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TABLE OF CONTENTS

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9 Golden Rules for a Great Reception Blue Water Weddings Bridal Show Section Banquet & Reception Guide Directory of Services

Honeymoon & Destination Wedding Locations Summer/Fall 2014 Fashion Preview The Premier Bride Planner Download the full planner at www.premierbride.com/planning


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Accessories Alterations Cakes Catering Chapels Decorating Engraving

ARTICLES & CHECKLISTS Flowers Honeymoon/Travel Invitations Jewelry / Rings Linen / Chair Covers Music & Entertainment Photo Booth

Photography Receptions Transportation Tuxedo Wine

Publishers MIKE SASH In Memory of CAROL SASH

Contributing Writers RACHELLE DRAGANI KELSEY LAWLER

Art Director JENNIFER ERDMAN jennifererdman.com

Contributing Photographers angelitaphotography.com ardentphoto.com artists-eyes.com capturingyourday.com gosiasphotography.com jmtfoto.com lanariphotography.com lusterstudios.com spottswoodphotography.com

Fashion Location PAINE ART CENTER & GARDENS

Cover & Fashion Photography GOSIA’S PHOTOGRAPHY gosiasphotography.com Models

KABO XIONG, FORTE MODELING CORRADO PANNUZZO GILLIAN LOCKE SCARLETT SALZWEDEL

Hair & Make up JESSI KOEHLER SHERRI MEHLMAN EPIC-A MODERN SALON

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ACC BANQUET HALL www.ACCGD.org

CRYSTAL GARDENS - SOUTHGATE www.CrystalGardensOnline.com

ADAM’S PHOTOBOOTH www.adamsphotobooth.com

DISCOUNT TABLE LINEN RENTAL www.DiscountLinenRental.com

ADAM’S PHOTOGRAPHY www.adams-photography.net

DJ AND MUSIC www.djandmusic.com

AFFORDABLE BRIDAL CONCEPTS 248-755-3634

DJ CRASHERS www.djcrashers.com

ALEXANDER’S PREMIERE BANQUET FACILITY & CATERING www.ShowMeAlexanders.com

DUNIA SWEETS www.dunia-sweets.com

ALTERATIONS & MORE BY DARLENE 734-282-6177

ELEGANT INVITATIONS & BRIDAL www.ElegantInvitationsPlymouth.com

ALTERATIONS BY ROZI www.AlterationsByRozi.com

ENGRAVING CONNECTION www.weddingengraver.com

ANDIAMO WARREN

ENTERTAINMENT EXPRESS www.EntertainmentExpressInc.com

BANQUET & CONF. CENTER www.andiamo.com BLACK RIVER COUNTRY CLUB www.blackrivergolfclub.com BOZZO’S LIMOUSINE SERVICE www.bozzoslimo.com BRAVO PHOTOGRAPHY www.bravostudiosphotography.com BRIDAL CELEBRATIONS www.cbride.com

FAULKNER’S CATERING www.faulknerscatering.com FIREKEEPERS CASINO HOTEL www.firekeeperscasinohotel.com FORE LAKES GOLF CLUB & BANQUET CENTER www.forelakes.com GADDY’S FLORIST www.gaddysflorist.com

BRIDAL WORLD www.bridalworldshows.com

GENITTI’S HOLE-IN-THE-WALL www.Genittis.com

BRIGHTON TUX SHOP www.brightontuxshop.com

GERARD TUXEDO www.gerardtuxedo.com

CHEMUNG HILLS GOLF & BANQ. CTR. www.chemunghills.com

GOLDEN CROWN PARTY RENTAL www.goldencrownpartyrentals.com

CHENE MODERN BAKERY 313-582-0700

THE GRECIAN CENTER www.thegreciancenter.com

CRYSTAL GARDENS - LIVINGSTON www.cgliv.com

HELLENIC CULTURAL CENTER www.hellenicculturalcenter.com


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ITALIAN-AMERICAN HALL www.diahall.com

RAWLINSON PHOTOGRAPHY www.rawlinsonphoto.com

JIM’S TUXEDO & MENSWEAR www.JimsTuxedosandMenswear.com

ROSES ARE RED EVENTS www.RosesAreRedEvents.com

KING’S COURT CASTLE www.kingscourtcastle.com LAKEVIEW HILLS www.lakeviewhills.com LEWIS PORTRAITS www.Lewisphotovideo.com LIGHT HOUSE PARK 810-984-5426 LINKS OF NOVI www.LinksofNovi.com THE LITTLE WEDDING CHAPEL www.thelittleweddingchapel.com LYNDSEY’S LINEN AND CHAIR COVERS www.lyndseyslinen.com MANIACI’S BANQUET CENTER www.maniacibanquetcenter.com MICHIGAN PHOTO IMAGING www.MichiganPhotoImaging.com

ST. GEORGE CULTURAL CENTER www.stgeorgecenter.com SHOWROOM OF ELEGANCE www.showroomofelegance.com STONE CREEK BANQUET CENTER www.flatrockrec.org STRIKE A POSE PHOTO BOOTH www.strikeaposephotobooth.com SUPERIOR SOUNDS DJS www.SuperiorSoundsDJs.com SYBARIS SUITES www.Sybaris.com TOLLANDER TREE FARM www.tollanderchristmastreefarm.com VINTNER’S CANTON WINERY www.vintnerscanton.com

MILLENNIUM LIMOUSINES, INC. www.LimoGiant.com

WALDENWOODS BANQUET & CONFERENCE CENTER www.waldenwoods.com

MY BRIDAL STUDIO www.mybridalstudio.com

WAYNE TREE MANOR www.WayneTreeManor.com

OCEANO FLORIST www.OceanoFlorist.com

WED INK www.wed-ink.com

PIANO WARS www.pianowars.com

WHISPERING PINES GOLF CLUB www.whisperingpinesgc.com


As your love grew, so did your desire to spend the rest of your lives together. Now there’s an extraordinary place to embark on your journey and share your special day with family and friends. From a full-service luxury hotel to beautifully appointed reception spaces, FireKeepers Casino Hotel has everything you need to make your wedding the one you’ve always dreamed of.

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Re2ce2ption What you need to know before booking your reception site

You’ve been pronounced “husband and wife,” so now it’s time to kick off those heels and celebrate! This is a time for you and your brand new husband to relax, mingle, dance, chat and thoroughly enjoy the company of your friends and loved ones. While finding the ideal reception location is one of the biggest and most important wedding-related tasks, have no fear…we’re here to help. 


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BLUE WATER

Experience the charms of our intimate communities while shopping at art studios, vintage consignments, jewelers, spas, florists and bridal shops. The Blue Water area offers a wide range of cafÊ, restaurant, and event venues - perfect for hosting rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, bachelor(ette) parties, or just a night out with friends and family. Honeymoon in one of many local bed & breakfasts, cruise Lake St. Clair on a quaint charter or take in nature touring a wooded trail. If your dream includes a wedding on the beach, look no further than the area’s public access sites on Lake St. Clair and the St. Clair River.

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With its natural beauty, talented vendors and small community charm, the Blue Water area will exceed your expectations for a unique and wonderful wedding.

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• Black Marble “Diamond” Dance Floor • Professional Event Planning • Outside Catering Available • Grand Carport Entrance • Beautiful Decorations • On-Site Ceremonies • 3 Grand Ballrooms • Baby Grand Piano • Rehearsal Dinners $ 95 • Spacious Parking • Bridal Showers All Inclusive Wedding Package includes: bar, hall, dinner, linens, centerpieces, • Bridal Room cake cutting, uplighting, set up/tear down, tax and • Much More

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Fort Gratiot Lighthouse Wedding Venue on Beautiful Lake Huron

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BLUE WATER WEDDINGS

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BLUE WATER WEDDINGS Your special day will be unforgettable at Fore Lakes Golf Club and Banquet Center! This is the perfect venue for weddings and wedding receptions with its three unique and beautiful banquet halls accommodating 125 to 750 guests. All halls in the banquet center have access to the decks and patio which provide a panoramic view of the Lakes & Golf Course! A beautiful gazebo overlooks the lake offers a perfect, picturesque setting for a wedding ceremony or spectacular photo opportunities.

Only 30 Minutes from Mt. Clemens 5810 Flinchbaugh Rd. Kimball, MI 48074

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Where Tradition and Elegance Meet to Bring You a Memorable Wedding Day. TWO BANQUET ROOMS SEATING FOR UP TO 350 GUESTS ON-SITE GUEST ACCOMMODATIONS ON-SITE CEREMONIES, WEDDINGS AND RECEPTIONS REHEARSAL DINNERS • BRIDAL SHOWERS BACHELOR AND BACHELORETTE PARTIES

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Black River Country Club Wedding & Banquet Center

Warm, Friendly atmosphere ~ Public Welcome delicious Food at reasonable Prices Several Private rooms for Weddings, rehearsal dinners & Showers accommodating groups up to 275 Outdoor Courtyard Ceremonies ~ Outdoor tent receptions

40 minutes from Mt. Clemens ~ Easy access from I-94 & just 1.5 miles from four hotels

3300 Country Club drive ~ Port Huron, Mi 48060

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DOWNRIVER’S PREMIER BANQUET FACILITY Featuring Two Ballrooms and a Beautiful Outdoor Park with Gazebo or Pavilion Perfect for Ceremonies and Wedding Photos Celebrating 38 Years of Serving The Community!

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FINDING THE RIGHT VENUE things to consider You’ve got the ring, maybe the date, certainly the city or locale, now what? Ask yourself these questions and your answers will determine the venue. What is more important: Wedding Date or Venue? If it’s the wedding date, then your venues may be limited. However, if you have no particular date in mind and can be flexible, then you can get the venue you want. How do you want to use this venue: Ceremony, Reception, or Both? Are you planning a church wedding and the venue is strictly for the reception? Or, are you looking for one place where you can have both the ceremony and the reception. Maybe you’re looking for a place to have the rehearsal dinner. The use of the venue will determine size and location and make the process easier.

Also, some venues have exclusive or preferred caterers. If you have a specific catering company in mind and it’s not allowed in that facility, you need to look elsewhere. Some venues may have other preferred vendors like florists, lighting, audio, to name a few. Finally, some venues require you buy alcohol directly from them. All this: venue, food, alcohol, rentals, flowers, décor, linens, and lighting figure into the final price. Find out all this up front! What is your dream wedding? This is a time to share your dreams with your wedding professionals. What have you always envisioned? Do you have a particular place or time of day? Do you have someone in mind to officiate? For your reception, what do you see? Are you in a grand ballroom in an elegant hotel or are you in


FINDING THE RIGHT VENUE a barn with a ritzy rustic look? What is your vision? After all, this is YOUR wedding! How big is your guest list? Besides the date, this is a huge part in choosing your venue. How many people can the venue accommodate? They all have their numbers. Your family and the groom’s family need to come up with how many people you’re inviting to the wedding and to the reception. Ask the venue how many people they can accommodate. Can my guests climb this mountain? A bride wanted to have her wedding on top of a mountain at sunset. Unfortunately, her grandparents were not in physical condition to climb the mountain to see her get married. For the women dressed in cocktail and formal attire and wearing heels, the climb was a little steep. Be considerate of your guests in choosing the venue.

Bring your family & friends home to Genitti’s on your wedding day. With our Famous 7 Course Italian Dinner and unique setting, we may be the perfect place for your reception and ceremony. We invite you to stop in for a tour where our sales staff will be happy to sit down & discuss your plans.

108 E. Main St., Northville

248•349•0522

www.genittis.com

How are you going to get guests from point A to point B to point C? Are the ceremony and reception venues close to each other? Are the venues near the hotel where the guests are staying? You want this to be quick and easy for your guests. If there are a large number of out-of-town guests, are you going to provide transportation to get them to all these locations? Some hotels do offer shuttles for your guests. In booking accommodations, ask the hotel if they provide this service. VENUE CHOICES: Your place of worship For many, this is where the ceremony will occur. Some have parish halls or community centers where they can host the reception after the ceremony. Keep in mind: alcohol is probably not allowed


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FINDING THE RIGHT VENUE on the property. So, even if you want a little sip of champagne to toast the couple, you’ll have to go elsewhere. Hotels Because of their size and all they offer, hotels can do everything for the wedding: from the smaller meeting spaces for the bridesmaids’ luncheon to the grand ballroom that holds hundreds of people, you can have both your ceremony and reception in one convenient location. Plus, the guests have a place to stay and don’t have to worry about driving in an unfamiliar city. Country or Private Club Many private and country clubs allow for non-members to have their wedding at the facility. Like a hotel, you have the convenience of an experienced and

qualified kitchen, bar and serving staff, and a club staff member to help. Antebellum Home, Lodge, Boutique Hotel: Many couples want a place that is quaint with a hint of romance, maybe with historic value or a story. Some offer full service with in-house catering and a coordinator. Others let you choose your wedding professionals, usually from a preferred vendor’s list. Many of these venues offer both inside and outside areas for the ceremony and reception. And they have spaces for large tent setups, too. Restaurants For those couples that love great food, individual service, and an exceptional wine list, this is ideal. Usually the chef can prepare foods that are your favorites, even though they are not on the menu.


An Elegant Celebration Beautifully Decorated Banquet Hall and Dance Floor for up to 300 Guests with Chair Covers & Full Decorated Hall with Centerpieces Ethnic Menu Available

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ACC Banquet Hall

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FINDING THE RIGHT VENUE Home or Friend’s Place Here you have complete flexibility with no stipulations or “have to’s”. Your costs may rise because you may have to rent or buy everything from seating for the guests at the ceremony to tables and chairs, plates, glasses, flatware, lighting, staging, dance floor, generator, bathrooms, and more for the reception. Park, Beach, Museum, Zoo Like a home wedding, you can choose your vendors in these one-of-a kind settings. And like the home weddings, you are probably going to have to provide everything. In addition, in a public place, a permit may be required, with a small fee, to use that area. Remember, because it is public, there’s a good chance you’ll have prying eyes and uninvited guests.

Destination Weddings Many brides choose destination weddings. Some go within driving distance. Others jet off to tropical islands. And still some choose a foreign country, maybe with ancestral roots. Destination weddings are usually much smaller, requiring friends and family to travel at their expense. For the bride, it can be less stressful because many resorts and hotels have a coordinator that puts everything together for them: the officiant, photographer, musicians, flowers, cake, ceremony, reception. All the bride and groom have to do is show up. Finding the right venue is easy if you keep in mind what is most important to you! As seen in The Bridal Guru msbridalguru.com. Have a question about your wedding? Email ask@msbridalgurur.com


As your love grew, so did your desire to spend the rest of your lives together. Now there’s an extraordinary place to embark on your journey and share your special day with family and friends. From a full-service luxury hotel to beautifully appointed reception spaces, FireKeepers Casino Hotel has everything you need to make your wedding the one you’ve always dreamed of.

Call 877.FKC.8777 for more information or visit FireKeepersCasinoHotel.com/Weddings.

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RECEPTION SITE: ask the right questions

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


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Ca ing 7 STEPS to the perfect wedding cuisine

Perhaps the only part of a wedding that’s gotten a bad rap throughout the years is the food. 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.


CATERING 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 preapproved 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 can on hand. They’ll want to know your wedding date, time of day, approximate number of guests, if you’d like a sit-down 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.

• Intimate Wedding Reception up to 150 Guests • Honeymoon Suite • Rehearsal Dinners • Special Room Rates

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Livingston County’s Premier Venue

This magnificent resort can be the site for your wedding, reception or other special event.

