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OF MICHIGAN

TABLE OF CONTENTS

SPECIAL FEATURES:

ONLINE CONTENT:

Monthly Giveaways Blue Water Weddings Bridal Show Section Banquet & Reception Guide Directory of Services

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


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ARTICLES & CHECKLISTS Alterations Health/Beauty Cakes Honeymoon/Travel Catering Invitations Chapels Jewelry Chocolate Fountains Linen / Chair Covers Engraving Music & Entertainment Flowers Photo Booth

Photography Receptions Transportation Tuxedo Uplighting Videography Wine

Publishers MIKE SASH In Memory of CAROL SASH

Contributing Writers

Art Director JENNIFER ERDMAN jennifererdman.com

Contributing Photographers artists-eyes.com denisfelber.com filcsikphoto.com lucyparkerphotography.com lusterstudios.com spottswoodphotography.com

Cover/Fashion Photography SPOTTSWOOD PHOTOGRAPHY spottswoodphotography.com Hair & Makeup NICOLE SCHIMEL nicoleschimel.com

RACHELLE DRAGANI KELSEY LAWLER

FOR ADVERTISING OR INTERNET INFORMATION, WRITE OR CALL PREMIER BRIDE AT: P.O. BOX 531150 • LIVONIA, MI 48153 • PHONE 734-464-1018 • FAX 734-464-1068 • MIKE@PBDETROIT.COM COPYRIGHT©2014 Premier Bride. All rights reserved. Reproduction or use in any manner of editorial or graphic content herein without the express written permission of Premier Bride is strictly prohibited.


ACC BANQUET HALL www.ACCGD.org

CHOCOLATE FANTASIES 313-292-7277

ADAM’S PHOTOBOOTH www.adamsphotobooth.com

COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT www.southfieldcourtyard.com

ADAM’S PHOTOGRAPHY www.adams-photography.net

CRYSTAL GARDENS - LIVINGSTON www.cgliv.com

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

CRYSTAL GARDENS - SOUTHGATE www.CrystalGardensOnline.com

ALL SAINTS BANQUET HALL www.AllSaintsBanquetHallRental.com ALTERATIONS & MORE BY DARLENE 734-282-6177 ALTERATIONS BY ROZI www.AlterationsByRozi.com ANDIAMO WARREN BANQUET & CONF. CENTER www.andiamo.com BLACK RIVER COUNTRY CLUB www.blackrivergolfclub.com BLUE HERON PHOTO www.blueheronphoto.org BOZZO’S LIMOUSINE SERVICE www.bozzoslimo.com BRAVO PHOTOGRAPHY www.bravostudiosphotography.com BRIDAL CELEBRATIONS www.cbride.com BRIDAL WORLD www.bridalworldshows.com BRIGHTON TUX SHOP www.brightontuxshop.com CASCADE’S CATERING & BANQ. CTR. www.cascadesbanquethall.com CHEMUNG HILLS GOLF & BANQ. CTR. www.chemunghills.com CHENE MODERN BAKERY 313-582-0700

CUSTOM CREATIONS & INVITATIONS www.customcreations-invitations.com DISCOUNT TABLE LINEN RENTAL www.DiscountLinenRental.com DJ AND MUSIC www.djandmusic.com DJ CRASHERS www.djcrashers.com DUNIA SWEETS www.dunia-sweets.com ELEGANT INVITATIONS & BRIDAL www.ElegantInvitationsPlymouth.com ENGRAVING CONNECTION www.weddingengraver.com ENTERTAINMENT EXPRESS www.EntertainmentExpressInc.com EVENT ENTERTAINMENT www.eventlightingonline.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 GENITTI’S HOLE-IN-THE-WALL www.Genittis.com GERARD TUXEDO www.gerardtuxedo.com


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ONE TRAINING STUDIO www.onetrainingstudio.com

GOLDEN CROWN PARTY RENTAL www.goldencrownpartyrentals.com

PIANO WARS www.pianowars.com

THE GRECIAN CENTER www.thegreciancenter.com

QUALITY INN & SUITES www.choicehotels.com/hotel/mi389

HELLENIC CULTURAL CENTER www.hellenicculturalcenter.com

RAWLINSON PHOTOGRAPHY www.rawlinsonphoto.com

INDIANWOOD GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB www.iwgcc.com

ROSES ARE RED EVENTS www.RosesAreRedEvents.com

ITALIAN-AMERICAN HALL www.diahall.com

ST. GEORGE CULTURAL CENTER www.stgeorgecenter.com

JIM’S TUXEDO & MENSWEAR www.JimsTuxedosandMenswear.com

SHOWROOM OF ELEGANCE www.showroomofelegance.com

KING’S COURT CASTLE www.kingscourtcastle.com

SIGNAL VIDEO WEDDING VIDEOGRAPHY www.signalvideo.com

LAKEVIEW HILLS www.lakeviewhills.com

STONE CREEK BANQUET CENTER www.flatrockrec.org

LEWIS PORTRAITS www.Lewisphotovideo.com

STRIKE A POSE PHOTO BOOTH www.strikeaposephotobooth.com

LIGHT HOUSE PARK 810-984-5426

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SYBARIS SUITES www.Sybaris.com

THE LITTLE WEDDING CHAPEL www.thelittleweddingchapel.com

TOLLANDER TREE FARM www.tollanderchristmastreefarm.com

LYNDSEY’S LINEN AND CHAIR COVERS www.lyndseyslinen.com

VINTNER’S CANTON WINERY www.vintnerscanton.com

MANIACI’S BANQUET CENTER www.maniacibanquetcenter.com

WALDENWOODS BANQUET & CONFERENCE CENTER www.waldenwoods.com

MICHIGAN PHOTO IMAGING www.MichiganPhotoImaging.com MILLENNIUM LIMOUSINES, INC. www.LimoGiant.com MY BRIDAL STUDIO www.mybridalstudio.com OCEANO FLORIST www.OceanoFlorist.com

WAYNE TREE MANOR www.WayneTreeManor.com WED INK www.wed-ink.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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Photography 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. 4


lining up the Wedding party You’ll find traditional configurations for Christian and Jewish wedding parties illustrated and labeled below. The bride meets the groom at the altar to initiate a Christian wedding, while her parents remain seated throughout the service. A Jewish bride is escorted down the aisle by her parents, who then remain standing. During the Service

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1.Bride 2.Groom 3.Maid of Honor 4.Best Man 5.Bridesmaids 6.Ushers 7.Flower Girl 8.Ring Bearer 9.Father of the Bride 10.Mother of the Bride 11.Father of the Groom 12.Mother of the Groom 13.Clergymember 14.Cantor 15.Bride’s Grandfather 16.Bride’s Grandmother 17.Groom’s Grandfather 18.Groom’s Grandmother

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. WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE 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. Generally, these items are included: 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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PHOTOGRAPHY Parents’ Albums: These are smaller versions of the bride & groom albums and will include prints that have been specially selected to create a custom photo book for each family. Prints: You will probably want to order more photos for framing and gifting than what would be given to you in the bride & groom and family albums. Don’t underestimate how many extra prints you might want, as this will definitely impact your budget. Proofs: Ask your photographer how many proofs you will get and in what format (small photos, digital disc, online gallery, etc.). GET THE SPECIFICS At your consultations, learn the nitty gritty details. When is a deposit required? Do they shoot digitally or with

film? Do they use a backup camera? What if 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? Get a full list of questions to ask potential photographers in the Photography Planner at premierbride.com. 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 more laid-back and candid, so play up your personalities.


PHOTOGRAPHY Photobooth: These are one of the most popular trends in wedding photography. Opt for color or black and white prints and play with props like feather boas, hats, and mustaches – your family and friends will love it! Added bonus: Most photobooths print two sets of pictures. Guests can keep one as a souvenir and add the other to your guest book – you’ll end up with a collection of photos and scribbled well-wishes to enjoy for years to come! 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. All extras aside, we’ve rounded up some must-capture moments. Download our photography planner on premierbride.com/planning for a great checklist of must-have photos. Share and add to this list with your photographer to ensure that no memorable moments are missing from your once-in-a-lifetime photos. 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. You can also find a complete checklist of must-have photos in the Photography Planner at premierbride.com.

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PhotograPher: ask the right questions • Will you be taking the pictures? If not, can I meet them? • How long have you been a wedding photographer? • What packages do you offer? What do they include? • What type of photography do you specialize in? • Have you photographed at my ceremony or reception location before? • How many other weddings do you have this night? How long can you stay? • Do you offer online ordering for my guests? • Can we purchase all of our images on disk? • Can we order additional prints later? • What happens if you are sick or have an emergency on my wedding day? • 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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Not sure about all the bridal fashion speak? Here’s a lesson on men’s attire. • BoutonnIere - A flower slipped through the groom and groomsmen’s lapels. • Button Cover - A decorative ornament worn over the top button of a mandarin or stand-up collar. • CuMMerBunD - A sash worn around the waist covering the waistband and the formal trousers. • MornIng SuIt - The daytime equivalent of full dress. Includes a cutaway jacket, striped ascot, gray vest and gray or black striped formal trousers. • WHIte tIe - This is for only the most formal wedding. White tie features a black tailcoat and black tuxedo pants, a white pique bowtie and white vest.

THE JOY OF VIDEO preserve your day in living, moving color What’s a common complaint of brides and grooms? “It all went so fast!” Investing in a high quality wedding video lets you revisit the sights and sounds of your special day for years to come. These memories in motion are priceless, so plan to spend the time and money necessary to do it right. In short: hire a professional. Professional videographers: Offering quality and creativity In recent years, wedding videos have dramatically improved. Professional videographers have the technology, talent, and time necessary to produce videos with excellent quality (think: clear audio, crisp visuals, and sharp editing). A good videographer will remain inconspicuous throughout the day and capture intimate, uninhibited moments of you and your guests — every laugh, tear, and “blooper.” Videographers also offer fun options like a movie trailer for your wedding video, complete with opening or ending credits and a narrating voiceover. There’s also documentary-style filming, complete with bride and groom monologues or “confessionals.” A videographer can give you that “behind the scenes” look at your wedding day. Some videographers even offer same-day services such as rush editing of wedding day highlights or photo and video montages to show at your reception. Projectors for these shows are recommended and may be available through your videographer. These upgradeable video services are growing in popularity and could add the perfect final touch to your celebration.


