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Blue Water Weddings Bridal Show Section Banquet & Reception Guide Current Trends Directory of Services

Honeymoon & Destination Weddings: Honeymoon Cruises Fashion Preview: River City Romance The Premier Bride Planner Download the full planner at www.premierbride.com/planning


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ARTICLES & CHECKLISTS Cakes Music & Entertainment Catering Photo Booths Flowers Photography & Video Groom / Formalwear Receptions Gowns / Alterations Rentals Health & Fitness Rings Honeymoon / Travel Transportation Invitations

Publishers MIKE SASH In Memory of Carol Sash

Venue THE LEXINGTON HOTEL & CONF CTR JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA

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Contributing Writer KELSEY LAWLER

Fashion Photographer REBECCA A. RUSSO BECPHOTOGRAPHY Décor and Details EMILY PHAN Photographer COASTAL GIRL PHOTOGRAPHY

Hair and Makeup BEAUTIFUL FACES BY ERIN

Stylist HEATHER CANADA FIRST COAST WEDDINGS & EVENTS Models ALIA ACALA, JENNIFER COLVIN, RACHEL BROWN, WHITNEY COWART & DAVID DESMIDT

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WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE? Wedding Planner? Day of Coordinator? Venue Coordinator? Wedding Planner. This person guides the couple through the planning process from setting the budget to keeping Aunt Sally away from Uncle Buck. The wedding planner will also answer the couple’s questions, assist with contract and vendor negotiations, and create a detailed timeline of the wedding day events. Be sure to ask your wedding planner if they provide event design services. Event designers help make your event cohesive and stylish. They have an artistic eye that can truly transform a space. Day of Coordinator. A Day of Coordinator (usually a month of service) is all about logistics but on a shorter timeline than a planner. They will confirm vendor contracts

and create a day of timeline, as well as make sure payments and guest counts are in order. They will coordinate everything involved on the day of the event from set up to breakdown, make sure everything is in order, nothing is forgotten, and you are free to enjoy your day! Venue Coordinator. This person is usually the individual you met with the day you signed your venue contract. They will handle the set up of all tables and chairs, manage the food and beverage provided by the venue, coordinate placement of wedding items with wedding planner, handle venue-parking logistics and manage venue staff. Be sure to ask your venue coordinator all of the tasks they will handle on your day.

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THE CIRCLE OF LOVE wedding ring basics 14-karat yellow gold is classic and durable enough for daily wear. Rose gold is gaining popularity. White gold is made by mixing pure gold with other white metals and can be a less-expensive alternative to platinum. Platinum is a very white, heavy, and durable metal, ideal for engraving. A sister metal to platinum, palladium is less expensive and naturallywhite. For men’s wedding bands, consider titanium and tungsten carbide. Diamonds are measured by the “Four Cs” - cut, color, clarity, and carat. All four features can make a dramatic impact on the quality and price of a diamond. Cut really refers to the proportions of a diamond and its facets, as opposed to its shape. A diamond gets its brilliancy from the cutting and maximizing the reflection of light. Color refers to the lack of color in a diamond. White diamonds are graded on a D–Z scale, D being the most colorless. Clarity is defined by the the presence of natural marks (called inclusions) contained in the gem. The Gemological Institute of America judges clarity based on a standard 11-point scale from “Flawless” through “Imperfect 3.” Diamonds are weighed in carats, which may also be expressed as “points,” where one carat equals 100 points. Ring care will depend on the type of gem and metal, as some are more delicate than others. Talk to a jewelry professional before cleaning your jewelry at home. Have your rings checked annually by your jeweler for loose prongs or settings. These precautions and gentle care will pay you back with years of enjoyment and pride in this precious symbol of your union.

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Make Your Wedding Special with Engraving

From engraving your wedding bands to etching your Unity Sand Ceremony Set, we can make special memories of your wedding day. A special touch is engraving your toasting flutes and cake server. Remember all the people standing up in your wedding. It’s just the right thing to do to give them an engraved gift of thank you. Think about your bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girl, ring bearer and the parents.

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CHOOSING DRESS STYLES silhouette and length options No two brides are shaped alike. That means no two dresses will ever fit, look or accent your silhouette in exactly the same way it does another woman’s body. Below are some tricks that you can try to in order to compliment your figure. • Think about pulling attention away from a large bust and onto your beautiful face. You can do this by choosing an open neckline instead of tight bodices. • You can’t get rid of your wide hips, but you can lose them by making your shoulders wider in a square neckline or try an empire waist that will draw the eye to the upper part of the body. • If you are one of the few women who thinks she’s too skinny, create what is

not there with extra material and lots of beadwork and decoration. Even if you have a small bust you can make it look larger with the right neckline. When you begin your wedding gown search you will hear many styles being referred to from A-line to empire to ball gown to sheath and mermaid. An A-line flares out from a fitted waist and looks good on just about any bride. It can be either strapless or long sleeve and it is truly a tried and true standby if you can’t find anything else that flatters your silhouette. The empire line creates height for those short women who need the extra inches and the bodice is usually cropped below the bust line. Good for boyish figures, the empire is quite feminine and romantic. A ball gown style is a must when trying to decrease your bust size. It includes a large skirt and the waistline is at your natural waist. For pear-shaped women you can’t go wrong and this style also lengthens the torso. Sheaths are tight and elegant and can often have detachable trains – think one long dress with an unbroken line from top to bottom. A mermaid skirt is another tight fit and is especially good for those women who want to accentuate the curves. Form fitting on the top, the mermaid flares out toward the bottom usually with a gathered skirt. Other terms that you might hear as you search for the perfect gown are trumpet silhouette gowns, which are good for showing off curvy bodies since the material flares out above the knees making a big statement.


DRESS STYLES A bias cut gown works well on toned figures since it clings to the body showing all the right curves just before flaring out. Waistlines also make a big difference, and in addition to the popular empire style there are a few others known as the basque waistline and the straight across waistline. The basque waistline is known for riding low on the hips and dipping down in the front in a point. If you are tall this will emphasize your figure, for shorter brides it could ride too low. This style of waistline is a good choice for brides trying to hide their hips. The straight across waistline is good for toned bodies and hourglass shapes. The exact place where this waistline hits is very important so measure accordingly or you might end up with it riding too low making you appear short and dumpy. For a good rule of thumb surrounding any body type remember: • Petite frames look best in empire waists or sheaths. • Tall women should consider off-theshoulder fashions and full sleeves. • Slim girls can wear full skirts and maybe even a blouson bodice. • Too heavy women should try hiding the extra weight with an A-line design and forget about ruffles. • A larger busted woman will look good in a V or high-neck with little to no decoration added. • Bigger hips require broad collars and perhaps even a flared skirt and don’t forget the A-line style either. • Tiny waisted women should consider a clinched-in waistline. • If you hate your short neck, then don’t even consider high necklines or detail around the face.

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WEDDING INVITATIONS the first impression It’s best to find a qualified local professional to act as your go-to person for all paper goods and etiquette questions. If you choose to purchase online, give yourself some extra time in case there are any problems that require shipping back and forth. Before you choose a style, it’s crucial to know some of the broad themes of your wedding: casual vs. formal, bold colors vs. soft hues, 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.

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. Wedding invitations typically consist of several parts: a ceremony card, a reception card, a response card with its stamped/addressed envelope, a card with directions to the ceremony/ reception and hotel information for out-of-town guests, and an inner and outer envelope. The rules aren’t hard

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INVITATIONS and fast, however, you can really think outside the box with your design if that suits the style of your wedding day. Traditionally, whoever is hosting (read: paying for) the wedding will be listed first on the invitation. But it’s best to work this out on a case-by-case basis with open communication between the couple, the bride’s parents, and the groom’s parents. Some couples today who are paying for the majority of their wedding say “Mary Bride and John Groom, together with their families, request the honor of your presence at their marriage.” An experienced professional will be able to assist you more with wording. To address the envelopes, you can run them through your printer in a beautiful font, handwrite them yourself, or hire a hand-letterer to do the job for you. Avoid using labels as they just don’t convey an elegance that a wedding deserves. 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. 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 “insufficient postage!” When you get the green light, pop those gorgeous invitations in the mail and take a deep breath. Your wedding is officially underway!

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THE WELLSUITED GROOM everything you need to know The bride in her splendid gown will turn heads as she walks down the aisle, but the groom waiting patiently at the altar deserves to look his best, too. Dressed in the perfect suit and tie for this most perfect day, he’ll be the most handsome man in the room.

