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ring basics THE CIRCLE OF LOVE:

It’s amazing that a piece of jewelry can convey such powerful meaning. Engagement rings and wedding bands represent the neverending love you have for each other and let the whole world know you are married! Besides the exquisite beauty of wedding rings, there is a lot to know about metals, diamonds, and the care involved. This ring primer will cover all the basics.4

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KNOW YOUR METALS Gold. Yellow gold is classic, and rose gold is becoming increasingly popular. Pure gold is too soft for practical use, so it’s mixed with other metals for jewelry. 14-karat gold is durable enough for daily wear and can be polished easily. White gold. White gold is made by mixing pure gold with other white metals such as nickel, palladium, or zinc. It does have a slightly yellow tint, unless it’s coated with a very white metal called rhodium. This provides a white metal look, but it’s likely that it will need to be re-coated (“dipped”) every one to two years as the rhodium wears away (though it’s not necessary — just personal preference). Platinum. Extremely popular in the last decade or so, platinum is a very white, heavy (many people like the substantial

feel), and durable metal. It’s a gorgeous, long-lasting compliment to diamonds and is best for engraving. Popular demand for this metal has driven the price up quite a bit, and maintenance is more complicated than gold. Palladium. A sister metal to platinum, palladium is a naturally white metal (whiter than white gold), and like platinum, it is strong, non-tarnishing, and hypoallergenic. It’s also less expensive than platinum, making it a good metal to consider if you like the white metal look. Titanium and tungsten carbide. A popular alternative used for men’s wedding bands, both metals are 100% hypoallergenic and relatively inexpensive. Titanium can be oxidized to create some brilliant accent colors such as bright blue or purple, creating a very unique look. Tungsten carbide is twice as hard as steel

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RINGS and almost impossible to scratch, making it a great metal for very active men. These metals cannot be resized once the ring is made, so order the size carefully. KNOW YOUR DIAMOND When shopping for a diamond, you will quickly be introduced to the “Four Cs” — cut, color, clarity, and carat. All four features can make a dramatic impact on the quality, and therefore price, of a diamond. Cut. Cut really refers to the proportions of a diamond and its facets, as opposed to its shape, which includes round (brilliant), oval, pear, marquise, emerald, square (princess or radiant), heart, and triangle. Regardless of shape, a diamond gets its brilliancy from the cutting and maximizing the reflection of light. When a stone is cut too shallow or too deep,

the light that enters through the top is allowed to escape through the diamond’s bottom and minimizes its brilliance. Color. Color refers to the lack of color in a diamond. White diamonds are graded on a D–Z scale, D being the most colorless and Z having a distinct body color. Clarity. 
Clarity is defined by the number, color, nature, size, and position of natural marks (called inclusions) contained in the gem. Inclusions occur naturally during the process of crystallization, when minute traces of minerals are trapped in the diamond. Excellent clarity means light can pass unimpeded through the stone, increasing its value. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) judges clarity based on a standard 11-point scale from “Flawless” through “Imperfect 3” (see the clarity scale at the end of this article). www.PremierBrideMKE.com PREMIER BRIDE • 7


RINGS Carat. Diamonds are weighed in carats, which may also be expressed as “points,” where one carat equals 100 points. A diamond of 50 points, for example, equals .5 carat. Diamonds of more than one carat are extremely rare and therefore very valuable. But remember that carat weight is only one factor in determining value. Two diamonds of the same size can vary considerably in value depending on the other three factors — cut, color, and clarity. Certifications sometimes accompany a diamond, the most recognized being from the GIA.

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APPRAISE IT Once rings have been selected and purchased, request an appraisal. This is a written estimate of the value of your jewelry, and should include specific indications of the four Cs. Immediately after purchase, photograph your jewelry for insurance purposes. Make sure your current policy has adequate coverage, including “mysterious disappearance” so that your coverage extends to complete loss of the piece. TAKE GOOD CARE Although diamonds are the hardest natural substance known to man, a hard blow could still chip one, so don’t wear your ring when doing rough work. You should also avoid direct contact with chlorine bleach and chlorinated pool water, which could pit and discolor the mounting. To clean your jewelry, regularly soak it for about 30 minutes in either a commercial jewelry cleanser or a homemade solution comprised of equal parts cold water and ammonia. Scrub the stones gently with a soft toothbrush, then rinse thoroughly under warm water and pat dry with a lint-free cloth.


RINGS Use this solution only on diamonds and precious metals as some gemstones and alternative metals are not compatible with ammonia or commercial jewelry cleansers. Have your rings checked annually by your jeweler for loose prongs or settings. If you have only four prongs, just one broken prong will cause you to lose your stone. These precautions and gentle care will pay you back with years of enjoyment and pride in this precious symbol of your union. DIAMOND CLARITY SCALE • FL & IF: Flawless and Internally Flawless (inclusions not visible under 10x magnification) • VVS1 & VVS2: Very, Very Slight Inclusions (extremely difficult to see under 10x)

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Today’s trends are mostly classic themes with a fresh twist. That’s the key to adding trendy elements to your wedding — keeping it classic with a twist is a surefire way to create a modern wedding that’s still timeless. Here’s what’s happening in wedding trends this year.4

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CURRENT TRENDS STYLE: SOFT & SATURATED Brides, of course, are still wearing gowns — in fact, sometimes they’re wearing more than one! Wearing multiple looks for the ceremony and reception is on-trend and gaining momentum as brides want to have their princess moment, then kick off their shoes and dance the night away. But if you’re keeping it classic and gown-only, you’ll see layers of lace, illusion backs with fine detailing and buttons, all sorts of sleeves, and long trains paired with cathedral-length veils. These frocks don’t only come in white: you can find them in an array of light colors like gold, blush, grey, and blue. Such soft neutral looks carry over into the bridal party with bridesmaids wearing neutral palettes and metallicsoften times mixing and matching. Of course, when they’re not wearing a barely-there color, you’ll find bridesmaids in rich jewel tones like sapphire blue, emerald green, and amethyst purple. In short, it’s trendy to be on either end of the spectrum (pastel or highly saturated) rather than somewhere in between. In terms of menswear, colored suits are taking the place of traditional black tuxedos. Blue and grey suits have been big on the red carpet, and so this colorful trend is making its way to the wedding industry. WEDDING THEMES: PINTEREST PRETTY & KEEPING IT CLASSIC We’re living in the days of Pinterest-loving brides so it comes as little surprise that DIY weddings are still very trendy. While the classic wedding is still popular, couples are also choosing reception venues that


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CURRENT TRENDS allow for a lot of creativity — sites where you pay to rent the space, but are responsible for bringing your own décor, catering, and other rentals. Lots of today’s weddings are all about ambience, and more brides are setting aside large chunks of their budget strictly for decorations. As for the type of décor, rustic weddings are still very much in style, but the trend is shifting from burlap and mason jars to a combination of earthy and glamorous. You’ll see elements like crystal chandeliers, eclectic place settings, and Instagram-worthy lounge areas staged with vintage furniture. FLOWERS: LOOSE & LUSH The floral industry is experiencing a return to the cascading bridal bouquet. Brides want flowers with a natural feeling: lush, loose, and looking like they were just plucked from a garden. Trailing ribbons in silk, taffeta, or velvet are another way for brides to personalize their bouquets. Brides can pin to their bouquet ribbons charms or photo lockets in remembrance of deceased loved ones. When it comes to flower colors, anything goes! You’ll see autumn tones at spring weddings, and pastel pretties in fall bouquets. The traditional white bridal bouquet is also never out of style, but it’s getting a bit of an update as florists mix shades of white and blush for texture and interest. Bridesmaid bouquets are taking a cue from the mix-andmatch dress trend: Flowers for your ladies can now be varied and reflect each girl’s personality.


CURRENT TRENDS FOOD: UNIQUE EATS The traditional sit-down, three- or five-course meal is experiencing a sort of revolution. While you’ll still see these formal dinners at classic weddings, many more brides are also turning food into an interactive event. Family-style meals and food trucks are increasingly common. Couples also want their food to have meaning, so they’ll work with caterers to create custom meals. Want mac n’ cheese at your wedding? You can have it! Dinners that feature locallygrown and in-season ingredients are also very popular. These more casual farm-to-table dinners go hand-in-hand with family-style dining to foster a comfortable, homey environment. When it comes to desserts, “interactive” is still the name of the game. Dessert tables of pie, ice cream, candy, or cupcakes reign supreme. Some couples choose to have both a classic wedding cake (it’s tradition!) along with a dessert bar just for fun. And just as food trucks are gaining popularity, so are dessert “trucks” like gelato carts and gourmet popsicle stands. These help-yourself stations aren’t just for edibles — they’re for drinkables, too. Coffee and hot chocolate bars with all the fixings are a cool trend for winter weddings. Then there’s the late-night snack — a treat that many guests have almost come to expect nowadays. Couples can go greasy and delicious (pizza) or offer a home-town specialty (ex: cheesesteaks in Philadelphia) at any style of wedding. Late-night snacks are not only yummy, they’re yet another opportunity for the bride and groom to get creative and show off their personality and style.

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WHOshout TOit fromTELL FIRST the rooftops You are engaged, and probably want to shout it from the rooftops! Before posting it on social media, breathe, and call your parents. Your Parents Your parents will want to know first, and will feel left out and hurt if they don’t and have to find out later. If you are lucky enough to have your parents paying for the wedding, then this is an absolute must. If you cannot tell them in person, a simple phone call will suffice, but make sure you call them first. Immediate Family and Friends After your parents, you can tell some of your immediate family, and then of

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309 N. Water St. – Historic Third Ward WHO TO TELL FIRST on social media. If this is absolutely necessary, then you might consider a picture of the two of you, or a video of the proposal, but don’t just change your status and accompany it with a picture of your ring. Email a picture of your ring to friends who ask, otherwise it is considered bad form and tacky to post a picture of your ring. You can still go old school and have a formal newspaper announcement. If you decide to do a newspaper announcement, think of doing it in your hometown as well as in the town or city that you are getting married. When you call to make the announcement over the phone or to get information, make sure you know what will be written and when it will be printed. Most papers offer a free announcement in the lifestyle section,

but some do require a fee; this is a case-by-case basis. The more popular email announcement is just a simple announcement saying, “Hey, we’re getting married!” That’s it! You might opt for an engagement party if your family is throwing the wedding for you and your partner. Sometimes the families will keep the reason for the party under wraps so that the guests don’t know, but this is not a requirement. When announcing your engagement, be sure to tell your parents first, not the internet. Make sure that all key family and friends know ahead of time, and then spread the word virtually. This will ensure that no feelings are hurt during this highly emotional time.

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PB TIPS FOR USING PINTEREST using pinterest for wedding planning IYou already know the Internet is a great resource. Pinterest is an easy way to organize your wedding inspiration and ideas. On pinterest.com, you can grab photos from around the web and pin them onto virtual inspiration boards named with categories of your choosing. You can also browse other users’ boards, and there are seemingly endless wedding-themed boards to choose from! The photos are often accompanied with comments, and can include tips or instructions on how to create the look that was captured in the picture. Like wedding forums, you can interact with friends or strangers to get suggestions and ideas for your special day, but this time, it’s all centered around pictures of your choosing. PIN DOWN THE DETAILS Pinterest certainly displays boards for all the biggies like the gown, décor, and food. But the site’s real strength is in highlighting the details. It’s here that you’ll find inspiration for handmade place cards, fun photography poses, or ideas for “something blue.” Those seemingly insignificant details will make your day truly unique. But like many online wedding hotspots, Pinterest runs the risk of being overwhelming. To get the most out of the site, make sure to be specific when you’re scoping out ideas. In the search box in the top left hand corner of the page, use as many details as possible such as “fall DIY wedding décor” or “cream wedding pumps.” You can also find lots of photos from real weddings. Try searching for 22 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

keywords such as: whimsical, woodsy, DIY, rustic, vintage, elegant, chic, romantic, and couture. These are all popular words on Pinterest’s wedding pins, and even if you think those adjectives wouldn’t apply to your big day, type them in and browse. You might be pleasantly surprised! If you’re serious about using suggestions from Pinterest, then do your homework. Each picture can be traced back to its original blog or website, so when you find something you like and think you could apply it to your wedding, click through and take notes or bookmark the page. REALITY CHECK While Pinterest offers a gorgeous visual array of picture-perfection to all brides with a dream, this new Pinterest culture can cause some problems in the real world. Brides pin things like extravagant flower arrangements that far exceed their budget. They show their photographers images of a bride with her veil caught perfectly in a breeze - a lucky shot that surely can’t be recreated. Pinterest can be a recipe for disappointed hopes if taken at face value. Always remember that only perfect, surprising, and unique images make the cut on Pinterest and most of what you see just isn’t realistic. Pinterest should only be used to ignite ideas and to capture the overall look and feel you’d like to aim for at your wedding. In the end, know that while Pinterest-inspired touches are pretty for a day, saying “I do” to someone you love lasts a lifetime!

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PARENT’S RESPONSIBILITY parents of the bride In addition to offering their love and support, and perhaps a bit of the green stuff, your parents also play a big part in the celebration of your marriage. Their responsibilities are generally as follows, though you may want to customize this list for your personal situation. • Parents formally announce your engagement in the newspaper in your hometown, your fiancé’s hometown and the town where you’ve chosen to make your home. • Hosting the engagement party.

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• Inviting the groom’s parents to their home. • Assisting you with scheduling the rehearsal, ceremony and reception. • Offering opinions and advice during the planning, but respecting your wishes.

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• Preparing a list of restaurants should the groom’s parents ask for recommendations for the rehearsal dinner. • Composing their portion of the guest list as early as possible. If needed, they may tactfully remind the groom’s mother that you need her list too.

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• The mother of the bride should select a gown in a style and color that complements the bride’s gown, and inform the groom’s mother of her selection. • Parents inform the groom’s family on a regular basis of all RSVPs from their list. • The father of the bride should offer a toast to the newlyweds after the best man, groom and bride have shared their toasts.

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ATTENDANT’S RESPONSIBILITY the best man

• Assists groom with wedding details such as accommodations for out-oftown groomsmen and ushers.

• Sits to the bride’s right at the reception providing charming conversation throughout.

• Sees that the groom is properly attired and at the church or synagogue on time. Ties bowties, provides drinks, if applicable and otherwise supports the To-Be-Wed.

• May dance with the maid/matron of honor during the first dance.

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• Proposes the first toast to the newlyweds. • Holds luggage under lock and key until the bride and groom depart. • Helps the groom change into goingaway attire. • Escorts the bride and groom to their limousine or drives them to the hotel or airport. • Returns all formalwear rentals on time, and to the correct formalwear shop. • Assists maid of honor in transporting gifts to the bride and groom’s home.

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ATTENDANT’S RESPONSIBILITY the maid/matron of honor

• Assists the bride with pre-wedding tasks including smiling while making tiny favors out of birdseed, because that’s what she really wanted. • Assists bride in setting a date to have bridesmaid’s dresses fitted and coordinates other bridesmaids to ensure they get to the proper location on time. • Attends all pre-wedding parties and hosts a bridal shower with other bridesmaids. • Arranges the bride’s veil and train before the grand walk down the aisle • Holds the bride’s bouquet during the ring exchange. • Helps the bride bustle her train, remove her headpiece and change into goingaway outfit.

• Holds the groom’s ring during the ceremony. • Stands next to the groom in the receiving line and sits to his left at the head table. • Signs marriage certificate as a witness. • May dance with the best man during the first dance. • Attends to the bride throughout the day such as running errands and tying up loose ends, calming nerves and otherwise ensuring the success of the wedding celebration. • May assume responsibility for transporting the bride’s gown home or to the cleaners. • May assist the best man with transporting gifts to the bride and groom’s home.

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YOUR FURRY FRIENDS including your entire family on your day Pets come into your life, and they become part of the family. When getting married, you want your furry friend there to be with you to make some great photo opportunities. The Pros: Dressing your pet in a wedding dress or a tuxedo is probably one of the cutest things in the world. Not to mention, walking them down the aisle and seeing how sweet they look! Pets can provide a comic relief, especially if your pet has a funny personality. If having a small outdoor ceremony, this might be the best situation for your pet. They are free to roam about, (with a designated handler) and can relieve themselves (hopefully before the wedding!) The Cons: Pets are unpredictable, and you don’t know how your pet will react in a situation with two hundred people. You also need to think about if you are going to pick the pet up. Will their paws stain your dress? Keep that in mind. If you are the type of bride that is very traditional, then you might want to steer clear of having your friend at the ceremony, since you might not know what he/she will do. If you decide to have your pets present on your wedding, keep in mind that some guests might be allergic, and some guests might not even be animal lovers. Have a designated handler to keep watch of the dog throughout the day as well as take them home that evening. You might want to have your pet present for the ceremony only, and then have the handler take him/her home directly after pictures.

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Whether soft and romantic or buzzing with electric energy, lighting makes all the difference at any celebration. Ask your venue to recommend someone who has lit the space in the

past, as that person will already be familiar with the layout and any problem areas. Also ask for photos of the space illuminated in various ways, so you can see just how transformative different types of lighting can be. Next, plan a visit to your venue at the same time of day as your wedding, ideally with your lighting expert. Note how bright the sun is, where the fixed indoor lighting falls, and which corners of the space could use some help. If hosting an outdoor reception, definitely visit the site after dark to get a feel for the pitch black and how to combat it. Spotlights or pin lights illuminate one detail, such as floral centerpieces. Color washes and uplighting might sweep across an entire wall, flooding the space with hues that pull from your wedding colors. Stenciled lights can project your newlywed monogram or a die-cut flourish. Twinkle or café lights might drape overhead or be swathed in sheer fabric for a magical photo backdrop. Stand-alone lighting like candles, 32 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

hanging lanterns, chandeliers, and paper luminaries each add unique romance. More traditional venues such as hotel ballrooms, country clubs, and banquet halls have set light fixtures. There might be crystal chandeliers and wall sconces already in place, which means you just have to accent accordingly. For more vintage elegance, opt for tall candelabras. Floating candles can also lend a timeless feel, or take a modern turn, depending exactly what they’re floating in. For modern flair, shine a pin light on the room’s showpiece, whether it’s an ice sculpture or tiered cake. For a rustic affair, perhaps held in a barn, lodge, tent, or even under the stars, lighting that lends an air of enchantment is a lovely way to go. You might thread strings of twinkle lights or larger café bulbs among the rafters to give the place a festive vibe. Paper lanterns or luminaries add a charming, whimsical glow, while candles set in mason jars are cozy and homey. For a mix of rustic and glam, incorporating crystal chandeliers lends an undeniably dreamy feeling. If you’re hosting a loft-style city wedding, urban-industrial lighting adds the perfect combo of grit and glow. Edison bulbs might dangle here and there throughout the space, or be clustered together for a retro-modern chandelier. Cast iron lanterns filled with candles or fairy string lights can double as centerpieces. Strategic uplighting sets key architectural features aglow, such as exposed brick or beams. Marquee lights emblazoned with your initials or words like”love” or “cheers” not only illuminate the space, but give the room a photo-opworthy focal point.

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HERE’S TO YOU the perfect wedding toast Lots of people fear public speaking, but if you’re truly prepared to speak in front of people, then you’ll find it’s much easier to let the words flow. The best toasts are those that are heartfelt. Sit down and list everything you want people to know about your friends. (Talk about both the bride and the groom in your toast). Start with the best qualities. Include memories of good times together, especially the first time he/she spoke of his/her beloved. Scribble some thoughts about what makes the bride and groom a great couple. Finally, based on what you know about their common interests, think about what you would want to wish for them and their future together.

Now that you’ve got a rough idea of the themes you’ll touch on in your toast, go beyond your own experience. Find memorabilia of the bride and groom’s dating history such as their first concert tickets, old love letters or gifts they bought for one another. You have two audiences - the bride and groom (don’t embarrass them on the most memorable day of their lives) and the assembly of relatives and friends of the wedding couple. Stories of drunken revels and ridiculous relationships may be appropriate at the bachelor(ette) party, but not at the wedding reception. Never embarrass anyone. And cut the references to past relationships, especially sexual ones. It’s okay to say, “We all know

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WEDDING TOAST Sally looked high and low for her Prince Charming. Steve, you are that prince.” It’s not okay to say, “We knew Steve was Sally’s prince because he was the first guy who ever called her the next morning.” Grandma doesn’t need to hear that. A toast is a speech. It should have a beginning, a middle and an end, and it should make sense throughout. When you stand up to speak, it’s best to have a single card with a few notes written down to help you remember key points or direct quotes you want to get right. While you don’t want to bring a full essay to the microphone, it does help to write it all out ahead of time in order to rehearse before the big day. Many wedding toasters aim for lyricism in song or rhyming poetry. That’s a great idea, if it’s you. But a direct, from-the-heart talk works as

well. Be sincere and be yourself. If what you’ve written doesn’t sound like you, then rewrite it. One of the classic rules of wedding toasting is to end by tugging on the heartstrings. If you can’t be sentimental at a wedding, where can you be? On the other hand, while a couple of wellplaced jokes can win the crowd, you’re not there to do a stand-up routine. If jokes were all the couple wanted, they would have hired a comic. A toast should last no longer than three minutes which translates to no more than five liberally double-spaced pages. Rehearse your toast with a stopwatch and see how long it takes. If it’s five minutes or under, then don’t worry since under the glare of the spotlight, you may speak faster, or you may decide to skip a section.

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CHILD ATTENDANTS 8 tips to for using kids in your ceremony Children can be a wonderful part of a wedding ceremony - full of joy and spirit. It does take a little extra thought, planning and accommodation, however, to include them successfully. We’ve compiled a list of helpful tips and things to consider to make your wedding celebration a kid-friendly event! #1 – Consider their ages. Young children are adorable, to be sure, but their behavior is unpredictable (to be sure), so if you do include them, then be prepared for the unexpected. Imagine a three-year-old tugging on your dress during the heart of your wedding ceremony and asking in a loud, clear voice, “Are we done yet?” Does this fill you with dread, or make you warm and fuzzy? Do what feels most comfortable to you taking into consideration your personalities, your families and your wedding style. #2 – Ask in person. For older children, ask them in person to be a part of your wedding (after running it by their parents first.) This makes them feel involved, important and honored. #3 – Spend time with them. Try to include them in pre-wedding events and activities, and just generally spending time with them before the wedding so that they feel connected and involved. Again, this is more important for older children, and is certainly dependent on their age, interest and hometown (whether they live near you or not.) The point here is simply to make sure they don’t just feel like a ‘prop’ in the wedding, but instead, like a valued and important participant in this honored event. #4 – Rehearse! Be sure to include them in the rehearsal so they feel more


CHILD ATTENDANTS comfortable with what is going to happen. Even young kids will benefit by making everything feel more comfortable and familiar. #5 – A special gift. Consider making or purchasing a special gift for them to honor their participation. This will also help them remember this special event and their involvement. Gifts will vary widely by age. Some ideas are in the article below. #6 – Keep parents close. For younger children, keep parents seated up front. It’s ideal if young children can walk down the aisle with someone (a parent, bridesmaid or groomsman), and then sit down immediately with their parents in front. It’s way too much to expect a young child to stand quietly up front during the whole ceremony! #7 – Oh goody, goody bags. Goody bags at the reception (or even during the ceremony if they’re filled with non-messy, quiet items) for kids are a great way to keep them entertained for awhile. Babysitters, special kids’ meals, art supplies on a table in the corner, and videos playing in a corner or adjoining room are all good ideas if children will be participating in your Big Day. #8 – Need a nap? For young children, be sure to take their nap and bed times into consideration! Tired children are impossible, trust me on that. If your rehearsal or wedding will take place after their bedtime or during their nap time, then you may want to reconsider the extent of their involvement. Perhaps instead of walking down the aisle as a flower girl, she could dress up in a special outfit, and be carried by Mom or Dad. Then have a trusted babysitter nearby ready to take her home when necessary.

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

At the reception, lead with refreshments. During cocktail hour, greet guests with personalized drink glasses doubling as place cards. Try attaching a miniature nametag to paper straws or scrawl names on chalkboardstyle stickers and stick them on rustic mason jars. Another way to individualize the drinking experience: tiny bottles of champagne waiting at each table. Wedding favors for each guest might also be drinkable. If you’re a coffeeloving couple, gift a small bag of coffee grounds labeled “the perfect blend” or “love is brewing.” To give potables even more personality, ask the bartender to create a signature drink for the bride and groom. Be sure to call the drink something clever, like “Marry Me Martini,” “Something Blue Punch,” or, a play on the couple’s last 38 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

name. For a bride and groom who don’t agree on beverages, go for His and Her drinks…perhaps pink sangria (“Blushing Bride”) and a blue margarita (“Blue-eyed Groom”). If you’re connoisseurs of a particular type of alcohol, then create an entire focal table dedicated to your spirits of choice. Add a fun touch to the table with handmade signs: “Whiskey for the boys!” or “Eat, drink, and be married!” And if you want things to get really personal (and your venue allows bringing in alcohol), be your own bartender. Premix drinks in mason jars and keep them on ice. Or, if brewing is your thing, brew your own beer. It doesn’t get much more unique than that! Beyond booze, incorporate nonalcoholic refreshments so that there’s a little something for everyone. Kegs of root beer are fun for the kids. Large jugs of lemonade are not only thirst quenching at a summertime wedding, but they also make for a very pretty picture. When it’s time for dessert or a late night second wind, consider a coffee bar complete with flavor shots and donut pops as stirring straws. In the winter months, a hot cacao bar with all the marshmallow trimmings and peppermint stick trappings leaves a warm, lasting impression. Want an even more unique-factor? Try soaking fruit in spirits! Popular combinations include champagne soaked berries and tequila-soaked watermelon wedges. Aside from fruit, any gummy candy can also soak up spirits for a yummy treat your guests are sure to be buzzing about long after the boozy gummy-bear buzz has worn off.

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COMBINING TRADITIONS 6 tips to celebrate your backgrounds These days, many couples who get married come from different ethnic, cultural, social and religious backgrounds. Incorporating these differences into your wedding ceremony can both celebrate your individualism and personality as a couple. Bride-to-be Randi G. wrote in recently and asked “I would like to incorporate my family’s Irish history, but would also like to include my fiancé’s Air Force involvement. The two themes don’t seem to flow together. Also, he’s Jewish and would like to include some of those traditions. I feel like it’s too much, and I am nervous my guests will be confused.” Well, thousands of books have been written on incorporating cultural, religious and other – such as military – traditions into your wedding day. While we certainly don’t have the room to go into specific wedding traditions here, we do want to touch on Randi’s great question: how do you effectively incorporate more than one “theme”? Here are five key tips on how to do this successfully: 1. Focus on just one or two ‘big elements’ each at the ceremony and reception. For example, if you have your heart set on having a military arch with sabers at your ceremony, then it’s probably best not to also include an Irish bagpiper at the same time playing backup to a singer singing traditional Jewish wedding songs. Focus on what is most important to you and to your fiancé, and to your families, and keep the more prominent thematic elements to a minimum.

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2. Express yourself in the details. Of course, in the wedding day details, you can express all of your themes to your heart’s content. For example, Randi writes, “he is wearing his Air Force Blues and my gown is cream, my nieces are wearing cream dresses with Air Force blue sashes, and my nephew is wearing an Air Force blue suit with an official Air Force flight pin rather than a boutonniere. I’d like to use my Celtic champagne flutes, my Celtic unity candle set, and give seed packets as a favor, which is an Irish tradition.” All of these details are wonderful ways to subtly incorporate your themes…and doing all of these won’t be “too much.” To be perfectly honest, most of the guests wouldn’t even notice that it’s specifically an “Air Force blue” sash on the flower girl’s dress - other than to briefly note that it goes so nicely with the groom’s attire. And most people wouldn’t notice the Celtic champagne flutes, but the newly married couple will as they toast each other, and that is what’s important. So use details like these to further express your own personal themes.

