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38 What a Bride Should Expect 160 Washington County 47 Theme Weddings 163 Lake Geneva/ Walworth County 52 Table Settings 242 Door County 97 Spring Fashion Preview 134 50 Do’s and Don’ts 189 Candies Table 202 Exciting & Different

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199 Attendants Gifts 186 Attendant Gifts for Children 216 Beauty 180 Cakes 80 Catering 113 Consulting 23 Engagement Party 190 Flowers 5 Gowns 16 Incorporating Tradition 179 Insurance 212 Invitations 118 Music 167 Personalized Vows 145 Photo Booths 137 Photography 28 Reception 204 Registry 176 Second Time Brides 20 Sharing the Cost 228 Transportation 155 Video 153 Wedding Colors

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Gowns

6 easY sTeps to the gown of your dreams

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

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GOWNS Have a trusting team. Invite along friends or family who will be honest yet accommodating with you. If a dress is unflattering, you want them to speak up, but don’t invite someone who wants to control how you’ll look on your day – the ultimate decision is yours, and you shouldn’t feel guilty about that. Keep an open mind. It’s helpful to have an idea of what you want, but don’t be afraid to wiggle outside your comfort zone. You might be pleasantly surprised with the results and make a statement walking down the aisle! Get treated right. Make sure your service is topnotch. Your dress is one of the most

important and memorable parts of one of the biggest days of your life, so you should be taken care of like a queen. You need to be able to trust a consultant to take care of every aspect of you dress-buying experience. Make sure they address how they’ll deal with alterations and other practical matters. Also, be mindful they’re not slacking but are truly showing you all your options while staying within your price range. Your happiness should be their top priority. If you don’t feel comfortable, do NOT be afraid to ask for a different representative or go somewhere else. Start basic. Do some basic research like online searches, or thinking of friend and family’s dresses you loved, and try to have an idea in your head of what you

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theastorhotel.com GOWNS want so it’s easier to narrow you search. Even then, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with your options. If you don’t know where to start, bridal magazines and on-line sites can be a great resource. The process can seem daunting. A good starting point is styles of dresses you’ve loved on yourself in the past. When you see something you like there, create a file of your favorites. Bring them along when you visit more specialized wedding boutiques and review them with the consultant. As for styles, it’s an exciting time to shop for wedding gowns. Strapless dresses still reign supreme as the top pick among brides-to-be, but the market is constantly expanding. Trends like bold colors, asymmetrical hemlines, whimsical trims and dramatic backs are challenging conventional designs. It`s

important to remember these trends don’t always mean a dress will be too edgy or something you’ll regret in five years. Designers want a gown to be a classic piece, possibly one you’ll pass down, so often a bold look is simply a modern take on a chic design, one you’ll still smile at in pictures years from now. Here are some of the latest and greatest from the wide world of bridal fashion: COLOR. Traditional white gown will always have a place, but it’s no longer the only option. Romona Keveza has a flower-trimmed robin’s egg blue, Vera Wang embraced a soft blush for a layered gown and Oscar de la Renta showed green skirts and even a dramatic black with striking white butterfly accents. If you don’t want www.premierbride.com PREMIER BRIDE • 7


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GOWNS to transition totally away from white, try fading into color, like this Junko Yoshioka. The silky strapless gown starts in an off-white and gently swirls into an asymmetrical yellow train for a pastel spin on a timeless look. Or, go for a bold accent like this look from Anthropologie with a black bow and red shoes. A sash is another way to add color, perhaps the same color as your bridesmaids or flowers. Throw it on after the ceremony for a different reception look. Black and red are two popular colors for a bold yet classic accent. LEGS! Short dresses have always been fun for a switch into a more casual reception dress, but they’re gaining popularity down the aisle, especially for summer or outdoor weddings. They show off your legs or a great shoe, 8 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com

and come as light-hearted or couture as you like. Project Runway’s Carol Hannah has some flirty, affordable frocks. No one will elegantly show off your curves more than Alfred Angelo’s ‘Little White Dress’ collection, while Oscar de la Renta has whipped up a more show-stopping number with full skirts ballooning out from a simple, strapless top. For tee-length, princess options, try a whimsical dress from Rosa Clara. STRAPLESS’S NEW RIVAL. The one shoulder option is now second to strapless, which means the once edgy look now has classic and elegant options. A decorative bow, flower or design on the shoulder strap energizes the look, like this Jenny Packham dress. For a less dramatic design, try something like Imogen from Carolina


GOWNS Herrera’s 2011 bridal line, with a simple tulle cap sleeve that gently stems from an easily sloping neckline. Also popular is a folded, asymmetrical look, like Oscar de la Renta shows. (Asymmetrical hemlines are also very in!) COVER UP. Sleeves are back, but don’t worry – designers haven’t relapsed to the heavily padded shoulders and too-beaded sleeves of our mothers. Monique Lhuillier’s Addie is a perfect example of tight, sheer sleeves extending from a sleek v-neck to truly shape a slender arm on any body type. For an updated Grace Kelly look, intricate lace sleeves that don’t remind you of doilies are beautiful from designers like Kelima. Cap sleeves are also popular, especially a thin or lacy detachable

type for a different look between ceremony and reception. Also popular is a lace overlay to the neckline, an elegant way to show just enough skin. Claire Pettibone has lots to offer with both designs. TRIMS. Trims as accents are becoming the perfect way to make a simple gown dazzle. Melissa Sweet, ReemAcra, RomonaKeveza and Anthropologie scattered ruffles, tiny butterflies or even feathers down the dress to add personality to a classic design. BACK IS THE NEW BLACK. After all, it’s a long way down the aisle, and throughout the ceremony and first dance that’s what your guests will see. Silky, knotted backs the Eslava or Enfasis from Rosa Clara eliven the gown and let a strong, beautiful back poke through.

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Gown Types A-LINE Has a fitted bodice and the skirt flares out gently from the waistline to the hemline. Gets its name from the “A” shape it creates: small at the top and larger at the bottom. Good for: Almost every figure.

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BALL GOWN The most traditional silhouette (think “Cinderella”) and features a fitted bodice and waistline with a very full skirt. Good for: Drawing attention to a small waist and hiding full hips.

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SWEEP The shortest train style, just brushing the floor.

CHAPEL Extends approximately one-and-ahalf yards from the waistline.

SEMI CATHEDRAL Extends approximately two yards from the waistline.

PANEL A separate, foot-wide panel attached at the waist, usually one-and-a-half feet to four-and-ahalf feet long and detachable. CATHEDRAL Extends approximately two-and-ahalf yards from the waistline.

MONARCH The longest train style, it extends approximately three yards from the waistline.

WATTEAU A separate, foot-wide panel that is attached at the shoulders and falls loosely to the hem.

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INCORPORATING TRADITION 5 tips on bringing tradition into your wedding These days, many couples who get married come from different backgrounds. Incorporating these differences into your wedding ceremony can both celebrate your individualism and personality as a couple. Bride-to-be Randi G. wrote in recently and asked “I would like to incorporate my family’s Irish history, but would also like to include my fiancé’s Air Force involvement. The two themes don’t seem to flow together. Also, he’s Jewish and would like to include some of those traditions. I feel like it’s too much, and I am nervous my guests will be confused.” Well... thousands of books have been written on incorporating cultural, religious and other – such as military –

traditions into your wedding day. While we certainly don’t have the room to go into specific wedding traditions here, I do want to touch on Randi’s great question: how do you effectively incorporate more than one “theme”? Here are five key tips on how to do this successfully: #1 - Focus on just one or two ‘big elements’ at the ceremony, and just one or two at the reception. For example, if you have your heart set on having a military arch with sabers at your ceremony, 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 your fiancé, and your families, and keep

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TRADITION TIPS 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 themes to your heart’s content. For example, Randi writes, “he is wearing his Air Force Blues and my gown is cream, my nieces are wearing cream dresses with Air Force blue sashes, and my nephew is wearing an Air Force blue suit with an official Air Force flight pin rather than a boutonniere. I’d like to use my Celtic champagne flutes, my Celtic unity candle set, and give seed packets as a favor, which is an Irish tradition.” All of these details are wonderful ways to subtly incorporate your themes... and doing all of these won’t be “too much.” To be perfectly honest, most of the

guests wouldn’t even notice that it’s specifically an “Air Force blue” sash on the flower girl’s dress - other than to briefly note that it goes so nicely with the groom’s attire. And most people wouldn’t notice the Celtic champagne flutes - but the newly married couple will as they toast each other - and that is what’s important. So use details like these to further express your own personal themes. #3 - Use your ceremony program to inform your guests, if needed. The ceremony program is a great place to explain and describe any unique wedding customs and traditions that you plan to include. For example, while most non-Jewish guests are familiar with the breaking of the glass tradition, a brief explanation of what that ceremonial www.premierbride.com PREMIER BRIDE • 17


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TRADITION TIPS aspect signifies would be a very nice touch, and the ceremony program is the perfect place to do it. #4 - 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... you had better plan on having a few serious family ‘pow wows’ to jointly craft a wedding day that meets everyone’s needs. Be openminded, flexible and sensitive. #5 - Ultimately, it’s your wedding! (“Yours” meaning not just you, the bride, but “yours” as in you, your groom and your immediate families.) Really, it’s your day, so whatever you want to do, find a way to do it! If you really want the military arch AND the bagpiper, then have the arch at the wedding ceremony, and the bagpiper 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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SHARING THE COST paying for the wedding

Gone are the days of the bride’s family paying for the wedding. For now, it’s more like whoever has it, usually pays, even if it’s the couple themselves. As the average age of couples who are getting married rises, this is beginning to happen more and more. However, even as traditions change, it is useful to know what your family should expect.

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

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

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ENGAGEMENT PARTIES let the fun begin

After the engagement ring has been slipped on your finger and the excitement over your impending new life together has finally settled in, someone will 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 your 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 that 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 to do it surrounded by family and friends and in a comfortable setting as well. 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.

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• What a great time for all your family and friends to admire your engagement ring, right? Invite individuals who are close not only to you, but also 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 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 the engagement announcement is made 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. A few other things to remember is that invitations (they don’t have to be

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ENGAGEMENT PARTIES fancy) should be sent out after the best date and time have been determined by both the bride and groom. The venue where the engagement party will be held is also another important consideration. While a local restaurant or hotel is fine, what about going the extra mile and considering a more exciting venue such as a museum, zoo or even an old historical mansion. As for the time of your party keep it simple, but hold it whenever you’d like. Whether it’s a lunch, dinner or cocktail reception anything goes. In the case that you want to add some fun and games to your party try going with a theme such as a beach party, wine tasting, intimate sit-down affair, open house or even a champagne brunch. In the case of a casual affair make sure everyone is relaxed – if it’s at the beach then keep the entertainment going throughout the day and night. Even a wine tasting doesn’t have to be too over the top. If you do decide to go with a theme party be creative and offer party favors such as napkins, place cards or even bottles of wine with your wedding date engraved on it. Another fun idea might be to create your own personalized drink complete with martini shakers or any number of other cocktail glasses.

The bottom line when being a part of, or hosting, your own engagement party is to have fun. This is your special time to get together with those special family members and friends and let them share in your soon-to-be new life together with the person you love.

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What you need to know before booking your reception site

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Step 1: What to do first The biggest question regarding the reception is “where?” Before you can work on this question, however, you’ll need to know a couple of things: what style of wedding do you envision, and how big? Obviously, a casual, relaxed summer afternoon reception would require a completely different reception site than a formal, elegant winter evening reception – so clarify the type of wedding (and the time of year) you both desire first. Once that’s been established, determine the rough guest list, including all interested parties: you and your groom, and each set of parents. Of course, you’ll also need to consider your budget as well, as this will have great influence on the number of guests you can afford to have. Once you’ve made these critical decisions, it’s time to start looking for the ideal reception site. As with anything, the more time you have, the better – some choice reception sites get booked one to two years in advance, particularly for prime dates. Step 2: Start the search Local bridal publications, the Internet, wedding shows, married friends and the yellow pages are all good sources of potential reception sites. If you have no idea where to hold your reception, try hotels, banquet halls, restaurants, community centers and country clubs. Other less obvious options are country inns, historic homes or mansions, city parks, college or university facilities, art galleries, museums and boats. Each location offers its own unique style and ambiance.


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RECEPTION There are two basic types of reception facilities: on-site and offsite. Most on-site locations provide the majority of services you will need for your reception: catering, beverages, tables, chairs, tableware, linens and serving staff, making this a very convenient option. The facilities normally charge on a per person basis, and have a minimum guest requirement. Such locations include hotels, private clubs and restaurants. Off-site locations offer the use of the facility only, providing no other services. You supply nearly everything yourself, paying a flat fee for the use of the site. The nice thing about offsite locations is the freedom to do everything your own way, and more choices – although this can also mean more work! Narrow down your search by focusing on those sites that seem to best meet your needs, depending on your style, season and estimated guest count. Once you’ve selected some possibilities, it’s time to go on a road trip with your fiancé, maid of honor and/or Mom and check out the sites in person. Step 3: Evaluating reception sites Now the real work begins. Every site offers advantages and disadvantages, and your job is to sift through all of the features of each site, to find the best one for your wedding – all while keeping your budget in mind. Here are some factors to consider: Location. The reception site should be no more than a 30-minute drive away from the ceremony location. A longer drive than that is really asking too much of your guests! If the location is difficult to find, or will offer

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rooms for the cocktail hour, dinner, dancing? Will it comfortably hold the number of tables you’ll need, and will everyone dine in the same room? Is there room for a band or DJ, and for cocktail hour musicians, if you’re having them? Privacy. If your venue does multiple events, find out if there are other bookings on the same day or time as yours. If so, ensure that there will be adequate privacy and separation for your celebration. There should also be ample time in between events to allow your caterer or other service people to set up or break down your party. Parking. Make sure there is convenient, well-lighted, ample parking for your guests, and if not, find out if valet service is available. Technical details. Whether you intend to have a DJ or a band, inquire about possible restrictions regarding the type, volume or duration of music. Be sure to confirm that there is an adequate power supply for speakers, mixers and amplifiers, or good acoustics for string and wind instruments. Some sites have built-in public-address systems which can be used for introductions and toasts. If your site of choice doesn’t offer this equipment, make sure your DJ or musicians can provide it.


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RECEPTION Room décor. Most sites offer a neutral background to work with, but make sure the flooring, wall coverings and colors will work with the style and season of your wedding. Services offered. Be clear, with each site visited, exactly what is and is not included. From catering and wait staff, to candles and chairs… get those details up front. A note about outdoor receptions If you’re planning an outdoor reception, it’s critical to have a backup plan in case of inclement weather. Planning for an outdoor reception is usually much more work overall, because you have to provide for everything from the salad forks to the tents to the chairs, and you may need to change plans at the last minute due to the weather! For these reasons, it’s highly recommended that you use an experienced wedding coordinator if you want an outdoor reception – this will ease your workload, and your stress, immensely. Down to details As with any wedding vendor, make sure that all details are outlined in writing, and use a credit card whenever possible when making payments so that you have more protection in the unlikely event of a problem. You should feel very comfortable with your contact person, and feel that they respond in a timely and efficient manner to your questions and requests. Visit premierbride.com’s online wedding planner for a comprehensive list of questions to ask potential reception sites, and other great wedding planning help.

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that will be orchestrated and presented in real time. We have all heard the saying “beauty is only skin deep”. It implies what you see on the surface is only part of the equation. The same is true in the wedding business. The photos you expect from your photographer or the music you discuss with your DJ is important, but only represents one level of service expectation. The products and service provided is important – so too is the manner in which they are delivered! Romantic comedies and reality TV have conditioned us to think that weddings are this stressed-out event that tears people apart and reduces the strongest people to a fetal position. It doesn’t have to be that way. Look carefully at training, qualifications and talent and don’t be afraid to ask for an example of how well they work with other vendors. Look at how you will be treated as a customer, how quickly they return your phone calls and respond to your inquiries. Follow your instincts and select vendors who care as passionately about you and the success of your event as they do about their own vocation. For more information on creating a spectacular customer service model, visit www.CustomerServiceAtoZ.com.

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FRIDAY/SUNDAY WEDDINGS the advantages of weekend weddings

If you decide to have your wedding on a Friday or a Sunday, you’ll reap several rewards: both financial and otherwise. You’ll save time, you’ll probably save a significant amount of money, and you’ll find that your guests may appreciate having a Saturday free to spend time with you and the other guests they know.

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.”

MAXIMIZE YOUR DOLLAR For Friday or Sunday weddings, the majority of banquet facilities, photographers, video producers, musicians/entertainers and limousine services are much more willing to negotiate in order to reach a price that suits your budget. Vendors tend to see Friday and Sunday as bonus days, a time when they can earn income. Savings on these services can really add up, making this option a great way to save money without having to sacrifice the quality of your wedding. SAVE TIME On a Friday, you’ll probably have your wedding in the evening, which means that the ceremony is followed immediately by dinner. This means that you will avoid the extra cost and hassle of a one-to-two-hour interim reception or cocktail party. Having the ceremony and reception back to back may ensure more people at the church ceremony. Additionally, a Friday/Sunday wedding frees up at least one day of the weekend, generally making your family, friends and guests more appreciative of the extra time, especially if they are traveling.

REHEARSAL IS EASY Restaurants are usually thrilled to have rehearsal dinners booked on Thursdays or other evenings during the week, since those are typically their slower business days. You will find a more relaxed atmosphere and the staff will be more attentive to your party’s needs. In selecting a Friday or Sunday date for your event, you’ll help both your budget and your odds of getting exactly the wedding you want, while also allowing for more time dedicated to finalizing last minute details. You can use the extra day to catch your breath, and use the extra money to purchase something special.

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Laws

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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.

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Racine Walworth Washington Waukesha

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

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

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


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THEME WEDDINGS where style meets personality

From grooms riding in on horses with spurs and chaps to sleighs crashing through ice, the time and place you decide to get married is all about your personality and nowadays, it has never been easier to incorporate tradition with a bit of cutting-edge humor. Spring-related theme weddings In the springtime think gardens blooming, lace, holidays such as Easter and May Day or even teddy bears and angels. It’s no secret that flowers are at their most beautiful this time of year so consider all those plants that can make your wedding special. Surprise your guests with both outstanding colors and the fragrance to match. Instead of using rice after your ceremony consider using the petals from roses or another popular flower that you have chosen for your wedding day. In memory of spring have your bridesmaid’s dresses be pastel colors and send each guest home with a packet of your favorite flowers to commemorate this special day. For May Day weddings have some fun with the tradition of the May pole. Think about unique cake decorations and for Easter make Easter baskets the reception table centerpieces. Special favors for wedding guests can include stuffed eggs with candy inside, Easter Bunny candy or a decorated potted lily. Summer-related theme weddings While spring might be a time for growing new things, summer is definitely the most popular time for weddings. Perhaps a Victorian

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wedding at this time of year might be appropriate with lots of lace and plenty of candles to light at the ceremony and reception. Tea cups can be used for a variety of purposes from candle holders to parting gifts engraved with your name and date on the inside. For a beach party use the ocean and the sand and let Mother Nature decorate your ceremony. Some people use gazebos by the ocean, but how about going barefoot in the sand with the one you love and making it a casual, yet memorable affair. Afterward, you might want to include sea shells on the tables and consider sand sculptures. If you really want to take it easy, forget about the formal affair all together and enjoy a clam bake or barbeque. Parting gifts won’t be hard either, for fun in the sun give your guests sunscreen or a bottle of shells commemorating your day. Fall-related theme weddings Celebrating Halloween or the fall harvest on your special day is a great time to create memories. Use black and orange in your color scheme and invitations with a touch of the unusual sporting vampires or pumpkins. While it’s not something that happens everyday, some couples might like to have a Halloween costume party wedding, but be sure and tell your guests if you expect them to dress up. Use Jack-o-lanterns to be the only means of light or guide your guests way to your reception. You will want to make sure the food too, is reminiscent of this time of year. For the fall harvest theme how about green and wine colors with semi-formal attire such as bowties and a ribbon tied around the bride’s waist.


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

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Table Settings Your Perfect table setting: ideas that capture your personality

Low lights and a formal table setting embrace guests with luxurious ambience. Although the most formal reception tables will be uniformly set, creative license can still rule the day. Don’t be afraid to break away from the white tablecloths and the flowers in a glass vase. Experiment with burnished fabrics or gilt accents. Use seasonal elements to reinforce the festive spirit of your wedding. Most of all, make your celebration reflect you and your groom’s personality and tastes. Table and Floral Design by The Elegant Touch www.theeleganttouchonline.com

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BACHELOR(ETTE) PARTIES take on a new looK

During the last several years, there has been a trend away from the “party till dawn at a gentlemen’s club” affair or a “girls go wild” night. 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. The adventure bachelor parties give the best man a chance to sign the group up and then relax. From the time the groomsmen arrive at the destination city until they depart, everything is planned out and orchestrated. 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. Five things to consider when planning the perfect party: 1. Who should be invited? The make up and size of the group will have an effect on the rest of the planning. If relatives such as dad, a favorite aunt or teenage siblings are to be included, it will influence the type of event, where it happens and how long it lasts. Two and three-day excursions or adventure weekends can accommodate participants of all ages. The focus of the celebration should be on adventure and making memories, so that older relatives and younger siblings don’t feel out of place.