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THE LEVEL OF FORMALITY The first order of business is to evaluate how formal your wedding will be. This depends on the time of day of the wedding, the location, but most of all on you and your fiancé. Whatever level of formality you settle on, 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 pointed-collar shirt, a vest or cummerbund, and either a bow tie or a four-in-hand tie (a “fancy” knotted


GROOM necktie). A very formal wedding, called “white tie,” calls for the traditional black tuxedo with tails, a vest, a white wingedcollar shirt, and a bow tie. DISTINGUISHING THE GROOM One way to distinguish the groom is to give him a different, but complimentary, boutonniere to wear. Another option is to have the groom in, say, a white coat while his groomsmen wear black. Use this same color play with vests and cummerbunds. SHOPPING TIPS When the men visit their formalwear shop they should have a firm idea of the women’s wedding attire and bring fabric or color swatches from the bridesmaids’ gowns. Pictures of preferred formalwear styles would also be helpful. Buying the suit/tux is the best way to get the perfect fit, but rentals are now more widely available in various fits: classic, modern, and slim. A formalwear consultant will be most helpful in getting the fit just right. The groom and groomsmen should reserve their rentals at least three months in advance of the wedding. Final measurements should be taken about three weeks before the ceremony; however, be sure to come back a few days before the wedding for last-minute alterations. 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 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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PHOTOGRAPHY

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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 From falling in love with a dreamy online portfolio to the nitty gritty of contracts, let’s look at the process of finding a photographer that’s your perfect match.

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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. EVALUATE YOUR OPTIONS When at a photography consultation, ask yourself: Do I like their work? Make sure you see examples of individual photos


PHOTOGRAPHY and complete wedding albums so you know what to expect in the end. Some larger studios employ more than one photographer; find out exactly who will be shooting your wedding. Do our personalities mesh? Of all your wedding vendors, the photographer is the one you’ll be working with most closely on your big day; it’s important that your personalities click. Am I staying within my budget? It’s disappointing to fall in love with a photographer’s work only to later discover their rates exceed your spending allowance. Do your best to meet only with photographers you can afford. KNOW WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE Most photographers offer “a la carte” or custom packages to meet your individual needs – just be sure to ask for specifics. Here are some examples of items that might interest you. Bride & Groom’s Album: These vary in size, color, construction quality, and price; be sure to compare the size and photo quantity that various photographers offer. Parents’ Albums: These will include prints that have been specially selected to create a custom photo book for each family. Prints: Don’t underestimate how many extra prints you might want for framing and gifting, as this will definitely impact your budget. Proofs: Ask your photographer how many proofs you will get and in what format. In your consultations, learn the nitty gritty details. When is a deposit required? Will there be a backup camera? When will proofs be ready to view? Will online ordering be available for your guests?

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Photography & Video Production Brighton – 810-225-6145 – Dearborn – 313-231-4000 www.bravostudiosphotography.com PHOTOGRAPHY 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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SELECTING A PHOTO BOOTH • What’s included in your package price? Props? Color choice? Personal message? Travel Charge? • What does it look like, what are the space requirements and when should it be on? • Will there be an attendant present the entire time? • Do you use a high quality printer and photo paper? • What are the payment and cancellation policies? • Are there any current promotions or discounts available? • When will you setup and breakdown? • How many people can fit into the Photo Booth? • Have you worked at my venue before? Do you provide references? • Is there a limit on the number of pictures taken or printed? • Is the Photo Booth handicap accessible? • Do you offer any additional services or products such as a memory book/scrapbook?


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recommendations made for you. We’ll strategize your challenges and design methods for success. Your workout schedule will include pictures and instructions that you can print or save to your phone or mobile device. You can workout at home or in a gym. With virtual personal training, I'm always just an email away for support and will regularly check in with you. At the end of each week, we’ll discuss your progress and what’s coming up. Having a plan in place is the best method for success and I am here to help you with that! Janet Kapa, Certified Personal Trainer, founder and owner of JK Certified Virtual Bridal Boot Camp. Read more at www.JKCertified.com

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TRAVELING ON YOUR WEDDING DAY

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

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TRANSPORTATION FIRST: HOW MANY? Your search for transportation starts once you decide how many people you’ll be moving. Do you want just the bride and the groom in a vehicle, or is the entire wedding party heading to the reception together? If the whole party is going, do you want to include their spouses or dates? What about 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 high-class 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, sport utility models like the Hummer and Explorer are popular and unique both inside and out. The larger models are often posh, with flashy lights and decorative interiors. CATCH THE COACH For larger wedding parties or for those that want a little extra elbow room, a party bus or a luxury coach is a great way to travel from the ceremony to the reception. It’s got all the amenities and style of a luxury limousine, but with more room to spare –these will seat up to 10 people very comfortably. Or, for even bigger parties, a passenger coach or a party bus can seat anywhere from 21 to 49 people so it can be a great way to get a few special guests and family members on the special ride between locations. Or, if you have a very small wedding and the ceremony and reception are separated by a long distance, this is a fun way to get all the guests in on the party right away. Like limousine services, passenger and luxury coach companies require a minimum number of hours. The size and type of coach will determine the hourly rate. Depending on the size of your party, it may make sense to hire two coaches - maybe a luxury coach for the bride, groom and attendants and a passenger coach for the guests. This provides guests with a little more flexibility, as well. TAKING THE TROLLEY An attractive, fun and picturesque alternative to a limo or a passenger coach is a trolley, if it’s available in your area. Trolleys generally can


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TRANSPORTATION accommodate between 20 and 35 people so they’re great for larger parties or for adding on some family members or friends. With their antique look and old world charm, they’ll lend a lovely, elegant touch to this wedding day detail. Since most have outdoor decks, these are especially fun in small towns so you can take a peek outside and watch onlookers wave at the newlyweds. And there’s no transportation alternative that looks as great in photos! UNIQUE ALTERNATIVES Limos, party buses and trolleys are great, traditional options, but some new couples might opt for something more personal or creative. A horsedrawn carriage is a romantic, vintage option especially if you can decorate it with your wedding colors or pull up to your waving guests. Vintage cars are also great photo ops and add a touch of class. An antique Rolls Royce or a ’69 Mustang are fun and something you don’t get to ride in every day. Ride in style like the royal couple did in their April wedding in a decorated navy soft-top Aston Martin Volante. Or, as with everything else in the wedding, make sure the transportation connects to YOU. Maybe you met at a Harley rally – ride off on your twin Hogs! Or maybe you share a love of mountain biking – don’t be afraid to wheel over on a tandem together. Personality is what makes weddings memorable so however you move, make sure it’s full of your style. 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! DOWN TO DETAILS Make sure to confirm transportation booking and verify pick-up and departure times well in advance of your wedding dates. And don’t be afraid to ask for a test drive! For a written contract, look for these things: • Name and contact information for you and the company (including cell phone!) • Date, time and address of all pick-up and drop-off locations • Type and number of vehicles rented, and amenities supplied with each • Exact hours of vehicle rental • Total cost, including gas, mileage, tip and overtime fees • Deposit amount, balance and due date and cancellation policy • Signatures, including yours, and the company’s representative Weddings are busy, chaotic days so it’s wise to have someone closely associated with the wedding party, such as the best man or a family member, designated to coordinate with the chauffeur to make sure everything is on schedule.

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CAKES heights, or one spotlight cake surrounded by cupcakes. You can even place a small cake at the center of each dinner table so that dessert doubles as a centerpiece. A LITTLE VARIETY: It’s not uncommon to see a traditional cake paired with other sweets like cookies, truffles, or whole tables chock full of candy. At an outdoor or summer wedding, you might invite guests to make s’mores or build their own sundaes, complete with a wellstocked toppings bar. Do you have a donut obsession? A display brimming with deep-fried confections can be fun and whimsical. Or choose two desserts — one bride’s pick and one groom’s pick. For winter weddings, a coffee or hot chocolate bar with an array of toppings (marshmallows, whipped cream, peppermint sticks) is a cozy addition. FINDING A BAKERY: Whatever you decide, take advantage of all food tastings. 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, and guarantee on-time service on your wedding day. 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 to cut and serve the cake. THE FIRST BITE: If you’re planning on a traditional cake cutting, make sure you have a knife and lifter ready to go. 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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Once you and your fiancé have some ideas in mind, check out local musicians. Visit bridal shows, review bridal publications and online sources like premierbride.com, or ask for referrals from recently married friends or from your ceremony officiant. You could also work with an experienced talent or booking agency that offers convenient, one-stop-shopping for all your wedding music needs. Narrow down your options, and arrange meetings to hear your musicians and singers in person before signing any contracts. After you’ve secured musicians for your ceremony, they can help you decide on what songs to include. Most musicians who specialize in weddings have a lot of valuable experience and will be a great resource for song suggestions. Your ceremony officiant will


