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Our extraordinary new venue can offer a variety of unique, personalized services and amenities that set us apart in the Fox Cities. Imagine your names and photographs featured on our video board as fireworks light up the sky, announcing your marriage to the world.

A Room With A View!

We are a premier venue perfectly designed for upscale or casual weddings, bridal showers and receptions of all kinds.

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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

General Manger JEAN SHONKWILER

Contributing Writers SHAWN DOBBINS RACHELLE DRAGANI KELSEY LAWLER Contributing Photographers angelitaphotography.com ardentphoto.com capturingyourday.com gosiasphotography.com jmtfoto.com lanariphotography.com lusterstudios.com picturethiswi.com spottswoodphotography.com togetherwedding.com

Fashion Location: PAINE ART CENTER & GARDENS

Beauty Cakes Catering Flowers Rings Groom Invitations

103 Music & Entertainment 50 Party Rentals 87 Photography 137 Transportation 97 Videography 54 Wedding Coordinators

Cover & Fashion Photography: GOSIA’S PHOTOGRAPHY Gowns & Headpiece:

BRIDAL ELEGANCE ELAINE’S WEDDING & EVENT CENTER ERIKA’S BRIDAL COUTURE VICTORIAN BRIDAL & FORMALWEAR

Table Design: SEIZE THE DAY EVENTS

Floral: EBB AND FLOW FLOWERS Lighting: MATT’S DJ SERVICE Painter: JULIE JILEK Models: KABO XIONG, FORTE MODELING CORRADO PANNUZZO GILLIAN LOCKE SCARLETT SALZWEDEL Hair & Make up JESSI KOEHLER & SHERRI MEHLMAN Epic-A Modern Salon Food: ZUPPA’S

Men’s Formalwear: DUBOIS FORMALWEAR

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Come Celebrate With Us!

Green Bay’s Upscale Wedding Facility Located minutes from Green Bay. Receptions for up to 300 guests.

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Breathtaking views and a picturesque venue for your wedding.

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We are perfect for: · Weddings · Showers · Rehearsal Dinners · Anniversary Parties · Private Parties · Business Meetings · Golf Outings & Events

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Is your ring insured?

As soon as bring your engagement ring home, make sure that your insurance policy is updated to offer adequate protection in the event of a loss or theft.

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Rings THE CIRCLE OF LOVE: understanding the basics

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


RINGS

Happily Ever After…

KNOW YOUR METALS Gold Gold is classic, beautiful and popular. Pure gold is too soft for practical use, so it’s mixed with other metals for jewelry. 14-karat gold retains its brilliant gold color, but is durable enough for daily wear, and can be polished easily. A Door County Waterfront Resort 107 North 1st Avenue • Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235 (920) 746-9004 • www.stoneharbor-resort.com

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On-site Ceremonies

• Seats 400 guests comfortably • 161 Suites and Rooms • Professional Staff and Coordinators Stone Harbor Resort & Conference Center 107 North 1st Avenue • Sturgeon Bay (920) 746-0700 • www.stoneharbor-resort.com

EVERYTHING YOU COULD EVER WANT... Elegance, Affordability, Convenience, Individualized Service...Enjoyable!

• Offering complete wedding reception facilities accommodating up to 500 people • Outdoor Landscaped Courtyard with Fountain • No Hidden Fees • Round Tables for an Intimate Atmosphere • Off-Site Catering • On-Site Lodging Available • Family and Plated Serving Styles ($10-$15/plate) • Friday and Sunday Specials • Rehearsal Dinners Highway 10 West | 740 W. Ryan St. | Brillion

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White gold White gold is made by mixing pure gold with other white metals such as silver, palladium or zinc. It does have a slightly yellow tint, unless it’s coated with a very white metal called rhodium. This provides a very white metal look, but it’s likely that it will need to be re-coated every one to two years as the rhodium wears away. Platinum Extremely popular in the last decade or so, platinum is a very white, heavy (which many people like that substantial feel), and durable metal. It’s a gorgeous, long-lasting compliment to diamonds! Popular demand for this metal has driven the price up quite a bit, and maintenance is more complicated than gold. Palladium A “sister” metal to platinum, palladium is a naturally white metal (whiter than white gold), and like platinum, it is strong, non-tarnishing and hypoallergenic. It’s also less expensive than platinum, making it a good metal to consider if you like the white metal look. Titanium and tungsten carbide Usually used for men’s wedding bands, both of these metals are extremely durable, 100% hypoallergenic and relatively inexpensive. Titanium can be oxidized to create some brilliant


Ceremonies Receptions Photography

Historic settings and flourishing gardens amidst an English-style country estate

Oshkosh, Wisconsin www.thepaine.org Photographs: center, Images by Tiffany; left top, Weston Imaging Group; left center, Hillary Quella Photography

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3177 French Road De Pere, WI 54115 920.532.4811

Pick a location… one of ours or yours!

Your wedding day is a special moment in time. From exchanging vows in our beautiful garden gazebo or the arbor under the willows, to celebrating at your festive reception,The Marq makes every part of your day memorable.

Introducing a new Suamico location! Formally Suamico Ale House Banquet Center A proud new member of the

family.

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The Marq is Northeast Wisconsin’s premiere special event catering company featuring fine banquet dining and off-site catering for weddings, corporate events, special occasions and more.

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Let’s make it special!


Outeredge Stage Weddings and Receptions

* EXQUISITE VENUE LOCATED IN THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN APPLETON * * STATE-OF-THE-ART AUDIO AND LIGHTING *

303 N. ONEIDA ST, APPLETON • 920-809-0131 find us on facebook RINGS accent colors such as bright blue, purple and so on, creating a very unique and interesting look. Tungsten carbide is twice as hard as steel and almost impossible to scratch, making is a great metal for very active men. These metals cannot be resized once the ring is made, so order the size carefully. KNOW YOUR DIAMOND When shopping for a diamond, you will quickly be introduced to the “Four Cs” – cut, color, clarity and carat. All four features can make a dramatic impact on the quality, and therefore price, of a diamond. Cut Cut really refers to the proportions of a diamond and it’s facets, as opposed to its shape, which includes round (brilliant),

oval, pear, marquise, emerald, square (princess or radiant), heart and triangle. Regardless of its shape, a diamond gets its brilliancy from the cutting, and maximizing the reflection of light. When a stone is cut too shallow or too deep, the light that enters through the top is allowed to escape through the diamond’s bottom and minimizes its brilliance. Color The best color is no color at all (when desiring a white diamond), because it reflects the most light. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) ranks diamonds on a standard 23-grade scale from D through Z. D, the highest rating, indicates a perfectly colorless stone, while Z, the lowest rating, indicates a light yellow stone. www.pbnewi.com PREMIER BRIDE • 9


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Celebrate your wedding in this beautiful rustic venue.

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– Outdoor Ceremonies – – Seating at round tables for 200 – – Built-in bar and air-conditioning – – Bonfire with s’mores – – Hotels near-by with shuttle service –

920-664-1011

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Your Special Day...

...The Perfect Place

Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center

is the premier venue in central Wisconsin. We pride ourselves on our outstanding service, delectable menus and our state-of-the-art facilities. Call today for information and to schedule a tour!

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Clarity Clarity is defined by the number, color, nature, size and position of natural marks, called inclusions, contained in the gem. Inclusions occur naturally during the process of crystallization, when minute traces of minerals are trapped in the diamond. Excellent clarity means light can pass unimpeded through the stone and increases its value. The GIA judges clarity based on a standard 11-point scale from Flawless through Imperfect 3 (see the clarity scale at the end of this article.) Carat Diamonds are weighed in carats, which may also be expressed as “points,” where one carat equals 100 points. A diamond of 50 points, for example, equals ½ carat. Diamonds of more than one carat are extremely rare (one in a thousand), and therefore very valuable. But remember that carat weight is only one factor in determining value. Two diamonds of the same size can vary considerably in value depending on the other three factors – cut, color and clarity. APPRAISE IT Once rings have been selected and purchased, request an appraisal. This is a written estimate of the value of your jewelry, and should include specific indications of the four Cs. Immediately after purchase, photograph your jewelry for insurance purposes, and make sure your current policy has adequate coverage. If it doesn’t, consult your insurance agent about amending your policy. TAKE GOOD CARE Although diamonds are the hardest natural substance known to man, a hard


Picture Perfect Weddings

Weddings for up to 400 Ballroom & Outdoor Patio Overlooking Golf Course Professional Wedding Planner Whirlpool & Fireplace Suites Aquatic Fun Center Fitness Center Bridgewood PREMIER Catering

BEST WESTERN PREMIER Bridgewood Resort Hotel & Conference Center 1000 Cameron Way • Neenah 920.720.8000 800.514.5206 www.bridgewoodresorthotel.com

Intimate Weddings for up to 80 Rehearsal Dinners Romantic Getaways Whirlpool & Fireplace Suites Spa BenMarNico’s

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Fox Valley’s Most Memorable Venue Located on the banks of the Fox River providing a romantic backdrop for your wedding day.

PULLMANS WATERFRONT BANQUETS

Our Banquet facility can accommodate up to 220 guests and features its own private patio overlooking the waterfront and downtown Appleton skyline. We specialize in heavy hors d’oeuvres receptions, unique plated dinners, and themed buffet options. Our delicious food, professional service, and unparalleled location make Pullmans Waterfront Banquets the perfect place for your wedding day! We can also host outdoor wedding ceremonies in two unique locations.

Ask our event coordinator about our other private rooms to host your bridal shower or rehearsal dinner.

619 S. Olde Oneida St., Appleton

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RINGS blow could still chip one, so don’t wear your ring when doing rough work. You should also avoid direct contact with chlorine bleach and chlorinated pool water, which could pit and discolor the mounting. To clean your jewelry, regularly soak them for about 30 minutes in either a commercial jewelry cleaner, or a homemade solution comprised of equal parts cold water and ammonia, or a mixture of warm water and mild detergent. Brush the stones gently with an eyebrow brush or soft toothbrush, then rinse thoroughly under warm water and pat dry with a lint-free cloth. Have you rings checked annually by your jeweler for loose prongs or settings. This is especially important if you have only four prongs, because just one broken prong will cause you to

lose your stone. These precautions and gentle care will pay you back with years of enjoyment and pride in this precious symbol of your union. DIAMOND CLARITY SCALE • FL & IF: Flawless and internally flawless (inclusions not visible under 10x magnification) • VVS1 & VVS2: Very, very slight inclusions (extremely difficult to see under 10x) • VS1 & VS2: Very slight inclusions (difficult to see under 10x) • SI1 & SI2: Small inclusions (noticeable under 10x) • I1, I2 & I3: Imperfect (flaws visible to the unaided eye)

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

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Reception What you need to know before booking your reception site

You’ve been pronounced “husband and wife,” so now it’s time to kick off those heels and celebrate! This is a time for you and your brand new husband to relax, mingle, dance, chat and thoroughly enjoy the company of your friends and loved ones. While finding the ideal reception location is one of the biggest and most important wedding-related tasks, have no fear…we’re here to help.  www.pbnewi.com PREMIER BRIDE • 15


RECEPTION Below are six simple steps to finding the right reception site for your perfect day.

Weddings at Heritage Hill Picturesque chapel and Victorian gazebo ceremonies. Our reception facilities allow you to have your entire event in one location.

www.heritagehillgb.org

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


Memorable Times Begin at the Tundra Your Vision….Your Day….Our Expertise

WE WILL CREATE THE HAPPIEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE! • Two majestic ballrooms serving groups up to 350 for receptions • Accommodations for intimate ceremonies, rehearsal dinners and bridal showers • Personalized menus to fit your needs • Local Shuttle Service • Group lodging room discounts available • Accommodations for Couples and Families

Tundra Lodge Resort, Waterpark & Conference Center 865 Lombardi Avenue, Green Bay

(920) 405-8700 • www.tundralodge.com


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

your needs, depending on your style, season and estimated guest count. Once you’ve selected some possibilities, it’s time to go on a road trip with your fiancé, maid of honor and/or Mom and check out the sites in person. Step 3: Evaluating reception sites Now the real work begins. Every site offers advantages and disadvantages, and your job is to sift through all of the features of each site, to find the best one for your wedding, all while keeping your budget in mind. Here are some factors to consider: Location. The reception site should be no more than a 30-minute drive away from the ceremony location. A longer drive than that is really asking too much of your guests! If the location is difficult to find, or will offer special challenges

Experience The Difference Experience a Country Club Reception Experience our beautifully landscaped setting Experience our extensive Menu Choices and outstanding attention to detail

2913 County Road II, Neenah

www.ridgewaygolf.com

920-722-2979

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Your perfect backdrop... On the shores of beautiful Green Lake    

Outdoor Ceremonies & Receptions Ballroom with Lake Views and Walkout Terrace Bachelorette Party Spa Retreats Private Yacht Cruises with Bar & Catering

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RECEPTION to get there (say, located near a football stadium that has a home game on your wedding day), you should consider providing transportation for your guests from the ceremony site, and back to their cars after the reception. Size and layout. Will everything happen in one big room, or in separate rooms for the cocktail hour, dinner, dancing? Will it comfortably hold the number of tables you’ll need, and will everyone dine in the same room? Is there room for a band or DJ, and for cocktail hour musicians, if you’re having them? Privacy. If your venue does multiple events, find out if there are other bookings at the same time or on the same day as yours. If so, ensure that there will be adequate privacy and separation for your celebration. There should also be ample time in between

events to allow your caterer or other service people to set up or break down your party. Parking. Make sure there is convenient, well-lighted, ample parking for your guests, and if not, find out if valet service is available. Technical details. Whether you intend to have a DJ or a band, inquire about possible restrictions regarding the type, volume or duration of music. Be sure to confirm that there is an adequate power supply for speakers, mixers and amplifiers, or good acoustics for string and wind instruments. Some sites have built-in public-address systems which can be used for introductions and toasts. If your site of choice doesn’t offer this equipment, make sure your DJ or musicians can provide it. CONTINUED ON PAGE 23 www.pbnewi.com PREMIER BRIDE • 19


WEDDING PAINTING

creating unique and distinctive works of art that last a lifetime Fifty years ago your options to capture a wedding were limited to hiring a photographer, most likely your uncle with a trusty new Nikon F, to snap a few shots of bride and groom standing in front of a church, greeting guests and eating a piece of cake. Your pictures were then placed in a heavy book and eventually stuck beneath a pile of sweaters in the closet to sit for decades collecting dust. Today’s brides have a wealth of options to capture their day, from professional photographers and videographers to photo booths to disposable cameras scattered along the table settings. Beyond the obvious, a new and exciting element to include in your day while at the same time creating a timeless and beautiful work of art that will become the center of your home:

GOSIA’S PHOTOGRAPHY

Capturing your love of a lifetime on canvas!

