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A Room With A View!

The Fox Club

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

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

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Is your ring insured?

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

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Rings THE CIRCLE OF LOVE: understanding the basics

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

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RINGS

Happily Ever After…

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

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

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

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A P erfect Day

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

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

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

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Fox Valley’s Most Memorable Venue

Located on the banks of the Fox River providing a romantic backdrop for your wedding day.

PULLMANS WATERFRONT BANQUETS

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

619 S. Olde Oneida St., Appleton

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RINGS hypoallergenic and relatively inexpensive. Titanium can be oxidized to create some brilliant accent colors such as bright blue, purple and so on, creating a very unique and interesting look. Tungsten carbide is twice as hard as steel and almost impossible to scratch, making is a great metal for very active men. These metals cannot be resized once the ring is made, so order the size carefully.

Accommodating up to 1,000 guests Offering elegantly presented plate dining, to traditional family-style and buffet dining Convenient for out-of-town guests

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

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Outeredge Stage Weddings and Receptions

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

303 N. ONEIDA ST, APPLETON • 920-809-0131 find us on facebook RINGS Clarity Clarity is defined by the number, color, nature, size and position of natural marks, called inclusions, contained in the gem. Inclusions occur naturally during the process of crystallization, when minute traces of minerals are trapped in the diamond. Excellent clarity means light can pass unimpeded through the stone and increases its value. The GIA judges clarity based on a standard 11-point scale from Flawless through Imperfect 3 (see the clarity scale at the end of this article.) Carat Diamonds are weighed in carats, which may also be expressed as “points,” where one carat equals 100 points. A diamond of 50 points, for example, equals ½ carat. Diamonds 10 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

of more than one carat are extremely rare (one in a thousand), and therefore very valuable. But remember that carat weight is only one factor in determining value. Two diamonds of the same size can vary considerably in value depending on the other three factors – cut, color and clarity. APPRAISE IT Once rings have been selected and purchased, request an appraisal. This is a written estimate of the value of your jewelry, and should include specific indications of the four Cs. Immediately after purchase, photograph your jewelry for insurance purposes, and make sure your current policy has adequate coverage. If it doesn’t, consult your insurance agent about amending your policy.


3177 French Road De Pere, WI 54115 920.532.4811

Pick a location… one of ours or yours!

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

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

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Weddings at the Waterfront • Outdoor ceremonies and cocktail parties • Spectacular receptions for up to 1,200 guests • Rehearsal dinners and bridal showers

• On-site wedding coordinator • Newly renovated hotel • Guest rooms and suites overlooking the water • Off-premises catering • Great weekend dates available!

Waterfront Hotel and Convention Center 1 North Main Street • Oshkosh, WI

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

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

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Reception What you need to know before booking your reception site

You’ve been pronounced “husband and wife,” so now it’s time to kick off those heels and celebrate! This is a time for you and your brand new husband to relax, mingle, dance, chat and thoroughly enjoy the company of your friends and loved ones. While finding the ideal reception location is one of the biggest and most important wedding-related tasks, have no fear…we’re here to help. 4

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

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

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

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


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

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CELEBRATE CELEBRATE

GIVE YOUR DAY THE STYLE & CLASS IT DESERVES!

Ideally located in downtown Appleton, The Grand Ballroom, which has been fittingly referred to as the “Grandest Ballroom in the Valley” can accommodate up to 1,000 guests. Outdoor weddings are popular at the Radisson with a well-groomed courtyard that can be rented for ceremonies, rehearsal dinners and/or cocktail receptions.

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920-733-8000 • 800-242-3499 333 West College Avenue www.radisson.com/appletonwi


RECEPTION There are two basic types of reception facilities: on-site and offsite. Most on-site locations provide the majority of services you will need for your reception: catering, beverages, tables, chairs, tableware, linens and serving staff, making this a very convenient option. The facilities normally charge on a per person basis, and have a minimum guest requirement. Such locations include hotels, private clubs and restaurants. Off-site locations offer the use of the facility only, providing no other services. You supply nearly everything yourself, paying a flat fee for the use of the site. The nice thing about offsite locations is the freedom to do everything your own way, and more choices; although this can also mean more work! Narrow down your search by focusing on those sites that seem to best meet your needs, depending on your style, season and estimated guest count. Once you’ve selected some possibilities, it’s time to go on a road trip with your fiancé, maid of honor and/or Mom and check out the sites in person. Step 3: Evaluating reception sites Now the real work begins. Every site offers advantages and disadvantages, and your job is to sift through all of the features of each site, to find the best one for your wedding, all while keeping your budget in mind. Here are some factors to consider: Location. The reception site should be no more than a 30-minute drive away from the ceremony location. A longer drive than that is really asking too much of your guests! If the location is difficult to find, or will offer

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

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


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

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BUDGETING YOUR BIG DAY deciding what’s important Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know there have been better economic climates in which to plan a wedding than now… Just because you can’t throw down as much money as before, however, does not mean you can’t have the elegant wedding you’ve always dreamed of. You just need to be a little smarter about planning for it! Here are some tips to keeping the sparkle in your wedding in a budget-savvy way: FIRST, MAKE YOUR OWN BUDGET. It sounds like a no-brainer, but this needs to get done. Before any kind of planning (or even thinking about planning!) gets done, sit down together and use this simple equation: Add how much you have in savings right now that you can use on the wedding. Then calculate how

much you can save between now and the wedding. Next, add on what your parents are willing to contribute, if anything. Finally, ask yourself if you are willing to go into debt to pay for some of the wedding. Think carefully about the last one – a wedding is one day, and it signifies the beginning of a future. Are you willing to sacrifice parts of your future (putting a down payment on a home, having children right away) for a lavish wedding? The total here is your overall wedding budget. Know it, and stick to it! THEN DECIDE WHAT’S IMPORTANT. Once you’ve added those components together, ask yourself what is most important about your wedding, the things that you can’t imagine cutting corners on. The “non-negotiables” are different for

The perfect setting for the perfect wedding. The elegance of our facilities and the dedication of our staff will ensure your wedding day is truly a day to remember. We offer a picturesque setting, culinary expertise, full-service wedding planners. Half off wedding package for Friday night weddings. 920.403.4000 or 800.397.3638 100 Grant Street, DePere events@snc.edu www.snc.edu/conference

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Your perfect backdrop...

On the shores of beautiful Green Lake  Outdoor Ceremonies & Receptions  Ballroom with Lake View Walkout Terrace  Bachelorette Party Spa Retreats  Private Yacht Cruises with Bar & Catering

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

can all be designed and printed entirely by you, or some copy or design shops offer the help of a professional to get you started. It is less expensive than paying for the full invitation service, but still gives it a professional touch. Other DIY could be making personal favors for the wedding guests, crafting your own centerpieces, enlisting the help of a friend or sister to do everyone’s hair and makeup for a smaller fee than a professional salon or making your own jewelry. Even if you don’t consider yourself a hands-on, creative person, don’t be afraid to ask around for friends and family who might be willing to help you try something new to cut costs. Cut the Cake. A fancy cake can be pretty expensive, but don’t go without a dessert! Ask your favorite bakery if they offer items just as pretty but smaller, such as fun cookies for everyone, design-yourwww.pbnewi.com PREMIER BRIDE • 23


Making Every Event Memorable

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

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WEDDING DAY BUDGET own cupcakes or just a smaller version of a cake you have in mind. Transport your funds somewhere else. Limos or trolleys are fun and glamorous, but if your limited budget requires it, the drive to your reception would be just as memorable in your own decorated car with the best man serving as driver. It’s Friday, you’re in love. Saturday afternoons are the most common time for weddings, which mean they’re the most expensive. But just because it’s common doesn’t mean it’s mandatory – Fridays and Sundays are both weekends so out-oftown guests would be able to make it, and you can still squeeze your dream venue into your budget. Also, try to avoid holiday weekends or the most popular times of year (May-June and early fall), as they are also usually more costly. Guest List reductions. It’s not easy to whittle down a list to include everyone you want enjoying in your special day while still managing a budget, but sometimes this is the easiest way to really cut corner, and can make a significant impact on your budget. If you still have a large amount of people you don’t want to say no to, consider hosting an informal, less expensive gettogether when you’re back from your honeymoon to spend time with the people you couldn’t invite and celebrate your love. Bargain shop! A wedding gown can be a huge portion of the budget, and it’s something you probably don’t want to settle for. Look for sample sales, special promotions and more simple, yet elegant, gowns. You could also look into sources such as eBay, Amazon and Craigslist for beautiful discounted gowns, but be very careful about what you buy and the “small print details.” If you don’t want to keep your dress, there are also plenty of shops that rent designer gowns so you


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

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

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

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Experience

the contemporary elegance of Oshkosh’s newest special occasion venue, the UW Oshkosh Alumni Welcome and Conference Center, located on campus along the scenic Fox River. 350-person Grand Ballroom with floor-to-ceiling picture windows. Unique Great Hall reception area with a stately, two-story stone fireplace. Outdoor brick patio with guest seating and an inviting gas fire pit. Additional spaces for private parties, rehearsal dinners or gift openings. Inclusive wedding reception packages and customized menus. Event consultation and referrals.

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

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WEDDING DAY BUDGET can look stunning on your big day without footing the entire cost of the dress. Save on Booze. Depending on your crowd, an open bar can be one of the costliest endeavors for your wedding. In the past, it was considered poor etiquette to make your guest pay for ANY drink. Today, it’s perfectly appropriate to keep the options limited to beer, wine and soda, with mixed drinks available for cash purchase. Although rare, depending on your reception site and/or caterer, ask if you can provide the liquor and beverages for the open bar, and look into buying your own beverages at a discount liquor store or wholesale club like Sam’s Club or Costco. Different Tunes. A full musical ensemble or even a DJ can really add up, so if you must cut corners, try taking advantage of technology for a night. Rent a sound system, or, if the venue is small,

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use your own or borrow from a friend with a nice one, and hook up a computer or iPod to play a playlist of your favorite songs. Before you make the list, you can look online for a list of great 80s tunes or the best dance songs. Ask around for requests, plug it all in, and you’re set for a night of exactly the type of music you want to hear. The most important thing to remember when trying to budget your wedding is that it is one day. A special and meaningful one, of course, arguably one of the most memorable days of your life, but it is the beginning of a future together and you don’t want money problems to be the way you start married life. Keep in mind that all your guests might not have their wedding favors in 50 years, but if you still have your love for one another, your wedding was a success.

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

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THEME WEDDINGS where style meets personality From grooms riding in on horses with spurs and chaps to sleighs crashing through ice, the time and place you decide to get married is all about your personality and nowadays, it has never been easier to incorporate tradition with a bit of cutting-edge humor. Spring-related theme weddings In the springtime think gardens blooming, lace, holidays such as Easter and May Day or even teddy bears and angels. It’s no secret that flowers are at their most beautiful this time of year so consider all those plants that can make your wedding special. Surprise your guests with both outstanding colors and the fragrance to match. Instead of using rice after your ceremony consider using the petals from

roses or another popular flower that you have chosen for your wedding day. In memory of spring have your bridesmaid’s dresses be pastel colors and send each guest home with a packet of your favorite flowers to commemorate this special day. For May Day weddings have some fun with the tradition of the May pole. Think about unique cake decorations and for Easter make Easter baskets the reception table centerpieces. Special favors for wedding guests can include stuffed eggs with candy inside, Easter Bunny candy or a decorated potted lily. Summer-related theme weddings While spring might be a time for growing new things, summer is definitely the most popular time for weddings. Perhaps a Victorian wedding at this time

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THEME WEDDINGS of year might be appropriate with lots of lace and plenty of candles to light at the ceremony and reception. Tea cups can be used for a variety of purposes from candle holders to parting gifts engraved with your name and date on the inside. For a beach party use the ocean and the sand and let Mother Nature decorate your ceremony. Some people use gazebos by the ocean, but how about going barefoot in the sand with the one you love and making it a casual, yet memorable affair. Afterward, you might want to include sea shells on the tables and consider sand sculptures. If you really want to take it easy, forget about the formal affair all together and enjoy a clam bake or barbeque. Parting gifts won’t be hard either, for fun in the sun give your guests sunscreen or a bottle of shells commemorating your day.