MUSIC also be helpful in guiding your musical selections. Already have the sounds of your ceremony in mind? Speak up, and let the musicians do the rest. COCKTAILS AND DINNER MUSIC Background music is a must for bringing romance to the latter part of your wedding day. Conversation is key during cocktails and dinner so the tunes should set the mood, but not intrude. You have three main options: use the musicians that played during your ceremony, use the band or DJ that will be playing at your reception, or hire entirely different musicians. If you decide to have live music, some solid options include chamber music, classical or acoustic guitar, or a jazz ensemble. Each of these offers subtle entertainment without overpowering

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


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MUSIC for your big day. First and foremost, ask yourself: live band or DJ? While there are pros and cons to each, it always comes down to personal taste and budget. Start researching musicians early in the wedding planning process. This way, once you find someone you like, availability is less likely to be an issue. Live music gives the evening a sort of festive energy and is a wonderful option if your budget allows. The key is finding a band that caters to weddings. These musicians offer versatility and will appeal to guests of all ages. Keep in mind that any live entertainment will require breaks so find a solution that ensures music is always playing. If the band is large enough, it’s possible the band members can stagger their breaks so that someone is always playing. Or, configure an iPod and speaker hookup and play some of your favorites that the band might not attempt. In terms of expense, a live band will almost always cost more than a DJ. Keep this rule in mind: if you can’t afford a good wedding band, hire a DJ. A DJ will be more cost-effective and can offer an almost infinite variety of music – truly something for everyone. Bonus: no breaks! Some keys to finding happiness in a DJ: 1) If possible, see them live before booking. 2) Consider personality. Are you looking for a crazyfun, “gettin’ jiggy with it” party animal or an upscale, keep-it-classy entertainer? 3) Ask for, and follow up on, several references. 4) Communicate. Clarify what songs and events (first dance, father & bride dance, bouquet & garter toss, etc.) you do or do not wish to include. Decide on the details ahead of time; make a “do not play” list of any songs you simply can’t stand and a “must play” list of songs you don’t want to miss.

All things considered, whether you go for a band or a DJ, your dance party will be a guaranteed success as long as you treat your guests to a wide variety of music. From Frank Sinatra to Michael Jackson to Justin Timberlake, diversity is key in playing a little something for everyone. THE NITTY GRITTY For the reception… Consider your reception site and how this might impact your choice in entertainment. Communicate with your site manager so you’re aware of any restrictions and so that 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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FLOWERS seeing mix-and-match bouquets more frequently and mix-and-match boutonnieres as well. Yet another way to work flowers into fashion are flower crowns! FOR THE CEREMONY & RECEPTION If you’re having your ceremony in a place of worship, check with your officiant for any restrictions before finalizing the flowers. Some churches request that flowers remain on-site for weekend services, though this practice is rather outdated. For the reception, there are countless floral styles to incorporate into the décor: elegant vases filled with cut flowers, towering candelabras with verdant accents, topiaries, scattered rose petals, assorted small vases with just a few blooms each, and so much

more. Keep in mind that the height of the arrangements shouldn’t get in the way of conversation. The key is to either make the arrangements low enough to talk over or high enough to talk under. If your bridal party bouquets are doubling as decoration at the reception, equally spacing the bouquets at the head table is a lovely way to go. Finish off the table with a garland of greenery laced with flowers for a gorgeous effect. If your budget allows, consider adding floral flourishes throughout the reception hall to tie everything together. Your florist might sprinkle rose petals on serving trays, or drape additional garland along the buffet tables. You can also use greenery to fill in a large room. Run any and all ideas past your florist so he/she can


FLOWERS 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.

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you’re both fully committed to. Planning an international trip for the first time can be stressful. But if you’re up to the challenge, the result can be a most romantic, unforgettable experience. Staying local. If you don’t have the funds for a plane ticket abroad or can’t get away for a long trip, consider what’s close to home. You’ll probably be surprised to learn that there’s a quaint bed & breakfast just a few miles from your home. Turn off your cell phones and focus on each other. It will seem as if you’re light years away. Take a cruise. If you can’t decide on a destination, a cruise might be for you, it’s the best of both worlds! If you want to see Europe, but you’ve never been and don’t have time to plan a trip, try a Mediterranean cruise. If you know you want to go tropical but can’t decide on a spot, island hop on a Caribbean cruise.

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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 crewto-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 kid-free 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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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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Honeymoon in one of many local bed & breakfasts, cruise Lake St. Clair on a quaint charter or take in nature touring a wooded trail. If your dream includes a wedding on the beach, look no further than the area’s public access sites on Lake St. Clair and the St. Clair River. With its natural beauty, talented vendors and small community charm, the Blue Water area will exceed your expectations for a unique and wonderful wedding.

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


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RECEPTION venues: venues that are too expensive or too small. WEDDING DATE If you’re committed to a particular wedding date — perhaps it’s your parents’ anniversary or a holiday weekend — this will also narrow down your options. If a reception site doesn’t have your date available, move on. If it does, know that nothing is final until you’ve signed a contract and made a deposit. Once your decision is made, it’s critical to officially secure the space as soon as possible. Some choice venues are booked one to two years in advance, particularly on popular dates. ON-SITE VS. OFF-SITE Most on-site locations provide the majority of goods and services needed

for your reception: catering, beverages, tables, chairs, tableware, linens, and serving staff. Such locations are typically hotels, ballrooms, private clubs, restaurants, and more. These facilities usually charge on a per-person basis and have a minimum guest requirement. Off-site locations offer the use of the reception space only — no other services. You’re responsible for supplying the caterer, furnishings, décor, waitstaff and bartenders, and everything in between. Such locations range from open-concept urban lofts to tented receptions. The responsibility of coordinating your own reception goods and services might sound like a headache to some brides, and to others, it’s an opportunity to fully personalize their day. Off-site venues are often a blank slate, allowing you to


Bring your family & friends home to Genitti’s on your wedding day. With our Famous 7 Course Italian Dinner and unique setting, we may be the perfect place for your reception and ceremony. We invite you to stop in for a tour where our sales staff will be happy to sit down & discuss your plans.

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www.genittis.com RECEPTION furnish and dress up the space as you like, bring in whatever food and drink your heart desires, and run the day on your own schedule. There are pros and cons to both on- and off-site venues — what matters is what’s right for you and your wedding! Once you’ve determined the above, it’s nitty-gritty time. Below are seven details to take into account as you visit and evaluate reception venues. Location. Consider the distance between the ceremony and reception locations. Is it more than a 30-minute drive? That’s asking a lot of your guests. If the distance to your reception is lengthy, if the place is difficult to find, or if the spot is inconvenient (say, located near a baseball stadium on game day), you might want to provide transportation for your guests.

Size and Layout. You’ve already eliminated sites that are too small for your guest list, but you should still make sure your friends and family have plenty of room to mix and mingle, rather than bump shoulders. Will the entire reception take place in one room, or will there be a separate space for cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing? As you look at spaces, think about where to situate the tables, dance floor, DJ, etc. Privacy. Public spaces such as county parks won’t close down for your reception. Bear in mind that a wandering local might stumble upon your party! Or if your venue has multiple event spaces (such as a hotel with several ballrooms), find out if there will be another party going on at the same time as yours. Make sure there is enough separation between


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RECEPTION the event spaces so the two parties don’t interfere. Parking. Confirm that there is ample, well-lighted, and convenient parking for your guests. If there isn’t, find out if a valet or shuttle service is available. Technical details. Whether you’re planning to have a DJ or live band, ask about possible restrictions on the type, volume, or duration of music. Confirm that there’s adequate power and electrical outlets for speakers, mixers, and amplifiers, and consider the acoustics of the space. It’s not uncommon for a venue’s coordinator to invite future brides and grooms to stop by a scheduled wedding to get a feel for sound levels and acoustics. If this is a real concern for you, just ask if you can do a drop-in. Odds are the site coordinator will be welcoming.

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

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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.

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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


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CATERING the fun part — tastings! Speak up 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


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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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Match the colors

New linens and bridesmaid dresses follow current color trends.


