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IN EVERY ISSUE:

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Marriage Laws Bridal Attire Guide Spring Fashion Preview Jewelers Guide Reception & Rehearsal Dinner Guide Featured Wedding Bridal Shows Honeymoon & Destination Locations Directory of Services Premier Bride Planning Pages

Publishers CHRISTY TOLLIVER Art Director JENNIFER ERDMAN jennifererdman.com

Executive Producer SCOTT BROWN General Manager DEBRA SADOWSKI

Contributing Writers RACHELLE DRAGANI MICHELE A. HOLLAND Contributing Photographers LIAM HINDLEY artistgroup.net blackdog.pro lucyparkerphotography.com cameroningalls.com

Contributing Artists LIAM HINDLEY

Beauty Cakes Flowers Gowns Music & Entertainment 54 Photography 64 Reception

46 Registry 72 Rentals 73 Rehearsal Dinners 43 Transportation 48 Videography 91 Wedding Coordinators

Cover/Fashion Locations CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER GREENBRIER COUNTRY CLUB LEE HALL MANSION NORFOLK WATERSIDE MARRIOTT VIRGINIA BEACH OCEANFRONT THE WILLIMASBURG WINERY WINDSOR CASTLE PARK, SMITHFIELD Cover/Fashion Photography WILL KING WILL KING PHOTOGRAPHY www.willkingphotography.com Hair & Makeup:

KRISTINE MARIE MAKEUP ARTISTRY CHELSEA STYLES HAIR BY ALICE HAIR BY JEFF

FOR ADVERTISING OR INTERNET INFORMATION, WRITE OR CALL PREMIER BRIDE AT: CHRISTY TOLLIVER, PUBLISHER – CHRISTY@PREMIERBRIDE.COM – (757) 810-2212 COPYRIGHT©2012 iWed, Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction or use in any manner of editorial or graphic content herein without the express written permission of iWed, Inc. is strictly prohibited. All images created by Ross Whitaker are reprinted with permission from HarperCollins, 1997 “The Perfect Wedding”

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Letter from the Editor

This issue of Premier Bride of Hampton Roads and the Outer Banks is my “premier” issue as the new editor & publisher. I could not be more excited and grateful! One of my first goals was to localize the magazine a bit more… we incorporated articles from local professionals, added a featured local wedding and shot our Spring fashion preview all over Hampton Roads using local bridal salons’ products and local professionals’ services. In fact, my beautiful daughter modeled flower girl dresses at Lee Hall Mansion for us! I am so grateful for the opportunity to provide this beautiful and informative magazine to you. Being engaged and planning your wedding will prove to be a wonderful time in your life. Our advertisers are the best of the best in world of weddings. They are able to guide, advise and help you create the wedding of your dreams. Some of them are there to help you get settled as a couple…buy a home, create a budget and invest in your future. Becoming a part of Premier Bride has literally changed my life. Having spent many years selling venues and planning events, I know the hard work that the wedding community commits to each week. This position allows me the time to network with wonderful people, work from home and spend more time with my family. When I explained to my 7 year old daughter that I was going to be publishing a bridal magazine she went to her room and came back a little later

with a picture of a bride that she had drawn. She said, “Mommy this picture is for your magazine.” That picture meant so much to me that I had to include it for you to see. Everyone that was a part of creating this magazine is amazing at what they do and I truly appreciate each and every one of them. The support and love from my family, friends and colleagues has been overwhelming and humbling. I hope you enjoy the magazine and find it useful in your journey. Also, don’t forget to check out our website (www.premierbridehr.com) for even more helpful information, prizes, newsletters and much more! Much happiness,

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LawsMARRIAGE LAWS

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NORTH CAROLINA:

Legal age is 18, under 18 must provide written notarized consent from a parent or legal guardian. No blood test required. Both in party must apply in person. Know the complete full names of both parents, including mother’s maiden names. License is issued in the city where either the bride or groom reside. Valid immediately up to 60 days. $30 fee (cash only).

Legal age is 18, under 18 must provide written notarized consent from a parent or legal guardian. For applicants under 21 a birth certificate is required. No blood test is required Both in party can apply in person, or have a notarized document explaining why the other person is absent and a copy of his/her signature. The county may have an affidavit for you to fill out, sign and return, obtained from the register of deeds office in any county. In addition to ID bring your Social Security card or proof of Social Security number. Valid immediately up to 60 days. $50 fee (cash only).

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FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT YOUR INDIVIDUAL CITY OFFICES Please Note: State and county marriage license requirements often change. The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice. It is important that you verify all information before making any wedding or travel plans.

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

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Gowns

6 easY sTeps to the gown of your dreams

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

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GOWNS Have a trusting team. Invite along friends or family who will be honest yet accommodating with you. If a dress is unflattering, you want them to speak up, but don’t invite someone who wants to control how you’ll look on your day – the ultimate decision is yours, and you shouldn’t feel guilty about that. Keep an open mind. It’s helpful to have an idea of what you want, but don’t be afraid to wiggle outside your comfort zone. You might be pleasantly surprised with the results and make a statement walking down the aisle! Get treated right. Make sure your service is top-notch. Your dress is one of the most important and memorable parts of one of the biggest days of your life, so you should be taken care of like a queen. You need to be able to trust a consultant to take care of every aspect of you dress-buying experience. Make sure they address how they’ll deal with alterations and other practical matters. Also, be mindful they’re not slacking but are truly showing you all your options while staying within your price range. Your happiness should be their top priority. If you don’t feel comfortable, do NOT be afraid to ask for a different representative or go somewhere else. Start basic. Do some basic research like online searches, or thinking of friend and family’s dresses you loved, and try to have an idea in your head of what you want so it’s easier to narrow you search. Even then, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with your options. If you don’t know where to start, bridal magazines and 8 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com

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


GOWNS color, perhaps the same color as your bridesmaids or flowers. Throw it on after the ceremony for a different reception look. Black and red are two popular colors for a bold yet classic accent. LEGS! Short dresses have always been fun for a switch into a more casual reception dress, but they’re gaining popularity down the aisle, especially for summer or outdoor weddings. They show off your legs or a great shoe, and come as light-hearted or couture as you like. Project Runway’s Carol Hannah has some flirty, affordable frocks. No one will elegantly show off your curves more than Alfred Angelo’s ‘Little White Dress’ collection, while Oscar de la Renta has whipped up a more show-stopping number with full skirts ballooning out from a simple, strapless top. For teelength, princess options, try a whimsical dress from Rosa Clara. STRAPLESS’S NEW RIVAL. The one shoulder option is now second to strapless, which means the once edgy look now has classic and elegant options. A decorative bow, flower or design on the shoulder strap energizes the look, like this Jenny Packham dress. For a less dramatic design, try something like Imogen from Carolina Herrera’s 2011 bridal line, with a simple tulle cap sleeve that gently stems from an easily sloping neckline. Also popular is a folded, asymmetrical

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look, like Oscar de la Renta shows. (Asymmetrical hemlines are also very in!) COVER UP. Sleeves are back, but don’t worry – designers haven’t relapsed to the heavily padded shoulders and toobeaded sleeves of our mothers. Monique Lhuillier’s Addie is a perfect example of tight, sheer sleeves extending from a sleek v-neck to truly shape a slender arm on any body type. For an updated Grace Kelly look, intricate lace sleeves that don’t remind you of doilies are beautiful from designers like Kelima. Cap sleeves are also popular, especially a thin or lacy detachable type for a different look between ceremony and reception. Also popular is a lace overlay to the neckline, an elegant way to show just enough skin. Claire Pettibone has lots to offer with both designs. TRIMS. Trims as accents are becoming the perfect way to make a simple gown dazzle. Melissa Sweet, ReemAcra, RomonaKeveza and Anthropologie scattered ruffles, tiny butterflies or even feathers down the dress to add personality to a classic design. BACK IS THE NEW BLACK. After all, it’s a long way down the aisle, and throughout the ceremony and first dance that’s what your guests will see. Silky, knotted backs the Eslava or Enfasis from Rosa Clara eliven the gown and let a strong, beautiful back poke through.

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

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BEAUTY Makeup, hair, nails… every blushing bride wants these to be in top form on the big day. We’ve done the research, reflected, and compiled our best tips to help you look completely fabulous for your wedding day! WHAT TO DO Now is a great time to focus on healthy, glowing skin. If you’re concerned about the health and appearance of your skin, then consider a visit to a dermatologist (for bigger problems) or an aesthetician (for minor issues.) Depending on the severity of your skin problems, start six to 12 months before your wedding day so you have time to treat, heal and achieve good results. After proper analysis and treatment, professionals can assist you in

selecting skin care products that will enable you to maintain treatments in the privacy and convenience of your own home. Facials are a must for all skin types. Facial treatments use deep cleansing, masks and exfoliation to penetrate deep into the skin, killing blemishcausing bacteria, rebalancing the skin hormonal system and stimulating circulation. Regular treatment results in refined pores, smoother facial lines, healed blemishes and a more radiant complexion. When choosing your hairstyle consider your gown, the level of formality of your wedding, your personal style, your hair and your face shape. Generally speaking, the more elaborate the gown, the simpler your hair should be, or it all www.premierbride.com PREMIER BRIDE • 13


BEAUTY simply becomes “too much of a good thing.” Strapless gowns show off their dramatic neckline with up-dos, but this isn’t a rule set in stone. Work with your hair stylist four to six weeks before the wedding to find the right style for you – and bring a photo of your gown with you! Whether you use a pro for your makeup, have a friend do it or do it yourself, do a trial run before the wedding. In addition to looking in the mirror and getting feedback from close friends and/or family, take photos and evaluate those. Do you like what you see? Do you want to make any changes? Now is the time to practice – not the day of your wedding! Keep it on throughout the day and see how it lasts. How does it look two, five or eight hours later? It is easy enough to touch up?

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Regular manicures in the one or two months before your wedding day will get your nails in perfect shape. You can probably avoid using acrylic nails this way, and enjoy the beauty of your own strong, healthy nails. Have your eyebrows professionally shaped at least two weeks before the wedding. If you’ve never done this before, you’ll be amazed at how different you look with well groomed brows! Some people may experience a red, rash-like reaction, so doing this early enough gives you time to recover if that happens to you. You will probably need to freshen them up a day or two before the wedding with a tweezers. If you use a professional for your makeup, be sure to have the same colors available to take with you for touch-ups during the day. Do use waterproof mascara and eye makeup, just in case you shed a tear or two… And use primers underneath your foundation, lipstick and eye shadow, so that your makeup lasts longer. You want your makeup to last! To take care of the skin and make your whole body beautiful, try a body wrap and waxing. Body wraps detoxify and soften the skin using minerals or other natural substances to help to heal acne problems on the back and chest. Body wraps may include a full body massage to encourage circulation, toning and relaxation. Body waxing is one of smoothest and longest lasting forms of hair removal. Your legs will be smooth and free of razor stubble and, you can even try bikini waxing to get rid of hair on a longer-term basis.


