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Rings THE CIRCLE OF LOVE:

RING BASICS It’s amazing that a piece of jewelry can convey such powerful 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 cover all the basics.

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RINGS KNOW YOUR METALS Gold. Yellow gold is classic, and rose gold is becoming increasingly popular. Pure gold is too soft for practical use, so it’s mixed with other metals for jewelry. 14-karat gold is durable enough for daily wear and can be polished easily. White gold. White gold is made by mixing pure gold with other white metals such as nickel, palladium, or zinc. It does have a slightly yellow tint, unless it’s coated with a very white metal called rhodium. This provides a white metal look, but it’s likely that it will need to be re-coated (“dipped”) every one to two years as the rhodium wears away (though it’s not necessary — just personal preference). Platinum. Extremely popular in the last decade or so, platinum is a very white, heavy (many people like the substantial feel), and durable metal. It’s a gorgeous, 6 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

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


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

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

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where one carat equals 100 points. A diamond of 50 points, for example, equals .5 carat. Diamonds of more than one carat are extremely rare and therefore very valuable. But remember that carat weight is only one factor in determining value. Two diamonds of the same size can vary considerably in value depending on the other three factors — cut, color, and clarity. Certifications sometimes accompany a diamond, the most recognized being from the GIA. APPRAISE IT Once rings have been selected and purchased, request an appraisal. This is a written estimate of the value of your jewelry, and should include specific indications of the four Cs. Immediately after purchase, photograph your jewelry for insurance purposes. Make sure your current policy has adequate coverage, including “mysterious disappearance” so that your coverage extends to complete loss of the piece. TAKE GOOD CARE Although diamonds are the hardest natural substance known to man, a hard blow could still chip one, so don’t wear your ring when doing rough work. You should also avoid direct contact with chlorine bleach and chlorinated pool water, which could pit and discolor the mounting. To clean your jewelry, regularly soak it for about 30 minutes in either a commercial jewelry cleanser or a homemade solution comprised of equal parts cold water and ammonia. Scrub the stones gently with a soft toothbrush, then rinse thoroughly under warm water and pat dry with a lint-free cloth. Use this solution only on diamonds and precious metals as some gemstones and


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RINGS alternative metals are not compatible with ammonia or commercial jewelry cleansers. Have your rings checked annually by your jeweler for loose prongs or settings. If you have only four prongs, just one broken prong will cause you to lose your stone. These precautions and gentle care will pay you back with years of enjoyment and pride in this precious symbol of your union. DIAMOND CLARITY SCALE • FL & IF: Flawless and Internally Flawless (inclusions not visible under 10x magnification) • VVS1 & VVS2: Very, Very Slight Inclusions (extremely difficult to see under 10x) • VS1 & VS2: Very Slight Inclusions (difficult to see under 10x)

• SI1 & SI2: Small Inclusions (noticeable under 10x) • I1, I2 & I3: Imperfect (flaws visible to the unaided eye) RING TRENDS There are popular metals, shapes, and even diamond-alternative stones to make your “I do” symbol as unique as your own personal style. Rose gold and mixing metals are becoming increasingly popular. Marquise-cut diamonds are in the spotlight these days, as are show-stopping diamond halo settings. Embellishments like flowers, petals, and diamond vines add a touch a femininity. For something offbeat, go for colorful diamonds or gemstones. Sapphires, emeralds, and rubies lend a vintage vibe. Consider including meaningful details, like a favorite quote or your wedding date engraved into the band.

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MANAGING A BUDGET making the right choices to stay in budget Now that you’re engaged the wheels are turning in your mind and the possibilities for everything just seem endless and overwhelming. Before you get wrapped up in everything, the first thing on a newly engaged woman’s mind is the date. The date is important for the price factor, and determines the expenses to match the season especially if a holiday lands around your set wedding date. You don’t want to go over budget because you forgot Valentine’s Day is in February. Oops! On average, a wedding costs roughly as much as a new car, and today it’s the bride and groom paying, not the parents. This is a huge financial burden to take on, especially when you are just starting out together. However, there are ways to get help with your wedding. It isn’t necessary to pay for absolutely everything yourself, usually the bride’s family will help with the dress and the groom’s family will help with something like catering. Just don’t depend on them for everything! If you happen to know anyone in the bridal industry, such as a baker, seamstress, photographer, etc, now is the time to call in the favors. Usually if they’re your friends, they have no problem discounting their work for you or doing your wedding free of charge. If your friends give you a discount or work for free for you, keep this in mind and remember to get them a little something extra as a thank you. This could be anything from a present to a nicer hotel room when they come for your ceremony. After your parents have helped you some and all your friends have been called up, its time to start crunching


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numbers. Figure out just how much you can afford without going overboard. Keep in mind you want to include your honeymoon in the budget so that you have somewhere nice to go after all has been said and done! We all want to have the Hollywood budget when it comes to our weddings but sadly we just can’t drop a million dollars when we decide to get married. Unless you win the lottery of course! Since you probably don’t have a clue how much things actually cost, try looking up some price averages for venues, dresses, cakes, etc. This will give you a good idea of the price point you’re looking at. Next, make a list with these price points and start narrowing down your search in an area such as dresses. Look online for styles you like, then search stores in your area with similar dresses and check the prices. If they’re out of your budget, then find out when trunk shows are and plan on going early in the morning. After all, to get a good deal you’ll be there most of the day! Since you don’t want to deplete your savings add up what you and your fiancé have collectively. Look at your average price point, then look at what you actually found locally and liked it and it’s price. Add up your rough estimate of your likes. If it’s an eye popping number, don’t freak out! Everyone starts off over budget at first Now that you know what you like and have an idea of all the things you want and need, start thinking of ways to cut corners. For example, if you like a certain flower arrangement and the florist wants and arm, a leg, and an eye, then go to a craft store and try to put together the same arrangement you liked. Usually do it yourself things cost you less overall. Just be prepared to put more time and


MANAGING A BUDGET effort into prepping for your wedding! If you can copy the arrangement then you can buy the flowers and equipment needed and pre arrange them yourself. If you were set on having real flowers, then call local flower distributors and see if you can get a deal on them. Keep in mind that the flowers should be arranged the day before or the day of if they’re real to ensure that they will be fresh and un-wilted. There are also many DIY tutorials and guides on the web for your wedding to give you cost saving ideas. For example, invitations and seating cards are a great way to save up! Practice your calligraphy or print invitations/cards yourself at home. Using commonplace items such as fruits, pine cones, vegetables, stones, etc are great ways to save money when it comes to seating cards. All you need to do is etch names directly into the fruit! After your guests know where they are seated they can eat their seating card! The reception will probably be one of the most costly events of your wedding. This is in part because of the food, the cake, the dj, the bar, and the place itself. Food is always expensive, so one way to avoid insane food costs is to reduce your amount of guests. Don’t invite everyone you know and their relatives. Invite the essentials such as your families, close friends, and a few others. This will also assure that your locations won’t need as much space and will cost less! Obviously doing these things are just a taste of ways to save money. The possibilities are only as limited as your creativity! So have fun and let the creative juices flow, ladies! What are some of your ideas for your wedding to keep your wallet fat and happy?

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Current Trends

MODERN ROMANCE POPS WITH PERSONALITY

Today’s weddings are a gorgeous mix of classic styles and trendy touches - a theme that has been rather constant in recent years. To bring their unique brand to their wedding, brides and grooms are focusing all the more on injecting their own personality into the celebration. Yes, in 2018 individuality is a trend all its own. 

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STYLE: COLOR MAKES A COMEBACK & ROMANCE REIGNS In 2018 gown trends, we see an uptick in bridal fashions that are unreservedly romantic. Women are embracing their inner princess, donning classic silhouettes with sweetheart necklines and full ballroom skirts, often adorned with lace and floral appliqué, cascading ruffles, tiers of tulle, or detachable caplets. At the same time, such gowns also manage to go modern and show some skin. Open-backed gowns and dresses with deep-plunging necklines, off-the-shoulder-straps, and sheer corset bodices offer more variety than ever for brides that want to feel a little sexy on their wedding day. Ivory is still wildly popular, but blush and even pale blue will creep into the mainstream. Such soft looks carry over

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into the bridal party, with bridesmaids wearing a range of neutrals and metallics. In addition to barely-there color, brides are starting to come back around to playful and dramatic color palettes for their girls, as a way to highlight their own personal preferences. Bold, multi-faceted color stories offer an easy mode of selfexpression, and weddings in 2018 are all about putting personality front and center. As brides get on board with color, so do the grooms. For the more daring and fashion-forward fella, suits in sophisticated shades of blue, grey, burgundy, and green are starting to take the place of traditional black tuxedos. WEDDING THEMES: HOMEY & MODERN IN HARMONY While the classic wedding is always in style, couples are also choosing

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

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

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VENUES reception venues that allow for a lot of creativity — sites where you pay to rent the space, but are responsible for bringing your own décor, catering, and other rentals. Rustic-chic weddings are still very much en vogue, but the trend is shifting from burlap and mason jars to a combination of earthy and glamorous. You’ll see elements like crystal chandeliers, eclectic antique place settings, and Instagram-worthy lounge areas staged with vintage furniture. Trends in 2018 also point to more modern, clean, and geometric touches in wedding theme and décor. Cool white marble contrasts with warm rose gold accents. Angled, terrarium-inspired flourishes add contemporary whimsy to the scene. The goal for many couples is to capture certain trendy touches while

CURRENT TRENDS maintaining an ambiance that’s inviting, homey, and speaks to their combined personality. FLOWERS: LUSH & LEAFY WITH BOLD BLOSSOMS The floral industry is experiencing a return to the cascading bridal bouquet and more saturated colors. Brides want flowers with a natural and undone feeling: lush, loose. While soft colors are still popular, brides are starting to work more vibrant hues into their flower picks. These bold bouquets are also doubling as reception centerpieces. Next to cascading florals, the biggest trend is no flowers at all. Instead, brides are opting for an abundance of greenery and branches. To bring the drama, you’ll see canopies of foliage or wisteria hanging from high above.

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CURRENT TRENDS FOOD & DRINK: HELP YOURSELF TO TASTY FAVORITES The traditional sit-down, three- or five-course meal is enjoying a sort of revolution. While you’ll still see these formal dinners at more traditional weddings, many brides are turning food into an interactive event. Familystyle meals, buffets, and food trucks are increasingly common, as brides and grooms seek a more help-yourself style for a relaxed, social vibe. Couples also want their food and drinks to have meaning, so they’ll work with caterers to create custom meals and craft cocktails that feature some of their favorite things. Dinners that feature sustainable catering with locally-grown ingredients are also highly sought-after. These more casual farm-to-table dinners go hand-in-hand with family-style

dining to foster a comfortable, homey environment. You’ll see dessert tables of pie, ice cream, candy, or cupcakes — but in 2018, donuts will reign supreme. Some couples choose to have both a classic wedding cake (it’s tradition!) along with a dessert bar just for fun. And just as food trucks are gaining popularity, so are dessert “trucks” like gelato carts and gourmet popsicle stands. These help-yourself stations aren’t just for edibles — they’re for drinkables, too. Coffee and hot chocolate bars with all the fixings are a cool trend for winter weddings. Then there’s the late-night snack — a treat that many guests have almost come to expect nowadays. Couples can go for a crowd favorite like pizza or sliders, or offer a hometown specialty.

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CHOOSING BRIDESMAIDS how to pick out your wedding party If you’re like most brides-to-be, you’ve probably had your bridesmaids picked out for a while. The daydream typically includes mimosas and all your best girlfriends in fluffy white robes. But once you’re engaged, the decisions get real and sometime’s there more than just your daydreams to consider. There are sisters, future sisters-in-law, college friends, childhood friends, and other important ladies in your life - how do you narrow it down? Here are some things to ponder as you go about choosing your bridesmaids. Sizing up. You can have as many or as few bridesmaids as you like, but it’s not uncommon to see large wedding parties at larger weddings and smaller parties at more intimate affairs. Still, there’s no rule, so do what works for you. Also consider cost and coordination when deciding on the number of bridesmaids in your party. It’s much easier to coordinate bridesmaid dress shopping and fittings with three girls, as opposed to ten. Family First. Once you determine the number, start with the obvious candidates: Family. How many siblings do you have? And your fiancée? If you each have one or two siblings (and an equal number of ladies and gents), it can be easy to fit them into the wedding party. If you’re outnumbered (say, the groom has five siblings and you have none), you might want to go a different route. Remember that you can always ask siblings to be ushers or readers - a part of the wedding, if not officially in the party. You’ve Got a Friend. Once you’ve figured out how to include close family members in your bridal party, it’s time to move on


CHOOSING BRIDESMAIDS to friends. This seems like a no-brainer just pick your best girlfriends! But it’s not always that simple. First, think about the number of bridesmaids and groomsmen you and your fiancée settled on. If you have seven best friends and he has two, you might have to pick the best of the best and forego the rest to keep things even. Also, consider where your ladies are at in life: Are any pregnant? Raising a toddler? Living across the country? Traveling a ton for work? Though they love you and want to celebrate with you, don’t assume everyone you ask will jump at the chance to be in your wedding. Should any of your potential bridesmaids voice hesitation, be understanding of that decision and have a backup in mind. Just as with family members, if you have a close friend you’d like to include in the wedding but don’t have enough space for her as a bridesmaid, think about giving her a different part to play. Beyond readers and ushers, many brides ask a friend to be their Personal Attendant: a fancy phrase for the person who does the bride’s bidding. But it’s not all giving orders - the right friend for the job would delight in being close to you on your wedding day and helping out any way she can. Choose Wisely. A lot goes into being a bridesmaid. There are dress fittings, alterations, parties, showers, the rehearsal dinner, photos, and so much more. You’ll have to count on these ladies to be there for you, maintain a positive attitude, and be a worthy reflection of you on one of the most important days of your life. Choose wisely. Choose women who will build you up, go the extra mile, and do all in their power to make your wedding day one for the ages.

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After the engagement ring has been slipped on your finger and the excitement over your impending new life together has finally settled in, someone might approach you and want to give you an engagement party. Engagement parties, often thrown by a family member or good friend, are quite popular. However, remember that there are some etiquette rules to follow when you’re putting this important event together. For one thing, in today’s society there is a good chance that the bride and groom might not even be from the same city or state. That means the couple’s family and friends might not know one another. This is the perfect time to make sure that your future husband or wife meets everyone that is important to you in your life. In this case it is appropriate for more than one engagement party to be hosted. Remember, there is no better way to introduce dear Aunt Millie to the man of your dreams than surrounded by family and friends in a comfortable setting. Here are a few things to remember when considering the engagement party: The party should be held at the beginning of your engagement. It’s not about the wedding, but about the particular exciting time during your engagement. With this party you are commemorating the steps you have taken to spend your life with that someone special. What a great time for all your family and


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friends to admire your engagement ring, right? Invite individuals who are close not only to you, but also to the groom. Whether a large or small affair, make sure the time is special by sharing your party with the ones you love in attendance. Traditionally, it is the bride’s parents that host the engagement party. Sometimes the groom’s parents will also be interested in helping to host. However, don’t get caught up in outdated rules. If you and your fiancé want to host this event, then do it. If it turns out that someone else is hosting the party, then be sure you and your fiancé take a look at the list of guests so no one is overlooked. Be sure that the people you invite to the engagement party are also guests you will invite to the wedding and reception. In some cases, location might make it impossible for your engagement party guests to attend, but it’s important that they are invited nevertheless. Gifts are not necessary at an engagement party, but if you do receive something, then politely thank the person giving the gift and perhaps open it later. This way, you do not run the risk of making those folks who did not bring gifts feel uncomfortable. Usually, announcing the engagement is done during a toast by the bride’s father or the fiancé. This depends on how traditional you want to keep things. This is “the” time that your engagement is made public and, while most people probably already know, some of your guests might be surprised.

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GETTING MARRIED AGAIN the second time around Your Day to Remember

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It’s no secret that men and women are getting married more than once nowadays. However, with the decision to wed a second or a 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. Often, they are busy career women barely able 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. What about the children Many couples nowadays are choosing to have their children be part of the ceremony. For example, sons might play 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 as 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 is also acknowledging he is taking the child as his own. Choosing the right dress and style for you and the wedding party Veils are not a good choice for second time brides as it reflects the innocence of the first time. However, white dresses are no longer taboo. The most important thing is to pick a dress, regardless of the color, that brings out the beauty of the bride. Hemlines are


GETTING MARRIED AGAIN shorter and the colors are often soft and pastel. Overall, dresses tend to be less ornamental with better quality silk or silk satin and the train is not as long. Another trend for a second time bride is a hairstyle donning fresh flowers. Wedding parties also tend to be pared down and attendants are usually allowed to pick their favorite cocktail dress that is within the brides color scheme or theme. WEDDING TRENDS Smaller, intimate weddings are definitely the norm for second time couples. Simple dinner parties or cocktail receptions are preferred over full-blown affairs and the bouquet and garter toss are absent and replaced by having the longest married couple in the room be awarded these items. The wedding invitations are issued from the bride and groom, in third person, without titles. It would read as follows:

Jane Cook and John Smith request the honor of your presence at their marriage

Finally, remember that while you might have been married before, it was not to each other. Treat your special day as just that, and keep in mind it is the first day the two of you will spend your lives together.

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THEME WEDDINGS so much to choose from It’s true, there are as many themes for your wedding as there are days of the year, but what really matters is what is going to make your day the most memorable. In the springtime think gardens blooming, lace and holidays such as Easter and May Day. It’s no secret that flowers are at their most beautiful this time of year so consider all those plants that can make your wedding special. Surprise your guests with both outstanding colors and the fragrance to match. While spring might be a time for growing new things, summer is definitely the most popular time for weddings. From beach weddings to western or cultural celebrations, June just seems to be the right time to tie the knot. 36 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

Perhaps a Victorian wedding at this time of year might be appropriate with lots of lace and plenty of candles to light the ceremony and reception. Celebrating Halloween or the fall harvest on your special day is a great time to create memories. As the weather is changing and the seasons are moving into a quieter time, so can your wedding memories remind you of how important change is in your own life. 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 on a sleigh or in a carriage and look like royalty as you alight from your coach.

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CHOOSING DRESS STYLES silhouette and length options Just started looking at wedding dresses and not sure where to start? Torn between a ball gown and a sheath style dress? Here are some descriptions of dress silhouettes to help you while shopping for the most important dress of your life! Sheath: A dress that creates a close silhouette to the body. Typically, this is a charmeuse or very soft and flowing material that fits close to the body, with some beading on an overlay. The sheath style gown is a perfect fit for casual weddings. A-Line: A gown that resembles an “A” that creates a long line for your body. The A-line gown is universally flattering and will look great! Mermaid: Also known as a fit and flare gown, the mermaid gown looks great on girls with tiny waists and for those who want to show off their curves. Accentuate the waist with a belt for more definition. Ball Gown: This gown has a fitted bodice and a full skirt. It’s the perfect proportion for any bride with a bustier bosom. Empire: This gown is flattering because it creates a long line and disguises the hips. Extending from the bust line, this shape is youthful and elegant. Believe it or not, there are different types of length when it comes to a wedding gown. You can choose a cocktail length which is just simply above the knee. Knee length is at the knee, while tea length is just below the knee. High low length is just below the knee in the front with a train in the back of your gown. A ballerina length dress is a dress that is cut just above the ankle perfect for ballerinas!

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VENUES

ATTENDANT’S RESPONSIBILITY the best man

• Assists groom with wedding details such as accommodations for out-oftown groomsmen and ushers. • Sees that the groom is properly attired and at the church or synagogue on time. Ties bowties, provides drinks, if applicable and otherwise supports the To-Be-Wed. • Gives the minister a sealed envelope with payment (from the groom) immediately following the ceremony. • Signs the marriage license as a witness. • Holds the bride’s ring during the ceremony. • May dance with the maid/matron of honor during the first dance. • Proposes the first toast to the newlyweds.

• Sits to the bride’s right at the reception providing charming conversation throughout. • Coordinates the ushers and makes sure they are properly dressed and understand where to seat the guests. • Holds luggage under lock and key until the bride and groom depart. • Helps the groom change into goingaway attire. • Escorts the bride and groom to their limousine or drives them to the hotel or airport. • Returns all formalwear rentals on time, and to the correct formalwear shop. • Assists maid of honor in transporting gifts to the bride and groom’s home.

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ATTENDANT’S RESPONSIBILITY the maid/matron of honor

• Assists the bride with pre-wedding tasks including smiling while making tiny favors out of birdseed, because that’s what she really wanted. • Assists bride in setting a date to have bridesmaid’s dresses fitted and coordinates other bridesmaids to ensure they get to the proper location on time. • Attends all pre-wedding parties and hosts a bridal shower with other bridesmaids. • Arranges the bride’s veil and train before the grand walk down the aisle • Holds the bride’s bouquet during the ring exchange. • Stands next to the groom in the receiving line and sits to his left at the head table.

• Holds the groom’s ring during the ceremony. • Signs the marriage certificate as a witness. • May dance with the best man during the first dance. • Helps the bride bustle her train, remove her headpiece and change into going-away outfit. • Attends to the bride throughout the day such as running errands and tying up loose ends, calming nerves and otherwise ensuring the success of the wedding celebration. • May assume responsibility for transporting the bride’s gown home or to the cleaners. • May assist the best man with transporting gifts to the bride and groom’s home.

