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A McNairy County Wedding By Janet Rail Publisher
On the pages to follow, you will gain inspiration for the perfect country wedding. Country weddings are all the rage in bridal trends. This type of wedding theme is influenced by the landscape of each community, and we believe McNairy County is the perfect place to have a wedding. Whether you plan a more formal wedding ceremony or a small intimate affair with family and friends, your day should be exactly the way you want it. The bride and groom’s personalities should shine through on their special day. This special section will provide you with tips, advice and suggestions from local experts to help guide the process of planning your wedding.
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12C ����������Ring Purchasing Tips 13C ���������Local Experts’ Advice 16C....Financial Tips for Newlyweds 18C ����Dress Shopping and Salons
The one thing we know for sure is that every couple is unique and their nuptials personal. The goal is to have a day that reflects the couple’s personality and is special and memorable. This day is about a celebration of love. If you go big or small with your wedding, all is within reach, even on a tight budget. One of the keys to planning a wedding on a small budget is carefully planning ahead. Being prudent with spending and developing a clear strategy on what you want will ensure that you have few surprises and the end up with the best results. Getting engaged is a very special time in one’s life. You have met the man or woman of your dreams and made a commitment to get married. We encourage you to announce your engagement formally in the paper as you plan your forthcoming marriage ceremony, the official celebration of your love and commitment to one another. Organizing a ceremony, reception and rehearsal dinner is a big undertaking, but it does not have to be overwhelming. Just stay focused, positive and organized. Some opt for a long engagement, however, if that is not for you, the first thing you need to do is to select a date and secure a place for the wedding on that date. According to TheKnot.com, an online resource catering to couples planning their weddings, the most popular day to get married in 2013 was October 12. More than 24,000 couples who used TheKnot.com to plan their weddings listed 10-12-13 as their
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wedding date. The next most popular date was June 1. Although the website stated that summer weddings are more popular than fall weddings, it all depends on where you are tying the knot. Although there are a number of venues in the local area to have your wedding, whether inside or out, you will need to lock in the date and pay any security deposit necessary to reserve the site just for you. Once you set the date and secure a site for your wedding and reception, the rest of the planning can easily fall into place. Even though most would rather bask in the excitement of an engagement, many feel pressure to immediately select a wedding date. Some feel it is best to start with discussing particular seasons. Do you want the lush greenery of summer or an autumn afternoon complete with the color spectrum of fall foliage? Some like to tie the knot during a holiday like Valentine’s Day or have a Christmas wedding. Once you narrow down the season, then you can begin to discuss the month and begin to narrow down potential dates. You always want to consider your guests when planning, as they may not want to travel on holidays to attend a holiday wedding. In addition, you may compete for vendors on reception space, and travel prices are usually higher during holidays. Many factors need to be considered when selecting a date, including any religious constraints with use of the sanctuary during holiday periods. If you have your heart set on a certain venue, caterer or photographer for your wedding, you may find that their availability may dictate your date selection. The earlier you set the date, the more likely you are to secure the location and vendors you desire. There are many websites offering guidance and checklists to assist with your wedding planning. Theknot. com, mywedding.com, weddingwire. com, rusticweddingchic.com, and
marthastewartweddings.com are some expamples. Most of these encourage planning to begin 18 to 12 months prior to the wedding. The more formal and lavish the wedding, the longer the planning period needs to be. For example, some wedding dresses take a minimum of four to five months to arrive if you order instead of buying off the rack. Some of the best advice received from brides in the planning process was to keep things simple and decide what is most important to you. Priorities should be based on individual preferences rather than conventions or expectations. Don’t be afraid to delegate to friends and family. Loved ones typically want to be part of the process, so use their assistance when planning your special day. Consider the environment when planning your wedding, whether you go simple, modern, vintage or minimalist, you can have a beautiful wedding on a budget. You can even pay it forward by giving anything away you created or bought for your wedding to help someone else’s dream come true. Don’t sweat the little things, and only do things that you can afford. There is no perfect wedding, and something may not go just like you planned. The important thing is to relax and enjoy the day. Don’t forget to steal a few moments just for yourselves as husband and wife throughout the wedding day. Remember the big picture – you are marrying the love of your life! Let your creativity flow – no one knows your vision better than yourself, so trust your own style and taste. Be clear on what you want with vendors, friends and family and stick together as a team with your fiance during the planning. Enjoy the day, soak up every moment and make it one of the best days of your life. Our goal is to highlight the area’s local vendors, local brides and local resources to share the many possibilities when planning a wedding in McNairy County.
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Planning a wedding from start to finish may seem like a daunting task for even the most prepared couples. Some may find it difficult to even know where or how to begin. Fortunately, there are many helpful (and free) resources to aid in the process. On wikihow.com, there is a very straightforward list of how to plan a wedding in six months. Even though the recommendations on most sites recommend 18 months to a year to plan a wedding. It is possible to get everything done in less time and still pull off a beautiful wedding. 1. Prepare yourself mentally. Enter into the planning of your wedding with an open mind, and be flexible. You may have it all planned out in your head, but not keeping your ideas flexible will leave you frustrated and disappointed. Don’t try to over plan or be too controlling. Be willing to compromise. 2. Decide on a budget and stick to it. This is the first step in planning any wedding. Look at what funds you have to spend while still being able to live and pay your bills. Working within a set budget can pose challenges, but with creative planning, your vision can still be achieved.
