2 that geometric blocking in contrasting colors is a theme to watch for. But, a common comment is color is in. “Color is one of our favorite 2020 wedding trends,” The Knot writes in “Top Wedding Trends in 2020. “Expect to see a lot of neo mint, a.k.a. the new millennial pink; cassis, not quite pink, not quite purple; yellow, a mellow, rich hue with earthy undertones; and faded denim, a blue that is equally fresh and serene.” And the non-traditional theme goes for more than color in the bridal party’s clothes. Francis Dorman and Britt Cole of 42 North told Brides that leaving tradition will be more popular for people who want to make a statement or go with contemporary styles. That could go to leaving the dress behind and going with jumpsuits, skirts and capes. And it should be what the bride, not tradition determines, several planners say. “The key is to wear whatever you like — you needn’t try and dress like a classic bride if you’re not feeling it,” British Vogue writes. “Your bridesmaids can all wear outfits they already own in different colors.” Leaving the traditional matched dresses and tuxedos for the wedding party is a common trend expected in 2020. “Bridesmaids in pantsuits or tuxedos instead of dresses will be the year’s biggest  trend,” wedding planner Michelle Rago told Brides. “The looks can be fitted, flowy, sparkly or cropped — whatever suits your personal style the best. We just think it’s all so terribly chic.” Wedding Ideas Mag writes that the key is

for the wedding party to wear what they want, including bridesmaids wearing outfits they already own in different colors. “Just make sure you feel like a million dollars,” the British Vogue “2020 Wedding Trends to Know Now” article says. And some different themes are expected by different planners, including the fact that people born in and growing up in the 1990s could bring back elements from another decade, others seeing flashbacks to the 1980s and the idea that people will rework styles and themes from their grandparents’ and great-grandparents’ days another. Junebug Weddings has another prediction that is well-suited to this part of the country — a Western theme in the wedding, from bolo ties to the men to Western-style clothes and cowboy boots. Junebug also predicts animal-themed accessories will be common, from leapordprint boots and accessories to prints with bird and animal themes. But several planners said people should expect to see a newer twist on an old tradition, the bridal veil. But not a short veil or even floor-length — brides may be using veils that drape 10 to 20 feet behind them, perhaps with personalization like a statement printed on the veil. Another trend expected to be hot in 2020 is mysticism, several planners said. Harper’s Bazaar predicts it will be common to see crystals, tarot card and palm readings, aura paintings and more at celebrations which can help bring guests into the event.

And bringing guests into the ceremony itself is expected, with weddings designed to directly involve the guests instead of only focusing on the bride and groom. Wedding Forward has several predictions for decorations 2020, some old and some new, including the use of hanging flowers and floral arches. Two predictions it makes is the common use of neon lights and signs at some weddings, and the use of lanterns for lighting — although Wedding Forward predicts candles will not be on the way out. It also predicts including more children and pets will be common in ceremonies in 2020. Group activities and games for guests to involve them more directly in the celebration is something Wedding Ideas predicts, with games like croquet or Jenga likely to be seen. And the celebration itself may be in different forms, both in design and in what is offered. Brides suggests leaving traditional rows of small tables or long rectangular tables to have tablescapes set in patterns, groups or rows, or possibly tables with benches or other alternate styles. Leaving traditional catering is also something planners say is trending this year. Brides says people might leave cookie-cutter wedding catering behind and work with someone they trust to make something unique and suitable. One hot trend in 2020 is vegan weddings, Wedding Ideas reports, but other articles recommend making the food served fit the guests

