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

Honeymoon & Destination Wedding Locations Summer/Fall Fashion Preview The Premier Bride Planner

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ARTICLES & CHECKLISTS Accessories Alterations Attendant Gifts Cakes Catering Chapels Chocolate Fountains Decorating

Engraving Flowers Health/Beauty Honeymoon/Travel Invitations Jewelry Linen/Chair Covers Music & Entertainment

Photo Booth Photography Receptions Transportation Tuxedo Videography Wedding Consultants Wine

Publishers MIKE SASH In Memory of CAROL SASH

Contributing Artists BETH MANGUS LIAM HINDLEY

Art Director JENNIFER ERDMAN www.jennifererdman.com

Cover/Fashion Photography Keith Cephus Photography keithcephus.com

Executive Publishers SCOTT BROWN BETH MANGUS

Cover/Fashion Location WINDSOR CASTLE, SMITHFIELD, VA windsorcastlepark.com

General Manager SCOTT BROWNI

Fashion Director BETH MANGUS

Fashion Photography TIM HINES PHOTOGRAPHY timhinesphotography.com

Contributing Writers RACHELLE DRAGANI STEPHANIE BROWN Contributing Photographers artistgroup.net blackdogstudios.com lucyparkerphotography.com lusterstudios.com filcsikphoto.com

Fashion Location THE MCCOLL CENTER OF VISUAL ART, CHARLOTTE, NC mccollcenter.org

Fashion Stylist: BETH MANGUS

Fashion Hair & Makeup: MARIA JOSETTE BETH MANGUS

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ALTERATIONS & MORE BY DARLENE 734-282-6177

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ANDIAMO WARREN BANQUET & CONF. CENTER www.andiamo.com

DIAMOND CASTLE 248-442-2440

AWESOMEBOOTH.COM www.awesomebooth.com BELLA’S GLASS CREATIONS www.bellasglass.com BLACK RIVER COUNTRY CLUB www.blackrivergolfclub.com BOZZO’S LIMOUSINE SERVICE www.bozzoslimo.com BRAVO STUDIOS PHOTOGRAPHY www.bravostudiosphotography.com BRIDAL CELEBRATIONS www.cbride.com BRIGHTON TUX SHOP www.brightontuxshop.com CASCADE’S CATERING & BANQ. CTR. 313-535-7157 or 248-476-6800 CHEMUNG HILLS GOLF & BANQ. CTR. www.chemunghills.com

DIGITAL LANE PHOTOGRAPHY www.digitallanephotography.com DISCOUNT TABLE LINEN RENTAL www.DiscountLinenRental.com DJ AND MUSIC www.djandmusic.com DJ CRASHERS www.djcrashers.com ELEGANT INVITATIONS & BRIDAL www.ElegantInvitationsPlymouth.com ENTERTAINMENT EXPRESS www.EntertainmentExpressInc.com FIRST CLASS ENTERTAINMENT www.afirstclssdj.com GADDY’S FLORIST www.gaddysflorist.com GENITTI’S HOLE-IN-THE-WALL www.Genittis.com

CHENE MODERN BAKERY 313-582-0700

GERARD TUXEDO www.yourinvitationplace.com/gerardtuxedo www.gerardtuxedo.com

CHOCOLATE FANTASIES 313-292-7277

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PLAN YOUR PERFECT DAY using wedding consultants

Depending on the number of services needed, it can take numerous calls and visits to dozens of businesses before you even find the best choices to fit your needs and budget. Then, once your decision has been made, you must sign a contract with each vendor and hope they do a good job.

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Sometimes finding specialized or hardto-find services, like a stretch Rolls Royce, an authentic Mariachi Band, or a horse and carriage pulled by white stallions, can be an impossible task. One alternative would be to locate and hire a wedding consultant who will do the leg work, make the choices, and then contract those services for you for a fee. More and more busy couples are choosing to hire a wedding consultant who can contact, research and recommend photographers, florists, entertainment, limousine companies and a host of other services. The benefit of working with a consultant is that you will be dealing with one person. Once you sit down and explain your wishes, a custom-tailored package can be put together detailing each service exactly the way you want it. This not only saves you time, but can also save you money as well. Planning your wedding exactly the way you want it doesn’t need to be a frustrating experience. If planning your wedding through a professional consultant who does this for a living sounds like the easy answer to your problems, it is. You can hire a consultant to do as much or as little planning as you choose and the final decisions are always your own.

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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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SELECTING FORMAL WEAR ask the right questions

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


PREPARING FOR DRESS FITTINGS A few simple tips

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

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Looking For Unique Gifts for Your Wedding Party? Let Bella create your unique customize gift for your bridal party. She can take your wedding color or favorite colors & make Your Toasting Champaign Flutes, Center Pieces, Wine Glasses & Charger Plates. www.BellasGlass.com ~ 248.252.9049 Find us on

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UNIQUE CUSTOMIZED GIFTS Looking for beautiful, unique gifts for your Bridal Party? Look no further! Bella’s Glass Creations creates custom, hand decorated glass art pieces that will be treasured forever! Bella is a local Michigan Glass Artist who enjoys the magic of combing the wonder of color and creating beautiful unique gifts. She captures true elegance with a flair all of her own. Her beautifully hand crafted glass art pieces are one-ofa-kind and are created with the love of color and one’s true inner beauty – just for you!

Not finding exactly what you want? No problem! Bella can also custom make something for you to your specifications including using some of your existing glassware. Incorporate some of the designs, textures and colors from your wedding onto the glassware to pull it all together. Bella’s Glass Creations is sure to please you and your bridal party with a very special unique gifts. Find out more information about Bella including where to find her beautifully hand decorated glass art pieces or shop online at www.BellasGlass.com.

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

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

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Cakes SELECTING A CAKE:

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

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

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

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

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www.RonaldPonkeyPhotography.net PHOTOGRAPHY 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. 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.


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PHOTOGRAPHY Most photographers offer a blend of two or more styles, but tend to specialize in, and focus on, just one. If you like the 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 list of potential photographers that


PHOTOGRAPHY 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

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.

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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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On your wedding day, nothing sets the mood, stirs the emotions or touches the heart more than music. From the solemn, beautiful sounds of the ceremony, to the background melodies of the cocktail hour, to the lively dance tunes that energize the reception, music brings the romance to your day.4


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shopping for all of your wedding music needs. Once you’ve found some options, arrange meetings to hear them play in person – if you haven’t heard them live already. Once you’ve determined your ceremony musicians, they can help you select the songs to include in your wedding ceremony – how many, when, and so on. They are usually quite experienced when it comes to weddings, and will be a great resource. (Your officiant will be helpful here as well, so be sure to involve them also.) If you have specific songs in mind already, you’ll be able to hear a preview of exactly what they will sound like on your wedding day. And if you need some ideas, your musicians will be able to guide you and offer plenty of options.


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MUSIC COCKTAILS AND DINNER MUSIC The key element during cocktails and dinner is conversation, so the music playing during these times should set the mood, but not intrude. You have three options here: use the musicians that played during your ceremony, use the band or DJ that will be playing at your dance reception, or hire different musicians for this part of the day. If you do decide to have live music, chamber music, classical guitar or perhaps a jazz ensemble are all good choices, and can create a subtle background of entertainment without overpowering conversation. A wellseasoned pianist is another excellent choice, since he or she can supply a wide range of musical styles and perform your guest’s special requests. Or, if you are having a DJ for your dance

reception, they can usually provide the cocktails/dinner music as well. RECEPTION MUSIC You’re married, cocktails and dinner are over, it’s time to kick up your heels and hit the dance floor! This truly is one of the most critical wedding decisions you’ll make, because nothing can make or break a wedding celebration faster than the entertainment. Fortunately, most wedding vendors are talented professionals, and with the tips included here, you’ll be able to confidently select an excellent entertainer for your big day. Your first big question to answer will be “do we want to have live music (a band or orchestra) or a DJ”? While there are pros and cons to both, it really boils down to personal taste and budget.

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MUSIC Using live music - a band or orchestra - provides a certain festive energy to the evening, and is a wonderful option if your budget allows it. The key is to find a band that specifically does weddings, so that they can offer the versatility you need for a good event. Any live entertainment includes breaks, which can interrupt the flow of your evening, so try to come up with a solution that ensures that music is always playing. If the band is large enough, see if the band members can stagger their breaks so that someone is always playing. Or, hire a pianist or DJ to play during the breaks. Also, good, popular bands or orchestras will usually be more expensive than a DJ. They are well worth the expense, of course, since good entertainment is such a

critical element of the wedding, but it just doesn’t fit everyone’s budget. And if you can’t afford a GOOD wedding band, then consider a DJ. A DJ can provide a huge variety of music, something for everyone, and is generally less costly than a live band or orchestra. And, no breaks! Here are some of the keys to finding a good wedding DJ: 1) If possible, see them live, in action. 2) Find a vendor that is a good fit with you, personality-wise. Looking for a fun, crazy, get-jiggy-with-it party animal? Or a more upscale, elegant, formal entertainer? 3) Communication is critical. Clarify what songs and events you do and don’t want included, the order of events and other details ahead of time. 4) Ask for, and follow up on, several references.