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Creating unaffordable bills and debt is no way to begin your married life. 3. Buy a wedding planner book and make it your own. Make sure it has a calendar and pockets to store brochures and clippings. This will help you organize your ideas and store contact information all in one place. Write down vendors you have talked to along with contact information and appointment dates and times. You can also add swatches of fabric and photos of flowers to show your florist. Having everything organized means having more time that you can spend enjoying your engagement. 4. Make a timeline with a to-do list. Your timeline will depend on how long of an engagement you are planning. If you have six months or less until your wedding date, then your first month will consist of the majority of the planning. Make your biggest decisions, such as style, location, photographer, dress and florist as soon as possible. If you are getting married during a popular season, then your vendors may book up very quickly. Spend the remaining months of your timeline fine tuning and working out details. 5. Consider a casual theme wedding.
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A simple wedding to-do list Have a great party instead of a formal affair. Be creative and try to plan something fun. Get married in a beautiful field or some great space in the country or ask a friend to use their home or backyard. Remember, at the end of the day, the goal is to be married and have fun, so try not to focus too much on every detail, especially when you are short on time. Think outside the box, and you will save your sanity and end up with a more memorable wedding than your friends who planned twice as long and spent ten times as much. 6. Decide on a date and an alternate date. Call your ceremony location options to find out what is available and how the cost fits into your overall plan. If you wait, you risk the date being unavailable. If you find a place you like that is available and in your price range, you should book it immediately. Friday and Sunday weddings have become more and more common because they may offer a reduced rate. You may ask about a morning wedding and host a brunch. A holiday wedding could drive up the cost, and always ask about the refund policy. 7. Research reception areas to see what is available in your budget. Consider
the usual reception halls, but also look for unique places like parks, restaurants, open fields or historic buildings or homes. A reception in one of these places may be more affordable, unique and readily available on shorter notice. Always ask for the refund policy when booking any venue. 8. Contact an officiant to conduct the ceremony. Certain religions or churches require couples to attend pre-wedding counseling. The officiant will likely want to meet with you and your partner before the wedding to discuss the vows, how they usually conduct ceremonies and other details. Do not wait until the last minute. Ministers book well in advance, and you will need to book fast for a preferred officiant. If they are not available, you can ask for an associate pastor or a recommendation for someone else. 9. Go find your dress! Wedding dress shopping can be fun, but most places take up to four to six months for shipping. Whether or not your dress will arrive in time is the last thing you want to worry about. There are almost always alterations that need to be done also. Instead of
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going to a shop that special orders each gown, try bridal stores that carry multiple dresses in stock. Buy a dress off the rack, find a fashionable vintage dress, or reuse a special relative’s gown. Some brides use their mother’s, grandmother’s or aunt’s dress. This can make the wedding more special, and if they agree, the dress can be altered. Take a few trusted friends with you to try on gowns. Remember to carry the proper undergarments and heels that are the height you plan to wear on your wedding day. 10. Decide who you want to be part of your wedding, and then ask them. Consider nixing or limiting the traditional bridal party. Ask one close family member to stand with the bride and the groom. The maid of honor can wear a cocktail dress that she already owns, and the best man can wear a suit. If you want to keep it simple, your friends and family will understand and may even prefer it that way. The more people you ask, the
2014 WEDDINGS more money and time it will cost in the long run. Surround yourself with people who are positive and helpful. 11. Pick out the bridesmaid dresses. Like wedding dresses, these can take several months to come in if ordered and may require alterations. Bridesmaids may not be as “attentive” to your timeline, so try to pick out dresses that are figure forgiving or have laces instead of zippers. You may opt to have a local seamstress make the dresses, or you can also check out bridal shops or major department stores for a chance to buy off the hanger. It is not necessary for dresses to match, but they should all coordinate and look well together. The most important thing is that the styles and level of formality fit into your overall wedding theme. 12. Meet with a few different photographers. Hiring a professional photographer is the best way to ensure that you have quality images from your big day. Most photographers are busy and have limited schedules, but if you start early, your date is more likely to be available. Ask to see their photographs from past weddings that they have done. Negotiate a price and the time they will spend at
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the wedding, along with a list of the shots you want at a minimum. Remember, the photographer owns the copyright (By law, whoever clicks the shutter owns the photo.), so ensure that any reproduction of images is permitted in writing by the photographer. If your budget does not allow for a professional, consider asking a friend that takes great pictures. Add disposable cameras to the reception tables for guests to use and leave behind for the bride and groom. Create an instagram hashtag or explore different apps for sharing smartphone photos. 13. Register for wedding gifts, china and flatware at a store offering the service. There are several local stores specializing in bridal gift registry. Locally, you get more assistance and attention with personal service. In addition, there are national registers for appliances, etc. that may make it easy for out of town guests to purchase gifts. Especially if the wedding is very simple, some choose to keep the list modest and focus on the essentials like casual china, cookware, serving items, flatware, towels, etc. However, for more formal weddings and receptions, lavish gift requests such as fine china, crystal and silver are very common. Etiquette suggests that everyone invited to showers should also be invited to the wedding and or reception. The exception