— if some are vegetarian, offer that, if some like seafood, offer that. They key, planners said, is making the food offered what the wedding party and what they guests will want. And some new spins on liquid refreshments are likely this year. The Knot says a likely trend is seeing selfserve bars, “not a cooler full of cold ones,” but a bar that allows guests to create their own cocktail. Harper’s Bazaar talks about specialty bars, where a favorite drink from tequila to Scotch to bourbon to wine, could be the focus. Another trend pointed out by Harper’s is, it’s not just a photo opportunity any longer. Video is key, the article says. —— Online: The Knot: https://www.theknot.com/content/new-wedding-trends Brides: https://www.brides.com/story/2017wedding-trend-predictions Harper’s Bazaar: https://www.harpersbazaar.com/wedding/planning/g30247361/wedding-trends-2020/ Wedding Forward: https://www.weddingforward.com/wedding-trends/ Wedding Ideas: https://www.weddingideasmag.com/2019-wedding-trends/ Vo g u e : h t t p s : / / w w w. v o g u e . c o . u k / article/2020-wedding-trends Wedding Wire: https://www.weddingwire. com/wedding-ideas/2020-wedding-trends Junebug Weddings: https://junebugweddings.com/wedding-blog/2020-wedding-trendsobsess-over-this-year

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Make a statement with your wedding cake Metro Creative Connection Brides and grooms may pour over every detail of their weddings, but few components of the festivities may be as fun, especially for foodies, as deciding what the wedding cake will look like. Couples who want to deliver show-stopping visuals often express some measure of their creativity and personalities through statement wedding cakes. Many couples now eschew the classic three-tiered white cake in favor of a dessert that garners instant attention. Whether the cake is brightly colored or hand-painted, a towering architectural marvel or shimmering in metallics, couples are opting to make a statement with their confections. Apart from clever cake-toppers, here are ways to stand apart when dessert is served.

Metro Creative Connection Coming up with a show-stopping cake can be one of the most fun parts of a wedding.

• According to the Perfect Wedding Guide, a rising trend in cakes is to cover a white or naked cake with translucent glaze tinted in the couple’s wedding colors. This artistic expression can be especially stunning in boho-chic weddings. • Statement tiers also are popular. The cake may be traditional in nearly every way, but couples then set the cake apart by featuring an elaborate design or a different hue in one tier. • Martha Stewart Weddings advises that more than just color can be used to make a statement. Lifelike sugar flowers can really set cakes apart. Guests may not be sure if they can consume all aspects of some cakes. But delicate sugar flowers taste as good as they look. • Hand-painted tiles on a cake are another way to add panache. A bride and groom may be inspired by a European vacation or the stained-glass

effects of religious windows and want to add that feel to the tiers of the cake. • Sometimes a statement comes by way of texture. Even an all-white cake can be dressed up with interesting textural effects. Ruffles, lace, embossing, and 3-D rosettes are different textural components that can be incorporated in cake designs. • Couples also may want to tell their unique stories with cake. Individual tiers designed to reflect various milestone moments from the couple’s relationship can be quite engaging. • Capitalizing on the trend of edgier weddings, couples may opt for darker hues on their cakes — even a black tier — or nontraditional geometric shapes to the cake itself or its design elements. Statement cakes can really say something about the couple getting married. Much like other wedding elements, cakes provide a window into the minds of happy couples.


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Diets: Using buffet-style service is one way to accommodate varied needs ■ Continued from page 5 wedding-related parties and receptions. The following are some ideas to consider when planning wedding menus. • Consider a buffet-style service. Although couples might like the tradition and flair that a seated/plated meal offers, it creates a much more limited selection of meal options. Buffet-style dinner service often provides couples with multiple choices, and it’s much more likely they can come up with a combination that caters to any food allergies or dietary restrictions guests may have. • Opt for food stations. In lieu of one long buffet table, a modern approach is to have staffed food stations. Foods as well as their ingredients can be clearly stated on food table placards so guests can make appropriate choices. • O f f e r a l t e r n a t i ve s fo r d e s s e r t . Wedding cake can be a challenge to someone with a gluten sensitivity or an egg or a nut allergy. While not every guest indulges in dessert, make it a point to offer an alternative to cake. Perhaps a groom’s cake can be revamped into gluten-free cookie bars or a nut-free trifle. Couples who know in advance which types of dietary restrictions their guests have can work with caterers to devise a menu that suits everyone.