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MUSIC THE NITTY GRITTY DETAILS You’ll want to begin researching your reception musicians early in the planning process, so that when you find someone you like, availability is less likely to be a problem. Consider how they sound as well as their personality and style. Whether you hire a band, small orchestra or DJ, your selection of musicians will be a guaranteed success as long as you provide a wide variety of music. From 50s doo-wop to disco, pop or rock, diversity is the key so that every guest attending can hear something they enjoy. You will also want to consider your reception site when determining your entertainment. Communicate with both your reception site manager, so that they are clear about your plans ahead of time, and with your band or DJ contact, so that they are familiar with the space, its limitations or requirements, and other details. If the band or DJ you’ve selected has never performed at your reception site before, ask if they can visit the location in person before your wedding to make sure it’s adequate for their needs: space, electrical power, lighting, etc. As with any wedding vendor, be sure that everything is very clear and in writing: the fees, cost and details on overtime, start and end times, alternate plans if a musician is sick that day, and so on. If any of your vendors don’t use a contract, then put all the details into a letter and copy it, sending one to the vendor and keep one in your files. Confirm all the details with your musicians about a week before the wedding. Once you’ve done your homework, selected excellent musicians for every part of your wedding, and nailed down all of the details, you can rest easy. Until, of course, it’s time to start working on your dance moves…

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BRIdaL BLooMs: design a beautiful wedding with flowers The romantic link between weddings and flowers dates back to ancient civilizations where garlands of flowers, leaves and vines were worn or carried by young brides to symbolize their beauty and innocence. Wedding flowers have since evolved from simple hand-held bouquets to vibrantly artistic creations used to set the mood and theme for the entire celebration.4


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

Since you will want your floral arrangements to last throughout the day, your floral designer’s advice will be invaluable. Some flowers hold up beautifully in the sun while others are better suited for indoors. For example, it probably would not be wise to select gardenias if you are planning an outdoor wedding at midday in June. Gardenias are as delicate as they are beautiful, and under such conditions they would wilt long before the minister says, “you may kiss the bride.” For You and Your Wedding Party The first item of consideration will be the bridal bouquet, since all other floral arrangements will take their cue from this piece. It not only sets the 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 with potted ferns or ficus trees placed strategically and wrapped with strands of


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Florists vary widely on the wedding day services they provide – some simply drop the flowers off, others spend quite a bit of time decorating your ceremony and reception sites. Be clear ahead of time about what is, and what isn’t included.

• What packages do you offer? What do they include? • How can we make the most of our floral budget? • Do you deliver the flowers? Is there a charge? • Do you provide any other kinds of decorating? • Do you rent or provide decorations and props? • Will you come to the ceremony and reception site to plan out the decor? • Do you set up at the ceremony and reception sites? • Can you move the flowers from the ceremony to reception? • Can you provide fresh flowers for the cake? • How far in advance must I book your services? • What is your cancellation policy?

FLOWERS 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 summer flowers are also available in the fall.) Year-Round: Baby’s breath, carnation, cattleman, chrysanthemum, cymbidium


FLOWERS 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.

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Transportation GeTTInG TheRe: Wedding day Transportation

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


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

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


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TRANSPORTATION this wedding day detail. Since most have outdoor decks, these are especially fun in small towns so you can take a peek outside and watch onlookers wave at the newlyweds. And there’s no transportation alternative that looks as great in photos! UNIQUE ALTERNATIVES Limos, party buses and trolleys are great, traditional options, but some new couples might opt for something more personal or creative. A horse-drawn carriage is a romantic, vintage option, especially if you can decorate it with your wedding colors or pull up to your waving guests. Vintage cars are also great photo ops and add a touch of class. An antique Rolls Royce or a ’69 Mustang are fun and something you don’t get to ride in every

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day. Ride in style like the royal couple did in their April wedding in a decorated navy soft-top Aston Martin Volante. Or, as with everything else in the wedding, make sure the transportation connects to YOU. Maybe you met at a Harley rally – ride off on your twin Hogs! Or maybe you share a love of mountain biking – don’t be afraid to wheel over on a tandem together. Personality is what makes weddings memorable, so however you move, make sure it’s full of your style. DOWN TO DETAILS Make sure to confirm transportation booking and verify pick-up and departure times well in advance of your wedding dates. And don’t be afraid to ask for a test drive! For a written contract, look for these things: • Name and contact information for you and the company (including cell phone!) • Date, time and address of all pick-up and drop-off locations • Type and number of vehicles rented, and amenities supplied with each • Exact hours of vehicle rental • Total cost, including gas, mileage, tip and overtime fees • Deposit amount, balance and due date and cancellation policy • Signatures, including yours, and the company’s representative

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Can you have a joy-filled wedding celebration and show your love for the planet, at the same time? YES, and it’s not as hard as you think! Read on for some great ways to incorporate eco-friendly touches into your special day. THE LOCALE Choosing a location that’s close to where most of your guests live is an obvious, simple but effective way to limit unnecessary transportation, as is having the ceremony and reception in the same place. Choose a location already dedicated to sustainability, such as parks, protected areas or museums.

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 petroleum-based inks.

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

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

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INVITATION ETIQUETTE introducing the couple

Your wedding invitation introduces you and your fiancé as a married couple and sets the stage for your day in the spotlight. So it’s worth checking every detail twice to ensure that the first impression you make is a good one. The outer envelope should have a return address on the back flap. Address the front of the envelope according to the following guidelines. • To indicate both parties of a married couple, use “Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Green.” • If every member of a family is invited, write “Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Green and Family.” • If only the older children are included, their names are INVITATIONS BY written below the WWW.DIADDESIGNCO.COM parents “Miss Erin Green.” • When addressing an unmarried couple living together, use each of their full names “Mr. Reginald Howard and Miss Angelica Thomson.” • Street names, cities and states should be written out completely without abbreviations.

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FAVOR YOUR GUESTS remembering your day

If you have ever attended a formal wedding, you have probably received a wedding favor, perhaps some candied Jordan almonds tied up in tulle matching the bridal party colors. Although they taste great, there’s a great deal of history behind these little bundles. Wedding favors originated with the early Europeans in the form of the groom’s cake. Each guest would receive a piece of this special cake to take home as a thank you for attending the wedding. Later, the tradition migrated to the Mediterranean region, where cake was replaced with sugar- or candy-coated Jordan almonds. The coating was white, symbolizing purity. The Jordan almond represents the bitter and the sweet of life and marriage.

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Traditionally, five almonds were given, representing health, wealth, happiness, longevity and fertility. Modern-day favors often include a sixth and a seventh almond: a pink one and a blue one, representing the bride and groom. Other candies may be used for wedding favors. Italians use the Bacci or “kiss” candy. This candy is wrapped in silver foil and contains a hazelnut and a printed fortune. Modern wedding favors often include Hershey Kisses or Hugs with almonds. MORE FAVOR IDEAS Other favors can range from imprinted matchbooks, coasters or small bottles of wine or liqueur. These favors are often decorated with personalized ribbons, lace flowers with biodegradable confetti or birdseed to shower on the happy couple. One of the nicest ways to thank your guests is with chocolate wedding favors. Consider bite-size morsels bearing your initials and wrapped in color foil or even edible sweetheart boxes filled with chocolates. Tie colorful balloons to white chocolate baskets brimming with foilwrapped candies as tasty centerpieces for your guests. A very personal gift to your guests are split bottles of wine with personalized labels. A few wineries now offer the opportunity to create your own “private label” wine. Also consider private wine tasting parties for your bachelor(ette) parties, showers or rehearsal dinners. An eco-friendly wedding favor idea is to give guests tree saplings: the earth could use more trees! Your choice of wedding favors is limited only by your imagination!

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SWEET TASTE OF CHOCOLATE a fountain of flavor and fun

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

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Tips for planning the most memorable and romantic Honeymoon or Destination Wedding Your Honeymoon is one the most important components of your wedding planning. After the ring is selected, the date is picked and the wedding gown is purchased now comes the finale of the most important day in a couple’s life. It

• It is recommended that you have at least one day in between your wedding day and your honeymoon trip. Most flights leave in the morning. You will want to give yourself enough time to get to the airport and not be exhausted. • Brides, if your passport is issued in your maiden name, be sure the information on your flights and accommodations match your passport and any other required travel documentation. • Some hotels require a copy of your marriage certificate to take advantage of special amenities exclusive for honeymoon couples.

could be planning the honeymoon of a life time or arranging the actual wedding at a destination. This could be a trip of a life time, since once your life together begins a variety of events can indefinitely delay a treasured honeymoon. Some suggestions in making the planning a pleasant experience: • Ensure the best honeymoon experience for you and your spouse when you arrange a honeymoon package in advance that includes your flight, accommodations and activities. • You will want to finalize and confirm your honeymoon approximately 4 to 6 months before you travel. • Give yourself enough time to prepare for your honeymoon, by shopping and packing about 1 to 2 weeks before your departure.

• This is a trip of a lifetime, so pamper yourself by flying first-class, upgrading your room type, and select a resort that caters to honeymoon couples. If your dream wedding is finding that perfect destination to say “I Do” there are many things to consider besides where. With all the details and challenges in planning a “perfect” wedding and the price tag that goes along with it, more couples are focusing on something truly unique. Whether it is an exotic destination or a chapel at a hotel, there is a wide array of choices. Regardless if you are traveling on your honeymoon or planning your destination wedding, AAA Travel can help eliminate the stress and provide expert advice when you contact one of the highly qualified travel specialists. (AAA membership is not required to use the services of our travel professionals but, however recommended for the exclusive member benefits).

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New York, New York What better way to celebrate your big day by going to the Big Apple for your honeymoon! New York City is known for being the city that never sleeps. It’s the fastest, most fashion forward, city of lights that the United States has to offer.


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Lay of the land New York City is located right on the tail of New York State. It starts at the mouth of the Hudson River and is hugged by the Atlantic Ocean. New York City is broken up into five major Sectors, Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. The Bronx is popular for having the Yankee Stadium, Manhattan Is most popular for all the fashionistas, let’s not forget “Liberty Island” where the Lady Liberty herself stands and represents our country!

Lady Liberty

For your Eyes Everyone knows that saying “New York Minute” because in NYC, it’s such a fast paced place you couldn’t catch your breath! There is so many things to do in Manhattan from eating out, going to night life, or even shopping! Just like everywhere else for a honeymoon but much more the list goes on! The first thing to do to make your honeymoon NYC official, is to get on the boat and ride to Liberty Island to say “Hello” to our Lady Liberty! Once in person seeing her strike that pose brings a tear to your eye! Stop by “China Town” to do a little shopping, where you can find almost everything and anything! Being in China town Feel’s like being in Hong Kong, China, You’ll forget that your even in New York. When Shopping in Manhattan, be sure to go to Bloomingdales. Famous in Movies, Bloomingdale is the place to be while shopping for a new wardrobe, or just checking out the newest hottest styles to fashion! Walk the famous streets of Times Square during the day or night and let the city lights brighten up your life! If your honeymoon is during New Years eve, Watch the famous Ball drop and celebrate the new year and honeymoon with a million other people!

