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It’s amazing that a piece of jewelry can convey such powerful 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 cover all the basics.4

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RINGS KNOW YOUR METALS Gold. Yellow gold is classic, and rose gold is becoming increasingly popular. Pure gold is too soft for practical use, so it’s mixed with other metals for jewelry. 14-karat gold is durable enough for daily wear and can be polished easily. White gold. White gold is made by mixing pure gold with other white metals such as nickel, palladium, or zinc. It does have a slightly yellow tint, unless it’s coated with a very white metal called rhodium. This provides a white metal look, but it’s likely that it will need to be re-coated (“dipped”) every one to two years as the rhodium wears away (though it’s not necessary — just personal preference). Platinum. Extremely popular in the last decade or so, platinum is a very white, heavy (many people like the substantial

feel), and durable metal. It’s a gorgeous, long-lasting compliment to diamonds and is best for engraving. 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. A popular alternative used for men’s wedding bands, both metals are 100% hypoallergenic and relatively inexpensive. Titanium can be oxidized to create some brilliant accent colors such as bright blue or purple, creating a very unique look. Tungsten carbide is twice www.pbnewi.com PREMIER BRIDE • 5


RINGS as hard as steel and almost impossible to scratch, making it a great metal for very active men. These metals cannot be resized once the ring is made, so order the size carefully. KNOW YOUR DIAMOND When shopping for a diamond, you will quickly be introduced to the “Four Cs” — cut, color, clarity, and carat. All four features can make a dramatic impact on the quality, and therefore price, of a diamond. Cut. Cut really refers to the proportions of a diamond and its facets, as opposed to its shape, which includes round (brilliant), oval, pear, marquise, emerald, square (princess or radiant), heart, and triangle. Regardless of 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. Color refers to the lack of color in a diamond. White diamonds are graded on a D–Z scale, D being the most colorless and Z having a distinct body color. 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, increasing its value. The Gemological Institute of America (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). 6 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

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 .5 carat. Diamonds of more than one carat are extremely rare 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. Certifications sometimes accompany a diamond, the most recognized being from the GIA. 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. Make sure your current policy has adequate coverage, including “mysterious disappearance” so that your coverage extends to complete loss of the piece. 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 it for about 30 minutes in either a commercial jewelry cleanser or a homemade solution comprised of equal parts cold water and ammonia. Scrub the stones gently with a soft toothbrush, then rinse thoroughly under warm water and pat dry with a lint-free cloth.


RINGS Use this solution only on diamonds and precious metals as some gemstones and alternative metals are not compatible with ammonia or commercial jewelry cleansers. Have your rings checked annually by your jeweler for loose prongs or settings. If you have only four prongs, 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.

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DIAMOND CLARITY SCALE • FL & IF: Flawless and Internally Flawless (inclusions not visible under 10x magnification) • VVS1 & VVS2: Very, Very Slight Inclusions (extremely difficult to see under 10x) • VS1 & VS2: Very Slight Inclusions (difficult to see under 10x) • SI1 & SI2: Small Inclusions (noticeable under 10x) • I1, I2 & I3: Imperfect (flaws visible to the unaided eye) RING TRENDS There are popular metals, shapes, and even diamond-alternative stones to make your “I do” symbol as unique as your own personal style. Rose gold and mixing metals are becoming increasingly popular. Marquise-cut diamonds are in the spotlight these days, as are show-stopping diamond halo settings. Embellishments like flowers, petals, and diamond vines add a touch a femininity. For something offbeat, go for colorful diamonds or gemstones. Sapphires, emeralds, and rubies lend a vintage vibe. Consider including meaningful details, like a favorite quote or your wedding date engraved into the band.

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PARENT’Sparents RESPONSIBILITY of the bride In addition to offering their love and support, and perhaps a bit of the green stuff, your parents also play a big part in the celebration of your marriage. Their responsibilities are generally as follows, though you may want to customize this list for your personal situation. • Parents formally announce your engagement in the newspaper in your hometown, your fiancé’s hometown and the town where you’ve chosen to make your home.

• Preparing a list of restaurants should the groom’s parents ask for recommendations for the rehearsal dinner. • Composing their portion of the guest list as early as possible. If needed, they may tactfully remind the groom’s mother that you need her list too.

• Hosting the engagement party.

• The mother of the bride should select a gown in a style and color that complements the bride’s gown, and inform the groom’s mother of her selection.

• Inviting the groom’s parents to their home.

• Parents inform the groom’s family on a regular basis of all RSVPs from their list.

• Assisting you with scheduling the rehearsal, ceremony and reception.

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YOUR GUESTS from near and far When planning your wedding, it’s important to consider the needs of your out-of-town guests, many of whom will be traveling great distances to share in your joyous occasion. You’ll want to make certain their visit is an enjoyable one. Most hotels provide a discounted rate when you reserve a block of rooms. The number of rooms required to qualify for a group rate will vary by hotel. Some hotels offer additional services such as a hospitality suite for your guests to gather for breakfast or cocktails and, if needed, special check-out considerations. It’s a good idea to consider the different economic situations of your out-of-town guests. Provide two or three options to create a comfortable price range to choose from. While some of your guests may be on a limited budget, others will be combining their vacation with your wedding. Traditionally, it is the duty of the bride’s family to recommend accommodations for out-of-town guests. It is not their responsibility, however, to pay for them. Include printed information in the wedding invitation such as numbers for each hotel, the name under which the reservation is held and hotel shuttle information so your guests can call the hotel directly to make their reservations. It is appropriate for the bride and groom to arrange transportation to and from the ceremony and reception locations for all out-of-town guests. It is perfectly acceptable to arrange for family and friends to provide the transportation.

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CREATIVE DETAILS enhancing the guest experience

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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, then 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 10 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

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-your-own sundaes with toppings galore, or scoops of artisan Gelato for a more continental vibe. If you’re throwing an entirely elegant affair, a chocolate fountain is always a classic way to wow. For the thirsty ones. Start with a bride and groom signature cocktail or His and Her drinks. Another trend is martini ice sculptures where guests pick their preferred martini flavor and watch as it glides through the sculpture, chilling along the way. In the spirit of “help yourself” dinner and dessert bars, try a whiskey table for the fellas, jugs of flavored lemonades or kegs of root beer for the kids. For a late-night treat, offer a coffee or hot cocoa bar complete with all the fixings. For the dramatic. Show your favorite movies during the reception and don’t forget the popcorn, candy, fountain sodas, and red carpet photo un-booth! Give your wedding a theme, and ask guests to dress in costume. Some ideas might be: dressing all in black and white, from a certain era, or from a fictional world. For the more traditional. Set a table with photos of your parents, grandparents, and great grandparents on their respective wedding days. Be sure to include all of the must-have songs and activities during the dancing portion of the evening — everything from the Electric Slide to the garter and bouquet toss. A photo booth never hurts either!

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At the wedding, the head table is where the bride & groom sit. Depending on the arrangement, some or all attendants & parents may join them. It is usually distinguished from the other tables with a floral arrangement or distinct centerpiece.

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3 Will I have access to spaces besides the event room?

• Ask about bridal suites and places to take pictures • Determine if there are enough parking spaces and restrooms on-site

4 What on-site coordination services do you offer?

• Find out who will be in charge of the event on the day • Ask if there will be a host or hostess on-hand for guest needs

5 Does your staff have health and safety training?

• Verify if staff is trained in CPR and First Aid • Ask about T.A.M. training (Techniques of Alcohol Management)

6 Is your catering menu flexible?

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RECEPTION Before you can determine the type of venues to look at for your reception, ask yourself some broad questions. What style of wedding do you envision? A relaxed, summer wedding and a formal, winter wedding are better-suited to very different reception sites. Below are some examples. Rustic style: Barns, farms, country inns, and ranches. Traditional/Classic style: Ballrooms, banquet halls, hotels, country clubs, or community centers. These are often allinclusive! Natural/Open Air style: Waterfront, forest, vineyard, city park, or other locations where Mother Nature’s beauty shines. Also consider a Plan B for inclement weather. Non-Traditional style: Museums, zoos, planetariums, and antique stores. Urban/Industrial style: Downtown lofts, art galleries, and warehouses. Intimate style: Unique spaces catered toward small weddings — historic homes, a small party room at your favorite restaurant, or a tent in your parents’ backyard (tented weddings can work for other styles, too). Once you’ve settled on your reception’s aesthetic and the type of spaces you wish to explore, it’s time to get to work. Here are the first three factors to consider during your hunt. GUEST COUNT AND BUDGET These sound like two separate entities, but are in fact totally entwined. You can only afford to host the number of people that your budget allows; therefore your budget will determine your wedding’s headcount. That, or you need to increase your budget to accommodate more folks. Once you

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RECEPTION finalize your budget and total number of potential guests, this will quickly eliminate any outlying reception venues: venues that are too expensive or too small. WEDDING DATE If you’re committed to a particular wedding date — perhaps it’s your parents’ anniversary or a holiday weekend — this will also narrow down your options. If a reception site doesn’t have your date available, move on. If it does, know that nothing is final until you’ve signed a contract and made a deposit. Once your decision is made, it’s critical to officially secure the space as soon as possible. Some choice venues are booked one to two years in advance, particularly on popular dates. ON-SITE VS. OFF-SITE Most on-site locations provide the majority of goods and services needed for your reception: catering, beverages, tables, chairs, tableware, linens, and serving staff. Such locations are typically hotels, ballrooms, private clubs, restaurants, and more. These facilities usually charge on a perperson basis and have a minimum guest requirement. Off-site locations offer the use of the reception space only — no other services. You’re responsible for supplying the caterer, furnishings, décor, waitstaff and bartenders, and everything in between. Such locations range from open-concept urban lofts to tented receptions. The responsibility of coordinating your own reception goods and services might sound like a headache to some brides, and to others, it’s an opportunity to fully personalize their 18 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

day. Off-site venues are often a blank slate, allowing you to furnish and dress up the space as you like, bring in whatever food and drink your heart desires, and run the day on your own schedule. There are pros and cons to both on- and off-site venues — what matters is what’s right for you and your wedding! Once you’ve determined the above, it’s nitty-gritty time. Below are seven details to take into account as you visit and evaluate reception venues. Location. Consider the distance between the ceremony and reception locations. Is it more than a 30-minute drive? That’s asking a lot of your guests. If the distance to your reception is lengthy, if the place is difficult to find, or if the spot is inconvenient (say, located near a baseball stadium on game day), you might want to provide transportation for your guests. Size and Layout. You’ve already eliminated sites that are too small for your guest list, but you should still make sure your friends and family have plenty of room to mix and mingle, rather than bump shoulders. Will the entire reception take place in one room, or will there be a separate space for cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing? As you look at spaces, think about where to situate the tables, dance floor, DJ, etc. Privacy. Public spaces such as county parks won’t close down for your reception. Bear in mind that a wandering local might stumble upon your party! Or if your venue has multiple event spaces (such as a hotel with several ballrooms), find out if there will be another party going on at the same time as yours. Make sure there is enough separation between


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RECEPTION the event spaces so the two parties don’t interfere. Parking. Confirm that there is ample, well-lighted, and convenient parking for your guests. If there isn’t, find out if a valet or shuttle service is available. Technical details. Whether you’re planning to have a DJ or live band, ask about possible restrictions on the type, volume, or duration of music. Confirm that there’s adequate power and electrical outlets for speakers, mixers, and amplifiers, and consider the acoustics of the space. It’s not uncommon for a venue’s coordinator to invite future brides and grooms to stop by a scheduled wedding to get a feel for sound levels and acoustics. If this is a real concern for you, just ask if you can do a drop-in. Odds are the site coordinator will be welcoming. Room décor. Most sites are rather neutral, but it still pays to take note of the permanent decorations in an event space. Do the flooring, wall color, window treatments, and artwork suit the style and season of your wedding? Is it a room with a view? If photography is of great importance to you, search online for professional photos from weddings staged in the space. Does it photograph well? Services offered. With each site you visit, note what’s included in the rental price. Whether it’s big things like catering and waitstaff or details like candles and breath mints in the bathroom, it pays to get those details up front. Also bear in mind that the included services greatly impact whether or not a reception site fits within your budget. An affordable venue that doesn’t include any furnishings, for instance, might not be so affordable in the end.

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ask the right questions SELECTING A CEREMONY SITE

• Is your facility open to non-members? • Do you have any restrictions on times or days of the week? • Do you have any restrictions or limitations on lighting, cameras, audio or video equipment? • Do you have a dress code? • Are outside musicians permitted to perform? • Will any decorations be available through you? • Are there dressing rooms? • When could we have a rehearsal? • Is ample parking available? • Are there adequate restrooms? Are they easily accessible for elderly and handicapped guests? • How far in advance must I book your services? • What is your cancellation policy? • Is a deposit required? If so, when and how much?

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CHOOSING WHERE TO WED your ceremony location For centuries churches and synagogues have been the traditional choice for the sacred act of exchanging vows. Lending an air of reverence and dignity to even the most casual of ceremonies, these holy places have created the perfect setting for the formal commitment of marriage. There are many unique options for couples who, for whatever reason, would prefer an alternate location. Consider holding the event at a nondenominational church or chapel. These locations usually have fewer rules and guidelines than other formal houses of worship, but yet still provide a spiritual setting. Have the ceremony at the reception venue. Couples often choose this option as a convenience for their guests, thereby minimizing the distance one must travel from ceremony to reception. Facilities that provide this option normally have separate areas for each event, or a plan for quickly converting the room. Sometimes places with the most personal significance make the best ceremony locations. For example, a park you walked through on your first date, the backyard where one of you grew up or a relative’s home where you enjoy spending time are all good choices. If you love the outdoors, consider holding your ceremony at a city park, the beach, a zoo, or even at the foot of a national landmark. If you’re a little on the daring side, you might consider exchanging vows while sky diving from a plane, scuba diving, or in a hot air balloon. Whatever your preference, there is no right or wrong way to say “I do.”

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RECEPTION GAMES Wedding reception games are a great way to keep your guests entertained while you are being photographed before the reception or as they wait for food! Some games are also a fun way for your guests to get to know you and your partner a little better!