BEAUTY WHAT NOT TO DO Don’t alter your style too dramatically for your wedding day look. You want to look like yourself, your best self, and “polished” enough to honor the fact that this is a very special occasion. Avoid really trendy looks in makeup, nail color and hairstyle. 10 to 20 years from now, these styles will glaringly stand out and look distractingly outdated. One bride who wore a dark trendy color on her nails said she cringes now every time she sees her wedding photos, and wishes she went with a classic, neutral color. If you’re considering any drastic hair changes, do it a couple months before the wedding. This way, if you don’t like it, you have plenty of time

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to make changes. If you do like it, just maintain it! Don’t go too light with your makeup, or you’ll look pale and washed out, especially in photos. Don’t go too dark, or it will be distracting and overpowering. Experiment and practice before the wedding to find the right balance. Avoid facials for two or three days before your wedding, in case it causes any kind of undesirable reaction. Don’t overdo the blush. You’ll be emotional, happy, nervous, busy and showing off your groovy moves on the dance floor… So there’s a good chance you’ll have some natural color of your own, and combined with too much blush you could look too red. OUR FINAL, AND BEST, ADVICE DO strongly consider using beauty professionals for your wedding day hair, makeup and nails. This is one simple way to shorten the list of wedding-day worries! A true makeup artist will know trade secrets not only for fashioning a longer-lasting look, but also for accentuating your features. They will also provide you with great information, advice and tips that will last a lifetime – a beauty investment. A great hair stylist can help you create a look that complements your facial features, headpiece and veil, and do it in a way designed to hold through the last dance. When you go pro, the end result is a relaxed, picture-perfect bride. Finally, don’t forget your most beautiful accessory: your radiant, love-filled smile.

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Flowers

BRIdaL BLooMs: design a beautiful wedding with flowers

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

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FLOWERS Deciding on flower arrangements may take considerable time and imagination on your part. Guidance and suggestions from your florist will smooth the process for you, so it is recommended to book your florist a year in advance if possible. Try to make your final selections 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

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


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

petals scattered around flickering candles. Use your imagination to design one-of-a-kind centerpieces that express your style. Keep in mind that the height of the arrangements should not interfere with the ability of guests to converse with each other. They should either be low enough to talk over or high enough to talk under. Placing the wedding party’s bouquets at equal intervals at the head table also provides excellent decoration. Running greenery laced with flowers across the length of the head table is another option. You might consider using this decoration for the cake table as well. If your budget allows, consider adding a few finishing touches here and there, such as flower petals on serving trays, or garlands along the front of the buffet tables. You can also fill in a large room www.premierbride.com PREMIER BRIDE • 21


FLOWERS 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. Fall: Celosia (cockscomb) Chinese lantern, chrysanthemum, crosnia, dahlia, statice, yarrow (in California, most 22 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com

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.

linen – which has come a long way since the gunny sack look. Or, recycle! Use your Mom’s wedding dress, or find a vintage dress in specialty stores or on eBay.

THE LOCALE Choosing a location that’s close to where most of your guests live is an obvious, simple but effective way to limit unnecessary transportation, as is having the ceremony and reception in the same place. Choose a location already dedicated to sustainability, such as parks, protected areas or museums. THE FOOD Serve local, organic, seasonal cuisine, and ask your caterer about locally raised, organic meats and wild caught fish versus farmed. Before the wedding, research places to donate any leftover food, such as homeless shelters or soup kitchens. THE PAPER Save trees by going high-tech: use a website to list directions, maps, accommodations and other details, and use email whenever possible. For the paper you do use, stick with 100% recycled and renewable cotton paper, and vegetable or soy inks, which use less energy to produce than petroleumbased inks. THE ATTIRE Just say “NO!” to attire made in sweatshops and petroleum-based fabrics. Seek out wedding attire made with natural fabrics such as 100% silk or organically grown cotton, and hemp

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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Chelsea Styles LOCATION:

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Will King Photography MAKEUP ARTIST:

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PHOTOGRAPHER:

Will King Photography MAKEUP ARTIST:

KristineMarie Makeup Artistry HAIRSTYLIST:

Chelsea Styles LOCATION:

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KristineMarie Makeup Artistry HAIRSTYLIST:

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Transportation

Wedding Day transportation

FIRST: HOW MANY? First decide how many you’re moving. Do you want just the bride and groom in a vehicle, or is the entire wedding party heading to the reception together? What about their spouses or dates? Once you make those decisions, you can start searching around for transport based on size. Whatever you decide on, keep safety in mind for when revelers are bouncing from place to place. LIMOS A limo can be booked for a day, so you could get a ride to pick you up at the house and deliver you to the ceremony and reception. Most companies have a minimum for their services, so think about the most cost-effective way to go if you want something for before and after the reception. Many options exist for limos. A formal seats four, but a stretch can seat as many as 10. For larger parties, sport utility models like the Hummer and Explorer are popular and flashy. Larger models are often posh, with decorative interiors.

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

CATCH THE COACH For larger parties, a party bus or luxury coach is a great way to travel. It’s got all the amenities of a luxury limousine, but they’ll seat up to 10 people comfortably. Or, for bigger parties, a passenger coach or party bus can seat 21-49 people. 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. TAKING THE TROLLEY A picturesque alternative is a trolley. They’ll generally accommodate between 20 and 35 people, so it’s great for larger parties. With their old world charm, they’ll send a lovely, elegant touch to www.premierbride.com PREMIER BRIDE • 43


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TRANSPORTATION this wedding day detail. Since most have outdoor decks, these are especially fun if small towns so you can take a peek outside and watch onlookers wave at newlyweds. UNIQUE ALTERNATIVES 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. Vintage cars are also great photo ops. An antique Rolls Royce or a ’69 Mustang are chic. Ride in style like the royal couple did 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. DOWN TO DETAILS Make sure to confirm booking well in advance of your wedding dates. And don’t be afraid to ask for a test drive! Look for these in a written contract: • Name and contact information for you and the company • Date, time and address of all pick-up and drop-off locations • Type and number of vehicles rented, and amenities supplied with each • Exact hours of vehicle rental • Total cost, including gas, mileage, tip and overtime fees • Deposit amount, balance, due date and cancellation policy

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Registry

THE NUTS AND BOLTS of gift registries

If registering for gifts is on your current to-do list, then read on for all the nuts & bolts – so should we say cups & bowls – of gift registries.

WHEN SHOULD WE START? Start four to six months before the wedding so that you’re ready for any engagement parties, showers or eager guests. You don’t have to do it all at once – you can always edit your selections or add more later. HOW DO WE REGISTER? Start out by considering your tastes and needs as a couple, and select two to four stores that feel right. Ideally, visit at least one store in person to make some of your selections, while the rest you may wish to do online for convenience. Most full-service stores offer free assistance from registry specialists, so take advantage of this helpful service. For any non-computer savvy guests, make sure that the option to purchase gifts in person is available, ideally at a store that is popular nationwide. WHAT DO WE REGISTER FOR? Consider what you have already as a couple, and think about what you need as you start your life together. In addition to housewares, you may also want to think about any hobbies you each have, as well as any special desires such as honeymoon travel or saving for a house. No matter where you choose to register, be sure to include gifts in all price ranges, to accommodate all budgets. 46 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com

COMMUNICATING THE NEWS How do you let all the guests know where you are registered? The simple answer is, word of mouth, through the bride and groom, their families and the wedding party. While it appropriate for the shower hostess(es) to include the information on their shower invites as well, it is NOT appropriate to include the information with your wedding invites. THANK YOU NOTES Your guests have been kind enough to send you a lovely gift, so be sure to show your appreciation, and send that thank you note promptly! For gifts received before the wedding, send the note out within two weeks at the most, and for gifts received at the wedding, within four weeks. Make sure your thank you notes are personal, handwritten and timely. AFTER THE WEDDING Most stores will keep your gift registry for at least a year after your wedding date, and they’ll often offer a discount to you for items still on your list. This is a great opportunity to see what items you still want and/or need, and perhaps use some of your wedding gift cards or gifts of cash to acquire these. For more information, great ideas and registry links, visit the Registries section of premierbride.com.

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Videography

THE JOY OF VIDEO: preserve your wedding day in living, moving color

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

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

another 35 to 50 hours editing your wedding video, adding graphics and music, and other special effects. For all of the professional equipment, experience, and time you should expect to budget an amount similar to your photography budget. The one comment you will hear from brides and grooms after their wedding, is: “It went so FAST!” A wedding video will transport you back to that special day with outstanding visuals and terrific audio, and even let you catch special moments you would never have seen otherwise. Ask your videographer about showing photo to video montages, rush editing of wedding day highlights, or “Love Story” videos at your reception. Or, create your own customized video display. Music is an important component of these videos. Discuss whether you or you videographer will handle the music. Projectors for these shows are recommended and may be available through the videographer. These upgradeable services are growing in popularity and would add the perfect final touch to your wedding and reception celebration. Your guests will be entertained by these touching and, sometimes, funny slow motion and still images. CHOOSING YOUR VIDEOGRAPHER Watch a videographer’s sample video closely to ensure that it meets your expectations for techniques and quality. Such a sample should allow you to appraise the clarity and stability of the picture and, above all, the videographer’s ability to smoothly edit the material together. This is one of the hallmarks of the experienced

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

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

• Is the picture clear and consistently in focus? Jumpy? Blurry? 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...

• Can you hear the bride, groom, officiant and readers clearly? • Is the audio muffled or difficult to hear anywhere in the video? • Are the music selections and volume appropriate? • Is there too much ambient crowd noise? • Can you hear the toasts clearly at the reception?

Evaluate the overall effect... • • • •

How long does the video last? Does it keep you entertained? Do you feel emotion? Does it look professionally done?

BUDGET TIP If your budget doesn’t allow for much now, invest in a good quality videographer and their bare-bones package, and you can always go back later to have extra elements added, such as a video montage or highlights tape. You’ll never be able to recreate your wedding day so make sure you get high quality footage to work with the first time.

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Photo

A picture perfect Day

There is simply no better way to capture and preserve these memories than with a collection of beautiful photographs that not only document the day and its events, but also embody the emotions and spirit of your wedding. Quite frankly, this is simply not a component of your wedding planning to treat lightly! Invest the time, attention and budget necessary to ensure that your wedding memories will be preserved for the future. WHAT’S YOUR STYLE? Start by determining which style of wedding photography is right for you and your fiancé. Here are brief descriptions of the three main styles: Formal or traditional This style produces color, posed portraits of you and your groom, your wedding party, and your families, along with all of the traditional wedding moments such as the cake cutting and bouquet/garter toss.

It may be hard to imagine now, but after many months of hard work and detailed planning, your wedding day will suddenly arrive… and zooooom! The hours will fly by in a blur of beautiful, moving, memorable moments. And after the cake has been eaten, the dress has been carefully put away, and the gifts have been opened – you and your new spouse will be left with the most precious gift of all: memories of your special day. 4 54 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com

Photojournalistic This style is a popular trend in wedding photography, and it means your photographer will be shooting your wedding as if it’s a news event, capturing hundreds of candid moments on film. These photographers tend to use more black & white film, for a classic, timeless and emotional effect. Artistic Artistic photographers use a variety of special effects to create a dramatic, one-of-a-kind piece of art. Effects could include double exposures, hand tinting, special borders and much more. Most photographers offer a blend of two or more styles, but tend to specialize in, and focus on, just one. If you like the


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

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

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PHOTOGRAPHY list of potential photographers that specialize in the style you desire, based on their work and your budget, and set up an in-person or phone consultation with them. Your goal at this consultation is to evaluate three main areas: Do you like their work? Be sure to see complete wedding albums along with individual photos, to get the best idea of the end product you can expect to receive. Also, be very sure that you know exactly WHO will be shooting YOUR wedding – and view their work, as some larger studios have more than one photographer. Do your personalities mesh? Of all your wedding vendors, the photographer is the one vendor with whom you will spend a good deal of time on your wedding day. You want to feel 58 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com

comfortable with this person! Even if he or she is a great photographer, if your personalities just don’t ‘click’ – you may want to keep looking. Do they fit your budget? It’s so critical to have a budget amount in mind before looking for a photographer, so that you can feel confident that the one you’ve decided on, and love, also meets your financial requirements. THE DIFFERENT PARTS OF A PHOTOGRAPHY PACKAGE As you’re selecting your photographer, it may help to be aware of the various elements generally included in wedding photography packages. Most photographers also offer these elements ‘a la carte,’ or can create a custom package that specifically meets your needs – so be sure to ask.