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Cater wedding menus to guests’ dietary needs Metro Creative Connection Gone are the days when wedding reception menus were limited to the onesize-fits-all offerings of meat, chicken or fish. Thanks to modern diets, couples hoping to accommodate guests may need to provide a wide array of food choices. It is impossible to pinpoint an exact number, as there are no definitive surveys classifying all dietary preferences, but there are believed to be around 7.9 million people in the United States who follow a vegetarian-based diet. Of those people, around one million are strictly ve g a n , a c c o rd i n g to d a ta i n T h e

Economist. In addition, NYU Langone Health says one-third of Americans are trying to avoid gluten. The Gluten Free Agency, which is a consulting group dedicated to helping advertisers, says some nine million people in Canada are going gluten-free now for medical or personal reasons. Toss in the scores of people with peanut or other allergies and even more caution is needed when designing wedding menus. Savvy couples who have guests’ health and comfort in mind recognize the importance of offering a varied meal plan for

■ See Diets Page 8

Metro Creative Connection WIth modern dietary styles and needs, planning a wedding can mean more than picking one or two entrées to eat if the couple wants to accomodate all of its guests.

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Matthew & Jewelia (Roen) Hicks September 1, 2019

Reader Wedding Shots Cody & Mandi (Nystrom) Wood December 7, 2019

Paul and Alissa Borlaug McClendon ~ June 29, 2019

Jamie & James Vines ~ July 6, 2019 ~ Glacier National Park

Reader Wedding Shots Kade & Brandi Barsotti October 5, 2019 Pam and Dale McAuley May 24, 2019

Just Married

Ryan and Lindsey Reibsome June 1, 2019

Clint & Danielle (Ostwalt) Willis August 3, 2019

Gareth Bernard & Megan Ask ~ August 31, 2019

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Matthew & Jewelia (Roen) Hicks September 1, 2019

Reader Wedding Shots Cody & Mandi (Nystrom) Wood December 7, 2019

Paul and Alissa Borlaug McClendon ~ June 29, 2019

Jamie & James Vines ~ July 6, 2019 ~ Glacier National Park

Reader Wedding Shots Kade & Brandi Barsotti October 5, 2019 Pam and Dale McAuley May 24, 2019

Just Married

Ryan and Lindsey Reibsome June 1, 2019

Clint & Danielle (Ostwalt) Willis August 3, 2019

Gareth Bernard & Megan Ask ~ August 31, 2019

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Diets: Using buffet-style service is one way to accommodate varied needs ■ Continued from page 5 wedding-related parties and receptions. The following are some ideas to consider when planning wedding menus. • Consider a buffet-style service. Although couples might like the tradition and flair that a seated/plated meal offers, it creates a much more limited selection of meal options. Buffet-style dinner service often provides couples with multiple choices, and it’s much more likely they can come up with a combination that caters to any food allergies or dietary restrictions guests may have. • Opt for food stations. In lieu of one long buffet table, a modern approach is to have staffed food stations. Foods as well as their ingredients can be clearly stated on food table placards so guests can make appropriate choices. • O f f e r a l t e r n a t i ve s fo r d e s s e r t . Wedding cake can be a challenge to someone with a gluten sensitivity or an egg or a nut allergy. While not every guest indulges in dessert, make it a point to offer an alternative to cake. Perhaps a groom’s cake can be revamped into gluten-free cookie bars or a nut-free trifle. Couples who know in advance which types of dietary restrictions their guests have can work with caterers to devise a menu that suits everyone.

