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Weddings of Distinction Annual bridal show planned for Aug. 26 BY PATRICIA ANN SPEELMAN Ohio Community Media pspeelman@sdnccg.com Call it an urban legend, a medieval myth or just plain wrong information, but it’s entirely false that soon-to-be brides and their parents and fiances must spend hours and hours of time and miles and miles of travel to organize the perfect wedding. All they have to do is visit the seventh annual

Weddings of Distinction Bridal Show at the Fort Piqua Plaza, 308 N. Main St., Piqua, on Aug. 26. The Sidney Daily News, Troy Daily News and Piqua Daily Call sponsor the event annu-

ally as a one-stop-shop for wedding-planning couples. This year’s show runs from noon to 4 p.m. on the fourth floor of the plaza. Admission is $5. Emmy’s Bridal, of Minster, will stage two different fashion shows,

one at 1:30 p.m. and the second at 2:30 p.m., to showcase gowns, tuxedoes and accessories. More than 30 area vendors will be on hand to offer advice and information. And each one has provided something special as a door prize. The door prizes will be awarded throughout the event. “This year is going to be bigger and better than ever,” said Becky Smith, advertising manager of the Sidney Daily

News and Classified Call Center. “There will be lots of give-aways. These are local businesses in Miami, Shelby and Auglaize counties. Everything you need will be right at your fingertips to plan your wedding. There will be representatives of venues; shops selling attire for the bride, bridegroom, mother of the bride, bridesmaids, and honeymoon attire; photographers; florists; disc jockeys; limousine serv-

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How to customize a bridesmaid’s dress Bride shares tips to create a practical gown BY EMILY FREDRIX Associated Press I’m practical. Never dreamed of having a lavish gown. Didn’t want to endure a long hunt for bargains. So four little words from the saleswoman spoke to me: “Bridesmaid dress. In white.” Yes, I’m wearing a bridesmaid dress to my own wedding. It’s simple, elegant, relatively cheap and easy. Talk about putting the “bride” in bridesmaid. When I showed up at my local Macy’s bridal

salon on my first day of dress shopping, I explained that I wanted something elegant, good for an outdoor summer wedding, at a price that wouldn’t rival the liquor bill. What the saleswoman suggested is a littleknown trick that can save hundreds of dollars or more on a wedding dress. Perhaps even better, you can customize your wedding dress however you like it; bridesmaid dresses are usually basic — satin or silk, without the beads, lace and other frills on many

traditional gowns. And at anywhere from $100 to $300, there’s no traditional price tag either. Get a bridesmaid dress in white, ivory or whatever color you want. Wear it as is. Or glam it up with accessories and have a unique — and cost-effective — look. It’s called a wedding dress hack, I’d later find out. Happy with my plan, I couldn’t help looking at the women sorting through the expensive gowns at the store. Why would they want to spend thousands on a

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From Page 4 With a deep purple sash, maybe some silk flowers stitched onto it. And maybe some tulle underneath to give me some pouf. It’s all up to me. Final price? The tag said $205, but after a bridal salon-wide sale of 15 percent off, it was $174.25, before tax. Bam. Now I’m planning my accessories. And talking glowingly about my

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VOWS know you still love them enough to marry them again.” Anja Winikka, editor of the wedding website TheKnot.com, believes one reason for the spike of interest in vow renewals is that some celebrity couples have done it. Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott filmed their vow renewal for their reality TV show. Holly Robinson Peete tweeted photos after she and former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete recently celebrated their 17-year anniversary by renewing their vows on top of the Empire State Building in New York. Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon are the most consistent; they renew their vows every year. “You hear about it, and just like any trends in the wedding industry and in decor and fashion, celebrities certainly do influence us in that way,” says Winikka. Southerland says she recently helped a couple who renew their vows every year. “It’s always a surprise, and the husband plans it,” she said. Whether you renew your vows annually or just once, in a small ceremony or as part of a vacation, the cost of saying “I do — again” can vary. “You can do something that’s very simple, that’s just the husband and wife standing up with a photographer, and that can be less than $1,000. Or you can do something where you’ve invited a bunch of people. I’ve had people spend upwards of 50 or

