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Rings THE CIRCLE OF LOVE: understanding the basics

It’s amazing, the power of a piece of jewelry to convey so much meaning… Engagement rings and wedding bands represent the never-ending love you have for each other, and let the whole world know you are married! Besides the exquisite beauty of wedding rings, there is a lot to know about metals, diamonds, and the care involved. This “Ring Primer” will help you understand all the basics.4 www.premierbridewisconsin.com PREMIER BRIDE • 5


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White gold White gold is made by mixing pure gold with other white metals such as silver, palladium or zinc. It does have a slightly yellow tint, unless it’s coated with a very white metal called rhodium. This provides a very white metal look, but it’s likely that it will need to be re-coated every one to two years as the rhodium wears away. Platinum Extremely popular in the last decade or so, platinum is a very white, heavy (which many people like that substantial feel), and durable metal. It’s a gorgeous, long-lasting compliment to diamonds! Popular demand for this metal has driven the price up quite a bit, and maintenance is more complicated than gold. Palladium A “sister” metal to platinum, palladium is a naturally white metal (whiter than white gold), and like platinum, it is strong, non-tarnishing and hypoallergenic. It’s also less expensive than platinum, making it a good metal to consider if you like the white metal look.


RINGS Titanium and tungsten carbide Usually used for men’s wedding bands, both of these metals are extremely durable, 100% hypoallergenic and relatively inexpensive. Titanium can be oxidized to create some brilliant accent colors such as bright blue, purple and so on, creating a very unique and interesting look. Tungsten carbide is twice as hard as steel and almost impossible to scratch, making is a great metal for very active men. These metals cannot be resized once the ring is made, so order the size carefully.

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KNOW YOUR DIAMOND When shopping for a diamond, you will quickly be introduced to the “Four Cs” – cut, color, clarity and carat. All four features can make a dramatic impact on the quality, and therefore price, of a diamond. Cut Cut really refers to the proportions of a diamond and it’s facets, as opposed to its shape, which includes round (brilliant), oval, pear, marquise, emerald, square (princess or radiant), heart and triangle. Regardless of its shape, a diamond gets its brilliancy from the cutting, and maximizing the reflection of light. When a stone is cut too shallow or too deep, the light that enters through the top is allowed to escape through the diamond’s bottom and minimizes its brilliance. Color The best color is no color at all (when desiring a white diamond), because it reflects the most light. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) ranks diamonds on a standard 23-grade scale from D through Z. D, the highest rating,

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RINGS indicates a perfectly colorless stone, while Z, the lowest rating, indicates a light yellow stone. Clarity Clarity is defined by the number, color, nature, size and position of natural marks, called inclusions, contained in the gem. Inclusions occur naturally during the process of crystallization, when minute traces of minerals are trapped in the diamond. Excellent clarity means light can pass unimpeded through the stone and increases its value. The GIA judges clarity based on a standard 11-point scale from Flawless through Imperfect 3 (see the clarity scale at the end of this article.) Carat Diamonds are weighed in carats, which may also be expressed as “points,” where one carat equals 100 points. A diamond of 50 points, for example, equals ½ carat. Diamonds of more than one carat are extremely rare (one in a thousand), and therefore very valuable. But remember that carat weight is only one factor in determining value. Two diamonds of the same size can vary considerably in value depending on the other three factors – cut, color and clarity.

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APPRAISE IT Once rings have been selected and purchased, request an appraisal. This is a written estimate of the value of your jewelry, and should include specific indications of the four Cs. Immediately after purchase, photograph your jewelry for insurance purposes, and make sure your current policy has adequate coverage. If it doesn’t, consult your insurance agent about amending your policy.


RINGS TAKE GOOD CARE Although diamonds are the hardest natural substance known to man, a hard blow could still chip one, so don’t wear your ring when doing rough work. You should also avoid direct contact with chlorine bleach and chlorinated pool water, which could pit and discolor the mounting. To clean your jewelry, regularly soak them for about 30 minutes in either a commercial jewelry cleaner, or a homemade solution comprised of equal parts cold water and ammonia, or a mixture of warm water and mild detergent. Brush the stones gently with an eyebrow brush or soft toothbrush, then rinse thoroughly under warm water and pat dry with a lint-free cloth. Have you rings checked annually by your jeweler for loose prongs or settings. This is especially important if you have only four prongs, because just one broken prong will cause you to lose your stone. These precautions and gentle care will pay you back with years of enjoyment and pride in this precious symbol of your union. DIAMOND CLARITY SCALE • FL & IF: Flawless and internally flawless (inclusions not visible under 10x magnification) • VVS1 & VVS2: Very, very slight inclusions (extremely difficult to see under 10x) • VS1 & VS2: Very slight inclusions (difficult to see under 10x) • SI1 & SI2: Small inclusions (noticeable under 10x) • I1, I2 & I3: Imperfect (flaws visible to the unaided eye)

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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 might approach you and want to give you an engagement party. Engagement parties, often thrown by a family member or good friend, are quite popular. However, remember that there are some etiquette rules to follow when 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 surrounded by family and friends in a comfortable setting. Here are a few things to remember when considering the engagement party: • The party should be held at the beginning of your engagement. It’s not about the wedding, but about the particular exciting time during your engagement. With this party you are commemorating the steps you have taken to spend your life with that someone special. • What a great time for all your family and friends to admire your

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ENGAGEMENT PARTIES 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. www.premierbridewisconsin.com PREMIER BRIDE • 15


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A few other things to remember is that invitations (they don’t have to be 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, and hold it whenever you’d like. Whether it’s a lunch, a dinner or a cocktail reception, anything goes. Feel free 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, letting them share in your soon-to-be new life together with the person you love.

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STRESS-FREE PLANNING 5 steps to keep you going You’re engaged – hooray! Now the fun begins (you think) of planning a lovely wedding… trying on wedding dresses, registering for gifts, choosing the perfect party favor… fun, fun, fun. Then reality sets in, and you discover that planning a wedding takes an incredible amount of work. It requires making countless decisions, handling thousands of details, juggling endless tasks and errands, and doing it all while also maintaining your relationships, job, life and sanity. What’s a stressedout bride-to-be to do? We’ve got some suggestions for you! Start early. Obviously, the more time you have to plan, the more breathing room you have, and the more options you’ll have

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

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

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SETTING THE MOOD WITH LIGHT an illuminating approach to décor

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Lighting is the most underrated part of planning a wedding today. Nothing sets the mood like a sparkling runway for your reception entrance, a dramatic backdrop to the cake and other focal points, or a sensual blaze that falls on your first dance. Details like bridesmaids’

shoes may go unnoticed, but the glow of your event will set the tone your guests will remember for years to come. Take this into consideration as you decide how to illuminate your wedding. First, decide on the mood you want to convey at different points throughout your day. If your ceremony is at a charming church and your reception at an upscale venue, the lighting is going to be quite different. Even during the reception, there are special moments you´ll want lit differently. Would you like a party-ready, flashbulb entrance, or maybe something quieter and romantic like a twinkle-lit archway? Do you want sensual, candle-lit tables, or something more bold and dramatic during dinner like a crystal-draped chandelier? Consider the mood you want, then work with a professional who will focus on practicalities such as making lighting affordable, photo-friendly, safe, easilycontrolled, and customized. One popular way to customize lighting is emblazoning monogrammed 22 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbridewisconsin.com

spotlights on the wall or floor. Monograms can be as bold or subtle as you like and look best when there is a sharp contrast, such as a dramatic cobalt blue against a dark wall. Visit your site at the same time your event will be held to determine where and what type of lighting you would like to use. In a venue with drab walls, utilize backdrops to transform the room. Drape mesh overlay that`s in your color scheme from the ceiling to the floor as if it were a tent, then use twinkle lights, striking spotlights, crystals, or whimsical orbs to illuminate the backdrop and bring personality to the room. If your venue doesn’t give you that much freedom with lighting, work with an expert to create a beautifully lit focal point you can add to the room. It could be spotlights on a stunning cake, a flirty archway entrance, glitzy dance floor cover, or an eye-catching tree dazzled with crystals or small candles. You may want to have just a color wash and have the color change throughout the event, i.e., gold tones for the cocktail hour, blue while guests are eating, and orange and pink while the crowd is dancing. Candles are the most time-tested and romantic form of light. Make sure they´re in fire-proof and child-friendly places. The secret to candles is irregularity. Arrange different sizes and shapes along mismatched levels to add mystery and make the enlightened objects dance. Your lighting designer can help you figure out the best type of lighting for your budget. Whatever lighting you decide on, don`t underestimate the importance of the rays. They´ll be the backdrop of the pictures and memories you and your guests will remember as your perfect day.

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COMBINING TRADITIONS 6 tips to celebrate your backgrounds These days, many couples who get married come from different ethnic, cultural, social and religious backgrounds. Incorporating these differences into your wedding ceremony can both celebrate your individualism and personality as a couple. Bride-to-be Randi G. wrote in recently and asked “I would like to incorporate my family’s Irish history, but would also like to include my fiancé’s Air Force involvement. The two themes don’t seem to flow together. Also, he’s Jewish and would like to include some of those traditions. I feel like it’s too much, and I am nervous my guests will be confused.” Well, thousands of books have been written on incorporating cultural, religious and other – such as military – traditions into your wedding day. While we certainly don’t have the room to go into specific wedding traditions here, 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’ each at the ceremony and 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 the more prominent thematic elements to a minimum.

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

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

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

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

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

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6 NEW DESIGN TRENDS from color to texture Many of you may be too young to remember this, but there used to be a time when pretty much all wedding receptions used plain white linens. The general rule then was - if it was a wedding, then you used white. Period. Of course nowadays, it’s all about color, texture, layers and personal expression, and really, the options are endless. To spark some creative fire we’ve identified six new trends appearing now in wedding reception design.

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WEDDING DESIGN TRENDS #3 – Think metallic As you may have noticed in the fashion world, metallic is sparkling hot these days! Mixed metals, matte metals and texturized metals are all very current looks that can be incorporated into your wedding reception design, through metallic fabrics, accessories or even the furniture. #4 – Cool grey is hot, hot, hot You’ll find that many of these trends are interrelated, such as grey, which can be expressed using metals such as silver, aluminum or nickel. Using a brushed aluminum planter for your centerpieces would actually incorporate three trends: texture, metallic and grey. A wide range of styles and shades of linens in grey tones is also a beautiful, trendy look, and can be accented with other colors such as black and/or white, any shade of red from blush pink to fire engine red, and so on. Experiment! #5 – Lace is back In wedding gowns and now in wedding design, lace has made a big comeback after being missing in action for many years. It’s a beautiful way to incorporate a sense of tradition, history and romance into your wedding day. Table linens, especially, have appeared in a variety of tone-on-tone laces, and more colorful options as well. Incorporating a metallic lace over a solid color fabric is another new look. #6 – Geometric designs offer a modern look Looking for a clean, modern, streamlined wedding day look? If “no frou-frou” is for you, then consider applying some 1960s-style geometric design elements. If you’re 30 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbridewisconsin.com

feeling casual and funky then use lots of color with strong geometric designs – like white, bubblegum pink and chocolate brown; or black, white and lime green. If you want a more elegant, formal feel use toneon-tone designs or a geometrically designed fabric like a pintuck. A final thought The best advice, really, is “don’t be a slave to trends!” Follow your heart, trust your instincts, and create your own unique wedding style. Of course, don’t underestimate the help, input and advice of wedding professionals who can make your dream a reality with minimum stress and maximum results. With their professional guidance and years of experience, your wedding day will be a beautiful expression of your personal style. 4 TIPS TO A BEAUTIFUL WEDDING RECEPTION #1 – Invest the time Take the time to experiment, and really try things out before deciding on your overall wedding décor, table linens, etc. Some colors, fabrics and textures look completely different in different lighting, so how it looks in the bright fluorescent lights of the showroom is NOT how it will look in your dim, candlelit reception room. #2 – Come prepared When you meet with your wedding designer and/or linens provider, it’s most helpful and efficient if you come armed with as much detail as possible about your wedding, such as photos of your


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WEDDING DESIGN TRENDS wedding dress and bridesmaids’ attire, any cake or floral information you have and so on. Also, if you have a specific color in mind, bring in an actual sample –  verbal descriptions just don’t work! #3 – Handle strong color with care If you love a bright, vivid color but are concerned about it being “too much,” consider using it as an accent color in the room instead, such as in the napkins and chair ties. If it’s a small wedding, bright fuchsia table linens may work, but a grand ballroom filled with 40 hot pink tables may be a bit overwhelming. #4 – Make your own unique color By experimenting with different sheers placed over various colored fabrics, you may find your own unique combination that gives you the look you want. Ideally, do this in the same lighting that your reception will be in for an accurate vision! Buttercup – a beautiful new color in a warm, soft golden yellow. Ideal for an elegant Spring wedding. Fire Orange (Persimmon) Pintuck – a great new color with a geometric texture. Gold Floral Lace – incorporates tradition (lace) with a new twist (metallic). Nile Danube Damask – a very trendy shade of blue, with metallic accents in a lace-like style… A very current look with a traditional feel. Silver Black Geometric – this trendsetting fabric offers a more streamlined, modern feel to your wedding design.

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RECEPTION Below are six simple steps to finding the right reception site for your perfect day. 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 this will have a 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 like Premier Bride, the Internet, bridal shows and married friends 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


RECEPTION location offers its own unique style and ambiance. 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

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RECEPTION asking too much of your guests! If the location is difficult to find, or will offer special challenges to get there (say, located near a football stadium that has a home game on your wedding day), you should consider providing transportation for your guests from the ceremony site, and back to their cars after the reception. Size and layout. Will everything happen in one big room, or in separate 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 at the same time or on the same day 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. www.premierbridewisconsin.com PREMIER BRIDE • 45


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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 on 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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Laws

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• 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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CREATIVE DETAILS enhancing the guest experience Give your guests a night they’ll never forget! Creative details really help to make a wedding celebration magical and memorable for your family and friends. We’ve rounded up some of the hottest trends for a wedding day wow factor: For the little ones. If children are invited to the wedding and reception, consider hiring a babysitter for part of the evening. The babysitter can be stationed in a room off of the main reception hall that’s fully equipped with kid-friendly movies, games, and food. This is a recipe for happy kids and happy parents! For kids of all ages. By embracing whimsy and off-the-wall fun, you’re sure to enchant guests young and old. Set up lawn games like croquet, corn hole (bean bag toss), or horseshoes. Hire magicians, living statues, walking food tables, face painters, or caricature artists. For the foodies. Dinner doesn’t just have to be “your choice of chicken or beef.” Play with your food! Try the build your- own trend with a gourmet burger or baked potato bar topped off with all the trimmings. Serve a Bride’s Menu and Groom’s Menu featuring each of your favorite foods, or offer ethnic cuisine

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

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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.

• Stand next to the groom in the receiving line and sit to his left at the head table. • Sign the marriage certificate as a witness. • 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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PARENT’S RESPONSIBILITY parents of the bride In addition to offering their love and support, and perhaps a bit of the green stuff, your parents also play a big part in the celebration of your marriage. Their responsibilities are generally as follows, though you may want to customize this list for your personal situation. • Parents formally announce your engagement in the newspaper in your hometown, your fiancé’s hometown and the town where you’ve chosen to make your home. • Hosting the engagement party. • Inviting the groom’s parents to their home. • Assisting you with scheduling the rehearsal, ceremony and reception. • Offering opinions and advice during the planning, but respecting your wishes.

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

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• 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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PLEASE BE SEATED simple and hassle free seating charts Assigned vs. Unassigned seating at the wedding reception – opinions vary among today’s brides. Open seating allows guests to choose their seat, which works well with informal type and cocktail party type receptions. With assigned seating, guests can be assigned a seat or just a table, where they choose their seat at that table. A few guidelines will help the process of assigned seating. Begin working on the table layout and seating chart a few weeks prior to the wedding to allow for changes. Include those you believe will attend but have not yet responded. Determine if you need just a seating chart or if you also need place cards at each seat. Some brides are finding creative ways to combine the two, say a table with glass Coke bottles that have

a tag hung around the neck stating the guest’s name and table number; guests pick up their bottle as they enter the reception and place at their seat. Place cards can help guests to remember each other’s names. Traditionally, close family and friends sit nearest to the bride and groom. Those generally seated together are: families, work friends, people of the same age (teenagers or the elderly), and groups of friends. For interest, mix the bride’s and groom’s friends at one table. Do not sit together divorced couples and/or feuding families. Planning a seating chart should not be a stressful part of wedding planning. Ask for help from the mothers of the bride and groom and begin early to make the process simple and hassle free.

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Outdoor Elegance Along the Menomonee River

Experience our unique, cathedral-style tent that seats up to 400 guests, located along the Menomonee River on Canal Street between the Potawatomi Bingo Casino and the Harley-Davidson Museum. Celebrate into the night with the river providing the perfect backdrop for your special event. Choose from our vast menu options prepared by our accomplished chefs. Please call 414.273.8300 for information – we look forward to helping you plan your special day.

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memories to last a lifetime await you at Hubbard Park Lodge, one of Milwaukee’s most intimate, romantic settings situated along the Milwaukee River in Hubbard Park. • Historic, landmark building features a rustic, yet elegant setting.

• Natural stone fireplace, cathedral ceiling and an outdoor veranda. • Beautiful, outdoor ceremonies can be performed in the park. We also offer a smaller setting at the adjacent Shorewood River Club.

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Officiant SELECTING AN OFFICIANT:

ask the right questions

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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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CEREMONY SITE:

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THE DEKoVEN CENTER Historic 10 Acre Campus Ceremony & Reception Sites Seating for up to 250 Guests (262) 633-6401 ext. 102 www.DeKovenCenter.org

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Show your wild side Host your wedding reception at the Zoo! Large and formal or small and casual, the Milwaukee County Zoo offers facilities for almost any type of wedding. Facilities are available all year round. Visit our web site for details on our rental locations including some of our animal buildings!

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CEREMONY REHEARSALS practice makes perfect! THE IMPORTANCE OF REHEARSING What’s the point of rehearsing your marriage ceremony the night before the wedding? You’ve seen dozens of them in movies and have been to a handful of weddings over the years — it looks like a piece of cake! But there’s so much more to a wedding ceremony than just taking a walk down the aisle. A rehearsal for the entire bridal party and anyone involved in the ceremony is a chance to set the stage for the next day, to work out any bugs, and to bring your closest friends and relatives together in anticipation of the big day. A rehearsal also allows you and your bridal party to get comfortable in the ceremony space. You’ll find out where you can all get ready the next day, which entrances to use, and where the bathrooms are — things that are often taken for granted. You’ll also learn any venue rules and get answers to pressing questions, like: Are music and mimosas allowed in the church bridal room? Yes, if you’re getting married in a church there are sure to be a few rules. There’s also a lot of symbolism in a religious ceremony, and the rehearsal is an opportunity for the officiant to walk you all through the various traditions and explain their meaning. PRE-REHEARSAL PREP Before your rehearsal and ceremony, there are obvious things to think about, such as who will walk the bride down the aisle. But you also have to think about who is escorting the mothers-of, which bridesmaid will be paired with which groomsman, and in what order

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CEREMONY REHEARSALS the couples will proceed down the aisle. The order will vary depending on if you have junior bridesmaids and flower girls and whether you want the groomsmen to escort the bridesmaids down the full length of the aisle or meet them halfway. And in today’s wedding world, it’s not uncommon to see the bride and groom walking down the aisle together – a nice touch if you’re game to shake up tradition. Once you have the procession order all set, there are still plenty of other details to hammer out. For example: Will you need microphones during the ceremony? Is your venue wheelchairaccessible? Depending on your venue, these are the kinds of details that a site manager or priest will help you consider ahead of time. WHAT TO EXPECT Rehearsals are quick, not comprehensive, and are meant to act as an overview so that everyone knows what happens when. Once the rehearsal starts, you won’t be reading through every word of the ceremony. Rather you’ll be blocking out the words and actions: when the bouquet is handed off and taken back, when you sit and when you stand, etc. The bride and groom are usually asked to say a few lines, just to work out the pace and volume of their vows. If there are any readings, the reader will also rehearse a few lines. If not all of your key players can be present at the rehearsal, it’s okay. In fact, it is standard practice for the musicians to be absent; if you’ve hired professional musicians or if the church provides a pianist or organist, they already know what to do. It’s also possible that the officiant might not be present at your rehearsal. If this happens, make sure

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WE'LL MAKE YOUR GUESTS FEEL ALMOST AS SPECIAL AS YOU DO. Wedding package accommodations include: •Complimentary delivery of your guests welcome bags •Complimentary shuttle available for wedding guests to the reception venue •Complimentary King Suite for the Bride and Groom on their wedding night •Welcome amenity to be provided by the hotel for the Bride and Groom Call 414-747-4405 to reserve your block of rooms today! Courtyard by Marriott® Milwaukee Airport 4620 S. 5th St., Milwaukee T 414.747.4405 www.courtyard.com/mkecy Group must achieve a minimum of 10 group rooms to be eligible for these savings. Limited number of rooms are available for this promotion. Offer cannot be combined with any other promotions. Blackout dates may apply. Advance reservations are required. Rates are per room per night based on availability at the time of reservation and tax is additional.

