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Please be Seated The Head Table Selecting a Ceremony Site Friday or Sunday Theme Weddings Creative Details Sharing the Costs Tented Receptions Selecting a Wedding Consultant Restoration Drama Ready to Glow Getting the right look Fun with Photo Booths Beginning in Step Most Requested Songs

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Cassandra & Cal at Tryba’s Jordan & Steve at the Osthoff Katie & Tyler at Radisson Paper Valley Allie & Michael at Carsten’s Mill Rachel & Tyler at Radisson Paper Valley Alyson & Eric at Stone Harbor Taylor & Nick at Villa Terrace & Grain Exchange

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Reception Guide Fashion Marriage Laws Honeymoon & Destination Locations 161 Bridal Shows 167 Directory of Services 177 Premier Bride Planning Pages Publishers ANGELINE GALLMEIER JASON GALLMEIER Art Director JENNIFER ERDMAN jennifererdman.com General Manger JEAN SHONKWILER Contributing Writer KELSEY LAWLER Fashion Photographer REBECCA A. RUSSO BECPHOTOGRAPHY

Décor and Details EMILY PHAN Photographer COASTAL GIRL PHOTOGRAPHY

Beauty Cakes Catering Flowers Groom Invitations Music & Entertainment

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Party Rentals Photography Reception Rings Transportation Videography Wedding Consultants

THE ENGAGEMENT RING STUDIO PRIVATE COLLECTION Stylist HEATHER CANADA FIRST COAST WEDDINGS & EVENTS Table Designs & Guest Experiences

EVENTS BY ME & SEAHORSE FLORIST ALL ABOUT EVENTS COASTAL COORDINATING A HAPPILY EVER AFTER FLORAL THE CAKE POP SHOP FIRST COAST WEDDINGS & EVENTS EMBELLISHED EMBROIDERY

Venue THE LEXINGTON HOTEL & CONF CTR Cake CUSTOM CONFECTIONS JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA Models ALIA ACALA, JENNIFER COLVIN, Hair and Makeup BEAUTIFUL FACES BY ERIN RACHEL BROWN, WHITNEY COWART & DAVID DESMIDT Jewelry & Accessories CHLOE + ISABEL BY SUZZA

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RINGS

ring basics THE CIRCLE OF LOVE:

It’s amazing that a piece of jewelry can convey such powerful meaning. Engagement rings and wedding bands represent the neverending 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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Is your ring insured?

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


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 as hard as steel and almost impossible to scratch, making it a great metal for very active men. These metals cannot be

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RINGS 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). 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 6 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

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. Use this solution only on diamonds and precious metals as some gemstones and alternative metals are not compatible with ammonia or commercial jewelry cleansers.


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

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RINGS 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. 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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Assigned vs. unassigned seating at the wedding reception – opinions vary among today’s brides. Open seating allows guests to choose their seat which works well with informal type and cocktail party type receptions. With assigned seating, guests can be assigned a seat or just a table where they choose their seat at that table. A few guidelines will help the process of assigned seating. Begin working on the table layout and seating chart a few weeks prior to the wedding to allow for changes. Include those you believe will attend but have not yet responded. Determine if you need just a seating chart or if you also need place cards at each seat. Some brides are finding creative ways to combine the two such as a table with glass Coke bottles that have a tag hung around the neck stating the guest’s name and table number. Guests pick up their bottle as they enter the reception and place it at their seat. Place cards can help guests to remember each other’s names. Traditionally, close family and friends sit nearest to the bride and groom. Those generally seated together are families, work friends, people of the same age (teenagers or the elderly), and groups of friends. For interest, mix the bride’s and groom’s friends at one table. Do not sit together divorced couples and/or feuding families. Planning a seating chart should not be a stressful part of wedding planning. Ask for help from the mothers of the bride and groom and begin early to make the process simple and hassle-free.

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~ Proudly offering a tradition of excellence and quality to Northeast Wisconsin for over fifty years ~ Affordable Elegance! ~ Discounts for Friday and Sunday Weddings!

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THE HEAD TABLE the head table vs. sweetheart tables The head table has been a staple in wedding reception tradition for many years. It involves each member of the bridal party sitting together, the girls on one side, and the guys on the other side, all surrounding the bride and groom. You can choose to have your party elevated or be on the ground in one large single sided head table. The head table can be presented in a couple of ways including the long, double sided head table, so at least the couples could stay together. Another type of head table is a tiered table, where the party is one level higher than the other. Naturally the bride and groom would appear on the higher of the two levels. Gone are the days of this long redundant table, and enter the sweetheart table. The sweetheart table consists of a small, usually round table that can function as the centerpiece of the room. You can decorate it however you want, but in the end, its just you and your sweetheart at the table. A plus to the sweetheart table is that everyone in your bridal party can sit with whomever they want to sit with. This also formally presents you as a duo instead of being apart of a larger party. You might want to put your bouquet as the centerpiece of the sweetheart table as this would be the centerpiece of the table. In addition, you might want your bridesmaids to put their bouquets in the same area so that it can decorate your table. This is a way to cut costs on additional flowers needed for the reception.

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RECEPTION

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You’ve said the “I do’s,” kissed the bride, and now it’s time to party! You want your reception to be unforgettable. The venue itself, the food, the ambiance, and the overall guest experience determines just how your reception will be remembered for years to come. Where to host your reception is a huge, day-defining decision. There’s so much to consider. Luckily, we’re here to help! 4

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Weddings at GREEN BAY

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• 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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BEAUTIFUL IDEAS BY THE SEASON making even the dreariest days beautiful

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Most people think of sunshine when they picture a wedding day, but not every day fits that mold. Luckily, something as joyful as a wedding can be sunny even on the dreariest of days. As long as you take advantage of what your season has to offer, all four can provide beautiful accents to your big day.

Spring weddings are always popular, in part because of the parallels between new life blooming in the gardens and the new life of a married couple. Using flower bulbs instead of full-grown flowers also add to that feeling. For a spring-themed centerpiece that doubles as a favor, have multiple small, pastel-colored vases and encourage your guests to bring one home. Seeds and tiny monogrammed flowerpots are also a fun favor! You could also try bringing a little Easter to your reception by having lilies as centerpieces or hiding wedding favors, especially if there will be children present. For summer weddings, try a slightly more informal approach to your meal 18 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

by offering the spread in picnic baskets or garden-party style! Mini picnic baskets or personalized blankets could then be given as a favor. Also, if you want to use bright, bold colors in your flowers or decorations, summer is the best time to do it. A fall wedding has a more rustic feeling to it. Warm reds, oranges and yellows are best for decorations, and don’t be afraid to ditch some of the flowers for tasteful wheat stalks or gourds among the arrangements. A fun favor could be making homemade cider or jams with your initials on the jar for your guests to enjoy. Many couples shy away from winter weddings, but it can actually be one of the most intimate seasons for a wedding because it provides such respite from the bitter cold. Deep purples, forest greens and ruby reds are perfect to set a cozy tone, while icy blues and silver show off winter’s sparkle. Cinnamon-scented pinecones with some holly or giant poinsettias make tasteful centerpieces. Instead of bubbling champagne for the toast, why not embrace winter and raise a mug of hot chocolate or egg nog? It’s delicious and comforting in the cold. If there will be kids at the reception, set up a table to make their own sparkling snowflakes to sprinkle on tables as decoration or as a souvenir for the kids! As for their parents, send them home with coffee mugs, spiced tea, or wintry-scented candles. It doesn’t have to be 70 and sunny for the perfect wedding as long as you use Mother Nature to your advantage!

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RECEPTION Consider your style, head count, and budget. To start: What’s your wedding’s style? A casual summer wedding requires completely different accommodations from a formal winter wedding so first nail down your preferred style and season. Next: How many made the guest list? You’ll need a head count so you can find a reception site to suit your needs. Finally: How big is your budget? This goes hand-in-hand with your guest list, but sometimes, your budget will determine the number of guests you can afford to have. Search for sites that suit your needs. Local bridal publications and websites, wedding shows, and married friends are all great sources of potential reception sites. Typical venues include hotels, banquet halls, community centers, and country clubs. Other options might be historic homes, city parks, college facilities, museums, and boats. Each of these venues will be one of two things: on-site or off-site. Most on-site locations offer the majority of services needed to host a reception: catering, chairs, tables, tableware, and a serving staff. With these necessities already covered, on-site is an appealing way to go. Off-site locations usually provide only the facility for a flat fee and you’re responsible for the rest. The nice thing about off-site is you have the freedom to do everything your own way and you control costs of individual services. Narrow down your search by focusing on sites that meet all of your needs including your style, season,

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• Seats 350 Guests Comfortably • 161 Suites and Rooms • Professional Staff and Coordinators

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Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center

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

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RECEPTION budget, and estimated number of guests. Once you have your sights set on a few choice venues, take a day trip to check them out. Evaluate your options. 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 the event spaces so the two parties don’t interfere.


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Tundra Lodge WE WILL CREATE THE HAPPIEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE! • Two majestic Ballrooms seating up to 350 people • Hand crafted Menus featuring Plated, Family Style and Buffet Dining • Friday and Sunday Specials • Wedding Ceremonies, Receptions and Dinners • Local Shuttle Service • Rehearsal Dinners and Gift Openings • Wedding Room Blocks with special pricing

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

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RECEPTION A Unique Bridal Experience

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

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Just Across S. Oneida St. from Stone Arch Brewpub

Indoor/Outdoor Wedding Chapel Wedding Receptions N3504 Cty Rd. E Appleton (920) 858-9208

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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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Weddings at the Waterfront

• Outdoor ceremonies & cocktail parties • Unique reception spaces including a riverfront view

• Guest rooms & suites overlooking the water • Off-premises catering • Friday & Sunday incentives available

Great Weekend Dates Available

Waterfront Hotel and Convention Center 1 North Main Street • Oshkosh, WI bwoshkosh.com 920-230-6290

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UNIQUEspecial CEREMONIES locations Unique sites can help create an interesting and memorable event. Popular locations require advance booking usually six months to a year before the wedding date. Most require a 50 percent deposit when you reserve them with the balance due seven to 10 days before the event. Refundable security deposits are usually required, and some facilities may request a special liability insurance policy. In selecting a unique reception site, consider the different restrictions regarding food, alcohol, smoking, music and hours of operation. Some locations may require that you use an in-house caterer or one chosen from a preferred list. Some sites will provide tables and chairs, but many require that you or your caterer provide your own furniture,

as well as linens and china. Check the kitchen facilities as many sites have only a small kitchen or require that caterers bring a tent for food set up and service. Keep in mind that not all unique sites will allow you to have your reception inside the facility. Often historic homes are available for your guests to tour, but the event itself must be held in the gardens. If that is the case, be sure to include money in your budget for a tent to accommodate your guests in case of rain. Make sure your special site is appropriate for your wedding needs and fits your unique style. A historic home may not be able to accommodate hundreds of guests while a formal museum might not be right for a very casual wedding.