Julie Jilek WISCONSIN’S PREMIER WEDDING PAINTER

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wedding painting. Every bride is looking for that lone element that makes their wedding stand out and hiring a Wedding Painter can do just that. Wedding painting is not a new idea. The Greeks celebrated marriage by painting vases that would be given to the bride and groom to be used in their home. Much like a photographer captures snapshots of the wedding day, a wedding painter uses your event to create a distinctive work of art to last a lifetime. Paintings are done on-site at the event itself. Think about it, you have looked at dozens of venues before finally deciding on the perfect location; why not record it properly with the care and respect it deserves? Or maybe you are tying the knot at a breathtaking outdoor location; you can have a wedding painter create a beautiful work of art, on-site during your ceremony. Not only can wedding painting give you a highly personalized piece of fine art but it also provides an out of the ordinary experience that your guests will never forget. Your family and friends can witness your painting unfold before their very eyes, capturing on canvas a signature piece that you will treasure for a lifetime. By hiring a wedding painter you are not only getting a oneof-a-kind keepsake but also engaging entertainment that will delight your guests. Similar to other services, a variety of options are available. A professionally trained artists can suggest what would best for your specific wedding location and what would provide you with exactly what you’re looking for: an heirloom quality painting of your special day that is worthy of hanging in the finest art galleries.

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Your Wedding on the Waterfront

• Outdoor ceremonies and cocktail parties

• On-site wedding coordinator

• Spectacular receptions for up to 1,000 guests

• Experienced professional staff

• Rehearsal dinners and bridal showers • Exceptional menu selection

• Newly renovated hotel - Opened Spring 2013 • Guest rooms and suites overlooking the water

• Off -premises catering

1 North Main Street • Oshkosh, WI

920-230-1900

www.oshkoshwaterfronthotel.com

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Receptions up to 300 Private Bar Rehearsals & Bridal Showers Family Style, Plated & Buffet Dinners Off-Premises Catering

320 Chute Street • Menasha • 920.725.6666


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

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AFTER HOURS EATS creating a post-reception menu BY SHAWN DOBBINS

There comes a point in every wedding where the extent of the day takes a physical toll on not only the bride and groom but also those in attendance. All of the dancing, eating, and conversing can suck the energy out of the liveliest individual. During this mid-reception lull guests have two choices: suck it up and stick around or pack it in and go home. A fun way to keep those in attendance ready for another turn on the dance floor is to provide post-reception food. Think about it: you’ve been up early, driven all over town, most likely missed lunch, ate several hours ago, and now have danced for the better part of the night; so what are you looking for? An evening snack of

course! As weddings are transitioning to an all-day affair their hosts are turning towards not only providing a main meal for their guests but also something to snack on later on in the night. Choices can range from the simple to the extravagant depending on your budget, venue, and personality. A tray of pizza and garlic bread will hit the spot when pangs of hunger kick in while small sandwiches can quiet even the loudest of grumbling tummies, and a fullystocked candy bar will satisfy even the biggest sweet tooth. You can even personalize the food served; small plates from your favorite restaurant or a famous regional dish will turn any conversation about the wedding food from good to great in a few bites.

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If you are looking to take your postreception food to another level then make the food come to you, food truck style. More popular than ever, food trucks are popping up in many areas and can often be rented for private events. A food truck not only allows you to embrace the outdoor locale of your reception site but it also provides an extra touch that will make your wedding truly pop. Many food

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trucks will work with you to design a menu of their items that can fit into any budget large or small. In addition to the food itself a food truck adds a totally different dimension and attitude to the day that your guests will never forget. Do you need to have postreception food? Of course not. As with all aspects of your wedding you can include or exclude whatever you would like but the right postreception food will leave your guests going home with not only happy thoughts but also a satisfied belly. PHOTOS BY REMINISCE STUDIO

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Ballroom with Seating to 250 Guest Room Accommodations with Specials for Brides & Grooms Outdoor Ceremonies Friday Night Wedding Specials

APPLETON

150 S. Nicolet Road | Appleton, WI 54914 | 920-735-9955 ext. 1104

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LOVE’S FIRST SPARK capturing your love in your engagement photos BY SHAWN DOBBINS

If wedding photos capture the love that a couple carries with them for the rest of their lives then their engagement photos show that love’s first spark. Moving beyond the stiff and rigid pictures of your parents’ wedding announcement today’s engagement photos can be personal, spontaneous, flirty, and breathtaking. Your first task is finding a photographer that you and your fiancé can be yourselves around. The more comfortable you feel the better the pictures will be. Look at an artist’s portfolio ahead of time to see some of their capabilities; knowing what they’ve already done is a great way to get exactly what you want. Choosing a photographer to shoot both your

engagement and wedding photos can provide the photographer with a greater understanding as who you are as a couple. The better they know you and what your relationship is about the better they will be able to capture the real you. There are several important ideas to take into your engagement photo sessions, the first being the location. Odds are your photographer has several locations that he or she has used with great success but don’t be afraid to pick a location that is important to you as a couple. Special landmarks, destinations, and environments are a fantastic way to make your photos both personal and memorable. Try and pick a general area that has a variety of not only

A Unique Bridal Experience Entire Building for Your Special Day Includes: Full Banquet Hall seats up to 200 Large Bar Room Outstanding view of the Fox River Locally sourced menu Bride’s Lounge Outdoor Ceremony

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The culturally inspired 13,000 square foot Menominee Convention Center represents the history, culture and traditions of the Menominee people. The Five Clans Ballroom has the capability of hosting weddings for up to 500 guests as well as beautiful spaces for everything from your rehearsal dinner, to ceremony and gift opening. The Convention Center is what sets Menominee Casino Resort apart from any other resort in the Eastern North Woods.

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LOVE’S FIRST SPARK backgrounds but also light and shade, the more variety on the day of the shoot will provide more options when choosing your photos. Now that you’ve picked where the pictures will be taken the next decision is what to wear. Use your wardrobe to convey your unique style and personality but bring several changes to the shoot to see what works best on location. A good rule of thumb is to avoid any kind of logo, graphic pattern, or new trend; remember that these pictures will be seen long after today’s hottest style has come and gone. Most importantly don’t be afraid to have fun! You will no doubt feel nervous when you start but after loosening up don’t shy away from letting your personalities shine through. Be willing to step outside of your comfort zone as spur of the idea

moments and props on hand can yield memorable results. So much emphasis is placed on wedding photography that engagement photos can get lost in the mix. Don’t lose out on the opportunity to let your engagement photos show the world what your relationship is all about: joy, friendship, and lasting love.

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UNPLUGGED WEDDINGS The what and why of going unplugged At an unplugged wedding, the couple kindly asks that everyone present turn off cell phones, cameras, and other digital distractions during the ceremony and/ or reception. A bride and groom might do this because they want their guests to be fully present, to avoid social media spoilers, and to eliminate competition on behalf of the professional photographer. BEING FULLY PRESENT In our technology-crazed world, it’s become a habit to check our phones every few minutes, to post a constant stream of status updates to Twitter and Facebook, and to document any and everything on Instagram. In all this online connectedness, we’re viewing the world through our phone screens and camera lenses and missing out on true human connections. But people are

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starting to wake up and realize just how immersed we all are in our phones and tablets, and there’s a movement to change all that. This movement has reached the wedding industry. Brides and grooms want to have face-to-face connections with their guests — especially during the ceremony — instead of staring out into a sea of electronics. If guests are experiencing your big day from behind a screen, are they truly experiencing it? Your wedding is comprised of some of the most important moments of your life; make it unplugged encourages guests to live in the moment with you. Simply put: It encourages your loved ones to be here now. SOCIAL MEDIA SPOILERS Imagine: You haven’t seen the groom all day and can’t wait for that “first look”

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

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the contemporary elegance of Oshkosh’s newest special occasion venue, the UW Oshkosh Alumni Welcome and Conference Center, located on campus along the scenic Fox River.

500-person Grand Ballroom with floor-to-ceiling picture windows. Unique Great Hall reception area with a stately, two-story stone fireplace. Outdoor brick patio with guest seating and an inviting gas fire pit. Additional spaces for private parties, rehearsal dinners or gift openings. Inclusive wedding reception packages and customized menus. Event consultation and referrals.

Alumni Welcome and Conference Center 625 Pearl Ave., Oshkosh WI 54901 | 920.424.3301 | awcc@uwosh.edu

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Pleasing up to 650 Guests Personalized Menus to Fit Your Needs Affordable Elegance in a Modern Mediterranean Setting Outdoor Ceremonies Spacious Free Parking On a tight budget, but still want elegance? Talk to us about special discounts for Friday weddings.

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


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920-544-5465 • www.thedistrictgreenbay.com UNPLUGGED WEDDINGS because, for better or worse, they want to document your special day. So be kind and understanding when you ask them to refrain from technology during the ceremony and/or reception. You can include a message in your ceremony program, such as: “The bride and groom have asked that you share in their wedding fully and not through the lens of a camera or cell phone.” Or the officiant can say a few words at the beginning of the ceremony — it can have a spiritual message (“please honor the sanctity of this moment by turning off cell phones and cameras”) or an emotional one (“the professional photographer will capture how this moment looks — the bride and groom ask that you capture how it feels”). However you ask, make sure to stay true to yourselves as a couple.

You’ll also want to ease your guests’ minds by assuring them that they will have access to the professional photos within a timely manner. Again, the reason wedding guests take so many photos is so that they can remember and relive your wedding day and share it with others. Talk to your photographer and make sure that you can get a few professional shots available to your guests via email, website, or Facebook within a couple of days. It’s even increasingly common for professionals to share “sneak peek” photos either the day of or the day after a wedding on their own social media pages. Reassuring your guests that these photos will be available to them will be a great help! Another idea: Order picture postcards to send your guests in place of traditional thank you notes.

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HEAD TO THE MOVIES movies to get you in the planning mood What better way to get you in the mood for planning your wedding than watching a wedding movie! We’ve compiled a list of our favorite wedding movies to get you started. Sit back, relax and enjoy some fun by yourself, with your partner or with your fellow bridesmaids! My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002) A young Greek Woman fall in love with a non-Greek in this funny, heartwarming story staring Nia Vardalos and John Corbett. Sweet Home Alabama (2002) A young woman who left her Southern background and ex-husband behind, reinvents herself and gets engaged to a New York socialite only to discover

she’s still married. With Reese Witherspoon, Patrick Dempsey and Josh Lucas. American Wedding (2003) This movie with Jason Biggs & Alyson Hannigan, is about the gathering of their families and friends, including the grooms old friends from high school. Father of the Bride (1991 & 1950) Father of the soon-to-be-wed bride is not ready to let go of his little girl. Two versions. Remake with Steve Martin & Diane Keaton. Original with Spencer Tracy & Elizabeth Taylor. The Wedding Singer (1998) A wedding singer and waitress are both engaged to be married but to

Your sense of adventure! An excellent choice for entertaining your selected guests for all your special events. Our event coordinator and professional staff will always be on hand to help you through any questions or concerns you may have. We will go that extra mile to assure your function is successful.

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HEAD TO THE MOVIES the wrong people. Fortune intervenes in this feel good movies that helps them discover each other. With Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler. Bridesmaids (2011) One of the funniest bridal movies ever starring Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph and Melissa McCarthy. The classic battle between a maid of honor and bridesmaid to outdo one another, wanting to have everything perfect for the bride! 27 Dresses (2008) Katherine Heigl is “always a bridesmaid” in this romantic comedy co-starring James Marsden as an aspiring writer currently stuck in the commitment section of the newspaper.

The Wedding Planner (2001) Jennifer Lopez is a wedding planner aspiring a promotion at her firm, while Matthew McConaughey is a pediatrician engaged to one of Lopez’s clients. A great love story unfolds. Bride Wars (2009) Two best friends (Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway) rival for the best wedding. The duo fight down to the DJ who gets the better vendors, location and even wedding planner on their big day! License to Wed (2007) An engaged couple goes through a grueling marriage preparation with their reverend (Robin Williams) to see if they’re meant to be. Also with Mandy Moore & John Krasinski www.pbnewi.com PREMIER BRIDE • 35


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Jumping the Broom (2011) While the bridal couple might be a perfect match, their families are a perfect recipe for disaster. Each side has the family traditions and secrets. With Angela Bassett & Lorettea Devine. Made of Honor (2008) Tom (Patrick Dempsey) is asked to be maid of honor for his best friend Hannah’s (Kathleen Quinlan) wedding to her dashing Scotsman, while he faces hostile bridesmaids and bridal showers. But he’s got a plan of his own. Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) Over the course of five social events, two people (Hugh Grant & Andie MacDowell) discover and rediscover love, but will it work out? My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997) Who doesn’t love Julia Roberts and Dermot Mulroney! In this hilarious comedy, Roberts finds out that her best friend is getting married, and engages in some questionable behavior just hours before the wedding. Also with Cameron Diaz. Runaway Bride (1999) Reporter Richard Gere, is assigned to write a story about a woman, Julia Roberts, who has left a strong of fiancés at the altar.

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Mamma Mia! (2008) If you’re in for music, this story of a bride-tobe trying to find her real father told using hit songs by the popular 70s group ABBA is perfect. With Amanda Seyfried & Meryl Streep Wedding Crashers (2005) No youngsters for this one. Crude but fully story of two committed womanizers using weddings to find girls.

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PINTEREST AND PLANNING using pinterest for wedding planning If you’re planning a wedding, you already know the Internet is a great resource. Pinterest is an easy way to organize your wedding inspiration and ideas. You can grab photos from around the web and pin them onto virtual inspiration boards named with categories of your chosing. You can also browse other users’ boards — and there are seemingly endless weddingthemed boards to choose from! The photos are often accompanied with comments, and can include tips or instructions on how to create the look that was captured in the picture. Like wedding forums, you can interact with friends or strangers to get suggestions and ideas for your special day — but this time, it’s all centered around pictures of your choosing.