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If your divorced parents are on good terms, count your blessings. If they are not, or if their relationship is marginal, then correct handling of these delicate matters can help avoid any unwanted tensions. There are several alternatives you should consider in planning your church wedding and reception arrangements 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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VENUES

WEDDING COLORS choosing your favorites Your wedding colors 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 chiffon in the middle of December in Chicago.

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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 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.


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WEDDING COLORS Start with a base color and follow that with lighter and darker shades in the same 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 is 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 couples 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. www.PremierBrideMKE.com PREMIER BRIDE • 47


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For winter think the holidays, snow and cozy fireplaces that make this season one of the most romantic of all. While stark silvers and blues are an option, the color of evergreen also promises the mood will be festive. Flowers can be a combination of pine cones, holly leaves and even snow and ice. Since silver is such a popular winter color matching accents might include burgundy or navy blue. The spring is when everything begins to grow again. Pastel colors are popular during this time of year so think white, pink and even lavender. Flowers that go well with a light color scheme are tulips and peonies. Keep the wedding light and airy like the season and a dreamy feeling will surely abound. When you do pick the colors for your wedding make sure you can get the bridesmaid dresses in this color as well, even before you begin ordering the other necessities. For flowers, if you must have a certain type, then you can work around 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 are appropriate and in the fall you might think of apples and fallen leaves. If you are planning a theme wedding then 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 spouse’s ideas into the biggest event of your lives.

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Ceremony Rehearsal & Dinner 5 STEPS TO

FUN AND FABULOUS With the main event just around the corner, here are some terrific guidelines for a smooth ceremony rehearsal. After that, most couples choose to spend some quality time with close family and friends during the rehearsal dinner. The details of how you do this - who, what, when, where - are up to you. We offer five steps to help you pull it all fabulously together.

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As you’re going through the stages of the ceremony, ask questions if you don’t know what to do or if there’s something you don’t understand. Bottom line, don’t be afraid to ask! REHEARSAL DINNER After finishing up the ceremony rehearsal, it’s customary for the bride and groom and/or their parents to host a dinner for all involved. This is a fun pre-wedding event that kicks off the festive spirit and can be as simple or extravagant as you like. You could rent a party room at a nearby restaurant or just invite everyone back to your parents’ house for homemade eats. It’s up to you! Just have fun with it and keep it within your budget. After all, everyone has your fabulous wedding to look forward to the very next day!

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Think about what is truly important for you to express to each other during the ceremony. As time progresses many couples have begun to take offense to the wording in traditional wedding vows such as the word “obey.” If you are offended by this term, then create a new phrase that reflects who you are as a couple. Perhaps “love, respect and trust” fits into your life plan much better. When you do personalize your wedding vows think about those things that are really important to you such as the meaning of marriage, why you are planning to spend your lives together and how you will make this arrangement work for better or for worse. Too many times nowadays, couples don’t realize

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that marriage is supposed to be a lasting bond of togetherness through the good and the bad times. Another uncomfortable statement in the wedding vow is “until death do us part.” How about something traditional, but less morbid like “as long as we both shall live.” No matter how far astray you want your wedding vows to go, it might be a good idea to start with the familiar. There is definitely something beautiful about the words in a wedding ceremony and perhaps just adding a few of your own personalized additions throughout the wedding is all that will be needed to add that special touch. Of course, you want to make sure that you and your fiancé are in agreement when it comes to changing the vows during the wedding. Talk about the things that make your life together unique and different and the plans you have for your future. One really special way to say “I love you” is to remember why you fell in love in the first place. Often during the hassles of the wedding this is easy to forget. Perhaps bringing it all back together in front of your family and friends will make a bond that will never be broken. Talk about the experiences you have shared together while making memories. These are often very important moments frozen in time and will also help to build your future as you look ahead at what makes your marriage so important to both of you. What do you want for your future? This will be a good start as to what you want to promise each other as you stand before God and man becoming husband and wife. Never let your partner see your personal vows until he/she hears them during the ceremony as it’s much more


PERSONALIZED VOWS suspenseful and dramatic to hear them for the first time while looking at each other. If you and your fiancé have an eclectic style or personality, then by all means let that come out in your personalized vows. In the long run, it might make it easier for you to express your real feelings anyway. Poems can be quite popular for the wedding vows, however let’s face it, not everyone is a poet. If you must write a poem and you are sure you don’t want to steal from one of the great masters then sit down and decide on a theme. Obviously, the theme will have to do with love and your lives together, but go deeper and take it a step further. Try not to use the same tired themes that have been overdone in the past. Think about who you are and your style. If you aren’t one for sentimental gushing, then perhaps a happy poem about your lives together will work much better. Should you decide to honor your parents at the wedding, this can be incorporated by a poem either written by both of you or a tried and true one that has been used for years. In addition to the vows, other ways to personalize what you have to say is through your actions. Using a cake top that is identical to the one your parents

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VENUES Before you can determine the type of venues to look at for your reception, ask yourself some broad questions. What style of wedding do you envision? A relaxed, summer wedding and a formal, winter wedding are better-suited to very different reception sites. Below are some examples. Rustic style: Barns, farms, country inns, and ranches. Traditional/Classic style: Ballrooms, banquet halls, hotels, country clubs, or community centers. These are often allinclusive! Natural/Open Air style: Waterfront, forest, vineyard, city park, or other locations where Mother Nature’s beauty shines. Also consider a Plan B for inclement weather. Non-Traditional style: Museums, zoos, planetariums, and antique stores. Urban/Industrial style: Downtown lofts, art galleries, and warehouses. Intimate style: Unique spaces catered toward small weddings — historic homes, a small party room at your favorite restaurant, or a tent in your parents’ backyard (tented weddings can work for other styles, too). Once you’ve settled on your reception’s aesthetic and the type of spaces you wish to explore, it’s time to get to work. Here are the first three factors to consider during your hunt. GUEST COUNT AND BUDGET These sound like two separate entities, but are in fact totally entwined. You can only afford to host the number of people that your budget allows; therefore your budget will determine your wedding’s headcount. That, or you need to increase your budget to accommodate more folks. Once you 62 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

RECEPTION finalize your budget and total number of potential guests, this will quickly eliminate any outlying reception venues: venues that are too expensive or too small. WEDDING DATE If you’re committed to a particular wedding date — perhaps it’s your parents’ anniversary or a holiday weekend — this will also narrow down your options. If a reception site doesn’t have your date available, move on. If it does, know that nothing is final until you’ve signed a contract and made a deposit. Once your decision is made, it’s critical to officially secure the space as soon as possible. Some choice venues are booked one to two years in advance, particularly on popular dates. ON-SITE VS. OFF-SITE Most on-site locations provide the majority of goods and services needed for your reception: catering, beverages, tables, chairs, tableware, linens, and serving staff. Such locations are typically hotels, ballrooms, private clubs, restaurants, and more. These facilities usually charge on a perperson basis and have a minimum guest requirement. Off-site locations offer the use of the reception space only — no other services. You’re responsible for supplying the caterer, furnishings, décor, waitstaff and bartenders, and everything in between. Such locations range from open-concept urban lofts to tented receptions. The responsibility of coordinating your own reception goods and services might sound like a headache to some brides, and to others, it’s an opportunity to fully personalize their


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RECEPTION the event spaces so the two parties don’t interfere. Parking. Confirm that there is ample, well-lighted, and convenient parking for your guests. If there isn’t, find out if a valet or shuttle service is available. Technical details. Whether you’re planning to have a DJ or live band, ask about possible restrictions on the type, volume, or duration of music. Confirm that there’s adequate power and electrical outlets for speakers, mixers, and amplifiers, and consider the acoustics of the space. It’s not uncommon for a venue’s coordinator to invite future brides and grooms to stop by a scheduled wedding to get a feel for sound levels and acoustics. If this is a real concern for you, just ask if you can do a drop-in. Odds are the site coordinator will be welcoming. Room décor. Most sites are rather neutral, but it still pays to take note of the permanent decorations in an event space. Do the flooring, wall color, window treatments, and artwork suit the style and season of your wedding? Is it a room with a view? If photography is of great importance to you, search online for professional photos from weddings staged in the space. Does it photograph well? Services offered. With each site you visit, note what’s included in the rental price. Whether it’s big things like catering and waitstaff or details like candles and breath mints in the bathroom, it pays to get those details up front. Also bear in mind that the included services greatly impact whether or not a reception site fits within your budget. An affordable venue that doesn’t include any furnishings, for instance, might not be so affordable in the end.

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ATTENDANT GIFTS remembering the day Wedding attendants play a large part in weddings and it’s no surprise that brides often languish and toil over the perfect wedding attendant gift. Weddings attendants include your maid or matron of honor, bridesmaids and flower girls. Each of these special friends will help to make your day complete, will not argue with you over the colors you choose and often will pay their own expense for the dress, transportation and beautiful transformation so that your day is special. It’s no wonder that you want to give these special women (and sometimes men) a gift and long-term memory of how important they are in your life. If

some of your attendants are traveling in from out of town, then how about holding a luncheon for them the day before the wedding? Local attendants can also be treated to a nice lunch, however in this case, you can do it several weeks before your big day. In regards to the luncheon you might also want to include your mother, the groom’s mother and a few of the other participants who are helping to round out your day. This could include singers, organists, attendants at your reception and even parents of important people who have helped your day come together in such a unique way. A special gift is also in order and you might even want to present it to the

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• 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 him/her? • 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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ATTENDANT GIFTS attendants at the luncheon if you desire. More than anything, the gift is a thank you for all their hard work. Many times gifts are engraved and can range from a jewelry box to a key chain to a toasting flute. Jewelry is another gift that just about any woman can appreciate, but be sure and remember not to give pierced earrings to friends who don’t have pierced ears or a lipstick case to a woman who does not wear makeup. The rule when giving gifts is to make everything identical with the exception of your maid/matron honor and, for the man, his best man. If it’s a destination wedding, then you might also opt to pay for your attendant’s airfare or hotel accommodations in order for them to be able to attend. While some of the attendants you choose to be part of your special day might be

able to afford a trip to the South Pacific, others might have to say no if they can’t pay for the airfare. An excellent gift in this case is just offering to get them to the destination at no charge. Once there, it’s certain that your attendants will also be able to relax and enjoy your big day with you. In many cases, the attendants might appreciate a discounted room rate if you are having a destination wedding. It wouldn’t be such a bad idea to offer to pay for the room altogether if you are still not sure what to give your friends. Whatever you decide, make sure it reflects the fact that these special attendants - be it the ushers, groomsmen, bridesmaids or junior attendants - all realize how much you appreciate their time and efforts spent on your behalf.

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You bought the dress. You’ve heard all the floral tips – but so have your other friends getting married soon. How are you supposed to break away from the mold and make your wedding a truly unique day? By adding a couple personal touches, you’ll offer your friends and family an inside look into your love story and the chance to be part of a meaningful, once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Start by setting the tone with your invitations. Incorporate a fun picture to the invite, perhaps dressed as your favorite movie couple, or engaged in an activity or hobby you love to do as a couple. If you expect outof-town guests, you could include a personalized map of the city that points out your favorite pizza joint or the place you met. Personalized invitations will set an intimate tone for your big day, even if you’re planning a large wedding. For the ceremony, consider writing your own vows. Don’t be scared if you’re not a writer – there are plenty of pastors or wedding guides that give tips to couples who wish to personalize their 70 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

wedding vows. You could even include favorite love song lyrics or poetry to express your commitment. A limo is always classy for leaving the ceremony, but consider more personal exit ideas, too. Love horseback riding? Hire a horse-drawn carriage to carry you to the reception. Honeymooning in Italy? Rent a vespa on which to whisk away! As your guests file into the reception, send them to tables with names rather than numbers. If you met in a Literature class, have your guests sit at tables named after the authors you had to read together. Or name them after places you’ve gone to as a couple, along with a brief story, a photo and a question or two for guests to ask each other, such as “What’s your worst travel story?” or “What was your best meal ever in a restaurant?” This will provide guests with good conversation starters, along with a sneak peek into your life as a couple. After the toasts, surprise your guests by raising your glasses to them. Thank them for being there and share your appreciation for all the support they’ve shown you over the years. Your guests will love being addressed as an integral part of your day. And you can’t forget your first dance! Most couples choose a romantic song for a slow dance. Why not spice things up a little? Take tango or ballroom dancing classes ahead of time and show off your new moves in a choreographed number! Personalizing your wedding simply means bringing a little bit of “YOU” into the day. Express yourself!

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PIN DOWN THE DETAILS Pinterest certainly displays boards for all the biggies like the gown, décor, and food. But the site’s real strength is in highlighting the details. It’s here that you’ll find inspiration for handmade place cards, fun photography poses, or ideas for “something blue.” Those seemingly insignificant details will make your day truly unique. But like many online wedding hotspots, Pinterest runs the risk of being overwhelming. To get the most out of the site, make sure to be specific when you’re scoping out ideas. In the search box in the top left hand corner of the page, use as many details as possible such as “fall


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

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THEFARMATDOVER.COM INFO@THEFARMATDOVER.COM 26060 WASHINGTON AVE, DOVER, WI 53139

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VENUES

BEAUTIFUL IDEAS BY THE SEASON making even the dreariest days beautiful

capturingyourday.com

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 74 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.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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Casual or formal, traditional or modern, for a few loved ones or a few hundred, a Davians wedding is one to remember. Beyond the taste of our delectable dishes, you will remember the attention to detail, the energy of the room, and how you were free to relax and enjoy your special day.

N56W16300 Silver Spring Dr | Menomonee Falls, WI 53051 262-781-3333 | events@davians.com | davians.com


CHILD ATTENDANTS some gift ideas for girls and boys The gift options will vary widely depending on the age of the child, of course. Here are a variety of ideas to spark some creative shopping.

– The DeKoven Center – Historic lakefront campus Indoor & outdoor ceremonies Receptions up to 250 www.dekovencenter.org (262) 633-6401 ext. 102

FOR GIRLS • First set of pearls, or some other piece of ‘nice’ jewelry appropriate for older girls • Costume jewelry or play jewelry for younger kids • Bridal Barbie • Flower girl sparkle t-shirt • Personalized t-shirts: “I bought t-shirts from a local craft store, one to fit each of my 3 flower girls and 2 ring bearers, and then bought transfer paper for ink jet printers. I then printed a picture of my fiancé and I, along with “Flower Girl” or “Ring Bearer” and the date of the wedding, and ironed them on the shirts!” ~ Jennifer, Atlanta, Georgia • Ballet slippers, sparkly and festive for the wedding celebration • Jewelry box or music box • Photo with engraved frame • Gift certificates to toy or special store • Child’s purse FOR BOYS • Silver, personalized piggy bank (or train bank, or soccer ball bank, etc.) • Silver, personalized yo-yo • Personalized t-shirts (see above) • Teddy bears or other stuffed animals • Kid’s watch • Disney video or video games • Sports car alarm clock • Personalized baseball bat Also, a nice gift for the parents is to give them a framed photo of their child(ren) from the wedding.

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A VENUE STYLED IN ELEGANCE AND GRACE Lake Country’s favorite wedding venue is also its newest. Our complete property renovations provide the perfect setting for your special celebration.

Formerly Country Springs Hotel

2 6 2 . 5 4 7. 0 2 0 1 2810 Golf Road Pewaukee, WI 53072 T H E I N G L E S I D E H OT E L . C O M


blackswanmke.com

309 N. Water St. – Historic Third Ward

Phone Number(s)

Website

See Page

Boat Capacity Range

Lake Geneva Cruise Line 812 Wrigley Drive, Lake Geneva

262-248-6206

cruiselakegeneva.com

157

2-225

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

414-283-9999

riverwalkboats.com

232

2-44

YACHTS/BOATS

RECEPTION GUIDE

Phone Number(s)

Website

1451 RENAISSANCE PLACE

414-272-1451

renaissanceplace.com

Back Cover & 12

THE ASTOR HOTEL

414-283-4808

astorhotel.com

9

BARTOLOTTA CATERING:

414-765-1166 414-765-1005

bartolottas.com bartolottascatering.com

23

Bartolotta Events & Catering at Discovery World, 500 Harbor Dr., Milwaukee

414-765-8610

bartolottas.com bartolottascatering.com

23

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

414-962-6300

bartolottas.com bartolottascatering.com

23

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

414-727-6980

bartolottas.com bartolottascatering.com

23

Italian Community Center 631 E. Chicago Street, Milwaukee

414-223-2800

bartolottas.com bartolottascatering.com

23

blackswanmke.com

78

1451 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee

See Page for More Information

924 E. Juneau Ave., Milwaukee

DOWNTOWN

Bacchus 925 E. Wells, Milwaukee

THE BLACK SWAN

309 N. Water St., Milwaukee

CAFÉ CENTRAAL

414-627-2789

lowlandsgroup.com/parties

73

CAFÉ HOLLANDER - TOSA

414-627-2789

lowlandsgroup.com/parties

73

THE CANAL STREET YACHT CLUB

414-273-8300

CanalStreetYachtClub.com

44

CHARLES ALLIS ART MUSEUM

414-278-8295

cavtmuseums.org

81

HARLEY-DAVIDSON MUSEUM

414-287-2730

harley-davidson.com/us/en/ museum/host-an-event.html

36

HILTON MILWAUKEE CITY CENTER

414-390-3802

marcusweddings.com

63

2306 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., Milwaukee 7677 W. State St., Wauwatosa 1200 W. Canal St., Milwaukee

1801 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee 400 W. Canal St., Milwaukee

509 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee

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VENUES

GET YOUR REWARDS!

MAKE A SPLASH

HOLE IN ONE

Enjoy an overnight getaway at The Ingleside Hotel in an Executive Suite with 6 Water Park Passes. With over 45,000 square feet of indoor Water Park fun and the newly remodeled hotel, there is sure to be something for everyone.

Break out your best polo shirts and hit the mini golf green at Terrace 167’s Loggers Pub! Cap off your round of putt-putt with a large stone-cooked pizza and two pitchers of domestic beer.

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Separate Separate Area OffArea Number of Average Available Valet Premise Outside Available Yachts Price for Parking Catering Caterers for Available per Person Ceremony Available Available Permitted Reception

8

$$-$$$

1

$-$$

n

n

n

n

n

Special Features

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

Reception Room Capacity Range

Number of Available Banquet Rooms

Average Price per Person

Serving Style Available

Separate Area Available for Ceremony

400

2

Varies

All Styles

n

200

4

$$ - $$$

All Styles

n

5-200

6

$$ - $$$$

Fine Dining

n

n

250-500

2

$$ - $$$$

All Styles

n

n

20-300

2

$$ - $$$$

Fine Dining Stations

n

n

25-425

1

$$ - $$$$

All Styles

n

10-650

5

$$$-$$$$

All Styles

n

100-400

1

Varies

All Styles

100

2

$$ - $$$

Plated, Buffet, Family Style

125

2

$$ - $$$

Plated, Buffet, Family Style

400

1

$$ - $$$

Plated, Buffet, Food Stations

200

2

Varies

All Styles

n

75-450

3

$$-$$$

All Styles

n

500

10

$$$ - $$$$

Plated Buffet

n

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

n n

n n

n

n

n n

n n

n

n

n

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your your

SPECIAL DAY, UNIQUE DETAILS

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

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

RECEPTION GUIDE

Phone Number(s)

Website

See Page for More Information

HOTEL METRO

414-225-3256

hotelmetro.com

275

HYATT REGENCY

414-276-1234

milwaukee.regency.hyatt.com

25

INTERCONTINENTAL MILWAUKEE

414-390-3802

marcusweddings.com

43

IRON HORSE HOTEL

414-831-4613

theironhorsehotel.com

72

KIMPTON - THE JOURNEYMAN

414-291-3970

journeymanhotel.com

40

MARCUS CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

414-276-2030

sazamas.com

89

MILWAUKEE ART MUSEUM

414-224-3287

mam.org

3

MILWAUKEE COUNTY PARKS

414-257-7275

countyparks.com

16

MILWAUKEE YACHT CLUB

414-271-4455

milwaukeeyc.com

15

THE PFISTER HOTEL

414-390-3802

marcusweddings.com

31

POTOWATOMI HOTEL & CASINO

414-847-8600

paysbig.com

37

PRITZLAFF EVENTS

414-433-6088

pritzlaffevents.com

13

THE SEEBOTH - AN URBAN EVENT DESTINATION

414-841-9374

theseeboth.com

28

SOUTH SECOND

414-256-8765

southsecondmke.com

48 & 89

TRIPOLI SHRINE TEMPLE

414-933-4700

tripolishrinecenter.com

30

VILLA TERRACE ART MUSEUM

414-271-3656

cavtmuseums.org

81

WAR MEMORIAL CENTER

414-273-5533

warmemorialcenter.org

6

WISCONSIN CLUB - CITY CLUB

414-271-7510

wisconsinclub.com

10-11

411 E. Mason St., Milwaukee 333 W. Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee 139 E. Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee 500 W. Florida St., Milwaukee 310 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee 929 N. Water St., Milwaukee

DOWNTOWN (CONT.)