is a destination wedding or reception and showers thrown by co-workers. Grooms are becoming increasingly included in the gift-giving, as couples showers and yard or tool parties are becoming popular. Thank you notes should be sent as soon as possible after a gift or assistance with the shower/wedding is received. 14. Work with your partner on a guest list. Determine how many people you can entertain with the budget and space you have available. Start getting their
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or burlap and ribbon if going for a country theme. Florists may be willing to decorate the wedding site or choose to prepare the flowers for the bride, bridesmaids, corsages and boutonnieres for the wedding party and arrangements that you will need to pick up. Depending on what flowers you want, growers may need several weeks to produce a specific flower for your wedding so make the arrangements early to get what you want. Some florists will also sell you specific flowers to make your own arrangements or rent potted plants. Meet with florists to determine what services they offer and discuss budgets. They can only accommodate a certain amount of weddings on a given day, so book early. 17. Go to a local printer and look through invitation books. Try to pick ones that won’t require a lot of assembly once they come in. Most bridal stores have invitation books for ordering. Ask ahead what the turn around time is. You may be better off getting a simple
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invitation from a local printer. They can work with you personally and turn around a product that you can proof for a reasonable cost. There are many different styles and fonts available for the text, and they can make recommendations based on your ideas. Take some sample invitations you like and let the printer make suggestions. Some get “Save the Date” cards, and the printer can also help you with them if you choose to send them. 18. Contact local caterers and discuss food options for your reception. Discuss various menus and costs. You can use family and friends to prepare food to keep the costs down. Also discuss whether you will offer alcohol and how it will be served. Many local couples opt to have the wedding ceremony and reception in a church or fellowship hall with a simple reception that includes wedding cake, groom’s cake, coffee, nuts and punch. Some choose to offer hor d’ourves or a buffet. You can choose to use a local bakery to prepare small desserts for a dessert station, or a cookie station. You may want finger sandwiches, cheese platters and other finger foods you can pick up yourself. In a country wedding,
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some want to have a simple pig roast or barbeque. Whatever you decide, there are resources in the area to meet your needs. Typically, the reception takes 30 percent of the wedding budget, so it is important to determine your budget and be clear about what you want. Determine the number of guest for a final headcount, and do not let your budget get out of control. 19. Contact local bakeries or wedding cake specialists to select and order your cake. Local bakeries often offer two tiered cakes but do not offer three tiered cakes and have some limitations, however for the small wedding they are a great option. You need to let them know how many people plan to attend and whether the wedding will be inside or outside so they can recommend and advise you on ingredients that will stand up under the weather. Try to take photos of cakes you like for the wedding and grooms cake so you can discuss what you want and what is possible in your time frame. Discuss any budget limitations you have and determine if they will set up the cake for you or if you will have to pick up prior to the wedding. You may want to discuss alternatives to the traditional cake, like dessert stations, cupcakes, cookie stations, etc. Ask the baker or cake specialist for ideas and options. 20. Find a band or DJ. If you are booking a band or a DJ, you should start checking around and see who is good for the venue. On a short time schedule, a DJ may be more affordable and more flexible. Ask around and see who is recommended. As always, if your first choice is already booked, ask them for recommendations. Meet and discuss the playlist. If your
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venue already has sound equipment in place, a trusted friend and an ipod will suffice in a pinch. If you are planning something small, don’t worry about entertaining everyone with a dance reception. Some forgo the music all together. 21. Start making plans for a honeymoon. Depending on your budget, time off from work, etc. you may decide to plan a honeymoon at a later time, leaving more time to spend with your family and out of town guests. No matter what you decide, there are many options that will allow you to carve out some quality time to enjoy as a couple. There are many budget travel options for both domestic and international travel, or if you love the outdoors, there are many state and national parks that offer an array of options for adventure. If you travel out of country, make sure to allow plenty of time to get a passport and visa if the country requires it. 22. Get your marriage license. The McNairy County Clerk’s office is located in the Courthouse at 170 W. Court in Selmer, Room 102. A valid i.d., such as a drivers license is required for each party, in addition to verification of social security numbers. This can be a social security card or other document, such as a payroll stub that
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lists the party’s social security number. The cost in this county is $95, but $60 can be saved by attending four hours of pre-marital counseling. This can be performed by a minister or any stateapproved counselor. A form, which can be picked up in the County Clerk’s office, must be signed and stamped by a notary public in order to receive the discount. 23. Follow up. Continue to follow up and check the status of things with your wedding party, vendors, etc. Do not let anyone lose focus when on a tight timeline. 24. Schedule a time for the groomsmen to be measured for tuxedos or suits. Tuxedos can require multiple measurements in order to get the best fit. If groomsmen live out of town, they can be measured by their nearest tuxedo rental shop, and the measurements can be sent to your local tuxedo shop. Never let the groomsmen guess on measurements or allow someone other than a tuxedo shop to take the measurements. Have groomsmen pick up tuxedos several days prior to the wedding if possible. They should try on the tuxedo and shoes immediately in case there are any problems. 25. Schedule makeup and hair appointments for the bride and wedding party. Unless you are requiring a certain hairstyle, it is fine for bridesmaids to be responsible for the cost themselves. Some brides work with their stylist in advance on the type and style of hairdo to work with their gown.