CURRENT TRENDS STYLE: SOFT & SATURATED Brides, of course, are still wearing gowns — in fact, sometimes they’re wearing more than one! Wearing multiple looks for the ceremony and reception is on-trend and gaining momentum as brides want to have their princess moment, then kick off their shoes and dance the night away. But if you’re keeping it classic and gown-only, you’ll see layers of lace, illusion backs with fine detailing and buttons, all sorts of sleeves, and long trains paired with cathedral-length veils. These frocks don’t only come in white: you can find them in an array of light colors like gold, blush, grey, and blue. Such soft neutral looks carry over into the bridal party with bridesmaids wearing neutral palettes and metallicsoften times mixing and matching. Of course, when they’re not wearing a barely-there color, you’ll find bridesmaids in rich jewel tones like sapphire blue, emerald green, and amethyst purple. In short, it’s trendy to be on either end of the spectrum (pastel or highly saturated) rather than somewhere in between. In terms of menswear, colored suits are taking the place of traditional black tuxedos. Blue and grey suits have been big on the red carpet, and so this colorful trend is making its way to the wedding industry. WEDDING THEMES: PINTEREST PRETTY & KEEPING IT CLASSIC We’re living in the days of Pinterest-loving brides so it comes as little surprise that DIY weddings are still very trendy. While the classic wedding is still popular, couples are also choosing reception venues that

allow for a lot of creativity — sites where you pay to rent the space, but are responsible for bringing your own décor, catering, and other rentals. Lots of today’s weddings are all about ambience, and more brides are setting aside large chunks of their budget strictly for decorations. As for the type of décor, rustic weddings are still very much in style, but the trend is shifting from burlap and mason jars to a combination of earthy and glamorous. You’ll see elements like crystal chandeliers, eclectic place settings, and Instagram-worthy lounge areas staged with vintage furniture. FLOWERS: LOOSE & LUSH The floral industry is experiencing a return to the cascading bridal bouquet. Brides want flowers with a natural feeling: lush, loose, and looking like they were just plucked from a garden. Trailing ribbons in silk, taffeta, or velvet are another way for brides to personalize their bouquets. Brides can pin to their bouquet ribbons charms or photo lockets in remembrance of deceased loved ones. When it comes to flower colors, anything goes! You’ll see autumn tones at spring weddings, and pastel pretties in fall bouquets. The traditional white bridal bouquet is also never out of style, but it’s getting a bit of an update as florists mix shades of white and blush for texture and interest. Bridesmaid bouquets are taking a cue from the mix-andmatch dress trend: Flowers for your ladies can now be varied and reflect each girl’s personality.


CURRENT TRENDS FOOD: UNIQUE EATS The traditional sit-down, three- or five-course meal is experiencing a sort of revolution. While you’ll still see these formal dinners at classic weddings, many more brides are also turning food into an interactive event. Family-style meals and food trucks are increasingly common. Couples also want their food to have meaning, so they’ll work with caterers to create custom meals. Want mac n’ cheese at your wedding? You can have it! Dinners that feature locallygrown and in-season ingredients are also very popular. These more casual farm-to-table dinners go hand-in-hand with family-style dining to foster a comfortable, homey environment. When it comes to desserts, “interactive” is still the name of the game. Dessert tables of pie, ice cream, candy, or cupcakes reign supreme. Some couples choose to have both a classic wedding cake (it’s tradition!) along with a dessert bar just for fun. And just as food trucks are gaining popularity, so are dessert “trucks” like gelato carts and gourmet popsicle stands. These help-yourself stations aren’t just for edibles — they’re for drinkables, too. Coffee and hot chocolate bars with all the fixings are a cool trend for winter weddings. Then there’s the late-night snack — a treat that many guests have almost come to expect nowadays. Couples can go greasy and delicious (pizza) or offer a home-town specialty (ex: cheesesteaks in Philadelphia) at any style of wedding. Late-night snacks are not only yummy, they’re yet another opportunity for the bride and groom to get creative and show off their personality and style.

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Phone Number(s)

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Reception Room Capacity Range

Number of Available Banquet Rooms

Suggested Number of Months to Schedule Facility

Average Price per Person

Number of Guests per Server

RECEPTION & BANQUET GUIDE

877-FKC-8777

62

1200

4

6-8

$26 to $50

Varies

CHEMUNG HILLS GOLF & BANQUET CENTER

517-546-4230

68

250

2

6-12

$30 to $60

Varies

CRYSTAL GARDENS

517-545-1000

51

900

5

12

$50 to $75

30

DUNHAM HILLS

248-887-9170

25-300

3

3-24

$26 to $50

Varies

THE OPERA HOUSE

517-540-0065

200

1

3-6

Varies

Varies

WALDENWOODS BANQUET & CONFERENCE CENTER

810-632-6401

250

4

6-12

$30 to $75

20

WHISPERING PINES

734-878-0009

300

2

6-12

$26 to $70

25

WOODSHIRE PLACE

517-223-8187

330

1

Flexible

$25 or less

Varies

20-700

4

Up to 24

$36.95 to $48.95

20

ASSUMPTION CULTURAL CENTER 586-771-8600

500

2

12-18

$26 to $50

20

ATHENA HALL

586-773-4440

960

5

12 Varies

$25 and up

Varies

BLOSSOM HEATH

586-771-0511

up to 350

1

Varies

$26 to $50

25

CONCORDE INN BANQUET & CONFERENCE CENTER

586-493-7200

250

2

12

$43 to $55

20-30

586-247-3800 CRANK’S CATERING ENCHANTEMENT BANQUET CTR.

350

3

THE CRYSTAL ROOM

313-417-6440

60

1

Varies

FREEDOM HILL BANQUET CTR.

586-795-2800

250

3

Up to 24

$26 to $50

50-300

2

Varies

Varies

CALHOUN COUNTY FIREKEEPER CASINO/HOTEL

11177 E. Michigan Ave. (I-94, Exit 104) Battle Creek

LIVINGSTON COUNTY 3125 Golf Club Rd., Howell 5768 Grand River, Howell 13561 Dunham Rd., Hartland www.dunhamhills.com 123 W. Grand River, Howell

2975 Old US-23, Hartland

2500 Whispering Pines Dr. Pinckney Banquet Facility 6520 W. Grand River, Fowlerville

MACOMB COUNTY ANDIAMO WARREN BANQUET

& Conference Center 7096 E. 14 Mile Rd., Warren

586-268-3200

70

& Marchiori Catering 21800 Marter Rd., St. Clair Shores 25650 Gratiot, Roseville

24800 Jefferson Ave., St. Clair Shores 44315 Gratiot Ave., Clinton Twp.

$26 to $50

46915 Hayes Rd.., Shelby Twp. 22225 Kelly Road, East Pointe

15000 Metropolitan Pkwy. Sterling Heights

INFINITY-OVATION YACHT CHARTERS 586-217-3897

400 Maple Park Blvd., Suite 404 St. Clair Shores

71

Varies


Custom Menu Custom Menu Custom Menu

Buffet, Plated

Custom Menu

n

Custom Menu

n

Buffet, Sit Down, Stations Buffet, Sit Down

Filet with Zip Sauce n Plated, Fresh Seafood Family Style, Signature Pasta Buffet Chicken Piccata, n Buffet, Family, Beef Tenderloin, Plated, Fettuccine Alfredo Food Stations Beef Tenderloin Buffet, Family, Plated n Buffet, Plated n Dinner Buffet

n

n

n n

n n n n

n

n n

n

n

n

Special features

Low Fat/Low Cholesterol Menu Available Off-Premise Catering Available Outside Caterers Permitted Outside Reception Area Available

Kosher Cuisine Available

n Buffet, Plated, Stations n n n n n Buffet, Family, Individual n Sit Down, n Buffet, Stations n Buffet, Family

Buffet, Sit Down, Stations

Filet with zip sauce/Italian Dishes

n n n n

n

Cromaine Chicken, n Stuffed Salmon & Beef Entrees

Varies

Valet Parking Available

Serving Style Available

Separate Area Available for Ceremony

House Special Entrees Varies

Brand new venue separate from casino. Stage available. Two sets of restrooms.

Golf course views, outside deck, dressing room, private bar, custom menus. Outside ceremony locations. Outdoor open air chapel for up to 200 guests. Portico drop-off, lit fountain, private patio, cathedral ceilings, fireplace & many windows overlooking golf course. Historic building with newly renovated banquet room. Menus are individually designed per your request. n 8 Stone fireplaces, hardwood dance floor, private lakefront ceremony site, overnight accommodations, outdoor wedding packages, winter wedding specials. n Two outdoor, one indoor ceremony locations. Customized menus and floor plans, fireplace, French doors, walk out patio. Recently renovated. Customized menus. One event per date. Country setting. Equipped with stand-by power. n Award winning cuisine, superb

serving staff, executive chef inspired menus and wedding cakes. n Newly remodeled & updated. Bring your own liquor. Newly remodeled in 2002. n Restored 1920 road house with

domed dance floor. Outdoor wedding feel with breathtaking promenade - foliage, natural lighting, & fountain. Great photo opps! n All and Food n n The perfect hall for perfect moments. Stations Enchantment by Crank’s is home to the best food and the best prices around. n n Our flexible space seats 60 with unmatched decor and elegance! We provide the ultimate intimate space you provide the catering or we will do as little or as much as you desire. n All Styles n n n n n Award winning Andiamo Catering. Newly remodeled in 2014. Gazebo and Terrace. n

Strolling Food Stations

n n n

n n n n

n Two unique waterfront venues with breathtaking

views of the Detroit Skyline along with the finest cuisine will provide you the celebration of a lifetime.