Fall-related theme weddings Celebrating Halloween or the fall harvest on your special day is a great time to create memories. Use black and orange in your color scheme and invitations with a touch of the unusual sporting vampires or pumpkins. While it’s not something that happens everyday, some couples might like to have a Halloween costume party wedding, but be sure and tell your guests if you expect them to dress up. Use Jack-o-lanterns to be the only means of light or guide your guests way to your reception. You will want to make sure the food too, is reminiscent of this time of year. For the fall harvest theme how about green and wine colors with semi-formal attire such as bowties and a ribbon tied around the bride’s waist. www.pbnewi.com PREMIER BRIDE • 29


THE DRESS don’t discount your dreams

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Your wedding gown is one of the most emotionally charged purchases you will ever make. While a bridal gown discounter or wholesaler may be less expensive than a full service salon, there are risks involved that you should be aware of before buying. Only in the end can you decide if saving money by purchasing from a discounter is worth the risk of not having the perfect gown.

lose that last 10 pounds. On the other hand, at most full-service salons basic alterations are usually included in the price, as is a final fitting to ensure the perfect styling and size. MANUFACTURERS If you have considered the risks of a gown discounter carefully and have decided to use one, be sure to patronize stores with gowns in stock by the manufacturer of your choice. If you don’t, you risk your order going through a third party, and these contracts cannot be canceled. Third-party contracts often include the following disclaimers: • Customer takes full responsibility for size, • No responsibility will be taken for shade variations, color ordered dye lots vary, and

WHAT DISCOUNTERS DO At nearly all discount houses, all gowns are final sale, and must be paid in full at the time of ordering. Discount gowns come with no guarantee. They can arrive incorrect or damaged, and you will have no recourse. Before you buy your gown from a discounter, make sure you find out what is included in the final sale price, and ask about store policy before ordering. ALTERATIONS A discounter will consider any requests to customize or modify the gown such as alterations, adding lace or even changing the sleeve styles. However, you will have full responsibility for the changes, as well as any sizing alterations should you 30 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

• Service includes inspection of merchandise before shipment directly to the customer. This means that an inspector approves your gown, not you. THE BOTTOM LINE If you’re not in the habit of buying things sight unseen and fully prepaid, there’s no reason to start now, with what may be the most important purchase of your life. But if you’re accustomed to using mail order or buying online, you might find that discounters give you a good deal and that it’s worth the risks. Heed the advice of friends who have purchased from discounters in the past and check bridal websites for their recommendations. The choice is ultimately yours, but other people’s advice may prove invaluable.

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THEME WEDDINGS Winter-related theme weddings Winter is indeed a special time to exchange wedding vows be it during Christmas, on Valentine’s Day or simply by creating your own winter wonderland theme. For special winter memories ride in on a sleigh or in a carriage and look like royalty as you alight from your coach. Ice sculptures are a good idea for table centerpieces or around the reception area and candles come in handy on those twilight afternoons. For weddings held on Valentine’s day don’t pass up the chance for romance – think roses. In fact, roses might be just the simple, yet elegant centerpiece you need for your reception. If you want to have some fun include cupid in the atmosphere and perhaps create invitations with heart cutouts and satin ribbons. Cake toppings for Valentine’s Day weddings should be as passionate as the day you have chosen so go with red crystal hearts or roses and for the cake – how about red velvet to keep the mood alive. Favors that bespeak of winter time can include snow globes and Christmas stockings or heart-shaped boxes of candy or confetti for February 14th. Theme-specific weddings Some theme weddings are perfect for anytime of year so don’t be shy. Decide on when you want to set a date and who knows, perhaps you will find yourself in Civil War attire, at Disney World with Mickey Mouse or even celebrating your cultural heritage. Whatever you decide just remember it is your day so do it your way and make it one to remember for the rest of your life.

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HERE’S TO YOU the perfect wedding toast A lot of people fear public speaking, and you may be one of them. If you’re truly prepared to speak in front of people, you’ll find it’s much easier to let the words flow. The best toasts are those that are heartfelt. Sit down and list everything you want people to know about your friends. (Remember, it’s important to talk about both the bride and the groom in your toast). Start with the best qualities. Include memories of good times together, especially the first time they spoke of their beloved. Scribble some thoughts about what makes the bride and groom a great couple. Finally, based on what you know about their common interests, think about what you would want to wish for them and their future together.

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Now that you’ve got a rough idea of the themes you’ll touch on in your toast, go beyond your own experience. Find memorabilia of the bride and groom’s dating history such as their first concert tickets, old love letters or gifts they bought for one another. You have two audiences. One is the bride and groom and you can make them happy by not saying anything that would cause embarrassment on the most memorable day of their lives. Your other audience is the assembly of relatives and friends of the wedding couple. Stories of drunken revels and ridiculous relationships may be appropriate at the bachelor(ette) party, but not at the wedding reception. Never embarrass anyone. And cut the references to past relationships, especially


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www.hiappleton.com | www.marlonspub.com WEDDING TOAST sexual ones. It’s okay to say, “We all know Sally looked high and low for her Prince Charming. Steve, you are that prince.” It’s not okay to say, “We knew Steve was Sally’s prince because he was the first guy who ever called her the next morning.” Grandma doesn’t need to hear that. A toast is a speech. It should have a beginning, a middle and an end, and make sense throughout. When you stand up to speak, it’s best to have a single card with a few notes written down to help you remember key points or direct quotes you want to get right. While you don’t want to bring a full essay to the microphone, it does help to write it all out ahead of time, in order to rehearse before the big day. Many wedding toasters aim for lyricism in song or rhyming poetry. That’s a great idea, if it’s you. But a direct, from-

the-heart talk works as well. Be sincere and be yourself. If what you’ve written doesn’t sound like you, rewrite it. One of the classic rules of wedding toasting is to end by tugging on the heartstrings. If you can’t be sentimental at a wedding, where can you be? On the other hand, while a couple of well-placed jokes can win the crowd, you’re not there to do a stand-up routine. If jokes were all the couple wanted, they would have hired a comic. A toast should last no longer than three minutes, which translates to no more than five liberally double-spaced pages. Rehearse your toast with a stopwatch and see how long it takes. If it’s five minutes or under, don’t worry since under the glare of the spotlight, you may speak faster, or you may decide to skip a section.

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DRINK UP!

give wedding day spirits a special touch “Cheers! Salud! Prost!” We all have a preferred way of drinking to the health of family and friends. What better time to toast life and love than at a wedding? Let’s look at beverage ideas, large and small, adult and kidfriendly, to bolster a day brimming with drink infused 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 chalkboard-style stickers and stick them on 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 pink sangria (“Blushing Bride”) and a blue margarita (“Blueeyed 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


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DRINK UP! 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 thirst quenching at a summertime wedding, they also make for a very pretty picture. When it’s time for dessert or a late night 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.

Want an even more unique-factor? Try soaking fruit in spirits! Popular combinations include champagne soaked berries and tequila-soaked watermelon wedges. Aside from fruit, any gummy candy can also soak up spirits for a yummy treat your guests are sure to be buzzing about long after the boozy gummy-bear buzz has worn off.

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Managing bar time. Stop serving alcohol one-half hour to an hour before the end of the reception, to limit guests from drinking too much before driving home. If you have big drinkers in your crowd, try to plan accordingly, by offering end-of-the-night transportation, or having your reception at a hotel where your guests can rent rooms. www.pbnewi.com PREMIER BRIDE • 35


ATTENDANT GIFTS remembering the day They’re the friends you have known for years or perhaps soon-to-be in-laws who you admire and cherish for their special words of love and laughter. Wedding attendants play a large part in weddings and it’s no surprise that brides often languish and toil over the perfect wedding attendant gift. It’s no wonder that you want to give these special people a gift and long-term memory of how important they are in your life. If some of your attendants are traveling in from out of town how about holding a luncheon for them the day before the wedding? Local attendants can also be treated to a nice lunch, however in this case you can do it several weeks before your big day.

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In regards to the luncheon you might also want to include your mother, the groom’s mother and a few of the other participants who are helping to round out your day. This could include singers, organists, attendants at your reception and even parents of important people who have helped your day come together in such a unique way. A special gift is also in order and you might even want to present it to the attendants at the luncheon. More than anything the gift is a thank you for all their hard work. Many times gifts are engraved and can range from a jewelry box to a key chain to a toasting flute. Jewelry is another gift that just about any woman can appreciate, but be sure and remember not to give


GUEST BOOK IDEAS pierced earrings to friends who don’t have pierced ears or a lipstick case to a woman who does not wear makeup. The general rule when giving gifts is to make everything identical with the exception of your maid/matron honor and the best man. Talk to your photographer about creating special albums for your attendants of the images shot the day of your wedding. If you have them, also consider including pre-celebration images like bachelor(ette) parties and showers. You can create different albums for the different groups of people involved - parents, bridesmaids, groomsmen, etc. - depending upon the events they were a part of throughout the experience. Of course the list goes on and on when it comes to attendant gifts. Try to make the gift personal and unique to the relationship you have with your attendants. Make it something that they won’t just put away in a drawer somewhere rather a special memory that they’ll be able to view on multiple occasions. Still having trouble deciding? Here are some more ideas. Tried and true gifts include: • Silver or gold bracelet • Silver picture frame • Silver engraved compact • Silver or crystal engraved jewelry box • Wine bottle stopper • Wine accessory set • Candle with verse • Handkerchiefs • Engraved key ring • Wish pearl and necklace • Silver notepad and pen set • Compact mirror • Roses that are 24k gold • Silver-plated lip stick case

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Silver-plated makeup brushes and pouch Silver heart shaped bookmark Bridesmaid bookmark with silk ribbon Engraved bud vase Ribbed glass trinket box Men also have the responsibility of giving their groomsmen and ushers thank you gifts for their time and loyal friendship. For men, thoughtful gifts include: • Key rings • Corkscrews • Cuff-links • Engraved beer mugs • Business card holder • Cigarette lighter

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However, for every tradition in the world there is an opportunity to break it. Nowadays, some couples are getting more than just a little creative with their attendant gifts. Concert tickets, sporting event tickets or a dinner for the wedding party after the newlyweds return from their honeymoon are great options for group activities. If it’s a destination wedding you might also opt to pay for your attendant’s airfare or hotel accommodations in order for them to be able to attend. While some of the attendants you choose to be part of your special day might be able to afford a trip to the South Pacific, others might have to say no. An excellent gift in this case is just offering to get them to the destination at no charge or offer them a discounted room rate. Once there, it’s certain that your attendants will also be able to relax and enjoy your special day with you. Whatever you decide make sure it reflects the fact that these special attendants realize how much you appreciate their time and efforts spent on your behalf.

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

still married. With Reese Witherspoon, Patrick Dempsey and Josh Lucas.

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

Father of the Bride (1991 & 1950) Father of the soon-to-be-wed bride is not ready to let go of his little girl. Two versions. Remake with Steve Martin & Diane Keaton. Original with Spencer Tracy & Elizabeth Taylor.

Sweet Home Alabama (2002) A young woman who left her Southern background and ex-husband behind, reinvents herself and gets engaged to a New York socialite only to discover she’s

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

The Wedding Singer (1998) A wedding singer and waitress are both engaged to be married but to the wrong people. Fortune intervenes in this feel

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HEAD TO THE MOVIES good movies that helps them discover each other. With Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler. Bridesmaids (2011) One of the funniest bridal movies ever starring Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph and Melissa McCarthy. The classic battle between a maid of honor and bridesmaid to outdo one another, wanting to have everything perfect for the bride! Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) Over the course of five social events, two people (Hugh Grant & Andie MacDowell) discover and rediscover love, but will it work out? Runaway Bride (1999) Reporter Richard Gere, is assigned to write a story about a woman, Julia

Roberts, who has left a strong of fiancés at the altar. 27 Dresses (2008) Katherine Heigl is “always a bridesmaid” in this romantic comedy co-starring James Marsden as an aspiring writer currently stuck in the commitment section of the newspaper. The Wedding Planner (2001) Jennifer Lopez is a wedding planner aspiring a promotion at her firm, while Matthew McConaughey is a pediatrician engaged to one of Lopez’s clients. A great love story unfolds. Wedding Crashers (2005) No youngsters for this one. Crude but fully story of two committed womanizers using weddings to find girls.

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

Jumping the Broom (2011) While the bridal couple might be a perfect match, their families are a perfect recipe for disaster. Each side has the family traditions and secrets. With Angela Bassett & Lorettea Devine.

License to Wed (2007) An engaged couple goes through a grueling marriage preparation with their reverend (Robin Williams) to see if they’re meant to be. Also with Mandy Moore & John Krasinski

My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997) Who doesn’t love Julia Roberts and Dermot Mulroney! In this hilarious comedy, Roberts finds out that her best friend is getting married, and engages in some questionable behavior just hours before the wedding. Also with Cameron Diaz.

Made of Honor (2008) Tom (Patrick Dempsey) is asked to be maid of honor for his best friend Hannah’s (Kathleen Quinlan) wedding to her dashing Scotsman, while he faces hostile bridesmaids and bridal showers. But he’s got a plan of his own.

Mamma Mia! (2008) If you’re in for music, this story of a brideto-be trying to find her real father told using hit songs by the popular 70s group ABBA is perfect. With Amanda Seyfried & Meryl Streep.