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

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

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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THE ESCORT CARD DISPLAY what to do with them Brides might be wondering what to do with the escort cards once they have been printed - most brides do. They are fun little accessories that you add to your wedding. It adds that much more personality to your big day. There are many different ways to have your escort cards printed, and they don’t necessarily have to be a card at all. Escort cards are merely just a guide. They let you know where to sit at the reception. Some brides elect to have a chalkboard, or some other piece of parchment, or a board explaining where everyone is seated. This is very helpful for the guests, but also for the kitchen staff so they know what you will be eating. Displaying the escort cards is another task all together. Think of it this way, you want to infuse some personality in the display because otherwise they will be

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just laying on the table which could cause problems for guests to find their names quickly. Consider hanging the escort cards from above. This is interesting as well as functional. Brides are using windowpanes, as well, for their displays and writing on them with markers or even painting them! Think clothespins are a thing of the past? Think again! Take an old picture frame and hang taught wire in the inside of the frame. Pin the escort cards to the frame. You could make your escort cards double as your favor by using old keys as their favors with their names on them, and personalizing the back for your guests to remember. Grab your favorite glass bottled soda and hand that out. If it’s vintage, it’s even better!

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

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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! 30 • 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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FRIDAY OR SUNDAY saves you money If cost is a factor in your wedding budget, then consider planning your wedding for a Friday or a Sunday. Choosing a day not in high demand can be less expensive and more relaxing, and there are other benefits as well. • You’ll find everyone you must engage for a wedding service is more open to negotiation, and sometimes will reconsider price or adding extras. • Vendors will probably cheer your off-day business by doing an extraattentive job. • Fridays and Sundays can require less notice. Choosing a Friday or a Sunday also allows you to avoid making several calls to numerous vendors only to hear, “Sorry, we’re booked on that date.” • Getting married on alternative days suits the bride who prefers less pressured planning. • It’s more likely that a hotly requested band, emcee, caterer, photographer or videographer will be on hand for the wedding of your dreams

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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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THEME WEDDINGS so much to choose from It’s true, there are as many themes for your wedding as there are days of the year, but what really matters is what is going to make your day the most memorable. Nowadays, it has never been easier than to incorporate tradition with a bit of cutting-edge humor. Spring-related theme weddings. In the springtime, think gardens blooming, lace, holidays such as Easter and May Day or even teddy bears and angels. It’s no secret that flowers are at their most beautiful this time of year so consider all those plants that can make your wedding special. For May Day weddings, have some fun with the tradition of the May pole. Think about unique cake decorations and for Easter, make Easter baskets the reception table centerpieces. Special

favors for wedding guests on this holiday can include stuffed eggs with candy inside, Easer bunny candy or a decorated potted lily. Summer-related theme weddings. While spring might be a time for growing new things, summer is definitely the most popular time for weddings. From beach weddings to western or cultural celebrations, June just seems to be the right time to tie the knot. Perhaps a Victorian wedding at this time of year might be appropriate with lots of lace and plenty of candles to light the ceremony and reception. Tea cups can be used for a variety of purposes from candle holders to parting gifts engraved with your name and date on the inside. For a beach party, use the ocean and the sand and let Mother Nature decorate your

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THEME WEDDINGS ceremony. Some people use gazebos by the ocean, but how about going barefoot in the sand with the one you love and making it a casual, yet memorable affair. Fall-related theme weddings. Celebrating Halloween or the fall harvest on your special day is a great time to create memories. As the weather is changing and the seasons are moving into a quieter time, so can your wedding memories remind you of how important change is in your own life. Nothing says fall and Halloween like the colors black and orange so seriously consider this color-scheme for your big day. What about invitations with a touch of the unusual sporting vampires or pumpkins. For the fall harvest theme how about green and wine colors with semi-formal attire such as bowties and a ribbon tied around the bride’s waist.

Winter-related theme weddings. Winter is indeed a special time to exchange wedding vows be it during Christmas, on Valentine’s Day or simply by creating your own winter wonderland theme. For special winter memories, ride in on a sleigh or in a carriage and look like royalty as you alight from your coach. Ice sculptures are a good idea for table centerpieces or around the reception area and candles come in handy on those twilight afternoons. For weddings held on Valentine’s day don’t pass up the chance for romance – think roses. In fact, roses might be just the simple, yet elegant centerpiece you need for your reception. If you want to have some fun, then include cupid in the atmosphere and perhaps create invitations with heart cutouts and satin ribbons.

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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 really nothing stopping you from 34 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

turning your favorite sweet into your wedding day dessert. Love candy? Imagine an entire table chockfull of pixie sticks, gummies, and rock candy — all in colors coordinated to match the décor. Have an ice cream obsession? Try make-yourown sundaes with toppings galore, or scoops of artisan Gelato for a more continental vibe. If you’re throwing an entirely elegant affair, a chocolate fountain is always a classic way to wow. For the thirsty ones. Start with a bride and groom signature cocktail or His and Her drinks. Another trend is martini ice sculptures where guests pick their preferred martini flavor and watch as it glides through the sculpture, chilling along the way. In the spirit of “help yourself” dinner and dessert bars, try a whiskey table for the fellas, jugs of flavored lemonades or kegs of root beer for the kids. For a late-night treat, offer a coffee or hot cocoa bar complete with all the fixings. For the dramatic. Show your favorite movies during the reception and don’t forget the popcorn, candy, fountain sodas, and red carpet photo un-booth! Give your wedding a theme, and ask guests to dress in costume. Some ideas might be: dressing all in black and white, from a certain era, or from 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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JUST A CLICK AWAY planning on the internet Overwhelmed? Looking for great ideas? A wealth of information, advice and planning tools are all just a click away with the use of your personal computer. When timeliness and accuracy counts, turn to your computer to manage everything. User-friendly, event-planning software can help you orchestrate your wedding day like a fine symphony. You can manage your guest list, track vendor information, make travel and honeymoon plans, automatically calculate your expenses, maintain to-do lists and more, all with the click of a mouse. You can even print forms and reports that provide accurate and uniform information to work from. The usefulness of your wedding planning software won’t stop after the

wedding. You can use it to plan events, maintain phone and address lists, print labels, and even help your friends with their wedding lists and needs. With the exponential growth of the Internet, there is an endless library of information available on every topic, and weddings are no exception. You’ll find a broad spectrum of information on everything from how-to’s to don’tdo’s to helpful advice and reviews, ideas, planning tips, travel and beyond. Start your search at premierbride.com. There, you will find information on local vendors and necessary information to make your planning easier. Check back periodically for your chance to win a number of different prizes and unique giveaways throughout the year.

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SHARING THE COST paying for the wedding

• Gifts for the best man, ushers • Gloves, ties or ascots for men in wedding party • Marriage license • Lodging for out-of-town attendants (optional) • Fee for clergy or judge.

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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 36 • 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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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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LAST CELEBRATION of singlehood Both the bachelor and bachelorette parties celebrate the end of singlehood and include the wedding party and same-sex friends of the bride or groom. Renting a room in a restaurant or hotel allows guests to fully enjoy themselves. It also makes planning easy since an experienced staff handles most of the food arrangements and cleanup. Bridal showers and bachelorette parties can also be combined into one event, especially if the same group of friends will be attending both. If a night of barhopping is the choice, then it’s a good idea to treat yourself to a limousine ride for both elegance and safety. Consider having your bachelor(ette) party at a casino. A professional staff and dealers, gaming tables and equipment can even be brought to YOUR location.

Casinos offer assistants to help plan your event. Professional staffs of waitresses, bartenders and anyone else you might need can even be provided. A home party might feature diverse entertainment. For example, a comedy gram or some other entertainment is an option and it can be catered with prepared party trays. A bachelorette party can even take the form of a shower featuring lingerie, gag gifts or items to be used on the honeymoon. Bachelor and bachelorette parties are best held a week before the wedding and not the night before. The most important thing is to be sure that the event suits the style of the guest of honor. Finally, remember to preserve the evening in pictures. You will want to have these memories long after the party is over.

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ENGAGEMENT PARTY let the party begin Engagement parties, often thrown by a family member or good friend, are quite popular. However, remember that there are some etiquette rules to follow when you’re putting this important event together. • The party should be held at the beginning of your engagement. It’s not about the wedding, but it is about the particular exciting time during your engagement. What a great time for all your family and friends to admire your engagement ring, right? • Invite individuals who are close not only to you, but also to the groom. • Traditionally, it is the bride’s parents that host the engagement party. Sometimes the groom’s parents will also be interested in helping to host. However, don’t get caught up in

outdated rules. If you and your fiancé want to host this event, then do it.

• Be sure that the people you invite to the engagement party are also guests you will invite to the wedding and reception. • Gifts are not necessary at an engagement party, but if you do receive something, then politely thank the person giving the gift and perhaps open it later. • Usually the engagement announcement is made during a toast by the bride’s father or the fiancé. This depends on how traditional you want to keep things. This is “the” time that your engagement is made public and, while most people probably already know, some of your guests might be surprised.

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RECEPTION GUIDE

Phone Number(s)

See Page Reception for More Room Capacity Information Range

Number of Available Banquet Rooms

Number of Months to Schedule Facility

Average Price per Person

BACKSTAGE AT THE MEYER 117 S. Washington St., Green Bay

920-443-3338

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75-200

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12

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BEMIS CONFERENCE CENTER at St. Norbert College 100 Grant Street, DePere

800-397-3638

25

150-175

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11

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BEST WESTERN BRIDGEWOOD RESORT HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTER 1000 Cameron Way, Neenah

920-720-8000

11

25-400

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12

$25 or less

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

920-230-6290

23

20-800

3

0-18

$18

CARSTENS MILL LLC 114 W. Water St., Brillion

920-418-4844

5

20-200

2

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

920-756-3214

10

600

2

6-12

$25 or less

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

877-303-0303

11

90

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2

$25 to $50

EXPERIMENTAL AIRCRAFT ASSOCIATION (EAA) 3000 Poberezny Road, Oshkosh

920-426-6126

9

Over 600

19

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FOX HILLS RESORT 250 W. Church St., Mishicot

800-950-7615 920-755-3645

5

20-500

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$20

THE GOLF CLUB AT CAMELOT W192 State Rd 67, Lomira

920-269-4949

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350

5

8-12

$19

GRAND MERIDIAN 2621 N. Oneida St., Appleton

920-968-2621

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100-650

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1-12

$25 or less

GREEN BAY BOTANICAL GARDEN 2600 Larsen Rd., Green Bay

920-490-9457

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20-215

2-3

12

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HALL OF FAME CHOPHOUSE 1004 Brett Favre Pass, Green Bay

920-499-6874

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20-300

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Take your wedding to new heights at EAA’s world class facilities and grounds of 1,600+ acres and spectacular displays of over 100 full-size aircraft. Make it unique!

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Your complete wedding destination. Host your indoor or outdoor ceremony, reception, rehearsal dinner, gift opening and guest rooms. All-in-one convenient location.

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Perfect balance of excellence, style and ambiance, Guinevere’s Garden is the ideal outdoor setting to celebrate an intimate wedding with family and friends.

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Modern Mediterranean style, beautiful courtyard, free parking on site.