VIDEOGRAPHY CHOOSING A VIDEOGRAPHER When researching professional videographers in your area, visit their websites and view a sample video — make sure you and your videographer share a similar vision. Pay close attention to make sure the sample meets your expectations in terms of video detail and quality. There’s a lot to consider, so let’s break it down with a video evaluation checklist for quick reference: Evaluate the picture:
 Is the picture clear and consistently in focus, or is it jumpy, blurry, or shaky?
-- Are there any dead spots?
-Does it move smoothly from one scene to the next or jump awkwardly?
-- How is the lighting? Evaluate the sound: At the ceremony, can you clearly hear the bride, groom, officiate, and readers?
-- At the reception, can you clearly hear the toasts?
-- Is the audio muffled or

difficult to hear at any point?
-- Are the music selections and volume appropriate?
-Is the crowd and ambient noise controlled? Evaluate the overall effect: Is the video too short, too long, or just right?
-- Is it entertaining?
-- Does it trigger emotion?
-Does it look like the work of a professional? BUDGETING FOR A PROFESSIONAL Professional videographers will spend anywhere from four to 10 hours with you on your wedding day and another 35 to 50 hours editing your wedding video and adding graphics, music, and other special effects. Taking into account all of the professional equipment, experience, and time spent, you should expect to spend an amount similar to your photography budget. When you finally choose your videographer, be sure to ask to see a copy of the contract and make sure you understand all the specific costs.

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FIT FOR YOUR WEDDING DAY Whether you are the bride or groom you naturally want to look and feel your best on your wedding day. Adopting a healthy lifestyle by adding an exercise regimen and making minor changes to your diet will: • • • • •

Boost energy levels & release stress Sculpt lean muscle Lose weight & increase confidence Help you sleep better Decrease risk of illness and disease

Sure it takes effort to lead a healthy lifestyle that’s why you need to focus your attention on the positive outcome of reaching your goals. Make smaller attainable goals and feel the pleasure when you reach them by rewarding yourself. Alert your mind to the good in everything. Your mind controls everything. Your brain tells you what to expect. Your expectations dictate the outcome. Believe and dream and fantasize about the future. TIPS TO REACH YOUR GOALS: • Keep a food journal and use a calorie counting website to track intake - it will help you understand the true picture. To maintain your current weight you need to eat about 2000 calories per day. To lose weight, eat less calories.

• Minimize your consumption of ‘empty calories’ - sugars and refined carbohydrates - which have many calories and NO nutritional value (soda, white flour, baked goodies, etc). • Consume water before a meal to fill your stomach and eat less • EAT SLOWLY. It takes your stomach 20 minutes to tell your brain that it is full. • Close your kitchen at 7pm. Your metabolism slows in the evening and thus needs fewer calories while relaxing and sleeping. • Get at least 150 minutes per week of moderate intensity aerobic exercise plus 2 or more days per week of strength training that works all of the major muscle groups. Expect to be tempted at times but remember that the permanent satisfaction of having a healthy and fit body will far exceed any short term ‘satisfaction’ from unhealthy food. The work you do to change your mind and find comfort and excitement again is some of the most important work you will ever do. Regardless of where you are on your path, imagine the best and focus on the rewards of achieving your goals. The good news is that it’s never too late to start. So what are you waiting for?

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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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Make Your Wedding Special with Engraving

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.

Make It Special - Engrave It! Engraving Connection 1205 S. Main St., Plymouth

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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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Creating special memories

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INVITATION ETIQUETTE introducing the couple Your wedding invitation introduces you and your fiancé as a married couple and sets the stage for your day in the spotlight. So it’s worth checking every detail twice to ensure that the first impression you make is a good one. The outer envelope should have a return address on the back flap. Address the front of the envelope according to the following guidelines. • To indicate both parties of a married couple, use “Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Green.” • If every member of a family is invited, write “Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Green and Family.” • If only the older children are included, their names are written below the parents “Miss Erin Green.”

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• When addressing an unmarried couple living together, use each of their full names “Mr. Reginald Howard and Miss Angelica Thomson.” • Street names, cities and states should be written out completely without abbreviations.

Envelopes should be handwritten in charcoal gray or black ink. Write the guest’s name on the inner envelope and insert the invitation, the RSVP card and the reply envelope with the printed side facing the back flap. Use RSVP cards for a firm guest count and enclosure cards for special arrangements. Ceremony or reception cards invite guests to only one or the other. Pew cards reserve church seating and at-home cards convey your official new name and address. Invitations should be mailed to 8 to 10 weeks before the wedding, six weeks before at the latest. Mail them earlier if many of your guests are traveling a considerable distance or if the wedding is on a holiday to allow time for travel arrangements.

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SELECTING INVITATIONS ask the right questions • May I see samples of your work? • What packages do you offer? What do they include? • What kinds of products do you offer? • How long will it take to have each order processed? • Will we see a proof before printing? • Do you offer discounts if we order other items at the same time, such as thank you notes? • Do you offer custom designs? • Do you offer labels? • Can you create a ceremony program? • How far in advance must I book you? • What is your cancellation policy? • Is a deposit required? • Are you able to fill future orders, such as monogrammed stationery or additional thank you notes?

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

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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


GROOM can envision a symphony conductor’s attire, this is “white tie.” 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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Imagine as you look across the room, you see a rich, flowing fountain on a far away table. Your mouth waters once you see the spread of fruit, cookies, cakes, caramels and marshmallows beneath it. As you reach for the fruit you notice the fountain isn’t just any ordinary fountain, it’s CHOCOLATE!  The Cheese or Chocolate Fountains are the most unforgettable additions to the sweet table at wedding receptions, bridal showers, gift openings and more. Sizes and services can vary but generally, full service packages can include an attendant, delivery, setup and cleanup along with chocolate and skewers to pick-up rentals.

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a new and different twist to satisfy every guest’s sweet tooth A candy table is the latest trend in wedding desserts, and it’s not difficult to figure out why - it’s fun and personal, and most importantly it will leave your guests enchanted and sweetly sated. Here’s how to make your candy buffet the talk of the town. For an outdoor, casual wedding full of light and color, you might want to go for a rainbow of whimsical variety with bright rock candy, every hue of jelly bean, gummies, silly-shaped chocolates, lollipops, gumballs, striped candy canes and a chocolate fountain with marshmallows and fruit. An indoor, more upscale formal event could call for candies such as toffees, exquisite varieties of chocolate bars, biscotti cookies, decorative chocolatecovered pretzels and strawberries,

macaroons, pastry puffs and sugar or yogurt coated nuts and raisins. Like your sweet selection, your design can match your wedding. For something casual and playful, arrange your colorful candies in clear jars of every shape and size like an old candy store. A more upscale look could present your desserts in classy giant martini glasses or on small decorative plates arranged on different levels over an expansive, dramatically lit table. Custom-order candies or candy wrappers to stick within your color scheme. Only choosing candies of two or three colors also creates a striking design. As guests are leaving, give them an artsy, monogrammed bag and ask them to peruse the buffet again for an edible wedding favor.

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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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Transportation GETTING THERE: Wedding Day Transportation

The moments between the ceremony and the reception are giddy, exciting ones, and it’s only fitting to be whisked off in a carriage or ride off into the sunset. But those happy endings aren’t even practical. So even if the transportation between the ceremony and reception isn’t fit for a Hollywood screenplay, here are some tips to make it as fun, affordable and memorable as the rest of your day.4


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TRANSPORTATION FIRST: HOW MANY? Your search for transportation needs to start once you decide how many people you’ll be moving. Do you want just the bride and the groom in a vehicle, or is the entire wedding party heading to the reception together? If the whole party is going, do you want to include their spouses or dates? What about the couples parents and new in-laws? Once you make those decisions, you can start searching around for transport based on size. Then, you can pick out a limousine, a coach party bus, a trolley, or something more unique and personal for the couple. Whatever you decide on, keep safety in mind for when revelers are bouncing from place to place. LIMOS If there is a day to splurge on this iconic luxury vehicle, your wedding is certainly the day. Unlike some other forms of transport, a limo can be booked for an entire day, so you could get a highclass ride to pick you up at the house, delivering you to the ceremony, reception or even to the airport to jet away on a honeymoon. Most companies have a one or two hour minimum for their services, so think about what the most costeffective way would be to keep the limo around. If you want a car for both going to and leaving the ceremony, it might be more affordable to hire two separate cars rather than pay for the vehicle to sit there during a long reception. There are quite a few options for limos. A formal limousine seats four people, and sometimes a bride and groom will travel to the ceremony alone. Or, if you’d like to include the wedding party, stretch limos can allow for six to 10. For larger parties and a flashier mode of transport, sport utility models like the Hummer

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


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UNIQUE ALTERNATIVES Limos, party buses and trolleys are great, traditional options, but some new couples might opt for something more personal or creative. A horse-drawn carriage is a romantic, vintage option, especially if you can decorate it with your wedding colors or pull up to your waving guests. Vintage cars are also great photo ops and add a touch of class. An antique Rolls Royce or a ’69 Mustang are fun and something you don’t get to ride in every day. Ride in style like the royal couple did in their April wedding in a decorated navy soft-top Aston Martin Volante. Or, as with everything else in the wedding, make sure the transportation connects to YOU. Maybe you met at a Harley rally – ride off on your twin Hogs! Or maybe you share a love of mountain biking – don’t be afraid to wheel over on a tandem together. Personality is what makes weddings memorable, so however you move, make sure it’s full of your style.

