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ARTICLES 4 Rings 12 Friday/Sunday Weddings 14 Child Attendants 24 Personalized Vows 29 Managing a Budget 32 Attendants Responsibilities 34 Alternative to Church 36 Trends - 2019 42 Creative Guest Experiences 54 Thank you notes 62 Choosing Bridesmaids 64 Ceremony Rehearsal & Dinner 68 Attendants Gifts 70 Combining Traditions 74 Receptions 82 Introducing in-Laws 98 Catering 105 Bartending Services 106 Rentals 118 Consultants 124 Signage 126 Same Sex Marriage 146 Photography & Video 152 Pinterest Tips 155 Unplugged Weddings 158 Invitations 166 Flowers 174 Cakes & Desserts 189 Divorced Parents 190 Ideas by Seasons 194 Pets included 196 Music 200 Most Requested Songs 208 Photo Booths 212 Beauty 226 Formalwear/Groom 230 Transportation 236 Home Sweet Home 238 Registry  239 Bachelor (ette) Parties 241 Honeymoon 254 Second Wedding

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the circle of love THE BASICS BEHIND THE PURCHASE 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.4

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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. Platinum. Extremely popular in the last decade or so, platinum is a very white, heavy (many people like the substantial

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

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

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


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“Flawless” through “Imperfect 3” (see the clarity scale at the end of this article). Carat. Diamonds are weighed in carats, which may also be expressed as “points,” where one carat equals 100 points. A diamond of 50 points, for example, equals .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,


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

The Groom’s Family’s Responsibility: • Traveling expenses and hotel bills • Wedding clothes • Rehearsal dinner (optional) • Wedding gift for the newlyweds • Shipment of wedding gifts to bridal couple’s home. capturingyourday.com

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

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

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RINGS 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 alternative metals are not compatible with some cleansers. Have your rings checked annually by your jeweler for loose prongs or settings. Just one broken prong can 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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If you decide to have your wedding on a Friday or a Sunday, you’ll reap several rewards: both financial and otherwise. You’ll save time, you’ll probably save a significant amount of money, and you’ll find that your guests may appreciate having a Saturday free to spend time with you and the other guests they know.

MAXIMIZE YOUR DOLLAR For Friday or Sunday weddings, the majority of banquet facilities, photographers, video producers, musicians/entertainers and limousine services are much more willing to negotiate in order to reach a price that suits your budget. Vendors tend to see Friday and Sunday as bonus days, a time when they can earn income. Savings on these services can really add up making this option a great way to save money without having to sacrifice the quality of your wedding. SAVE TIME On a Friday, you’ll probably have your wedding in the evening, which 12 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

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

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


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

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GETTING MARRIED AGAIN the second time around

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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, CONTINUED ON PAGE 19


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GETTING MARRIED AGAIN 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 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:

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PERSONALIZED VOWS expressing it in your own way

Depending on your religion you might decide to forgo tradition and create your own wedding vows for your big day. There is no better way to begin your life together than to take the time to really let one another know how you feel. If you do decide that you want to write your own vows then meet with the officiant to discuss what you want to do. Think about what is truly important for you to express during the ceremony whether it be to each other, your family and friends or just your views on marriage overall. As time progresses many couples have begun to take offense to the wording in traditional wedding vows such as the word “obey.” If you are offended by this term, then 24 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

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create a new phrase that reflects who you are as a couple. Perhaps “love, respect and trust” fits into your life plan much better. When you do personalize your wedding vows, think about those things that are really important to you such as the meaning of marriage, why you are planning to spend your lives together and how you will make this arrangement work for better or for worse. Too many times nowadays couples don’t realize that marriage is supposed to be a lasting bond of togetherness through the good and the bad times. Many couples just don’t feel comfortable with “until death do us part” anymore. How about something traditional, but less morbid like “as long as we both shall live.”

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IT TAKES MORE THAN LOVE life after the wedding

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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 26 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

anger effectively, to talk about sex, and to provide positive feedback Sometimes it’s hard for couples to talk about their relationship. These questions offer a useful guide to tackling tough issues as you begin your new life together: • What are your expectations of marriage? • Do you treat each other like equal partners? • What will be different simply because you get married? • What will be the same? • How do you make decisions as a couple? • What happens if you do not agree? • Do you argue fairly? • Do you resolve conflicts easily? • How do you handle finances? • How will you manage money? • Are there issues and behaviors you would never tolerate in the marriage? • Are you committed to each other, always looking out for each other’s best interests? • Do you talk to each other and feel you have been heard? • Are you satisfied with your emotional intimacy 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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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 numbers. Figure out just how much you can afford

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MANAGING A BUDGET 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 effort into prepping for your wedding! 30 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

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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• 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. • Coordinates the ushers and makes sure they are properly dressed and understand where to seat the guests.

• Sits to the bride’s right at the reception providing charming conversation throughout. • May dance with the maid/matron of honor during the first dance. • Proposes the first toast to the newlyweds. • Holds luggage under lock and key until the bride and groom depart. • Helps the groom change into goingaway attire. • Escorts the bride and groom to their limousine or drives them to the hotel or airport. • Returns all formalwear rentals on time, and to the correct formalwear shop. • Assists maid of honor in transporting gifts to the bride and groom’s home.

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ATTENDANT’S RESPONSIBILITY the maid/matron of honor

• Assists the bride with pre-wedding tasks including smiling while making tiny favors out of birdseed, because that’s what she really wanted. • Assists bride in setting a date to have bridesmaid’s dresses fitted and coordinates other bridesmaids to ensure they get to the proper location on time. • 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.

• Attends all pre-wedding parties and hosts a bridal shower with other bridesmaids. • 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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ALTERNATIVES TO ceremony CHURCH options Contrary to popular belief, not every couple gets married in a church. Nowadays, many couples are choosing to say their vows in the location where they hold the reception. If you prefer to wed in a simple, yet religious atmosphere, a nondenominational chapel could be the answer. This is especially common if your religious backgrounds differ or if there are other complications such as annulment delays. The intimate setting of a chapel also allows for the freedom to add personal touches including unique music or personalized wedding vows. Special services provided by the owners of such chapels can vary from tuxedo rental and decorations to photography and catering. Additionally, preserving a date at a chapel rather than at a church may be easier especially if you want to marry within a short time of the engagement. The scene of a sentimental moment shared between the two of you can be turned into the place where you say, “I do.” Weddings are performed in parks, on cruise ships, under a temporary trellis in a backyard, or in the privacy of one’s home. Other options to explore are canopies, tents or gazebos set up outdoors or you can even exchange your marriage vows in the beauty of nature such as on a beach, in a field or in a forest. Weather, shelter and the number of guests must obviously be taken into consideration, but many businesses cater to these unique circumstances and can assist you in planning your wild and wonderful outdoor event.

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CURRENT TRENDS STYLE: FROM FEMININE GOWNS TO PRETTY PANTSUITS In 2019 trends, styles range from supremely feminine to lovely pairs of pants and jumpsuits. For brides who are feeling girly, bows, glitter, and puffy sleeves are a stylish way to embrace your femininity. Bows can define a bride’s waist, bring a fabulous flourish, or be a sweet, subtle accent for dress straps. Going all-out glittery really ups the glam factor, with many gowns being covered in shimmer or trimmed with reflective confetti. Puffy sleeves today aren’t like the bulbous ones on 80s wedding dresses; rather, they are everything from sheer and ethereal to boldly modern shoulder treatments. Jumpsuits and white pantsuits are also redefining bridal style. In 2019, brides will say “yes” to not only the dress, but also jumpsuits, rompers, and a variety of stunning separates. This is indeed a fashion-forward trend. Also adding some modern edge to bridal fashion: Geometric designs. Though lace is a classic that will always be in style, textiles are tending toward sharp, linear stripes, diamonds, and angular stitching for a sense of modernity. All of the above, by and large, will be rendered in shades of white and ivory, though blush and other pale hues creep in from time to time. Bridesmaids still reflect this softness, wearing a range of neutrals and metallics. But color is also seeing a resurgence. In addition to barely-there palettes, brides are coming back around to playful and dramatic color schemes, as a way to highlight their own personal preferences. Bridesmaids also continue to have more freedom. For example, 38 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

the bride may request that each girl find a long gown in a particular color family. It’s about a pleasing mix rather than uniformity. For an especially elegant affair, long gowns in black are a striking choice. As brides get on board with color, so do the grooms. For the more daring 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 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. As with wedding dress textiles, 2019 also points 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 abound, adding a sort of contemporary whimsy to the scene. The goal for many couples is to capture certain trendy touches while maintaining an ambiance that’s inviting, homey, and speaks to their combined personality.


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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, and looking like they were just plucked from a garden. Some brides are turning to exotic blooms, while others work with their florist for bouquets full of locallygathered foliage. Sometimes, there are 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, hanging geometric arrangements, and archways or wall-like backdrops trimmed with flowers for a beautiful photo op. FOOD & DRINK: TASTY FAVORITES + VEG & VEGAN VARIETY 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. Want mac ’n’ cheese, breakfast for dinner, or a signature sangria at your wedding? You can have it! Dinners that feature sustainable catering with locally-grown and in-season ingredients are also highly sought-after. These more casual farm-to-table dinners go hand-in-hand with family-style


CURRENT TRENDS dining to foster a comfortable, homey environment. When it comes to desserts, interactive is still the name of the game. You’ll see dessert tables of pie, ice cream, candy, cupcakes, or donuts. 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. Late-night snacks are not only yummy, they’re yet another opportunity for the bride and groom to get creative and show off their personality and style. Couples are being increasingly conscious of food preferences and allergies. Odds are someone on your guest list lives a gluten-free, vegetarian, or vegan life. Luckily, wedding and event caterers offer plenty of scrumptious meals to suit all palates. Vegetarian meals often include meatless pastas and veggie lasagna. Veggie steaks are becoming a popular choice for vegan meals, as is the use of jackfruit - 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? By being proactive in seeking out a delicious, dietconscious meal, you’ll not only please those who subscribe to that diet, but also anyone with good taste in food.

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CREATIVE DETAILS enhancing the guest experience

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

For kids of all ages. Set up lawn games like croquet, cornhole (bean bag toss), or horseshoes. Hire magicians, living statues, walking food tables, facepainters, or caricature artists. For the foodies. Dinner doesn’t just have to be “your choice of chicken or beef.” Play with your food! Try the buildyour-own trend with a gourmet burger or baked potato bar topped off with all the trimmings. Serve a Bride’s Menu and Groom’s Menu featuring each of your favorite foods, or offer ethnic cuisine to celebrate each family’s nationality. Serving a late night snack? You can’t go wrong with pizza. For those with a sweet tooth. Be it donuts, cupcakes, or s’mores, there’s really 42 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

nothing stopping you from turning 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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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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PRE-WEDDING JITTERS avoid going mad before the big day Every girl always imagines their wedding as a beautiful peaceful and serene day. In fact, most brides end up going crazy just before the wedding wondering a thousand different things and hoping all goes as planned. How can we avoid going mad in the midst of it all? The answer is this, it’s different for everyone. Vague, yes but it’s the truth! Here are some simple suggestions to try to ease your mind. 1. Talk to your groom! Most of the pre-wedding jitters can come from a lack of communication with the groom or from being afraid to talk to him about something. Your man is about to marry you; I promise he’s not going

to shatter you to pieces by asking him a few questions especially if he has already made this commitment to you. Talk to him about any and everything. This will not only bring the two of you closer together, but it will also make you more relaxed and ready to step into marriage hand in hand, heart to heart. 2. Have a girls day out Hit the town with your ladies and do all the things you used to enjoy when it was just you and your girls. Go shopping, have a mani-pedi, get your hair done, lounge around and watch your favorite movies with a big tub of popcorn, and finish the day off with a fabulous meal and a few drinks!

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have been searching for. So put away those planning books, brochures, and fliers and go bake a casserole or go watch hockey with your family. 5. Do nothing at all The easiest and cheapest thing a bride can do to get away from it all is in her own home. Set your phone to silent, put away the bridal regalia, and listen to your favorite relaxing or happy tunes. Put on your favorite robe and comfy slippers, get out that book you’ve been meaning to read, make yourself a hot cup of honeyed tea, light some candles, and draw a bath. This little bit of time taken for yourself can make you feel like a new woman! Hopefully some of these suggestions sound like a plan and can help you feel like yourself again! Best wishes!

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THE ESCORT CARD DISPLAY what to do with them Brides might be wondering what to do with the escort cards once they have been printed - most brides do. They are fun little accessories that you add to your wedding. It adds that much more personality to your big day. There are many different ways to have your escort cards printed, and they don’t necessarily have to be a card at all. Escort cards are merely just a guide. They let you know where to sit at the reception. Some brides elect to have a chalkboard, or some other piece of parchment, or a board explaining where everyone is seated. This is very helpful for the guests, but also for the kitchen staff so they know what you will be eating. Displaying the escort cards is another task all together. Think of it this way, you want to infuse some personality in the display because otherwise they will be just laying on the table which could cause problems for guests to find their names quickly. Consider hanging the escort cards from above. This is interesting as well as functional. Brides are using windowpanes, as well, for their displays and writing on them with markers or even painting them! Think clothespins are a thing of the past? Think again! Take an old picture frame and hang taught wire in the inside of the frame. Pin the escort cards to the frame. You could make your escort cards double as your favor by using old keys as their favors with their names on them, and personalizing the back for your guests to remember. Grab your favorite glass bottled soda and hand that out. If it’s vintage, it’s even better!

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When friends and family give you a gift for your wedding, you naturally want to thank them. Here’s a guide to achieving a personal, yet dignified, tone and creating a beautiful expression of your thanks. Use a system to keep track of every offering; one that links the name of the giver with the gift, and indicates which cards you have already sent. You may want to make a note of the gifts received on your guest list so all names and addresses are handy. The perfect way to handle thankyou notes is to write them the moment gifts are received. But since this isn’t always practical, strive for a delay of no more than three months. Printed initial acknowledgements are acceptable when your wedding is large and the gift list long, but eventually, a hand-written thank you is still a must. Most gifts are regarded as having been sent to the bride and, consequently, it is her duty to do the thanking. But it is always proper to refer to the groom’s use of the gift and his appreciation. The groom should write the note when the gift giver is a close friend or fairly unknown to his new wife. Write the notes on white or pastel paper, perhaps with borders or a monogram. If you order monogrammed stationery, remember to have some made up with your maiden initials for notes that must be written before the wedding. Always mention the specific gift that was given in the note. Let your natural warmth and friendliness pervade your writing, and you will have a note as unique as the selected gift you received.

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6 NEW DESIGN TRENDS from color to texture Many of you may be too young to remember this, but there used to be a time when pretty much all wedding receptions used plain white linens. The general rule then was - if it was a wedding, then you used white. Period. Of course nowadays, it’s all about color, texture, layers and personal expression, and really, the options are endless. To spark some creative fire we’ve identified six new trends appearing now in wedding reception design. #1 - Color my world As mentioned, color in weddings is huge. Any color family that appeals to you will offer a huge range of shades that are beautiful and current. In fact, there

really isn’t any color that’s considered “out” – so the sky’s the limit! Love blue? That could mean midnight navy, Tiffany blue, pale ice blue, bright aqua, ocean blue - you get the idea – the list goes on! A few new colors worth pointing out are persimmon – a spicy, vibrant shade of orange, saffron – a rich, deep yellow, and butter – a warm, soft, golden yellow. #2 – Texture is hot Texture in weddings, from bridal gowns to napkins is huge. In linens, this can mean a crushed look, pintuck fabrics, damasks, or other tone-on-tone designs. It can also be expressed through layers such as using sheer overlays on tables

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WEDDING DESIGN TRENDS or table runners on buffet tables, and accessories such as beaded candlesticks. #3 – Think metallic As you may have noticed in the fashion world, metallic is sparkling hot these days! Mixed metals, matte metals and texturized metals are all very current looks that can be incorporated into your wedding reception design through metallic fabrics, accessories or even the furniture. #4 – Cool grey is hot, hot, hot You’ll find that many of these trends are interrelated such as grey which can be expressed using metals such as silver, aluminum or nickel. Using a brushed aluminum planter for your centerpieces would actually incorporate three trends: texture, metallic and grey. A wide range

of styles and shades of linens in grey tones is also a beautiful, trendy look, and can be accented with other colors such as black and/or white, any shade of red from blush pink to fire engine red, and so on. Experiment! #5 – Lace is back In wedding gowns and now in wedding design, lace has made a big comeback after being missing in action for many years. It’s a beautiful way to incorporate a sense of tradition, history and romance into your wedding day. Table linens, especially, have appeared in a variety of tone-on-tone laces, and more colorful options as well. Incorporating a metallic lace over a solid color fabric is another new look.