PIN DOWN THE DETAILS Pinterest certainly displays boards for all the biggies like the gown, décor, and food. But the site’s real strength is in highlighting the details. It’s here that you’ll find inspiration for handmade place cards, fun photography poses, or ideas for “something blue.” Those seemingly insignificant details will make your day truly unique. But like many online wedding hotspots, Pinterest runs the risk of overwhelming. To get the most out of the site, make sure to be specific when you’re scoping out ideas. In the search box in the top left hand corner of the page, use as many details as possible, such as “fall DIY wedding décor” or “cream wedding pumps.” www.pbnewi.com PREMIER BRIDE • 37


USING PINTEREST You can also find lots of photos from real weddings. Try searching for keywords such as: whimsical, woodsy, DIY, rustic, vintage, elegant, chic, romantic, and couture. These are all popular words on Pinterest’s wedding pins, and even if you think those adjectives wouldn’t apply to your big day, type them in and browse. You might be pleasantly surprised! If you’re serious about using suggestions from Pinterest, do your homework. Each picture can be traced back to its original blog or website, so when you find something you like and think you could apply to your wedding, click through and take notes or bookmark the page. REALITY CHECK While Pinterest offers a gorgeous visual array of picture-perfection to all brides with a dream, this new Pinterest culture can cause some problems in the real world. Brides pin things like extravagant flower arrangements that far exceed their budget. They show their photographers images of a bride with her veil caught perfectly in a breeze — a lucky shot that surely can’t be recreated. Pinterest can be a recipe for disappointed hopes if taken at face value. Always remember that only perfect, surprising, and unique images make the cut on Pinterest and most of what you see just isn’t realistic. Pinterest should only be used to ignite ideas and to capture the overall look and feel you’d like to aim for at your wedding. In the end, know that while Pinterest-inspired touches are pretty for a day, saying “I do” to someone you love lasts a lifetime! Please visit our Pinterest page at pinterest.com/PBNEWI 38 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

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RECEPTION GUIDE

Phone Number(s)

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BEST WESTERN PREMIER WATERFRONT HOTEL & CONVENTION CENTER 1 North Main St., Oshkosh

920-230-1900

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20-800

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$18

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

920-499-6874

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$25 or less

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

920-756-3214

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600

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$25 or less

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

877-303-0303

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90

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THE DISTRICT EVENT CENTER 920-544-5465 AT THE BEST WESTERN 788 Armed Forces Rd. Green Bay EXPERIMENTAL AIRCRAFT ASSOCIATION (EAA) 920-426-6126 3000 Poberezny Road, Oshkosh

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FOX BANQUETS & RIVERTYME CATERING 111 E. Kimball St., Downtown Appleton

920-731-7271

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250

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$15.50 to $21.25

GERMANIA 320 Chute St., Menasha

920-725-6666

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300

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6

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THE GOLF CLUB AT CAMELOT W192 State Rd 67, Lomira

920-269-4949

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350

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$19

GRAND MERIDIAN 2621 N. Oneida St., Appleton GREEN BAY BOTANICAL GARDEN 2600 Larsen Rd., Green Bay

920-968-2621

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920-490-9457

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

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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. 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. Five separate rooms to accommodate groups of 20 to 320. We have the perfect space for your wedding reception. 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. Exceptional Food & Service. Located in the Lambeau Field District, this venue is perfect for hosting 20 to 400 guests Take your wedding to new heights at EAA’s world class facilities and grounds of 1,600+ acres and spectacular displays of over 100 full-size aircraft. Make it unique! Picturesque - not a private room - you reserve a private floor - with all private amenities. Not your cookie cutter banquet hall - quiet, elegant, upscale atmosphere. Ideal location for affordable weddings, rehearsal dinners and bridal showers. Newly renovated and decorated. Private bar. Perfect balance of excellence, style and ambiance, Guinevere’s Garden is the ideal outdoor setting to celebrate an intimate wedding with family and friends. 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. www.pbnewi.com PREMIER BRIDE • 43


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HEIDEL HOUSE RESORT & SPA 643 Illinois Avenue, Green Lake

920-294-3344

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$35 to $60

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

920-448-5150

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

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LAGRANGE 5332 Dickinson Rd., DePere LASURE’S HALL BANQUETS & CATERING 3125 S. Washburn St., Oshkosh

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PAINE ART CENTER & GARDENS 1410 Algoma Blvd., Oshkosh

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RADISSON HOTEL & CONF. CENTER 2040 Airport Drive, Green Bay

920-494-7300

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RADISSON PAPER VALLEY HOTEL 333 W. College Ave., Appleton RIDGEWAY COUNTRY CLUB 2913 County Rd. II, Neenah

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LANDMARK RESORT 7643 Hillside Rd., Egg Harbor THE MARQ 3177 French Rd., DePere 2310 Lineville Rd., Green Bay MENOMINEE CASINO Hwy 47/55 Duquaine Road, Keshena NATIONAL RAILROAD MUSEUM 2285 S. Broadway, Green Bay OUTEREDGE STAGE 303 N. Oneida St.., Appleton

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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. Over 200 guest rooms, romantic whirlpool suites, elegant reception halls and intimate spaces for bridal showers, rehearsal dinners or gift openings. Rustic elegance, air conditioned hayloft, built-in bar, ceremonies on site. Inside or outdoor, firepit for bonfires. 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. Spectacular flower gardens, outdoor patios, hotels nearby, conveniently located between Green Bay and Appleton. 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. 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. Discover the magic at the Radisson. Award winning facilities in a wooded setting. Beautiful reception rooms for weddings from 50-750 guests. Let our on-site wedding professionals help you plan your perfect day. Outside courtyard. Consultant for every detail. Beautifully landscaped, private golf club is the perfect backdrop to your wedding ceremony or reception. www.pbnewi.com PREMIER BRIDE • 45


A Room With A View! We are a premier venue perfectly designed for upscale or casual weddings, bridal showers and receptions of all kinds.

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RECEPTION GUIDE

Phone Number(s)

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Number of Available Banquet Rooms

Number of Months to Schedule Facility

Average Price per Person

$25 or less

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1-12

920-746-0700

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200

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12

$25 to $30

THELMA SADOFF CENTER FOR THE ARTS 51 Sheboygan St., Fond du Lac

920-921-5410

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600

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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 ext 101 920-830-7855 ext 2

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$25 to $50

TUNDRA LODGE 865 Lombardi Avenue, Green Bay UW OSHKOSH ALUMNI WELCOME AND CONFERENCE CENTER 625 Pearl Ave., Oshkosh 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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WINNCREST BANQUET HALL 2788 Towne Court, Neenah WISCONSIN TIMBER RATTLERS BANQUET FACILITY 2400 N. Casaloma Dr., Appleton THE WOODFIRE LODGE & TRIPLE J WING AND CLAY 2687 Mancal Rd., Brillion

920-886-8723

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920-864-7070

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STADIUM VIEW BANQUET HALLS 1963 Holmgren Way, Green Bay STONE CELLAR AT RIVERVIEW GARDENS 1101 S. Oneida St., Appleton STONE HARBOR RESORT & CONF. CENTER 217 N. 1st Ave., Sturgeon Bay

LAKESHORE BLUE HARBOR RESORT & SPA 725 Blue Harbor Dr., Sheboygan JOHN MICHAEL KOHLER ARTS CENTER 608 New York Ave., Sheboygan 46 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com


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CATERING Step 1: Start the search. As soon as you’ve selected your reception site, the catering search can begin. Some locations require that you use their in-house caterer or banquet department, which makes your choice fairly simple. These locations include hotels, country clubs and some of the more unusual facilities such as museums, boats or historical homes. If

they allow an independent caterer, you may be asked to choose from a preapproved list. If you’re able to select your own caterer, though, try to narrow down your list to no more than three, otherwise you’ll be tasting for a month and all the flavors will blur together. When you’re calling caterers, make sure to have as much information

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CATERING as you can on hand. They’ll want to know your wedding date, time of day, approximate number of guests, if you’d like a sit-down or buffet meal and the degree of formality and style. If you have any general menu ideas or preferences, let the caterer know so they can be better prepared for your initial meeting. Ask for sample wedding menus and references before a formal meeting or tasting. Step 2: Determine your service style. Right off the bat, caterers will want to discuss your taste and budget in detail. Think about the style and feel of your wedding, and decide whether you want a sit-down meal or a buffet. Then talk about the extras: do you want hors d’oeuvres during cocktails and a late-night snack? How about fruit or coffee with the cake? Talk with a caterer about the different options and appropriateness for the time of day, number of guests and style. Step 3: Schedule a tasting. When you finally narrow down your list, the fun part is here, tasting! Don’t be afraid to speak up during tastings, or ask if they can tweak something to your tastes. This is your day and your meal and fulfilling your food wishes is their job. Step 4: Design the menu. Start by searching through magazines, web sites and bridal shows to clarify your likes and dislikes. Think about weddings you’ve attended, or ask caterers or friends for favorites and failures. Then, work closely with your caterer to craft the perfect and personal menu. Remember that the caterer

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CATERING has probably seen lots of weddings and knows what works best with the number of people, the time of day and the locations, so take their professional advice if they think a cool, crisp salad might not be the best appetizer in your outdoor summer wedding. Also keep your guests in mind; you might have to accommodate for lots of children or vegetarians, for example. Step 5: Calculate the cost. Once you’ve selected a caterer, think business and cost. Most caterers base their prices on a per-person cost. Facilities with in-house catering departments may have a minimum charge or set-up fee, while an offpremises caterer will usually work within any reasonable, agreed-upon budget. Keep in mind buffets are usually priced higher, since they’ll have to account for a little more per person, and it’s common to add overage and gratuity. Your final guest count is usually required one week before the event. This will be the number of people for which you will actually be charged. Most caterers will plan on the addition of a few last-minute guests and will add the meals to the bill after the wedding. Decide if you’ll include meals for wedding-related personnel, such as the DJ, musicians, photographer and consultant. If cost is an issue, ask your caterer about “vendor meals,” these meals are more casual than the guest menu and are offered at a lower cost per person. Get specifics as to what extras are included in the caterer’s charges, such as table linens, plates, glasses, crystal, silverware and service pieces. 52 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

Step 6: Plan the help. Once the menu is finalized, the next step is determining the number of wait staff you will need to serve your feast and keep your reception running smoothly. Your caterer will give you a better idea, but a general guideline is one server per 10 to 12 guests for a sit-down dinner, while a buffet is less, one to two servers per 50 guests. A full and open bar will require more servers, one per 50 to 75 guests. Ask ahead of time what their attire is, so it matches the style and formality of your reception. Step 7: Finalize the details, in writing. Don’t sign a contract without this information: day, date, time, address of the site, food items by course, number of guests covered, provisions for special meals, time of cocktail hour, time meal is served, contact people, number of bartenders and wait staff, linens, beverages and bar guidelines, terms of payment and liability insurance. There will probably be an advance deposit when you sign the contract, and don’t forget to check the cancellation policy. UNIQUE IDEAS IN CATERING • Give your guests a culinary trip across the globe, with a variety of food stations offering a range of ethnic food…French, Italian, Asian, oh my! Pad Thai, bruschetta, and mini sushi rolls are a fun way to inspire conversation and provide something for everyone. • Have a food truck at the reception location to serve appetizers or a taco truck to arrive late in the evening for a late-night snack

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PARTY RENTALS every last detail 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 • 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.

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WEDDING COORDINATORS 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

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WEDDING COORDINATORS with the bride and groom to look at a destination beforehand. A wedding consultant can offer important advice on why a destination will or will not work and can work with vendors in the area to negotiate the best prices. However, in most cases, the couple will be responsible for paying for the airfare, food and accommodations for the wedding consultant on the exploratory visit and during the actual wedding. While many couples prefer to pick their own vendors, flower arrangements, cake design and location, wedding consultants can do this for you if you need them to. It is 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

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


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WEDDING COORDINATORS Finding the Right Coordinator 1. Asking a trusted florist, photographer, or caterer is a good way to get started, however the best way to find a good planner is to ask another bride. 2. A professional coordinator should offer an introductory meeting free of charge. Meet with them to discuss your ideas and to see whether or not your comfortable with them. 3. Ask to see pictures of events that the coordinator has planned. Pay close attention to the details and consistency of their vision. 4. Ask for lists of references you can call and be sure to call them. When you call, ask questions such as: Did the coordinator help you to achieve what you wanted for the wedding?

Would you use him or her again? Did he/she listen to comments and concerns about the wedding, and were they addressed? Did the coordinator pay close attention to your wedding budget? 5. During the initial meeting try to figure out whether this is a person you can trust and whom you will feel comfortable working with. 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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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.

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WISCONSIN’S LAKESHORE Kohler is home to a leading American corporation, a tourist 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 heritage. Visit the French East side, home to a commercial fishing fleet, an authentic fish market www.premierbride.com PREMIER BRIDE • 61


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WISCONSIN’S LAKESHORE and Rogers Street Fishing Village Museum. Two Rivers History Museum and Hamilton Museum of Wood Type offer endless learning and cultural opportunities. In the fall, hit the festival circuit: Ethnic Festival and Apple Fest are wildly popular events. With its endless list of things to do, set against a beautiful natural backdrop, Wisconsin’s lakeshore is the perfect place to get married or honeymoon. Close to home, it’s also the ideal destination for impromptu romantic getaways to get reacquainted and renew the connection that drew the two of you together once upon a time.

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Gowns SELECTING A GOWN:

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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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WEDDING INSURANCE don’t let your day be a horror story You have heard those horror stories before, the bride trips and breaks her nose, has to postpone the wedding, or the caterer backs out at the last minute, and you suddenly have 200 mouths to feed, with no caterer available. Have no fear, wedding insurance is made to help ease your mind. After you get your ring appraised, get it insured-just in case! Next, move onto wedding insurance. Insurance protects you from the unexpected like natural disasters (tornado, hurricane, etc.) days before your wedding, and people are unable to go, you will be stuck without that money that you originally paid. With wedding insurance, the only money you will be paying is the deductible. Wedding insurance is the perfect addition to your wedding budget because it will inevitably save your wedding in case of disaster. It will protect your investment, with minimal money lost. Check with your vendors before purchasing the wedding insurance to see how well they are covered personally so that you don’t purchase too much coverage. Deductibles typically run anywhere from $95 to $600, depending on the size of the wedding and more. When applying, be sure to ask about covering you in as many situations as possible. Most wedding insurance will have exactly what they cover on their website, if they ask you to call, this might not be a reputable site. Make sure you are making the right choice when choosing wedding insurance companies. The most popular companies are always listed first.

