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IN EVERY ISSUE: 198 Beauty 151 Cakes 77 Catering 39 Child Attendants 19 Engagement Parties 135 Entertainment 163 Flowers 202 Formalwear 221 Honeymoon 195 Invitations 46 Personalized Vows 117 Photography 29 Reception 45 Rehearsal Dinners 5 Rings 114 Sharing the Cost 208 Transportation 14 Wedding Colors

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Rings

The CIRCLe oF LoVe: understanding the basics

It’s amazing, the power of a piece of jewelry to convey so much meaning… Engagement rings and wedding bands represent the never-ending love you have for each other, and let the whole world know you are married! Besides the exquisite beauty of wedding rings, there is a lot to know about metals, diamonds, and the care involved. This “Ring Primer” will help you understand all the basics.4

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KNOW YOUR METALS Gold Gold is classic, beautiful and popular. Pure gold is too soft for practical use, so it’s mixed with other metals for jewelry. 14-karat gold retains its brilliant gold color, but is durable enough for daily wear, and can be polished easily. White gold White gold is made by mixing pure gold with other white metals such as silver, palladium or zinc. It does have a slightly yellow tint, unless it’s coated with a very white metal called rhodium. This provides a very white metal look, but it’s likely that it will need to be re-coated every one to two years as the rhodium wears away. Platinum Extremely popular in the last decade or so, platinum is a very white, heavy (which many people like that substantial feel), and durable metal. It’s a gorgeous, long-lasting compliment to diamonds! Popular demand for this metal has driven the price up quite a bit, and maintenance is more complicated than gold.

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Palladium A “sister” metal to platinum, palladium is a naturally white metal (whiter than white gold), and like platinum, it is strong, non-tarnishing and hypoallergenic. It’s also less expensive than platinum, making it a good metal to consider if you like the white metal look. Titanium and tungsten carbide Usually used for men’s wedding bands, both of these metals are extremely durable, 100% hypoallergenic and relatively inexpensive. Titanium can be


RINGS oxidized to create some brilliant accent colors such as bright blue, purple and so on, creating a very unique and interesting look. Tungsten carbide is twice as hard as steel and almost impossible to scratch, making is a great metal for very active men. These metals cannot be resized once the ring is made, so order the size carefully. KNOW YOUR DIAMOND When shopping for a diamond, you will quickly be introduced to the “Four Cs” – cut, color, clarity and carat. All four features can make a dramatic impact on the quality, and therefore price, of a diamond. Cut Cut really refers to the proportions of a diamond and it’s facets, as opposed to its shape, which includes round (brilliant), oval, pear, marquise, emerald, square (princess or radiant), heart and triangle. Regardless of its shape, a diamond gets its brilliancy from the cutting, and maximizing the reflection of light. When a stone is cut too shallow or too deep, the light that enters through the top is allowed to escape through the diamond’s bottom and minimizes its brilliance. Color The best color is no color at all (when desiring a white diamond), because it reflects the most light. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) ranks diamonds on a standard 23-grade scale from D through Z. D, the highest rating, indicates a perfectly colorless stone, while Z, the lowest rating, indicates a light yellow stone. Clarity Clarity is defined by the number, color, nature, size and position of natural marks,

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RINGS called inclusions, contained in the gem. Inclusions occur naturally during the process of crystallization, when minute traces of minerals are trapped in the diamond. Excellent clarity means light can pass unimpeded through the stone and increases its value. The GIA judges clarity based on a standard 11-point scale from Flawless through Imperfect 3 (see the clarity scale at the end of this article.) Carat Diamonds are weighed in carats, which may also be expressed as “points,” where one carat equals 100 points. A diamond of 50 points, for example, equals ½ carat. Diamonds of more than one carat are extremely rare (one in a thousand), and therefore very valuable. But remember that carat weight is only one factor in determining value. Two diamonds of the

same size can vary considerably in value depending on the other three factors – cut, color and clarity. APPRAISE IT Once rings have been selected and purchased, request an appraisal. This is a written estimate of the value of your jewelry, and should include specific indications of the four Cs. Immediately after purchase, photograph your jewelry for insurance purposes, and make sure your current policy has adequate coverage. If it doesn’t, consult your insurance agent about amending your policy. TAKE GOOD CARE Although diamonds are the hardest natural substance known to man, a hard blow could still chip one, so don’t wear your ring when doing rough

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RINGS work. You should also avoid direct contact with chlorine bleach and chlorinated pool water, which could pit and discolor the mounting. To clean your jewelry, regularly soak them for about 30 minutes in either a commercial jewelry cleaner, or a homemade solution comprised of equal parts cold water and ammonia, or a mixture of warm water and mild detergent. Brush the stones gently with an eyebrow brush or soft toothbrush, then rinse thoroughly under warm water and pat dry with a lint-free cloth. Have you rings checked annually by your jeweler for loose prongs or settings. This is especially important if you have only four prongs, because just one broken prong will cause you to lose your stone. These precautions and gentle care will pay you back with

years of enjoyment and pride in this precious symbol of your union. DIAMOND CLARITY SCALE • FL & IF: Flawless and internally flawless (inclusions not visible under 10x magnification) • VVS1 & VVS2: Very, very slight inclusions (extremely difficult to see under 10x) • VS1 & VS2: Very slight inclusions (difficult to see under 10x) • SI1 & SI2: Small inclusions (noticeable under 10x) • I1, I2 & I3: Imperfect (flaws visible to the unaided eye)

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WEDDING COLORS choosing your favorites

The wedding colors that you inevitably decide on will play a big part in setting the mood of your wedding and theme as well. For example, a beach wedding might be perfect with natural colors that complement the sea and sky. Overall, when you choose your wedding colors you are also choosing the look and feel of the bridesmaid dresses, the flowers, the invitations and even the look of the ceremony and reception. One thing to keep in mind in regards to bridesmaid dresses is the material. The truth is you can get by with almost any color anytime of year as long as the material is right. You don’t want your bridesmaids in wool dresses in Florida, nor should you opt to have the material that of chiffon in the middle of December in Chicago.

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Colors do seem to make an impression on people so let’s take a look at the many options to choose from depending on the season. • Spring and Summer: Periwinkle Blue, Mint Green, Ice Blue, Lilac, Yellow and Gold • Fall and Winter: Navy Blue, Crepe Red, Deep Dark Red, Black, Tango Red, Deep Blue, Cinnamon, Hunter Green One of the most important things to remember is that when you mix color you want to make sure they coordinate just right. Some colors are better in the background while perhaps that tango red you have your eye on is apt to stand out for more than the accompanying yellow or gold. Start with a base color and follow that with lighter and darker shades


WEDDING COLORS in the same color family. Another example would be two or three colors that complement one another easily. Take yellow, yellow and green and then have the additional green tones accent as well. Depending on the season and how festive you want to be you can have fun with winter, spring, summer and fall. Since many brides choose the summer for their big day let’s start there. Bright colors are always popular during this most beautiful time of the year. A good idea it to take advantage of all the flowers that are in bloom during the summer months from pink to red to yellow to bright blues and purples. Summer is also a time to enjoy the sun so you could choose yellow or gold for the occasion and add some touches of pastel for a soft touch on invitations and reception accents. Popular summer colors include teal paired with silver and you could also dye flowers teal to play up the mood and atmosphere. What about red and pink? Roses are the perfect flower for this color scheme. Many couple choose autumn to say their “I do’s” and this season bespeaks bold colors with a touch of harvest. It’s a time when the leaves are falling from the trees and burnt orange, gold and red are in the air. It might not be a bad idea to incorporate brown during this time of year and consider matching it with terra cotta or copper or even ivory. Red is always popular during the autumn season and can be matched with deep red roses to keep the mood one of love. For winter think the holidays, snow and cozy fireplaces that make this season one of the most romantic of all. While stark silvers and blues are

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an option, the color of evergreen also promises the mood will be festive. Flowers can be a combination of pine cones, holly leaves and even snow and ice. Since silver is such a popular winter color matching accents might include burgundy or navy blue. The spring is when everything begins to grow again. Pastel colors are popular during this time of year so think white, pink and even lavender. Flowers that go well with a light color scheme are tulips and peonies. Keep the wedding light and airy like the season and a dreamy feeling will surely abound. When you do pick the colors for your wedding make sure you can get the bridesmaid dresses in this color as well, even before you begin ordering the other necessities. For flowers, if you must have a certain type then you can work around the flower colors to determine the final color choices. Remember too that the colors you choose, no matter the season, should not clash with the church or banquet facility. Finally, invitations should reflect the color of your wedding, but can also reflect the season as well. In the winter snowmen or appropriate and in the fall you might think of apples and fallen leaves. If you are planning a theme wedding think of the location as well as the color. Evening weddings can be a little brighter than day time weddings and for medieval themes go with heavy material and colors to reflect that time period. Overall, the best wedding is the one that you add the special touches to incorporating you and your spouse’s ideas into the biggest event of your life.

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ENGAGEMENT PARTIES let the fun begin

After the engagement ring has been slipped on your finger and the excitement over your impending new life together has finally settled in, someone will approach you and want to give you an engagement party. Engagement parties, often thrown by a family member or good friend, are quite popular. However, remember that there are some etiquette rules to follow when your putting this important event together. For one thing, in today’s society there is a good chance that the bride and groom might not even be from the same city or state. That means that the couple’s family and friends might not know one another. This is the perfect time to make sure that your future husband or wife meets everyone that is important to you in your life. In this case it is appropriate for more than one engagement party to be hosted. Remember, there is no better way to introduce dear Aunt Millie to the man of your dreams than to do it surrounded by family and friends and in a comfortable setting as well. Here are a few things to remember when considering the engagement party:

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ENGAGEMENT PARTIES to you, but also the groom. Whether a large or small affair, make sure the time is special by sharing your party with the ones you love in attendance. • Traditionally, it is the bride’s parents that host the engagement party. Sometimes the groom’s parents will also be interested in helping to

host. However, don’t get caught up in outdated rules. If you and your fiancé want to host this event then do it. If it turns out that someone else is hosting the party be sure you and your fiancé take a look at the list of guests so no one is overlooked. • Be sure that the people you invite to the engagement party are also guests you will invite to the wedding and reception. In some cases, location might make it impossible for your engagement party guests to attend, but it’s important that they are invited nevertheless. • Gifts are not necessary at an engagement party, but if you do receive something, then politely thank the person giving the gift and perhaps open it later. This way you do not run the risk of making those folks who did not bring gifts feel uncomfortable.

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• Usually the engagement announcement is made during a toast by the bride’s father or the fiancé. This depends on how traditional you want to keep things. This is “the” time that your engagement is made public and, while most people probably already know, some of your guests might be surprised.


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ENGAGEMENT PARTIES A few other things to remember is that invitations (they don’t have to be fancy) should be sent out after the best date and time have been determined by both the bride and groom. The venue where the engagement party will be held is also another important consideration. While a local restaurant or hotel is fine, what about going the extra mile and considering a more exciting venue such as a museum, zoo or even an old historical mansion. As for the time of your party keep it simple, but hold it whenever you’d like. Whether it’s a lunch, dinner or cocktail reception anything goes. In the case that you want to add some fun and games to your party try going with a theme such as a beach party, wine tasting, intimate sit-down affair, open house or even a champagne brunch. In the case of a casual affair make sure everyone is relaxed – if it’s at the beach then keep the entertainment going throughout the day and night. Even a wine tasting doesn’t have to be too over the top. If you do decide to go with a theme party be creative and offer party favors such as napkins, place cards or even bottles of wine with your wedding date engraved on it. Another fun idea might be to create your own personalized drink complete with martini shakers or any number of other cocktail glasses. The bottom line when being a part of, or hosting, your own engagement party is to have fun. This is your special time to get together with those special family members and friends and let them share in your soon-to-be new life together with the person you love.

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Reception

What you need to know before booking your reception site

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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

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RECEPTION location offers its own unique style and ambiance. There are two basic types of reception facilities: on-site and offsite. 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 offsite 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 32 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com

asking too much of your guests! If the location is difficult to find, or will offer 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.


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RECEPTION Room décor. Most sites offer a neutral background to work with, but 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 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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FRIDAY/SUNDAY WEDDINGS the advantages of weekend weddings

If you decide to have your wedding on a Friday or a Sunday, you’ll reap several rewards: both financial and otherwise. You’ll save time, you’ll probably save a significant amount of money, and you’ll find that your guests may appreciate having a Saturday free to spend time with you and the other guests they know.

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. Additionally, a Friday/Sunday wedding frees up at least one day of the weekend, generally making your family, friends and guests more appreciative of the extra time, especially if they are traveling. SAVE THE DATE Planning for a Friday or a Sunday wedding makes it much more likely that you will be able to reserve the church, hall, music and other services on the date of your choice. Choosing a Friday or Sunday date allows you to avoid making several calls to numerous vendors, only to hear, “Sorry, we’re booked on that date.”

MAXIMIZE YOUR DOLLAR For Friday or Sunday weddings, the majority of banquet facilities, photographers, video producers, musicians/entertainers and limousine services are much more willing to negotiate in order to reach a price that suits your budget. Vendors tend to see Friday and Sunday as bonus days, a time when they can earn income. Savings on these services can really add up, making this option a great way to save money without having to sacrifice the quality of your wedding. SAVE TIME On a Friday, you’ll probably have your wedding in the evening, which means that the ceremony is followed 36 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com

REHEARSAL IS EASY Restaurants are usually thrilled to have rehearsal dinners booked on Thursdays or other evenings during the week, since those are typically their slower business days. You will find a more relaxed atmosphere and the staff will be more attentive to your party’s needs. In selecting a Friday or Sunday date for your event, you’ll help both your budget and your odds of getting exactly the wedding you want, while also allowing for more time dedicated to finalizing last minute details. You can use the extra day to catch your breath, and use the extra money to purchase something special.

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CHILD ATTENDANTS

8 tips to for using kids in your ceremony Children can be a wonderful part of a wedding ceremony, full of joy and spirit. It does take a little extra thought, planning and accommodation, however, to include them successfully. We’ve compiled a list of helpful tips and things to consider, to make your wedding celebration a kid-friendly event! #1 – Consider their ages. Young children are adorable, to be sure, but their behavior is unpredictable (to be sure), so if you do include them, be prepared for the unexpected. Imagine a three-year-old tugging on your dress during the heart of your wedding ceremony and asking in a loud, clear voice “are we done yet?” Does this fill you with dread, or make you warm and fuzzy? Do what feels most comfortable to you, taking into consideration your personalities, your families and your wedding style. #2 – Ask in person. For older children, ask them in person to be a part of your wedding (after running it by their parents first.) This makes them feel involved, important and honored. #3 – Spend time with them. Try to include them in pre-wedding events and activities, and just generally

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spending time with them before the wedding so that they feel connected and involved. Again, this is more important for older children, and is certainly dependent on their age, interest and hometown (whether they live near you or not.) The point here is simply to make sure they don’t just feel like a ‘prop’ in the wedding, but instead, a valued and important participant in this honored event.

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#4 – Rehearse! Be sure to include them in the rehearsal, so they feel more comfortable with what is going to happen, how and when. Even young kids will benefit, by making everything feel more comfortable and familiar. #5 – A special gift. Consider making or purchasing a special gift for them, to honor their participation. This will also help them remember this special event and their involvement. Gifts will vary widely by age; some ideas are in the article below. #6 – Keep parents close. For younger children, keep parents seated up front. It’s ideal if young children can walk down the aisle with someone (a parent, bridesmaid or groomsman), and then sit down immediately with their parents in front. It’s way too much to expect a young child to stand quietly up front during the whole ceremony! #7 – Oh goody, goody bags. Goody bags at the reception (or even during the ceremony, if they’re filled with non-messy, quiet items) for kids are a great way to keep them entertained for awhile. Babysitters, special kids’ meals, art supplies on a table in the corner, and videos playing in a corner or adjoining room – these are all good ideas if children will be participating in your Big Day. #8 – Need a nap? For young children, be sure to take their nap and bed times into consideration! Tired children are impossible, trust me on that. . . If your rehearsal or wedding will take place after their bedtime, or during their nap time, you may want to reconsider the extent of their involvement. Perhaps instead of walking down the aisle as a flower girl, they could dress up in a special outfit, and be carried by Mom or Dad, with a trusted babysitter nearby ready to take them home when necessary.

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GIFTS FOR CHILD ATTENDANTS some ideas for girls and boys

The gift options will vary widely depending on the age of the child, of course. Here are a variety of ideas to spark some creative shopping. FOR GIRLS: • First set of pearls, or some other piece of ‘nice’ jewelry appropriate for older girls • Costume jewelry or play jewelry for younger kids • Bridal Barbie • Flower girl sparkle t-shirt • Personalized t-shirts: “I bought t-shirts from a local craft store, one to fit each of my 3 flower girls and 2 ring bearers, and then bought transfer paper for ink jet printers. I then printed a picture of my fiancé and I, along with “Flower Girl” or “Ring Bearer” and the date of the wedding, and ironed them on the shirts!” ~ Jennifer, Atlanta, Georgia • Ballet slippers, sparkly and festive for the wedding celebration

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Jewelry box or music box Photo with engraved frame Gift certificates to toy or special store Child’s purse

FOR BOYS: • Silver, personalized piggy bank (or train bank, or soccer ball bank, etc.) • Silver, personalized yo-yo • Personalized t-shirts (see above) • Teddy bears or other stuffed animals • Kid’s watch • Disney video or video games • Sports car alarm clock • Personalized baseball bat Also – a nice gift for the parents is to give them a framed photo of their child(ren) from the wedding.

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PARENT’S RESPONSIBILITY parents of the bride

In addition to offering their love and support, and perhaps a bit of the green stuff, your parents also play a big part in the celebration of your marriage. Their responsibilities are generally as follows, though you may want to customize this list for your personal situation. • Parents formally announce your engagement in the newspaper in your hometown, your fiancé’s hometown and the town where you’ve chosen to make your home. • Hosting the engagement party. • Inviting the groom’s parents to their home. • Assisting you with scheduling the rehearsal, ceremony and reception.

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• Offering opinions and advice during the planning, but respecting your wishes. • Preparing a list of restaurants should the groom’s parents ask for recommendations for the rehearsal dinner. • Composing their portion of the guest list as early as possible. If needed, they may tactfully remind the groom’s mother that you need her list too. • The mother of the bride should select a gown in a style and color that complements the bride’s gown, and inform the groom’s mother of her selection. • Parents inform the groom’s family on a regular basis of all RSVPs from their list. • The father of the bride should offer a toast to the newlyweds after the best man, groom and bride have shared their toasts.

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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! #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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PERSONALIZED VOWS expressing it in your own way

Depending on your religion you might decide to forget about tradition and create your own wedding vows for your big day. The sky is really the limit in this case and there is no better way to begin your life together than to take the time to really let one another know how you feel. Just like destination weddings have gotten quite popular within the last few years so has personalized wedding vows whether proclaimed on the beach, spoken in a church or just shared between the two of you in a romantic and casual setting. If you do decide that you want to write your own vows meet with the officiant to discuss what you want to do. Certain vows must be kept in the ceremony in order for the wedding to be legal.

Think about what is truly important for you to express during the ceremony whether it be to each other, your family and friends or just your views on marriage overall. As time progresses many couples have begun to take offense to the wording in traditional wedding vows such as the word “obey.” If you are offended by this term create a new phrase that reflects who you are as a couple. Perhaps “love, respect and trust” fits into your life plan much better. When you do personalize your wedding vows think about those things that are really important to you such as the meaning of marriage, why you are planning to spend your life together and how you will make this arrangement work for better or worse. Too many

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you will read during the ceremony. This will be a good way to discover any hidden feelings and you might be surprised at how identical your feelings really are, this is the mark of a great love. If you and your fiancé have an eclectic style or personality then by all means let that come out in your personalized vows. In the long run in might make it easier for you to express your real feelings anyway. Poems can be quite popular for the wedding vows, however let’s face it not everyone is a poet. If you must write a poem and are sure you don’t want to steal from one of the great masters then sit down and decide on a theme. Obviously the theme will have to do with love and your life together, but go deeper and take it a step further. Try not to use the same tired themes that have been overdone in the past. Think about who you are and your style as well, if you aren’t one for sentimental gushing then perhaps a happy poem about your life together will work much better. Should you decide to honor your parents at the wedding this can be incorporated by a poem either written by both of you or a tried and true one that has been used for years. In addition to the vows other ways to personalize what you have to say is through your actions. Using a cake top that is identical to the one your parents had is a nice touch as is walking down the aisle to the same song your mother used years ago. However you choose to make your vows special keep in mind that the wedding is really about you and your spouse and it is the only big day you will ever have like this in your life. This way, the true meaning of love really will shine through by your actions as well as your words.

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• Will you perform the ceremony at a non-religious site, such as a hotel or club ballroom? • Can we write our own vows, select music and readings or is there a standard format? • Will premarital counseling be required, and if so, what will that entail? • If we have been previously married or belong to different faiths, will you marry us? • If it is an interfaith marriage, will both officiants participate together? • Are there any special rules or restrictions for the ceremony? • Is there a ceremony fee? • How far in advance must I book your services? • What is your cancellation policy?


Ceremony SELECTING A CEREMONY SITE:

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• Is your facility open to non-members? • Do you have any restrictions on times or days of the week? • Do you have any restrictions or limitations on lighting, cameras, audio or video equipment? • Do you have a dress code? • Are outside musicians permitted to perform? • Will any decorations be available through you? • Are there dressing rooms? • When could we have a rehearsal? • Is ample parking available? • Are there adequate restrooms? Are they easily accessible for elderly and handicapped guests? • How far in advance must I book your services? • What is your cancellation policy? • Is a deposit required? If so, when and how much?

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BEAUTIFUL IDEAS BY THE SEASON making even the dreariest days beautiful

Most people think of sunshine when they picture a wedding day, but not every day fits that mold. Luckily, something as joyful as a wedding can be sunny even on the dreariest of days. As long as you take advantage of what your season has to offer, all four can provide beautiful accents to your big day.