4. Use your ceremony program to inform your guests, if needed. The ceremony program is a great place to explain and describe any unique wedding customs and traditions that you plan to include. For example, while most non-Jewish guests are familiar with the breaking of the glass tradition, a brief explanation of what that ceremonial aspect signifies would be a very nice touch, and the ceremony program is the perfect place to do it.

3. Find common ground between your cultures and traditions. Take advantage of the things in both your backgrounds that are similar. Things like the breaking of a wine glass after the “I dos” - it’s both a Jewish and Italian custom. And, the canopy over an Indian ceremony (a mandap) looks quite similar to a Jewish chuppah. You can also combine your menus from both backgrounds. Fusion cuisine is quite popular - probably for this very reason! So, go ahead and make a trendy menu all the while demonstrating how well your two cultures compliment each other.

6. Ultimately, it’s your wedding! Really, it’s your day, so whatever you want to do, find a way to do it! Of course, “yours” meaning not just you, the bride, but “yours” as in you, your groom and your immediate families. If you really want the military arch AND the bagpiper, then have the arch at the wedding ceremony, and the bagpiper at the reception site announcing the arrival of the newlyweds. A wedding celebration is really a way of announcing to the world that “these two unique individuals are joining together and creating a new family.” So be unique, and share it with the world!

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5. Communicate with everyone involved! This is really a key tip for anyone, for any wedding, but it becomes even more important when very deeply rooted traditions or strong cultural influences are involved. If you are mixing a very religious, Jewish, future mother-in-law, with a very proud and patriotic Air Force groom, with a bride who strongly identifies with - and loves - her Irish heritage, then you had better plan on having a few serious family ‘pow wows’ to jointly craft a wedding day that meets everyone’s needs! Be open-minded, flexible and sensitive.

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

dinner. The use of the venue will determine size and location and make the process easier. Also, some venues have exclusive or preferred caterers. If you have a specific catering company in mind and it’s not allowed in that facility, then you need to look elsewhere. Some venues may have other preferred vendors like florists, lighting, audio, to name a few. Finally, some venues require that you buy alcohol directly from them. All this venue, food, alcohol, rentals, flowers, décor, linens, and lighting - figure into the final price. Find out all this up front! What is your dream wedding? This is a time to share your dreams with

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FINDING THE RIGHT VENUE your wedding professionals. What have you always envisioned? Do you have a particular place or time of day? Do you have someone in mind to officiate? For your reception, what do you see? Are you in a grand ballroom in an elegant hotel or are you in a barn with a ritzy rustic look? What is your vision? After all, this is YOUR wedding! How big is your guest list? Besides the date, this is a huge part in choosing your venue. How many people can the venue accommodate? They all have their numbers. Your family and the groom’s family need to come up with how many people will be invited to the wedding and to the reception. Ask the venue how many people they can accommodate. Can my guests climb this mountain? A bride wanted to have her wedding

on top of a mountain at sunset. Unfortunately, her grandparents were not in physical condition to climb the mountain to see her get married. For the women dressed in cocktail and formal attire and wearing heels, the climb was a little steep. Be considerate of your guests in choosing the venue. How are you going to get guests from point A to point B to point C? Are the ceremony and reception venues close to each other? Are the venues near the hotel where the guests are staying? You want this to be quick and easy for your guests. If there is a large number of out-of-town guests, are you going to provide transportation to get them to all these locations? Some hotels do offer shuttles for your guests. In booking accommodations, ask the hotel if they provide this service. www.PremierBrideMKE.com PREMIER BRIDE • 47


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FINDING THE RIGHT VENUE VENUE CHOICES: Your place of worship For many, this is where the ceremony will occur. Some have parish halls or community centers where they can host the reception after the ceremony. Keep in mind that alcohol is probably not allowed on the property. So, even if you want a little sip of champagne to toast the couple, you’ll have to go elsewhere.

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Hotels Because of their size and all they offer, hotels can do everything for the wedding from the smaller meeting spaces for the bridesmaids’ luncheon to the grand ballroom that holds hundreds of people. You can have both your ceremony and reception in one convenient location. Plus, the guests have a place to stay and they don’t have to worry about driving in an unfamiliar city. Country or Private Club Many private and country clubs allow for non-members to have their wedding at the facility. Like a hotel, you have the convenience of an experienced and qualified kitchen, bar and serving staff, and a club staff member to help. Antebellum Home, Lodge, Boutique Hotel - many couples want a place that is quaint with a hint of romance maybe with historic value or a story. Some offer full service with in-house catering and a coordinator. Others let you choose your wedding professionals, usually from a preferred vendor’s list. Many of these venues offer both inside and outside areas for the ceremony and reception. And they have spaces for large tent set-ups, too. Restaurants For those couples that love great food, individual service, and an exceptional

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FINDING THE RIGHT VENUE wine list, this is ideal. Usually the chef can prepare foods that are your favorites even though they are not on the menu. Home or Friend’s Place Here you have complete flexibility with no stipulations or “have to’s”. Your costs may rise because you may have to rent or buy everything from seating for the guests at the ceremony to tables and chairs, plates, glasses, flatware, lighting, staging, dance floor, generator, bathrooms, and more for the reception. Park, Beach, Museum, Zoo Like a home wedding, you can choose your vendors in these one-of-a-kind settings. And, you are probably going to have to provide everything. In addition, in a public place, a permit may be required, with a small fee, to use that area. Remember, because it is public, there’s a good chance you’ll have prying eyes and uninvited guests. Destination Weddings Many brides choose destination weddings. Some go within driving distance. Others jet off to tropical islands. And still some choose a foreign country maybe with ancestral roots. Destination weddings are usually much smaller requiring friends and family to travel at their expense. For the bride, it can be less stressful because many resorts and hotels have a coordinator that puts everything together for them: the officiant, photographer, musicians, flowers, cake, ceremony, reception. All the bride and groom have to do is show up. Finding the right venue is easy if you keep in mind what is most important to you! As seen in The Bridal Guru msbridalguru.com. Have a question about your wedding? Email ask@msbridalgurur.com

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Gone are the days of the bride’s family paying for the wedding. For now, it’s more like whoever has it usually pays, even if it’s the couple themselves. As the average age of couples who are getting married rises, this is beginning to happen more and more. However, even as traditions change, it is useful to know what your family should expect. Following are examples of how financial obligations have been traditionally distributed. Remember, though, that by making a financial contribution, some family members may feel entitled to contribute to the planning, too. Your family, and your ability to deal with their input, will largely determine how much tradition you keep and how much you ignore.

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couple’s home. The Bride’s Family’s Responsibility: • Wedding gift for the newlyweds • Entire reception • Rental of sanctuary or chapel • Bride’s wedding attire and trousseau • Invitations, announcements and postage • Engagement and wedding photos • Organist, soloist or musician fee • Aisle carpets and/or canopy, and any additional decorating costs • Bridesmaid’s bouquet • Flowers for reception • Transportation for bridal party to ceremony and reception • Security and insurance for gifts Take time to evaluate the financial situations of those you want involved in your event planning and decide what is best and less stressful for you.

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MAXIMIZE YOUR DOLLAR For Friday or Sunday weddings, the majority of banquet facilities, photographers, video producers, musicians/entertainers and limousine services are much more willing to negotiate in order to reach a price that suits your budget. Vendors tend to see Friday and Sunday as bonus days, a time when they can earn income. Savings on these services can really add up making this option a great way to save money without having to sacrifice the quality of your wedding. SAVE TIME On a Friday, you’ll probably have your wedding in the evening, which 52 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

means, that the ceremony is followed immediately by dinner. This means that you will avoid the extra cost and hassle of a one-to-two-hour interim reception or cocktail party. Having the ceremony and reception back to back may ensure more people at the church ceremony. Additionally, a Friday/Sunday wedding frees up at least one day of the weekend making your family, friends and guests more appreciative of the extra time, especially if they are traveling. SAVE THE DATE Planning for a Friday or a Sunday wedding makes it much more likely that you will be able to reserve the church, hall, music and other services on the date of your choice. Choosing a Friday or Sunday date allows you to avoid making several calls to numerous vendors, only to hear, “Sorry, we’re booked on that date.” REHEARSAL IS EASY Restaurants are usually thrilled to have rehearsal dinners booked on Thursdays or other evenings during the week since those are typically their slower business days. You will find a more relaxed atmosphere and the staff will be more attentive to your party’s needs. In selecting a Friday or Sunday date for your event, you’ll help both your budget and your odds of getting exactly the wedding you want while also allowing for more time dedicated to finalizing last minute details. You can use the extra day to catch your breath, and use the extra money to purchase something special.

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Every wedding couple wants their wedding to be not just beautiful, but memorable and unique as well – a personal expression of their lives, tastes and aesthetics. From the party favors on the tables to the songs selected for the ceremony, there are literally dozens of opportunities for you to express yourself! By adding a couple personal touches, you’ll offer your friends and family an inside look into your love story and the chance to be part of a meaningful, once-ina-lifetime experience. Here are some creative ideas to get you started… Start by setting the tone with your invitations. Incorporate a fun picture to the invite, perhaps dressed as your favorite movie couple, or engaged in an activity or hobby you love to do as a couple. If you expect out-oftown guests, then you could include a personalized map of the city that points out your favorite pizza joint or the place you met. Personalized invites will set an intimate tone for your big day, even if you’re planning a large wedding. For the ceremony, consider writing your own vows. Don’t be scared if you’re not a writer – there are plenty of pastors or wedding guides that give tips to couples who wish to personalize their wedding vows. You could even include favorite love song lyrics or poetry to express your commitment. A limo is always classy for leaving the ceremony, but consider more personal exit ideas, too. Love horseback riding? Hire a horse-drawn carriage to carry you to the reception.


PERSONALIZED WEDDING Honeymooning in Italy? Rent a vespa to whisk away on! As your guests file into the reception, send them to tables with names rather than numbers. If you met in a Literature class, have your guests sit at tables named after the authors you had to read together. Or name them after places you’ve gone to as a couple. This will provide guests with good conversation starters, along with a sneak peek into your life as a couple. After the toasts, surprise your guests by raising your glasses to them. Thank them for being there and share your appreciation for all the support they’ve shown you over the years. Your guests will love being addressed as an integral part of your day. Don’t forget your first dance! Most couples choose a romantic song to slow dance to – why not spice things up a little? Take tango or ballroom dancing classes ahead of time and show off your new moves in a choreographed number! BEAUTIFUL WEDDING IDEAS BY THE SEASON Another way to personalize your special day is to focus on the season and all the beauty it has to offer. From the bright blue, sunny skies of summer to the sparkling white glitter of winter, every season can provide beautiful accents to your wedding. Spring weddings are always popular, in part because of the parallels between new life blooming in the gardens and the new life of a married couple. Using flower bulbs instead of full-grown flowers also add to that feeling. For a spring-themed centerpiece that doubles as a favor, have multiple small, pastel-colored vases and encourage

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PERSONALIZED WEDDING your guests to bring one home. Seeds and tiny monogrammed flowerpots are also a fun favor! You could also try bringing a little Easter to your reception by having lilies as centerpieces or hiding wedding favors, especially if there will be children present. For summer weddings, try a slightly more informal approach to your meal by offering the spread in picnic baskets or garden-party style! Mini picnic baskets or personalized blankets could then be given as a favor. Also, if you want to use bright, bold colors in your flowers or decorations, then summer is the best time to do it. A fall wedding has a more rustic feeling to it. Warm reds, oranges and yellows are best for decorations, and don’t be afraid to ditch some of the flowers for tasteful wheat stalks or gourds among the arrangements. A fun favor could be making homemade cider or jams with your initials on the jar for your guests to enjoy. Many couples shy away from winter weddings, but it can actually be one of the most intimate seasons for a wedding because it provides such respite from the bitter cold. Deep purples, forest greens and ruby reds are perfect to set a cozy tone, while icy blues and silver show off winter’s sparkle. Cinnamon-scented pine cones with some holly or giant poinsettias make tasteful centerpieces. Instead of bubbling champagne for the toast, why not embrace winter and raise a mug of hot chocolate or egg nog? It’s delicious and comforting in the cold. Personalizing your wedding is really all about expressing yourself. Go with what you love, trust your judgment and most of all, have fun!

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Assigned vs. unassigned seating at the wedding reception – opinions vary among today’s brides. Open seating allows guests to choose their seat which works well with informal type and cocktail party type receptions. With assigned seating, guests can be assigned a seat or just a table where they choose their seat at that table. A few guidelines will help the process of assigned seating. Begin working on the table layout and seating chart a few weeks prior to the wedding to allow for changes. Include those you believe will attend but have not yet responded. Determine if you need just a seating chart or if you also need place cards at each seat. Some brides are finding creative ways to combine the two such as a table with glass Coke bottles that have a tag hung around the neck stating the guest’s name and table number. Guests pick up their bottle as they enter the reception and place it at their seat. Place cards can help guests to remember each other’s names. Traditionally, close family and friends sit nearest to the bride and groom. Those generally seated together are families, work friends, people of the same age (teenagers or the elderly), and groups of friends. For interest, mix the bride’s and groom’s friends at one table. Do not sit together divorced couples and/or feuding families. Planning a seating chart should not be a stressful part of wedding planning. Ask for help from the mothers of the bride and groom and begin early to make the process simple and hassle-free.

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DIVORCED PARENTS dealing with the situation If your divorced parents are on good terms, count your blessings. If they are not, or if their relationship is marginal, then correct handling of these delicate matters can help avoid any unwanted tensions. According to protocol, the parent with whom you have lived the longest issues the invitations. The other parent is usually not mentioned unless both parties agree to each of their names being represented. Try to include both parent’s names on the invitation. When you’re introducing your parents to your future in-laws, it is usually proper to introduce the parent with whom you have lived the longest, then introduce your other parent shortly afterward. The bride’s father should always walk his daughter down the aisle, except under

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extenuating circumstances. If that is not possible, a substitute can stand in for the father. A brother, uncle or close family friend will be fine. Special church seating arrangements can help smooth rough spots. The bride’s mother and her immediate family (parents, husband and children) are seated in the first row. The second row is left empty to afford a better view for the bride’s father, who, after giving her away, is seated with his immediate family in the third row. The same seating arrangement pertains to the groom’s family if they are divorced. The small amount of time and attention devoted to handling these matters will reward you with a day that is as free of tension as it can possibly be.

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entire bridal party and anyone involved in the ceremony is a chance to set the stage for the next day, to work out any bugs, and to bring your closest friends and relatives together in anticipation of the big day. A rehearsal also allows you and your bridal party to get comfortable in the ceremony space. You’ll find out where you can all get ready the next day, which entrances to use, and where the bathrooms are — things that are often taken for granted. You’ll also learn any venue rules and get answers to pressing questions, such as, are music and mimosas allowed in the church bridal room? Yes, if you’re getting married in a church, then there are sure to be a few rules. There’s also a lot of symbolism in a religious ceremony, and the rehearsal is an opportunity for the officiant to walk you all through the various traditions and explain their meaning. PRE-REHEARSAL PREP Before your rehearsal and ceremony, there are obvious things to think about such as who will walk the bride down the aisle. But you also have to think about who is escorting the mothers-of, which bridesmaid will be paired with which groomsman, and in what order the couples will proceed down the aisle. The order will vary depending on if you have junior

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CEREMONY REHEARSAL they offer stage directions beforehand, or if the venue has another on-site coordinator, then that person might be able to step in and help. If members of the bridal party can’t make it to the rehearsal, don’t stress! Just designate another member of the party to fill them in on all the details the next morning. THREE SECRETS TO SUCCESS Be on time and organized. Most rehearsals are allotted just one hour and sometimes a venue has more than one rehearsal on a given night. Remember that everyone’s time is valuable and the rehearsal can’t start until everyone is present. Practice patience and respect. Don’t get flustered or anxious if there are bugs to work out — after all, that’s why you’re having a rehearsal in the first place. Be sure to respect the venue, especially if it’s a religious establishment. Ask questions. As you’re going through the stages of the ceremony, ask questions if you don’t know what to do or if there’s something you don’t understand. Bottom line, don’t be afraid to ask! REHEARSAL DINNER After finishing up the ceremony rehearsal, it’s customary for the bride and groom and/or their parents to host a dinner for all involved. This is a fun pre-wedding event that kicks off the festive spirit and can be as simple or extravagant as you like. You could rent a party room at a nearby restaurant or just invite everyone back to your parents’ house for homemade eats. It’s up to you! Just have fun with it and keep it within your budget. After all, everyone has your fabulous wedding to look forward to the very next day!

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

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REHEARSAL DINNER 5 steps to fun and fabulous The rehearsal dinner is traditionally hosted by the groom’s parents who should invite the immediate family of the bride and groom, the clergy-person and his or her spouse or special guest and the complete wedding party and their spouses or guests. If there are friends from out of town who have already arrived, then they should also be invited to join the party. Since this will probably be the first time many of your guests will meet, it can be helpful to include place cards. “Betty’s Aunt Milly,” or “Maid of Honor, Barbara Jones,” can help break the ice. Plan your seating so that your guests will enjoy the company of those with whom they are seated while also meeting new people.

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

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You’ve said the “I do’s,” kissed the bride, and now it’s time to party! You want your reception to be unforgettable. The venue itself, the food, the ambiance, and the overall guest experience determines just how your reception will be remembered for years to come. Where to host your reception is a huge, day-defining decision. There’s so much to consider. Luckily, we’re here to help! 4

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RECEPTION Consider your style, head count, and budget. To start: What’s your wedding’s style? A casual summer wedding requires completely different accommodations from a formal winter wedding so first nail down your preferred style and season. Next: How many made the guest list? You’ll need a head count so you can find a reception site to suit your needs. Finally: How big is your budget? This goes hand-in-hand with your guest list, but sometimes, your budget will determine the number of guests you can afford to have.

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Search for sites that suit your needs. Local bridal publications and websites, wedding shows, and married friends are all great sources of potential reception sites. Typical venues include hotels, banquet halls, community centers, and country clubs. Other options might be historic homes, city parks, college facilities, museums, and boats. Each of these venues will be one of two things: on-site or off-site. Most on-site locations offer the majority of services needed to host a reception: catering, chairs, tables, tableware, and a serving staff. With these necessities already covered, on-site is an appealing way to go. Off-site locations usually provide only the facility for a flat fee and you’re responsible for the rest. The nice thing about off-site is you have the freedom to do everything your own way and you control costs of individual services. Narrow down your search by focusing on sites that meet all of your needs including your style, season, budget, and estimated number of guests. Once you have your sights set


PRITZLAFF EVENTS

Inside or out. A few dozen or hundreds. We don’t just hold events, we host happenings.

With 26,000 square feet of Cream City brick, a list of 7 caterers and 4 beautiful rooms that can accommodate an event for 100 to 1,000 guests! 414 | 433 | 6088

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VENUES

RECEPTION on a few choice venues, take a day trip to check them out. Evaluate your options. Location. To avoid inconveniencing your guests, the reception site should be no more than a 30-minute drive from the ceremony – ideally less. Size and layout. Is the venue in question just one large room, or will cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing each take place in separate, smaller rooms? Make sure the cocktail area is large enough for guests to mix and mingle and that the dinner area will comfortably hold the number of tables you’ll need. Make doubly sure that the dance floor is big enough for everyone to bust a move! Beyond spatial comfort, also consider temperature.

Throwing a summer wedding? Don’t skimp on air conditioning. Privacy. If the reception site caters to multiple events simultaneously, find out if there are any other bookings on the date you have in mind. If there are, work with your site contact person to ensure that you will have adequate privacy for your celebration. Parking. Make sure there is convenient, well-lit, ample parking for your guests. If not, find out if the site offers valet or shuttle services. Technical details. Whether you go for a DJ, band, or iPod playlist, inquire about any music restrictions. Is there sufficient power for speakers, mixers, and amplifiers? Are the acoustics suited to live music? Some sites have built-in

The Perfect Choice. • Newly Remodeled. • Accommodations for up to 300 Guests. • Private Parking. • Located Just Minutes from Milwaukee. 76 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

panosbanquetcenter.com 414-308-4960 • 262-782-8670


SPECIALIZING IN TRADITIONAL, NON-TRADITIONAL & KOSHER WEDDINGS

RECEPTION public-address systems that can be used to introduce the wedding party and to toast the bride and groom. If your venue doesn’t provide this equipment, find out if your DJ or musicians can. Décor. Most reception-ready sites offer a neutral background to work with – but if not, make sure that the space works well with the style and season of your wedding. So that nothing clashes, some brides even wait to decide on their color scheme until after they’ve procured a venue. In terms of decorative details, find out what you’re allowed to bring in as far as tangible décor and lighting. Services offered. With each venue you visit, find out in clear terms exactly what services are included. There’s a lot to consider: catering, bar tenders, wait staff, cake cutting. Get these details up front.

OUTDOOR RECEPTIONS It’s critical to have a backup plan for any outdoor reception, and it’s highly recommended that you hire an experienced wedding coordinator. He or she will help keep stress at bay and make any last-minute changes run smoothly. THE NITTY-GRITTY As with any wedding vendor, make sure all the details are outlined in writing. Take into account things like service charges, cleaning fees, and insurance waivers. Use a credit card whenever possible to make payments so that you have more protection in the unlikely event of a problem. Visit our website for a comprehensive list of questions to ask potential reception sites.

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Downtown Lakeshore

Milwaukee’s Destination Hotel

• Elegantly decorated Ballroom that seats up to 300 people

916 E. State Street Milwaukee

• Rooftop Ceremonies offer spectacular views of Lake Michigan

(414) 276-8800

catering@parkeasthotel.com

• Guest Accommodations

parkeasthotel.com

• Wedding Packages

Phone Number(s)

Website

See Page

Boat Capacity Range

Lake Geneva Cruise Line 812 Wrigley Drive, Lake Geneva

262-248-6206

cruiselakegeneva.com

153

2-225

Riverwalk Boat Tours & Rentals on Old World Third Street, Milwaukee

414-283-9999

riverwalkboats.com

236

2-44

Phone Number(s)

Website

1451 RENAISSANCE PLACE

414-272-1451

renaissanceplace.com

Back Cover & 41

400

THE ASTOR HOTEL

414-283-4808

astorballroom.com

7

200

BARTOLOTTA CATERING:

414-765-1166 414-765-1005

bartolottas.com bartolottascatering.com

57

5-200

Bartolotta Events & Catering at Pier Wisconsin, 500 Harbor Dr., Milwaukee

414-765-8610

bartolottas.com bartolottascatering.com

320

Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro 3133 E. Newberry Blvd., Milwaukee

414-962-6300

bartolottas.com bartolottascatering.com

20-300

Grain Exchange Room 225 E. Michigan, Rm 100, Milwaukee

414-727-6980

bartolottas.com bartolottascatering.com

25-425

YACHTS/BOATS

RECEPTION GUIDE 1451 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee

See Page Reception for More Room Capacity Information Range

924 E. Juneau Ave., Milwaukee

DOWNTOWN

Bacchus 925 E. Wells, Milwaukee

THE BLACK SWAN

blackswanmke.com

21

100-400

309 N. Water St., Milwaukee

THE CANAL STREET YACHT CLUB

414-273-8300

CanalStreetYachtClub.com

60

400

CHARLES ALLIS ART MUSEUM

414-278-8295

cavtmuseums.org

81

200

HILTON MILWAUKEE CITY CENTER

414-390-3802

hiltonmilwaukee.com

53

500

HOT WATER / WHEREHOUSE

414-383-7593

hotwatermilwaukee.com

56

20-450

HYATT REGENCY

414-276-1234

milwaukee.regency.hyatt.com

27

50-500

INTERCONTINENTAL MILWAUKEE

414-390-3802

intercontinentalmilwaukee.com

43

20-400

1200 W. Canal St., Milwaukee

1801 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee 509 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee 818 S. Water St., Milwaukee

333 W. Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee 139 E. Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee

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A Wedding with a Difference The Iron Horse Hotel is the ideal setting to create your perfect wedding. Let us show you how all your wedding dreams can come true. 414.374.4766 | THEIRONHORSEHOTEL.COM 500 W FLORIDA ST | MILWAUKEE, WI 53204

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Special Features

Eight unique vessels available mid April through October for ceremonies, receptions, rehearsal dinners and showers. Our boats are climate controlled to offer you and your guests a beautiful lake wedding with complete comfort. Separate Reception Area Available. When fun is the rule for the event, join us for a casual cruise on Milwaukee’s newest boat.

Number of Available Banquet Rooms

Number of Months to Schedule Facility

Average Price per Person

Serving Style Available

Separate Area Available for Ceremony

2

6-18

Varies

All Styles

n

4

1-12

$$ - $$$

All Styles

n

6

3-12

$$ - $$$$

Fine Dining

n

n

8

12

$$ - $$$$

All Styles

n

n

2

6-12

$$ - $$$$

Fine Dining Stations

n

n

1

6-18

$$ - $$$$

All Styles

n

1

6-18

Varies

All Styles

1

1-12

$$ - $$$

Plated, Buffet, Food Stations

2

3-12

Varies

All Styles

n

10

9-12

$$$ - $$$$

Plated Buffet

n

2

1-12

$$ - $$$

All Styles

3

3-18

$$$ - $$$$

All Styles

n

n

2

9-12

$$$ - $$$$

French Service

n

n

Onsite Lodging Off-Premise Outside Caterers Outside Reception Available Catering Available Permitted Area Available

n

n

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n

n

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your your

SPECIAL DAY, UNIQUE DETAILS

Single Wedding Venue | Up to 300 Guests In-House ‘From Scratch’ Catering | Private Tasting Complimentary Suite for the Couple On-site Day of Wedding Specialist Group Room Rate Discounts | In-House A/V Services Innovation Restaurant and Lounge | Late Night Cocktails

10499 W Innovation Dr | Wauwatosa | 414-475-9500 CrownPlazaMilwaukee.com/weddings | wawsales@fhginc.com

RECEPTION GUIDE

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Phone Number(s)

Website

IRON HORSE HOTEL

414-831-4613

theironhorsehotel.com

79

20-200

KIMPTON - THE JOURNEYMAN

414-291-3970

journeymanhotel.com

47

30-150

MARCUS CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

414-276-2030

sazamas.com

89

20-5,000

MILWAUKEE ART MUSEUM

414-224-3287

mam.org

23

450

MILWAUKEE ATHLETIC CLUB

414-273-4100

macwi.org

74

50-350

MILWAUKEE COUNTY PARKS

414-257-7275

countyparks.com

44

25-1,000

MILWAUKEE YACHT CLUB

414-271-4455

milwaukeeyc.com

36

550

THE PARK EAST HOTEL DOWNTOWN LAKESHORE

414-276-8800

parkeasthotel.com

78

300

THE PFISTER HOTEL

414-390-3802

thepfisterhotel.com

33

20-650

POTOWATOMI HOTEL & CASINO

414-847-8600

paysbig.com

15

550

PRITZLAFF EVENTS

414-433-6088

pritzlaffevents.com

75

400

THE SEEBOTH

414-841-9374

theseeboth.com

31

20-200

SOUTH SECOND

414-256-8765

southsecondmke.com

54, 88

350

TRIPOLI SHRINE TEMPLE

414-933-4700

tripolishrinecenter.com

59

50-450

VILLA TERRACE ART MUSEUM

414-271-3656

cavtmuseums.org

81

150

WAR MEMORIAL CENTER

414-273-5533

warmemorialcenter.org

26

50-300

WISCONSIN CLUB - CITY CLUB

414-271-7510

wisconsinclub.com

28-29

300

500 W. Florida St., Milwaukee 310 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee 929 N. Water St., Milwaukee

700 N. Art Museum Dr., Milwaukee

DOWNTOWN (CONT.)

