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Your Reception What you need to know before booking the reception site for your wedding.

You’ve been pronounced “husband and wife,” so now it’s time to kick off those heels and celebrate! This is a time for you and your brand new husband to relax, mingle, dance, chat and thoroughly enjoy the company of your friends and loved ones. While finding the ideal reception location is one of the biggest and most important wedding-related tasks, have no fear... we’re here to help. Below are three simple steps to finding the right reception site for your perfect day. Step 1: What to do first The biggest question regarding the reception is “where?” Before you can work on this question, however, you’ll need to know a couple of things: what style of wedding do you envision, and how big? Obviously, a casual, relaxed summer afternoon reception would require a completely different reception site than a formal, elegant winter evening reception – so clarify the type of wedding (and the time of year) you both desire first. Once that’s been established, determine the rough guest list, including all interested parties: you and your groom, and each set of parents. Of course, you’ll also need to consider your budget as well, as this will have great influence on the number of guests you can afford to have. Once you’ve made these critical decisions, it’s time to start looking for the ideal reception site. As with anything, the more time you have, the better – some choice reception sites get booked one to two years in advance, particularly for prime dates. Step 2: Start the search Local bridal publications, the Internet, wedding shows, married friends and the yellow pages are all good sources of potential reception sites. If you have no idea where to hold your reception, try hotels, banquet halls, restaurants, community centers and country clubs. Other less obvious options are country inns, historic homes or mansions, city parks, college or university facilities, art galleries, museums and boats. Each location offers its own unique style and ambiance. There are two basic types of reception facilities: on-site and off-site. Most on-site locations provide the majority of services you will need for your

reception: catering, beverages, tables, chairs, tableware, linens and serving staff, making this a very convenient option. The facilities normally charge on a per person basis, and have a minimum guest requirement. Such locations include hotels, private clubs and restaurants. Off-site locations offer the use of the facility only, providing no other services. You supply nearly everything yourself, paying a flat fee for the use of the site. The nice thing about off-site locations is the freedom to do everything your own way, and more choices – although this can also mean more work! Narrow down your search by focusing on those sites that seem to best meet your needs, depending on your style, season and estimated guest count. Once you’ve selected some possibilities, it’s time to go on a road trip with your fiancé, maid of honor and/or Mom and check out the sites in person. Step 3: Evaluating reception sites Now the real work begins. Every site offers advantages and disadvantages, and your job is to sift through all of the features of each site, to find the best one for your wedding – all while keeping your budget in mind. Here are some factors to consider: Location. The reception site should be no more than a 30-minute drive away from the ceremony location. A longer drive than that is really asking too much of your guests! If the location is difficult to find, or will offer 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. CONTINUED ON PAGE 5

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Size and layout. Will everything happen in one big room, or in separate rooms for the cocktail hour, dinner, dancing? Will it comfortably hold the number of tables you’ll need, and will everyone dine in the same room? Is there room for a band or DJ, and for cocktail hour musicians, if you’re having them? Privacy. If your venue does multiple events, find out if there are other bookings on the same day or time as yours. If so, ensure that there will be adequate privacy and separation for your celebration. There should also be ample time in between events to allow your caterer or other service people to set up or break down your party. Parking. Make sure there is convenient, well-lighted, ample parking for your guests, and if not, find out if valet service is available. Technical details. Whether you intend to have a DJ or a band, inquire about possible restrictions regarding the type, volume or duration of music. Be sure to confirm that there is an adequate power supply for speakers, mixers and amplifiers, or good acoustics for string and wind instruments. Some sites have built-in public-address systems which can be used for introductions and toasts. If your site of choice doesn’t offer this equipment, make sure your DJ or musicians can provide it. Room décor. Most sites offer a neutral background to work with, but 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 back-up 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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Do take advantage of Internet technology. Plan your wedding using search engines and e-mail to create your special celebration. There are several Internet sites dedicated to wedding planning that allow you to take advantage of the wealth of information at your fingertips. (Visit our website at www.premierbride.com, for more help). Coordinate with vendors, make and confirm reservations, select flowers and review menus online. Don’t seat older guests near the band or the speakers as it may be hard for them to hear anything else. Don’t forget to pamper yourself. Treat your mom and maids the day before the wedding with an afternoon at the spa. You’ll enjoy facials, massages, manicures and pedicures. It will make you feel more relaxed and beautiful. Do contact the church or synagogue where you will perform your ceremony and ask about any rules or guidelines regarding music. Some require that you use their organist. Do remember your guests with small children. Instead of putting “no children” or “adults-only reception” on invitations, ask your reception site manager if there is a small room or play area near the festivities that you can rent. Then hire a professional babysitting service to take care of the kids. Parents will appreciate your consideration and be able to relax and enjoy your reception knowing they are close to their children. Don’t forget to involve stepparents in your ceremony in some way, perhaps a reading during your ceremony or an invocation before dinner.

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Do remember when purchasing a gown to be realistic about your expectations for losing weight. A gown can always be taken in, but rarely can it be let out without leaving stitch marks for all to see.

Do consider table visits during your reception. It is a grand display of appreciation and respect when the bride and groom spend a few moments visiting their guests at each table. Looking for a gift for your wedding party? Do consider a monogrammed piece of estate silver, such as a flask for the groomsmen or make-up compacts for the maids.

decorating chairs in a 10 Donewconsider way such as black, silver, white

get your skin in shape for your 16 Towedding day, don’t forget to start

six months prior to your wedding and practice make-up techniques.

forget that the best way to 17 Don’t let people know where you are registered is to have family and friends spread the word. Although it’s impolite to mention the registry on wedding invitations, a hostess may do so on shower invitations.

select the ceremony and 18 Do reception locations nine to 12 months before your wedding. If you’re getting married in popular months like May or June, select these locations as soon as possible.

or traditional gold. Transform an ordinary room or site into a ballroom. Chair covers completely change the look of your reception.

finding the right caterer 19 Make and baker a priority. Great

photography continues to gain in popularity.

wedding party taken before the ceremony.

food is critical to the wedding celebration. Interviews and tastings are a must.

discussing photo packages, 11 When don’t forget black and white and waste time getting to your 20 Don’t sepia tones. This classic style of reception. Have photos of the

remember that the hour of the reserve your photographer 12 Doceremony 21 Do is an indicator of the nine to 12 months before your consider having your entire 13 Dowedding at a full-service hotel. The formality of the reception.

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convenience of having the ceremony, reception and guest lodging in one place is incomparable, especially for a complicated event.

When renting a stretch limo, do remember that it can usually seat up to 10 people, but fewer when the bride’s gown and train and the bridesmaid’s dresses are factored in to the equation.

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wedding. Decide which shots you definitely want and which ones you can live without.

forget to send an invitation 22 Don’t to your officiant and to all of your

pick up your invitation 23 Do envelopes as soon as possible so wedding party.

that you can begin addressing them.

consider having two bouquets, 24 Do one to keep and one to throw. check with your church or 25 Do temple about their policies, especially regarding alcohol.

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Outdoor Weddings Where you choose to say “I do” sets the stage for the remainder of the celebration. BY JILL MORROW

Planning your dream wedding requires lots of hard work and attention to detail. Where you choose to say “I do” sets the stage for the remainder of the celebration. Although many indoor and church weddings are lovely, more and more couples are opting for outdoor ceremonies and receptions. There are many reasons to consider an outdoor wedding besides the obvious ones: the sun, the trees, and warm breezes! With an outdoor wedding you have the ability to create a day that is uniquely you. Often couples are seeking to make their day different and avoid the feeling of a “cookie cutter” wedding. Outdoor options abound in New England. Do you love being on the water? Consider the beach, or one of the states’ many lakes, or even a floating wedding aboard a boat. Do you love the outdoors, hiking and our beautiful mountains? Your dream location could be an orchard, a ski resort or a Christmas tree farm. Having an outdoor venue allows you to create exactly the celebration you want. Whether you choose a New England clambake or a formal seated dinner with decorations to match, you don’t have to conform to the painted walls or specific décor of a reception hall. One of the bonuses of an outdoor wedding is that the natural beauty of your surroundings lessens your need for elaborate decorations. Consider timing your wedding to include a beautiful sunset or to take advantage of fall color. Outdoor weddings are a photographer’s dream, creating opportunities for one-of-a-kind wedding portraits.

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Having an outdoor wedding does require special considerations. Every bride wants a perfect sunny day for their wedding, but you need to be prepared for the vagaries of Mother Nature. Will the wedding move inside, or is there a tent? Does the tent have sides? Are heaters available if the day is chilly? Do you need to rent all of the equipment: tables, chairs, linen, glassware, etc.? This requires additional planning and work for the bride unless the venue offers the services of an event coordinator. Some towns have rules about consumption of alcohol in public places, so check to be sure you’re allowed to serve alcohol. If you’re getting married in a public park or on the beach you may need a permit. Make sure you arrange this well in advance as it would be a shame if the police decided to crash your party. Do guests have a place to park? If parking is tight you may want to hire valets for the event. Another option is to instruct guests to park in a local parking lot and shuttle them to your location. Many limo companies rent trolleys, which could be a fun way to transport guests. Finally, consider including a note in the invitation or on your website to let your guests know what to expect (i.e. wear flat shoes, bring sunscreen). An outdoor wedding is a unique event tailored to your personal style. Have fun no matter what the weather may be and remember – an overcast day on a mountaintop is still more spectacular than a sunny day in a reception hall!

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Waterville Estates

ThE bEST kEpT SECRET in ThE WhiTE MounTainS Waterville Estates is a four season vacation destination located in the heart of the White Mountains. The multi-million dollar community center is a main attraction and host to many amenities such as: basketball court, tennis courts, tanning, locker rooms, saunas, game room, private pond with sandy beach, paddle boats, fishing, playground, ice skating pond, state-ofthe-art fitness room, horseshoe pits, shuffleboard court, picnic areas, 2 indoor pools, hot tubs, and our gorgeous outdoor pool and poolside pavilion.