Suggested Number of Months to Schedule Facility

1

6

125 / 378

2

6-12

$26 to $50

1-10

50-500

6

9

$26 to $50

25-30

800

3

8-10

$26 to $50

20

250

2

Flexible

$17.95 to $43.95

25

Number of Guests per Server

Number of Available Banquet Rooms

250

Average Price per Person

Reception Room Capacity Range

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Phone Number(s)

RECEPTION & BANQUET GUIDE MACOMB COUNTY (CONT.) MANIACI’S BANQUET CENTER

586-727-9727

PREMIER EVENTS CENTER

586-791-7760

SHELBY GARDENS

586-731-8220

69227 N. Main, Richmond 20400 S. Nunneley Rd., Clinton Township

50265 Van Dyke, Shelby Township

65

ZUCCARO BANQUETS & CATERING 586-949-4110

46601 Gratiot, Chesterfield

Varies

MONROE COUNTY LINKS AT LAKE ERIE

734-384-1177

QUALITY INN & SUITES

734-242-6000

66

50-150

1

1

$15.95 or less

20

ST. GEORGE CULTURAL CENTER

734-243-2712

69

300

1

6

$30 or less

Varies

30-500

2

Varies

$26 to $50

25

300

1

14727 LaPlaisance Rd., Monroe 1225 N. Dixie Hwy., Monroe 2326 N. Monroe, Monroe

OAKLAND COUNTY ADDISON OAKS

248-693-8305

ACC BANQUET HALL

248-722-9100

BAKERS OF MILFORD

248-685-3300

5-500

BAY POINTE GOLF CLUB

248-360-0600

INDIANWOOD GOLF & CC

248-693-9100

COMFORT INN OF WATERFORD

248-666-8555

COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT

248-358-1222

GLEN OAKS COUNTRY CLUB

248-626-2600

KING’S COURT CASTLE

248-391-1900

LINKS OF NOVI

248-380-9595

LYON OAKS GOLF COURSE & BANQUET CENTER

MYSTIC CREEK GOLF CLUB & BANQUET CENTER

1480 W. Romeo Rd., Leonard Armenian Congregational Church 26210 W. 12 Mile Rd., Southfield 2025 S. Milford, Milford 4001 Haggerty Rd., West Bloomfield

1081 Indianwood Road, Lake Orion 7076 Highland Rd, Waterford 27027 Northwestern Hwy. Southfield 30500 W. 13 Mile Farmington Hills

2325 Joslyn, Lake Orion

50395 W. 10 Mile Rd., Novi

3-12 last minute welcome 4 6-12

$22.95

20-30

$26 to $50

Varies

300

2

Varies

$26 to $50

25

230

3

Varies

$26 to $50

Varies

200

3

2

$26.95

50

450

1

12

$26 to $50

25

58

up to 230

3

Varies

$28 or more

Varies

69

150

2

3-18

$26 to $75

25

248-573-7787

400

2

Varies

$26 to $50

25

248-684-3333

up to 300

2

Varies

$25 or less

20

59

58

52251 Pontiac Trail, Lyon Township One Champions Circle, Milford


n

n Char-Grilled Mediterranean Chicken Breast Wedding Buffet, n Chicken Siciliano, Carved Roast Beef Varies

professional and highly experience staff will provide you with the exceptional service you deserve. Homemade pastas & pastries. Indoor and outdoor ceremonies. Receptions for any budget.

Buffet

n n

Buffet

n n

Ballroom is ideal for intimate wedding receptions. Honeymoon suite for bride & groom. Special block rates for guests. Separate room for buffet & Custom menu for your event

n

Buffet, Plated

n

n

Beautiful outdoor garden for ceremonies.

Buffet, Plated

n

n

n Luxurious setting, masterpiece of architecture and expert

Varies

n

Buffet, Plated

n

Buffet, Plated, Family Buffet, Sit Down

n n

Tudor styled mansion built in 1920’s, nestled on 850 acres, decks overlooking 2 lakes. Chair covers & fully decorated hall with centerpieces included. Allinclusive packages available. n Two bridal suites, large dance floors, extensive menu choices. Beautiful ceremony site sits on Middle Straits Lake. Indoor/outdoor area available.

Plated, Buffet Buffet

n

n

n Whether your event is simple or sophisticated, our

All-inclusive packages available. Indoor & outdoor ceremonies.

Chicken Village

Varies

n Newly remodeled. All Inclusive available.

n

n n n Buffet, Plated n n n American & Ethnic n Buffet, Plated, Family n n Custom Menu n Buffet, Family, n Sit Down n n n Buffet, Plated n

n Located in historic downtown Richmond.

Buffet, Plated

n

Chicken Indianwood

Special features

Low Fat/Low Cholesterol Menu Available Off-Premise Catering Available Outside Caterers Permitted Outside Reception Area Available

Kosher Cuisine Available

Valet Parking Available

Serving Style Available

Separate Area Available for Ceremony

House Special Entrees

n n n Buffet, Family Chicken Sophia, n Buffet, Plated, n n n n Premier Fettucini, Family, Stuffed Mushrooms Stations n n n Varies Buffet, Family, Plated n n n n Varies Buffet Family Plated

Varies

n n

n

n

n n

n n n n

n Host club of the 2012 US Senior Open.

Room block discounts given to groups of 10 rooms or more. Call for details.

craftsmanship built in historic setting of Canterbury Village. What bride-to-be could resist her fairy tale wedding in a elegant, romantic castle ballroom? n Panoramic golf course views and fireplace with a private club feel. All inclusive packages, upgrades available. Call for complete details. n Panoramic view of golf course.

Award-winning executive chef.


Number of Available Banquet Rooms

Suggested Number of Months to Schedule Facility

Average Price per Person

Number of Guests per Server

248-553-0000

170

1

3-12

$26.50

25

TWIN LAKES GOLF CLUB

248-601-4175

up to 400

1

Varies

$60 or more

20

WHITE LAKES OAKS GOLF & BANQUET HALL

248-242-4207

300

1

6

$45

25

810-359-7333

350

2

4-12

$20 to $25

20

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RADISSON HOTEL

Phone Number(s)

Reception Room Capacity Range

RECEPTION & BANQUET GUIDE OAKLAND COUNTY (CONT.) 31525 W. 12 Mile Rd. Farmington Hills 455 Twin Lakes Dr., Oakland

991 N. Williams Lake Rd., White Lake

SANILAC COUNTY LAKEVIEW HILLS GOLF RESORT

6560 Peck Rd., Lexington

ST. CLAIR COUNTY 810-364-6650 ALEXANDER’S PREMIERE BANQUET FACILITY & CATERING 810-364-8663

53

10-1,000

2

8-24

$20 or more

10-15

BLACK RIVER COUNTRY CLUB

54

300

3

6

$25 or more

15

750

3

6

$42 or more

20

Varies

1200 Gratiot Blvd., Marysville

3300 Country Club Dr., Port Huron

810-982-9595

SOLITUDE LINKS GOLF COURSE & 810-982-3673 BANQUET CENTER

5810 Flinchbaugh Rd., Kimball

WASHTENAW COUNTY FOX HILLS

734-453-7272

450

5

Varies

Varies

GRADUATE ANN ARBOR

734-769-2200

80-130

3

6-12

$26 to $50

POLO FIELDS GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB

734-998-1555

Ask

1

Varies

Varies

Varies

YPSILANTI MARRIOTT

734-487-2000

up to 640

14

9-15

Varies

20

ALL SAINTS BANQUET HALL

734-946-9650

150-375

1

Inquire

Varies

Varies

CASCADE’S CATERING & BANQUET HALL

248-476-6800 313-535-7157

300

2

Varies

$20

Varies

CRYSTAL GARDENS BANQUET CENTER

734-285-2210

1500

4

12-18

CRYSTAL PARK BANQUET CENTER 313-388-9001

325

1

12-18

DEARBORN INN, A Marriott Hotel 20301 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn

