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Fashion Stylist: Laurel Gasser

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Hair: Neepa Patel

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Prepare to spend a little more. Remember that just because it’s a great price doesn’t mean it’s a great dress for you. And don’t forget to bring along a pad of paper and track styles, dress names and numbers.

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6 easY sTeps to the gown of your dreams Ahhhh‌ The Dress. Your wedding gown is probably the most expensive, most scrutinized, most photographed piece of clothing you’ll ever buy. No pressure, right? For many women, shopping for their wedding dress is the highlight of the wedding planning experience, but for some, it can be quite stressful.4


Gowns In the succinct words of one harried bride, “no one tells you how stressful dress shopping can be!” Hopefully the tips shared here will help you have a pleasurable shopping experience. One: Shop early. Ideally, start 8-12 months before the wedding. If you have less time than this, that’s fine too, but starting as early as possible will make the whole experience less stressful and pressured. Also, in the unlikely event that a problem arises, you will have more time to solve it. Another tip about when to shop: bridal salons are busiest from January through April, and Saturday is their busiest day. If it’s possible for you to shop on a weekday, you’ll probably find it to be a more leisurely, relaxing experience. Be sure to make an appointment, if required, to ensure oneon-one service while you’re there.

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Two: Expect great service. Most negative experiences revolve around service. If you’re not happy with the service you’re getting, move on. Also, your idea of great service may be quite different from another bride’s idea. Two brides-to-be had very different reactions to the same bridal salon: one loved the attentive, very involved service, and the other felt it was too confining and restrictive. So it’s not always about good versus bad service, but also about the type of service with which YOU are most comfortable. Three: Remain open-minded. In one survey, 40% of brides indicated that they ended up with a dress style completely different than what they had planned on buying. It is so important to try on a variety of dress styles, to see how they look on your body type, and to see


Gowns how you feel in each of them. Be openminded to the suggestions of your sales consultant – they have a lot of experience to offer! Also, a number of brides have found that when they saw the dress on the hanger, they didn’t care for it, but once they tried it on, it was “The Dress.” Four: Be clear about your budget. Save yourself time and heartache, and be upfront about what your budget is – not only with yourself, but also with your sales consultant. How stressful to find a dress you love, and discover it’s hundreds of dollars more than you planned to spend. Whatever your budget is, if you keep looking you WILL find a dress you love within it. And don’t forget about accessories and alterations! These two items can add up to a big part of your wedding attire budget. Five: Bring one or two supportive people with you. A large group of differing opinions can be overwhelming, so it’s best to keep the entourage to a minimum. On the other hand, having a couple supportive, helpful people with you can provide valuable feedback and suggestions. Do whatever works for you, and what feels most comfortable. Six: Get every detail in writing. Don’t leave the salon without a piece of paper that outlines every single detail, including the color, size, and style ordered, the deposit paid, and the estimated date of arrival. Two to three weeks after you order your dress, call the salon and verify that your dress was ordered, and that the estimated date of arrival has not changed.

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Gowns different people with you. Or, just take a breather from shopping for a while! And remember, finding your dress is like finding your soul mate: sometimes they reveal themselves to us quickly and easily, sometimes they are more challenging to find, but we always find them in the end, and it’s always worth the wait. Keeping Your Dress Clean on Your Wedding Day • Use an antiperspirant, not just a deodorant in order to keep your dress clean on your wedding day. • If your bouquet flowers have stamens that could stain, ask your florist to remove them.

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• When touching up your makeup, be certain to drape something across your chest and over your shoulders in case of a dropped tube of lipstick or powder. • Gather up your long skirt to keep the hem off the ground. • Have someone make sure the car you are riding in is clean. Cover the seat and floor with a sheet or protective cover. • Bring a travel iron or steamer and an extension cord to the ceremony and reception. • Bring your garment bag to transport your gown after you have changed into your traveling clothes. A Glossary of Wedding Gown Styles Listed below are the most common wedding dress styles, to give you a head start on the lingo before entering the bridal salon.


Gowns • Ball Gown – Features a fitted natural waist and a full skirt, the style most frequently associated with “wedding gown.” • Basque – Similar to a ball gown, this style features a tight-fitting bodice and dropped waist with V-front above a full skirt. • Empire – Features a cropped bodice and a high waist set just below the bustline. • Princess – Features vertical lines that flow from each shoulder to the hemline, and is similar to the A-line style. • A-line – Is similar to the Princess style, and has a fitted bodice that flares gently outward to the hemline. • Sheath – Has a body-fitted shape that follows a linear form without a waistline and with a straight skirt.

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From head to toe, bridal attire includes everything from your headpiece and earrings to stockings and shoes, to the piece de résistance itself: the bridal gown. While it’s certainly fun to know all about the latest trends and current styles, the bottom line is: find what you love! When you feel great in what you’re wearing, that joyful confidence shines through, and is the most beautiful accessory of all. To help inspire you as you search for your perfect look, we’ve collected some of the latest trends in bridal gowns and accessories. Trends in bridal gowns Strut your stuff if you’re walking down the aisle soon - this year, it’s 10 • Premier Bride www.premierbride.com

all about showing off the bride. Between slim silhouettes and jeweled embellishments, the gown this season exudes elegance. Here are a few current dress trends: Curves… Giant Cinderella skirts and long, bunchy trains are a thing of the past. Curves are looking to rule the bridal runway this year, and designers are showing the newer gowns as slim and form fitting. The slender look takes on a vintage feel, often light and simple, that accentuates the natural curves of the bride. Embellishments… Since the silhouette of the gown is simpler, embellish with one piece that pops off the dress. Look for sparkle-studded empire waists or straps, a statement


Bridal Attire Trends piece of jewelry or a ruffle flower detail on the skirt. It will add a personal flair without taking over the dress. Lace… If you’re a lace kind of girl, you chose the right time to get married. Elegant lace trims are showing up everywhere, in soft, draping crepes covering the gown, detailed cap sleeves, or in adornments on the skirt. Don’t be afraid of seeming too fussy or girly, though. Try it on and you’re realize the new designs can be feminine and still modern. Vintage Glamour… The shapely dresses and lace details this season give an air of 40s and 50s glam for a glide down the aisle. Take it one step further by adding another posh element, such as silk gloves, tiny buttons down the back of the dress, a strand of pearls or

even a hint of gold to complete the elegant, “film star” mystique. Color… Adding a hint of color is another way to bring a bit of life to a graceful design. Pale greens, light rose and champagne are the most popular additions. A dash of color works well in a thin sash around your waist, worked into the lace detail, or in a row of buttons on your dress or gloves. Legs… As unconventional as it may seem, some designers are taking the simple silhouette of this year and shortening it to a knee or tea-length design. Some even have a knee-length front but a full-length train in back. Especially popular in styles with draping lace adornments, this is perfect for a more informal or summer wedding, or if you’d like a second dress to wear at the reception.

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Bridal Attire Trends Trends in bridal accessories You wedding may seem to fall into place once you’ve found the gown of your dreams, but the perfect look doesn’t stop there. Here are some of the latest trends in accessories to make sure you’ve got all the right accents to look your best on your big day: A Splash of Color: Just as with gowns, a hint of color is the perfect way to add a little pizzazz to an otherwise simple, elegant look. Rosetinted pearls, a chunky turquoise ring for your ‘something blue’, or flowers the color of your bridesmaid dresses in your hair are subtle yet playful accents. Drapes: But not the ones from your living room. Necklaces with a draped, layered look are especially popular this year. A long strand of pearls or small crystal beads artfully falling in multiple layers across your neck is especially beautiful with a very simple dress. Gold: It’s back! Recently, silver or white gold has taken the #1 spot for wedding jewelry, but gold is making a comeback. Its warmth fits in with the natural, organic theme that many brides are going for, and gold is especially gorgeous as a leaf or vineshaped bracelet, or delicate dangling earrings. Especially if your gown is more of a cream or ivory color rather than very white, gold jewelry will be warm and inviting. Go Green. The world has been going green for awhile, but this season for brides it means using natural elements as accessories for a clean, pure look. Flowers as a hairpiece have always been popular, but now jewelry designers are in on the trend, too. Necklaces with a bold flower design or a chunky gold leaf bracelet are simple natural


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elements that tie in especially well at an outdoor ceremony. Don’t be afraid to get chunky! Some brides try to shed a few pounds before their big day, but don’t skimp on the jewelry this year! Since the gowns this season are simpler and form-fitting, chunky jewelry is a great way to make a statement. Bigger earrings, (chandeliershaped are especially popular) are great if you’re going sans veil, or a simple necklace with one, bold centerpiece add sparkle without taking away from an elegant gown. Dramatic gloves are another beautiful bold piece. If you’re going to do chunky accessories, go with one solid piece to avoid looking cluttered. Make sure it’s a good hair day… Hair is probably the best place to avoid trends and stick with a tried and true up-do or swept back look, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be beautifully accessorized. Small accents such as pearls or tiny rhinestone-studded barrettes add a classic elegance to any hairstyle. Or, if you can’t decide on a hairstyle, cover some of it up with a hat! They’re popping up on quite a few brides this year – every style from a classy, white top hat to a small pillbox hat with a lacy facial veil. If you’re a hat kind of girl, it’s a great way to personalize your outfit, even if it’s just for down the aisle or the reception. Elegant Vintage: The vintage trend is hitting the gowns this year, so it’s not surprising that accessories would follow suit. Feathered embellishments, antique jewelry and birdcage veils give the bride an airy, feminine feel. The trend is also a lovely way to incorporate family heirlooms such as a pair of filigree earrings or a silver brooch into your look.

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Bridal accessories are fun and easy items to shop for and they add a bit of personality to any wedding. From shoes and jewelry to toasting glasses and cake servers, accessories are important details on your wedding day. As you begin planning the major aspects of your wedding, keep an eye out for special or unique items that will reflect your own personal style, hobbies or passions. Though it may be tempting, avoid procrastinating on these seemingly simple purchases. Some selections may require special order, so be sure to allow several weeks for shipping.

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From Scratch If you’re creative and have the time, handmade accessories are a wonderful addition to any wedding. A hand-sewn ring bearer pillow that matches the flower girlís basket is a lovely touch. Craft shops and fabric stores carry the necessary supplies to fashion the perfect accessories or enhance storebought items. Special Somethings Bridal accessories almost always fulfill the “something old, something new, something borrowed something blue” requirement. Carrying your grandmother’s bible or prayer book as you walk down the aisle would be your “something old.” Your “something new” is easy to achieve, taking into consideration your shoes, your gown or a lovely pair of pearl earrings that match your “something borrowed” pearl necklace.

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Accessorize Your Day Handkerchiefs, garters or lingerie with accent colors usually provide the “something blue.” Accessory Checklist For the Bride • Garter • Handkerchief • Jewelry • Keepsake Bag • Shoes For the Party • Aisle Runner • Cake Knife • Cake Server • Cake Top • Cocktail Napkins (engraved with names and date) • Favors • Guest Book and Pen 16 • Premier Bride www.premierbride.com

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Other Accessories • Attendant’s Gifts • Flower Girl Basket • Pew Bows • Ring Bearer Pillow • Unity Candle and Holder Many bridal salons carry limited selections of guest books, toasting glasses, cake knives and cake servers. For a more extensive selection of these items, visit a bridal store that specializes in bridal supplies and accessories. Should you receive a wedding accessory as a shower or pre-wedding gift, make sure that you use it in the wedding.

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Maybe it was your mother’s or even your grandmother’s wedding gown. Maybe you’ve simply gone in for a vintage dress. Either way, your gown’s not quite tip-top, and it needs a little TLC before the wedding. Even a damaged or neglected gown can be restored or restyled if you invest in the services of a professional who specializes in the care of bridal fabrics. Once you find a restorer, discuss tears, beverage and perspiration stains, and yellowing to decide if the restoration will be to your satisfaction. Color changes can be miraculous, and replacement fabric can often be found to match the original. If you’re trying to create a truly vintage look, make sure your designer is familiar with the period you’re trying to emulate, or at least is conscientious enough to do the research in order to make any alterations or additions look authentic. After the wedding, whether you wore a new gown or an heirloom, arrange to return it to a gown specialist for cleaning and preserving. Even if you escaped the red-wine trauma, perspiration and other obscure stains will make their mark, becoming embedded in a matter of weeks. A professional will find stains, know what caused them, remove them without damage and guarantee the work and your gown for the next generation, even if you open up your gown preservation box at home. Somewhere in your future there may be a friend or relative who will appreciate the “something old” you offer them when they re-enact your restoration drama at their wedding.

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Table Settings Your Perfect table setting: ideas that capture your personality

Low lights and a formal table setting embrace guests with luxurious ambience. Although the most formal reception tables will be uniformly set, creative license can still rule the day. Don’t be afraid to break away from the white tablecloths and the flowers in a glass vase. Experiment with burnished fabrics or gilt accents. Use seasonal elements to reinforce the festive spirit of your wedding. Most of all, make your celebration reflect you and your groom’s personality and tastes.

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Reception

What you need to know before booking your reception site You’ve been pronounced “husband and wife,” so now it’s time to kick off those heels and celebrate! This is a time for you and your brand new husband to relax, mingle, dance, chat and thoroughly enjoy the company of your friends and loved ones. While finding the ideal reception location is one of the biggest and most important wedding-related tasks, have no fear... we’re here to help. Below are three simple steps to finding the right reception site for your perfect day.4


Reception Step 1: What to do first The biggest question regarding the reception is “where?” Before you can work on this question, however, you’ll need to know a couple of things: what style of wedding do you envision, and how big? Obviously, a casual, relaxed summer afternoon reception would require a completely different reception site than a formal, elegant winter evening reception – so clarify the type of wedding (and the time of year) you both desire first. Once that’s been established, determine the rough guest list, including all interested parties: you and your groom, and each set of parents. Of course, you’ll also need to consider your budget as well, as this will have great influence on the number of guests you can afford to have. Once

you’ve made these critical decisions, it’s time to start looking for the ideal reception site. As with anything, the more time you have, the better – some choice reception sites get booked one to two years in advance, particularly for prime dates. Step 2: Start the search Local bridal publications, the Internet, wedding shows, married friends and the yellow pages are all good sources of potential reception sites. If you have no idea where to hold your reception, try hotels, banquet halls, restaurants, community centers and country clubs. Other less obvious options are country inns, historic homes or mansions, city parks, college or university facilities, art galleries, museums and boats. Each location

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Reception offers its own unique style and ambiance. There are two basic types of reception facilities: on-site and off-site. Most on-site locations provide the majority of services you will need for your reception: catering, beverages, tables, chairs, tableware, linens and serving staff, making this a very convenient option. The facilities normally charge on a per person basis, and have a minimum guest requirement. Such locations include hotels, private clubs and restaurants. Off-site locations offer the use of the facility only, providing no other services. You supply nearly everything yourself, paying a flat fee for the use of the site. The nice thing about off-site locations is the freedom to do everything your own way, and more choices – although this can also mean more work! Narrow down your search by focusing on those sites that seem to best meet your needs, depending on your style, season and estimated guest count. Once you’ve selected some possibilities, it’s time to go on a road trip with your fiancé, maid of honor and/or Mom and check out the sites in person. Step 3: Evaluating reception sites Now the real work begins. Every site offers advantages and disadvantages, and your job is to sift through all of the features of each site, to find the best one for your wedding – all while keeping your budget in mind. Here are some factors to consider: Location. The reception site should be no more than a 30-minute drive away from the ceremony location. A longer drive than that is really asking too much of your guests! If the location is difficult to find, or will offer www.premierbride.com Premier Bride • 25


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special challenges to get there (say, located near a football stadium that has a home game on your wedding day) you should consider providing transportation for your guests from the ceremony site, and back to their cars after the reception. Size and layout. Will everything happen in one big room, or in separate rooms for the cocktail hour, dinner, dancing? Will it comfortably hold the number of tables you’ll need, and will everyone dine in the same room? Is there room for a band or DJ, and for cocktail hour musicians, if you’re having them? Privacy. If your venue does multiple events, find out if there are other bookings on the same day or time as yours. If so, ensure that there will be adequate privacy and separation for your celebration. There should also be ample time in between events to allow your caterer or other service people to set up or break down your party. Parking. Make sure there is convenient, well-lighted, ample parking for your guests, and if not, find out if valet service is available. Technical details. Whether you intend to have a DJ or a band, inquire about possible restrictions regarding the type, volume or duration of music. Be sure to confirm that there is an adequate power supply for speakers, mixers and amplifiers, or good acoustics for string and wind instruments. Some sites have built-in public-address systems which can be used for introductions and toasts. If your site of choice doesn’t offer this equipment, make sure your DJ or musicians can provide it. Room décor. Most sites offer a neutral background to work with, but


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Reception make sure the flooring, wall coverings and colors will work with the style and season of your wedding. Services offered. Be clear, with each site visited, exactly what is and is not included. From catering and wait staff, to candles and chairs… get those details up front. A note about outdoor receptions If you’re planning an outdoor reception, it’s critical to have a backup plan in case of inclement weather. Planning for an outdoor reception is usually much more work overall, because you have to provide for everything from the salad forks to the tents to the chairs, and you may need to change plans at the last minute due to the weather! For these reasons, it’s highly recommended that you use an

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experienced wedding coordinator if you want an outdoor reception – this will ease your workload, and your stress, immensely. Down to details As with any wedding vendor, make sure that all details are outlined in writing, and use a credit card whenever possible when making payments so that you have more protection in the unlikely event of a problem. You should feel very comfortable with your contact person, and feel that they respond in a timely and efficient manner to your questions and requests. Visit premierbride.com’s online wedding planner for a comprehensive list of questions to ask potential reception sites, and other great wedding planning help.

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very storybook wedding should have a great beginning. The staff at the Landmark Resort are here to help. We understand that each wedding is different and a reflection of each unique couple. We offer a full-time wedding coordinator, indoor and outdoor settings, an abundance of activities to make your special day even more memorable, and a beautiful Door County venue. Landmark Resort 7643 Hillside Rd. Egg Harbor, WI 54209 1-800-273-7877 www.thelandmarkresort.com

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Surround your guests in classic ambiance in rooms accommodating 20-300 guests. • In-house decorating services • Round table seating • Flexible menu plans • Full-service wedding professonals

1004 Brett Favre Pass | Green Bay, WI www.brettfavressteakhouse.com

(920) 499-MVP4

Incorporating Tradition 5 tips on bringing tradition into your wedding These days, many couples who get married come from different backgrounds. Incorporating these differences into your wedding ceremony can both celebrate your individualism and personality as a couple. Bride-to-be Randi G. wrote in recently and asked “I would like to incorporate my family’s Irish history, but would also like to include my fiancé’s Air Force involvement. The two themes don’t seem to flow together. Also, he’s Jewish and would like to include some of those traditions. I feel like it’s too much, and I am nervous my guests will be confused.” Well... thousands of books have been written on incorporating cultural,

religious and other – such as military – traditions into your wedding day. While we certainly don’t have the room to go into specific wedding traditions here, I do want to touch on Randi’s great question: how do you effectively incorporate more than one “theme”? Here are five key tips on how to do this successfully: #1 - Focus on just one or two ‘big elements’ at the ceremony, and just one or two at the reception. For example, if you have your heart set on having a military arch with sabers at your ceremony, it’s probably best not to also include an Irish bagpiper at the same time, playing backup to a singer singing traditional www.premierbride.com Premier Bride • 29


Fox Valley’s Most Memorable Venue

Located on the banks of the Fox River providing a romantic backdrop for your wedding day. WateRFRont Banquets

Our banquet facility can accommodate up to 220 guests and features its own private covered patio overlooking the waterfront and downtown Appleton skyline for you and your guests to enjoy. We specialize in our four course Trolley Car menu, as well as plated dinners, which offer many classic favorites and specialty entree items. Our delicious food and unparalleled location make Waterfront Banquets the perfect place for your wedding day.

PullMan’s RestauRant

The Club Room, located inside Pullman’s, features an amazing waterfront view and can accommodate up to 100 guests great for rehearsal dinners.

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The perfect place to host a bachlorette party, bridal shower, or rehearsal dinner.

619 S. Olde Oneida St., Appleton

920-830-7855 | www.WaterfrontBanquets.com


Tradition tips Jewish wedding songs. Focus on what is most important to you and your fiancé, and your families, and keep the more prominent thematic elements to a minimum. #2 - Express yourself in the details. Of course, in the wedding day details, you can express all of your themes to your heart’s content. For example, Randi writes, “he is wearing his Air Force Blues and my gown is cream, my nieces are wearing cream dresses with Air Force blue sashes, and my nephew is wearing an Air Force blue suit with an official Air Force flight pin rather than a boutonniere. I’d like to use my Celtic champagne flutes, my Celtic unity candle set, and give seed packets as a favor, which is an Irish tradition.” All of these details are

wonderful ways to subtly incorporate your themes... and doing all of these won’t be “too much.” To be perfectly honest, most of the guests wouldn’t even notice that it’s specifically an “Air Force blue” sash on the flower girl’s dress - other than to briefly note that it goes so nicely with the groom’s attire. And most people wouldn’t notice the Celtic champagne flutes - but the newly married couple will as they toast each other - and that is what’s important. So use details like these to further express your own personal themes. #3 - Use your ceremony program to inform your guests, if needed. The ceremony program is a great place to explain and describe any unique wedding customs and

Ceremonies Receptions Photography Oshkosh, Wisconsin www.thepaine.org Photo (left) by Gene Ho Photography

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tradition tips traditions that you plan to include. For example, while most non-Jewish guests are familiar with the breaking of the glass tradition, a brief explanation of what that ceremonial aspect signifies would be a very nice touch, and the ceremony program is the perfect place to do it. #4 - Communicate with everyone involved! This is really a key tip for anyone, for any wedding - but it becomes even more important when very deeply rooted traditions or strong cultural influences are involved. If you are mixing a very religious, Jewish, future mother-in-law, with a very proud and patriotic Air Force groom, with a bride who strongly identifies with - and loves - her Irish heritage... you had better plan on having a few serious family

‘pow wows’ to jointly craft a wedding day that meets everyone’s needs. Be open-minded, flexible and sensitive. #5 - Ultimately, it’s your wedding! (“Yours” meaning not just you, the bride, but “yours” as in you, your groom and your immediate families.) Really, it’s your day, so whatever you want to do, find a way to do it! If you really want the military arch AND the bagpiper, then have the arch at the wedding ceremony, and the bagpiper the reception site, announcing the arrival of the newlyweds. A wedding celebration is really a way of announcing to the world that “these two unique individuals are joining together, and creating a new family.” So be unique, and share it with the world!