700 N. Art Museum Dr., Milwaukee

1700 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive, Milwaukee 424 E. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee 1721 W. Canal St., Milwaukee

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

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PHOTO COURTESY M THREE STUDIOS

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

CHARLES ALLIS

LAKEFRONT TERRACE

CLASSIC ELEGANCE

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

A RICH HISTORY

2220 N. Terrace Ave.

1801 N. Prospect Ave.

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

Reception Room Capacity Range

Number of Available Banquet Rooms

Average Price per Person

Serving Style Available

Separate Area Available for Ceremony

125

1

$$-$$$

All Styles

n

n

50-500

3

$$$ - $$$$

All Styles

n

n

20-400

2

$$$ - $$$$

French Service

n

n

20-200

3

$$ - $$$

All Styles

n

n

30-150

1

$$ - $$$

All Styles

20-5,000

7

$$$ - $$$$

All Styles

n

450

4

$$$ - $$$$

All Styles

n

Varies

All Styles

n

25-1,000

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

n

n

n n

n

550

3

$$$

All Styles

n

20-650

4

$$$ - $$$$

Plated, Stations, Buffet

n

550

3

$$ - $$$$

Plated, Buffet, Food Stations

n

400

1

Varies

All Styles

n

20-200

1

Varies

All Styles

350

1

$$ - $$$

All Styles

50-450

2

$$ - $$$

All Styles

n

150

1

Varies

All Styles

n

50-300

1

Varies

All Styles

n

300

2

$$$ - $$$$

Plated, Food Stations

n

n

n

n n

n

n

n

n

n

n n

n

n n n

n n

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ROMANTIC STAY & DREAMY DUVET

GET YOUR REWARDS!

OVERNIGHT AT THE KIMPTON

Cozy up with an overnight stay at The Third Ward’s newest boutique hotel the Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield, is The Kimpton Journeyman Hotel, with including dinner for two and its fabulous rooftop bar and modern champagne. Plus, get a Sheraton Mediterranean restaurant. Enjoy an Signature Duvet delivered to your home! overnight stay, breakfast included!

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RECEPTION GUIDE

Phone Number(s)

Website

See Page for More Information

BROADLANDS GOLF CLUB

262-392-6320

broadlandsgolfclub.com

41

CROWNE PLAZA MILWAUKEE WEST

414-475-9500

crowneplazamilwaukee.com

80

THE CUPOLA BARN

262-391-4864

cupolabarn.com

28

DELAFIELD BREWHAUS

262-646-7821

delafield-brewhaus.com

39

DELAFIELD HOTEL

262-646-1600

thedelafieldhotel.com

49

FÊTE

262-528-3383

feteofwales.com

64

GOLDEN MAST

262-567-7047

goldenmastinn.com

65

HAMPTON INN & SUITES MILWAUKEE WEST

414-436-2300

hamptoninnmilwaukeewest.com

39

THE HAY LOFT

920-988-7415

hayloftbarn.com

12

HISTORIC COURTHOUSE 1893

262-574-9170

courthouse1893.com

67

HOLIDAY INN PEWAUKEE

262-506-6300

holidayinn.com/pewaukee-wi

46

THE INGLESIDE HOTEL

262-547-0201

theinglesidehotel.com

77

MARRIOTT MILWAUKEE WEST

262-574-0888

marriott.com/mkemw

Inside Back Cover & 14

MILWAUKEE COUNTY ZOO

414-256-5430

milwaukeezoo.org

17

OCONOMOWOC COMMUNITY CENTER

262-569-2199

oconomowoc-wi.gov/communitycenter

83

PANOS BANQUET CENTER

414-308-4960 262-782-8670

panosbanquetcenter.com

24

20290 W. Bluemound Rd., Brookfield

RED CIRCLE INN

262-367-4883

redcircleinn.com

Inside Front Cover

THE ROTUNDA

262-574-9170

therotunda.com

29

SEVEN SEAS

262-367-3903

sevenseaswi.com

27

SHERATON MILWAUKEE BROOKFIELD

262-364-1008

sheratonmilwaukeebrookfield.com

71

18 Augusta Way, North Prairie 10499 Innovation Drive, Wauwatosa N88 W35490 Mapleton Rd., Oconomowoc 3832 Hillside Dr., Delafield 415 Genesee St., Delafield Wales

WEST & LAKE COUNTRY

W349 N5293 Lacy’s Lane, Okauchee 8201 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis W2763 East Gate Dr., Watertown 916 N. East Ave., Downtown Waukesha N14 W24140 Tower Place, Pewaukee 2810 Golf Rd., Pewaukee W231 N1600 Corporate Ct., Waukesha 10001 W. Bluemound Rd.

220 W. Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc

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

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With stunning views of Lac La Belle...the Oconomowoc Community Center is the premiere venue to celebrate your special day. Schedule your visit today ~

262.569.2199

www.oconomowoc-wi.gov/communitycenter

Reception Room Capacity Range

Number of Available Banquet Rooms

Average Price per Person

Serving Style Available

50-250

1

$$ - $$$

All Styles

300

3

$$ - $$$

Plated, Buffet, Food Stations

n

200

1

$$ - $$$

All Styles

n

10-200

3

$ - $$$

Buffet Sit Down

70-300

2

$$$ - $$$$

Butler, Buffet Sit Down

n

350

1

$$ - $$$

All Styles

n

450

2

$$ - $$$

All Styles

n

250

2

$$-$$$

All Styles

300

1

$ - $$

Catered, All Styles

300

1

$$-$$$

All Styles

200

2

$$-$$$

Plated, Buffet, Food Stations

50-500

7

$$ - $$$

Sit Down Buffet, Cocktail

600

3

$$ - $$$

All Styles

350

2

Varies

20-250

4

$$-$$$

All Styles

20-500

2

$ - $$$

All Styles

300

2

$$$ - $$$$

250

1

300 550

Separate Area Available for Ceremony

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

n n

n n n

n

n n n

n n

n

n n

n

n

n

n

n

n

n

n

n

n

n

n

Plated

n

n

$$$ - $$$$

Catered, All Styles

n

3

$$ - $$$

Plated Buffet

n

4

$$ - $$$

Plated, Buffet

n

n n

n

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CEREMONIES • RECEPTIONS REHEARSAL DINNERS

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

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

608 New York Avenue, Sheboygan, WI 53081

Photo courtesy of KMO Photo

920.458.6144

4.75" x 1.75"

RECEPTION GUIDE

Phone Number(s)

Website

See Page for More Information

TUSCAN HALL BANQUET CENTER & CATERING

262-292-1322

tuscanhallwi.com

48

WAUKESHA PARKS:

262-522-2953

ci.waukesha.wi.us

277

Rotary Building 1150 Baxter St., Waukesha

262-522-2953

ci.waukesha.wi.us

WESTERN LAKES GOLF CLUB

262-961-9796

sazs.com - westernlakes.com

88

WINDWOOD OF WATERTOWN

920-262-0702

windwoodofwatertown.com

66

THE BOG

262-292-0740

golfthebog.com

184

CAFÉ HOLLANDER - MEQUON

414-627-2789

lowlandsgroup.com/parties

73

THE CHALET AT LITTLE SWITZERLAND

262-224-7598

littleswitz.com

184

CHANDELIER BALLROOM

262-673-4946

chandelierballroom.com

187

DAVIAN’S CATERING & CONFERENCE CTR.

262-781-3333

davians.com

75

HERITAGE HALL

262-255-1606

heritagehallrentals.com

42

HUBBARD PARK LODGE

414-332-4207

hubbardlodge.com

45

JOHN MICHAEL KOHLER ARTS CENTER

920-458-6144

jmkac.org/index.php.rentals

84

MILWAUKEE BEER BISTRO

414-562-5540

milwaukeebeerbistro.com

275

THE RIVER CLUB OF MEQUON

262-242-1400

riverclubofmequon.com

38

SCHAUER ARTS & ACTIVITIES CENTER

262-670-0560 ext 5

schauercenter.org/ourfacility

186

147 N. Rural St., Hartland

STERLING CHALET

262-628-4080

sterlingchalet.com

186

TERRACE 167

262-623-6588

terrace167.com

187

WASHINGTON COUNTY FAIR PARK

262-677-5060

wcfairpark.com

185

WEST BEND COUNTRY CLUB

262-334-9541

westbendcc.com

85

WISCONSIN CLUB - COUNTRY CLUB

414-368-1978

wisconsinclub.com

10-11

WEST (CONT.)

409 Delafield St., Waukesha

EB Shurts Bldg, 810 W. College Ave., Waukesha

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

3121 County Rd I, Saukville 5900 W. Mequon Rd., Mequon 105 Cedar Creek Rd., Slinger 150 Jefferson Ave., Hartford N56 W16300 Silver Spring Dr., Menomonee Falls. N86 W18330 Main St., Menomonee Falls

NORTH

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

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

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

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

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Kara Reese Photography

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

West Bend Country Club

5858 Hwy. Z • West Bend

262-334-9541 Reception Room Capacity Range

Number of Available Banquet Rooms

Average Price per Person

Serving Style Available

20-250

2

$ - $$$

Family, Buffet Food Stations

120-200

1

Varies

All Styles

n

n

n

120-200

1

Varies

All Styles

n

n

n

50-400

3

$$-$$$

All Styles

n

n

n

550

2

$ - $$$

All Styles

n

n

n

200

2

$$ - $$$

All Styles

n

n

150

4

$$ - $$$

Plated, Buffet, Family Style

n

n

250

1

$ - $$

All Styles

n

500

2

$ - $$$

Plated, Buffet, Food Stations

n

n

n

300

2

$$ - $$$

Plated Buffet

n

n

n

20-350

3

$ - $$

All Styles

n

n

n

200

2

$ - $$

All Styles

n

n

n

300

3

Varies

All Styles

n

250

2

$ - $$

Plated, Family, Buffet, Stations

n

550

2

$$ - $$$$

Plated, Buffet, Stations

n

20-300

3

Varies

All Styles

n

50-650

1

$ - $$

Plated, Family, Buffet

n

100-350

1

Varies

Catered

n

50-900

7

Varies

All Styles

n

240

6

$$ - $$$

Plated, Buffet Food Station

n

250

2

$$$ - $$$$

Plated, Food Stations

n

Separate Area Available for Ceremony

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

n n

n n n

n

n n

n

n

n

n

n n

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262-636-9229

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Catering SAYING “I DO” TO

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

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CATERING Nowadays, caterers are offering more bold flavors, meaningful meals, and fun experiences like family-style dinners and mix-and-mingle meals. You might offer a variety of food stations or even food trucks serving everything from tacos to Chinese food, and late-night snacks are always a huge hit. To get really personal, think about hosting each of your favorite meals. The bride’s might be a nice juicy steak and the groom’s might be chicken and waffles — and that’s okay! The more you embrace what makes you unique, the more memorable your wedding will be. In addition to unique meals, locally-sourced, quality ingredients are also taking center stage. Couples like to support local purveyors in their community, as well as enjoy the freshness of a farm-to-table feast.

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7 STEPS TO HIRING A CATERER Step 1: Start the search. As you call caterers to inquire after their services, make sure to have as much information on hand as possible. They’ll want to know your wedding date, time, approximate number of guests, and whether you’d like a sit-down or buffetstyle meal. If you already have some ideas for your menu or any specific limitations (think vegetarian or gluten free), let the caterer know. Ask to see sample wedding menus and references. Step 2: Decide on your style. Think about the vibe of your wedding. Is it a classic ballroom affair or a rustic outdoor bash? How formal? Do you want the food to be posh or playful? Such details will help a caterer determine what they can offer that falls in line with your vision.

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262.662.4201 www.bubbs.com CATERING Step 3: Schedule a tasting. Make sure to go to all tastings and speak up! Don’t be afraid to ask if they can tweak something to your tastes. Step 4: Finalize the menu. .Gather inspiration from magazines and websites, think about weddings you’ve attended, and ask friends for favorites and failures. Consult your caterer and trust them. They’ve seen lots of weddings and know what works best for the number of people, time of day, and location, so take their professional advice to heart. Step 5: Calculate the cost. Facilities with in-house catering departments may have a minimum charge or set-up fee, while an independent caterer will usually work within any reasonable budget. Keep in mind that buffets are usually priced higher, since they’ll have to account for a little more per person. Find out if your

caterer will provide table linens, plates, glasses, crystal, silverware, and serving pieces. Step 6: Hire the servers. Your caterer will give you their expert opinion, but a safe bet is one server for every 10 to 12 guests for a sit-down dinner, and two servers for every 50 guests for a buffet-style dinner. If you’re having a full open bar, that will require more help — one bartender for every 50 to 75 guests. Step 7: Get it in writing. Sign a contract and make a deposit only after you have all of the details spelled out: date, time, food items by course, beverages and bar guidelines, number of guests covered, provisions for special meals, time of cocktail hour, time meal is served, contact people, number of wait staff and bartenders, linens, terms of payment, and liability insurance.

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CATERING

GLUTEN-FREE AND VEGAN dare to be different & delicious More and more people suffer from various food allergies or choose to prescribe to specialty diets nowadays. If you aren’t one of them, odds are someone on your guest list lives a glutenfree, vegetarian, or vegan life. Whether due to health reasons or a lifestyle choice, it’s important for the bride and groom, the dinner party hosts, to accommodate their guests. Luckily, wedding and event caterers are keeping up with the times, offering plenty of scrumptious meals to suit all palates. VEGETARIAN, VEGAN, GLUTENFREE & ALLERGIES Sometimes a special diet is the result of an allergy or health consideration, such

as a nut allergy or celiac disease (gluten intolerance). It’s important to remember that nut allergies aren’t necessarily limited to the nut itself, but also any foods prepared with nuts or nut oil. For other folks, a special diet is a lifestyle choice. Sometimes, that choice even stems from a religious belief, so it’s important to treat all such choices with respect. Vegetarians do not eat meat. Vegans do not eat any animal byproducts, including dairy. People who are glutenfree stay away from grains like wheat, rye, and barley. Once you identify any dietary restrictions among your wedding guests, leave it to the food professionals to serve something that meets your guests’ needs and also tastes delicious.

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


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DINNER IDEAS Vegetarian meals often include meatless pastas and veggie lasagna, as cheese isn’t off limits to vegetarians. There are times that a vegetarian meal can be made vegan simply by removing the cheese — but not always. Veggie steaks are in fact becoming a popular choice for vegan meals, as is the use of jackfruit. Jackfruit is a fleshy vegetable from Southeast Asia that is capable of taking on a chewy, meaty consistency that will satisfy even the most emphatic meat lovers. Going gluten-free? Eliminate grains. BE PROACTIVE In your wedding invitations, on the RSVP card, include a line which says “please advise of any dietary requirements.” This invites your guests to alert you to any restrictions without feeling like a bother. Whenever possible, work with your caterer to plan hors-d’oeuvres and dinner options that cover all your bases. If serving passed appetizers during cocktail hour, make sure there’s a variety of offerings, rather than everything being wrapped in bacon. This same variety is also easier to achieve if serving a buffet or family-style dinner. For a sit-down, plated dinner, it’s still possible for your caterer to craft a vegan, gluten-free meal that falls under most special diets — just make sure you’re working with the right catering company. If dietary needs are a priority of yours, ask prospective caterers up front about their experience cooking more non-traditional fare. They may have a dish in their repertoire that checks a lot of dietary boxes, and it may just be scrumptious enough to serve to everyone!

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HIRE take AyourPRO BARTENDER wedding spirits to the next level You’ve hired professional photographers, caterers, musicians, and videographers to make your wedding day an unforgettable one. Don’t overlook everyone’s favorite pro: the bartender! Not only can you count on knowledgeable, speedy drink service for your guests, but a professional bartender will handle the nitty gritty, like the bar’s inventory and shopping list. You won’t have to trouble yourself with glassware, ice, mixers, or garnishes — just sit back, relax, and enjoy your professionallypoured cocktail. But it’s more than meticulous drink mixing: Like other wedding pros, bartenders are artists. Drinks are garnished just-so, and they’re able to craft cocktails based on individual guest’s preferences. You can also work with

your bartender to create one or more signature drinks for your wedding. Before hiring a professional bartender for your wedding, do your research. First, inquire with your venue and caterer. Some have restrictions on who’s allowed to serve alcohol on site. Others require that the venue or caterer provide the alcohol, as opposed to purchasing it off site. How many bartenders do you need? Check your guest count. A general rule is 75 people per bartender. When budgeting, figure two to three drinks per person during cocktail hour and one drink per person, per hour, for the rest of the night. To determine whether or not a professional bartender is the right fit for your wedding, meet with a professional near you!

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Rentals & Event Design PERSONALIZE YOUR WEDDING WITH

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

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


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

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ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS SELECTING RENTALS

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

PLEASE BE SEATED placecards and seating charts Seating charts can help guests seat themselves without using those elegant, hard-to-read place cards employed since the turn of the century. A prominently displayed graphic seating plan, typically 24”x36”, greets guests and quickly dispatches them to their designated places. The names and table numbers are

presented in classic calligraphic style and the chart can be designed in a manner appropriate to the wedding’s style. Seating charts are gaining popularity with “wedding contributors” whose job it is to laboriously hand-write a hundred or more guest’s names on the traditional place cards saving time, and in some cases, money.

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RENTALS For glassware, you might need champagne flutes, glasses for water, beer, wine, cocktails, and cups for non-alcoholic drinks like coffee or tea. You need to keep the clean glassware coming, so either hire a dishwasher or work around it. Calculate three or four glasses per person, or make it clear that guests should reuse their one glass the entire evening. TIPS & TRICKS If you have to place your rental order before your final guest count is confirmed, it’s best to round up. Thoroughly read your rental agreement and the itemized list of goods coming your way. Make sure the amounts and times of drop-off and pick-up are all correct, and understand the state in which goods are to be returned. Do

dishes have to be washed? Chairs folded? Also be aware of added fees, such as a service charge or tip. Ask for the company’s direct contact information for the day of your wedding, in the event that you need to get a hold of someone. FUN & DECORATIVE RENTALS Consider antiques, bird cages, vintage books or board games, chandeliers, a disco ball, neon or marquee lighting, vintage vases, or gilded mirrors. Want fun on a bigger scale? Popcorn machines, cotton candy makers, lawn games, photo booths with fun props, arcade games, or outdoor fire pits are just some of the ways to add an unforgettable touch to your wedding day — and they’re all available to rent.

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Wedding Consultants PROFESSIONALS WHO

MASTER THE DETAILS The best gift a bride and groom can give each other is a professional wedding coordinator. Today, planning a wedding is more complicated than ever. Most couples have high expectations for their special day, but are novices at planning such a big event. 

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CONSULTANTS

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


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CONSULTANTS at just taking over the small details. In some cases they are only there to coordinate everything on the day of the wedding. If you do decide to choose a wedding consultant, it’s vital it be someone you truly like and who works well with your personalities. The caliber of wedding planners varies greatly. Hiring a friend because he/she loved planning his/her own wedding might work for you, but beware. That doesn’t make him/her an experienced professional who knows how to orchestrate your event, handle unexpected challenges and take criticism if you have disagreements. FINDING THE RIGHT COORDINATOR 1. Ask a trusted caterer, another bride or the quality wedding consultants listed in this publication. 2. A professional coordinator should offer an introductory meeting free of charge. Discuss your ideas and see if you click with each other. 3. Look for someone with experience and find out how long they have been in business. 4. Questions to ask when you check references should include: did the consultant help to achieve what you wanted? Did he/she listen to your comments and concerns? Did he/she pay close attention to your wedding budget? Would they use them again? 5. Is he/she a member or certified with a professional Association of Bridal Consultants, such as ABC. OTHER IMPORTANT NOTES 1. Find out exactly how much the wedding coordinator charges. Some charge an hourly rate; others bill a 110 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

flat rate or perhaps a percentage of the overall wedding budget. Still others take a fee or commission from vendors they trust and use often. 2. Ask how payments to vendors are made and what exactly the planner does on the wedding day. Read carefully the paperwork the planner provides. 3. A good wedding coordinator is like a good accountant. In the long run, he/she can save you time and money. That translates into a happier and more relaxed day for you. THE DESTINATION WEDDING In the case of destination weddings, a planner will even travel with the bride and groom to look at a destination beforehand. A wedding consultant can offer important advice on why a destination will or will not work and can confer with vendors in the area to negotiate the best prices. However, in most cases, the couple will be responsible for paying the airfare, food and accommodations for the exploratory visit and during the actual wedding. Wedding consultants can be especially helpful for couples who are short on time, live away from the location they are to be married or would simply prefer a professional handle the arrangements while they totally enjoy the experience. The best wedding planners love what they do. Their desire is to bring your vision to life and exceed your expectations while maximizing your budget. Give strong consideration to hiring a qualified wedding consultant.

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• What packages do you offer? What do they include? • Are your fees based on total cost of wedding or an hourly or flat rate? • Have you done weddings similar to mine? • What cultures and traditions are you familiar with? • Do you offer “day of the wedding” assistance? • Will you be willing to work with the coordinator at my reception location? • Can you provide me with special rates when working with various vendors? • How far in advance must I book your services? • What is your cancellation policy? • Is a deposit required? If so, when and how much?