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DOWN TO DETAILS Make sure to confirm transportation booking and verify 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

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• 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. ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS Limousines are the tradition, but the sky is the limit when planning your wedding transportation. Buses, trolleys, Hummers and horse-drawn carriages are among the many choices to fulfill your fantasy. • What types of transportation modes do you offer? What are their features and benefits? • How many people does each option comfortably fit? • What packages do you offer? What do they include? • Are your charges based on time or distance? • Do you have a minimum rental time? What are the charges after that time? • What does your insurance cover? • Can you guarantee a certain vehicle for the day of my wedding? • How will the driver be dressed? • Do you or can we do any decorating? • How far in advance must I book you? • What is your cancellation policy? • Is a deposit required? If so, when and how much?

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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.4


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


FLOWERS tone for the overall floral scheme, but also provides the perfect opportunity for you to bring your own style and personality to the forefront. The Ceremony Before making decisions regarding the floral arrangements for your ceremony be sure and check with your chosen church or synagogue for 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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GOING GREEN planning an eco-friendly wedding Can you have a joy-filled wedding celebration and show your love for the planet, at the same time? YES, and it’s not as hard as you think! Read on for some great ways to incorporate eco-friendly touches into your special day. THE LOCALE Choosing a location that’s close to where most of your guests live is an obvious, simple but effective way to limit unnecessary transportation, as is having the ceremony and reception in the same place. Choose a location already dedicated to sustainability, such as parks, protected areas or museums.

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GOING GREEN THE ATTIRE Just say “NO!” to attire made in sweatshops and petroleum-based fabrics. Seek out wedding attire made with natural fabrics such as 100% silk or organically grown cotton, and hemp linen – which has come a long way since the gunny sack look. Or, recycle! Use your Mom’s wedding dress, or find a vintage dress in specialty stores or on eBay. THE GIFTS AND FLOWERS Visit idofoundation.org for information on including charitable donations on your gift registry to donate a percentage of gift registry sales and make a charitable donation in lieu of wedding favors. Find a floral designer that uses local, organically grown, seasonal flowers,

and repurpose the ceremony flowers for the reception to make fewer flowers go farther. Donate leftover floral arrangements to places such as nursing homes, hospice centers or hospitals, so others can enjoy nature’s beauty! THE HONEYMOON Certainly, staying close to home avoids those gas-guzzling airplanes, but if travel is in your future consider environmentally-friendly properties (greenhotels.com). Another idea: consider ecotourism – socially responsible travel that focuses on conserving the environment and improving the well being of local people (ecotourism.org).

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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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YOUR aWEDDING CAKE sweet ending to a special day The sweetest wedding task is deciding on dessert for your big day, and your dessert should be customized and match the mood. If you have a sweet idea, find someone who can work with it. 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 Cake-$400 Serves 225 Guests

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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Music The sound of romance

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.4


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-stop-shopping 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


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MUSIC will also be helpful in guiding your musical selections. Already have the sounds of 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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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 the band might not attempt. In terms of expense, a live band will almost always cost more than a DJ. Keep this rule in mind: If you can’t afford a good wedding band, hire a DJ. A DJ will be most cost-effective and can offer an almost infinite variety of music – truly something for everyone. Bonus: No breaks! Some keys to finding happiness in a DJ: 1) If possible, see them live before booking. 2) Consider personality – are you looking for a crazy-fun, “gettin’ jiggy with it” party animal or an upscale, keep-it-classy entertainer? 3) Ask for, and follow up on, several references. 4) Communicate. Clarify what songs and events (first dance, father & bride dance, bouquet & garter toss, etc.) you do or do not wish to include. Decide on the details ahead of time; make a “do not play” list of any songs you simply can’t stand and a “must play” list of songs you don’t want to miss.

All things considered, whether you go for a band or DJ, your dance party will be a guaranteed success as long as you treat your guests to a wide variety of music. From Frank Sinatra to Michael Jackson to Justin Timberlake, diversity is key in playing a little something for everyone. THE NITTY GRITTY For the reception… Consider your reception site and how this might impact your choice in entertainment. Communicate with your site manager so you’re aware of any restrictions – and so that they’re aware of your plans ahead of time. If your entertainment has never performed at your chosen reception site before, ask the site manager when they can visit the venue to make it meets their needs in terms of space, electricity, and lighting. In general… As with other wedding vendors, make sure the ins and outs of your agreement with your musicians is very clear and in writing. This includes payment, start and end times, fees for playing overtime, alternate plans if a musician is sick the day of your wedding, etc. If any of your vendors don’t use a contract, put all the details into a letter, and copy it – send one to the vendor and keep one for your records. Confirm all the details with your musicians about one week prior to your celebration. Once you’ve done your homework, hired musicians for each stage of your wedding day, and worked out the details, you can rest easy. That is, until it’s time to start practicing your dance moves .

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Legend has it that when the first explorers to Chile started to wind their way down the long, thin stretch of the country, they stopped before they even made it halfway down. According to their accounts, they had already seen more splendor and variety in the landscape than in all their years of traveling combined – and they hadn’t even seen the glaciers or volcanoes yet! Luckily for honeymooners, Chile has done a great job preserving their incredible wealth of nature, mixing adventurous activities with ample opportunity for relaxation among some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world. Whether you’re looking for a chance to go whitewater rafting, relax in wine country or on the beach, ride horseback through the Andes or hike through mountainous national parks, Chile is truly the destination that has it all.4


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If you’re traveling by air to Chile, your flight will most likely stop in Santiago, the capital of Chile and located just about in the middle of the country. It’s ok to spend a night here to gather your bearings before moving on, but there is little charm and even fewer honeymoon attractions in this city of six million. Instead, head out to the more natural areas of Chile, either by their very efficient and reasonably priced bus system or planes for longer destinations. San Pedro de Atacama, a beautiful desert with attractions such as geysers, horseback riding, bike tours and hot springs. Valle de Elqui, a charming countryside by day where you can visit the plants where pisco, Chile’s national alcohol and the product that instills the most pride in the hearts of Chileans, is made. Sample a complementary Pisco Sour, a tart, frothy, drink made with the rum-like alcohol. By night, thanks to the high altitude, dry climate and clear skies, the Valle de Elqui is the best place in the world to see the stars.

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Footprints in the sand dunes in San Pedro de Atacama

Rightly titled “The Adventure Capital of Chile,” this tourist town is tucked into the mountains about eight hours south of Santiago, the capital of Chile. Think of an adventure activity; you’ll find it here. Couples can go as daring as they like during the day, including climbing Volcán Villarica (The Villarica Volcano), whitewater rafting, or more relaxed activities like leisurely biking to the beautiful Ojos de Caburga waterfalls, set in a fairy-tale forest. At night, a popular honeymoon activity is booking a suite near the mystic hot springs. Tucked in a dense, green jungle, the springs are among the most relaxing places in the world, especially when combined with a couple’s massage or a dip in the thermal pool. For the couples looking for a combination of adventurous activities and full-out relaxation, Pucón is the perfect destination.


Parque Nacional Torres del Paine Chile’s biggest national park is constantly on lists of the most beautiful places in the world, and after hiking here for one day it will be easy to see why. Standing in a single spot, you’ll be able to take in snow-capped mountains, a turquoise lake and every color imaginable of flowers. Trekkers usually do the W, a four or five day hike through the main parts of the park, or the entire Circuit, a nine to eleven day hike through everything. Both routes include treks to the Torres, three rock plateaus that change colors with the sunrise, and to Glacier Grey, where trekkers often bring a bottle of something that tastes good on the rocks and use the ice from the glacier to chill their drinks. It is most common to camp at the free campsites along the hike, but couples looking to unwind along the way could also choose to stay at some of the

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Summer in Chile is December – March and winter is June – September, so this is the perfect destination for a winter wedding couple. Starting about five hours north of Santiago, in the region where San Pedro de Atacama and the Valle de Elqui are found it is a desert climate where the sun shines 345 days a year and the temperatures rarely dip below 75˚. In the middle of the country, the summer months see temps around 85-100˚ and again, the sun is almost always shining. During the winter in the middle of the country the coldest it gets is only about 40-50˚, but most places do not have central heating, so that is something to keep in mind if you’re going to traveling in the winter. Towards the south, especially in Torres del Paine where you are so close to the South Pole, temperatures in the summer almost never get higher than 60˚, and in the winter months the south almost entirely shuts down because of the cold.

TIME ZONE

Standard time zone: Daylight saving time:

UTC/GMT -4 hours +1 hour

LANGUAGE

The National and Official language of Chile is Spanish, and that is almost the only language spoken. You’ll likely find English speakers in some of the more touristy areas, but bring a dictionary or pocket translator with you if you don’t speak Spanish.

ELECTRICITY

The voltage in Chile is 220V and flat two-pin plugs are used. Adaptors are needed.

upscale hotels scattered throughout the park, some of which offer honeymoon packages.

Viña del Mar and Wine Country Just an hour and a half outside of Santiago, Viña offers some of the best beaches the Pacific coast has to offer, more international food than the rest of Chile, great shopping, and then some more beaches. It is also the easiest place to stay if you want to take some day trips into wine country to see where the excellent Chilean wine is made and of course taste some for yourself. The most popular are the Casablanca and Colchagua Valleys. There are plenty of day tours available through the regions, or you could opt to spend a night or two in the rustic vineyards. Visit rutadelvino. cl/English/winetours.html for personalized wine tours in the Chacagua Valley. CURRENCY

The Chilean unit of currency is the peso (Ch$)Accessing funds through an ATM, known as un Redbanc is by far the easiest and most convenient way of carrying money while in Chile. Credit cards (especially Amex, Visa and MasterCard) are welcome in most established businesses; however, it’s best not to depend on credit. Many businesses will charge up to 6% extra.

GETTING MARRIED IN CHILE

Weddings are usually less grand than in the United States. On main difference is that the weddings do not usually contain a wedding party, it is just the couples parents that accompany them at the altar. Also, it is not the father of the bride that walks her down the aisle, it is the father of the groom, and similarly the father of the bride walks the groom down the aisle. Another tradition is the the couple exchange wedding bands at the start of their engagement, but they are worn on their left hand until after the ceremony, when they are moved to the right hand. Although there are these few differences, in many ways Chilean weddings are much the same, complete with throwing rice on the couple as they exit the church and throwing the bouquet to the single girls at the reception. As for laws to getting married in Chile, if the couple is from the United States they will most likely have to have a civil ceremony in the United States as well. If you are not staying for more than three months, you will not need a special visa, but any sort of marriage certificate you have will not transfer to the States. That being said, it is still relatively easy to find a member of the religious community or a civil servant to marry a couple, regardless of their citizenship. Laws are much more relaxed in South America and no paperwork is needed to marry, but if you want the marriage to carry over in the States you will have to have that settled there.


