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

Publishers ANGELINE GALLMEIER JASON GALLMEIER Art Director JENNIFER ERDMAN jennifererdman.com Executive Publishers SCOTT BROWN BETH MANGUS General Manager SCOTT BROWN

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Gowns 6 EASY STEPS to the gown of your dreams

Everyone knows they can’t try to upstage the bride on her wedding day, and that means one thing –you’ve got to make sure your dress is up for the challenge! Some ladies have dreamt of their gown since before they can remember, but for others finding the dress is a nightmare. Before you start looking here are some tips:4 www.pbnewi.com PREMIER BRIDE • 5


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

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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 your 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

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GOWNS have an idea in your head of what you want so it’s easier to narrow your search. Even then, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with your options. If you don’t know where to start, bridal magazines and on-line sites can be a great resource. The process can seem daunting. A good starting point is styles of dresses you’ve loved on yourself in the past. When you see something you like there, create a file of your favorites. Bring them along when you visit more specialized wedding boutiques and review them with the consultant. As for styles, it’s an exciting time to shop for wedding gowns. Strapless dresses still reign supreme as the top pick among brides-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

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Brillion, WI • (920) 864-7070 • www.triplejwingandclay.com GOWNS for a layered gown and Oscar de la Renta showed green skirts and even a dramatic black with striking white butterfly accents. If you don’t want 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 8 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

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


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GOWNS 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 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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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:

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ENGAGEMENT PARTIES • What a great time for all your family and friends to admire your engagement ring, right? Invite individuals who are close not only to you, but also the groom. Whether a large or small affair, make sure the time is special by sharing your party with the ones you love in attendance. • Affordable Receptions • Dinners for up to 300 Guests • Private Bar • Rehearsal Dinners • Off-Premise Catering • Family-Style, Plated and Buffet Selections • Bridal Showers

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


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



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RECEPTION Step 1: What to do first The biggest question regarding the reception is “where?” Before you can work on this question, however, you’ll need to know a couple of things: what style of wedding do you envision, and how big? Obviously, a casual, relaxed summer afternoon reception would require a completely different reception site than a formal, elegant winter evening reception – so clarify the type of wedding (and the time of year) you both desire first. Once that’s been established, determine the rough guest list, including all interested parties: you and your groom, and each set of parents. Of course, you’ll also need to consider your budget as well, as this will have great influence on the number of guests you can afford to have. Once you’ve

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RECEPTION There are two basic types of reception facilities: on-site and off-site. Most on-site locations provide the majority of services you will need for your reception: catering, beverages, tables, chairs, tableware, linens and serving staff, making this a very convenient option. The facilities normally charge on a per person basis, and have a minimum guest requirement. Such locations include hotels, private clubs and restaurants. Off-site locations offer the use of the facility only, providing no other services. You supply nearly everything yourself, paying a flat fee for the use of the site. The nice thing about off-site locations is the freedom to do everything your own way, and more choices – although this can also mean more work! Narrow down your search by focusing on those sites that seem to best meet

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ample time in between events to allow your caterer or other service people to set up or break down your party. Parking. Make sure there is convenient, well-lighted, ample parking for your guests, and if not, find out if valet service is available. Technical details. Whether you intend to have a DJ or a band, inquire about possible restrictions regarding the type, volume or duration of music. Be sure to confirm that there is an adequate power supply for speakers, mixers and amplifiers, or good acoustics for string and wind instruments. Some sites have built-in public-address systems which can be used for introductions and toasts. If your site of choice doesn’t offer this equipment, make sure your DJ or musicians can provide it. www.pbnewi.com PREMIER BRIDE • 19


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RECEPTION Room décor. Most sites offer a neutral background to work with, but make sure the flooring, wall coverings and colors will work with the style and season of your wedding. Services offered. Be clear, with each site visited, exactly what is and is not included. From catering and wait staff, to candles and chairs… get those details up front. A note about outdoor receptions If you’re planning an outdoor reception, it’s critical to have a back-up plan in case of inclement weather. Planning for an outdoor reception is usually much more work overall, because you have to provide for everything from the salad forks to the tents to the chairs, and you may need to change plans at the last minute due to the weather! For these reasons,

it’s highly recommended that you use an experienced wedding coordinator if you want an outdoor reception – this will ease your workload, and your stress, immensely. Down to details As with any wedding vendor, make sure that all details are outlined in writing, and use a credit card whenever possible when making payments so that you have more protection in the unlikely event of a problem. You should feel very comfortable with your contact person, and feel that they respond in a timely and efficient manner to your questions and requests. Visit premierbride.com’s online wedding planner for a comprehensive list of questions to ask potential reception sites, and other great wedding planning help.



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NEW TRENDS in bridal attire

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 22 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

all about showing off the bride. 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


BRIDAL ATTIRE TRENDS piece of jewelry or a ruffle flower detail 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 kneelength 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 www.pbnewi.com PREMIER BRIDE • 23


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BRIDAL ATTIRE TRENDS of your dreams, but the perfect look 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 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

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

– traditions into your wedding day. While we certainly don’t have the room to go into specific wedding traditions here, I do want to touch on Randi’s great question: how do you effectively incorporate more than one “theme”? Here are five key tips on how to do this successfully: #1 - Focus on just one or two ‘big elements’ at the ceremony, and just one or two at the reception. For example, if you have your heart set on having a military arch with sabers at your ceremony, it’s probably best not to also include an Irish bagpiper at the same time, playing backup to a singer singing traditional Jewish wedding songs. Focus on what is most important www.pbnewi.com PREMIER BRIDE • 27


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TRADITION TIPS to you and your fiancé, and your families, and keep the more prominent thematic elements to a minimum. #2 - Express yourself in the details. Of course, in the wedding day details, you can express all of your themes to your heart’s content. For example, Randi writes, “he is wearing his Air Force Blues and my gown is cream, my nieces are wearing cream dresses with Air Force blue sashes, and my nephew is wearing an Air Force blue suit with an official Air Force flight pin rather than a boutonniere. I’d like to use my Celtic champagne flutes, my Celtic unity candle set, and give seed packets as a favor, which is an Irish tradition.” All of these details are wonderful ways to subtly incorporate your themes... 28 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

and doing all of these won’t be “too much.” To be perfectly honest, most of the guests wouldn’t even notice that it’s specifically an “Air Force blue” sash on the flower girl’s dress other than to briefly note that it goes so nicely with the groom’s attire. And most people wouldn’t notice the Celtic champagne flutes - but the newly married couple will as they toast each other - and that is what’s important. So use details like these to further express your own personal themes. #3 - Use your ceremony program to inform your guests, if needed. The ceremony program is a great place to explain and describe any unique wedding customs and traditions that you plan to include.


TRADITION TIPS For example, while most nonJewish guests are familiar with the breaking of the glass tradition, a brief explanation of what that ceremonial aspect signifies would be a very nice touch, and the ceremony program is the perfect place to do it. #4 - Communicate with everyone involved! This is really a key tip for anyone, for any wedding - but it becomes even more important when very deeply rooted traditions or strong cultural influences are involved. If you are mixing a very religious, Jewish, future mother-in-law, with a very proud and patriotic Air Force groom, with a bride who strongly identifies with - and loves - her Irish heritage... you had better plan on having a few serious family ‘pow wows’ to jointly craft a

wedding day that meets everyone’s needs. Be open-minded, flexible and sensitive. #5 - Ultimately, it’s your wedding! (“Yours” meaning not just you, the bride, but “yours” as in you, your groom and your immediate families.) Really, it’s your day, so whatever you want to do, find a way to do it! If you really want the military arch AND the bagpiper, then have the arch at the wedding ceremony, and the bagpiper the reception site, announcing the arrival of the newlyweds. A wedding celebration is really a way of announcing to the world that “these two unique individuals are joining together, and creating a new family.” So be unique, and share it with the world!



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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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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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Two years ago, Alex Koeppler accepted her fiance’s proposal atop a ski mountain in Vail, Colorado. After dating for six years, she knew that Dustin Fossey was “the one.” The couple made it official on July 14, 2012, surrounded by family and friends. An Oshkosh native, Alex, a product manager for Target Corp., and Dustin, an attorney, planned their wedding with an eye toward those closest to them in the city that is near and dear to their hearts. They were married at The Paine Art Center and Gardens in a ceremony officiated by the groom’s brother, Derek, a Lutheran pastor. “I always knew I wanted to get married at the Paine,” Alex says. “My aunt used to work there. My parents have supported it throughout the years.” The Waters, located on the shores of Lake Winnebago, was the perfect place for the reception. “Our favorite thing about the area is the lakes. It’s such a great location, with the view and the 38 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

harbor outside,” she adds. “We wanted to make sure our guests could experience that and we wanted to take advantage of the warm weather that the Midwest has to offer.” Preparations for the big day began about 18 months prior and Alex and her mother planned the event together. “My mom (Judie Koeppler) has an amazing eye and wonderful taste, and Pinterest was our best friend,” she jokes. The theme “vintage elegance” set the tone. Alex and her family members scoured estate sales and secondhand shops for antique silver tea sets, about 30 of which were used to hold fresh cut flowers as centerpieces on the tables during the reception. They did the same thing to find antique skeleton keys, which were tied to place cards. The wedding cake, which was a dusty white grey with a beautiful poppy on top made of flowers and decorated with white pearls, set on silver antique cake platter.


Alex’s aunt, Leigh Grube at Reynebeau Floral, created the floral arrangements for the ceremony. The pastel color palette consisted of soft pinks, purples, greens and white. “We had succulents and hydrangeas in the bouquets for the bridesmaids,” Alex says. Her grandmother, affectionately called ‘Grannie Annie,’ also contributed. “My bouquet was comprised of flowers she hand beaded when she was alive. I’m the second cousin to use that family heirloom and I got married on her birthday, so that was really special,” she says. The bridesmaids’ dresses were a soft white, which matched the bride’s dress. The groomsmen wore grey suits and grey seersucker bow ties. Alex says she would not have changed anything about her special day. “It was perfect. The weather was perfect and I was surrounded by everyone that I love and adore for an entire weekend!” For those who are in the planning stages, Alex has a few words of advice.