Waterville Estates is equipped with two restaurants and three full service bars. The Summit Lounge and Restaurant, the Mountain View Lounge, and our private Ski Mountain which is home to Campton Mountain Grill and Tailspin Lounge. With its grand cathedral ceilings and walls of windows showcasing the spectacular mountain vistas, the Summit Lounge at Waterville Estates is our main dining and function facility the perfect location for weddings, corporate events, anniversary parties, rehearsal dinners, and functions of all types. Get the free mobile app at

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Set on the peaceful grounds overlooking Cobbetts Pond, the beauty of Castleton’s surroundings is matched only by the grace of our service.

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Spectacular sunsets, gorgeous lake views, elegant gardens and luscious food will make any affair a fabulous time to remember. Allow us to create your dream wedding and reception with Old World charm and elegance. The Inn on Newfound Lake hosts one wedding at a time to ensure an exclusive, intimate experience.

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It’s a day you have dreamed about, a day you have waited for and a day that should be perfect! We have put together a variety of reception packages to fit any budget and to help you plan your wedding day. In the Lakes Region, Contigiani’s Catering Service offers Pheasant Ridge Golf Club in Gilford, NH or if a home wedding is more your style, we have a list of reputable tent companies we work with. In central NH, Contigiani’s Catering Service also offers Bektash Function Hall located in Concord, NH.

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Choosing Catering 7 Steps to the perfect wedding cuisine to satisfy both you and all of your guests.

Perhaps the only part of a wedding that’s gotten a bad rap throughout the years is the meal. Guests usually expect a dry chicken breast and some sticky rice pilaf, so spicing up the dinner and giving it a personal spin is the perfect way to make your wedding memorable and give your guests some fuel to dance the night away. STEP 1: START THE SEARCH. As soon as you’ve selected your reception site, the catering search can begin. 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. If they allow an independent caterer, you may be asked to choose from a pre-approved list. If you’re able to select your own caterer, though, try to narrow down your list to no more than three, otherwise you’ll be tasting for a month and all the flavors will blur together. When you’re calling caterers, make sure to have as much information as you know on hand. They’ll want to know your wedding date, time of day, approximate number of guests, if you’d like a sitdown or buffet meal 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. Ask for sample wedding menus and references before a formal meeting or tasting. STEP 2: DETERMINE YOUR SERVICE STYLE. Right off the bat, caterers will want to discuss your taste and budget in detail. Think about the style and feel of your wedding, and decide whether you want a sit-down meal or a buffet. Then talk about the extras – do you want hors d’oeuvres during cocktails and a late-night snack? How about fruit or coffee with the cake? Talk with a caterer about the different options and appropriateness for the time of day, number of guests and style.

STEP 3: SCHEDULE A TASTING. When you finally narrow down your list, the fun part is here – tasting! Don’t be afraid to speak up during tastings, or ask if they can tweak something to your tastes. This is your day and your meal and fulfilling your food wishes is their job. STEP 4: DESIGN THE MENU. Start by searching through magazines, web sites and bridal shows to clarify your likes and dislikes. Think about weddings you’ve attended, or ask caterers or friends for favorites and fails. Then, work closely with your caterer to craft the perfect and personal menu. Remember that the caterer has probably seen lots of weddings and knows what works best with the number of people, the time of day and the locations, so take their professional advice if they think a cool, crisp salad might not be the best appetizer in your outdoor summer wedding. Also keep your guests in mind – you might have to accommodate for lots of children or vegetarians, for example. STEP 5: CALCULATE THE COST. Once you’ve selected a caterer, think business and cost. Most caterers base their prices on a per-person cost. Facilities with in-house catering departments may have a minimum charge or setup fee, while an off-premises caterer will usually work within any reasonable, agreed-upon budget. Keep in mind buffets are usually priced higher, since they’ll have to account for a little more per person, and it’s common to add overage or gratuity. 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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 17

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Manchester Country Club is building a beautiful new Ballroom, a perfect venue for your special day. Opening May 2013 The renovations will include a new 300-seat ballroom, open-air veranda and covered patio for outdoor ceremonies and cocktail hours, and a redesigned bridal suite. To learn more about how you can make the new space yours, please visit our website. And, as always, membership is not required to have your special day at the Manchester Country Club.

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of a few last-minute guests and will add the meals to the bill after the wedding. Decide if you’ll include meals for weddingrelated 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. 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 give you a better idea, but a general guideline is one server per 10 to 12 guests for a sit-down dinner. A full and open bar will require more servers. Ask ahead of time what their attire is, so it matches the style and formality of your reception. STEP 7: FINALIZE THE DETAILS, IN WRITING. Don’t sign a contract without this info – day, date, time, address of the site, food items by course, number of guests covered, provisions for special meals, time of cocktail hour, time meal is served, contact people, number of bartenders and wait staff,

linens, beverages and bar guidelines, terms of payment and liability insurance. There will probably be an advance deposit when you sign the contract, and don’t forget to check the cancellation policy. PERSONALIZE YOUR MEAL! Trip around the world. Give your guests a culinary trip across the globe, with a variety of food stations offering a range of ethnic food…pad thai, bruschetta, and mini sushi rolls are a fun way to inspire conversation and provide something for everyone. Share your faves. Do you and your spouse have a favorite restaurant you went on your first date, or a meal you love cooking together? Make it part of your day. Even if your favorite restaurant doesn’t have a special cater service for those fish tacos, talk to an owner and see if they’d be willing to bend a little, especially for a small wedding. Don’t make your grandma cook her favorite lasagna on your day, but don’t be afraid to look for a great Italian caterer and let everyone know the inspiration for the meal.

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THE CEREMONY AND RECEIVING LINE You’ll find traditional configurations for Christian and Jewish wedding parties illustrated and labeled below. The bride meets the groom at the altar to initiate a Christian wedding, while her parents remain seated throughout the service. A Jewish bride is escorted down the aisle by her parents, who then remain standing.

HEAD TABLE

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Special Guest 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

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7. Flower Girl 8. Ring Bearer 9. Father of the Bride 10. Mother of the Bride 11. Father of the Groom 12. Mother of the Groom

13. Clergymember 14. Cantor 15. Bride’s Grandfather 16. Bride’s Grandmother 17. Groom’s Grandfather 18. Groom’s Grandmother

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CASTLETON BANQUET AND CONFERENCE CENTER 92 Indian Rock Road, Windham, NH 03087 603-898-6300 www.castletonbcc.com VENUE TYPE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wedding and Event Center LOCATION OPTIONS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Indoor/Outdoor EVENT TYPE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ceremony/Reception CEREMONY CAPACITY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .300 RECEPTION CAPACITY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .500 PARKING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Complimentary Whether your wedding is large or small, our elegant function rooms can accommodate from 100 to 500 guests. Our Executive Chef, Function Coordinator and creative staff will ensure that the menu selections and room settings are tailored to suit your individual taste and will assist you with every detail. Our facilities include private bridal suites and formal photography rooms for your exclusive use. Enjoy cocktails in our large, beautifully decorated lobbies complete with a baby grand piano, Disklavier, and an indoor waterfall. Take in the sunset from one of our porticos overlooking picturesque Cobbetts Pond. So relax, enjoy the beauty of your day…and let your new life begin with your magical experience at Castleton! 18 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com

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CONTIGIANI’S CATERING SERVICE 11 Durkee Street, Laconia, NH 03246 603-524-4518 www.contigianiscateringservice.com VENUE TYPE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Function Hall/ Full Service Catering LOCATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Indoor/Outdoor EVENT TYPE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ceremony/Reception CEREMONY CAPACITY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Up to 400 RECEPTION CAPACITY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Up to 400 PRICE RANGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Visit website for details SERVING STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Plated / Buffet PARKING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Complimentary It’s a day you have dreamed about, a day you have waited for and a day that should be perfect. That is where Contigiani’s Catering Service comes into the picture. We have put together a variety of reception packages to fit any budget and to help you plan your wedding day. In the Lakes Region, Contigiani’s Catering Service offers Pheasant Ridge Golf Club in Gilford, NH or if a home wedding is more your style, we have a list of reputable tent companies we work with. In central NH, Contigiani’s Catering Service also offers Bektash Function Hall located in Concord. For more information please visit our website www.contigianiscateringservice.com or call 603-524-4518 Get the free mobile app at

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DRIFT AWAY 219 Lafayette Rd., North Hampton, NH 03862 603-379-8180 www.driftaway.us, info@driftaway.us VENUE TYPE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Restaurant LOCATION OPTIONS: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Indoor/Outdoor EVENT TYPE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ceremony/Reception CEREMONY CAPACITY: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .up to 200 RECEPTION CAPACITY: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .up to 200 PRICE RANGE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Very affordable. Visit Website PARKING:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Complimentary FEATURES: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tent, Gazebo, Valet Parking SERVING STYLE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Plated, Buffet, Food Stations and Family The Great Seacoast Icon…Reborn! Drift Away (formerly Abercrombie & Finch), presents a unique environment where you can escape to eat, drink and celebrate. From weddings to rehearsal dinners to ceremonies to receptions to showers, let us tailor your special occasion to your individual taste, style and budget. Please visit our website at www.DriftAway.us to find out more about us and arrange for a personal visit.

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FORSTER’S WEDDINGS & EVENTS 349 Mt Hunger Rd, Henniker, NH 03242 603-428-3825 ftfweddings@gmail.com www.forstersweddings.com VENUE TYPE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Christmas Tree Farm LOCATION OPTIONS: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Outdoor EVENT TYPE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ceremony/Reception CAPACITY: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150 SERVING STYLE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Plated, Buffet, or Family Style PRICE RANGE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Call for details PARKING:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Valet Forster’s Weddings & Events are held at Forster’s Christmas Tree Farm set on over 130 private acres with spectacular panoramic mountain views. Forster’s holds weddings and other catered events from May to mid-October. Our focus is to provide elegant weddings and tented receptions in a most spectacular setting. Our event coordinator and our chef will work with you to ensure your wedding or special event is unique and exquisite. Unlike other outdoor venues we handle all the details. Our packages include everything necessary to ensure your event is unforgettable.