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Perfect Location - Affordable Incredible Atmosphere REHEARSAL DINNERS INTIMATE WEDDINGS - SHOWERS

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

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REHEARSAL DINNERS 5 steps to fun & fabulous With the main event just around the corner, it’s time to relax and celebrate! After the ceremony rehearsal most couples choose to spend some quality time with close family and friends during a rehearsal dinner. The details of how you do this – who, what, when, where – are up to you. Below are five steps to help you pull it all fabulously together. #1 – Choose your party The first step is to decide on what kind of gathering you wish to have. Most couples stick with something a little less formal, since you will all be dressed to the nines the next day. But really, you can do anything you like that feeds the crowd and allows for a little mingling: a pig roast, a potluck, dinner at a restaurant, a cocktail and appetizer cruise, a picnic in a park or a cookout in your backyard. Brainstorm with your sweetie and choose your ideal party. #2 – Clarify who’s paying Historically, the groom’s parents picked up the tab for the rehearsal dinner, however, you can no longer make that assumption. So – as with all wedding elements – it’s critical

to be clear up front exactly who is paying for what. And never, ever assume! #3 – Make the guest list Anyone involved in the ceremony, and therefore, at the ceremony rehearsal, would of course be invited.

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REHEARSAL DINNERS This includes attendants, parents and other immediate family, readers and so on. It’s also customary to include any out-of-town guests, as they will have traveled some distance for your wedding. It also gives them the chance to meet more people before the wedding itself; you wouldn’t want them hanging out in their hotel room alone in an unfamiliar city. #4 – Make them mingle One of the main purposes of the rehearsal dinner is for the two families to get to know each other better and enjoy each other’s company. So, whatever you and your groom can do to help with that, the better. Consider strategically planned seating with place cards or nametags with brief descriptions like “Mary Jones, Bride’s College Roommate,” and any other needed introductions. The rehearsal dinner is also an ideal time to give your attendants their gifts. #5 – Fine tune the toasts Traditionally, the groom’s father toasts first at the rehearsal dinner, however, traditions continue to evolve and change! The rehearsal dinner is a more relaxed, informal atmosphere, so you can decide together, along with your families, who would like to speak and in what order. Often, the groom’s father will say a few words, followed by the bride’s father and then the bride and groom. Groomsmen, bridesmaids, mothers and other guests may also want to make a toast. Cheers!

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REHEARSAL DINNER SITES intimate venues for rehearsals, weddings & showers

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CHEZ JACQUES

1022 S. 1st St., Milwaukee

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ajslive.com

414-672-1040

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chezjacques.com

414-902-4204

73

20-75

frontrowmilwaukee.com

20-50

kilawatcuisine.com

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louiseswisconsin.com

414-298-3131

20-50

masonstreetgrill.com

414-226-2467

20-50

chophouse411.com

FRIDAY’S FRONT ROW

Inside Miller Park One Brewers Way, Milwaukee

KILAWAT

139 E. Kilbourn Ave, Milwaukee

LOUISES

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

MASON STREET GRILL

425 E. Mason St, Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE CHOP HOUSE

633 North 5th St, Milwaukee

ROCK BOTTOM

740 N. Plankington Ave., Milwaukee

SAZ’S STATE HOUSE

5539 W. State St., Milwaukee

TRINITY THREE IRISH PUBS

125 E. Juneau Ave., Milwaukee

TURNER HALL RESTAURANT

1038 N. 4th St., Milwaukee

WATER STREET BREWERY

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

414-291-4793 414-273-4224 262-784-4275

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rockbottom.com

414-453-2410

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sazs.com

414-278-7033

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trinitythreeirishpubs.com

414-227-0457

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20-250

turnerhallrestaurant.com

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

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

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Lake Geneva Cruise Line 812 Wrigley Drive, Lake Geneva

800-558-5911

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

414-283-9999

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YACHT SERVICES

RECEPTION GUIDE 1451 RENAISSANCE PLACE

414-272-1451

THE ASTOR HOTEL

414-283-4808

BARTOLOTTA CATERING:

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

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$25+market

414-962-6300

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20-300

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6-12

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414-727-6980

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25-425

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6-18

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THE CANAL STREET YACHT CLUB

414-273-8300

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400

1

1-12

$20 to $50

CHARLES ALLIS ART MUSEUM

414-278-8295

78

200

2

3-12

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HILTON MILWAUKEE CITY CENTER

414-390-1808

24

500

10

9-12

$35 to $60

HISTORIC PRITZLAFF

414-433-6088

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400

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2-12

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HOT WATER / WHEREHOUSE

414-383-7593

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20-450

2

1-12

$20 to $50

HOTEL METRO MILWAUKEE

414-272-1937

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100

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3-18

$25 to $50

INTERCONTINENTAL MILWAUKEE

414-291-4790

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20-400

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9-12

$26 to $50

THE ITALIAN CONFERENCE CENTER

414-223-2800

76-77

650

4

3-12

$25 or less

KASANA

414-224-6158

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40-350

1

3-18

$22 to $80

MARCUS CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

414-276-2030

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20-5,000

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6-18

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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

1200 W. Canal St., Milwaukee

1801 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee

DOWNTOWN

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509 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee 325 N. Plankinton, Milwaukee 818 S. Water St., Milwaukee 411 E. Mason, Milwaukee

139 E. Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee

at The Italian Community Center 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee 241 N. Broadway, Milwaukee 929 N. Water St., Milwaukee

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MILWAUKEE ART MUSEUM

414-224-3813

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450

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3-12

$25 to $50

MILWAUKEE ATHLETIC CLUB

414-274-0629

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350

5

3-18

$25 to $100

MILWAUKEE COUNTY PARKS

414-257-7275

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25-1,000

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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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Downtown Milwaukee’s most beautiful venue. Culinary expertise blended with superb service! Breathtaking lake views. Architecture, art, exceptional service. Catering available on-site. Boasting a 24K gold leaf, hand painted ceiling and 20 foot tall columns, the MAC Grand Ballroom is often referred to as one of the most elegant and beautiful rooms in the city! Visit countyparks.com for more information

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RECEPTION GUIDE

Phone Number(s)

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Number of Available Banquet Rooms

Number of Months to Schedule Facility

Average Price per Person

414-727-3155

40

100-300

3

12

$20 to $50

THE PARK EAST HOTEL DOWNTOWN LAKESHORE

414-276-8800

83

300

4

2-12

$20 to $50

THE PFISTER HOTEL

414-390-3802

52

20-650

4

12

$65

POTOWATOMI HOTEL & CASINO

414-847-7891

28

550

3

3-18

$25

RAIL HALL

414-376-9206

49

225

1

3-18

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TRIPOLI SHRINE TEMPLE

414-933-4700

54

50-450

2

2-12

$25 or less

VILLA TERRACE ART MUSEUM

414-271-3656

78

150

1

3-12

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WAR MEMORIAL CENTER

414-273-5533

21

50-300

1

12-18

Varies

WISCONSIN CLUB - CITY CLUB

414-431-3201

46

300

2

6-12

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50-250

2

6-24

$15 to $25

THE MILWAUKEE RITE CENTER

790 N. Van Buren St., Milwaukee 916 E. State St., Milwaukee 424 E. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee

DOWNTOWN

1721 W. Canal St., Milwaukee

131 W. Seeboth St., Milwaukee 3000 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee 2220 N. Terrace Ave., Milwaukee 750 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr., Milwaukee 900 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee

ZILLI’S HOSPITALITY GROUP:

GREATER LAKE GENEVA AREA

Coast @ Zilli Lake and Gardens 931 E. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee Boerner Botanical Gardens 9400 Boerner Dr., Hales Corners Miller Room @ ZLG 910 E. Michigan St., Milwaukee ZHG @ Mitchell Park Conservatory 524 S. Layton Blvd., Milwaukee

262-547-9447

42-43

414-525-5635

42-43

25-250

2

6-12

$50

262-547-9447

42-43

50-350

1

6-24

$15 to $25

262-547-9447

42-43

50-500

Lobby

6-24

$15 to $25

ALPINE VALLEY RESORT

800-227-9395

181

200

3

12

$40 to $45

COTTON EXCHANGE

262-534-9291

172

300

2

3-12

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P.O. Box 615, East Troy

345 Hickory Hollow Rd., Waterford

GENEVA NATIONAL GOLF CLUB

262-245-7046

171

30-350

2

6-18

$54

GENEVA RIDGE RESORT

262-249-3803

171

350

2

3-18

$25 to $50

GRAND GENEVA

262-248-8811

179

40-1500

8

6-12

HAWK’S VIEW

178

350

3

0-12

INSPIRATION MINISTRIES

262-348-9900 877-429-5788 262-275-6131

$125 w/bar $25 to $50

172

20-125

2

1-12

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LAKE LAWN RESORT

800-558-5911

176

400

3

0-12

$25 to $50

VETERANS TERRACE AT ECHO PARK

262-763-9400

175

400

4

1-12

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1221 Geneva National Ave. South, Lake Geneva W4240 State Road 50, Lake Geneva 7036 Grand Geneva Way 7377 Krueger Road, Lake Geneva N2270 State Rd 67, Walworth 2400 E. Geneva St., Delavan 589 Milwaukee Ave., Burlington

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27 Hole golf course. 6,700 sq.ft. hall offers built-in bar, dance floor, stage area, private restrooms and coat room. Newly carpeted and decorated. Grand ballroom features 90 ft. windows with beautiful golf and lake views. Whether it’s an intimate wedding by a warmly lit fireplace or a romantic event at our outdoor colonnade, we’ll make it perfect. Great outdoor venues with a view, 4 indoor ballrooms, spa and salon on property. Ceremony site available. Panoramic views. Unlimited free parking.

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Spectacular views of the Milwaukee Art Museum and Lake Michigan. Private seating locations, entertainment area, dance floor and patio. 2-Story glass atrium with vaulted ceiling. Rooms overlooking gardens. Free parking. Recently remodeled, stunning views of Lake Michigan and South Garden. L-Shaped venue opens onto beautifully landscaped terrace of outdoor activities. Recently renovated. State-of-the-art lighting and entertainment stage. Perfect for weddings, ceremonies, receptions and corporate events.

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Chapel & auditorium for ceremonies. Elegant, dramatic, intimate setting. Downtown’s hidden gem. From a party of 20 to a guest list of 300, The Park East Hotel is experienced in hosting special events. Our elegantly decorated ballroom and penthouse offers spectacular views of Lake Michigan and Downtown Milwaukee. 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. Renovated warehouse in Walker’s Point offering a unique backdrop for receptions. Complete flexibility with all event elements from catering, to decor to entertainment Elegance, ample free parking, memorable photo opportunities, rehearsal dinners. Italian Renaissance style villa features a stunning terra cotta lakefront terrace, formal garden, courtyard and more. Spectacular in/outdoor venue. Lakefront & Milwaukee skyline views. Personalized attention. A legendary one-of-a-kind venue. Personable, enthusiastic staff to see to every detail.

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Nestled in tranquil woods just minutes from Geneva Lake. Private yet convenient year round site is alcohol-free with indoor and outdoor options, guest rooms, meeting rooms, amphitheater and wooded trails. Ceremony site available. Hotel bridal suite. Spa, golf, marina. Personal bride’s room available, ceremony site, scenic park view. Taking reservations Oct. 2009-10.

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RECEPTION GUIDE

See Page Reception for More Room Capacity Information Range

Number of Available Banquet Rooms

Number of Months to Schedule Facility

Average Price per Person

BEST WESTERN PLUS MIDWAY HOTEL & SUITES

262-786-9540

57

200

2

9-12

$25 or less

BROADLANDS GOLF CLUB

262-392-6320

63

50-250

1

12

$25 or less

COUNTRY SPRINGS HOTEL

262-547-0201

51

50-500

7

Varies

CROWN PLAZA MILWAUKEE WEST

414-475-9500

82

300

3

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$25 to $50

DELAFIELD BREWHAUS

262-646-7821

25

10-200

3

6-12

$25 or less

DELAFIELD HOTEL

262-646-1600

55

70-300

2

6

$35 to $100

ELM GROVE WOMAN’S CLUB

262-782-5930

274

200

1

2-18

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GOLDEN MAST

262-567-7047

16

450

2

3-18

$25

1005 S. Moorland Rd., Brookfield 18 Augusta Way, North Prairie 2810 Golf Rd., Pewaukee

10499 Innovation Drive, Wauwatosa 3832 Hillside Dr., Delafield 415 Genesee St., Delafield 13885 Watertown Plank Rd., Elm Grove W349 N5293 Lacy’s Lane, Okauchee

KETTLE MORAINE RANCH

262-594-2122

36

550

3

3-12

$25 or less

THE LEGEND AT BRANDYBROOK

262-968-9717

34-35

300

2

3-18

$25 to $100

THE LEGEND AT BRISTLECONE

262-367-7888

34-35

200

2

3-18

$25 to $100

THE LEGEND AT MERRILL HILLS

262-548-1100

34-35

250

4

3-28

$25 to $100

MARRIOTT MILWAUKEE WEST

262-574-0888

600

3

12

$25 to $50

MILWAUKEE COUNTY ZOO

414-256-5430

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350

2

12

OLYMPIA RESORT AND O’SPA

50-450

4

12-18

$25 to $50

20-500

2

1-18

$20 to $50

300

2

9

$25 or less

THE ROTUNDA

262-369-4960 45 800-558-9573 414-308-4960 56 262-782-8670 262-367-4883 Inside Front Cover 262-574-9170 31

250

1

3-18

SEVEN SEAS

262-367-3903

7

300

3

12-15

$25 or less

SHERATON MILWAUKEE BROOKFIELD

62

550

4

6-18

$25 or more

TUSCAN HALL BANQUET CENTER

262-364-1100 262-364-1008 262-292-1322

6

20-250

2

1-18

$25 or less

WATERTOWN COUNTRY CLUB

920-261-5009

80

20-400

1

3-18

$25 or less

WAUKESHA PARKS:

262-522-2953

276

120-200

1

6-12

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262-522-2953

276

120-200

1

6-12

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920-262-0702

20

550

2

12

$18 to $28

W379 S9694 County Rd S, Eagle 1 Legend Way, Wales

1500 E. Arlene Dr., Hartland

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Phone Number(s)

W270 S3425 Merril Hills Road, Waukesha W231 N1600 Corporate Ct., Waukesha 10001 W. Bluemound Rd.

1350 Royale Mile Road, Oconomowoc

PANOS BANQUET CENTER

20290 W. Bluemound Rd., Brookfield

RED CIRCLE INN

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

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

WINDWOOD OF WATERTOWN

W5710 County Hwy CW, Watertown

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Outside Ceremony & Reception Area Pamper 300 Guests Flexible Menu Planning

West Bend Country Club

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

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Stunning golf course views in the Grand Ballroom and adjoining Piano Lounge. Our staff will ensure that every detail of your special day is legendary! Breathtaking views from balcony and expansive outdoor veranda. Professional coordinators and service team make your day legendary! The very best in traditional country club amenities to generations since 1929. Timeless design and classic architecture paired with a beautiful backdrop of a stunning waterfall feature and rich golf course. Complimentary suite, 281 guestrooms, elegant packages including chair covers, exquisite linens. Ample free parking. Unique atmosphere.

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Simply Elegant... Simply the Award-Winning Crowne Plaza Milwaukee West Elegant Seating for up to 300 Event Exclusivity Exquisite Gourmet Meals Unique Wedding Packages On-Site Wedding Coordinator

10499 Innovation Drive | Wauwatosa, WI 53226 | 414.475.9500 | www.crowneplazamilwaukee.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

CHANDELIER BALLROOM

262-673-4946

185

500

2

3-18

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DAVIAN’S CATERING & CONFERENCE CTR.

262-781-3333

12-13

300

2

6-12

$25 or less

FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON MILWAUKEE NORTH SHORE

414-355-8585

41

350

2

2-18

$20 to $50

150 Jefferson Ave., Hartford N56 W16300 Silver Spring Dr., Menomonee Falls. 8900 N. Kildeer Ct., Milwaukee

HERITAGE HALL

262-255-1606

37

20-350

3

0-12

$25 or less

HILTON GARDEN INN - MILW. PARK PLACE

44

100-350

2

12

$25

HUBBARD PARK LODGE

414-359-9823 414-577-5027 414-332-4207

65

200

2

3-12

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JOHN MICHAEL KOHLER ARTS CENTER

920-458-6144

37

350

3

12

LAMM GARDENS

262-677-3010

184

Over 600

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1-12

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MILWAUKEE BEER BISTRO

414-562-5540

64

250

2

1-12

$25 or less

RADISSON HOTEL OF MENOMONEE FALLS

262-251-5153

60

20-300

2

1-12

$20 to $50

7065 N. Port Washington Rd.

RADISSON MILWAUKEE NORTH SHORE

414-351-6960 ext 450

33

250

3

1-12

$20 to $50

THE RIVER CLUB OF MEQUON

262-242-1400

32

550

2

2-18

$20 to $75

SCHAUER ARTS & ACTIVITIES CENTER

262-670-0560 ext 5 262-628-4080

183

20-300

3

6-18

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STERLING CHALET

76

600

3

3-18

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WASHINGTON COUNTY FAIR PARK

262-677-5060

184

50-900

7

12-18

WEST BEND COUNTRY CLUB

262-334-9541

81

240

6

6-18

$30

WISCONSIN CLUB - COUNTRY CLUB

414-368-1970

47

250

2

3-18

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ALVERNO COLLEGE

414-382-6159

61

300

1

12-18

$20

CLARION HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTER

414-481-2400

29

20-450

4

3-12

$25 to $50

CROWNE PLAZA MILWAUKEE AIRPORT

15

950

6

3-18

$20 to $50

THE DEKOVEN CENTER

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

67

250

1

1-12

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POLISH CENTER OF WISCONSIN

414-529-2140

53

300

2

3-18

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RAMADA PLAZA

414-764-1500

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350

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3-18

$20 to $50

ROMA LODGE

262-886-3610

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N86 W18330 Main St., Menomonee Falls 11600 W. Park Place, Milwaukee

3565 N. Morris Blvd., Shorewood

NORTH

608 New York Ave., Sheboygan 2708 Sherman Rd., Jackson

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

12400 N. Ville du Parc Dr.

147 N. Rural St., Hartland 1271 Hwy 175, Hubertus 3000 Hwy PV, West Bend

5858 Highway Z, West Bend 6200 W. Good Hope Rd., Milwaukee 3400 S. 43rd Street, Milwaukee

SOUTH

5311 S. Howell Ave., Milwaukee 6401 S. 13th St., Milwaukee 600 21st St., Racine

6941 S. 68th St., Franklin

6331 S. 13th St., Milwaukee 7130 Spring St. (Hwy C), Racine

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Downtown Lakeshore

Milwaukee’s Destination Hotel

• Elegantly decorated Ballroom that seats up to 300 people • Rooftop Ceremonies offer spectacular views of Lake Michigan • Complimentary Suite for bride and groom • Guest Accommodations • Wedding Packages

916 E. State Street Milwaukee

(414) 276-8800

catering@parkeasthotel.com

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Committed to making your dreams come true. Our professional wedding services provide from the trendy to the traditional, the extravagant to the tastefully modest. 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. Lively art-filled environment includes acclaimed changing exhibitions, outdoor sculpture gardens and world famous artist-created washrooms. Ceremonies in garden pavilion surrounding by nature’s beauty. Perfect location for a tented reception. Beautifully maintained grounds just 30 minutes North of Milwaukee. New Fiesta Banquet Room, Mexican inspired decorations, affordable, all-inclusive weddings, private parties, birthdays and special events. Newly constructed hotel opening early 2011 featuring European designed ballroom, guest rooms & restaurant. We believe you wedding day should be one of the most memorable of your life. We’ve taken the stress out of planning by offering special wedding packages tailored to find your budget and long time wedding dreams. A spectacular 9200 sq.ft. grand ballroom opens up to the outside with a 3,500 square foot canopied deck. Panoramic views abound and $1.5 million in LED lighting make for magic and romance on demand. Unique, loft-like setting; floor to ceiling windows; on-site coordinator, art gallery. Near major expressway and hotels. Choose from our menu or have your own caterer. Huge bar attached and open to ballroom keeps your group together. 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. Elegant, two story, glass-enclosed rotunda with brilliantly colored terrazzo floor entry. Premium hotel and banquet facility catering to all special occasions. 194 Guest rooms. Intimate or extravagant . Ceremonies on site.