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The DIY Wedding: Tips and tricks from a local bride By Emily Pitts Staff Writer
According to the recent surveys, the average cost of a wedding in the United States last year reached nearly $30,000. While this cost is predictably skewed by those lucky few who get to spend absolutely outrageous amounts of money for the most opulent of weddings, I know very, very few people who would realistically consider spending even half that amount on a party that will last only a few hours—even if it is their wedding. Wedding websites and magazines, which seem to assume that we are all ready to drop that kind of cash, are full of money-saving tips that seem painfully obvious to those of us with realistic budgets: consider serving only a signature cocktail instead of a full bar! Opt for hors d’oeuvres instead of a sit-down dinner with waiter service! Don’t hire that calligrapher! How many of us were actually considering those things anyway? Though these magazines differ on some of their wedding advice, they all seem to agree on a few key issues. One of them is the necessity of a wedding planner. You must hire one, they say. You’ll thank us later. But how many of us can realistically afford a wedding planner? Very few. Most girls I know are planning their own weddings and getting along just fine. I got engaged a year ago, and although I am only about halfway through the process, I would never consider letting someone else plan my wedding. I can tell you from experience that planning a wedding can be confusing and will definitely be timeconsuming, but it can also be a lot of fun. And there’s no need to spend thousands of dollars on your dream wedding. Despite what those magazines say, you can have something just as good on a realistic budget. With a little bit of flexibility, organization, and work ethic, planning your wedding can be one of the most special parts of your engagement. I’ve learned a lot from the planning process so far. Here are a few tips for getting started. First, Get inspired. In the age of the internet, there are so many resources for inspiration. Brides, if you don’t have a Pinterest account, get one right away. Even if you don’t use it for anything else, there are tons of
ideas about wedding décor, fashion, flowers, planning and more. But be warned: Pinterest is a double-edged sword. There are lots of great inexpensive and DIY ideas out there, but also many photos of expensive, opulent weddings that cost tens of thousands of dollars. It’s true that comparison is the thief of joy. Make sure that you don’t get caught up in all the hype. For local wedding inspiration, you can check out the Married in McNairy magazine published by the McNairy Regional Alliance and tabs like these published by local newspapers. Which brings me to my second point. Stay local. Not only are local vendors your friends and neighbors, they also typically have the best prices. Caterers, photographers, florists, and other vendors from Memphis or Nashville are usually more expensive and charge transportation fees that wouldn’t apply if you used local help. To find the best vendors at the best prices, ask around and visit the area bridal shows that are especially popular this time of year. I went to several and the most useful to me was the annual bridal show in Jackson, Tenn. at the Carl Perkins Civic Center. It is usually held in mid-January and has a lot of highquality local vendors. These professionals know their stuff and can be very helpful in pulling off your perfect wedding. However, hiring vendors for everything might not be the best or most cost-effective option for every bride. If you’re looking for ways to keep the cost down, try utilizing some resources you already have. Ask for help. Is your aunt the best baker in the family? Has your groom got a cousin who’s a freelance photographer? Does one of your bridesmaids happen to be an excellent graphic designer? Call in those favors! Some of your best resources can be your family and friends. And the good news is, they’ll chip in for free or at least at a substantially reduced cost. There’s no rule that says your cake has to be done professionally or that your invitations have to be gold-embossed. Take advantage of those creative ideas you found on Pinterest. Have your church contribute pies for a pie bar instead of doing a fancy (and expensive) wedding cake. Let your bridesmaids work on flower arrangements for the tables. Chances
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are many people want to be involved in your wedding, but just don’t know what to do or how to ask. If you ask for their help in certain specific areas, they’ll likely be glad to chip in. This way, you can involve your family and friends and ultimately have more control over the final product. Plus, you save lots of money. Everyone wins! Do it yourself. For all you crafty brides out there (or brides with crafty friends), taking advantage of the DIY craze is a great way to cut costs. Lots of the trendiest decorations can be done on your own. Large tissue paper flowers make an adorable addition to your altar décor. Those fun photo booths you see at weddings can be done with a handmade backdrop and an app on your iPad. Mason jar centerpieces are all the rage for country-style weddings and don’t require much money or effort. DIY projects are a fun way to personalize your wedding. And just think of the bragging rights! When your Aunt Martha asks you where you got that lovely hair piece you’re wearing, you can proudly tell her you made it yourself. Which brings me to my last tip. Make it your own. Ultimately, your wedding is about you and your groom. Feel free to flout any traditions you find burdensome. Create your own traditions, and don’t be afraid to think outside the box. If you don’t think those formal invitations are really “you,” send a simple postcard invitation. If you want a short dress instead of a ball gown, go for it! And while it’s good to take into account the opinions of your close family and friends, remember that final choice is always yours. It’s easy to get caught up in the details of planning your wedding, and they can quickly become overwhelming. But don’t stress! Even if you can’t book that photographer you adore or manage to score those amazing bridesmaids’ dresses at the right price, your wedding will go on, and in a few years you won’t even be able to remember what those dresses looked like anyway. What you’ll remember is how you felt the day you married the love of your life. So, for now, remember that at the end of the day, your wedding is about being married to the one you love and sharing that day with your family and friends. That’s all that’s required for the perfect wedding. And really, that’s all that matters.