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Brand new in 2012! 12,000 sq.ft. facility offering space for wedding rehearsals, receptions, showers and more . (Also offering garden ceremonies.) Professional staff will guide you through every step of coordinating your wedding. Intimate room features a private bar, large dance floor, and private rest rooms. www.pbnewi.com PREMIER BRIDE • 43


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RECEPTION GUIDE HOLIDAY INN APPLETON 150 S. Nicolet Rd., Appleton

Phone Number(s)

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Number of Available Banquet Rooms

Number of Months to Schedule Facility

Average Price per Person

920-735-9955

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3-12

$20.95

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

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$25 to $50

THE HOLLYHOCK HOUSE AND GARDENS 1408 Dodge St., Kewaunee

920-388-3445

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

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$16 to $20

LANDMARK RESORT 7643 Hillside Rd., Egg Harbor

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$16.95

THE LODGE AT LEATHEM SMITH 1640 Memorial Drive, Sturgeon Bay

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THE MARQ 3177 French Rd., DePere 2310 Lineville Rd., Green Bay

920-532-4811

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3-12

$25 or less

MENOMINEE CASINO Hwy 47/55 Duquaine Road, Keshena

800-343-7778 ext 5692

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600

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6-12

$15 to $20

NATIONAL RAILROAD MUSEUM 2285 S. Broadway, Green Bay

920-437-7623

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400

1

12

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OUTEREDGE STAGE 303 N. Oneida St.., Appleton

920-809-0131

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200

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PAINE ART CENTER & GARDENS 1410 Algoma Blvd., Oshkosh

920-235-6903 ext 27

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

920-494-7300

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

920-733-8000

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The Uniquely Perfect Venue for Your Special Day The Frederick J. Lenfestey Center at the National Railroad Museum offers a unique setting with space for up to 400 guests ideally suited for wedding ceremonies and receptions.

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We offer a rich historic ambiance. Located on the banks of the Fox River.

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CATERING

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RINGS FEASTS WITH FLAIR Nowadays, as brides and grooms are getting a little adventurous with their cuisine, caterers are offering more bold flavors, meaningful meals, and fun experiences. Sit-down meals are gravitating toward family-style, where larger portions of dishes are passed around the table. This style 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 locally-harvested meal means they’re not only building up their own community, but also enjoying the freshness of a farm-to-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 Once you secure a reception site, your catering search can begin. Some 50 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

reception locations require that you use their in-house caterer or banquet services, which makes your choice fairly simple. This usually applies to venues like hotels and country clubs. If your reception location allows you to bring in an independent caterer, you still might have to choose from a pre-approved list. If you’re able to choose your own caterer, try to narrow down your options to no more than three. Otherwise, after a month of tastings, all the flavors will blur together. 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 so they can better prepare for the initial meeting. Ask to see sample wedding menus and references. Step 2: Decide on your style With all of the general specifics in place, such as sit-down or buffet, it’s time to factor in your wedding’s style and degree of formality. Right off the bat, caterers will want to talk about your personal tastes (and budget!). 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 When you finally narrow down your list of prospective caterers, it’s time for the fun part — tastings! Speak up


CATERING during your tastings and don’t be afraid to ask if they can tweak something to your tastes. This is your day and your meal, and any good caterer will be pleased to work with your wishes as much as they can. Step 4: Finalize the menu Gather inspiration from magazines, websites, and bridal shows to clarify what you like and dislike in a wedding meal. Think about weddings you’ve attended, or ask friends for favorites and failures. Your caterer will also be a great resource to bounce ideas around and finally craft a menu that’s perfect for you. When in doubt, ask 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 Finalizing the menu and calculating the cost might happen somewhat simultaneously, since your budget will surely affect the direction of your wedding meal. Here’s a bit about what you can expect in terms of pricing: Facilities with in-house catering departments may have a minimum charge or set-up fee, while an independent caterer will usually work within any reasonable, agreed-upon 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, though most caterers will factor in a few lastminute guests, too. Decide if you’ll include meals for wedding-related

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

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CATERING personnel, such as the DJ, musicians, photographer, and on-site coordinator. 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 — otherwise you’ll need ample time to make other arrangements.

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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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Step 6: Hire the servers With a finalized menu all priced out and good to go, it’s time to determine how many wait staff you’ll need to serve the feast and keep the reception running smoothly. 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, too, that will require more help — one bartender for every 50 to 75 guests. Make sure to talk with your caterer ahead of time to make sure that the servers’ style of dress works with the style of your wedding. 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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ask t he righ t questions SELECTING RENTALS • What items are available for rent? • What is the rental fee? Do you have a price list? • Have you worked at my reception location before? • Do you provide delivery, set-up and pick-up? Is this included in the cost? • When will the items be delivered and picked up? • Will you move decorations from the ceremony to the reception site if needed? • If tents are needed, do you recommend one large tent, or multiple smaller tents at my reception location? • What is your policy on damaged or missing items? • Who will be my contact on the day of the wedding? • How far in advance must I book your services? • What is your cancellation policy? • Is a deposit required? If so, when and how much? www.pbnewi.com PREMIER BRIDE • 53


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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The best gift a bride and groom can give each other is a professional wedding coordinator. Today, planning a wedding is more complicated than ever. Most couples have high expectations for their special day, but are novices at planning such a big event. 4

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WEDDING COORDINATORS 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. 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

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WEDDING COORDINATORS even the wedding gown. On the other hand, consultants are also good at just taking over the small details. In some cases they are only there to coordinate everything on the day of the wedding. 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. 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. OTHER IMPORTANT NOTES 1. Find out exactly how much the wedding coordinator charges. Some 58 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

charge an hourly rate; others bill a flat rate or perhaps a percentage of the overall wedding budget. Still others take a fee or commission from vendors they trust and use often. 2. Ask how payments to vendors are made and what exactly the planner does on the wedding day. Read carefully the paperwork the planner provides. 3. A good wedding coordinator is like a good accountant. In the long run, he/she can save you time and money. That translates into a happier and more relaxed day for you. THE DESTINATION WEDDING In the case of destination weddings, a planner will even travel with the bride and groom to look at a destination beforehand. A wedding consultant can offer important advice on why a destination will or will not work and can confer with vendors in the area to negotiate the best prices. However, in most cases, the couple will be responsible for paying the airfare, food and accommodations for the exploratory visit and during the actual wedding. Wedding consultants can be especially helpful for couples who are short on time, live away from the location they are to be married or would simply prefer a professional handle the arrangements while they totally enjoy the experience. The best wedding planners love what they do. Their desire is to bring your vision to life and exceed your expectations while maximizing your budget. Give strong consideration to hiring a qualified wedding consultant.

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A TIMELESS PIECE creative ways to capture the day A new style of art is being seen at receptions called “live painting” where an artist will come to your wedding and paint your live event. The paintings are original and are painted while the event is going on, which makes a great heirloom for the new couple. This can be given as a gift, or the couple can purchase this themselves. This is a creative way to get some new artwork on the walls of the new home that you create together. In addition to live painting, you can provide the artist with a photograph from the wedding, and he/she can create a painting out of your wedding pictures. This is a great keepsake, and will look great in your home!

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With beautiful Lake Michigan serving as a majestic backdrop, Wisconsin’s lakeshore communities offer an incredible array of things for visitors to see and do. Just one hour north of Milwaukee, the city of Sheboygan boasts more than two miles of natural beauty and facilities including sandy beaches, a magnificent 281-slip marina, public boat launches and community One Stop Wedding Shop! center. It’s also home to two great Excellent One on One Shopping Experience entertainment jewels: the classically + Handpicked Accessories, Gifts, & Decor restored Stefanie H. Weill Center for = An Affordable & Enjoyable Wedding the Performing Arts and the renowned John Michael Kohler Arts Center. Walk Call today to schedule the nearby Riverfront, Downtown, South wedding of your dreams Pier or historic Michigan Avenue and Will Travel Anywhere browse or shop the local businesses. 2530 N. 15th Street. Sheboygan Whatever you’re in the mood for, 920-457-3340 blooniegifts.com Like Us you’re sure to find it there. Sheboygan Falls was recognized in 1995 as a Great American Main Street, presented by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Llisted on the national Register of Historic Places, it is home to a collection of authentic historic restorations. Classic Greek Revival frame and Cream City Brick buildings grace its business and residential districts, lending style and character. More than 45 facades were meticulously brought back to life and rehabilitated to transform the quaint Downtown and Cole Districts. Sheboygan Falls also hosts special events and festivals throughout the year to offer the best in music, food and entertainment. Four inviting riverfront parks and a scenic riverfront walking trail beckon residents and visitors alike. Kohler is home to a leading American corporation, a tourist destination and a quaint garden-like village. It is renowned the world over

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for The American Club, the Midwest’s only AAA Five Diamond resort hotel. The nearby Inn on Woodlake is a select service hotel overlooking an 11-acre spring-fed lake with a private beach and putting green, all just steps away from The Shops at Woodlake. The ultimate in Kohler shopping, The Shops is a collection Photograph y by Bruce

of more than 20 specialty shops and boutiques. Manitowoc, named Wisconsin’s Maritime Capitol™, has much to offer both on and off the water. The city boasts 63 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, including its 100-year-old courthouse. History buffs should plan a visit to the Wisconsin

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WISCONSIN’S LAKESHORE Maritime Museum. Or, take in the treasures of the galleries at the historic mansion that houses the Rahr-West Art Museum. When it’s time to rest, choose from any number of quaint B & B’s to family and lakeside hotels. Head north a bit to Two Rivers, another area defined by water, and you’ll find more scenic treasures. In the summer, the rivers and lake host hundreds of kayakers. From Neshotah Park, a 50-acre lakefront jewel, you’ll find a groomed Lake Michigan beach, concessions, picnic areas, restrooms and more. Stroll and splash northward along six miles of pristine, undeveloped shoreline and the white sand beaches and dunes of Point Beach State Park. There are also plenty of opportunities to treasure the town’s

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

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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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Gown Types A-LINE Has a fitted bodice and the skirt flares out gently from the waistline to the hemline. Gets its name from the “A” shape it creates: small at the top and larger at the bottom. Good for: Almost every figure.

MERMAID A form-fitting style that accentuates curves and flares at or just below the knee. Good for: Tall & slender frames and adding length to a petite figure.

BALL GOWN The most traditional silhouette (think “Cinderella”) and features a fitted bodice and waistline with a very full skirt. Good for: Drawing attention to a small waist and hiding full hips.

PRINCESS Similar to the A-line, includes a sculpted bodice and skirt that flares gently to the hemline, and it’s vertical lines mean basically no waistline. Good for: Elongating a short waist and petite figures.

EMPIRE Features a high waistline that is right beneath the bust line leading into a slender skirt. Good for: Hiding a thick waist and adding length.

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SHEATH Features straight lines that follow the curves of the body. Good for: Slimmer figures, both tall and petite.


NeckliNe Types Bateau Curves downward slightly below the collarbone to the edge of the shoulders. Halter Collar wraps around the neck, usually with a low-cut back. IllusIon Yoke Transparent fabric, lace or netting fitted at the neckline, extending to the bust line. Jewel Like a t-shirt - a high, rounded neckline usually falling above the color bone. oFF-tHe sHoulDer Frames the face, neck and shoulders by falling just below the shoulders and across the bustline. PortraIt An off-the-shoulder style folds around the shoulders, like a fitted and structured shawl. Queen anne Heart-shaped neckline in the front combined with a collar-like back. saBrIna Similar to a Bateau, begins two inches in from each shoulder and curves gently downward below the collarbone. sCooP Low and rounded with a “U” shape.