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honoring biblical connections Non-Jewish couples embrace the faith for their weddings BY LEANNE ITALIE Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Jessie Engelman and her fiance plan to wed later this year in Jamaica, where they’ll sign a ketubah, the traditional Jewish marriage contract. Soon after, they’ll host a pig roast in her tiny Iowa hometown. Neither bride nor groom is Jewish, nor are they evangelical Christians looking to honor their biblical connections

to the faith. “My mom and my grandparents had never heard of a ketubah. … After we explained it they thought it was really cool,” said the 31-year-old Engelman, a quality assurance manager from Nyack, N.Y. “We love the spirit of it.” More non-Jewish couples have embraced Jewish marriage rituals over the last decade. Some stomp a glass — or a lightbulb as a popular substitute. Others recite

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BOUQUET “I definitely feel more loved and connected to them in my wedding memories than I might have if I had just ordered flowers from a florist,” Vivrette said. Some brides choose an alternative bouquet to save money. Flowers for the average wedding can cost more than $2,000, according to The Wedding Report, which tracks industry spending. Of that, the bridal bouquet runs on average $132; it and the other bouquets, boutonnieres and corsages often add up to more than $400. Beyond cost, however, brides might choose an alternative to the traditional bouquet to express their individuality,

go lighter on the environment, or continue or establish a family tradition. All of those factors influenced Karyn Thurston’s decision to crochet flowers for her wedding in Portland, Ore., in February 2011. Thurston grew up seeing the fabric flowers her mother had made for her own wedding and displayed at home. An avid knitter, Thurston also wanted to avoid having flowers shipped to her winter wedding. Over four months, she crocheted flowers for her wedding party of 12 people, including her own bouquet — a mix of golden yellow, rusty orange and a deep gray

From Page 8 blue. The time she devoted to the project gave her a chance to reflect. “As I was going through the process of making flowers, thinking about my hopes for the wedding and our marriage, I was crocheting all that intention into these flowers,” she said. The Internet is awash in patterns, tutorials and how-to videos for making bouquets out of things besides fresh flowers. And if crafting’s not for you, you can find handmade wares on sites such as Etsy.com, where prices range from $50 for simple silk bouquets to well over $600 for custom brooch bouquets.

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FAITH of ketubah artists setting up shop online has exploded in recent years, making it that much easier for non-Jewish couples to embrace the practice. The ketubah is more than just fancy calligraphy. It’s often poster-size and ornate, suitable for framing later with artwork either as backdrop or accompaniment.“Interestingly enough, some of the non-Jewish couples choose very traditional Jewish texts,” Michael said. She works with many ketubah artists who offer words of love and loyalty specifically for non-Jewish couples. One offers an Apache wedding blessing and another uses inspirational text from New Age

From Page 9 guru Kahlil Gibran. “Many times they contact us after having attended Jewish friends’ weddings,” Michael said. “Previously, they often had to order a custom text but now there are many designs they can choose from with standard wording for all faith couples.” Jannine Medrana Malave and her husband, Nelson, had a traditional Catholic wedding with a Mass in their childhood parish church in Philadelphia. Their ceremony included touches reflecting her Filipino roots and his Puerto Rican ones, but they also had a ketubah in a round design with English and Hebrew — signed by, among others, the priest who married them.

The ketubah was a gift from two close friends they consider their “Jewish mothers,” but it was Nelson’s idea after he noticed the ketubot in the shop of the National Museum of American Jewish History, where Jannine works as director of donor relations and special events. “We like to learn about other cultures and other traditions,” said Jannine, 34.“It’s hanging in our living room, next to our crucifix no less.” Stephanie Caplan is a ketubah artist on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. She’s been doing custom work for non-Jewish clients who found her offline and through her website, TheKetubah.com, for several years. She recently added more affordable prints suitable for couples who want to celebrate but not practice the faith. “I always felt it was something that everybody could have,” she said. “I didn’t see why it should just be for Jews. It can be the thing that reflects the spirit of the day, more than those 50,000 photo-

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FOOD Goat Cheese, Bacon and Mango Crostini Makes about 30 pieces 1 baguette, sliced crosswise into 1/2inch pieces 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil Salt 1 pound bacon, chopped 1 cup balsamic vinegar 3 tablespoons sugar 8 ounces goat cheese, softened 2 large mangos (about 2 pounds), peeled, pitted and diced 3 green onions, sliced thin (about 1/3 cup) Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