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BACHELOR(ETTE) PARTIES The same type of event can also apply for 3. How long should the Bachelor(ette) Party last? best friends scattered across the country. Weekend events are becoming much more common, they last from Friday night 2. When should the event take place? to Sunday afternoon, some even start on There are some factors to be considered Thursday giving those from out of town time - should the party be a weekend adventure to travel and allow everyone to relax, socialize or be well separated from the wedding and relive memories. Everyone pays their itself to give the wedding party from out own transportation costs and the weekend of town time to return home, get back ground costs are usually split between all the to work and regroup before leaving for participants so that the bride or groom is free. the wedding. Local parties with local participants can be held the weekend 4. How can the party be made “special”? prior to the wedding or more traditionally, This is where the Best Man and the Maid the night before the wedding. Some of Honor needs to put on their thinking ideas encompass adventures e.g., lake cap. What would make this a memorable fishing, white water rafting, that are best occasion? Isn’t it more than consuming done at certain times of the year. For a excess beverages and waking up the next “destination” adventure weekend plans day with a strange tattoo? Great memories and reservations should be made early, are made of sharing an adventure, a special using only a reputable tour company with dinner, or sitting around a campfire telling bachelor(ette) party experience. tales from the past. Special t-shirts, with the www.premierbride.com PREMIER BRIDE • 55


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BACHELOR(ETTE) PARTIES date and guest of honor’s name, videos of the adventure or even an engraved memento to be presented at the wedding reception are now becoming more common bachelor(ette) party ideas. 5. Who can make the arrangements? Planning a memorable and exciting party can be complicated and overwhelming for the best man or maid of honor, even with ideas from the bride or groom. The important thing is keep the idea, not lose the enthusiasm and let someone else do all the planning. Destination weddings, wedding planners and bridal consultants all take the pressure off the bride - now the same logic can be applied to the bachelor(ette) party. New tour companies can set up weekend adventures with just the right touch, just the right location, just the right ingredients, to meet everyone’s expectations. Now that we understand what’s at stake and how to plan it, here are some ideas to get the ball rolling:

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BACHELOR(ETTE) PARTIES • Wine Tours - Wine tasting can be an occasional training, everyone flies to 13,000+ feet and prepares pleasant diversion or a time-and-resourcefor the jump. Hearts pound, men begin to fade to the consuming passion. Wine tasting is actually a back of the line, and adrenaline pumps as everybody complex proposition involving much more than peels out of the plane into the open sky. simply sipping some fermented grape juice, but • Paintball - What better way to spend your day then even if you are not a true wine aficionado, it is pummeling your friends with paint? Break up into pretty easy to fake it. Just swirl, sniff the glass using teams, learn how to handle your firearm, don your words like bouquet and tannin, and taste. Be sure fatigues, and head off into the woods. Add a new spin to rent a shuttle or assign a designated driver. on your favorite childhood game, “Capture the Flag”, • Charter Fishing - Compete in your own private except this time speed is not the only weapon. fishing tournament abord charter boats. While everybody breathes in the fresh air and takes in The most important part of the picturesque views, the expert captains and crew experience is making sure the groom or guide the team to the hot spots and teach the boys bride has a great time. If all goes as planned, how to reel in the big one. After a full day of fishing, you will have successfully orchestrated camaraderie, and competition, a chef “cooks the a weekend filled with memories to last catch” at a restaurant overlooking the water. a lifetime. Contact a coordinator who • Skydiving - What’s better than jumping out of a specializes in adventure-based trips for plane, free-falling for over a minute at 120 mph, groups who can plan everything from and seeing for miles in every direction? Doing it all the lodging to the adventure such as with some of your closest friends. After some basic www.hitzadventures.com.

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Milwaukee Airport Hotel and Conference Center 5105 S. Howell Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53207

414-769-2100

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DIVORCED PARENTS dealing with the situation

If your divorced parents are on good terms, count your blessings. If are not, or if their relationship is marginal, correct handling of these delicate matters can help avoid any unwanted tensions. There are several alternatives you should consider in planning your church wedding and reception arrangements to accommodate your divorced parents. According to protocol, the parent with whom you have lived the longest issues the invitations. The other parent is usually not mentioned unless both parties agree to each of their names being represented. Protocol, however, does not always create good feelings. Try to include both parent’s names on the invitation. When you’re introducing your parents to your future in-laws, it is usually proper to introduce the parent with whom you have lived the longest, then introduce your other parent shortly afterward. The bride’s father should always walk his daughter down the aisle, except under extenuating circumstances. If that is not possible, a substitute can stand in for the father. A brother, uncle or close family friend will be fine. Special church seating arrangements can help smooth rough spots. The bride’s mother and her immediate family (parents, husband and children) are seated in the first row. The second row is left empty to afford a better view for the bride’s father, who, after giving her away, is seated with his immediate family in the third row. The same seating arrangement pertains to the groom’s family if they are divorced. The small amount of time and attention devoted to handling these matters will reward you with a day that is as free of tension as it can possibly be.

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• Rehearsal Dinners • Ceremony • Wedding Receptions • Gift Openings • Bridal Suites

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KILAWAT

139 E. Kilbourn Ave, Milwaukee

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

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425 E. Mason St, Milwaukee

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6732 W. Fairview Ave., Milwaukee

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633 North 5th St, Milwaukee

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125 E. Juneau Ave., Milwaukee

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Lake Geneva Cruise Line 812 Wrigley Drive Lake Geneva

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One of Milwaukee’s favorite venues! RECEPTION GUIDE

Phone Number(s)

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Number of Available Banquet Rooms

Number of Months to Schedule Facility

Average Price per Person

DOWNTOWN 1451 RENAISSANCE PLACE

414-272-1451

Back Cover

400

2

6-18

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THE ASTOR HOTEL

414-271-4220

7

300

4

1-12

$25 to $50

BARTOLOTTA CATERING:

414-765-1166 414-765-1005

10-11

5-200

6

414-765-8610

10-11

320

8

12

$25+market

414-962-6300

10-11

20-300

2

6-12

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414-727-6980

10-11

25-425

1

6-18

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HAMPTON INN AND SUITES

414-271-4656

72

20-200

1

2-14

HARLEY-DAVIDSON MUSEUM

414-287-2894

27

600

3

3-12

$25 to $50

HILTON MILWAUKEE CITY CENTER

414-390-1808

39

500

10

9-12

$35 to $60

HISTORIC PRITZLAFF

414-376-6500 ext 251

25

400

1

2-12

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325 N. Plankinton, Milwaukee

HOT WATER / WHEREHOUSE

414-383-7593

34

20-450

2

1-12

$20 to $50

HOTEL METRO MILWAUKEE

414-272-1937

35

100

1

3-18

$25 to $50

HUMPHREY SCOTTISH RITE MASONIC CTR.

414-727-3155 ext 106

51

100-300

3

12

$20 to $50

790 N. Van Buren St., Milwaukee

HYATT REGENCY MILWAUKEE

414-276-1234

40

10-1000

19

6

$35 to $75

INTERCONTINENTAL MILWAUKEE

414-291-4790

32

20-400

2

9-12

$26 to $50

THE ITALIAN CONFERENCE CENTER

414-223-2800

70-71

650

4

3-12

$25 or less

LAKEFRONT PALM GARDEN

414-273-8300

78

50-400

1

6

$25 or less

MARCUS CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

414-276-2030

9

20-5,000

7

6-18

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MILWAUKEE COUNTY PARKS

414-277-1056

65

250

1

12

MILWAUKEE ART MUSEUM

414-224-3294

31

450

4

3-12

$25 to $50

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414-273-5533

37

50-300

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

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176 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee 500 W. Canal St., Milwaukee

DOWNTOWN

509 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee

818 S. Water St., Milwaukee 411 E. Mason, Milwaukee

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

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

1872 N. Commerce St., Milwaukee 929 N. Water St., Milwaukee

O’Donnell Park - Miller Room 910 E. Michigan St., Milwaukee 700 N. Art Museum Dr., Milwaukee 750 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr., Milwaukee

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

The Italian Conference Center 631 East Chicago Street, Milwaukee

414-223-2800 www.ItalianConference.com

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Pilot house, 360˚ windows overlooking Lake Michigan and City of Milwaukee. Spectacular views, location and food.

Exclusive use free parking. Historical landmark, unique architecture.

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30 Suites, 98 guestrooms, complementary bridal suite, ample parking, personalized service to fit your needs.

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20 Acres of green space with complimentary on property parking. Fun and unique. Our on-site catering and Museum staff take pride in making your wedding day special. 5 Elegant ballrooms, 730 guest rooms.

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The Hampton Inn and Suites Downtown Milwaukee features the Crystal Ballroom for 20-200 persons. The ballroom provides an elegant atmosphere, with a large dance floor and seven foot windows over looking Wisconsin Ave. Also request cost saving room rates for your out of town guests.

176 West Wisconsin Avenue ~ Milwaukee ~ Phone: 414-271-4656 Ext: 6100 www.hamptonmilwaukee.com

RECEPTION GUIDE

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Number of Available Banquet Rooms

Number of Months to Schedule Facility

Average Price per Person

MITCHELL PARK DOMES

414-649-8126

65

50-250

Lobby

6-24

$15 to $25

THE PFISTER HOTEL

414-390-3802

42

20-650

4

12

$65

POTOWATOMI BINGO CASINO

414-847-7891

50

550

3

3-18

$25

TRIPOLI SHRINE TEMPLE

414-933-4700

73

50-450

2

2-12

$25 or less

VILLA TERRACE ART MUSEUM

414-271-3656

34

150

1

3-12

Varies

WISCONSIN CLUB - CITY CLUB

414-271-7510

26

300

2

6-12

Varies

CHANDELIER BALLROOM

262-673-4946

161

500

2

3-18

Varies

DAVIAN’S BANQUET & CONFERENCE CTR.

262-781-3333

21

300

2

6-12

$25 or less

HEART LOVE PLACE

33

250

4

1-12

$25 or less

HERITAGE HALL

414-372-1550 ext 124 262-255-1606

12

20-350

3

0-12

$25 or less

HILTON GARDEN INN - MILW. PARK PLACE

414-359-9823

19

100-350

2

12

$25

HUBBARD PARK LODGE

414-332-4207

78

200

2

3-12

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JOHN MICHAEL KOHLER ARTS CENTER

920-458-6144

38

350

3

12

RADISSON HOTEL OF MENOMONEE FALLS

262-251-5153

56

20-300

2

1-12

$20 to $50

RIO WEST CANTINA

414-562-5540

79

250

2

1-12

$25 to $50

SCHAUER ARTS & ACTIVITIES CENTER

262-670-0560

160

20-300

3

6-18

Varies

SILVER SPRING COUNTRY CLUB

262-252-4994

13

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3

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$25

TIMMER’S RESORT

262-338-7710

59

250

2

1-12

Varies

WASHINGTON COUNTY FAIR PARK

262-677-5060

160

50-900

7

12-18

WEST BEND COUNTRY CLUB

262-334-9541

77

240

6

6-18

$30

WISCONSIN CLUB - COUNTRY CLUB

414-727-0070

26

250

2

3-18

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DOWNTOWN (cont.)

524 S. Layton Blvd., Milwaukee 424 E. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee 1721 W. Canal St., Milwaukee 3000 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee 2220 N. Terrace Ave., Milwaukee 900 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee

NORTH 150 Jefferson Ave., Hartford N56 W16300 Silver Spring Dr., Menomonee Falls. 3229 N. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr., Milw. N86 W18330 Main St., Menomonee Falls 11600 W. Park Place, Milwaukee

NORTH

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

N88 W14750 Main St., Menomonee Falls 2730 N. Humboldt Blvd., Milwaukee 147 N. Rural St., Hartland

N56 W21318 Silver Spring Drive 5151 Timmer Bay Rd., West Bend 3000 Hwy PV, West Bend

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

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Milwaukee’s Best Kept Secret ...

Tripoli Shrine

Call our Wedding Coordinator for a tour of our facility and menu options. • 25-500 guest capacity • On-Premise Chef • Ample Secured Parking • Easy Access to Downtown Hotels • Wedding Ceremonies On Site

3000 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee

www.tripolishrine.com • 414-933-4700

Serving Style Available

Separate Area Onsite Available for Lodging Ceremony Available

Off-Premise Catering Available

Outside Outside Caterers Reception Permitted Area Available

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35 ft. waterfall, tropical, arid & floral show dome, ample free parking. Milwaukee’s most prestigious landmark. Parking ramp, ceremony area, 4 ballrooms. From a sophisticated ballroom to a panoramic view of the city, our banquet spaces provide an exceptional atmosphere to accommodate your fairy tale event. Elegance, ample free parking, memorable photo opportunities, rehearsal dinners. Italian Renaissance style villa features a stunning terra cotta lakefront terrace, formal garden, courtyard and more. A legendary one-of-a-kind venue. Personable, enthusiastic staff to see to every detail.

An elegant and impressive, historic setting. Select from a variety of caterers. Indoor/Outdoor ceremony site. Elegant rooms, incomparable food, personalized service. Elegant and affordable surroundings. Mouth watering food from catering menu. Off-site catering available. Large off street parking lot. 1200 sq.ft. dance floor. Customized menus by certified executive chef. Newly expanded ballroom opening July 2009. 4 Bridal suites available April 2009. 5 wood acres along the Milw. River, close to downtown. Also perfect for rehearsal dinners and private parties. Intertwines three historic landmarks with contemporary architecture and captivating art. Lively art-filled environment includes acclaimed changing exhibitions, outdoor sculpture gardens and world famous artist-created washrooms. Newly constructed hotel opening early 2011 featuring european designed ballroom, guest rooms & restaurant. New Fiesta Banquet Room. The Mexican inspired decorations are sure to make a memorable event. Affordable, all-inclusive weddings, private parties, birthdays and special events. Unique, loft-like setting; floor to ceiling windows; on-site coordinator, art gallery. Open air rooftop patio for ceremonies or pre-reception. Specializing in tent weddings on 10 acres overlooking Big Cedar Lake. Perfect for rehearsal dinners & private parties. Spectacular outdoor weddings with beautiful surroundings. Exclusive use. Golf course view. Flexible menu planning. Personalized service. 2 premier ballrooms with a highly organized and personable staff to enthusiastically see to every detail on your special day.

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Elegant Seating for up to 350 Event Exclusivity Exquisite Gourmet Meals Unique Wedding Packages On Staff Wedding Professional

Simply Elegant… Simply the Award-Winning MILWAUKEE WEST

10499 Innovation Drive~ Wauwatosa, WI 53226 414.389.8570 www.crowneplazamilwaukee.com

RECEPTION GUIDE

Phone Number(s)

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Number of Available Banquet Rooms

Number of Months to Schedule Facility

Average Price per Person

SOUTH ALVERNO COLLEGE

414-382-6159

AMERICAN SERB HALL

BEST WESTERN PLUS MILWAUKEE AIRPORT HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTER BOERNER BOTANICAL GARDENS

16

300

1

12-18

$20

414-545-6030

24

2000

3

6-12

$25 or less

414-831-3657 414-769-2100

60

350

2

3-12

$25

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

10-11

25-250

2

6-12

$50

BUSH GARDENS

48

200

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1-12

$25 or less

CLARION HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTER

414-481-2400

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20-450

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$25 to $50

THE DEKOVEN CENTER

262-633-6401

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250

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HARMONY INN THE VILLAGE

414-423-6899

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2-12

$18 to $25

MUSKEGO LAKES COUNTRY CLUB

414-425-6500

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40-450

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3-12

$25 or less

3400 S. 43rd Street, Milwaukee 5101 W. Oklahoma Ave.

5105 S. Howell Ave., Milwaukee

SOUTH

9400 Boerner Drive

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

5601 Broad St., Glendale

S100 W14020 Loomis Rd.

POLISH CENTER OF WISCONSIN

414-529-2140

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RADISSON HOTEL & CONFERENCE CTR.

262-857-3377

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ROMA LODGE BANQUET & CONF. CTR.

262-886-3610

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3-18

$25 or less

WYNDHAM MILWAUKEE AIRPORT

414-615-8001

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$25 or less

6941 S. 68th St., Franklin

11800 108th St., Kenosha

7130 Spring Street (Hwy C)

4747 S. Howell Ave., Milwaukee

GREATER LAKE GENEVA AREA ALPINE VALLEY RESORT

800-227-9395

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BELLA VISTA SUITES

262-248-2100

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200

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COTTON EXCHANGE

262-534-9291

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300

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GENEVA NATIONAL GOLF CLUB

262-245-7046

168

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GRAND GENEVA

262-248-8811

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HAWK’S VIEW

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LAKE LAWN RESORT

262-348-9900 877-429-5788 800-558-5911

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LODGE AT GENEVA RIDGE

262-249-3803

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350

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MONTE CARLO ROOM

262-723-4646

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ROMAS RISTORANTE AND LOUNGE

262-642-5353 262-215-7662 262-763-9400

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GREATER LAKE GENEVA AREA

P.O. Box 615, East Troy

335 Wrigley Dr., Lake Geneva 345 Hickory Hollow Rd., Waterford 1221 Geneva National Ave. South, Lake Geneva 7036 Grand Geneva Way 7377 Krueger Road, Lake Geneva 2400 E. Geneva St., Delavan W4240 State Road 50, Lake Geneva 720 N. Wisconsin, Elkhorn

N8416 Hwy ES, Lake Geneva

VETERANS TERRACE AT ECHO PARK

589 Milwaukee Ave., Burlington

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

2 Ballrooms • Combined Capacity 900 Guests Open to the Public Ceremony Site Available

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

www.RomaLodge.com • lgraceffa@romalodge.com

Serving Style Available

Separate Area Onsite Available for Lodging Ceremony Available

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• Indoor/Outdoor reception & ceremony site Watertown Country Club 1340 N Water St., Watertown www.watertowncc.com

• Chef prepared flexible menus • Romantic photogenic vistas

920-261-5009 events@watertowncc.com

RECEPTION GUIDE

Phone Number(s)

See Page Reception for More Room Capacity Information Range

Number of Available Banquet Rooms

Number of Months to Schedule Facility

Average Price per Person

WEST BLUE’S EGG

414-299-3180

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150

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2-12

$25 or less

BROADLANDS GOLF CLUB

262-392-6320

58

50-250

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12

$25 or less

COUNTRY SPRINGS HOTEL

262-547-0201

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50-500

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CROWN PLAZA MILWAUKEE WEST

414-389-8570

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300

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$25 to $50

DELAFIELD BREWHAUS

262-646-7821

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10-200

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6-12

$25 or less

DELAFIELD HOTEL

262-646-1600

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70-300

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$35 to $100

ELM GROVE WOMAN’S CLUB

262-782-5930

270

200

KETTLE MORAINE RANCH

262-594-2122

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550

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$25 or less

THE LEGEND AT BRANDYBROOK

262-968-9717

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300

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$25 to $100

THE LEGEND AT BRISTLECONE

262-367-7888

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200

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3-18

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MIDWAY - BROOKFIELD

262-786-9540

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200

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9-12

$25 or less

317 N. 76th St., Milwaukee 18 Augusta Way, North Prairie 2810 Golf Rd., Waukesha

10499 Innovation Drive, Wauwatosa 3832 Hillside Dr., Delafield 415 Genesee St., Delafield 13885 Watertown Plank Rd., Elm Grove W379 S9694 County Rd S, Eagle 1 Legend Way, Wales

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1500 E. Arlene Dr., Hartland 1005 S. Moorland Rd.

MILWAUKEE COUNTY ZOO

414-256-5430

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350

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MILWAUKEE MARRIOTT WEST

262-574-0888

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3

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$25 to $50

OLYMPIA RESORT AND O’SPA

262-369-4960

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50-450

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$25 to $50

RED CIRCLE INN

262-367-4883

300

2

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$25 or less

THE ROTUNDA

262-574-9170

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250

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SHERATON MILWAUKEE BROOKFIELD

262-364-1100

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550

4

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WATERTOWN COUNTRY CLUB

920-261-5009

76

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262-522-2953

273

120-200

1

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262-522-2953

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120-200

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WEISSGERBER’S GOLDEN MAST

262-567-7047

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450

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3-18

$25

WEISSGERBER’S SEVEN SEAS

262-367-3903

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300

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WINDWOOD OF WATERTOWN

920-262-0702

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2

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10001 W. Bluemound Rd.

W231 N1600 Corporate Ct., Waukesha 1350 Royale Mile Road, Oconomowoc N44 W33013 Watertown Plank Rd., Nashotah 235 W. Broadway, Waukesha

$25 or more

375 S. Moorland Rd., Brookfield

$25 or less

1340 N. Water St., Watertown EB Shurts Building, 810 W. College Ave., Waukesha Rotary Building 1150 Baxter St., Waukesha

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

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Pamper 240 Guests Outside Ceremony & Reception Area Flexible Menu Planning

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

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Stunning views of golf course in the Grand Ballroom and adjoining Piano Lounge. Our staff will ensure that every detail of your special day is legendary! Breathtaking views from balcony and expansive outdoor veranda. Professional coordinators and service team make your day legendary! Brookfield’s premier location. Critically acclaimed cuisine. Fri/Sun specials. Ample free parking. Unique atmosphere.

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Beautiful, picturesque & on the Milwaukee River

Banquet facility located inside the Lakefront Brewery on the Milwaukee River. Weddings • Premier Microbrewery Private Parties • Cream City Brick Walls Outdoor Patio with Bar • Seating for 300

Downtown Milwaukee 1872 N. Commerce St.

www.lakefrontpalmgarden.com

414-273-8300

Wisconsin’s most beautiful wedding facilities Nestled along the Milwaukee River in the heart of Shorewood Private Parties • Rehearsal Dinners 2011 wedding dates still available

3565 N. Morris Blvd., Shorewood

www.hubbardlodge.com

414-332-4207


RED ACCORDION CATERING Exciting and Unique Off-Site Catering Options for Your Next Special Event Trust our talented catering specialists to make your next special event a memorable, awardwinning experience. We offer a full line of off-site catering options – let our chefs prepare a delicious meal for your own location. Call 414.273.8300 for information and to schedule an appointment with our catering manager. A MEMBER OF THE VECCHIO ENTERTAINMENT GROUP

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BOOK YOUR WEDDING OR SPECIAL EVENT at Rio West Cantina!