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920-230-1900

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920-418-4844

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20-200

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

920-756-3214

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

877-303-0303

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920-269-4949

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12

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HEIDEL HOUSE RESORT & SPA 643 Illinois Avenue, Green Lake

920-294-3344

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920-448-5150

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25-200

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12

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HILTON GARDEN INN 1355 W. 20th Ave., Oshkosh

920-966-1300

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HOLIDAY INN APPLETON 920-735-9955 150 S. Nicolet Rd., Appleton HOLIDAY INN HOTEL & CONVENTION CENTER 715-344-0200 1001 Amber Ave., Stevens Point

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LASURE’S HALL BANQUETS & CATERING 3125 S. Washburn St., Oshkosh

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920-494-7300

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The Rock Garden is one of Northeastern Wisconsin’s premier wedding reception facilities. Accommodating wedding receptions of all sizes and tastes, our team of professionals will ensure no detail is overlooked. Great location for up to 800 guests. Unique venue overlooking the Fox River, minutes away from downtown. “Thee” place for your dream wedding. Everything available under one roof. A spectacular venue for an outdoor ceremony, followed by a waterfront cocktail reception. Dinner and dance in our elegant ballroom. Three beautiful banquet rooms. We work with local hotels that shuttle your guests to and from our location. Premier wedding destination in the heart of Fond du Lac’s Arts & Entertainment District. From the historic to the modern, THELMA is the place for weddings of distinction. Pullman’s restaurant (next door) is perfect for rehearsal dinners. Large walk out patio. Contact our event coordinator to reserve your date today. Incredible ambience and space flexibility. Our experts ensure a worry free celebration. Contemporary elegance located on the shore of the scenic Fox River, this new facility features a 500-person Grand Ballroom with floor-to-ceiling picture windows. Golden fork award winner. Located along the beautiful shores of Lake Winnebago. Our indoor and outdoor sites provide the perfect location for your wedding ceremony or reception. Premier venue designed for upscale and casual weddings. Proud to offer a variety of unique services and amenities that set us apart in the Fox Cities. Offers a unique location for your wedding. We offer a beautiful woodland themed lodge and outdoor patio with breathtaking scenery for your ceremony and reception. Intertwines three historic landmarks with contemporary architecture and captivating art. Lively art-filled environment includes acclaimed changing exhibitions, outdoor sculpture gardens and world famous artist-created washrooms. www.pbnewi.com PREMIER BRIDE • 47


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CATERING Step 1: Start the search. As soon as you’ve selected your reception site, the catering search can begin. Some locations require that you use their in-house caterer or banquet department, which makes your choice fairly simple. These locations include hotels, country clubs and some of the more unusual facilities such as museums, boats or historical homes. If they allow an independent caterer, you may be asked to choose from a preapproved list. If you’re able to select your own caterer, though, try to narrow down your list to no more than three, otherwise you’ll be tasting for a month and all the flavors will blur together. When you’re calling caterers, make sure to have as much information as you can on hand. They’ll want to know your wedding date, time of day, approximate number of guests, if you’d like a sit-down or buffet meal and the degree of formality and style. If you have any general menu ideas or preferences, let the caterer know so they can be better prepared for your initial meeting. Ask for sample wedding menus and references before a formal meeting or tasting. Step 2: Determine your service style. Right off the bat, caterers will want to discuss your taste and budget in detail. Think about the style and feel of your wedding, and decide whether you want a sit-down meal or a buffet. Then talk about the extras: do you want hors d’oeuvres during cocktails and a late-night snack? How about fruit or coffee with the cake? Talk with a caterer about the different options and appropriateness for the time of day, number of guests and style. 50 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

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


CATERING This will be the number of people for which you will actually be charged. Most caterers will plan on the addition of a few last-minute guests and will add the meals to the bill after the wedding. Decide if you’ll include meals for wedding-related personnel, such as the DJ, musicians, photographer and consultant. If cost is an issue, ask your caterer about “vendor meals,” these meals are more casual than the guest menu and are offered at a lower cost per person. Get specifics as to what extras are included in the caterer’s charges, such as table linens, plates, glasses, crystal, silverware and service pieces. Step 6: Plan the help. Once the menu is finalized, the next step is determining the number of wait staff you will need to serve your feast and keep your reception running smoothly. Your caterer will give you a better idea, but a general guideline is one server per 10 to 12 guests for a sit-down dinner, while a buffet is less, one to two servers per 50 guests. A full and open bar will require more servers, one per 50 to 75 guests. Ask ahead of time what their attire is, so it matches the style and formality of your reception. Step 7: Finalize the details, in writing. Don’t sign a contract without this information: day, date, time, address of the site, food items by course, number of guests covered, provisions for special meals, time of cocktail hour, time meal is served, contact people, number of bartenders and wait staff, linens, beverages and bar guidelines, terms of payment and liability insurance. There will probably be an

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CATERING advance deposit when you sign the contract, and don’t forget to check the cancellation policy. UNIQUE IDEAS IN CATERING • Give your guests a culinary trip across the globe, with a variety of food stations offering a range of ethnic food…French, Italian, Asian, oh my! Pad Thai, bruschetta, and mini sushi rolls are a fun way to inspire conversation and provide something for everyone.

• Establish food bars that reflect your wedding style or food personality: oysters, sushi, spuds, waffles/ pancakes, biscuits, omelets, or fruits and veggies, snow cones, sliders, pasta • Use the meal you shared on your first date or the meal you enjoy cooking together as an inspiration for the reception meal or a food bar.

• In addition to the wedding cake, offer a sweets table…cannoli, sundaes, or, pastries

• Even if your favorite restaurant doesn’t have a special catering service for those fish tacos, talk to the owner and see if they’d be willing to bend a little, especially for a small wedding.

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PARTY RENTALS every last detail Depending on where you choose to hold your reception, you may find yourself in need of certain items not provided by your reception facility. The term “party rentals” covers a variety of rental items, including linens, chair covers, tables and chairs, tents, dance floors, fountains, plants, props and theme decorations. If you are holding your reception in a hotel, most of the items listed above may be included in the overall cost. The need for various rental items increases when the event is held outdoors or at an event facility where you are required to provide your own caterer. Before contacting a rental company it is recommended that you have the following information available:

• Exactly what items are provided by the caterer: glass, flatware, china, buffet linens, and so on. • Any items provided by the facility: tables, chairs, portable bar, and so on. • Your event date, time and location • The number of guests attending • Any special requirements or themes Find out what the delivery, set-up, pick-up and payment policies are. Be sure to coordinate with the manager to ensure the location will open when your rental company drops off your order. A good rental company will work closely with you to determine exactly what and how many rental items will be needed to make your guests comfortable and your special occasion a complete success.

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TENTED RECEPTIONS

be sure you plan for every scenario and take advantage of your surroundings Wisconsin is home to so many beautiful landscapes (rolling farmland, towering bluffs, and quiet lakes to name a few) that not considering the great outdoors for your wedding is selling yourself short. A tented wedding can be either casual or elegant and there are virtually no limits to what can be done indoors that can’t also be done outdoors. Unless your family also owns a circus, the first thing you need to do is find a tent rental company. While scouting a

tent vendor you will need to know a few basics, like approximately how many guests will be attending and where the event will be. A reputable tent company will be able to work with you on the appropriate size tent for your wedding at the specific location. Inquire about other weddings they have handled and if they have done events in a similar location. Now that you have a roof over your head, there are many other factors that need to be considered depending on where your event is located. Bathrooms may be available but if not, they will need to be rented and transported to and from the location. What about tables and chairs? Your tent rental vendor may also be able to handle this need, if not, other sources will need to be used. A temporary floor can be put down if fears 54 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

of damaging the ground (or clothes) is a concern. This can be handled by your DJ or tent vendor. Speaking of music, what about power and electricity needs? Often if you are separated from existing buildings a generator will need to be used. Determine the appropriate location for such a device so it doesn’t drown out your guests’ conversation. Make sure that your catering vendor can cater such an event and what electrical and structural requirements they need. Simple things that wouldn’t be given a thought for an indoor wedding need to be checked and double-checked for a tented wedding to avoid day-of disasters. One major point of planning that needs to be addressed is consideration for bad weather. Nobody wants to plan for rain on their wedding day but discussions about weather scenarios need to happen, your tent vendor and site manager should have multiple options in case the skies darken. While handling all of the logistical planning for a tent wedding don’t overlook the things that make such an event so memorable and fun. Take advantage of your surroundings with table settings, flowers, and decor that compliment your outdoor location. A major advantage of such a setting is that it allows your guests to mingle and enjoy the outdoor location. Set up fun lawn games for guests to entertain themselves during the cocktail hour or when the wedding party is taking pictures. The whole point of a tented wedding is to enjoy the wonderful location you’ve picked. With the right planning and execution you and your guests will be able to enjoy both the great outdoors as much as each other’s company.

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ALTERNATIVES TO ceremony CHURCH options Contrary to popular belief, not every couple gets married in a church. Nowadays, many couples are choosing to say their vows in the location where they hold the reception. If you prefer to wed in a simple, yet religious atmosphere, a nondenominational chapel could be the answer. This is especially common if your religious backgrounds differ or there are other complications such as annulment delays. The intimate setting of a chapel also allows for the freedom to add personal touches including unique music or personalized wedding vows. Special services provided by the owners of such chapels can vary from tuxedo rental and decorations to photography and catering. Additionally, preserving a date at a chapel rather than a church may be easier, especially if you want to marry within a short time of the engagement. The scene of a sentimental moment shared between the two of you can be turned into the place where you say, “I do.” Weddings are performed in parks, on cruise ships, under a temporary trellis in a backyard, or in the privacy of one’s home. Other options to explore are canopies, tents or gazebos set up outdoors or you can even exchange your marriage vows in the beauty of nature, think about a beach, a field or a forest. Weather, shelter and the number of guests must obviously be taken into consideration, but many businesses cater to these unique circumstances and can assist you in planning your wild and wonderful outdoor event.

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A wedding will most likely be the most involved event a bride and groom will plan in their entire life; vendors are to be contacted and vetted, deadlines need to be set and maintained, and itineraries established all with an eye on the established budget. It doesn’t take much for the happy couple to become stressed out and sour over what should be the best day of their lives. 

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WEDDING PLANNERS Besides handling all the time consuming, stress inducing details, a wedding coordinator can help make the planning process an enjoyable experience. There are so many fine points that go into planning a wedding that it can be difficult for today’s couples with busy careers enjoy the process. Wedding consultants can essentially do everything you need so that you don’t have to worry about it. From handling pre-wedding plans, to coordinating the events on the wedding day, wedding consultants offer services that include as much or as little as you need. Many offer “day-of” services as well. A wedding coordinator should be detail-oriented, organized and reliable. They stay on top of their field by attending seminars and constantly watching what’s hot across the country. Many belong to bridal consultant groups or associations related to the event industry. They network with vendors, stay on top trends and are experts in exceeding your vision to create something beyond what you ever dreamed. Another common trait they process is creativity. They work within the couples own style and apply it in a way that works for their wedding, creating a beautiful, timeless event. While many couples prefer to pick their own vendors, flower arrangements, cake design and location, wedding consultant can assist or do this for you. It is not unusual for wedding consultant to work with the bride, choosing the color of her wedding, flower arrangement and even the wedding gown. On the other hand, consultants are also good

at just taking over the small details. In some cases they are only there to coordinate everything on the day of the wedding. Choose someone you truly like and who works well with your personalities. The caliber of wedding planners varies greatly. Hiring a friend because they loved planning their own wedding might work for you, but beware. That doesn’t make them an experienced professional who knows how to orchestrate your event, handle unexpected challenges and take criticism if you have disagreements. FINDING THE RIGHT COORDINATOR: 1. Ask a trusted caterer, another bride or the consultants in this publication. 2. A professional coordinator should offer an introductory meeting free of charge. Discuss your ideas and see whether or not you’re comfortable with them. 3. Look for someone with experience and find out how long they have been in business. 4. Questions to ask when you check references should include: Did the consultant help to achieve what you wanted? Did they listen to your comments and concerns? Did they pay close attention to your wedding budget? Would they use them again? 5. Are they a member or certified with a professional Association of Bridal Consultants, such as ABC. OTHER IMPORTANT NOTES: 1. Find out exactly how much the wedding coordinator charges. Some charge an hourly rate; others bill a flat rate or perhaps a percentage of the overall wedding budget. Still www.pbnewi.com PREMIER BRIDE • 57


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WEDDING PLANNERS others take a fee or commission from vendors they trust and use often. 2. Ask how payments to vendors are made and what exactly the planner does on the wedding day. Read carefully the paperwork the planner provides. 3. A good wedding coordinator is like a good accountant. In the long run, they can save you time and money. That translates into a happier and more relaxed day for you. THE DESTINATION WEDDING: In the case of destination weddings, a planner will even travel with the bride and groom to look at a destination beforehand. A wedding consultant can offer important advice on why a destination will or will not

work and can confer with vendors in the area to negotiate the best prices. However, in most cases, the couple will be responsible for paying the airfare, food and accommodations for the exploratory visit and during the actual wedding. Wedding consultants can be especially helpful for couples who are short on time, live away from the location they are to be married or would simply prefer a professional handle the arrangements while they totally enjoy the experience. The best wedding planners love what they do. Their desire is to bring your vision to life and exceed your expectations, while maximizing your budget. Give strong consideration to hiring a qualified wedding consultant.

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

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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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CREATIVE DETAILS enhancing the guest experience! 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. ardentphoto.com

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 can 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 buildyour-own trend with a gourmet burger or baked potato bar topped off with all the trimmings. Serve a Bride’s Menu and Groom’s Menu featuring each of your favorite foods, or offer ethnic cuisine 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 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 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. photo booth never hurts either!