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PLACES TO STAY: Sheraton Miramar Hotel & Convention Center starwoodhotels.com/sheraton/vinadelmar A five-star international hotel that’s situated at the main entrance to Viña del Mar and boasts views of Valparaiso Bay and the azure waters of the Pacific Ocean. The Sheraton boasts some of the most upscale amenities in Viña del Mar and has a sparkling swimming pool on it’s beautiful terrace with magnificent views of the sea. Sheraton Presidential Suite - Living & Dining Area

Hotel & Termas Huife termashuife.com The rooms of Hotel & Huife Hot Springs are luxurious suites situated on the banks of Liucura River and located 33 kilometers from Pucón city and 110 kilometers of the regional Capital, Temuco. The property features four swimming pools with thermal waters, a restaurant and a garden. The hotel also offers a spa centre for guests to relax and enjoy their stay.

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Mountain Lodge Paine Grande is strategically located in the old area of Pehoé Shelter and is only accessible via Lao Pehoé or by walking the trekking routes of the park. It forms part of the W Circuit and is considered as the base camp. The Lodge can hold 100 people in 22 bedrooms with 3 and 2 bunks each. The rooms have a view of Pehoé lake, the heights of Paine Grande, Valle del Francés and the east face of Cuernos del Paine. Each room has comfortable bunks and drawers to put away gear. Restrooms are located on the first and second floor and have wash basins, toilets and hot water showers, separated for men and women.

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NEVIS BY NORMAN SHONKWILER PHOTOS COURTESY NEVIS TOURISM AUTHORITY

Called Dulcina: the Sweet Island, Oualie: Land of beautiful waters in every language of every era Nevis is the Queen of the Caribees. Nevis, the smaller of the two islands which make up the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, is situated in the Leeward Islands of the Caribbean, roughly 1,200 miles from Miami. Dominating the centre of Nevis’ 36 square miles is Mount Nevis, the dormant volcano popularly known as Nevis Peak. Its summit is almost perpetually cloaked in mist, giving it the appearance of being snow-capped.4


Nevis’ name is derived from “Nuestra Senora de Las Nieves” which means “Our Lady of the Snows because of the frequent cloud cover over Nevis Peak. Nevis archaeology shows signs of stone tools used by the indigenous natives predating European influence. By the 1700’s Nevis was a British holding with sugar plantations providing its chief export. Alexander Hamilton was born on Nevis in 1757 and after travelling to North America to attend college became embroiled in the American Revolution. Horatio Nelson established his headquarters on Nevis in 1780 where he met and married Francis Nisbet the daughter of a plantation owner. Nevis achieved associate statehood with St. Kitts in 1967 and in 1983 became part of the sovereign state of St. Kitts and Nevis. Having been a part of the British Empire for over two hundred years English is the principle language. The sea and the mountain provide the two most breathtaking backdrops for Nevis. Hiking the island provides the best opportunity to view the landscapes and seascapes trails are accessible but local officials recommend guided tours to ensure visitor’s safety. The island has over half a dozen tour guides all of whom offer a variety of tour packages highlighting ecotourism, wildlife, and historic tours. Mountain biking is another great way to view the sights and sounds of the island. Snorkeling and scuba End of day stroll - looking as St. Kitts

diving the coral reefs and ship wrecks are also available. All levels of experience are accommodated at Scuba Safaris Ltd www.fishnevis.com. Wind surfing is at its best with Nevis location astride the trade winds which would take the windjammers to and from Europe. The coral reefs provide sheltered waters for the less experienced and the narrows between Nevis and St. Kitts provides wind and waves for the bump and jump for the more advanced, visit www.windsurfingnevis.com for more details. Newlyweds with sports in mind can find the 18-hole Robert Trent Jones golf course at the Four Seasons Resort. Several of the Hotels have tennis courts. Netball is played year round, previously a woman’s sport both men and women now enter tournaments played in Charlestown. Soccer is played in September and October in Grove Park in Charlestown and of course the premier British sport Cricket played between January and mid July. Deep sea fishing and bottom fishing are available through charter from several charter services game fish, such as Wahoo, Dorado (aka dolphin fish) Tuna, Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Sailfish and Kingfish. If you’re planning a more relaxed honeymoon explore Nevis in a carriage ride tour or on one of several horseback riding tours. Explore the streets of Charlestown and see some of the last remaining examples The pool at Four Seasons


of early Caribbean architecture. Many of the tours take you through both restored and ruined sugar plantations of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Two museums feature exhibits detailing the islands history and Nevis famous son Alexander Hamilton and Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson. Late afternoon to evening sea tours will take you out to view humpback whales (January to April) and dolphins. Spend an afternoon at the races held each month at Indian Castle Race Track sponsored by the Nevis Turf and Jockey Club. Along with the races music and barbecue food in a carnival atmosphere, the horses are thoroughbreds along with para-mutual betting. Before going to the races spend a relaxing morning on any of the miles of beaches and after the races are over enjoy a Caribbean sunset you will remember for the rest of your lives. Relax and be pampered at Compassionate Touch Spa and Salon and discover techniques from all over the world designed to smooth away all the tensions your body absorbed visit their website at www.compassionatetouchspa.com for a complete list. The people of Nevis offer restaurants featuring West Indian cuisine for the local flavor but also continental, Chinese, vegetarian, but let’s face it no matter where you go in the world there are times when you need a good pizza or a burger you will find them too. The Hotels and Inns also have excellent restaurants with chefs providing a variety of West Indian and continental menus. After dinner you will want to check out the night life, music and dancing. The Hotels and Inns have specialty nights with Caribbean sounds, jazz, calypso, and for the brave karaoke. Local clubs and bars have music and dancing and beach parties and bonfires. Music is provided by local bands striving to keep alive the unique culture of Caribbean music.

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CLIMATE

Very little humidity, cool sea breezes, and sunshine almost every day. The days average about 84˚F tempered by steady Northeasterly breezes and the nighttime temperatures hover around 73˚F.

LANGUAGE

English is the official language, however, a broken English (dialect) is quite common. Proficiency in other languages, in particular, French and Spanish is encouraged.

UTILITIES

Most hotels and homes use 110 volts but 220 lines are sometimes available.

CURRENCY

The East Caribbean (EC) dollar is used on Nevis which can be obtained at any bank. Most stores and businesses accept the US dollars or travellers cheques, but change will be given in E.C. Neither banks nor stores accept the US coins only paper bills. The exchange rate is fixed at US$1.00 = EC$2.68

TIPPING

Service charge of 10% is generally included in restaurant bills, but it’s best to ask (and more is welcome, of course!). Hotels add 20% to their bills, including 10% service and 10% VAT.

TIME ZONE

Nevis is on Eastern Standard Time and does not change for daylight savings.

REQUIREMENTS TO BE MARRIED IN NEVIS

• Marriage licences are obtained through the Legal Department, Administration Building and cost $80. This licence fee in only payable in Stamps purchased from the Post Office in Charlestown. • Application forms must be completed in the presence of a Justice of the Peace. Forms are available from the Legal Department (as above) or at the Magistrates Court in Charlestown. There is a $20 fee. • Both parties must have a valid passport or birth certificate with photo identification. • If applicants have never been married, an affidavit (confirming their single status) is required which can be obtained from a Notary Public in the US or via a Notary Public in Nevis for $20. • If either party is a widow or widower, they must have a copy of the death certificate of the deceased spouse. • If either party is divorced, they must have the original or a notarized copy of the Decree Absolute. If not in English a notarized translation will be required. • If the marriage is to be conducted by a specific minister or priest, it must take place in the respective church and both parties must have a letter from their home ministers or priests verifying that they are know and unmarried. Additionally if the marriage is to take place in a Roman Catholic Church, the home priest must verify that they have received instruction.

WHERE TO STAY Four Seasons Resort is Nevis premier five diamond resort with its own 18 hole championship golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones. 196 deluxe rooms and suites have either an ocean view or view of the golf course. Also available at the resort is three dinning rooms and three retail shops, other activities include sail boating, snorkeling, scuba diving, waterskiing, and windsurfing. Romantic intimate accommodations are available in the restored sugar plantations the Golden Rock, Nisbet Plantation Beach Club, Hermitage, and Montpelier Plantation Inns. Each feature rooms and or cottages, pools local activities such as horseback riding self guided nature tours and incredible views. Local hotels include Mount Nevis Hotel, Old Manor Hotel, Oualie Beach Hotel, Pinney’s Beach Hotel, Inn at Cades Bay, and Hurricane Bungalows.

FOR THE DESTINATION WEDDING If you are planning a destination wedding prepare yourself for an unforgettable experience in one of the most stunning backdrops in the world but prepare for the paperwork! Most of the Hotels will be happy to assist with planning and preparations; help finding a minister or priest, flowers, and photography, catering, music, and accommodations for the wedding party. For more information contact the Nevis Tourism Authority at 407-287-5204 or email info@nevisisland.com.