COUPLE MAD LIBS Create a Mad Libs-style template for your guests to fill out at their tables for marriage and love advice. This is a wedding game guests can do alone, or the whole table can get in on the fun, sharing their tips on how to keep the romance

BRIDE AND GROOM TRIVIA Create a list of trivia questions for each guest to fill out at the table. Have a member of the wedding party collect and read the cards to determine the winner. The guest with the most correct answers wins!

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REHEARSAL DINNERS 5 steps to fun & fabulous

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With the main event just around the corner, it’s time to relax and celebrate! After the ceremony rehearsal, most couples choose to spend some quality time with close family and friends during a rehearsal dinner. The details of how you do this – who, what, when, where – are up to you. Below are five steps to help you pull it all together fabulously.

#1 – Choose your party The first step is to decide on what kind of gathering you wish to have. Most couples stick with something a little less formal since you will all be dressed to the nines the next day. But really, you can do anything you like that feeds the crowd and allows for a little mingling: a pig roast, a potluck, dinner at a restaurant, a cocktail and appetizer cruise, a picnic in a park or a cookout in your backyard. Brainstorm with your sweetie and choose your ideal party. #2 – Clarify who’s paying Historically, the groom’s parents picked up the tab for the rehearsal dinner, however, you can no longer make that assumption. So, as with all wedding elements, it’s critical to be clear, up front, about exactly who is paying for what. And never, ever assume! 26 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

#3 – Make the guest list Anyone involved in the ceremony and, therefore, at the ceremony rehearsal, would, of course be invited. This includes attendants, parents and other immediate family, readers and so on. It’s also customary to include any out-of-town guests as they will have traveled some distance for your wedding. It also gives them the chance to meet more people before the wedding itself. You wouldn’t want them hanging out in their hotel room alone in an unfamiliar city. #4 – Make them mingle One of the main purposes of the rehearsal dinner is for the two families to get to know each other better and enjoy each other’s company. So, whatever you and your groom can do to help with that, the better. Consider strategically planned seating with place cards or nametags with brief descriptions like “Mary Jones, Bride’s College Roommate,” and any other needed introductions. The rehearsal dinner is also an ideal time to give your attendants their gifts. #5 – Fine tune the toasts Traditionally, the groom’s father toasts first at the rehearsal dinner, however, traditions continue to evolve and change! The rehearsal dinner is a more relaxed, informal atmosphere so you can decide together, along with your families, who would like to speak and in what order. Often, the groom’s father will say a few words followed by the bride’s father and then the bride and groom. Groomsmen, bridesmaids, mothers and other guests may also want to make a toast. Cheers!

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• Getting treasured guests into town may be easier if extra days are options. • On a Friday, you’ll probably have your wedding in the evening which means that the ceremony is followed immediately by dinner. This means that you will avoid the extra cost and hassle of a one-to-two-hour interim reception or cocktail party. Having the ceremony and reception back to back may ensure more people at the church ceremony. • The rehearsal dinner could be easier and less costly for a restaurant if it was scheduled on a Thursday as opposed to a Friday night.

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SHARING THE COST paying for the wedding

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Gone are the days of the bride’s family paying for the wedding. For now, it’s more like whoever has it usually pays, even if it’s the couple themselves. As the average age of couples who are getting married rises, this is beginning to happen more and more. However, even as traditions change, it is useful to know what your family should expect.

The Bride’s Responsibility: • Personal stationary • Wedding ring for groom • Wedding gift for groom • Gifts for attendants • Lodging for out-of-town attendants (optional) • Her physical examination The Groom’s Family’s Responsibility: • Traveling expenses and hotel bills • Wedding clothes • Rehearsal dinner (optional) • Wedding gift for the newlyweds • Shipment of wedding gifts to bridal couple’s home.

Following are examples of how financial obligations have been traditionally distributed. Remember, though, that by making a financial contribution, some family members may feel entitled to contribute to the planning, too. Your family, and your ability to deal with their input, will largely determine how much tradition you keep and how much you ignore. The Groom’s Responsibility: • Bride’s ring • Honeymoon • Wedding gift for bride • Bridal bouquet and goingaway corsage • Boutonnieres for all men in wedding party • Mother’s corsages • His physical examination 28 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

The Bride’s Family’s Responsibility: • Wedding gift for the newlyweds • Entire reception • Rental of sanctuary or chapel • Bride’s wedding attire and trousseau • Invitations, announcements and postage • Engagement and wedding photos • Organist, soloist or musician fee • Aisle carpets and/or canopy, and any additional decorating costs • Bridesmaid’s bouquet • Flowers for reception • Transportation for bridal party to ceremony and reception • Security and insurance for gifts Take time to evaluate the financial situations of those you want involved in your event planning and decide what is best and less stressful for you.

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CURRENT TRENDS STYLE: FROM FEMININE GOWNS TO PRETTY PANTSUITS In 2019 trends, styles range from supremely feminine to lovely pairs of pants and jumpsuits. For brides who are feeling girly, bows, glitter, and puffy sleeves are a stylish way to embrace your femininity. Bows can define a bride’s waist, bring a fabulous flourish, or be a sweet, subtle accent for dress straps. Going allout glittery really ups the glam factor, with many gowns being covered in shimmer or trimmed with reflective confetti. Puffy sleeves today aren’t like the bulbous ones on 80s wedding dresses; rather, they are everything from sheer and ethereal to boldly modern shoulder treatments. Jumpsuits and white pantsuits are also redefining bridal style. In 2019, brides will say “yes” to not only the dress, but also jumpsuits, rompers, and a variety

of stunning separates. This is indeed a fashion-forward trend. Also adding some modern edge to bridal fashion: Geometric designs. Though lace is a classic that will always be in style, textiles are tending toward sharp, linear stripes, diamonds, and angular stitching for a sense of modernity. All of the above, by and large, will be rendered in shades of white and ivory, though blush and other pale hues creep in from time to time. Bridesmaids still reflect this softness, wearing a range of neutrals and metallics. But color is also seeing a resurgence. In addition to barely-there palettes, brides are coming back around to playful and dramatic color schemes, as a way to highlight their own personal preferences. Bridesmaids also continue to have more freedom. For example, the bride may www.pbnewi.com PREMIER BRIDE • 31


CURRENT TRENDS request that each girl find a long gown in a particular color family. It’s about a pleasing mix rather than uniformity. For an especially elegant affair, long gowns in black are a striking choice. As brides get on board with color, so do the grooms. For the more daring fella, suits in sophisticated shades of blue, grey, burgundy, and green are starting to take the place of traditional black tuxedos. WEDDING THEMES: HOMEY & MODERN IN HARMONY While the classic wedding is always in style, couples are also choosing reception venues that allow for a lot of creativity — sites where you pay to rent the space, but are responsible for bringing your own décor, catering, and other rentals. Rustic-chic weddings are still very much en vogue, but the trend is shifting from burlap and mason jars to a combination of earthy and glamorous. You’ll see elements like crystal chandeliers, eclectic antique place settings, and Instagramworthy lounge areas staged with vintage furniture. As with wedding dress textiles, 2019 also points to more modern, clean, and geometric touches in wedding theme and décor. Cool white marble contrasts with warm rose gold accents. Angled, terrarium-inspired flourishes abound, adding a sort of contemporary whimsy to the scene. The goal for many couples is to capture certain trendy touches while maintaining an ambiance that’s inviting, homey, and speaks to their combined personality. FLOWERS: LUSH & LEAFY WITH BOLD BLOSSOMS The floral industry is experiencing a return to the cascading bridal bouquet and more saturated colors. Brides want 32 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

flowers with a natural and undone feeling: lush, loose, and looking like they were just plucked from a garden. Some brides are turning to exotic blooms, while others work with their florist for bouquets full of locally-gathered foliage. Sometimes, there are no flowers at all. Instead, brides are opting for an abundance of greenery and branches. To bring the drama, you’ll see canopies of foliage, hanging geometric arrangements, and archways or wall-like backdrops trimmed with flowers for a beautiful photo op. FOOD & DRINK: TASTY FAVORITES + VEG & VEGAN VARIETY The traditional sit-down, three- or five-course meal is enjoying a sort of revolution. While you’ll still see these formal dinners at more traditional weddings, many brides are turning food into an interactive event. Familystyle meals, buffets, and food trucks are increasingly common, as brides and grooms seek a more help-yourself style for a relaxed, social vibe. Couples also want their food and drinks to have meaning, so they’ll work with caterers to create custom meals and craft cocktails that feature some of their favorite things. Want mac ’n’ cheese, breakfast for dinner, or a signature sangria at your wedding? You can have it! Dinners that feature sustainable catering with locally-grown and in-season ingredients are also highly sought-after. These more casual farm-to-table dinners go hand-inhand with family-style dining to foster a comfortable, homey environment. When it comes to desserts, interactive is still the name of the game. You’ll see dessert tables of pie, ice cream, candy, cupcakes, or donuts. Some couples choose to have both a classic wedding


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CURRENT TRENDS cake (it’s tradition!) along with a dessert bar just for fun. And just as food trucks are gaining popularity, so are dessert “trucks” like gelato carts and gourmet popsicle stands. These help-yourself stations aren’t just for edibles — they’re for drinkables, too. Coffee and hot chocolate bars with all the fixings are a cool trend for winter weddings. Then there’s the late-night snack — a treat that many guests have almost come to expect nowadays. Couples can go for a crowd favorite like pizza or sliders, or offer a hometown specialty. Late-night snacks are not only yummy, they’re yet another opportunity for the bride and groom to get creative and show off their personality and style. In all stages of the meal, couples are being increasingly conscious of food preferences and allergies. Odds are

someone on your guest list lives a glutenfree, vegetarian, or vegan life. Whether due to health reasons or a lifestyle choice, it’s important to accommodate those guests. Luckily, wedding and event caterers are keeping up with the times, offering plenty of scrumptious meals to suit all palates. Vegetarian meals often include meatless pastas and veggie lasagna. Veggie steaks are becoming a popular choice for vegan meals, as is the use of jackfruit. Jackfruit is a fleshy vegetable from Southeast Asia that is capable of taking on a chewy, meaty consistency that will satisfy even the most emphatic meat lovers. Going gluten-free? Eliminate grains. By being proactive in seeking out a delicious, diet-conscious meal, you’ll not only please those who subscribe to that diet, but also anyone with good taste in food.

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TOP ROW: Eros Event barn by @ashleasnellphotography; Sentry World by Larissa Marie Photography SECOND ROW: Sentry World; Downtown Stevens Point by Olivia Locascio Film & Photo THIRD ROW: Aerial view of the Stevens Point Area from the Wisconsin River looking south BOTTOM ROW: Stevens Point Sculpture Park by KT Elements; Sampling at Central Waters Brewing Company in Amherst; Walking through Downtown Stevens Point by Olivia Locascio Film & Photo.

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CENTRAL WISCONSIN The stately serenity of central Wisconsin’s north woods beckons you to a peaceful romantic getaway or destination wedding. The communities of Wausau, Stevens Point and Marshfield offer a mix of the quaint, eclectic and romantic, each surrounded by the unique blends of natural beauty. Marshfield Located in Central Wisconsin an easy trip less than three hours from anywhere in the state if you have family coming from all over for the big day. You may know Marshfield for its state of the art medical center. Hosting Dairyfest in the spring, Hub City Days and the Central Wisconsin State Fair in the summer, Maple Fall Fest in the fall and Rotary Winter Wonderland in winter. Marshfield offers something for everyone in all four seasons. 38 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

CENTRAL WISCONSIN For outdoor fun check out some of the best hunting, snowmobiling, fat tire biking and cross country skiing. Enjoy live music at the Vox Concerts showcasing some of the top indie singers/songwriters in the country. Check out the new Marshfield Mercantile a cross between gathering place and antique mall featuring a wide variety of vendors and crafters, with organic meat and dairy products and will offer workshops and classes from crafts to cooking. Truly something for everyone! To learn more go to www.visitmarshfield.com Stevens Point For a couple looking for a fun place to have a romantic escape, or even a destination to host their wedding, you’ll want to explore the Stevens Point Area. Sit, sip and relax for the perfect start to the day with a stop at the popular Ruby Coffee Roasters in Nelsonville, or for the tea lover at DiversiTea in Stevens Point. Grab brunch at Father Fats, with plates perfect for sharing with the one you love, before strolling downtown Stevens Point district to stop in one-of- a-kind shops. For an artful, romantic escape throughout the year, you can attend live theater and dance performances, take in the local music scene and visit galleries, like the artist owned Q Gallery Artist Co-operative. But, don’t think that galleries are the end of art in the region. If you prefer art in a less mainstream setting, stroll through downtown Stevens Point to explore the murals that blend history into view or the Stevens Point Sculpture Park which merges art and outdoor recreation along a trail. Stay outdoors, walking handin-hand on some of the popular trails perfect for sunset views, including the 27-mile Green Circle Trail or race each other on the mountain biking trails at Standing Rocks Park.


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Stevens Point Area Convention & Visitors Bureau at 715-344-2556 or visit StevensPointArea.com. Wausau/Central Wisconsin Centrally located near the junction of Hwy 51/39 and Hwy 29, Wausau/ Central Wisconsin area is easy to find and difficult to leave. Surrounded by beautiful woods, lakes, and hills, the Wausau area offers the combination of big city amenities with the look and feel of the great Northwoods and small town hospitality. Four seasons of outdoor recreation, a thriving arts community, entertaining festivals and events, active nightlife scene, and diverse shopping and dining are just some of the many things to discover in the Wausau area. Previously named Best Place to Experience the Outdoors by Wisconsin Trails magazine, Wausau/Central Wisconsin offers scenic escapes for the adventurer and competitor in all of us. Come and enjoy the Midwest’s favorite ski vacation destination, Granite Peak Ski Area, discover the scenic beauty of popular spots such as Rib Mountain State Park and Dells of Eau Claire, explore the new Sylvan Hill Mountain Bike Park, or traverse the hundreds of trails and county recreational areas. With options for everyone from snowmobiling or snowboarding to hiking and camping, fishing and kayaking, golfing and more, Wausau/ Central Wisconsin offers the outdoor resources you desire. We invite you to visit Wausau/ Central Wisconsin to experience fun, relaxation, beauty, and great hospitality. To plan your next getaway, please visit our new website at www. visitwausau.com or call our dedicated staff at 715-355-8788.