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Catering to

Saz’s Catering

Creating World Class Cuisine at Stunning Wisconsin Locations

Saz’s Catering offers an especially diverse selection of authorized venues for your wedding reception, rehearsal dinner, and showers. Our broad array of fine locations includes Renaissance Place, Historic Pritzlaff Building, Best Place at the Historic Pabst, Milwaukee County Zoo, Schlitz Audubon Center, Cuvee, War Memorial, Rail Hall and many others. Whether your dream wedding is the most elegant celebration imaginable or a more casual gathering, we can pair the perfect setting and our creative menus to make your day nothing less than sublime.

Saz’s Catering • 5420 West State Street • Milwaukee • 414.256.8765 • sazs.com

Saz’s Catering Lake Country Exclusive Caterer for Western Lakes Country Club

Saz’s Catering Lake Country calls the beautiful banquet facilities at Western Lakes Golf Club home, and also caters to choice locations and private homes throughout Waukesha and Pewaukee, and west to Madison. You will find many beautiful settings for your wedding photography, and the golf course offers a stunning backdrop for your reception through the picture windows in our banquet room.

Saz’s Catering Lake Country • W287 N1963 Oakton Rd. • Pewaukee • 262.691.9796 • sazs.com


Romance

Marcus Center for the Performing Arts Featuring Sazama's Fine Catering

Sazama’s Fine Catering at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts will make your wedding day spectacular and stress free, with exceptional cuisine, impressive service and attention to detail. The Marcus Center for the Performing Arts offers an outstanding setting along the Milwaukee River and has a variety of spaces that can accommodate almost any size guest list. For a special touch, enjoy cocktails and appetizers al fresco on the Fitch Garden Patio, Riverfront or Colonnade.

Sazama’s Fine Catering • 929 N Water St , Milwaukee • 414.276.2030 • sazamas.com

Saz’s State House Restaurant

The State Room — Casual Elegance that is Perfect for Bridal Showers and Rehearsal Dinners Saz’s State House Restaurant is located in a charming historic building on State Street in Wauwatosa. The State Room is an ideal setting for bridal showers and rehearsal dinners. It is a beautifully designed private dining room with rich wood architectural accents, etched glass windows, and a custom designed bar that is reminiscent of the great pubs of Europe. There is an attached coat room and a separate entrance for your convenience.

Saz’s State House Restaurant • 5539 W. State St. • Milwaukee • 414.453.2410 • sazs.com


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Perhaps the only part of a wedding that’s gotten a bad rap throughout the years is the food. 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 www.premierbridewisconsin.com PREMIER BRIDE • 87


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 preapproved 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 can 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. 88 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbridewisconsin.com

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 failures. 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 and gratuity. Your final guest count is usually required one week before the event.


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


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This will be the 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 wedding-related personnel, such as the DJ, musicians, photographer and consultant. If cost is an issue, ask your caterer about “vendor meals,” these meals are more casual than the guest menu and are offered at a lower cost per person. Get specifics as to what extras are included in the caterer’s charges, such as table linens, plates, glasses, crystal, silverware and service pieces. Step 6: Plan the help. Once the menu is finalized, the next step is determining the number of wait staff you will need to serve your feast and keep your reception running smoothly. Your caterer will give you a better idea, but a general guideline is one server per 10 to 12 guests for a sitdown dinner, while a buffet is less, one to two servers per 50 guests. A full and open bar will require more servers, one per 50 to 75 guests. 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 information: 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 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.

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

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• Any special requirements or themes Find out in advance what the delivery, set-up, pick-up and payment policies are. Be sure to coordinate with the facility manager to ensure the location will open when your rental company drops off your order. From the proper tent size for an outdoor wedding, to the portable dance floor complete with tables and chairs, a good rental company will work closely with you to determine exactly what and how many rental items will be needed to make your guests comfortable and your special occasion a complete success.

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Eclectic accessorizing throughout your big day affects a warm, closeknit feeling amongst your guests. They can help you select one decorative element to focus on, such as centerpieces. Give each table a homespun, made-with-love feeling by including an object that represent you as a couple. Think: old books (if you’re big readers), records (if you’re into music), or film canisters (if you’re cinephiles). Prefer flowers-only? Miscellaneous bud vases and mason jars let you grow your own garden at each table. These vases and other table decor can be brought from home, borrowed or rented at more and more locations. Local small businesses offer an array of vintage plates, bowls, silverware, teacups and saucers. Although shopping for these items might sound like fun, there are some negative things to consider. How will you store and transport all your finds. Do things need cleaning or repair. Too much work prior, during or immediately after your wedding can really dampen the overall enjoyment. Eliminate the stress without sacrificing style. It’s better to keep it simple then overwork family and friends. These design and decorating specialist will work within your budget. They have enormous experience and knowledge in the wedding industry. If they don’t have a product, they’ll know where to get it for you. Some companies offer rental for items like fine leather lounges. That’s right; an intimate seating area brought right to you. Couch


ROMANCING THE MOOD groupings, which vary in size and style depending on your needs and space, are just the thing for mingling guests who are all danced out. Beyond seating, think about including other furniture to add a comfortable touch here and there. These pieces add to the fashion, but can also serve a function. A decked out dresser makes an inviting dessert table and a spruced up mailbox or bird cage is perfect for collecting cards. Other fun items can also be found like large picture frames and Bride & Groom chairs. Whether used for a dramatic image of the wedding couple or fun interactive images for your guests, it will certainly be remembered by all. In the end, there’s no right or wrong way to go about adding personal touches to your wedding day. Just know that these decor & event services can really make the process easier, produce a better outcome, and sometimes, even save you money. Many times, the line between event design and decorating to wedding coordination is very small.

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The best gift a bride and groom can give each other is a professional wedding coordinator. Today, planning a wedding is more complicated than ever. Most couples have high expectations for their special day, but are novices at planning such a big event. 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. From planning a destination wedding, to handling pre-wedding plans, to coordinating the events on the wedding day, wedding consultants offer services that include as much or as little as you need. In fact, a wedding consultant can even work with a couple from the day of their engagement right up until they board the airplane for their honeymoon. In the case of destination weddings, wedding consultants will even travel with the bride and groom to look at a destination beforehand. A wedding consultant can offer important advice on why a destination will or will not work and can work with vendors in the area to negotiate the best prices. However, in most cases, the couple will be responsible for paying for the airfare, food and accommodations for the wedding consultant on the exploratory visit and during the actual wedding.


WEDDING COORDINATORS 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 might cause more nerves than comfort. On the other hand, a bride who has a knack for multitasking might not understand a consultant who is the take it easy type, even if the job does get done correctly.

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Finding the Right Coordinator 1. Asking a trusted florist, photographer, or caterer is a good way to get started, however the best way to find a good planner is to ask another bride. 2. A professional coordinator should offer an introductory meeting free of charge. Meet with them to discuss your ideas and to see whether or not your comfortable with them. 3. Ask to see pictures of events that the coordinator has planned. Pay close attention to the details and consistency of their vision. 4. Ask for lists of references you can call and be sure to call them. When you call, ask questions such as: Did the coordinator help you to achieve what you wanted for the wedding? Would you use him or her again? Did he/she listen to comments and concerns about the wedding, and were they addressed? Did the coordinator pay close attention to your wedding budget? 5. Check with the Association of Bridal Consultants (bridalassn.com) to see if the coordinator is a member. Working with a professional wedding consultant that is


WEDDING COORDINATORS certified through ABC will prove to be invaluable. During the initial meeting try to figure out whether this is a person you can trust and whom you will feel comfortable working with. Other important notes: 1. Find out exactly how much the wedding coordinator charges. Some charge an hourly rate, while others bill a flat rate or percentage of the overall wedding budget. 2. A detailed contract should be signed between you and your wedding coordinator specifying exactly what the coordinator’s responsibilities will be.

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REGISTRY WHEN SHOULD WE START? Start making your registry four to six months before the wedding (or earlier!) so that you’re ready for any engagement parties, showers, or eager guests. You don’t have to register for everything in one day, so don’t stress, take your time, and make your selections thoughtfully. Check the registry about a month before the wedding, and if there aren’t many items left, add more so that there’s enough of a selection for the rest of your guests. HOW DO WE REGISTER? Start by considering your wants, needs, and style as a couple. Select up to three or four stores that feel like a good fit. Ideally, visit a couple of stores in person so that you can see and touch various items before finalizing your selections. For things you don’t need to see and touch, feel free to register online for the sake of convenience. When it comes to choosing stores for your registry, consider using (mostly) retailers that are popular and have physical locations nationwide — it makes it easier on your guests. Most full-service stores offer a great deal of free registry help, and you’re encouraged to take advantage of this service. Specialists will be able to offer helpful information, let you know what generally goes on a registry, and make sure you remember pesky little things like meat thermometers. WHAT DO WE REGISTER FOR? Consider what you already have as a couple, and think about what you want and need as you start your 110 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbridewisconsin.com

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The old saying “Take a picture, it’ll last longer” will never ring more true than on your wedding day. After months of fittings, tastings, and detailed planning, your special day will seem to come and go in the blink of an eye. But you can remember, relive, and cherish each moment through the magic of photography. 4

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PHOTOGRAPHY DETERMINE YOUR STYLE Wedding photography is more than just documenting the event – it’s about capturing the spirit of the couple and their day. Choose a photographer whose style matches you as a couple… Formal or traditional: Posed, color photos of you, the groom, your respective families, and the wedding party; classic moments (“Kiss the bride,” cake-cutting, first dance, etc.) will be captured. Photojournalistic: Shot like a news event, capturing hundreds of candid moments and real emotions; more black and white photos for a timeless feel. Artistic: Special effects (double exposures, hand tinting, borders, etc.) used to create dramatic, one-of-a-kind pieces of art. So which style is right for you? Think about what you want in the end: Frame-worthy shots of you and the groom? Oodles of heartfelt moments? An artistic piece to hang on the wall? Many photographers offer a mix of these styles, so browse friends’ wedding albums, surf professionals’ websites and blogs, and clip photos from magazines to find what speaks to you. RESEARCH PHOTOGRAPHERS Once you’ve established your style, it’s time to shop around. Start by collecting referrals from friends, reviewing wedding resources like Premier Bride, attending bridal shows, and scoping out local photographers’ websites and blogs – and don’t forget to consider pricing. Make a short list of potential photographers that specialize in the style you desire and suit your budget. Then set up a phone or in-person consultation. 134 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbridewisconsin.com


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PHOTOGRAPHY EVALUATE YOUR OPTIONS When at a photography consultation, ask yourself: Do you like their work? Make sure you see examples of individual photos and complete wedding albums so you know what to expect in the end. Some larger studios employ more than one photographer; find out exactly who will be shooting your wedding, and view their work, specifically. Do your personalities mesh? Of all your wedding vendors, the photographer is the one you’ll be working with most closely on your big day; it’s important that your personalities click. Can you talk freely about your vision and ideas for your pictures? Do you get a sense that this person will fit in nicely with you, your fiancé, and your wedding party? Are you staying within your budget? It’s extremely critical to have a pricepoint in mind before searching for and committing to a photographer. It’s disappointing to fall in love with a photographer’s work only to later discover their rates exceed your spending allowance. Do your best to meet only with photographers you can afford. KNOW WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE As you chat with photographers, it will help to know what’s usually included in wedding photography packages. Most photographers offer these elements “a la carte” or can create a custom package that meets your specific needs – don’t hesitate to ask. Here are some examples of items that might interest you. Bride & Groom’s Album: These vary in size, color, construction quality,

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PHOTOGRAPHY and price; be sure to compare the size and photo quantity that various photographers offer – and make sure you’re comparing apples-to-apples. Parents’ Albums: These are smaller versions of the bride & groom albums and will include prints that have been specially selected to create a custom photo book for each family. Prints: You will probably want to order more photos for framing and gifting than what would be given to you in the bride & groom and family albums. Don’t underestimate how many extra prints you might want, as this will definitely impact your budget. Proofs: Ask your photographer how many proofs you will get and in what format (small photos, digital disc, online gallery, etc.). GET THE SPECIFICS At your consultations, learn the nitty gritty details. When is a deposit required? Do they use a backup camera? What if your photographer falls ill or has a family emergency on the day of your wedding? When will proofs be ready to view? Will online ordering be available for your guests? It’s best to work out the details and arrange for contingencies upfront. The answers to these questions might also help you compare one photographer to another and come up with a final decision. ASK ABOUT THE EXTRAS Proposal photos: If you’re the groomto-be, hire a photographer to shoot the first step in your marriage – the proposal! Your bride will thank you later for capturing this magical moment. Engagement photos: Many photographers offer engagement www.premierbridewisconsin.com PREMIER BRIDE • 139


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


PHOTOGRAPHY shoots as part of the package. These photos are more laid-back and candid, so play up your personalities. Photobooth: These are one of the most popular trends in wedding photography. Opt for color or black and white prints and play with props like feather boas, hats, and mustaches – your family and friends will love it! Added bonus: Most photobooths print two sets of pictures. Guests can keep one as a souvenir and add the other to your guest book – you’ll end up with a collection of photos and scribbled well-wishes to enjoy for years to come! While many photographers offer photobooths, there are also photobooth companies that specialize in this service and may have different packages depending upon what you want. Fun photos: Wedding pictures don’t have to be just you and your bridesmaids all in a row – have some fun with it! Let your personality shine through. Do you and your fiancé love ice cream? Take pictures at your local creamery (just don’t spill on the dress!). Do you love board games? Spell out “LOVE” with scrabble pieces, using your engagement ring for the “O.” The bottom line: infuse your personalities wherever possible. Have family and friends who you definitely want photos with? Make a list; with the craziness of the day, it’s the only way you’ll remember to ask for a picture with Great Aunt Martha. Download our Ultimate Planner online at premierbride.com/planning where you’ll find a list of questions to ask and a checklist of must-capture moments. Share and add to this list with your photographer to ensure that no memorable moments are missing from your once-in-a-lifetime photos.

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UNPLUGGED WEDDINGS The what and why of going unplugged At an unplugged wedding, the couple kindly asks that everyone present turn off cell phones, cameras, and other digital distractions during the ceremony and/ or reception. A bride and groom might do this because they want their guests to be fully present, to avoid social media spoilers, and to eliminate competition on behalf of the professional photographer. BEING FULLY PRESENT In our technology-crazed world, it’s become a habit to check our phones every few minutes, to post a constant stream of status updates to Twitter and Facebook, and to document any and everything on Instagram. In all this online connectedness, we’re viewing the world through our phone screens and camera lenses and missing out on true human connections. But people are starting to wake up and realize just how immersed we all are in our phones and tablets, and there’s a movement to change all that. This movement has reached the wedding industry. Brides and grooms want to have face-to-face connections with their guests — especially during the ceremony — instead of staring out into a sea of electronics. If guests are experiencing your big day from behind a screen, are they truly experiencing it? Your wedding is comprised of some of the most important moments of your life; make it unplugged encourages guests to live in the moment with you. Simply put: It encourages your loved ones to be here now. SOCIAL MEDIA SPOILERS Imagine: You haven’t seen the groom all day and can’t wait for that “first look” 142 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbridewisconsin.com


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

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UNPLUGGED WEDDINGS phones and cameras during your wedding is because, for better or worse, they want to document your special day. So be kind and understanding when you ask them to refrain from technology during the ceremony and/or reception. You can include a message in your ceremony program, such as: “The bride and groom have asked that you share in their wedding fully and not through the lens of a camera or cell phone.” Or the officiant can say a few words at the beginning of the ceremony — it can have a spiritual message (“please honor the sanctity of this moment by turning off cell phones and cameras”) or an emotional one (“the professional photographer will capture how this moment looks — the bride and groom ask that you capture how it feels”). However you ask, make sure to stay true to yourselves as a couple. You’ll also want to ease your guests’ minds by assuring them that they will have access to the professional photos within a timely manner. Again, the reason wedding guests take so many photos is so that they can remember and relive your wedding day and share it with others. Talk to your photographer and make sure that you can get a few professional shots available to your guests via email, website, or Facebook within a couple of days. It’s even increasingly common for professionals to share “sneak peek” photos either the day of or the day after a wedding on their own social media pages. Reassuring your guests that these photos will be available to them will be a great help! Another idea: Order picture postcards to send your guests in place of traditional thank you notes. 144 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbridewisconsin.com

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“behind the scenes” look at your wedding day. Some videographers even offer same-day services such as rush editing of wedding day highlights or photo and video montages to show at your reception. Projectors for these shows are recommended and may be available through your videographer. These upgradeable video services are growing in popularity and could add the perfect final touch to your celebration. CHOOSING A VIDEOGRAPHER When researching professional videographers in your area, visit their websites and view a sample video — make sure you and your videographer share a similar vision. Pay close attention to make sure the sample meets your expectations in terms of video detail and www.premierbridewisconsin.com PREMIER BRIDE • 147


VIDEO quality. There’s a lot to consider, so let’s break it down with a video evaluation checklist for quick reference: Evaluate the picture:
 Is the picture clear and consistently in focus, or is it jumpy, blurry, or shaky?
-- Are there any dead spots?
-- Does it move smoothly from one scene to the next or jump awkwardly?
-- How is the lighting? Evaluate the sound: At the ceremony, can you clearly hear the bride, groom, officiate, and readers?
-- At the reception, can you clearly hear the toasts?
-- Is the audio muffled or difficult to hear at any point?
-- Are the music selections and volume appropriate?
-- Is the crowd and ambient noise controlled? Evaluate the overall effect: Is the video too short, too long, or just right?
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• Will you be shooting my wedding? If not, can I meet them? • May I see samples of your work? • What packages do you offer? What do they include? • How many cameras and microphones will be used and where will they be located? • Are you able to work with the restrictions on lights and tripods at the ceremony or reception site? • How long will it take to get our completed video? • Can I keep the raw, unedited footage? • Can you film while a photographer is present? • Will backup equipment be on hand for the event? • How far in advance must I book your services? • What is your cancellation policy? • Is a deposit required? If so, when and how much?


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• What are the payment and cancellation policies? • Are there any current promotions or discounts available? • When will you setup and breakdown? • How many people can fit into the Photo Booth? • Have you worked at my venue before? Do you provide references? • Is there a limit on the number of pictures taken or printed? • Is the Photo Booth handicap accessible? • Do you offer any additional services or products such as a memory book/scrapbook?