Spring weddings are always popular, in part because of the parallels between new life blooming in the gardens and the new life of a married couple. Using flower bulbs instead of full-grown flowers also add to that feeling. For a spring-themed centerpiece that doubles as a favor, have multiple small, pastel-colored vases and encourage your guests to bring one home. Seeds and tiny monogrammed flowerpots are also a fun favor! You could also try bringing a little Easter to your reception by having lilies as centerpieces or hiding wedding favors, especially if there will be children present. For summer weddings, try a slightly more informal approach to your meal 60 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com

by offering the spread in picnic baskets or garden-party style! Mini picnic baskets or personalized blankets could then be given as a favor. Also, if you want to use bright, bold colors in your flowers or decorations, summer is the best time to do it. A fall wedding has a more rustic feeling to it. Warm reds, oranges and yellows are best for decorations, and don’t be afraid to ditch some of the flowers for tasteful wheat stalks or gourds among the arrangements. A fun favor could be making homemade cider or jams with your initials on the jar for your guests to enjoy. Many couples shy away from winter weddings, but it can actually be one of the most intimate seasons for a wedding because it provides such respite from the bitter cold. Deep purples, forest greens and ruby reds are perfect to set a cozy tone, while icy blues and silver show off winter’s sparkle. Cinnamon-scented pinecones with some holly or giant poinsettias make tasteful centerpieces. Instead of bubbling champagne for the toast, why not embrace winter and raise a mug of hot chocolate or egg nog? It’s delicious and comforting in the cold. If there will be kids at the reception, set up a table to make their own sparkling snowflakes to sprinkle on tables as decoration or as a souvenir for the kids! As for their parents, send them home with coffee mugs, spiced tea, or wintry-scented candles. It doesn’t have to be 70 and sunny for the perfect wedding as long as you use Mother Nature to your advantage!

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South Hills provides a country club atmosphere that caters to the public. Our facilities have been designed to provide the highest degree of service for your next special event. • Customized wedding receptions • personalized event planning • exceptional Food and Service

• all serving styles • events from 25-300 • Complimentary services package for Friday and Sunday Bookings

South Hills Country Club Family Owned & Operated Conveniently located off i-94 between Hwy K & 20, 10 minutes south of mitchell airport.

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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 – 62 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com

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 Jewish wedding songs. Focus on what is most important to you and


TRADITION TIPS 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 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

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TRADITION TIPS 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 openminded, flexible and sensitive.

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#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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A specific time period, a country or sports team that the two of you love. Or even a costume theme! (Be aware that most guests will not want to dress up). Think about how much fun and interesting it would be to plan the event around the theme of your choice. Some of the most popular themes are winter, tropical, and garden.


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BEGIN THE CELEBRATION WITH US... HOST YOUR REHEARSAL DINNER AT ONE OF MILWAUKEE’S FAVORITE RESTAURANTS

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REHEARSAL DINNER SITES intimate venues for rehearsals, weddings & showers

KILAWAT

139 E. Kilbourn Ave, Milwaukee

LOUISES

801 N. Jefferson, Milwaukee 190th & Bluemound Rd., Brookfield

MASON STREET GRILL

425 E. Mason St, Milwaukee

MAXIE’S SOUTHERN COMFORT

6732 W. Fairview Ave., Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE CHOP HOUSE

633 North 5th St, Milwaukee

TRINITY THREE IRISH PUBS

125 E. Juneau Ave., Milwaukee

WATER STREET BREWERY

1101 N. Water St., Milwaukee 3191 Golf Rd., Delafield I-43 & Hwy. 60, Grafton

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Capacity Range

Website

414-291-4793

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20-50

www.kilawatcuisine.com

414-273-4224 262-784-4275

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www.louiseswisconsin.com

414-298-3131

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20-50

www.masonstreetgrill.com

414-292-3969

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150

www.maxies.com

414-226-2467

66

20-50

www.chophouse411.com

414-278-7033

65

Up to 150 Seated

www.trinitythreeirishpubs.com

414-272-1195 262-646-7878 262-375-2222

65

Up to 30 Seated Up to 100 Seated 30-50

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ELEVATE THE ELEGANCE OF YOUR EVENT HOST YOUR REHEARSAL DINNER IN STYLE. Begin your wedding celebration in luxury with a rehearsal dinner at one of Milwaukee's top dining destinations: Mason Street Grill, Milwaukee ChopHouse or Kil@wat. Our expert culinary team will help you design a menu and atmosphere that fits your style. From classic selections to creative cuisine, our menus will have your guests buzzing. For life's most treasured events, only trust the reputation for excellence that Marcus Hotels & Resorts has earned. Book your rehearsal dinner with us today by calling 414-905-1359.

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YACHT SERVICES wedding, reception, and banquet guide

Lake Geneva Cruise Line 812 Wrigley Drive Lake Geneva

Phone Number(s)

See Page

800-558-5911

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One of Milwaukee’s favorite venues! RECEPTION GUIDE

See Page Reception for More Room Capacity Information Range

Number of Available Banquet Rooms

Number of Months to Schedule Facility

Average Price per Person

DOWNTOWN 1451 RENAISSANCE PLACE

414-272-1451

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400

2

6-18

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THE ASTOR HOTEL

414-271-4220

TAB 64-65

300

4

1-12

$25 to $50

BARTOLOTTA CATERING:

1451 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee 924 E. Juneau Ave., Milwaukee Bacchus 925 E. Wells, Milwaukee Bartolotta Events & Catering at Pier Wisconsin, 500 Harbor Dr., Milwaukee

414-765-1166 414-765-1005

8-9

5-200

6

414-765-8610

8-9

320

8

12

$25+market

Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro 3133 E. Newberry Blvd., Milwaukee

414-962-6300

8-9

20-300

2

6-12

Varies

Grain Exchange Room 225 E. Michigan, Rm 100, Milwaukee

414-727-6980

8-9

25-425

1

6-18

Varies

HARLEY-DAVIDSON MUSEUM

414-287-2894

14

600

3

3-12

$25 to $50

HILTON MILWAUKEE CITY CENTER

414-390-1808

37

500

10

9-12

$35 to $60

HAMPTON INN AND SUITES

414-271-4656

70

20-200

1

2-14

HOT WATER / WHEREHOUSE

414-383-7593

14

20-450

2

1-12

$20 to $50

HOTEL METRO MILWAUKEE

414-272-1937

44

100

1

3-18

$25 to $50

HUMPHREY SCOTTISH RITE MASONIC CTR.

414-276-4744

15

100-300

3

12

$20 to $50

HYATT REGENCY MILWAUKEE

414-276-1234

49

10-1000

19

6

$35 to $75

INTERCONTINENTAL MILWAUKEE

414-291-4790

52

20-400

2

9-12

$26 to $50

THE ITALIAN CONFERENCE CENTER

414-223-2800

68-69

650

4

3-12

$25 or less

LAKEFRONT PALM GARDEN

414-273-8300

50

50-400

1

6

$25 or less

MARCUS CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

414-276-2030

47

20-5,000

7

6-18

Varies

MILWAUKEE COUNTY PARKS

414-277-1056

54

250

1

12

MILWAUKEE COUNTY WAR MEMORIAL

414-273-5533

23

50-300

1

12-18

Varies

MITCHELL PARK DOMES

414-649-8126

54

50-250

Lobby

6-24

$15 to $25

500 W. Canal St., Milwaukee

509 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee

DOWNTOWN

Phone Number(s)

176 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee 818 S. Water St., Milwaukee 411 E. Mason, Milwaukee

790 N. Van Buren St., Milwaukee

333 W. Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee 139 E. Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee

at The Italian Community Center 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee

1872 N. Commerce St., Milwaukee 929 N. Water St., Milwaukee

O’Donnell Park - Miller Room 910 E. Michigan St., Milwaukee 750 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr., Milwaukee 524 S. Layton Blvd., Milwaukee 68 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com

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Versatile, convenient, handicapped accessible facility featuring experienced catering and culinary staffs. Large free parking.

The Italian Conference Center 631 East Chicago Street, Milwaukee

414-223-2800 www.ItalianConference.com

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Serving Style Available

Separate Area Onsite Available for Lodging Ceremony Available

Off-Premise Catering Available

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All Styles

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Large dance floor, high ceiling, 2-floor venue. Historic landmark, exclusive use. 20 Acres of green space with complimentary on property parking. Fun and unique. Our on-site catering and Museum staff take pride in making your wedding day special. 5 Elegant ballrooms, 730 guest rooms. Banquet room features parquet dance floor. Whirlpool bridal suites available.

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Newly renovated ballrooms. Trendy modern decor. 19 suites. Award winning chef.

French Service

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Marble galleria for ceremonies. Custom designed wedding receptions. Personalized service.

Plated Buffet

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All Styles

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Downtown Milwaukee’s most beautiful venue. Culinary expertise blended with superb service!

Plated Buffet

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All Styles

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Sit Down Buffet

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35 ft. waterfall, tropical, arid & floral show dome, ample free parking.

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The Hampton Inn and Suites Downtown Milwaukee features the Crystal Ballroom for 20-200 persons. The ballroom provides an elegant atmosphere, with a large dance floor and seven foot windows over looking Wisconsin Ave. Also request cost saving room rates for your out of town guests.

176 West Wisconsin Avenue ~ Milwaukee ~ Phone: 414-271-4656 Ext: 6100 www.hamptonmilwaukee.com

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RECEPTION GUIDE

See Page Reception for More Room Capacity Information Range

Number of Available Banquet Rooms

Number of Months to Schedule Facility

Average Price per Person

THE PFISTER HOTEL

414-390-3802

25

20-650

4

12

$65

POTOWATOMI BINGO CASINO

414-847-8101

17

550

3

3-18

$25

TRIPOLI SHRINE TEMPLE

414-933-4700

72

50-450

2

2-12

$25 or less

VILLA TERRACE ART MUSEUM

414-271-3656

20

150

1

3-12

Varies

WISCONSIN CLUB - CITY CLUB

414-271-7510

34

300

2

6-12

Varies

NORTH CHANDELIER BALLROOM

262-673-4946

160

500

2

3-18

Varies

DAVIAN’S BANQUET & CONFERENCE CTR.

262-781-3333

18

300

2

6-12

$25 or less

HEART LOVE PLACE

27

250

4

1-12

$25 or less

HERITAGE HALL

414-372-1550 ext 124 262-255-1606

48

20-350

3

0-12

$25 or less

HILTON GARDEN INN - MILW. PARK PLACE

414-359-9823

24

100-350

2

12

$25

HUBBARD PARK LODGE

414-332-4207

50

200

2

3-12

Varies

THE LANDMARK RESORT

800-273-7877

56

Up to 210

11

6-12

$16.95

RADISSON HOTEL OF MENOMONEE FALLS

262-251-5153

26

20-300

2

1-12

$20 to $50

RIO WEST CANTINA

414-562-5540

51

250

2

1-12

$25 to $50

SCHAUER ARTS & ACTIVITIES CENTER

262-670-0560

161

20-300

3

6-18

Varies

SILVER SPRING COUNTRY CLUB

262-252-4994

Up to 450

3

Open

$25

TIMMER’S RESORT

262-338-7710

TAB 64-65 41

250

2

1-12

Varies

WASHINGTON COUNTY FAIR PARK

262-677-5060

161

50-900

7

12-18

WEST BEND COUNTRY CLUB

262-334-9541

71

240

6

6-18

$30

WISCONSIN CLUB - COUNTRY CLUB

414-727-0070

34

250

2

3-18

Varies

424 E. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee 1721 W. Canal St., Milwaukee

3000 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee 2220 N. Terrace Ave., Milwaukee 900 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee

150 Jefferson Ave., Hartford N56 W16300 Silver Spring Dr., Menomonee Falls. 3229 N. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr., Milw. N86 W18330 Main St., Menomonee Falls 11600 W. Park Place, Milwaukee

3565 N. Morris Blvd., Shorewood

NORTH

Phone Number(s)

7643 Hillside Rd., Egg Harbor N88 W14750 Main St., Menomonee Falls 2730 N. Humboldt Blvd., Milwaukee 147 N. Rural St., Hartland

N56 W21318 Silver Spring Drive

5151 Timmer Bay Rd., West Bend 3000 Hwy PV, West Bend

5858 County Highway Z, West Bend 6200 W. Good Hope Rd., Milwaukee

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Pamper 240 Guests Outside Ceremony & Reception Area Flexible Menu Planning

West Bend Country Club 5858 Hwy. Z • West Bend • 262-334-9541

Serving Style Available

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Milwaukee’s most prestigious landmark. Parking ramp, ceremony area, 4 ballrooms. From a sophisticated ballroom to a panoramic view of the city, our banquet spaces provide an exceptional atmosphere to accommodate your fairy tale event. Elegance, ample free parking, memorable photo opportunities, rehearsal dinners. Italian Renaissance style villa features a stunning terra cotta lakefront terrace, formal garden, courtyard and more. A legendary one-of-a-kind venue. Personable, enthusiastic staff to see to every detail.

An elegant and impressive, historic setting. Select from a variety of caterers. Indoor/Outdoor ceremony site. Elegant rooms, incomparable food, personalized service. Elegant and affordable surroundings. Mouth watering food from catering menu. Off-site catering available. Large off street parking lot. 1200 sq.ft. dance floor. Customized menus by certified executive chef. Newly expanded ballroom opening July 2009. 4 Bridal suites available April 2009. 5 wood acres along the Milw. River, close to downtown. Also perfect for rehearsal dinners and private parties. Beautiful waterview reception room with outdoor terrace and waterfall. Newly constructed hotel opening early 2011 featuring european designed ballroom, guest rooms & restaurant. New Fiesta Banquet Room. The Mexican inspired decorations are sure to make a memorable event. Affordable, all-inclusive weddings, private parties, birthdays and special events. Unique, loft-like setting; floor to ceiling windows; on-site coordinator, art gallery. Open air rooftop patio for ceremonies or pre-reception. Specializing in tent weddings on 10 acres overlooking Big Cedar Lake. Perfect for rehearsal dinners & private parties. Spectacular outdoor weddings with beautiful surroundings. Exclusive use. Golf course view. Flexible menu planning. Personalized service. 2 premier ballrooms with a highly organized and personable staff to enthusiastically see to every detail on your special day. www.premierbride.com PREMIER BRIDE • 71


Milwaukee’s Best Kept Secret ...

Tripoli Shrine

Call our Wedding Coordinator for a tour of our facility and menu options. • 25-500 guest capacity • On-Premise Chef • Ample Secured Parking • Easy Access to Downtown Hotels • Wedding Ceremonies On Site

3000 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee

www.tripolishrine.com • 414-933-4700

RECEPTION GUIDE

Number of Available Banquet Rooms

Number of Months to Schedule Facility

Average Price per Person

414-382-6159

46

300

1

12-18

$20

AMERICAN SERB HALL

414-545-6030

56

2000

3

6-12

$25 or less

BOERNER BOTANICAL GARDENS

8-9

25-250

2

6-12

$50

BUSH GARDENS

414-525-5635 414-525-5660 414-422-9011

39

200

2

1-12

$25 or less

CLARION HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTER

414-481-2400

16

20-450

4

3-12

$25 to $50

THE DEKOVEN CENTER

262-633-6401

20

250

1

1-12

HARMONY INN THE VILLAGE

414-423-6899

48

10-200

3

2-12

$18 to $25

MUSKEGO LAKES COUNTRY CLUB

414-425-6500

35

40-450

4

3-12

$25 or less

POLISH CENTER OF WISCONSIN

414-529-2140

43

300

2

3-18

Varies

RADISSON HOTEL & CONFERENCE CTR.

262-857-3377

258

280

4

12

$15 to $35

ROMA LODGE BANQUET & CONF. CTR.

262-886-3610

73

50-900

2

3-18

$25 or less

SOUTH HILLS COUNTRY CLUB

262-835-4441

61

500

2

3-12

$25 or less

WYNDHAM MILWAUKEE AIRPORT

414-615-8001

38

50-1000

3

2-14

$25 or less

GREATER LAKE GENEVA AREA ALPINE VALLEY RESORT

800-227-9395

176

200

3

12

$40 to $45

5101 W. Oklahoma Ave. 9400 Boerner Drive

S68 W14891 Janesville Rd., Muskego 5311 S. Howell Ave., Milwaukee

SOUTH

See Page Reception for More Room Capacity Information Range

SOUTH ALVERNO COLLEGE

3400 S. 43rd Street, Milwaukee

600 21st St., Racine

5601 Broad St., Glendale

S100 W14020 Loomis Rd. 6941 S. 68th St., Franklin

11800 108th St., Kenosha

7130 Spring Street (Hwy C) E Frontage Rd, Hwy K & 20

4747 S. Howell Ave., Milwaukee

GREATER LAKE GENEVA AREA

Phone Number(s)

P.O. Box 615, East Troy

BELLA VISTA SUITES

262-248-2100

178

200

1

3-12

Varies

COTTON EXCHANGE

262-534-9291

185

300

2

3-12

Varies

335 Wrigley Dr., Lake Geneva 345 Hickory Hollow Rd., Waterford

EAGLE INN ON THE LAKE

262-878-3313

185

20-450

3-12

$25 or less

GENEVA NATIONAL GOLF CLUB

262-245-7046

182

30-350

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$54

GRAND GENEVA

262-248-8811

177

40-1500

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HAWK’S VIEW

175

350

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LODGE AT GENEVA RIDGE

262-348-9900 877-429-5788 262-249-3803

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180

350

2

3-18

$25 to $50

MONTE CARLO ROOM

262-723-4646

184

300-350

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3-12

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VETERANS TERRACE AT ECHO PARK

262-763-9400

181

400

4

1-12

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3101 Eagle Road, Kansasville

1221 Geneva National Ave. South, Lake Geneva 7036 Grand Geneva Way 7377 Krueger Road, Lake Geneva W4240 State Road 50, Lake Geneva 720 N. Wisconsin, Elkhorn

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Your Perfect Wedding! SE Wisconsin’s Most Prestigous Banquet Facility

2 Ballrooms • Combined Capacity 900 Guests Open to the Public Ceremony Site Available

7130 Spring St. (Hwy C) • Racine • (262) 886-3610

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2-Story glass atrium with vaulted ceiling. Rooms overlooking gardens. Free parking. Shuttles to nearby lodging available, customized menus, brides room available. Open Spring 2011, booking for 2011-2012. Premium hotel and banquet facility catering to all special occasions. Ceremony site available year round. Panoramic views of Lake Michigan, historic setting, choice of caterers and ample parking. Charming hall for up to 250 guests. No room fees. Linens provided. Serene historic setting in Greendale. Panoramic views, customized/personalized menus. Ceremony site available, balcony access. Outdoor ceremony accommodations with an outdoor patio and garden. Perfect setting for your wedding photos. 120 Guest rooms & suites. Pool & whirlpool. Friday & Sunday discounts. No fee for linens, ballrooms or security. Beautiful, spacious ballrooms, elegant chandeliers, stocked bars, free parking. Panoramic wall of windows overlooking golf course, ceremony site & linens included. 3 Elegant ballrooms, 508 rooms, 4 suites, in-house wedding coordinator.

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• Indoor/Outdoor reception & ceremony site Watertown Country Club 1340 N Water St., Watertown www.watertowncc.com

• Chef prepared flexible menus • Romantic photogenic vistas

920-261-5009 events@watertowncc.com

RECEPTION GUIDE

See Page Reception for More Room Capacity Information Range

Number of Available Banquet Rooms

Number of Months to Schedule Facility

Average Price per Person

WEST BLUE’S EGG

414-299-3180

64

150

2

2-12

$25 or less

BROADLANDS GOLF CLUB

262-392-6320

62

50-250

1

12

$25 or less

COUNTRY SPRINGS HOTEL

262-547-0201

42

50-500

7

Varies

DELAFIELD BREWHAUS

262-646-7821

43

10-200

3

Based on avail. 6-12

$25 or less

DELAFIELD HOTEL

262-646-1600

21

70-300

2

6

$35 to $100

KETTLE MORAINE RANCH

262-594-2122

35

550

3

3-12

$25 or less

THE LEGEND AT BRANDYBROOK

262-968-9717

30

300

2

3-18

$25 to $100

THE LEGEND AT BRISTLECONE

262-367-7888

33

200

2

3-18

$25 to $100

MIDWAY - BROOKFIELD

262-786-9540

200

2

9-12

$25 or less

MILWAUKEE COUNTY ZOO

414-256-5430

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350

2

12

MILWAUKEE MARRIOTT WEST

262-574-0888

600

3

12

$25 to $50

OLYMPIA RESORT AND O’SPA

262-369-4960

50-450

4

12-18

$25 to $50

PANO’S BAR & GRILL

262-782-8670

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220 / 500

2

2-12

$17 to $25

RED CIRCLE INN

262-367-4883

300

2

9

$25 or less

THE ROTUNDA

262-574-9170

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250

1

3-18

SHERATON MILWAUKEE BROOKFIELD

262-364-1100

22

550

4

6-18

WATERTOWN COUNTRY CLUB

920-261-5009

74

20-400

1

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262-522-2953

259

120-200

1

6-12

Varies

262-522-2953

259

120-200

1

6-12

Varies

WEISSGERBER’S GOLDEN MAST

262-567-7047

6

450

2

3-18

$25

WEISSGERBER’S SEVEN SEAS

262-367-3903

11

300

3

12-15

$25 or less

WINDWOOD OF WATERTOWN

920-262-0702

31

550

2

12

$18 to $28

317 N. 76th St., Milwaukee 18 Augusta Way, North Prairie 2810 Golf Rd., Waukesha

3832 Hillside Dr., Delafield 415 Genesee St., Delafield W379 S9694 County Rd S, Eagle 1 Legend Way, Wales

1500 E. Arlene Dr., Hartland 1005 S. Moorland Rd.

WEST

Phone Number(s)

10001 W. Bluemound Rd.

W231 N1600 Corporate Ct., Waukesha 1350 Royale Mile Road, Oconomowoc 20290 W. Bluemound Rd. N44 W33013 Watertown Plank Rd., Nashotah 235 W. Broadway, Waukesha 375 S. Moorland Rd., Brookfield 1340 N. Water St., Watertown

EB Shurts Building, 810 W. College Ave., Waukesha Rotary Building 1150 Baxter St., Waukesha

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Based on YOUR requirements, our CUSTOMIZED SEARCH brings up just the facilities that meet your needs. Enter info such as number of guests, price range, type of facility to your wish list of waterfront view, tent options, outside ceremony area and more.