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Far left: A very Southern crochet and cameo wrapped bridesmaid bouquet. Left: Rustic wooden arbor adorned with a multitude of fresh flowers set the lavish yet country tone for a local outdoor wedding. Above: Bridal bouquet wrapped with burlap and satin. All done by Techniques Weddings, located in Guys, Tenn.
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Wedding trends come and go, but the latest craze, country weddings,
ding style. Many take advantage of our lush, West Tennessee surroundis here to stay. What better way to tie the knot than by celebrating local ings and say I do in the country. Rural weddings do not have to be short heritage, beautiful landscapes, and even including precious family heir- on class. In fact, they seem to be the next big thing, leaving city-dwellers looms, while best of all, keeping things stylishly simple. Local brides are yearning for the chance to dance barefoot on green grass and drink sweet fortunate to be surrounded by options for this increasingly popular wed- tea against the backdrop of a rustic barn.
Top right: The Oct. 12, 2013 wedding of Ryan Smith and Ansley Goodman Smith, held at their Stantonville home, featured this rustic yet elegant reception decor. Top left: Guests were treated to homemade pies served on eclectic china pieces. Left: Stunning lace details on back of bridal gown. Above: Bride and groom pose with wedding party (Top Row) - Grant Goodman, Meredith Goodman, Bethany Rowsey, Jack Smith, Dempsey Bonner. (Bottom Row) - Ryan Smith, Ansley Goodman Smith, Andrew Moore, Alex Goodman Horton, and Lauren Goodman Pinkston. Photography by Zipporah Kapambwe of Nashville.
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Popping the question? Purchase her ring with confidence Once you find your soul mate, you need to find an engagement ring that she will love for the rest of her life. This can feel like a daunting task, however, with just a little effort you can purchase a ring she will love and cherish forever. You do not have to become a gemologist to purchase a quality ring, but with all the literature out there, it can seem difficult to understand everything one needs to know about diamonds. Once you figure out what she likes, the rest can be easy. It may sting a little, but many recommend paying two to three months salary on the ring, but be realistic about what will work for you. In today’s economy, it is not uncommon to spend four to six weeks salary on the ring. The local jewelers can work within your budget, so do not be intimidated, as many offer reasonable credit options and want to offer you a ring you can afford and cherish. Some couples want to shop together for the ring, however, if you love the element of surprise you will need help. Do not be afraid to enlist help from friends and family. You do not want to guess her ring size, so if possible, get a ring out of her jewelry box and take it to a jeweler to get the proper size. Also, you need to ask her friends (ones that can keep a secret) to tell you if she has any styles or colors she likes, such as white or yellow gold, shapes of stones, etc. Some brides opt for non-traditional stones and do not want a diamond. If diamonds are her thing, you also need to know about the many colors available in diamonds: black, brown, yellow or the traditional brilliant white. In addition, don’t rule out the use of other precious stones like rubies, emeralds or sapphires either as the center stone or accent stones. She may prefer an estate piece. Have an idea of what you want in a wedding ring, and if you plan to have matching bands. Having an idea of what you want can help anyone get a better deal. Avoid being taken advantage of by being an informed shopper. There are many websites you can review to educate yourself on the 4 C’s of a diamond: cut, color, clarity and carat weight, but don’t be afraid to ask local experts for help. “We have bridal pieces starting at $599.00. We’ve been in business since 1947 and pride ourselves in taking care of all customers. Go with someone you trust. This is an important purchase, and one you need to be happy with for the rest of your life,” said Andy Fields of
Little’s Jewelers in Corinth, Miss. “You want to get the most for your money. We have three master bench jewelers on site and can offer you loose diamonds, custom design, finished pieces and personalized service. We can help you find the ring you like and one you can afford. We also offer reasonable credit options,” said Fields. “As a second generation jeweler, I try to stock the most popular and latest styles to choose from. Our goal is to offer the best quality at the best price, and we have been in business for over 60 years,” said Randy Livingston of Livingston Jewelers in Savannah, Tenn. Visit the local jewelry stores and review the ads in this special section. Price out different styles, and see for yourself the many options for engagement and wedding rings. Carefully consider your options on one of the most important purchases of your life, and always ask about the jewelers return policy. Good luck!
