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SPECIAL FEATURES

WISCONSIN HIGHLIGHTS

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204 Exciting & Different 113 Fall Fashion Preview

184 Washington County 170 Lake Geneva/

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Walworth County 242 Door County

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63 Marriage Laws 241 Honeymoon &

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IN EVERY ISSUE: 212 Beauty 109 Bridal Registry 188 Cakes 86 Catering 196 Flowers 222 Formalwear 206 Invitations 65 Hotels/Overnight 154 Music & Entertainment 151 Photobooths 130 Photography 38 Reception 4 Rings 231 Transportation 146 Video 100 Wedding Coordinators 218 Wedding Gowns

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Rings The CIRCLe oF LoVe: understanding the basics

It’s amazing, the power of a piece of jewelry to convey so much meaning… Engagement rings and wedding bands represent the never-ending 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 help you understand all the basics.4 premierbridewisconsin.com PREMIER BRIDE • 5


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RINGS KNOW YOUR METALS Gold Gold is classic, beautiful and popular. Pure gold is too soft for practical use, so it’s mixed with other metals for jewelry. 14-karat gold retains its brilliant gold color, but is durable enough for daily wear, and can be polished easily.

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White gold White gold is made by mixing pure gold with other white metals such as silver, palladium or zinc. It does have a slightly yellow tint, unless it’s coated with a very white metal called rhodium. This provides a very white metal look, but it’s likely that it will need to be re-coated every one to two years as the rhodium wears away. Platinum Extremely popular in the last decade or so, platinum is a very white, heavy (which many people like that substantial feel), and durable metal. It’s a gorgeous, long-lasting compliment to diamonds! 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 Usually used for men’s wedding bands, both of these metals are extremely durable, 100% hypoallergenic and


RINGS relatively inexpensive. Titanium can be oxidized to create some brilliant accent colors such as bright blue, purple and so on, creating a very unique and interesting look. Tungsten carbide is twice as hard as steel and almost impossible to scratch, making is a great metal for very active men. These metals cannot be resized once the ring is made, so order the size carefully.

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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 it’s facets, as opposed to its shape, which includes round (brilliant), oval, pear, marquise, emerald, square (princess or radiant), heart and triangle. Regardless of its 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 The best color is no color at all (when desiring a white diamond), because it reflects the most light. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) ranks diamonds on a standard 23-grade scale from D through Z. D, the highest rating, indicates a perfectly colorless stone, while Z, the lowest rating, indicates a light yellow stone.

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RINGS 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 and increases its value. The 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.) 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 ½ carat. Diamonds of more than one carat are extremely rare (one in a thousand), 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. 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, and make sure your current policy has adequate coverage. If it doesn’t, consult your insurance agent about amending your policy. 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

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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 them for about 30 minutes in either a commercial jewelry cleaner, or a homemade solution comprised of equal parts cold water and ammonia, or a mixture of warm water and mild detergent. Brush the stones gently with an eyebrow brush or soft toothbrush, then rinse thoroughly under warm water and pat dry with a lint-free cloth. Have you rings checked annually by your jeweler for loose prongs or settings. This is especially important if you have only four prongs, because 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.

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ATTENDANT’Sthe bestRESPONSIBILITY man • Assist 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.

• See that the groom is properly attired and at the church or synagogue on time. Tie bowties, provide drinks, if applicable and otherwise support the to-be-wed.

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

• Give the minister a sealed envelope with payment (from the groom) immediately following the ceremony. • Sign the marriage license as a witness. • Hold the bride’s ring during the ceremony. • Coordinate the ushers and make sure they are properly dressed and understand where to seat the guests.

• Propose the first toast to the newlyweds. • Hold luggage under lock and key until the bride and groom depart. • Help the groom change into going away attire. • Escort the bride and groom to their limousine or drive them to the hotel or airport. • Return all formalwear rentals on time, and to the correct formalwear shop. • Assist 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 • Assist the bride with pre-wedding tasks, including making tiny favors out of birdseed with a smile, because that’s what she really wanted. • Assist bride in setting a date to have bridesmaid’s dresses fitted and coordinate other bridesmaids to ensure they get to the proper location on time. • Attend all pre-wedding parties and host a bridal shower with other bridesmaids, preferably one in keeping with the bride’s own taste. • Arrange the bride’s veil and train before the grand walk down the aisle • Hold the bride’s bouquet during the ring exchange. • Hold the groom’s ring during the ceremony. • Sign the marriage certificate as a witness.

• Stand next to the groom in the receiving line and sit to his left at the head table. • May dance with the best man during the first dance. • Help the bride bustle her train, remove her headpiece and change into going away outfit. • Attend to the bride throughout the day, 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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STRESS-FREE PLANNING 5 steps to keep you going You’re engaged – hooray! Now the fun begins (you think) of planning a lovely wedding… trying on wedding dresses, registering for gifts, choosing the perfect party favor… fun, fun, fun. Then reality sets in, and you discover that planning a wedding takes an incredible amount of work. It requires making countless decisions, handling thousands of details, juggling endless tasks and errands, and doing it all while also maintaining your relationships, job, life and sanity. What’s a stressedout bride-to-be to do? We’ve got some suggestions for you! Start early. Obviously, the more time you have to plan, the more breathing room you have, and the more options you’ll have

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for wedding vendors. Give yourselves at least a year if possible, so that you can spread the work out over time, and have the most flexibility in securing your first-choice vendors. Stay organized. Here are the basics you’ll need to manage all the details, deadlines and duties: Have one large manila envelope to hold all contracts and receipts. Have another one on hand for all information, ideas, notes and resources. (This could also be a binder, or an accordion file… whatever works for you, just as long as it’s all in one place.) Keep all weddingrelated books, papers and other items in one place – the bookshelf in your home office, the corner of the guest bedroom – so that you always know where to


STRESS-FREE PLANNING find something. And finally, write everything down. Keep a “wedding notebook” and a detailed calendar where you can put everything in writing. Don’t assume you’ll remember – 47 details later it may be gone! Get help. The very best thing you could do for a stress-free experience (and a relaxing, stress-free wedding DAY) is hire a wedding consultant. Many couples feel that this just ‘isn’t for them’ and yet, without question, it could make the critical difference between having a fun, enjoyable wedding experience, and having a grueling one. You can find a consultant for every budget, and every penny spent will have a priceless return. Take breaks. It’s easy to get so wrapped up in all things wedding that you forget to see movies, visit with friends on non-wedding topics, catch up on the world news… Take regular restorative breaks from wedding planning where you don’t think about, talk about, or work on anything wedding-related. And remember there is life beyond the wedding! Cultivate gratitude. When frustration or stress overwhelms you, take a moment to focus on everything going right, and everything in your life that is good. Write them down, or call a friend to share your ‘gratitude list.’ You’ll feel better in no time and regain your perspective. This is also a good time to take a break – see above! And, call your wedding consultant and let them help.

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SET THE MOOD WITH LIGHT from romantic to dramatic Lighting is the most underrated part of planning a wedding today. Nothing sets the mood like a sparkling runway for your reception entrance, a dramatic backdrop to the cake and other focal points or a sensual blaze

that falls on your first dance. Details like bridesmaids’ shoes will go unnoticed, but the glow of your event will set the tone your guests will remember for years to come. Take this into consideration as you decide how to illuminate your wedding. First, decide on the mood you want to convey at different points throughout your day. If your ceremony is at a charming church and your reception at an upscale venue, the lighting is going to be quite different. Even during the reception, there are different moments you’ll want lit differently. Perhaps you’d like a party-ready flashbulb entrance, or maybe something quieter and romantic like a twinkle-lit archway. Do you want sensual, candle-lit tables, or something more bold and dramatic during dinner like a crystal-draped chandelier? Consider the mood you want, then 20 • PREMIER BRIDE premierbridewisconsin.com

work with a professional who will focus on practicalities such as making lighting affordable, photo-friendly, safe, easily-controlled and customized. One popular new way to customize is emblazoning monogrammed spotlights on the wall or head tablecloth. Monograms can be as bold or subtle as you like, and look best when there is a sharp contrast, such as a dramatic cobalt blue against a dark wall. In a venue with drab walls, utilize backdrops to transform the room. Drape mesh overlay that’s in your color scheme from the ceiling to the floor as if it were a tent, then use twinkle lights, striking spotlights, crystals or whimsical orbs to illuminate the backdrop and bring personality to the room. If your venue doesn’t give you that much freedom with lighting, work with an expert to create a beautifully lit focal point you can add to the room. It could be spotlights on a stunning cake, a flirty archway entrance or dance floor cover or an eye-catching tree dazzled with crystals or small candles. Candles are the most time-tested and romantic form of light. Use them with care. First, make sure they’re in fireproof and child-friendly places. Then, the secret to candles is irregularity. Arrange different sizes and shapes along mismatched levels to add mystery and make the enlightened objects dance. Whatever lighting you decide on, don’t underestimate the importance of the rays. They’ll be the backdrop of the pictures and memories you and your guests will remember as your perfect day.

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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. • 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. • 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.

• 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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FLOWER GIRLS

the cutest addition to your walk down the aisle 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 anymore small children in the family and do not have friends with small children. What now? Before you start panicking and asking random ladies to borrow their child like a mad lady, 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 24 • PREMIER BRIDE premierbridewisconsin.com

flower duties 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, 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 they get it right! This will assure they keep up the good work! If you don’t have a dog or forecast 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 will be a little different from the usual wedding routine I know many readers out there are even more creative than myself, so if you are running across this same situation and have a unique idea of your own what would it be?

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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 meet with the officiant to discuss what you want to do. Certain vows must be kept in the ceremony in order for the wedding to be legal. Think about what is truly important for you to express during the ceremony whether it be to each other, your family and friends or just your views on marriage overall. 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 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 life together and how you will make this arrangement work for better or 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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Another uncomfortable statement in the wedding vow is “until death do us part.” Many couples just don’t feel comfortable with that line anymore. 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 man and wife. Another fun thing to do might be have you and your fiancé write your vows apart and then come together to read them before you decide exactly what you will read during the ceremony. This


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PERSONALIZED VOWS will be a good way to discover any hidden feelings and you might be surprised at how identical your feelings really are, this is the mark of a great love. 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 in 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 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 life 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 as well, if you aren’t one for sentimental gushing then perhaps a happy poem about your life 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

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SHARING THE COST paying for the wedding 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.

The Groom’s Responsibility: Bride’s ring Honeymoon Wedding gift for bride Bridal bouquet and going-away corsage Boutonnieres for all men in wedding party Mother’s corsages His physical examination Gifts for the best man, ushers Gloves, ties or ascots for men in wedding party Marriage license Lodging for out-of-town attendants (opt.) Fee for clergy or judge. The Bride’s Family’s Responsibility:

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. The Bride’s Responsibility: Personal stationary Wedding ring for groom Wedding gift for groom Gifts for attendants Lodging for out-of-town attendants (optional) Her physical examination 34 • PREMIER BRIDE premierbridewisconsin.com

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 photographs 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 The Groom’s Family’s Responsibility: Traveling expenses and hotel bills Wedding clothes Rehearsal dinner (optional) Wedding gift for the newlyweds Shipment of wedding gifts to bridal couple’s home. 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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RECEPTION Consider your style, head count, and budget. Before deciding where to host your reception, there are a few things to consider. 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? If you haven’t made one yet, hop to it – 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 – sometimes, your budget will determine the number of guests you can afford to have, not to mention the caliber of venue. Once you’ve made these critical decisions, start the search. Search for sites that suit your needs. Local bridal publications and websites, wedding shows, married friends, and Google are all great sources of potential reception sites. Typical venues include hotels, banquet halls, restaurants, community centers, and country clubs. Other options might be country inns, historic homes or estates, city parks, college or university facilities, museums, galleries, and boats. Each of these potential venues will be one of two things: on-site or offsite. Most on-site locations offer the majority of services needed to host a reception: catering of food and drink, chairs, tables, tableware and linens, and a serving staff. With all these necessities already covered and calculated into the cost of the venue, on-site is an appealing, potentially less-stressful way to go. Off-site locations usually provide only the facility for a flat fee – you’re responsible for the rest. The nice thing

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RECEPTION about off-site? You have the freedom to do everything your own way and 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 on a few choice venues, take a day trip to check them out. Evaluate your options. Every venue offers advantages and disadvantages. Your job is to sift through the features of each and find what works best for you. Here are some things to consider: Location. To avoid inconveniencing your guests, the reception site should be no more than a 30-minute drive from the ceremony – ideally less. But if there’s no avoiding it and the site is located in a remote area or poses parking and traffic challenges, you should consider providing shuttles for your guests. 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


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ensure that you will have adequate privacy for your celebration. Parking. Make sure there is convenient, well-lit, ample parking for your guests. If such conveniences aren’t an option, find out if the site offers valet or shuttle services. Technical details. Whether you go for a DJ, band, or iPod playlist, inquire after any music restrictions the venue might have. Is there sufficient power for speakers, mixers, and amplifiers? Are the acoustics suited to live music? Some sites have built-in publicaddress 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. Or, look into microphone and speaker rentals yourself – your contact person should be able to walk you through the wiring hook-ups prior to your wedding day. Décor. Most reception-ready sites offer a neutral background to work with, but see that the flooring, ceiling, and wall coverings work 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. If the reception location is spacious, decorating can be overwhelming. In this case, try concentrating on one element, such as tablescapes. Or, if funds allow, hire a wedding coordinator to assist with site beautification. Services offered. With each venue you visit, find out in clear terms exactly what services are included.


RECEPTION There’s a lot to consider: catering, bar tenders, wait staff, cake cutting – get these details up front. Personal touches. When looking at sites and imagining your celebration, ask yourself (and your contact person) if you can have fun with this space. Is there a spot for showing a photo and video montage during cocktail hour? Is the layout conducive to a choreographed entrance by the wedding party? Is there room for a photobooth? A note about outdoor receptions Given Wisconsin’s unpredictable weather, it’s critical to have a backup plan for any outdoor reception. It’s highly recommended that you employ an experienced wedding coordinator if you have your sights set on an

outdoor reception. A coordinator will ease the workload and stress-factor in the days leading up to a “60% chance of rain” wedding day – and will help to 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, insurance waivers, and penalties for not fulfilling the food and beverage minimum. 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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BEAUTIFUL IDEAS BY THE SEASON making even the dreariest days beautiful Most people think of sunshine when they picture a wedding day, but not every day fits that mold. Luckily, something as joyful as a wedding can be sunny even on the dreariest of days. As long as you take advantage of what your season has to offer, all four can provide beautiful accents to your big day.

Spring weddings are always popular, in part because of the parallels between new life blooming in the gardens and the new life of a married couple. Using flower bulbs instead of full-grown flowers also add to that feeling. For a spring-themed centerpiece that doubles as a favor, have multiple small, pastel-colored vases and encourage your guests to bring one home. Seeds and tiny monogrammed flowerpots are also a fun favor! You could also try bringing a little Easter to your reception by having lilies as centerpieces or hiding wedding favors, especially if there will be children present. For summer weddings, try a slightly more informal approach to your meal 46 • PREMIER BRIDE premierbridewisconsin.com

by offering the spread in picnic baskets or garden-party style! Mini picnic baskets or personalized blankets could then be given as a favor. Also, if you want to use bright, bold colors in your flowers or decorations, summer is the best time to do it. A fall wedding has a more rustic feeling to it. Warm reds, oranges and yellows are best for decorations, and don’t be afraid to ditch some of the flowers for tasteful wheat stalks or gourds among the arrangements. A fun favor could be making homemade cider or jams with your initials on the jar for your guests to enjoy. Many couples shy away from winter weddings, but it can actually be one of the most intimate seasons for a wedding because it provides such respite from the bitter cold. Deep purples, forest greens and ruby reds are perfect to set a cozy tone, while icy blues and silver show off winter’s sparkle. Cinnamon-scented pinecones with some holly or giant poinsettias make tasteful centerpieces. Instead of bubbling champagne for the toast, why not embrace winter and raise a mug of hot chocolate or egg nog? It’s delicious and comforting in the cold. If there will be kids at the reception, set up a table to make their own sparkling snowflakes to sprinkle on tables as decoration or as a souvenir for the kids! As for their parents, send them home with coffee mugs, spiced tea, or wintry-scented candles. It doesn’t have to be 70 and sunny for the perfect wedding as long as you use Mother Nature to your advantage!

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another popular flower that you have chosen for your wedding day. In memory of spring have your bridesmaid’s dresses be pastel colors and send each guest home with a packet of your favorite flowers to commemorate this special day. For May Day weddings have some fun with the tradition of the May pole. Think about unique cake decorations and for Easter make Easter baskets the reception table centerpieces. Special favors for wedding guests can include stuffed eggs with candy inside, Easter Bunny candy or a decorated potted lily.

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THEME WEDDINGS wedding at this time of year might be appropriate with lots of lace and plenty of candles to light at the ceremony and reception. Tea cups can be used for a variety of purposes from candle holders to parting gifts engraved with your name and date on the inside. For a beach party use the ocean and the sand and let Mother Nature decorate your ceremony. Some people use gazebos by the ocean, but how about going barefoot in the sand with the one you love and making it a casual, yet memorable affair. Afterward, you might want to include sea shells on the tables and consider sand sculptures. If you really want to take it easy, forget about the formal affair all together and enjoy a clam bake or barbeque. Parting gifts won’t be hard either, for fun in the sun give your guests sunscreen or a bottle of shells commemorating your day.

Fall-related theme weddings Celebrating Halloween or the fall harvest on your special day is a great time to create memories. Use black and orange in your color scheme and invitations with a touch of the unusual sporting vampires or pumpkins. While it’s not something that happens everyday, some couples might like to have a Halloween costume party wedding, but be sure and tell your guests if you expect them to dress up. Use Jack-o-lanterns to be the only means of light or guide your guests way to your reception. You will want to make sure the food too, is reminiscent of this time of year. For the fall harvest theme how about green and wine colors with semi-formal attire such as bowties and a ribbon tied around the bride’s waist.

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THEME WEDDINGS Winter-related theme weddings Winter is indeed a special time to exchange wedding vows be it during Christmas, on Valentine’s Day or simply by creating your own winter wonderland theme. For special winter memories ride in on a sleigh or in a carriage and look like royalty as you alight from your coach. Ice sculptures are a good idea for table centerpieces or around the reception area and candles come in handy on those twilight afternoons. For weddings held on Valentine’s day don’t pass up the chance for romance – think roses. In fact, roses might be just the simple, yet elegant centerpiece you need for your reception. If you want to have some fun include cupid in the atmosphere and perhaps create invitations with heart cutouts and satin ribbons. Cake toppings for Valentine’s Day weddings should be as passionate as the day you have chosen so go with red crystal hearts or roses and for the cake – how about red velvet to keep the mood alive. Favors that bespeak of winter time can include snow globes and Christmas stockings or heart-shaped boxes of candy or confetti for February 14th. Theme-specific weddings Some theme weddings are perfect for anytime of year so don’t be shy. Decide on when you want to set a date and who knows, perhaps you will find yourself in Civil War attire, at Disney World with Mickey Mouse or even celebrating your cultural heritage. Whatever you decide just remember it is your day so do it your way and make it one to remember for the rest of your life.

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PLEASE BE SEATED placecards and seating charts How many wedding receptions have you attended only to find yourself waiting in line at the reception table looking for that elusive place card or matchbook with your name on it? There always seems to be someone in front of you who forgot their glasses, or knocked the Jones’ into the Smiths’ with one deft swipe. Did you wonder if the person who “placed” the cards used a different alphabet? By the time you found your table, had your fruit cup been whisked away? Seating charts eliminate the drawbacks of seating guests without using those hard-to-read contrivances employed since the turn of the century. They not only efficiently guide guests to their proper table, but lend an added air of elegance. A graphic seating plan, typically 24”x 36” in size, prominently displayed greets guests and quickly dispatches them to their designated places. Each design can be custom made in the wedding’s colors and decorated with silk or dried flowers and ribbons. The names and table numbers are presented in classic calligraphic style. Many couples frame the decorative artwork as a commemorative keepsake. As one can imagine seating plans are also becoming increasingly popular with mothers and other “wedding contributors” whose job it is to laboriously hand-write a hundred plus guest’s names on little placecards.

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give wedding day spirits a special touch “Cheers! Salud! Prost!” We all have a preferred way of drinking the health of family and friends — and 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 drinkinfused 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 adhere them to 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 name. For a bride and groom who don’t agree on beverages,

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go for His and Her drinks — perhaps a pink sangria (“Blushing Bride”) and a blue margarita (“Blue-eyed Groom”). If you’re connoisseurs of a particular type of alcohol, create an entire focal table dedicated to your spirits of choice. Add a fun touch to the table with handmade signs: “Whiskey for the boys!” or “Eat, drink, and be married!” And if you want things to get really personal (and your venue allows bringing in alcohol), be your own bartender. Pre-mix 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 thirstquenching at a summertime wedding, they also make for a very pretty picture. When it’s time for dessert — or a latenight 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.


HERE’S TO YOU the perfect wedding toast A lot of people fear public speaking, and you may be one of them. But at your best friend’s wedding, you’re bound to want to say a few words in his or her honor. If you’re truly prepared to speak in front of people, you’ll find it’s much easier to let the words flow. The best toasts are those that are heartfelt. So start by pouring your heart out. Sit down and list everything you want people to know about your friends. (Remember, it’s important to 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 they spoke of their 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

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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. One is the bride and groom and you can make them happy by not saying anything that would cause embarrassment on the most memorable day of their lives. Your other audience is 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.

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WEDDING TOAST Never embarrass anyone and cut the references to past relationships, especially sexual ones. It’s okay to say, “We all know 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 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-theheart talk works as well. Be sincere and be yourself. If what you’ve written doesn’t sound like you, 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 well-placed 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, 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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FRIDAY/SUNDAY WEDDINGS the advantages of weekend weddings If you decide to have your wedding on a Friday or a Sunday, you’ll reap several rewards: both financial and otherwise. You’ll save time, you’ll probably save a significant amount of money, and you’ll find that your guests may appreciate having a Saturday free to spend time with you and the other guests they know.

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 means that the ceremony is followed 60 • PREMIER BRIDE premierbridewisconsin.com

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, generally 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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Laws

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.

COUNTY FEES

• 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.

(CASH ONLY, NO REFUNDS)

Jefferson Kenosha Milwaukee Ozaukee

$90 $80 $105 $100

Racine Walworth Washington Waukesha

$90 $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 Center 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

1320 Pewaukee Rd., Rm 120 Administration Bldg. Waukesha, WI 53188 (262) 548-7010 www.waukeshacounty.gov

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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YOUR GUESTS from near and far When planning your wedding, it’s important to consider the needs of your out-of-town guests, many of whom will be traveling great distances to share in your joyous occasion. You’ll want to make certain their visit is an enjoyable one. Most hotels provide a discounted rate when you reserve a block of rooms. The number of rooms required to qualify for a group rate will vary by hotel. Some hotels offer additional services such as a hospitality suite for your guests to gather for breakfast or cocktails and, if needed, special check-out considerations. It’s a good idea to consider the different economic situations of your out-of-town guests. Provide two or three options to create a comfortable price range to choose from. While some of your guests may be on a limited budget, others will be combining their vacation with your wedding. Traditionally, it is the duty of the bride’s family to recommend accommodations for out-of-town guests. It is not their responsibility, however, to pay for them. Include printed information in the wedding invitation such as tollfree numbers for each hotel, the name under which the reservation is held and hotel shuttle information so your guests can call the hotel directly to make their reservations. It is appropriate for the bride and groom to arrange transportation to and from the ceremony and reception locations for all out-of-town guests. It is perfectly acceptable to arrange for family and friends to provide the transportation.

