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New Trends in Bridal Attire for 2012 Unique Guest Book Ideas Featured Wedding: Alison and Eric Personalized Vows 9 Golden Rules for a Great Wedding Reception 108 Outside Weddings

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42 Reception & Yacht Guide 65 Fashion 145 Honeymoon & Destination Locations 135 Marriage Laws 163 Bridal Shows 167 Directory of Services 177 Premier Bride Planning Pages

114 Beauty 28 Budgeting Your Big Day 116 Cakes 48 Catering 40 Engagement Parties 126 Flowers 130 Groom 110 Invitations

100 Music & Entertainment 90 Photo Booths 82 Photography 26 Rehearsal Dinners 136 Transportation 94 Videography 54 Wedding Coordinators

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Prepare to spend a little more. Remember that just because it’s a great price doesn’t mean it’s a great dress for you. And don’t forget to bring along a pad of paper and track styles, dress names and numbers.

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Gowns

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

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

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


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

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

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butterfly accents. If you don’t want to transition totally away from white, try fading into color, like this Junko Yoshioka. The silky strapless gown starts in an off-white and gently swirls into an asymmetrical yellow train for a pastel spin on a timeless look. Or, go for a bold accent like this look from Anthropologie with a black bow and red shoes. A sash is another way to add color, perhaps the same color as your bridesmaids or flowers. Throw it on after the ceremony for a different reception look. Black and red are two popular colors for a bold yet classic accent. LEGS! Short dresses have always been fun for a switch into a more casual reception dress, but they’re gaining popularity down the aisle, especially for summer or outdoor weddings. They show off your legs or a great shoe, and come as light-hearted or couture as you like. Project Runway’s Carol Hannah has some flirty, affordable frocks. No one will elegantly show off your curves more than Alfred Angelo’s ‘Little White Dress’ collection, while Oscar de la Renta has whipped up a more show-stopping number with full skirts ballooning out from a simple, strapless top. For tee-length, princess options, try a whimsical dress from Rosa Clara. STRAPLESS’S NEW RIVAL. The one shoulder option is now second to strapless, which means the once edgy look now has classic and elegant options. A decorative bow, flower or design on the shoulder strap energizes the look, like this Jenny Packham dress. For a less dramatic design, try something like Imogen from Carolina Herrera’s 2011 bridal line, with a simple tulle cap sleeve that gently


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

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

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NEW TRENDS in bridal attire for 2012

From head to toe, bridal attire includes everything from your headpiece and earrings to stockings and shoes, to the piece de résistance itself: the bridal gown. While it’s certainly fun to know all about the latest trends and current styles, the bottom line is: find what you love! When you feel great in what you’re wearing, that joyful confidence shines through, and is the most beautiful accessory of all. To help inspire you as you search for your perfect look, we’ve collected some of the latest trends in bridal gowns and accessories. TRENDS IN BRIDAL GOWNS Strut your stuff if you’re walking down the aisle soon - this year, it’s all about showing off the bride.

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Between slim silhouettes and jeweled embellishments, the gown this season exudes elegance. Here are a few current dress trends: Curves… Giant Cinderella skirts and long, bunchy trains are a thing of the past. Curves are looking to rule the bridal runway this year, and designers are showing the newer gowns as slim and form fitting. The slender look takes on a vintage feel, often light and simple, that accentuates the natural curves of the bride. Embellishments… Since the silhouette of the gown is simpler, embellish with one piece that pops off the dress. Look for sparkle-studded empire waists or straps, a statement piece of jewelry or a ruffle flower detail


BRIDAL ATTIRE TRENDS on the skirt. It will add a personal flair without taking over the dress. Lace… If you’re a lace kind of girl, you chose the right time to get married. Elegant lace trims are showing up everywhere, in soft, draping crepes covering the gown, detailed cap sleeves, or in adornments on the skirt. Don’t be afraid of seeming too fussy or girly, though. Try it on and you’re realize the new designs can be feminine and still modern. Vintage Glamour… The shapely dresses and lace details this season give an air of 40s and 50s glam for a glide down the aisle. Take it one step further by adding another posh element, such as silk gloves, tiny buttons down the back of the dress, a strand of pearls or even a hint of gold to complete the elegant, “film star” mystique. Color… Adding a hint of color is another way to bring a bit of life to a graceful design. Pale greens, light rose and champagne are the most popular additions. A dash of color works well in a thin sash around your waist, worked into the lace detail, or in a row of buttons on your dress or gloves. Legs… As unconventional as it may seem, some designers are taking the simple silhouette of this year and shortening it to a knee or tea-length design. Some even have a knee-length front but a full-length train in back. Especially popular in styles with draping lace adornments, this is perfect for a more informal or summer wedding, or if you’d like a second dress to wear at the reception. TRENDS IN BRIDAL ACCESSORIES You wedding may seem to fall into place once you’ve found the gown of your dreams, but the perfect look

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BRIDAL ATTIRE TRENDS doesn’t stop there. Here are some of the latest trends in accessories to make sure you’ve got all the right accents to look your best on your big day: A Splash of Color: Just as with gowns, a hint of color is the perfect way to add a little pizzazz to an otherwise simple, elegant look. Rosetinted pearls, a chunky turquoise ring for your ‘something blue’, or flowers the color of your bridesmaid dresses in your hair are subtle yet playful accents. Drapes: But not the ones from your living room. Necklaces with a draped, layered look are especially popular this year. A long strand of pearls or small crystal beads artfully falling in multiple layers across your neck is especially beautiful with a very simple dress. Gold: It’s back! Recently, silver or white gold has taken the #1 spot for 12 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com

wedding jewelry, but gold is making a comeback. Its warmth fits in with the natural, organic theme that many brides are going for, and gold is especially gorgeous as a leaf or vineshaped bracelet, or delicate dangling earrings. Especially if your gown is more of a cream or ivory color rather than very white, gold jewelry will be warm and inviting. Go Green. The world has been going green for awhile, but this season for brides it means using natural elements as accessories for a clean, pure look. Flowers as a hairpiece have always been popular, but now jewelry designers are in on the trend, too. Necklaces with a bold flower design or a chunky gold leaf bracelet are simple natural elements that tie in especially well at an outdoor ceremony.


BRIDAL ATTIRE TRENDS Don’t be afraid to get chunky! Some brides try to shed a few pounds before their big day, but don’t skimp on the jewelry this year! Since the gowns this season are simpler and form-fitting, chunky jewelry is a great way to make a statement. Bigger earrings, (chandelier-shaped are especially popular) are great if you’re going sans veil, or a simple necklace with one, bold centerpiece add sparkle without taking away from an elegant gown. Dramatic gloves are another beautiful bold piece. If you’re going to do chunky accessories, go with one solid piece to avoid looking cluttered. Make sure it’s a good hair day… Hair is probably the best place to avoid trends and stick with a tried and true up-do or swept back look, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be beautifully accessorized. Small accents such as pearls or tiny rhinestone-studded barrettes add a classic elegance to any hairstyle. Or, if you can’t decide on a hairstyle, cover some of it up with a hat! They’re popping up on quite a few brides this year – every style from a classy, white top hat to a small pillbox hat with a lacy facial veil. If you’re a hat kind of girl, it’s a great way to personalize your outfit, even if it’s just for down the aisle or the reception.

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Elegant Vintage: The vintage trend is hitting the gowns this year, so it’s not surprising that accessories would follow suit. Feathered embellishments, antique jewelry and birdcage veils give the bride an airy, feminine feel. The trend is also a lovely way to incorporate family heirlooms such as a pair of filigree earrings or a silver brooch into your look.

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PERSONALIZED VOWS expressing it in your own way

Depending on your religion you might decide to forget about tradition and create your own wedding vows for your big day. The sky is really the limit in this case and there is no better way to begin your life together than to take the time to really let one another know how you feel. Just like destination weddings have gotten quite popular within the last few years so has personalized wedding vows whether proclaimed on the beach, spoken in a church or just shared between the two of you in a romantic and casual setting. If you do decide that you want to write your own vows meet with the officiant to discuss what you want to do. Certain vows must be kept in the ceremony in order for the wedding to be legal. Think about what is truly important for you to express during the ceremony whether 14 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com

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.


PERSONALIZED VOWS Another uncomfortable statement in the wedding vow is “until death do us part.” Many couples just don’t feel comfortable with that line anymore. How about something traditional, but less morbid like “as long as we both shall live.” No matter how far astray you want your wedding vows to go it might be a good idea to start with the familiar. There is definitely something beautiful about the words in a wedding ceremony and perhaps just adding a few of your own personalized additions throughout the wedding is all that will be needed to add that special touch. Of course, you want to make sure that you and your fiancé are in agreement when it comes to changing the vows during the wedding. Talk about the things that make your life together unique and different and the plans you have for your future. One really special way to say “I love you”

is to remember why you fell in love in the first place. Often during the hassles of the wedding this is easy to forget. Perhaps bringing it all back together in front of your family and friends will make a bond that will never be broken. Talk about the experiences you have shared together while making memories. These are often very important moments frozen in time and will also help to build your future as you look ahead at what makes your marriage so important to both of you. What do you want for your future? This will be a good start as to what you want to promise each other as you stand before God and man becoming man and wife. Another fun thing to do might be have you and your fiancé write your vows apart and then come together to read them before you decide exactly what you will read during the ceremony. This

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PERSONALIZED VOWS will be a good way to discover any hidden feelings and you might be surprised at how identical your feelings really are, this is the mark of a great love. If you and your fiancé have an eclectic style or personality then by all means let that come out in your personalized vows. In the long run in might make it easier for you to express your real feelings anyway. Poems can be quite popular for the wedding vows, however let’s face it not everyone is a poet. If you must write a poem and are sure you don’t want to steal from one of the great masters then sit down and decide on a theme. Obviously the theme will have to do with love and your life together, but go deeper and take it a step further. Try not to use the same tired themes that have been overdone in the past. Think about who you are and your style as well, if you aren’t one for sentimental gushing then perhaps a happy poem about your life together will work much better. Should you decide to honor your parents at the wedding this can be incorporated by a poem either written by both of you or a tried and true one that has been used for years. In addition to the vows other ways to personalize what you have to say is through your actions. Using a cake top that is identical to the 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 first walk down the aisle is a • Choose flowers that won’t wilt before the I Do’s. Tulips no, roses yes. Ask your florist for special time. While you want your guests recommendations. to enjoy themselves it’s really about you and your special man making a memory • Explore the possibility of a destination wedding that will last forever. There’s just so and combine it with your honeymoon. Only your much to arrange. We’ve taken a few top best friends and family will attend and your “things to remember” and given you the budget will go farther since you’re already at your reasons why you better not forget. honeymoon destination. Think About Ways to Save Money Got a budget? Most people do. If you want a more elaborate wedding for less money then try a few of these tried and true methods.

Meet Where You’ll Exchange Vows The last thing you want to hear the day of your wedding is “no flashes allowed in the church” or “You only have 30 minutes before the ceremony to decorate the • Look into saying your nuptials on a Sunday chapel with flowers. Think now of the disasters you can avoid in the future. instead of a Friday or Saturday. • Go easy on the alcohol that is served at your • Ask where the photographer or videographer can take pictures. Are there any places off limits? wedding. The guests will thank you later.

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THE FIRST TIME BRIDE • Is there any type of music that is not allowed to be played in the area where you are having your ceremony? • How early can the florist arrive to decorate and are there any stipulations on the number or types of floral arrangements? • Is there a changing room for the you and the attendants? What about an area for the groom and groomsmen? • Are guests allowed to throw birdseed, confetti or flower petals outside. Many places allow certain items, but the stipulation is you are responsible for clean up.

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

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

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UNIQUE GUEST BOOK IDEAS 5 unique wedding guest book ideas Why have a plain white guest book at your wedding, when you can do something unique and creative, a lasting keepsake of wedding memories? #1 – The Photo Guest Book. Assign a handy and extroverted friend to take instant Polaroids of each guest or couple, and insert them into a blank guest book with a glue stick or photo corners. Have the guests write a short message beside their photo. This is better suited to smaller weddings, because it’s more time-consuming per guest. Or, have the friend take them digitally, to be printed and added to the book later. #2 – Bring on the embellishments. Take a plain guest book, and adorn it with beads, lace, ribbons, sequins, photos, drawings, your wedding invite, collages of words from magazines or poetry, leaves, flowers or any other enhancements your creative, brilliant mind can envision. #3 – Handmade with love. Make your own guest book with handmade paper and an interesting binding (ribbon, aluminum screw posts, rivets, etc.) Check out your local paper stores for classes, materials and other help. #4 – A framed work of art. Take a great photo of you and your sweetie – perhaps your engagement photo, perhaps in black & white for a classic look – and frame it using a very wide, bright white mat. Have your guests sign the mat using fine-tip black markers. This is a beautiful and personal art piece to hang in your new home. #5 – A puzzling idea. Here’s a very unusual idea: a photo of you and your fiancé is adhered to a wood backing and created into a puzzle. Your guests sign the back of each puzzle piece with a fine tip black marker. Learn more and see photos at MGC Puzzles web site – www.mgcpuzzles.com.

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A CREATIVE CEREMONY expressing individualism

Creating unique weddings is a timely trend. The individuality of our age is an opportunity for eloquence at this most meaningful of ceremonies. Self-written vows or symbolic silence, music from tribal drums to electric guitars, festive clothing from leather to lace, and food from old family recipes to outrageous gourmet fare epitomize the one-of-akind wedding. Traditions are not always bound by law. Your only legal requirement may be a marriage license obtained from the county clerk, and signed by the witnesses you choose. The person officiating need not be a minister or judge, and the vows may reflect your version of the commitment that marriage entails. Explore and amplify

each other’s ideas. Chaplains and others with creative credentials can help customize your approach to this highly-symbolic ceremony. You will gain strength as a couple from every individualized aspect of your wedding. Originality in vows and guest participation, and details reflecting you as a couple, such as setting, dress, music and festivities, are a sign of sharing as a pair. With individual tastes intertwined, you will own your wedding, rather than it owning you. The process of creative exploration will also be one more way to know each other better and assume a unified identity. All weddings take courage. A creative ceremony makes a bolder statement still.

