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Gowns 6 EASY STEPS to the gown of your dreams

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


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

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

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

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


GOWNS a dramatic black with striking white butterfly accents. If you don’t want to transition totally away from white, try fading into color, like this Junko Yoshioka. The silky strapless gown starts in an off-white and gently swirls into an asymmetrical yellow train for a pastel spin on a timeless look. Or, go for a bold accent like this look from Anthropologie with a black bow and red shoes. A sash is another way to add color, perhaps the same color as your bridesmaids or flowers. Throw it on after the ceremony for a different reception look. Black and red are two popular colors for a bold yet classic accent. LEGS! Short dresses have always been fun for a switch into a more casual reception dress, but they’re gaining popularity down the aisle,

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

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GOWNS dress. For a less dramatic design, try something like Imogen from Carolina Herrera’s 2011 bridal line, with a simple tulle cap sleeve that gently stems from an easily sloping neckline. Also popular is a folded, asymmetrical look, like Oscar de la Renta shows. (Asymmetrical hemlines are also very in!) COVER UP. Sleeves are back, but don’t worry – designers haven’t relapsed to the heavily padded shoulders and too-beaded sleeves of our mothers. Monique Lhuillier’s Addie is a perfect example of tight, sheer sleeves extending from a sleek v-neck to truly shape a slender arm on any body type. For an updated Grace Kelly look, intricate lace sleeves that don’t remind you of doilies are beautiful from designers like Kelima. Cap sleeves are also popular, especially a thin or lacy detachable type for a different look between ceremony and reception. Also popular is a lace overlay to the neckline, an elegant way to show just enough skin. Claire Pettibone has lots to offer with both designs. TRIMS. Trims as accents are becoming the perfect way to make a simple gown dazzle. Melissa Sweet, ReemAcra, RomonaKeveza and Anthropologie scattered ruffles, tiny butterflies or even feathers down the dress to add personality to a classic design. BACK IS THE NEW BLACK. After all, it’s a long way down the aisle, and throughout the ceremony and first dance that’s what your guests will see. Silky, knotted backs the Eslava or Enfasis from Rosa Clara Eliven the gown and let a strong, beautiful back poke through.

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MISMATCHED BRIDESMAIDS find dresses that suit each girl’s body

You’ve asked your best girls to be your bridesmaids — and they said “yes!” Now for the tricky part: dresses. These ladies are your dearest friends, sisters, and sistersto-be; you chose each for her own special reason, so why put them all in a cookiecutter dress? Nowadays, it’s on trend to work with your bridesmaids to find dresses that suit each girl’s body type, skin tone, hair cut, signature style, and personality. The Basics of Mixing and Matching The idea behind mixing up your bridesmaid dresses is that all your girls will coordinate, but not match. In general, you could mismatch in terms of color, style, or length. Changing up one or more of these in each dress not only adds visual interest to your bridal party in photos, but your bridesmaids will be ever-grateful to you for letting them have a say in how they outfit their own body. But it’s imperative to set some ground rules. These rules could be as open-ended as “Find a dress with a floral print” or as refined as “Here are two dresses; pick one.” Though each girl will be dressed differently in some capacity, you’ll still want these ladies to look like they belong together. Make sure each dress has at least one common element for a cohesive overall look. To maintain this cohesion, your bridesmaids might: • Wear the same fabric • Wear the same color or color theme (ex: shades of purple for an ombré effect) • Wear the same dress with different necklines or waistlines • Coordinate the length of their dresses • Stick to a certain style (ex: bohemian, 1950s silhouette, etc.)

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MISMATCHED BRIDESMAIDS • Don accessories to tie them together (ex: shoes, necklaces, etc.) Making the Trend Your Own So what do you envision for your bridesmaids? Reach a firm decision before alerting your girls; you don’t want to tell them one thing, then switch directions after they’ve already started shopping. Once they hear what you have in mind, get some feedback — but stand firm as needed. Know when to say “no” and when to be lenient. After all, these are the most important ladies in your life — this should be a fun experience! If you want things to be a bit more structured, there are some big-name bridal shops across the country that offer many dress options in the color of your choice. Choose a color, then have each girl visit her local shop to pick out a dress in that color. This is particularly

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helpful if your bridesmaids-to-be live in different cities; each can do her own thing on her own time, and cohesion is still guaranteed. If you’re open to a more eclectic look, give your bridesmaids some loose parameters such as color, length, or vibe (more casual day dress vs. elegant eveningwear). A fun way to approach this is to create a group Pinterest board. Each girl can pin potential options and you can all weigh in and see how the dresses look side-by-side. If not a Pinterest board, at least have your girls run their options by you before they finally decide on a frock – and, if you feel strongly about it, make it clear up-front that you have the power to veto. In the end, you have to do what works best for you: your style, comfort level, venue, and your bridesmaids as a whole.

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YOUR WEDDING DAY STYLE quirky, elegant and unforgettable So you’ve found the guy, found the dress, but you really want your bridal look to scream YOU!? Consider adding one or all of the following suggestions into your bridal look on your wedding day. Personalize it: Have a patch made, or even a piece of the gown embroidered with your custom monogram with your new initials and wedding day on it. Make the embroidery blue, so that you have the “something blue” covered. You can also add an image if you would like, instead of a monogram, like a heart or other picture that is special to you. Have the patch or other insignia added to the inside of your gown, this will be something that you will see, but it adds that extra touch of you, on your wedding day. Wearing a veil? Consider having the bottom of the veil embroidered with white or ivory thread, it is simply unforgettable.

Have a Surprise!: You might want to think about adding a fun layer of fabric under your gown. Have the fabric sewn on the inside of the gown, and get ready for a photo op! If your gown isn’t full enough, you might consider having a crinoline dyed to your favorite color. Your Shoes: Gone are the days of plain ivory heels, and enter a whole new world of shoes for your wedding day! From cowboy boots to bridal sandals, brides are finding shoes that appeal to them, and express their personality. Have fun with this one, and make sure you get shoes you can wear over and over again! Not Just White: You might be in love with the color pink, why don’t you wear a pink wedding gown? Color is very in style right now, and you might consider wearing a dress in your favorite color.

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Reception What you need to know before booking your reception site

You’ve said “I do,” he’s kissed the bride, and now it’s time to party! Kick off those heels and mix, mingle, dine, and dance the night away with family and friends. But finding the perfect reception spot is no easy feat – Luckily, we’re here to help! 4 www.premierbride.com PREMIER BRIDE • 15


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RECEPTION Consider your style, head count, and budget. Before deciding where to host your reception, there are a few things to consider. To start: What’s your wedding’s style? A casual summer wedding requires completely different accommodations from a formal winter wedding, so first nail down your preferred style and season. Next: How many made the guest list? If you haven’t made one yet, hop to it – you’ll need a head count so you can find a reception site to suit your needs. Finally: How big is your budget? This goes hand-in-hand with your guest list – sometimes, your budget will determine the number of guests you can afford to have, not to mention the caliber of venue. Once you’ve made these critical decisions, start the search. Search for sites that suit your needs. Local bridal publications and websites, wedding shows, married friends, and Google are all great sources of potential reception sites. Typical venues include hotels, banquet halls, restaurants, community centers, and country clubs. Other options might be country inns, historic homes or estates, city parks, college or university facilities, museums, galleries, and boats. Each of these potential venues will be one of two things: on-site or offsite. Most on-site locations offer the majority of services needed to host a reception: catering of food and drink, chairs, tables, tableware and linens, and a serving staff. With all these necessities already covered and calculated into the cost of the venue, on-site is an appealing, potentially less-stressful way CONTINUED ON PAGE 21

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CREATIVE DETAILS enhancing the guest experience! Give your guests a night they’ll never forget! Creative details really help to make a wedding celebration magical and memorable for your family and friends: For the little ones. If children are invited to the wedding and reception, consider hiring a babysitter for part

of the evening. The babysitter could be stationed in a room off of the main reception hall that’s fully equipped with kid-friendly movies, games, and food. For kids of all ages. Set up lawn games like croquet, cornhole (bean bag toss), or horseshoes. Hire magicians, living statues, walking food tables, facepainters, or caricature artists. For the foodies. Dinner doesn’t just have to be “your choice of chicken or beef.” Play with your food! Try the build-yourown trend with a gourmet burger or baked potato bar topped off with all the trimmings. Serve a Bride’s Menu and Groom’s Menu featuring each of your favorite foods, or offer ethnic cuisine to celebrate each family’s nationality. Serving a late night snack? You can’t go wrong with pizza. For those with a sweet tooth. Be it donuts, cupcakes, or s’mores, there’s really 18 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com

nothing stopping you from turning your favorite sweet into your wedding day dessert. Love candy? Imagine an entire table chockfull of pixie sticks, gummies, and rock candy — all in colors coordinated to match the décor. Have an ice cream obsession? Try make-yourown sundaes with toppings galore, or scoops of artisan Gelato for a more continental vibe. If you’re throwing an entirely elegant affair, a chocolate fountain is always a classic way to wow. For the thirsty ones. Start with a bride and groom signature cocktail or His and Her drinks. Another trend is martini ice sculptures where guests pick their preferred martini flavor and watch as it glides through the sculpture, chilling along the way. In the spirit of “help yourself” dinner and dessert bars, try a whiskey table for the fellas, jugs of flavored lemonades, or kegs of root beer for the kids. For a late-night treat, offer a coffee or hot cocoa bar complete with all the fixings. For the dramatic. Show your favorite movies during the reception — and don’t forget the popcorn, candy, fountain sodas, and red carpet photo un-booth! Give your wedding a theme, and ask guests to dress in costume. Some ideas might be: dressing all in black and white, from a certain era, or from fictional world. For the more traditional. Set a table with photos of your parents, grandparents, and great grandparents on their respective wedding days. Be sure to include all of the must-have songs and activities during the dancing portion of the evening — everything from the Electric Slide to the garter and bouquet toss. A photobooth never hurt either!

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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.

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to go. Off-site locations usually provide only the facility for a flat fee – you’re responsible for the rest. The nice thing about off-site? You have the freedom to do everything your own way and control costs of individual services. Narrow down your search by focusing on sites that meet all of your needs, including your style, season, budget, and estimated number of guests. Once you have your sights set on a few choice venues, take a day trip to check them out. Evaluate your options. Every venue offers advantages and disadvantages. Your job is to sift through the features of each and find what works best for you. Here are some things to consider: Location. To avoid inconveniencing your guests, the reception site should be no more than a 30-minute drive from the ceremony – ideally less. But if there’s no avoiding it and the site is located in a remote area or poses parking and traffic challenges, you should consider providing shuttles for your guests. Size and layout. Is the venue in question just one large room, or will cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing each take place in separate, smaller rooms? Make sure the cocktail area is large enough for guests to mix and mingle and that the dinner area will comfortably hold the number of tables you’ll need. Make doubly sure that the dance floor is big enough for everyone to bust a move! Beyond spatial comfort, also consider temperature. Throwing a summer wedding? Don’t skimp on air conditioning. Privacy. If the reception site caters to multiple events simultaneously, find www.premierbride.com PREMIER BRIDE • 21


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RECEPTION out if there are any other bookings on the date you have in mind. If there are, work with your site contact person to ensure that you will have adequate privacy for your celebration. Parking. Make sure there is convenient, well-lit, ample parking for your guests. If such conveniences aren’t an option, find out if the site offers valet or shuttle services. Technical details. Whether you go for a DJ, band, or iPod playlist, inquire after any music restrictions the venue might have. Is there sufficient power for speakers, mixers, and amplifiers? Are the acoustics suited to live music? Some sites have built-in publicaddress systems that can be used to introduce the wedding party and to toast the bride and groom. If your venue doesn’t provide this equipment, 22 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com

find out if your DJ or musicians can. Or, look into microphone and speaker rentals yourself – your contact person should be able to walk you through the wiring hook-ups prior to your wedding day. Décor. Most reception-ready sites offer a neutral background to work with, but see that the flooring, ceiling, and wall coverings work well with the style and season of your wedding. So that nothing clashes, some brides even wait to decide on their color scheme until after they’ve procured a venue. In terms of decorative details, find out what you’re allowed to bring in as far as tangible décor and lighting. If the reception location is spacious, decorating can be overwhelming. In this case, try concentrating on one element, such as tablescapes. Or, if


RECEPTION funds allow, hire a wedding coordinator to assist with site beautification. Services offered. With each venue you visit, find out in clear terms exactly what services are included. There’s a lot to consider: catering, bar tenders, wait staff, cake cutting – get these details up front. Personal touches. When looking at sites and imagining your celebration, ask yourself (and your contact person) if you can have fun with this space. Is there a spot for showing a photo and video montage during cocktail hour? Is the layout conducive to a choreographed entrance by the wedding party? Is there room for a photobooth? A note about outdoor receptions Given Wisconsin’s unpredictable weather, it’s critical to have a backup plan for any outdoor reception. It’s highly recommended that you employ an experienced wedding coordinator if you have your sights set on an outdoor reception. A coordinator will ease the workload and stress-factor in the days leading up to a “60% chance of rain” wedding day – and will help to make any last-minute changes run smoothly. The nitty-gritty As with any wedding vendor, make sure all the details are outlined in writing. Take into account things like service charges, cleaning fees, insurance waivers, and penalties for not fulfilling the food and beverage minimum. Use a credit card whenever possible to make payments so that you have more protection in the unlikely event of a problem. Visit our website for a comprehensive list of questions to ask potential reception sites.