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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; all the classic moments 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 used to create dramatic, one-of-a-kind pieces of art. Many photographers offer a mix of these styles, so browse friends’ wedding albums and surf professionals’ websites and blogs to find what speaks to you. RESEARCH PHOTOGRAPHERS Once you’ve established your style, it’s time to shop around. Collect referrals from friends, review wedding resources like Premier Bride, and scope out local photographers’ websites and blogs. Make a short list of potential photographers that specialize in the 88 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

style you desire – and suit your budget. Then set up a consultation. EVALUATE YOUR OPTIONS When at a photography consultation, ask yourself: Do you like their work? Make sure you see examples of individual photos and complete wedding albums so you know what to expect in the end. Some larger studios employ more than one photographer; find out exactly who will be shooting your wedding. 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. Are you staying within your budget? It’s disappointing to fall in love with a photographer’s work only to later discover their rates exceed your spending allowance. Do your best to meet only with photographers you can afford. KNOW WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE Most photographers offer “a la carte” or custom packages to meet your individual needs – just be sure to ask for specifics. Here are some examples of items that might interest you:


PHOTOGRAPHY 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. Parents’ Albums: These will include prints that have been specially selected to create a custom photo book for each family. Prints: Don’t underestimate how many extra prints you might want for framing and gifting, as this will definitely impact your budget. Proofs: Ask your photographer how many proofs you will get and in what format. In your consultations, learn the nitty gritty details. When is a deposit required? Will there be a backup camera? When will proofs be ready to view? Will online ordering be available for your guests?

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. Download our Ultimate Planner online at premierbride.com/ planning where you’ll find a list of questions to ask and a checklist of must-capture moments for guaranteed success.

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ASK ABOUT THE EXTRAS 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. Photobooth: 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. Added bonus: Most photobooths print two sets of pictures. Guests can keep one as a souvenir and add the other to your guest book – you’ll end up with a collection of photos and scribbled well-wishes to enjoy for years to come! While many photographers offer photobooths, there are also photobooth companies that specialize in this service and may have different packages depending upon what you want. www.pbnewi.com PREMIER BRIDE • 89


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

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A wedding is just one day, so everyone knows photos are a great way of capturing the excitement and emotion for years to come. The professional photographer usually does a great job of snapping the couple, but pics of your friends and family members celebrating with you will be great mementos going forward.

In the past, couples used to leave disposable cameras at tables for guests to point and shoot, but the chance in finding a gem amongst those blurry, low-quality shots is rare, especially when kids get their hands on them. Plus, the cost of developing film is going up steadily. Instead, a fun, plucky alternative can be to get a photo booth. Photo booth rentals are becoming popular at wedding receptions –not only do you get too see everyone in their finest for your big day, but they can take home a quality memory from the wedding. Photo booth rentals are different in size and output. Some give guests prints of their pictures right away, in 94 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

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

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THE JOY OF VIDEO: preserve your day in living, moving color What’s a common complaint of brides and grooms? “It all went so fast!” Investing in a high quality wedding video lets you revisit the sights and sounds of your special day for years to come. These memories in motion are priceless, so plan to spend the time and money necessary to do it right. In short: hire a professional.4

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VIDEO VIDEOGRAPHERS: PROFESSIONALS & ARTISTS Professional videographers have dramatically improved the quality of wedding videos, especially in recent years. They have the technology, talent, and time necessary to produce videos with excellent quality (think: clear audio, crisp visuals, and sharp editing). A good videographer is an artist who will remain inconspicuous throughout the day, yet finds a way to capture intimate, uninhibited moments of you and your guests. These days, creativity knows no bounds. The art of videography has experienced a sort of revolution in the past few years. Gone are the days of boring, straightforward wedding videos; today’s filmmakers use the latest technology and storytelling techniques to create stunning and highly-personalized wedding films. As with photographers, there are countless styles of videography out there. Choose a videographer with a style that speaks to you, whether it’s classic and evenpaced, quick and contemporary, or even a little edgy. NEW TECHNOLOGY = NEW POSSIBILITIES There are all kinds of new tools available to videographers that offer Hollywood-style special effects. The hottest of these: drones. Drones can offer a sweeping, cinematic mood and breathtaking aerial views. While this new technology is exciting, know that drones shouldn’t be over-used. They’re loud, and nobody wants such noise during their wedding. And since these machines are still relatively new, it’s better to be safe than sorry — in terms of both the safety of your guests and ensuring your wedding runs smoothly (without any machine malfunctions).

SPECIALS & SERVICES In addition to the final wedding video, some videographers offer sameday 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 also be available through your videographer. These upgradeable video services are growing in popularity and could add the perfect final touch to your celebration. If you’re a high-tech couple, put your videographer to work before the wedding. Work together to create a video “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 save the video to a DVD or flash drive and mail a copy to each household. Video invites are modern, fun, personal, and, if worked in to your videography package, a potential cost-saver. CHOOSING A VIDEOGRAPHER When researching professional videographers in your area, visit their websites and view a sample video. If you can only find a short sample, ask the videographer if you can see a full-length film. This is critical, since short snippets shown on a videographer’s website are meant as eye candy to draw you in — what really matters, however, is the finished product. Pay close attention to make sure the film 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. Other things to keep www.pbnewi.com PREMIER BRIDE • 97


VIDEO in mind: audio, color, and emotional connections. Let’s break it down with a video evaluation checklist: SAMPLE VIDEO CHECKLIST Evaluate the picture… – Is the picture clear and consistently in focus, or is it jumpy, blurry, or shaky? – Are there any dead spots? – Does it move smoothly from one scene to the next or jump awkwardly? – How is the lighting? Evaluate the sound… – At the ceremony, can you clearly hear the bride, groom, officiant, 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 it too short, too long, or just right? – Is it entertaining? – Does it trigger emotion? – Does it look like the work of a professional? If the sample video checks out, there are still more questions to ask before making your final decision, like whether or not you get to pick your own music. Also ask about the turn-around time for getting your finished video; the industry average is 12 to 14 weeks. VIDEOGRAPHY BUDGET Quality videography services can cost anywhere from $1,500 to $8,000. While that sounds like quite a sum, 98 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

remember that your videographer will spend six to ten hours editing each hour of film; if they’re filming during the entire wedding day on multiple cameras, do the math. Why does it take so long? The process includes color matching, audio syncing, setting music, syncing footage from multiple angles, editing periods of silence, and adding transitions. Taking into account all of the professional equipment, experience, and time spent, it’s not surprising that the fee coincides with what you’d pay a photographer. When you finally choose your videographer, be sure to ask to see a copy of the contract and make sure you understand all of the ins and outs of specific costs. Budget tip: If your budget doesn’t allow for much now, still invest in a good 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. MEMORIES IN MOTION We all know the obvious reason to invest in a wedding video: You’ll have it forever to view as a couple. But so will those guests who couldn’t make it to the celebration. Having a video to share with family and friends who weren’t present on your wedding day will be a wonderful treat for them. And for every aging family member who not only made it to the ceremony but also to the dance floor, those memories (and dance moves!) will be preserved forever. Finally, do it for your future kids. They’ll get a huge kick out of watching Mom and Dad’s wedding video time and again — just as much as you will.

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HOMEbuying SWEET HOME your first home • Gifts - A financial gift can provide an immediate down payment; it may be from an inheritance that parents may plan to bestow, or a generous present from another relative. ardentphoto.com

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

• Loans - Your down payment may be secured by providing collateral or the cash equivalent (i.e.: a car or other valuable possession). • Co-Investment - Parents can aid in acquiring a first home by signing on as co-investors. They provide the down payment and you make the monthly payments as a form of rent. Both parties share in the appreciation when the house is sold. • Outright Investment - Parents can buy the home and rent to the couple, with the understanding that the children may later purchase it from them. • Co-Signing - In all of these categories thus far, parents may be required to co-sign a mortgage note. This method assists the new couple in establishing a positive credit rating, without income qualifications. Many of these suggested methods translate into positive business opportunities for both the couple and their benefactors.

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Reception

9 GOLDEN RULES FOR A GREAT WEDDING RECEPTION Create a night to remember with thoughtful planning

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

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

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

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

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

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THE FIRST DANCE: “DON’T WAIT FOREVER TO DO IT AND DON’T DO IT FOREVER.” A good time to do the first dance (and other specialty dances) is just after dinner – to kick off the party portion of the evening and keep the energy going. If any song you’ve selected is over three minutes, you may want to have your bandleader shorten it up or have your

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A WAY TO KEEP ’EM DANCING… Ideally, it’s great if there is a bar near the dance floor. People tend to congregate near the bar, and this way the non-dancers will still be close to the party people: the dancers. It’s also easier for guests to move seamlessly on and off the dance floor. You’ll find that the dance floor is more easily filled if it’s located near a bar! FOCUS ON YOUR GUESTS. You and your groom are really the hosts of this shindig… and it’s always good to be a gracious host. Take some time to envision the day from your guests’ point of view, and do whatever you can to make sure their experience is smooth, relaxing and fun. This will truly make it a wedding they’ll remember!

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

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Music The sound of romance

Weddings are rather visual affairs; from the fancy dress to the picture-perfect venue, there’s a lot to see. But nothing sets the mood quite like music. From stirring melodies at the ceremony, to easy background tunes at cocktail hour, to up-tempo beats that get the dance party started, your choices in music are the soundtrack to your special day.4 www.pbnewi.com PREMIER BRIDE • 103


MUSIC CEREMONY MUSIC What have you always envisioned for the soundtrack to your ceremony? A vocalist? String quartet? Solo pianist? When weighing your options for ceremony musicians, consider your vision, but also look to your wedding’s style and venue; make sure there is harmony between the location and the music you choose. Think back to past weddings you’ve attended: What did you like about the music for each ceremony? What didn’t work so well? Did you cry like a baby when friends of bride played a charming, acoustic tune? Did you cringe when the groom’s cousin, even with the best of intentions, sang entirely off-key? Your guests could likely react the same way, so choose wisely! Once you and your fiancé have some ideas in mind, check out local musicians. Visit bridal shows, review bridal publications and online sources like premierbride.com, or ask for referrals from recently married friends or your ceremony officiant. You could also work with an experienced talent or booking agency that offers convenient, one-stop-shopping for all your wedding music needs. Narrow down your options, and arrange meetings to hear your musicians and singers in person before signing any contracts. After you’ve secured musicians for your ceremony, they can help you decide on what songs to include. Most musicians who specialize in weddings have a lot of valuable experience and will be a great resource for song suggestions. Your ceremony officiant will also be helpful in guiding your musical selections. Already have the sounds of your ceremony in mind? 104 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

Speak up, and let the musicians do the rest. COCKTAILS AND DINNER MUSIC Background music is a must for bringing romance to the latter part of your wedding day. Conversation is key during cocktails and dinner, so the tunes should set the mood, but not intrude. You have three main options: Use the musicians that played during your ceremony, use the band or DJ that will be playing at your reception, or hire entirely different musicians. If you decide to have live music, come solid options include: chamber music, classical or acoustic guitar, or a jazz ensemble. Each of these offers subtle entertainment without overpowering the scene of mixing and mingling. A seasoned pianist can also be a fun choice, if he or she can play a wide range of musical styles — and take requests! If you go with your reception’s DJ or band, make sure they keep it on the softer side. You might even want to make a list of songs to be played during this time to keep the soundtrack on, well, track. RECEPTION AND DANCING MUSIC Dinner and dessert are over – it’s time to hit the dance floor! Let’s face it: This is one critical decision that can make or break an entire wedding, in the eyes of the guests. Fortunately, most musicians who specialize in weddings are talented professionals, and with the tips included here, you’ll be able to confidently select an excellent entertainer – and selection of dance tunes – for your big day. First and foremost, ask yourself: Live band or DJ? While there are pros and


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ceremony Songs Archies James Taylor Def Leppard Michael Buble Four Tops

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MUSIC 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-andspeaker hook-up and play some of your favorites that the band might not attempt. In terms of expense, a live band will almost always cost more than a DJ. Keep this rule in mind: If you can’t afford a good wedding band, hire a DJ. A DJ will be a more cost-effective and can offer an almost infinite variety of music – truly something for everyone. Bonus: No breaks! Some keys to finding happiness in a DJ: 1) If possible, see them live before booking. 2) Consider personality – are you looking for a crazy-fun, “gettin’ jiggy with it” party animal or an upscale, keep-it-classy entertainer? 3) Ask for, and follow up on, several references. 4) Communicate. Clarify what songs and events (first dance, father & bride dance, bouquet & garter toss, etc.) you do or do not wish to include. Decide on the details ahead of time; make a “do not play” list of any songs you simply can’t stand and a “must play” list of songs you don’t want to miss.

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MUSIC All things considered, whether you go for a band or DJ, your dance party will be a guaranteed success as long as you treat your guests to a wide variety of music. From Frank Sinatra to Michael Jackson to Justin Timberlake, diversity is key in playing a little something for everyone. 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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SETTING THE MOOD WITH LIGHT an illuminating approach to décor 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. ardentphoto.com

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

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

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Beauty THE ART of looking your best

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

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WHAT TO DO Now is a great time to focus on healthy, glowing skin. If you’re concerned about the health and appearance of your skin, then consider a visit to a dermatologist (for bigger problems) or an aesthetician (for minor issues.) Start six to 12 months before your wedding day so you have time to treat, heal and achieve good results. Facials are a must for all skin types. Regular treatment results in refined pores, smoother facial lines, healed blemishes and a more radiant complexion. When choosing your hairstyle consider your gown, the level of formality of your wedding, your personal style, your hair and your face shape. Generally speaking, the more elaborate the gown, the simpler your hair should be, or it all simply becomes “too much of a good thing.” Work with your hair stylist four to six weeks before the wedding to find the right style for you – and bring a photo of your gown with you! Whether you use a pro for your makeup, have a friend do it or do it yourself, do a trial run before the wedding. In addition to feedback from close friends and/or family, take photos and evaluate those. Do you like what you see? Do you want to make any changes? Have your eyebrows professionally shaped at least two weeks before the wedding. Touch up if needed before the wedding with a tweezers. Do use waterproof mascara and eye makeup, just in case you shed a tear or two… And use primers underneath your foundation, lipstick and eye shadow, so that your makeup lasts longer.