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#6 – Geometric designs offer a modern look Looking for a clean, modern, streamlined wedding day look? If “no frou-frou” is for you, then consider applying some 1960s-style geometric design elements. If you’re feeling casual and funky then use lots of color with strong geometric designs like white, bubblegum pink and chocolate brown, or black, white and lime green. If you want a more elegant, formal feel, then use tone-on-tone designs or a geometrically designed fabric like a pintuck. A final thought The best advice, really, is don’t be a slave to trends! Follow your heart, trust your instincts, and create your own unique wedding style. Of course, don’t underestimate the help, input and advice of wedding professionals who can make your dream a reality with minimum stress and maximum results. With their professional guidance and years of experience, your wedding day will be a beautiful expression of your personal style. 4 TIPS TO A BEAUTIFUL WEDDING RECEPTION #1 – Invest the time Take the time to experiment, and really try things out before deciding on your overall wedding décor, table linens, etc. Some colors, fabrics and textures look completely different in different lighting so how it looks in the bright fluorescent lights of the showroom is NOT how it will look in your dim, candlelit reception room. #2 – Come prepared When you meet with your wedding designer and/or linens provider, it’s

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WEDDING DESIGN TRENDS most helpful and efficient if you come armed with as much detail as possible about your wedding such as photos of your wedding dress and bridesmaids’ attire, any cake or floral information you have and so on. Also, if you have a specific color in mind, then bring in an actual sample. Verbal descriptions just don’t work!

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#3 – Handle strong color with care If you love a bright, vivid color but are concerned about it being too much, then consider using it as an accent color in the room instead such as in the napkins and chair ties. If it’s a small wedding, then bright fuchsia table linens may work, but a grand ballroom filled with 40 hot pink tables may be a bit overwhelming. #4 – Make your own unique color By experimenting with different sheers placed over various colored fabrics, you may find your own unique combination that gives you the look you want. Ideally, do this in the same lighting that your reception will be in for an accurate vision! Buttercup – a beautiful new color in a warm, soft golden yellow. Ideal for an elegant spring wedding. Fire Orange (Persimmon) Pintuck – a great new color with a geometric texture. Gold Floral Lace – incorporates tradition (lace) with a new twist (metallic). Nile Danube Damask – a very trendy shade of blue, with metallic accents in a lace-like style. A very current look with a traditional feel. Silver Black Geometric – this trendsetting fabric offers a more streamlined, modern feel to your wedding design.

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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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church, then there are sure to be a few rules. There’s also a lot of symbolism in a religious ceremony, and the rehearsal is an opportunity for the officiant to walk you all through the various traditions and explain their meaning. PRE-REHEARSAL PREP Before your rehearsal and ceremony, there are obvious things to think about such as who will walk the bride down the aisle. But you also have to think about who is escorting the mothers-of, pairing the bridesmaids and groomsman, and the order the couples will proceed down the aisle. The order will vary depending on if you have junior bridesmaids and flower girls and whether you want the groomsmen to escort the bridesmaids down the full length of the aisle or to meet them halfway. And in today’s


REHEARSAL DINNER wedding world, it’s not uncommon to see the bride and groom walking down the aisle together – a nice touch if you’re game to shake up tradition. Once you have the procession order all set, there are still plenty of other details to hammer out. For example: will you need microphones during the ceremony? Is your venue wheelchairaccessible? Depending on your venue, these are the kinds of details that a site manager or a priest will help you consider ahead of time. WHAT TO EXPECT Rehearsals are quick, not comprehensive, and are meant to act as an overview so that everyone knows what happens when. Once the rehearsal starts, you won’t be reading through every word of the ceremony.

Rather, you’ll be blocking out the words and actions: when the bouquet is handed off and taken back, when you sit and when you stand, etc. The bride and groom are usually asked to say a few lines just to work out the pace and volume of their vows. If there are any readings, the reader will also rehearse a few lines. If not all of your key players can be present at the rehearsal, it’s okay. In fact, it is standard practice for the musicians to be absent; if you’ve hired professional musicians or if the church provides a pianist or organist, they already know what to do. It’s also possible that the officiant might not be present at your rehearsal. If this happens, make sure they offer stage directions beforehand, or if the venue has another on-site coordinator, then that person might

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CEREMONY/REHEARSAL be able to step in and help. If members of the bridal party can’t make it to the rehearsal, don’t stress! Just designate another member of the party to fill them in on all the details the next morning. THREE SECRETS TO SUCCESS Be on time and organized. Most rehearsals are allotted just one hour and sometimes a venue has more than one rehearsal on a given night. Remember that everyone’s time is valuable and the rehearsal can’t start until everyone is present. Practice patience and respect. Don’t get flustered or anxious if there are bugs to work out — after all, that’s why you’re having a rehearsal in the first place. Be sure to respect the venue, especially if it’s a religious establishment. 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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COMBINING TRADITIONS 6 tips to celebrate your backgrounds Many couples who get married come from different ethnic, cultural, social and religious backgrounds. Incorporating these differences into your ceremony can celebrate your individualism and personality as a couple. Thousands of books have been written on incorporating cultural, religious and other – such as military – traditions into your wedding day. While we certainly don’t have the room to go into specific wedding traditions here, we do want to answer the question: how do you effectively incorporate more than one “theme”? Here are five key tips on how to do this successfully:

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1. Focus on just one or two ‘big elements’ each at the ceremony and reception. For example, if you have your heart set on having a military arch with sabers at your ceremony, then it’s probably best not to also include an Irish bagpiper at the same time playing backup to a singer singing traditional Jewish wedding songs. Focus on what is most important to you and to your fiancé, and to your families, and keep the more prominent thematic elements to a minimum. 2. Express yourself in the details. Of course, in the wedding day details, you can express all of your


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most people wouldn’t notice the Celtic champagne flutes, but the newly married couple will as they toast each other, and that is what’s important. So use details like these to further express your own personal themes. 3. Find common ground between your cultures and traditions. Take advantage of the things in both your backgrounds that are similar. Things like the breaking of a wine glass after the “I dos” - it’s both a Jewish and Italian custom. And, the canopy over an Indian ceremony (a mandap) looks quite similar to a Jewish chuppah. You can also combine your menus from both backgrounds. Fusion cuisine is quite popular - probably for this very reason! So, go ahead and www.PremierBrideMKE.com PREMIER BRIDE • 71


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5. Communicate with everyone involved! This is really a key tip for anyone, for any wedding, but it becomes even more important when very deeply rooted traditions or strong cultural influences are involved. If you are mixing a very religious, Jewish, future mother-in-law, with a very proud and patriotic Air Force groom, with a bride who strongly identifies with - and loves - her Irish heritage, then you had better


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COMBINING TRADITION plan on having a few serious family ‘pow wows’ to jointly craft a wedding day that meets everyone’s needs! Be open-minded, flexible and sensitive. 6. Ultimately, it’s your wedding! Really, it’s your day, so whatever you want to do, find a way to do it! Of course, “yours” meaning not just you, the bride, but “yours” as in you, your groom and your immediate families. If

you really want the military arch AND the bagpiper, then have the arch at the wedding ceremony, and the bagpiper at the reception site announcing the arrival of the newlyweds. A wedding celebration is really a way of announcing to the world that “these two unique individuals are joining together and creating a new family.” So be unique, and share it with the world!

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Phone Number(s)

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Capacity Range

Website

414-312-8551

72

90

blackshoecatering.com

414-299-3180

72

100

blackshoecatering.com

414-627-2789

14

100

lowlandsgroup.com/parties

414-902-4204

66

20-75

frontrowmilwaukee.com

608-473-1400

284

60

hotelgoodwin.com

200

hubbardparkbeergarden.com

130

maggianos.com

20-50

masonstreetgrill.com

120

blackshoecatering.com

20-50

chophouse411.com

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HOTEL GOODWIN

500 Public Ave., Beloit

HUBBARD PARK BEER GARDEN

3565 North Morris Blvd., Shorewood

MAGGIANO’S

2500 N. Mayfair Rd., Wauwatosa

MASON STREET GRILL

425 E. Mason St, Milwaukee

MAXIE’S

6732 West Fairview Ave., Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE CHOP HOUSE

633 North 5th St, Milwaukee

MO’S - A PLACE FOR STEAKS

720 N. Plankinton Ave., Milwaukee

RODIZIO GRILL

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SAZ’S STATE HOUSE

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TRINITY THREE IRISH PUBS

125 E. Juneau Ave., Milwaukee

VAGABOND

1122 N. Edison, Milwaukee

WATER STREET BREWERY

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

414-273-8300 414-978-1000

71

414-298-3131 414-292-3969

72

414-226-2467 414-272-0720

69

20-75

mosaplaceforsteaks.com

414-431-3106

70

50

rodizio.com

10-60

sazs.com

414-453-2410 414-278-7033

68

Up to 150 Seated

trinitythreeirishpubs.com

414-223-1122

69

10-60

vagabondmke.com

67

Up to 30 Seated Up to 100 Seated 30-50 50-60

waterstreetbrewery.com

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Set the mood

For a sensuous pause before a highenergy party, have a small jazz quartet set the tone with a wine and micro-beer tasting served with cheese selections.


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

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RECEPTION 8 Q U E S T I O N S TO A S K YO U R

Wedding Venue 1 What is the capacity for the space?

• Find out if table set-up affects capacity • Ask about your layout options

2 What are your deposit and cancellation policies?

• Ask when deposit and full balance are due • Find out how late you can cancel and still get a refund

3 Will I have access to spaces besides the event room?

• Ask about bridal suites and places to take pictures • Determine if there are enough parking spaces and restrooms on-site

4 What on-site coordination services do you offer?

• Find out who will be in charge of the event on the day • Ask if there will be a host or hostess on-hand for guest needs

5 Does your staff have health and safety training?

• Verify if staff is trained in CPR and First Aid • Ask about T.A.M. training (Techniques of Alcohol Management)

6 Is your catering menu flexible?

• Browse the selections for variety • Find out if you can design your own menu

7 What is your bar policy?

• Ask if you can have an open bar • Look for variety, including frozen and non-alcoholic drinks

8 What special amenities do you offer?

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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 finalize your budget and total number of potential guests, this will


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RECEPTION quickly eliminate any outlying reception venues: venues that are too expensive or too small.

At the wedding, the head table is where the bride & groom sit. Depending on the arrangement, some or all attendants & parents may join them. It is usually distinguished from the other tables with a floral arrangement or distinct centerpiece.

sweetheart TA B L E

GROOM

BRIDE

A table for just the bride & groom at the focal point of the room. Traditionally, the groom sits to the right of the bride.

party TA B L E BRIDESMAID

GROOMSMAN

MAID OF HONOR

GROOM

BRIDE

BEST MAN

BRIDESMAID

GROOMSMAN

A rectangular table at the focal point of the room for the bride, groom, maid of honor, & best man.

family TA B L E MAID OF HONOR

FATHER

MOTHER

GROOM

BRIDE

FATHER

MOTHER

BEST MAN

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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 per-person 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 day. Off-site venues are often a blank slate, allowing you to furnish and dress up the space as you like, bring in whatever food and drink your heart desires, and run the day on


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VENUES

RECEPTION your own schedule. There are pros and cons to both on- and off-site venues — what matters is what’s right for you and your wedding! Once you’ve determined the above, it’s nitty-gritty time. Below are seven details to take into account as you visit and evaluate reception venues. Location. Consider the distance between the ceremony and reception locations. Is it more than a 30-minute drive? That’s asking a lot of your guests. If the distance to your reception is lengthy, if the place is difficult to find, or if the spot is inconvenient (say, located near a baseball stadium on game day), you might want to provide transportation for your guests. Size and Layout. You’ve already eliminated sites that are too small for

your guest list, but you should still make sure your friends and family have plenty of room to mix and mingle, rather than bump shoulders. Will the entire reception take place in one room, or will there be a separate space for cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing? As you look at spaces, think about where to situate the tables, dance floor, DJ, etc. Privacy. Public spaces such as county parks won’t close down for your reception. Bear in mind that a wandering local might stumble upon your party! Or if your venue has multiple event spaces (such as a hotel with several ballrooms), find out if there will be another party going on at the same time as yours. Make sure there is enough separation between the event spaces so the two parties don’t interfere.

ask the right questions SELECTING A RECEPTION SITE

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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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RECEPTION 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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NARROWING YOUR GUEST LIST

I N 30 S E CONDS

or less

Not sure who to invite? Use this quick guide to help you in that process!

Are they family?

yes

no

Immediate?

Friend?

yes no

yes no

Are they the Have you talked in immediate family or the past 5 years? the spouse of your immediate family?

(aunts & uncles, grandparents, etc)

yes no

yes no Do you like them?

Have you talked in the past 6 months?

yes no

yes no Coworker? Have you talked to them in the past 5 years?

yes no Would you be upset if they didn’t invite you to their wedding?

yes no

yes no Do you spend time together outside of the office?

yes no Ex?

yes no Everyone else

Can you imagine your big day without them?

no

INVITE

yes

DON’T INVITE

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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


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RECEPTION GAMES Wedding reception games are a great way to keep your guests entertained while you are being photographed before the reception or as they wait for food! Some games are also a fun way for your guests to get to know you and your partner a little better!

COUPLE MAD LIBS

BRIDE AND GROOM TRIVIA

Create a Mad Libs-style template for your guests to fill out at their tables for marriage

I SPY Place a disposable camera on

Create a list of trivia questions

each guest table with a list of

for each guest to fill out at the

special moments to capture.

table. Have a member of the

and love advice. This is a

Each group will have a different

wedding party collect and read

wedding game guests can do

shot from their perspective.

the cards to determine the

alone, or the whole table can get in on the fun, sharing their tips on how to keep the romance

Some examples could be the first

winner. The guest with the most correct answers wins!

dance, “cheers,” table selfie, or just let them choose! You won’t

alive, fun ideas for “married

know what you end up with

dates,” and other words of

until you take the cameras to be

wisdom.

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INTRODUCING THE IN-LAWS 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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Phone Number(s)

Website

See Page

Boat Capacity Range

LAKE GENEVA CRUISE LINE

262-248-6206

cruiselakegeneva.com

168

2-225

RIVERWALK BOAT TOURS

414-283-9999

riverwalkboats.com

239

2-44

YACHTS/BOATS 812 Wrigley Drive, Lake Geneva

& Rentals on Old World Third Street, Milwaukee

RECEPTION GUIDE

Phone Number(s)

Website

1451 RENAISSANCE PLACE

414-272-1451

renaissanceplace.com

Back Cover & 44

3041 NORTH

414-810-3131

3041northevents.com

61

THE ASTOR HOTEL

414-283-4808

theastorhotel.com

6

BARTOLOTTA CATERING:

414-765-1166 414-765-1005

bartolottas.com bartolottascatering.com

27

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

414-765-8610

bartolottas.com bartolottascatering.com

27

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

414-962-6300

bartolottas.com bartolottascatering.com

27

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

414-727-6980

bartolottas.com bartolottascatering.com

27

Italian Community Center 631 E. Chicago Street, Milwaukee

414-223-2800

bartolottas.com bartolottascatering.com

27

CAFÉ HOLLANDER - DOWNER

414-963-6366

lowlandsgroup.com/parties

14

CAFÉ HOLLANDER - TOSA

414-627-2789

lowlandsgroup.com/parties

14

CANAL STREET YACHT CLUB

414-273-8300

CanalStreetYachtClub.com

22

CHARLES ALLIS ART MUSEUM

414-278-8295

cavtmuseums.org

89

1451 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee

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3041 W. North Ave., Milwaukee 924 E. Juneau Ave., Milwaukee

DOWNTOWN

Bacchus 925 E. Wells, Milwaukee

2608 N. Downer Ave., Milwaukee 7677 W. State St., Wauwatosa 1200 W. Canal St., Milwaukee 1801 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee

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Unique. Intimate. Memorable. Our NEW Historic 1927 Bungalow Firehouse with modern touches can host up to 120 guests with

Oh So Much Character! 407 N Hawley Rd. • Milwaukee 262-477-5813 • shfirehouse@gmail.com 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

Special Features

n

n

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.

n

n

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

250

1

$$ - $$$

All Styles

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

60

1

$$ - $$$

Plated, Buffet, Family Style

125

2

$$ - $$$

Plated, Buffet, Family Style

400

1

$$ - $$$

Plated, Buffet, Food Stations

200

2

Varies

All Styles

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

n n n

n n

n

n n

n

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The Perfect backdrop for the Perfect moment

the Oconomowoc Community Center on Lac La Belle is the perfect venue to celebrate your special day.