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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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Train Types

SWEEP The shortest train style, just brushing the floor.

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

SEMI CATHEDRAL Extends approximately two yards from the waistline.

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

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

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


INCORPORATING TRADITION 5 tips on bringing tradition into your wedding

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These days, many couples who get married come from different backgrounds. Incorporating these differences into your wedding ceremony can both celebrate your individualism and personality as a couple. Bride-to-be Randi G. wrote in recently and asked “I would like to incorporate my family’s Irish history, but would also like to include my fiancé’s Air Force involvement. The two themes don’t seem to flow together. Also, he’s Jewish and would like to include some of those traditions. I feel like it’s too much, and I am nervous my guests will be confused.” Well... thousands of books have been written on incorporating cultural, religious and other – such as military – traditions into your wedding day. While we certainly don’t have the room to go into specific wedding traditions here, I do want to touch on Randi’s great question: how do you effectively incorporate more than one “theme”? Here are five key tips on how to do this successfully:

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#1 - Focus on just one or two ‘big elements’ at the ceremony, and just one or two at the reception. For example, if you have your heart set on having a military arch with sabers at your ceremony, it’s probably best not to also include an Irish bagpiper at the same time, playing backup to a singer singing traditional Jewish wedding songs. Focus on what is most important to you and your fiancé, and your families, and keep the more prominent thematic elements to a minimum. www.premierbride.com PREMIER BRIDE • 25


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briefly note that it goes so nicely with the groom’s attire. And most people wouldn’t notice the Celtic champagne flutes - but the newly married couple will as they toast each other - and that is what’s important. So use details like these to further express your own personal themes. #3 - Use your ceremony program to inform your guests, if needed. The ceremony program is a great place to explain and describe any unique wedding customs and traditions that you plan to include. For example, while most non-Jewish guests are familiar with the breaking of the glass tradition, a brief explanation of what that ceremonial aspect signifies would be a very nice touch, and the ceremony program is the perfect place to do it.


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TRADITION TIPS #4 - Communicate with everyone involved! This is really a key tip for anyone, for any wedding - but it becomes even more important when very deeply rooted traditions or strong cultural influences are involved. If you are mixing a very religious, Jewish, future mother-in-law, with a very proud and patriotic Air Force groom, with a bride who strongly identifies with - and loves - her Irish heritage... you had better plan on having a few serious family ‘pow wows’ to jointly craft a wedding day that meets everyone’s needs. Be openminded, flexible and sensitive. #5 - Ultimately, it’s your wedding! (“Yours” meaning not just you, the bride, but “yours” as in you, your groom and your immediate families.) Really, it’s your day, so whatever you want to do, find a way to do it! If you really want the

military arch AND the bagpiper, then have the arch at the wedding ceremony, and the bagpiper the reception site, announcing the arrival of the newlyweds. A wedding celebration is really a way of announcing to the world that “these two unique individuals are joining together, and creating a new family.” So be unique, and share it with the world!

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Have a themed wedding A specific time period, a country or sports team that the two of you love. Or even a costume theme! (Be aware that most guests will not want to dress up). Think about how much fun and interesting it would be to plan the event around the theme of your choice. Some of the most popular themes are winter, tropical, and garden. www.premierbride.com PREMIER BRIDE • 29


Reception Selecting a

recePtion Site: ask the right questions • May I see photographs of other receptions held here? • Where will we have access? Are there restrictions? • Is there ample parking for guests? • Do you provide a sound system, AV or PA system? • Are there any restrictions on decor, photography, videography, smoking or bar service? • Will you provide valet, coat check, restroom, bar and door attendants? • Is there an onsite caterer? Are we required to use them? • Are there adequate restrooms that are handicap accessible? • Are there adequate electrical outlets for the entertainer? • Could other events be scheduled the same day? • Is there a certain time when we must leave? • How far in advance must I book your services? • What is your cancellation policy? • Is a deposit required? If so, when and how much?

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give wedding day spirits a special touch “Cheers! Salud! Prost!” We all have a preferred way of drinking the health of family and friends — and what better time to toast life and love than at a wedding? Let’s look at beverage ideas — large and small, adult- and kid-friendly — to bolster a day brimming with drinkinfused merriment. At the reception, lead with refreshments. During cocktail hour, greet guests with personalized drink glasses doubling as place cards. Try attaching a miniature nametag to paper straws or scrawl names on chalkboardstyle stickers and adhere them to rustic mason jars. Another way to individualize the drinking experience: Tiny bottles of champagne waiting at each table. Wedding favors for each guest might also be drinkable. If you’re a coffeeloving couple, gift a small bag of coffee grounds labeled “the perfect blend” or “love is brewing.” To give potables even more personality, ask the bartender to create a signature drink for the bride and groom. Be sure to call the drink something clever, like “Marry Me Martini,” “Something Blue Punch,” or a play on the couple’s last name. For a bride and groom who don’t agree on beverages,

go for His and Her drinks — perhaps a pink sangria (“Blushing Bride”) and a blue margarita (“Blue-eyed Groom”). If you’re connoisseurs of a particular type of alcohol, create an entire focal table dedicated to your spirits of choice. Add a fun touch to the table with handmade signs: “Whiskey for the boys!” or “Eat, drink, and be married!” And if you want things to get really personal (and your venue allows bringing in alcohol), be your own bartender. Pre-mix drinks in mason jars and keep them on ice. Or, if brewing is your thing, brew your own beer — it doesn’t get much more unique than that! Beyond booze, incorporate nonalcoholic refreshments so that there’s a little something for everyone. Kegs of root beer are fun for the kids. Large jugs of lemonade are not only thirstquenching at a summertime wedding, they also make for a very pretty picture. When it’s time for dessert — or a latenight second wind — consider a coffee bar complete with flavor shots and donut pops as stirring straws. In the winter months, a hot cacao bar with all the marshmallow trimmings and peppermint stick trappings leaves a warm, lasting impression.

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MUSIC FOR theYOUR RECEPTION life of the party After a serious wedding ceremony, your guests will be ready to let loose and celebrate at the reception. From the background melodies of the cocktail hour to the lively dance tunes that energize the reception, music gives your party life. Receptions normally begin with a cocktail hour to allow guests to mingle while awaiting the arrival of the guests of honor. Chamber music, classical guitar or perhaps a jazz ensemble can create a subtle background of entertainment without overpowering conversation. A well-seasoned pianist is another excellent choice, since s/he can supply a wide range of musical styles and perform your guest’s special requests. Once the cocktail hour has ended and guests are seated at their tables,

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the main celebration begins. Whether you hire a band, small orchestra or disc jockey, your selection of musicians will be a guaranteed success as long as you provide a wide variety of music. From ‘50s doo-wop to disco, pop or rock, diversity is the key. When hiring live music, the size of the group needed is generally determined by the number of guests. For up to 150 guests, a five-piece band is generally recommended; 150 to 199 guests calls for a larger group of six to seven; and 200 or more demands full orchestra. Should your budget prohibit you from hiring live entertainment, consider hiring a DJ. DJ’s have the ability to play a wide variety of songs and are usually less expensive than live music.

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RECEPTION MUSIC You’ll want to begin researching your reception musicians early in the planning process. You’ll need to hear prospective groups play to ensure that you like their sound, and that their talent is up to live performance standards. Never book entertainment without hearing the music live first. It is equally important to find out the range of their band’s musical repertoires. If you plan to keep all your guests in the party mood, you’ll need a little something for everyone. The type of entertainment you choose will ultimately depend on the size and style of your reception. For a large, formal dinner and dance reception, consider hiring a band or an orchestra; an outdoor garden wedding would be better suited to a string quartet or single performer. Chamber Music Ensembles of violins, violas, cellos, harps and flutes produce some of the most divinely melodious sounds in the world. Playing classical and contemporary romantic numbers, these groups are appropriate for your ceremony, cocktail hour or a more intimate reception. These ensembles work extremely well at outdoor affairs, since they do not require access to electricity. Male members are usually attired in tuxedos, while female members wear elegant black dresses or gowns. Meet with these music professionals early in your planning process to guarantee their availability on your date and to tailor a repertoire suitable to your budget and taste. Classical Guitar Either a lone or accompanied by a flautist, classical guitar performances are elegant and distinctive. A well-

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RECEPTION MUSIC versed classical guitarist, outfitted with a single amplifier, meets the needs of the ceremony and/or cocktail hour, since their repertoire often extends beyond strictly classical music to include contemporary tunes as well. Their singular presence also works nicely for small, intimate receptions. Most classical guitarists will readily perform a preview of their music upon request to help in the decision-making process. Bands and Orchestras Bands are typically multi-member ensembles that include vocalists, guitarists, a bass player, a pianist or keyboard player and a drummer. The lead vocalist may also act as emcee for the evening. Bands usually charge based on the number of members in the group. The size of the band needed will greatly depend on the number of guests you intend to invite. To find a band, elicit the help of a booking agent who represents the kind of entertainment you’re looking for. The best groups will be booked well in advance, in fact, up to a year is not unusual so book your entertainment as early as possible. Two weeks to a month before the wedding, confirm the date, location, time of set up and when the performance should begin. Well in advance of the wedding day, provide your musicians with a list of songs you would like played at the reception. Be specific and include song titles and singers/composers. Make sure that your musicians can play the song for your first dance, or that the DJ has a clean copy of the original recording.

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GIFTS OF HOPE a traditional bridal shower The bridal shower is a celebrated tradition inviting you to enjoy a gesture from your friends while also putting you in the spotlight. The number of guests is up to the hostess, however select from those who know you well enough to also be at your wedding. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tasteful not to include any one guest at more than two parties where gifts are given. Otherwise, specifically tell friends that one gift will be plenty if they are ask to attend more than two bridal showers. Shower themes range from traditional housewares, gourmet kitchen parties or personal showers that shout sex, fun and friendship, including laughs over the lingerie. Expect the creative types to concoct poems or dishes to spice up the day. Most importantly, remember to keep a good sense of humor and enjoy the attention and thought that went into planning and coordinating your bridal shower. Any theme involving clothing needs your size and color preference. It may be helpful to visit a lingerie store before hand, and try on several items to determine the most comfortable and flattering styles and sizes. You have the option of listing stores where your registry is on record. At the engagement party the traditionminded father announces the engagement with a toast, followed by the groomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s short speech of thanks. This celebration is normally attended by close family, friends, and the bridal party. Gifts should not be expected. The soon-to-be-married are also feted at parties by bridal attendants and groomsmen. Have hostesses contact those on your guest list at least a few weeks in advance. Tradition suggests you express gratitude in writing to all who give you presents and parties. 38 â&#x20AC;˘ PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com

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INVITATION ETIQUETTE introducing the couple Your wedding invitation introduces you and your fiancé as a married couple and sets the stage for your day in the spotlight. So it’s worth checking every detail twice to ensure that the first impression you make is a good one. The outer envelope should have a return address on the back flap. Address the front of the envelope according to the following guidelines. • To indicate both parties of a married couple, use “Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Green.” • If every member of a family is invited, write “Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Green and Family.” • If only the older children are included, their names are written below the parents “Miss Erin Green.” • When addressing an unmarried couple living together, use each of their full names “Mr. Reginald Howard and Miss Angelica Thomson.”

• Street names, cities and states should be written out completely without abbreviations. Envelopes should be handwritten in charcoal gray or black ink. Write the guest’s name on the inner envelope and insert the invitation, the RSVP card and the reply envelope with the printed side facing the back flap. Use RSVP cards for a firm guest count and enclosure cards for special arrangements. Ceremony or reception cards invite guests to only one or the other. Pew cards reserve church seating and at-home cards convey your official new name and address. Invitations should be mailed four to six weeks before the wedding, three weeks before at the latest. Mail them earlier if many of your guests are traveling a considerable distance or if the wedding is on a holiday to allow time for travel arrangements.

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Not sure about all the bridal fashion speak? Here’s a lesson on men’s attire. • BoutonnIere - A flower slipped through the groom and groomsmen’s lapels. • Button Cover - A decorative ornament worn over the top button of a mandarin or stand-up collar. • CuMMerBunD - A sash worn around the waist covering the waistband and the formal trousers. • MornIng SuIt - The daytime equivalent of full dress. Includes a cutaway jacket, striped ascot, gray vest and gray or black striped formal trousers. • WHIte tIe - This is for only the most formal wedding. White tie features a black tailcoat and black tuxedo pants, a white pique bowtie and white vest.