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Avoiding wedding day foot pain Tips for selecting shoes (ARA) — The man of your dreams, a stunning dress and the most darling shoes to go with it — you have everything you need to ensure your wedding is perfect in every way. But at the end of your big day, will you be left with something less welcome than beautiful memories? Will you be sporting sore — or possibly even injured — feet? “Brides may think that aching feet at the end of their wedding day is just something they’ll have to put up with,” says Dr. Jacqueline Sutera, a doctor of podiatric medicine

and spokesperson for the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). “But while dancing the night away at the reception can tire their feet, brides shouldn’t end their big day with sore feet. The right shoe choice can help protect them from foot pain.” Most women consider comfort over style or price when selecting a shoe, according to an APMA survey. Yet brides may be tempted to put looks over comfort, thinking they’ll wear their wedding shoes so briefly a little discomfort won’t make a differ-

ence. Wearing shoes that irritate your feet can cause long-term injury, however, and make existing problems, like bunions or hammer toes, worse. When you’re picking out wedding shoes, keep these tips from APMA in mind: • Lower heels are better. You may love how your legs look in those 5inch stilettos, but very high heels can put a lot of pressure on your feet and even cause misalignment of the spine. If you know you’ll be on your feet for hours (and what bride

isn’t?), consider choosing a lower heel of no more than 2 inches. • Can’t go without your very high heels? Consider keeping a second, lower-heeled shoe on hand to slip on during down times. Wear your hot high heels for the ceremony and photos, and switch to the more comfortable, practical (but still pretty) lower heels for the reception. • Shoes with wide, rounded toes tend to be more comfortable.

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One last party before the wedding Best destinations for bachelorette, bachelor parties the Big Apple. Away.com, a travel inspiration and advice website, notes that guys can start by fueling up at one of the Grade-A steakhouses before taking on the VIP section of a club (reservations usually required). Or they can buy tickets to see one of the city's many sports teams for some real male-bonding time. Ladies can head down 5th Avenue with their department store itineraries and confirm why women make the majority of household purchasing decisions.

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Planning your wedding Great tips for summer brides (StatePoint) — Long days, lush plants, beautiful sunsets — summer can be the perfect backdrop for the ideal wedding. The timing is perfect, so make sure the rest of the details follow suit. Be sure to pick out cheerful engagement party and bridal shower invitations, as first impressions are very important in setting the mood. A relaxed and graceful outdoor bridal shower is characteristic for summer. From there, it is on to the main event. “Summer weddings are elegant and beautiful,” said Mariam Naficy, CEO of Minted.com, an online

stationery store that specializes in wedding invitations and accessories.“But elegance doesn’t come without the right amount of preparation. It’s an event that will be remembered forever; why not make it as perfect as can be?” Here are some ways to assure your summer wedding lives up to all your dreams. • Guest List — It’s important that you and your fiancé come to an agreement on the guest list, as getting bogged down on minor details can slow down other critical wedding plans. Many people make travel plans in sum-

mer so keep it organized and send out the “Save the Date” as soon as the list is finalized. • Invitations: Let guests know they should expect to be impressed by the ceremony. The right wedding invitations will show personality, follow the theme, and express excitement about the couple’s future life together. Specialty websites like Minted.com are an ideal place to get just the right invitation for the big day. • Colors: Darker hues are for the cooler months. Use light and bright colors evocative of the season like baby blue, green, teal and pink. • Outdoor Ceremony: Imagine saying “I do” out-

doors on a beautiful day while lovebirds flutter and chirp around you. There won’t be a dry eye in sight. With the comfort of your guests in mind, and for a decorative touch, be sure to provide some relief from the heat and sun with a gazebo or a trellised awning. • Flowers: The scent of gorgeous fresh cut flowers will spruce up any wedding and accentuate that summer mindset. Opt for Birds of Paradise for a tropical feel or Calla Lilly for a touch of elegance.