Keith Holt - Owner
455 Wayne Road • Savannah, TN 38372
Large selection of the newest
bridal styles and wedding bands
• Fine quality diamond jewelry • Prices to fit any budget • Over 60 years in business
DOWNTOWN SAVANNAH 395 Main Street • Savannah, TN • (731) 925-2883
Across from Wal-Mart
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Local experts offer wedding advice Wedding Planning Techniques Weddings, Guys
Jessica Dean People see all of these magazines and get ideas and have huge dreams and think that they can’t do that, and we specialize in recreating it. We work with your budget and work with your ideas and stick to your budget without sacrificing quality. We have a really diverse (portfolio) and can accomplish any style from the rustic setting to the formal wedding. It is the bride and groom’s day, and the goal is to have a stress free day. We encourage you to go for your dream. We work from start to finish. We offer invitations, fresh florals, candelabras, wrought iron and custom designs. My mom and I customize each wedding to be unique. All linens are custom linens for your wedding based on the floral selections you make. You can really do anything here (in McNairy County) from very rustic to very sophisticated and formal. We see a wide range of styles in the county so just about any idea works here. We desire at least six months to prepare so we can work the details out, but a year to six months is in line. We work inside and outside. We always suggest having a backup plan if outdoors. I direct weddings and believe it is important to have someone you trust. Many say it was money well spent as we deal with issues that come up so
all can enjoy their day.
Crazy K Ranch
Becky Adkins Here at the Crazy K Ranch we understand that every detail matters when it comes to your wedding day. That’s why our staff is with you every step of the way to help plan your dream wedding. Not only can you have your rehearsal dinner, ceremony, and reception in one place, you can also choose to stay the weekend on the ranch in one of our cozy cabins or relax with your girls while getting pampered in our bridal suite. Whatever your needs, we’re here to make sure your day goes perfect!
Flowers Selmer Flower Shop, Selmer
Teresa Walker Flowers are open to whatever you want to do. Most try to go with colors for the season, from the bright fushia to bright turquoise and everything in between so we do whatever we can to accommodate their needs. The main thing is we need to get their name on the calendar. We can order their flowers within 3 weeks of the wedding. We can only serve a certain amount of brides, so you need to get your name on the book. The
grower has to have about 6 weeks minimum notice to do some flowers. Sunflowers and special flowers require notice. We offer corsages, bridal bouquets, mothers’ corsages or wrist corsages, any type of sanctuary flowers, door decorations, greenery and more. We will do flowers for showers and rehearsal dinners. If I do the flowers, you can bring your own containers or use ours. I do headbands, kissing balls, halos and flowers for bride’s hair. A bride can order flowers, and they can pick them up. I have done babies breath in mason jars, etc. I offer free consults for brides by appointment.
Floral Connection, Selmer
Tammy Howell I offer free consults with an appointment. You can have a beautiful wedding within a budget. We service weddings and set up everything for you. If you are doing your own thing and still need flowers you can come and pick them up. Think about your pictures as an end result, what do you want your pictures to look like. Think about your color schemes because the camera tells it all. Go get ideas and present us some ideas and show us. Narrow your top choices down to three. We can do last minute if
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bridal party or reception. A bridal party needs to get with us two to three months in advance to book the Mississipppi Room, which can accomodate up to 130 people. You can use that room, especially during the week or we can cater food for your event. We will soon have a large cooking trailer and can cater your event on site. We can work with you within our menu to make your event special.
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that is the case but the more time the better. “ We can do very large and the smallest wedding.
Food & Catering
Food Giant, Selmer Dennis Flatt Food Giant offers a full service bakery with as little as 24 hours notice for many items. Many of our customers do not realize that we offer catering services, and with sufficient notice can offer barbeque butts, ribs, chicken and offer all the fixins perfect for a country themed wedding or a casual reception. The store offers two tier wedding cakes but does not offer three tier wedding cakes any longer. They can make the groom’s cake as well but need to have more notice to assure they have the right persons on hand to make the cakes. If cupcakes are your thing, they can make that happen. Some weddings now feature dessert tables or cookie stations, and the bakery can offer many delicious desserts. In addition, they offer fruit, vegetable, cheese, meat trays, chicken and even chocolate covered strawberries in season.
Top O’ The River, Michie
Tim Hearnsberger We have the perfect spot for a rehearsal dinner,
Sweetly Ever After, Henderson, Tenn.
Glenda Baker For the wedding cake have an approximate number of guests so we can determine a size for the cake. Bring cake ideas and photos you like. I can have something from six different cakes, and I can put it together and make the cake you want. The traditional white wedding cake is acceptable, but it is also okay to have different flavors in each tier of the cake. One of the trends is to have cupcakes in place of or in addition to the wedding cake, and I can do that. I prefer to have at least a month’s notice. We can work on shorter notice, but one month is recommended. We can also do groom’s cakes as well.
Bridal Registry Special Events, Selmer
JoAnn Gilmore Over the years, I have worked with many brides to make their event special. I think it is important to register
AMS & Associates
Ornamental Iron Wedding Rentals Complete line of Iron products for Weddings: * Candelabras * Arches * Gazebos * Candles * Table Top Pieces
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AMS can help plan your wedding and any other event.
We offer advice on decorating and can help with greenery. For your wedding planning needs call Art at 610-1180, Chris at 610-6707 or our office at (731) 646-0047
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for patterns, and get what you like. It is a wonderful time and opportunity to get what you want. I recommend a couple needs to think about registering well prior to the wedding. Then you can relax and have early showers, so you can write thank you notes and get that done so you can enjoy your wedding. In order to get the merchandise in timely, we need some time to order. The earlier the better. There are times if I know earlier I can get a better price and pass it on to the customer. We offer a bridal registry service with informal and formal patterns of china, silver, stainless and crystal. We have great gifts for the wedding party, wedding invitations, and offer personal assistance by registered bridal consultants free of charge.