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Cater wedding menus to guests’ dietary needs Metro Creative Connection Gone are the days when wedding reception menus were limited to the onesize-fits-all offerings of meat, chicken or fish. Thanks to modern diets, couples hoping to accommodate guests may need to provide a wide array of food choices. It is impossible to pinpoint an exact number, as there are no definitive surveys classifying all dietary preferences, but there are believed to be around 7.9 million people in the United States who follow a vegetarian-based diet. Of those people, around one million are strictly ve g a n , a c c o rd i n g to d a ta i n T h e

Economist. In addition, NYU Langone Health says one-third of Americans are trying to avoid gluten. The Gluten Free Agency, which is a consulting group dedicated to helping advertisers, says some nine million people in Canada are going gluten-free now for medical or personal reasons. Toss in the scores of people with peanut or other allergies and even more caution is needed when designing wedding menus. Savvy couples who have guests’ health and comfort in mind recognize the importance of offering a varied meal plan for

■ See Diets Page 8

Metro Creative Connection WIth modern dietary styles and needs, planning a wedding can mean more than picking one or two entrées to eat if the couple wants to accomodate all of its guests.

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Trends: Personalized, out-of-the-box weddings are trending ■ Continued from page 2 that geometric blocking in contrasting colors is a theme to watch for. But, a common comment is color is in. “Color is one of our favorite 2020 wedding trends,” The Knot writes in “Top Wedding Trends in 2020. “Expect to see a lot of neo mint, a.k.a. the new millennial pink; cassis, not quite pink, not quite purple; yellow, a mellow, rich hue with earthy undertones; and faded denim, a blue that is equally fresh and serene.” And the non-traditional theme goes for more than color in the bridal party’s clothes. Francis Dorman and Britt Cole of 42 North told Brides that leaving tradition will be more popular for people who want to make a statement or go with contemporary styles. That could go to leaving the dress behind and going with jumpsuits, skirts and capes. And it should be what the bride, not tradition determines, several planners say. “The key is to wear whatever you like — you needn’t try and dress like a classic bride if you’re not feeling it,” British Vogue writes. “Your bridesmaids can all wear outfits they already own in different colors.” Leaving the traditional matched dresses and tuxedos for the wedding party is a common trend expected in 2020. “Bridesmaids in pantsuits or tuxedos instead of dresses will be the year’s biggest  trend,” wedding planner Michelle Rago told Brides. “The looks can be fitted, flowy, sparkly or cropped — whatever suits your personal style the best. We just think it’s all so terribly chic.” Wedding Ideas Mag writes that the key is

for the wedding party to wear what they want, including bridesmaids wearing outfits they already own in different colors. “Just make sure you feel like a million dollars,” the British Vogue “2020 Wedding Trends to Know Now” article says. And some different themes are expected by different planners, including the fact that people born in and growing up in the 1990s could bring back elements from another decade, others seeing flashbacks to the 1980s and the idea that people will rework styles and themes from their grandparents’ and great-grandparents’ days another. Junebug Weddings has another prediction that is well-suited to this part of the country — a Western theme in the wedding, from bolo ties to the men to Western-style clothes and cowboy boots. Junebug also predicts animal-themed accessories will be common, from leapordprint boots and accessories to prints with bird and animal themes. But several planners said people should expect to see a newer twist on an old tradition, the bridal veil. But not a short veil or even floor-length — brides may be using veils that drape 10 to 20 feet behind them, perhaps with personalization like a statement printed on the veil. Another trend expected to be hot in 2020 is mysticism, several planners said. Harper’s Bazaar predicts it will be common to see crystals, tarot card and palm readings, aura paintings and more at celebrations which can help bring guests into the event.