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

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Invitations The first impression

You’ve been planning your dream wedding for months, but for your guests, the invitation is their first glimpse of what’s to come. It provides a clue to the event, and the level of formality, along with some indication of your wedding style: Formal or informal? Modern or traditional? You’ll want an invite that matches… and so, let the search begin!4 www.pbnewi.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. 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. WHEN TO START Like all wedding responsibilities, the earlier you start, the more time you have to search, thoroughly evaluate options, and handle any problems that arise. If possible, order the invitations and other wedding stationery six or more months before the wedding to give yourselves plenty of time for reading and correcting proofs, printing, addressing, stuffing and mailing. Mail the invitations six to eight weeks before the wedding. Let any out-of-town guests who would need to arrange flights and/or hotel rooms about the date as soon as you know it, either informally through conversation,

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or more formally with a save-the-date card mailed as early as possible. ALL THE PARTS Wedding invitations are typically comprised of several components, each with a different purpose. There is the ceremony card announcing the details of the ceremony with the optional tissue paper to lay on top (an old custom to protect the other enclosures from still-tacky ink), the reception card if applicable with those details, the response card with its stamped, addressed return envelope, the map if provided which also often includes hotel details for outof-town guests, and the inner and outer envelopes. Some invitations combine these elements, such as including the reception information on the ceremony card, especially if it’s at the same place or immediately following. It’s also possible to simply eliminate some elements (such as the inner envelope or tissue paper covering the ceremony card), particularly for more informal styles. THE INVITATION WORDING Traditionally, whoever is officially hosting (read: paying for) the wedding is 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


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

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Cakes

YOUR WEDDING CAKE: a sweet ending to a special day It´s the sweetest wedding task of them all – deciding on dessert for your big day. Tradition calls for a tiered cake with a decoration on top which can be fresh flowers, a porcelain bride and groom or initials of the couple. Today brides and bakers are breaking cake molds to create fun and fresh options that add the icing to your wedding. Take in all the options, work with a pro to make it custom and whatever you do, don´t miss out on any tasting!4

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CAKES 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 makeyour-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 120 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

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


CAKES Cutting the Cake Most likely your baker will provide tips for you and your new spouse to accomplish the time-honored task of cutting the cake with ease. Plan ahead to have your cake knife and lifter engraved or decorated with ribbons or fresh flowers. Traditionally, the bride grasps the knife with her right hand and the groom covers her hand with his. Together, the couple glides the knife into the delicious masterpiece while flashbulbs pop. 1 Year Later Some bakeries offer ‘anniversary cakes’ as part of their bridal packages. Instead of having to freeze the top layer of your wedding cake (which doesn’t always freeze well, or taste that great a year later), the bakery will make you a fresh cake, often in the same style and flavor as your wedding cake, for your one-year anniversary. MORE DESSERT OPTIONS Centerpiece cakes - Pull double duty and use a beautiful wedding cake as the centerpiece for each of your tables. Some ambitious newlyweds stop at each table to cut and serve their guests the cake, which is a beautiful idea, but depending on the timetable

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CAKES might not have with a traditional cake. Cupcake arrangements could be anything from a tower that resembles a traditional tiered cake to something more inventive such as mismatched layers of different colored cupcakes over decorated shelves. Make-Your-Own-Sundae! - Who doesn’t love an ice cream sundae? Think of every topping you can, and then some, then let your guests run wild. Perfect for an outdoor summer wedding or one with lots of children, your guests will be craving this at every wedding they attend after yours. The makeyour-own theme can also be popular with the cupcakes, if you provide a few types of frostings and toppings. Candies Table - Colorful candies is sure to make eyes pop and 122 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

sweet teeth scream. Arrange glass containers such as antique jars, fishbowls or giant martini glasses of gummies, chocolates, licorice, jelly beans, mints, toffees and more over an expansive table. Then, give guests a little (or huge!) plate or plastic bag and let them be a kid in a candy shop again. Pick treats that match your colors (often wrappers and candy colors can be custom ordered if they don’t match yours) or just let a rainbow of sweets entice the room. Late Night Coffee - This works best for small, upscale weddings with mostly adults as guests. Bring in a barista to whip up comforting lattes, cappuccinos and espressos to go with some rich coffee pastries such as biscotti or tiramisu.

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THE CANDIES TABLE a different twist to satisfy every guest’s sweet tooth Sure, the wedding cake is a tried and true part of weddings since before any of us can remember. But why give your guests one measly piece of cake when you could let them indulge in a buffet full of candy? 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

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FLOWERS Flowers have adorned weddings for hundreds of years and for good reason: they are beautiful! Breathtaking bouquets, gorgeous centerpieces, fresh boutonnieres... colorful gifts from nature will give you and your guests a visual feast. They set the mood and theme for the entire celebration, so be sure to give this area some time. It is recommended to book your florist 8-10 months in advance if possible. WHERE TO START Your research will start from the first bridal magazine you open to the first bridal website you visit. Collect photos, color sample and anything else you want to share with your florist. Create a Pinterest board to save your ideas. Also, establish a clear list of anything you definitely don’t like. Determine your floral budget. FINDING A FABULOUS FLORIST Find a potential florist in a local print publication such as this one, at bridal shows or on-line. Select up to four and meet with them 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 who is also an organized professional. Bring the following items with you when you meet your florist for your first big planning meeting: a photo of your wedding dress. This will influence the style of your event. Is it streamlined, modern and simple or heavily beaded, traditional and ornate? Know your wedding colors, ceremony and reception locations. Share the images you like and dislike 126 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

and bring fabric swatches of your bridesmaids’ dresses and any other wedding color. One more thing to share with your florist is your budget amount! It’s quite critical that you share this with your designer, so they can meet your needs at a price you can afford. Their knowledge will put it all together. What flowers hold up beautifully in the sun while which are better suited for indoors. For example, it probably would not be wise to select gardenias if you are planning an outdoor wedding at midday in June. Gardenias are as delicate as they are beautiful and under such conditions they would wilt long before the minister says, “you may kiss the bride.” FOR YOU AND YOUR WEDDING PARTY The first item of consideration will be the bridal bouquet, since all other floral arrangement will take their cue from this piece. It provides the perfect opportunity for you to bring your own style and personality to the forefront. Consider a second, smaller version to throw at your reception if you’d like to keep yours or have it preserved. THE CEREMONY Before making decisions regarding the floral arrangements for your ceremony, be sure and check with your chosen church or synagogue for any restrictions. It’s useful to reuse ceremony flowers at the reception site, but some churches request that altar arrangement remain on-site for weekend services. Ceremony arrangements are usually ideal for buffet, gift and head tables if using them twice is an option.


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FLOWERS RECEPTION ARRANGEMENTS There is a vast array of options for reception centerpieces: elegant vases filled with cut flowers; tower candelabras; topiaries; or simple rose petals scattered around flickering candles. Use your imagination to design one-of-a-kind centerpieces that express your style. Keep in mind that the height of the arrangements should not interfere with the ability of guests to converse with each other. They should either be low enough to talk over or high enough to talk under. Placing the wedding party’s bouquets at equal intervals at the head table also provides excellent decoration. Running greenery laced with flowers across the length of the head table is another option. You might consider using this decoration for the cake table as well.

If your budget allows, consider adding a few finishing touches here and there, such as flower petals on serving trays or garlands along the front of the buffet tables. You can also fill in a large room with potted ferns or ficus trees placed strategically and wrapped with strands 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 guest. Traditional bouquets are all white and can combine a range of blossoms that are unique in shape and size. Colored blossoms are definitely “in” for bridal bouquets as well as ceremony and reception arrangement. From exotic tropical stems to gorgeous, scented garden herbs, the selections and combinations are virtually endless.

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Great for adding shape and texture, craspedia adds an element of fun and whimsy to any setting.

Elegant in its simplicity with large and open buds, calla lilies often work best in bunches or as the base for larger arrangements. Also come in a “mini” size that won’t overpower other flowers.

Although affordable, their short shelf-life can provide headaches for those wishing to create flower arrangements in advance. Can also be found in novelty colors if needed.

Colors can range from soft pastels to bright and shining, a popular choice as they can be found year round but are best in late summer when grown locally.

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Though pricey, orchids offer an exotic and modern addition to larger settings. Can also be used in cakes and table settings.

Only a few large and fluffy blooms are needed to fill out a bouquet, which is benefit due to their high price. Most affordable in the Spring, can be sourced during the winter months for a higher price.

Most commonly found in red poppies’ large and bright blooms with dark centers work best in contrast to lighter accompanying colors. Very difficult to find and maintain.

Being low-cost and neutral colored, it is most commonly found as filler in larger settings.

Light and papery in appearance with tight petals, used similarly to roses but at a lower price.

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Often used as a standalone bouquet, their striking appearance can also be used as a backdrop for smaller, more colorful accents. Can be used cut and floating in water for centerpieces.

Radiant in all colors, this flower catches the eye and can be found year-round without issue.

Soft with pastel colors. Their tall and fragrant blooms provide fantastic contrast to smaller, tighter flowers.

Luscious with oversized blooms. Their light appearance work well against softer color schemes. Cost effective in white but more colorful options are pricier and hard to find.

Their wonderful scent combined with affordable price make lilacs a spring-time favorite. Weather dependent so a backup flower is recommended.

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Their ability to come in all colors of the rainbow, availability in every season, and classic appearance are just a few of the reasons why this flower can be used in any aspect. Garden roses offer a lusher and full appearance with greater texture.

A mainstay in weddings for half a century, stephanotis provides a timeless and vintage look in all-white.

Unique, attention grabbing, and pricey. Can be used as both eye-catching accents in bouquets and as table pieces.

Big, bright, and bold. Their chunky appearance works well in a stand-alone bouquet or as an accent in a larger piece. Fantastic for a rustic or shabby-chic theme.

Perfect for DIY weddings as they have a long shelf-life and are readily available. Being water sensitive they perform best in table settings as opposed to bouquets.

If you’re interested in a rustic or barn wedding then look no further than large grouping of wildflowers, their multitude of colors and appearance provide a 100% natural look. A great option for the DYI bride.

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The time of day, the location, and most of all, you and your fiancé will determine the formality of your wedding. In warm weather, think lighter colors, and in cool weather think darker colors. 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. If the bridal gown is ivory, the men should wear ivory shirts, not white, to compliment her. Semiformal and formal weddings have plenty of options: a high quality, singleor double-breasted men’s suit in black, dark charcoal or navy with a Windsor knotted tie in white, ivory, navy, silver or black is a less formal option. For a more formal look, consider a tuxedo with a single- or double-breasted

dinner jacket, a white or ivory pointedcollar shirt, a vest or cummerbund and either a bow tie or a four-in-hand tie (a “fancy” knotted necktie). A very formal wedding, called “white tie,” calls for the traditional black tuxedo with tails, a vest, a white winged-color shirt and a bow tie. If you can envision a symphony conductor’s attire, this is “white tie.” Rentals should be reserved at least three months before the wedding. Final measurements should be taken about three weeks before the ceremony; however, be sure to come back a few days before the wedding for last-minute alterations. Finally, it’s critical to get a perfect fit. Even the best outfit won’t look good if the fit isn’t right. Rely on the expertise of your formalwear consultant.

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WEDDING CATASTROPHE? we’ll tell you how to avoid it When thinking about your big day insurance doesn’t cross your mind. However, there is A LOT of money, time and effort being invested in your wedding. If something goes wrong would you be fine with completely losing that investment? You want your wedding to be perfect. You don’t want to worry about what you would do if the unthinkable happened. Wedding insurance covers a wide range of damage and mishaps. If the bride’s dress or groom’s tuxedo is damaged or lost, or if the rings disappear, you can get repair or replacement cost for them. If severe weather forces you to postpone your wedding you can get reimbursement for non-recoverable expenses. If your wedding photographs are damaged or lost, insurance can cover the cost to have the photographs retaken. Damaged gifts can be repaired or replaced. This is just a small list of what you can be protected against. Wedding insurance not only protects, it is also extremely affordable. It can cost as little as $160. After the big day, the gifts your guests gave you to start your journey can be insured with Renter’s Insurance. And let’s not forget about the first home you purchase to raise your family. Not only will you want to protect the home itself with a Homeowner’s policy, but also make sure that you will be able to pay your mortgage in the event of the unforeseen. Life Insurance and savings plans can give you and your future children some security for your future. Contact a local independent agent to find out more so that you can rest easy for this day and all the days to follow.

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

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

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

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

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

the couples parents and new in-laws? Once you make those decisions, you can start searching around for transport based on size. Then, you can pick out a limousine, a coach party bus, a trolley, or something more unique and personal for the couple. Whatever you decide on, keep safety in mind while revelers are bouncing from place to place. LIMOS If there is a day to splurge on this iconic luxury vehicle, your wedding is certainly the day. Unlike some other forms of transport, a limo can be booked for an entire day, so you could get a high-class ride to pick you up at the house, delivering you to the ceremony, reception or even to the airport to jet away on a honeymoon. Most companies have a one or two hour minimum for their services, so think about what the most cost-effective way would be to keep the limo around. If you want a car for both going to and leaving the ceremony, it might be more affordable to hire two separate cars rather than pay for the vehicle to sit there during a long reception. There are quite a few options for limos. A formal limousine seats four people, and sometimes a bride and groom will travel to the ceremony alone. Or, if you’d like to include the • Featuring Superstretch Limousines and SUV’s. • Serving NE Wisconsin Since 1995.