“Spend time and money on the things that matter most to you. Photography and music were really important to my husband and me, so we adjusted our budget to be able to afford the photographer and band that we wanted. I spent a ton of time trying to find the most perfect photographer and my pictures are phenomenal. “Don’t sweat the small stuff. No one knows that you may be running late or that something is missing from your centerpieces. In their eyes the day is perfect! Prep as much as you can before your wedding weekend so it’s smooth sailing once the day approaches. Finally, have fun! The bride and groom set the tone for the wedding. Everyone is watching you and wants to see you smiling and having the best time of your life!” Ceremony . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Paine Art Center Reception . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Waters Cake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cake Guru Reception caterer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Zuppa’s

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HERE’S TO YOU the perfect wedding toast

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

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

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



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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. 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 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. www.pbnewi.com PREMIER BRIDE • 43


RECEPTION GUIDE

Phone Number(s)

See Page Reception for More Room Capacity Information Range

Number of Available Banquet Rooms

Number of Months to Schedule Facility

Average Price per Person

HOLIDAY INN HOTEL & CONVENTION CENTER 715-344-0200 1001 Amber Ave., Stevens Point

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20-600

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12-14

$25 to $50

THE HOLLYHOCK HOUSE & GARDENS 1408 Dodge St., Kewaunee LASURE’S HALL BANQUETS & CATERING 3125 S. Washburn St., Oshkosh

920-388-3445

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20-200

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$25 or less

920-651-0796

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LANDMARK RESORT 7643 Hillside Rd., Egg Harbor THE LODGE AT LEATHEM SMITH 1640 Memorial Dr., Sturgeon Bay

800-273-7877

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$16.95

920-743-5555

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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

920-766-0898

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920-532-4811

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$25 or less

920-465-6700

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800-343-7778

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920-437-7623

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920-739-2386

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920-230-1900

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OSHKOSH COUNTRY CLUB 11 W. Ripple Ave., Oshkosh

920-231-1076

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OUTEREDGE STAGE 3475 Humboldt Rd., Green Bay

920-809-0131

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PAINE ART CENTER & GARDENS 1410 Algoma Blvd., Oshkosh

920-235-6903 ext 27

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NATIONAL RAILROAD MUSEUM 2285 S. Broadway, Green Bay NORTH SHORE GOLF CLUB N8421 North Shore West Road, Menasha OSHKOSH PREMIER WATERFRONT HOTEL & CONVENTION CENTER 1 North Main St., Oshkosh

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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. When you want to create a memory, call LaSures! Custom-designed wedding cakes. Banquet facilities for groups up to 400 guests. Catering available. Beautiful water view reception room with outdoor terrace & waterfall. Casual, comfortable elegance in waterfront setting. Varied ceremony sites, outdoor patio with fire pit and waterview deck for ceremonies and rehearsal dinners. Custom designed menus. 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. From intimate dinners to spectacular receptions for over 800 guests, the Oshkosh Premier Waterfront Hotel & Conf. Center is the ideal wedding venue. Enjoy fabulous food, great service and a beautiful waterfront location. We’re honored to take part in making an important piece of your history from engagement to reception. Our exceptional service, fine cuisine and professional planning make hosting your event our pleasure. 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. Ceremony and reception sites available in the historic mansion, breathtaking gardens and dramatic new conservatory opening in 2013. www.pbnewi.com PREMIER BRIDE • 45


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RECEPTION GUIDE

Phone Number(s)

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RAMADA PLAZA HOTEL 2750 Ramada Way, Green Bay

920-499-0631

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300

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6-12

$25 or less

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 STADIUM VIEW BANQUET HALLS 1963 Holmgren Way, Green Bay STONE HARBOR RESORT & CONF. CENTER 217 N. 1st Ave., Sturgeon Bay

920-494-7300

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920-733-8000

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$25 or less

920-722-2979

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20-350

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$25 or less

920-498-1989

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THORNBERRY CREEK 4470 N. Pine Tree Road, Oneida TROLLEY SQUARE WATERFRONT BANQUETS 619 S. Olde Oneida St., Appleton

920-434-7501

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920-830-7855

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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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920-766-2291

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THE WOODFIRE LODGE & TRIPLE J WING AND CLAY 2687 Mancal Rd., Brillion

920-864-7070

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$20.95

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

920-452-2900

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

920-458-6144

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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. Located along the beautiful shores of Lake Winnebago. Our indoor and outdoor sites provide the perfect location for your wedding ceremony or reception. Offers a unique location for your wedding. We offer a beautiful woodland themed lodge and outdoor patio with breathtaking scenery for your ceremony and reception.

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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 www.pbnewi.com PREMIER BRIDE • 49


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: YOUR SERVICE STYLE. Right off the bat, caterers will want to discuss your taste and budget in detail. Think about the style and feel of your wedding, and decide whether you want a sit-down meal or a buffet. Then talk about the extras – do you want hors d’oeuvres during cocktails and a late-night snack? How about fruit or coffee with the cake? Talk with a caterer about the different options and appropriateness for the time of day, number of guests and style. 50 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

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


CATERING 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 sitdown 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 IT 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 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.



Our team of catering coordinators, chefs and servers strive to help make all your occasions extra special. Contact Jeri or Penny, to assist with ideas for your Special Day:

• Engagement Party • Bridal Shower • Rehearsal Dinner • Wedding Reception Ask us about booking ZUPPAS GREEN ROOM for private dining. Perfect for intimate gatherings of up to 40 guests.

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PARTY RENTALS every last detail

Depending on where you choose to hold your reception, you may find yourself in need of certain items not provided by your reception facility. The term “party rentals” covers a variety of rental items, including linens, chair covers, tables and chairs, tents, dance floors, fountains, plants, props and theme decorations. If you are holding your reception in a hotel, most of the items listed above may be included in the overall cost. The need for various rental items increases when the event is held outdoors or at an event facility where you are required to provide your own caterer. Before contacting a rental company it is recommended that you have the following information available: • Exactly what items are provided by the caterer: glass, flatware, china, buffet linens, and so on. • Any items provided by the facility: tables, chairs, portable bar, and so on. • Your event date, time and location • The number of guests attending Contractors • Building Sites• Graduations Weddings • Clubs • Parties • Fairs Church/School Picnics Rent by the day, week, month, or year ADA - Handicap Units Available

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




THE BEST GIFT YOU CAN GET hiring a wedding coordinator

The best gift a bride and groom can give each other is a professional wedding coordinator. Today, planning a wedding is more complicated than ever. Most couples have high expectations for their special day, but are novices at planning such a big event. Besides handling all of the time consuming, stress inducing details, a wedding coordinator can help make the planning process an enjoyable experience. Wedding consultants essentially do everything you need so that you don’t have to worry about it. From planning a destination wedding, to handling pre-wedding plans, to coordinating the events on the wedding day, wedding consultants offer services that include as much or as little as you need. In fact, a wedding consultant can even work with a couple from the day of their engagement right up until they board the airplane for their honeymoon. In the case of destination weddings, wedding consultants will even travel with the bride and groom to look at a destination beforehand. A wedding consultant can offer important advice on why a destination will or will not work and can work with vendors in the area to negotiate the best prices. However, in most cases, the couple will be responsible for paying for the airfare, food and accommodations for the wedding consultant on the exploratory visit and during the actual wedding. While many couples prefer to pick their own vendors, flower

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arrangements, cake design and location, wedding consultants can do this for you if you need them to. It is not unusual for wedding consultants to work with the bride to choose the colors of her wedding, the flower arrangements and even the wedding gown. On the other hand, wedding consultants are also good at just taking over the small details. In some cases they are only there to coordinate everything on the day of the wedding. If you do decide to choose a wedding consultant, then first and foremost remember that you must like the person you hire. While there are many good consultants in the business, finding one that can handle your temperament, special requests, family issues and overall personality is the real key to success. For example, if a bride is low-key and quiet, a loud, type A wedding 3:06 PM consultant might cause more nerves than comfort. On the other hand, a bride who has a knack for multitasking might not understand a consultant who is the take it easy type, even if the job does get done correctly. 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.


WEDDING COORDINATORS 4. Ask for lists of references you can call and be sure to call them. When you call, ask questions such as: Did the coordinator help you to achieve what you wanted for the wedding? Would you use him or her again? Did he/she listen to comments and concerns about the wedding, and were they addressed? Did the coordinator pay close attention to your wedding budget? 5. Check with the Association of Bridal Consultants (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. 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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Trust your treasured gown to the premier dry cleaner of the Fox Valley.

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WEAR AND CARE tips to protect your dress

• Have your gown pressed and padded at least two weeks early. • While you’re wearing the gown, use common sense. Protect it from moisture and mud, and lift the train above dirty floors. However, don’t be so cautious that you don’t enjoy yourself. • Use plastic sheets to cover questionable areas outdoors. • Keep track of white beverage spills, such as white wines, champagne and soda. Left untreated, yellowing will occur. • Consign your gown to the cleaners even if it seems in perfect shape after the wedding. Perspiration and other obscure stains will make their mark over time, and become embedded 56 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

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.




RESTORATION DRAMA something old and new

Maybe it was your mother’s or even your grandmother’s wedding gown. Maybe you’ve simply gone in for a vintage dress. Either way, your gown’s not quite tip-top, and it needs a little TLC before the wedding. Even a damaged or neglected gown can be restored or restyled if you invest in the services of a professional who specializes in the care of bridal fabrics. Once you find a restorer, discuss tears, beverage and perspiration stains, and yellowing to decide if the restoration will be to your satisfaction. Color changes can be miraculous, and replacement fabric can often be found to match the original. If you’re trying to create a truly vintage look, make sure your designer is familiar with the period you’re trying to emulate, or at least is conscientious enough to do the research in order to make any alterations or additions look authentic. After the wedding, whether you wore a new gown or an heirloom, arrange to return it to a gown specialist for cleaning and preserving. Even if you escaped the red-wine trauma, perspiration and other obscure stains will make their mark, becoming embedded in a matter of weeks. A professional will find stains, know what caused them, remove them without damage and guarantee the work and your gown for the next generation, even if you open up your gown preservation box at home. Somewhere in your future there may be a friend or relative who will appreciate the “something old” you offer them when they re-enact your restoration drama at their wedding.