And bringing guests into the ceremony itself is expected, with weddings designed to directly involve the guests instead of only focusing on the bride and groom. Wedding Forward has several predictions for decorations 2020, some old and some new, including the use of hanging flowers and floral arches. Two predictions it makes is the common use of neon lights and signs at some weddings, and the use of lanterns for lighting — although Wedding Forward predicts candles will not be on the way out. It also predicts including more children and pets will be common in ceremonies in 2020. Group activities and games for guests to involve them more directly in the celebration is something Wedding Ideas predicts, with games like croquet or Jenga likely to be seen. And the celebration itself may be in different forms, both in design and in what is offered. Brides suggests leaving traditional rows of small tables or long rectangular tables to have tablescapes set in patterns, groups or rows, or possibly tables with benches or other alternate styles. Leaving traditional catering is also something planners say is trending this year. Brides says people might leave cookie-cutter wedding catering behind and work with someone they trust to make something unique and suitable. One hot trend in 2020 is vegan weddings, Wedding Ideas reports, but other articles recommend making the food served fit the guests

— if some are vegetarian, offer that, if some like seafood, offer that. They key, planners said, is making the food offered what the wedding party and what they guests will want. And some new spins on liquid refreshments are likely this year. The Knot says a likely trend is seeing selfserve bars, “not a cooler full of cold ones,” but a bar that allows guests to create their own cocktail. Harper’s Bazaar talks about specialty bars, where a favorite drink from tequila to Scotch to bourbon to wine, could be the focus. Another trend pointed out by Harper’s is, it’s not just a photo opportunity any longer. Video is key, the article says. —— Online: The Knot: https://www.theknot.com/content/new-wedding-trends Brides: https://www.brides.com/story/2017wedding-trend-predictions Harper’s Bazaar: https://www.harpersbazaar.com/wedding/planning/g30247361/wedding-trends-2020/ Wedding Forward: https://www.weddingforward.com/wedding-trends/ Wedding Ideas: https://www.weddingideasmag.com/2019-wedding-trends/ Vo g u e : h t t p s : / / w w w. v o g u e . c o . u k / article/2020-wedding-trends Wedding Wire: https://www.weddingwire. com/wedding-ideas/2020-wedding-trends Junebug Weddings: https://junebugweddings.com/wedding-blog/2020-wedding-trendsobsess-over-this-year

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Make a statement with your wedding cake Metro Creative Connection Brides and grooms may pour over every detail of their weddings, but few components of the festivities may be as fun, especially for foodies, as deciding what the wedding cake will look like. Couples who want to deliver show-stopping visuals often express some measure of their creativity and personalities through statement wedding cakes. Many couples now eschew the classic three-tiered white cake in favor of a dessert that garners instant attention. Whether the cake is brightly colored or hand-painted, a towering architectural marvel or shimmering in metallics, couples are opting to make a statement with their confections. Apart from clever cake-toppers, here are ways to stand apart when dessert is served.

Metro Creative Connection Coming up with a show-stopping cake can be one of the most fun parts of a wedding.

• According to the Perfect Wedding Guide, a rising trend in cakes is to cover a white or naked cake with translucent glaze tinted in the couple’s wedding colors. This artistic expression can be especially stunning in boho-chic weddings. • Statement tiers also are popular. The cake may be traditional in nearly every way, but couples then set the cake apart by featuring an elaborate design or a different hue in one tier. • Martha Stewart Weddings advises that more than just color can be used to make a statement. Lifelike sugar flowers can really set cakes apart. Guests may not be sure if they can consume all aspects of some cakes. But delicate sugar flowers taste as good as they look. • Hand-painted tiles on a cake are another way to add panache. A bride and groom may be inspired by a European vacation or the stained-glass

effects of religious windows and want to add that feel to the tiers of the cake. • Sometimes a statement comes by way of texture. Even an all-white cake can be dressed up with interesting textural effects. Ruffles, lace, embossing, and 3-D rosettes are different textural components that can be incorporated in cake designs. • Couples also may want to tell their unique stories with cake. Individual tiers designed to reflect various milestone moments from the couple’s relationship can be quite engaging. • Capitalizing on the trend of edgier weddings, couples may opt for darker hues on their cakes — even a black tier — or nontraditional geometric shapes to the cake itself or its design elements. Statement cakes can really say something about the couple getting married. Much like other wedding elements, cakes provide a window into the minds of happy couples.