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Photography A PICTURE PERFECT DAY Finding a photographer that fits your style

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

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PHOTOGRAPHY DETERMINE YOUR STYLE Wedding photography is more than just documenting the event – it’s about capturing the spirit of the couple and their day. Choose a photographer whose style matches you as a couple… Formal or traditional: Posed, color photos of you, the groom, your respective families, and the wedding party; classic moments (“Kiss the bride,” cake-cutting, first dance, etc.) will be captured. Photojournalistic: Shot like a news event, capturing hundreds of candid moments and real emotions; more black and white photos for a timeless feel. Artistic: Special effects (double exposures, hand tinting, borders, etc.) used to create dramatic, one-of-a-kind pieces of art.

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So which style is right for you? Think about what you want in the end: Frame-worthy shots of you and the groom? Oodles of heartfelt moments? An artistic piece to hang on the wall? Many photographers offer a mix of these styles, so browse friends’ wedding albums, surf professionals’ websites and blogs, and clip photos from magazines to find what speaks to you. RESEARCH PHOTOGRAPHERS Once you’ve established your style, it’s time to shop around. Start by collecting referrals from friends, reviewing wedding resources like Premier Bride, attending bridal shows, and scoping out local photographers’ websites and blogs – and don’t forget to consider pricing. Make a short


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PHOTOGRAPHY list of potential photographers that specialize in the style you desire and suit your budget. Then set up a phone or in-person consultation. EVALUATE YOUR OPTIONS When at a photography consultation, ask yourself: Do you like their work? Make sure you see examples of individual photos and complete wedding albums so you know what to expect in the end. Some larger studios employ more than one photographer; find out exactly who will be shooting your wedding, and view their work, specifically. Do your personalities mesh? Of all your wedding vendors, the photographer is the one you’ll be working with most closely on your big day; it’s important that your personalities click. Can you

talk freely about your vision and ideas for your pictures? Do you get a sense that this person will fit in nicely with you, your fiancé, and your wedding party? Are you staying within your budget? It’s extremely critical to have a pricepoint in mind before searching for and committing to a photographer. It’s disappointing to fall in love with a photographer’s work only to later discover their rates exceed your spending allowance. Do your best to meet only with photographers you can afford. KNOW WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE As you chat with photographers, it will help to know what’s usually included in wedding photography

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packages. Most photographers offer these elements “a la carte” or can create a custom package that meets your specific needs – don’t hesitate to ask. Here are some examples of items that might interest you. Bride & Groom’s Album: These vary in size, color, construction quality, and price; be sure to compare the size and photo quantity that various photographers offer – and make sure you’re comparing apples-to-apples. Parents’ Albums: These are smaller versions of the bride & groom albums and will include prints that have been specially selected to create a custom photo book for each family. Prints: You will probably want to order more photos for framing and gifting than what would be given to you in the bride & groom and family albums. Don’t underestimate how many extra prints you might want, as this will definitely impact your budget. Proofs: Ask your photographer how many proofs you will get and in what format (small photos, digital disc, online gallery, etc.). GET THE SPECIFICS At your consultations, learn the nitty gritty details. When is a deposit required? Do they use a backup camera? What if your photographer falls ill or has a family emergency on the day of your wedding? When will proofs be ready to view? Will online ordering be available for your guests? It’s best to work out the details and arrange for contingencies upfront. The answers to these questions might also help you compare one photographer to another and come up with a final decision.

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THE JOY OF VIDEO: preserve your day in living, moving color What’s a common complaint of brides and grooms? “It all went so fast!” Investing in a high quality wedding video lets you revisit the sights and sounds of your special day for years to come. These memories in motion are priceless, so plan to spend the time and money necessary to do it right. In short: hire a professional.

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PROFESSIONAL VIDEOGRAPHERS: OFFERING QUALITY & CREATIVITY In recent years, wedding videos have dramatically improved. Professional videographers have the technology, talent, and time necessary to produce videos with excellent quality (think: clear audio, crisp visuals, and sharp editing). A good videographer will remain inconspicuous throughout the day and capture intimate, uninhibited moments of you and your guests. You’ll see every laugh, every tear, every “blooper” — everything from the rustle of your gown to the choked-up tone in your dad’s champagne toast to the best man high-fiving the groom. Often times, your video can be much more than a straight-forward recording. Technological advances make for boundless creativity. Videographers offer fun options like a movie trailer for your wedding video, complete with opening or ending credits and a narrating voiceover. There’s also documentary-style filming, complete with bride and groom monologues or “confessionals.” A videographer can give you that “behind the scenes” look at your wedding day. In addition to the final wedding video, some videographers offer same-day services such as rush editing of wedding day highlights or photo and video montages to show at your reception. Projectors for these shows are recommended and may be available through your videographer. These upgradeable video services are growing in popularity and could add the perfect final touch to your celebration — your guests will be totally entertained by all those sometimes-touching, sometimeshilarious moments.

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If you’re a high-tech couple, put your videographer to work before the wedding. Work together to create a video-style “save the date” for the folks on your guest list. You can save money by uploading this video to your wedding website or YouTube, then sending friends and family a link to view it. Or you can burn the “save the date” to a DVD and mail a copy to each household. Video invites are modern, fun, personal, and, if worked in to your videography package, a potential money-saver. CHOOSING A VIDEOGRAPHER When researching professional videographers in your area, visit their websites and view a sample video. Just like photographers, each videographer has a unique style — make sure you and your videographer share a similar www.pbnewi.com PREMIER BRIDE • 97


VIDEO vibe and vision. Pay close attention to make sure the sample meets your expectations in terms of video detail and quality. Things to consider when viewing a sample video include the clarity and stability of the picture, as well as the videographer’s ability to smoothly edit and transition the material. Another thing to keep in mind: audio. Knowledge of remote microphones and where to position them is key — a good videographer will have this under control. Yes, there’s a lot to consider, so let’s break it down with a video evaluation checklist for quick reference: CHECKLIST FOR EVALUATING A SAMPLE VIDEO Evaluate the picture…
Is the picture clear and consistently in focus, or is it jumpy, blurry, or shaky?
Are there any dead spots?
 Does it move smoothly from one scene to the next or jump awkwardly?
 How is the lighting? Evaluate the sound…
At the ceremony, can you clearly hear the bride, groom, officiate, and readers?
 At the reception, can you clearly hear the toasts?
 Is the audio muffled or difficult to hear at any point?
 Are the music selections and volume appropriate?
 Is the crowd and ambient noise controlled? Evaluate the overall effect…
Is the video too short, too long, or just right?
 Is it entertaining?
 Does it trigger emotion?
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music, and other special effects. Taking into account all of the professional equipment, experience, and time spent, you should expect to spend an amount similar to your photography budget. When you finally choose your videographer, be sure to ask to see a copy of the contract and make sure you understand the ins and outs of specific costs. Fees are usually figured by number of cameras, assistants, editing time and special production costs. Most videographers charge either per camera, per hour, or a flat fee for the finished products you order. Tell the videographer what you want recorded: who, what, where and when. Besides the actual ceremony, will you want footage of the bridal shower or bachelor party? Be sure to include the important people you want filmed--parents, friends and other relatives. VIDEO FUN, POST-WEDDING There’s a new post-wedding bridal trend that would be perfect film fodder — it’s called “trash the dress.” Also known as “fearless bridal” or “rock the frock,” this is a style of wedding photography and videography that juxtaposes an elegant bridal gown against an entirely out-ofplace environment. What kind of environments? Try a soggy beach, muddy riverbank, or paintballing war zone. The bride then, as evidenced by the trend’s name, trashes her dress on camera, succumbing to the elements and ruining the gown. But proceed with caution! Be careful when attempting a video shoot near water. Best to “rock the frock” on dry land. Another fun way to play with your video post-wedding is to host a viewing


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

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

Jason Mraz Etta James Hunter Hayes Christina Perri Brad Paisley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cake Cutting Songs

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

Queen Marvin Gaye Def Leppard Kenny Loggins Nelly

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

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

Last Dance Songs

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

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

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

Barenaked Ladies Rascal Flatts Eric Clapton Frank Sinatra Louis Armstrong

Ceremony Processional Songs 1. 2. 3. 4.

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

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

Stevie Wonder Colbie Caillat Natalie Cole Lumineers U2

Ceremony Songs Archies James Taylor Def Leppard Michael Buble Four Tops

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

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Weddings are rather visual affairs; from the fancy dress to the picture-perfect venue, there’s a lot to see. But nothing sets the mood quite like music. From stirring melodies at the ceremony, to easy background tunes at cocktail hour, to up-tempo beats that get the dance party started, your choices in music are the soundtrack to your special day. www.pbnewi.com PREMIER BRIDE • 103


MUSIC CEREMONY MUSIC What have you always envisioned for the soundtrack to your ceremony? A vocalist? String quartet? Solo pianist? When weighing your options for ceremony musicians, consider your vision, but also look to your wedding’s style and venue; make sure there is harmony between the location and the music you choose. Think back to past weddings you’ve attended: What did you like about the music for each ceremony? What didn’t work so well? Did you cry like a baby when friends of bride played a charming, acoustic tune? Did you cringe when the groom’s cousin, even with the best of intentions, sang entirely off-key? Your guests could likely react the same way, so choose wisely!

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Once you and your fiancé have some ideas in mind, check out local musicians. Visit bridal shows, review bridal publications and online sources like premierbride.com, or ask for referrals from recently married friends or your ceremony officiant. You could also work with an experienced talent or booking agency that offers convenient, one-stop-shopping for all your wedding music needs. Narrow down your options, and arrange meetings to hear your musicians and singers in person before signing any contracts. After you’ve secured musicians for your ceremony, they can help you decide on what songs to include. Most musicians who specialize in weddings have a lot of valuable experience and will be a great resource for song suggestions. Your ceremony officiant will also be helpful in guiding your musical selections. Already have the sounds of your ceremony in mind? Speak up, and let the musicians do the rest. COCKTAILS AND DINNER MUSIC Background music is a must for bringing romance to the latter part of your wedding day. Conversation is key during cocktails and dinner, so the tunes should set the mood, but not intrude. You have three main options: Use the musicians that played during your ceremony, use the band or DJ that will be playing at your reception, or hire entirely different musicians. If you decide to have live music, come solid options include: chamber music, classical or acoustic guitar, or a jazz ensemble. Each of these offers subtle entertainment without overpowering the scene of mixing


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MUSIC and mingling. A seasoned pianist can also be a fun choice, if he or she can play a wide range of musical styles — and take requests! If you go with your reception’s DJ or band, make sure they keep it on the softer side. You might even want to make a list of songs to be played during this time to keep the soundtrack on, well, track. RECEPTION AND DANCING MUSIC Dinner and dessert are over – it’s time to hit the dance floor! Let’s face it: This is one critical decision that can make or break an entire wedding, in the eyes of the guests. Fortunately, most musicians who specialize in weddings are talented professionals, and with the tips included here, you’ll be able to confidently select an

excellent entertainer – and selection of dance tunes – for your big day. First and foremost, ask yourself: Live band or DJ? While there are pros and cons to each, it always comes down to personal taste and budget. Start researching musicians early in the wedding planning process – this way, once you find someone you like, availability is less likely to be an issue. Live music gives the evening a sort of festive energy and is a wonderful option if your budget allows. The key is finding a band that caters to weddings. These musicians offer versatility and will appeal to guests of all ages. Keep in mind that any live entertainment will require breaks, so find a solution that ensures music is always playing. If the band is large enough, it’s possible CONTINUED ON PAGE 108 www.pbnewi.com PREMIER BRIDE • 105


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Lighting is the most underrated part of planning a wedding today. Nothing sets the mood like a sparkling runway for your reception entrance, a dramatic backdrop to the cake and other focal points, or a sensual blaze that falls on your first dance. Details like bridesmaids’ shoes may go unnoticed, but the glow of your event will set the tone your guests will remember for years to come. Take this into consideration as you decide how to illuminate your wedding. First, decide on the mood you want to convey at different points throughout your day. If your ceremony is at a charming church and your reception at an upscale venue, the lighting is going to be quite different. Even during the reception, there are special moments you´ll want lit differently. Would you like a party-ready, flashbulb entrance, or maybe something quieter and romantic like a twinkle-lit archway? Do you want sensual, candle-lit tables, or something more bold and dramatic during dinner like a crystal-draped chandelier? Consider the mood you want, then work with a professional who will focus on practicalities such as making lighting affordable, photo-friendly, safe, easilycontrolled, and customized. One popular way to customize lighting is emblazoning monogrammed spotlights on the wall or floor. Monograms can be as bold or subtle as you like and look best when there is a sharp contrast, such as a dramatic cobalt blue against a dark wall. Visit your site at the same time your event will be held to determine where and what type of lighting you would like to use. In a venue with drab walls, utilize backdrops to transform the room. Drape mesh overlay that`s in your color scheme

If your venue doesn’t give you that much freedom with lighting, work with an expert to create a beautifully lit focal point you can add to the room. It could be spotlights on a stunning cake, a flirty archway entrance, glitzy dance floor cover, or an eye-catching tree dazzled with crystals or small candles. You may want to have just a color wash and have the color change throughout the event, i.e., gold tones for the cocktail hour, blue while guests are eating, and orange and pink while the crowd is dancing. Candles are the most time-tested and romantic form of light. Make sure they´re in fire-proof and child-friendly places. The secret to candles is irregularity. Arrange different sizes and shapes along mismatched levels to add mystery and make the enlightened objects dance. Your lighting designer can help you figure out the best type of lighting for your budget. Whatever lighting you decide on, don`t underestimate the importance of the rays. They´ll be the backdrop of the pictures and memories you and your guests will remember as your perfect day.