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RECEPTION RECEPTIONGUIDE GUIDE

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LANDMARK LANDMARK RESORT RESORT 7643 7643 Hillside Hillside Rd.,Rd., EggEgg Harbor Harbor

800-273-7877 800-273-787722, 22, 139139Up Up to 210 to 210 11 11

THETHE LODGE LODGE AT AT LEATHEM LEATHEM SMITH SMITH 1640 1640 Memorial Memorial Drive, Drive, Sturgeon Sturgeon BayBay

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100-600 2 2 920-532-4811 920-532-4811 Inside Inside 100-600 Back Back Cover Cover

3-123-12 $25$25 or less or less

MENOMINEE MENOMINEE CASINO CASINO Hwy Hwy 47/55 47/55 Duquaine Duquaine Road, Road, Keshena Keshena

800-343-7778 800-343-7778 31 31 ext ext 5692 5692

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

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REDRED LION LION HOTEL HOTEL PAPER PAPER VALLEY VALLEY 333333 W. W. College College Ave., Ave., Appleton Appleton

920-733-8000 920-733-8000 25 25

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GLUTEN-FREE AND VEGAN dare to be different & delicious Whether due to health reasons or a lifestyle choice, it’s important for the bride and groom to accommodate their guests. Luckily, caterers are keeping up with the times, offering plenty of scrumptious meals to suit all palates. Sometimes a special diet is the result of an allergy or health consideration, for other folks, it’s a lifestyle choice. Sometimes, that choice even stems from a religious belief, so it’s important to treat all such choices with respect. Vegetarians do not eat meat. Vegans do not eat any animal byproducts, including dairy. People who are glutenfree stay away from grains like wheat, rye, and barley. Once you identify any dietary restrictions among your wedding guests, leave it to the food professionals to serve

something that not only meets your guests’ needs, but also tastes delicious. Vegetarian meals often include meatless pastas and veggie lasagna, as cheese isn’t off limits to vegetarians. There are times that a vegetarian meal can be made vegan simply by removing the cheese — but not always. Going gluten-free? Eliminate grains. The key is to plan ahead. In your wedding invitations, on the RSVP card, include a line which says “please advise of any dietary requirements.” This invites your guests to alert you to any restrictions without feeling like a bother. Whenever possible, work with your caterer to plan hors-d’oeuvres and dinner options that cover all your bases. If serving passed appetizers during

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

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TUNDRA LODGE 865 Lombardi Avenue, Green Bay

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WINNCREST BANQUET HALL 2788 Towne Ct., Neenah

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GLUTEN-FREE AND VEGAN cocktail hour, make sure there’s a variety of offerings, rather than everything being wrapped in bacon. This same variety is also easier to achieve if serving a buffet or family-style dinner. For a sit-down, plated dinner, it’s still possible for your caterer to craft a vegan, gluten-free meal that falls under most special diets — just make sure

you’re working with the right catering company. If dietary needs are a priority of yours, ask prospective caterers up front about their experience cooking more non-traditional fare. They may have a dish in their repertoire that checks a lot of dietary boxes, and it may just be scrumptious enough to serve to everyone!

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It’s sad but true that stereotypical wedding food sets the bar pretty low. Guests tend to anticipate chicken breast, rice pilaf, a side of steamed veggies, and a basket of dinner rolls. Luckily, catering services have certainly raised the bar in recent years, and personal, memorable, delicious meals are becoming the new normal. 4

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CATERING FEASTS WITH FLAIR Nowadays, caterers are offering more bold flavors, meaningful meals, and fun experiences. Sit-down meals are gravitating toward family-style, which works with everything from homey meat and potatoes to build-your-own tacos. Ethnic cuisine is a great way to bring a little flavor to your reception. Take your guests around the world with a variety of food stations offering everything from sushi to French cheeses. It’s a great way to inspire conversation! Food trucks are another popular way to up the fun factor, and late-night snacks like popcorn, pizza, or grilled cheese sliders are a huge hit with guests. To get really personal, think about hosting each of your favorite meals. The bride’s might be a nice juicy steak and the groom’s might be chicken and waffles — and that’s okay! The more you embrace what makes you unique, the more memorable your wedding will be. In recent years, there’s also been an emphasis not only on unique meals, but locally-sourced, quality ingredients. Couples like to support local purveyors, since hosting a locallyharvested meal means they’re not only building up their own community, but also enjoying the freshness of a farmto-table feast. 7 STEPS TO HIRING A CATERER From research to getting it in writing, we’ll walk you through it. Step 1: Start the search Some reception locations require that you use their in-house caterer or banquet services, which makes your choice fairly simple. If your reception location allows you to bring in an independent caterer,

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

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

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CATERING you still might have to choose from a pre-approved list. As you call caterers to inquire after their services, make sure to have as much information on hand as possible. They’ll want to know your wedding date, time, approximate number of guests, and whether you’d like a sit-down or buffet-style meal. If you already have some ideas for your menu or any specific limitations (think vegetarian or gluten free), let the caterer know. Ask to see sample wedding menus and references. Step 2: Decide on your style Now it’s time to factor in your wedding’s style and degree of formality. Think about the vibe your wedding — is it a classic ballroom affair or a rustic outdoor bash? Do you want the food to be posh or playful? Such details will help a caterer determine what they can offer that falls in line with your vision. Step 3: Schedule a tasting Make sure to go to all tastings and speak up! Don’t be afraid to ask if they can tweak something to your tastes. Step 4: Finalize the menu Gather inspiration from magazines and websites, think about weddings you’ve attended, and ask friends for favorites and failures. Consult your caterer and trust them. They’ve seen lots of weddings and know what works best for the number of people, time of day, and location, so take their professional advice to heart. Step 5: Calculate the cost Facilities with in-house catering departments may have a minimum 50 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

charge or set-up fee, while an independent caterer will usually work within any reasonable budget. Keep in mind that buffets are usually priced higher, since they’ll have to account for a little more per person. Caterers usually require your final guest count one week before the wedding. This is the number of people you’ll actually be charged for. Decide if you’ll include meals for weddingrelated personnel, such as the DJ and photographer. If cost is an issue, ask your caterer about more casual meals for vendors. Finally, make sure to ask what extras are included in the catering cost. Find out if your caterer will provide table linens, plates, glasses, crystal, silverware, and serving pieces. Step 6: Hire the servers Your caterer will give you their expert opinion, but a safe bet is one server for every 10 to 12 guests for a sit-down dinner, and two servers for every 50 guests for a buffet-style dinner. If you’re having a full open bar, that will require more help — one bartender for every 50 to 75 guests. Step 7: Get it in writing Sign a contract with your caterer only after you have all of the details spelled out: date, time, address of site, food items by course, beverages and bar guidelines, number of guests covered, provisions for special meals, time of cocktail hour, time meal is served, contact people, number of wait staff and bartenders, linens, terms of payment, and liability insurance. There will probably be an advance deposit when you sign the contract — and don’t forget to check the cancellation policy.

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MARRIAGE LAWS

COUNTY FEES

OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK • Apply in County in which either is a resident. License may be used anywhere in the state. • Both must apply in person. Certified birth certificate is required. • Proof of residence is required. (driver’s license, utility bill etc.)

(CASH ONLY, NO REFUNDS)

Brown Calumet Door Fond du Lac Green Lake Kewaunee Manitowoc

$115 $90 $75 $100 $75 $75 $80

Outagamie Portage Sheboygan Waupaca Waushara Winnebago

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

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

BROWN 111 N. Jefferson St. Green Bay, WI 54301 (920) 448-4016 www.co.brown.wi.us

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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PARTY RENTALS every last detail Tents Tables Chairs Dance Floors China Glassware Lighting Outdoor Wedding Specialists Since 1967

3101 East Evergreen • Appleton

920-733-1166 www.foxcitiespartyrental.net

AN OUTDOOR WEDDING a unique atmosphere Whether you prefer an elegant formal reception or a casual picnic, all can be easily arranged and coordinated with the assistance of a professional rental consultant. A good rental agent will work with you to personalize every detail of your special day. Take advantage of their expertise! You and your consultant work together in determining the location and tent size your wedding will require as well as the size of the dance floor and the size or placement of tables. Consider an outdoor wedding since its beauty and atmosphere will truly make your wedding an affair you and your guests will always remember.

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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, then of the items listed above may be included in the overall cost. The need for various rental items increases when the event is held outdoors or at an event facility where you are required to provide your own caterer. Before contacting a rental company it is recommended that you have the following information available. • Exactly what items are provided by the caterer: glass, flatware, china, buffet linens, and so on. • Any items provided by the facility: tables, chairs, portable bar, and so on. • Your event date, time and location • The number of guests attending • Any special requirements or themes Find out in advance what the delivery, set-up, pick-up and payment policies are. Be sure to coordinate with the facility manager to ensure the location will open when your rental company drops off your order. From the proper tent size for an outdoor wedding, to the portable dance floor complete with tables and chairs, a good rental company will work closely with you to determine exactly what and how many rental items will be needed to make your guests comfortable and your special occasion a complete success.

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Your Perfect Wedding Reception Venue

THE TIDEWATER SAILCLOTH TENT Available Exclusively from McVey Tent

The most revolutionary wedding tent ever, Tidewater Tents are constructed of sail cloth material creating an open air event space like nothing you’ve seen before. The translucence of sail cloth enhances daytime events with natural light, and positively glows when lit for evening gatherings. Our sweeping sailcloth tents are supported by beautifully stained and clear coated wooden poles and topped by waving flags.

You Decide its YOUR event When, Where, Big/Small, Formal/Casual Simple or Elegant It’s the Tidewater W6357 Design Drive, Greenville • 920-733-2500 • 800-924-5122 • www.mcveytent.com

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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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ask the right questions SELECTING A WEDDING CONSULTANT

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• What packages do you offer? What do they include? • Are your fees based on total cost of wedding or an hourly or flat rate? • Have you done weddings similar to mine? • What cultures and traditions are you familiar with? • Do you offer “day of the wedding” assistance? • Will you be willing to work with the coordinator at my reception location? • Can you provide me with special rates when working with various vendors? • How far in advance must I book your services? • What is your cancellation policy? • Is a deposit required? If so, when and how much?

WEDDING CONSULTANTS 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 to 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. Wedding coordinators 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. 56 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

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 possess 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 consultants can assist or do this for you. It is not unusual for wedding consultants 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


WEDDING COORDINATORS taking over the small details. In some cases they are only there to coordinate everything on the day of the wedding. If you do decide to choose a wedding consultant, it’s vital it be someone you truly like and who works well with your personalities. The caliber of wedding planners varies greatly. Hiring a friend because he/she loved planning his/ her own wedding might work for you, but beware. That doesn’t make him/ her 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 quality wedding consultants listed in this publication.

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2. A professional coordinator should offer an introductory meeting free of charge. Discuss your ideas and see if you click with each other. 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 he/she listen to your comments and concerns? Did he/she pay close attention to your wedding budget? Would they use them again? 5. Is he/she a member or certified with a professional Association of Bridal Consultants, such as ABC. 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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Do’s & Don’ts 5 1 DO take advantage of Internet technology. There are many sites dedicated to wedding planning that offer a wealth of information at your fingertips. Coordinate with vendors, make and confirm reservations, create a Pinterest account to save your favorite images and ideas. (Visit our website at PremierBride.com for trusted local vendors).

DO remember your guests with small children. Ask your reception site manager if there is a small room or play area near the festivities that you can rent. Hire a professional babysitting service to take care of the kids. Parents will appreciate your consideration and be able to relax and enjoy your reception knowing they are close to their children.

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2 DO create a separate email address and use it for everything you sign up for during the planning process. You’ll enjoy getting special offers and information but can delete the address after your wedding date.

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

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

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

7 DON’T forget to involve stepparents in your ceremony in some way; perhaps a reading during your ceremony or an invocation before dinner.

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

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


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

11 DON’T forget to discuss black and white and sepia tone images with your photographer. This classic style is dramatic and remains popular.

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

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

14 To get your skin in shape for your wedding day, DON’T forget to start six months prior to your wedding and practice make-up techniques.

15 When renting a stretch limo, DO remember that it can usually seat up to 10 people, but fewer when the bride’s gown and train and the bridesmaid’s dresses are factored in to the equation.

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

17 DO remember to return rental items on time and undamaged.

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

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

20 DON’T waste time getting to your reception. Have photos of the wedding party taken before the ceremony.

21 DO reserve your photographer nine to 12 months before your wedding. Decide which shots you definitely want and which ones you can live without.

22 DON’T forget to send an invitation to your officiant and to all of your wedding party.

23 DO pick up your invitation envelopes as soon as possible so that you can begin addressing them.

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

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


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GROOM THE LEVEL OF FORMALITY The formality of your wedding depends on the time of day of the wedding, the location, but most of all on you and your fiancé. Make sure you’re consistent throughout - invitations, décor, food, location, and wedding attire should all match in terms of formality. (Most people do this instinctively!) In warm weather and for beachy destination weddings, lighter colors (tan, light grey, white) look effortlessly handsome. Though in all climates, darker colors (navy, charcoal, black) always look sharp. Ties, vests, and cummerbunds can match the wedding colors, or compliment them with neutral tones. If the bridal gown is ivory, the men should wear ivory shirts, not white, to compliment her. Semiformal and formal weddings have plenty of options: a high quality, single- or double-breasted men’s suit in black, 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 po intedcollar 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-collar shirt, and a bow tie. DISTINGUISHING THE GROOM One way to distinguish the groom is to give him a different, but complimentary, boutonniere to wear. Another option is to have the groom in, say, a white coat while his groomsmen wear black. Use this same color play with vests and cummerbunds.