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After the Wedding Checklist o Return all rented tuxedos. o Return all rented equipment. o Return all borrowed accessories. o Write thank-you cards. o Preserve your bridal bouquet. o Send your wedding gown to the cleaners and have it sealed in a vacuum bag or box. o Decide on filing taxes jointly or separately, and update your tax forms at work.

o Add your spouse to your employer's health insurance. o Make your spouse the beneficiary of any retirement and 401(k) plans. o Purchase life insurance. o Start financial planning and consider meeting with an accountant and financial advisor for strategies that fit your goals as a married couple.

Name Change Check List o SOCIAL SECURITY CARD o DRIVER'S LICENSE o PASSPORT o BANK ACCOUNTS o CREDIT CARDS o SAFE DEPOSIT BOX o INVESTMENTS o LOANS o WILL o PROPERTY TITLES o UTILITY COMPANIES

o POST OFFICE o MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTIONS o CAR REGISTRATION o INSURANCE POLICIES o VOTER REGISTRATION o DOCTORS o DENTIST o EMPLOYEE RECORDS o SCHOOL RECORDS o CLUB MEMBERSHIPS o ANYONE WHO BILLS YOU

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Use this guide to help you format your announcement to be published on Fridays in the Havre Daily News Community section. Deadline is 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, prior to the requested Friday publication.

Engagement announcement suggested content: Full name of bride-to-be and groom-to-be, bride's parents' names and city, groom's parents' names and city, bride's education and year(s) of graduation, bride's employment and city, groom's education and year(s) of graduation, groom's employment and city, wedding date and location, couple's future home city.

Wedding announcement suggested content: Full maiden name of bride, full name of groom, noting if the bride is keeping her maiden name; wedding date, time and location; bride's and groom's parents' names and city; first and last name and title of officiant; name and city of maid or matron of honor, of best man; name and city of bridesmaids and groomsmen, flower girl, ringbearer, candlelighters, ushers and musicians; location of reception and hosts; bride's and groom's education and year(s) of graduation; bride's and groom's employer and city; honeymoon location; and couple's new home city.

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How to file for a marriage in Montana

By Tim Leeds, Havre Daily News

One part of the often-lengthy planning in holding a wedding has fairly simple requirements in Montana: to receive a marriage license, people need to fill out an application with a clerk of District Court in the state, swear the information is true, pay the $53 fee and either have a blood test completed or sign a waiver of that requirement, then get married within six months. Same-sex marriages have been legal in the state of Montana since 2014. The requirements are still all the same. On the state application, everything is gender neutral and now refers to applicants as spouse 1 and spouse 2. While people in Montana can have a common-law marriage, going through the official steps can save some trouble later on. Common-law marriages result from actions of a couple — typically living together as husband and wife while of legal age and not being legally married to someone else — holding themselves forth as a married couple and having an agreement to be married, says a brochure by Montana Legal Services Association. But common-law marriages

have been known to cause troubles with applying for or receiving insurance or Social Security benefits and other issues because of a lack of a license to prove a marriage exists. In Montana, people also can be married without a ceremony by filing a written declaration of marriage with a clerk of court. Even that could cause problems depending on whether it would be recognized under rules in other states, including by insurance companies. The requirements in Montana to apply for a marriage license are fairly simple and straightforward. Residents of the state don’t even have to apply for marriage in the county where the ceremony will be performed. A license issued in Hill County, for example, can be used in any Montana county. If one person is a nonresident, that person’s section of the application may be completed before an official authorized to accept such applications in the county and state where the party resides, the law states. The application is fairly simple, requiring information including the names of the parties, their resi-

dence and address, names of the parents and their birthplaces, race, education and information about any previous marriage and its termination. The participants are required to swear under oath that the information provided is true, and state law specifies that the parties must pay the filing fee. The law requires that the parties applying provide satisfactory proof that they will be at least 18 years old when the license is issued, or will be 16 and have judicial approval of the marriage, generally with the consent of the parties’ parents. The parties must also be able to provide proof that their marriage is not prohibited under state law, such as a marriage between first cousins or an uncle and a niece. Montana law does specify that any female applicant applying for a marriage license must submit a blood test confirming immunity to rubella, but also allows the parties of the marriage to request a waiver of the requirement after reading information about the need to ensure rubella immunity to protect any children conceived. Infection of a woman with the rubella virus