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CATERING 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 failures. 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 set-up fee, while an off-premises caterer will usually work within any reasonable, agreedupon 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 and gratuity. Your final guest count is usually required one week before the event. This will be the number of people for which you will


CATERING actually be charged. Most caterers will plan on the addition of a few last-minute guests and will add the meals to the bill after the wedding. Decide if you’ll include meals for wedding-related personnel, such as the DJ, musicians, photographer and consultant. If cost is an issue, ask your caterer about “vendor meals,” these meals are more casual than the guest menu and are offered at a lower cost per person. 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, while a buffet is less, one to two servers per 50 guests. A full and open bar will require more servers, one per 50 to 75 guests. 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 information: 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.

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• In addition to cake, offer a sweets table…cannoli, sundaes, or, pastries • Use the meal you shared on your first date or the meal you enjoy cooking together as an inspiration for the reception meal or a food bar. • Have an experienced bartender create a custom cocktail for the cocktail hour and name it in your honor.

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DRINK UP!

give wedding day spirits a special touch

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“Cheers! Salud! Prost!” We all have a preferred way of drinking to the health of family and friends. What better time to toast life and love than at a wedding? Let’s look at beverage ideas, large and small, adult and kid-friendly, to bolster a day brimming with drink infused merriment.

At the reception, lead with refreshments. During cocktail hour, greet guests with personalized drink glasses doubling as place cards. Try attaching a miniature nametag to paper straws or scrawl names on chalkboard-style stickers and stick them on rustic mason jars. Another way to individualize the drinking experience: Tiny bottles of champagne waiting at each table. Wedding favors for each guest might also be drinkable. If you’re a coffee-

loving couple, gift a small bag of coffee grounds labeled “the perfect blend” or “love is brewing.” To give potables even more personality, ask the bartender to create a signature drink for the bride and groom. Be sure to call the drink something clever, like “Marry Me Martini,” “Something Blue Punch,” or, a play on the couple’s last name. For a bride and groom who don’t agree on beverages, go for His and Her drinks…perhaps pink sangria (“Blushing Bride”) and a blue margarita (“Blueeyed Groom”). If you’re connoisseurs of a particular type of alcohol, create an entire focal table dedicated to your spirits of choice. Add a fun touch to the table with handmade signs: “Whiskey for the boys!” or “Eat, drink, and be married!” And if you want things to get really personal (and your venue allows bringing in alcohol), be your own bartender. Premix drinks in mason jars and keep them on ice. Or, if brewing is your thing, brew your own beer. It doesn’t get much more unique than that! Beyond booze, incorporate nonalcoholic refreshments so that there’s a little something for everyone. Kegs of root beer are fun for the kids. Large jugs of lemonade are not only

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DRINK UP! thirst quenching at a summertime wedding, they also make for a very pretty picture. When it’s time for dessert or a late night second wind, consider a coffee bar complete with flavor shots and donut pops as stirring straws. In the winter months, a hot cacao bar with all the marshmallow trimmings and peppermint stick trappings leaves a warm, lasting impression. Want an even more unique-factor? Try soaking fruit in spirits! Popular combinations include champagne soaked berries and tequila-soaked watermelon wedges. Aside from fruit, any gummy candy can also soak up spirits for a yummy treat your guests are sure to be buzzing about long after the boozy gummy-bear buzz has worn off.

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PLEASE BE SEATED placecards and seating charts Seating charts can help guests seat themselves without using those elegant, hard-to-read place cards employed since the turn of the century and can be as elegant as place cards if done properly. A prominently displayed graphic seating plan, typically 24”x36”, greets guests and quickly dispatches them to their designated places. The names and table numbers are presented in classic calligraphic style and the chart can be designed in a manner appropriate to the wedding’s style. Seating charts are gaining popularity with “wedding contributors” whose job it is to laboriously hand-write a hundred or more guest’s names on the traditional place cards, saving time and in some cases, money.

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From engraving your wedding bands to etching your Unity Sand Ceremony Set, we can make special memories of your wedding day. A special touch is engraving your toasting flutes and cake server. Remember all the people standing up in your wedding. It’s just the right thing to do to give them an engraved gift of thank you. Think about your bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girl, ring bearer and the parents.

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Pack less so you can enjoy yourself more. Here are the five commandments for packing for your honeymoon. 1. Take half the clothes and twice the money. 2. Mix and match clothes (forget about a pair of shoes for every outfit). 3. Learn to layer so that when the evening cools off all you have to do is add a sweater over your existing skirt and blouse. 4. Do laundry at the hotel. 5. Be culturally sensitive. Women have to cover their shoulders in Italy before entering a church and in the Middle East remember miniskirts are out. Visit premierbride.com and click on “destinations” for more information on domestic, tropical and international locations perfect for your destination wedding and honeymooon.

SET YOUR DATE INengraving STONE memories Even the most favored wedding guests won’t have memories as vivid as the wedding couple’s remembrance. However, there are warm ways to remind family and friends of the epic day you all shared. Engraved wedding accessories commemorate your happiness. Let your imagination run down the list of festive wedding items. Any or all gifts can also be personalized and given away. Cake knives, servers, even toasting glasses are innovative alternatives to keepsakes, like matches and napkins. Or, you may wish to honor only special guests with an engraved remembrance. Culinary keepsakes can include candy trays from the reception table, or individual candy packs full of mints, almonds and assorted sweets. Chocolate roses can rise out of personalized wrappings. A bubbly option is engraving small sparkling wines, or miniature liquor bottles, which you can buy by the case. A lasting literary remembrance is a poem composed for the day, imprinted on scrolls, napkins or matchbooks. Satin rose buds full of rice or birdseed can be porcelain or ceramic, custom-fired with names and dates in gold. Your personal message may also be etched into glassware, brass, pewter or silver plating. Looking for more ideas? Be sure to visit www.premierbride.com for some new and exciting favor ideas plus more about your wedding.

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FINDING THE PERFECT RINGS 6 helpful tips Start early, and do your research. Buy your rings 2-4 months before your wedding so that you have time for engraving, if desired, and some cushion in case there are any delays. This means you should start looking 4-6 months before the big day, or earlier! Find a good, reputable jeweler, educate yourself on metals and diamonds, and start evaluating your likes and dislikes. Think long-term. If you intend to keep your rings forever, consider settling on a more classic style, versus something trendy. On the other hand, you could plan to “update” your rings on your five, 10 or 20 year anniversary – in which case, go for what you love right now, trendy or not! Be clear about your budget. You may have heard the guideline, “spend about two months salary” on the engagement ring. While this gives you a ballpark amount to consider, the bottom line is: find an amount you are comfortable with and stick with it. To match, or not to match? If it’s important to you that you both have matching wedding bands, then by all means, do it! Just know that it’s not a requirement, and regardless of the jewelry, you’ll always know who belongs to whom. Consider your lifestyle. Active, dressy, casual or formal… Consider how you live, and the activities you engage in, as you think about what you want to wear on your ring finger for the rest of your life. Smart sizing. To be most accurate, don’t have your finger sized first thing in the morning, just after exercising, or when your body temperature is quite hot or cold.

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THE LEVEL OF FORMALITY The first order of business is to evaluate how formal your wedding will be. This depends on the time of day of the wedding, the location, but most of all, on you and your fiancé. The degree of formality will affect the wedding attire. In warm weather, think lighter colors (such as tan and white), and in cool weather think darker colors (navy and charcoal.) Grey would likely work anytime, and black is always classic and appropriate. Ties, vests and cummerbunds can match the wedding colors, or compliment them with colors such as white, ivory, silver, grey or black. If the bridal gown is ivory, the men should wear ivory shirts, not white, to compliment her. Semiformal and formal weddings have plenty of options: a high quality, singleor double-breasted men’s suit in black, dark charcoal or navy with a Windsor knotted tie in white, ivory, navy, silver or black is a less formal option. For a more formal look than that, consider a tuxedo with a single- or double-breasted dinner jacket, a white or ivory pointed-collar shirt, a vest or cummerbund and either a bow tie or a four-in-hand tie (a “fancy” knotted necktie). A very formal wedding, called “white tie,” calls for the traditional black tuxedo with tails, a vest, a white winged-color shirt and a bow tie. If you


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DISTINGUISHING THE GROOM One way to distinguish the groom is to give him a different, but complimentary, boutonniere to wear. Another idea is for the groom to wear a white jacket while his groomsmen are in black. Or, the groom could wear a white, ivory or silver vest and/or tie while his groomsmen wear vests and/or ties in black, or a color that matches the bridesmaids’ dresses. SHOPPING TIPS When the men visit their formalwear shop they should have a firm idea of the women’s wedding attire, and bring fabric or color swatches from the bridesmaids’ gowns. Pictures from the pages of wedding and men’s magazines of the preferred formalwear styles would also be helpful in the decision-making process. The groom and groomsmen should reserve their rentals at least three months in advance of the wedding. Final measurements should be taken about three weeks before the ceremony; however, be sure to come back a few days before the wedding for last-minute alterations. Out-of-town groomsmen can get measured at any formalwear store or local tailor’s near them, and send their measurements to the groom or to your formalwear store. Someone should be designated to return all formalwear to the store on time in order to avoid late fees, which can get quite expensive adding up the per day, per outfit costs. Finally, it’s critical to get a perfect fit – even the best outfit won’t look good if the fit isn’t right. Rely on the expertise of your formalwear consultant.

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PREPARING FOR DRESS FITTINGS A few simple tips Your wedding gown is one of the most emotionally charged purchases you will ever make. Don’t become overwhelmed with details but keep these simple tips in mind when making that purchase: • Most brides need at least some alterations to their gown. • It is best to have your gown in your possession at least 3 months before your wedding day to allow enough time for fittings. • Alteration policies vary from salon to salon. Ask for the specifics of what is included in the purchase . • Find a professional seamstress/tailor for alterations. Family and friends mean well, but those not familiar with gowns could cause damage. • Be sure that who ever does your alterations will be able to steam or press the gown so you will look picture perfect for your wedding day. • Bring the shoes and undergarments you plan on wearing to the fittings. These items will help to determine just how the gown should be altered. • Be sure to take someone along to the final fitting. Your seamstress will explain how the bustle system works and you’ll need help with the bustle on your wedding day. • Your veil is an extension of your personality and should compliment, not overwhelm your wedding gown. Your seamstress can help you select a veil or possibly custom make a veil to fit your look perfectly. If you follow these tips, there will be more joy and less tears when it comes to your wedding gown.

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BRIDAL BLOOMS: 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.


FLOWERS Deciding on flower arrangements may take considerable time and imagination on your part. Guidance and suggestions from your florist will smooth the process for you, so it is recommended to book your florist a year in advance if possible. Try to make a final selection for all your bouquets, boutonnieres, ceremony arrangements and reception centerpieces at least three months before the wedding, then meet with the florist again three weeks before your wedding date to iron out all the details. When meeting with floral designers, it is a good idea to bring fabric swatches of your gown and the bridesmaid’s dresses. It also helps to bring photographs or illustrations of specific flowers, colors and bouquet styles you prefer. If you are unsure which flowers will last and also look the best, ask your floral designer.

Since you will want your floral arrangements to last throughout the day, your floral designer’s advice will be invaluable. Some flowers hold up beautifully in the sun while others are better suited for indoors. For example, it probably would not be wise to select gardenias if you are planning an outdoor wedding at midday in June. Gardenias are as delicate as they are beautiful, and under such conditions they would wilt long before the minister says, “you may kiss the bride.” FOR YOU AND YOUR WEDDING PARTY The first item of consideration will be the bridal bouquet, since all other floral arrangements will take their cue from this piece. It not only sets the tone for the overall floral scheme, but also provides


FLOWERS 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 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. SEASONAL CONSIDERATIONS For everything there is a season and flowers are no exception. One of the most important considerations in selecting your wedding day flowers will be the season in which you intend to wed. You will find that flowers in bloom during the month of your wedding will be more available and less costly than selections that are out of season and they will also last longer. A major seasonal consideration is the holidays since certain flora will significantly increase in price. Valentine’s Day, as you can imagine, creates a high demand for red roses, increasing the cost considerably. Easter affects the availability and price of tulips and hyacinths, while at Christmas poinsettias and holly are at a premium. Should you choose these flowers around such seasons, factor this into your budget. Here are some popular flowers and the best season to choose them in order to help you create beautiful bouquets and arrangements for your wedding. Winter: Amaryllis, Casablanca lily, freesia, Gerber daisy, heather, holly (ilex), narcissus, poinsettia, rose, stephanotis. Summer: Anemone, azalea, calla lily, camellia, daffodil, French tulip, hyacinth, hydrangea, jasmine, lilac, lily of the valley, mimosa, pansy, peony, primrose, ranunculus, sweet pea, tulip, violet.


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FLOWERS Fall: Celosia (cockscomb) Chinese lantern, chrysanthemum, crosnia, dahlia, statice, yarrow (in California, most summer flowers are also available in the fall.) Year-Round: Baby’s breath, carnation, cattleman, chrysanthemum, cymbidium orchid, daisy, dendroblum orchid, freesia, gardenia, Gerber daisy, gladiolus, iris, lilies, protea, roses, September aster, snapdragon, stephanotis, tuberoses. Traditional bouquets of all white can express a bride’s individuality with elegance and simplicity. You may combine a range of blossoms that are unique in shape and size for dramatic impact, or compose a delicate bouquet of one type of flower. White flower selections may include calla lilies, catalpa orchids, daisies, delphiniums, freesia, gardenias, hydrangeas, lilacs, lilies, lilies of the valley, orchids, roses, stephanotis and tulips. Most of these flowers are true white; however, like roses, some display a hint of pink or yellow.

If your heart is set on color, don’t hesitate to indulge. Colored blossoms are definitely “in” for bridal bouquets, as well as other ceremony and reception arrangements. From exotic tropical stems to gorgeous, scented garden herbs, the selections and combinations are virtually endless. With their fragrant beauty, their wide range of hues and year-round availability, it is easy to see why roses have retained their popularity with brides. If you are considering roses, it helps to know a little bit about them before making your final decisions. Roses are produced in three grades: Select, Extra Fancy and Fancy. Select roses are top quality and last the longest. It may be worth paying more for Select, although Extra Fancy is equally lovely. Florists rarely deal with Fancy roses, found mostly in supermarkets, as they tend to wilt rapidly.

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PARTY RENTALS every last detail You may find yourself in need of certain items not provided by your reception facility. The term “party rentals” covers a variety of rental items, including linens, chair covers, tables and chairs, tents, dance floors, fountains, plants, props and theme decorations. If you are holding your reception in a hotel, most items may be included in the overall cost. The need for various rental items increases when the event is held outdoors or at an event facility where you are required to provide your own caterer. Before contacting a rental company it is recommended that you have the following information available: • Exactly what items are provided by the caterer: glass, flatware, china, buffet linens, and so on.

• Any items provided by the facility: tables, chairs, portable bar, and so on. • Your event date, time and location • The number of guests attending • Any special requirements or themes Find out what the delivery, set-up, pick-up and payment policies are. Be sure to coordinate with the manager to ensure the location will open when your rental company drops off your order. From the proper tent size for an outdoor wedding, to the portable dance floor complete with tables and chairs, a good rental company will work closely with you to determine exactly what and how many rental items will be needed to make your guests comfortable and your special occasion a complete success.