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HERE COMES THE GROOM complementing the bride The attire of the groom, best man and ushers should complement the bride’s dress. The men need not dress identically. The groom’s selection will depend upon his coloring and build, the bride and her attendant’s dress color and style, the season, time of day and personal taste. Darker colors have a slimming effect. Ties, cummerbunds or suspenders that are the same color as the bridesmaid’s dresses will bring the entire wedding party together. If the men in the wedding party are identically dressed, you may wish to set the groom apart. A slightly different boutonniere or neckwear accomplishes this effectively. Consult a menswear professional for ideas and to discuss what is available and most appropriate. Tuxedos should be reserved three months in advance and all measurements taken at least three weeks prior to the wedding. Out of town groomsmen can have their measurements taken at a men’s formal wear store near them and forwarded to the formal wear store through whom you have reserved your tuxedos. Rented formal wear usually includes a jacket, vest or cummerbund, pants, suspenders, shirt, cufflinks, studs and a tie. Usually, shoes are rented from the same store to maintain consistency. Find out when the tuxedos may be picked up and when they must be returned. Have all the men try them on a few days beforehand for last minute adjustments. The groom also has the option of purchasing his tuxedo or having it tailor-made. Purchasing a tux gives the groom a suit of permanent pride for other formal occasions.

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

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

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

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THE DISTRICT EVENT CENTER AT THE BEST WESTERN 788 Armed Forces Rd. Green Bay EXPERIMENTAL AIRCRAFT ASSOCIATION EAA 3000 Poberezny Road, Oshkosh FOX BANQUETS & RIVERTYME CATERING 111 E. Kimball St., Downtown Appleton

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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. Plan your wedding among our 35 acre botanical garden. Ideal location for affordable weddings, rehearsal dinners and bridal showers. Newly renovated and decorated. Private bar. 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. Panoramic views of Green Lake, yacht cruises, indoor and outdoor spaces, full service spa, professional staff, centrally located. www.heidelhouse.com

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THE MARQ 3177 French Rd., DePere 2310 Lineville Rd., Green Bay THE MEADOWS CONFERENCE CENTER 850 Kepler Drive, Green Bay MENOMINEE CASINO Hwy 47/55 Duquaine Road, Keshena

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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

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RADISSON PAPER VALLEY HOTEL 333 W. College Ave., Appleton

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RECEPTION GUIDE

Phone Number(s)

See Page Reception for More Room Capacity Information Range

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RIDGEWAY COUNTRY CLUB 2913 County Rd. II, Neenah

920-722-2979

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STADIUM VIEW BANQUET HALLS 1963 Holmgren Way, Green Bay

920-498-1989

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STONE HARBOR RESORT & CONF. CENTER 217 N. 1st Ave., Sturgeon Bay

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

920-921-5410

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THORNBERRY CREEK 4470 N. Pine Tree Road, Oneida

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TROLLEY SQUARE WATERFRONT BANQUETS 619 S. Olde Oneida St., Appleton

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TUNDRA LODGE 865 Lombardi Avenue, Green Bay

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


CATERING 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 fails. Then, work closely with your caterer to craft the perfect and personal menu. Remember that the caterer has probably seen lots of weddings and knows what works best with the number of people, the time of day and the locations, so take their professional advice if they think a cool, crisp salad might not be the best appetizer in your outdoor summer wedding. Also keep your guests in mind – you might have to accommodate for lots of children or vegetarians, for example. STEP 5: CALCULATE THE COST. Once you’ve selected a caterer, think business and cost. Most caterers base their prices on a perperson cost. Facilities with in-house

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CATERING catering departments may have a minimum charge or set-up fee, while an off-premises caterer will usually work within any reasonable, agreedupon budget. Keep in mind buffets are usually priced higher, since they’ll have to account for a little more per person, and it’s common to add overage or gratuity. Your final guest count is usually required one week before the event. This will be the minimum number of people for which you will actually be charged. Most caterers will plan on the addition of a few last-minute guests and will add the meals to the bill after the wedding. Decide if you’ll include meals for wedding-related personnel, such as the DJ, musicians, photographer and consultant. If cost is an issue, ask your caterer about “vendor meals,” these meals are more casual than the guest menu and are offered at a lower cost per person. Get specifics as to what extras are included in the caterer’s charges, such as table linens, plates, glasses, crystal, silverware and service pieces.

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

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STEP 6: PLAN THE HELP. Once the menu is finalized, the next step is determining the number of wait staff you will need to serve your feast and keep your reception running smoothly. Your caterer will give you a better idea, but a general guideline is one server per 10 to 12 guests for a sit-down dinner. A full and open bar will require more servers. Ask ahead of time what their attire is, so it matches the style and formality of your reception.


CATERING STEP 7: FINALIZE THE DETAILS, IN WRITING. Don’t sign a contract without this info – day, date, time, address of the site, food items by course, number of guests covered, provisions for special meals, time of cocktail hour, time meal is served, contact people, number of bartenders and wait staff, linens, beverages and bar guidelines, terms of payment and liability insurance. There will probably be an advance deposit when you sign the contract, and don’t forget to check the cancellation policy. PERSONALIZE YOUR MEAL! Trip around the world. Give your guests a culinary trip across the globe, with a variety of

food stations offering a range of ethnic food…pad thai, bruschetta, and mini sushi rolls are a fun way to inspire conversation and provide something for everyone. Share your faves. Do you and your spouse have a favorite restaurant you went on your first date, or a meal you love cooking together? Make it part of your day. Even if your favorite restaurant doesn’t have a special cater service for those fish tacos, talk to an owner and see if they’d be willing to bend a little, especially for a small wedding. Don’t make your grandma cook her favorite lasagna on your day, but don’t be afraid to look for a great Italian caterer and let everyone know the inspiration for the meal.

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WEDDING CONSULTANTS what can they do for you? You have just accepted the most amazing wedding proposal and now you and your fiancé are planning how to spend the rest of your life together. First, however, you have to get through the wedding. Former brides and grooms will tell you the secret to a stress-free wedding experience: get help. In a survey by SuperWeddings.com and the International Institute of Weddings, 72% of recently married brides who did not use a wedding coordinator for their weddings said that based on their experience, if they had to do it over again, they would hire a wedding coordinator to assist with the planning, or at least be on hand to supervise the wedding day itself. 49% reported that if they could only change one thing about the entire wedding, this would be the thing they would do differently! Learn from those who have walked the aisle before you, and don’t underestimate the overwhelmingly huge job planning a wedding can be. Most couples today are very busy, both working full-time, and don’t necessarily have any experience at event planning. Planning a wedding

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includes endless details to arrange, logistics to organize, large numbers of service providers to coordinate and contracts to negotiate... it’s no wonder most people end up wishing they had some experienced help with all these details! Often, couples don’t even consider a wedding consultant because they assume that only couples with huge budgets and lavish weddings need one, or can afford one. Not true! Consultants can do as much or as little as you need, and can work with any budget. If you explain, “our budget is $20,000,” then they’ll help you figure out the best way to allocate that money, which includes their fee. Often, they can actually save you money with special discounts or experienced knowledge of the best deals and money-saving ideas, so they can help pay for themselves! Or, if your budget is tight, consider using them for just part of the wedding – for example, just the flowers, decorations and day-of coordination. At the very least, have help on the wedding day itself. Just having an experienced professional on-hand to make sure that everything and everybody is


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WEAR AND CARE tips to protect your dress in a matter of weeks. Make sure the cleaner knows what caused any spots.

• Have your gown pressed and padded at least two weeks early. • While you’re wearing the gown, use common sense. Protect it from moisture and mud, and lift the train above dirty floors. However, don’t be so cautious that you don’t enjoy yourself. • Use plastic sheets to cover questionable areas outdoors. • Keep track of white beverage spills, such as white wines, champagne and soda. Left untreated, yellowing will occur.

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• Consign your gown to the cleaners even if it seems in perfect shape after the wedding. Perspiration and other obscure stains will make their mark over time, and become embedded

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

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

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PHOTOS ON THIS PAGE: FIRST ROW: Nikki N Photography SECOND ROW: left: Kite Festival, Manitowoc Area VCB-N.Gill; center: KMO Photography; right: Aurora Healing Garden Gazebo, Manitowoc Area VCB THIRD ROW: left: U.S.S. Cobia Submarine, Manitowoc Area VCB-S. Geiger; right: Manitowoc Breakwater, Manitowoc Area VCB-L.Lehman FOURTH ROW: left: KMO Photography; right: Nikki N Photography

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Dreams Begin Here

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,

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Absolutely everything for your wedding! Both LocaL and nationaL! Bridal Shows Reception Search idea and Picture Galleries Registry information Featured Weddings Marriage Laws Planning Guides honeymoons/ destination Weddings Local Wedding Vendors and More!

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presented by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Llisted on the national Register of Historic Places, it is home to a collection of authentic historic restorations. Classic Greek Revival frame and Cream City Brick buildings grace its business and residential districts, lending style and character. More than 45 facades were meticulously brought back to life and rehabilitated to transform the quaint Downtown and Cole Districts. Sheboygan Falls also hosts special events and festivals throughout the year to offer the best in music, food and entertainment. Four inviting riverfront parks and a scenic riverfront walking trail beckon residents and visitors alike. Kohler is home to a leading American corporation, a tourist 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 RahrWest Art Museum. When it’s time to rest, choose from any number of quaint B & B’s to family and lakeside hotels. Head north a bit to Two Rivers, another area defined by water, and you’ll find more scenic treasures. In the summer, the rivers and lake host hundreds of kayakers. From Neshotah Park, a 50-acre lakefront jewel,


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WISCONSIN’S LAKESHORE you’ll find a groomed Lake Michigan beach, concessions, picnic areas, restrooms and more. Stroll and splash northward along six miles of pristine, undeveloped shoreline and the white sand beaches and dunes of Point Beach State Park. There are also plenty of opportunities to treasure the town’s heritage. Visit the French East side, home to a commercial fishing fleet, an authentic fish market

and Rogers Street Fishing Village Museum. Two Rivers History Museum and Hamilton Museum of Wood Type offer endless learning and cultural opportunities. In the fall, hit the festival circuit: Ethnic Festival and Apple Fest are wildly popular events. Wisconsin’s lakeshore is the perfect place to get married, honeymoon or plan an impromptu romantic getaway!

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NeckliNe Types Bateau Curves downward slightly below the collarbone to the edge of the shoulders. Halter Collar wraps around the neck, usually with a low-cut back. IllusIon Yoke Transparent fabric, lace or netting fitted at the neckline, extending to the bust line. Jewel Like a t-shirt - a high, rounded neckline usually falling above the color bone. oFF-tHe sHoulDer Frames the face, neck and shoulders by falling just below the shoulders and across the bustline. PortraIt An off-the-shoulder style folds around the shoulders, like a fitted and structured shawl. Queen anne Heart-shaped neckline in the front combined with a collar-like back. saBrIna Similar to a Bateau, begins two inches in from each shoulder and curves gently downward below the collarbone. sCooP Low and rounded with a “U” shape. sPaGHettI straPs Thin straps - can be straight across or shaped. sQuare/Court Low, like the scoop, but with a squared shape. straPless No straps - can be straight across or shaped. sweetHeart Dips to a heart shape at the bust line. V-neCk Dips to a “V” in the center. weDDInG BanD Has a band that circles the neck. 82 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com

REGISTRY If registering for gifts is on your current to-do list, then read on for all the nuts & bolts – so should we say cups & bowls – of gift registries. WHEN SHOULD WE START? Start four to six months before the wedding so that you’re ready for any engagement parties, showers or eager guests. Don’t stress about getting it all done perfectly right away – you can always edit your selections or add more later. HOW DO WE REGISTER? Start out by considering your tastes and needs as a couple, and select two to four stores that feel right. Ideally, visit at least one store in person, so that you can see, touch and hold the different items, and make some of your selections. The rest of your gift registering you may wish to do online for convenience. Most fullservice stores offer a great deal of free assistance from registry specialists, and you are encouraged to take advantage of this helpful service. While it may be hard to imagine someone not being comfortable with purchasing gifts online, you will have guests at your wedding that want to buy their gifts in person, or aren’t comfortable with computers. So make sure that this option is available to them – ideally at a store that is popular nationwide. WHAT DO WE REGISTER FOR? Consider what you have already as a couple, and think about what you need as you start your life together. Most couples find that this is an opportunity to get things they would never buy themselves, but would love having to grace their home and the future gatherings held there…timeless items


REGISTRY such as crystal vases, formal china, serving dishes and linens. You may also want to think about any hobbies you have such as gourmet cooking, gardening or wood working, as well as any special desires such as honeymoon travel, saving for a house or donating to a meaningful cause. No matter where you choose to register, be sure to include gifts in all price ranges, so that your guests can choose gifts within their budgets. COMMUNICATING THE NEWS How do you let all the guests know where you are registered? The simple answer is, word of mouth, through the bride and groom, their families and the wedding party. While it’s appropriate for the shower hostess(es) to include the information on their shower invites as well, it is NOT appropriate to include the information with your wedding invites.