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Photography & Video FINDING A PRO WHO

FITS YOUR STYLE After months of fittings, tastings, and planning down to the very last detail, the day you’ve always dreamed of will seem to come and go in a blur. That’s why quality photo/video is a must! You want to be able to preserve the day and look back on everything that occurred. Through pictures and video captured in a style that speaks to you, you can remember, relive, and cherish each moment for the rest of your lives. 

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PHOTO & VIDEO Wedding photography is more than just documenting the event – it’s about capturing the spirit of the couple and their day. Choose a photographer whose style matches yours. Formal or traditional: Posed, color photos of you, the groom, your respective families, and the wedding party; all the classic moments will be captured. Photojournalistic: Shot like a news event, capturing hundreds of candid moments and real emotions; more black and white photos for a timeless feel. Artistic: Special effects used to create dramatic, one-of-a-kind pieces of art. Many photographers offer a mix of these styles, so browse friends’ wedding albums, and surf professionals’ websites and blogs to find what speaks to you.

RESEARCH PHOTOGRAPHERS Once you’ve established your style, it’s time to shop around. Collect referrals from friends, review wedding resources like Premier Bride, and scope out local photographers’ websites and blogs. Make a short list of potential photographers that specialize in the style you desire and that suits your budget. Then set up a consultation. EVALUATE YOUR OPTIONS When at a photography consultation, ask yourself: Do I like their work? Make sure you see examples of individual photos and complete wedding albums so you know what to expect in the end. Some larger studios employ more than one photographer; find out exactly who will be shooting your wedding.

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Do our personalities mesh? Of all your wedding vendors, the photographer is the one you’ll be working with most closely on your big day; it’s important that your personalities click. Am I staying within my budget? It’s disappointing to fall in love with a photographer’s work only to later discover their rates exceed your spending allowance. Do your best to meet only with photographers you can afford. WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE Most photographers offer “a la carte” or custom packages to meet your individual needs – just be sure to ask for specifics. Here are some examples of items that might interest you. Bride & Groom’s Album: These vary in size, color, quality, and price; be sure to compare the size and photo quantity that various photographers offer. Parents’ Albums: These will include prints that have been specially selected to create a custom photo book for each family. Prints: Don’t underestimate how many extra prints you might want, as this will definitely impact your budget. Proofs: Ask your photographer how many proofs you will get and in what format. GET THE SPECIFICS In your consultations, learn the nitty gritty details. When is a deposit required? Will there be a backup camera? When will proofs be ready to view? Will online ordering be available for your guests? Download our Ultimate Planner online at premierbride.com/planning where you’ll find a list of questions to ask and a checklist of must-capture moments for guaranteed success.

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PHOTO & VIDEO

BOUDOIR FOR BRIDES 5 things you need to know Whether you’re still flirting with the idea, or ready to go for it, here are five things you should know that makes this a little different than your family pictures. Get to Know Your Photographer. It’s okay to ask questions about your session and your photographer. Find out where the photo shoot will take place, and ask to speak to or meet your photographer. This will help you relax during the session. Know what you want. Are you looking for image files? A photo album? Most women don’t choose to display the images on the wall so there are less options; check with your photographer to see what they offer. Choose the Right Outfits. There’s no right and wrong here; choose outfits

that have the most meaning to you and your husband-to-be. Consider wearing his work clothes or incorporating hobbies. Pairing sexy and sporty gives you a great combination. Accessorize. This is the fun part. Bring hats, scarves, shawls, jewelry, sunglasses, feathers, umbrellas or even his power tools! The options are endless, but choose items you enjoy most. It’s Also for You. Yes, this will be the best wedding gift ever (and you might have a hard time topping it in the future), but a boudoir session is also for you. Pick outfits you enjoy and are comfortable in, and remember to relax and enjoy your session.

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ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS SELECTING A PHOTOGRAPHER

• Will you be taking the pictures? If not, can I meet him/her? • How long have you been a wedding photographer? • What packages do you offer? What do they include? • What type of photography do you specialize in? • Have you photographed at my ceremony or reception location before? • How many other weddings do you have this night? How long can you stay? • Do you offer online ordering for my guests? • Can we purchase 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? 136 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com


ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS SELECTING A VIDEOGRAPHER:

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• Will you be shooting my wedding? If not, can I meet him/her? • May I see samples of your work? • What packages do you offer? What do they include? • How many cameras and microphones will be used and where will they be located? • Are you able to work with the restrictions on lights and tripods at the ceremony or reception site? • How long will it take to get our completed video? • Can I keep the raw, unedited footage? • Can you film while a photographer is present? • Will backup equipment be on hand for the event? • 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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Flowers

FLORAL DESIGN

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

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FLOWERS Without even knowing it, your floral research has probably already begun. Any time you admire a blooming centerpiece, dreamily eye flowers at the local farmers’ market, or pin a blossoming crown to your wedding Pinterest board, you’re developing your own taste in flowers. Keep doing this as you prepare to meet your florist. FINDING A FLORIST If possible, book a florist 8 to 10 months before your wedding. Select up to four florists to meet with in-person as any more would be overwhelming. Your goal is to find someone who is organized and professional and whose style and personality meshes with your own. Have a budget in mind. Know your wedding colors and ceremony and reception locations. If you

have a picture of your wedding dress and any fabric swatches from the bridesmaid dresses, bring those along as well. The right florist will take all of these elements (your style, venue, and budget) and create something special just for you. Florists know which flowers will and won’t wilt in the sun, which are best for indoors, and which will work better in a centerpiece rather than in a bouquet. Foster open communication from the start and hire someone you can trust. YOU AND YOUR WEDDING PARTY You’ll first want to determine the look of your bridal bouquet. All other floral pieces will take their cue from this piece. This is the perfect opportunity to bring your style and personality to the forefront. Full, rounded bouquets are gorgeous as are cascading bouquets which are a classic

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know for sure. If you are able to use your ceremony flowers at the reception, they’re usually ideal for adorning the head, buffet, and/or gift tables. FOR THE RECEPTION There’s an endless array of options for floral reception centerpieces: elegant vases filled with cut flowers, towering candelabras with verdant accents, topiaries, scattered rose petals, assorted small vases with just a few blooms each, and so much more. Use your imagination to incorporate flowers into one-of-a-kind centerpieces that reflect your style and your wedding’s theme. Keep in mind that the height of the arrangements shouldn’t get in the way of conversation. Florists can create centerpieces at a variety of heights: all high, all low, or half and half, usually with www.PremierBrideMKE.com PREMIER BRIDE • 145


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three different styles. The key is to either make the arrangements low enough to talk over or high enough to talk under. A riser or vase that is about 24 to 32 inches will elevate above the conversation as long as the vase is narrow enough to talk around. If your bridal party bouquets are doubling as decoration at the reception, equally spacing the bouquets at the head table is a lovely way to go. Finish off the table with a garland of greenery laced with flowers for a gorgeous effect. If your budget allows, consider adding floral flourishes throughout the reception hall to tie everything together. Your florist might sprinkle rose petals on serving trays, or drape additional garland along the buffet tables. You can also use greenery to fill in a large room. Talk to your florist about strategically placing potted ferns


FLOWERS or ficus plants throughout the room, and perhaps even decking these plants with small white lights for an enchanting feel. Remember that it doesn’t hurt to ask. Run any and all ideas past your florist so he/ she can help you refine your vision, stay within your budget, and create a beautiful, memorable ambiance. FLOWERS IN ALL SEASONS One of the most important things for you and your florist to factor into your choice of flowers is the season in which your wedding falls. You’ll find that flowers that bloom during the month of your wedding will be more affordable and will last longer than those that are out of season. Let’s look at some popular flowers in each season to kickstart your search. Winter: Amaryllis, Casablanca Lily, Freesia, Gerbera Daisy, Heather Holly, Narcissus, Poinsettia, Rose, Stephanotis. Spring: Peony, Sweet Pea, Lilac, Ranunculus, Hydrangea, Tulip, Calla Lily, Magnolia. Summer: Anemone, Azalea, Camellia, Daffodil, French Tulip, Hyacinth, Jasmine, Lily of the Valley, Mimosa, Pansy, Primrose, Violet. Fall: Celosia (Cockscomb), Chinese Lantern, Chrysanthemum, Crosnia, Dahlia, Statice. Year-round: Baby’s Breath, Carnation, Cattleman, Chrysanthemum, Cymbidium Orchid, Daisy, Dendrobium, Orchid, Freesia, Gardenia, Gerbera Daisy, Gladiolus, Iris, Lily, Rose, September Aster, Snapdragon, Stephanotis, Tuberose. Whatever your wedding’s theme and style, by collaborating with a professional florist you’re sure to have the flowers of your dreams. Work together, but always remember to trust your florist’s expertise. In so doing, your wedding flowers will be the envy of Pinterest.

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MISMATCHED BRIDESMAIDS find dresses that suit each girl’s body You’ve asked your best girls to be your bridesmaids - and they said “yes!” Now for the tricky part: dresses. Nowadays, it’s on trend to find dresses that suit each girl’s body type, skin tone, hair cut, signature style, and personality. The idea behind mixing up your bridesmaid dresses is that all your girls will coordinate, but not match. You can mismatch in terms of color, style, or length not only adds visual interest to your br idal party in photos, but your bridesmaids will be ever-grateful to you for letting them have a say in how they outfit their own body. But it’s imperative to set some ground rules. These rules could be as open-ended as “Find a dress with a floral print” or as refined as “Here are two dresses; pick one.” 148 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

Though each girl will be dressed differently in some capacity, you’ll still want these ladies to look like they belong together. Make sure each dress has at least one common element for a cohesive overall look. To maintain this cohesion, your bridesmaids might: • Wear the same fabric • Wear the same color or color theme (ex: shades of purple for an ombré effect) • Wear the same dress with different necklines or waistlines • Coordinate the length of their dresses • Stick to a certain style (ex: bohemian, 1950s silhouette, etc.) • Don accessories to tie them together (ex: shoes, necklaces, etc.)


MISMATCHED BRIDESMAIDS Making the Trend Your Own So what do you envision for your bridesmaids? Reach a firm decision before alerting your girls; you don’t want to tell them one thing, then switch directions after they’ve already started shopping. Once they hear what you have in mind, get some feedback but stand firm as needed. Know when to say “no” and when to be lenient. After all, these are the most important ladies in your life - this should be a fun experience! If you want things to be a bit more structured, then there are some bigname bridal shops across the country that offer many dress options in the color of your choice. Choose a color, then have each girl visit her local shop to pick out a dress in that color. This is particularly helpful if your bridesmaids-

to-be live in different cities; each can do her own thing on her own time, and cohesion is still guaranteed. If you’re open to a more eclectic look, then give your bridesmaids some loose parameters such as color, length, or vibe (more casual day dress vs. elegant eveningwear). A fun way to approach this is to create a group Pinterest board. Each girl can pin potential options and you can all weigh in and see how the dresses look side-by-side. If not a Pinterest board, at least have your girls run their options by you before they finally decide on a frock. And, if you feel strongly about it, make it clear up-front that you have the power to veto. In the end, you have to do what works best for you: your style, comfort level, venue, and your bridesmaids as a whole.

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GORGEOUS LAKE People always ask me how do I get the most of a lake Geneva Wedding? I grew up in this town, I got married to my wonderful wife in this town and I have attended more than 500 weddings in this town. I have some experience with lake Geneva Weddings.

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LAKE COUNTRY STAY-CATION Stay overnight at the Delafield Hotel! Bask in a luxurious Classic Suite with cozy furnishings, a kingsize bed, rain shower & spa tub. Dine at the hotel’s I.D. restaurant & bar with a $150 gift card.

WINE NOT? Set sail for the Seven Seas restaurant in Delafield! Your party of six will bask in an evening on the shores of the lovely Lake Nagawicka with a delicious small plates & wine tasting.

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SUITE STAY AT SYBARIS An overnight stay in the luxurious pool suite, two plush robes to keep, a bottle of bubbly, and chocolate-covered strawberries - it’s all waiting for one lucky couple at the Sybaris!

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


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LAKE GENEVA But more importantly in regard planning a wedding, it offers some of the best wedding resorts in the Midwest often at a fraction of the cost of a Downtown Chicago Venue. Finally the local Lake Geneva Wedding vendors know their town like no other. From wedding planners, officiants, photographers, and florists and more you will find some of the best customer service available and delivered with a smile and a warm welcoming handshake. So how do you find the best? Well I think you have! Premiere Bride proudly displays the best Lake Geneva has to offer! So “why choose Lake Geneva?” There are so many great reasons to choose Lake Geneva, I think the better question is “why wouldn’t you choose Lake Geneva!”

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UNPLUGGED WEDDINGS The what and why of going unplugged At an unplugged wedding, the couple kindly asks that everyone present turn off cell phones, cameras, and other digital distractions during the ceremony and/ or reception. A bride and groom might do this because they want their guests to be fully present, to avoid social media spoilers, and to eliminate competition on behalf of the professional photographer. BEING FULLY PRESENT In our technology-crazed world, it’s become a habit to check our phones every few minutes, to post a constant stream of status updates to Twitter and Facebook, and to document any and everything on Instagram. In all this online connectedness, we’re viewing the world through our phone screens and camera lenses and missing out on true human connections. But people are starting to wake up and realize just how immersed we all are in our phones and tablets, and there’s a movement to change all that. Brides and grooms want to have face-to-face connections with their guests, especially during the ceremony. If guests are experiencing your big day from behind a screen, are they truly experiencing it? Your wedding is comprised of some of the most important moments of your life; making it unplugged encourages guests to live in the moment with you. Simply put: it encourages your loved ones to be here now. SOCIAL MEDIA SPOILERS Imagine: You haven’t seen the groom all day and can’t wait for that “first look” moment. While you’re getting ready, the Maid of Honor snaps a photo of 160 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

you in your dress and veil. She has a few minutes of down time, so she posts the photo on Instagram. The groom, also with a few minutes to spare, checks for Instagram updates out of habit — and the first look is spoiled. A first look via social media isn’t exactly the stuff of dreams! Brides and grooms are avoiding such spoilers altogether by declaring their wedding “unplugged.” LEAVE IT TO THE PROFESSIONALS There are few things that annoy a professional photographer more than an amateur trying to do his/her job. Overly zealous uncles who jump in the aisle and cousins who stand on church pews can, at best, be an eyesore in your professional photos and can, at worst, completely ruin once-in-a-lifetime moments. Imagine your “kiss the bride” moment blocked by an uncle who stepped into the aisle to snap a photo. The professional photographer didn’t see it coming and his or her hands are tied. Nothing can bring that moment back — it’s lost to a grainy photo on Uncle Al’s smart phone. Another issue is wandering eyes. When your professional photographer stages a group shot of your newly combined families and Uncle Al decides to take the photo too, eyes will wander, not knowing which camera to look at first. This makes the final professional photo just look silly! One way to avoid all of these problems is to have an unplugged wedding, or at least an unplugged ceremony. HOW TO GO UNPLUGGED First and foremost: ask nicely. The reason guests are busy on their phones


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SAME SEX MARRIAGE a new frontier in wedding celebrations The U.S. Supreme Court announced in January 2015 that it will decide whether the Constitution mandates same-sex marriage, and whether individual states are permitted to limit it. What does this mean? It’s possible that any remaining gay marriage bans might not be relevant much longer. U.S. citizens nationwide will be able to marry whoever they love, paving the way for lots of same-sex couples to finally celebrate a wedding day of their own. Here are some considerations for same-sex couples planning a wedding. First, remember that there’s no right or wrong way to have a wedding. Create an experience that speaks to you, and don’t feel confined by the typical wedding’s structure and traditions. Some same-sex couples hold their ceremony in a church while others are

married at their reception location. You’ll see two brides in gowns, two brides in suits, or a combination of the two. You might find two grooms walking down the aisle hand-in-hand or with their parents. It’s true that although the standards of certain wedding etiquette should be observed, gay marriages are a relatively new frontier for U.S. couples so there is unlimited room for creativity. When it comes time to hire vendors for your wedding day, most foster an atmosphere of acceptance and love, adding to the happiness of the day. If for any reason, you’re not comfortable with a particular vendor, then move on. There are websites out there whose sole purpose is to link gay couples to gayfriendly wedding vendors.

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INTRODUCING THE IN-LAWS merging families with different backgrounds Are you a bride worried about how her in-laws will gel with her family? You aren’t alone! Thousands of brides across the nation are worrying the exact same thing. Here at Premier Bride we are here to help you thru it and to try to ease your woes. Usually the life styles and family structures and habits of your in-laws are completely different from your own. This can be overwhelming or confusing until you get your bearings. This can be exceptionally true if you’re marrying someone who is from another country or has a different cultural background. Don’t panic! Sometimes different is good! Before the wedding, it is important to get acquainted with the groom’s family if you don’t already know them. The same is true for your family as well. Everyone should meet before hand so there isn’t any nervousness on your family’s part either. If you don’t know his family too well and are looking for a way to get in touch with his family, then try taking it slow at first, especially if he has a large family. Start with the groom’s mother, it’s usually easier to find things to do with another woman. Try going shopping together or eating lunch together to get to know one another throughout the day. By the end of the day you should be acquainted and get the jist of what his mom is like. For the father, take a little time to chat with him about his son (good things) and usually it will get a father started on funny stories about the groom. Fathers aren’t usually too difficult to bond with. They don’t talk as much and won’t be as interested in your life’s history as the mother will. This isn’t 164 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

a bad thing either. She just wants to get to know you. Another mother’s favorite is embarrassing stories and photos. Ask her about them and I’m sure you will receive a wealth of funny stories. Share some of your goofy moments too. These things will help you bond with the groom’s side of the family as well as show his family how much you love him and care about him. If he hasn’t met your side of the family then I’m certain you’re nervous. Everyone thinks his/her family is composed of circus freaks. You aren’t alone. Don’t worry too much; just brace yourself for the same things you received during the visit with his side of the family. Embarrassing stories from your mom and jokes from your dad. Give him time to meet with members of your family without being bombarded. Sometimes we have to preoccupy family members and keep them entertained to avoid playing a million questions. Again, don’t worry. Everyone will get to know one another soon. He will probably bond with your dad more easily than your mom since men prefer to talk less and don’t usually delve too far into details. If you have any siblings, I’m sure they’re protective of you, too, and want to make sure you will be well taken care of. Sit down with your groom and your siblings and just monitor the conversation and hope they don’t embarrass you as much as your mom. In all honesty, meeting the families is all about embarrassing times and having fun meeting everyone. So relax and enjoy meeting some new people. After all, you’ll be part of their family too!

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For kids of all ages. Set up lawn games like croquet, cornhole (bean bag toss), or horseshoes. Hire magicians, living statues, walking food tables, facepainters, or caricature artists. For the foodies. Dinner doesn’t just have to be “your choice of chicken or beef.” Play with your food! Try the buildyour-own trend with a gourmet burger or baked potato bar topped off with all the trimmings. Serve a Bride’s Menu and Groom’s Menu featuring each of your favorite foods, or offer ethnic cuisine to celebrate each family’s nationality. Serving a late night snack? You can’t go wrong with pizza. For those with a sweet tooth. Be it donuts, cupcakes, or s’mores, there’s really nothing stopping you from turning 166 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

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

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Cakes & Desserts

A SWEET ENDING TO A SPECIAL DAY

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

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

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

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A LITTLE VARIETY It’s not uncommon to see a traditional cake paired with other sweets like cookies, truffles, or whole tables chock full of candy. Candy also makes a great favor, as you can give each guest a cute bag for filling with candies of their choice. You can even think further outside the box to make your dessert experience an exceptionally memorable one. Having an outdoor wedding? Invite guests to roast marshmallows and stack their own s’mores, or build their own sundaes, complete with a well-stocked toppings bar. You could even serve your all-time favorite sweets. Do you share a donut obsession? A display brimming with deep-fried confections can be fun and www.PremierBrideMKE.com PREMIER BRIDE • 173


ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS SELECTING A CAKE

• Do you specialize in any certain styles or flavors? • What do you recommend for an outdoor or seasonal reception? • Can you customize a wedding or groom’s cake from a photo/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 create specialized cakes for certain dietary needs? • Do you offer a tasting? • How much time do you need to prepare the cake at the reception? • Do you offer instruction on how to cut the cake? • Will you supply a container to freeze the top of the cake? • Will you charge for any supports or bases on the cake? May I return them for a refund? • Do you provide a plateau or stand for the cake? If so, what is the charge? May I return it 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?

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CUSTOM CAKE TOPPERS unique and one-of-a-kind You don’t have to settle for a generic couple to grace your nuptial torte. A customized cake topper will turn your picture, and that of your intended, into a cake-top couple. Such dolls are one-of-a-kind and handcrafted of porcelain. Guided by photographs, these personalized cake-tops are sculpted as replicas of the couple and are often wearing the same elaborate wedding clothes embraced with genuine diamond jewelry. A customized cake top is a great conversation piece and as permanent as the video. In fact, portrait cake toppers can even be handed down as heirlooms.