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GROOM SHOPPING TIPS When the men visit their formalwear shop they should have a firm idea of the women’s wedding attire and bring fabric or color swatches from the bridesmaids’ gowns. Pictures of preferred formalwear styles would also be helpful in the decision-making process. The groom and groomsmen should reserve their rentals at least three months in advance of the wedding (although the earlier, the better, especially during the busy season). Final measurements should be taken about three weeks before the ceremony; however, be sure to come back a few days before the wedding for last-minute alterations. Out-of-town groomsmen can get measured at any formalwear store or

local tailor’s near them, and send their measurements to the groom or to your formalwear store. Someone (often the best man, as long as he’s responsible!) should be designated to return all formalwear to the store on time in order to avoid late fees, which can get quite expensive adding up the per day, per outfit costs. The perfect fit
If you purchase your suit/tux, it can be tailored to your specific measurements (recommended for grooms). Rental suits and tuxes generally have a more generic fit, though nowadays there are more options. You’re likely to find a range of fits (traditional, modern, and slim) to more closely resemble what’s in a groom/ groomsman’s personal wardrobe. A formalwear store consultant will be a huge help in getting the fit just right.

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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. 86 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

Quality vendors reaching out to provide specific wedding information and tips, along with any special offers they might have is a good thing. 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, and 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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FINDING SOMEONE THAT FITS YOUR STYLE After months of fittings, tastings, and planning down to the very last detail, the day you’ve always dreamed of will seem to come and go in a blur. That’s why quality photography is a must! You want to be able to preserve the day and look back on everything that happened. Through pictures captured in a style that speaks to you, you can remember, relive, and cherish each moment for the rest of your lives. 4

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DEFINE YOUR STYLE Determining a photography style that speaks to you is the first order of business. Below are a few styles you might consider. DOCUMENTARY: Candid, spontaneous, not styled or posed. Capturing moments as they happen — shots of decorative details, action, and people. PORTRAIT: Classic and posed. Poses can be staged with traditional backdrops (such as a church alter) or more creative (like lounging on a vintage sofa or holding hands in front of a vibrant city mural). FINE ART OR EDGY & BOLD: Dramatic and dreamlike, with interesting angles and framing. Photos will represent the photographer’s vision, such as using more muted tones for a film-like effect. In the end, worry less about what a photographer calls their style and more about whether or not their work makes you happy. SHOP AROUND Once you’ve established your target style, it’s time to shop around. Collect referrals from friends, review local wedding magazines and websites, and check out bridal shows near you. Browsing local photographers’ websites, blogs, Facebook pages, and Instagram feeds is the quickest way to get a feel for the talent in your area. But beware of amateur photographers with limited real-world experience. Just because someone takes pretty iPhone photos, launches a website, and has a business card, that doesn’t make them a professional photographer. Choose someone with a strong portfolio of quality work, testimonials from happy clients, the right gear, well-thought-out contingency plans, and a professional attitude.


PHOTOGRAPHY MEET IN PERSON Don’t underestimate your meetings with photographers! Even if your artistic visions align, it’s just as important that your personalities click. Remember, this person is shadowing you on your wedding day. They should be professional, respectful, and know when to hang back, while also being bold enough to go after great shots and draw natural expressions from your guests. QUESTION & EVALUATE First and foremost: Only meet with photographers 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. At these meetings, ask to see a complete album of a wedding shot in a similar venue or with a style similar to yours. If you’re only gauging a photographer’s work off their online portfolio, you might be seeing a highlight reel; it’s best to get the whole picture. Have a critical eye when assessing wedding albums: Did they capture all the shots you’re hoping for? Are the images clear? How’s the composition? Is the lighting blown out, too dark, or just right? Some photographers are more skilled at capturing low-light images, so chose a professional whose talents suit your needs. GET IT IN WRITING Photography packages vary from one professional to the next, so it’s critical to find out what’s included, as well as the cost of any add-ons. A photography package may or may not include the following: second shooters, additional hours, high-res jpgs, photo

albums, or engagement sessions. Some photographers offer such services a-lacarte, so you can choose only what’s of value to you. Remember that seeminglyaffordable wedding photography suddenly isn’t all that affordable if you have to pay an extra $1,000 just to get the photo files. Speaking of files, ask any potential photographers how they back up your photos; if their answer doesn’t come swiftly and confidently, that can indicate a lack of professionalism. Also ask about their typical timeline for delivering proofs and final photos, and how you’ll receive them (small printed photos, an album, an online gallery, etc). Bear in mind that faster isn’t always better. Some professionals shoot weddings nonstop during the high season, then spend the next six months of the low season processing photos flawlessly. When you finally make your decision, get everything in writing. When is payment due? Will there be a backup camera? What’s the contingency plan should your photographer fall ill or have a family emergency? When will proofs be ready to view? Answering all of these questions up front will ease your mind and manage your expectations. CAPTURE MOMENTS THAT MATTER If there are friends and family that you want to be sure to snap a photo with or a particular time in the ceremony or reception that you want captured, it helps to put that in writing as well to help keep you and your photographer on track. Download our Ultimate Planner online at premierbride.com/planning where you’ll find a list of questions to ask your photographer and a checklist of can’tmiss moments.

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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 members and loved ones’ smiling faces will make it a truly personal memory!

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THE SOUNDTRACK OF YOUR SPECIAL DAY Imagine a wedding without a soundtrack. Sounds crazy, right? From moving songs at the ceremony to classy cocktail hour tunes to the late-night dance jams, music does so much to set the tone at a wedding. Here are the many ways you might incorporate music into your wedding day, and some helpful tips for ensuring that your soundtrack goes off without a hitch.4

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MUSIC CEREMONY MUSIC What have you always envisioned for the soundtrack to your ceremony? A vocalist? String quartet? Solo pianist? When weighing your options for ceremony musicians, consider your vision, but also look to your wedding’s style and venue; make sure there is harmony between the location and the music you choose. Think back to past weddings you’ve attended. What did you like about the music for each ceremony? What didn’t work so well? Did you cry like a baby when friends of bride played a charming, acoustic tune? Did you cringe when the groom’s cousin, even with the best of intentions, sang entirely off-key? Your guests could likely react the same way, so choose wisely! Once you and your fiancé have some ideas in mind, check out local musicians. Visit bridal shows, review bridal publications and online sources like premierbride.com, or ask for referrals from recently married friends or from 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. Also, you may have to have the music approved 94 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

by the officiant, depending on your ceremony location. 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, some 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. Fortunately, most musicians who specialize in weddings are talented professionals, and with the tips included here, you’ll be able to confidently select an excellent entertainer and selection of dance tunes for your big day. First and foremost, ask yourself: live band or DJ? While there are pros and cons


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MUSIC 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 you can always configure a portable music-streaming and speaker hookup to 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 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, “put a ring on 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 96 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

play” list of songs you don’t want to miss. All things considered, whether you go for a band or a 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 Whitney Houston to Béyonce, diversity is key in playing a little something for everyone. THE NITTY GRITTY Consider your ceremony and reception site and how this might impact your choice of music and entertainment. Communicate with your site manager so you’re aware of any restrictions and so that he/ she is aware of your plans ahead of time. If your entertainment has never performed at your chosen ceremony or reception site before, ask the site manager when they can visit the venue to make sure it meets their needs in terms of space, electricity, and lighting. 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 document and 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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Father Daughter Dance 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

I Loved Her First My Little Girl Butterfly Kisses My Wish My Girl What a Wonderful World The Way You Look Tonight Cinderella

Mother Son Dance 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

My Wish What a Wonderful World Humble and Kind A Song For Mama Simple Man I Hope You Dance You’ll Be in My Heart In My Life

Wedding Party Dance 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Shut Up and Dance Can’t Stop the Feeling I Gotta Feeling Cupid Shuffle September

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Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) Dear Future Husband Man! I Feel Like a Woman! Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Where Them Girls At

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Pony Ginuwine Another One Bites the Dust Queen Let’s Get It On Marvin Gaye Hot In Herre Nelly Danger Zone Kenny Loggins

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Marry Me Canon in D A Thousand Years A Thousand Years (Instrumental) Can’t Help Falling in Love

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INVITATIONS GETTING STARTED To keep all the invitation details straight, it’s best to find a qualified local professional to act as your go-to person for all paper goods and etiquette questions. Or if you choose to purchase online, give yourself some extra time in case there are any problems that require shipping back and forth. It’s also smart to test-drive an online retailer before committing (ask for paper samples, etc.). The sooner you start on invitations, the better. Before you choose a style of invitation, it’s crucial to know some of the broad themes of your wedding: casual vs. formal, bold colors vs. soft hues, rustic vs. black tie, etc. Knowing these key details will help you find or create invitations to reflect the style of your day. If possible, order invitations and other wedding stationery six or more months before the big day. Formal invitations should be sent six to eight weeks before the wedding with save-the-dates going out months in advance. CREATIVE THINKING While formal invitations complete with calligraphy and foil-lined envelopes are never out of style, the breadth of invite design options has grown immensely. Many brides hire a graphic designer or artist to add a personalized, handmade touch. The use of watercolor and illustrated elements is also growing to such an extent that many stationery companies now have a resident artist on staff. PAPER PARTS & PIECES Wedding invitations typically consist of several parts: a ceremony card with the details of the ceremony, a 100 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

reception card explaining reception details, a response card with its stamped/addressed envelope, a card with directions to the ceremony/ reception and hotel information for out-of-town guests, and an inner and outer envelope. The rules aren’t hard and fast, however, you can really think outside the box with your design if that suits the style of your wedding day. INVITATION WORDING Traditionally, whoever is hosting (read: paying for) the wedding will be listed first on the invitation. But it’s best to work this out on a case-by-case basis with open communication between the couple, the bride’s parents, and the groom’s parents. Some couples today who are paying for the majority of their wedding say “Mary Bride and John Groom, together with their families, request the honor of your presence at their marriage.” An experienced professional will be able to assist you more with wording. ADDRESSING ADVICE To address the envelopes, you can run them through your printer in a beautiful font, hand-write them yourself, or hire a hand-letterer to do the job for you. Hand lettering gives a beautiful first impression and can even act as a sort of framable gift to your guests. Avoid using labels at all costs, even clear ones as they just don’t convey an elegance or special-ness that a wedding deserves. If you want to keep things formal/ classic, here are some tips for the etiquette of addresses. Street names, cities, and states should be written out completely (no abbreviations). To address a married couple, use “Mr.


INVITATIONS and Mrs. Tom Smith.” For an unmarried couple living together, use “Mr. Tom Smith and Miss Judy Jones.” If every member of the family is invited, use “Mr. and Mrs. Tom Smith & Family.” If only older children are invited, write their names under the parents’ names, such as, “Miss Jane Smith.” Adult children no longer living with their parents should receive their own invitation. If you don’t want young children at your reception, politely say “adults only” somewhere in the invite, and confirm this fact when you talk to your guests before the wedding. Include your return address on the back of the envelope. Placing it on the back is less crowded and leaves room for the guest’s address to shine on the front. You can handwrite your return address, or in this case, printed labels are an acceptable shortcut. You’ll also want to make sure that the return address matches the primary host. If Mary Bride and John Groom are hosting (paying for) the bulk of the wedding, you’ll see their return address on the back. If Mary’s parents are hosting, you’ll see her parents names/ address on the back. STAMP STUFF One last critical tip: Before you send all of your invites, take one to the post office. Have it weighed to confirm the postage cost in case it weighs more than the normal envelope or is an odd shape. The last thing you want is for all of your invitations to be returned as “insufficient postage!” So stop at the post office, make absolutely sure all is right with your stamps, pop those gorgeous invitations in the mail, and take a deep breath. Your wedding is officially underway!

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Imagine a picture-perfect wedding cake. You’d probably envision a tiered confection with elegant embellishments crowned with fresh flowers, a porcelain cake topper, or the bride and groom’s initials. While such classic cakes are never out of style, there are lots of ways to freshen up tradition or even stray from it entirely, while still serving a sweet that is timeless, delicious, and uniquely you. 4

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CAKES DESSERT DECISIONS A good place to start when deciding on your wedding cake or dessert is to consider the rest of your wedding. The look and feel of your sweet treat should match your day, whether that’s classic elegance, rustic romance, whimsical fun, or megawatt glam. If your wedding is black tie, a traditional tiered wedding cake is probably the way to go — it will certainly make a statement as a centerpiece of the room. If your wedding is outdoors or in a barn trimmed with twinkle lights, a naked cake or lattice-topped pies add ample charm to the scene. More casual affairs might host dessert that’s even more outside the box, such as candy buffets or ice cream sundaes. As you style your dessert, think about what speaks to you as a couple. Are you both big movie buffs? Work your love of cinema into the cake with fondant rolls of film and famous characters perched on each tier. Did the groom propose in Paris? Find a baker who can craft a veritable Eiffel Tower of cupcakes, brimming with French romance. If you have a uniquely sweet idea, seek out a professional who can bring your vision to life. TIERED STYLE Why go tiered? Tiered cakes are a timeless choice for a reason — they’re utterly impressive, eye-catching, and make for a very pretty picture. You can even have each tier be a different flavor to up the tasty variety. The other nice thing about tiered cakes it that, though similar in shape, there’s no end to the myriad of styles you can apply to this classic design. Popular nowadays is the aforementioned naked cake: layers of 104 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

exposed cake and buttercream with a rustic, homespun feel. Naked cakes work really well with boho and outdoor weddings, especially when topped with fresh berries or flowers. For fully frosted cakes, there’s no end to the styles available to you. Ruffles are always pretty and look at home at a variety of weddings, from outdoor to ballroom. Cakes that glimmer with metallic luster are certainly growing in popularity (think edible sequins and gold leafing). For more colorful weddings, consider a painted, illustrative, or ombre cake design that draws out the color story of your wedding. Painted or fondant monogramming and lace details are also a fresh, elegant way to go. DECORATIVE DISPLAYS While a lone tiered cake can be a stunner, there are lots of ways to feature your dessert table as décor. Instead of just one large wedding cake, consider three to five smaller tiered cakes, each in a different flavor to offer variety. These mini cakes can be displayed on staggered stands to add dimension. Cupcakes are another popular way to expand your wedding cake’s presence: Try showcasing the central cake surrounded by towers of matching cupcakes. You can even place a small cake at the center of each dinner table, so the dessert can double as a centerpiece. A LITTLE VARIETY Wedding dessert doesn’t have to stop at cake. In fact, many brides and grooms are embracing variety these days, to the delight of their guests. It’s not uncommon to see a traditional cake paired with other sweets — think


CAKES cookies (pretty macarons or homemade chocolate chip), truffles, or whole tables chock full of candy. Candy also makes a great favor, as you can give each guest a cute bag (personalized for your wedding day!) for filling with candies of their choice: chocolates, jelly beans, taffy, gummies, and more! You can even think further outside the box to make your dessert experience an exceptionally memorable one. Having an outdoor wedding? Invite guests to roast marshmallows over an open fire, then stack their own s’mores. Build-your-own sundaes are a charming sweet for summer affairs, and a wellstocked stash of toppings will have the kid in every guest buzzing with excitement. Feel free to get really personal with your dessert selection, too, by serving your all-time favorite sweets. Do you share a donut obsession? A display brimming with deep-fried confections can be fun and whimsical at a more laidback wedding. Or choose two desserts — one for the bride and one for the groom. The bride’s dessert might be apple pie a la mode, and the groom’s dessert might be red velvet cake. Knowing these are your favorites will add a sweet, personal touch for your guests. SWEETS TO SIP Who says dessert has to be merely edible — why not drinkable, too? For winter weddings, hot chocolate bars are a cozy way for guests to warm up. Have help-yourself hot cocoa dispensers with an array of toppings: marshmallows, fresh whipped cream, chocolate drizzle, and peppermint stirring sticks. A coffee bar also makes a wonderful late-night treat. For a

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CAKES smaller wedding, consider hiring a barista for a portion of the evening to whip up lattes, cappuccinos, and espresso drinks to compliment pastries, biscotti, and specialty chocolates. FINDING A BAKERY Whatever you decide on, take advantage of all food tastings. That shouldn’t be hard to do when dessert’s on the tasting menu! Go with your gut and choose the dessert you deem the tastiest, but also factor in the bakery’s efficiency and professionalism. The baker should return your calls and emails in a timely manner, be flexible with your needs, have some familiarity with your reception venue, and guarantee on-time delivery, set-up, serving, and clean-up (if needed).