PHOTOGRAPHY Bride & Groom’s Album There are a wide variety of wedding albums available today, and they vary in size, color, material, construction and price. When comparing different photographers’ bride & groom albums, be sure you’re noting the quantity of photos and in what sizes, to make sure you’re comparing “apples to apples.” Parents’ albums The parents’ albums are smaller versions of the bride & groom album, and have traditionally included about twenty 5x7 photographs. Photos should be carefully selected for each family, to create two (or more) custom family albums. Extra prints You will probably want to order extra photographs in addition to the main album

and parents’ albums, for yourself or your parents to have some framed portraits at home, for members of the wedding party, and for other close friends and family members. Don’t underestimate how many prints you will want after the wedding, as this will definitely impact your budget. Proofs Ask your photographer how many proofs you will get, and in what format. They may be provided as small photos, in digital format, on the Internet, or on contact sheets. Engagement photograph This is a posed portrait of the newly engaged couple, which can be sent to newspapers with information announcing your engagement. You may also choose to put a framed engagement photo by the guest book at your reception.

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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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Reception

What you need to know before booking your reception site

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

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Located in downtown Smithfield, this brand new riverside park features over four miles of walking trails, orchard, picnic area, kayak/canoe launch, fishing pier and Windsor Castle Historic Site.

The Smithfield Center and Windsor Castle Park offer all the amenities you expect from a premier conference center and outdoor venue, but with all the charm of Smithfield, the quintessential small southern town. • Multi-purpose spaces for groups of 6 to 600 • Advanced technical capabilities • A naturally beautiful setting on the Pagan River • Free historic attractions, specialty shops and art galleries all within easy walking distance

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Arrangements for both venues can be made through The Smithfield Center, 220 N. Church Street Smithfield, (757) 356-9939

RECEPTION Step 1: What to do first The biggest question regarding the reception is “where?” Before you can work on this question, however, you’ll need to know a couple of things: what style of wedding do you envision, and how big? Obviously, a casual, relaxed summer afternoon reception would require a completely different reception site than a formal, elegant winter evening reception – so clarify the type of wedding (and the time of year) you both desire first. Once that’s been established, determine the rough guest list, including all interested parties: you and your groom, and each set of parents. Of course, you’ll also need to consider your budget as well, as this will have great influence on the number of guests you can afford to have. Once you’ve 66 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com

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


RECEPTION There are two basic types of reception facilities: on-site and off-site. Most on-site locations provide the majority of services you will need for your reception: catering, beverages, tables, chairs, tableware, linens and serving staff, making this a very convenient option. The facilities normally charge on a per person basis, and have a minimum guest requirement. Such locations include hotels, private clubs and restaurants. Off-site locations offer the use of the facility only, providing no other services. You supply nearly everything yourself, paying a flat fee for the use of the site. The nice thing about off-site locations is the freedom to do everything your own way, and more choices – although this can also mean more work! Narrow down your search by focusing on those sites that seem to best meet

your needs, depending on your style, season and estimated guest count. Once you’ve selected some possibilities, it’s time to go on a road trip with your fiancé, maid of honor and/or Mom and check out the sites in person. Step 3: Evaluating reception sites Now the real work begins. Every site offers advantages and disadvantages, and your job is to sift through all of the features of each site, to find the best one for your wedding – all while keeping your budget in mind. Here are some factors to consider: Location. The reception site should be no more than a 30-minute drive away from the ceremony location. A longer drive than that is really asking too much of your guests! If the location is difficult to find, or will offer

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RECEPTION special challenges to get there (say, located near a football stadium that has a home game on your wedding day) you should consider providing transportation for your guests from the ceremony site, and back to their cars after the reception. Size and layout. Will everything happen in one big room, or in separate rooms for the cocktail hour, dinner, dancing? Will it comfortably hold the number of tables you’ll need, and will everyone dine in the same room? Is there room for a band or DJ, and for cocktail hour musicians, if you’re having them? Privacy. If your venue does multiple events, find out if there are other bookings on the same day or time as yours. If so, ensure that there will be adequate privacy and separation for

your celebration. There should also be ample time in between events to allow your caterer or other service people to set up or break down your party. Parking. Make sure there is convenient, well-lighted, ample parking for your guests, and if not, find out if valet service is available. Technical details. Whether you intend to have a DJ or a band, inquire about possible restrictions regarding the type, volume or duration of music. Be sure to confirm that there is an adequate power supply for speakers, mixers and amplifiers, or good acoustics for string and wind instruments. Some sites have built-in public-address systems which can be used for introductions and toasts. If your site of choice doesn’t offer this equipment, make sure your DJ or musicians can provide it. www.premierbride.com PREMIER BRIDE • 69


RECEPTION Room décor. Most sites offer a neutral background to work with, but make sure the flooring, wall coverings and colors will work with the style and season of your wedding. Services offered. Be clear, with each site visited, exactly what is and is not included. From catering and wait staff, to candles and chairs… get those details up front. A note about outdoor receptions If you’re planning an outdoor reception, it’s critical to have a backup plan in case of inclement weather. Planning for an outdoor reception is usually much more work overall, because you have to provide for everything from the salad forks to the tents to the chairs, and you may need to change plans at the last minute due to the weather! For these reasons, it’s highly recommended that you use an experienced wedding coordinator if you want an outdoor reception – this will ease your workload, and your stress, immensely. Down to details As with any wedding vendor, make sure that all details are outlined in writing, and use a credit card whenever possible when making payments so that you have more protection in the unlikely event of a problem. You should feel very comfortable with your contact person, and feel that they respond in a timely and efficient manner to your questions and requests. Visit premierbride.com’s online wedding planner for a comprehensive list of questions to ask potential reception sites, and other great wedding planning help. 70 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com

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Since your invitation sets the tone for your ceremony and reception, count on a professional stationer to help you select just the right paper, style and wording and to help you determine your style. When addressing envelopes by hand, it’s customary to use blue, blue-black, black or charcoal-gray ink. But for a truly special touch to complete the invitation, consider having your envelopes professionally addressed by a calligrapher, using either hand or computer-aided fountain pen calligraphy. Professional envelope addressing ensures that your invitations reach your guests promptly. Computer-aided calligraphy also saves time and money since there is a quicker turn-around on addressing and very few wasted envelopes. Calligraphy makes a beautiful presentation and can be used to “dress up” and personalize an otherwise plain invitation. Coordinated inks can complement wedding party colors or the season. To use the services of computeraided calligraphy, simply provide your guest list on an IBM text formatted disk in mailing list order. Your envelope professional will work from this disk. To determine how many invitations to order, count each couple, each single guest, each attendant, parents, family and clergy. Order a few extra invitations and envelopes to handle surprises. Be certain to pre-stamp reply cards, and weigh the complete invitation to ensure correct postage.

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PARTY RENTALS every last detail

Depending on where you choose to hold your reception, you may find yourself in need of certain items not provided by your reception facility. The term “party rentals” covers a variety of rental items, including linens, chair covers, tables and chairs, tents, dance floors, fountains, plants, props and theme decorations. If you are holding your reception in a hotel, most of the items listed above may be included in the overall cost. The need for various rental items increases when the event is held outdoors or at an event facility where you are required to provide your own caterer. Before contacting a rental company it is recommended that you have the following information available: • Exactly what items are provided by the caterer: glass, flatware, china, buffet linens, and so on. 72 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com

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

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REHEARSAL DINNER time to get acquainted

While it’s certainly not a necessity, the rehearsal dinner can be a great way to begin your wedding festivities, allowing everyone to get acquainted. The rehearsal dinner is traditionally hosted by the groom’s parents, who should invite the immediate family of the bride and groom, the clergy-person and his or her spouse or special guest and the complete wedding party and their spouses or guests. If there are friends from out of town who have already arrived, they should also be invited to join the party. Since this will probably be the first time many of your guests will meet, it can be helpful to include place cards. “Betty’s Aunt Milly,” or “Maid of Honor, Barbara Jones,” can help break the ice. Plan your seating so that your guests will enjoy the

company of those with whom they are seated while also meeting new people. The bridal couple and their immediate families generally sit together at the front or focal table. The wedding party can be seated with the bridal couple and their families, or seated amongst your other family members and special guests. The rehearsal dinner is traditionally the time for the groom’s father to make his formal toast to the couple. It’s also an excellent time for the couple to give their attendants their gifts, especially gifts that are during the wedding ceremony. The rehearsal dinner is a joyous, relaxed time for friends and families to meet, get to know one another and enjoy each other’s company. So whether it’s simple or elaborate, it’s a lovely gesture and makes a great beginning.

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celebrate. relax. enjoy. Church Point Manor Historic Bed & Breakfast, a sumptuously restored 1860’s farmhouse, boasts an enchanting venue quintessential for your refined & stylish wedding. Tucked in the heart of the affluent Church Point neighborhood in Virginia Beach, the property is home to an idyllic front lawn, wrap-around-porch, veranda, pool, tennis court, and a meandering path to a private dock on Lynnhaven Inlet. Furnished with elegant European and American art & antiques, the manor bestows twelve guest rooms, a piano room, tea room, formal dining room, kitchen, breakfast nook, and floor-to-ceiling windowed Solarium. Stroll past our chef’s garden and down into The Cellars, our fine dining restaurant and delight your senses with our local menu and fine wine selections. Repose and unwind on your sojourn here or play and rollick on the Chesapeake Beach, only one mile from our doorsteps. Beguiling, intimate & private, Church Point Manor is the felicitous setting for your wedding celebration. Visit us online at www.churchpointmanor.com or call us at 757.460.2657

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THE CANDIES TABLE

a new and different twist to satisfy every guest’s sweet tooth Sure, the wedding cake is a tried and true part of weddings since before any of us can remember. But why give your guests one measly piece of cake when you could let them indulge in a buffet full of candy? A candy table is the latest trend in wedding desserts, and it’s not difficult to figure out why. It can be as casual or upscale as you like, it’s the perfect accent to any reception venue, it’s fun and personal, and most importantly it will leave your guests enchanted and sweetly sated. Here’s how to make your candy buffet the talk of the town. Choose Your Sweets Remember candies and sweets come in every shape, size and delectability, so take your guests, venue and design into account, then choose your treats accordingly. For an outdoor, casual wedding full of light and color, you might want to go for a rainbow of whimsical variety with bright rock candy, every hue of jelly bean, gummies, silly-shaped chocolates, lollipops, gumballs, striped candy canes and a chocolate fountain with marshmallows and fruit. An indoor, more upscale formal event could call for candies such as toffees, exquisite varieties of chocolate bars, biscotti cookies, decorative chocolatecovered pretzels and strawberries, macaroons, pastry puffs and sugar or yogurt coated nuts and raisins. Design 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. Another fun idea is to put two or three different candy containers at each individual table as centerpieces so guests can mix and match as they mingle between tables. Like Kids in Candy Stores! Once you’ve decided on your sweets and display, get ready to let sweet teeth run wild. Prepare fun dessert plates, plastic bags, or oversized wine glasses where guests can collect their treats. Make sure every separate serving dish has a decorative scooper so fingers don’t dirty the delights, then step back and let the inner child in all your guests pick and choose from the tasty array. As guests are leaving, give them an artsy, monogrammed bag and ask them to peruse the buffet again for an edible wedding favor.

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Your vows are meant to last a lifetime...