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St Regis New York

Deluxe Studio Suite at the Plaza

Atrium Terrace at Night

Located in the heart of Manhattan, the St Regis is four blocks away from Central Park. With 24 hour butler service, this century old hotel is worth going too. The Luxurious décor consist of Silk walls and antiques that breathes an late 1800’s to early 1900’s. Dine is an award winning restaurant “Adour Alain Ducasse” and enjoy the King Cole Bar while having a few cocktails! With amazing detail and signature service at the St Regis, each room provides custom made furniture that expresses elegance and intimacy. With 165 guest rooms and 65 suites, each room has it’s own personal service. The St Regis New York is one of the honored hotels in the cities. Located three blocks from the Rockefeller center and the Museum of Modern Art, there is always activities to do while staying at the St Regis New York.

Hotel Plaza Athenee

Plaza Athenee Spa

Also known to be a luxurious hotel in Paris, France, Hotel Plaza Athenee New York is just about the same European style luxury hotel in the big apple. Located on the eastside of Manhattan, this Hotel is walking distance to the famous Central Park. This Hotel has amazing glass indoor terraces and balconies that give you a fresh view of the eastern Manhattan. Hotel Plaza Athenee has an Award winning restaurant with fine dining that consist of fine American Cuisine. Following the restaurant, is the Bar Seine Lounge. Truly inspired by African, Asian and European style, this lounge has unique décor to make it known to be one of the romantic spots in NYC. The hotel is gratefully pleased to offer 142 guest rooms and suites with unique


Exterior of St Regis New York

style of décor in each room. Each room has luxurious Italian sferra linens and Asian inspired silks for the ultimate luxurious feeling. Some suites have indoor glassed enclosed atrium terraces and outdoor balconies. With these, you will see the glittering lights of Manhattan Skyline which is a Romantic backdrop for dinners in your suite or just a relaxing evening together.

St Regis Lobby

The Pierre, A Taj Hotel Known for they’re exquisite service, The Pierre hotel over looks the beautiful Central Park. Walk into the Hotel and you walk upon marble floors and smell the freshly arranged flowers everyday. The Pierre is located close to all of New York Cities amazing attractions. Being one of the top 5 Hotels in New York City, The Pierre is known for it’s not only luxurious, but know for it’s elegance. The décor is soft, yet beautifully combined to compliment and reflect the hotel with elegance. Each room has an accent color wall with either soft peach, periwinkle, or sage so you can have that relaxation you were meant to have on your honeymoon. Staying at The Pierre brings you back to the 30’s and 40’s era when the bellboy asks “what floor plan please madam?”. When arriving to your suite, enjoy the city views or if you selected the park views, enjoy the view of Central Park. The Pierre Hotel has a delectable European restaurant that is called La Caprice which is known around the world. Two E Bar/lounge is perfect for an evening with your newly wed and sipping on some signature cocktails and sharing delicious appetizers. If The Pierre Hotel is where you decide on your honeymoon, you will be charmed by the exceptionally courteous service provided. Make sure you reserve your suite at The Pierre Hotel and experience the history first-hand. The Pierre is where your honeymoon with be luxuriously romantic.

Old King Cole Lounge

Tiffany Suite Entrance

Tiffany Suite


Climate

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Although New York has the four seasons, and the winters are cold, New York City has a humid “Subtropic climate” so snow doesn’t actually cover like upstate New York. However, the winter breeze can be very cold reaching temperatures of 0˚F with wind chills below zero. So button up if your honeymoon falls in the winter season! Spring and summer are the usual warm rainy seasons. Great weather to go shopping in the big apple!

Geography

New York City is composed of five boroughs: Manhatten, The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. Manhattan (most likely where you will visit) is loosely divided into Lower, Midtown, and Uptown regions. Uptown Manhattan is divided by Central Park into the Upper East Side and the Upper West Side, and above the park is Harlem

Getting around New York City

The best way to get around New York City is by mass transit. The New York City subway offers visitors an affordable, quick and easy way to get around. The subway and bus system offer 7 day passes for your convenience. Taxis are also available for a more direct route should you need it. Central Park in Winter

Top Tourist Spots

• The Empire State Building; Statue of Liberty; Ellis Island; Broadway theaters; the Metropolitan Museum of Art (“The Met”), Rockefeller Center and Times Square. • Central Park and Washington Square Park • Luxury shopping along Fifth and Madison Avenues • Events such as the Halloween Parade in Greenwich Village, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the St. Patrick’s Day parade.

Marriage Laws

Apply for a marriage license at the New York State Town or City clerk for $35. You must obtain a marriage license from the office of the New York Clerk. You must wait 24 hours from the exact time the license was issued. Proof of Age and Identity A person is required to establish proof of age and identity by submitting to the issuing clerk: • One of the following age related documents: birth certificate, baptismal record ,naturalization record or census record. • One of the following identity related documents: Driver’s License, Passport ,employment picture ID or immigration record.


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Cook Islands Aitutaki & Rarotonga Island

Honeymoons are meant for you and your newly loved one to getaway after the celebration of your wedding! Why not getaway by going to the secrets of the South Pacific, The cook Islands. The most visited islands are Rarotonga, and it’s sister island Aitutaki.


ISLANDS The Cook Islands are made up of beautiful volcanic islands. These islands do not ha ve traffic, but you can travel around by scooters, or walking or taking the only island bus that drives the perimeter of the islands. Whichever way you decide to travel on the island, you will see villages, beaches and lush floral and vegetation will be on either side. The culture is so welcoming, you feel like it’s a home away from home, but on a breathtaking island.

AQUAMARINE Water to the islanders and the islands itself, consider water “A way of life”. Scuba diving, snorkeling, and bone fishing are just splashing in the turquoise water is a natural component of the life style. When snorkeling, you experience another world, feasting your eyes on little jewels that swim pass you and seeing the botanical beauties underneath the epic blue blanket of mother earth. If your wanting to take a cruise in a kayak, or canoe, they offer that as well at Dancers at Aitutaki

the islands. Swiftly drift over the coral reef and sit back and relax while the glittering aquamarine shines on your face.

EXPLORE Rather than taking the island bus that circles the perimeter of the island, try the adventurist tours the islands have to offers. On the Rarotonga island, taking the Coconut Tour takes you into the wilderness on four wheelers.(YES! You drive the four wheelers) it’s wild and exciting going through small creeks of water and zig zagging through the tropical trees! There are alternatives for this tour of course, if you want to sit back and relax, they offer the Island Buggy adventure. Walking and hiking is also an option for the adventure through the jungle. Walking/ hiking on the Trekking tour will take you on a guided tour through the jungle and you can experience Mother Nature more on a personal level. The tour guide also educates you on the home remedies of the islanders by showing you natural medicine plants and brings you through secret botanical gardens.


PEOPLE These true Polynesians are born of the sea. With genuine care for others, Cook islanders have a natural charm that lures visitors in. High Spirited, and friendly, the Cook Islanders are great entertainers of the deep blue pacific. Between the northern group and southern group, both groups of islanders are known to be the last great wave of Polynesians to migrate from Asia, which started back as far as 1500 B.C. The Cook Islanders are known to have a strong family bond, so visitors are comfortable and feel like they are home.

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Sunset From Aitutaki Island

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Whether its Bungalows, Resorts or even Villas, the Cook Islands Rarotonga, and Aitutkai have many places to choose from, and all venues are mind blowing and breathtaking. Premier Bride took the Top Four venues to stay when staying at the Cook Islands. Here are our suggestions:

Pacific Resort Aitutaki: www.pacificresort.com

Pool Restaurant at Dusk

You may think the pacific is beautiful when the sun sets and adds glittery shimmer on top, but when you arrive at the nineteen acres of tropical forest, and beachfront with sugar frosting sand its hard to compare the two. This resort has only 27 luxurious bungalows, suites, and villas. Each unit has its own theme and all has a perfect view of the crystal clear lagoon. Located on the Aitutaki island, This resort s is known to be the leading start luxury resort.

Aitutaki Resort and Spa www.aitutakilagoonresort.com Located on the Aitutaki island, this resort is known to be a “Magical Hideaway�. The resort and spa offers bungalows that are secluded and over the crystal clear waters. Each bungalow was helped designed by the local people. Each bungalow has been specifically designed to enjoy the lagoon with luxury.

Pool Restaurant During the Day


Whether you decide to stay in a bungalow or suite, the staff is there to provide you help and also activity needs. From walks near the reefs or taking your complimentary canoe for a ride in the turquoise waters, there’s always something to do in the Aitutaki Lagoon.

Aitutaki Escape www.aitutakiescape.com Staying at the Aitutaki Escape explains the name. Located on the Aitutaki Island, not only is this place the most exclusive in the south pacific, but is also known to be a romantic getaway. The Aitutaki Escape has only three luxurious villas that are overlaying the waters of the lagoon. Since there are only three Villas, each of them have there own private swimming pool and spa pool. It doesn’t get anymore secluded than that! Of course, dining isn’t a problem since there are only three villas. Or all guest request, there are off site restaurant meal plans, or if you’d rather stay at your escape they offer in house private dining. What a better way to not only have the wedding of your dreams, but also a honeymoon of your dreams.

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Crown Beach Resort and Spa www.crownbeach.com This romantic and peaceful resort is located on the Rarotonga island. The Crown beach only caters to 36 couples. This resort is not only beautiful but is stress and noise free. You can relax on your honeymoon with the sounds of mother natures best, and drift away to her sounds of the shallow tides reaching to land. The resort offers beachfront service and has five acres of the earth’s finest botanical beauties. Each unit is self-contained with all of the amenities you need. Quality casual dining at the Oceans restaurant and Bar is known for specializing in themed dinners, luncheon, and breakfast. The Ocean Bar has not only phenomenal cocktails, but the specials of “Buy one cocktail get one free” is very appealing. The Crown resort and spa have been recognized to having the highest standards of accommodations. The local staff will make sure you have the most unforgettable honeymoon or perfect vacation. It’s they’re goal to make you happy.


Climate

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The Cook islands are your typical Tropical weather. During the summers it’s hot and humid with higher rainfall. Winter season is cooler and drier. Through January-June the weather stays around the upper 80’s, as to july-December the weather is in the upper 70’s. Cyclone season (hurricane season) normally start from November and last until March.

Marriage Laws

Requirements for marriage in the Cook Islands, you must: • Be 21 years of age or have written consent from parents. • Apply for marriage license in person at least three working days before wedding.

Electricity

240 volts-50 hertz cycle which is the same as the UK.

Currency

The Cook islands use New Zealand Dollars. The islands have there own distinctive notes and coins that have equal value to NZ currency.