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unique Guest Book Ideas 7 unique wedding guest book ideas Why have a plain white guest book at your wedding, when you can do something unique and creative, a lasting keepsake of wedding memories? Here are seven great ideas, from the conservatively beautiful to the wacky unusual. #1 – The Photo Guest Book. Assign a handy and extroverted friend to take instant Polaroids of each guest or couple, and insert them into a blank guest book with a glue stick or photo corners. Have the guests write a short message beside their photo. This is better suited to smaller weddings, because it’s more time-consuming per guest. Or, have the friend take them

digitally, to be printed and added to the book later. #2 – Bring on the embellishments. Take a plain guest book, and adorn it with beads, lace, ribbons, sequins, photos, drawings, your wedding invite, collages of words from magazines or poetry, leaves, flowers or any other enhancements your creative, brilliant mind can envision. #3 – Handmade with love. Make your own guest book with handmade paper and an interesting binding (ribbon, aluminum screw posts, rivets, etc.) Check out your local paper stores for classes, materials and other help. www.premierbride.com Premier Bride • 33


guest book ideas #4 – A framed work of art. Take a great photo of you and your sweetie – perhaps your engagement photo, perhaps in black & white for a classic look – and frame it using a very wide, bright white mat. Have your guests sign the mat using finetip black markers. This is a beautiful and personal art piece to hang in your new home. #5 – A puzzling idea. Here’s a very unusual idea: a photo of you and your fiancé is adhered to a wood backing and created into a puzzle. Your guests sign the back of each puzzle piece with a fine tip black marker. Learn more and see photos at MGC Puzzles web site – www.mgcpuzzles.com.

#6 – Serve it on a platter. Use a white ceramic platter and a special pen to create a unique guest book! Some are decorative only, others can be made food and dishwasher safe after firing it in your oven (30 minutes at 300 degrees.) Or, use a sterling silver platter and an engravable pen. #7 – A deep well of wishes. Invite your guests to write a brief message to you on pre-cut, small pieces of beautiful paper, and drop them into a “wishing well” – any decorative container: a glass vase, large bowl, bird cage, decorated box, etc. After the wedding, you can either store these good wishes in a memory box or special container, or use them in a scrapbook.

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Memorable Times Begin at the Tundra Your Vision….Your Day….Our Expertise

We Will create the happiest day of your life! • Two majestic ballrooms serving groups up to 350 • Accommodations for intimate ceremonies, rehearsal dinners and bridal showers • Personalized menus to fit your needs • Local Shuttle Service • Group room discounts available • Accommodations for Couples and Families

Tundra Lodge Resort, Waterpark & Conference Center 865 Lombardi Avenue, Green Bay

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Friday or Sunday saves you money

If cost is a factor in your wedding budget, consider planning your wedding for a Friday or Sunday. Choosing a day not in high demand can be less expensive and more relaxing, and there are other benefits as well: • You’ll find everyone you must engage for a wedding service more open to negotiation, sometimes reconsidering price or adding extras. • Vendors will probably cheer your off-day business by doing an extra-attentive job. • Wedding services can book Saturdays far in advance, but Fridays and Sundays can require less notice. Choosing a Friday or Sunday also allows you to avoid making several calls to numerous vendors, only to hear, “Sorry, we’re booked on that date.” • Getting married on alternative days suits the bride who prefers less pressured planning. • It’s more likely that a hotly requested band, emcee, photographer, videographer or caterer will be on hand for the wedding of your dreams • Getting treasured guests into town may be easier if extra or early days are options. • On a Friday, you’ll probably have your wedding in the evening, which means that the ceremony is followed immediately by dinner. This means that you will avoid the extra cost and hassle of a one-to-two-hour interim reception or cocktail party. Having the ceremony and reception back to back may ensure more people at the church ceremony. • The rehearsal dinner could be easier and less costly for a restaurant if it was scheduled on a Thursday as opposed to a Friday night.

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Prime off-sight catering dates available. Call for 2011 dates at The Marq. 920.532.4811 | www.the-marq.com | 3177 French Road | De Pere, WI 54115

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recePtion Site: ask the right questions • May I see photographs of other receptions held here? • Where will we have access? Are there restrictions? • Is there ample parking for guests? • Do you provide a sound system, AV or PA system? • Are there any restrictions on decor, photography, videography, smoking or bar service? • Will you provide valet, coat check, restroom, bar and door attendants? • Is there an onsite caterer? Are we required to use them? • Are there adequate restrooms that are handicap accessible? • Are there adequate electrical outlets for the entertainer? • Could other events be scheduled the same day? • Is there a certain time when we must leave? • How far in advance must I book your services? • What is your cancellation policy? • Is a deposit required? If so, when and how much? www.premierbride.com Premier Bride • 39


The perfect place for a perfect event!

Beautiful Modern facility Built in 2006 exceptional cuisine – flexible Menu options seating up to 380 – offsite catering pillar-less Ballroom with an 18’ ceiling

Receptions – ReheaRsal DinneRs Gift openinGs BRiDal showeRs

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BEMIS CONFERENCE CENTER 800-397-3638 at St. Norbert College 100 Grant Street, DePere BEST WESTERN BRIDGEWOOD RESORT HOTEL 920-720-8000 & CONFERENCE CENTER 1000 Cameron Way, Neenah

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$26 - $50

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$25 or less

BEST WESTERN GRAND SEASONS HOTEL 110 Grand Seasons Drive, Waupaca

715-258-9212

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300

3

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BRETT FAVRE’S STEAKHOUSE 1004 Brett Favre Pass, Green Bay

920-499-6874

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20-350

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6-12

$25 or less

COBBLESTONE CREEK DINING & BANQUET 740 W. Ryan (Hwy 10 West), Brillion

920-756-3214

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600

2

6-12

$25 or less

COPPERLEAF BOUTIQUE HOTEL & SPA 300 W. College Ave., Appleton

877-303-0303

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FOX BANQUETS RIVERTYME CATERING, INC. 111 E. Kimball St., Appleton FOX HILLS RESORT 250 W. Church St., Mishicot

920-731-7271

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920-993-1900

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920-725-6666

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300

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GRAND MERIDIAN 2621 N. Oneida St., Appleton GREEN BAY BOTANICAL GARDEN 2600 Larsen Rd., Green Bay

920-968-2621

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$25 or less

920-491-3691

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GREEN BAY PACKERS/ LAMBEAU FIELD ATRIUM 1265 Lombardi Ave., Green Bay

920-569-7515

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$35 to $60

GARDEN OF THE FOX CITIES 1313 E. Witzke Blvd., Appleton GERMANIA 320 Chute St., Menasha

HEIDEL HOUSE RESORT & SPA 643 Illinois Avenue, Green Lake

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Our selection of unique wedding settings will make your wedding day memorable.

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Custom designed menus, on-site wedding specialist. Larger space available at the Sensenbrenner Memorial Union. Magnificent view of Bridgewood Golf Course. Aquatic fun center, 4 pools and outdoor whirlpool. Many romantic whirlpool fireplace suites available. Adjacent to Ground Round Grill & Bar. An intimate atmosphere for your special day. Five separate rooms to accommodate groups of 20 to 320. We have the perfect space for your wedding reception. Conveniently located between the Fox Valley & Manitowoc. Exceptional food at a very reasonable price. The CopperLeaf Boutique Hotel offers romantic whirlpool & fireplace suites, exquisite guest accommodations, elegant receptions, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, gift openings and spa BenMarNico’s. Great downtown Appleton location on river. www.michielsfoxbanquets.com New beautiful indoor wedding chapel. Picturesque golf course & gazebo ceremony sites. Professional in-house wedding planner. Plan your wedding among our 35 acre botanical garden. Ideal location for affordable weddings, rehearsal dinners and bridal showers. Newly renovated and decorated. Private bar. Modern Mediterranean style, beautiful courtyard, free parking on site. Brand new in 2012! 12,000 sq.ft. facility offering space for wedding rehearsals, receptions, showers and more . (Also offering garden ceremonies.) Guests can overlook historic Lambeau Field in unparalleled ambiance. Panoramic views of Green Lake, yacht cruises, indoor and outdoor spaces, full service spa, professional staff, centrally located. www.heidelhouse.com www.premierbride.com Premier Bride • 41


One Night... A Lifetime of Memories

2350 N. Casaloma Drive, Appleton 920.734.2407 Visit waveballroom.com for more information and to see our other fine properties

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HERITAGE HILL STATE HISTORICAL PARK 2640 S. Webster Ave., Green Bay

920-448-5150

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HOLIDAY INN NEENAH RIVERWALK 123 E. Wisconsin Ave., Neenah HOLIDAY INN HOTEL & CONVENTION CENTER 1001 Amber Ave., Stevens Point

920-725-8441

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715-344-0200

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$25 to $50

THE HOLLYHOCK HOUSE & GARDENS 1408 Dodge St., Kewaunee HOTEL SIERRA/ KI CONVENTION CENTER 333 Main St., Green Bay

920-388-3445

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920-432-4555 800-236-3330

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LANDMARK RESORT 7643 Hillside Rd., Egg Harbor THE MARINER 1100 Hyland Avenue, Kaukauna THE MARQ 3177 French Rd., DePere THE MEADOWS CONFERENCE CENTER 850 Kepler Drive, Green Bay

800-273-7877

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920-766-0898

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920-532-4811

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920-465-6700

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MENOMINEE CASINO Hwy 47/55 Duquaine Road, Keshena

800-343-7778

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NATIONAL RAILROAD MUSEUM 2285 S. Broadway, Green Bay NORTH SHORE GOLF CLUB N8421 North Shore West Road, Menasha OSHKOSH CONVENTION CENTER 2 North Main St., Oshkosh OUTEREDGE STAGE 303 N. Oneida St., Appleton

920-437-7623

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PAINE ART CENTER & GARDENS 1410 Algoma Blvd., Oshkosh RADISSON HOTEL & CONF. CENTER 2040 Airport Drive, Green Bay

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A private and picturesque place to host the wedding of your dreams. Choose all the details from caterers to decorations. Privacy and personal service - only one couple allowed per evening. Near parks & lake scenic downtown Neenah. Over 200 guest rooms, romantic whirlpool suites, elegant reception halls and intimate spaces for bridal showers, rehearsal dinners or gift openings. Elegant queen Victorian estate, private honeymoon retreat. Complimentary bridal suite with a bottle of champagne for wedding night and a room for gift opening the next day. Professional Wedding Consultants. No minimums for food or beverage. Beautiful water view reception room with outdoor terrace & waterfall. Conveniently located just 5 miles east of Appleton. Great food & affordable prices. Spectacular flower gardens, outdoor patios, hotels nearby, conveniently located between Green Bay and Appleton. Pillar-less ballroom with an 18' ceiling, built in dance floor, exceptional cuisine and flexible menu options. Featuring a ballroom, pool, cabana bar, casino, 100 newly remodeled hotel rooms, wedding planning services & catering. We offer a rich historic ambiance. Located on the banks of the Fox River. Classic elegance with breathtaking surroundings, lakeside patio and private exclusivity. Newly renovated with a contemporary look.. Old world vintage meets modern luxury and technology. With 26 ft. stained glass windows to state-of-the-art lighting and audio, we will create your perfect event. Sites available within the historic mansions, galleries & gardens. Wooded setting, award winning facilities.

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Call the Lambeau Field Special Events Team today. Ask about Friday and Sunday incentives!

920.569.7515 Lambeaufield.com

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RADISSON PAPER VALLEY HOTEL 333 W. College Ave., Appleton RIDGEWAY COUNTRY CLUB 2913 County Rd. II, Neenah

920-733-8000

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$25 or less

920-722-2979

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RIVERVIEW COUNTRY CLUB 1101 S. Oneida St., Appleton

920-733-2354

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SOUTH HILLS GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB 1175 Fond du Lac Avenue, Fond du Lac

920-921-3636

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STADIUM VIEW BANQUET HALLS 1963 Holmgren Way, Green Bay THORNBERRY CREEK 4470 N. Pine Tree Road, Oneida TROLLEY SQUARE WATERFRONT BANQUETS 619 S. Olde Oneida St., Appleton

920-498-1989

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920-434-7501

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920-830-7855

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TUNDRA LODGE 865 Lombardi Avenue, Green Bay

920-405-8700

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VAN ABEL’S OF HOLLANDTOWN 8108 Cty. Rd. D, Kaukauna WAUPACA ALE HOUSE 201 Foxfire Drive, Waupaca

920-766-2291

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WATER’S EDGE BANQUET FACILITY at Pine Ridge Farms N3387 State Rd. 73, Wautoma WAVE BAR & BALLROOM 2350 N. Casaloma Dr., Appleton WOODFIELD CARRIAGE HOUSE & GARDENS W305 Foundry Rd., Kiel

920-787-5519

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It was the wedding that made national headlines. Three sisters, all getting married on the same day. And while historically, it had happened before, it seemed rarely to occur without some element of spectacle or the bizarre. This was different. This was three sisters with a genuine lifelong love for one another who happened to find themselves inexplicably engaged at the same time. “I never could have imagined it and if Tom or I had suggested it…well…it just wouldn’t have happened.” explains Deb keunkle, mother of the brides. following the announcement by daughters, Helen, katie and Clare, that they would be summing up their coincidental triple engagement with a triple wedding. Helen, the youngest, had been planning her wedding the longest while katie and Clare were almost dreading the thought of 46 • Premier Bride www.premierbride.com

formally planning anything. The solution, while wildly unusual, was surprisingly practical. Three wedding ceremonies in one day, one big party at the end of it with one big guest list. Immediately, one might question the ability to pull off such an event while still being able to retain a sense of uniqueness within each girl’s wedding day. But then one realizes that this too would be unique all of its own merit. “We wanted to know that every couple would feel special,” added Deb, “…that there would be a sense of individualism within the day.” It was also paramount that all parties involved, brides and grooms were fully on board with this new scenario. To ensure that all of this would be possible, it all came down to planning…times three. The planning began not with a wedding coordinator, but with two women working


inside the office of father of the brides, Tom keunkle. Tom, residing president of st. norbert College in De Pere, WI was quick to enlist the help of both Amy sorenson and Jamie mcGuire. Given the magnitude of the event certain aspects needed to be taken into consideration immediately; aspects that wouldn’t normally be considered in the average wedding. security, for example, would have to be established for the day of the wedding. meetings were set up for all those involved to get everyone on the same page, so to speak. not only that, but basic guidelines had to be established. Guidelines such as making certain that no media or outside press would be allowed inside the chapel on the day of the wedding; just family and friends. Thankfully, with the weddings taking place on st. norbert

College property, there would be a bevy of resources available to the girls to make such an event possible. logistics aside, let’s talk dresses. While all of the dresses would be different, the girls had to decide whether or not they would be in matching hues of white or ivory. eldest daughter katie made the request that due to her hair and fair complexion all the gowns be in ivory. Agreed. Deb keunkle explained that while “all three styles ended up being very similar, they were made up of three very different fabrics. katie’s gown was two tone taffeta with a lot of beading, Helen’s gown was ivory sateen and Clare wore a gown of ivory chiffon. “ Daughters katie and Clare were more than happy to defer most of the planning to youngest daughter Helen. Helen had,

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after all, been dating her fiancé, navy helicopter pilot mike lindsey the longest and had already begun much of the specific planning of their own wedding day. (Plans that included a military style sword arch wedding recessional.) And so it was that Helen’s original color choice of navy blue and navy blue imperial stripe were woven as the color selection throughout the day’s events. Helen, being a fine Arts graduate also designed the invitations and place cards. There were gestures of individualism at every turn. from the separate groomsmen to separate cakes (plus three grooms’ cakes) this was always three very different girls bonded by sisterhood celebrating in three different ways. On the wedding day itself, there were three separate processions, three separate presiders and

three separate homilies. every couple said their own vows. every couple had met on an individual basis with their clergy preceding the event. It was always personal for everyone involved. But how do you keep three brides from being seen by their prospective husbands? That morning, mike Brennan (of Brennan Buick) and his wife picked up Tom, Deb and the girls in a modified van and brought them to the chapel. Deb remembers fondly, “mike and his wife even got all dressed up to bring us over. ..They played “Going to the Chapel” for us as we drove over.” Once there, the girls were “snuck” into the oratory of Old saint Joseph’s Church on the college campus. Then, much like a well-rehearsed dance, each groom came out with his respective priest and best man, groomsmen, flower

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girl and finally, the bride. each bride only came out after her respective groom. This way it was always a surprise, it was always a separate moment of awe and would always be a separate moment of recollection for each couple. And let’s not forget youngest daughter Grace. There are four daughters in the keunkle household, not three. “Gracie” as her mother calls her, was maid of Honor for all three sisters. she helped coordinate the bacheleorette party, host a triple bridal shower in Indiana and most importantly, remained calm. she put a tremendous amount of thought and time into the wedding of three lifetimes. Just don’t ask her about making her own wedding plans any time soon. “Gracie might just elope” joked Deb.

As the recessionals began, guests were asked to remain in their seats and almost as a grand finale Helen and mike were able to create their navy style sword Arch, complete with kisses and a sword swat to the rump of the new bride. each daughter danced with her father. each daughter held her mother’s hand in the moments before she prepared to go down that aisle. “People didn’t view it as this ‘lumped in thing’,” begins Deb keunkle, “…once they were inside that ceremony, it was just very, very special. I have actually received, since that time, forty to fifty thank-you notes from people who are grateful for having just been invited. ..for having been a part of something so unique. Isn’t that wonderful? They feel special for having been a part of it.”

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Catering Step 1: Start the search. Your search begins once you have selected your reception site. Some locations require that you use their in-house caterer or banquet department, which makes your choice fairly simple. These locations include hotels, country clubs and some of the more unusual facilities such as museums, boats or historical homes. You may also be asked to select an independent caterer from a pre-approved list. If you are in a position to select your own caterer, try to narrow down your list to no more than three; otherwise, you will be tasting food for a month. When you call each caterer, have as much information ready as possible such as your wedding date, time of day, approximate number of guests and the degree of formality and style. If you have any general menu ideas or preferences, let the caterer know so they can be better prepared for your initial meeting. If possible, have them send you some sample wedding menus and references to review beforehand. Step 2: Determine your service style. At the initial meeting, caterers will want to discuss your tastes and budget in detail. Your choices will most likely include the following options: a sit-down meal, a buffet, passed hors d’oeuvres or food stations. Your caterer will be able to describe all of these options and their appropriateness for the time of day, number of guests and style. Step 3: Schedule a tasting. When you finally narrow down your service style, most caterers will ask to arrange a time for you and your fiancé to sample their cuisine. This is called a tasting, and it usually takes place at the


Catering caterer’s establishment. It may coincide with another event they’re catering and they will simply prepare two extra meals. If you’ve indicated a preference for the less ordinary, however, they may prepare some of their more unusual items for your approval. Step 4: Design the menu. Start by searching through magazines, web sites, and bridal shows to clarify your likes and dislikes, along with anything you know you want or don’t want. Armed with this information, work closely with your caterer to craft the perfect wedding menu for you and your guests. The number of guests you expect at your wedding, level of formality, the time of day and your budget all have great influence on your menu selection… so rely on the professional experience of your caterer to take all of these elements into consideration. When selecting your menu items you might also want to bear in mind that there is a real trend towards “healthy eating” and you may have a few vegetarians as well. Step 5: Calculate the cost. Once you’ve selected a caterer, it’s time to get down to business. Money. Most caterers base their prices on a per-person cost. Facilities with in-house catering departments may have a minimum charge or set-up fee, while an off-premises caterer will usually work within any reasonable, agreed-upon budget. It’s relatively easy to calculate the overall food cost, which equals the number of guests multiplied by the cost per person. Some caterers offer lower prices or special menus for children, so be sure to let them know the number of children in attendance. Mentally add an additional 10 percent for overage, www.premierbride.com Premier Bride • 53


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Catering and 15 to 20 percent for a gratuity, if appropriate. Remember, typically the wedding cake is not included in the meal cost. Your final guest count is usually required one week before the event. This will be the minimum number of people for which you will actually be charged. Most caterers will plan on the addition of a few last-minute guests and will add the meals to the bill after the wedding. Although it is not required, you may consider including meals for wedding-related personnel, such as the DJ, musicians, photographer and consultant. If cost is an issue, ask your caterer about “vendor meals.” These meals are more casual than the guest menu and are offered at a lower cost per person. Remember to get specifics as to what extras are included in the caterer’s charges, such as table linens, plates, glasses, crystal, silverware and service pieces. Step 6: Plan the help. Once the menu is finalized, the next step is determining the number of wait staff you will need to serve your feast and keep your reception running smoothly. Your caterer will certainly help with this, but a general guideline is one server for every 10 to 12 guests for a sit-down dinner. In addition, providing a full and open bar will require more staffing than a limited bar with wine, beer and soft drinks. Be sure to confirm the proper attire for the wait staff beforehand so it is in keeping with the degree of formality for your reception.


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Catering Step 7: Finalize the details, in writing. Specify the day, date and time; the address of the site; food items by course and the number of guests covered; provisions for special meals; the time of the cocktail hour; the time the meal will be served; contact people, including someone from your end with whom the caterers can consult; the number of servers and bartenders and their uniforms; linens; beverages to be served and bar guidelines; terms of payment; and liability insurance. Typically, an advance deposit is due when you sign the contract and remember to check on the cancellation policy for unforeseen events. Unique Ideas in Catering Please pass the potatoes. If you love spuds, consider a “mashed potato bar” serving

a delicious variety of mashed potatoes, served in martini glasses and drizzled with the guest’s choice of gravy or sauce. A trip around the world. Give your guests a culinary trip across the globe, with a variety of food stations offering a wide range of ethnic food… Moroccan, Italian, Asian, French, to name a few ideas. Personalize your “cheers!” Work with your experienced bartender to create a custom cocktail to serve during cocktail hour. Name it after the two of you, or after something near and dear to your hearts. Sweet tooth? In addition to your wedding cake, or instead of it, entice your guests with a dessert table such as a cannoli bar, an ice cream buffet or a mini-pastry display.