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Reception Selecting a

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

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Officiant Selecting an oFFiciant:

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Clergy specializing in a wide range of ceremonies from traditional to modern: • Custom and personalized ceremonies • spiritual and non-religious options • Destination weddings • Premarital counseling available • Weddings at the location of your choice • Chapel and outdoor venue available The Universal Anglican Church

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


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ARE YOU A “PINNER”? use pinterest for wedding planning If you’re planning a wedding, you already know the Internet is a great resource. There’s a new player in the online wedding game, and it’s quickly becoming one of the most popular – Pinterest. On Pinterest.com, you can grab photos from around the web and ‘pin’ them onto ‘boards,’ meaning you can post the photos online, under your user name, into categories of your choosing. You can also browse other Pinterest user boards. Many Pinners that are dreaming of their big day post boards dedicated to weddings. 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. Pinterest certainly displays boards for all the biggies like the gown, décor and food. But Pinterest’s real strength is in highlighting the details. It’s on this site that you’ll find inspiration behind your personalized napkins, the perfect photography poses or an idea for ‘something blue.’ Those seemingly insignificant details will make your day truly unique. Like many online wedding hotspots, Pinterest runs the risk of overwhelming. So, 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.’ If you’re not exactly sure what you’re looking for, it 72 • PREMIER BRIDE premierbridewisconsin.com

helps to at least separate your searches into different categories, such as ‘wedding décor’ or ‘bridesmaids,’ rather than just a generic ‘wedding’ search. It’s also a great place to see real photos from themed weddings, which can be more difficult to find on other websites. If you’re planning something outside the box, search for that specifically, such as ‘Halloween wedding’ or ‘Great Gatsby themed wedding.’ That being said, Pinterest is also a great way to explore outside your comfort zone. Whimsical, woodsy, DIY, rustic, vintage, elegant, chic, romantic and couture are all popular words on Pinterest’s wedding pins. Even if you think those adjectives wouldn’t apply to your big day, type them in and browse. You might be pleasantly surprised! Finally, if you’re serious about using suggestions from Pinterest, 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 to your wedding, click through and take notes or bookmark the page. Otherwise, you’ll get lost on the site and look up from your computer three hours later without any clear idea on how to make your wedding nicer. Pinterest is still in a new growth phase, so you’ll need an invitation to join if you haven’t already. You can request an invite right at pinterest.com, with the red button along the top of the home page, but you might be put on a wait list. A quicker way to get on board is to reach out to friends that are already members, and ask them to send you a personalized invitation. Now, get pinning!

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REHEARSAL DINNERS 5 steps to fun & fabulous With the main event just around the corner, it’s time to relax and celebrate! After the ceremony rehearsal most couples choose to spend some quality time with close family and friends during a rehearsal dinner. The details of how you do this – who, what, when, where – are up to you. Below are five steps to help you pull it all fabulously together. #1 – Choose your party The first step is to decide on what kind of gathering you wish to have. Most couples stick with something a little less formal, since you will all be dressed to the nines the next day. But really, you can do anything you like that feeds the crowd and allows for a little mingling: a pig roast, a potluck, dinner at a restaurant, a cocktail and appetizer cruise, a picnic in a park or a cookout in your backyard. Brainstorm with your sweetie and choose your ideal party.

Take Your Celebration To France without the plane ticket

A cozy French Brasserie in the heart of Milwaukee offering authentic cuisine in a warm and romantic environment. Memorable Rehearsal Dinners • Evening Bachelorette Parties Intimate Weddings • Elegant Engagement Dinners

414.672.1040 1022 S 1st St., Milw.

#2 – Clarify who’s paying Historically, the groom’s parents picked up the tab for the rehearsal dinner, however, you can no longer make that assumption. So – as with all wedding elements – it’s critical to be clear up front exactly who is paying for what. And never, ever assume! #3 – Make the guest list Anyone involved in the ceremony, and therefore, at the ceremony rehearsal, would of course be invited. This includes attendants, parents and premierbridewisconsin.com PREMIER BRIDE • 73


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· Open year round · Great for showers, rehearsals, bachelor/bachelorette parties · All-glass room with private outdoor patio

FRIDAY’S FRONT ROW IN MILLER PARK ONE BREWERS WAY

(414) 902-4204

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REHEARSAL DINNERS other immediate family, readers and so on. It’s also customary to include any out-of-town guests, as they will have traveled some distance for your wedding. It also gives them the chance to meet more people before the wedding itself; you wouldn’t want them hanging out in their hotel room alone in an unfamiliar city.

Food Packages available

Bachelor and Bachelorette Parties Rehearsal Dinners Special Events 10, 20 & 45 Passenger boats

At Pere MArquette PArk In Downtown MIlwAukee For InFormatIon & reservatIons

414-283-9999

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#4 – Make them mingle One of the main purposes of the rehearsal dinner is for the two families to get to know each other better and enjoy each other’s company. So, whatever you and your groom can do to help with that, the better. Consider strategically planned seating with place cards or nametags with brief descriptions like “Mary Jones, Bride’s College Roommate,” and any other needed introductions. The rehearsal dinner is also an ideal time to give your attendants their gifts. #5 – Fine tune the toasts Traditionally, the groom’s father toasts first at the rehearsal dinner, however, traditions continue to evolve and change! The rehearsal dinner is a more relaxed, informal atmosphere, so you can decide together, along with your families, who would like to speak and in what order. Often, the groom’s father will say a few words, followed by the bride’s father and then the bride and groom. Groomsmen, bridesmaids, mothers and other guests may also want to make a toast. Cheers!

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HOST YOUR REHEARSAL DINNER AT ONE OF MILWAUKEE’S FAVORITE RESTAURANTS

801 N. Jefferson milwaukee, wi 414.273.4224 190th & Bluemound Rd. brookfield, wi 262.784.4275

1101 N Water St milwaukee, wi 414.272.1195 3191 Golf Rd delafield, wi I43 & HWY 60 | grafton, wi 262.375.2222 262.646.7878

louiseswisconsin.com

waterstreetbrewery.com

REHEARSAL DINNER SITES intimate venues for rehearsals, weddings & showers

CHEZ JACQUES

1022 S. 1st St., Milwaukee

Phone Number(s)

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Capacity Range

Website

414-672-1040

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20-150

chezjacques.com

414-902-4204

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20-75

frontrowmilwaukee.com

FRIDAY’S FRONT ROW

Inside Miller Park One Brewers Way, Milwaukee

KILAWAT

139 E. Kilbourn Ave, Milwaukee

THE LOFT AT BLUEMOUND GARDENS

11703 W. Bluemound Rd., Wauwatosa

LOUISES

801 N. Jefferson, Milwaukee 190th & Bluemound Rd., Brookfield

MASON STREET GRILL

425 E. Mason St, Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE CHOP HOUSE

633 North 5th St, Milwaukee

TRINITY THREE IRISH PUBS

125 E. Juneau Ave., Milwaukee

WATER STREET BREWERY

1101 N. Water St., Milwaukee 3191 Golf Rd., Delafield I-43 & Hwy. 60, Grafton

414-291-4793

20-50

kilawatcuisine.com

20-45

bluemoundgardens.com/ private-parties/the-loft/

Up to 100 Seated Up to 50 Seated

louiseswisconsin.com

414-298-3131

20-50

masonstreetgrill.com

414-226-2467

20-50

chophouse411.com

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Up to 150 Seated

trinitythreeirishpubs.com

75

Up to 30 Seated Up to 100 Seated 30-50

waterstreetbrewery.com

414-771-3000 414-273-4224 262-784-4275

414-278-7033 414-272-1195 262-646-7878 262-375-2222

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One of Milwaukee’s favorite venues! Phone Number(s)

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Yacht Capacity Range

Number of Yachts Available

Average Price per Person

Lake Geneva Cruise Line 812 Wrigley Drive, Lake Geneva

800-558-5911

175

2-225

8

starting at $21 per person

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

414-283-9999

74

2-44

1

$6 to $40

YACHT SERVICES

RECEPTION GUIDE

Number of Available Banquet Rooms

Number of Months to Schedule Facility

Average Price per Person

400

2

6-18

Varies

1-12

$25 to $50

See Page Reception for More Room Capacity Information Range

DOWNTOWN 1451 RENAISSANCE PLACE

414-272-1451

THE ASTOR HOTEL

414-271-4220

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300

4

BARTOLOTTA CATERING:

414-765-1166 414-765-1005 414-765-8610

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5-200

6

8-9

320

8

12

$25+market

414-962-6300

8-9

20-300

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6-12

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1451 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee 924 E. Juneau Ave., Milwaukee Bacchus 925 E. Wells, Milwaukee Bartolotta Events & Catering at Pier Wisconsin, 500 Harbor Dr., Milwaukee Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro 3133 E. Newberry Blvd., Milwaukee Grain Exchange Room 225 E. Michigan, Rm 100, Milwaukee

Back Cover

Varies

414-727-6980

8-9

25-425

1

6-18

Varies

THE CANAL STREET YACHT CLUB

414-273-8300

84

400

1

1-12

$20 to $50

CHARLES ALLIS ART MUSEUM

414-278-8295

78

200

2

3-12

Varies

HARLEY-DAVIDSON MUSEUM

414-287-2894

6

600

3

3-12

$25 to $50

HILTON MILWAUKEE CITY CENTER

414-390-1808

22

500

10

9-12

$35 to $60

HOT WATER / WHEREHOUSE

414-383-7593

23

20-450

2

1-12

$20 to $50

HOTEL METRO MILWAUKEE

414-272-1937

62

100

1

3-18

$25 to $50

HUMPHREY SCOTTISH RITE MASONIC CTR.

11

100-300

3

12

$20 to $50

INTERCONTINENTAL MILWAUKEE

414-727-3155 ext 106 414-291-4790

47

20-400

2

9-12

$26 to $50

THE ITALIAN CONFERENCE CENTER

414-223-2800

76-77

650

4

3-12

$25 or less

MARCUS CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

414-276-2030

53

20-5,000

7

6-18

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MILWAUKEE COUNTY PARKS MILWAUKEE ART MUSEUM

414-257-7275 414-224-3813

70 13

25-1,000 450

4

3-12 3-12

$25 to $50

1200 W. Canal St., Milwaukee

DOWNTOWN

Phone Number(s)

1801 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee 500 W. Canal St., Milwaukee

509 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee 818 S. Water St., Milwaukee 411 E. Mason, Milwaukee

790 N. Van Buren St., Milwaukee 139 E. Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee

at The Italian Community Center 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee 929 N. Water St., Milwaukee

700 N. Art Museum Dr., Milwaukee

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Versatile, convenient, handicapped accessible facility featuring experienced catering and culinary staffs. Large free parking.

The Italian Conference Center 631 East Chicago Street, Milwaukee

414-223-2800 www.ItalianConference.com

Photos courtesy edward Fox

Separate Area Off-Premise Outside Separate Area Available for Valet Parking Catering Caterers Available for Ceremony Available Available Permitted Reception

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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. Outside Outside Caterers Reception Permitted Area Available

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30 Suites, 98 guestrooms, complementary bridal suite, valet or free parking, personalized service to fit your needs. On Milwaukee’s lakefront. Glass enclosed conservatory. 4 Star cuisine. Pilot house, 360˚ windows overlooking Lake Michigan and City of Milwaukee. Spectacular views, location and food. Large dance floor, high ceiling, 2-floor venue. Historic landmark, exclusive use. Elegant cathedral-style tent along Menomonee River. Whether a warm summer evening or a crisp fall night, we promise a beautiful event. Classic elegance, intimate wedding reception, 1011 Tudor Mansion. 20 Acres of green space with complimentary on property parking. Fun and unique. Our on-site catering and Museum staff take pride in making your wedding day special. 5 Elegant ballrooms, 730 guest rooms. Historical, elegant, river front setting. Ceremonies on site. Select your own caterer. Free Parking Atrium pre-function area, 64 suite boutique hotel, inclusive ceremony thru honeymoon night. Chapel & auditorium for ceremonies. Elegant, dramatic, intimate setting. Downtown’s hidden gem. Marble galleria for ceremonies. Custom designed wedding receptions. Personalized service. Great location. Ethnic menu available. Downtown Milwaukee’s most beautiful venue. Culinary expertise blended with superb service! Visit countyparks.com for more information Breathtaking lake views. Architecture, art, exceptional service. Catering available on-site.

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Two enchanting places….

photo courtesy kgcphoto.com

…grounds for perfect weddings 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

RECEPTION GUIDE

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Number of Available Banquet Rooms

Number of Months to Schedule Facility

Average Price per Person

MILWAUKEE COUNTY WAR MEMORIAL

414-273-5533

27

50-300

1

12-18

Varies

THE PFISTER HOTEL

414-390-3802

61

20-650

4

12

$65

POTOWATOMI BINGO CASINO

414-847-7891

29

550

3

3-18

$25

PRITZLAFF BUILDING

414-433-6088

21

400

1

2-12

Varies

RAIL HALL

414-376-9206

18

225

1

3-18

Varies

TRIPOLI SHRINE TEMPLE

414-933-4700

41

50-450

2

2-12

$25 or less

VILLA TERRACE ART MUSEUM

414-271-3656

78

150

1

3-12

Varies

WISCONSIN CLUB - CITY CLUB

414-271-7510

30

300

2

6-12

Varies

262-547-9447

36-37

50-250

2

6-24

$15 to $25

262-547-9447

36-37

50-450

1

6-24

$15 to $25

262-547-9447

36-37

50-350

1

6-24

$15 to $25

262-547-9447

36-37

50-500

Lobby

6-24

$15 to $25

ALVERNO COLLEGE

414-382-6159

59

300

1

12-18

$20

BOERNER BOTANICAL GARDENS

25-250

2

6-12

$50

BUSH GARDENS

414-525-5635 414-525-5660 414-422-9011

33

200

2

1-12

$25 or less

CLARION HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTER

414-481-2400

28

20-450

4

3-12

$25 to $50

CROWNE PLAZA MILWAUKEE AIRPORT

79

950

6

3-18

$20 to $50

THE DEKOVEN CENTER

414-764-5300 414-563-4075 262-633-6401

69

250

1

1-12

Varies

MUSKEGO LAKES COUNTRY CLUB

414-425-6500

50

40-450

4

3-12

$25 or less

POLISH CENTER OF WISCONSIN

414-529-2140

44

300

2

3-18

Varies

RADISSON HOTEL & CONFERENCE CTR.

262-857-3377

275

280

4

12

$15 to $35

ROMA LODGE BANQUET & CONF. CTR.

262-886-3610

83

50-900

2

3-18

$25 or less

750 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr., Milwaukee 424 E. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee 1721 W. Canal St., Milwaukee 325 N. Plankinton, Milwaukee

DOWNTOWN

Phone Number(s)

131 W. Seeboth St., Milwaukee 3000 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee 2220 N. Terrace Ave., Milwaukee 900 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee

ZILLI’S HOSPITALITY GROUP:

Coast @ Zilli Lake and Gardens 931 E. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee Harbor Lights @ ZLG 909 E. Michigan St., Milwaukee Miller Room @ ZLG 910 E. Michigan St., Milwaukee ZHG @ Mitchell Park Conservatory 524 S. Layton Blvd., Milwaukee

SOUTH 3400 S. 43rd Street, Milwaukee 9400 Boerner Drive

SOUTH

S68 W14891 Janesville Rd., Muskego 5311 S. Howell Ave., Milwaukee 6401 S. 13th St., Milwaukee 600 21st St., Racine

S100 W14020 Loomis Rd. 6941 S. 68th St., Franklin

11800 108th St., Kenosha

7130 Spring Street (Hwy C)

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Crowne Plaza Milwaukee Airport 6401 South 13th Street Milwaukee, WI 414-764-5300 Ballrooms accommodate 75-1000

Serving Style Available

Separate Area Onsite Available for Lodging Ceremony Available

All Styles

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Spectacular in/outdoor venue. Lakefront & Milwaukee skyline views. Personalized attention. Milwaukee’s most prestigious landmark. Parking ramp, ceremony area, 4 ballrooms. From a sophisticated ballroom to a panoramic view of the city, our banquet spaces provide an exceptional atmosphere to accommodate your fairy tale event. Historical ceremony site. Pick your caterer. Renovated warehouse in Walker’s Point offering a unique backdrop for receptions. Complete flexibility with all event elements from catering, to decor to entertainment Elegance, ample free parking, memorable photo opportunities, rehearsal dinners. Italian Renaissance style villa features a stunning terra cotta lakefront terrace, formal garden, courtyard and more. A legendary one-of-a-kind venue. Personable, enthusiastic staff to see to every detail.

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Elegant, two story, glass-enclosed rotunda with brilliantly colored terrazzo floor entry. 2-Story glass atrium with vaulted ceiling. Rooms overlooking gardens. Free parking. Shuttles to nearby lodging available, customized menus, brides room available. Open Spring 2011, booking for 2011-2012. Premium hotel and banquet facility catering to all special occasions.

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194 Guest rooms. Intimate or extravagant . Ceremonies on site.

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Spectacular views of the Milwaukee Art Museum and Lake Michigan. Private seating locations, entertainment area, dance floor and patio. Beautiful views of Lake Michigan and Milwaukee’s South shoreline. Opens onto a beautifully landscaped park terrace for outdoor activities. Recently remodeled, stunning views of Lake Michigan and South Garden. L-Shaped venue opens onto beautifully landscaped terrace of outdoor activities. Recently renovated. State-of-the-art lighting and entertainment stage. Perfect for weddings, ceremonies, receptions and corporate events.

Ceremony site available year round. Panoramic lake views of Lake Michigan, historic setting, choice of caterers and ample parking. Panoramic views, customized/personalized menus. Ceremony site available, balcony access. Outdoor ceremony accommodations with an outdoor patio and garden. Perfect setting for your wedding photos. 120 Guest rooms & suites. Pool & whirlpool. Friday & Sunday discounts. No fee for linens, ballrooms or security. Beautiful, spacious ballrooms, elegant chandeliers, stocked bars, free parking.

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RECEPTION GUIDE

Phone Number(s)

See Page Reception for More Room Capacity Information Range

Number of Available Banquet Rooms

Number of Months to Schedule Facility

Average Price per Person

WEST

BEST WESTERN PLUS MIDWAY HOTEL & SUITES

262-786-9540

49

200

2

9-12

$25 or less

BLUEMOUND BALLROOM

414-801-9894

6

100-400

2

1-12

$25 or less

BROADLANDS GOLF CLUB

262-392-6320

66

50-250

1

12

$25 or less

COUNTRY SPRINGS HOTEL

262-547-0201

57

50-500

7

Varies

CROWN PLAZA MILWAUKEE WEST

414-389-8570

82

300

3

Based on avail. 3-12

$25 to $50

DELAFIELD BREWHAUS

262-646-7821

50

10-200

3

6-12

$25 or less

DELAFIELD HOTEL

262-646-1600

35

70-300

2

6

$35 to $100

ELM GROVE WOMAN’S CLUB

262-782-5930

274

200

1

2-18

Varies

KETTLE MORAINE RANCH

262-594-2122

32

550

3

3-12

$25 or less

THE LEGEND AT BRANDYBROOK

262-968-9717

26

300

2

3-18

$25 to $100

THE LEGEND AT BRISTLECONE

262-367-7888

40

200

2

3-18

$25 to $100

MILWAUKEE COUNTY ZOO

414-256-5430

71

350

2

12

MILWAUKEE MARRIOTT WEST

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1005 S. Moorland Rd., Brookfield

11740 W. Homewood Ave., Wauwatosa 18 Augusta Way, North Prairie 2810 Golf Rd., Pewaukee

10499 Innovation Drive, Wauwatosa 3832 Hillside Dr., Delafield 415 Genesee St., Delafield 13885 Watertown Plank Rd., Elm Grove W379 S9694 County Rd S, Eagle

WEST

1 Legend Way, Wales

1500 E. Arlene Dr., Hartland 10001 W. Bluemound Rd.

W231 N1600 Corporate Ct., Waukesha

OLYMPIA RESORT AND O’SPA

1350 Royale Mile Road, Oconomowoc

PANOS BANQUET CENTER

20290 W. Bluemound Rd., Brookfield

RED CIRCLE INN

N44 W33013 Watertown Plank Rd., Nashotah

THE ROTUNDA

600

3

12

$25 to $50

50-450

4

12-18

$25 to $50

20-500

2

1-18

$20 to $50

300

2

9

$25 or less

250

1

3-18

235 W. Broadway, Waukesha

SHERATON MILWAUKEE BROOKFIELD

51

550

4

6-18

$25 or more

WATERTOWN COUNTRY CLUB

262-364-1100 262-364-1008 920-261-5009

80

20-400

1

3-18

$25 or less

WAUKESHA PARKS:

262-522-2953

276

120-200

1

6-12

Varies

375 S. Moorland Rd., Brookfield 1340 N. Water St., Watertown

EB Shurts Building, 810 W. College Ave., Waukesha Rotary Building 1150 Baxter St., Waukesha

262-522-2953

276

120-200

1

6-12

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WEISSGERBER’S GOLDEN MAST

262-567-7047

19

450

2

3-18

$25

WEISSGERBER’S SEVEN SEAS

262-367-3903

12

300

3

12-15

$25 or less

WINDWOOD OF WATERTOWN

920-262-0702

14

550

2

12

$18 to $28

W349 N5293 Lacy’s Lane, Okauchee 1807 Nagawicka Rd., Hartland W5710 County Hwy CW, Watertown

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Pamper 240 Guests Outside Ceremony & Reception Area Flexible Menu Planning

West Bend Country Club 5858 Hwy. Z • West Bend • 262-334-9541

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Stunning golf course views in the Grand Ballroom and adjoining Piano Lounge. Our staff will ensure that every detail of your special day is legendary! Breathtaking views from balcony and expansive outdoor veranda. Professional coordinators and service team make your day legendary! Ample free parking. Unique atmosphere.

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262-549-0006 – www.leejohns.com CATERING STEP 1: START THE SEARCH. As soon as you’ve selected your reception site, the catering search can begin. Some locations require that you use their in-house caterer or banquet department, which makes your choice fairly simple. These locations include hotels, country clubs and some of the more unusual facilities such as museums, boats or historical homes. If they allow an independent caterer, you may be asked to choose from a pre-approved list. If you’re able to select your own caterer, though, try to narrow down your list to no more than three, otherwise you’ll be tasting for a month and all the flavors will blur together. When you’re calling caterers, make sure to have as much information as you know on hand. They’ll want to know your wedding date, time of day, approximate

number of guests, if you’d like a sit-down or buffet meal and the degree of formality and style. If you have any general menu ideas or preferences, let the caterer know so they can be better prepared for your initial meeting. Ask for sample wedding menus and references before a formal meeting or tasting. STEP 2: DETERMINE SERVICE STYLE. Right off the bat, caterers will want to discuss your taste and budget in detail. Think about the style and feel of your wedding, and decide whether you want a sit-down meal or a buffet. Then talk about the extras – do you want hors d’oeuvres during cocktails and a late-night snack? How about fruit or coffee with the cake? Talk with a caterer about the different options and appropriateness for the time of day, number of guests and style. premierbridewisconsin.com PREMIER BRIDE • 89


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CATERING STEP 3: SCHEDULE A TASTING. When you finally narrow down your list, the fun part is here – tasting! Don’t be afraid to speak up during tastings, or ask if they can tweak something to your tastes. This is your day and your meal and fulfilling your food wishes is their job. STEP 4: DESIGN THE MENU. Start by searching through magazines, web sites and bridal shows to clarify your likes and dislikes. Think about weddings you’ve attended, or ask caterers or friends for favorites and fails. Then, work closely with your caterer to craft the perfect and personal menu. Remember that the caterer has probably seen lots of weddings and knows what works best with the number of people, the time of day and the locations, so take their professional advice if they think a cool, crisp salad might not be the best appetizer in your outdoor summer wedding. Also keep your guests in mind – you might have to accommodate for lots of children or vegetarians, for example. STEP 5: CALCULATE THE COST. Once you’ve selected a caterer, think business and cost. Most caterers base their prices on a per-person cost. Facilities with in-house catering departments may have a minimum charge or set-up fee, while an off-premises caterer will usually work within any reasonable, agreedupon budget. Keep in mind buffets are usually priced higher, since they’ll have to account for a little more per person, and it’s common to add overage or gratuity. Your final guest count is usually required one week before the event. This will be the minimum number of people for which you will actually be charged. Most caterers will plan on the addition of a few last-minute guests and


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CATERING will add the meals to the bill after the wedding. Decide if you’ll include meals for wedding-related personnel, such as the DJ, musicians, photographer and consultant. If cost is an issue, ask your caterer about “vendor meals,” these meals are more casual than the guest menu and are offered at a lower cost per person. Get specifics as to what extras are included in the caterer’s charges, such as table linens, plates, glasses, crystal, silverware and service pieces. STEP 6: PLAN THE HELP. Once the menu is finalized, the next step is determining the number of wait staff you will need to serve your feast and keep your reception running smoothly. Your caterer will give you a better idea, but a general guideline is one server per 10 to 12 guests for a sit-down dinner. A full and open bar will require more servers. Ask ahead of time what their attire is, so it matches the style and formality of your reception. STEP 7: FINALIZE THE DETAILS, IN WRITING. Don’t sign a contract without this info – day, date, time, address of the site, food items by course, number of guests covered, provisions for special meals,

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time of cocktail hour, time meal is served, contact people, number of bartenders and wait staff, linens, beverages and bar guidelines, terms of payment and liability insurance. There will probably be an advance deposit when you sign the contract, and don’t forget to check the cancellation policy. PERSONALIZE YOUR MEAL! Trip around the world. Give your guests a culinary trip across the globe, with a variety of food stations offering a range of ethnic food…pad thai, bruschetta, and mini sushi rolls are a fun way to inspire conversation and provide something for everyone. Share your faves. Do you and your spouse have a favorite restaurant you went on your first date, or a meal you love cooking together? Make it part of your day. Even if your favorite restaurant doesn’t have a special cater service for those fish tacos, talk to an owner and see if they’d be willing to bend a little, especially for a small wedding. Don’t make your grandma cook her favorite lasagna on your day, but don’t be afraid to look for a great Italian caterer and let everyone know the inspiration for the meal.