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THANK YOU NOTES Your guests have been kind enough to send you a lovely gift, so be sure to show your appreciation, and send that thank you note promptly! For gifts received before the wedding, send the note out within two weeks. For gifts received at the wedding, send the thank you notes within four weeks. Make sure your thank you notes are personal, handwritten and timely. AFTER THE WEDDING Most stores will keep your gift registry for at least a year after your wedding date, and they’ll often offer a discount to you for items still on your list. This is a great opportunity to see what items you still want and/or need, and perhaps use some of your wedding gift cards or gifts of cash to acquire these.

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WEDDING PAINTINGS

creating a timeless and beautiful work of art you’ll cherish forever 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: 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. 84 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com

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 breath-taking 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 one-of-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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Creating unique weddings is a timely trend. The individuality of our age is an opportunity for eloquence at this most meaningful of ceremonies. Self-written vows or symbolic silence, music from tribal drums to electric guitars, festive clothing from leather to lace, and food from old family recipes to outrageous gourmet fare epitomize the one-of-akind wedding. Traditions are not always bound by law. Your only legal requirement may be a marriage license obtained from the county clerk, and signed by the witnesses you choose. The person officiating need not be a minister or judge, and the vows may reflect your version of the commitment that marriage entails. Explore and amplify each other’s ideas. Chaplains and others with creative credentials can help customize your approach to this highly-symbolic ceremony. You will gain strength as a couple from every individualized aspect of your wedding. Originality in vows and guest participation, and details reflecting you as a couple, such as setting, dress, music and festivities, are a sign of sharing as a pair. With individual tastes intertwined, you will own your wedding, rather than it owning you. The process of creative exploration will also be one more way to know each other better and assume a unified identity. All weddings take courage. A creative ceremony makes a bolder statement still.

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

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

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worthy shots of you and the groom? Oodles of heartfelt moments? An artistic piece to hang on the wall? Many photographers offer a mix of these styles, so browse friends’ wedding albums, surf professionals’ websites and blogs, and clip photos from magazines to find what speaks to you. RESEARCH PHOTOGRAPHERS Once you’ve established your style, it’s time to shop around. Start by collecting referrals from friends, reviewing wedding resources like Premier Bride, attending bridal shows, and scoping out local photographers’ websites and blogs – and don’t forget to consider pricing. Make a short list of potential photographers that specialize in the style you desire and suit your budget. Then set up a phone or in-person consultation.


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


PHOTOGRAPHY 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 shoot digitally or with

film? 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? Get a full list of questions to ask potential photographers in the Photography Planner at premierbride.com. ASK ABOUT THE EXTRAS Proposal photos: If you’re the groomto-be, hire a photographer to shoot the first step in your marriage – the proposal! Your bride will thank you later for capturing this magical moment. Engagement photos: Many photographers offer engagement shoots as part of the package. These photos are more laid-back and candid, so play up your personalities. www.premierbride.com PREMIER BRIDE • 91


PHOTOGRAPHY Photobooth: These are one of the most popular trends in wedding photography. Opt for color or black and white prints and play with props like feather boas, hats, and mustaches – your family and friends will love it! Added bonus: Most photobooths print two sets of pictures. Guests can keep one as a souvenir and add the other to your guest book – you’ll end up with a collection of photos and scribbled wellwishes to enjoy for years to come! Fun photos: Wedding pictures don’t have to be just you and your bridesmaids all in a row – have some fun with it! Let your personality shine through. Do you and your fiancé love ice cream? Take pictures at your local creamery (just don’t spill on the dress!). Do you love board games? Spell out “LOVE” with scrabble pieces, using

your engagement ring for the “O.” The bottom line: infuse your personalities wherever possible. All extras aside, we’ve rounded up some must-capture moments. Download our photography planner on premierbride.com/planning for a great checklist of must-have photos. Share and add to this list with your photographer to ensure that no memorable moments are missing from your once-in-a-lifetime photos. Have family and friends who you definitely want photos with? Make a list; with the craziness of the day, it’s the only way you’ll remember to ask for a picture with Great Aunt Martha. You can also find a complete checklist of must-have photos in the Photography Planner at premierbride.com.

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2014 TRENDS

creating signature weddings based on your own individuality Everything Old is New Again: Pop culture continues to re-visit the 1920’s. Downton Abbey – from the popular television series you see headpieces, high necklines, calla lilies for bouquets, soft colors and rich textures. Gatsby – Glitz and glam in everything from headpieces to décor. Gowns feature beading and soft fabrics. Men are clean cut and shaven. It’s Art Deco with pearls and long gloves, drop waists and high illusion necklines. Retro – Think Mad Men with bold colors and shapes. Refined Woodland: More than rustic, it’s bringing nature into your wedding from the woodsy setting to the invitations. Fresh flowers serve as the bride’s headpiece. Florals may be more greenery for the bouquets and arrangements. Old World Opulence: Perfect for an elegant ballroom with swirling ball gowns, long gloves, pearls, lace and leather. With this style, you’ll see glitz, metallics, calligraphy, formal china and stemware, formal dining with multiple courses and elaborate foods and cakes. Everyone and everything is dressed up to the max. Grecian: Today’s runways are featuring these flowing silhouettes. Weddings will be no different with white, metallic and pops of blue. Ode to Greece. Marbelized: This is a faux look that can be duplicated in everything from paper to cake frosting.

Pop Art Graphics: These weddings inspirations are from modern art and comic books. Color is important. Wedding dresses will have shorter hemlines and be more streamlined and simplified. Of course, there will be pops of color everywhere. Geometric: Take a hint from today’s fashion. You are seeing a lot of geometrics in everything from clothes to home décor. Geometric means clean lines, sleek silhouettes, patterns and prints. High Tech Receptions: You either love it or hate it. For those that love high tech, you’ll see hash tags, photo booths where the pictures can be shared immediately on Facebook, Instagram, and other social media. Charging stations at weddings can be disguised with flowers and greenery. The Phone Check: This is for those that hate high tech. Guests will be asked to check their phone. Metallic Cakes: Cakes are all gold or silver much like you’re seeing in today’s fashion and recent bridal runways. Halo Veils: These beautiful head pieces can be made from anything, fresh flowers to beautiful beading. Imagine your veil flowing from the back of the Halo. For a wedding you and your guests will remember for years to come, pick one thing and make it your signature. We can never stress enough that your wedding is as individual as you. Create your own trend!

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VIDEO 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 chokedup 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 98 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com

sometimes-touching, sometimeshilarious moments. 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 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?
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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?
-- Does it look like the work of a professional? BUDGETING FOR A PROFESSIONAL Professional videographers will spend anywhere from four to 10 hours with you on your wedding day and another 35 to 50 hours editing your wedding video and adding graphics, 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. Budget tip:
If your budget doesn’t allow for much now, still invest in a quality videographer’s bare-bones package. You can always go back later and add extra elements, such as a video montage or highlight tape for the reception, if funds allow. VIDEO FUN, POST-WEDDING There’s a new post-wedding bridal trend that would be perfect film fodder

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— 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-of-place 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 party. Invite close friends and family into your home as husband and wife and relive the day that “went so fast.” Who knows? You might even have some leftover cake and champagne to serve. www.premierbride.com PREMIER BRIDE • 99


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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PLEASE BE SEATED placecards and seating charts Seating charts can help guests seat themselves without using those elegant, hard-to-read place cards employed since the turn of the century and can be as elegant as place cards if done properly. A prominently displayed graphic seating plan, typically 24”x36”, greets guests and quickly dispatches them to their designated places. The names and table numbers are presented in classic calligraphic style and the chart can be designed in a manner appropriate to the wedding’s style. Seating charts are gaining popularity with “wedding contributors” whose job it is to laboriously hand-write a hundred or more guest’s names on the traditional place cards, saving time and in some cases, money.

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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! 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-stopshopping 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.


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SET THE MOOD WITH LIGHT from romantic to dramatic 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 will

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 different moments you’ll want lit differently. Perhaps you’d 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 108 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com

who will focus on practicalities such as making lighting affordable, photofriendly, safe, easily-controlled and customized. One popular new way to customize is emblazoning monogrammed spotlights on the wall or head tablecloth. 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. In a venue with drab walls, utilize backdrops to transform the room. Drape mesh overlay that’s in your color scheme from the ceiling to the floor as if it were a tent, then use twinkle lights, striking spotlights, crystals or whimsical orbs to illuminate the backdrop and bring personality to the room. If your venue doesn’t give you that much freedom with lighting, work with an expert to create a beautifully lit focal point you can add to the room. It could be spotlights on a stunning cake, a flirty archway entrance or dance floor cover or an eye-catching tree dazzled with crystals or small candles. Candles are the most time-tested and romantic form of light. Use them with care. First, make sure they’re in fire-proof and child-friendly places. Then, the secret to candles is irregularity. Arrange different sizes and shapes along mismatched levels to add mystery and make the enlightened objects dance. 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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MUSIC 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 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 www.premierbride.com PREMIER BRIDE • 109


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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 the band members can stagger their breaks so that someone is always playing. Or, configure an iPod-and-speaker hookup 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 most 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 crazyfun, “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


MUSIC 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. THE NITTY GRITTY For the reception… Consider your reception site and how this might impact your choice in entertainment. Communicate with your site manager so you’re aware of any restrictions – and so that they’re aware of your plans ahead of time. If your entertainment has never performed at your chosen reception site before, ask the site manager when they can visit the venue to make it meets their needs in terms of space, electricity, and lighting.

In general… As with other wedding vendors, make sure the ins and outs of your agreement with your musicians is very clear and in writing. This includes payment, start and end times, fees for playing overtime, alternate plans if a musician is sick the day of your wedding, etc. If any of your vendors don’t use a contract, put all the details into a letter, and copy it – send one to the vendor and keep one for your records. Confirm all the details with your musicians about one week prior to your celebration. 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 Makeup, hair, nails… every blushing bride wants these to be in top form on the big day. We’ve done the research, reflected, and compiled our best tips to help you look completely fabulous for your wedding day! WHAT TO DO Now is a great time to focus on healthy, glowing skin. If you’re concerned about the health and appearance of your skin, then consider a visit to a dermatologist (for bigger problems) or an aesthetician (for minor issues.) 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


BEAUTY two… And use primers underneath your foundation, lipstick and eye shadow, so that your makeup lasts longer. 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 really trendy looks in makeup, nail color and hairstyle. 10 to 20 years from now, these styles will glaringly stand out and look distractingly outdated. 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 longerlasting 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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You’ve been planning your dream wedding for months, but for your guests, the invitation is their first glimpse of what’s to come. It provides a clue to the event, and the level of formality, along with some indication of your wedding style: Formal or informal? Modern or traditional? You’ll want an invite that matches… and so, let the search begin!4 www.premierbride.com PREMIER BRIDE • 115


INVITATIONS WHERE TO START Wedding invitations include so many tiny etiquette details, from how to list the names to how to address the envelopes to how to arrange all the enclosures… and for this reason, it’s ideal to find a qualified local professional to be your “go-to” person for all of these questions – and more. Check online at www.premierbride.com to find stationers in your local area, attend local bridal shows or pull out the yellow pages. If you choose to purchase your invitations online, be sure to find a reputable retailer, and if possible, give yourself some extra time just in case there is a problem that would require more shipping time back and forth. You could also “test-drive” the customer service of an online retailer with an email and a phone question, to make sure they are reachable and responsive, to give yourself a little peace of mind. WHEN TO START Like all wedding responsibilities, the earlier you start, the more time you have to search, thoroughly evaluate options, and handle any problems that arise. It’s helpful to have your ceremony and reception details decided (when and where), and your basic wedding style and colors established. Knowing these things will help you find an invite that truly expresses the beauty and style of your day. If possible, order the invitations and other wedding stationery six or more months before the wedding to give yourselves plenty of time for reading and correcting proofs, printing, addressing, stuffing and mailing. Mail the invitations six to eight weeks before the wedding. Let any out-of-town guests who would need to arrange flights and/or hotel rooms about the date as soon as you 116 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com

know it, either informally through conversation, or more formally with a save-the-date card mailed as early as possible. This consideration gives them more time and flexibility to make travel arrangements. ALL THE PARTS Wedding invitations are typically comprised of several components, each with a different purpose. There is the ceremony card announcing the details of the ceremony with the optional tissue paper to lay on top (an old custom to protect the other enclosures from stilltacky ink), the reception card if applicable with those details, the response card with its stamped, addressed return envelope, the map if provided which also often includes hotel details for 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…”


INVITATIONS This is also where it would be very helpful to have an experienced professional to assist! You could also do a search online to find invitation wording samples and discuss the options with your groom and respective families. ASSEMBLING THE PIECES The traditional way to put together an invite is as follows: start with the ceremony invitation on the bottom, cover with tissue if desired, put the reception card on top of it, and then put the response card with the unsealed return envelope and the map, if you’re using one, on the very top. Slide all items face up into the inner envelope. Do NOT seal the inner envelope, and slide it into the outer envelope with the addressee’s name facing the back flap so that it will be visible upon opening. ADDRESSING ADVICE The outer envelope should have a return address included on the back flap, and it’s probably well worth this small extra cost to have this done by the printer, so you don’t have to write 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. One bride-to-be actually framed the envelope with her name and address on it that she received for another friend’s wedding, because the calligraphy was such an incredible and gorgeous work of art. What a visual treat for the guests of that wedding! Ideally, try to avoid labels, even clear ones, because they just don’t convey the sense of “specialness” and elegance that something as special as a wedding deserves.