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BEAUTIFUL IDEAS BY THE SEASON making even the dreariest days beautiful

Most people think of sunshine when they picture a wedding day, but not every day fits that mold. Luckily, something as joyful as a wedding can be sunny even on the dreariest of days. As long as you take advantage of what your season has to offer, all four can provide beautiful accents to your big day. Spring weddings are always popular, in part because of the parallels between new life blooming in the gardens and the new life of a married couple. Using flower bulbs instead of full-grown flowers also add to that feeling. For a spring-themed centerpiece that doubles as a favor, have multiple small, pastelcolored vases and encourage your guests to bring one home. Seeds and tiny monogrammed flowerpots are also a fun favor! You could also try bringing a little Easter to your reception by having lilies as centerpieces or hiding wedding favors, especially if there will be children present. For summer weddings, try a slightly more informal approach to your meal by offering the spread in picnic baskets or garden-party style! Mini picnic baskets or personalized blankets could then be given as a favor. Also, if you want to use bright, bold colors in your flowers or decorations, summer is the best time to do it. A fall wedding has a more rustic feeling to it. Warm reds, oranges and yellows are best for decorations, and don’t be afraid to ditch some of the flowers for tasteful wheat stalks or gourds among the arrangements. A fun favor could be making homemade cider

or jams with your initials on the jar for your guests to enjoy. Many couples shy away from winter weddings, but it can actually be one of the most intimate seasons for a wedding because it provides such respite from the bitter cold. Deep

purples, forest greens and ruby reds are perfect to set a cozy tone, while icy blues and silver show off winter’s sparkle. Cinnamon-scented pinecones with some holly or giant poinsettias make tasteful centerpieces. Instead of bubbling champagne for the toast, why not embrace winter and raise a mug of hot chocolate or egg nog? It’s delicious and comforting in the cold. If there will be kids at the reception, set up a table to make their own sparkling snowflakes to sprinkle on tables as decoration or as a souvenir for the kids! As for their parents, send them home with coffee mugs, spiced tea, or wintry-scented candles. It doesn’t have to be 70 and sunny for the perfect wedding as long as you use Mother Nature to your advantage!

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FRIDAY OR SUNDAY saves you money

If cost is a factor in your wedding budget, consider planning your wedding for a Friday or Sunday. Choosing a day not in high demand can be less expensive and more relaxing, and there are other benefits as well:

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• On a Friday, you’ll probably have your wedding in the evening, which means that the ceremony is followed immediately by dinner. This means that you will avoid the extra cost and hassle of a one-to-two-hour interim reception or cocktail party. Having the ceremony and reception back to back may ensure more people at the church ceremony. • The rehearsal dinner could be easier and less costly for a restaurant if it was scheduled on a Thursday as opposed to a Friday night.

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Cake Flavor Tip If you decide on a basic tiered cake, use different flavors/fillings for each layer to appeal to more tastes.

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Cakes

YoUR WeddInG CaKe: a sweet ending to a special day

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

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

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tied together at the laces. Wedding cakes and desserts are one of the latest wedding designs to start challenging convention, so bakeries are always looking to keep up with the latest trends and really customize your dessert. So, if you have a sweet idea, find someone who can work with it. Book Early! Demand for customized and intricate wedding desserts mean bakeries fill up quick for wedding weekends. It’s safe to have something booked six months in advance, especially if you’re getting married during high season. But don’t worry – this doesn’t mean you have to know exactly what you want so far ahead of time. First, shop around in general for bakeries, and when you find one you think can satisfy your needs for taste, quantity, efficiency and personality, book a date. Then, you can really work with a pro to determine exactly what it is you want. So…how do I find the bakery? Trusting your gut is always sound advice, especially so when it comes to a food decision! Any dessert should be delicious, so your tasting is important. Make sure you sample all they have to offer that interests you. But since this isn’t an ordinary dessert you’re ordering, make sure you’re comfortable with the efficiency and professionalism of the bakery as well. They should return your calls and e-mails on time, be flexible with you and your needs, be willing to customize your dessert, be familiar with your reception venue and guarantee an on-time dessert, including of course set-up, delivery, and cleanup if necessary. You don’t want to be worrying about if your cake is going to show up on your big day. As with every


CAKES wedding decision you make, don’t be afraid to switch bakeries or make demands if you don’t feel comfortable with the service you’re receiving. And the cost… Cakes are typically priced by the slice, which is generally anywhere from $1.50 to $6.50 per slice, depending on the style, ingredients, size and decorating. Your reception site or caterer may also charge a plating fee as well, often $.50 to $1.50 per person, to cut and serve the cake. Ask about this, and if there is a plating charge see if it’s negotiable. Cutting the Cake. Most likely your baker will provide tips for you and your new spouse to accomplish the time-honored task of cutting the cake with ease. Plan ahead to have your cake knife and lifter engraved or decorated with ribbons or fresh flowers. Traditionally, the bride grasps the knife with her right hand and the groom covers her hand with his. Together, the couple glides the knife into the delicious masterpiece while flashbulbs pop.

Centerpiece cakes. Pull double duty and use a beautiful wedding cake as the centerpiece for each of your tables. Some ambitious newlyweds stop at each table to cut and serve their guests the cake, which is a beautiful idea, but depending on the timetable and the number of tables this won’t work for everyone. Cupcake Tower. Individual cupcakes are fun, the perfect serving size and allow for all kinds of decorating freedom you might not have with a traditional cake. Cupcake arrangements could be anything from a tower that resembles a traditional tiered cake to something more inventive such as mismatched layers of different colored cupcakes over decorated shelves.

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1 Year Later. Some bakeries offer ‘anniversary cakes’ as part of their bridal packages. Instead of having to freeze the top layer of your wedding cake (which doesn’t always freeze well, or taste that great a year later), the bakery will make you a fresh cake, often in the same style and flavor as your wedding cake, for your one-year anniversary. Cake, Shmake. Here are some tasty treats that may suit your wedding better than the traditional cake.

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CAKES Make-Your-Own-Sundae! Who doesn’t love an ice cream sundae? Think of every topping you can, and then some, then let your guests run wild. Perfect for an outdoor summer wedding or one with lots of children, your guests will be craving this at every wedding they attend after yours. The make-yourown theme can also be popular with the cupcakes, if you provide a few types of frostings and toppings. Candies Table. The newest trend in wedding desserts, an array of colorful candies is sure to make eyes pop and sweet teeth scream. Arrange glass containers such as antique jars, fishbowls or giant martini glasses of gummies, chocolates, licorice, jelly

beans, mints, toffees and more over an expansive table. Then, give guests a little (or huge!) plate or plastic bag and let them be a kid in a candy shop again. Pick treats that match your colors (often wrappers and candy colors can be custom ordered if they don’t match yours) or just let a rainbow of sweets entice the room. Late Night Coffee. This works best for small, upscale weddings with mostly adults as guests. Bring in a barista to whip up comforting lattes, cappuccinos and espressos to go with some rich coffee pastries such as biscotti or tiramisu.

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Officiant SELECTING

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

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THE BEST GIFT YOU CAN GET hiring a wedding coordinator

The best gift a bride and groom can give each other is a professional wedding coordinator. Today, planning a wedding is more complicated than ever. Most couples have high expectations for their special day, but are novices at planning such a big event. Besides handling all of the time consuming, stress inducing details, a wedding coordinator can help make the planning process an enjoyable experience. Wedding consultants essentially do everything you need so that you don’t have to worry about it. From planning a destination wedding, to handling pre-wedding plans, to coordinating the events on the wedding day, wedding consultants offer services

that include as much or as little as you need. In fact, a wedding consultant can even work with a couple from the day of their engagement right up until they board the airplane for their honeymoon. In the case of destination weddings, wedding consultants will even travel with the bride and groom to look at a destination beforehand. A wedding consultant can offer important advice on why a destination will or will not work and can work with vendors in the area to negotiate the best prices. However, in most cases, the couple will be responsible for paying for the airfare, food and accommodations for the wedding consultant on the exploratory visit and during the actual wedding. www.premierbride.com PREMIER BRIDE • 91


WEDDING COORDINATORS

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While many couples prefer to pick their own vendors, flower arrangements, cake design and location, wedding consultants can do this for you if you need them to. It is not unusual for wedding consultants to work with the bride to choose the colors of her wedding, the flower arrangements and even the wedding gown. On the other hand, wedding consultants are also good at just taking over the small details. In some cases they are only there to coordinate everything on the day of the wedding. If you do decide to choose a wedding consultant, then first and foremost remember that you must like the person you hire. While there are many good consultants in the business, finding one that can handle your temperament, special requests, family issues and overall personality is the real key to success. For example, if a bride is low-key and quiet, a loud, type A wedding consultant might cause more nerves than comfort. On the other hand, a bride who has a knack for multi-tasking might not understand a consultant who is the take it easy type, even if the job does get done correctly. Finding the Right Coordinator 1. Asking a trusted florist, photographer, or caterer is a good way to get started, however the best way to find a good planner is to ask another bride. 2. A professional coordinator should offer an introductory meeting free of charge. Meet with them to discuss your ideas and to see whether or not your comfortable with them.

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Creations By Tiffeny EvEnt Planning SPEcialiStS

www.creationsbytiffenyevents.com 757.292.7908 WEDDING COORDINATORS such as: Did the coordinator help you to achieve what you wanted for the wedding? Would you use him or her again? Did he/she listen to comments and concerns about the wedding, and were they addressed? Did the coordinator pay close attention to your wedding budget? 5. Check with the Association of Bridal Consultants (www.bridalassn.com) to see if the coordinator is a member. Working with a professional wedding consultant that is certified through ABC will prove to be invaluable. During the initial meeting try to figure out whether this is a person you can trust and whom you will feel comfortable working with. Other important notes: 1. Find out exactly how much the wedding coordinator charges. Some charge an hourly rate, while others bill a flat rate or percentage of the overall wedding budget.

2. A detailed contract should be signed between you and your wedding coordinator specifying exactly what the coordinator’s responsibilities will be. 3. A good wedding coordinator is like a good accountant. Even though you pay for his/her services, in the long run they save you time and money. And that translates into a happier and more relaxed day for you. Wedding coordinators can be especially helpful for couples who are short on time or live far from the location where they plan to be married. Although friends and relatives can certainly assist with wedding plans, leave the details to a professional who can anticipate mishaps, troubleshoot when necessary and provide you the affordable luxury of a stress-free wedding.

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MAKE YOUR DAY UNIQUE make your wedding your own

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

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Coordinating all the necessary services required to plan the perfect wedding is no easy matter. Numerous phone calls and price negotiation are just the beginning. There is an alternative to this tiring shopping tradition—the one-stop wedding shop. These shops are designed to take care of all your wedding arrangements: photography, videography, bridal apparel, invitations, favors, hair, makeup, music, tuxedos, cakes, rentals, decorations and more. The shop will create a package that’s exactly the way you want it, and the staff will be eager to give suggestions to enhance your ceremony and reception, while also offering timesaving advice.

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

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TREASURED TRADITIONS incorporating custom

Every family has its own meaningful traditions, and the celebration of your marriage presents a perfect opportunity to explore them. Even if they’re not considered the “norm” you may find that incorporating them into your ceremony and reception adds a very special significance to your day. Invite your parents, grandparents, minister and/or rabbi to share the vast information they hold on family and cultural traditions, customs and wedding celebrations. Perhaps someone has a song that’s important in your family. Maybe there’s a dish that’s always served at weddings. Your family’s traditions for weddings may vary from another’s in ritual, ceremony, food, dance and music. Do not hesitate to thoroughly explain

your wishes to the caterer, coordinator, photographer, bandleader and all other wedding professionals who will be providing services. They will more than likely be very willing to accommodate your desires. Discuss in detail the wedding celebration you envision. Request that your catering director and chef be involved in planning your reception, especially if you’re serving a family favorite dish or a special dessert. Your wedding coordinator also needs to be aware of any traditions you want to incorporate into your wedding. An experienced coordinator will be familiar with the many religious and cultural customs, but do not assume that he or she knows exactly how your family carries out tradition.