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WEDDING COLORS choosing your favorites The wedding colors that you inevitably decide on will play a big part in setting the mood of your wedding and theme as well. For example, a beach wedding might be perfect with natural colors that complement the sea and sky. Overall, when you choose your wedding colors you are also choosing the look and feel of the bridesmaid dresses, the flowers, the invitations and even the look of the ceremony and reception. One thing to keep in mind in regards to bridesmaid dresses is the material. The truth is you can get by with almost any color anytime of year as long as the material is right. You don’t want your bridesmaids in wool dresses in Florida, nor should you opt to have the material that of chiffon in the middle of December in Chicago. Colors do seem to make an impression on people so let’s take a look at the many options to choose from depending on the season. • Spring and Summer: Periwinkle Blue, Mint Green, Ice Blue, Lilac, Yellow and Gold • Fall and Winter: Navy Blue, Crepe Red, Deep Dark Red, Black, Tango Red, Deep Blue, Cinnamon, Hunter Green

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One of the most important things to remember is that when you mix color you want to make sure they coordinate just right. Some colors are better in the background while perhaps that tango red you have your eye on is apt to stand out for more than the accompanying yellow or gold. Start with a base color and follow that with lighter and darker shades in the same


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WEDDING COLORS color family. Another example would be two or three colors that complement one another easily. Take yellow, yellow and green and then have the additional green tones accent as well. Depending on the season and how festive you want to be you can have fun with winter, spring, summer and fall. Since many brides choose the summer for their big day let’s start there. Bright colors are always popular during this most beautiful time of the year. A good idea it to take advantage of all the flowers that are in bloom during the summer months from pink to red to yellow to bright blues and purples. Summer is also a time to enjoy the sun so you could choose yellow or gold for the occasion and add some touches of pastel for a soft touch on invitations and reception accents. Popular summer colors include teal paired with silver and you could also dye flowers teal to play up the mood and atmosphere. What about red and pink? Roses are the perfect flower for this color scheme. Many couple choose autumn to say their “I do’s” and this season bespeaks bold colors with a touch of harvest. It’s a time when the leaves are falling from the trees and burnt orange, gold and red are in the air.

It might not be a bad idea to incorporate brown during this time of year and consider matching it with terra cotta or copper or even ivory. Red is always popular during the autumn season and can be matched with deep red roses to keep the mood one of love. For winter think the holidays, snow and cozy fireplaces that make this season one of the most romantic of all. While stark

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

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the flower colors to determine the final color choices. Remember too that the colors you choose, no matter the season, should not clash with the church or banquet facility. Finally, invitations should reflect the color of your wedding, but can also reflect the season as well. In the winter snowmen or appropriate and in the fall you might think of apples and fallen leaves. If you are planning a theme wedding think of the location as well as the color. Evening weddings can be a little brighter than day time weddings and for medieval themes go with heavy material and colors to reflect that time period. Overall, the best wedding is the one that you add the special touches to incorporating you and your spouseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ideas into the biggest event of your life.

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cases they are only there to coordinate everything on the day of the wedding. If you do decide to choose a wedding consultant, then first and foremost remember that you must like the person you hire. While there are many good consultants in the business, finding one that can handle your temperament, special requests, family issues and overall personality is the real key to success. For example, if a bride is low-key and quiet, a loud, type A wedding consultant might cause more nerves than comfort. On the other hand, a bride who has a knack for multi-tasking might not understand a consultant who is the take it easy type, even if the job does get done correctly. Finding the Right Coordinator 1. Asking a trusted florist, photographer, or caterer is a good way to get started, however the best way to find a good planner is to ask another bride. 2. A professional coordinator should offer an introductory meeting free of charge. Meet with them to discuss your ideas and to see whether or not your comfortable with them. 3. Ask to see pictures of events that the coordinator has planned. Pay close attention to the details and consistency of their vision. 4. Ask for lists of references you can call and be sure to call them. When you call, ask questions such as: Did the coordinator help you to achieve what you wanted for the wedding? Would you use him or her again? Did he/she listen to comments and concerns about the wedding, and were they addressed? Did the


CONSULTANTS coordinator pay close attention to your wedding budget? 5. Check with the Association of Bridal Consultants (www.bridalassn.com) to see if the coordinator is a member. Working with a professional wedding consultant that is certified through ABC will prove to be invaluable. During the initial meeting try to figure out whether this is a person you can trust and whom you will feel comfortable working with. Other important notes: 1. Find out exactly how much the wedding coordinator charges. Some charge an hourly rate, while others bill a flat rate or percentage of the overall wedding budget. 2. A detailed contract should be signed between you and your wedding coordinator specifying exactly what the coordinator’s responsibilities will be. 3. A good wedding coordinator is like a good accountant. Even though you pay for his/her services, in the long run they save you time and money. And that translates into a happier and more relaxed day for you. Wedding coordinators can be especially helpful for couples who are short on time or live far from the location where they plan to be married. Although friends and relatives can certainly assist with wedding plans, leave the details to a professional who can anticipate mishaps, troubleshoot when necessary and provide you the affordable luxury of a stress-free wedding.

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In today’s DIY- and Pinterest-crazed culture, the cookie-cutter wedding is out — and unique is in. Couples are creating an air of individuality by incorporating intimate touches throughout the ceremony and reception. These details come through in the décor — everything from lighting to tablescapes to furniture. They don’t call it “mood lighting” for nothing. The right lighting can make or break the romantic ambience. Steer clear of harsh overhead lights when you can. Instead, play with lanterns, strands of twinkle lights, and real or fake candle groupings. For a glam wedding, try chandeliers in various shapes and sizes. If your venue is cord-and-outlet-friendly, bring (or borrow) assorted lamps for a homey touch. Don’t be afraid to mix and match! The mixing and matching doesn’t stop at lighting. Eclectic accessorizing throughout your big day affects a warm, close-knit feeling amongst your guests. To stave off DIY insanity, start by picking one decorative element to focus on, such as centerpieces. Give each table a homespun, made-withlove feeling by including objects that represent you as a couple. Think: old books (if you’re big readers), records (if you’re into music), or film canisters (if you’re cinephiles). Prefer flowersonly? Miscellaneous bud vases and mason jars let you grow your own garden at each table. These vases and other table décor can be brought from home


ROMANCING THE MOOD or borrowed from friends or family. This way, you control every detail on display and every dollar spent. But did you know that you could get that “it belonged to my grandmother” vibe without actually raiding Grandma’s house? Companies like Vintage Rentals in Milwaukee offer an array of plates, bowls, silverware, teacups and saucers, and table linens. And though shopping for these essentials might sound like fun, there are some things to consider: How long will it take to find 100+ place settings? How will you store and transport all your finds? Do things need cleaning or repairing? Renting eliminates some stress without sacrificing style. Milwaukee-based company, événement Planning, even offers rentals for big ticket items, like fine leather lounges. That’s right: they’ll bring an intimate seating area right to you. Their couch groupings, which vary in size and style depending on your needs, are just the thing for mingling guests who are all danced out. Beyond seating, think about including other furniture from home to add a comfortable touch here and there. These pieces add to the fashion, but can also serve a function — a decked out dresser makes an inviting dessert table, and a spruced up mailbox is perfect for collecting cards. In the end, there’s no right or wrong way to go about adding personal touches to your wedding day. Whether old, new, borrowed, or blue, each choice you make in décor will combine to create a mood that’s unique to you as a couple — so dare to be different and decidedly you.

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Just a few tips to make your reception perfect. • Interested in putting baskets in the restrooms at your reception? Special items (for both men and women) will help your guests handle mishaps and rejoin your celebration. After the wedding, it makes a great addition to a guest bathroom in your home. • Having children at your reception? Consider hiring a company that specializes in just such arrangements. • Having disposable cameras at the reception? Using a Scavenger Hunt theme, create a list of possible ideas for photos. • Planning to do the Dollar Dance at the reception? Consider making a donation to your favorite charity with the proceeds. premierbridewisconsin.com PREMIER BRIDE • 107


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REGISTRY If registering for gifts is on your current to-do list, then read on for all the nuts & bolts – so should we say cups & bowls – of gift registries. WHEN SHOULD WE START? Start four to six months before the wedding (or earlier!) so that you’re ready for any engagement parties, showers or eager guests. Don’t stress about getting it all done perfectly right away – you can always edit your selections or add more later. If there aren’t many items left about a month before the wedding, add more, so there’s enough selection left for the rest of your guests. Remember too that you don’t have to get this all done in one day! Take your time, and make your selections thoughtfully. If you start early enough, you can take a couple weeks to create your lists, hopefully enjoying the process as well. HOW DO WE REGISTER? Start out by considering your tastes and needs as a couple, and select up to three or four stores that feel right. Ideally, visit at least one store in person, so that you can see, touch and hold the different items, and make some of your selections. The rest of your gift registering you may wish to do online for convenience. Registering at more than four places just adds more work to your plates, as you complete the lists, track them and manage the details. Besides, three or four at the most really should be plenty! Most full-service stores offer a great deal of free help, and you are encouraged to take advantage of this service. These specialists will be able to give you helpful information about what generally goes on a registry and help you remember pesky little things like meat thermometers that you wouldn’t normally think of. 110 • PREMIER BRIDE premierbridewisconsin.com

While it may be hard to imagine someone not being comfortable with purchasing gifts online or viewing your online registries, you will have guests at your wedding that want to buy their gifts in person, or aren’t comfortable with computers. So make sure that this option is available to them – ideally at a store that is popular nationwide. WHAT DO WE REGISTER FOR? Consider what you have already as a couple, and think about what you need as you start your life together. Most couples find that this is an opportunity to get things they would never buy themselves, but would love having to grace their home and the future gatherings held there…timeless items such as crystal vases, formal china, serving dishes and linens. You may also want to think about any hobbies you have such as gourmet cooking, gardening or wood working, as well as any special desires such as honeymoon travel, saving for a house or donating to a meaningful cause. Work with your groom to discuss your plans, and make the decisions together. No matter where you choose to register, be sure to include gifts in all price ranges, so that your guests can choose gifts within their budgets. Also, select more gifts than guests (remembering that couples count as “one”) so that there’s enough selection available, and there are enough gifts to cover your wedding showers as well. Your guests will appreciate this! COMMUNICATING THE NEWS How do you let all the guests know where you are registered? The simple answer is, word of mouth. All guests will be close to someone in the wedding – the bride and groom, the parents, other


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to include the information with your wedding invites. After all, your wedding invites are a gracious request to join you on your special day – not a demand for gifts, so don’t let them sound like one! THANK YOU NOTES For gifts received before the wedding, send the note out within two weeks at the most. For gifts received at the wedding, send the thank you notes within four weeks, but certainly – the earlier, the better. Make sure your thank you notes are personal, handwritten and timely. ROYAL PRESTIGE... The ultimate culinary experience.™ www.midwestlifestyles.com 608-663-1186

REGISTRY family members or close friends. Guests will ask someone if they want to know where you’re registered! It’s certainly appropriate to include the information on your wedding web site if you have one. It’s also appropriate for the shower host(s) and/or hostess(es) to include the information on their shower invites as well. It is NOT, however, ever appropriate

AFTER THE WEDDING Most stores will keep your gift registry for at least a year after your wedding date, and they’ll often offer a discount to you for items still on your list. This is a great opportunity to see what items you still want and/or need, and perhaps use some of your wedding gift cards or gifts of cash to acquire these. The original purpose of bridal registries was to help new couples, who often were quite young and had very little, start off their new life together as a new family in a new home. No matter what your situation today, these gifts of love send you into your new life together with the joy and affection of those closest to you. Cherish these gifts, show your gratitude and count your blessings.

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PhotograPher: ask the right questions • Will you be taking the pictures? If not, can I meet them? • How long have you been a wedding photographer? • What packages do you offer? What do they include? • What type of photography do you specialize in? • Have you photographed at my ceremony or reception location before? • How many other weddings do you have this night? How long can you stay? • Do you offer online ordering for my guests? • Can we purchase all of our images on disk? • Can we order additional prints later? • What happens if you are sick or have an emergency on my wedding day? • How far in advance must I book your services? • What is your cancellation policy? • Is a deposit required? If so, when and how much?

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PHOTOGRAPHY There is simply no better way to capture and preserve these memories than with a collection of beautiful photographs that not only document the day and its events, but also embody the emotions and spirit of your wedding. Quite frankly, this is simply not a component of your wedding planning to treat lightly! Invest the time, attention and budget necessary to ensure that your wedding memories will be preserved for the future. WHAT’S YOUR STYLE? Start by determining which style of wedding photography is right for you and your fiancé. Here are brief descriptions of the three main styles: Formal or traditional This style produces color, posed portraits of you and your groom, your wedding party, and your families, along with all of the traditional wedding moments such as the cake cutting and bouquet/garter toss. Photojournalistic This style is a popular trend in wedding photography, and it means your photographer will be shooting your wedding as if it’s a news event, capturing hundreds of candid moments on film. These photographers tend to use more black & white film, for a classic, timeless and emotional effect. Artistic Artistic photographers use a variety of special effects to create a dramatic, one-of-a-kind piece of art. Effects could include double exposures, hand tinting, special borders and much more. Most photographers offer a blend of two or more styles, but tend to specialize premierbridewisconsin.com PREMIER BRIDE • 133


PHOTOGRAPHY in, and focus on, just one. If you like the photojournalistic style, but want some posed formal portraits to showcase your families or the day’s special moments, find a photographer that can comfortably do both. So which style is right for you? The first step is to think about the end product: what is most important to you, to have after your wedding? Do you definitely want to have beautiful, timeless, color portraits of you and your groom that you can elegantly frame and display? Do you want a large number of candid, heartfelt moments – many captured in black & white, to document your day? Are you envisioning a one-of-a-kind, artistic piece to hang on your wall after the wedding that incorporates one or more images from the big event? To help you, take a look at friends’ wedding albums, surf around professional photographer’s web sites, clip photos from magazines of photography that moves you, and spend some time in photographers’ booths at wedding shows. All of this research will help you zero in on what style of photography you seem drawn to, and ultimately, which one you want to use for your wedding. HOW TO FIND THE RIGHT PHOTOGRAPHER Once you’ve established the style that is best for you, it’s time to find a professional photographer that meets your needs. Start the process by collecting referrals from friends, reviewing helpful resources like Premier Bride, attending bridal shows and surfing the Internet. Create a short list of potential photographers that specialize in the style you desire, based on their work and your budget, and set 134 • PREMIER BRIDE premierbridewisconsin.com


PHOTOGRAPHY up an in-person or phone consultation with them. Your goal at this consultation is to evaluate three main areas: Do you like their work? Be sure to see complete wedding albums along with individual photos, to get the best idea of the end product you can expect to receive. Also, be very sure that you know exactly WHO will be shooting YOUR wedding – and view their work, as some larger studios have more than one photographer. Do your personalities mesh? Of all your wedding vendors, the photographer is the one vendor with whom you will spend a good deal of time on your wedding day. You want to feel comfortable with this person! Even if he or she is a great photographer, if your

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

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PHOTOGRAPHY Bride & Groom’s Album There are a wide variety of wedding albums available today, and they vary in size, color, material, construction and price. When comparing different photographers’ bride & groom albums, be sure you’re noting the quantity of photos and in what sizes, to make sure you’re comparing “apples to apples.” Parents’ albums The parents’ albums are smaller versions of the bride & groom album, and have traditionally included about twenty 5x7 photographs. Photos should be carefully selected for each family, to create two (or more) custom family albums. Extra prints You will probably want to order extra photographs in addition to the main album and parents’ albums, for yourself or your parents to have some framed portraits at home, for members of the wedding party, and for other close friends and family members. Don’t underestimate how many prints you will want after the wedding, as this will definitely impact your budget. Proofs Ask your photographer how many proofs you will get, and in what format. They may be provided as small photos, in digital format, on the Internet, or on contact sheets. Engagement photograph This is a posed portrait of the newly engaged couple, which can be sent to newspapers with information announcing your engagement. You may also choose to put a framed engagement photo by the guest book at your reception.

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ACCESSORIZE YOUR DAY the perfect accents Bridal accessories are fun and easy items to shop for and they add a bit of personality to any wedding. From shoes and jewelry to toasting glasses and cake servers, accessories are important details on your wedding day. As you begin planning the major aspects of your wedding, keep an eye out for special or unique items that will reflect your own personal style, hobbies or passions. Though it may be tempting, avoid procrastinating on these seemingly simple purchases. Some selections may require special order, so be sure to allow several weeks for shipping. From Scratch If you’re creative and have the time, handmade accessories are a wonderful addition to any wedding. A hand-sewn ring bearer pillow that matches the flower girlís basket is a lovely touch. Craft shops and fabric stores carry the necessary supplies to fashion the perfect accessories or enhance store-bought items. Special Somethings Bridal accessories almost always fulfill the “something old, something new, something borrowed something blue” requirement. Carrying your grandmother’s bible or prayer book as you walk down the aisle would be your “something old.” Your “something new” is easy to achieve, taking into consideration your shoes, your gown or a lovely pair of pearl earrings that match your “something borrowed” pearl necklace. Handkerchiefs, garters or lingerie premierbridewisconsin.com PREMIER BRIDE • 141


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PhotograPher: ask the right questions • Will you be taking the pictures? If not, can I meet them? • How long have you been a wedding photographer? • What packages do you offer? What do they include? • What type of photography do you specialize in? • Have you photographed at my ceremony or reception location before? • How many other weddings do you have this night? How long can you stay? • Do you offer online ordering for my guests? • Can we purchase all of our images on disk? • Can we order additional prints later? • What happens if you are sick or have an emergency on my wedding day? • How far in advance must I book your services? • What is your cancellation policy? • Is a deposit required? If so, when and how much?

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ACCESSORY CHECKLIST For the Bride • Garter • Handkerchief • Jewelry • Keepsake Bag • Shoes

Other Accessories • Attendant’s Gifts • Flower Girl Basket • Pew Bows • Ring Bearer Pillow • Unity Candle and Holder

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Many bridal salons carry limited selections of guest books, toasting glasses, cake knives and cake servers. For a more extensive selection of these items, visit a bridal store that specializes in bridal supplies and accessories. Should you receive a wedding accessory as a shower or pre-wedding gift, make sure that you use it in the wedding.

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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, 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, becoming 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 relative who will appreciate the “something old” you offer them when they re-enact your restoration drama at their wedding.

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The JoY oF VIdeo: preserve your day in living, moving color What’s a common complaint of brides and grooms? “It all went so fast!” Investing in a high quality wedding video lets you revisit the sights and sounds of your special day for years to come. These memories in motion are priceless, so plan to spend the time and money necessary to do it right. In short: hire a professional.4 premierbridewisconsin.com PREMIER BRIDE • 147


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VIDEO PROFESSIONALS: OFFERING QUALITY AND CREATIVITY In recent years, wedding videos have dramatically improved. Professional videographers have the technology, talent, and time necessary to produce videos with excellent quality (think: clear audio, crisp visuals, and sharp editing). A good videographer will remain inconspicuous throughout the day and capture intimate, uninhibited moments of you and your guests. You’ll see every laugh, every tear, every “blooper” — everything from the rustle of your gown to the chokedup tone in your dad’s champagne toast to the best man high-fiving the groom. Often times, your video can be much more than a straight-forward recording. Technological advances make for boundless creativity. Videographers offer fun options like a movie trailer for your wedding video, complete with opening or ending credits and a narrating voiceover. There’s also documentary-style filming, complete with bride and groom monologues or “confessionals.” A videographer can give you that “behind the scenes” look at your wedding day. In addition to the final wedding video, some videographers offer same-day services such as rush editing of wedding day highlights or photo and video montages to show at your reception. Projectors for these shows are recommended and may be available through your videographer. These upgradeable video services are growing in popularity and could add the perfect final touch to your celebration — your guests will be totally entertained by all those sometimes-touching, sometimeshilarious moments.


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VIDEO If you’re a high-tech couple, put your videographer to work before the wedding. Work together to create a video-style “save the date” for the folks on your guest list. You can save money by uploading this video to your wedding website or YouTube, then sending friends and family a link to view it. Or you can burn the “save the date” to a DVD and mail a copy to each household. Video invites are modern, fun, personal, and, if worked in to your videography package, a potential money-saver. CHOOSING A VIDEOGRAPHER When researching professional videographers in your area, visit their websites and view a sample video. Just like photographers, each videographer has a unique style — make sure you and your videographer share a similar

vibe and vision. Pay close attention to make sure the sample meets your expectations in terms of video detail and quality. Things to consider when viewing a sample video include the clarity and stability of the picture, as well as the videographer’s ability to smoothly edit and transition the material. Another thing to keep in mind: audio. Knowledge of remote microphones and where to position them is key — a good videographer will have this under control. Yes, there’s a lot to consider, so let’s break it down with a video evaluation checklist for quick reference: CHECKLIST FOR EVALUATING A SAMPLE VIDEO Evaluate the picture. Is the picture clear and consistently in focus, or is it jumpy, blurry, or shaky?
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-- Does it move smoothly from one scene to the next or jump awkwardly?
-- How is the lighting? Evaluate the sound. At the ceremony, can you clearly hear the bride, groom, officiant, and readers?
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-- Is the crowd and ambient noise controlled? Evaluate the overall effect. Is the video too short, too long, or just right?
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-- Does it look like the work of a professional? BUDGETING FOR A PROFESSIONAL Professional videographers will spend anywhere from four to 10 hours with you on your wedding day and another 35 to 50 hours editing your wedding video and adding graphics, music, and other special effects. Taking into account all of the professional equipment, experience, and time spent, you should expect to spend an amount similar to your photography budget. When you finally choose your videographer, be sure to ask to see a copy of the contract and make sure you understand the ins and outs of specific costs. Budget tip:
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VIDEO FUN, POST-WEDDING There’s a new post-wedding bridal trend that would be perfect film fodder — it’s called “trash the dress.” Also known as “fearless bridal” or “rock the frock,” this is a style of wedding photography and videography that juxtaposes an elegant bridal gown against an entirely out-ofplace environment. What kind of environments? Try a soggy beach, muddy riverbank, or paintballing war zone. The bride then, as evidenced by the trend’s name, trashes her dress on camera, succumbing to the elements and ruining the gown. But proceed with caution! Be careful when attempting a video shoot near water. Best to “rock the frock” on dry land. Another fun way to play with your video post-wedding is to host a viewing party. Invite close friends and family into your home as husband and wife and relive the day that “went so fast.” Who knows? You might even have some leftover cake and champagne to serve. SOME FINAL WORDS ON “WHY” We all know the obvious reason to invest in a wedding video: you’ll have it forever to view as a couple. But so will those guests who couldn’t make it to the celebration. Having a video to share with family and friends who weren’t present on your wedding day will be a wonderful treat for them. And for every aging family member who not only made it to the ceremony but also to the dance floor, those memories (and dance moves) will be preserved forever. Finally, at the risk of jumping the gun, do it for the future kids. They’ll love watching “The Day We Got Hitched” time and again just as much as you will.