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CAKES whimsical. Or choose two desserts — one bride’s pick and one groom’s pick. SWEETS TO SIP For winter weddings, hot chocolate bars are a cozy way for guests to warm up. Have help-yourself hot cocoa dispensers with an array of toppings: marshmallows, fresh whipped cream, chocolate drizzle, and peppermint stirring sticks. A coffee bar also makes a wonderful late-night treat. FINDING A BAKERY Whatever you decide on, take advantage of all food tastings. Go with your gut and choose the dessert you deem the tastiest, but also factor in the bakery’s efficiency and professionalism. The baker should return your calls and emails in a timely manner, be flexible with your needs, have some familiarity with your reception venue, and guarantee on-time delivery, set-up, serving, and clean-up (if needed). PRICING Wedding cakes are typically priced by the slice, depending on the style, ingredients, size, and embellishments. Your reception site might also charge a plating fee, often per person, to cut and serve the cake. But ask about this; it might be negotiable. THE FIRST BITE If you’re planning a traditional cake cutting, make sure you have a knife and lifter set; these might be engraved with your initials or decorated with ribbons in your wedding colors. Traditionally, the bride grasps the knife with her right hand and the groom covers her hand with his as they cut the cake together — and the crowd goes wild!

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Invitations CREATING A

FIRST IMPRESSION Invitations seem like such a basic item on your wedding “to do” list, but there’s a lot that goes into them and a lot that comes out of them! Invitations set the stage and build excitement offering guests a peek at your wedding’s style. With creativity and proper etiquette, your invites will give a great first impression.

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INVITATIONS GETTING STARTED Traditional wedding invitations include so many tiny etiquette details from how to address each envelope to arranging the many parts and pieces. To keep it all straight, it’s best to find a qualified local professional to act as your go-to person for all paper goods and etiquette questions. Or if you choose to purchase invitations online, go with a reputable retailer. If possible, give yourself some extra time in case there are any problems that require shipping back and forth. It’s also smart to testdrive an online retailer. Contact them via email and call the customer service center to gauge the timeliness and quality of their response, and of course, ask for paper samples before ordering all of your invitations. As with the rest of your wedding “to do” list, the sooner you start on invitations the more time you’ll have to research, thoroughly evaluate options, and handle any problems that might arise down the line. Before you can begin to choose a style of invitation, it’s crucial to know some of the broad themes of your wedding: casual vs. formal, bold colors vs. soft hues, rustic vs. black tie, etc. Knowing these key details will help you find or create invitations to reflect the style of your day. If possible, order invitations and other wedding stationery six or more months before the big day to give yourself plenty of time for proofreading, printing, addressing, envelope stuffing, and mailing. Formal invitations should be sent six to eight weeks before the wedding with save-the-dates going out months in advance. Save-the-date cards, or even an in-formal conversation with your guests, are especially important for out-of-town guests. Plenty of advance 180 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

notice gives traveling guests enough time to book flights and lodging with some flexibility. CREATIVE THINKING While formal invitations complete with calligraphy and foil-lined envelopes are never out of style, the breadth of invite design options has grown immensely. Many brides hire a graphic designer or artist to add a personalized, handmade touch. The use of watercolor and illustrated elements is also growing to such an extent that many stationery companies now have a resident artist on staff. PAPER PARTS & PIECES Wedding invitations typically consist of several parts: a ceremony card with the details of the ceremony (traditionally with a layer of tissue paper on top), a reception card explaining reception details, a response card with its stamped/ addressed envelope (yes, it’s proper etiquette to provide return postage), a map or some other card with directions to the ceremony/reception and hotel information for out-of-town guests, and an inner and outer envelope. The rules aren’t hard and fast, however, you can combine information on a single card, omit the tissue paper, or really think outside the box with your design if that suits the style of your wedding day. For example, your response card might be a simple postcard. When it comes time to assemble the pieces, here’s the traditional way. Start with the ceremony invitation on the bottom (covered with tissue, if using), followed by the reception card, and the response card with the unsealed return envelope and map. Slide these items into the inner envelope, but do not seal


INVITATIONS it. Slide the inner envelope into the outer envelope with the addressee’s name facing the back flap (this way their name will be the first thing they see upon opening the invitation). INVITATION WORDING Traditionally, whoever is hosting (read: paying for) the wedding will be listed first on the invitation. But it’s best to work this out on a case-by-case basis with open communication between the couple, the bride’s parents, and the groom’s parents. Some couples today who are paying for the majority of their wedding with help from mixed and blended families simply say “Mary Bride and John Groom, together with their families, request the honor of your presence at their marriage.” An experienced professional will be able to assist you more with wording, and

online research is also a great way to get the wheels turning. ADDRESSING ADVICE To address the envelopes, you can run them through your printer in a beautiful font, hand-write them yourself, or hire a hand-letterer to do the job for you. Hand lettering gives a beautiful first impression and can even act as a sort of framable gift to your guests. Avoid using labels at all costs, even clear ones as they just don’t convey an elegance or special-ness that a wedding deserves. If you want to keep things formal/ classic, here are some tips for the etiquette of addresses. Street names, cities, and states should be written out completely (no abbreviations). To address a married couple, use “Mr. and Mrs. Tom Smith.” For an unmarried

ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS SELECTING INVITATIONS

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• 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?


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INVITATIONS couple living together, use “Mr. Tom Smith and Miss Judy Jones.” If every member of the family is invited, use “Mr. and Mrs. Tom Smith & Family.” If only older children are invited, write their names under the parents’ names, such as, “Miss Jane Smith.” Adult children no longer living with their parents should receive their own invitation. If you don’t want young children at your reception, politely say “adults only” somewhere in the invite, and confirm this fact when you talk to your guests before the wedding. Include your return address on the back of the envelope. Placing it on the back is less crowded and leaves room for the guest’s address to shine on the front. You can handwrite your return address, or in this case, printed labels are an acceptable shortcut. You’ll also want

to make sure that the return address matches the primary host. If Mary Bride and John Groom are hosting (paying for) the bulk of the wedding, you’ll see their return address on the back. If Mary’s parents are hosting, you’ll see her parents names/address on the back. STAMP STUFF One last critical tip: Before you send all of your invites, take one to the post office. Have it weighed to confirm the postage cost in case it weighs more than the normal envelope or is an odd shape. The last thing you want is for all of your invitations to be returned as “insufficient postage!” So stop at the post office, make absolutely sure all is right with your stamps, pop those gorgeous invitations in the mail, and take a deep breath. Your wedding is officially underway!

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Imagine a wedding without a soundtrack. Sounds crazy, right? From moving songs at the ceremony to classy cocktail hour tunes to the late-night dance jams, music does so much to set the tone at a wedding. Here are the many ways you might incorporate music into your wedding day, and some helpful tips for ensuring that your soundtrack goes off without a hitch.

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MOST REQUESTED SONGS First Dance 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

Thinking Out Loud Die a Happy Man All of Me Can’t Help Falling In Love You Are The Best Thing Perfect God, Your Mama, and Me Say You Won’t Let Go I Won’t Give Up

Father Daughter Dance 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

I Loved Her First My Little Girl My Girl Butterfly Kisses My Wish Stealing Cinderella Cinderella Daddy’s Angel

Mother Son Dance 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

My Wish What a Wonderful World Simple Man A Song For Mama Humble and Kind A Mother’s Song The Perfect Fan

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

Shut Up and Dance Thinking Out Loud I Gotta Feeling We Are Family

Bouquet Toss 1. 2. 3. 4.

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

5. Run the World (Girls)

Ed Sheeran Thomas Rhett John Legend Elvis Presley Ray LaMontagne Ed Sheeran Florida Georgia Line James Arthur Jason Mraz Heartland Tim McGraw Temptations Bob Carlisle Rascal Flatts Chuck Wicks Steven Curtis Chapman T Carter Rascal Flatts Louis Armstrong Lynyrd Skynyrd Boyz II Men Tim McGraw T Carter Backstreet Boys Ronson, Mark Feat. Bruno Mars Walk The Moon Ed Sheeran Black Eyed Peas Sister Sledge Beyoncé Meghan Trainor Cyndi Lauper David Guetta feat. Flo Rida & Nicki Minaj Beyoncé

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

Pony Ginuwine Another One Bites the Dust Queen Let’s Get It On Marvin Gaye Danger Zone Kenny Loggins Hot In Herre Nelly

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

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

Introductions

1. Marry You 2. I Gotta Feeling 3. Uptown Funk 4. Bring ‘Em Out 5. Shut Up & Dance

Maroon 5 James Taylor Archies Dance Def Leppard Bruno Mars Black Eyed Peas Mark Ronson Feat. Bruno Mars T.I. Feat. Jay-Z Walk the Moon

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

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

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

Ceremony Processional 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Marry Me A Thousand Years Canon in D How Long Will I Love You Over The Rainbow

Ceremony Recessional 1. Best Day of My Life 2. Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours 3. Marry You 4. You Are The Best Thing 5. This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)

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MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT CEREMONY MUSIC What have you always envisioned for the soundtrack to your ceremony? A vocalist? String quartet? Solo pianist? Think back to past weddings you’ve attended. What did you like about the music for each ceremony? What didn’t work so well? When weighing your options for ceremony musicians, consider your vision, but also look to your wedding’s style and venue. Once you and your fiancé have some ideas in mind, check out local musicians. Visit bridal shows, review bridal publications and online sources like premierbride.com, or ask for referrals from recently married friends or from your ceremony officiant. Narrow down your options, and arrange meetings to hear your musicians and singers in person before signing any contracts. Most musicians who specialize in weddings have a lot of valuable experience and will be a great resource for song suggestions. Also, you may have to have the music approved by the officiant, depending on your ceremony location. COCKTAILS AND DINNER MUSIC Background music is a must for bringing romance to the latter part of your wedding day. Conversation is key during cocktails and dinner, so the tunes should set the mood, but not intrude. You have three main options: use the musicians that played during your ceremony, use the band or DJ that will be playing at your reception, or hire entirely different musicians. If you decide to have live music, some solid options include chamber music, classical or acoustic guitar, or a jazz ensemble. Each of these

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MUSIC / ENTERTAINMENT offers subtle entertainment without overpowering the scene of mixing and mingling. A seasoned pianist can also be a fun choice if he or she can play a wide range of musical styles and take requests! If you go with your reception’s DJ or band, make sure they keep it on the softer side. You might even want to make a list of songs to be played during this time to keep the soundtrack on, well, track. RECEPTION AND DANCING MUSIC Let’s face it, this is one critical decision that can make or break an entire wedding. First and foremost, ask yourself: live band or DJ? While there are pros and cons to each, it always comes down to personal taste and budget. Start researching musicians

early in the wedding planning process. This way, once you find someone you like, availability is less likely to be an issue. Live music gives the evening a sort of festive energy and is a wonderful option if your budget allows. The key is finding a band that caters to weddings. These musicians offer versatility and will appeal to guests of all ages. Keep in mind that any live entertainment will require breaks, so find a solution that ensures music is always playing. In terms of expense, a live band will almost always cost more than a DJ. A DJ will be more cost-effective and can offer an almost infinite variety of music – truly something for everyone. Some keys to finding happiness in a DJ: 1) If possible, see them live before booking. 2) Consider personality. Are

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


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MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT you looking for a crazy-fun, “put a ring on it” party animal or an upscale, keep-it-classy entertainer? 3) Ask for, and follow up on, several references. 4) Communicate. Clarify what songs and events (first dance, father & bride dance, bouquet & garter toss, etc.) you do or do not wish to include. Decide on the details ahead of time; make a “do not play” list of any songs you simply can’t stand and a “must play” list of songs you don’t want to miss. All things considered, whether you go for a band or a DJ, your dance party will be a guaranteed success as long as you treat your guests to a wide variety of music. THE NITTY GRITTY Consider your ceremony and reception site and how this might 198 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

impact your choice of music and entertainment. Communicate with your site manager so you’re aware of any restrictions and so that he/ she is aware of your plans ahead of time. If your entertainment has never performed at your chosen ceremony or reception site before, ask the site manager when they can visit the venue to make sure it meets their needs in terms of space, electricity, and lighting. As with other wedding vendors, make sure the ins and outs of your agreement with your musicians is very clear and in writing. Once you’ve done your homework, hired musicians for each stage of your wedding day, and worked out the details, you can rest easy. That is, until it’s time to start practicing your dance moves.

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Photo Booths LETTING YOUR GUESTS

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PHOTO BOOTHS

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the four black and white prints on one single strand. This is a great way to give guests a souvenir right away, especially because it’s a unique type of print. Other photo booths just continuously shoot throughout the night, and provide the couple with a digital record of all the shots taken. Then, guests could go to an online database to choose which photos they want and print them at their own convenience. The newest innovation in photo booths is a flip book which is more interactive and involves a true keepsake for everyone. With a flip book, a representative from the company is on hand acting as kind of a mini-director encouraging guests to perform skits or don playful costumes. At the end, it’s put together into a video and everyone receives a copy. One fun way to really spice up the photos is to supply props like goofy hats, accessories, or fake mustaches for guests to poke around with. A chalkboard or dry erase board is also fun so family and friends can doodle a special message or sentiment and capture it on film. A giant, decorative frame is another fun prop to create the picture-within-a-picture look. When deciding on a rental, choose one where you can really customize it, if you’d like. You could ask for the background to be matching the colors of the wedding, or add your names or the date to a sign at the top of the photo. But no matter how basic it is, your family members and loved ones’ smiling faces will make it a truly personal memory!

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UNIQUE8 GUEST BOOK IDEAS unique wedding guest book ideas Why have a plain guest book at your wedding when you can do something unique and creative to make a lasting keepsake of wedding memories? #1 – The Photo Guest Book. Your photographer, a graphic designer or you can put together a small book of photographs of you and your fiancé. Allow enough white space for your guests to write a short message. This is better suited to smaller weddings because it’s more time-consuming per guest. You may have a picture book of your city or someplace you visited that guests can sign, too. #2 – Bring on the Embellishments. Take a plain guest book, and adorn it with beads, lace, ribbons, sequins,

photos, drawings, your wedding invite, collages of words from magazines or poetry, leaves, flowers or any other enhancements your creative, brilliant mind can envision. #3 – Handmade With Love. Make your own guest book with handmade paper and an interesting binding (ribbon, aluminum screw posts, rivets, etc.) Check out your local paper stores for classes, materials and other help. #4 – Fingerprint Tree. Start with a print of a tree. You can make your own or purchase one. There are quite a few on etsy.com. Include your names and wedding date. Put out the print with some ink pads and have your guests ink a “leaf” with their finger.

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


GUEST BOOK IDEAS #5 – A framed work of art. Take a great photo of you and your sweetie – perhaps your engagement photo or something similar – and frame it using a very wide, bright white mat. Have your guests sign the mat using finetip black markers. For a more classic or modern look, try a black and white photo with a black mat and have your guests sign with either a white pen or metallic pen. Be sure to use products that are acid free so that they don’t ruin the photo over time. This is a beautiful and personal art piece to hang in your new home. #6 – A puzzling idea. Here’s a very unusual idea: a photo of you and your fiancé is adhered to a wood backing and created into a puzzle. Your guests sign the back of each puzzle piece with a fine tip black marker. Learn more and

see photos at MGC Puzzles web site – mgcpuzzles.com. #7 – Serve it on a platter. Use a white ceramic platter and a special pen to create a unique guest book! Some are decorative only, others can be made food and dishwasher safe after firing it in your oven (30 minutes at 300 degrees.) Or, use a sterling silver platter and an engravable pen. #8 – A deep well of wishes or a wishing tree. Invite your guests to write a brief message to you on pre-cut, small pieces of beautiful paper, and drop them into a “wishing well” such as: a glass vase, large bowl, bird cage, decorated box, etc., or have ties and hang the messages on branches to make a tree. After the wedding, you can either store these good wishes in a memory box or special container, or use them in a scrapbook.

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Beauty TIME TO SAY

HELLO GORGEOUS! On your wedding day, it’s all eyes on the bride. You’ll have that once-in-a-lifetime bridal glow, the groom’s jaw will drop, and swooning guests will whisper mid-ceremony, “Isn’t she lovely?” Combine your own unique sense of style with a few tricks of the beauty trade and you’ll be ready for adoring gazes and photos galore.

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BEAUTY From makeup to hair to nails, every blushing bride, mother-of-the bride/ groom and bridesmaid wants to look their absolute best on the day of the wedding. We’ve got tips for the day itself and beautification plans to implement months before the big day. Follow our advice, and you’ll be well on your way to showing off your most beautiful self. BEAUTY 101 What’s the difference between a makeup artist, cosmetologist, and esthetician? A makeup artist is the person a bride turns to on the day of her wedding, enhancing her own natural beauty. Cosmetologists do makeup, as well as, sometimes, skincare, nail care, and hair styling. Manicures and facials fall in the realm

of cosmetology. Estheticians take things one step further. They perform services such as skincare treatments and hair removal that makeup artists and cosmetologists may not be licensed to. Each of these beauty professionals — whether in the weeks and months leading up to your wedding, or on the wedding day itself — can help you look your best. These pros can also provide you with great information, advice, and tips that will last a lifetime — a beauty investment! And when it comes to hair, a great hairstylist can help you create a look that complements your facial features, headpiece, and veil — and do so in a way designed to stay set through the last dance. When you go pro, the end result is a relaxed, pictureperfect bride.

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BEAUTY GET GLOWING A great time to focus on healthy, glowing skin is when your wedding is still months away. If you’re concerned about the health and appearance of your skin, consider a visit to a dermatologist, for bigger problems, or an esthetician, 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. 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’s hormonal system, and stimulating circulation. Regular treatments result in refined pores, smoother facial lines,

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HAIR DO’S AND DON’TS When choosing a hairstyle, consider your gown, the formality of your wedding, your personal style, your hair type and texture, and your face shape. Generally speaking, if your gown is elaborate, opt for a simpler hairstyle to avoid looking overdone. An updo is a classic way to go and is ideal for showing off a dramatic neckline. If you’re a trendy girl, try braids, hair extensions, or a tousled bohemian look. Just be cautious of overly-trendy styles, as you risk looking back at your photos and saying “What was I thinking?!” If you’re considering any drastic changes to your hairstyle, make the change at least a couple of months before the wedding. That way, if you don’t like it, you have plenty of time to make changes or figure out how to style it to your best advantage. Consult your hair stylist four to six weeks before the wedding to find the right look for you, and be sure to show the stylist a photo of your gown. MAKEUP MUSTS Whether you hire a pro to do your makeup, have a friend do it, or do it yourself, do a trial run before the wedding. In addition to looking in the mirror and getting feedback from close friends and family, take photos and evaluate. Now is the time to practice, not on the day of your wedding! Keep the makeup on throughout the trial day and see how it lasts. How does it look at two, five, and even eight hours later? Is it easy enough to touch up?


BEAUTY This is another time you want to be sure you look like you. Your partner fell in love with your beautiful face and would never want you to cover it up! But you can still have fun with it and pamper yourself. Define your eyebrows with a pencil and try fake eyelashes so that your eyes really pop in photos. Highlight key places, try a bold lip color, or use a primer under your foundation, lipstick, and eyeshadow so that it lasts longer. Whatever you do, wear waterproof mascara to fend off any streaks from tears of joy. MAKEUP MUST-NOTS Don’t go too light with your makeup as you’ll look pale and washed out in photos. Also don’t go too dark as it will be distracting, and you want your groom and guests to see you and not

your caked-on makeup. Don’t overdo the blush. You’ll be emotional, happy, nervous, busy, and showing off your moves on the dance floor which is a recipe for your own natural color. NAILS AND BROWS Regular manicures in the one or two months before your wedding day will get your nails in perfect shape. As a rule, play it safe and go with a neutral color. Have your eyebrows professionally shaped at least two weeks before the wedding. Some people may experience a red, rash-like reaction, so doing this early enough gives you time to recover if it happens to you. You will probably need to clean up your brows a day or two before the wedding with a tweezers. In the end, always remember that a bride’s best beauty secret is her smile!

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Do take advantage of Internet technology. There are many sites dedicated to wedding planning that offer a wealth of information at your fingertips. Coordinate with vendors, make and confirm reservations, create a Pinterest account to save your favorite images and ideas. (Visit our website at PremierBride.com for trusted local vendors).

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Do create a separate email address and use it for everything you sign up for during the planning process. You’ll enjoy getting special offers and information but can delete the address after your wedding date.

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Don’t forget to pamper yourself. Treat your mom and maids the day before the wedding with an afternoon at the spa. You’ll have the time of your life enjoying facials, massages, manicures and pedicures. It will make you feel more relaxed and beautiful.

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Do contact the church or synagogue where you will perform your ceremony and ask about any rules or guidelines regarding music. Some churches require that you use their organist.

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Do remember your guests with small children. Instead of putting “no children” or “adults-only reception” on invitations, ask your reception site manager if there is a small room or play area near the festivities that you can rent. Then hire a professional babysitting service to take care of the kids. Parents will appreciate your consideration and be able to relax and enjoy your reception knowing they are close to their children. Do remember when purchasing a gown to be realistic about your expectations for losing weight. A gown can always be taken in, but rarely can it be let out without leaving stitch marks for all to see.

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Don’t forget to involve stepparents in your ceremony in some way; perhaps a reading during your ceremony or an invocation before dinner.

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Do consider table visits during your reception. It is a grand display of appreciation and respect when the bride and groom spend a few moments visiting their guests at each table.

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Do consider decorating chairs in a new way such as black, silver, white or traditional gold. Transform an ordinary room or site into a ballroom. Chair covers completely change the look of your reception.

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Don’t forget to discuss black and white and sepia tone images with your photographer. This classic style is dramatic and remains popular.