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The best gift a bride and groom can give each other is a professional wedding coordinator. Today, planning a wedding is more complicated than ever. Most couples have high expectations for their special day, but are novices at planning such a big event. Besides handling all of the time consuming, stress inducing details, a wedding coordinator can help make the planning process an enjoyable experience. Wedding consultants essentially do everything you need so that you don’t have to worry about it. From planning a destination wedding, to handling pre-wedding plans, to coordinating the events on the wedding day, wedding consultants offer services that include as much or as little as you need. In fact, a wedding consultant can even work with a couple from the day of their engagement right up until they board the airplane for their honeymoon. In the case of destination weddings, wedding consultants will even travel with the bride and groom to look at a destination beforehand. A wedding consultant can offer important advice on why a destination will or will not work and can work with vendors in the area to negotiate the best prices. However, in most cases, the couple will be responsible for paying for the airfare, food and accommodations for the wedding consultant on the exploratory visit and during the actual wedding. While many couples prefer to pick their own vendors, flower


Wedding Coordinators arrangements, cake design and location, wedding consultants can do this for you if you need them to. It is not unusual for wedding consultants to work with the bride to choose the colors of her wedding, the flower arrangements and even the wedding gown. On the other hand, wedding consultants are also good at just taking over the small details. In some cases they are only there to coordinate everything on the day of the wedding. If you do decide to choose a wedding consultant, then first and foremost remember that you must like the person you hire. While there are many good consultants in the business, finding one that can handle your temperament, special requests, family issues and overall personality is the real key to success.

For example, if a bride is low-key and quiet, a loud, type A wedding consultant might cause more nerves than comfort. On the other hand, a bride who has a knack for multi-tasking might not understand a consultant who is the take it easy type, even if the job does get done correctly. Finding the Right Coordinator 1. Asking a trusted florist, photographer, or caterer is a good way to get started, however the best way to find a good planner is to ask another bride. 2. A professional coordinator should offer an introductory meeting free of charge. Meet with them to discuss your ideas and to see whether or not your comfortable with them. 3. Ask to see pictures of events that the coordinator has planned. Pay close attention to the details and consistency of their vision.

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Wedding Coordinators 4. Ask for lists of references you can call and be sure to call them. When you call, ask questions such as: Did the coordinator help you to achieve what you wanted for the wedding? Would you use him or her again? Did he/ she listen to comments and concerns about the wedding, and were they addressed? Did the coordinator pay close attention to your wedding budget? 5. Check with the Association of Bridal Consultants (www.bridalassn.com) to see if the coordinator is a member. Working with a professional wedding consultant that is certified through ABC will prove to be invaluable. During the initial meeting try to figure out whether this is a person you can trust and whom you will feel comfortable working with. Other important notes: 1. Find out exactly how much the wedding coordinator charges. Some charge an hourly rate, while others bill a flat rate or percentage of the overall wedding budget. 2. A detailed contract should be signed between you and your wedding coordinator specifying exactly what the coordinator’s responsibilities will be. 3. A good wedding coordinator is like a good accountant. Even though you pay for his/her services, in the long run they save you time and money. And that translates into a happier and more relaxed day for you. Wedding coordinators can be especially helpful for couples who are short on time or live far from the location where they plan to be married. Although friends and relatives can certainly assist with wedding plans, leave the details to a professional who can anticipate mishaps, troubleshoot when necessary and provide you the affordable luxury of a stress-free wedding.

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Work with your groom to discuss your plans, and make the decisions together. No matter where you choose to register, be sure to include gifts in all price ranges, so that your guests can choose gifts within their budgets. Also, select more gifts than guests (remembering that couples count as “one”) so that there’s enough selection available, and there are enough gifts to cover your wedding showers as well. Your guests will appreciate this! Communicating the news How do you let all the guests know where you are registered? The simple answer is, word of mouth. All guests will be close to someone in the wedding – the bride and groom, the parents, other family members or close friends. Guests will ask someone if they want to know where you’re registered! It’s certainly appropriate to include the information on your wedding web site if you have one. It’s also appropriate for the shower host(s) and/or hostess(es) to include the information on their shower invites as well. It is NOT, however, ever appropriate to include the information with your wedding invites. After all, your wedding invites are a gracious request to join you on


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Registry your special day – not a demand for gifts, so don’t let them sound like one! Thank you notes Your guests have been kind enough to send you a lovely gift, so be sure to behave like the kind, gracious couple that you are, and send that thank you note promptly! For gifts received before the wedding, send the note out within two weeks at the most. Trust us on this: you will not have “more time” after the wedding, and the more you stay on top of the thank you notes, the easier it will be. For gifts received at the wedding, send the thank you notes within four weeks, but certainly – the earlier, the better. Make sure your thank you notes are personal, handwritten and timely.

After the wedding Most stores will keep your gift registry for at least a year after your wedding date, and they’ll often offer a discount to you for items still on your list. This is a great opportunity to see what items you still want and/or need, and perhaps use some of your wedding gift cards or gifts of cash to acquire these. The original purpose of bridal registries was to help new couples, who often were quite young and had very little, start off their new life together as a new family in a new home. No matter what your situation today, these gifts of love send you into your new life together with the joy and affection of those closest to you. Cherish these gifts, show your gratitude and count your blessings.

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How to be a gracious bride making it a great day for everyone

You may have heard the expression “it’s your day, do it your way,” as you’ve been planning your wedding. And this is true! It’s a time to express your true self, be authentic, and drown out the expectations of others. On the other hand, it’s easy to take this concept too far. A recent “Dear Abby” letter described a bride at a wedding who preferred to dance on an empty stomach, so she had guests wait five hours for their dinner, and had the dancing first! That’s a great example of taking it too far… Here are a few tips about being a gracious bride: Understand your guests’ perspective. How does the day’s schedule look, from your guests’ viewpoint? Awkward gaps of time between the ceremony and reception are difficult for guests, and asking them to drive more than 86 • Premier Bride www.premierbride.com

30 minutes between locations is usually too much. Try, as much as possible, to craft your day’s schedule with the guests in mind. Jump on those thank you notes. Guests are excited to get you something wonderful in honor of your marriage, and they can’t wait to hear if you not only received it, but liked it! Write a conversational, personalized note and respond as quickly as possible. Give others grace. Just know that weddings are an emotional time for your close relatives, especially parents, siblings and close friends. In addition to the joy, there can also be this strange sense of “loss,” that they’re losing you, and this can bring up unexpected emotions. As much as possible, when people around you are driving you crazy, give them grace and, maybe, a warm hug. Best wishes to you, gracious bride!

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The sound of romance On your wedding day, nothing sets the mood, stirs the emotions or touches the heart more than music. From the solemn, beautiful sounds of the ceremony, to the background melodies of the cocktail hour, to the lively dance tunes that energize the reception, music brings the romance to your day.4


Music ceremony Music The very first step in determining the music for your ceremony is to consider what you want, or what you envision, for your day. Do you want a vocalist? Do you want several musicians there, or just a pianist? It’s helpful to take notice during any weddings you attend while engaged, of what you liked (or didn’t care for) when it came to the ceremony music. Once you and your fiancé have some ideas in mind, seek out wedding musicians by visiting bridal shows, reviewing local bridal publications or online sources such as premierbride.com, or asking for referrals from your ceremony officiant or recently married friends. Or, consider working with a talent/ booking agency, which can offer experienced, convenient, one-stop-

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shopping for all of your wedding music needs. Once you’ve found some options, arrange meetings to hear them play in person – if you haven’t heard them live already. Once you’ve determined your ceremony musicians, they can help you select the songs to include in your wedding ceremony – how many, when, and so on. They are usually quite experienced when it comes to weddings, and will be a great resource. (Your officiant will be helpful here as well, so be sure to involve them also.) If you have specific songs in mind already, you’ll be able to hear a preview of exactly what they will sound like on your wedding day. And if you need some ideas, your musicians will be able to guide you and offer plenty of options.


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Music cocktails and dinner Music The key element during cocktails and dinner is conversation, so the music playing during these times should set the mood, but not intrude. You have three options here: use the musicians that played during your ceremony, use the band or DJ that will be playing at your dance reception, or hire different musicians for this part of the day. If you do decide to have live music, chamber music, classical guitar or perhaps a jazz ensemble are all good choices, and can create a subtle background of entertainment without overpowering conversation. A wellseasoned pianist is another excellent choice, since he or she can supply a wide range of musical styles and perform your guest’s special requests. Or, if you are having a DJ for your dance reception, they can usually provide the cocktails/dinner music as well. reception Music You’re married, cocktails and dinner are over, it’s time to kick up your heels and hit the dance floor! This truly is one of the most critical wedding decisions you’ll make, because nothing can make or break a wedding celebration faster than the entertainment. Fortunately, most wedding vendors are talented professionals, and with the tips included here, you’ll be able to confidently select an excellent entertainer for your big day. Your first big question to answer will be “do we want to have live music (a band or orchestra) or a DJ”? While there are pros and cons to both, it really boils down to personal taste and budget. Using live music - a band or orchestra - provides a certain festive energy to the evening, and is a wonderful

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top 25 Wedding songs 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25.

Amazed. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lonestar From This Moment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Shania Twain & Bryan White Cross My Heart. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . George Strait Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Aerosmith or Mark Chesnutt Could Not Ask for More. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Edwin McCain Truly, Madly, Deeply. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Savage Garden It’s Your Love. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Faith Hill & Tim McGraw I Knew I Loved You . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Savage Garden Wonderful Tonight. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Eric Clapton I Do, Cherish You. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98 Degrees At Last . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Etta James When I Said I Do. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Clint Black & Lisa Hartman You’re the First, the Last, My Everything. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Barry White The Way You Look Tonight. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Frank Sinatra or Tony Bennett My Best Friend. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tim McGraw All My Life. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . K-Ci & JoJo Unchained Melody. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Righteous Brothers Spend My Life With You. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Eric Benet & Tamia To Make You Feel My Love. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Garth Brooks Keeper of the Stars. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tracy Byrd I Swear. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Michael Montgomery Everything I Do. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bryan Adams True Companion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marc Cohen Valentine. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Martina McBride & Jim Brickman Love of My Life. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jim Brickman

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ask the right questions A good band or versatile DJ will reach out to all ages and tastes, with showmanship and energy to keep the party in high gear.

• What packages do you offer? What do they include? • May I see your references and a demo CD? • May I see you perform at an event or bridal show? • If I provide you with a list of songs, will you be able to play them? • Can we control the volume of the music? • How will you and other musicians be dressed? • How long do you play with how many breaks? • How long will you need to prepare or set up? • Will you be able to act as master of ceremonies? • When do you begin charging overtime? • How far in advance must I book your services? • What is your cancellation policy? • Is a deposit required? If so, when and how much? 96 • Premier Bride www.premierbride.com


Music A DJ can provide a huge variety of music, something for everyone, and is generally less costly than a live band or orchestra. And, no breaks! Here are some of the keys to finding a good wedding DJ: 1) If possible, see them live, in action. 2) Find a vendor that is a good fit with you, personality-wise. Looking for a fun, crazy, get-jiggy-with-it party animal? Or a more upscale, elegant, formal entertainer? 3) Communication is critical. Clarify what songs and events you do and don’t want included, the order of events and other details ahead of time. 4) Ask for, and follow up on, several references. The nitty gritty details You’ll want to begin researching your reception musicians early in the planning process, so that when you find someone you like, availability is less likely to be a problem. Consider how they sound as well as their personality and style. Whether you hire a band, small orchestra or DJ, your selection of musicians will be a guaranteed success as long as you provide a wide variety of music. From 50s doo-wop to disco, pop or rock, diversity is the key so that every guest attending can hear something they enjoy. You will also want to consider your reception site when determining your entertainment. Communicate with both your reception site manager, so that they are clear about your plans ahead of time, and with your band or DJ contact, so that they are familiar with the space, its limitations or requirements, and other details. If the band or DJ you’ve selected has never performed at your reception site before, ask if they can visit the location

in person before your wedding to make sure it’s adequate for their needs: space, electrical power, lighting, etc. As with any wedding vendor, be sure that everything is very clear and in writing: the fees, cost and details on overtime, start and end times, alternate plans if a musician is sick that day, and so on. If any of your vendors don’t use a contract, then put all the details into a letter and copy it, sending one to the vendor and keep one in your files. Confirm all the details with your musicians about a week before the wedding. Once you’ve done your homework, selected excellent musicians for every part of your wedding, and nailed down all of the details, you can rest easy. Until, of course, it’s time to start working on your dance moves…

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Rehearsal Dinners 5 steps to fun & fabulous

With the main event just around the corner, it’s time to relax and celebrate! After the ceremony rehearsal most couples choose to spend some quality time with close family and friends during a rehearsal dinner. The details of how you do this – who, what, when, where – are up to you. Below are five steps to help you pull it all fabulously together.

#1 – Choose your party The first step is to decide on what kind of gathering you wish to have. Most couples stick with something a little less formal, since you will all be dressed to the nines the next day. But really, you can do anything you like that feeds the crowd and allows for a little mingling: a pig roast, a potluck, dinner at a restaurant, a cocktail and appetizer cruise, a picnic in a park or a cookout in your backyard. Brainstorm with your sweetie and choose your ideal party. #2 – Clarify who’s paying Historically, the groom’s parents picked up the tab for the rehearsal dinner, however, you can no longer make that assumption. So – as with all wedding elements – it’s critical to be clear up front exactly who is paying for what. And never, ever assume! 98 • Premier Bride www.premierbride.com

#3 – Make the guest list Anyone involved in the ceremony, and therefore, at the ceremony rehearsal, would of course be invited. This includes attendants, parents and other immediate family, readers and so on. It’s also customary to include any out-of-town guests, as they will have traveled some distance for your wedding. It also gives them the chance to meet more people before the wedding itself; you wouldn’t want them hanging out in their hotel room alone in an unfamiliar city. #4 – Make them mingle One of the main purposes of the rehearsal dinner is for the two families to get to know each other better and enjoy each other’s company. So, whatever you and your groom can do to help with that, the better. Consider strategically planned seating with place cards or nametags with brief descriptions like “Mary Jones, Bride’s College Roommate,” and any other needed introductions. The rehearsal dinner is also an ideal time to give your attendants their gifts. #5 – Fine tune the toasts Traditionally, the groom’s father toasts first at the rehearsal dinner, however, traditions continue to evolve and change! The rehearsal dinner is a more relaxed, informal atmosphere, so you can decide together, along with your families, who would like to speak and in what order. Often, the groom’s father will say a few words, followed by the bride’s father and then the bride and groom. Groomsmen, bridesmaids, mothers and other guests may also want to make a toast. Cheers!

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“He’s always been very romantic” says Dasa Pappas of her new husband, michael zalaski. That might be a bit of an understatement given the details of michael’s proposal to Dasa, just one year after their first date. following a trip to the salon and the gift of a brand new evening dress, michael then presented his bride to be with a bouquet of tulips identical to the first arrangement he had ever given her as well as a book entitled “Why I love You”. In this book, michael had carefully filled out every question with heartfelt, honest answers about Dasa and their life together. He had even added a collection of personal mementos from the past year; concert tickets, receipts and so on. After reading the book, Dasa was led to a cd player with the instructions to “press play”. Just as soon as Brad Paisley’s “Then” began to play, michael was on one knee proposing to Dasa. “It was a fairy tale evening”, she recalls, “We went out to dinner afterwards and told everyone we met about our engagement. And then 100 • Premier Bride www.premierbride.com

the very next day, we started planning the wedding.” from the start, attention to tradition and family would be at the heart of this wedding. In selecting her bridal bouquet, Dasa bucked any current floral trend and chose instead to duplicate the full and cascading bouquet her mother and grandmother had carried on their wedding day. Dasa’s wedding dress was all her own. A couture creation by maggie sottero, it featured a sweetheart neckline and dramatic bodice with satin band accent. It took Dasa all of thirty seconds to know this was the dress for her. The ceremony was held at st. Peter and Paul Catholic Church of Green Bay, the same church where Dasa attended school as a little girl and where the Deacon who married her had watched her grow up. “When those church doors opened and it was just me standing there…I just can’t explain how that felt. I loved that moment. michael can’t explain how he felt either, seeing me there at the door.”


understandably, it was the moment just before the beginning of a new lifetime together when tugs at the heart speak louder than words. Dasa was led down the aisle by her twelve year old son Jordan on one arm and her father on the other. michael had lost his mother to cancer some years earlier. In a moving gesture towards welcoming the memory of the departed into their wedding day, Dasa and michael chose to light a “memorial candle” in her honor. michael’s best friend and groomsman then read a poem that touched upon the spirit of this moment, reciting one such line, “…if roses grow in Heaven, lord please pick a bunch for me, Place them in my mother’s arms and tell her they’re from me.” Once married, the church Deacon unexpectedly called together all of Dasa and michael’s family and bridal party to surround them in what he referred to as “the Circle of love” and spoke of the importance of family and marriage. following the ceremony, guests gathered at Thornberry Creek Country Club for an evening of dinner, dancing and

one fabulous Chocolate Apricot Cake from Alpha Delights. family friend, wedding guest and local weather man Tom mahoney quipped that the unseasonably warm day was his “wedding gift” to the happy couple. from the manzanita tree branches on the tables to the menus in the napkins, Dasa attributes all the little wonderful details to the great relationships she forged with her vendors because they all took the time to really find out what it was that she wanted. “They were All so great!” she remarks, adding “everything was stunning…just stunning.” she went on to advise future brides, “Don’t skimp on the things you really want. I had thought about my wedding day since I was a little girl and so I knew what I wanted. They [the vendors] made that happen for me.” DRESS

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Photography A Picture Perfect Day

It may be hard to imagine now, but after many months of hard work and detailed planning, your wedding day will suddenly arrive‌ and zooooom! The hours will fly by in a blur of beautiful, moving, memorable moments. And after the cake has been eaten, the dress has been carefully put away, and the gifts have been opened – you and your new spouse will be left with the most precious gift of all: memories of your special day. 4


Photography There is simply no better way to capture and preserve these memories than with a collection of beautiful photographs that not only document the day and its events, but also embody the emotions and spirit of your wedding. Quite frankly, this is simply not a component of your wedding planning to treat lightly! Invest the time, attention and budget necessary to ensure that your wedding memories will be preserved for the future. What’s your style? Start by determining which style of wedding photography is right for you and your fiancé. Here are brief descriptions of the three main styles: Formal or traditional This style produces color, posed portraits of you and your groom, your wedding party, and your families, along with all of the traditional wedding moments such as the cake cutting and bouquet/garter toss. Photojournalistic This style is a popular trend in wedding photography, and it means your photographer will be shooting your wedding as if it’s a news event, capturing hundreds of candid moments on film. These photographers tend to use more black & white film, for a classic, timeless and emotional effect. Artistic Artistic photographers use a variety of special effects to create a dramatic, one-of-a-kind piece of art. Effects could include double exposures, hand tinting, special borders and much more. Most photographers offer a blend of two or more styles, but tend to 104 • Premier Bride www.premierbride.com


Photography specialize in, and focus on, just one. If you like the photojournalistic style, but want some posed formal portraits to showcase your families or the day’s special moments, find a photographer that can comfortably do both. So which style is right for you? The first step is to think about the end product: what is most important to you, to have after your wedding? Do you definitely want to have beautiful, timeless, color portraits of you and your groom that you can elegantly frame and display? Do you want a large number of candid, heartfelt moments – many captured in black & white, to document your day? Are you envisioning a one-of-a-kind, artistic piece to hang on your wall after the wedding that incorporates one or more images from the big event?

To help you, take a look at friends’ wedding albums, surf around professional photographer’s web sites, clip photos from magazines of photography that moves you, and spend some time in photographers’ booths at wedding shows. All of this research will help you zero in on what style of photography you seem drawn to, and ultimately, which one you want to use for your wedding. the right photographer Once you’ve established the style that is best for you, it’s time to find a professional photographer that meets your needs. Start the process by collecting referrals from friends, reviewing helpful resources like Premier Bride, attending bridal shows and surfing the Internet. Create a short list of potential photographers that specialize in the style you desire, based

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Evaluate three main areas: Do you like their work? Be sure to see complete wedding albums along with individual photos, to get the best idea of the end product you can expect to receive. Also, be very sure that you know exactly WHO will be shooting YOUR wedding – and view their work, as some larger studios have more than one photographer. Do your personalities mesh? Of all your wedding vendors, the photographer is the one vendor with whom you will spend a good deal of time on your wedding day. You want to feel comfortable with this person! Even if he or she is a great photographer, if your personalities just don’t ‘click’ – you may want to keep looking. Do they fit your budget? It’s so critical to have a budget amount in mind before looking for a photographer, so that you can feel confident that the one you’ve decided on, and love, also meets your financial requirements. The different parts of a photography package As you’re selecting your photographer, it may help to be aware of the various elements generally included in wedding photography packages. Most photographers also offer these elements ‘a la carte,’ or can create a custom package that specifically meets your needs – so be sure to ask. Bride & Groom’s Album There are a wide variety of wedding albums available today, and they vary in size, color, material, construction


Photography and price. When comparing different photographers’ bride & groom albums, be sure you’re noting the quantity of photos and in what sizes, to make sure you’re comparing “apples to apples.”

wedding party, and for other close friends and family members. Don’t underestimate how many prints you will want after the wedding, as this will definitely impact your budget.

Parents’ albums The parents’ albums are smaller versions of the bride & groom album, and have traditionally included about twenty 5x7 photographs. Photos should be carefully selected for each family, to create two (or more) custom family albums.

Proofs Ask your photographer how many proofs you will get, and in what format. They may be provided as small photos, in digital format, on the Internet, or on contact sheets.

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Looking and feeling great from head to toe

Many brides feel the “Big Day” is a huge incentive to make physical changes that will make them look and feel their absolute best. The changes can be big or small, but the goal is really to feel great, not just for your big day, but ideally for a lifetime! Read on for some ideas on how to look great from head to toe. Be active With the wedding as a specific incentive, now is the time to adopt a healthy, active attitude for life. The key is to find some physical activity that you genuinely enjoy, and do whatever it takes to work it into your life on a consistent and regular basis. What do you like to do? Are you a “team” person, or a solo exerciser? Do you enjoy classes or working out at home? If you enjoy what you are doing, the chances are much, much 108 • Premier Bride www.premierbride.com

greater that you’ll find the time and stick with it. Consider hiring a personal trainer, they can craft the most efficient workout for you and your goals – say, having strong, lean arms and shoulders for your strapless wedding dress. Also, making a commitment to a trainer greatly increases your odds of following through on workouts! Healthy eating Every day you hear conflicting news on what’s good and what’s bad for you! While the experts may continue to squabble over the details, we all know the obvious: eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and healthy fats, and eat less fast food, processed foods, high fructose corn syrup, white sugar, white flour, and unhealthy fats. Following are


look and feel great two tips to adopting a healthy approach to eating: One, change one thing at a time, until it becomes a habit. For example, decide to give up soda completely and switch to water. Don’t worry about making other changes until this feels routine, then make another change in your eating and stick with it until it feels routine, and so on. Two, change your attitude towards food. In America, we’re all busy, and we’re all about convenience. In general, eating healthy is not nearly as “convenient” as eating unhealthy … It takes planning ahead, more food preparation, shopping in multiple locations or more frequently, eliminating fast food, etc. If your health is important to you, just adopt the attitude that it’s worth the time, and make it a priority. Involve your fiancé and make the time you shop for food and prepare meals quality “together time” where you can enjoy each other’s company and share your day.