COLORFULDREAMS4U.COM

www.oconomowoc-wi.gov/communitycenter

RECEPTION GUIDE

Phone Number(s)

Schedule your visit today ~

262.569.2199

Website

See Page for More Information

HARLEY-DAVIDSON MUSEUM

414-287-2730

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

85

HILTON MILWAUKEE CITY CENTER

414-390-3802

marcusweddings.com

77

HYATT REGENCY

414-270-6077

milwaukee.regency.hyatt.com

33

JAN SERR STUDIO

414-256-8765

janserrevents@sazs.com

97

KIMPTON - THE JOURNEYMAN

414-291-3970

journeymanhotel.com

81

MARCUS CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

414-276-2030

sazamas.com

97

MILWAUKEE ART MUSEUM

414-224-3287

mam.org

3

THE PFISTER HOTEL

414-390-3802

marcusweddings.com

31

POTOWATOMI HOTEL & CASINO

414-847-8600

paysbig.com

43

PRITZLAFF EVENTS

414-433-6088

pritzlaffevents.com

39

SOUTH SECOND

414-256-8765

southsecondmke.com

44 & 96

STORY HILL.FIREHOUSE

262-477-5813

shfirehouse@gmail.com

87

TRIPOLI SHRINE TEMPLE

414-933-4700

tripolishrinecenter.com

16

VILLA TERRACE ART MUSEUM

414-271-3656

cavtmuseums.org

89

WAR MEMORIAL CENTER

414-273-5533

warmemorialcenter.org

7

400 W. Canal St., Milwaukee

509 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee

333 W. Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee

2155 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee

310 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee

DOWNTOWN (CONT.)

929 N. Water St., Milwaukee

700 N. Art Museum Dr., Milwaukee

424 E. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee

1721 W. Canal St., Milwaukee

315 N. Plankinton, Milwaukee

838 S. 2nd St., Milwaukee

407 N Hawley Rd., Milwaukee

3000 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee

2220 N. Terrace Ave., Milwaukee

750 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr., Milwaukee

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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.

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Reception Room Capacity Range

Number of Available Banquet Rooms

Average Price per Person

Serving Style Available

Separate Area Available for Ceremony

75-450

3

$$-$$$

All Styles

n

500

10

$$$ - $$$$

Plated Buffet

n

n

25-600

3

$$$ - $$$$

All Styles

n

n

450

1

$$ - $$$

All Styles

n

30-150

1

$$ - $$$

All Styles

20-5,000

7

$$$ - $$$$

All Styles

n

450

4

$$$ - $$$$

All Styles

n

20-650

4

$$$ - $$$$

Plated, Stations, Buffet

n

550

3

$$ - $$$$

Plated, Buffet, Food Stations

n

400

1

Varies

All Styles

n

350

1

$$ - $$$

All Styles

120

1

$$ - $$$

All Styles

50-450

2

$$ - $$$

All Styles

n

150

1

Varies

All Styles

n

50-300

1

Varies

All Styles

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

n

n

n

n

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RECEPTION GUIDE

Phone Number(s)

Website

See Page for More Information

1896 ROOM

262-269-9095

BROADLANDS GOLF CLUB

262-392-6320

broadlandsgolfclub.com

46

BROOKFIELD CONFERENCE CENTER

262-789-0220

brookfieldconferencecenter.com

19

THE CARRIAGE HOUSE

262-269-9095

carriagehouseatlaclabelle.com

13

CHIVAREE ON PARK

262-354-4848

mychivaree.com

47

CORVINA WINE COMPANY

414-546-3407

corvinawinecompany.com

15

CROWNE PLAZA MILWAUKEE WEST

414-475-9500

crowneplazamilwaukee.com

86

THE CUPOLA BARN

262-617-4038

cupolabarn.com

54

DELAFIELD BREWHAUS

262-646-7821

delafield-brewhaus.com

29

DELAFIELD HOTEL

262-646-1600

thedelafieldhotel.com

79

FÊTE

262-528-3383

feteofwales.com

83

GOLDEN MAST

262-567-7047

goldenmastinn.com

11

HISTORIC COURTHOUSE 1893

262-574-9170

courthouse1893.com

25

HOLIDAY INN PEWAUKEE

262-506-6300

holidayinn.com/pewaukee-wi

57

THE INGLESIDE HOTEL

262-547-0201

theinglesidehotel.com

49

LILAC ACRES

262-309-0653

lilacacres.com

17

MARRIOTT MILWAUKEE WEST

262-574-0888

marriott.com/mkemw

Inside Back Cover & 14

MILWAUKEE COUNTY ZOO

414-256-5430

milwaukeezoo.org

35

OCONOMOWOC COMMUNITY CENTER

262-569-2199

oconomowoc-wi.gov/communitycenter

88

PANOS BANQUET CENTER

414-308-4960 262-782-8670

panosbanquetcenter.com

32

20290 W. Bluemound Rd., Brookfield

RED CIRCLE INN

262-367-4883

redcircleinn.com

Inside Front Cover

THE ROTUNDA

262-574-9170

therotunda.com

55

SEVEN SEAS

262-367-3903

sevenseaswi.com

59

SHERATON MILWAUKEE BROOKFIELD

262-364-1012

SheratonMilwaukeeBrookfield.com

28

6996 Pennsylvania St., Oconomowoc 18 Augusta Way, North Prairie 325 S. Moorland Rd., Brookfield

6996 Pennsylvania St., Oconomowoc N8345 Park St., Ixonia 6038 W. Lincoln Ave., West Allis 10499 Innovation Drive, Wauwatosa N88 W35490 Mapleton Rd., Oconomowoc

WEST & LAKE COUNTRY

3832 Hillside Dr., Delafield 415 Genesee St., Delafield 500 E. Summit Ave., Wales W349 N5293 Lacy’s Lane, Okauchee 916 N. East Ave., Downtown Waukesha N14 W24140 Tower Place, Pewaukee 2810 Golf Rd., Pewaukee S47 W23045 Lawnsdale Rd., Waukesha 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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Reception Room Capacity Range

Number of Available Banquet Rooms

Average Price per Person

Serving Style Available

Separate Area Available for Ceremony

215

1

$$ - $$$

All Styles

n

50-250

1

$$ - $$$

All Styles

Over 600

2

$$ - $$$

All Styles

n

Up to 500

1

$$ - $$$

All Styles

n

n

n

350

1

$$ - $$$

All Styles

n

n

n

75

2

$$ - $$$

All Styles

n

n

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

300

1

$$-$$$

All Styles

200

2

$$-$$$

Plated, Buffet, Food Stations

50-500

7

$$ - $$$

Sit Down Buffet, Cocktail

n

150

1

$$ - $$$

All Styles

n

600

3

$$ - $$$

All Styles

n

350

2

Varies

20-250

4

$$-$$$

All Styles

20-500

2

$ - $$$

All Styles

300

2

$$$ - $$$$

250

1

300 550

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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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Weddings & Special Events Up to 175 guests Open Catering • Full Bar Service

1218 13th Avenue, Grafton RiverRoomEvents.com • (262) 501-4430

WEST (CONT.)

RECEPTION GUIDE

Phone Number(s)

Website

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TUSCAN HALL BANQUET CENTER & CATERING

262-292-1322

tuscanhallwi.com

29

WATERTOWN COUNTRY CLUB

920-261-5009

watertowncc.com

45

WAUKESHA PARKS:

262-522-2953

ci.waukesha.wi.us

276

Rotary Building 1150 Baxter St., Waukesha

262-522-2953

ci.waukesha.wi.us

WESTERN LAKES GOLF CLUB

262-961-9796

sazs.com - westernlakes.com

96

THE BOG

262-292-0740

golfthebog.com

223

262-292-0740

golfthebog.com

223

CAFÉ HOLLANDER - MEQUON

414-627-2789

lowlandsgroup.com/parties

14

THE CHALET AT LITTLE SWITZERLAND

262-224-7598

littleswitz.com

222

CHANDELIER BALLROOM

262-673-4946

chandelierballroom.com

220

DAVIAN’S CATERING & CONFERENCE CTR.

262-781-3333

davians.com

10

HUBBARD PARK LODGE

414-273-8300

hubbardlodge.com

23

MILWAUKEE BEER BISTRO

414-562-5540

milwaukeebeerbistro.com

275

RIVER ROOM ON THE MILWAUKEE

262-501-4430

riverroomevents.com

92

SCHAUER ARTS & ACTIVITIES CENTER

262-670-0560 ext 5

schauercenter.org/ourfacility

221

147 N. Rural St., Hartland

STERLING CHALET

262-628-4080

sterlingchalet.com

222

TERRACE 167

262-623-6588

terrace167.com

220

WASHINGTON COUNTY FAIR PARK

262-677-5060

wcfairpark.com

221

WEST BEND COUNTRY CLUB

262-334-9541

westbendcc.com

93

409 Delafield St., Waukesha

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

W287 N1963 Oakton Rd., Pewaukee

The Clubhouse at The Bog 3121 County Road I, Saukville The Barn at The Bog 3121 County Road I, Saukville

5900 W. Mequon Rd., Mequon 105 Cedar Creek Rd., Slinger 150 Jefferson Ave., Hartford

NORTH

N56 W16300 Silver Spring Dr., Menomonee Falls. 3565 N. Morris Blvd., Shorewood 2730 N. Humboldt Blvd., Milwaukee 1218 13th Ave., Grafton

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

5858 Highway Z, West Bend

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

West Bend Country Club

5858 Hwy. Z • West Bend

262-334-9541 Reception Room Capacity Range

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Average Price per Person

Serving Style Available

20-250

2

$ - $$$

Family, Buffet Food Stations

20-400

1

$ - $$$

All Styles

n

120-200

1

Varies

All Styles

n

n

n

120-200

1

Varies

All Styles

n

n

n

50-400

3

$$-$$$

All Styles

n

200

1

$$ - $$$

All Styles

300

1

$$ - $$$

All Styles

150

4

$$ - $$$

Plated, Buffet, Family Style

n

250

1

$ - $$

All Styles

n

500

2

$ - $$$

Plated, Buffet, Food Stations

n

n

n

300

2

$$ - $$$

Plated Buffet

n

n

n

200

2

$ - $$

All Styles

n

n

n

250

2

$ - $$

Plated, Family, Buffet, Stations

n

n

n

200

1

$$

All Styles

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

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

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Your Perfect Wedding! SE Wisconsin’s Most Prestigous Banquet Facility

2 Ballrooms • Combined Capacity 900 Guests Outdoor Space for Ceremonies, Receptions, and Cocktail Parties • Bridal Suite

7130 Spring St. (Hwy C) • Racine • (262) 886-3610

www.RomaLodge.com

RECEPTION GUIDE

Phone Number(s)

Website

See Page for More Information

AMERICAN SERB HALL

414-545-6030

serbhall.com

84

BEST WESTERN PLUS AIRPORT

414-769-2100

bwplusmilwaukee.com

40

CROWNE PLAZA MILWAUKEE AIRPORT

414-764-5300

crowneplazamke.com

95

THE DEKOVEN CENTER

262-633-6401 ext 102

dekovencenter.org

58

600 21st St., Racine

THE FARM AT DOVER

773-802-6351

thefarmatdover.com

15

FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON MILWAUKEE AIRPORT

414-481-2400

clarionmilwaukee.com

41

POLISH CENTER OF WISCONSIN

414-529-2140

polishcenterofwisconsin.org

54

Festival Hall / Paul P. Harris Rotary Park 5 Fifth St., Racine

262-636-9229

racinecc.com

Memorial Hall 72 Seventh St., Racine

262-636-9229

racinecc.com

63

RADISSON HOTEL MILWAUKEE

414-764-1500 ext 6626

salesmke@ascendgrowth.com

56

6331 S. 13th St., Milwaukee

ROMA LODGE

262-886-3610

romalodge.com

94

THE FARMSTEAD

608-393-4024

thefarmsteaddelavan.com

45

GRAND GENEVA

800-558-3417

grandgeneva.com

191

HAWK’S VIEW

877-429-5788

hawksviewgolfclub.com

185

LAKE LAWN RESORT

262-728-7950

lakelawnresort.com

187

THE RIDGE

262-245-7000

ridgelakegeneva.com

183

VETERANS TERRACE AT ECHO PARK

262-763-9400

veteransterrace.com

189

5101 W. Oklahoma Ave., Milwaukee

SOUTH MILW - RACINE - KENOSHA

5105 S. Howell Ave., Milwaukee 6401 S. 13th St., Milwaukee

26060 Washington Ave., Dover 5311 S. Howell Ave., Milwaukee 6941 S. 68th St., Franklin

RACINE CIVIC CENTER

63

GREATER LAKE GENEVA AREA

7130 Spring St. (Hwy C), Racine

N5109 County Road P, Delavan 7036 Grand Geneva Way 7377 Krueger Road, Lake Geneva 2400 E. Geneva St., Delavan W4240 State Road 50, Lake Geneva 589 Milwaukee Ave., Burlington

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Where Dreams are Created Rehearsal Dinners • Receptions Overnight Wedding Group Room Blocks Bridal Showers • Gift Openings 6401 S. 13th St., Milwaukee

414-563-4072

crowneplazamke.com

Reception Room Capacity Range

Number of Available Banquet Rooms

Average Price per Person

Serving Style Available

Separate Area Available for Ceremony

50-600

3

$, $$, $$$

All Styles

n

300

1

$$

All Styles

n

n

950

6

$$ - $$$

All Styles

n

n

250

1

Varies

All Styles

n

n

160

2

$$$, $$$$

All Styles

n

20-450

4

$$ - $$$

All Styles

n

300

2

$ - $$

All Styles

n

n

75-600

1

$$

All Styles

n

n

75-500

1

$$

All Styles

n

20-700

5

$ - $$

All Styles

50Over 600

2

$$ - $$$

All Styles

200

1

$ - $$

All Styles

40-1500

8

$$$ - $$$$

Plated, Buffet

n

350

3

$$ - $$$

All Styles

n

400

3

$$ - $$$

Plated, Buffet

n

n

350

2

$$ - $$$$

Plated, Buffet, Food Stations

n

n

400

4

Varies

All Styles

n

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n

n n

n

n

n

n

n

n

n n

n

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n

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a memorable menu 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. 4

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CATERING FEASTS WITH FLAIR Nowadays, as brides and grooms are getting a little adventurous with their cuisine, caterers are offering more bold flavors, meaningful meals, and fun experiences. Sit-down meals are gravitating toward family-style, where larger portions of dishes are passed around the table. This style works with everything from homey meat and potatoes to build-your-own tacos. Ethnic cuisine is a great way to bring a little flavor to your reception. Take your guests around the world with a variety of food stations offering everything from sushi to French cheeses. It’s a great way to inspire conversation! Food trucks are another popular way to up the fun factor, and late-night snacks like popcorn, pizza, or grilled cheese sliders are a huge hit with guests.

ELEGANCE

To get really personal, think about hosting each of your favorite meals. The bride’s might be a nice juicy steak and the groom’s might be chicken and waffles — and that’s okay! The more you embrace what makes you unique, the more memorable your wedding will be. In recent years, there’s also been an emphasis not only on unique meals, but locally-sourced, quality ingredients. Couples like to support local purveyors, since hosting a locallyharvested meal means they’re not only building up their own community, but also enjoying the freshness of a farmto-table feast. 7 STEPS TO HIRING A CATERER From research to getting it in writing, we’ll walk you through it.

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Whether you are in the mood for something a little more traditional, looking for a specialty themed event, or looking for the best Texas Style Barbeque in town, we have a variety of catering styles to serve you.