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734.242.6000

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RECEPTION beverages, tables, chairs, tableware, linens and serving staff, making this a very convenient option. The facilities normally charge on a per person basis, and have a minimum guest requirement. Such locations include hotels, private clubs and restaurants. Off-site locations offer the use of the facility only, providing no other services. You supply nearly everything yourself, paying a flat fee for the use of the site. The nice thing about off-site locations is the freedom to do everything your own way, and more choices – although this can also mean more work! Narrow down your search by focusing on those sites that seem to best meet your needs, depending on your style, season and estimated guest count. Once you’ve selected some possibilities, it’s time to go on a road trip with your fiancé, maid

of honor and/or Mom and check out the sites in person. Step 3: Evaluating reception sites Now the real work begins. Every site offers advantages and disadvantages, and your job is to sift through all of the features of each site, to find the best one for your wedding – all while keeping your budget in mind. Here are some factors to consider: Location. The reception site should be no more than a 30-minute drive away from the ceremony location. A longer drive than that is really asking too much of your guests! If the location is difficult to find, or will offer special challenges to get there (say, located near a football stadium that has a home game on your wedding day) you should consider providing transportation for your guests


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Simplify your wedding planning! 50395 W. 10 Mile Road Novi 48374

248-380-9595 – www.LinksofNovi.com RECEPTION from the ceremony site, and back to their cars after the reception. Size and layout. Will everything happen in one big room, or in separate rooms for the cocktail hour, dinner, dancing? Will it comfortably hold the number of tables you’ll need, and will everyone dine in the same room? Is there room for a band or DJ, and for cocktail hour musicians, if you’re having them? Privacy. If your venue does multiple events, find out if there are other bookings on the same day or time as yours. If so, ensure that there will be adequate privacy and separation for your celebration. There should also be ample time in between events to allow your caterer or other service people to set up or break down your party. Parking. Make sure there is convenient, well-lighted, ample parking

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for your guests, and if not, find out if valet service is available. Technical details. Whether you intend to have a DJ or a band, inquire about possible restrictions regarding the type, volume or duration of music. Be sure to confirm that there is an adequate power supply for speakers, mixers and amplifiers, or good acoustics for string and wind instruments. Some sites have built-in public-address systems which can be used for introductions and toasts. If your site of choice doesn’t offer this equipment, make sure your DJ or musicians can provide it. Room décor. Most sites offer a neutral background to work with, but make sure the flooring, wall coverings and colors will work with the style and season of your wedding.


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

30 Years of Experience in Weddings and All Other Occasions 26210 W. 12 Mile Rd., Southfield, MI 48034

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RECEPTION Services offered. Be clear, with each site visited, exactly what is and is not included. From catering and wait staff, to candles and chairs… get those details up front. A note about outdoor receptions If you’re planning an outdoor reception, it’s critical to have a back-up plan in case of inclement weather. Planning for an outdoor reception is usually much more work overall, because you have to provide for everything from the salad forks to the tents to the chairs, and you may need to change plans at the last minute due to the weather! For these reasons, it’s highly recommended that you use an experienced wedding coordinator if you want an outdoor reception – this will ease your workload, and your stress, immensely.

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Cascade’s can create a reception that is truly unique & memorable

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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 know 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


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CATERING 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.

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 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,

STEP 4: DESIGN THE MENU. Start by searching through magazines, web sites and bridal shows to clarify your likes and dislikes. Think about weddings

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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 CATERING you’ve attended, or ask caterers or friends for favorites and fails. Then, work closely with your caterer to craft the perfect and personal menu. Remember that the caterer has probably seen lots of weddings and knows what works best with the number of people, the time of day and the locations, so take their professional advice if they think a cool, crisp salad might not be the best appetizer in your outdoor summer wedding. Also keep your guests in mind – you might have to accommodate for lots of children or vegetarians, for example. STEP 5: CALCULATE THE COST. Once you’ve selected a caterer, think business and cost. Most caterers base their prices on a per-person cost. Facilities with in-house catering departments may have a minimum

charge or set-up fee, while an offpremises caterer will usually work within any reasonable, agreed-upon budget. Keep in mind buffets are usually priced higher, since they’ll have to account for a little more per person, and it’s common to add overage or gratuity. Your final guest count is usually required one week before the event. This will be the minimum number of people for which you will actually be charged. Most caterers will plan on the addition 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


All Saints Conference & Banquet Center Personalized Reception at Reasonable PRices Mention PReMieR bRiDe

Capacity up to 375

24900 Brest Rd., Taylor Call: 734-946-9650

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CATERING person. Get specifics as to what extras are included in the caterer’s charges, such as table linens, plates, glasses, crystal, silverware and service pieces. STEP 6: PLAN THE HELP. Once the menu is finalized, the next step is determining the number of wait staff you will need to serve your feast and keep your reception running smoothly. Your caterer will give you a better idea, but a general guideline is one server per 10 to 12 guests for a sit-down dinner. A full and open bar will require more servers. Ask ahead of time what their attire is, so it matches the style and formality of your reception. STEP 7: FINALIZE THE DETAILS, IN WRITING. Don’t sign a contract without this info – day, date, time, address of the site, food items by course, number of guests covered, provisions for special meals, time of cocktail hour, time meal is served, contact people, number of bartenders and wait staff, linens, beverages and bar guidelines, terms of payment and liability insurance. There will probably be an advance deposit when you sign the contract, and don’t forget to check the cancellation policy. PERSONALIZE YOUR MEAL!

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Trip around the world. Give your guests a culinary trip across the globe, with a variety of food stations offering a range of ethnic food…pad thai, bruschetta, and mini sushi rolls are a fun way to inspire conversation and provide something for everyone. Share your faves. Do you and your spouse have a favorite restaurant you went on your first date, or


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734-379-1453 – www.flatrockrec.org CATERING a meal you love cooking together? Make it part of your day. Even if your favorite restaurant doesn’t have a special cater service for those fish tacos, talk to an owner and see if they’d be willing to bend a little, especially for a small wedding. Don’t make your grandma cook her favorite lasagna on your day, but don’t be afraid to look for a great Italian caterer and let everyone know the inspiration for the meal. ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS • What packages do you offer? What do they include? • Have you worked at my reception site before? • Do you provide beverage service or bar service? • Do have opening or corking fees?

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

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STRESS-FREE PLANNING 4 tips to keep you going You’re engaged – hooray! Now the fun begins (you think) of planning a lovely wedding… trying on wedding dresses, registering for gifts, choosing the perfect party favor… fun, fun, fun. Then reality sets in, and you discover that planning a wedding takes an incredible amount of work. It requires making countless decisions, handling thousands of details, juggling endless tasks and errands, and doing it all while also maintaining your relationships, job, life and sanity. What’s a stressedout bride-to-be to do? We’ve got some suggestions for you! Start early. Obviously, the more time you have to plan, the more breathing room you have, and the more options you’ll have for wedding vendors.

Stay organized. The two critical elements of staying organized include keep everything together in one assigned location and write everything down. Get help. The very best thing you could do for a stress-free experience (and a relaxing, stress-free wedding DAY) is hire a wedding consultant. Many couples feel that this just ‘isn’t for them’ and yet, without question, it could make the critical difference between having a fun, enjoyable wedding experience, and having a grueling one. Take breaks. Take regular restorative breaks from wedding planning where you don’t think about, talk about, or work on anything wedding-related. And remember there is life beyond the wedding!

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affordable elegance for any occasion Chemung Hills Golf Club & Banquet Center An Oceola Township Owned Facility 3125 GOLF CLUB ROAD ~ HOWELL, MI (Easy access from I-96 & M-59)

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COUPLESfor Gilda’ GET CHARITABLE s Club Metro Detroit Find a new way to thank your wedding guests by making a meaningful donation in their honor to Gilda’s Club Metro Detroit in lieu of the traditional wedding favor. The mission of Gilda’s Club is to create a welcoming community of free support for men, women and children living with cancer, along with their families and friends. Their innovative program is an essential complement to medical care, providing networking and support groups, workshops, education lectures and social activities to their members. Most people have been touched by cancer in some way during their lifetime. By making a charitable donation as your guest gift, you are creating a meaningful and memorable way to celebrate your wedding. Gilda’s Club provides you with table cards

that can be personalized with the happy couple’s name and wedding date. You can also personalize the card with the name of a family member/friend who currently has or has passed away from cancer. To find out more about the Gilda’s Club special occasions program or to order your table cards, please visit their website at www.gildasclubdetroit.org or call 248-577-0800.

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Phone Number(s)

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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

RECEPTION & BANQUET GUIDE

877-FKC-8777

58

1200

4

6-8

$26 to $50

Varies

CHEMUNG HILLS GOLF & BANQUET CENTER

517-546-4230

72

300

2

6-12

$50 or less

Varies

CRYSTAL GARDENS

517-545-1000

57

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

67

250

4

6-12

$30 to $75

20

WHISPERING PINES

734-878-0009

73

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

50-300

2

Varies

Varies

250

1

6

750

3

12

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

586-268-3200

60

44315 Gratiot Ave., Clinton Twnshp

INFINITY-OVATION YACHT CHARTERS 586-778-7030

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

MANIACI’S BANQUET CENTER

69227 N. Main, Richmond

586-727-9727

ZUCCARO BANQUETS & CATERING 586-949-4110

46601 Gratiot, Chesterfield

70

$11.95 and up 12-17

Varies $26 to $50

20


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Strolling Food Stations Buffet, Family

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Special features

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

Kosher Cuisine Available

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Cromaine Chicken, n Stuffed Salmon & Beef Entrees

Varies

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.

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n Award winning cuisine, superb

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Bring your own liquor. Newly remodeled in 2002.

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Winding oak staircase. Baby grand in lobby. Waterfall. Large dance floor. Neutral dĂŠcor. Each hall has private restrooms. n Restored 1920 road house with

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serving staff, executive chef inspired menus and wedding cakes.

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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 Two unique waterfront venues with breathtaking views of the Detroit Skyline along with the finest cuisine will provide you the celebration of a lifetime. n Located in historic downtown Richmond. Homemade pastas & pastries.