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WISCONSIN’S LAKESHORE With beautiful Lake Michigan serving as a majestic backdrop, Wisconsin’s lakeshore communities offer an incredible array of things for visitors to see and do. Just one hour north of Milwaukee, the city of Sheboygan boasts more than two miles of natural beauty and facilities including sandy beaches, a magnificent 281-slip marina, public boat launches and community center. It’s also home to two great entertainment jewels: the classically restored Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts and the renowned John Michael Kohler Arts Center. Walk nearby Riverfront, Downtown, South Pier or historic Michigan Avenue and browse or shop the local businesses. Whatever you’re in the mood for, you’re sure to find it there. Sheboygan Falls was recognized in 1995 as a Great American Main Street, presented by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Llisted on the national Register of Historic Places, it is home to a collection of authentic historic restorations. Classic Greek Revival frame and Cream City Brick buildings grace its business and residential districts, lending style and character. More than 45 facades were meticulously brought back to life and rehabilitated to transform the quaint Downtown and Cole Districts. Sheboygan Falls also hosts special events and festivals throughout the year to offer the best in music, food and entertainment. Four inviting riverfront parks and a scenic riverfront walking trail beckon residents and visitors alike. Kohler is home to a leading American corporation, a tourist 60 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com


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WISCONSIN’S LAKESHORE destination and a quaint garden-like village. It is renowned the world over for The American Club, the Midwest’s only AAA Five Diamond resort hotel. The nearby Inn on Woodlake is a select service hotel overlooking an 11-acre spring-fed lake with a private beach and putting green, all just steps away from The 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 Rahr-West 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

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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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Re2gistry1 THE NUTS & BOLTS of gift registries

People love to buy gifts for a couple starting out their life together, to celebrate this fabulous occasion and express their joy. While some guests will come up with their own creative gift idea, most people really appreciate having a gift registry to go to for ideas, so they can get you something they know you’ll love. 4

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

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REGISTRY to give you helpful information about what generally goes on a registry and help you remember pesky little things like meat thermometers that you wouldn’t normally think of. While it may be hard to imagine someone not being comfortable with purchasing gifts online or viewing your online registries, you will have guests at your wedding that want to buy their gifts in person, or aren’t comfortable with computers. So make sure that this option is available to them – ideally at a store that is popular nationwide.

a house or donating to a meaningful cause. Work with your groom to discuss your plans, and make the decisions together. No matter where you choose to register, be sure to include gifts in all price ranges, so that your guests can choose gifts within their budgets. Also, select more gifts than guests (remembering that couples count as “one”) so that there’s enough selection available, and there are enough gifts to cover your wedding showers as well. Your guests will appreciate this!

WHAT DO WE REGISTER FOR? Consider what you have already as a couple, and think about what you need as you start your life together. Most couples find that this is an opportunity to get things they would never buy themselves, but would love having to grace their home and the future gatherings held there… timeless items such as crystal vases, formal china, serving dishes and linens. You may also want to think about any hobbies you have such as gourmet cooking, gardening or wood working, as well as any special desires such as honeymoon travel, saving for

COMMUNICATING THE NEWS How do you let all the guests know where you are registered? The simple answer is, word of mouth. All guests will be close to someone in the wedding – the bride and groom, the parents, other family members or close friends. Guests will ask someone if they want to know where you’re registered! It’s certainly appropriate to include the information on your wedding web site if you have one. It’s also appropriate for the shower host(s) and/or hostess(es) to include the information on their shower invites as well. It is NOT, however, ever appropriate to include the

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REGISTRY information with your wedding invites. After all, your wedding invites are a gracious request to join you on your special day – not a demand for gifts, so don’t let them sound like one! THANK YOU NOTES Your guests have been kind enough to send you a lovely gift, so be sure to behave like the kind, gracious couple that you are, and send that thank you note promptly! For gifts received before the wedding, send the note out within two weeks at the most. Trust us on this: you will not have “more time” after the wedding, and the more you stay on top of the thank you notes, the easier it will be. For gifts received at the wedding, send the thank you notes within four weeks, but certainly – the earlier, the better. Make sure your thank you notes are personal, handwritten and timely. AFTER THE WEDDING Most stores will keep your gift registry for at least a year after your wedding date, and they’ll often offer a discount to you for items still on your list. This is a great opportunity to see what items you still want and/or need, and perhaps use some of your wedding gift cards or gifts of cash to acquire these. The original purpose of bridal registries was to help new couples, who often were quite young and had very little, start off their new life together as a new family in a new home. No matter what your situation today, these gifts of love send you into your new life together with the joy and affection of those closest to you. Cherish these gifts, show your gratitude and count your blessings.



NECKLINE TYPES BATEAU Curves downward slightly below the collarbone to the edge of the shoulders. HALTER Collar wraps around the neck, usually with a low-cut back. ILLUSION YOKE Transparent fabric, lace or netting fitted at the neckline, extending to the bust line. JEWEL Like a t-shirt - a high, rounded neckline usually falling above the color bone. OFF-THE SHOULDER Frames the face, neck and shoulders by falling just below the shoulders and across the bustline. PORTRAIT An off-the-shoulder style folds around the shoulders, like a fitted and structured shawl. QUEEN ANNE Heart-shaped neckline in the front combined with a collar-like back. SABRINA Similar to a Bateau, begins two inches in from each shoulder and curves gently downward below the collarbone. SCOOP Low and rounded with a “U” shape. SPAGHETTI STRAPS Thin straps - can be straight across or shaped. SQUARE/COURT Low, like the scoop, but with a squared shape. STRAPLESS No straps - can be straight across or shaped. SWEETHEART Dips to a heart shape at the bust line. V-NECK Dips to a “V” in the center. WEDDING BAND Has a band that circles the neck. www.pbnewi.com PREMIER BRIDE • 85


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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. Makeup, hair, nails… every blushing bride wants these to be in top form on the big day. We’ve done the research, reflected, and compiled our best tips to help you look completely fabulous for your wedding day! WHAT TO DO Now is a great time to focus on healthy, glowing skin. If you’re concerned about the health and appearance of your skin, then consider a visit to a dermatologist (for bigger problems) or an aesthetician (for minor issues.) Depending on the severity of your skin problems, start six to 12 months before your wedding day so you have time to treat, heal and achieve good results. After proper analysis and treatment, professionals can assist you in selecting skin care products that will enable you to maintain treatments in the privacy and convenience of your own home. Facials are a must for all skin types. Facial treatments use deep cleansing, masks and exfoliation to penetrate deep 86 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

into the skin, killing blemish-causing bacteria, rebalancing the skin hormonal system and stimulating circulation. Regular treatment results in refined pores, smoother facial lines, healed blemishes and a more radiant complexion. When choosing your hairstyle consider your gown, the level of formality of your wedding, your personal style, your hair and your face shape. Generally speaking, the more elaborate the gown, the simpler your hair should be, or it all simply becomes “too much of a good thing.” Strapless gowns show off their dramatic neckline with up-dos, but this isn’t a rule set in stone. Work with your hair stylist four to six weeks before the wedding to find the right style for you – and bring a photo of your gown with you! Whether you use a pro for your makeup, have a friend do it or do it yourself, do a trial run before the wedding. In addition to looking in the mirror and getting feedback from close friends and/or family, take photos and evaluate those. Do you


BEAUTY like what you see? Do you want to make any changes? Now is the time to practice – not the day of your wedding! Keep it on throughout the day and see how it lasts. How does it look two, five or eight hours later? It is easy enough to touch up? Regular manicures in the one or two months before your wedding day will get your nails in perfect shape. You can probably avoid using acrylic nails this way, and enjoy the beauty of your own strong, healthy nails. Have your eyebrows professionally shaped at least two weeks before the wedding. If you’ve never done this before, you’ll be amazed at how different you look with well groomed brows! Some people may experience a red, rash-like reaction, so doing this early enough gives you time to recover if that happens to you. You will probably need to freshen them up a day or two before the wedding with a tweezers. If you use a professional for your makeup, be sure to have the same colors available to take with you for touch-ups during the day. Do use waterproof mascara and eye makeup, just in case you shed a tear or two… And use primers underneath your foundation, lipstick and eye shadow, so that your makeup lasts longer. You want your makeup to last! To take care of the skin and make your whole body beautiful, try a body wrap and waxing. Body wraps detoxify and soften the skin using minerals or other natural substances to help to heal acne problems on the back and chest. Body wraps may include a full body massage to encourage circulation, toning and relaxation. Body waxing is one of smoothest and longest lasting forms of hair removal. Your legs will be smooth and free of razor stubble and, you can even try bikini waxing to get rid of hair on a longer-term basis.



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

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

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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 92 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

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. 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,


PHOTOGRAPHY 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 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. 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.

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PHOTOGRAPHY Extra prints You will probably want to order extra photographs in addition to the main album and parents’ albums, for yourself 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.

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



A good test for a photographer is the engagement photo. Pay attention to their communication style and whether or not you are handled in a professional manner. Is this person willing to work with you? Do you love the results? Is the customer service excellent? Don’t sign up for the package deal until you’ve seen the end result.


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CREATING YOUR STORYBOOK wedding album

There are as many ways to package and price wedding photography as there are photographers. Plans range from packages to menus to la carte. However, one of the most creative plans is the photographic storybook. Storybook plans include a photographer for a specific number of hours and an album containing all of the photographs (less duplicates) taken at your wedding. Because each wedding is unique, most photographers offering storybook plans offer a price range instead of a set price for a specific number of hours of coverage. By having a price range instead of a set price, a wedding of any size or complexity can be covered completely in storybook form. For the bride who wants all of her

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photographs in a wedding album, the storybook plan is worth exploring. Whatever plan you choose, consider the three Ps of wedding photography: Price - When comparing prices, make sure you are comparing similar plans and quality. Pictures - Does the photographer offer the style of coverage you want? Styles range from traditional portraiture to contemporary photojournalism. Personality - Can you work well together and do you understand each other’s needs? Ask to see samples and a list of references from each photographer you interview. Remember that your photographer’s work will help you remember this special day forever. Take the time to ensure that you’re getting the right person for the job.