PRICING Wedding cakes are typically priced by the slice, depending on the style, ingredients, size, and embellishments. Your reception site might also charge a plating fee, often per person, to cut and serve the cake. But ask about this; it might be negotiable. THE FIRST BITE The traditional cake cutting sounds like, well, a piece of cake! But it’s slightly more involved. Make sure you have a knife and lifter set to go; these might be engraved with your initials or decorated with ribbons in your wedding colors. Traditionally, the bride grasps the knife with her right hand and the groom covers her hand with his as they cut the cake together — and the crowd goes wild!

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a 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

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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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CREATIVE REGISTRY IDEAS something besides plates and pillows for your gift registry A Charitable Donation Asking for a donation to a cause of the couple’s choice as a wedding gift is a great way to raise social awareness and to make your wedding about something bigger than yourselves. Many charities, such as Heifer.org, offer the option of creating your own online registry that will help families in third world countries become self-sufficient and earn an income by giving them animals to raise. Other sites like justgive.org offer couples over 1,000,000 charities to choose from to create an online wedding registry. If there are still some gifts you’d like to receive but want to do something charitable as well, check out idofoundation.org. This site allows you to register at popular stores such as Pottery Barn, Target or Macy’s, and they will donate a percentage of the proceeds to your selected charity.

helps couples register to get financial assistance towards the first step in buying a home. (Please note, despite what one of these web sites indicates, it is NOT appropriate to send ANY type of mailing to your guests “outlining” your request for gifts of money!) Some couples might feel uneasy telling their family and friends they are asking for some of these uncommon registry ideas, but it helps to have a couple close family members and friends spread the word by saying something such as, “Yes, they’re registered at Target, but I hear they’re also hoping to save money for the down payment of a house...” and to direct the guests to the alternate registry.

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12 MONTHS BEFORE • choose date & venue • contact venue’s on-site wedding coordinator • research airfare & room rates for your destination • review legal marriage requirements

6 MONTHS BEFORE 1 MONTH BEFORE • reserve block of rooms • discuss final details with wedding coordinator • book travel • finalize vows, music, & • book officiant schedule • purchase travel & wedding • release any extra rooms insurance from your room blocks • confirm cake, flowers, • have programs printed & menu, & decor obtain additional wedding favors & ship to resort 9 MONTHS BEFORE 3 MONTHS BEFORE • visit resort • send formal invitations • tour venue & guest rooms • create wedding day • ask about group discounts itinerary for your programs • send out save-the-dates & hotel info

2 WEEKS BEFORE • make sure you have proper documentation to obtain marriage license • collect all insurance related documents 1 WEEK BEFORE • create a photo shot list for your photographer • share contact info with wedding party • final check with coordinator

THEuniting UNITY CEREMONY families symbolically and physically If you are looking for ideas for the unity ceremony, then the most traditional symbol of unity is the candle. The bride and groom both have a candle and they light one candle together. This symbolizes the unity that they now share. There are many more ideas that you can use if candles aren’t your thing! A popular alternative to the traditional candle ceremony is the sand ceremony. You can get sand in the colors of your wedding, or sand from different beaches, and “marry” them together. You can also put the sand in a frame to keep forever! Taking the sand a bit further, you can send the sand combination to a company, and have it made into a glass sculpture. Another alternative would be literally “tying the knot.” By taking two different

ropes of different colors, and tying them together in a knot, you unite as a couple. Other alternatives include breaking bread, a unity cross, planting a unity tree, sending a wish lantern into the sky and unity wine. All of which you “marry” together in the unity ceremony. The last type of unity ceremony is more controversial. The fight box is quite simply a wooden box filled with a bottle of wine (or similar) and two letters, one from the groom, and one from the bride. On your first fight as a married couple, you pop the box open, and remember why you love each other. This can bring you back together to remember what love is all about. The unity ceremony can be a great way to incorporate children into the ceremony, or for the couple solely.

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DOOR COUNTY Imagine riding in a horse-drawn carriage through a vibrant autumn forest; snuggling in front of a cozy fire as snowflakes fall gently outside; discovering the first wildflowers of spring along a winding, wooded trail; or basking in the sun on a white sand beach as waves gently lap the shore. 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. Nestled among the Door County scenery are a variety of honeymoon accommodations to suit every budget and lifestyle. Options range from luxurious hotels and condominiums with complete honeymoon packages, to antique-filled bed and breakfasts, rustic cottages and scenic campsites. 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. For couples who prefer to get away from it all, there are countless breathtaking views in Door County just waiting to be discovered. Cave Point, on Lake Michigan’s shore, is one popular spot for honeymooners, with its spectacular rock formations and pounding waves. And to many, nothing is more romantic

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romantic spark alive for many years to come. Want some help in planning your next romantic Door County getaway, or even your destination wedding? Contact the Door County Visitor Bureau at 800-527-3529 for personal assistance or visit DoorCounty.com for lots of information and ideas about planning your honeymoon or wedding. Take advantage of their specially tailored romantic winter vacation packages that are a part of the annual Door County Nature of Romance promotion, with packages good December through March each year. For other great ideas on what to do the next time you visit the Cape Cod of the Midwest, be sure to check out Explore The Door, an award winning video travel podcast about Door County.

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DISASTER PROOF WEDDINGS protecting yourself Entertainment If you’re using a DJ, be sure to specify the name of your DJ/MC in your contract along with the duties he/she will perform. If you’re having a live band, be sure to watch them play live if you have the opportunity to do so. The contract should list the musicians by name, state the number of hours included in the price (one hour for cocktails and four hours for the reception is standard) and detail potential overtime charges. artists-eyes.com

The average wedding costs $20,000$28,000. A large portion of that must be prepaid. So it may seem to be stating the obvious when we say it is important to protect yourself against fraud, business failures and even honest mistakes. Attention to detail can save you thousands of dollars by preventing disasters before they happen. Brides and grooms who elect to plan the wedding on their own should pay special attention to the following:

Caterer Request a sampling of the items on your menu. Confirm in writing that the same chef will prepare the food for your reception. Determine any additional charges such as cake cutting or corkage fees before you sign the contract. Photographer Meet in person with the photographer you’re considering to make sure that you are comfortable with him or her. Specify the name of your chosen photographer in the contract, and make sure that same photographer will shoot your wedding. Also make sure you have a backup plan should your photographer get sick or be unable to make it on the day of your wedding. Get the delivery date for digital proofs and finished photos in writing.

Dress Buying a gown usually requires a minimum lead-time of six months and a 50 percent deposit. Confirm delivery for a few months prior to the wedding to allow for the unexpected. Use the manufacturer’s size chart when ordering to avoid unnecessary alteration charges. Remember that it is normally easier to alter a dress that is too big than one that is too small. Flowers Inform your florist of the time of day and location for the ceremony and reception, so he/she can recommend flowers that will last throughout the festivities. A week prior to the wedding, confirm delivery time. A friend or family member should check that the flowers delivered on the wedding day are fresh and as ordered. Invitations Your contract should state that you can review your invitation proof (an extra charge may apply), and that any printer’s mistakes will be corrected at no charge. Include the delivery date on your contract. Order invitations at least four to five months prior to the wedding to avoid rush-order mistakes.

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Bursting with arts and culture, cosmopolitan flair, historic architecture, and a renowned foodie scene, Canada’s French mecca, Montreal, feels like a little slice of Europe nestled into North America. Pack your bags, grab your passport, and head north! 


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BIENVENUE! Francophiles, say bonjour to Montreal! In this the largest city in Canada’s Quebec province, French isn’t just an official language. The culture here is also deeply influenced by all things French. Historic architecture transports you to another time and place filled with all the charm of Europe without the price tag of flying overseas. Primarily a cosmopolitan experience, honeymooning in Montreal is best if you’re in search of world-class dining, shopping, history, music, and art. The best times to go are late spring or early autumn, with May and October being ideal in terms of weather. Summers are steamy and winters are freezing. You will need a valid US passport or other equivalent documentation to honeymoon in Montreal. Book flights into Montréal– Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, just 20 minutes from downtown. Once there, you can easily take a taxi or ride service, or brave the vast underground subway. Don’t worry—it’s cheap and easy. Retailers in Montreal use the Canadian dollar, and French and English are spoken everywhere in this bilingual province. EXPLORE THE CITY To get a lay of the land, hitch a ride on the Amphi-Bus—a bus and boat

tour in one! Start your journey on land, touring Montreal’s must-sees like Old Montreal (Vieux Montreal), the Notre Dame Basilica, and Place d’Armes before traveling down the St. Lawrence River for a whole new perspective of the city. Want to stay on dry land? BIXI bikes are available to rent throughout the city. Want to get right on the water? A trip on a Bateau-Mouche offers an incredible cruise experience in the Old Port of Montreal. Opt for a dinner cruise featuring fresh local produce for a romantic and delicious night on the water. INDULGE IN THE CULTURE Montreal really is a cultural mecca, playing host to over 30 festivals each year in addition to a continuous lineup of concerts and performing arts events. Be sure to check Montreal’s entertainment calendar for the days you’ll be in town; there may be a cultural event that you won’t want to miss! Here’s are some things happening year-round: Whether you’re a history lover or just enjoy the charming ambiance of European architecture, a stroll through Vieux Montreal is a must. Buildings in this area of town date back to the 18th century. Check out the NotreDame Basilica and City Hall. The Place


Jacques-Cartier is a sunny, bustling hot spot in summer months. The Marché Bonsecours, built in 1847 and named one of Canada’s 10 finest heritage buildings, houses over a dozen boutiques featuring “made in Quebec” creations. Foodies should stop by the Jean-Talon open air market, featuring fresh produce and tempting handcrafted treats. This is also a great spot to grab a quick bite to eat. Hungry for more? Pause for a cup of coffee or glass of wine at one of the many sidewalk cafés or bistros that line the Saint Lawrence River. This is as close to Paris as it gets! For dinner, take your pick from countless fine restaurants serving up international cuisine. Love yourself some retail therapy? The Holt Renfrew department store is a shopper’s dream. Here you’ll find luxury brands like Chanel and Hermès. If you’d rather browse more unique offerings beloved by locals, bop around the Plateau on Saint Denis and Saint Laurent Boulevard. For those who can’t get enough culture, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is a wonderful place to while away the hours. The permanent collection features works by Picasso, Renoir, and

Rembrandt. There are also featured exhibitions, concerts, and cultural events held at the museum, so be sure to peek at the calendar before you go. If you’re itching for some adventure time, consider hiking Mount Royal, a small mountain in the middle of the city. There are multiple ways you can journey: by paved road, stairs, or dirt path, with several stops and lookouts along the way. Biking is also an option. Near the top, you’ll find a lovely chalet with a breathtaking view of the city below. STAY IN STYLE From unique B&Bs to affordable Airbnbs, cities like Montreal offer a range of wonderful lodgings. But if you’re looking for a once-in-a-lifetime kind of stay, here are some ideas. The iconic Ritz-Carlton Montreal combines the old-world grandeur of the Ritz with newly-renovated luxuries and amenities, including things like heated bathroom floors and defogging mirrors. There’s also a famed French restaurant and a Tiffany and Co. jewelry store on site. There’s also the Queen Elizabeth Hotel, which puts you at the center of it all. This hotel is located above a train station that connects to Montreal’s

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sprawling underground city of restaurants and boutiques. There’s also a health club and indoor pool, if fitness is a must even as you honeymoon. Fun Fact for Beatles fans: The Queen Elizabeth Hotel is where John Lennon and Yoko Ono held their famous “bed-in” in 1969. If it’s history you’re after, rest your head at Montreal’s most-historic hotel, Pierre Calvet. It’s the oldest hotel in the city, having first opened in 1727. With every room uniquely designed and a gourmet restaurant attached, Pierre Calvet offers a one-of-a-kind experience. DAY TRIPS Quebec City is just under three hours from Montreal—worth the journey if you’re willing to get up early, or even stay a couple of nights. You can get there by bus, train, or car rental. Quebec City is even deeper into French culture and language than Montreal, so it’s a good place to practice your French language skills. What makes Quebec worth the trip? First, its fortified walls are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And if you thought Old Montreal was quaint and charming, just wait. If you’re traveling in winter, be

sure to hit the Carnaval de Quebec, one of Canada’s oldest and most well-known annual winter festivals. A stop at the Chateau Frontenac is also a magical must. The most-photographed hotel in the world, the Frontenac is like something from a fairytale, dominating the Quebec City skyline as it overlooks the Saint Lawrence River. In warmer months, take in the view of the city skyline with a delightful ferry ride. For those who want to get out of town, just nine miles outside of Old Quebec are the Montmorency Falls, good for a morning or afternoon trip. These narrow falls are even taller than Niagara! Take a cable car up to the top and walk across the suspension bridge to see the falls up close. More than just the Montmorency Falls, Quebec boasts valleys, mountains, lakes, fields, and the scenic Île-d’Orléans—so much natural beauty within a short half-hour drive of the historic city. From beautiful landscapes to cultural experiences galore, Montreal and its surroundings truly offer the best of all worlds. Isn’t that just what you want in a honeymoon destination? Bon voyage, les amoureux!