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a souvenir right away, especially because it’s a unique type of print. Other photo booths just continuously shoot throughout the night, and provide the couple with a digital record of all the shots taken. Then, guests could go to an online database to choose which photos they want and print them at their own convenience. One fun way to really spice up the photos is to supply props like goofy hats, accessories, or fake mustaches for guests to poke around with. A chalkboard or dry erase board is also fun, so family and friends can doodle a special message or sentiment and capture it on film. A giant, decorative frame is another fun prop to create the picture-within-a-picture look. When deciding on a rental, choose one you can customize. But no matter how basic it is, your family and loved ones smiling faces will make it a truly personal memory!

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MUSIC FOR YOUR RECEPTION the life of the party After a serious wedding ceremony, your guests will be ready to let loose and celebrate at the reception. From the background melodies of the cocktail hour to the lively dance tunes that energize the reception, music gives your party life. Receptions normally begin with a cocktail hour to allow guests to mingle while awaiting the arrival of the guests of honor. Chamber music, classical guitar or perhaps a jazz ensemble can create a subtle background of entertainment without overpowering conversation. A well-seasoned pianist is another excellent choice, since s/he can supply a wide range of musical styles and perform your guest’s special requests. Once the cocktail hour has ended and guests are seated at their tables, the main celebration begins. Whether you hire a band, small orchestra or disc jockey, your selection of musicians will be a guaranteed success as long as you provide a wide variety of music. From ‘50s doo-wop to disco, pop or rock, diversity is the key. When hiring live music, the size of the group needed is generally determined by the number of guests. For up to 150 guests, a five-piece band is generally recommended; 150 to 199 guests calls for a larger group of six to seven; and 200 or more demands full orchestra. Should your budget prohibit you from hiring live entertainment, consider hiring a DJ.


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reception, consider hiring a band or an orchestra; an outdoor garden wedding would be better suited to a string quartet or single performer. Chamber Music Ensembles of violins, violas, cellos, harps and flutes produce some of the most divinely melodious sounds in the world. Playing classical and contemporary romantic numbers, these groups are appropriate for your ceremony, cocktail hour or a more intimate reception. These ensembles work extremely well at outdoor affairs, since they do not require access to electricity. Male members are usually attired in tuxedos, while female members wear elegant black dresses or gowns. Meet with these music professionals early in your www.premierbridewisconsin.com PREMIER BRIDE • 157


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number of guests you intend to invite. To find a band, elicit the help of a booking agent who represents the kind of entertainment you’re looking for. The best groups will be booked well in advance, in fact, up to a year is not unusual so book your entertainment as early as possible. Two weeks to a month before the wedding, confirm the date, location, time of set up and when the performance should begin. Well in advance of the wedding day, provide your musicians with a list of songs you would like played at the reception. Be specific and include song titles and singers/composers. Make sure that your musicians can play the song for your first dance, or that the DJ has a clean copy of the original recording.

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CEREMONY MUSIC 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)

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


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CEREMONY MUSIC • Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies (Tchaikovsky) Bride’s Entrance • Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin (Wagner) • Trumpet Voluntary (Clarke) • Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (Handel) INTERLUDE(S) Throughout the ceremony, you should accentuate key moments with music, which makes a tremendous impact on your guests and breaks up the solemnity of the occasion. You might want to include music just before or after a reading, during communion or at the signing of the register. These selections may be performed by your musicians or sung by the congregation, but either way they should be slow paced and softly played to give your guests a moment for contemplation or reflection. Recommendations: • Panis Angelicas (Franck) • The Wedding Song (Stookey) • Ave Maria (Bach/Gounod) THE RECESSIONAL The recessional is the grand finale of the ceremony and should reflect the jubilant nature of the occasion. The selections played should be uplifting, possessing a quick, majestic tempo that proclaims the joy of your new union. Music should play as the wedding party leaves the church and continue until all guests have departed. If you are fortunate enough to be marrying in a church with bells, let them ring! Recommendations: • Hallelujah Chorus (Handel) • Wedding March (Mendelssohn) • Sonata Prima (Vivaldi)

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MOST REQUESTED SONGS Bride & Groom First Dances 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

I Won’t Give Up At Last Wanted A Thousand Years Then

Jason Mraz Etta James Hunter Hayes Christina Perri Brad Paisley

Bride & Father Dances 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

I Loved Her First Heartland My Little Girl Tim McGraw My Wish Rascal Flatts My Girl Temptations What a Wonderful World Louis Armstrong

Groom & Mother Dances 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

My Wish What a Wonderful World A Song for Mama Simple Man I Hope You Dance

Bridal Party Dances 1. Wobble 2. I Gotta Feeling 3. Cupid Shuffle 4. Let’s Get It Started 5. Cha Cha Slide

Rascal Flatts Louis Armstrong Boyz II Men Lynyrd Skynyrd Lee Ann Womack V.I.C. Black Eyed Peas Cupid Black Eyed Peas DJ Casper

Bouquet Toss Songs 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) Beyonce Girls Just Want To Have Fun Cyndi Lauper Hit Me With Your Best Shot Pat Benatar Man! I Feel Like a Woman Shania Twain Where Them Girls At David Guetta Featuring Flo Rida & Nicki Minaj

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

Another One Bites the Dust Let’s Get it On Pour Some Sugar On Me Danger Zone Hot in Herre

Cake Cutting Songs

1. Sugar, Sugar 2. How Sweet it Is (To Be Loved By You) 3. Pour Some Sugar On Me 4. How Sweet It Is 5. I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)

Queen Marvin Gaye Def Leppard Kenny Loggins Nelly

Bridal Party Introduction Songs 1. 2. 3. 4.

I Gotta Feeling Black Eyed Peas Marry You Bruno Mars Bring ‘Em Out T.I. Featuring Jay-Z Party Rock Anthem LMFAO Featuring Lauren Bennett and Goon Rock 5. Forever Chris Brown

Last Dance Songs

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

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

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

Barenaked Ladies Rascal Flatts Eric Clapton Frank Sinatra Louis Armstrong

Ceremony Processional Songs 1. 2. 3. 4.

Marry Me Train A Thousand Years Christina Perri Canon in D Pachelbel Over the Rainbow Israel ‘Iz’ Kamakawiwo’ole 5. Make You Feel My Love Adele

Ceremony Recessional Songs 1. Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours 2. I Do 3. This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) 4. Ho Hey 5. Beautiful Day

Stevie Wonder Colbie Caillat Natalie Cole Lumineers U2

Ceremony Songs Archies James Taylor Def Leppard Michael Buble Four Tops

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Marry Me Train A Thousand Years Christina Perri Marry You Bruno Mars I Do Colbie Caillat Over the Rainbow Israel ‘Iz’ Kamakawiwo’ole

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HEAD TO THE MOVIES movies to get you in the planning mood What better way to get you in the mood for planning your wedding than watching a wedding movie! We’ve compiled a list of our favorite wedding movies to get you started. Sit back, relax and enjoy some fun by yourself, with your partner or with your fellow bridesmaids!

Bridesmaids (2011) One of the funniest bridal movies ever starring Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph and Melissa McCarthy. The classic battle between a maid of honor and bridesmaid to outdo one another, wanting to have everything perfect for the bride!

My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002) A young Greek Woman fall in love with a non-Greek in this funny, heartwarming story staring Nia Vardalos and John Corbett.

27 Dresses (2008) Katherine Heigl is “always a bridesmaid” in this romantic comedy co-starring James Marsden as an aspiring writer currently stuck in the commitment section of the newspaper.

Sweet Home Alabama (2002) A young woman who left her Southern background and ex-husband behind, reinvents herself and gets engaged to a New York socialite only to discover she’s still married. With Reese Witherspoon, Patrick Dempsey and Josh Lucas.

The Wedding Planner (2001) Jennifer Lopez is a wedding planner aspiring a promotion at her firm, while Matthew McConaughey is a pediatrician engaged to one of Lopez’s clients. A great love story unfolds.

American Wedding (2003) This movie with Jason Biggs & Alyson Hannigan, is about the gathering of their families and friends, including the grooms old friends from high school.

Bride Wars (2009) Two best friends (Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway) rival for the best wedding. The duo fight down to the DJ who gets the better vendors, location and even wedding planner on their big day!

Father of the Bride (1991 & 1950) Father of the soon-to-be-wed bride is not ready to let go of his little girl. Two versions. Remake with Steve Martin & Diane Keaton. Original with Spencer Tracy & Elizabeth Taylor. The Wedding Singer (1998) A wedding singer and waitress are both engaged to be married but to the wrong people. Fortune intervenes in this feel good movies that helps them discover each other. With Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler.

License to Wed (2007) An engaged couple goes through a grueling marriage preparation with their reverend (Robin Williams) to see if they’re meant to be. Also with Mandy Moore & John Krasinski Jumping the Broom (2011) While the bridal couple might be a perfect match, their families are a perfect recipe for disaster. Each side has the family traditions and secrets. With Angela Bassett & Lorettea Devine.

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People always ask me how do I get the most of a lake Geneva Wedding? I grew up in this town, I got married to my wonderful wife in this town and I have attended more than 500 weddings in this town. I have some experience with lake Geneva Weddings. So here is my Answer. Start with the simple questions “WHY?” Why have you decided to have a Lake Geneva Wedding? There are a lot of great reasons to have a wedding in lake Geneva. Your reasons may vary but here are some good ones: It’s Gorgeous. It is one of the most beautiful Lakes in North America. Geneva Lake is the second deepest lake in Wisconsin (5,500 acres, 152 feet deep, 21 miles around, 3 miles wide, and 9 miles long). An has many deep caves and is rumored to have a sea monster similar to Loch Ness living deep within. It is the original Chicago destination… reminiscent of the roaring 20’s and GREAT events. It is and always has been one of the best party towns in the country… but comes with an eloquence that is extremely unique. Hugh Hefner chose Lake Geneva as the home for the nationally acclaimed Playboy Club & Resort, now the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa. If your into to a nautical Theme you can’t beat lake Geneva. The Geneva Lake area is the home of Buddy Melges, 1972 Olympic yachting gold medallist and helmsman of the winning America's Cup team in 1992. There are several regatta’s throughout the summer. It may be the best wedding your guests ever attend! Give them a vacation on the way to your wedding! Lake Geneva is hopping with boaters, swimmers, parasailers and paddleboarders. The shopping is


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LAKE GENEVA incredible, the nightlife impeccable, and there are more resorts and Bed and Breakfasts than you could probably visit in a year. Lake Geneva’s unique 26 mi shore path along with Boat Tours, Skiing, Horseback riding, hunting, fishing and all kinds of other activities make this one of the best gifts you could give back to your guests.

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

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Get Acquainted at Your Rehearsal Dinner Eat, relax and extend gifts to your bridal party and hosts. Invite your immediate families, including step-members and grandparents, your bridal party (with dates/ spouses if they’ve come from out-of-town), the ring bearer and flower girl(s) and their parents plus the officiant and musicians IF they’re not paid vendors.


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YOUR WALKtheDOWN THE AISLE first time We’ve taken a few top “things to remember” and given you the reasons why you better not forget. If you want a more elaborate wedding for less money then try a few of these tried and true methods. • Look into saying your nuptials on a Sunday instead of a Friday or Saturday.

Meet where you will exchange vows The last thing you want to hear the day of your wedding is “no flashes allowed in the church” or worse. • Ask where the photographer or videographer can take pictures. Are there any places off limits?

• Go easy on the alcohol at your wedding. The guests will thank you later.

• How early can the florist decorate and are there any stipulations on the number or types of arrangements?

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

• Is there a changing room for the you and the attendants? What about an area for the groom and groomsmen?

Invitations The invitations will be the first thing that many of your guests will see in regards to your wedding, so you only have one chance to make a first impression. • Think about what you want to say with your invitation and express it with style.

Wedding cake worries • Cakes don’t just come in one variety anymore. Think about all those flavors your mother never made like carrot, lemon, strawberries and coconut or even coffee mocha.

• Always hand address your invitations and remember, children over 18 years old get their own invitations as well as your attendants, groomsmen, parents and the clergy. • Keep a good account of the RSVP’s. You will thank yourself later for keeping up with the count from the beginning.

• Cake tops are saying more nowadays and really showing off a couple’s personality. Some cake designers have mentioned topping wedding cakes with family heirlooms or creations that represent how the couple feels about one another. You can never ask too many questions or be too certain about the details. Make your first trip down the aisle a snapshot you will remember forever.

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

bride’s maid. The bride’s son or daughter might stand next to the bride in a show that the groom is not only marrying the mother, but also acknowledging he is taking the child as his own. This can be done visa versa as well and it is not uncommon to have a son or daughter walk down the aisle with their mother. Since children will often have some issues with their parent getting remarried, it is a good idea to let them have a big part in the wedding so they can feel a sense of importance. Singing during the ceremony, lighting a unity candle or just incorporating a reading will also tie the family and the ceremony together in a special way. Choosing the Right Dress and Style for You and the Wedding Party Blusher’s are not a good choice for brides walking down the aisle a second time since this reflects the innocence of a first time bride. Additionally, most brides the second time around do not choose the princess dress they would have chosen to wear in their first wedding. However, white dresses are no longer taboo. The most important thing is to pick a dress, regardless of the color, that brings out the beauty of the bride. Hemlines are shorter and the colors are often soft and pastel. Overall, dresses tend to be less ornamental with better quality silk or silk satin and the train is not as long. Another trend for a second time bride is a hairstyle donning fresh flowers, a choice that is very trendy and elegant nowadays. Wedding parties tend to be pared down from four plus attendants to two close friends or family. Additionally, attendants are usually allowed to pick their favorite cocktail dress that is within the brides color scheme or theme. www.premierbridewisconsin.com PREMIER BRIDE • 177


SECOND TIME BRIDES 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.

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PERSONALIZED VOWS expressing it in your own way Depending on your religion you might decide to forget about tradition and create your own wedding vows for your big day. The sky is really the limit in this case and there is no better way to begin your life together than to take the time to really let one another know how you feel. Just like destination weddings have gotten quite popular within the last few years so has personalized wedding vows, whether proclaimed on the beach, spoken in a church or just shared between the two of you in a romantic and casual setting. If you do decide that you want to write your own vows meet with the officiant to discuss what you want to do. 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. Never let your partner see your personal vows until they hear them during the ceremony as it’s much more 182 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbridewisconsin.com

suspenseful and dramatic to hear them for the first time while looking at each other. If you and your fiancé have an eclectic style or personality then by all means let that come out in your personalized vows. In the long run 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 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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YOUR WEDDING CAKE: a sweet ending to a special day It´s the sweetest wedding task of them all – deciding on dessert for your big day. Tradition calls for a tiered cake with a decoration on top which can be fresh flowers, a porcelain bride and groom or initials of the couple. Today brides and bakers are breaking cake molds to create fun 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 www.premierbridewisconsin.com PREMIER BRIDE • 187


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 football or baseball stadium-shaped cake, complete with you two lovebirds in the stands! Do you share an interest such as running? Ask around for bakers who could make a replica cake of your running shoes 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 and personality, book a date.

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CAKES 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 setup, 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, depending on the style, ingredients, size and decorating. Your reception site or caterer may also charge a plating fee as well, often 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 accomplish the time-honored task of cutting the cake with ease. Plan ahead to have your cake knife and lifter engraved www.premierbridewisconsin.com PREMIER BRIDE • 189


CAKES 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. MORE DESSERT OPTIONS 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. S’mores There’s really nothing like roasting marshmallows on an open fire! Give your guests s’more than they ever expected by surprising them with all the fixings to make this sweet treat. Cupcake Tower Individual cupcakes are fun, the perfect serving size and allow for all kinds of decorating freedom you

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• Do you specialize in any certain styles or flavors? • What do you recommend for an outdoor or seasonal reception? • Can you customize a wedding or groom’s cake from a photo/idea? • Can you match the cake colors to fabric swatches or flowers? • Can you create individual cakes to be used as wedding favors? • Can you create specialized cakes for certain dietary needs? • Do you offer a tasting? • How much time do you need to prepare the cake at the reception? • Do you offer instruction on how to cut the cake? • Will you supply a container to freeze the top of the cake? • Will you charge for any supports or bases on the cake? May I return them for a refund? • Do you provide a plateau or stand for the cake? If so, what is the charge? May I return it for a refund? • How far in advance must I book your services? • What is your cancellation policy? • Is a deposit required? If so, when and how much?


CAKES might not have with a traditional cake. Cupcake arrangements could be anything from a 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-your-own theme can also be popular with the cupcakes, if you provide a few types of frostings and toppings. Candies Table Colorful candies is sure to make eyes pop and sweet teeth scream. Arrange glass containers such as antique jars, fishbowls or giant martini glasses of gummies, chocolates, licorice, jelly beans, mints, toffees and more over an expansive table. Then, give guests a little (or huge!) plate or plastic bag and let them be a kid in a candy shop again. Pick treats that match your colors (often wrappers and candy colors can be custom ordered if they don’t match yours) or just let a rainbow of sweets entice the room. Late Night Coffee This works best for small, upscale weddings with mostly adults as guests. Bring in a barista to whip up comforting lattes, cappuccinos and espressos to go with some rich coffee pastries such as biscotti or tiramisu.

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

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


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CANDIES TABLE Design Like your sweet selection, your design can match your wedding. For something casual and playful, arrange your colorful candies in clear jars of every shape and size like an old candy store. A more upscale look could present your desserts in classy giant martini glasses or on small decorative plates arranged on different levels over an expansive, dramatically lit table. Custom-order candies or candy wrappers to stick within your color scheme. Only choosing candies of two or three colors also creates a striking design. Another fun idea is to put two or three different candy containers at each individual table as centerpieces so guests can mix and match as they mingle between tables.

Like Kids in Candy Stores! Once you’ve decided on your sweets and display, get ready to let sweet teeth run wild. Prepare fun dessert plates, plastic bags, or oversized wine glasses where guests can collect their treats. Make sure every separate serving dish has a decorative scooper so fingers don’t dirty the delights, then step back and let the inner child in all your guests pick and choose from the tasty array. As guests are leaving, give them an artsy, monogrammed bag and ask them to peruse the buffet again for an edible wedding favor. One Last Tip Think about having a coffee station it’s a perfect compliment to a dessert or candies table!

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BRIDAL BLOOMS: design a beautiful wedding with flowers The romantic link between weddings and flowers dates back to ancient civilizations where garlands of flowers, leaves and vines were worn or carried by young brides to symbolize their beauty and innocence. Wedding flowers have since evolved from simple hand-held bouquets to vibrantly artistic creations used to set the mood and theme for the entire celebration.4 www.premierbridewisconsin.com PREMIER BRIDE • 195


FLOWERS Deciding on flower arrangements may take considerable time and imagination on your part. Guidance and suggestions from your florist will smooth the process for you, so it is recommended to book your florist a year in advance if possible. Try to make a final selection for all your bouquets, boutonnieres, ceremony arrangements and reception centerpieces at least three months before the wedding, then meet with the florist again three weeks before your wedding date to iron out all the details. When meeting with floral designers, it is a good idea to bring fabric swatches of your gown and the bridesmaid’s dresses. It also helps to bring photographs or illustrations of specific flowers, colors and bouquet

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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. 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.


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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 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 www.premierbridewisconsin.com PREMIER BRIDE • 197


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FLOWERS 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 orchid, daisy, dendroblum orchid, freesia, gardenia, Gerber

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FLOWERS 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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Flowers SELECTING FLOWERS:

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7 FUN FLORAL TRENDS for your wedding #1 – Bold, creative color. Make a statement with vivid, dramatic color in your wedding flowers - royal bluepurple, dark lilac, burnt orange or bright yellow-green. Focus on just one color and include a variety of shades and textures. #2 – For chocolate lovers. Warm chocolate brown is a beautiful color for weddings, and you CAN include it in your bouquets and centerpieces. #3 – Wrap it up. For your centerpieces and bouquet stems, there’s no limit to the ways you can creatively envelope them: velvet or metallic ribbon, tree bark, rustic burlap or twine, glittery wire, satin, silk or other fabric, banana leaves or anything else you can think of! #4 – Black, white and red all over. With your white dress and the black tuxes,

any and all shades of red are the perfect accompaniment. #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 as long as they look like they belong to the same wedding. #6 – Add a little sparkle. When it comes to jewelry, let your bouquets wear some too! Add a little sparkle. #7 – Beautiful Brooch Bouquets. Creating a bouquet out of a meaningful collection of brooches, pins, rings, earrings, and charms from friends and family members to create a non-traditional bouquet is becoming increasingly popular for nostalgic brides who value sentiment over spray roses.