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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 lend a lovely, elegant touch to this wedding day detail. Since most have outdoor decks, these are especially fun in small towns so you can take a peek outside and watch onlookers wave at the newlyweds. And there’s no transportation alternative that looks as great in photos! UNIQUE ALTERNATIVES Limos, party buses and trolleys are great, traditional options, but some new couples might opt for something more personal or creative. A horse-drawn carriage is a romantic, vintage option, especially if you can decorate it with your wedding colors or pull up to your waving guests. www.pbnewi.com PREMIER BRIDE • 141


TRANSPORTATION Vintage cars are also great photo ops and add a touch of class. An antique Rolls Royce or a ’69 Mustang are fun and something you don’t get to ride in every day. Ride in style like the royal couple did in their April wedding in a decorated navy soft-top Aston Martin Volante. Or, as with everything else in the wedding, make sure the transportation connects to YOU. Maybe you met at a Harley rally – ride off on your twin Hogs! Or maybe you share a love of mountain biking – don’t be afraid to wheel over on a tandem together. Personality is what makes weddings memorable, so however you move, make sure it’s full of your style. TIPS FOR A GREAT DAY • Customize your playlist and bring your own CD to play in the limo.

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

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BACHELORtake (ETTE) PARTIES on a new look During the last several years, there has been a trend away from the “party till dawn at a gentlemen’s club” affair or a “girls go wild” night. Bachelor and bachelorette parties are about friends getting together, sharing old stories and perhaps, creating some new memories. The adventure bachelor parties give the best man a chance to sign the group up and then relax. From the time the groomsmen arrive at the destination city until they depart, everything is planned out and orchestrated. Choosing a destination close to home, within driving distance, or at a mid point that is convenient to all members, is a plus; too often out of town guys must make two costly trips to the wedding city. 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, where it happens and how long it lasts. Two and three-day excursions or adventure weekends can accommodate participants of all ages. The focus of the celebration

Slow down and pay attention! The old saying “Time flies when you’re having fun!” especially rings true on your wedding day. Be sure to take moments throughout the day to step back and absorb everything that’s going on around you. You’ll be happy you did!

should be on adventure and making memories, so that older relatives and younger siblings don’t feel out of place. The same type of event can also apply for best friends scattered across the country. 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 out-of-town wedding party time to return home, get back to work and regroup before leaving for the wedding. Local parties with local participants can be held the weekend prior to the wedding or more traditionally, the night before the wedding. 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 weekend plans and reservations should be made early, using only a reputable tour company with bachelor(ette) party experience. 3. How long should the party last? Weekend events are becoming much more common. They can last from Friday night to Sunday afternoon. Some even start on Thursday giving those from out of town time to travel and allow everyone to relax, socialize and relive memories. 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


BACHELOR(ETTE) PARTIES their thinking cap. 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, or sitting around a campfire telling tales from the past. 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 the best man or maid of honor, even with ideas from the bride or groom. The important thing is keep the idea, not lose the enthusiasm and let someone else do all the planning. Destination weddings, wedding planners and bridal consultants all take the pressure off the bride - now the same logic can be applied to the bachelor(ette) party. New tour companies can set up weekend adventures with just the right touch, just the right location, just the right ingredients, to meet everyone’s expectations. 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. • Laser Tag - Not your kids version. Break up into teams and have a great time. • Mud Obstacle Course – Picture opportunities galore.

The most important part of the experience is making sure the groom or bride has a great time. If all goes as planned, you will have successfully orchestrated a weekend filled with memories to last a lifetime. Contact a coordinator who specializes in adventure-based trips for groups who can plan everything from the lodging to the adventure.

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DOOR COUNTY With over 300 miles of shoreline and its quiet, wooded landscape dotted with quaint harbor side villages and historic lighthouses; Door County provides an ideal backdrop for a romantic getaway. Small wonder this Wisconsin peninsula was named one of the top ten travel destinations in North America by Money Magazine. The ten villages that make up Door County offer dozens of specialty shops, galleries and studios to browse through. Local restaurants feature everything from traditional Door County fish boils to candlelight gourmet dinners. Many newlyweds enjoy a winery tour or two at the five wineries in Door County. Others take in one of the many seasonal festivals or sample cultural offerings ranging from chamber music festivals and theater in the woods, to drive-in, double feature movies under the stars. Enjoy Door County’s shoreline scenes from an elegant concert or dinner cruise, a snug little paddleboat, a tranquil canoe, or even a picnic blanket on the shore. Others comb the waters of Lake Michigan in search of legendary shipwrecks. Even winter can’t put a damper on the romance in Door County, with its picturesque horse-drawn sleigh rides, serene crosscountry 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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IBERIAN PENSULA: SPAIN AND PORTUGAL River Queen on the Rhine River


SPAIN From the sunny shores of the Mediterranean to the rolling Contraviesa foothills of the snow-capped Sierra Nevada mountains, the country of Spain boasts so many charming locations for honeymooners to escape. The Andalucia region in southern Spain is the perfect place to ignite your passion. Embrace your sweetheart as you watch the fortress walls around Alhambra glow pink at sunset. Indulge your palate in the culinary mecca of Granada. The local tapas are rustic foods, served fresh and in season – your appetite will appreciate the rich flavors of indigenous seafood, gazpacho, and jamón serrano (cured thinly sliced ham) in the warmer months. During the cooler season, savor the Sherry wines of the rainy Jerez area or the dessert wines from the higher elevations of Montilla-Moriles. In the scenic mountain town of Ronda, cross the 390-feet deep Tajo Gorge via the Puente Nuevo. This bridge is anything but “new” – after 40 years of construction, it was completed in 1793 and, like most of the area, much remains unchanged. The birthplace of modern bull-fighting, pay a small admission fee and take your place in the center of the oldest stone bullring, used every fall during Feria de Pedro Romero. Visit the museums on the traditional - yet controversial - sport in Ronda and Seville, which also boasts one of the finest and oldest bullrings in the country. Christopher Columbus waxed poetic on the soft, fragrant spring air in Seville, where his remains are allegedly buried in the beautiful Cathedral de Santa Maria de la Sede. The charming people of this city are the epitome of Latin flair with their colorful ruffled dresses and guitar music. Get the best views of Plaza de España from the balconies that surround


the spacious square. Explore the Alcazar of Seville with its palace’s mudéjar architecture and gardens filled with fruit trees. Watch for dolphins off the Mediterranean’s Costa del Sol (“Sun Coast”) in Málaga. Climb to the top of Gibraltar’s Upper Rock and feel like you’re on top of the world, looking out over the sea. Take a ferry from Barcelona to the island of Menorca and discover beautiful clear water, coves, and cliffs at Cala Macarella and the smaller, secluded Macarelleta beach. The largest metropolis along the Mediterranean and Spain’s capital city, Barcelona has enjoyed a revitalization since the 1992 Olympic Games. The docks of Port Vell were turned into a glamorous marina, now boasting many luxury and sporting yachts. View replicas of the Olympic medals embedded in the ground, with handprints of athletes like Hollywood stars along the pathways. Still a fishing village at heart, seafood restaurants and bars line Barcelona’s promenade, drawing crowds for cocktails, clubbing, and casino fun. See and be seen on La Rambla, a long treelined promenade that runs from modern Plaça Catalunya to Port Vell, the perfect

place to have a drink and people-watch or take in a summer music event. The classic tapas here is la bomba, a potato ball stuffed with meat and served with spicy sauce or garlic allioli. Wander the covered markets at the classic La Boqueria or the modernized Mercat de Santa Caterina, where you can find fresh meats, seafood, produce, and every type of olive imaginable. For the history buffs, meander through courtyards, mansions, and narrow streets that intersect at cobblestone squares. Step inside Santa Maria del Mar, a Gothic basilica church along the waterfront; it offers amazing acoustics for masterpieces by Mozart and Handel during the holidays. The Barri Gotic and the cloister of La Seu from the 14th and 15th centuries, loom over charming squares in their shadows, now lined by café terraces. During the Renaissance of the 19th century, the Palau de la Música Catalana, a large concert hall and theater, was built and the opulent interior is a “must see” visual sensory experience. Feeling whimsical? Stroll through Park Güell with its enchanted feel and funky photo settings. Tour the famous Pac del Laberint d’Horta with a large labyrinth maze, pool, sculptures, and temple.


In central Spain, spark your romance in the evening glow of Toledo, a walled city with cobblestone streets and cozy restaurants. A hilltop medieval castle, Castillo de San Servando, overlooks the Tagus River here. Madrid is full of architecture reminiscent of fairytale castles, a bustling city filled with restaurants, shopping, museums, and galleries. Take a deep breath as you walk through Parque del Buen Retiro, (“Park of the Pleasant Retreat”), where you will find beautiful sculptures and gardens along a calm lake. Savor romantic dinners in award-winning restaurants and bask in the glow of lit-up fountains at night. PORTUGAL With a spirit of eras gone by, Portugal will romance you with its classic charm and unspoiled countryside. Many artists have been inspired by the sparkling sea and lush forests. Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride through the hills of Sintra or find a hidden Roman temple in Evora, while enjoying the mild coastal climate and creating a lifetime of memories. Along the northern coast, Porto is settled along the banks of the Douro

river valley. With a similar waterway landscape as Venice, but less crowded, the city that gave Portugal its name is teeming with well-preserved historic treasures. Cascais is a popular resort area of Portugal. Admire historic buildings during the day, followed by a coast-side feast of renowned paella for dinner, and then salsa dance the night away while enjoying a port wine from the region’s cellars. Accommodations tend to be quite affordable so you can splurge on treats like a candle-lit dinner at one of the many Michelin star gourmet restaurants in Lisbon. The city rests on gentle slopes along the northern banks of the Rio Tejo, where it meets the Atlantic Ocean. Many are drawn to the sandy beaches of Albufeira on the southern coast of Portugal. Golf, sunbathe, or participate in various watersports. Or skip the crowds and head for the hills to experience the traditional Algarve region’s way of life with traditional feasts, singing and dancing, and summer festivals. No matter what pace you prefer to travel, the Iberian Peninsula offers options for everyone. Boas férias!

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Looking for the perfect ingredients of a romantic getaway? Nestled in the Eastern Caribbean between the Windward Islands and Venezuela’s shores, Grenada is a tropical oasis with naturally beautiful surroundings including world-renowned beaches, crystal blue waters, waterfalls in the rainforests, and even a hint of nutmeg in the air. 


Though small in terms of land area, the Spice Island offers a large number of unique things to do and see. Whether you like to wander the volcanic black sand beach at Mango Bay or lay in the white sands of Pink Gin Beach on the southwest shores of the island, there are many ways to relax in the midst of so much natural beauty. Feeling a little more adventurous? Take a vigorous trek to the top of Mount Quq Qua and look down over the rainforest. Hike down into the forest reserve in the crater of the dormant Grand Etang volcano. Cool off in the picturesque pools of the Seven Sisters Falls, which looks like a scene straight out of the movies. Other notable falls to see are Annandale Waterfalls, Mount Carmel, Concord, and Tufton Hall. Dive into the clear waters of Moliniere Bay to see the world’s first underwater sculpture park. It is both beautiful in its artistry and its efforts to rejuvenate and conserve the local coral reefs. Divers can also discover diverse marine life and coral along walls and numerous shipwreck sites. If you prefer to stay above the surface of the water, there are plenty of world-class sailing opportunities from Grenada’s marinas. Throughout the year you can watch the sailing festivals, regattas, and other races. If you are new to nautical navigation, you can charter a yacht and have a captain and crew guide your journey. More experienced sailors will enjoy the challenge of the open waters and wind conditions from gentle breezes to hefty gales. Earning its nickname as the “Spice of the Caribbean”, even the air in Grenada has a sweet aroma from the nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, mace, cocoa, and wild coffee grown here. Grenada is one of the largest exporters of nutmeg in the world, second only to Indonesia.