Language

English and cook islands “Maori” are the official languages.

Time Zone

The islands are 10 hours behind GMT. Daylight savings are not observed so the time stays the same.

Roratonga Island

Lagoon at Pacific Resort


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Bangkok Thailand If it’s the bustling sounds of a big city that excites you then Bangkok just might be your perfect honeymoon destination. The capitol and largest city of Thailand, Bangkok is a bustling metropolis that will stimulate any traveler with chaos and excitement all at once. From the city, to the beaches, to the countryside there is no doubt that Bangkok, Thailand is a unique and stimulating honeymoon destination.


Sightseeing With over 1,000 years of history there is no doubt you will find plenty of things to do when visiting this Asian Wonder. The perfect Thai honeymoon would include a relaxing cruise along one of the many canals that connect to the Chao Phraya River where the exquisite beauty defines why Bangkok is called “Venice of the East”. A trip to Bangkok would not be complete without a visit to the Grand Palace. Here visitors will be in awe of the most exotic Buddhist temple in the world, The Emerald Buddha, carved from a single piece of jade. There are plenty of sights within the palace, built in 1783, to keep you busy with over 200,000 square feet of royal beauty. Other great tourist attractions in Bangkok include the Ancient City, Baiyoke Sky Tower, Dusit Zoo, Chinatown, and

the Chitralada Palace just to name a few. There are also dozens of temples, wats, and monuments to visit. If sightseeing is your passion then you will not run out of things to do in Bangkok.

Shopping The question in Bangkok is not where to shop but what to buy. There are so many choices here that the avid shopper will be engulfed in pure paradise. From grand shopping malls to busy street markets Bangkok has everything from jewelry, furs, tapestry, silk, antiques, glassware, etc. If you want it….it can be found in Bangkok. There are many shopping destinations in Bangkok but you don’t want to miss the Chatuchak Market which is known as the most exhilarating and chaotic shopping experience in the world.

Bangkok Nightlife

Shopping in Bangkok, Thailand

Shopping in Bangkok, Thailand


The Peninsula Spa Entrance

Where to Stay The Peninsula Bangkok This luxurious 37-story hotel offers panoramic views of the Chao Phraya River and cityscapes from every one of its guest rooms and suites. Hotel facilities include seven restaurants and bars with impressive settings and views, landscaped outdoor pool, fitness center and a luxurious, stand-alone spa with a range of treatments. The Peninsula Bangkok is close to the shopping districts of Bangkok and is close to several of the city’s historical attractions. Situated alongside the river, the beauty here is undeniable.

The Sukhothai Bangkok Hotel The Thai Suite at the Peninsula

From the moment you step into this beautiful green sanctuary it is hard to believe you are in the heart of such a massive city. This grand hotel gives you the feeling on pure peace and serenity combining art of the ancient world with all of the luxury of spectacular modern amenities. The beauty is surreal but the experience is unforgettable.

Where to Eat Deluxe Suite at the Peninsual

Beaufont Suite

The Peninsula Hotel situated along banks of the Chao Phraya River is the home of three fantastic restaurants that you don’t want to miss during your stay. With beautiful settings and breath-taking views it’s no surprise that these restaurants are known for being the best of the best in a city of 8 million. If it’s authentic Thai home style cooking you can’t wait to feast your eyes on then look no further than Thiptara. Here you will experience intimate dining by candlelight with soft, soothing music in the background. Thiptara offers a variety of options such as beef curry, tom yum goong, pad thai, and even some European option for those preferring something more traditional.


Mei Jiang at the Peninsula Hotel

Mei Jiang, located on the ground level of the Peninsula Hotel offers authentic Cantonese choices including their specialty abalone dishes as well as dim sum if you’re in the mood to try several different options at one meal. This charming restaurant with latticed windows gives you spectacular views of the river. The River CafÊ & Terrace allows you to enjoy your meal outside. It is always fun to watch the water traffic along the Chao Phraya. There are many options in this comfortable atmosphere from an international breakfast, dinner buffet, or a la carte meals offered all day long. Thiptara at the Peninsula Hotel

Tea Time at the Peninsula

Restaurant at the Sukhothai Bangkok Hotel


Climate

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It is important to familiarize yourself with Bangkok’s hot, tropical weather before planning your trip. The temperature remains consistent in the low 90’s throughout the year. May through October is the rainy season with monsoons frequent. Therefore, the best months to travel to the region is November through February, the driest part of the year.

Electricity

220 volts AC, 50Hz. Both flat and round two-pin plugs are used.

Getting Married in Thailand

• Foreigners marrying either a Thai citizen or another foreigner will need a valid passport (for at least six months) with two copies of the photograph page and two copies of the page showing your visa into Thailand. • Obtain an Affirmation of Freedom to Marry from your home embassy in Bangkok - and a certified translation of this document in Thai. You’ll then have to take this document to the Legalization and Naturalization Division of the Department of Consular Affairs on Chaeng Wattana Road in northern Bangkok to get it authenticated.

Currency

• If you’re marrying a Thai citizen, he/she will need their Identification Card and their House Registration Document with, a photo copy of both of these.

Language

• Once you have all these documents in order, you should go to an Amphur (‘District Office’) and apply for a Thai marriage license.

The unit of currency is the Thai Baht (THB). ATM’s are available in most cities and hotel resorts. Thai is the official language in Bangkok but English is widely spoken in the tourist regions.

Time Zone

UTC/GMT +7 hours. No daylight saving time in 2012. City View of Bangkok,Thailand

• If you have a religious ceremony, be sure to register it at the local Amphur office or submit your paperwork and fee to the office for your marriage certificate.


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The professionals who turn wedding day memories into miniature movies have jumped on the digital bandwagon and are offering their services in digital format more frequently than ever before. Brides and grooms have plenty to gain by employing a digital videographer to capture the special moments of their wedding day. Digital videography is less expensive than analog videography for several reasons. First off, videographers who shoot in digital format are able to manipulate what they’ve shot using a computer. They can edit the video, incorporate music and add special features like slide shows, credits and titles in a much more efficient way. Because the video is digital and so easy to work with, all this can also be done inexpensively.

The life span of a digital video is also considerably longer than that of analog tape. While VHS tape doesn’t last more than 10 or 15 years--and the more you play it, the shorter its life span--DVDs can be played over and over again with no affect on the life or the quality of the movie. For this reason, it’s best to preserve the video in digital format. When interviewing videographers, find out how much experience each individual has shooting in digital format. Ask questions like how they’ve been working in digital format, how long has he or she been in business, and what is his or her background experience with digital video. Choose someone who has at least at two years of solid digital videography experience.

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Honeymoon in one of many local bed & breakfasts, cruise Lake St. Clair on a quaint charter or take in nature touring a wooded trail. If your dream includes a wedding on the beach, look no further than the area’s public access sites on Lake St. Clair and the St. Clair River. With its natural beauty, talented vendors and small community charm, the Blue Water area will exceed your expectations for a unique and wonderful wedding.

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

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


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

108 E. Main St., Northville

248•349•0522

www.genittis.com RECEPTION 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 builtin public-address systems which can be used for introductions and toasts. If your site of choice doesn’t offer this equipment, make sure your DJ or musicians can provide it. Room décor. Most sites offer a neutral background to work with, but make sure the flooring, wall coverings and colors will work with the style and season of your wedding.


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COUPLES GET CHARITABLE for Gilda’s Club Metro Detroit

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

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

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

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Professionally Attired Wait Staff & Trained Bartenders Reasonably Priced with All-Inclusive Packages Centrally Located

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26210 W. 12 Mile Rd. d Southfield, MI 48034 d (248) 352-7399 accgd@earthlink.net d www.accgd.org RECEPTION Services offered. Be clear, with each site visited, exactly what is and is not included. From catering and wait staff, to candles and chairs… get those details up front. A note about outdoor receptions If you’re planning an outdoor reception, it’s critical to have a 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.

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All Saints Conference & Banquet Center Personalized Reception at Reasonable PRices

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Perhaps the only part of a wedding that’s gotten a bad rap throughout the years is the meal. Guests usually expect a dry chicken breast and some sticky rice pilaf, so spicing up the dinner and giving it a personal spin is the perfect way to make your wedding memorable and give your guests some fuel to dance the night away.4


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CATERING STEP 1: START THE SEARCH. As soon as you’ve selected your reception site, the catering search can begin. Some locations require that you use their in-house caterer or banquet department, which makes your choice fairly simple. These locations include hotels, country clubs and some of the more unusual facilities such as museums, boats or historical homes. If they allow an independent caterer, you may be asked to choose from a preapproved list. If you’re able to select your own caterer, though, try to narrow down your list to no more than three, otherwise you’ll be tasting for a month and all the flavors will blur together. When you’re calling caterers, make sure to have as much information as you know on hand. They’ll want

to know your wedding date, time of day, approximate number of guests, if you’d like a sit-down or buffet meal and the degree of formality and style. If you have any general menu ideas or preferences, let the caterer know so they can be better prepared for your initial meeting. Ask for sample wedding menus and references before a formal meeting or tasting. STEP 2: DETERMINE YOUR SERVICE STYLE. Right off the bat, caterers will want to discuss your taste and budget in detail. Think about the style and feel of your wedding, and decide whether you want a sit-down meal or a buffet. Then talk about the extras – do you want hors d’oeuvres during cocktails and a late-night snack? How about


Stone Creek Banquet HaLL

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734-379-1453 – www.flatrockrec.org CATERING fruit or coffee with the cake? Talk with a caterer about the different options and appropriateness for the time of day, number of guests and style. STEP 3: SCHEDULE A TASTING. When you finally narrow down your list, the fun part is here – tasting! Don’t be afraid to speak up during tastings, or ask if they can tweak something to your tastes. This is your day and your meal and fulfilling your food wishes is their job.

with your caterer to craft the perfect and personal menu. Remember that the caterer has probably seen lots of weddings and knows what works best with the number of people, the time of day and the locations, so take their professional advice if they think a cool, crisp salad might not be the best appetizer in your outdoor summer wedding. Also keep your guests in mind – you might have to accommodate for lots of children or vegetarians, for example.