A beautiful smile With all of the advancements in dentistry over the last decade, whitening your teeth, making them straighter or fixing a specific problem is easier than it’s ever been. Your first step is to schedule consultations with two or three dentists, to discuss your specific situation and options. This is one change that will last a lifetime and can make a dramatic difference in your appearance, depending on your situation, so it’s well worth a little legwork. For a less expensive option, over-the-counter whitners can also be effective, check with your dentist for a recommendation. Non-surgical skin procedures Just like cosmetic dentistry, the whole field of cosmetic dermatology has grown in the last decade or so. From

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look and feel great chemical peels to microdermabrasion, from Botox to collagen, the options are endless! Again, the key is to find a dermatologist that you feel comfortable with, by scheduling consultations with at least two or three of them. Be specific about your goals: do you want to reduce wrinkles? Eliminate acne scars? Have fresher, brighter, smoother skin? Key considerations include how long does the procedure last, how much downtime/recovery time is needed, and the cost. If you do go ahead with a procedure, leave a cushion of time before the wedding, just in case your recovery takes a little longer than usual. Improve your posture Here’s a quick fix to a longer, leaner, better looking you – improve your posture! The time we spend driving, hunched over our computers and slouched in front of the TV is not good for our posture. Stand and sit up straight, head and shoulders back, it’s a simple way to enhance your appearance and improve your health. To check your posture, stand sideways in front of a full-length mirror; your back should be in a straight plane. Imagine a plumb line from the back of your head that touches, in turn, your shoulders, hips, knees and ankles. Now, stand with your back to a wall, both of your shoulder blades

and the back of your head should “kiss” the wall. If back problems are the cause of poor posture, consider a personal trainer, a chiropractor, therapist or a yoga class. Above all, the best beauty secret is attitude – feeling confident and happy. Nothing shines brighter than the smile of a woman who feels good about herself, and is filled with contentment, love and joy. May that be YOU on your wedding day!

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Busy with preparations for that special day? One of the most important decisions you will make is choosing your photographer. Take the time to compare. Choosing a photographer can be difficult if you don’t understand the language, packages or programs. The following questions should you in your search. Does the photographer’s samples reflect the photographic work? Under what circumstances can the photographer reassign or substitute a new photographer without notice? Does the photographer portray the style you want, high energy or laid-back? Does he/she carry several complete camera/ light units? Does he/she perform safety checks? How long is film retained for future reorders?

The time spent qualifying your photographer will protect you against unwanted surprises. This is important so that in years to come the memory of your wedding day will be as fresh and beautiful as the day itself. When the flowers are gone, your gown tucked away and your attendants scattered, your album will bring your wedding day back to you, your family and friends. Many couples become frustrated at the amount of steps it takes to complete the photographic process. Trying to save a few dollars now, may cost you much more in the end. Your investment in a professional photographer who has quality, style, design and service, will always be appreciated in the years to come.

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By adding a couple of personal touches to your wedding, you’ll offer guests an inside look into your love story and the chance to be part of a meaningful, once-in-a-lifetime experience. Start with the invitations. A picture of you two or a personalized map of the city that includes your favorite hot spots are great ways to set an intimate tone for the big day. For the ceremony, consider writing your own vows. Don’t be shy if you lack creativity – a pastor or wedding guide can help. Think of your favorite romantic song lyrics or poetry to express your commitment. As your guests file into the reception, seat them at tables with names, not numbers. If you met in a Literature class, send everyone to tables named after authors you read together. It will provide them with a conversation piece and a little insight into an interest you share or how you met. After the toasts, surprise the guests by raising your glasses to them. Thank them for being there and share your appreciation for all their support. Everyone will love being addressed as an integral part of your day. Don’t forget about the dancing! For your first dance as a married couple, take tango or ballroom classes and relish the opportunity to show off your new moves with a choreographed number. If you’re really brave, invite your whole bridal party in on the action! Personalizing your wedding simply means bringing a little bit of “YOU” into the day. Express yourself!

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Having fun with photos! 8 unique ideas for your wedding

Even though weddings are a testament of very personal love, sometimes the whole day can seem like a cookie-cutter type deal. But there’s almost nothing more personal than a photo, so use those to make your day one of a kind! Here are some suggestions on using images to express yourself in your wedding, from the fun and frivolous to the romantic and intimate. Save-the-date cards and invitations can seem stuffy and predictable - so spice them up with a photo of you two! For the more informal save-the-date, you could pose as characters from your favorite movie or have side-by-side pictures of when you were younger. It makes a more interesting card and gets guests excited for your wedding. For a couple of your photos at the wedding or reception, add a little personality by wearing fun sunglasses, a hat from your favorite sports team, or a very trendy item that might look hideous (“we actually wore THAT!??”) when you look back on the photo 15 years from now. The idea is to incorporate your personalities, and have some fun! Surround your engagement photo with a large, smooth, white mat, and display it with nice pens at the reception for people to sign. You’ll have a personal touch around a beautiful photo of the day. Have guests bring a memory card of photos of the two of you, and ask someone to set them up with a photo frame at the reception. Embarrassing or un-flattering - let everyone see all the sides of your relationship! Especially at huge reception halls and banquet rooms, the place can seem large 116 • Premier Bride www.premierbride.com


New Photo Trends and impersonal. By adding pictures from your parents and grandparents weddings framed nicely throughout the room, the room will become a little more intimate. It’s also a nice way to honor deceased relatives or long-standing marriages. Many couples have a disposable camera or two at each table - let everyone from the flower girl to your great-grandpa snap a few and have them turn it in at the end of the night to see what everyone was up to! Here’s a fun, crowd-pleasing, partyenhancing idea: rent a photo booth to have at the reception! Your guests will have a great time entering the booth, posing for photos both lovely and silly, and enjoying the black & white or color prints. Put some scissors, gluesticks, pens and scrapbook pages on a table by the

booth, for guests to leave one of their photos for you, along with a little note. Looking for a wedding gift for your fiancé? Give him a chic, “for his eyes only” boudoir style photograph of yourself that will capture the romance and affection that only you two share. Boudoir photographs are sensual in a posh, tasteful manner and it’s the photographer’s job to capture your personal and natural beauty in the best light. Many brides wear lingerie, their veil, a corset or whatever they feel most sexy in. Accentuate the posh ambiance with draping pearls, heels or rich makeup. Photos can be shot in a hotel room, bedroom or with a lush backdrop in the studio. Ask your photographer if it is part of the package, or find another one to capture an image of you that your husband will cherish forever.

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Videography

The JoY oF VIdeo: preserve your wedding day in living, moving color Nothing can transport you back to your special day like a good quality video. By beautifully capturing the moving sights and sounds, you can revisit your wedding again and again, and relive all of the special details: the rustle of your wedding gown, the nervous cough of the groom before his vows, the emotion in your father’s voice during his toast. But plan to spend the time and money necessary to do this right.4


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www.fantasticvideography.com Video A professional, high quality video is absolutely priceless. The wedding videography field has changed in recent years. The quality has improved dramatically and the final, edited work is more entertaining than ever. Professional videographers have the technology, talent and time necessary to produce an excellent quality video, with clear audio; crisp, in-focus visuals; and sharp editing. A good videographer will remain inconspicuous and capture wonderful, uninhibited moments of you and your guests. Often, you won’t even know you’re being recorded. Your video will have the tears of joy, the laughter, silly “blooper” shots and much more. Professional vidoegraphers will spend anywhere from four to 10 hours with you on your wedding day, and 120 • Premier Bride www.premierbride.com

another 35 to 50 hours editing your wedding video, adding graphics and music, and other special effects. For all of the professional equipment, experience, and time you should expect to budget an amount similar to your photography budget. The one comment you will hear from brides and grooms after their wedding, is: “It went so FAST!” A wedding video will transport you back to that special day with outstanding visuals and terrific audio, and even let you catch special moments you would never have seen otherwise. Ask your videographer about showing photo to video montages, rush editing of wedding day highlights, or “Love Story” videos at your reception. Or, create your own customized video display. Music is an important component of these videos. Discuss


Video whether you or you videographer will handle the music. Projectors for these shows are recommended and may be available through the videographer. These upgradeable services are growing in popularity and would add the perfect final touch to your wedding and reception celebration. Your guests will be entertained by these touching and, sometimes, funny slow motion and still images. Choosing Your Videographer Watch a videographer’s sample video closely to ensure that it meets your expectations for techniques and quality. Such a sample should allow you to appraise the clarity and stability of the picture and, above all, the videographer’s ability to smoothly edit the material together. This is one

of the hallmarks of the experienced professional and an excellent reason to not leave this valuable service in the hands of an amateur. Another great feature of a professional video is improved audio. Knowledge of remote microphones and where to position them is key. Listen for clear quality sound during vows, readings, music, toasts, etc. Also, ask to see a copy of the videographer’s contract, and make certain you understand all the costs for the videographer’s work and what he or she will provide. The bottom line is, a professionally recorded and edited wedding video is a priceless treasure to have. There is truly no better way to revisit your special day. It will bring back not only the sights and sounds but…the feelings as well.

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Video Evaluate Sample Videos Ask to see the videographer’s wedding “demo” tape and a complete wedding video recently done. The demo tape will give you a great deal of insight into their style and quality, and a recent and complete sample of their work will give you a clear idea of what you’ll receive after your wedding. Evaluate the picture...

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Invitations The first impression

You’ve been planning your dream wedding for months, but for your guests, the invitation is their first glimpse of what’s to come. It provides a clue to the event, and the level of formality, along with some indication of your wedding style: Formal or informal? Modern or traditional? You’ll want an invite that matches… and so, let the search begin!4


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Invitations Where to start Wedding invitations include so many tiny etiquette details, from how to list the names to how to address the envelopes to how to arrange all the enclosures… and for this reason, it’s ideal to find a qualified local professional to be your “go-to” person for all of these questions – and more. Check online at www.premierbride.com to find stationers in your local area, attend local bridal shows or pull out the yellow pages. If you choose to purchase your invitations online, be sure to find a reputable retailer, and if possible, give yourself some extra time just in case there is a problem that would require more shipping time back and forth. You could also “test-drive” the customer service of an online retailer with an email and a phone question, to make sure they are reachable and responsive, to give yourself a little peace of mind. When to start Like all wedding responsibilities, the earlier you start, the more time you have to search, thoroughly evaluate options, and handle any problems that arise. It’s helpful to have your ceremony and reception details decided (when and where), and your basic wedding style and colors established. Knowing these things will help you find an invite that truly expresses the beauty and style of your day. If possible, order the invitations and other wedding stationery six or more months before the wedding to give yourselves plenty of time for reading and correcting proofs, printing, addressing, stuffing and mailing. Mail the invitations six to eight weeks before the wedding. Let any out-of-town guests who would need to arrange flights and/ or hotel rooms about the date as soon


Invitations as you know it, either informally through conversation, or more formally with a save-the-date card mailed as early as possible. This consideration gives them more time and flexibility to make travel arrangements. All the parts Wedding invitations are typically comprised of several components, each with a different purpose. There is the ceremony card announcing the details of the ceremony with the optional tissue paper to lay on top (an old custom to protect the other enclosures from stilltacky ink), the reception card if applicable with those details, the response card with its stamped, addressed return envelope, the map if provided which also often includes hotel details for outof-town guests, and the inner and outer envelopes. Some invitations combine these elements, such as including the reception information on the ceremony card, especially if it’s at the same place or immediately following. It’s also possible to simply eliminate some elements (such as the inner envelope or tissue paper covering the ceremony card), particularly for more informal styles. The invitation wording Traditionally, whoever is officially hosting (read: paying for) the wedding is listed first on the wedding invitations. Of course, you can work it out however you like with your families. (This is one area where it’s really important to have good communication between all parties!) Some couples today, who are paying for the majority of the expenses themselves, with help from their mixed and blended families, simply say “Mary Bride and John Groom, together with their families, request the honor of

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Invitations your presence at their marriage…” This is also where it would be very helpful to have an experienced professional to assist! You could also do a search online to find invitation wording samples and discuss the options with your groom and respective families. Assembling the pieces The traditional way to put together an invite is as follows: start with the ceremony invitation on the bottom, cover with tissue if desired, put the reception card on top of it, and then put the response card with the unsealed return envelope and the map, if you’re using one, on the very top. Slide all items face up into the inner envelope. Do NOT seal the inner envelope, and slide it into the outer envelope with the addressee’s name facing the back flap so that it will be visible upon opening. Addressing advice The outer envelope should have a return address included on the back flap, and it’s probably well worth this small extra cost to have this done by the printer, so you don’t have to write the return address on every single invite you send! For the names and addresses of your guests, you can hand-write them, run the envelopes through your printer using a calligraphic font, or for a very beautiful and special touch, hire a calligrapher. One bride-to-be actually framed the envelope with her name and address on it that she received for another friend’s wedding, because the calligraphy was such an incredible and gorgeous work of art. What a visual treat for the guests of that wedding! Ideally, try to avoid labels, even clear ones, because they just don’t convey the sense of “specialness” and elegance 128 • Premier Bride www.premierbride.com

that something as special as a wedding deserves. The following guidelines provide the traditional “rules” when addressing wedding invites that do help convey that sense of specialness and elegance. Street names, cities and states should be written out completely without any abbreviations. To indicate both parties of a married couple, use both “Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Green.” When addressing an unmarried couple living together, use each of their full names: “Mr. Ronald Green and Miss Angela Thomson.” If every member of a family is invited, write “Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Green and Family.” If only the older children are included, their names are written below the parents’: “Miss Erin Green.” Adult children no longer living with their parents should receive their own invite. Addressing children this way should let guests know if children are invited or not, but often this is unknown or overlooked by guests. If you’d rather not have children at your wedding, you could also include on the invite “Adult Reception.” And, you may just want to let certain guests know this as well when you talk to them in person. A final, critical tip When you’ve fully assembled your invites, take one to the post office, and have them weigh it, assess it and give you a definitive postage due amount. It may weigh more than one ounce, or be an odd size (such as square) that costs extra, and the last thing you want is 100 wedding invites coming back to you marked “insufficient postage!” So make that extra trip to the post office to be absolutely sure, mail them out, and take a deep breath. The wedding is officially underway!

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Budgeting your big day deciding what’s important

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know there have been better economic climates in which to plan a wedding than now… Just because you can’t throw down as much money as before, however, does not mean you can’t have the elegant wedding you’ve always dreamed of. You just need to be a little smarter about planning for it! Here are some tips to keeping the sparkle in your wedding in a budget-savvy way: First, make your own budget. It sounds like a no-brainer, but this needs to get done. Before any kind of planning (or even thinking about planning!) gets done, sit down together and use this simple equation: Add how much you have in savings right now that you can use on the wedding. Then calculate how much you can save between now and the wedding. Next, add on what your parents are willing to contribute, if anything. Finally, ask yourself if you are willing to go into debt to pay for some of the wedding. Think carefully about the last one – a wedding is one day, and it signifies the beginning of a future. Are you willing to sacrifice parts of your future (putting a down payment on a home, having children right away) for a lavish wedding? The total here is your overall wedding budget. Know it, and stick to it! Then decide what’s important. Once you’ve added those components together, ask yourself what is most important about your wedding, the things that you can’t imagine cutting corners on. The “non-negotiables” are different for every couple, what are they for you? Is it the wedding gown, a good 130 • Premier Bride www.premierbride.com

photographer, music at the reception or including the entire extended family? Do your research and decide exactly how much the most important parts of your big day will be, and then find out if your remaining money will be enough to cover the rest of your expenses. If not, there are quite a few easy ways to trim some costly endeavors: Do it yourself. Depending on how crafty or enterprising you are (or how crafty your maid of honor is!) there are countless things that you can do yourself, or have a fun afternoon with your wedding party doing together. With computer and photo programs becoming more advanced every day, it is relatively easy and inexpensive to design some of the printed material you’ll need for your wedding. Save-the-date cards, invitations and name cards can all be designed and printed entirely by you, or some copy or design shops offer the help of a professional to get you started. It is less expensive than paying for the full invitation service, but still gives it a professional touch. Other DIY could be making personal favors for the wedding guests, crafting your own centerpieces, enlisting the help of a friend or sister to do everyone’s hair and makeup for a smaller fee than a professional salon or making your own jewelry. Even if you don’t consider yourself a hands-on, creative person, don’t be afraid to ask around for friends and family who might be willing to help you try something new to cut costs. Cut the Cake. A fancy cake can be pretty expensive, but don’t go without a dessert! Ask your favorite bakery if they offer items just as pretty but smaller, such as fun cookies for everyone, design-your-


Wedding day budgeting own cupcakes or just a smaller version of a cake you have in mind. Transport your funds somewhere else. Limos or trolleys are fun and glamorous, but if your limited budget requires it, the drive to your reception would be just as memorable in your own decorated car with the best man serving as driver. It’s Friday, you’re in love. Saturday afternoons are the most common time for weddings, which mean they’re the most expensive. But just because it’s common doesn’t mean it’s mandatory – Fridays and Sundays are both weekends so out-of-town guests would be able to make it, and you can still squeeze your dream venue into your budget. Also, try to avoid holiday weekends or the most popular times of year (May-June and early fall), as they are also usually more costly. Guest List reductions. It’s not easy to whittle down a list to include everyone you want enjoying in your special day while still managing a budget, but sometimes this is the easiest way to really cut corner, and can make a significant impact on your budget. If you still have a large amount of people you don’t want to say no to, consider hosting an informal, less expensive get-together when you’re back from your honeymoon to spend time with the people you couldn’t invite and celebrate your love. Bargain shop! A wedding gown can be a huge portion of the budget, and it’s something you probably don’t want to settle for. Look for sample sales, special promotions and more simple, yet elegant, gowns. You could also look into sources such as eBay, Amazon and Craigslist for beautiful discounted gowns, but be very careful about what you buy and the “small print details.” If you don’t want to keep your dress, there are also plenty

of shops that rent designer gowns so you can look stunning on your big day without footing the entire cost of the dress. Save on Booze. Depending on your crowd, an open bar can be one of the costliest endeavors for your wedding. It’s poor etiquette to make your guests pay for ANY drink, but it’s perfectly appropriate to keep the options limited to beer, wine and soda, with mixed drinks available for cash purchase. Also depending on your reception site and/or caterer, ask if you can provide the liquor and beverages for the open bar, and look into buying your own beverages at a discount liquor store or wholesale club like Sam’s Club or Costco. Different Tunes. A full musical ensemble or even a DJ can really add up, so if you must cut corners, try taking advantage of technology for a night. Rent a sound system, or, if the venue is small, use your own or borrow from a friend with a nice one, and hook up a computer or iPod to play a playlist of your favorite songs. Before you make the list, you can look online for a list of great 80s tunes or the best dance songs. Ask around for requests, plug it all in, and you’re set for a night of exactly the type of music you want to hear. The most important thing to remember when trying to budget your wedding is that it is one day. A special and meaningful one, of course, arguably one of the most memorable days of your life, but it is the beginning of a future together and you don’t want money problems to be the way you start married life. Keep in mind that all your guests might not have their wedding favors in 50 years, but if you still have your love for one another, your wedding was a success.

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bRIdaL bLooMs: design a beautiful wedding with flowers When selecting flowers for your wedding, you will find there is an endless array of options. The romantic link between weddings and flowers dates back to ancient civilizations where garlands of flowers, leaves and vines were worn or carried by young brides to symbolize their beauty and innocence. Wedding flowers have since evolved from simple hand-held bouquets to vibrantly artistic creations used to set the mood and theme for the entire celebration.4


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Flowers Deciding on flower arrangements may take considerable time and imagination on your part. Guidance and suggestions from your florist will smooth the process for you, so it is recommended to book your florist a year in advance if possible. Try to make a final selection for all your bouquets, boutonnieres, ceremony arrangements and reception centerpieces at least three months before the wedding, then meet with the florist again three weeks before your wedding date to iron out all the details. When meeting with floral designers, it is a good idea to bring fabric swatches of your gown and the bridesmaid’s dresses. It also helps to bring photographs or illustrations of specific flowers, colors and bouquet styles you prefer. If you are unsure which flowers will last and also look the best, ask your floral designer. Since you will want your floral arrangements to last throughout the day, your floral designer’s advice will be invaluable. Some flowers hold up beautifully in the sun while others are better suited for indoors. For example, it probably would not be wise to select gardenias if you are planning an outdoor wedding at midday in June. Gardenias are as delicate as they are beautiful, and under such conditions they would wilt long before the minister says, “you may kiss the bride.” For You and Your Wedding Party The first item of consideration will be the bridal bouquet, since all other floral arrangements will take their cue from this piece. It not only sets the tone for the overall floral scheme, but also provides the perfect opportunity for you to bring your own style and personality to the forefront.