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girl or even a bride’s maid. The bride’s son or daughter might stand next to the bride in a show that the groom is not only marrying the mother, but also acknowledging he is taking the child as his own. This can be done visa versa as well and it is not uncommon to have a son or daughter walk down the aisle with their mother. Since children will often have some issues with their parent getting remarried, it is a good idea to let them have a big part in the wedding so they can feel a sense of importance. Singing during the ceremony, lighting a unity candle or just incorporating a reading will also tie the family and the ceremony together in a special way. Choosing the Right Dress and Style for You and the Wedding Party Blusher’s are not a good choice for brides walking down the aisle a second time since this reflects the innocence of a first time bride. Additionally, most brides the second time around do not choose the princess dress they would have chosen to wear in their first wedding. However, white dresses are no longer taboo. The most important thing is to pick a dress, regardless of the color, that brings out the beauty of the bride. Hemlines are shorter and the colors are often soft and pastel. Overall, dresses tend to be less ornamental with better quality silk or silk satin and the train is not as long. Another trend for a second time bride is a hairstyle donning fresh flowers - a choice that is very trendy and elegant nowadays. Wedding parties tend to be pared down from four plus attendants to two close friends or family members. Additionally, attendants are usually


SECOND TIME BRIDES allowed to pick their favorite cocktail dress that is within the brides color scheme or theme. Wedding Trends and Who Pays Smaller, intimate weddings are definitely the norm for second time couples. The receptions are different too; simple dinner parties or cocktail receptions are preferred over full-blown affairs. Often the bouquet and garter toss are replaced with an award to the longest married couple in the room. Since most of the time the bride and groom will pay for the second wedding, the choices they make are their own this time around. However, if it is a first wedding for the bride or groom, parents might still get involved to pay for a part of the wedding. There are no rules in regards to how to handle this situation; often everyone helps with the budget to make it the most special day possible. The wedding invitations are issued from the bride and groom, in third person, without titles. It would read as follows:

Jane Cook and John Smith request the honor of your presence at their marriage Enlisting the aid of family, friends and wedding professionals ensure an easy and enjoyable day where nerves stay relatively unfrazzled and the sophistication of the event is remembered for years to come. Finally, remember that while you may have been married before, it was not to each other. Treat your special day as just that, and keep in mind it is the first day the two of you will spend your lives together.

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 Jewelry

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 Belt

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HONEYMOON Decide on your ideal destination and figure out what you’d like to do when you’re there besides laying in bed all day. Are you up for outdoor activities? Do you want to check off some sight-seeing from your bucket list? Or would you rather just soak up the sun? There’s no right or wrong answer, but make sure to discuss your expectations before you book your trip. You don’t want to arrive at the allinclusive resort only to find that you’d rather relax on the beach and your husband would rather take snorkeling lessons. Either way, be prepared to compromise; it will be good practice for married life! Let’s look at some destinations to consider. Go tropical. You can’t beat a fruity umbrella-clad drink and romantic walks along the beach. Even for the most active of couples, your honeymoon is one time when it’s okay to sit back and let yourselves be taken care of. If you choose a tropical destination, an all-inclusive resort is a most relaxing way to go, and most places offer a honeymoon package. All abroad! A trip abroad is an adventure and a chance to get caught up in a whirlwind of new ideas and cultures. However, if you’ve never been abroad before, make sure this is an experience you’re both fully committed to. Planning an international trip for the first time can be stressful. But if you’re up to the challenge, the result can be a most romantic, unforgettable experience. Staying local. If you don’t have the funds for a plane ticket abroad or can’t get away for a long trip, consider what’s close to home. You’ll probably be surprised to learn that there’s a quaint bed & breakfast just a few 130 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

miles from your home. Turn off your cell phones and focus on each other. It will seem as if you’re light years away. Take a cruise. If you can’t decide on a destination, a cruise might be for you, it’s the best of both worlds! If you want to see Europe, but you’ve never been and don’t have time to plan a trip, try a Mediterranean cruise. If you know you want to go tropical but can’t decide on a spot, island hop on a Caribbean cruise. And if you can’t decide whether you want to relax or be active, a cruise will give the chance to do both. Plan and prep. Here are some things to think about, especially if you’ve never traveled to your honeymoon spot before. • Different customs. If you’re traveling abroad, do your research. Find out what’s considered inappropriate in terms of gestures, actions, or type of dress, and learn the best way to tip (what percentage and when). • Language. Learn some key phrases before you go and bring a pocketsized dictionary. • Weather. Find out the average high and low temps and be prepared for rain or shine. • Travel agents. Leave your travel planning to a professional! The cost to you is generally zero, and an agent will save you tons of time and greatly reduce your stress. Make it romantic. It’s no secret that a honeymoon is all about those intimate moments and fueling the newlywed romance. So be proactive in making sparks fly! Pack a secret gift for each other or plan a nighttime excursion — anything to spice things up.

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RESTORATION DRAMA something old and new Maybe it was your mother’s or even your grandmother’s wedding gown. Maybe you’ve simply gone in for a vintage dress. Either way, your gown’s not quite tip-top, and it needs a little TLC before the wedding. Even a damaged or neglected gown can be restored or restyled if you invest in the services of a professional who specializes in the care of bridal fabrics. Once you find a restorer, discuss tears, beverage and perspiration stains, and yellowing to decide if the restoration will be to your satisfaction. Color changes can be miraculous, and replacement fabric can often be found to match the original. If you’re trying to create a truly vintage look, then 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 and become 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 a relative who will appreciate the “something old” you offer her when she re-enacts your restoration drama at her wedding.

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WEAR AND CARE tips to protect your dress • Have your gown pressed and padded at least two weeks early. • While you’re wearing the gown, use common sense. Protect it from moisture and mud, and lift the train above dirty floors. However, don’t be so cautious that you don’t enjoy yourself. • Use plastic sheets to questionable areas outdoors.

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• Keep track of white beverage spills such as white wines, champagne and soda. Left untreated, yellowing will occur. • Consign your gown to the cleaners even if it seems in perfect shape after the wedding. Perspiration and other obscure stains will make their mark

over time and become embedded 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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The halter wraps around the neck exposing a bride’s shoulders. This look is best on taller brides who have broader shoulders.

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The V-neckline can range from a simple, modest V shape sitting just below the collarbone to a deep, sexy plunge. This look is best for the average busted girl. The larger the chest, the smaller the V.

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An off the shoulder gown creates the perfect silhouette to flatter collarbones, shoulders, and upper arms. This neckline is especially attractive on medium to full chested women.

The illusion neckline features a strapless gown with either a sweetheart, straight or curved neckline with a sheer fabric covering the décolletage to the neck. Most illusions form a halter or bateau line, but give the appearance of a strapless.

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The gentle curve of the bateau neck follows the shape of the collarbone almost to the shoulders. This shape is especially good for petite brides with lovely collarbones.


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What’s the difference between a makeup artist, cosmetologist, and esthetician? A makeup artist is the person a bride turns to on the day of her wedding, enhancing her own natural beauty. Cosmetologists do makeup, as well as, sometimes, skincare, nail care, and hair styling. Manicures and facials fall in the realm of cosmetology. Estheticians take things one step further. They perform services such as skincare treatments and hair removal that makeup artists and cosmetologists may not be licensed to. Each of these beauty professionals, whether in the weeks and months leading up to your wedding, or on the wedding day itself, can help you look your best. GET GLOWING A great time to focus on healthy, glowing skin is when your wedding is still months away. If you’re concerned about the health and appearance of your skin, consider a visit to a dermatologist, for bigger problems, or an esthetician, for minor issues. Facials are a must for all skin types. For full-body beautification, body waxing is a good place to start. If you’re of the opinion that a white gown’s best accessory is sun-kissed skin, you’re not alone. But before hitting the tanning beds or getting a spray-tan, proceed with caution, or risk being pumpkin orange or beet red. HAIR DO’S AND DON’TS When choosing a hairstyle, consider your gown, the formality of your wedding, your personal style, your hair type and texture, and your face shape. An updo is a classic way to go and is ideal for showing off a dramatic neckline. If you’re a trendy girl, try braids, hair


BEAUTY extensions, or a tousled bohemian look. Just be cautious of overly-trendy styles. Consult your hair stylist four to six weeks before the wedding to find the right look for you. MAKEUP MUSTS Whether you hire a pro to do your makeup, have a friend do it, or do it yourself, do a trial run before the wedding. Now is the time to practice, not on the day of your wedding! Keep the makeup on throughout the trial day and see how it lasts. How does it look at two, five, and even eight hours later? Is it easy enough to touch up? The key to wedding makeup isn’t caking it on, but rather looking like a more polished version of yourself. Define your eyebrows with a pencil and try fake eyelashes so that your eyes really pop in photos. Try highlighting key places, a bold lip color, or using a primer under your foundation, lipstick, and eyeshadow so that it lasts longer. Waterproof mascara recommended! NAILS AND BROWS Regular manicures in the one or two months before your wedding day will get your nails in perfect shape. As a rule, it’s best to avoid really trendy nail polish colors. Play it safe and go with a classic, neutral color, so you’ll have no regrets years down the road. Have your eyebrows professionally shaped at least two weeks before the wedding. If you’ve never done this before, you’ll be amazed at how different you look with well-groomed brows! Some people may experience a red, rash-like reaction, so doing this early enough gives you time to recover if it happens to you. In the end, always remember that a bride’s best beauty secret is her smile!

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DEFINING YOUR WEDDING WITH BLOOMS Through decades of evolving wedding traditions and styles, certain things remain constant like a bride’s white dress and gorgeous flowers to adorn the day. Though we think of flowers as an accent, they’re so much more at a wedding. Flowers help define a wedding’s colors, theme, and mood.4

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FINDING A FLORIST If possible, you should book a florist 8 to 10 months before your wedding. Your goal is to find someone who is organized and professional and whose style and personality meshes with your own. To start, create a flowers-only Pinterest board to gather images that you love, and maybe some that you don’t. It helps to have lots to show your potential florist. Have a budget in mind. At your florist meetings, you should know your wedding colors and ceremony and reception locations. If you have a picture of your wedding dress and any fabric swatches from the bridesmaid dresses, bring those along as well. The right florist for you will take all of these elements (your style, venue, and budget) and create something special just for you. Florists know which flowers will and won’t wilt in the sun, which are best for indoors, and which will work better in a centerpiece than in a bouquet. FOR YOU AND YOUR WEDDING PARTY You’ll first want to determine the look of your bridal bouquet. All other floral pieces will take their cue from this piece. This is the perfect opportunity to bring your style and personality to the forefront. Full, rounded bouquets are gorgeous as are cascading bouquets which are a classic choice making a modern comeback. Today’s cascades are a loose, more natural style of bouquet. Then there’s the bridal party flowers. Just as we’re seeing bridesmaids in mix-and-match dresses, we’re seeing mix-and-match bouquets more frequently and mix-and-match boutonnieres as well. Yet another way to work flowers into fashion are flower crowns!


FLOWERS FOR THE CEREMONY & RECEPTION If you’re having your ceremony in a place of worship, check with your officiant for any restrictions before finalizing the flowers. Some churches request that flowers remain on-site for weekend services, though this practice is rather outdated. For the reception, there are countless floral styles to incorporate into the décor: elegant vases filled with cut flowers, towering candelabras with verdant accents, topiaries, scattered rose petals, assorted small vases with just a few blooms each, and so much more. Keep in mind that the height of the arrangements shouldn’t get in the way of conversation. The key is to either make the arrangements low enough to talk over or high enough to talk under. If your bridal party bouquets are doubling as decoration at the reception, equally spacing the bouquets at the head table is a lovely way to go. Finish off the table with a garland of greenery laced with flowers for a gorgeous effect. If your budget allows, consider adding floral flourishes throughout the reception hall to tie everything together. Your florist might sprinkle rose petals on serving trays, or drape additional garland along the buffet tables. You can also use greenery to fill in a large room. Run any and all ideas past your florist so he/she can help you refine your vision, stay within your budget, and create a beautiful, memorable ambiance. FLOWERS IN ALL SEASONS One of the most important things for you and your florist to factor into your choice of flowers is the season in which your wedding falls. You’ll find that flowers that bloom during the month of your wedding will be more affordable and

will last longer than those that are out of season. Let’s look at some popular flowers in each season to kickstart your search. Winter: Amaryllis, Casablanca Lily, Freesia, Gerbera Daisy, Heather Holly, Narcissus, Poinsettia, Rose, Stephanotis. Spring: Peony, Sweet Pea, Lilac, Ranunculus, Hydrangea, Tulip, Calla Lily, Magnolia. Summer: Anemone, Azalea, Camellia, Daffodil, French Tulip, Hyacinth, Jasmine, Lily of the Valley, Mimosa, Pansy, Primrose, Violet. Fall: Celosia (Cockscomb), Chinese Lantern, Chrysanthemum, Crosnia, Dahlia, Statice. Year-round: Baby’s Breath, Carnation, Cattleman, Chrysanthemum, Cymbidium Orchid, Daisy, Dendroblum, Orchid, Freesia, Gardenia, Gerbera Daisy, Gladiolus, Iris, Lily, Rose, September Aster, Snapdragon, Stephanotis, Tuberose. KEEPING IT CLASSIC No doubt roses are the most widely used flower in wedding arrangements. These timeless blooms are available in three grades: fancy, extra fancy, and select. Florists rarely deal with fancy roses. These are most commonly found in supermarkets and they tend to wilt rapidly. Roses that are of top quality will last the longest. Traditional bouquets are all white and can combine an array of blossoms that are unique in shape and size. It’s also possible to have a vibrantly colored bouquet that still reflects classic styles and shapes. Whatever your wedding’s theme and style, by collaborating with a professional florist, you’re sure to have the flowers of your dreams. Work together, but always remember to trust your florist’s expertise. In so doing, your wedding flowers will be the envy of Pinterest.