STEP 4: DESIGN THE MENU. Start by searching through magazines, web sites and bridal shows to clarify your likes and dislikes. Think about weddings you’ve attended, or ask caterers or friends for favorites and fails. Then, work closely

STEP 5: CALCULATE THE COST. Once you’ve selected a caterer, think business and cost. Most caterers base their prices on a per-person cost. Facilities with in-house catering departments may have a minimum charge or set-up fee, while an off-


CATERING premises caterer will usually work within any reasonable, agreed-upon budget. Keep in mind buffets are usually priced higher, since they’ll have to account for a little more per person, and it’s common to add overage or gratuity. Your final guest count is usually required one week before the event. This will be the minimum number of people for which you will actually be charged. Most caterers will plan on the addition of a few last-minute guests and will add the meals to the bill after the wedding. Decide if you’ll include meals for weddingrelated personnel, such as the DJ, musicians, photographer and consultant. If cost is an issue, ask your caterer about “vendor meals,” these meals are more casual than

the guest menu and are offered at a lower cost per person. Get specifics as to what extras are included in the caterer’s charges, such as table linens, plates, glasses, crystal, silverware and service pieces. STEP 6: PLAN THE HELP. Once the menu is finalized, the next step is determining the number of wait staff you will need to serve your feast and keep your reception running smoothly. Your caterer will give you a better idea, but a general guideline is one server per 10 to 12 guests for a sit-down dinner. A full and open bar will require more servers. Ask ahead of time what their attire is, so it matches the style and formality of your reception.

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

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STEP 7: FINALIZE THE DETAILS, IN WRITING. Don’t sign a contract without this info – day, date, time, address of the site, food items by course, number of guests covered, provisions for special meals, time of cocktail hour, time meal is served, contact people, number of bartenders and wait staff, linens, beverages and bar guidelines, terms of payment and liability insurance. There will probably be an advance deposit when you sign the contract, and don’t forget to check the cancellation policy. PERSONALIZE YOUR MEAL! Trip around the world. Give your guests a culinary trip across the globe, with a variety of food stations offering a range of ethnic food…pad thai, bruschetta, and mini sushi rolls are a fun way to inspire conversation and provide something for everyone. Share your faves. Do you and your spouse have a favorite restaurant you went on your first date, or a meal you love cooking together? Make it part of your day. Even if your favorite restaurant doesn’t have a special cater service for those fish tacos, talk to an owner and see if they’d be willing to bend a little, especially for a small wedding. Don’t make your grandma cook her favorite lasagna on your day, but don’t be afraid to look for a great Italian caterer and let everyone know the inspiration for the meal.

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Reception

9 Golden Rules foR a GReat WeddinG Reception Create a night to remember with thoughtful planning

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

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

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

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

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

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the firSt dance: “don’t wait forever to do it and don’t do it forever.” A good time to do the first dance (and other specialty dances) is just after dinner – to kick off the party portion of the evening and keep the energy going. If any song you’ve selected is over three minutes, you may want to have your bandleader shorten it up or have your

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a waY to Keep ’em dancing… Ideally, it’s great if there is a bar near the dance floor. People tend to congregate near the bar, and this way the non-dancers will still be close to the party people: the dancers. It’s also easier for guests to move seamlessly on and off the dance floor. You’ll find that the dance floor is more easily filled if it’s located near a bar!

focuS on Your gueStS. You and your groom are really the hosts of this shindig… and it’s always good to be a gracious host. Take some time to envision the day from your guests’ point of view, and do whatever you can to make sure their experience is smooth, relaxing and fun. This will truly make it a wedding they’ll remember!

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

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Ceremony SELECTING A

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


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Phone Number(s)

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Reception Room Capacity Range

Number of Available Banquet Rooms

Suggested Number of Months to Schedule Facility

Average Price per Person

Number of Guests per Server

RECEPTION & BANQUET GUIDE CHEMUNG HILLS GOLF

517-546-4230

67

300

2

6-12

$50 or less

Varies

CRYSTAL GARDENS

517-545-1000

55

900

5

12

$50 to $75

30

DUNHAM HILLS

248-887-9170

25-300

3

3-24

$26 to $50

Varies

THE OPERA HOUSE

517-540-0065

200

1

3-6

Varies

Varies

WALDENWOODS BANQUET & CONFERENCE CENTER

810-632-6401

65

250

4

6-12

$30 to $75

20

WHISPERING PINES

734-878-0009

62

300

2

6-12

$26 to $50

25

WOODSHIRE PLACE

517-223-8187

330

1

Flexible

$25 or less

Varies

20-700

4

Up to 24

$36.95 to $48.95

20

ASSUMPTION CULTURAL CENTER 586-771-8600

500

2

12-18

$26 to $50

20

ATHENA HALL

586-773-4440

960

5

12 Varies

$25 and up

Varies

BARRISTER GARDENS

586-773-4040

1200

4

ASAP

$26 to $50

20

BARRISTER HOUSE

586-774-0530

30-750

3

ASAP

BLOSSOM HEATH

586-771-2300

up to 350

1

Varies

$26 to $50

25

CLUB MONTE CARLO

586-731-8220

50-500

6

9

$26 to $50

25-30

CONCORDE INN BANQUET & CONFERENCE CENTER

586-493-7200

250

2

12

$43 to $55

20-30

INFINITY-OVATION YACHT CHARTERS

586-778-7030

50-300

2

Varies

Varies

750

3

12

$26 to $50

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

2975 Old US-23, Hartland

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

MACOMB COUNTY ANDIAMO WARREN BANQUET

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

586-268-3200

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

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

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$11.95 and up 12-17

44315 Gratiot Ave., Clinton Twnshp 400 Maple Park Blvd., Suite 404 St. Clair Shores

ZUCCARO BANQUETS & CATERING 586-949-4110

46601 Gratiot, Chesterfield

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

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Winding oak staircase. Baby grand in lobby. Waterfall. Large dance floor. Neutral dĂŠcor. Each hall has private restrooms. Restored 1920 road house with domed dance floor. Newly remodeled facility. Garden with waterfall & pond. January thru April discounts, Friday night specials. Outdoor wedding feel with breathtaking promenade - foliage, natural lighting, & fountain. Great photo opps! n Two unique waterfront venues with breathtaking views of the Detroit Skyline along with the finest cuisine will provide you the celebration of a lifetime. Homemade pastas & pastries.


Reception Room Capacity Range

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Phone Number(s)

RECEPTION & BANQUET GUIDE

250

2

Flexible

$17.95 to $43.95

25

50-150

1

1

$15.95 or less

20

3-500

3

Varies

$26 to $50

25

300

1

MONROE COUNTY LINKS AT LAKE ERIE

734-384-1177

QUALITY INN & SUITES

734-242-6000

14727 LaPlaisance Rd., Monroe

1225 N. Dixie Hwy., Monroe

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OAKLAND COUNTY ADDISON OAKS

248-693-8305

ACC BANQUET HALL

248-352-7399

BAKERS OF MILFORD

248-685-3300

5-500

4

6-12

$26 to $50

Varies

BAY POINTE GOLF CLUB

248-360-0600

300

2

Varies

$26 to $50

25

INDIANWOOD GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB

248-693-9100

230

3

Varies

$50

Varies

COMFORT INN OF WATERFORD

248-666-8555

200

3

2

$26.95

50

COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT

248-553-0000

170

1

3-12

$26.50

25

GLEN OAKS COUNTRY CLUB

248-626-2600

450

1

12

$26 to $50

25

KING’S COURT CASTLE

248-391-1900

up to 230

3

Varies

$45 to $50

Varies

LYON OAKS GOLF COURSE & BANQUET CENTER

248-437-9200

up to 500

2

Varies

$26 to $50

25

MYSTIC CREEK GOLF CLUB & BANQUET CENTER

248-684-3333

up to 300

2

Varies

$25 or less

20

TWIN LAKES GOLF CLUB

248-601-4175

up to 400

1

Varies

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2025 S. Milford, Milford

4001 Haggerty Rd., West Bloomfield

63

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Up to $29.95 20-30 3-12 last minute welcome

1081 Indianwood Road, Lake Orion 7076 Highland Rd, Waterford

31525 W. 12 Mile Rd. Farmington Hills 30500 W. 13 Mile Farmington Hills

2325 Joslyn, Lake Orion

61

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52251 Pontiac Trail, Lyon Township

One Champions Circle, Milford 455 Twin Lakes Dr., Oakland

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

Kosher Cuisine Available

All-inclusive packages available. Indoor & outdoor ceremonies.

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

Buffet, Sit Down Chicken Village

Chair covers & fully decorated hall with centerpieces included. Allinclusive packages available.

extensive menu choices.

Buffet Varies

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Valet Parking Available

Separate Area Available for Ceremony

Buffet, Plated

House Special Entrees

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Char-Grilled Mediterranean Chicken Breast

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no other. A masterpiece of architecture and expert craftsmanship. Built in the historic setting of Canterbury Village. What brideto-be could resist her fairy tale wedding in a elegant, romantic castle ballroom?

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Brand new facility operated by Oak Management. n Panoramic view of golf course.

Award-winning executive chef.