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FRATELLO’S ~ WEDDINGS IN THE MILLYARD 155 Dow Street, Manchester, NH 03101 603-641-6777 www.fratellos.com VENUE TYPE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Reception Facility LOCATION OPTIONS: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Indoor EVENT TYPE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ceremony/ Reception CEREMONY CAPACITY: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Up to 185 RECEPTION CAPACITY: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Up to 185 PRICE RANGE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Visit Website / Call to discuss PARKING:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ample on-site parking available Since 1997, Fratello’s in Manchester’s historic milllyard has been committed to providing couples with the highest level of personal service, superb cuisine and uncompromising value. Originally built in 1868, the Amoskeag Mill was purchased by the McDonough Family. After two years of construction and restorations, the doors were reopened to an elegantly restored facility that features exposed brick, beams and wooden columns, highlighting its original charm. The highest of standards with uncompromising value combined with a dedicated and experienced wedding coordinator who will remain by your side from the moment of first contact until the lights go out on your special day, provides you with a wedding day that is more than you http:/ / gettag.mobi dreamed possible. Get the free mobile app at

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THE GRANITE ROSE 22 Garland Drive, Hampstead, NH 03841 603-329-8000 ext 15 www.graniterose.com VENUE TYPE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Reception Facility LOCATION OPTIONS: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Indoor/Outdoor EVENT TYPE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ceremony/Reception CEREMONY CAPACITY: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Up to 300 RECEPTION CAPACITY: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Up to 430 PRICE RANGE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Call for Details PARKING:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Complimentary The Granite Rose is the epitome of elegance with its sliding French doors leading to a private wraparound deck where your guests can enjoy cocktails and butler passed hors d’oeuvres. The abundance of glass allows you the opportunity to welcome the outside in, so that you may enjoy the gardens and deck throughout your event. Perched atop the hillside, The Granite Rose is surrounded by the abundant beauty of the New Hampshire woods and mountains with spectacular views of perennial gardens, majestic stone walls, and graceful water features. Allow nature’s grandeur to provide the perfect canvas on which to paint the portrait of your once-in-a-lifetime day. Get the free mobile app at

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INDIAN HEAD RESORT 664 US Rte 3, Lincoln, NH 03251 1-888-343-8000 www.indianheadresort.com VENUE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Resort LOCATION OPTIONS: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Indoor/Outdoor EVENT TYPE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ceremony/Reception/Honeymoon CEREMONY CAPACITY: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75-160 RECEPTION CAPACITY: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75-160 SERVING STYLE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Plated/Buffet PRICE RANGE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Call For Details PARKING:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Complimentary 180 acres of scenic splendor in the heart of New Hampshire’s White Mountains. Surrounded by the majestic beauty of the White Mountains and our own private lake. All of us take pride in providing unforgettable hospitality and dining experiences for all of our guests. At Indian Head Resort, our goal is to allow you to thoroughly enjoy your event. Whether you are planning your wedding, reception or honeymoon at the Indian Head Resort we’ll provide you with exceptional meals and friendly personal service. PHOTOS BY PHILBRICK PHOTOGRAPHY

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THE INNS AND SPA AT MILL FALLS 312 Daniel Webster Highway, Meredith, NH 03253 866-613-8178 www.millfalls.com VENUE TYPE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Resort LOCATION OPTIONS: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Indoor/Outdoor EVENT TYPE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ceremony/Reception CEREMONY CAPACITY: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 230 RECEPTION CAPACITY: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 230 PRICE RANGE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Visit website PARKING:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Onsite Parking Available Let the classic beauty and quiet grace of Lake Winnipesaukee provide the perfect setting for your special day. Our waterfront banquet facilities accommodating 50 to 230 guests, experienced event planners, full service spa, designer decorated guestrooms and our unsurpassed attention to guest service are sure to amaze you and your guests.

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INN ON NEWFOUND LAKE 1030 Mayhew Tpke, Bridgewater, NH 03222 603-744-9111 www.newfoundlake.com VENUE TYPE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wedding and Event Center LOCATION OPTIONS: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Indoor/Outdoor EVENT OPTIONS: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ceremony/Reception CEREMONY CAPACITY: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .up to 200 RECEPTION CAPACITY: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .up to 200 PRICE RANGE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Call for details PARKING:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Complimentary Spectacular sunset, gorgeous lake view, elegant gardens and luscious food will make any affair a fabulous time to remember. The Inn hosts functions year around from 50 to 200 guests in its award-winning restaurant, newly renovated barn or extensive gardens. Allow us to create your dream wedding and reception with old world charm and elegance. The Inn on Newfound Lake hosts one wedding at a time to insure an exclusive, intimate experience. Newfound Lake is located in the beautiful Lake Region of New Hampshire, at the foothills of the White Mountain making your destination the best of both worlds.

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MANCHESTER COUNTRY CLUB 180 S. River Road, Bedford, NH 03110 603-624-4096 www.manchestercountryclub.com VENUE TYPE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Country Club with Ballroom LOCATION OPTIONS: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Indoor/Outdoor EVENT TYPE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ceremony/Reception CEREMONY CAPACITY: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .up to 300 RECEPTION CAPACITY: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .up to 300 PRICE RANGE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Call for details PARKING:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Complimentary We care about your wedding day being the most special day of your life. That’s why we host only one wedding at a time so we can focus entirely on you. You will enjoy personalized and creative service, and we will tailor every small detail of your day, including the menu and room setup, to suit your style and tastes. Your wedding consultant will work with you from the planning stages right through the last minute of your reception, making sure we keep our promise to you...that your event will be a reflection of you. Opening in May 2013, Manchester Country Club’s new ballroom is a perfect venue for your wedding day. The renovations will include a new 300-seat ballroom, open-air veranda and covered patio for outdoor ceremonies and cocktail hours, and a redesigned bridal suite. To learn more about how you can make the new space yours, please visit our website. And, as always, membership is not required to have your special day at the Manchester Country Club. http:/ / gettag.mobi Get the free mobile app at

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MOUNTAIN CLUB ON LOON RESORT & SPA 90 Loon Mountain Rd., Lincoln, NH 03251 800-229-7829 www.mtnclub.com VENUE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mountainside Resort Hotel LOCATION OPTIONS: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Indoor/Outdoor EVENT TYPE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ceremony/Reception AVAILABLE FUNCTION ROOMS: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Event Venues CAPACITY: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Up to 250 CEREMONY: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Summit & Terrace Location PRICE RANGE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$500-$2000 PARKING:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Complimentary We offer everything the Bride & Groom are looking for. Exquisite views of a “Summit Ceremony” on the top of Loon Mtn. via a relaxing 12 min. Gondola Skyride, beautiful décor of the Seasons & Hancock reception rooms, exciting girls day at our own Viaggio Spa and luxury in our newly renovated guest rooms. We offer fun catering menus to kick off with a themed rehearsal dinner on Friday night in our Greenhouse or choose to host a dinner reservation for family and friends in our Black Diamond Tavern. What more could you want when you can get top-notch cuisine in a truly breathtaking setting with indoor and outdoor options available for the wedding you’ve always dreamed of! 28 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com

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RADISSON HOTEL & SUITES CHELMSFORD 10 Independence Drive, Chelmsford, MA 01824 978-256-0800 www.radisson.com/chelmsfordma www.weddings-chelmsford.com VENUE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hotel LOCATION OPTIONS: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Indoor EVENT TYPE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ceremony/Reception AVAILABLE FUNCTION ROOMS: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Ballrooms CAPACITY: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 250 CEREMONY: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 250 PRICE RANGE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Call for Details PARKING:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Complimentary Featuring a blend of elegance, culinary expertise and impeccable service. The Grand Foyer with its sweeping Double Grand Staircases invites breathtaking photos. We offer a variety of wedding packages to make your wedding planning a breeze. Sit back and let a professional experienced staff take care of the details. Located 10 miles from the New Hampshire state line the Radisson Hotel & Suites provides a dynamic setting to your wedding celebration! Call 978-367-3158 to additional information and prices. Get the free mobile app at

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RADISSON HOTEL MANCHESTER 700 Elm St., Manchester, NH 03101 603-625-1000 www.radisson.com/manchesternh VENUE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hotel LOCATION OPTIONS: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Indoor EVENT TYPE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ceremony/Reception CEREMONY CAPACITY: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 700 RECEPTION CAPACITY: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 700 PRICE RANGE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Call for Details PARKING:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Attached parking facility The perfect setting for your special event! Allow the Radisson Hotel Manchester to assist in planning every detail for your memorable day. Along with our delectable menus, luxurious accommodations, and impeccable service, we offer a range of packages to accommodate any budget. We will approach your wedding with a creative flair, and you will notice it in every detail!

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RADISSON HOTEL NASHUA 11 Tara Blvd., Nashua, NH 03062 603-888-9970 www.radisson.com/hotels/nhnashua VENUE TYPE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Resort LOCATION OPTIONS: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Indoor EVENT TYPE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ceremony/Reception AVAILABLE BANQUET ROOMS: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Ballrooms NO. OF MONTHS TO SCHEDULE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 months CAPACITY: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20-450 SERVING STYLE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Plated, Buffet PRICE RANGE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $50 or more The Radisson Hotel Nashua encourages you to customize your wedding package! Our experienced staff is devoted to making every event a spectacular success. We are pleased to offer a 15% discount for any wedding booked for a Friday evening, or a 20% discount for a Sunday wedding*. For more information or to schedule a tour please contact the Radisson Hotel 603-579-3268. *This offer is valid for all new weddings booked and held in 2012.