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PHOTOBOOTHS 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. A tip - choose a photobooth that you can really customize. You could ask for the background to be matching the colors of the wedding, or add your names or the date to a sign at the top of the photo. But no matter how basic it is, your family and loved ones smiling faces will make it a truly personal memory!

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MUSIC CEREMONY MUSIC The very first step in determining the music for your ceremony is to consider what you want, or what you envision, for your day. Do you want a vocalist? Do you want several musicians there, or just a pianist? It’s helpful to take notice during any weddings you attend while engaged, of what you liked (or didn’t care for) when it came to the ceremony music. Once you and your fiancé have some ideas in mind, seek out wedding musicians by visiting bridal shows, reviewing local bridal publications or online sources such as premierbride.com, or asking for referrals from your ceremony officiant or recently married friends. Or, consider working with a talent/booking agency, which can offer experienced, convenient, one-stopshopping for all of your wedding music needs. Once you’ve found some options, arrange meetings to hear them play in person – if you haven’t heard them live already. Once you’ve determined your ceremony musicians, they can help you select the songs to include in your wedding ceremony – how many, when, and so on. They are usually quite experienced when it comes to weddings, and will be a great resource. (Your officiant will be helpful here as well, so be sure to involve them also.) If you have specific songs in mind already, you’ll be able to hear a preview of exactly what they will sound like on your wedding day. And if you need some ideas, your musicians will be able to guide you and offer plenty of options. COCKTAILS AND DINNER MUSIC The key element during cocktails and dinner is conversation, so the music playing during these times should set the mood, but not intrude. You have


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want to have live music (a band or orchestra) or a DJ”? While there are pros and cons to both, it really boils down to personal taste and budget. Using live music - a band or orchestra - provides a certain festive energy to the evening, and is a wonderful option if your budget allows it. The key is to find a band that specifically does weddings, so that

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and is generally less costly than a live band or orchestra. And, no breaks! Here are some of the keys to finding a good wedding DJ: 1) If possible, see them live, in action. 2) Find a vendor that is a good fit with you, personality-wise. Looking for a fun, crazy, get-jiggy-with-it party animal? Or a more upscale, elegant, formal entertainer? 3) Communication is critical. Clarify what songs and events you do and don’t want included, the order of events and other details ahead of time. 4) Ask for, and follow up on, several references. THE NITTY GRITTY DETAILS You’ll want to begin researching your reception musicians early in the planning process, so that when you find someone you like, availability is less likely to be


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MUSIC a problem. Consider how they sound as well as their personality and style. Whether you hire a band, small orchestra or DJ, your selection of musicians will be a guaranteed success as long as you provide a wide variety of music. From 50s doo-wop to disco, pop or rock, diversity is the key so that every guest attending can hear something they enjoy. You will also want to consider your reception site when determining your entertainment. Communicate with both your reception site manager, so that they are clear about your plans ahead of time, and with your band or DJ contact, so that they are familiar with the space, its limitations or requirements, and other details. If the band or DJ you’ve selected has never performed at your reception site before, ask if they can visit the location in person before your wedding

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to make sure it’s adequate for their needs: space, electrical power, lighting, etc. As with any wedding vendor, be sure that everything is very clear and in writing: the fees, cost and details on overtime, start and end times, alternate plans if a musician is sick that day, and so on. If any of your vendors don’t use a contract, then put all the details into a letter and copy it, sending one to the vendor and keep one in your files. Confirm all the details with your musicians about a week before the wedding. Once you’ve done your homework, selected excellent musicians for every part of your wedding, and nailed down all of the details, you can rest easy. Until, of course, it’s time to start working on your dance moves…

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A romantic way to prepare for a lifetime of waltzing together is to take dance lessons before your wedding. You and your partner will be the center of attention on the dance floor during your special day, but if that isn’t incentive enough, consider the additional closeness the two of you can develop by sharing a weddingrelated activity that doesn’t involve appointments and interviews. You’ll be asked before you begin your lessons about the kinds of dance steps you’d like to learn. Ambitious though you may be, learning too many steps too soon may result in frustration if you feel you’re not mastering anything. What you admire about other dancers is how well they move together, not the numbers of patterns they do. You’re probably not used to being taught things as a couple, and you may want to help the instructor along by correcting your partner. Don’t. Let the instructor do the teaching. Your input can be distracting and disruptive, both for the instructor and your partner. Cliché though it may be, dance instructors say men typically progress more slowly than their female partners, who tend to feel movements more and master steps quicker. Be patient with him. It will be appreciated, and the resulting cooperation will get the two of you moving together more quickly. Get the most from your dance lessons by taking them as close together as you can, and in conjunction with group lessons and practice sessions. The result will be speedy progress and increased confidence and enjoyment.

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TOP 25 WEDDING SONGS 1. AMAZED Lonestar 2. FROM THIS MOMENT Shania Twain & Bryan White 3. CROSS MY HEART George Strait 4. DON’T WANNA MISS A THING Aerosmith or Mark Chesnutt 5. COULD NOT ASK FOR MORE Edwin McCain 6. TRULY, MADLY, DEEPLY Savage Garden 7. IT’S YOUR LOVE Faith Hill & Tim McGraw 8. I KNEW I LOVED YOU Savage Garden 9. WONDERFUL TONIGHT Eric Clapton 10. I DO, CHERISH YOU 98 Degrees 11. AT LAST Etta James 12. WHEN I SAID I DO Clint Black & Lisa Hartman 13. YOU’RE THE FIRST, THE LAST, MY EVERYTHING Barry White 14. THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT Frank Sinatra or Tony Bennett 15. MY BEST FRIEND Tim McGraw 16. ALL MY LIFE K-Ci & JoJo 17. UNCHAINED MELODY Righteous Brothers 18. SPEND MY LIFE WITH YOU Eric Benet & Tamia 19. TO MAKE YOU FEEL MY LOVE Garth Brooks 20. KEEPER OF THE STARS Tracy Byrd 21. I SWEAR John Michael Montgomery 22. EVERYTHING I DO Bryan Adams 23. TRUE COMPANION Marc Cohen 24. VALENTINE Martina McBride & Jim Brickman 25. LOVE OF MY LIFE Jim Brickman


HEADget inTO THE MOVIES the wedding planning mood To get you in the spirit, we have compiled a list of our favorite wedding movies to get you started planning your dream wedding! The Wedding Planner: Jennifer Lopez is a wedding planner aspiring a promotion at her firm, while Matthew McConaughey is a pediatrician engaged to one of Lopez’s clients. A great love story unfolds. Bride Wars: Two best friends (Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway) rival for the best wedding. The duo fight down to the DJ who gets the better vendors, location and even wedding planner on their big day! My Best Friends Wedding: Who doesn’t love Julia Roberts and Dermot Mulroney! In this hilarious comedy, Roberts finds out that her best friend is getting married, and engages in some questionable behavior just hours before the wedding.

Bridesmaids: One of the funniest bridal movies ever starring Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph and Melissa McCarthy. The classic battle between a maid of honor and bridesmaid to out do one another to have everything perfect for the bride! 27 Dresses: Katherine Heigl is “always a bridesmaid” in this romantic comedy co-starring James Marsden as an aspiring writer currently stuck in the commitment section of the newspaper. The Proposal: Sandra Bullock is Ryan Reynolds’ pushy, overbearing boss who needs to obtain a legal visa to remain in the states and avoid deportation. Runaway Bride: Set in rural Maryland, Julia Roberts is a serial bride, while Richard Gere is a writer in New York writing an article about her. The Wedding Date: Debra Messing is forced to hire a male escort (Dermot Mulroney) to attend her sister’s wedding.

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IT TAKES MORE THAN LOVE life after the wedding Of course you should savor the warm glow of falling in and being in love. That’s what getting married is all about! Enjoy the preparations for your wedding ceremony, thrill over the dress and trousseau, the flowers, music, attendants, reception and honeymoon. As you come together to form a new family, take the time to discuss why you are getting married, and begin building a productive, loving environment. Dreams of living happily in the partnership of marriage are never guaranteed, but hard work on your part can help make your marriage last. Communication is essential for building and sustaining a good, healthy marriage, both new and old alike. But even couples who don’t find it very easy to talk can learn to express their feelings, needs and ideas to each other, increasing their prospects for a successful marriage. Any sincere effort to communicate usually strengthens the relationship and lowers the chance of marital breakdown, so try to build your listening skills. Learn to handle your anger effectively, to talk about sex, and to provide positive feedback Sometimes it’s hard for couples to talk about their relationship. These questions offer a useful guide to tackling tough issues as you begin your new life together: • What are your expectations of marriage? • Do you treat each other like equal partners? • What will be different simply because you get married? • What will be the same?

• How do you make decisions as a couple? • What happens if you do not agree? • Do you argue fairly? • Do you resolve conflicts easily? • How do you handle finances? • How will you manage money? • Are there issues and behaviors you

would never tolerate in the marriage? • Are you committed to each other, always looking out for each other’s best interests? • Do you talk to each other and feel you have been heard? • Are you satisfied with your: Emotional intimacy? Physical intimacy? • How does your partner treat your family and friends? • Is your partner compassionate? • Is it likely that you both will be open to forgiving each other? • How open and comfortable is communication with each other? • Are you both in agreement about children? If you do have children now, how will you negotiate childcare, household management and career?

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Nestled on the northeastern shores of Geneva Lake in southeast Wisconsin, Lake Geneva has been a resort community since just after the Civil War when wealthy Chicago families discovered the site and began building summer homes there. Today, Lake Geneva is one of the Midwest’s premier resort destinations and a favorite choice for weddings due to the beautiful natural surroundings, breadth of dining and lodging choices, and the many options available for bride and groom.4

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LAKE GENEVA Whatever your desire, Lake Geneva can fulfill your wedding wish. Whether you dream of a wedding on a meticulously restored century-old yacht; in a historic ballroom overlooking the pristine waters of Geneva Lake with views of celebrated mansions; commemorating your nuptials in a hot air balloon; arriving to your ceremony by horse and carriage; or celebrating your special day at a luxury resort, rustic inn or quaint B&B; Lake Geneva can accommodate your every desire. Every season offers its own magic, each making a special statement to wedding ceremonies and receptions. From spring blossoms and warm breezes to summers romantic moonlit nights; warm days and cool nights with autumns palate of colors; winters clean fresh snow with year

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LAKE GENEVA celebrations. This major landmark in downtown Lake Geneva was built in 1932. During the 1980’s a local citizen’s committee recommended renovations to the historic building and an extensive restoration took place. The docks on the lake side of the building are known as the Riviera Docks and are the seasonal headquarters of Lake Geneva Cruise Line.

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THE FIRST TIME BRIDE walking down the aisle Your first walk down the aisle is a special time. While you want your guests to enjoy themselves it’s really about you and your special man making a memory that will last forever. There’s just so much to arrange. We’ve taken a few top “things to remember” and given you the reasons why you better not forget.

• Choose flowers that won’t wilt before the I Do’s. Tulips no, roses yes. Ask your florist for recommendations.

Think About Ways to Save Money Got a budget? Most people do. If you want a more elaborate wedding for less money then try a few of these tried and true methods.

Meet Where You’ll Exchange Vows The last thing you want to hear the day of your wedding is “no flashes allowed in the church” or “You only have 30 minutes before the ceremony to decorate the chapel with flowers. Think now of the disasters you can avoid in the future.

• Look into saying your nuptials on a Sunday instead of a Friday or Saturday. • Go easy on the alcohol that is served at your wedding. The guests will thank you later.

• Explore the possibility of a destination wedding and combine it with your honeymoon. Only your best friends and family will attend and your budget will go farther since you’re already at your honeymoon destination.

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THE FIRST TIME BRIDE • Is there any type of music that is not allowed to be played in the area where you are having your ceremony? • How early can the florist arrive to decorate and are there any stipulations on the number or types of floral arrangements? • Is there a changing room for the you and the attendants? What about an area for the groom and groomsmen? • Are guests allowed to throw birdseed, confetti or flower petals outside. Many places allow certain items, but the stipulation is you are responsible for clean up. Invitations The invitations will be the first thing that many of your guests will see in regards to your wedding. No matter how beautiful your dress or how breathtaking the flower arrangements, the invitations come first and, as they say, you only have one time to make a first impression. • Think about what you want to say with your invitation and express it with style. • Always hand address your invitations and remember, children over 18 years old get their own invitations as well as your attendants, groomsmen, parents and the clergy. • Keep a good account of the RSVP’s. You will thank yourself later for keeping up with the count from the beginning. Wedding Cake Worries Eat cake and be happy. But how do you know what flavor to choose so your guests won’t take one bite and just pretend they ate the rest. • Cakes don’t just come in one variety anymore. Think about all those flavors your mother never made like carrot, lemon, strawberries and coconut or even coffee mocha. Photo Courtesy of Matt Mason Photography 174 • PREMIER BRIDE premierbridewisconsin.com


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• Cake tops are saying more nowadays and really showing off a couple’s personality.

• When working with a travel agent always confirm your final travel itinerary a week before your trip.

Some cake designers have mentioned topping wedding cakes with family heirlooms or creations that represent how the couple feels about one another. Honeymoon Essentials for Smooth Sailing Don’t count on your travel agent to do it all, but don’t stress either. Going on a trip can be hard enough, combine it with a wedding and you can bet that you will be ready to sip those cosmopolitans on the French Riveria as soon as possible

• Make a list of everything you need to pack and do it several days before the wedding. By the time you walk down the aisle, the last thing you will want to do is pack for a trip. • Make sure you leave copies of important documents with family or friends. These documents could include; passport, airline tickets, hotel information, credit card information and wedding certificate. You can never ask too many questions or be too certain about the details when it comes to the biggest day of your life. Make your first trip down the aisle a snapshot you will remember forever.

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SECOND TIME BRIDES getting married again It’s no secret that men and women are getting married more than once nowadays. However, with the decision to wed a second or third time there are also the common worries about tradition and proper etiquette. Brides who are walking down the aisle for at least the second time tend to be more mature and ready to take on the world in a more sophisticated manner, oftentimes they are full-fledged career women who barely even have time to fit a wedding into their schedule. With commitments such as work, children and a personal life, it can be a tricky balancing act to plan a wedding during the prime of your life. Couples who are getting married again usually reflect more on the actual ceremony, while at the same time trying to juggle everything in between. Because of the many activities involved, it is often a good choice to hire a wedding consultant. Many wedding consultants specialize in planning signature weddings for second time brides and keep the bride and groom on schedule. In the case of a schedule this often means someone else remembering to get the wedding dress altered before the wedding picture is taken or remembering the ring bearer’s pillow is not available until the day before the ceremony. What About the Children? Wedding consultants are good for helping to coordinate extended families including the bride or groom’s children. Many couples nowadays are choosing to have their children be part of the ceremony. For example, sons might play


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SECOND TIME BRIDES the part of an usher or even a ring bearer. Depending on the age of the children, the daughter can also take part in the ceremony as a flower girl or even a bride’s maid. The bride’s son or daughter might stand next to the bride in a show that the groom is not only marrying the mother, but also acknowledging he is taking the child as his own. This can be done visa versa as well and it is not uncommon to have a son or daughter walk down the aisle with their mother. Since children will often have some issues with their parent getting remarried, it is a good idea to let them have a big part in the wedding so they can feel a sense of importance. Singing during the ceremony, lighting a unity candle or just incorporating a reading will also tie the family and the ceremony together in a special way.

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SECOND TIME BRIDES attendants are usually allowed to pick their favorite cocktail dress that is within the brides color scheme or theme. Wedding Trends and Who Pays Smaller, intimate weddings are definitely the norm for second time couples walking down the aisle. The receptions are different too, simple dinner parties or cocktail receptions are

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

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tied together at the laces. Wedding cakes and desserts are one of the latest wedding designs to start challenging convention, so bakeries are always looking to keep up with the latest trends and really customize your dessert. So, if you have a sweet idea, find someone who can work with it. Book Early! Demand for customized and intricate wedding desserts mean bakeries fill up quick for wedding weekends. It’s safe to have something booked six months in advance, especially if you’re getting married during high season. But don’t worry – this doesn’t mean you have to know exactly what you want so far ahead of time. First, shop around in general for bakeries, and when you find one you think can satisfy your needs for taste, quantity,

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CAKES efficiency and personality, book a date. Then, you can really work with a pro to determine exactly what it is you want. So…how do I find the bakery? Trusting your gut is always sound advice, especially so when it comes to a food decision! Any dessert should be delicious, so your tasting is important. Make sure you sample all they have to offer that interests you. But since this isn’t an ordinary dessert you’re ordering, make sure you’re comfortable with the efficiency and professionalism of the bakery as well. They should return your calls and e-mails on time, be flexible with you and your needs, be willing to customize your dessert, be familiar with your reception venue and guarantee an on-time dessert, including of course set-up, delivery, and clean-up if necessary. You don’t want to

be worrying about if your cake is going to show up on your big day. As with every wedding decision you make, don’t be afraid to switch bakeries or make demands if you don’t feel comfortable with the service you’re receiving. And the cost… Cakes are typically priced by the slice, which is generally anywhere from $1.50 to $6.50 per slice, depending on the style, ingredients, size and decorating. Your reception site or caterer may also charge a plating fee as well, often $.50 to $1.50 per person, to cut and serve the cake. Ask about this, and if there is a plating charge see if it’s negotiable. Cutting the Cake. Most likely your baker will provide tips for you and your new spouse to premierbridewisconsin.com PREMIER BRIDE • 191


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CAKES accomplish the time-honored task of cutting the cake with ease. Plan ahead to have your cake knife and lifter engraved or decorated with ribbons or fresh flowers. Traditionally, the bride grasps the knife with her right hand and the groom covers her hand with his. Together, the couple glides the knife into the delicious masterpiece while flashbulbs pop. 1 Year Later. Some bakeries offer ‘anniversary cakes’ as part of their bridal packages. Instead of having to freeze the top layer of your wedding cake (which doesn’t always freeze well, or taste that great a year later), the bakery will make you a fresh cake, often in the same style and flavor as your wedding cake, for your one-year anniversary. Cake, Shmake. Here are some tasty treats that may suit your wedding better than the traditional cake. Centerpiece cakes. Pull double duty and use a beautiful wedding cake as the centerpiece for each of your tables. Some ambitious newlyweds stop at each table to cut and serve their guests the cake, which is a beautiful idea, but depending on the timetable and the number of tables this won’t work for everyone. Cupcake Tower. Individual cupcakes are fun, the perfect serving size and allow for all kinds of decorating freedom you might not have with a traditional cake. Cupcake arrangements could be anything from a tower that resembles a traditional tiered cake to something

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ask the right questions • Do you specialize in any certain styles or flavors? • Can you design a wedding or groom’s cake from a photograph or idea? • Can you match the cake colors to fabric swatches or flowers? • Can you create individual cakes to be used as wedding favors? • Can you accommodate special dietary needs? • Do you offer a tasting? • How much time do you need to prepare the cake at the reception? • Do you price by the slice or by the cake? Do you have a price list? • Will you charge for supports or bases on the cake? May I return them for a refund? • How far in advance must I book your services? • What is your cancellation policy? • Is a deposit required? If so, when and how much?

CAKES more inventive such as mismatched layers of different colored cupcakes over decorated shelves. Make-Your-Own-Sundae! Who doesn’t love an ice cream sundae? Think of every topping you can, and then some, then let your guests run wild. Perfect for an outdoor summer wedding or one with lots of children, your guests will be craving this at every wedding they attend after yours. The make-your-own theme can also be popular with the cupcakes, if you provide a few types of frostings and toppings. Candies Table. The newest trend in wedding desserts, an array of colorful candies is sure to make eyes pop and sweet

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

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THE CANDIES TABLE

a new and different twist to satisfy every guest’s sweet tooth Sure, the wedding cake is a tried and true part of weddings since before any of us can remember. But why give your guests one measly piece of cake when you could let them indulge in a buffet full of candy? A candy table is the latest trend in wedding desserts, and it’s not difficult to figure out why. It can be as casual or upscale as you like, it’s the perfect accent to any reception venue, it’s fun and personal, and most importantly it will leave your guests enchanted and sweetly sated. Here’s how to make your candy buffet the talk of the town.

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Choose Your Sweets Remember candies and sweets come in every shape, size and delectability, so take your guests, venue and design into account, then choose your treats accordingly. For an outdoor, casual wedding full of light and color, you might want to go for a rainbow of whimsical variety with bright rock candy, every hue of jelly bean, gummies, silly-shaped chocolates, lollipops, gumballs, striped candy canes and a chocolate fountain with marshmallows and fruit. An indoor, more upscale formal event could call for candies such as toffees, exquisite varieties of chocolate bars, biscotti cookies, decorative chocolate-covered pretzels and


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THE CANDIES TABLE strawberries, macaroons, pastry puffs and sugar or yogurt coated nuts and raisins. Design Like your sweet selection, your design can match your wedding. For something casual and playful, arrange your colorful candies in clear jars of every shape and size like an old candy store. A more upscale look could present your desserts in classy giant martini glasses or on small decorative plates arranged on different levels over an expansive, dramatically lit table. Custom-order candies or candy wrappers to stick within your color scheme. Only choosing candies of two or three colors also creates a striking design.

Another fun idea is to put two or three different candy containers at each individual table as centerpieces so guests can mix and match as they mingle between tables. Like Kids in Candy Stores! Once you’ve decided on your sweets and display, get ready to let sweet teeth run wild. Prepare fun dessert plates, plastic bags, or oversized wine glasses where guests can collect their treats. Make sure every separate serving dish has a decorative scooper so fingers don’t dirty the delights, then step back and let the inner child in all your guests pick and choose from the tasty array. As guests are leaving, give them an artsy, monogrammed bag and ask them to peruse the buffet again for an edible wedding favor.

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BRIdaL BLooMs: design a beautiful wedding with flowers The romantic link between weddings and flowers dates back to ancient civilizations where garlands of flowers, leaves and vines were worn or carried by young brides to symbolize their beauty and innocence. Wedding flowers have since evolved from simple hand-held bouquets to vibrantly artistic creations used to set the mood and theme for the entire celebration.4 premierbridewisconsin.com PREMIER BRIDE â&#x20AC;˘ 197


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FLOWERS Deciding on flower arrangements may take considerable time and imagination on your part. Guidance and suggestions from your florist will smooth the process for you, so it is recommended to book your florist a year in advance if possible. Try to make a final selection for all your bouquets, boutonnieres, ceremony arrangements and reception centerpieces at least three months before the wedding, then meet with the florist again three weeks before your wedding date to iron out all the details. When meeting with floral designers, it is a good idea to bring fabric swatches of your gown and the bridesmaid’s dresses. It also helps to bring photographs or illustrations of specific flowers, colors and bouquet styles you prefer. If you are unsure which flowers will last and also look the best, ask your floral designer. Since you will want your floral arrangements to last throughout the day, your floral designer’s advice will be invaluable. Some flowers hold up beautifully in the sun while others are better suited for indoors. For example, it probably would not be wise to select gardenias if you are planning an outdoor wedding at midday in June. Gardenias are as delicate as they are beautiful, and under such conditions they would wilt long before the minister says, “you may kiss the bride.” For You and Your Wedding Party The first item of consideration will be the bridal bouquet, since all other floral arrangements will take their cue from this piece. It not only sets the tone for the overall floral scheme, but also provides the perfect opportunity for you to bring your own style and personality to the forefront.