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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.

Elegant, simple, and pricey. Great for not only the bridal party but also boutonnieres.

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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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EMERGENCY KIT

1. HEALTH & WELLNESS 

pain killers

tissue

antacid

deodorant

band-aids

stress ball

eye drops

q-tips

allergy meds

sunscreen

toothbrush

hand sanitizer

toothpaste

dental floss

mouthwash

baby powder

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brush/comb

nail file

lip balm

lint brush

hairspray

shoe polish

lotion

shave gel

cologne

aftershave

tweezers

shoe horn

nail clipper

extra socks

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sewing kit

playing cards

safety pins

stain remover

boutonniere pins

static-cling spray

hem tape

phone charger

copy of vows

portable battery

4. FOOD & BEVERAGE 

water

nuts & chews

drink straws

candy

energy drinks

gum/mints

protein snacks

alcohol

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CHALKBOARD Chalkboards are perfect for weddings with a rustic vibe, and chalk markers are a game changer for creating gorgeous boards. These markers are designed to write easily and look bright and bold on all kinds of surfaces, not just chalkboards. Seek out handlettering artists near you for a flawless, professional piece of word art. Want to try your own hand at handlettering? Make sure the surface is clean before you start writing. To erase, use a clean, damp cloth. If using chalk markers, remember that the ink takes a moment to dry completely, so be careful not to smudge wet ink. HAND-PAINTED Paint looks great on antique glass window panes, elegant mirrors, or earthy wood boards. Going for the


SIGNAGE traditional paint-on-canvas look is also lovely, as a hand-painted fabric banner is both boho and beautiful. Try a small “Just Married!” sign to hold between you for a photo op after the “I Do’s,” or have a larger sign painted to adorn the head table with a favorite romantic quote. FELT BOARDS & LIGHT-UP LETTERING Felt boards with plastic lettering, marquee lights, and light boxes like you’d see at a movie theater, these are all on trend nowadays. A felt board typically has a black backdrop with white uppercase lettering. Smaller boards are perfect for capturing little phrases for a photo op, while larger boards might relay the menu or a longer quote about love and marriage. With light-up signs, that glorious glow is an added bonus indeed, bringing an extra eye-catching and memorable element to the décor. Marquee lights are best and more affordable when used for shorter phrases. A light box can hold a message with more characters. WAYS TO USE WEDDING SIGNAGE Signs can welcome guests to the event, invite people to “pick a seat not a side,” communicate the wedding hashtag, or ask folks to kindly refrain from photography during the ceremony. Use signs for wayfinding, pointing to the direction of cocktail hour, dinner, and photo booth. Signs on the bar can highlight signature cocktails. A large sign can list table assignments for dinner, a time and money saving alternative to placecards.

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1. HEALTH & WELLNESS 

pain killers

antacid

tampons/pads

tissue

band-aids

deodorant

eye drops

q-tips

allergy meds

sunscreen

toothbrush

hand sanitizer

toothpaste

dental floss

mouthwash

baby powder

2. PRIMPING & BEAUTY 

brush/comb

nail polish remover

lip balm/gloss

nail clipper

hairspray

nail file

lotion

mirror

perfume

eyelash glue

tweezers

lint brush

earring backs

cotton balls

clear nail polish

pencil sharpener

colored nail polish

fan

3. JUST IN CASE 

sewing kit

superglue

double stick tape

scissors

anti-blister spray

hem tape

anti-slip-shoe pads  stain remover

safety pins

static-cling spray

boutonniere pins

phone charger

blotting paper

comfy flats

4. FOOD & BEVERAGE 

water

nuts & chews

drink straws

candy

energy drinks

gum/mints

protein snacks

alcohol

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TRANSPORTATION TO START: TAKE A HEAD COUNT 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 each couple’s parents? Once you make those decisions, you can start searching for transport based on size. Then, you can pick out a limousine, a coach party bus, a trolley, or something more unique and personal. Whatever you decide on, keep safety in mind while revelers are bouncing from place to place. LIMO LIFE If there is a day to splurge on this iconic luxury vehicle, your wedding is certainly the day. Unlike some other forms of transportation, a limo can be booked for an entire day, so you could get a high-class ride to pick you up at the house, deliver you to the ceremony, reception, and even to the airport to jet off on your honeymoon. Most companies have a one or two hour minimum for their services, so think about what would be the most costeffective way to keep the limo around. If you want a car for both going to and leaving from the ceremony, it might be more affordable to hire two separate cars, rather than pay for the vehicle to sit there during a long reception. There are quite a few options for limos. A formal limousine seats four people, and sometimes a bride and groom will travel to the ceremony alone. Or, if you’d like to include the wedding party, stretch limos can allow for six to 10. For larger parties and a flashier mode of transport, sport utility 144 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

models like the Hummer and Explorer are popular and unique both inside and out. The larger models are often posh, with flashy lights and decorative interiors. CATCH THE COACH For larger wedding parties or for those that want a little extra elbow room, a party bus or a luxury coach is a great way to travel from the ceremony to the reception. These boast all the amenities and style of a luxury limousine, but with more room to spare; they seat up to 10 people very comfortably. For even bigger parties, a passenger coach or a party bus can seat anywhere from 21 to 49 people. This can be a great way to let a few special guests and family members come along for the ride. Or, if you have a very small wedding and the ceremony and reception are separated by a long distance, a party bus can also be a fun way to get all the guests in on the party right away. Like limousine services, passenger and luxury coach companies require a minimum number of hours. The size and type of coach will determine the hourly rate. Depending on the size of your party, it may make sense to hire two coaches — maybe a luxury coach for the bride, groom, and attendants, and a passenger coach for the guests. This provides guests with a little more flexibility, too. TAKE THE TROLLEY A fun and photo-ready alternative to a limo or a passenger coach is a trolley, if it’s available in your area. Trolleys generally can accommodate between 20 and 35 people, so they’re great for larger parties and for adding on some


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UNIQUE IDEAS Limos, party buses and trolleys are fabulous, traditional options, but some 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.

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TRANSPORTATION Vintage cars are also great photo ops and add a touch of timeless class. Cars such as an antique Rolls Royce or a ’69 Mustang are fun and something you don’t get to ride in every day. Or, as with everything else in the wedding, transportation could be an opportunity to add a truly personal touch. Maybe you met at a Harley rally — rev up your twin Hogs! Perhaps you’re both avid golfers — drive off in a golf cart! Or maybe you share a love of biking — don’t be afraid to wheel over on a tandem. Personality is what makes weddings memorable, so if it’s possible to reflect your own style in your wedding transportation, go for it! TIPS & TRICKS • Customize your playlist! Ask how the sound system works in your limo 148 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

DOWN TO DETAILS Make sure to confirm transportation booking and verify pick-up and departure times well in advance of your wedding dates. And don’t be afraid to ask for a test drive! In a written contract, look for these things: • Name and contact information for you and the company (including cell phone!) • Date, time and address of all pick-up and drop-off locations • Type and number of vehicles rented, and amenities supplied with each • Exact hours of vehicle rental • Total cost, including gas, mileage, tip, and overtime fees • Deposit amount, balance, due date, and cancellation policy • Signatures, including yours, and the company’s representative

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The groom has proposed; you’ve accepted. Now the planning begins. The only problem is that you and your groom probably work full-time jobs and have hundreds of day-to-day errands and responsibilities. So where do you find the time to plan a wedding? A bridal show affords couples the opportunity to meet photographers, florists, caterers, bakery representatives, musicians, DJs and many other wedding professionals all conveniently under one roof. These shows also provide the opportunity to sample wares, view vendors’ work and compare your level of comfort with other vendors you may already be considering. Many bridal shows feature fashion shows where the latest in men’s formalwear, bridesmaid’s dresses, and bridal gowns are presented. It is a good idea to bring a note pad and pencil so you can take notes on your favorite dresses, tuxedos and the stores that offer them. Bridal shows range in size from 30 to 200 exhibitor booths. They normally take place on weekends. In addition to fashion shows, food samples and entertainment are also featured. There are numerous door prizes and contests to enter so bring stick-on labels with your name, address, wedding date and email address. Consider a special wedding email address that can be deleted after your wedding date to make registering for prizes easier. Local bridal shows generally advertise on the radio, in bridal magazines, and in the newspaper. Local merchants, especially bridal salons, have information on shows in your area as well.

B


Over 100 wedding exhibitors from across the state, three exciting fashion shows all at an exquisite venue!

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES

DIRECTORY OF SERVICES

DIRECTORY KEY • Banquet Facilities & Rehearsal Dinners • Bachelor(ette) parties • Beauty & Health • Bridal Accessories • Bridal Registry • Cakes & Sweets

• Catering • Chapels/ Ceremonies

• Formal Wear • Honeymoon

• Decorating & Service • Door County Weddings • DJ’s • Dry Cleaners/ Gown Preservation

• Hotels / Guest Rooms / Villas • Invitations • Lakeshore Weddings • Limos & Carriages

(Also see Officiants)

BANQUET FACILITIES & REHEARSAL DINNERS Bemis Conference Center

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

(See pg 8)

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

(See pg 11)

BEST WESTERN PREMIER Waterfront Hotel & Convention Center 1 North Ave., Oshkosh bwoshkosh.com 920-230-6290

(See pg 9)

(See pg 4)

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

(See pg 4)

Delta by Marriott

2750 Ramada Way, Green Bay 920-499-0631

(See pg 42)

EAA Aviation Center

3000 Poberezny Rd, Oshkosh eaa.org – events@eaa.org 920-426-6126 154 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

(See Transportation)

(See Banquet Facilities & Rehearsal Dinners)

• Transportation • Travel Agencies • Wedding Coordinators

Edenwood Ranch & Preserve W5734 Chicago Ave., Wautoma edenwoodranch.com 920-574-4641

(See pg 13)

Fox Hills Resort

250 W. Church St., Mishicot foxhillsresort.com 920-755-2376

(See pg 63)

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

(See pg 21)

Grand Meridian

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

(See pg 17)

Heidel House

Carstens Mill

114 W. Water St., Brillion carstensmill.com 920-418-4844

(Also see Travel Agencies)

• Party & Tent Rentals • Photobooths • Reception Sites

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

(See pg 43)

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

(See pg 38)

The Hollyhock House and Gardens 1408 Dodge Street, Kewaunee thehollyhockhouse.com 920-338-3445

(See pg 23)

Hotel Marshfield

2700 S Central Ave., Marshfield hotelmarshfield.com 715-387-2700

(See pg 39)

La Sure’s Hall Banquets & Catering (See pg 5)

3125 S. Washburn St., Oshkosh lasures.com 920-651-0796

(See pg 20)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Landmark Resort

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

The Swan Club (See pg 22 & 119)

Lodge at Leathem Smith

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

(See pg 44)

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

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

(See pg 117)

The Marq

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

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

(See pg 3)

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

(See pg 29)

Tundra Lodge Resort

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

(See pg 19)

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

(See pg 47)

800.343.7778 x5692 or x5208

N277 Hwy. 47/55 ~ Keshena, WI MenomineeCasinoResort.com (See pg 31)

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

(See pg 45)

The Osthoff Resort

101 Osthoff Ave., Elkhart Lake osthoff.com 844-854-0133

(See pg 16)

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

(See pg 7)

Red Lion Hotel Paper Valley 333 W. College Ave., Appleton radisson.com/appletonwi 920-733-8000

(See pg 25)

A Blank Canvas to Make Your Vision Come True! Private Bar • Private Entrance Up to 200 Guests • Free Parking

2788 Towne Ct., Neenah www.winncrestbanquethall.com

920-886-8723

BACHELOR(ETTE) PARTIES Luxury Motor Courts

756 S. Lincoln Street, Elkhart Lake luxurymotorcourts.com 414-399-3964

(See pg 24)

BEAUTY & HEALTH

Stadium View Banquet Hall

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

(See pg 27)

Stone Arch at Riverview Gardens 1101 S. Oneida St., Appleton stonearchriverview.com 920-997-3332

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

(See pg 135)

(See pg 12)

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

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES The Marq

BRIDAL ACCESSORIES

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

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

(See pg 62)

Marlene’s

Complete Wedding Accessory Shoppe 208 E. Wisconsin Ave., Appleton marlenesshoppe.com 920-734-7989 (See pg 111)

Tracy Ann’s

tracyanns.com 920-838-1858

(See pg 63)

BRIDAL REGISTRY Royal Prestige dinner4two.com 920-375-6536

(See pg 112)

CAKES & SWEETS Cupcake Couture

310 Main Ave., De Pere thecupcakecouture.com 920-632-7247

(See pg 105)

Wilmar Chocolates

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

(See pg 109)

(See pg 9)

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

(See pg 49)

CHAPELS/ CEREMONIES (Also see Officiants) Devotions Wedding Chapel 7019 Dickinson Rd., Greenleaf devotionsweddingchapel.com 920-445-9241

(See pg 33)

EAA Aviation Center

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

(See pg 5)

250 W. Church St., Mishicot foxhillsresort.com 920-755-2376

(See pg 63)

(See pg 21)

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

(See pg 43)

The Hollyhock House and Gardens (See pg 11)

1408 Dodge Street, Kewaunee thehollyhockhouse.com 920-338-3445

(See pg 23)

Landmark Resort (See pg 17)

La Sure’s Hall Banquets & Catering

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(See pg 47)

Zuppas

Heidel House

Grand Meridian

3125 S. Washburn St., Oshkosh lasures.com 920-651-0796

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

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

Bridgewood PREMIER Catering

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

(See pg 44)

Van Abel’s of Hollandtown

The Golf Club at Camelot

CATERING

1000 Cameron Way, Neenah bwneenah.com 920-967-4350

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

Fox Hills Resort

BEST WESTERN PREMIER Waterfront Hotel & Convention Center 1 North Ave., Oshkosh bwoshkosh.com 920-230-1900

(See Inside Back Cover)

The Swan Club

B’loonie Gifts

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

(See pg 22 & 119)

La Sure’s Hall Banquets & Catering (See pg 20)

3125 S. Washburn St., Oshkosh lasures.com 920-651-0796

(See pg 20)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Lodge at Leathem Smith

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

(See pg 117)

The Marq

3177 French Rd., De Pere 2310 Lineville Rd., Green Bay the-marq.com 920-532-4811 (See Inside Back Cover) 2285 S. Broadway, Green Bay nationalrrmuseum.org 920-437-7623

(See pg 45)

The Osthoff Resort

(See pg 16)

Stone Arch at Riverview Gardens 1101 S. Oneida St., Appleton stonearchriverview.com 920-997-3332

(See pg 12)

Stone Harbor, A Door County Resort & Conference Center (See pg 21 & 119)

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts 51 Sheboygan St., Fond du Lac thelmaarts.org 920-921-5410

(See pg 3)

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

(See pg 29)

Tundra Lodge Resort

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

(See pg 22 & 119)

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

(See pg 117)

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

(See pg 119)

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

(See pg 21 & 119)

White Lace Inn

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

(See pg 117)

DJ’S The Wedding Djay theweddingdjay.com 800-901-1007

(See pg 95)

Matt’s DJ Service (See pg 19)

mattsdjservice.com 920-375-0809

(See Inside Front Cover)

Record Entertainment

DECORATING & SERVICE

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

B’loonie Gifts

(See pg 62)

McVey Tent & Expo

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

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

Newport Resort at Main St.