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Rentals SELECTING RENTALS:

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


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YOUR aWEDDING CAKE sweet ending to a special day Bakeries fill up quickly. Stay safe and book six months in advance. To pick a shop, trust your gut during tastings. Also, make sure you’re comfortable with the efficiency and professionalism of the bakery. They should return your calls and e-mails promptly, be flexible, willing to customize, familiar with your reception venue and guarantee an on-time dessert, including set-up, delivery, and clean-up if necessary. Don`t be afraid to switch bakeries if you feel uncomfortable. For cost, cakes are typically priced by the slice, which is generally anywhere from $1.50 to $6.50 per slice, depending on the style, ingredients, size and decorating. Your reception site or caterer may also charge a plating fee as well, often $.50 to $1.50 per person, to cut and

serve the cake. Ask about this, and if it’s negotiable. To break outside the traditional cake, individual cupcakes are fun. Arrange in a tower that resembles a tiered cake or on mismatched layers over decorated shelves. And everyone loves a sundae! Get every topping you can and let your guests run wild. The newest trend is candies tables. Arrange jars, fishbowls or giant martini glasses of your favorite sweets and let guests be kids in your candy shop. For small, upscale weddings with mostly adults, have a barista whip up comforting lattes, cappuccinos and espressos with rich pastries such as biscotti or tiramisu.

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FAVORremembering YOUR GUESTS your day If you have ever attended a formal wedding, you have probably received a wedding favor, perhaps some candied Jordan almonds tied up in tulle matching the bridal party colors. Although they taste great, there’s a great deal of history behind these little bundles. Wedding favors originated with the early Europeans in the form of the groom’s cake. Each guest would receive a piece of this special cake to take home as a thank you for attending the wedding. Later, the tradition migrated to the Mediterranean region, where cake was replaced with sugar- or candy-coated Jordan almonds. The coating was white, symbolizing purity. The Jordan almond represents the bitter and the sweet of life and marriage. Traditionally, five almonds were given, representing health, wealth, happiness, longevity and fertility. Modern-day favors often include a sixth and a seventh almond: a pink one and a blue one, representing the bride and groom. Other candies may be used for wedding favors. Italians use the Bacci or “kiss” candy. This candy is wrapped in silver foil and contains a hazelnut and a printed fortune. Modern wedding favors often include Hershey Kisses or Hugs with almonds. MORE FAVOR IDEAS Other favors can range from imprinted matchbooks, coasters or small bottles of wine or liqueur. These favors are often decorated with personalized ribbons, lace flowers with biodegradable confetti or birdseed to shower on the happy couple. One of the nicest ways to thank your guests is with chocolate wedding favors.

Consider bite-size morsels bearing your initials and wrapped in color foil or even edible sweetheart boxes filled with chocolates. Tie colorful balloons to white chocolate baskets brimming with foilwrapped candies as tasty centerpieces for your guests. A very personal gift to your guests are split bottles of wine with personalized labels. A few wineries now offer the opportunity to create your own “private label” wine. Also consider private wine tasting parties for your bachelor(ette) parties, showers or rehearsal dinners. An eco-friendly wedding favor idea is to give guests tree saplings: the earth could use more trees! Your choice of wedding favors is limited only by your imagination!

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9 GOLDEN RULES FOR A GREAT WEDDING RECEPTION Create a night to remember with thoughtful planning

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SUCCESS IS IN THE DETAILS. When, what, who, in what order... Think through the evening and have a clear plan for the entire event. And then, clearly communicate this plan to all interested parties: your catering manager, the wedding party, parents, etc. Consider the schedule and details of events such as the following: cocktails, dinner, grand entrance, toasts, specialty dances and so on. The more you plan ahead, the more you can relax and go with the flow at your reception.

THE MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT IS THE KEY TO A GOOD PARTY. Bad or inappropriate music and entertainment can kill a party faster than anything else, so spend the time necessary to select a good band or DJ. Find someone who can match the style and tone of YOUR wedding, can ‘read’ the crowd and keep the guests happy, and will respect your wishes. Be clear and specific about any songs or events that you do NOT want at your wedding.

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THE CASE FOR YMCA HATS AND THE MACARENA... So you may find the Chicken Dance and the Hokey Pokey and colorful maracas or other props to be ‘cheesy’ but you know what – many guests love them and the key to a good party is to appeal to a wide variety of tastes and wishes. Let your bandleader or DJ use their professional experience and skills to create a fun evening, based on the feedback they receive from some key people – your guests.

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TIPS FOR TOASTING. A convenient time for toasts is just after the first course is served. This gives the servers enough time to ensure that all guests have a drink (nice to have if you’re toasting!) and is still early enough in the evening that you’re likely to have everyone’s attention. Most couples start with the best man, though some start with the bride’s father, so choose the order that works for you and communicate it to all parties. Be sure to encourage any and all toasters to keep their words BRIEF (no more than a few minutes each) and discourage off-color jokes, too much personal information or ‘inside’ jokes, and any other inappropriate content. If you have any toasters you’re worried about, perhaps you could ask them to write out what they plan to say ahead of time and show it to you!

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DJ fade it out after a few minutes... You’ll be surprised at how long even three minutes feels – to you and your guests – when you’re alone in the center of the dance floor with all eyes on you! YUMMY FOOD. Whatever food you serve doesn’t have to be expensive or super fancy gourmet, but it should taste good. Enough said!

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THE FIRST DANCE: “DON’T WAIT FOREVER TO DO IT AND DON’T DO IT FOREVER.” A good time to do the first dance (and other specialty dances) is just after dinner – to kick off the party portion of the evening and keep the energy going. If any song you’ve selected is over three minutes, you may want to have your bandleader shorten it up or have your

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A WAY TO KEEP ’EM DANCING… Ideally, it’s great if there is a bar near the dance floor. People tend to congregate near the bar, and this way the non-dancers will still be close to the party people: the dancers. It’s also easier for guests to move seamlessly on and off the dance floor. You’ll find that the dance floor is more easily filled if it’s located near a bar! FOCUS ON YOUR GUESTS. You and your groom are really the hosts of this shindig… and it’s always good to be a gracious host. Take some time to envision the day from your guests’ point of view, and do whatever you can to make sure their experience is smooth, relaxing and fun. This will truly make it a wedding they’ll remember!

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THE BRIDE AND GROOM SET THE MOOD. Finally – the most important rule of all: the mood of the newlyweds (joyful, stressed, happy or unhappy) influences the entire wedding, and affects the mood of your guests. If you think you might be worried and stressed out about all of the endless details on your wedding day, then consider hiring a wedding coordinator – even if it’s just for the day of the wedding only. It is worth every single penny if it means you (and your guests) can actually ENJOY your wedding day!

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RIVER CRUISES Some brides- and grooms-to-be want a honeymoon option that is “off the beaten path”… and what could be more unique than a romantic river cruise through the heart of Europe, floating peacefully down the majestic Nile, or across the horizons of Asia? Many overlook the beauty and benefits of a river cruise while planning their honeymoon. 4

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A river cruise lets you explore far-off lands with all the comforts of home, as you discover many amazing destinations within one itinerary. Spacious staterooms with expansive riverscape views offer elegant accommodations, like a 5-star floating hotel. Don’t worry about getting seasick – the ships float along the rivers so smoothly, you will barely realize you are moving. You can embrace intriguing cultures all over the world, led by expert tour guides. Enjoy a local musical group’s performance after dinner on the ship. Participate in a local wine tasting. Eat at some of the finest restaurants across the globe. Meet new friends as you explore the shoreline with other couples from all over the world. Expand your horizons… and you only have to unpack your suitcase once! River cruise ships are small and intimate, sometimes with as few as 32 passengers onboard. They are small enough to dock in ports where larger cruise ships could never

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come close. Every stateroom cabin has a large unobstructed window or balcony view of the passing beautiful countryside and city skylines. You will not find the bright lights and loud bells of a casino or big theater productions onboard, but you can take in an enlightening lecture on your luxurious ship as you glide down the river. Many passengers revel in the most personal service and attention from the distinguished crew and staff; the ratio is usually about 1 staff member to every 2-3 guests. Typically, the price you pay upfront for a river cruise is inclusive of almost everything involved in your trip – port charges, WiFi access, fine dining meals from awardwinning chefs (on-board and some on-shore), engaging lectures, activities and shore excursions, as well as hotel accommodations on cruisetour itineraries. Some cruise lines, like Viking River Cruises, even include airfare from main airport hubs within the United States in their package pricing.

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Wine and food enthusiasts can delight in the dining options offered onboard and at each of your ship’s destinations. You will never go hungry with every meal provided by the cruise line, as well as snacks and beverages. You can also venture off on your own when you leave the ship and visit the quaint cafes and local gems of the cities and villages along the river’s route. Viking’s Chateaux, Rivers & Wine cruise visits the centuries-old vineyards along the Atlantic coast of France. The city of Bordeaux invites you to savor its cozy cafés and excellent museums, while feasting on oysters, truffles and cognac (and of course, a few glasses of the area’s namesake wines!) If white wines are more your style, embark on Viking’s Cities of Lights cruise. Share a kiss at the top of the Eiffel Tower or under the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Explore castles and fortresses in Luxembourg. Enjoy the fine Rieslings of the Rhine and Moselle River valleys of Germany. Take in the majestic beauty of Gothic churches throughout Bavaria and charming small villages along the way. Stroll through Prague, the historic and enchanting capital of the Czech Republic, and admire over 1000 years of architecture, from classical to rococo. Has the ancient historian in you always wanted to walk the Pathways of the Pharaohs? Viking has an itinerary that leads you down the mighty Nile River in Egypt, with stops at the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx. You can visit the Egyptian capital city of Cairo, the most populous city in Africa, and wander through the museums and temples at Luxor. For the ultimate in luxury river cruising, set sail with Avalon Waterways, where ”included” is the name of the game. VIP access into the must-see tourist sites. Your choice of enriching shore excursions, led by certified local guides. Sparkling wines with breakfast, regional beers and wines at every onboard dinner, even unlimited lattes and premium coffees.


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Avalon is one of the few river cruise lines to offer trips in South America. Meander through the jungles along the mighty Amazon River, where it originates in Peru, with optional tour excursions to Machu Picchu and the Nazca Lines. Take note, nature lovers: they also sail through the Galapagos Islands, where you can encounter giant tortoises, penguins, sea lions, and many species of birds. To make a honeymoon even more enchanting, consider a Danube Holiday Markets river cruise with Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection during the Christmas season. The spirit of Christmas beautifully lights up the streets of Budapest, Bratislava, Salzburg, Passau, and Vienna. Pick up the perfect souvenir to remember your honeymoon as you and your true love walk hand-in-hand through the glimmering marketplaces. For lovers of a more adventurous, expedition-style cruise, Uniworld gives travelers an authentic taste of the cultural contrast between bustling Vietnam and

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tranquil Cambodia. Get an up-close view of the great Mekong River that unites these two mystical countries. Receive a water blessing from local monks and ride a rickshaw through the wide boulevards of Phnom Pehn. Experience the ancient and modern, rural and urban, forested mountains and fertile plains. From floating villages and river markets and the UNESCO-designated Angkor Wat temples to the vibrant Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, discover the sights, sounds, and tastes of two countries joined by one river. No matter where you want to go in the world, and how fast-paced or relaxed you want your travel schedule to be, there is always an option for you. Customize your trip to be exactly what you are dreaming of for your romantic honeymoon. You can best find – and finalize – all available options with the assistance of a travel agent, who can offer their first-hand knowledge and experience to help you craft a trip-of-a-lifetime, while working within your budget.

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PUERTO RICO With its breathtaking natural scenery, pristine beaches, abundant activities and wide range of luxury accommodations, Puerto Rico is perfect for honeymooners. Just a quick flight from anywhere in the continental U.S., Puerto Rico is a convenient, yet exotic, destination for romance. Whether travelers want a relaxing beach escape or a honeymoon filled with adventure, Puerto Rico has romance options to fit every couple’s needs and budget. 4

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For couples looking for a glamorous getaway, full-service hotels such as the El San Juan Hotel & Casino and Ritz Carlton San Juan Hotel, Spa & Casino pair dazzling nightlife with great restaurants and amazing suites. For the couple looking for a unique boutique hotel experience, the historic Hotel El Convento is one of the best examples of small luxury hotels on the island, while adventurous couples will love the Westin Rio Mar Beach Resort & Golf Club and Wyndham El Conquistador Resort & Country Club, both offering every activity under the sun along the eastern coast of Puerto Rico, in close proximity to the El Yunque Rainforest. One of the most romantic aspects of Puerto Rico is the beautiful beaches that border the entire island. Day trips to the islands of Vieques or Culebra provide the most secluded beach hideaways in Puerto Rico. While there, couples can explore wildlife by land and by sea at the Culebra National Wildlife Refuge, including amazing coral reefs and tropical fish seen while diving or snorkeling. A nighttime excursion through the mangroves to Vieques’ bioluminescent Mosquito Bay provides the experience of a lifetime, as tiny bioluminescent organisms produce incredible glowing waters best seen in the light of a full moon. For slightly more adventurous honeymooners, spelunking through the underground Camuy Caves, snorkeling, hiking, and many other land and water activities are available.

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Plan your trip accordingly.

Traveling outside the United States requires attention to a number of details. Visit cbp.gov for current travel warnings or work with a wedding planner or travel agent to find the safest areas for travel.


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GETTING MARRIED IN PUERTO RICO

Puerto Rico is predominantly tropical with moderate temperatures year round that average near 80°F in lower elevations and 70°F in the mountains. The rainy season is from April into November. The mountains of the Cordillera Central can cause the temperature, rainfall and wind to vary throughout the year. On average, one quarter of the annual rainfall occurs during tropical cyclones, which are more frequent during La Niña events.

With Puerto Rico’s exotic ambiance and spectacular sunsets, there’s no better place to be swept up in the romance of a wedding. Working with a wedding planner or travel agent might be helpful if you choose to marry in Puerto Rico. Here’s a list of the requirements:

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• Each party will need to take a blood test from a federally certified laboratory (in the U.S. or Puerto Rico) within 10 days of the wedding date.

Standard time zone: Atlantic Time Zone - UTC-4 hours (One hour later than NYC in winter and the same in summer as Puerto Rico has no daylight saving time.)

ELECTRICITY & CURRENCY

Since Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territory of the United States, it’s electricity and currency are the same as they are in the U.S. The largest difference between the two are the languages spoken.

LANGUAGE

The official languages of Puerto Rico are Spanish and English, with Spanish being the primary language. English is spoken by less than 10% of the population even though all official business is conducted in English.

• Photo ID or passport from each person • Proof of divorce or death certificate (if applicable)

• A marriage certificate can be acquired in advance from the Puerto Rico Dept. of Health; call (787) 767-9120 for more information (be patient - you might have to try this number multiple times). • A doctor will need to sign and certify your marriage certificate and blood test in Puerto Rico. • The couple will then visit the Demographic Registry to obtain the marriage license, and purchase two license stamps (total stamp cost is $30). • Couples can expect to receive their marriage license within ten days of their wedding date.


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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 both inside and out. The larger models are often posh, with flashy lights and decorative interiors. CATCH THE COACH For larger wedding parties or those that want a little extra 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 provides 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


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TRANSPORTATION 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 lend a lovely, elegant touch to this wedding day detail. Since most have outdoor decks, these are especially fun in small towns so 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 horsedrawn 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. TIPS FOR A GREAT DAY • Customize your playlist and bring your own CD to play in the limo.