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WATERVILLE ESTATES 562 Winterbrook Road, Campton, NH 03223 603-726-3082 www.weddingsnh.com VENUE TYPE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Reception Facility LOCATION OPTIONS: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Indoor/Outdoor EVENT TYPE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ceremony/Reception CEREMONY CAPACITY: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Up to 250 RECEPTION CAPACITY: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Up to 250 PRICE RANGE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Call for details PARKING:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Complimentary The best kept secret in the White Mountains! Waterville Estates specializes in the extra options you desire and deserve, including personalized menus to suit every taste and budget, a professional staff that truly care about making your wedding day memories last forever, and spectacular mountain view ceremonies at no extra charge!

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WOODSTOCK INN WEDDING CENTER 135 Main Street, North Woodstock, NH 03262 800-321-3985 www.woodstockinnnh.com VENUE TYPE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Country Inn LOCATION OPTIONS: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Indoor/Outdoor EVENT TYPE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ceremony/Reception RECEPTION CAPACITY: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Up to 160 PRICE RANGE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Call for details SERVING STYLE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Plated or Buffet PARKING:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Onsite and complimentary valet The perfect setting for your special occasion - classic but comfortable. Located on North Woodstock’s historic Main Street in the heart of the White Mountains with incredibly beautiful gardens and mountain views. Many ceremony locations including the cozy fireplace at the Woodstock Station, the beautiful gentle waterfalls at Cascade Park (located across the street), the shores of beautiful Echo Lake in Franconia Notch and the mountain tops of four different ski resorts all within 5 to 20 minutes away. The Clement Room is suitable for smaller groups up to 60. Our new facility will open January 2013 with space for 160 guests as well as a separate lounge recreation area with a lounge and fireplace. Our chefs cater to your every whim. Each menu is designed personally around your needs. The Inn has 33 comfortable guest rooms, making it ideal for your destination wedding.

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WYNDHAM BOSTON ANDOVER HOTEL 123 Old River Road, Andover, MA 01810 978-975-3600 X6172 www.wyndhamandover.com VENUE TYPE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Hotel with Ballroom LOCATION OPTIONS: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Indoor EVENT TYPE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ceremony/Reception CEREMONY CAPACITY: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Up to 500 RECEPTION CAPACITY: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Up to 450 PRICE RANGE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Call for details PARKING:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Complimentary onsite parking available Choose our old-fashioned gazebo for pictures, the newest innovations in lighting design, and even borrow a few ideas from our seasoned Wedding Consultant. It will all add up to something truly memorable. Weddings with an international flare are our special passion! Our chef will create authentic dishes that your guests will swear came from the old country. Or, create a custom menu from local ingredients like filo flowers with blue cheese and cranberry, sirloin steak, and seared salmon with dill chardonnay. Contact our professional Wedding Specialist, Jaymi Amaral. You’ll see for yourself the unique beauty of our space, and we’ll get started discussing how we can make your big day truly memorable. 34 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com

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Surrounded by the majestic beauty of the White Mountains and our own private lake. All of us take pride in providing unforgettable hospitality and dining experiences for all of our guests. At Indian Head Resort, our goal is to allow you to thoroughly enjoy your event. Whether you are planning your wedding, reception or honeymoon at the Indian Head Resort we’ll provide you with exceptional meals and friendly personal service.

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Destination weddings at the Mountain Club on Loon Resort & Spa allow you and your guests to enjoy the magic of the White Mountains with all there is to see and do!

The four-season Mountain Club on Loon Resort & Spa offers one of the best locations in the White Mountains of New Hampshire! We offer everything the Bride & Groom are looking for. Exquisite views of a “Summit Ceremony” on the top of Loon Mountain via a relaxing 12 minute Gondola Skyride, beautiful décor of the Seasons & Hancock reception rooms, exciting girls day at our own Viaggio Spa and luxury in our newly renovated guest rooms.

Our guests also get the advantage of taking in all the activities that Loon Mountain Resort offers. Your guests will arrive feeling relaxed, yet excited, as they begin the fun, memory filled weekend. We offer fun catering menus to kick off with a themed rehearsal dinner on Friday night in our Greenhouse or choose to host a dinner reservation for family and friends in our Black Diamond Tavern. Our new wedding menus offer the perfect culinary blend to create a truly

special Wedding Reception. We even offer a unique menu for after the reception when your guests are ready for a late night snack in our Black Diamond Tavern. Let our Executive Chef, Matt Holland, show you his talents one more time with a hosted Brunch on Sunday morning for all your wedding guests. What more could you want when you can get top-notch cuisine in a truly breathtaking setting with indoor and outdoor options available for the wedding you’ve always dreamed of!

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Hair & Make-up An important detail often overlooked by brides.

Brides spend countless hours and thousands of dollars on the details of their big day – from choosing the right wedding dress to hiring the right photographer. Unfortunately, one important element often gets overlooked: planning for hair and makeup. The following is a suggested timeline to help you achieve that perfect look on your wedding day. BY EDWARD D SHARON, JR. PHOTOS BY EYE SUGAR PHOTOGRAPHY

12 Months Before the Wedding It is highly recommended that you begin to research the top wedding stylists in your area. Most stylists do not specialize in the intricacies of design and dressing hair for formal events. You should interview salons and stylists and find the ones that regularly perform bridal services and who have a reputation in the community for this type of work. Look for a stylist who’s not only talented, but patient and creative. The last thing a bride wants is a temperamental stylist on her wedding day! 9 Months Out After doing your due diligence and choosing a salon and stylist, you should book a consultation

nine months before your big day. Be prepared to discuss how you visualize the look for your wedding. This goes beyond a picture of the dress and veil. You need to decide the color, length, texture and particular style that can be realistically achieved. If length and thickness or volume can’t be achieved with your natural hair, talk to your stylist about using hair extensions. If budget is a concern, keep in mind that extensions can add another $1,000 to the overall cost. Other options include adding false/forms to the hair to increase volume and scheduling thermal keratin treatments to smooth down unruly hair. The key is to book the wedding party NOW. Brides or planners should call as early as possible to book any party of four or more people. Salons

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HAIR & MAKE-UP need to plan for success. Today’s quality stylists are typically “booked up” eight weeks in advance. Remember that most weddings occur on Friday evenings and Saturdays, so those are the two busiest days in the salons. Plan on up styles and makeup each taking an hour. Know when your bridal party’s hair and makeup must be fully completed and communicate that to your stylist. Factor in drive time to your next destination. Add another 30 minutes to any estimation. Surprises do come up and remember it is a mutual goal of both the bridal party and the stylists to achieve perfect hair for the photographs. It takes time to achieve this goal. 6 Months Out It is important that a bride continue with the maintenance program that was agreed upon with the stylist. The worst thing that a bride could do at this point is to change salons. Even if a stylist leaves a salon, a quality salon will have a “back up” bridal stylist as well as detailed notes on the goals of the bride. 3 Months Out Many brides will want to have an “island glow” or tanned skin look for their wedding pictures. It is at the three month mark that most people will want to start to tan indoors under the guidance and supervision of a salon so you don’t over expose the skin. Another alternative which is very popular is airbrush/spray-on tanning. This is a healthier alternative to UV light and can be combined with traditional bed tanning to give an even tone. It’s time to start thinking of hair accessories for the bridal attendants. Flowers, jewels, and even headbands can dramatically alter the look. 1 Month Out Plan to have your trial up style and makeup done the same day as your final dress fitting; this way you can see your completed look and make any necessary changes. It’s a great idea to have the bridal party start to save pictures of hair and makeup that inspires them. All should use a product like OPI Nail Envy to strengthen and grow the natural nails in time for the big day. Week of the Wedding The week before your wedding can be the most hectic and stressful week of your life. Plan on taking an entire day to have final ancillary services like a shellac 54 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com

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Getting There

Whether you’re traveling in style or arranging practical transportation, you and your guests can travel in style. The moments between the ceremony and the reception are giddy, exciting ones, and it’s only fitting to be whisked off as prince and princess in a carriage, or ride off into the sunset with your loved one. But those happy endings aren’t even practical. So even if the transportation between the ceremony and reception isn’t fit for a Hollywood screenplay, here are some tips to make it as fun, affordable and memorable as the rest of your day. FIRST: HOW MANY? Your search for transportation needs to start once you decide how many people you’ll be moving. Do you want just the bride and the groom in a vehicle, or is the entire wedding party heading to the reception together? If the whole party is going, do you want to include their spouses or dates? What about the couple’s parents and new in-laws? Once you make those decisions, you can start searching around for transport based on size. Then, you can pick out a limousine, a coach party bus, a trolley, or something more unique and personal for the couple. Whatever you decide on, keep safety in mind for when revelers are bouncing from place to place. LIMOS If there is a day to splurge on this iconic luxury vehicle, your wedding is certainly the day. Unlike some other forms of transport, a limo can be booked for an entire day, so you could get a highclass ride to pick you up at the house, delivering you to the ceremony, reception or even to the airport to jet away on a honeymoon. Most companies have a one or two hour minimum for their services, so think about what the most cost-effective way would be to keep the limo around. If you want a car for both going to and leaving the ceremony, it might be more affordable to hire two separate cars rather than pay for the vehicle to sit there during a long reception. There are quite a few options for limos. A formal limousine seats four people, and sometimes a bride and groom will travel to the ceremony alone. Or, if you’d like to include the wedding party, stretch limos can allow for six to 10. For larger parties and a flashier mode of transport, sport utility models like the Hummer and Explorer are popular and unique

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both inside and out. The larger models are often posh, with flashy lights and decorative interiors. CATCH THE COACH For larger wedding parties or ones that want a little elbow room, a party bus or luxury coach is a great way to travel from the ceremony to the reception. It’s got all the amenities and style of a luxury limousine, but with more room to spare – these will seat up to 10 people very comfortably. Or, for even bigger parties, a passenger coach or party bus can seat anywhere from 21 to 49 people, so it can be a great way to get a few special guests and family members on the special ride between locations. Or, if you have a very small wedding and the ceremony and reception are separated by a long distance, this is a fun way to get all the guests in on the party right away. Like limousine services, passenger and luxury coach companies require a minimum number of hours. The size and type of coach will determine the hourly rate. Depending on the size of your party it may make sense to hire two coaches, maybe a luxury coach for the bride, groom and attendants and a passenger coach for the guests. This allows guests with a little more flexibility, as well. TAKING THE TROLLEY An attractive, fun and picturesque alternative to a limo or passenger coach is a trolley, if it’s available in your area. Trolleys generally can accommodate between 20 and 35 people, so they’re great for larger parties or adding on some family members or friends. With their antique look and old world charm, they’ll send a lovely, elegant touch to this wedding day detail. Since most have outdoor decks, these are especially fun in small towns so CONTINUED ON PAGE 60