Spacious party room inside one of Milwaukee’s most popular Mexican restaurants is great for wedding receptions, birthdays, Quinceañeras and more! Call us today for details.

• Delicious Mexican cuisine or traditional American favorites • Spacious party room for up to 250 people

A Member of theVecchio Entertainment Group

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Don’t forget that taxes and gratuities can be a large chunk of your food and beverage costs, so make sure you’re including these in your budget.

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Cater ing

7 steps to the perfect wedding cuisine

Perhaps the only part of a wedding thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gotten a bad rap throughout the years is the meal. Guests usually expect a dry chicken breast and some sticky rice pilaf, so spicing up the dinner and giving it a personal spin is the perfect way to make your wedding memorable and give your guests some fuel to dance the night away.4

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Need assistance locating a site? Don’t worry, we can help! Total Event Planning

414-645-4469 888-707-8555

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CATERING STEP 1: START THE SEARCH. As soon as you’ve selected your reception site, the catering search can begin. Some locations require that you use their in-house caterer or banquet department, which makes your choice fairly simple. These locations include hotels, country clubs and some of the more unusual facilities such as museums, boats or historical homes. If they allow an independent caterer, you may be asked to choose from a pre-approved list. If you’re able to select your own caterer, though, try to narrow down your list to no more than three, otherwise you’ll be tasting for a month and all the flavors will blur together. When you’re calling caterers, make sure to have as much information as you know on hand. They’ll want to know your wedding date, time of day, approximate number of guests, if you’d like a sit-down or buffet meal and the degree of formality and style. If you have any general menu ideas or preferences, let the caterer know so they can be better prepared for your initial meeting. Ask for sample wedding menus and references before a formal meeting or tasting. STEP 2: DETERMINE YOUR SERVICE STYLE. Right off the bat, caterers will want to discuss your taste and budget in detail. Think about the style and feel of your wedding, and decide whether you want a sit-down meal or a buffet. Then talk about the extras – do you want hors d’oeuvres during cocktails and a late-night snack? How about fruit or coffee with the cake? Talk with a caterer about the different options and appropriateness for the time of day, number of guests and style.


Creating Memories...

(262) 549-5558 Downtown Waukesha

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We rent everything you need for your wedding! Wedding Decorating & Rentals Wedding Accessories & Flowers Chair Covers Chocolate Fountains Full Set-up & Tear Down Available We do the decorating and you have the fun!

414-418-6601

www.tlcdesignsonline.com Serving All of SE Wisconsin

CATERING STEP 3: SCHEDULE A TASTING. When you finally narrow down your list, the fun part is here – tasting! Don’t be afraid to speak up during tastings, or ask if they can tweak something to your tastes. This is your day and your meal and fulfilling your food wishes is their job.

STEP 4: DESIGN THE MENU. Start by searching through magazines, web sites and bridal shows to clarify your likes and dislikes. Think about weddings you’ve attended, or ask caterers or friends for favorites and fails. Then, work closely with your caterer to craft the perfect and personal menu. Remember that the caterer has probably seen lots of weddings and knows what works best with the number of people, the time of day and the locations, so take their professional advice if they think a cool, crisp salad might not be the best appetizer in your outdoor summer wedding. Also keep your guests in mind – you might have to accommodate for lots of children or vegetarians, for example. STEP 5: CALCULATE THE COST. Once you’ve selected a caterer, think business and cost. Most caterers base their prices on a per-person cost. Facilities with in-house catering departments may have a minimum charge or set-up fee, while an offpremises caterer will usually work within any reasonable, agreed-upon budget. Keep in mind buffets are usually priced higher, since they’ll have to account for a little more per person, and it’s common to add overage or gratuity.

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Ethnic Flavors Modern Interpretation

Arguably the Best - Milwaukee Magazine

821 Perkins Avenue Waukesha Fax: 262-549-0269

262-549-0006 – www.leejohns.com CATERING Your final guest count is usually required one week before the event. This will be the minimum number of people for which you will actually be charged. Most caterers will plan on the addition of a few last-minute guests and will add the meals to the bill after the wedding. Decide if you’ll include meals for weddingrelated personnel, such as the DJ, musicians, photographer and consultant. If cost is an issue, ask your caterer about “vendor meals,” these meals are more casual than the guest menu and are offered at a lower cost per person. Get specifics as to what extras are included in the caterer’s charges, such as table linens, plates, glasses, crystal, silverware and service pieces.

STEP 6: PLAN THE HELP. Once the menu is finalized, the next step is determining the number of wait staff you will need to serve your feast and keep your reception running smoothly. Your caterer will give you a better idea, but a general guideline is one server per 10 to 12 guests for a sit-down dinner. A full and open bar will require more servers. Ask ahead of time what their attire is, so it matches the style and formality of your reception. STEP 7: FINALIZE THE DETAILS, IN WRITING. Don’t sign a contract without this info – day, date, time, address of the site, food items by course, number of guests covered, provisions for special meals, time of cocktail hour, time meal www.premierbride.com PREMIER BRIDE • 85


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

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Catering SELECTING A CATERER: ask the right questions

• What packages do you offer? What do they include? • Have you worked at my reception site before? • Do you provide beverage service or bar 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? • Will the caterer provide wait staff? How many would I need? • 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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414-831-7000 • www.karls.com

7000 South 10th Street, Oak Creek, WI

Karl’s Event Services is a full service rental company that provides tenting, clearspan structures, tables and chairs. Our wide array of linens, china, flatware and glassware, along with our knowledgeable sales team, will transform your event.

Shower your wedding in color...and leave white for the bride!

Rentals SELECTING RENTALS:

ask the right questions • What items are available for rent? • What is the rental fee? Do you have a price list? • Have you worked at my reception location before? • Do you provide delivery, set-up and pick-up? Is this included in the cost? • When will the items be delivered and picked up? • Will you move decorations from the ceremony to the reception site if needed? • If tents are needed, do you recommend one large tent, or multiple smaller tents at my reception location? • What is your policy on damaged or missing items? • Who will be my contact on the day of the wedding? • How far in advance must I book your services? • What is your cancellation policy? • Is a deposit required? If so, when and how much? www.premierbride.com PREMIER BRIDE • 89


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Rentals • Florals Invitations Accessories Linens

“Busy Brides find maximum help at Something Borrowed” – Sunday PoSt

1321 Hwy. 175 • Hubertus (262) 628-3090 www.SomethingBorrowedLLC.com

Brookfield

Tents Tables Chairs dance floors China Glassware lighting outdoor Wedding Specialists Since 1967

12630 Robin Lane • Brookfield

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ATTENDANT GIFTS remembering the day

They’re the friends you have known for years or perhaps soon-to-be in-laws who you admire and cherish for their special words of love and laughter. Wedding attendants play a large part in weddings and it’s no surprise that brides often languish and toil over the perfect wedding attendant gift. It’s no wonder that you want to give these special people a gift and longterm memory of how important they are in your life. If some of your attendants are traveling in from out of town how about holding a luncheon for them the day before the wedding? Local attendants can also be treated to a nice lunch, however in this case you can do it several weeks before your big day. In regards to the luncheon you might also want to include your mother, the groom’s mother and a few of the other participants who are helping to round out your day. This could include singers, organists, attendants at your reception and even parents of important people who have helped your day come together in such a unique way. A special gift is also in order and you might even want to present it to the attendants at the luncheon if you desire. More than anything the gift is a thank you for all their hard work. Many times gifts are engraved and can range from a jewelry box to a key chain to a toasting flute. Jewelry is another gift that just about any woman can appreciate, but be sure and remember not to give pierced earrings to friends who don’t have pierced ears or a lipstick case to a woman who does not wear makeup.


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Decorating for you is what we do!

Wedding Rentals & Lighting

Centerpieces • Arches • Greek Columns • Fabric Draping • Chair Covers

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ATTENDANT GIFTS The rule when giving gifts it to make everything identical with the exception of your maid/matron honor and, for the man, his best man. Wedding albums are also becoming quite popular since it is a wonderful way to keep your special day in mind. Perhaps an album engraved with the name of the couple and the date of the wedding might be a nice change of pace for your attendants, both his and hers. If you don’t just want the professional pictures then leave disposable cameras on the tables at the reception and have guests take random shots throughout the party. At the end of the night you can collect the cameras, have the photos developed and enjoy making wedding albums for each attendant, complete with personalized images.

Tried and true gifts include: • Silver or gold bracelet • Silver picture frame • Silver engraved compact • Silver or crystal engraved jewelry box • Wine bottle stopper • Wine accessory set • Toasting flutes or gold rimmed champagne flutes (perhaps even engraved) • Candle with verse • Handkerchiefs • Engraved key ring • Wish pearl and necklace • Silver notepad and pen set • Compact mirror • Roses that are 24k gold • Personalized wedding cake topper • Silver-plated lip stick case • Silver-plated makeup brushes and pouch • Silver heart shaped bookmark • Bridesmaid bookmark with silk ribbon • Engraved bud vase • Ribbed glass trinket box www.premierbride.com PREMIER BRIDE • 93


chair covers ~ Table linens ~ Invitations chocolate fountains ~ fresh and silk florals Wedding decorating and rentals ~ centerpieces all delivery, set up, and clean up always included The

Elegant Touch

www.theeleganttouchonline.com

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THE BEST GIFT YOU CAN GET hiring a wedding coordinator

The best gift a bride and groom can give each other is a professional wedding coordinator. Most couples have high expectations for their special day, but are novices at planning such a big event. Besides handling all of the time consuming, stress inducing details, a wedding coordinator can help make the planning process an enjoyable experience. Wedding consultants essentially do everything you need so that you don’t have to worry about it, offering services that include as much or as little as you need. A wedding consultant can offer important advice on why a destination will or will not work and can work with vendors in the area to negotiate the best prices. While many couples prefer to pick their own vendors, flower arrangements, cake design and location, wedding consultants can do this for you if you need them to. It is not unusual for wedding consultants to work with the bride to choose the colors of her wedding, the flower arrangements and even the wedding gown. On the other hand, wedding 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. If you do decide to choose a wedding consultant, then first and foremost remember that you must like the person you hire. While there are many good consultants in the business, finding one that can handle your temperament, special requests, family issues and overall personality is the real key to success. For example, if a bride is low-key and quiet, a loud, type A wedding consultant


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CEREMONY MUSIC The Prelude Prelude music typically begins 20 to 40 minutes prior to the ceremony. These selections set the mood for the coming event. Since the prelude provides an acoustic backdrop for your guests, it’s best to choose pieces that will be familiar. A string ensemble creates an elegant mood, while a vocalist singing love ballads evokes a more romantic atmosphere. Because prelude selections are played during the seating of the mothers and grandmothers of the bride and groom, you might choose songs with special meaning for them, perhaps the piece that was played on their own wedding day. Generally, your prelude selections should be played at a volume that will create a background for light conversation and

reflection. The following pieces might be appropriate: Classical/Elegant • Piano Concerto in C, 2nd Movement (Schubert) • Violin Concerto #8 (Vivaldi) • Air from Water Music (Handel) Celebratory • Rondo for Flute and Orchestra (Mozart) • Hornpipe in D from Water Music (Handel) The Processional The processional announces the arrival of the wedding attendants and, ultimately, the bride. The music for the bridal party’s entrance should have a definitive rhythm so that the attendants can easily keep time as they walk down the aisle. It should begin at a soft volume, then slowly increase until the bride’s entrance. www.premierbride.com PREMIER BRIDE • 121


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or after a reading, during communion or at the signing of the register. These selections may be performed by your musicians or sung by the congregation, but either way they should be slow paced and softly played to give your guests a moment for contemplation or reflection. Recommendations: • Panis Angelicas (Franck) • The Wedding Song (Stookey) • Ave Maria (Bach/Gounod)

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Do take advantage of Internet technology. Plan your wedding using search engines and e-mail to create your special celebration. There are several Internet sites dedicated to wedding planning that allow you to take advantage of the wealth of information at your fingertips. (Visit our website at www.premierbride.com, for more help). Coordinate with vendors, make and confirm reservations, select flowers and review menus online.

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

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

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Do remember your guests with small children. Instead of putting “no children” or “adultsonly reception” on invitations, ask your reception site manager if there is a small room or play area near the festivities that you can rent. Then hire a professional babysitting service to take care of the kids. Parents will appreciate your consideration and be able to relax and enjoy your reception knowing they are close to their children.

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Looking for a gift for your wedding party? Do consider a monogrammed piece of estate silver, such as a flask for the groomsmen or make-up compacts for the maids.

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.

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.

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.

When discussing photo packages, don’t forget black and white and sepia tones. This classic style of photography continues to gain in popularity.

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Don’t waste time getting to your reception. Have photos of the wedding party taken before the ceremony.

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

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

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Don’t forget to send an invitation to your officiant and to all of your wedding party. Do pick up your invitation envelopes as soon as possible so that you can begin addressing them.

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

Do burn candle wicks slightly before the ceremony to ensure they will be easy to light during the event.

If children will be attending your reception, do arrange a children’s menu with the caterer. Don’t be intimidated by terms such as “off-premises caterer” or “outside caterer.” These terms simply refer to catering companies that operate out of an independent kitchen and travel to different venues to provide their services.

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Do consider a seating scroll, a beautiful alternative to the more common seating cards. The large scroll sits on an easel and has the names of each couple written in calligraphy, along with the table number where they are seated.

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Don’t dismiss the idea of preserving your bridal gown. You may want to give it to your daughter 25 years from now, and you’ll want it to be in good condition when you do.

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Don’t forget about the vegetarians on your guest list. Fortunately, it is easy to accommodate virtually all dining preferences and restrictions with a little planning.

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Do be prompt with your thank-you notes. You may have heard that brides are allotted up to a year to express gratitude for their gifts. It is better to show your appreciation immediately, signing, sealing and sending them within three months.

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If you want to continue your festivities into the early morning hours, do consider chartering a transportation company to shuttle you and your bridal party to some of the hot nightspots.

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Don’t forget to confirm that tax and gratuities are included in all vendor prices. If they’re not, find out how much they are.

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Do begin searching for your musical group or DJ six to 12 months prior to your wedding.

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Don’t ignore the details. After your first dance, have the band play the song your parents chose for their first dance as husband and wife. Do find a special pearl-edged or silver container to place your ceremony program in. This same bowl may be used to hold gift cards at the reception.

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Do consider a handmade guest book and photo album made with fine paper and bound in specialty ribbons.

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Don’t restrict your taste buds to the common white wedding cake. Chocolatefrosted wedding cakes are perfect for the bride who is a little more daring.

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Do consider the white bar when planning your beverage menu. Gin, vodka, champagne, water and wine, which is just enough to keep each guest smiling.

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Don’t forget to apply for a passport at least three months in advance if you are planning on traveling abroad for your honeymoon. For travel in some countries you may need certain vaccinations, so be sure to ask your travel agent.

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It may be hard to imagine now, but after many months of hard work and detailed planning, your wedding day will suddenly arrive… and zooooom! The hours will fly by in a blur of beautiful, moving, memorable moments. And after the cake has been eaten, the dress has been carefully put away, and the gifts have been opened – you and your new spouse will be left with the most precious gift of all: memories of your special day. 4

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PHOTOGRAPHY There is simply no better way to capture and preserve these memories than with a collection of beautiful photographs that not only document the day and its events, but also embody the emotions and spirit of your wedding. Quite frankly, this is simply not a component of your wedding planning to treat lightly! Invest the time, attention and budget necessary to ensure that your wedding memories will be preserved for the future. WHAT’S YOUR STYLE? Start by determining which style of wedding photography is right for you and your fiancé. Here are brief descriptions of the three main styles: Formal or traditional This style produces color, posed portraits of you and your groom, your

wedding party, and your families, along with all of the traditional wedding moments such as the cake cutting and bouquet/garter toss. Photojournalistic This style is a popular trend in wedding photography, and it means your photographer will be shooting your wedding as if it’s a news event, capturing hundreds of candid moments on film. These photographers tend to use more black & white film, for a classic, timeless and emotional effect. Artistic Artistic photographers use a variety of special effects to create a dramatic, one-of-a-kind piece of art. Effects could include double exposures, hand tinting, special borders and much more.

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

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list of potential photographers that specialize in the style you desire, based on their work and your budget, and set up an in-person or phone consultation with them. Your goal at this consultation is to evaluate three main areas: Do you like their work? Be sure to see complete wedding albums along with individual photos, to get the best idea of the end product you can expect to receive. Also, be very sure that you know exactly WHO will be shooting YOUR wedding – and view their work, as some larger studios have more than one photographer. Do your personalities mesh? Of all your wedding vendors, the photographer is the one vendor with whom you will spend a good deal of time on your wedding day. You want to feel comfortable with this person! Even if he or she is a great photographer, if your personalities just don’t ‘click’ – you may want to keep looking. Do they fit your budget? It’s so critical to have a budget amount in mind before looking for a photographer, so that you can feel confident that the one you’ve decided on, and love, also meets your financial requirements. THE PARTS OF A PHOTO PACKAGE As you’re selecting your photographer, it may help to be aware of the various elements generally included in wedding photography packages. Most photographers also offer these elements ‘a la carte,’ or can create a custom package that specifically meets your needs – so be sure to ask. Bride & Groom’s Album There are a wide variety of wedding albums available today, and they vary

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in size, color, material, construction and price. Be sure you’re noting the quantity of photos and in what sizes, to make sure you’re comparing “apples to apples.”

friends and family members. Don’t underestimate how many prints you will want after the wedding, as this will definitely impact your budget.

Parents’ albums The parents’ albums are smaller versions of the bride & groom album, and have traditionally included about twenty 5x7 photographs. Photos should be carefully selected for each family, to create two (or more) custom family albums.

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Engagement photograph This is a posed portrait of the newly engaged couple, which can be sent to newspapers with information announcing your engagement. You may also choose to put a framed engagement photo by the guest book at your reception.

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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 they can take home a quality memory from the wedding. Photo booth rentals are different in size and output. Some give guests prints of their pictures right away, in the traditional photo booth setting, with the four black and white prints on one single strand. This is a great way to give guests a souvenir right away, especially because it’s a unique type of print.

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PHOTO BOOTHS 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 150 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com

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 and loved ones smiling faces will make it a truly personal memory!

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WEDDING COLORS the meaning of what you choose

You would think it would be easy to choose the right wedding colors for your big day right? Perhaps you want that periwinkle blue that has been your favorite since you were a little girl. Or what if black is your favorite color, is that appropriate for your wedding color in the middle of August? Overall, when you choose your wedding colors you are also choosing the look and feel of the bridesmaid dresses, the flowers, the invitations and even the look of the ceremony and reception. Not an easy task, but overall the decision should be yours and you should enjoy the freedom to make your big day the one you have dreamed of since you were a little girl. Depending on the season and how festive you want to be you can have fun with winter, spring, summer and fall. Since many brides choose the summer for their big day let’s start there. Bright colors are always popular during this most beautiful time of the year. A good idea is to take advantage of all the flowers that are in bloom during the summer months from pink to red to yellow to bright blues and purples. Summer is also a time to enjoy the sun so you could choose yellow or gold for the occasion and add some touches of pastel for a soft touch on invitations and reception accents. Popular summer colors include teal paired with silver and you could also dye flowers teal to play up the mood and atmosphere. What about red and pink? Roses are the perfect flower for this color scheme. Many couples choose autumn to say their “I do’s” and this season bespeaks bold colors with a touch of harvest. It’s a time when the leaves are falling from the

trees and burnt orange, gold and red are in the air. It might not be a bad idea to incorporate brown during this time of year and consider matching it with terra cotta or copper or even ivory. Red is always popular during the autumn season and can be matched with deep red roses to keep the mood one of love.

For winter think the holidays, snow and cozy fireplaces that make this season one of the most romantic of all. While stark silvers and blues are an option, the color of evergreen also promises the mood will be festive. Flowers can be a combination of pine cones, holly leaves and even snow and ice. Since silver is such a popular winter color matching accents might include burgundy or navy blue. The spring is when everything begins to grow again. Pastel colors are popular during this time of year so think white, pink and even lavender. Flowers that go well with a light color scheme are tulips and peonies. Keep the wedding light and airy like the season and a dreamy feeling will surely abound. Overall, the best wedding is the one that you add the special touches to incorporating you and your spouse’s ideas into the biggest event of your life.