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Flowers The Ceremony Before making decisions regarding the floral arrangements for your ceremony be sure and check with your chosen church or synagogue for any restrictions. If you’re on a budget, it’s useful to reuse ceremony flowers at the reception site, but some churches request that altar arrangements remain on-site for weekend services. You will want to determine what you can and cannot take with you after the ceremony before you order the reception flowers. Ceremony arrangements are usually ideal for buffet, gift and head tables if using them twice is an option. Reception Arrangements There is a vast array of options for reception centerpieces: elegant vases filled with cut flowers; towering

candelabras; topiaries; or simple rose petals scattered around flickering candles. Use your imagination to design one-of-a-kind centerpieces that express your style. Keep in mind that the height of the arrangements should not interfere with the ability of guests to converse with each other. They should either be low enough to talk over or high enough to talk under. Placing the wedding party’s bouquets at equal intervals at the head table also provides excellent decoration. Running greenery laced with flowers across the length of the head table is another option. You might consider using this decoration for the cake table as well. If your budget allows, consider adding a few finishing touches here and there, such as flower petals on serving trays, or garlands along the front of the buffet

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Flowers tables. You can also fill in a large room with potted ferns or ficus trees placed strategically and wrapped with strands of small white lights. Share all of your ideas with your floral designer, who can help you refine them to create a lavish and memorable impression that won’t soon be forgotten by you or your guests. Seasonal Considerations For everything there is a season and flowers are no exception. One of the most important considerations in selecting your wedding day flowers will be the season in which you intend to wed. You will find that flowers in bloom during the month of your wedding will be more available and less costly than selections that are out of season and they will also last longer. A major seasonal consideration is the holidays since certain flora will significantly increase in price. Valentine’s Day, as you can imagine, creates a high demand for red roses, increasing the cost considerably. Easter affects the availability and price of tulips and hyacinths, while at Christmas poinsettias and holly are at a premium. Should you choose these flowers around such seasons, factor this into your budget. With their fragrant beauty, their wide range of hues and year-round availability, it is easy to see why roses have retained their popularity with brides. If you are considering roses, it helps to know a little bit about them before making your final decisions. Roses are produced in three grades: Select, Extra Fancy and Fancy. Select roses are top quality and last the longest. It may be worth paying more for Select, although Extra Fancy is equally lovely. Florists rarely deal with Fancy roses, found mostly in supermarkets, as they tend to wilt rapidly.

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The concerns surrounding naturally mined diamonds - mainly conflict diamonds and the environmental impact - are becoming more and more a part of our mainstream consciousness, and more publicized - thankfully! As consumers, we are fortunately becoming more educated on these issues, as well as positive alternatives. The issues Conflict diamonds are mined by military factions using slave labor under miserable conditions, often to help fund wars, typically in war-torn, Third World countries. In addition to this concern, the environmental impacts of diamond mining are hugely negative, producing great amounts of toxic air and water pollution, and leaving raw, gaping, giant holes in the earth where nothing can grow or live - a dead area that can never be restored. The alternatives Not all diamonds are conflict diamonds, and there are mines that use progressive, eco-friendly mining techniques that protect land, water and wildlife. With a little research and discussion with your local jewelers, you can find these socially just and eco-friendly natural diamonds. Another option is to reuse, reclaim, recycle! Buy a diamond ring that already exists or consider a family heirloom, or transfer an existing stone into your own setting. Finally, your third option is to consider simulated diamonds. While methods have been developed to create pure carbon diamonds in laboratory settings (synthetic diamonds), the cost to the consumer is still a deterring factor. So diamond simulants, which often have a more complex

chemical make up, still possess many of the same characteristics as diamonds, and are a great alternative at a fraction of the cost. Diamond simulants are created under tremendous heat and pressure

in a process very similar to how actual diamonds are formed in nature - just much quicker, and from more elements than simply pure carbon. “The result is a flawless, man-made crystalline substance with physical and optical properties that almost exactly match natural diamonds,” explained a simulants expert at Diamond Nexus Labs, Stephen McNelly. “In most cases, scientific testing is needed to tell the difference, although some jewelers are able to distinguish diamond simulants from mined diamonds on the basis that all mined diamonds contain some flaws, whereas diamond simulants do not. In essence, no natural diamond could possibly be so perfect.” The bottom line is, beauty and value are in the eyes of the beholder. The ring that graces your finger for the rest of your life as an expression of your love and commitment should be beautiful, brilliant and durable. And as it turns out, there are many ways to get just that. Good news for all of us!

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Cakes

YoUR WeddInG CaKe: a sweet ending to a special day You’ve picked the date, found the hall, ordered your dress… Now it’s time for a fun, tasty task: choosing your wedding’s sweet ending. It could be a traditional wedding cake or another sweet treat read further for some creative ideas. Whatever you choose, it all starts the same way, by evaluating your choices and finding the perfect bakery/cake designer for you.4


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Cakes Covering the basics Where to start… Start out by considering your particular wedding style, the location, the season and the number of guests. All of these factors will influence any wedding decision! A casual, informal, outdoor wedding will have different requirements than a formal, elegant, winter evening wedding. When to start… Also like all wedding decisions, the earlier you start, the more options you’ll have and the less stress you’ll encounter. You can start researching, interviewing and taste testing anytime – but ideally, get your selection finalized and ordered by six months before the wedding. Or, at least book your bakery by then, even if the cake details are not yet decided. Popular bakers and cake designers book up quickly during the “wedding seasons.” (Which nowadays is pretty much April through October, plus the holidays!) What to do… Eat! Ask friends for referrals, visit wedding shows, surf the ‘Net – whatever you need to do to find some good potential vendors. Then, make some appointments for a tasting so that you can check out their work for yourself. Of course, the cake needs to be delicious. But you also need to feel absolutely confident that your cake vendor will do what they say they will do, pay attention to details, be on time, etc. Consider how promptly they return your calls or answer emails, how organized and efficient they appear at your tasting, their years of experience, and the overall impression they give. Ask if they’re familiar with your reception site, how they transport the cake and how much time they need to set up. When you meet with your cake designer about the cake’s colors and appearance, it helps to have as much wedding information with you for


Cakes guidance, such as a photo of your dress, fabric swatches to show wedding colors, and any other specific wedding touches that have already been decided. Also, bring any photos or magazine clippings of wedding cakes that you love and share them with your designer. What flavor… The traditional white wedding cake with white frosting still makes its classic appearance now and then, but today anything is a possibility! Consider your guests – if you have a lot of kids or non-drinkers, maybe you want to avoid the alcohol flavors. Consider your menu – if you’re having lemon chicken, you may not want to select a lemon cake. And finally, consider what you love to eat! Carrot cake, hazelnut torte, deep chocolate with raspberry filling, cheesecake… If you and your honey have a favorite flavor, ask your cake designer about using it. The cake topper… Crown your reception’s edible centerpiece with a beautiful, unique, or meaningful cake topper. The classic bride and groom figurines – updated with an elegant, ceramic style – are always appropriate for couples who love tradition. Fresh flowers are gorgeous of course, and adding some thin, tall candles amongst them on the top layer would be romantic and visually appealing. If quirky fun is more your style, then how about incorporating some favorite things, hobbies or interests of yours, such as a surfboard and palm trees, the Eiffel tower, seashells, or a snow globe. Other ideas for a more formal wedding include your monogram, a wedding cake candle or tall tapered candles, a framed photo of you two, fall leaves, or elegant Christmas ornaments. And the cost… Cakes are typically priced by the slice, which is generally anywhere from $1.50 to $6.50 per slice,

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Cakes depending on the style, ingredients, size and decorating. Your reception site or caterer may also charge a plating fee as well, often $.50 to $1.50 per person, to cut and serve the cake. Ask about this, and if there is a plating charge see if it’s negotiable. Cutting the cake… Most likely your baker will provide tips for you and your new husband to accomplish the timehonored task of cutting the cake with ease. Plan ahead to have your cake knife and lifter engraved or decorated with ribbons or fresh flowers. As tradition has it, the bride grasps the knife with her right hand and the groom covers her hand with his. Together, the couple glides the knife into the delicious masterpiece while flashbulbs pop. Anniversary cakes… Some bakeries offer ‘anniversary cakes’ as part of their

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bridal packages. Instead of having to freeze the top layer of your wedding cake (which doesn’t always freeze well, or taste that great a year later), the bakery will make you a fresh cake, often in the same style and flavor as your wedding cake, for your one-year anniversary. If you do freeze your top layer… Chill the cake well before wrapping it in plastic so that the frosting doesn’t stick. Use plastic wrap, not tin foil – which can cause freezer burn. Wrap well in plastic wrap, and then put the entire package into a well-sealed freezer bag. Mark it clearly so you don’t mistake it for something else, and can find it a year later! Wedding cake alternatives Think outside the cake and consider some of these ideas for your wedding day dessert.


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Cakes Centerpiece cakes... Pull double duty and use a beautiful wedding cake as the centerpiece for each of your tables. Some ambitious newlyweds stop at each table to cut and serve their guests the cake, which is a beautiful idea, but depending on the timetable and the number of tables this won’t work for everyone. Mini cakes... Another dual action idea is to serve a mini wedding cake at each place setting – which would make your tables deliciously beautiful. Also, each cake could be adorned with the guest’s name (thus serving as a tasty place card!) A cupcake cake... A fun, more informal option is to serve individual cupcakes, each beautifully decorated to match your wedding colors and style, set on a tiered stand to resemble a stacked wedding cake. This also makes a fun dessert for other wedding events such

as a wedding shower or morning-after brunch. Dessert table... Instead of a single wedding cake, perhaps you’d prefer a dessert table, with a tasty assortment of pastries, cookies, chocolates, dessert cheeses and/or fruits. Guests can browse, nibble and help themselves. Sundae bar... A fun idea for a more informal wedding… kids young and old will love it! Include a few different ice creams and a boatload of toppings. Don’t forget the whipped cream and maraschino cherries. Meaningful dessert… Consider skipping the cake, and instead selecting a special dessert that is meaningful to you and your groom… something you enjoyed on your first vacation together, is a regional or ethnic specialty, or is just a particular favorite of yours.

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Be a great groom 4 tips to pulling it off

Get involved. Maybe discussing floral arrangements and seating charts makes your eyes glaze over… That’s fine! Figure out what DOES interest you, and get involved. The entertainment, the food, the cake, the transportation, the honeymoon… Pick your areas, own them, make them happen. Keep the bride in the loop and be open to her input – she’ll love knowing she’s not doing this wedding thing all by herself. Speak up. Be an active team member by sharing your opinion, voicing your support, and offering words of encouragement and appreciation. It’s also important that you be the primary contact with your family. These are important skills not only during the wedding planning, but forever! No bashing. It’s quite likely that your stressed out bride-to-be will complain bitterly at moments about her dear family and close friends… It happens to the best of us. Listen to her, be empathetic to her distress, but do NOT join in on the complaining. She’ll get over her stress, but she may remember, and feel bad about, your negative comments. Again, for best relationship results, remember this tip always. Show your romantic side. Share your deepest, loving feelings – she wants to hear them! Here are a few ideas: write her a letter that she can open the morning of the wedding. Have her favorite flowers delivered the week before the wedding along with a supportive note. Plan a special, relaxing evening for the two of you in the weeks before the wedding, where she can escape for awhile from the wedding planning stress. Ahhhh…. Sigh.

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The deciding factor in determining your ideal mode of wedding day transportation is how many people (who, exactly) you wish to transport. Just the bride, groom and parents? The entire wedding party? The wedding party plus their spouses/guests? Making these key decisions will be necessary before deciding on what type of transportation to use, because it all depends on the number of people. Once you’ve given that some thought, your options include limousines, coaches, trolleys or other unique alternatives. Luxurious Limousines Limousines can be acquired for the entire day, picking you up at home and delivering you to the ceremony, the reception, and even to the airport to depart on your honeymoon. Most companies have a one to two hour minimum for their services, so put some thought into what the most costeffective option will be: keeping your limousine on call throughout the entire ceremony and reception or hiring one limousine to take you to the ceremony and reception, then another for leaving the reception. Traditionally, one limousine carries the bride and her father to the ceremony, while a second limousine or sedan transports the bride’s mother and bridesmaids. Of course many brides opt to have both parents or their attendants ride with them. It’s simply a matter of personal preference. After the ceremony and reception, the newlyweds ride together, either alone or with the maid of honor and best man, or with the entire wedding party. A formal limousine seats four people, while stretch limousines


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Transportation Like limousine services, passenger and luxury coach companies require a minimum number of hours. The size and type of coach will determine the hourly rate. Depending on the size of your party, it may make sense to hire two coaches, perhaps a luxury coach for the bride, groom and their attendants and a passenger coach for the guests. By having more than one vehicle, it will allow some guests to leave at different times if needed. Taking the Trolley An attractive, fun alternative to the luxury or passenger coach is a trolley, if it’s available in your area. Trolleys generally can accommodate between 20 and 35 people, and are ideal for larger wedding parties. With their antique look and old world charm, they lend a lovely, elegant touch to this wedding day detail. And, they look beautiful in photos! Unique Alternatives For those who prefer something more creative or romantic in transportation, there are many unusual offerings. If a horse-drawn carriage is available in your city, this is a charming option. This service can vary from a simple carriage to an elaborate coach. Although space in the buggy will undoubtedly be limited, there is nothing quite as beautiful and romantic as a bride being led to a waiting carriage with beribboned steeds and driven away under a clear blue sky or starry night. It can be an unforgettable experience for the happy couple as well as a memorable sight for the wedding guests. Vintage or luxury cars can also add a touch of class: a Bentley, Rolls Royce or even a kitschy pink Cadillac can be

the finishing touch for your wedding’s personal style. Motorcycles, bicycles, horses, boats or even hot air balloons can also transport the bride and groom if that’s more your style, and fits your needs. Down to Details Whatever you choose, you should confirm your transportation booking and verify pick-up and departure times well in advance of your wedding day to avoid any mix-ups. And if your wedding is around a busy time – say, the holidays or prom time, be sure to book early. Make sure your written contract covers all the pertinent details, such as: • Name and contact information for you and the company (including cell phone numbers!) • Date, time and addresses of all pick-up and drop-off locations • Type and number of vehicles rented, and amenities supplied with each • Exact hours of vehicle rental • Total cost, including gas and mileage, and overtime fees • Deposit amount, balance and due date, and cancellation policy • Signatures, including yours and the company’s representative It would be wise to have someone closely associated with the wedding party, perhaps the best man or a family member, designated to coordinate with the chauffeur to make sure that pick-ups and departures happen on schedule. The size and location of the ceremony and reception, as well as personal taste, will help define your final decisions for travel. There are many options available for today’s bride and groom, and with just a little creativity and planning, you can find the mode of transportation that best suits your style.

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THE WELL-SUITED GROOM: everything you need to know The bride, in her splendid gown, will turn heads as she walks down the aisle, but the groom, waiting patiently at the altar, deserves his share of the attention too. And he will look splendid also, dressed in the perfect outfit for the perfect day, and ready to celebrate.4


Groom The level of formality The first order of business is to evaluate how formal your wedding will be. This depends on the time of day of the wedding, the location, but most of all, on you and your fiancé. Whatever level of formality you settle on, just be sure you’re consistent throughout – invitations, décor, food, location, and certainly, wedding attire should all “match” in terms of formality. (Most people do this instinctively!) In warm weather, think lighter colors (such as tan and white), and in cool weather think darker colors (navy and charcoal.) Grey would likely work anytime, and black is always classic and appropriate. Ties, vests and cummerbunds can match the wedding colors, or compliment them with colors such as white, ivory, silver, grey or black. 156 • Premier Bride www.premierbride.com

One interesting option is to see if it’s possible to order extra material when ordering the bridal gown, and have ties made with it for either just the groom, or for the groom and the groomsmen. If the bridal gown is ivory, the men should wear ivory shirts, not white, to compliment her. Semiformal and formal weddings have plenty of options: a high quality, singleor double-breasted men’s suit in black, dark charcoal or navy with a Windsor knotted tie in white, ivory, navy, silver or black is a less formal option. For a more formal look than that, consider a tuxedo with a single- or double-breasted dinner jacket, a white or ivory pointed-collar shirt, a vest or cummerbund and either a bow tie or a four-in-hand tie (a “fancy” knotted necktie). A very formal wedding, called “white tie,” calls for the traditional black tuxedo with tails, a vest, a white winged-color shirt and a bow tie. If you can envision a symphony conductor’s attire, this is “white tie.” Distinguishing the groom It’s nice to have some way of setting the groom apart. At very formal events, the groom and groomsmen are all to be dressed identically, so one way to distinguish the groom is to give him a different, but complimentary, boutonniere to wear. For less formal events than white tie, you have more options. The groom could wear a white jacket while his groomsmen are in black. Or, the groom could wear a white, ivory or silver vest and/or tie while his groomsmen wear vests and/or ties in black, or a color that matches the bridesmaids’ dresses. Shopping tips When the men visit their formalwear shop they should have a firm idea of the women’s wedding attire, and bring fabric or color swatches from the


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The perfect fit There are a few key points to keep in mind regarding fit when ordering formalwear for the groom and groomsmen. Shirts, whether with pleated front panels or traditional smoothfronted ones, should fit well around the neck. The bottom hem of the pants should touch the top of the shoes. Jackets should be fitted, with some room at the waist. Sleeves should end at the wrist bone with the same number of shirt buttons showing. Vents on the side of the jacket should lie smoothly and follow the lines of the body. The collar should hug the neck, comfortably, and the lapels shouldn’t buckle. Your formalwear store consultant will certainly be a huge help in getting the fit just right.

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bridesmaids’ gowns. Pictures from the pages of wedding and men’s magazines of the preferred formalwear styles would also be helpful in the decision-making process. The groom and groomsmen should reserve their rentals at least three months in advance of the wedding (although the earlier, the better, especially during the busy seasons.) Final measurements should be taken about three weeks before the ceremony; however, be sure to come back a few days before the wedding for last-minute alterations. Out-of-town groomsmen can get measured at any formalwear store or local tailor’s near them, and send their measurements to the groom or to your formalwear store. Someone (often the best man, as long as he’s responsible!) should be designated to return all formalwear to the store on time in order to avoid late fees, which can get quite expensive adding up the per day, per outfit costs.

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Among the toasters, food processors and cookbooks you’ll receive as wedding gifts, you may find a few envelopes filled with good wishes, cash and checks. Though it’s tempting to imagine spending the money, it’s also important to get your finances in order to assure lifelong security. You can’t decide where to go until you’ve measured where you are. First, add up the value of everything you own and then subtract everything you owe. That’s your net worth. Finally, determine your financial goals. What are your dreams? Where do you plan to be financially in five, 10 or 15 years? Plan a strategy to achieve your goals, perhaps with the help of a financial advisor. 158 • Premier Bride www.premierbride.com

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• If you are moving into a new home as you start your life together, make sure your homeowner’s and/or renter’s insurance policy provides coverage for your home and combined assets. • Married couples can usually insure their car(s) for a lower rate than two single people. Review each of your respective policies to see which offers the best rates and coverage with your spouse added. • Many automobile insurance policies provide emergency road service and, on new cars, multi-risk coverage; you may wish to consider purchasing a new policy if neither of yours offers these. Many insurance carriers offer a variety of discounts for multiple cars, safety and anti-theft features. Members of certain groups are also eligible for discounts. Be sure to ask about discounts when you call for a rate quote with a new insurance carrier or your current insurer. You’re starting a challenging and exciting new life together. The right insurance protection can help you make a safe and secure transition from single to married life.

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marriage laWs of Southeast Wisconsin COUNTY FEES

OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK • Apply in County in which either is a resident. license may be used anywhere in the state. • Both must apply in person. Certified birth certificate is required. • Proof of residence is required. (driver’s license, utility bill etc.)

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$90 $75 $85 $80 $80 $95

Brown 111 n. Jefferson st. Green Bay, WI 54301 (920) 448-4016 www.co.brown.wi.us

outagamie 410 s. Walnut st. Appleton, WI 54911 (920) 832-5077 www.co.outagamie.wi.us

• legal age is 18. If younger, both parents or legal guardian must come in to complete consent form (If not possible call for additional information).

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• non-residents (in and out-of-state) must apply in the county they will be married. This license will only be valid in that county.

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• each party must provide the Clerk’s office with their social security cards.

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• Apply no later than 5 full working days prior to wedding date-two weeks prior is recommended.

• If divorced, copy of judgment of divorce, court annulment or death certificate is required. 6 month waiting period. • license is good for 30 days from the date issued. • most counties require name, address and phone number of the person performing the ceremony. location and date may also be required. please Note: state and county marriage license requirements often change. the above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice. it is important that you verify all information before making any wedding or travel plans.

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Philippines Story By norman Shonkwiler

One thing about the Philippines – it isn’t hiding anything from you. The cities are raw and vibrant, unafraid of exposing poverty or an underworld. The water is bursting with bustling ports and marine life waiting to be explored (or eaten!) Best of all, the people are so inviting that you get the feeling the street vendor really does want you to ‘Have a great day, ma’am!’ even after you declined his ware. If you’re looking for a tropical destination with a little flavor, the Philippines Islands are the honeymoon spot for you. 4


Lay of the Land

Top Must-See’s, Must-Do’s

Hop from island to island to…island in this colorful maze of a tropical archipelago. Whether it’s the forested pines of the north or the white-sanded beaches of the south, the Philippines has never taken a bad picture. The struggle for independence occupied the minds and took the lives of these islands for centuries, and the country is left with visible reminders of the fight scattered across the land. Towering fortresses, occupied by forces such as the Spanish, Americans and Japanese litter the cities and towns, and countless statues and monuments can be found in even the most remote areas. When independence did come in 1946, the transition was wobbly and the nation saw their share of political unrest up until relatively recently. Now, however, the government is more stable and the tried and true spirit of the Filipino people will greet you around every corner.

If you’re a Spanish architecture buff or a city dweller, spend a day or two in Manila. The streets are whirring with the sounds of motorbikes and colorful, patch-worked jitneys, and the grime and visible poverty are paired with the smiles of families and young workers playing in the streets. Check out the impressive Spanish fortresses occupied by the various colonizers of the Philippines, and the many historical tributes scattered around the city to the man who led them to their independence, Jose Rizal. If cities aren’t your thing, though, you won’t be missing much –bypass Manila and head straight to one of these island or jungle destinations:

Tightly packed skyscrapers rise above the traffic in Makati City in Manila

Boracay Popular with both international and Filipino tourists, Boracay is truly a postcardperfect destination. Crystal clear water, white sand, smiling locals and plenty


Exploring the seabed next to ship wreck in Boracay

Boracay Beach

Exotic traditional seafood market on Boracay island

Rice terraces in Northern Luzon

of opportunities for entertainment or relaxation make this a one-stop shop for a perfect honeymoon. Boracay has the stunning scenery of a luxurious resort with a more laid-back attitude. Open restaurants, bars and stores with sand floors line the beach, and barefooted locals and tourists alike float in and out for meals or a cold San Miguel. Stick with fresh for the best food in Boracay – smoothies with mangos plucked straight from the tree or steamed and fried fish who just made it to shore. Other restaurants will serve standard Western fare – Nigi Nigi Nu Noos has the best sandwiches in town (warning: split the enormous burger with your new spouse if you’re worried about your bikini bod) and they serve breakfast all day. If you’re looking for some water sports to work off the food, Boracay has plenty of available options for windsurfing, scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing and more. If you’re looking to avoid tourists, it’s best to go in the low season, which is around December – February.