• Plan liquid refreshments that won’t leave a mark, such as sparkling water. Wine or coffee can discolor your gown. For after the ceremony, you can go with champagne or mimosas, but be careful not to overindulge. • If you go for pictures between the ceremony and reception, champagne glasses can make a cute picture. • Be mindful of the time. You’ll be meeting and greeting all your guests and you’ll want to be your best. Don’t keep them waiting! DOWN TO DETAILS Make sure to confirm transportation booking and verify pick-up 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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Ph1otog3r3aph1y1 A PICTURE PERFECT DAY Finding a photographer that fits your style

The old saying “Take a picture, it’ll last longer” will never ring more true than on your wedding day. After months of fittings, tastings, and detailed planning, your special day will seem to come and go in the blink of an eye. But you can remember, relive, and cherish each moment through the magic of photography. 


PHOTOGRAPHY DETERMINE YOUR STYLE Wedding photography is more than just documenting the event – it’s about capturing the spirit of the couple and their day. Choose a photographer whose style matches you as a couple… Formal or traditional: Posed, color photos of you, the groom, your respective families, and the wedding party; classic moments (“Kiss the bride,” cake-cutting, first dance, etc.) will be captured. Photojournalistic: Shot like a news event, capturing hundreds of candid moments and real emotions; more black and white photos for a timeless feel. Artistic: Special effects (double exposures, hand tinting, borders, etc.) used to create dramatic, one-of-a-kind pieces of art. So which style is right for you? Think about what you want in the end: Frame-worthy shots of you and the

groom? Oodles of heartfelt moments? An artistic piece to hang on the wall? Many photographers offer a mix of these styles, so browse friends’ wedding albums, surf professionals’ websites and blogs, and clip photos from magazines to find what speaks to you. RESEARCH PHOTOGRAPHERS Once you’ve established your style, it’s time to shop around. Start by collecting referrals from friends, reviewing wedding resources like Premier Bride, attending bridal shows, and scoping out local photographers’ websites and blogs – and don’t forget to consider pricing. Make a short list of potential photographers that specialize in the style you desire and suit your budget. Then set up a phone or in-person consultation.


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EVALUATE YOUR OPTIONS When at a photography consultation, ask yourself: Do you like their work? Make sure you see examples of individual photos and complete wedding albums so you know what to expect in the end. Some larger studios employ more than one photographer; find out exactly who will be shooting your wedding, and view their work, specifically. Do your personalities mesh? Of all your wedding vendors, the photographer is the one you’ll be working with most closely on your big day; it’s important that your personalities click. Can you talk freely about your vision and ideas for your pictures? Do you get a sense that this person will fit in nicely with you, your fiancé, and your wedding party? Are you staying within your budget? It’s extremely critical to have a pricepoint in mind before searching for and committing to a photographer. It’s disappointing to fall in love with a photographer’s work only to later discover their rates exceed your spending allowance. Do your best to meet only with photographers you can afford. KNOW WHAT’S INCLUDED As you chat with photographers, it will help to know what’s usually included in wedding photography packages. Most photographers offer these elements “a la carte” or can create a custom package that meets your specific needs – don’t hesitate to ask. Here are some examples of items that might interest you. Bride & Groom’s Album: These vary in size, color, construction quality, and price; be sure to compare the size and photo quantity that various photographers offer – and make sure you’re comparing apples-to-apples.


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your photographer falls ill or has a family emergency on the day of your wedding? When will proofs be ready to view? Will online ordering be available for your guests? It’s best to work out the details and arrange for contingencies upfront. The answers to these questions might also help you compare one photographer to another and come up with a final decision. ASK ABOUT THE EXTRAS Proposal photos: If you’re the groomto-be, hire a photographer to shoot the first step in your marriage – the proposal! Your bride will thank you later for capturing this magical moment. Engagement photos: Many photographers offer engagement shoots as part of the package. These photos are


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PHOTOGRAPHY more laid-back and candid, so play up your personalities. Fun photos: Wedding pictures don’t have to be just you and your bridesmaids all in a row – have some fun with it! Let your personality shine through. Do you and your fiancé love ice cream? Take pictures at your local creamery (just don’t spill on the dress!). Do you love board games? Spell out “LOVE” with scrabble pieces, using your engagement ring for the “O.” The bottom line: infuse your personalities wherever possible. Have family and friends who you definitely want photos with? Make a list; with the craziness of the day, it’s the only way you’ll remember to ask for a picture with Great Aunt Martha. Download our Ultimate Planner online at premierbride.com/planning for a comprehensive guide and checklist

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PHOTO BOOTHS having fun with your photos In the past, couples used to leave disposable cameras at tables for guests to point and shoot, but the chance of finding a gem amongst those blurry, low-quality shots is rare, especially when kids get their hands on them. Plus, the cost of developing film is going up steadily. Instead, a fun, plucky alternative can be to get a photo booth. Photo booth rentals are becoming popular at wedding receptions –not only do you get to see everyone in their finest for your big day, but they can take home a quality memory from the wedding. Photo booth rentals are different in size and output. Some give guests prints of their pictures right away, in the traditional photo booth setting, with the four black and white prints on one single strand. This is a great way to give guests a souvenir right away, especially because it’s a unique type of print. Others just continuously shoot throughout the night, and provide the couple with a digital record of all the shots taken. Then, guests could go to an online database to choose which photos they want and print them at their own convenience. Supply props like goofy hats, accessories, or fake mustaches for guests to poke around with. When deciding on a rental, choose one where you can really customize it, if you’d like. You could ask for the background to be matching the colors of the wedding, or add your names or the date to a sign at the top of the photo. But no matter how basic it is, your family and loved ones smiling faces will make it a truly personal memory!

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Weddings are rather visual affairs; from the fancy dress to the picture-perfect venue, there’s a lot to see. But nothing sets the mood quite like music. From stirring melodies at the ceremony, to easy background tunes at cocktail hour, to up-tempo beats that get the dance party started, your choices in music are the soundtrack to your special day.


MUSIC CEREMONY MUSIC What have you always envisioned for the soundtrack to your ceremony? A vocalist? String quartet? Solo pianist? When weighing your options for ceremony musicians, consider your vision, but also look to your wedding’s style and venue; make sure there is harmony between the location and the music you choose. Think back to past weddings you’ve attended: What did you like about the music for each ceremony? What didn’t work so well? Did you cry like a baby when friends of bride played a charming, acoustic tune? Did you cringe when the groom’s cousin, even with the best of intentions, sang entirely off-key? Your guests could likely react the same way, so choose wisely! Once you and your fiancé have some ideas in mind, check out local

musicians. Visit bridal shows, review bridal publications and online sources like premierbride.com, or ask for referrals from recently married friends or your ceremony officiant. You could also work with an experienced talent or booking agency that offers convenient, one-stopshopping for all your wedding music needs. Narrow down your options, and arrange meetings to hear your musicians and singers in person before signing any contracts. After you’ve secured musicians for your ceremony, they can help you decide on what songs to include. Most musicians who specialize in weddings have a lot of valuable experience and will be a great resource for song suggestions. Your ceremony officiant will also be helpful in guiding your musical selections. Already have the sounds of


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MUSIC your ceremony in mind? Speak up, and let the musicians do the rest. COCKTAILS AND DINNER MUSIC Background music is a must for bringing romance to the latter part of your wedding day. Conversation is key during cocktails and dinner, so the tunes should set the mood, but not intrude. You have three main options: Use the musicians that played during your ceremony, use the band or DJ that will be playing at your reception, or hire entirely different musicians. If you decide to have live music, come solid options include: chamber music, classical or acoustic guitar, or a jazz ensemble. Each of these offers subtle entertainment without overpowering the scene of mixing and mingling. A seasoned pianist can also be a fun

choice, if he or she can play a wide range of musical styles — and take requests! If you go with your reception’s DJ or band, make sure they keep it on the softer side. You might even want to make a list of songs to be played during this time to keep the soundtrack on, well, track. RECEPTION AND DANCING MUSIC Dinner and dessert are over – it’s time to hit the dance floor! Let’s face it: This is one critical decision that can make or break an entire wedding, in the eyes of the guests. Fortunately, most musicians who specialize in weddings are talented professionals, and with the tips included here, you’ll be able to confidently select an excellent entertainer – and selection of dance tunes – for your big day. First and foremost, ask yourself: Live band

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


MUSIC or DJ? While there are pros and cons to each, it always comes down to personal taste and budget. Start researching musicians early in the wedding planning process – this way, once you find someone you like, availability is less likely to be an issue. Live music gives the evening a sort of festive energy and is a wonderful option if your budget allows. The key is finding a band that caters to weddings. These musicians offer versatility and will appeal to guests of all ages. Keep in mind that any live entertainment will require breaks, so find a solution that ensures music is always playing. If the band is large enough, it’s possible the band members can stagger their breaks so that someone is always playing. Or, configure an iPod-and-speaker hookup and play some of your favorites that

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Number of Available Banquet Rooms

Suggested Number of Months to Schedule Facility

Average Price per Person

Number of Guests per Server

RECEPTION & BANQUET GUIDE

877-FKC-8777

20

1200

4

6-8

$26 to $50

Varies

CHEMUNG HILLS GOLF & BANQUET CENTER

517-546-4230

27

300

2

6-12

$50 or less

Varies

CRYSTAL GARDENS

517-545-1000

7

900

5

12

$50 to $75

30

DUNHAM HILLS

248-887-9170

25-300

3

3-24

$26 to $50

Varies

THE OPERA HOUSE

517-540-0065

200

1

3-6

Varies

Varies

WALDENWOODS BANQUET & CONFERENCE CENTER

810-632-6401

24

250

4

6-12

$30 to $75

20

WHISPERING PINES

734-878-0009

21

300

2

6-12

$26 to $65

25

WOODSHIRE PLACE

517-223-8187

330

1

Flexible

$25 or less

Varies

20-700

4

Up to 24

$36.95 to $48.95

20

ASSUMPTION CULTURAL CENTER 586-771-8600

500

2

12-18

$26 to $50

20

ATHENA HALL

586-773-4440

960

5

12 Varies

$25 and up

Varies

BARRISTER GARDENS

586-773-4040

1200

4

ASAP

$26 to $50

20

BARRISTER HOUSE

586-774-0530

30-750

3

ASAP

BLOSSOM HEATH

586-771-2300

up to 350

1

Varies

$26 to $50

25

CLUB MONTE CARLO

586-731-8220

50-500

6

9

$26 to $50

25-30

CONCORDE INN BANQUET & CONFERENCE CENTER

586-493-7200

250

2

12

$43 to $55

20-30

FREEDOM HILL BANQUET CTR.

586-795-2800

250

3

Up to 24

$26 to $50

Varies

50-300

2

Varies

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CALHOUN COUNTY FIREKEEPER CASINO/HOTEL

11177 E. Michigan Ave. (I-94, Exit 104) Battle Creek

LIVINGSTON COUNTY 3125 Golf Club Rd., Howell 5768 Grand River, Howell 13561 Dunham Rd., Hartland www.dunhamhills.com 123 W. Grand River, Howell

2975 Old US-23, Hartland

2500 Whispering Pines Dr. Pinckney Banquet Facility 6520 W. Grand River, Fowlerville

MACOMB COUNTY ANDIAMO WARREN BANQUET

& Conference Center 7096 E. 14 Mile Rd., Warren

& Marchiori Catering 21800 Marter Rd., St. Clair Shores 25650 Gratiot, Roseville

24225 Harper Ave., St. Clair Shores 21801 Harper Ave., St. Clair Shores 24800 Jefferson Ave., St. Clair Shores 50265 Van Dyke, Shelby Township

44315 Gratiot Ave., Clinton Twnshp 15000 Metropolitan Pkwy. Sterling Heights

586-268-3200

INFINITY-OVATION YACHT CHARTERS 586-778-7030

400 Maple Park Blvd., Suite 404 St. Clair Shores

14

$11.95 and up 12-17


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Buffet, Plated

n Buffet, Plated, Stations n n n n n Buffet, Family, Individual n n Family, Plated, Buffet n Buffet, Family

Buffet, Sit Down, Stations

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Buffet, Sit Down, Stations

Custom Menu

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Buffet, Sit Down

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n

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n n

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All Styles

n n n n

n

Strolling Food Stations

n n n n

Special features

Low Fat/Low Cholesterol Menu Available Off-Premise Catering Available Outside Caterers Permitted Outside Reception Area Available

Kosher Cuisine Available

n n n n

n

Cromaine Chicken, n Stuffed Salmon & Beef Entrees

Filet with zip sauce/Italian Dishes

Valet Parking Available

Serving Style Available

Separate Area Available for Ceremony

House Special Entrees Varies

Brand new venue separate from casino. Stage available. Two sets of restrooms.

Golf course views, outside deck, dressing room, private bar, custom menus. Outside ceremony locations. Outdoor open air chapel for up to 200 guests. Portico drop-off, lit fountain, private patio, cathedral ceilings, fireplace & many windows overlooking golf course. Historic building with newly renovated banquet room. Menus are individually designed per your request. n 8 Stone fireplaces, hardwood dance floor, private lakefront ceremony site, overnight accommodations, outdoor wedding packages, winter wedding specials. n Two outdoor ceremony locations, one indoor ceremony location. Customized menus and floor plans, fireplace, French doors, walk out patio. Recently renovated. Customized menus. One event per date. Country setting. Equipped with stand-by power. n Award winning cuisine, superb

serving staff, executive chef inspired menus and wedding cakes. n Newly remodeled & updated. Bring your own liquor. Newly remodeled in 2002. Winding oak staircase. Baby grand in lobby. Waterfall. Large dance floor. Neutral dĂŠcor. Each hall has private restrooms. n Restored 1920 road house with

domed dance floor. Newly remodeled facility. Garden with waterfall & pond. January thru April discounts, Friday night specials. Outdoor wedding feel with breathtaking promenade - foliage, natural lighting, & fountain. Great photo opps! n Award winning Andiamo Catering. Newly remodeled in 2014. Gazebo and Terrace. n Two unique waterfront venues with breathtaking

views of the Detroit Skyline along with the finest cuisine will provide you the celebration of a lifetime.