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


Phone Number(s)

See Page for More Information

Reception Room Capacity Range

Number of Available Banquet Rooms

Suggested Number of Months to Schedule Facility

Average Price per Person

Number of Guests per Server

RECEPTION & BANQUET GUIDE

888-355-4004

51

150-400

2

4-12

$19 to $25

20

ALEXANDER’S PREMIERE BANQUET FACILITY

810-364-6650

53

10-1,000

2

6-8

$20 and up

10-15

BLACK RIVER COUNTRY CLUB

810-982-9595

51

275

3

12

$26 to $50

15

SANILAC COUNTY LAKEVIEW HILLS GOLF RESORT

6560 Peck Rd., Lexington

ST. CLAIR COUNTY 1195 Gratiot Blvd., Marysville 3300 Country Club Dr., Port Huron

WASHTENAW COUNTY CAMPUS INN

734-769-2200

80-130

3

6-12

$26 to $50

FOX HILLS

734-453-7272

450

5

Varies

Varies

Varies

POLO FIELDS GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB

734-998-1555

Ask

1

Varies

Varies

Varies

YPSILANTI MARRIOTT

734-487-2000

up to 640

14

9-15

Varies

20

615 E. Huron, Ann Arbor 8768 N. Territorial, Plymouth

5200 Polo Fields Dr., Ann Arbor 1275 S. Huron Street, Ypsilanti

WAYNE COUNTY ALL SAINTS BANQUET HALL

734-946-9650

63

150-375

1

Inquire

Varies

Varies

CASCADE’S CATERING & BANQUET HALL

248-476-6800 313-535-7157

68

300

2

Varies

$20

Varies

CRYSTAL GARDENS BANQUET CENTER

734-285-2210

55

up to 1200

3

6-12

Varies

Varies

DEARBORN INN,

313-271-2700

500

3

18

$75 and more

20

DEARBORN MANOR

313-582-7433

96

350

1

6

$26 to $50

40

GENITTI’S HOLE-IN-THE-WALL

248-349-0522

60

36-280

4

Inquire

$26 to $50

Varies

THE GRECIAN CENTER

734-282-5700

59

up to 450

2

6-16

$26 to $35

Varies

24900 Brest Rd., Taylor

29155 7 Mile, Livonia

16703 Fort St., Southgate A Marriott Hotel 20301 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn 5101 Oakman Blvd., Dearborn 108 E. Main St., Northville

16300 Dix Toledo Rd., Southgate


n

Lamb Chops, Chicken Cordon Bleu

n

n

Buffet, Plated, Sit Down Buffet, Plated

Varies

n

n

Filet Mignon & Broiled Salmon

n

Ethnic Menus Available

n

n

n Banquet rooms with views of golf course

and river. Tented outdoor reception area. Custom menus available.

n n

n

n

n

n

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

n 18 Hole golf course on site, Complete

recreation facilities. At I-94, exit 183.

n

n

n n

n n n n Buffet, Family, Individual n n n n

Prime Rib & Filets n

Buffet, Plated, Family

Bring your own caterer or use one of ours. All inclusive packages available. Large dance floor. Near I-94, I-75, Telegraph. Many hotels in area. n Beautiful landscaping. Excellent food and service. Outdoor ceremony. Customized to fit your budget. Two story lobby with spiral staircase, beautifully decorated ballrooms. n National historic site, AAA 4 diamond,

award winning food & service.

n

Buffet, Family Family

n 90% of all food served is homemade. All

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

Buffet, Family

Plated

Special features

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

n n n n

n n n

Buffet, Family, Plated

n Golf course setting. Close to Lake Huron.

On-site accommodations. Offsite catering available.

Buffet, Plated

n

7 Course Italian Dinner

n n

Buffet, Plated

n

n

Kosher Cuisine Available

Serving Style Available Buffet, Plated

Valet Parking Available

Separate Area Available for Ceremony

House Special Entrees

n

n n n

n

n

A rich setting, affordable venue. Our theatre provides a unique & intimate backdrop for ceremony. Allinclusive deluxe package available. n Outdoor Ceremonies in Gazebo or Pavilion.


Reception Room Capacity Range

Number of Available Banquet Rooms

Suggested Number of Months to Schedule Facility

Average Price per Person

Number of Guests per Server

See Page for More Information

Phone Number(s)

RECEPTION & BANQUET GUIDE

350

9

6-18

$17.95 to $52.99

Varies

50-500

2

12

$23 to $34

Varies

WAYNE COUNTY (CONT.) 734-283-4400 HOLIDAY INN SOUTHGATE BANQUET & CONFERENCE CENTER

17201 Northline Rd., Southgate

ITALIAN AMERICAN HALL

734-285-4044

JOY MANOR BANQUET FACILITY

734-525-0960

75-425

4

6-12

$35 or less

20

MASONIC TEMPLE OF DETROIT

313-832-7100

up to 800

8

3-12

$26 to $50

20

QUALITY INN & SUITES

734-261-6800

35-225

2

Varies

Varies

24

ST. MARY’S CULTURAL CENTER

734-421-9220

550

3

Varies

$24 to $34

20-30

ST. MICHAEL BANQUET HALL

313-561-6288

50-300

1

Flexible

$27

Varies

350

1

Varies

$27

Varies

310

1

6-18

$28 or less

24

$45

30

Varies

Varies

646 Biddle Ave., Wyandotte 28999 Joy Rd., Westland

500 Temple Ave., Detroit

30375 Plymouth Rd., Livonia

18100 Merriman, Livonia

26375 W. Chicago Rd., Redford

58

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

750 N. Beech Daly Rd. Dearborn Heights

STONE CREEK BANQUET CENTER 734-379-1453

One Maquire St., Flat Rock

66

SUMMIT ON THE PARK

734-394-5487

350

2

6

WAYNE COMMUNITY CENTER

734-721-7400

400

5

12

WAYNE TREE MANOR

734-728-3020 Inside Back Cover

50-1,000

4

6

46000 Summit Parkway, Canton

4635 Howe Rd., Wayne

35100 Van Born Rd., Wayne

Absolutely everything for your wedding! Registe r

to

WIN PRIze s!


Plated, Buffet, Family

n n

Italian, Gourmet n Specialties

Buffet, Family, Plated

n n n n

Varies

n n All inclusive wedding packages available.

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

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All Styles

n n

n

Buffet, Family, Sit Down

n n n n

Baked Whitefish n w/Herb Champagne Sauce

Buffet, Family, Plated

Special features

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

Kosher Cuisine Available

Valet Parking Available

Serving Style Available

Separate Area Available for Ceremony

House Special Entrees

Roasted Prime Rib, n Steak & Seafood

n

n

Stage, hardwood dance floor, no room dividers, private banquet halls. Recently remodeled rooms with distinct character. Historical setting, beautiful ballrooms, crystal chandeliers. n n Newly renovated banquet facilities. Jacuzzi

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

n n n n

International

All Styles

Varies

Buffet, Plated, Family

n n n

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

Varies

Buffet, Plated, Family

n n n

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

Buffet, Plated

n n

Buffet, Family, Sit Down, Plated

n n n n

Specializing in n Customized Menus n

n

Ethnic Menus Available for All

n

Full service banquet facility, personalized menu planning.

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

n

Buffet, Family, Plated

n n

n

Gazebo for outdoor ceremony with ample room indoors in event of inclement weather. Guests have access to outdoor patios attached to Grand Ballroom. The Summit venue is reserved exclusively for you and your guests. Bring your own caterer. Newly remodeled. Stationary dance floor. Newly remodeled. Plenty of parking. Rich setting, affordable venue. Outstanding reputation for food and service.

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Sunday January 6, 2013 Lansing Center Doors open from 11am to 4pm. Fashion show at 1pm. Tickets are $6 at the door or $4 in advance at Fantastic Finds. Fashion show at 1pm featuring Fantastic Finds, David’s Bridal, MW Tux and Sound Productions. Come see the latest fashions including Bridal Gowns, Bridesmaids Dresses, Flower Girls & Mother of the Bride.

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

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

989-534-1135 • www.bridalworldshows.com

BRIDAL SHOW AND TELL everything in one place

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

presented. It is a good idea to bring a note pad and pencil, so you can take notes on your favorite dresses, tuxedos and the stores that offer them. Bridal shows range in size from 40 to 200 exhibitor booths. They normally take place on weekends during the months of January, February, March, August and September. In addition to fashion shows, food samples and entertainment are also featured. There are numerous door prizes and contests to enter so bring stick on labels with your name, address and wedding date to make registering for prizes easier. Local bridal shows generally advertise on the radio, in bridal magazines, and in the newspaper. Local merchants, especially bridal salons, have information on shows in your area as well.

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For more information:

586-532-9200 For discounted tickets, go to:

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2013 Bridal Show SeaSon: Fall Bridal CeleBrations at The Palace of auburn Hills

5 Championship Drive, Auburn Hills Sunday - September 16, 2012

Winter Bridal CeleBrations at The Palace of auburn Hills

5 Championship Drive, Auburn Hills Sunday - January 13, 2013

Bridal CeleBrations at The dearborn inn

20301 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn Sunday - January 27, 2013

Bridal CeleBrations at The auburn Hills Marriott Pontiac Hotel at Centerpoint

3600 Centerpoint Parkway · Pontiac Sunday - February 10, 2013


2012-13 MICHIGAN BRIDAL SHOWS AUGUST 5, 2012

2012 SUMMER BRIDAL SHOW 12 - 4pm Howell Opera House 123 W. Grand River (734) 355-6446 AUGUST 12, 2012

CHELSEA BRIDAL SHOW 1pm - 4pm Chelsea Comfort Inn & Village Conference Center 1645 Commerce Park Drive, Chelsea (734) 433-8000 SEPTEMBER 16, 2012

FALL BRIDAL CELEBRATIONS Noon - 5pm The Palace of Auburn Hills 5 Championship Drive, Auburn Hills (586) 532-9200 SEPTEMBER 23, 2012

BRIDAL SHOWCASE 2012

1pm - 3:30pm Red Olive Banquet Center 1051 Ann Arbor Road W, Plymouth, MI 48170 (734) 453-8872 SEPTEMBER 23, 2012

FALL BRIDAL SHOW AT STONE CREEK 3 - 5:30pm Stone Creek Banquet Center One Maguire Street, Flat Rock (734) 379-1450 OCTOBER 7, 2012

WEDDING EXTRAVAGANZA BRIDAL SHOW 12pm - 4pm Crystal Gardens - Livingston 5768 E. Grand River Ave., Howell (517) 545-1000 OCTOBER 21, 2012

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

NOVEMBER 9, 2012

ELEGANT WEDDING SHOW 7pm - 10pm Ford Performing Arts Center 15801 Michigan Ave, Dearborn (734) 560-5233 NOVEMBER 11, 2012

HERE COME THE BRIDES BRIDAL SHOW

1pm - 5pm Bucks Run Banquet Hall 1559 South Chippewa Rd, Mt. Pleasant (810) 923-6446 JANUARY 6, 2013

BRIDAL WORLD

11am - 4:30pm Lansing Center 333 E Michigan Ave, Lansing (989) 239-2067 JANUARY 13, 2013

HERE COME THE BRIDES 1 - 5pm Brighton High School 7878 Brighton Rd, Brighton (810) 923-6446 JANUARY 13, 2013

WINTER BRIDAL CELEBRATIONS

Noon - 5pm The Palace of Auburn Hills 5 Championship Drive, Auburn Hills (586) 532-9200 JANUARY 20, 2013

HERE COME THE BRIDES BRIDAL SHOW 1 - 5pm Summit On The Park 46000 Summit Parkway, Canton (810) 923-6446 JANUARY 20, 2013

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


JANUARY 27, 2013

BRIDAL CELEBRATIONS AT THE DEARBORN INN 12pm - 4pm The Dearborn Inn 20301 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn (586) 532-9200 JANUARY 27, 2013

AMAZING BRIDES BRIDAL SHOW 2013

RegistRy tips & FAQ’s Find links to all the top stores, browse bridal shower themes, learn how to write personalized thank you notes and reference our gift chart for every anniversary.