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petals scattered around flickering candles. Use your imagination to design one-of-a-kind centerpieces that express your style. Keep in mind that the height of the arrangements should not interfere with the ability of guests to converse with each other. They should either be low enough to talk over or high enough to talk under. Placing the wedding party’s bouquets at equal intervals at the head table also provides excellent decoration. Running greenery laced with flowers across the length of the head table is another option. You might consider using this decoration for the cake table as well. If your budget allows, consider adding a few finishing touches here and there, such as flower petals on serving trays, or garlands along the front of the buffet tables. You can also fill in a large room premierbridewisconsin.com PREMIER BRIDE • 199


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FLOWERS with potted ferns or ficus trees placed strategically and wrapped with strands of small white lights. Share all of your ideas with your floral designer, who can help you refine them to create a lavish and memorable impression that won’t soon be forgotten by you or your guests. SEASONAL CONSIDERATIONS For everything there is a season and flowers are no exception. One of the most important considerations in selecting your wedding day flowers will be the season in which you intend to wed. You will find that flowers in bloom during the month of your wedding will be more available and less costly than selections that are out of season and they will also last longer. A major seasonal consideration is the holidays since certain flora will significantly increase in price. Valentine’s Day, as you can imagine, creates a high demand for red roses, increasing the cost considerably. Easter affects the availability and price of tulips and hyacinths, while at Christmas poinsettias and holly are at a premium. Should you choose these flowers around such seasons, factor this into your budget. Here are some popular flowers and the best season to choose them in order to help you create beautiful bouquets and arrangements for your wedding. Winter: Amaryllis, Casablanca lily, freesia, Gerber daisy, heather, holly (ilex), narcissus, poinsettia, rose, stephanotis. Summer: Anemone, azalea, calla lily, camellia, daffodil, French tulip, hyacinth, hydrangea, jasmine, lilac, lily of the valley, mimosa, pansy, peony, primrose, ranunculus, sweet pea, tulip, violet. Fall: Celosia (cockscomb) Chinese lantern, chrysanthemum, crosnia, dahlia, statice, yarrow (in California, most summer flowers are also available in the fall.)

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combine a range of blossoms that are unique in shape and size for dramatic impact, or compose a delicate bouquet of one type of flower. White flower selections may include calla lilies, catalpa orchids, daisies, delphiniums, freesia, gardenias, hydrangeas, lilacs, lilies, lilies of the valley, orchids, roses, stephanotis and tulips. Most of these flowers are true white; however, like roses, some display a hint of pink or yellow. If your heart is set on color, don’t hesitate to indulge. Colored blossoms are definitely “in” for bridal bouquets, as well as other ceremony and reception arrangements. From exotic tropical stems to gorgeous, scented garden herbs, the selections and combinations are virtually endless. With their fragrant beauty, their wide range of hues and year-round availability, it is easy to see why roses have retained their popularity with brides. If you are considering roses, it helps to know a little bit about them before making your final decisions. Roses are produced in three grades: Select, Extra Fancy and Fancy. Select roses are top quality and last the longest. It may be worth paying more for Select, although Extra Fancy is equally lovely. Florists rarely deal with Fancy roses, found mostly in supermarkets, as they tend to wilt rapidly.

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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, correct handling of these delicate matters can help avoid any unwanted tensions. Consider alternatives in planning your church wedding and reception to accommodate your divorced parents. 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. Protocol, however, does not always create good feelings. 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 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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You’ve been planning your dream wedding for months, but for your guests, the invitation is their first glimpse of what’s to come. It provides a clue to the event, and the level of formality, along with some indication of your wedding style: Formal or informal? Modern or traditional? You’ll want an invite that matches… and so, let the search begin!4 premierbridewisconsin.com PREMIER BRIDE • 207


INVITATIONS WHERE TO START Wedding invitations include so many tiny etiquette details, from how to list the names to how to address the envelopes to how to arrange all the enclosures… and for this reason, it’s ideal to find a qualified local professional to be your “go-to” person for all of these questions – and more. Check online at www.premierbride.com to find stationers in your local area, attend local bridal shows or pull out the yellow pages. If you choose to purchase your invitations online, be sure to find a reputable retailer, and if possible, give yourself some extra time just in case there is a problem that would require more shipping time back and forth. You could also “test-drive” the customer service of an online retailer with an email and a phone question, to make sure they are reachable and responsive, to give yourself a little peace of mind. WHEN TO START Like all wedding responsibilities, the earlier you start, the more time you have to search, thoroughly evaluate options, and handle any problems that arise. It’s helpful to have your ceremony and reception details decided (when and where), and your basic wedding style and colors established. Knowing these things will help you find an invite that truly expresses the beauty and style of your day. If possible, order the invitations and other wedding stationery six or more months before the wedding to give yourselves plenty of time for reading and correcting proofs, printing, addressing, stuffing and mailing. Mail the invitations six to eight weeks before the wedding. Let any out-of-town guests who would need to arrange flights and/or hotel rooms about the date as soon as you 208 • PREMIER BRIDE premierbridewisconsin.com

know it, either informally through conversation, or more formally with a save-the-date card mailed as early as possible. This consideration gives them more time and flexibility to make travel arrangements. ALL THE PARTS Wedding invitations are typically comprised of several components, each with a different purpose. There is the ceremony card announcing the details of the ceremony with the optional tissue paper to lay on top (an old custom to protect the other enclosures from stilltacky ink), the reception card if applicable with those details, the response card with its stamped, addressed return envelope, the map if provided which also often includes hotel details for out-of-town guests, and the inner and outer envelopes. Some invitations combine these elements, such as including the reception information on the ceremony card, especially if it’s at the same place or immediately following. It’s also possible to simply eliminate some elements (such as the inner envelope or tissue paper covering the ceremony card), particularly for more informal styles. THE INVITATION WORDING Traditionally, whoever is officially hosting (read: paying for) the wedding is listed first on the wedding invitations. Of course, you can work it out however you like with your families. (This is one area where it’s really important to have good communication between all parties!) Some couples today, who are paying for the majority of the expenses themselves, with help from their mixed and blended families, simply say “Mary Bride and John Groom, together with their families, request the honor of your presence at their marriage…”


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INVITATIONS This is also where it would be very helpful to have an experienced professional to assist! You could also do a search online to find invitation wording samples and discuss the options with your groom and respective families.

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SELECTING INVITATIONS: ask the right questions • May I see samples of your work? • What packages do you offer? What do they include? • What kinds of products do you offer? • How long will it take to have each order processed? • Will we see a proof before the invites are printed? • Do you offer discounts if we order other items at the same time, such as thank you notes? • Do you offer custom designs? • Do you offer labels? • Can you create a program for the ceremony? • How far in advance must I book your services? • What is your cancellation policy? • Is a deposit required? If so, when and how much? • Are you able to fill future orders, such as monogrammed stationery or additional thank you notes? 210 • PREMIER BRIDE premierbridewisconsin.com

ASSEMBLING THE PIECES The traditional way to put together an invite is as follows: start with the ceremony invitation on the bottom, cover with tissue if desired, put the reception card on top of it, and then put the response card with the unsealed return envelope and the map, if you’re using one, on the very top. Slide all items face up into the inner envelope. Do NOT seal the inner envelope, and slide it into the outer envelope with the addressee’s name facing the back flap so that it will be visible upon opening. ADDRESSING ADVICE The outer envelope should have a return address included on the back flap, and it’s probably well worth this small extra cost to have this done by the printer, so you don’t have to write the return address on every single invite you send! For the names and addresses of your guests, you can hand-write them, run the envelopes through your printer using a calligraphic font, or for a very beautiful and special touch, hire a calligrapher. One bride-to-be actually framed the envelope with her name and address on it that she received for another friend’s wedding, because the calligraphy was such an incredible and gorgeous work of art. What a visual treat for the guests of that wedding! Ideally, try to avoid labels, even clear ones, because they just don’t convey the sense of “specialness” and elegance that something as special as a wedding deserves.


INVITATIONS The following guidelines provide the traditional “rules” when addressing wedding invites that do help convey that sense of specialness and elegance. Street names, cities and states should be written out completely without any abbreviations. To indicate both parties of a married couple, use both “Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Green.” When addressing an unmarried couple living together, use each of their full names: “Mr. Ronald Green and Miss Angela Thomson.” If every member of a family is invited, write “Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Green and Family.” If only the older children are included, their names are written below the parents’: “Miss Erin Green.” Adult children no longer living with their parents should receive their own invite. Addressing children this way should let guests know if children are invited or not,

but often this is unknown or overlooked by guests. If you’d rather not have children at your wedding, you could also include on the invite “Adult Reception.” And, you may just want to let certain guests know this as well when you talk to them in person. A FINAL, CRITICAL TIP When you’ve fully assembled your invites, take one to the post office, and have them weigh it, assess it and give you a definitive postage due amount. It may weigh more than one ounce, or be an odd size (such as square) that costs extra, and the last thing you want is 100 wedding invites coming back to you marked “insufficient postage!” So make that extra trip to the post office to be absolutely sure, mail them out, and take a deep breath. The wedding is officially underway!

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Beauty The do’s and don’Ts of looking your best

All eyes are upon you as you glide gracefully up the center aisle. Your handsome groom gazes at you with love and adoration. Everyone wants to take your picture. Once you combine your special sense of style with a few tricks of the beauty trade, you’ll look your absolute best. 4 premierbridewisconsin.com PREMIER BRIDE • 213


BEAUTY Makeup, hair, nails… every blushing bride wants these to be in top form on the big day. We’ve done the research, reflected, and compiled our best tips to help you look completely fabulous for your wedding day! WHAT TO DO Now is a great time to focus on healthy, glowing skin. If you’re concerned about the health and appearance of your skin, then consider a visit to a dermatologist (for bigger problems) or an aesthetician (for minor issues.) Depending on the severity of your skin problems, start six to 12 months before your wedding day so you have time to treat, heal and achieve good results. After proper analysis and treatment, professionals can assist you in selecting skin care products that will enable you to maintain treatments in the privacy and convenience of your own home. Facials are a must for all skin types. Facial treatments use deep cleansing, masks and exfoliation to penetrate deep into the skin, killing blemishcausing bacteria, rebalancing the skin hormonal system and stimulating circulation. Regular treatment results in refined pores, smoother facial lines, healed blemishes and a more radiant complexion.

Explore an airbrush foundation. A process that includes spraying a very fine mist of foundation onto your face that reduces fine lines and imperfections which results in a more smooth, flawless look. Also try mineral makeup, a fine powder foundation that includes natural minerals. Ask your makeup artist what’s best for you! 214 • PREMIER BRIDE premierbridewisconsin.com

When choosing your hairstyle consider your gown, the level of formality of your wedding, your personal style, your hair and your face shape. Generally speaking, the more elaborate the gown, the simpler your hair should be, or it all simply becomes “too much of a good thing.” Strapless gowns show off their dramatic neckline with up-dos, but this isn’t a rule set in stone. Work with your hair stylist four to six weeks before the wedding to find the right style for you – and bring a photo of your gown with you! Whether you use a pro for your makeup, have a friend do it or do it yourself, do a trial run before the wedding. In addition to looking in the mirror and getting feedback from close friends and/or family, take photos and evaluate those. Do you like what you see? Do you want to make any changes? Now is the time to practice – not the day of your wedding! Keep it on throughout the day and see how it lasts. How does it look two, five or eight hours later? It is easy enough to touch up? Regular manicures in the one or two months before your wedding day will get your nails in perfect shape. You can probably avoid using acrylic nails this way, and enjoy the beauty of your own strong, healthy nails. Have your eyebrows professionally shaped at least two weeks before the wedding. If you’ve never done this before, you’ll be amazed at how different you look with well groomed brows! Some people may experience a red, rash-like reaction, so doing this early enough gives you time to recover if that happens to you. You will probably need to freshen them up a day or two before the wedding with a tweezers.


BEAUTY If you use a professional for your makeup, be sure to have the same colors available to take with you for touch-ups during the day. Do use waterproof mascara and eye makeup, just in case you shed a tear or two… And use primers underneath your foundation, lipstick and eye shadow, so that your makeup lasts longer. You want your makeup to last! To take care of the skin and make your whole body beautiful, try a body wrap and waxing. Body wraps detoxify and soften the skin using minerals or other natural substances to help to heal acne problems on the back and chest. Body wraps may include a full body massage to encourage circulation, toning and relaxation. Body waxing is one of smoothest and longest lasting forms of hair removal. Your legs will be smooth and free of razor stubble and, you can even try bikini waxing to get rid of hair on a longer-term basis. WHAT NOT TO DO Don’t alter your style too dramatically for your wedding day look. You want to look like yourself, your best self, and “polished” enough to honor the fact that this is a very special occasion. Avoid really trendy looks in makeup, nail color and hairstyle. 10 to 20 years from now, these styles will glaringly stand out and look distractingly outdated. One bride who wore a dark trendy color on her nails said she cringes now every time she sees her wedding photos, and wishes she went with a classic, neutral color. If you’re considering any drastic hair changes, do it a couple months before the wedding. This way, if you don’t like it, you have plenty of time to make changes. If you do like it, just maintain it!

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BEAUTY Don’t go too light with your makeup, or you’ll look pale and washed out, especially in photos. Don’t go too dark, or it will be distracting and overpowering. Experiment and practice before the wedding to find the right balance. Avoid facials for two or three days before your wedding, in case it causes any kind of undesirable reaction. Don’t overdo the blush. You’ll be emotional, happy, nervous, busy and showing off your groovy moves on the dance floor… So there’s a good chance you’ll have some natural color of your own, and combined with too much blush you could look too red. OUR FINAL, AND BEST, ADVICE DO strongly consider using beauty professionals for your wedding day

hair, makeup and nails. This is one simple way to shorten the list of wedding-day worries! A true makeup artist will know trade secrets not only for fashioning a longer-lasting look, but also for accentuating your features. They will also provide you with great information, advice and tips that will last a lifetime – a beauty investment. A great hair stylist can help you create a look that complements your facial features, headpiece and veil, and do it in a way designed to hold through the last dance. When you go pro, the end result is a relaxed, picture-perfect bride. Finally, don’t forget your most beautiful accessory: your radiant, love-filled smile.

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THE PERFECT WEDDING HAIR this season’s top hairstyles The Chignon: Typically a low bun on the side of the head that adds softness and will accompany any dress perfectly. This style is best with headbands or tiaras, and veils or birdcages. Consider this if you are having a vintage style wedding. The Braided Look: You might find a braid amongst flowing hair curled at the ends, with braids going through on the top of your head. This romantic look creates a look that stepped off of the red carpet. A Knot: The perfect pairing for a more couture dress. It’s simply a knot in the back of your head, and how appropriate because you will be tying the knot! Beach Waves: A very popular look that can be achieved in a number of different ways. If you have a curling wand or a hair straightener lying around, you might want to use it! If using a curling wand, just twirl

it around the wand and hair spray the curl, thats it! If using a hair straightener, simply twist your hair and flat iron it, thats it! Perfect Ponytail: You can channel the 60’s by simply having your hairdresser tease your hair into a high ponytail, making it look effortless. This will be the perfect addition to any gown. For Short Hair: Consider doing a short bob with finger waves, and adding earrings to compliment the look! This will look great! If you don’t have a short bob, consider having your stylist tuck your hair under and create an up-do that way, this is chic and very stylish. For bangs: Consider doing a face framing braid just over your bangs to create a softer look. Then, curl and twist the ends of your hair, and instantly your hair looks great!

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Gowns 6 easY sTeps to the gown of your dreams

Everyone knows they can’t try to upstage the bride on her wedding day, and that means one thing –you’ve got to make sure your dress is up for the challenge! Some ladies have dreamt of their gown since before they can remember, but for others finding the dress is a nightmare. Before you start looking here are some tips:4 premierbridewisconsin.com PREMIER BRIDE • 219


GOWNS Have a trusting team. Invite along friends or family who will be honest yet accommodating with you. If a dress is unflattering, you want them to speak up, but don’t invite someone who wants to control how you’ll look on your day – the ultimate decision is yours, and you shouldn’t feel guilty about that. Keep an open mind. It’s helpful to have an idea of what you want, but don’t be afraid to wiggle outside your comfort zone. You might be pleasantly surprised with the results and make a statement walking down the aisle! Get treated right. Make sure your service is topnotch. Your dress is one of the most important and memorable parts of one of the biggest days of your life, so you should be taken care of like a queen. You need to be able to trust a consultant to take care of every aspect of your dress-buying experience. Make sure they address how they’ll deal with alterations and other practical matters. Also, be mindful they’re not slacking but are truly showing you all your options while staying within your price range. Your happiness should be their top priority. If you don’t feel comfortable, do NOT be afraid to ask for a different representative or go somewhere else. Start basic. Do some basic research like online searches, or thinking of friend and family’s dresses you loved, and try to have an idea in your head of what you want so it’s easier to narrow your search. Even then, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with your options. If you don’t know 220 • PREMIER BRIDE premierbridewisconsin.com

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


GOWNS for a bold accent like this look from Anthropologie with a black bow and red shoes. A sash is another way to add color, perhaps the same color as your bridesmaids or flowers. Throw it on after the ceremony for a different reception look. Black and red are two popular colors for a bold yet classic accent. LEGS! Short dresses have always been fun for a switch into a more casual reception dress, but they’re gaining popularity down the aisle, especially for summer or outdoor weddings. They show off your legs or a great shoe, and come as light-hearted or couture as you like. Project Runway’s Carol Hannah has some flirty, affordable frocks. No one will elegantly show off your curves more than Alfred Angelo’s ‘Little White Dress’ collection, while Oscar de la Renta has whipped up a more show-stopping number with full skirts ballooning out from a simple, strapless top. For tee-length, princess options, try a whimsical dress from Rosa Clara. STRAPLESS’S NEW RIVAL. The one shoulder option is now second to strapless, which means the once edgy look now has classic and elegant options. A decorative bow, flower or design on the shoulder strap energizes the look, like this Jenny Packham dress. For a less dramatic design, try something like Imogen from Carolina Herrera’s 2011 bridal line, with a simple tulle cap sleeve that gently stems from an easily sloping neckline. Also popular is a folded, asymmetrical look, like Oscar de la Renta shows. (Asymmetrical hemlines are also very in!) COVER UP. Sleeves are back, but don’t worry – designers haven’t relapsed

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

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The bride, in her splendid gown, will turn heads as she walks down the aisle, but the groom, waiting patiently at the altar, deserves his share of the attention too. And he will look splendid also, dressed in the perfect outfit for the perfect day, and ready to celebrate.4 premierbridewisconsin.com PREMIER BRIDE â&#x20AC;˘ 223


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, just be sure you’re consistent throughout – invitations, décor, food, location, and certainly, wedding attire should all “match” in terms of formality. (Most people do this instinctively!) In warm weather, think lighter colors (such as tan and white), and in cool weather think darker colors (navy and charcoal.) Grey would likely work anytime, and black is always classic and appropriate. Ties, vests and cummerbunds can match the wedding colors, or compliment them with colors such as white, ivory, silver, grey or black. One interesting option is to see if it’s possible to order extra material when ordering the bridal gown, and have ties made with it for either just the groom, or for the groom and the groomsmen. If the bridal gown is ivory, the men should wear ivory shirts, not white, to compliment her. Semiformal and formal weddings have plenty of options: a high quality, single- or double-breasted men’s suit in black, dark charcoal or navy with a Windsor knotted tie in white, ivory, navy, silver or black is a less formal option. For a more formal look than that, consider a tuxedo with a singleor 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, 224 • PREMIER BRIDE premierbridewisconsin.com

a vest, a white winged-color shirt and a bow tie. If you can envision a symphony conductor’s attire, this is “white tie.” DISTINGUISHING THE GROOM It’s nice to have some way of setting the groom apart. At very formal events, the groom and groomsmen are all to be dressed 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 jacket while his groomsmen are in black. Or, the groom could wear a white, ivory or silver vest and/or tie while his groomsmen wear vests and/ or ties in black, or a color that matches the bridesmaids’ dresses. SHOPPING TIPS When the men visit their formalwear shop they should have a firm idea of the women’s wedding attire, and bring fabric or color swatches from the bridesmaids’ gowns. Pictures from the pages of wedding and men’s magazines of the preferred formalwear styles would also be helpful in the decision-making process. The groom and groomsmen should reserve their rentals at least three months in advance of the wedding (although the earlier, the better, especially during the busy seasons.) 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


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GROOM 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.

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THE PERFECT FIT There are a few key points to keep in mind regarding fit when ordering formalwear for the groom and groomsmen. Shirts, whether with pleated front panels or traditional smooth-fronted ones, should fit well around the neck. The bottom hem of the pants should 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. 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

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No Bridezillas Here! Movies and reality TV lead us to believe that weddings are stressed-out events that reduce people to a fetal position. Look carefully at training, qualifications and talent and how you will be treated as a customer. Follow your instincts and select vendors who care as passionately about you and your event as they do about themselves. 228 • PREMIER BRIDE premierbridewisconsin.com

Current collars. Notched collars on jackets are becoming more popular, beating out winged and shawl collars. Trendy ties. Dressy standard neckties, often called four-in-hand ties or Windsor knotted ties, are becoming a more popular option in wedding attire, although bow ties will always be classic and appropriate, especially for very formal affairs. Going pleatless. Shirts without pleats and pointed collars are a current look, as are flat-front dress or tuxedo pants. Complimentary accessories. Groomsmen accessories that compliment the groom instead of matching the bridesmaids’ dresses are another new alternative. For example, having the groom in a silver vest with black detailing, while the groomsmen are in black vests with silver detailing.

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Cohabitation Before the Wedding Today, most couples live together before marriage. But studies by Rutgers University and Bumpus and Sweet, noted sociologists, came to the same conclusion. The risk of divorce is almost double if you do. The exception is if you’re engaged or planning to get married when you move in together. Then the statistics don’t apply.


WEDDINGS ON A BUDGET don’t break the bank If planning a wedding is a challenge, paying for it can be an even greater one. But don’t despair, here are some insider secrets to help you save money when you choose a full-service hotel as your reception site. TIME OF DAY Many hotels book receptions from noon to 5:00 p.m. or from 6:00 p.m. to midnight, and they may charge extra to host a reception that overlaps both time segments. To save money, choose one of these times. Better yet, choose the earlier time slot. Because evening functions tend to be easily booked, choosing the earlier time may give you negotiating power with the hotel, especially if their list price is the same for both time frames. TIME OF YEAR The date you choose for your wedding may significantly affect reception cost. Peak months are April, May, June, September, October and November. Saturday evenings in December are generally reserved for holiday parties. Most hotels will refuse to negotiate prices during these prime months, and many require a minimum budget be met in order to reserve the space. At other times of the year, however, hoteliers are usually more than willing to haggle. MENU SELECTION In comparison to a dinner buffet, heavy hors d’oeuvres or a station reception, a sit-down meal is frequently the most economical choice. Though many new brides assume that a hors d’oeuvres cocktail party will be the

least expensive option, often the exact opposite is true. To host a hors d’oeuvres party at mealtime, you should provide 14 to 16 hors d’oeuvres per person. When all of the items are tallied, the total per person cost can be equal to or higher than a plated or buffet meal.

BEVERAGE/BAR The largest contributing factor to your overall reception budget is the type of bar you host. Generally, if you are considering hosting a bar for your guests for the full reception (four to five hours), the price can equal or even exceed the meal cost. Many times a hotel will offer an “open bar” package price. These prices are based on a fixed per person cost per hour regardless of the amount consumed. The advantage of the open bar is having a fixed cost to factor into your budget. Do not assume that you will save money by serving only beer, wine and soda. Many people will drink more beer and wine than mixed drinks. If you need to save money on your open bar, close the bar during dinner, and reopen after the meal. This way you will have bar coverage when it’s needed most.

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Transportation GeTTInG TheRe: Wedding day Transportation

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

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Your Bridal Party – Be Careful! Once you’ve asked, live with that decision. You can’t “un-invite”. Ask your closest family members and friends, no acquaintances. Never ask someone who’s financially strapped unless you can help with expenses. Don’t forget your fiancé’s immediate family members. 232 • PREMIER BRIDE premierbridewisconsin.com

LIMOS If there is a day to splurge on this iconic luxury vehicle, your wedding is certainly the day. Unlike some other forms of transport, a limo can be booked for an entire day, so you could get a high-class ride to pick you up at the house, delivering you to the ceremony, reception or even to the airport to jet away on a honeymoon. Most companies have a one or two hour minimum for their services, so think about what the most costeffective way would be to keep the limo around. If you want a car for both going to and leaving the ceremony, it might be more affordable to hire two separate cars rather than pay for the vehicle to sit there during a long reception.

The Importance of the RSVP Once you host an event such as a wedding, you have a much greater appreciation of the importance of an RSVP. Paying for guests that are no-shows is both expensive and heartbreaking. Promise yourself from this time forward, you will always RSVP. Once done, you will honor that promise. And spread the word!