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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. Visit premierbride.com to find stationers in your local area, attend local bridal shows or find one in this edition. 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. 204 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbridewisconsin.com

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. If possible, order the invitations and other wedding stationery six or more months before the wedding to give yourselves plenty of time for reading and correcting proofs, printing, addressing, stuffing and mailing. Mail the invitations six to eight weeks before the wedding. Let any out-of-town guests who would need to arrange flights and/or hotel rooms about the date as soon as you know it, either informally through conversation, or more formally with a save-the-date card mailed as early as possible. 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 still-tacky ink), the reception card if applicable with those details, the response card with its stamped, addressed return envelope, the map if provided which also often includes hotel details for out-oftown 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.


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INVITATIONS THE INVITATION WORDING Traditionally, whoever is officially hosting (read: paying for) the wedding is listed first on the wedding invitations. Of course, you can work it out however you like with your families. (This is one area where it’s really important to have good communication between all parties!) Some couples today, who are paying for the majority of the expenses themselves, with help from their mixed and blended families, simply say “Mary Bride and John Groom, together with their families, request the honor of your presence at their marriage…” 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 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

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


INVITATIONS the return address on every single invite you send! For the names and addresses of your guests, you can hand-write them, run the envelopes through your printer using a calligraphic font, or for a very beautiful and special touch, hire a calligrapher. Ideally, try to avoid labels, even clear ones, because they just don’t convey the sense of “specialness” and elegance that something as special as a wedding deserves. 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. 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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A BRIDE BY ANY OTHER NAME updating your identity Nowadays, many brides are choosing to retain their maiden name. Some choose the addition of the groom’s last name and a hyphen, but this can be unwieldy. The movement back toward tradition has more brides than ever taking on their husband’s names. Legal wrangles can be minimized by quickly tending to the following paperwork. Social Security Passport Driver’s License Bank Accounts Insurance Policies Credit Cards Credit Ratings Memberships Doctor and Employment Dental Records Records Auto Registration

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

The Day-of Wedding Guardian Angel If you don’t have a wedding consultant, ask a trusted friend to oversee your wedding. Introduce them to all the key vendors well before the wedding. Since you’ll be blissfully oblivious to long waits at the cocktail hour or an hour wait between courses while your guests are starving, your guardian angel can do their best to address these issues.


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BEAUTY From makeup to hair to nails, every blushing bride (and mother-of-the bride!) wants to look her absolute best on her wedding day. We’ve got tips for the day itself and beauty plans to implement even months before the big day. Follow our advice, and you’ll be well on your way to showing off your most beautiful self. GET GLOWING Now is a great time to focus on healthy, glowing skin. If you’re concerned about your skin’s health and appearance, consider a visit to a dermatologist for more serious concerns such as varying grades of acne or rosacea or an aesthetician for preventative and restorative skin care. Start six to 12 months before your wedding day so you have time

to treat, heal, and achieve the best results. Facials are a must for all skin types. Facial treatments use deep cleansing, masks, oxygen and exfoliation to penetrate deep into the skin, killing blemish-causing bacteria, rebalancing the skin’s hormonal system and stimulating circulation. Regular treatments result in refined pores, smoother facial lines, healed blemishes, and a more radiant complexion. Mild skin advanced exfoliating treatments are key to good skin health as they allow a rapid turn over in skin cells, allowing your products to respond and perform as they were designed to. Working with a good skin care line in synergy with professional treatments is a must. www.premierbridewisconsin.com PREMIER BRIDE • 211


BEAUTY For full-body beauty, body exfoliation along with intense hydrating treatments are a great way to nourish the skin. Reveal clear skin on your back with back facials to clear those pesky bumps. Waxing is also a great place to start, or begin laser hair removal treatments at least 6 months before the big day. This is one of the longest-lasting forms of hair removal — your legs will be smooth and free of razor stubble. Consider Botox, injection therapy, and face or body tightening with radio frequency if you're looking for more. How about freezing your body fat with Coolsculpting, studied at Harvard for 15 years, proven to actually remove the fat and sculpt the body you always had. These treatments are designed to help you look and feel your best, without the pain and recovery time of surgical procedures. HAIR DO’S When choosing a hairstyle, consider: your gown, the formality of your wedding, your personal style, your hair type and texture, and your face shape. Generally speaking, if your gown is elaborate, opt for a simpler hairstyle to avoid looking overdone. An up-do is a classic way to go and is ideal for showing off a dramatic neckline. If you’re a trendy girl, try braids, hair extensions, or a carefree bohemian look — just be cautious of overly-trendy styles; you risk looking back at your photos and saying “What was I thinking?!” If you’re considering any drastic changes to your hairstyle, make the change at least a couple of months before the wedding. That way, if you don’t like it, you have plenty of time 212 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbridewisconsin.com

to make changes or figure out how to style it to your best advantage. If you do like your new look, just maintain it! Consult your hair stylist four to six weeks before the wedding to find the right look for you — and be sure to show the stylist a photo of your gown. In the end, the most important thing is finding a hairstyle that looks like you. MAKE UP MUSTS Whether you hire a pro to do your makeup, have a friend do it, or do it yourself, do a trial run before the wedding. In addition to looking in the mirror and getting feedback from close friends and family, take photos and evaluate: Do you like what you see? What would you change? Now is the time to practice — not the day of your wedding! Keep the makeup on throughout the trial day and see how it lasts. How does it look two, five, and even eight hours later? It is easy enough to touch up? Remember to be aware of different lighting elements. Check it out in natural light as well as the makeup mirror. This is another time you want to be sure you look like you. Your husbandto-be fell in love with your beautiful face — he would never want you to cover it up. But you can still have fun with it and pamper yourself: Define your eyebrows with a pencil or eye shadow and an angle brush for a more natural look. Try fake eyelashes so that your eyes really pop in photos. Don’t be afraid of highlighting key places, trying a bold lip color, or using a primer under your foundation, lipstick, and eye shadow so that it lasts longer.


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Airbrushing is an amazing way to create a flawless natural long lasting glow. Whatever you do, be sure to wear waterproof mascara to fend off any tears of joy. Some make up mustn’ts: Don’t go too light with your makeup — you’ll look pale and washed out in photos. Also don’t go too dark — it will be distracting, and you want your groom and guests to see you, not your caked-on makeup. Don’t overdo the blush. You’ll be emotional, happy, nervous, busy, and showing off your moves on the dance floor — a recipe for your own natural color. NAILS AND BROWS Regular manicures in the one or two months before your wedding day will get your nails in perfect shape. You can probably avoid using acrylic nails this way and enjoy the beauty of your own strong, healthy nails. Avoid really trendy nail polish colors: One bride who wore a dark, on-trend color on her nails said she now cringes every time she sees her wedding photos. Play it safe and go with a classic, neutral color. French if in doubt. 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 it happens to you. You will probably need to clean up your brows a day or two before the wedding with a tweezers. OUR BEST BEAUTY ADVICE Strongly consider using beauty professionals for your wedding day


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BEAUTY hair, makeup, and nails. Not only is it a stylist’s job to make you look like the most polished version of yourself, but it’s also one simple way to shorten your list of weddingday 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 so in a way designed to last through the last dance. When you go pro, the end result is a relaxed, picture-perfect bride. Lastly, never forget a bride’s best accessory: her smile!

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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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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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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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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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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. Black is always classic and appropriate. Ties, vests and cummerbunds can match the wedding colors, or compliment them with colors such as white, ivory, silver, grey or black. One interesting option is to see if it’s possible to order extra material when ordering the bridal gown, and have ties made with it for either just the groom, or for the groom and the groomsmen. If the bridal gown is ivory, the men should wear ivory shirts, not white, to compliment her. Semiformal and formal weddings have plenty of options: a high quality, single- or double-breasted men’s suit in black, dark charcoal or navy with a Windsor knotted tie in white, ivory, navy, silver or black is a less formal option. For a more formal look than that, consider a tuxedo with a 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 222 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbridewisconsin.com

can envision a symphony conductor’s attire, this is “white tie.” DISTINGUISHING THE GROOM It’s nice to have some way of setting the groom apart. At very formal events, the groom and groomsmen are all to be dressed identically, so one way to distinguish the groom is to give him a different, but complimentary, boutonniere to wear. For less formal events than white tie, you have more options. The groom could wear a white jacket while his groomsmen are in black. Or, the groom could wear a white, ivory or silver vest and/or tie while his groomsmen wear vests and/ or ties in black, or a color that matches the bridesmaids’ dresses. SHOPPING TIPS When the men visit their formalwear shop they should have a firm idea of the women’s wedding attire, and bring fabric or color swatches from the bridesmaids’ gowns. Pictures from the pages of wedding and men’s magazines of the preferred formalwear styles would also be helpful in the decision-making process. The groom and groomsmen should reserve their rentals at least three months in advance of the wedding (although the earlier, the better, especially during the busy seasons.) Final measurements should be taken about three weeks before the ceremony; however, be sure to come back a few days before the wedding for last-minute alterations. Out-of-town groomsmen can get measured at any formalwear store or local tailor’s near them, and send their measurements to the groom or to your formalwear store.


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GROOM Someone (often the best man, as long as he’s responsible!) should be designated to return all formalwear to the store on time in order to avoid late fees, which can get quite expensive adding up the per day, per outfit costs. THE PERFECT FIT There are a few key points to keep in mind regarding fit when ordering formalwear for the groom and groomsmen. Shirts, whether with pleated front panels or traditional smooth-fronted ones, should fit well around the neck. The bottom hem of the pants should touch the top of the shoes. Jackets should be fitted, with some room at the waist. Sleeves should end at the wrist bone with the same number of shirt buttons showing. Vents on the side of the jacket should lie smoothly and follow the lines of the body. The collar should hug the neck, comfortably, and the lapels shouldn’t buckle. Your formalwear store consultant will certainly be a huge help in getting the fit just right. GROOMING THE GROOM With all the attention given to men’s clothes, an important detail that is sometimes overlooked is the groom’s hair. Men are generally more casual about haircuts than women, but they should ideally get their hair trimmed two weeks before the wedding to add the finishing touch to their wedding finery. Pass this helpful tip on to the groomsmen, as well! If you plan to take photos of the bride’s hand and the groom’s hand with the new rings, it would be a great idea for the groom to get a manicure just before the wedding, to address any out-of-control cuticles and shape the nails.

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GROOM CURRENT TRENDS IN FORMALWEAR Overall, men’s formalwear is trending towards “elegant, tailored, distinguished and conservative.” Here are some specific trends seen lately: Vests win. While cummerbunds are always a classic tuxedo accessory, currently vests are more popular. Vests, often referred to as a waistcoat, come in single- or double-breasted styles and are easily worn with nearly any tuxedo ensemble. Current collars. Notched collars on jackets are becoming more popular, beating out winged and shawl collars. Trendy ties. Dressy standard neckties, often called four-in-hand ties or Windsor knotted ties, are becoming a more popular option in wedding attire, although bow ties will always be classic and appropriate, especially for very formal affairs. Off the cuff. The latest styles are moving away from pants with cuffed bottoms. While fashion trends do not necessarily forbid wearing cuffs, please avoid them - especially in slim-leg pants. Going pleatless. Things are moving away from shirts and pants with pleats. Current fashion trends opt for flat fronts or tuxedo pants. Always match. Never, ever, wear black shoes with a brown belt or vice versa.

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The color of your shoes should always match or compliment the color of your belt. Compliment the Groom. Groomsmen accessories that compliment the groom instead of matching the bridesmaids’ dresses are another new alternative. For example, having the groom in a silver vest with black detailing, while the groomsmen are in black vests with silver detailing. ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS • What packages do you offer? What do they include? • What formalwear is best with the time and style of my wedding? • Are alterations, shoes, studs, vests and cufflinks included in the rental fee? • When should fitting appointments be made? • Can tuxedos be tried on when they are picked up? • When can the formal wear be returned? • How can out-of-town guests send measurements? • 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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Transportation GETTING THERE: Wedding Day Transportation

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

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TRANSPORTATION FIRST: HOW MANY? Your search for transportation starts once you decide how many people you’ll be moving. Do you want just the bride and the groom in a vehicle, or is the entire wedding party heading to the reception together? If the whole party is going, do you want to include their spouses or dates? What about 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 while 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 highclass 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 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


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by a long distance, this is a fun way to get all the guests in on the party right away. Like limousine services, passenger and luxury coach companies require a minimum number of hours. The size and type of coach will determine the hourly rate. Depending on the size of your party it may make sense to hire two coaches, maybe a luxury coach for the bride, groom and attendants and a passenger coach for the guests. This provides guests with a little more flexibility, as well.

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IT TAKES MORE THAN LOVE life after the wedding Enjoy the preparations for your wedding day, thrill over the dress and trousseau, the flowers, music, attendants, reception and honeymoon. As you come together to form a new family, take the time to discuss why you are getting married, and begin building a productive, loving environment. Dreams of living happily in the partnership of marriage are never guaranteed, but hard work on your part can help make your marriage last. Communication is essential for building and sustaining a good, healthy marriage, both new and old alike. But even couples who don’t find it very easy to talk can learn to express their feelings, needs and ideas to each

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are some good questions to get a conversation started between you and your future spouse. How was money handled in your families when growing up? Were there fights about money? Did you feel well off or poor as a kid? Today, how important is money to you? Do you consider yourself a saver or spender? Do you have any large debts or assets? Who earns the most money and how does the other person feel about it? Lastly, what are your financial dreams (individually and as a couple)? How do you plan on making those dreams a reality? Before your married life begins, it can be useful to create a starting budget for your household and to agree on who will pay for what within the household. At what dollar amount does one spouse need the permission of the other to purchase? A regular, set-aside time each month is important to create healthy communication. Compromise is the key. Where money is spent is where one’s life is. Money management is more than keeping the checkbook balanced. And the best money management tip? Avoid debt – especially credit card debt, which is particularly draining on a couple.

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Vintage cars are also great photo ops and add a touch of class. An antique Rolls Royce or a ’69 Mustang are fun and something you don’t get to ride in every day. Ride in style like the royal couple did in their April wedding in a decorated navy soft-top Aston Martin Volante. Or, as with everything else in the wedding, make sure the transportation connects to YOU. Maybe you met at a Harley rally – ride off on your twin 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. TIPS FOR A GREAT DAY • Customize your playlist and bring your own CD to play in the limo.

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

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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 family and friends getting together, sharing old stories and, perhaps, creating some new memories. A day, an overnight or 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(ette) parties give the best man and maid of honor a chance to sign the group up and then relax. From the time of arrival, everything is planned out.

Wisconsin offers great options for this type of party. Choosing a destination within driving distance is a plus. 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. One, two and three-day adventure weekends can accommodate participants of all ages. The focus of the celebration should be on adventure and making memories.


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BACHELOR(ETTE) PARTIES 2. When should the event take place? There are some factors to be considered should the party be a weekend adventure or be well separated from the wedding itself to give the wedding party from out of town time to return home, get back to work and regroup before leaving for the wedding. Parties with local participants can be held the weekend prior to the wedding or possibly the day before the wedding depending upon schedules. Some ideas encompass adventures e.g., lake fishing, white water rafting, that are best done at certain times of the year. For a “destination” adventure, plans and reservations should be made early.

3. How long should the party last? Weekend events are becoming much more common. Since Wisconsin offers many options, some members of the group could elect to come for just 1 or 2 days if a longer adventure is planned. Everyone pays their own transportation costs and the weekend ground costs are usually split between all the participants so that the bride or groom is free.

4. How can the party be made “special”? This is where the Best Man and the Maid of Honor need to put on their thinking caps. What would make this a memorable occasion? Isn’t it more than consuming excess beverages and waking up the next day with a strange tattoo? Great memories are made of sharing an adventure, a special dinner, sitting around a campfire or having a spa treatment. Special t-shirts, with the 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


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Now that we understand what’s at stake and how to plan it, here are some ideas to get the ball rolling, most available right here in our own state of Wisconsin. Some properties offer a combination package of activities. • Whitewater Rafting – Class II to IV rapids viewing scenic beauty. • Rock Climbing & Rappelling – Yes, it’s safe, beautiful and fun. • Zip-Line – Step off the platform and fly from tree to tree. • Snowmobile Tours – Trail ride through beautiful backcountry. • Wine Tours – Be sure to rent a shuttle or designate a driver. • Charter Fishing - Compete in your own private fishing tournament. • Skydiving - After some basic training, hearts will pound, guaranteed. • Paintball - Break up into teams, and head off into the woods. • Mud Obstacle Course – Picture opportunities galore. The most important part of the experience is making sure everyone has a great time, especially the bride or groom, while creating a wonderful memory. Combining bachelor and bachelorette parties, but keeping most things separate is also a great option. Guys stay in tents, girls in top-rated amenities anyone!

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

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

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RIVER CRUISES Some brides- and grooms-to-be want a honeymoon option that is “off the beaten path”… and what could be more unique than a romantic river cruise through the heart of Europe, floating peacefully down the majestic Nile, or across the horizons of Asia? Many overlook the beauty and benefits of a river cruise while planning their honeymoon. 4

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A river cruise lets you explore far-off lands with all the comforts of home, as you discover many amazing destinations within one itinerary. Spacious staterooms with expansive riverscape views offer elegant accommodations, like a 5-star floating hotel. Don’t worry about getting seasick – the ships float along the rivers so smoothly, you will barely realize you are moving. You can embrace intriguing cultures all over the world, led by expert tour guides. Enjoy a local musical group’s performance after dinner on the ship. Participate in a local wine tasting. Eat at some of the finest restaurants across the globe. Meet new friends as you explore the shoreline with other couples from all over the world. Expand your horizons… and you only have to unpack your suitcase once! River cruise ships are small and intimate, sometimes with as few as 32 passengers onboard. They are small enough to dock in ports where larger cruise ships could never

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come close. Every stateroom cabin has a large unobstructed window or balcony view of the passing beautiful countryside and city skylines. You will not find the bright lights and loud bells of a casino or big theater productions onboard, but you can take in an enlightening lecture on your luxurious ship as you glide down the river. Many passengers revel in the most personal service and attention from the distinguished crew and staff; the ratio is usually about 1 staff member to every 2-3 guests. Typically, the price you pay upfront for a river cruise is inclusive of almost everything involved in your trip – port charges, WiFi access, fine dining meals from awardwinning chefs (on-board and some on-shore), engaging lectures, activities and shore excursions, as well as hotel accommodations on cruisetour itineraries. Some cruise lines, like Viking River Cruises, even include airfare from main airport hubs within the United States in their package pricing.

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Wine and food enthusiasts can delight in the dining options offered onboard and at each of your ship’s destinations. You will never go hungry with every meal provided by the cruise line, as well as snacks and beverages. You can also venture off on your own when you leave the ship and visit the quaint cafes and local gems of the cities and villages along the river’s route. Viking’s Chateaux, Rivers & Wine cruise visits the centuries-old vineyards along the Atlantic coast of France. The city of Bordeaux invites you to savor its cozy cafés and excellent museums, while feasting on oysters, truffles and cognac (and of course, a few glasses of the area’s namesake wines!) If white wines are more your style, embark on Viking’s Cities of Lights cruise. Share a kiss at the top of the Eiffel Tower or under the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Explore castles and fortresses in Luxembourg. Enjoy the fine Rieslings of the Rhine and Moselle River valleys of Germany. Take in the majestic beauty of Gothic churches throughout Bavaria and charming small villages along the way. Stroll through Prague, the historic and enchanting capital of the Czech Republic, and admire over 1000 years of architecture, from classical to rococo. Has the ancient historian in you always wanted to walk the Pathways of the Pharaohs? Viking has an itinerary that leads you down the mighty Nile River in Egypt, with stops at the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx. You can visit the Egyptian capital city of Cairo, the most populous city in Africa, and wander through the museums and temples at Luxor. For the ultimate in luxury river cruising, set sail with Avalon Waterways, where ”included” is the name of the game. VIP access into the must-see tourist sites. Your choice of enriching shore excursions, led by certified local guides. Sparkling wines with breakfast, regional beers and wines at every onboard dinner, even unlimited lattes and premium coffees.