758 N. Broadway, Milwaukee

1700 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive, Milwaukee 916 E. State St., Milwaukee

424 E. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee 1721 W. Canal St., Milwaukee

333 N. Plankinton, Milwaukee 131 W. Seeboth Street, Milwaukee 838 S. 2nd St., Milwaukee 3000 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee 2220 N. Terrace Ave., Milwaukee 750 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr., Milwaukee 900 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee

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PHOTO COURTESY M THREE STUDIOS

Two enchanting museums create the environment for a perfect wedding! VILLA TERRACE

CHARLES ALLIS

LAKEFRONT TERRACE

CLASSIC ELEGANCE

B R E AT H TA K I N G V I E W S

A RICH HISTORY

2220 N. Terrace Ave.

1801 N. Prospect Ave.

M I LWAU K E E • 414/271 - 3656 W W W. C AV T M U S E U M S . O R G

Number of Available Banquet Rooms

Number of Months to Schedule Facility

Average Price per Person

Serving Style Available

Separate Area Available for Ceremony

3

3-12

$$ - $$$

All Styles

n

1

3-12

$$ - $$$

All Styles

7

6-18

$$$ - $$$$

All Styles

n

4

3-12

$$$ - $$$$

All Styles

n

4

3-18

$$$ - $$$$

All Styles

n

3-12

Varies

All Styles

n

3

3-18

$$$

All Styles

n

4

2-12

$$ - $$$

Plated, Family, Buffet

n

n

4

12

$$$ - $$$$

Plated, Stations, Buffet

n

n

3

3-18

$$ - $$$$

Plated, Buffet, Food Stations

n

1

2-12

Varies

All Styles

n

1

2-12

Varies

All Styles

1

3-12

$$ - $$$

All Styles

2

2-12

$$ - $$$

All Styles

n

1

3-12

Varies

All Styles

n

1

12-18

Varies

All Styles

n

2

6-12

$$$ - $$$$

Plated, Food Stations

n

Onsite Lodging Off-Premise Outside Caterers Outside Reception Available Catering Available Permitted Area Available

n

n

n n

n n

n n n

n

n

n

n

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n

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VENUES

SASSY SUCCULENTS

FREE FALLING

Stretch your green thumb with a Sassy Adventure lovers and thrill seekers, Succulents class at Bank of Flowers this one’s for you: Vital Image in Menomonee Falls! Your group of Wedding Studios is about to get six will fill rustic, wooden boxes with your adrenaline pumping with an gorgeous succulents to take home. unforgettable sky diving date for two!

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RECEPTION GUIDE

See Page Reception for More Room Capacity Information Range

Phone Number(s)

Website

BROADLANDS GOLF CLUB

262-392-6320

broadlandsgolfclub.com

46

50-250

COUNTRY SPRINGS HOTEL

262-547-0201

countryspringshotel.com

50

50-500

CROWNE PLAZA MILWAUKEE WEST

414-475-9500

crowneplazamilwaukee.com

80

300

DELAFIELD BREWHAUS

262-646-7821

delafield-brewhaus.com

55

10-200

DELAFIELD HOTEL

262-333-0232

thedelafieldhotel.com

25

70-300

GOLDEN MAST

262-567-7047

goldenmastinn.com

8

450

HAMPTON INN & SUITES MILWAUKEE WEST

414-436-2300

hamptoninnmilwaukeewest.com

54

350

THE HAY LOFT

920-988-7415

hayloftbarn.com

74

300

HOLIDAY INN PEWAUKEE

262-506-6300

holidayinn.com/pewaukee-wi

35

200

KETTLE MORAINE RANCH

262-594-2122

kettlemoraineranch.com

56

550

LA BELLE GOLF CLUB

262-567-7833

labellegolfclub.com

275

250

MARRIOTT MILWAUKEE WEST

262-574-0888

marriott.com/mkemw

Inside Back Cover & 49

600

MILWAUKEE COUNTY ZOO

414-256-5430

milwaukeezoo.org

45

350

OCONOMOWOC LAKE CLUB

262-567-4934

oconomowoclakeclub.org

55

150-200

OLYMPIA RESORT AND O’SPA

262-369-4966

olympiaresort.com/weddings

58

50-450

PANOS BANQUET CENTER

414-308-4960 262-782-8670

panosbanquetcenter.com

76

20-500

20290 W. Bluemound Rd., Brookfield

RED CIRCLE INN

262-367-4883

redcircleinn.com

Inside Front Cover

300

THE ROTUNDA

262-574-9170

therotunda.com

30

250

SEVEN SEAS

262-367-3903

sevenseaswi.com

17

300

SHERATON MILWAUKEE BROOKFIELD

262-364-1009

sheratonmilwaukeebrookfield.com/ wedding

40

550

TUSCAN HALL BANQUET CENTER

262-292-1322

tuscanhallwi.com

49

20-250

18 Augusta Way, North Prairie 2810 Golf Rd., Pewaukee

10499 Innovation Drive, Wauwatosa 3832 Hillside Dr., Delafield 415 Genesee St., Delafield W349 N5293 Lacy’s Lane, Okauchee 8201 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis W2763 East Gate Dr., Watertown

WEST

N14 W24140 Tower Place, Pewaukee W379 S9694 County Rd S, Eagle 6996 Pennsylvania St., Oconomowoc W231 N1600 Corporate Ct., Waukesha 10001 W. Bluemound Rd.

4668 N. Lake Club Circle, Oconomowoc 1350 Royale Mile Road, Oconomowoc

N44 W33013 Watertown Plank Rd., Nashotah 235 W. Broadway, Waukesha 1807 Nagawicka Rd., Hartland 375 S. Moorland Rd., Brookfield 409 Delafield St., Waukesha

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Exclusively & Beautifully Yours… • Simple Elegance • Panoramic Views • Picturesque Wedding Ceremonies

WATERTOWN COUNTRY CLUB

1340 N. Water St., Watertown

920-261-5009 • watertowncc.com Number of Available Banquet Rooms

Number of Months to Schedule Facility

Average Price per Person

Serving Style Available

1

12

$$ - $$$

All Styles

7

Based on avail.

$$ - $$$

Sit Down Buffet, Cocktail

n

n

3

3-12

$$ - $$$

Plated, Buffet, Food Stations

n

n

3

6-12

$ - $$$

Buffet Sit Down

2

6

$$$ - $$$$

Butler, Buffet Sit Down

n

2

3-18

$$ - $$$

All Styles

n

2

2-18

$$-$$$

All Styles

1

3-18

$ - $$

Catered, All Styles

2

3-18

$$-$$$

Plated, Buffet, Food Stations

3

3-12

$ - $$

Plated, Buffet, Food Stations

n

1

3-18

$$ - $$$

Plated, Buffet, Food Stations

n

3

12

$$ - $$$

All Styles

n

2

12

Varies

2

12-18

$$ - $$$

Plated, Buffet, Food Stations

n

4

12-18

$$ - $$$

Buffet, Plated Stations

n

2

1-18

$ - $$$

All Styles

2

9

$$$ - $$$$

Plated

n

1

3-18

$$$ - $$$$

Catered, All Styles

n

3

12-15

$$ - $$$

Plated Buffet

n

4

6-18

$$ - $$$

Plated, Buffet

n

2

1-18

$ - $$$

Family, Buffet Food Stations

Separate Area Available for Ceremony

Onsite Lodging Off-Premise Outside Caterers Outside Reception Available Catering Available Permitted Area Available

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CEREMONIES • RECEPTIONS REHEARSAL DINNERS

Experience the magic and romance of our one-of-a-kind settings

Call 920-458-6144 or email rentals@jmkac.org

608 New York Avenue, Sheboygan, WI 53081

Photo courtesy of KMO Photo

920.458.6144

4.75" x 1.75"

RECEPTION GUIDE

See Page Reception for More Room Capacity Information Range

Phone Number(s)

Website

WATERTOWN COUNTRY CLUB

920-261-5009

watertowncc.com

83

20-400

WAUKESHA PARKS:

262-522-2953

ci.waukesha.wi.us

276

120-200

Rotary Building 1150 Baxter St., Waukesha

262-522-2953

ci.waukesha.wi.us

WAUWATOSA WOMAN’S CLUB

414-257-9935

wauwatosawomansclub.com

20

175

WESTERN LAKES GOLF CLUB

262-961-9796

sazs.com - westernlakes.com

88

50-400

WINDWOOD OF WATERTOWN

920-262-0702

windwoodofwatertown.com

16

550

THE BOG

262-292-0740

golfthebog.com

273

200

THE CHALET AT LITTLE SWITZERLAND

262-224-7598

littleswitz.com

201

250

CHANDELIER BALLROOM

262-673-4946

chandelierballroom.com

202

500

DAVIAN’S CATERING & CONFERENCE CTR.

262-781-3333

davians.com

10-11

300

HERITAGE HALL

262-255-1606

heritagehallrentals.com

41

20-350

HILTON GARDEN INN - MILWAUKEE PARK PLACE

414-359-9823 414-577-5027

milwaukeehiltongardeninn.com

77

100-350

11600 W. Park Place, Milwaukee

HUBBARD PARK LODGE

414-332-4207

hubbardlodge.com

61

200

JOHN MICHAEL KOHLER ARTS CENTER

920-458-6144

jmkac.org/index.php.rentals

84

300

MILWAUKEE BEER BISTRO

414-562-5540

milwaukeebeerbistro.com

THE RIVER CLUB OF MEQUON

262-242-1400

riverclubofmequon.com

39

550

SCHAUER ARTS & ACTIVITIES CENTER

262-670-0560 ext 5

schauercenter.org/ourfacility

200

20-300

147 N. Rural St., Hartland

STERLING CHALET

262-628-4080

sterlingchalet.com

201

50-650

TERRACE 167

262-623-6588

terrace167.com

202

100-350

WASHINGTON COUNTY FAIR PARK

262-677-5060

wcfairpark.com

201

50-900

WEST BEND COUNTRY CLUB

262-334-9541

westbendcc.com

85

240

WISCONSIN CLUB - COUNTRY CLUB

414-368-1978

wisconsinclub.com

28-29

250

WEST (CONT.)

1340 N. Water St., Watertown EB Shurts Bldg, 810 W. College Ave., Waukesha 120-200

1626 Wauwatosa Ave., Wauwatosa W287 N1963 Oakton Rd., Pewaukee W5710 County Hwy CW, Watertown

3121 County Rd I, Saukville 105 Cedar Creek Rd., Slinger 150 Jefferson Ave., Hartford N56 W16300 Silver Spring Dr., Menomonee Falls. N86 W18330 Main St., Menomonee Falls

NORTH

3565 N. Morris Blvd., Shorewood 608 New York Ave., Sheboygan

250

2730 N. Humboldt Blvd., Milwaukee 12400 N. Ville du Parc Dr., Mequon

1271 Hwy 175, Hubertus 3210 Hwy 167, Richfield 3000 Hwy PV, West Bend

5858 Highway Z, West Bend 6200 W. Good Hope Rd., Milwaukee

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Outside Ceremony & Reception Area Flexible Menu Planning – Pamper 300 Guests

West Bend Country Club

5858 Hwy. Z • West Bend

262-334-9541 Number of Available Banquet Rooms

Number of Months to Schedule Facility

Average Price per Person

Serving Style Available

Separate Area Available for Ceremony

1

3-18

$ - $$$

All Styles

n

1

6-12

Varies

All Styles

n

n

n

1

6-12

Varies

All Styles

n

n

n

1

3-12

$$

Catered, All Styles

n

n

3

6-18

$$-$$$

All Styles

n

n

n

2

12

$ - $$$

All Styles

n

n

n

2

3-18

$$ - $$$

All Styles

n

1

3-18

$ - $$

All Styles

n

2

3-18

$ - $$$

Plated, Buffet, Food Stations

n

n

n

2

6-12

$$ - $$$

Plated Buffet

n

n

n

3

0-12

$ - $$

All Styles

n

n

n

2

12

$$ - $$$

Plated Buffet

n

2

3-12

$ - $$

All Styles

n

3

12

Varies

All Styles

n

2

1-12

$ - $$

Plated, Family, Buffet, Stations

n

2

2-18

$$ - $$$$

Plated, Buffet, Stations

n

3

6-18

Varies

All Styles

n

1

3-18

$ - $$

Plated, Family, Buffet

n

Varies

Catered

n

1 7

12-18

Varies

All Styles

n

6

6-18

$$ - $$$

Plated, Buffet Food Station

n

2

3-18

$$$ - $$$$

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RECEPTION GUIDE

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ALVERNO COLLEGE

414-382-6159

alverno.edu/eventandspace

6

300

CLARION HOTEL

414-481-2400

clarionmilwaukee.com

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20-450

CROWNE PLAZA MILWAUKEE AIRPORT

414-764-5300

crowneplaza.com/milwaukeearpt

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950

THE DEKOVEN CENTER

262-633-6401 ext 102

dekovencenter.org

48

250

GRANDSTAY HOTEL AND SUITES

414-764-1500 ext 6626 414-369-2852

salesmke@ascendgrowth.com

34

20-700

6331 S. 13th St., Milwaukee

POLISH CENTER OF WISCONSIN

414-529-2140

polishcenterofwisconsin.org

31

300

Festival Hall / Festival Park 5 Fifth St., Racine

262-636-9229

racinecc.com

Memorial Hall 72 Seventh St., Racine

262-636-9229

racinecc.com

ROMA LODGE

262-886-3610

romalodge.com

86

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BRUNO’S RESTAURANT & BANQUET HALL

262-534-7467

bowlrivercity.com

160

20-200

COTTON EXCHANGE

262-534-9291

cottonexchangewi.com

163

300

GENEVA NATIONAL RESORT

262-245-7000

genevanationalresort.com

159

30-350

GRAND GENEVA

800-558-3417

grandgeneva.com

162

40-1500

HAWK’S VIEW

877-429-5788

hawksviewgolfclub.com

161

350

LAKE LAWN RESORT

800-338-5253

lakelawnresort.com

157

400

LAKEWOOD FARMS

708-218-0656

vrbo.com/435414

155

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THE LANDING 1841

262-206-2176

thelanding1841.com

160

20-250

THE RIDGE

262-245-7000

ridgelakegeneva.com

159

350

VETERANS TERRACE AT ECHO PARK

262-763-9400

veteransterrace.com

155

400

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414-563-4072

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SAZ'S CATERING

Simplify your entertaining with full-service event planning and the delicious flair for food you can depend on from Saz's. From the most upscale soiree for 500 to more intimate nuptials and affordable budgets, Saz's Catering offers The Finest in food and service at the Milwaukee area's most unique and popular venues.

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SOUTH SECOND

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Nestled in the heart of Walker's Point, South Second brings Milwaukee's food and beverage districts together under one roof for an unforgettable experience. Invite your guests to experience the very essence of Milwaukee in the perfect blend of authentic character, memorable menus and approachable ambiance that is South Second.

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SAZ'S STATE HOUSE RESTAURANT Ideal for showers and rehearsal dinners, Saz’s State House offers two unique private event spaces within the restaurant, making entertaining easy and allowing you to spend time with family and friends before the big day. From cocktails to sweets, this State Street staple continues the award-winning tradition it started in 1976 – providing Milwaukee with The Finest in food and service.

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Marcus Center for the Performing Arts The iconic Marcus Center for the Performing Arts sets the stage for memorable events and serious showstopper status on your special day. In addition, this stunningly exquisite space boasts on premise catering by Sazama’s Fine Catering, part of the Saz’s Hospitality Group family; renowned for The Finest in client service and brilliant cuisine. With several unique event spaces, covered parking with skywalk access, 24-hour security, state-of-the-art A/V, and so much more, the Marcus Center and Sazama’s Fine Catering blend seamlessly to provide an exceptional experience from the first visit through the finale with the utmost polish and finesse.


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CATERING

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It’s sad but true that stereotypical wedding food sets the bar pretty low. Guests tend to anticipate chicken breast, rice pilaf, a side of steamed veggies, and a basket of dinner rolls. Luckily, catering services have certainly raised the bar in recent years, and personal, memorable, delicious meals are becoming the new normal. 4

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CATERING

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FEASTS WITH FLAIR Nowadays, caterers are offering more bold flavors, meaningful meals, and fun experiences. Sit-down meals are gravitating toward family-style, which works with everything from homey meat and potatoes to build-your-own tacos. Ethnic cuisine is a great way to bring a little flavor to your reception. You might offer a variety of food stations serving everything from sushi to French cheeses. Food trucks are another popular way to up the fun factor, and late-night snacks like pizza or grilled cheese sliders are a huge hit. To get really personal, think about hosting each of your favorite meals. The bride’s might be a nice juicy steak and the groom’s might be chicken and waffles — and that’s okay! The more you embrace what makes you unique, the more memorable your wedding will be. In recent years, there’s also been an emphasis not only on unique meals, but locally-sourced, quality ingredients. Couples like to support local purveyors in their community, as well as enjoy the freshness of a farm-to-table feast. 7 STEPS TO HIRING A CATERER Step 1: Start the search Some reception locations require that you use their in-house caterer or banquet services, which makes your choice fairly simple. If your reception location allows you to bring in an independent caterer, you still might have to choose from a pre-approved list. As you call caterers to inquire after their services, make sure to have as much information on hand as possible. They’ll want to know your wedding date, time, approximate number of guests, and whether you’d like a sit-down or buffet-style meal. If you already have


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• What packages do you offer? What do they include? • Have you worked at my reception site before? • Do you provide beverage service? • Do have opening or corking fees? • When is the deadline for the final guest count? • When will we need to finalize the menu? • Can you provide entrees for my guests who have special dietary needs? • Will you provide flatware, china, stemware, etc? • Do you supply or arrange tables, chairs or linens? • How will you and your staff be dressed? • Do you provide wait staff? How many are appropriate for my wedding? • Do you have references from previous weddings? • How far in advance must I book your services? • What is your cancellation policy? • Is a deposit required? If so, when and how much?

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CATERING some ideas for your menu or any specific limitations (think vegetarian or gluten free), let the caterer know. Ask to see sample wedding menus and references. Step 2: Decide on your style Now it’s time to factor in your wedding’s style and degree of formality. Think about the vibe your wedding — is it a classic ballroom affair or a rustic outdoor bash? Do you want the food to be posh or playful? Such details will help a caterer determine what they can offer that falls in line with your vision. Step 3: Schedule a tasting When you finally narrow down your list of prospective caterers, it’s time for the fun part — tastings! Speak up during your tastings and don’t

be afraid to ask if they can tweak something to your tastes. This is your day and your meal, and any good caterer will be pleased to work with your wishes as much as they can. Step 4: Finalize the menu Gather inspiration from magazines and websites, think about weddings you’ve attended, and ask friends for favorites and failures. Consult your caterer and trust them. They’ve seen lots of weddings and know what works best for the number of people, time of day, and location, so take their professional advice to heart. Step 5: Calculate the cost Facilities with in-house catering departments may have a minimum charge or set-up fee, while an www.PremierBrideMKE.com PREMIER BRIDE • 95


CATERING

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independent caterer will usually work within any reasonable budget. Keep in mind that buffets are usually priced higher, since they’ll have to account for a little more per person. Caterers usually require your final guest count one week before the wedding. This is the number of people you’ll actually be charged for. Decide if you’ll include meals for weddingrelated personnel, such as the DJ and photographer. If cost is an issue, ask your caterer about more casual meals for vendors. Finally, make sure to ask what extras are included in the catering cost. Find out if your caterer will provide table linens, plates, glasses, crystal, silverware, and serving pieces. Step 6: Hire the servers Your caterer will give you their expert opinion, but a safe bet is one server for every 10 to 12 guests for a sit-down dinner, and two servers for every 50 guests for a buffet-style dinner. If you’re having a full open bar, that will require more help — one bartender for every 50 to 75 guests. Step 7: Get it in writing Sign a contract with your caterer only after you have all of the details spelled out: date, time, address of site, food items by course, beverages and bar guidelines, number of guests covered, provisions for special meals, time of cocktail hour, time meal is served, contact people, number of wait staff and bartenders, linens, terms of payment, and liability insurance. There will probably be an advance deposit when you sign the contract — and don’t forget to check the cancellation policy.

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HIRE take AyourPRO BARTENDER wedding spirits to the next level You’ve hired professional photographers, caterers, musicians, and videographers to make your wedding day an unforgettable one. Don’t overlook everyone’s favorite pro: the bartender! Not only can you count on knowledgeable, speedy drink service for your guests, but a professional bartender will handle the nitty gritty, like the bar’s inventory and shopping list. You won’t have to trouble yourself with glassware, ice, mixers, or garnishes — just sit back, relax, and enjoy your professionallypoured cocktail. But it’s more than meticulous drink mixing: Like other wedding pros, bartenders are artists. Drinks are garnished just-so, and they’re able to craft cocktails based on individual guest’s preferences. You can also work with your bartender to create one or more signature drinks for your wedding. Before hiring a professional bartender for your wedding, do your research. First, inquire with your venue and caterer. Some have restrictions on who’s allowed to serve alcohol on site. Others require that the venue or caterer provide the alcohol, as opposed to purchasing it off site. How many bartenders do you need? Check your guest count. A general rule is 75 people per bartender. When

budgeting, figure two to three drinks per person during cocktail hour and one drink per person, per hour, for the rest of the night. To determine whether or not a professional bartender is the right fit for your wedding, meet with a professional near you!

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ENGAGEMENT PARTIES WEDDING SHOWERS • REHEARSAL DINNERS Casual Menus • Freshly Prepared Food • Appetizers Petite Sweets • Relax with Your Guests!

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RENTALS & EVENT DESIGN

furnishings & decor

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As you start wedding planning, you might be surprised to learn that tables and chairs, eclectic vintage glassware, and even the dance floor aren’t typically stored in your venue’s basement. Whether it’s a glamorous reception hall or a tent in your own backyard, it’s extremely common to rent both necessities and decorations for your wedding. Here are some of the basics to help you navigate the world of wedding rentals and event design. 4

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RENTALS Even if you’re working with a venue that already provides things like tables, chairs, linens, and place settings, rentals might still end up on your wedding checklist. Ask your site contact if you can see their items first hand, in case you want to upgrade — for instance, splurging on real silver utensils or linens in a finer fabric. Of course if you’re hosting a wedding where the venue isn’t outfitted with even the most basic furnishings, it’s up to you to procure every last champagne flute and salad fork. That can be overwhelming. You can buy these pieces, but remember that if you own these items, it’s up to you to press the linens beforehand and wash the dishes afterward. Renting and working with a professional event designer will relieve a lot of stress. CHOOSING A RENTAL COMPANY Your site coordinator should be able to recommend their preferred vendor who has dressed your wedding space in the past. Or ask one of your other vendors if there’s a company they’d recommend. Meet in person with multiple rental companies in your area, and visit each company’s showroom so you can compare not only price, but quality. WHAT TO RENT No two brides will have the same rental needs for their wedding day. In general, these are the main furnishings you’ll need: tables, chairs, linens, plates, flatware, serving pieces, utensils, and glassware. Other large rentals might be a dance floor, band stage, portable toilets for an outdoor wedding, a free-standing bar, or

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RENTALS lounge furniture. Also consider any heating or cooling needs, depending on your venue and time of year. Now let’s dig a little deeper into your most basic rentals, as these are, for the most part, non-negotiable for all weddings. TABLES, CHAIRS & LINENS At most weddings, you’ll see round tables, long family-style tables, or a mix. You may also need buffet tables, a sweethearts table, taller cocktail tables, and tables for things like cake and the guest book. Rustic wood or glass-top tables are on trend these days. But if you’re not planning to show off the tables themselves, tablecloths for dinner and cocktail hour are a must — cloth napkins, too. If you have the choice between cotton and polyester fabric and the price is comparable, go for cotton; it lends a nicer, higher-quality feeling. Hosting a breezy outdoor reception? Make sure you have table weights, hidden tablecloth clips, and napkin rings. You’ll need seating not just for dinner, but possibly the ceremony and cocktail hour, too. Have high chairs or booster seats for any little ones. Chair covers add color and texture to the space, however, stylish Chiavari chairs and fresh, white folding chairs work wonderfully, no covers necessary. Decorative chairs are a fun way to add a dash of décor to a sweethearts table. PLATES, GLASSWARE & UTENSILS With all the delicious food at a wedding, it’s no wonder so many plates are required. You’ll need plates for cocktail hour, salad, dinner, and dessert. Always order about a dozen


ask t he righ t questions SELECTING RENTALS • What items are available for rent? • What is the rental fee? Do you have a price list? • Have you worked at my reception location before? • Do you provide delivery, set-up and pick-up? Is this included in the cost? • When will the items be delivered and picked up? • Will you move decorations from the ceremony to the reception site if needed? • If tents are needed, do you recommend one large tent, or multiple smaller tents at my reception location? • What is your policy on damaged or missing items? • Who will be my contact on the day of the wedding? • How far in advance must I book your services? • What is your cancellation policy? • Is a deposit required? If so, when and how much? www.PremierBrideMKE.com PREMIER BRIDE • 103


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RENTALS extra place settings in case a plate drops or shows up chipped. For glassware, you might need champagne flutes, glasses for water, beer, wine, cocktails, and cups for non-alcoholic drinks like coffee or tea. You need to keep the clean glassware coming, so either hire a dishwasher or work around it. Calculate three or four glasses per person, or make it clear that guests should reuse their one glass the entire evening. TIPS & TRICKS If you have to place your rental order before your final guest count is confirmed, it’s best to round up. Thoroughly read your rental agreement and the itemized list of goods coming your way. Make sure the amounts and times of dropoff and pick-up are all correct, and understand the state in which goods are to be returned. Do dishes have to be washed? Chairs folded? Also be aware of added fees, such as a service charge or tip. Ask for the company’s direct contact information for the day of your wedding, in the event that you need to get a hold of someone. FUN & DECORATIVE RENTALS Consider antiques, bird cages, vintage books or board games, chandeliers, a disco ball, neon or marquee lighting, vintage vases, or gilded mirrors. Want fun on a bigger scale? Popcorn machines, cotton candy makers, lawn games, photo booths with fun props, arcade games, or outdoor fire pits are just some of the ways to add an unforgettable touch to your wedding day — and they’re all available to rent.