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Alison Dreher and Eric Holtger were good friends for almost a year. Then, like something out of a movie, one day they saw each other in a whole new light. The decision to start dating, and their eventual engagement, was a natural progression of their relationship, and they wanted their Oct. 1, 2011, wedding to reflect that. “We wanted the day to be a celebration of our commitment to each other and also a chance to have the most important people in our lives share in our happiness,” Alison says. “It was important to us that it was relaxed and fun, because we really wanted our families and friends to enjoy themselves, too.” To accomplish that goal, they enlisted the help of Peggy George of Seize The Day Events, Green Bay. “When I met Peggy, we had instant rapport,” Alison says. “I never had a doubt that she would be able to take my dream and turn it into a reality, and that’s exactly what she did.” “Alison is a very organized person and her vision from the very beginning was a 24 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com

wedding that was very romantic, classic and elegant, and something that stood the test of time,” George says. “She had photos of her dress, and the type of floral arrangements she wanted, as well as the color scheme. Going off those details, and knowing the venue for the ceremony and the reception, it was easy to get an idea of what she was looking for.” The ceremony took place at Old St. Joseph Church, located on the St. Norbert College campus in De Pere. “Eric went to school at St. Norbert College and he took me to see the church when we were engaged,” Alison says. “It is the most beautiful church and I just knew it was the place the minute I walked in the door.” After having their hair and makeup professionally done at a nearby salon on the day of the ceremony, the bridal party was taken to the church in a limo, courtesy of Royal Limousine, Oshkosh. George, who was on-site earlier, had already steamed and hung their gowns. She also had a platter of sandwiches waiting, and a supply of bottled water. While the women got ready, the limousine


went back to the Radisson, Green Bay, to retrieve Eric and his groomsmen. Also at the ready: sewing needles loaded with black, white and champagne (the color of the bridesmaids’ dresses) thread, in the event of any last-minute fixes. (“I did end up sewing the mother of the groom’s dress, as well as something on Alison’s gown, so I was glad I had thought of that,” George says.) After a beautiful ceremony officiated by Fr. Jim Nielsen, a long-time family friend, the wedding party headed to Titletown Brewery to celebrate a bit before the reception. George called ahead to let the staff know of their pending arrival. “They were very appreciative of that,” she says. “When they know ahead of time a wedding party is coming, they can prepare the space and have the staff ready,” she says. Then it was off to the reception, which was held at Oneida Golf & Country Club, Green Bay. The space was elegantly decorated with linens in the couple’s color scheme (tone on tone in hues of ivory and champagne). The cake table, the centerpiece of the foyer, included three layers of specialty fabrics pinned to create the perfect stage for the sumptuous cake and cupcakes prepared by the club. The groom made the cupcake stand. Petal Pusher was charged with the flower arrangements, which consisted of roses, orchids and hydrangea, were placed

in silver vases and accented with intricate crystals. “The flower arrangements, which were on a grand scale, definitely made a statement. The colors were so classic and understated, and completely complimented the theme,” George says. “They were absolutely stunning.” Gold Chiavari chairs, shipped up from Chicago for the occasion, were accented with ivory chair pads and ivory sparkle sheer organza chair ties, tied in a bow. MVP Video Productions, Clintonville, recorded the festivities, interviewing many family members and guests for posterity. Alison also surprised her new husband by arranging to have a photo booth on site. “That was hilarious and so fun to have,” she says. “We love the pictures of everyone and the book they gave to us to commemorate the date is so special.” The newlyweds definitely consider their special day to be a success. “One of the best things about the day was being with everyone we truly love,” Alison says. “We had an absolute blast. I owe a lot of that to Peggy, who I now consider a family friend. She took everything I had ever dreamed of and made it happen. It was absolutely perfect.” “This was a really fun wedding,” George says. “We all had the same vision. I knew what they wanted and was able to deliver on that and working with Alison and Eric was a joy. They are a really great couple.”

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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! 26 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com

#3 – Make the guest list Anyone involved in the ceremony, and therefore, at the ceremony rehearsal, would of course be invited. This includes attendants, parents and 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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BUDGETING YOUR BIG DAY deciding what’s important

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know there have been better economic climates in which to plan a wedding than now… Just because you can’t throw down as much money as before, however, does not mean you can’t have the elegant wedding you’ve always dreamed of. You just need to be a little smarter about planning for it! Here are some tips to keeping the sparkle in your wedding in a budget-savvy way:

calculate how much you can save between now and the wedding. Next, add on what your parents are willing to contribute, if anything. Finally, ask yourself if you are willing to go into debt to pay for some of the wedding. Think carefully about the last one – a wedding is one day, and it signifies the beginning of a future. Are you willing to sacrifice parts of your future (putting a down payment on a home, having children right away) for a lavish wedding? The total here is your overall wedding budget. Know it, and stick to it!

FIRST, MAKE YOUR OWN BUDGET. It sounds like a no-brainer, but this needs to get done. Before any kind of planning (or THEN DECIDE WHAT’S IMPORTANT. even thinking about planning!) gets done, sit Once you’ve added those components down together and use this simple equation: together, ask yourself what is most Add how much you have in savings right important about your wedding, the things now that you can use on the wedding. Then that you can’t imagine cutting corners on. 28 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com


WEDDING DAY BUDGETING The “non-negotiables” are different for every couple, what are they for you? Is it the wedding gown, a good photographer, music at the reception or including the entire extended family? Do your research and decide exactly how much the most important parts of your big day will be, and then find out if your remaining money will be enough to cover the rest of your expenses. If not, there are quite a few easy ways to trim some costly endeavors: Do it yourself. Depending on how crafty or enterprising you are (or how crafty your maid of honor is!) there are countless things that you can do yourself, or have a fun afternoon with your wedding party doing together. With computer and photo programs becoming more advanced every day, it is relatively easy and inexpensive to design some of the printed material you’ll need for your wedding. Save-the-date

cards, invitations and name cards can all be designed and printed entirely by you, or some copy or design shops offer the help of a professional to get you started. It is less expensive than paying for the full invitation service, but still gives it a professional touch. Other DIY could be making personal favors for the wedding guests, crafting your own centerpieces, enlisting the help of a friend or sister to do everyone’s hair and makeup for a smaller fee than a professional salon or making your own jewelry. Even if you don’t consider yourself a hands-on, creative person, don’t be afraid to ask around for friends and family who might be willing to help you try something new to cut costs. Cut the Cake. A fancy cake can be pretty expensive, but don’t go without a dessert! Ask your favorite bakery if they offer items just as pretty but smaller, such as fun cookies for everyone, design-

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WEDDING DAY BUDGETING your-own cupcakes or just a smaller version of a cake you have in mind. Transport your funds somewhere else. Limos or trolleys are fun and glamorous, but if your limited budget requires it, the drive to your reception would be just as memorable in your own decorated car with the best man serving as driver. It’s Friday, you’re in love. Saturday afternoons are the most common time for weddings, which mean they’re the most expensive. But just because it’s common doesn’t mean it’s mandatory – Fridays and Sundays are both weekends so outof-town guests would be able to make it, and you can still squeeze your dream venue into your budget. Also, try to avoid holiday weekends or the most popular times of year (May-June and early fall), as they are also usually more costly.

Guest List reductions. It’s not easy to whittle down a list to include everyone you want enjoying in your special day while still managing a budget, but sometimes this is the easiest way to really cut corner, and can make a significant impact on your budget. If you still have a large amount of people you don’t want to say no to, consider hosting an informal, less expensive gettogether when you’re back from your honeymoon to spend time with the people you couldn’t invite and celebrate your love. Bargain shop! A wedding gown can be a huge portion of the budget, and it’s something you probably don’t want to settle for. Look for sample sales, special promotions and more simple, yet elegant, gowns. You could also look into sources such as eBay, Amazon and Craigslist for beautiful discounted gowns, but be very careful about what you buy and the

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WEDDING DAY BUDGETING “small print details.” If you don’t want to keep your dress, there are also plenty of shops that rent designer gowns so you can look stunning on your big day without footing the entire cost of the dress. Save on Booze. Depending on your crowd, an open bar can be one of the costliest endeavors for your wedding. It’s poor etiquette to make your guests pay for ANY drink, but it’s perfectly appropriate to keep the options limited to beer, wine and soda, with mixed drinks available for cash purchase. Also depending on your reception site and/or caterer, ask if you can provide the liquor and beverages for the open bar, and look into buying your own beverages at a discount liquor store or wholesale club like Sam’s Club or Costco. Different Tunes. A full musical ensemble or even a DJ can really add up, so if you must cut corners, try taking advantage of technology for a night. Rent a sound system, or, if the venue is small, use your own or borrow from a friend with a nice one, and hook up a computer or iPod to play a playlist of your favorite songs. Before you make the list, you can look online for a list of great 80s tunes or the best dance songs. Ask around for requests, plug it all in, and you’re set for a night of exactly the type of music you want to hear. The most important thing to remember when trying to budget your wedding is that it is one day. A special and meaningful one, of course, arguably one of the most memorable days of your life, but it is the beginning of a future together and you don’t want money problems to be the way you start married life. Keep in mind that all your guests might not have their wedding favors in 50 years, but if you still have your love for one another, your wedding was a success.

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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. If you do decide that you want to write your own vows meet with the officiant to discuss what you want to do. Certain vows must be kept in the ceremony in order for the wedding to be legal. 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. No matter how far astray you want your wedding vows to go it might be a good idea to start with the familiar. There is definitely something beautiful about the words in a wedding ceremony and perhaps just adding a few of your own personalized additions throughout the wedding is all that will be needed to add that special touch. Of course, you want to make sure that you and your fiancé are in agreement when it comes to changing the vows during the wedding. Talk about the things that make your life together unique and different and the plans you have for your future. One really special way to say “I love you” is to remember why you fell in love in the first place. Often during the hassles of the wedding

this is easy to forget. Perhaps bringing it all back together in front of your family and friends will make a bond that will never be broken. Talk about the experiences you have shared together while making memories. These are often very

important moments frozen in time and will also help to build your future as you look ahead at what makes your marriage so important to both of you. What do you want for your future? This will be a good start as to what you want to promise each other as you stand before God and man becoming man and wife. Another fun thing to do might be have you and your fiancé write your vows apart and then come together to read them before you decide exactly what you will read during the ceremony. This will be a good way to discover any hidden feelings and you might be surprised at how identical your feelings really are, this is the mark of a great love. If you and your fiancé have an eclectic style or personality then by all means let that come out in your personalized vows. In the long run in might make it easier for you to express your real feelings anyway.

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Reception

9 Golden Rules foR a GReat WeddinG Reception Create a night to remember with thoughtful planning

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SucceSS iS in the detailS. When, what, who, in what order... Think through the evening and have a clear plan for the entire event. And then, clearly communicate this plan to all interested parties: your catering manager, the wedding party, parents, etc. Consider the schedule and details of events such as the following: cocktails, dinner, grand entrance, toasts, specialty dances and so on. The more you plan ahead, the more you can relax and go with the flow at your reception.

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the muSic and entertainment iS the KeY to a good partY. Bad or inappropriate music and entertainment can kill a party faster than anything else, so spend the time necessary to select a good band or DJ. Find someone who can match the style and tone of YOUR wedding, can ‘read’ the crowd and keep the guests happy, and will respect your wishes. Be clear and specific about any songs or events that you do NOT want at your wedding.

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the caSe for Ymca hatS and the macarena... So you may find the Chicken Dance and the Hokey Pokey and colorful maracas or other props to be ‘cheesy’ but you know what – many guests love them and the key to a good party is to appeal to a wide variety of tastes and wishes. Let your bandleader or DJ use their professional experience and skills to create a fun evening, based on the feedback they receive from some key people – your guests.

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tipS for toaSting. A convenient time for toasts is just after the first course is served. This gives the servers enough time to ensure that all guests have a drink (nice to have if you’re toasting!) and is still early enough in the evening that you’re likely to have everyone’s attention. Most couples start with the best man, though some start with the bride’s father, so choose the order that works for you and communicate it to all parties. Be sure to encourage any and all toasters to keep their words BRIEF (no more than a few minutes each) and discourage off-color jokes, too much personal information or ‘inside’ jokes, and any other inappropriate content. If you have any toasters you’re worried about, perhaps you could ask them to write out what they plan to say ahead of time and show it to you!

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DJ fade it out after a few minutes... You’ll be surprised at how long even three minutes feels – to you and your guests – when you’re alone in the center of the dance floor with all eyes on you! YummY food. Whatever food you serve doesn’t have to be expensive or super fancy gourmet, but it should taste good. Enough said!

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the firSt dance: “don’t wait forever to do it and don’t do it forever.” A good time to do the first dance (and other specialty dances) is just after dinner – to kick off the party portion of the evening and keep the energy going. If any song you’ve selected is over three minutes, you may want to have your bandleader shorten it up or have your

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a waY to Keep ’em dancing… Ideally, it’s great if there is a bar near the dance floor. People tend to congregate near the bar, and this way the non-dancers will still be close to the party people: the dancers. It’s also easier for guests to move seamlessly on and off the dance floor. You’ll find that the dance floor is more easily filled if it’s located near a bar!

focuS on Your gueStS. You and your groom are really the hosts of this shindig… and it’s always good to be a gracious host. Take some time to envision the day from your guests’ point of view, and do whatever you can to make sure their experience is smooth, relaxing and fun. This will truly make it a wedding they’ll remember!