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262.662.4201 www.bubbs.com CATERING Step 1: Start the search Once you secure a reception site, your catering search can begin. Some reception locations require that you use their in-house caterer or banquet services, which makes your choice fairly simple. This usually applies to venues like hotels and country clubs. If your reception location allows you to bring in an independent caterer, you still might have to choose from a pre-approved list. If you’re able to choose your own caterer, try to narrow down your options to no more than three. Otherwise, after a month of tastings, all the flavors will blur together. As you call caterers to inquire after their services, make sure to have as much information on hand as possible. They’ll want to know your wedding date, time, approximate number of guests, and whether you’d like a sit-down or

buffet-style meal. If you already have some ideas for your menu or any specific limitations (think vegetarian or gluten free), let the caterer know so they can better prepare for the initial meeting. Ask to see sample wedding menus and references. Step 2: Decide on your style With all of the general specifics in place, such as sit-down or buffet, it’s time to factor in your wedding’s style and degree of formality. Right off the bat, caterers will want to talk about your personal tastes (and budget!). Think about the vibe your wedding — is it a classic ballroom affair or a rustic outdoor bash? Do you want the food to be posh or playful? Such details will help a caterer determine what they can offer that falls in line with your vision. www.PremierBrideMKE.com PREMIER BRIDE • 101


CATERING Step 3: Schedule a tasting When you finally narrow down your list of prospective caterers, it’s time for the fun part — tastings! Speak up during your tastings and don’t be afraid to ask if they can tweak something to your tastes. This is your day and your meal, and any good caterer will be pleased to work with your wishes as much as they can. Step 4: Finalize the menu Gather inspiration from magazines, websites, and bridal shows to clarify what you like and dislike in a wedding meal. Think about weddings you’ve attended, or ask friends for favorites and failures. Your caterer will also be a great resource to bounce ideas around and finally craft a menu that’s perfect for you. When in doubt, ask 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 Finalizing the menu and calculating the cost might happen somewhat simultaneously, since your budget will surely affect the direction of your wedding meal. Here’s a bit about what you can expect in terms of pricing: 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, agreed-upon budget. Keep in mind that buffets are usually priced higher, since they’ll have to account for a little more per person. Caterers usually require your final guest count one week before the wedding. This is the number of people you’ll actually be charged for, though 102 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

most caterers will factor in a few lastminute guests, too. Decide if you’ll include meals for wedding-related personnel, such as the DJ, musicians, photographer, and on-site coordinator. If cost is an issue, ask your caterer about more casual meals for vendors. Finally, make sure to ask what extras are included in the catering cost. Find out if your caterer will provide table linens, plates, glasses, crystal, silverware, and serving pieces — otherwise you’ll need ample time to make other arrangements. Step 6: Hire the servers With a finalized menu, it’s time to determine how many wait staff you’ll need to serve the feast and keep the reception running smoothly. 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. If you’re having a full open bar, too, that will require more help — one bartender for every 50 to 75 guests. Make sure to talk with your caterer ahead of time to make sure that the servers’ style of dress works with the style of your wedding. Step 7: Get it in writing Sign a contract only after you have all of the details: date, time, address of site, food items by course, beverages and bar guidelines, number of guests covered, provisions for special meals, time of cocktail hour, time meal is served, contact people, number of wait staff and bartenders, linens, terms of payment, and liability insurance. There will probably be an advance deposit when you sign the contract — and don’t forget to check the cancellation policy.

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

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REV IT UP

HOLE IN ONE

GET YOUR REWARDS!

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 homemade pizza and two pitchers of domestic beer.

Your group of four gets a Behind-theScenes Private Tour of the Harley-Davidson Museum! This 90-minute guided tour includes a gift card to MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant to grab a bite to eat.

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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. No site coordinator? Ask one of your other vendors, perhaps your florist or caterer, if there’s a company they’d recommend. If you don’t have a trusted industry professional to consult, meet in person with multiple rental companies in your area. Visit each company’s showroom so you can compare not only price, but quality. While costs can be surprisingly similar, quality can vary greatly. Make sure you’re seeing actual pieces from the company’s stash and not just pretty samples on parade. WHAT TO RENT No two brides will have the same rental needs for their wedding day. ™

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RENTALS Your venue might include nearly all the basics, leaving only fun stuff on your rental wish list, or you might have friends and family who are willing to loan items. In general, these are the main furnishings you’ll need: tables, chairs, linens, plates, flatware, serving pieces, utensils, and glassware. Other large rentals might be a dance floor, band stage, portable toilets for an outdoor wedding, a free-standing bar, or lounge furniture. Also consider any heating or cooling needs, depending on your venue and time of year. Now let’s dig a little deeper into your most basic rentals, as these are, for the most part, non-negotiable for all weddings. TABLES, CHAIRS & LINENS At most weddings, you’ll see round tables, long family-style tables, or a mix. You may also need buffet tables, a sweethearts table, taller cocktail tables, and tables for things like cake and the guest book. Rustic wood or glass-top tables are on trend these days. But if you’re not planning to show off the tables themselves, tablecloths for dinner and cocktail hour are a must — cloth napkins, too. If you have the choice between cotton and polyester fabric and the price is comparable, go for cotton; it lends a nicer, higher-quality feeling. Hosting a breezy outdoor reception? Make sure you have table weights, hidden tablecloth clips, and napkin rings. You’ll need seating not just for dinner, but possibly the ceremony and cocktail hour, too. Have high chairs or booster seats for any little ones. Chair covers add color and texture to the


RENTALS 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.

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pain killers

antacid

tampons/pads

tissue

band-aids

deodorant

eye drops

q-tips

allergy meds

sunscreen

toothbrush

hand sanitizer

toothpaste

dental floss

mouthwash

baby powder

2. PRIMPING & BEAUTY 

brush/comb

nail polish remover

lip balm/gloss

nail clipper

hairspray

nail file

lotion

mirror

perfume

eyelash glue

tweezers

lint brush

earring backs

cotton balls

clear nail polish

pencil sharpener

colored nail polish

fan

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sewing kit

superglue

double stick tape

scissors

anti-blister spray

hem tape

anti-slip-shoe pads  stain remover

safety pins

static-cling spray

boutonniere pins

phone charger

blotting paper

comfy flats

4. FOOD & BEVERAGE 

water

nuts & chews

drink straws

candy

energy drinks

gum/mints

protein snacks

alcohol

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RENTALS confirmed, it’s best to round up. You can always remove a dozen place settings or a couple tables, but adding them at the last minute might prove tricky. Thoroughly read your rental agreement and the itemized list of goods coming your way. Make sure the amounts and times of dropoff and pick-up are all correct, and understand the state in which goods are to be returned. Do dishes have to be washed? Chairs folded? Also be aware of added fees, such as a service charge or tip, as this can sometimes turn a seemingly-inexpensive rental into a pricy one. 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 No matter what inspires you online and in magazines, working with your venue is key. A community center will not magically transform into a rustic barn wedding — and that’s okay. Embrace the best of our venue. Perhaps it’s a blank slate, or maybe nature will be doing a lot of the heavy lifting. Think about what you can afford and what will actually look good in the space. 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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LATE NIGHTS & AFTER PARTIES When you and your guests just can’t get enough Serving up a late-night snack is more than just a scrumptious treat—it’s party fuel! With a little creativity, you can make your late night eats something incredibly memorable. Have a group that’s prone to party until dawn? Planning a postreception after party takes the late-night festivities to a whole new level. BEFORE-MIDNIGHT SNACKS Toward the end of your wedding reception, a late-night snack can serve to keep spirits up and the party going strong. Some folks might need a break from boogying, while others could use a little edible energy boost to sustain their dancefloor frenzy. Either way, a late-night snack is a delicious way to top off your

wedding menu, not to mention a nice way to promote a bit of extra mingling among wedding guests. It’s a good idea to serve your latenight snack around 11pm, bearing in mind that whatever you choose should be able to be eaten quickly and easily, with little mess and without the hassle of proper plates and utensils. Typical late-night fare tends toward pizza, other comfort foods, childhood favorites with a twist, and bite-sized goodies like sliders, tacos, or popcorn. ELEVATED EATS With late-night snacks now being nearly as ubiquitous as cocktail hour appetizers, brides and grooms are

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LATE NIGHTS & AFTER PARTIES looking for ways to take their choice in catering up a notch. Sometimes this can mean going for gourmet or playing up the presentation. For instance, you could serve your favorite fried rice in Asian take-out containers, pair warm cookies with a perfectly-sized shot of milk, or pour frothy mini espressos in adorable little glasses. Still, late-night snacks don’t have to be fancy or doled out on a silver platter in order to be unforgettable. A nacho, poutine, hot dog, or baked potato bar with toppings galore would be yummy and interactive. You might also look to your favorite fast foods for inspiration, or ask your caterer to recreate that crazydelicious State Fair treat you crave. When in doubt, make your late-night snack a reflection of you as a couple. Friends and family are sure to love it,

and laugh, if your late-night snack is something like His and Hers favorite homemade sandwiches or bowls of breakfast cereal. Have fun with it! FOOD TRUCK FRENZY Want to go really big for your latenight snack? Try asking your favorite food truck to park in front of your venue as a way to highlight some casual hometown cuisine. If you’re getting married on a warm day, it won’t be an issue to have guests step outside to place their orders. The food truck could even create a limited menu of just one or two items to keep the line moving swiftly. Saying “I do” in a colder climate? You may want to bring the food truck feast indoors. Perhaps a local truck could still cater, or you might consider a smaller food stand rather than a full-on truck. www.PremierBrideMKE.com PREMIER BRIDE • 115


groom’s EMERGENCY KIT

1. HEALTH & WELLNESS 

pain killers

tissue

antacid

deodorant

band-aids

stress ball

eye drops

q-tips

allergy meds

sunscreen

toothbrush

hand sanitizer

toothpaste

dental floss

mouthwash

baby powder

2. GROOMING 

brush/comb

nail file

lip balm

lint brush

hairspray

shoe polish

lotion

shave gel

cologne

aftershave

tweezers

shoe horn

nail clipper

extra socks

3. JUST IN CASE 

sewing kit

playing cards

safety pins

stain remover

boutonniere pins

static-cling spray

hem tape

phone charger

copy of vows

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4. FOOD & BEVERAGE 

water

nuts & chews

drink straws

candy

energy drinks

gum/mints

protein snacks

alcohol

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LATE NIGHTS & AFTER PARTIES Bottom line, if you have a favorite food truck in town, your late-night snack is the perfect way to work their scrumptious eats into the day. AFTER THE PARTY Want to keep the night going beyond a midnight snack? An after party gives you the chance to spend quality time with close friends who may be keen to let loose in a less formal environment. The easiest way to throw an after party is to pick a local bar for everyone to meet at. You might pick a place with some local flavor or a spot that holds meaning to you as a couple. A fun way to approach the after party destination is choosing a scene that’s entirely different from your wedding reception. For instance, if you’re hosting a black tie reception, consider a nearby dive bar complete with pitchers of beer and dancing until dawn. Or say your winter wedding was the height of sophistication—you might take a trip to a tiki bar for a bit of tropical flavor. If you want to take your after party to the next level, consider reserving a smaller private room at your reception venue or at a new location. You could even hire entertainment, charter a party barge, host a bonfire at your home, or scope out establishments with late-night bowling, karaoke, live music, or arcade games. Depending on your tastes, an after party can be as extravagant or easygoing as you like. Wherever you choose to host your after party, make sure it’s a convenient distance from your reception venue. Even if you’re hoping for a small group of best friends, make sure all guests feel welcome.

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CONSULTANTS Besides handling all the time consuming, stress inducing details, a wedding coordinator can help make the planning process an enjoyable experience. There are so many fine points that go into planning a wedding that it can be difficult for today’s couples with busy careers to enjoy the process. Wedding consultants can essentially do everything you need so that you don’t have to worry about it. From handling pre-wedding plans to coordinating the events on the wedding day, wedding consultants offer services that include as much or as little as you need. Many offer “day-of” 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 at just taking over the small details. In some cases they are only there to coordinate everything on the day of the wedding. 120 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

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 flat rate or perhaps a percentage of the overall wedding budget. Still CONTINUED ON PAGE 127


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incorporating signage in your wedding lovely, as a hand-painted fabric banner is both boho and beautiful. Try a small “Just Married!” sign to hold between you for a photo op after the “I Do’s,” or have a larger sign painted to adorn the head table with a favorite romantic quote. artistgroup.com

Custom signs add an artistic flourish, a photo op, and the chance to relay messages to guests in a creative fashion. Going DIY saves you money, but working with a professional saves you time and often results in a piece of art you can display in your home.

CHALKBOARD Chalkboards are perfect for weddings with a rustic vibe, and chalk markers are a game changer for creating gorgeous boards. These markers are designed to write easily and look bright and bold on all kinds of surfaces, not just chalkboards. Seek out handlettering artists near you for a flawless, professional piece of word art. Want to try your own hand at handlettering? Make sure the surface is clean before you start writing. To erase, use a clean, damp cloth. If using chalk markers, remember that the ink takes a moment to dry completely, so be careful not to smudge wet ink. HAND-PAINTED Paint looks great on antique glass window panes, elegant mirrors, or earthy wood boards. Going for the traditional paint-on-canvas look is also 124 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

FELT BOARDS & LIGHT-UP LETTERING Felt boards with plastic lettering, marquee lights, and light boxes like you’d see at a movie theater, these are all on trend nowadays. A felt board typically has a black backdrop with white uppercase lettering. Smaller boards are perfect for capturing little phrases for a photo op, while larger boards might relay the menu or a longer quote about love and marriage. With light-up signs, that glorious glow is an added bonus indeed, bringing an extra eye-catching and memorable element to the décor. Marquee lights are best and more affordable when used for shorter phrases. A light box can hold a message with more characters. WAYS TO USE WEDDING SIGNAGE Signs can welcome guests to the event, invite people to “pick a seat not a side,” communicate the wedding hashtag, or ask folks to kindly refrain from photography during the ceremony. Use signs for wayfinding, pointing to the direction of cocktail hour, dinner, and photo booth. Signs on the bar can highlight signature cocktails. A large sign can list table assignments for dinner, a time and money saving alternative to placecards.

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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 samesex 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. 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 samesex 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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• 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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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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Do’s & Don’ts 5 1 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).

DO remember your guests with small children. Ask your reception site manager if there is a small room or play area near the festivities that you can rent. 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.

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2 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.

3 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.

4 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.

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.

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

8 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.

9 DON’T seat older guests near the band or the speakers as it may be hard for them to hear anything else.


10 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.

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

12 DO remember that the hour of the ceremony is an indicator of the formality of the reception.

13 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.

14 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.

15 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.

16 DON’T forget that the best way to let people know where you are registered is to have family and friends spread the word. Although it’s impolite to mention the registry on wedding invitations, a hostess may do so on shower invitations.

17 DO remember to return rental items on time and undamaged.

18 DO select the ceremony and reception locations nine to 12 months before your wedding. If you’re getting married in popular months like May or June, select these locations as soon as possible.

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

20 DON’T waste time getting to your reception. Have photos of the wedding party taken before the ceremony.

21 DO reserve your photographer nine to 12 months before your wedding. Decide which shots you definitely want and which ones you can live without.

22 DON’T forget to send an invitation to your officiant and to all of your wedding party.

23 DO pick up your invitation envelopes as soon as possible so that you can begin addressing them.

24 DO consider having two bouquets, one to keep and one to throw.

25 DO check with your church or temple about their policies, especially regarding alcohol.


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(such as a church alter) or more creative (like lounging on a vintage sofa or holding hands in front of a vibrant city mural). Fine Art or Edgy & Bold: Dramatic and dreamlike, with interesting angles and framing. Photos will represent the photographer’s vision, such as using more muted tones for a film-like effect. In the end, worry less about what a photographer calls their style and more about whether or not their work makes you happy. SHOP AROUND Collect referrals from friends, review local wedding magazines and websites, and check out bridal shows near you. Browsing local photographers’ websites, blogs, Facebook pages, and Instagram feeds is the quickest way to get a feel for the talent in your area. But beware of amateur photographers with limited real-world experience. Choose someone with a strong portfolio of quality work, testimonials from happy clients, the right gear, well-thought-out contingency plans, and a professional attitude. MEET IN PERSON & GET IT IN WRITING Only meet with photographers within your budget. Ask to see a complete album of a wedding shot in


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PHOTOGRAPHY a similar venue or with a style similar to yours. Have a critical eye when assessing wedding albums: Did they capture all the shots you’re hoping for? Are the images clear? How’s the composition? Is the lighting blown out, too dark, or just right? A photography package may or may not include the following: second shooters, additional hours, high-res jpgs, photo albums, or engagement sessions. Some photographers offer such services a-la-carte, so you can choose only what’s of value to you. Remember that seemingly-affordable wedding photography suddenly isn’t all that affordable if you have to pay an extra $1,000 just to get the photo files. Ask any potential photographers how they back up your photos. Also ask about their typical timeline for

delivering proofs and final photos, and how you’ll receive them (an album, an online gallery, etc). Bear in mind that faster isn’t always better. When you finally make your decision, get everything in writing. When is payment due? Will there be a backup camera? What’s the contingency plan should your photographer fall ill or have a family emergency? CAPTURE MOMENTS THAT MATTER If there are friends and family that you want to be sure to snap a photo with or a particular time in the ceremony or reception that you want captured, it helps to put that in writing as well. Download our Ultimate Planner online at premierbride.com where you’ll find a list of questions to ask your photographer and a checklist of can’t-miss moments.