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the band members can stagger their breaks so that someone is always playing. Or, configure an iPod-andspeaker hook-up and play some of your favorites that the band might not attempt. In terms of expense, a live band will almost always cost more than a DJ. Keep this rule in mind: If you can’t afford a good wedding band, hire a DJ. A DJ will be a more cost-effective and can offer an almost infinite variety of music – truly something for everyone. Bonus: No breaks! Some keys to finding happiness in a DJ: 1) If possible, see them live before booking. 2) Consider personality – are you looking for a crazy-fun, “gettin’ jiggy with it” party animal or an upscale, keep-it-classy entertainer? 3) Ask for, and follow up on, several references. 4) Communicate. Clarify what songs and events (first dance, father & bride dance, bouquet & garter toss, etc.) you do or do not wish to include. Decide on the details ahead of time; make a “do not play” list of any songs you simply can’t stand and a “must play” list of songs you don’t want to miss. All things considered, whether you go for a band or DJ, your dance party will be a guaranteed success as long as you treat your guests to a wide variety of music. From Frank Sinatra to Michael Jackson to Justin Timberlake, diversity is key in playing a little something for everyone. Once you’ve done your homework, hired musicians for each stage of your wedding day, and worked out the details, you can rest easy. That is, until it’s time to start practicing your dance moves .

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Beauty THE ART of looking your best

It’s the big day: All eyes are on you and everyone wants to take your picture. The dress is perfect and you just know the groom’s jaw is going to drop. Combine your own unique sense of style with a few tricks of the beauty trade and you’ll be ready for adoring gazes and photos galore.4

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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.) Start six to 12 months before your wedding day so you have time to treat, heal and achieve good results. Facials are a must for all skin types. Regular treatment results in refined pores, smoother facial lines, healed blemishes and a more radiant complexion. When choosing your hairstyle consider your gown, the level of formality of your wedding, your personal style, your hair and your face shape. Generally speaking, the more elaborate the gown, the simpler your hair should be, or it all simply becomes “too much of a good thing.” 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 feedback from close friends and/or family, take photos and evaluate those. Do you like what you see? Do you want to make any changes? Have your eyebrows professionally shaped at least two weeks before the wedding. Touch up if needed before the wedding with a tweezers. Do use waterproof mascara and eye makeup, just in case you shed a tear or two… And use primers underneath your foundation, lipstick and eye shadow, so that your makeup lasts longer.


BEAUTY Take good care of your skin everywhere! Body wraps detoxify, refresh and soften the skin using minerals or other natural substances. Body waxing is one of smoothest and longest lasting forms of hair removal. WHAT NOT TO DO Don’t alter your style too dramatically for your wedding day look. You want to look like yourself – your best self – and “polished” enough to honor the fact that this is a very special occasion. Avoid trendy looks in makeup, nail color and hairstyle. 10 to 20 years from now, these styles will glaringly stand out and look distractingly outdated. If you’re considering any drastic hair changes, do it a couple months before the wedding. This way, if you don’t like it, you have plenty of time to make changes. Avoid facials for two or three days before your wedding, in case it causes any kind of undesirable reaction. OUR FINAL, AND BEST, ADVICE DO strongly consider using beauty professionals for your wedding day hair, makeup and nails. This is one simple way to shorten the list of wedding-day worries! A true makeup artist will know trade secrets not only for fashioning a longer-lasting look, but also for accentuating your features. A great hair stylist can help you create a look that complements your facial features, headpiece and veil, and do it in a way designed to hold through the last dance. When you go pro, the end result is a relaxed, picture-perfect bride. Finally, don’t forget your most beautiful accessory: your radiant, lovefilled smile.

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Invitations The first impression

You’ve been planning your dream wedding for months, but for your guests, the invitation is their first glimpse of what’s to come. It provides a clue to the event, and the level of formality, along with some indication of your wedding style: Formal or informal? Modern or traditional? You’ll want an invite that matches… and so, let the search begin! www.pbnewi.com PREMIER BRIDE • 115


INVITATIONS When to start Like all wedding responsibilities, the earlier you start, the more time you have to search, thoroughly evaluate options, and handle any problems that arise. If possible, order the invitations and other wedding stationery six or more months before the wedding to give yourselves plenty of time for reading and correcting proofs, printing, addressing, stuffing and mailing. Mail the invitations six to eight weeks before the wedding. Let any out-of-town guests who would need to arrange flights and/or hotel rooms about the date as soon as you know it, either informally through conversation, or more formally with a save-the-date card mailed as early as possible.

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All the parts Wedding invitations are typically comprised of several components, each with a different purpose. There is the ceremony card announcing the details of the ceremony with the optional tissue paper to lay on top (an old custom to protect the other enclosures from still-tacky ink), the reception card if applicable with those details, the response card with its stamped, addressed return envelope, the map if provided which also often includes hotel details for out-of-town guests, and the inner and outer envelopes. Some invitations combine these elements, such as including the reception information on the ceremony card, especially if it’s at the same place or immediately following. It’s also possible to simply eliminate some elements (such as the inner envelope or tissue paper covering the ceremony card), particularly for more informal styles. The invitation wording Traditionally, whoever is officially hosting (read: paying for) the wedding is listed first on the wedding invitations. Of course, you can work it out however you like with your families. (This is one area where it’s really important to have good communication between all parties!) Some couples today, who are paying for the majority of the expenses themselves, with help from their mixed and blended families, simply say “Mary Bride and John Groom, together with their families, request the honor of your presence at their marriage…” You could also do a search online to find invitation wording samples and discuss the options with your groom and respective families.


INVITATIONS Assembling the pieces The traditional way to put together an invite is as follows: start with the ceremony invitation on the bottom, cover with tissue if desired, put the reception card on top of it, and then put the response card with the unsealed return envelope and the map, if you’re using one, on the very top. Slide all items face up into the inner envelope. Do NOT seal the inner envelope, and slide it into the outer envelope with the addressee’s name facing the back flap so that it will be visible upon opening. Addressing advice The outer envelope should have a return address included on the back flap, and it’s probably well worth this small extra cost to have this done by the printer, so you don’t have to write the return address on every single invite you send! For the names and addresses of your guests, you can hand-write them, run the envelopes through your printer using a calligraphic font, or for a very beautiful and special touch, hire a calligrapher. Ideally, try to avoid labels, even clear ones, because they just don’t convey the sense of “specialness” and elegance that something as special as a wedding deserves. Street names, cities and states should be written out completely without any abbreviations. To indicate both parties of a married couple, use both “Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Green.” When addressing an unmarried couple living together, use each of their full names: “Mr. Ronald Green and Miss Angela Thomson.” If every member of a

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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 football or baseball stadium-shaped cake, complete with you two lovebirds in the stands! Do you share an interest such as running? Ask around for bakers who could make a replica cake of your running shoes tied together at the laces. Wedding cakes and desserts are one of the latest wedding designs to start challenging convention, so bakeries are always looking to keep up with the latest trends and really customize your dessert. So, if you have a sweet idea, find someone who can work with it.

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Book Early! Demand for customized and intricate wedding desserts mean bakeries fill up quick for wedding weekends. It’s safe to have something booked six months in advance, especially if you’re getting married during high season. But don’t worry – this doesn’t mean you have to know exactly what you want so far ahead of time. First, shop around in general for bakeries, and when you find one you think can satisfy your needs for taste, quantity, efficiency and personality, book a date. Then, you can really work with a pro to determine exactly what it is you want. So…how do I find the bakery? Trusting your gut is always sound advice, especially so when it comes to a food decision! Any dessert should be delicious, so your tasting is important. Make sure you sample all they have to offer that interests you. But since this isn’t an ordinary dessert you’re ordering, make sure you’re comfortable with the efficiency and professionalism of the bakery as well. They should return your calls and e-mails on time, be flexible with you and your needs, be willing to customize your dessert, be familiar with your reception venue and guarantee an on-time dessert,


CAKES including of course set-up, delivery, and clean-up if necessary. You don’t want to be worrying about if your cake is going to show up on your big day. As with every wedding decision you make, don’t be afraid to switch bakeries or make demands if you don’t feel comfortable with the service you’re receiving. And the cost… Cakes are typically priced by the slice, depending on the style, ingredients, size and decorating. Your reception site or caterer may also charge a plating fee as well, often per person, to cut and serve the cake. Ask about this, and if there is a plating charge see if it’s negotiable. Cutting the Cake Most likely your baker will provide tips for you and your new spouse to accomplish the time-honored task of cutting the cake with ease. Plan ahead to have your cake knife and lifter engraved 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.

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1 Year Later Some bakeries offer ‘anniversary cakes’ as part of their bridal packages. Instead of having to freeze the top layer of your wedding cake (which doesn’t always freeze well, or taste that great a year later), the bakery will make you a fresh cake, often in the same style and flavor as your wedding cake, for your one-year anniversary.

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


THE CANDIES TABLE a different twist to satisfy every guest’s sweet tooth Sure, the wedding cake is a tried and true part of weddings since before any of us can remember. But why give your guests one measly piece of cake when you could let them indulge in a buffet full of candy? Choose Your Sweets Remember candies and sweets come in every shape, size and delectability, so take your guests, venue and design into account, then choose your treats accordingly. For an outdoor, casual wedding full of light and color, you might want to go for a rainbow of whimsical variety with bright rock candy, every hue of jelly bean, gummies, silly-shaped chocolates, lollipops, gumballs, striped candy canes and a chocolate fountain with marshmallows and fruit. An indoor, more upscale formal event could call for candies such as toffees, exquisite varieties of chocolate bars, biscotti cookies, decorative chocolatecovered pretzels and strawberries, macaroons, pastry puffs and sugar or yogurt coated nuts and raisins. Design Like your sweet selection, your design can match your wedding. For something casual and playful, arrange your colorful candies in clear jars of every shape and size like an old candy store. A more upscale look could present your desserts in classy giant martini glasses or on small decorative plates arranged on different levels over an expansive, dramatically lit table. Custom-order candies or candy wrappers to stick within your color scheme. Only choosing candies of two or three colors also creates a striking design.

Another fun idea is to put two or three different candy containers at each individual table as centerpieces so guests can mix and match as they mingle between tables. Like Kids in Candy Stores! Once you’ve decided on your sweets and display, get ready to let sweet teeth run wild. Prepare fun dessert plates, plastic bags, or oversized wine glasses where guests can collect their treats. Make sure every separate serving dish has a decorative scooper so fingers don’t dirty the delights, then step back and let the inner child in all your guests pick and choose from the tasty array. As guests are leaving, give them an artsy, monogrammed bag and ask them to peruse the buffet again for an edible wedding favor.

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BRIDAL BLOOMS: design a beautiful wedding with flowers The romantic link between weddings and flowers dates back to ancient civilizations where garlands of flowers, leaves and vines were worn or carried by young brides to symbolize their beauty and innocence. Wedding flowers have since evolved from simple hand-held bouquets to vibrantly artistic creations used to set the mood and theme for the entire celebration. www.pbnewi.com PREMIER BRIDE • 125


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. 126 • 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 strands


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FLOWERS 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. With their fragrant beauty, their wide range of hues and year-round availability, it is easy to see why roses have retained their popularity with brides. If you are considering roses, it helps to know a little bit about them before making your final decisions. Roses are produced in three grades: Select, Extra Fancy and Fancy. Select roses are top quality and last the longest. It may be worth paying more for Select, although Extra Fancy is equally lovely. Florists rarely deal with Fancy roses, found mostly in supermarkets, as they tend to wilt rapidly.

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GARDEN WEDDINGS the reward to surviving a harsh Wisconsin winter BY SHAWN DOBBINS

Wisconsin residents know as well as anyone how harsh the winter months can be. They know what it’s like to scrape an icy windshield with frozen hands and the backbreaking work of shoveling a long driveway. They also know that as bitter as the winters can be the warmer months are their great reward for a season of freezing temperatures. Hidden under the feet of snow and ice are gardens filled flowers in every color of the rainbow, outlined with fields of lush, green grass. Many couples are turning to those beautiful gardens to hold amazing weddings that feature scenery and ambiance that simply can’t be found indoors. Garden weddings can be as varied as the Wisconsin weather depending on the season of your event. Spring can feature the first blossoming flowers and trees, summer can provide countless hours of sunshine and warm weather, and fall can 128 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

provide a backdrop of changing leaves that will take your breath away. A garden wedding venue can vary significantly based on the month of your event so it’s best to think about what the vegetation will look like on your wedding day and how you want it to fit into your wedding. The garden’s staff and wedding consultant will be able to answer any questions you may have about what will be blooming and where your event is best served. Be prepared with questions about what specific vegetation that will be present and ask for pictures of what to expect on the big day. Knowing what color vegetation will be on-site can be used to your advantage in choosing dresses, flowers, and programs. While a garden wedding may be beautiful it doesn’t come without its costs, specifically in the amount of planning and preparation that goes into them. By taking your event outdoors you are now required to account for


GARDEN WEDDINGS many things that an indoor venue would handle without question. Decisions about tent rental, electrical hookups, lighting, food and drink transportation, and appropriate outdoor attire are just a few of the many things that will need to be discussed when having a garden wedding. Another large decision for a garden wedding is how you want to incorporate the grounds into your photography. When choosing a wedding photographer be sure to mention that your wedding will be outdoors and ask how he or she would use the location to your advantage. Ask to see photographs from a similar wedding that the photographer has already done to get an idea of what they are capable of in an outdoor setting. Finally, as much as you may hope and pray that it doesn’t happen your garden wedding could be dampened by rain so make sure that your venue has a Plan B in case a passing love shower turns into a thunderstorm. Several contingency plans need to be discussed far in advance so nothing is up in the air if the worst should happen weather-wise. Couples don’t need to look far for a garden wedding site as there are many locations in Northeast Wisconsin that have both the scenery and the experience to make for a flawless day. The Paine Art Center in Oshkosh, Green Bay Botanical Gardens and John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan all are beautiful settings that can help make your dreams become a reality. In addition to private organizations local cities and municipalities often offer their parks and facilities for rental, Smith Park in Menasha being one of the most popular. Garden weddings can provide for a truly memorable day, one that the bride, groom, and guests can look back on

with fond memories when the mercury begins to drop and green grass gives way to snow flurries. Lush gardens, beautiful flowers, and rivers of sunshine are an amazing backdrop to getting married but they also come with added planning and discussions regarding contingency plans should the weather sour. If a couple is willing to put in the extra time and energy into planning and preparation a garden wedding can provide them with a lifetime of love and memories.