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the bride and groom Set the mood. Finally – the most important rule of all: the mood of the newlyweds (joyful, stressed, happy or unhappy) influences the entire wedding, and affects the mood of your guests. If you think you might be worried and stressed out about all of the endless details on your wedding day, then consider hiring a wedding coordinator – even if it’s just for the day of the wedding only. It is worth every single penny if it means you (and your guests) can actually ENJOY your wedding day!

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SHOPPING MADE EASY attending bridal shows

You may find that the more time you can save in planning your wedding, the better. A bridal show can be the one stop shopping experience you need to plan your entire wedding, especially if you go prepared. Here are a few tips on how to get the most out of your local bridal shows.

decision-maker, bring someone you can bounce ideas off of before you make the final decision. Another important item to bring is a swatch of material in the color of your wedding. This will assist the florist, baker and many of the other professionals in helping you plan your event. A checkbook and date book are also necessities. If you are going to book a perfect photographer, you are going to need to leave a deposit. You’ll also need a date-book to schedule others. Dress for the Occasion Remember to wear comfortable shoes. There is no doubt that you will be doing a lot of walking.

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

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ENGAGEMENT PARTIES let the party begin

After the engagement ring has been slipped on your finger and the excitement over your impending new life together has finally settled in, someone will approach you and want to give you an engagement party. Engagement parties, often thrown by a family member or good friend, are quite popular. However, remember that there are some etiquette rules to follow when your putting this important event together. For one thing, in today’s society there is a good chance that the bride and groom might not even be from the same city or state. That means that the couple’s family and friends might not know one another. This is the perfect time to make sure that your future husband or wife meets everyone that is important to you in your life. In this case it is appropriate for

more than one engagement party to be hosted. Remember, there is no better way to introduce dear Aunt Millie to the man of your dreams than to do it surrounded by family and friends and in a comfortable setting as well. Here are a few things to remember when considering the engagement party: • The party should be held at the beginning of your engagement. It’s not about the wedding, but about the particular exciting time during your engagement. With this party you are commemorating the steps you have taken to spend your life with that someone special. What a great time for all your family and friends to admire your engagement ring, right?

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ENGAGEMENT PARTIES • 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.

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 • Traditionally, it is the bride’s parents engagement party, but if you do receive that host the engagement party. something, then politely thank the Sometimes the groom’s parents will person giving the gift and perhaps open also be interested in helping to host. it later. This way you do not run the risk However, don’t get caught up in of making those folks who did not bring outdated rules. If you and your fiancé gifts feel uncomfortable. want to host this event then do it. If it turns out that someone else is hosting • Usually, announcing the engagement is done during a toast by the bride’s the party be sure you and your fiancé father or the fiancé. This depends on take a look at the list of guests so no how traditional you want to keep things. one is overlooked. This is “the” time that your engagement • Be sure that the people you invite to the is made public and, while most people engagement party are also guests you probably already know, some of your will invite to the wedding and reception. guests might be surprised.

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Phone Number(s)

Number of See Page Reception Available for More Room Capacity Banquet Information Range Rooms

Number of Months to Schedule Facility

Average Price per Person

180 ROOM  EAST GREEN BAY LOCATION 3475 Humboldt Rd., Green Bay

920-809-0131

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600

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BEMIS CONFERENCE CENTER at St. Norbert College 100 Grant Street, DePere BEST WESTERN BRIDGEWOOD RESORT HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTER 1000 Cameron Way, Neenah

800-397-3638

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150-175

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11

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920-720-8000

27

25-400

8

12

$25 or less

BRETT FAVRE’S STEAKHOUSE 1004 Brett Favre Pass, Green Bay

920-499-6874

32

20-350

5

6-12

$25 or less

BUTTE DES MORTS COUNTRY CLUB 3600 W. Prospect Ave., Appleton

920-738-5555

43

300

1

12

$25 inclusive

COBBLESTONE CREEK DINING & BANQUET 740 W. Ryan (Hwy 10 West), Brillion

920-756-3214

28

600

2

6-12

$25 or less

COPPERLEAF BOUTIQUE HOTEL & SPA 300 W. College Ave., Appleton

877-303-0303

27

90

1

2

$25 - $50

THE FOUR SEASONS ISLAND RESORT N16800 Shoreline Drive, Pembine

715-324-5244

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300

4

12

$18 - $25

FOX BANQUETS RIVERTYME CATERING, INC. 111 E. Kimball St., Appleton GARDEN OF THE FOX CITIES 1313 E. Witzke Blvd., Appleton GERMANIA 320 Chute St., Menasha

920-731-7271

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450

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$16 - $20

920-993-1900

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75-300

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920-725-6666

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300

2

6

$25 or less

920-968-2621

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100-650

3

1-12

$25 or less

920-490-9457

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20-215

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12

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920-569-7515

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10-1000

9

12

$20 - $50

920-294-3344

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GRAND MERIDIAN 2621 N. Oneida St., Appleton GREEN BAY BOTANICAL GARDEN 2600 Larsen Rd., Green Bay GREEN BAY PACKERS/ LAMBEAU FIELD ATRIUM 1265 Lombardi Ave., Green Bay HEIDEL HOUSE RESORT & SPA 643 Illinois Avenue, Green Lake 42 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com


The Perfect Wedding Reception Venue • Accommodates up to 280 guests

• Beautifully remodeled wedding ballroom that overlooks our outstandingly manicured Butte des Morts golf course • Outside terrace for guests to enjoy both before and after dinner • Exceptional food from our customizable wedding menu with top-notch service

Butte des Morts Country Club • 3600 W. Prospect Avenue, Appleton (920) 738-5555 • www.buttedesmortscc.org

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Unique setting utilizing the latest lighting technology, amazing acoustics, convenient parking and more. Look no further for your ceremony or reception! Custom designed menus, on-site wedding specialist. Larger space available at the Sensenbrenner Memorial Union. Magnificent view of Bridgewood Golf Course. Aquatic fun center, 4 pools and outdoor whirlpool. Many romantic whirlpool fireplace suites available. Adjacent to Ground Round Grill & Bar. Five separate rooms to accommodate groups of 20 to 320. We have the perfect space for your wedding reception. A beautiful venue and outstanding view. The newly remodeled ballroom will definitely be the perfect backdrop for your wedding day. Conveniently located between the Fox Valley & Manitowoc. Exceptional food at a very reasonable price. Romantic whirlpool & fireplace suites, exquisite guest accommodations, elegant receptions, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, gift openings and spa BenMarNico’s. Rich history and beautiful surroundings. Our professional and creative staff will transform your wedding day into an elegant and timeless celebration. Great downtown Appleton location on river. www.michielsfoxbanquets.com Plan your wedding among our 35 acre botanical garden. Ideal location for affordable weddings, rehearsal dinners and bridal showers. Newly renovated and decorated. Private bar. Modern Mediterranean style, beautiful courtyard, free parking on site. Brand new in 2012! 12,000 sq.ft. facility offering space for wedding rehearsals, receptions, showers and more . (Also offering garden ceremonies.) Guests can overlook historic Lambeau Field in unparalleled ambiance. Panoramic views of Green Lake, yacht cruises, indoor and outdoor spaces, full service spa, professional staff, centrally located. www.heidelhouse.com www.premierbride.com PREMIER BRIDE • 43


The perfect place for a perfect event!

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920-448-5150

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HOLIDAY INN APPLETON 920-735-9955 150 S. Nicolet Rd., Appleton HOLIDAY INN NEENAH RIVERWALK 920-725-8441 123 E. Wisconsin Ave., Neenah HOLIDAY INN HOTEL & CONVENTION CENTER 715-344-0200 1001 Amber Ave., Stevens Point

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HERITAGE HILL STATE HISTORICAL PARK 2640 S. Webster Ave., Green Bay

THE HOLLYHOCK HOUSE & GARDENS 1408 Dodge St., Kewaunee LANDMARK RESORT 7643 Hillside Rd., Egg Harbor THE MARINER 1100 Hyland Avenue, Kaukauna THE MARQ 3177 French Rd., DePere THE MEADOWS CONFERENCE CENTER 850 Kepler Drive, Green Bay MENOMINEE CASINO Hwy 47/55 Duquaine Road, Keshena NATIONAL RAILROAD MUSEUM 2285 S. Broadway, Green Bay NORTH SHORE GOLF CLUB N8421 North Shore West Road, Menasha OSHKOSH CONVENTION CENTER 2 North Main St., Oshkosh OUTEREDGE STAGE 3475 Humboldt Rd., Green Bay PAINE ART CENTER & GARDENS 1410 Algoma Blvd., Oshkosh RADISSON HOTEL & CONF. CENTER 2040 Airport Drive, Green Bay RADISSON PAPER VALLEY HOTEL 333 W. College Ave., Appleton RIDGEWAY COUNTRY CLUB 2913 County Rd. II, Neenah SOUTH HILLS GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB 1175 Fond du Lac Avenue, Fond du Lac 44 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com

920-388-3445

800-273-7877 18, 149 Up to 210 920-766-0898

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920-532-4811

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920-465-6700

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800-343-7778

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920-437-7623

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920-424-1330

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920-809-0131

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920-235-6903 ext 27 920-494-7300

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920-733-8000

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920-722-2979

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Private and picturesque. Choose all the details from caterers to decorations. Privacy and personal service - only one couple allowed per evening. Full service ceremony and reception site for up to 250 guests. Near parks & lake scenic downtown Neenah. Over 200 guest rooms, romantic whirlpool suites, elegant reception halls and intimate spaces for bridal showers, rehearsal dinners or gift openings. Elegant queen Victorian estate, private honeymoon retreat. Beautiful water view reception room with outdoor terrace & waterfall. Conveniently located just 5 miles east of Appleton. Great food & affordable prices. Spectacular flower gardens, outdoor patios, hotels nearby, conveniently located between Green Bay and Appleton. Pillar-less ballroom with an 18' ceiling, built in dance floor, exceptional cuisine and flexible menu options. Featuring a ballroom, pool, cabana bar, casino, 100 newly remodeled hotel rooms, wedding planning services & catering. We offer a rich historic ambiance. Located on the banks of the Fox River. Classic elegance with breathtaking surroundings, lakeside patio and private exclusivity. Newly renovated with a contemporary look..

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Old world vintage meets modern luxury and technology with 26 ft. stained glass windows to state-of-the-art lighting and audio, we will create your perfect event. Sites available within the historic mansions, galleries & gardens. Wooded setting, award winning facilities.

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Phone Number(s)

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Number of See Page Reception Available for More Room Capacity Banquet Information Range Rooms

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920-434-7501

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350

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$20-$30

920-830-7855

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225

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TUNDRA LODGE 865 Lombardi Avenue, Green Bay VAN ABEL’S OF HOLLANDTOWN 8108 Cty. Rd. D, Kaukauna THE WATERS PREMIER EVENT FACILITY 1393 Washington Ave., Oshkosh

920-405-8700

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20-350

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$15 or more

920-766-2291

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$25 or less

920-231-6800

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300

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WAUPACA ALE HOUSE 201 Foxfire Drive, Waupaca

715-942-2424

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500

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LAKESHORE BLUE HARBOR RESORT & SPA 725 Blue Harbor Dr., Sheboygan

920-452-2900

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400

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$25 - $35

JOHN MICHAEL KOHLER ARTS CENTER 608 New York Ave., Sheboygan

920-458-6144

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350

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WOODFIELD CARRIAGE HOUSE & GARDENS W305 Foundry Rd., Kiel

920-286-2899

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920-707-LADY

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From a dream to a memory... South Hills Golf and Country Club is a full service facility with resources to provide a wide variety of food and beverage options for groups from 20 to 300. For bridal shower, bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony and more, call us today! We look forward to welcoming you!

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“Thee” place for your dream wedding. Everything available under one roof. A spectacular venue for an outdoor ceremony, followed by a waterfront cocktail reception. Dinner and dance in our elegant ballroom. Upscale atmosphere perfect for your ceremony and reception. Pullman’s restaurant (next door) is perfect for rehearsal dinners. Large walk out patio. Contact our event coordinator to reserve your date today. Incredible ambience and space flexibility. Our experts ensure a worry free celebration. Golden fork award winner.

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Located along the beautiful shores of Lake Winnebago. Our indoor and outdoor sites provide the perfect location for your wedding ceremony or reception. New “White House” Ceremony/Reception Tent. Beautiful landscaping and Fox Fire Golf Course backdrop. Elegant Ballroom with recent upgrades.

Full service hotel located on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan. Be it a simple affair on the beach or a gathering of 500 with dancing, we are here to accommodate your wishes. Intertwines three historic landmarks with contemporary architecture and captivating art. Lively art-filled environment includes acclaimed changing exhibitions, outdoor sculpture gardens and world famous artist-created washrooms. Outdoor wedding ceremony and reception site featuring woodland trails and large flower gardens.

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

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Cater ing

7 steps to the perfect wedding cuisine

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

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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 know on hand. They’ll want to know your wedding date, time of day, approximate number of guests, if you’d like a sit-down or buffet meal and the degree of formality and style. If you have any general menu ideas or preferences, let the caterer know so they can be better prepared for your initial meeting. Ask for sample wedding menus and references before a formal meeting or tasting. STEP 2: DETERMINE YOUR SERVICE STYLE. Right off the bat, caterers will want to discuss your taste and budget in detail. Think about the style and feel of your wedding, and decide whether you want a sit-down meal or a buffet. Then talk about the extras – do you want hors d’oeuvres during cocktails and a late-night snack? How about fruit or coffee with the cake? Talk with a caterer about the different options 50 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com


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

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

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

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CATERING is served, contact people, number of bartenders and wait staff, linens, beverages and bar guidelines, terms of payment and liability insurance. There will probably be an advance deposit when you sign the contract, and don’t forget to check the cancellation policy. PERSONALIZE YOUR MEAL! Trip around the world. Give your guests a culinary trip across the globe, with a variety of food stations offering a range of ethnic food…pad thai, bruschetta, and mini sushi rolls are a fun way to inspire conversation and provide something for everyone.