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Cater ing

7 sTeps to the perfect wedding cuisine

Almost every meaningful ritual, in every culture around the globe, includes food as an integral part of the celebration. “Breaking bread together” is an intimate way for people to share an experience, enjoy each other’s company and enhance the sense of ritual. The food and beverage served at your wedding is a significant element in the whole wedding ritual, as well as a significant chunk of your overall budget… so invest the time, energy and budget necessary to do this part well!4

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Creating MeMories...

Wisconsin’s Premier Catering Service 215 South Street • Waukesha (262) 549-5558

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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 preapproved 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 sitdown 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

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CATERING

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Table Cloths, Chair Covers Chair Ties, Overlays

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Invitations • Rentals • Florals • Accessories • Linens Ask Our WAebout Packagdeding s!

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CATERING to sample their cuisine. This is called a tasting, and it usually takes place at the 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.

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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


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Preferred Caterer at Many Milwaukee Venues

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12630 Robin Lane • Brookfield

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CATERING 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, 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

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CATERING beforehand so it is in keeping with the degree of formality for your reception. 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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Catering SELECTING A CATERER: ask the right questions

• What packages do you offer? What do they include? • Have you worked at my reception site before? • Do you provide beverage service or bar service? • Do have opening or corking fees? • When is the deadline for the final guest count? • When will we need to finalize the menu? • Can you provide entrees for my guests who have special dietary needs? • Will you provide flatware, china, stemware, etc? • Do you supply or arrange tables, chairs or linens? • How will you and your staff be dressed? • Will the caterer provide wait staff? How many would I need? • Do you have references from previous weddings? • How far in advance must I book your services? • What is your cancellation policy? • Is a deposit required? If so, when and how much?

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6 NEW TRENDS in wedding design

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Many of you may be too young to remember this, but there used to be a time when pretty much all wedding receptions used plain white linens. If it was a wedding, then you used white. Period. Of course nowadays, it’s all about color, texture, layers and personal expression, and really, the options are endless. To spark some creative fire we’ve identified six new trends appearing now in wedding reception design. #1 - Color my world As mentioned above, color in weddings is huge. Any color family that appeals to you will offer a huge range of shades that are beautiful and current. In fact, there really isn’t any color that’s considered “out” – so the sky’s the limit! Love “blue”? That could mean midnight navy, Tiffany blue, pale ice blue, bright aqua, ocean blue… You get the idea – the list goes on! A few new colors worth pointing out are persimmon – a spicy, vibrant shade of orange; saffron – a rich, deep yellow; and butter – a warm, soft, golden yellow. #2 – Texture is hot Texture in weddings – from bridal gowns to napkins – is huge. In linens, this can mean a crushed look, pintuck fabrics, damasks, or other tone-ontone designs. It can also be expressed through layers, such as using sheer overlays on tables or table runners on buffet tables, and accessories such as beaded candlesticks.

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We rent everything you need for your wedding! Wedding Decorating & Rentals Wedding Accessories & Flowers Chair Covers Chocolate Fountains Full Set-up & Tear Down Available We do the decorating and you have the fun!

414-418-6601

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WEDDING DESIGN TRENDS #3 – Think metallic As you may have noticed in the fashion world, metallic is sparkling hot these days! Mixed metals, matte metals and texturized metals are all very current looks that can be incorporated into your wedding reception design, through metallic fabrics, accessories or even the furniture.

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#4 – Cool grey is hot, hot, hot You’ll find that many of these trends are interrelated, such as grey, which can be expressed using metals such as silver, aluminum or nickel. Using a brushed aluminum planter for your centerpieces would actually incorporate three trends: texture, metallic and grey. A wide range of styles and shades of linens in grey tones is also a beautiful, trendy look, and can be accented with other colors such as black and/or white, any shade of red from blush pink to fire engine red, and so on. Experiment! #5 – Lace is back In wedding gowns and now in wedding design, lace has made a big comeback after being missing in action for many years. It’s a beautiful way to incorporate a sense of tradition, history and romance into your wedding day. Table linens, especially, have appeared in a variety of tone-on-tone laces, and more colorful options as well. Incorporating a metallic lace over a solid color fabric is another new look. #6 – Geometric designs offer a modern look Looking for a clean, modern, streamlined wedding day look? If “no frou-frou” is for you, then consider


chair covers ~ Table linens Invitations ~ chocolate fountains Wedding decorating and rentals fresh and silk florals ~ centerpieces all delivery, set up, and clean up always included The

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Consultants SELECTING A

WEDDING CONSULTANT: ask the right questions • What packages do you offer? What do they include? • Are your fees based on total cost of wedding or an hourly or flat rate? • Have you done weddings similar to mine? • What cultures and traditions are you familiar with? • Do you offer “day of the wedding” assistance? • Will you be willing to work with the coordinator at my reception location? • Can you provide me with special rates when working with various vendors? • How far in advance must I book your services? • What is your cancellation policy? • Is a deposit required? If so, when and how much?

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414-831-7000 • www.karls.com

7000 South 10th Street, Oak Creek, WI

Karl’s Event Services is a full service rental company that provides tenting, clearspan structures, tables and chairs. Our wide array of linens, china, flatware and glassware, along with our knowledgeable sales team, will transform your event.

Shower your wedding in color...and leave white for the bride!

Rentals SELECTING RENTALS:

ask the right questions • What items are available for rent? • What is the rental fee? Do you have a price list? • Have you worked at my reception location before? • Do you provide delivery, set-up and pick-up? Is this included in the cost? • When will the items be delivered and picked up? • Will you move decorations from the ceremony to the reception site if needed? • If tents are needed, do you recommend one large tent, or multiple smaller tents at my reception location? • What is your policy on damaged or missing items? • Who will be my contact on the day of the wedding? • 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 • 89


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WEDDING DESIGN TRENDS applying some 1960s-style geometric design elements. If you’re feeling casual and funky then use lots of color with strong geometric designs – like white, bubblegum pink and chocolate brown; or black, white and lime green. If you want a more elegant, formal feel use tone-ontone designs or a geometrically designed fabric like a pintuck. A final thought The best advice, really, is “don’t be a slave to trends!” Follow your heart, trust your instincts, and create your own unique wedding style. Of course, don’t underestimate the help, input and advice of wedding professionals who can make your dream a reality with minimum stress and maximum results. With their professional guidance and years of experience, your wedding day will be a beautiful expression of your personal style. 4 TIPS TO A BEAUTIFUL WEDDING RECEPTION #1 – Invest the time Take the time to experiment, and really try things out before deciding on your overall wedding décor, table linens, etc. Some colors, fabrics and textures look completely different in different lighting, so how it looks in the bright fluorescent lights of the showroom is NOT how it will look in your dim, candlelit reception room. #2 – Come prepared When you meet with your wedding designer and/or linens provider, it’s most helpful and efficient if you come armed

with as much detail as possible about your wedding, such as photos of your wedding dress and bridesmaids’ attire, any cake or floral information you have and so on. Also, if you have a specific color in mind, bring in an actual sample –  verbal descriptions just don’t work! #3 – Handle strong color with care If you love a bright, vivid color but are concerned about it being “too much,” consider using it as an accent color in the room instead, such as in the napkins and chair ties. If it’s a small wedding, bright fuchsia table linens may work, but a grand ballroom filled with 40 hot pink tables may be a bit overwhelming. #4 – Make your own unique color By experimenting with different sheers placed over various colored fabrics, you may find your own unique combination that gives you the look you want. Ideally, do this in the same lighting that your reception will be in for an accurate vision! Buttercup – a beautiful new color in a warm, soft golden yellow. Ideal for an elegant Spring wedding. Fire Orange (Persimmon) Pintuck – a great new color with a geometric texture. Gold Floral Lace – incorporates tradition (lace) with a new twist (metallic). Nile Danube Damask – a very trendy shade of blue, with metallic accents in a lace-like style… A very current look with a traditional feel. Silver Black Geometric – this trendsetting fabric offers a more streamlined, modern feel to your wedding design.

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SET THE MOOD WITH LIGHT from romantic to dramatic

Lighting is the most underrated part of planning a wedding today. Nothing sets the mood like a sparkling runway for your reception entrance, a dramatic backdrop to the cake and other focal points or a sensual blaze that falls on your first dance.

Details like bridesmaids’ shoes will go unnoticed, but the glow of your event will set the tone your guests will remember for years to come. Take this into consideration as you decide how to illuminate your wedding. First, decide on the mood you want to convey at different points throughout your day. If your ceremony is at a charming church and your reception at an upscale venue, the lighting is going to be quite different. Even during the reception, there are different moments you’ll want lit differently. Perhaps you’d like a party-ready flashbulb entrance, or maybe something quieter and romantic like a twinkle-lit archway. Do you want sensual, candle-lit tables, or something more bold and dramatic during dinner like a crystal-draped chandelier? Consider the mood you want, then work with a professional who will 92 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com

focus on practicalities such as making lighting affordable, photo-friendly, safe, easily-controlled and customized. One popular new way to customize is emblazoning monogrammed spotlights on the wall or head tablecloth. Monograms can be as bold or subtle as you like, and look best when there is a sharp contrast, such as a dramatic cobalt blue against a dark wall. In a venue with drab walls, utilize backdrops to transform the room. Drape mesh overlay that’s in your color scheme from the ceiling to the floor as if it were a tent, then use twinkle lights, striking spotlights, crystals or whimsical orbs to illuminate the backdrop and bring personality to the room. If your venue doesn’t give you that much freedom with lighting, work with an expert to create a beautifully lit focal point you can add to the room. It could be spotlights on a stunning cake, a flirty archway entrance or dance floor cover or an eye-catching tree dazzled with crystals or small candles. Candles are the most time-tested and romantic form of light. Use them with care. First, make sure they’re in fireproof and child-friendly places. Then, the secret to candles is irregularity. Arrange different sizes and shapes along mismatched levels to add mystery and make the enlightened objects dance. Whatever lighting you decide on, don’t underestimate the importance of the rays. They’ll be the backdrop of the pictures and memories you and your guests will remember as your perfect day.

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SHARING THE COST paying for the wedding

Gone are the days of the bride’s family paying for the wedding. For now, it’s more like whoever has it, usually pays, even if it’s the couple themselves. As the average age of couples who are getting married rises, this is beginning to happen more and more. However, even as traditions change, it is useful to know what your family should expect.

The Groom’s Responsibility: Bride’s ring Honeymoon Wedding gift for bride Bridal bouquet and going-away corsage Boutonnieres for all men in wedding party Mother’s corsages His physical examination Gifts for the best man, ushers Gloves, ties or ascots for men in wedding party Marriage license Lodging for out-of-town attendants (opt.) Fee for clergy or judge. The Bride’s Family’s Responsibility:

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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 option if your budget allows it. The key is to find a band that specifically does weddings, so that they can offer the versatility you need for a good event. Any live entertainment includes breaks, which can interrupt the flow of your evening, so try to come up with a solution that ensures that music is always playing. If the band is large enough, see if the band members can stagger their breaks so that someone is always playing. Or, hire a pianist or DJ to play during the breaks. Also, good, popular www.premierbride.com PREMIER BRIDE • 139


MUSIC bands or orchestras will usually be more expensive than a DJ. They are well worth the expense, of course, since good entertainment is such a critical element of the wedding, but it just doesn’t fit everyone’s budget. And if you can’t afford a GOOD wedding band, then consider a DJ. 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 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 vendor doesn’t use a contract, then put all the details into a letter. 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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A romantic way to prepare for a lifetime of waltzing together is to take dance lessons before your wedding. You and your partner will be the center of attention on the dance floor during your special day, but if that isn’t incentive enough, consider the additional closeness the two of you can develop by sharing a weddingrelated activity that doesn’t involve appointments and interviews. You’ll be asked before you begin your lessons about the kinds of dance steps you’d like to learn. Ambitious though you may be, learning too many steps too soon may result in frustration if you feel you’re not mastering anything. What you admire about other dancers is how well they move together, not the numbers of patterns they do. You’re probably not used to being taught things as a couple, and you may want to help the instructor along by correcting your partner. Don’t. Let the instructor do the teaching. Your input can be distracting and disruptive, both for the instructor and your partner. Cliché though it may be, dance instructors say men typically progress more slowly than their female partners, who tend to feel movements more and master steps quicker. Be patient with him. It will be appreciated, and the resulting cooperation will get the two of you moving together more quickly. Get the most from your dance lessons by taking them as close together as you can, and in conjunction with group lessons and practice sessions. The result will be speedy progress and increased confidence and enjoyment.

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Throw your vendors a curve ball When you are satisfied with the level of expertise exhibited by a vendor, begin inquiring about customer service. Don’t be afraid to ask them for an example of how well they work with other vendors or how involved they will be in the pre-event planning process. These are all important questions.

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If any one element is crucial to setting the appropriate tone and atmosphere for your wedding it’s the music. The music played during your wedding should do more than just entertain; it should evoke the deep emotion of your ceremony. The right music takes the right kind of planning, and by following a few guidelines you can ensure perfect harmony between your ceremony and the music you choose for it. Prior to selecting your music, it is best to decide if you want to use religious songs only or a combination of religious and popular tunes. Once you’ve decided, set an appointment with the director of music for your church or synagogue. This person will be able to make recommendations for music suitable for the acoustics of the building and complement any of your wedding’s religious or cultural themes. Music for your ceremony should be divided into four parts: the prelude, the processional, interlude(s) and the recessional. THE PRELUDE Prelude music typically begins 20 to 40 minutes prior to the ceremony. These selections set the mood for the coming event. Since the prelude provides an acoustic backdrop for your guests, it’s best to choose pieces that will be familiar. A string ensemble creates an elegant mood, while a vocalist singing love ballads evokes a more romantic atmosphere. Because prelude selections are played during


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Organ music is the typical choice for the processional, but you can opt for a string quartet, a trumpet solo, or even a vocal solo. Whatever your selection, the music should be dignified and splendid and should also be the right length to accompany all of the attendants from the back of the church to the altar. Typically, there are two selections played during the processional: one for the bridesmaids and groomsmen, and a different selection for the bride. If you decide to play the same selection for both, there should be a pause for the guests to stand and a noticeable increase in volume upon your initial entry into the sanctuary. INTERLUDE(S) Throughout the ceremony, you should accentuate key moments with music, which makes a tremendous impact on your guests and breaks up the solemnity of the occasion. You might want to include music just before or after a reading, during communion or at the signing of the register. These selections may be performed by your musicians or sung by the congregation, but either way they should be slow paced and softly played to give your guests a moment for contemplation or reflection. THE RECESSIONAL The recessional is the grand finale of the ceremony and should reflect the jubilant nature of the occasion. The selections played should be uplifting, possessing a quick, majestic tempo that proclaims the joy of your new union. Music should play as the wedding party leaves the church and continue until all guests have departed. If you are fortunate enough to be marrying in a church with bells, let them ring!

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It’s the sweetest wedding task of them all – deciding on dessert for your big day. Tradition calls for a tiered cake with your plastic (un)likeness smacked on top, but brides and bakers are breaking cake molds to create funky and fresh options that add the icing to your wedding. Take in all the options, work with a pro to make it custom and whatever you do, don’t miss out on any tasting!4

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CAKES CHOOSING YOUR DESSERT What first? Think about the rest of your wedding. Your dessert should match your day, so take everything into account. If you have a paisley themed wedding at an indoor reception venue, a large tiered cake with paisley fondant would make a beautiful room centerpiece. If your day is going to be more princess pink, maybe you’ve considered a cupcake castle tower. A casual outdoor wedding is the perfect venue for a table of tasty and colorful candies or make-your-own ice cream sundaes. Did you meet at a baseball game? Order up a baseball stadium-shaped cake, complete with you two lovebirds in the stands! Do you share an interest such as running? Ask around for bakers who could make a replica cake of your running shoes

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tied together at the laces. Wedding cakes and desserts are one of the latest wedding designs to start challenging convention, so bakeries are always looking to keep up with the latest trends and really customize your dessert. So, if you have a sweet idea, find someone who can work with it. Book Early! Demand for customized and intricate wedding desserts mean bakeries fill up quick for wedding weekends. It’s safe to have something booked six months in advance, especially if you’re getting married during high season. But don’t worry – this doesn’t mean you have to know exactly what you want so far ahead of time. First, shop around in general for bakeries, and when you find one you think can satisfy your


CAKES needs for taste, quantity, efficiency and personality, book a date. Then, you can really work with a pro to determine exactly what it is you want. So…how do I find the bakery? Trusting your gut is always sound advice, especially so when it comes to a food decision! Any dessert should be delicious, so your tasting is important. Make sure you sample all they have to offer that interests you. But since this isn’t an ordinary dessert you’re ordering, make sure you’re comfortable with the efficiency and professionalism of the bakery as well. They should return your calls and e-mails on time, be flexible with you and your needs, be willing to customize your dessert, be familiar with your reception venue and guarantee an on-time dessert,

including of course set-up, delivery, and clean-up if necessary. You don’t want to be worrying about if your cake is going to show up on your big day. As with every wedding decision you make, don’t be afraid to switch bakeries or make demands if you don’t feel comfortable with the service you’re receiving. And the cost… Cakes are typically priced by the slice, which is generally anywhere from $1.50 to $6.50 per slice, 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. www.premierbride.com PREMIER BRIDE • 153


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CAKES Cutting the Cake. Most likely your baker will provide tips for you and your new spouse to accomplish the time-honored task of cutting the cake with ease. Plan ahead to have your cake knife and lifter engraved or decorated with ribbons or fresh flowers. Traditionally, the bride grasps the knife with her right hand and the groom covers her hand with his.

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Together, the couple glides the knife into the delicious masterpiece while flashbulbs pop. 1 Year Later. Some bakeries offer ‘anniversary cakes’ as part of their 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. Cake, Shmake. Here are some tasty treats that may suit your wedding better than the traditional cake. 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. Cupcake Tower. Individual cupcakes are fun, the perfect serving size and allow for


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CAKES all kinds of decorating freedom you might not have with a traditional cake. Cupcake arrangements could be anything from a tower that resembles a traditional tiered cake to something more inventive such as mismatched layers of different colored cupcakes over decorated shelves. Make-Your-Own-Sundae! Who doesn’t love an ice cream sundae? Think of every topping you can, and then some, then let your guests run wild. Perfect for an outdoor summer wedding or one with lots of children, your guests will be craving this at every wedding they attend after yours. The make-yourown theme can also be popular with the cupcakes, if you provide a few types of frostings and toppings. Candies Table. The newest trend in wedding desserts, an array of colorful candies is sure to make eyes pop and sweet teeth scream. Arrange glass containers such as antique jars, fishbowls or giant martini glasses of gummies, chocolates, licorice, jelly beans, mints, toffees and more over an expansive table. Then, give guests a little (or huge!) plate or plastic bag and let them be a kid in a candy shop again. Pick treats that match your colors (often wrappers and candy colors can be custom ordered if they don’t match yours) or just let a rainbow of sweets entice the room. Late Night Coffee. This works best for small, upscale weddings with mostly adults as guests. Bring in a barista to whip up comforting lattes, cappuccinos and espressos to go with some rich coffee pastries such as biscotti or tiramisu. 156 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com

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THE CANDIES TABLE

a new and different twist to satisfy every guest’s sweet tooth A candy table is the latest trend in wedding desserts, and it’s not difficult to figure out why. It can be as casual or upscale as you like, it’s the perfect accent to any reception venue, it’s fun and personal, and most importantly it will leave your guests enchanted and sweetly sated. Here’s how to make your candy buffet the talk of the town. Choose Your Sweets Remember candies and sweets come in every shape, size and delectability, so take your guests, venue and design into account, then choose your treats accordingly. For an outdoor, casual wedding full of light and color, you might want to go for a rainbow of whimsical variety with bright rock candy, every hue of jelly bean, gummies, silly-shaped chocolates, lollipops, gumballs, striped candy canes and a chocolate fountain with marshmallows and fruit. An indoor, more upscale formal event could call for candies such as toffees, exquisite varieties of chocolate bars, biscotti cookies, decorative chocolatecovered pretzels and strawberries, macaroons, pastry puffs and sugar or yogurt coated nuts and raisins.

Design For something casual and playful, arrange your colorful candies in clear jars of every shape and size like an old candy store. A more upscale look could present your desserts in classy giant martini glasses or on small decorative plates arranged on different levels over an expansive, dramatically lit table. Custom-order candies or candy wrappers to stick within your color scheme. Only choosing candies of two or three colors also creates a striking design. Another fun idea is to put two or three different candy containers at each table as centerpieces so guests can mix and match as they mingle between tables. Like Kids in Candy Stores! Once you’ve decided on your sweets and display, let the sweet teeth run wild. Prepare fun dessert plates, plastic bags, or oversized wine glasses where guests can collect their treats. Make sure every serving dish has a decorative scooper so fingers don’t dirty the delights, then step back and let your guests pick and choose from the tasty array. As guests are leaving, give them an artsy, monogrammed bag and ask them to peruse the buffet again for an edible wedding favor.

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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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GOING GREEN planning an eco-friendly wedding

Can you have a joy-filled wedding celebration and show your love for the planet, at the same time? YES, and it’s not as hard as you think! Read on for some great ways to incorporate eco-friendly touches into your special day.

the paper you do use, stick with 100% recycled and renewable cotton paper, and vegetable or soy inks, which use less energy to produce than petroleumbased inks. THE ATTIRE Just say “NO!” to attire made in sweatshops and petroleum-based fabrics. Seek out wedding attire made with natural fabrics such as 100% silk or organically grown cotton, and hemp linen – which has come a long way since the gunny sack look. Or, recycle! Use your Mom’s wedding dress, or find a vintage dress in specialty stores or on eBay.