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Avalon is one of the few river cruise lines to offer trips in South America. Meander through the jungles along the mighty Amazon River, where it originates in Peru, with optional tour excursions to Machu Picchu and the Nazca Lines. Take note, nature lovers: they also sail through the Galapagos Islands, where you can encounter giant tortoises, penguins, sea lions, and many species of birds. To make a honeymoon even more enchanting, consider a Danube Holiday Markets river cruise with Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection during the Christmas season. The spirit of Christmas beautifully lights up the streets of Budapest, Bratislava, Salzburg, Passau, and Vienna. Pick up the perfect souvenir to remember your honeymoon as you and your true love walk hand-in-hand through the glimmering marketplaces. For lovers of a more adventurous, expedition-style cruise, Uniworld gives travelers an authentic taste of the cultural contrast between bustling Vietnam and

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tranquil Cambodia. Get an up-close view of the great Mekong River that unites these two mystical countries. Receive a water blessing from local monks and ride a rickshaw through the wide boulevards of Phnom Pehn. Experience the ancient and modern, rural and urban, forested mountains and fertile plains. From floating villages and river markets and the UNESCO-designated Angkor Wat temples to the vibrant Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, discover the sights, sounds, and tastes of two countries joined by one river. No matter where you want to go in the world, and how fast-paced or relaxed you want your travel schedule to be, there is always an option for you. Customize your trip to be exactly what you are dreaming of for your romantic honeymoon. You can best find – and finalize – all available options with the assistance of a travel agent, who can offer their first-hand knowledge and experience to help you craft a trip-of-a-lifetime, while working within your budget.

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PUERTO RICO With its breathtaking natural scenery, pristine beaches, abundant activities and wide range of luxury accommodations, Puerto Rico is perfect for honeymooners. Just a quick flight from anywhere in the continental U.S., Puerto Rico is a convenient, yet exotic, destination for romance. Whether travelers want a relaxing beach escape or a honeymoon filled with adventure, Puerto Rico has romance options to fit every couple’s needs and budget. 4

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For couples looking for a glamorous getaway, full-service hotels such as the El San Juan Hotel & Casino and Ritz Carlton San Juan Hotel, Spa & Casino pair dazzling nightlife with great restaurants and amazing suites. For the couple looking for a unique boutique hotel experience, the historic Hotel El Convento is one of the best examples of small luxury hotels on the island, while adventurous couples will love the Westin Rio Mar Beach Resort & Golf Club and Wyndham El Conquistador Resort & Country Club, both offering every activity under the sun along the eastern coast of Puerto Rico, in close proximity to the El Yunque Rainforest. One of the most romantic aspects of Puerto Rico is the beautiful beaches that border the entire island. Day trips to the islands of Vieques or Culebra provide the most secluded beach hideaways in Puerto Rico. While there, couples can explore wildlife by land and by sea at the Culebra National Wildlife Refuge, including amazing coral reefs and tropical fish seen while diving or snorkeling. A nighttime excursion through the mangroves to Vieques’ bioluminescent Mosquito Bay provides the experience of a lifetime, as tiny bioluminescent organisms produce incredible glowing waters best seen in the light of a full moon. For slightly more adventurous honeymooners, spelunking through the underground Camuy Caves, snorkeling, hiking, and many other land and water activities are available.

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Traveling outside the United States requires attention to a number of details. Visit cbp.gov for current travel warnings or work with a wedding planner or travel agent to find the safest areas for travel.


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GETTING MARRIED IN PUERTO RICO

Puerto Rico is predominantly tropical with moderate temperatures year round that average near 80°F in lower elevations and 70°F in the mountains. The rainy season is from April into November. The mountains of the Cordillera Central can cause the temperature, rainfall and wind to vary throughout the year. On average, one quarter of the annual rainfall occurs during tropical cyclones, which are more frequent during La Niña events.

With Puerto Rico’s exotic ambiance and spectacular sunsets, there’s no better place to be swept up in the romance of a wedding. Working with a wedding planner or travel agent might be helpful if you choose to marry in Puerto Rico. Here’s a list of the requirements:

TIME ZONE

• Each party will need to take a blood test from a federally certified laboratory (in the U.S. or Puerto Rico) within 10 days of the wedding date.

Standard time zone: Atlantic Time Zone - UTC-4 hours (One hour later than NYC in winter and the same in summer as Puerto Rico has no daylight saving time.)

ELECTRICITY & CURRENCY

Since Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territory of the United States, it’s electricity and currency are the same as they are in the U.S. The largest difference between the two are the languages spoken.

LANGUAGE

The official languages of Puerto Rico are Spanish and English, with Spanish being the primary language. English is spoken by less than 10% of the population even though all official business is conducted in English.

• Photo ID or passport from each person • Proof of divorce or death certificate (if applicable)

• A marriage certificate can be acquired in advance from the Puerto Rico Dept. of Health; call (787) 767-9120 for more information (be patient - you might have to try this number multiple times). • A doctor will need to sign and certify your marriage certificate and blood test in Puerto Rico. • The couple will then visit the Demographic Registry to obtain the marriage license, and purchase two license stamps (total stamp cost is $30). • Couples can expect to receive their marriage license within ten days of their wedding date.


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Consider taking an easy three-day trip right after your wedding, but plan for a more extensive honeymoon six months later, or on your oneyear anniversary. You’ll be more relaxed.


Honeymoon PASSPORT TO PARADISE: that once-in-a-lifetime getaway

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

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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 From the planning stages to the trip itself, we’ve compiled our best honeymoon ideas and advice. TALK ABOUT YOUR TRIP Take time as a couple to sit down and toss ideas around. Decide on your ideal destination (think: beach, abroad, cruise, camping) and figure out what you’d like to do when you’re there (besides

laying in bed all day). Are you up for outdoor activities such as water sports or hiking? Do you want to experience a new culture and check some sight-seeing off your bucket list? Or would you rather just laze about, soak up the sun, and be pampered? There’s no right or wrong answer, but make sure to discuss your expectations before you book your trip. You don’t want to arrive at the all-inclusive resort only to find that you’d rather relax on the beach and your husband would rather take snorkeling lessons. Of course you’ll have to compromise, but talking about these compromises long before the trip will make the honeymoon much sweeter. Let’s look at some destinations to consider: Go tropical When you say “honeymoon,” most people think of a remote, tropical island that looks like something straight from a postcard. You can’t beat a fruity umbrellaclad drink and romantic walks along the beach. Even for the most active of couples, your honeymoon is one time when it’s okay to sit back and let yourselves be taken care of. If you choose a tropical destination, an all-inclusive resort is a most relaxing way to go. Do your research (through travel sites and first-hand accounts from family and friends) and find out what exactly is

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HONEYMOON meant by “all-inclusive” — the definition varies from one resort to the next. At some places, “all-inclusive” includes the cost of your room and two meals each day. At other resorts, it means three meals each day, unlimited drinks, champagne on arrival, and a trip to the spa. When it’s time to book your trip, always mention that you’ll be on your honeymoon. Most places offer a honeymoon package, and you might even find entire resorts that cater exclusively to honeymooners. All abroad! A trip abroad is an adventure and a chance to get caught up in a whirlwind of new ideas and cultures. However, if you’ve never been abroad before, make sure this is an experience you’re both fully committed to. Planning an international trip for the first time can be stressful, and it could be overwhelming to be in foreign lands when all you want to do is relax and enjoy each other’s company. But if you’re up for going international, the result can be a true test of teamwork and a most romantic, unforgettable experience. Some nitty gritty considerations: Make sure your passport is updated, especially if your last name on a different piece of identification is going to change. It’s usually best to book any tickets in

your maiden name, since that is likely to be the name still on your passport and driver’s license. Search online for more information on specific foreign destinations. Staying local If you don’t have the funds for a plane ticket abroad or can’t get away for a long trip, consider what’s close to home. You’ll

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HONEYMOON probably be surprised to learn that there’s a quaint bed & breakfast just a few miles from your home or a majestic state park where you can camp out under the stars. Turn off your cell phones and focus on each other — it will seem as if you’re light years away, even in your own backyard.

• Tipping. Tipping customs vary from country to country, so find out what percentage to tip and when to do so.

Take a cruise If you can’t decide on a destination, a cruise might be for you — it’s the best of both worlds! If you want to see Europe, but you’ve never been and don’t have time to plan a trip, try a Mediterranean cruise. If you know you want to go tropical but can’t decide on a spot, island hop on a Caribbean cruise. And if you can’t decide whether you want to relax or be active, a cruise offers the chance to do both. Plus, meals, drinks, and entertainment are not only included — they’re right outside your cabin door! When booking a cruise, just like any other destination, mention that you’re on your honeymoon and see if the cruise line has a special deal or package.

WORK WITH A TRAVEL AGENT Leave your travel planning to a professional! The cost to you is generally zero, and an experienced agent will save you so much time and greatly reduce your stress. If anything goes wrong (cancelled flight, lost reservation, etc.), your travel agent is just a phone call away. Look for one who focuses on wedding and honeymoon travel, or who specializes in the area you wish to visit.

PLAN AND PREP Take time to really plan your honeymoon. Here are some things to think about, especially if you’ve never traveled to your honeymoon spot before. • Different customs. If you’re traveling abroad, or even to an Americanized resort in the Caribbean, do your research. Find out if there are gestures that are deemed inappropriate, actions that are considered rude, or types of dress that are unacceptable to the local community. • Language. Learn some key phrases and pick up a pocket-sized dictionary or phrase book if you’re going to a non-English-speaking country. 260 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbridewisconsin.com

• Weather. Find out the average high and low temps for the time of year you’re traveling, and be prepared for rain or shine.

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

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pbtip Bridal Show Tip.

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the 47th Annual

plan the Wedding everyone remembers! January 10-11, 2015 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Exposition Center at Wisconsin State Fair Park, Milwaukee

• Over 175 Exhibits by Wisconsin’s leading wedding professionals • Sizzling, professionally choreographed fashion shows twice daily • Win one of our Grand Prizes! • Prizes, discount coupons, gifts and more! Wisconsin’s Oldest, Largest & Most Prestigious Event!

For more information

262-367-5500 • WisconsinWeddingShow.com


2014-15 BRIDAL SHOWS JULY 19, 2014

BRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER™

Charity Bridal Show & Wedding Gown Sale Crowne Plaza Milwaukee Airport VIP: 10am-Noon; General: 12 Noon-5pm bridesabc.org SEPTEMBER 14, 2014

BRIDAL EXPO

Brookfield Sheraton, 10:30am-4pm bridalexpomilwaukee.com For free tickets, call 414-427-4325 See pg 18-19, 268 SEPTEMBER 28, 2014-

4TH ANNUAL LAKE GENEVA BRIDAL SHOWCASE Riveria Docks, Lake Geneva 10am-1pm, cruiselakegeneva.com/wedding See pg 265

• Plan you entire wedding at one event! • Prizes & giveways all day long • Full runway fashion show • Over 80 vendors

Highway 45 @ Pleasant Valley Road • West Bend wcfairpark.com • p. 262.677.5060

OCTOBER 9, 2014

BRIDAL RECEPTION AND WEDDING SHOW

Hilton Garden Inn, Milwaukee Park Place 5:30-8pm, milwaukeehiltongardeninn.com 414-577-5027 See pg 269

Discover Lake Geneva BriDaL showcase septemBer 28, 2014

NOVEMBER 2, 2014

BRIDAL EXPO

Brookfield Sheraton, 10:30am-4pm bridalexpomilwaukee.com For free tickets, call 414-427-4325 See pg 18-19, 268 NOVEMBER 2, 2014

KENOSHA BRIDAL EXPO

UW Parkside Student Center Ballroom, Kenosha 12pm-5pm, 262-237-2661, kenoshabridalexpo.com See pg 269 NOVEMBER 8-9, 2014

BEST OF THE BEST BRIDAL SHOW

Waukesha County Expo Center 10am-4pm, 800-925-8880, excitingevents.com See pg 267

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Sixth Annual Bridal Show

BRIDAL SHOWS NOVEMBER 14, 2014

BRIDAL OPEN HOUSE

Alfa Flower and Wedding Shop 7001 W. North Avenue, Wauwatosa 5pm-7:30pm, 414-545-5858 NOVEMBER 30, 2014

BRIDAL SHOWCASE

March 1, 2015 2 Fashion Shows

Doors open at 11:00 a.m. $1,000’s in Giveaways

Delafield Hotel, 11am-2pm 262-646-1600, thedelafieldhotel.com JANUARY 11-12, 2015

47TH ANNUAL WONDERFUL WORLD OF WEDDINGS

Wisc. Expo Center at State Fair Park, West Allis Sat & Sun 10am-4:30pm, expoproductionsinc.com See pg 11 & 264 JANUARY 11, 2015

2015 BRIDAL SHOWCASE 589 Milwaukee Ave. • Burlington, WI www.veteransterrace.com

262-763-9400

The Club at Strawberry Creek, Kenosha 12 Noon-3pm, 262-857-8400 JANUARY 18, 2015

31ST ANNUAL WATERTOWN BRIDAL FAIRE

Watertown High School 10am-2:30pm, 920-261-7770 callgeneralrental.com/watertownbridalfair.htm JANUARY 24-25, 2015

26TH ANNUAL BRIDAL EXTRAVAGANZA

3rd Annual Bridal Show Saturday, February 21, 2015 11:00am3:00pm Champagne & Hors D’oeuvres Bridal Fashions Incredible Specials and Prizes Featuring Milwaukee’s Finest Wedding Venues & Vendors

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Light Rock 92.1/WRJN Festival Park (Racine on the Lake) Sat/Sun. 12pm-4pm 262-637-4040, racinebridalextravaganza.com See pg 271 JANUARY 25, 2015

11TH ANNUAL BRIDAL EXTRAVAGANZA

Hawks View Golf Club, Lake Geneva, 11am-3pm 877-429-5788, hawksviewgolfclub.com JANUARY 25, 2015

WASHINGTON COUNTY BRIDAL FAIR

Washington County Fair Park Pavillion 11am-3:30pm, 262-677-5060, wcfairpark.com See pg 265


Carasco Photography Carasco Photography

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BRIDAL EXPO MILWAUKEE DATES & LOCATIONS SHERATON HOTEL, BROOKFIELD, WI SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2014, 10:30a—4p SHERATON HOTEL, BROOKFIELD, WI SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2014, 10:30a—4p SHERATON HOTEL, BROOKFIELD, WI SUNDAY, MARCH 8, 2015, 10:30a—4p SHERATON HOTEL, BROOKFIELD, WI SUNDAY, MAY 31, 2015, 10:30a—4p

BRIDAL EXPO CHICAGO DATES & LOCATIONS

Carasco Photography

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To view upcoming 2015 Dates & Locations visit us at www.bridalexpomilwaukee.com

BELVEDERE BANQUETS, ELK GROVE, IL WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 6, 2014, 6p—10p HYATT REGENCY, SCHAUMBURG, IL SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2014, 11:30a—4p RENAISSANCE HOTEL, NORTHBROOK, IL SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2014, 11:30a—4p CONGRESS PLAZA HOTEL, CHICAGO, IL SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2014, 11:30a—4p CHICAGO MARRIOTT N.W., HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL SUNDAY, NOVMEMBER 16, 2014, 11:30a—4p

Angela Swan

Carasco Photography

Angela Swan

Log onto www.bridalexpomilwaukee.com for more 2014/2015 dates. Must mention PBW–14 when ordering.


Bridal ExpoSHOWS BRIDAL

8, 2015 ch 23rdFEBRUARY 12-5pm

CLARION HOTEL BRIDAL

dent Center Ballroom OPEN HOUSE

Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, Milwaukee 12pm-3pm, 414-481-2400 clarionbride.com Over 40

vendors, Door 3RD ANNUAL CROWNE prizes & PLAZA BRIDAL SHOW GiftsMilwaukee West, Wauwatosa Crowne Plaza FEBRUARY 21, 2015

11am-3pm, 414-389-8570

00 bridescrowneplazamilwaukee.com egister See pg 266 e receive ift bag FEBRUARY 22, 2015

7TH ANNUAL BRIDAL FAIR IN THE EVERGREEN ROOM -

Kenosha Bridal Expo Sun, Nov 2, 2014 12-5pm U W Parkside Student Center Ballroom Over 40 vendors, Door prizes & Gifts

Tickets $5 online or at the door First 200 brides to register online receive a gift bag

Evergreen Golf Club, Elkhorn, 11:30am-2:30pm

262-723-5722, evergreengolf.com dalexpo.com

kenoshabridalexpo.com

MARCH 1, 2015

or this event benefit Oasis Teen Center: a.org

VETERAN’S TERRACE BRIDAL SHOW

Veteran’s Terrace, Burlington Doors open at 11am 262-763-9400, veteransterrace.com See pg 266 MARCH 8, 2015

BRIDAL EXPO

Brookfield Sheraton, 10:30am-4pm bridalexpomilwaukee.com For free tickets, call (414)427-4325 See pg 18-19, 268

Proceeds for this event benefit Kenosha’s Oasis Teen Center: oyckenosha.org

Bridal Reception and Wedding Show

APRIL 10, 2015

BRIDAL SHAUER AND EVENT FAIRE

Schauer Art and Activity Center, Hartford schauercenter.org, 262-670-0560 MAY 31, 2015

BRIDAL EXPO

Brookfield Sheraton, 10:30am-4pm bridalexpomilwaukee.com For free tickets, call (414)427-4325 See pg 18-19, 268

October 9, 2014 5:30-8 pm

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SHOPPING MADE EASY attending bridal shows You may find that the more time you can save in planning your wedding, the better. A Bridal Show can be the one stop shopping experience you need. Plan in Advance: First of all, you need to have a budget planned. Make a list of what you need most and what your budget will allow for each item and service. Then you get there, visit the service providers who have what you need the most , then enjoy the show more leisurely afterwards. Types of Bridal Shows: Small intimate shows have a limited number of vendors as well as smaller groups of attendees. The average attendance is between 75-200 people and generally around 20-40 different vendors. These shows allow you much more time to talk with the individual wedding professionals, asking questions and getting more in-depth answers. Smaller shows can be limited, perhaps with only one or two vendors per service. You might have to attend more shows in order to properly compare the advantages and disadvantages of one from the other. The second kind of show is much larger, averaging anywhere from 800 to 2000 attending and featuring anywhere from 100-250 different vendors. The biggest advantage to this kind of show are the wide range of vendors available and the beautiful displays for great wedding ideas. It’s like going to a wedding mall. Which type of show is right for you? You tell me. However, we can give you some tips and suggestions for making the most out of your show experience, whatever your preference. Here we go! Pre-printed address labels: Most vendors will have some special drawing for gifts 270 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbridewisconsin.com

and prizes. Having these labels available will save you time and effort. Include your full name, address, phone number, wedding date and email address. Imagine writing all that information down 30-50 times. When filling out forms, make sure to print VERY clearly. You’d hate to miss out on a door prize because they can’t read your handwriting! Create a temporary e-mail address: It’s free and can be deleted after your wedding date. Obviously you will receive solicitation after the show. This is a good thing. Quality vendors reaching out to provide specific wedding information and tips, along with any special offers they might have. You’ll receive the most immediately after the show and it will slow down dramatically thereafter. If you’re not interested in their information, just unsubscribe or let them know. Providing phone numbers to individual vendors is usually fairly safe, since these vendors seldom use their contact information for anything other than a legitimate follow up. Who should come along: Yes, your fiancé should come along, especially if it’s just the two of you. Decisions could be made on the spot and they will have a good time! If you bring a couple friends or a whole entourage, perhaps not. If it’s a large group, make sure everyone has cell numbers. Date or Calendar Book: Depending on the size and length of the show, along with the type of vendor you’re talking with, it might be appropriate to schedule an appointment at another time for a more in-depth conversation. Usually any show “specials” will also apply if a date and time is made for a follow-up discussion.