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WEDDING CONSULTANTS

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CONSULTANTS Besides handling all the time consuming, stress inducing details, a wedding coordinator can help make the planning process an enjoyable experience. There are so many fine points that go into planning a wedding that it can be difficult for today’s couples with busy careers to enjoy the process. Wedding consultants can essentially do everything you need so that you don’t have to worry about it. From handling pre-wedding plans to coordinating the events on the wedding day, wedding consultants offer services that include as much or as little as you need. Many offer “dayof” services as well. Wedding coordinators should be detail-oriented, organized and reliable. They stay on top of their field by attending seminars and constantly watching what’s hot across the country. Many belong to bridal consultant groups or associations related to the event industry. They network with vendors, stay on top trends and are experts in exceeding your vision to create something beyond what you ever dreamed. Another common trait they possess is creativity. They work within the couples’ own style and apply it in a way that works for their wedding creating a beautiful, timeless event. While many couples prefer to pick their own vendors, flower arrangements, cake design and location, wedding consultants can assist or do this for you. It is not unusual for wedding consultants to work with the bride, choosing the color of her wedding, flower arrangement and even the wedding gown. On the other hand, consultants are also good


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CONSULTANTS at just taking over the small details. In some cases they are only there to coordinate everything on the day of the wedding. If you do decide to choose a wedding consultant, it’s vital it be someone you truly like and who works well with your personalities. The caliber of wedding planners varies greatly. Hiring a friend because he/she loved planning his/her own wedding might work for you, but beware. That doesn’t make him/her an experienced professional who knows how to orchestrate your event, handle unexpected challenges and take criticism if you have disagreements. FINDING THE RIGHT COORDINATOR 1. Ask a trusted caterer, another bride or the quality wedding consultants listed in this publication. 2. A professional coordinator should offer an introductory meeting free of charge. Discuss your ideas and see if you click with each other. 3. Look for someone with experience and find out how long they have been in business. 4. Questions to ask when you check references should include: did the consultant help to achieve what you wanted? Did he/she listen to your comments and concerns? Did he/she pay close attention to your wedding budget? Would they use them again? 5. Is he/she a member or certified with a professional Association of Bridal Consultants, such as ABC. OTHER IMPORTANT NOTES 1. Find out exactly how much the wedding coordinator charges. Some charge an hourly rate; others bill a

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CONSULTANTS flat rate or perhaps a percentage of the overall wedding budget. Still others take a fee or commission from vendors they trust and use often. 2. Ask how payments to vendors are made and what exactly the planner does on the wedding day. Read carefully the paperwork the planner provides. 3. A good wedding coordinator is like a good accountant. In the long run, he/she can save you time and money. That translates into a happier and more relaxed day for you. THE DESTINATION WEDDING In the case of destination weddings, a planner will even travel with the bride and groom to look at a destination beforehand. A wedding

consultant can offer important advice on why a destination will or will not work and can confer with vendors in the area to negotiate the best prices. However, in most cases, the couple will be responsible for paying the airfare, food and accommodations for the exploratory visit and during the actual wedding. Wedding consultants can be especially helpful for couples who are short on time, live away from the location they are to be married or would simply prefer a professional handle the arrangements while they totally enjoy the experience. The best wedding planners love what they do. Their desire is to bring your vision to life and exceed your expectations while maximizing your budget. Give strong consideration to hiring a qualified wedding consultant. ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS • What packages do you offer? What do they include? • Are your fees based on total cost of wedding or an hourly or flat rate? • Have you done weddings similar to mine? • What cultures and traditions are you familiar with? • Do you offer “day of the wedding” assistance? • Will you be willing to work with the coordinator at my reception location? • Can you provide me with special rates when working with various vendors? • 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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The old saying “Take a picture; it’ll last longer” will never ring more true than on your wedding day. The same holds true for video, capturing precious moments otherwise forgotten. After all the planning, your special day will seem to come and go in the blink of an eye. But you can remember, relive, and cherish each moment though the magic of Photography & Videography. 4

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PHOTO/VIDEO From falling in love with a dreamy online portfolio to the nitty gritty of contracts, let’s look at the process of finding a photographer that’s your perfect match. DEFINE YOUR STYLE Wedding photography is more than just documenting the event. The right photographer for you will capture the spirit of you as a couple, as well as your day. While other factors come into play when choosing a photographer, determining a style that speaks to you is the first order of business. Below are four styles you might encounter as you start your search. Documentary: Candid, spontaneous, not styled or posed. Capturing moments as they happen — shots of decorative details, action, and people. This style is currently trending, as couples gravitate toward the effortless, unforced feel of documentary-style photos. Portrait: Classic and posed. Poses can be staged with traditional backdrops (such as a church alter) or more creative (like lounging on a vintage sofa or holding hands in front of a vibrant city mural). Portrait doesn’t mean dull or dated — it just means the scenery and composition are arranged just-so. Fine Art or Edgy & Bold: Dramatic and dreamlike, with interesting angles and framing. Might use more muted tones for a film-like effect. These photos will represent the photographer’s vision, so if you love an artist’s unique style, fine art photography could be a great fit. Many photographers can do a blend of these styles, so don’t worry so much about being pigeon-holed into one or another. In the end, worry less about 132 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

what a photographer calls their style and more about whether or not their work makes you happy. RESEARCH PHOTOGRAPHERS Once you’ve established your target style, it’s time to shop around. Collect referrals from friends, review local wedding magazines and websites, and check out bridal shows near you. Of course browsing local photographers’ websites, blogs, Facebook pages, and Instagram feeds is the quickest way to get a feel for the talent in your area. Today’s wedding photographers tend to lay it all out online: their personality, sensibilities, style, and philosophy — all things that will affect your decision. MEET IN PERSON Once you’ve curated a shortlist of potential photographers that seem to check all your boxes, it’s time to meet. Don’t underestimate this step! Even if your artistic visions align, it’s just as important that your personalities click. Remember, this person is shadowing you on your wedding day! Ask yourself how this person will mesh with your friends and family, too. They should be professional, respectful, and know when to hang back, while also being bold enough to go after great shots and draw natural expressions from your guests. QUESTION & EVALUATE First and foremost: Only meet with photographers within your budget. It’s disappointing to fall in love with a photographer’s work only to later discover their rates exceed your spending allowance. Do your research ahead of time and only meet with photographers you can afford.


PHOTO & VIDEO Ask to see a complete album of a wedding shot in a similar venue or with a style similar to yours. If you’re only gauging a photographer’s work off their online portfolio, you might be seeing a highlight reel; it’s best to get the whole picture. Have a critical eye when assessing wedding albums: Did they capture all the shots you’re hoping for? Are the images clear? How’s the composition? Is the lighting blown out, too dark, or just right? Some photographers are more skilled at capturing low-light images, so consider the time, season, and location of your wedding and chose a professional whose talents suit your needs. Some photographers are more skilled at capturing low-light images, so consider the time, season, and location of your wedding when choosing a photographer. With many expert wedding photographers to pick from, you’ll have no trouble finding someone whose experience is a perfect match for your wedding. DEFINE THE PACKAGE & GET THE SPECIFICS IN WRITING Photography packages vary from one professional to the next, so it’s critical to find out what’s included, as well as the cost of any add-ons. A

photography package may or may not include the following: second shooters, additional hours, high-res jpgs, photo albums, or engagement sessions. Some photographers even offer same-day slide shows of the ceremony and wedding morning to play at the reception, or a few photos with quick turnaround for posting on social media. Many photographers

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Before you can shop till you drop, you’ve got to scavenge till you shop! Put on your best sleuthing hat and get ready for a scavenger hunt for gift cards at Boston Store!

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From a night at Summer Fest to admission to a racing event at Elkhart Lake, there are surprise tickets in store for you and your partner in crime, courtesy of Containers Up!

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PHOTO & VIDEO offer such services a-la-carte, so you can choose only what’s of value to you. Remember that seemingly-affordable wedding photography suddenly isn’t all that affordable if you have to pay an extra $1,000 just to get the photo files. Speaking of files, ask any potential photographers how they back up your photos; if their answer doesn’t come swiftly and confidently, that can indicate a lack of professionalism. Also ask about their typical timeline for delivering proofs and final photos and how you’ll receive them, whether it’s small printed photos, a full album, an online gallery, or a flash drive of all the raw files. Bear in mind that faster isn’t always better. Some professionals shoot weddings nonstop during the high season, then spend the next six months of the low season processing photos flawlessly. When you finally make your decision, get everything in writing. When is payment due? Will there be a backup camera? What’s the contingency plan should your photographer fall ill or have a family emergency? When will proofs be ready to view? Answering all of these questions up front will ease your mind and manage your expectations. UNIQUE RING SHOTS Your rings symbolize much more than your marriage so why not showcase them by taking some fun and interesting pictures of them! Hang your rings on the stem of a flower. This not only brings in your rings, but it also adds color and interest to the shot, as well as incorporating more than just the ring in the picture. Gather up your invitation and programs. Make the rings the “O” in love from Scrabble game pieces. Place your CONTINUED ON PAGE 140


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UNPLUGGED WEDDINGS The what and why of going unplugged In our technology-crazed world, it’s become a habit to check our phones every few minutes, to post a constant stream of status updates to Twitter and Facebook, and to document any and everything on Instagram. In all this online connectedness, we’re viewing the world through our phone screens and camera lenses and missing out on true human connections. But people are starting to wake up and realize just how immersed we all are in our phones and tablets, and there’s a movement to change all that. At an unplugged wedding, the couple kindly asks that everyone turn off cell phones, cameras, and other digital distractions during the ceremony because they want their guests to be fully present, avoid social media spoilers, and eliminate competition on behalf of the professional photographer. SOCIAL MEDIA SPOILERS Imagine: You haven’t seen the groom all day and can’t wait for that “first look” moment. While you’re getting ready, the Maid of Honor snaps a photo of you in your dress and veil and posts the photo on Instagram. The groom checks for Instagram updates out of habit — and the first look is spoiled. A first look via social media isn’t exactly the stuff of dreams! LEAVE IT TO THE PROFESSIONALS There are few things that annoy a professional photographer more than an amateur trying to do his/her job. Overly zealous uncles who jump in the aisle and cousins who stand on church pews can, at best, be an eyesore in your professional photos and can, at worst,

completely ruin once-in-a-lifetime moments. Imagine your “kiss the bride” moment blocked by an uncle who stepped into the aisle to snap a photo. Another issue is wandering eyes. When your professional photographer stages a group shot of your newly combined families and Uncle Al decides to take the photo too, eyes will wander, not knowing which camera to look at first. This makes the final professional photo just look silly! One way to avoid all of these problems is to have an unplugged wedding, or at least an unplugged ceremony. HOW TO GO UNPLUGGED You can include a message in your ceremony program, such as: “The couple has asked that you share in their wedding fully and not through the lens of a camera or cell phone.” Or the officiant can say a few words at the beginning of the ceremony — it can have a spiritual message (“please honor the sanctity of this moment by turning off cell phones and cameras”) or an emotional one (“the professional photographer will capture how this moment looks — the couple ask that you capture how it feels”). However you ask, make sure to stay true to yourselves as a couple. You’ll also want to ease your guests’ minds by assuring them that they will have access to the professional photos within a timely manner. Reassuring your guests that these photos will be available to them will be a great help! Another idea: order picture postcards to send to your guests in place of traditional thank you notes.

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want captured, it helps to put that in writing as well. Of course this list isn’t a binding contract, but it will help keep you and your photographer on track. Download our Ultimate Planner online at premierbride.com/planning for a checklist of can’t-miss moments. SELECTING A PHOTOGRAPHER: ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS • Will you be taking the pictures? If not, can I meet him/her? • How long have you been a wedding photographer? • What packages do you offer? What do they include? • What type of photography do you specialize in? • Have you photographed at my ceremony or reception location before? • How many other weddings do you have this night? How long can you stay? • Do you offer online ordering for my guests? • Can we purchase our images on disk? • Can we order additional prints later? • What happens if you are sick or have an emergency on my wedding day? • How far in advance must I book your services? • What is your cancellation policy? • Is a deposit required? If so, when and how much?

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• What exactly is included in your package price? Props? Color choice? Personal message? Travel Charge? • What does it look like, what are the space requirements and when should it be on? • Will there be an attendant present the entire time? • Do you use a high quality printer and photo paper? • What are the payment and cancellation policies? • Are there any current promotions or discounts available? • When will you setup and breakdown? • How many people can fit into the Photo Booth? • Have you worked at my venue before? Do you provide references? • Is there a limit on the number of pictures taken or printed? • Is the Photo Booth handicap accessible? • Do you offer any additional services or products such as a memory book/scrapbook?

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FUN capturing WITH PHOTO BOOTHS the excitement and emotion of your guests A wedding is just one day, so everyone knows photos are a great way of capturing the excitement and emotion for years to come. The professional photographer usually does a great job of snapping the couple, but pics of your friends and family members celebrating with you will be great mementos going forward. In the past, couples used to leave disposable cameras at tables for guests to point and shoot, but the chance in finding a gem amongst those blurry, lowquality shots is rare, especially when kids get their hands on them. Plus, the cost of developing film is going up steadily. Instead, a fun, plucky alternative can be to get a photo booth. Photo booth rentals are becoming popular at wedding receptions. Not only do you get

too see everyone in their finest for your big day, but your guests can take home a quality memory from the wedding. Photo booth rentals are different in size and output. Some give guests prints of their pictures right away, in the traditional photo booth setting, with the four black and white prints on one single strand. This is a great way to give guests a souvenir right away, especially because it’s a unique type of print. Other photo booths just continuously shoot throughout the night, and provide the couple with a digital record of all the shots taken. Then, guests could go to an online database to choose which photos they want and print them at their own convenience. The newest innovation in photo booths is a flip book which is more www.PremierBrideMKE.com PREMIER BRIDE • 145


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Hit the lanes for a night of cosmic bowling for your group of up to ten friends! Share pitchers of beer and tasty eats with a $100 food & drink credit, all courtesy of Latitudes Travel.

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FUN WITH PHOTO BOOTHS interactive and involves a true keepsake for everyone. With a flip book, a representative from the company is on hand acting as kind of a mini-director encouraging guests to perform skits or don playful costumes. At the end, it’s put together into a video and everyone receives a copy. One fun way to really spice up the photos is to supply props like goofy hats, accessories, or fake mustaches for guests to poke around with. A chalkboard or dry erase board is also fun so family and friends can doodle a special message or sentiment and capture it on film. A giant, decorative frame is another fun prop to create the picture-within-a-picture look. When deciding on a rental, choose one where you can really customize it, if you’d like. You could ask for the background to be matching the colors of the wedding, or add your names or the date to a sign at the top of the photo. But no matter how basic it is, your family members and loved ones’ smiling faces will make it a truly personal memory!

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LAKE GENEVA So here is my Answer. Start with the simple questions “WHY?” Why have you decided to have a Lake Geneva Wedding? There are a lot of great reasons to have a wedding in lake Geneva. Your reasons may vary but here are some good ones: It’s Gorgeous. It is one of the most beautiful Lakes in North America. Geneva Lake is the second deepest lake in Wisconsin (5,500 acres, 152 feet deep, 21 miles around, 3 miles wide, and 9 miles long). An has many deep caves and is rumored to have a sea monster similar to Loch Ness living deep within. It is the original Chicago destination and reminiscent of the roaring 20’s and GREAT events. It is and always has been one of the best party towns in the country… but comes with an eloquence that is extremely unique. Hugh Hefner chose Lake Geneva as the home for the nationally acclaimed Playboy Club & Resort, now the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa. If your into to a nautical theme, you can’t beat lake Geneva. The Geneva Lake area is the home of Buddy Melges, 1972 Olympic yachting gold medallist and helmsman of the winning America's Cup team in 1992. There are several regatta’s throughout the summer. It may be the best wedding your guests ever attend! Give them a vacation on the way to your wedding! Lake Geneva is hopping with boaters, swimmers, parasailers and paddleboarders. The shopping is incredible, the nightlife impeccable, and there are more resorts and Bed and Breakfasts than you could probably visit in a year. Lake Geneva’s unique 26 mi shore path along with Boat Tours, Skiing, Horseback riding, hunting, fishing and all kinds of other activities make this one of the best gifts you could give back to your guests.


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SAME SEX MARRIAGE a new frontier in wedding celebrations The United Stated Supreme Court announced in January 2015 that it will decide whether the Constitution mandates same-sex marriage, and whether individual states are permitted to limit it. What does this mean? It’s possible that any remaining gay marriage bans might not be relevant much longer. U.S. citizens nationwide will be able to marry whoever they love, paving the way for lots of same-sex couples to finally celebrate a wedding day of their own. Here are some considerations for same-sex couples planning a wedding. First, remember that there’s no right or wrong way to have a wedding. Create an experience that speaks to you, and don’t feel confined by the typical wedding’s structure and traditions. Some same-sex couples hold their ceremony in a church while others are married at their reception location. You’ll see two brides in gowns, two brides in suits, or a combination of the two. You might find two grooms walking down the aisle hand-in-hand or with their parents. It’s true that although the standards of certain wedding etiquette should be observed, gay marriages are a relatively new frontier for U.S. couples so there is unlimited room for creativity. When it comes time to hire vendors for your wedding day, most foster an atmosphere of acceptance and love, adding to the happiness of the day. If for any reason, you’re not comfortable with a particular vendor, then move on. There are websites out there whose sole purpose is to link gay couples to gayfriendly wedding vendors.

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LAKE GENEVA/WALWORTH CTY

MARRIAGELAWS

of Southeast Wisconsin OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK

• Apply in County in which either is a resident. License may be used anywhere in the state. • Both must apply in person. Certified birth certificate is required. • Proof of residence is required. (drivers license, utility bill, etc.) • Apply no later than 8 working days (Milwaukee County), 6 working days (Ozaukee, Racine, Kenosha, Waukesha Counties) prior to wedding date — two weeks prior is recommended. • Non-residents (both out-of-state) must apply in the county they will be married. License will only be valid in that county. • Each party must provide the Clerk’s office with their social security card. • License is valid 30 days from date issued. • Legal age is 18. If younger, you must bring a certified consent form (available at the Office of the County Clerk) from both parents or legal guardian. • If divorced, copy of judgement of divorce, court annulment or death certificate. 6 month waiting period. • Most counties require name, address and phone number of the person performing the ceremony. Location and date may also be required. • Some counties require documents not in English be translated and notarized.

COUNTY FEES

(CASH ONLY, NO REFUNDS)

Jefferson Kenosha Milwaukee Ozaukee

$90 $80 $110 $100

Racine Walworth Washington Waukesha

$100 $80 $100 $105

JEFFERSON

RACINE

Office of the Clerk Courthouse 320 S. Main St., Rm 109 Jefferson, WI 53549 (920) 674-7140 www.co.jefferson.wi.us

Racine Courthouse 730 Wisconsin Ave., 1st Fl. Racine, WI 53403 (262) 636-3121 (800) 242-4202 www.co.racine.wi.us

KENOSHA

WALWORTH

County Admin. Bldg. 1010 56th St. Kenosha, WI 53140 (262) 653-2552 www.co.kenosha.wi.us

Office of the Clerk Walworth Government Ctr. 100 W. Walworth St., Rm 101 Elkhorn, WI 53121 (262) 741-4241 www.co.walworth.wi.us

MILWAUKEE

WASHINGTON

Courthouse 901 N. 9th St., Rm 105 Milwaukee, WI 53233 (414) 278-4070 www.milwaukee.org

Office of the Clerk 432 E. Washington St., Rm 2027 West Bend, WI 53095 (262) 335-4301 (262) 335-4735 www.co.washington.wi.us

OZAUKEE

WAUKESHA

Administration Bldg. 121 W. Main St., Rm 128 Port Washington, WI 53074 (262) 284-8110 www.co.ozaukee.wi.us

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

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PERSONALIZED VOWS expressing it in your own way Depending on your religion you might decide to forget about tradition and create your own wedding vows for your big day. The sky is really the limit in this case, and there is no better way to begin your life together than to take the time to really let one another know how you feel. Just like destination weddings have gotten quite popular within the last few years, so has personalized wedding vows whether proclaimed on the beach, spoken in a church or just shared between the two of you in a romantic and casual setting. If you do decide that you want to write your own vows, then meet with the officiant to discuss what you want to do. Think about what is truly important for you to express to each other during the ceremony. As time progresses many couples have begun to take offense to the wording in traditional wedding vows such as the word “obey.” If you are offended by this term, then create a new phrase that reflects who you are as a couple. Perhaps “love, respect and trust” fits into your life plan much better. When you do personalize your wedding vows think about those things that are really important to you such as the meaning of marriage, why you are planning to spend your lives together and how you will make this arrangement work for better or for worse. Too many times nowadays, couples don’t realize that marriage is supposed to be a lasting bond of togetherness through the good and the bad times.


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PERSONALIZED VOWS Another uncomfortable statement in the wedding vow is “until death do us part.” How about something traditional, but less morbid like “as long as we both shall live.” No matter how far astray you want your wedding vows to go, it might be a good idea to start with the familiar. There is definitely something beautiful about the words in a wedding ceremony and perhaps just adding a few of your own personalized additions throughout the wedding is all that will be needed to add that special touch. Of course, you want to make sure that you and your fiancé are in agreement when it comes to changing the vows during the wedding. Talk about the things that make your life together unique and

different and the plans you have for your future. One really special way to say “I love you” is to remember why you fell in love in the first place. Often during the hassles of the wedding this is easy to forget. Perhaps bringing it all back together in front of your family and friends will make a bond that will never be broken. Talk about the experiences you have shared together while making memories. These are often very important moments frozen in time and will also help to build your future as you look ahead at what makes your marriage so important to both of you. What do you want for your future? This will be a good start as to what you want to promise each other as you stand before God and man becoming husband and wife. www.PremierBrideMKE.com PREMIER BRIDE • 161


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PERSONALIZED VOWS Never let your partner see your personal vows until he/she hears them during the ceremony as it’s much more suspenseful and dramatic to hear them for the first time while looking at each other. If you and your fiancé have an eclectic style or personality, then by all means let that come out in your personalized vows. In the long run, it might make it easier for you to express your real feelings anyway. Poems can be quite popular for the wedding vows, however let’s face it, not everyone is a poet. If you must write a poem and you are sure you don’t want to steal from one of the great masters then sit down and decide on a theme. Obviously, the theme will have to do with love and your lives together, but go deeper and take it a step further. Try not to use the same tired themes that have been overdone in the past. Think about who you are and your style. If you aren’t one for sentimental gushing, then perhaps a happy poem about your lives together will work much better. Should you decide to honor your parents at the wedding, this can be incorporated by a poem either written by both of you or a tried and true one that has been used for years. In addition to the vows, other ways to personalize what you have to say is through your actions. Using a cake top that is identical to the one your parents had is a nice touch as is walking down the aisle to the same song your mother used years ago. However you choose to make your vows special, keep in mind that the wedding is really about you and your spouse and it is the only big day you will ever have like this in your lives. This way, the true meaning of love really will shine through by your actions as well as by your words.

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Give your guests a night they’ll never forget! Creative details really help to make a wedding celebration magical and memorable for your guests. For the little ones. If children are invited to the wedding and reception, then consider hiring a babysitter for part of the evening. The babysitter can be stationed in a room off of the main reception hall that’s fully equipped with kid-friendly movies, games, and food.

For kids of all ages. Set up lawn games like croquet, cornhole (bean bag toss), or horseshoes. Hire magicians, living statues, walking food tables, facepainters, or caricature artists. For the foodies. Dinner doesn’t just have to be “your choice of chicken or beef.” Play with your food! Try the buildyour-own trend with a gourmet burger or baked potato bar topped off with all the trimmings. Serve a Bride’s Menu and Groom’s Menu featuring each of your favorite foods, or offer ethnic cuisine to celebrate each family’s nationality. Serving a late night snack? You can’t go wrong with pizza. For those with a sweet tooth. Be it donuts, cupcakes, or s’mores, there’s really nothing stopping you from turning 164 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

your favorite sweet into your wedding day dessert. Love candy? Imagine an entire table chockfull of pixie sticks, gummies, and rock candy — all in colors coordinated to match the décor. Have an ice cream obsession? Try make-your-own sundaes with toppings galore, or scoops of artisan Gelato for a more continental vibe. If you’re throwing an entirely elegant affair, a chocolate fountain is always a classic way to wow. For the thirsty ones. Start with a bride and groom signature cocktail or His and Her drinks. Another trend is martini ice sculptures where guests pick their preferred martini flavor and watch as it glides through the sculpture, chilling along the way. In the spirit of “help yourself” dinner and dessert bars, try a whiskey table for the fellas, jugs of flavored lemonades or kegs of root beer for the kids. For a late-night treat, offer a coffee or hot cocoa bar complete with all the fixings. For the dramatic. Show your favorite movies during the reception and don’t forget the popcorn, candy, fountain sodas, and red carpet photo un-booth! Give your wedding a theme, and ask guests to dress in costume. Some ideas might be: dressing all in black and white, from a certain era, or from a fictional world. For the more traditional. Set a table with photos of your parents, grandparents, and great grandparents on their respective wedding days. Be sure to include all of the must-have songs and activities during the dancing portion of the evening — everything from the Electric Slide to the garter and bouquet toss. A photo booth never hurts either!

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Weddings are rather visual affairs from the fancy dress to the picture-perfect venue, there’s a lot to see. But nothing sets the mood quite like music. From stirring melodies at the ceremony, to easy background tunes at cocktail hour, to up-tempo beats that get the dance party started, your choices in music are the soundtrack to your special day.4

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Head west to Waukesha for an overnight stay at the Milwaukee Marriott West and a night full of fun with $50 gift cards to Veloce indoor race track, Point Burger Bar, and Von Maur!

STATE FAIR FUN

It’s the ultimate Wisconsin State Fair experience from Saz’s! Enjoy 4 admission tickets, 2 parking passes, 2 rides on the giant slide, 4 cream puffs, and dinner & drinks at the Miller High Life Pavilion.

WEDDING SPOTLIGHT

What makes your romance and your wedding unique? Let us share your story and select photos from your wedding day as a “Real Wedding” feature in the next issue of Premier Bride!

SASSY SUCCULENTS

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MUSIC FOR YOUR RECEPTION the life of the party After a serious wedding ceremony, your guests will be ready to let loose and celebrate at the reception. From the background melodies of the cocktail hour to the lively dance tunes that energize the reception, music gives your party life. Receptions normally begin with a cocktail hour to allow guests to mingle while awaiting the arrival of the guests of honor. Chamber music, classical guitar or perhaps a jazz ensemble can create a subtle background of entertainment without overpowering conversation. A well-seasoned pianist is another excellent choice since he/she can supply a wide range of musical styles and perform your guest’s special requests. Once the cocktail hour has ended and guests are seated at their tables, the main celebration begins. Whether you hire a band, small orchestra or disc jockey, 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. When hiring live music, the size of the group needed is generally determined by the number of guests. For up to 150 guests, a five-piece band is generally recommended; 150 to 199 guests calls for a larger group of six to seven; and 200 or more demands full orchestra. Should your budget prohibit you from hiring live entertainment, consider hiring a DJ. DJ’s have the ability to play a wide variety of songs and are usually less expensive than live music.


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RECEPTION MUSIC You’ll want to begin researching your reception musicians early in the planning process. You’ll need to hear prospective groups play to ensure that you like their sound, and that their talent is up to live performance standards. Never book entertainment without hearing the music live first. It is equally important to find out the range of their band’s musical repertoires. If you plan to keep all your guests in the party mood, then you’ll need a little something for everyone. The type of entertainment you choose will ultimately depend on the size and style of your reception. For a large, formal dinner and dance reception, consider hiring a band or an orchestra; an outdoor garden wedding would be better suited to a string quartet or a single performer. Chamber Music Ensembles of violins, violas, cellos, harps and flutes produce some of the most divinely melodious sounds in the world. Playing classical and contemporary romantic numbers, these groups are appropriate for your ceremony, cocktail hour or a more intimate reception. These ensembles work extremely well at outdoor affairs since they do not require access to electricity. Male members are usually attired in tuxedos while female members wear elegant black dresses or gowns. Meet with these music professionals early in your planning process to guarantee their availability on your date and to tailor a repertoire suitable to your budget and taste.

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are elegant and distinctive. A wellversed classical guitarist, outfitted with a single amplifier, meets the needs of the ceremony and/or cocktail hour, since his/her repertoire often extends beyond strictly classical music to include contemporary tunes as well. His/Her singular presence also works nicely for small, intimate receptions. Most classical guitarists will readily perform a preview of their music upon request to help in the decision-making process. Bands and Orchestras Bands are typically multi-member ensembles that include vocalists, guitarists, a bass player, a pianist or a keyboard player and a drummer. The lead vocalist may also act as emcee for the evening. Bands usually charge based on the number of members in the group. The size of the band needed will greatly depend on the number of guests you intend to invite. To find a band, elicit the help of a booking agent who represents the kind of entertainment you’re looking for. The best groups will be booked well in advance, in fact, up to a year is not unusual so book your entertainment as early as possible. Two weeks to a month before the wedding, confirm the date, location, time of set up and when the performance should begin. Well in advance of the wedding day, provide your musicians with a list of songs you would like played at the reception. Be specific and include song titles and singers/composers. Make sure that your musicians can play the song for your first dance, or that the DJ has a clean copy of the original recording.

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


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MUSIC / ENTERTAINMENT

MOST REQUESTED SONGS First Dance 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Thinking Out Loud Die a Happy Man All of Me Can’t Help Falling In Love I Don’t Dance

Father Daughter Dance 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

I Loved Her First My Little Girl My Girls Butterfly Kisses My Wish

Mother Son Dance 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

My Wish What a Wonderful World Simple Man Humble and Kind A Song For Mama

Wedding Party Dance 1. Uptown Funk 2. 3. 4. 5.

Shut Up and Dance I Gotta Feeling We Are Family Can’t Stop the Feeling!

Bouquet Toss 1. 2. 3. 4.

Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) Dear Future Husband Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Where The Girls At

5. Run the World (Girls)

Ed Sheeran Thomas Rhett John Legend Elvis Presley Lee Brice Heartland Tim McGraw Temptations Bob Carlisle Rascal Flatts Rascal Flatts Louis Armstrong Lynyrd Skynyrd Tim McGraw Boyz II Men Ronson, Mark Feat. Bruno Mars Walk The Moon Black Eyed Peas Sister Sledge Justin Timberlake Beyoncé Meghan Trainor Cyndi Lauper David Guetta feat. Flo Rida & Nicki Minaj Beyoncé

Garter Toss 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Pony Ginuwine Another One Bites the Dust Queen Let’s Get It On Marvin Gaye Danger Zone Kenny Loggins Pour Some Sugar On Me Def Leppard

Cake Cutting 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Sugar How Sweet It Is Cake By The Ocean Sugar, Sugar Pour Some Sugar On Me

Maroon 5 James Taylor Dance Archies Def Leppard

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Introductions 1. 2. 3. 4.

Marry You I Gotta Feeling Can’t Stop The Feeling! Uptown Funk

5. Bring ‘Em Out

Bruno Mars Black Eyed Peas Justin Timberlake Mark Ronson Feat. Bruno Mars T.I. Feat. Jay-Z

Last Dance

1. Don’t Stop Believin’ Journey 2. Closing Time Semisonic 3. (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life Medley, Bill & Jennifer Warnes 4. Save the Last Dance for Me Michael Buble 5. Last Dance Donna Summer

Money Dance 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

If I Had $1,000,000 My Wish The Way You Look Tonight Thinking Out Loud What a Wonderful World

Ceremony Processional 1. 2. 3. 4.

Marry Me Canon in D A Thousand Years Over The Rainbow

5. Can’t Help Falling In Love

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MUSIC FOR YOUR CEREMONY setting the tone If any one element is crucial to setting the appropriate tone and atmosphere for your wedding, it’s the music. The music played during your wedding should do more than just entertain; it should evoke the deep emotion of your ceremony. The right music takes the right kind of planning, and by following a few guidelines, you can ensure perfect harmony between your ceremony and the music you choose for it. Prior to selecting your music, it is best to decide if you want to use religious songs only or a combination of religious and popular tunes. Once you’ve decided, set an appointment with the director of music for your church or synagogue. This person will be able to make recommendations for music suitable for the acoustics of the building and complement any of your wedding’s religious or cultural themes. Music for your ceremony should be divided into four parts: the prelude, the processional, interlude(s) and the recessional.

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THE PRELUDE Prelude music typically begins 20 to 40 minutes prior to the ceremony. These selections set the mood for the coming event. Since the prelude provides an acoustic backdrop for your guests, it’s best to choose pieces that will be familiar. A string ensemble creates an elegant mood while a vocalist singing love ballads evokes a more romantic atmosphere. Because prelude selections are played during the seating of the mothers and grandmothers of the bride and groom, you might choose songs with special meaning for them perhaps the piece that was played on www.PremierBrideMKE.com PREMIER BRIDE • 181


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their own wedding day. Generally, your prelude selections should be played at a volume that will create a background for light conversation and reflection. The following pieces might be appropriate.

Bride’s Entrance • Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin (Wagner) • Trumpet Voluntary (Clarke) • Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (Handel)

Classical/Elegant • Piano Concerto in C, 2nd Movement (Schubert) • Violin Concerto #8 (Vivaldi) • Air from Water Music (Handel) Celebratory • Rondo for Flute and Orchestra (Mozart) • Hornpipe in D from Water Music (Handel)

INTERLUDE(S) Throughout the ceremony, you should accentuate key moments with music which makes a tremendous impact on your guests and breaks up the solemnity of the occasion. You might want to include music just before or after a reading, during communion or at the signing of the register. These selections may be performed by your musicians or sung by the congregation, but either way they should be slow-paced and softly played to give your guests a moment for contemplation or reflection.

THE PROCESSIONAL The processional announces the arrival of the wedding attendants and, ultimately, the bride. The music for the bridal party’s entrance should have a definitive rhythm so that the attendants can easily keep time as they walk down the aisle. It should begin at a soft volume, then slowly increase until the bride’s entrance. Organ music is the typical choice for the processional, but you can opt for a string quartet, a trumpet solo, or even a vocal solo. Whatever your selection, the music should be dignified and splendid and should also be the right length to accompany all of the attendants from the back of the church to the altar. Typically, there are two selections played during the processional: one for the bridesmaids and groomsmen, and a different selection for the bride. If you decide to play the same selection for both, there should be a pause for the guests to stand and a noticeable increase in volume upon your initial entry into the sanctuary. Attendants’ Entrance • Canon in D Major (Pachelbel) • Air on a G String (Bach) • Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies (Tchaikovsky) 182 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

Recommendations: • Panis Angelicas (Franck) • The Wedding Song (Stookey) • Ave Maria (Bach/Gounod) THE RECESSIONAL The recessional is the grand finale of the ceremony and should reflect the jubilant nature of the occasion. The selections played should be uplifting, possessing a quick, majestic tempo that proclaims the joy of your new union. Music should play as the wedding party leaves the church and continue until all guests have departed. If you are fortunate enough to be marrying in a church with bells, let them ring! Recommendations: • Hallelujah Chorus (Handel) • Wedding March (Mendelssohn) • Sonata Prima (Vivaldi)

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Through decades of evolving wedding traditions and styles, certain things remain constant like a bride’s white dress and gorgeous flowers to adorn the day. Though we think of flowers as an accent, they’re so much more at a wedding. Flowers help define a wedding’s colors, theme, and mood.4

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FLOWERS FINDING A FLORIST If possible, book a florist 8 to 10 months before your wedding. Select up to four florists to meet with in-person as any more would be overwhelming. Your goal is to find someone who is organized and professional and whose style and personality meshes with your own. Have a budget in mind. Know your wedding colors and ceremony and reception locations. If you have a picture of your wedding dress and any fabric swatches from the bridesmaid dresses, bring those along as well. The right florist will take all of these elements (your style, venue, and budget) and create something special just for you. Florists know which flowers will and won’t wilt in the sun, which are best for indoors, and which will work better in a centerpiece rather than in a bouquet. Foster open communication from the start and hire someone you can trust. FOR YOU AND YOUR WEDDING PARTY You’ll first want to determine the look of your bridal bouquet. All other floral pieces will take their cue from this piece. This is the perfect opportunity to bring your style and personality to the forefront. Full, rounded bouquets are gorgeous, as are cascading bouquets which are a classic choice making a modern comeback. Today’s cascades are a loose, more natural style of bouquet. Then there’s the bridal party flowers: Just as we’re seeing bridesmaids in mix-and-match dresses, we’re seeing mix-and-match bouquets more frequently and mix-and-match


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either make the arrangements low enough to talk over or high enough to talk under. If your bridal party bouquets are doubling as decoration at the reception, equally spacing the bouquets at the head table is a lovely way to go. Finish off the table with a garland of greenery laced with flowers for a gorgeous effect. If your budget allows, consider adding floral flourishes throughout the reception hall to tie everything together. Your florist might sprinkle rose petals on serving trays, or drape additional garland along the buffet tables. You can also use greenery to fill in a large room. Run any and all ideas past your florist so he/she can help you refine your vision, stay within your budget, and create a beautiful, memorable ambiance. www.PremierBrideMKE.com PREMIER BRIDE • 189


• Wedding Flowers • Accessories • Rentals • Invitations Serving Milwaukee since 1937 7001 West North Avenue - Wauwatosa, WI 53213 414.475.7080 | www.alfawedding.com FLOWERS FLOWERS IN ALL SEASONS One of the most important things for you and your florist to factor into your choice of flowers is the season in which your wedding falls. You’ll find that flowers that bloom during the month of your wedding will be more affordable and will last longer than those that are out of season. Let’s look at some popular flowers in each season to kickstart your search. Winter: Amaryllis, Casablanca Lily, Freesia, Gerbera Daisy, Heather Holly, Narcissus, Poinsettia, Rose, Stephanotis. Spring: Peony, Sweet Pea, Lilac, Ranunculus, Hydrangea, Tulip, Calla Lily, Magnolia. Summer: Anemone, Azalea, Camellia, Daffodil, French Tulip, Hyacinth, 190 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

Jasmine, Lily of the Valley, Mimosa, Pansy, Primrose, Violet. Fall: Celosia (Cockscomb), Chinese Lantern, Chrysanthemum, Crosnia, Dahlia, Statice. Year-round: Baby’s Breath, Carnation, Cattleman, Chrysanthemum, Cymbidium Orchid, Daisy, Dendroblum, Orchid, Freesia, Gardenia, Gerbera Daisy, Gladiolus, Iris, Lily, Rose, September Aster, Snapdragon, Stephanotis, Tuberose. Whatever your wedding’s theme and style, by collaborating with a professional florist you’re sure to have the flowers of your dreams. Work together, but always remember to trust your florist’s expertise. In so doing, your wedding flowers will be the envy of Pinterest.

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8 FUN FLORAL TRENDS for your wedding #1 – Bold, creative color Make a statement with vivid, dramatic color in your wedding flowers - royal blue-purple, dark lilac, burnt orange or bright yellow-green. Focus on just one color and include a variety of shades and textures, or consider unusual, striking color combinations such as mint green with cherry red, or deep purples with vibrant shades of orange. #2 – For chocolate lovers Warm chocolate brown is a beautiful color for weddings, and you CAN include it in your bouquets and centerpieces. Use brown Leonidas roses, terra-cotta roses, chocolate cosmos or hypericum berries. Or, use a flower in another wedding color

(pale blush pink) with a brown center, such as mini Gerbera daisies. #3 – Wrap it up For your centerpieces and bouquet stems, there’s no limit to the ways you can creatively envelope them: velvet or metallic ribbon, tree bark, rustic burlap or twine, glittery wire, satin, silk or other fabric, banana leaves or anything else you can think of! #4 – Black, white and red all over With your white dress and the black tuxes any and all shades of red are the perfect accompaniment. There’s always the classic red rose, but other beautiful, trendsetting red flowers are dahlias,

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tulips, Gerbera daisies, Calla lilies, red freesia and berries. A bouquet with a variety of reds from pale pink to deep red would be unique and gorgeous. A skilled floral designer will be able to put the right shades together. #5 – Variety is the spice of life Really, there’s no rule that says all bridesmaids’ bouquets or all centerpieces have to be identical. Mix it up! While they should all look like they belong to the same wedding, there’s no reason you can’t alter the arrangements to create an interesting mix of floral design. #6 – Add a little sparkle Think outside the box when it comes to jewelry, and let your bouquets wear some too! Add a little sparkle to the center of your Calla lilies, or some beaded wire around your bouquet stems or a family heirloom such as pearls that you prefer not to wear, but you would love to include in your bridal bouquet. #7 – Beautiful Brooch Bouquets Creating a bouquet out of a meaningful collection of brooches, pins, rings, earrings, and charms from friends and family members to create a nontraditional bouquet is becoming increasingly popular for nostalgic brides who value sentiment over spray roses. #8 – Get fruity! Brides looking for something fun and interesting have started incorporating colorful produce into their centerpieces. The pigments of fruits naturally complement flowers like a bright yellow lemon next to a full chrysanthemum or a beautiful apple next to a bright red rose. You can also consider cutting fruit up and using it as accents in drinks and as decoration.

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Imagine a picture-perfect wedding cake. You’d probably envision a tiered confection with elegant embellishments crowned with fresh flowers, a porcelain cake topper, or the bride and groom’s initials. While such classic cakes are never out of style, there are lots of ways to freshen up tradition or even stray from it entirely, while still serving a sweet that is timeless, delicious, and uniquely you. 4

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CAKES / SWEETS DESSERT DECISIONS When deciding on your wedding cake or dessert, start by considering the rest of your wedding. The look and feel of your sweet treat should match your day, whether that’s classic elegance, rustic romance, whimsical fun, or megawatt glam. For a black tie wedding, a traditional cake is probably the way to go. If your wedding is outdoors or in a rustic barn, a naked cake or lattice-topped pies are a charming choice. As you style your dessert, think about what speaks to you as a couple. Are you both big movie buffs? Work your love of cinema into the cake with fondant rolls of film and famous characters perched on each tier. Did the groom propose in Paris? Find a baker who can craft a veritable Eiffel Tower of cupcakes. If you

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have a uniquely sweet idea, seek out a professional who can bring your vision to life. TIERED STYLE Tiered cakes are a timeless choice for a reason — they’re impressive, eye-catching, and make for a very pretty picture. There’s no end to the myriad of styles you can apply to this classic design. The aforementioned naked cake is becoming increasing popular, with its homespun layers of exposed cake and buttercream. For fully frosted cakes, ruffles are always pretty and look at home at a variety of weddings, from outdoor to ballroom. Cakes that glimmer with metallic luster are certainly growing in popularity. Colorful, illustrative cakes can draw out your wedding colors. Painted or fondant


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CAKES monogramming and lace details are also a fresh, elegant way to go. DECORATIVE DISPLAYS While a lone tiered cake can be a stunner, there are lots of ways to feature your dessert table as décor. Instead of just one large wedding cake, consider three to five smaller tiered cakes displayed at staggered heights. Cupcakes are another way to expand your wedding cake’s presence: Try showcasing the central cake surrounded by towers of matching cupcakes. You can even place a small cake at the center of each dinner table so the dessert can double as a centerpiece. A LITTLE VARIETY It’s not uncommon to see a traditional cake paired with other

sweets like cookies, truffles, or whole tables chock full of candy. Candy also makes a great favor, as you can give each guest a cute bag for filling with candies of their choice. You can even think further outside the box to make your dessert experience an exceptionally memorable one. Having an outdoor wedding? Invite guests to roast marshmallows and stack their own s’mores, or build their own sundaes, complete with a well-stocked toppings bar. You could even serve your alltime favorite sweets. Do you share a donut obsession? A display brimming with deep-fried confections can be fun and whimsical. Or choose two desserts — one bride’s pick and one groom’s pick. www.PremierBrideMKE.com PREMIER BRIDE • 197


CAKES SWEETS TO SIP For winter weddings, hot chocolate bars are a cozy way for guests to warm up. Have help-yourself hot cocoa dispensers with an array of toppings: marshmallows, fresh whipped cream, chocolate drizzle, and peppermint stirring sticks. A coffee bar also makes a wonderful late-night treat.

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FINDING A BAKERY Whatever you decide on, take advantage of all food tastings. Go with your gut and choose the dessert you deem the tastiest, but also factor in the bakery’s efficiency and professionalism. The baker should return your calls and emails in a timely manner, be flexible with your needs, have some familiarity with your reception venue, and guarantee on-time delivery, set-up, serving, and clean-up (if needed). PRICING Wedding cakes are typically priced by the slice, depending on the style, ingredients, size, and embellishments. Your reception site might also charge a plating fee, often per person, to cut and serve the cake. But ask about this; it might be negotiable. THE FIRST BITE If you’re planning on a traditional cake cutting, make sure you have a knife and lifter set to go; these might be engraved with your initials or decorated with ribbons in your wedding colors. Traditionally, the bride grasps the knife with her right hand and the groom covers her hand with his as they cut the cake together — and the crowd goes wild!

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REGISTRY

THE NUTS AND BOLTS of gift registries While some family members and friends will dream up their own creative presents, most people appreciate having a gift registry to refer to. They want to give you something they know you’ll love! If you haven’t tackled your registry yet, we’re here to help. Start making your registry four to six months before the wedding so that you’re ready for any engagement parties, showers, or eager guests. You don’t have to register for everything in one day, so don’t stress, take your time, and make your selections thoughtfully. Check the registry about a month before the wedding and, if necessary, add more items to accommodate last-minute shoppers.

shower invites — but never on your wedding invitations! Sending thank you notes. After your guests have been kind enough to send you a lovely gift, make sure to respond promptly and graciously with a heartfelt thank you note. Do your utmost to handwrite each note and keep it personal and timely — within two to four weeks at most. No matter how you register, what items you choose, or how you get the word out to your wedding guests, remember that any wedding present is a gift of love. Cherish these gifts, show your gratitude, and count your blessings. For more information, ideas, and registry links, visit premierbride.com.

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INVITATIONS GETTING STARTED Traditional wedding invitations include so many tiny etiquette details from how to address each envelope to arranging the many parts and pieces. To keep it all straight, it’s best to find a qualified local professional to act as your go-to person for all paper goods and etiquette questions. Or if you choose to purchase invitations online, go with a reputable retailer. If possible, give yourself some extra time in case there are any problems that require shipping back and forth. It’s also smart to testdrive an online retailer. Contact them via email and call the customer service center to gauge the timeliness and quality of their response, and of course, ask for paper samples before ordering all of your invitations. As with the rest of your wedding “to do” list, the sooner you start on invitations the more time you’ll have to research, thoroughly evaluate options, and handle any problems that might arise down the line. Before you can begin to choose a style of invitation, it’s crucial to know some of the broad themes of your wedding: casual vs. formal, bold colors vs. soft hues, rustic vs. black tie, etc. Knowing these key details will help you find or create invitations to reflect the style of your day. If possible, order invitations and other wedding stationery six or more months before the big day to give yourself plenty of time for proofreading, printing, addressing, envelope stuffing, and mailing. Formal invitations should be sent six to eight weeks before the wedding with save-the-dates going out months in advance. Save-the-date cards, or even an in-formal conversation with your guests, are especially important for out-of-town guests. Plenty of advance 208 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

notice gives traveling guests enough time to book flights and lodging with some flexibility. CREATIVE THINKING While formal invitations, complete with calligraphy and foil-lined envelopes are never out of style, the breadth of invite design options has grown immensely. Many brides hire a graphic designer or artist to add a personalized, handmade touch. The use of watercolor and illustrated elements is also growing to such an extent that many stationery companies now have a resident artist to accommodate any offbeat brides (and being offbeat is on-trend these days). Beyond formal calligraphy, you might choose whimsical hand-lettering or even white ink on dark envelopes. Handdrawn embellishments, a chalkboard look, and vintage-inspired designs are also lovely if they work with the style of your wedding. PAPER PARTS & PIECES Wedding invitations typically consist of several parts: a ceremony card with the details of the ceremony (traditionally with a layer of tissue paper on top), a reception card explaining reception details, a response card with its stamped/ addressed envelope (yes, it’s proper etiquette to provide return postage), a map or some other card with directions to the ceremony/reception and hotel information for out-of-town guests, and an inner and outer envelope. The rules aren’t hard and fast, however, you can combine information on a single card, omit the tissue paper, or really think outside the box with your design if that suits the style of your wedding day. For example, your response card might be a simple postcard.


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INVITATIONS When it comes time to assemble the pieces, here’s the traditional way. Start with the ceremony invitation on the bottom (covered with tissue, if using), followed by the reception card, and the response card with the unsealed return envelope and map. Slide these items into the inner envelope, but do not seal it. Slide the inner envelope into the outer envelope with the addressee’s name facing the back flap (this way their name will be the first thing they see upon opening the invitation). INVITATION WORDING Traditionally, whoever is hosting (read: paying for) the wedding will be listed first on the invitation. But it’s best to work this out on a case-by-case basis with open communication between the couple, the bride’s parents, and the groom’s parents. Some couples today who are paying for the majority of their wedding with help from mixed and blended families simply say “Mary Bride and John Groom, together with their families, request the honor of your presence at their marriage.” An experienced professional will be able to assist you more with wording, and online research is also a great way to get the wheels turning.

of addresses. Street names, cities, and states should be written out completely (no abbreviations). To address a married couple, use “Mr. and Mrs. Tom Smith.” For an unmarried couple living together, use “Mr. Tom Smith and Miss Judy Jones.” If every member of the family is invited, use “Mr. and Mrs. Tom Smith & Family.” If only older children are invited, write their names under the parents’ names, such as, “Miss Jane Smith.” Adult children no longer living with their parents should receive their own invitation. If you don’t want young children at your reception, politely say “adults only” somewhere in the invite, and confirm this fact when you talk to your guests before the wedding. Include your return address on the back of the envelope. Placing it on the back is less crowded and leaves room for the guest’s address to shine on the front. You can handwrite your return address, or in this case, printed labels are an acceptable shortcut. You’ll also want to make sure that the return address matches the primary host. If Mary Bride and John Groom are hosting (paying for) the bulk of the wedding, you’ll see their return address on the back. If Mary’s parents are hosting, you’ll see her parents names/address on the back.

ADDRESSING ADVICE To address the envelopes, you can run them through your printer in a beautiful font, hand-write them yourself, or hire a hand-letterer to do the job for you. Hand lettering gives a beautiful first impression and can even act as a sort of framable gift to your guests. Avoid using labels at all costs, even clear ones as they just don’t convey an elegance or special-ness that a wedding deserves. If you want to keep things formal/ classic, here are some tips for the etiquette

STAMP STUFF One last critical tip: Before you send all of your invites, take one to the post office. Have it weighed to confirm the postage cost in case it weighs more than the normal envelope or is an odd shape. The last thing you want is for all of your invitations to be returned as “insufficient postage!” So stop at the post office, make absolutely sure all is right with your stamps, pop those gorgeous invitations in the mail, and take a deep breath. Your wedding is officially underway!

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BEAUTY From makeup to hair to nails, every blushing bride (and mother-of-the bride) wants to look her absolute best on her wedding day. We’ve got tips for the day itself and beautification plans to implement months before the big day. Follow our advice, and you’ll be well on your way to showing off your most beautiful self. GET GLOWING Now is a great time to focus on healthy, glowing skin. If you’re concerned about the health and appearance of your skin, consider a visit to a dermatologist (for bigger problems) or an aesthetician (for minor issues). Depending on the severity of your skin problems, start 6 to 12 months before your wedding day so you have time

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to treat, heal, and achieve good results. Facials are a must for all skin types. Facial treatments use deep cleansing, masks, and exfoliation to penetrate deep in to the skin killing blemishcausing bacteria, rebalancing the skin’s hormonal system and stimulating circulation. Regular treatments result in refined pores, smoother facial lines, healed blemishes, and a more radiant complexion. For full-body beautification, body waxing is a good place to start. This is one of the longest-lasting forms of hair removal. Your legs will be smooth and free of razor stubble. To take beautification to the next level, consider Botox, injection therapy, and face or body tightening. These treatments are designed to help you


BEAUTY look and feel your best, without the pain and recovery time of surgical procedures. If you’re of the opinion that a white gown’s best accessory is sun-kissed skin, you’re not alone. But before hitting the tanning beds or getting a spray-tan, consider that it’s so easy to come away from the tanning salon looking either beet red or pumpkin orange. You’d be better off embracing your skin’s natural coloring and dressing up your white gown with accessories in colors that are flattering to your complexion. HAIR DO’S AND DON’TS When choosing a hairstyle, consider your gown, the formality of your wedding, your personal style, your hair type and texture, and your face shape.

Generally speaking, if your gown is elaborate opt for a simpler hairstyle to avoid looking overdone. An up-do is a classic way to go and is ideal for showing off a dramatic neckline. If you’re a trendy girl, try braids, hair extensions, or a carefree bohemian look. Just be cautious of overly-trendy styles as you risk looking back at your photos and saying “What was I thinking?!” If you’re considering any drastic changes to your hairstyle, make the change at least a couple of months before the wedding. That way, if you don’t like it, you have plenty of time to make changes or figure out how to style it to your best advantage. If you do like your new look, just maintain it! CONTINUED ON PAGE 217 www.PremierBrideMKE.com PREMIER BRIDE • 215


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Where do brides get their special glow? Love is the answer, though the right makeup doesn’t hurt. It’s natural to be nervous and excited on your wedding day. That’s why it is so important to determine the look you want well in advance and to have a makeup rehearsal. Most makeup artists recommend at least one consultation prior to your wedding day. If you plan to do your own makeup, then take time to practice and perfect your special look. On your wedding day you will glow as on no other day. You won’t need strong colors to look sophisticated, but you will need the right colors. If you elect to use the services of a professional makeup consultant, he or she will select colors that will enhance your natural beauty and features. If you are creating your own look, experiment with delicately blended sheer browns, pinks, purples and gold’s. Brides may also use enhancers such as extended lashes or liner to accentuate the eyes for photographs. When determining your wedding day makeup, there are several factors to take into consideration. Do you want a dramatically trendy look, or something timelessly romantic? Is your wedding during the day or in the evening? If it’s during the summer, will you have a tan? Is your dress white or ivory? Consider whether you will wear your hair down or up and whether you will wear a hair ornament or headpiece. The color of your hair and the color of your skin are what make you unique. Select makeup to accentuate your natural beauty.

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Consult your hair stylist four to six weeks before the wedding to find the right look for you and be sure to show a photo of your gown. MAKEUP MUSTS AND MUST NOTS Whether you hire a pro to do your makeup, have a friend do it, or do it yourself, do a trial run before the wedding. In addition to looking in the mirror and getting feedback from close friends and family, take photos and evaluate. Do you like what you see? What would you change? Now is the time to practice. Not on the day of your wedding! Keep the makeup on throughout the trial day and see how it lasts. How does it look two, five, and even eight hours later? Is it easy enough to touch up? This is another time you want to be sure you look like you. Your husband-tobe fell in love with your beautiful face. He would never want you to cover it up. But you can still have fun with it and pamper yourself. Define your eyebrows with a pencil and try fake eyelashes so that your eyes really pop in photos. Don’t be afraid of highlighting key places, trying a bold lip color, or using a primer under your foundation, lipstick, and eye shadow so that it lasts longer.

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BEAUTY nervous, busy, and showing off your moves on the dance floor which is a recipe for your own natural color. NAILS AND BROWS Regular manicures in the one or two months before your wedding day will get your nails in perfect shape. You can probably avoid using acrylic nails this way and enjoy the beauty of your own strong, healthy nails. Avoid really trendy nail polish colors. One bride who wore a dark, on-trend color on her nails says she now cringes every time she sees her wedding photos. Play it safe and go with a classic, neutral color. Have your eyebrows professionally shaped at least two weeks before the wedding. If you’ve never done this before, you’ll be amazed at how different you look with well-groomed 218 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

brows! Some people may experience a red, rash-like reaction so doing this early enough gives you time to recover if it happens to you. You will probably need to clean up your brows a day or two before the wedding with a tweezers. OUR BEST BEAUTY ADVICE Strongly consider using beauty professionals for your wedding day hair, makeup, and nails. A true makeup artist will know trade secrets not only for fashioning a longer-lasting look, but also for accentuating your features. A great hair stylist can help you create a look that complements your features and lasts all night. When you go pro, the end result is a relaxed, pictureperfect bride. Lastly, never forget a bride’s best accessory: her smile!

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RESTORATION DRAMA something old and new Maybe it was your mother’s or even your grandmother’s wedding gown. Maybe you’ve simply gone in for a vintage dress. Either way, your gown’s not quite tip-top, and it needs a little TLC before the wedding. Even a damaged or neglected gown can be restored or restyled if you invest in the services of a professional who specializes in the care of bridal fabrics. Once you find a restorer, discuss tears, beverage and perspiration stains, and yellowing to decide if the restoration will be to your satisfaction. Color changes can be miraculous, and replacement fabric can often be found to match the original. If you’re trying to create a truly vintage look, then make sure your designer is familiar with the period you’re trying to emulate, or at least is conscientious enough to do the research in order to make any alterations or additions look authentic. After the wedding, whether you wore a new gown or an heirloom, arrange to return it to a gown specialist for cleaning and preserving. Even if you escaped the red-wine trauma, perspiration and other obscure stains will make their mark and become embedded in a matter of weeks. A professional will find stains, know what caused them, remove them without damage and guarantee the work and your gown for the next generation even if you open up your gown preservation box at home. Somewhere in your future there may be a friend or a relative who will appreciate the “something old” you offer her when she re-enacts your restoration drama at her wedding.