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Turning a house into a home (StatePoint) — For most newlyweds, getting back to real life after the honeymoon means turning a house into a shared home. But merging the furniture, housewares and artwork of two individuals is not always a cakewalk. Here are some ideas that will help keep you both happy as you plan your new home and future together: Choose Your Battles When merging belongings you may not agree with each other every step of the way, but it’s not worth picking a fight. Choose what is most important to you so your protests carry more weight. For example, it’s okay to put your foot down when it comes to painting an entire room a color you detest, but it may be better to let it go if you’re talking about the color of the bathroom rug. Likewise, let your spouse have his or her way when you recognize what is meaningful to

them. You may hate the rocking chair in your living room, but if it belonged to your spouse’s g r e a t - g r e a t grandmother, you better learn to love it. Something New Thinking of your combined belongings in terms of “ours” and not “mine” is a transition that you can make smoother by picking new things out together. Even if your home is fully furnished, it doesn’t hurt to invest in at least one new side table or a pair of lamps in which you can take pride in as a couple. What you put on your walls can also help you bridge the style gap. “Choosing art together is a great way for new couples to decorate their home as a team,” says Mariam Naficy, CEO of Minted.com, an online stationery and art store. Find art prints you both love from an online site like Minted.com, which allows you to browse a wide variety of designs from independent artists.

best option for you. Seek the advice of a tax preparer or financial adviser who can help you understand the advantages and disadvantages and the adjustments you’ll need to make for your W-2 form. Keep in mind that if you’re married before Dec. 31 of the year for which you’re filing taxes, you qualify as having been married for the entire year. • Talk about bills. As much as you can count on taxes, you can also count on bills. Whether they’re monthly, quarterly or annually issued, you need to figure out who will take care of which bills and where the money will come from. Setting up autopay can lessen the billpaying chore list. You should also make sure that both spouses’ names are on the appropriate accounts. Even if you use autopay, it’s important to check in on your accounts to make sure that nothing is going wrong.

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• Make decisions about moving. If you’re living separately prior to getting married, you’ll need to decide which home you’ll live in. For some couples, this might mean selling a house, while for others it might mean leaving rentals behind and looking for a home to buy. When you’re discussing homes and moving, talk about how your feelings regarding moving away from your current home city, in case you’re ever offered a job transfer opportunity. • Get insurance in order. Meet with your insurance agent or agents to go over your current plans and add your spouse to them. There may be advantages to using one insurer for all of your policies, so if you are currently with different insurers, speak to each to see where you’ll get the best deal. You should also explore your options for health care one spouse’s employer might offer a better plan than the other. Taking care of these practical financial tasks might seem less than exciting compared to the thrill of your wedding day, but getting them done right is important. Since finances are a notorious source of stress, having a clear understanding with your spouse will ensure that you have a good foundation for your marriage. For more information on tools to monitor your credit and help protect against identity theft, go to www.equifax.com.

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counter to keep your foot from slipping around inside the shoe. Consider purchasing inserts for your shoes to help cushion the heels, arches, and balls of your feet. • Don’t buy a gorgeous but uncomfortable pair of shoes thinking you’ll “break them in.” Any shoe you buy should be comfortable immediately, and you probably won’t want to wear them before the wedding day and risk getting them scuffed or dirty. If it rubs or chafes in the store, time and wear will not improve how the shoe feels.

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black suit works quite well.” Hall advises that even if you don’t necessarily plan on wearing a tux, a formalwear store is a good place to go for ideas and advice about current trends. Hall says the recent royal wedding in Britain reminds us that classic looks are always in style. McCoy echoes, “You can never go wrong with the classics.” But according to Hall, when all is said and done, the special day is still about the bride. “In my opinion, the groom should dress in the same way that a museum frames a beautiful painting, so as not to detract from the bride.”

• Everyone’s foot expands throughout the day, so go shoe shopping in the afternoon when your feet are at their largest. Even if you plan a sunrise wedding, choosing your wedding shoe based on your end-of-day size will help ensure you get the best fit. • Flip-flops are a hot trend for brides, especially if you’re marrying during warm months. Flip-flops can be very comfortable; just be sure to choose the right style. Flip-flops with soles that bend freely and twist eas-

AROMAS rary tunes: invigorating peppermint, spearmint, and uplifting citrus (lemon, sweet orange). Diffusion is the key to designing an aromatic ambience at your wedding. This can be accomplished using a variety of apparatus that feature a fan and/or heat to propel the evaporation of the essential plant oils into the air. Simply place the oils in the device according to the in-

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