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PB TIPS FOR USING PINTEREST using pinterest for wedding planning If you’re planning a wedding, you already know the Internet is a great resource. Pinterest is an easy way to organize your wedding inspiration and ideas. On pinterest.com, you can grab photos from around the web and pin them onto virtual inspiration boards named with categories of your choosing. You can also browse other users’ boards, and there are seemingly endless wedding-themed boards to choose from! The photos are often accompanied with comments, and can include tips or instructions on how to create the look that was captured in the picture. Like wedding forums, you can interact with friends or strangers to get suggestions and ideas for your special day, but this time, it’s all centered around pictures of your choosing. PIN DOWN THE DETAILS Pinterest certainly displays boards for all the biggies like the gown, décor, and food. But the site’s real strength is in highlighting the details. It’s here that you’ll find inspiration for handmade place cards, fun photography poses, or ideas for “something blue.” Those seemingly insignificant details will make your day truly unique. But like many online wedding hotspots, Pinterest runs the risk of being overwhelming. To get the most out of the site, make sure to be specific when you’re scoping out ideas. In the search box in the top left hand corner of the page, use as many details as possible such as “fall DIY wedding décor” or “cream wedding pumps.” You can also find lots of photos from real weddings. Try searching for 152 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

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

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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. This movement has reached the wedding industry. Brides and grooms want to have face-to-face connections with their guests — especially during the ceremony — instead of staring out into a sea of electronics. 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 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. www.PremierBrideMKE.com PREMIER BRIDE • 155


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DRESS STYLES Just started looking at wedding dresses and not sure where to begin? 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, the sheath uses charmeuse or a very soft and flowing material that fits close to the body, with some beading on an overlay. The sheath is a perfect fit for casual weddings.

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.

A-line This dress resembles an “A” that creates a long line for your body. This classically elegant gown is universally flattering and will look great!

Ballgown This gown has a fitted bodice and full skirt. It’s the perfect proportion for any bride with a bustier bosom. If you’ve always dreamed of being a princess, this is the gown for you!

Empire This gown is flattering because it created 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 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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UNPLUGGED WEDDINGS HOW TO GO UNPLUGGED First and foremost: ask nicely. The reason guests are busy on their phones and cameras during your wedding is because, for better or worse, they want to document your special day. So be kind and understanding when you ask them to refrain from technology during the ceremony and/or reception. You can include a message in your ceremony program, such as: “The bride and groom have asked that you share in their wedding fully and not through the lens of a camera or cell phone.” Or the officiant can say a few words at the beginning of the ceremony — it can have a spiritual message (“please honor the sanctity of this moment by turning off cell phones and cameras”) or an emotional one (“the professional photographer will capture how this moment looks — the bride and groom ask that you capture how it feels”). However you ask, make sure to stay true to yourselves as a couple. You’ll also want to ease your guests’ minds by assuring them that they will have access to the professional photos within a timely manner. Again, the reason wedding guests take so many photos is so that they can remember and relive your wedding day and share it with others. Talk to your photographer and make sure that you can get a few professional shots available to your guests via email, website, or Facebook within a couple of days. It’s even increasingly common for professionals to share “sneak peek” photos either the day of or the day after a wedding on their own social media pages. Reassuring your guests that these photos will be available to them will be a great help! Another idea: order picture postcards to send to your guests in place of traditional thank you notes.

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details

pre-ceremony

bride getting ready

venue, dress, shoes, flowers, rings, invitations

hair & makeup, candid, gift exchange

buttoning dress & putting on shoes

groom getting ready

first look

bride & groom portraits

jacket, tie, cufflinks, & shoes

when he sees you for the first time

kisses, rings, & posing

ceremony decor

ceremony

wedding party

flowers, set up, & aisles

down the aisle, groom’s reaction, & first kiss

bridesmaids & groomsmen

bride’s family

groom’s family

bride & groom sunset

Mom, Dad, & family

Mom, Dad, & family

first photos of the married couple

reception decor

reception

send off

tables, centerpieces, cake, flowers, menu

cut the cake, first dance, tosses & toasts

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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.4

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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 test-drive 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 160 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

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 notice gives traveling guests enough time to book flights and lodging with some flexibility. CREATIVE THINKING While formal invitations, complete with calligraphy and foil-lined envelopes are never out of style, the breadth of invite design options has grown immensely. Many brides hire a graphic designer or artist to add a personalized, handmade touch. The use of watercolor and illustrated elements is also growing to such an extent that many stationery companies now have a resident artist to accommodate any offbeat brides (and being offbeat is on-trend these days). Beyond formal calligraphy, you might choose whimsical hand-lettering or even white ink on dark envelopes. Hand-drawn embellishments, a chalkboard look, and vintage-inspired designs are also lovely if they work with the style of your wedding. PAPER PARTS & PIECES Wedding invitations typically consist of several parts: a ceremony card with the details of the ceremony (traditionally with a layer of tissue paper on top), a reception card explaining reception details, a response card with its stamped/ addressed envelope (yes, it’s proper etiquette to provide return postage), a map or some other card with directions to the ceremony/reception and hotel information for out-of-town guests,


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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?

INVITATIONS 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 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. www.PremierBrideMKE.com PREMIER BRIDE • 163


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WEDDING TIMELINE

These are not hard and fast rules (except for the thank you cards!), but they serve as a starting point. Destination Weddings (D) Timeline is on the top, and Local Weddings (L) are on the bottom.

SAVE-THE-DATES

INVITATIONS

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( L) 4-8 WEEKS

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Save-the-dates give your guests a friendly heads-up. They are not always necessary, but are never a bad idea. Your guests may decide to turn your destination wedding into a getaway trip, so those save-the-dates can be sent up to a year in advance.

There is such a thing as too early! Send invitations so that your guests’ maximum anticipation lines up with your big day. Invitations for destination weddings should be sent far enough in advance for your guests to make their travel plans.

Your RSVP Deadline will depend on how much lead time your wedding professionals need. The first one to consider is your caterer’s meal count. Check with each vendor to determine when they need a final number, and set the RSVP return date for a week before that.

Believe it or not, you’ll start receiving gifts even before you walk down the aisle. Send thank you cards immediately. Once you’re back from your honeymoon, kick it into high gear to get them out no later than six weeks after the wedding.

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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 couple living together, use “Mr. Tom Smith and Miss Judy Jones.” If every


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INVITATIONS 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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Use your imagination and consider adding small branches of wild flowers that add bits of color and a touch of simpleness.


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

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FLOWERS WHERE TO START 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. Create a flowers-only Pinterest board to gather images that you love, and maybe some that you don’t. It helps to have lots to show your potential florist. It’s also critical to have a set budget. 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.

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FOR THE CEREMONY If you’re having your ceremony in a place of worship, check with your officiant for any restrictions before finalizing the flowers. Often times ceremony flowers can play double duty by adorning the church as well as the reception hall. But some churches request that flowers remain on-site for weekend services. This practice is rather outdated, but better to ask and 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, www.PremierBrideMKE.com PREMIER BRIDE • 169


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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 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.

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


FLOWERS 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 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 Everything has its season, and flowers are no exception. In fact, seasonality plays an even bigger role when it comes to florals. 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. Also keep in mind that around certain holidays, flowers will increase in price across the board. Let’s look at some popular flowers in each season to kickstart your search.

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

COUNTY FEES

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Jefferson Kenosha Milwaukee Ozaukee

$90 $100 $110 $100

Racine Walworth Washington Waukesha

$100 $80 $110 $110

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Office of the Clerk Courthouse 311 S. Center Ave., Rm 109 Jefferson, WI 53549 (920) 674-7140 www.co.jefferson.wi.us

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

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

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

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WASHINGTON

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

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

OZAUKEE

WAUKESHA

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

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

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

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FLOWERS 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. KEEPING IT CLASSIC No doubt roses are the most widely used flower in wedding arrangements. These timeless blooms are available in three grades: fancy, extra fancy, and select. Florists rarely deal with fancy roses. These are most commonly found in supermarkets and they tend to wilt rapidly. Roses that are of top quality will last the longest. Traditional bouquets are all white and can combine an array of blossoms that are unique in shape and size. It’s also possible to have a vibrantly colored bouquet that still reflects classic styles and shapes. 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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FINDING A FLORIST If possible, you should book a florist 8 to 10 months before your wedding. You can find potential candidates in a print publication like this one, at a bridal show, online, or by asking friends and family for recommendations. Your goal is to find someone who is organized and professional and whose style and personality meshes with your own. To start, create a flowers-only Pinterest board to gather images that you love, and maybe some that you don’t. It helps to have lots to show your potential florist. Have a budget in mind. At your florist meetings, you should 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 for you 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 than in a bouquet. FOR YOU AND YOUR WEDDING PARTY You’ll first want to determine the look of your bridal bouquet. All other floral pieces will take their cue from this piece. This is the perfect opportunity to bring your style and personality to the forefront. Full, rounded bouquets are gorgeous as are cascading bouquets which are a classic choice making a modern comeback. Today’s cascades are a loose, more natural style of bouquet.


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CAKES Then there’s the bridal party flowers. Just as we’re seeing bridesmaids in mix-and-match dresses, we’re seeing mixand-match bouquets more frequently and mix-and-match boutonnieres as well. Yet another way to work flowers into fashion are flower crowns! FOR THE CEREMONY & RECEPTION If you’re having your ceremony in a place of worship, check with your officiant for any restrictions before finalizing the flowers. Some churches request that flowers remain on-site for weekend services, though this practice is rather outdated. For the reception, there are countless floral styles to incorporate into the décor: elegant vases filled with cut flowers, towering candelabras with verdant accents, topiaries, scattered 178 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

rose petals, assorted small vases with just a few blooms each, and so much more. Keep in mind that the height of the arrangements shouldn’t get in the way of conversation. The key is to either make the arrangements low enough to talk over or high enough to talk under. If your bridal party bouquets are doubling as decoration at the reception, equally spacing the bouquets at the head table is a lovely way to go. Finish off the table with a garland of greenery laced with flowers for a gorgeous effect. If your budget allows, consider adding floral flourishes throughout the reception hall to tie everything together. Your florist might sprinkle rose petals on serving trays, or drape additional garland along the buffet tables. You can also use greenery


CAKES / SWEETS to fill in a large room. Run any and all ideas past your florist so he/she can help you refine your vision, stay within your budget, and create a beautiful, memorable ambiance. 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, Dendroblum, Orchid, Freesia, Gardenia, Gerbera Daisy, Gladiolus, Iris, Lily, Rose, September Aster, Snapdragon, Stephanotis, Tuberose. Whatever your wedding’s theme and style, by collaborating with a professional florist you’re sure to have the flowers of your dreams. Work together, but always remember to trust your florist’s expertise. In so doing, your wedding flowers will be the envy of Pinterest.

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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.

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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. 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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BE A GREAT GROOM 4 tips to pulling it off Get involved. Maybe discussing floral arrangements and seating charts makes your eyes glaze over. That’s fine! Figure out what DOES interest you and get involved. Pick your areas, own them, make them happen. Keep the bride in the loop and be open to her input. She’ll love knowing she’s not doing this wedding thing all by herself. Speak up. Be an active team member by sharing your opinion, voicing your support, and offering words of encouragement and appreciation. It’s also important that you be the primary contact with your family. These are important skills not only during the wedding planning, but forever! No bashing. It’s quite likely that your stressed out bride-to-be will complain bitterly at moments about her dear

family and close friends. It happens 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! Here are a few ideas. 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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BE A GRACIOUS BRIDE making it a great day for everyone You may have heard the expression “it’s your day, do it your way,” as you’ve been planning your wedding. And this is true! It’s a time to express your true self, to be authentic, and to drown out the expectations of others. On the other hand, it’s easy to take this concept too far. Here are a few tips about being a gracious bride. Understand your guests’ perspective. How does the day’s schedule look from your guests’ viewpoint? Awkward gaps of time between the ceremony and reception are difficult for guests, and asking them to drive more than 30 minutes between locations is usually too much. Try, as much as possible, 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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DIVORCED PARENTS dealing with the situation 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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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 by offering the spread in picnic baskets or 190 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

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

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MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT CEREMONY MUSIC What have you always envisioned for the soundtrack to your ceremony? A vocalist? String quartet? Solo pianist? When weighing your options for ceremony musicians, consider your vision, but also look to your wedding’s style and venue; make sure there is harmony between the location and the music you choose. Think back to past weddings you’ve attended. What did you like about the music for each ceremony? What didn’t work so well? Did you cry like a baby when friends of bride played a charming, acoustic tune? Did you cringe when the groom’s cousin, even with the best of intentions, sang entirely off-key? Your guests could likely react the same way, so choose wisely! 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. You could also work with an experienced talent or booking agency that offers convenient, one-stop-shopping for all your wedding music needs. Narrow down your options, and arrange meetings to hear your musicians and singers in person before signing any contracts. After you’ve secured musicians for your ceremony, they can help you decide on what songs to include. Most musicians who specialize in weddings have a lot of valuable experience and will be a great resource for song suggestions. Your ceremony officiant will also be helpful in guiding your musical selections. Also, you may have to have the music approved by the officiant, depending on your ceremony location.


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

Perfect Can’t Help Falling In Love From the Ground Up Say You Won’t Let Go Thinking Out Loud In Case You Didn’t Know All of Me Yours You Make it Easy

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

I Loved Her First My Little Girl Butterfly Kisses My Wish My Girl What a Wonderful World The Way You Look Tonight Cinderella

Mother Son Dance 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

My Wish What a Wonderful World Humble and Kind A Song For Mama Simple Man I Hope You Dance You’ll Be in My Heart In My Life

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

Shut Up and Dance Can’t Stop the Feeling I Gotta Feeling Cupid Shuffle September

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MUSIC 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. If the band is large enough, it’s possible the band members can stagger their breaks so that someone is always playing. Or you can always configure a portable musicstreaming and speaker hook-up to play some of your favorites that the band might not attempt. In terms of expense, a live band will almost always cost more 202 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

than a DJ. Keep this rule in mind: if you can’t afford a good wedding band, hire a DJ. A DJ will be more cost-effective and can offer an almost infinite variety of music – truly something for everyone. Bonus: no breaks! Some keys to finding happiness in a DJ: 1) If possible, see them live before booking. 2) Consider personality. Are you looking for a crazyfun, “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.


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MUSIC 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. From Frank Sinatra to Whitney Houston to Béyonce, diversity is key in playing a little something for everyone. THE NITTY GRITTY Consider your ceremony and reception site and how this might 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. This includes payment, start and end times, fees for playing overtime, alternate plans if a musician is sick the day of your wedding, etc. If any of your vendors don’t use a contract, put all the details into a document and send one to the vendor and keep one for your records. Confirm all the details with your musicians about one week prior to your celebration. 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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A wedding is just one day, so everyone knows photos are a great way of capturing the excitement and emotion for years to come. The professional photographer usually does a great job of snapping the couple, but pics of your friends and family members celebrating with you will be great mementos going forward.

In the past, couples used to leave disposable cameras at tables for guests to point and shoot, but the chance in finding a gem amongst those blurry, lowquality shots is rare, especially when kids get their hands on them. Plus, the cost of developing film is going up steadily. Instead, a fun, plucky alternative can be to get a photo booth. Photo booth rentals are becoming popular at wedding receptions. Not only do you get too see everyone in their finest for your big day, but your guests can take home a quality memory from the wedding. Photo booth rentals are different in size and output. Some give guests prints of their pictures right away, in the traditional photo booth setting, with 210 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

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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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.4

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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.

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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, picture-perfect bride. 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,


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BEAUTY 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. 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, healed blemishes, and a more radiant complexion. For full-body beautification, body waxing is a good place to start. This is one of the longest-lasting forms of hair removal. To take beautification to the next level, consider Botox, injection therapy, and face or body tightening. These treatments are designed to help

you look and feel your best, without the pain and recovery time of surgical procedures. If you’re of the opinion that a white gown’s best accessory is sun-kissed skin, you’re not alone. But before hitting the tanning beds or getting a spray-tan, consider that it’s so easy to come away from the tanning salon looking either beet red or pumpkin orange. You’d be better off embracing your skin’s natural coloring and dressing up your white gown with accessories in colors that flatter your complexion, such as jeweltoned earrings, a vibrant floral wreath, or a pretty pink lip to punch up the color. HAIR DO’S AND DON’TS When choosing a hairstyle, consider your gown, the formality of your wedding, your personal style, your hair www.PremierBrideMKE.com PREMIER BRIDE • 215


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BEAUTY 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 216 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

right look for you, and be sure to show the stylist a photo of your gown. In the end, the most important thing is finding a hairstyle that stays true to you. 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? This is another time you want to be sure you look like you. Your partner fell in love with your beautiful face and


BEAUTY 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, it’s best to avoid really trendy nail polish colors. Play it safe and go with a classic, 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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LOOKING AND FEELING GREAT from head to toe Many brides feel the “Big Day” is a huge incentive to make physical changes that will make them look and feel their absolute best. The changes can be big or small, but the goal is really to feel great, not just for your big day, but ideally for a lifetime! Read on for some ideas on how to look great from head to toe.