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THE GROOM’S STORY it’s his day too! BY SHAWN DOBBINS

From choosing a date to the bridesmaids’ dresses to who is going to sit next to Uncle Jim, a bride has countless decisions to make; the list goes on and on. Fortunately, women have a wealth of resources to help them make those decisions,

a benefit of which brides of the past didn’t have the luxury. In the sea of magazines, blogs, and Pinterest boards, there is one resource that deserves to have its voice heard that often remains silent: the groom. While a wedding is generally considered to be the bride’s day, the groom also deserves his fair share of both the spotlight and input. Even though they may not be as vocal as their fiancés, men want to make their wedding day just as special and unique their partner does. Small details may not be of pressing concern to a groom, but there are several big-picture decisions that they will happily tackle. Where the reception will be held, who will provide the music and entertainment, and what will the guests be eating and drinking are some of the larger decisions that grooms most often feel passionate about. 134 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

Many will gush over the bride’s appearance, but the groom can earn equal style points by choosing an outfit that fits his personality and character; just because he will happily take backseat to his bride in compliments doesn’t mean that he doesn’t enjoy looking his best. If clothes aren’t the groom’s passion, then finding extra-special groomsmen gifts can make him feel like he’s putting his personal stamp on the wedding. Some brides feel as though their future husbands simply don’t care about many aspects of their wedding, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s not that many grooms aren’t interested in the planning of their wedding, but more that they know how important the day is for their bride and value her opinion above all others. What some view as apathy, many grooms view as indulging their bride in getting the exact wedding she has been dreaming of since she was a little girl. This attitude can make brides overwhelmed with the wedding process and left feeling like they are taking on the task alone; it’s important to keep open the lines of communication during wedding planning so both parties can vent personal frustrations as well as hear new ideas. Just as a marriage is a shared experience between two people committing to making their lives one, a wedding should also be a union of two personalities and styles into one event.

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Brown Calumet Door Fond du Lac Green Lake Kewaunee Manitowoc

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$100 $75 $85 $80 $80 $95

• Apply no later than 5 full working days prior to wedding date-two weeks prior is recommended.

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OUTAGAMIE 410 S. Walnut St. Appleton, WI 54911 (920) 832-5077 www.co.outagamie.wi.us

• Legal age is 18. If younger, both parents or legal guardian must come in to complete consent form (If not possible call for additional information).

CALUMET Courthouse, 206 Court St. Chilton, WI 53014 (920) 849-1458 www.co.calumet.wi.us

PORTAGE COUNTY 1516 Church St. Stevens Point, WI 54481 (715) 346-1351 www.co.portage.wi.us

• Non-residents (in and out-of-state) must apply in the county they will be married. This license will only be valid in that county.

DOOR Courthouse, 421 Nebraska Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235 (920) 746-2200 www.co.door.wi.gov

SHEBOYGAN 615 N. 6th St., Rm 106 Sheboygan, WI 53081 (920) 459-3003 www.co.sheboygan.wi.us

• Each party must provide the Clerk’s office with their social security cards.

FOND DU LAC 160 S. Macy Fond du Lac WI 54935 (920) 929-3000 www.co.fond-du-lac.wi.us

WAUPACA 811 Harding St. Waupaca, WI 54981 (715) 258-6200 www.co.waupaca.wi.us

GREEN LAKE Courthouse, 492 Hill St. Green Lake, WI 54941 (920) 294-4005 www.co.green-lake.wi.us

WAUSHARA 209 S. St. Marie St. Wautoma, WI 54982 (920) 787-0442 www.co.waushara.wi.us

KEWAUNEE 613 Dodge St. Kewaunee, WI 54216 (920)388-4410 www.kewauneeco.org

WINNEBAGO 415 Jackson St. Oshkosh, WI 54901 (920) 236-4888 www.co.winnebago.wi.us

• If divorced, copy of judgment of divorce, court annulment or death certificate is required. 6 month waiting period. • License is good for 30 days from the date issued. • Most counties require name, address and phone number of the person performing the ceremony. Location and date may also be required.

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

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the couples parents and new in-laws? Once you make those decisions, you can start searching around for transport based on size. Then, you can pick out a limousine, a coach party bus, a trolley, or something more unique and personal for the couple. Whatever you decide on, keep safety in mind while revelers are bouncing from place to place. LIMOS If there is a day to splurge on this iconic luxury vehicle, your wedding is certainly the day. Unlike some other forms of transport, a limo can be booked for an entire day, so you could get a high-class ride to pick you up at the house, delivering you to the ceremony, reception or even to the airport to jet away on a honeymoon. Most companies have a one or two hour minimum for their services, so think about what the most cost-effective way would be to keep the limo around. If you want a car for both going to and leaving the ceremony, it might be more affordable to hire two separate cars rather than pay for the vehicle to sit there during a long reception. There are quite a few options for limos. A formal limousine seats four people, and sometimes a bride and groom will CONTINUED ON PAGE 142

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HORSE AND CARRIAGE elegant transportation Unique wedding ideas enhance many modern ceremonies and receptions. The truly innovative bride gets creative along the way by getting hitched to traditional transportation. More personal than the plushiest limo is the old-world elegance of a horse-drawn carriage or sleigh. Your enchantment will be reflected in the picture possibilities. Photographers and video crews can make magic when you alight from a regal carriage, groom in arm. This elegance is not out of reach either, especially if your budget already includes rental transportation. This service can vary from a simple horse and carriage to an elaborate coach. Price checks for available styles should include inquiries about minimum rental time and overtime. The number in your party is important if you elect to treat your wedding party or other guests to a ride. However in this case, you will also need to shop with their special requirements in mind. Be guided by, but not bound to, recommendations from bridal shops, caterers and other wedding specialists. Remember too, as with any wedding service, reputable vendors can provide references. A horse-drawn carriage doesn’t need to preclude the use of more modern wheels. Limousines or even vintage cars can transport you or your guests to and from the carriage.

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travel to the ceremony alone. Or, if you’d like to include the wedding party, stretch limos can allow for six to 10. For larger parties and a flashier mode of transport, sport utility models like the Hummer and Explorer are popular and unique both inside and out. The larger models are often posh, with flashy lights and decorative interiors. CATCH THE COACH For larger wedding parties or those that want a little extra elbow room, a party bus or luxury coach is a great way to travel from the ceremony to the reception. It’s got all the amenities and style of a luxury limousine, but with more room to spare –these will seat up to 10 people very comfortably. Or, for even bigger parties, a passenger coach or party bus can seat anywhere from 21 to 49 people, so it can be a great way to get a few special guests and family members on the special ride between locations. Or, if you have a very small wedding and the ceremony and reception are separated by a long distance, this is a fun way to get all the guests in on the party right away. Like limousine services, passenger and luxury coach companies require a minimum number of hours. The size and type of coach will determine the hourly rate. Depending on the size of your party it may make sense to hire two coaches, maybe a luxury coach for the bride, groom and attendants and a passenger coach for the guests. This provides guests with a little more flexibility, as well. TAKING THE TROLLEY An attractive, fun and picturesque alternative to a limo or passenger coach is a trolley, if it’s available in your area. Trolleys generally can accommodate 142 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

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 lend 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 horse-drawn carriage is a romantic, vintage option, especially if you can decorate it with your wedding colors or pull up to your waving guests. Vintage cars are also great photo ops and add a touch of class. An antique Rolls Royce or a ’69 Mustang are fun and something you don’t get to ride in every day. Ride in style like the royal couple did in their April wedding in a decorated navy soft-top Aston Martin Volante. Or, as with everything else in the wedding, make sure the transportation connects to YOU. Maybe you met at a Harley rally – ride off on your twin Hogs! Or maybe you share a love of mountain biking – don’t be afraid to wheel over on a tandem together. Personality is what makes weddings memorable, so however you move, make sure it’s full of your style. Weddings are busy, chaotic days, so it’s wise to have someone closely associated with the wedding party, such as the best man or a family member, designated to coordinate with the chauffeur to make sure everything is on schedule.

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GO TROPICAL Even for the most active of couples, your honeymoon is one time when it’s okay to relax. If you choose a tropical destination, an all-inclusive resort is a wonderful way to go, and most places offer a honeymoon package. ALL ABROAD! A trip abroad is a chance to get caught up in a whirlwind of new ideas and cultures, but make sure this is an experience you’re both fully committed to. Planning an international trip for the first time can be stressful! STAYING LOCAL If you don’t have the funds for a plane ticket abroad or can’t get away for a long trip, consider what’s close to home. Try a quaint bed & breakfast just a few miles from your house. Turn off your cell phones and focus on each other — it will seem as if you’re light years away. TAKE A CRUISE Can’t decide on a destination? A cruise might be for you — it’s the best of both worlds! For Europe, there are cruises along the Mediterranean, and island hopping in the Caribbean is a perfect tropical getaway. And if you can’t decide whether you want to relax or be active, a cruise will give the chance to do both.

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During the last several years, there has been a trend away from the “party till dawn at a gentlemen’s club” affair or a “girls go wild” night. Bachelor and bachelorette parties are about family and friends getting together, sharing old stories and, perhaps, creating some new memories. A day, an overnight or a weekend immersed in an outdoor adventure with plenty of time before and after for fine dining and visits to the local pubs is a great way to do just that. The adventure bachelor(ette) parties give the best man and maid of honor a chance to sign the group up and then relax. From the time of arrival, everything is planned out.

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

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

4. How can the party be made “special”? This is where the Best Man and the Maid of Honor need to put on their thinking caps. What would make this a memorable occasion? Isn’t it more than consuming excess beverages and waking up the next day with a strange tattoo? Great memories are made of sharing an adventure, a special dinner, sitting around a campfire or having a spa treatment. Special t-shirts, with the date and guest of honor’s name, videos of the adventure or even an engraved memento to be presented at the wedding reception are now becoming more common bachelor(ette) party ideas.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ELECTRICITY & CURRENCY

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

LANGUAGE

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

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

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


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


SHOPPING MADE EASY attending bridal shows You may find that the more time you can save in planning your wedding, the better. A Bridal Show can help. Here’s information and tips to help! Plan in Advance: Know your budget. Make a list of what you need most and what your budget will allow for each item and service. Types of Bridal Shows: Small intimate shows average attendance is between 75-200 people and generally around 20-40 different vendors. These shows allow you much more time to talk with the individual wedding professionals, asking questions and getting more in-depth answers. The second kind of show is much larger, averaging anywhere from 800 to 2000 attending and featuring anywhere from 100-250 different vendors. The biggest advantage to this kind of show are the wide range of vendors available and the beautiful displays for great wedding ideas. Pre-printed address labels: Most vendors will have some special drawing for gifts and prizes. Having these labels available will save you time and effort. Include your full name, address, phone number, wedding date and email address. Create a temporary wedding e-mail address: It’s free and can be deleted after your wedding date. Obviously you will receive solicitation after the show. This is a good thing. Quality vendors reaching out to provide specific wedding information and tips, along with any special offers they might have. Who should come along: Yes, your fiancé should come along, especially if it’s just the two of you. Decisions could be made on the spot and they will have a good time! If you bring a couple friends or a whole entourage, perhaps not.

Date or Calendar Book: It might be appropriate to schedule an appointment at another time for a more in-depth conversation. Usually any show “specials” will also apply if a date and time is made for a follow-up discussion. There are times when you might want to book something right at the show, such as limited availability

and your date is still open. Or you might have already met with a vendor prior and are ready to make the commitment. Shoes: Wear comfortable shoes. The odds are you’ll be on your feet for quite a while. You don’t want to leave until you’re ready, not because your feet are too tired. Pressing onward when you’re feet hurt just isn’t any fun. Children: Avoid bringing small children to the show if possible. While you might not have a choice or it may be tempting to bring your flower girl along to see the neat wedding stuff, they are sure to tire more quickly then you. Prepare for information overload: When you find a vendor you are interested in, make a note about why. What struck you as appealing about them. When you get home and you’re looking thru 10 different photographers, your note may be the only thing you have to remember which ones you liked and why. Also, write down any good tips they might have given you.

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November 2, 2014 VISUELLE PRODUCTIONS FALL WEDDING SPECTACULAR Fox Cities Performing Arts Center 400 W. College Ave., Appleton 10:30am-3pm

February 22, 2015 SPRING WEDDING SPECTACULAR Fox Cities Performing Arts Center 400 W. College Ave., Appleton 10:30am-3pm

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BRIDAL SHOWS for Northeast Wisconsin 2014-15 JULY 20, 2014

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Shopko Hall, 1901 S. Oneida Street, Green Bay 10am-3pm, 800-236-2073 weddingshowgreenbay.com/summer See pgs 25 & 165

SEPTEMBER 7, 2014

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MENOMINEE CASINO RESORT BRIDAL SHOW

Menominee Casino Resort N277 HWY 47/55, Keshena, 12pm-4pm menomineecasinoresort.com

NOVEMBER 2, 2014

VISUELLE PRODUCTIONS FALL BRIDAL SHOWCASE

Fox Cities Performing Arts Center 400 W. College Ave., Appleton, 10:30am -3pm wisconsinbridalshows.com, 920-982-7881 See pg 162

JANUARY 16 & 17, 2015

THE WEDDING SHOW WINTER EDITION

Shopko Hall, 1901 S. Oneida Street, Green Bay 10am-3pm, 800-236-2073 weddingshowgreenbay.com/summer See pgs 25 & 165

JANUARY 8, 2015

2015 EDITH’S BRIDAL FAIRE

Holiday Inn 625 W. Rolling Meadows Dr, Fond du Lac 4pm–7:30pm, 920-924-9697 x103 radioplusinfo.com/Bridal-Faire-2014/17734496

JANUARY 25, 2015

THE WEDDING FAIRE

Oshkosh Convention Center 1 N Main St, Oshkosh, 12pm, 920-230-1970 planonencore.com

FEBRUARY 22, 2015

VISUELLE PRODUCTIONS SPRING WEDDING SPECTACULAR

Fox Cities Performing Arts Center 400 W. College Ave., Appleton 10:30am-3pm, 920-982-7881 wisconsinbridalshows.com, See pg 162

FEBRUARY 22, 2015

2015 LOVE STORY BRIDAL EXPO

Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center 1001 Amber Avenue, Stevens Point, WI Show Times: 12pm – 4 pm www.lovestoryweddingexpo.webs.com/ 715-254-9933

MARCH 7, 2015

8TH ANNUAL WEDDING SHOW

Stadium View Banquet Hall & Conference Center 1963 Holmgren Way, Green Bay 11am-3pm, 920-884-3159, thestadiumview.com

MARCH 1, 2015

A BRIDAL FAIRE AT CAMELOT

The Golf Club at Camelot, W192 Hwy 67, Lomira 11am-2:30pm, 920-269-4949 golfcamelot.com/events.html

MARCH 29, 2015

VISUELLE PRODUCTIONS SPRING WISCONSIN WEDDING SPECTACULAR

Radisson Conference Center 2040 Airport Dr, Green Bay 10:30am-3pm, 920-982-7881 Presented by Visuelle Productions: wisconsinbridalshows.com See pg 162

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Bridal Faire Thursday, January 8, 2015 Holiday Inn 625 W. Rolling Meadows Drive Fond du Lac 920-924-9697 ext. 103

7th Annual

Wedding Show

Saturday, March 1, 2015 You’re invited to view all wedding necessities from photography, entertainment, invitations, decorators and decorations, limousines and buses, diamonds and jewelry from experts and MUCH MORE!