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Do remember that the hour of the ceremony is an indicator of the formality of the reception. Do consider having your entire wedding at a full-service hotel. The convenience of having the ceremony, reception and guest lodging in one place is incomparable, especially for a complicated event.

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To get your skin in shape for your wedding day, don’t forget to start six months prior to your wedding and practice make-up techniques. When renting a stretch limo, do remember that it can usually seat up to 10 people, but fewer when the bride’s gown and train and the bridesmaid’s dresses are factored in to the equation.

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Make finding the right caterer and baker a priority. Great food is critical to the wedding celebration. Interviews and tastings are a must.

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Don’t waste time getting to your reception. Have photos of the wedding party taken before the ceremony. Do reserve your photographer nine to 12 months before your wedding. Decide which shots you definitely want and which ones you can live without.

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Don’t forget to send an invitation to your officiant and to all of your wedding party. Do pick up your invitation envelopes as soon as possible so that you can begin addressing them. Do consider having two bouquets, one to keep and one to throw. Do check with your church or temple about their policies, especially regarding alcohol.

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GROOM THE LEVEL OF FORMALITY The first order of business is to evaluate how formal your wedding will be. This depends on the time of day of the wedding, the location, but most of all on you and your fiancé. Whatever level of formality you settle on, make sure you’re consistent throughout — invitations, décor, food, location, and wedding attire should all match in terms of formality. (Most people do this instinctively!) In warm weather and for beachy destination weddings, lighter colors (tan, light grey, white) look effortlessly handsome. Though in all climates, darker colors (navy, charcoal, black) always look sharp. Ties, vests, and cummerbunds can match the wedding colors, or compliment them with neutral tones. If the bridal gown

is ivory, the men should wear ivory shirts, not white, to compliment her. Semiformal and formal weddings have plenty of options: a high quality, single- or double-breasted men’s suit in black, charcoal, or navy with a Windsor knotted tie in white, ivory, navy, silver, or black is a less formal option. For a more formal look, consider a tuxedo with a single- or double-breasted dinner jacket, a white or ivory pointed-collar shirt, a vest or cummerbund, and either a bow tie or a four-in-hand tie (a “fancy” knotted necktie). A very formal wedding, called “white tie,” calls for the traditional black tuxedo with tails, a vest, a white winged-collar shirt, and a bow tie. If you can envision a symphony conductor’s attire, this is white tie.

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GROOM DISTINGUISHING THE GROOM It’s nice to have some way of setting the groom apart. One way to distinguish the groom is to give him a different, but complimentary, boutonniere to wear. Another idea is for the groom to wear a white jacket while his groomsmen are in black. Or, the groom could wear a white, ivory, or silver vest and/or tie while his groomsmen wear vests and/or ties in black, or a color that matches the bridesmaids’ dresses. SHOPPING TIPS When the men visit their formalwear shop they should have a firm idea of the women’s wedding attire and bring fabric or color swatches from the bridesmaids’ gowns. Pictures of preferred formalwear styles would also be helpful. Buying the suit/tux is the best way to get the perfect fit, but rentals are now more widely available in various fits: classic, modern, and slim. A formalwear consultant will be most helpful in getting the fit just right. The groom and groomsmen should reserve their rentals at least three months in advance of the wedding. Final measurements should be taken about three weeks before the ceremony; however, be sure to come back a few days before the wedding for last-minute alterations. Out-of-town groomsmen can get measured at any formalwear store or local tailor’s near them, and send their measurements to the groom or to your formalwear store. Someone should be designated to return all formalwear to the store on time in order to avoid late fees, which can get quite expensive adding up the per day, per outfit costs.

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Transportation TRAVELING ON YOUR WEDDING DAY

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From your home to the ceremony to photo locations to the reception and beyond, it’s fitting that the bride, groom, and bridal party travel in style. Some opt for limos and other luxury vehicles, others take a turn on the trolley, and some go by golf cart. There are lots of fun, fashionable ways to get from here to there on your wedding day. Here are some ideas.

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TRANSPORTATION Your search for transportation starts once you decide how many people you’ll be moving. Do you want just the bride and the groom in a vehicle, or is the entire wedding party heading to the reception together? If the whole party is going, do you want to include their spouses or dates? What about each couple’s parents? Once you make those decisions, you can start searching for transport based on size. Then, you can pick out a limousine, a coach party bus, a trolley, or something more unique and personal. Whatever you decide on, keep safety in mind while revelers are bouncing from place to place. LIMO LIFE If there is a day to splurge on this iconic luxury vehicle, your wedding is

certainly the day. Unlike some other forms of transportation, a limo can be booked for an entire day, so you could get a high-class ride to pick you up at the house, deliver you to the ceremony, reception, and even to the airport to jet off on your honeymoon. Most companies have a one or two hour minimum for their services, so think about what would be the most costeffective way to keep the limo around. If you want a car for both going to and leaving from the ceremony, it might be more affordable to hire two separate cars, rather than pay for the vehicle to sit there during a long reception. There are quite a few options for limos. A formal limousine seats four people, and sometimes a bride and groom will travel to the ceremony alone. Or, if you’d like to include the wedding party, stretch

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larger parties and for adding on some family members or friends into the mix. With their antique look and old world charm, they’ll lend a lovely, elegant touch to this wedding day detail. Since most have outdoor decks, these are especially fun in small towns, so you can take a peek outside and watch onlookers wave at the newlyweds. Plus, there’s no transportation alternative that looks as great in photos! UNIQUE IDEAS Limos, party buses and trolleys are fabulous, traditional options, but some couples might opt for something more personal or creative. A horse-drawn carriage is a romantic, vintage option especially if you can decorate it with your wedding colors or pull up to your waving guests. Vintage cars are also great photo ops and add a touch of timeless class. Cars such as an antique Rolls Royce or a ’69 Mustang are fun and something you don’t get to ride in every day. Or, as with everything else in the wedding, transportation could be an opportunity to add a truly personal touch. Maybe you met at a Harley rally — rev up your twin Hogs! Perhaps you’re both avid golfers — drive off in a golf cart! Or maybe you share a love of biking — don’t be afraid to wheel over on a tandem. Personality is what makes weddings memorable, so if it’s possible to reflect your own style in your wedding transportation, go for it! TIPS & TRICKS • Customize your playlist! Ask how the sound system works in your limo or party bus and come prepared to pump up the jams. CONTINUED ON PAGE 230


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to craft your day’s schedule with the guests in mind. Jump on those thank you notes. Guests are excited to get you something wonderful in honor of your marriage, and they can’t wait to hear if you not only received it, but if you liked it! Write a conversational, personalized note and respond as quickly as possible. Give others grace. Just know that weddings are an emotional time for your close relatives, especially parents, siblings and close friends. In addition to the joy, there can also be this strange sense of “loss,” that they’re losing you, and this can bring up unexpected emotions. As much as possible, when people around you are driving you crazy, give them grace and, maybe, a warm hug. Best wishes to you, gracious bride!

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to the best of us. Listen to her, be empathetic to her distress, but do NOT join in on the complaining. She’ll get over her stress, but she may remember, and feel badly about, your negative comments. Again, for best relationship results, remember this tip always. Show your romantic side. Share your deepest, loving feelings – she wants to hear them! Write her a letter that she can open the morning of the wedding. Have her favorite flowers delivered the week before the wedding along with a supportive note. Plan a special, relaxing evening for the two of you in the weeks before the wedding where she can escape for awhile from the wedding planning stress. Ahhhh…. Sigh.

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GIFTS traditional WORTH GETTING & experiential registries Even with a motto like “your presence is presents enough,” wedding guests still love to give gifts. Some friends and family members may go to the creative route, but it’s much easier for most people to reference a gift registry. This way, you’re guaranteed to be gifted something you’ll truly love — a gift worth getting. Start making your registry at least six months before the wedding so that you’re ready for any engagement parties, showers, and eager guests. RETAIL REGISTRIES By and large, couples use their wedding registry to outfit a new home. Maybe you really need a new set of steak knives, are itching for that mint green KitchenAid mixer, or have been dreaming of stemware, silverware, and fine china to add to your grandmother’s heirloom pieces. Experts at your local fine china retailers can help you mix and match to create a unique, eclectic collection. These kinds of household necessities and niceties are what traditional wedding registries are made of. Consider your wants, needs, and style, and select up to three or four stores that feel like a good fit. Ideally, visit each store in person so that you can see and touch various items before finalizing your selections. For things you don’t need to see and touch, feel free to register online for the sake of convenience. Online shopping is truly revolutionizing the wedding registry experience. But when it comes to choosing retailers for your registry, 234 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

consider using some stores with physical locations, too. Most full-service stores offer a great deal of free registry help. Specialists can offer helpful information and let you know what generally goes on a registry. When it comes time to make your final selections, be sure to make decisions together. Include gifts in all price ranges, so that each guest can find something within his or her budget. Select more gifts than there are guests (remembering that every couple counts as “one”) to ensure that there are enough items to cover not only the wedding itself but any showers, too. EXPERIENTIAL & HONEY FUND REGISTRIES As many couples share a home before tying the knot these days, some brides and grooms feel that they already have more home goods than they need. Luckily, there are countless websites out there that allow couples to register for more intangible goodies. Websites such as Zola allow you to host your entire registry in one place, including your retail picks from various stores. They also give you the option to highlight certain items as a “group gift.” For example, a new camera, mattress, or high-end camping tent may seem like a ridiculous request — but a “group gift” feature lets guests put a monetary gift of their choosing toward your registry’s pricier items. Similar to the group gift concept, online registry hubs such as Honeyfund give couples the option of registering for money alone, in the form of a honeymoon fund or a first home fund.


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REGISTRY And if you truly don’t have anything that you want or need, you can always invite guests to donate to a favorite charity as their gift to you. Some sites allow you to include a link to the charity of your choice, as part of your registry. SPREAD THE WORD When sending out your wedding invitations, avoid calling out your registry specifically. It’s not a classy move. However, you can include your wedding website URL on your invites, which will accomplish the same thing without appearing greedy. It’s easy as pie to include a link to your wedding registry on your website. THANK-YOU NOTES Upon receiving a gift, make sure to respond promptly and graciously with a heartfelt thank-you note. Do your utmost to handwrite each note and keep it personal and timely. If you receive gifts before the wedding, send the note out within two weeks at most. For gifts received at or after the wedding, thank you notes should ideally be sent within four weeks. REGISTRY LEFTOVERS Most stores will keep your gift registry on file for at least a year after the wedding date, and sometimes they’ll even offer you a discount for the items that are still on your list. Take this opportunity to check out what’s left on your registry and decide what you can’t live without. You might be able to use some of your wedding gift cards to purchase any remaining must-haves. No matter how you register, remember that any wedding present is a gift of love. Cherish these gifts, show your gratitude, and count your blessings.

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HOMEbuying SWEET HOME your first home Buying your first home can help you build a solid financial future. Your monthly rent payment is no longer going into someone else’s pocket. With each mortgage payment, you are buying into your future and building equity that you will be able to use later. Your first home may not be your ideal home, but with property appreciation and the improvements you make, you may profit from the eventual sale of the home with money you can put toward the house of your dreams. It’s easy to increase the value of your home simply by keeping the property up over the years that you own it. Homeowners are more apt to improve landscaping, perform home repairs,

and generally be what’s called “house proud.” Because the home is taken care of over the years, the value of the property increases, and yours will, too. There are many other pluses to home ownership. All interest paid on a mortgage is deductible on your income taxes. The property taxes you pay may be deducted, as well as what you spend for home improvement. The home you own can be a haven for retirement years. A home is an investment that helps stave off inflation. Homes do not appreciate equally, and some years add more value than others. Real estate has, historically speaking, kept pace with inflation, and often overtakes it.

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BUYING YOUR FIRST HOME Most young couples face the challenge of financing their first house. Many find the following list of options to be successful avenues available to them: • Gifts - A financial gift can provide an immediate down payment; it may be from an inheritance that parents may plan to bestow, or a generous present from another relative. • Loans - Your down payment may be secured by providing collateral or the cash equivalent (i.e.: a car or other valuable possession). • Co-Investment - Parents can aid in acquiring a first home by signing on as co-investors. They provide the down payment and you make the monthly payments as a form of rent. Both parties share in the appreciation when the house is sold. • Outright Investment - Parents can buy the home and rent to the couple with the understanding that the children may later purchase it from them. • Co-Signing - In all of these categories thus far, parents may be required to co-sign a mortgage note. This method assists the new couple in establishing a positive credit rating without income qualifications. Many of these suggested methods translate into positive business opportunities for both the couple and their benefactors.

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HERE’S TO YOU the perfect wedding toast A lot of people fear public speaking, and you may be one of them. If you’re truly prepared to speak in front of people, then you’ll find it’s much easier to let the words flow. The best toasts are those that are heartfelt. Sit down and list everything you want people to know about your friends. (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 he/she spoke of his/her beloved. Scribble some thoughts about what makes the bride and groom a great couple. Finally, based on what you know about their common interests, think about what you would want to wish for them and their future together. Now that you’ve got a rough idea of the themes you’ll touch on in your toast, go beyond your own experience. Find memorabilia of the bride and groom’s dating history such as their first concert tickets, old love letters or gifts they bought for one another. You have two audiences. 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. 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 240 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

Charming. Steve, you are that prince.” It’s not okay to say, “We knew Steve was Sally’s prince because he was the first guy who ever called her the next morning.” Grandma doesn’t need to hear that. A toast is a speech. It should have a beginning, a middle and an end, and it should make sense throughout. When you stand up to speak, it’s best to have a single card with a few notes written down to help you remember key points or direct quotes you want to get right. While you don’t want to bring a full essay to the microphone, it does help to write it all out ahead of time in order to rehearse before the big day. Many wedding toasters aim for lyricism in song or rhyming poetry. That’s a great idea, if it’s you. But a direct, from-the-heart talk works as well. Be sincere and be yourself. If what you’ve written doesn’t sound like you, then rewrite it. One of the classic rules of wedding toasting is to end by tugging on the heartstrings. If you can’t be sentimental at a wedding, where can you be? On the other hand, while a couple of 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, then don’t worry since under the glare of the spotlight, you may speak faster, or you may decide to skip a section.

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WHY COLOMBIA? A Colombian honeymoon will immerse you in colonial charm, the wonders of nature, electric nightlife, romance, history, and plenty of excitement. Plus, it’s affordable, in terms of both time and money. Distance wise, Colombia is just 2.5 hours from Miami, or 3.5 hours from Houston. It also lands in a U.S. time zone, so jet-lag is nonexistent. On the whole, Colombia’s climate varies very little throughout the year. It’s tropical, hot, and humid; drier in summer, and wetter in winter. Cali’s temperature is pleasant year-round, with the peak travel season spanning early June to late September. During these months, the average temperature ranges from 65 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit, and precipitation is minimal. A BIT ABOUT CALI Santiago de Cali, Cali for short, is Colombia’s third-largest city by population and second-largest by area. It’s the capital of the Valle del Cauca department and the only major Colombian city along the Pacific Coast. Cali natives take pride in their vibrant culture. The city’s catchphrase: Cali es Cali y lo demás es loma, ¿oís? — which

Squirrel Monkey at the Zoon in Cali, Colombia

means, “Cali is Cali, and the rest is just mountain, ya hear?” THINGS TO DO: SALSA DANCING, CAT SCULPTURES & HILLTOP HIKES First and foremost, Cali is known as the salsa capital of Colombia. Talk about romantic! Going out on the town at night to salsa clubs is the best way to experience this tradition. If you’re not game to dance, you can always just watch, but why not give it a whirl? You can even book private salsa lessons during the day, then dance with the locals at night. Just remember, whenever going out at night, to exercise some caution. Security in Colombia has improved significantly in recent years, but better safe than sorry. If you’re looking for other daytime activities, a great place to start is the Zoológico de Cali, recognized by many as the best zoo in all of Colombia. Here, you can see a wide array of exotic animals that you’d otherwise only find in the Amazon. For a more intimate interaction with some of nature’s creatures, visit the Andoke Butterfly Farm. The farm is more of a garden, thoughtfully and beautifully curated to attract all manner of butterflies and tropical bird species.


If your passions intersect at “art” and “cats,” the Gato de Tejada park is a must. It’s a public space centered around a three-ton bronze cat sculpture created by artist Hernando Tejada. The park now boasts many cat sculptures by other artists. Walking through the lovely green space, taking in the scenery and many unique works of art, would be a nice way to spend an hour or so in Cali. Cat sculptures not your thing? If you’re at all fascinated by historic planes, trains, and automobiles, the Museo Aereo Fenix, the aviation and transportation museum, is a fun destination. Another way to stretch your legs is, of course, by hiking! In Cali, hike the Cerro de las Tres Cruces — three crosses that sit high in the mountains overlooking the city. Hiking up to the crosses is a popular outdoor activity, even for the locals, and the views are spectacular. The hike will be most crowded on weekends, so start early in the day. It’s also advised that you

leave any valuables behind, as the hike is more isolated and the risk of robbery a bit increased. THINGS TO SEE: HISTORY, ART & CULTURE A visit to the Cristo Rey statue, reminiscent of Rio’s Christ the Redeemer, is a must. The statue is smaller than the Redeemer, but the views of Cali from the statue are magnificent. Spend some time in the Barrio San Antonio, Cali’s historic center. This is the oldest part of the city and home to quaint and trendy cafés, colonial architecture, quality restaurants and bars, and lots to explore. Here you’ll also find the Iglesia de San Antonio (San Antonio Church), located atop a hill with a striking view of the city and a nice surrounding park. Other churches worth visiting include Iglesia de la Ermita, also located in the historic district, and Iglesia de la Merced, a beautiful colonial cathedral and Cali’s oldest church. Colonial La Merced church with modern skyscrapers in the center of Cali, Colombia.


Colombian Cuisine: Cholado, Empanadas and Pandebono.

If you’re in search of even more history, there are number of museums for your viewing pleasure. The Museo de Arte Colonial is attached to the Merced cathedral and highlights colonial religious art. The Museo Arqueológico displays pre-Colombian artifacts created by the indigenous people. The Museo de Oro is all about gold, and the Museo de Arte Moderno La Tertullia features modern art, photography, and sculpture. Many Haciendas, homes that belonged to former sugar barons, are now also open as museums. Here, you’ll learn the process of cultivating sugar while also enjoying the beauty of a historic home. Hacienda Cañas Gordas is located on Cali’s southern border and is considered by many to be the most beautiful of the colonial homes. THINGS TO EAT Part of the fun of traveling to an exotic place like Colombia is experiencing the local cuisine! Here are some scrumptious eats you don’t want to miss: Arroz Atollado

is a dish that perfectly captures the flavors of Colombia. It’s made up of rice, potatoes, pork, chicken, and sometimes sausage, seasoned with middle eastern-inspired spices. Pandebono is a popular cheesy bread snack sold in bakeries, by street vendors, and at cafés. Come across some local empanadas vallunas? They’re a must! For a sweet treat, try cholado or raspado — a mix of shaved ice, flavored syrups, and condensed milk. Colombia is also home to many fruits that we don’t see stateside. Chontaduro is one such fruit — hard to describe, but worth trying. Lulo is another fruit with a very specific flavor, typically enjoyed as a raw fruit or as a juice. Lulada is a refreshing drink the combines the local lulo fruit with ice, sugar, water, and sometimes booze. However you spend your time in Cali — salsa dancing, hiking, or sampling the cuisine — this city gives adventurous honeymooners the chance to live like a local, and that’s an exciting way to start your new life together.

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

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

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

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DESTINATION WEDDINGS the choices More and more couples nowadays are planning destination weddings in lieu of spending time and money on a wedding celebration and a honeymoon. With a destination wedding, you can do both in one convenient location and, in many cases, end up with less time spent planning and more money left for the exotic honeymoon you always imagined.

and fun. Often, for the second or third time couple, it is about making a statement and expressing to family and friends an idea of how they see their future together. Having already gone through the pomp and circumstance of a first wedding, relaxation and family are much more important this time around.

For anyone with a sense of adventure Destination weddings, once just a choice for brides and grooms walking down the aisle for the second or third time, are now at an all time high for couples getting married for the first time too. There is no limit to the fun you can have when you choose a destination wedding. That’s why many brides and grooms are no longer taking the traditional church route, but are instead looking for the perfect foreign country, distant mountain or secluded beach.

Everything is taken care of at once Destination weddings come complete with packages that include a wedding professional to take care of every detail. It’s really just up to you to decide on the big picture and the rest will be handled accordingly. Usually, the wedding planner will handle the flowers, photographer, caterer, musicians and reception area, all with your input of course. In most cases the wedding planner will take care of the marriage license too and all you have to do is send the necessary documents.

Easier for busy brides and grooms One reason that so many couples are choosing destination weddings nowadays is because brides are busy. Most destination wedding resorts around the world have wedding planners who take care of the details so that you don’t have to. Some resorts bring the couple down months in advance to go over the wedding arrangements including colors, special needs and instructions and ceremony location. After the initial visit the couple does not arrive until just days before the wedding and usually with the guests and attendants. Allows couples to express themselves Destination weddings are, for the most part, meant to be convenient

It’s about having fun Another difference you will encounter when choosing a destination wedding is that everyone is in vacation mode. In a traditional wedding, at least one family is in their home territory. With a destination wedding, families come together to celebrate the wedding while also having a chance to spend time doing fun things. Remember, destination weddings are meant to be profound, but not necessarily solemn occasions. The weddings are about the guests having a good time and the couple remembering their special day for many years to come.