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FINDING A PHOTOGRAPHER WHO

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 occurred. 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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PHOTOGRAPHY DETERMINE YOUR STYLE Wedding photography is more than just documenting the event; it’s about capturing the spirit of the couple and their day. Choose a photographer whose style matches yours. Formal or traditional: Posed, color photos of you, the groom, your respective families, and the wedding party; all the classic moments will be captured. Photojournalistic: Shot like a news event, capturing hundreds of candid moments and real emotions; more black and white photos for a timeless feel. Artistic: Special effects used to create dramatic, one-of-a-kind pieces of art. Many photographers offer a mix of these styles, so browse friends’ wedding albums and surf professionals’ websites and blogs to find what speaks to you. RESEARCH PHOTOGRAPHERS Once you’ve established your style, it’s time to shop around. Collect referrals from friends, review wedding resources like Premier Bride, and scope out local photographers’ websites and blogs. Make a short list of potential photographers that specialize in the style you desire and that suits your budget. Then, set up a consultation. MEET IN PERSON Once you’ve curated a shortlist of potential photographers that seem to check all your boxes, it’s time to meet. Don’t underestimate this step! 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! Ask yourself how this person will mesh with your friends and family, too. They 88 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

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. Do your research ahead of time and only meet with photographers you can afford. 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 consider the time, season, and location of your wedding and chose a professional whose talents suit your needs. Some photographers are more skilled at capturing low-light images, so consider the time, season, and location of your wedding when choosing a photographer. With many expert wedding photographers to pick from, you’ll have no trouble finding someone whose experience is a perfect match for your wedding. KNOW WHAT’S INCLUDED Most photographers offer “a la carte” or custom packages to meet your


PHOTOGRAPHY individual needs – just be sure to ask for specifics. Here are some examples of items that might interest you. Bride & Groom’s Album: These vary in size, color, construction quality, and price; be sure to compare the size and photo quantity that various photographers offer. Parents’ Albums: These will include prints that have been specially selected to create a custom photo book for each family. Prints: Don’t underestimate how many extra prints you might want for framing and gifting, as this will definitely impact your budget. Proofs: Ask how many proofs you will get and in what format. In your consultations, learn the nitty gritty details. When is a deposit required? Will there be a backup camera? When will proofs be ready to view? Will online ordering be available for your guests? ASK ABOUT THE EXTRAS Engagement photos: Many photographers offer engagement shoots as part of the package. These photos are more laid-back and candid, so play up your personalities. Photobooth: This is one of the most popular trends in wedding

photography. Opt for color or black and white prints and play with props like feather boas, hats, and mustaches. Added bonus: most photobooths print two sets of pictures. Guests can keep one as a souvenir and add the other to your guest book. You’ll end up with a collection of photos and scribbled well-wishes to enjoy for years to come! While many photographers offer photobooths, there are also photobooth companies that specialize in this service and may have different packages depending upon what you want. Fun photos: Wedding pictures don’t have to be just you and your bridesmaids all in a row – have some fun with it! Let your personality shine through. Do you and your fiancé love ice cream? Take pictures at your local creamery (just don’t spill on the dress!). Do you love board games? Spell out “LOVE” with scrabble pieces, using your engagement ring for the “O.” The bottom line: infuse your personalities wherever possible. Download our Ultimate Planner online at premierbride.com/planning where you’ll find a list of questions to ask and a checklist of must-capture moments for guaranteed success.

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READY TO GLOW getting the right look

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Where do brides get their special glow? Love is the big reason, but the correct makeup is also important to maintain the blush of beauty throughout your once-in-a-lifetime wedding celebration.

It is important to determine the look you want well in advance and to have a makeup rehearsal. Most makeup artists recommend at least one consultation before your wedding day. If you plan to do your own makeup, then take time to practice and perfect your special look bearing in mind that your makeup will depend on several factors. Is your wedding in the daytime or evening? Is your dress white or ivory? Will you wear your hair down or up? Will you wear a hair ornament or headpiece? When you are selecting makeup, it is important to consider not only your hair color and skin tone, but the tone of the wedding as well. A formal evening ceremony calls for a bit of drama while an outdoor wedding requires a more natural look. Remember, you will be photographed before, during and after the ceremony so your makeup needs to last for three to six hours. 90 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

SOLID FOUNDATION Prepare your skin by polishing it three to five days before the wedding. Use a fine honey almond scrub with cornmeal to remove dead cells and soften the skin. Finish with a spray of rosewater or, if you can arrange it, pamper yourself with a professional facial. Do not, however, get a facial the day of the wedding, or even the day before. Your skin may not look its best for a couple of days as a result of the treatment. When you do your makeup for the wedding, moisturize as you normally do, and choose a foundation perfectly matched to your neck color. Blend with a sponge and blot the foundation with a tissue. Next, use a colored, transparent face powder. Pink or peach will keep pale skin from looking chalky or pasty and will provide a porcelain look. Deeper skin tones require a more robust beige or brown. Apply blush lightly to the “apple” of your cheek or to the highest point of the cheekbone. Keep the color simple-coral, peach or pinks-and remember to use blush to pull the face together. KISSABLE LIPS Your wedding day is a time for kissing, not only the groom, but also family and friends. For luscious lips that last, first outline them with a lip pencil close to your lipstick shade, then dab the lips lightly with lip sealer to keep lipstick on for hours. Apply lipstick with a lip brush, blot softly with a tissue to stain lips and reapply lipstick. Choose a lipstick that is slightly dry as glossy lipsticks won’t stain lips and they leave lip prints on everyone.

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ask t he righ t questions SELECTING A PHOTOGRAPHER • Will you be taking the pictures? If not, can I meet him/her? • How long have you been a wedding photographer? • What packages do you offer? What do they include? • What type of photography do you specialize in? • Have you photographed at my ceremony or reception location before? • How many other weddings do you have this night? How long can you stay? • Do you offer online ordering for my guests? • Can we purchase all of our images on disk? • Can we order additional prints later? • What happens if you are sick or have an emergency on my wedding day? • 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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FUN capturing WITH PHOTO BOOTHS the excitement and emotion of your guests

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

In the past, couples used to leave disposable cameras at tables for guests to point and shoot, but the chance in finding a gem amongst those blurry, low-quality shots is rare, especially when kids get their hands on them. Plus, the cost of developing film is going up steadily. Instead, a fun, plucky alternative can be to get a photo booth. Photo booth rentals are becoming popular at wedding receptions. Not only do you get too see everyone in their finest for your big day, but your guests can take home a quality memory from the wedding. Photo booth rentals are different in size and output. Some give guests prints of their pictures right away, in 92 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

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

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VIDEOGRAPHY

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PRESERVE YOUR DAY IN LIVING,

What’s a common complaint of brides and grooms? “It all went so fast!” Investing in a high-quality wedding video lets you revisit the sights, sounds, and emotions of your special day for years to come. These memories in motion are priceless, and it’s worth it to do it right.4

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VIDEO VIDEOGRAPHERS: PROFESSIONALS & ARTISTS Professional videographers have dramatically improved the quality of wedding videos especially in recent years. They have the technology, talent, and time necessary to produce videos with excellent quality, clear audio, crisp visuals, and sharp editing. A good videographer is an artist who will remain inconspicuous throughout the day, and yet finds a way to capture intimate, uninhibited moments of you and your guests. These days, creativity knows no bounds. The art of videography has experienced a sort of revolution in the past few years. Gone are the days of boring, straightforward wedding videos. Today’s filmmakers use the latest technology and storytelling techniques to create stunning and highly-personalized wedding films. As with photographers, there are countless styles of videography out there. Choose a videographer with a style that speaks to you whether it’s classic and evenpaced, quick and contemporary, or even a little edgy. NEW TECHNOLOGY = NEW POSSIBILITIES There are all kinds of new tools available to videographers that offer Hollywood-style special effects. The

hottest of these: drones. Drones can offer a sweeping, cinematic mood and breathtaking aerial views. While this new technology is exciting, know that drones shouldn’t be over-used. They’re loud, and nobody wants such noise during their wedding. And since these machines are still relatively new, it’s better to be safe than sorry in terms of both the safety of your guests and ensuring your wedding runs smoothly without any machine malfunctions.

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VIDEO SPECIALS & SERVICES In addition to the final wedding video, some videographers offer same-day services such as rush editing of wedding day highlights or photo and video montages to show at your reception. Projectors for these shows are recommended and may also be available through your videographer. These upgradeable video services are growing in popularity and could add the perfect final touch to your celebration. If you’re a high-tech couple, put your videographer to work before the wedding. Work together to create a video “save the date” for the folks on your guest list. You can save money by uploading this video to your wedding website or YouTube, then sending friends and family a link to view it. Or you can save the video to a DVD or flash drive and mail a copy to each household. Video invites are modern, fun, personal, and, if worked in to your videography package, a potential cost-saver. CHOOSING A VIDEOGRAPHER When researching professional videographers in your area, visit their websites and view a sample video. If you can only find a short sample, ask the videographer if you can see a fulllength film. This is critical since short snippets shown on a videographer’s website are meant as eye candy to draw you in and what really matters, however, is the finished product. Pay close attention to make sure the film meets your expectations in terms of video detail and quality. Things to consider when viewing a sample video include the clarity and 96 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

stability of the picture, as well as the videographer’s ability to smoothly edit and transition the material. Other things to keep in mind: audio, color, and emotional connections. Let’s break it down with a video evaluation checklist. SAMPLE VIDEO CHECKLIST Evaluate the picture – Is the picture clear and consistently in focus, or is it jumpy, blurry, or shaky? – Are there any dead spots? – Does it move smoothly from one scene to the next or jump awkwardly? – How is the lighting? Evaluate the sound – At the ceremony, can you clearly hear the bride, groom, officiant, and readers? – At the reception, can you clearly hear the toasts? – Is the audio muffled or difficult to hear at any point? – Are the music selections and volume appropriate? – Is the crowd and ambient noise controlled? Evaluate the overall effect – Is it too short, too long, or just right? – Is it entertaining? – Does it trigger emotion? – Does it look like the work of a professional? If the sample video checks out, there are still more questions to ask before making your final decision such as whether you get to pick your own music. Also ask about the turnaround time for getting your finished video. The industry average is 12 to 14 weeks.

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BEGINNING INdanceSTEP lessons A romantic way to prepare for a lifetime of waltzing together is to take dance lessons before your wedding. You and your partner will be the center of attention on the dance floor during your special day, but if that isn’t incentive enough, consider the additional closeness the two of you can develop by sharing a weddingrelated activity that doesn’t involve appointments and interviews. You’ll be asked before you begin your lessons about the kinds of dance steps you’d like to learn. Ambitious though you may be, learning too many steps too soon may result in frustration if you feel you’re not mastering anything. What you admire about other dancers is how well they move together, not the numbers of patterns they do. You’re probably not used to being taught things as a couple, and you may want to help the instructor along by correcting your partner. Don’t. Let the instructor do the teaching. Your input can be distracting and disruptive, both for the instructor and your partner. Cliché though it may be, dance instructors say men typically progress more slowly than their female partners who tend to feel movements more and master steps quicker. Be patient with him. It will be appreciated, and the resulting cooperation will get the two of you moving together more quickly. Get the most from your dance lessons by taking them as close together as you can and in conjunction with group lessons and practice sessions. The result will be speedy progress and increased confidence and enjoyment.