Cebu This island near the center of the Philippines is a delightful mix of everything the Philippines has to offer – a bustling town full of colonial architecture and easily accessible tropical paradises. Take in Cebu City, an easy air or boat transfer from Manila, and see a blend of European and Asian architecture. Then head to the islands around Cebu – the most popular being Malapascua Island, Bantayan Island and Bohol. All three offer laid-back and less touristy options for relaxation or water activities. If you’re into scuba, the best dive around is the nearby Moalboal. Or, if wildlife and trekking is your thing, Tagbilaran is the Cebu destination for you.

Luzon Cebu and Boracay are the picturesque beach destinations of the Philippines, but if you want to take in rich jungle-like scenery, trek through mountains or explore bustling


local markets, book a trip to North or South Luzon. Baguio, the center of the more upscale North Luzon, is nestled between seas of pine. The city is a gateway to the more rugged areas of North Luzon that offer great trekking and sightseeing through the Cordillera Mountains, sometimes even hiking to watch native tribes in action. South Luzon offers more access to beach areas, since it is full of bays and inlets and also boasts incredible volcanoes. It’s a less touristy option that won’t disappoint.

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Where to Stay

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Boracay If you’re on a budget and want to be near the action, try Nigi Nigi Nu Noos for a delightfully beach tacky room with a waterfront view. If you’d like something more remote and away from the party scene on Boracay, book anywhere near Boat Station 3 like the Hotel Isla Boracay South, a rustic getaway where every room has an ocean view.

Diner by the water in Cebu

If you’re using Cebu City as a base, there are plenty of basic hotels like the Cebu Midtown Hotel that offer breakfast and assistance in jetting off to other islands. Each separate island has their own beach resorts, one of the nicer being Budyong Beach Resort on Bantayan Island, where you can relax in your own nipa hut. A great collection of the different options can be found at www.alltravelcebu.com.

In North Luzon, nothing could be more authentic than sleeping in your own romantic palm hut at places like TamAwan Village. For spacious rooms or huts at a luxurious resort in South Luzon, try the Estancia Resort Hotel. Keep in mind that resorts and hotels in Luzon are not as easy to come by as in other parts of the Philippines, so book ahead of time to ensure accommodation.

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Climate The Philippines has a tropical marine climate, with temperatures consistently in the 80s. Rainy monsoon season lasts from May to October, with heavier storms sometimes coming from July – September, so if you’re planning a trip during that time look more into the specific area you want to go to see if they are generally hit with bad storms.

Language English is one of the official languages of the Philippines. While not everyone can speak it perfectly, you should have no trouble getting around, and all signs and directions are in English. Getting Around Even if you plan to stay out of Manila, you will most likely have to get a connecting flight out of there to get to one of the more remote locations. Make sure to do your research ahead of time – some of the island hoppers travel less frequently during monsoon season. For a chance at finding cheaper fare, try booking a flight to Manila and then finding an inexpensive transfer at www.cebupacificair.com. Time Zone DST, 12 hours ahead of Eastern time. Currency The currency is the Filipino peso. Credit cards are not widely accepted, and ATMs can be unreliable, so make sure you exchange money before you go and carry enough cash with you. Tipping Tipping is not essential but you are almost guaranteed great service, and a 10%-15% tip is greatly appreciated.

Filipino Catholic wedding ceremony old style in Dumaguete's Cathedral, Negros Oriental, Philippines

Electricity 220v at 60 Hertz – you may need an adaptor with two round pin plugs. Marriage Requirements The U.S. citizen applicant will need to present: • the Affidavit from his/her embassy in Lieu of a Certificate of Legal Capacity to Marry (required for any foreigner wishing to marry by the Philippine Government); • divorce decree(s) or death certificate(s) required to verify civil status and capacity to marry; • U.S. passport; • documentation regarding paternal consent or advice, if applicable. A judge, a minister or any other person authorized by the Government of the Philippines can perform the marriage. Marriage applicants aged 18 to 21 must have written parental consent. Applicants aged 22 to 24 must have received parental advice. Philippine law prohibits the marriage of individuals under the age of 18. There is a ten-day waiting period from the filing of the application to the issuance of the marriage license which is valid for 120 days and may be used anywhere in the Philippines. Civil ceremonies can be conducted by a judge or a mayor who can administer the solemnization of the marriage. A Catholic religious ceremony may be performed even without a civil ceremony and the marriage will still be considered legal in the Philippines. There are a number of requirements and pre-ceremony interviews and seminars for Catholic ceremonies. To be sure, inquire with the church in which you plan to be married for specific requirements.


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Belize Story By Rachael Dragani Photos Courtesy Tony Rath, JC Cuellar and the Belize Tourism Board

There are too many languages, cultures, people, foods and historic tales blended together in this tropical nation to make anyone feel like an outsider. Come for a relaxing honeymoon and leave with so much more – a taste of the beginning of civilization, the chance to have seen exotic species on land or underwater and some sun-kissed cheeks from lazy days on the picture-perfect coast. Economic failure in the past decade and a subsequent recovery made possible by the cooperation between labor, tourism officials and the government have made visitors essential to the nation’s success. So, anywhere you go, you’re guaranteed a smile with your service, making sure that your new spouse isn’t the only thing you’re in love with when you have to leave Belize. 4

Cool light sunrise in Ambergris Caye, Belize.


Lay of the Land

Xunantunich ,a Maya archaeological site in western Belize, about 80 miles west of Belize City, in the Cayo District

Settled by the Mayas thousands of years ago and trampled on by everyone else in between, the history of Belize is just as rich as its landscapes. The barrier reef along the coast is the second largest in the world and home to sandy beaches. The rest of the country is scattered with mountains, lagoons, flora-heavy marshes and a dense jungle that boasts many of the world’s most exotic species. There’s something for every type of adventure sport buff, nature-lover or beach bum in Belize, the trick is deciding what you want to do or finding the time to do it all.

Top Must-See’s, Must-Do’s

Experience the fresh water and rainforest surroundings with kayak packages thru many hotels and professional outfitters

Almost every tourist destination in Belize involves a beach, and if you’re stressed out from your big day and need a drink by the crystal blue water, you’re going to the right place. Take a step off the beach, though, and explore the other wonders Belize is hiding:

Rest and relaxation under a coconut palm as the waves gently caress the sand at your feet at San Pedro Beach

Explore the Rainforest

Experience 185 miles of the Belize Barrier Reef with countless dive locations year round

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About half of Belize is covered in a dense, well-protected tropical forest. The animals and birds the jungle houses are unparalleled in the rest of Latin America, and the kinds of orchids alone are over 250. Toledo, a district in the southern part of the country, is the best place to visit. A little off the beaten path, the adventurous couple can spend days here exploring the tropical forest and mountains, rivers, lagoons and Maya villages that go along with it.

If you’re a certified diver, you probably already know what Belize has got to offer – the largest coral reef in the Caribbean teeming with hundreds of species of marine life and rare aquatic plants. It’s a diver’s dream. No worries if you’re not a pro – Belize is the perfect place for beginners. Whether you’d like to become certified


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or try your hand at snorkeling, Belize dive groups offer a variety of options ranging from master dives to afternoon boat tours. Make sure to ask at your hotel or local tour office to get the best rates – there is plenty of competition so it’s also a great place to get a good deal.

Visit Ancient Maya Cities The beautiful water and bountiful tropical forests you may visit are perfect tourist destinations, but centuries ago they were what made Belize the perfect place for Maya tribes to build communities. Today, many temples are still well-preserved for visitors and a great way to marvel at the resourcefulness and intelligence these founders of civilization possessed. Tours range from day expeditions to week-long treks through some of the villages and jungles, so decide what you’d like to do and shop around for the best deal.

Top 5 Romantic Islands in Belize Idyllic South Water Caye is an amazing 15-acre coral island - one of the few places

that couples have the ability to literally swim off the beach and into the reef. The Pelican Beach Resort accommodations provide lovers with everything they need to experience ultimate “R&R.” Located a short 15 minutes from Belize’s mainland via plane or 30 minutes by water taxi, Caye Caulker’s swaying palms, white sandy beaches and warm waters entice travelers from around the world. The caye offers a range of accommodations, from budget friendly hotels to lavish boutiques, along with excursions for all types of couples. At 25 miles long, Ambergris Caye is the largest of the cayes, and is surrounded by prominent dive and snorkel sites, including the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley. The largest town on Ambergris Caye is San Pedro, which is renowned for its barefoot lifestyle and features golf carts as opposed to cars as the primary mode of transportation. Although this area boasts some of Belize’s hippest restaurants, funkiest bars and a host of boutique hotels, San Pedro retains its relaxed atmosphere and remains far from the glitz and noise of a city.


Coco Beach Resort Casita Bedroom

Belizean Cove

St. George’s Caye boasts only a few homes, upscale accommodations and a range of dive shops. This spot now provides a quiet and restful vacation to couples wishing to enjoy some of the best swimming, snorkeling and diving in the Caribbean. Coco Plum Caye sits a mere 10 minutes from the spectacular barrier reef, and a half-mile from Man-O-War Caye, a bird sanctuary home to pelicans and frigates. Sole accommodations consist of intimate cabanas at Coco Plum Island Resort, where guests can retreat while snorkeling exotic sites, kayaking or lounging on the beautiful beach.

What to Eat

Belizean Cove Master Bedroom

Black Rock Lodge, Waterfall Deluxe Cabin interior

The cuisine of Belize is as varied as its landscape. For a day of local flavor, start with a breakfast of tortillas with many types of cheeses and refried beans, munch on rice and beans with coconut milk or some tamales for lunch and dine on meat pies, escabeche (an onion soup), or a good stew for dinner. If you’d rather have a meal that tastes closer to home, most of the main towns have a wide variety of well-prepared international cuisine. The popular tourist destination Ambergris Caye offers everything from traditional Belize cuisine to pizza – and in between you can stop at Wine de Vine to sample some fine wines and cheeses. Hidden Treasure Restaurant & Bar is centrally located, popular for its delicious yet affordable selection and great atmosphere.

Where to Stay Think about what you want before you come to Belize – pool? Beachside? Great restaurants? Opportunity for organized day trips? It’s easy to find all of the above in a package set-up, especially in Ambergris Caye, the island getaway.


Black Rock Lodge - 242 acres along the Macal River (1 mile of riverfront on far side of river, including 2 peaks)

Coco Beach Resort, Ambergris Caye www.cocobeachbelize.com

Black Rock Lodge, Cayo www.blackrocklodge.com

Coco Beach Resort guests can expect a subtropical climate, palm trees, coconuts, hammocks and the most incredible swimming pool on the island. The resort offers luxurious accommodations in a quaint environment with activities including SCUBA diving, fishing, day tours, volleyball, sailing, kayaking and much more.

If you want to stay away from the resorts, try the cabanas or lodges in the Cayo District. Secluded, affordable cabanas at Black Rock Lodge offer a unique experience. This unique eco-lodge is nestled in the dense triopical forest above the Macal River in the Maya Mountains of Belize, 2.5 hours west of Belize City, south of San Ignacio. Experience the lodge’s environmental commitment to hydro and solar powered electricity, spring fed water and fresh organic fruits grown on site. Black Rock Lodge’s stunning forest surroundings offer abundant opportunity for exploration and adventure. Whether canoeing down the pristine Macal River, horseback riding to the Flour Camp caves, or hiking up the various Canyon trails, the abundant diversity of the local flora and fauna is inspiring. Kayak, tubing, horseback riding, birding, caving and Maya site trips run daily from the hotel. Wherever you go, make sure to mention you are honeymooners while you’re booking, most places offer special deals, secluded rooms or upgrades.

Belizean Cove Estates Villas, Ambergris Caye www.belizeancove.com Whether you’re are looking for a private beachfront ceremony for two or an extravagant affair with family and friends, Belizean Cove Estates offers an elegant setting for your special day. A quiet place that offers everything, and the option to personalize your experience, Belizean Cove Estates is a complex of eight luxurious beachfront villas individually decorated with fully equipped kitchens. Travel to and from the mainland for day activities can be coordinated thru the front desk.

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Location Belize sits on the eastern coast of the Central American coastline facing the Caribbean Sea. It is the Caribbean gateway to Central America.

Climate Most tourists go to Belize in the dry season, which is December – May. But depending on the part of the country you are in, the rainy season can be just as enjoyable. All year round, the temperature is in the mid 70s – mid 80s, with high humidity during the months of August and September. Culture The people of Belize have an array of traditions and customs that represent more than 10 diverse cultures, including Maya, Mestizo, Creole, Garifuna, East Indian, Mennonite, Arab and Chinese, as well as a number of European, American and other expatriates. Language English remains the official language in Belize, but the most diverse language in Belize is Kriol (Belizean Creole), with other cultural languages spoken such as Garifuna, Mandarin and Spanish. Belize is the only English speaking country in Central America. Time Zone UTC-6, or Central Standard Time (no daylight savings). Electricity 110v at 60c – should be like the US but you might want an adaptor since 220v is also accepted in Belize. Currency The Belize dollar is 2:1 on the US dollar. US dollars and credit cards are widely accepted. Don’t bother with traveler’s cheques. Tipping Upscale hotels and resorts may add 10% to guests’ bills for bellhop, maid and porter services. Additional tipping is not required. Tipping should reflect your evaluation of services but generally diners are encouraged to tip servers between 10 and 15% of the total bill.

Getting married on the beach at Coco Beach Resort

Getting Married IN BELIZE • A Belize marriage license is required from the Registrar General’s office in Belize City or Solicitor General’s office Belmopan. Download a marriage license form from www.belizelaw.org

• Both parties must stay in the country for three days before submitting the wedding license application. The cost of the license is $100. Be sure to have photocopies of the first two pages of your passport showing the arrival date in Belize. This must accompany your application. • Proof of citizenship is required by the Belize Government. You will need a valid passport and original or certified copies of applicant’s birth certificate. If either party has been divorced or widowed, you will also need a certified copy of the final divorce decree or death certificate. • Contact Information for Marriage Licenses: Registrar General’s Office Solicitor General’s Office Belize City Belmopan (501) 227-7377 (501) 822-2504 • A marriage license can also be obtained within 24 hours. Applications for Special License must be signed by both applicants, verified by an affidavit, and accompanied by the applicants’ identity documents (i.e. certified copies of applicants’ birth certificate, passport, etc.). You can apply from your place of residence through a Belize wedding planner. • There is no residency requirement and no blood test is required. Parental consent is needed if applicants are under 18 years • Applications can be obtained through the General Registry, Supreme Court Building, Belize City. Tel: +501227-7377, Fax: +501-227-0085, or the Solicitor General’s Office, East Block Building, Belmopan City at Tel: +501822-2504, Fax: +501-822-3390 or download form from www.belizelaw.org • Required documents can be either original or certified copies. Divorced persons must present an original or certified copy of divorce certificate. If widow or widower, a certified copy of death certificate must be submitted. A fee of two hundred and fifty dollars (US$250.00) must accompany the application Getting married at Coco Beach Resort


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Enjoy Door County’s shoreline scenes from an elegant concert or dinner cruise, a snug little paddle-boat, a tranquil canoe, or even a picnic blanket on the shore. Others comb the waters of Lake Michigan in search of legendary shipwrecks. Even winter can’t put a damper on the romance in Door County, with its picturesque horse-drawn sleigh rides, serene cross-country skiing, snow-laden trees and cozy inns. No matter what the season, budget or lifestyle, Door County is the perfect honeymoon destination. There is a magical lure to Door County that draws couples back again and again. Its closeness to home makes it ideal for romantic getaways long after the honeymoon is over, keeping the romantic spark alive for many years to come.

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Directory of Services Directory key • Algoma Area Weddings • Banquet Facilities & Rehearsal Dinners • Bed & Breakfasts / Inns (Also See Honeymoon)

• • • •

Bridal Accessories Bridal Fashion Bridal Registry Bridal Shows

(See pgs 179-180)

• Cakes & Sweets

• Catering • Chapels/ Ceremonies (Also see Officiants)

• Decorating & Service • Door County Weddings • Dove Release • Dry Cleaners/ Gown Preservation • Financial Planning • Florists • Flowers, Preservation • Formal Wear

• Honeymoon

(Also see Bed & Breakfasts/Inns & Travel Agencies)

• • • •

Hotels/Club Suites Internet Resources Invitations Limos & Carriages (See Transportation)

• Music & Entertainment • Music, Specialty • Officiants

• Photography • PHOTO SPECIALTY • Reception Sites (See Banquet Facilities & Rehearsal Dinners)

• • • • •

Transportation Travel Agencies Videography Waupaca Weddings Wedding Coordinators

(Also see Chapels/Ceremonies)

• Party Rentals

Algoma Area Weddings

Banquet Facilities & Rehearsal Dinners

Algoma Area Chamber of Commerce

Algoma Area Chamber of Commerce

1226 Lake Street, Algoma www.algoma.org (920) 487-2041

www.algoma.org (920) 487-2041 (See pg 89)

Cake Designs

133 N. Water St., Algoma www.cakedesignsbyjoann.com (920) 487-5306

100 Grant St., De Pere www.snc.edu/conference (800) 221-5070 (See pg 89)

Premier Travel

407 Center Dr., Luxemburg www.wesendyou.com 866-880-7778

(See pg 89)

Steele Street Floral

300 Steele St., Algoma www.algomaflowers.com (920) 487-3840

(See pg 89)

Bemis Conference Center (See pg 38)

Best Western Bridgewood Resort Hotel & Conference Center 1000 Cameron Way, Neenah www.bridgewoodresorthotel.com (920) 720-8000 (800) 514-5206

(See pg 13)

Best Western Grand Seasons Hotel (See pg 89)

110 Grand Seasons Drive, Waupaca www.bestwesternwaupaca.com (715) 258-9212

(See pg 19)

Brett Favre’s Steakhouse

1004 Brett Favre Pass, Green Bay www.brettfavressteakhouse.com (920) 499-6874

(See pg 29)

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Cobblestone Creek Dining & Banquet 740 W. Ryan (Hwy 10 West), Brillion www.cobblestonecrk.com (920) 756-3214

Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center (See pg 32)

CopperLeaf Boutique Hotel & Spa 300 W. College Ave., Appleton www.copperleafhotel.com (920) 749-0303 (877) 303-0303

(See pg 13)

(See pg 11)

Fox Hills Resort

250 W. Church St., Mishicot www.foxhillsresort.com (800) 950-7615 ext 3640

(See pg 25)

(See pg 15)

(See pg 36)

Landmark Resort

7643 Hillside Rd., Egg Harbor www.thelandmarkresort.com (800) 273-7877

(See pg 28 & 169)

1100 Hyland Avenue, Kaukauna www.marinerbanquethall.com (920) 766-0898

(See pg 12)

3177 French Rd., De Pere www.the-marq.com (920) 532-4811

(See pg 39)

The Meadows Conference Center (See pg 7)

Grand Meridian

2621 N. Oneida St., Appleton www.thegrandmeridian.com (920) 968-2621

333 Main St., Green Bay www.ki-cc.com (920) 432-4555 or (800) 236-3330

The Marq

Germania

320 Chute St., Menasha www.germaniahall.com (920) 725-6666

(See pg 37)

Hotel Sierra / KI Convention Center

The Mariner

Gardens of the Fox Cities

1313 Witzke Blvd., Appleton www.gardensfoxcities.org (920) 993-1900

(See pg 27)

The HollyHock House & Gardens 1408 Dodge Street, Kewaunee www.thehollyhockhouse.com (920) 388-3445

Fox Banquets Rivertyme Catering, Inc. 111 E. Kimball St., Appleton www.michielsfoxbanquets.com (920) 731-7271

1001 Amber Ave., Stevens Point www.holidayinn.com/stevenspointwi (715) 344-0200

850 Kepler Drive, Green Bay www.meadowsevents.com (920) 288-0101

(See pg 40)

(See pg 8)

Green Bay Botanical Garden 2600 Larsen Rd., Green Bay www.gbbg.org (920) 490-9457

MenoMinee Casino ResoRt

(See pg 55)

Green Bay Packers/Lambeau Field Atrium

800.343.7778 ext. 5692 menomineecasinoresort.com

1265 Lombardi Ave., Green Bay www.LambeauField.com (920) 569-7515 (See pg 44 & Back Inside Cover)

Hwy 47/55 Duquaine Road Keshena, WI 54135

Harbor Lady Cruises www.harborlady.com (920) 707-5239

(See pg 168)

Heidel House Resort & Spa 643 Illinois Ave., Green Lake www.heidelhouse.com (920) 294-3344

(See pg 34)

Heritage Hill State Historical Park 2640 S. Webster Ave, Green Bay www.heritagehillgb.org (920) 448-5150

( See pg 54)

Holiday Inn Neenah Riverwalk 123 E. Wisconsin Ave., Neenah www.hineenah.com (920) 725-8441

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(See pg 27)

(See pg 10)

SORT E R O (See pg 45) ASIN C North Shore Golf Club National Railroad Museum 2285 S. Broadway, Green Bay www.nationalrrmuseum.org (920) 437-7623

N8421 North Shore West Rd., Menasha www.nsgolfclub.com (920) 739-2386

(See pg 9)

Oshkosh Convention Center 2 North Main St., Oshkosh www.visitoshkosh.com (920) 424-1330

(See pg 26)


Outer Edge Stage

directory of services

303 N. Oneida, Appleton www.outeredge.com (920) 809-0131

Waupaca Ale House

(See pg 26)

Paine Art Center & Gardens 1410 Algoma Blvd., Oshkosh www.thepaine.org (920) 235-6903 Ext. 27

(See pg 31)

(See pg 33)

(See pg 27)

(See pg 24)

Riverview Country Club

1101 S. Oneida St., Appleton www.riverviewccappleton.com (920) 733-2354

(See pg 3)

South Hills Golf & Country Club

1175 Fond du Lac Avenue, Fond du Lac www.southhillsfdl.com (920) 921-3636 (See pg 14)

Stadium View Banquet Hall

1963 Holmgren Way, Green Bay www.thestadiumview.com (920) 498-1989

(See pg 12)

Thornberry Creek at Oneida

4470 N. Pine Tree Road, Oneida www.golfthornberry.com (920) 434-7501

(See pg 6)