THE LOCALE Choosing a location that’s close to where most of your guests live is an obvious, simple but effective way to limit unnecessary transportation, as is having the ceremony and reception in the same place. Choose a location already dedicated to sustainability, such as parks, protected areas or museums. THE FOOD Serve local, organic, seasonal cuisine, and ask your caterer about locally raised, organic meats and wild caught fish versus farmed. Before the wedding, research places to donate any leftover food, such as homeless shelters or soup kitchens. THE PAPER Save trees by going high-tech: use a website to list directions, maps, accommodations and other details, and use email whenever possible. For 164 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com

THE GIFTS AND FLOWERS Visit idofoundation.org for information on including charitable donations on your gift registry to donate a percentage of gift registry sales and make a charitable donation in lieu of wedding favors. Find a floral designer that uses local, organically grown, seasonal flowers, and repurpose the ceremony flowers for the reception to make fewer flowers go farther. Donate leftover floral arrangements to places such as nursing homes, hospice centers or hospitals, so others can enjoy nature’s beauty! THE HONEYMOON Certainly, staying close to home avoids those gas-guzzling airplanes, but if travel is in your future consider environmentally-friendly properties (greenhotels.com). Another idea: consider ecotourism – socially responsible travel that focuses on conserving the environment and improving the well being of local people (ecotourism.org).

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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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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 tables. You can also fill in a large room with potted ferns or ficus trees placed


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FLOWERS 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. Here are some popular flowers and the best season to choose them in order to help you create beautiful bouquets and arrangements for your wedding. Winter: Amaryllis, Casablanca lily, freesia, Gerber daisy, heather, holly (ilex), narcissus, poinsettia, rose, stephanotis. Summer: Anemone, azalea, calla lily, camellia, daffodil, French tulip, hyacinth, hydrangea, jasmine, lilac, lily of the valley, mimosa, pansy, peony, primrose, ranunculus, sweet pea, tulip, violet. Fall: Celosia (cockscomb) Chinese lantern, chrysanthemum, crosnia, dahlia, statice, yarrow (in California,


FLOWERS most summer flowers are also available in the fall.) Year-Round: Baby’s breath, carnation, cattleman, chrysanthemum, cymbidium orchid, daisy, dendroblum orchid, freesia, gardenia, Gerber daisy, gladiolus, iris, lilies, protea, roses, September aster, snapdragon, stephanotis, tuberoses. Traditional bouquets of all white can express a bride’s individuality with elegance and simplicity. You may combine a range of blossoms that are unique in shape and size for dramatic impact, or compose a delicate bouquet of one type of flower. White flower selections may include calla lilies, catalpa orchids, daisies, delphiniums, freesia, gardenias, hydrangeas, lilacs, lilies, lilies of the valley, orchids, roses, stephanotis and tulips. Most of these flowers are true white; however, like roses, some display a hint of pink or yellow. If your heart is set on color, don’t hesitate to indulge. Colored blossoms are definitely “in” for bridal bouquets, as well as other ceremony and reception arrangements. From exotic tropical stems to gorgeous, scented garden herbs, the selections and combinations are virtually endless. 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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WARM AND ROMANTIC using live plants

Marriages may be “made in heaven,” but most are based on compromise. So usually are your wedding plans. Perhaps the site you’ve chosen for your ceremony and reception does not quite measure up to expectations. Flowers, lighting and table settings help establish a warm, romantic feeling, but maybe you want more. Many plants provide instant decoration for plain or drab rooms - the stately Ficus tree trimmed with small white lights can create an elegant wall treatment. The graceful Areca palm will form an excellent backdrop for photography and a Fern can be used in various applications: individually as a spotlight plant; in a basket holding a ficus tree; or as a leafy addition to any floral arrangements. Flowering plants, bromeliads, or exotic foliage plants provide unlimited possibilities. Just use your imagination. To find a reputable plant company you can ask your florist or talk to friends who have rented plants or attended parties where the plants stood out. When you call a plant company, ask about more than just prices. Is the delivery included? What is offered in way of baskets or other decorative containers? Can they show you pictures of other jobs they have already done? Can you see the actual plants you’ll be renting? Most plant rental companies provide a free consultation and some even visit the wedding and reception sites if requested. Well-placed plants can hide the imperfections at your ceremony or reception site, making your special day “Picture Perfect.”

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LAKE GENEVA It’s Always Been the Place

Nestled on the northeastern shores of Geneva Lake in southeast Wisconsin, Lake Geneva has been a resort community since just after the Civil War when wealthy Chicago families discovered the site and began building summer homes there. Today, Lake Geneva is one of the Midwest’s premier resort destinations and a favorite choice for weddings due to the beautiful natural surroundings, breadth of dining and lodging choices, and the many options available for bride and groom.4

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LAKE GENEVA Whatever your desire, Lake Geneva can fulfill your wedding wish. Whether you dream of a wedding on a meticulously restored century-old yacht; in a historic ballroom overlooking the pristine waters of Geneva Lake with views of celebrated mansions; commemorating your nuptials in a hot air balloon; arriving to your ceremony by horse and carriage; or celebrating your special day at a luxury resort, rustic inn or quaint B&B; Lake Geneva can accommodate your every desire. Every season offers its own magic, each making a special statement to wedding ceremonies and receptions. From spring blossoms and warm breezes to summers romantic moonlit nights; warm days and cool nights with autumns palate of colors; winters clean fresh snow with year round horse drawn

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sounds of champagne toasts and joyous celebrations. This major landmark in downtown Lake Geneva was built in 1932. During the 1980’s a local citizen’s committee recommended renovations to the historic building and an extensive restoration took place. The docks on the lake side of the building are known as the Riviera Docks and are the seasonal headquarters of Lake Geneva Cruise Line. Additional wedding spaces include restored mansions, nature areas and Lake Geneva’s Horticultural Hall, a stunning wood-beamed hall with accompanying gardens that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. One of the newer locals for wedding ceremonies and photographs is Riviera Park’s Driehaus Family Fountain, a reproduction of “Angel of the Waters” fountain found at Bethesda Terrace in New York’s Central Park. Situated amongst beautiful landscaping and within eyesight of Geneva Lake, the intricately detailed fountain has become one of the most photographed spots in Lake Geneva for wedding parties and romantic couples. Known as the “Newport of the West;” showcased as the setting in author James Patterson’s New York Times bestseller, Sam’s Letters to Jennifer; and cited as one of the nation’s top 10 honeymoon destinations by online wedding resource The Knot; Lake Geneva provides a oneof-a-kind wedding destination for those looking to celebrate with style, charm, grace and individuality.

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THEME WEDDINGS where style meets personality

From grooms riding in on horses with spurs and chaps to sleighs crashing through ice, the time and place you decide to get married is all about your personality and nowadays, it has never been easier to incorporate tradition with a bit of cutting-edge humor.

another popular flower that you have chosen for your wedding day. In memory of spring have your bridesmaid’s dresses be pastel colors and send each guest home with a packet of your favorite flowers to commemorate this special day. For May Day weddings have some fun with the tradition of the May pole. Think about unique cake decorations and for Easter make Easter baskets the reception table centerpieces. Special favors for wedding guests can include stuffed eggs with candy inside, Easter Bunny candy or a decorated potted lily.

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THEME WEDDINGS wedding at this time of year might be appropriate with lots of lace and plenty of candles to light at the ceremony and reception. Tea cups can be used for a variety of purposes from candle holders to parting gifts engraved with your name and date on the inside. For a beach party use the ocean and the sand and let Mother Nature decorate your ceremony. Some people use gazebos by the ocean, but how about going barefoot in the sand with the one you love and making it a casual, yet memorable affair. Afterward, you might want to include sea shells on the tables and consider sand sculptures. If you really want to take it easy, forget about the formal affair all together and enjoy a clam bake or barbeque. Parting gifts won’t be hard either, for fun in the sun give your guests sunscreen or a bottle of shells commemorating your day. Fall-related theme weddings Celebrating Halloween or the fall harvest on your special day is a great time to create memories. Use black and orange in your color scheme and invitations with a touch of the unusual sporting vampires or pumpkins. While it’s not something that happens everyday, some couples might like to have a Halloween costume party wedding, but be sure and tell your guests if you expect them to dress up. Use Jack-o-lanterns to be the only means of light or guide your guests way to your reception. You will want to make sure the food too, is reminiscent of this time of year. For the fall harvest theme how about green and wine colors with semi-formal attire such as bowties and a ribbon tied around the bride’s waist.


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Winter-related theme weddings Winter is indeed a special time to exchange wedding vows be it during Christmas, on Valentine’s Day or simply by creating your own winter wonderland theme. For special winter memories ride in on a sleigh or in a carriage and look like royalty as you alight from your coach. Ice sculptures are a good idea for table centerpieces or around the reception area and candles come in handy on those twilight afternoons. For weddings held on Valentine’s day don’t pass up the chance for romance – think roses. In fact, roses might be just the simple, yet elegant centerpiece you need for your reception. If you want to have some fun include cupid in the atmosphere and perhaps create invitations with heart cutouts and satin ribbons. Cake toppings for Valentine’s Day weddings should be as passionate as the day you have chosen so go with red crystal hearts or roses and for the cake – how about red velvet to keep the mood alive. Favors that bespeak of winter time can include snow globes and Christmas stockings or heart-shaped boxes of candy or confetti for February 14th. Theme-specific weddings Some theme weddings are perfect for anytime of year so don’t be shy. Decide on when you want to set a date and who knows, perhaps you will find yourself in Civil War attire, at Disney World with Mickey Mouse or even celebrating your cultural heritage. Whatever you decide just remember it is your day so do it your way and make it one to remember for the rest of your life.

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It’s no secret that men and women are getting married more than once nowadays. However, with the decision to wed a second or third time there are also the common worries about tradition and proper etiquette. Brides who are walking down the aisle for at least the second time tend to be more mature and ready to take on the world in a more sophisticated manner, oftentimes they are full-fledged career women who barely even have time to fit a wedding into their schedule. With commitments such as work, children and a personal life, it can be a tricky balancing act to plan a wedding during the prime of your life. Couples who are getting married again usually reflect more on the actual ceremony, while at the same time trying to juggle everything in between. Because of the many activities involved, it is often a good choice to hire a wedding consultant. Many wedding consultants specialize in planning signature weddings for second time brides and keep the bride and groom on schedule. In the case of a schedule this often means someone else remembering to get the wedding dress altered before the wedding picture is taken or remembering the ring bearer’s pillow is not available until the day before the ceremony. What About the Children? Wedding consultants are good for helping to coordinate extended families including the bride or groom’s children. Many couples nowadays are choosing to have their children be part of the ceremony. For example, sons might play the part of an usher or even a ring bearer. 180 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com


SECOND TIME BRIDES Depending on the age of the children, the daughter can also take part in the ceremony as a flower girl or even a bride’s maid. The bride’s son or daughter might stand next to the bride in a show that the groom is not only marrying the mother, but also acknowledging he is taking the child as his own. This can be done visa versa as well and it is not uncommon to have a son or daughter walk down the aisle with their mother. Since children will often have some issues with their parent getting remarried, it is a good idea to let them have a big part in the wedding so they can feel a sense of importance. Singing during the ceremony, lighting a unity candle or just incorporating a reading will also tie the family and the ceremony together in a special way.

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and garter toss are replaced with an award to the longest married couple in the room. Since most of the time the bride and groom will pay for the second wedding, the choices they make are their own this time around. However, if it is a first wedding for the bride or groom, parents might still get involved to pay for a part of the wedding. There are no rules in regards to how to handle this situation, often everyone helps with the budget to make it the most special day possible. The wedding invitations are issued from the bride and groom, in third person, without titles. It would read as follows:

Jane Cook and John Smith request the honor of your presence at their marriage Enlisting the aid of family, friends and wedding professionals ensure an easy and enjoyable day where nerves stay relatively unfrazzled and the sophistication of the event is remembered for years to come. Finally, remember that while you might have been married before it was not to each other. Treat your special day as just that, and keep in mind it is the first day the two of you will spend your life together.

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PERSONALIZE YOUR WEDDING express yourself

Every wedding couple wants their wedding to be not just beautiful, but memorable and unique as well – a personal expression of their lives, tastes and aesthetics. From the party favors on the tables to the songs selected for the ceremony, there are literally dozens of opportunities for you to express yourself! By adding a couple personal touches, you’ll offer your friends and family an inside look into your love story and the chance to be part of a meaningful, once-in-a-lifetime experience. Here are some creative ideas to get you started… Start by setting the tone with your invitations. Incorporate a fun picture to the invite, perhaps dressed as your favorite movie couple, or engaged in an activity or hobby you love to do as a couple. If you 184 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com

expect out-of-town guests, you could include a personalized map of the city that points out your favorite pizza joint or the place you met. Personalized invites will set an intimate tone for your big day, even if you’re planning a large wedding. For the ceremony, consider writing your own vows. Don’t be scared if you’re not a writer – there are plenty of pastors or wedding guides that give tips to couples who wish to personalize their wedding vows. You could even include favorite love song lyrics or poetry to express your commitment. A limo is always classy for leaving the ceremony, but consider more personal exit ideas, too. Love horseback riding? Hire a horse-drawn carriage to carry you to the reception. Honeymooning in Italy? Rent a vespa to whisk away on!


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As your guests file into the reception, send them to tables with names rather than numbers. If you met in a Literature class, have your guests sit at tables named after the authors you had to read together. Or name them after places you’ve gone to as a couple. This will provide guests with good conversation starters, along with a sneak peek into your life as a couple. After the toasts, surprise your guests by raising your glasses to them. Thank them for being there and share your appreciation for all the support they’ve shown you over the years. Your guests will love being addressed as an integral part of your day. Don’t forget your first dance! Most couples choose a romantic song to slow dance to – why not spice things up a little? Take tango or ballroom dancing classes ahead of time and show off your new moves in a choreographed number!

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PERSONALIZED WEDDINGS and tiny monogrammed flowerpots are also a fun favor! You could also try bringing a little Easter to your reception by having lilies as centerpieces or hiding wedding favors, especially if there will be children present. For summer weddings, try a slightly more informal approach to your meal by offering the spread in picnic baskets or garden-party style! Mini picnic baskets or personalized blankets could then be given as a favor. Also, if you want to use bright, bold colors in your flowers or decorations, summer is the best time to do it. A fall wedding has a more rustic feeling to it. Warm reds, oranges and yellows are best for decorations, and don’t be afraid to ditch some of the flowers for tasteful wheat stalks or gourds among the arrangements. A fun favor could be making homemade cider or jams with your initials on the jar for your guests to enjoy. Many couples shy away from winter weddings, but it can actually be one of the most intimate seasons for a wedding because it provides such respite from the bitter cold. Deep purples, forest greens and ruby reds are perfect to set a cozy tone, while icy blues and silver show off winter’s sparkle. Cinnamon-scented pinecones

with some holly or giant poinsettias make tasteful centerpieces. Instead of bubbling champagne for the toast, why not embrace winter and raise a mug of hot chocolate or egg nog? It’s delicious and comforting in the cold. Personalizing your wedding is really all about expressing yourself. Go with what you love, trust your judgment and most of all, have fun!

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These magnificent, gardenia-white creatures have been part of wedding celebrations for centuries and can add a grand and symbolic element to every ceremony. The birds are released at a significant moment, usually after the nuptials. A professional dove release business employs birds identical to those seen at Disneyland and the Olympic ceremonies. A miracle of nature enables them to return home upon release, so they will not linger at the site nor be left to fend for themselves in the wild. For a romantic, elegant, breathtaking and very memorable addition to your special day, a dove release is the answer.

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You finally found everything you’ve been looking for.

Brands. Value. Bliss! When you register with Kohl’s Wedding Wishes Gift Registry, you’ll find great brands like KitchenAid,® Food Network™, Simply Vera Vera Wang and more. Plus, incredible value is in store for both you and your guests! They’ll receive an extra 15% off any in-store purchase of $50 or more from your registry when they present one of our complimentary announcement cards, and after the wedding you’ll save an extra 15% on any remaining items. And with more than 1,000 stores nationwide and Kohls.com, registering—and saving!—has never been so convenient.


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People love to buy gifts for a couple starting out their life together, to celebrate this fabulous occasion and express their joy. While some guests will come up with their own creative gift idea, most people really appreciate having a gift registry to go to for ideas, so they can get you something they know you’ll love. 4

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others will become timeless treasures, meant to remind you of the lasting love and commitment. By caring properly for your treasures you can use them now, and still make them last a lifetime. Stemware Store your stemware suspended upside down on a rack or upright on a shelf to prevent chipping.

CARING FOR YOUR TREASURES

Crystal Hand washing is recommended, so place a protective rubber nozzle on the faucet to guard against breaking or chipping should you bump a glass on it. When rinsing your crystal, keep in mind that the hotter the water, the more quickly it will evaporate and the less handling your crystal will require. Should you use the dishwasher, place glasses on the top rack only. Avoid putting platinum or goldaccented glassware in the dishwasher since the decorative metal will wear off over time. Avoid moving your glasses from one extreme temperature to another.

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RESTORATION DRAMA something old and new

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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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

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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. If possible, order the invitations and other wedding stationery six or more months before the wedding to give yourselves plenty of time to complete everything and leave breathing room for any unexpected problems, and 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 as you know it, either informally through conversation, or more formally with a save-the-date card mailed as early as possible. All the parts - Wedding invitations are typically comprised of several components: There is the ceremony card announcing the details of the ceremony, the reception card with those details, the response card with its stamped, addressed return envelope, the map (optional), 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), particularly for more informal styles. The

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INVITATIONS to assist! 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 your presence at their marriage…” 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 card on the bottom, 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 - Street names, cities and states should be written 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.

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A BRIDE BY ANY OTHER NAME updating your identity

Today, many modern brides are choosing to retain their maiden name. Some choose the addition of the groom’s last name and a hyphen, but this can be unwieldy. The movement back toward tradition has more brides than ever taking on their husband’s names. Legal wrangles can be minimized by quickly tending to the paperwork.

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Beauty

The do’s and don’Ts of looking your best

All eyes are upon you as you glide gracefully up the center aisle. Your handsome groom gazes at you with love and adoration. Everyone wants to take your picture. Once you combine your special sense of style with a few tricks of the beauty trade, you’ll look your absolute best. 4

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BEAUTY WHAT TO DO Now is a great time to focus on healthy, glowing skin. If you’re concerned about the health and appearance of your skin, then consider a visit to a dermatologist (for bigger problems) or an aesthetician (for minor issues.) Depending on the severity of your skin problems, start six to 12 months before your wedding day so you have time to treat, heal and achieve good results. Facials are a must for all skin types. Regular treatment results in refined pores, smoother facial lines, healed blemishes and a more radiant complexion. When choosing your hairstyle consider your gown, the level of formality of your wedding, your personal style, your hair and your face shape. Generally speaking, the more elaborate the gown, the simpler your hair should be, or it all simply becomes “too much of a good thing.” Work with your hair stylist four to six weeks before the wedding to find the right style for you – and bring a photo of your gown with you! Whether you use a pro for your makeup, have a friend do it or do it yourself, do a trial run before the wedding. In addition to looking in the mirror and getting feedback from close friends and/or family, take photos and evaluate those. Do you like what you see? Do you want to make any changes? Regular manicures in the one or two months before your wedding day will get your nails in perfect shape. You can probably avoid using acrylic nails this way, and enjoy the beauty of your own strong, healthy nails.

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BEAUTY Have your eyebrows professionally shaped at least two weeks before the wedding. If you’ve never done this before, you’ll be amazed at how different you look with well groomed brows! Touch up if needed before the wedding with a tweezers. If you use a professional for your makeup, be sure to have the same colors available to take with you for touch-ups during the day. Do use waterproof mascara and eye makeup, just in case you shed a tear or two… And use primers underneath your foundation, lipstick and eye shadow, so that your makeup lasts longer. To take good care of your skin everywhere, try a body wrap and waxing. Body wraps detoxify and soften the skin using minerals or

other natural substances to help heal acne problems on the back and chest. Body waxing is one of smoothest and longest lasting forms of hair removal. WHAT NOT TO DO Don’t alter your style too dramatically for your wedding day look. You want to look like yourself – your best self – and “polished” enough to honor the fact that this is a very special occasion. Avoid really trendy looks in makeup, nail color and hairstyle. 10 to 20 years from now, these styles will glaringly stand out and look distractingly outdated. If you’re considering any drastic hair changes, do it a couple months before the wedding. This way, if you don’t like

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BEAUTY it, you have plenty of time to make changes. Don’t go too light with your makeup, or you’ll look pale and washed out, especially in photos. Don’t go too dark, or it will be distracting and overpowering. Experiment before the wedding to find the right balance. Avoid facials for two or three days before your wedding, in case it causes any kind of undesirable reaction. Don’t overdo the blush. You’ll be emotional, excited, busy dancing… So there’s a good chance you’ll have some natural color of your own, and combined with too much blush you could look too red. OUR FINAL, AND BEST, ADVICE DO strongly consider using beauty professionals for your wedding day

hair, makeup and nails. This is one simple way to shorten the list of wedding-day worries! A true makeup artist will know trade secrets not only for fashioning a longer-lasting look, but also for accentuating your features. They will also provide you with great information, advice and tips that will last a lifetime – a beauty investment. A great hair stylist can help you create a look that complements your facial features, headpiece and veil, and do it in a way designed to hold through the last dance. When you go pro, the end result is a relaxed, picture-perfect bride. Finally, don’t forget your most beautiful accessory: your radiant, lovefilled smile.