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Share your faves. Do you and your spouse have a favorite restaurant you went on your first date, or a meal you love cooking together? Make it part of your day. Even if your favorite restaurant doesn’t have a special cater service for those fish tacos, talk to an owner and see if they’d be willing to bend a little, especially for a small wedding. Don’t make your grandma cook her favorite lasagna on your day, but don’t be afraid to look for a great Italian caterer and let everyone know the inspiration for the meal.

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THE BEST GIFT YOU CAN GET hiring a wedding coordinator

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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 3:06 PM a couple from the day of their with 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. 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


WEDDING COORDINATORS 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 multi-tasking might not understand a consultant who is the take it easy type, even if the job does get done correctly. Finding the Right Coordinator 1. Asking a trusted florist, photographer, or caterer is a good way to get started, however the best way to find a good planner is to ask another bride. 2. A professional coordinator should offer an introductory meeting free of charge. Meet with them to discuss your ideas and to see whether or not your comfortable with them. 3. Ask to see pictures of events that the coordinator has planned. Pay close attention to the details and consistency of their vision. 4. Ask for lists of references you can call and be sure to call them. When you call, ask questions www.premierbride.com PREMIER BRIDE • 55


WEDDING COORDINATORS

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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 (www.bridalassn.com) to see if the coordinator is a member. Working with a professional wedding consultant that is certified through ABC will prove to be invaluable. During the initial meeting try to figure out whether this is a person you can trust and whom you will feel comfortable working with.

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Other important notes: 1. Find out exactly how much the wedding coordinator charges. Some charge an hourly rate, while others bill a flat rate or percentage of the overall wedding budget. 2. A detailed contract should be signed between you and your wedding coordinator specifying exactly what the coordinator’s responsibilities will be. 3. A good wedding coordinator is like a good accountant. Even though you pay for his/her services, in the long run they save you time and money. And that translates into a happier and more relaxed day for you. Wedding coordinators can be especially helpful for couples who are short on time or live far from the location where they plan to be married. Although friends and relatives can certainly assist with wedding plans, leave the details to a professional who can anticipate mishaps, troubleshoot when necessary and provide you the affordable luxury of a stress-free wedding.

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in a matter of weeks. Make sure the cleaner knows what caused any spots. • Only mend tears when you’re sure the fabric can stand the strain. • Store your gown carefully. Plastic bags seal in humidity and high temperatures, which cause mildew. Hangers stress sheer fabrics, such as lace, organza or marquisette. • Invest in a dust-proof “heirloom box,” which preserves delicate beads and fabrics and retards wrinkling. • Really paranoid? Try hermetic sealing, which protects the gown indefinitely. • Only remove your wedding gown on special occasions after it has been stored.

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WISCONSIN’S LAKESHORE Shops at Woodlake. The ultimate in Kohler shopping, The Shops is a collection of more than 20 specialty shops and boutiques. Manitowoc, named Wisconsin’s Maritime Capitol™, has much to offer both on and off the water. The city boasts 63 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, including its 100-year-old courthouse. History buffs should plan a visit to the Wisconsin Maritime Museum. Or, take in the treasures of the galleries at the historic mansion that houses the RahrWest Art Museum. When it’s time to rest, choose from any number of quaint B & B’s to family and lakeside hotels. Head north a bit to Two Rivers, another area defined by water, and you’ll find more scenic treasures. In the summer, the rivers and lake host hundreds of kayakers. From Neshotah Park, a 50-acre lakefront jewel, you’ll find a groomed Lake Michigan beach, concessions, picnic areas, restrooms and more. Stroll and splash northward along six miles of pristine, undeveloped shoreline and the white sand beaches and dunes of Point Beach State Park. There are also plenty of opportunities to treasure the town’s heritage. Visit the French East side, home to a commercial fishing fleet, an authentic fish market and Rogers Street Fishing Village Museum. Two Rivers History Museum and Hamilton Museum of Wood Type offer endless learning and cultural opportunities. In the fall, hit the festival circuit: Ethnic Festival and Apple Fest are wildly popular events. With its endless list of things to do, set against a beautiful natural backdrop, Wisconsin’s lakeshore is the perfect place to get married or honeymoon. Close to home, it’s also the ideal destination for impromptu romantic getaways to get reacquainted and renew the connection that drew the two of you together once upon a time.

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Your wedding gown is one of the most emotionally charged purchases you will ever make. While a bridal gown discounter or wholesaler may be less expensive than a full service salon, there are risks involved that you should be aware of before buying. Only in the end can you decide if saving money by purchasing from a discounter is worth the risk of not having the perfect gown. WHAT DISCOUNTERS DO At nearly all discount houses, all gowns are final sale, and must be paid in full at the time of ordering. Discount gowns come with no guarantee. They can arrive incorrect or damaged, and you will have no recourse. Before you buy your gown from a discounter, make sure you find out what is included in the final sale price, and ask about store policy before ordering. ALTERATIONS A discounter will consider any requests to customize or modify the gown such as alterations, adding lace or even changing the sleeve style. However, you will have full responsibility for the changes, as well as any sizing alterations should you lose that last 10 pounds. On the other hand, at most full-service salons basic alterations are usually included in the price, as is a final fitting to ensure the perfect styling and size. MANUFACTURERS If you have considered the risks of a gown discounter carefully and have decided to use one, be sure to patronize stores with gowns in stock by the manufacturer of your choice. If you

don’t, you risk your order going through a third party, and these contracts cannot be canceled. THE BOTTOM LINE If you’re not in the habit of buying things sight unseen and fully prepaid, there’s no reason to start now, with what may be the most important purchase of your life. But if you’re accustomed to using mail order or buying online, you might find that discounters give you a good deal and that it’s worth the risks. Heed the advice of friends who have purchased from discounters in the past and check bridal websites for their recommendations. The choice is ultimately yours, but other people’s advice may prove invaluable.

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Photography a picture perfect day

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

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

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


PHOTOGRAPHY Most photographers offer a blend of two or more styles, but tend to specialize in, and focus on, just one. If you like the photojournalistic style, but want some posed formal portraits to showcase your families or the day’s special moments, find a photographer that can comfortably do both. So which style is right for you? The first step is to think about the end product: what is most important to you, to have after your wedding? Do you definitely want to have beautiful, timeless, color portraits of you and your groom that you can elegantly frame and display? Do you want a large number of candid, heartfelt moments – many captured in black & white, to document your day? Are you envisioning a one-of-a-kind, artistic piece to hang on your wall after the wedding that incorporates one or more images from the big event? To help you, take a look at friends’ wedding albums, surf around professional photographer’s web sites, clip photos from magazines of photography that moves you, and spend some time in photographers’ booths at wedding shows. All of this research will help you zero in on what style of photography you seem drawn to, and ultimately, which one you want to use for your wedding.

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HOW TO FIND THE RIGHT PHOTOGRAPHER Once you’ve established the style that is best for you, it’s time to find a professional photographer that meets your needs. Start the process by collecting referrals from friends, reviewing helpful resources like Premier Bride, attending bridal shows and surfing the Internet. Create a short list of potential photographers that specialize in the style you desire, based on their work and your budget, and set


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

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

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PHOTOGRAPHY Bride & Groom’s Album There are a wide variety of wedding albums available today, and they vary in size, color, material, construction and price. When comparing different photographers’ bride & groom albums, be sure you’re noting the quantity of photos and in what sizes, to make sure you’re comparing “apples to apples.” Parents’ albums The parents’ albums are smaller versions of the bride & groom album, and have traditionally included about twenty 5x7 photographs. Photos should be carefully selected for each family, to create two (or more) custom family albums. Extra prints You will probably want to order extra photographs in addition to the main album and parents’ albums, for yourself

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or your parents to have some framed portraits at home, for members of the wedding party, and for other close friends and family members. Don’t underestimate how many prints you will want after the wedding, as this will definitely impact your budget. Proofs Ask your photographer how many proofs you will get, and in what format. They may be provided as small photos, in digital format, on the Internet, or on contact sheets. Engagement photograph This is a posed portrait of the newly engaged couple, which can be sent to newspapers with information announcing your engagement. You may also choose to put a framed engagement photo by the guest book at your reception.

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FUN WITH PHOTO BOOTHS capturing the excitement and emotion of your guests

A wedding is just one day, so everyone knows photos are a great way of capturing the excitement and emotion for years to come. The professional photographer usually does a great job of snapping the couple, but pics of your

friends and family members celebrating with you will be great mementos going forward. In the past, couples used to leave disposable cameras at tables for guests to point and shoot, but the chance in finding a gem amongst those blurry, low-quality shots is rare, especially when kids get their hands on them. Plus, the cost of developing film is going up steadily. Instead, a fun, plucky alternative can be to get a photo booth. Photo booth rentals are becoming popular at wedding receptions –not only do you get too see everyone in their finest for your big day, but they can take home a quality memory from the wedding. Photo booth rentals are different in size and output. Some give guests prints of their pictures right away, in the 90 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com

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

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A new high-tech twist to special events is beginning to make its appearance at wedding receptions across the country. It’s on-screen audio-visual presentations featuring none other than the bride and groom. Quite popular, it’s becoming a common component of wedding day festivities. You may choose to share the story of your romance by selecting photographs of you and your fiance when you first met, as you fell in love, and as you planned the wedding. Another option is to collect photographs of both the bride and groom growing up. Friends and family members will enjoy being included in your special day, since they often appear in pictures with the bride and groom as they grow from childhood to school age to young adulthood. Most video companies have the capability for this type of production. They synchronize the images accompanied by music of your choice and create a multi-image video to be presented at your reception, rehearsal dinner, or both. The length and cost of this production is determined by the number of photographs you decide to use. The price will depend on the location of your event, the size of screen(s) needed and the amplification requirements. On screen presentations are a wonderful way of introducing the bride and groom to each other’s family and friends. Consider having copies made for parents, grandparents, and loved ones that are unable to attend your wedding.

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Buying your first home can help you build a solid financial future. Your monthly rent payment is no longer going into someone else’s pocket. With each mortgage payment, you are buying into your future and building equity that you will be able to use later. Your first home may not be your ideal home, but with property appreciation and the improvements you make, you may profit from the eventual sale of the home with money you can put toward the house of your dreams. It’s easy to increase the value of your home simply by keeping the property up over the years that you own it. Homeowners are more apt to improve landscaping, perform home repairs, and generally be what’s called “house proud.” Because the home is taken care of over the years, the value of the property increases, and yours will, too. There are many other pluses to home ownership. All interest paid on a mortgage is deductible on your income taxes. The property taxes you pay may be deducted, as well as what you spend for home improvement. The home you own can be a haven for retirement years. A home is an investment that helps stave off inflation. Homes do not appreciate equally, and some years add more value than others. Real estate has, historically speaking, kept pace with inflation, and often overtakes it. Most young couples face the challenge of financing their first house. Many find the following list of options to be successful avenues available to them:

• Gifts - A financial gift can provide an immediate down payment; it may be from an inheritance that parents may plan to bestow, or a generous present from another relative. • Loans - Your down payment may be secured by providing collateral or the cash equivalent (i.e.: a car or other valuable possession). • Co-Investment - Parents can aid in acquiring a first home by signing on as co-investors. They provide the down payment and you make the monthly payments as a form of rent. Both parties share in the appreciation when the house is sold.

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Nothing can transport you back to your special day like a good quality video. By beautifully capturing the moving sights and sounds, you can revisit your wedding again and again, and relive all of the special details: the rustle of your wedding gown, the nervous cough of the groom before his vows, the emotion in your father’s voice during his toast. But plan to spend the time and money necessary to do this right.4

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VIDEO A professional, high quality video is absolutely priceless. The wedding videography field has changed in recent years. The quality has improved dramatically and the final, edited work is more entertaining than ever. Professional videographers have the technology, talent and time necessary to produce an excellent quality video, with clear audio; crisp, in-focus visuals; and sharp editing. A good videographer will remain inconspicuous and capture wonderful, uninhibited moments of you and your guests. Often, you won’t even know you’re being recorded. Your video will have the tears of joy, the laughter, silly “blooper” shots and much more. Professional vidoegraphers will spend anywhere from four to 10 hours with you on your wedding day, and 96 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com

another 35 to 50 hours editing your wedding video, adding graphics and music, and other special effects. For all of the professional equipment, experience, and time you should expect to budget an amount similar to your photography budget. The one comment you will hear from brides and grooms after their wedding, is: “It went so FAST!” A wedding video will transport you back to that special day with outstanding visuals and terrific audio, and even let you catch special moments you would never have seen otherwise. Ask your videographer about showing photo to video montages, rush editing of wedding day highlights, or “Love Story” videos at your reception. Or, create your own customized video display. Music is an important component of these videos. Discuss


VIDEO whether you or you videographer will handle the music. Projectors for these shows are recommended and may be available through the videographer. These upgradeable services are growing in popularity and would add the perfect final touch to your wedding and reception celebration. Your guests will be entertained by these touching and, sometimes, funny slow motion and still images. CHOOSING YOUR VIDEOGRAPHER Watch a videographer’s sample video closely to ensure that it meets your expectations for techniques and quality. Such a sample should allow you to appraise the clarity and stability of the picture and, above all, the videographer’s ability to smoothly

edit the material together. This is one of the hallmarks of the experienced professional and an excellent reason to not leave this valuable service in the hands of an amateur. Another great feature of a professional video is improved audio. Knowledge of remote microphones and where to position them is key. Listen for clear quality sound during vows, readings, music, toasts, etc. Also, ask to see a copy of the videographer’s contract, and make certain you understand all the costs for the videographer’s work and what he or she will provide. The bottom line is, a professionally recorded and edited wedding video is a priceless treasure to have. There is truly no better way to revisit your special day. It will bring back not only the sights and sounds but…the feelings as well.