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A professional, high quality video is absolutely priceless. The wedding videography field has changed in recent years. The quality has improved dramatically and the final, edited work is more entertaining than ever. Professional videographers have the technology, talent and time necessary to produce an excellent quality video, with clear audio; crisp, in-focus visuals; and sharp editing. A good videographer will remain inconspicuous and capture wonderful, uninhibited moments of you and your guests. Often, you won’t even know you’re being recorded. Your video will have the tears of joy, the laughter, silly “blooper” shots and much more. Professional vidoegraphers will spend anywhere from four to 10 hours with you on your wedding day, and another 35 to 50 hours editing your wedding video, adding graphics and music, and other special effects. For all of the professional equipment, experience, and time you should expect to budget an amount similar to your photography budget. The one comment you will hear from brides and grooms after their wedding, is: “It went so FAST!” A wedding video will transport you back to that special day with outstanding visuals and terrific audio, and even let you catch special moments you would never have seen otherwise. Ask your videographer about showing photo to video montages, rush editing of wedding day highlights, or “Love Story” videos at your reception. Or, create your own customized video display. Music is an important component of these videos. Discuss whether you or you videographer will handle the music. Projectors for these


VIDEO shows are recommended and may be available through the videographer. These upgradeable services are growing in popularity and would add the perfect final touch to your wedding and reception celebration. Your guests will be entertained by these touching and, sometimes, funny slow motion and still images. CHOOSING YOUR VIDEOGRAPHER Watch a videographer’s sample video closely to ensure that it meets your expectations for techniques and quality. Such a sample should allow you to appraise the clarity and stability of the picture and, above all, the videographer’s ability to smoothly edit the material together. This is one of the hallmarks of the experienced professional and an excellent reason to not leave this valuable service in the hands of an amateur. Another great feature of a professional video is improved audio. Knowledge of remote microphones and where to position them is key. Listen for clear quality sound during vows, readings, music, toasts, etc. Also, ask to see a copy of the videographer’s contract, and make certain you understand all the costs for the videographer’s work and what he or she will provide. The bottom line is, a professionally recorded and edited wedding video is a priceless treasure to have. There is truly no better way to revisit your special day. It will bring back not only the sights and sounds but…the feelings as well. EVALUATE SAMPLE VIDEOS Ask to see the videographer’s wedding “demo” tape and a complete

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• Is there too much ambient crowd noise? • Can you hear the toasts clearly at the reception?

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How long does the video last? Does it keep you entertained? Do you feel emotion? Does it look professionally done?

BUDGET TIP If your budget doesn’t allow for much now, invest in a good quality videographer and their bare-bones package, and you can always go back later to have extra elements added, such as a video montage or highlights tape. You’ll never be able to recreate your wedding day so make sure you get high quality footage to work with the first time.

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FINDING THE PERFECT RINGS 6 helpful tips

Start early, and do your research. Buy your rings 2-4 months before your wedding so that you have time for engraving, if desired, and some cushion in case there are any delays. This means you should start looking 4-6 months before the big day, or earlier! Find a good, reputable jeweler, educate yourself on metals and diamonds, and start evaluating your likes and dislikes. Think long-term. If you intend to keep your rings forever, consider settling on a more classic style, versus something trendy. On the other hand, you could plan to “update” your rings on your five, 10 or 20 year anniversary – in which case, go for what you love right now, trendy or not! Be clear about your budget. You may have heard the guideline, “spend about two months salary” on the engagement ring.

While this gives you a ballpark amount to consider, the bottom line is: find an amount you are comfortable with and stick with it. To match, or not to match? If it’s important to you that you both have matching wedding bands, then by all means, do it! Just know that it’s not a requirement, and regardless of the jewelry, you’ll always know who belongs to whom. Consider your lifestyle. Active, dressy, casual or formal… Consider how you live, and the activities you engage in, as you think about what you want to wear on your ring finger for the rest of your life. Smart sizing. To be most accurate, don’t have your finger sized first thing in the morning, just after exercising, or when your body temperature is quite hot or cold.

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

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

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PERSONALIZED VOWS Another uncomfortable statement in the wedding vow is “until death do us part.” Many couples just don’t feel comfortable with that line anymore. How about something traditional, but less morbid like “as long as we both shall live.” No matter how far astray you want your wedding vows to go it might be a good idea to start with the familiar. There is definitely something beautiful about the words in a wedding ceremony and perhaps just adding a few of your own personalized additions throughout the wedding is all that will be needed to add that special touch. Of course, you want to make sure that you and your fiancé are in agreement when it comes to changing the vows during the wedding. Talk about the things that make your life together unique and different and the plans you have for your future. One really special way to say “I love you” is to remember why you fell in love in the first place. Often during the hassles of the wedding this is easy to forget. Perhaps bringing it all back together in front of your family and friends will make a bond that will never be broken. Talk about the experiences you have shared together while making memories. These are often very important moments frozen in time and will also help to build your future as you look ahead at what makes your marriage so important to both of you. What do you want for your future? This will be a good start as to what you want to promise each other as you stand before God and man becoming man and wife. Another fun thing to do might be have you and your fiancé write your vows apart and then come together to read them before you decide exactly what you will read during the ceremony. This


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

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one your parents had is a nice touch as is walking down the aisle to the same song your mother used years ago. However you choose to make your vows special keep in mind that the wedding is really about you and your spouse and it is the only big day you will ever have like this in your life. This way, the true meaning of love really will shine through by your actions as well as your words.

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In addition to offering their love and support, and perhaps a bit of the green stuff, your parents also play a big part in the celebration of your marriage. Their responsibilities are generally as follows, though you may want to customize this list for your personal situation. • Parents formally announce your engagement in the newspaper in your hometown, your fiancé’s hometown and the town where you’ve chosen to make your home. • Hosting the engagement party. • Inviting the groom’s parents to their home. • Assisting you with scheduling the rehearsal, ceremony and reception. • Offering opinions and advice during the planning, but respecting your wishes. • Preparing a list of restaurants should the groom’s parents ask for recommendations for the rehearsal dinner. • Composing their portion of the guest list as early as possible. If needed, they may tactfully remind the groom’s mother that you need her list too. • The mother of the bride should select a gown in a style and color that complements the bride’s gown, and inform the groom’s mother of her selection. • Parents inform the groom’s family on a regular basis of all RSVPs from their list. • The father of the bride should offer a toast to the newlyweds after the best man, groom and bride have shared their toasts.

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ATTENDANT’S RESPONSIBILITY the best man

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

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

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

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

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

• Propose the first toast to the newlyweds. • Hold luggage under lock and key until the bride and groom depart. • Help the groom change into going away attire. • Escort the bride and groom to their limousine or drive them to the hotel or airport. • Return all formalwear rentals on time, and to the correct formalwear shop. • Assist maid of honor in transporting gifts to the bride and groom’s home.

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ATTENDANT’S RESPONSIBILITY the maid/matron of honor

• Assist the bride with pre-wedding tasks, including making tiny favors out of birdseed with a smile, because that’s what she really wanted. • Assist bride in setting a date to have bridesmaid’s dresses fitted and coordinate other bridesmaids to ensure they get to the proper location on time. • Attend all pre-wedding parties and host a bridal shower with other bridesmaids, preferably one in keeping with the bride’s own taste. • Arrange the bride’s veil and train before the grand walk down the aisle • Hold the bride’s bouquet during the ring exchange. • Hold the groom’s ring during the ceremony. • Sign the marriage certificate as a witness.

• Stand next to the groom in the receiving line and sit to his left at the head table. • May dance with the best man during the first dance. • Help the bride bustle her train, remove her headpiece and change into going away outfit. • Attend to the bride throughout the day, running errands and tying up loose ends, calming nerves and otherwise ensuring the success of the wedding celebration. • May assume responsibility for transporting the bride’s gown home or to the cleaners. • May assist the best man with transporting gifts to the bride and groom’s home.

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


SECOND TIME BRIDES 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 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. Additionally, attendants are usually allowed to pick

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SECOND TIME BRIDES their favorite cocktail dress that is within the brides color scheme or theme. Wedding Trends and Who Pays Smaller, intimate weddings are definitely the norm for second time couples walking down the aisle. The receptions are different too, simple dinner parties or cocktail receptions are 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 might have been married before it was not to each other. Treat your special day as just that, and keep in mind it is the first day the two of you will spend your life together.

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It’s the sweetest wedding task of them all – deciding on dessert for your big day. Tradition calls for a tiered cake with your plastic (un)likeness smacked on top, but brides and bakers are breaking cake molds to create funky and fresh options that add the icing to your wedding. Take in all the options, work with a pro to make it custom and whatever you do, don’t miss out on any tasting!4

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

the laces. Wedding cakes and desserts are one of the latest wedding designs to start challenging convention, so bakeries are always looking to keep up with the latest trends and really customize your dessert. So, if you have a sweet idea, find someone who can work with it. Book Early! Demand for customized and intricate wedding desserts mean bakeries fill up quick for wedding weekends. It’s safe to have something booked six months in advance, especially if you’re getting married during high season. But don’t worry – this doesn’t mean you have to know exactly what you want so far ahead of time. First, shop around in general for bakeries, and when you find one you think can satisfy your needs for taste, quantity, efficiency www.premierbride.com PREMIER BRIDE • 183


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

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

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CAKES accomplish the time-honored task of cutting the cake with ease. Plan ahead to have your cake knife and lifter engraved or decorated with ribbons or fresh flowers. Traditionally, the bride grasps the knife with her right hand and the groom covers her hand with his. Together, the couple glides the knife into the delicious masterpiece while flashbulbs pop. 1 Year Later. Some bakeries offer ‘anniversary cakes’ as part of their bridal packages. Instead of having to freeze the top layer of your wedding cake (which doesn’t always freeze well, or taste that great a year later), the bakery will make you a fresh cake, often in the same style and flavor as your wedding cake, for your one-year anniversary.

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Cake, Shmake. Here are some tasty treats that may suit your wedding better than the traditional cake. Centerpiece cakes. Pull double duty and use a beautiful wedding cake as the centerpiece for each of your tables. Some ambitious newlyweds stop at each table to cut and serve their guests the cake, which is a beautiful idea, but depending on the timetable and the number of tables this won’t work for everyone. Cupcake Tower. Individual cupcakes are fun, the perfect serving size and allow for all kinds of decorating freedom you might not have with a traditional cake. Cupcake arrangements could be anything from a


CAKES tower that resembles a traditional tiered cake to something more inventive such as mismatched layers of different colored cupcakes over decorated shelves. Make-Your-Own-Sundae! Who doesn’t love an ice cream sundae? Think of every topping you can, and then some, then let your guests run wild. Perfect for an outdoor summer wedding or one with lots of children, your guests will be craving this at every wedding they attend after yours. The make-yourown theme can also be popular with the cupcakes, if you provide a few types of frostings and toppings.

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Candies Table. The newest trend in wedding desserts, an array of colorful candies is sure to make eyes pop and sweet teeth scream. Arrange glass containers such as antique jars, fishbowls or giant martini glasses of gummies, chocolates, licorice, jelly beans, mints, toffees and more over an expansive table. Then, give guests a little (or huge!) plate or plastic bag and let them be a kid in a candy shop again. Pick treats that match your colors (often wrappers and candy colors can be custom ordered if they don’t match

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THE CANDIES TABLE

a new and different twist to satisfy every guest’s sweet tooth A candy table is the latest trend in wedding desserts, and it’s not difficult to figure out why. It can be as casual or upscale as you like, it’s the perfect accent to any reception venue, it’s fun and personal, and most importantly it will leave your guests enchanted and sweetly sated. Here’s how to make your candy buffet the talk of the town. Choose Your Sweets Remember candies and sweets come in every shape, size and delectability, so take your guests, venue and design into account, then choose your treats accordingly. For an outdoor, casual wedding full of light and color, you might want to go for a rainbow of whimsical variety with bright rock candy, every hue of jelly bean, gummies, silly-shaped chocolates, lollipops, gumballs, striped candy canes and a chocolate fountain with marshmallows and fruit. An indoor, more upscale formal event could call for candies such as toffees, exquisite varieties of chocolate bars, biscotti cookies, decorative chocolatecovered pretzels and strawberries, macaroons, pastry puffs and sugar or yogurt coated nuts and raisins.

Design For something casual and playful, arrange your colorful candies in clear jars of every shape and size like an old candy store. A more upscale look could present your desserts in classy giant martini glasses or on small decorative plates arranged on different levels over an expansive, dramatically lit table. Custom-order candies or candy wrappers to stick within your color scheme. Only choosing candies of two or three colors also creates a striking design. Another fun idea is to put two or three different candy containers at each table as centerpieces so guests can mix and match as they mingle between tables. Like Kids in Candy Stores! Once you’ve decided on your sweets and display, let the sweet teeth run wild. Prepare fun dessert plates, plastic bags, or oversized wine glasses where guests can collect their treats. Make sure every serving dish has a decorative scooper so fingers don’t dirty the delights, then step back and let your guests pick and choose from the tasty array. As guests are leaving, give them an artsy, monogrammed bag and ask them to peruse the buffet again for an edible wedding favor.

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Flowers

BRIdaL BLooMs: design a beautiful wedding with flowers

When selecting flowers for your wedding, you will find there is an endless array of options. The romantic link between weddings and flowers dates back to ancient civilizations where garlands of flowers, leaves and vines were worn or carried by young brides to symbolize their beauty and innocence. Wedding flowers have since evolved from simple hand-held bouquets to vibrantly artistic creations used to set the mood and theme for the entire celebration.4

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


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FLOWERS The Ceremony Before making decisions regarding the floral arrangements for your ceremony be sure and check with your chosen church or synagogue for any restrictions. If you’re on a budget, it’s useful to reuse ceremony flowers at the reception site, but some churches request that altar arrangements remain on-site for weekend services. You will want to determine what you can and cannot take with you after the ceremony before you order the reception flowers. Ceremony arrangements are usually ideal for buffet, gift and head tables if using them twice is an option. Reception Arrangements There is a vast array of options for reception centerpieces: elegant vases filled with cut flowers; towering candelabras; topiaries; or simple rose petals scattered around flickering candles. Use your imagination to design one-of-a-kind centerpieces that express your style. Keep in mind that the height of the arrangements should not interfere with the ability of guests to converse with each other. They should either be low enough to talk over or high enough to talk under. Placing the wedding party’s bouquets at equal intervals at the head table also provides excellent decoration. Running

greenery laced with flowers across the length of the head table is another option. You might consider using this decoration for the cake table as well. If your budget allows, consider adding a few finishing touches here and there, such as flower petals on serving trays, or garlands along the front of the buffet tables. You can also fill in a large room with potted ferns or ficus trees placed

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


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FLOWERS orchid, daisy, dendroblum orchid, freesia, gardenia, Gerber daisy, gladiolus, iris, lilies, protea, roses, September aster, snapdragon, stephanotis, tuberoses. Traditional bouquets of all white can express a bride’s individuality with elegance and simplicity. You may combine a range of blossoms that are unique in shape and size for dramatic impact, or compose a delicate bouquet of one type of flower. White flower selections may include calla lilies, catalpa orchids, daisies, delphiniums, freesia, gardenias, hydrangeas, lilacs, lilies, lilies of the valley, orchids, roses, stephanotis and tulips. Most of these flowers are true white; however, like roses, some display a hint of pink or yellow. If your heart is set on color, don’t hesitate to indulge. Colored blossoms

are definitely “in” for bridal bouquets, as well as other ceremony and reception arrangements. From exotic tropical stems to gorgeous, scented garden herbs, the selections and combinations are virtually endless. With their fragrant beauty, their wide range of hues and year-round availability, it is easy to see why roses have retained their popularity with brides. If you are considering roses, it helps to know a little bit about them before making your final decisions. Roses are produced in three grades: Select, Extra Fancy and Fancy. Select roses are top quality and last the longest. It may be worth paying more for Select, although Extra Fancy is equally lovely. Florists rarely deal with Fancy roses, found mostly in supermarkets, as they tend to wilt rapidly.

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LASTING LOVE freeze-dried flowers

Until recently, brides could only remember the beauty and elegance of their wedding flowers through pictures and memories. Now, it is possible to treasure the actual flowers you carried on your wedding day for years to come. Today’s modern technology gives brides a new option; freeze-drying wedding flowers. This technique allows the natural beauty and color of the flowers to be retained. The greatest number of flowers are successfully preserved if they are in the hands of the freeze-dry specialists within 24 hours after the wedding. Refrigeration is essential during the interim period prior to delivery. Traditional wedding flowers such as roses, gardenias, calla lilies, and orchids do extremely well as freeze drieds. Other flowers that are successfully freeze-dried include lisianthus, iris, freesia, gladiolas, snap dragons and stock. The best protection for your preserved flowers is a threedimensional sealed enclosure. This protects the flowers from the external environmental conditions that accelerate deterioration. There are other options, too. With renewed interest in the Victorian era, some designers are creating elegant and exquisite freeze-dried bridal bouquets. Consider this equally exciting idea: freeze-dried keepsake designs can become the perfect place to include heirloom lace, handkerchiefs, ribbons, or keepsake jewelry. Additionally, floral arrangements, wreaths, swags, and other mementos are also available for special occasions.

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Flowers SELECTING FLOWERS:

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

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

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6 NEW FLORAL TRENDS for your wedding

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

#4 – Black, white and red all over With your white dress and the black tuxes, any and all shades of red are the perfect accompaniment. There’s always the classic red rose, but other beautiful, trendsetting red flowers are dahlias, tulips, Gerbera daisies, Calla lilies, red freesia and berries. A bouquet with a variety of reds from pale pink to deep red would be unique and gorgeous. A skilled floral designer will be able to put the right shades together. #5 – Variety is the spice of life Really, there’s no rule that says all bridesmaids’ bouquets or all centerpieces have to be identical. Mix it up! While they should all look like they belong to the same wedding, there’s no reason you can’t alter the arrangements to create an interesting mix of floral design. #6 – Add a little sparkle Think outside the box, or in this case, the bride, when it comes to jewelry and let your bouquets wear some too! Add a little sparkle to the center of your Calla lilies, some beaded wire around your bouquet stems, or a family heirloom, such as pearls, that you prefer not to wear, but would love to include, to your bridal bouquet.

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GIFTS FOR CHILD ATTENDANTS some ideas for girls and boys

The gift options will vary widely depending on the age of the child, of course. Here are a variety of ideas to spark some creative shopping. FOR GIRLS: • First set of pearls, or some other piece of ‘nice’ jewelry appropriate for older girls • Costume jewelry or play jewelry for younger kids • Bridal Barbie • Flower girl sparkle t-shirt • Personalized t-shirts: “I bought t-shirts from a local craft store, one to fit each of my 3 flower girls and 2 ring bearers, and then bought transfer paper for ink jet printers. I then printed a picture of my fiancé and I, along with “Flower Girl” or “Ring Bearer” and the date of the wedding, and ironed them on the shirts!” ~ Jennifer, Atlanta, Georgia • Ballet slippers, sparkly and festive for the wedding celebration

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Jewelry box or music box Photo with engraved frame Gift certificates to toy or special store Child’s purse

FOR BOYS: • Silver, personalized piggy bank (or train bank, or soccer ball bank, etc.) • Silver, personalized yo-yo • Personalized t-shirts (see above) • Teddy bears or other stuffed animals • Kid’s watch • Disney video or video games • Sports car alarm clock • Personalized baseball bat Also – a nice gift for the parents is to give them a framed photo of their child(ren) from the wedding.

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HERE’S TO YOU the perfect wedding toast

A lot of people fear public speaking, and you may be one of them. But at your best friend’s wedding, you’re bound to want to say a few words in his or her honor. If you’re truly prepared to speak in front of people, you’ll find it’s much easier to let the words flow. The best toasts are those that are heartfelt. So start by pouring your heart out. Sit down and list everything you want people to know about your friends. (Remember, it’s important to talk about both the bride and the groom in your toast). Start with the best qualities. Include memories of good times together— especially the first time they spoke of their beloved. Scribble some thoughts about what makes the bride and groom a great couple. Finally, based on what you

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know about their common interests, think about what you would want to wish for them and their future together. Now that you’ve got a rough idea of the themes you’ll touch on in your toast, go beyond your own experience. Find memorabilia of the bride and groom’s dating history such as their first concert tickets, old love letters or gifts they bought for one another. You have two audiences. One is the bride and groom and you can make them happy by not saying anything that would cause embarrassment on the most memorable day of their lives. Your other audience is the assembly of relatives and friends of the wedding couple. Stories of drunken revels and ridiculous relationships may be


WEDDING TOAST appropriate at the bachelor(ette) party, but not at the wedding reception. Never embarrass anyone and cut the references to past relationships, especially sexual ones. It’s okay to say, “We all know Sally looked high and low for her Prince Charming. Steve, you are that prince.” It’s not okay to say, “We knew Steve was Sally’s prince because he was the first guy who ever called her the next morning.” Grandma doesn’t need to hear that. A toast is a speech. It should have a beginning, a middle and an end, and make sense throughout. When you stand up to speak, it’s best to have a single card with a few notes written down to help you remember key points or direct quotes you want to get right. While you don’t want to bring a full essay to the microphone, it does help to write it all out ahead of time, in order to rehearse before the big day. Many wedding toasters aim for lyricism in song or rhyming poetry. That’s a great idea, if it’s you. But a direct, from-theheart talk works as well. Be sincere and be yourself. If what you’ve written doesn’t sound like you, rewrite it. One of the classic rules of wedding toasting is to end by tugging on the heartstrings. If you can’t be sentimental at a wedding, where can you be? On the other hand, while a couple of well-placed jokes can win the crowd, you’re not there to do a stand-up routine. If jokes were all the couple wanted, they would have hired a comic. A toast should last no longer than three minutes, which translates to no more than five liberally double-spaced pages. Rehearse your toast with a stopwatch and see how long it takes. If it’s five minutes or under, don’t worry since under the glare of the spotlight, you may speak faster, or you may decide to skip a section.