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Living the Dream Plan the wedding - and forever after. BY REBECCA CUMMINGS

Planning for the Big Day It was April 2011 when Andrew slipped a sparkling diamond onto Heather’s finger. For two weeks, they basked in the glow of being an engaged couple, and then they got busy. They both wanted a wedding day to remember. They both knew they had work ahead of them. Lots of it! Once they set the date, a Saturday in April for the following year, the planning began in earnest. Apart from the date, they quickly figured out that budget, not day dreams, had to be the determining factor for every decision concerning the wedding. With Heather from New Hampshire and Andrew from Maine, they had to decide which of the two states would serve not only their needs but the needs of the guests as well. Since it was to be a Greek Orthodox wedding, the availability of the large church in Dover, NH seemed perfect. Dover, just across the border from Maine, would be easily accessible for guests from the two states as well as the large number of close relatives from Massachusetts. They estimated the number of guests and investigated facilities large enough to comfortably seat and serve about two hundred, yet still within their projected budget. Again, Dover had several possibilities from which to choose. Once they decided upon the venue, there were a myriad of details beyond the white gown. Bridesmaids and groom’s men. Gowns and tuxes. Save-the-date notices and invitations. Flowers and favors. Menu and music. A cake and photographer. Both organizers by nature, they made checklists of tasks and split the responsibilities. Heather took over save-the-date notices, invitations, place cards, favors and cake. Oh, the cake must be glorious to look at and

satisfy the tastes of both! She checked out local photographers and compared costs. Andrew, on the other hand, took care of researching and booking the reception hall and bar service. He made arrangements for the limo. Most importantly, he interviewed four potential caterers, discovering that prices per guest can be negotiated, if one asks, and was able to reduce the price per plate by onethird without sacrificing quality or quantity, a huge savings when one is planning on serving two hundred guests. Together they planned seating charts, thinking carefully about her family and friends and his. Of course they jointly planned the honeymoon, where they would go that would be new and exciting yet still restful after such a busy time. The wedding went off without a wrinkle. Although rain was in the forecast, there was not a drop to dampen the day. Sun filtered through the beautiful stained glass windows of the church. Apple trees and forsythia were in glorious bloom. Tulips and daffodils lined the walkways, perfect backdrops for photos. The bride and groom smiled happily throughout the service. The reception hall was tastefully decorated. The toasts were short and sweet but personal. The food was delicious. All went just as planned. The day reflected the careful planning that had absorbed the young couple for a full year. Planning for the Days Ahead And will it be happily ever after for Heather and Andrew? Have they begun planning for the years ahead as carefully as they planned for their wedding day, the day that went by in such a flash it now seems like a golden dream? The fact that they worked together so well and were so ready to compromise is a promising sign of future harmony, especially when dealing with potentially the most CONTINUED ON PAGE 60

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fractious issue—finances. In a recent newspaper article writer Kathryn Skelton quotes Charles Colgan, formerly a Maine state economist and now a professor at Southern Maine’s Muskie School of Public Service, “‘Marriage has always been about money... For all of our thinking about marriage being about romance…marriage as a social institution has always been about income and living arrangements’” (“The Cost of Going it Alone: Experts examine growing single-mom trend and what it means for Maine.” Sun Journal [Lewiston, ME] 6 May 2012, A7.) Anyone who has endured a faltering or failed marriage can most likely attest to the fact that finances are a contributing factor. Heather and Andrew, like every new couple, need to think seriously about their financial life together as carefully as they let finances guide their decisions about the wedding. It’s never too early to begin planning for retirement. Will there be a family? A beautiful new home? How does one manage savings so they grow? Annuities? A mortgage? SHOULD THE UNTHINKABLE HAPPEN Unlike Heather and Andrew’s wedding day, catastrophes do not announce themselves with Save-the-Date magnets to attach to the fridge. However, there are a few steps to secure a future as a couple. With proper planning, every couple can make sure their specific needs and goals are addressed. Unlike for the big day, planning

for the future will not be intense planning over a year or possibly more; however, planning for the future will take small amounts of time over the years as conditions change, especially if the couple has the benefit of a trusted financial representative. Should tragedy occur, an important consideration is how to keep the surviving spouse and children in the home if one spouse dies. Permanent life insurance in an amount equal to or greater than the mortgage can provide funds needed to pay off the mortgage, cover final expenses or provide an income for the surviving spouse and family. One tends to think of life insurance as insurance only for men. These days, women, too, need life insurance protection for the same reason men do—to provide financial protection for their loved ones. In today’s world, it often takes two incomes to support a family. Life insurance helps replace the wife’s income if she dies. Even if the wife has no outside employment, a stay-at-home wife assumes many important roles in the family. If she dies, her surviving spouse may have to pay someone for her services such as child care, transportation for children, housekeeping, cooking and laundry. The wife’s death benefit proceeds can help pay for these services. And consider that a growing number of women are the sole breadwinners for their families. These women absolutely need life insurance to help pay for any debt, medical and funeral expenses at their death.

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you can take a peek outside and watch onlookers wave at the newlyweds. And there’s no transportation alternative that looks as great in photos! UNIQUE ALTERNATIVES Limos, party buses and trolleys are great, traditional options, but some new couples might opt for something more personal or creative. A horse-drawn carriage is a romantic, vintage option, especially if you can decorate it with your wedding colors or pull up to your waving guests. Vintage cars are also great photo ops and add a touch of class. An antique Rolls Royce or a ’69 Mustang are fun and something you don’t get to ride in every day. Ride in style like the royal couple did in their April wedding in a decorated navy soft-top Aston Martin Volante. Or, as with everything else in the wedding, make sure the transportation connects to YOU. Maybe you met at a Harley rally – ride off on your twin Hogs! Or maybe you share a love of mountain biking – don’t be afraid to wheel over on a tandem together. Personality is what makes weddings memorable, so however you move, make sure it’s full of your style.

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DOWN TO DETAILS Make sure to confirm transportation booking and verify pickup and departure times well in advance of your wedding dates. And don’t be afraid to ask for a test drive! For a written contract, look for these things: • Name and contact information for you and the company (including cell phone!) • Date, time and address of all pick-up and drop-off locations • Type and number of vehicles rented, and amenities supplied with each • Exact hours of vehicle rental • Total cost, including gas, mileage, tip and overtime fees • Deposit amount, balance and due date and cancellation policy • Signatures, including yours, and the company’s representative Weddings are busy, chaotic days, so it’s wise to have someone closely associated with the wedding party, such as the best man or a family member, designated to coordinate with the chauffeur to make sure everything is on schedule.

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Top 10 Mistakes that brides make with wedding photography

BY SHALLA MELTON AND MEGAN BROWN PHOTOS BY EYE SUGAR PHOTOGRAPHY

1. NOT VALUING THE IMPORTANCE OF PHOTOGRAPHY ON YOUR WEDDING DAY. The amount of time and investment you have put into your photography package should reflect how important your photos are to you. Budget accordingly. You will never regret spending money on a great photographer, but you will regret not having amazing images of your wedding day. After your wedding ceremony is over, the food is gone, the flowers have wilted and the party ends, you are only left with three things: your dress, your ring, and your wedding photos. Let’s hope those photos have captured the excitement and emotion of the day! 2. NOT HIRING A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER.  If you read #1, then this one is obvious. Your friend might have a great camera, but not knowing the ins and outs of getting the shot, lighting and handling the stress of a long wedding day can lead to disaster. Make sure

your photographer is experienced and has the ability to consistently capture the moments of your wedding no matter what situations may arise. Truly amazing wedding photography is an investment. Remember the old adage, ‘you get what you pay for’? It’s 100% true. 3. NOT FINDING OUT IF YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER IS THE PERFECT FIT FOR YOU.  We recommend that you set-up interviews with photographers to help you find the perfect fit for your wedding day. Ask to meet the person who will actually take your pictures as some studios have large teams and you may be matched with a backup shooter if their lead photographers are already booked for that day. It is important to make sure that the photographer you select can capture the style in which you would like to have your day remembered. Ask to view several of the photographer’s full wedding albums as anyone (even your 90-year-old grandmother) can get one or two great images when taking thousands. Make sure the entire wedding looks just as fabulous as the few images you saw on

the photographer’s website. Don’t forget personality; your photographer should make the process fun and not feel like a chore. Do you need someone with high energy or do you want a wall flower? Remember, it is important that you actually enjoy your wedding photographer as you will be spending just as much time with him or her as with your groom on your wedding day. 4. GETTING CAUGHT UP IN PHOTOGRAPHY TRENDS.  Classic photography stands the test of time and is valued by generation after generation. Trends come and go. If your photographer is heavily embedded in the trend-of-themoment, then you may find yourself less than satisfied with your wedding images next year. Your photographer’s images should look great straight out of the camera. If your photographer has to spend oodles of time manipulating each image to make them look great (also known as photoshoptography), then you should question whether he or she will be able to do that to the hundreds of images from your wedding day.