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Groom

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

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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. 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, single- or 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 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 www.premierbride.com PREMIER BRIDE • 203


GROOM 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. 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 smooth-fronted 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. GROOMING THE GROOM With all the attention given to men’s clothes, an important detail that is 204 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com

sometimes overlooked is the groom’s hair. Men are generally more casual about haircuts than women, but they should ideally get their hair trimmed two weeks before the wedding to add the finishing touch to their wedding finery. Pass this helpful tip on to the groomsmen, as well! If you plan to take photos of the bride’s hand and the groom’s hand with the new rings, it would be a great idea for the groom to get a manicure just before the wedding, to address any out-of-control cuticles and shape the nails. CURRENT FORMALWEAR TRENDS Overall, men’s formalwear is trending towards “elegant, tailored, distinguished and conservative.” Here are some specific trends seen lately: Vests win. While cummerbunds are always a classic tuxedo accessory, currently vests are more popular. Vests, often referred to as a waistcoat, come in single- or double-breasted styles and are easily worn with nearly any tuxedo ensemble. Current collars. Notched collars on jackets are becoming more popular, beating out winged and shawl collars. Trendy ties. Dressy standard neckties, often called four-in-hand ties or Windsor knotted ties, are becoming


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GROOM a more popular option in wedding attire, although bow ties will always be classic and appropriate, especially for very formal affairs. Going pleatless. Shirts without pleats and pointed collars are a current look, as are flat-front dress or tuxedo pants. Complimentary accessories. Groomsmen accessories that compliment the

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groom instead of matching the bridesmaids’ dresses are another new alternative. For example, having the groom in a silver vest with black detailing, while the groomsmen are in black vests with silver detailing. Flatter the groom’s build. Add cohesion with ties, cummerbunds or suspenders in the same color as the bridesmaids’ dresses. If all the men dress identically, have the groom wear a special boutonniere or distinguishing neckwear. ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS • What packages do you offer? What do they include? • What formalwear is best with the time and style of my wedding? • Are alterations, shoes, studs, cummerbunds and cufflinks included in the rental fee? • When should fitting appointments be made? • Can tuxedos be tried on when they are picked up? • When can the formal wear be returned? • How can out-of-town guests send measurements? • How far in advance must I book your services? • What is your cancellation policy? • Is a deposit required? If so, when and how much?

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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.


TRANSPORTATION A formal limousine seats four people, while stretch limousines can allow for six to 10. Limousines are usually black or white, and new models include sport utility varieties – the Hummer and Explorer are two possibilities that are eye-catching and quite unique. Some companies offer fleet rates for those who want the entire wedding party and family to arrive and depart in regal style. The choice you make depends not only on how much you wish to spend or the impression you wish to make, but also on the level of revelry. If the day is to be filled with many champagne toasts, providing safe transportation for those who will be celebrating the most is a smart idea. CATCH THE COACH A limousine is a luxurious way to travel; however, there are creative

alternatives to this standard bearer that can add a distinctive mark to your ceremony and reception. One option is a luxury coach. With all the amenities and style of a luxury limousine with room to spare, these vehicles can seat 10 or more people comfortably. A luxury coach allows the bride and her attendants to spend time together surrounded by mobile luxury on the way to the ceremony. After the ceremony, the bridal party can enjoy a grand celebration with the bride and groom while traveling to the reception. A passenger coach, without all of the added luxuries, can seat anywhere from 21 to 49 people, which is a great way to transport your family and guests, especially if your reception is located in an out-of-the-way location or if parking is an issue.

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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.


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DOWN TO DETAILS Whatever you choose, you should confirm your transportation booking and verify pickup 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

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. With just a little creativity and planning, you can find the mode of transportation that best suits your style.

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IT TAKES MORE THAN LOVE life after the wedding

Of course you should savor the warm glow of falling in and being in love. That’s what getting married is all about! Enjoy the preparations for your wedding ceremony, thrill over the dress and trousseau, the flowers, music, attendants, reception and honeymoon. As you come together to form a new family, take the time to discuss why you are getting married, and begin building a productive, loving environment. Dreams of living happily in the partnership of marriage are never guaranteed, but hard work on your part can help make your marriage last. Communication is essential for building and sustaining a good, healthy marriage, both new and old alike. But even couples who don’t find it very easy to talk can learn to express their feelings, needs and ideas to each other, increasing their prospects for a successful marriage. Any sincere effort to communicate usually strengthens the relationship and lowers the chance of marital breakdown, so try to build your listening skills. Learn to handle your anger effectively, to talk about sex, and to provide positive feedback Sometimes it’s hard for couples to talk about their relationship. These questions offer a useful guide to tackling tough issues as you begin your new life together: • What are your expectations of marriage? • Do you treat each other like equal partners? • What will be different simply because you get married? • What will be the same? • How do you make decisions as a couple?

• What happens if you do not agree? • Do you argue fairly? • Do you resolve conflicts easily? • How do you handle finances? • How will you manage money? • Are there issues and behaviors you would never tolerate in the marriage?

• Are you committed to each other, always looking out for each other’s best interests? • Do you talk to each other and feel you have been heard? • Are you satisfied with your: Emotional intimacy? Physical intimacy? • How does your partner treat your family and friends? • Is your partner compassionate? • Is it likely that you both will be open to forgiving each other? • How open and comfortable is communication with each other? • Are you both in agreement about children? If you do have children now, how will you negotiate childcare, household management and career?

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The stress of planning a wedding is over, your in-laws are gone and for the next couple days or weeks, you get to have the getaway single people dream of and married couples want to do again: your honeymoon. It doesn’t matter if you’re at a luxurious Caribbean resort or sleeping in a tent near your home – what matters is that you’re starting your life together, and what better way to start that than with a romantic and intimate escape?4

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HONEYMOON Here are some tips to make sure your planning goes smoothly and the trip fulfills your every fantasy: COMMUNICATE This seems basic enough, but don’t assume anything when you’re planning a honeymoon! Take time to sit down and toss ideas around – what kind of destination you’d like (beach, foreign, cruise, etc.) and what you want to spend your time doing once you’re there (when you’re not in your bedroom.) Ask each other if you’d like a destination where there are lots of activities such as water sports, hot tourist spots, shopping or hiking, or if both of you would rather go somewhere you can relax and be pampered. It’s totally up to you, but make sure that your expectations are established before you book anything so there aren’t unexpected disagreements when you want to read a novel on the beach all day and your spouse wants snorkeling lessons. And don’t forget – this is the start of your lives together, so this honeymoon could be the beginning of throwing in a few compromises here and there. Here are some planning tips: Tropical Most people think a honeymoon is a tropical island straight out of a postcard.

You can’t beat a fruity drink with a little umbrella in it, a spa treatment on the beach or romantic walks down the white sand at sunset. Even for the most active couples, a honeymoon is probably the one time where it’s OK to sit back and let yourself be taken care of. Check into a bunch of places before you go - many have special honeymoon packages and some cater exclusively to honeymooners. Also, be sure to ask if it is really “all” inclusive. At some places this means your room and two meals, at others it means three meals, drinks, champagne at arrival and a spa treatment. Don’t be afraid to make some requests – mention another resort threw in chocolate-covered strawberries with their all-inclusive package, and you might see a couple more perks when you walk in the door. Abroad An exciting trip abroad is an exciting way to start a marriage. You’ll have a sense of adventure when you’re caught up in a whirlwind of new ideas and cultures, all while beginning a new adventure of your own. However, if you’ve never been abroad before, make sure this is something you really want to do, because planning a foreign trip for the first time can be stressful, and it could be

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HONEYMOON overwhelming to be in new lands for the first time when all you want to do is relax. If you do go, make sure your passport is updated, especially if your last name on a different piece of identification is going to change. It’s usually best to book any tickets in your maiden name, since that is likely to be the name still on your passport and driver’s license. For more information on specific foreign destinations or if you’re worried about health and safety abroad, call the International Traveler’s Hotline at 404-332-4559. Keeping it Local If you don’t have the funds for a plane ticket abroad or can’t get away for a long trip, look around you to see what your area has to offer. You’ll probably be surprised to learn there is a romantic bed & breakfast just a few miles from your home or a beautiful state park where you can sleep under the stars. Turn your cell phones off and just spend time with each other so it seems as if you’re light years away from the rest of the world. Again, it doesn’t matter where you go, it’s how you spend your time honeymooning that you’ll remember for years to come. Cruises If you can’t decide on a destination, a cruise might be for you – it’s got it all

and more. If you want to see Europe, but you’ve never been and don’t have time to plan a trip, try a Mediterranean cruise. If you want a tropical location but can’t decide on a spot, get on a Caribbean cruise that will take you to many different islands. And if you can’t decide whether you want to relax or be active, a cruise will give you plenty of options to do both. Plus, meals, drinks and entertainment are all included and it’s all right outside your cabin door! When you’re planning, just like anywhere else, mention you’re on your honeymoon and see if the cruise line has a special deal or package for you. BEFORE YOU GO Even though you’ll have a lot on your plate to plan for the wedding before you leave, take some time to get information on your chosen destination before you leave. Here are some things to think about, especially if you’ve never traveled to your honeymoon location before: • Different Customs. If you’re traveling abroad, or even to an Americanized resort in the Caribbean, do a little research to learn if there are gestures that are deemed inappropriate, actions that are considered rude or types of dress that are unacceptable to the local community. • Language. Pick up a pocket-sized dictionary or phrase book if you’re going somewhere that neither of you speak the language. www.premierbride.com PREMIER BRIDE • 223


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PUT ROMANCE IN YOUR HONEYMOON It’s no secret that a honeymoon is all about those intimate moments and letting out your romantic side, so be proactive in setting up that excitement! Pack a secret gift for each other to open on the honeymoon – new lingerie, a romantic photo album or something personal you two share that would ignite a little fire. You could also give each other ‘coupons’ with little favors, such as an intimate massage or a promise to try deep-sea fishing the next day. No matter what romance you bring into the honeymoon, just keep it as personal as possible and neither of you will be able to quit smiling, no matter where you are.

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LAY OF THE LAND Costa Rica is a geographical wonderland. It’s a relatively small country sitting between two distinct coasts with mountains and jungle in between, so it’s a unique place where it’s possible to do all types of travel in a short period of time. The West Coast is the Pacific side, with higher waves that, while they draw some of the world’s top surfers, is also the perfect place to test your board abilities for the first time. It also boasts other types of water sports like paragliding, windsurfing, whitewater rafting and some of the world’s best snorkeling and diving. The east coast is the Caribbean side, with calmer beaches in some areas and a more laid-back island vibe. In between, you’ve got mountains and jungles, so there’s opportunities to take a volcano trek, swim in waterfalls, hike in cloud forests atop mountains and of course you can’t leave the country without experiencing a trip to a national park to see thousands of types of wildlife and plant species. Since it’s a small country with a reliable transportation system, it’s possible to do it all within a week, if need be, but take all the time you can to experience all Costa Rica has to offer!

Enjoy an unforgettable “flight” between treetops along zip lines. The Hotel Arenal Paraiso’s canopy tour has 12 platforms at approximately 240 feet above the jungle floor and 1200 feet cable. Travel by horseback on natural trails used by pioneers in the area, making a stop in a beautiful observatory close to the base of the volcano at the Hotel Arenal Paraiso

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TOP MUST SEE’S, MUST DO’S Ecotourism in National Parks Costa Rica has an incredible wealth of ecosystems, wildlife and natural resources to preserve, and luckily for us, they take great pride in doing so. National parks full of exotic animals, birds and plants take up the majority of the country and are essential to visit while in Costa Rica. Parque Nacional Corcovado in the southwest of the country is the most popular, famously labeled ‘The Most Biologically Intense Place on Earth.’ Head to this sprawling park to see eight different habitats, including coastline and cloud forests, endangered species, and incredible biodiversity. To see the meeting

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point between dry and wetland, huge crocs, mystical types of trees and ancient burial grounds, head to Parque Nacional Carara, just south of the capital city San Jose. Parque Nacional Chirripo is a lofty mountain destination for a trekking getaway to escape the heat and Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio is your place if you love monkeys and coconuts. Whatever you’re looking for, Costa Rica has it in a national park. Unless you’re a biology specialist, go on a guided tour in the parks to get the most out of your experience.

Water Activities If you’re an adventurous underwater couple, or one who is up for tackling learning how to dive or surf, Costa Rica is your place. The crystal clear waters of both coasts, the waves of the Pacific, the biodiversity and the friendly attitudes of instructors and guides make it the ideal aqua destination. For surfing, one of the most popular destinations are the beaches near Tamarindo and scuba divers find their

paradise Playa Conchal or Cocos Island, both on the Pacific side. Wherever you are near beach in Costa Rica, check out opportunities to kayak, go rafting, go sport fishing, see dolphins and whales, visit hot springs or canoe.

La Fortuna For a one-stop destination inland, check out La Fortuna, home of Volcan Arenal, hot springs, an enormous waterfall and a wildlife refuge. The majestic Arenal Volcano sits about 20 km outside of bustling La Fortuna, and you can arrange for a day trip to the volcano, hike it, or rent a bike to ride to the national park surrounding the active volcano. While you’re there, take in the natural hot springs, especially wonderful at night when they’re lit by hot lava. A different day, rent a bike or get a tour to the local rushing waterfall and check out wildlife at the local reserve. Other adventure sports like ziplining and rafting are available here, too, making it the spot to spend a couple days inland.

Arenal volcano in the Arenal National Park, active since 1968, erupts almost every day. Smoke and magma (lava) can be seen, you can also hear the rocks falling down and smell the toxic gases (sulfur dioxide and carbon dioxide).


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Tamarindo If you’re looking for a beach destination where you can also be near to town, great restaurants and opportunities outside of working on your tan, Tamarindo is a great Pacific destination. Water sports of all types are available here, and it’s a particularly great place for divers and surfers (or travelers hoping to become divers and surfers!) to crash. Three distinct beaches, Playa Tamarindo, Playa Grande and Playa Langosta are all nearby, and if you get sick of the beach the town of tamarindo is a great place to do some shopping and eat delicious meals. If you’re there from January to March, it’s even possible to see the giant leatherback turtles that make the near-impossible trek to the island to nest each year. Get a guide and scour the beach at night, but don’t be too disappointed if you don’t see one – hunting and dying ecosystems unfortunately make the number of leatherbacks each year fewer and fewer.

WHERE TO STAY Tamarindo Diria This is your best bet if you’re staying in Tamarindo. In addition to sitting on an expansive white-sand beach, the resort offers multiple pools, seaside views, a mouthwatering breakfast buffet, great service and access to guided tours and scuba or surf lessons. If you’re planning a wedding in Costa Rica, this is also a beautiful place to go, with the beach or lovely gardens as backdrop and an efficient wedding planner to help you customize every detail over e-mail or phone. If you get antsy lounging around the pool, it’s location right in the center of town make it a great place to be based.

Hotel Arenal Paraiso Hotel & Spa If you’re going to La Fortuna, look no further than Arenal Paraiso. Accurately named Arenal Paradise, this tranquil resort is nestled between the town and volcano, which means it’s just far enough from the bustling town


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to be relaxing while still offering beautiful views of the volcano amidst mystical clouds. The hotel boasts two restaurants, 14 pools and incredible trails through the forest that borders the hotel. You can also book tours of the area by horseback or zipline offered by the hotel. If nothing else, the world class spa and natural hot springs should be enough to make you book your stay today.

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If you’re a seafood lover, book your trip to Costa Rica today. The two coasts make it a prime destination to try every type of fish possible, fried or boiled and often served whole (head and all!). You can order fish or another type of meat (usually chicken or thin steak) as a casado, which means it comes as a meal with sides that are usually rice, beans, tortillas and plantains, tasty sweet fried bananas that are a staple in Central America. Don’t leave the country without trying ceviche, a refreshing mix of tomato, chili pepper, onions, cilantro and sometimes raw fish, usually served with plantain chips or tortillas. It’s a national specialty and perfect with a cold beer under the hot sun. And don’t forget to get a rich cup of freshly brewed coffee in the morning. The beans are homegrown and deliciously strong. No matter where you travel in Costa Rica, you’ll find a variety of options to eat the local specialties cheaply in addition to more upscale places that serve more familiar foods. Ask around to get the best options in your area.

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Tamarindo Diria Restaurant

CLIMATE

fact sheet

Costa Rica has a tropical climate and sees temperatures in the 80s or above throughout the year. Inland, near the capital of San Jose, the mountain breezes bring cooler nights where you’ll need a jacket. May to November is rainy season. Costa Rican downpours are quick and infrequent enough that a honeymoon could still be enjoyable during the rainy season, but if you’re planning a destination wedding keep in mind some hotels don’t have the same sort of beachside accommodations or services they could during the dry season.

LANGUAGE

Spanish is the primary language in Costa Rica, but since much of the economy is based on tourism, English is widely spoken. If you’re planning on going to a more remote area of the country, it wouldn’t hurt to bring along a Spanish guidebook if you don’t speak the language.

TIME ZONE

Costa Rica runs on Central Standard Time.

ELECTRICITY

110V/60 Hz - no need for an adaptor.

SAFETY

Compared to other parts of Central America, Costa Rica is a safe country. However, violent crime and theft do occur, especially in big cities like the capital. Always be aware of your surroundings, and in each place you go, ask at the hotel what safety precautions should be taken for that specific area.

WHERE TO STAY

• Tamarindo Diria: www.tamarindodiria.com • Hotel Arenal Paraiso Hotel & Spa: www.arenalparaiso.com • Cariblue Hotel: www.cariblue.com

CURRENCY

The official currency of Costa Rica is colonias, but in tourist areas US dollars are widely accepted and sometimes preferred. Like the rest of Central America, don’t rely on functioning ATMs or establishments that take credit cards – try to always have enough cash on you to take care of emergencies.

TIPPING

Tipping is not standard in Costa Rica, but if restaurant service is good a small tip is always appreciated and sometimes even expected from travelers. Make sure to check your bill, or with a restaurant beforehand, to see if there is a service charge, as sometimes they like to sneak it in.

GETTING MARRIED IN COSTA RICA

Costa Rica is one of the easiest countries for a destination wedding. In order to obtain a license you simply need to send a copy of your passport and fill out a short questionnaire for authorities. You do not need to be in the country for a certain amount of time before your wedding. If you are working with a hotel or agency to plan your wedding, make sure notary services are provided so they can take care of all of that for you.


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LONDON STORY BY RACHAEL DRAGANI

Night time view of Tower bridge London

Few cities can claim the blend of fascinating world history and efficient modern luxuries that London can. The city that once held the keys to a grand worldwide empire now holds an arguably better set â&#x20AC;&#x201C; one that can open ordinary eyes to splendid royal palaces, treasures, legends and architecture while still being able to enjoy fine international dining, world-class theater and music and a refreshing massage at a 5-star resort. London can be a whirlwind, but you and your spouse just experience a whirlwind of planning and new experiences. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re ready to jump in and let this exciting city work its magic.


LAY OF THE LAND

British troops and musicians in traditional military uniforms parade through London to Buckingham Palace

Situated in southern England near the greater European continent, London is the gateway to the rest of Western Europe. The city is broken up into different neighborhoods, such as Notting Hill, Soho and Westminster, most of which are easily accessible by tube (subway), taxi or car. Do some research to see which part of town you’d like to stay in and plan your trip from there.

TOP MUST SEE’S, MUST DO’S

Westminster Abbey is the traditional coronation and burial site for English monarchs

Walking Tours of London The obvious draw to London is it’s incredible history, and just walking a few city blocks can take you centuries back and continents away. Book one with a trusted tour company such as London Walks, (www.walks.com), or do some online research for “Downladable London Walking Tours” and print off a map of your own. Tours range from basic historical sites like the London Bridge, Westminster Abbey and Hyde Park but can also be much more eclectic and interesting, such as Jack the Ripper, Harry Potter or Royal Wedding tours.

Cosy mews houses in Notting Hill, London

Vinopolis Wine Tour London can be a whirlwind of a city, so for some romantic time between you and your partner, slow down and share some wine and cheese at a tasting tour over the rolling hills outside the city. Visit www.vinopolis.co.uk for different tours, dining options and even tasting of whiskey or British home brew.

Thames River Cruise The Thames famously runs through London, and there’s no better way to see the miles of riverfront scenery than by boat at night. Custom yours to include champagne, a fine meal, dancing, live jazz, or end it near the famous Globe Theater, situated near the river, and take in some Shakespeare after a moonlight boat ride.

Wine Tasting at Vinopolis


Lord Milner Garden Suite

WHERE TO STAY Lord Milner London

Royal Garden Hotel Room

This luxury B&B offers just 11 rooms, all with marble bathrooms but completely different and unique designs. For instance, one room is done in traditional Victorian style and another modeled after an African sunset. It’s slightly removed from the bustling city to offer a more tranquil stay, but city activities are easily accessible. Internet access and continental breakfast are available in the room.

Royal Garden Hotel For a luxury stay a little closer to the heart of town, try the Royal Garden. Overlooking the green Kensington Gardens, the service is impeccable and fine dining is a main component of the resort. If you’re planning a destination wedding, the garden views and experienced planners make this a good spot.

Baglioni Hotel Baglioni Hotel Guest Room

You can’t go wrong with Italian luxury and dining overlooking fine English gardens at the Baglioni Hotel. Even though it’s walking distance from most of London’s attractions, a tranquil spa, special honeymoon packages, and one of the best Italian restaurants in town make this stately hotel almost impossible to leave.

WHAT TO EAT

Baglioni Hotel

If you want something traditional, ask around where you’re staying for the best pub to get a good hearty British meal. For other types of dining, try Soho for trendier places and a bustling street life and The Borough part of town for breakfast or lunch markets. If you like Indian food, (spicier than American style Indian), London is a great place to get a meal. Head to Brick Lane, sometimes called Banglatown, for a wall of curry houses. For other Indian meals, Bradford is a good spot. Thai food is also good in London, especially at The Blue Elephant in Fulham.

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WHERE TO STAY

fact sheet

• Lord Milner London: www.lordmilner.com

• Royal Garden Hotel: www.royalgardenhotel.co.uk • Baglioni Hotel: www.baglionihotels.com

CLIMATE

SAFETY

Like most of Europe, beware of pickpockets in London. In recent years, knife crime has worsened in England, but almost never towards tourists. Keep purses and wallets near you at all times.