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THE CLASSICAL CHOICE tasteful and elegant

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A chamber ensemble adds classic style and elegance to any wedding ceremony, cocktail hour and reception. An ensemble with a flute, cello, violin or harp will set an exquisite mood in a church or temple, at home, in a hotel or banquet hall. For the ceremony, the ensemble may play the traditional wedding march or a song that has special meaning to you. Classical trios and quartets continue the mood with popular selections during cocktails. Your guests will enjoy a wonderful meal even more with a background of romantic and classical favorites. Consider these pieces during your ceremony or reception as they make a lovely accompaniment to any sophisticated celebration: • Piano Concerto in C, 2nd Movement (Schubert) • Violin Concerto #8 (Vivaldi) • Air from Water Music (Handel) • Rondo for Flute and Orchestra (Mozart) • Hornpipe in D from Water Music (Handel) Chamber music is particularly appropriate for outdoor and home weddings, since a chamber group can provide sound, even where there is no organ, piano or electricity. A well-prepared ensemble should offer selections ranging from Bach and Vivaldi to waltzes, contemporary love songs and traditional or ethnic music. Call a prospective ensemble for a demo CD and repertoire list. Ask how flexible they are about tailoring their presentation to your taste and budget. Ask about their attire, some groups will even coordinate their attire to your color scheme, which makes for an elegant and tasteful touch.

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FIND OUT WHY DJ’S ROCK planning and coordinating

Brides traditionally engage DJs to emcee their wedding reception while also providing a wide variety of music at the same time. But even if you book the Rolling Stones, they may not know New York, New York. A less obvious benefit of hiring an emcee is the personal touch he will impart to duties you won’t have to deal with. A veteran wedding DJ will smoothly line up your wedding party and introduce them. He’ll arrange to have champagne poured before the toast and keep a jittery best man on an even and eloquent keel. He’ll emcee your cake-cutting and bouquet-throwing at the appropriate times. In short, he’ll keep the show running smoothly while you’re basking in the spotlight.

The key qualification is experience, not price. Most DJs cost less than the hors d’oeuvres, though they’re remembered far longer. It’s not out of line to ask for references, though, he’ll certainly select satisfied clients. The best idea is to arrange a meeting. Talk your DJ through his conception of your reception and see how your ideas mesh. Ask about musical selections, old and new. Don’t be dismayed if he doesn’t have obscure songs, but gauge his willingness to track them down. Ask about lights and sound (the best systems sound superb at background volume). Most importantly, will he be a lump behind the turntables? Or will he be out front working hard, involving your guests in dancing after dinner?

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• Interested in putting baskets in the restrooms at your reception? Special items (for both men and women) will help your guests handle mishaps and rejoin your celebration. After the wedding, it makes a great addition to a guest bathroom in your home. • Having children at your reception? Consider hiring a company that specializes in just such arrangements. • Having disposable cameras at the reception? Using a Scavenger Hunt theme, create a list of possible ideas for photos. • Planning to do the Dollar Dance at the reception? Consider making a donation to your favorite charity with the proceeds.


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Does this sound familiar? The bottom line is that you need help, but where do you go? Who do you trust? You don’t want anybody to really know your financial situation because quite frankly, it might be a bit embarrassing. Swallow a small dose of pride, inject a jolt of energy, and get help from a Financial Advisor someone that deals with finances on a daily basis. The best way to pick a Financial Advisor is to get a recommendation from your family, friends, or co-workers who they use. It’s very important that you like and establish a personal relationship with your Financial Advisor! In my personal practice, the initial consultation is no cost and no obligation. This is a session lasting approximately 30-45 minutes, where we talk about your

goals. I just helped a couple figure out if they could retire at age 56. They were currently in their mid-late 40s and had over $700,000 in various investments. I showed them how to design and fund their current portfolio to help them achieve their retirement goals. A set fee was charged for this analysis which was discussed at the initial consultation. In most cases, advisors get paid fees or commissions or a combination of both but each advisor is different so ask before making the appointment. If they will not tell you up front how they get paid go to somebody who will! Bottom line, get help. It will feel much better controlling your own destiny.

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THE FIRST DANCE how to get started

The first dance has been a tradition in many weddings and most couples find it one of the highlights of their reception. Perhaps you want something that reflects elegance or a dance with personality. Maybe you are both nervous because you have never danced before. If you are seeking the help of an instructor to create something entertaining or just help with the confidence to achieve the dance, there are resources in your area that may help.

THE SONG Choose a song that speaks to the two of you. The tempo or style is up to you and the right instructor will be able to fit a dance that will reflect it. Songs that you know well will aid the learning of your first dance. If you don’t have a song yet, get suggestions from your instructor, friends and family on what will be fitting. HOW TO CHOOSE AN INSTRUCTOR There are professional instructors in the area that specialize in creating the First Dance. You may find one through the internet or referrals. Evaluate your 102 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com

choices with the following points in mind: What is their experience level? How is their personality? Do they meet your budget? How are the lessons conducted? Most instructors are versed in Ballroom or Latin style lessons and others are top notched choreographers in the area. They may be able to show you video samples of their work and give you a game plan on how to achieve your special moment. Ask if they offer a special for a single lesson for you to test drive their instruction style. Some studios offer private studio locations to give you peace and seclusion while you are learning. The personality of the instructor should be pleasing and encouraging. EXTRA DETAILS You can also utilize an instructor for the Father Daughter dance. If you only need a brush up lesson, visit a group lesson at a studio. It is usually recommended that 3-6 months of advanced preparation is key to confidence and muscle memory. If you are short on time, there is still a good possibility that a professional can meet the challenge and get you moving and picture perfect for that First Dance.

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Managing bar time. Stop serving alcohol one-half hour to an hour before the end of the reception, to limit guests from drinking too much before driving home. If you have big drinkers in your crowd, try to plan accordingly, by offering end-of-the-night transportation, or having your reception at a hotel where your guests can rent rooms.


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featured wedding JACKIE & GRIFFIN SEP T E M B ER 3, 2011

Jackie & Griffin exchanged vows at Continental Park on Fort Monroe. They met while Jackie was visiting her college roommate in Virginia Beach. She lived in Ohio at the time. Her first night in town she met Griffin and called her grandma the next morning to tell her that she had “met the boy that she was going to marry.” They dated long distance for a year and a half. They got engaged in Washington, DC as the sun set over the Lincoln Memorial. The reception took place at The Historic Chamberlin where guests enjoyed “breakfast for dinner” to honor the first meal Griffin ever prepared for Jackie. The wedding and reception had a classic vintage feel and focused on all of the travel that the couple had embarked on in their lifetimes. The chosen colors were black and white with shades of coral and mint green. The bride wore a gorgeous gown from Pricilla of Boston, the same designer as her mother’s wedding gown. 104 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com

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The groom wore his US Navy uniform with pride. The brides created their invitations, save-the-dates, custom maps and welcome bags through her design business, Little White Gloves. The guests were given apple juice with mini Belgian waffles as favors. The groom’s advice to engaged couples would be to not stress the small stuff and have a great time. His most memorable moment was “watching Jackie walk towards me.” Jackie’s most memorable moments of her wedding day were seeing her father for the first time while wearing her gown, losing her garter as she walked down the aisle and eating the fantastic dinner. She says, “The day the wedding comes nothing feels important besides you and the groom. The fact that you have been up until 3 am every night for a week making sure that everything is done, in order, paid for and ready to go is forgotten.” The two took a well – deserved honeymoon in the Caribbean.

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PARIS STORY BY RACHAEL DRAGANI

Bonjour! Bienvenue à Paris. What’s there to argue against a honeymoon in the world’s most romantic city? It’s images are iconic, but always associated with love - fireworks bursting above star-gazing young couples under the Eiffel Tower, lovebirds kissing upon returning from war, hands held through the twisting cobblestone lanes, and of course that breathy, passionate, ‘j’adore’ No other ‘I love you’ can compare. 4

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In fact, the destination may seem to cliché, too straight out of a romantic comedy. If that’s the case, avoid the touristy clumps and cheesy tours, take a bit of a baguette and honeymoon in epicenter of business, fashion, culture and entertainment.

LAY OF THE LAND Paris is located on the Seine River and is quite different at various geographic points throughout the city. Since the city lays on water and was engaged in power struggles and battles throughout Europe’s tumultuous history, many of the bridges that connect the city have fascinating stories. At the very least, ruins of collapsed bridges or crumbled protective walls means a history lesson is around every corner. The Ile de la Cite, an island in the

center of Paris, is connected by multiple bridges to the rest of the city and houses old-world architecture wonders like the famous Notre-Dame cathedral.

THINGS TO DO Iconic Images We’ve grown up being able to spot the cultural and artistic wonders found in France – it will be a treat to see them in real life. But don’t just pass by and snap a picture – learn the history or spend an afternoon in the company of true beauty. Stop at a grocery store to get some bread, cheese and wine to leisurely enjoy a picnic lunch and watch the sun set in the grassy gardens surrounding the Eiffel Tower.

The Infamous Moulin Rouge

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Hotel Plaza Athenee Eiffle Suite

Hotel Plaza Athenee

The Mona Lisa and the outside of its home, The Louvre, are visitor hotspots, but take a second to get to know the history of some of the rest of the artwork housed in the triangular walls, or pop down on a bench and people-watch the thousands of art-loving visitors. Wonder about the decades of craftsmen and laborers who put their sweat into building the Notre-Dame Cathedral Take a stroll through the posh, historic streets near St-Germain-des-Pres and pop into a bookstore along the way.

Take in the Music

Hotel Plaza Athenee Ice Skating Rank

Paris has centuries of experience with entertainment. The jazz scene is alive and well, so ask around while you’re there for the best place to catch a live show. One traditional place, the Caveau de la Huchette is tucked in a medieval cellar, and the Au Duc des Lombards has been frequented by all the greats. If cabaret is your thing, you’ve come to the right place, and if you think it isn’t, then you haven’t seen a Parisian show. For all the tacky, glitzy, flamboyant madness that will remind you of a vintage Toulouse-Lautrec poster, head to the infamous Moulin Rouge or Le Lido.

Shop!

Le Bar in Hotel Plaza Athenee

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Who can come to Paris and resist the shopping scene? It’s the fashion capital of the world, and the designer boutiques and effortless style bursting out of every passerby will be a constant reminder of that. But a honeymoon in Paris doesn’t have to mean dragging your significant other around to find the perfect Louis Vuitton bag – Parisian shops truly have something for everyone. For couples that share a love of reading, check out the cafes and bookshops where lonely, exiled American writers from the early 1900s called home. The presentation is half the fun, so spend a day winding in and out of avant-garde shops


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like L’Eclaireur or home stores like Merci. For a peek at anything and everything, pop into one of Paris’s flea markets like the Marche aux Puces de Clignacourt or Marche d’Aligre.

WHERE TO STAY Hotel du Petit Moulin www.paris-hotel-petitmoulin.com Unconventional, wacky and yet completely sophisticated and posh, the Hotel du Petit Moulin is consistently ranked among the best honeymoon destinations in the world. Besides offering more than enough modern amenities and a great location, this place will keep you guessing around every corner as antique chandeliers are partnered with heart-shaped mirrors on a bright red wall – somehow in a way that just works. Make sure to book way ahead of time.

Hotel Langlois

Hotel Plaza Athenee www.plaza-athenee-paris.com For typical Parisian luxury and the obligatory view of the Eiffel Tower, go no further than Hotel Plaza Athenee. You’ll get the old world charm and glamor without having to compromise on modern technology or amenities.

Hotel Langlois www.hotel-langlois.com/

Hotel Plaza Athenee

An affordable yet pristine option, the Hotel Langlois is in a perfect location near restaurants and public transportation and is a comfortable spot to drop after a day of sightseeing and Parisian revelry.