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ARE YOU A “PINNER”? use pinterest for wedding planning If you’re planning a wedding, you already know the Internet is a great resource. There’s a new player in the online wedding game, and it’s quickly becoming one of the most popular – Pinterest. On Pinterest.com, you can grab photos from around the web and ‘pin’ them onto ‘boards,’ meaning you can post the photos online, under your user name, into categories of your choosing. You can also browse other Pinterest user boards. Many Pinners that are dreaming of their big day post boards dedicated to weddings. 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. Pinterest certainly displays boards for all the biggies like the gown, décor and food. But Pinterest’s real strength is in highlighting the details. It’s on this site that you’ll find inspiration behind your personalized napkins, the perfect photography poses or an idea for ‘something blue.’ Those seemingly insignificant details will make your day truly unique. Like many online wedding hotspots, Pinterest runs the risk of overwhelming. So, 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.’ If you’re not exactly sure what you’re looking for, it 118 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com

helps to at least separate your searches into different categories, such as ‘wedding décor’ or ‘bridesmaids,’ rather than just a generic ‘wedding’ search. It’s also a great place to see real photos from themed weddings, which can be more difficult to find on other websites. If you’re planning something outside the box, search for that specifically, such as ‘Halloween wedding’ or ‘Great Gatsby themed wedding.’ That being said, Pinterest is also a great way to explore outside your comfort zone. Whimsical, woodsy, DIY, rustic, vintage, elegant, chic, romantic and couture are all popular words on Pinterest’s wedding pins. Even if you think those adjectives wouldn’t apply to your big day, type them in and browse. You might be pleasantly surprised! Finally, 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. Otherwise, you’ll get lost on the site and look up from your computer three hours later without any clear idea on how to make your wedding nicer. Pinterest is still in a new growth phase, so you’ll need an invitation to join if you haven’t already. You can request an invite right at pinterest.com, with the red button along the top of the home page, but you might be put on a wait list. A quicker way to get on board is to reach out to friends that are already members, and ask them to send you a personalized invitation. Now, get pinning!

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

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YOUR WEDDING CAKE: a sweet ending to a special day It’s the sweetest wedding task of them all – deciding on dessert for your big day. Tradition calls for a tiered cake with your plastic (un)likeness smacked on top, but brides and bakers are breaking cake molds to create funky and fresh options that add the icing to your wedding. Take in all the options, work with a pro to make it custom and whatever you do, don’t miss out on any tasting!4 www.premierbride.com PREMIER BRIDE • 121


Cakes Selecting a cake:

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CAKES CHOOSING YOUR DESSERT What first? Your dessert should match your day, so take everything into account. If you have a paisley themed wedding, a large tiered cake with paisley fondant would make a beautiful room centerpiece. A casual outdoor wedding is perfect for a table of tasty and colorful candies or make-your-own ice cream sundaes. Do you share an interest such as running? Get a replica cake of your running shoes tied together at the laces. Wedding cakes and desserts are one of the latest wedding designs to challenge convention, so bakeries want to keep up with the latest trends and customize. If you have a sweet idea, find someone who can work with it. Book Early! Bakeries fill up quickly. Stay safe and book six months in advance. Don`t worry – this doesn`t mean you have to know exactly what you want so far ahead of time. First, shop around in general for bakeries, and when you find one you think can satisfy your needs for taste, quantity, efficiency and personality, book a date. Then, you can really work with a pro to determine exactly what it is you want. So…how do I find the bakery? Trusting your gut is always sound advice, especially so when it comes to a food decision! Any dessert should be delicious, so your tasting is important. Make sure you sample all they have to offer that interests you. But since this isn’t an ordinary dessert you’re ordering, make sure you’re comfortable with the efficiency and professionalism of the bakery as well. They should return your calls and e-mails on time, be flexible with you and your needs, be willing to customize your dessert, be familiar with your reception venue and guarantee an on-time dessert, including of course set-

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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. Cost. Cakes are typically priced by the slice, which is generally anywhere from $1.50 to $6.50 per slice, depending on the style, ingredients, size and decorating. Your reception site or caterer may also charge a plating fee as well, often $.50 to $1.50 per person, to cut and serve the cake. Ask about this, and if there is a plating charge see if it’s negotiable. Cutting the Cake. Most likely your baker will provide tips for you and your new spouse for cutting. Plan ahead to have your cake knife and lifter engraved or decorated. Traditionally, the bride www.premierbride.com PREMIER BRIDE • 123


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CAKES grasps the knife with her right hand and the groom covers her hand with his. Together, the couple glides the knife into the masterpiece while flashbulbs pop. 1 Year Later. Some bakeries offer ‘anniversary cakes’ as part of their bridal packages. Instead of having to freeze the top layer of your wedding cake, the bakery will make you a fresh cake for your one-year anniversary. OTHER IDEAS Centerpiece cakes. Use a smaller wedding cake as the centerpiece for each of your tables. Some ambitious newlyweds stop at each table to cut and serve their guests the cake, but depending on the number of tables this won’t work for everyone. Cupcake Tower. Individual cupcakes are fun, the perfect serving size and allow

for all kinds of decorating freedom. Cupcake arrangements could be anything from a tower that resembles a traditional tiered cake to something more inventive such as mismatched layers of different colored cupcakes over decorated shelves. Make-Your-Own-Sundae! Who doesn´t love a sundae? Think of every topping you can, and then some, then let your guests run wild. Perfect for an outdoor summer wedding or one with lots of children, your guests will be craving this at every wedding they attend after yours. Late Night Coffee. This works best for small, upscale weddings with mostly adults. Bring in a barista to whip up comforting lattes, cappuccinos and espressos served with rich coffee pastries such as biscotti or tiramisu.

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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.4 www.premierbride.com PREMIER BRIDE â&#x20AC;˘ 127


FLOWERS Flowers have adorned weddings for hundreds of years, and for good reason: they are beautiful! Breathtaking bouquets, gorgeous centerpieces, fresh boutonnieres… these colorful gifts from nature will give you and your guests a visual feast on your wedding day. Your wedding flowers will help set the mood and theme for the entire celebration, so be sure to give this area some time and attention and, most of all, find a fabulous florist. Where to start Start your research right away, from the first bridal magazine you open and the first bridal web site you visit. Also be sure to visit www.premierbride.com to enjoy the beautiful floral photos in our Idea Gallery. Collect photos of anything you like in a file, to share with the florist you select. In addition to collecting information on what you do like, start making a list of anything you definitely don’t like. It’s also helpful to have some elements of the wedding established before you meet with potential florists, so that they can offer more specific suggestions. For example, your wedding gown will certainly influence the style of your event – is it streamlined, modern and simple? Or heavily beaded, traditional and ornate? Also knowing your wedding colors, ceremony and reception locations, and wedding date will be necessary before your florist can give you any concrete ideas that will match the tone, colors, style and season of your wedding. Finding a fabulous florist Find some potential florists at bridal shows, online or through local 128 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com

print publications such as this one, and select up to four to meet with in person. (Interviewing more than this could easily get overwhelming!) Your goal is to find someone who has a style that you love, a personality that you mesh with, and is also an organized professional. Incredible floral design is pointless if they’re not at the church in time! Bring the following items with you when you meet with your florist, for your first big planning meeting: a photo of your wedding dress, photos and other information regarding your ceremony and reception sites, images to show your likes and dislikes, and fabric swatches of your bridesmaids’ dresses and any other wedding colors. And one more thing to bring with you: your budget amount! It’s quite critical that you share this with your designer, so that they can meet your needs at a price you can afford. Determining your floral needs Once you’ve selected your florist, he or she can help you determine exactly what you will need for your wedding and start narrowing down which flowers to include. Visit the “Checklists & Questions to Ask” section under “Planning” on www.premierbride.com for questions to ask potential florists, flowers available by season and more, to help get you started. 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


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FLOWERS 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. Using the bridal bouquet and bridesmaids’ bouquets to decorate the head table is another budgetsaving tip. Reception arrangements There is a vast array of options for reception centerpieces: elegant vases in any size or shape filled with cut flowers; towering candelabras; topiaries; or simple rose petals scattered around flickering candles. Use your imagination to design oneof-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. If your budget allows, consider adding a few finishing touches here and there, such as flower petals on serving trays, or garlands along the front of the buffet tables. You can also fill in a large room with potted ferns or ficus trees placed strategically and wrapped with strands of small white lights. Share all of your ideas with your floral designer, who can help you refine them to create a lavish and memorable impression that won’t soon be forgotten by you or your guests.

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


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

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• 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).

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• 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.

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

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

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TRANSPORTATION FIRST: HOW MANY? Your search for transportation needs to start once you decide how many people you’ll be moving. Do you want just the bride and the groom in a vehicle, or is the entire wedding party heading to the reception together? If the whole party is going, do you want to include their spouses or dates? What about the couples parents and new in-laws? Once you make those decisions, you can start searching around for transport based on size. Then, you can pick out a limousine, a coach party bus, a trolley, or something more unique and personal for the couple. Whatever you decide on, keep safety in mind for when revelers are bouncing from place to place.

leaving the ceremony, it might be more affordable to hire two separate cars rather than pay for the vehicle to sit there during a long reception. There are quite a few options for limos. A formal limousine seats four people, and sometimes a bride and groom will travel to the ceremony alone. Or, if you’d like to include the wedding party, stretch limos can allow for six to 10. For larger parties and a flashier mode of transport, sport utility models like the Hummer and Explorer are popular and unique both inside and out. The larger models are often posh, with flashy lights and decorative interiors.

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

CATCH THE COACH For larger wedding parties or ones that want a little elbow room, a party bus or luxury coach is a great way to travel from the ceremony to the reception. It’s got all the amenities and style of a luxury limousine, but with more room to spare –these will seat up to 10 people very comfortably. Or, for even bigger parties, a passenger coach or party bus can seat anywhere from 21 to 49 people, so it can be a great way to get a few special guests and family members on the special ride between locations. Or, if you have • Featuring Superstretch Limousines and SUV’s. • Serving NE Wisconsin Since 1995.

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TRANSPORTATION a very small wedding and the ceremony and reception are separated by a long distance, this is a fun way to get all the guests in on the party right away. Like limousine services, passenger and luxury coach companies require a minimum number of hours. The size and type of coach will determine the hourly rate. Depending on the size of your party it may make sense to hire two coaches, maybe a luxury coach for the bride, groom and attendants and a passenger coach for the guests. This allows guests with a little more flexibility, as well. TAKING THE TROLLEY An attractive, fun and picturesque alternative to a limo or passenger coach is a trolley, if it’s available in your area. Trolleys generally can accommodate between 20 and 35 people, so they’re great for larger parties or adding on some family members or friends. With their antique look and old world charm, they’ll send a lovely, elegant touch to this wedding day detail. Since most have outdoor decks, these are especially fun in small towns so you can take a peek outside and watch onlookers wave at the newlyweds. And there’s no transportation 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. DOWN TO DETAILS Make sure to confirm transportation booking and verify pick-up and departure times well in advance of your wedding dates. And don’t be afraid to ask for a test drive! For a written contract, look for these things: • Name and contact information for you and the company (including cell phone!) • Date, time and address of all pick-up and drop-off locations • Type and number of vehicles rented, and amenities supplied with each • Exact hours of vehicle rental • Total cost, including gas, mileage, tip and overtime fees • Deposit amount, balance and due date and cancellation policy • Signatures, including yours, and the company’s representative Weddings are busy, chaotic days, so it’s wise to have someone closely associated with the wedding party, such as the best man or a family member, designated to coordinate with the chauffeur to make sure everything is on schedule.