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MUSIC CEREMONY MUSIC When weighing your options for ceremony musicians, consider your vision (instrumental or vocalist) and your wedding’s style and venue. Think back to past weddings you’ve attended. What did you like about the music for each ceremony? What didn’t work so well? 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 live your potential musicians and singers. After you’ve secured musicians for your ceremony, they can help you decide on what songs to include. Most musicians who specialize in weddings will be a great resource for song suggestions. Your officiant might also be helpful in guiding your musical selection. COCKTAILS AND DINNER MUSIC Conversation is key during cocktails and dinner, so the tunes should set the mood, but not intrude. If you decide on live music, try chamber music, classical or acoustic guitar, or a jazz ensemble for subtle entertainment that won’t overpower the 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 102 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

reception’s DJ or band, make sure they keep it on the softer side. RECEPTION AND DANCING MUSIC Let’s face it, this is a 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. First, ask yourself, band or DJ? While there will always be pros and cons to each, it always comes down to personal taste and budget. Start researching musicians early in the wedding planning process. This way, once you find someone you like, availability is less likely to be an issue. Live music gives the evening a sort of festive energy and is a wonderful option if your budget allows. The key is finding a band that caters to weddings. These musicians offer versatility and will appeal to guests of all ages. 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 then hire a DJ. A DJ will be more cost-effective and offer an almost infinite variety of music – truly something for everyone. Some keys to finding happiness in a DJ: 1) If possible, see them live before booking. 2) Do your personalities mesh? 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


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MOST REQUESTED SONGS First Dance 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Thinking Out Loud Die a Happy Man All of Me Can’t Help Falling In Love I Don’t Dance

Father Daughter Dance 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

I Loved Her First My Little Girl My Girls Butterfly Kisses My Wish

Mother Son Dance 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

My Wish What a Wonderful World Simple Man Humble and Kind A Song For Mama

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

Shut Up and Dance I Gotta Feeling We Are Family Can’t Stop the Feeling!

Bouquet Toss 1. 2. 3. 4.

Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) Dear Future Husband Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Where The Girls At

5. Run the World (Girls)

Ed Sheeran Thomas Rhett John Legend Elvis Presley Lee Brice Heartland Tim McGraw Temptations Bob Carlisle Rascal Flatts Rascal Flatts Louis Armstrong Lynyrd Skynyrd Tim McGraw Boyz II Men Ronson, Mark Feat. Bruno Mars Walk The Moon Black Eyed Peas Sister Sledge Justin Timberlake Beyoncé Meghan Trainor Cyndi Lauper David Guetta feat. Flo Rida & Nicki Minaj Beyoncé

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

Pony Ginuwine Another One Bites the Dust Queen Let’s Get It On Marvin Gaye Danger Zone Kenny Loggins Pour Some Sugar On Me Def Leppard

Cake Cutting 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Sugar How Sweet It Is Cake By The Ocean Sugar, Sugar Pour Some Sugar On Me

Maroon 5 James Taylor Dance Archies Def Leppard

Introductions 1. 2. 3. 4.

Marry You I Gotta Feeling Can’t Stop The Feeling! Uptown Funk

5. Bring ‘Em Out

Last Dance

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

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

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

Ceremony Processional 1. 2. 3. 4.

Marry Me Canon in D A Thousand Years Over The Rainbow

5. Can’t Help Falling In Love

Barenaked Ladies Rascal Flatts Frank Sinatra Ed Sheeran Louis Armstrong

Train Pachelbel Christina Perri Israel ‘IZ’ Kamakawiwo’ole Haley Reinhart

Ceremony Recessional 1. Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours 2. Best Day of My Life 3. Marry You 4. You Are The Best Thing 1. This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)

Ceremony 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Marry Me A Thousand Years Marry You Best Day of My Life Over The Rainbow

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Bruno Mars Black Eyed Peas Justin Timberlake Mark Ronson Feat. Bruno Mars T.I. Feat. Jay-Z

Stevie Wonder American Authors Bruno Mars Ray Lamontagne Natalie Cole

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MUSIC can’t stand and a “must play” list of songs you don’t want to miss. All things considered, whether you go for a band or a DJ, your dance party will be a guaranteed success as long as you treat your guests to a wide variety of music. THE NITTY GRITTY For the reception… Consider your reception site and how this might impact your choice in entertainment. Communicate with your site manager so you’re aware of any restrictions and so that he/ she is aware of your plans ahead of time. If your entertainment has never performed at your chosen reception site before, ask the site manager when they can visit the venue to make sure it meets their needs in terms of space, electricity, and lighting. In general… As with other wedding vendors, make sure the ins and outs of your agreement with your musicians is very clear and in writing. This includes payment, start and end times, fees for playing overtime, alternate plans if a musician is sick the day of your wedding, etc. If any of your vendors don’t use a contract, put all the details into a letter, and copy it. Send one to the vendor and keep one for your records. Confirm all the details with your musicians about one week prior to your celebration. Once you’ve done your homework, hired musicians for each stage of your wedding day, and worked out the details, you can rest easy. That is, until it’s time to start practicing your dance moves.

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SETTING THE TONE emotion and individuality As your guests are being seated, the prelude sets the mood. The processional march introduces you and your attendants, and the recessional shouts pure joy. Organists and harpists are still popular choices. Some churches may require that you use their organist, or not play secular music. You may wish to include another soloist such as a vocalist, flautist, trumpeter, violinist or pianist. Be sure to contact your musicians early to ensure the date. Consider the space of your wedding hall. Even limited room allows you to use recordings of your favorite selections. If a close friend or relative is providing your wedding music, then a gift is appropriate.

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INVITATIONS

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Invitations seem like such a basic item on your wedding “to do” list, but there’s a lot that goes into them and a lot that comes out of them! Invitations set the stage and build excitement offering guests a peek at your wedding’s style. With creativity and proper etiquette, your invites will give a great first impression.4

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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 108 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

(traditionally with a layer of tissue paper on top), a reception card explaining reception details, a response card with its stamped/addressed envelope (yes, it’s proper etiquette to provide return postage), a map or some other 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 combine information on a single card, omit the tissue paper, or really think outside the box with your design if that suits the style of your wedding day. For example, your response card might be a simple postcard. When it comes time to assemble the pieces, here’s the traditional way. Start with the ceremony invitation on the bottom (covered with tissue, if using), followed by the reception card, and the response card with the unsealed return envelope and map. Slide these items into the inner envelope, but do not seal it. Slide the inner envelope into the outer envelope with the addressee’s name facing the back flap (this way their name will be the first thing they see upon opening the invitation). 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 with help from mixed and blended families simply say “Mary Bride and John Groom, together with their families, request the honor of your presence at their marriage.” An


INVITATIONS experienced professional will be able to assist you more with wording, and online research is also a great way to get the wheels turning. 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. 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.

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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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CAKES & DESSERTS

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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


CAKES of 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 —

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think 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-yourown sundaes are a charming sweet for summer affairs, and a well-stocked 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 www.pbnewi.com PREMIER BRIDE • 115


CAKES 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 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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THE CANDIES TABLE a different twist to satisfy

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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 chocolate-covered pretzels and strawberries, macaroons, pastry puffs and sugar or yogurt coated nuts and raisins. Design Like your sweet selection, your design can match your wedding. For something casual and playful, arrange your colorful candies in clear jars of every shape and size like an old candy store. A more upscale look could present your desserts in classy giant martini glasses or on small decorative plates arranged on different levels over an expansive, dramatically lit table. Custom-order candies or candy wrappers to stick within your color scheme. Only choosing candies of two or three colors also creates a striking design.

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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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Table Settings

Your Perfect table setting: ideas that capture your personality

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FLOWERS

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DESIGN A BEAUTIFUL WEDDING

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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FLOWERS Without even knowing it, your floral research has probably already begun. Any time you admire a blooming centerpiece, dreamily eye flowers at the local farmers’ market, or pin a blossoming crown to your wedding Pinterest board, you’re developing your own taste in flowers. Keep doing this as you prepare to meet your florist. 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. It’s also critical to have a set budget. FINDING A FLORIST If possible, you should book a florist 8 to 10 months before your wedding. You can find potential candidates in a print publication like this one, at a bridal show, online, or by asking friends and family for recommendations. Your goal is to find someone who is organized and professional and whose style and personality meshes with your own. To start, create a flowersonly 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. YOU AND YOUR WEDDING PARTY You’ll first want to determine the look of your bridal bouquet. All other 124 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

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 mixand-match bouquets more frequently and mix-and-match boutonnieres as well. Yet another way to work flowers into fashion are flower crowns! 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


FLOWERS 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

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BILLY BUTTONS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ROSES

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TULIPS

WILD FLOWERS

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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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BEAUT Y

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

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


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

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GROOM THE LEVEL OF FORMALITY The first order of business is to evaluate how formal your wedding will be. This depends on the time of day of the wedding, the location, but most of all, on you and your fiancé. Whatever level of formality you settle on, 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 pointedcollar shirt, a vest or cummerbund, and either a bow tie or a four-in-hand tie (a “fancy” knotted necktie). A very formal wedding, called “white tie,” calls for the traditional black tuxedo with tails, a vest, a white winged-collar shirt, and a bow tie. If you can envision a symphony conductor’s attire, this is white tie. DISTINGUISHING THE GROOM At very formal events, the groom and groomsmen are all to be dressed identically, so one way to distinguish


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

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• 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.

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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.

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TRANSPORTATION 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 around for transport based on size. Then, you can pick out a limousine, a coach party bus, a trolley, or something more unique and personal for the couple. Whatever you decide on, keep safety in mind while revelers are bouncing from place to place. LIMOS If there is a day to splurge on this iconic luxury vehicle, your wedding is certainly the day. Unlike some other forms of transport, a limo can be booked for an entire day, so you could get a highclass ride to pick you up at the house, deliver you to the ceremony, reception or even to the airport to jet away on a honeymoon. Most companies have a one or two hour minimum for their services so think about what the most cost-effective way would be to keep the limo around. If you want a car for both going to and leaving 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, • Featuring Superstretch Limousines and SUV’s. • Serving NE Wisconsin Since 1995.