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TOP 10 WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY MISTAKES 5. WAITING TOO LONG TO BOOK A PHOTOGRAPHER.  parents and your grandparents, but does Once you find the perfect photographer, your photographer know the other important don’t wait to book him or her. Good people who should be a part of your family photographers book a year or more in photo time? Provide a list of all of your family advance. This is especially true if you are a combinations that should be captured. Don’t September or October bride. The busy fall forget to mention anything out of the norm months book up first for photographers in like your divorced parents who refuse to be New England. It is crushing to finally find the photographed together. And don’t forget the photographer of your dreams only to find details. While most photographers will take out they just booked your date last week. photos of your wedding favors, if your sister An added bonus for booking early is that handmade them, then let your photographer many photographers offer early booking know so he or she can capture her in the discounts or bonus items. They also can help midst of all her hard work. Bring an extra recommend other wedding vendors, which invitation. Let your photographer know of can save you time and in some cases money any heirlooms that are part of your day. Tell due to referral discounts. your photographer about anything else that is 6. FORGOING AN ENGAGEMENT SHOOT.  important to you and your immediate family. Engagement shoots should be fun! They are 9. NOT CREATING A TIMELINE FOR PHOTOS ON YOUR an excuse to dress up, hug, smooch, and go WEDDING DAY.  Most likely you have selected a out on a hot date with your man. But the wedding package that includes a set number best part of an engagement shoot is that you of hours for your wedding photographer. It and your fiancé can get comfortable in front is imperative that you determine what your of the lens in a no stress atmosphere. Your priorities are in that time frame. Would you photographer will help you find the angles like them to capture you getting ready? The where you look best and help you learn final dance and goodbye? Are there moments the poses that are their staple favorites for you could live without? If you haven’t couples, which means moving faster on your created this timeline, there is a chance your wedding day and cutting down on the open photographer could depart before something bar time during cocktail hour! Most guys hate important happens that you really wanted getting their picture taken, so hopefully you them to capture. That list of group photos have found a photographer that will make it referred to in #8 will help you determine how a fun experience and leave you both excited much time to allot for family photos. Most about the amazing images they will capture importantly, stick to your timeline. Timing on your wedding day. is very important for lighting. If you want 7. OVERWHELMING YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER WITH outdoor photos, running an hour late can IDEAS.  You hired your photographer based make or break your images. on their talent and creativeness. Trust them! 10. SKIPPING A FIRST LOOK.  Last but not least It is always nice to hear from clients about a is skipping the first look (aka taking your new image that they saw in a magazine or couple photos before the ceremony). A ‘first blog, but overwhelming your photographer’s look’ is so much better than trying to rush inbox on a regular basis is not productive. Be your portraits after the ceremony, especially realistic in what you can accomplish in the if your ceremony runs a bit over (and most time you have allotted your photographer. do). First look sessions help you get the jitters Accomplishing your entire pin board of every out, allow you to touch and tell each other image you have ever seen is nearly impossible. just how fabulous you each look, and get If you trust your photographer’s style, then let that ugly cry out of the way. Don’t worry. You them run free. When your photographer is will still feel all the excitement and awe of inspired to come up with something new and walking down the aisle....you’ll just feel a little exciting it gets them more pumped to capture more relaxed. The first look can be intimate your unique wedding day! with just the two of you (and the camera) or 8. ASSUMING YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER KNOWS WHAT IS include your family and friends. Now that you IMPORTANT TO YOU.  Let your photographer know have seen each other at the first look shoot, the key people in your life and who has helped you get as much time as you want to pull off make your day so special. Your photographer those amazing couple shots that you have knows that you would like a photo with your been waiting for.

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Finding the right wedding photographer BY SHANE CORCORAN

The best advice a wedding photographer can give a potential client is: “If I am not someone you would invite to your wedding, then I shouldn’t be your photographer.” The person you see the most on your wedding day is your photographer. They typically begin shooting as the bride gets her hair and makeup done, and their day ends after the last dance. The bride and groom not only must like their photographer’s “style,” they also should like the photographer as an individual. Personal chemistry with your photographer will make a huge difference in your photographs. And the relationship does not end there. After the wedding you will continue to work with the photographer as you make decisions about your album and ordering prints and canvases. Good communication with your photographer is critical. The most important question to ask a photographer before signing a contract is: “Will you be the photographer who shows up on my wedding day?” Not all photography companies have only one or two photographers. Some companies have a fleet of photographers that they dispatch to cover weddings. This may or may not concern you. How can one really know if a certain photographer is the right one? If at all possible, meet with them in person. Be sure you all feel comfortable with each other. The absolute best way to know a photographer and how they work is to go on a shoot with them. Engagement sessions are a great way to gain insight into your photographer, their approach and how they work and conduct themselves. Most couples have never worked with a professional photographer before. This allows you to view their work first-hand.

Engagement sessions should be fun. It is an opportunity to be with your fiancé and ask the photographer questions. Inquire about the services the photographer offers, and make sure you talk about any special requests you may have for your wedding day. After the session is over, talk about the photos. Did the photographer do something you liked or didn’t like? Were there particular lenses or angles that you cared for or didn’t? Be honest about the photos and give feedback. The best wedding photographer will learn a great deal about your preferences during an engagement session, and they will apply the knowledge on your wedding day. Almost all wedding photographers offer engagement sessions. Some give complimentary sessions, others charge. Remember, every photographer/company is unique. They all offer different packages and pricing. Find the person who falls within your budget and book the one that best fits your needs and wishes. I use the photos from the engagement session to design custom guest books. These books are used for your family and friends to sign at your rehearsal dinner and on your wedding day. Friends and family love seeing the photos, and the album allows the engagement session photos to be seen rather than sitting on a hard drive or DVD. Once the honeymoon is over, the flowers have wilted, and the gown is boxed, your photographs are what remain. Be sure you have a photographer you trust and feel comfortable with. It may take awhile to find the right one, but when you do, you will know. Also, remember there are lots of other couples looking for the best photographer in town for their wedding. Most photographers book 1-3 years out, so be sure to start your search as early as you can, and once you find the right person, sign a contract and lock them in for your special day. www.premierbride.com PREMIER BRIDE • 67


Unforgettable Moments Photo booths: inspiring laugh out loud moments. BY JAKE OTTOLINI

The newest and latest craze at weddings is photo booths. It is a trend that is getting so big it is a national sensation and many say having a photo booth at your wedding will be just as common as a DJ or a photographer. You will find lots of people are starting to offer photo booths usually pole and drapes wrapped around a digital camera. However some are offering traditional real life photo booths that have amazing features that will keep you and your guests entertained for the entire night. This is why it is important to choose the right booth for your wedding. Photo booths create a lot of laughter and chatter amongst guests at a wedding or any event. It captures moments that photographers can’t and it’s something that the bride and groom can share at the end of the night…….scrap booking. A lot of vendors offer a photo album built on site with your guests to hand to the bride and

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groom. This is a great keep sake to have to always look back at all the funny moments you may have missed from the night. Photo booths are the up and coming trend in the wedding industry and it’s something that keeps getting mentioned at all events. This is something completely different than the booths you think of at the beach or in the mall. These photo booths fit anywhere from 2 to 8 guests and print fun filled unlimited strips that are free to you and your guests. Booths are customized from logos and colors to match the creativity you have put into your special night. A strong recommendation is PROPS!!! People love putting on funny masks, glasses, hats, or anything a little different. Most companies bring props for your guests to use. The fact of the matter is, if you want to make your wedding more memorable and fun for you and all your guests, renting a photo booth is the way to go. After all, a photo booth’s job is to inspire laugh out loud unforgettable moments!

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First Time Brides It’s really about you and your special man making a memory that will last forever.

Your first walk down the aisle is a special time. There’s just so much to arrange. We’ve taken a few top “things to remember” and given you the reasons why you better not forget. Think About Ways to Save Money Got a budget? Most people do. If you want a more elaborate wedding for less money then try a few of these tried and true methods. • Say your nuptials on a Sunday instead of a Friday or Saturday. • Go easy on the alcohol that is served at your wedding. The guests will thank you later. • Choose flowers that won’t wilt before the I Do’s. Tulips no, roses yes. Ask your florist for recommendations. • Explore the possibility of a destination wedding and combine it with your honeymoon. Only your best friends and family will attend and your budget will go farther since you’re already at your honeymoon destination. Meet Where You’ll Exchange Vows The last thing you want to hear the day of your wedding is “no flashes allowed in the church” or “You only have 30 minutes before the ceremony to decorate the chapel with flowers”. Think now of the disasters you can avoid in the future. • Ask where the photographer or videographer can take pictures. Are there any places off limits? • Is there any type of music that is not allowed to be played in the area where you are having your ceremony? • How early can the florist arrive to decorate and are there any stipulations on the number or types of floral arrangements? • Is there a changing room for the you and the attendants? What about an area for the groom and groomsmen? • Are guests allowed to throw birdseed, confetti or flower petals outside. Many places allow certain items, but the stipulation is you are responsible for clean up. Invitations The invitations will be the first thing that many of your guests will see in regards to your wedding. No matter how beautiful your dress or how breathtaking the flower arrangements, the invitations come first and, as they say, you only have one time to make a first impression.

• Always hand address your invitations and remember, children over 18 years old get their own invitations as well as your attendants, groomsmen, parents and the clergy. • Keep a good account of the RSVP’s. You will thank yourself later for keeping up with the count from the beginning. Wedding Cake Worries Eat cake and be happy. But how do you know what flavor to choose so your guests won’t take one bite and just pretend they ate the rest. • Cakes don’t just come in one variety anymore. Think about all those flavors your mother never made like carrot, lemon, strawberries and coconut or even coffee mocha. • Cake frosting is also good for making a statement so hold the white cream and get busy thinking about what is the right flavor for you. • Cake tops are saying more nowadays and really showing off a couple’s personality. Some cake designers have mentioned topping wedding cakes with family heirlooms or creations that represent how the couple feels about one another. Honeymoon Essentials for Smooth Sailing Going on a trip can be hard enough, combine it with a wedding and you can bet that you will be ready to sip those cosmopolitans on the French Riveria as soon as possible • Apply early for a passport and find out what shots you might need. • When working with a travel agent always confirm your final travel itinerary a week before your trip. • Make a list of everything you need to pack and do it several days before the wedding. By the time you walk down the aisle, the last thing you will want to do is pack for a trip. • Make sure you leave copies of important documents with family or friends. These documents could include; passport, airline tickets, hotel information, credit card information and wedding certificate. You can never ask too many questions or be too certain about the details when it comes to the biggest day of your life. Make your first trip down the aisle a snapshot you will remember forever.