313-271-2700

500

3

18

$75 or more

20

EPICUREAN HOUSE

734-692-0409

250

1

12-18

GENITTI’S HOLE-IN-THE-WALL

248-349-0522

36-280

4

Inquire

$26 to $70

Varies

8768 N. Territorial, Plymouth 615 E. Huron, Ann Arbor

5200 Polo Fields Dr., Ann Arbor 1275 S. Huron Street, Ypsilanti

WAYNE COUNTY 24900 Brest Rd., Taylor

29155 7 Mile, Livonia

51

16703 Fort St., Southgate

17099 Champaigne, Allen Park

1660 Fort St., Trenton 108 E. Main St., Northville

60


n

Custom

n

n

Prime Rib Chicken Cordon Bleu Beef Tenderloin

Family, Sit Down, Plated Buffet, Family, Plated

n

n

n

n

n

n

Special features

Low Fat/Low Cholesterol Menu Available Off-Premise Catering Available Outside Caterers Permitted Outside Reception Area Available n

All weddings include crystal oil lamp & mirror centerpieces, white linens, banquet maitre d.

n

n n n

Buffet, Family

n

Buffet, Family, Plated n Family Style

inclusive wedding packages available. Stairway for photo opportunities. n Banquet rooms with views of golf course and river. Tented outdoor reception area. Outdoor ceremonies in courtyard. Amazing views from all three banquet rooms. Outdoor ceremonies in gazebo overlooking lake.

n

Buffet, Plated

Buffet, Family, Plated Buffet, Family, Plated Buffet, Family, Plated Plated

n 90% of all food served is homemade. All

n

Buffet, Plated n

7 Course Italian Dinner

Golf course setting. Close to Lake Huron. On-site accommodations. Off-site catering available.

Buffet, Plated, n n n n Sit Down, Stations n n n Buffet, Plated, Sit Down n n Plated, Family

n

Filet Mignon & Broiled Salmon

All-inclusive wedding packages. Room for bride/groom. All 2 room suites. Special block rates for guests. n n n Grand ballroom features large picture windows overlooking manicured grounds and lake. Gorgeous gazebo perfect for ceremony or cocktail hour. n n n Outside patio reserved for banquet guests.

n n

Buffet, Plated

n

Varies

Kosher Cuisine Available

Valet Parking Available

n

Plated, Buffet

Varies

Specialized Custom Menus

Serving Style Available

Separate Area Available for Ceremony

House Special Entrees Custom Menu

n 18 Hole golf course on site, Complete

recreation facilities. At I-94, exit 183.

n

n n

n n n

n n n n n n n n n n n n

n

Bring your own caterer or use one of ours. All inclusive packages available. Large dance floor. Near I-94, I-75, Telegraph. Many hotels in area. n Beautiful landscaping. Excellent food and service. Outdoor ceremony. Customized to fit your budget. Grand staircase, waterfall and baby grand piano in lobby, two private bridal suites, outdoor patios. Foyer with a fireplace. n National historic site, AAA 4 diamond,

award winning food & service.

Our theatre provides a unique & intimate backdrop for ceremony. Allinclusive deluxe package available.


250

3

12-18

850

3

Number of Guests per Server

Number of Available Banquet Rooms 2

Average Price per Person

Reception Room Capacity Range up to 450

Suggested Number of Months to Schedule Facility

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6-16

$28 to $50

Varies

9

$22 to $50

30-40

1

4-6

$26 to $50

30

9

6-18

$17.95 to $52.99

Varies

200

4

3

$42.95

20

Phone Number(s)

RECEPTION & BANQUET GUIDE THE GRECIAN CENTER

734-282-5700

GROSSE ILE COUNTRY CLUB

734-246-8500

HELLENIC CULTURAL CENTER

734-525-3550

HERITAGE MANOR

313-407-9777 Inside Up to 500 Back Cover 734-283-4400 350

WAYNE COUNTY (CONT.) 16300 Dix Toledo Rd., Southgate 9339 Bellevue, Grosse Ile

36375 Joy Rd., Westland

9981 South Telegraph Road, Taylor

HOLIDAY INN SOUTHGATE BANQUET & CONFERENCE CENTER

63

17201 Northline Rd., Southgate

JOE VICARI’S ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE 313-359-3300

21400 Michigan Ave., Dearborn

JOY MANOR BANQUET FACILITY

734-525-0960

75-425

4

6-12

$35 or less

20

MASONIC TEMPLE OF DETROIT

313-832-7100

up to 800

8

3-12

$26 to $50

20

345 N. Main St., Plymouth

PLYMOUTH MANOR

734-455-3501 734-455-3936

450

2

6

Varies

Varies

QUALITY INN & SUITES

734-261-6800

35-225

2

Varies

Varies

24

PARKSIDE GARDENS

734-246-7600

350

1

RIVERSIDE BANQUET CENTER

734-285-2210

200

1

12-18

ST. MARY’S CULTURAL CENTER

734-421-9220

550

3

Varies

$24 to $34

20-30

ST. MICHAEL BANQUET HALL

313-228-9739

50-300

1

Flexible

$27

Varies

350

1

Varies

$27

Varies

310

1

6-18

$31 or less

30

28999 Joy Rd., Westland

500 Temple Ave., Detroit

30375 Plymouth Rd., Livonia

14700 Reaume Pkwy. Civic Circle Southgate 3530 Biddle, Wyandotte

18100 Merriman, Livonia

26375 W. Chicago Rd., Redford

96

STS. PETER & PAUL BANQUET HALL 313-274-9650

750 N. Beech Daly Rd. Dearborn Heights

STONE CREEK BANQUET CENTER 734-379-1453

One Maquire St., Flat Rock

67

SUMMIT ON THE PARK

734-394-5486

250

2

6

$45

30

WATERVIEW LOFT AT PORT DETROIT

313-656-6000

220

1

9

$50 to $75

8

WAYNE COMMUNITY CENTER

734-721-7400

400

5

12

WAYNE TREE MANOR

734-728-3020 Inside Back Cover

50-1,000

4

6

Varies

Varies

46000 Summit Parkway, Canton

130 E. Atwater St., Detroit

4635 Howe Rd., Wayne

35100 Van Born Rd., Wayne


Guinness Braised Beef Traditional and Ethnic Menus

Custom Menus

n n n

On-site ceremonies, new gazebo, handicapped accessible, menu starting at $22 per person.

n n n n

Newly remodeled, plenty of parking, outstanding reputation for food and service.

n

All Styles

n n

n

Buffet, Family, Sit Down Plated, Family, Buffet Buffet, Family, Plated

n n n n

Buffet, Family, Plated Buffet International Varies Varies Specializing in n Customized Menus n

Filet mignon and n Blac de Blanc chicken with morell mushrooms

n

n n All inclusive wedding packages available.

All Styles

n

n n n n n

n

Elegant, vintage and newly remodeled. Pleanty of parking. Handicap accessible. n n Newly renovated banquet facilities. Jacuzzi

n n n n

honeymoon suite for Bride & Groom. Special Block Rates for guests. Outside catering available. European style Wedding Chapel. Lobby with fireplace, newly renovated.

n n n

All Styles

n n n n

Buffet, Plated, Family Buffet, Plated, Family Buffet, Plated, Family Buffet, Family, Sit Down, Plated Plated, Strolling

n n n

Buffet, Family, Plated

9,000 sq.ft. of elegant banquet space - perfect for your reception, shower, rehearsal dinner and guest accommodations. Courtyard with gazebo for ceremonies & photos. n Outdoor patio, glassed-in room overlooking woods and river. Recently remodeled rooms with distinct character. Historical setting, beautiful ballrooms, crystal chandeliers.

n n

n n

n n n n

n n n

n n

n Overlooking golf course.

n n

n n

Plated, Buffet, Family

Special features

n Outdoor Ceremonies in Gazebo or Pavilion.

n

Baked Whitefish n w/Herb Champagne Sauce

Ethnic Menus Available for All

Low Fat/Low Cholesterol Menu Available Off-Premise Catering Available Outside Caterers Permitted Outside Reception Area Available

Kosher Cuisine Available

n

Buffet, Plated, Family n Buffet, Family, Plated n Plated, Buffet, Family, Strolling Buffet Buffet, Family

Roasted Prime Rib, n Steak & Seafood

Filet Mignon with Zip Sauce Varies

Valet Parking Available

Separate Area Available for Ceremony n

Serving Style Available

House Special Entrees S.W. Beef Brisket

n n

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

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

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

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2017-18 MICHIGAN BRIDAL SHOWS AUGUST 1, 2017