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CLIMATE

fact sheet

Paris is a temperate climate, with four seasons but usually not extreme weather in any of them. It doesn’t typically drop below 40 degrees in the winter and won’t get much hotter than 80 in the summer, but if you’re in the middle of a summer heat wave head to the suburbs or hilly areas around the city.

GETTING AROUND

Paris is full of visitors from around the world, so it’s fairly easy to navigate the city – or find someone to help navigate – by taking a cab or public transportation. Driving or walking on your own might be more difficult, with twisting and turning streets and a lack of clear signage. Make sure to have a map with you and brush up on your French directions. Ask if the hotel you’re staying at has driver services or tips on getting to and from places near your accommodations.

TIME ZONE

Paris is in CEST, six hours ahead of New York.

LANGUAGE

Parisians speak French and aren’t always as stereotypically snobby about the language as they are made out to be, but if you don’t speak French, try to learn some phrases before you go and bring along a phrase book – any effort to adapt to the language gains a few traveler points.

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ELECTRICITY

France operates on 220v and 50 Hz, so if you’re bringing North American-made electronics you’ll need an adaptor.

CURRENCY

Frances uses the Euro. Check exchange rates before you go so you don’t get ripped off at an airport or currency exchange. Most touristy places or upscale hotels take commonly accepted credit cards, but it’s smart to always have cash euros on you because debit and credit machines are less common than in the States.

MARRIAGE REQUIREMENTS

A civil marriage in France is recognized as valid in the U.S., but it isn’t as easy to obtain as some countries. The marriage must be performed by a French civil authority before any religious ceremony. It’s a general rule that one party must have resided in France for 40 days continuously before the marriage, but that sometimes isn’t enforced. Similarly, the documents officials ask for vary, but you should be prepared with valid passports, certified birth certificate, and most Americans need to provide an affidavit of marital status to prove they’re not married. This can be obtained from the American consulate in France. If you’re planning a destination wedding, check around at different hotels and resorts to find one with a wedding planner that can help you sort through the red tape.


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OUTER BANKS NORTH CAROLINA North Carolina’s Outer Banks is a land of firsts – here the Wright brothers took their first flight and here is the birthplace of the first person of English descent to have been born on American soil. So why not make your first trip as a married couple to this crawling expanse of sun-kissed islands? Steep yourselves in the history of the area, full of fascinating tales from the birth of the nation, take a hike through the marshy ecosystems crawling with unique wildlife or just relax on the sunny coast. A honeymoon may be your first trip together to the Outer Banks, and you won’t want it to be your last. 4

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LAY OF THE LAND The Outer Banks are usually divided into three areas. First, the Northern Beaches, which include Duck, Kitty Hawk and Nags Head. There’s also Hatteras Island, which consists of Rodanthe, Waves, Avon, Buxton, Salvo, Frisco and Hatteras, and Roanoke Island, broken into Manteo and Wanchese. Each destination offers a little different experience. For instance, Manteo is known for its small, charming streets lined with Bed and Breakfast getaways, Kitty Hawk has more of a residential feel basked in the history of the Wright Brothers, Duck has popular resorts and tons of water sports and Nags Head is laid back with a touch of romanticized glory from the pirate, losttreasure days the islands saw years ago. Most travelers have a ‘home base,’ where

Old Pier at Dusk

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they stay, and then drive or hop on a ferry to jet around to the different small towns around the island.

THINGS TO DO Historical Tours The Outer Banks hold a special location in American history. Their costal, Southern geographical spot means they were the home of Native American cultures, some Europeans first descent on the continent, a settling ground for early citizens, a battleground between the North and the South during the Civil War and the birthplace of aviation. Take some time to walk or ride along the Dare County Civil War Heritage Trail to learn about the Battle of Roanoke Island and the role the Carolinas


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played in the Civil War. Aviation buffs can visit the Wright Brothers National Memorial, which is the true site of the first successful powered flight, and has a Visitors Center with fascinating artifacts. To combine theater and history, have a romantic picnic dinner then head to the outdoor performance of the Pulitzer Prize winning play The Lost Colony to see the riveting unsolved mystery of over 400 disappeared English settlers.

Luxury Beach houses

Water Activities Since the Outer Banks is made up of islands, there are plenty of spots for lazy beach days and a dip in the exciting Atlantic, especially on Cape Hatteras. But the water is lively and teeming with life, so there’s plenty to do besides sunbathing! Fishing and crabbing are a fun and tasty way to earn your dinner, and every water sport such as wakeboarding, waterskiing, windsurfing, sailing, stand-up paddling and waterfowling are available in the Banks. Divers can have extra fun plunging to the depths of sunken ships. For a coastal adventure unlike most islands, visit the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum and hear the tales of the shipwrecks and lost sailors that haunt the islands.

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Venture into Wildlife The water isn’t the only thing teeming with life in the Outer Banks. The swampy, coastal ecosystems make this the perfect spot for nature-loving newlyweds. The Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge and the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge are the homes to migrating ducks, swans, sea turtles, deer, black bear, alligators and even whales or dolphins have been spotted. Take a hike through the wildlife paradise or pack a picnic lunch to eat with a choir of several bird species.

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WHERE TO STAY

White Doe Inn, Manteo NC Photo by Jumping Rocks Media

Before you go, read a little about all the small towns that make up the Outer Banks, since each one has a little different feel. Duck, Manteo and Buxton are especially popular among honeymooners. After you decide where you want to be situated, decide what kind of accommodation you’d like. The islands are full of small, charming bed and breakfasts that are peaceful and cozy, or maybe you’d like a more upscale resort that has access to tours and water sports.

The Inn on Pamlico Sound www.innonpamlicosound.com/ Buxton is a bustling village near the heart of the Outer Banks, and this Inn manages to offer modern, luxurious amenities such as spa services, fine catered dining right on the waterfront and Internet while still maintaining a serene, isolated feel. White Doe Inn, Manteo NC Photo by Jumping Rocks Media

The Sanderling, Duck www.thesanderling.com For an upscale and pampered honeymoon, head to The Sanderling in Duck. Spacious, elegant rooms line the halls, most overlooking the Banks coastline. The Sanderling offers custom spa treatments, tours and reservations with wildlife and water sports companies and fine dining and drinking options around every corner.

White Doe Inn, Manteo www.whitedoeinn.com White Doe Inn, Manteo NC Photo by Jumping Rocks Media

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Manteo is home to the most quaint bed and breakfasts in the Outer Banks, and the White Doe Inn is one of those. Specially catered towards honeymooners or romantic getaways, every second in these sunny, sophisticated rooms will be a reminder of why you’re on vacation. Special celebration packages, indulgences and spa services are the pride and joy of the Inn.


CLIMATE

fact sheet

The Outer Banks are most agreeable for fall or spring honeymoons and weddings. Winters there are much warmer than in the northern States, with average temperatures in the 40s or 50s, but the area isn’t immune to a random ice storm, flooding or freezing rain. If you’re heading here in the summer, the area is much less humid and more prone to pleasant warm weather than the rest of the state.

GETTING AROUND

If you don’t want to stay glued to one spot for your entire vacation, a rental car or other form of transportation is very helpful for getting from place to place around the Banks. For island hopping, ferries are plentiful and affordable. Get the most up-to-date schedules here: www.ncdot.org/transit/ferry.

TIME ZONE

The Outer Banks are located in the Eastern Time Zone.

MARRIAGE REQUIREMENTS

The Outer Banks is becoming a popular domestic destination wedding site, so the area is well prepared for administrative and wedding needs. In fact, there is an Outer Banks Wedding Association that holds an expo in January where couples, if it’s possible to travel there, can get info from the hundreds of vendors ready to execute the perfect wedding. More information, and a list of wedding consultants for couples who are not in the area and could use local expertise in planning the wedding, can be found at www.outerbanksweddingassoc.org.

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tropical

BARBADOS It’s funky. It’s plush. It’s sultry. It’s got heart. And it’s exactly the spot a first-class couple looking for a colorful honeymoon should pick. This Caribbean destination has flavor on top of its white beaches, brilliant botanical gardens, and jagged limestone cliffs. A favorite of posh celebrities and seasoned travel bums alike, this rollicking nation is teeming with laid-back extravagance in the way only an island hideaway can. Barbados also boasts a 98% literacy rate and an economically booming capital and surrounding region, including museums carefully documenting the island’s brutal colonial past - all reasons it was named one of the world’s top ten ethical travel destinations. When you settle in here, groove to the calypso rhythms, dig your toes into the white sand, and toast a glass of world-famous rum to a perfect first adventure as a married couple. 4 Photo Courtesy Barbados Tourism Authority

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LAY OF THE LAND One of the beauties of Barbados is its diverse terrain. The white-sand beaches of the West and South coasts are home to some of the most tranquil and posh all-inclusive resorts and spas. If you’re looking for calm, clear waters and gently blowing palms, this area will be your paradise. The Atlantic side, on the East, packs a little more action. The wild waves are a huge draw for some of the world’s best surfers, and couples looking to participate in water sports such as diving and windsurfing should stick to this side. One thing that separates Barbados from other island nations is its ‘middle.’ Jagged limestone cliffs, breathtaking botanic gardens and colorful rolls of flowered hills make sure the interior of the island has as much to brag about as the coasts. If they all sound appealing, don’t worry - the great thing about Barbados is its size, just about 21 miles long. A terrific bus system, friendly taxis and bike roads make it easy to see if all during your getaway.

THINGS TO DO Botanical Beauty Part of Barbados’ splendor is its stunning natural resources. The island’s interior is full of jagged, limestone cliffs perfect for climbing. Barbados is also home to a tiny rainforest, best viewed at Hunte’s Gardens, easily accessible from anywhere on the islands. A picturesque path through the gardens is the perfect window to exotic floral life and mystical forest clusters. For different types of gardens with a manicured, colonial feel, head to St. Nicholas Abbey. A trip there comes with history and architecture lessons, as well, as you wander through a preserved plantation, well-groomed grounds and a glimpse into how rum and sugar cane are distilled and produced. Barbados is home to stunning scenery and a brutal past, and these excursions won’t let you forget either of those. www.premierbride.com PREMIER BRIDE • 119


Take a Tour Since so much of Barbados’ wonders lie beneath certain surfaces or around unlikely corners, an organized tour is a great way to make sure you get to see it all. Tours are popular all over the island, and the good ones don’t have the same cheesy, touristy feel that you’ll find in other popular destinations. Harrison’s Cave is a breathtaking, mysterious destination that’s best viewed on a tour, and an underwater dive in the Atlantis Submarine Expedition is a carefree way to see every type of marine life and coral you can imagine. As you’re looking into accommodation, ask around for what kind of all-encompassing tours they have a connection to.

Flying Fish and Cutters From the second you touch down in Barbados you’ll know Barbados’ prized animal is the ‘flying fish.’ The birds aren’t

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magical creatures – they don’t have wings – but their powerful tailfins allow them to propel out of the water at alarming speeds and heights. They decorate local coins, bills and paraphernalia, but are most popular as a tasty entrée. It’s served lightly breaded and fried with a very spicy yellow mustard sauce with peppers and onions in it. Flying fish are also served in a ‘cutter’ sandwich, another trademark eat in the island. They’re made using a local Salt Bread, much like a roll, and filled with the breaded flying fish or other savory fillings such as ham or thick slices of multiple varieties of cheese, usually topped with a spicy pepper ‘Bajan’ hot sauce. The most famous cutter is the Bread and Two, where two fish cakes are smashed and placed between the cut and bread. Whatever you’re munching on, wash it down with one of the island’s famous rums.