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Do remember to return rental items on time and undamaged.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Do arm your guest-book attendants with Scotch tape and instructions to make sure every card is securely taped to the appropriate gift. After all the handling and transporting your gifts will get, you can rest assured the cards will remain attached. Do

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

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

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

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Find out the deadline for the menu selection.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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 another 35 to 50 hours editing your wedding video, adding graphics and music, and other special effects. For all of the professional equipment, experience, and time you should expect to budget an amount similar to your photography budget. The one comment you will hear from brides and grooms after their wedding, is: “It went so FAST!” A wedding video will transport you back to that special day with outstanding visuals and terrific audio, and even let you catch special moments you would never have seen otherwise. Ask your videographer about showing photo to video montages, rush editing of wedding day highlights, or “Love Story” videos at your reception. Or, create your own customized video display. Music is an important component of these videos. Discuss whether you or you videographer will handle the music. Projectors for these 104 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

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. HOW TO EVALUATE SAMPLE WEDDING VIDEOS Ask to see the videographer’s wedding “demo” tape and a complete wedding


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COCKTAILS AND DINNER MUSIC The key element during cocktails and dinner is conversation, so the 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


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find someone you like, availability is less likely to be a problem. Consider how they sound as well as their personality and style. Whether you hire a band, small orchestra or DJ, your selection of musicians will be a guaranteed success as long as you provide a wide variety of music. From 50s doo-wop to disco, pop or rock, diversity is the key so that every guest attending can hear something they enjoy. You will also want to consider your reception site when determining your entertainment. Communicate with both your reception site manager, so that they are clear about your plans ahead of time, and with your band or DJ contact, so that they are familiar with the space, its limitations or requirements, and other details. If the band or DJ you’ve selected has never performed at your reception site before, ask if they can visit the location in person before your wedding to make sure it’s adequate for their needs: space, electrical power, lighting, etc. As with any wedding vendor, be sure that everything is very clear and in writing: the fees, cost and details on overtime, start and end times, alternate plans if a musician is sick that day, and so on. If any of your vendors don’t use a contract, then put all the details into a letter and copy it, sending one to the vendor and keep one in your files. Confirm all the details with your musicians about a week before the wedding. 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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WHERE TO START Wedding invitations include so many tiny etiquette details, from how to list the names to how to address the envelopes to how to arrange all the enclosures… and for this reason, it’s ideal to find a qualified local professional to be your “go-to” person for all of these questions – and more. Check online at premierbride.com to find stationers in your local area, attend local bridal shows or pull out the yellow pages. If you choose to purchase your invitations online, be sure to find a reputable retailer, and if possible, give yourself some extra time just in case there is a problem that would require more shipping time back and forth. You could also “test-drive” the customer service of an online retailer with an email and a phone question, to make sure they are reachable and responsive, to give yourself a little peace of mind. WHEN TO START Like all wedding responsibilities, the earlier you start, the more time you have to search, thoroughly evaluate options, and handle any problems that arise. It’s helpful to have your ceremony and reception details decided (when and where), and your basic wedding style and colors established. Knowing these things will help you find an invite that truly expresses the beauty and style of your day. If possible, order the invitations and other wedding stationery six or more months before the wedding to give yourselves plenty of time for reading and correcting proofs, printing, addressing, stuffing and mailing. Mail the invitations six to eight weeks before the wedding. Let any out-of-town guests who would need to arrange flights and/


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




FALL 2013 TRENDS Straight off the runway in New York City, one couldn’t help but see the fresh and emerging trends for next fall. It was easy to see that color is going to be a huge trend for the following year, but nobody really saw a green dress becoming a popular hue for a wedding gown. Be on the lookout for emerging colors such as pale green, blue and of course blush pink. Lace has been an important staple in bridal fashion for quite some time now, but this year it’s showing up everywhere. A boat neck gown with lace sleeves has been a popular stand out in bridal couture this year, as well as, the body conscious lace mermaid gown. Peplums have been popping up throughout the fashion industry and are no stranger to bridal fashion. There was an abundance of texture and shine at all of the runway shows and even some streamers to celebrate! Embroidery was a popular choice of texture this season including an

“eyelet” style, with the use of a peplum as well. Other popular trends in texture included: sequins, Swarovski Crystals and even streamers. Last but not least, Pnina Tornai set a trend for bridal fashion with her show stopping maternity gown. We at Premier Bride Magazine couldn’t be more thrilled at this gorgeous “Mother Nature” dress. In addition, a new plus size line by Yeasmine hit the runway, making it that much more accessible for every bride to get the dress she really wants.



Make the most of your time and be sure to start early. Start dress-shopping at least nine months prior to your wedding. It takes time for the manufacturer to make your dress, for fittings and alterations. Don’t procrastinate on this very important item.

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CAKES CHOOSING YOUR DESSERT What first? Think about the rest of your wedding. Your dessert should match your day, so take everything into account. If you have a paisley themed wedding at an indoor reception venue, a large tiered cake with paisley fondant would make a beautiful room centerpiece. If your day is going to be more princess pink, maybe you’ve considered a cupcake castle tower. A casual outdoor wedding is the perfect venue for a table of tasty and colorful candies or make-your-own ice cream sundaes. Did you meet at a baseball game? Order up a baseball 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

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


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of course set-up, delivery, and cleanup if necessary. You don’t want to be worrying about if your cake is going to show up on your big day. As with every wedding decision you make, don’t be afraid to switch bakeries or make demands if you don’t feel comfortable with the service you’re receiving. And the cost… Cakes are typically priced by the slice, which is generally anywhere from $1.50 to $6.50 per slice, depending on the style, ingredients, size and decorating. Your reception site or caterer may also charge a plating fee as well, often $.50 to $1.50 per person, to cut and serve the cake. Ask about this, and if there is a plating charge see if it’s negotiable.

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

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CAKES cake. Cupcake arrangements could be anything from a tower that resembles a traditional tiered cake to something more inventive such as mismatched layers of different colored cupcakes over decorated shelves. Make-Your-Own-Sundae! Who doesn’t love an ice cream sundae? Think of every topping you can, and then some, then let your guests run wild. Perfect for an outdoor summer wedding or one with lots of children, your guests will be craving this at every wedding they attend after yours. The make-your-own theme can also be popular with the cupcakes, if you provide a few types of frostings and toppings. Candies Table. The newest trend in wedding desserts, an array of colorful candies is sure to make eyes pop and sweet teeth scream. Arrange glass containers such as antique jars, fishbowls or giant martini glasses of gummies, chocolates, licorice, jelly beans, mints, toffees and more over an expansive table. Then, give guests a little (or huge!) plate or plastic bag and let them be a kid in a candy shop again. Pick treats that match your colors (often wrappers and candy colors can be custom ordered if they don’t match yours) or just let a rainbow of sweets entice the room. Late Night Coffee. This works best for small, upscale weddings with mostly adults as guests. Bring in a barista to whip up comforting lattes, cappuccinos and espressos to go with some rich coffee pastries such as biscotti or tiramisu.



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



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FLOWERS Deciding on flower arrangements may take considerable time and imagination on your part. Guidance and suggestions from your florist will smooth the process for you, so it is recommended to book your florist a year in advance if possible. Try to make a final selection for all your bouquets, boutonnieres, ceremony arrangements and reception centerpieces at least three months before the wedding, then meet with the florist again three weeks before your wedding date to iron out all the details. When meeting with floral designers, it is a good idea to bring fabric swatches of your gown and the bridesmaid’s dresses. It also helps to bring photographs or illustrations of specific flowers, colors and bouquet styles you prefer. If you are unsure which flowers will last and also look the best, ask your floral designer. Since you will want your floral arrangements to last throughout the day, your floral designer’s advice will be invaluable. Some flowers hold up beautifully in the sun while others are better suited for indoors. For example, it probably would not be wise to select gardenias if you are planning an outdoor wedding at midday in June. Gardenias are as delicate as they are beautiful, and under such conditions they would wilt long before the minister says, “you may kiss the bride.” For You and Your Wedding Party The first item of consideration will be the bridal bouquet, since all other floral arrangements will take their cue from this piece. It not only sets the tone for the overall floral scheme, but also provides the perfect opportunity for you to bring your own style and personality to the forefront. 128 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

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


FLOWERS 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. 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.



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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, singleor 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 can envision a symphony conductor’s attire, this is “white tie.”


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




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TRANSPORTATION your area. Trolleys generally can accommodate between 20 and 35 people, so they’re great for larger parties or adding on some family members or friends. With their antique look and old world charm, they’ll send a lovely, elegant touch to this wedding day detail. Since most have outdoor decks, these are especially fun in small towns so you can take a peek outside and watch onlookers wave at the newlyweds. And there’s no transportation alternative that looks as great in photos! UNIQUE ALTERNATIVES Limos, party buses and trolleys are great, traditional options, but some new couples might opt for something more personal or creative. A horsedrawn carriage is a romantic, vintage option, especially if you can decorate it with your wedding colors or pull up to your waving guests. Vintage cars are also great photo ops and add a touch of class. An antique Rolls Royce or a ’69 Mustang are fun and something you don’t get to ride in every day. Ride in style like the royal couple did in their April wedding in a decorated navy soft-top Aston Martin Volante.

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MARTINIQUE

FRENCH CARIBBEAN ISLANDS Discover the Caribbean on the tropical island of Martinique! Martinique is an island in the Caribbean that is one of the Lesser Antilles islands close to South America. Although the island is about 4,000 miles away from Europe, it is an overseas region of France.


Martinique is small island in the Caribbean sea measuring only 436sq mi. Although the island is only about 1/3 the size of Rhode Island, the island is the 3rd largest in The Lesser Antilles. The highest point in Martinique is an active volcano called Mount Pelee. Although the volcano is active, it’s last eruption was in 1905.

MUST-SEES & MUST-DOS Scuba Diving The waters surrounding Martinique offer some of the most comfortable and beautiful locations for diving. The water temperatures range in the 80’s, visibility is clear, and the waters are calm. You can explore anything from corals to Caribbean fish. If you happen to be near Saint Pierre, you can explore shipwrecks of the past and see ships sunk by the volcanic eruption of 1902. If you aren’t a certified diver there isn’t an issue, local hotels offer lessons in their pools for prospective divers!

Rum Distillery Tour In case you didn’t know, Martinique is home to some of the world’s finest rum. Explore the sugar cane fields that flavor the rum, tour the distillery, and finally go for a rum sampling! Throughout Martinique you can find various distilleries, each one with something different to offer. In case you want to start off with a tour of where the rum production really begins, with sugar, consider visiting the only remaining sugar factory on the island, The Galion sugar plantation.