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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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AFTERsmart A ways DESTINATION WEDDING to save money when planning the perfect party Kathy and Dave thoroughly enjoyed their small, relaxed, intimate wedding on the beach in Jamaica, with the rolling waves, warm sunshine and ocean breezes. But when they got home, they wanted to celebrate this momentous occasion with their extended circle of

who you want to invite. Casual, informal pig roast in the backyard with extended family and a few friends only? Or an elegant, sit-down dinner on a Saturday night with just about everyone you know invited? The options are endless, and you’ll want to spend some time thinking about what’s best for you two and your families. WHEN TO HAVE IT The other big question is when to have it. You could have the reception anytime in the year following your wedding, but ideally, plan to have it within two months of your marriage. This way, your guests will still view you as the “Bride & Groom”, instead of “Husband & Wife”, and you’ll still feel that way also!

family and friends. “Obviously, having a destination wedding means that many of your family and friends won’t be there, and we really wanted to celebrate our marriage with all of them, too,” said Kathy. “Having a fun party with everyone when we got back was a great way to do that, while keeping our wedding ceremony personal and intimate, like we wanted it.” TWO KEY CONSIDERATIONS Like a traditional wedding, the two main considerations when planning a reception at home after a destination wedding is the style of the event (or level of formality) and the number of guests. So Step One in the planning process is to pow wow with your sweetie, and your families if they are contributing financially, to determine what kind of an event you desire and 144 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com

BRING THE CEREMONY TO THE GUESTS Share your wedding ceremony with your guests at the reception! There are several ways to do this. Certainly, display photos from your wedding at your reception, on photo boards, in albums or scrapbooks, or in a video format. If you have a video, you could run that as well on a television at the reception, but make sure it’s a well-edited, SHORT video – a few minutes long is plenty. Incorporate colors, accents and details from your wedding into the reception, or go all out with a matching theme, such as a beach theme. And finally, consider wearing your wedding dress to your reception – everyone would love to see it, and you’ll get a great opportunity to wear it again!

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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.

Wisconsin offers great options for this type of party. Choosing a destination within driving distance is a plus. Five things to consider when planning the perfect party:

1. Who should be invited? The make up and size of the group will have an effect on the rest of the planning. If relatives such as dad, a favorite aunt or teenage siblings are to be included, it will influence the type of event. One, two and three-day adventure weekends can accommodate participants of all ages. The focus of the celebration should be on adventure and making memories.


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

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

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

5. Who can make the arrangements? Planning a memorable and exciting party can be complicated and overwhelming for


BACHELOR(ETTE) PARTIES the best man or maid of honor, even with ideas from the bride or groom. Utilizing an adventure resort can eliminate most of the effort and combine just the right ingredients to meet everyone’s expectations.

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

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

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

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The Paine Mountain range at Torres del Paine National Park

CHILE STORY AND PHOTOS BY RACHELLE DRAGANI

Legend has it that when the first explorers to Chile started to wind their way down the long, thin stretch of the country, they stopped before they even made it halfway down. According to their accounts, they had already seen more splendor and variety in the landscape than in all their years of traveling combined – and they hadn’t even seen the glaciers or volcanoes yet! Luckily for honeymooners, Chile has done a great job preserving their incredible wealth of nature, mixing adventurous activities with ample opportunity for relaxation among some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world. Whether you’re looking for a chance to go whitewater rafting, relax in wine country or on the beach, ride horseback through the Andes or hike through mountainous national parks, Chile is truly the destination that has it all.4


Climbing Volcan Villarica, Pucon

TOP MUST-SEE’S, MUST-DO’S If you’re traveling by air to Chile, your flight will most likely stop in Santiago, the capital of Chile and located just about in the middle of the country. It’s ok to spend a night here to gather your bearings before moving on, but there is little charm and even fewer honeymoon attractions in this city of six million. Instead, head out to the more natural areas of Chile, either by their very efficient and reasonably priced bus system or planes for longer destinations. San Pedro de Atacama, a beautiful desert with attractions such as geysers, horseback riding, bike tours and hot springs. Valle de Elqui, a charming countryside by day where you can visit the plants where pisco, Chile’s national alcohol and the product that instills the most pride in the hearts of Chileans, is made. Sample a complementary Pisco Sour, a tart, frothy, drink made with the rum-like alcohol. By night, thanks to the high altitude, dry climate and clear skies, the Valle de Elqui is the best place in the world to see the stars.

Fisherman near the Casablanca Wine Valley

Trekking along the W trail in Torres del Paine National Park

Pucón Rightly titled “The Adventure Capital of Chile,” this tourist town is tucked into the mountains about eight hours south of Santiago, the capital of Chile. Think of an adventure activity; you’ll find it here. Couples can go as daring as they like during the day, including climbing Volcán Villarica (The Villarica Volcano), whitewater rafting, or more relaxed activities like leisurely biking to the beautiful Ojos de Caburga waterfalls, set in a fairy-tale forest. At night, a popular honeymoon activity is booking a suite near the mystic hot springs. Tucked in a dense, green jungle, the springs are among the most relaxing places in the world, especially when combined with a couple’s massage or a dip in the thermal pool. For the couples looking for a combination of adventurous activities and full-out relaxation, Pucón is the perfect destination.

Footprints in the sand dunes in San Pedro de Atacama


Parque Nacional Torres del Paine Chile’s biggest national park is constantly on lists of the most beautiful places in the world, and after hiking here for one day it will be easy to see why. Standing in a single spot, you’ll be able to take in snow-capped mountains, a turquoise lake and every color imaginable of flowers. Trekkers usually do the W, a four or five day hike through the main parts of the park, or the entire Circuit, a nine to eleven day hike through everything. Both routes include treks to the Torres, three rock plateaus that change colors with the sunrise, and to Glacier Grey, where trekkers often bring a bottle of something that tastes good on the rocks and use the ice from the glacier to chill their drinks. It is most common to camp at the free campsites along the hike, but couples looking to unwind along the way could also choose to stay at some of the

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CLIMATE

Summer in Chile is December – March and winter is June – September, so this is the perfect destination for a winter wedding couple. Starting about five hours north of Santiago, in the region where San Pedro de Atacama and the Valle de Elqui are found it is a desert climate where the sun shines 345 days a year and the temperatures rarely dip below 75˚. In the middle of the country, the summer months see temps around 85-100˚ and again, the sun is almost always shining. During the winter in the middle of the country the coldest it gets is only about 40-50˚, but most places do not have central heating, so that is something to keep in mind if you’re going to traveling in the winter. Towards the south, especially in Torres del Paine where you are so close to the South Pole, temperatures in the summer almost never get higher than 60˚, and in the winter months the south almost entirely shuts down because of the cold.

TIME ZONE

Standard time zone: Daylight saving time:

UTC/GMT -4 hours +1 hour

LANGUAGE

The National and Official language of Chile is Spanish, and that is almost the only language spoken. You’ll likely find English speakers in some of the more touristy areas, but bring a dictionary or pocket translator with you if you don’t speak Spanish.

ELECTRICITY

The voltage in Chile is 220V and flat two-pin plugs are used. Adaptors are needed.

upscale hotels scattered throughout the park, some of which offer honeymoon packages.

Viña del Mar and Wine Country Just an hour and a half outside of Santiago, Viña offers some of the best beaches the Pacific coast has to offer, more international food than the rest of Chile, great shopping, and then some more beaches. It is also the easiest place to stay if you want to take some day trips into wine country to see where the excellent Chilean wine is made and of course taste some for yourself. The most popular are the Casablanca and Colchagua Valleys. There are plenty of day tours available through the regions, or you could opt to spend a night or two in the rustic vineyards. Visit rutadelvino. cl/English/winetours.html for personalized wine tours in the Chacagua Valley. CURRENCY

The Chilean unit of currency is the peso (Ch$)Accessing funds through an ATM, known as un Redbanc is by far the easiest and most convenient way of carrying money while in Chile. Credit cards (especially Amex, Visa and MasterCard) are welcome in most established businesses; however, it’s best not to depend on credit. Many businesses will charge up to 6% extra.

GETTING MARRIED IN CHILE

Weddings are usually less grand than in the United States. On main difference is that the weddings do not usually contain a wedding party, it is just the couples parents that accompany them at the altar. Also, it is not the father of the bride that walks her down the aisle, it is the father of the groom, and similarly the father of the bride walks the groom down the aisle. Another tradition is the the couple exchange wedding bands at the start of their engagement, but they are worn on their left hand until after the ceremony, when they are moved to the right hand. Although there are these few differences, in many ways Chilean weddings are much the same, complete with throwing rice on the couple as they exit the church and throwing the bouquet to the single girls at the reception. As for laws to getting married in Chile, if the couple is from the United States they will most likely have to have a civil ceremony in the United States as well. If you are not staying for more than three months, you will not need a special visa, but any sort of marriage certificate you have will not transfer to the States. That being said, it is still relatively easy to find a member of the religious community or a civil servant to marry a couple, regardless of their citizenship. Laws are much more relaxed in South America and no paperwork is needed to marry, but if you want the marriage to carry over in the States you will have to have that settled there.


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PLACES TO STAY: Sheraton Miramar Hotel & Convention Center starwoodhotels.com/sheraton/vinadelmar A five-star international hotel that’s situated at the main entrance to Viña del Mar and boasts views of Valparaiso Bay and the azure waters of the Pacific Ocean. The Sheraton boasts some of the most upscale amenities in Viña del Mar and has a sparkling swimming pool on it’s beautiful terrace with magnificent views of the sea.

Sheraton Presidential Suite - Living & Dining Area

Hotel & Termas Huife termashuife.com The rooms of Hotel & Huife Hot Springs are luxurious suites situated on the banks of Liucura River and located 33 kilometers from Pucón city and 110 kilometers of the regional Capital, Temuco. The property features four swimming pools with thermal waters, a restaurant and a garden. The hotel also offers a spa centre for guests to relax and enjoy their stay.

Mountain Lodge Paine Grande verticepatagonia.com Mountain Lodge Paine Grande is strategically located in the old area of Pehoé Shelter and is only accessible via Lao Pehoé or by walking the trekking routes of the park. It forms part of the W Circuit and is considered as the base camp. The Lodge can hold 100 people in 22 bedrooms with 3 and 2 bunks each. The rooms have a view of Pehoé lake, the heights of Paine Grande, Valle del Francés and the east face of Cuernos del Paine. Each room has comfortable bunks and drawers to put away gear. Restrooms are located on the first and second floor and have wash basins, toilets and hot water showers, separated for men and women.

San Pedro de Atacama sanpedroatacama.com Check out a list of hotels, all of which offer service to some of the great tours in the area.

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NEVIS BY NORMAN SHONKWILER PHOTOS COURTESY NEVIS TOURISM AUTHORITY

Called Dulcina: the Sweet Island, Oualie: Land of beautiful waters in every language of every era Nevis is the Queen of the Caribees. Nevis, the smaller of the two islands which make up the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, is situated in the Leeward Islands of the Caribbean, roughly 1,200 miles from Miami. Dominating the centre of Nevisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 36 square miles is Mount Nevis, the dormant volcano popularly known as Nevis Peak. Its summit is almost perpetually cloaked in mist, giving it the appearance of being snow-capped.4


Nevis’ name is derived from “Nuestra Senora de Las Nieves” which means “Our Lady of the Snows because of the frequent cloud cover over Nevis Peak. Nevis archaeology shows signs of stone tools used by the indigenous natives predating European influence. By the 1700’s Nevis was a British holding with sugar plantations providing its chief export. Alexander Hamilton was born on Nevis in 1757 and after travelling to North America to attend college became embroiled in the American Revolution. Horatio Nelson established his headquarters on Nevis in 1780 where he met and married Francis Nisbet the daughter of a plantation owner. Nevis achieved associate statehood with St. Kitts in 1967 and in 1983 became part of the sovereign state of St. Kitts and Nevis. Having been a part of the British Empire for over two hundred years English is the principle language. The sea and the mountain provide the two most breathtaking backdrops for Nevis. Hiking the island provides the best opportunity to view the landscapes and seascapes trails are accessible but local officials recommend guided tours to ensure visitor’s safety. The island has over half a dozen tour guides all of whom offer a variety of tour packages highlighting ecotourism, wildlife, and historic tours. Mountain biking is another great way to view the sights and sounds of the island. Snorkeling and scuba End of day stroll - looking as St. Kitts

diving the coral reefs and ship wrecks are also available. All levels of experience are accommodated at Scuba Safaris Ltd www.fishnevis.com. Wind surfing is at its best with Nevis location astride the trade winds which would take the windjammers to and from Europe. The coral reefs provide sheltered waters for the less experienced and the narrows between Nevis and St. Kitts provides wind and waves for the bump and jump for the more advanced, visit www.windsurfingnevis.com for more details. Newlyweds with sports in mind can find the 18-hole Robert Trent Jones golf course at the Four Seasons Resort. Several of the Hotels have tennis courts. Netball is played year round, previously a woman’s sport both men and women now enter tournaments played in Charlestown. Soccer is played in September and October in Grove Park in Charlestown and of course the premier British sport Cricket played between January and mid July. Deep sea fishing and bottom fishing are available through charter from several charter services game fish, such as Wahoo, Dorado (aka dolphin fish) Tuna, Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Sailfish and Kingfish. If you’re planning a more relaxed honeymoon explore Nevis in a carriage ride tour or on one of several horseback riding tours. Explore the streets of Charlestown and see some of the last remaining examples The pool at Four Seasons


Nevisian nourishment

Dan the potter

Hiking with Lynell

Bedrooms at Hermitage - typical architecture

of early Caribbean architecture. Many of the tours take you through both restored and ruined sugar plantations of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Two museums feature exhibits detailing the islands history and Nevis famous son Alexander Hamilton and Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson. Late afternoon to evening sea tours will take you out to view humpback whales (January to April) and dolphins. Spend an afternoon at the races held each month at Indian Castle Race Track sponsored by the Nevis Turf and Jockey Club. Along with the races music and barbecue food in a carnival atmosphere, the horses are thoroughbreds along with para-mutual betting. Before going to the races spend a relaxing morning on any of the miles of beaches and after the races are over enjoy a Caribbean sunset you will remember for the rest of your lives. Relax and be pampered at Compassionate Touch Spa and Salon and discover techniques from all over the world designed to smooth away all the tensions your body absorbed visit their website at www.compassionatetouchspa.com for a complete list. The people of Nevis offer restaurants featuring West Indian cuisine for the local flavor but also continental, Chinese, vegetarian, but letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s face it no matter where you go in the world there are times when you need a good pizza or a burger you will find them too. The Hotels and Inns also have excellent restaurants with chefs providing a variety of West Indian and continental menus. After dinner you will want to check out the night life, music and dancing. The Hotels and Inns have specialty nights with Caribbean sounds, jazz, calypso, and for the brave karaoke. Local clubs and bars have music and dancing and beach parties and bonfires. Music is provided by local bands striving to keep alive the unique culture of Caribbean music.