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GROOM THE LEVEL OF FORMALITY The first order of business is to evaluate how formal your wedding will be. This depends on the time of day of the wedding, the location, but most of all, on you and your fiancé. Whatever level of formality you settle on, make sure you’re consistent throughout — invitations, décor, food, location, and wedding attire should all match in terms of formality. (Most people do this instinctively!) In warm weather and for beachy destination weddings, lighter colors (tan, light grey, white) look effortlessly handsome. Though in all climates, darker colors (navy, charcoal, black) always look sharp. Ties, vests, and cummerbunds can match the wedding colors, or compliment them with neutral tones. If the bridal gown is ivory, the men should wear ivory shirts, not white, to compliment her. 222 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

Semiformal and formal weddings have plenty of options: a high quality, single- or double-breasted men’s suit in black, charcoal, or navy with a Windsor knotted tie in white, ivory, navy, silver, or black is a less formal option. For a more formal look, consider a tuxedo with a single- or double-breasted dinner jacket, a white or ivory pointed-collar shirt, a vest or cummerbund, and either a bow tie or a four-in-hand tie (a “fancy” knotted necktie). A very formal wedding, called “white tie,” calls for the traditional black tuxedo with tails, a vest, a white wingedcollar shirt, and a bow tie. If you can envision a symphony conductor’s attire, this is white tie. DISTINGUISHING THE GROOM At very formal events, the groom and groomsmen are all to be dressed


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GROOM identically, so one way to distinguish the groom is to give him a different, but complimentary, boutonniere to wear. For less-formal events than white tie, you have more options. The groom could wear a white or ivory jacket while his groomsmen are in black. Or, the groom could wear a white, ivory, or silver vest and/or tie while his groomsmen wear vests and/or ties in black, or a color that matches the bridesmaids’ dresses. SHOPPING TIPS When the men visit their formalwear shop they should have a firm idea of the women’s wedding attire and bring fabric or color swatches from the bridesmaids’ gowns. Pictures of preferred formalwear styles would also be helpful in the decision-making process. The groom and groomsmen should reserve their rentals at least three months in advance of the wedding (although the earlier, the better, especially during the busy season). Final measurements should be taken about three weeks before the ceremony; however, be sure to come back a few days before the wedding for last-minute alterations. Out-of-town groomsmen can get measured at any formalwear store or local tailor’s near them, and send their measurements to the groom or to your formalwear store. Someone (often the best man, as long as he’s responsible!) should be designated to return all formalwear to the store on time in order to avoid late fees, which can get quite expensive adding up the per day, per outfit costs. THE PERFECT FIT There are a few key points to keep in mind regarding fit when ordering formalwear for the groom and 224 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

groomsmen. Shirts should fit well around the neck. The bottom hem of the pants should just touch the top of the shoes. Jackets should be fitted, with some room at the waist. Sleeves should end at the wrist bone with the same number of shirt buttons showing. Vents on the side of the jacket should lie smoothly and follow the lines of the body. The collar should hug the neck comfortably, and the lapels shouldn’t buckle. Your formalwear store consultant will certainly be a huge help in getting the fit just right. For the groom especially, buying the wedding suit/tux is recommended. This way it can be tailored to his specific measurements. Rental suits and tuxes generally have a more generic fit; the only adjustments that can be made are to the sleeve and pant length. However, rentals nowadays do offer more options than in the past. You’re likely to find a range of fits (traditional, modern, and slim) to more closely resemble what’s in a groom/groomsman’s personal wardrobe. GROOMING THE GROOM With all the attention given to men’s clothes, an important detail that is sometimes overlooked is the groom’s hair. Men are generally more casual about haircuts than women, but they should ideally get their hair trimmed two weeks before the wedding to add the finishing touch to their wedding finery. Pass this helpful tip on to the groomsmen as well! If you plan to take photos of the bride’s hand and the groom’s hand with the new rings, it would be a great idea for the groom to get a manicure just before the wedding, to address any out-of-control cuticles and shape the nails.


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TRANSPORTATION FIRST: HOW MANY? First decide how many you’re moving. Do you want just the bride and groom in a vehicle, or is the entire wedding party heading to the reception together? What about their spouses or dates? Once you make those decisions, you can start searching around for transport based on size. Whatever you decide on, keep safety in mind for when revelers are bouncing from place to place.

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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 from 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.

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TRANSPORTATION CATCH THE COACH For larger parties, a party bus or luxury coach is a great way to travel. It’s got all the amenities of a luxury limousine, but with more room to spare – they’ll seat up to 10 people comfortably. Or, for bigger parties, a passenger coach or a party bus can seat 21 to 49 people. For a small wedding, this is a fun way to get all the guests in on the party right away. Like limousine services, passengers 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. TAKING THE TROLLEY A fun and picturesque alternative to a limo or a passenger coach is a trolley. They’ll generally accommodate between 20 and 35 people, so they’re great for larger parties or for adding on some family members. With this antique look and old-world charm, they’ll lend a lovely, elegant touch to this wedding day detail. Since most have outdoor decks, these are especially fun in small towns so you can take a peek outside and watch onlookers wave at the newlyweds. UNIQUE ALTERNATIVES Some new couples might opt for something more personal or creative. A horse-drawn carriage is a romantic, vintage option especially if you can decorate it with your wedding colors. Vintage cars are also great photo ops and add a touch of class. An antique Rolls Royce or a ’69 Mustang


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TRANSPORTATION are fun and unique. Ride in style like the royal couple did in a decorated navy soft-top Aston Martin Volante. Or, as with everything else in the wedding, make sure the transportation connects to YOU. Maybe you met at a Harley rally – ride off on your twin Hogs! Or maybe you share a love of mountain biking – don’t be afraid to wheel over on a tandem together. 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 booking well in advance of your wedding dates. And don’t be afraid to ask for a test drive! Look for these in a written contract:

• Name and contact information for you and the company • Date, time and address of all pick-up and drop-off locations • Type and number of vehicles rented, and amenities supplied with each • Exact hours of vehicle rental • Total cost, including gas, mileage, tip and overtime fees • Deposit amount, balance, due date and cancellation policy Weddings are busy, chaotic days, so it’s wise to have someone closely associated with the wedding party, such as the best man or a family member, designated to coordinate with the chauffeur to make sure everything is on schedule.

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Quite possibly one of the cutest additions to your wedding detail - your flower girl! When most people think of a flower girl they think of this cute little girl in a white dress, around 3-6 years old, stumbling down the isle dropping flowers and looking around. As cute as

this image may be, sometimes you run into the problem that you don’t have any more small children in the family and do not have friends with small children. What now? Before you start panicking and asking random people to borrow their children, consider your options. If everyone in the friends and family category don’t have any little munchkins running around anymore, perhaps they have a teenage daughter who could fill the shoes? After all, what girl doesn’t enjoy getting dressed up? She can consider it pre-prom practice! If it comes down to it and there are no teenagers and no girls at your disposal, you’re probably thinking “hmm, now what?”. Well now is where you can get creative! Consider having a bridesmaid take on the flower duties 234 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

as she walks down the isle! If you aren’t keen on the idea of an adult doing the job or you have a lineup of party poopers, then move on to the next idea! Do you have a loyal pooch who would look adorable in ribbons and carrying a basket of flowers? If yes is your answer, then take your faithful companion to the groomer to be primped and pampered for the big day! The groomer will usually have special ribbons on hand to tie into your pups fur, so just ask for white and they will be sure to accommodate. Since dogs are usually easy to train, set up a row of chairs in your house and practice having your dog come to your groom to hand him the basket. If they already fetch and come on command this shouldn’t be a problem. Just remember to reward your pup with a treat and lots of praise when he/she gets it right! This will assure he/she keeps up the good work! If you don’t have a dog or you forecast a disaster involving your pet, then consider bringing your guests in on the fun! Have a medium sized sachet filled with flower petals available to be handed out to every guest sitting next to the aisle. Have your guests toss flower petals in front of you as you come down the aisle! They will enjoy getting in on the action and it will be a little different from the usual wedding routine I know many readers out there are even more creative. So if you are running across this same situation and you have a unique idea of your own, what would it be?

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LAST CELEBRATION of singlehood Both the bachelor and bachelorette parties celebrate the end of singlehood and include the wedding party and same-sex friends of the bride or groom. Renting a room in a restaurant or hotel allows guests to fully enjoy themselves. It also makes planning easy since an experienced staff handles most of the food arrangements and cleanup. Bridal showers and bachelorette parties can also be combined into one event, especially if the same group of friends will be attending both. If a night of barhopping is the choice, then it’s a good idea to treat yourself to a limousine ride for both elegance and safety. Consider having your bachelor(ette) party at a casino. A professional staff and dealers, gaming tables and equipment can even be brought to YOUR location. Casinos offer assistants to help plan your event. Professional staffs of waitresses, bartenders and anyone else you might need can even be provided. A home party might feature diverse entertainment. For example, a comedy gram or some other entertainment is an option and it can be catered with prepared party trays. A bachelorette party can even take the form of a shower featuring lingerie, gag gifts or items to be used on the honeymoon. Bachelor and bachelorette parties are best held a week before the wedding and not the night before. The most important thing is to be sure that the event suits the style of the guest of honor. Finally, remember to preserve the evening in pictures. You will want to have these memories long after the party is over.

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BACHELOR (ETTE) PARTIES take on a new look If you think you know all about these traditional events, think again! Bachelor and bachelorette parties are about friends getting together, sharing old stories and, perhaps, creating some new memories. A weekend immersed in an outdoor adventure with plenty of time before and after for fine dining and visits to the local pubs is a great way to do just that! Adventures include white water rafting, cattle drives, deep sea fishing, ATV desert rides, sky diving … well you get the idea. The adventure also can be adjusted to fit the skill level of the group. The adventure bachelor parties give the best man, who didn’t take “Party Planning 101,” a chance to sign up the group and then relax. From the time the groomsmen arrive at the destination city until they depart, everything is planned out, orchestrated and included in the modest pricing. Choosing a destination close to home, within driving distance, or at a mid point that is convenient to all members, is a plus. Too often out of town guys must make two costly trips to the wedding city. The same concepts and advantages apply for the gals. The questions you or your fiancé need to be thinking about are: 1. How many people are involved and where are they coming from? 2. What type of adventure is appropriate? 3. What is our price range, considering all the members of the group? 4. How much time is there to schedule the event? 5. How do I learn more?

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A home is an investment that helps stave off inflation. Homes do not appreciate equally, and some years add more value than others. Real estate has, historically speaking, kept pace with inflation, and often overtakes it. Most young couples face the challenge of financing their first house. Many find the following list of options to be successful avenues available to them: • Gifts - A financial gift can provide an immediate down payment; it may be from an inheritance that parents may plan to bestow, or a generous present from another relative.

into your future and building equity that you will be able to use later. Your first home may not be your ideal home, but with property appreciation and the improvements you make, you may profit from the eventual sale of the home with money you can put toward the house of your dreams. It’s easy to increase the value of your home simply by keeping the property up over the years that you own it. Homeowners are more apt to improve landscaping, perform home repairs, and generally be what’s called “house proud.” Because the home is taken care of over the years, the value of the property increases, and yours will, too. There are many other pluses to home ownership. All interest paid on a mortgage is deductible on your income taxes. The property taxes you pay may be deducted, as well as what you spend for home improvement. The home you own can be a haven for retirement years. 238 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

• Loans - Your down payment may be secured by providing collateral or the cash equivalent (i.e.: a car or other valuable possession). • Co-Investment - Parents can aid in acquiring a first home by signing on as co-investors. They provide the down payment and you make the monthly payments as a form of rent. Both parties share in the appreciation when the house is sold. • Outright Investment - Parents can buy the home and rent to the couple with the understanding that the children may later purchase it from them. • Co-Signing - In all of these categories thus far, parents may be required to co-sign a mortgage note. This method assists the new couple in establishing a positive credit rating without income qualifications. Many of these suggested methods translate into positive business opportunities for both the couple and their benefactors.

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FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE managing monetary gifts Among the toasters and food processors you’ll receive as gifts, you may find a few envelopes filled with good wishes, cash and checks. Though it’s tempting to imagine spending the money, it’s also important to get your finances in order to assure lifelong security. While some believe the best gifts lie in those envelopes, you have probably noticed that monetary gifts are the only ones that don’t come with instructions. Emptying those envelopes into the most prudent method of cash management isn’t really that complicated or time consuming. Not only is it vital for the married couple, but it’s critical that newlyweds get their “financial houses” in order to assure lifelong financial security.

Figure your net worth. You can’t decide where to go until you’ve measured where you are. Add up the value of everything you own then subtract everything you owe. That’s your net worth. Determine your financial goals. What are your dreams? Where do you plan to be financially in five, 10 or 15 years? Create a safety net, such as insurance, to protect against the unexpected. Plan a strategy to reach your goals. What’s it going to take to reach your goals? Seek out a financial planner to help advise you of your options. Many professionals will even provide a free initial consultation. Be sure to learn as much as possible. It’s important that you start out on the right foot and that begins with making informed decisions.

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DOOR COUNTY Imagine riding in a horse-drawn carriage through a vibrant autumn forest; snuggling in front of a cozy fire as snowflakes fall gently outside; discovering the first wildflowers of spring along a winding, wooded trail; or basking in the sun on a white sand beach as waves gently lap the shore. With over 300 miles of shoreline and its quiet, wooded landscape dotted with quaint harbor side villages and historic lighthouses; Door County provides an ideal backdrop for a romantic getaway. Small wonder this Wisconsin peninsula was named one of the top ten travel destinations in North America by Money Magazine. Nestled among the Door County scenery are a variety of honeymoon accommodations to suit every budget and lifestyle. Options range from luxurious hotels and condominiums with complete honeymoon packages, to antique-filled bed and breakfasts, rustic cottages and scenic campsites. The ten villages that make up Door County offer dozens of specialty shops, galleries and studios to browse through. Local restaurants feature everything from traditional Door County fish boils to candlelight gourmet dinners. Many newlyweds enjoy a winery tour or two at the five wineries in Door County. Others take in one of the many seasonal festivals or sample cultural offerings ranging from chamber music festivals and theater in the woods, to drive-in, double feature movies under the stars. For couples who prefer to get away from it all, there are countless breathtaking views in Door County just waiting to be discovered. Cave Point, on Lake Michigan’s shore, is one popular spot for honeymooners, with its spectacular rock formations and pounding waves. And to many, nothing is more romantic

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DOOR COUNTY than exploring the back roads on a bicycle built for two. Some newlyweds enjoy Door County’s shoreline scenes from an elegant concert or dinner cruise, a snug little paddle-boat, a tranquil canoe, or even a picnic blanket on the shore. Others comb the waters of Lake Michigan in search of legendary shipwrecks. Even winter can’t put a damper on the romance in Door County, with its picturesque horse-drawn sleigh rides, serene cross-country skiing, snowladen trees and cozy inns. No matter what the season, budget or lifestyle, Door County is the perfect honeymoon destination. There is a magical lure to Door County that draws couples back again and again. Its closeness to home makes it ideal for romantic getaways long after the honeymoon is over, keeping the

romantic spark alive for many years to come. Want some help in planning your next romantic Door County getaway, or even your destination wedding? Contact the Door County Visitor Bureau at 800-527-3529 for personal assistance or visit DoorCounty.com for lots of information and ideas about planning your honeymoon or wedding. Take advantage of their specially tailored romantic winter vacation packages that are a part of the annual Door County Nature of Romance promotion, with packages good December through March each year. For other great ideas on what to do the next time you visit the Cape Cod of the Midwest, be sure to check out Explore The Door, an award winning video travel podcast about Door County.

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honeymoon cruises SET SAIL FOR THE UNFORGETTABLE For newlyweds, there’s nothing better than kicking off life’s journey with an incredible honeymoon vacation. Some couples prefer to relax away the stress of wedding planning and enjoy lots of quiet together time, while others opt to make their honeymoon the adventure of a lifetime. If you fall somewhere in the middle, a cruise might just be your perfect getaway! 4

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WHY A CRUISE? With superb amenities, luxe accommodations, world-class restaurants, and bucket list destinations, cruises really are a marvelous way to spend a honeymoon. On a cruise, the planning has been done for you and services are often all-inclusive — it doesn’t get much easier than that! You have the luxury of visiting a handful of port cities, but only unpacking once, and venturing to remote locales you might otherwise never explore. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy the ride. PARTY BOAT VS. LUXURY LINER When you first say the word “cruise,” a massive, bustling, tropicsbound ship might come to mind. There are Caribbean liners that boast the world’s tallest waterslide at sea, robot bartenders, Broadway-level entertainment, or even a casino. Many of these colossal cruise ships host lots of physical activities, with basketball courts, running tracks, rock-climbing walls, and batting cages on board. Caribbean cruises are known for their party atmosphere, which can certainly be a fun

way to keep your wedding celebration going. For an entirely different feel, look into smaller ships and yachts, sailing all corners of the globe. These luxury liners might have only 50 large staterooms for a much more intimate experience, while maintaining such amenities as Michelin Star restaurants and sumptuous spa treatments. There’s usually a high crew-to-guest ratio, meaning lots of personal attention. Smaller ships are also able to reach lesser-traveled ports of call. Luxury vessels bring their own kind of fun, too, with some ships offering themed voyages — cuisine, for instance, where there might be on-board cooking demonstrations and classes, trips to the local market whenever you dock, and tastings of regional wines. Whether party boat or luxury liner, here are some of the many cruise destinations ripe for honeymooners. CARIBBEAN OR ISLAND CRUISE As a jumping-off point, these are just a handful of the island nations you might explore on a Caribbean cruise: British Virgin Islands, St. Barts, Antigua,


St. Lucia and Grenada. While a tropical cruise tends to fit the party animal vibe, it’s certainly possible to book a more romantic excursion to the Caribbean or other islands. When searching for cruise options, look for voyages that highlight romance. To ensure there are fewer families with screaming little ones on board, delay your trip until autumn when kids are back in school, or seek out a kidfree cruise. But even if you do plan a tropical cruise on a family-favorite line, most of these ships have adult-only areas on board, including spas and fine dining. You can also opt for a “romance package,” complete with long-stem roses, chocolates, and champagne waiting for you upon arrival, to make things a little more intimate. ASIAN CRUISE Asian cruises are starting to gain popularity these days, as Asia is on many couples’ bucket lists, but the planning has them running scared. That’s why a cruise is such a fabulous way to explore this corner of the world! A cruise ship truly simplifies an otherwise hard-toplan trip, as you can sit back and let the professionals choose your destinations

and narrow down your daily excursion options. Just some of the places you might journey include India, Singapore, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and secluded beaches along the Indian ocean. Day trips include jaunts to Cambodia or the Great Wall, while days at sea between destinations allows for lots of rest. An Asian cruise is the perfect mix of adventure and relaxation. MEDITERRANEAN CRUISE A cruise along the Mediterranean is a fantastic way to experience a slew of cultures in a small trip. Because there’s so much to see and do and each port of call, a Mediterranean cruise isn’t the best option for newlyweds who prefer to sit by the pool all day. But if you’re itching to explore each destination — which might include Spain, France, Italy, Greece, and even northern Africa — this is the trip for you. The pace of Mediterranean cruises can certainly feel jam-packed, so consider extending your stay in your departure city either before or after your cruise. Also remember that smaller ships will be able to dock in smaller ports, such as Seville, Marseilles, Bordeaux, Crete, and along the Amalfi Coast.


EUROPEAN RIVER CRUISE As with Mediterranean cruises, European river cruises don’t offer much at-sea time. Rather, there are many stops with lots of sight-seeing and a tight itinerary. A river cruise will naturally allow you a glimpse into multiple cultures, just like a Mediterranean cruise. You might sail the Rhine, which typically takes you from Switzerland to Holland, passing towns and cities in France and Germany with their picturesque scenery and fairytale castles. If touring the Danube, you’ll journey from Germany to Romania, passing Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, and Croatia along the way. A Rhone/Saone itinerary takes you through wine country in France’s Provence and Burgundy regions. See Spain and Portugal along the Douro, cities like Prague and Berlin along the Elbe, and sail with other francophiles along the Seine from Paris to the English Channel. ALASKAN CRUISE An Alaskan cruise is definitely a more laid-back type of voyage. In fact, the crowd on such excursions usually skews a bit older — a fun perk if you’re the type who loves making friends with and hearing stories from seasoned travelers. Looking to socialize with other newlyweds? It’s easy to pick out the

young love and band together once on board. As for destinations, Alaskan cruises typically sail from Anchorage to Vancouver with stops in Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway. Enjoy stunning scenery and charming towns, as well as day trips unique to Alaska, such as glacier trips, kayaking, and whale watching. CRUISE SHIP TIPS Wherever you may sail, make sure to arrive in your departure city at least the day before your cruise takes off. When booking, know that an exterior room with an ocean view will cost more than an interior room, but it’s worth the splurge so you can share a sunset cocktail on your private balcony. To maximize your at sea time, pre-book spa treatments and wake up early to snag a spot poolside. After spending a day on shore, make sure you’re back on board an hour before the ship scheduled to set sail again. Better safe than sorry! And finally, take note of any dress codes your cruise ship might have. Some of the more upscale restaurants on board might require formal wear, or have rules against shorts. If in doubt, reach out to the cruise line with all your questions, or search online forums to get in touch with other travelers. Bon voyage!

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Two key considerations Like a traditional wedding, the two main considerations when planning a reception at home after a destination wedding is the style of the event (or level of formality) and the number of guests. So Step One in the planning process is to meet with your sweetie, and your families (if they are contributing financially) to determine what kind of an event you desire and who you want to invite: a casual, informal pig roast in the backyard with extended family and a few friends only or an elegant, sit-down dinner on a Saturday night with just about everyone you know invited? The options are endless, and you’ll want to spend some time thinking about what’s best for you two and your families. When to have it The other big question is when to have it. You could have the reception

anytime in the year following your wedding, but ideally, plan to have it within two months of your marriage. This way, your guests will still view you as the “Bride & Groom”, instead of “Husband & Wife”, and you’ll still feel that way also! idealimpressions.com

Kathy and Dave thoroughly enjoyed their small, relaxed, intimate wedding on the beach in Jamaica with the rolling waves, warm sunshine and ocean breezes. But when they got home, they wanted to celebrate the momentous occasion with their extended circle of family and friends. “Obviously, having a destination wedding means that many of your family and friends won’t be there, and we really wanted to celebrate our marriage with all of them, too,” said Kathy. “Having a fun party with everyone when we got back was a great way to do that, while keeping our wedding ceremony personal and intimate, like we wanted it.”

Bring the ceremony to the guests Share your wedding ceremony with your guests at the reception! There are several ways to do this. Certainly, display photos from your wedding at your reception on photo boards, in albums or scrapbooks, or in a video format. If you have a video, you could run that as well on a television at the reception, but make sure it’s a well-edited, SHORT video. A few minutes long is plenty. Incorporate colors, accents and details from your wedding into the reception, or go all out with a matching theme such as a beach theme. And finally, consider wearing your wedding dress to your reception. Everyone would love to see it, and you’ll get a great opportunity to wear it again!

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The stress of wedding planning is over, your in-laws are gone, and it’s finally time for that once-in-a-lifetime getaway: your honeymoon. Whether you’re jetting off to a luxurious Caribbean resort, gallivanting across Europe, or camping in a tent near home, what matters is that you’re starting your life together. And what better way to start than with an intimate escape?4

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HONEYMOON From the planning stages to the trip itself, we’ve compiled our best honeymoon ideas and advice. TALK ABOUT YOUR TRIP Take time as a couple to sit down and toss ideas around. Decide on your ideal destination and figure out what you’d like to do when you’re there besides laying in bed all day. Are you up for outdoor activities such as water sports or hiking? Do you want to experience a new culture and check off some sightseeing from your bucket list? Or, would you rather just laze about, soak up the sun, and be pampered? There’s no right or wrong answer, but make sure to discuss your expectations before you book your trip. You don’t want to arrive at the all-inclusive resort only to find that you’d rather relax on the beach and your husband would rather take snorkeling lessons. Of course you’ll have to compromise, but talking about these compromises long before the trip will make the honeymoon much sweeter. Let’s look at some destinations to consider. Go tropical When you say “honeymoon,” most people think of a remote, tropical island that looks like something straight from a postcard. You can’t beat a fruity umbrella-clad drink and romantic walks along the beach. Even for the most active of couples, your honeymoon is one time when it’s okay to sit back and let yourselves be taken care of. If you choose a tropical destination, an all-inclusive resort is a most relaxing way to go. Do your research through travel sites and first-hand accounts from family and friends, and find out what exactly is meant by “all-inclusive”. The definition 258 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

varies from one resort to the next. At some places, “all-inclusive” includes the cost of your room and two meals each day. At other resorts, it means three meals each day, unlimited drinks, champagne on arrival, and a trip to the spa. When it’s time to book your trip, always mention that you’ll be on your honeymoon. Most places offer a honeymoon package, and you might even find entire resorts that cater exclusively to honeymooners. All abroad! A trip abroad is a thrilling way to start a marriage. It’s an adventure and a chance to get caught up in a whirlwind of new ideas and cultures. However, if you’ve never been abroad before, make sure this is an experience you’re both fully committed to. Planning an international trip for the first time can be stressful, and it could be overwhelming to be in foreign lands when all you want to do is relax and enjoy each other’s company. But if you’re up for going international, the result can be a true test of teamwork and a most romantic, unforgettable experience. Here are some nitty gritty considerations. Make sure your passport is updated, especially if your last name on a different piece of identification is going to change. It’s usually best to book any tickets in your maiden name, since that is likely to be the name still on your passport and driver’s license. For more information on specific foreign destinations or if you’re worried about health and safety abroad, search online travel sites and forums for must-have tips and advice. Staying local If you don’t have the funds for a plane ticket abroad or can’t get away for a long


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trip, consider what’s close to home. You’ll probably be surprised to learn that there’s a quaint bed & breakfast just a few miles from your home or a majestic state park where you can camp out under the stars. Turn off your cell phones and focus on each other. It will seem as if you’re light years away even in your own backyard. Take a cruise If you can’t decide on a destination, a cruise might be for you. It’s the best of both worlds! If you want to see Europe, but you’ve never been and don’t have time to plan a trip, try a Mediterranean cruise. If you know you want to go tropical but can’t decide on a spot, island hop on a Caribbean cruise. And if you can’t decide whether you want to relax or be active, a cruise offers the chance to do both. Plus, meals, drinks, and entertainment are not only included, they’re right outside your cabin door! When booking a cruise, just like any other destination, mention that you’re on your honeymoon and see if the cruise line has a special deal or package. PLAN AND PREP Take time to really plan your honeymoon. Here are some things to think about, especially if you’ve never traveled to your honeymoon spot before. Different customs. If you’re traveling abroad, or even to an Americanized resort in the Caribbean, do your research. Find out if there are gestures that are deemed inappropriate, actions that are considered rude, or types of dress that are unacceptable to the local community. Language. Learn some key phrases and pick up a pocket-sized dictionary or phrase book if you’re going to a nonEnglish-speaking country.


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fueling the newlywed romance. So be proactive in making sparks fly! Pack a secret gift for each other, plan a surprise day trip or nighttime excursion, or give each other coupons redeemable for special favors. By keeping the romance as personal as possible, the love light will be burning strong no matter where you are. DESTINATION WEDDINGS Getting married away from home gives you the chance to blend the wedding and honeymoon into one special, maybe even week-long, event. A destination wedding might be an elopement for just the bride and groom or a small affair that includes immediate family and friends. Either way, destination weddings are a fun escape and unforgettable experience — a wedding and honeymoon all rolled into one!