Everyone registered will be eligible for great door prizes from every vendor throughout the day!

Win a Get Away Package! Exhibits Open 11am-3pm Tickets 2 for 1 in Advance or $5 each at the door.

1963 Holmgren Way, Green Bay 920-884-3159

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES DIRECTORY KEY • Bachelor(ette) Parties • Banquet Facilities & Rehearsal Dinners • Beauty & Health • Bridal Accessories • Bridal Registry • Bridal Shows (See pgs 163)

• Cakes & Sweets • Catering • Chapels/ Ceremonies

(Also see Officiants)

• Decorating & Service • Door County Weddings • DJ’s • Dry Cleaners/ Gown Preservation • Florists • Formal Wear • Honeymoon (Also see Travel Agencies)

BACHELOR(ETTE) PARTIES Wildman Adventure Resort 2 Outposts in Wisconsin tracy@wildmanranch.com wildmanresort.com (262) 287-9892

• • • • • •

Hotels Insurance Internet Resources Invitations Lakeshore Weddings Limos & Carriages

• • • •

Musicians, Vocalists Painter Party Rentals Photography

(See Transportation)

• Photo Specialty • Reception Sites (See Banquet Facilities & Rehearsal Dinners)

• • • •

Transportation Travel Agencies Videography Wedding Coordinators

BEST WESTERN PREMIER Waterfront Hotel & Convention Center 1 North Ave., Oshkosh www.oshkoshwaterfronthotel.com (920) 230-1900

(See pg 22)

Blue Harbor Resort & Spa (See pg 147)

725 Blue Harbor Dr., Sheboygan www.blueharborresort.com (866) 701-2583

(See pg 63)

Brett Favre’s Steakhouse

BANQUET FACILITIES & REHEARSAL DINNERS Bemis Conference Center 100 Grant St., De Pere www.snc.edu/conference (800) 221-5070 (800) 397-3638

(See pg 39)

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

(See pg 6)

CopperLeaf Boutique Hotel & Spa (See pg 38)

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

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

(See pg 11)

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

(See pg 11)

The District Event Center at the Best Western

788 Armed Forces Dr., Green Bay www.thedistrictgreenbay.com 920-544-5465

(See pg 33)

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES EAA Aviation Center

3000 Paberezny Rd, Oshkosh www.eaa.org events@eaa.org 920-426-6126

LaGrange Ledgestone Barn

(See pg 21)

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

(See pg 26)

Germania

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

(See pg 22)

The Golf Club at Camelot W192 State Rd 67, Lomira www.golfcamelot.com (920) 269-4949

(See pg 16)

Grand Meridian

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

(See pg 32)

5332 Dickinson Road, DePere www.lagrangegb.com 920-664-1011

(See pg 10)

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

(See pg 36)

Landmark Resort

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

(See pg 30 & 151)

The Lodge at Leathem Smith

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

(See pg 150)

The Marq

3177 French Rd., De Pere 2310 Lineville Rd., Green Bay www.the-marq.com (920) 532-4811

(See pg 8)

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

(See pg 43)

Green Bay Packers/Lambeau Field Atrium

1265 Lombardi Ave., Green Bay www.packers.com (920) 569-7515 (See pg 45 & Back Inside Cover)

Heidel House Resort & Spa 643 Illinois Ave., Green Lake www.heidelhouse.com (800) 444-2812

800.343.7778 x5692 or x5208

N277 Hwy. 47/55 ~ Keshena, WI MenomineeCasinoResort.com

(See pg 19)

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

(See pg 16)

National Railroad Museum

(See pg 27)

Outeredge Stage

(See pg 24)

Paine Art Center & Gardens

Holiday Inn Appleton

150 S. Nicolet Rd., Appleton www.marlonspub.com (920) 735-9955 ext. 1104

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

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

(See pg 10)

303 N. Oneida St., Appleton Find us on Facebook (920) 809-0131 1410 Algoma Blvd., Oshkosh www.thepaine.org (920) 235-6903 Ext. 27

(See pg 61)

(See pg 9)

(See pg 7)

(See pg 13)

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

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(See pg 42)

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

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

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

(See pg 29)

(See pg 24)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Ridgeway Country Club

Woodfire Lodge

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

(See pg 18)

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

(See pg 34)

Stadium View Banquet Hall

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

(See pg 23)

Stone Cellar at Riverview Gardens 1101 S. Oneida St., Appleton www.stonecellarriverview.com (920) 997-3332

www.marykay.com/whaas (608) 335-8984 (See pg 28)

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

(See pg 6 & 151)

Thelma Sadoff

51 Sheboygan St., Fond du Lac www.thelmaarts.org (920) 921-5410

(See pg 37)

Thornberry Creek at Oneida

4470 N. Pine Tree Road, Oneida www.golfthornberry.com (920) 434-7501 ext. 101

(See pg 3)

(See pg 31)

(See pg 50)

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

B’loonie Gifts

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

(See pg 62)

Marlene’s

Mary Angeli’s

(See pg 62)

Boston Store

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

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

Royal Prestige

dinner4two.com or midwestlifestyles.com 920-375-6536 (See pg 35)

Winncrest Banquet Hall

2788 Towne Ct., Neenah www.winncrestbanquethall.com (920) 886-8723

BRIDAL ACCESSORIES

BRIDAL REGISTRY

The Waters

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

(See pg 60)

(See pg 17)

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

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

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

UW-Oshkosh Alumni Welcome and Conference Center 625 Pearl Ave., Oshkosh www.uwosh.edu/awcc (920) 424-3301

Now & Zen Hair Industry

(See pg 12)

Tundra Lodge Resort

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

(See pg 113)

Complete Wedding Accessory Shoppe 208 E. Wisconsin Ave., Appleton www.marlenesshoppe.com (920) 734-7989 (See pg 117)

Trolley Square Waterfront Banquets 619 S. Olde Oneida St., Appleton www.waterfrontbanquets.com (920) 830-7855 ext 2

BEAUTY & HEALTH Mary Kay Cosmetics

(See pg 36)

2400 N Casaloma, Appleton www.timberrattlersbanquets.com (920) 733-4152 (See Inside Cover & pg 46)

(See pg 83)

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.

(920) 997-6500 (715) 858-8920 (920) 921-1111 (920) 494-3707 (920) 684-0331

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES 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

(715) 732-3720 (715) 387-8611 (715) 344-6942 (920) 743-5533 (715) 845-9611 (715) 421-5211

Grand Meridian

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

(See pg 32)

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

(See pg 36)

The Marq

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

(See pg 8)

Van Abel’s of Hollandtown

BRIDAL SHOWS (See pgs 163)

8108 Cty. Rd. D, Kaukauna www.vanabels.com (920) 766-2291

(See pg 50)

Zuppas

CAKES & SWEETS Artistic Cakes & Cookies

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

(See pg 120)

The Cake Guru

1529 Oregon St., Oshkosh, WI www.cakeguru.com (920) 236-9144

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

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

(See pg 121)

Manderfield’s Home Bakery

725 Blue Harbor Dr., Sheboygan www.blueharborresort.com (866) 701-2583

811 Plank Rd., Menasha (920) 725-7794 W3176 Springfield Dr., Appleton (920) 731-2181 5100 Michael’s Dr., Appleton (920) 882-6500 www.manderfieldsbakery.com (See pg 122)

The Golf Club at Camelot

Wilmar Chocolates

Green Bay Botanical Garden

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

(See pg 51)

(See pg 123)

W192 State Rd 67, Lomira www.golfcamelot.com (920) 269-4949

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

(See pg 63)

(See pg 16)

(See pg 43)

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

CATERING Bridgewood PREMIER Catering

1000 Cameron Way, Neenah www.bridgewoodresorthotel.com/catering (920) 967-4350 (See pg 11)

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

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3177 French Rd., De Pere 2310 Lineville Rd., Green Bay www.the-marq.com (920) 532-4811

(See pg 8)

Outeredge Stage (See pg 6)

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

(See pg 16)

The Marq

303 N. Oneida St., Appleton Find us on Facebook (920) 809-0131

(See pg 9)

Paine Art Center and Gardens (See pg 26)

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

(See pg 7)


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

Snug Harbor Inn

(See pg 6 & 151)

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

(See pg 12)

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

2400 N Casaloma, Appleton www.timberrattlersbanquets.com (920) 733-4152 (See Inside Cover & pg 46)

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

(See pg 47)

DECORATING & SERVICE

(See pg 55)

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

(See pg 50)

DOOR COUNTY WEDDINGS Door County Trolley Inc.

(See pg 151)

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

(See pg 150)

DJ’S (See pg 104)

Serving WI www.dreamindj.com (920) 469-1030

(See pg 105)

Global Entertainment

(See pg 95)

Matt’s DJ Service

www.mattsdjservice.com (920) 375-0809

(See pg 106)

Record Entertainment

www.recordentertainment.com (920) 924-7535 (800) 961-9829

(See pg 109)

DRY CLEANERS/ GOWN PRESERVATION Gunderson Cleaners

Landmark Resort

(See pg 30 & 151)

The Lodge at Leathem Smith

(See pg 150)

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

White Lace Inn

www.globalphotobooth.com 800-901-1007

McVey Tent & Expo

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

(See pg 6 & 151)

Dreamin DJ’s (See pg 62)

1919 E. Main St., Little Chute www.elegant-by-design.com (920) 470-6523

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

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

www.acroyal.com 800-236-DJDJ

Elegant by Design

www.doorcountytrolley.com (920) 868-1100

(See pg 150)

Stone Harbor, A Door County Resort & Conference Center

AC Royal Entertainment

B’loonie Gifts

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

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

(See pg 150)

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.pbnewi.com PREMIER BRIDE • 171


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES www.gundersoncleaners.com (920) 730-3300

(See pg 81)

EAST GREEN BAY 1231 S. Monroe 1620 Lime Kiln WEST GREEN BAY 2087 S. Oneida 705 Cardinal Ln. (Howard) 900 George St., DePere www.lindemanscleaning.com (920) 435-5345

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

DOOR COUNTY

Landmark Resort

7643 Hillside Rd., Egg Harbor www.thelandmarkresort.com (800) 273-7877 (See pg 82) (715) 387-4656 (715) 359-8710 (715) 342-1930 (715) 258-5022 (715) 423-3033

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

(See pg 150)

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

(See pg 150)

Snug Harbor Inn

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

(See pg 150)

Stone Harbor, A Door County Resort & Conference Center

Ebb & Flow Flowers

By Appointment Only www.ebbandflowflowers.com (920) 362-3005

(See pg 127)

Floral Essence

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

(See pg 6 & 151)

White Lace Inn

www.floralessence.net (920) 627-3185

(See pg 63)

FORMAL WEAR 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.DuBoisFW.com

(See pg 30 & 151)

The Lodge at Leathem Smith

FLORISTS

Du Bois Formalwear

HONEYMOON

(Also see Travel Agencies)

Lindeman’s Cleaning

(920) 738-0166 (920) 437-9231 (920) 494-7458 (920) 965-0690 (608) 833-5006 (920) 458-1412 (Back Cover & 132)

Nedrebo’s Formal Wear

N6663 Rolling Meadows Dr., FDL www.nedrebos.com (920) 921-6125

(See pg 133)

Schroeder’s

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

(See pg 62)

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

(See pg 150)

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

(See pg 11)

Blue Harbor Resort & Spa

725 Blue Harbor Dr., Sheboygan www.blueharborresort.com (866) 701-2583

(See pg 63)

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

(See pg 11)

Kress Inn

300 Grant St., De Pere www.kressinn.com (800) 221-5070 172 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

(See pg 38)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Landmark Resort

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

Mary Angeli’s (See pgs 30, 151)

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

(See pg 150)

Radisson Hotel & Conference Center (See pg 13)

Snug Harbor Inn

(See pg 150)

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

(See pg 62)

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

(See pg 62)

Blue Harbor Resort & Spa

(See pgs 6, 151)

725 Blue Harbor Dr., Sheboygan www.blueharborresort.com (866) 701-2583

(See pg 63)

Discovery Coach

Sybaris Pool Suites

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

LAKESHORE WEDDINGS B’loonie Gifts

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

(See pg 62)

Mary Angeli’s

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

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

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

(See pg 160)

1139 Pennsylvania Ave., Sheboygan www.discoverycoach.com (800) 444-2960

(See pg 60)

Floral Essence

www.floralessence.net (920) 627-3185

INSURANCE McClone Insurance Group

150 Main St., Suite 102, Menasha www.mcclone.com (800) 236-1034

(See pg 83)

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

INTERNET RESOURCES Premier Bride

Schroeder’s

INVITATIONS

Tents Inc.