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Number of Available Banquet Rooms

Suggested Number of Months to Schedule Facility

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250

1

6

Number of Guests per Server

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RECEPTION & BANQUET GUIDE MACOMB COUNTY (CONT.) MANIACI’S BANQUET CENTER

69227 N. Main, Richmond

ZUCCARO BANQUETS & CATERING 586-949-4110

46601 Gratiot, Chesterfield

Varies

750

3

12

$26 to $50

20

250

2

Flexible

$17.95 to $43.95

25

MONROE COUNTY LINKS AT LAKE ERIE

734-384-1177

QUALITY INN & SUITES

734-242-6000

23

50-150

1

1

$15.95 or less

20

ST. GEORGE CULTURAL CENTER

734-243-2712

28

300

1

6

$30 or less

Varies

30-500

2

Varies

$26 to $50

25

300

1

$22.95

20-30

$26 to $50

Varies

14727 LaPlaisance Rd., Monroe 1225 N. Dixie Hwy., Monroe 2326 N. Monroe, Monroe

OAKLAND COUNTY ADDISON OAKS

248-693-8305

ACC BANQUET HALL

248-722-9100

BAKERS OF MILFORD

248-685-3300

5-500

4

3-12 last minute welcome 6-12

BAY POINTE GOLF CLUB

248-360-0600

300

2

Varies

$26 to $50

25

INDIANWOOD GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB

248-693-9100

230

3

Varies

$50

Varies

COMFORT INN OF WATERFORD

248-666-8555

200

3

2

$26.95

50

COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT

248-358-1222

HOTEL FARMINGTON HILLS

248-553-0000

170

1

3-12

$26.50

25

GLEN OAKS COUNTRY CLUB

248-626-2600

450

1

12

$26 to $50

25

KING’S COURT CASTLE

248-391-1900

18

up to 230

3

Varies

$28 or more

Varies

LINKS OF NOVI

248-380-9595

27

150

2

6

$26 to $50

25

LYON OAKS GOLF COURSE & BANQUET CENTER

248-437-9200

up to 500

2

Varies

$26 to $50

25

MYSTIC CREEK GOLF CLUB & BANQUET CENTER

248-684-3333

up to 300

2

Varies

$25 or less

20

TWIN LAKES GOLF CLUB

248-601-4175

up to 400

1

Varies

$60 or more

20

1480 W. Romeo Rd., Leonard Armenian Congregational Church 26210 W. 12 Mile Rd., Southfield 2025 S. Milford, Milford 4001 Haggerty Rd., West Bloomfield

1081 Indianwood Road, Lake Orion 7076 Highland Rd, Waterford

27027 Northwestern Hwy. Southfield 31525 W. 12 Mile Rd. Farmington Hills 30500 W. 13 Mile Farmington Hills

2325 Joslyn, Lake Orion

50395 W. 10 Mile Rd., Novi 52251 Pontiac Trail, Lyon Township One Champions Circle, Milford 455 Twin Lakes Dr., Oakland

19

18


Valet Parking Available n

n n n

n

Special features

Serving Style Available Buffet, Family

Low Fat/Low Cholesterol Menu Available Off-Premise Catering Available Outside Caterers Permitted Outside Reception Area Available

Separate Area Available for Ceremony n

Kosher Cuisine Available

House Special Entrees Varies

n Located in historic downtown Richmond.

Homemade pastas & pastries.

n Char-Grilled Mediterranean Chicken Breast Wedding Buffet, n Chicken Siciliano, Carved Roast Beef Varies

Buffet, Plated

n

All-inclusive packages available. Indoor & outdoor ceremonies.

Buffet

n n

Buffet

n n

Ballroom is ideal for intimate wedding receptions. Honeymoon suite for bride & groom. Special block rates for guests. Lounge now open. Separate room for buffet & Custom menu for your event

n

Buffet, Plated Buffet, Plated, Family

n

Buffet, Family, Sit Down Buffet, Plated

n

n n

n

n

Plated, Buffet

n

n n

American & Ethnic n

Custom Menu

n

n

Chicken Indianwood

n

n n n n n

n

New York Strip Steaks

n n

Varies

n

Varies

n

Beautiful ceremony site sits on Middle Straits Lake. Indoor/outdoor area available.

n n

Plated, Buffet

Chicken Village

n Two bridal suites, large dance floors,

extensive menu choices.

Buffet

Custom Menu

Tudor styled mansion built in 1920â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, nestled on 850 acres, decks overlooking 2 lakes. Chair covers & fully decorated hall with centerpieces included. Allinclusive packages available.

n Host club of the 2012 US Senior Open.

Room block discounts given to groups of 10 rooms or more. Call for details.

Buffet, Plated

n

n

All-inclusive wedding packages. Room for bride/groom. All 2 room suites. Special block rates for guests. Beautiful outdoor garden for ceremonies.

Buffet, Plated

n

n

n Luxurious setting, masterpiece of architecture and expert

Buffet, Plated Buffet, Plated

n

n n

n

Buffet, Sit Down

n n n n

Family, Sit Down, Plated

n

craftsmanship built in historic setting of Canterbury Village. What bride-to-be could resist her fairy tale wedding in a elegant, romantic castle ballroom? n Newly renovated with a private club feel. Panoramic golf course views and fireplace. Brand new facility operated by Oak Management. n Panoramic view of golf course.

Award-winning executive chef.

n n n

Grand ballroom features large picture windows overlooking manicured grounds and lake. Gorgeous gazebo perfect for ceremony or cocktail hour.


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Number of Available Banquet Rooms

Suggested Number of Months to Schedule Facility

Average Price per Person

Number of Guests per Server

RECEPTION & BANQUET GUIDE

888-355-4004

13

350

2

4-12

$19 to $25

20

810-364-6650 ALEXANDER’S PREMIERE BANQUET FACILITY & CATERING

9

10-1,000

3

8-24

$20 or more

10-15

BLACK RIVER COUNTRY CLUB

810-982-9595

13

275

3

6

$25 or more

15

FORE LAKES GOLF CLUB & BANQUET CENTER

810-982-3673

12

750

3

6

$42 or more

20

SANILAC COUNTY LAKEVIEW HILLS GOLF RESORT

6560 Peck Rd., Lexington

ST. CLAIR COUNTY 1195 Gratiot Blvd., Marysville

3300 Country Club Dr., Port Huron

5810 Flinchbaugh Rd., Kimball

WASHTENAW COUNTY CAMPUS INN

734-769-2200

80-130

3

6-12

$26 to $50

FOX HILLS

734-453-7272

450

5

Varies

Varies

Varies

POLO FIELDS GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB

734-998-1555

Ask

1

Varies

Varies

Varies

YPSILANTI MARRIOTT

734-487-2000

up to 640

14

9-15

Varies

20

ALL SAINTS BANQUET HALL

734-946-9650

150-375

1

Inquire

Varies

Varies

CASCADE’S CATERING & BANQUET HALL

248-476-6800 313-535-7157

300

2

Varies

$20

Varies

CRYSTAL GARDENS BANQUET CENTER

734-285-2210

1500

4

12-18

CRYSTAL PARK BANQUET CENTER 313-388-9001

325

1

12-18

DEARBORN INN,

313-271-2700

500

3

18

$75 or more

20

EPICUREAN HOUSE

734-692-0409

250

1

12-18

GENITTI’S HOLE-IN-THE-WALL

248-349-0522

16

36-280

4

Inquire

$26 to $70

Varies

THE GRECIAN CENTER

734-282-5700

15

up to 450

2

6-16

$26 or more

Varies

615 E. Huron, Ann Arbor 8768 N. Territorial, Plymouth 5200 Polo Fields Dr., Ann Arbor 1275 S. Huron Street, Ypsilanti

24900 Brest Rd., Taylor

29155 7 Mile, Livonia

7

16703 Fort St., Southgate 17099 Champaigne, Allen Park

A Marriott Hotel 20301 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn 1660 Fort St., Trenton 108 E. Main St., Northville

16300 Dix Toledo Rd., Southgate


n

Prime Rib Filet Mignon

n

Buffet, Plated, Sit Down, Stations Buffet, Plated

Beef Tenderloin

n

Plated, Family

n

n

Buffet, Plated

n

n

n

Varies

n

n

Filet Mignon & Broiled Salmon

7 Course Italian Dinner S.W. Beef Brisket

n

Golf course setting. Close to Lake Huron. On-site accommodations. Offsite catering available.

n n n n

n 90% of all food served is homemade. All

inclusive wedding packages available. Stairway & fountain for photo opportunities.

n

n

n

n

n

Buffet, Family

n

Buffet, Plated, Family

n Banquet rooms with views of golf course

n

n n n

Buffet, Family, Plated n Family Style n

n n

Buffet, Plated

Buffet, Family, Plated Buffet, Family, Plated Buffet, Family, Plated Plated

Special features

Low Fat/Low Cholesterol Menu Available Off-Premise Catering Available Outside Caterers Permitted Outside Reception Area Available

Kosher Cuisine Available

Serving Style Available

Specialized Custom Menus

Valet Parking Available

Separate Area Available for Ceremony

Buffet, Plated

House Special Entrees

n

and river. Tented outdoor reception area. Custom menus available. Amazing views from all three banquet rooms. Outdoor ceremonies in gazebo overlooking lake.

All weddings include crystal oil lamp & mirror centerpieces, white linens, banquet maitre d. n

n 18 Hole golf course on site, Complete

recreation facilities. At I-94, exit 183.

n n n

Bring your own caterer or use one of ours. All inclusive packages available. Large dance floor. Near I-94, I-75, Telegraph. Many hotels in area. n Beautiful landscaping. Excellent food and service. Outdoor ceremony. Customized to fit your budget. Grand staircase, waterfall and baby grand piano in lobby, two private bridal suites, outdoor patios. Foyer with a fireplace.

n n n n

n National historic site, AAA 4 diamond,

n

n n

n n n

n

award winning food & service.

n n n

n n

n

Our theatre provides a unique & intimate backdrop for ceremony. Allinclusive deluxe package available. n Outdoor Ceremonies in Gazebo or Pavilion.


Reception Room Capacity Range

Number of Available Banquet Rooms

Suggested Number of Months to Schedule Facility

Average Price per Person

Number of Guests per Server

3

12-18

850

3

9

$22 to $50

30-40

313-407-9777 Inside Up to 500 Back Cover 734-283-4400 350

1

4-6

$26 to $50

30

9

6-18

$17.95 to $52.99

Varies

734-285-4044

50-500

2

12

$23 to $34

Varies

200

4

3

$42.95

20

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250

Phone Number(s)

RECEPTION & BANQUET GUIDE WAYNE COUNTY (CONT.) GROSSE ILE COUNTRY CLUB

734-246-8500

HELLENIC CULTURAL CENTER

734-525-3550

HERITAGE MANOR

9339 Bellevue, Grosse Ile

36375 Joy Rd., Westland

9981 South Telegraph Road, Taylor

HOLIDAY INN SOUTHGATE BANQUET & CONFERENCE CENTER

17

17201 Northline Rd., Southgate

ITALIAN AMERICAN HALL

646 Biddle Ave., Wyandotte

26

JOE VICARI’S ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE 313-359-3300

21400 Michigan Ave., Dearborn

JOY MANOR BANQUET FACILITY

734-525-0960

75-425

4

6-12

$35 or less

20

MASONIC TEMPLE OF DETROIT

313-832-7100

up to 800

8

3-12

$26 to $50

20

QUALITY INN & SUITES

734-261-6800

35-225

2

Varies

Varies

24

PARKSIDE GARDENS

734-246-7600

350

1

RIVERSIDE BANQUET CENTER

734-285-2210

200

1

12-18

ST. MARY’S CULTURAL CENTER

734-421-9220

550

3

Varies

$24 to $34

20-30

ST. MICHAEL BANQUET HALL

313-561-6288

50-300

1

Flexible

$27

Varies

350

1

Varies

$27

Varies

310

1

6-18

$31 or less

30

$45

30

Varies

Varies

28999 Joy Rd., Westland

500 Temple Ave., Detroit

30375 Plymouth Rd., Livonia

14700 Reaume Pkwy. Civic Circle Southgate 3530 Biddle, Wyandotte

18100 Merriman, Livonia

26375 W. Chicago Rd., Redford

STS. PETER & PAUL BANQUET HALL 313-590-2473

750 N. Beech Daly Rd. Dearborn Heights

STONE CREEK BANQUET CENTER 734-379-1453

One Maquire St., Flat Rock

25

SUMMIT ON THE PARK

734-394-5487

350

2

6

WAYNE COMMUNITY CENTER

734-721-7400

400

5

12

WAYNE TREE MANOR

734-728-3020 Inside Back Cover

50-1,000

4

6

46000 Summit Parkway, Canton

4635 Howe Rd., Wayne

35100 Van Born Rd., Wayne


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Plated, Buffet, Family

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Italian, Gourmet n Specialties

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Buffet, Family, Plated All Styles

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All Styles

n n

n

Buffet, Family, Sit Down Buffet, Family, Plated

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Guinness Braised Beef

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Traditional and Ethnic Menus

Filet Mignon with Zip Sauce Varies

Baked Whitefish n w/Herb Champagne Sauce

Buffet, Family, Plated Buffet

On-site ceremonies, new gazebo, handicapped accessible, menu starting at $22 per person.

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Newly remodeled, plenty of parking, outstanding reputation for food and service.

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honeymoon suite for Bride & Groom. Special Block Rates for guests. Outside catering available. European style Wedding Chapel. Lobby with fireplace, newly renovated.

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Buffet, Plated, Family Buffet, Plated, Family Buffet, Plated, Family Buffet, Family, Sit Down, Plated

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overlooking woods and river. Recently remodeled rooms with distinct character. Historical setting, beautiful ballrooms, crystal chandeliers.

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Varies

Ethnic Menus Available for All

n Outdoor patio, glassed-in room

n n Newly renovated banquet facilities. Jacuzzi

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9,000 sq.ft. of elegant banquet space - perfect for your reception, shower, rehearsal dinner and guest accommodations. Courtyard with gazebo for ceremonies & photos. Stage, hardwood dance floor, no room dividers, private banquet halls.

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Specializing in n Customized Menus

n Overlooking golf course.

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International

Varies

Special features

Low Fat/Low Cholesterol Menu Available Off-Premise Catering Available Outside Caterers Permitted Outside Reception Area Available

Kosher Cuisine Available

Serving Style Available

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Separate Area Available for Ceremony

Buffet, Family, Plated Plated, Buffet, Family, Strolling Buffet Buffet, Family

House Special Entrees

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Full service banquet facility, personalized menu planning. Halal cuisine available. Economical & affordable elegance. Excellent food by Szegedi Catering. Personalized attention. Ample parking. Halal cuisine available. Economical & affordable elegance. Excellent food by Szegedi Catering. Personalized attention. Ample parking. Natural setting surrounded by trees & protected wetlands viewed from floor to ceiling windows in banquet room. Gazebo for outdoor ceremony with ample room indoors in event of inclement weather. Guests have access to outdoor patios attached to Grand Ballroom. The Summit venue is reserved exclusively for you and your guests. Bring your own caterer. Newly remodeled. Stationary dance floor. Newly remodeled. Plenty of parking. Rich setting, affordable venue. Outstanding reputation for food and service.


Sunday January 11, 2015 Lansing Center Doors open from 11am to 4pm. Fashion show at 2pm. Tickets are $6 at the door. Fashion show at 2pm featuring David’s Bridal, MW Tux and Sound Productions. Come see the latest fashions including Bridal Gowns, Bridesmaids Dresses, Flower Girls & Mother of the Bride.

Don’t miss an opportunity to meet over 90 of the most sought after wedding professionals and learn new and creative ideas for your perfect wedding! Many exhibitors will be offering samples, demonstrations, and money-saving specials the day of the show. Talk one-on-one with the wedding experts and professionals.

Pre-register at www.bridalworldshows.com for ½ off admission coupon and a FREE Weekend Getaway compliments of Boyne Mountain Solace Spa!

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BRIDAL SHOW AND TELL everything in one place The groom has proposed; you’ve accepted. Now the planning begins. The only problem is that you and your groom probably work full-time jobs and have hundreds of day-to-day errands and responsibilities. So where do you find the time to plan a wedding? A bridal show affords couples the opportunity to meet photographers, florists, caterers, bakery representatives, musicians, DJs and many other wedding professionals, all conveniently set up under one roof. These shows also provide the opportunity to sample wares, view vendor’s work and compare your level of comfort with other vendors you may already be considering. Many bridal shows feature fashion shows, where the latest in men’s formalwear, bridesmaid’s dresses, and

bridal gowns are presented. It is a good idea to bring a note pad and pencil, so you can take notes on your favorite dresses, tuxedos and the stores that offer them. Bridal shows range in size from 30 to 200 exhibitor booths. They normally take place on weekends. In addition to fashion shows, food samples and entertainment are also featured. There are numerous door prizes and contests to enter so bring stick on labels with your name, address, wedding date and email address. Consider a special wedding email address that can be deleted after your wedding date to make registering for prizes easier. Local bridal shows generally advertise on the radio, in bridal magazines, and in the newspaper. Another great source is pbdetroit.com.