Take a scenic drive to visit Belmont Estate, a spice plantation that has been in operation since the 17th century. Learn about the rich flavors of the island and wander their gardens and goat farm; you might even be entertained by a monkey or two. Tour the Grenada Chocolate Company and see the process from growing sustainable, organic cocoa in the nutrient-filled volcanic soil to producing fine dark chocolate bars that are sold around the world (and yes, there are samples to taste test!) No Caribbean vacation is complete without a little rum, so make sure that the River Antoine Rum Distillery is marked off your list before you head home. Privately owned, it is the oldest functioning water-propelled distillery in the Caribbean, having stayed true to many distilling practices since the 1800s. Stroll through the charming capital city of St. George’s, lining the harbor and offering great shopping and dining experiences along its narrow streets. Take in the best view of the city and harbor from the top of Fort George, overlooking the colorful 18th century buildings topped with orange-tiled roofs. Learn some of the fort’s history and compare why its large cannons face out to sea, whereas the cannons at Fort Frederick face inland. Be sure to visit the bustling Market Square on Saturdays – it is the place to see and be seen. After dinner, walk some of the 2-mile long expanse of the white sand Grand Anse beach or slip into a nightclub. If you visit the island during late July and early August, you might be able to catch their “Spicemas”. This Carnival festival features several days of pageantry with dancers and singers covered in oils and paint or dressed in brilliant costumes. Calypso, soca, and reggae music fills the air during parades


and parties. Some dress up as “jab jab” (French for “devil”), covered in dark oil, wearing horns, and carrying torches, but it is a boisterous celebration, not frightening as it may first appear. The weather always feels like paradise in Grenada, with average temperatures ranging from 75-85 degrees Fahrenheit (F) and a breeze to keep you comfortable. The rainy season typically runs from June to December and hurricanes rarely hit this area. The island’s landscape is mostly untouched and her nationals try to protect its natural beauty with conservation and eco-tourism practices. Grenada also feels like home with English-speaking, friendly people, though you may notice some nationals speaking with a local French-African dialect known as “patois”. US dollars and major credit cards are widely accepted for currency, as well as the Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC). The tap water is safe to drink and bottled water is available for sale around the island. Here are some of our tips for traveling to Grenada: • You can connect to flights into Grenada through Miami, New York

(JFK), and Atlanta. These flights tend to arrive later in the evening, so some travelers prefer to stay in a standard hotel the first night and transfer to their resort the next day to save on cost. • You will likely need to bring an adapter to plug in your hair styling tools, electronics, and other devices. Grenada uses 220 volts at 50 cycles and usually British-style 3-prong plugs. • To get a rental car in Grenada, you will need to acquire a Grenadian driving permit at the police station. Note that, having a history of British rule, they drive on the left side of road here and that not all roads are in the best condition. Private cars can be hired and public transportation is available if you prefer to leave the driving to someone else. • Wearing swimwear is not permitted on the main roads or in bars, restaurants, and shops. You are also prohibited from wearing camouflage clothing, as a distinction between the local authorities and civilians. We hope your visit to Grenada adds a little “spice” to your romance – enjoy!


AFTER A DESTINATION WEDDING smart ways to save money when planning the perfect party

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 meet with your sweetie, and your families (if they are contributing financially) to determine what kind of an event you desire and who you want to invite: a 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. Also consider Friday/Sunday options as your reception likely won’t be as big as it would had you not already had your ceremony at your destination!

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! ardentphoto.com

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 the momentous occasion with their extended circle of 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.”

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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SHOPPING MADE EASY attending bridal shows You may find that the more time you can save in planning your wedding, the better. A Bridal Show can help. Here’s information and tips to help! Plan in Advance: Know your budget. Make a list of what you need most and what your budget will allow for each item and service.

Types of Bridal Shows: Small intimate shows average attendance is between 75-200 people and generally around 20-40 different vendors. These shows allow you much more time to talk with the individual wedding professionals, ask questions and get more in-depth answers. The second kind of show is much larger, averaging anywhere from 800 to 2000 attending and featuring anywhere from 100-250 different vendors. The biggest advantage to this kind of show is the wide range of vendors available and the beautiful displays for great wedding ideas. Pre-printed address labels: Most vendors will have some special drawing for gifts and prizes. Having these labels available will save you time and effort. Include your full name, address, phone number, wedding date and email address. Create a temporary wedding e-mail address: It’s free and can be deleted after your wedding date. Obviously you will receive solicitation after the show. 166 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

This is a good thing. Quality vendors reaching out to provide specific wedding information and tips, along with any special offers they might have. Who should come along: Yes, your fiancé should come along, especially if it’s just the two of you. Decisions can be made on the spot and you both will have a good time! Or, bring a couple of friends, your mother or a whole entourage. Date or Calendar Book: It might be appropriate to schedule an appointment at another time for a more in-depth conversation. Usually any show “specials” will also apply if a date and time is made for a follow-up discussion. There are times when you might want to book something right at the show, such as limited availability and your date is still open. Or you might have already met with a vendor prior and are ready to make the commitment. Shoes: Wear comfortable shoes. The odds are you’ll be on your feet for quite a while. You don’t want to leave until you’re ready, not because your feet are too tired. Pressing onward when you’re feet hurt just isn’t any fun. Children: Avoid bringing small children to the show if possible. While you might not have a choice or it may be tempting to bring your flower girl along to see the neat wedding stuff, they are sure to tire more quickly then you. Prepare for information overload: When you find a vendor you are interested in, make a note about why. What struck you as appealing about this person? When you get home and you’re looking through 10 different photographers, your note may be the only thing you have to remember which ones you liked and why. Also, write down any good tips they might have given you.

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

• Cakes & Sweets • Catering • Chapels/ Ceremonies

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

(Also see Officiants)

BANQUET FACILITIES & REHEARSAL DINNERS 5th Quarter Banquet Hall

2101 American Dr., Little Chute fifthquartersportsbar.com 920-687-9751

• Transportation • Travel Agencies • Wedding Coordinators

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

(See pg 16)

Comfort Suites Rock Garden 1951 Bond St., Green Bay comfortsuitesgb.com 920-499-7449

(See pg 22)

Courthouse Pub

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

300 W. College Ave., Appleton copperleafhotel.com 920-749-0303 877-303-0303 1001 S. 5th St., Manitowoc courthousepub.com 920-686-1166

(See pg 9)

(See pg 7)

(See pg 35)

The District Event Center at the Best Western (See pg 7)

BEST WESTERN PREMIER Waterfront Hotel & Convention Center

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

(See pg 13)

EAA Aviation Center

(See pg 12)

Carstens Mill

114 W. Water St., Brillion carstensmill.com

(See Banquet Facilities & Rehearsal Dinners)

CopperLeaf Boutique Hotel & Spa

BEST WESTERN PREMIER Bridgewood Resort Hotel & Conference Center

1 North Ave., Oshkosh oshkoshwaterfronthotel.com 920-230-1900

(See Transportation)

• Musicians, Vocalists • Party Rentals

• Photography • Photobooths • Reception Sites

(See pg 34)

Bemis Conference Center 100 Grant St., De Pere snc.edu/conference 920-403-4000 800-397-3638

• Hotels / Guest Rooms • Insurance • Internet Resources • Invitations • Lakeshore Weddings • Limos & Carriages

(See pg 6)

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

(See pg 19)

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

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Grand Meridian

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

(See pg 24)

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

(See pg 44)

800.343.7778 x5692 or x5208

Green Bay Packers/Lambeau Field Atrium

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

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

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

(See pg 23)

(See pg 38)

Paine Art Center & Gardens

(See pg 34)

Radisson Hotel & Conference Center

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

Hilton Garden Inn Oshkosh 1355 W 20th Ave, Oshkosh oshkosh.hgi.com 920-966-1300

Holiday Inn Appleton

150 S. Nicolet Rd., Appleton hiappleton.com marlonspub.com 920-735-9955 ext. 1104

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

(See pg 43)

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

(See pg 17)

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

(See pg 32)

Radisson Paper Valley Hotel (See pg 33)

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

333 W. College Ave., Appleton radisson.com/appletonwi 920-733-8000

(See pg 18)

Ridgeway Country Club (See pg 37)

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

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

(See pg 28)

Stadium View Banquet Hall (See pg 63)

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

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

(See pg 31)

Stone Cellar at Riverview Gardens (See pg 37)

Landmark Resort

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

(See pg 40)

National Railroad Museum

(See pg 27 & 153)

Outeredge Stage

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

(See pg 10)

The Marq

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

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(See pg 11)

1101 S. Oneida St., Appleton stonecellarriverview.com 920-997-3332

(See pg 41)

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

(See pg 6 & 153)

The Swan Club

875 Heritage Rd., DePere swanclubdepere.com 920-336-1531

(See pg 21)

Thelma Sadoff

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

(See pg 29)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Trolley Square Waterfront Banquets 619 S. Olde Oneida St., Appleton waterfrontbanquets.com 920-830-7855 ext 2

BRIDAL REGISTRY

(See pg 8)

Tundra Lodge Resort

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

(See pg 25)

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

(See pg 26)

(See pg 47)

(See pg 36)

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

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

Woodfire Lodge

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

(See pg 39)

BEAUTY & HEALTH

Mary Kay Cosmetics marykay.com/whaas (608) 335-8984

Younkers

Appleton - Fox River Mall 4301 W. Wisconsin Avenue Eau Claire - Oakwood Mall 4850 Golf Road Fond du Lac - Forest Mall 755 West Johnson St. Green Bay - Bay Park Square 201 Bay Park Square Manitowoc - Edgewater Plaza 700 E Magnolia Ave. Marinette - Pine Tree Mall 2600 Roosevelt Rd. Marshfield - Northway Mall 503 East Ives 1780 Plover Road, Plover 58 North 3rd Ave., Sturgeon Bay Wausau - Wausau Mall 300 Forest Street Wisconsin Rapids - Rapids Mall 555 West Grand Ave. celebrationsregistry.com

920-997-6500 715-858-8920 920-921-1111 920-494-3707 920-684-0331 715-732-3720 715-387-8611 715-344-6942 920-743-5533 715-845-9611 715-421-5211

BRIDAL SHOWS

(See pgs 163)

B’loonie Gifts

CAKES & SWEETS

(See pg 62)

Marlene’s

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

Mary Angeli’s

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

920-457-3611

(See pg 113)

BRIDAL ACCESSORIES

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

920-459-4826

dinner4two.com or midwestlifestyles.com 920-375-6536 (See pg 134)

The Waters

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

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

Royal Prestige

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

Boston Store

Artistic Cakes & Cookies

282 Stoney Brook Rd., Suite A, Appleton Call for appointment artisticcakesandcookies.com 920-423-3678 (See pg 120)

The Cake Guru

1529 Oregon St., Oshkosh 1859 Casaloma Dr., Appleton cakeguru.com

920-236-9144 920-903-8440 (See pg 121)

(See pg 64)

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Manderfield’s Home Bakery

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

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

Wilmar Chocolates

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

(See pg 123)

(See pg 34)

BEST WESTERN PREMIER Waterfront Hotel & Convention Center (See pg 12)

Bridgewood PREMIER Catering

1000 Cameron Way, Neenah bridgewoodresorthotel.com/catering 920-967-4350

(See pg 7)

(See pg 35)

(See pg 24)

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

2640 S. Webster Ave., Green Bay heritagehillgb.org 920-448-5150

(See pg 38)

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

(See pg 63)

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

(See pg 11)

National Railroad Museum 2285 S. Broadway, Green Bay nationalrrmuseum.org 920-437-7623

(See pg 43)

(See pg 11)

(See pg 21)

Stone Cellar at Riverview Gardens

(See pg 47)

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

(See pg 10)

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

(See pg 17)

1101 S. Oneida St., Appleton stonecellarriverview.com 920-997-3332

(See pg 41)

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

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(See pg 44)

Paine Art Center and Gardens

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

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

Outeredge Stage

The Swan Club

875 Heritage Rd., DePere swanclubdepere.com 920-336-1531

(See pg 38)

Green Bay Botanical Garden

(See pg 37)

The Marq

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

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

The Marq

Grand Meridian

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

(See pg 19)

The Golf Club at Camelot

John Michael Kohler Arts Center (See pg 16)

Courthouse Pub

1001 S. 5th St., Manitowoc courthousepub.com 920-686-1166

CHAPELS/ CEREMONIES (Also see Officiants)

Heritage Hill State Historical Park

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

(See pg 51)

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

5th Quarter Banquet Hall

1 North Ave., Oshkosh oshkoshwaterfronthotel.com 920-230-1900

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

EAA Aviation Center

CATERING

2101 American Dr., Little Chute fifthquartersportsbar.com 920-687-9751

Zuppas

(See pg 6 & 153)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Thelma Sadoff

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

(See pg 29)

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

Cutting Edge Photography (See pg 8)

The Waters

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

(See pg 36)

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

DECORATING & SERVICE

(See pg 153)

Landmark Resort

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

(See pg 27 & 153)

Newport Resort at Main St.

(See pg 151)

Sash and Bow (See pg 62)

Elegant by Design

(See pg 58)

Eventful

makeiteventful.com 920-850-4993

(See pg 152)

Door County Trolley Inc.