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Registry

The nUTs & BoLTs of gift registries

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


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premierbridewisconsin.com REGISTRY to give you helpful information about what generally goes on a registry and help you remember pesky little things like meat thermometers that you wouldn’t normally think of. While it may be hard to imagine someone not being comfortable with purchasing gifts online or viewing your online registries, you will have guests at your wedding that want to buy their gifts in person, or aren’t comfortable with computers. So make sure that this option is available to them – ideally at a store that is popular nationwide. WHAT DO WE REGISTER FOR? Consider what you have already as a couple, and think about what you need as you start your life together. Most couples find that this is an

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opportunity to get things they would never buy themselves, but would love having to grace their home and the future gatherings held there… timeless items such as crystal vases, formal china, serving dishes and linens. You may also want to think about any hobbies you have such as gourmet cooking, gardening or wood working, as well as any special desires such as honeymoon travel, saving for a house or donating to a meaningful cause. Work with your groom to discuss your plans, and make the decisions together. No matter where you choose to register, be sure to include gifts in all price ranges, so that your guests can choose gifts within their budgets. Also, select more gifts than guests (remembering that couples


REGISTRY count as “one”) so that there’s enough selection available, and there are enough gifts to cover your wedding showers as well. Your guests will appreciate this! COMMUNICATING THE NEWS How do you let all the guests know where you are registered? The simple answer is, word of mouth. All guests will be close to someone in the wedding – the bride and groom, the parents, other family members or close friends. Guests will ask someone if they want to know where you’re registered! It’s certainly appropriate to include the information on your wedding web site if you have one. It’s also appropriate for the shower host(s) and/or hostess(es) to include the information on their shower invites as well. It is NOT, however, ever appropriate to include the information with your wedding invites. After all, your wedding invites are a gracious request to join you on your special day – not a demand for gifts, so don’t let them sound like one! THANK YOU NOTES Your guests have been kind enough to send you a lovely gift, so be sure to behave like the kind, gracious couple that you are, and send that thank you note promptly! For gifts received before the wedding, send the note out within two weeks at the most. Trust us on this: you will not have “more time” after the wedding, and the more you stay on top of the thank you notes, the easier it will be. For gifts received at the wedding, send the thank you notes within four weeks, but certainly – the earlier, the better. Make sure your thank you notes are personal, handwritten and timely.

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

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Invitations The first impression

You’ve been planning your dream wedding for months, but for your guests, the invitation is their first glimpse of what’s to come. It provides a clue to the event, and the level of formality, along with some indication of your wedding style: Formal or informal? Modern or traditional? You’ll want an invite that matches… and so, let the search begin!4

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INVITATIONS WHERE TO START Wedding invitations include so many tiny etiquette details, from how to list the names to how to address the envelopes to how to arrange all the enclosures… and for this reason, it’s ideal to find a qualified local professional to be your “go-to” person for all of these questions – and more. Check online at www.premierbride.com to find stationers in your local area, attend local bridal shows or pull out the yellow pages. If you choose to purchase your invitations online, be sure to find a reputable retailer, and if possible, give yourself some extra time just in case there is a problem that would require more shipping time back and forth. You could also “test-drive” the customer service of an online retailer with an email and a phone question, to make sure they are reachable and responsive, to give yourself a little peace of mind. WHEN TO START Like all wedding responsibilities, the earlier you start, the more time you have to search, thoroughly evaluate options, and handle any problems that arise. It’s helpful to have your ceremony and reception details decided (when and where), and your basic wedding style and colors established. Knowing these things will help you find an invite that truly expresses the beauty and style of your day. If possible, order the invitations and other wedding stationery six or more months before the wedding to give yourselves plenty of time for reading and correcting proofs, printing, addressing, stuffing and mailing. Mail the invitations six to eight weeks before the wedding. Let any out-of-town guests who would need to arrange flights and/ 212 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com

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


Invitations SELECTING INVITATIONS: ask the right questions

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

INVITATIONS their families, request the honor of your presence at their marriage…” This is also where it would be very helpful to have an experienced professional to assist! You could also do a search online to find invitation wording samples and discuss the options with your groom and respective families. ASSEMBLING THE PIECES The traditional way to put together an invite is as follows: start with the ceremony invitation on the bottom, cover with tissue if desired, put the reception card on top of it, and then put the response card with the unsealed return envelope and the map, if you’re using one, on the very top. Slide all items face up into the inner envelope. Do NOT seal the inner envelope, and slide it into the outer envelope with the addressee’s 214 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com

name facing the back flap so that it will be visible upon opening. ADDRESSING ADVICE The outer envelope should have a return address included on the back flap, and it’s probably well worth this small extra cost to have this done by the printer, so you don’t have to write the return address on every single invite you send! For the names and addresses of your guests, you can handwrite them, run the envelopes through your printer using a calligraphic font, or for a very beautiful and special touch, hire a calligrapher. One bride-to-be actually framed the envelope with her name and address on it that she received for another friend’s wedding, because the calligraphy was such an incredible and gorgeous work of art. What a visual treat for the guests of that wedding! Ideally, try to avoid labels,


INVITATIONS even clear ones, because they just don’t convey the sense of “specialness” and elegance that something as special as a wedding deserves. The following guidelines provide the traditional “rules” when addressing wedding invites that do help convey that sense of specialness and elegance. Street names, cities and states should be written out completely without any abbreviations. To indicate both parties of a married couple, use both “Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Green.” When addressing an unmarried couple living together, use each of their full names: “Mr. Ronald Green and Miss Angela Thomson.” If every member of a family is invited, write “Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Green and Family.” If only the older children are included, their names are written below the parents’: “Miss Erin Green.” Adult children no longer living with their parents should receive their own invite. Addressing children this way should let guests know if children are invited or not, but often this is unknown or overlooked by guests. If you’d rather not have children at your wedding, you could also include on the invite “Adult Reception.” And, you may just want to let certain guests know this as well when you talk to them in person. A FINAL, CRITICAL TIP When you’ve fully assembled your invites, take one to the post office, and have them weigh it, assess it and give you a definitive postage due amount. It may weigh more than one ounce, or be an odd size (such as square) that costs extra, and the last thing you want is 100 wedding invites coming back to you marked “insufficient postage!” So make that extra trip to the post office to be absolutely sure, mail them out, and take a deep breath. The wedding is officially underway!

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Beauty

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

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

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BEAUTY Makeup, hair, nails… every blushing bride wants these to be in top form on the big day. We’ve done the research, reflected, and compiled our best tips to help you look completely fabulous for your wedding day!

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WHAT TO DO Now is a great time to focus on healthy, glowing skin. If you’re concerned about the health and appearance of your skin, then consider a visit to a dermatologist (for bigger problems) or an aesthetician (for minor issues.) Depending on the severity of your skin problems, start six to 12 months before your wedding day so you have time to treat, heal and achieve good results. After proper analysis and treatment, professionals can assist you in selecting skin care products that will enable you to maintain treatments in the privacy and convenience of your own home. Facials are a must for all skin types. Facial treatments use deep cleansing, masks and exfoliation to penetrate deep into the skin, killing blemishcausing bacteria, rebalancing the skin hormonal system and stimulating circulation. Regular treatment results in refined pores, smoother facial lines, healed blemishes and a more radiant complexion. When choosing your hairstyle consider your gown, the level of formality of your wedding, your personal style, your hair and your face shape. Generally speaking, the more elaborate the gown, the simpler your hair should be, or it all simply becomes “too much of a good thing.” Strapless gowns show off their dramatic neckline with up-dos,


BEAUTY but this isn’t a rule set in stone. Work with your hair stylist four to six weeks before the wedding to find the right style for you – and bring a photo of your gown with you! Whether you use a pro for your makeup, have a friend do it or do it yourself, do a trial run before the wedding. In addition to looking in the mirror and getting feedback from close friends and/or family, take photos and evaluate those. Do you like what you see? Do you want to make any changes? Now is the time to practice – not the day of your wedding! Keep it on throughout the day and see how it lasts. How does it look two, five or eight hours later? It is easy enough to touch up? Regular manicures in the one or two months before your wedding day will

get your nails in perfect shape. You can probably avoid using acrylic nails this way, and enjoy the beauty of your own strong, healthy nails. Have your eyebrows professionally shaped at least two weeks before the wedding. If you’ve never done this before, you’ll be amazed at how different you look with well groomed brows! Some people may experience a red, rash-like reaction, so doing this early enough gives you time to recover if that happens to you. You will probably need to freshen them up a day or two before the wedding with a tweezers. If you use a professional for your makeup, be sure to have the same colors available to take with you for touch-ups during the day. www.premierbride.com PREMIER BRIDE • 219


A WHITER, BRIGHTER SMILE a good first impression

You’ve chosen the perfect dress. Your hair is just right and your make-up ideal! You have planned everything down to the color of your nails to create the perfect impression. However, you may have overlooked the most important feature of all, YOUR SMILE! Have you ever seen a wedding portrait without a smiling bride and groom? Isn’t your smile one of the single most important features that should be just right? For most people, an appealing smile is the ultimate first impression. A dental survey found that nearly 50 percent of the people asked would like to make some improvement to their smile. Changing the color of the teeth to a lighter, brighter white is the most requested improvement and the most convenient. Without a major investment of either time or money, and in the comfort of your own home, you can safely and without pain, permanently whiten your teeth. Your cosmetic dentist will especially design a program for you to use while you sleep each night. After one to two weeks of using the materials prescribed the process is complete! You now have that dazzling smile that you have always wanted to make your wedding day absolutely perfect! Ivory may be a lovely color for your dress, but you want your teeth to be brighter than that. Teeth brightening done by a skilled dental team can produce a marvelous change that will last long after the champagne toast is given and the rose petals are tossed. Just think what a grand memory your photographs will make with your new bright dazzling smile. Make the day perfect with cosmetic whitening.

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


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

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

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Groom

THE WELL-SUITED GROOM: everything you need to know

The bride, in her splendid gown, will turn heads as she walks down the aisle, but the groom, waiting patiently at the altar, deserves his share of the attention too. And he will look splendid also, dressed in the perfect outfit for the perfect day, and ready to celebrate.4

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GROOM THE LEVEL OF FORMALITY The first order of business is to evaluate how formal your wedding will be. This depends on the time of day of the wedding, the location, but most of all, on you and your fiancé. Whatever level of formality you settle on, just be sure you’re consistent throughout – invitations, décor, food, location, and certainly, wedding attire should all “match” in terms of formality. (Most people do this instinctively!) In warm weather, think lighter colors (such as tan and white), and in cool weather think darker colors (navy and charcoal.) Grey would likely work anytime, and black is always classic and appropriate. Ties, vests and cummerbunds can match the wedding colors, or compliment them with colors such as white, ivory, silver, grey or black. One interesting option is to see if it’s possible to order extra material when ordering the bridal gown, and have ties made with it for either just the groom, or for the groom and the groomsmen. If the bridal gown is ivory, the men should wear ivory shirts, not white, to compliment her. Semiformal and formal weddings have plenty of options: a high quality, single- or double-breasted men’s suit in black, dark charcoal or navy with

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a Windsor knotted tie in white, ivory, navy, silver or black is a less formal option. For a more formal look than that, consider a tuxedo with a single- or double-breasted dinner jacket, a white or ivory pointed-collar shirt, a vest or cummerbund and either a bow tie or a four-in-hand tie (a “fancy” knotted necktie). A very formal wedding, called “white tie,” calls for the traditional black tuxedo with tails, a vest, a white winged-color shirt and a bow tie. If you can envision a symphony conductor’s attire, this is “white tie.” DISTINGUISHING THE GROOM It’s nice to have some way of setting the groom apart. At very formal events, the groom and groomsmen are all to be dressed identically, so one way to distinguish the groom is to give him a different, but complimentary, boutonniere to wear. For less formal events than white tie, you have more options. The groom could wear a white jacket while his groomsmen are in black. Or, the groom could wear a white, ivory or silver vest and/or tie while his groomsmen wear vests and/ or ties in black, or a color that matches the bridesmaids’ dresses.


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GROOM SHOPPING TIPS When the men visit their formalwear shop they should have a firm idea of the women’s wedding attire, and bring fabric or color swatches from the bridesmaids’ gowns. Pictures from the pages of wedding and men’s magazines of the preferred formalwear styles would also be helpful in the decision-making process. The groom and groomsmen should reserve their rentals at least three months in advance of the wedding (although the earlier, the better, especially during the busy seasons.) Final measurements should be taken about three weeks before the ceremony; however, be sure to come back a few days before the wedding for last-minute alterations. Out-of-town groomsmen can get measured at any formalwear store or local tailor’s near them, and send their measurements to the groom or to your formalwear store. Someone (often the best man, as long as he’s responsible!) should be designated to return all formalwear to the store on time in order to avoid late fees, which can get quite expensive adding up the per day, per outfit costs.

THE PERFECT FIT Shirts should fit well around the neck. The bottom hem of the pants should touch the top of the shoes. Jackets should be fitted, with some room at the waist. Sleeves should end at the wrist bone with the same number of shirt buttons showing.

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Transportation GettinG there: Wedding Day transportation

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

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FIRST: HOW MANY? Your search for transportation needs to start once you decide how many people youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be moving. Do you want just the bride and the groom in a vehicle, or is the entire wedding party heading to the reception together? If the whole party is going, do you want to include their spouses or dates? What about the couples parents and new in-laws? Once you make those decisions, you can start searching around for transport based on size. Then, you can pick out a limousine, a coach party bus, a trolley, or something more unique and personal for the couple. Whatever you decide on, keep safety in mind for when revelers are bouncing from place to place. LIMOS If there is a day to splurge on this iconic luxury vehicle, your wedding is certainly the day. Unlike some other forms of transport, a limo can be booked for an entire day, so you could get a high-class ride to pick you up at the house, delivering you to the ceremony, reception or even to the airport to jet away on a honeymoon. Most companies have a one or two hour minimum for their services, so think about what the most cost-effective way would be to keep the limo around. If you want a car for both going to and leaving the ceremony, it might be more affordable to hire two separate cars rather than pay for the vehicle to sit there during a long reception. There are quite a few options for limos. A formal limousine seats four people, and sometimes a bride and groom will travel to the ceremony


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TRANSPORTATION alone. Or, if you’d like to include the wedding party, stretch limos can allow for six to 10. For larger parties and a flashier mode of transport, sport utility models like the Hummer and Explorer are popular and unique both inside and out. The larger models are often posh, with flashy lights and decorative interiors. CATCH THE COACH For larger wedding parties or ones that want a little elbow room, a party bus or luxury coach is a great way to travel from the ceremony to the reception. It’s got all the amenities and style of a luxury limousine, but with more room to spare –these will seat up to 10 people very comfortably. Or, for even bigger parties, a

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

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

UNIQUE ALTERNATIVES Limos, party buses and trolleys are great, traditional options, but some new couples might opt for something more personal or creative. A horse-drawn carriage is a romantic, vintage option, especially if you can decorate it with your wedding colors or pull up to your waving guests. Vintage cars are also great photo ops and add a touch of class. An antique Rolls Royce or a ’69 Mustang are fun and something you don’t get to ride in every day. Ride in style like the royal couple did in their April wedding in a decorated navy softtop Aston Martin Volante.

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


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TRANSPORTATION Or, as with everything else in the wedding, make sure the transportation connects to YOU. Maybe you met at a Harley rally – ride off on your twin Hogs! Or maybe you share a love of mountain biking – don’t be afraid to wheel over on a tandem together. Personality is what makes weddings memorable, so however you move, make sure it’s full of your style. DOWN TO DETAILS Make sure to confirm transportation booking and verify pick-up and departure times well in advance of your wedding dates. And don’t be afraid to ask for a test drive! For a written contract, look for these things: • Name and contact information for you and the company (including cell phone!) • Date, time and address of all pickup and drop-off locations • Type and number of vehicles rented, and amenities supplied with each

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With over 300 miles of shoreline and its quiet, wooded landscape dotted with quaint harbor side villages and historic lighthouses; Door County provides an ideal backdrop for a romantic getaway. Small wonder this Wisconsin peninsula was named one of the top ten travel destinations in North America by Money Magazine. The ten villages that make up Door County offer dozens of specialty shops, galleries and studios to browse through. Local restaurants feature everything from traditional Door County fish boils to candlelight gourmet dinners. Many newlyweds enjoy a winery tour or two at the five wineries in Door County. Others take in one of the many seasonal festivals or sample cultural offerings ranging from chamber music festivals and theater in the woods, to drive-in, double feature movies under the stars.

Enjoy Door Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shoreline scenes from an elegant concert or dinner cruise, a snug little paddle-boat, a tranquil canoe, or even a picnic blanket on the shore. Others comb the waters of Lake Michigan in search of legendary shipwrecks. Even winter canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t put a damper on the romance in Door County, with its picturesque horse-drawn sleigh rides, serene cross-country skiing, snow-laden trees and cozy inns. No matter what the season, budget or lifestyle, Door County is the perfect honeymoon destination. There is a magical lure to Door County that draws couples back again and again. Its closeness to home makes it ideal for romantic getaways long after the honeymoon is over, keeping the romantic spark alive for many years to come.

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PARIS STORY BY RACHAEL DRAGANI

Bonjour! Bienvenue à Paris. What’s there to argue against a honeymoon in the world’s most romantic city? It’s images are iconic, but always associated with love - fireworks bursting above star-gazing young couples under the Eiffel Tower, lovebirds kissing upon returning from war, hands held through the twisting cobblestone lanes, and of course that breathy, passionate, ‘j’adore’ No other ‘I love you’ can compare. 4


In fact, the destination may seem to cliché, too straight out of a romantic comedy. If that’s the case, avoid the touristy clumps and cheesy tours, take a bit of a baguette and honeymoon in epicenter of business, fashion, culture and entertainment.

LAY OF THE LAND Paris is located on the Seine River and is quite different at various geographic points throughout the city. Since the city lays on water and was engaged in power struggles and battles throughout Europe’s tumultuous history, many of the bridges that connect the city have fascinating stories. At the very least, ruins of collapsed bridges or crumbled protective walls means a history lesson is around every corner. The Ile de la Cite, an island in the The Infamous Moulin Rouge

center of Paris, is connected by multiple bridges to the rest of the city and houses old-world architecture wonders like the famous Notre-Dame cathedral.

THINGS TO DO Iconic Images We’ve grown up being able to spot the cultural and artistic wonders found in France – it will be a treat to see them in real life. But don’t just pass by and snap a picture – learn the history or spend an afternoon in the company of true beauty. Stop at a grocery store to get some bread, cheese and wine to leisurely enjoy a picnic lunch and watch the sun set in the grassy gardens surrounding the Eiffel Tower.


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The Mona Lisa and the outside of its home, The Louvre, are visitor hotspots, but take a second to get to know the history of some of the rest of the artwork housed in the triangular walls, or pop down on a bench and people-watch the thousands of art-loving visitors. Wonder about the decades of craftsmen and laborers who put their sweat into building the Notre-Dame Cathedral Take a stroll through the posh, historic streets near St-Germain-des-Pres and pop into a bookstore along the way.

Take in the Music

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Paris has centuries of experience with entertainment. The jazz scene is alive and well, so ask around while you’re there for the best place to catch a live show. One traditional place, the Caveau de la Huchette is tucked in a medieval cellar, and the Au Duc des Lombards has been frequented by all the greats. If cabaret is your thing, you’ve come to the right place, and if you think it isn’t, then you haven’t seen a Parisian show. For all the tacky, glitzy, flamboyant madness that will remind you of a vintage Toulouse-Lautrec poster, head to the infamous Moulin Rouge or Le Lido.

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Who can come to Paris and resist the shopping scene? It’s the fashion capital of the world, and the designer boutiques and effortless style bursting out of every passerby will be a constant reminder of that. But a honeymoon in Paris doesn’t have to mean dragging your significant other around to find the perfect Louis Vuitton bag – Parisian shops truly have something for everyone. For couples that share a love of reading, check out the cafes and bookshops where lonely, exiled American writers from the early 1900s called home. The presentation is half the fun, so spend a day winding in and out of avant-garde shops


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like L’Eclaireur or home stores like Merci. For a peek at anything and everything, pop into one of Paris’s flea markets like the Marche aux Puces de Clignacourt or Marche d’Aligre.

WHERE TO STAY Hotel du Petit Moulin www.paris-hotel-petitmoulin.com Unconventional, wacky and yet completely sophisticated and posh, the Hotel du Petit Moulin is consistently ranked among the best honeymoon destinations in the world. Besides offering more than enough modern amenities and a great location, this place will keep you guessing around every corner as antique chandeliers are partnered with heart-shaped mirrors on a bright red wall – somehow in a way that just works. Make sure to book way ahead of time.

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Hotel Plaza Athenee www.plaza-athenee-paris.com For typical Parisian luxury and the obligatory view of the Eiffel Tower, go no further than Hotel Plaza Athenee. You’ll get the old world charm and glamor without having to compromise on modern technology or amenities.

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An affordable yet pristine option, the Hotel Langlois is in a perfect location near restaurants and public transportation and is a comfortable spot to drop after a day of sightseeing and Parisian revelry.

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Paris is a temperate climate, with four seasons but usually not extreme weather in any of them. It doesn’t typically drop below 40 degrees in the winter and won’t get much hotter than 80 in the summer, but if you’re in the middle of a summer heat wave head to the suburbs or hilly areas around the city.

GETTING AROUND

Paris is full of visitors from around the world, so it’s fairly easy to navigate the city – or find someone to help navigate – by taking a cab or public transportation. Driving or walking on your own might be more difficult, with twisting and turning streets and a lack of clear signage. Make sure to have a map with you and brush up on your French directions. Ask if the hotel you’re staying at has driver services or tips on getting to and from places near your accommodations.

TIME ZONE

Paris is in CEST, six hours ahead of New York.

LANGUAGE

Parisians speak French and aren’t always as stereotypically snobby about the language as they are made out to be, but if you don’t speak French, try to learn some phrases before you go and bring along a phrase book – any effort to adapt to the language gains a few traveler points.

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ELECTRICITY

France operates on 220v and 50 Hz, so if you’re bringing North American-made electronics you’ll need an adaptor.

CURRENCY

Frances uses the Euro. Check exchange rates before you go so you don’t get ripped off at an airport or currency exchange. Most touristy places or upscale hotels take commonly accepted credit cards, but it’s smart to always have cash euros on you because debit and credit machines are less common than in the States.