SHOPPING MADE EASY There are times when you might want to book something right at the show. Or you might have already met with a vendor prior and are ready to make the commitment. Otherwise, a personal appointment when you can talk one on one, making sure you’re comfortable with them and they can fully meet your needs, is a better option. Checkbook or Credit Card: Many vendors offer on the spot “Discounts and Show Special”, which may require a small deposit. But if you don’t have the opportunity to talk with them in depth, how do you know they are right for you? Vendors really should offer you their show price for at least 24 or 48 hours. The Fashion Show: Most shows offer a Fashion Show. If this is your main focus, we recommend you arrive early so you can secure good seating. Larger shows may offer more than one Fashion Show time. If that’s the case, the second show us usually less attended and easier to obtain seating. During the fashion show, the crowds at the booths are greatly diminished and it can be a much easier time to move around and talk to vendors. Prizes: There are usually larger prizes given by the Bridal Show producers along with smaller prizes by individual vendors. At smaller shows, you might have to be present to win. That’s usually not the case for larger shows. Prepare for information overload: When you find a vendor you are interested in, make a note about why. What struck you as appealing about them. When you get home and you’re looking thru 10 different photographers, your note may be the only thing you have to remember which ones you liked and why. Also, write down any good tips they might have given you.

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES DIRECTORY KEY

• ALTERATIONS/ CUSTOM DRESS DESIGNS • ATTENDANT GIFTS (See Customized Gifts) • BACHELOR(ETTE) PARTY • BANQUET FACILITIES & REHEARSAL DINNERS • BEAUTY AND SKIN (Also See Cosmetics) • BED & BREAKFASTS/ INNS • BRIDAL ACCESSORIES (and Rental Items) • BRIDAL REGISTRY • BRIDAL SHOWERS/ GIFT OPENINGS • BRIDAL SHOWS Complete listing and information (See pg 265) • CAKES

• CATERING • CEREMONIES, CHAPELS • CEREMONIES, OFFICIANT • CHOCOLATES • COSMETICS (Also see Beauty) • DANCE INSTRUCTION • DECORATING SERVICES (Lighting and Rental Items) • DOOR COUNTY WEDDINGS • DRY CLEANING / GOWN PRESERVATION • CUSTOMIZED GIFTS / FAVORS (Also see Chocolates) • FIREWORKS • FLORISTS (and Rental Items)

ALTERATIONS/ CUSTOM DRESS DESIGNS

Two MoThers

sewing and Tailoring llC

No rip too small, no job too big!

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

414-324-1273 – 414-426-0338

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• FORMALWEAR • GOWNS, CUSTOM (See Alterations/Custom Dress Designs) • HONEYMOON (Also see Travel Agencies & Door County Weddings) • HOTELS/ CLUB SUITES (Also see Banquet Facilities) • ICE SCULPTURES • INTERNET • INVITATIONS • JEWELRY (CUSTOMIZED) • LIMOUSINES (See Transportation) • LINGERIE • MASSAGE THERAPY • MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT • MUSIC, SPECIALTY

• OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS (See Hotels/Club Suites) • PARTY RENTALS • PHOTOGRAPHY • PHOTO BOOTHS, ALBUMS & SPECIALTY ITEMS • REHEARSAL DINNERS • RESTROOMS (See Party Rentals) • SPAS • TRANSPORTATION • TRAVEL AGENCIES • VIDEOGRAPHY • WALWORTH COUNTY WEDDINGS (See pg 180) • WEDDING CONSULTANTS

ATTENDANT GIFTS

(See Customized Gifts)

BACHELOR(ETTE) PARTY Friday’s Front Row

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

(See pg 73)

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

(See pg 130)

Napoli

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

(See pg 170)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Riverwalk Boat Tours & Rentals

at Pere Marquette Park (on Old World Third St, between State and Kilbourn) riverwalkboats.com 414-283-9999 (See pg 71)

Skiin anti-aging lounge

21675 Moreland Blvd., Waukesha (available for private parties) lovemyskiin.com 262-657-5446

Best Western Plus Midway Hotel & Suites (See pg 213)

Stroke of Genius

250 W. Broadway,Waukesha geniuspaintwine.com 262-893-4186

(See pg 106)

(See pg 57)

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

(See pg 63)

Canal Street Yacht Club (See pg 131)

Wildman Adventure Resort Two Outposts in Wisconsin tracy@wildmanranch.com wildmanranch.com 262-287-9892

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

Broadlands Golf Club

Vino 100

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

Grain Exchange 414-727-6980 225 E. Michigan Ave., Ste 100, Milwaukee Lake Park Bistro 414-962-6300 3133 E. Newberry Blvd., Milwaukee The Harbor House 414-395-4900 550 N. Harbor, Milwaukee bartolottas.com bartolottascatering.com (See pg 8-9)

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

(See pg 64)

Chandelier Ballroom (See pg 243)

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

(See pg 185)

Charles Allis Art Museum

BANQUET FACILITIES & REHEARSAL DINNERS 1451 Renaissance Place

1451 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee renaissanceplace.com 414-272-1451 (See Back Cover & pg 25)

Alpine Valley Resort

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

(See pg 181)

Alverno College

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

(See pg 61)

The Astor Hotel

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

Bartolotta’s

Bacchus-A Bartolotta Restaurant 925 E. Wells, Milwaukee Bartolotta Events & Catering at Pier Wisconsin 500 N. Harbor Dr., Milwaukee

(See pg 14) 414-765-1166 414-765-8610

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

(See pg 78)

Clarion Hotel & Conference Center 5311 S Howell Ave., Milwaukee clarionbride.com 414-482-8895 ext 409

(See pg 29)

Cotton Exchange

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

(See pg 172)

Country Springs Hotel

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

(See pg 51)

Crowne Plaza Milwaukee Airport 6401 S. 13th St., Milwaukee crowneplaza.com/milwaukeearpt 414-764-5300

(See pg 15)

Crowne Plaza Milwaukee West 10499 Innovation Dr., Wauwatosa crowneplazamilwaukee.com 414-475-9500

(See pg 82)

Davians Catering & Conference Center

N56 W16300 Silver Spring Dr., Menomonee Falls davians.com 262-781-3333 (See pg 12-13) premierbridewisconsin.com PREMIER BRIDE • 273


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

Hilton Garden Inn Milwaukee Park Place (See pg 67)

11600 W. Park Place, Milwaukee milwaukeehiltongardeninn.com 414-359-9823 or 414-577-5027

Delafield Brewhaus

3832 Hillside Dr., Delafield (Just off I-94 & Hwy 83) delafield-brewhaus.com 262-646-7821 (See pg 25)

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

Delafield Hotel

Historic Pritzlaff

415 Genesee St., Delafield thedelafieldhotel.com 262-646-1600 or800-594-8772

(See pg 44)

Hilton Milwaukee City Center

(See pg 55)

Elm Grove Woman’s Club

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

(See pg 24)

(See pg 23)

Hot Water/Wherehouse

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

(See pg 10)

Hotel Metro Milwaukee

411 E. Mason St., Milwaukee hotelmetro.com 414-225-3258 • Seating for 200 • Free on-site parking for 100 • Dinnerware, china, glassware, • Caterers of your choice flatware & antique furnishings • Baby Grand Piano

Call 262.782.5930

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

(See pg 41)

Hubbard Lodge

3565 N. Morris Blvd., Milwaukee hubbardlodge.com 414-332-4207 N2270 State Rd. 67, Walworth inspirationministries.org 262-275-6131

Geneva Ridge Resort

The Italian Conference Center (See pg 171)

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

(See pg 16)

7036 Grand Geneva Way, Lake Geneva grandgeneva.com 800-558-3417 (See pg 179)

Hawk’s View Golf Club

Located at The Italian Community Center 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee italianconference.com 414-223-2800 (See pgs 76-77) 608 New York Ave., Sheboygan jmkac.org 920-458-6144

(See pg 37)

Kasana

241 N. Broadway, Milwaukee kasana-mike.com 414-224-6158

(See pg 6)

Kettle Moraine Ranch (See pg 178)

Heritage Hall

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

(See pg 59)

John Michael Kohler Arts Center

Grand Geneva

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

(See pg 172)

Intercontinental Milwaukee

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

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

(See pg 65)

Inspiration Ministries

1221 Geneva National Ave. S, Lake Geneva genevanationalresort.com 262-245-7000 (See pg 171)

Geneva National

(See pg 48)

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

(See pg 36)

Lake Geneva Cruise Lines-Gage Marine (See pg 37)

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weddings.cruiselakegeneva.com 262-248-6206

(See pg 173)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Lake Lawn Resort

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

The Milwaukee Rite Center (See pg 176)

Lamm Gardens

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

1350 Royale Mile Rd., Oconomowoc olympiaresort.com/weddings 262-369-4966 or 800-558-9573 (See pg 184)

(See pg 34-35)

The Legend at Merrill Hills

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

Marcus Center for the Performing Arts

The Polish Center of Wisconsin

(See pg 84-85)

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

W231 N1600 Corporate Ct., Waukesha marriott.com/mkemw 262-574-0888 (See Inside Back Cover & pg 10)

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

Milwaukee Art Museum

Radisson Hotel of Menomonee Falls

(See pg 17)

(See pg 27)

(See pg 64)

Rail Hall by Gravity Events

(See pg 68)

(See pg 69)

(See pg 49)

Ramada Plaza

6331 S. 13th St., Milwaukee ramadaplazamke.com 414-764-1500

Milwaukee County Zoo

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

Radisson Milwaukee North Shore

131 W. Seeboth, Milwaukee gravity-events.com 414-376-9206

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

(See pg 28)

7065 N. Port Washington Rd., Glendale/Milw radisson.com/milwaukeewi_north 414-351-6960 ext 450 (See pg 33)

Milwaukee Beer Bistro

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

(See pg 53)

N88W14750 Main St., Menomonee Falls radisson.com/menomoneefallsWI 262-251-5153 (See pg 60)

Milwaukee Athletic Club

758 N. Broadway, Milwaukee macwi.org 414-274-0629

(See pg 52)

Potawatomi Hotel & Casino

Marriott Milwaukee West

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

(See pg 83)

The Pfister Hotel

W270 S3425 Merrill Hills Rd., Waukesha thelegendclubs.com 262-548-1100 (See pg 34-35) 929 North Water St, Milwaukee sazamas.com 414.276.2030

(See pg 56)

The Park East Hotel

916 E. State St., Milwaukee parkeasthotel.com 414-276-8800 (See pg 34-35)

(See pg 45)

Pano’s Banquets

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

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

(See pg 40)

Olympia Resort & Conference Center

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

790 N. Van Buren St., Milwaukee wsrf.org 414-727-3155

(See pg 15)

Red Circle Inn

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

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES River Club of Mequon

Watertown Country Club

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

(See pg 32)

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

(See pg 80)

Roma Lodge

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

(See pg 53)

The Rotunda

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

(See pg 31)

Schauer Arts & Activites Center 147 N Rural St., Hartford schauercenter.org/ourfacility 262-670-0560 ext 5

(See pg 183)

Seven Seas

West Bend Country Club

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

(See pg 7)

Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel

375 S. Moorland Rd., Brookfield sheratonmilwaukeebrookfield.com/wedding 262-364-1008 (See pg 62)

Sterling Chalet

(See pg 70)

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

(See pg 54)

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

(See pg 20)

900 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee wisconsinclub.com 414-431-3201

(See pg 46)

6200 W Good Hope Rd, Milwaukee wisconsinclub.com 414-368-1970

(See pg 47)

Zilli Hospitality Group

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

(See pg 6)

Veterans Terrace at Echo Park (See pg 175)

Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum (See pg 78)

War Memorial Center

750 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr., Milwaukee warmemorialcenter.org 414-273-5533 (See pg 21)

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

Windwood of Watertown

Wisconsin Club - Country Club

Tripoli Shrine Center

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

(See pg 81)

Wisconsin Club - City Club

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

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

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

zillihospitalitygroup.com (See pg 42-43) Boerner Botanical Gardens 414-525-5635 9400 Boerner Dr., Hales Corners Coast @ ZLG 262-547-9447 931 E. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee Miller Room @ ZLG 262-547-9447 910 E. Michigan St., Milwaukee ZHG @ Mitchell Park Conservatory 262-547-9447 (The Domes) 524 S. Layton Blvd., Milwaukee

BEAUTY AND SKIN

(Also See Cosmetics)

Elegance Salon & Spa

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

(See pg 210)

Lash Boutique (See pg 184)

276 • PREMIER BRIDE premierbridewisconsin.com

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

(See pg 215)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Lumiere Vein Center

1239 Corporate Center Dr., Oconomowoc lumieremedicalspa.com 262-569-VEIN (8346) (See pg 211)

The Wedding Centre & Fifth Avenue Formalwear

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

(See pg 226)

BRIDAL REGISTRY Go Green with Biodegradable Products Skin Care • Nutrition • Home • Aging EVELYN BRUCKNER

shaklee.net/EvBruckner 262-751-4410

761 N. Jefferson St., Milwaukee georgewatts.com 800-747-9288 (See pg 213)

BED & BREAKFASTS/ INNS White Lace Inn

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

(See pg 246)

(See pg 112)

Royal Prestige

dinner4two.com or midwestlifestyles.com 920-375-6536 (See pg 112)

BRIDAL SHOWERS/ GIFT OPENINGS Cream City Weddings

411 E. Mason St., Milwaukee hotelmetro.com 414-225-3258

Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop

(See pg 66)

(See pg 48)

Riverwalk Boat Tours & Rentals (See pg 198)

Bead IT LLC

(See pg 131)

Rivers End

380 W Main St., Waukesha riversendgallery.com 262-896-8875

nutrichefamerica.com

(See pg 111)

Hotel Metro Milwaukee

(and Rental Items)

beadit-wi.com 262-366-5573

Nutri Chef America

Intimate Urban Setting 1036 S. 5th St., Milwaukee creamcityweddings.com 414-688-0858

BRIDAL ACCESSORIES

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

Brookfield Square 262-782-6888 Mayfair 414-453-7500 Southridge 414-423-0800 Bayshore 414-962-6006 Grand Avenue 414-347-4141 Racine 262-553-9655 West Bend 262-335-9390 bostonstore.com

George Watts & Son

Skiin anti-aging lounge

21675 Moreland Blvd., Waukesha (available for private parties) lovemyskiin.com 262-657-5446

Boston Store-

(See pg 107)

at Pere Marquette Park (located on Old World Third St., between State and Kilbourn) riverwalkboats.com 414-283-9999 (See pg 71)

Vino 100

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

(See pg 131)

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Davians Catering & Conference Center

BRIDAL SHOWS

Complete listing and information (See pg 265)

N56 W16300 Silver Spring Dr., Menomonee Falls davians.com 262-781-3333 (See pg 12-13)

Chef Jack’s

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

CAKES Aggie’s Cakes and Pastries 1800 E Howard, Milwaukee Brookfield Square aggiescakes.com

414-482-1288 262-784-4775 (See pg 188)

(See pg 106)

241 N. Broadway, Milwaukee kasana-mike.com 414-224-6158

(See pg 6)

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

(See pg 90)

Napoli

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

Kasana

Louise’s Catering

Allo! Chocolat

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

(See pg 89)

(See pg 192)

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

(See pg 170)

Rochester Deli & Catering

Indulgence Chocolatiers

Visit our Chocolate Boutique: 4525 N. Oakland Ave., Shorewood 414-332-2749 Walker’s Point Shop & Chocolate Pairing Bar: 211 S. 2nd St., Milwaukee 414-223-0123 indulgencechocolatiers.com (See pg 193)

Rich’s House of Cakes

4353 S. 27th St., Milwaukee 414-282-0713 821 Meadowbrook Rd #2, Waukesha 262-548-0714 richscakes.com (See pg 191)

143 W. Broadway, Historic Downtown Waukesha rochesterdeli.com 262-522-9613 (See pg 106)

Saz’s Catering

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

(See pg 84-85)

Rochester Deli, Catering & Cakes

143 W. Broadway, Historic Downtown Waukesha rochesterdeli.com 262-522-9613 (See pg 107)

Simma’s

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

Catering — Par Excellence!

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

(See pg 189)

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

sazamas.com • 414.276.2030

(See pg 191)

All Occasions Catering

(See pg 54)

Tuscan Hall Banquet Center (See pg 91)

Bubb’s

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

(See pg 84-85)

Tripoli Shrine Catering

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

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

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

Vecchio Catering (See pg 91)

278 • PREMIER BRIDE premierbridewisconsin.com

(See pg 6)

Member of the Vecchiio Entertainment Group escapetomilwaukee.com 414-273-8300 (See pg 64)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES CEREMONIES, CHAPELS

CEREMONIES, OFFICIANT

Ceremonies of Love

Ceremonies of Love

Licensed Female Pastors 414-544-8483 or 414-248-2404

(See pg 130)

Licensed Female Pastors 414-544-8483 or 414-248-2404

(See pg 130)

Wedding Ministers

Clergy specializing in a wide range of ceremonies from traditional to modern: • Custom and personalized ceremonies • Spiritual and non-religious options • Premarital counseling available • Chapel and outdoor venue available

The Universal Anglican Church

www.MilwaukeeMinistry.org

REV. JEFFREY MONTOYA

414-793-4828

CHOCOLATES

N2270 State Rd. 67, Walworth inspirationministries.org 262-275-6131

(See pg 172)

Lake Country Congregational Church (See pg 66)

Lamm Gardens

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

262-893-6760

(See pg 66)

Inspiration Ministries

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

REV. LYNETTE CORSTEN

(See pg 184)

Allo! Chocolat

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

(See pg 106)

Indulgence Chocolatiers

Visit our Chocolate Boutique: 4525 N. Oakland Ave., Shorewood 414-332-2749 Walker’s Point Shop & Chocolate Pairing Bar: 211 S. 2nd St., Milwaukee 414-223-0123 indulgencechocolatiers.com (See pg 193)

Milwaukee Ministry Serving SE Wisconsin Rev. Jeffrey Montoya Rev. Lynette Corsten milwaukeeministry.org

414-793-4828 262-893-6760

The Milwaukee Rite Center

790 N. Van Buren St., Milwaukee wsrf.org 414-727-3155

(See pg 40)

Olympia Gardens

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

Tripoli Shrine Center

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

(See pg 54)

COSMETICS

(Also see Beauty)

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

Independent Beauty Consultants Tammy Ehrett, Independent Sales Director

262-781-4848 marykay.com/tehrett premierbridewisconsin.com PREMIER BRIDE • 279


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

262-782-4406 414-421-3788 (See pg 214)

eleganteventswi.com 414-334-8871

(See pg 104)

The Elegant Touch

theeleganttouchonline.com 262-501-3721

(See pg 99)

Heavenly Creations

DANCE INSTRUCTION

4060 N. 127th St., Suite 200, Brookfield By Appointment heavenlycr8.com 414-353-1179

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

Elegant Events LLC

(See pg 129)

(See pg 97)

Something Borrowed

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

(See pg 96)

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

(See pg 129)

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

Door County Trolley Inc. (See pg 129)

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

(See pg 129)

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

(See pg 129)

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

(See pg 129)

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

(See pg 129)

(See pg 247)

Landmark Resort

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

(See pg 247)

The Lodge at Leathem Smith

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

(See pg 246)

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

(See pg 246)

Snug Harbor Inn

1627 Memorial Dr., Sturgeon Bay snugharborinn.com 800-231-5767

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

(Lighting and Rental Items)

(See pg 246)

(See pg 247)

White Lace Inn

Blissful Events & Weddings (See pg 103)

Décor by Davians

N56 W16300 Silver Spring Dr. 262-781-3333

doorcountytrolley.com (920) 868-1100

Stone Harbor, A Door County Resort & Conference Center

DECORATING SERVICES

Serving SE Wisconsin ourblissevents.com 414-405-5463

DOOR COUNTY WEDDINGS

(See pg 12-13)

280 • PREMIER BRIDE premierbridewisconsin.com

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

(See pg 246)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES DRY CLEANING / GOWN PRESERVATION Martinizing

The Specialist in Bridal Gowns Free Pickup & Delivery mymartinizing.com 262-521-9710 Delafield 3167 Golf Rd. Elm Grove 13405 Watertown Plank Rd. Grafton 397 Falls Rd. Hartland 418 Merton Ave. Menomonee Falls N95W18397 County Line Rd Mequon 11106 N Port Washington Rd Milwaukee 233 W. Layton Ave. Oconomowoc 1300 Brown St. 1035 W. Summit Ave. 1320 Pabst Farm Circle Pewaukee 1405 Capitol Dr. Shorewood 3596 N. Oakland Thiensville 108 E Friestadt Rd Waukesha 821 Meadowbrook Rd. Wauwatosa 6737 Milwaukee Ave. West Allis 2262 S. 108th St. Whitefish Bay 285 E Hampton Ave

(See pg 227)

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

Visit our Chocolate Boutique: 4525 N. Oakland Ave., Shorewood 414-332-2749 Walker’s Point Shop & Chocolate Pairing Bar: 211 S. 2nd St., Milwaukee 414-223-0123 indulgencechocolatiers.com (See pg 193)

FIREWORKS

262-782-0665

Bartolotta Fireworks Co.