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Consider a personal trainer With the wedding as a specific incentive, now is the time to adopt a healthy, active attitude for life. To get you off on the right foot, consider hiring a personal trainer who can craft the most efficient workout for you and your goals – say, having strong, lean arms and shoulders for your strapless wedding dress. Also, making a commitment to a trainer greatly increases your odds of following through on workouts! Healthy eating While the experts may continue to squabble over the details, we all know the obvious: eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and healthy fats, and eat less fast food, processed foods, high fructose corn syrup, white sugar, white flour, and unhealthy fats. A beautiful smile With all of the advancements in dentistry over the last decade, whitening your teeth, making them straighter or fixing a specific problem is easier than it’s ever been. Your first step is to schedule consultations with two or three dentists to discuss your specific situation and options. This is one change that will last a lifetime and can make a dramatic difference in your appearance,


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262-240-9400 friedmandentalcare.com LOOK AND FEEL GREAT depending on your situation, so it’s well worth a little legwork. For a less expensive option, over-the-counter whiteners can also be effective; check with your dentist for recommendations. Non-surgical skin procedures From chemical peels to microdermabrasion and Botox to collagen, the options are endless. Find a dermatologist that you feel comfortable with. Be specific about your goals. Do you want to reduce wrinkles, eliminate acne scars or have fresher, smoother skin? Key considerations include how long does the procedure last, how much recovery time is needed, and the cost. If you do go ahead with a procedure, then leave a cushion of time before the wedding just in case your recovery takes a little longer than usual.

Improve your posture Here’s a quick fix to a longer, leaner, better looking you – improve your posture! The time we spend driving, hunched over our computers and slouched in front of the TV is not good for our posture. Stand and sit up straight with your head and shoulders back. It’s a simple way to enhance your appearance and to improve your health. If back problems are the cause of poor posture, then consider a personal trainer, a chiropractor, therapist or a yoga class. Above all, the best beauty secret is attitude – feeling confident and happy. Nothing shines brighter than the smile of a woman who feels good about herself, and is filled with contentment, love and joy. May that be YOU on your wedding day!

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DO I NEED A Weddings at The Bog MAKEUP ARTIST? 2 beautiful event spaces, 1 convenient location look as good as you feel You’ll want to look your absolute best on your wedding day, and this can be achieved with the use of a makeup artist. A good makeup artist will have a strong reputation with a long history. If you find a makeup artist you like, then consider doing a test run so that you both know what you are going for on your wedding day. When choosing a makeup artist, take a look at his/her portfolio as this can tell a lot about their work. Ask for references or recommendations from past clients and ask them about the speed and accuracy of what they were looking for as opposed to what they received. Also interview the makeup artist and ask what types of makeup he/she will be using. Feel free to use your own makeup whether it’s new or from your personal makeup collection. If you have any problem areas that you want your makeup artist to address, be sure to ask! If you have any tattoos that you might want covered up on your big day, let your makeup artist know ahead of time so that he/she can prepare for using a little more makeup than usual. Tattoo cover up can also involve a different type of makeup all together, and maybe even an airbrush. If you cannot afford the use of a makeup artist, then go on line and look at some videos to assist you in proper makeup application. Also, go to your local department store, and have him/ her show you precisely what products you need to be using and where. By the time you add up the cost of all these recommended products, you might save money by using a professional makeup artist. Sometimes artists will “sell” you the products they use.

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bridesmaids’ dresses and pictures of formalwear styles he likes. Nowadays, rental suits come in various fits: classic, modern, and slim. But buying your formalwear promises custom tailoring and the best fit. Fit is key to looking your best. 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. While there are etiquette guidelines for a groom’s attire, remember that men’s formalwear doesn’t have to be stuffy.

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you have arrived! TRAVELING ON YOUR WEDDING DAY 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.4

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TRANSPORTATION TO START: TAKE A HEAD COUNT 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. Most companies have a one or two hour minimum, so think about what would be the most cost-effective 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. A formal limousine seats four people. Or, if you’d like to include the wedding party, stretch limos can allow for six to 10. For larger parties, sport utility models like the Hummer and Explorer are popular and unique both inside and out. The larger models are often posh, with flashy lights and decorative interiors. CATCH THE COACH For larger wedding parties or for those that want a little extra elbow room, a party bus or a luxury coach is a great way to travel from the ceremony to the reception. These boast all the amenities and style of a luxury limousine, but with more room to spare; they seat up to 10 people very comfortably. For even bigger parties, a passenger coach or a 232 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

party bus can seat anywhere from 21 to 49 people. Like limousine services, passenger and luxury coach companies require a minimum number of hours. The size and type of coach will determine the hourly rate. Depending on the size of your party, it may make sense to hire two coaches — maybe a luxury coach for the bride, groom, and attendants, and a passenger coach for the guests. This provides guests with a little more flexibility, too. TAKE THE TROLLEY A fun and photo-ready alternative to a limo or a passenger coach is a trolley, if it’s available in your area. Trolleys generally can accommodate between 20 and 35 people, so they’re great for larger parties 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. 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 or vintage car offer timeless class and romance — and a unique photo op! 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 — wheel over on a tandem. If it’s possible to reflect your own personality in your wedding transportation, go for it!


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TRANSPORTATION TIPS & TRICKS • Customize your playlist! Ask how the sound system works in your limo or party bus and pump up the jams. • Pack liquid refreshments that won’t leave a mark, such as sparkling water. For after the ceremony, you can go with champagne or mimosas, but be careful not to overindulge. • Be mindful of the time. Though cruising around can be fun, you don’t want to keep your guests waiting! • Have a point person. Weddings are busy, chaotic days, so it’s wise to have someone closely associated with the wedding party, such as the best man or a family member, designated to coordinate with the chauffeur to make sure everything is on schedule.

DOWN TO DETAILS Make sure to confirm transportation booking and verify pick-up and departure times well in advance of your wedding dates. In a written contract, look for these things: • Name and contact information for you and the company (including cell phone!) • Date, time and address of all pick-up and drop-off locations • Type and number of vehicles rented, and amenities supplied with each • Exact hours of vehicle rental • Total cost, including gas, mileage, tip, and overtime fees • Deposit amount, balance, due date, and cancellation policy • Signatures, including yours, and the company’s representative

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• What types of transportation modes do you offer? What are their features and benefits? • How many people does each option comfortably fit? • What packages do you offer? What do they include? • Are your charges based on time or distance? • Do you have a minimum rental time? What are the charges after that time? • What does your insurance cover? • Can you guarantee a certain vehicle for the day of my wedding? • How will the driver be dressed? • Do you or can we do any decorating? • 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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HOME SWEET HOME buying 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. 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:


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BUYING YOUR FIRST HOME • 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.

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• Loans - Your down payment may be secured by providing collateral or the cash equivalent (i.e.: a car or other valuable possession).

• 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.

• 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.

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CREATIVE REGISTRY IDEAS something besides plates and pillows Gift of Food, Wine or Desserts Many couples have their homes exactly the way they want them, but any newlywed couple could use a treat throughout the year. Search online for delicious, unique registries that allow guests to provide you with a monthly gift of chocolate, spices, teas, salsas, olive oils and beer or wine. Sites like mouth.com and igourmet.com do exactly that. Honeymoon Registry A few websites like travelersjoy.com and honeyluna.com let couples register their honeymoon so that guests can see some of their preliminary plans and contribute financially to help create the ideal getaway experience. Down Payment on a Home For couples that want to get a jump start on a home down payment, bridaldownpaymentdreams.com helps couples register to get financial assistance towards the first step in buying a home. (Please note, despite what one of these web sites indicates, it is NOT appropriate to send ANY type of mailing to your guests “outlining” your request for gifts of money!) Some couples might feel uneasy telling their family and friends they are asking for some of these uncommon registry ideas, but it helps to have a couple close family members and friends spread the word by saying something such as, “Yes, they’re registered at Target, but I hear they’re also hoping to save money for the down payment of a house...” and to direct the guests to the alternate registry.

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

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PRE-WEDDING GETAWAY when you need a break With the stress of planning your wedding, you might feel as if you need a break which is exactly why couples are taking a pre-honeymoon! What is a pre-honeymoon? It can be a weekend getaway or just an overnight stay at a bed and breakfast a couple hours away. Why do I need a pre-honeymoon? You might feel stressed due to wedding planning, and this can ease that stress by getting away for a couple days to decompress and to come back with a fresh start. It also allows you to rekindle as a couple, rather than constantly planning your wedding. Where should we go? You could go somewhere abroad, if money permits, or just somewhere a couple hours away. As long as you are together, have a great stress free weekend! You could even just check into a nice hotel and get pampered for the night. This will keep your stress level down as you are relaxing! You could also go somewhere that’s sentimental to you as a couple, including where he proposed, or where you went on your first date. The purpose of the pre-honeymoon is to unwind and connect as a couple,

and taking a pre-honeymoon is just the ticket! Travel deals can pop up at anytime, and there are many websites that you can use to find the best deal for your travel plans. You can also utilize the coupon applications for getaways with your special someone, and this is sometimes the cheapest way to travel!

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12 MONTHS BEFORE • choose date & venue • contact venue’s on-site wedding coordinator • research airfare & room rates for your destination • review legal marriage requirements

6 MONTHS BEFORE 1 MONTH BEFORE • reserve block of rooms • discuss final details with wedding coordinator • book travel • finalize vows, music, & • book officiant schedule • purchase travel & wedding • release any extra rooms insurance from your room blocks • confirm cake, flowers, • have programs printed & menu, & decor obtain additional wedding favors & ship to resort 9 MONTHS BEFORE 3 MONTHS BEFORE • visit resort • send formal invitations • tour venue & guest rooms • create wedding day • ask about group discounts itinerary for your programs • send out save-the-dates & hotel info

2 WEEKS BEFORE • make sure you have proper documentation to obtain marriage license • collect all insurance related documents 1 WEEK BEFORE • create a photo shot list for your photographer • share contact info with wedding party • final check with coordinator

THEuniting UNITY CEREMONY families symbolically and physically If you are looking for ideas for the unity ceremony, then the most traditional symbol of unity is the candle. The bride and groom both have a candle and they light one candle together. This symbolizes the unity that they now share. There are many more ideas that you can use if candles aren’t your thing! A popular alternative to the traditional candle ceremony is the sand ceremony. You can get sand in the colors of your wedding, or sand from different beaches, and “marry” them together. You can also put the sand in a frame to keep forever! Taking the sand a bit further, you can send the sand combination to a company, and have it made into a glass sculpture. Another alternative would be literally “tying the knot.” By taking two different

ropes of different colors, and tying them together in a knot, you unite as a couple. Other alternatives include breaking bread, a unity cross, planting a unity tree, sending a wish lantern into the sky and unity wine. All of which you “marry” together in the unity ceremony. The last type of unity ceremony is more controversial. The fight box is quite simply a wooden box filled with a bottle of wine (or similar) and two letters, one from the groom, and one from the bride. On your first fight as a married couple, you pop the box open, and remember why you love each other. This can bring you back together to remember what love is all about. The unity ceremony can be a great way to incorporate children into the ceremony, or for the couple solely.

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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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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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very storybook wedding should have a great beginning. The staff at the Landmark Resort are here to help. We understand that each wedding is different and a reflection of each unique couple. We offer a full-time wedding coordinator, indoor and outdoor settings, an abundance of activities to make your special day even more memorable, and a beautiful Door County venue. Landmark Resort 7643 Hillside Rd. Egg Harbor, WI 54209 1-800-273-7877 www.thelandmarkresort.com

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DISASTER PROOF WEDDINGS protecting yourself Entertainment If you’re using a DJ, be sure to specify the name of your DJ/MC in your contract along with the duties he/she will perform. If you’re having a live band, be sure to watch them play live if you have the opportunity to do so. The contract should list the musicians by name, state the number of hours included in the price (one hour for cocktails and four hours for the reception is standard) and detail potential overtime charges. artists-eyes.com

The average wedding costs $20,000$28,000. A large portion of that must be prepaid. So it may seem to be stating the obvious when we say it is important to protect yourself against fraud, business failures and even honest mistakes. Attention to detail can save you thousands of dollars by preventing disasters before they happen. Brides and grooms who elect to plan the wedding on their own should pay special attention to the following:

Caterer Request a sampling of the items on your menu. Confirm in writing that the same chef will prepare the food for your reception. Determine any additional charges such as cake cutting or corkage fees before you sign the contract. Photographer Meet in person with the photographer you’re considering to make sure that you are comfortable with him or her. Specify the name of your chosen photographer in the contract, and make sure that same photographer will shoot your wedding. Also make sure you have a backup plan should your photographer get sick or be unable to make it on the day of your wedding. Get the delivery date for digital proofs and finished photos in writing.

Dress Buying a gown usually requires a minimum lead-time of six months and a 50 percent deposit. Confirm delivery for a few months prior to the wedding to allow for the unexpected. Use the manufacturer’s size chart when ordering to avoid unnecessary alteration charges. Remember that it is normally easier to alter a dress that is too big than one that is too small. Flowers Inform your florist of the time of day and location for the ceremony and reception, so he/she can recommend flowers that will last throughout the festivities. A week prior to the wedding, confirm delivery time. A friend or family member should check that the flowers delivered on the wedding day are fresh and as ordered. Invitations Your contract should state that you can review your invitation proof (an extra charge may apply), and that any printer’s mistakes will be corrected at no charge. Include the delivery date on your contract. Order invitations at least four to five months prior to the wedding to avoid rush-order mistakes.

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Bursting with arts and culture, cosmopolitan flair, historic architecture, and a renowned foodie scene, Canada’s French mecca, Montreal, feels like a little slice of Europe nestled into North America. Pack your bags, grab your passport, and head north! 


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BIENVENUE! Francophiles, say bonjour to Montreal! In this the largest city in Canada’s Quebec province, French isn’t just an official language. The culture here is also deeply influenced by all things French. Historic architecture transports you to another time and place filled with all the charm of Europe without the price tag of flying overseas. Primarily a cosmopolitan experience, honeymooning in Montreal is best if you’re in search of world-class dining, shopping, history, music, and art. The best times to go are late spring or early autumn, with May and October being ideal in terms of weather. Summers are steamy and winters are freezing. You will need a valid US passport or other equivalent documentation to honeymoon in Montreal. Book flights into Montréal– Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, just 20 minutes from downtown. Once there, you can easily take a taxi or ride service, or brave the vast underground subway. Don’t worry—it’s cheap and easy. Retailers in Montreal use the Canadian dollar, and French and English are spoken everywhere in this bilingual province. EXPLORE THE CITY To get a lay of the land, hitch a ride on the Amphi-Bus—a bus and boat

tour in one! Start your journey on land, touring Montreal’s must-sees like Old Montreal (Vieux Montreal), the Notre Dame Basilica, and Place d’Armes before traveling down the St. Lawrence River for a whole new perspective of the city. Want to stay on dry land? BIXI bikes are available to rent throughout the city. Want to get right on the water? A trip on a Bateau-Mouche offers an incredible cruise experience in the Old Port of Montreal. Opt for a dinner cruise featuring fresh local produce for a romantic and delicious night on the water. INDULGE IN THE CULTURE Montreal really is a cultural mecca, playing host to over 30 festivals each year in addition to a continuous lineup of concerts and performing arts events. Be sure to check Montreal’s entertainment calendar for the days you’ll be in town; there may be a cultural event that you won’t want to miss! Here’s are some things happening year-round: Whether you’re a history lover or just enjoy the charming ambiance of European architecture, a stroll through Vieux Montreal is a must. Buildings in this area of town date back to the 18th century. Check out the NotreDame Basilica and City Hall. The Place


Jacques-Cartier is a sunny, bustling hot spot in summer months. The Marché Bonsecours, built in 1847 and named one of Canada’s 10 finest heritage buildings, houses over a dozen boutiques featuring “made in Quebec” creations. Foodies should stop by the Jean-Talon open air market, featuring fresh produce and tempting handcrafted treats. This is also a great spot to grab a quick bite to eat. Hungry for more? Pause for a cup of coffee or glass of wine at one of the many sidewalk cafés or bistros that line the Saint Lawrence River. This is as close to Paris as it gets! For dinner, take your pick from countless fine restaurants serving up international cuisine. Love yourself some retail therapy? The Holt Renfrew department store is a shopper’s dream. Here you’ll find luxury brands like Chanel and Hermès. If you’d rather browse more unique offerings beloved by locals, bop around the Plateau on Saint Denis and Saint Laurent Boulevard. For those who can’t get enough culture, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is a wonderful place to while away the hours. The permanent collection features works by Picasso, Renoir, and