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more room to spare –these will seat up to 10 people very comfortably. Or, for even bigger parties, a passenger coach or party bus can seat anywhere from 21 to 49 people, so it can be a great way to get a few special guests and family members on the special ride between locations. Or, if you have a very small wedding and the ceremony and reception are separated by a long distance, this is a fun way to get all the guests in on the party right away. Like limousine services, passenger and luxury coach companies require a minimum number of hours. The size and type of coach will determine the hourly rate. Depending on the size of your party it may make sense to hire two coaches, maybe a luxury coach for the bride, groom and attendants and a passenger coach for the guests.

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TRANSPORTATION This allows guests with a little more flexibility, as well. TAKING THE TROLLEY An attractive, fun and picturesque alternative to a limo or passenger coach is a trolley, if it’s available in your area. Trolleys generally can accommodate between 20 and 35 people, so they’re great for larger parties or adding on some family members or friends. With their antique look and old world charm, they’ll send a lovely, elegant touch to this wedding day detail. Since most have outdoor decks, these are especially fun in small towns so you can take a peek outside and watch onlookers wave at the newlyweds. And there’s no transportation alternative that looks as great in photos!

UNIQUE ALTERNATIVES Limos, party buses and trolleys are great, traditional options, but some new couples might opt for something more personal or creative. A horsedrawn carriage is a romantic, vintage option, especially if you can decorate it with your wedding colors or pull up to your waving guests. Vintage cars are also great photo ops and add a touch of class. An antique Rolls Royce or a ’69 Mustang are fun and something you don’t get to ride in every day. Ride in style like the royal couple did in their April wedding in a decorated navy soft-top Aston Martin Volante. Or, as with everything else in the wedding, make sure the transportation connects to YOU. Maybe you met at a Harley rally – ride off on your twin premierbridewisconsin.com PREMIER BRIDE • 235


TRANSPORTATION Hogs! Or maybe you share a love of mountain biking – don’t be afraid to wheel over on a tandem together. Personality is what makes weddings memorable, so however you move, make sure it’s full of your style. DOWN TO DETAILS Make sure to confirm transportation booking and verify pick-up and departure times well in advance of your wedding dates. And don’t be afraid to ask for a test drive! For a written contract, look for these things: • Name and contact information for you and the company (including cell phone!)

• Exact hours of vehicle rental • Total cost, including gas, mileage, tip and overtime fees • Deposit amount, balance and due date and cancellation policy • Signatures, including yours, and the company’s representative Weddings are busy, chaotic days, so it’s wise to have someone closely associated with the wedding party, such as the best man or a family member, designated to coordinate with the chauffeur to make sure everything is on schedule.

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DOOR COUNTY 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. 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.

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, snow-laden 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.

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Seattle, Washington is located on the west coast and fondly named “The Emerald City.” Sights such as Mt. Rainier, the Space Needle and Pike Place Market will make your stay that much more authentic when visiting. There are museums that cater to the music lover, art lover and children alike; sure to please everybody! If you’re a “foodie” at heart, check out Pike Place Market located in the heart of downtown featuring fresh seafood, chocolates and the first ever Starbucks! If that’s not enough, check out the unique breweries that Seattle has to offer, not to mention the extensive wine country.


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from the hustle and bustle of the city. The Woodland Park-Zoo is home to creatures like the kookaburra, sloth bear, and wallaroo, and chuckwalla. Don’t know what those are? Here is your chance to find out! The zoo is open every day except Christmas and is open later in the summertime. While you visit be sure to check out the 2.5 acre rose garden that is in the park; with over 280 varieties of roses and over 5,000 individual plants. Feel good about visiting the zoo because a portion of every dollar spent on admission goes to animal conservation projects in the Northwest and around the world.

This all-year round market is one of Seattle’s most iconic tourist attractions and is filled with food and drinks! Bring your walking shoes because this attraction is over nine acres across with 500 farmers, bakers, seafarers and craftspeople that are ready for you each day. You might want to visit early in the day because it does tend to get a little crowded; Pike Place Market boasts a staggering 10 million visitors per year. You’ll find fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, fresh cut flowers, locally made clothing and jewelry and more. The Pike Place Market is truly a one-stop-shop and an experience that you will never forget

Seattle Center With four museums, six fountains, five gardens, a skate park, an events arena and too many theaters to count; you are sure to find something to do. Culture is bursting at the seams at this one-of-a-kind location; not to mention that the space needle is in the center of the mix. Designed by Edward E. Carlson in 1959, the Space Needle is the dominant structure for the Seattle World’s Fair. It’s structure is one of the most prevalent structures in the vast Seattle skyline. Be sure to check out the observation deck after your ultimate dining experience atop the Space Needle, which rotates a full 360 degrees.

Woodland Park-Zoo If nature is more your style, check out one of the most amazing zoo’s in the United States. Located just ten minutes north of downtown, this 92-acre zoo is a nice change of pace

WHERE TO STAY The Alexis Hotel This exclusive hotel is part of the Kimpton hotels and restaurants and has been named one of Travel + Leisure’s “500 Best Hotels in the World” and Conde Nast Traveler’s “Top 20 Hotels in the Pacific Northwest.” The luxury honeymoon suite is filled with tons of amenities including a jet tub, four-poster bed, specialty bath supplies and an extensive book and music collection. Room service is also available with the touch of a button; perfect for the honeymooning couple. Other amenities include towel warmer, two-person shower and “his” and “her” slippers; not to mention the comfy robes! If you want to get even more relaxed, try the Chroma Salon.Spa featuring massages, body wraps and facials (also available in-room!).

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Chandler Crabhouse water view rooms that overlook Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains. Top-notch amenities include luxury Hypnos beds, plush bathrobes, floor to ceiling bay windows and custom linens. Room service is also available and each room is outfitted with a coffee maker with Seattle’s Best Coffee and Tazo Teas. The hotel offers many packages that can fit the needs of your individual tastes. The SIGHT PACKAGE features two tickets to the Seattle Art Museum. The SOUND PACKAGE gets you into one of Seattle’s best entertainment venues, The Triple Door. The TOUCH PACKAGE is all about relaxation and features an in-room one hour massage. The TASTE PACKAGE highlights the three top restaurants within the hotel - two French restaurants and a Korean restaurant. Last, but not least, fresh market flowers and a $50 gift certificate to the courtyard shops greet you with the SCENT PACKAGE.

The Fairmont Olympic Hotel Located in the heart of downtown this stunning Italian Renaissance style hotel is home to more than 450 rooms. Situated just steps from the finest shopping and entertainment, there isn’t much more you can ask for from a hotel. Check out the in-room spa treatments courtesy of Penelope & The Beauty Bar and then take a trip to The Georgian restaurant for the latest sampling of afternoon tea. If you hold your wedding at The Fairmont Olympic Hotel you will receive 5% back for your honeymoon at any Fairmont Hotel and Resort location. Lastly, check out the house made chocolate honey truffles; the honey is made from the rooftop beehives!

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WHERE TO EAT Serious Pie For starters, check out the burrata, bosc pears, Oregon hazelnut and truffle appetizer. Next, try one of their seven signature pizzas like their buffalo mozzarella, red sauce and fresh basil pizza. Finish it off with a serious root beer float. In addition to their killer pizza menu, they have signature sodas, wine, and local beer.

Chandler’s Crabhouse Specializing in the “World’s Best” Dungeness Crab Cake, this crabhouse is perfect for lunch, dinner and anything in between. Starting at 3pm, Chandler’s serves a bar menu complete with beer, specialty cocktails, and full bar. Be sure to check out the specialty bar items including the Dungeness crab leg Rockefeller, Dungeness Crab Mac and Cheese or even the Garlic Prawns. Happy hour also serves a number of different types of sushi. The full dinner menu features soups, salads and an abundance of other seafood.

Sky City Restaurant Take the elevator all the way to the top of the Space Needle and prepare for a night along the clouds as you see unparalleled 360-degree views of the city. Dress code is casual attire but must be clean, neat and presentable. Sky City restaurant offers brunch, lunch and a dinner menu; a wine list and kid’s menu as well. The appetizers range from Dungeness crab fritters to smoked tenderloin carpaccio and everything in between.


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ANTIGUA Antigua, a little piece of paradise is situated off the coast of the Atlantic Ocean and is about 17 degrees north of the equator. Antigua is roughly 108 square miles with a sprawling coastline littered with coves, bays and amazing beaches. The island is the largest of the British Leeward Islands and filled with rich history. When exploring this little slice of heaven, be sure to see the breathtaking views at Shirley Heights, which overlook the English Harbour. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cathedral is also conveniently located on this island and has become quite the tourist attraction.


LAY OF THE LAND In Spanish, Antigua translates to “old” or “ancient” and it’s easy to see why, with rich and cultural history to see on the island. It might also be the perfect setting for your perfect destination wedding. The best time to visit Antigua is from May to November, which is the island’s off-season. Your rates will be a lot cheaper and there will be fewer tourists crowding the streets and beaches.

MUST-SEES, MUST-DOS Stingray City If swimming with stingrays sounds like fun, take in the number one attraction on Antigua. This is one of the most popular attractions for snorkelers and non-swimmers because you can actually touch and feed a stingray! Watch the graceful fish swim around you while experiencing a unique encounter with your new husband! A guide will be with you at all times to aid you in your one-of-a-kind experience. In addition to swimming with stingrays, be sure to check out the brilliance of the coral reefs and other colorful fish!

Barbuda Express This convenient ferry service travels five days a week between Antigua and Barbuda. Barbuda is the sister island to Antigua and is most popular for its pink sandy beaches! Enjoy whale watching aboard the Barbuda Express or travel to St. John’s Island for shopping. While on the catamaran boat, diving and snorkeling is offered and hiking in the caves at The Highlands. Don’t be surprised if you see the largest Frigate bird colony flying above you outside the Galapagos. Be sure to take a camera with you so that you don’t miss the opportunity to capture nature in action!

National Parks Antigua You can visit all of the National Parks of Antigua in one day, including the Dockyard Museum, Dow’s Hill, Shirley Heights, Fort

Charlotte, and Fort George. The Dockyard Museum is filled with artifacts that display the history of the ancient island. Dow’s Hill is a major sightseeing attraction and is an unforgettable setting for weddings on the island. Shirley Heights is a restored military lookout and is the perfect place to watch a stunning view of the sunset. Every Sunday night, a party is held at this iconic venue. Fort George was previously a hideout for the islands inhabitants just in case there was an invasion. Beautiful views of the island can be taken in while you stroll along the beaches at this location.

WHERE TO STAY Sandals Grande All-Inclusive Antigua Resort & Spa This resort has been named the World’s leading Honeymoon Resort three years in a row! Not to mention the World’s Most Romantic resort. The location is everything for this resort because it is conveniently situated on Antigua’s most famous beach, Dickenson Bay. The resort features a two-in-one bonus since there are Mediterranean and Caribbean Villages on the resort. The Mediterranean Village is built into the mountainous landscape filled with boutiques and swanky places to eat. With a six star diamond award, the restaurants at the Mediterranean Village are sure to please. The Caribbean Village is a picturesque location with groves surrounding the lush landscape and pink plumeria dangle above your head. There is always something to do at the Sandals Grande Antigua Resort and Spa! Get a massage at the Red Lane Spa, take in the adventure tours or swim with the fish while scuba diving. There are plenty of watersports that you can take part in, or challenge your new husband to a round of golf. Book an all inclusive vacation through Sandals, you experience many amenities such as unlimited premium drinks, after hours parties and nightclubs.


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Sugar Ridge Antigua:

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Jumby Bay A Rosewood Resort

A luxury boutique hotel bordered with sugar cane is the perfect setting for panoramic views of the turquoise seas ahead of you. Offering rooms that are in unique sets of four, each room has its own entrance and radio frequency door lock. All rooms come with a four-poster bed draped with muslin and accented with rich textures and natural tones. iPod docks are offered in the rooms along with flat screen televisions and complimentary Wi-Fi. Dine at the hotel’s more formal restaurant known as Carmichael’s while overlooking the resort. Take in the panoramic views as you savor the grilled filet steak with spinach and crème fraiche. If you are into a more casual dining area, check out the Sugar Club restaurant. The entire bottom floor of the Sugar Club is the exclusive spa. The spa features four treatment rooms, a hair salon, and nail salon. Two swimming pools, cabanas and fountains are also open all day for your pleasure. Weddings are held at this luxurious location and is perfect for your intimate ceremony along the sandy beaches of Antigua.

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This exclusive resort is one-of-a-kind because it offers fully staffed private estate homes and luxury villas. This private oasis features an Estate House restaurant with dining options fit for a king and queen. There are two other restaurants on the grounds including the Verandah Restaurant and the Pool Grille. Each restaurant overlooks an infinity pool. You can expect all three meals included as well as an unlimited open bar and afternoon tea. You will have access to the Beaches of Jumby Bay, and an array of watersports are available at your fingertips. Relax at Sense, A Rosewood Spa or enjoy a round of golf. The hotel also offers sailing, deep-sea fishing and scuba diving with instruction. Island tours are also available with sightseeing opportunities.


WHERE TO EAT Catherine’s Café: One of the more hip places to eat on the island. Featuring a sprawling view of both Freeman’s bay and Nelson’s Dockyard, this setting is unparalleled. Serving French cuisine with daily specials, this restaurant is hard to disappoint. Catherine’s Café is open six days a week, Wednesday to Sunday with live music and the ideal accompanying French wine. Enjoy a lobster salad sprinkled with grapefruit, melon and mangetout peas. With specials every day it’s hard to eat the same thing every night. Lobster Risotto, Strip-loin Tournedos, Mahi Papillotte and Duck Legs Confit are just a few of the inspiring dishes on the menu.

Ristorante Paparazzi: An authentic Italian restaurant set in the heart of the pristine beaches of Antigua. The Ristorante Paparazzi blends home-style cuisine with the warm hospitality of the island. Serving lunch, dinner and dessert this restaurant is voted the best wood oven pizza in the Caribbean. With twenty unique pizzas, Ristorante Paparazzi restaurant is a mustsee! For lunch sample the fresh soups, salads and tappas. If you are still feeling hungry, try the tortellini gigi or seafood linguini. The philosophy behind the Ristorante Paparazzi is “that you serve dishes in a specific order to achieve a certain kind of eating experience.” The Cove Restaurant

To achieve the experience, try the salmon affumicato for an appetizer and the stracciatella alla as a soup. For the next course try the insalata di spinaci con gamberi which is a baby spinach and avocado salad. For your main course choose between pasta, chicken, veal, beef or fish. Finish your meal off with Ristorante Paparazzi’s desserts like tiramisu, cheesecake or variety of other sweets. .

The Cove Restaurant: Take in the beautiful blue waters of Antigua while dining in this intimate outdoor restaurant. Sit at a candlelit table while basking in your newlywed glow. Sample authentic Antiguan lobster bisque soup and coconut shrimp for a starter. The main courses range from beef to pork, chicken, lobster and even salmon. Other seafood items such as mussels and snapper are also on the menu. Dessert includes coconut crème brule, lemon and apple tarts, chocolate lava cakes or dark mousee au chocolate. Ristorante Paparazzi


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GREECE Mykonos, Greece is located south of Tinos on an island in the middle of the Aegean Sea. This popular tourist attraction has much to offer. Honeymooners flock to this breathtaking island by boat, cruise ship or plane to take in all of Mykonos, Greece. There is plenty to see on the island including popular landmarks such as the Windmills, Petros the Pelican museums and beaches. Mykonos Island has a must see beach appropriately named Paradise. Tourists find shopping to be enjoyable because of the fancy boutiques on the island. Most boutiques are open seven days a week but closed daily from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.


LAY OF THE LAND Since Mykonos, Greece is located on an island you can expect plenty of water. Research the beaches that surround the island they might not be what you expect. Restaurants line the cobblestone streets and there is always something good to eat. There are three nightclubs on the island, two on Paradise beach and one in Mykonos town. Whether you fly, ride in on a cruise ship, or sail the open seas by boat, Mykonos has something for everyone.

MUST SEE & DO’S The Mykonos Windmills: One of the most iconic features of Greece are the windmills atop the town of Mykonos. The mills were initially established to refine and compact grain for sea transport. The mills are white and circular with a cone shaped roof. Since no longer used for grinding grain however they have been restored and are used for museums or living spaces. The Windmill of Geronymos is still preserved and is privately owned.

A Day at the Beach: There are many beaches on Mykonos with tavernas and deck chairs. You typically have to rent deck chairs and umbrellas. The south

side of the island has the best beaches with vendors that walk up and down trying to sell their goods. There are also nude beaches on the island so be sure to research which beach you are going to! Most beaches are located close to hotels, apartments and restaurants. Some beaches have beach bars, while others are a constant party. Paradise beach is known for the party scene and you can expect music to be blaring on the island at 4 p.m.

Little Venice: The most romantic and picturesque neighborhood on Mykonos is known as “Little Venice.” Situated on the edge of the sea, this bustling area is filled with plenty of shops, restaurants and an unparalleled view as the sun sets. Don’t miss this perfect little neighborhood!

WHERE TO STAY Mykonos Grand Hotel & Resort : Experience another world at this island oasis resort known as Mykonos Grand Hotel. Located on the beachfront, this luxurious resort is an inspirational sight with panoramic views of the Aegean Sea. Watersports are not allowed on the sandy beach that surrounds the resort in an effort to create a peaceful and relaxing environment. Customer service is the


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number one priority at the resort where your every need is fulfilled. There are many types of rooms offered at the resort with views of the garden and sea. Suites are also available with our without a private pool. Three honeymoon packages are available with amenities including champagne, daily room service and VIP lounge check in. Relax at the Althea Spa Center by indulging in the Mykonian “Chill Out” Package. The package includes a Mykonian scrub, Detox algae mask in a Vichy shower and back massage. The resort also includes usage of the facilities including restaurants, bars, spa, and a traditional church. The picturesque setting is perfect for your wedding ceremony and all ceremony related services are offered by hotel. Make sure to bring your birth certificate, baptism certificate and letter from your church’s minister giving permission and blessing to get married on the island. If you plan on getting married at the resort you must be Christian Orthodox.

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Traditional architecture and original art provide the backdrop to one of the best hotels on Mykonos. Each piece of artwork in Hotel Kivotos is painstakingly selected for beauty and grandeur, much like the hotel itself. Originally intended to be a villa this hotel is just five minutes from Mykonos’ town. The resort features a hotel and a private villa upon request. Noah’s Villa is a private residence on the resort which sleeps six guests. Offering private dining and sitting areas, a Jacuzzi with direct views of the sea and a butler service, this villa will become your home away from home. Two specialty suites at the hotel include breathtaking sea views and a private pool. Other luxurious rooms at the hotel boast sea and garden views and feature amenities such as televisions and modern furnishings. The most unique feature about this hotel are the rental services. You can rent a helicopter, lear jet, car, motorbike or private yacht for your pleasure. The hotel offers two wedding


packages that include wedding planning services and pick-up with a limousine or Porsche Cayenne. Relax at the Kivotos SPA or at the private beach which is just steps away from your room. The main seawater pool is located on the lower level and has underwater music and a swim up bar. A freshwater pool is surrounded by the flower gardens and also features an open Jacuzzi.

Cavo Tagoo: A five star boutique hotel nestled in the cliffside of Mykonos, Greece. The hotel’s philosophy “strives to be a canvas upon which visitors can color their island dreams.” The main concern for staff at Cavo Tagoo is the customers experience. Rooms range from one to two bedroom private villas and suites. Fall in love all over again in the honeymoon suite. The suite includes an upper level view and features a private pool, Jacuzzi and a king size bed. The Mykonos luxury spa offers a variety of relaxation treatments that include the use of extra virgin Greek olive oil. Only the best when you stay at the best! If you forgot your swimsuit, an on-site boutique can help you with that!

WHERE TO EAT Avli tou Thodori: In Greek Avli tou Thodori means Thodore’s Courtyard and is known for the distinct tastes and stunning views of the Aegean sea. The restaurant is located on the east side of the Little Venice

island. With its easy access to both Paradise and Super Paradise islands this restaurant is a must see! Old black and white photos line the walls of this cottage style restaurant. Enjoy traditional dishes such as tzatziki, Greek salads and pork souvlaki.

Jimmy’s Gyros: Although it might sound like an American name, don’t be fooled. This hole in the wall restaurant is a little secret among locals and serves the best gyros on Mykonos island. Make sure to visit more than once and pick up a tee shirt as a memento. Just be sure to give Jimmy a nod as you walk out the door while he plays his guitar.

Nobu Matsushisa: One of the most amazing and exclusive Japanese restaurants in the world resides in Mykonos, Greece. Nobu Matsushisa offers fresh sushi is made to order in an array of fish to please your palate. Other traditional Japanese dishes include salads, kushiyaki, and tempura. Various hot and cold special dishes are on the menu as well as an abbreviated lunch and dinner menu. Donburi is served with many options including chicken teriyaki and combination tempura versions. The chef’s choice of Omakase, a Japanese phrase that means “I’ll leave it to you,” is the most exotic and best dishes at the restaurant.


Honeymoon Traveling to paradise

The stress of planning a wedding is over, your in-laws are gone and for the next couple days or weeks, you get to have the getaway single people dream of and married couples want to do again: your honeymoon. It doesn’t matter if you’re at a luxurious Caribbean resort or sleeping in a tent near your home – what matters is that you’re starting your life together, and what better way to start that than with a romantic and intimate escape?4 premierbridewisconsin.com PREMIER BRIDE • 257


HONEYMOON Here are some tips to make sure your planning goes smoothly and the trip fulfills your every fantasy: COMMUNICATE This seems basic enough, but don’t assume anything when you’re planning a honeymoon! Take time to sit down and toss ideas around – what kind of destination you’d like (beach, foreign, cruise, etc.) and what you want to spend your time doing once you’re there (when you’re not in your bedroom.) Ask each other if you’d like a destination where there are lots of activities such as water sports, hot tourist spots, shopping or hiking, or if both of you would rather go somewhere you can relax and be pampered. It’s totally up to you, but make sure that your expectations are established before you book anything so there aren’t unexpected disagreements when you want to read a novel on the beach all day and your spouse wants snorkeling lessons. And don’t forget – this is the start of your lives together, so this honeymoon could be the beginning of throwing in a few compromises here and there. Here are some planning tips: Tropical Most people think a honeymoon is a tropical island straight out of a postcard.

You can’t beat a fruity drink with a little umbrella in it, a spa treatment on the beach or romantic walks down the white sand at sunset. Even for the most active couples, a honeymoon is probably the one time where it’s OK to sit back and let yourself be taken care of. Check into a bunch of places before you go - many have special honeymoon packages and some cater exclusively to honeymooners. Also, be sure to ask if it is really “all” inclusive. At some places this means your room and two meals, at others it means three meals, drinks, champagne at arrival and a spa treatment. Don’t be afraid to make some requests – mention another resort threw in chocolate-covered strawberries with their all-inclusive package, and you might see a couple more perks when you walk in the door. Abroad An exciting trip abroad is an exciting way to start a marriage. You’ll have a sense of adventure when you’re caught up in a whirlwind of new ideas and cultures, all while beginning a new adventure of your own. However, if you’ve never been abroad before, make sure this is something you really want to do, because planning a foreign trip for the first time can be stressful, and it could be

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HONEYMOON overwhelming to be in new lands for the first time when all you want to do is relax. If you do go, 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, call the International Traveler’s Hotline at 404-332-4559. Keeping it Local If you don’t have the funds for a plane ticket abroad or can’t get away for a long trip, look around you to see what your area has to offer. You’ll probably be surprised to learn there is a romantic bed & breakfast just a few miles from your home or a beautiful state park where you can sleep under the stars. Turn your cell phones off and just spend time with each other so it seems as if you’re light years away from the rest of the world. Again, it doesn’t matter where you go, it’s how you spend your time honeymooning that you’ll remember for years to come. Cruises If you can’t decide on a destination, a cruise might be for you – it’s got it all

and more. 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 want a tropical location but can’t decide on a spot, get on a Caribbean cruise that will take you to many different islands. And if you can’t decide whether you want to relax or be active, a cruise will give you plenty of options to do both. Plus, meals, drinks and entertainment are all included and it’s all right outside your cabin door! When you’re planning, just like anywhere else, mention you’re on your honeymoon and see if the cruise line has a special deal or package for you. BEFORE YOU GO Even though you’ll have a lot on your plate to plan for the wedding before you leave, take some time to get information on your chosen destination before you leave. Here are some things to think about, especially if you’ve never traveled to your honeymoon location before: • Different Customs. If you’re traveling abroad, or even to an Americanized resort in the Caribbean, do a little research to learn if there are gestures that are deemed inappropriate, actions that are considered rude or types of dress that are unacceptable to the local community.