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ceremony and reception are separated by a long distance, this is a fun way to get all the guests in on the party right away. Like limousine services, passenger and luxury coach companies require a minimum number of hours. The size and type of coach will determine the hourly rate. Depending on the size of your party, it may make sense to hire two coaches - maybe a luxury coach for the bride, groom and attendants and a passenger coach for the guests. This provides guests with a little more flexibility, as well. TAKING THE TROLLEY An attractive, fun and picturesque alternative to a limo or 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 or for adding on www.pbnewi.com PREMIER BRIDE • 141


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TRANSPORTATION some family members or friends. With their antique look and old world charm, they’ll lend a lovely, elegant touch to this wedding day detail. Since most have outdoor decks, these are especially fun in small towns so you can take a peek outside and watch onlookers wave at the newlyweds. And there’s no transportation alternative that looks as great in photos! HORSE & CARRIAGE More personal than the plushiest limo is the old-world elegance of a horse-drawn carriage or sleigh. Your enchantment will be reflected in the picture possibilities. Photographers and video crews can make magic when you alight from a regal carriage, groom in arm. This elegance is not out of reach either, especially if your budget already includes rental transportation. 142 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

This service can vary from a simple horse and carriage to an elaborate coach. Price checks for available styles should include inquiries about minimum rental time and overtime. The number in your party is important if you elect to treat your wedding party or other guests to a ride. However in this case, you will also need to shop with their special requirements in mind. UNIQUE ALTERNATIVES Vintage cars are also great photo ops and add a touch of class. An antique Rolls Royce or a ’69 Mustang are fun and something you don’t get to ride in every day. Ride in style like the royal couple did in their April wedding in a decorated navy soft-top Aston Martin Volante. Or, as with everything else in the wedding, make sure the transportation connects to YOU. Maybe you met at a Harley rally – ride off on your twin Hogs! Or maybe you share a love of mountain biking – don’t be afraid to wheel over on a tandem together. Personality is what makes weddings memorable so however you move, make sure it’s full of your style. TIPS FOR A GREAT DAY • Customize your playlist and bring your own CD to play in the limo. • Plan liquid refreshments that won’t leave a mark, such as sparkling water. Wine or coffee can discolor your gown. For after the ceremony, you can go with champagne or mimosas, but be careful not to overindulge. • If you go for pictures between the ceremony and reception, champagne glasses can make a cute picture. • Be mindful of the time. You’ll be meeting and greeting all your guests and you’ll want to be your best. Don’t keep them waiting!

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the occasion and add some touches of pastel for a soft touch on invitations and reception accents. Popular summer colors include teal paired with silver and you could also dye flowers teal to play up the mood and atmosphere. What about red and pink? Roses are the perfect flower for this color scheme. Many couples choose autumn to say their “I do’s” and this season bespeaks bold colors with a touch of harvest. It’s a time when the leaves are falling from the trees and burnt orange, gold and red are in the air. It might not be a bad idea to incorporate brown during this time of year and consider matching it with terra cotta or copper or even ivory. Red is always popular during the autumn season and can be matched with deep red roses to keep the mood one of love. For winter, think the holidays, snow and cozy fireplaces that make this season one of the most romantic of all. While stark silvers and blues are an option, the color of evergreen also promises the mood will be festive. Flowers can be a combination of pine cones, holly leaves and even snow and ice. Since silver is such a popular winter color, matching accents might include burgundy or navy blue. The spring is when everything begins to grow again. Pastel colors are popular during this time of year so think white, pink and even lavender. Flowers that go well with a light color scheme are tulips and peonies. Keep the wedding light and airy like the season and a dreamy feeling will surely abound. Overall, the best wedding is the one to which you add the special touches by incorporating you and your spouse’s ideas into the biggest event of your lives.

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

romantic spark alive for many years to come. 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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WHY A CRUISE? With superb amenities, luxe accommodations, world-class restaurants, and bucket list destinations, cruises really are a marvelous way to spend a honeymoon. On a cruise, the planning has been done for you and services are often all-inclusive — it doesn’t get much easier than that! You have the luxury of visiting a handful of port cities, but only unpacking once, and venturing to remote locales you might otherwise never explore. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy the ride. PARTY BOAT VS. LUXURY LINER When you first say the word “cruise,” a massive, bustling, tropicsbound ship might come to mind. There are Caribbean liners that boast the world’s tallest waterslide at sea, robot bartenders, Broadway-level entertainment, or even a casino. Many of these colossal cruise ships host lots of physical activities, with basketball courts, running tracks, rock-climbing walls, and batting cages on board. Caribbean cruises are known for their party atmosphere, which can certainly be a fun

way to keep your wedding celebration going. For an entirely different feel, look into smaller ships and yachts, sailing all corners of the globe. These luxury liners might have only 50 large staterooms for a much more intimate experience, while maintaining such amenities as Michelin Star restaurants and sumptuous spa treatments. There’s usually a high crew-to-guest ratio, meaning lots of personal attention. Smaller ships are also able to reach lesser-traveled ports of call. Luxury vessels bring their own kind of fun, too, with some ships offering themed voyages — cuisine, for instance, where there might be on-board cooking demonstrations and classes, trips to the local market whenever you dock, and tastings of regional wines. Whether party boat or luxury liner, here are some of the many cruise destinations ripe for honeymooners. CARIBBEAN OR ISLAND CRUISE As a jumping-off point, these are just a handful of the island nations you might explore on a Caribbean cruise: British Virgin Islands, St. Barts, Antigua,


St. Lucia and Grenada. While a tropical cruise tends to fit the party animal vibe, it’s certainly possible to book a more romantic excursion to the Caribbean or other islands. When searching for cruise options, look for voyages that highlight romance. To ensure there are fewer families with screaming little ones on board, delay your trip until autumn when kids are back in school, or seek out a kidfree cruise. But even if you do plan a tropical cruise on a family-favorite line, most of these ships have adult-only areas on board, including spas and fine dining. You can also opt for a “romance package,” complete with long-stem roses, chocolates, and champagne waiting for you upon arrival, to make things a little more intimate. ASIAN CRUISE Asian cruises are starting to gain popularity these days, as Asia is on many couples’ bucket lists, but the planning has them running scared. That’s why a cruise is such a fabulous way to explore this corner of the world! A cruise ship truly simplifies an otherwise hard-toplan trip, as you can sit back and let the professionals choose your destinations

and narrow down your daily excursion options. Just some of the places you might journey include India, Singapore, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and secluded beaches along the Indian ocean. Day trips include jaunts to Cambodia or the Great Wall, while days at sea between destinations allows for lots of rest. An Asian cruise is the perfect mix of adventure and relaxation. MEDITERRANEAN CRUISE A cruise along the Mediterranean is a fantastic way to experience a slew of cultures in a small trip. Because there’s so much to see and do and each port of call, a Mediterranean cruise isn’t the best option for newlyweds who prefer to sit by the pool all day. But if you’re itching to explore each destination — which might include Spain, France, Italy, Greece, and even northern Africa — this is the trip for you. The pace of Mediterranean cruises can certainly feel jam-packed, so consider extending your stay in your departure city either before or after your cruise. Also remember that smaller ships will be able to dock in smaller ports, such as Seville, Marseilles, Bordeaux, Crete, and along the Amalfi Coast.


EUROPEAN RIVER CRUISE As with Mediterranean cruises, European river cruises don’t offer much at-sea time. Rather, there are many stops with lots of sight-seeing and a tight itinerary. A river cruise will naturally allow you a glimpse into multiple cultures, just like a Mediterranean cruise. You might sail the Rhine, which typically takes you from Switzerland to Holland, passing towns and cities in France and Germany with their picturesque scenery and fairytale castles. If touring the Danube, you’ll journey from Germany to Romania, passing Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, and Croatia along the way. A Rhone/Saone itinerary takes you through wine country in France’s Provence and Burgundy regions. See Spain and Portugal along the Douro, cities like Prague and Berlin along the Elbe, and sail with other francophiles along the Seine from Paris to the English Channel. ALASKAN CRUISE An Alaskan cruise is definitely a more laid-back type of voyage. In fact, the crowd on such excursions usually skews a bit older — a fun perk if you’re the type who loves making friends with and hearing stories from seasoned travelers. Looking to socialize with other newlyweds? It’s easy to pick out the

young love and band together once on board. As for destinations, Alaskan cruises typically sail from Anchorage to Vancouver with stops in Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway. Enjoy stunning scenery and charming towns, as well as day trips unique to Alaska, such as glacier trips, kayaking, and whale watching. CRUISE SHIP TIPS Wherever you may sail, make sure to arrive in your departure city at least the day before your cruise takes off. When booking, know that an exterior room with an ocean view will cost more than an interior room, but it’s worth the splurge so you can share a sunset cocktail on your private balcony. To maximize your at sea time, pre-book spa treatments and wake up early to snag a spot poolside. After spending a day on shore, make sure you’re back on board an hour before the ship scheduled to set sail again. Better safe than sorry! And finally, take note of any dress codes your cruise ship might have. Some of the more upscale restaurants on board might require formal wear, or have rules against shorts. If in doubt, reach out to the cruise line with all your questions, or search online forums to get in touch with other travelers. Bon voyage!

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Two key considerations Like a traditional wedding, the two main considerations when planning a reception at home after a destination wedding is the style of the event (or level of formality) and the number of guests. So Step One in the planning process is to meet with your sweetie, and your families (if they are contributing financially) to determine what kind of an event you desire and who you want to invite: a casual, informal pig roast in the backyard with extended family and a few friends only or an elegant, sit-down dinner on a Saturday night with just about everyone you know invited? The options are endless, and you’ll want to spend some time thinking about what’s best for you two and your families. When to have it The other big question is when to have it. You could have the reception

anytime in the year following your wedding, but ideally, plan to have it within two months of your marriage. This way, your guests will still view you as the “Bride & Groom”, instead of “Husband & Wife”, and you’ll still feel that way also! idealimpressions.com

Kathy and Dave thoroughly enjoyed their small, relaxed, intimate wedding on the beach in Jamaica with the rolling waves, warm sunshine and ocean breezes. But when they got home, they wanted to celebrate the momentous occasion with their extended circle of family and friends. “Obviously, having a destination wedding means that many of your family and friends won’t be there, and we really wanted to celebrate our marriage with all of them, too,” said Kathy. “Having a fun party with everyone when we got back was a great way to do that, while keeping our wedding ceremony personal and intimate, like we wanted it.”