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The Forgotten Must You’re the center of attention! Prepare yourself for your first dance at your reception. BY ASHLEY ROSE BENSON AND MARLANA MARIA CARROLL

Take a moment to sit back and imagine… This is what you’ve been waiting for. This is it. This is your wedding day. Now picture this: It’s time for the first dance. You’re the center of attention! The music starts, the spotlight is on you and you’re expected to impress those around you with a graceful dance performance while showing your love and commitment to one another. But…do you know how to dance on beat? Can you waltz? Can you tango? How about salsa? One thing is for sure; people love to be entertained. You may be asking yourself “Where do I start?” Contact a ballroom and Latin dance studio four to nine months prior to your wedding. It is important that you allow yourself as much time as possible to choose a dance style that you would like to learn, understand timing, work on technique, and ultimately look like a natural dancer on your wedding day. Have you ever noticed that a good dancer always looks graceful, elegant, and sophisticated? You might be surprised to learn there are a number of benefits to learning a good dancing technique, and learning to dance will improve far more than your appearance on the dance floor.

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• Burn calories while you’re having fun • Discover a rhythm and grace in your own body you didn’t know you had • Improve muscle control and coordination • Gain self-confidence • Improve awareness of your body • Have confidence at social gatherings that involve dancing • Improve posture and body alignment • Strengthen your body’s core abdominal muscles

Learn to dance – not only for your wedding – but to learn a versatile skill that can be applied in a multitude of situations. Plus, dance classes are a fun date night for you and the love of your life! Here are some things to look for when choosing a Latin/ Ballroom dance studio: • Reputable dance studio. Search on NDCA.org for registered Dance Professionals • Experienced professionals • Flexibility with appointments • Opportunities for beginner and advanced students • Offers both group and private lessons • Offers exciting social events outside of the studio • Friendly, fun atmosphere


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Sounds of Romance

The very first step in determining your music is to consider what you want, or what you envision, for your day. CEREMONY MUSIC It’s helpful to take notice during any weddings you attend while engaged, of what you liked (or didn’t care for) when it came to the ceremony music. Once you and your fiancé have some ideas in mind, seek out wedding musicians by visiting bridal shows, reviewing local bridal publications or online sources such as premierbride.com, or asking for referrals from your ceremony officiant or recently married friends. Or, consider working with a talent/booking agency, which can offer experienced, convenient, one-stopshopping for all of your wedding music needs. Once you’ve found some options, arrange meetings to hear them play in person – if you haven’t heard them live already. Once you’ve determined your ceremony musicians, they can help you select the songs to include in your wedding ceremony – how many, when, and so on. They are usually quite experienced when it comes to weddings, and will be a great resource. (Your officiant will be helpful here as well, so be sure to involve them also.) If you have specific songs in mind already, you’ll be able to hear a preview of exactly what they will sound like on your wedding day. And if you need some ideas, your musicians will be able to guide you and offer plenty of options. COCKTAILS AND DINNER MUSIC The key element during cocktails and dinner is conversation, so the music playing during these times should set the mood, but not intrude. You have three options here: use the musicians that played during your ceremony, use the band or DJ that will be playing at your dance reception, or hire different musicians for this part of the day. If you do decide to have live music, chamber music, classical guitar or perhaps a jazz ensemble are all good choices, and can create a subtle background of entertainment without overpowering conversation. A well-seasoned pianist is another excellent choice, since he or she can supply a wide range of musical styles and perform your guest’s special requests. Or, if you are having a DJ for your dance reception, they can usually provide the cocktails/dinner music as well.

RECEPTION MUSIC This truly is one of the most critical wedding decisions you’ll make, because nothing can make or break a wedding celebration faster than the entertainment. Your first big question to answer will be “do we want to have live music (a band or orchestra) or a DJ”? While there are pros and cons to both, it really boils down to personal taste and budget. Using live music - a band or orchestra - provides a certain festive energy to the evening, and is a wonderful 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 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-jiggywith-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. 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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Bridal Blooms Sorting thru the endless array of options to design a beautiful wedding with flowers.

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. 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. The Ceremony Before making decisions regarding the floral arrangements for your ceremony be sure and check with your chosen church or synagogue for

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any restrictions. If you’re on a budget, it’s useful to reuse ceremony flowers at the reception site, but some churches request that altar arrangements remain on-site for weekend services. You will want to determine what you can and cannot take with you after the ceremony before you order the reception flowers. Ceremony arrangements are usually ideal for buffet, gift and head tables if using them twice is an option. Reception Arrangements There is a vast array of options for reception centerpieces: elegant vases filled with cut flowers; towering candelabras; topiaries; or simple rose petals scattered around flickering candles. Use your imagination to design one-of-a-kind centerpieces that express your style. Keep in mind that the height of the arrangements should not interfere with the ability of guests to converse with each other. They should either be low enough to talk over or high enough to talk under. Placing the wedding party’s bouquets at equal intervals at the head table also provides excellent decoration. Running greenery laced with flowers across the length of the head table is another option. You might consider using this decoration for the cake table as well. If your budget allows, consider adding a few finishing touches here and there, such as flower petals on serving trays, or garlands along the front of the buffet tables. You can also fill in a large room with potted ferns or ficus trees placed strategically and wrapped with strands of small white lights. Share all of your ideas with your floral designer, who can help you refine them to create a lavish and memorable impression that won’t soon be forgotten by you or your guests. Visit premierbride.com/planning to download a complete planner that includes seasonal flower considerations.

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THE PREMIER BRIDE PLANNER

THE WEDDING TIMELINE AND WEDDING DAY CHECKLIST THE WEDDING BUDGET SHARING THE COST PLANNERS FOR CAKES, CATERING, FLOWERS, MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT, PHOTOGRAPHY, RECEPTION & VIDEOGRAPHY WEDDING ATTIRE PLANNER

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THE WEDDING TIMELINE

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Compile guest list

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

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)

Call county clerk’s office for marriage license details, and schedule date to obtain Mail invitations Arrange for final fittings on your gown Make reservations for bridesmaids’ luncheon Confirm honeymoon arrangements Record gifts received and write thank you notes promptly Start reception seating chart and placecards

Choose attendants Select bridesmaids’ attire

ON THE WEDDING DAY (CONT.)

Shop for and order wedding gown, veil and accessories

Reserve ceremony site and officiant

1-2 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.

Select photographer Select videographer Select band or DJ for reception Discuss honeymoon plans Mail save-the-date cards if necessary Get engagement photo taken

2-4 WEEKS AHEAD

Plan details of reception: colors, decorations, balloons 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

Select caterer Reserve party rental equipment (table, tent, chairs, etc.) Order wedding cake Order invitations, personal stationery and thank you notes Reserve accommodations for out-of-town guests

4-6 MONTHS AHEAD

Order men’s formalwear

2-4 MONTHS AHEAD

Finalize honeymoon plans (get your passport if needed!)

Address wedding invitations

Book stylist or salon for bridal party hair, nails and make-up Select and purchase guest favors Find and reserve rehearsal dinner location Reserve accommodations for wedding night Finalize guest list

Buy and wrap attendants’ gifts Buy wedding rings and order engraving Announce engagement in local newspapers Confirm delivery dates of bridal gown and bridesmaids’ dresses Meet with caterer to discuss menu Select ceremony music, readings and vows and meet with officiant Arrange ceremony rehearsal and notify participants

Host bridesmaids’ luncheon Begin packing for honeymoon Put fees due on the wedding day in envelopes, for the best man to distribute

WEDDING ATTIRE FOR HER: Gown (pressed) Headpiece & veil Lingerie (bra, bustier, slip, petticoat) Hosiery & garter Shoes Jewelry & accessories Wrap/Jacket Gloves

THE HONEYMOON

Select florist

Have final consultation with caterer, florist, musicians, photographer and videographer

WEDDING ATTIRE FOR HIM: Coat, shirt, vest & trousers Cummerbund Neckwear Cufflinks Socks & shoes

DON’T FORGET: 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

AFTER THE WEDDING

Book musicians for ceremony

1 WEEK AHEAD

Register for gifts at one to three stores

ON THE WEDDING DAY

6-9 MONTHS AHEAD

Confirm honeymoon arrangements Reserve wedding day transportation

WEDDING DAY EMERGENCY KIT: Phone numbers for wedding party, wedding coordinator & vendors Sewing kit (thread, needle, safety pins & scissors) Personal emergency kit (disposable 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 (for nails & for nylon runs) & super glue Makeup 2-sided tape & scotch tape Extra earring backs Extra nylons Toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash Portable iron or steamer Hand mirror Disposable wipes, tissues, spray-on spot remover Anti-cling spray Something old, new, borrowed & blue Deodorant Antacid, aspirin, allergy medication & bottled water Breath mints Cash (coins & bills) Plastic bags White tailor’s chalk for gown fixes Toupee tape for fallen hems 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 Credit cards Traveler’s checks Sewing kit Medicines/Prescriptions Extra contact lenses or glasses Toiletries Electrical plug adapters Travel iron Clock radio, travel size Hair dryer

UPDATING YOUR NAME: Auto Registration & Car insurance policy Bank & credit card accounts Credit reporting agencies Wills, trusts, deeds and titles Driver’s license Employee records Investment accounts & stock certificates Life insurance policy Medical/dental records Memberships Passport Post Office records Social Security records Tax agency records (state/federal) Voter registration records

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THE WEDDING BUDGET

Groom’s Wedding Ring

_____________

Ceremony Site Fee

_____________

Officiant

_____________

Marriage License

_____________

Aisle Runner

_____________

Candles/Candelabra

_____________

Other

_____________

BRIDE:

Photo Montage Video w/Music _____________

Maid/Matron of Honor

_____________

Bridesmaids’