(See pg 30)

(See pg 35)

Van Abel’s of Hollandtown 8108 Cty. Rd. D, Kaukauna www.vanabels.com (920) 766-2291

(See pg 7)

(See pg 52)

Bed & Breakfasts / Inns (Also See Honeymoon) Serenity Hills Bed & Breakfast

W10233 Hwy TT Prestige Lane, Hortonville (920) 779-9991 (See pg 60)

Willow Pond Bed & Breakfast & Events E5490 N. Shore Rd., Weyauwega www.willowpondevents.com (920) 867-2493

(See pg 19)

DOOR COUNTY 1627 Memorial Dr., Sturgeon Bay www.snugharborinn.com (800) 231-5767 (920) 743-2337 16 N. 5th Ave., Sturgeon Bay www.WhiteLaceInn.com (920) 743-1105 (877) 948-5223

(See pg 169)

(See pg 169)

Bridal Accessories A. Mary Angeli’s

2516 Calumet Dr., Sheboygan www.maryangelis.com (920) 452-3111

Water’s Edge Banquet Facility N3387 State Road 73, Wautoma www.pineridgeofwautoma.com (920) 787-5519

W305 Foundry Road, Kiel www.cseaphoto.com click “woodfield” (920) 286-2899

White Lace Inn

Tundra Lodge Resort

865 Lombardi Ave., Green Bay www.tundralodge.com (920) 405-8700

2350 N. Casaloma Dr., Appleton www.waveballroom.com (920) 734-2407 (See pg 42 & Inside Front Cover)

Snug Harbor

Trolley Square Waterfront Banquets 619 S. Olde Oneida St., Appleton www.waterfrontbanquets.com (920) 830-7855

(See pg 19 & 41)

Woodfield Carriage House & Gardens

Ridgeway Country Club

2913 County Rd II, Neenah www.ridgewaygolf.com (920) 722-2979

221 S. Main St., Waupaca www.waupacamemories.com (715) 258-7343 (888) 417-4040

Wave Bar & Ballroom

Radisson Paper Valley Hotel 333 W. College Ave., Appleton www.radissonpapervalley.com (920) 733-8000

(See pg 19)

Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce

Radisson Hotel & Conference Center 2040 Airport Dr., Green Bay www.radisson.com/greenbaywi (920) 494-7300

201 Foxfire Drive, Waupaca www.waupacaalehouse.com (715) 942-2424

(See pg 129)

(See pg 43)

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B’loonie Gifts

2530 N. 15th St., Sheboygan www.blooniegifts.net (920) 457-3340

(See pg 127)

Marlene’s

Complete Wedding Accessory Shoppe 208 E. Wisconsin Ave., Appleton (920) 734-7989 (See pg 127)

Bridal Fashion Scentualities

763-F Woodlake Road, Kohler (920) 208-4935

Manitowoc - Edgewater Plaza 700 E Magnolia Ave. Marinette - Pine Tree Mall 2600 Roosevelt Rd. Marshfield - Northway Mall 503 East Ives 1780 Plover Road, Plover 58 North 3rd Ave., Sturgeon Bay Wausau - Wausau Mall 300 Forest Street Wisconsin Rapids - Rapids Mall 555 West Grand Ave. www.celebrationsregistry.com

(920) 684-0331 (715) 732-3720 (715) 387-8611 (715) 344-6942 (920) 743-5533 (715) 845-9611 (715) 421-5211 (See pg 81)

(See pg 63)

Bridal Registry

Bridal Shows (See pgs 179-180)

Boston Store 4030 Hwy 28, Kohler Harbor Centre 727 N. 8th St., Sheboygan www.celebrationsregistry.com

(920) 459-4826 (920) 457-3611 (See pg 81)

Kohls Department Stores 3226 Calumet St., Appleton (920) 731-8200 800 W. Northland Ave., Appleton (920) 734-3636 913 W. Johnson St., Fond du Lac (920) 923-4600 500 Bay Park Sq., Ashwaubenon (920) 499-0692 2300 E. Mason St., Green Bay (920) 468-1300 4411 Dewey St., Manitowoc (920) 682-4895 1175 W. Winneconne Ave., Neenah (920) 722-5000 150 Crossroads Dr., Plover (715) 344-0480 3347 Kohler Memorial Dr., Sheboygan (920) 452-7666 www.kohls.com (See pg 85)

(See pg 83)

Simplicity Gourmet

700A Schelfhout Lane, Kimberly Call for appointment www.artisticcakesandcookies.com (920) 423-3678

(See pg 143)

Bake My Day

1203 E. Mason St., Green Bay www.bakemydaygb.com (920) 432-0902

(See pg 143)

Cake Anatomy, LLC

153 E. 2nd St., Kaukauna www.cakeanatomy.com (920) 759-1661

(See pg 140)

133 Main St., Algoma www.cakedesignsbyjoann.com (920) 487-5306

(See pg 89)

Chocolate Elegance

www.pinkapronpreview.com (866) 832-7792

(See pg 84)

Sunset Hill Stoneware www.shstoneware.com 800-509-4662

(See pg 129)

Younkers Appleton - Fox River Mall 4301 W. Wisconsin Avenue Eau Claire - Oakwood Mall 4850 Golf Road Fond du Lac - Forest Mall 755 West Johnson St. Green Bay - Bay Park Square 201 Bay Park Square

Artistic Cakes & Cookies

Cake Designs

Royal Prestige/Midwest Lifestyles www.midwestlifestyles.com (608) 663-1186

Cakes & Sweets

(920) 997-6500 (715) 858-8920 (920) 921-1111 (920) 494-3707

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Division of A-mazing Events, LLC 515 Appletree Ln., Little Chute www.chocolateelegance.com (920) 788-3000

(See pg 140)

Manderfield’s Home Bakery 811 Plank Rd., Menasha W3176 Springfield Dr., Appleton www.manderfieldsbakery.com

(920) 725-7794 (920) 731-2181 (See pg 142)

Myrna Cichocki

1528 Georgia Ave., Sheboygan (920) 457-5753

(See pg 144)


The Tasteful Cake

directory of services

310 N. Wisconsin St., Suite E, De Pere www.thetastefulcake.com (920) 857-6998

Gardens of the Fox Cities

(See pg 141)

1313 E. Witzke Blvd., Appleton www.gardensfoxcities.com (920) 993-1900

(See page 15)

Green Bay Botanical Gardens 2600 Larsen Road, Green Bay www.gbbg.org (920) 491-3691

Catering Cobblestone Creek Dining & Banquet 740 W. Ryan (Hwy 10 West), Brillion www.cobblestonecrk.com (920) 756-3214

(See pg 32)

Fox Banquets Rivertyme Catering, Inc. 111 E. Kimball St., Appleton www.michielsfoxbanquets.com (920) 731-7271

(See pg 11)

(See pg 54)

1408 Dodge Street, Kewaunee www.thehollyhockhouse.com (920) 388-3445

(See pg 37)

The Marq (See pg 8)

Hotel Sierra / KI Convention Center 333 Main St., Green Bay www.hotel-sierra.com (920) 432-4555 or (800) 236-3330

2640 S. Webster Ave., Green Bay www.heritagehillgb.org (920) 448-5150

The HollyHock House & Gardens

Grand Meridian

2621 N. Oneida St., Appleton www.thegrandmeridian.com (920) 968-2621

(See pg 55)

Heritage Hill State Historical Park

3177 French Rd., De Pere www.the-marq.com (920) 532-4811

(See pg 39)

(See pg 26)

(See pg 36)

The Marq

3177 French Rd., De Pere www.the-marq.com (920) 532-4811

(See pg 39)

Van Abel’s of Hollandtown 8108 Cty. Rd. D, Kaukauna www.vanabels.com (920) 766-2291

(See pg 7)

Zuppas

1540 S. Commercial St., Neenah www.zuppas.com (920) 720-5045

(See pg 53)

1410 Algoma Blvd., Oshkosh www.thepaine.org (920) 235-6903 ext 27

Chapels/ Ceremonies (Also see Officiants)

W10233 Hwy TT Prestige Lane, Hortonville www.prestigeexeclimo.com (920) 779-9991 (See pg 60)

Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce (See pg 54)

Fox Hills Resort

250 W. Church St., Mishicot www.foxhillsresort.com (800) 950-7615

(See pg 31)

Serenity Amour

Cornerstone Chapel

233 N. Appleton St., Appleton www.cornerstonewedding.com (920) 731-5753

Paine Art Center and Gardens

221 S. Main St., Waupaca www.waupacamemories.com (888) 417-4040

(See pg 19, 41)

Woodfield Carriage House & Gardens (See pg 25)

W305 Foundry Road, Kiel www.cseaphoto.com click “Woodfield” (920) 286-2899

(See pg 52)

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Decorating & Service

Dove Release Wings of the Heart

3601 Sand Acres Dr., DePere www.wingsoftheheart-wi.com (920) 337-0694

B’loonie Gifts

2530 N. 15th St., Sheboygan www.blooniegifts.com (920) 457-3340

(See pg 127)

Elegant by Design

www.elegant-by-design.com (920) 735-6596

(See pg 56)

McVey Tent & Expo

2570 Cold Spring Rd., Appleton www.mcveytent.com (920) 733-2500 or (800) 924-5122

(See pg 60)

Seize the Day Events LLC

1541 Bellevue Road, Green Bay www.seizethedayevents.com (920) 593-2959

(See pg 57)

Simply Elegant Chairs

www.simplyelegantchairs.com (920) 470-6441

(See pg 56)

Door County Weddings Door County Trolley, Inc.

1113 Cove Rd., Sturgeon Bay www.doorcountytrolley.com (920) 868-1100

Dry Cleaners/ Gown Preservation Gunderson Cleaners Greenville Wisconsin Ave. & County Road CB Appleton 2828 N Richmond St. 200 W Wisconsin Ave. 3316 W Spencer St. 313 E Calumet St. N162 Eisenhower Drive (Darboy) Menasha 41 Main St. Neenah 891 S Green Bay Road 118 E Bell St. www.gundersoncleaners.com (920) 727-4010

(See pg 16)

Lindeman’s Cleaning (See pg 168)

Harbor Lady Cruises www.harborlady.com (920) 707-5239

(See pg 168)

Jason Mann Photography www.jmannphoto.com (920) 246-8106

(See pg 168)

Landmark Resort

7643 Hillside Rd., Egg Harbor www.thelandmarkresort.com (800) 273-7877

(See pg 129)

EAST GREEN BAY 1231 S. Monroe 1620 Lime Kiln WEST GREEN BAY 2087 S. Oneida 705 Cardinal Ln. (Howard) 900 George St., DePere www.lindemanscleaning.com (920) 435-5345

(See pg 17)

Traditions Dry Cleaners (See pg 28, 169)

Newport Resort at Main St. 7888 Church St., Egg Harbor www.newportresort.com (800) 468-6160

(See pg 169)

Snug Harbor

1627 Memorial Dr., Sturgeon Bay www.snugharborinn.com (800) 231-5767 or (920) 743-2337

(See pg 169)

White Lace Inn

16 N. 5th Ave., Sturgeon Bay www.WhiteLaceInn.com (920) 743-1105 (877) 948-5223 188 • Premier Bride www.premierbride.com

721 S Central Ave., Marshfield 2809 Schofield Ave., Schofield 3423 Main St., Stevens Point 801 Churchill St., Waupaca 540 E Grand Ave., Wisconsin Rapids www.traditioncleaners.com

(715) 387-4656 (715) 359-8710 (715) 342-1930 (715) 258-5022 (715) 423-3033

Financial Planning McClone Insurance Group

(See pg 169)

150 Main St., Suite 102, Menasha www.mcclone.com (920) 725-3232

(See pg 158)


directory of services DOOR COUNTY

Florists Marshall Florist LLC

Landmark Resort

7643 Hillside Rd., Egg Harbor www.thelandmarkresort.com (800) 273-7877

171 W. Wisconsin Ave., Kaukauna www.marshallflorist.net (920) 766-0900

(See pg 135)

My Phase 2

www.myphase2.com (920) 830-8113

(See pg 134)

Branching Out & Company

(See pg 136)

Steele Street Floral

300 Steele St., Algoma www.algomaflowers.com (920) 487-3840

(See pg 89)

1627 Memorial Dr., Sturgeon Bay www.snugharborinn.com (800) 231-5767 (920) 743-2337

(See pg 169)

16 N. 5th Ave., Sturgeon Bay www.WhiteLaceInn.com (920) 743-1105 (877) 948-5223

(See pg 169)

Hotels/Club Suites

Forever in Time

Best Western Bridgewood Resort Hotel & Conference Center

7051 Hwy US 2-41, Wilson, MI www.foreverintime.org (906) 466-2578

(See pg 134)

Formal Wear

1000 Cameron Way, Neenah www.bridgewoodresorthotel.com (920) 720-8000 (800) 514-5206

(See pg 13)

CopperLeaf Boutique Hotel & Spa

Du Bois Formalwear (920) 738-0166 (920) 437-9231 (920) 494-7458 (920) 965-0690 (608) 833-5006 (920) 458-1412 (Back Cover & 154)

300 W. College Ave., Appleton www.copperleafhotel.com (920) 749-0303 (877) 303-0303

(See pg 13)

Kress Inn

300 Grant St., De Pere www.kressinn.com (800) 221-5070

(See pg 38)

Landmark Resort

Nedrebo’s Formal Wear (920) 921-6125 (920) 233-0656 (See pg 157)

Schroeder’s

1623 Washington St., Two Rivers www.shopschroeders.com (920) 793-2241 (888) 793-2241

(See pg 169)

White Lace Inn

Flowers, Preservation

Forest Mall, Fond du Lac 534 S. Koeller St., Oshkosh www.nedrebos.com

7888 Church St., Egg Harbor www.newportresort.com (920) 868-9900 (800) 468-6160

Snug Harbor

1680 N. Casaloma Dr., Appleton www.branchingoutco.com (920) 202-3290

4661 Michaels Dr., Appleton 127 S. Broadway, Green Bay 844 S. Military, Green Bay 906 Hansen Rd., Green Bay 7857 Big Sky Dr., Madison 832 N. Eighth St., Sheboygan www.duboisformalwear.com

(See pg 28 & 169)

Newport Resort at Main St.

7643 Hillside Rd., Egg Harbor www.thelandmarkresort.com 800-273-7877

(See pg 28, 169)

Newport Resort at Main St. 7888 Church St., Egg Harbor www.newportresort.com (800) 468-6160

(See pg 156)

Honeymoon (Also see Bed & Breakfasts/Inns & Travel Agencies)

(See pg 169)

Radisson Hotel & Conference Center 2040 Airport Dr., Green Bay www.radisson.com/greenbaywi (920) 494-7300

(See pg 33)

Sybaris Pool Suites

10240 N. Cedarburg Rd., Mequon www.sybaris.com (262) 242-8000

(See pg 176)

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Internet Resources Premier Bride

www.premierbride.com

WedAlert, Corp. wi.wedalert.com

Serving Northeastern Wisc., Green Bay www.heritagestringquartet.com (920) 433-0722 (See pg 129)

(See pg 127)

(See pg 126)

3225 Waubenoor Dr., Green Bay nancyharp@gbonline.com (920) 337-9475

Seize the Day Events

Officiants (Also see Chapels/Ceremonies)

Limos & Carriages (See Transportation) Music & Entertainment AC Royal Entertainment www.acroyal.com 800-236-DJDJ

(See pg 95)

Global Entertainment

www.blobalphotobooth.com 800-901-1007

(See pg 114)

Matt’s DJ Service

www.mattsdjservice.com (920) 375-0809

(See pg 94)

The Music Caterer

www.music-caterer.com (800) 662-3101

(See pg 92)

Plugged In Productions www.pluggedinprod.com (920) 242-5365

190 • Premier Bride www.premierbride.com

(See pg 97)

(See pg 99)

Quartette Affetuoso Heather Anderson www.affetuoso.com (920) 954-9594

(See pg 57)

(See pg 99)

Nancy Blanchard Watts, Harpist

Marlene’s

Complete Wedding Accessory Shoppe 208 E. Wisconsin Ave., Appleton (920) 734-7989 (See pg 127)

(See pg 99)

Manditori

www.manditori.com (920) 655-1112

By Invitation

1541 Bellevue St., Green Bay www.seizethedayevents.com (920) 593-2959

(See pg 93)

Heritage String Quartet

B’loonie Gifts

Anne Evarts www.byinvitationofwisconsin.com (920) 982-1415

(920) 924-7535 (920) 751-0177

Music, Specialty

A. Mary Angeli’s

2530 N. 15th St., Sheboygan www.blooniegifts.net (920) 457-3340

Fond du Lac/Oshkosh Fox Valley www.recordentertainment.com (800) 961-9829

(See pg 177)

Invitations 2516 Calumet Dr., Sheboygan www.maryangelis.com (920) 452-3111

Record Entertainment

(See pg 99)

St. Bridget Spirituality Center

W4722 Nicklaus Court, Sherwood www.stbridgetsspirit.com (920) 989-2952

(See pg 129)

Party Rentals 1st Choice Sanitation LLC

W6246 County Road BB, Suite G, Appleton pbeduhn@new.rr.com (920) 830-9803 (See pg 61)

Elegant by Design

www.elegant-by-design.com (920) 735-6596

(See pg 56)

Fox Cities Party Rental

3101 E Evergreen, Appleton www.madfoxparty.com (920) 733-1166

(See Pg 61)

McVey Tent & Expo

2570 Coldspring Rd., Appleton www.mcveytent.com (920) 733-2500 (800) 924-5122

(See pg 60)


directory of services

Seize the Day Events LLC

Picture This

1541 Bellevue Road, Green Bay www.seizethedayevents.com (920) 593-2959

(See pg 57)

Simply Elegant Chairs

Pinnacle Photo & Portraits

www.simplyelegantchairs.com (920) 470-6441

(See pg 56)

Ardent Photography LLC (See pg 110)

Blush Pictures

215 Jefferson St., Waupaca www.blushpictures.com (920) 475-6799

(See pg 19)

Cutting Edge Photography www.cuttingedgephoto.net (906) 779-5085

(See pg 109)

Danielson Creative LLC

www.danielsoncreative.com (920) 749-9900

(See pg 112)

Debbie Daanen Photography

310 W. Northland Ave., Appleton www.debbiedaanen.com (920) 739-3249

Wisconsin www.unveiledportraits.com 262-292-9513 920-858-9827

(See pg 110)

PHOTO SPECIALTY www.globalphotobooth.com 800-901-1007

(See pg 114)

(See pg 115)

(See pg 106)

(See pg 111)

(See pg 111)

(See pg 104)

Transportation Davister’s Sunny Point Stables

4031 Humboldt Rd., Green Bay http://fp1.centurytel.net/davisterscarriages (920) 468-8023 (See pg 148)

Door County Trolley, Inc.

1113 Cove Rd., Sturgeon Bay www.doorcountytrolley.com (920) 868-1100

(See pg 168)

ELS - Escort Limousine Service

Photography by Laurel www.laurelscamera.com (262) 334-7575

Unveiled Portraits

Reception Sites (See Banquet Facilities & Rehearsal Dinners)

Nikki N Photography www.nikki-n.com (920) 682-0810

(920) 336-6700 (920) 682-4102 (See pg 105)

(See pg 168)

Lifetime Image Photography & Video 314 W. Wisconsin Ave., Appleton www.lifetimeimage.com (920) 733-5596

106 S. Broadway, De Pere 3501 Custer St., Manitowoc www.turbaphoto.com

www.photoboothnv.com (262) 424-2950

Lenz Studio

836 E. Hancock St., Appleton www.lenzstudio.com (920) 749-9206

(See pg 117)

Turba Photography

(See pg 116)

Kathleen Caylor Photography www.caylorphoto.com (920) 865-6500

103 E. Main St., Hortonville (10 min. from Appleton) www.togetherwedding.com (920) 779-0360

Photobooth NV

Jason Mann Photography www.jmannphoto.com (920) 246-8106

(See pg 107)

Global Entertainment (See pg 108)

IMPrint Photography

www.imprintphotographyonline.com (920) 901-2736

433 S. Commercial St., Neenah www.pinnaclepix.com (920) 729-9013

Together Wedding Photography & Video Ltd.

Photography www.ardentphoto.com (920) 858-9827

Wedding and Special Event Photography www.picturethisofwi.com (920) 968-7577 (See pg 102)

(See pg 106)

Corporate Office (920) 494-3818 Sheboygan (920) 918-5466 Wausau (715) 432-5466 Showroom: 711 Hinkle St., Green Bay www.escortlimo.com (See pg 149) www.premierbride.com Premier Bride • 191


Heritage Limousine

My Memories Forever

www.heritagelimousine.com (920) 855-6166

(See pg 151)

Lamers Limousine Service

www.golamers.com (920) 336-6160 or (800) 236-6160

(See pg 150)

Lamers Trolley & Coaches

www.golamers.com (920) 496-3612 or (800) 236-1240

103 E. Main St., Hortonville (10 min. from Appleton) www.togetherwedding.com (920) 779-0360 (See pg 113)

Waupaca Weddings

825 S. Huron Rd., Suite G www.packerlandlimo.com (920) 468-2007

(See pg 151)

Prestige & Executive Limousines LTD www.prestigeexeclimo.com (920) 779-9991

Sheboygan Manitowoc Kiel (local) www.stardustlimousine.com

(See pg 121)

Together Wedding Photography & Video Ltd.