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HONEYMOON • Language. Pick up a pocket-sized dictionary or phrase book if you’re going somewhere that neither of you speak the language. • Tipping. Not everywhere has the same tipping as in the United States – look into who to tip and what percentage. • Weather. Know the typical weather of your destination at the time of your travel, and plan for contingencies. Even if you’re staying local, you don’t want to have to drive home to get a pair of snow boots you didn’t think you’d need!

USE AN EXPERIENCED TRAVEL AGENT You have enough planning and details on your plate with the wedding – leave your travel planning to a professional! The cost to you is generally zero, or very minimal, and they’ll save you so much time and greatly reduce your stress. If anything goes wrong –your flight is cancelled, or the hotel lost your reservation – your travel agent is there to help, just a phone

call away. Look for one who focuses on wedding & honeymoon travel, or who specializes in the geographical area you wish to visit. PUT ROMANCE IN YOUR HONEYMOON It’s no secret that a honeymoon is all about those intimate moments and letting out your romantic side, so be proactive in setting up that excitement! Pack a secret gift for each other to open on the honeymoon – new lingerie, a romantic photo album or something personal you two share that would ignite a little fire. You could also give each other ‘coupons’ with little favors, such as an intimate massage or a promise to try deep-sea fishing the next day. No matter what romance you bring into the honeymoon, just keep it as personal as possible and neither of you will be able to quit smiling, no matter where you are.

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SHOPPING MADE EASY attending bridal shows You may find that the more time you can save in planning your wedding, the better. A bridal show can be the one stop shopping experience you need to plan your entire wedding, especially if you go prepared. Here are a few tips on how to get the most out of your local bridal shows. PLAN IN ADVANCE First of all, you will need to have a budget planned. Make a list of what you need most and what your budget will allow for each item and service. When you get there visit the service providers who have what you need the most then enjoy the show more leisurely afterwards. 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 include videographers, DJs, banquet facilities, balloon decorators, photographers and wedding consultants. Plan to spend at least half the day with these kinds of vendors. Ready to Make Decisions Bring the major decision-makers to the bridal show with you. If you are the major decision-maker, bring someone you can bounce ideas off of before you make the final decision. Another important item to bring is a swatch of material in the color of your wedding. This will assist the florist, baker and many of the other professionals in helping you plan your event. A checkbook and date book are also


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Fashion Forward Bring a notepad with you to jot down any dresses you like during the fashion shows that will surely take place while you’re there. You may also have the opportunity during these shows to see DJs or even bands perform. GET READY TO WIN Often times, the exhibitors will have drawing boxes available for you to enter to win prizes. To avoid having to write your name, address, phone number and wedding date 50 times, it is a good idea to have some address labels made up. Most local print shops can do address labels quickly and inexpensively. The important thing to remember is that the show is there to assist you in every aspect of planning your wedding. When you take advantage of a bridal show, you can plan major parts of your wedding in just a few hours.

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES DIRECTORY KEY

• ALTERATIONS/ CUSTOM DRESS DESIGNS • ATTENDANT GIFTS (See Customized Gifts)

• BACHELOR(ETTE) PARTY • BANQUET FACILITIES & REHEARSAL DINNERS • BEAUTY AND SKIN (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 • CATERING • CEREMONIES, CHAPELS • CEREMONIES, OFFICIANT • CHOCOLATES • COSMETICS (Also see Beauty)

• DANCE INSTRUCTION • DECORATING SERVICES (Lighting and Rental Items)

• DOVE RELEASE • DRY CLEANING / GOWN Preservation • Customized Gifts / FAVORS (Also see Chocolates)

• FIREWORKS • FLORISTS

ALTERATIONS/ CUSTOM DRESS DESIGNS

(See Alterations/Custom Dress Designs)

• HONEYMOON

(Also see Travel Agencies & Door County Weddings)

• HOTELS/ CLUB SUITES

(Also see Banquet Facilities)

• INTERNET • INVITATIONS • LIMOUSINES

(See Transportation)

• MASSAGE THERAPY • MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT • MUSIC, SPECIALTY • OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS

(See Hotels/Club Suites)

• PARTY RENTALS • PHOTOGRAPHY • PHOTO BOOTHS, Albums & SPECIALTY ITEMS • REHEARSAL DINNERS • RESTROOMS (See Party Rentals)

• • • • •

SPAS TRANSPORTATION TRAVEL AGENCIES VIDEOGRAPHY WALWORTH COUNTY WEDDINGS (See pg 180)

• WEDDING CONSULTANTS

ATTENDANT GIFTS

(See Customized Gifts)

Atelier LLC

1340 W Towne Squire Rd, Mequon www.atelier-mequon.com 414-364-7881

(and Rental Items)

• FORMALWEAR • GOWNS, CUSTOM

(See pg 205)

Two MoThers T Thers

sewing and Tailoring llC s

No rip too small, no job too big!

– 20 Years Experience – 20% OFF Wedding Parties – Excellent, Fast Work

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BACHELOR(ETTE) PARTY Friday’s Front Row

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

(See pg 74)

My Party Places LLC Karen Schoenung mypartyplaces.com 414-530-9659

Riverwalk Boat Tours & Rentals

at Pere Marquette Park (on Old World Third St, between State and Kilbourn) riverwalkboats.com 414-283-9999 (See pg 74)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Vino 100

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

Bluemound Ballroom

(See pg 204)

BANQUET FACILITIES & REHEARSAL DINNERS 1451 Renaissance Place

1451 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee renaissanceplace.com 414-272-1451 (See Back Cover & pg 42)

Alpine Valley Resort

W2501 County Rd. D, Elkhorn alpinevalleyresort.com 800-227-9395

3400 S. 43rd St., Milwaukee alverno.edu/campuslife/eventspacecoordination/ 414-382-6159 (See pg 59)

The Astor Hotel

Bartolotta’s

bartolottacatering.com

(See pg 15) (See pg 8-9)

(See pg 66)

Bush Gardens

S68 W14891 Janesville Rd., Muskego bushgardenswi.com 414-422-9011

(See pg 33)

Canal Street Yacht Club

1200 W. Canal St., Milwaukee escapetomilwaukee.com 414-273-8300 150 Jefferson Ave., Hartford chandelierballroom.com 262-673-4946

(See pg 84)

(See pg 186)

Charles Allis Art Museum

1801 N Prospect Ave, Milwaukee cavtmuseums.org (414) 271-3656 5311 S Howell Ave., Milwaukee clarionbride.com 414-482-8895 ext 409

(See pg 78)

(See pg 182)

Best Western Plus Midway Hotel & Suites (See pg 49)

(See pg 28)

Cotton Exchange

345 Hickory Hollow, Waterford cottonexchangewi.com 262-534-9291

(See pg 178)

Country Springs Hotel

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

(See pg 57)

Crowne Plaza Milwaukee Airport Hotel 6401 S. 13th St., Milwaukee cpmilwaukeeairporthotel.com 414-764-5300

(See pg 79)

Crowne Plaza Milwaukee West 10499 Innovation Dr., Wauwatosa crowneplazamilwaukee.com 414-389-8570

Bella Vista Suites

1005 S. Moorland, Brookfield midwayhotels.com 262-786-9540

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

Clarion Hotel & Conference Center

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 Boerner Botanical Gardens 414-525-5635 9400 Boerner Dr., Hales Corners 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 335 Wrigley Dr, Lake Geneva bellavistasuites.com 262-248-2100

Broadlands Golf Club

Chandelier Ballroom (See pg 178)

Alverno College

924 E Juneau Ave., Milwaukee theastorhotel.com 414-271-4220

(behind Bluemound Gardens on 117th & Bluemound) 11740 W. Homewood Ave, Milwaukee www.bluemoundballroom.com 414-801-9894 (See pg 6)

(See pg 82)

Davians Banquet & Conference Center

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

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

(See pg 69)

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Delafield Brewhaus

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

Heart Love Place

3229 N. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr., Milwaukee heartloveplace.org 414-372-1550 ext 124 (See pg 42) (See pg 50)

Delafield Hotel

415 Genesee St., Delafield thedelafieldhotel.com 262-646-1600 800-594-8772

Heritage Hall

N86W18330 Main St. Menomonee Falls villagebowl.com 262-255-1606 (See pg 35)

Elm Grove Woman’s Club

(See pg 33)

Hilton Garden Inn Milwaukee Park Place 11600 W. Park Place, Milwaukee milwaukeehiltongardeninn.com 414-359-9823 414-577-5027

(See pg 52)

Hilton Milwaukee City Center 509 W. Wisc Ave., Milwaukee hiltonmilwaukee.com 414-390-3802 • Seating for 200 • Free on-site parking for 100 • Dinnerware, china, glassware, • Caterers of your choice flatware & antique furnishings • Baby Grand Piano

Call 262.782.5930

rentals@egwc.org • www.egwc.org Four Points by Sheraton - Milwaukee North Shore 8900 N. Kildeer Ct., Brown Deer fourpointsmilwaukee.com 414-355-8585

(See pg 43)

Geneva National

1221 Geneva National Ave. S, Lake Geneva genevanationalresort.com 262-245-7046 (See pg 181)

Geneva Ridge Resort

W4240 Road 50, Lake Geneva genevaridge.com 262-249-3840 800-225-5558

(See pg 174)

Golden Mast Inn on Okauchee Lake W349 N5253 Lacys Lane, Okauchee weissgerbers.com/goldenmast 262-567-7047

(See pg 19)

Grand Geneva

7036 Grand Geneva Way, Lake Geneva grandgeneva.com 800-558-3417 (See pg 183)

Harley Davidson Museum 500 W. Canal St., Milwaukee h-dmuseum.com 414-287-2894

(See pg 6)

Hawk’s View Golf Club

7377 Krueger Rd., Lake Geneva hawksviewgolfclub.com 1-877-429-5788

(See pg 173)

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(See pg 22)

Hot Water/Wherehouse

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

(See pg 23)

Hotel Metro Milwaukee

411 E. Mason St., Milwaukee hotelmetro.com 414-272-1937

(See pg 62)

Hubbard Lodge

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

(See pg 85)

Humphrey Scottish Rite Masonic Center 790 N. Van Buren St., Milwaukee humphrey-masonic-center.org 414-727-3155 ext. 106

(See pg 11)

Intercontinental Milwaukee

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

(See pg 47)

The Italian Conference Center

Located at The Italian Community Center 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee italianconference.com 414-223-2800 (See pgs 76-77)

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

(See pg 23)

Kettle Moraine Ranch

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

(See pg 32)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Lake Geneva Cruise Lines

weddings.cruiselakegeneva.com 262-248-6206 800-558-5911

Muskego Lakes Country Club (See pg 175)

Lake Lawn Resort

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

(See pg 179)

(See pg 185)

(See pg 26)

(See pg 40)

(See pg 53)

Milwaukee Art Museum

700 North Art Museum Dr., Milwaukee mam.org 414-224-3200 414-224-3287

(See pg 13)

(See pg 70)

750 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr., Milwaukee warmemorialcenter.org 414-273-5533 (See pg 27)

Milwaukee County Zoo

(See pg 71)

Milwaukee Marriott West

W231 N1600 Corporate Ct., Waukesha marriott.com/mkemw 262-574-0888 (See Inside Back Cover & pg 44)

Museum of Wisconsin Art

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

(See pg 48)

424 E Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee thepfisterhotel.com 414-390-3802 414-273-8222

(See pg 61)

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

(See pg 44)

1721 W. Canal St., Milwaukee paysbig.com 414-847-7891

(See pg 29)

The Pritzlaff Building

Milwaukee County War Memorial

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

(See pg 45)

Potawatomi Bingo Casino

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

1350 Royale Mile Rd., Oconomowoc olympiaresort.com/weddings 262-369-4960 800-558-9573

The Pfister Hotel

Marcus Center for the Performing Arts 929 North Water St, Milwaukee sazamas.com 414.276.2030

(See pg 84)

Pano’s Banquets

The Legend at Bristlecone Pines 1500 E. Arlene Dr., Hartland thelegendclubs.com 262-367-7888

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

Olympia Resort & Conference Center

The Legend at Brandybrook 1 Legend Way, Wales thelegendclubs.com 262-968-9717

(See pg 50)

Nuevo Rio West Cantina

Lamm Gardens

Ceremonies – Tented Receptions Off Hwy 45 on Sherman Rd., Jackson lammscape.com 262-677-3010

S100 W14020 Loomis Rd, Muskego MuskegoLakes.com 414-425-6500

205 Veterans Ave., Downtown West Bend wisconsinart.org 262-247-2278 (See pg 185)

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

(See pg 21)

Radisson Hotel of Menomonee Falls

N88W14750 Main St., Menomonee Falls radisson.com/menomoneefalls WI 262-251-5153 (See pg 67)

Wedding Dreams Do Come True!

• Elegant Ballroom for up to 280 Persons • Exquisite Wedding Menu Selections • Complimentary Whirlpool Suite for Bride & Groom on Wedding Night • Professional Banquet Service 11800 108th St • Friday & Sunday Discounts • 120 Guest Rooms Including Suites Pleasant Prairie 262-857-3377 www.radisson.com/kenoshawi

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Rail Hall by Gravity Events 131 W. Seeboth, Milwaukee gravity-events.com 414-376-9206

(See pg 18)

Red Circle Inn

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

Roma Lodge

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

(See pg 83)

Weissgerber’s Seven Seas

The Rotunda

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

(See pg 25)

(See pg 187)

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

Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel

Windwood of Watertown

375 S. Moorland Rd., Brookfield sheratonmilwaukeebrookfield.com/wedding 262-364-1008 (See pg 51)

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

Silver Spring Country Club

Wisconsin Club - City Club

N56 W21318 Silver Spring Dr., Menomonee Falls silverspringgolf.com 262-252-4994 (See pg 58)

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

Timmer’s Resort

Wisconsin Club - Country Club

5151 Timmer Bay Rd., West Bend timmersresort.net 262-338-7710

(See pg 185)

zillihospitalitygroup.com

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

(See pg 41)

Veterans Terrace at Echo Park (See pg 182)

Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum 2220 N. Terrace Ave., Milwaukee cavtmuseums.org 414-271-3656

(See pg 78)

Washington County Fair Park 3000 Hwy PV, West Bend wcfairpark.com 262-677-5060

(See pg 81)

(See pg 14)

(See pg 30)

(See pg 31) (See pg 36-37)

Coast @ ZLG 262-547-9447 931 E. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee Harbor Lights @ ZLG 262-547-9447 909 E. Michigan St., Milwaukee Miller Room @ ZLG 262-547-9447 910 E. Michigan St., Milwaukee ZHG @ Mitchell Park Conservatory 262-547-9447 (The Domes) 524 S. Layton Blvd., Milwaukee

BEAUTY AND SKIN

(Also See Cosmetics) (See pg 187)

Elegance Salon & Spa

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

Watertown Country Club

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

6200 W Good Hope Rd, Milwaukee wisconsinclub.com 414-727-0070

Zilli Hospitality Group

Tripoli Shrine Center

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

(See pg 12)

West Bend Country Club

Schauer Arts & Activites Center 147 N Rural St., Hartford schauercenter.org 262-670-0560 ext 215

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

(See pg 80)

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(See pg 217)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Lash Boutique

18895 W. Capitol Dr., Brookfield lashboutiques.com 262-373-0101

(See pg 216)

Southridge Bayshore Grand Avenue Racine West Bend

Kohl’s Department Store

Nicole Schimel 312-605-0778

kohls.com

BRIDAL REGISTRY

2315 N. 124th St. Brookfield 9060 N. Green Bay Rd. Brown Deer 1032 Milwaukee Ave. Burlington 3105 Golf Rd. Delafield 1921 E. Geneva St. Delevan 5700 N. Pt. Washington Glendale 1050 Port Washington Rd. Grafton 5300 S. 76th St. Greendale I-94 & Hwy 26 Johnson Creek 7200 Green Bay Rd. Kenosha N95 W18000 Appleton Ave. Menomonee Falls 3737 S. 27th St. Milwaukee S68 W15388 Janesville Rd. Muskego 9035 S. Howell Ave. Oak Creek Washington Ave. & Green Bay Rd. Racine N66 W25225 Cty VV Sussex 2140 W. St. Paul Ave. Waukesha 2130 E. Moreland Blvd. Waukesha 2601 S. 108th St. West Allis 1400 S. Main St. West Bend

Bella Bridal Network

Royal Prestige

prettysperfect@gmail.com

www.nicoleschimel.com

Agency represented professional make-up artist and hair stylist. Provides quality on location styling for brides and interested parties.

BED & BREAKFASTS/ INNS White Lace Inn

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

(See pg 243)

BRIDAL ACCESSORIES

(and Rental Items)

Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop

7001 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa alfawedding.com engravedgiftsgalore.com 414-545-5858

(See pg 202)

The Wedding Centre & Fifth Avenue Formalwear

7140 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis weddingcentre-wi.com 414-475-1212

BellaBridalNetwork.com

(See pg 228)

(See pg 112)

Boston Store-

bostonstore.com Brookfield Square Mayfair

midlifestyles@aol.com midwestlifestyles.com 608-663-1186

414-423-0800 414-962-6006 414-347-4141 262-553-9655 262-335-9390 (See pg 111) 262-786-8900 414-355-6611 262-763-2485 262-646-7000 262-728-4727 414-961-0909 262-375-1710 414-421-9070 920-699-7606 262-942-7070 262-251-9075 414-282-3460 414-422-1413 414-764-7200 262-632-2101 262-246-3143 262-650-0797 262-547-6323 414-546-4100 262-334-0381

(See pg 112)

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES BRIDAL SHOWERS/ GIFT OPENINGS Hotel Metro Milwaukee

411 E. Mason St., Milwaukee hotelmetro.com 414-272-1937

Extraordinary & dElicious

(See pg 62)

our promisE to you By appointmEnt only

My Party Places LLC Karen Schoenung mypartyplaces.com 414-530-9659

262-522-9613 • www.RochesterDeli.com

Riverwalk Boat Tours & Rentals

Simma’s

143 W. Broadway, Historic Downtown Waukesha

at Pere Marquette Park (located on Old World Third St., between State and Kilbourn) riverwalkboats.com 414-283-9999 (See pg 74)

Vino 100

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

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

Sweet Perfections

sweetperfections.com 262-446-2253 (See pg 204)

BRIDAL SHOWS

(See pg 191)

(See pg 192)

CATERING All Occasions Catering

Complete listing and information (See pg 262)

W224S8424 Industrial Dr., Big Bend bubbs.com 262-662-4201

(See pg 90)

Bubb’s

W224S8424 Industrial Dr., Big Bend bubbs.com 262-662-4201

CAKES Aggie’s Cakes and Pastries 1800 E Howard, Milwaukee aggiescakes.com 414-482-1288

Catering by Davians (See pg 190)

Berres Brothers Coffee Roasters 202 Air Park Drive, Watertown berresbrothers.com 800-233-5443

N56 W16300 Silver Spring Dr., Menomonee Falls davians.com 262-781-4578 (See pg 91)

Chef Jacks (See pg 194)

Indulgence Chocolatiers

Visit our Chocolate Boutique: 4525 N. Oakland Ave., Shorewood indulgencechocolatiers.com 414-332-2749

(See pg 90)

215 South St., Waukesha chefjacks.com 262-549-5558

(See pg 88)

Lakefront Catering (See pg 195)

Rich’s House of Cakes 4353 S. 27th St., Milwaukee 414-282-0713 821 Meadowbrook Rd #2, Waukesha 262-548-0714 richscakes.com (See pg 192)

Serving Southeast Wisconsin escapetomilwaukee.com 414-273-8300

Lee John’s

821 Perkins Ave., Waukesha leejohns.com 262-549-0006

(See pg 89)

Louise’s Catering

Custom Menus & Catering wsbmktg@aol.com • louisescatering.com 414-271-9506

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(See pg 84)

(See pg 93)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Napoli

Tripoli Shrine Center

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

(See pg 172)

Saz’s Catering

5420 W. State St., Milwaukee sazs.com 414-256-8765

(See pg 92)

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

(See pg 41)

CEREMONIES, OFFICIANT Milwaukee Ministry

Catering — Par Excellence!

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

sazamas.com • 414.276.2030

(See pg 53)

CEREMONIES, CHAPELS (See pg 11)

Lake Country Congregational Church (See pg 68)

LammScapes

(See pg 185)

Milwaukee Ministry

Serving SE Wisconsin Rev. Jeffrey Montoya Rev. Denise Gaetz Rev. Lynette Corsten Rev. Samuel Christensen milwaukeeministry.org

Olympia Gardens

CHOCOLATES Indulgence Chocolatiers

Visit our Chocolate Boutique: 4525 N. Oakland Ave., Shorewood indulgencechocolatiers.com 414-332-2749

(See pg 195)

COSMETICS

790 N. Van Buren St., Milwaukee humphrey-masonic-center.org 414-727-3155 ext. 106

2708 Sherman Rd., Jackson lammscapes.com 262-677-3010

414-793-4828 414-803-3743 262-893-6760 262-770-2397 (See pg 68)

(Also see Beauty)

Humphrey Scottish Rite

400 W. Capitol Dr., Hartland Lccchurchhartland.org 262-367-5631

Serving SE Wisconsin Rev. Jeffrey Montoya Rev. Denise Gaetz Rev. Lynette Corsten Rev. Samuel Christensen milwaukeeministry.org

414-793-4828 414-803-3743 262-893-6760 262-770-2397 (See pg 68)

Located at Olympia Resort, Oconomowoc olympiaresort.com 800-558-9573 (See pg 45)

Mary Kay Cosmetics Complimentary Makeovers Skin Care & Color Cosmetics Personalized Gift Service

Independent Beauty Consultants www.marykay.com/tehrett Tammy Ehrett

262-781-4848

Merle Norman Cosmetic Studios Brookfield Square (exterior entrance) 5300 S. 108th St., Hales Corners (across from Sentry) merlenorman.com

262-782-4406 414-421-3788 (See pg 215)

Nicole Schimel

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES DANCE INSTRUCTION

Heavenly Creations

Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Brookfield

Relics

15760 W Capitol Dr. www.fredastairebrookfield.com 262-796-1121

12714 W. Hampton Ave., Milwaukee heavenlycr8.com 414-353-1179

(See pg 129)

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

(See pg 129)

(See pg 129)

(See pg 129)

(See pg 129)

(See pg 129)

Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Wales 300 E Summit Ave www.fredastairewales.com 262-968-5000

(See pg 129)

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

(See pg 243)

The Lodge at Leathem Smith

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

(See pg 244)

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

(See pg 243)

(See pg 243)

White Lace Inn

Blissful Events & Weddings (See pg 103)

Designs by Davians

(See pg 91)

The Elegant Touch

theeleganttouchonline.com 262-501-3721

Landmark Resort

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

(Lighting and Rental Items)

N56 W16300 Silver Spring Dr. 262-781-3333

(See pg 244)

Stone Harbor, A Door County Resort & Conference Center

DECORATING SERVICES

Serving SE Wisconsin ourblissevents.com 414-405-5463

(See pg 98)

DOOR COUNTY WEDDINGS doorcountytrolley.com (920) 868-1100

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

(See pg 96)

Door County Trolley Inc.