262-377-2269

(See pg 192)

Indulgence Chocolatiers

262-646-7515

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

(See pg 58)

262-367-4508 262-251-7979 262-241-3535 414-747-1077 262-560-9981 262-567-4813 262-560-0666 262-695-1661 414-962-4151 414-242-1030 262-542-4987

FLORISTS

(and Rental Items)

Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop

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

(See pg 198)

Bank of Memories & Flowers

N88 W16723 Appleton Ave Menomonee Falls 262-253-9111 346 Oakton Ave Pewaukee 262-695-9911 bankofflowers.net (See pg 201)

Belle Fiori

414-771-3331

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

414-545-8688

Creative Floral by Something Borrowed

414-964-4747

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

(See pg 197)

(See pg 196)

The Elegant Touch

CUSTOMIZED GIFTS / FAVORS

theeleganttouchonline.com 262-501-3721

(See pg 99)

Fantasy Flowers

Allo! Chocolat

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

Berres Brothers Coffee Roasters

(See pg 106)

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

(See pg 198)

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES The Flowersmith Inc.

GOWNS, CUSTOM

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

(See Alterations/Custom Dress Designs) (See pg 185)

The Front Porch

HONEYMOON

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

(See pg 199)

(Also see Travel Agencies & Door County Weddings)

(See pg 184)

HOTELS/ CLUB SUITES

Lamm Gardens

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

The Pink Peony Floral Shoppe LLC 308 E. Main St., Waterford thepinkpeonyllc.com 262-514-3251

(Also see Banquet Facilities) (See pg 170)

Waukesha Floral & Greenhouse

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

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

(See pg 200)

- Multi Million Renovation Completed - 149 Sleeping Rooms, Including Suites - Private Hospitality Room Available - Shuttle Available To/From Airport & Local Venues - Banquet Space to Seat Up to 300 Guests

FORMALWEAR DuBois

Brookfield Square (Inside Sears) Southridge Mall (Inside Sears) Western Village 6220 Washington Ave., Racine 100 E. Oak St. (in Eva’s), Oak Creek 822 N. 8th St., Sheboygan duboisfw.com

262-754-9296 414-855-0618 262-884-9555 414-570-8892 920-458-1412 (See pg 224)

Fifth Avenue Formalwear

7140 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis weddingcentre-wi.com 414-475-1212 3565 N. Oakland Ave., Shorewood harleys4men.com 414-332-3404 or 1-888-797-SUIT

(See pg 223)

Richard Bennett Tailors

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

(See pg 225)

Sager’s Formalwear

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

8900 N Kildeer Ct Brown Deer WI 53209 414-355-8585 www.fourpointsmilwaukee.com

(See pg 41) 1350 Royale Mile Road Oconomowoc, WI 53066 (800) 558-9573

(See pg 226)

Harleys

(See pg 71)

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

• • • • • • •

Sybaris Pool Suites (See pg 184)

282 • PREMIER BRIDE premierbridewisconsin.com

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

(See pg 256)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES ICE SCULPTURES Art Below Zero

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

LINGERIE

Solid Ice Displays

Serving WI Solidicedisplays.com 877-442-0271

Voluptuous Secrets LLC (See pg 131)

INTERNET

For a Perfect Comfortable Fit 1740 N. Martin Luther King Dr., Milwaukee voluptuoussecrets.com 414-264-7776 (See pg 130)

MASSAGE THERAPY

Premier Bride

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

Elegance Salon & Spa

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

INVITATIONS

(See pg 210)

MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT

Coqui Design

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

LIMOUSINES

(See Transportation)

(See pg 205)

For Now & Forever

C

Paperwhites

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

A

E N T E R TA I N

M

NG EXCITI FUN & ENCED I T R E P EX BUDGE IT ANY D TO F E C I R P

(See pg 207)

1025 S MORELAND RD. SUITE 505, BROOKFIELD

The Wedding Centre & Fifth Avenue Formalwear

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

EN

T

(See pg 204)

A

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

262-790-0060 • 800-279-7909

acaentertainment.com (See pg 226)

(See pg 161)

áccent events scottishdj.com 414-750-4504

JEWELRY (CUSTOMIZED)

Bartolotta Fireworks Co.

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

Bead IT LLC

beadit-wi.com 262-366-5573

(See pg 131)

(See pg 107)

(See pg 58)

DJ Express

djexpressfun.com 262-306-1138

Rivers End

380 W Main St., Waukesha riversendgallery.com 262-896-8875

(See pg 163

(See pg 156)

djays

Simply the Best – Since 1982 djayswi.com 800-901-1007

(See pg 160)

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Midwest Sound DJ Entertainment

N15W22180 Watertown Rd., Suite 112, Waukesha midwestsoundwi.com 262-751-2900 (See pg 157)

(See Hotels/Club Suites)

Music On The Move DJ’s

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

(See pg 3 & 154)

The Music Master

Serving SE Wisconsin themusicmaster.com 414-840-4045 2020 S. Calhoun Rd., New Berlin muzicinmotion.com • excitingevents.com 262-797-8880 800-925-8880

(See pg 162)

(See pg 155)

(See pg 154)

Van Rixel Productions

(formerly Karl’s Event Services) 7000 S. 10th St., Oak Creek arenaamericas.com.com 800-383-6332

(See pg 159)

3031 Hwy 33, Saukville arnoldsenvironmental.com 262-675-2497 800-994-0500 Serving SE Wisconsin ourblissevents.com 414-405-5463

Elegant Music Service

Celebrations Tent & Party Rentals (See pg 164)

Gabriel’s Horns

(See pg 164)

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

(See pg 164)

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

(See pg 165)

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

(See pg 103)

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

(See pg 92)

(See pg 183)

The Elegant Touch

theeleganttouchonline.com 262-501-3721

(See pg 99)

Evenement: Event DSesign & Consulting By Appointment Only 7208 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa evenementplanning.com 262-617-8826

(See pg 131)

Something Borrowed (See pg 164)

Violino Gram

violinogram.com 414-962-1062

(See pg 98)

Brookfield Party Rental

MUSIC, SPECIALTY gabrielshorns.com 414-377-0331

(See pg 93)

Blissful Events & Weddings

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

elegantmusicservices.com 262-619-1900

(See pg 94-95)

Arnold’s Environmental Services Inc. (See pg 158

That DJ Entertainment

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

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

Arena America’s

Bill Sargent Bands

thatdjentertainment.com 414-690-2313

PARTY RENTALS All Star Rentals

Muzic in Motion

BillSargentBands.com 414-777-0100

OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS

(See pg 165)

284 • PREMIER BRIDE premierbridewisconsin.com

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

(See pg 96)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES PHOTOGRAPHY Ambiance Studios

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

(See pg 136)

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

(See pg 144)

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

(See pg 145)

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

(See pg 135)

Jadon Good

Serving WI jadongood.com 262-353-2223

(See pg 143)

(See pg 141 & 181)

(See pg 138)

Mia S Photo

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

(See pg 140)

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

(See pg 142)

Reminisce Studio

Serving Wisconsin capturingyourday.com 414-405-6693

(See pg 137)

Spottswood Photography spottswoodphotography.com 262-224-6322

(See pg 150)

ShutterBox Photobooth

Serving Southeast Wisconsin shutterboxphotobooth.com 414-763-8518

(See pg 149)

Shutter Booth

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

Timeless Memories Photo Booth

REHEARSAL DINNERS AJ’s Live

Leo & Jenny

Fine Art Photography leoandjenny.com 262-238-0887

Serving Wisconsin globalphotobooth.com 800-901-1007

(See pg 134)

Ideal Impressions

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

Photo Booth

TimelessMemoriesPhotoBooth.com smile@TimelessMemoriesPhotoBooth.com 877-442-0271 (See pg 149)

The Holleys

lovetheholleys.com 262-290-5134

PHOTO BOOTHS, ALBUMS & SPECIALTY ITEMS

(See pg 139)

on the Riverwalk N88 W16521 Main St., Men. Falls ajslive.com 262-345-7614

(See pg 72)

Chez Jaques

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

(See pg 73)

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

(See pg 71)

Cream City Weddings

Intimate Urban Setting 1036 S. 5th St., Milwaukee creamcityweddings.com 414-688-0858

(See pg 66)

Friday’s Front Row

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

(See pg 73)

Kilawat

139 E. Kilbourn Ave, Milwaukee (Located inside the Intercontinental) kilawatcuisine.com 414-291-4793 premierbridewisconsin.com PREMIER BRIDE • 285


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Louises

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

Mason Street Grill

425 E. Mason St, Milwaukee (located at the Hilton) masonstreetgrill.com 414-298-3131 633 North 5th St, Milwaukee chophouse411.com 414-226-2467 at Pere Marquette Park (on Old World Third St, between State and Kilbourn) riverwalkboats.com 414-283-9999 (See pg 71)

Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery (See pg 72)

Saz’s State House Restaurant (See pg 84-85)

Trinity Three Irish Pubs

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

(See pg 74)

Turner Hall Restaurant

1038 N. Fourth St., Milwaukee lschroeder@bcsec.com TurnerHallRestaurant.com 414-227-0457 Liz

Water Street Brewery

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

(See pg 45)

TRANSPORTATION Adonis Limousine

(See pg 235)

Broadway Limousine & Coach

Riverwalk Boat Tours & Rentals

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

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

Serving Greater Milwaukee adonislimo.com 414-264-9999

Milwaukee Chop House

740 N. Plankinton Ave., Milwaukee rockbottom.com 414-276-3030

The O-Spa

Brookfield broadwaylimoandcoach.com 262-246-3838

(See pg 232)

Churchill Limousines

4770 S. Pennsylvania, Cudahy churchilllimo.com 414-486-5466

(See pg 240)

Elm Brook Limousine Service

Serving Milw & Waukesha Counties elmbrooklimo.com 262-782-4225

(See pg 230)

Go Riteway

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

(See pg 231)

High Class Classics & Trolley

Showroom: 9215 W. Oklahoma Ave., Milwaukee highclasslimousinevip.com 414-762-0809 (See pg 238)

High Class Limousine (See pg 74) 414-272-1195 262-646-7878 262-375-2222 (See pg 75)

Showroom: 9215 W. Oklahoma Ave., Milwaukee highclasslimousinevip.com 414-762-0809 (See pg 239)

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

(See pg 237)

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

RESTROOMS

(See Party Rentals)

(See pg 233)

Lamers Trolley & Coaches golamers.com 800-236-1240

SPAS

Magical Night Limousine

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

Elegance Salon & Spa

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

(See pg 233)

(See pg 210)

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(See pg 234)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Spring City Trolley

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

(See pg 236)

TRAVEL AGENCIES

WALWORTH COUNTY WEDDINGS

(See pg 174)

Ambassador World Travel

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

Carnivale Travel

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

Lisa Hoppe Travel Consulting

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

(See pg 258)

Serving SE Wisconsin ourblissevents.com 414-405-5463

(See pg 103)

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

(See pg 155)

Elegant Events LLC eleganteventswi.com 414-334-8871 (See pg 258)

(See pg 104)

The Elegant Touch

theeleganttouchonline.com 262-501-3721

(See pg 99)

Evenement: Event DSesign & Consulting

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

(414) 688-0858 creamcityphotovideo.com

Blissful Events & Weddings

E Events

Lisa Hoppe Travel Consulting

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

WEDDING CONSULTANTS

(See pg 145)

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

(See pg 131)

Everything’s Perfect

Marian Snyder, Consultant, by appointment everythingsperfect.com 414-332-0783 (See pg 102)

Timeless Events

Serving SE Wisconsin timelesseventsllc.com 262-751-6355

(See pg 105)

Weddings with a Twist

www,weddingswithatwist.com 414-403-1376

(See pg 102)

Ricchio Productions

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

(See pg 147)

JC Designs LLC jcdesignswi.com 262-574-9161

(See pg 148)

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THE PREMIER BRIDE PLANNER

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

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THE WEDDING TIMELINE

Shop for and order wedding gown, veil and accessories

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

2-4 MONTHS AHEAD

12 MONTHS AHEAD

Decide on the budget

9-12 MONTHS AHEAD

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

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

Arrange ceremony rehearsal and notify participants

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

Mail save-the-date cards if necessary

1-2 MONTHS AHEAD

Choose attendants

Discuss honeymoon plans

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 band or DJ for reception

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

Deeds/titles

Passport

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

Voter registration records Wills/trusts

Social Security records

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THE WEDDING BUDGET

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Groom’s Wedding Ring

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Ceremony Site Fee

______________

Officiant

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Marriage License

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Aisle Runner

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Candles/Candelabra

______________

Other

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RECEPTION

______________

Bride’s Wedding Ring

MUSIC

Engagement Ring

Reception Site Fee

______________

Food, Service, Tax & Gratuity

______________

Beverage/Bar Corkage Fee

______________

Cake/Cake Cutting Fee

______________

Rental Items

______________

Other

______________

Ceremony

______________

Reception

______________

Other

______________

Photographer’s Fee

______________

Engagement Portrait

______________

Formal Wedding Portrait

______________

Proofs

______________

Wedding Album

______________

Candids

______________

Parents’ Sets

______________

Other

______________

Wedding VHS/DVD

______________

Additional Copies

______________

Bride’s Gown

______________

Alterations

______________

Headpiece & Veil

______________

Lingerie, Hosiery & Garter

______________

Shoes

______________

Jewelry & Accessories

______________

Wrap/Jacket

______________

Hair, Makeup & Manicure

______________

Other

______________

GROOM: Groom’s Formalwear

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Neckwear & Cufflinks

______________

Accessories

______________

Shoes

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Other

______________

PHOTOGRAPHY

BRIDE:

VIDEOGRAPHY

WEDDING ATTIRE

CEREMONY

RINGS

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

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

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Projector Rental

______________

Other

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Groom’s Boutonniere

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Attendants’ Boutonnieres

______________

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Best Man

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Groomsmen

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Ushers

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Helper Corsages/Boutonnieres ______________

Child Attendants

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Ceremony Flowers

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Bride & Groom

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Reception Flowers

______________

Bride’s Parents

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Decorations/Balloons

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Groom’s Parents

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Other

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

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Save-the-Date Cards

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Cake Cutting Attendant

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Invitations & Envelopes

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Gift Table Attendant

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Calligrapher

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Guest Book Attendant

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Postage

______________

Thank You Notes

______________

Soloists/Musicians (who are friends)

______________

Other

______________

Wedding Coordinator

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Disposable Cameras

______________

Informal Stationery

______________

Ceremony Programs

______________

Placecards

______________ ______________

Other

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Attendant Accommodations ______________ Bridesmaids’ Dresses/Shoes

______________

Flower Girl’s Dress

______________

Groomsmens’ Formalwear

______________

Ring Bearer’s Attire

______________

Bridesmaids’ Luncheon

______________

Other

______________

Rings

______________

Ceremony

______________

Reception

______________

Music

______________

Wedding Party Transportation: Limousine, Carriage, etc. ______________

Cake Knife & Server

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Cake Top

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Wedding Attire

______________

Favors

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Photography

______________

Flower Girl’s Basket

______________

Videography

______________

Guest Book & Pen

______________

Flowers

______________

Ring Bearer’s Pillow

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Stationery

______________

Toasting Glasses

______________

Transportation

______________

Unity Candle, Kiddush Cup

______________

Favors & Accessories

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Other

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Gifts

______________

Other

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Miscellaneous

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Maid/Matron of Honor

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Grand TOTAL

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Guest Transportation

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Parking

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Other

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Other

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TOTALS

TRANSPORTATION

Announcements

GIFTS

Bridesmaids’

MISCELLANEOUS

FLOWERS

______________

Attendants’ Bouquets

FAVORS & ACCESSORIES

STATIONERY

Bride’s Bouquet

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SHARING THE COST

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

GROOM

BRIDE

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

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

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

Honeymoon

Engagement party

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

Marriage license

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

DESCRIPTION Entryway Head Table Centerpiece Parents’ Table Centerpieces Guest Table Centerpieces Reception Room Flowers Cake & Cake Table Champagne/Punch Table Gift Table Guest Book Table Restroom Other Log on to premierbride.com for more wedding planning tools! THE PREMIER BRIDE PLANNER • P9


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

Unity candle ceremony, kiddush cup ceremony, etc.

Garter removal & toss Sweetheart dance Going-away vehicle (especially if decorated) Bride & groom in going away clothes Newlyweds departing & guests’ farewell

Signing of wedding certificate Groom kissing the bride Recessional Guests throwing rice, flower petals, etc.

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LOCATION

RECEPTION PLANNER DATES AVAILABLE

LOCATION

SIZE

USED FOR

Indoor

Small (<100)

Ceremony

Outdoor

Medium (100-250)

Reception

Same site as ceremony

Large (250+)

Dressing

Walking distance from ceremony

Overnight rooms

SITE SERVICES

Within ______ miles of ceremony site

SERVICES PROVIDED

RENTALS AVAILABLE

Rooms

Tables

Food

Chairs & chair covers

Beverage/Alcohol

China, glassware, silverware & serving dishes

Disabled access

Linens

Adequate parking Valet

Ratio of guests to servers: ___________

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

DECORATIONS

PROVIDED

STYLE

More than one event at a time

RECEPTION

Head table Guest tables

BRINGING OWN DECORATIONS What are decorating restrictions?

Cake table Guest book table

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

When can decorations/favors come in?

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

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COLOR SCHEME Pastels Jewel tones Neutral tones Bold/bright

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Bride as baby

Early days as a couple

Groom as baby

Bachelor/Bachelorette parties

Bride’s childhood Groom’s childhood

Other:

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

RECEPTION

BRIDE DRESSING AT HOME

PHOTOS FOR SLIDESHOW

VIDEOGRAPHY PLANNER

Date: Time: Location: Special Requests:

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

CEREMONY

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

Date:

Guests dancing

Time:

Guests dining tables

Location:

Bride & Groom saying good-byes & leaving

Guests arriving Wedding party preparing

Special Requests:

Ceremony Guests leaving Special Requests:

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BRIDE

WEDDING ATTIRE DESCRIPTION

SIZE

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

BRIDE’S ATTENDANTS

Other

DESCRIPTION

SIZE

SIZE

SIZE

SIZE

NAME

NAME

NAME

NAME

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

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GROOM

DESCRIPTION

SIZE

Coat Shirt Vest Trousers Cummerbund Neckwear Cufflinks Socks & Shoes Other

GROOM’S ATTENDANTS

Other

DESCRIPTION

SIZE

SIZE

SIZE

SIZE

NAME

NAME

NAME

NAME

Coat Shirt Vest Trousers Cummerbund Neckwear Cufflinks Socks & Shoes Other

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VENDORS

KEEPING TRACK

NAME / PHONE

PAYMENT INFORMATION

DATE

AMOUNT

BAL. DUE

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

WEDDING PARTY

Wedding Coordinator

NAME

PHONE

Bridesmaids

Groomsmen

Ushers

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