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January 6 & 7, 2018 10:00am - 4:00pm Expo Center at Wisconsin State Fair Park, Milwaukee

THE PLACE TO BE FOR THE COUPLE-TO-BE • Over 175 exhibits by Wisconsin’s leading wedding professionals • Professionally choreographed fashion shows held twice daily • Enter to win one of our Grand Prizes! • Giveaways, discount coupons, gifts, and more! — FOR MORE INFORMATION —

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2017-18 BRIDAL SHOWS

6th Annual Wedding Showcase

AUGUST 19, 2017

PIECE OF CAKE! 5K

Frame Park Begins at 8:00 am pieceofcake5k.com

SEPTEMBER 10, 2017

BRIDAL EXPO

Brookfield Sheraton Show Times: 10:30am-4pm For Free Tickets Call: (414) 427-4325 bridalexpomilwaukee.com See page 18-19, 268

SEPTEMBER 17, 2017

THE PRETTY PRETEND WEDDING SHOW

Rustic Manor 1848 3115 WI-83, Hartland Show Times: 10:30am-3:30pm (262) 334-0316 rusticmanor1848.com SEPTEMBER 24, 2017

DISCOVER LAKE GENEVA BRIDAL SHOWCASE

Riviera Docks, Lake Geneva Show Times: 10am-1pm cruiselakegeneva.com/wedding See page 266

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 Doors Open at 12:00pm

Find Us on the Web! www.DeKovenCenter.org 20+ Vendors, Door Prizes, Wine/Food Samples & More! 600 21st Street - Racine, WI - (262)633-6401 $2.00 Admission - Bride & Groom are FREE

Boutique BRIDAL SHOWCASE

SEPTEMBER 24, 2017

BRIDAL GATHERING

Holiday Inn Pewaukee-Milwaukee West N14W24140 Tower Place, Pewaukee Show Times: 11am-1pm (262) 506-6300 See page 266

OCTOBER 22, 2017

THE DEKOVEN CENTER’S 6TH ANNUAL WEDDING SHOWCASE “The Great Hall” The DeKoven Center 600 21st Street, Racine Show Times: 12pm-3pm (262) 633-6401 Ext. 102 dekovencenter.org See page 265

SUNDAY, NOV. 26 11AM–2PM 415 GENESEE STREET, DELAFIELD, WI 262.333.0232 • THEDELAFIELDHOTEL.COM

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BRIDAL SHOWS OCTOBER 29, 2017

NOVEMBER 5, 2017

Parkway Chateau, 12304 75th Street, Kenosha (262) 237-2661, Show Times: 12pm-3pm kenoshabridalexpo.com

Brookfield Sheraton Show Times: 10:30am-4pm For Free Tickets Call: (414) 427-4325 bridalexpomilwaukee.com

KENOSHA BRIDAL EXPO

NOVEMBER 4 & 5, 2017

ULTIMATE WEDDING EXPERIENCE

Potawatomi Hotel & Casino Show Times: 10am-3pm, (262) 797-8880 UltimateWeddingExperienceMKE.com See page 267

BRIDAL EXPO

See page 18-19, 268

NOVEMBER 26, 2017

BOUTIQUE BRIDAL SHOWCASE

Delafield Hotel 415 Genesee Street, Delafield Show Times 11am-2pm (262) 646-1600 thedelafieldhotel.com See Page 265

JANUARY 2018

GRAND GENEVA WEDDING SHOWCASE 2018

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva Show Times: 11am-3pm (800) 558-3417 grandgeneva.com/weddings-lake-geneva JANUARY 6-7, 2018

50TH ANNUAL WONDERFUL WORLD OF WEDDINGS September 24 & January 14 11am to 1pm

Wisconsin Exposition Center at State Fair Park Show Times: 10am-4pm both days (262) 367-5500 wisconsinweddingshow.com See page 9, 264

JANUARY 14, 2018

BRIDAL GATHERING

Holiday Inn Pewaukee-Milwaukee West N14W24140 Tower Place, Pewaukee Show Times: 11am-1pm, (262) 506-6300 See page 266 266 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com


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NOVEMBER 4TH & 5TH 2017 The Midwest’s Ultimate Wedding Expierience will include: . . . . . . .

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BRIDAL EXPO MILWAUKEE DATES & LOCATIONS FASHION SHOW 2p SHERATON HOTEL, BROOKFIELD, WI SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2017, 10:30a–4p SHERATON HOTEL, BROOKFIELD, WI SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2017, 10:30–4p SHERATON HOTEL, BROOKFIELD, WI SUNDAY, MARCH 4, 2018, 10:30a–4p SHERATON HOTEL, BROOKFIELD, WI SUNDAY, MAY 6, 2018, 10:30a–4p To view upcoming 2017 Dates & Locations visit us at BridalExpoMilwaukee.com

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BRIDAL EXPO CHICAGO DATES & LOCATIONS FASHION SHOW: 2:30p MARRIOTT HOTEL, NAPERVILLE SUNDAY, July 30, 2017, 11:30a–4p ABBINGTON BANQUETS, GLEN ELLYN SUNDAY, AUGUST 20, 2017, 11:30a–4p THE MEADOWS CLUB, ROLLING MEADOWS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2017, 11:30a–4p CHICAGO MARRIOTT NW, HOFFMAN ESTATES SUNDAY NOVEMBER 19, 2017, 11:30a–4p

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BRIDAL SHOWS JANUARY 27, 2018

BARTOLOTTA CATERING & EVENTS WEDDING SHOWCASE

The Grain Exchange, Milwaukee Show Times: 5pm-7:30pm (414) 727-6980 bartolottas.com/catering/the-grain-exchange/ JANUARY 28, 2018

34TH ANNUAL WATERTOWN BRIDAL FAIRE Windwood of Watertown W5710 County Highway CW, Watertown Show Times: 10am-2:30pm (920) 261-7770 watertownbridalfair.com

BRIDAL SHOWS

BRIDAL SHOWS MADE EASY making the best of your time and effort Bridal shows can sometimes feel overwhelming but with a little planning, they can save you money, provide outstanding ideas and let you sample tasty treats. It can be a great onestop-shopping experience if you go prepared. The vendors are local wedding professionals, and ready and willing to answer your questions.

JANUARY 28, 2018

15TH ANNUAL BRIDAL EXTRAVAGANZA Hawks View Golf Club, Lake Geneva Show Times: 11am-3pm (877) 429-5788 hawksviewgolfclub.com JANUARY 28, 2018

WASHINGTON COUNTY BRIDAL FAIR

Washington County Fair Park & Conference Center Show Times: 11am-3pm (262) 677-5060 wcfairpark.com JANUARY 28, 2018

WINTER BRIDAL SHOWCASE

Fountain Banquet Hall 8505 Durand Ave., Sturtevant Show Times: 11am-3pm FEBRUARY 2018

CROWNE PLAZA WEDDING SHOWCASE

Crowne Plaza Milwaukee West (414) 389-8568 crowneplazamilwaukee.com FEBRUARY 25, 2018

VETERAN’S TERRACE BRIDAL SHOW

Veteran’s Terrace, Burlington Show Times: Doors open at 11am (262) 763-9400 veteransterrace.com

A FEW TIPS Here are a few tips on how to get the most out of your local bridal show. Dress For The Occasion Wear comfortable shoes! You’re going to be walking quite a bit. You don’t want to leave early because your achy feet give you no other choice. Bring Labels Print up labels with your name, address, wedding date and possibly email address. This will save you a lot of time when you sign up for all the prizes usually given out at shows. Plus, the information will be legible. Timing If you’re trying to get a great seat for a fashion show, arriving early can make sense. If they have two fashion shows, the second is usually much less crowded. If there’s no urgent reason to arrive when it opens, then consider a later time to avoid possible lines. Plan In Advance First of all, you need to have a budget planned so you have a general idea www.PremierBrideMKE.com PREMIER BRIDE • 269


BRIDAL SHOWS of what you’ll be spending on each product and service for your wedding. Know what is most important to you, and where you might be willing to have a little flexibility on the cost versus items that you’re not as passionate about. There is usually a floor map available at larger shows. If there’s a specific service or vendor you want to talk to, make sure you know where their booths are located so you don’t miss them. Visit Here First Remember, some wedding service providers can only do one or two weddings a day because they are one or two person operations. These providers can include videographers, DJ’s, banquet facilities, decorators, photographers and wedding consultants. Plan to spend at least half the time with these types of vendors. One of your first questions should be if your wedding date is available. Bring Your Calendar If interested, make an appointment for a follow-up consolation after the show. If they offer a show special, ask if that special would carry over to the appointment date. Vendors want to talk to you but they also need to respond to other couples at the show as well. You probably won’t get their full attention at the show unless there are multiple people working the booth, so be sure to make an appointment to get some one on one time. Two Day Shows This type of show gives you the leisure of exploring the first day, reviewing the material and returning the following day to talk to your favorites. 270 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

BRIDAL SHOWS FEBRUARY 18, 2018

11TH ANNUAL BRIDAL FAIR IN THE EVERGREEN ROOM Evergreen Golf Club, Elkhorn Show Times: 11:30am-2:30pm (262) 723-5722 evergreengolf.com MARCH 2018

LAKE LAWN RESORT BRIDAL SHOW

Lake Lawn Resort, Delavan Show Times: 11am-3pm lakelawnresort.com MARCH 4, 2018

BRIDAL EXPO

Brookfield Sheraton Show Times: 10:30-4pm For Free Tickets Call: (414) 427-4325 bridalexpomilwaukee.com See page 18-19, 268

MARCH 11, 2018

THE ORIGINAL BRIDAL DÉCOR RESALE & WEDDING SHOW

Hosted by Rustic Manor 1848 Waukesha County Expo Center, Waukesha Show Times: 11am-2pm (262) 224-0316 rusticmanor1848.com MAY 6, 2018

BRIDAL EXPO

Brookfield Sheraton Show Times: 10:30-4pm For Free Tickets Call: (414) 427-4325 bridalexpomilwaukee.com See page 18-19, 268

Just about every store has a registry now. If you already have most of the everyday ware, think of registering at specialty stores – art galleries, hardware or luggage stores, or even travel agencies!


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BRIDAL SHOWS Ready To Make Decisions If you’re comfortable and ready to make a decision, then show specials can really make it worth your while! Many vendors determine if it’s a good show for them based on how many signed agreements they get. Enjoy The Experience Relax and enjoy the experience. These wedding professionals spend time and money to display their work and services. Take your time and don’t be afraid to “enter” the booth area. Look, touch and really see what is offered or get ideas. Vendors love brides in their booths. It tends to attract more people. If you already have that product/service, then let me know if they’re trying to talk to you. Don’t Be Afraid To Talk To The Vendors! Talk! If a vendor catches your eye, don’t be shy! Just say hello to break the ice, followed by, “are you available for my wedding date?”, and the vendor will usually know how to get the ball rolling from there. Don’t be afraid to talk to the vendors for that is the whole purpose of the show. Material Handed Out If a vendor is offering handout information you’re at all interested in, then take one. You can review this information at your leisure once you get home. If it’s something you have no interest in, then don’t. Sometimes too much material can be overwhelming when you going through it later. Don’t Be Afraid to Move On Follow your gut instinct. If you’re put off by a service or a certain vendor, then move along. They’re not for you. Have fun! You’re getting married!

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SCAVENGE & SHOP

Before you can shop till you drop, you’ve got to scavenge till you shop! Put on your best sleuthing hat and get ready for a scavenger hunt for gift cards at Boston Store!

NIGHT OUT IN WISCO

From a night at Summer Fest to admission to a racing event at Elkhart Lake, there are surprise tickets in store for you and your partner in crime, courtesy of Containers Up!

WINE NOT?

Set sail for the Seven Seas restaurant in Delafield! Your party of six will bask in an evening on the shores of the lovely Lake Nagawicka with a delicious small plates & wine tasting.

WINE & BEER GOURMET POPCORN PAIRINGS

Between beer, wine and gourmet popcorn, which would you pick? One lucky winner will enjoy them all, with a lesson in beer, wine, and popcorn pairings at Brookfield’s Pop’n Spot Gourmet Popcorn.

OVERNIGHT AT THE KIMPTON

The Third Ward’s newest boutique hotel is The Kimpton Journeyman Hotel, with its fabulous rooftop bar and modern Mediterranean restaurant. Enjoy an overnight stay, breakfast included!

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES DIRECTORY KEY • ALTERATIONS/ CUSTOM DRESS DESIGNS • ATTENDANT GIFTS (See Customized Gifts) • BACHELOR(ETTE) PARTIES • BANQUET FACILITIES & REHEARSAL DINNERS • BARTENDING SERVICES • BEAUTY, SKIN & WEIGHT LOSS (Also See Cosmetics) • BED & BREAKFASTS/ INNS • BRIDAL ACCESSORIES (and Rental Items) • BRIDAL REGISTRY • BRIDAL SHOWERS/ GIFT OPENINGS • BRIDAL SHOWS Complete listing and information (See pg 262)

• CAKES, SWEETS & FAVORS • CATERING • CEREMONIES, CHAPELS • CEREMONIES, OFFICIANT • CHOCOLATES (FAVORS) • CONSULTANTS • COSMETICS (Also see Beauty) • DANCE INSTRUCTION • DECORATING SERVICES (Also see Rentals) • DESTINATION WEDDINGS (See Travel Agencies) • DOOR COUNTY WEDDINGS • DRY CLEANING / GOWN PRESERVATION

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EYE WEAR (OPTICAL) FINANCIAL SERVICES FIREWORKS FLORISTS (and Rental Items) FORMALWEAR GOWNS, CUSTOM (See full listing of bridal salons online at premierbridewisconsin. com/wedding-bridal-salons) HONEYMOON (Also see Travel Agencies & Door County Weddings) HOTELS/ CLUB SUITES (Also see Banquet Facilities) ICE SCULPTURES INTERNET INVITATIONS JEWELRY (CUSTOMIZED) LIMOUSINES (See Transportation) LINGERIE

BRIDAL

• MASSAGE (See Spas) • MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT • MUSIC, SPECIALTY • OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS (See Hotels/Club Suites) • PHOTOGRAPHY • PHOTOGRAPHY BOUDOIR • PHOTO BOOTHS • REHEARSAL DINNERS • RENTALS • RESTROOMS (See Rentals) • SPAS • TRANSPORTATION • TRAVEL AGENCIES & HONEYMOONS • VIDEOGRAPHY • WALWORTH COUNTY WEDDINGS (See pg 176)

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES BACHELOR(ETTE) PARTIES

Alverno College

CMP Tactical Lazer Tag

The Astor Hotel

4905 S. Howell Ave, Milwaukee info@cmpmilwaukee.com 2567 State Rd 120, Lake Geneva lakegeneva@cmptactical.com cmptactical.com 414-483-2222

924 E Juneau Ave., Milwaukee astorballroom.com 414-283-4808

(See pg 237)

(See pg 70)

JKS Backyard Games jksbackyard.com 414-313-8017

Milwaukee Pedal Tavern info@pedaltavern.com pedaltavern.com 414-405-6682

(See pg 168)

(See pg 163)

Riverwalk Boat Tours & Rentals

at Pere Marquette Park (on Old World Third St, between State and Kilbourn) riverwalkboats.com 414-283-9999 (See pg 236)

Uptown Art

W249 N5267 Executive Drive, Sussex www.uptownart.com 262-246-9400

(See pg 169)

(See pg 21)

Extraordinary Weddings at The Bog Rehearsal Dinners • Intimate Weddings Wrap Around Patio • Terrific Cuisine Onsite Ceremonies Stunning Scenery 3121 County Rd I, Saukville

Broadlands Golf Club

(See pg 237)

Bruno’s Restaurant & Banquet Hall

BANQUET FACILITIES & REHEARSAL DINNERS 1451 Renaissance Place

309 N. Water St., Milwaukee blackswanmke.com 262-618-4336

(See pg 169)

Wildman Adventure Resort we offer guided adventures wildmanresort.com 262-287-9892

Bacchus-A Bartolotta Restaurant 414-765-1166 925 E. Wells, Milwaukee Bartolotta Events & Catering 414-765-8610 at Pier Wisconsin 500 N. Harbor Dr., Milwaukee Grain Exchange 414-727-6980 225 E. Michigan Ave., Ste 100, Milwaukee Lake Park Bistro 414-962-6300 3133 E. Newberry Blvd., Milwaukee The Harbor House 414-395-4900 550 N. Harbor, Milwaukee bartolottas.com bartolottascatering.com (See pg 57)

262-292-0740 GolfTheBog.com

Vino 100

Historic Third Ward 219 E. Erie St., Milwaukee vino100milwaukee.com 414-277-8466

(See pg 7)

The Black Swan

Napoli

132 N Pine St., Burlington napoliburlington.com 262-763-9245

(See pg 6)

Bartolotta’s

Friday’s Front Row

One Brewers Way, Milwaukee frontrowmilwaukee.com 414-902-4204

3400 S. 43rd St., Milwaukee alverno.edu/eventandspace 414-382-6159

1451 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee renaissanceplace.com 414-272-1451 (See Back Cover & pg 41)

Hwy 59, North Prairie broadlandsgolfclub.com 262-392-6320

730 Corner Stone Crossing, Waterford bowlrivercity.com 262-514-3663

(See pg 46)

(See pg 160)

Canal Street Yacht Club

1200 W. Canal St., Milwaukee CanalStreetYachtClub.com 414-273-8300

(See pg 60)

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES The Chalet at Little Switzerland 105 Cedar Creek Rd., Slinger littleswitz.com 262-224-7598

Golden Mast Inn on Okauchee Lake (See pg 201)

Chandelier Ballroom

150 Jefferson Ave., Hartford chandelierballroom.com 262-673-4946

(See pg 202)

(See pg 81)

(See pg 37)

Cotton Exchange

345 Hickory Hollow, Waterford Corner of Hwys 20 & 83 cottonexchangewi.com 262-534-9291

(See pg 163)

(See pg 50)

(See pg 87)

(See pg 80)

N56 W16300 Silver Spring Dr., Menomonee Falls davians.com 262-781-3333 (See pg 10-11)

The DeKoven Center

(See pg 54)

7377 Krueger Rd., Lake Geneva hawksviewgolfclub.com 262-348-9900

(See pg 161)

W2763 E. Gate Dr., Watertown hayloftbarn.com 920-988-7415

(See pg 74)

N86W18330 Main St. Menomonee Falls heritagehallrentals.com 262-255-1606

(See pg 41)

11600 W. Park Place, Milwaukee milwaukeeparkplace.gardeninn.com 414-359-9823

(See pg 77)

Hilton Milwaukee City Center 509 W. Wisc Ave., Milwaukee hiltonmilwaukee.com 414-390-3802

(See pg 53)

Holiday Inn Pewaukee (See pg 48)

Delafield Brewhaus

3832 Hillside Dr., Delafield (Just off I-94 & Hwy 83) delafield-brewhaus.com 262-646-7821 (See pg 55)

Delafield Hotel

415 Genesee St., Delafield thedelafieldhotel.com 262-333-0232

8201 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis hamptoninnmilwaukeewest.com 414-436.2300

Hilton Garden Inn Milwaukee Park Place

Davians Catering & Conference Center

600 21st St., Racine dekovencenter.org 262-633-6401 ext 102

Hampton Inn & Suites

Heritage Hall

Crowne Plaza Milwaukee West

10499 W. Innovation Dr., Wauwatosa crowneplazamilwaukee.com/weddings 414-475-9500

(See pg 34)

The Hay Loft

Crowne Plaza Milwaukee Airport 6401 S. 13th St., Milwaukee crowneplaza.com/milwaukeearpt 414-563-4072

6331 S. 13th St., Milwaukee salesmke@ascendgrowth.com 414-764-1500 Ext. 6626 414-369-2852

Hawk’s View Golf Club

Country Springs Hotel

2810 Golf Rd., Pewaukee countryspringshotel.com 262-547-0201

7036 Grand Geneva Way, Lake Geneva grandgeneva.com 800-558-3417 (See pg 162)

GrandStay Hotel & Suites

Clarion Hotel Airport

5311 S. Howell Ave., Milwaukee 414-481-2400

(See pg 8)

Grand Geneva

Charles Allis Art Museum

1801 N Prospect Ave, Milwaukee cavtmuseums.org (414) 271-3656

W349 N5253 Lacys Lane, Okauchee goldenmastinn.com 262-567-7047

N14 W24140 Tower Place, Pewaukee holidayinn.com/Pewaukee-wi 262-506-6300

(See pg 35)

Hot Water/Wherehouse

818 S Water St., Milwaukee hotwatermilwaukee.com 414-383-7593

(See pg 56)

Hubbard Park Lodge (See pg 25)

Geneva National Resort

1221 Geneva National Ave. S, Lake Geneva lakegenevaweddings.com 262-245-7000 (See pg 159) 274 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

3565 N. Morris Blvd., Milwaukee hubbardlodge.com 414-332-4207

(See pg 61)

Hyatt Regency

333 W. Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee milwaukee.regency.hyatt.com 414-276-1234

(See pg 27)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Intercontinental Milwaukee

139 E. Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee intercontinentalmilwaukee.com 414-390-3802 Catering Office 414-276-8686

(See pg 43)

Catering — Par Excellence!

The Iron Horse Hotel

500 W. Florida St., Milwaukee theironhorsehotel.com 414-374-4766

(See pg 79)

John Michael Kohler Arts Center 608 New York Ave., Sheboygan jmkac.org 920-458-6144

(See pg 84)

Kettle Moraine Ranch

W379 S9694 County S, Eagle kettlemoraineranch.com 262-594-2122

(See pg 56)

(See pg 47)

- Ball Room with Gorgeous Views - Excellent Cuisine - Weddings on the Green - Rehearsal Dinners

6996 Pennsylvania St., Oconomowoc

262-567-7833

labellegolfclub.com Lakewood Farms Weddings (See pg 155)

(See pg 153)

Lake Lawn Resort

2400 E. Geneva St., Delavan lakelawnresort.com 800-338-5253

700 North Art Museum Dr., Milwaukee mam.org 414-224-3200 or 414-224-3287 (event line) (See pg 23)

Milwaukee Athletic Club

758 N. Broadway, Milwaukee macwi.org 414-273-4100

(See pg 74)

Milwaukee Beer Bistro

2730 N. Humboldt Blvd., Milwaukee milwaukeebeerbistro.com 414-562-5540

Milwaukee County Parks Call for information countyparks.com 414-257-PARK (7275)

(See pg 44)

10001 W. Bluemound Rd., Milwaukee milwaukeezoo.org 414-256-5432

(See pg 45)

Milwaukee Yacht Club

1700 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr., Milwaukee milwaukeeyc.com 414-271-4455 (see pg 36)

Oconomowoc Lake Club (See pg 157)

The Landing 1841

Just outside Burlington thelanding1841.com 262-206-2176

W231 N1600 Corporate Ct., Waukesha marriott.com/mkemw 262-574-0888 (See Inside Back Cover & pg 49)

Milwaukee County Zoo

Lake Geneva Cruise Lines-Gage Marine cruiselakegeneva.com 262-248-6206 800-558-5911

(See pg 89)

Milwaukee Art Museum

Where happily ever after begins…

Mukwonago lakewoodfarmswisconsin.com 708-218-0656

sazamas.com • 414.276.2030

Marriott Milwaukee West

Kimpton-The Journeyman

310 East Chicago St., Milwaukee journeymanhotel.com 414-291-3970

Sazama’s inspired cuisine and the stunning venues at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts create a most elegant wedding celebration!

4668 N. Lake Club Circle, Oconomowoc oconomowoclakeclub.org 262-567-4934

(See pg 55)

Olympia Resort & Conference Center (See pg 160)

1350 Royale Mile Rd., Oconomowoc olympiaresort.com/weddings 262-369-4966 or 800-558-9573 ext 4966

(See pg 58)

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Pano’s Banquets

20290 W. Bluemound Rd., Brookfield panosbanquetcenter.com 414-308-4960 or 262-782-8670

The Rustic Barn at Prairie Gardens (See pg 76)

The Park East Hotel

916 E. State St., Milwaukee parkeasthotel.com 414-276-8800

Schauer Arts & Activites Center (See pg 78)

The Pfister Hotel

424 E Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee thepfisterhotel.com 414-390-3802

(See pg 33)

(See pg 31)

(See pg 15)

(See pg 75)

(See pg 201)

3210 Hwy 167, Richfield terrace167.com 262-623-6588

(See pg 202)

Tripoli Shrine Center

3000 W Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee tripolishrinecenter.com 414-933-4700

(See pg 59)

Tuscan Hall Banquet Center (See pg 159)

River Club of Mequon

409 Delafield St., Waukesha tuscanhallwi.com 262-292-1322

(See pg 49)

Veterans Terrace at Echo Park (See pg 39)

Roma Lodge

589 Milwaukee Ave., Burlington veteransterrace.com 262-763-9400

(See pg 155)

Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum (See pg 86)

The Rotunda

235 W. Broadway, Waukesha therotunda.com 262-574-9170

838 S. 2nd St., Walker’s Point, Milwaukee southsecondmke.com 414-256-8765 (see pg 54, 88)

Terrace 167 (See pg 24)

The Ridge

7130 Spring St. (Hwy C), Racine romalodge.com 262-886-3610

(See pg 17)

375 S. Moorland Rd., Brookfield sheratonmilwaukeebrookfield.com/wedding 262-364-1009 (See pg 40)

1271 State Rd 175, Hubertus sterlingchalet.com 262-628-4080

N44 W33013 Watertown Plank Rd. Hwys 16 & C, Nashotah redcircleinn.com 262-367-4883 (See Inside Front Cover)

12400 N. Ville Du Parc Dr., Mequon riverclubofmequon.com 262-242-1400

1807 Nagawicka Rd., Delafield sevenseaswi.com 262-367-3903

Sterling Chalet

Red Circle Inn

W4240 Road 50, Lake Geneva lakegenevaweddings.com 262-245-7000

(see pg 31)

South Second

Racine Civic Center Festival Hall Festival Park Memorial Hall 5 Fifth St., Racine racinecc.com 262-636-9229

131 W. Seeboth St., Milwaukee theseeboth.com 414-841-9374

Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel

Pritzlaff Events

311 N Plankinton Ave, Milwaukee pritzlaffevents.com 414-433-6088

(See pg 200)

Seven Seas

Potawatomi Hotel & Casino 1721 W. Canal St., Milwaukee paysbig.com 414-847-8600 or 800-PaysBig

147 N Rural St., Hartford schauercenter.org 262-670-0560 ext 215

The Seeboth

The Polish Center of Wisconsin 6941 S 68th St, Franklin polishcenterofwisconsin.org 414-529-2140

W212 Spring Prairie Rd. Burlington therusticbarnvenue.com 262-206-2176

2220 N. Terrace Ave., Milwaukee cavtmuseums.org 414-271-3656

War Memorial Center (See pg 30)

276 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

(See pg 81)

750 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr., Milwaukee warmemorialcenter.org 414-273-5533 (See pg 26)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Washington County Fair Park Hwy 45 at Pleasant Valley Road wcfairpark.com 877-677-5060

Bartenders on the Go bartendonthego.com 414-899-6151 (See pg 201)

Watertown Country Club

1340 N Water St., Watertown watertowncc.com 920-261-5009

Over the Moon Bartending

overthemoonbartending.com 414-793-8476 or 608-347-1348 (See pg 83)

(See pg 92)

BEAUTY, SKIN & WEIGHT LOSS

(Also See Cosmetics)

Elegance Salon & Spa

2725 S. Calhoun Rd., New Berlin elegancesalonandspa.com 262-785-0880

(See pg 214)

halo

1221 E. Brady St., Milwaukee halohairspa.com 414-272-4256

Wauwatosa Woman’s Club

1626 Wauwatosa Ave., Wauwatosa Wauwatosawomansclub.com 414-257-9935

(See pg 20)

West Bend Country Club 5858 Hwy Z, West Bend westbendcc.com 262-334-9541

(See pg 215)

Lash Boutique 18895 W. Capitol Dr., Brookfield 1208 12th Ave., Grafton lashboutiques.com

262-373-0101 262-375-3300 (See pg 218)

Business Income Opportunities (See pg 85)

Western Lakes Golf Club

W287 N1963 Oakton Rd., Pewaukee sazs.com 262-691-9796

(See pg 88)

Windwood of Watertown

W5710 County Hwy CW, Watertown windwoodofwatertown.com 920- 262-0702

(See pg 16)

Biodegradable Products Skin Care • Nutrition • Home • Aging

evbruckner.myshaklee.com 262-751-4410

Wisconsin Club - City Club

900 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee wisconsinclub.com 414-271-7510

(See pg 28-29)

Wisconsin Club - Country Club

6200 W Good Hope Rd, Milwaukee wisconsinclub.com 414-368-1978

(See pg 28-29)

BARTENDING SERVICES

Freeze Your Fat Permanent Results No Surgery No Downtime No Incisions Consultations Always Complimentary

Bar Stars Bartending

barstarsbartending-mke.com 414-208-9500

Under the direction of Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Alex Colque M.D.