101 Osthoff Ave., Elkhart Lake osthoff.com 844-854-0133

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

Landmark Resort

Lodge at Leathem Smith

National Railroad Museum

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

DOOR COUNTY WEDDINGS

(See pg 97)

DRY CLEANERS/ GOWN PRESERVATION Donaldson’s Cleaners

(See pg 53)

1835 E Edgewood Dr. Appleton 1166 Westowne Dr. Neenah donaldsonscleaners.com

920-882-0453 920-725-4453 (See pg 131)

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Lindeman’s Cleaning

White Lace Inn

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

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

(See pg 133)

HOTELS / GUEST ROOMS / VILLAS BEST WESTERN PREMIER Bridgewood Resort Hotel & Conference Center

FORMAL WEAR Du Bois Formalwear 4661 Michaels Dr., Appleton 127 S. Broadway, Green Bay 844 S. Military, Green Bay 906 Hansen Rd., Green Bay 832 N. Eighth St., Sheboygan DuBoisFW.com

(See pg 117)

920-738-0166 920-437-9231 920-494-7458 920-965-0690 920-458-1412 (Back Cover & 81)

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

(See pg 11)

BEST WESTERN PREMIER Waterfront Hotel & Convention Center 1 North Ave., Oshkosh bwoshkosh.com 920-230-6290

(See pg 9)

CopperLeaf Boutique Hotel & Spa

Nedrebo’s Formal Wear

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

(See pg 83)

300 W. College Ave., Appleton copperleafhotel.com 920-749-0303 or 877-303-0303

(See pg 4)

Fox Hills Resort

250 W. Church St., Mishicot foxhillsresort.com 920-755-2376

HONEYMOON (Also see Travel Agencies)

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

Heidel House

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

(See pg 43)

Luxury Motor Courts

756 S. Lincoln Street, Elkhart Lake luxurymotorcourts.com 414-399-3964

(See pg 24)

The Osthoff Resort

101 Osthoff Ave., Elkhart Lake osthoff.com 844-854-0133

(See pg 16)

DOOR COUNTY

Landmark Resort

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

(See pg 43)

Kress Inn

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

(See pg 8)

Landmark Resort

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

(See pg 22 & 119)

Lodge at Leathem Smith

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

(See pg 117)

Luxury Motor Courts (See pg 22 & 119)

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

756 S. Lincoln Street, Elkhart Lake luxurymotorcourts.com 414-399-3964

(See pg 24)

Menominee Casino Resort (See pg 119)

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

(See pg 63)

Heidel House

(See pg 21 & 119)

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N277 Hwy. 47/55, Keshena, WI menomineeCasinoResort.com 800-343-7778 x5692 or x5208

(See pg 31)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Newport Resort at Main St.

Fox Hills Resort

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

(See pg 119)

The Osthoff Resort

(See pg 16)

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

(See pg 7)

Red Lion Hotel Paper Valley 333 W. College Ave., Appleton radisson.com/apletonwi 920-733-8000

(See pg 25)

(See pgs 21 & 119)

Sybaris Pool Suites

(See pg 125)

Tundra Lodge Resort

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

(See pg 19)

INVITATIONS

(See pg 63)

Tents Inc.

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

(See pg 62)

Marlene’s

LIMOS & CARRIAGES PARTY & TENT RENTALS

Eighty Eight Events

Appleton | Fond du Lac info@events88.com events88.com 920-470-3656 3101 E Evergreen, Appleton foxcitiespartyrental.net 920-733-1166 646 Oshkosh St, Ripon ido-decorating.com 920-299-2193 or 920-896-0689 2570 Coldspring Rd., Appleton mcveytent.com 920-733-2500 - 800-924-5122

(See pg 57)

tracyanns.com 920-838-1858 (See pg 101)

Tracy Ann’s

(See pg 63)

(See pg 53)

Tents Inc.

Pen & Pixels

(See pg 62)

Tracy Ann’s

(See pg 63)

Without a Hitch

5721 Business Hwy 51 S, Weston 715-571-0817 wahweddings.com

(See pg 41)

PHOTOBOOTHS

LAKESHORE WEDDINGS

920 Photobooth

920photobooth.com 800-901-1007

B’loonie Gifts

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

(See pg 52)

I Do

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

tracyanns.com 920-838-1858

(See pg 57)

Fox Cities Party Rental

Complete Wedding Accessory Shoppe 208 E. Wisconsin Ave., Appleton marlenesshoppe.com 920-734-7989 (See pg 101) Green Bay penpaperandpixels.com

(See pg 62)

McVey Tent & Expo

B’loonie Gifts

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

tracyanns.com 920-838-1858

(See Transportation)

Stone Harbor, A Door County Resort & Conference Center

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

(See pg 63)

Tracy Ann’s

101 Osthoff Ave., Elkhart Lake osthoff.com 844-854-0133

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

250 W. Church St., Mishicot foxhillsresort.com 800-950-7615

(See pg 91)

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PhotoboothNV

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

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

OR

262-424-2950

nlindbeck@gmail.com

WWW.PHOTOBOOTHNV.COM

RECEPTION SITES

(See Banquet Facilities & Rehearsal Dinners)

TRANSPORTATION

Sheboygan

920-452-5696

Kiel

773-2270

Manitowoc

920-682-5767

www.stardustlimousine.com

TRAVEL AGENCIES Lisa’s Travel Consulting lisastravelconsulting.com 715-630-6667

(See pg 40)

Davister’s Stables

4031 Humboldt Rd., Green Bay http://fp1.centurytel.net/davisterscarriages 920-468-8023 (See pg 148)

WEDDING COORDINATORS

ELS - Escort Limousine Service

Eighty Eight Events

Corporate Office 920-494-3818 Sheboygan 920-918-5466 Wausau 715-432-5466 Showroom: 2600 S. Ashland., Green Bay escortlimo.com (See pg 149)

Heritage Limousine heritagelimousine.com 920-855-6166

(See pg 147)

Lamers Limousine Service

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

(See pg 145)

Lamers Trolley & Coaches

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

(See pg 145)

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

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(See pg 146)

Appleton | Fond du Lac info@events88.com events88.com 920-470-3656

(See pg 57)

Tracy Ann’s

tracyanns.com 920-838-1858

(See pg 630)

Without a Hitch

5721 Business Hwy 51 S, Weston 715-571-0817 wahweddings.com

(See pg 41)


THE PREMIER BRIDE PLANNER

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

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THE WEDDING TIMELINE

Shop for and order wedding gown, veil and accessories

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

2-4 MONTHS AHEAD

12 MONTHS AHEAD

Decide on the budget

9-12 MONTHS AHEAD

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

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

Arrange ceremony rehearsal and notify participants

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

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

1-2 MONTHS AHEAD

Choose attendants

Select band or DJ for reception

Book musicians for ceremony Select florist

Reserve accommodations for out-of-town guests

2-4 WEEKS AHEAD

Select caterer

Order invitations, personal stationery and thank you notes

Select and purchase guest favors Find and reserve rehearsal dinner location

1 WEEK AHEAD

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

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

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

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

Arrange for final fittings on your gown

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

Register for gifts at one to three stores

Order wedding cake

Mail invitations

Start reception seating chart and placecards

Reserve wedding day transportation

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

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

Prepare printed program for ceremony

Get engagement photo taken

6-9 MONTHS AHEAD

Buy and wrap attendants’ gifts

Select ceremony music, readings and vows and meet with officiant

Compile guest list

Select videographer

4-6 MONTHS AHEAD

Address wedding invitations

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

Reserve accommodations for wedding night Finalize guest list

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FOR HER:

DON’T FORGET...

WEDDING ATTIRE

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

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

FOR HIM:

Portable iron or steamer Hand mirror Disposable wipes & tissues Anti-cling spray Something old, new, borrowed & blue Deodorant Antacid, aspirin, allergy medication & bottled water Breath mints Cash (coins & bills) 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

______________

Ceremony Site Fee

______________

Officiant

______________

Marriage License

______________

Aisle Runner

______________

Candles/Candelabra

______________

Other

______________

RECEPTION

______________

Bride’s Wedding Ring

MUSIC

Engagement Ring

Reception Site Fee

______________

Food, Service, Tax & Gratuity

______________

Beverage/Bar Corkage Fee

______________

Cake/Cake Cutting Fee

______________

Rental Items

______________

Other

______________

Ceremony

______________

Reception

______________

Other

______________

Photographer’s Fee

______________

Engagement Portrait

______________

Formal Wedding Portrait

______________

Proofs

______________

Wedding Album

______________

Candids

______________

Parents’ Sets

______________

Other

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Wedding VHS/DVD

______________

Additional Copies

______________

Bride’s Gown

______________

Alterations

______________

Headpiece & Veil

______________

Lingerie, Hosiery & Garter

______________

Shoes

______________

Jewelry & Accessories

______________

Wrap/Jacket

______________

Hair, Makeup & Manicure

______________

Other

______________

GROOM: Groom’s Formalwear

______________

Neckwear & Cufflinks

______________

Accessories

______________

Shoes

______________

Other

______________

PHOTOGRAPHY

BRIDE:

VIDEOGRAPHY

WEDDING ATTIRE

CEREMONY

RINGS

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

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

______________

Projector Rental

______________

Other

______________

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Groom’s Boutonniere

______________

Attendants’ Boutonnieres

______________

______________

Best Man

______________

Groomsmen

______________

Ushers

______________

Helper Corsages/Boutonnieres ______________

Child Attendants

______________

Ceremony Flowers

______________

Bride & Groom

______________

Reception Flowers

______________

Bride’s Parents

______________

Decorations/Balloons

______________

Groom’s Parents

______________

Other

______________

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

______________

Save-the-Date Cards

______________

Cake Cutting Attendant

______________

Invitations & Envelopes

______________

Gift Table Attendant

______________

Calligrapher

______________

Guest Book Attendant

______________

Postage

______________

Thank You Notes

______________

Soloists/Musicians (who are friends)

______________

Other

______________

Wedding Coordinator

______________

Informal Stationery

______________

Ceremony Programs

______________

Placecards

______________ ______________

Other

______________

Attendant Accommodations ______________ Bridesmaids’ Dresses/Shoes

______________

Flower Girl’s Dress

______________

Groomsmens’ Formalwear

______________

Ring Bearer’s Attire

______________

Bridesmaids’ Luncheon

______________

Other

______________

______________

Rings

______________

Ceremony

______________

Reception

______________

Music

______________

Wedding Party Transportation: Limousine, Carriage, etc. ______________

Cake Knife & Server

______________

Cake Top

______________

Wedding Attire

______________

Favors

______________

Photography

______________

Flower Girl’s Basket

______________

Videography

______________

Guest Book & Pen

______________

Flowers

______________

Ring Bearer’s Pillow

______________

Stationery

______________

Toasting Glasses

______________

Transportation

______________

Unity Candle, Kiddush Cup

______________

Favors & Accessories

______________

Other

______________

Gifts

______________

Other

______________

Miscellaneous

______________

Maid/Matron of Honor

______________

Grand TOTAL

______________

Guest Transportation

______________

Parking

______________

Other

______________

Other

______________

TOTALS

TRANSPORTATION

Announcements

GIFTS

Bridesmaids’

MISCELLANEOUS

FLOWERS

______________

Attendants’ Bouquets

FAVORS & ACCESSORIES

STATIONERY

Bride’s Bouquet

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SHARING THE COST

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

GROOM

BRIDE

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

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

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

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

Accommodations for out-of-town attendants (optional)

Formal wear for best man & groomsmen (optional)

Luncheon for bridal party

Accommodations for out-of-town attendants (optional)

Informal stationery

Marriage license Fee for officiant

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

GROOM’S FAMILY

BRIDE’S FAMILY

Honeymoon Engagement party

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

WEDDING PARTY

Videographer

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

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

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GROOM’S CAKE

CAKE STYLE

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

SETUP DETAILS

CAKE ACCESSORIES

Description

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

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

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

Tea Lunch Cocktails Dinner

Regional Seasonal Exotic Ethnic Thematic

SERVICE

Breakfast/Brunch

FLAVOR

TYPE

CATERING PLANNER

Salad Entrée Dessert

Beef Chicken Vegetarian Pork Seafood

DESSERT

Soup

ENTRÉES

COURSES

Appetizer

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

Dessert Hors d’oeuvres

Cocktails

Regional Seasonal Exotic Ethnic Thematic

Lamb

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

Vegetarian Kosher Halal Other

RENTAL ITEMS

Full Bar

SPECIAL

ALCOHOL*

Pasta

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

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HELPERS

FLOWERS BY SEASON

TERMINOLOGY

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

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

SPRING

SUMMER

FALL

WINTER

YEAR ‘ROUND

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WEDDING PARTY

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

RECEPTION

CEREMONY

Other

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

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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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