MARRIAGE REQUIREMENTS

A civil marriage in France is recognized as valid in the U.S., but it isn’t as easy to obtain as some countries. The marriage must be performed by a French civil authority before any religious ceremony. It’s a general rule that one party must have resided in France for 40 days continuously before the marriage, but that sometimes isn’t enforced. Similarly, the documents officials ask for vary, but you should be prepared with valid passports, certified birth certificate, and most Americans need to provide an affidavit of marital status to prove they’re not married. This can be obtained from the American consulate in France. If you’re planning a destination wedding, check around at different hotels and resorts to find one with a wedding planner that can help you sort through the red tape.


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BARBADOS It’s funky. It’s plush. It’s sultry. It’s got heart. And it’s exactly the spot a first-class couple looking for a colorful honeymoon should pick. This Caribbean destination has flavor on top of its white beaches, brilliant botanical gardens, and jagged limestone cliffs. A favorite of posh celebrities and seasoned travel bums alike, this rollicking nation is teeming with laid-back extravagance in the way only an island hideaway can. Barbados also boasts a 98% literacy rate and an economically booming capital and surrounding region, including museums carefully documenting the island’s brutal colonial past - all reasons it was named one of the world’s top ten ethical travel destinations. When you settle in here, groove to the calypso rhythms, dig your toes into the white sand, and toast a glass of world-famous rum to a perfect first adventure as a married couple. 4 Photo Courtesy Barbados Tourism Authority


LAY OF THE LAND One of the beauties of Barbados is its diverse terrain. The white-sand beaches of the West and South coasts are home to some of the most tranquil and posh all-inclusive resorts and spas. If you’re looking for calm, clear waters and gently blowing palms, this area will be your paradise. The Atlantic side, on the East, packs a little more action. The wild waves are a huge draw for some of the world’s best surfers, and couples looking to participate in water sports such as diving and windsurfing should stick to this side. One thing that separates Barbados from other island nations is its ‘middle.’ Jagged limestone cliffs, breathtaking botanic gardens and colorful rolls of flowered hills make sure the interior of the island has as much to brag about as the coasts. If they all sound appealing, don’t worry - the great thing about Barbados is its size, just about 21 miles long. A terrific bus system, friendly taxis and bike roads make it easy to see if all during your getaway.

THINGS TO DO Botanical Beauty Part of Barbados’ splendor is its stunning natural resources. The island’s interior is full of jagged, limestone cliffs perfect for climbing. Barbados is also home to a tiny rainforest, best viewed at Hunte’s Gardens, easily accessible from anywhere on the islands. A picturesque path through the gardens is the perfect window to exotic floral life and mystical forest clusters. For different types of gardens with a manicured, colonial feel, head to St. Nicholas Abbey. A trip there comes with history and architecture lessons, as well, as you wander through a preserved plantation, well-groomed grounds and a glimpse into how rum and sugar cane are distilled and produced. Barbados is home to stunning scenery and a brutal past, and these excursions won’t let you forget either of those.


Take a Tour Since so much of Barbados’ wonders lie beneath certain surfaces or around unlikely corners, an organized tour is a great way to make sure you get to see it all. Tours are popular all over the island, and the good ones don’t have the same cheesy, touristy feel that you’ll find in other popular destinations. Harrison’s Cave is a breathtaking, mysterious destination that’s best viewed on a tour, and an underwater dive in the Atlantis Submarine Expedition is a carefree way to see every type of marine life and coral you can imagine. As you’re looking into accommodation, ask around for what kind of all-encompassing tours they have a connection to.

Flying Fish and Cutters From the second you touch down in Barbados you’ll know Barbados’ prized animal is the ‘flying fish.’ The birds aren’t

magical creatures – they don’t have wings – but their powerful tailfins allow them to propel out of the water at alarming speeds and heights. They decorate local coins, bills and paraphernalia, but are most popular as a tasty entrée. It’s served lightly breaded and fried with a very spicy yellow mustard sauce with peppers and onions in it. Flying fish are also served in a ‘cutter’ sandwich, another trademark eat in the island. They’re made using a local Salt Bread, much like a roll, and filled with the breaded flying fish or other savory fillings such as ham or thick slices of multiple varieties of cheese, usually topped with a spicy pepper ‘Bajan’ hot sauce. The most famous cutter is the Bread and Two, where two fish cakes are smashed and placed between the cut and bread. Whatever you’re munching on, wash it down with one of the island’s famous rums.


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WHERE TO STAY Bougainvillea Beach Resort www.bougainvillearesort.com

SandPiper Resort

This south coast resort is a perfect mix of lively Caribbean flavor and island relaxation. Extravagant floral displays keep the atmosphere light, getting you excited to party at the nearby island’s best nightlife. You don’t have to go far to eat well – the resort is home to funky eateries and the only Zagat-rated restaurant on the island. Villas and tons of kid-friendly family activities make this a great place for destination weddings.

Sandy Lane Resort www.sandylane.com

Bougainvillea Beach Resort

For a pampered, exclusive getaway, look no further than the posh Sandy Lane Resort. The five-star resort is the undisputed most deluxe location. Go sailing, snorkeling or have fun with another water sport courtesy of the resort, or just relax under secluded mahogany shade or in the world-class, marble-layered spa. And if you’re a golfer, this is your spot.

Sandpiper Resort www.sandpiperbarbados.com

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For a super tranquil, postcard-perfect honeymoon, book a week or two at the Sandpiper Resort. Truly private and secluded, this resort offers a little more of the colonial charm that’s a part of the island’s history. One of the most popular spots for destination weddings, the Sandpiper features affordable yet inclusive wedding packages, including the chance to marry in a quaint, brick chapel in a tropical setting.

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Barbados is generally anywhere between 75 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. The sun is almost always shiny, but a breeze keeps it from getting too hot. Dry season is from January to June, but during rainy season the rainfall is usually quick, so it’s still an okay time to travel there.

LANGUAGE

Because of British occupation, English is the native language, but it’s likely you’ll hear a little ‘Bajan dialect’ spoken amongst locals.

GETTING AROUND

If arriving to Barbados by air, you will almost certainly fly into the Grantley Adams International Airport, about 16 km outside of Bridgetown. From there, arrange transportation to your text destination with your accommodation. Car rentals are possible on the island, but popular retail chains are virtually unheard of and private rentals receive plenty of complaints. It’s much easier to rely on the efficient bus system or taxis throughout Barbados. Or, if you have a few day trips or excursions in mind, talk with your resort ahead of time – they will almost always be happy to arrange something for you. On your way out of the country, be prepared to pay a departure tax at the airport.

TIME ZONE

Barbados is in the Eastern Time Zone.

ELECTRICITY

Electricity is 110 v/50 cycles so if you’re using appliances from North America you shouldn’t have a problem.

CURRENCY

Barbados uses the Barbados Dollar, which is fixed to the U.S. dollar and is about $2 Barbados dollars to $1 US dollar. In the popular tourist areas, though, U.S. dollars are commonly accepted and most major places take credit cards as well. Have a few Barbados dollars on you at all times in case of emergency, but U.S. cash should serve you well, too.

TIPPING

Check your bill at restaurants to see if they already added gratuity –if not, 10-15% extra is customary. Don’t be surprised if your accommodation bill includes service charges, and tip the maid an extra dollar or two per day on top of that. If you’re staying at an all-inclusive, check with the hotel’s policy on tipping because some resorts prohibit it.

MARRIAGE REQUIREMENTS

Barbados is a relatively easy place to get married since there is no required amount of stay and not too much work ahead of time. Both parties involved will have to apply for a license in the capital city, Bridgetown, at the Office of the Ministry of Home Affairs. Make sure you have valid passports or birth certificates and a return ticket. If either party has been widowed or divorced, you’ll need to provide a certified document (such as a death certificate or final judgment) to prove the previous marriage is over. If you are planning a destination wedding, double check with the resort to make sure all your grounds are covered.


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

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Pack less so you can enjoy yourself more. Here are the five commandments for packing for your honeymoon. 1. Take half the clothes and twice the money. 2. Mix and match clothes (forget about a pair of shoes for every outfit). 3. Learn to layer so that when the evening cools off all you have to do is add a sweater over your existing skirt and blouse. 4. Do laundry at the hotel. 5. Be culturally sensitive. Women have to cover their shoulders in Italy before entering a church and in the Middle East remember miniskirts are out. Visit premierbride.com and click on “destinations” for more information on domestic, tropical and international locations perfect for your destination wedding and honeymooon.

HONEYMOON Here are some tips to make sure your planning goes smoothly and the trip fulfills your every fantasy: COMMUNICATE This seems basic enough, but don’t assume anything when you’re planning a honeymoon! Take time to sit down and toss ideas around – what kind of

destination you’d like (beach, foreign, cruise, etc.) and what you want to spend your time doing once you’re there (when you’re not in your bedroom.) Ask each other if you’d like a destination where there are lots of activities such as water sports, hot tourist spots, shopping or hiking, or if both of you would rather go somewhere you can relax and be pampered. It’s totally up to you, but make sure that your expectations are established before you book anything so there aren’t unexpected disagreements when you want to read a novel on the beach all day and your spouse wants snorkeling lessons. And don’t forget – this is the start of your lives together, so this honeymoon could be the beginning of throwing in a few compromises here and there. Here are some planning tips: Tropical Most people think a honeymoon is a tropical island straight out of a postcard. You can’t beat a fruity drink with a little umbrella in it, a spa treatment on the beach or romantic walks down the white sand at sunset. Even for the most active couples, a honeymoon is probably the one time where it’s OK to sit back and let yourself be taken care of. Check into a bunch of places before you go - many have special honeymoon packages and some cater exclusively to

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HONEYMOON honeymooners. Also, be sure to ask if it is really “all” inclusive. At some places this means your room and two meals, at others it means three meals, drinks, champagne at arrival and a spa treatment. Don’t be afraid to make some requests – mention another resort threw in chocolate-covered strawberries with their all-inclusive package, and you might see a couple more perks when you walk in the door. Abroad An exciting trip abroad is an exciting way to start a marriage. You’ll have a sense of adventure when you’re caught up in a whirlwind of new ideas and cultures, all while beginning a new adventure of your own. However, if you’ve never been abroad before, make sure this is something you really want to do, because planning a foreign trip for the first time can be stressful, and it could be overwhelming to be in new lands for the first time when all you want to do is relax. If you do go, make sure your passport is updated, especially if your last name on a different piece of identification is going to change. It’s usually best to book any tickets in your maiden name, since that is likely to be the name still on your passport and driver’s license. For more information on specific

foreign destinations or if you’re worried about health and safety abroad, call the International Traveler’s Hotline at 404-332-4559. Keeping it Local If you don’t have the funds for a plane ticket abroad or can’t get away for a long trip, look around you to see what your area has to offer. You’ll probably be surprised to learn there is a romantic bed & breakfast just a few miles from your home or a beautiful state park where you can sleep under the stars. Turn your cell

Just a couple honeymoon tips. No matter where you’re going, when you’re traveling with someone you love, it’s important to remember a few very important pieces of information. • You love this person. Whether the airline lost your baggage, you got Dengue fever, or he accidentally had one too many tropical drinks, you love him. Remember that and your trip will be better for it. • Share the experience of your honeymoon as well. He wants to golf and you want to shop. If you can’t bear to be apart even for a few hours, then you try golfing in the morning and he goes shopping with you in the afternoon. www.premierbride.com PREMIER BRIDE • 259


HONEYMOON phones off and just spend time with each other so it seems as if you’re light years away from the rest of the world. Again, it doesn’t matter where you go, it’s how you spend your time honeymooning that you’ll remember for years to come. Cruises If you can’t decide on a destination, a cruise might be for you – it’s got it all and more. If you want to see Europe, but you’ve never been and don’t have time to plan a trip, try a Mediterranean cruise. If you want a tropical location but can’t decide on a spot, get on a Caribbean cruise that will take you to many different islands. And if you can’t decide whether you want to relax or be active, a cruise will give you plenty of options to do both. Plus, meals, drinks and entertainment are all included and it’s all right outside your cabin door! When you’re planning, just like anywhere else, mention you’re on your honeymoon and see if the cruise line has a special deal or package for you. BEFORE YOU GO Even though you’ll have a lot on your plate to plan for the wedding before you leave, take some time to get information on your chosen destination before you leave. Here are some things to think about, especially if you’ve never traveled to your honeymoon location before: • Different Customs. If you’re traveling abroad, or even to an Americanized resort in the Caribbean, do a little research to learn if there are gestures that are deemed inappropriate, actions that are considered rude or types of dress that are unacceptable to the local community. • Language. Pick up a pocket-sized dictionary or phrase book if you’re going somewhere that neither of you speak the language. 260 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com

• Tipping. Not everywhere has the same tipping as in the United States – look into who to tip and what percentage. • Weather. Know the typical weather of your destination at the time of your travel, and plan for contingencies. Even if you’re staying local, you don’t want to have to drive home to get a pair of snow boots you didn’t think you’d need!

USE AN EXPERIENCED TRAVEL AGENT You have enough planning and details on your plate with the wedding – leave your travel planning to a professional! The cost to you is generally zero, or very minimal, and they’ll save you so much time and greatly reduce your stress. If anything goes wrong – your flight is cancelled, or the hotel lost your reservation – your travel agent is there to help, just a phone call away. Look for one who focuses on wedding & honeymoon travel, or who specializes in the geographical area you wish to visit. PUT ROMANCE IN YOUR HONEYMOON It’s no secret that a honeymoon is all about those intimate moments and letting out your romantic side, so be proactive in setting up that excitement! Pack a secret gift for each other to open on the honeymoon – new lingerie, a romantic photo album or something personal you two share that would ignite a little fire. You could also give each other ‘coupons’ with little favors, such as an intimate massage or a promise to try deep-sea fishing the next day. No matter what romance you bring into the honeymoon, just keep it as personal as possible and neither of you will be able to quit smiling, no matter where you are.

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Brides, please bring a gently used bridesmaid dress to be donated to the Agape House for Girls, a non-profit 501(c)3 Christian organization for struggling young women. Donations will give brides a second opportunity to win the Lake Geneva Bridal Walk grand prize.

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THE WEDDING EXPO

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THE BRIDAL FAIRE

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MAY 6, 2012

THE WEDDING SHOW

Presented by the Best Western Plus Milwaukee Airport 51505 S. Howell Ave, Milwaukee Doors open at 11am 414-831-3657 www.bwmilwaukee.com See pg 264

MAY 20, 2012

3RD ANNUAL LAKE GENEVA BRIDAL WALK

Beautiful Downtown Lake Geneva, 10am-5pm www.mylakegenevawedding.com See pg 264


Carasco Photography

Sit back and relax as the pages of your favorite bridal fashion magazine come alive during the luxury fashion show at Bridal Expo Milwaukee! You'll see the best of the best in glamorous bridal gowns, trendy attendant dresses, beautiful mother gowns and contemporary formalwear. Our fashion show is a must see event! To find a fashion show near you visit us online:

Carasco Photography

BridalExpoMilwaukee.com. Order 4 Free Tickets as Our Special Gift to You a $60 Value for Premier Bride Magazine Brides! Shows Sell Out—Order Early to Avoid Disappointment. Extra tickets $15 per person at the door. Carasco Photography

RSVP on-line at BridalExpoMilwaukee.com or Call 414-427-4325 x 221 and Mention Promo Code: PB-12w

Carasco Photography

*schedule subject to change, always call to confirm

DATES & LOCATIONS SHERATON HOTEL, BROOKFIELD, WI SUNDAY, MARCH 4, 2012, 10:30a—4p SHERATON HOTEL, BROOKFIELD, WI SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 2012, 10:30a—4p SHERATON HOTEL, BROOKFIELD, WI SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2012, 10:30a—4p SHERATON HOTEL, BROOKFIELD, WI SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2012, 10:30a—4p

Carasco Photography

Carasco Photography


Are you a wedding professional in the Milwaukee area? Come join us for networking at our monthly meetings. Call Kim at 414.688.6101 for more information or visit us on the web at www.nawp.com click Milwaukee chapter. BRIDAL SHOWS (CONT.) JUNE 3, 2012

BRIDAL EXPO

Brookfield Sheraton, 10:30am-4pm www.bridalexpomilwaukee.com For free tickets, call 414-427-4325

OCTOBER

11TH ANNUAL WHITEWATER BRIDAL FAIR

See pgs 14-15 & 265

UW Whitewater Campus (Hamilton Room) Doors open at 12 noon 262-473-4005, www.whitewaterchamber.com

SEPTEMBER 16, 2012

FALL

BRIDAL EXPO

Brookfield Sheraton, 10:30am-4pm www.bridalexpomilwaukee.com For free tickets, call 414-427-4325 See pgs 14-15 & 265

SEPTEMBER

3RD ANNUAL DISCOVER LAKE GENEVA BRIDAL SHOWCASE Lake Geneva Cruise Line, 10am-1pm Riveria Dock, 812 Wrigley Dr www.cruiselakegeneva.com 800-558-5911

THE ANNUAL FALL WEDDING SHOWCASE

The Wyndham Milwaukee Airport Door open 10am, Free Admission 414-615-8001 NOVEMBER 4, 2012

BRIDAL “SCHAUER” & EVENT FAIRE

Schauer Arts & Activities Center 147 N. Rural Street, Hartford 11am-2:30pm 262-670-0560 See pg 160

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Bridal Reception and Wedding Show

BRIDAL SHOWS (CONT.) NOVEMBER

THE BRIDAL FAIRE

Olympia Resort & Conference Center Oconomowoc, Doors open at 11am 262-790-1098 www.GoSavvyBride.com – OlympiaResort.com NOVEMBER 10-11, 2012

BEST OF THE BEST BRIDAL SHOW

Waukesha County Expo Center 1000 Northview Rd, Waukesha, 10am-4pm 800-925-8880, www.excitingevents.com

Friday, February 24, 2012 5-8 pm

Wedding Vendors ~ Bridal Fashions Hors d’oeuvres & Champagne Tour of Milwaukee’s Newest Ballroom

The Wyndham Milwaukee Airport presents

The AnnuAl Spring Wedding ShoWcASe

Sunday, April 29, 2012 Doors Open 10am Free Admission Great Giveaways Complimentary: Hors d’ oeuvres Parking Tours

(414) 615-8001 www.wyndham.com/hotels/MKEAP/main.wnt 268 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com

See pg 266

NOVEMBER 11, 2012

BRIDAL EXPO

Brookfield Sheraton, 10:30am-4pm www.bridalexpomilwaukee.com For free tickets, call 414-427-4325 See pg (14-15, 265)

JANUARY 5-6, 2013

45TH WONDERFUL WORLD OF WEDDINGS & OCCASIONS Wisconsin Exposition Center at state Fair Park Sat 10am-4:30pm & Sun 10am-4:30pm www.expoproductionsinc.com See pg 262

SHOPPING MADE EASY attending bridal shows

You may find that the more time you can save in planning your wedding, the better. A bridal show can be the one stop shopping experience you need to plan your entire wedding, especially if you go prepared. Here are a few tips on how to get the most out of your local bridal shows. PLAN IN ADVANCE First of all, you will need to have a budget planned. Make a list of what you need most and what your budget


SHOPPING MADE EASY will allow for each item and service. When you get there visit the service providers who have what you need the most then enjoy the show more leisurely afterwards. Visit Here First Remember, some wedding service providers can only do one or two weddings a day because they are one or two person operations. These providers include videographers, DJs, banquet facilities, balloon decorators, photographers and wedding consultants. Plan to spend at least half the day with these kinds of vendors. Ready to Make Decisions Bring the major decision-makers to the bridal show with you. If you are the major decision-maker, bring someone you can bounce ideas off of before you make the final decision. Another important item to bring is a swatch of material in the color of your wedding. This will assist the florist, baker and many of the other professionals in helping you plan your event. A checkbook and date book are also necessities. If you are going to book a perfect photographer, you are going to need to leave a deposit. You’ll also need a date-book to schedule others.