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VIDEO EVALUATE SAMPLE VIDEOS Ask to see the videographer’s wedding “demo” tape and a complete wedding video recently done. The demo tape will give you a great deal of insight into their style and quality, and a recent and complete sample of their work will give you a clear idea of what you’ll receive after your wedding. Evaluate the picture...

• Is the picture clear and consistently in focus? Jumpy? Blurry? 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...

• Can you hear the bride, groom, officiant and readers clearly? • Is the audio muffled or difficult to hear anywhere in the video?

• Are the music selections and volume appropriate? • Is there too much ambient crowd noise? • Can you hear the toasts clearly at the reception?

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

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

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


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MUSIC playing during these times should set the mood, but not intrude. You have three options here: use the musicians that played during your ceremony, use the band or DJ that will be playing at your dance reception, or hire different musicians for this part of the day. If you do decide to have live music, chamber music, classical guitar or perhaps a jazz ensemble are all good choices, and can create a subtle background of entertainment without overpowering conversation. A wellseasoned pianist is another excellent choice, since he or she can supply a wide range of musical styles and perform your guest’s special requests. Or, if you are having a DJ for your dance reception, they can usually provide the cocktails/dinner music as well. RECEPTION MUSIC You’re married, cocktails and dinner are over, it’s time to kick up your heels and hit the dance floor! This truly is one of the most critical wedding decisions you’ll make, because nothing can make or break a wedding celebration faster than the entertainment. Fortunately, most wedding vendors are talented professionals, and with the tips included here, you’ll be able to confidently select an excellent entertainer for your big day. Your first big question to answer will be “do we want to have live music (a band or orchestra) or a DJ”? While there are pros and cons to both, it really boils down to personal taste and budget. Using live music - a band or orchestra - provides a certain festive energy to the evening, and is a wonderful option if your budget allows it. The key is to find a band that specifically does weddings, so that they can offer


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MUSIC the versatility you need for a good event. Any live entertainment includes breaks, which can interrupt the flow of your evening, so try to come up with a solution that ensures that music is always playing. If the band is large enough, see if the band members can stagger their breaks so that someone is always playing. Or, hire a pianist or DJ to play during the breaks. Also, good, popular bands or orchestras will usually be more expensive than a DJ. They are well worth the expense, of course, since good entertainment is such a critical element of the wedding, but it just doesn’t fit everyone’s budget. And if you can’t afford a GOOD wedding band, then consider a DJ. A DJ can provide a huge variety of music, something for everyone, and is generally less costly than

a live band or orchestra. And, no breaks! Here are some of the keys to finding a good wedding DJ: 1) If possible, see them live, in action. 2) Find a vendor that is a good fit with you, personality-wise. Looking for a fun, crazy, get-jiggy-with-it party animal? Or a more upscale, elegant, formal entertainer? 3) Communication is critical. Clarify what songs and events you do and don’t want included, the order of events and other details ahead of time. 4) Ask for, and follow up on, several references. Once you’ve done your homework, selected excellent musicians for every part of your wedding, and nailed down all of the details, you can rest easy. Until, of course, it’s time to start working on your dance moves…

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Outside

Fresh air weddings: ideas that capture your personality Blue skies, a gentle breeze, birds chirping, the setting sun… an outdoor wedding reception is a beautiful way to embrace the season! After all, no one is a better decorator than Mother Nature. Take her cues and include fresh, bright colors and lavish, luxurious décor, sprinkled with unique one-of-a-kind pieces. Like nature, think texture, layers and depth. And always, always have a back-up plan. As we know all too well, Mother Nature is unpredictable!

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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 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 stilltacky ink), the reception card if applicable with those details, the response card with its stamped, addressed return envelope, the map if provided which also often includes hotel details for outof-town guests, and the inner and outer envelopes. Some invitations combine these elements, such as including the reception information on the ceremony card, especially if it’s at the same place or immediately following. It’s also possible to simply eliminate some elements (such as the inner envelope or tissue paper covering the ceremony card), particularly for more informal styles. The invitation wording Traditionally, whoever is officially hosting (read: paying for) the wedding is

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INVITATIONS 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…” 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 112 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com

it, and then put the response card with the unsealed return envelope and the map, if you’re using one, on the very top. Slide all items face up into the inner envelope. Do NOT seal the inner envelope, and slide it into the outer envelope with the addressee’s name facing the back flap so that it will be visible upon opening. Addressing advice The outer envelope should have a return address included on the back flap, and it’s probably well worth this small extra cost to have this done by the printer, so you don’t have to write the return address on every single invite you send! For the names and addresses of your guests, you can hand-write them, run the envelopes through your printer using a calligraphic font, or for a very beautiful and special touch, hire a calligrapher. 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. 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. The wedding is officially underway!

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Beauty

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

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

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BEAUTY Makeup, hair, nails… every blushing bride wants these to be in top form on the big day. WHAT TO DO Facials are a must for all skin types. Regular treatment results in refined pores, smoother facial lines, healed blemishes and a more radiant complexion. When choosing your hairstyle consider your gown, the level of formality of your wedding, your personal style, your hair and your face shape. Generally speaking, the more elaborate the gown, the simpler your hair should be, or it all simply becomes “too much of a good thing.” Have your eyebrows professionally shaped at least two weeks before the wedding. Touch up if needed before the wedding with a tweezers. Do use waterproof mascara and eye makeup, just in case you shed a tear or two… And use primers underneath your foundation, lipstick and eye shadow, so that your makeup lasts longer. WHAT NOT TO DO Don’t alter your style too dramatically for your wedding day look. You want to look like yourself – your best self – and “polished” enough to honor the fact that this is a very special occasion. Avoid really trendy looks in makeup, nail color and hairstyle. 10 to 20 years from now, these styles will glaringly stand out and look distractingly outdated. Finally, don’t forget your most beautiful accessory: your radiant, love-filled smile.

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Cakes

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 your plastic (un)likeness smacked on top, but brides and bakers are breaking cake molds to create funky and fresh options that add the icing to your wedding. Take in all the options, work with a pro to make it custom and whatever you do, don’t miss out on any tasting!4

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


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CAKES and professionalism of the bakery. They should return your calls and e-mails promptly, be flexible, willing to customize, familiar with your reception venue and guarantee an on-time dessert, including set-up, delivery, and clean-up if necessary. Don`t be afraid to switch bakeries or make demands if you don`t feel comfortable with the service. Cost. Cakes are typically priced by the slice, which is generally anywhere from $1.50 to $6.50 per slice, depending on the style, ingredients, size and decorating. Your reception site or caterer may also charge a plating fee as well, often $.50 to $1.50 per person, to cut and serve the cake. Ask about this, and if there is a plating charge see if it’s negotiable. Cutting the Cake. Most likely your baker will provide tips for you and your new

spouse for cutting. Plan ahead to have your cake knife and lifter engraved or decorated. 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 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, the bakery will make you a fresh cake for your one-year anniversary. OTHER IDEAS Here are some tasty treats that may suit your wedding better than the traditional cake. Centerpiece cakes. Use a smaller wedding cake as the centerpiece for each of your

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CAKES tables. Some ambitious newlyweds stop at each table to cut and serve their guests the cake, but depending on the number of tables this won’t work for everyone. Cupcake Tower. Individual cupcakes are fun, the perfect serving size and allow for all kinds of decorating freedom. 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 a 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 120 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com

this at every wedding they attend after yours. Candies Table. The newest trend in wedding desserts, an array of colorful candies is sure to make eyes pop and sweet teeth scream. Arrange glass containers such as antique jars, fishbowls or giant martini glasses of gummies, chocolates, toffees and more over an expansive table. Then, give guests a plate or plastic bag and let them be a kid in a candy shop again. Often wrappers and candy colors can be custom ordered or just let a rainbow of sweets entice the room. Late Night Coffee. This works best for small, upscale weddings with mostly adults. Bring in a barista to whip up comforting lattes, cappuccinos and espressos served with rich coffee pastries such as biscotti or tiramisu.

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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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your consideration and be able to relax and enjoy your reception knowing they are close to their children.

Do remember when purchasing a gown to be realistic about your expectations for losing weight. A gown can always be taken in, but rarely can it be let out without leaving stitch marks for all to see.

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

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

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.

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

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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.

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

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featured wedding JENNIFER & STEVE AUGUST 27, 2011 PHOTOGRAPHY BY LAURA MARIE PHOTOGRAPHY, OSHKOSH

Historically, few blind dates go well let alone result in “happily ever after.” Not so for Jennifer and Steve Schutt. They met on such a date in 2005 in college. “Ironically, we weren’t each other’s date, but it gave us the chance to meet and then things just happened from there,” Jennifer explains. Love blossomed. Then, during a weekend getaway to Bailey’s Harbor in Door County in 2010 to celebrate their anniversary, she suspected Steve might propose. Knowing she didn’t like surprises, Steve had gone out of his way to hide the ring. “I searched everywhere and couldn’t find it, so I didn’t think it was going to happen,” Jennifer says. “But he hid it in the spare tire carrier of my car, the only place I didn’t look. I was genuinely surprised.” With an Aug. 27, 2011, wedding date set, the preparations began. Jennifer attended a bridal show to get ideas. She decided to work with Nichole Immel, a client specialist/ wedding coordinator with Details, A Planning Company, Appleton. 124 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com

“I always dreamed about my wedding. I had all these different visions in my head and then I talked it through with Nicole and she put everything together,” Jennifer says. “She is so knowledgeable about the business and put our vision together better than we could have ever imagined. It was so nice that we didn’t have to worry about a thing.” Of course, as with most events, the unexpected can happen. On the big day, Jennifer forgot to bring her veil to the salon. Once it was retrieved, the ceremony (a bit late) took place at Good Shepherd Lutheran, Appleton, officiated by Rev. Todd Jerabek. Lawrence University’s Ormsby Quartet provided music. “Then, when we were exchanging our rings, Steve couldn’t get my ring on, so by the time he finally did, he forgot half of the vows he was supposed to say,” Jennifer recalls. “Instead of saying, ‘In wedded love and faithfulness,’ we got ‘and faithfulness.’ Our pastor, Steve and I all started laughing! It was nice, though, because we were both


so nervous about messing up the vows that it broke the ice and let us relax. We’ll never forget it.” Afterwards, the wedding party boarded a Lamers bus and was taken to Smith Park, Menasha, for a photography session by Laura Marie Photography, Oshkosh. Then it was off to College Avenue in Appleton to celebrate a bit before the group walked to the reception site, the Radisson Paper Valley. The venue, including linens in a pink and chocolate brown color scheme, featured fresh floral arrangements with stargazer and calla lilies, roses and cymbidium orchids, provided by Phase Two, Appleton. Lifetime Image, Appleton, which did the videography, ran a slide show of the couple growing up and clips of ceremony. The couple had purchased a spinning wheel, and put six different items on it. “So when our guests wanted us to kiss during dinner, they came up and spun the wheel. Everybody loved it because they didn’t know what they were going to land on, and it’s something that nobody has seen before,” Jennifer says. After dinner, guests dined on wedding cake from Artistic Cakes and Cookies, Kimberly, as well as a 3D car cake of a 1967 Pontiac GTO, created by Alpha Delights, De Pere. “Our wedding day was also Steve’s

dad’s birthday so we surprised him with the cake, which was amazing. He loved it,” Jennifer says. Advanced Entertainment, Two Rivers, provided the music for the reception, set to a lightshow by Dream Lighting Company, Green Bay. “They did all the lighting during dinner and then it turned into an all-out dance party. I couldn’t believe how the lighting completely transformed the space. It changed color, flashed, you name it. They did so many special effects with the lighting, and it was really beautiful,” Jennifer says. In between songs, guests helped themselves to a candy buffet and made bags to take home. They also took turns in a photo booth courtesy of The Music Caterer, De Pere, and were given frames as keepsakes. Jennifer says her wedding was perfect in every way. “We’ve been together 6 years on our wedding day and it was great to finally marry my best friend and to have all our family and friends there with us.” Her advice to other brides? “Don’t sweat the little things. Focus on the big picture,” she says. “It’s the things that go ‘wrong’ that can make the best memories. The little imperfections are what you remember and what you look back on. The day goes so fast. Just enjoy it.”

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BRIdaL BLooMs: design a beautiful wedding with flowers

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

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

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FLOWERS The Ceremony Before making decisions regarding the floral arrangements for your ceremony be sure and check with your chosen church or synagogue for any restrictions. If you’re on a budget, it’s useful to reuse ceremony flowers at the reception site, but some churches request that altar arrangements remain

on-site for weekend services. You will want to determine what you can and cannot take with you after the ceremony before you order the reception flowers. Ceremony arrangements are usually ideal for buffet, gift and head tables if using them twice is an option. Reception Arrangements There is a vast array of options for reception centerpieces: elegant vases filled with cut flowers; towering candelabras; topiaries; or simple rose petals scattered around flickering candles. Use your imagination to design one-of-a-kind centerpieces that express your style. Keep in mind that the height of the arrangements should not interfere with the ability of guests to converse with each other. They should either be low enough to talk over or high enough to talk under. Placing the wedding party’s bouquets at equal intervals at the head table also provides excellent decoration. Running greenery laced with flowers across the length of the head table is another option. You might consider using this decoration for the cake table as well. If your budget allows, consider adding a few finishing touches here and there, such as flower petals on serving trays, or garlands along the front of the buffet tables. You can also fill in a large

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FLOWERS 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 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 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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THE WELL-SUITED GROOM: everything you need to know

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

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

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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.