Suggested Number of Months to Schedule Facility Flexible

$17.95 to $43.95

25

59

50-150

1

1

$15.95 or less

20

68

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

Number of Guests per Server

Number of Available Banquet Rooms 2

Average Price per Person

Reception Room Capacity Range 250

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Phone Number(s)

RECEPTION & BANQUET GUIDE MONROE COUNTY LINKS AT LAKE ERIE

734-384-1177

QUALITY INN & SUITES

734-242-6000

ST. GEORGE CULTURAL CENTER

734-243-2712

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

1

up to 230

3

Varies

$28 or more

Varies

LINKS OF NOVI

248-380-9595

63

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

350

2

4-12

$19 to $25

20

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

65

1

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

47

52251 Pontiac Trail, Lyon Township One Champions Circle, Milford 455 Twin Lakes Dr., Oakland

SANILAC COUNTY LAKEVIEW HILLS GOLF RESORT

6560 Peck Rd., Lexington

888-355-4004

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Special features

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

Kosher Cuisine Available

Valet Parking Available

Serving Style Available

Separate Area Available for Ceremony

House Special Entrees

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

Plated, Buffet

n

n n

American & Ethnic n

Custom Menu

n

n

Chicken Indianwood

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n

New York Strip Steaks

n n

Varies

n

Varies

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

n n

n

Plated, Buffet

Chicken Village

n Two bridal suites, large dance floors,

extensive menu choices.

Buffet

Custom Menu

Tudor styled mansion built in 1920’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

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n

Buffet, Sit Down

n n n n

n

Family, Sit Down, Plated

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n

Buffet, Plated

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.

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Beautiful grand ballroom features large picture windows that overlook the perfectly manicured grounds and lake. Gorgeous outdoor gazebo perfect for ceremony or cocktail hour.

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


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

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

49

10-1,000

3

8-24

$20 or more

10-15

BLACK RIVER COUNTRY CLUB

810-982-9595

55

275

3

6

$25 or more

15

FORE LAKES GOLF CLUB & BANQUET CENTER

810-982-3673

51

750

3

6

$42 or more

20

Phone Number(s)

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RECEPTION & BANQUET GUIDE 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

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

WAYNE COUNTY ALL SAINTS BANQUET HALL

734-946-9650

70

150-375

1

Inquire

Varies

Varies

CASCADE’S CATERING & BANQUET HALL

248-476-6800 313-535-7157

65

300

2

Varies

$20

Varies

CRYSTAL GARDENS BANQUET CENTER

734-285-2210

57

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

69

36-280

4

Inquire

$26 to $70

Varies

THE GRECIAN CENTER

734-282-5700

61

up to 450

2

6-16

$26 or more

Varies

24900 Brest Rd., Taylor

29155 7 Mile, Livonia

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

Beef Tenderloin

n

Plated, Family

n

n

Buffet, Plated

n

n

n

Varies

n

n

Filet Mignon & Broiled Salmon

n

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

n

Buffet, Plated

n n n

Buffet, Family

n

Buffet, Family, 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

Prime Rib Filet Mignon

Buffet, Plated, Sit Down, Stations Buffet, Plated

Valet Parking Available

Separate Area Available for Ceremony n

House Special Entrees Specialized Custom Menus

n Banquet rooms with views of golf course

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

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.

Buffet, Family, Plated

n n n

Grand staircase, waterfall and baby grand piano in lobby, two private bridal suites, outdoor patios.

Buffet, Family, Plated

n n n

Foyer with a fireplace.

Plated

n n n n

Buffet, Family, Plated

n n n

award winning food & service.

7 Course Italian Dinner

n Family Style

n n

S.W. Beef Brisket

n

n

Buffet, Plated, Family

n National historic site, AAA 4 diamond,

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

See Page for More Information

Phone Number(s)

RECEPTION & BANQUET GUIDE

250

3

12-18

850

3

9

$22 to $50

30-40

350

9

6-18

$17.95 to $52.99

Varies

50-500

2

12

$23 to $34

Varies

200

4

3

$42.95

20

WAYNE COUNTY (CONT.) GROSSE ILE COUNTRY CLUB

734-246-8500

HELLENIC CULTURAL CENTER

734-525-3550

9339 Bellevue, Grosse Ile

36375 Joy Rd., Westland

68

734-283-4400 HOLIDAY INN SOUTHGATE BANQUET & CONFERENCE CENTER

17201 Northline Rd., Southgate

ITALIAN AMERICAN HALL

646 Biddle Ave., Wyandotte

734-285-4044

62

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

$28 or less

24

$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

71

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


n

Plated, Buffet, Family, Strolling Buffet

n n

Roasted Prime Rib, n Steak & Seafood

Plated, Buffet, Family

n n

Italian, Gourmet n Specialties

Buffet, Family, Plated

n n n n

Guinness Braised Beef

n n All inclusive wedding packages available.

9,000 sq.ft. of elegant banquet space - perfect for your reception, shower, rehearsal dinner and guest accommodations. Courtyard with gazebo for ceremonies & photos.

n

All Styles

Varies

n

All Styles

n n

n

Buffet, Family, Sit Down

n n n n

Buffet, Family, Plated

n Overlooking golf course.

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

Filet Mignon with Zip Sauce

Baked Whitefish n w/Herb Champagne Sauce

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

n n n

Valet Parking Available

Separate Area Available for Ceremony

Buffet, Family, Plated

House Special Entrees

n

n

Stage, hardwood dance floor, no room dividers, private banquet halls.

n n

n Outdoor patio, glassed-in room

overlooking woods and river.

n

n

Recently remodeled rooms with distinct character. Historical setting, beautiful ballrooms, crystal chandeliers. n n Newly renovated banquet facilities. Jacuzzi

honeymoon suite for Bride & Groom. Special Block Rates for guests. Outside catering available. European style Wedding Chapel.

Buffet, Family, Plated

n n n n

Buffet

n n n n n n n

Lobby with fireplace, newly renovated.

International

All Styles

Varies

Buffet, Plated, Family

n n n

Halal cuisine available. Economical & affordable elegance. Excellent food by Szegedi Catering. Personalized attention. Ample parking.

Varies

Buffet, Plated, Family

n n n

Halal cuisine available. Economical & affordable elegance. Excellent food by Szegedi Catering. Personalized attention. Ample parking.

Buffet, Plated

n n

Buffet, Family, Sit Down, Plated

n n n n

Specializing in n Customized Menus n

n

Ethnic Menus Available for All

n

Full service banquet facility, personalized menu planning.

Natural setting surrounded by trees & protected wetlands viewed from floor to ceiling windows in banquet room.

n

Buffet, Family, Plated

n n

n

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 5, 2014 Lansing Center Doors open from 11am to 4pm. Fashion show at 2pm. Tickets are $6 at the door or $4 in advance at Fantastic Finds. Fashion show at 1pm featuring Fantastic Finds, 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 40 to 200 exhibitor booths. They normally take place on weekends during the months of January, February, March, August and September. 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 and wedding date to make registering for prizes easier. Local bridal shows generally advertise on the radio, in bridal magazines, and in the newspaper. Local merchants, especially bridal salons, have information on shows in your area as well.

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2014 MICHIGAN BRIDAL SHOWS JANUARY 5, 2014

BRIDAL WORLD

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

JANUARY 5, 2014

HERE COME THE BRIDES BRIDAL SHOW 1-5pm, (810) 923-6446 Summit On The Park, 46000 Summit Parkway, Canton

JANUARY 11, 2014

BRIDAL EXPO AT ADRIAN COLLEGE 12-4pm, (517) 264-3156 Adrian College: Adrian Tobias Center 110 South Madison St., Adrian

JANUARY 12, 2014

20TH ANNUAL WGRT 102.3FM BRIDAL & FASHION SHOW Doors open at Noon, (810) 364-6650 Alexander’s Premiere Banquet Facility 1195 Gratiot Blvd, Marysville

JANUARY 19, 2014

HERE COME THE BRIDES

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

JANUARY 19, 2014

WINTER BRIDAL CELEBRATIONS 12-5pm, (586) 532-9200 The Palace of Auburn Hills 5 Championship Drive, Auburn Hills

JANUARY 19, 2014

MANIACI’S BRIDAL SHOW

12-4pm, (586) 727-9727 Maniaci’s Banquet Center, 69227 N. Main St., Richmond

JANUARY 19, 2014

ELEGANT WEDDING SHOW

12-4pm, (734) 560-5233 Briarwood Mall, 100 Briarwood Cir, Ann Arbor

JANUARY 26, 2014

BRIDAL CELEBRATIONS AT THE DEARBORN INN

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

JANUARY 26, 2014

AMAZING BRIDES BRIDAL SHOW 2014 1-4pm, (248) 568-6907 Four Points Sheraton, 3200 Boardwalk, Ann Arbor

JANUARY 26, 2014

BASC 1ST ANNUAL WINTER BRIDAL SHOW 1-5pm, (989) 277-9451 Knights Of Columbus, 300 E. Main St., Owosso

FEBRUARY 2, 2014

HERE COME THE BRIDES

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

FEBRUARY 4, 2014

WEDDING EXTRAVAGANZA BRIDAL SHOW

5:30-9:30pm, (517) 545-1000 Crystal Gardens-Livingston, 5768 E. Grand River Ave., Howell

FEBRUARY 16, 2014

HERE COME THE BRIDES

Twentieth Annual WGRT 102.3 fm Bridal and Fashion Show Alexander’s Premiere Banquet Facility Marysville, MI

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

FEBRUARY 20, 2014

WINTER BRIDAL SHOW AT STONE CREEK

5:30-8:30pm, (734) 379-1453 Stone Creek Banquet Center, One Maguire Street, Flat Rock

FEBRUARY 23, 2014

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

MARCH 2, 2014

WEDDING EXTRAVAGANZA BRIDAL SHOW 11:30am, (734) 285-2210 Crystal Gardens, 16703 Fort Street, Southgate

MARCH 9, 2014

BRIDAL EXTRAVAGANZA

1-4pm, (810) 632-6401 Waldenwoods, Banquet & Conference Center 2975 Old US 23, Hartland

APRIL 6, 2014

ELEGANT WEDDING SHOW

12-4pm, (734) 560-5233 The Ukrainian Cultural Center 26601 Ryan Road, Warren

APRIL 27, 2014

Sunday, January 12, 2014– doors open at 12 810-987-3200 office@wgrt.com

DOWNRIVER BRIDAL EXPO

11:30am-3:30pm, (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

Discuss honeymoon plans Mail save-the-date cards if necessary

1-2 MONTHS AHEAD

Choose attendants

Select band or DJ for reception

Book musicians for ceremony Select florist

Reserve accommodations for out-of-town guests

2-4 WEEKS AHEAD

Select caterer

Order invitations, personal stationery and thank you notes

Select and purchase guest favors Find and reserve rehearsal dinner location

1 WEEK AHEAD

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

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

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

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

Arrange for final fittings on your gown

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

Register for gifts at one to three stores

Order wedding cake

Mail invitations

Start reception seating chart and placecards

Reserve wedding day transportation

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

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

Prepare printed program for ceremony

Get engagement photo taken

6-9 MONTHS AHEAD

Buy and wrap attendants’ gifts

Select ceremony music, readings and vows and meet with officiant

Compile guest list

Select videographer

4-6 MONTHS AHEAD

Address wedding invitations

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

Reserve accommodations for wedding night Finalize guest list

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FOR HER:

DON’T FORGET...