Catamaran Excursion Explore the sister island of Saint Lucia, discover the mini islands surrounding Martinique, or explore the coral reefs! Multiple catamaran tours are available at different times throughout the day for your convenience. Each tour offers something

new to spectators. This can be anything from a boat ride to another island then a tour of the island to a day on the boat followed by snorkeling on the coral reefs and finished off with a creole buffet and open bar.

WHERE TO STAY Cap Est Lagoon Resort & Spa www.capest.com The finest five star resort in Martinique, Cap Est Lagoon Resort & Spa offers guests a truly relaxing vacation. Spend a day massaging away your stress at the spa or venture out onto the sea in a kayak for a day of adventure. The hotel offers private villas with plunge pools and water view garden rooms.

Hotel La Bateliere www.hotel-bateliere.com The bay of Fort-de France welcomes you to Hotel La Bateliere for your honeymoon getaway! The hotel features an al fresco restaurant, a piano bar, ocean view suites, a pool overlooking the bay of Fort-de-France, and private beach access. The hotel also offers two bars and a gourmet restaurant for your dining pleasure.

Buccaneer’s Creek www.clubmed.us/buccaneerscreek A hotel for all interests, Buccaneer’s Creek has something to offer everyone. Enjoy windsurfing, snorkeling, beach volleyball, beach front access, a beach side pool, and sea kayaking. For the avid eater, the hotel offers gourmet dining on a terrace over the sea.


WHAT TO EAT

Cap Est Arial View

Since you’re surrounded by the ocean why not reap the benefits? Dine on the freshest fish, shellfish, fruits, and rums. Martinique is a mixture of cultures which results in a local creole flavor. Anything from traditional African cuisine to Indian curry dishes can appear on your colorful plate.

The Belem For guests and hungry passer-bys of Cap Est Lagoon and Spa, The Belem offers vacationers a menu filled with local flair. The restaurant chef combines innovative with tradition and local products to wow and please the restaurant’s guests. The best part of this restaurant is that you are seated beside the ocean to relax and enjoy your meal with a view and a cool breeze. For this culinary treat expect to spend anywhere from 20€-40€for an entree.

Le Bleu Marine This restaurant caters to both guests of the Hotel La Bateliere as well as beach goers alike. Le Bleu Marine offers guests a true taste of creole flair. Each dish is specially made to reflect the local cuisine of Martinique. You can expect to pay anywhere from 18€-25€for an entree.

Cap Est Villa

Buccaneer’s Creek Honeymoon Suite

La Belle Epoque Located in a 20th century house, this elegant restaurant offers guests the pinnacle of haute French cuisine. Dress yourself to the nines and dine by candlelight under a crystal chandelier in the island’s capital Fort-de-France. Classical French sauces and dishes such as magret de canard (duck) and foie gras in a port wine reduction are featured on this menu as well as many local fresh fishes. Expect to pay anywhere from 25€-42€ for an entree.

Le Bleu Marine Restaurant


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CHARLESTON,

SOUTH CAROLINA

Founded in 1670, Charleston, SC is one of the South’s most historic destinations. Charleston offers luxury, history, and an abundance of Southern hospitality. This city is a hotspot for history lovers, romantics, beach goers, and cruise goers alike. So not only can you wine and dine in one of the most romantic southern cities, you can walk the beach by moonlight, then the next day be swept away to sea on a cruise-line for further ventures!


LAY OF THE LAND Being South Carolina’s second largest city, Charleston abounds with a population of 120,083 people that call the city home. Charleston is located on the coast of South Carolina just below the mid point of the coast line. The city is very much influenced by water. The Atlantic Ocean, Ashley and Cooper River, come together to form the peninsula that surrounds Charleston. The city often experiences floods during high tides and tropical storms.

MUSTSEES, MUSTDOS Haunted Tours Being so old Charleston must have some pretty gruesome horror stories to tell right? Your answer is most definitely yes! Take a stroll through a graveyard, read the tombstones, walk through a dungeon, experience the haunted jail, and see the dark side of Charleston. All the while through the 1 1/2 hr tour, guides tell you the history and stories of Charleston’s ghosts, haunted houses, witchcraft, and superstitions. Who knows, maybe you’ll even see a ghost?

Charleston Carriage Tour

Carriage Tours If ghosts are too frightening for your tastes, a carriage tour will be much more suitable for a daytime viewing. Carriage tours can be found all throughout the city at various times throughout the day. No matter what the size of your party there is a carriage tour to suit your needs. Small carriages seat anywhere from 2-6 people and larger parties, horse drawn wagon rides can seat from 12-20 people.

Magnolia Plantation & Gardens The plantation offers guests a plethora of activities for all interests! The plantation offers tours of the magnificent colonial Drayton family house, a nature train tour, a boat tour, a slavery to freedom exhibit, and even a petting zoo! Each tour lasts around 30-45 minutes and teaches guests about the history and local culture of the plantation.

Magnolia Plantation Magnolia Plantation


WHERE TO STAY Wentworth Mansion www.wentworthmansion.com

French Quarter Inn Exterior

Built in 1865 by a wealthy cotton tycoon, the Wentworth Mansion changed hands over time and ultimately became one of the top 3 luxury hotels in the United States. Start your day off with a complimentary breakfast in the hotel’s restaurant, enjoy the southern tradition of an evening port, sherry, and brandy, follow up with afternoon hors d’oeuvres and wine, a day at the spa, dinner in the mansion’s own fine dining restaurant, and finally tuck yourself in at night with the nightly turndown service complete with chocolates on your pillow.

The French Quarter Inn www.fqicharleston.com

French Quarter Inn Atrium

Immerse yourself in the heart of Charleston’s Historic District at the French Quarter Inn. Upon check in you can expect champagne and lady fingers promptly brought to your door. Evenings feature a wine and cheese reception for all guests of the hotel. Before bed, you can relive your childhood with warm milk and cookies served each evening in the hotel lobby. The next day, plan on a gourmet breakfst served in the lobby, terrace, or even stay in bed and have it delivered directly to your hotel room.

HarbourView Inn www.harbourviewcharleston.com Wentworth Mansion Exterior Wentworth Mansion Suite

Enjoy a hotel with a view, HarbourView Inn overlooks Charleston’s Waterfront Park as well as Charleston Harbor. From your window you can view the Ravenel Bridge, Fort Sumter, the USS Yorktown, as well as boats gliding along the waterways. Not just a hotel with a view, you can savor the other amenities this hotel offers. Amenities such as Portside Breakfast served atop the rooftop terrace, all day snacks and tea, afternoon wine and cheese, warm milk and cookies, afternoon hot tea, and an


evening turndown service with lightweight robes and a special treat on your pillow.

WHERE TO EAT In Charleston you expect to find an exquisite array of fresh seafood, comfort food, and southern cuisine. Keep an eye out for fresh fish, prawns, shrimp, and even gumbo while you’re in this particular port city! Harbor View Inn Exterior

Circa 1886 A hidden gem situated in Wentworth Mansion’s lovely gardens, the restaurant was originally the carriage house for the first owners of the mansion. Contrasting it’s classical historic physique, Circa 1886 serves up contemporary cuisine at it’s finest. This restaurant strives for only the finest local ingredients. Expect to pay anywhere from $25-$45 for a main entree.

Charleston Grill Located on historic King Street, the Charleston Grill offers guests a culinary variety like no other. This restaurant has a selection of four main menus for guests to choose from. Each one has it’s own flavor profile and specialties ranging from fresh seafood to down home southern cooking. You can expect to pay anywhere from $25-$40 for a main entree.

Harbor View Inn Waterfront View Suite

39 Rue de Jean Step off the streets of Charleston and into a restaurant reminiscent of a Parisian brasserie. 39 Rue de Jean serves guests classical French fare such as Coq au Vin and Ratatouille. The restaurant is open for three meals a day, brunch, lunch, and dinner. When dining here expect to pay anywhere from $14-$25 for a main entree. Charleston, South Carolina has so much to offer. The beauty of the plantations along with the history really makes an unforgettable honeymoon!

Charleston Grill 39 Rue de Jean


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ST PETERSBURG,

RUSSIA Do you like it cold? Do you like elegance? Then Russia is the place for you! Visit St.Petersburg, one of the world’s most elegant and beautiful cities. During the 18th and 19th centuries the royal emperors of Russia reconstructed and shaped St.Petersburg into one of the most architecturally stunning and grandiose places to live in the world. Where better to go than Russia to feel like the empress herself?


LAY OF THE LAND St. Petersburg is a city that has exceptional connections to water. The city is situated along the shores of the Neva Bay and the Gulf of Finland, as well as the surrounded by river deltas. The city lies at sea level and relies on the St. Petersburg Dam to prevent flooding during unusually high tides. Due to its latitude the city experiences a special phenomenon from mid May to mid July called the white nights. The white nights are a special event when twilight can last the entire night.

Exterior of the Winter Palace Winter Palace Jordan Stairs

MUSTSEES & MUSTDOS The Winter Palace Originally home to the Romanovs, this great palace not only displays extravagant rooms; it is also home to The Heritage Museum. The museum ranks among the best museums in the world, along with the Louvre in Paris and the British Museum in London. Stepping foot inside brings forth nostalgia of walking arm in arm with the emperors of a bygone past.

Performances at the Mikhailovsky Theatre

Mikhailovsky Theatre Everyone has heard of the famous Russian ballet, so since you’re in the heart of Russia treat yourself to a night at the Miklailovsky Theatre. Originally opened in 1833, the theatre’s original intent was for the French drama companies to perform their work for the emperor and high society. Later on, the theatre adopted German and Russian dramas as well as ballets and operas. Today, classical works of art as well as modern performances are staged in the Mikhailovsky Theatre. Classical ballets such as the Nutcracker and Swan Lake are still popular and frequently preformed. In addition, traditional operas such as The Barber of Seville and The Queen of Spades also frequent this renowned stage.

Taleon Lobby


WHERE TO STAY Taleon Imperial Hotel www.taleonimperialhotel.com

Kempinski Spa Hotel Astoria Presidential Suite

Built in the 18th century, this hotel was originally a palace commissioned by her majesty Catherine the Great. This hotel features an 18th century baroque style complete with painted ceilings, marble entry ways, and a grand staircase for the true royal feeling. Each room is fit for a king providing ample space and time frame appropriate furnishings with all the modern conveniences. You even have a choice of room decor at this hotel. Every room in the hotel is decorated differently for an exclusive design and appearance.