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 decisionmaking 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. 132 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com

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.


GROOM CURRENT TRENDS 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 doublebreasted 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.

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Going pleatless. Shirts without pleats and pointed collars are a current look, as are flat-front dress or tuxedo pants. Complimentary accessories. Groomsmen accessories that compliment the groom instead of matching the bridesmaids’ dresses are another new alternative. For example, having the groom in a silver vest with black detailing, while the groomsmen are in black vests with silver detailing.

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FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE managing monetary gifts

Among the toasters, food processors and cookbooks you’ll receive as wedding gifts, you may find a few envelopes filled with good wishes, cash and checks. Though it’s tempting to imagine spending the money, it’s also important to get your finances in order to assure lifelong security. You can’t decide where to go until you’ve measured where you are. First, add up the value of everything you own and then subtract everything you owe. That’s your net worth. Finally, determine your financial goals. What are your dreams? Where do you plan to be financially in five, 10 or 15 years? Plan a strategy to achieve your goals, perhaps with the help of a financial advisor.

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FIRST: HOW MANY? Your search for transportation needs to start 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 for when revelers are bouncing from place to place. LIMOS If there is a day to splurge on this iconic luxury vehicle, your wedding is certainly the day. Unlike some other forms of transport, a limo can be booked for an entire day, so you could get a high-class ride to pick you up at the house, delivering you to the ceremony, reception or even to the airport to jet away on a honeymoon. Most companies have a one or two hour minimum for their services, so think about what the most cost-effective way would be to keep the limo around. If you want a car for both going to and leaving the ceremony, it might be more affordable to hire two separate cars rather than pay for the vehicle to sit there during a long reception. There are quite a few options for limos. A formal limousine seats four people, and sometimes a bride and groom will travel to the ceremony


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bus can seat anywhere from 21 to 49 people, so it can be a great way to get a few special guests and family members on the special ride between locations. Or, if you have a very small wedding and the ceremony and reception are separated by a long distance, this is a fun way to get all the guests in on the party right away. Like limousine services, passenger and luxury coach companies require a minimum number of hours. The size and type of coach will determine the hourly rate. Depending on the size of your party it may make sense to hire two coaches, maybe a luxury coach for the bride, groom and attendants and a passenger coach for the guests. This allows guests with a little more flexibility, as well. • Featuring Superstretch Limousines and SUV’s. • Serving NE Wisconsin Since 1995.

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

Enjoy Door 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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PARIS STORY BY RACHAEL DRAGANI

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


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

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

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

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


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Hotel Plaza Athenee

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

Take in the Music

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

Shop!

Le Bar in Hotel Plaza Athenee

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


Hotel Du Petit Moulin

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

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

Hotel Langlois

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

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Hotel Plaza Athenee

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

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

GETTING AROUND

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

TIME ZONE

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

LANGUAGE

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

TThe Home of Mona Lisa, The Louvre

ELECTRICITY

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

CURRENCY

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

MARRIAGE REQUIREMENTS

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


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


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

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


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

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

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


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WHERE TO STAY Bougainvillea Beach Resort www.bougainvillearesort.com

SandPiper Resort

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

Sandy Lane Resort www.sandylane.com

Bougainvillea Beach Resort

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

Sandpiper Resort www.sandpiperbarbados.com

Sandy Lane Lower Terrace

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

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

LANGUAGE

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

GETTING AROUND

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

TIME ZONE

Barbados is in the Eastern Time Zone.

ELECTRICITY

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

CURRENCY

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

TIPPING

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

MARRIAGE REQUIREMENTS

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


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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES DIRECTORY KEY • Banquet Facilities & Rehearsal Dinners • Beauty & Health • Bed & Breakfasts / Inns (Also See Honeymoon)

• • • •

Bridal Accessories Bridal Fashion Bridal Registry Bridal Shows (See pgs 179-180)

• Cakes & Sweets • Catering

• Chapels/ Ceremonies

(Also see Bed & Breakfasts/Inns & Travel Agencies)

(Also see Officiants)

• Decorating & Service • Door County Weddings • Dove Release • Dry Cleaners/ Gown Preservation • Financial Planning • Florists • Formal Wear • Honeymoon

BANQUET FACILITIES & REHEARSAL DINNERS 180 Room – East Green Bay Location 3475 Humboldt Rd., Green Bay www.outeredgestage.com (920) 809-0131

(See pg 23)

Bemis Conference Center 100 Grant St., De Pere www.snc.edu/conference (800) 221-5070

(See pg 16)

Best Western Bridgewood Resort Hotel & Conference Center 1000 Cameron Way, Neenah www.bridgewoodresorthotel.com (920) 720-8000 (800) 514-5206

(See pg 27)

(See Transportation)

• Music & Entertainment • Music, Specialty • Officiants

(See Banquet Facilities & Rehearsal Dinners)

• • • • •

(Also see Chapels/Ceremonies)

Transportation Travel Agencies Videography Waupaca Weddings Wedding Coordinators

• Party Rentals

Butte des Morts Country Club

3600 W. Prospect Ave., Appleton www.butedesmortscc.org (920) 738-5555

(See pg 43)

Cobblestone Creek Dining & Banquet 740 W. Ryan (Hwy 10 West), Brillion www.cobblestonecrk.com (920) 756-3214

(See pg 28)

CopperLeaf Boutique Hotel & Spa 300 W. College Ave., Appleton www.copperleafhotel.com (920) 749-0303 (877) 303-0303

(See pg 27)

Fox Banquets Rivertyme Catering, Inc. 111 E. Kimball St., Appleton www.michielsfoxbanquets.com (920) 731-7271

(See pg 15)

N16800 Shoreline Dr., Pembine www.fourseasonswi.com (715) 324-5244 (See pg 42 & Inside Front Cover)

Gardens of the Fox Cities (See pg 63)

Brett Favre’s Steakhouse

1004 Brett Favre Pass, Green Bay www.brettfavressteakhouse.com (920) 499-6874

Hotels/Club Suites Internet Resources Invitations Limos & Carriages

The Four Seasons Island Resort

Blue Harbor Resort & Spa

725 Blue Harbor Dr., Sheboygan www.blueharborresort.com (920) 452-2900

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• Photography • PHOTO SPECIALTY • Reception Sites

1313 Witzke Blvd., Appleton www.gardensfoxcities.org (920) 993-1900

(See pg 21)

Germania (See pg 32)

320 Chute St., Menasha www.germaniahall.com (920) 725-6666

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The Meadows Conference Center

2621 N. Oneida St., Appleton www.thegrandmeridian.com (920) 968-2621

(See pg 22)

Green Bay Botanical Garden

850 Kepler Drive, Green Bay www.meadowsevents.com (920) 288-0101

(See pg 44)

See pg 12

2600 Larsen Rd., Green Bay www.gbbg.org (920) 490-9457

(See pg 11)

Green Bay Packers/Lambeau Field Atrium

1265 Lombardi Ave., Green Bay www.LambeauField.com (920) 569-7515 (See pg 46 & Back Inside Cover)

Harbor Lady Cruises www.harborlady.com (920) 707-5239

(See pg 148)

Heidel House Resort & Spa 643 Illinois Ave., Green Lake www.heidelhouse.com (920) 294-3344

800.343.7778 ext. 5692 menomineecasinoresort.com Hwy 47/55 Duquaine Road Keshena, WI 54135

National Railroad Museum (See pg 14)

Heritage Hill State Historical Park 2640 S. Webster Ave, Green Bay www.heritagehillgb.org (920) 448-5150

2285 S. Broadway, Green Bay www.nationalrrmuseum.org (920) 437-7623

(See pg 45)

North Shore Golf Club ( See pg 13)

Holiday Inn Appleton

150 S. Nicolet Rd., Appleton www.marlonspub.com (920) 735-9955

N8421 North Shore West Rd., Menasha www.nsgolfclub.com (920) 739-2386

(See pg 9)

Oshkosh Convention Center (See pg 17)

Holiday Inn Neenah Riverwalk 123 E. Wisconsin Ave., Neenah www.hineenah.com (920) 725-8441

2 North Main St., Oshkosh www.visitoshkosh.com (920) 424-1330

(See pg 33)

Outeredge Stage (See pg 39)

Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center 1001 Amber Ave., Stevens Point www.holidayinn.com/stevenspointwi (715) 344-0200

(See pg 34)

The HollyHock House & Gardens 1408 Dodge St., Kewaunee www.thehollyhockhouse.com (920) 388-3445

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

(See pg 63)

The Mariner

(See pg 11)

The Marq

3177 French Rd., De Pere www.the-marq.com (920) 532-4811 168 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com

1410 Algoma Blvd., Oshkosh www.thepaine.org (920) 235-6903 Ext. 27

Radisson Paper Valley Hotel

(See pg 18 & 149)

(See pg 19)

(See pg 23)

Paine Art Center & Gardens

(See pg 34)

Landmark Resort

1100 Hyland Avenue, Kaukauna www.marinerbanquethall.com (920) 766-0898

3475 Humboldt Rd., Green Bay www.outeredge.com (920) 809-0131

Radisson Hotel & Conference Center

John Michael Kohler Arts Center

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

MENOMINEE CASINO RESORT

2040 Airport Dr., Green Bay www.radisson.com/greenbaywi (920) 494-7300

333 W. College Ave., Appleton www.radissonpapervalley.com (920) 733-8000

(See pg 29)

(See pg 8)

(See pg 39)

Ridgeway Country Club

2913 County Rd II, Neenah www.ridgewaygolf.com (920) 722-2979

South Hills Golf & Country Club

(See pg 40)

1175 Fond du Lac Avenue, Fond du Lac www.southhillsfdl.com (920) 921-3636 (See pg 7 & 47)


directory of services

Stadium View Banquet Hall

BEAUTY & HEALTH

1963 Holmgren Way, Green Bay www.thestadiumview.com (920) 498-1989

(See pg 8)

See pg 115

Fox Valley Dental

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

(See pg 41 & 149)

Thornberry Creek at Oneida

4470 N. Pine Tree Road, Oneida www.golfthornberry.com (920) 434-7501

1380 S. Commercial St, Neenah (See pg 3)

Trolley Square Waterfront Banquets 619 S. Olde Oneida St., Appleton www.waterfrontbanquets.com (920) 830-7855

(See pg 20)

Tundra Lodge Resort

865 Lombardi Ave., Green Bay www.tundralodge.com (920) 405-8700

(See pg 31)

Van Abel’s of Hollandtown 8108 Cty. Rd. D, Kaukauna www.vanabels.com (920) 766-2291

(See pg 6)

920-486-6443

visit www.fvdental.net for more special offers Shear Chaos

103 W. College Ave., Appleton www.shearchaos.net (920) 733-4247

(See pg 115)

BED & BREAKFASTS/ INNS (Also See Honeymoon)

The Waters

1393 Washington Ave., Oshkosh www.thewatersoshkosh.com (920) 231-6800

Serenity Hills Bed & Breakfast (See pg 10)

Waupaca Ale House

201 Foxfire Drive, Waupaca www.waupacaalehouse.com (715) 942-2424

DOOR COUNTY

White Lace Inn (See pg 33)

Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce 221 S. Main St., Waupaca www.waupacamemories.com (715) 258-7343 (888) 417-4040

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

(See pg 13)

BRIDAL ACCESSORIES

(See pg 61)

A. Mary Angeli’s

Woodfield Carriage House & Gardens W305 Foundry Road, Kiel www.cseaphoto.com click “woodfield” (920) 286-2899

W10233 Hwy TT Prestige Lane, Hortonville (920) 779-9991 (See pg 30)

2516 Calumet Dr., Sheboygan www.maryangelis.com (920) 452-3111

(See pg 149)

(See pg 113)

B’loonie Gifts

2530 N. 15th St., Sheboygan www.blooniegifts.net (920) 457-3340

(See pg 61)

Marlene’s

Complete Wedding Accessory Shoppe 208 E. Wisconsin Ave., Appleton (920) 734-7989 (See pg 112) www.premierbride.com PREMIER BRIDE • 169


BRIDAL FASHION Scentualities

763-F Woodlake Road, Kohler (920) 208-4935

(See pg 64)

Stella & Dot

www.stelladot.com angiewatters@hotmail.com (920) 841-6825

(See pg 81)

BRIDAL REGISTRY Boston Store 4030 Hwy 28, Kohler Harbor Centre 727 N. 8th St., Sheboygan www.celebrationsregistry.com

(715) 344-6942 (920) 743-5533 (715) 845-9611 (715) 421-5211 (See pg 99)

BRIDAL SHOWS

(See pgs 163)

(920) 459-4826

CAKES & SWEETS

(920) 457-3611 (See pg 99)

Artistic Cakes & Cookies

Kohls Department Stores 3226 Calumet St., Appleton (920) 731-8200 800 W. Northland Ave., Appleton (920) 734-3636 913 W. Johnson St., Fond du Lac (920) 923-4600 500 Bay Park Sq., Ashwaubenon (920) 499-0692 2300 E. Mason St., Green Bay (920) 468-1300 4411 Dewey St., Manitowoc (920) 682-4895 1175 W. Winneconne Ave., Neenah (920) 722-5000 150 Crossroads Dr., Plover (715) 344-0480 3347 Kohler Memorial Dr., Sheboygan (920) 452-7666 www.kohls.com (See pg 121)