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2014-15 MICHIGAN BRIDAL SHOWS AUGUST 3, 2014

2014 SUMMER BRIDAL SHOWHOWELL OPERA HOUSE 12-4pm - (734) 355-6446 Opera House 123 W. Grand River, Howell AUGUST 12, 2014

WEDDING EXTRAVAGANZA BRIDAL SHOW 5-9pm - (517) 545-1000 Crystal Gardens-Livingston 5768 E. Grand River Ave, Howell SEPTEMBER 14, 2014

FALL BRIDAL SHOW AT STONE CREEK 3-5:30pm - (734) 379-1453 Stone Creek Banquet Center One Maguire Street, Flat Rock SEPTEMBER 14, 2014

FALL BRIDAL CELEBRATIONS 12-5pm - (586) 532-9200 The Palace of Auburn Hills 5 Championship Drive, Auburn Hills NOVEMBER 2, 2014

HERE COME THE BRIDES FALL SHOW 1pm-5pm - (810) 923-6446 Hellenic Cultural Center 36375 Joy Road, Westland NOVEMBER 9, 2014

HERE COME THE BRIDES BRIDAL SHOW

12-4pm - (810) 923-6446 Kings Court Castle 2325 Joclyn Ct. , Lake Orion NOVEMBER 16, 2014

HERE COME THE BRIDES BRIDAL SHOW

1pm-5pm - (810) 923-6446 Bucks Run Banquet Hall 1559 South Chippewa Rd, Mt. Pleasant

JANUARY 11, 2015

BRIDAL WORLD

11am-4pm - (989) 239-2067 Lansing Center 333 E Michigan Ave, Lansing JANUARY 11, 2015

HERE COME THE BRIDES BRIDAL SHOW

1-5pm - (810) 923-6446 Summit on the Park, 46000 Summit Pkwy, Canton JANUARY 11, 2015

WINTER BRIDAL CELEBRATIONS Noon-5pm - (586) 532-9200 The Palace of Auburn Hills 5 Championship Drive, Auburn Hills JANUARY 25, 2015

BRIDAL CELEBRATIONS AT THE DEARBORN INN

12pm-4pm - (586) 532-9200 The Dearborn Inn, 20301 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn FEBRUARY 1, 2015

HERE COME THE BRIDES BRIDAL SHOW

12pm-4pm - (810) 923-6446 Kings Court Castle 2325 Joclyn Ct., Lake Orion FEBRUARY 8, 2015

BRIDAL UNIVERSITY DETROIT 12pm-5pm - (586) 532-9200 Ford Field, 2000 Brush St, Detroit FEBRUARY 15, 2015

HERE COME THE BRIDES BRIDAL SHOW

1pm-5pm - (810) 923-6446 Soaring Eagle Inn Casino 6800 E. Soaring Eagle Blvd, Mt. Pleasant FEBRUARY 22, 2015

THE ANDIAMO BRIDAL SHOW

JANUARY 4, 2015

12-3pm - (586) 268-3200 Andiamo’s Banquet Center 7096 East Fourteen Mile Rd., Warren

1-5pm - (810) 923-6446 Brighton High School 7878 Brighton Rd, Brighton

BRIDAL EXTRAVAGANZA

HERE COME THE BRIDES BRIDAL SHOW

MARCH 15, 2015

JANUARY 11, 2015

1-3pm - (810) 632-6401 Waldenwoods Banquet & Conference Center 2975 Old US 23, Hartland

Doors open at Noon - (810) 364-6650 Alexander’s Premiere Banquet Facility 1195 Gratiot Blvd, Marysville, MI 48040

DOWNRIVER BRIDAL EXPO

21ST ANNUAL WGRT 102.3FM BRIDAL & FASHION SHOW

APRIL 19, 2015

11:30am - (734) 282-5700 Grecian Center 16300 Dix Toledo Road, Southgate


THE PREMIER BRIDE PLANNER

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

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THE WEDDING TIMELINE

Shop for and order wedding gown, veil and accessories

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

2-4 MONTHS AHEAD

12 MONTHS AHEAD

Decide on the budget

9-12 MONTHS AHEAD

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

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

Arrange ceremony rehearsal and notify participants

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

Mail save-the-date cards if necessary

1-2 MONTHS AHEAD

Choose attendants

Discuss honeymoon plans

Book musicians for ceremony Select florist

Reserve accommodations for out-of-town guests

2-4 WEEKS AHEAD

Select caterer

Order invitations, personal stationery and thank you notes

Select and purchase guest favors Find and reserve rehearsal dinner location

1 WEEK AHEAD

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

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

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

Finalize honeymoon plans (get your passport if needed!) Order men’s formalwear

Arrange for final fittings on your gown

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

Register for gifts at one to three stores

Order wedding cake

Mail invitations

Start reception seating chart and placecards

Reserve wedding day transportation

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

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

Prepare printed program for ceremony

Get engagement photo taken

6-9 MONTHS AHEAD

Buy and wrap attendants’ gifts

Select ceremony music, readings and vows and meet with officiant

Compile guest list

Select band or DJ for reception

4-6 MONTHS AHEAD

Address wedding invitations

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

Reserve accommodations for wedding night Finalize guest list

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FOR HER:

DON’T FORGET...

WEDDING ATTIRE

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

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

FOR HIM:

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

HONEYMOON CHECKLIST

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

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

UPDATING YOUR NAME

WEDDING DAY EMERGENCY KIT

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

Auto Registration

Investment accounts

Stock certificates

Bank & credit card accounts

Life insurance policy

Car insurance policy

Medical/dental records

Tax agency records (state/federal)

Credit reporting agencies

Memberships

Deeds/titles

Passport

Driver’s license

Post Office records

Employee records

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

Voter registration records Wills/trusts

Social Security records

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THE WEDDING BUDGET

Bride’s Wedding Ring

______________

Groom’s Wedding Ring

______________

Ceremony Site Fee

______________

Officiant

______________

Marriage License

______________

Aisle Runner

______________

Candles/Candelabra

______________

Other

______________

RECEPTION

______________

MUSIC

Engagement Ring

Reception Site Fee

______________

Food, Service, Tax & Gratuity

______________

Beverage/Bar Corkage Fee

______________

Cake/Cake Cutting Fee

______________

Rental Items

______________

Other

______________

Ceremony

______________

Reception

______________

Other

______________

Photographer’s Fee

______________

Engagement Portrait

______________

Formal Wedding Portrait

______________

Proofs

______________

Wedding Album

______________

Candids

______________

Parents’ Sets

______________

Other

______________

Wedding VHS/DVD

______________

Additional Copies

______________

Bride’s Gown

______________

Alterations

______________

Headpiece & Veil

______________

Lingerie, Hosiery & Garter

______________

Shoes

______________

Jewelry & Accessories

______________

Wrap/Jacket

______________

Hair, Makeup & Manicure

______________

Other

______________

GROOM: Groom’s Formalwear

______________

Neckwear & Cufflinks

______________

Accessories

______________

Shoes

______________

Other

______________

PHOTOGRAPHY

BRIDE:

VIDEOGRAPHY

WEDDING ATTIRE

CEREMONY

RINGS

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

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

______________

Projector Rental

______________

Other

______________

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Attendants’ Bouquets

______________

Groom’s Boutonniere

______________

Attendants’ Boutonnieres

______________

GIFTS

______________

Bridesmaids’

______________

Best Man

______________

Groomsmen

______________

Ushers

______________

Helper Corsages/Boutonnieres ______________

Child Attendants

______________

Ceremony Flowers

______________

Bride & Groom

______________

Reception Flowers

______________

Bride’s Parents

______________

Decorations/Balloons

______________

Groom’s Parents

______________

Other

______________

Hosts for Out-of-Town Guests ______________ Pre-Wedding Party Hosts

______________

Save-the-Date Cards

______________

Cake Cutting Attendant

______________

Invitations & Envelopes

______________

Gift Table Attendant

______________

Calligrapher

______________

Guest Book Attendant

______________

Postage

______________

Thank You Notes

______________

Soloists/Musicians (who are friends)

______________

Other

______________

Wedding Coordinator

______________

Disposable Cameras

______________

Informal Stationery

______________

Ceremony Programs

______________

Placecards

______________

Announcements

______________

Bridesmaids’ Dresses/Shoes

______________

Flower Girl’s Dress

______________

Groomsmens’ Formalwear

______________

Ring Bearer’s Attire

______________

Bridesmaids’ Luncheon

______________

Other

______________

Rings

______________

Ceremony

______________

Reception

______________

Wedding Party Transportation: Limousine, Carriage, etc. ______________

Cake Knife & Server

______________

Music

______________

Cake Top

______________

Wedding Attire

______________

Favors

______________

Photography

______________

Flower Girl’s Basket

______________

Videography

______________

Guest Book & Pen

______________

Flowers

______________

Ring Bearer’s Pillow

______________

Stationery

______________

Toasting Glasses

______________

Transportation

______________

Unity Candle, Kiddush Cup

______________

Favors & Accessories

______________

Other

______________

Gifts

______________

Other

______________

Miscellaneous

______________

Maid/Matron of Honor

______________

Grand TOTAL

______________

Guest Transportation

______________

Parking

______________

Other

______________

Other

______________

TOTALS

TRANSPORTATION

______________

Attendant Accommodations ______________

FAVORS & ACCESSORIES

Other

MISCELLANEOUS

FLOWERS STATIONERY

Bride’s Bouquet

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SHARING THE COST

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

GROOM

BRIDE

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

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

Bride’s engagement & wedding rings Bride’s bouquet & going-away corsage Boutonnieres for men in wedding party Mothers’ corsages Wedding gift for bride Gifts for best man, groomsman & ushers Gift for parents (optional)

Accommodations for out-of-town attendants (optional)

Formal wear for best man & groomsmen (optional)

Luncheon for bridal party

Accommodations for out-of-town attendants (optional)

Informal stationery

Honeymoon

Engagement party

Fee for officiant

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

GROOM’S FAMILY

BRIDE’S FAMILY

Marriage license

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

WEDDING PARTY

Videographer

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

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

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GROOM’S CAKE

CAKE STYLE

CAKES PLANNER Type of cake: Type & flavor of filling: Type & flavor of icing: Date to taste samples:

SETUP DETAILS

CAKE ACCESSORIES

Description

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

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

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

Tea Lunch Cocktails Dinner

Regional Seasonal Exotic Ethnic Thematic

SERVICE

Breakfast/Brunch

FLAVOR

TYPE

CATERING PLANNER

Salad Entrée Dessert

Beef Chicken Vegetarian Pork Seafood

DESSERT

Soup

ENTRÉES

COURSES

Appetizer

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

Dessert Hors d’oeuvres

Cocktails

Regional Seasonal Exotic Ethnic Thematic

Lamb

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

Vegetarian Kosher Halal Other

RENTAL ITEMS

Full Bar

SPECIAL

ALCOHOL*

Pasta

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

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HELPERS

FLOWERS BY SEASON

TERMINOLOGY

FLOWERS PLANNER Boutonniere. . . . . . Corsage . . . . . . . . . . Cascade . . . . . . . . . . Hand tied. . . . . . . . . Nosegay. . . . . . . . . . Pomander. . . . . . . . Spray. . . . . . . . . . . . . Toss Bouquet. . . . .

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

SPRING

SUMMER

FALL

WINTER

YEAR ‘ROUND

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WEDDING PARTY

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

RECEPTION

CEREMONY

Other

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

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MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT PLANNER

CEREMONY

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

START TIME

SONG/PERFORMED BY

START TIME

Prelude Processional Service Recessional Postlude Other Other

RECEPTION

Other

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

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BRIDE­’ S PHOTOS:

GROOM­’ S PHOTOS:

PRE-WEDDING

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

Bride getting ready

RECEPTION

Guests at cocktail party

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

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

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

Guests signing guest book Placecards Centerpieces, place settings & plated meals Favors Toasts Bride & Groom listening to toasts

CEREMONY

PORTRAITS

PHOTOGRAPHY PLANNER

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

Group pictures & candids throughout reception

Clergy, groom & best man at altar

Musicians

Bride & father walking down aisle

Bride & Groom’s first dance

Father giving bride’s hand to groom

Bride & Father, Groom & Mother dance

Guests watching the ceremony

Guests dancing

Vow exchange

Cake, cake table & cake cutting

Ring ceremony

Couple feeding each other cake

Candids of bride’s/groom’s face

Bouquet toss

Unity candle ceremony, kiddush cup ceremony, etc.

Garter removal & toss Sweetheart dance Going-away vehicle (especially if decorated) Bride & groom in going away clothes Newlyweds departing & guests’ farewell

Signing of wedding certificate Groom kissing the bride Recessional Guests throwing rice, flower petals, etc.

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LOCATION

RECEPTION PLANNER DATES AVAILABLE

LOCATION

SIZE

USED FOR

Indoor

Small (<100)

Ceremony

Outdoor

Medium (100-250)

Reception

Same site as ceremony

Large (250+)

Dressing

Walking distance from ceremony

Overnight rooms

SITE SERVICES

Within ______ miles of ceremony site

SERVICES PROVIDED

RENTALS AVAILABLE

Rooms

Tables

Food

Chairs & chair covers

Beverage/Alcohol

China, glassware, silverware & serving dishes

Disabled access

Linens

Adequate parking Valet

Ratio of guests to servers: ___________

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

DECORATIONS

PROVIDED

STYLE

More than one event at a time

RECEPTION

Head table Guest tables

BRINGING OWN DECORATIONS What are decorating restrictions?

Cake table Guest book table

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

When can decorations/favors come in?