21675 E. Moreland Blvd, Waukesha

262.657.5446 lovemyskiin.com

(See pg 97)

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Rella by Cindy

8310 S. 27th St., Oak Creek rellabycindy.com 414-416-5195

(See pg 217)

Wide Eyed Beauty

On-Site Beauty Experts Hair & Make-up Services wideeyedbeauty.com

Riverwalk Boat Tours & Rentals (See pg 217)

BED & BREAKFASTS/ INNS White Lace Inn

16 N 5th Ave, Sturgeon Bay WhiteLaceInn.com 920-743-1105 877-948-5223

(See pg 245)

(See pg 190)

(See pg 169)

Historic Third Ward 219 E. Erie St., Milwaukee vino100milwaukee.com 414-277-8466

(See pg 169)

CAKES, SWEETS & FAVORS Allo! Chocolat

Bead IT LLC

(See pg 169)

Design Vision Optical

234 W. Main St., Waukesha allochocolat.com 262-544-8030

(See pg 199)

Audra’s House of Cakes (See pg 168)

BRIDAL REGISTRY Boston StoreBrookfield Square Mayfair Southridge Bayshore Grand Avenue Racine West Bend bostonstore.com

W249 N5267 Executive Drive, Sussex www.uptownart.com 262-246-9400

BRIDAL SHOWS

Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop

8720 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa designvisionoptical.com 414-774-0200

Uptown Art

Complete listing and information (See pg 262)

(and Rental Items)

beadit-wi.com 262-366-5573

at Pere Marquette Park (located on Old World Third St., between State and Kilbourn) riverwalkboats.com 414-283-9999 (See pg 236)

Vino 100

BRIDAL ACCESSORIES

7001 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa alfawedding.com 414-475-7080

BRIDAL SHOWERS/ GIFT OPENINGS

262-782-6888 414-453-7500 414-423-0800 414-962-6006 414-347-4141 262-553-9655 262-335-9390 (See pg 1)

Royal Prestige

dinner4two.com or midwestlifestyles.com 920-375-6536 (See pg 203)

278 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

Kewaskum audrashouseofcakes.com 262-707-7444

(See pg 201

Pop’n Spot Gourmet Popcorn 2205 N. Calhoun Rd., Brookfield thepopnspot.com 262-794-3997

(See pg 95)

Rich’s House of Cakes

4353 S. 27th St., Milwaukee richscakes.com 414-282-0713

(See pg 198)

Simma’s

817 N. 68th St., Wauwatosa simmasbakery.com 414-257-0998

(See pg 197)

Sugar & Flour LLC

5721 Broad St., Greendale sugarandflour.etsy.com 414-421-5565

(See pg 198)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Sweet Perfections Bake Shoppe 1501 Paramount Dr., Waukesha sweetperfections.com 262-446-2253

Tripoli Shrine Catering (See pg 196)

(See pg 59)

TH Catering

CATERING

409 Delafield St., Waukesha tuscanhallwi.com 262-292-1322

All Occasions Catering / Bubb’s BBQ W230 S8855 Clark St., Big Bend bubbs.com 262-662-4201

(See pg 49)

Vecchio Catering (See pg 96)

Davians Catering & Conference Center

N56 W16300 Silver Spring Dr., Menomonee Falls davians.com 262-781-3333 (See pg 10-11)

Chef Jack’s

215 South St., Waukesha chefjacks.com 262-549-5558 Custom Menus & Catering wsbmktg@aol.com • louisescatering.com 414-271-9506

CEREMONIES, CHAPELS Holy Communion Episcopal Church

(See pg 94)

Lamm Gardens

Marcus Center for the Performing Arts sazamas.com 414-276-2030

Member of the Vecchiio Entertainment Group escapetomilwaukee.com 414-273-8300 (See pg 60)

(See pg 93)

Louise’s Catering

(See pg 89)

Napoli

132 N Pine St., Burlington napoliburlington.com 262-763-9245

3000 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee tripolishrinecenter.com 414-993-4700

(See pg 163)

320 Broad St., Lake Geneva holycommunionlakegeneva.com 262-248-3522 2708 Sherman Rd., Jackson lammscapes.com 262-677-3010

(See pg 202)

Olympia Gardens

Located at Olympia Resort, Oconomowoc olympiaresort.com 800-558-9573 (See pg 58)

Tripoli Shrine Center

3000 W Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee tripolishrinecenter.com 414-933-4700

Wedding Popcorn Bar & Gifts 50+ GOURMET FLAVORS

(See pg 59)

CEREMONIES, OFFICIANT

Pop’n Spot Gourmet Popcorn 2205 N. Calhoun Rd., Brookfield

www.ThePopnSpot.com 262-794-3997 (See pg 95)

Rochester Deli & Catering

143 W. Broadway, Historic Downtown Waukesha rochesterdeli.com 262-522-9613 (See pg 97)

Specializing in a wide range of ceremonies from traditional to modern: • Custom and personalized ceremonies • Spiritual counseling available • Baptisms and other services available

The Church of Christ the Healer

REV. JEFFREY

REV. LYNETTE

REV. JOEL

REV. MARY ROSE

414-793-4828 262-893-6760 414-344-8944 414-530-0916

Saz’s Catering

201 W. Walker St., Milwaukee sazs.com 414-256-8765

Clergy Officiants

www.MilwaukeeMinistry.org

(See pg 88)

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES

Rev. Jewel Olson Wedding Officiant Ordained • Licensed • Certified

(414) 397-1379 NON-DENOMINATIONAL (texts accepted)

Religious or Non-Religious

Your Day…Your Way! Weddings / Vow Renewals… & more!

wedding.Jewel@yahoo.com facebook.com/Weddings4U

événement

design. plan. consult. By Appointment Only 7208 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa evenementplanning.com 262-617-8826

(See pg 109)

Premier Parties

Call for Information. ladyastor.net 414-975-1154

(See pg 108)

Timeless Events

Serving SE Wisconsin timelesseventsllc.com 262-751-6355

(See pg 111)

Vital Image Wedding Studios vitalimage.com 262-292-9000

(See pg 112)

Weddings with a Twist

1415 N. 54th St., Milwaukee weddingswithatwist.com 414-403-1376

(See pg 108)

COSMETICS

(Also see Beauty)

Mary Kay Cosmetics

CHOCOLATES (FAVORS) Allo! Chocolat

234 W. Main St., Waukesha allochocolat.com 262-544-8030

(See pg 199)

Pop’n Spot Gourmet Popcorn 2205 N. Calhoun Rd., Brookfield thepopnspot.com 262-794-3997

(See pg 95)

(See pg 198)

CONSULTANTS

Brookfield Square (exterior entrance) 262-782-4406 mnsalonbrookfield.com 5300 S. 108th St., Hales Corners 414-421-3788 merlenormanstudio.com/mn-6831 (See pg 216) 8310 S. 27th St., Oak Creek rellabycindy.com 414-416-5195

(See pg 110)

E Events

2725 S. Calhoun Rd, New Berlin www.EEventsMilwaukee.com 262-785-0880

262-781-4848 marykay.com/tehrett

Rella by Cindy

Ambrosia Events

4404 W. Oklahoma Ave., Milwaukee ambrosiaeventsmke.com 414-791-8896

Independent Beauty Consultants Tammy Ehrett, Independent Sales Director Merle Norman Cosmetic Studios

Sugar & Flour LLC

5721 Broad St., Greendale sugarandflour.etsy.com 414-421-5565

Complimentary Makeovers Skin Care & Color Cosmetics Personalized Gift Service

(See pg 214)

280 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

(See pg 217)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES événement

DANCE INSTRUCTION Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Brookfield 15760 W Capitol Dr. www.fredastairebrookfield.com 262-796-1121

(See pg 129)

Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Greenfield 4868 S 74th St. www.fredastairegreenfield.com 414-281-9191

(See pg 129)

Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Madison East 1714 Eagan Rd. www.fredastairemadison 608-204-0404

(See pg 129)

Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Menomonee Falls N87W17317 Main St. www.fadsmenomoneefalls.com (262) 251-2000

(See pg 129)

design. plan. consult. By Appointment Only 7208 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa evenementplanning.com 262-617-8826

(See pg 109)

Heavenly Creations

4060 N. 127th St., Suite 200, Brookfield By Appointment heavenlycr8.com 414-353-1179 (See pg 102)

Something Borrowed

1239 Hwy. 175, Hubertus somethingborrowedandmore.com 262-628-3090

(See pg 105)

DESTINATION WEDDINGS

(See Travel Agencies)

Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Mequon 10934 N Port Washington Rd. www.fredastairenorthshore.com 262-241-1221

(See pg 129)

Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Milwaukee 323 N Milwaukee St www.fredastairemilwaukee.com 414-291-9999

(See pg 129)

Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Pewaukee 615 Ryan St, Suite 200 www.fredastairepewaukee.com 262-691-8181

(See pg 129)

Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Pleasant Prairie 608-216-4728

(See pg 129)

DECORATING SERVICES

7643 Hillside Rd., Egg Harbor thelandmarkresort.com 800-273-7877

(See pg 245)

The Lodge at Leathem Smith

1640 Memorial Dr., Sturgeon Bay thelodgeatls.com 920-743-5555

(See pg 245)

Newport Resort at Main St. 7888 Church St., Egg Harbor newportresort.com 920-868-9900 or 800-468-6160

107 N. 1st Ave., Sturgeon Bay www.stoneharbor-resort.com 920-746-0700

Ambrosia Events

(See pg 243)

(See pg 243)

White Lace Inn (See pg 110)

Chalk’d MKE

chalkdmke.com 414-949-0215

Landmark Resort

Stone Harbor, A Door County Resort & Conference Center

(Also see Rentals)

4404 W. Oklahoma Ave., Milwaukee ambrosiaeventsmke.com 414-791-8896

DOOR COUNTY WEDDINGS

16 N. 5th Ave., Sturgeon Bay WhiteLaceInn.com 920-743-1105 or 1-877-948-5223

(See pg 245)

(See pg 169)

Décor by Davians

N56 W16300 Silver Spring Dr. 262-781-3333

(See pg 10-11)

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES DRY CLEANING / GOWN PRESERVATION Martinizing

The Specialist in Bridal Gowns Free Pickup & Delivery mymartinizing.com 262-521-9710 Delafield 3167 Golf Rd. Elm Grove 13405 Watertown Plank Rd. Grafton 397 Falls Rd. Hartland 418 Merton Ave. Menomonee Falls N95W18397 County Line Rd Mequon 11106 N Port Washington Rd Milwaukee 233 W. Layton Ave. Oak Creek 7967 S. Main St. Oconomowoc 1300 Brown St. 1035 W. Summit Ave. 1320 Pabst Farm Circle Pewaukee 1405 Capitol Dr. Waukesha 821 Meadowbrook Rd. Wauwatosa 6737 Milwaukee Ave. West Allis 2262 S. 108th St. Whitefish Bay 285 E Hampton Ave

Cherry Creek Mortgage dcasper@ccmclending.com 414-531-8368

(See pg 239)

FIREWORKS (See pg 219) 262-646-7515 262-782-0665

Wolverine Fireworks Serving SE Wisconsin wolverinefireworks.com 262-968-4178

262-377-2269 262-367-4508

Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop

262-251-7979

7001 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa alfawedding.com 414-475-7080

262-241-3535

Bank of Flowers

414-747-1077 414-762-6466 262-560-9981 262-567-4813 262-560-0666 262-695-1661 262-542-4987 414-771-3331 414-545-8688 414-964-4747

(See pg 14)

FLORISTS

(and Rental Items)

N88 W16723 Appleton Ave Menomonee Falls 346 Oakton Ave Pewaukee bankofflowers.net

(See pg 190)

262-253-9111 262-695-9911 (See pg 191)

Belle Fiori

2014 N. Farwell Ave., Milwaukee bellefioriflorist.com 414-272-2234

(See pg 189)

Creative Floral by Something Borrowed 1239 Hwy 175, Hubertus creativefloralandmore.com 262-628-4410

(See pg 188)

Fantasy Flowers

106 E. Freistadt Rd., Thiensville fantasyflowers.info 262-242-3732

(See pg 192)

Feisty Flowers

EYE WEAR (OPTICAL)

feistyflowers.com 414-526-5202

(See pg 188)

Lamm Gardens

Off Hwy 45 on Sherman Rd., Jackson lammscape.com 262-677-3010

Design Vision Optical

8720 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa designvisionoptical.com 414-774-0200

FINANCIAL SERVICES

(See pg 168)

Waukesha Floral & Greenhouse 319 S. Prairie Ave., Waukesha waukeshafloral.com 262-542-8152 800-825-8152

282 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

(See pg 202)

(See pg 193)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES FORMALWEAR

INTERNET

DuBois

Premier Bride

Brookfield Square (Inside Sears) 100 E. Oak St. (in Eva’s), Oak Creek 822 N. 8th St., Sheboygan duboisfw.com

262-754-9296 414-570-8892 920-458-1412 (See pg 223)

GOWNS, CUSTOM

(Also see Travel Agencies & Door County Weddings)

paperjunkiesco@gmail.com 414-405-1249

(See pg 209)

(See pg 156)

Paperwhites

Hours by appointment paperwhites-invitations.com 262-224-1134

HOTELS/ CLUB SUITES

(See pg 211)

JEWELRY (CUSTOMIZED)

(Also see Banquet Facilities)

Courtyard Marriott Milwaukee Airport

Bead IT LLC (See pg 66)

1350 Royale Mile Road Oconomowoc, WI 53066 (800) 558-9573

255 Guestrooms Themed Suites 17,000 Sq.Ft. Spa Restaurant & Lounge Indoor / Outdoor Pool 45,000 Sq. Ft. Meeting see pg. 58 & Banquet Facilities Discounted Room Blocks Available

• • • • • • •

Sybaris Pool Suites

beadit-wi.com 262-366-5573

(See pg 169)

LIMOUSINES

(See Transportation)

LINGERIE Voluptuous Secrets LLC

For a Perfect Comfortable Fit 1740 N. Martin Luther King Dr., Milwaukee voluptuoussecrets.com 414-264-7776 (See pg 168)

MASSAGE

(See pg 254)

ICE SCULPTURES Art Below Zero

Call or visit our website for info artbelowzero.net 414-779-7000

Serving SE Wisconsin 17700 W. Capitol Dr., Brookfield shopcoqui.com 414-369-2589

PAPERjunkies Co

HONEYMOON

10240 N. Cedarburg Rd., Mequon sybaris.com 262-242-8000

INVITATIONS Coqui Paperie and Gifts

(See full listing of bridal salons online at premierbridewisconsin.com/wedding-bridal-salons)

4620 S. 5th St., Milwaukee Marriott.com/mkecy 414-747-4405

premierbride.com and premierbridewisconsin.com 262-646-3387

(See pg 168)

(See Spas)

MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT 262Weddings.com

Serving Milwaukee and Most of Wisconsin 262weddings.com 800-901-1007 (See pg 179) www.PremierBrideMKE.com PREMIER BRIDE • 283


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Audio Therapy

That Sax Guy

audiotherapydj.com 414-526-0200

(See pg 173)

Complete Milwaukee completemilwaukee.com 414-751-6886

(See pg 176)

DJ Express

djexpressfun.com 262-306-1138

(See pg 174)

Smooth sax for all occasions thatsaxguy.com 262-206-6499

OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS

(See Hotels/Club Suites)

Midwest Sound DJ Entertainment

N15W22180 Watertown Rd., Suite 112, Waukesha midwestsoundwi.com 262-751-2900 (See pg 178)

PHOTOGRAPHY

MP Pro

Ambiance Studios by Scott & Cathy Erickson

Call for information mpproweddings.com 262-751-9681

(See pg 175)

(See pg 133)

Artist Group Photo & Video

Music On The Move DJ’s

6600 Industrial Loop, Greendale motmplus.com 414-282-FUNN (3866) 888-HAV-FUNN (428-3866)

ambiancestudios.com 262-338-0922

info@artistgroup.net artistgroup.com 262-387-1001 (See pg 3 & 175)

Muzic in Motion

2020 S. Calhoun Rd., New Berlin muzicinmotion.com • excitingevents.com 262-797-8880 800-925-8880

(See pg 138)

Better Together Photography

bettertogetherphoto.com info.bettertogetherphoto@gmail.com

(See pg 135)

414-214-7312

(See pg 134)

(See pg 177)

Vital Image Wedding Studios vitalimage.com 262-292-9000

(See pg 181)

Wolverine Fireworks Serving SE Wisconsin wolverinefireworks.com 262-968-4178

(See pg 14)

MUSIC, SPECIALTY Dream City Music

info@dreamcitymusic.org dreamcitymusic.org 414-209-4102

Eivan’s National Photo & Video Inc. (See pg 183)

Elegant Music Service

elegantmusicservices.com 262-619-1900

(See pg 183)

Gabriel’s Horns

gabrielshorns.com 414-581-7391

(See pg 183)

(See pg 183)

284 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

(See pg 140)

Ideal Impressions

6638 Deerpath Rd.,Lake Geneva idealimpressions.com 262-729-3192

(See pg 165)

In-Focus Photography infocusphotography.org 414-483-2526

Racine String Quartet ccviolin@hotmail.com racinestringquartet.com 262-681-0748

Service Wisconsin eivans.com 866-348-2671

(See pg 140)

Indian Summer Photography Serving SE Wisconsin indiansummerphotography.com 608-963-1136

(See pg 135)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES R&R Photographic Imaging rrphotographicimaging.com 262-388-0657

ShutterBooth (See pg 137)

Vital Image Wedding Studios vitalimage.com 262-292-9000

(See pg 130)

PHOTOGRAPHY BOUDOIR In-Focus Photography infocusphotography.org 414-483-2526

(See pg 140)

Serving Greater Milwaukee & Madison shutterbooth.com 414-255-3800 (See pg 145)

REHEARSAL DINNERS Courtyard Marriott Milwaukee Airport 4620 S. 5th St., Milwaukee marriott.com/mkecy 414-747-4405

(See pg 66)

Friday’s Front Row

One Brewers Way, Milwaukee frontrowmilwaukee.com 414-902-4204

(See pg 70)

Hops & Leisure

1225 Robruck Dr., Oconomowoc hopsandleisure.com 262-567-8536

Kilawat

139 E. Kilbourn Ave, Milwaukee (Located inside the Intercontinental) kilawatcuisine.com 414-291-4793 (See pg 130)

Louises

PHOTO BOOTHS

801 N. Jefferson, Milwaukee 190th & Bluemound Rd., Brookfield louiseswisconsin.com 414-271-9506

262PhotoBooth.com

Maggiano’s

Serving Milwaukee and Most of Wisconsin 262photobooth.com 800-901-1007 (See pg 147)

2500 N. Mayfair Rd., Wauwatosa maggianos.com 414-978-1020

414-273-4224 262-784-4275 (See pg 69)

(See pg 67)

Mason Street Grill

425 E. Mason St, Milwaukee (located at the Hilton) masonstreetgrill.com 414-298-3131

Milwaukee Chop House

633 North 5th St, Milwaukee chophouse411.com 414-226-2467

audiotherapydj.com

414-526-0200

(See pg 173)

Instant Keepsakes PhotoBooths instantkeepsakes-photobooths.com 414-533-5707

(See pg 144)

Mo’s - A Place for Steaks

720 N Plankinton Ave., Milwaukee mosaplaceforsteaks.com 414-272-0720

(See pg 66)

Rodizio Grill - Milwaukee

777 N. Water St., Milwaukee rodizio.com 414-431-3106

(See pg 64)

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Riverwalk Boat Tours & Rentals

at Pere Marquette Park (on Old World Third St, between State and Kilbourn) riverwalkboats.com 414-283-9999 (See pg 236)

Saz’s State House Restaurant 5539 W. State St., Milwaukee sazs.com 414-453-2410

(See pg 169)

Containers Up

containersup.com 888-765-3691

(See pg 101)

Heavenly Creations

125 E. Juneau Ave., Milwaukee trinitythreeirishpubs.com 414-278-7033

4060 N. 127th St., Suite 200, Brookfield By Appointment heavenlycr8.com 414-353-1179 (See pg 102)

(See pg 68)

JKS Backyard Games

Vagabond

Street Tacos 1122 N. Edison St., Milwaukee vagabondmke.com 414-223-1122

jksbackyard.com 414-313-8017

Relics Vintage Rentals (See pg 68)

Water Street Brewery 414-272-1195 262-646-7878 262-375-2222 414-301-5290 (See pg 69)

Zarletti Mequon

1515 W. Mequon Rd., Mequon zarlettimequon.com 262-241-5990

(See pg 100)

RESTROOMS

2725 S. Calhoun Rd., New Berlin elegancesalonandspa.com 262-785-0880

(See pg 214)

The O-Spa (See pg 103)

(See pg 104)

Brookfield Party Rental

12630 Robin Ln. Suite 200, Brookfield madfoxparty.com 262-786-2666

(See pg 105)

Elegance Salon & Spa

Arnold’s Environmental Services Inc. 3031 Hwy 33, Saukville arnoldsenvironmental.com 800-994-0500

1239 Hwy. 175, Hubertus somethingborrowedandmore.com 262-628-3090

SPAS

Arena America’s

7000 S. 10th St., Oak Creek arenaamericas.com 800-383-6332

Something Borrowed

(See pg 71)

All Star Rentals

S167 W16262 Loomis Dr, Muskego allstarrentals.net 414-427-9951

Specialty Event Rentals By Appointment relicsvintagerentals.com 262-227-3003

(See Rentals)

RENTALS

(See pg 101)

Celebrations Tent & Party Rentals Div. of Equipment Rentals Inc. 2001 Decorah Rd., West Bend 630 Grand Ave., Hartford eqrents.com 1-877-362-TENT

chalkdmke.com 414-949-0215

(See pg 88)

Trinity Three Irish Pubs

1101 N. Water St., Milwaukee 3191 Golf Rd., Delafield I-43 & Hwy. 60, Grafton 140 W. Town Square Way, Oak Creek waterstreetbrewery.com

Chalk’d MKE

Olympia Resort & Conference Center 1350 Royale Mile Rd., Oconomowoc olympiaresort.com 800-558-9573

TRANSPORTATION Broadway Limousine & Coach Brookfield broadwaylimoandcoach.com 262-246-3838

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(See pg 228)

Go Riteway

goriteway.com 800-236-5450

(See pg 200)

(See pg 58)

(See pg 231)


High Class Limousine, Classics & Trolley

Showroom: 9215 W. Oklahoma Ave., Milwaukee highclasslimousinevip.com 414-762-0809 (See pg 232)

Keehn’s Service

4810 S. 76th St., Milwaukee keehnsonline.com 414-282-7060

VIDEOGRAPHY Artist Group Photo & Video info@artistgroup.net artistgroup.com 262-387-1001

(See pg 138)

414-214-7312

(See pg 134)

(See pg 230)

Lamers Limousine Service “The Elegance You Deserve” golamers.com 800-236-6160

(See pg 229)

Lamers Trolley & Coaches Motor Coaches & Trolley Limousines golamers.com

800-236-1240 800-236-6160 920-336-6160 (See pg 229)

Magical Night Limousine

1225 Robruck Drive, Oconomowoc magicalnightlimo.com 262-366-3017

(See pg 235)

Spring City Trolley

235 W. Broadway, Suite 10, Waukesha springcitytrolley.com 262-522-9359

6638 Deerpath Rd.,Lake Geneva idealimpressions.com 262-729-3192 (See pg 233)

TRAVEL AGENCIES & HONEYMOONS CTS Travel

Specializing in Destination Weddings & Honeymoons ctstravelpros.com 414-276-3388 (See pg 259)

Latitudes Travel LatitudesWI.com 414-433-4873

Ideal Impressions

(See pg 261)

Shooting Star Travel

Star Destination Weddings & Honeymoons An Affiliate of Shooting Star Travel shootingstartravels.com 262-355-9990 (See pg 260)

(See pg 165)

In-Focus Photography & Video infocusphotography.org 414-283-3192

(See pg 140)

JC Designs LLC jcdesignswi.com 262-574-9161

(See pg 141)

Vital Image Wedding Studios vitalimage.com 262-292-9000

(See pg 130)

WALWORTH COUNTY WEDDINGS

(See pg 154)

Star Destination Weddings & Honeymoon An Affiliate of Shooting Star Travel 112 N. Main St. West Bend star-destinationweddings.com 262-355-9990

(See pg 260)

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THE PREMIER BRIDE PLANNER

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

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THE WEDDING TIMELINE

Shop for and order wedding gown, veil and accessories

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

2-4 MONTHS AHEAD

12 MONTHS AHEAD

Decide on the budget

9-12 MONTHS AHEAD

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

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

Arrange ceremony rehearsal and notify participants

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

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

1-2 MONTHS AHEAD

Choose attendants

Select band or DJ for reception

Book musicians for ceremony Select florist

Reserve accommodations for out-of-town guests

2-4 WEEKS AHEAD

Select caterer

Order invitations, personal stationery and thank you notes

Select and purchase guest favors Find and reserve rehearsal dinner location

1 WEEK AHEAD

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

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

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

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

Arrange for final fittings on your gown

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

Register for gifts at one to three stores

Order wedding cake

Mail invitations

Start reception seating chart and placecards

Reserve wedding day transportation

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

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

Prepare printed program for ceremony

Get engagement photo taken

6-9 MONTHS AHEAD

Buy and wrap attendants’ gifts

Select ceremony music, readings and vows and meet with officiant

Compile guest list

Select videographer

4-6 MONTHS AHEAD

Address wedding invitations

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

Reserve accommodations for wedding night Finalize guest list

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FOR HER:

DON’T FORGET...

WEDDING ATTIRE

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

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

FOR HIM:

Portable iron or steamer Hand mirror Disposable wipes & tissues Anti-cling spray Something old, new, borrowed & blue Deodorant Antacid, aspirin, allergy medication & bottled water Breath mints Cash (coins & bills) 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

______________

Groom’s Wedding Ring

______________

Ceremony Site Fee

______________

Officiant

______________

Marriage License

______________

Aisle Runner

______________

Candles/Candelabra

______________

Other

______________

RECEPTION

______________

Bride’s Wedding Ring

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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Groom’s Boutonniere

______________

Attendants’ Boutonnieres

______________

______________

Best Man

______________

Groomsmen

______________

Ushers

______________

Helper Corsages/Boutonnieres ______________

Child Attendants

______________

Ceremony Flowers

______________

Bride & Groom

______________

Reception Flowers

______________

Bride’s Parents

______________

Decorations/Balloons

______________

Groom’s Parents

______________

Other

______________

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

______________

Save-the-Date Cards

______________

Cake Cutting Attendant

______________

Invitations & Envelopes

______________

Gift Table Attendant

______________

Calligrapher

______________

Guest Book Attendant

______________

Postage

______________

Thank You Notes

______________

Soloists/Musicians (who are friends)

______________

Other

______________

Wedding Coordinator

______________

Informal Stationery

______________

Ceremony Programs

______________

Placecards

______________ ______________

Other

______________

Attendant Accommodations ______________ 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

______________

Maid/Matron of Honor

______________

Grand TOTAL

______________

Guest Transportation

______________

Parking

______________

Other

______________

Other

______________

TOTALS

TRANSPORTATION

Announcements

GIFTS

Bridesmaids’

MISCELLANEOUS

FLOWERS

______________

Attendants’ Bouquets

FAVORS & ACCESSORIES

STATIONERY

Bride’s Bouquet

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SHARING THE COST

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

GROOM

BRIDE

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

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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