(See pg 150)

Packerland Limousine

Stardust Limousine LLC

Video Production LLC www.mymemoriesforever.com (920) 303-1954

(See pg 152) (920) 452-5696 (920) 682-5767 (920) 773-2270 (See pg 148)

Travel Agencies Fox World Travel

13 locations statewide www.GoFox.com 877-293-9337

(See pg 160)

Premier Travel

407 Center Dr., Luxemburg www.wesendyou.com 866-880-7778

(See pg 120)

(See pg 111)

(See pg 111)

MVP Wedding Films

192 â&#x20AC;˘ Premier Bride www.premierbride.com

(See pg 19)

Waupaca Ale House

201 Foxfire Drive, Waupaca www.waupacaalehouse.com (715) 942-2424

(See pg 19)

Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce 221 S. Main St., Waupaca www.waupacamemories.com (888) 417-4040

(See pg 19, 41)

Willow Pond

E5490 North Shore Rd, Weyauwega www.willowpondevents.com (920) 867-2493

(See pg 19)

www.detailsplanningcompany.com (920) 364-0212

(See pg 58)

Elegant by Design

Lifetime Image Video

104 Hemlock St., Clintonville www.mvp-productions.com (715) 823-8215

215 Jefferson St., Waupaca www.blushpictures.com (920) 475-6799

Details

Lenz Studio

314 W. Wisconsin Ave., Appleton www.lifetimeimage.com (920) 733-5596

(See pg 19)

Blush Pictures

Wedding Coordinators

Fantastic Videography

836 E. Hancock St., Appleton www.lenzstudio.com (920) 749-9206

110 Grand Seasons Drive, Waupaca www.bestwesternwaupaca.com (715) 258-9212

(See pg 89)

Videography www.fantasticvideography.com (920) 209-1188

Best Western Grand Seasons Hotel

(See pg 122)

www.elegant-by-design.com (920) 735-6596

(See pg 56)

Seize the Day Events LLC

1541 Bellevue St.,, Green Bay www.seizethedayevents.com (920) 593-2959

(See pg 57)

Silhouettes Extraordinary Events P.O. Box 5457, De Pere www.silhouettesevents.com (920) 405-9993

(See pg 59)


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The Wedding Timeline Wedding Day Checklist the Wedding Budget Sharing the Cost Planners for Cakes, Catering, Flowers, Music & Entertainment, Photography, Reception & Videography Wedding Attire Planner Important Information & Notes

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The wedding Timeline

Shop for and order wedding gown, veil and accessories

Reserve ceremony site and officiant Work on guest list for a rough count Visit reception sites and reserve one Hire wedding consultant (for help with all planning, certain aspects of it, or day of coordination only)

Buy and wrap attendants’ gifts Buy wedding rings and order engraving Announce engagement in local newspapers Confirm delivery dates of bridal gown and bridesmaids’ dresses Meet with caterer to discuss menu

Arrange ceremony rehearsal and notify participants

Select bridesmaids’ attire Plan details of reception: colors, decorations, balloons Select photographer

Discuss honeymoon plans

1-2 months ahead

Choose attendants

Select band or DJ for reception

Call county clerk’s office for marriage license details, and schedule date to obtain Mail invitations Arrange for final fittings on your gown Make reservations for bridesmaids’ luncheon Confirm honeymoon arrangements

Mail save-the-date cards if necessary

Record gifts received and write thank you notes promptly

Get engagement photo taken

Prepare printed program for ceremony Start reception seating chart and placecards

Reserve wedding day transportation

Purchase wedding accessories (guest book and pen, unity candle, toasting glasses, cake knife and server, and flower girl/ring bearer accessories)

Register for gifts at one to three stores Book musicians for ceremony Select florist Reserve party rental equipment (table, tent, chairs, etc.) Order invitations, personal stationery and thank you notes Reserve accommodations for out-of-town guests

2-4 weeks ahead

Select caterer

Order wedding cake

Book stylist or salon for bridal party hair, nails and make-up Select and purchase guest favors Find and reserve rehearsal dinner location

1 week ahead

Order men’s formalwear

Arrange for professionals to preserve your gown and bridal bouquet Follow up on missing RSVPs and finish seating chart/place cards Confirm final guest count to caterer and reception site Write rehearsal dinner and wedding toasts Confirm honeymoon arrangements

Finalize honeymoon plans (get your passport if needed!)

4-6 months ahead

Address wedding invitations

Select ceremony music, readings and vows and meet with officiant

Compile guest list

Select videographer

6-9 months ahead

2-4 months ahead

12 months ahead

Decide on the budget

9-12 months ahead

Organized advance planning will ensure you enjoy every minute of your special day. Start planning your wedding 12 months ahead of time if possible and use the following timeline as a guide through the process. Once the planning is complete, relax and get plenty of rest - the festivities are about to begin.

Have final consultation with caterer, florist, musicians, photographer and videographer Host bridesmaids’ luncheon Begin packing for honeymoon Put fees due on the wedding day in envelopes, for the best man to distribute

Reserve accommodations for wedding night Finalize guest list

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for her:

don’t forget...

wedding attire

Wedding Day checklist Gown - be sure it is pressed Headpiece & veil Lingerie (bra, bustier, slip, petticoat) Hosiery & garter Shoes Jewelry & accessories Wrap/Jacket Gloves

Rings & marriage license Ring bearer pillow/flower girl basket Wedding programs Cake knife & server, toasting flutes Favors Guestbook & pen Unity candle, kiddush cup Pay officiant & vendors Assign person to collect/transport gifts

for him:

Portable iron or steamer Hand mirror Disposable wipes & tissues Anti-cling spray Something old, new, borrowed & blue Deodorant Antacid, aspirin, allergy medication & bottled water Breath mints Cash (coins & bills) Disposable camera Plastic bags White tailor’s chalk for gown fixes Toupee tape for fallen hems Spray-on spot remover

honeymoon checklist

Phone numbers for wedding party, wedding coordinator & vendors Sewing kit (thread, needle, safety pins & scissors) Personal emergency kit (including Shout wipes, tampons & a small snack such as a granola bar) Skin care (cleansers, moisturizers & lotion) Hair care (hair dryer, curlers, brush, comb, hair spray, bobby pins) Nail polish (color for nails & clear to stop nylon runs) & super glue Makeup 2-sided tape & scotch tape Extra earring backs Extra nylons Toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash

Airline tickets (note flight number & departure/arrival time) Cruise tickets (note cabin number(s) & departure/arrival time) Resort/Hotel phone & confirmation number Passports/Visas Camera & film Credit cards Traveler’s checks

updating your name

wedding day emergency kit

Coat, shirt, vest & trousers Cummerbund Neckwear Cufflinks Socks & shoes

Auto Registration

Investment accounts

Stock certificates

Bank & credit card accounts

Life insurance policy

Car insurance policy

Medical/dental records

Tax agency records (state/federal)

Credit reporting agencies

Memberships

Voter registration records

Deeds/titles

Passport

Wills/trusts

Driver’s license

Post Office records

Employee records

Sewing kit Medicines/Prescriptions Extra contact lenses or glasses Toiletries Electrical plug adapters Travel iron Clock radio, travel size Hair dryer

Social Security records

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The wedding Budget

Bride’s Wedding Ring

_ _____________

Groom’s Wedding Ring

_ _____________

Ceremony Site Fee

_ _____________

Officiant

_ _____________

Marriage License

_ _____________

Aisle Runner

_ _____________

Candles/Candelabra

_ _____________

Other

_ _____________

reception

_ _____________

music

Engagement Ring

Reception Site Fee

_ _____________

Food, Service, Tax & Gratuity

_ _____________

Beverage/Bar Corkage Fee

_ _____________

Cake/Cake Cutting Fee

_ _____________

Rental Items

_ _____________

Other

_ _____________

Ceremony

_ _____________

Reception

_ _____________

Other

_ _____________

Photographer’s Fee

_ _____________

Engagement Portrait

_ _____________

Formal Wedding Portrait

_ _____________

Proofs

_ _____________

Wedding Album

_ _____________

Candids

_ _____________

Parents’ Sets

_ _____________

Other

_ _____________

Wedding VHS/DVD

_ _____________

Additional Copies

_ _____________

Bride’s Gown

_ _____________

Alterations

_ _____________

Headpiece & Veil

_ _____________

Lingerie, Hosiery & Garter

_ _____________

Shoes

_ _____________

Jewelry & Accessories

_ _____________

Wrap/Jacket

_ _____________

Hair, Makeup & Manicure

_ _____________

Other

_ _____________

GROOM: Groom’s Formalwear

_ _____________

Neckwear & Cufflinks

_ _____________

Accessories

_ _____________

Shoes

_ _____________

Other

_ _____________

photography

BRIDE:

videography

wedding attire

ceremony

rings

Know your overall budget BEFORE you start planning your wedding - it’s one of the first issues you and your fiancé should discuss. Set your priorities based on what is most important to both of you and spend accordingly. For example, if the meal is the most important element of your wedding, you’ll want to allocate a greater portion of your budget to it.

Photo Montage Video w/Music _ _____________ Reception Entertainment: Edited Highlights of Ceremony “Love Story” Production

_ _____________

Projector Rental

_ _____________

Other

_ _____________

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_ _____________

Attendants’ Bouquets

_ _____________

Groom’s Boutonniere

_ _____________

Attendants’ Boutonnieres

_ _____________

_ _____________

Best Man

_ _____________

Groomsmen

_ _____________

Ushers

_ _____________

Helper Corsages/Boutonnieres _ _____________

Child Attendants

_ _____________

Ceremony Flowers

_ _____________

Bride & Groom

_ _____________

Reception Flowers

_ _____________

Bride’s Parents

_ _____________

Decorations/Balloons

_ _____________

Groom’s Parents

_ _____________

Other

_ _____________

Hosts for Out-of-Town Guests _ _____________ Pre-Wedding Party Hosts

_ _____________

Save-the-Date Cards

_ _____________

Cake Cutting Attendant

_ _____________

Invitations & Envelopes

_ _____________

Gift Table Attendant

_ _____________

Calligrapher

_ _____________

Guest Book Attendant

_ _____________

Postage

_ _____________

Thank You Notes

_ _____________

Soloists/Musicians (who are friends)

_ _____________

Other

_ _____________

Wedding Coordinator

_ _____________

Disposable Cameras

_ _____________

Attendant Accommodations

_ _____________

Bridesmaids’ Dresses/Shoes

_ _____________

Flower Girl’s Dress

_ _____________

Groomsmens’ Formalwear

_ _____________

_ _____________

Ceremony Programs

_ _____________

Placecards

_ _____________

Announcements

_ _____________

favors & accessories

transportation

Other

_ _____________

Wedding Party Transportation: Limousine, Carriage, etc. _ _____________

miscellaneous

Informal Stationery

gifts

Bridesmaids’

Guest Transportation

_ _____________

Ring Bearer’s Attire

_ _____________

Parking

_ _____________

Bridesmaids’ Luncheon

_ _____________

Other

_ _____________

Other

_ _____________

Other

_ _____________ Rings

_ _____________

Ceremony

_ _____________

Reception

_ _____________

totals

flowers stationery

Bride’s Bouquet

Cake Knife & Server

_ _____________

Music

_ _____________

Cake Top

_ _____________

Wedding Attire

_ _____________

Favors

_ _____________

Photography

_ _____________

Flower Girl’s Basket

_ _____________

Videography

_ _____________

Guest Book & Pen

_ _____________

Flowers

_ _____________

Ring Bearer’s Pillow

_ _____________

Stationery

_ _____________

Toasting Glasses

_ _____________

Transportation

_ _____________

Unity Candle, Kiddush Cup

_ _____________

Favors & Accessories

_ _____________

Other

_ _____________

Gifts

_ _____________

Other

_ _____________

Miscellaneous

_ _____________

Maid/Matron of Honor

_ _____________

Grand TOTAL

_ _____________

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Sharing the Cost

Groom’s wedding ring Wedding gift for groom Gifts for maid/matron of honor & bridesmaids Gift for parents (optional)

groom

bride

It is no longer expected that wedding costs will be assigned according to tradition. Discuss your plan and budget with your families to determine whether to follow a traditional division of financial responsibility for the wedding costs. If circumstances don’t allow the families to follow tradition, the proper rationale in deciding who pays for what portion is basic: whoever is most willing and most able to pay for a wedding expense assumes responsibility for that expense.

Bride’s engagement & wedding rings Bride’s bouquet & going-away corsage Boutonnieres for men in wedding party Mothers’ corsages Wedding gift for bride

Gowns for maid/matron of honor & bridesmaids (optional)

Gifts for best man, groomsman & ushers Gift for parents (optional)

Accommodations for out-of-town attendants (optional)

Formal wear for best man & groomsmen (optional)

Luncheon for bridal party

Accommodations for out-of-town attendants (optional)

Informal stationery

Marriage license Fee for officiant

Bride’s wedding attire & trousseau Bride’s parents’ wedding attire Wedding gift for newlyweds Invitations, announcements, thank you notes, postage Engagement & wedding photographs Wedding ceremony site fee & decorations Wedding ceremony programs Wedding reception Flowers for ceremony & reception Bridal party bouquets & flowers for flower girl

groom’s family

bride’s family

Honeymoon Engagement party

Engagement party (optional; following party by bride’s parents) Groom’s wedding attire Groom’s parents’ wedding attire Wedding gift for newlyweds Groom’s informal stationery & thank you notes Rehearsal dinner Shipment of wedding gifts to couple’s home Welcome party for out-of-town guests (optional)

Transportation for wedding party to ceremony & reception Musicians/vocalists Security & insurance for gifts Welcome party for out-of-town guests (optional)

wedding party

Videographer

Bridal shower for bride Bachelor(ette) party Accommodations for self Wedding attire & shoes

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groom’s cake

cake style

cakes Planner Type of cake: Type & flavor of filling: Type & flavor of icing: Date to taste samples:

setup details

cake accessories

Description

Cake topper: Cake flowers: Cake decorations: Cake stands: Cake boxes: Cake knife & server:

Type of cake: Type & flavor of filling: Type & flavor of icing: Description:

Location: How to decorate cake table: Part to save for Bride & Groom: Person to save & freeze the cake: Person to store cake top, knife & server: Person to return cake stand to bakery:

Tea Lunch Cocktails Dinner

Regional Seasonal Exotic Ethnic

service

Breakfast/Brunch

flavor

type

catering Planner

Thematic

Salad Entrée Dessert

Beef Chicken Vegetarian Pork Seafood

dessert

Soup

entrées

courses

Appetizer

Passed hors d’oeuvres Hors d’oeuvres tables Seated meal (Family style, American, French, Russian, white glove) Buffet (formal staff-served, casual self-serve)

Dessert Hors d’oeuvres

Cocktails

Regional Seasonal Exotic Ethnic Thematic

Lamb

Beer & wine only Wine with dinner Champagne toast Specialty cocktail *Some states do not allow caterers to carry liquor licenses. Please check the laws in your state.

Vegetarian Kosher Halal Other

rental items

Full Bar

special

alcohol*

Pasta

Rentals available Tables Chairs & chair covers China, glassware, silverware & serving dishes Linens Ratio of guests to servers: ___________

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helpers

flowers by season

terminology

Flowers Planner Boutonniere. . . . . . Corsage . . . . . . . . . . Cascade . . . . . . . . . . Hand tied. . . . . . . . . Nosegay. . . . . . . . . . Pomander. . . . . . . . Spray. . . . . . . . . . . . . Toss Bouquet. . . . .

Single flower for men worn on lapel Single flower for women worn on wrist or pinned to breast Blossoms & greenery in teardrop shape Cut flowers tied with ribbon or fabric, carried Single flower or small bouquet, carried Round bouquet on a cord usually for flower girls Small bunch of gathered flowers, carried Bouquet or flower thrown to the bridesmaids & bachelorettes

spring

summer

fall

winter

year ‘round

Cherry Blossom Daffodil Dogwood Forsythia Hellebore Hyacinth Lilac Lily of the Valley Muscari Peony Quince Rose Sweet pea Tulip Viburnum

Anemone Astilbe Azalea Calla Lily Camellia Cosmos Daffodil Dahlia Daisy Delphinium French Tulip Hollyhock Hyacinth Hydrangea Jasmine Lady’s Mantle Larkspur Lilac Lily of the Valley Marigold Mimosa Pansy Peony Primrose Ranunculus Scabiosa Snapdragon Sweet Pea Tulip Violet Zinnia

Autumn Leaves Celosia (cockscomb) Chinese Lantern Chrysanthemum Crosnia Dahlia Hydrangea Seasonal Berries Statice Sunflower Yarrow

Amaryllis Anemone Casablanca Lily Evergreen Forced Bulbs Freesia Gerber Daisy Heather Narcissus Holly (ilex) Paper-white Poinsettia Rose Stephanotis

Baby’s breath Calla Lily Carnation Cattleman Chrysanthemum Daisy Freesia Gardenia Gerber daisy Gladiolus Iris Lily Orchid Protea Ranunculus Rose September Aster Snapdragon Stephanotis Tuberoses

In California, most summer flowers are also available in the fall.

description Wedding Coordinator Cake Cutting Attendant Gift Table Attendant Guest Book Attendant Officiant Soloists Musicians Other

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wedding party

description Bride’s Bouquet Bride’s Toss Bouquet Bride’s Going-Away Corsage Maid/Matron of Honor’s Bouquet Bridesmaids’ Bouquets Flower Girl’s Bouquet or Basket Groom’s Boutonniere Best Man’s Boutonniere Groomsmen’s Boutonnieres Ushers’ Boutonnieres Ring Bearer’s Pillow Ring Bearer’s Boutonniere Mothers’ & Grandmothers’ Corsages Fathers’ & Grandfathers’ Boutonnieres

reception

ceremony

Other

description Altar/Chuppah Candles & Holders Pew/Aisle Markers Other

description Entryway Head Table Centerpiece Parents’ Table Centerpieces Guest Table Centerpieces Reception Room Flowers Cake & Cake Table Champagne/Punch Table Gift Table Guest Book Table Restroom Other Log on to premierbride.com for more wedding planning tools! The Premier Bride Planner • P9


music & entertainment Planner

ceremony

Make song choices before your wedding day. Give a copy of these choices to your musicians and DJs so they can plan accordingly. Include those songs that you do not want to hear that day. Also think about who you want to emcee the event; inform the DJ of these assignments as well. song/performed by

start time

song/performed by

start time

Prelude Processional Service Recessional Postlude Other Other

reception

Other

Cocktail Hour Arrival of Newlyweds Couple’s First Dance Bride & Father Dance Groom & Mother Dance Guests’ First Dance Dinner Cake Cutting Tossing the Bouquet Throwing the Garter Last Dance Other Other Other Other

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Bride­’ s Photos:

GROOM­’s Photos:

pre-wedding

Bride, full-length Bride, back of dress Bride’s bouquet Bride with both parents Bride with mother & father separately Bride with grandparents Bride with siblings Bride with maid/matron-of-honor Bride with each bridesmaid Bride with all her attendants Bride with groomsmen Bride with ring bearer, flower girl

Bride getting ready

reception

Guests at cocktail party

Groom, full-length Groom with parents Groom with mother & father separately Groom with grandparents Groom with siblings Groom with best man Groom with each groomsman Groom with all his attendants Groom with bridesmaids

Bride & GROOM­ Photos: Bride & groom together Bride & groom with each set of parents Bride & groom with entire wedding party Close-up of couple’s hands displaying rings Signing the marriage certificate

Bride putting on veil Candid shots of bride preparing & relaxing Bride’s attendants getting ready Groom getting ready Groom’s attendants getting ready Front of ceremony location Guests arriving & being seated

Guests signing guest book Placecards Centerpieces, place settings & plated meals Favors Toasts

ceremony

portraits

photography Planner

Musicians Attendants walking to enter ceremony Parents being seated Candids of parents’ expressions Attendants walking down the aisle Child attendants walking down the isle

Bride & Groom listening to toasts

Groom coming down the aisle

Group pictures & candids throughout reception

Clergy, groom & best man at altar

Musicians

Bride & father walking down aisle

Bride & Groom’s first dance

Father giving bride’s hand to groom

Bride & Father, Groom & Mother dance

Guests watching the ceremony

Guests dancing

Vow exchange

Cake, cake table & cake cutting

Ring ceremony

Couple feeding each other cake

Candids of bride’s/groom’s face

Bouquet toss Garter removal & toss

Unity candle ceremony, kiddush cup ceremony, etc.

Sweetheart dance

Signing of wedding certificate

Going-away vehicle (especially if decorated)

Groom kissing the bride

Bride & groom in going away clothes

Recessional

Newlyweds departing & guests’ farewell

Guests throwing rice, flower petals, etc.

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location

reception Planner Dates available

location

used for

size

Indoor

Small (<100)

Ceremony

Outdoor

Medium (100-250)

Reception

Same site as ceremony

Large (250+)

Dressing

Walking distance from ceremony

Overnight rooms

site services

Within ______ miles of ceremony site

services provided

Rentals available

Rooms

Tables

Food

Chairs & chair covers

Beverage/Alcohol

China, glassware, silverware & serving dishes

Disabled access

Linens

Adequate parking

Ratio of guests to servers: ___________

Valet Coat check On-site wedding coordinator Staff to cut the cake

decorations

provided

style

More than one event at a time

reception

bringing own decorations

Head table

What are decorating restrictions?

Guest tables Cake table Guest book table

Old-world, ornate Modern Formal Rustic Fun, funky Casual Intimate

When can decorations/favors come in?

site features

Great entrance Chandeliers Marble Piano Balcony Fabulous staircase Fireplace Hardwood floors Great view Stunning windows/window treatment Nice changing area/restrooms Dance floor meets my size requirements

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Bride as baby

Early days as a couple

Groom as baby

Bachelor/Bachelorette parties

Bride’s childhood Groom’s childhood

Other:

Wedding photo of bride’s parent’s Wedding photo of groom’s parent’s

reception

bride dressing at home

photos for slideshow

videography planner

Date: Time: Location: Special Requests:

Date: Time: Location: Guests arriving Announcing newlyweds & wedding party Toasts First dance

ceremony

Cake cutting ceremony Bouquet & garter ceremonies Wedding wishes from individual guests

Date:

Guests dancing

Time:

Guests dining tables

Location:

Bride & Groom saying good-byes & leaving

Guests arriving Wedding party preparing

Special Requests:

Ceremony Guests leaving Special Requests:

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bride

wedding attire description

size

Gown Headpiece Veil Lingerie (bra, bustier, slip, petticoat) Hosiery Garter Shoes Jewelry & Accessories Wrap, Jacket or Gloves

bride’s attendants

Other

description

size

size

size

size

name

name

name

name

Gown Lingerie (bra, bustier, slip, petticoat) Hosiery Shoes Jewelry & Accessories Other

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groom

description

size

Coat Shirt Vest Trousers Cummerbund Neckwear Cufflinks Socks & Shoes Other

groomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attendants

Other

description

size

size

size

size

name

name

name

name

Coat Shirt Vest Trousers Cummerbund Neckwear Cufflinks Socks & Shoes Other

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vendors

Keeping track Payment Information Name / Phone Date Amount Bal. Due Cake Catering Ceremony Site Flowers Formalwear Gown Hair/Makeup Music - Ceremony Music - Reception Officiant Photographer Reception Site Rental Transportation Videographer

wedding party

Wedding Coordinator

Name Phone Bridesmaids

Groomsmen

Ushers

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