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

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2017 BRIDAL SHOWS for Northeast Wisconsin JULY 23, 2017

OCTOBER 12, 2017

Shopko Hall 1901 S. Oneida Street, Green Bay Show Times: 10am-3pm 920-405-1134 weddingshowgreenbay.com/summer

The Hilton Garden Inn Oshkosh 1355 W 20th Ave,, Oshkosh Show Times: 6pm-9pm 920-238-6570 - wisconsinbridalexpos.com

AUGUST 10, 2017

NOVEMBER 5, 2017

Riverwalk Hotel Downtown Neenah Show Times: 6pm-9pm 920-238-6570 wisconsinbridalexpos.com

Radisson Paper Valley Hotel Grand Ballroom 333 W. College Avenue, Appleton Show Times: 10am-3pm 920-733-8000

AUGUST 13, 2017

14TH ANNUAL LAKE 98.1 BRIDAL EXPO

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THE WISCONSIN WEDDING SHOWCASE

(See pg. 165)

VISUELLE PRODUCTIONS FALL BRIDAL SHOWCASE

Fox Cities Performing Arts Center 400 W. College Avenue, Appleton Show Times: 12pm-4pm (920) 982-7881 wisconsinbridalshows.com (See pg. 163)

OCTOBER 1, 2017

VISUELLE PRODUCTIONS FALL WI WEDDING SPECTACULAR

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(See pg. 163)

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NOVEMBER 5, 2017 –

Heritage House Event Center at The Bull 1 Long Drive, Sheboygan Falls Show Times: 11am-1:30pm 920-254-0176

JANUARY 4, 2018

2018 EDITH’S BRIDAL FAIRE

Holiday Inn 625 W. Rolling Meadows Drive, Fond du Lac Show Times: 4pm-7pm, Fashion show at 7pm 920-924-9697

Radisson Conference Center 2040 Airport Drive, Green Bay Show Times: 12pm-4pm 920-982-7881 wisconsinbridalshows.com

(See pg. 166)

OCTOBER 5, 2017

The Swan Club, 875 Heritage Rd., De Pere Show Times: 11am-3pm 920-330-0291 wowsolutions4u.com/WeddingShow.html

(See pg. 163)

CRASH THE BASHINTERACTIVE WEDDING SHOW

The Golf Club at Camelot W192 Hwy 67, Lomira Show Times: 4pm-8pm 920-539-6989

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BRIDAL SHOWS MID-JANUARY

SHEBOYGAN BRIDAL SHOWCASE

John Michael Kohler Art Center 608 New York Ave., Sheboygan Doors open at 5pm - 920-458-2107

JANUARY 19-20, 2018

THE WEDDING SHOW WINTER EDITION

Shopko Hall 1901 S. Oneida Street, Green Bay Show Times: 9am -3pm 920-405-1134 weddingshowgreenbay.com/winter (Se pg. 55)

JANUARY 20-21, 2018

2018 CENTRAL WISCONSIN WEDDING & FASHION SHOW SentryWorld 601 N. Michigan Avenue, Stevens Point Show Times: 10am-4pm 715-757-2370 centralwiexpo.com (See pg. 165)

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Pine Hills Country Club 4914 Superior Ave., Sheboygan Show Times: Saturday 2pm-5pm Sunday 11:30am-2:30pm 920-980-3544

JANUARY 28, 2018

THE WEDDING FAIRE 2018

Oshkosh Convention Center 1 North Main St., Oshkosh Show Times: 12pm-4pm 920-230-1970

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FEBRUARY 18, 2018

VISUELLE PRODUCTIONS SPRING WI WEDDING SPECTACULAR

Radisson Conference Center 2040 Airport Drive, Green Bay Show Times: 12pm-4pm 920-982-7881 wisconsinbridalshows.com (See pg. 163)

MARCH 3, 2018

11TH ANNUAL WEDDING SHOW

Stadium View Banquet Hall & Conference Center 1963 Holmgren Way, Green Bay 920-884-3159 Show Times: 11am-3pm (See pg. 165)

MARCH 11, 2018

VISUELLE PRODUCTIONS SPRING WEDDING SPECTACULAR

Fox Cities Performing Arts Center 400 W. College Avenue, Appleton Show Times: 12pm-4pm 920-982-7881 wisconsinbridalshows.com (See pg. 163)

MARCH 25, 2018

2017 LAKESHORE BRIDAL SHOW

Holiday Inn Manitowoc 4601 Calumet Ave., Manitowoc Show Times: Doors open at 11am 920-682-0351


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THE PERFECT VENDOR what every bride should expect One of the most unique customer service models you will ever find is the wedding industry. Here, you have dozens of businesses hired months in advance to complete an individual task that will be carried out on a particular day. What makes this more interesting is that there can be no do-overs on your wedding day. It is like a “live” stage play that will be orchestrated and presented in real time. We have all heard the saying “beauty is only skin deep”. It implies what you see on the surface is only part of the equation. The same is true in the wedding business. The photos you expect from your photographer or the music you discuss with your DJ is important, but only represents one level of service expectation. The products and service provided is important – so too is the manner in which they are delivered! Romantic comedies and reality TV have conditioned us to think that weddings are this stressed-out event that tears people apart and reduces the strongest people to a fetal position. It doesn’t have to be that way. Look carefully at training, qualifications and talent and don’t be afraid to ask for an example of how well they work with other vendors. Look at how you will be treated as a customer, how quickly they return your phone calls and respond to your inquiries. Follow your instincts and select vendors who care as passionately about you and the success of your event as they do about their own vocation. Contacting vendors listed in this publication is a good place to start since your local publisher is extremely involved and knowledgeable in your local bridal market.

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

• Cakes & Sweets • Catering • Chapels/ Ceremonies (Also see Officiants)

• Dance Lessons • Decorating & Service • Door County Weddings • DJ’s • Dry Cleaners/ Gown Preservation • Florists • Formal Wear

BANQUET FACILITIES & REHEARSAL DINNERS Backstage at the Meyer

117 S. Washington St., Green Bay meyertheatre.org 920-433-3338

(See pg 7, 41)

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

(See pg 25)

(See pg 11)

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

(See pg 23)

(See pg 5)

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

• Hotels / Guest Rooms • Invitations • Lakeshore Weddings • Limos & Carriages (See Transportation)

• Musicians, Vocalists • Party & Tent Rentals • Photography

• Photobooths • Reception Sites (See Banquet Facilities & Rehearsal Dinners)

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Transportation Travel Agencies Videography Wedding Coordinators

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

(See pg 11)

Courthouse Pub

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

(See pg 64)

EAA Aviation Center

3000 Poberezny Rd, Oshkosh eaa.org – events@eaa.org 920-426-6126 250 W. Church St., Mishicot foxhillsresort.com 800-950-7615

(See pg 9)

(See pg 5)

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

(See pg 20)

Grand Meridian

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

Carstens Mill

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

(Also see Travel Agencies)

Fox Hills Resort

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

• Honeymoon

(See pg 13)

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

(See pg 16)

Hall of Fame Chophouse

1004 Brett Favre Pass, Green Bay hofchophouse.com 920-499-6874

(See pg 35)

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Holiday Inn Appleton

Paine Art Center & Gardens

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

(See pg 19)

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

(See pg 20)

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

(See pg 17)

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

(See pg 33)

Radisson Paper Valley Hotel (See pg 43)

John Michael Kohler Arts Center

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

(See pg 27)

Rock Garden Banquet & Conference Center

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

(See pg 63)

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

1951 Bond St., Green Bay comfortsuitesgb.com 920-499-7449

(See pg 3)

Stadium View Banquet Hall (See pg 37)

Landmark Resort

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

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

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

(See pg 31)

Stone Arch at Riverview Gardens (See pg 26 & 149)

Lodge at Leathem Smith

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

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

(See pg 22)

Stone Harbor, A Door County Resort & Conference Center (See pg 149)

The Marq

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

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

(See pg 19 & 147)

The Swan Club

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

(See pg 12)

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

(See pg 8)

Tryba’s Simply Country Barn

800.343.7778 x5692 or x5208

N277 Hwy. 47/55 ~ Keshena, WI MenomineeCasinoResort.com (See pg 40)

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

(See pg 45)

Outeredge Stage

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

(See pg 24)

N3504 Cty Rd E, Appleton simplycountrybarn.com 920-585-9208

(See pg 22)

Tundra Lodge Resort

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

(See pg 21)

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

(See pg 47)

Woodfire Lodge

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

(See pg 32)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES BEAUTY & HEALTH Mary Kay Cosmetics marykay.com/whaas (608) 335-8984

(See pg 129)

282 Stoney Brook Rd., Suite A, Appleton Call for appointment artisticcakesandcookies.com 920-423-3678 (See pg 116)

B’loonie Gifts

The Cake Guru (See pg 62)

Marlene’s

Complete Wedding Accessory Shoppe 208 E. Wisconsin Ave., Appleton marlenesshoppe.com 920-734-7989 (See pg 109)

Tracy Ann’s

633 N. 8th St. , Sheboygan www.tracyanns.com 920-838-1858

(See pg 62)

BRIDAL REGISTRY 920-459-4826

920-236-9144 920-574-7534 920-903-8440 (See pg 114)

Magnolias Cakery

204 W. Main St., Hortonville sweetmagnoliacakery.com 920-427-3829 811 Plank Rd., Menasha W3176 Springfield Dr., Appleton 5100 Michael’s Dr., Appleton manderfieldsbakery.com

(See pg 115) 920-725-7794 920-731-2181 920-882-6500 (See pg 117)

Wilmar Chocolates

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

(See pg 119)

920-457-3611

CATERING

Royal Prestige

dinner4two.com or midwestlifestyles.com 920-375-6536 (See pg 132)

Younkers

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

1529 Oregon St., Oshkosh 107 S. Appleton St., Appleton 1859 Casloma Dr., Appleton cakeguru.com

Manderfield’s Home Bakery

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

CAKES & SWEETS Artistic Cakes & Cookies

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

BRIDAL SHOWS

(See pgs 163)

920-997-6500 715-858-8920 920-921-1111 920-494-3707

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

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

920-684-0331 715-732-3720

Courthouse Pub

715-387-8611 715-344-6942 920-743-5533

Grand Meridian

715-421-5211

(See pg 11)

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

715-845-9611

(See pg 23)

Bridgewood PREMIER Catering

1001 S. 5th St., Manitowoc courthousepub.com 920-686-1166 2621 N. Oneida St., Appleton thegrandmeridian.com 920-968-2621

(See pg 10)

(See pg 64)

(See pg 13)

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES La Sure’s Hall Banquets & Catering

The Hollyhock House and Gardens

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

(See pg 37)

The Marq

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

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

(See pg 43)

John Michael Kohler Arts Center (See Inside Back Cover)

The Swan Club

(See pg 12)

Van Abel’s of Hollandtown (See pg 47)

Zuppas

(See pg 51)

CHAPELS/ CEREMONIES (Also see Officiants) (See pg 7, 41)

(See pg 10)

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

(See pg 24)

Paine Art Center and Gardens 1410 Algoma Blvd., Oshkosh thepaine.org 920-235-6903 ext 27

(See pg 17)

Rock Garden Banquet & Conference Center (See pg 3)

(See pg 9)

Stone Arch at Riverview Gardens

(See pg 5)

Stone Harbor, A Door County Resort & Conference Center

The Golf Club at Camelot (See pg 20)

Green Bay Botanical Garden (See pg 16)

Holiday Inn Appleton

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(See pg 45)

1951 Bond St., Green Bay comfortsuitesgb.com 920-499-7449

Fox Hills Resort

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

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

Outeredge Stage

EAA Aviation Center

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

(See pg 37)

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

Cobblestone Creek Dining & Banquet

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

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

National Railroad Museum

Backstage at the Meyer

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

(See pg 26 & 149)

The Marq

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

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

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

La Sure’s Hall Banquets & Catering

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

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

(See pg 63)

Landmark Resort

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

117 S. Washington St., Green Bay meyertheatre.org 920-433-3338

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

(See pg 19)

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

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

(See pg 22)

(See pg 36 & 147)

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

(See pg 8)

Tryba’s Simply Country Barn N3504 Cty Rd E, Appleton simplycountrybarn.com 920-585-9208

(See pg 22)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Tundra Lodge Resort