Bougainvillea Beach Resort

WHERE TO STAY Bougainvillea Beach Resort www.bougainvillearesort.com This south coast resort is a perfect mix of lively Caribbean flavor and island relaxation. Extravagant floral displays keep the atmosphere light, getting you excited to party at the nearby island’s best nightlife. You don’t have to go far to eat well – the resort is home to funky eateries and the only Zagat-rated restaurant on the island. Villas and tons of kid-friendly family activities make this a great place for destination weddings.

SandPiper Resort

Sandy Lane Resort www.sandylane.com For a pampered, exclusive getaway, look no further than the posh Sandy Lane Resort. The five-star resort is the undisputed most deluxe location. Go sailing, snorkeling or have fun with another water sport courtesy of the resort, or just relax under secluded mahogany shade or in the world-class, marble-layered spa. And if you’re a golfer, this is your spot.

Bougainvillea Beach Resort

Sandpiper Resort www.sandpiperbarbados.com For a super tranquil, postcard-perfect honeymoon, book a week or two at the Sandpiper Resort. Truly private and secluded, this resort offers a little more of the colonial charm that’s a part of the island’s history. One of the most popular spots for destination weddings, the Sandpiper features affordable yet inclusive wedding packages, including the chance to marry in a quaint, brick chapel in a tropical setting.

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CLIMATE

fact sheet

Barbados is generally anywhere between 75 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. The sun is almost always shiny, but a breeze keeps it from getting too hot. Dry season is from January to June, but during rainy season the rainfall is usually quick, so it’s still an okay time to travel there.

LANGUAGE

Because of British occupation, English is the native language, but it’s likely you’ll hear a little ‘Bajan dialect’ spoken amongst locals.

GETTING AROUND

If arriving to Barbados by air, you will almost certainly fly into the Grantley Adams International Airport, about 16 km outside of Bridgetown. From there, arrange transportation to your text destination with your accommodation. Car rentals are possible on the island, but popular retail chains are virtually unheard of and private rentals receive plenty of complaints. It’s much easier to rely on the efficient bus system or taxis throughout Barbados. Or, if you have a few day trips or excursions in mind, talk with your resort ahead of time – they will almost always be happy to arrange something for you. On your way out of the country, be prepared to pay a departure tax at the airport.

TIME ZONE

Barbados is in the Eastern Time Zone.

ELECTRICITY

Electricity is 110 v/50 cycles so if you’re using appliances from North America you shouldn’t have a problem.

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CURRENCY

Barbados uses the Barbados Dollar, which is fixed to the U.S. dollar and is about $2 Barbados dollars to $1 US dollar. In the popular tourist areas, though, U.S. dollars are commonly accepted and most major places take credit cards as well. Have a few Barbados dollars on you at all times in case of emergency, but U.S. cash should serve you well, too.

TIPPING

Check your bill at restaurants to see if they already added gratuity –if not, 10-15% extra is customary. Don’t be surprised if your accommodation bill includes service charges, and tip the maid an extra dollar or two per day on top of that. If you’re staying at an all-inclusive, check with the hotel’s policy on tipping because some resorts prohibit it.

MARRIAGE REQUIREMENTS

Barbados is a relatively easy place to get married since there is no required amount of stay and not too much work ahead of time. Both parties involved will have to apply for a license in the capital city, Bridgetown, at the Office of the Ministry of Home Affairs. Make sure you have valid passports or birth certificates and a return ticket. If either party has been widowed or divorced, you’ll need to provide a certified document (such as a death certificate or final judgment) to prove the previous marriage is over. If you are planning a destination wedding, double check with the resort to make sure all your grounds are covered.


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES DIRECTORY KEY • Apparel

(See Bridal Attire Guide Pg. 24)

• Bachelor/ Bachelorette Parties (See Reception Guide See pgs. 78-81)

• Beauty & Health • Bridal Accessories

(See Bridal Attire Guide Pg. 24)

• Bridal Shops

(See Bridal Attire Guide Pg. 24)

• Bridal Showers Lunches & Teas

(Also see Reception Guide Pg. 78-81)

• Children’s Formalwear

• Gown Preservation and Cleaning

• Consultants & Coordinators • Dance Studios • Decorators • DJs • Favors & Gifts • Florists/ Floral Designers • Formalwear (Tuxedos)

• Ice Sculptures • Jewelers

(See Bridal Attire guide Pg. 24)

• Cakes

(Also See Bridal Attire Guide Pg. 24)

APPAREL

(See Reception Guide See pgs. 78-81)

(See Bridal Attire Guide Pg. 24)

• Music and Entertainment • Photography • Real Estate/Financial Planning • Reception Card Boxes

Rentals Registry Scrapbooks Shoes

(See Bridal Attire Guide Pg. 24)

• Transportation • Veils

(See Bridal Attire Guide Pg. 24)

• Videography • Websites

www.chelseastyles.net 757-567-2115 (See pg. 9)

Maya Couture Bridal Salon

BACHELOR/ BACHELORETTE PARTIES

• Lingerie

• • • •

Chelsea Styles

All the Rage Virginia Beach

www.mayacouture.com 757-461-1690

(See Jewelers Guide Pg. 63)

(Also See Reception Guide Pg. 78-81)

BEAUTY & HEALTH

(See Bridal Attire Guide Pg. 24)

www.alltheragebridals.com 757-491-1418

(See Bridal Attire Guide Pg. 24)

• Reception/Rehearsal Dinner Facilities

(See pg. 11)

(See pg. 12)

Color Me Tan

www.colormetan.net 757-723-0089

(See pg. 16)

Hair by Alice

www.hairbyalice.com 757-818-5459

KristineMarie Makeup Artistry www.krisinemarieartistry.com

(See pg. 13) (See pg. 15)

Mary Kay - Jussette Odom www.marykay.com/jodom07 757-822-0001

(See pg. 14)

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Salon Vivace Williamsburg New Town Center 5116 Center Street Virginia Beach-Chambord Commons 2228 Virginia Beach Blvd. Newport News-Shops at Oyster Point 639 Pilot House Drive Chesapeake-Hanbury Village 237 Hanbury Road East, Suite 20 www.salonvivace.com

757-220-9411 757-463-1231

CHILDREN’S FORMALWEAR

(See Bridal Attire guide Pg. 24)

757-873-1775 757-482-5790 (See pg. 26)

CONSULTANTS & COORDINATORS A Moment of Bliss

BRIDAL ACCESSORIES

757-291-6532

Baxter’s Creative Events

(See Bridal Attire Guide Pg. 24)

www.baxterscreativeevents.webs.com 757-470-1735

Electric Rainbow

Creations By Tiffeny

www.electricrainbow.artfire.com 757-503-3289

(See pg. 17)

(See pg. 82)

(See pg. 93)

www.dreamstworeality.com 757-839-3461

Event Central

Green Gates Gifts Hampton 757-848-5324 Gloucester Point 804-642-5618 www.greengatesgifts.com (See pg. 45)

www.eventcentralva.com 757-873-1244

BRIDAL SHOPS

(See pg. 82)

Inspired Events by Kelly

www.inspiredeventsbykelly.com 757-291-5369

(See pg. 97)

Memorable Events by Apryl

(See Bridal Attire Guide Pg. 24)

www.makememorable.com 757-349-6322

BRIDAL SHOWERS LUNCHES & TEAS

(Also see Reception Guide Pg. 78-81)

(See pg. 92)

MorLina Events

www.morlinaevents.com 757-724-3274

(See pg. 96)

My Wedding Bag

www.myweddingbagonline.com 747-647-1300

PearlBlossom Floral & Event Design

CAKES

www.pearlblossomfloral.com 757-482-3067

(See pg. 105)

Pinch of Charm

Cake Delights

www.mycakedelights.com 757-227-5351

www.creationsbytiffenyevents.com 757-292-7908/337-0494

(See pg. 91)

Dreams 2 Reality

Event Central

www.eventcentralva.com 757-873-1244

(See pg. 96)

(See pg. 86)

www.pinchofcharm.com 757-262-7820

(See pg. 90)

Simply Grand Events

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(See pg. 5)


directory of services

Touche Weddings & Events, LLC www.toucheweddings.com 757-453-6567

Tidewater DJ’s

(See pg. 94)

Vivid Expressions, LLC

www.vividexpressions.com 757-802-3199

(See pg. 95)

DANCE STUDIOS Amy’s Ballroom Dance Studio & Banquet Facility www.amysdancestudio.com 757-596-2697

(See pg. 99)

ArtInspired

www.artinspired.com 757-768-9033

(See pg. 103)

South Side: 757-420-4200 Peninsula: 757-865-0020 www.tidewaterdjs.com

(See pg. 100)

FAVORS & GIFTS Green Gates Gifts Hampton 757-848-5324 Gloucester Point 804-642-5618 www.greengatesgifts.com (See pg. 45)

FLORISTS/ FLORAL DESIGNERS Catherine’s Distinctive Floral Designs

DECORATORS

www.distinctivefloraldesigns.com 757-471-6963

Creations By Tiffeny

Palette of Petals

www.creationsbytiffenyevents.com 757-292-7908/337-0494

(See pg. 93)

(See pg. 105)

Simply Grand Events

www.makeitsimplygrand.com 757-344-9091

(See pg. 5)

Touche Weddings & Events, LLC www.toucheweddings.com 757-453-6567

(See pg. 95)

(See pg. 105)

FORMALWEAR (TUXEDOS) GOWN PRESERVATION AND CLEANING

(See Bridal Attire Guide Pg. 24)

All Around DJ’s (See pg. 53)

Big Dreams Entertainment

www.bigdreamsentertainment.com 757-275-8000

www.pearlblossomfloral.com 757-482-3067

(Also See Bridal Attire Guide Pg. 24)

DJS www.ppdj3.net 757-867-8994

(See pg. 20)

(See pg. 94)

Vivid Expressions, LLC

www.vividexpressions.com 757-802-3199

www.paletteofpetals.com 757-422-0415

PearlBlossom Floral & Event Design

PearlBlossom Floral & Event Design www.pearlblossomfloral.com 757-482-3067

(See pg. 21)

(See pg. 1)

ICE SCULPTURES Ice Art Inc.

www.iceartva.com 757-498-4777

(See pg. 71)

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Will King Photography

JEWELERS

www.willkingphotography.com 757-344-0040

(See Jewelers Guide Pg. 63)

(See pg. 57)

REAL ESTATE/ FINANCIAL PLANNING

LINGERIE

(See Bridal Attire Guide Pg. 24)

Waddell & Reed Finiancial Advisors

MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT Ambrosia Quartet

www.ambrosiaquartet.com 757-479-4498

(See pg. 94)

PHOTOGRAPHY (See pg. 55)

ArtInspired Pin-Up Photography www.artinspired.com 757-768-9033

(See pg. 50)

Beata Photography

www.beataphotography.com 757-927-3418

(See pg. 101)

Wainwright Real Estate - Carla Walker www.househunt-online.com 757-652-1414

(See pg. 52)

RECEPTION CARD BOXES Eve’s Wedding Boxes

A to Z Photography www.vbatoz.com 757-621-8288

Lester Norwood www.wadell.com 757-431-2929 ext. 110

(See pg. 60)

www.evesweddingboxes.com 757-655-1395

(See pg. 70)

RECEPTION/ REHEARSAL DINNER FACILITIES

(Also See Reception Guide Pg. 78-81)

Cherish The Moment Photography and Video www.ctmweddingsandevents.com 757-515-3144

(See pg. 61)

Impressions In Time

www.impressionintime.com 757-329-3600

(See pg. 58)

Keith Cephus Photography www.keithcephus.com 757-430-2169

(See pg. 62)

Picture Perfect Photography & Video www.ppdj3.net 757-867-8994

This Special Day

www.thisspecialday.com

(See pg. 53) (See pg. 59)

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108 Budleigh Street, Manteo, NC 252-473-2208