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

1321 Hwy 175, Hubertus somethingborrowedllc.com 262-628-3090

(See pg 129)

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

Something Borrowed

whitelinenonline.com 920-355-4014

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

(See pg 107)

Whitelinen

Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Madison 7701 Mineral Point Rd. www.fredastairemadison 608-833-2623

{Vintage Rentals} relicsvintagerentals.com 262-227-3003

(See pg 102)

(See pg 99)

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

(See pg 243)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES DOVE RELEASE

CUSTOMIZED GIFTS / FAVORS

A Dove Release

dovereleasing.com kris@dovereleasing.com 414-483-1059

(Also see Chocolates) (See pgs 204)

Berres Brothers Coffee Roasters

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. Oconomowoc 1300 Brown St. 1035 W. Summit Ave. 1320 Pabst Farm Circle Pewaukee 1405 Capitol Dr. Shorewood 3596 N. Oakland Thiensville 108 E Friestadt Rd Waukesha 821 Meadowbrook Rd. Wauwatosa 6737 Milwaukee Ave. West Allis 2262 S. 108th St. Whitefish Bay 285 E Hampton Ave

202 Air Park Drive, Watertown BerresBrothers.com 800-233-5443

(See pg 194)

Flippin Fun Fotobooks FlippinFunFotoBooks.com 414-881-7401

(See pg 205)

Indulgence Chocolatiers

(See pg 145) 262-646-7515

Visit our Chocolate Boutique: 4525 N. Oakland Ave., Shorewood indulgencechocolatiers.com 414-332-2749

(See pg 195)

Liberty Bell Mint libertybellmint.com 888-293-3447

(See pg 204)

262-782-0665 262-377-2269

FIREWORKS

262-367-4508

Bartolotta Fireworks Co.

262-251-7979

Serving Wisconsin & Illinois bartolottafireworks.com 800-444-5705

(See pg 64)

262-241-3535 414-747-1077 262-560-9981 262-567-4813 262-560-0666 262-695-1661 414-962-4151 414-242-1030 262-542-4987 414-771-3331 414-545-8688 414-964-4747

FLORISTS

(and Rental Items)

Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop

7001 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa alfawedding.com engravedgiftsgalore.com 414-545-5858

(See pg 202)

Bank of Memories & Flowers N88 W16723 Appleton Ave Menomonee Falls 262-253-9111 346 Oakton Ave Pewaukee 262-695-9911 bankofflowers.net (See pg 203)

Belle Fiori

931 E Ogden, Milwaukee bellefioriflorist.com 414-272-2234

(See pg 199)

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Creative Floral Designs by Something Borrowed

Fifth Avenue Formalwear

7140 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis weddingcentre-wi.com 414-475-1212

1321 Hwy. 175, Hubertus somethingborrowedllc.com 262-628-3090

(See pg 198)

The Elegant Touch

theeleganttouchonline.com 262-501-3721

(See pg 99)

Fantasy Flowers

Harleys

3565 N. Oakland Ave., Shorewood harleys4men.com 414-332-3404 or 1-888-797-SUIT

(See pg 225)

Richard Bennett Tailors

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

(See pg 202)

The Flowersmith Inc.

Inside Mayfair Mall 2500 N. Mayfair Rd., Wauwatosa richardbennetttailors.com 414-774-4850

(See pg 227

Sager’s Formalwear

Serving SE WI 403 S. Main, West Bend flowersmith.net 262-306-0633

(See pg 184)

101 S. Main St., West Bend sagerstuxshop.com 262-334-4318

(See pg 186)

GOWNS, CUSTOM

The Front Porch

1505 Hwy 164 S, Waukesha ilovethefrontporch.com 262-521-2100

(See Alterations/Custom Dress Designs) (See pg 201)

HONEYMOON

Lamm Gardens

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

(Also see Travel Agencies & Door County Weddings) (See pg 185)

Pesche’s Greenhouses & Floral Design W4080 Hwy 50 West, Lake Geneva peschesgreenhouse.com 262-245-6125

(See pg 177)

Tulipomania

319 E. Howard Ave., Milwaukee tulipomaniafloral.com 414-489-9463

(See pg 198)

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

HOTELS/ CLUB SUITES

(Also see Banquet Facilities)

Courtyard Milwaukee Airport 4620 S 5th St, Milwaukee courtyard.com/mkecy 414-747-4405

(See pg 65)

Days Inn Wauwatosa (See pg 200)

FORMALWEAR DuBois Brookfield Square (Inside Sears) Southridge (Inside Sears) Western Village 6220 Washington Ave., Racine Inside Eva’s Bridal Ct., Oak Creek 822 N. 8th St., Sheboygan duboisfw.com

(See pg 228)

262-754-9296 414-855-0618 262-884-9555 414-570-8892 920-458-1412 (See pg 226)

11811 W Bluemound Rd., Milwaukee daysinn.com 414-771-4500 - Multi Million Renovation Completed - 149 Sleeping Rooms, Including Suites - Private Hospitality Room Available - Shuttle Available To/From Airport & Local Venues - Banquet Space to Seat Up to 300 Guests

8900 N Kildeer Ct Brown Deer WI 53209 414-355-8585 www.fourpointsmilwaukee.com (See pg 43)

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES 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. 45 & Banquet Facilities Discounted Room Blocks Available

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Sybaris Pool Suites

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

(See pg 256)

Elegance Salon & Spa

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

MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT

1025 S. Moorland Rd. #505, Brookfield acaentertainment.com 262-790-0060 800-279-7909

(See pg 159)

áccent events

INVITATIONS

scottishdj.com 414-750-4504

Coqui Design

(See pg 163

Bartolotta Fireworks Co. (See pg 209)

Serving Wisconsin & Illinois bartolottafireworks.com 800-444-5705

(See pg 64)

DJ Express

For Now & Forever

(See pg 210)

djexpressfun.com 414-479-0010 262-306-1138

Paperwhites

Midwest Sound and Light Shows

Something Borrowed

Milwaukee Airwaves

5307 S. 92nd St., Suite 100, Hales Corners paperwhites-invitations.com 262-224-1134 (See pg 211)

(See pg 96)

(See pg 162)

Music On The Move Plus

6600 Industrial Loop, Greendale motmplus.com 414-282-FUNN (3866) 888-HAV-FUNN (428-3866) (See pg 228)

(See pg 158)

N15W22180 Watertown Rd., Suite 112, Waukesha midwestsoundwi.com 262-751-2900 (See pg 167) milwaukeeairwaves.com 414-306-8273

The Wedding Centre & Fifth Avenue Formalwear

7140 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis weddingcentre-wi.com 414-475-1212

(See pg 165)

ACA Music & Entertainment

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

1321 Hwy 175, Hubertus somethingborrowedllc.com 262-628-3090

(See pg 217)

apersonaltouchdj.net 262-510-5061

Premier Bride

2424 N. 63rd St., Wauwatosa fornowandforeverinvites.com 414-202-6099 by appointment

MASSAGE THERAPY

A Personal Touch DJ

INTERNET

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

LIMOUSINES

(See Transportation)

(See pg 3 & 156)

The Music Master

Serving SE Wisconsin themusicmaster.com 414-840-4045

(See pg 164)

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Muzic in Motion

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

PARTY RENTALS (See pg 157)

Bill Sargent Bands BillSargentBands.com 414-777-0100

(See pg 160

(See pg 156)

Sweet Sounds of Music

Serving SE Wisconsin www.sweetsoundsofmusic.com 414-315-8747

(See pg 160)

(See pg 161)

Elegant Music Service

(See pg 168)

Gabriel’s Horns

gabrielshorns.com 414-377-0331

(See pg 96)

Celebrations Tent & Party Rentals Div. of Equipment Rentals Inc. 2001 Decorah Rd., West Bend 630 Grand Ave., Hartford eqrents.com 1-877-362-TENT theeleganttouchonline.com 262-501-3721 janelle@evenementplanning.com www.evenementplanning.com 414-688-1919 7000 S. 10th St., Oak Creek karls.com 800-383-6332 {Vintage Rentals} relicsvintagerentals.com 262-227-3003

(See pg 184)

(See pg 99)

(See pg 106)

(See pg 97)

(See pg 107)

Something Borrowed (See pg 168)

1321 Hwy 175, Hubertus somethingborrowedllc.com 262-628-3090

(See pg 166)

Whitelinen

Violino Gram

violinogram.com 414-962-1062

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

Relics (See pg 166)

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

(See pg 103)

Karl’s Event Services (See pg 172)

Milwaukee Musician Association Serving Wisconsin milwaukeemusicians.com 414-362-9800

Serving SE Wisconsin ourblissevents.com 414-405-5463

Evenement: Event DSesign & Consulting (See pg 168)

Memorable Music Ensembles Serving Southeast Wisconsin mmensembles.com 414-453-2759

(See pg 108)

The Elegant Touch (See pg 168)

Harp Music by Ann iharp4u.com 414-278-0140

3031 Hwy 33, Saukville arnoldsenvironmental.com 262-675-2497 800-994-0500

Brookfield Party Rental

MUSIC, SPECIALTY elegantmusicservices.com 262-619-1900

(See pg 94-95)

Blissful Events & Weddings

Van Rixel Productions

5324 W. Vliet, Milwaukee www.vanrixelproductions.com 414-640-7222

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

Arnold’s Environmental Services Inc.

Spotlight DJ’s

spotlightdjs.com 414-545-9873

All Star Rentals

OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS

(See Hotels/Club Suites)

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whitelinenonline.com 920-355-4014

(See pg 96)

(See pg 98)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES PHOTOGRAPHY Ambiance Studios

2350 Sandy Acres Rd., West Bend By Appointment ambiancestudios.com 262-338-0922

(See pg 139)

Artists Eyes Photography Serving Wisconsin artists-eyes.com 262-644-0456

(See pg 141)

Beth Engel Photographer bethengel.com 414-225-0661 by appt.

(See pg 143)

Cream City Photo | Video 1036 S. 5th St., Milwaukee creamcityphotovideo.com 414-688-0858

(See pg 140)

Dennis Felber Photography dennisfelber.com 414-961-0318 (by appt only)

(See pg 135)

Ideal Impressions

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

(See pg 134 & 176)

Jeff Edwards Photography by appointment jeffedwardsstudio.com 414-762-6260

(See pg 144)

Mia S Photo

Serving Wisconsin www.miasphoto.com 262-438-0105

(See pg 137)

Realife Photography Serving Wisconsin realifephotos.com 414-215-0605

(See pg 136)

Reminisce Studio

Serving Wisconsin capturingyourday.com 414-405-6693

(See pg 132)

Sarah Immel Photography Serving Wisconsin sarahimmelphotography.com 414-303-6817

(See pg 138)

Spottswood Photography spottswoodphotography.com 262-224-6322

(See pg 133)

PHOTO BOOTHS, ALBUMS & SPECIALTY ITEMS The Captured Image LLC Serving SE Wisconsin capturedimagewi.com (262) 370-6167

(See pg 205)

Flippin Fun Fotobooks FlippinFunFotoBooks.com 414-881-7401

(See pg 205)

Global Entertainment Serving Wisconsin globalphotobooth.com 800-901-1007

(See pg 153)

Mugshotz Photo Booth mugshotzphotobooth.com 414-736-1464

(See pg 151)

ShutterBox Photobooth

Serving Southeast Wisconsin shutterboxphotobooth.com 414-763-8518

(See pg 152)

Shutter Booth

Serving Greater Milwaukee & Madison shutterbooth.com 414-255-3800 (See pg 151)

REHEARSAL DINNERS Chez Jaques

1022 S. 1st St., Milwaukee chezjaques.com 414-672-1040

(See pg 73)

Courtyard Milwaukee Airport 4620 S. 5th St., Milwaukee courtyard.com/mkecy 414-747-4405

(See pg 65)

Friday’s Front Row

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

(See pg 74)

Kilawat

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

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES The Loft at Bluemound Gardens

11703 W Bluemound Rd, Milwaukee www.bluemoundgardens.com/private-parties/the-loft 414-771-3000

Louises 801 N. Jefferson, Milwaukee 414-273-4224 190th & Bluemound Rd., Brookfield 262-784-4275 louiseswisconsin.com 414-271-9506 (See pg 75)

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

Broadway Limousine & Coach Brookfield broadwaylimoandcoach.com 262-781-9922

(See pg 236)

Four Star Limousine & Coach Service Serving Greater Milwaukee fourstarlimoandcoach.com 414-769-1173

(See pg 234)

Go Riteway

goriteway.com 414-762-3932 866-273-8207

(See pg 233)

High Class

9215 W. Oklahoma Ave., Milwaukee highclasslimousinevip.com 414-762-0809

Riverwalk Boat Tours & Rentals

at Pere Marquette Park (on Old World Third St, between State and Kilbourn) riverwalkboats.com 414-283-9999 (See pg 74)

Trinity Three Irish Pubs

(See pg 240)

Keehn’s Limousine Service 4810 S. 76th St., Milwaukee keehnsonline.com 414-282-7060

(See pg 238)

Lamers Limousine Service

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

(See pg 73)

Water Street Brewery 1101 N. Water St., Milwaukee 3191 Golf Rd., Delafield I-43 & Hwy. 60, Grafton waterstreetbrewery.com

TRANSPORTATION

414-272-1195 262-646-7878 262-375-2222 (See pg 75)

RESTROOMS

golamers.com 800-236-1240

(See pg 237)

Magical Night Limousine

1288 E. Summit #116, Oconomowoc magicalnightlimo.com 262-366-3017

(See pg 235)

W188 N11614 Maple Dr., Germantown majesticlimovip.com 262-253-2222 (See pg 239)

SPAS

Spring City Trolley

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

Elegance Salon & Spa

(See pg 217)

The O-Spa

Olympia Resort & Conference Center 1350 Royale Mile Rd., Oconomowoc olympiaresort.com 262-369-4960 800-558-9573

(See pg 237)

Lamers Trolley & Coaches

Majestic Limousines

(See Party Rentals)

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

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

(See pg 45)

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(See pg 232)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES TRAVEL AGENCIES Ambassador World Travel

WALWORTH COUNTY WEDDINGS

17100 W. Bluemound #2005, Brookfield ambassadorworldtravel.com 262-790-6200 (See pg 259)

(See pg 180)

Carnivale Travel

WEDDING CONSULTANTS

790 N Milwaukee Suite 110, Milwaukee ctstravelpros.com 414-276-3388 800-747-5357 (See pg 261)

Blissful Events & Weddings

Lisa Hoppe Travel Consulting

6005 W. Wisconsin Ave., Wauwatosa hoppetravel.com 414-258-8715

(See pg 258)

(See pg 103)

E Events

Lisa Hoppe Travel Consulting

Wisconsin’s “First” Tahiti Tiare Agent Matia Fiji Islands Specialist 6005 W. Wisconsin Ave., Wauwatosa hoppetravel.com 414-258-8715 800-966-8715

Serving SE Wisconsin ourblissevents.com 414-405-5463

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

(See pg 217)

Evenement: Event DSesign & Consulting (See pg 258)

janelle@evenementplanning.com www.evenementplanning.com 414-688-1919

(See pg 106)

Everything’s Perfect

VIDEOGRAPHY Brewing up affordable wedding videos. Remember all of the sites, sounds and emotions of your special day with a beautiful video from Cream City Photo Video.

(414) 688-0858 creamcityphotovideo.com

Marian Snyder, Consultant, by appointment everythingsperfect.com 414-332-0783 (See pg 105)

My Party Places LLC Karen Schoenung mypartyplaces.com 414-530-9659

Timeless Events

Serving SE Wisconsin timelesseventsllc.com 262-751-6355

(See pg 105)

Weddings with a Twist

www,weddingswithatwist.com 414-403-1376

(See pg 104)

(See pg 140)

Ricchio Productions

Serving SE WI www.ricchioproductions.com 262-504-9999

(See pg 149)

JC Designs LLC jcdesignswi.com 262-574-9161

(See pg 148)

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THE WEDDING TIMELINE

Shop for and order wedding gown, veil and accessories

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

2-4 MONTHS AHEAD

12 MONTHS AHEAD

Decide on the budget

9-12 MONTHS AHEAD

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

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

Arrange ceremony rehearsal and notify participants

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

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

1-2 MONTHS AHEAD

Choose attendants

Select band or DJ for reception

Book musicians for ceremony Select florist

Reserve accommodations for out-of-town guests

2-4 WEEKS AHEAD

Select caterer

Order invitations, personal stationery and thank you notes

Select and purchase guest favors Find and reserve rehearsal dinner location

1 WEEK AHEAD

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

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

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

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

Arrange for final fittings on your gown

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

Register for gifts at one to three stores

Order wedding cake

Mail invitations

Start reception seating chart and placecards

Reserve wedding day transportation

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

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

Prepare printed program for ceremony

Get engagement photo taken

6-9 MONTHS AHEAD

Buy and wrap attendants’ gifts

Select ceremony music, readings and vows and meet with officiant

Compile guest list

Select videographer

4-6 MONTHS AHEAD

Address wedding invitations

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

Reserve accommodations for wedding night Finalize guest list

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FOR HER:

DON’T FORGET...

WEDDING ATTIRE

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

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

FOR HIM:

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

HONEYMOON CHECKLIST

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

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

UPDATING YOUR NAME

WEDDING DAY EMERGENCY KIT

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

Auto Registration

Investment accounts

Stock certificates

Bank & credit card accounts

Life insurance policy

Car insurance policy

Medical/dental records

Tax agency records (state/federal)

Credit reporting agencies

Memberships

Voter registration records

Deeds/titles

Passport

Wills/trusts

Driver’s license

Post Office records

Employee records

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

Social Security records

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THE WEDDING BUDGET

Bride’s Wedding Ring

______________

Groom’s Wedding Ring

______________

Ceremony Site Fee

______________

Officiant

______________

Marriage License

______________

Aisle Runner

______________

Candles/Candelabra

______________

Other

______________

RECEPTION

______________

MUSIC

Engagement Ring

Reception Site Fee

______________

Food, Service, Tax & Gratuity

______________

Beverage/Bar Corkage Fee

______________

Cake/Cake Cutting Fee

______________

Rental Items

______________

Other

______________

Ceremony

______________

Reception

______________

Other

______________

Photographer’s Fee

______________

Engagement Portrait

______________

Formal Wedding Portrait

______________

Proofs

______________

Wedding Album

______________

Candids

______________

Parents’ Sets

______________

Other

______________

Wedding VHS/DVD

______________

Additional Copies

______________

Bride’s Gown

______________

Alterations

______________

Headpiece & Veil

______________

Lingerie, Hosiery & Garter

______________

Shoes

______________

Jewelry & Accessories

______________

Wrap/Jacket

______________

Hair, Makeup & Manicure

______________

Other

______________

GROOM: Groom’s Formalwear

______________

Neckwear & Cufflinks

______________

Accessories

______________

Shoes

______________

Other

______________

PHOTOGRAPHY

BRIDE:

VIDEOGRAPHY

WEDDING ATTIRE

CEREMONY

RINGS

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

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

______________

Projector Rental

______________

Other

______________

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______________

Attendants’ Bouquets

______________

Groom’s Boutonniere

______________

Attendants’ Boutonnieres

______________

Maid/Matron of Honor

______________

Bridesmaids’

______________

Best Man

______________

Groomsmen

______________

Helper Corsages/Boutonnieres ______________

Ushers

______________

Ceremony Flowers

______________

Child Attendants

______________

Reception Flowers

______________

Bride & Groom

______________

Decorations/Balloons

______________

Bride’s Parents

______________

Other

______________

Groom’s Parents

______________

Save-the-Date Cards

______________

Pre-Wedding Party Hosts

______________

Invitations & Envelopes

______________

Cake Cutting Attendant

______________

Calligrapher

______________

Gift Table Attendant

______________

Postage

______________

Guest Book Attendant

______________

Thank You Notes

______________

Soloists/Musicians (friends)

______________

Informal Stationery

______________

Other

______________

Ceremony Programs

______________

Placecards

______________

Wedding Coordinator

______________

Announcements

______________

Disposable Cameras

______________

Other

______________

GIFTS

FLOWERS

Bride’s Bouquet

Bridesmaids’ Dresses/Shoes

______________

Flower Girl’s Dress

______________

Groomsmens’ Formalwear

______________

Ring Bearer’s Attire

______________

Bridesmaids’ Luncheon

______________

Other

______________

Rings

______________

Ceremony

______________

Reception

______________

Music

______________

Wedding Party Transportation: Limousine, Carriage, etc. ______________

Cake Knife & Server

______________

Cake Top

______________

Wedding Attire

______________

Favors

______________

Photography

______________

Flower Girl’s Basket

______________

Videography

______________

Guest Book & Pen

______________

Flowers

______________

Ring Bearer’s Pillow

______________

Stationery

______________

Toasting Glasses

______________

Transportation

______________

Unity Candle, Kiddush Cup

______________

Favors & Accessories

______________

Other

______________

Gifts

______________

Other

______________

Miscellaneous

______________

Grand TOTAL

______________

Guest Transportation

______________

Parking

______________

Other

______________

Other

______________

TOTALS

TRANSPORTATION

MISCELLANEOUS

Attendant Accommodations ______________

FAVORS & ACCESSORIES

STATIONERY

Hosts for Out-of-Town Guests ______________

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SHARING THE COST

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

GROOM

BRIDE

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

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

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

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

Accommodations for out-of-town attendants (optional)

Formal wear for best man & groomsmen (optional)

Luncheon for bridal party

Accommodations for out-of-town attendants (optional)

Informal stationery

Marriage license Fee for officiant

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

GROOM’S FAMILY

BRIDE’S FAMILY

Honeymoon Engagement party

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

WEDDING PARTY

Videographer

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

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

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GROOM’S CAKE

CAKE STYLE

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

SETUP DETAILS

CAKE ACCESSORIES

Description

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

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

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

Tea Lunch Cocktails Dinner

Regional Seasonal Exotic Ethnic Thematic

SERVICE

Breakfast/Brunch

FLAVOR

TYPE

CATERING PLANNER

Salad Entrée Dessert

Beef Chicken Vegetarian Pork Seafood

DESSERT

Soup

ENTRÉES

COURSES

Appetizer

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

Dessert Hors d’oeuvres

Cocktails

Regional Seasonal Exotic Ethnic Thematic

Lamb

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

Vegetarian Kosher Halal Other

RENTAL ITEMS

Full Bar

SPECIAL

ALCOHOL*

Pasta

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

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HELPERS

FLOWERS BY SEASON

TERMINOLOGY

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

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

SPRING

SUMMER

FALL

WINTER

YEAR ‘ROUND

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WEDDING PARTY

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

RECEPTION

CEREMONY

Other

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

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MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT PLANNER

CEREMONY

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

START TIME

SONG/PERFORMED BY

START TIME

Prelude Processional Service Recessional Postlude Other Other

RECEPTION

Other

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

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BRIDE­’ S PHOTOS:

GROOM­’ S PHOTOS:

PRE-WEDDING

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

Bride getting ready

RECEPTION

Guests at cocktail party

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

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

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

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

CEREMONY

PORTRAITS

PHOTOGRAPHY PLANNER

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

Group pictures & candids throughout reception

Clergy, groom & best man at altar

Musicians

Bride & father walking down aisle

Bride & Groom’s first dance

Father giving bride’s hand to groom

Bride & Father, Groom & Mother dance

Guests watching the ceremony

Guests dancing

Vow exchange

Cake, cake table & cake cutting

Ring ceremony

Couple feeding each other cake

Candids of bride’s/groom’s face

Bouquet toss Garter removal & toss

Unity candle ceremony, kiddush cup ceremony, etc.

Sweetheart dance

Signing of wedding certificate

Going-away vehicle (especially if decorated)

Groom kissing the bride

Bride & groom in going away clothes

Recessional

Newlyweds departing & guests’ farewell

Guests throwing rice, flower petals, etc.

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LOCATION

RECEPTION PLANNER DATES AVAILABLE

LOCATION

SIZE

USED FOR

Indoor

Small (<100)

Ceremony

Outdoor

Medium (100-250)

Reception

Same site as ceremony

Large (250+)

Dressing

Walking distance from ceremony

Overnight rooms

SITE SERVICES

Within ______ miles of ceremony site

SERVICES PROVIDED

RENTALS AVAILABLE

Rooms

Tables

Food

Chairs & chair covers

Beverage/Alcohol

China, glassware, silverware & serving dishes

Disabled access

Linens

Adequate parking Valet

Ratio of guests to servers: ___________

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

DECORATIONS

PROVIDED

STYLE

More than one event at a time

RECEPTION

Head table Guest tables

BRINGING OWN DECORATIONS What are decorating restrictions?

Cake table Guest book table

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

When can decorations/favors come in?

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

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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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Everything for your wedding in Milwaukee & Southeast Wisconsin