DJ’S

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

(See pg 21)

DANCE LESSONS Fred Astaire

2021 N. Casaloma Dr., Appleton fredastaire.com/appleton 920-707-3111

(See pg 97)

DECORATING & SERVICE

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

(See pg 62)

Eventful

makeiteventful.com 920-850-4993

(See pg 57)

McVey Tent & Expo

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

(See pg 53)

Landmark Resort

(See pg 26 & 149)

Lodge at Leathem Smith

(See pg 149)

(See pg 147)

(See pg 19 & 147)

White Lace Inn

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

mattsdjservice.com 920-375-0809

(See Inside Front Cover)

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

(See pg 103)

Donaldson’s Cleaners 1835 E Edgewood Dr. Appleton 1166 Westowne Dr. Neenah donaldsonscleaners.com

920-882-0453 920-725-4453 (See pg 83)

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 81)

FLORISTS 1680 N. Casaloma DR., Appleton branchingoutco.com 920-202-3290

(See pg 125)

House of Flowers

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

Matt’s DJ Service

Branching Out

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

(See pg 93)

Lindeman’s Cleaning

DOOR COUNTY WEDDINGS

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

djayswi.com 800-901-1007

DRY CLEANERS/ GOWN PRESERVATION

B’loonie Gifts

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

djays

(See pg 149)

1920 Algoma Blvd., Oshkosh houseofflowersonline.com 920-235-3737

(See pg 125)

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

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

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Nedrebo’s Formal Wear

Holiday Inn Appleton

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

(See pg 135)

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

(See pg 19)

Kress Inn

HONEYMOON (Also see Travel Agencies)

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

DOOR COUNTY

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

Landmark Resort

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

(See pg 26 & 149)

Lodge at Leathem Smith (See pg 26 & 149)

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

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

(See pg 149)

Newport Resort at Main St. (See pg 147)

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

(See pg 25)

Landmark Resort

White Lace Inn

(See pg 149)

(See pg 11)

BEST WESTERN PREMIER Waterfront Hotel & Convention Center (See pg 23)

(See pg 3)

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

(See pgs 19 & 147)

Sybaris Pool Suites

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

(See pg 158)

Tundra Lodge Resort

(See pg 21)

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

(See pg 62)

Marlene’s (See pg 11)

Fox Hills Resort

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

(See pg 27)

B’loonie Gifts

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

333 W. College Ave., Appleton radissonpapervalley.com 920-733-8000

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

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

(See pg 33)

Stone Harbor, A Door County Resort & Conference Center

BEST WESTERN PREMIER Bridgewood Resort Hotel & Conference Center

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

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

Radisson Paper Valley Hotel

HOTELS / GUEST ROOMS 1000 Cameron Way, Neenah bridgewoodresorthotel.com 920-720-8000 or 800-514-5206

(See pg 147)

Radisson Hotel & Conference Center

(See pg 19 & 147)

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

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

(See pg 5)

Complete Wedding Accessory Shoppe 208 E. Wisconsin Ave., Appleton marlenesshoppe.com 920-734-7989 (See pg 109)

Tracy Ann’s

633 N. 8th St. , Sheboygan www.tracyanns.com 920-838-1858

(See pg 62)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Fox Cities Party Rental

LAKESHORE WEDDINGS

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

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

(See pg 62)

(See pg 64)

(See pg 63)

(See pg 5)

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

(See pg 63)

(See pg 62)

Tents Inc.

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

(See pg 61)

LIMOS & CARRIAGES (See Transportation)

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

(See pg 61)

633 N. 8th St. , Sheboygan www.tracyanns.com 920-838-1858

(See pg 62)

Gosia’s Photography gosiasphotography.com 920-733-1087 (612) 590-0045

(See pg 89)

Picture This

Wedding and Special Event Photography Appleton/Neenah picturethisofwi.com 920-486-6130 (See pg 91)

PHOTOBOOTHS 920 Photobooth

920photobooth.com 800-901-1007

(See pg 93)

PhotoboothNV

MUSICIANS, VOCALISTS Quartette Affetuoso Heather Anderson affetuoso.com 920-284-0186

(See pg 59)

PHOTOGRAPHY

Tracy Ann’s

633 N. 8th St. , Sheboygan www.tracyanns.com 920-838-1858

Appleton | Fond du Lac www.sweetneasyevents.com 920-470-3656

Tracy Ann’s

Fox Hills Resort

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

(See pg 53)

Tents Inc.

Discovery Coach

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

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

Sweet N Easy Events

Courthouse Pub

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

(See pg 52)

McVey Tent & Expo

B’loonie Gifts

(See pg 105)

PARTY & TENT RENTALS

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

Eventful

makeiteventful.com 920-850-4993

(See pg 57)

RECEPTION SITES

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES

a secret

garden

TRANSPORTATION

TRAVEL AGENCIES

Bucky’s Limousines

Tie the Knot Travel

1475 McDonald St., Oconto buckyslimos.com 920-373-2020

(See pg 138)

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

Davister’s Stables

Travel Leaders

Discovery Coach

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

4031 Humboldt Rd., Green Bay http://fp1.centurytel.net/davisterscarriages 920-468-8023 (See pg 142) 1139 Pennsylvania Ave., Sheboygan discoverycoach.com 800-444-2960

(See pg 63)

ELS - Escort Limousine Service

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

Josh Thompson Media

Heritage Limousine

Viva La Video

heritagelimousine.com 920-855-6166

(See pg 138)

Lamers Limousine Service

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

(See pg 139)

Nehring Limousine nehringlimousine.com 920-238-6570

(See pg 141)

Lamers Trolley & Coaches

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

(See pg 139)

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

(See pg 140)

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

Sheboygan

920-452-5696

Kiel

773-2270

Manitowoc

920-682-5767

www.stardustlimousine.com

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(See pg 161) 920-459-2963 920-921-5040 920-592-1050 920-731-1238 920-893-0502 (See pg 161)

VIDEOGRAPHY Serving NE Wisconsin and Beyond joshthompsonmedia.com Serving NE Wisconsin vivalavideo.net 920-858-3804

(See pg 95)

(See pg 95)

WEDDING COORDINATORS Eventful

makeiteventful.com 920-850-4993

(See pg 57)

Sweet N Easy Events

Appleton | Fond du Lac sweetneasyevents.com 920-470-3656

(See pg 59)

Tracy Ann’s

633 N. 8th St. , Sheboygan www.tracyanns.com 920-838-1858

(See pg 62)


For a magical effect, juxtapose indoor opulence For a magical effect,outdoor juxtapose indoor opulence against a charming scene. Elegant floral against a charming scene. Elegant floral centerpieces tower outdoor above a gorgeous scrollwork centerpieces tower aboveAn a gorgeous scrollwork tablecloth and fine china. inviting chaise tablecloth fine china. Anthe inviting chaise lounge on and the lawn adds to whimsy. lounge on the lawn adds to the whimsy. Photography by: Liz and Ryan Photography by: Liz and Ryan

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THE PREMIER BRIDE PLANNER

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

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THE WEDDING TIMELINE

Shop for and order wedding gown, veil and accessories

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

2-4 MONTHS AHEAD

12 MONTHS AHEAD

Decide on the budget

9-12 MONTHS AHEAD

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

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

Arrange ceremony rehearsal and notify participants

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

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

1-2 MONTHS AHEAD

Choose attendants

Select band or DJ for reception

Book musicians for ceremony Select florist

Reserve accommodations for out-of-town guests

2-4 WEEKS AHEAD

Select caterer

Order invitations, personal stationery and thank you notes

Select and purchase guest favors Find and reserve rehearsal dinner location

1 WEEK AHEAD

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

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

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

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

Arrange for final fittings on your gown

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

Register for gifts at one to three stores

Order wedding cake

Mail invitations

Start reception seating chart and placecards

Reserve wedding day transportation

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

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

Prepare printed program for ceremony

Get engagement photo taken

6-9 MONTHS AHEAD

Buy and wrap attendants’ gifts

Select ceremony music, readings and vows and meet with officiant

Compile guest list

Select videographer

4-6 MONTHS AHEAD

Address wedding invitations

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

Reserve accommodations for wedding night Finalize guest list

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FOR HER:

DON’T FORGET...

WEDDING ATTIRE

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

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

FOR HIM:

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

HONEYMOON CHECKLIST

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

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

UPDATING YOUR NAME

WEDDING DAY EMERGENCY KIT

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

Auto Registration

Investment accounts

Stock certificates

Bank & credit card accounts

Life insurance policy

Car insurance policy

Medical/dental records

Tax agency records (state/federal)

Credit reporting agencies

Memberships

Voter registration records

Deeds/titles

Passport

Wills/trusts

Driver’s license

Post Office records

Employee records

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

Social Security records

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THE WEDDING BUDGET

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Groom’s Wedding Ring

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Ceremony Site Fee

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Officiant

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Marriage License

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Aisle Runner

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Candles/Candelabra

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Other

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RECEPTION

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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

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Ceremony

______________

Reception

______________

Other

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Photographer’s Fee

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Engagement Portrait

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Formal Wedding Portrait

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Proofs

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Wedding Album

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Candids

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Parents’ Sets

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Other

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Wedding VHS/DVD

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Additional Copies

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Bride’s Gown

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Alterations

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Headpiece & Veil

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Lingerie, Hosiery & Garter

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Shoes

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Jewelry & Accessories

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Wrap/Jacket

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Hair, Makeup & Manicure

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Other

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GROOM: Groom’s Formalwear

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Neckwear & Cufflinks

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Accessories

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Shoes

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Other

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PHOTOGRAPHY

BRIDE:

VIDEOGRAPHY

WEDDING ATTIRE

CEREMONY

RINGS

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

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

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Projector Rental

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Other

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Groom’s Boutonniere

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Attendants’ Boutonnieres

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Best Man

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Groomsmen

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Ushers

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Helper Corsages/Boutonnieres ______________

Child Attendants

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Ceremony Flowers

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Bride & Groom

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Reception Flowers

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Bride’s Parents

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Decorations/Balloons

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Groom’s Parents

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Other

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

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Save-the-Date Cards

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Cake Cutting Attendant

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Invitations & Envelopes

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Gift Table Attendant

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Calligrapher

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Guest Book Attendant

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Postage

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Thank You Notes

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Soloists/Musicians (who are friends)

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Other

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Wedding Coordinator

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Informal Stationery

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Ceremony Programs

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Placecards

______________ ______________

Other

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Attendant Accommodations ______________ Bridesmaids’ Dresses/Shoes

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Flower Girl’s Dress

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Groomsmens’ Formalwear

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Ring Bearer’s Attire

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Bridesmaids’ Luncheon

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Other

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Rings

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Ceremony

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Reception

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Music

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Wedding Party Transportation: Limousine, Carriage, etc. ______________

Cake Knife & Server

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Cake Top

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Wedding Attire

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Favors

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Photography

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Flower Girl’s Basket

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Videography

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Guest Book & Pen

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Flowers

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Ring Bearer’s Pillow

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Stationery

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Toasting Glasses

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Transportation

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Unity Candle, Kiddush Cup

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Favors & Accessories

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Other

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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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