during early pregnancy can lead to complications with the pregnancy or a variety of congenital defects, the waiver reads. The waivers are available at the time of application. The marriage must take place within 180 days of the application being completed, though there is no waiting period before the ceremony can take place. Once the marriage is completed and the license issued, it is kept on record both in the county where it was filed and on the state level. Another issue people might need to remember is taken care of after the marriage: making sure any

name changes are on record. If a name is changed due to marriage — such as the woman taking the family name of the husband — it is important that the change is recorded by any agencies or entities that need to know. That would include the Social Security Administration, for recording income and issuing benefits; insurance companies; bank and other financial accounts including mortgages, and making sure names — and addresses — are correct on driver’s licenses, passports and other identification, as well as any other documents or entities that require a name to be on file.


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Trends coming in weddings for 2020 Tim Leeds tleeds@havredailynews.com

groom, imagine how the guests should feel while entering and leaving the wedding while making sure it reflects what is important to While the traditional huge weddings with a the happy couple, and, while maybe using bride in white and a groom in a black tuxedo, Pinterest and Instagram for ideas can be helpful, don’t base the wedding on what is a huge reception with flowers and favors on seen online — make it personal. every table, certainly will be seen, some wed The biggest common theme was making ding planners and progrosticators are saying different themes are trending for nuptials in the wedding green — not in color, but in sustainability. 2020. The Havre Daily News looked at forecasts “Though keeping the environment in mind for wedding trends in several articles in wed- is something that should never be considered a ‘trend,’ more and more couples are making ding websites and in magazines, and saw concerted efforts to lessen the impact their some common themes. One common trend is to move away from celebrations have on our planet,” Harper’s Bazaar posted in “These are the Top Trends tradition. for 2020 Weddings. “Couples with the environ “Hopefully, the biggest trend for 2020 is individuality,” British Vogue published in ment top of mind are even opting for completely sustainable weddings, “The Wedding Trends To from the food to the flowers.” K n ow I f Yo u ’ re G e t t i ng Some trends many The trends include resetMarried in 2020.” ting or re-using family gems Some trends many planplanners expect in or rings, using locally grown ners expect in 2020 weddings 2020 weddings food, reducing or eliminating i n c l u d e e n v i ro n m e n ta l l y include environmentalthe use of flower foams friendly weddings, bright colly friendly weddings, — oasis — recycling or comors, small weddings, elements bright colors, small posting flowers and biodeof mysticism and a continuagradable elements, eliminattion of destination weddings, weddings, elements of ing or replacing paper confetti with the bride and groom mysticism and a conwith biodegradable elements often traveling to a special tinuation of destination like birdseed or flower petals, location or even out of the weddings, with the and following another comcountry for their ceremony. bride and groom often mon theme — having a small Some recent themes wedding to reduce its carbon expected to trend out include traveling to a special footprint. using pampas grass, firelocation or even out of And micro-weddings are a works, party favors and the country for their theme on many planners’ matching outfits for bridesceremony. minds. maids and bridegrooms. The idea is to have small, But not all the planners invitation-only ceremonies disagree. Some said using veland receptions, which can make it much more vet in decoration and clothes is out, while others recommend its continuation and increased personal, make for less stress, open many venues that couldn’t be used for large ceremouse in 2020. One website noted, though, that trends are nies, make planning much simpler and —  at the same time —  reduce the expenses while only trends. allowing more to be spent on each guest. “They really don’t matter all that much,” “We love how  intimate a  micro wedding Wedding Wire writes in “The 5 Biggest can be,”  Virginia Edelson of Bluebird Wedding Trends You Need to Know.” “ … Your Productions told Brides. wedding should be about you and your part Another trend expected in 2020 weddings is ner.” color and bold themes, both in the decor and Several articles give tips to the planners in the clothing. on how to go about planning. “Expect the new year to bring about pops Brides talked to a multitude of wedding of color, new palettes, print mixing and stateplanners, and all gave tips on the planning ment hues that weddings haven't seen process. Although all had a different take on before” Harper’s Bazaar writes. “Get in touch it, a common recommendation was —  don’t with your personal style — and set the table, rush. “Take your time and don’t try to plan the florals and design accordingly.” entire wedding the week you get engaged," And some predictions are in for colors. M i n d y We i s s o f M i n d y We i s s Pa r t y Wedding Forward makes some predictions on colors that will be popular in 2020 in “The Consultants told Brides. "Enjoy your engageBiggest Wedding Trends We Predict in 2020.” ment and then enjoy the planning process.” Coral is a top choice, it says, with an alternate A common theme was planning, underidea using silver sage, mustard and dusty rose standing and following a budget — and building in a buffer because actualities almost for a more traditional but still not bridalwhite theme. always cost more than the plan. Not rushing, taking time and care to set a Junebug Weddings writes in kits “2020 venue, setting the venue and planning the Wedding Trends to Obsess Over This Year” guest list before starting to set the budget, plan for the guests as well as the bride and ■ See Trends Page 4