WHERE TO STAY Four Seasons Resort is Nevis premier five diamond resort with its own 18 hole championship golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones. 196 deluxe rooms and suites have either an ocean view or view of the golf course. Also available at the resort is three dinning rooms and three retail shops, other activities include sail boating, snorkeling, scuba diving, waterskiing, and windsurfing. Romantic intimate accommodations are available in the restored sugar plantations the Golden Rock, Nisbet Plantation Beach Club, Hermitage, and Montpelier Plantation Inns. Each feature rooms and or cottages, pools local activities such as horseback riding self guided nature tours and incredible views. Local hotels include Mount Nevis Hotel, Old Manor Hotel, Oualie Beach Hotel, Pinney’s Beach Hotel, Inn at Cades Bay, and Hurricane Bungalows.

FOR THE DESTINATION WEDDING If you are planning a destination wedding prepare yourself for an unforgettable experience in one of the most stunning backdrops in the world but prepare for the paperwork! Most of the Hotels will be happy to assist with planning and preparations; help finding a minister or priest, flowers, and photography, catering, music, and accommodations for the wedding party. For more information contact the Nevis Tourism Authority at 407-287-5204 or email info@nevisisland.com.

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CLIMATE

Very little humidity, cool sea breezes, and sunshine almost every day. The days average about 84˚F tempered by steady Northeasterly breezes and the nighttime temperatures hover around 73˚F.

LANGUAGE

English is the official language, however, a broken English (dialect) is quite common. Proficiency in other languages, in particular, French and Spanish is encouraged.

UTILITIES

Most hotels and homes use 110 volts but 220 lines are sometimes available.

CURRENCY

The East Caribbean (EC) dollar is used on Nevis which can be obtained at any bank. Most stores and businesses accept the US dollars or travellers cheques, but change will be given in E.C. Neither banks nor stores accept the US coins only paper bills. The exchange rate is fixed at US$1.00 = EC$2.68

TIPPING

Service charge of 10% is generally included in restaurant bills, but it’s best to ask (and more is welcome, of course!). Hotels add 20% to their bills, including 10% service and 10% VAT.

TIME ZONE

Nevis is on Eastern Standard Time and does not change for daylight savings.

REQUIREMENTS TO BE MARRIED IN NEVIS

• Marriage licences are obtained through the Legal Department, Administration Building and cost $80. This licence fee in only payable in Stamps purchased from the Post Office in Charlestown. • Application forms must be completed in the presence of a Justice of the Peace. Forms are available from the Legal Department (as above) or at the Magistrates Court in Charlestown. There is a $20 fee. • Both parties must have a valid passport or birth certificate with photo identification. • If applicants have never been married, an affidavit (confirming their single status) is required which can be obtained from a Notary Public in the US or via a Notary Public in Nevis for $20. • If either party is a widow or widower, they must have a copy of the death certificate of the deceased spouse. • If either party is divorced, they must have the original or a notarized copy of the Decree Absolute. If not in English a notarized translation will be required. • If the marriage is to be conducted by a specific minister or priest, it must take place in the respective church and both parties must have a letter from their home ministers or priests verifying that they are know and unmarried. Additionally if the marriage is to take place in a Roman Catholic Church, the home priest must verify that they have received instruction.


SHOPPING MADE EASY attending bridal shows

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

need to leave a deposit. You’ll also need a date-book to schedule others. Dress for the Occasion Remember to wear comfortable shoes. There is no doubt that you will be doing a lot of walking.

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

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

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SHEBOYGAN BRIDAL SHOWCASE 2014

John Michael Kohler Art Center 608 New York Avenue, Sheboygan Doors open at 5pm. Fashion shows at 5:45 & 7:45. www.whbl.com/bridal-showcase/ 920-458-2107

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BAY CITIES RADIO BRIDAL EXPO

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

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MENOMINEE CASINO RESORT BRIDAL SHOW

Menominee Casino Resort Conference Center N277 Hwy 47/55, Keshena, WI Show Times: noon-4pm, 715-853-7590 www.menomineecasinoresort.com

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THE WEDDING FAIRE

Oshkosh Convention Center 1 North Main Street, Oshkosh, WI Show Times: 12pm-4pm, 920-230-1970 www.planonencore.com

JANUARY 26, 2014

2014 LOVE STORY BRIDAL EXPO Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Center 1001 Amber Avenue, Stevens Point, WI Show Times: 12pm-4pm, 715-254-9933 www.lovestoryweddingexpo.webs.com

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PROM EXTRAVAGANZA

Timber Rattlers Banquet Facility 2400 Casaloma Dr, Appleton 4:30pm - 8:30pm, 920-982-7881

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FEBRUARY 16, 2014

VISUELLE PRODUCTIONS SPRING WEDDING SPECTACULAR

Radisson Paper Valley 333 W. College Ave., Appleton Show Times: 10:30am-3pm Presented by Visuelle Productions www.wisconsinbridalshows.com 920-982-7881

MARCH 1, 2014

6TH ANNUAL WEDDING SHOW Stadium View Banquet Hall & Conference Center, 1963 Holmgren Way, Green Bay, WI Show Times: 10:30am-3:30pm www.thestadiumview.com 920-884-3159

MARCH 2, 2014

A BRIDAL FAIRE AT CAMELOT

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

MARCH 16, 2014

VISUELLE PRODUCTIONS SPRING WISCONSIN WEDDING SPECTACULAR

Radisson Conference Center, 2040 Airport Drive, Green Bay, WI Show Times: 10:30am-3pm Presented by Visuelle Productions www.wisconsinbridalshows.com 920-982-7881

MARCH 22, 2014

BEST OF THE BEST WEDDING EXPO

Millhome Supper Club 16524 Lax Chapel Rd., Kiel Show Times: 1pm-4pm www.maryangelis.com 920-452-3111

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Bridgewood Best Western, 1000 Cameron Way, Neenah Show Times: 4-8pm Produced by Visuelle Productions 920-982-7881 www.wisconsinbridalshows.com

JULY 20, 2014

THE WEDDING SHOW SUMMER EDITION

Shopko Hall 1901 S. Oneida Street, Green Bay 10am-3pm www.weddingshowgreenbay.com/summer 800-236-2073 See pg 162

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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 Officiants Painter Party Rentals

(See Transportation)

• Photography • 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 37)

Blue Harbor Resort & Spa (See pg 147)

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

(See pg 60)

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 41)

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

(See pg 36)

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 27)

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

(See pg 27)

The District Event Center at the Best Western

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

(See pg 26)

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES EAA Aviation Center

Hyatt on Main Green Bay

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

(See pg 9)

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

(See pg 34)

Gardens of the Fox Cities

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

(See pg 21)

Germania

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

(See pg 37)

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

(See pg 25)

Grand Meridian

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

(See pg 11)

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

(See pg 45)

Green Bay Packers/Lambeau Field Atrium

1265 Lombardi Ave., Green Bay www.packers.com (920) 569-7515 (See pg 47 & Back Inside Cover)

333 Main St, Green Bay www.greenbay.hyatt.com (920) 432-1234

(See pg 6)

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

(See pg 63)

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

(See pg 25)

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

(See pg 10)

Landmark Resort

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

(See pg 22 & 147)

The Lodge at Leathem Smith

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

(See pg 147)

The Marq

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

(See pg 28)

The Meadows Conference Center 850 Kepler Drive, Green Bay www.meadowsevents.com (920) 465-6700

(See pg 44)

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

(See pg 29)

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

(See pg 10)

Holiday Inn Appleton

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

800.343.7778 x5692 or x5208

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

(See pg 32)

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

(See pg 16)

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

(See pg 17)

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

(See pg 46)

Outeredge Stage

303 N. Oneida St., Appleton Find us on Facebook (920) 809-0131 168 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

(See pg 24)

National Railroad Museum

(See pg 39)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Paine Art Center & Gardens

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

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

(See pg 31)

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

2400 N Casaloma, Appleton www.timberrattlers.com (920) 733-4152 (See Inside Cover & pg 42)

Woodfire Lodge (See pg 12)

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

(See pg 16)

BEAUTY & HEALTH

(See pg 8)

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

Ridgeway Country Club

(See pg 30)

Stadium View Banquet Hall

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

(See pg 35 & 148)

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

(See pg 13)

Thornberry Creek at Oneida

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

(See pg 3)

Trolley Square Waterfront Banquets (See pg 20)

Tundra Lodge Resort

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

(See pg 19)

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

(See pg 51)

The Waters

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

(See pg 60)

BRIDAL ACCESSORIES B’loonie Gifts

(See pg 61)

Marlene’s

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

Mary Angeli’s

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

(See pg 61)

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

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

Royal Prestige/Midwest Lifestyles (See pg 7)

Winncrest Banquet Hall

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

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

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

Thelma Sadoff

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

(See pg 113)

Now & Zen Hair Industry

(See pg 23)

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

Mary Kay Cosmetics

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

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

(See pg 17)

www.midwestlifestyles.com (608) 663-1186

(See pg 82)

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.

(920) 997-6500 (715) 858-8920 (920) 921-1111

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Green Bay - Bay Park Square 201 Bay Park Square Manitowoc - Edgewater Plaza 700 E Magnolia Ave. Marinette - Pine Tree Mall 2600 Roosevelt Rd. Marshfield - Northway Mall 503 East Ives 1780 Plover Road, Plover 58 North 3rd Ave., Sturgeon Bay Wausau - Wausau Mall 300 Forest Street Wisconsin Rapids - Rapids Mall 555 West Grand Ave. www.celebrationsregistry.com

(920) 494-3707 (920) 684-0331 (715) 732-3720 (715) 387-8611 (715) 344-6942 (920) 743-5533 (715) 845-9611 (715) 421-5211

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

(See pg 34)

Grand Meridian

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

(See pg 11)

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

(See pg 10)

The Marq

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

(See pg 28)

Van Abel’s of Hollandtown

BRIDAL SHOWS (See pgs 163)

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

(See pg 51)

Zuppas

CAKES & SWEETS Artistic Cakes & Cookies

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

(See pg 124)

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 123)

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)

Gardens of the Fox Cities

Wilmar Chocolates

The Golf Club at Camelot

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

(See pg 52)

(See pg 125)

1313 E. Witzke Blvd., Appleton www.gardensfoxcities.com (920) 993-1900 W192 State Rd 67, Lomira www.golfcamelot.com (920) 269-4949

(See pg 60)

(See pg 21)

(See pg 25)

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

CATERING Bridgewood PREMIER Catering

1000 Cameron Way, Neenah www.bridgewoodresorthotel.com/catering (920) 967-4350 (See pg 27)

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

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(See pg 45)

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

(See pg 10)

The Marq (See pg 36)

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

(See pg 28)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Outeredge Stage

Landmark Resort

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

(See pg 39)

Paine Art Center and Gardens (See pg 31)

Stone Harbor, A Door County Resort & Conference Center (See pg 35 & 148)

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

(See pg 20)

2400 N Casaloma, Appleton www.timberrattlers.com (920) 733-4152 (See Inside Cover & pg 42)

Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce (See pg 43)

DECORATING & SERVICE

B’loonie Gifts

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

(See pg 61)

(See pg 54)

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

(See pg 147)

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

(See pg 35 & 148)

White Lace Inn

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

(See pg 148)

AC Royal Entertainment www.acroyal.com 800-236-DJDJ

(See pg 106)

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

(See pg 109)

Global Entertainment (See pg 53)

Seize the Day Events LLC

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

(See pg 148)

Dreamin DJ’s

McVey Tent & Expo

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

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

DJ’S

Elegant by Design

141 W. Wisconsin Ave., Kaukauna www.elegant-by-design.com (920) 470-6523

(See pg 147)

Snug Harbor Inn

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

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

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

Newport Resort at Main St.