TIME ZONE

London fog isn’t a myth, but there isn’t enough to put a damper on a honeymoon. London can be uncomfortably humid in the 80s and 90s in the summer and is more enjoyable in the spring or fall where the temperature is usually in the 50s or 60s. The winter isn’t usually below 30 and snow is infrequent. Light rain is common, so be prepared with a jacket or umbrella but don’t let it stop you from doing anything as it usually doesn’t last long.

Western European Standard Time, or WET.

CURRENCY

• Submit proper (original) documentation, including birth certificates, passports and, if necessary, divorce papers or death certificates. If either party is under 18, parental consent must be obtained.

Unlike the majority of Europe, England did not switch over to the Euro and still uses the British pound. Check online right before you go for the most current exchange rate to avoid paying too much commission to exchange currencies. Pounds come in notes as high as a 50, but try to get smaller bills since that one is difficult to break. Credit cards can be used at most places, but it’s safe to carry small amounts of cash as well.

TIPPING

In general, London tips in a similar fashion to the States. A service charge is sometimes added to a bill for food or drinks, and if not, 15% is the standard rate. Taxi drivers also expect a tip of about 10-15% .

ELECTRICITY

London runs on 240 volt/50 Hz, so if you have American power cords you’ll need an adaptor.

London’s Double Decker Busses

GETTING MARRIED IN LONDON

• Contact the superintendent registrar of the district where the wedding will take place or make arrangements with the venue. If a couple does not plan to marry in a church or other religious venue, they must register in person at the appropriate office.

• A certificate wedding requires the couple to be residents of the district for seven days prior to registering their wedding, with the ceremony taking place 21 days later. A more expensive yet faster option is a special license wedding in which the couple must be residents for 15 days prior to the registration with the wedding taking place one fully clear day after the registration (typically two days later). • All weddings must have two witnesses and take place at an approved location for the ceremony to be legally valid. Lists of such premises can be purchased from the General Register Office in Southport. More information can be found at the UK in the USA website: www.ukinusa.fco.gov.uk


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JULY 24, 2011

6TH ANNUAL WEDDING SHOW & TELL

Presented by O2M Productons Davians Banquet & Conference Center 16300 W Silver Spring Dr, Menomonee Falls 11am-3:30pm, 262-293-3527 www.weddingshowandtell.com See pg 241

SEPTEMBER 18, 2011

5th Semi-Annual

BRIDAL EXPO

Brookfield Sheraton, 10:30am-4pm www.bridalexpomilwaukee.com For free tickets, call 414-427-4325 See pgs 12-13, 245

SEPTEMBER, 25 2011

2ND ANNUAL DISCOVER LAKE GENEVA BRIDAL SHOWCASE

Sunday, July 24, 2011 Davian’s Banquet & Conference Center Menomonee Falls

Lake Geneva Cruise Line Riveria Dock, 812 Wrigley Dr www.cruiselakegeneva.com, 800-558-5911 Show Times: 10am-1pm See pg 241

OCTOBER 16, 2011

10TH ANNUAL WHITEWATER BRIDAL FAIR UW Whitewater Campus (Hamilton Room) Doors open at 12 noon www.whitewaterchamber.com, 262-473-4005 OCTOBER 16, 2011

“A BRIDE’S DREAM”

Presented by The Kenosha News Best Western Harborside Inn & Conference Center 5125 6th Ave., Kenosha, Show Times: 12-4pm www.thebridesclub.com OCTOBER 30, 2011

THE ANNUAL ALL WEDDING SHOWCASE WITH A TWIST

The Wyndham Milwaukee Airport Doors open 10am, Free Admission, 414-615-8001 www.facebook.com/wyndhamweddings www.wyndhammilwaukeeairport.com See pg 247

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BRIDAL “SCHAUER” & EVENT FAIRE Schauer Arts & Activities Center 147 N. Rural Street, Hartford 11am-2:30pm, 262-670-0560 NOVEMBER 6, 2011

THE BRIDAL FAIRE

Olympia Resort & Conference Center, Oconomowoc Doors open at 11am, 262-790-1098 www.GoSavvyBride.com or OlympiaResort.com See pg 246

NOVEMBER 12-13, 2011

BEST OF THE BEST BRIDAL SHOW

Waukesha County Expo Center 1000 Northview Rd., Waukesha, 10am-4pm www.excitingevents.com, 800-925-8880 See pg 242

NOVEMBER 13, 2011

BRIDAL EXPO

Brookfield Sheraton, 10:30am-4pm www.bridalexpomilwaukee.com For free tickets, call 414-427-4325 See pg 12-13, 245

JANUARY 7-8, 2012

44TH WONDERFUL WORLD OF WEDDINGS & OCCASIONS

Wisconsin Exposition Center at State Fair Park Sat & Sun 10am-4:30pm www.expoproductionsinc.com See pg 7 & Tab

JANUARY 22, 2012

4TH ANNUAL BRIDAL FAIR IN THE EVERGREEN ROOM

Evergreen Golf Club, N6246 US HWY 12, Elkhorn Doors open at 11:30am 262-723-5722 www.evergreengolf.com JANUARY 28-29, 2012

BRIDAL EXTRAVAGANZA

Light Rock 92.1/WRJN Festival Park (Racine on the Lake) Sat/Sun. 12pm, 262-634-3311 www.racinebridalextravaganza.com See Pg 244

SHOPPING MADE EASY attending bridal shows

You may find that the more time you can save in planning your wedding, the better. A bridal show can be the one stop shopping experience you need to plan your entire wedding, especially if you go prepared. Here are a few tips on how to get the most out of your local bridal shows. PLAN IN ADVANCE First of all, you will need to have a budget planned. Make a list of what you need most and what your budget will allow for each item and service. When you get there visit the service providers who have what you need the most then enjoy the show more leisurely afterwards. Visit Here First Remember, some wedding service providers can only do one or two weddings a day because they are one or two person operations. These providers include videographers, DJs, banquet facilities, balloon decorators, photographers and wedding consultants. Plan to spend at least half the day with these kinds of vendors. Ready to Make Decisions Bring the major decision-makers to the bridal show with you. If you are the major decision-maker, bring someone you can bounce ideas off of before you make the final decision. Another important item to bring is a swatch of material in the color of your wedding. This will assist the florist, baker and many of the other professionals in helping you plan your event. A checkbook and date book are also www.premierbride.com PREMIER BRIDE • 243


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BRIDAL SHOWS (CONT.) JANUARY 29, 2012

8TH ANNUAL BRIDAL EXTRAVAGANZA Hawks View Golf Club, Lake Geneva Doors open at 11am 877-429-5788 www.hawksviewgolfclub.com JANUARY 29, 2012

28TH ANNUAL WATERTOWN BRIDAL FAIRE Watertown High School, Doors open at 10am 920-261-7770 JANUARY 29, 2012

WASHINGTON COUNTY BRIDAL FAIR

Washington County Fair Park Pavillion Doors open at 11am-3:30pm www.wcfairpark.com, 262-677-5060 FEBRUARY 26, 2012 -

COTTON EXCHANGE BRIDAL SHOW

The Cotton Exchange 345 Hickory Hollow, Waterford Show Times: 11am-3pm, 262-534-9291 See pg (185)

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Saturday & Sunday, January 28-29 Doors Open 12 Noon Over 50 Vendors Daily Fashion Shows

MILWAUKEE’S MAGNIFICENT BRIDE

The Pfister Hotel, 424 East Wisconsin Avenue 7th Floor Ballrooms, Doors open at 11am www.milwaukeesmagnificentbride.com MARCH 4 , 2012

BRIDAL EXPO

Brookfield Sheraton, 10:30am-4pm www.bridalexpomilwaukee.com For free tickets, call 414-427-4325 See pg 12-13,245

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MARCH 11 , 2012

VETERAN’S TERRACE BRIDAL SHOW

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(262) 634-3311 Vendors Welcome

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Veteran’s Terrace, 589 Milwaukee Ave., Burlington Doors open at 11am, 262-763-9400 www.veteransterrace.com


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invited! You and your entire bridal party are invited to discover the leading wedding retailers and professionals in your area during one of our exciting and informative bridal events. From food to flowers, rings and registries to limos and honeymoons, gowns to tuxes and best wedding merchants exhibit their finest at a convenient location near you!

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Bridal Expo Milwaukee Dates & Locations Sun., June 5, 2011 Sun., Sept. 18, 2011 Sun., Nov. 13, 2011 Sun., Mar. 4, 2012 Sun., Jun. 3, 2012

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SHOPPING MADE EASY

MAY (DATE TBD), 2012

ANNUAL SPRING WEDDING SHOWCASE

necessities. If you are going to book a perfect photographer, you are going to need to leave a deposit. You’ll also need a date-book to schedule others.

See pg 247

Dress for the Occasion Remember to wear comfortable shoes. There is no doubt that you will be doing a lot of walking.

Wyndham Milwaukee Airport Hotel & Conv. Ctr. 4747 South Howell Ave., Milwaukee 414-615-8001, Doors open at 10am www.facebook.com/wyndhamweddings www.wyndhammilwaukeeairport.com JUNE 3 , 2012

BRIDAL EXPO

Brookfield Sheraton, 10:30am-4pm www.bridalexpomilwaukee.com For free tickets, call 414-427-4325 See pg 12-13, 245

SEPTEMBER (DATE TBD)

BRIDAL EXPO

Brookfield Sheraton, 10:30am-4pm www.bridalexpomilwaukee.com For free tickets, call 414-427-4325 See pg 12-13, 245

NOVEMBER 10, 2012 TO NOVEMBER 11, 2012

BEST OF THE BEST BRIDAL SHOW

Waukesha County Expo Center 1000 Northview Rd., Waukesha, 10am-4pm www.excitingevents.com, 800-925-8880 See pg 242

(DATE TBD)

BRIDAL EXPO

Brookfield Sheraton, 10:30am-4pm www.bridalexpomilwaukee.com For free tickets, call 414-427-4325 See pg 12-13, 245

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Fashion Forward Bring a notepad with you to jot down any dresses you like during the fashion shows that will surely take place while you’re there. You may also have the opportunity during these shows to see DJs or even bands perform. GET READY TO WIN Often times, the exhibitors will have drawing boxes available for you to enter to win prizes. To avoid having to write your name, address, phone number and wedding date 50 times, it is a good idea to have some address labels made up. Most local print shops can do address labels quickly and inexpensively. The important thing to remember is that the show is there to assist you in every aspect of planning your wedding. When you take advantage of a bridal show, you can plan major parts of your wedding in just a few hours.

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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 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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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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Gowns

6 easY sTeps to the gown of your dreams

Everyone knows they can’t try to upstage the bride on her wedding day, and that means one thing –you’ve got to make sure your dress is up for the challenge! Some ladies have dreamt of their gown since before they can remember, but for others finding the dress is a nightmare. Before you start looking here are some tips:4

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Gown Types A-LINE Has a fitted bodice and the skirt flares out gently from the waistline to the hemline. Gets its name from the “A” shape it creates: small at the top and larger at the bottom.

GOWNS Have a trusting team. Invite along friends or family who will be honest yet accommodating with you. If a dress is unflattering, you want them to speak up, but don’t invite someone who wants to control how you’ll look on your day – the ultimate decision is yours, and you shouldn’t feel guilty about that.

Good for: Almost every figure. BALL GOWN The most traditional silhouette (think “Cinderella”) and features a fitted bodice and waistline with a very full skirt. Good for: Drawing attention to a small waist and hiding full hips.

EMPIRE Features a high waistline that is right beneath the bust line leading into a slender skirt. Good for: Hiding a thick waist and adding length.

MERMAID A form-fitting style that accentuates curves and flares at or just below the knee. Good for: Tall & slender frames and adding length to a petite figure. PRINCESS Similar to the A-line, includes a sculpted bodice and skirt that flares gently to the hemline, and it’s vertical lines mean basically no waistline. Good for: Elongating a short waist and petite figures.

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Keep an open mind. It’s helpful to have an idea of what you want, but don’t be afraid to wiggle outside your comfort zone. You might be pleasantly surprised with the results and make a statement walking down the aisle! Get treated right. Make sure your service is topnotch. Your dress is one of the most important and memorable parts of one of the biggest days of your life, so you should be taken care of like a queen. You need to be able to trust a consultant to take care of every aspect of you dress-buying experience. Make sure they address how they’ll deal with alterations and other practical matters. Also, be mindful they’re not slacking but are truly showing you all your options while staying within your price range. Your happiness should be their top priority. If you don’t feel comfortable, do NOT be afraid to ask for a different representative or go somewhere else. Start basic. Do some basic research like online searches, or thinking of friend and family’s dresses you loved, and try to have an idea in your head of what you want so it’s easier to narrow you search. Even then, it’s easy to feel


GOWNS overwhelmed with your options. If you don’t know where to start, bridal magazines and on-line sites can be a great resource. The process can seem daunting. A good starting point is styles of dresses you’ve loved on yourself in the past. When you see something you like there, create a file of your favorites. Bring them along when you visit more specialized wedding boutiques and review them with the consultant. As for styles, it’s an exciting time to shop for wedding gowns. Strapless dresses still reign supreme as the top pick among brides-to-be, but the market is constantly expanding. Trends like bold colors, asymmetrical hemlines, whimsical trims and dramatic backs are challenging conventional designs. It`s important to remember these trends don’t always mean a dress will be too edgy or something you’ll regret in five years. Designers want a gown to be a classic piece, possibly one you’ll pass down, so often a bold look is simply a modern take on a chic design, one you’ll still smile at in pictures years from now. Here are some of the latest and greatest from the wide world of bridal fashion: COLOR. Traditional white gown will always have a place, but it’s no longer the only option. Romona Keveza has a flower-trimmed robin’s egg blue, Vera Wang embraced a soft blush for a layered gown and Oscar de la Renta showed green skirts and even a dramatic black with striking white butterfly accents. If you don’t want to transition totally away from white, try fading into color, like this Junko Yoshioka. The silky strapless gown

Train Types SWEEP The shortest train style, just brushing the floor.

CHAPEL Extends approximately one-and-a-half yards from the waistline.

SEMI CATHEDRAL Extends approximately two yards from the waistline.

CATHEDRAL Extends approximately two-and-a-half yards from the waistline.

MONARCH The longest train style, it extends approximately three yards from the waistline.

PANEL A separate, foot-wide panel attached at the waist, usually one-and-a-half feet to four-and-a-half feet long and detachable.

WATTEAU A separate, foot-wide panel that is attached at the shoulders and falls loosely to the hem.

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GOWNS starts in an off-white and gently swirls into an asymmetrical yellow train for a pastel spin on a timeless look. Or, go for a bold accent like this look from Anthropologie with a black bow and red shoes. A sash is another way to add color, perhaps the same color as your bridesmaids or flowers. Throw it on after the ceremony for a different reception look. Black and red are two popular colors for a bold yet classic accent. LEGS! Short dresses have always been fun for a switch into a more casual reception dress, but they’re gaining popularity down the aisle, especially for summer or outdoor weddings. They show off your legs or a great shoe, and come as lighthearted or couture as you like. Project Runway’s Carol Hannah has

some flirty, affordable frocks. No one will elegantly show off your curves more than Alfred Angelo’s ‘Little White Dress’ collection, while Oscar de la Renta has whipped up a more show-stopping number with full skirts ballooning out from a simple, strapless top. For tee-length, princess options, try a whimsical dress from Rosa Clara. STRAPLESS’S NEW RIVAL. The one shoulder option is now second to strapless, which means the once edgy look now has classic and elegant options. A decorative bow, flower or design on the shoulder strap energizes the look, like this Jenny Packham dress. For a less dramatic design, try something like Imogen from Carolina Herrera’s 2011 bridal line, with a simple tulle cap sleeve

Waistline & skirt types

BASQUE WAIST Falls below the natural waistline and can dip to a “V” or “U” in the center.

FLOOR LENGTH Hemline falls one-half inch to two inches from the floor.

DROPPED WAIST Falls several inches below natural waist.

EMPIRE WAIST This high waist features a cropped bodice just beneath the bust line.

MINI This hemline falls just above the knees.

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NATURAL WAIST Falls at your actual waistline, slightly above your belly button

PEPLUM A short flounce or overskirt that is attached at the waist.

BALLET LENGTH Hemline falls just above the ankles.

STREET LENGTH Hem falls just below the knee.

BOUFFANTBALL GOWN Very full skirt gathered at the waist, usually worn over a crinoline slip.

TEA LENGTH Hemline falls below the knee, usually 8-10 inches from the floor.


NeckliNe Types BATEAU Curves downward slightly below the collarbone to the edge of the shoulders. HALTER Collar wraps around the neck, usually with a low-cut back. ILLUSION YOKE Transparent fabric, lace or netting fitted at the neckline, extending to the bust line. JEWEL Like a t-shirt - a high, rounded neckline usually falling above the color bone. OFF-THE SHOULDER Frames the face, neck and shoulders by falling just below the shoulders and across the bustline. PORTRAIT An off-the-shoulder style - folds around the shoulders, like a fitted and structured shawl.

QUEEN ANNE Heart-shaped neckline in the front combined with a collar-like back. SABRINA Similar to a Bateau, begins two inches in from each shoulder and curves gently downward below the collarbone. SCOOP Low and rounded with a “U” shape. SPAGHETTI STRAPS Thin straps - can be straight across or shaped. SQUARE/COURT Low, like the scoop, but with a squared shape. STRAPLESS No straps - can be straight across or shaped. SWEETHEART Dips to a heart shape at the bust line. V-NECK Dips to a “V” in the center. WEDDING BAND Has a band that circles the neck.

GOWNS that gently stems from an easily sloping neckline.Also popular is a folded, asymmetrical look, like Oscar de la Renta shows. (Asymmetrical hemlines are also very in!) COVER UP. Sleeves are back, but don’t worry – designers haven’t relapsed to the heavily padded shoulders and too-beaded sleeves of our mothers. Monique Lhuillier’s Addie is a perfect example of tight, sheer sleeves extending from a sleek v-neck to truly shape a slender arm on any body type. For an updated Grace Kelly look, intricate lace sleeves that don’t remind you of doilies are beautiful from designers like Kelima. Cap sleeves are also popular, especially a thin or lacy detachable type for a different look between ceremony and reception. Also popular

is a lace overlay to the neckline, an elegant way to show just enough skin. Claire Pettibone has lots to offer with both designs. TRIMS. Trims as accents are becoming the perfect way to make a simple gown dazzle. Melissa Sweet, ReemAcra, RomonaKeveza and Anthropologie scattered ruffles, tiny butterflies or even feathers down the dress to add personality to a classic design. BACK IS THE NEW BLACK. After all, it’s a long way down the aisle, and throughout the ceremony and first dance that’s what your guests will see. Silky, knotted backs the Eslava or Enfasis from Rosa Clara eliven the gown and let a strong, beautiful back poke through.