_____________

Best Man

_____________

Reception Entertainment:

Groomsmen

_____________

Edited Highlights of Ceremony

Ushers

_____________

“Love Story” Production

_____________

Child Attendants

_____________

Projector Rental

_____________

Bride & Groom

_____________

Other

_____________

Bride’s Parents

_____________

Groom’s Parents

_____________

Bride’s Bouquet

_____________

Hosts for Out-of-Town Guests

_____________

Attendants’ Bouquets

_____________

Pre-Wedding Party Hosts

_____________

Groom’s Boutonniere

_____________

Cake Cutting Attendant

_____________

Attendants’ Boutonnieres

_____________

Gift Table Attendant

_____________

Helper Corsages/Boutonnieres _____________

Guest Book Attendant

_____________ _____________

Headpiece & Veil

_____________

Ceremony Flowers

_____________

Lingerie, Hosiery & Garter

_____________

Reception Flowers

_____________

Soloists/Musicians (who are friends)

Shoes

_____________

Decorations/Balloons

_____________

Other

_____________

Jewelry & Accessories

_____________

Other

_____________

Wrap/Jacket

_____________

Wedding Coordinator

_____________

Hair, Makeup & Manicure

_____________

Disposable Cameras

_____________

Attendant Accommodations

_____________

Bridesmaids’ Dresses/Shoes

_____________

Flower Girl’s Dress

_____________

Groomsmens’ Formalwear

_____________

Ring Bearer’s Attire

_____________

Bridesmaids’ Luncheon

_____________

Other

_____________

Rings

_____________

Ceremony

_____________

Reception

_____________

Music

_____________

Groom’s Formalwear

_____________

Neckwear & Cufflinks

_____________

Accessories

_____________

Shoes

_____________

Other

_____________

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

_____________

Invitations & Envelopes

_____________ _____________

Calligrapher

_____________

Postage

_____________

Thank You Notes

_____________

Informal Stationery

_____________

Ceremony Programs

_____________

Placecards

_____________

Announcements

_____________

Other

_____________

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

_____________

Parking

_____________

Other

_____________

Other

_____________

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

_____________

TOTALS

_____________

Save-the-Date Cards

MISCELLANEOUS

_____________

STATIONERY

Alterations

TRANSP.

RECEPTION

_____________

_____________

GROOM:

MUSIC

_____________

Additional Copies

Bride’s Gown

Other

PHOTOGRAPHY

Wedding VHS/DVD

GIFTS

_____________

VIDEOGRAPHY

_____________

Bride’s Wedding Ring

FLOWERS

Engagement Ring

FAVORS & ACCESSORIES

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.

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SHARING THE COST

Gifts for maid/matron of honor & bridesmaids Luncheon for bridal party Informal stationery Optional: Gift for parents Gowns for maid/matron of honor & bridesmaids Accommodations for out-of-town attendants

Engagement party 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

GROOM

Wedding reception Bride’s engagement & wedding rings

Flowers for ceremony & reception

Bride’s bouquet & going-away corsage

Bridal party bouquets & flowers for flower girl

Boutonnieres for men in wedding party

Transportation for wedding party to ceremony & reception

Mothers’ corsages

Videographer

Wedding gift for bride

Musicians/vocalists

Gifts for best man, groomsman & ushers

Security & insurance for gifts

Marriage license

Welcome party for out-of-town guests (optional)

Honeymoon Fee for officiant Optional: Gift for parents

GROOM’S FAMILY

Wedding gift for groom

Engagement party (optional; following party by bride’s parents)

WEDDING PARTY

Groom’s wedding ring

BRIDE’S FAMILY

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.

Bridal shower for bride

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)

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

Formal wear for best man & groomsmen Accommodations for out-of-town attendants

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 Coat check On-site wedding coordinator

Ratio of guests to servers: ___________

DECORATIONS

DATES AVAILABLE

PROVIDED

STYLE

LOCATION

RECEPTION PLANNER

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

COLOR SCHEME

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

Staff to cut the cake More than one event at a time

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Type & flavor of filling: Type & flavor of icing: Date to taste samples:

Type & flavor of filling:

Cake topper:

SETUP DETAILS

Type of cake:

CAKE ACCESSORIES

CAKE STYLE

Type of cake:

GROOM’S CAKE

CAKES PLANNER Cake flowers: Cake decorations: Cake stands: Cake boxes: Cake knife & server:

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:

Type & flavor of icing:

Dinner

Exotic Ethnic Thematic

Hors d’oeuvres Appetizer Soup

ENTRÉES

COURSES

Dessert

Salad

Beef Vegetarian Pork Seafood Pasta

SPECIAL

Dessert

Beer & wine only Wine with dinner Champagne toast Specialty cocktail

Regional Seasonal Exotic Ethnic Thematic

*Some states do not allow caterers to carry liquor licenses. Please check the laws in your state.

Chicken

Lamb

Entrée

Full Bar

DESSERT

Cocktails

Seasonal

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

Vegetarian Kosher

RENTAL ITEMS

Lunch

Regional

ALCOHOL*

Tea

SERVICE

Breakfast/Brunch

FLAVOR

TYPE

CATERING PLANNER

Halal

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

Other

MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT PLANNER

SONG / PERFORMED BY / START TIME Prelude Processional Service Recessional

RECEPTION

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 Cocktail Hour Arrival of Newlyweds Couple’s First Dance Bride & Father Dance

Postlude

Groom & Mother Dance

Other

Guests’ First Dance

Other

Dinner

Other

Cake Cutting Tossing the Bouquet Throwing the Garter Last Dance Other

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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 Cherry Blossom Daffodil Dogwood Forsythia Hellebore Hyacinth Lilac Lily of the Valley

SUMMER 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

DESCRIPTION Bride’s Bouquet Bride’s Toss Bouquet Bride’s Going-Away Corsage Maid/Matron of Honor’s Bouquet

FALL Larkspur Lilac Lily of the Valley Marigold Mimosa Pansy Peony Primrose Ranunculus Scabiosa Snapdragon Sweet Pea Tulip Violet Zinnia

WINTER

Autumn Leaves Celosia (cockscomb) Chinese Lantern Chrysanthemum Crosnia

Dahlia Hydrangea Seasonal Berries Statice Sunflower Yarrow

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

RECEPTION

WEDDING PARTY

FLOWERS BY SEASON

TERMINOLOGY

FLOWERS PLANNER

Amaryllis Anemone Casablanca Lily Evergreen Forced Bulbs Freesia Gerber Daisy

YEAR ‘ROUND 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

DESCRIPTION Entryway Head Table Centerpiece Parents’ Table Centerpieces Guest Table Centerpieces

Bridesmaids’ Bouquets

Reception Room Flowers

Flower Girl’s Bouquet or Basket

Cake & Cake Table

Groom’s Boutonniere

Champagne/Punch Table

Best Man’s Boutonniere

Gift Table

Groomsmen’s Boutonnieres

Guest Book Table

Ushers’ Boutonnieres

Restroom

Ring Bearer’s Pillow

Other

Ring Bearer’s Boutonniere

Fathers’ & Grandfathers’ Boutonnieres

CEREMONY

Other

DESCRIPTION

HELPERS

Mothers’ & Grandmothers’ Corsages

DESCRIPTION Wedding Coordinator Cake Cutting Attendant Gift Table Attendant Guest Book Attendant

Altar/Chuppah

Officiant

Candles & Holders

Soloists

Pew/Aisle Markers

Musicians

Other

Other

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GROOM ’S PHOTOS: 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

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

CEREMONY

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

RECEPTION

BRIDE ’S PHOTOS:

Bride & Groom listening to toasts

PRE-WEDDING

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

Group pictures & candids throughout reception

Groom coming down the aisle

Bride getting ready

Musicians

Bride & father walking down aisle

Bride putting on veil

Bride & Groom’s first dance

Father giving bride’s hand to groom

Candid shots of bride preparing & relaxing

Bride & Father, Groom & Mother dance

Guests watching the ceremony

Bride’s attendants getting ready

Guests dancing

Groom getting ready

Ring ceremony

Cake, cake table & cake cutting

Groom’s attendants getting ready

Candids of bride’s/groom’s face

Couple feeding each other cake

Front of ceremony location

Bouquet toss

Unity candle ceremony, kiddush cup ceremony, etc.

Guests arriving & being seated

Garter removal & toss

Signing of wedding certificate

Clergy, groom & best man at altar

Vow exchange

Sweetheart dance

Groom kissing the bride

Going-away vehicle (especially if decorated)

Recessional Guests throwing rice, flower petals, etc.

Bride & groom in going away clothes Newlyweds departing & guests’ farewell

Other:

Bride as baby

Wedding photo of bride’s parent’s

Groom as baby

Wedding photo of groom’s parent’s

Bride’s childhood

Early days as a couple

Groom’s childhood

Bachelor/Bachelorette parties

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 / Time:

Guests dancing

Location:

Guests dining tables

Guests arriving

Ceremony

Wedding party preparing

Guests leaving

Bride & Groom saying good-byes & leaving Special Requests:

Special Requests:

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DESCRIPTION / SIZE Gown Headpiece

DESCRIPTION / SIZE Coat Shirt

Veil

Vest

Lingerie (bra, bustier, slip, petticoat)

Trousers Cummerbund

Hosiery

BRIDE’S ATTENDANTS

GROOM

BRIDE

WEDDING ATTIRE

Garter

Neckwear

Shoes

Cufflinks

Jewelry & Accessories

Socks & Shoes

Wrap, Jacket or Gloves

Other

Other

Other

DESCRIPTION

SIZE

SIZE

SIZE

SIZE

NAME

NAME

NAME

NAME

SIZE

SIZE

SIZE

SIZE

NAME

NAME

NAME

NAME

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

GROOM’S ATTENDANTS

Other

DESCRIPTION Coat Shirt Vest Trousers Cummerbund Neckwear Cufflinks Socks & Shoes Other

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