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

www.pbnewi.com

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

B’loonie Gifts

(See pg 62)

By Invitation

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

(See pg 116)

(See pg 61)

Now & Zen Hair Industry

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

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

(See pg 63)

John Michael Kohler Arts Center

(See pg 60)

(See pg 62)

(See pg 62)

LIMOS & CARRIAGES (See Transportation)

Marlene’s

Complete Wedding Accessory Shoppe 208 E. Wisconsin Ave., Appleton www.marlenesshoppe.com (920) 734-7989 (See pg 117)

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES MUSICIANS, VOCALISTS

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

Nancy Blanchard Watts, Harpist 3225 Waubenoor Dr., Green Bay watts-nancy@att.net (920) 337-9475

Gosia’s Photography (See pg 108)

Quartette Affetuoso Heather Anderson www.affetuoso.com (920) 284-0186

(See pg 108)

www.juliejilek.com (920) 284-8195

(See pg 20)

Dream Lighting

(See pg 105)

Elegant by Design

(See pg 55)

Fox Cities Party Rental

(See Pg 53)

“I Do” Wishes

1649 7th St., Green Bay www.idowishes.com (920) 819-6025

(See pg 56)

McVey Tent & Expo

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

(See pg 50)

Sash and Bow

www.sashandbow.com (920) 347-9000

(See pg 55)

Signature Events

125 W. Wisconsin Ave., Neenah www.eventsbyshelly.com (920) 886-0769

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Wedding and Special Event Photography Appleton/Neenah www.picturethisofwi.com (920) 486-6130 (See pg 90)

Together Wedding Photography & Video Ltd.

(See pg 91)

Unveiled Portraits

Wisconsin www.unveiledportraits.com (920) 858-9827

(See pg 89)

PHOTO SPECIALTY The Photobooth

www.globalphotobooth.com 800-901-1007

(See pg 95)

PhotoboothNV There simply isn’t a more entertaining and unique way to capture the memories of your special day! 920-73-BOOTH

OR

262-424-2950

nlindbeck@gmail.com

(See pg 57)

RECEPTION SITES

(See Banquet Facilities & Rehearsal Dinners) (See pg 62)

You’ll be Floored

1045 S. Oneida St., Menasha www.youllbefloored.net (920) 850-5637

(See pg 94)

WWW.PHOTOBOOTHNV.COM

Tents Inc.

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

www.lanariphotography.com (920) 540-2488

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

PARTY RENTALS

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

(See pg 88)

Picture This

Julie Jilek

1919 E. Main St., Little Chute www.elegant-by-design.com (920) 470-6523

www.gosiasphotography.com (920) 733-1087 (612) 590-0045

Lanari Photography

PAINTER

www.dreamlightingcompany.com (920) 469-1030

(See pg 89)

(See pg 53)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES TRANSPORTATION

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

Beyond Limousines

www.beyondlimousines.com (920) 420-5927

(See pg 138)

Bucky’s Limousines

1475 McDonald St., Oconto www.buckyslimos.com (920) 834-4436

(See pg 141)

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 (800) 444-2960

(See pg 60)

(See pg 151)

ELS - Escort Limousine Service

Corporate Office (920) 494-3818 Sheboygan (920) 918-5466 Wausau (715) 432-5466 Powers, MI / UP (906) 420-5466 Showroom: 2600 S. Ashland., Green Bay www.escortlimo.com (See pg 143)

Heritage Limousine

www.heritagelimousine.com (920) 855-6166

Kiel

773-2270

Manitowoc

920-682-5767

www.stardustlimousine.com

TRAVEL AGENCIES

Door County Trolley, Inc.

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

Sheboygan

920-452-5696

Tie the Knot Travel

844 S. Military Ave, Green Bay www.tie-the-knot-travel.com (920) 662-1920

(See pg 144)

VIDEOGRAPHY MVP Video Productions

www.mvp-productions.com (715) 823-2815

(See pg 97)

Together Wedding Photography & Video Ltd.

103 E. Main St., Hortonville (10 min. from Appleton) www.togetherwedding.com (920) 779-0360 (See pg 91)

(See pg 138)

WEDDING COORDINATORS

Elegant by Design

1919 E. Main St., Little Chute www.elegant-by-design.com (920) 470-6523

Appleton, WI 54914 920-730-8297 800-830-5933 lsclassiclimo.com

(See pg 55)

“I Do” Wishes

1649 7th St., Green Bay www.idowishes.com (920) 819-6025

(See pg 56)

Sash and Bow

www.sashandbow.com (920) 347-9000

Lamers Limousine Service

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

(See pg 139)

Lamers Trolley & Coaches

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

(See pg 139)

(See pg 55)

Signature Events

125 W. Wisconsin Ave., Neenah www.eventsbyshelly.com (920) 886-0769

(See pg 57)

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

(See pg 140)

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JANUARY 1st New Year’s Day 19th Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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JANUARY 1st New Year’s Day 18th Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

MARCH 27th Easter

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DECEMBER

MAY 30th

Memorial Day

JULY 4th

OCTOBER 3rd Rosh Hashanah 10th Columbus Day 12th Yom Kippur 31st Halloween

Independence Day

NOVEMBER 24th Thanksgiving Day

SEPTEMBER 5th Labor Day

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THE PREMIER BRIDE PLANNER

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

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THE WEDDING TIMELINE

Shop for and order wedding gown, veil and accessories

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

2-4 MONTHS AHEAD

12 MONTHS AHEAD

Decide on the budget

9-12 MONTHS AHEAD

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

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

Arrange ceremony rehearsal and notify participants

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

Mail save-the-date cards if necessary

1-2 MONTHS AHEAD

Choose attendants

Discuss honeymoon plans

Book musicians for ceremony Select florist

Reserve accommodations for out-of-town guests

2-4 WEEKS AHEAD

Select caterer

Order invitations, personal stationery and thank you notes

Select and purchase guest favors Find and reserve rehearsal dinner location

1 WEEK AHEAD

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

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

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

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

Arrange for final fittings on your gown

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

Register for gifts at one to three stores

Order wedding cake

Mail invitations

Start reception seating chart and placecards

Reserve wedding day transportation

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

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

Prepare printed program for ceremony

Get engagement photo taken

6-9 MONTHS AHEAD

Buy and wrap attendants’ gifts

Select ceremony music, readings and vows and meet with officiant

Compile guest list

Select band or DJ for reception

4-6 MONTHS AHEAD

Address wedding invitations

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

Reserve accommodations for wedding night Finalize guest list

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FOR HER:

DON’T FORGET...

WEDDING ATTIRE

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

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

FOR HIM:

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

HONEYMOON CHECKLIST

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

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

UPDATING YOUR NAME

WEDDING DAY EMERGENCY KIT

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

Auto Registration

Investment accounts

Stock certificates

Bank & credit card accounts

Life insurance policy

Car insurance policy

Medical/dental records

Tax agency records (state/federal)

Credit reporting agencies

Memberships

Deeds/titles

Passport

Driver’s license

Post Office records

Employee records

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

Voter registration records Wills/trusts

Social Security records

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THE WEDDING BUDGET

______________

Groom’s Wedding Ring

______________

Ceremony Site Fee

______________

Officiant

______________

Marriage License

______________

Aisle Runner

______________

Candles/Candelabra

______________

Other

______________

RECEPTION

______________

Bride’s Wedding Ring

MUSIC

Engagement Ring

Reception Site Fee

______________

Food, Service, Tax & Gratuity

______________

Beverage/Bar Corkage Fee

______________

Cake/Cake Cutting Fee

______________

Rental Items

______________

Other

______________

Ceremony

______________

Reception

______________

Other

______________

Photographer’s Fee

______________

Engagement Portrait

______________

Formal Wedding Portrait

______________

Proofs

______________

Wedding Album

______________

Candids

______________

Parents’ Sets

______________

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

______________

______________

Best Man

______________

Groomsmen

______________

Ushers

______________

Helper Corsages/Boutonnieres ______________

Child Attendants

______________

Ceremony Flowers

______________

Bride & Groom

______________

Reception Flowers

______________

Bride’s Parents

______________

Decorations/Balloons

______________

Groom’s Parents

______________

Other

______________

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

______________

Save-the-Date Cards

______________

Cake Cutting Attendant

______________

Invitations & Envelopes

______________

Gift Table Attendant

______________

Calligrapher

______________

Guest Book Attendant

______________

Postage

______________

Thank You Notes

______________

Soloists/Musicians (who are friends)

______________

Other

______________

Wedding Coordinator

______________

Disposable Cameras

______________

Informal Stationery

______________

Ceremony Programs

______________

Placecards

______________ ______________

Other

______________

Attendant Accommodations ______________ Bridesmaids’ Dresses/Shoes

______________

Flower Girl’s Dress

______________

Groomsmens’ Formalwear

______________

Ring Bearer’s Attire

______________

Bridesmaids’ Luncheon

______________

Other

______________

Rings

______________

Ceremony

______________

Reception

______________

Music

______________

Wedding Party Transportation: Limousine, Carriage, etc. ______________

Cake Knife & Server

______________

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

______________

Maid/Matron of Honor

______________

Grand TOTAL

______________

Guest Transportation

______________

Parking

______________

Other

______________

Other

______________

TOTALS

TRANSPORTATION

Announcements

GIFTS

Bridesmaids’

MISCELLANEOUS

FLOWERS

______________

Attendants’ Bouquets

FAVORS & ACCESSORIES

STATIONERY

Bride’s Bouquet

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SHARING THE COST

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

GROOM

BRIDE

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

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

Bride’s engagement & wedding rings Bride’s bouquet & going-away corsage Boutonnieres for men in wedding party Mothers’ corsages Wedding gift for bride Gifts for best man, groomsman & ushers Gift for parents (optional)

Accommodations for out-of-town attendants (optional)

Formal wear for best man & groomsmen (optional)

Luncheon for bridal party

Accommodations for out-of-town attendants (optional)

Informal stationery

Honeymoon

Engagement party

Fee for officiant

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

GROOM’S FAMILY

BRIDE’S FAMILY

Marriage license

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

WEDDING PARTY

Videographer

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

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

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GROOM’S CAKE

CAKE STYLE

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

SETUP DETAILS

CAKE ACCESSORIES

Description

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

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

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

Tea Lunch Cocktails Dinner

Regional Seasonal Exotic Ethnic Thematic

SERVICE

Breakfast/Brunch

FLAVOR

TYPE

CATERING PLANNER

Salad Entrée Dessert

Beef Chicken Vegetarian Pork Seafood

DESSERT

Soup

ENTRÉES

COURSES

Appetizer

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

Dessert Hors d’oeuvres

Cocktails

Regional Seasonal Exotic Ethnic Thematic

Lamb

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

Vegetarian Kosher Halal Other

RENTAL ITEMS

Full Bar

SPECIAL

ALCOHOL*

Pasta

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

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HELPERS

FLOWERS BY SEASON

TERMINOLOGY

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

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

SPRING

SUMMER

FALL

WINTER

YEAR ‘ROUND

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WEDDING PARTY

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

RECEPTION

CEREMONY

Other

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

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


MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT PLANNER

CEREMONY

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

START TIME

SONG/PERFORMED BY

START TIME

Prelude Processional Service Recessional Postlude Other Other

RECEPTION

Other

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

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BRIDE­’ S PHOTOS:

GROOM­’ S PHOTOS:

PRE-WEDDING

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

Bride getting ready

RECEPTION

Guests at cocktail party

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

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

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

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

CEREMONY

PORTRAITS

PHOTOGRAPHY PLANNER

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

Group pictures & candids throughout reception

Clergy, groom & best man at altar

Musicians

Bride & father walking down aisle

Bride & Groom’s first dance

Father giving bride’s hand to groom

Bride & Father, Groom & Mother dance

Guests watching the ceremony

Guests dancing

Vow exchange

Cake, cake table & cake cutting

Ring ceremony

Couple feeding each other cake

Candids of bride’s/groom’s face

Bouquet toss

Unity candle ceremony, kiddush cup ceremony, etc.

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

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

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LOCATION

RECEPTION PLANNER DATES AVAILABLE

LOCATION

SIZE

USED FOR

Indoor

Small (<100)

Ceremony

Outdoor

Medium (100-250)

Reception

Same site as ceremony

Large (250+)

Dressing

Walking distance from ceremony

Overnight rooms

SITE SERVICES

Within ______ miles of ceremony site

SERVICES PROVIDED

RENTALS AVAILABLE

Rooms

Tables

Food

Chairs & chair covers

Beverage/Alcohol

China, glassware, silverware & serving dishes

Disabled access

Linens

Adequate parking Valet

Ratio of guests to servers: ___________

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

DECORATIONS

PROVIDED

STYLE

More than one event at a time

RECEPTION

Head table Guest tables

BRINGING OWN DECORATIONS What are decorating restrictions?

Cake table Guest book table

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

When can decorations/favors come in?

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

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COLOR SCHEME Pastels Jewel tones Neutral tones Bold/bright

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Bride as baby

Early days as a couple

Groom as baby

Bachelor/Bachelorette parties

Bride’s childhood Groom’s childhood

Other:

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

RECEPTION

BRIDE DRESSING AT HOME

PHOTOS FOR SLIDESHOW

VIDEOGRAPHY PLANNER

Date: Time: Location: Special Requests:

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

CEREMONY

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

Date:

Guests dancing

Time:

Guests dining tables

Location:

Bride & Groom saying good-byes & leaving

Guests arriving Wedding party preparing

Special Requests:

Ceremony Guests leaving Special Requests:

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BRIDE

WEDDING ATTIRE DESCRIPTION

SIZE

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

BRIDE’S ATTENDANTS

Other

DESCRIPTION

SIZE

SIZE

SIZE

SIZE

NAME

NAME

NAME

NAME

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

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GROOM

DESCRIPTION

SIZE

Coat Shirt Vest Trousers Cummerbund Neckwear Cufflinks Socks & Shoes Other

GROOM’S ATTENDANTS

Other

DESCRIPTION

SIZE

SIZE

SIZE

SIZE

NAME

NAME

NAME

NAME

Coat Shirt Vest Trousers Cummerbund Neckwear Cufflinks Socks & Shoes Other

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VENDORS

KEEPING TRACK

NAME / PHONE

PAYMENT INFORMATION

DATE

AMOUNT

BAL. DUE

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

WEDDING PARTY

Wedding Coordinator

NAME

PHONE

Bridesmaids

Groomsmen

Ushers

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