WEDDING EXTRAVAGANZA BRIDAL SHOW

Show Times: 5:00 - 9:00 pm 517-545-1000, Crystal Gardens - Livingston 5768 E. Grand River Ave., Howell

SEPTEMBER 10, 2017

JANUARY 14, 2018

BRIDAL WORLD

Show Times: 11am to 4:00 pm 989-239-2067 Lansing Center, 333 E Michigan Ave, Lansing

JANUARY 14, 2018

HERE COME THE BRIDES

FALL BRIDAL CELEBRATIONS

Show Times: 1:00 - 5:00 pm 810-923-6446 Brighton High School, 7878 Brighton Rd, Brighton

OCTOBER 1, 2017

HERE COME THE BRIDES BRIDAL SHOW

Show Times: Noon to 5:00pm 586-532-9200, The Palace of Auburn Hills 5 Championship Drive, Auburn Hills

A LOVELY DAY BRIDAL SHOW

Show Times: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 734-288-7096, Westin Hotel Southfield/Detroit 1500 Town Center, Southfield

OCTOBER 29, 2017

HERE COMES THE BRIDES

Show Times: 1p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 810-923-6446, Cleary University / Johnson Center 3750 Cleary Drive, Howell

NOVEMBER 5, 2017

HERE COME THE BRIDES BRIDAL SHOW

Show Times: 12:00 - 4:00pm, 810-923-6446 Kings Court Castle, 2325 Joclyn Ct. , Lake Orion

NOVEMBER 12, 2017

HERE COME THE BRIDES BRIDAL SHOW - MT. PLEASANT Show Times: 1 pm - 5 pm 810-923-6446, Bucks Run Banquet Hall 1559 South Chippewa Rd, Mt. Pleasant

NOVEMBER 12, 2017

THE BRIDES BRIDAL SHOW

Show Times: 1 pm - 4 pm 734-320-8019 Chelsea Comfort Inn & Village Conference Center 1645 Commerce Park Drive, Chelsea

JANUARY 7, 2018

24TH ANNUAL WGRT 102.3FM BRIDAL & FASHION SHOW Show Times: Doors open at Noon 810-987-3200 Alexander’s Premiere Banquet Facility 1200 Gratiot Blvd, Marysville

JANUARY 7, 2018

TROY MARRIOTT BRIDAL CELEBRATIONS Show Times: 12 - 4:00 P.M. 734-560-5233, Troy Marriott

JANUARY 21, 2018

Show Times: 1:00 - 5:00 pm 810-923-6446 Summit On The Park 46000 Summit Parkway, Canton

JANUARY 28, 2018

BRIDAL UNIVERSITY DETROIT Show Times: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 586-532-9200 Ford Field, 2000 Brush St, Detroit

FEBRUARY 4, 2018

HERE COME THE BRIDES

Show Times: 12 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 810-923-6446 Kings Court Castle, 2325 Joclyn Ct., Lake Orion

FEBRUARY 11, 2018

BRIDAL CELEBRATIONS AT THE DEARBORN INN Show Times: 12 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 586-532-9200 The Dearborn Inn 20301 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn

FEBRUARY 18, 2018

HERE COME THE BRIDES

Show Times: 1 pm - 5 pm 810-923-6446 Soaring Eagle Inn Casino 6800 E. Soaring Eagle Blvd, Mt. Pleasant

MARCH 11, 2018

THE BRIDES BRIDAL SHOW

Show Times: 1:00 - 4:00pm 734-320-8019 Kensington Hotel, 3500 S. State Street, Ann Arbor

APRIL 8, 2018

THE BRIDES BRIDAL SHOW Show Times: 1:00 - 4:00 pm 734-320-8019 Travis Pointe Country Club 2829 Travis Pointe Road, Ann Arbor


Sunday January 14, 2018 Lansing Center Doors open from 11am to 4pm. Fashion show at 2pm. Tickets are $6 at the door. Fashion show at 2pm featuring Becker’s Bridal, David’s Bridal, MW Tux and Sound Productions. Come see the latest fashions including Bridal Gowns, Bridesmaids Dresses, Flower Girls & Mother of the Bride.

Don’t miss an opportunity to meet over 90 of the most sought after wedding professionals and learn new and creative ideas for your perfect wedding! Many exhibitors will be offering samples, demonstrations, and money-saving specials the day of the show. Talk one-on-one with the wedding experts and professionals.

Pre-register at www.bridalworldshows.com for ½ off admission coupon and a FREE Luxury Limo Bus from LansingParty.com or FREE Trolley from Tecumseh Trolley!

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BOTH LOCAL AND NATIONAL! Fashion • Planning • Destinations Registries • Bridal Shows Idea Galleries and More! Sunday, January 7, 2018– doors open at 12 810-987-3200 office@wgrt.com


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES DIRECTORY KEY • • • •

Accessories Alterations Attendant Gifts Bachelor(ette) Parties

(See Hotel Accommodations and Transportation)

• Banquet Facilities • Bridal Boot Camp

• Catering • Chapels • Chair Covers

• Health & Beauty • Honeymoons

• Photography • Projection Screens • Rehearsal Dinners

• Custom Veils • Custom Programs/ Seating Charts • DJ’s

• Hotel Accommodations • Invitations • Jewelry Stores • Limousines

• Rentals • Tents

(See Rentals)

(See Music & Entertainment)

(See Health and Beauty)

• Bridal Showers

(See Banquet Facilities and Hotel Accommodations)

• Bridal Shows (See pg 88)

• Cakes

• Engraving • Event Planners/ Coordinators • Florists • Headpieces (See Accessories)

Elegant Invitations & Bridal

One Stop Shopping for all your Wedding Needs 416 North Main Street, Plymouth ElegantInvitationsPlymouth.com 734-455-8893 (See pg 8)

ALTERATIONS

(See Rentals)

• Music and Entertainment • Photo Booths

(See Rentals)

• • • • • • •

Transportation Travel Tuxedos Unique Services Uplighting Videography Websites

8692 W. Grand River, Brighton brightontuxshop.com 810-227-1677

(See pg 11)

Celebration Flowers & Gifts

5800 N. Sheldon Rd., Canton Northeast corner of Sheldon & Ford Roads 734-455-7377 (See pg 36)

Gerard Tuxedo

Alterations and More by Darlene (See pg 6)

Alterations by Rozi

Serving beautiful brides and their wedding parties for 12 years! 239 E. Sibley, Howell AlterationsByRozi.com 517-548-9181

(See Transportation)

• Linens

(See Banquet Facilities)

Brighton Tux Shop

ACCESSORIES

13526 Northline, Southgate 734-282-6177

(See Hotel Accommodations and Travel)

29457 Five Mile Rd., Livonia gerardtuxedo.com 734-293-5293 13238 Dix Toledo Rd., Southgate jimstuxedosandmenswear.com 734-285-3253

(See pg 7)

(See pg 10)

Jim’s Tuxedo & Men’s Clothing Warehouse (See pg 11)

BACHELOR(ETTE) PARTIES

(See Hotel Accommodations and Transportation)

JUDY’S SEE PG. 7 BRIDAL ALTERATIONS Expert Bridal Alterations in Sterling Heights

586-489-9523

judys-bridal.com

Chair Covers & Fully Decorated Hall with Centerpieces Included, 26210 W. 12 Mile Rd., Southfield ACCGD.org 248-722-9100 (See pg 59)

Alexander’s Premiere Banquet Facility 1195 Gratiot, Marysville ShowMeAlexanders.com 810-364-6650

(See pg 53)

Andiamo Warren Banquet & Conf. Center

ATTENDANT GIFTS

7096 E. 14 Mile, Warren andiamo.com 586-268-3200

Above & Beyond Tuxedo

2497 Black River St., Deckerville aboveandbeyondtuxedo.com 810-376-2889

BANQUET FACILITIES ACC Banquet Hall Armenian Congregational Church

(See pg 10)

(See pg 70)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Black River Country Club

Links of Novi

3300 Country Club Drive, Port Huron blackrivergolfclub.com 810-982-9595

(See pg 54)

Chemung Hills Golf & Banquet Center 3125 Golf Club Road, Howell chemunghills.com 517-546-4230

(See pg 68)

(See pg 51)

(See pg 51)

(See pg 62)

15000 Metropolitan Pkwy, Sterling Heights freedomhill.net/banquet 586-795-2800 (See pg 71)

Genitti’s Hole-in-the-Wall (See pg 60)

The Grecian Center

Downriver’s Premier Banquet Facilities 16300 Dix-Toledo, Southgate thegreciancenter.com 734-282-5700