Rembrandt. There are also featured exhibitions, concerts, and cultural events held at the museum, so be sure to peek at the calendar before you go. If you’re itching for some adventure time, consider hiking Mount Royal, a small mountain in the middle of the city. There are multiple ways you can journey: by paved road, stairs, or dirt path, with several stops and lookouts along the way. Biking is also an option. Near the top, you’ll find a lovely chalet with a breathtaking view of the city below. STAY IN STYLE From unique B&Bs to affordable Airbnbs, cities like Montreal offer a range of wonderful lodgings. But if you’re looking for a once-in-a-lifetime kind of stay, here are some ideas. The iconic Ritz-Carlton Montreal combines the old-world grandeur of the Ritz with newly-renovated luxuries and amenities, including things like heated bathroom floors and defogging mirrors. There’s also a famed French restaurant and a Tiffany and Co. jewelry store on site. There’s also the Queen Elizabeth Hotel, which puts you at the center of it all. This hotel is located above a train station that connects to Montreal’s

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sprawling underground city of restaurants and boutiques. There’s also a health club and indoor pool, if fitness is a must even as you honeymoon. Fun Fact for Beatles fans: The Queen Elizabeth Hotel is where John Lennon and Yoko Ono held their famous “bed-in” in 1969. If it’s history you’re after, rest your head at Montreal’s most-historic hotel, Pierre Calvet. It’s the oldest hotel in the city, having first opened in 1727. With every room uniquely designed and a gourmet restaurant attached, Pierre Calvet offers a one-of-a-kind experience. DAY TRIPS Quebec City is just under three hours from Montreal—worth the journey if you’re willing to get up early, or even stay a couple of nights. You can get there by bus, train, or car rental. Quebec City is even deeper into French culture and language than Montreal, so it’s a good place to practice your French language skills. What makes Quebec worth the trip? First, its fortified walls are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And if you thought Old Montreal was quaint and charming, just wait. If you’re traveling in winter, be

sure to hit the Carnaval de Quebec, one of Canada’s oldest and most well-known annual winter festivals. A stop at the Chateau Frontenac is also a magical must. The most-photographed hotel in the world, the Frontenac is like something from a fairytale, dominating the Quebec City skyline as it overlooks the Saint Lawrence River. In warmer months, take in the view of the city skyline with a delightful ferry ride. For those who want to get out of town, just nine miles outside of Old Quebec are the Montmorency Falls, good for a morning or afternoon trip. These narrow falls are even taller than Niagara! Take a cable car up to the top and walk across the suspension bridge to see the falls up close. More than just the Montmorency Falls, Quebec boasts valleys, mountains, lakes, fields, and the scenic Île-d’Orléans—so much natural beauty within a short half-hour drive of the historic city. From beautiful landscapes to cultural experiences galore, Montreal and its surroundings truly offer the best of all worlds. Isn’t that just what you want in a honeymoon destination? Bon voyage, les amoureux!

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SECOND TIME BRIDES getting married again It’s no secret that men and women are getting married more than once nowadays. However, with the decision to wed a second or 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. Oftentimes, they are fullfledged career women who barely even have time to fit a wedding into their schedule. With commitments such as work, children and a personal life, it can be a tricky balancing act to plan a wedding during the prime of your life. Couples who are getting married again usually reflect more on the actual ceremony, while at the same time, try to juggle everything in between. Because of the many activities involved, it is often a good choice to hire a wedding consultant. Many wedding consultants specialize in planning signature weddings for second time brides and keep the bride and groom on schedule. In the case of a schedule, this often means someone else remembers to get the wedding dress altered, or that the ring bearer’s pillow is not available until the day before the ceremony. What About the Children? Wedding consultants are good for helping to coordinate extended families including the bride or groom’s children. Many couples nowadays are choosing to have their children be part of the ceremony. For example, sons might play the part of an usher or even a ring bearer. Depending on the age of the children, the daughter can also take part in the ceremony as a flower

girl or even a bride’s maid. The bride’s son or daughter might stand next to the bride in a show that the groom is not only marrying the mother, but also acknowledging he is taking the child as his own. This can be done visa versa as well and it is not uncommon to have a son or daughter walk down the aisle with their mother. Since children will often have some issues with their parent getting remarried, it is a good idea to let them have a big part in the wedding so they can feel a sense of importance. Singing during the ceremony, lighting a unity candle or just incorporating a reading will also tie the family and the ceremony together in a special way. Choosing the Right Dress and Style for You and the Wedding Party Blusher’s are not a good choice for brides walking down the aisle a second time since this reflects the innocence of a first time bride. Additionally, most brides the second time around do not choose the princess dress they would have chosen to wear in their first wedding. 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 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 - a choice that is very trendy and elegant nowadays. Wedding parties tend to be pared down from four plus attendants to two close friends or family members. Additionally, attendants are usually


SECOND TIME BRIDES allowed to pick their favorite cocktail dress that is within the brides color scheme or theme. Wedding Trends and Who Pays Smaller, intimate weddings are definitely the norm for second time couples. The receptions are different too; simple dinner parties or cocktail receptions are preferred over full-blown affairs. Often the bouquet and garter toss are replaced with an award to the longest married couple in the room. Since most of the time the bride and groom will pay for the second wedding, the choices they make are their own this time around. However, if it is a first wedding for the bride or groom, parents might still get involved to pay for a part of the wedding. There are no rules in regards to how to handle this situation; often everyone helps with the budget to make it the most special day possible. 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 Enlisting the aid of family, friends and wedding professionals ensure an easy and enjoyable day where nerves stay relatively unfrazzled and the sophistication of the event is remembered for years to come. Finally, remember that while you may 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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HONEYMOON Decide on your ideal destination and figure out what you’d like to do when you’re there. Are you up for outdoor activities? Do you want to check off some sight-seeing from your bucket list? Or would you rather just soak up the sun? 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. Either way, be prepared to compromise! Let’s look at some destinations to consider. GO TROPICAL You can’t beat a fruity umbrellaclad 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 and find out what exactly is meant by “all-inclusive”. The definition varies from one resort to the next. Most places offer a honey-moon package. ALL ABROAD! A trip abroad is an adventure and a chance to get caught up in a whirlwind of

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new ideas and cultures all while beginning a new adventure of your own as husband and wife. How-ever, 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. But if you’re up to the challenge, the result can be a most romantic, unforgettable experience. CONTINUED ON PAGE 260

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HONEYMOON 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 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. 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, is-land 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 right outside your cabin door! PLAN AND PREP Here are some things to think about, especially if you’ve never traveled to your honeymoon spot before. • Different customs. If you’re traveling abroad, do your research. Find out if there are gestures that are deemed inappropriate, actions that are considered rude, or types of dress that are unacceptable to the local community. Tipping customs vary from country to country, so find out what percentage to tip and when to do so. 260 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

• Language. Learn some key phrases and pick up a pocket-sized dictionary or phrase book. • Weather. Find out the average high and low temps for the time of year you’re traveling, and be prepared for rain or shine. WORK WITH A TRAVEL AGENT You have enough planning on your plate with the wedding so leave your travel planning to a professional! The cost to you is generally zero, or very, very minimal, and an experienced agent will save you so much time and greatly reduce your stress. If anything goes wrong (cancelled flight, lost reservation, etc.), your travel agent is just a phone call away. MAKE IT ROMANTIC It’s no secret that a honeymoon is all about those intimate moments and fueling the newly-wed romance. So be proactive in making sparks fly! Pack a secret gift for each other or plan a nighttime excursion — anything to spice things up. By keeping the romance as personal as possible, the love light will be burning strong no matter where you’re honeymooning. DESTINATION WEDDINGS A destination wedding might be an elopement for just the bride and groom or a small affair that includes immediate family and friends. Either way, destination weddings are a fun es-cape and an unforgettable experience — a wedding and honeymoon all rolled into one!

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SHOPPING MADE EASY attending bridal shows You may find that the more time you can save in planning your wedding the better. A Bridal Show can 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. 266 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

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 follow-up 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.

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Evergreen Golf Club, Elkhorn Show Times: 11:30am-2:30pm 262-723-5722 evergreengolf.com FEBRUARY 23, 2020

VETERAN’S TERRACE BRIDAL SHOW

Veteran’s Terrace, Burlington Show Times: 11am-2:30pm 262-763-9400 veteransterrace.com 270 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com


BRIDAL SHOWS FEBRUARY 23, 2020

PREFERRED VENDOR WEDDING SHOW

Geneva National Resort & The Ridge Hotel, Lake Geneva Show Times: 11am-3pm 262-249-3849 genevanationalresort.com

Boutique

Bridal Showcase

MARCH 1, 2020

LAKE LAWN RESORT BRIDAL SHOW

Lake Lawn Resort, Delavan Show Times: 11am-3pm lakelawnresort.com MARCH 8, 2020

BRIDAL EXPO

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

MARCH 11, 2020

Sunday, November 17

11a.m. - 2 p.m. 415 Genesee Street, Delafield, WI 53018 262.646.1600 | www.delafieldhotel.com

PRITZLAFF EVENTS OPEN HOUSE

Pritzlaff Events,Milwaukee Show Times: 5:30-8pm 414-433-6088 Pritzlaffevents.com MAY 3, 2020

BRIDAL EXPO

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

TIME TO GET REWARDED FOR YOUR WEDDING! Just for registering, you already have one entry.

For every Premier Bride vendor that you book, you get an additional entry.

Pgs 18-19 & 268

MAY 3, 2020

PRETTY PRETEND WEDDING SHOW

Rustic Manor 1848, Hartland 262-224-0316 rusticmanor1848.com

It’s Easy!

Just select PB Rewards next to the name of the PB vendors you’ve used

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES DIRECTORY KEY • ACCESSORIES (and Rental Items) • ALTERATIONS/ CUSTOM DRESS DESIGNS • ATTENDANT GIFTS (See 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, OFFICIANTS • CHOCOLATES (FAVORS) • CONSULTANTS • COORDINATING/ STYLING • COSMETICS (See Makeup) • DANCE INSTRUCTION • DECORATING SERVICES (Also see Rentals) • DESTINATION WEDDINGS (See Travel Agencies) • DOOR COUNTY WEDDINGS • DRY CLEANING / GOWN PRESERVATION • EXCITING & DIFFERENT

ACCESSORIES

Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop

(See pg 168)

Bead IT LLC

beadit-wi.com 262-366-5573

(Also See Beauty) • 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 162)

ALTERATIONS/ CUSTOM DRESS DESIGNS

(and Rental Items)

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

• FINANCIAL SERVICES • FIREWORKS • FLORISTS (and Rental Items) • FORMALWEAR • GIFTS • 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 (CUSTOM) • LIMOUSINES (See Transportation) • MAKEUP

BRIDAL

(See pg 207)

GOWNS

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

262-521-9710

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES ATTENDANT GIFTS

(See Gifts)

BACHELOR(ETTE) PARTIES CMP Tactical Lazer Tag 4905 S. Howell Ave, Milwaukee info@cmpmilwaukee.com 2567 State Rd 120, Lake Geneva lakegeneva@cmptactical.com cmptactical.com 414-483-2222

(See pg 239)

Friday’s Front Row

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

(See pg 66)

Luxury Motor Courts

756 S. Lincoln Street, Elkhart Lake luxurymotorcourts.com 414-399-3964

(See pg 240)

Milwaukee Pedal Tavern info@pedaltavern.com pedaltavern.com 414-409-8022

(See pg 206)

Riverwalk Boat Tours & Rentals

at Pere Marquette Park (on Old World Third St, between State and Kilbourn) riverwalkboats.com 414-283-9999 (See pg 239)

Vino Third Ward

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

(See pg 207)

BANQUET FACILITIES & REHEARSAL DINNERS 1451 Renaissance Place

1451 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee renaissanceplace.com 414-272-1451 (See Back Cover & pg 44)

1896 Room

6996 Pennsylvania Ave., Oconomowoc 262-269-9095

(See pg 90)

5101 West Oklahoma Avenue, Milwaukee serbhall.com 414-545-6030 (See pg 84)

The Astor Hotel

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

(See pg 6)

Bartolotta’s 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 The Peck & Bushel Barn 414-935-5014 5454 County Rd Q, Colgate bartolottas.com bartolottascatering.com (See pg 27)

Best Western Plus Airport

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

(See pg 40)

The Bog The Clubhouse at The Bog 3121 County Road I, Saukville The Barn at The Bog 3121 County Road I, Saukville golfthebog.com

262-292-0740 262-292-0740 (See pg 223)

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

(See pg 46)

Brookfield Conference Center 325 S. Moorland Rd., Brookfield visitbrookfield.com 262-789-0220

(See pg 19)

Café Hollander - Downer

2608 N. Downer Ave., Milwaukee lowlandsgroup.com/parties 414-963-6366

(See pg 14)

Café Hollander - Mequon

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

3041 North

3041 W. North Ave., Milwaukee 3041northevents.com 414-810-3131

American Serb Hall

(See pg 14)

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Café Hollander - Tosa

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

The DeKoven Center (See pg 14)

Canal Street Yacht Club

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

(See pg 22)

(See pg 13)

(See pg 14)

(See pg 222)

(See pg 220)

(See pg 89)

(See pg 47)

(See pg 15)

500 E. Sumit Ave., Wales feteofwales.com 262-528-3383

(See pg 83)

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

(See pg 41)

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

(See pg 11)

7036 Grand Geneva Way, Lake Geneva grandgeneva.com 800-558-3417 (See pg 191)

Harley Davidson Museum (See pg 95)

500 West Canal Street, Milwaukee h-dmuseum.com 414-287-2730

(See pg 85)

Hawk’s View Golf Club

Crowne Plaza Milwaukee West

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

(See pg 45)

Grand Geneva

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

N5109 County Road P, Delavan thefarmsteaddelavan.com 608-393-4024

Golden Mast Inn on Okauchee Lake

Corvina Wine Company

6038 W. Lincoln Ave., West Allis corvinawinecompany.com 414-546-3407

(See pg 15)

Four Points by Sheraton Milwaukee Airport

Chivaree on Park

N8345 Park St., Ixonia mychivaree.com 262-354-4848

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

fête

Charles Allis Art Museum

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

(See pg 79)

The Farmstead

Chandelier Ballroom

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

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

The Farm at Dover

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 29)

Delafield Hotel

Centraal Grand Café and Tappery

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

(See pg 58)

Delafield Brewhaus

The Carriage House

6996 Pennsylvania Ave., Oconomowoc carriagehouseatlaclabelle.com 262-269-9095

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

(See pg 86)

The Cupola Barn

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

N88 W35490 Mapleton Rd., Oconomowoc cupolabarn.com 262-617-4038 (See pg 54)

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

Davians Catering & Conference Center

Historic Courthouse 1893

N56 W16300 Silver Spring Dr., Menomonee Falls davians.com 262-781-3333 (See pg 10) 274 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

(See pg 185)

Hilton Milwaukee City Center

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

(See pg 77)

(See pg 25)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Holiday Inn Pewaukee

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

Milwaukee County Zoo (See pg 57)

Hubbard Park Lodge

3565 N. Morris Blvd., Milwaukee hubbardlodge.com 414-273-8300

(See pg 23)

(See pg 33)

(See pg 49)

(See pg 97)

(See pg 81)

(See pg 195)

(See pg 187)

(See pg 17)

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

(See pg 97)

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

Milwaukee Art Museum

Milwaukee Beer Bistro

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

(See pg 54)

1721 W. Canal St., Milwaukee paysbig.com 800-PaysBig

(See pg 43)

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

(See pg 39)

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

(See pg 63)

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

(See pg 56)

Red Circle Inn

Marriott Milwaukee West

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

6941 S 68th St, Franklin polishcenterofwisconsin.org 414-529-2140

Racine Civic Center

Lilac Acres

S47 W23045 Lawnsdale Rd., Waukesha lilacacres.com 262-309-0653

(See pg 31)

Pritzlaff Events

Lake Lawn Resort

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

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

Potawatomi Hotel & Casino

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

(See pg 32)

The Polish Center of Wisconsin

Kimpton-The Journeyman

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

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

The Pfister Hotel

Jan Serr Studio

2155 N. Prospect Avenue, Milwaukee janserrevents@sazs.com 414-256-8765

220 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Oconomowoc oconomowoc-wi.gov/communitycenter 262-569-2199 (See pg 88)

Pano’s Banquets

The Ingleside Hotel

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

(See pg 35)

Oconomowoc Community Center

Hyatt Regency

333 W. Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee milwaukee.regency.hyatt.com 414-270-6077

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

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

The Ridge Hotel (See pg 3)

W4240 Road 50, Lake Geneva RidgeLakeGeneva.com 262-249-3842

(See pg 183)

River Room on the Milwaukee 1218 13th Ave.,Grafton riverroomevents.com 262-501-4430

(See pg 92)

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Roma Lodge

War Memorial Center

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

(See pg 94)

The Rotunda

(See pg 7)

Washington County Fair Park

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

(See pg 55)