Trolley Square Waterfront Banquets

www.blobalphotobooth.com 800-901-1007

(See pg 94)

Record Entertainment (See pg 55)

DOOR COUNTY WEDDINGS Door County Trolley Inc.

www.doorcountytrolley.com (920) 868-1100

(See pg 31 & 148)

The Lodge at Leathem Smith

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

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

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

(See pg 147)

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

(See pg 107)

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Schroeder’s

APPLETON 2828 N Richmond St. 200 W Wisconsin Ave. 3316 W Spencer St. 313 E Calumet St. N162 Eisenhower Drive (Darboy) MENASHA 41 Main St. NEENAH 891 S Green Bay Road 118 E Bell St. www.gundersoncleaners.com (920) 730-3300

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

HONEYMOON

(Also see Travel Agencies)

DOOR COUNTY

Landmark Resort (See pg 56)

Lindeman’s Cleaning 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

(See pg 31 & 148)

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

(See pg 147)

Newport Resort at Main St.

(See pg 57)

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

(See pg 148)

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

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

(See pg 147)

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

(See pg 35 & 148)

White Lace Inn

FLORISTS

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

Ebb & Flow Flowers

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

(See pg 148)

(See pg 129)

HOTELS

FORMAL WEAR Du Bois Formalwear 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

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

The Lodge at Leathem Smith

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

(See pg 61)

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

Nedrebo’s Formal Wear

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

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

(See pg 27)

Blue Harbor Resort & Spa

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

(See pg 60)

CopperLeaf Boutique Hotel & Spa (See pg 132)

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

(See pg 27)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Kress Inn

By Invitation

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

(See pg 38)

Landmark Resort

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

(See pgs 22, 148)

(See pg 148)

Radisson Hotel & Conference Center (See pg 12)

Snug Harbor Inn

(See pg 61)

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

(See pg 55)

Zander Press Inc.

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

(See pg 147)

Stone Harbor, A Door County Resort & Conference Center (See pgs 35, 148)

Sybaris Pool Suites

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

425 W. Ryan St, Brillion www.zanderpressinc.com (920) 756-2222

(See pg 117)

LAKESHORE WEDDINGS Mary Angeli’s

(See pg 160)

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

(See pg 61)

B’loonie Gifts

INSURANCE

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

Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company

(See pg 61)

Blue Harbor Resort & Spa (See pg 64)

McClone Insurance Group

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

(See pg 60)

Discovery Coach (See pg 83)

INTERNET RESOURCES Premier Bride

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

(See pg 63)

Imprint Photography

www.imprintphotography.com (920) 901-2736

(See pg 62)

John Michael Kohler Arts Center

www.pbnewi.com

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

INVITATIONS

(See pg 63)

Now & Zen Hair Industry

B’loonie Gifts

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

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

Seize the Day Events

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

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

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

Mary Angeli’s

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

PO Box 3601, Neenah www.perfectcircleinsurance.com/relax (888) 884-2424

(See pg 119)

Marlene’s

Newport Resort at Main St.

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

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

(See pg 61)

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

(See pg 60)

Schroeder’s

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

(See pg 61)

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Tents Inc.

Seize the Day Events LLC

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

(See pg 61)

4634 Frontage Rd., Sheboygan www.tentsinc.net (920) 451-9071 1045 S. Oneida St., Menasha www.youllbefloored.net (920) 850-5637

Ardent Photography LLC (See pg 110)

Quartette Affetuoso (See pg 110)

(See pg 91)

(See pg 62)

Lanari Photography (See pg 40)

www.lanariphotography.com (920) 540-2488

(See pg 90)

Picture This

Wedding and Special Event Photography Appleton/Neenah www.picturethisofwi.com (920) 968-7577 (See pg 89)

PAINTER Julie Jilek

www.juliejilek.com (920) 284-8195

(See pg 85)

PARTY RENTALS Dream Lighting

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

(See pg 88)

Unveiled Portraits (See pg 109)

Elegant by Design

(See pg 54)

Fox Cities Party Rental

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

(See pg 93)

PHOTO SPECIALTY The Photobooth

(See Pg 50)

McVey Tent & Expo

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www.gosiasphotography.com (920) 733-1087 (612) 590-0045 www.imprintphotographyonline.com (920) 901-2736

Serving NE Wisconsin www.pastor4weddings.com (920) 540-0759

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

(See pg 93)

IMPrint Photography

Pastor Ron

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

www.ardentphoto.com (920) 858-9827

Gosia’s Photography

OFFICIANTS

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

(See pg 50)

PHOTOGRAPHY

Nancy Blanchard Watts, Harpist

www.dreamlightingcompany.com (920) 469-1030

(See pg 61)

You’ll be Floored

MUSICIANS, VOCALISTS

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

(See pg 55)

Tents Inc.

LIMOS & CARRIAGES (See Transportation)

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

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

(See pg 53)

www.globalphotobooth.com 800-901-1007

(See pg 94)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES

PhotoboothNV

Lamers Limousine Service

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

Lamers Trolley & Coaches

920-73-BOOTH

OR

262-424-2950

nlindbeck@gmail.com

WWW.PHOTOBOOTHNV.COM

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

(See pg 140)

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

(See pg 140)

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

(See pg 143)

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

RECEPTION SITES

(See Banquet Facilities & Rehearsal Dinners)

TRANSPORTATION Davister’s Stables

4031 Humboldt Rd., Green Bay http://fp1.centurytel.net/davisterscarriages (920) 468-8023 (See pg 142)

Discovery Coach

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

(See pg 63)

(See pg 147)

Manitowoc

920-682-5767

www.stardustlimousine.com

TRAVEL AGENCIES 13 locations statewide www.GoFox.com (888) 366-WEDS

(See pg 144)

VIDEOGRAPHY MVP Video Productions

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 139)

Heritage Limousine

www.heritagelimousine.com (920) 855-6166

Kiel

773-2270

Fox World Travel

Door County Trolley, Inc.

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

Sheboygan

920-452-5696

(See pg 138)

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

(See pg 99)

Together Wedding Photography & Video Ltd.

103 E. Main St., Hortonville (10 min. from Appleton) www.togetherwedding.com (920) 779-0360 (See pg 88)

WEDDING COORDINATORS

Elegant by Design

141 W. Wisconsin Ave., Kaukauna www.elegant-by-design.com (920) 470-6523

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

(See pg 54)

Seize the Day Events LLC

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

(See pg 55)

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OCTOBER 12th Columbus Day 31st Halloween

Independence Day

NOVEMBER 26th Thanksgiving Day

SEPTEMBER 7th Labor Day 14th Rosh HaShanah 23rd Yom Kippur

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JULY

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DECEMBER S 1 8 15 22 29

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OCTOBER

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APRIL 4th Passover 5th Easter

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DECEMBER 17th Hanukkah 25th Christmas Day

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OCTOBER 4th Yom Kippur 13th Columbus Day 31st Halloween

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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

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

1-2 MONTHS AHEAD

Choose attendants

Select band or DJ for reception

Book musicians for ceremony Select florist

Reserve accommodations for out-of-town guests

2-4 WEEKS AHEAD

Select caterer

Order invitations, personal stationery and thank you notes

Select and purchase guest favors Find and reserve rehearsal dinner location

1 WEEK AHEAD

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

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

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

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

Arrange for final fittings on your gown

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

Register for gifts at one to three stores

Order wedding cake

Mail invitations

Start reception seating chart and placecards

Reserve wedding day transportation

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

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

Prepare printed program for ceremony

Get engagement photo taken

6-9 MONTHS AHEAD

Buy and wrap attendants’ gifts

Select ceremony music, readings and vows and meet with officiant

Compile guest list

Select videographer

4-6 MONTHS AHEAD

Address wedding invitations

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

Reserve accommodations for wedding night Finalize guest list

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FOR HER:

DON’T FORGET...

WEDDING ATTIRE

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

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

FOR HIM:

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

HONEYMOON CHECKLIST

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

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

UPDATING YOUR NAME

WEDDING DAY EMERGENCY KIT

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

Auto Registration

Investment accounts

Stock certificates

Bank & credit card accounts

Life insurance policy

Car insurance policy

Medical/dental records

Tax agency records (state/federal)

Credit reporting agencies

Memberships

Voter registration records

Deeds/titles

Passport

Wills/trusts

Driver’s license

Post Office records

Employee records

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

Social Security records

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THE WEDDING BUDGET

______________

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.

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

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

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

Accommodations for out-of-town attendants (optional)

Formal wear for best man & groomsmen (optional)

Luncheon for bridal party

Accommodations for out-of-town attendants (optional)

Informal stationery

Marriage license Fee for officiant

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

GROOM’S FAMILY

BRIDE’S FAMILY

Honeymoon Engagement party

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

WEDDING PARTY

Videographer

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

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

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GROOM’S CAKE

CAKE STYLE

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

SETUP DETAILS

CAKE ACCESSORIES

Description

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

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

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

Tea Lunch Cocktails Dinner

Regional Seasonal Exotic Ethnic Thematic

SERVICE

Breakfast/Brunch

FLAVOR

TYPE

CATERING PLANNER

Salad Entrée Dessert

Beef Chicken Vegetarian Pork Seafood

DESSERT

Soup

ENTRÉES

COURSES

Appetizer

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

Dessert Hors d’oeuvres

Cocktails

Regional Seasonal Exotic Ethnic Thematic

Lamb

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

Vegetarian Kosher Halal Other

RENTAL ITEMS

Full Bar

SPECIAL

ALCOHOL*

Pasta

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

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HELPERS

FLOWERS BY SEASON

TERMINOLOGY

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

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

SPRING

SUMMER

FALL

WINTER

YEAR ‘ROUND

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WEDDING PARTY

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

RECEPTION

CEREMONY

Other

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

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 Garter removal & toss

Unity candle ceremony, kiddush cup ceremony, etc.

Sweetheart dance

Signing of wedding certificate

Going-away vehicle (especially if decorated)

Groom kissing the bride

Bride & groom in going away clothes

Recessional

Newlyweds departing & guests’ farewell

Guests throwing rice, flower petals, etc.

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LOCATION

RECEPTION PLANNER DATES AVAILABLE

LOCATION

SIZE

USED FOR

Indoor

Small (<100)

Ceremony

Outdoor

Medium (100-250)

Reception

Same site as ceremony

Large (250+)

Dressing

Walking distance from ceremony

Overnight rooms

SITE SERVICES

Within ______ miles of ceremony site

SERVICES PROVIDED

RENTALS AVAILABLE

Rooms

Tables

Food

Chairs & chair covers

Beverage/Alcohol

China, glassware, silverware & serving dishes

Disabled access

Linens

Adequate parking Valet

Ratio of guests to servers: ___________

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

DECORATIONS

PROVIDED

STYLE

More than one event at a time

RECEPTION

Head table Guest tables

BRINGING OWN DECORATIONS What are decorating restrictions?

Cake table Guest book table

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

When can decorations/favors come in?

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

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COLOR SCHEME Pastels Jewel tones Neutral tones Bold/bright

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Bride as baby

Early days as a couple

Groom as baby

Bachelor/Bachelorette parties

Bride’s childhood Groom’s childhood

Other:

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

RECEPTION

BRIDE DRESSING AT HOME

PHOTOS FOR SLIDESHOW

VIDEOGRAPHY PLANNER

Date: Time: Location: Special Requests:

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

CEREMONY

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

Date:

Guests dancing

Time:

Guests dining tables

Location:

Bride & Groom saying good-byes & leaving

Guests arriving Wedding party preparing

Special Requests:

Ceremony Guests leaving Special Requests:

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BRIDE

WEDDING ATTIRE DESCRIPTION

SIZE

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

BRIDE’S ATTENDANTS

Other

DESCRIPTION

SIZE

SIZE

SIZE

SIZE

NAME

NAME

NAME

NAME

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

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GROOM

DESCRIPTION

SIZE

Coat Shirt Vest Trousers Cummerbund Neckwear Cufflinks Socks & Shoes Other

GROOM’S ATTENDANTS

Other

DESCRIPTION

SIZE

SIZE

SIZE

SIZE

NAME

NAME

NAME

NAME

Coat Shirt Vest Trousers Cummerbund Neckwear Cufflinks Socks & Shoes Other

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VENDORS

KEEPING TRACK

NAME / PHONE

PAYMENT INFORMATION

DATE

AMOUNT

BAL. DUE

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

WEDDING PARTY

Wedding Coordinator

NAME

PHONE

Bridesmaids

Groomsmen

Ushers

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Everything for your wedding in Northeast Wisconsin.