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES DIRECTORY KEY • Alterations/ Custom Dress Designs • Attendant Gifts (See Customized Gifts)

• Bachelor(ette) Party • Banquet Facilities & Rehearsal Dinners • Bartending Services • Beauty and Skin (Also See Cosmetics)

• Bed & Breakfasts/ Inns • Bridal Accessories (and Rental Items)

• Bridal Fashion • Bridal Registry • Bridal Showers/ Gift Openings • Bridal Shows

Complete listing and information (See pg 241)

• • • •

Cakes Carriages Catering Ceremonies, Chapels • Ceremonies, Officiant • Chocolates • Cosmetics (Also see Beauty)

• Decorating Services (Balloon and Rental Items)

• Dental Services (See Beauty)

• DOOR COUNTY Weddings • Dove Release • Dry Cleaning / Gown Restoration • Favors (Also see Chocolates)

ALTERATIONS/ CUSTOM DRESS DESIGNS

• Fireworks • Florists

(and Rental Items)

• Formalwear • Gowns, Custom

(See Alterations/Custom Dress Designs)

• Honeymoon

(Also see Travel Agencies & Door County Weddings)

• Hotels/Club Suites (Also see Banquet Facilities)

• • • •

Internet Invitations Jewelry Limousines

(See Transportation)

• Massage Therapy • Music & Entertainment • Music, Specialty

• Party Rentals • Photography • Photo Booths & Specialty Items • Rehearsal Dinners • Restrooms (See Party Rentals)

• • • • •

Spas Transportation Travel Agencies Videography Walworth County Weddings (See pg 180)

• Wedding Consultants • Weight Loss • Wine, Labels (See Favors)

Aphrodite Designs

101 A.E. Main St., Waterford www.aphroditegowns.com 262-716-3594

(See pg 179)

ATTENDANT GIFTS

(See Customized Gifts)

BACHELOR(ETTE) PARTY Megan’s Tea Room

Wedding Center Stonewood Village 17700 W. Capitol Dr., Brookfield www.meganstearoom.com 262-790-9292 254 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com


My Party Places LLC

directory of services

Karen Schoenung www.mypartyplaces.com 414-530-9659

Riverwalk Boat Tours & Rentals

at Pere Marquette Park (on Old World Third St, between State and Kilbourn) www.riverwalkboats.com 414-283-9999 (See pg 40)

Vino 100

Historic Third Ward 219 E. Erie St., Milwaukee www.vino100milwaukee.com 414-277-8466

Boerner Botanical Gardens 414-525-5635 9400 Boerner Dr., Hales Corners Grain Exchange 414-727-6980 225 E. Michigan Ave., Ste 100, Milwaukee Lake Park Bistro 414-962-6300 3133 E. Newberry Blvd., Milwaukee

Bella Vista Suites

335 Wrigley Dr, Lake Geneva www.bellavistasuites.com 262-248-2100

(See pg 178)

Blue’s Egg (See pg 192)

BANQUET FACILITIES & REHEARSAL DINNERS

317 N. 76th St., Milwaukee www.bluesegg.com 414-299-3180

(See pg 64)

Broadlands Golf Club

Hwy 59, North Prairie www.broadlandsgolfclub.com 262-392-6320

(See pg 62)

1451 Renaissance Place

1451 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee www.renaissanceplace.com 414-272-1451

(See Back Cover)

Alpine Valley Resort

W2501 County Rd. D, Elkhorn www.alpinevalleyresort.com 800-227-9395

(See pg 176)

Alverno College

3400 S. 43rd St., Milwaukee www.alverno.edu/campuslife/eventspacecoordination/ 414-382-6159 (See pg 46)

American Serb Memorial Hall 5101 W. Oklahoma, Milwaukee www.serbhall.com 414-545-6030

(See pg 56)

The Astor Hotel

924 E Juneau Ave., Milwaukee www.theastorhotel.com 414-271-4220

Bartolotta’s

www.bartolottacatering.com Bacchus-A Bartolotta Restaurant 925 E. Wells, Milwaukee Bartolotta Events & Catering at Pier Wisconsin 500 N. Harbor Dr., Milwaukee

See TAB (64-65) (See pg 8-9) 414-765-1166 414-765-8610

Bush Gardens

S67W14831 Janesville Rd., Muskego 414-422-9011 www.bushgardenswi.com

(See pg 39)

Chandelier Ballroom

150 Jefferson Ave., Hartford www.chandelierballroom.com 262-673-4946

(See pg 160)

Clarion Hotel & Conference Center 5311 S Howell Ave., Milwaukee 414-481-2400 www.clarionbride.com

(See pg 16)

Cotton Exchange

345 Hickory Hollow, Waterford www.foodspot.com/cottonexchange 262-534-9291

(See pg 185)

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Country Springs Hotel

2810 Golf Rd., Waukesha www.countryspringshotel.com 262-547-0201 800-247-6640

Hawk’s View Golf Club

7377 Krueger Rd., Lake Geneva www.hawksviewgolfclub.com 1-877-429-5788 (See pg 42)

Davians Banquet & Conference Center

N56 W16300 Silver Spring Dr., Menomonee Falls www.davians.com 262-781-3333 (See pg 18)

The DeKoven Center

600 21st St., Racine www.dekovencenter.org 262-633-6401

Delafield Brewhaus

3832 Hillside Dr., Delafield Just off I-94 & Hwy 83 www.delafield-brewhaus.com 262-646-7821

(See pg 43)

(See pg 21)

Eagle Inn on the Lake

3101 Eagle Lake Rd, Kansasville www.eagleinnonthelake.com 262-878-3313

(See pg 185)

Geneva National

1221 Geneva National Ave. S, Lake Geneva www.genevanationalresort.com 262-245-7046 (See pg 182)

Golden Mast Inn on Okauchee Lake W349 N5253 Lacys Lane, Okauchee www.weissgerbers.com/goldenmast 262-567-7047

(See pg 6)

Grand Geneva

7036 Grand Geneva Way, Lake Geneva www.grandgeneva.com 800-558-3417 (See pg 177)

Hampton Inn & Suites

176 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee www.hamptonmilwaukee.com 414-271-4656 ext. 6100

(See pg 70)

Harmony Inn the Village

5601 Broad St, Greendale www.harmonyingreendale.com 414-423-6899

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3229 N. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr., Milwaukee www.heartloveplace.org 414-372-1550 (See pg 27)

Heritage Hall

(See pg 48)

(See pg 48)

Hilton Garden Inn Milwaukee Park Place 11600 W. Park Place, Milwaukee www.milwaukeehiltongardeninn.com 414-359-9823

Delafield Hotel

415 Genesee St., Delafield www.thedelafieldhotel.com 262-646-1600

Heart Love Place

N86W18330 Main St. Menomonee Falls www.villagebowl.com 262-255-1606 (See pg 20)

(See pg 175)

(See pg 24)

Hilton Milwaukee City Center 509 W. Wisc Ave., Milwaukee www.hiltonmilwaukee.com 414-390-3802

(See pg 37)

Hot Water/Wherehouse

818 S Water St., Milwaukee www.hotwatermilwaukee.com 414-383-7593

(See pg 14)

Hotel Metro Milwaukee

411 E. Mason St., Milwaukee www.hotelmetro.com 414-272-1937

(See pg 44)

Hubbard Lodge

3565 N. Morris Blvd., Milwaukee www.hubbardlodge.com 414-332-4207

(See pg 50)

Humphrey Scottish Rite Masonic Center 790 N. Van Buren St., Milwaukee www.humphrey-masonic-center.org 414-727-3155 ext. 106

(See pg 15)

Hyatt Regency

333 W Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee www.milwaukee.hyatt.com 414-276-1234

(See pg 49)

Intercontinental Milwaukee

139 E. Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee www.intercontinentalmilwaukee.com 414-291-4790 Catering Office 414-276-8686

(See pg 52)


directory of services

The Italian Conference Center

Located at The Italian Community Center 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee www.italianconference.com 414-223-2800 (See pgs 68-69)

Kettle Moraine Ranch

W379 S9694 County S, Eagle www.kettlemoraineranch.com 262-594-2122

(See pg 35)

(See pg 183)

Lakefront Palm Gardens

1872 N. Commerce St. www.lakefrontpalmgarden.com 414-273-8300

(See pg 50)

(See pg 56)

(See pg 30)

(See pg 33)

(See pg 180)

(See pg 47)

Midway Hotel Brookfield

1005 S. Moorland, Brookfield www.midwayhotels.com 262-786-9540

See TAB (64-65)

Milwaukee Boat

101 W. Michigan St., Milwaukee www.mkeboat.com 414-294-9450

(See pg 67)

Milwaukee County Parks Call for information www.countyparks.com 414-257-PARKS (7275)

524 S. Layton Blvd., Milwaukee www.milwaukeedomes.org 414-649-8126

(See pg 54)

720 N. Wisconsin St., Elkhorn www.sperinos.com 262-723-4646

(See pg 184)

S100 W14020 Loomis Rd, Muskego www.MuskegoLakes.com 414-425-6500

(See pg 35)

1350 Royale Mile Rd., Oconomowoc www.olympiaresort.com 262-369-4960 800-558-9573 See TAB (64-65)

Pano’s Char House

Marcus Center for the Performing Arts 929 North Water St, Milwaukee www.sazamas.com 414.276.2030

W231 N1600 Corporate Ct., Waukesha www.marriott.com/mkemw 262-574-0888 (See Inside Back Cover & pg 40)

Olympia Resort & Conference Center

The Lodge at Geneva Ridge W4240 Road 50, Lake Geneva www.genevaridge.com 262-249-3803

Milwaukee Marriott West

Muskego Lakes Country Club

The Legend at Bristlecone Pines 1500 E. Arlene Dr., Hartland www.thelegendclubs.com 262-367-7888

(See pg 55)

Monte Carlo Room

The Legend at Brandybrook 1 Legend Way, Wales www.thelegendclubs.com 262-968-9717

Milwaukee County Zoo

Mitchell Park Domes

Landmark Resort

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

750 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr., Milwaukee www.warmemorialcenter.org 414-273-5533 (See pg 23) 10001 W. Bluemound Rd., Milwaukee www.milwaukeezoo.org 414-256-5432

Lake Geneva Cruise Lines www.cruiselakegeneva.com 800-558-5911

Milwaukee County War Memorial

20290 W. Bluemound Rd., Brookfield www.panosbarandgrill.com 262-782-8670

(See pg 63)

The Pfister Hotel

424 E Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee www.thepfisterhotel.com 414-390-3802 414-273-8222

(See pg 25)

The Polish Center of Wisconsin 6941 S 68th St, Franklin www.polishcenterofwisconsin.org 414-529-2140

(See pg 43)

Potawatomi Bingo Casino

1721 W. Canal St., Milwaukee www.paysbig.com 414-847-8101

(See pg 17)

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Radisson Hotel of Menomonee Falls

N88W14750 Main St., Menomonee Falls www.radisson.com/menomoneefallswi 262-251-5153 (See pg 26)

Silver Spring Country Club

N56 W21318 Silver Spring Dr., Menomonee Falls www.silverspringgolf.com 262-252-4994 See TAB (64-65)

South Hills Country Club

Wedding Dreams Do Come True!

• Elegant Ballroom for up to 280 Persons • Exquisite Wedding Menu Selections • Complimentary Whirlpool Suite for Bride & Groom on Wedding Night • Professional Banquet Service 11800 108th St • Friday & Sunday Discounts • 120 Guest Rooms Including Suites Pleasant Prairie 262-857-3377 www.radisson.com/kenoshawi

Red Circle Inn

E. Frontage I-94 (between Highway K & 20) Racine County www.southhillscc.com 262-835-4441 (See pg 61)

Timmer’s Resort

5151 Timmer Bay Rd, West Bend www.timmersresort.net 262-338-7710

(See pg 41)

Tripoli Shrine Center

3000 W Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee www.tripolishrine.com 414-933-4700

(See pg 72)

N44 W33013 Watertown Plank Rd. Hwys 16 & C, Nashotah www.theredcircleinn.com 262-367-4883 (See Inside Front Cover)

Veterans Terrace at Echo Park

Rio West Cantina

Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum

2730 N. Humboldt Blvd., Milwaukee www.riowestcantina.com 414-562-5540

(See pg 51)

Burlington www.veteransterrace.com 262-763-9400

2220 N. Terrace Ave., Milwaukee www.villaterracemuseum.org 414-271-3656

at Pere Marquette Park (on Old World Third St., between State and Kilbourn) www.riverwalkboats.com 414-283-9999 (See pg 40)

3000 Hwy PV, West Bend www.wcfairpark.com 262-677-5060

Roma Lodge

1340 N Water St., Watertown www.watertowncc.com 920-261-5009

7130 Spring St. (Hwy. C), Racine www.romalodge.com 262-886-3610

(See pg 73)

The Rotunda

235 W. Broadway, Waukesha www.therotunda.com 262-574-9170

(See pg 10)

Schauer Arts & Activites Center (See pg 161)

Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel

375 S. Moorland Rd., Brookfield www.sheraton.com/milwaukeebrookfield/wedding 262-364-1100 (See pg 22)

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(See pg 20)

Washington County Fair Park

Riverwalk Boat Tours & Rentals

147 N Rural St., Hartford www.schauercenter.org 262-670-0560 ext 215

(See pg 181)

(See pg 161)

Watertown Country Club

(See pg 74)


directory of services

Weissgerber’s Seven Seas

1807 Nagawicka Rd., Delafield www.sevenseaswi.com 262-367-3903

(See pg 11)

White Lace Inn

West Bend Country Club

5858 County Hwy Z, West Bend www.westbendcc.com 262-334-9541

(See pg 71)

Windwood of Watertown

W5710 County Hwy CW, Watertown www.madisongolf.com 920- 262-0702

(See pg 31)

(See pg 34)

Wisconsin Club - Country Club

6200 W Good Hope Rd, Milwaukee www.wisconsinclub.com/weddings 414-727-0070

(See pg 34)

(See pg 38)

90 S Main St., Hartford www.westphalmansioninn.com 262-673-7938

(See pg 160)

BRIDAL ACCESSORIES

Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop

7001 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa www.alfawedding.com 414-545-5858

(See pg 166)

Design Originals and Rentals 15 N. Main St., Hartford www.designoriginalsfloral.com 262-673-6844

BARTENDING SERVICES

(See pg 161)

Touch of Whimsy

620 Milwaukee St., Delafield www.touchofwhimsey.com 262-646-8915

Bartenders on the Go

www.bartendonthego.com 414-899-6151 312-285-6602

(See pg 229)

(and Rental Items)

Wyndham Milwaukee Airport

4747 S. Howell Ave., Milwaukee www.wyndhammilwaukeeairport.com 414-615-8001

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

Westphal Mansion Inn

Wisconsin Club - City Club

900 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee www.wisconsinclub.com/weddings 414-271-7510

BED & BREAKFASTS/ INNS

(See pg 193)

(See pg 194)

The Wedding Centre & Fifth Avenue Formalwear

BEAUTY AND SKIN

(Also See Cosmetics)

7140 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis www.weddingcentre-wi.com 414-475-1212

Adventure Bridal Boot Camp/ Peak Performance

BRIDAL FASHION

1231 George Towne Dr., Pewaukee www.wisconsinbootcamp.com 262-844-9445

Aphrodite Designs (See pg 201)

Elegance Salon & Spa

2725 S. Calhoun Rd., New Berlin www.elegancesalonandspa.com 262-785-0880

(See pg 204)

101 A.E. Main St., Waterford www.aphroditegowns.com 262-716-3594

(See pg 162)

(See pg 200)

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BRIDAL REGISTRY Boston Store

www.bostonstore.com Brookfield Square 262-782-6888 Kohler 920-459-4826 Mayfair 414-453-7500 Southridge 414-423-0800 Bayshore 414-962-6006 Grand Avenue 414-347-4141 Racine 262-553-9655 Sheboygan 920-457-3611 West Bend 262-335-9390 Madison - West Towne 608-833-9799 Madison - East Towne 608-241-3363

Kohl’s Department Store www.kohls.com

(See pg 188)

2315 N. 124th St. Brookfield 262-786-8900 9060 N. Green Bay Rd. Brown Deer 414-355-6611 1032 Milwaukee Ave. Burlington 262-763-2485 3105 Golf Rd. Delafield 262-646-7000 1921 E. Geneva St. Delevan 262-728-4727 5700 N. Pt. Washington Glendale 414-961-0909 1050 Port Washington Rd. Grafton 262-375-1710 5300 S. 76th St. Greendale 414-421-9070 I-94 & Hwy 26 Johnson Creek 920-699-7606 7200 Green Bay Rd. Kenosha 262-942-7070 N95 W18000 Appleton Ave. Menomonee Falls 262-251-9075 3737 S. 27th St. Milwaukee 414-282-3460 S68 W15388 Janesville Rd. Muskego 414-422-1413 9035 S. Howell Ave. Oak Creek 414-764-7200 Washington Ave. & Green Bay Rd. Racine 262-632-2101 N66 W25225 Cty VV Sussex 262-246-3143 260 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com

2140 W. St. Paul Ave. Waukesha 262-650-0797 2130 E. Moreland Blvd. Waukesha 262-547-6323 2601 S. 108th St. West Allis 414-546-4100 1400 S. Main St. West Bend 262-334-0381

Royal Prestige

midlifestyles@aol.com www.midwestlifestyles.com 608-663-1186

(See pg 190)

Simplicity Gourmet

www.pinkapronpreview.com 866-832-7792

(See pg 190)

BRIDAL SHOWERS/ GIFT OPENINGS Hotel Metro Milwaukee

411 E. Mason St., Milwaukee www.hotelmetro.com 414-272-1937

(See pg 44)

My Party Places LLC

Karen Schoenung www.mypartyplaces.com 414-530-9659

Riverwalk Boat Tours & Rentals

at Pere Marquette Park (located on Old World Third St., between State and Kilbourn) www.riverwalkboats.com 414-283-9999 (See pg 140)

Vino 100

Historic Third Ward 219 E. Erie St., Milwaukee www.vino100milwaukee.com 414-277-8466

BRIDAL SHOWS

(See pg 192)

Complete listing and information (See pg 241)


CAKES

directory of services

Aggie’s Cakes and Pastries 1800 E Howard, Milwaukee www.aggiescakes.com 414-482-1288

(See pg 157)

Berres Brothers Coffee Roasters 202 Air Park Drive, Watertown www.berresbrothers.com 800-233-5443

(See pg 152)

The Candy Tree

230 Main St., Kewaskum info@candytree.net 262-626-Tree (8733)

(See pg 157)

Niemann’s

7475 Harwood Ave, Wauwatosa www.niemannscandies.com 414-774-4940

143 W. Broadway, Historic Downtown Waukesha

262-522-9613 • www.RochesterDeli.com 817 N. 68th St., Wauwatosa www.simmasbakery.com 414-257-0998

(See pg 153)

Sweet Perfections (See pg 155)

Kaiser’s Six Point Bakery

6207 W. National Ave., West Allis 414-471-8330

our spEcialty is Genoise, a rich, light spongE cakE usEd by all gourmEts

Simma’s (See pg 154)

Indulgence Chocolatiers

Waukesha www.indulgencechocolatiers.com 262-510-9980

Extraordinary & dElicious

918 N Barstow, Waukesha www.sweetperfections.com 262-446-2253

(See pg 155)

CARRIAGES The Enchanted Carriage

(See pg 158)

Mention this ad and save $25 on 2 hours of service www.theenchantedcarriage.com 414-588-5576 (See pg 193)

CATERING Accustom Catering

720 N. Wisconsin St., Elkhorn www.sperinos.com 262-723-4646

(See pg 184)

All Occasions Catering

(See pg 156)

Rich’s House of Cakes 4353 S. 27th St., Milwaukee 414-282-0713 1821 Meadow Brook Rd, Waukesha 262-548-0714 www.richscakes.com (See pg 154)

W224S8424 Industrial Dr., Big Bend www.bubbs.com 262-662-4201

(See pg 83)

Bubb’s

W224S8424 Industrial Dr, Big Bend www.bubbs.com 262-662-4201

(See pg 83)

Catering by Davians

N56 W16300 Silver Spring Dr., Menomonee Falls www.davians.com 262-781-4578 (See pg 81)

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Chef Jacks

215 South St., Waukesha www.chefjacks.com 262-549-5558

Milwaukee Boat (See pg 78)

Irene’s Catering

Serving SE Wisconsin since 1955 irenecatering@MSN.com • www.irenescatering.com 1-888-707-8555 414-645-4469 (See pg 85)

Louise’s Catering

Custom Menus & Catering mkecatering@aol.com • www.louisescatering.com 414-271-9506 (See pg 84)

Maxie’s Southern Comfort

6732 W. Fairview Ave., Milwaukee www.maxies.com 414-292-3969

(See pg 64)

Napoli

132 N Pine St., Burlington www.napoliburlington.com 262-909-6984

(See pg 174)

Red Accordion

Serving Southeast Wisconsin www.escapetomilwaukee.com 414-273-8300

505 N. Riverwalk Way, Milwaukee www.mkeboat.com 414-294-9450

(See pg 67)

Olympia Gardens

Located at Olympia Resort, Oconomowoc www.olympiaresort.net 800-558-9573 See TAB (64-65)

Tripoli Shrine Center

3000 W Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee www.tripolishrine.com 414-933-4700

(See pg 72)

CEREMONIES, OFFICIANT

We Focus on You! Words to Remember for a Lifetime Personal & Unique Reflecting Your Vision & Values

(See pg 51)

Saz’s Catering

5420 W. State St., Milwaukee www.sazs.com 414-256-8765

(See pg 79)

Best Wedding Ministers

South Hills Catering

E. Frontage I-94 (Between Kwy K & 20) Racine County 262-835-4441

(See pg 61)

CEREMONIES, CHAPELS

262 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com

414-793-4828 414-803-3743 262-893-6760 (See pg 192)

The Candy Tree (See pg 15)

Lake Country Congregational Church 400 W. Capitol Dr., Hartland www.Lccchurchhartland.org 262-367-5631

Serving SE Wisconsin Rev. Jeffrey Montoya Rev. Denise Gaetz Rev. Lynette Corsten www.bestweddingministers.org

CHOCOLATES

Humphrey Scottish Rite

790 N. Van Buren St., Milwaukee www.humphrey-masonic-center.org 414-276-4744 ext. 106

262.443.8504 www.allaboutceremonies.com

230 Main St., Kewaskum info@candytree.net 262-626-Tree (8733)

(See pg 154)

Indulgence Chocolatiers (See pg 57)

Waukesha www.indulgencechocolatiers.com 262-510-9980

(See pg 155)


Niemann’s

directory of services

7475 Harwood Ave, Wauwatosa www.niemannscandies.com 414-774-4940

TLC Designs

(See pg 158)

www.whitelinenonline.com 920-355-4014

(Also see Beauty)

(See pg 82)

DENTAL SERVICES

Mary Kay Cosmetics

(See Beauty)

Complimentary Makeovers Skin Care & Color Cosmetics Personalized Gift Service

DOOR COUNTY WEDDINGS

Independent Beauty Consultants www.marykay.com/tehrett Tammy Ehrett

262-781-4848

Brookfield Square 5300 S. 108th St., Hales Corners (across from Sentry) www.merlenorman.com

(See pg 86)

Whitelinen

COSMETICS

Merle Norman Cosmetic Studios

4963 S. 22nd Place, Milwaukee www.tlcdesignsonline.com 414-418-6601

Door County Meeting & Event Planners www.doorcountyevents.com 920-839-1114

(See pg 228)

Door County Trolley Inc. 262-782-4406 414-421-3788 (See pg 199)

DECORATING SERVICES

www.doorcountytrolley.com 920-868-1100

(See pg 228)

Harbor Lady

107 N. First Ave, Sturgeon Bay www.harborlady.com 920-707-5239

(See pg 228)

Landmark Resort

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

(Balloon and Rental Items)

(See pg 229)

Michael Segal Photography

www.michaelsegalweddings.com 760-774-9999

Designs by Davians

16300 W. Silver Spring Dr. 262-781-3333

(See pg 81)

The Elegant Touch

www.theeleganttouchonline.com 262-501-3721

(See pg 87)

Heavenly Creations

6012 N. 113th St., Milwaukee www.heavenlycr8.balloonhq.com 414-353-1179

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

(See pg 229)

White Lace Inn (See pg 87)

Something Borrowed

1321 Hwy 175, Hubertus www.somethingborrowedllc.com 262-628-3090

(See pg 227)

16 N. 5th Ave., Sturgeon Bay www.WhiteLaceInn.com (920) 743-1105 1-877-948-5223

(See pg 229)

(See pg 80)

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The Candy Tree

DOVE RELEASE

230 Main St., Kewaskum info@candytree.net 262-626-Tree (8733)

A Dove Release

www.dovereleasing.com kris@dovereleasing.com 414-483-1059

Flippin Fun Fotobooks (See pgs 192)

DRY CLEANING / GOWN RESTORATION Martinizing

The Specialist in Bridal Gowns Free Pickup & Delivery www.mymartinizing.com 262-521-9710 Delafield 3167 Golf Rd. Elm Grove 13405 Watertown Plank Rd. Hartland 418 Merton Ave. Milwaukee 285 E. Hampton Ave. 233 W. Layton Ave. Oconomowoc 1300 Brown St. 1035 W. Summit Ave. 1320 Pabst Farm Circle Pewaukee 1256 Capitol Dr. Shorewood 3596 N. Oakland Waukesha 821 Meadowbrook Rd. Wauwatosa 6737 Milwaukee Ave. West Allis 2262 S. 108th St.