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

750 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr., Milwaukee warmemorialcenter.org 414-273-5533 Hwy 45 at Pleasant Valley Road wcfairpark.com 262-677-5060

(See pg 221)

Watertown Country Club (See pg 221)

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

(See pg 45)

Seven Seas

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

(See pg 59)

Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel 375 S. Moorland Rd., Brookfield SheratonMilwaukeeBrookfield.com 262-364-1012

(See pg 28)

South Second

838 S. 2nd St., Walker’s Point, Milwaukee southsecondmke.com 414-256-8765 (see pg 44, 96)

Sterling Chalet

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

West Bend Country Club (See pg 222)

Story Hill.Firehouse

(See pg 87)

Terrace 167

(See pg 220)

Tripoli Shrine Center

(See pg 16)

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

(See pg 29)

Veterans Terrace at Echo Park (See pg 189)

(See pg 96)

BARTENDING SERVICES barstarsbartending-mke.com 414-208-9500

(See pg 105)

Bartenders on the Go bartendonthego.com 414-899-6151

(See pg 105)

BEAUTY, SKIN & WEIGHT LOSS

(Also See Makeup)

Blush by Brittany

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

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

Bar Stars Bartending

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

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

(See pg 93)

Western Lakes Golf Club

407 N. Hawley Rd., Milwaukee shfirehouse@gmail.com 262-477-5813 3210 Hwy 167, Richfield terrace167.com 262-623-6588

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

(See pg 89)

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Serving SE-Wisconsin blushbybrittany.com

(See pg 214)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Elegance Salon & Spa

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

(See pg 217)

Friedman Dental Care

Julie Melbinger-Wagner, DDS 10345 N. Port Washington Rd., Mequon friedmandentalcare.com 262-240-9400 (See pg 219)

Allo! Chocolat

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

(See pg 176)

Simma’s

halo

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

(See pg 215)

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

(See pg 177)

Sweet n’ Flowers

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

CAKES, SWEETS & FAVORS

262-373-0101 262-375-3300 (See pg 216)

(See pg 214)

BED & BREAKFASTS/ INNS White Lace Inn

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

(See pg 245)

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 239)

Vino Third Ward

BRIDAL SHOWS

(See pg 179)

CATERING

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

(See pg 101)

Antigua Catering

BRIDAL SHOWERS/ GIFT OPENINGS

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

(See pg 207)

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

Wide Eyed Bride

Serving SE-Wisconsin wideeyedbride.com 414-377-0540

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

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

(See pg 104)

Black Shoe Catering

320 North 77th St., Wauwatosa blackshoecatering.com 414-336-1005

(See pg 73)

Davians Catering & Conference Center

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

Chef Jack’s

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

(See pg 103)

Louise’s Catering (See pg 207)

Complete listing and information (See pg 262)

Custom Menus & Catering megan@waterstreetbrewery.com, louisescatering.com 414-271-9506 (See pg 100)

Saz’s Catering

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

(See pg 96)

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES CONSULTANTS Ambrosia Events

Catering — Par Excellence!

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

sazamas.com • 414.276.2030

(See pg 96)

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

Member of the Vecchiio Entertainment Group escapetomilwaukee.com 414-273-8300 (See pg 23)

CEREMONIES, CHAPELS

320 Broad St., Lake Geneva holycommunionlakegeneva.com 262-248-3522

E Events

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

(See pg 217)

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

(See pg 121)

Timeless Events

Serving SE Wisconsin timelesseventsllc.com 262-751-6355

Rosewood

Serving SE-Wisconsin rosewoodwed.com 262-496-9832

Lamm Gardens

(See pg 222)

Tripoli Shrine Center

(See pg 127)

COSMETICS

(See Makeup) (See pg 16)

CEREMONIES, OFFICIANTS

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

Clergy Officiants

Serving SE Wisconsin OfficiantsWisconsin.com Rev. Lynette Corsten 262-893-6760 Rev. Jeffrey Montoya 414-793-4828

(See pg 145)

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

CHOCOLATES (FAVORS)

(See pg 145)

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

A Beautiful Touch at an Affordable Price coveritwithclass.com 262-343-2581 (See pg 223)

COORDINATING/ STYLING

Holy Communion Episcopal Church

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

(See pg 125)

Cover It With Class

événement (See pg 29)

Vecchio Catering

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

5110 W. Lincoln Ave., Milwaukee ambrosiaeventsmke.com 414-837-4925 (office) 414-546-2854 (mobile)

(See pg 176)

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(See pg 145)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Mequon 10934 N Port Washington Rd. fredastairenorthshore.com 262-241-1211

(See pg 145)

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

(See pg 145)

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

(See pg 145)

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

(See pg 145)

(See pg 206)

Ambrosia Events

(See pg 125)

(See pg 121)

Heavenly Creations

4060 N. 127th St., Suite 200, Brookfield By Appointment heavenlycr8.com 414-353-1179 (See pg 111)

Something Borrowed

DESTINATION WEDDINGS

(See Travel Agencies)

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

(See pg 245)

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

(See pg 247)

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

(See pg 247)

(See pg 245)

DRY CLEANING / GOWN PRESERVATION Martinizing

événement

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

(See pg 247)

The Lodge at Leathem Smith

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

(Also see Rentals)

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

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

White Lace Inn

DECORATING SERVICES

4404 W. Oklahoma Ave., Milwaukee ambrosiaeventsmke.com 414-837-4925 (office) 414-546-2854 (mobile)

Landmark Resort

Stone Harbor, A Door County Resort & Conference Center

Social Style

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

DOOR COUNTY WEDDINGS

(See pg 110)

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 236) 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

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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 206)

Bead IT LLC

beadit-wi.com 262-366-5573

(See pg 207)

Display Products LLC Serving SE-Wisconsin displayproductsllc.com 262-443-7517

(See pg 207)

The Happy Flower

Serving SE-Wisconsin thehappyflowerandgiftgallery.com 630-363-1744

(See pg 206)

Milwaukee Pedal Tavern pedaltavern.com 414-409-8022

(See pg 206)

(See pg 206)

(See pg 207)

(See pg 207)

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

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

262-695-9911 (See pg 171)

Belle Fiori

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

(See pg 169)

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

(See pg 173)

Fantasy Flowers

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

(See pg 173)

The Happy Flower

(See pg 206)

Lamm Gardens

(See pg 237)

DuBois 1700 W. Bluemound Rd., Brookfield 822 N. 8th St., Sheboygan duboisfw.com

Wolverine Fireworks

Bead IT LLC

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(See pg 170)

FORMALWEAR

GIFTS (See pg 62)

(See pg 222)

Tully Floral Design

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

262-253-9111

Serving SE-WI tullyfloraldesign.com 610-772-5674

Vino Third Ward

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

(See pg 168)

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

Sweet n’ Flowers

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

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

Serving SE-Wisconsin thehappyflowerandgiftgallery.com 630-363-1744

Social Style

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

Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop

Bank of Flowers

Art Below Zero

artbelowzero.com 414-779-7000

FLORISTS

(and Rental Items)

beadit-wi.com 262-366-5573

262-754-9296 920-458-1412 (See pg 229)

(See pg 207)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Display Products LLC Serving SE-Wisconsin displayproductsllc.com 262-443-7517

INVITATIONS (See pg 207)

GOWNS, CUSTOM

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

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

Serving SE-WI dcolovenotes.com info@dcolovenotes.com

HONEYMOON

(See Travel Agencies & Door County Weddings) Luxury Motor Courts

(See pg 240)

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

Luxury Motor Courts

(See Transportation)

beadit-wi.com 262-366-5573

(See pg 207)

LIMOUSINES

(Also see Banquet Facilities)

(See pg 240)

Sybaris Pool Suites

MAKEUP

(Also See Beauty) (See pg 253)

ICE SCULPTURES Art Below Zero

(See pg 206)

INTERNET Premier Bride

(See pg 165)

JEWELRY (CUSTOM) Bead IT LLC

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

(See pg 162)

Paperwhites

HOTELS/ CLUB SUITES

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

(See pg 164)

DCo Lovenotes

(See Beauty)

756 S. Lincoln Street, Elkhart Lake luxurymotorcourts.com 414-399-3964

(See pg 161)

CMYKnot

Serving SE-WI cmyknot.com

HAIR

756 S. Lincoln Street, Elkhart Lake luxurymotorcourts.com 414-399-3964

Coqui Paperie

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

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

Independent Beauty Consultants Tammy Ehrett, Independent Sales Director

262-781-4848 marykay.com/tehrett Merle Norman Cosmetic Studios

Brookfield Square (exterior entrance) 262-782-4406 mnsalonbrookfield.com 5300 S. 108th St., Hales Corners 414-421-3788 merlenorman.com (See pg 218) www.PremierBrideMKE.com PREMIER BRIDE • 281


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES MASSAGE

PHOTOGRAPHY

(See Spas)

Amanda Ketterhagen Photography

MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT

amandaketterhagenphotography.com 262-492-6334

(See pg 150)

Complete Weddings & Events of Milwaukee completemilwaukee.com 414-751-6886

(See pg 198)

DJ Express

djexpressfun.com 262-306-1138

(See pg 201)

Muzic in Motion

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

Complete Weddings & Events of Milwaukee

The Wedding Djay

Serving Milwaukee and Most of Wisconsin theweddingdjay.com 800-901-1007 (See pg 203)

completemilwaukee.com 414-751-6886

(See pg 198)

414-671-1512

(See pg 154)

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

(See pg 62)

Xcite Entertainment xciteentertainment.com 262-853-1550

(See pg 199)

MUSIC, SPECIALTY Carol Christensen, Violinist ccviolin@hotmail.com 262-681-0748 414-426-6703

(See pg 204)

Elegant Music Service

elegantmusicservices.com 262-619-1900

(See pg 204)

Gabriel’s Horns

gabrielshorns.com 414-581-7391

(See pg 204)

Whitewater String Quartet Serving SE-Wisconsin whitewaterstringquartet.com 262-473-3636

Ideal Impressions

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

(See pg 188)

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

(See pg 148)

JC Designs LLC jcdesignswi.com 262-574-9161

(See pg 204)

OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS

(See Hotels/Club Suites)

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Kara Reese Photography

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

(See pg 148)

Memory Lane Photography memorylanebyjessica.com 262-422-7670

(See pg 151)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES SB Photography and Design

2727 N Grandview Blvd., Suite 101, Waukesha sbphotoanddesign.com 414-220-0022 (See pg 149)

rehearsal dinners | bridal showers | luxury accommodations

Wild Elegance

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

(See pg 153)

PHOTO BOOTHS Complete Weddings & Events of Milwaukee completemilwaukee.com 414-751-6886

(See pg 198)

The Photo Booth

Serving Milwaukee and Most of Wisconsin 262photobooth.com 800-901-1007 (See pg 211)

ShutterBooth

Serving Greater Milwaukee & Madison shutterbooth.com 414-255-3800 (See pg 209)

Xcite Entertainment xciteentertainment.com 262-853-1550

(See pg 199)

Royal Prestige

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

Maxie’s

(See pg 72)

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

(See pg 69)

Riverwalk Boat Tours & Rentals (See pg 72)

(See pg 72)

Centraal Grand Café and Tappery

(See pg 15)

Friday’s Front Row

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

(See pg 71)

Mason Street Grill

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

Blue’s Egg - Wauwatosa

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

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

Mo’s - A Place for Steaks

Blue’s Egg - Shorewood

317 North 76th St., Milwaukee blackshoecatering.com 414-336-1005

Maggiano’s

Milwaukee Chop House (See pg 238)

REHEARSAL DINNERS 4195 North Oakland Ave., Shorewood blackshoecatering.com 414-336-1005

3565 North Morris Blvd., Shorewood hubbardparkbeergarden.com 414-332-4207

6732 West Fairview Ave., Milwaukee blackshoecatering.com 414-336-1005

REGISTRY dinner4two.com 920-375-6536

Hubbard Park Beer Garden

at Pere Marquette Park (on Old World Third St, between State and Kilbourn) riverwalkboats.com 414-283-9999 (See pg 239)

Rodizio Grill - Milwaukee

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

(See pg 70)

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

(See pg 66)

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Trinity Three Irish Pubs

Heavenly Creations

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

(See pg 68)

Vagabond

Something Borrowed

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

(See pg 69)

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

4060 N. 127th St., Suite 200, Brookfield By Appointment heavenlycr8.com 414-353-1179 (See pg 111) 1239 Hwy. 175, Hubertus somethingborrowedandmore.com 262-628-3090

(See pg 110)

Well Dressed Tables by Arena Americas 414-272-1195 262-646-7878 262-375-2222 414-301-5290 (See pg 67)

(See pg 109)

Arnold’s Environmental Services Inc. (See pg 117)

Brookfield Party Rental

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

RESTROOMS SPAS

All Star Rentals

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

Elegance Salon & Spa

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

HIGH CLASS LIMOUSINE & TROLLEY

(See pg 110)

First Class Service! (See pg 220)

Containers Up

containersup.com 888-765-3691

414-762-0809

highclasslimousinevip.com (See pg 108)

Cover It With Class

A Beautiful Touch at an Affordable Price coveritwithclass.com 262-343-2581 (See pg 223)

Exciting Events

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

(See pg 217)

TRANSPORTATION

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

(See pg 115)

(See Rentals)

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

10861 S. Howell Ave., Oak Creek welldressedtables.com 855-252-2480 (toll free)

SEE OUR AD ON PAGE 235

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

(See pg 233)

Lamers Trolley & Coaches (See pg 113)

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

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Motor Coaches & Trolley Limousines golamers.com

800-236-1240 800-236-6160 920-336-6160 (See pg 233)


TRAVEL AGENCIES & HONEYMOONS CTS Travel

Specializing in Destination Weddings & Honeymoons ctstravelpros.com 414-276-3388 (See pg 261)

Know Your Metals

Latitudes Travel LatitudesWI.com 414-433-4873

(See pg 259)

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

(See pg 259)

LovinAway

Luxury Romance Travel lovinaway.com 844-568-2929

(See pg 243)

VIDEOGRAPHY Complete Weddings & Events of Milwaukee completemilwaukee.com 414-751-6886

Love THE CIRCLE OF

(See pg 205)

14-KARAT YELLOW GOLD CLASSIC Durable for daily wear, polishes easily. WHITE GOLD Made by mixing pure gold with white metals; can be a less-expensive; alternative to platinum. PLATINUM Very white; heavy, durable metal; ideal for engraving. PALLADIUM Sister metal to platinum; naturally white metal; strong, non-tarnishing and hypo-allergenic.

Know Your Diamond Diamonds are measured by the “Four Cs.” A L L F O U R F E AT U R E S C A N M A K E A D R A M AT I C I M P A C T ON T H E Q U A L I T Y , & T H E R E F O R E P R I C E , O F A D I A M ON D .

CUT Proportions of a diamond and its facets, as opposed to its shape. A diamond gets its brilliancy from the cutting which maximizes the reflection of light. COLOR White diamonds are graded on a D–Z scale, D being the most colorless.

414-671-1512

(See pg 154)

Ideal Impressions

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

(See pg 188)

JC Designs LLC jcdesignswi.com 262-574-9161

WALWORTH COUNTY WEDDINGS

(See pg 184)

CLARITY The presence of natural marks, called inclusions, in the gem. The Gemological Institute of America judges clarity based on a standard 11-point scale from “Flawless” through “Imperfect 3.” CARATS Diamonds are weighed in carats, which may also be expressed as “points,” where one carat equals 100 points.

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IDEAS FOR YOUR WEDDING

Love the outdoors but you’re not an “outdoorsy” type? Consider choosing a glamping theme for your wedding. It’s the perfect marriage between stunning nature and modern luxury. Ideas include tents and stunning florals with top notch catering and entertainment.

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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

______________

Ceremony Site Fee

______________

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

______________

Parents’ Sets

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Other

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Wedding VHS/DVD

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Additional Copies

______________

Bride’s Gown

______________

Alterations

______________

Headpiece & Veil

______________

Lingerie, Hosiery & Garter

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Shoes

______________

Jewelry & Accessories

______________

Wrap/Jacket

______________

Hair, Makeup & Manicure

______________

Other

______________

GROOM: Groom’s Formalwear

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Neckwear & Cufflinks

______________

Accessories

______________

Shoes

______________

Other

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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

______________

Attendants’ Boutonnieres

______________

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Best Man

______________

Groomsmen

______________

Ushers

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Helper Corsages/Boutonnieres ______________

Child Attendants

______________

Ceremony Flowers

______________

Bride & Groom

______________

Reception Flowers

______________

Bride’s Parents

______________

Decorations/Balloons

______________

Groom’s Parents

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Other

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

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Save-the-Date Cards

______________

Cake Cutting Attendant

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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

______________

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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

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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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