Bald View Bed & Breakfast

3807 Elijah Baum Rd., Kitty Hawk, NC 252-255-2829

Currituck Club

620 Clubhouse Drive, Corolla, NC 252-453-9400 ext.222

Elizabethan Gardens

1411 Highway 64-264, Manteo, NC 252-473-3234

The Outer Banks Brewing Station

600 North Croatan Highway, Kill Devil Hills, NC 252-449-2739

Treasured Images Photography

www.treasuredimagesphotography.com 757-851-8985

Outer Banks, North Carolina

(See pg. 56)


directory of services

The Village Beach Club/Nags Head Golf Links 5805 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Kitty Hawk, NC 252-480-2222

SHOES

(See Bridal Attire Guide Pg. 24)

The Sanderling Inn Resort & Spa 1461 Duck Road, Duck, NC 800-701-4111

The Tranquil House Inn & 1587 Restaurant 408 Queen Elizabeth St., Manteo, NC 252-473-1587

TRANSPORTATION Royal Coach Limousine Company www.royalcoachlimo.net 757 420-9331

RENTALS

(See pg. 44)

VEILS

ABZ Rentals

(See Bridal Attire Guide Pg. 24)

www.abzrentals.com 757-890-4700

(See pg. 72)

Event Central

www.eventcentralva.com 757-873-1244

(See pg. 82)

VIDEOGRAPHY Blue Diamond Studio

Waterford Event Rentals, LLC www.waterfordeventrentals.com 757-448-5999

(See pg. 82)

www.bluediamondva.com 757-806-1522

(See pg. 51)

Cherish The Moment Photography and Video www.ctmweddingsandevents.com 757-515-3144

REGISTRY

Picture Perfect Photography & Video

Green Gates Gifts Hampton 757-848-5324 Gloucester Point 804-642-5618 www.greengatesgifts.com (See pg. 45)

Kohls 1547 Sams Circle, Chesapeake 551 Bland Blvd., Newport News Harbour View Station 6253 College Drive, Suffolk Virginia Beach Pembroke Mall 4564 Virginia Beach Blvd Virginia Beach Princess Anne 3344 Princess Ann Road 100 Gristmill Plaza, Williamsburg www.kohls.com

(See pg. 61)

www.ppdj3.net 757-867-8994

WEBSITES

757-312-0980 757-988-3013

Premier Bride

757-686-1373

iWed

757-473-1017

(See pg. 53)

www.PremierBride.com www.iwed.com

(See pg 23)

757-368-0424 757-564-0111 (See pg. 47)

SCRAPBOOKS Memory Keepers Scrapbooking

www.memorykeepersscrapbooking.com 757-593-0915

(See pg. 60)

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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

Voter registration records

Deeds/titles

Passport

Wills/trusts

Driver’s license

Post Office records

Employee records

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

Social Security records

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THE WEDDING BUDGET

Bride’s Wedding Ring

______________

Groom’s Wedding Ring

______________

Ceremony Site Fee

______________

Officiant

______________

Marriage License

______________

Aisle Runner

______________

Candles/Candelabra

______________

Other

______________

RECEPTION

______________

MUSIC

Engagement Ring

Reception Site Fee

______________

Food, Service, Tax & Gratuity

______________

Beverage/Bar Corkage Fee

______________

Cake/Cake Cutting Fee

______________

Rental Items

______________

Other

______________

Ceremony

______________

Reception

______________

Other

______________

Photographer’s Fee

______________

Engagement Portrait

______________

Formal Wedding Portrait

______________

Proofs

______________

Wedding Album

______________

Candids

______________

Parents’ Sets

______________

Other

______________

Wedding VHS/DVD

______________

Additional Copies

______________

Bride’s Gown

______________

Alterations

______________

Headpiece & Veil

______________

Lingerie, Hosiery & Garter

______________

Shoes

______________

Jewelry & Accessories

______________

Wrap/Jacket

______________

Hair, Makeup & Manicure

______________

Other

______________

GROOM: Groom’s Formalwear

______________

Neckwear & Cufflinks

______________

Accessories

______________

Shoes

______________

Other

______________

PHOTOGRAPHY

BRIDE:

VIDEOGRAPHY

WEDDING ATTIRE

CEREMONY

RINGS

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

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

______________

Projector Rental

______________

Other

______________

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Attendants’ Bouquets

______________

Groom’s Boutonniere

______________

Attendants’ Boutonnieres

______________

Maid/Matron of Honor

______________

Bridesmaids’

______________

Best Man

______________

Groomsmen

______________

Helper Corsages/Boutonnieres ______________

Ushers

______________

Ceremony Flowers

______________

Child Attendants

______________

Reception Flowers

______________

Bride & Groom

______________

Decorations/Balloons

______________

Bride’s Parents

______________

Other

______________

Groom’s Parents

______________

Save-the-Date Cards

______________

Pre-Wedding Party Hosts

______________

Invitations & Envelopes

______________

Cake Cutting Attendant

______________

Calligrapher

______________

Gift Table Attendant

______________

Postage

______________

Guest Book Attendant

______________

Thank You Notes

______________

Soloists/Musicians (friends)

______________

Informal Stationery

______________

Other

______________

Ceremony Programs

______________

Placecards

______________

Wedding Coordinator

______________

Announcements

______________

Disposable Cameras

______________

Other

______________

GIFTS

FLOWERS

Bride’s Bouquet

Bridesmaids’ Dresses/Shoes

______________

Flower Girl’s Dress

______________

Groomsmens’ Formalwear

______________

Ring Bearer’s Attire

______________

Bridesmaids’ Luncheon

______________

Other

______________

Rings

______________

Ceremony

______________

Reception

______________

Music

______________

Wedding Party Transportation: Limousine, Carriage, etc. ______________

Cake Knife & Server

______________

Cake Top

______________

Wedding Attire

______________

Favors

______________

Photography

______________

Flower Girl’s Basket

______________

Videography

______________

Guest Book & Pen

______________

Flowers

______________

Ring Bearer’s Pillow

______________

Stationery

______________

Toasting Glasses

______________

Transportation

______________

Unity Candle, Kiddush Cup

______________

Favors & Accessories

______________

Other

______________

Gifts

______________

Other

______________

Miscellaneous

______________

Grand TOTAL

______________

Guest Transportation

______________

Parking

______________

Other

______________

Other

______________

TOTALS

TRANSPORTATION

MISCELLANEOUS

Attendant Accommodations ______________

FAVORS & ACCESSORIES

STATIONERY

Hosts for Out-of-Town Guests ______________

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SHARING THE COST

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

GROOM

BRIDE

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

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

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

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

Accommodations for out-of-town attendants (optional)

Formal wear for best man & groomsmen (optional)

Luncheon for bridal party

Accommodations for out-of-town attendants (optional)

Informal stationery

Marriage license Fee for officiant

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

GROOM’S FAMILY

BRIDE’S FAMILY

Honeymoon Engagement party

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

WEDDING PARTY

Videographer

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

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

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GROOM’S CAKE

CAKE STYLE

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

SETUP DETAILS

CAKE ACCESSORIES

Description

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

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

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

Tea Lunch Cocktails Dinner

Regional Seasonal Exotic Ethnic Thematic

SERVICE

Breakfast/Brunch

FLAVOR

TYPE

CATERING PLANNER

Salad Entrée Dessert

Beef Chicken Vegetarian Pork Seafood

DESSERT

Soup

ENTRÉES

COURSES

Appetizer

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

Dessert Hors d’oeuvres

Cocktails

Regional Seasonal Exotic Ethnic Thematic

Lamb

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

Vegetarian Kosher Halal Other

RENTAL ITEMS

Full Bar

SPECIAL

ALCOHOL*

Pasta

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

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HELPERS

FLOWERS BY SEASON

TERMINOLOGY

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

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

SPRING

SUMMER

FALL

WINTER

YEAR ‘ROUND

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WEDDING PARTY

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

RECEPTION

CEREMONY

Other

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

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MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT PLANNER

CEREMONY

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

START TIME

SONG/PERFORMED BY

START TIME

Prelude Processional Service Recessional Postlude Other Other

RECEPTION

Other

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

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BRIDE­’ S PHOTOS:

GROOM­’ S PHOTOS:

PRE-WEDDING

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

Bride getting ready

RECEPTION

Guests at cocktail party

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

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

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

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

CEREMONY

PORTRAITS

PHOTOGRAPHY PLANNER

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

Group pictures & candids throughout reception

Clergy, groom & best man at altar

Musicians

Bride & father walking down aisle

Bride & Groom’s first dance

Father giving bride’s hand to groom

Bride & Father, Groom & Mother dance

Guests watching the ceremony

Guests dancing

Vow exchange

Cake, cake table & cake cutting

Ring ceremony

Couple feeding each other cake

Candids of bride’s/groom’s face

Bouquet toss Garter removal & toss

Unity candle ceremony, kiddush cup ceremony, etc.

Sweetheart dance

Signing of wedding certificate

Going-away vehicle (especially if decorated)

Groom kissing the bride

Bride & groom in going away clothes

Recessional

Newlyweds departing & guests’ farewell

Guests throwing rice, flower petals, etc.

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LOCATION

RECEPTION PLANNER DATES AVAILABLE

LOCATION

SIZE

USED FOR

Indoor

Small (<100)

Ceremony

Outdoor

Medium (100-250)

Reception

Same site as ceremony

Large (250+)

Dressing

Walking distance from ceremony

Overnight rooms

SITE SERVICES

Within ______ miles of ceremony site

SERVICES PROVIDED

RENTALS AVAILABLE

Rooms

Tables

Food

Chairs & chair covers

Beverage/Alcohol

China, glassware, silverware & serving dishes

Disabled access

Linens

Adequate parking Valet

Ratio of guests to servers: ___________

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

DECORATIONS

PROVIDED

STYLE

More than one event at a time

RECEPTION

Head table Guest tables

BRINGING OWN DECORATIONS What are decorating restrictions?

Cake table Guest book table

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

When can decorations/favors come in?

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

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COLOR SCHEME Pastels Jewel tones Neutral tones Bold/bright

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Bride as baby

Early days as a couple

Groom as baby

Bachelor/Bachelorette parties

Bride’s childhood Groom’s childhood

Other:

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

RECEPTION

BRIDE DRESSING AT HOME

PHOTOS FOR SLIDESHOW

VIDEOGRAPHY PLANNER

Date: Time: Location: Special Requests:

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

CEREMONY

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

Date:

Guests dancing

Time:

Guests dining tables

Location:

Bride & Groom saying good-byes & leaving

Guests arriving Wedding party preparing

Special Requests:

Ceremony Guests leaving Special Requests:

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BRIDE

WEDDING ATTIRE DESCRIPTION

SIZE

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

BRIDE’S ATTENDANTS

Other

DESCRIPTION

SIZE

SIZE

SIZE

SIZE

NAME

NAME

NAME

NAME

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

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GROOM

DESCRIPTION

SIZE

Coat Shirt Vest Trousers Cummerbund Neckwear Cufflinks Socks & Shoes Other

GROOM’S ATTENDANTS

Other

DESCRIPTION

SIZE

SIZE

SIZE

SIZE

NAME

NAME

NAME

NAME

Coat Shirt Vest Trousers Cummerbund Neckwear Cufflinks Socks & Shoes Other

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VENDORS

KEEPING TRACK

NAME / PHONE

PAYMENT INFORMATION

DATE

AMOUNT

BAL. DUE

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

WEDDING PARTY

Wedding Coordinator

NAME

PHONE

Bridesmaids

Groomsmen

Ushers

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• Fully customizable rehearsal dinner, ceremony, reception, party and honeymoon packages • Elegant arrangements for groups of 7 to 700

• Designated wedding and event planner on staff • Attentive, courteous staff and convenient amenities for your guests

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