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

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Bride as baby

Early days as a couple

Groom as baby

Bachelor/Bachelorette parties

Bride’s childhood Groom’s childhood

Other:

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

RECEPTION

BRIDE DRESSING AT HOME

PHOTOS FOR SLIDESHOW

VIDEOGRAPHY PLANNER

Date: Time: Location: Special Requests:

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

CEREMONY

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

Date:

Guests dancing

Time:

Guests dining tables

Location:

Bride & Groom saying good-byes & leaving

Guests arriving Wedding party preparing

Special Requests:

Ceremony Guests leaving Special Requests:

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BRIDE

WEDDING ATTIRE DESCRIPTION

SIZE

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

BRIDE’S ATTENDANTS

Other

DESCRIPTION

SIZE

SIZE

SIZE

SIZE

NAME

NAME

NAME

NAME

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

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GROOM

DESCRIPTION

SIZE

Coat Shirt Vest Trousers Cummerbund Neckwear Cufflinks Socks & Shoes Other

GROOM’S ATTENDANTS

Other

DESCRIPTION

SIZE

SIZE

SIZE

SIZE

NAME

NAME

NAME

NAME

Coat Shirt Vest Trousers Cummerbund Neckwear Cufflinks Socks & Shoes Other

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VENDORS

KEEPING TRACK

NAME / PHONE

PAYMENT INFORMATION

DATE

AMOUNT

BAL. DUE

Cake Catering Ceremony Site Flowers Formalwear Gown Hair/Makeup Music - Ceremony Music - Reception Officiant Photographer Reception Site Rental Transportation Videographer

WEDDING PARTY

Wedding Coordinator

NAME

PHONE

Bridesmaids

Groomsmen

Ushers

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES DIRECTORY KEY • • • • • •

Accessories Alterations Bachelor(ette) Parties Banquet Facilities Bridal Showers Bridal Shows (See pg 82-84)

• Cakes • Catering • Chair Covers (Also See Linen Rental)

• Custom Programs/ Seating Charts • Decorating • DJ’s

(See Music & Entertainment)

• Engraving • Event Planners/ Coordinators • Favors • Florists • Headpieces (See Accessories)

• Custom Veils

• Honeymoons

• Hotel Accommodations • Invitations • Jewelry Stores • Limousines (Also See Transportation)

• Linen Rental • Music and Entertainment • Photo Booths • Photography • Projection Screens • Rehearsal Dinners

• Rental Items • Tents • Transportation (Also See Limousines)

• • • • • • • • •

Tuxedos Unique Services Uplighting Videography Websites Wedding Chapels Wedding Party Gifts Wedding Consultants Wine

ACCESSORIES

BACHELOR(ETTE) PARTIES

Affordable Bridal Concepts

Black River Country Club

Serving the Metro Detroit / Tri-County Area Fittings by Appointment Only 248-755-3634 (See pg 33)

Elegant Invitations & Bridal

One Stop Shopping for all your Wedding Needs 416 North Main Street, Plymouth www.ElegantInvitationsPlymouth.com 734-455-8893 (See pg 34)

3300 Country Club Drive, Port Huron www.blackrivergolfclub.com 810-982-9595

Cascade’s Catering & Banquet Center 29155 W. 7 Mile, Livonia 313-535-7157 or 248-476-6800

Chemung Hills Golf & Banquet Center

ALTERATIONS

3125 Golf Club Road, Howell www.chemunghills.com 517-546-4230

Alterations and More by Darlene

Entertainment Express

13526 Northline, Southgate 734-282-6177

(See pg 35)

Alterations by Rozi

Serving beautiful brides and their wedding parties for 7 years! 239 E. Sibley, Howell www.AlterationsByRozi.com 517-548-9181

(See pg 13)

6986 Telegraph, Dearborn Heights www.EntertainmentExpressInc.com 313-277-5000

(See pg 27)

(See pg 51)

Firekeepers Casino/Hotel

(See pg 35)

JUDY’S BRIDAL ALTERATIONS Quality Bridal Alterations

586-489-9523

judys-bridal.com

I-94, Exit 104 11177 E. Michigan Ave., Battle Creek www.firekeeperscasino.com 877-FKC-8777

(See pg 3)

Fore Lakes Golf Club & Banquet Center Just 30 minutes North of Mt. Clemens 5810 Flinchbaugh Rd., Kimball www.forelakes.com 810-982-3673

(See pg 12)

Genitti’s Hole-in-the-Wall 108 E. Main St., Northville www.Genittis.com 248-349-0522

(See pg 16)

Links of Novi

50395 W. 10 Mile Rd., Novi www.linksofnovi.com 248-380-9595

Millennium Limousines, Inc.

(See pg 27)

Offering you the World’s Finest Limousines www.LimoGiant.com 248-478-3600 (See Back Cover)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Waldenwoods Banquet & Conference Center 2975 Old US 23, Hartland www.waldenwoods.com 810-632-6401

(See pg 24)

Whispering Pines Golf Club

2500 Whispering Pines Dr., Pinckney www.whisperingpinesgc.com 734-878-0009

Genitti’s Hole-in-the-Wall 108 E. Main St., Northville www.Genittis.com 248-349-0522

The Grecian Center (See pg 21)

BANQUET FACILITIES

Downriver’s Premier Banquet Facilities 16300 Dix-Toledo, Southgate www.thegreciancenter.com 734-282-5700

Chair Covers & Fully Decorated Hall with Centerpieces Included, 26210 W. 12 Mile Rd., Southfield www.ACCGD.org 248-722-9100 (See pg 19) 1195 Gratiot, Marysville www.ShowMeAlexanders.com 810-364-6650

36375 Joy Rd., Westland www.hellenicculturalcenter.com 734-525-3550

9981 South Telegraph, Taylor 313-407-9777 (See Inside Back Cover)

(See pg 9)

17201 Northline Rd., Southgate www.hisouthgate.com 734-283-4400, ext 7455

All Saints Banquet Hall

Indianwood Golf & Country Club

Andiamo Warren Banquet & Conf. Center

Italian-American Hall

1081 Indianwood Road, Lake Orion www.iwgcc.com 248-693-9100

24900 Brest Rd, Taylor www.AllSaintsBanquetHallRental.com 734-946-9650

(See pg 14)

(See pg 13)

2325 Josyln Ct., Lake Orion www.kingscourtcastle.com 248-391-1900 6560 E. Peck Road, Lexington www.lakeviewhills.com 888-355-4004

29155 W. 7 Mile, Livonia 313-535-7157 or 248-476-6800

Chemung Hills Golf & Banquet Center

(See pg 1)

(See pg 13)

Light House Park - Faulkner’s Catering (See pg 27)

Fort Gratiot Lighthouse 810-984-5426

(See pg 11)

Links of Novi

Crystal Gardens

16703 Fort St., Southgate www.CrystalGardensOnline.com 734-285-2210

(See pg 7)

50395 W. 10 Mile Rd., Novi www.linksofnovi.com 248-380-9595

(See pg 27)

Maniaci’s Banquet Center

Crystal Gardens

5768 E. Grand River, Howell www.cgliv.com 517-545-1000

(See pg 7)

69227 N. Main, Richmond www.maniacibanquetcenter.com 586-727-9727

(See pg 29)

Quality Inn & Suites

Firekeepers Casino/Hotel

1225 N. Dixie Hwy., Monroe www.choicehotels.com/hotel/mi389 734-242-6000 (See pg 20)

Fore Lakes Golf Club & Banquet Center Just 30 minutes North of Mt. Clemens 5810 Flinchbaugh Rd., Kimball www.forelakes.com 810-982-3673

(See pg 26)

Lakeview Hills

Cascade’s Catering & Banquet Center

I-94, Exit 104 11177 E. Michigan Ave., Battle Creek www.firekeeperscasino.com 877-FKC-8777

646 Biddle Ave., Wyandotte www.diahall.com 734-285-4044

(See pg 1)

King’s Court Castle

Black River Country Club

3125 Golf Club Road, Howell www.chemunghills.com 517-546-4230

(See pg 17)

Heritage Manor

Holiday Inn Southgate Banquet & Conf. Center

Alexander’s Premiere Banquet Facility

3300 Country Club Drive, Port Huron www.blackrivergolfclub.com 810-982-9595

(See pg 15)

Hellenic Cultural Center

ACC Banquet Hall Armenian Congregational Church

7096 E. 14 Mile, Warren www.andiamo.com 586-268-3200

(See pg 16)

(See pg 12)

(See pg 23)

St. George Cultural Center

2326 N. Monroe, Monroe www.stgeorgeculturalcenter.com 734-243-2712

(See pg 28)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Stone Creek Banquet Center One McGuire St., Flat Rock www.flatrockrec.org 734-379-1453

Courtyard by Marriott (See pg 25)

Tollander Tree Farm - Faulkner’s Catering 810-984-5426

(See pg 11)

Waldenwoods Banquet & Conference Center 2975 Old US 23, Hartland www.waldenwoods.com 810-632-6401

(See pg 24)

Wayne Tree Manor

35100 Van Born Rd., Wayne www.WayneTreeManor.com 734-728-3020

(See Inside Back Cover)

Whispering Pines Golf Club

2500 Whispering Pines Dr., Pinckney www.whisperingpinesgc.com 734-878-0009

(See pg 21)

Woodshire Place Banquet Facility 6520 W. Grand River, Fowlerville www.woodshireplace.com 517-223-8187

Get more detailed information about these banquet facilities and more in our

RECEPTION & BANQUET GUIDE

Just 30 minutes North of Mt. Clemens 5810 Flinchbaugh Rd., Kimball www.forelakes.com 810-982-3673

(See pg 12)

Genitti’s Hole-in-the-Wall 108 E. Main St., Northville www.Genittis.com 248-349-0522

(See pg 16)

The Grecian Center

Downriver’s Premier Banquet Facilities 16300 Dix-Toledo, Southgate www. thegreciancenter.com 734-282-5700

(See pg 15)

Hellenic Cultural Center

36375 Joy Rd., Westland www.hellenicculturalcenter.com 734-525-3550

(See pg 17)

17201 Northline Rd., Southgate www.hisouthgate.com 734-283-4400, ext 7455

Indianwood Golf & Country Club (See pg 19)

Alexander’s Premiere Banquet Facility

1081 Indianwood Road, Lake Orion www.iwgcc.com 248-693-9100

(See pg 1)

Italian-American Hall (See pg 9)

All Saints Banquet Hall

646 Biddle Ave., Wyandotte www.diahall.com 734-285-4044

(See pg 26)

King’s Court Castle

24900 Brest Rd., Taylor www.AllSaintsBanquetHallRental.com 734-946-9650

2325 Josyln Ct., Lake Orion www.kingscourtcastle.com 248-391-1900

Black River Country Club

(See pg 1)

Lakeview Hills (See pg 13)

Cascade’s Catering & Banquet Center

6560 E. Peck Road, Lexington www.lakeviewhills.com 888-355-4004

(See pg 13)

Links of Novi

29155 W. 7 Mile, Livonia 313-535-7157 or 248-476-6800

50395 W. 10 Mile Rd., Novi www.linksofnovi.com 248-380-9595

Chemung Hills Golf & Banquet Center 3125 Golf Club Road, Howell www.chemunghills.com 517-546-4230

Fore Lakes Golf Club & Banquet Center

Holiday Inn Southgate Banquet & Conf. Center

ACC Banquet Hall Armenian Congregational Church

3300 Country Club Drive, Port Huron www.blackrivergolfclub.com 810-982-9595

11177 E. Michigan Ave., Battle Creek (I-94, Exit 104) www.firekeeperscasino.com 877-FKC-8777 (See pg 20)

9981 South Telegraph, Taylor 313-407-9777 (See Inside Back Cover)

BRIDAL SHOWERS

1195 Gratiot, Marysville www.ShowMeAlexanders.com 810-364-6650

Firekeepers Casino/Hotel

Heritage Manor

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28 Years Experience 26210 W. 12 Mile Rd., Southfield 248-722-9100

27027 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield www.southfieldcourtyard.com 248-358-1222

(See pg 27)

Maniaci’s Banquet Center (See pg 27)

69227 N. Main, Richmond www.maniacibanquetcenter.com 586-727-9727

(See pg 29)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Quality Inn & Suites

CATERING

1225 N. Dixie Hwy., Monroe www.choicehotels.com/hotel/mi389 734-242-6000

(See pg 23)

Alexander’s Catering

(See pg 28)

Cascade’s Catering & Banquet Center

St. George Cultural Center

2326 N. Monroe, Monroe www.stgeorgeculturalcenter.com 734-243-2712

Stone Creek Banquet Center One McGuire St., Flat Rock (See pg 25)

Waldenwoods Banquet & Conference Center 2975 Old US 23, Hartland www.waldenwoods.com 810-632-6401

(See pg 24)

Wayne Tree Manor

29155 W. 7 Mile, Livonia 313-535-7157 or 248-476-6800 2525 24th St., Port Huron 810-984-5426

(See Inside Back Cover)

2500 Whispering Pines Dr., Pinckney www.whisperingpinesgc.com 734-878-0009

Italian-American Hall

646 Biddle Ave., Wyandotte www.diahall.com 734-285-4044 6560 E. Peck Road, Lexington www.lakeviewhills.com 888-355-4004

(Also See Linen Rental)

3300 Lapeer Rd, Port Huron www.goldencrownpartyrental.com 810-984-2557

BRIDAL SHOWS

Discount Table Linen Rental

(See pg 82-84)

19721 James Couzens, Detroit www.DiscountLinenRental.com 313-864-7253 or 313-610-8091

Bridal Celebrations

Gaddy’s Florist

Sun, Sept 14, 2014 Palace of Auburn Hills Sun, Jan 11, 2015 Palace of Auburn Hills Sun, Jan 25, 2015 Dearborn Inn www.cbride.com 586-532-9200 (See pg 83) Lansing Center (See pg 82)

CAKES Chene Modern Bakery

“Wedding Cakes Created by Janice” Complete Line of Baked Goods Gift Baskets for Any Occasion 17041 W. Warren, Detroit 313-582-0700

(See pg 13)

Golden Crown Party Rental

6520 W. Grand River, Fowlerville www.woodshireplace.com 517-223-8187

(See pg 10-11)

(See pg 43)

15827 W. Warren, Detroit www.gaddysflorist.com 313-581-1991

(See pg 41)

Lyndsey’s Linen and Chair Covers, Inc. 1212 E. 9 Mile Rd., Hazel Park New Center Area (by appt only) www.lyndseyslinen.com

248-542-2800 1-866-535-4636 (See pg 42)

Oceano Florist

3678 W. Eleven Mile Rd., Berkley Chair covers & colored sash for $2.50 each including installation. www.OceanoFlorist.com 248-691-0123 or 248-851-7759 (See pg 39)

Roses are Red Events (See pg 44)

33105 Kelly Road, Suite A, Fraser www.RosesAreRedEvents.com 586-859-8419

(See pg 44)

Alterations by Rozi

Dunia Sweets

15375 Inkster Rd., Livonia www.dunia-sweets.com 734-525-5202

(See pg 26)

CHAIR COVERS

(See pg 21)

Woodshire Place Banquet Facility

Sun, Jan 11, 2015 www.bridalworldshows.com 989-534-1135

(See pg 10-11)

Lakeview Hills

Whispering Pines Golf Club

Lansing Bridal World

(See pg 9)

Faulkner’s Catering

www.flatrockrec.org 734-379-1453

35100 Van Born Rd., Wayne www.WayneTreeManor.com 734-728-3020

1195 Gratiot, Marysville www.ShowMeAlexanders.com 810-364-6650

(See pg 37)

CUSTOM VEILS 239 E. Sibley, Howell www.AlterationsByRozi.com 517-548-9181

(See pg 35)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES CUSTOM PROGRAMS/ SEATING CHARTS

FLORISTS Gaddy’s Florist

Wed Ink

www.wed-ink.com 734-355-6446

(See pg 34)

(See pg 41)

Oceano Florist

3678 W. Eleven Mile Rd., Berkley Specializing in Special Events & Weddings Arrangements to fit any budget www.OceanoFlorist.com 248-691-0123 or 248-851-7759 (See pg 39)

DECORATING Gaddy’s Florist

15827 W. Warren, Detroit www.gaddysflorist.com 313-581-1991

15827 W. Warren, Detroit www.gaddysflorist.com 313-581-1991

(See pg 41)

Oceano Florist

3678 W. Eleven Mile Rd., Berkley Total décor packages available including props, head table backdrops & chair covers www.OceanoFlorist.com 248-691-0123 248-851-7759 (See pg 39)

Roses are Red Events

33105 Kelly Road, Suite A, Fraser www.RosesAreRedEvents.com 586-859-8419

(See pg 37)

HEADPIECES

(See Accessories)

Roses are Red Events

33105 Kelly Road, Suite A, Fraser www.RosesAreRedEvents.com 586-859-8419

(See pg 37)