Kempinski Hotel Moika 22 www.kempinski.com/en/stpetersburg

Taleon Imperial Empress Suite

For wine lovers everywhere this hotel has something special to offer you, a private wine cellar. Go for a tasting in the Wine Cellar 1853 or even dine by candlelight in this imperialistic hotel. Complete with all the royal luxuries a hotel can offer, the Kempinski Moika features a wine cellar, tearoom, brasserie, luxurious rooms, world-class spa, private tours of the Catherine Palace, and river cruises around St.Petersburg.

Hotel Astoria www.thehotelastoria.com

Kempinski Executive Suite

One of the most famous names in luxury hotels, the Hotel Astoria has survived both revolution and two world wars. This year is exceptionally special to the hotel due to the fact it is celebrating its 100th anniversary. This five star hotel exhibits the exuberant style of the early 20th century with all the modern accommodations a guest could need.


WHAT TO EAT

Taleon Rooftop Breakfast

The Victoria Restaurant Located on the sixth floor of the Taleon Imperial Hotel, the Victoria Restaurant offers traditional Russian cuisine prepared at its finest. Dishes are made according to original recipes from the time of the Czars. Guests also have a fantastic view of St. Petersburg from the terrace. You can expect to pay anywhere from 550рубль to 1600рубль for an entree (approximately $17-$50) depending on what you would like. This restaurant even features a special menu for vegetarians.

Kempinski Wine Cellar Breakfast

The Tea Room For guests and tea enthusiasts alike, the Kempinski Hotel Moika 22’s restaurant the Tea Room, offers an experience like no other. If you’ve ever wanted to know what it would be like to take tea with the royals, the Tea Room is the place to go for the experience. Indulge yourself with Imperial Russian porcelain, a open log fireplace, fine French champagne, a stunning view of the Hermitage, a string duet, European cuisine, mulled wine, homemade cookies, and their renowned Winter Tea. Russians prefer to take time out of their day for afternoon tea, something they call “five o’clock”. Expect to pay anywhere from 650рубль-1150рубль for your tea time experience (around $20-$35 per person).

Kempinski Tea Room

The Flying Dutchman. Nautical lovers delight in this restaurant. Dine aboard a 17th century ship converted into a floating restaurant. Located in St. Petersburg harbor, this restaurant features fresh seafood and European favorites such as sea bass with tiger shrimp and ratatouille with lamb carpaccio. This extensive menu has something to offer just about everyone. When dining a the Flying Dutchman, you can expect to pay anywhere from 550рубль -1600рубль for an entree. Depending on what you like this converts to around $17-$50 for your entree.

The Flying Dutchman Restaurant


DESTINATION WEDDINGS

The Only WAY TO GO When Planning Your Destination Wedding or Honeymoon

is it right for you?

More and more couples are planning destination weddings and combining their wedding celebration and honeymoon. Here are a few reasons why. For anyone with a sense of adventure, there is no limit to the fun you can have when you choose a destination wedding. That’s why many brides and grooms are no longer taking the traditional church route, but instead looking for the perfect foreign country, distant mountain or secluded beach. From riding a camel across the desert to exchanging vows underwater in Mauritius, anything is possible with a destination wedding. One reason that so many couples are choosing destination weddings nowadays is because brides are busy. Most destination wedding resorts around the world have wedding planners who take care of the details so that you don’t have to. Destination weddings allow couples to express themselves. Often, for the second or third time couple, it is about making a statement and expressing to family and friends an idea of how they see their future together. Destination weddings can also be taken care of at once. Usually the wedding planner will handle the flowers, photographer, caterer, musicians and reception area, all with your input. In most cases the wedding planner will take care of the marriage license too and all you have to do is send the necessary documents.



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BRIDAL SHOWS for Northeast Wisconsin 2013

JANUARY 3, 2013

2012 EDITH’S BRIDAL FAIRE Holiday Inn 625 W. Rolling Meadows Drive, Fond du Lac 920-924-9697 x103, 4pm–7:30pm

JANUARY 4 & 5, 2013

THE WEDDING SHOW

Shopko Hall 1901 S. Oneida Street, Green Bay Friday 5-9pm, Saturday 10am-5pm www.pmishows.com, 800-236-2073

JANUARY 17, 2013

SHEBOYGAN BRIDAL SHOWCASE 2013

John Michael Kohler Art Center 608 New York Avenue, Sheboygan Doors open at 5pm Fashion show at 7:30, 920-458-2107

JANUARY 17, 2013

BAY CITIES RADIO BRIDAL EXPO

Little River Country Club N2235 Shore Drive, Marinette 4-7pm, 715-735-0225

JANUARY 27, 2013

THE WEDDING FAIRE

La Sure’s Banquet Hall 3125 South Washburn St., Oshkosh, 1-4:30pm www.theweddingfaire.net, 920-230-1970

JANUARY 27, 2013

2012 LOVE STORY BRIDAL EXPO Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center 1001 Amber Avenue, Stevens Point 1-5pm, 715-254-9933

JANUARY 27, 2013

MENOMINEE CASINO RESORT BRIDAL SHOW

Menominee Casino Resort Conference Center N277 Hwy 47/55, Keshena, 12-4pm, 715-853-759

FEBRUARY 2, 2013

BEST OF THE BEST WEDDING EXPO

The Final Approach W3244 County Road O, Sheboygan, 1-4pm 920-452-3111, www.maryangelis.com

FEBRUARY 24, 2013

BUYERS GUIDE 2013 BRIDAL EXPO

Waupaca Ale House 201 Fox Fire Drive, Waupaca, 11am-3:30pm 715-204-3009

FEBRUARY 24, 2013

VISUELLE PRODUCTIONS WISCONSIN WEDDING SPECTACULAR

Fox Cities Performing Arts Center 400 West College Ave., Appleton 10:30am-4pm, 920-982-7881 www.wisconsinbridalshows.com Presented by Visuelle Productions

MARCH 2, 2013

STADIUM VIEW

1963 Holmgren Way, Green Bay 10:30am-3:30pm, 920-884-3159

MARCH 3, 2013

A BRIDAL FAIRE AT CAMELOT

The Golf Club at Camelot, W192 Hwy 67, Lomira 11am-3pm, (920) 269-4949

MARCH 17, 2013

VISUELLE PRODUCTIONS WISCONSIN WEDDING SPECTACULAR

Radisson Hotel and Conference Center 2040 Airport Dr., Green Bay 54961, 10:30am-3pm Presented by Visuelle Productions www.wisconsinbridalshows.com, 920-982-7881

MARCH 17, 2003

VISUELLE PRODUCTIONS SPRING WEDDING SPECTACULAR

Radisson Hotel & Conference Center 2040 Airport Dr., Green Bay, 10:30am-3pm Presented by Visuelle Productions www.wisconsinbridalshows.com 920-982-7881

JUNE 20, 2013

VISUELLE PRODUCTIONS SUMMER BRIDAL SHOWCASE

Best Western Bridgewood Resort 1000 Cameron Way, Neenah, 4-8 pm Presented by Visuelle Productions www.wisconsinbridalshows.com 920-982-7881

JULY 22, 2012

THE WEDDING SHOW

Shopko Hall 1901 S. Oneida Street, Green Bay 10am-4pm, www.pmishows.com 800-236-2073

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February 24, 2013 Visuelle Productions WISCONSIN WEDDING SPECTACULAR Fox Cities Performing Arts Center 400 West College Ave., Appleton 10:30am-4pm 920-982-7881 www.wisconsinbridalshows.com Presented by Visuelle Productions March 17, 2013 Visuelle Productions WISCONSIN WEDDING SPECTACULAR Radisson Hotel and Conference Center 2040 Airport Drive, Green Bay 54961 10:30am-3pm Presented by Visuelle Productions www.wisconsinbridalshows.com 920-982-7881 June 20, 2013 Visuelle Productions SUMMER BRIDAL SHOWCASE Best Western Bridgewood Resort 1000 Cameron Way, Neenah 4-8 pm Presented by Visuelle Productions www.wisconsinbridalshows.com 920-982-7881 Fall Dates to be Announced in April of 2013

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STRESSFREE PLANNING 4 tips to keep you going

You’re engaged – hooray! Now the fun begins (you think) of planning a lovely wedding… trying on wedding dresses, registering for gifts, choosing the perfect party favor… fun, fun, fun. Then reality sets in, and you discover that planning a wedding takes an incredible amount of work. It requires making countless decisions, handling thousands of details, juggling endless tasks and errands, and doing it all while also maintaining your relationships, job, life and sanity. What’s a stressedout bride-to-be to do? We’ve got some suggestions for you! Start early. Obviously, the more time you have to plan, the more breathing room you have, and the more options you’ll have for wedding vendors. Stay organized. The two critical elements of staying organized include keep everything together in one assigned location and write everything down. Get help. The very best thing you could do for a stress-free experience (and a relaxing, stress-free wedding DAY) is hire a wedding consultant. Many couples feel that this just ‘isn’t for them’ and yet, without question, it could make the critical difference between having a fun, enjoyable wedding experience, and having a grueling one. Take breaks. Take regular restorative breaks from wedding planning where you don’t think about, talk about, or work on anything wedding-related. And remember there is life beyond the wedding!



2013 Edith’s

Bridal Faire Thursday, January 3, 2013 Holiday Inn 625 W. Rolling Meadows Drive Fond du Lac 920-924-9697 ext. 103

A BRIDE BY ANY OTHER NAME updating your identity

Today, many modern brides are choosing to retain their maiden name. Some choose the addition of the groom’s last name and a hyphen, but this can be unwieldy. The movement back toward tradition has more brides than ever taking on their husband’s names. Legal wrangles can be minimized by quickly tending to the paperwork.