Royal Prestige/Midwest Lifestyles www.midwestlifestyles.com (608) 663-1186

(See pg 86)

Simplicity Gourmet

www.pinkapronpreview.com (866) 832-7792

(See pg 139)

Sunset Hill Stoneware www.shstoneware.com 800-509-4662

700A Schelfhout Lane, Kimberly Call for appointment www.artisticcakesandcookies.com (920) 423-3678

(See pg 119)

The Cake Guru

610 Oregon Street Oshkosh, WI www.cakeguru.com (920) 236-9144

(See pg 118)

Coldstone Creamery

3420 E. Calumet St., Appleton coldstoneappleton@gmail.com (920) 954-9865

(See pg 119)

Manderfield’s Home Bakery 811 Plank Rd., Menasha W3176 Springfield Dr., Appleton 5100 Michael’s Dr., Appleton www.manderfieldsbakery.com

(920) 725-7794 (920) 731-2181 (920) 882-6500 (See pg 120)

Wilmar Chocolates

1222 N. Superior St., Appleton www.wilmarchocolates.com (920) 733-6182

(See pg 118)

(See pg 113)

Younkers Appleton - Fox River Mall 4301 W. Wisconsin Avenue Eau Claire - Oakwood Mall 4850 Golf Road Fond du Lac - Forest Mall 755 West Johnson St. Green Bay - Bay Park Square 201 Bay Park Square Manitowoc - Edgewater Plaza 700 E Magnolia Ave. Marinette - Pine Tree Mall 2600 Roosevelt Rd. Marshfield - Northway Mall 503 East Ives

1780 Plover Road, Plover 58 North 3rd Ave., Sturgeon Bay Wausau - Wausau Mall 300 Forest Street Wisconsin Rapids - Rapids Mall 555 West Grand Ave. www.celebrationsregistry.com

(920) 997-6500 (715) 858-8920 (920) 921-1111 (920) 494-3707 (920) 684-0331 (715) 732-3720 (715) 387-8611

170 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com

CATERING Cobblestone Creek Dining & Banquet 740 W. Ryan (Hwy 10 West), Brillion www.cobblestonecrk.com (920) 756-3214

(See pg 28)

Fox Banquets Rivertyme Catering, Inc. 111 E. Kimball St., Appleton www.michielsfoxbanquets.com (920) 731-7271

(See pg 15)

Grand Meridian

2621 N. Oneida St., Appleton www.thegrandmeridian.com (920) 968-2621

(See pg 22)


The Marq

directory of services

3177 French Rd., De Pere www.the-marq.com (920) 532-4811

Serenity Amour

(See pg 19)

Van Abel’s of Hollandtown 8108 Cty. Rd. D, Kaukauna www.vanabels.com (920) 766-2291

Stone Harbor, A Door County Resort & Conference Center (See pg 6)

Zuppas

1540 S. Commercial St., Neenah www.zuppas.com (920) 720-5045

W10233 Hwy TT Prestige Lane, Hortonville www.prestigeexeclimo.com (920) 779-9991 (See pg 30)

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

(See pg 41 & 149)

Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce (See pg 50)

221 S. Main St., Waupaca www.waupacamemories.com (888) 417-4040

CHAPELS/ CEREMONIES (Also see Officiants)

Woodfield Carriage House & Gardens

180 Room – East Green Bay Location

DECORATING & SERVICE

3475 Humboldt Rd., Green Bay www.outeredgestage.com (920) 809-0131

W305 Foundry Road, Kiel www.cseaphoto.com click “Woodfield” (920) 286-2899

(See pg 23)

Blue Harbor Resort & Spa

725 Blue Harbor Dr., Sheboygan www.blueharborresort.com (920) 452-2900

(See pg 63)

(See pg 21)

(See pg 11)

Heritage Hill State Historical Park 2640 S. Webster Ave., Green Bay www.heritagehillgb.org (920) 448-5150

(See pg 13)

The HollyHock House & Gardens 1408 Dodge St., Kewaunee www.thehollyhockhouse.com (920) 388-3445

(See pg 34)

The Marq

3177 French Rd., De Pere www.the-marq.com (920) 532-4811

(See pg 19)

www.elegant-by-design.com (920) 470-6523

(See pg 54)

McVey Tent & Expo

2570 Cold Spring Rd., Appleton www.mcveytent.com (920) 733-2500 or (800) 924-5122

(See pg 51)

Seize the Day Events LLC

1541 Bellevue Road, Green Bay www.seizethedayevents.com (920) 593-2959

(See pg 55)

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

(See pg 148)

Harbor Lady (See pg 23)

Paine Art Center and Gardens 1410 Algoma Blvd., Oshkosh www.thepaine.org (920) 235-6903 ext 27

(See pg 61)

Door County Trolley Inc.

Outeredge Stage

3475 Humboldt Rd., Green Bay www.outeredge.com (920) 809-0131

2530 N. 15th St., Sheboygan www.blooniegifts.com (920) 457-3340

Elegant by Design

Green Bay Botanical Garden 2600 Larsen Road, Green Bay www.gbbg.org (920) 490-9457

(See pg 61)

B’loonie Gifts

Gardens of the Fox Cities

1313 E. Witzke Blvd., Appleton www.gardensfoxcities.com (920) 993-1900

(See pg 13)

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

(See pg 148)

Landmark Resort (See pg 29)

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

(See pg 149)

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Michael Segal Photography

www.michaelsegalweddings.com 760-774-9999

(See pg 147)

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

(See pg 56)

Traditions Dry Cleaners (See pg 149)

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

WEST GREEN BAY 2087 S. Oneida 705 Cardinal Ln. (Howard) 900 George St., DePere www.lindemanscleaning.com (920) 435-5345

(See pg 41 & 149)

721 S Central Ave., Marshfield 2809 Schofield Ave., Schofield 3423 Main St., Stevens Point 801 Churchill St., Waupaca 540 E Grand Ave., Wisconsin Rapids www.traditioncleaners.com

(715) 387-4656 (715) 359-8710 (715) 342-1930 (715) 258-5022 (715) 423-3033

White Lace Inn

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

FINANCIALPLANNING (See pg 149)

DOVE RELEASE Wings of the Heart

3601 Sand Acres Dr., DePere www.wingsoftheheart-wi.com (920) 337-0694

(See pg 113)

EAST GREEN BAY 1231 S. Monroe 1620 Lime Kiln

172 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com

(See pg 134)

Branching Out & Company

1680 N. Casaloma Dr., Appleton www.branchingoutco.com (920) 202-3290

(See pg 128)

Fleur Couture

www.fleurcoutureweddings.com (920) 267-2641

(See pg 127)

Flower Girl Design Studio

www.flowergirldesignstudio.com 920-284-7292

Gunderson Cleaners

Lindeman’s Cleaning

150 Main St., Suite 102, Menasha www.mcclone.com (920) 725-3232

FLORISTS

DRY CLEANERS/ GOWN PRESERVATION GREENVILLE Wisconsin Ave. & County Road CB APPLETON 2828 N Richmond St. 200 W Wisconsin Ave. 3316 W Spencer St. 313 E Calumet St. N162 Eisenhower Drive (Darboy) MENASHA 41 Main St. NEENAH 891 S Green Bay Road 118 E Bell St. www.gundersoncleaners.com (920) 727-4010

McClone Insurance Group

(See pg 128)

My Phase 2

www.myphase2.com (920) 830-8113

(See pg 127)

FORMAL WEAR Du Bois Formalwear

(See pg 57)

4661 Michaels Dr., Appleton 127 S. Broadway, Green Bay 844 S. Military, Green Bay 906 Hansen Rd., Green Bay 7857 Big Sky Dr., Madison 832 N. Eighth St., Sheboygan www.duboisformalwear.com

(920) 738-0166 (920) 437-9231 (920) 494-7458 (920) 965-0690 (608) 833-5006 (920) 458-1412 (Back Cover & 133)

Nedrebo’s Formal Wear N6663 Rolling Meadows Dr., FDL 534 S. Koeller St., Oshkosh www.nedrebos.com

(920) 921-6125 (920) 233-0656 (See pg 131)


Schroeder’s

directory of services Kress Inn

1623 Washington St., Two Rivers www.shopschroeders.com (920) 793-2241 (888) 793-2241

300 Grant St., De Pere www.kressinn.com (800) 221-5070

(See pg 61)

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

HONEYMOON

(Also see Bed & Breakfasts/Inns & Travel Agencies)

Landmark Resort

(See pg 149)

Newport Resort at Main St.

2040 Airport Dr., Green Bay www.radisson.com/greenbaywi (920) 494-7300

(See pg 8)

Stone Harbor, A Door County Resort & Conference Center

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

(See pg 149)

Stone Harbor, A Door County Resort & Conference Center (See pg 41 & 149)

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

(See pg 149)

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

(See pg 160)

INTERNET RESOURCES Premier Bride

WedAlert, Corp. wi.wedalert.com

Best Western Bridgewood Resort Hotel & Conference Center

(See pg 161)

INVITATIONS A. Mary Angeli’s

(See pg 27)

Blue Harbor Resort & Spa

725 Blue Harbor Dr., Sheboygan www.blueharborresort.com (920) 452-2900

(See pg 41 & 149)

www.premierbride.com

HOTELS/ CLUB SUITES 1000 Cameron Way, Neenah www.bridgewoodresorthotel.com (920) 720-8000 (800) 514-5206

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

Sybaris Pool Suites

White Lace Inn

2516 Calumet Dr., Sheboygan www.maryangelis.com (920) 452-3111

(See pg 113)

B’loonie Gifts (See pg 63)

CopperLeaf Boutique Hotel & Spa

The Four Seasons Island Resort

(See pg 149)

Radisson Hotel & Conference Center

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

300 W. College Ave., Appleton www.copperleafhotel.com (920) 749-0303 (877) 303-0303

(See pg 18 & 149)

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

DOOR COUNTY

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

(See pg 16)

Landmark Resort

2530 N. 15th St., Sheboygan www.blooniegifts.net (920) 457-3340

(See pg 61)

By Invitation

(See pg 27)

N16800 Shoreline Dr., Pembine www.fourseasonswi.com (715) 324-5244 (See pg 42 & Inside Front Cover)

Anne Evarts www.byinvitationofwisconsin.com (920) 982-1415

(See pg 111)

Marlene’s

Complete Wedding Accessory Shoppe 208 E. Wisconsin Ave., Appleton (920) 734-7989 (See pg 112) www.premierbride.com PREMIER BRIDE • 173


Seize the Day Events

1541 Bellevue St., Green Bay www.seizethedayevents.com (920) 593-2959

(See pg 55)

AC Royal Entertainment

LAKESHORE WEDDINGS

www.acroyal.com 800-236-DJDJ

www.dreamindj.com (920) 469-1030

(See pg 63)

(See pg 63)

(See pg 62)

(See pg 63)

www.nikki-n.com (920) 682-0810

(See pg 60)

(See pg 91)

Matt’s DJ Service

(See pg 103)

Nite Lights Entertainment www.nitelightsent.com (920) 632-4892

Nikki N Photography

(See pg 102)

Global Entertainment

www.mattsdjservice.com (920) 375-0809

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

www.fortunetalent.com (800) 472-3222 www.blobalphotobooth.com 800-901-1007

Imprint Photography

www.imprintphotographyonline.com (920) 901-2736

www.extremeentertainment-greenbay.com (920) 217-4607 (See pg 106)

Fortune Talent

Discovery Coach

1139 Pennsylvania Ave., Sheboygan www.discoverycoach.com (920) 459-2960

(See pg 52)

Extreme Entertainment (See pg 61)

Blue Harbor Resort & Spa

725 Blue Harbor Dr., Sheboygan www.blueharborresort.com (920) 452-2900

(See pg 104)

Dreamin DJ

B’loonie Gifts

2530 N. 15th St., Sheboygan www.blooniegifts.com (920) 457-3340

MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT

(See pg 102)

Record Entertainment Fond du Lac/Oshkosh Fox Valley www.recordentertainment.com (800) 961-9829

(920) 924-7535 (920) 751-0177 (See pg 105)

Schroeder’s

17th and Washington St., Two Rivers www.shopschroeders.com (888) 793-2241

(See pg 61)

Tents Inc.

4634 Frontage Rd., Sheboygan www.tentsinc.net (920) 451-9071

(See pg 61)

Woodfield Carriage House & Gardens Kiel (920) 286-2899

LIMOS & CARRIAGES (See Transportation)

(See pg 61)

MUSIC, SPECIALTY Heritage String Quartet

Serving Northeastern Wisc., Green Bay www.heritagestringquartet.com (920) 433-0722 (See pg 107)

Manditori

www.manditori.com (920) 655-1112 3225 Waubenoor Dr., Green Bay nancyharp@gbonline.com (920) 337-9475

(See pg 107)

Quartette Affetuoso Heather Anderson www.affetuoso.com (920) 954-9594

OFFICIANTS

(Also see Chapels/Ceremonies) 174 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com

(See pg 107)

Nancy Blanchard Watts, Harpist

(See pg 107)


directory of services

St. Bridget Spirituality Center

W4722 Nicklaus Court, Sherwood www.stbridgetsspirit.com (920) 989-2952

Lenz Studio

(See pg 113)

836 E. Hancock St., Appleton www.lenzstudio.com (920) 749-9206

(See pg 86)

Lifetime Image Photography & Video 314 W. Wisconsin Ave., Appleton www.lifetimeimage.com (920) 733-5596

PARTY RENTALS 1st Choice Sanitation LLC

W6246 County Road BB, Suite G, Appleton www.1stchoicesanitationllc.com (920) 830-9803 (See pg 53)

Michael Segal Photography

Dream Lighting Company

Nikki N Photography

www.dreamlightingcompany.com (920) 469-1030

(See pg 52)

Elegant by Design

(See pg 54)

Fleur Couture

(See pg 127)

Fox Cities Party Rental

3101 E Evergreen, Appleton www.madfoxparty.com (920) 733-1166

(See Pg 53)

(See pg 60)

2570 Coldspring Rd., Appleton www.mcveytent.com (920) 733-2500 (800) 924-5122

103 E. Main St., Hortonville (10 min. from Appleton) www.togetherwedding.com (920) 779-0360

(See pg 87)

Unveiled Portraits

(See pg 89)

PHOTO SPECIALTY (See pg 55)

Tents Inc.