HONEYMOONS Firekeepers Casino/Hotel

I-94, Exit 104 11177 E. Michigan Ave., Battle Creek www.firekeeperscasino.com 877-FKC-8777

DJ’S

(See Music & Entertainment)

(See pg 3)

Sybaris Suites

www.Sybaris.com 888-805-7665

ENGRAVING Showroom of Elegance

6018 Canton Center Rd., Canton www.showroomofelegance.com 734-207-1906

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS (See pg 31)

Wedding Engraver/Engraving Connection

Ring Engraving, Glass Etching, Attendants Gifts 1205 S. Main St, Plymouth www.weddingengraver.com 734-459-3180 (See pg 30)

EVENT PLANNERS/ COORDINATORS (See pg 37)

27027 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield www.southfieldcourtyard.com 248-358-1222

Firekeepers Casino/Hotel

I-94, Exit 104 11177 E. Michigan Ave., Battle Creek www.firekeeperscasino.com 877-FKC-8777

(See pg 3)

17201 Northline Rd., Southgate www.hisouthgate.com 734-283-4400, ext 7455

Lakeview Hills

FAVORS

6560 E. Peck Road, Lexington www.lakeviewhills.com 810-359-7333

Gilda’s Club Detroit

3517 Rochester Rd., Royal Oak www.gildasclubdetroit.org 248-577-0800

(See pg 13)

Quality Inn & Suites

1225 N Dixie Highway, Monroe www.choicehotels.com/hotel/mi389 734-242-6000

Vintner’s Canton Winery 8515 N. Lilley Rd, Canton www.vintnerscanton.com 734-354-9463

Courtyard by Marriott

Holiday Inn Southgate Banquet & Conference Center

Roses are Red Events

33105 Kelly Road, Suite A, Fraser www.RosesAreRedEvents.com 586-859-8419

(See pg 48)

(See pg 45)

(See pg 23)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Entertainment Express

INVITATIONS Affordable Bridal Concepts

Serving the Metro Detroit / Tri-County Area Fittings by Appointment Only 248-755-3634 (See pg 33)

Elegant Invitations & Bridal

One Stop Shopping for all your Wedding Needs 416 North Main Street, Plymouth www.ElegantInvitationsPlymouth.com 734-455-8893 (See pg 34)

Gaddy’s Florist - I Design Graphics 15827 W. Warren, Detroit www.gaddysflorist.com 248-982-9424 or 313-663-6699

(See pg 41)

Gerard Tuxedo

29457 Five Mile Rd., Livonia www.yourinvitationplace.com/gerardtuxedo 734-293-5293 (See pg 33)

Wed Ink

www.wed-ink.com 734-355-6446

(See pg 34)

6986 Telegraph, Dearborn Heights www.EntertainmentExpressInc.com 313-277-5000

(See pg 51)

Millennium Limousines, Inc.

Offering you the World’s Finest Limousines www.LimoGiant.com 248-478-3600 (See Back Cover)

LINEN RENTAL Golden Crown Party Rental

3300 Lapeer Rd, Port Huron www.goldencrownpartyrental.com 810-984-2557

(See pg 10-11)

Discount Table Linen Rental 19721 James Couzens, Detroit www.DiscountLinenRental.com 313-864-7253 or 313-610-8091

(See pg 43)

Gaddy’s Florist

15827 W. Warren, Detroit www.gaddysflorist.com 313-581-1991

(See pg 41)

Lyndsey’s Linen and Chair Covers, Inc.

JEWELRY STORES Dearborn Jewelers

805 Ann Arbor Trail, Mayflower Center, Plymouth 734-737-9525

Diamond Castle

1212 E. 9 Mile Rd., Hazel Park New Center Area (by appt only) www.lyndseyslinen.com

248-542-2800 1-866-535-4636 (See pg 42)

Oceano Florist

34900 Michigan Ave., Wayne 734-721-4311

3678 W. Eleven Mile Rd., Berkley Chair covers & colored sash for $2.50 each including installation. www.OceanoFlorist.com 248-691-0123 248-851-7759

Precision Watch & Ringsmith

Roses are Red Events

39955 Grand River, Novi 248-442-2440

Leo’s Jewelry & Gifts

32350 Gratiot Ave., Roseville Westland Mall 35000 Warren Rd., Westland

586-294-7020 734-458-1600

Showroom of Elegance

6018 Canton Center Rd., Canton www.showroomofelegance.com 734-207-1906

33105 Kelly Road, Suite A, Fraser www.RosesAreRedEvents.com 586-859-8419

(See pg 39)

(See pg 37)

MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT (See pg 31)

LIMOUSINES

(Also See Transportation)

Bozzo’s Limousine Service Wedding Specialists Luxurious 14 Passenger Limos & Custom Coaches Fully Licensed & Insured All New Navigators

Prompt, Professional & Dependable Service

1-800-628-5779 (See page 53)

DJ and Music

We treat every wedding reception like the once-in-a-lifetime event that it is! www.djandmusic.com 734-658-8892

(See pg 67)

DJ Crashers

Serving all of Michigan www.djcrashers.com 248-990-2577

(See pg 66)

Piano Wars!

Premier Dueling Pianos, Delivered! www.PianoWars.com 734-775-7100

(See pg 71)

Superior Sounds DJs

We Create Memories… 34330 New Jersey St., Clinton Twp www.SuperiorSoundsDJs.com 586-791-4721 or 888-933-3164

(See pg 69)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES PHOTO BOOTHS

REHEARSAL DINNERS

Adam’s Photo Booth

Alexander’s Premiere Banquet Facility & Restaurant

www.adamsphotobooth.com 248-249-3211

(See pg 62)

DJ Crashers

Serving all of Michigan www.djcrashers.com 248-990-2577

(See Inside Front Cover)

Strike a Pose

www.strikeaposephotobooth.com 313-550-2443

(See pg 63)

PHOTOGRAPHY

(See pg 9)

Black River Country Club

3300 Country Club Drive, Port Huron www.blackrivergolfclub.com 810-982-9595

(See pg 13)

Cascade’s Catering & Banquet Center 29155 W. 7 Mile, Livonia 313-535-7157 or 248-476-6800

Chemung Hills Golf & Banquet Center

Adam’s Photography

www.adams-photography.net 248-249-3211

(See pg 62)

Bravo Studios Photography

Photographed Beautifully! Brighton 810-225-6145 Dearborn 313-231-4000 www.bravostudiosphotography.com (See pg 60)

DJ Crashers

Serving all of Michigan www.djcrashers.com 248-990-2577

1195 Gratiot, Marysville www.ShowMeAlexanders.com 810-364-6650

(See Inside Front Cover)

3125 Golf Club Road, Howell www.chemunghills.com 517-546-4230

(See pg 27)

Courtyard by Marriott

27027 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield www.southfieldcourtyard.com 248-358-1222

Firekeepers Casino/Hotel

I-94, Exit 104 11177 E. Michigan Ave., Battle Creek www.firekeeperscasino.com 877-FKC-8777

(See pg 20)

Lewis Portraits

Fore Lakes Golf Club & Banquet Center

Michigan Photo Imaging

Genitti’s Hole-in-the-Wall

The Right Place…The Right Price 1025 E. Maple Rd., Suite B7, Birmingham www.lewisphotovideo.com 248-723-4241 (See pg 62) Creative, Artistic and Affordable www.MichiganPhotoImaging.com 313-460-4602

(See pg 59)

108 E. Main St., Northville www.Genittis.com 248-349-0522

(See pg 12)

(See pg 16)

Hellenic Cultural Center

My Bridal Studio

23651 Goddard Rd., Taylor www.mybridalstudio.com 734-331-0228

(See pg 58)

36375 Joy Rd., Westland www.hellenicculturalcenter.com 734-525-3550

(See pg 17)

Heritage Manor

Radiance Photo & Video

Serving Southeast Michigan 248-714-8900 248-385-8920

(See pg 5)

Rawlinson Photography

1365 S. Main, Plymouth Where your dreams become reality www.rawlinsonphoto.com 734-453-8872

(See pg 61)

PROJECTION SCREENS DJ Crashers

Serving all of Michigan www.djcrashers.com 248-990-2577

Just 30 minutes North of Mt. Clemens 5810 Flinchbaugh Rd., Kimball www.forelakes.com 810-982-3673

(See Inside Front Cover)

9981 South Telegraph, Taylor 313-407-9777 (See Inside Back Cover)

Holiday Inn Southgate Banquet & Conference Center 17201 Northline Rd., Southgate www.hisouthgate.com 734-283-4400, ext 7455

Indianwood Golf & Country Club 1081 Indianwood Road, Lake Orion www.iwgcc.com 248-693-9100

(See pg 1)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Italian-American Hall

TENTS

646 Biddle Ave., Wyandotte www.diahall.com 734-285-4044

(See pg 26)

King’s Court Castle

2325 Josyln Ct., Lake Orion www.kingscourtcastle.com 248-391-1900

(See pg 1)

Lakeview Hills

Golden Crown Party Rental

3300 Lapeer Rd, Port Huron www.goldencrownpartyrental.com 810-984-2557

(See pg 10-11)

TRANSPORTATION

(Also See Limousines)

6560 E. Peck Road, Lexington www.lakeviewhills.com 888-355-4004

(See pg 13)

Links of Novi

50395 W. 10 Mile Rd., Novi www.linksofnovi.com 248-380-9595

(See pg 27)

Bozzo’s Limousine Service

The Best, Prompt, Professional & Dependable Service www.bozzoslimo.com 800-628-5779 or 734-753-5520 (See pg 53)

Quality Inn & Suites

1225 N. Dixie Hwy., Monroe www.choicehotels.com/hotel/mi389 734-242-6000

(See pg 23)

Stone Creek Banquet Center One McGuire St., Flat Rock www.flatrockrec.org 734-379-1453

(See pg 25)

Waldenwoods Banquet & Conference Center 2975 Old US 23, Hartland www.waldenwoods.com 810-632-6401

(See pg 24)

Wayne Tree Manor

35100 Van Born Rd., Wayne www.WayneTreeManor.com 734-728-3020

248-478-3600 www.LimoGiant.com

See BaCk Cover

Entertainment Express (See Inside Back Cover)

Whispering Pines Golf Club

2500 Whispering Pines Dr., Pinckney www.whisperingpinesgc.com 734-878-0009

(See pg 21)

Affordable Bridal Concepts

Serving the Metro Detroit / Tri-County Area Fittings by Appointment Only 248-755-3634 (See pg 33)

Golden Crown Party Rental

3300 Lapeer Rd, Port Huron www.goldencrownpartyrental.com 810-984-2557

6986 Telegraph, Dearborn Heights www.EntertainmentExpressInc.com 313-277-5000

(See pg 51)

TUXEDOS Affordable Bridal Concepts

Serving the Metro Detroit / Tri-County Area Fittings by Appointment Only 248-755-3634 (See pg 33)

RENTAL ITEMS

Elegant Invitations & Bridal

• Wedding Specialists • Luxurious 14 Passenger Limos & Custom Coaches • Fully Licensed & Insured • Prompt, Professional & Dependable Service

Brighton Tux Shop

8692 W. Grand River, Brighton www.brightontuxshop.com 810-227-1677

(See pg 32)

Gerard Tuxedo (See pg 10-11)

One Stop Shopping for all your Wedding Needs 416 North Main Street, Plymouth www.ElegantInvitationsPlymouth.com 734-455-8893 (See pg 34)

29457 Five Mile Rd., Livonia www.gerardtuxedo.com 734-293-5293

(See pg 33)

Jim’s Tuxedo & Men’s Clothing Warehouse 13238 Dix Toledo, Southgate www.JimsTuxedosandMenswear.com 734-285-3253

(See pg 32)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Radiance Photo & Video

UNIQUE SERVICES Affordable Bridal Concepts

Serving the Metro Detroit / Tri-County Area Fittings by Appointment Only 248-755-3634 (See pg 33)

Gilda’s Club Detroit

3517 Rochester Rd., Royal Oak www.gildasclubdetroit.org 248-577-0800 6018 Canton Center Rd., Canton www.showroomofelegance.com 734-207-1906

34330 New Jersey St., Clinton Twp www.SuperiorSoundsDJs.com 586-791-4721 or 888-933-3164

(See pg 69)

(See pg 31)

www.pbdetroit.com 734-464-1018

WEDDING CHAPELS

8515 N. Lilley Rd, Canton www.vintnerscanton.com 734-354-9463

(See pg 45)

UPLIGHTING

The Little Wedding Chapel

8357 South Telegraph Rd., Taylor www.thelittleweddingchapel.com 313-292-3030

(See pg 4)

The Grecian Center

DJ Crashers

(See Inside Front Cover)

Gaddy’s Florist

Downriver’s Premier Banquet Facilities 16300 Dix-Toledo, Southgate www. thegreciancenter.com 734-282-5700

(See pg 15)

Hellenic Cultural Center

15827 W. Warren, Detroit www.gaddysflorist.com 313-581-1991

(See pg 41)

Roses are Red Events

33105 Kelly Road, Suite A, Fraser www.RosesAreRedEvents.com 586-859-8419

36375 Joy Rd., Westland www.hellenicculturalcenter.com 734-525-3550

(See pg 17)

King’s Court Castle (See pg 37)

VIDEOGRAPHY

2325 Josyln Ct., Lake Orion www.kingscourtcastle.com 248-391-1900

(See pg 1)

WEDDING PARTY GIFTS

Bravo Studios Photography

Photographed Beautifully! Brighton 810-225-6145 Dearborn 313-231-4000 www.bravostudiosphotography.com (See pg 60)

DJ Crashers

Gerard Tuxedo

29457 Five Mile Rd., Livonia www.gerardtuxedo.com 734-293-5293

(See pg 33)

WEDDING CONSULTANTS Roses are Red Events

(See Inside Front Cover)

Michigan Photo Imaging

Creative, Artistic and Affordable www.MichiganPhotoImaging.com 313-460-4602

(See pg 59)

Lewis Portraits

The Right Place…The Right Price 1025 E. Maple Rd., Suite B7, Birmingham www.lewisphotovideo.com 248-723-4241 (See pg 62)

My Bridal Studio

23651 Goddard Rd., Taylor www.mybridalstudio.com 734-331-0228

Superior Sounds DJs

Premier Bride

Vintner’s Canton Winery

Serving all of Michigan www.djcrashers.com 248-990-2577

(See pg 5)

WEBSITES

Showroom of Elegance

Serving all of Michigan www.djcrashers.com 248-990-2577

Serving Southeast Michigan 248-714-8900 248-385-8920

(See pg 58)

33105 Kelly Road, Suite A, Fraser www.RosesAreRedEvents.com 586-859-8419

(See pg 37)

WINE Vintner’s Canton Winery 8515 N. Lilley Rd, Canton www.vintnerscanton.com 734-354-9463

(See pg 45)


Rich Settings, Affordable Venue Wayne Tree Manor 35100 Van Born Rd. Wayne

Heritage Manor 9981 S. Telegraph Road Taylor


Wayne Tree Manor CHAPEL & BANQUET CENTER

New Location! Heritage Manor – 9981 S. Telegraph Road, Taylor Chapel Also Available

Wayne Tree Manor – 35100 Van Born Rd., Wayne

734-728-3020 • www.waynetreemanor.com


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Everything for your wedding in Michigan.

Premier Bride of Michigan - Summer/Fall 2014  

Everything for your wedding in Michigan.