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

B’loonie Gifts

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

cuttingedgephoto.net 920-779-5085

doorcountytrolley.com 920-868-1100

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

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

DOOR COUNTY WEDDINGS

(See pg 58)

sashandbow.com 920-347-9000

(See pg 58)

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

(See pg 6 & 153)

White Lace Inn

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

(See pg 151)

DJ’S

Global Entertainment globalphotobooth.com 800-901-1007

(See pg 95)

Matt’s DJ Service mattsdjservice.com 920-375-0809

(See pg 3)

Record Entertainment recordentertainment.com 920-924-7535 800-961-9829

McVey Tent & Expo

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

(See pg 105)

(See pg 53)

Sash and Bow

sashandbow.com 920-347-9000

(See pg 59)

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES DRY CLEANERS/ GOWN PRESERVATION

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 DuBoisFW.com

Gunderson Cleaners

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

Nedrebo’s Formal Wear

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

HONEYMOON

(See pg 81)

DOOR COUNTY

Landmark Resort

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

EAST GREEN BAY 1231 S. Monroe 1620 Lime Kiln WEST GREEN BAY 2087 S. Oneida 705 Cardinal Ln. (Howard) 900 George St., DePere lindemanscleaning.com 920-435-5345 721 S Central Ave., Marshfield 2809 Schofield Ave., Schofield 3423 Main St., Stevens Point 801 Churchill St., Waupaca 540 E Grand Ave., Wisconsin Rapids traditioncleaners.com

(See pg 132)

(Also see Travel Agencies)

Lindeman’s Cleaning

Traditions Dry Cleaners

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

(See pg 27 & 153)

Newport Resort at Main St. 7888 Church St., Egg Harbor newportresort.com 920-868-9900 800-468-6160 (See pg 82) 715-387-4656 715-359-8710 715-342-1930 715-258-5022 715-423-3033

FLORISTS (See pg 127)

Floral Essence

floralessence.net 920-627-3185

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

(See pg 6 & 153)

White Lace Inn

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

(See pg 151)

HOTELS / GUEST ROOMS

Ebb & Flow Flowers

By Appointment Only ebbandflowflowers.com 920-362-3005

(See pg 151)

Stone Harbor, A Door County Resort & Conference Center

(See pg 62)

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

(See pg 7)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES BEST WESTERN PREMIER Waterfront Hotel & Convention Center 1 North Ave., Oshkosh oshkoshwaterfronthotel.com 920-230-1900

INSURANCE

McClone Insurance Group (See pg 12)

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

(See pg 7)

Heidel House Resort & Spa (See pg 23)

1355 W 20th Ave, Oshkosh oshkosh.hgi.com 920-966-1300

(See pg 34)

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

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

(See pg 62)

Marlene’s (See pg 22)

Landmark Resort

(See pg 27 & 153)

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

(See pg 151)

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

(See pg 32)

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

(See pg 18)

Stone Harbor, A Door County Resort & Conference Center

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

Mary Angeli’s

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

(See pg 64)

Sash and Bow

sashandbow.com 920-347-9000

(See pg 59)

LAKESHORE WEDDINGS

Mary Angeli’s

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

(See pg 64)

B’loonie Gifts (See pgs 6, 153)

Sybaris Pool Suites

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

(See pg 62)

Discovery Coach (See pg 160)

Tundra Lodge Resort

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

INVITATIONS

B’loonie Gifts

Kress Inn

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

INTERNET RESOURCES

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Hilton Garden Inn Oshkosh

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

(See pg 134)

Premier Bride

643 Illinois Ave., Green Lake heidelhouse.com 800-444-2812

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

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

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

(See pg 63)

Floral Essence (See pg 25)

floralessence.net 920-627-3185

(See pg 62)

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

(See pg 63)

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Tents Inc.

You’ll be Floored

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

(See pg 64)

LIMOS & CARRIAGES (See Transportation)

PHOTOGRAPHY

ardentphoto.com 920-858-9827

cuttingedgephoto.net 920-779-5085

(See pg 107)

(See pg 107)

PARTY RENTALS

globalphotobooth.com 800-901-1007

(See pg 55)

PhotoboothNV

(See pg 58)

Fox Cities Party Rental

(See Pg 55)

“I Do” Wishes

920-73-BOOTH

OR

262-424-2950

nlindbeck@gmail.com

(See Banquet Facilities & Rehearsal Dinners) (See pg 53)

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RECEPTION SITES

McVey Tent & Expo

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

(See pg 95)

WWW.PHOTOBOOTHNV.COM

1649 7th St., Green Bay idowishes.com 920-819-6025 2570 Coldspring Rd., Appleton mcveytent.com 920-733-2500 800-924-5122

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

(See pg 58)

Eventful

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

(See pg 91)

Picture This

The Photobooth

Elite Tent Rentals

makeiteventful.com 920-850-4993

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

PHOTOBOOTHS

Elegant by Design

2245 Ullmer Ct., Green Bay elitetentrentals.com 920-412-8454

(See pg 52)

Gosia’s Photography

Quartette Affetuoso

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

(See pg 89)

Cutting Edge Photography

Nancy Blanchard Watts, Harpist

Heather Anderson affetuoso.com 920-284-0186

(See pg 52)

Ardent Photography LLC

MUSICIANS, VOCALISTS

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

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

TRANSPORTATION

Beyond Limousines (See pg 64)

beyondlimousines.com 920-420-5927

(See pg 141)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Bucky’s Limousines

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

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

(See pg 138)

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 discoverycoach.com 800-444-2960

(See pg 63)

Door County Trolley, Inc.

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

(See pg 151)

ELS - Escort Limousine Service

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

Heritage Limousine heritagelimousine.com 920-855-6166

(See pg 138)

Sheboygan

920-452-5696

Kiel

773-2270

Manitowoc

920-682-5767

www.stardustlimousine.com

TRAVEL AGENCIES

Tie the Knot Travel

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

Travel Leaders

1045 Pennsylvania Ave., Sheboygan 49 N. Main St., Fond du Lac 933 Anderson Dr., Green Bay 3000 S. Appleton Rd., Menasha 125 E. Mill St., Plymouth tldiscovery.com

(See pg 144) 920-459-2963 920-921-5040 920-592-1050 920-731-1238 920-893-0502 (See pg 144)

WEDDING COORDINATORS

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

Elegant by Design

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

(See pg 58)

Eventful

makeiteventful.com 920-850-4993

Lamers Limousine Service

golamers.com 920-336-6160 or 800-236-6160

(See pg 139)

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

(See pg 139)

Sash and Bow

Lamers Trolley & Coaches

golamers.com 920-496-3612 or 800-236-1240

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

(See pg 58)

“I Do” Wishes

sashandbow.com 920-347-9000

(See pg 59)

(See pg 140)

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

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THE WEDDING TIMELINE

Shop for and order wedding gown, veil and accessories

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

2-4 MONTHS AHEAD

12 MONTHS AHEAD

Decide on the budget

9-12 MONTHS AHEAD

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

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

Arrange ceremony rehearsal and notify participants

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

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

1-2 MONTHS AHEAD

Choose attendants

Select band or DJ for reception

Book musicians for ceremony Select florist

Reserve accommodations for out-of-town guests

2-4 WEEKS AHEAD

Select caterer

Order invitations, personal stationery and thank you notes

Select and purchase guest favors Find and reserve rehearsal dinner location

1 WEEK AHEAD

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

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

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

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

Arrange for final fittings on your gown

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

Register for gifts at one to three stores

Order wedding cake

Mail invitations

Start reception seating chart and placecards

Reserve wedding day transportation

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

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

Prepare printed program for ceremony

Get engagement photo taken

6-9 MONTHS AHEAD

Buy and wrap attendants’ gifts

Select ceremony music, readings and vows and meet with officiant

Compile guest list

Select videographer

4-6 MONTHS AHEAD

Address wedding invitations

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

Reserve accommodations for wedding night Finalize guest list

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FOR HER:

DON’T FORGET...

WEDDING ATTIRE

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

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

FOR HIM:

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

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Groom’s Wedding Ring

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Ceremony Site Fee

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Officiant

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Marriage License

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Aisle Runner

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Candles/Candelabra

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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

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Other

______________

Wedding VHS/DVD

______________

Additional Copies

______________

Bride’s Gown

______________

Alterations

______________

Headpiece & Veil

______________

Lingerie, Hosiery & Garter

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Shoes

______________

Jewelry & Accessories

______________

Wrap/Jacket

______________

Hair, Makeup & Manicure

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Other

______________

GROOM: Groom’s Formalwear

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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

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Projector Rental

______________

Other

______________

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Groom’s Boutonniere

______________

Attendants’ Boutonnieres

______________

______________

Best Man

______________

Groomsmen

______________

Ushers

______________

Helper Corsages/Boutonnieres ______________

Child Attendants

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Ceremony Flowers

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Bride & Groom

______________

Reception Flowers

______________

Bride’s Parents

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Decorations/Balloons

______________

Groom’s Parents

______________

Other

______________

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

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Save-the-Date Cards

______________

Cake Cutting Attendant

______________

Invitations & Envelopes

______________

Gift Table Attendant

______________

Calligrapher

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Guest Book Attendant

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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

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Stationery

______________

Toasting Glasses

______________

Transportation

______________

Unity Candle, Kiddush Cup

______________

Favors & Accessories

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Other

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Gifts

______________

Other

______________

Miscellaneous

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Maid/Matron of Honor

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Grand TOTAL

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Guest Transportation

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Parking

______________

Other

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Other

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TOTALS

TRANSPORTATION

Announcements

GIFTS

Bridesmaids’

MISCELLANEOUS

FLOWERS

______________

Attendants’ Bouquets

FAVORS & ACCESSORIES

STATIONERY

Bride’s Bouquet

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SHARING THE COST

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

GROOM

BRIDE

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

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

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

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

Accommodations for out-of-town attendants (optional)

Formal wear for best man & groomsmen (optional)

Luncheon for bridal party

Accommodations for out-of-town attendants (optional)

Informal stationery

Marriage license Fee for officiant

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

GROOM’S FAMILY

BRIDE’S FAMILY

Honeymoon Engagement party

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

WEDDING PARTY

Videographer

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

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

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GROOM’S CAKE

CAKE STYLE

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

SETUP DETAILS

CAKE ACCESSORIES

Description

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

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

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

Tea Lunch Cocktails Dinner

Regional Seasonal Exotic Ethnic Thematic

SERVICE

Breakfast/Brunch

FLAVOR

TYPE

CATERING PLANNER

Salad Entrée Dessert

Beef Chicken Vegetarian Pork Seafood

DESSERT

Soup

ENTRÉES

COURSES

Appetizer

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

Dessert Hors d’oeuvres

Cocktails

Regional Seasonal Exotic Ethnic Thematic

Lamb

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

Vegetarian Kosher Halal Other

RENTAL ITEMS

Full Bar

SPECIAL

ALCOHOL*

Pasta

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

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HELPERS

FLOWERS BY SEASON

TERMINOLOGY

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

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

SPRING

SUMMER

FALL

WINTER

YEAR ‘ROUND

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WEDDING PARTY

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

RECEPTION

CEREMONY

Other

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

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MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT PLANNER

CEREMONY

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

START TIME

SONG/PERFORMED BY

START TIME

Prelude Processional Service Recessional Postlude Other Other

RECEPTION

Other

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

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BRIDE­’ S PHOTOS:

GROOM­’ S PHOTOS:

PRE-WEDDING

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

Bride getting ready

RECEPTION

Guests at cocktail party

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

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

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

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

CEREMONY

PORTRAITS

PHOTOGRAPHY PLANNER

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

Group pictures & candids throughout reception

Clergy, groom & best man at altar

Musicians

Bride & father walking down aisle

Bride & Groom’s first dance

Father giving bride’s hand to groom

Bride & Father, Groom & Mother dance

Guests watching the ceremony

Guests dancing

Vow exchange

Cake, cake table & cake cutting

Ring ceremony

Couple feeding each other cake

Candids of bride’s/groom’s face

Bouquet toss Garter removal & toss

Unity candle ceremony, kiddush cup ceremony, etc.

Sweetheart dance

Signing of wedding certificate

Going-away vehicle (especially if decorated)

Groom kissing the bride

Bride & groom in going away clothes

Recessional

Newlyweds departing & guests’ farewell

Guests throwing rice, flower petals, etc.

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LOCATION

RECEPTION PLANNER DATES AVAILABLE

LOCATION

SIZE

USED FOR

Indoor

Small (<100)

Ceremony

Outdoor

Medium (100-250)

Reception

Same site as ceremony

Large (250+)

Dressing

Walking distance from ceremony

Overnight rooms

SITE SERVICES

Within ______ miles of ceremony site

SERVICES PROVIDED

RENTALS AVAILABLE

Rooms

Tables

Food

Chairs & chair covers

Beverage/Alcohol

China, glassware, silverware & serving dishes

Disabled access

Linens

Adequate parking Valet

Ratio of guests to servers: ___________

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

DECORATIONS

PROVIDED

STYLE

More than one event at a time

RECEPTION

Head table Guest tables

BRINGING OWN DECORATIONS What are decorating restrictions?

Cake table Guest book table

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

When can decorations/favors come in?

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

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Bride as baby

Early days as a couple

Groom as baby

Bachelor/Bachelorette parties

Bride’s childhood Groom’s childhood

Other:

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

RECEPTION

BRIDE DRESSING AT HOME

PHOTOS FOR SLIDESHOW

VIDEOGRAPHY PLANNER

Date: Time: Location: Special Requests:

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

CEREMONY

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

Date:

Guests dancing

Time:

Guests dining tables

Location:

Bride & Groom saying good-byes & leaving

Guests arriving Wedding party preparing

Special Requests:

Ceremony Guests leaving Special Requests:

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BRIDE

WEDDING ATTIRE DESCRIPTION

SIZE

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

BRIDE’S ATTENDANTS

Other

DESCRIPTION

SIZE

SIZE

SIZE

SIZE

NAME

NAME

NAME

NAME

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

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GROOM

DESCRIPTION

SIZE

Coat Shirt Vest Trousers Cummerbund Neckwear Cufflinks Socks & Shoes Other

GROOM’S ATTENDANTS

Other

DESCRIPTION

SIZE

SIZE

SIZE

SIZE

NAME

NAME

NAME

NAME

Coat Shirt Vest Trousers Cummerbund Neckwear Cufflinks Socks & Shoes Other

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VENDORS

KEEPING TRACK

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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