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

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Dress for the Occasion Remember to wear comfortable shoes. There is no doubt that you will be doing a lot of walking. Fashion Forward Bring a notepad with you to jot down any dresses you like during the fashion shows that will surely take place while you’re there. You may also have the www.premierbride.com PREMIER BRIDE • 269


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES DIRECTORY KEY • ALTERATIONS/ CUSTOM DRESS DESIGNS • ATTENDANT GIFTS (See Customized Gifts)

• BACHELOR(ETTE) PARTY • BANQUET FACILITIES & REHEARSAL DINNERS • BARTENDING SERVICES • BEAUTY AND SKIN (Also See Cosmetics)

• BED & BREAKFASTS/ INNS • BRIDAL ACCESSORIES (and Rental Items)

• BRIDAL FASHION • BRIDAL REGISTRY • BRIDAL SHOWERS/ GIFT OPENINGS

• BRIDAL SHOWS

Complete listing and information (See pg 261)

• • • •

CAKES CARRIAGES CATERING CEREMONIES, CHAPELS • CEREMONIES, OFFICIANT • CHOCOLATES • COSMETICS (Also see Beauty)

• DECORATING SERVICES

(Lighting and Rental Items)

• DOOR COUNTY WEDDINGS • DOVE RELEASE • DRY CLEANING / GOWN RESTORATION

ALTERATIONS/ CUSTOM DRESS DESIGNS

• FAVORS

(Also see Chocolates)

• FIREWORKS • FLORISTS

(and Rental Items)

• FORMALWEAR • GOWNS, CUSTOM

(See Alterations/Custom Dress Designs)

• HONEYMOON

(Also see Travel Agencies & Door County Weddings)

• HOTELS/CLUB SUITES

(Also see Banquet Facilities)

• • • •

INTERNET INVITATIONS JEWELRY LIMOUSINES

(See Transportation)

• MASSAGE THERAPY

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

• • • • •

SPAS TRANSPORTATION TRAVEL AGENCIES VIDEOGRAPHY WALWORTH COUNTY WEDDINGS (See pg 173)

• WEDDING CONSULTANTS • WEIGHT LOSS

Aphrodite Designs

101 A.E. Main St., Waterford www.aphroditegowns.com 262-716-3594

Custom Tailoring Service

18900 W Bluemound Rd., Brookfield 262-796-0434

(See pg 202)

ATTENDANT GIFTS

(See Customized Gifts)

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directory of services

BACHELOR(ETTE) PARTY

The Astor Hotel

Megan’s Tea Room

Bartolotta’s

Wedding Center Stonewood Village 17700 W. Capitol Dr., Brookfield www.meganstearoom.com 262-790-9292

www.bartolottacatering.com

My Party Places LLC

Karen Schoenung www.mypartyplaces.com 414-530-9659

Riverwalk Boat Tours & Rentals

at Pere Marquette Park (on Old World Third St, between State and Kilbourn) www.riverwalkboats.com 414-283-9999 (See pg 48)

Vino 100

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

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

(See pg 7) (See pg 10-11)

Bacchus-A Bartolotta Restaurant 414-765-1166 925 E. Wells, Milwaukee Bartolotta Events & Catering 414-765-8610 at Pier Wisconsin 500 N. Harbor Dr., Milwaukee Boerner Botanical Gardens 414-525-5635 9400 Boerner Dr., Hales Corners Grain Exchange 414-727-6980 225 E. Michigan Ave., Ste 100, Milwaukee Lake Park Bistro 414-962-6300 3133 E. Newberry Blvd., Milwaukee The Harbor House 414-395-4900 550 N. Harbor, Milwaukee

Bella Vista Suites (See pg 202)

335 Wrigley Dr, Lake Geneva www.bellavistasuites.com 262-248-2100

(See pg 164)

Best Western Plus Milwaukee Airport

BANQUET FACILITIES & REHEARSAL DINNERS 1451 Renaissance Place

1451 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee www.renaissanceplace.com 414-272-1451

(See Back Cover)

Blue’s Egg

317 N. 76th St., Milwaukee www.bluesegg.com 414-299-3180

(See pg 67)

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

(See pg 58)

Bush Gardens (See pg 171)

Alverno College

3400 S. 43rd St., Milwaukee www.alverno.edu/campuslife/eventspacecoordination/ 414-382-6159 (See pg 16)

American Serb Memorial Hall 5101 W. Oklahoma, Milwaukee www.americanserbhall.com 414-545-6030

(See pg 60)

Broadlands Golf Club

Alpine Valley Resort

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

5105 S Howell Ave, Milwaukee www.bestwesternmilwaukee.com 414-769-2100

S67W14831 Janesville Rd., Muskego www.bushgardenswi.com 414-422-9011

(See pg 48)

Chandelier Ballroom

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

(See pg 161)

Charles Allis Art Museum (See pg 24)

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

(See pg 34)

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Clarion Hotel & Conference Center 5311 S Howell Ave., Milwaukee www.clarionbride.com 414-481-2400

Geneva National (See pg 57)

Cotton Exchange

345 Hickory Hollow, Waterford www.foodspot.com/cottonexchange 262-534-9291

Geneva Ridge Resort (See pg 167)

Country Springs Hotel

2810 Golf Rd., Waukesha www.countryspringshotel.com 262-547-0201 800-247-6640

W349 N5253 Lacys Lane, Okauchee www.weissgerbers.com/goldenmast 262-567-7047 (See pg 46)

(See pg 74)

N56 W16300 Silver Spring Dr., Menomonee Falls www.davians.com 262-781-3333 (See pg 21)

The DeKoven Center

(See pg 23)

Hampton Inn & Suites

176 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee www.hamptonmilwaukee.com 414-271-4656 ext. 6100

(See pg 72)

Harley Davidson Museum (See pg 27)

Harmony Inn the Village

5601 Broad St, Greendale www.harmonyingreendale.com 414-423-6899 (See pg 12)

Hawk’s View Golf Club

(See pg 22)

Heart Love Place

Delafield Hotel

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

(See pg 47)

Grand Geneva

500 W. Canal St., Milwaukee www.h-dmuseum.com 414-287-2894

Delafield Brewhaus

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

(See pg 178)

7036 Grand Geneva Way, Lake Geneva www.grandgeneva.com 800-558-3417 (See pg 166)

Davians Banquet & Conference Center

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

W4240 Road 50, Lake Geneva www.genevaridge.com 800-225-5558

Golden Mast Inn on Okauchee Lake

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

1221 Geneva National Ave. S, Lake Geneva www.genevanationalresort.com 262-245-7046 (See pg 168)

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

(See pg 23)

(See pg 175)

3229 N. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr., Milwaukee www.heartloveplace.org 414-372-1550 ext 124 (See pg 33)

Heritage Hall

Elm Grove Woman’s Club

• Seating for 200 • Stage, baby grand piano, podium, sound system & mic • 12 hours & manager included • Dinnerware, china, glassware, • Free on-site parking for 100 flatware & antique furnishings • Beer refrigerator with tap • Plenty of space for dancing • Outside Caterers Permitted Call 262.782.5930

rentals@egwc.org • www.egwc.org

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N86W18330 Main St. Menomonee Falls www.villagebowl.com 262-255-1606

(See pg 12)

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

(See pg 19)

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

(See pg 39)


directory of services

Hot Water/Wherehouse

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

Lakefront Palm Gardens

(See pg 34)

Hotel Metro Milwaukee

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

(See pg 35)

(See pg 78)

(See pg 51)

Hyatt Regency

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

(See pg 40)

(See pg 32)

John Michael Kohler Arts Center

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

(See pg 9)

(See pg 6)

101 W. Michigan St., Milwaukee www.mkeboat.com 414-294-9450 Call for information www.countyparks.com 414-257-PARK (7275)

Milwaukee County Zoo

Lake Lawn Resort

(See pg 170)

(See pg 69)

Milwaukee County Parks

(See pg 54)

(See pg 169)

(See pg 31)

Milwaukee Boat

(See pg 38)

Lake Geneva Cruise Lines

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

929 North Water St, Milwaukee www.sazamas.com 414.276.2030

Milwaukee County War Memorial

Kettle Moraine Ranch

www.weddingscruiselakegeneva.com 800-558-5911

(See pg 36)

Marcus Center for the Performing Arts

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

Located at The Italian Community Center 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee www.italianconference.com 414-223-2800 (See pgs 70-71)

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

1500 E. Arlene Dr., Hartland www.thelegendclubs.com 262-367-7888

Milwaukee Art Museum

The Italian Conference Center

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

(See pg 49)

Midway Hotel Brookfield

Intercontinental Milwaukee

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

1 Legend Way, Wales www.thelegendclubs.com 262-968-9717

The Legend at Bristlecone Pines

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

(See pg 78)

The Legend at Brandybrook

Hubbard Lodge

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

1872 N. Commerce St. www.lakefrontpalmgarden.com 414-273-8300

(See pg 65)

750 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr., Milwaukee www.warmemorialcenter.org 414-273-5533 (See pg 37) 10001 W. Bluemound Rd., Milwaukee www.milwaukeezoo.org 414-256-5432

(See pg 64)

Milwaukee Marriott West

W231 N1600 Corporate Ct., Waukesha www.marriott.com/mkemw 262-574-0888 (See Inside Back Cover & pg 30)

Mitchell Park Domes

524 S. Layton Blvd., Milwaukee www.milwaukeedomes.org 414-649-8126

(See pg 65)

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Monte Carlo Room

Red Circle Inn

720 N. Wisconsin St., Elkhorn www.sperinos.com 262-723-4646

(See pg 177)

Muskego Lakes Country Club

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

Rio West Cantina (See pg 27)

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

See pg 17)

(See pg 79)

at Pere Marquette Park (on Old World Third St., between State and Kilbourn) www.riverwalkboats.com 414-283-9999 (See pg 48)

Roma Lodge (See pg 42)

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

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

Riverwalk Boat Tours & Rentals

The Pfister Hotel

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

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

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

(See pg 75)

Roma’s Ristorante & Lounge (See pg 24)

Potawatomi Bingo Casino

N8416 County Rd ES, East Troy 262-642-5353 www.romaswi.com

(See pg 176)

The Rotunda

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

(See pg 50)

The Pritzlaff Building

305 N Plankinton Ave, Suite 100, Milwaukee www.gravity-events.com 414-376-6500 ext 251 (See pg 25)

Radisson Hotel of Menomonee Falls

N88W14750 Main St., Menomonee Falls www.radisson.com/menomoneefalls WI 262-251-5153 (See pg 56)

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

(See pg 45)

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

(See pg 160)

Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel

375 S. Moorland Rd., Brookfield www.sheratonmilwaukeebrookfield.com/wedding 262-364-1100 (See pg 18)

Silver Spring Country Club

Wedding Dreams Do Come True!

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

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N56 W21318 Silver Spring Dr., Menomonee Falls www.silverspringgolf.com 262-252-4994 (See pg 13)

Timmer’s Resort

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

(See pg 59)

Tripoli Shrine Center

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

(See pg 73)


directory of services

Veterans Terrace at Echo Park Burlington www.veteransterrace.com 262-763-9400

Wyndham Milwaukee Airport

(See pg 179)

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

(See pg 34)

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

(See pg 66)

BARTENDING SERVICES Bartenders on the Go

(See pg 160)

Watertown Country Club

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

4747 S. Howell Ave., Milwaukee www.wyndhammilwaukeeairport.com 414-615-8001

(See pg 76)

www.bartendonthego.com 414-899-6151 312-285-6602

(See pg 203)

BEAUTY AND SKIN

(Also See Cosmetics)

Adventure Bridal Boot Camp/ Peak Performance

1231 George Towne Dr., Pewaukee www.lakecountrybootcamp.com 262-844-9445

(See pg 221)

Elegance Salon & Spa

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

Weissgerber’s Seven Seas

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

(See pg 8)

West Bend Country Club

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

(See pg 77)

(See pg 55)

Wisconsin Club - City Club

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

(See pg 26)

Wisconsin Club - Country Club

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

BED & BREAKFASTS/ INNS White Lace Inn

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

(See pg

Westphal Mansion Inn

Windwood of Watertown

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

(See pg 219)

90 S Main St., Hartford www.westphalmansioninn.com 262-673-7938

(See pg 161)

BRIDAL ACCESSORIES

(and Rental Items) (See pg 26)

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Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop

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

Kohl’s Department Store www.kohls.com (See pg 193)

Design Originals and Rentals 15 N. Main St., Hartford www.designoriginalsfloral.com 262-673-6844

(See pg 160)

Touch of Whimsy

620 Milwaukee St., Delafield www.touchofwhimsey.com 262-646-8915

(See pg 215)

The Wedding Centre & Fifth Avenue Formalwear

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

(See pg 224)

BRIDAL FASHION Aphrodite Designs

101 A.E. Main St., Waterford www.aphroditegowns.com 262-716-3594

BRIDAL REGISTRY Abbellimento

728 W Main St., Lake Geneva www.abbellimentolg.com 262-248-1900

(see pg 179)

Boston Store-

www.bostonstore.com Brookfield Square 262-782-6888 Kohler 920-459-4826 Mayfair 414-453-7500 Southridge 414-423-0800 Bayshore 414-962-6006 Grand Avenue 414-347-4141 Racine 262-553-9655 Sheboygan 920-457-3611 West Bend 262-335-9390 Madison - West Towne 608-833-9799 Madison - East Towne 608-241-3363

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(See pg 207)

2315 N. 124th St. Brookfield 262-786-8900 9060 N. Green Bay Rd. Brown Deer 414-355-6611 1032 Milwaukee Ave. Burlington 262-763-2485 3105 Golf Rd. Delafield 262-646-7000 1921 E. Geneva St. Delevan 262-728-4727 5700 N. Pt. Washington Glendale 414-961-0909 1050 Port Washington Rd. Grafton 262-375-1710 5300 S. 76th St. Greendale 414-421-9070 I-94 & Hwy 26 Johnson Creek 920-699-7606 7200 Green Bay Rd. Kenosha 262-942-7070 N95 W18000 Appleton Ave. Menomonee Falls 262-251-9075 3737 S. 27th St. Milwaukee 414-282-3460 S68 W15388 Janesville Rd. Muskego 414-422-1413 9035 S. Howell Ave. Oak Creek 414-764-7200 Washington Ave. & Green Bay Rd. Racine 262-632-2101 N66 W25225 Cty VV Sussex 262-246-3143 2140 W. St. Paul Ave. Waukesha 262-650-0797 2130 E. Moreland Blvd. Waukesha 262-547-6323 2601 S. 108th St. West Allis 414-546-4100 1400 S. Main St. West Bend 262-334-0381

Royal Prestige

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

(See pg 206)

Simplicity Gourmet

www.pinkapronpreview.com 866-832-7792

(See pg 208)


directory of services

BRIDAL SHOWERS/ GIFT OPENINGS

Kaiser’s Six Point Bakery

Hotel Metro Milwaukee

7475 Harwood Ave, Wauwatosa www.niemannscandies.com 414-774-4940

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

(See pg 35)

6207 W. National Ave., West Allis 414-471-8330

(See pg 185)

Niemann’s

(See pg 182)

My Party Places LLC

Karen Schoenung www.mypartyplaces.com 414-530-9659

Riverwalk Boat Tours & Rentals

at Pere Marquette Park (located on Old World Third St., between State and Kilbourn) www.riverwalkboats.com 414-283-9999 (See pg 48)

Vino 100

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

(See pg 202)

BRIDAL SHOWS

(See pg 184)

Rich’s House of Cakes 4353 S. 27th St., Milwaukee 414-282-0713 1821 Meadow Brook Rd, Waukesha 262-548-0714 www.richscakes.com (See pg 187)

Complete listing and information (See pg 261)

CAKES

Extraordinary & dElicious

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

(See pg 185)

143 W. Broadway, Historic Downtown Waukesha

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

262-522-9613 • www.RochesterDeli.com (See pg 192)

(See pg 187)

(See pg 183)

Sweet Perfections

918 N Barstow, Waukesha www.sweetperfections.com 262-446-2253

Indulgence Chocolatiers

Waukesha www.indulgencechocolatiers.com 262-510-9980

Simma’s

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

The Candy Tree

230 Main St., Kewaskum info@candytree.net 262-626-Tree (8733)

our spEcialty is Genoise, a rich, light spongE cakE usEd by all gourmEts

(See pg 182)

(See pg 189)

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Napoli

CARRIAGES

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

Door County Trolley, Inc.

1113 Cove Rd., Sturgeon Bay www.doorcountytrolley.com (920) 868-1100

(See pg 241)

CATERING (See pg 177)

(See pg 86)

Bubb’s

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

(See pg 86)

Catering by Davians

N56 W16300 Silver Spring Dr., Menomonee Falls www.davians.com 262-781-4578 (See pg 87)

Chef Jacks

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

Serving Southeast Wisconsin www.escapetomilwaukee.com 414-273-8300

CEREMONIES, CHAPELS Best Wedding Ministers

Serving SE Wisconsin Rev. Jeffrey Montoya Rev. Denise Gaetz Rev. Lynette Corsten www.bestweddingministers.org 790 N. Van Buren St., Milwaukee www.humphrey-masonic-center.org 414-727-3155 ext. 106

(See pg 83)

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

Milwaukee Boat

Lee John’s

Olympia Gardens (See pg 85)

Louise’s Catering

Custom Menus & Catering mkecatering@aol.com • www.louisescatering.com 414-271-9506 (See pg 88)

Maxie’s Southern Comfort

278 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com

414-793-4828 414-803-3743 262-893-6760 (See pg 44)

Humphrey Scottish Rite

Serving SE Wisconsin since 1955 irenecatering@MSN.com • www.irenescatering.com 1-888-707-8555 414-645-4469 (See pg 82)

6732 W. Fairview Ave., Milwaukee www.maxies.com 414-292-3969

(See pg 84)

(See pg 51)

Lake Country Congregational Church

Irene’s Catering

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

(See pg 79)

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

All Occasions Catering

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

Red Accordion

Saz’s Catering

Accustom Catering

720 N. Wisconsin St., Elkhorn www.sperinos.com 262-723-4646

(See pg 167)

(See pg 67)

505 N. Riverwalk Way, Milwaukee www.mkeboat.com 414-294-9450

(See pg 44)

(See pg 69)

Located at Olympia Resort, Oconomowoc www.olympiaresort.com 800-558-9573 (See pg 17)

Tripoli Shrine Center

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

(See pg 73)


directory of services

CEREMONIES, OFFICIANT

Mary Kay Cosmetics

We Focus on You! Words to Remember for a Lifetime Personal & Unique Reflecting Your Vision & Values

Complimentary Makeovers Skin Care & Color Cosmetics Personalized Gift Service

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

262-781-4848

Merle Norman Cosmetic Studios

262.443.8504 www.allaboutceremonies.com Best Wedding Ministers

Serving SE Wisconsin Rev. Jeffrey Montoya Rev. Denise Gaetz Rev. Lynette Corsten www.bestweddingministers.org

414-793-4828 414-803-3743 262-893-6760 (See pg 44)

Reverend J Miller, PhD 414-232-7997 www.weddingwi.com

(See pg 203)

CHOCOLATES (See pg 187)

COSMETICS

(Also see Beauty)

(Lighting and Rental Items)

Blissful Events & Weddings Serving SE Wisconsin www.ourblissevents.com 414-405-5463

(See pg 96)

(See pg 21)

The Elegant Touch

www.theeleganttouchonline.com 262-501-3721

(See pg 94)

Heavenly Creations (See pg 189)

Niemann’s

7475 Harwood Ave, Wauwatosa www.niemannscandies.com 414-774-4940

(See pg 218)

DECORATING SERVICES

N56 W16300 Silver Spring Dr. 262-781-3333

Indulgence Chocolatiers

Waukesha www.indulgencechocolatiers.com 262-510-9980

262-782-4406 414-421-3788

Designs by Davians

The Candy Tree

230 Main St., Kewaskum info@candytree.net 262-626-Tree (8733)

Brookfield Square 5300 S. 108th St., Hales Corners (across from Sentry) www.merlenorman.com

6012 N. 113th St., Milwaukee www.heavenlycr8.balloonhq.com 414-353-1179

(See pg 93)

Something Borrowed (See pg 182)

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

(See pg 92)

TLC Designs

4963 S. 22nd Place, Milwaukee www.tlcdesignsonline.com 414-418-6601

(See pg 84)

Whitelinen

www.whitelinenonline.com 920-355-4014

(See pg 94)

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DOOR COUNTY WEDDINGS

DRY CLEANING / GOWN RESTORATION

Door County Trolley Inc.

Martinizing

www.doorcountytrolley.com (920) 868-1100

(See pg 244)

Harbor Lady

107 N. First Ave, Sturgeon Bay www.harborlady.com (920) 707-5239

(See pg 244)

Landmark Resort

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

(See pg 245)

Michael Segal Photography

www.michaelsegalweddings.com 760-774-9999

(See pg 243)

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

(See pg 245)

Stone Harbor, A Door County Resort & Conference Center 107 N. 1st Ave., Sturgeon Bay www.stoneharbor-resort.com (920) 746-0700

(See pg 245)

White Lace Inn

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

(See pg 245)

DOVE RELEASE A Dove Release

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

(See pgs 202)

The Specialist in Bridal Gowns Free Pickup & Delivery www.mymartinizing.com 262-521-9710 Delafield 3167 Golf Rd. Elm Grove 13405 Watertown Plank 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 1256 Capitol Dr. Shorewood 3596 N. Oakland Thiensville 108 E Friestadt Rd Waukesha 821 Meadowbrook Rd. Wauwatosa 6737 Milwaukee Ave. West Allis 2262 S. 108th St. Whitefish Bay 285 E Hampton Ave

(See pg 116) 262-646-7515 262-782-0665 262-367-4508 262-251-7979 414-251-3535 414-747-1077 262-560-9981 262-567-4813 262-560-0666 262-695-1661 414-962-4151 414-242-1030 262-542-4987 414-771-3331 414-545-8688 414-964-4747

FAVORS

(Also see Chocolates) Berres Brothers Coffee Roasters 202 Air Park Drive, Watertown www.berresbrothers.com 800-233-5443

280 â&#x20AC;˘ PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com

(See pg 186)


The Candy Tree

directory of services

230 Main St., Kewaskum info@candytree.net 262-626-Tree (8733)

Creative Floral Designs by Something Borrowed

(See pg 187)

Flippin Fun Fotobooks

www.FlippinFunFotoBooks.com 414-881-7401

(See pg 203)

Indulgence Chocolatiers

Waukesha www.indulgencechocolatiers.com 262-510-9980

(See pg 189)

Niemann’s

7475 Harwood Ave, Wauwatosa www.niemannscandies.com 414-774-4940

(See pg 182)

(See pg 160)

Dianne’s Wedding & Floral Designs 7153 W Burleigh, Milwaukee 414-378-0657

(See pg 196)

www.theeleganttouchonline.com 262-501-3721

(See pg 94)

(See pg 194)

The Front Porch (See pg 114)

FLORISTS

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

(See pg 201)

LaRock Designs in Floral

by appointment www.larockdesignsinfloral.com 414-759-3890 or 414-529-1211

Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop

(See pg 199)

Lilypots (See pg 193)

605 Main St, Lake Geneva www.lilypots.com 262-248-4200

(See pg 172)

Pesche’s Greenhouses & Floral Design

Bank of Memories & Flowers N88 W16723 Appleton Ave Menomonee Falls 262-253-9111 346 Oakton Ave Pewaukee 262-695-9911 www.bankofflowers.net (See pg 195)

Belle Fiori

(See pg 192)

Burlington Flowers

140 W. Chestnut, Burlington www.burlingtonflowersandinteriors.com 262-767-1100

15 N. Main St., Hartford www.designoriginalsfloral.com 262-673-6844

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

(and Rental Items)

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

Design Originals Floral

Fantasy Flowers

Bartolotta Fireworks Co.