WEDDING ATTIRE

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

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

FOR HIM:

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

HONEYMOON CHECKLIST

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

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

UPDATING YOUR NAME

WEDDING DAY EMERGENCY KIT

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

Auto Registration

Investment accounts

Stock certificates

Bank & credit card accounts

Life insurance policy

Car insurance policy

Medical/dental records

Tax agency records (state/federal)

Credit reporting agencies

Memberships

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

______________

______________

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

GIFTS

Bridesmaids’

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

DATE

PAYMENT INFORMATION 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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FEBRUARY

MARCH

APRIL

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2014

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MAY

JUNE

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AUGUST

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SEPTEMBER

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NOVEMBER

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S M T W T F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31

JANUARY 1st New Year’s Day 20th Martin Luther King, Jr. Day FEBRUARY 14th Valentine’s Day 17th President’s Day MARCH 15th Passover APRIL 20th Easter

S M T W T F S S M T W T F S 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 28 29 30 31 30 MAY OCTOBER 26th Memorial Day 4th Yom Kippur 13th Columbus Day JULY 31st Halloween 4th Independence Day NOVEMBER SEPTEMBER 27th Thanksgiving Day 1st Labor Day 25th Rosh HaShanah DECEMBER 17th Hanukkah 25th Christmas Day

FEBRUARY

MARCH

APRIL

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2015

JANUARY S M T W T F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31

MAY

JUNE

JULY

AUGUST

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S M T W T F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31

SEPTEMBER

OCTOBER

NOVEMBER

DECEMBER

S M T W T F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30

S M T W T F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31

S M T W T F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30

S M T W T F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31

JANUARY 1st New Year’s Day 19th Martin Luther King, Jr. Day FEBRUARY 14th Valentine’s Day 16th President’s Day APRIL 4th Passover 5th Easter

MAY 25th

Memorial Day

JULY 4th

OCTOBER 12th Columbus Day 31st Halloween

Independence Day

NOVEMBER 26th Thanksgiving Day

SEPTEMBER 7th Labor Day 14th Rosh HaShanah 23rd Yom Kippur

DECEMBER 7th Hanukkah 25th Christmas Day

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES

DIRECTORY KEY • • • • • • •

Accessories Alterations Bachelor(ette) Parties Banquet Facilities Beauty/Health Bridal Showers Bridal Fitness/ bootcamp (See Beauty/Health)

(Also See Linen Rental)

• Chocolate Fountains (See Specialty Chocolate)

• Custom Veils • Custom Programs/ Seating Charts • Decorating • Destination Weddings (See Travel Agencies)

• Bridal Shows

• DJ’s

• • • •

• Engraving • Event Planners/ Coordinators • Favors

(See pg 82-85)

Cakes Calligraphy Catering Chair Covers

(See Music & Entertainment)

ACCESSORIES (See pg 21)

Elegant Invitations & Bridal

One Stop Shopping for all your Wedding Needs 416 North Main Street, Plymouth www.ElegantInvitationsPlymouth.com 734-455-8893 (See pg 19)

ALTERATIONS (See pg 15)

Alterations by Rozi

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

Rehearsal Dinners Rental Items Specialty Chocolate Tents Transportation Tuxedos Unique Services Uplighting Videography Websites Wedding Chapels Wedding Consultants • Wine

Quality Bridal Alterations

586-489-9523

judys-bridal.com

BACHELOR(ETTE) PARTIES

Alterations and More by Darlene 13526 Northline, Southgate 734-282-6177

(See Accessories)

• Honeymoons • Hotel Accommodations • Invitations • Jewelry Stores • Limousines • Linen Rental • Music and Entertainment • Photo Booths • Photography • Projection Screens

• • • • • • • • • • • •

JUDY’S BRIDAL ALTERATIONS

Affordable Bridal Concepts

Grosse Pointe Bldg B 22725 Greater Mack Ave. Lower Level 303, St. Clair Shores 248-755-3634

• Florists • Headpieces

Black River Country Club

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

(See pg 55)

Cascade’s Catering & Banquet Center (See pg 15)

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

(See pg 65)

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

(See pg 72)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Firekeepers Casino/Hotel

Chemung Hills Golf & Banquet Center

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

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

(See pg 69)

Firekeepers Casino/Hotel

(See pg 63)

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

(See pg 67)

Whispering Pines Golf Club

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

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

(See pg 51)

Links of Novi

(See pg 72)

Crystal Gardens

Crystal Gardens

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

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

5768 E. Grand River, Howell www.cgliv.com 517-545-1000 I-94, Exit 104 11177 E. Michigan Ave., Battle Creek www.firekeeperscasino.com 877-FKC-8777

(See pg 57)

(See pg 57)

(See pg 58)

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 51)

Genitti’s Hole-in-the-Wall (See pg 73)

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

(See pg 69)

The Grecian Center

BANQUET FACILITIES ACC Banquet Hall Armenian Congregational Church

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

(See pg 61)

Chair Covers & Fully Decorated Hall with Centerpieces Included, 26210 W. 12 Mile Rd., Southfield www.ACCGD.org 248-722-9100 (See pg 65)

Hellenic Cultural Center

Alexander’s Premiere Banquet Facility

Holiday Inn Southgate Banquet & Conf. Center

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

(See pg 49)

(See pg 70)

Andiamo Warren Banquet & Conf. Center 7096 E. 14 Mile, Warren www.andiamo.com 586-268-3200

(See pg 60)

(See pg 55)

31525 W. Twelve Mile Rd., Farmington Hills www.hotelfarmingtonhills.com 248-553-0000

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

(See pg 1)

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

(See pg 62)

King’s Court Castle

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

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

Italian-American Hall

Black River Country Club

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

(See pg 68)

Hotel Farmington Hills

All Saints Banquet Hall

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

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

(See pg 65)

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

(See pg 1)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Lakeview Hills

BEAUTY/HEALTH

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

(See pg 55)

Light House Park - Faulkner’s Catering Fort Gratiot Lighthouse 810-984-5426

(See pg 53)

Links of Novi

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

(See pg 63)

Maniaci’s Banquet Center

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

(See pg 70)

Quality Inn & Suites

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

(See pg 59)

St. George Cultural Center

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

(See pg 68)

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

(See pg 71)

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

(See pg 53)

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

(See pg 67)

www.onetrainingstudio.com 888-309-5311

(See Inside Back Cover)

Whispering Pines Golf Club

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

(See pg 73)

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 STARTING ON PAGE 74

(See pg 14)

BRIDAL SHOWERS ACC Banquet Hall Armenian Congregational Church 28 Years Experience 26210 W. 12 Mile Rd., Southfield 248-722-9100

(See pg 65)

Alexander’s Premiere Banquet Facility 1195 Gratiot, Marysville www.ShowMeAlexanders.com 810-364-6650

(See pg 49)

All Saints Banquet Hall

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

(See pg 70)

Black River Country Club

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

(See pg 55)

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

(See pg 65)

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

(See pg 72)

Courtyard by Marriott

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

Wayne Tree Manor

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

One Training

(See pg 47)

Firekeepers Casino/Hotel

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

(See pg 58)

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 51)

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

(See pg 69)

The Grecian Center

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

(See pg 61)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Hellenic Cultural Center

Whispering Pines Golf Club

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

(See pg 68)

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

Holiday Inn Southgate Banquet & Conf. Center

Woodshire Place Banquet Facility

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

(See pg 73)

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

Hotel Farmington Hills

31525 W. Twelve Mile Rd., Farmington Hills www.hotelfarmingtonhills.com 248-553-0000

BRIDAL FITNESS/ BOOTCAMP

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

(See Beauty/Health) (See pg 1)

BRIDAL SHOWS

Italian-American Hall

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

(See pg 82-85) (See pg 62)

King’s Court Castle

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

(See pg 1)

Lakeview Hills

(See pg 55)

Links of Novi

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

(See pg 63)

Maniaci’s Banquet Center

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

(See pg 70)

Quality Inn & Suites

1225 N. Dixie Hwy., Monroe www.choicehotels.com/hotel/mi389 734-242-6000 2326 N. Monroe, Monroe www.stgeorgeculturalcenter.com 734-243-2712

(See pg 59)

(See pg 68)

Stone Creek Banquet Center One McGuire St., Flat Rock

Sun, Jan 5, 2014 www.bridalworldshows.com 989-534-1135

(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 39)

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

(See pg 39)

CALLIGRAPHY Custom Creations & Invitations

(See pg 71)

Waldenwoods Banquet & Conference Center (See pg 67)

Wayne Tree Manor

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

Palace of Auburn Hills Dearborn Inn

Dunia Sweets

St. George Cultural Center

2975 Old US 23, Hartland www.waldenwoods.com 810-632-6401

Sun, Jan 19, 2014 Sun, Jan 26, 2014 www.cbride.com 586-532-9200

Lansing Bridal World

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

www.flatrockrec.org 734-379-1453

Bridal Celebrations

We’ll create something you love… at a price you can afford! www.customcreations-invitations.com 734-398-9795

(See pg 18)

CATERING Alexander’s Catering

(See Inside Back Cover)

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

(See pg 49)


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

(See pg 65)

Faulkner’s Catering

2525 24th St., Port Huron 810-984-5426

(See pg 52-53)

CUSTOM VEILS Alterations by Rozi

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

(See pg 15)