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

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GRAND SLAM Invite the gang to your table for six at Fridays Front Row in Miller Park! You’ll catch the weekday or weeknight game of your choice from left field on the Home Run Porch. Enjoy two of America’s favorites: Baseball and Delicious Food!

ROCK N’ BOWL PIZZA PARTY Break out the bowling shoes! Your group of six will enjoy 2 hours of black light rock ‘n’ bowl at Village Bowl on a Friday or Saturday night, plus hit the kitchen to build your own pizzas.

WINE NOT? Set sail for the Seven Seas restaurant in Delafield! Your party of six will bask in an evening on the shores of the lovely Lake Nagawicka with a delicious small plates & wine tasting.

LIMO LUXURY Set out for your honeymoon in high-class style! As you and your honey depart for your romantic get-away, sit back, relax, and enjoy Airport Service from High Class Limousine.

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


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probably be surprised to learn that there’s a quaint bed & breakfast just a few miles from your home or a majestic state park where you can camp out under the stars. Turn off your cell phones and focus on each other. It will seem as if you’re light years away even in your own backyard. Take a cruise If you can’t decide on a destination, a cruise might be for you. It’s the best of both worlds! If you want to see Europe, but you’ve never been and don’t have time to plan a trip, try a Mediterranean cruise. If you know you want to go tropical but can’t decide on a spot, island hop on a Caribbean cruise. And if you can’t decide whether you want to relax or be active, a cruise offers the chance to do both. Plus, meals, drinks, and entertainment are not only included, they’re right outside your cabin door! When booking a cruise, just like any other destination, mention that you’re on your honeymoon and see if the cruise line has a special deal or package. PLAN AND PREP Here are some things to think about, especially if you’ve never traveled to your honeymoon spot before.

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Terrace 167, Richfield, Show Times: 11am-3pm 262-623-6588, terrace167.com SEPTEMBER 30, 2018

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

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“The Great Hall” The DeKoven Center 600 21st Street, Racine Show Times 12pm-3pm 262-633-6401 ext. 102, dekovencenter.org See pg 265

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Parkway Chateau 12304 75th St., Kenosha Show Times: 1pm-4pm facebook.com/kenoshabridalexpo

NOVEMBER 4, 2018

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Delta Hotels by Marriott, Racine Show Times: 12pm-3pm 262-744-0818 eventbrite.com/e/the-ultimate-weddingexperience-expo-tickets-42994734408 See pg 266

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Afla Flower and Wedding Shop Show Times: 5pm-7:30pm 414-545-5858 alfawedding.com NOVEMBER 11, 2018

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BRIDAL EXPO

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

NOVEMBER 18, 2018

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Delafield Hotel Show Times: 11am-2pm 262-646-1600, thedelafieldhotel.com See pg 265


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Wisconsin Exposition Center at State Fair Park, Milwaukee Show Times: 10am-4pm both days 262-367-5500, wisconsinweddingshow.com

Veteran’s Terrace, Burlington Show Times: 11am-2pm 262-763-9400 veteransterrace.com

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See pg 7 & 264

JANUARY 2019

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The Grain Exchange, Milwaukee Show Times 5pm-7pm 414-727-6980 to RSVP bartolottascatering.com/catering/the-grain-exchange JANUARY 27, 2019

35TH ANNUAL WATERTOWN BRIDAL FAIRE Windwood of Watertown W5710 County Highway CW, Watertown Show Times: 10am-2:30pm 920-261-7770, watertownbridalfair.com JANUARY 27, 2019

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Lake Lawn Resort, Delavan Show Times: 11am-3pm lakelawnresort.com MARCH 3, 2019

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

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Hawks View Golf Club, Lake Geneva Show Times: 11am-3pm 877-429-5788, hawksviewgolfclub.com

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

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Washington County Fair Park & Conference Center Show Times: 11am-3pm 262-677-5060 wcfairpark.com

Afla Flower and Wedding Shop Show Times: 5pm-7:30pm 414-545-5858 alfawedding.com

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

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

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See pg 18-19 & 268

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

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BRIDAL SHOWS

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 help. Here’s information and tips to help! Plan in Advance: Know your budget. Make a list of what you need most and what your budget will allow for each item and service. Types of Bridal Shows: Small intimate shows average attendance is between 75-200 people and generally around 20-40 different vendors. These shows allow you much more time to talk with the individual wedding professionals, ask questions and get more in-depth answers. The second kind of show is much larger, averaging anywhere from 800 to 2000 attending and featuring anywhere from 100-250 different vendors. The biggest advantage to this kind of show is the wide range of vendors available and the beautiful displays for great wedding ideas. Pre-printed address labels: Most vendors will have some special drawing for gifts and prizes. Having these labels available will save you time and effort. Include your full name, address, phone number, wedding date and email address. Create a temporary wedding e-mail address: It’s free and can be deleted after your wedding date. Obviously you will receive solicitation after the show. Quality vendors reaching out to provide specific wedding information and tips, along with any special offers they might have is a good thing. Who should come along: Yes, your fiancé should come along, especially

if it’s just the two of you. Decisions can be made on the spot and you both will have a good time! Or, bring a couple of friends, your mother or a whole entourage. Date or Calendar Book: It might be appropriate to schedule an appointment at another time for a more in-depth conversation. Usually any show “specials” will also apply if a date and time is made for a followup discussion. There are times when you might want to book something right at the show such as limited availability and your date is still open. Or you might have already met with a vendor prior and are ready to make the commitment. Shoes: Wear comfortable shoes. The odds are you’ll be on your feet for quite a while. You don’t want to leave until you’re ready, and not because your feet are too tired. Pressing onward when you’re feet hurt just isn’t any fun. Children: Avoid bringing small children to the show if possible. While you might not have a choice or it may be tempting to bring your flower girl along to see the neat wedding stuff, they are sure to tire more quickly then you. Prepare for information overload: When you find a vendor you are interested in, make a note about why. What struck you as appealing about this person? When you get home and you’re looking through 10 different photographers, your note may be the only thing you have to remember which ones you liked and why. Also, write down any good tips they might have given you.

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ICEREMONY/RECEPTION CATERER CAKE DESIGNER/DESSERT

FLOWERS PHOTOGRAPHER PHOTO BOOTH GOWN DESIGNER BRIDAL SALON FORMALWEAR RINGS RENTAL ITEMS

Cuvée, Milwaukee Saz’s Catering C. Adam’s Bakery in the Milwaukee Public Market Jess Fleur Fun, LLC C.Mae Design Sit N’ Flash Photo Booth Watters Bliss Bridal Burlington Menswear Kesslers Relics Vintage Rentals

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

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

ACCESSORIES

Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop

(See pg 144)

Bead IT LLC

beadit-wi.com 262-366-5573

• MASSAGE (See Spas) • MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT • MUSIC, SPECIALTY • OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS (See Hotels/Club Suites) • PHOTOGRAPHY • PHOTO BOOTHS • REGISTRY • REHEARSAL DINNERS • RENTALS • RESTROOMS (See Rentals) • SPAS • TRANSPORTATION • TRAVEL AGENCIES & HONEYMOONS • VIDEOGRAPHY • WALWORTH COUNTY WEDDINGS (See pg 158)

ALTERATIONS/ CUSTOM DRESS DESIGNS

(and Rental Items)

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

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

Two MoThers

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Vino Third Ward BRIDAL

GOWNS

Premier Alterations Experts – Specializing in Gowns – We Measure, Trim & Sew – Gown Fittings

262-521-9710

mymartinizing.com

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

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

1451 Renaissance Place

BACHELOR(ETTE) PARTIES

Alverno College

CMP Tactical Lazer Tag

American Serb Hall

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

(See pg 233)

(See pg 54)

Milwaukee Pedal Tavern (See pg 150)

Napoli

(See pg 159)

Riverwalk Boat Tours & Rentals

at Pere Marquette Park (on Old World Third St, between State and Kilbourn) riverwalkboats.com 414-283-9999 (See pg 232)

Uptown Art

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

(See pg 69)

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

(See pg 9)

Bartolotta’s

jksbackyard.com 414-313-8017

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

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

The Astor Hotel

JKS Backyard Games

info@pedaltavern.com pedaltavern.com 414-405-6682

1451 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee renaissanceplace.com 414-272-1451 (See Back Cover & pg 12)

5101 West Oklahoma Avenue, Milwaukee serbhall.com 414-545-6030 (See pg 14)

Friday’s Front Row

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

(See pg 233)

BANQUET FACILITIES & REHEARSAL DINNERS

ATTENDANT GIFTS

(See Customized Gifts)

(See pg 151)

Bacchus-A Bartolotta Restaurant 414-765-1166 925 E. Wells, Milwaukee Bartolotta Events & Catering 414-765-8610 at Discovery Wisconsin 500 N. Harbor Dr., Milwaukee Grain Exchange 414-727-6980 225 E. Michigan Ave., Ste 100, Milwaukee The Harbor House 414-395-4900 550 N. Harbor, Milwaukee Italian Community Center 414-223-2800 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee Lake Park Bistro 414-962-6300 3133 E. Newberry Blvd., Milwaukee bartolottas.com bartolottascatering.com (See pg 23)

Best Western Plus Airport

5105 S. Howell Avenue, Milwaukee bwplusmilwaukee.com 414-769-2100

(See pg 34)

The Black Swan (See pg 151)

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

(See pg 78)

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES The Bog

3121 County Road I, Saukville golfthebog.com 262-292-0740

Davians Catering & Conference Center (See pg 184)

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

The DeKoven Center (See pg 41)

Café Centraal

2306 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., Milwaukee lowlandsgroup.com/parties 414-627-2789

(See pg 73)

(See pg 73)

(See pg 73)

(See pg 44)

(See pg 184)

(See pg 187)

(See pg 81)

Wales feteofwales.com 262-528-3383

(See pg 64)

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

(See pg 35)

1221 Geneva National Ave. S, Lake Geneva lakegenevaweddings.com 262-245-7000 (See pg 165) W349 N5253 Lacys Lane, Okauchee goldenmastinn.com 262-567-7047

(See pg 65)

Grand Geneva

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

7036 Grand Geneva Way, Lake Geneva grandgeneva.com 800-558-3417 (See pg 167)

Hampton Inn & Suites

Crowne Plaza Milwaukee Airport

8201 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis hamptoninnmilwaukeewest.com 414-436.2300 (See pg 87)

Crowne Plaza Milwaukee West

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

(See pg 73)

Golden Mast Inn on Okauchee Lake

Cotton Exchange

6401 S. 13th St., Milwaukee crowneplazamke.com 414-563-4072

26060 Washington Avenue, Dover thefarmatdover.com 773-802-6351

Geneva National Resort

Charles Allis Art Museum

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

(See pg 49)

Four Points by Sheraton Milwaukee Airport

Chandelier Ballroom

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

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

fête

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

3832 Hillside Dr., Delafield (Just off I-94 & Hwy 83) delafield-brewhaus.com 262-646-7821 (See pg 39)

The Farm at Dover

Canal Street Yacht Club

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

(See pg 76)

Delafield Hotel

Café Hollander - Tosa

7677 W. State St., Wauwatosa lowlandsgroup.com/parties 414-627-2789

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

Delafield Brewhaus

Café Hollander - Mequon

5900 W. Mequon Rd., Mequon lowlandsgroup.com/parties 414-627-2789

N56 W16300 Silver Spring Dr., Menomonee Falls davians.com 262-781-3333 (See pg 75)

Harley Davidson Museum

500 West Canal Street, Milwaukee h-dmuseum.com 414-287-2730 (See pg 80)

The Cupola Barn

N88 W35490 Mapleton Rd., Oconomowoc cupolabarn.com 262-391-4864 (See pg 28) 274 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

(See pg 39)

(See pg 36)

Hawk’s View Golf Club

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

(See pg 163)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES The Hay Loft

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

John Michael Kohler Arts Center (See pg 12)

Heritage Hall

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

(See pg 42)

(See pg 63)

(See pg 67)

(See pg 46)

Photo provided by C. Mae Design

(See pg 45)

(See pg 89)

W231 N1600 Corporate Ct., Waukesha marriott.com/mkemw 262-574-0888 (See Inside Back Cover & pg 14)

Milwaukee Art Museum

(See pg 3)

Milwaukee Beer Bistro

2730 N. Humboldt Blvd., Milwaukee milwaukeebeerbistro.com 414-562-5540 (See pg 25)

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

(See pg 77)

(See pg 43)

The Iron Horse Hotel

(See pg 16)

Milwaukee County Zoo

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

Intercontinental Milwaukee

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

(See pg 159)

Marriott Milwaukee West

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

The Ingleside Hotel

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

Just outside Burlington thelanding1841.com 262-758-6611

sazamas.com 414-276-2030

Hyatt Regency

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

(See pg 161)

Marcus Center for the Performing Arts

Hubbard Park Lodge

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

2400 E. Geneva St., Delavan lakelawnresort.com 262-728-7950

722 S. 5th Street, Milwaukee lvlcomplex.com 414-376-8651

411 EAST MASON STREET | 414-225-3258 WWW.HOTELMETRO.COM 3565 N. Morris Blvd., Milwaukee hubbardlodge.com 414-332-4207

(See pg 157)

LVL Events

Beautiful Rooftop and Ballroom

All Catering Provided by Pastiche at the Metro

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

The Landing 1841

Art Deco Inspired Hotel for the Vintage and Modern Bride Perfect for All Your Wedding Needs 35-125 Guests

(See pg 40)

Lake Lawn Resort

Holiday Inn Pewaukee

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

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

Lake Geneva Cruise Lines-Gage Marine

Historic Courthouse 1893

916 N. East Ave., Downtown Waukesha courthouse1893.com 262-574-9170

(See pg 84)

Kimpton-The Journeyman

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

608 New York Ave., Sheboygan jmkac.org 920-458-6144

(See pg 17)

Milwaukee Yacht Club

1700 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr., Milwaukee milwaukeeyc.com 414-271-4455 (see pg 15)

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Oconomowoc Community Center

220 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Oconomowoc oconomowoc-wi.gov/communitycenter 262-569-2199 (See pg 83)

Pano’s Banquets

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

(See pg 24)

(See pg 31)

(See pg 42)

(See pg 37)

(See pg 13)

(See pg 27)

375 S. Moorland Rd., Brookfield sheratonmilwaukeebrookfield.com 262-364-1008

(See pg 71)

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

(See pg 186)

Terrace 167 (See pg 47)

The Ridge

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

(See pg 187)

Tripoli Shrine Center

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

(See pg 30)

Tuscan Hall Banquet Center & Catering (See pg 165)

River Club of Mequon

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

(See pg 48)

Veterans Terrace at Echo Park (See pg 38)

Roma Lodge

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

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

Sterling Chalet (See pg 8)

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

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

(see pg 28)

838 S. 2nd St., Walker’s Point, Milwaukee southsecondmke.com 414-256-8765 (see pg 48, 89)

Red Circle Inn

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

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

South Second

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

(See pg 186)

Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel

Racine Civic Center

Festival Hall Paul P. Harris Rotary Park Memorial Hall 5 Fifth St., Racine racinecc.com 262-636-9229

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

Seven Seas

Pritzlaff Events

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

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

The Seeboth - An Urban Event Destination

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

(See pg 29)

Schauer Arts & Activites Center

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

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

The Rustic Barn at Prairie Gardens

The Pfister Hotel

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

The Rotunda

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

(See pg 162)

Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum (See pg 86)

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

(See pg 81)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES War Memorial Center

750 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr., Milwaukee warmemorialcenter.org 414-273-5533

Bartenders on the Go bartendonthego.com 414-899-6151 (See pg 6)

Washington County Fair Park Hwy 45 at Pleasant Valley Road wcfairpark.com 262-677-5060

Tripoli Shriners Bartending Service tripolishrinecenter.com 262-933-4700

(See pg 185)

Watertown Country Club

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

BEAUTY, SKIN & WEIGHT LOSS

(Also See Makeup)

Elegance Salon & Spa

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

(See pg 211)

halo

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

(See pg 213)

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

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

262-373-0101 262-375-3300 (See pg 210)

Business Income Opportunities (See pg 85)

Western Lakes Golf Club

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

(See pg 88)

Windwood of Watertown

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

(See pg 66)

Biodegradable Products Skin Care • Nutrition • Home • Aging

evbruckner.myshaklee.com 262-751-4410

Wisconsin Club - City Club

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

(See pg 10-11)

Wisconsin Club - Country Club

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

BED & BREAKFASTS/ INNS White Lace Inn

(See pg 10-11)

BARTENDING SERVICES

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

(See pg 251)

Bar Stars Bartending

barstarsbartending-mke.com 414-208-9500

(See pg 97)

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES BRIDAL SHOWERS/ GIFT OPENINGS Riverwalk Boat Tours & Rentals

at Pere Marquette Park (located on Old World Third St., between State and Kilbourn) riverwalkboats.com 414-283-9999 (See pg 232)

Uptown Art

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

(See pg 151)

(See pg 151)

Antigua Catering

5823 W. Burnham Street, West Allis weddingsbyantigua.com 414-321-5775

(See pg 97)

N56 W16300 Silver Spring Dr., Menomonee Falls davians.com 262-781-3333 (See pg 75) 215 South St., Waukesha chefjacks.com 262-549-5558

(See pg 95)

Louise’s Catering

Complete listing and information (See pg 262)

CAKES, SWEETS & FAVORS Allo! Chocolat

(See pg 172)

Audra’s House of Cakes Kewaskum audrashouseofcakes.com 262-707-7444

(See pg 93)

Chef Jack’s

BRIDAL SHOWS

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

W230 S8855 Clark St., Big Bend bubbs.com 262-662-4201

Davians Catering & Conference Center

Vino Third Ward

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

CATERING All Occasions Catering / Bubb’s BBQ

(See pg 186

Custom Menus & Catering megan@waterstreetbrewery.com louisescatering.com 414-271-9506

(See pg 92)

Napoli

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

(See pg 159)

Rushing Waters Fisheries, LLC N301 County Road H, Palmyra rushingwaters.net 262-495-2089

(See pg 96)

Saz’s Catering

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

(See pg 88)

Rich’s House of Cakes

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

(See pg 174)

Catering — Par Excellence!

Simma’s

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

(See pg 173)

Sweet n’ Flowers

Serving SE-Wisconsin sweetnflowers.com 339-933-9589

(See pg 151)

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 88)

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

Tripoli Shrine Catering (See pg 175)

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

(See pg 30)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Tuscan Hall Banquet Center & Catering 409 Delafield St., Waukesha tuscanhallwi.com 262-292-1322

(See pg 48)

Vecchio Catering

Member of the Vecchiio Entertainment Group escapetomilwaukee.com 414-273-8300 (See pg 44)

CONSULTANTS Ambrosia Events

4404 W. Oklahoma Ave., Milwaukee ambrosiaeventsmke.com 414-546-2854 (office) 414-791-8896 (mobile)

E Events

CEREMONIES, CHAPELS

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

Holy Communion Episcopal Church 320 Broad St., Lake Geneva holycommunionlakegeneva.com 262-248-3522

design. plan. consult. By Appointment Only evenementplanning.com 262-617-8826

Lamm Gardens

Mia’s Wedding & Event Planning

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

(See pg 111)

(See pg 211)

événement

(See pg 185)

Serving SE-Wisconsin planningbymia.com 262-744-0818

(See pg 109)

(See pg 108)

Timeless Events

Tripoli Shrine Center

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

(See pg 30)

Serving SE Wisconsin timelesseventsllc.com 262-751-6355

(See pg 112)

Weddings with a Twist

CEREMONIES, OFFICIANT

Serving SE Wisconsin weddingswithatwist.com 414-403-1376

(See pg 108)

COSMETICS

(See Makeup)

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

DANCE INSTRUCTION

The Church of Christ the Healer REV. JEFFREY

414-793-4828

REV. LYNETTE

262-893-6760

www.MilwaukeeMinistry.org

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

(See pg 129)

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

CHOCOLATES (FAVORS)

(See pg 129)

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

Allo! Chocolat

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

Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Brookfield

(See pg 172)

(See pg 129)

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

(See pg 129)

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

(See pg 129)

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

(See pg 129)

Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Pleasant Prairie 9000 76th St., Unit B fredastaire.com/pleasant-prairie 262-577-5859

(See pg 129)

(See pg 150)

DECORATING SERVICES

(See pg 111)

(See pg 75)

événement

(See pg 251)

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

(See pg 249)

Stone Harbor, A Door County Resort & Conference Center (See pg 249)

(See pg 251)

DRY CLEANING / GOWN PRESERVATION Martinizing

(See pg 109)

Heavenly Creations

4060 N. 127th St., Suite 200, Brookfield By Appointment heavenlycr8.com 414-353-1179 (See pg 103)

Something Borrowed

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

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

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

Décor by Davians

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

(See pg 251)

The Lodge at Leathem Smith

White Lace Inn

Ambrosia Events

N56 W16300 Silver Spring Dr. 262-781-3333

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

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

(Also see Rentals)

4404 W. Oklahoma Ave., Milwaukee ambrosiaeventsmke.com 414-546-2854 (office) 414-791-8896 (mobile)

Landmark Resort

Newport Resort at Main St.