Vine and Branches
Mandy Smith Try to shop locally as much as possible. It is a time saver and money saver in the long run. Don’t spread yourself too thin. When registering, no more than two to three stores works best. Too many places and you run the risk of getting piece meal items and not the things you really want or need. Check your local stores for all your invitations, programs and napkins. A one stop shop is always the best, both in time and financially. Plus, you get to see most of it first hand, whereas online, it is just a guessing game as to what the product will truly look like when you get it. An independent store will give you the personal service you desire, and ensure your happiness with all products. A department store of your choice will be better equipped to handle the larger appliances,
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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2014 etc. and will be more knowledgeable than a discount store. Remember that gift wrapping and delivery is important too. Stores outside your local area will not provide those services for you, where your local stores will. Also remember, even in today’s age, not everyone owns a computer. Even if they do, many of those invited to your bridal showers and teas will want to personally “see” the item or items they are choosing first hand. Additionally, there are those unable to drive out of town, because of either work schedules or health issues. Try not to stress. The more time you give yourself the better. Do the simple things first and get them out of the way. Then work along until you finally arrive at your ‘big day’. We have a bridal registry available for casual dinnerware, pottery, oneida flatware, stemware, wedding invitations and programs, napkins, home accessories and more.
Bridal Gifts & Fashion The Loft on Court
Ansley Smith Come to us for unique gifts and clothing for the bride and bridal party. I will work with you on any decorations for the rustic wedding theme, glassware, jewelry and scarves. Being a recent bride, I know it can be very stressful, so know what is important to you and spend your money on those things. I had a pie reception at my wedding. The pies were homemade from my mother and friends. I did everything at the home I was renovating and loved the result.
Sneak A Peak Boutique
Kathy Milford We can offer clothes for the bride and bridesmaids for the rehearsal dinner, parties and also the honeymoon. We have candles and gift certificates, we have slips, cammies, and bandeauxs for undergarments, scarves and more. Come by and see our selection.
Photography Rodney Murray Photography
Rodney Murray I can do engagement & bridal photos, and rehearsals. You need to schedule a bridal shoot two to three weeks prior to the wedding when you have your gown. I provide a checklist of shots the bride wants. Think about the shots you want to so you don’t forget. Also, be sure to get a contract.
Camerama Shots by Angela
Angela Griswell I provide affordable photography and work with the bride. I have a studio for engagement sessions in addition to wedding photography. I like to interview the bride to determine what type of shots they want and their personality, candid vs. formal shots, etc. I love outdoor shoots the most. Editor’s Note: Refer to ads throughout section for more information on local businesses.
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Be prepared on your wedding day
Stock a bag with these handy items Here are some things to keep on hand that are commonly needed and sometimes forgotten. Duct tape. Seriously, this is the best at fixing hems, tears and you name it. Super models use it. and wedding planners swear by it. Lighted make up mirror. All eyes will be on the bride, so make sure you’re ready for touchups. Oscillating fan. When nerves or the summer heat makes you break out in a sweat, you’ll want to cool off quickly and save that makeup job. Advil, Tylenol, PeptoBismol. Don’t let a minor ailment disturb your big day. Extra makeup, powder, lipstick. Because eating
wedding cake, dancing, and kissing your groom will all take a toil on that picture perfect face. Slippers or comfortable shoes. Those stunning lace pumps may be gorgeous, but they will likely have your feet begging for mercy before you can even toss the bouquet. Baby powder. Cover up spots that will inevitably land on your white dress. Hair supplies. Bobby pins, super hold hairspray, curling iron, etc. Double up if it’s August in Tennessee. Sewing kit. Have spools of thread in the color of the bride’s dress, the bridesmaid’s dresses and the tuxedos, small scissors and a needle handy, just in case the duct tape isn’t cutting it.
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Fincancial tips for newlyweds Newlyweds often have a lot on their plates upon returning from their honeymoons. One of the more critical issues newly married couples must address is their finances and how those finances will be combined going forward. Combining finances can be a touchy subject for many couples, especially those who had not given much thought to their finances prior to tying the knot. But there are steps couples can take to make the process of merging finances go more smoothly. Discuss finances early and often. Allowing finances to be the elephant in the room is a mistake, as couples do not want to begin their lives together treading lightly around an issue as significant as finances. Couples should discuss their expenditures and spending habits as early as possible, as one of the biggest hurdles newly married couples must clear is coming to grips with one another’s financial habits. If such habits have already been discussed, then developing a financial plan will be much easier once that time comes. When discussing finances, define both short-term and long-term goals and how each of you can adjust your spending habits to make those goals come true. Pay off any debts. The cost of weddings has skyrocketed over the last several decades, and many newlyweds find themselves in a
considerable amount of debt upon returning from their honeymoons. When merging finances, couples should prioritize paying down such debt, as debt is a significant source of stress for newlyweds and long-married couples alike. Newly married couples with little or no debt should avoid spending above their means in the months after they get married. Such spending is commonplace, as newly married couples often want to fully furnish their new homes or reward themselves for pulling off their weddings. But new debt can be just as stressful on a marriage as debt from the wedding, so avoid this potentially problematic pitfall by paying down existing debts with your newly merged finances. Make note of mutual expenses and open a joint account to pay for those expenses. Mutual expenses like mortgage payments, food and utilities should be the responsibility of each partner, and a joint account should be established to handle such expenses. When opening a joint account, discuss how much and how often each partner will contribute money. One partner might earn considerably more money than another, so work out a reasonable agreement that details how much each partner will contribute each month, and whether such
Merging finances is an issue many newly married couples face upon returning from their honeymoons.