Social Security Bank Accounts Credit Cards Doctor and Dental Records Auto Registration

Driver’s License Insurance Policies Credit Ratings Employment Records Memberships

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

• Bridal Accessories • Bridal Registry • Bridal Shows (See pgs 163)

• Cakes & Sweets • Catering

• Chapels/ Ceremonies

• Hotels/ Club Suites

• Party Rentals

• Decorating & Service

• Insurance

• Door County Weddings

• Internet Resources

• Photo Specialty

• Dry Cleaners/ Gown Preservation

• Lakeshore Weddings

(Also see Officiants)

• Formal Wear • Honeymoon

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

BANQUET FACILITIES & REHEARSAL DINNERS Bemis Conference Center (See pg 23)

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

• Musicians, Vocalists

• Transportation • Travel Agencies • Videography • Wedding Coordinators

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

(See pg 33)

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

(See pg 24)

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

(See pg 19)

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

(See pg 26)

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

(See pg 12)

Grand Meridian (See pg 64)

Butte des Morts Country Club

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

• Music & Entertainment

(See Banquet Facilities & Rehearsal Dinners)

Germania (See pg 63)

Brett Favre’s Steakhouse

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

(See Transportation)

• Reception Sites

Gardens of the Fox Cities (See pg 24)

Blue Harbor Resort & Spa

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

• Invitations • Limos & Carriages

• Florists

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

• Photography

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

(See pg 10)

Green Bay Botanical Garden (See pg 18)

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

(See pg 42)

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Green Bay Packers/Lambeau Field Atrium

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

Heidel House Resort & Spa

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

(See pg 43)

See pg 16

643 Illinois Ave., Green Lake www.heidelhouse.com (920) 294-3344

(See pg 25)

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

(See pg 12)

MENOM MENO MINEE CASINO RESORT RESO

(See pg 9)

Hwy 47/55 Duquaine Road Keshena, WI 54135

Holiday Inn Appleton

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

Holiday Inn Neenah Riverwalk

National Railroad Museum

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

(See pg 32)

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

(See pg 41)

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

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

(See pg 47)

North Shore Golf Club

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

(See pg 6)

Oshkosh Convention Center (See pg 41)

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

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

(See pg 34)

Oshkosh Country Club (See pg 62)

La Sure’s Hall Banquets & Catering 3125 S. Washburn St., Oshkosh www.lasures.com (920) 651-0796

11 W. Ripple Ave., Oshkosh www.oshkoshcc.com (920) 231-1076

(See pg 44)

Outeredge Stage (See pg 11)

Landmark Resort

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

800.343..7778 ext. 5692 800.343 menomineecasinoresort.com

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

(See pg 40)

Paine Art Center & Gardens (See pgs 27, 147)

The Lodge at Leathem Smith

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

(See pg 11)

The Marq

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

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(See pg 22)

Radisson Hotel & Conference Center (See pg 148)

The Mariner

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

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

(See pg 20)

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

(See pg 21)

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

(See pg 32)

Ridgeway Country Club

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

(See pg 29)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Ramada Plaza

Serenity Hills Bed & Breakfast

2750 Ramada Way, Green Bay www.greenbayramada.com (920) 499-0631

W10233 Hwy TT Prestige Lane, Hortonville (920) 779-9991 (See pg 36) (See pg 13)

Stadium View Banquet Hall

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

(See pg 35)

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

(See pgs 28, 147)

Thornberry Creek at Oneida

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

(See pg 37)

(See pg 45)

The Waters

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

(See pg 7)

(See pg 8)

Mary Kay Cosmetics

(See pg 87)

Now & Zen Hair Industry

833 Pennsylvania Ave., Sheboygan www.nowandzenhairind.com (920) 451-1678

(See pg 61)

Complete Wedding Accessory Shoppe 208 E. Wisconsin Ave., Appleton (920) 734-7989 (See pg 116) 2516 Calumet Dr., Sheboygan www.maryangelis.com (920) 452-3111

(See pg 116)

BRIDAL REGISTRY www.pinkapronpreview.com (866) 832-7792

(See pg 84)

Boston Store

BEAUTY & HEALTH www.marykay.com/whaas (608) 335-8984

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

Bella Bridal Network

Woodfire Lodge

2687 Men Cal Road, Brillion www.triplejwingandclay.com (920) 864-7070

BRIDAL ACCESSORIES

Mary Angeli’s (See pg 17)

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

(See pg 147)

Marlene’s

Tundra Lodge Resort

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

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

B’loonie Gifts (See pg 3)

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

DOOR COUNTY

White Lace Inn

(See pg 63)

BED & BREAKFASTS/ INNS (Also See Honeymoon)

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

(920) 459-4826 (920) 457-3611

Kohls Department Stores 3226 Calumet St., Appleton 800 W. Northland Ave., Appleton 913 W. Johnson St., Fond du Lac 500 Bay Park Sq., Ashwaubenon 2300 E. Mason St., Green Bay 4411 Dewey St., Manitowoc 1175 W. Winneconne Ave., Neenah 150 Crossroads Dr., Plover 3347 Kohler Memorial Dr., Sheboygan www.kohls.com

(920) 731-8200 (920) 734-3636 (920) 923-4600 (920) 499-0692 (920) 468-1300 (920) 682-4895 (920) 722-5000 (715) 344-0480 (920) 452-7666 (See pg 81)

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

(See pg 83)

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES 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 (715) 344-6942 (920) 743-5533 (715) 845-9611 (715) 421-5211

(See pg 33)

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

(See pg 19)

Grand Meridian

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

(See pg 10)

The Marq

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

(See pg 20)

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

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

CAKES & SWEETS Artistic Cakes & Cookies

(See pg 45)

(See pg 51)

CHAPELS/ CEREMONIES (Also see Officiants) Blue Harbor Resort & Spa

(See pg 123)

The Cake Guru

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

(See pg 63)

Gardens of the Fox Cities

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

(See pg 124)

Hartman’s Bakery 901 North 11th St., Manitowoc (920) 684-5988 www.hartmansbakerymanitowoc.com

(See pg 61)

(920) 725-7794 (920) 731-2181 (920) 882-6500 (See pg 122)

Wilmar Chocolates

1222 N. Superior St., Appleton www.wilmarchocolates.com (920) 733-6182 170 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

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

(See pg 26)

Green Bay Botanical Garden

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

740 W. Ryan (Hwy 10 West), Brillion www.cobblestonecrk.com (920) 756-3214

Zuppas

BRIDAL SHOWS (See pgs 163)

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

CATERING Cobblestone Creek Dining & Banquet

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

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

(See pg 12)

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

(See pg 124)

(See pg 42)

(See pg 41)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES The Marq

Landmark Resort

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

(See pg 20)

Outeredge Stage

(See pg 40)

Paine Art Center and Gardens

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

(See pg 148)

Newport Resort at Main St.

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

(See pg 22)

Serenity Amour

W10233 Hwy TT Prestige Lane, Hortonville www.prestigeexeclimo.com (920) 779-9991 (See pg 36)

Stone Harbor, A Door County Resort & Conference Center

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

(See pg 147)

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

(See pg 28 & 147)

White Lace Inn (See pg 28 & 147)

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

(See pg 37)

DECORATING & SERVICE B’loonie Gifts

2530 N. 15th St., Sheboygan www.blooniegifts.com (920) 457-3340 www.elegant-by-design.com (920) 470-6523

(See pg 61)

(See pg 54)

McVey Tent & Expo

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

(See pg 53)

Seize the Day Events LLC

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

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

(See pg 147)

DRY CLEANERS/ GOWN PRESERVATION Gunderson Cleaners

Elegant by Design

(See pg 55)

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

(See pg 56)

Lindeman’s Cleaning

DOOR COUNTY WEDDINGS Door County Trolley Inc.

www.doorcountytrolley.com (920) 868-1100

(See pg 27 & 147)

The Lodge at Leathem Smith

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

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

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

(See pg 148)

EAST GREEN BAY 1231 S. Monroe 1620 Lime Kiln WEST GREEN BAY 2087 S. Oneida 705 Cardinal Ln. (Howard) 900 George St., DePere www.pbnewi.com PREMIER BRIDE • 171


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES www.lindemanscleaning.com (920) 435-5345

(See pg 57)

Traditions Dry Cleaners 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

(See pg 147)

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

(See pgs 28, 147)

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

Branching Out

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

(See pg 129)

FORMAL WEAR Du Bois Formalwear (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

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

White Lace Inn

FLORISTS

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

Newport Resort at Main St.

(920) 921-6125 (920) 233-0656 (See pg 132)

Schroeder’s

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

(See pg 61)

DOOR COUNTY

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

(See pg 24)

Blue Harbor Resort & Spa

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

(See pg 63)

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

(See pg 24)

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

(See pg 23)

Landmark Resort

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

(See pgs 27, 162)

7888 Church St., Egg Harbor www.newportresort.com (800) 468-6160 (See pg 27, 147)

The Lodge at Leathem Smith

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Best Western Bridgewood Resort Hotel & Conference Center

Newport Resort at Main St.

Landmark Resort

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

HOTELS/ CLUB SUITES

Kress Inn

HONEYMOON (Also see Bed & Breakfasts/Inns & Travel Agencies) 7643 Hillside Rd., Egg Harbor www.thelandmarkresort.com (800) 273-7877

(See pg 147)

(See pg 148)

(See pg 162)

Radisson Hotel & Conference Center 2040 Airport Dr., Green Bay www.radisson.com/greenbaywi (920) 494-7300

(See pg 21)


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

(See pgs 28, 162)

B’loonie Gifts

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

Sybaris Pool Suites

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

LAKESHORE WEDDINGS

(See pg 161)

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

INSURANCE Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company

Discovery Coach

McClone Insurance Group

Hartman’s Bakery

PO Box 3601, Neenah www.perfectcircleinsurance.com 888-884-2424 (See Inside Front Cover) 150 Main St., Suite 102, Menasha www.mcclone.com (920) 725-3232

(See pg 134)

(See pg 61)

Blue Harbor Resort & Spa

1139 Pennsylvania Ave., Sheboygan www.discoverycoach.com (920) 459-2960 901 North 11th St., Manitowoc www.hartmansbakerymanitowoc.com 920-684-5988

(See pg 63)

(See pg 62)

(See pg 61)

Imprint Photography

www.imprintphotographyonline.com (920) 901-2736

INTERNET RESOURCES

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

Premier Bride

www.pbnewi.com

833 Pennsylvania Ave., Sheboygan www.nowandzenhairind.com (920) 451-1678

B’loonie Gifts

(See pg 61)

(See pg 117)

Complete Wedding Accessory Shoppe 208 E. Wisconsin Ave., Appleton (920) 734-7989 (See pg 116)

Mary Angeli’s

(See pg 61)

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

(See pg 61)

LIMOS & CARRIAGES (See Transportation)

(See pg 116)

Seize the Day Events

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

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

Tents Inc.