1pm - 4pm Four Points Sheraton 3200 Boardwalk, Ann Arbor (248) 568-6907 FEBRUARY 3, 2013

HERE COME THE BRIDES 12pm - 4pm Kings Court Castle 2325 Joclyn Ct., Lake Orion (810) 923-6446 FEBRUARY 10, 2013

BRIDAL CELEBRATIONS AT THE MARRIOTT AT CENTERPOINT

12pm - 4pm Auburn Hills Marriott 3600 Centerpoint Parkway, Pontiac (586) 532-9200 FEBRUARY 17, 2013

HERE COME THE BRIDES

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

View the RegistRy Page online at

Featured Weddings

FEBRUARY 24, 2013

THE ANDIAMO BRIDAL SHOW

12pm - 3pm Andiamo’s Banquet Center 7096 East Fourteen Mile Rd., Warren (586) 268-3200 MARCH 10, 2013

BRIDAL EXTRAVAGANZA 1pm - 4pm Waldenwoods Banquet & Conference Center 2975 Old US 23, Hartland (810) 632-6401 APRIL 7, 2013

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

Share your story (or read others) from the first kiss to the incredible honeymoon in our “featured wedding” gallery at


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES DIRECTORY KEY • • • • • • • • • •

Accessories Alterations Bachelorette Parties Banquet Facilities Bridal Showers Bridal Shows (See pg 82-86)

Cakes Calligraphy Catering Chair Covers

(Also See Linen Rental)

• Chocolate Fountains (See Specialty Chocolate)

• Custom Programs/ Seating Charts • Decorating • Destination Weddings • DJ’s (See Music & Entertainment)

• Engraving • Event Planners/ Coordinators • Favors • Florists • Headpieces • Honeymoons

• Custom Veils

ACCESSORIES Elegant Invitations & Bridal

One Stop Shopping for all your Wedding Needs 416 North Main Street, Plymouth www.ElegantInvitationsPlymouth.com 734-455-8893 (See pg 41)

Tents Transportation Travel Agencies Tuxedos Unique Services Uplighting Videography Websites Wedding Chapels Wedding Consultants • Wine

BACHELORETTE PARTIES Black River Country Club

3300 Country Club Drive, Port Huron www.blackrivergolfclub.com 810-982-9595 29155 W. 7 Mile, Livonia 313-535-7157 or 248-476-6800

Alterations and More by Darlene

(See pg 51)

(See pg 68)

Chemung Hills Golf & Banquet Center (See pg 7)

Alterations by Rozi

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

• • • • • • • • • •

Cascade’s Catering & Banquet Center

ALTERATIONS 13526 Northline, Southgate 734-282-6177

• Hotel Accommodations • Invitations • Jewelry Stores • Limousines • Linen Rental • Music and Entertainment • Photo Booths • Photography • Projection Screens • Rehearsal Dinners • Rental Items • Specialty Chocolate

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

(See pg 67)

Genitti’s Hole-in-the-Wall (See pg 7)

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

(See pg 60)

Waldenwoods Banquet & Conference Center

ATTENDANT GIFTS Bella’s Glass Creations

One-of-a-Kind and Hand Made www.bellasglass.com 248-252-9049

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

(See pg 65)

Whispering Pines Golf Club (See pg 8)

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

(See pg 62)


directory of services

BANQUET FACILITIES ACC Banquet Hall Armenian Congregational Church

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

Chair Covers & Fully Decorated Hall with Centerpieces Included, 26210 W. 12 Mile Rd., Southfield www.ACCGD.org 248-352-7399 (See pg 63)

Indianwood Golf & Country Club

Alexander’s Premiere Banquet Facility

Italian-American Hall

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

(See pg 53)

(See pg 63)

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

(See pg 56)

(See pg 51)

(See pg 68)

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

(See pg 67)

31525 W. Twelve Mile Rd., Farmington Hills 248-553-0000 (See pg 61)

Crystal Gardens

(See pg 55)

5101 Oakman Blvd, Dearborn 313-582-7433, 313-978-0888, 313-978-6288 (See pg 96)

Genitti’s Hole-in-the-Wall (See pg 60)

The Grecian Center

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

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

(See pg 51)

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

(See pg 57)

One McGuire St., Flat Rock www.flatrockrec.org 734-379-1453

(See pg 66)

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

(See pg 65)

Wayne Tree Manor

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

(See Inside Back Cover)

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

(See pg 62)

Woodshire Place Banquet Facility (See pg 55)

Dearborn Manor

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

Lakeview Hills

Whispering Pines Golf Club

Crystal Gardens

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

(See pg 1)

Waldenwoods Banquet & Conference Center

Courtyard by Marriott

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

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

Stone Creek Banquet Center

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

(See pg 58)

Quality Inn & Suites

Black River Country Club

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

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

(See pg 1)

King’s Court Castle

All Saints Banquet Hall

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

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

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

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

RECEPTION & BANQUET GUIDE STARTING ON PAGE 74

(See pg 59)


BEAUTY/HEALTH One Training

www.onetrainingstudio.com 888-309-5311

(See pg 11)

BRIDAL SHOWERS ACC Banquet Hall Armenian Congregational Church 28 Years Experience 26210 W. 12 Mile Rd., Southfield 248-352-7399

(See pg 63)

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

(See pg 1)

Lakeview Hills

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

(See pg 51)

(See pg 63)

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

www.flatrockrec.org 734-379-1453 (See pg 51)

(See pg 68)

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

(See pg 58)

King’s Court Castle

Stone Creek Banquet Center One McGuire St., Flat Rock

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

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

Quality Inn & Suites

Black River Country Club

(See pg 67)

Courtyard by Marriott

(See pg 66)

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

(See pg 65)

Wayne Tree Manor

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

(See Inside Back Cover)

Whispering Pines Golf Club

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

Dearborn Manor

Woodshire Place Banquet Facility

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

(See pg 60)

The Grecian Center

Downriver’s Premier Banquet Facilities 16300 Dix-Toledo, Southgate www. thegreciancenter.com 734-282-5700 17201 Northline Rd., Southgate www.hisouthgate.com 734-283-4400, ext 7455

(See pg 62)

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

BRIDAL FITNESS/ BOOTCAMP

(See Beauty/Health) (See pg 59)

Holiday Inn Southgate Banquet & Conf. Center

(See pg 57)

Waldenwoods Banquet & Conference Center

31525 W. Twelve Mile Rd., Farmington Hills 248-553-0000 (See pg 61) 5101 Oakman Blvd, Dearborn 313-582-7433, 313-978-0888, 313-978-6288 (See pg 96)

(See pg 1)

Italian-American Hall

(See pg 53)

All Saints Banquet Hall

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

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

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

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

Indianwood Golf & Country Club

BRIDAL SHOWS

(See pg 82-85)


Bridal Celebrations Sun, Sept 16, 2012 Sun, Jan 13, 2013 Sun, Jan 27, 2013 Sun, Feb 10, 2013 www.cbride.com 586-532-9200

directory of services

Palace of Auburn Hills Palace of Auburn Hills Dearborn Inn Auburn Hills Marriott Pontiac Hotel at Centerpoint

Lansing Bridal World

Sun, Jan 6, 2013 www.bridalworldshows.com 517-347-7288

(See pg 83) Lansing Center (See pg 82)

CAKES

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

(See pg 52)

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

(See pg 38)

Gaddy’s Florist

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

(See pg 31)

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

Chene Modern Bakery

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

Crown Party Rental

248-542-2800 1-866-535-4636 (See pg 39)

Oceano Florist

CALLIGRAPHY

3678 W. Eleven Mile Rd., Berkley Chair covers & colored sash for $2.50 each including installation. www.OceanoFlorist.com 248-691-0123 248-851-7759 (See pg 29)

Custom Creations & Invitations

Roses are Red Events

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

(See pg 10)

(See pg 40)

CATERING

CHOCOLATE FOUNTAINS

Alexander’s Catering

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

(See Specialty Chocolate) (See pg 53)

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

(See pg 68)

(See pg 58)

Lakeview Hills

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

CHAIR COVERS

(Also See Linen Rental)

CUSTOM VEILS Alterations by Rozi

Italian-American Hall

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

Affordable Services to Turn Your Event Into Something Unforgettable www.RosesAreRedEvents.com 586-859-8419 (See pg 27)

(See pg 51)

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

(See pg 7)

CUSTOM PROGRAMS/ SEATING CHARTS Custom Creations & Invitations

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

(See pg 40)


Wed Ink

209 W. Main St., Suite 106, Brighton www.wed-ink.com 734-355-6446

ENGRAVING (See pg 41)

DECORATING Bella’s Glass Creations

(See pg 8)

Gaddy’s Florist

3678 W. Eleven Mile Rd., Berkley Total décor packages available including props, head table backdrops & chair covers www.OceanoFlorist.com 248-691-0123 248-851-7759 (See pg 29)

Roses are Red Events

Affordable Services to Turn Your Event Into Something Unforgettable www.RosesAreRedEvents.com 586-859-8419 (See pg 27)

DESTINATION WEDDINGS Honeymoons & Destination Weddings AAA Travel Agency Delivers More Allen Park 313-386-1700 Brighton 810-229-7100 Canton 734-844-0146 Grosse Pointe 313-343-6000 Livonia 734-462-7000 Macomb 586-469-4050 Warren 586-754-2200 Washtenaw 734-973-2800 White Lake 248-618-3440 Wyandotte 734-284-0800 (See pg 45)

DJ’S

(See Music & Entertainment)

EVENT PLANNERS/ COORDINATORS Jewel Occasions

(See pg 31)

Oceano Florist

AAA Travel Agency

(See pg 5)