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contributions will be made on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis. Make concessions for one another. When merging finances, couples often discover that they don’t see eye-to-eye on how each person spends money. Couples who successfully merge their finances often note the importance of making concessions with regard to their partners’ spending on certain hobbies or luxuries. As long as those hobbies are not putting couples in debt or jeopardizing their financial goals, couples can make concessions so their partners continue to be happy and enjoy their favorite activities. When couples gain assets, whether they own or rent a home or apartment, own vehicles, furnishing, etc. The couple needs to protect those assets and secure insurance in the event of any potential loss than can easily be covered and protected. Couples need to consider what types of insurance they need and seek out an agent or contact their current agent after their marriage. Combine insurance policies. Usually the wife and husband have separate insurance and they can usually get a better rate together, according to David Goodman, Shelter Insurance Agent in Selmer. “Depending upon whether they are buying or renting, they need to cover their property, as someone can have a break-in or a fire and have unexpected losses, and it is not very expensive. Life insurance is important to be sure to take care of the spouse, especially when children are involved. Health insurance is a need as well, and combining that with a family plan can be a benefit, but some can stay on their family plan until they are 26,” said Goodman. Becky Shelby of Advantage Insurance suggests to notify your insurance agent of your marriage so that a discount can be applied to your policy. “Consider combining your automobile policies so that you can benefit from a multi-vehicle policy discount,” said Shelby. Merging finances is an issue that looms for many newlyweds or couples about to tie the knot. Though it’s not always easy, merging finances early and discussing goals can ensure newlyweds get off on the right financial foot.
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Searching for the one Dress shopping can be done locally Few wardrobe decisions are scrutinized as much as a bride-to-be’s choice of wedding gown. Finding the perfect gown that flatters the future bride’s figure while stunning her guests and soon-to-be husband is a labor of love for many brides. The Bridal Association of America estimates a bride-to-be will spend between $1,500 and $2,000 total on her gown, veil and accessories. Brides often spend months, if not years, shopping for the right gown. Finding the right gown means having an understanding of what silhouettes are available and what flatters certain body types. After all, you want to look like the best version of yourself when getting married. Finding a local bridal shop to help guide the way is the best bet for finding that perfect gown. Personalized, friendly service, and knowledgable staff can be a lifesaver for the dress-shopping bride-tobe. B&J Formals in Corinth, Miss. is one option for local brides. “We do have bridal
gowns in stock and have a few companies we order from,” said Monica Maness of B&J’s. “A bride would need 12 weeks at the minimum to order a gown and needs time to accommodate alterations as well. We have some bridesmaids dresses in stock and a small company you can order from. We have shoes for the bridal party. For the groom and groomsmen we have tuxedos and every color of vest and tie you can think of.” Another option is Pennie Lanes Formals in Savannah, Tenn. “We are a full service bridal shop and have samples here and order off of them,” said Betty Ross. “Bridesmaids are custom orders, we do alterations here. We have tuxedos to order and sample colors, etc. Usually we require four months for the gowns to come in. Some of the bridesmaids can be up to six weeks, and there is every color under the rainbow.” Pennie Lanes also carries a large selection of shoes for the brides, grooms and groomsmen as well as veils, headpieces and jewelry for the bride.
Rodney Murray Photography Rodney Murray - Photographer 731-610-5848
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Local salons offer bridal services Bella Salon: “We cater whole wedding parties for hair and makeup. We encourage parties to book in advance so we can accommodate them.” Brides need to come in early for practice runs on brides.” -Courtney Henson Emily’s House of Style: “We suggest you make your appointment as soon as you plan you wedding date. We can accommodate the entire wedding party for hair, nails, spray tans and makeup.” -Kelcey Amerson. Ann Thacker Massage Therapy: “Most bridal parties get half hour massages one or two days in advance of the wedding. A party needs to schedule two to three weeks in advance. A bride may opt for a facial or salt glow to exfoliate the skin and “glow” so that needs to be done at least a week in advance of the wedding. We can help you and your bridal party destress and relax before your wedding.” -Ann Thacker
Styles and Profiles: “We do manicures and pedicures for brides and are open on Fridays, facials and waxing and hair. If you want to have a special day for your bridal party and give the bridal party a treat on a budget, for example, manicures are $5, pedicures $9, and waxing starts at $4 dollars. We are not open on Saturday, but if you want to schedule the entire party for Fridays, the work is done by supervised cosmetology students.” -Regina Jackson
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