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

(See pg 196)

The Elegant Touch

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

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

W4080 Hwy 50 West, Lake Geneva www.peschesgreenhouse.com 262-245-6125

(See pg 174)

The Shorewood Florist

N84W15911 Appleton Ave., Menomonee Falls www.theshorewoodflorist.com 262-251-6830 (see pg 193)

Some Kinda Wonderful

Wedding Center Stonewood Village 17700 W. Capitol Dr., Brookfield www.skwflowers.com 262-373-1904

(See pg 197)

(Se pg 164)

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Tulipomania

HONEYMOON

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

(See pg 200)

Waukesha Floral & Greenhouse

(Also see Travel Agencies & Door County Weddings) My Party Places LLC

319 S. Prairie Ave., Waukesha www.waukeshafloral.com 262-542-8152 800-825-8152

(See pg 194)

Travel Plus Coordinator, Karen Schoenung www.mypartyplaces.com 414-530-9659

HOTELS/CLUB SUITES

FORMALWEAR BX Formalwear

(Also see Banquet Facilities)

161 W. Wisconsin Ave., Pewaukee www.bxformalwear.com 262-696-4550

(See pg 227)

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

David’s Formal

184 Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee www.davidsformal.net 414-271-4715 414-202-5031

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

(See pg 227)

Fifth Avenue Formalwear

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

(See pg 224)

Harleys

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

(See pg 226)

Sager’s Formalwear

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

(See pg 161)

Tuxedo’s by DuBois Brookfield Square (Inside Sears) Southridge (Inside Sears) Western Village 6620 Washington Ave., Racine Inside Eva’s Bridal Ct., Oak Creek www.duboisformalwear.com

262-754-9296 414-855-0618 262-884-9555 414-570-8892 (See pg 225)

GOWNS, CUSTOM

(See Alterations/Custom Dress Designs)

282 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com

• • • • • • •

Sybaris Pool Suites

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

(See pg 256)

INTERNET

Premier Bride

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

INVITATIONS Coqui Design

Serving SE Wisconsin www.coquidesign.com 414-369-2589

(See pg 213)


For Now & Forever

directory of services

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

ACA Music & Entertainment

(See pg 215)

LaRock Designs in Floral

Serving SE Wisconsin www.larockdesignsinfloral.com 414-759-3890 or 414-529-1211

(See pg 199)

(See pg 92)

(See pg 215)

(See pg 224)

(See pg 128)

Milwaukee/Waukesha www.djscouture.com 414-232-7437

(See pg 123)

N15W22180 Watertown Rd., Suite 112, Waukesha www.midwestsoundwi.com 262-751-2900 (See pg 129)

Music On The Move Plus

The Bead Studio/Eclectica

18900 W. Bluemound Rd. #148, Brookfield www.eclecticabeads.com 262-641-0910 (See pg 113)

LIMOUSINES

6600 Industrial Loop, Greendale www.motmplus.com 414-282-FUNN (3866) 1-888-HAV-FUNN (428-3866)

(See pg 3 & 126)

Muzic in Motion

2020 S. Calhoun Rd., New Berlin www.muzicinmotion.com • www.excitingevents.com 262-797-8880 800-925-8880 (See pg 124)

Nightlife Entertainment LLC

(See Transportation)

MASSAGE THERAPY Elegance Salon & Spa

(See pg 219)

MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT A Personal Touch DJ

www.apersonaltouchdj.net 262-510-5061

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

Midwest Sound and Light Shows

JEWELRY

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

(See pg 114)

DJ’s Couture

The Wedding Centre & Fifth Avenue Formalwear

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

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

DJ Express

Touch of Whimsy

620 Milwaukee St., Delafield www.touchofwhimsey.com 262-646-8915

(See pg 120)

Bartolotta Fireworks Co.

Something Borrowed

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

15400 W. Capitol Dr. #205, Brookfield www.acaentertainment.com 262-790-0060 800-279-7909

(See pg 122)

Serving Wisconsin and Illinois www.nightlifeentertainmentdjs.com 414-803-7938

(See pg 126)

Set the Night to Music DJ’s Serving SE Wisconsin 800-801-0202 www.setthenight.com (262) 251-7446

(See pg 127)

Sound by Design

2637 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., Milwaukee www.soundbydesign.org 262-968-9586

(See pg 125)

Sound & Light Inc

Serving Wisconsin & N. Illinois www.phone1-877djshows.com 877-357-4697

(See pg 125)

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Spotlight DJ’s

Brookfield Party Rental

www.spotlightdjs.com 414-545-9873

(See pg 127)

MUSIC, SPECIALTY Elegant Music Service

www.elegantmusicservices.com 262-619-1900

(See pg 131)

Gabriel’s Horns

(See pg 92)

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

800-924-7214 800-953-3454 (See pg 160)

The Elegant Touch

www.gabrielshorns.com 414-377-0331

(See pg 131)

Harp Music by Ann

www.theeleganttouchonline.com 262-501-3721

(See pg 94)

Karl’s Event Services

www.iharp4u.com 414-278-0140

(See pg 131)

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

7000 S. 10th St., Oak Creek www.karls.com 414-831-7000

(See pg 89)

SKW-Some Kind of Wonderful (See pg 171)

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

(See pg 130)

Racine String Quartet

ccviolin@hotmail.com www.racinestringquartet.com 262-681-0748

(See pg 131)

Violino Gram

www.violinogram.com 414-962-1062

(See pg 130)

(See pg 90-91)

Arnold’s Environmental Services Inc.

284 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com

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

(See pg 92)

TLC Designs

4963 S. 22nd Place, Milwaukee www.tlcdesignsonline.com 414-418-6601

(See pg 84)

Whitelinen

(See pg 94)

AA Photography

Serving Wisc. & Northern Ill. www.AandA-photography.com 262-565-3307

(See pg 142)

Ambiance Studios (See pg 95)

Blissful Events & Weddings Serving SE Wisconsin www.ourblissevents.com 414-405-5463

Something Borrowed

PHOTOGRAPHY

All Star Rentals

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

The Wedding Center at Stonewood Village 17700 W. Capitol Dr., Brookfield www.skwflowers.com 262-373-1904 (See pg 197)

www.whitelinenonline.com 920-355-4014

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

12600 Robin Ln. Suite 200, Brookfield www.madfoxparty.com 262-786-2666

(See pg 96)

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

(See pg 139)


directory of services

The Artist Group-Photography & Video 5825 Cedar Creek Rd., Grafton www.artistgroup.net 262-387-1001 1-877-896-2180

(See pg 140)

Black Dog Studios

17700 W Capitol Dr, Brookfield (in the Wedding Center at Stonewood Village) www.blackdog.pro 262-264-0747 (See pg 152)

Cream City Photo Video

1036 S 5th St, Milwaukee www.creamcityphotovideo.com 414-688-0858

(See pg 147)

6638 Deerpath Rd.,Lake Geneva www.idealimpressionsphotography.com 262-903-1887 (See pg 138 & 165)

Jeff Edwards Photography (See pg 136)

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

(See pg 151)

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

(See pg 144)

(See pg 146)

Sarah Immel Photography

Serving Wisconsin www.sarahimmelphotography.com 414-303-6817

(See pg 141)

(See pg 143)

PHOTO BOOTHS & SPECIALTY ITEMS Bella Memories

Serving SE Wisconsin www.bellamemories.net 414-379-9375

Global Entertainment

Serving Wisconsin www.globalphotobooth.com 800-901-1007

(See pg 148)

Mugshotz Photo Booth

www.mugshotzphotobooth.com 414-736-1464

(See pg 145)

Serving Southeast Wisconsin www.shutterboxphotobooth.com 414-763-8518

(See pg 150)

Shutter Booth

Serving Greater Milwaukee & Madison www.shutterbooth.com 262-370-8856 (See pg 149)

REHEARSAL DINNERS Kilawat

139 E. Kilbourn Ave, Milwaukee (Located inside the Intercontinental) www.kilawatcuisine.com 414-291-4793 801 N. Jefferson, Milwaukee 414-273-4224 190th & Bluemound Rd., Brookfield 262-784-4275 www.louiseswisconsin.com 414-271-9506 (See pg 68)

Mason Street Grill

Spottswood Photography

www.spottswoodphotography.com 262-224-6322

(See pg 203)

Louises

Reminisce Studio

Serving Wisconsin www.capturingyourday.com 414-405-6693

www.FlippinFunFotoBooks.com 414-881-7401

ShutterBox-Photobooth

Ideal Impressions

by appointment www.jeffedwardsstudio.com 414-762-6260

Flippin Fun Fotobooks

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

Maxie’s Southern Comfort

6732 W. Fairview Ave., Milwaukee www.maxies.com 414-292-3969

(See pg 67)

Milwaukee Chop House

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

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Trinity Three Irish Pubs

Lamers Limousine Service

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

(See pg 68)

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

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

(See pg 238)

Lamers Trolley & Coaches 414-272-1195 262-646-7878 262-375-2222 (See pg 68)

RESTROOMS

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

(See pg 233)

W188 N11614 Maple Dr., Germantown www.majesticlimovip.com 262-253-2222 (See pg 235)

SPAS

Milwaukee Trolley Co.

Serving Greater Milwaukee www.milwaukeetrolleycompany.com 920-559-2499

Elegance Salon & Spa

(See pg 219)

The O-Spa

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

(See pg 238)

Magical Night Limousine

Majestic Limousines

(See Party Rentals)

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

www.golamers.com 800-236-1240

(See pg 17)

(See pg 203)

Spring City Trolley

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

(See pg 234)

TRAVEL AGENCIES Ambassador World Travel

TRANSPORTATION

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

Broadway Limousine & Coach

Carnivale Travel

Brookfield www.broadwaylimoandcoach.com 262-781-9922

(See pg 232)

Four Star Limousine & Coach Service Serving Greater Milwaukee 1121 W. Granger Ave., Milwaukee www.fourstarlimoandcoach.com 414-769-1173

Lisa Hoppe Travel Consulting (See pg 237)

Go Riteway

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

286 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com

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

(See pg 258)

Lisa Hoppe Travel Consulting (See pg 236)

High Class

www.highclasslimousinevip.com 414-762-0809

790 N Milwaukee Suite 110, Milwaukee www.carnivaletravel.com 414-276-3388 800-747-5357 (See pg 240)

(See pg 231)

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

(See pg 258)


directory of services

VIDEOGRAPHY

WALWORTH COUNTY WEDDINGS

(See pg 173)

• Spectacular Show packages available to entertain your reception guests! • Special Winter & Weekday Rates (call for details)

• Satisfied Clients is the Highest Priority!

(608) 635-4709

www.audiovideoenterprises.com

WEDDING CONSULTANTS Everything’s Perfect

Marian Snyder, Consultant, by appointment www.everythingsperfect.com 414-332-0783 (See pg 115)

Best Man Media Group

My Party Places LLC

Serving Wisconsin www.pb.bestmanmedia.com 920-475-0702 (see pg 158)

Karen Schoenung www.mypartyplaces.com 414-530-9659

JC Design LLC

The 1 Stop Wedding Shoppe

www.jcdesignswi.com 262-574-9161

(See pg 156)

Once Upon A Time Video Productions

www.onceuponatimevideoproductions.com 262-370-3622 (See pg 157)

Today & Forever LLC

Serving Southeast Wisconsin www.todayandforevervideos.com 262-644-5646

(See pg 157)

161 W Wisconsin Ave, Pewaukee www.the1stopshoppe.com 262-696-4550

(See pg 117)

Top Hat

Serving Southeast Wisconsin 414-333-3139

(See pg 115)

WEIGHT LOSS Adventure Bride Boot Camp/Peak Performance 1231 George Towne Dr., Pewaukee www.lakecountrybootcamp.com 262-844-9445

(See pg 221)

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OCTOBER 14th Columbus Day 31st Halloween NOVEMBER 28th Thanksgiving Day 28th Hanukkah DECEMBER 25th Christmas Day

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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) Disposable camera Plastic bags White tailor’s chalk for gown fixes Toupee tape for fallen hems Spray-on spot remover

HONEYMOON CHECKLIST

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

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

UPDATING YOUR NAME

WEDDING DAY EMERGENCY KIT

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

Auto Registration

Investment accounts

Stock certificates

Bank & credit card accounts

Life insurance policy

Car insurance policy

Medical/dental records

Tax agency records (state/federal)

Credit reporting agencies

Memberships

Voter registration records

Deeds/titles

Passport

Wills/trusts

Driver’s license

Post Office records

Employee records

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

Social Security records

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THE WEDDING BUDGET

Bride’s Wedding Ring

______________

Groom’s Wedding Ring

______________

Ceremony Site Fee

______________

Officiant

______________

Marriage License

______________

Aisle Runner

______________

Candles/Candelabra

______________

Other

______________

RECEPTION

______________

MUSIC

Engagement Ring

Reception Site Fee

______________

Food, Service, Tax & Gratuity

______________

Beverage/Bar Corkage Fee

______________

Cake/Cake Cutting Fee

______________

Rental Items

______________

Other

______________

Ceremony

______________

Reception

______________

Other

______________

Photographer’s Fee

______________

Engagement Portrait

______________

Formal Wedding Portrait

______________

Proofs

______________

Wedding Album

______________

Candids

______________

Parents’ Sets

______________

Other

______________

Wedding VHS/DVD

______________

Additional Copies

______________

Bride’s Gown

______________

Alterations

______________

Headpiece & Veil

______________

Lingerie, Hosiery & Garter

______________

Shoes

______________

Jewelry & Accessories

______________

Wrap/Jacket

______________

Hair, Makeup & Manicure

______________

Other

______________

GROOM: Groom’s Formalwear

______________

Neckwear & Cufflinks

______________

Accessories

______________

Shoes

______________

Other

______________

PHOTOGRAPHY

BRIDE:

VIDEOGRAPHY

WEDDING ATTIRE

CEREMONY

RINGS

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

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

______________

Projector Rental

______________

Other

______________

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______________

Attendants’ Bouquets

______________

Groom’s Boutonniere

______________

Attendants’ Boutonnieres

______________

Maid/Matron of Honor

______________

Bridesmaids’

______________

Best Man

______________

Groomsmen

______________

Helper Corsages/Boutonnieres ______________

Ushers

______________

Ceremony Flowers

______________

Child Attendants

______________

Reception Flowers

______________

Bride & Groom

______________

Decorations/Balloons

______________

Bride’s Parents

______________

Other

______________

Groom’s Parents

______________

Save-the-Date Cards

______________

Pre-Wedding Party Hosts

______________

Invitations & Envelopes

______________

Cake Cutting Attendant

______________

Calligrapher

______________

Gift Table Attendant

______________

Postage

______________

Guest Book Attendant

______________

Thank You Notes

______________

Soloists/Musicians (friends)

______________

Informal Stationery

______________

Other

______________

Ceremony Programs

______________

Placecards

______________

Wedding Coordinator

______________

Announcements

______________

Disposable Cameras

______________

Other

______________

GIFTS

FLOWERS

Bride’s Bouquet

Bridesmaids’ Dresses/Shoes

______________

Flower Girl’s Dress

______________

Groomsmens’ Formalwear

______________

Ring Bearer’s Attire

______________

Bridesmaids’ Luncheon

______________

Other

______________

Rings

______________

Ceremony

______________

Reception

______________

Music

______________

Wedding Party Transportation: Limousine, Carriage, etc. ______________

Cake Knife & Server

______________

Cake Top

______________

Wedding Attire

______________

Favors

______________

Photography

______________

Flower Girl’s Basket

______________

Videography

______________

Guest Book & Pen

______________

Flowers

______________

Ring Bearer’s Pillow

______________

Stationery

______________

Toasting Glasses

______________

Transportation

______________

Unity Candle, Kiddush Cup

______________

Favors & Accessories

______________

Other

______________

Gifts

______________

Other

______________

Miscellaneous

______________

Grand TOTAL

______________

Guest Transportation

______________

Parking

______________

Other

______________

Other

______________

TOTALS

TRANSPORTATION

MISCELLANEOUS

Attendant Accommodations ______________

FAVORS & ACCESSORIES

STATIONERY

Hosts for Out-of-Town Guests ______________

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SHARING THE COST

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

GROOM

BRIDE

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

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

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

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

Accommodations for out-of-town attendants (optional)

Formal wear for best man & groomsmen (optional)

Luncheon for bridal party

Accommodations for out-of-town attendants (optional)

Informal stationery

Marriage license Fee for officiant

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

GROOM’S FAMILY

BRIDE’S FAMILY

Honeymoon Engagement party

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

WEDDING PARTY

Videographer

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

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

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GROOM’S CAKE

CAKE STYLE

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

SETUP DETAILS

CAKE ACCESSORIES

Description

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

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

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

Tea Lunch Cocktails Dinner

Regional Seasonal Exotic Ethnic Thematic

SERVICE

Breakfast/Brunch

FLAVOR

TYPE

CATERING PLANNER

Salad Entrée Dessert

Beef Chicken Vegetarian Pork Seafood

DESSERT

Soup

ENTRÉES

COURSES

Appetizer

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

Dessert Hors d’oeuvres

Cocktails

Regional Seasonal Exotic Ethnic Thematic

Lamb

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

Vegetarian Kosher Halal Other

RENTAL ITEMS

Full Bar

SPECIAL

ALCOHOL*

Pasta

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

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HELPERS

FLOWERS BY SEASON

TERMINOLOGY

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

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

SPRING

SUMMER

FALL

WINTER

YEAR ‘ROUND

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WEDDING PARTY

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

RECEPTION

CEREMONY

Other

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

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MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT PLANNER

CEREMONY

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

START TIME

SONG/PERFORMED BY

START TIME

Prelude Processional Service Recessional Postlude Other Other

RECEPTION

Other

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

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BRIDE­’ S PHOTOS:

GROOM­’ S PHOTOS:

PRE-WEDDING

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

Bride getting ready

RECEPTION

Guests at cocktail party

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

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

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

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

CEREMONY

PORTRAITS

PHOTOGRAPHY PLANNER

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

Group pictures & candids throughout reception

Clergy, groom & best man at altar

Musicians

Bride & father walking down aisle

Bride & Groom’s first dance

Father giving bride’s hand to groom

Bride & Father, Groom & Mother dance

Guests watching the ceremony

Guests dancing

Vow exchange

Cake, cake table & cake cutting

Ring ceremony

Couple feeding each other cake

Candids of bride’s/groom’s face

Bouquet toss Garter removal & toss

Unity candle ceremony, kiddush cup ceremony, etc.

Sweetheart dance

Signing of wedding certificate

Going-away vehicle (especially if decorated)

Groom kissing the bride

Bride & groom in going away clothes

Recessional

Newlyweds departing & guests’ farewell

Guests throwing rice, flower petals, etc.

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LOCATION

RECEPTION PLANNER DATES AVAILABLE

LOCATION

SIZE

USED FOR

Indoor

Small (<100)

Ceremony

Outdoor

Medium (100-250)

Reception

Same site as ceremony

Large (250+)

Dressing

Walking distance from ceremony

Overnight rooms

SITE SERVICES

Within ______ miles of ceremony site

SERVICES PROVIDED

RENTALS AVAILABLE

Rooms

Tables

Food

Chairs & chair covers

Beverage/Alcohol

China, glassware, silverware & serving dishes

Disabled access

Linens

Adequate parking Valet

Ratio of guests to servers: ___________

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

DECORATIONS

PROVIDED

STYLE

More than one event at a time

RECEPTION

Head table Guest tables

BRINGING OWN DECORATIONS What are decorating restrictions?

Cake table Guest book table

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

When can decorations/favors come in?

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

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Bride as baby

Early days as a couple

Groom as baby

Bachelor/Bachelorette parties

Bride’s childhood Groom’s childhood

Other:

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

RECEPTION

BRIDE DRESSING AT HOME

PHOTOS FOR SLIDESHOW

VIDEOGRAPHY PLANNER

Date: Time: Location: Special Requests:

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

CEREMONY

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

Date:

Guests dancing

Time:

Guests dining tables

Location:

Bride & Groom saying good-byes & leaving

Guests arriving Wedding party preparing

Special Requests:

Ceremony Guests leaving Special Requests:

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BRIDE

WEDDING ATTIRE DESCRIPTION

SIZE

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

BRIDE’S ATTENDANTS

Other

DESCRIPTION

SIZE

SIZE

SIZE

SIZE

NAME

NAME

NAME

NAME

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

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GROOM

DESCRIPTION

SIZE

Coat Shirt Vest Trousers Cummerbund Neckwear Cufflinks Socks & Shoes Other

GROOM’S ATTENDANTS

Other

DESCRIPTION

SIZE

SIZE

SIZE

SIZE

NAME

NAME

NAME

NAME

Coat Shirt Vest Trousers Cummerbund Neckwear Cufflinks Socks & Shoes Other

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VENDORS

KEEPING TRACK

NAME / PHONE

PAYMENT INFORMATION

DATE

AMOUNT

BAL. DUE

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

WEDDING PARTY

Wedding Coordinator

NAME

PHONE

Bridesmaids

Groomsmen

Ushers

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