Ring Engraving, Glass Etching, Attendants Gifts 1205 S. Main St, Plymouth www.weddingengraver.com 734-459-3180 (See pg 9)

www.AffairsByDavis.com 313-794-3287

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

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

Wedding Engraver/Engraving Connection

Affairs by Davis

One-of-a-Kind and Hand Made www.bellasglass.com 248-252-9049

Showroom of Elegance

Member of ABC www.jeweloccasions.com 517-3 76-6600

(See pg 4)

Roses are Red Events

Affordable Services to Turn Your Event Into Something Unforgettable www.RosesAreRedEvents.com 586-859-8419 (See pg 27)

FAVORS Gilda’s Club Detroit

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

(See pg 62)

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

(See pg 42)

FLORISTS Affairs by Davis

www.AffairsByDavis.com 313-794-3287

Gaddy’s Florist

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

Oceano Florist

(See pg 31)

3678 W. Eleven Mile Rd., Berkley Specializing in Special Events & Weddings Arrangements to fit any budget www.OceanoFlorist.com 248-691-0123 or 248-851-7759 (See pg 29)


directory of services

Roses are Red Events

Affordable Services to Turn Your Event Into Something Unforgettable www.RosesAreRedEvents.com 586-859-8419 (See pg 27)

HEADPIECES

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

One Stop Shopping for all your Wedding Needs 416 North Main Street, Plymouth www.ElegantInvitationsPlymouth.com 734-455-8893 (See pg 41)

HONEYMOONS

Gaddy’s Florist - I Design Graphics

AAA Travel Agency

Honeymoons & Destination Weddings AAA Travel Agency Delivers More Allen Park 313-386-1700 Brighton 810-229-7100 Canton 734-844-0146 Grosse Pointe 313-343-6000 Livonia 734-462-7000 Macomb 586-469-4050 Warren 586-754-2200 Washtenaw 734-973-2800 White Lake 248-618-3440 Wyandotte 734-284-0800 (See pg 45)

Sybaris Suites

(See pg 47)

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

29457 Five Mile Rd., Livonia www.yourinvitationplace.com/gerardtuxedo 734-293-5293 (See pg 6)

The Little Wedding Chapel

8357 South Telegraph Rd., Taylor www.thelittleweddingchapel.com 313-292-3030 209 W. Main St., Suite 106, Brighton www.wed-ink.com 734-355-6446

39955 Grand River, Novi 248-442-2440

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

Diamond Castle

Leo’s Jewelry & Gifts

34900 Michigan Ave., Wayne 734-721-4311

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

Precision Watch & Ringsmith 32350 Gratiot Ave., Roseville Westland Mall 35000 Warren Rd., Westland

Lakeview Hills

586-294-7020 734-458-1600

Showroom of Elegance (See pg 51)

Quality Inn & Suites

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

(See pg 41)

JEWELRY STORES

Courtyard by Marriott

Holiday Inn Southgate Banquet & Conference Center

(See pg 79)

Wed Ink

Dearborn Jewelers

31525 W. Twelve Mile Rd., Farmington Hills 248-553-0000 (See pg 61)

(See pg 31)

Gerard Tuxedo

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

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

(See pg 40)

Elegant Invitations & Bridal

(See Accessories)

www.Sybaris.com 888-805-7665

INVITATIONS

Custom Creations & Invitations

(See pg 57)

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

(See pg 5)


Roses are Red Events

LIMOUSINES

Affordable Services to Turn Your Event Into Something Unforgettable www.RosesAreRedEvents.com 586-859-8419 (See pg 27)

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

MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT

Prompt, Professional & Dependable Service

1-800-628-5779

(See page 35)

(See pg 33)

Millennium Limousines, Inc.

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

DJ and Music

(See pg 24)

DJ Crashers

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

(See pg 22)

First Class Entertainment

Out of the Blue DJ Service

Crown Party Rental

(See pg 52)

Serving all of Southeast Michigan www.outofthebluedj.com 734-362-8000

(See pg 23)

Superior Sounds DJs

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

(See pg 38)

Gaddy’s Florist

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

(See pg 31)

Gerard Tuxedo

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

(See pg 25)

PHOTO BOOTHS AwesomeBooth.com

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

(See pg 6)

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

(See pg 22)

“We Don’t Just Play Music...We Entertain” www.afirstclssdj.com 888-7-NEED-A-DJ (See pg 21)

LINEN RENTAL 3300 Lapeer Rd, Port Huron www.CrownPartyRental.com 810-984-2557

Quality DJ Entertainment www.dancindaze.net 734-564-9064

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

Entertainment Express

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

Dancin’ Daze Productions

248-542-2800 1-866-535-4636 (See pg 39)

Oceano Florist

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

Your Source for the Most Awesome Photo Booth Experience www.awesomebooth.com 734-558-0908 (See pg 43)

DJ Crashers

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

Lewis Portraits

(See pg 29)

(See pg 22)

The Right Place…The Right Price 1025 E. Maple Rd Suite B7, Birmingham www.Lewisphotovideo.com 248-723-4241 (See pg 19)


My Oh Snap Booth

directory of services

29457 5 Mile Rd., Livonia www.myohsnapbooth.com 734-293-5293

(See pg 6)

PROJECTION SCREENS

DJ Crashers

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

PHOTOGRAPHY Bravo Studios Photography

Photographed Beautifully! 8716 Grand River, Brighton 810-225-6145 Dearborn 313-231-4000 www.bravostudiosphotography.com (See pg 14)

Digital Lane Photography

195 W. 9 Mile Rd , Suite 101, Ferndale www.digitallanephotography.com 586-405-7471

REHEARSAL DINNERS Alexander’s Premiere Banquet Facility & Restaurant

(See pg 17)

Lewis Portraits

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

The Right Place…The Right Price 1025 E. Maple Rd Suite B7, Birmingham www.Lewisphotovideo.com 248-723-4241 (See pg 19)

Black River Country Club

Michigan Photo Imaging

Cascade’s Catering & Banquet Center

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

(See pg 16)

Photos by Miss Ann

Capturing Your Real Life Fairytale www.PhotosByMissAnn.com 888-690-1837

(See pg 13)

Rawlinson Photography

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

(See pg 22)

3300 Country Club Drive, Port Huron www.blackrivergolfclub.com 810-982-9595 29155 W. 7 Mile, Livonia 313-535-7157 or 248-476-6800

(See pg 53)

(See pg 51)

(See pg 68)

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

(See pg 67)

Courtyard by Marriott Farmington Hills 31525 W. Twelve Mile Rd. 248-553-0000

(See pg 61)

Dearborn Manor (See pg 18)

5101 Oakman Blvd, Dearborn 313-582-7433, 313-978-0888, 313-978-6288

(See pg 96)

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

(See pg 60)

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

Capturing Memories for Over 23 Years

313.531.3551

www.RonaldPonkeyPhotography.net

SEE PG 15

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

(See pg 1)

Italian-American Hall

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

(See pg 58)


King’s Court Castle

TENTS

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

(See pg 1)

Lakeview Hills

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

(See pg 51)

Quality Inn & Suites

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

Your Complete Party Rental Place 3300 Lapeer Rd., Port Huron www.GoldenCrownPartyRentals.com 810-984-2557

(See pg 52)

TRANSPORTATION (See pg 57)

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

Crown Party Rental

(See pg 66)

Bozzo’s Limousine Service

The Best, Prompt, Professional & Dependable Service www.bozzoslimo.com 800-628-5779 or 734-753-5520 (See pg 35)

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

(See pg 65)

Wayne Tree Manor

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

(See Inside Back Cover)

Whispering Pines Golf Club

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

(See pg 62)

RENTAL ITEMS

248-478-3600 www.LimoGiant.com

See BaCk Cover

TRAVEL AGENCIES

Crown Party Rental

Your Complete Party Rental Place 3300 Lapeer Rd., Port Huron www.GoldenCrownPartyRentals.com 810-984-2557

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

AAA Travel Agency (See pg 52)

Elegant Invitations & Bridal

One Stop Shopping for all your Wedding Needs 416 North Main Street, Plymouth www.ElegantInvitationsPlymouth.com 734-455-8893 (See pg 41)

SPECIALTY CHOCOLATE

Honeymoons & Destination Weddings AAA Travel Agency Delivers More Allen Park 313-386-1700 Brighton 810-229-7100 Canton 734-844-0146 Grosse Pointe 313-343-6000 Livonia 734-462-7000 Macomb 586-469-4050 Warren 586-754-2200 Washtenaw 734-973-2800 White Lake 248-618-3440 Wyandotte 734-284-0800 (See pg 45)

Chocolate Fantasies

Turn an Average Event into a Chocolate Fantasy 313-292-7277 (See pg 43)

TUXEDOS Brighton Tux Shop

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

(See pg 6)


Gerard Tuxedo

directory of services

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

Signal Video Wedding Videography

(See pg 6)

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

(See pg 6)

UNIQUE SERVICES Bella’s Glass Creations

One-of-a-Kind and Hand Made www.bellasglass.com 248-252-9049

(See pg 8)

Gilda’s Club Detroit

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

(See pg 62)

(See pg 11)

Showroom of Elegance

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

(See pg 5)

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

(See pg 42)

UPLIGHTING (See pg 8)

(See pg 22)

Gaddy’s Florist

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

WEBSITES iWed.com Premier Bride

www.pbdetroit.com 734-464-1018

The Little Wedding Chapel

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

(See pg 79)

The Grecian Center

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

(See pg 59)

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

(See pg 1)

Jewel Occasions

Member of ABC www.jeweloccasions.com 517-376-6600

(See pg 4)

Roses are Red Events

Affordable Services to Turn Your Event Into Something Unforgettable www.RosesAreRedEvents.com 586-859-8419 (See pg 27)

(See pg 31)

VIDEOGRAPHY Lewis Portraits

(See pg 25)

WEDDING CONSULTANTS

DJ Crashers

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

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

King’s Court Castle

Bella’s Glass Creations

One-of-a-Kind and Hand Made www.bellasglass.com 248-252-9049

(See pg 49)

Superior Sounds DJs

WEDDING CHAPELS

One Training

www.onetrainingstudio.com 888-309-5311

www.signalvideo.com 248-798-3927

The Right Place…The Right Price 1025 E. Maple Rd Suite B7, Birmingham www.Lewisphotovideo.com 248-723-4241 (See pg 19)

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

(See pg 42)


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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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