Italian-American Hall

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

(See pg 62)

Lakeview Hills

CUSTOM PROGRAMS/ SEATING CHARTS Custom Creations & Invitations

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

(See pg 55)

CHAIR COVERS

We’ll create something you love… at a price you can afford! www.customcreations-invitations.com 734-398-9795

(See pg 18)

Wed Ink

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

(Also See Linen Rental)

(See pg 19)

Golden Crown Party Rental

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

(See pg 52-53)

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

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

(See pg 37)

Gaddy’s Florist

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

(See pg 35)

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

DECORATING Gaddy’s Florist

248-542-2800 1-866-535-4636 (See pg 36)

(See pg 35)

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 33)

Roses are Red Events

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

(See pg 31)

Oceano Florist

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 (See pg 33)

DESTINATION WEDDINGS

(See Travel Agencies)

Roses are Red Events

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

(See pg 31)

CHOCOLATE FOUNTAINS

(See Specialty Chocolate)

DJ’S

(See Music & Entertainment)

ENGRAVING Showroom of Elegance

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

(See pg 17)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Wedding Engraver/Engraving Connection

Ring Engraving, Glass Etching, Attendants Gifts 1205 S. Main St, Plymouth www.weddingengraver.com 734-459-3180 (See pg 16)

(See pg 31)

FAVORS

31525 W. Twelve Mile Rd., Farmington Hills www.hotelfarmingtonhills.com 248-553-0000

Lakeview Hills (See pg 23)

FLORISTS

6560 E. Peck Road, Lexington www.lakeviewhills.com 810-359-7333 1225 N Dixie Highway, Monroe www.choicehotels.com/hotel/mi389 734-242-6000

(See pg 35)

Oceano Florist

Affordable Bridal Concepts

Roses are Red Events

Custom Creations & Invitations (See pg 31)

Grosse Pointe Bldg B 22725 Greater Mack Ave. Lower Level 303, St. Clair Shores 248-755-3634 We’ll create something you love… at a price you can afford! www.customcreations-invitations.com 734-398-9795

HEADPIECES

Elegant Invitations & Bridal

HONEYMOONS

Gaddy’s Florist - I Design Graphics

(See pg 21)

(See pg 18)

One Stop Shopping for all your Wedding Needs 416 North Main Street, Plymouth www.ElegantInvitationsPlymouth.com 734-455-8893 (See pg 19)

(See Accessories)

15827 W. Warren, Detroit www.gaddysflorist.com 248-982-9424 or 313-663-6699

Firekeepers Casino/Hotel

Gerard Tuxedo (See pg 3)

Sybaris Suites

www.Sybaris.com 888-805-7665

(See pg 59)

INVITATIONS

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 33)

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

(See pg 55)

Quality Inn & Suites

Gaddy’s Florist

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

(See pg 3)

Holiday Inn Southgate Banquet & Conference Center

Hotel Farmington Hills (See pg 73)

Vintner’s Canton Winery

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

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

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

Gilda’s Club Detroit

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

(See pg 47)

Firekeepers Casino/Hotel

Roses are Red Events

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

Courtyard by Marriott

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

EVENT PLANNERS/ COORDINATORS 33105 Kelly Road, Suite A, Fraser www.RosesAreRedEvents.com 586-859-8419

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

(See pg 48)

(See pg 35)

29457 Five Mile Rd., Livonia www.yourinvitationplace.com/gerardtuxedo 734-293-5293 (See pg 21)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Wed Ink

Discount Table Linen Rental

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

(See pg 19)

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

Gaddy’s Florist

JEWELRY STORES Dearborn Jewelers

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

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

39955 Grand River, Novi 248-442-2440

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

Leo’s Jewelry & Gifts

Oceano Florist

34900 Michigan Ave., Wayne 734-721-4311 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

(See pg 17)

(See pg 35)

Lyndsey’s Linen and Chair Covers, Inc.

Diamond Castle

Precision Watch & Ringsmith

(See pg 37)

248-542-2800 1-866-535-4636 (See pg 36)

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

(See pg 33)

Roses are Red Events

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

(See pg 31)

MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT

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

1-800-628-5779 (See page 27)

(See pg 42)

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

(See pg 41)

Piano Wars!

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

(See pg 45)

Superior Sounds DJs

Entertainment Express

(See pg 25)

Millennium Limousines, Inc.

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

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

(See pg 43)

PHOTO BOOTHS Adam’s Photo Booth

LINEN RENTAL

www.adamsphotobooth.com 248-249-3211

Golden Crown Party Rental

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

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

DJ Crashers

Prompt, Professional & Dependable Service

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

DJ and Music

(See pg 11)

DJ Crashers (See pg 52-53)

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

(See Inside Front Cover)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Strike a Pose

www.strikeaposephotobooth.com 313-550-2443

Black River Country Club (See pg 38)

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

Adam’s Photography

(See pg 11)

Blue Heron Photo

Serving Michigan and Beyond www.blueheronphoto.org 734-972-0293

(See pg 10)

Bravo Studios Photography

Photographed Beautifully! Brighton 810-225-6145 Dearborn 313-231-4000 www.bravostudiosphotography.com (See pg 8)

DJ Crashers

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

(See Inside Front Cover)

The Right Place…The Right Price 1025 E. Maple Rd., Suite B7, Birmingham www.lewisphotovideo.com 248-723-4241 (See pg 12)

Michigan Photo Imaging

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

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

(See pg 72)

Courtyard by Marriott

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

(See pg 47)

Firekeepers Casino/Hotel

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

(See pg 58)

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

(See pg 51)

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

(See pg 69)

Hellenic Cultural Center (See pg 7)

My Bridal Studio

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

(See pg 5)

Rawlinson Photography

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

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

(See pg 68)

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

Hotel Farmington Hills (See pg 9)

PROJECTION SCREENS DJ Crashers

(See Inside Front Cover)

REHEARSAL DINNERS Alexander’s Premiere Banquet Facility & Restaurant 1195 Gratiot, Marysville www.ShowMeAlexanders.com 810-364-6650

(See pg 65)

Chemung Hills Golf & Banquet Center

Fore Lakes Golf Club & Banquet Center

Lewis Portraits

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

(See pg 55)

Cascade’s Catering & Banquet Center

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

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

(See pg 49)

31525 W. Twelve Mile Rd., Farmington Hills www.hotelfarmingtonhills.com 248-553-0000

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

(See pg 1)

Italian-American Hall

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

(See pg 62)

King’s Court Castle

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

(See pg 1)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Lakeview Hills

TENTS

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

(See pg 55)

Links of Novi

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

(See pg 63)

Quality Inn & Suites

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

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

(See pg 52-53)

TRANSPORTATION Bozzo’s Limousine Service

(See pg 59)

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

Golden Crown Party Rental

The Best, Prompt, Professional & Dependable Service www.bozzoslimo.com 800-628-5779 or 734-753-5520 (See pg 27)

(See pg 71)

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

(See pg 67)

Wayne Tree Manor

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

(See Inside Back Cover)

248-478-3600

Whispering Pines Golf Club

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

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

(See pg 73)

www.LimoGiant.com

RENTAL ITEMS

TUXEDOS

Affordable Bridal Concepts

Affordable Bridal Concepts

Grosse Pointe Bldg B 22725 Greater Mack Ave. Lower Level 303, St. Clair Shores 248-755-3634

(See pg 21)

Golden Crown Party Rental

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

See BaCk Cover

Grosse Pointe Bldg B 22725 Greater Mack Ave. Lower Level 303, St. Clair Shores 248-755-3634

(See pg 21)

Brighton Tux Shop (See pg 52-53)

Elegant Invitations & Bridal

One Stop Shopping for all your Wedding Needs 416 North Main Street, Plymouth www.ElegantInvitationsPlymouth.com 734-455-8893 (See pg 19)

SPECIALTY CHOCOLATE

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

(See pg 20)

Gerard Tuxedo

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

(See pg 21)

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

(See pg 20)

Chocolate Fantasies

Turn an Average Event into a Chocolate Fantasy 313-292-7277 (See pg 22)

UNIQUE SERVICES Affordable Bridal Concepts

Grosse Pointe Bldg B 22725 Greater Mack Ave. Lower Level 303, St. Clair Shores 248-755-3634

(See pg 21)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Gilda’s Club Detroit

Signal Video Wedding Videography

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

(See pg 73)

One Training

www.onetrainingstudio.com 888-309-5311

(See pg 14)

www.signalvideo.com 248-798-3927

(See pg 13)

Superior Sounds DJs

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

(See pg 43)

Showroom of Elegance

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

(See pg 17)

Vintner’s Canton Winery

www.pbdetroit.com 734-464-1018

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

(See pg 23)

UPLIGHTING

8357 South Telegraph Rd., Taylor www.thelittleweddingchapel.com 313-292-3030 (See Inside Front Cover)

Event Entertainment

Serving all of Michigan www.eventlightingonline.com 734-272-9608

(See pg 38)

Gaddy’s Florist

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

(See pg 35)

Roses are Red Events

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

(See pg 31)

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

(See pg 61)

Hellenic Cultural Center

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

(See pg 68)

King’s Court Castle

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

(See pg 1)

Roses are Red Events

Bravo Studios Photography

Photographed Beautifully! Brighton 810-225-6145 Dearborn 313-231-4000 www.bravostudiosphotography.com (See pg 8)

DJ Crashers

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

(See pg 31)

WINE Vintner’s Canton Winery

(See Inside Front Cover)

Lewis Portraits

The Right Place…The Right Price 1025 E. Maple Rd., Suite B7, Birmingham www.lewisphotovideo.com 248-723-4241 (See pg 12)

My Bridal Studio

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

(See pg 46)

The Grecian Center

WEDDING CONSULTANTS

VIDEOGRAPHY

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

WEDDING CHAPELS The Little Wedding Chapel

DJ Crashers

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

WEBSITES Premier Bride

(See pg 5)

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

(See pg 23)


Rich Settings, Affordable Venue Wayne tree Manor Chapel & Banquet Center


Announcing the Grand Opening of the Wayne tree Manor Chapel

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


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