4634 Frontage Rd., Sheboygan www.tentsinc.net (920) 451-9071

Together Wedding Photography & Video Ltd.

(See pg 51)

Seize the Day Events LLC

1541 Bellevue Road, Green Bay www.seizethedayevents.com (920) 593-2959

Wedding and Special Event Photography www.picturethisofwi.com (920) 968-7577 (See pg 85)

Wisconsin www.unveiledportraits.com (262) 292-9513 (920) 858-9827

McVey Tent & Expo

Extreme Entertainment

www.extremeentertainment-greenbay.com (920) 217-4607 (See pg 106)

Nite Lights Entertainment (See pg 61)

www.nitelightsent.com (920) 632-4892

(See pg 102)

The Photobooth

PHOTOGRAPHY

www.globalphotobooth.com 800-901-1007

Ardent Photography LLC www.ardentphoto.com (920) 858-9827

www.nikki-n.com (920) 682-0810

(See pg 147)

Picture This

www.elegant-by-design.com (920) 470-6523 www.fleurcoutureweddings.com (920) 267-2641

www.michaelsegalweddings.com 760-774-9999

(See pg 88)

(See pg 91)

Photobooth NV (See pg 89)

www.photoboothnv.com (262) 424-2950

(See pg 92)

Gosia’s Photography

www.gosiasphotography.com (920) 733-1087

(See pg 84)

www.imprintphotographyonline.com (920) 901-2736

RECEPTION SITES

(See Banquet Facilities & Rehearsal Dinners)

IMPrint Photography

(See pg 62)

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TRANSPORTATION

weddings • airport Service • Dining • concerts • Sporting events night on the town • no travel charge • Sedan Service available

Davister’s Stables

4031 Humboldt Rd., Green Bay http://fp1.centurytel.net/davisterscarriages (920) 468-8023 (See pg 138)

Discovery Coach

1139 Pennsylvania Ave., Sheboygan www.discoverycoach.com (920) 459-2960

(See pg 63)

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

(See pg 149)

Corporate Office (920) 494-3818 Sheboygan (920) 918-5466 Wausau (715) 432-5466 Showroom: 711 Hinkle St., Green Bay www.escortlimo.com (See pg 137)

(See pg 139)

(See pg 141)

Lamers Limousine Service

(See pg 140)

Lamers Trolley & Coaches

www.golamers.com (920) 496-3612 or (800) 236-1240

(See pg 140)

(See pg 138)

(See pg 143)

Royal Limousine of Oshkosh www.limointhevalley.com (920) 203-6041

(See pg 144)

Fantastic Videography

(See pg 97)

Lenz Studio

836 E. Hancock St., Appleton www.lenzstudio.com (920) 749-9206

(See pg 86)

Lifetime Image Video

314 W. Wisconsin Ave., Appleton www.lifetimeimage.com (920) 733-5596

(See pg 88)

104 Hemlock St., Clintonville www.mvp-productions.com (715) 823-8215

(See pg 96)

Together Wedding Photography & Video Ltd.

Prestige & Executive Limousines LTD www.prestigeexeclimo.com (920) 779-9991

13 locations statewide www.GoFox.com 877-293-9337

MVP Wedding Films

Packerland Limousine

825 S. Huron Rd., Suite G, Green Bay www.packerlandlimo.com (920) 468-2007

TRAVEL AGENCIES Fox World Travel

www.fantasticvideography.com (920) 209-1188

L&S Classic Limousine

www.golamers.com (920) 336-6160 or (800) 236-6160

Manitowoc

920-682-5767

VIDEOGRAPHY

Heritage Limousine

2700 W. College Ave #300, Appleton www.lsclassiclimo.com (920) 730-8297

Kiel

773-2270

www.stardustlimousine.com

ELS - Escort Limousine Service

www.heritagelimousine.com (920) 855-6166

Sheboygan

920-452-5696

Door County Trolley, Inc.

(See pg 142)

103 E. Main St., Hortonville (10 min. from Appleton) www.togetherwedding.com (920) 779-0360 (See pg 87)

WEDDING COORDINATORS Elegant by Design

www.elegant-by-design.com (920) 470-6523

(See pg 54)

Seize the Day Events LLC

1541 Bellevue St.,, Green Bay www.seizethedayevents.com (920) 593-2959 176 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com

(See pg 55)


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Shop for and order wedding gown, veil and accessories

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

2-4 MONTHS AHEAD

12 MONTHS AHEAD

Decide on the budget

9-12 MONTHS AHEAD

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

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

Arrange ceremony rehearsal and notify participants

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

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

1-2 MONTHS AHEAD

Choose attendants

Select band or DJ for reception

Book musicians for ceremony Select florist

Reserve accommodations for out-of-town guests

2-4 WEEKS AHEAD

Select caterer

Order invitations, personal stationery and thank you notes

Select and purchase guest favors Find and reserve rehearsal dinner location

1 WEEK AHEAD

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

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

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

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

Arrange for final fittings on your gown

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

Register for gifts at one to three stores

Order wedding cake

Mail invitations

Start reception seating chart and placecards

Reserve wedding day transportation

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

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

Prepare printed program for ceremony

Get engagement photo taken

6-9 MONTHS AHEAD

Buy and wrap attendants’ gifts

Select ceremony music, readings and vows and meet with officiant

Compile guest list

Select videographer

4-6 MONTHS AHEAD

Address wedding invitations

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

Reserve accommodations for wedding night Finalize guest list

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FOR HER:

DON’T FORGET...

WEDDING ATTIRE

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

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

FOR HIM:

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

HONEYMOON CHECKLIST

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

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

UPDATING YOUR NAME

WEDDING DAY EMERGENCY KIT

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

Auto Registration

Investment accounts

Stock certificates

Bank & credit card accounts

Life insurance policy

Car insurance policy

Medical/dental records

Tax agency records (state/federal)

Credit reporting agencies

Memberships

Voter registration records

Deeds/titles

Passport

Wills/trusts

Driver’s license

Post Office records

Employee records

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

Social Security records

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THE WEDDING BUDGET

Bride’s Wedding Ring

______________

Groom’s Wedding Ring

______________

Ceremony Site Fee

______________

Officiant

______________

Marriage License

______________

Aisle Runner

______________

Candles/Candelabra

______________

Other

______________

RECEPTION

______________

MUSIC

Engagement Ring

Reception Site Fee

______________

Food, Service, Tax & Gratuity

______________

Beverage/Bar Corkage Fee

______________

Cake/Cake Cutting Fee

______________

Rental Items

______________

Other

______________

Ceremony

______________

Reception

______________

Other

______________

Photographer’s Fee

______________

Engagement Portrait

______________

Formal Wedding Portrait

______________

Proofs

______________

Wedding Album

______________

Candids

______________

Parents’ Sets

______________

Other

______________

Wedding VHS/DVD

______________

Additional Copies

______________

Bride’s Gown

______________

Alterations

______________

Headpiece & Veil

______________

Lingerie, Hosiery & Garter

______________

Shoes

______________

Jewelry & Accessories

______________

Wrap/Jacket

______________

Hair, Makeup & Manicure

______________

Other

______________

GROOM: Groom’s Formalwear

______________

Neckwear & Cufflinks

______________

Accessories

______________

Shoes

______________

Other

______________

PHOTOGRAPHY

BRIDE:

VIDEOGRAPHY

WEDDING ATTIRE

CEREMONY

RINGS

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

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

______________

Projector Rental

______________

Other

______________

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______________

Attendants’ Bouquets

______________

Groom’s Boutonniere

______________

Attendants’ Boutonnieres

______________

Maid/Matron of Honor

______________

Bridesmaids’

______________

Best Man

______________

Groomsmen

______________

Helper Corsages/Boutonnieres ______________

Ushers

______________

Ceremony Flowers

______________

Child Attendants

______________

Reception Flowers

______________

Bride & Groom

______________

Decorations/Balloons

______________

Bride’s Parents

______________

Other

______________

Groom’s Parents

______________

Save-the-Date Cards

______________

Pre-Wedding Party Hosts

______________

Invitations & Envelopes

______________

Cake Cutting Attendant

______________

Calligrapher

______________

Gift Table Attendant

______________

Postage

______________

Guest Book Attendant

______________

Thank You Notes

______________

Soloists/Musicians (friends)

______________

Informal Stationery

______________

Other

______________

Ceremony Programs

______________

Placecards

______________

Wedding Coordinator

______________

Announcements

______________

Disposable Cameras

______________

Other

______________

GIFTS

FLOWERS

Bride’s Bouquet

Bridesmaids’ Dresses/Shoes

______________

Flower Girl’s Dress

______________

Groomsmens’ Formalwear

______________

Ring Bearer’s Attire

______________

Bridesmaids’ Luncheon

______________

Other

______________

Rings

______________

Ceremony

______________

Reception

______________

Music

______________

Wedding Party Transportation: Limousine, Carriage, etc. ______________

Cake Knife & Server

______________

Cake Top

______________

Wedding Attire

______________

Favors

______________

Photography

______________

Flower Girl’s Basket

______________

Videography

______________

Guest Book & Pen

______________

Flowers

______________

Ring Bearer’s Pillow

______________

Stationery

______________

Toasting Glasses

______________

Transportation

______________

Unity Candle, Kiddush Cup

______________

Favors & Accessories

______________

Other

______________

Gifts

______________

Other

______________

Miscellaneous

______________

Grand TOTAL

______________

Guest Transportation

______________

Parking

______________

Other

______________

Other

______________

TOTALS

TRANSPORTATION

MISCELLANEOUS

Attendant Accommodations ______________

FAVORS & ACCESSORIES

STATIONERY

Hosts for Out-of-Town Guests ______________

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SHARING THE COST

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

GROOM

BRIDE

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

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

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

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

Accommodations for out-of-town attendants (optional)

Formal wear for best man & groomsmen (optional)

Luncheon for bridal party

Accommodations for out-of-town attendants (optional)

Informal stationery

Marriage license Fee for officiant

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

GROOM’S FAMILY

BRIDE’S FAMILY

Honeymoon Engagement party

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

WEDDING PARTY

Videographer

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

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

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GROOM’S CAKE

CAKE STYLE

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

SETUP DETAILS

CAKE ACCESSORIES

Description

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

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

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

Tea Lunch Cocktails Dinner

Regional Seasonal Exotic Ethnic Thematic

SERVICE

Breakfast/Brunch

FLAVOR

TYPE

CATERING PLANNER

Salad Entrée Dessert

Beef Chicken Vegetarian Pork Seafood

DESSERT

Soup

ENTRÉES

COURSES

Appetizer

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

Dessert Hors d’oeuvres

Cocktails

Regional Seasonal Exotic Ethnic Thematic

Lamb

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

Vegetarian Kosher Halal Other

RENTAL ITEMS

Full Bar

SPECIAL

ALCOHOL*

Pasta

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

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HELPERS

FLOWERS BY SEASON

TERMINOLOGY

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

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

SPRING

SUMMER

FALL

WINTER

YEAR ‘ROUND

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WEDDING PARTY

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

RECEPTION

CEREMONY

Other

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

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MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT PLANNER

CEREMONY

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

START TIME

SONG/PERFORMED BY

START TIME

Prelude Processional Service Recessional Postlude Other Other

RECEPTION

Other

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

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BRIDE­’ S PHOTOS:

GROOM­’ S PHOTOS:

PRE-WEDDING

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

Bride getting ready

RECEPTION

Guests at cocktail party

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

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

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

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

CEREMONY

PORTRAITS

PHOTOGRAPHY PLANNER

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

Group pictures & candids throughout reception

Clergy, groom & best man at altar

Musicians

Bride & father walking down aisle

Bride & Groom’s first dance

Father giving bride’s hand to groom

Bride & Father, Groom & Mother dance

Guests watching the ceremony

Guests dancing

Vow exchange

Cake, cake table & cake cutting

Ring ceremony

Couple feeding each other cake

Candids of bride’s/groom’s face

Bouquet toss Garter removal & toss

Unity candle ceremony, kiddush cup ceremony, etc.

Sweetheart dance

Signing of wedding certificate

Going-away vehicle (especially if decorated)

Groom kissing the bride

Bride & groom in going away clothes

Recessional

Newlyweds departing & guests’ farewell

Guests throwing rice, flower petals, etc.

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LOCATION

RECEPTION PLANNER DATES AVAILABLE

LOCATION

SIZE

USED FOR

Indoor

Small (<100)

Ceremony

Outdoor

Medium (100-250)

Reception

Same site as ceremony

Large (250+)

Dressing

Walking distance from ceremony

Overnight rooms

SITE SERVICES

Within ______ miles of ceremony site

SERVICES PROVIDED

RENTALS AVAILABLE

Rooms

Tables

Food

Chairs & chair covers

Beverage/Alcohol

China, glassware, silverware & serving dishes

Disabled access

Linens

Adequate parking Valet

Ratio of guests to servers: ___________

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

DECORATIONS

PROVIDED

STYLE

More than one event at a time

RECEPTION

Head table Guest tables

BRINGING OWN DECORATIONS What are decorating restrictions?

Cake table Guest book table

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

When can decorations/favors come in?

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

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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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