Social Style

3562 Hillside Dr., Delafield socialstyledance.com 414-687-2222

DOOR COUNTY WEDDINGS

(See pg 100)

DESTINATION WEDDINGS

(See Travel Agencies)

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The Specialist in Bridal Gowns Free Pickup & Delivery mymartinizing.com 262-521-9710 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.

(See pg 220) 262-782-0665 262-377-2269 262-367-4508 262-251-7979 262-241-3535 414-747-1077 262-560-9981 262-567-4813 262-560-0666 262-695-1661


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Wauwatosa 6737 Milwaukee Ave. West Allis 2262 S. 108th St. Whitefish Bay 285 E Hampton Ave

414-771-3331 414-545-8688 414-964-4747

EXCITING & DIFFERENT (See pg 151)

(See pg 236)

First Weber Realtors with Terry Lea Reuteler (See pg 237)

Wolverine Fireworks

FLORISTS

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

(See pg 185)

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

(See pg 149)

FORMALWEAR DuBois 262-754-9296 414-570-8892 920-458-1412 (See pg 219)

3565 N. Oakland Avenue, Shorewood shopmodernman.com 414-332-3404

(See pg 221)

GOWNS, CUSTOM

(See pg 144)

Bank of Flowers

HAIR

(See Beauty) 262-253-9111 262-695-9911 (See pg 148)

Belle Fiori

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

(See pg 147)

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

Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop

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

(See pg 146)

Harleys: A Modern Man Store (See pg 26)

(and Rental Items)

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

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

1700 W. Bluemound Rd., Brookfield 100 E. Oak St. (in Eva’s), Oak Creek 822 N. 8th St., Sheboygan duboisfw.com

FIREWORKS Serving SE Wisconsin wolverinefireworks.com 262-968-4178

Fantasy Flowers

Lamm Gardens

Cherry Creek Mortgage

Serving SE-WI. terryleareuteler.firstweber.com 414-418-6601

(See pg 147)

feistyflowers.com 414-526-5202

FINANCIAL SERVICES dcasper@ccmclending.com 414-531-8368

1239 Hwy 175, Hubertus creativefloralandmore.com 262-628-4410

Feisty Flowers

Sweet n’ Flowers

Serving SE-Wisconsin sweetnflowers.com 339-933-9589

Creative Floral by Something Borrowed

(See pg 145)

HONEYMOON

(See Travel Agencies & Door County Weddings)

HOTELS/ CLUB SUITES

(Also see Banquet Facilities)

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Courtyard Marriott Milwaukee Airport 4620 S. 5th St., Milwaukee Marriott.com/mkecy 414-747-4405

(See pg 57)

Sybaris Pool Suites

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

(See pg 253)

ICE SCULPTURES

LINGERIE Voluptuous Secrets LLC

For a Perfect Comfortable Fit 1740 N. Martin Luther King Dr., Milwaukee voluptuoussecrets.com 414-264-7776 (See pg 150)

MAKEUP

(Also See Beauty)

Art Below Zero

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

(See pg 150)

INTERNET Premier Bride

premierbride.com and premierbridemke.com 414-416-8368

262-781-4848 marykay.com/tehrett

Coqui Paperie and Gifts

Merle Norman Cosmetic Studios (See pg 181)

PAPERjunkies Co

paperjunkiesco@gmail.com paperjunkies.co 414-405-1249

(See pg 162)

(See pg 183)

JEWELRY (CUSTOMIZED)

MASSAGE MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT

262Weddings.com

Bead IT LLC

beadit-wi.com 262-366-5573

Brookfield Square (exterior entrance) 262-782-4406 mnsalonbrookfield.com 5300 S. 108th St., Hales Corners 414-421-3788 merlenorman.com (See pg 212)

(See Spas)

Paperwhites

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

Complimentary Makeovers Skin Care & Color Cosmetics Personalized Gift Service

Independent Beauty Consultants Tammy Ehrett, Independent Sales Director

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

Mary Kay Cosmetics

(See pg 151)

LIMOUSINES

(See Transportation)

Serving Milwaukee and Most of Wisconsin 262weddings.com 800-901-1007 (See pg 197)

Audio Therapy

audiotherapydj.com 414-526-0200

(See pg 193)

Complete Milwaukee completemilwaukee.com 414-751-6886

(See pg 195)

DJ Express

djexpressfun.com 262-306-1138 282 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

(See pg 194)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Midwest Sound DJ Entertainment

N15W22180 Watertown Rd., Suite 112, Waukesha midwestsoundwi.com 262-751-2900 (See pg 198)

Complete Milwaukee completemilwaukee.com 414-751-6886

(See pg 195)

414-671-1512

(See pg 132)

MP Pro

Call for information mpproweddings.com 262-751-9681

(See pg 195)

Muzic in Motion

5770 S. Westridge Dr., New Berlin muzicinmotion.com • excitingevents.com 262-797-8880 800-925-8880

(See pg 98)

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

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

Eivan’s National Photo & Video Inc. (See pg 26)

MUSIC, SPECIALTY Elegant Music Service

elegantmusicservices.com 262-619-1900

(See pg 199)

Gabriel’s Horns

gabrielshorns.com 414-581-7391

(See pg 199)

(See pg 134)

Ideal Impressions

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

(See pg 168)

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

(See pg 134)

Kara Reese Photography

Racine String Quartet ccviolin@hotmail.com racinestringquartet.com 262-498-6760

Service Wisconsin eivans.com 866-348-2671

(See pg 199)

OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS

(See Hotels/Club Suites)

213 South Street, Waukesha karareese.com 262-208-5272

(See pg 133)

Lightly Gypsy

Serving SE-Wisconsin lightlygypsy.com 262-309-2240

(See pg 135)

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

PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTO BOOTHS

Ambiance Studios by Scott & Cathy Erickson ambiancestudios.com 262-338-0922

262PhotoBooth.com (See pg 137)

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

Serving Milwaukee and Most of Wisconsin 262photobooth.com 800-901-1007 (See pg 205)

(See pg 138)

Better Together Photography

bettertogetherphoto.com info.bettertogetherphoto@gmail.com

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Kilawat

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

Louises

audiotherapydj.com

414-526-0200

(See pg 193)

Complete Milwaukee completemilwaukee.com 414-751-6886

Serving Greater Milwaukee & Madison shutterbooth.com 414-255-3800 (See pg 207)

REGISTRY (See pg 235)

(See pg 73)

(See pg 52)

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

(See pg 57)

Riverwalk Boat Tours & Rentals

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

(See pg 55)

Saz’s State House Restaurant

Café Centraal

(See pg 73)

Courtyard Marriott Milwaukee Airport (See pg 57)

5539 W. State St., Milwaukee sazs.com 414-453-2410

(See pg 88)

Trinity Three Irish Pubs

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

(See pg 56)

The Trout House at Rushing Waters Fisheries, LLC

Friday’s Front Row

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

2500 N. Mayfair Rd., Wauwatosa maggianos.com 414-978-1000

Rodizio Grill - Milwaukee

Café Benelux

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

Maggiano’s

at Pere Marquette Park (on Old World Third St, between State and Kilbourn) riverwalkboats.com 414-283-9999 (See pg 232)

REHEARSAL DINNERS

2306 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., Milwaukee lowlandsgroup.com/parties 414-627-2789

(See pg 53)

Mo’s - A Place for Steaks

Royal Prestige

346 N. Broadway, Milwaukee lowlandsgroup.com/parties 414-627-2789

414-273-4224 262-784-4275

Mason Street Grill (See pg 195)

ShutterBooth

dinner4two.com 920-375-6536

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

(See pg 54)

Hops & Leisure

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

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N301 County Road H, Palmyra rushingwaters.net 262-495-2089

(See pg 96)

Vagabond

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

(See pg 56)


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

JKS Backyard Games 414-272-1195 262-646-7878 262-375-2222 414-301-5290 (See pg 53)

Zarletti Mequon

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

(See pg 59)

(See pg 101)

(See pg 100)

Celebrations Tent & Party Rentals

(See pg 184)

(See pg 104)

A Beautiful Touch at an Affordable Price coveritwithclass.com 262-343-2581 (See pg 185)

Exciting Events

(See pg 98)

Gertrude & Evelyn Vintage Rentals Serving SE-WI gertrudeandevelynvintage.com 262-716-6676

Heavenly Creations

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

(See pg 211)

TRANSPORTATION Brookfield broadwaylimoandcoach.com 262-246-3838

Cover It With Class

5770 S. Westridge Dr., New Berlin excitingevents.com 262-797-8880 or 800-925-8880

(See pg 105)

Broadway Limousine & Coach

Containers Up

containersup.com 888-765-3691

7000 S. 10th St., Suite 100, Oak Creek welldressedtables.com 855-252-2480 (toll free)

Elegance Salon & Spa (See pg 102)

Brookfield Party Rental

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

(See pg 100)

(See Rentals)

Arnold’s Environmental Services Inc.

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

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

RESTROOMS

All Star Rentals

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

Something Borrowed

Well Dressed Tables by Arena Americas

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

jksbackyard.com 414-313-8017

4060 N. 127th St., Suite 200, Brookfield By Appointment heavenlycr8.com 414-353-1179 (See pg 103)

(See pg 228)

Go Riteway

goriteway.com 800-236-5450

(See pg 225)

High Class Limousine, Classics & Trolley

Showroom: 9215 W. Oklahoma Ave., Milwaukee highclasslimousinevip.com 414-762-0809 (See pg 231)

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

(See pg 227)

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

800-236-1240 800-236-6160 920-336-6160 (See pg 227)

Magical Night Limousine

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

(See pg 229)

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES TRAVEL AGENCIES & HONEYMOONS

Ideal Impressions

CTS Travel

JC Designs LLC

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

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

jcdesignswi.com 262-574-9161

Latitudes Travel

vitalimage.com 262-292-9000

LatitudesWI.com 414-433-4873

(See pg 261)

Lovejoy Travel Agency Serving SE Wisconsin Delafield jamielovejoytravel.com 262-844-0881

(See pg 257)

(See pg 168)

(See pg 139)

Vital Image Wedding Studios

WALWORTH COUNTY WEDDINGS

(See pg 158)

LovinAway

Luxury Romance Travel lovinaway.com 844-568-2929

(See pg 243)

Sunset at the Palms Resort thepalmsjamaica.com 877-734-3282

(See pg 260)

VIDEOGRAPHY (See pg 138)

Better Together Photography

bettertogetherphoto.com info.bettertogetherphoto@gmail.com

PremierBrideMKE.com

ROMANTIC STAY & DREAMY DUVET

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

GET YOUR REWARDS!

(See pg 133)

Cozy up with an overnight stay at the Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield, including dinner for two and champagne. Plus, get a Sheraton Signature Duvet delivered to your home!

Complete Milwaukee completemilwaukee.com 414-751-6886

(See pg 195)

SUITE STAY AT SYBARIS An overnight stay in the luxurious pool suite, two plush robes to keep, a bottle of bubbly, and chocolate-covered strawberries - it’s all waiting for one lucky couple at the Sybaris!

GAME NIGHT DONE RIGHT

414-671-1512

(See pg 132)

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Of course you should savor the warm glow of falling and being in love. That’s what getting married is all about! Enjoy the preparations for your wedding day, thrill over the dress and trousseau, and 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, thereby 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?

• 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 and 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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Independence Day

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THE PREMIER BRIDE PLANNER

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

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THE WEDDING TIMELINE

Shop for and order wedding gown, veil and accessories

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

2-4 MONTHS AHEAD

12 MONTHS AHEAD

Decide on the budget

9-12 MONTHS AHEAD

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

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

Arrange ceremony rehearsal and notify participants

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

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

1-2 MONTHS AHEAD

Choose attendants

Select band or DJ for reception

Book musicians for ceremony Select florist

Reserve accommodations for out-of-town guests

2-4 WEEKS AHEAD

Select caterer

Order invitations, personal stationery and thank you notes

Select and purchase guest favors Find and reserve rehearsal dinner location

1 WEEK AHEAD

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

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

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

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

Arrange for final fittings on your gown

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

Register for gifts at one to three stores

Order wedding cake

Mail invitations

Start reception seating chart and placecards

Reserve wedding day transportation

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

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

Prepare printed program for ceremony

Get engagement photo taken

6-9 MONTHS AHEAD

Buy and wrap attendants’ gifts

Select ceremony music, readings and vows and meet with officiant

Compile guest list

Select videographer

4-6 MONTHS AHEAD

Address wedding invitations

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

Reserve accommodations for wedding night Finalize guest list

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FOR HER:

DON’T FORGET...

WEDDING ATTIRE

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

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

FOR HIM:

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

HONEYMOON CHECKLIST

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

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

UPDATING YOUR NAME

WEDDING DAY EMERGENCY KIT

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

Auto Registration

Investment accounts

Stock certificates

Bank & credit card accounts

Life insurance policy

Car insurance policy

Medical/dental records

Tax agency records (state/federal)

Credit reporting agencies

Memberships

Voter registration records

Deeds/titles

Passport

Wills/trusts

Driver’s license

Post Office records

Employee records

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

Social Security records

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THE WEDDING BUDGET

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Groom’s Wedding Ring

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Ceremony Site Fee

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Officiant

______________

Marriage License

______________

Aisle Runner

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Candles/Candelabra

______________

Other

______________

RECEPTION

______________

Bride’s Wedding Ring

MUSIC

Engagement Ring

Reception Site Fee

______________

Food, Service, Tax & Gratuity

______________

Beverage/Bar Corkage Fee

______________

Cake/Cake Cutting Fee

______________

Rental Items

______________

Other

______________

Ceremony

______________

Reception

______________

Other

______________

Photographer’s Fee

______________

Engagement Portrait

______________

Formal Wedding Portrait

______________

Proofs

______________

Wedding Album

______________

Candids

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Parents’ Sets

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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

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Projector Rental

______________

Other

______________

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Groom’s Boutonniere

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Attendants’ Boutonnieres

______________

______________

Best Man

______________

Groomsmen

______________

Ushers

______________

Helper Corsages/Boutonnieres ______________

Child Attendants

______________

Ceremony Flowers

______________

Bride & Groom

______________

Reception Flowers

______________

Bride’s Parents

______________

Decorations/Balloons

______________

Groom’s Parents

______________

Other

______________

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

______________

Save-the-Date Cards

______________

Cake Cutting Attendant

______________

Invitations & Envelopes

______________

Gift Table Attendant

______________

Calligrapher

______________

Guest Book Attendant

______________

Postage

______________

Thank You Notes

______________

Soloists/Musicians (who are friends)

______________

Other

______________

Wedding Coordinator

______________

Informal Stationery

______________

Ceremony Programs

______________

Placecards

______________ ______________

Other

______________

Attendant Accommodations ______________ Bridesmaids’ Dresses/Shoes

______________

Flower Girl’s Dress

______________

Groomsmens’ Formalwear

______________

Ring Bearer’s Attire

______________

Bridesmaids’ Luncheon

______________

Other

______________

______________

Rings

______________

Ceremony

______________

Reception

______________

Music

______________

Wedding Party Transportation: Limousine, Carriage, etc. ______________

Cake Knife & Server

______________

Cake Top

______________

Wedding Attire

______________

Favors

______________

Photography

______________

Flower Girl’s Basket

______________

Videography

______________

Guest Book & Pen

______________

Flowers

______________

Ring Bearer’s Pillow

______________

Stationery

______________

Toasting Glasses

______________

Transportation

______________

Unity Candle, Kiddush Cup

______________

Favors & Accessories

______________

Other

______________

Gifts

______________

Other

______________

Miscellaneous

______________

Maid/Matron of Honor

______________

Grand TOTAL

______________

Guest Transportation

______________

Parking

______________

Other

______________

Other

______________

TOTALS

TRANSPORTATION

Announcements

GIFTS

Bridesmaids’

MISCELLANEOUS

FLOWERS

______________

Attendants’ Bouquets

FAVORS & ACCESSORIES

STATIONERY

Bride’s Bouquet

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SHARING THE COST

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

GROOM

BRIDE

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

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

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

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

Accommodations for out-of-town attendants (optional)

Formal wear for best man & groomsmen (optional)

Luncheon for bridal party

Accommodations for out-of-town attendants (optional)

Informal stationery

Marriage license Fee for officiant

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

GROOM’S FAMILY

BRIDE’S FAMILY

Honeymoon Engagement party

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

WEDDING PARTY

Videographer

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

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

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GROOM’S CAKE

CAKE STYLE

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

SETUP DETAILS

CAKE ACCESSORIES

Description

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

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

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

Tea Lunch Cocktails Dinner

Regional Seasonal Exotic Ethnic Thematic

SERVICE

Breakfast/Brunch

FLAVOR

TYPE

CATERING PLANNER

Salad Entrée Dessert

Beef Chicken Vegetarian Pork Seafood

DESSERT

Soup

ENTRÉES

COURSES

Appetizer

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

Dessert Hors d’oeuvres

Cocktails

Regional Seasonal Exotic Ethnic Thematic

Lamb

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

Vegetarian Kosher Halal Other

RENTAL ITEMS

Full Bar

SPECIAL

ALCOHOL*

Pasta

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

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HELPERS

FLOWERS BY SEASON

TERMINOLOGY

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

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

SPRING

SUMMER

FALL

WINTER

YEAR ‘ROUND

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WEDDING PARTY

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

RECEPTION

CEREMONY

Other

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

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MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT PLANNER

CEREMONY

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

START TIME

SONG/PERFORMED BY

START TIME

Prelude Processional Service Recessional Postlude Other Other

RECEPTION

Other

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

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BRIDE­’ S PHOTOS:

GROOM­’ S PHOTOS:

PRE-WEDDING

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

Bride getting ready

RECEPTION

Guests at cocktail party

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

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

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

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

CEREMONY

PORTRAITS

PHOTOGRAPHY PLANNER

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

Group pictures & candids throughout reception

Clergy, groom & best man at altar

Musicians

Bride & father walking down aisle

Bride & Groom’s first dance

Father giving bride’s hand to groom

Bride & Father, Groom & Mother dance

Guests watching the ceremony

Guests dancing

Vow exchange

Cake, cake table & cake cutting

Ring ceremony

Couple feeding each other cake

Candids of bride’s/groom’s face

Bouquet toss Garter removal & toss

Unity candle ceremony, kiddush cup ceremony, etc.

Sweetheart dance

Signing of wedding certificate

Going-away vehicle (especially if decorated)

Groom kissing the bride

Bride & groom in going away clothes

Recessional

Newlyweds departing & guests’ farewell

Guests throwing rice, flower petals, etc.

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LOCATION

RECEPTION PLANNER DATES AVAILABLE

LOCATION

SIZE

USED FOR

Indoor

Small (<100)

Ceremony

Outdoor

Medium (100-250)

Reception

Same site as ceremony

Large (250+)

Dressing

Walking distance from ceremony

Overnight rooms

SITE SERVICES

Within ______ miles of ceremony site

SERVICES PROVIDED

RENTALS AVAILABLE

Rooms

Tables

Food

Chairs & chair covers

Beverage/Alcohol

China, glassware, silverware & serving dishes

Disabled access

Linens

Adequate parking Valet

Ratio of guests to servers: ___________

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

DECORATIONS

PROVIDED

STYLE

More than one event at a time

RECEPTION

Head table Guest tables

BRINGING OWN DECORATIONS What are decorating restrictions?

Cake table Guest book table

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

When can decorations/favors come in?

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

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COLOR SCHEME Pastels Jewel tones Neutral tones Bold/bright

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Bride as baby

Early days as a couple

Groom as baby

Bachelor/Bachelorette parties

Bride’s childhood Groom’s childhood

Other:

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

RECEPTION

BRIDE DRESSING AT HOME

PHOTOS FOR SLIDESHOW

VIDEOGRAPHY PLANNER

Date: Time: Location: Special Requests:

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

CEREMONY

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

Date:

Guests dancing

Time:

Guests dining tables

Location:

Bride & Groom saying good-byes & leaving

Guests arriving Wedding party preparing

Special Requests:

Ceremony Guests leaving Special Requests:

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BRIDE

WEDDING ATTIRE DESCRIPTION

SIZE

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

BRIDE’S ATTENDANTS

Other

DESCRIPTION

SIZE

SIZE

SIZE

SIZE

NAME

NAME

NAME

NAME

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

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GROOM

DESCRIPTION

SIZE

Coat Shirt Vest Trousers Cummerbund Neckwear Cufflinks Socks & Shoes Other

GROOM’S ATTENDANTS

Other

DESCRIPTION

SIZE

SIZE

SIZE

SIZE

NAME

NAME

NAME

NAME

Coat Shirt Vest Trousers Cummerbund Neckwear Cufflinks Socks & Shoes Other

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VENDORS

KEEPING TRACK

NAME / PHONE

PAYMENT INFORMATION

DATE

AMOUNT

BAL. DUE

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

WEDDING PARTY

Wedding Coordinator

NAME

PHONE

Bridesmaids

Groomsmen

Ushers

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Everything for your wedding in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Washington, Jefferson, Ozaukee, Racine and Kenosha Counties.