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A guide to hosting a daytime wedding Metro Creative Connection Weddings dot the social calendars of mill i o n s o f p e o p l e a c ro s s t h e g l o b e. T h e A s s o c i a t i o n fo r We d d i n g Pro f e s s i o n a l s International says every year an average of 2.4 million weddings are performed in the United States and approximately 150,000 per year are performed in Canada. Evenings are the most common time of the day to host a wedding, but that does not mean a daytime wedding cannot be a beautiful event and make for a party to remember. Couples are increasingly customizing their weddings to be a reflection of their personal styles. One of the ways couples are customizing their festivities is by moving the wedding to various hours of the day that meet the couple’s needs. A wedding that takes place in the late morning or afternoon may be the perfect fit for some couples. Here’s how to navigate the specifics of a daytime wedding. • Secure accommodations. An early wedding means guests may have to travel from afar the evening before to be able to attend the festivities. Daytime weddings can be complemented by working with a hotel or bed and breakfast to ensure guests will have a place to stay and get ready to arrive at the early wedding in time. • Don’t be afraid to negotiate prices. The wedding resource Bridal Guide says that vendors are typically more amenable to price discounts or offering greater value for daytime weddings. That’s because demand for their services is reduced during the day. Similarly, venues may have more availability during the day than at night, and, as a result,

they’re more flexible on prices, especially since brunch foods generally cost less than dinner entrees. • Hire the right photographer. Be sure to contract with a photographer who is a pro at handling photos in daylight and natural light. While many photographers are skilled in any light, many are used to shooting in churches and venues with low lighting. Be sure to see picture samples taken during the daytime to gauge a photographer’s daytime experience and skill level. • Employ color to add dimension. During evening weddings, lighting or candles help set the mood. Those same elements will be ineffective in daylight. Choose bright colors for your decor and flowers to brighten up spaces. • C h o o s e a l t e r n a t i ve e n t e r ta i n m e n t . Chances are guests are not going to feel as comfortable dancing during daylight hours. Consider other entertainment, such as lawn games, karaoke, or a comedian. A guitarist or pianist may be a nice musical touch. • Plan food accordingly. Just because the wedding is early does not mean the food should be. Guests still will need to eat. If you are only opting for light appetizers and cocktails, be sure to mention this on the invitation so guests can plan ahead and won’t go hungry. Daytime weddings can be successful with a little tweaking of traditional evening wedding planning.

Metro Creative Connection A late-morning or early afternoon wedding can be the perfect fit for some bridal parties.

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