Marlene’s

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

(See pg 63)

Schroeder’s

By Invitation

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

(See pg 62)

Now & Zen Hair Industry

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

(See pg 60)

John Michael Kohler Arts Center

(See pg 55)

MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT AC Royal Entertainment www.acroyal.com 800-236-DJDJ

(See pg 109)

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Global Entertainment

Tents Inc.

www.blobalphotobooth.com 800-901-1007

(See pg 97)

Matt’s DJ Service

www.mattsdjservice.com (920) 375-0809

(See pg 111)

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

(See pg 109)

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

(920) 924-7535 (920) 751-0177 (See pg 108)

(See pg 110)

(See pg 109)

(See pg 94)

(See pg 92)

www.gosiasphotography.com (920) 733-1087

(See pg 90)

www.imprintphotographyonline.com (920) 901-2736

(See pg 60)

Lanari Photography

(See pg 93)

Picture This

Elegant by Design

(See pg 54)

Fox Cities Party Rental

Wedding and Special Event Photography www.picturethisofwi.com (920) 968-7577 (See pg 91)

Together Wedding Photography & Video Ltd. 103 E. Main St., Hortonville (10 min. from Appleton) www.togetherwedding.com (920) 779-0360

(See pg 96)

Unveiled Portraits (See Pg 54)

McVey Tent & Expo

(See pg 53)

Seize the Day Events LLC

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

(See pg 95)

PHOTO SPECIALTY Nite Lights Entertainment

(See pg 55)

www.nitelightsent.com (920) 632-4892

(See pg 109)

The Photobooth

www.globalphotobooth.com 800-901-1007 174 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

(See pg 95)

Cook Photograph Company

www.lanariphotography.com 920-540-2488

W6246 County Road BB, Suite G, Appleton www.1stchoicesanitationllc.com (920) 830-9803 (See pg 52)

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

www.ardentphoto.com (920) 858-9827

IMPrint Photography

1st Choice Sanitation LLC

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

PHOTOGRAPHY

Gosia’s Photography

PARTY RENTALS

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

(See pg 52)

Ardent Photography LLC

www.cuttingedgephoto.net 906-779-5085

Quartette Affetuoso

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

www.youllbefloored.net 920-850-5637

Cutting Edge Photography

Nancy Blanchard Watts, Harpist

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

(See pg 61)

You’ll be Floored

1020 American Dr. Suite 101, Neenah www.cookphotograph.com 920-216-5077

MUSICIANS, VOCALISTS 3225 Waubenoor Dr., Green Bay nancyharp@gbonline.com (920) 337-9475

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

(See pg 97)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES

PhotoboothNV There simply isn’t a more entertaining and unique way to capture the memories of your special day!

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

(See pg 143)

Weddings • Airport Service • Dining • Concerts • Sporting Events Night on the Town • No Travel Charge • Sedan Service Available

920-73-BOOTH OR 262-424-2950 nlindbeck@gmail.com

WWW.PHOTOBOOTHNV.COM SHEBOYGAN

RECEPTION SITES

(See Banquet Facilities & Rehearsal Dinners)

920-452-5696

KIEL

773-2270

MANITOWOC

920-682-5767

www.stardustlimousine.com

TRAVEL AGENCIES TRANSPORTATION Davister’s Stables

4031 Humboldt Rd., Green Bay http://fp1.centurytel.net/davisterscarriages (920) 468-8023 (See pg 141)

Discovery Coach

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

(See pg 62)

Door County Trolley, Inc.

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

Fox World Travel

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

(See pg 144)

Way to Go Travel & Tours

148 Shelley Lane, De Pere www.waytogotravelandtours.com 920-337-2028

(See pg 161)

VIDEOGRAPHY MVP Wedding Films

(See pg 148)

ELS - Escort Limousine Service

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

(See pg 105)

Corporate Office (920) 494-3818 Sheboygan (920) 918-5466 Wausau (715) 432-5466 Showroom: 711 Hinkle St., Green Bay www.escortlimo.com (See pg 139)

Together Wedding Photography & Video Ltd.

Heritage Limousine

WEDDING COORDINATORS

www.heritagelimousine.com (920) 855-6166

(See pg 138)

L&S Classic Limousine

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

Elegant by Design (See pg 138)

Lamers Limousine Service

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

(See pg 140)

Lamers Trolley & Coaches

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

103 E. Main St., Hortonville (10 min. from Appleton) www.togetherwedding.com (920) 779-0360 (See pg 96)

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

(See pg 55)

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

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THE WEDDING TIMELINE

Shop for and order wedding gown, veil and accessories

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

24 MONTHS AHEAD

12 MONTHS AHEAD

Decide on the budget

912 MONTHS AHEAD

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

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

Arrange ceremony rehearsal and notify participants

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

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

12 MONTHS AHEAD

Choose attendants

Select band or DJ for reception

Book musicians for ceremony Select florist

Reserve accommodations for out-of-town guests

24 WEEKS AHEAD

Select caterer

Order invitations, personal stationery and thank you notes

Select and purchase guest favors Find and reserve rehearsal dinner location

1 WEEK AHEAD

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

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

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

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

Arrange for final fittings on your gown

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

Register for gifts at one to three stores

Order wedding cake

Mail invitations

Start reception seating chart and placecards

Reserve wedding day transportation

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

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

Prepare printed program for ceremony

Get engagement photo taken

69 MONTHS AHEAD

Buy and wrap attendants’ gifts

Select ceremony music, readings and vows and meet with officiant

Compile guest list

Select videographer

46 MONTHS AHEAD

Address wedding invitations

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

Reserve accommodations for wedding night Finalize guest list

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FOR HER:

DON’T FORGET...

WEDDING ATTIRE

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

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

FOR HIM:

WEDDING DAY EMERGENCY KIT

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

HONEYMOON CHECKLIST

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

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

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

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

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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_____________

Groom’s Boutonniere

_____________

Attendants’ Boutonnieres

_____________

_____________

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

_____________

Hosts for Out-of-Town Guests

_____________

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

_____________

Attendant Accommodations

_____________

Bridesmaids’ Dresses/Shoes

_____________

Flower Girl’s Dress

_____________

Groomsmens’ Formalwear

_____________

Ring Bearer’s Attire

_____________

Bridesmaids’ Luncheon

_____________

Other

_____________

Rings

_____________

Ceremony

_____________

Reception

_____________

Music

_____________

GIFTS

Maid/Matron of Honor

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

FLOWERS

_____________

Attendants’ Bouquets

FAVORS & ACCESSORIES

STATIONERY

Bride’s Bouquet

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SHARING THE COST

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

GROOM

BRIDE

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

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

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

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

Accommodations for out-of-town attendants (optional)

Formal wear for best man & groomsmen (optional)

Luncheon for bridal party

Accommodations for out-of-town attendants (optional)

Informal stationery

Marriage license Fee for officiant

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

GROOM’S FAMILY

BRIDE’S FAMILY

Honeymoon Engagement party

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

WEDDING PARTY

Videographer

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

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

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GROOM’S CAKE

CAKE STYLE

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

SETUP DETAILS

CAKE ACCESSORIES

Description

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

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

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

Tea Lunch Cocktails Dinner

Regional Seasonal Exotic Ethnic Thematic

SERVICE

Breakfast/Brunch

FLAVOR

TYPE

CATERING PLANNER

Salad Entrée Dessert

Beef Chicken Vegetarian Pork Seafood

DESSERT

Soup

ENTRÉES

COURSES

Appetizer

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

Dessert Hors d’oeuvres

Cocktails

Regional Seasonal Exotic Ethnic Thematic

Lamb

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

Vegetarian Kosher Halal Other

RENTAL ITEMS

Full Bar

SPECIAL

ALCOHOL*

Pasta

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

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HELPERS

FLOWERS BY SEASON

TERMINOLOGY

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

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

SPRING

SUMMER

FALL

WINTER

YEAR ‘ROUND

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WEDDING PARTY

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

RECEPTION

CEREMONY

Other

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

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MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT PLANNER

CEREMONY

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

START TIME

SONG/PERFORMED BY

START TIME

Prelude Processional Service Recessional Postlude Other Other

RECEPTION

Other

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

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BRIDE’S PHOTOS:

GROOM’S PHOTOS:

PREWEDDING

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

Bride getting ready

RECEPTION

Guests at cocktail party

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

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

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

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

CEREMONY

PORTRAITS

PHOTOGRAPHY PLANNER

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

Group pictures & candids throughout reception

Clergy, groom & best man at altar

Musicians

Bride & father walking down aisle

Bride & Groom’s first dance

Father giving bride’s hand to groom

Bride & Father, Groom & Mother dance

Guests watching the ceremony

Guests dancing

Vow exchange

Cake, cake table & cake cutting

Ring ceremony

Couple feeding each other cake

Candids of bride’s/groom’s face

Bouquet toss Garter removal & toss

Unity candle ceremony, kiddush cup ceremony, etc.

Sweetheart dance

Signing of wedding certificate

Going-away vehicle (especially if decorated)

Groom kissing the bride

Bride & groom in going away clothes

Recessional

Newlyweds departing & guests’ farewell

Guests throwing rice, flower petals, etc.

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LOCATION

RECEPTION PLANNER DATES AVAILABLE

LOCATION

SIZE

USED FOR

Indoor

Small (<100)

Ceremony

Outdoor

Medium (100-250)

Reception

Same site as ceremony

Large (250+)

Dressing

Walking distance from ceremony

Overnight rooms

SITE SERVICES

Within ______ miles of ceremony site

SERVICES PROVIDED

RENTALS AVAILABLE

Rooms

Tables

Food

Chairs & chair covers

Beverage/Alcohol

China, glassware, silverware & serving dishes

Disabled access

Linens

Adequate parking Valet

Ratio of guests to servers: ___________

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

DECORATIONS

PROVIDED

STYLE

More than one event at a time

RECEPTION

Head table Guest tables

BRINGING OWN DECORATIONS What are decorating restrictions?

Cake table Guest book table

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

When can decorations/favors come in?

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

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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 PAYMENT INFORMATION NAME / PHONE

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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