(See pg 154)

(See pg 191) 262-646-7515 262-782-0665 262-367-4508 414-964-4747 414-747-1077 262-560-9981 262-567-4813 262-560-0666 262-695-1661

www.FlippinFunFotoBooks.com 414-881-7401 Waukesha www.indulgencechocolatiers.com 262-510-9980 7475 Harwood Ave, Wauwatosa www.niemannscandies.com 414-774-4940

Bartolotta Fireworks Co.

Serving Wisconsin & Illinois www.bartolottafireworks.com 800-444-5705 Serving SE Wisconsin 262-965-3200

FLORISTS

Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop

264 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com

(See pg 166)

N88 W16723 Appleton Ave Menomonee Falls 262-253-9111 346 Oakton Ave Pewaukee 262-695-9911 www.bankofflowers.net (See pg 167)

Belle Fiori

931 E Ogden, Milwaukee www.bellefioriflorist.com 414-272-2234

Berres Brothers Coffee Roasters 202 Air Park Drive, Watertown www.berresbrothers.com 800-233-5443

(See pg 80)

(and Rental Items)

Bank of Memories & Flowers

FAVORS

(See pg 19)

Spielbauer Fireworks

414-771-3331

(Also see Chocolates)

(See pg 158)

FIREWORKS

262-542-4987

414-545-8688

(See pg 155)

Niemann’s

7001 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa www.alfawedding.com www.engravedgiftsgalore.com 414-545-5858

414-962-4151

(See pg 193)

Indulgence Chocolatiers

(See pg 152)

(See pg 165)


Burlington Flowers

directory of services

140 W. Chestnut, Burlington www.burlingtonflowersandinteriors.com 262-767-1100

Waukesha Floral & Greenhouse

(Se pg 181)

The CarmelRose Florist

640 E Ryan Rd, Oak Creek www.carmelrose.com 414-762-2474

(See pg 169)

(See pg 168)

(See pg 161)

(See pg 77)

Fantasy Flowers

106 E. Freistadt Rd., Thiensville www.neighborhoodflorist.com or www.fantasyflowers.info 262-242-3732

(See pg 168)

(See pg 171)

(See pg 176)

(See pg 174)

(See pg 166)

Tulipomania

319 E. Howard Ave., Milwaukee www.tulipomaniafloral.com 414-489-9463

184 Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee www.davidsformal.net 414-271-4715 414-202-5031

(See pg 206)

7140 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis www.weddingcentre-wi.com 414-475-1212

(See pg 204)

3565 N. Oakland Ave., Shorewood www.harleys4men.com 414-332-3404 or 1-888-797-SUIT

(See pg 207)

101 S. Main St., West Bend www.diamondtux.com 262-334-4318

(See pg 160)

Tuxedo’s by DuBois

Some Kinda Wonderful

Wedding Center Stonewood Village 17700 W. Capitol Dr., Brookfield www.skwflowers.com 262-373-1904

David’s Formal

Sager’s Formalwear

Lilypots

605 Main St, Lake Geneva www.lilypots.com 262-248-4200

(See pg 206)

Harleys

gia bella

140 E Chestnut, Burlington www.giabellaflowers.com 262-763-4522

BX Formalwear

Fifth Avenue Formalwear

The Front Porch

1505 Hwy 164 S, Waukesha www.frontporchstyle.com 262-521-2100

(See pg 178)

161 W. Wisconsin Ave., Pewaukee www.bxformalwear.com 262-696-4550

The Elegant Touch

www.theeleganttouchonline.com 262-501-3721

FORMALWEAR 113 E Chestnut St., Burlington www.burlingtonmenswearwi.com 262-767-9726

Design Originals Floral

15 N. Main St., Hartford www.designoriginalsfloral.com 262-673-6844

(See pg 169)

Burlington Menswear

Creative Floral Designs by Something Borrowed

1321 Hwy. 175, Hubertus www.somethingborrowedllc.com 262-628-3090

319 S. Prairie Ave., Waukesha www.waukeshafloral.com 262-542-8152 800-825-8152

Brookfield Square (Inside Sears) Southridge (Inside Sears) Western Village 6620 Washington Ave., Racine Inside Eva’s Bridal Ct., Oak Creek www.duboisformalwear.com

262-754-9296 414-855-0618 262-884-9555 414-570-8892 (See pg 205)

GOWNS, CUSTOM

(See Alterations/Custom Dress Designs) (See pg 170)

HONEYMOON

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My Party Places LLC

Something Borrowed

Travel Plus Coordinator, Karen Schoenung www.mypartyplaces.com 414-530-9659

1321 Hwy 175, Hubertus www.somethingborrowedllc.com 262-628-3090

Touch of Whimsy

HOTELS/CLUB SUITES

620 Milwaukee St., Delafield www.touchofwhimsey.com 262-646-8915

(Also see Banquet Facilities)

(See pg 196)

The Wedding Centre & Fifth Avenue Formalwear

1350 Royale Mile Road Oconomowoc, WI 53066 (800) 558-9573

255 Guestrooms Themed Suites 17,000 Sq.Ft. Spa Restaurant & Lounge Indoor / Outdoor Pool 45,000 Sq. Ft. Meeting see pg. 73 & Banquet Facilities Discounted Room Blocks Available

• • • • • •

7140 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis www.weddingcentre-wi.com 414-475-1212

(See pg 204)

JEWELRY The Bead Studio/Eclectica

18900 W. Bluemound Rd. #148, Brookfield www.eclecticabeads.com 262-641-0910 (See pg 113)

LIMOUSINES

Sybaris Pool Suites

(See Transportation)

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

(See pg 240)

MASSAGE THERAPY

INTERNET

Elegance Salon & Spa

iWed

A new way to plan iwed.com

(See pg 168)

See TAB (240-241)

Premier Bride

www.premierbride.com and www.premierbridewisconsin.com 262-646-3387

(See pg 165)

(See pg 140)

ACA Music & Entertainment (See pg 196)

Paperwhites

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MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT www.apersonaltouchdj.net 262-510-5061

For Now & Forever

5307 S. 92nd St., Hales Corners 1550 W. Mequon Rd., Mequon www.paperwhites-invitations.com 262-224-1134

(See pg 198)

A Personal Touch DJ

INVITATIONS 2424 N. 63rd St., Wauwatosa www.fornowandforeverinvites.com 414-202-6099 by appointment

2725 S. Calhoun Rd., New Berlin www.elegancesalonandspa.com 262-785-0880

(See pg 197)

15400 W. Capitol Dr. #205, Brookfield www.acaentertainment.com 262-790-0060 800-279-7909

(See pg 144)


directory of services

Bartolotta Fireworks Co.

Serving Wisconsin & Illinois www.bartolottafireworks.com 800-444-5705

Spotlight DJ’s

www.spotlightdjs.com 414-545-9873

CAP dj, LLC

6929 Mariner Dr., Racine www.capdj.com 262-632-6828

MUSIC, SPECIALTY (See pg 142)

DJ Express

www.djexpressfun.com 414-479-0010 262-306-1138

(See pg 141)

(See pg 192)

N15W22180 Watertown Rd., Suite 112, Waukesha www.midwestsoundwi.com 262-751-2900 (See pg 146)

Music On The Move Plus

(See pg 3 & 143)

(See pg 147)

Serving Southeast Wisconsin www.mmensembles.com 414-453-2759

(See pg 187)

Milwaukee Musician Association Serving Wisconsin www.milwaukeemusicians.com 414-362-9800

(See pg 148)

ccviolin@hotmail.com www.racinestringquartet.com 262-681-0748

(See pg 147)

(See pg 149)

(See pg 139)

Nightlife Entertainment LLC

(See pg 145)

Sound by Design

(See pg 136)

Spielbauer Fireworks Serving SE Wisconsin 262-965-3200

www.iharp4u.com 414-278-0140

www.violinogram.com 414-962-1062

2020 S. Calhoun Rd., New Berlin www.muzicinmotion.com • www.excitingevents.com 262-797-8880 800-925-8880 (See pg 137)

2637 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., Milwaukee www.soundbydesign.org 262-968-9586

(See pg 147)

Violino Gram

Muzic in Motion

Serving Wisconsin and Illinois www.nightlifeentertainmentdjs.com 414-803-7938

www.gabrielshorns.com 414-651-5856

Racine String Quartet

Musical Revolution DJ Services mydj@musical-revolution.com www.musicalrevolutionDjs.com 414-940-mrDj (6735)

(See pg 147)

Memorable Music Ensembles

Midwest Sound and Light Shows

6600 Industrial Loop, Greendale www.motmplus.com 414-282-FUNN (3866) 1-888-HAV-FUNN (428-3866)

www.elegantmusicservices.com 262-619-1900

Harp Music by Ann

Flissart Entertainment www.flissart.com 414-526-5706

Elegant Music Service

Gabriel’s Horns (See pg 138)

DJ’s Couture

Milwaukee/Waukesha www.djscouture.com 414-232-7437

(See pg 143)

(See pg 19)

(See pg 80)

PARTY RENTALS Arnold’s Environmental Services Inc. 3031 Hwy 33, Saukville www.arnoldsenvironmental.com 262-675-2497 800-994-0500

(See pg 90)

BBJ Linens

9082 N. Deer Brook Trail, Brown Deer www.bbjlinen.com 414-355-9010 800-495-9010

(See pg 88)

Brookfield Party Rental

12600 Robin Ln. Suite 200, Brookfield www.madfoxparty.com 262-786-2666

(See pg 82)

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Celebrations Tent & Party Rentals Div. of Equipment Rentals Inc. 2001 Decorah Rd., West Bend 630 Grand Ave., Hartford www.eqrents.com 1-877-362-TENT

Black Dog Studios

800-924-7214 800-953-3454 (See pg 161)

The Elegant Touch

www.theeleganttouchonline.com 262-501-3721

(See pg 87)

Karl’s Event Services

17700 W Capitol Dr, Brookfield (in the Wedding Center at Stonewood Village) www.blackdog.pro 262-264-0747 (See pg 130)

Cornerstone Photography

Serving SE Wisconsin & Chicago www.cornerstonephotography.com 414-406-4327 847-844-9000 (Chicago)

Ideal Impressions

7000 S. 10th St., Oak Creek www.karls.com 414-831-7000

(See pg 89)

SKW-Some Kind of Wonderful

6638 Deerpath Rd.,Lake Geneva www.idealimpressionsphotography.com 262-903-1887 (See pg 128 & 182)

The Wedding Center at Stonewood Village 17700 W. Capitol Dr., Brookfield www.skwflowers.com 262-373-1904 (See pg 79)

Jeff Edwards Photography

Something Borrowed

Beth Engel Photographer

1321 Hwy 175, Hubertus www.somethingborrowedllc.com 262-628-3090

(See pg 80)

(See pg 86)

Whitelinen

www.whitelinenonline.com 920-355-4014

(See pg 82)

PHOTOGRAPHY AA Photography

(See pg 126)

Ambiance Studios

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(See pg 127)

(See pg 119)

Reminisce Studio

Serving Wisconsin www.capturingyourday.com 414-405-6693

(See pg 121)

Sarah Immel Photography

New Berlin www.sarahimmelphotography.com 414-303-6817

(See pg 125)

PHOTO BOOTHS & SPECIALTY ITEMS Flippin Fun Fotobooks

www.FlippinFunFotoBooks.com 414-881-7401 (See pg 120)

The Artist Group-Photography & Video 5825 Cedar Creek Rd., Grafton www.artistgroup.net 262-387-1001 1-877-896-2180

(See pg 116)

Dennis Felber Photography www.dennisfelber.com 414-961-0318 (by appt only)

4963 S. 22nd Place, Milwaukee www.tlcdesignsonline.com 414-418-6601

2350 Sandy Acres Rd., West Bend By Appointment www.ambiancestudios.com 262-338-0922

by appointment www.jeffedwardsstudio.com 414-762-6260 www.bethengel.com 414-225-0661 by appt.

TLC Designs

Serving Wisc. & Northern Ill. www.AandA-photography.com 262-565-3307

(See pg 123)

(See pg 193)

Mugshotz Photo Booth

www.mugshotzphotobooth.com 414-736-1464

(See pg 129)

ShutterBox-Photobooth (See pg 124)

Serving Southeast Wisconsin www.shutterboxphotobooth.com 414-763-8518

(See pg 122)


Shutter Booth

directory of services

Serving Greater Milwaukee & Madison www.shutterbooth.com 414-510-7670 (See pg 118)

REHEARSAL DINNERS 139 E. Kilbourn Ave, Milwaukee (Located inside the Intercontinental) www.kilawatcuisine.com 414-291-4793

(See pg 66)

801 N. Jefferson, Milwaukee 414-273-4224 190th & Bluemound Rd., Brookfield 262-784-4275 www.louiseswisconsin.com (See pg 65)

Mason Street Grill

(See pg 66)

(See pg 64)

(See pg 66)

RESTROOMS

Brookfield www.broadwaylimoandcoach.com 262-781-9922

(See pg 210)

Mention this ad and save $25 on 2 hours of service www.theenchantedcarriage.com 414-588-5576 (See pg 193) Serving Greater Milwaukee 1121 W. Granger Ave., Milwaukee www.fourstarlimoandcoach.com 414-769-1173

(See pg 212)

www.highclasslimousinevip.com 414-762-0809

(See pg 218)

Lamers Limousine Service (See pg 65)

“The Elegance You Deserve” www.golamers.com 800-236-6160

(See pg 215)

Lamers Trolley & Coaches

Water Street Brewery

(See Party Rentals)

Broadway Limousine & Coach

High Class

Trinity Three Irish Pubs

1101 N. Water St., Milwaukee 3191 Golf Rd., Delafield I-43 & Hwy. 60, Grafton www.waterstreetbrewery.com

TRANSPORTATION

Four Star Limousine & Coach Service

Milwaukee Chop House

125 E. Juneau Ave., Milwaukee www.trinitythreeirishpubs.com 414-278-7033

(See pg 200)

The Enchanted Carriage

Maxie’s Southern Comfort

633 North 5th St, Milwaukee www.chophouse411.com 414-226-2467

2725 S. Calhoun Rd., New Berlin www.elegancesalonandspa.com 262-785-0880

Olympia Resort & Conference Center 1350 Royale Mile Rd., Oconomowoc www.olympiaresort.com 262-369-4960 See TAB (64-65)

Louises

6732 W. Fairview Ave., Milwaukee www.maxies.com 414-292-3969

Elegance Salon & Spa

The O-Spa

Kilawat

425 E. Mason St, Milwaukee (located at the Hilton) www.masonstreetgrill.com 414-298-3131

SPAS

414-272-1195 262-646-7878 262-375-2222 (See pg 65)

www.golamers.com 800-236-1240

(See pg 215)

Magical Night Limousine

1288 E. Summit #116, Oconomowoc www.magicalnightlimo.com 262-366-3017

(See pg 213)

Majestic Limousines

W188 N11614 Maple Dr., Germantown www.majesticlimovip.com 262-253-2222 (See pg 216)

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Riteway Executive Sedan & Limousine Service www.ritewaybus.com 414-762-3932 1-866-273-8207

Cindy V Video

Video Done Personally www.cindyvvideo.com 414-531-6810 (See pg 209)

Spring City Trolley

235 W. Broadway, Suite 10, Waukesha www.springcitytrolley.com 262-521-9935

TRAVEL AGENCIES Ambassador World Travel

17100 W. Bluemound #2005, Brookfield www.ambassadorworldtravel.com 262-790-6200 (See pg 223)

Lisa Hoppe Travel Consulting

6005 W. Wisconsin Ave., Wauwatosa www.hoppetravel.com 414-258-8715

(See pg 222)

Lisa Hoppe Travel Consulting

Wisconsin’s “First” Tahiti Tiare Agent Matia Fiji Islands Specialist 6005 W. Wisconsin Ave., Wauwatosa www.hoppetravel.com 414-258-8715 800-966-8715

JC Design LLC

www.jcdesignswi.com 262-574-9161 (See pg 214)

(See pg 132)

(See pg 133)

Once Upon A Time Video Productions

www.onceuponatimevideoproductions.com 262-370-3622 (See pg 129)

Today & Forever LLC

Serving Southeast Wisconsin www.todayandforevervideos.com 262-644-5646

(See pg 133)

Wisconsin Event Video

www.wisconsineventvideo.com 414-940-6958 888-717-3786

(See pg 131)

WALWORTH COUNTY WEDDINGS

(See pg 180) (See pg 222)

WEDDING CONSULTANTS

VIDEOGRAPHY

Amazing Wedding Company

www.myamazingweddingday.com 414-380-4292 •

Spectacular Show packages available to entertain your reception guests!

• Special Winter & Weekday Rates (call for details)

• Satisfied Clients is the Highest Priority!

(608) 635-4709

www.audiovideoenterprises.com CAP dj, LLC

Racine www.capdj.com 262-632-6828

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Dynamic Events

207 E. Buffalo St., Suite 515, Milwaukee www.dynamiceventsinc.com 414-283-0050

Everything’s Perfect

(See pg 94)

Marian Snyder, Consultant, by appointment www.everythingsperfect.com 414-332-0783 (See pg 95)

My Party Places LLC (See pg 142)

(See pg 96)

Karen Schoenung www.mypartyplaces.com 414-530-9659


directory of services Top Hat

Serving Southeast Wisconsin 414-333-3139

Every need for the bride to be A group of over 30 wedding professionals that share the PASSION of making your WEDDING DAY DREAMS come true. Visit our web site or stop by our information center in Stonewood Coffee & Cafe.

WEDDINGCENTERPROS.COM

(See pg 86)

WEIGHT LOSS Adventure Bride Boot Camp/Peak Performance 1231 George Towne Dr., Pewaukee www.lakecountrybootcamp.com 262-844-9445

(See pg 201)

17700 West Capitol Drive Brookfield WI 53045

(See pg 113)

161 W Wisconsin Ave, Pewaukee www.the1stopshoppe.com 262-696-4550

WINE, LABELS

(See Favors)

The 1 Stop Wedding Shoppe

(See pg 115)

Timeless Events

Serving SE Wisconsin www.timelesseventsllc.com 262-751-6355

(See pg 95)

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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)

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.

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 Mail save-the-date cards if necessary

1-2 MONTHS AHEAD

Choose attendants

Select band or DJ for reception

Book musicians for ceremony Select florist

Reserve accommodations for out-of-town guests

2-4 WEEKS AHEAD

Select caterer

Order invitations, personal stationery and thank you notes

Select and purchase guest favors Find and reserve rehearsal dinner location

1 WEEK AHEAD

Book stylist or salon for bridal party hair, nails and make-up

Make reservations for bridesmaids’ luncheon Confirm honeymoon arrangements Record gifts received and write thank you notes promptly

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!) Order men’s formalwear

Arrange for final fittings on your gown

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

Order wedding cake

Mail invitations

Start reception seating chart and placecards

Reserve wedding day transportation

Reserve party rental equipment (table, tent, chairs, etc.)

Call county clerk’s office for marriage license details, and schedule date to obtain

Prepare printed program for ceremony

Get engagement photo taken

6-9 MONTHS AHEAD

Buy and wrap attendants’ gifts

Select ceremony music, readings and vows and meet with officiant

Compile guest list

Select videographer

4-6 MONTHS AHEAD

Address wedding invitations

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

______________

Maid/Matron of Honor

______________

Bridesmaids’

______________

Best Man

______________

Groomsmen

______________

Helper Corsages/Boutonnieres ______________

Ushers

______________

Ceremony Flowers

______________

Child Attendants

______________

Reception Flowers

______________

Bride & Groom

______________

Decorations/Balloons

______________

Bride’s Parents

______________

Other

______________

Groom’s Parents

______________

Save-the-Date Cards

______________

Pre-Wedding Party Hosts

______________

Invitations & Envelopes

______________

Cake Cutting Attendant

______________

Calligrapher

______________

Gift Table Attendant

______________

Postage

______________

Guest Book Attendant

______________

Thank You Notes

______________

Soloists/Musicians (friends)

______________

Informal Stationery

______________

Other

______________

Ceremony Programs

______________

Placecards

______________

Wedding Coordinator

______________

Announcements

______________

Disposable Cameras

______________

Other

______________

GIFTS

FLOWERS

Bride’s Bouquet

Bridesmaids’ Dresses/Shoes

______________

Flower Girl’s Dress

______________

Groomsmens’ Formalwear

______________

Ring Bearer’s Attire

______________

Bridesmaids’ Luncheon

______________

Other

______________

Rings

______________

Ceremony

______________

Reception

______________

Music

______________

Wedding Party Transportation: Limousine, Carriage, etc. ______________

Cake Knife & Server

______________

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

______________

Grand TOTAL

______________

Guest Transportation

______________

Parking

______________

Other

______________

Other

______________

TOTALS

TRANSPORTATION

MISCELLANEOUS

Attendant Accommodations ______________

FAVORS & ACCESSORIES

STATIONERY

Hosts for Out-of-Town Guests ______________

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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 Transportation for wedding party to ceremony & reception

GROOM’S FAMILY

BRIDE’S FAMILY

Honeymoon Engagement party

Musicians/vocalists Security & insurance for gifts Welcome party for out-of-town guests (optional)

WEDDING PARTY

Videographer

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)

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 Thematic

SERVICE

Breakfast/Brunch

FLAVOR

TYPE

CATERING PLANNER

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

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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 Bride & Groom listening to 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 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

SIZE

USED FOR

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 Valet

Ratio of guests to servers: ___________

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

DECORATIONS

PROVIDED

STYLE

More than one event at a time

RECEPTION

Head table Guest tables

BRINGING OWN DECORATIONS What are decorating restrictions?

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

GROOM’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

NAME / PHONE

PAYMENT INFORMATION

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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