(See pg 61)

(See pg 63)

Heritage Manor

9981 South Telegraph, Taylor 313-407-9777 (See Inside Back Cover)

Indianwood Golf & Country Club 1081 Indianwood Road, Lake Orion iwgcc.com 248-693-9100

(See pg 1, 58)

50265 VanDyke, Shelby Twp shelbygardens.com 586-731-8220

St. George Cultural Center 2326 N. Monroe, Monroe stgeorgeculturalcenter.com 734-243-2712

(See pg 69)

Stone Creek Banquet Center One McGuire St., Flat Rock flatrockrec.org 734-379-1453

(See pg 67)

Wayne Tree Manor

(See Inside Back Cover)

Whispering Pines Golf Club

2500 Whispering Pines Dr., Pinckney whisperingpinesgc.com 734-878-0009

Get more detailed information about these banquet facilities and more in our

RECEPTION & BANQUET GUIDE BRIDAL BOOT CAMP

(See Health and Beauty) (See pg 1, 58)

Lakeview Hills

BRIDAL SHOWERS

(See Banquet Facilities and Hotel Accommodations)

6560 E. Peck Road, Lexington lakeviewhills.com 888-355-4004

Light House Park - Faulkner’s Catering Fort Gratiot Lighthouse 810-984-5426

(See pg 66)

STARTING ON PAGE 78

King’s Court Castle

2325 Josyln Ct., Lake Orion kingscourtcastle.com 248-391-1900

1225 N. Dixie Hwy., Monroe choicehotels.com/hotel/mi389 734-242-6000

35100 Van Born Rd., Wayne WayneTreeManor.com 734-728-3020

Hellenic Cultural Center 36375 Joy Rd., Westland hellenicculturalcenter.com 734-525-3550

20400 S. Nunneley Rd., Clinton Township premiereventscenter.com 586-791-7760 (See pg 65)

Shelby Gardens Banquets & Events

Freedom Hill Banquet Center

108 E. Main St., Northville Genittis.com 248-349-0522

(See pg 96)

Quality Inn & Suites

Firekeepers Casino/Hotel

I-94, Exit 104 11177 E. Michigan Ave., Battle Creek firekeeperscasino.com 877-FKC-8777

345 N. Main St., Plymouth plymouthmanor.com 734-455-3501 or 734-846-3920

Premier Events Center

Crystal Gardens

5768 E. Grand River, Howell cgliv.com 517-545-1000

(See pg 69)

Plymouth Manor Catering & Banquet Center

Crystal Gardens

16703 Fort St., Southgate CrystalGardensOnline.com 734-285-2210

50395 W. 10 Mile Rd., Novi linksofnovi.com 248-380-9595

(See pg 55)

BRIDAL SHOWS

(See pg 86)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES CAKES

CUSTOM VEILS

Chene Modern Bakery

Alterations by Rozi

“Wedding Cakes Created by Janice” Complete Line of Baked Goods Gift Baskets for Any Occasion 17041 W. Warren, Detroit 313-582-0700

239 E. Sibley, Howell AlterationsByRozi.com 517-548-9181 (See pg 26)

Gwen’s Cake Decorating and Etc. gwenscakedecorating.com 734-429-2039

(See pg 26)

14300 W. Warren, Dearborn shatila.com 313-582-1952

(See pg 27)

CATERING (See pg 53)

314 E. Huron Blvd., Marysville 810-984-5426

(See pg 54)

6560 E. Peck Road, Lexington lakeviewhills.com 888-355-4004

Roses are Red Events

33105 Kelly Road, Suite A, Fraser RosesAreRedEvents.com 586-859-8419

CHAPELS The Grecian Center

Downriver’s Premier Banquet Facilities 16300 Dix-Toledo, Southgate thegreciancenter.com 734-282-5700

(See pg 37)

Touch of Elegance (See pg 61)

Hellenic Cultural Center (See pg 63)

400 Renaissance Center, Suite 2600, Detroit Appointment only touchofelegancellc.com 800-960-4570 (See pg 3)

FLORISTS Celebration Flowers & Gifts

5800 N. Sheldon Rd., Canton Northeast corner of Sheldon & Ford Roads 734-455-7377 (See pg 36)

King’s Court Castle

(See pg 1, 58)

Wayne Tree Manor

CHAIR COVERS

Ring Engraving, Glass Etching, Attendants Gifts 1205 S. Main St, Plymouth weddingengraver.com 734-459-3180 (See pg 5)

EVENT PLANNERS/ COORDINATORS

Lakeview Hills

(See Rentals)

DJ’S

Wedding Engraver/Engraving Connection

Faulkner’s Catering

35100 Van Born Rd., Wayne WayneTreeManor.com 734-728-3020

(See pg 9)

ENGRAVING

1200 Gratiot, Marysville ShowMeAlexanders.com 810-364-6650

2325 Josyln Ct., Lake Orion kingscourtcastle.com 248-391-1900

Wed Ink

(See Music & Entertainment)

Alexander’s Catering

36375 Joy Rd., Westland hellenicculturalcenter.com 734-525-3550

CUSTOM PROGRAMS/ SEATING CHARTS wed-ink.com 734-355-6446

Shatila Bakery

(See pg 7)

(See Inside Back Cover)

Oceano Florist

3678 W. Eleven Mile Rd., Berkley Specializing in Special Events & Weddings Arrangements to fit any budget OceanoFlorist.com 248-691-0123 or 248-851-7759 (See pg 39)

Roses are Red Events

33105 Kelly Road, Suite A, Fraser RosesAreRedEvents.com 586-859-8419

Touch of Elegance

(See pg 37)

400 Renaissance Center, Suite 2600, Detroit Appointment only touchofelegancellc.com 800-960-4570 (See pg 3)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Wed Ink

HEADPIECES

(See Accessories)

wed-ink.com 734-355-6446

HEALTH & BEAUTY

Dearborn Jewelers

JK Certified Bridal Boot Camp JKCertified.com

JEWELRY STORES (See pg 19)

(See Hotel Accommodations and Travel)

Diamond Castle

Leo’s Jewelry & Gifts

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

34900 Michigan Ave., Wayne 734-721-4311

Precision Watch & Ringsmith 32350 Gratiot Ave., Roseville 35147 W. Warren Rd., Westland

Better World Travel

(See pg 47)

586-294-7020 734-725-5176

LIMOUSINES

(See Transportation)

Firekeepers Casino/Hotel

I-94, Exit 104 11177 E. Michigan Ave., Battle Creek firekeeperscasino.com 877-FKC-8777

805 Ann Arbor Trail, Mayflower Center, Plymouth 734-737-9525 39955 Grand River, Novi 248-442-2440

HONEYMOONS

4144 E. Grand River, Howell betterworldtravelandcruises.com 517-548-3151

(See pg 9)

(See pg 62)

Lakeview Hills

LINENS

(See Rentals)

6560 E. Peck Road, Lexington lakeviewhills.com 810-359-7333

MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT

Quality Inn & Suites

Dance Pro DJ Service

1225 N Dixie Highway, Monroe choicehotels.com/hotel/mi389 734-242-6000

(See pg 66)

Sybaris Suites Sybaris.com 888-805-7665

(See pg 45)

INVITATIONS

Serving all of Michigan djcrashers.com 248-990-2577 (See Inside Front Cover & pg 33)

Piano Wars!

Premier Dueling Pianos, Delivered! PianoWars.com 734-775-7100 (See pg 10)

Celebration Flowers & Gifts

5800 N. Sheldon Rd., Canton Northeast corner of Sheldon & Ford Roads 734-455-7377 (See pg 36)

Elegant Invitations & Bridal

One Stop Shopping for all your Wedding Needs 416 North Main Street, Plymouth ElegantInvitationsPlymouth.com 734-455-8893 (See pg 8)

Gerard Tuxedo

29457 Five Mile Rd., Livonia yourinvitationplace.com/gerardtuxedo 734-293-5293

(See pg 29)

DJ Crashers

Above & Beyond Tuxedo

2497 Black River St., Deckerville aboveandbeyondtuxedo.com (810) 376-2889

Serving Southeast Michigan danceprodjservice.com 248-568-6907

(See pg 31)

Superior Sounds DJs

We Create Memories… 34330 New Jersey St., Clinton Twp SuperiorSoundsDJs.com 586-791-4721 or 888-933-3164

(See pg 30)

PHOTO BOOTHS DJ Crashers

Serving all of Michigan djcrashers.com 248-990-2577 (See Inside Front Cover & pg 33)

Strike a Pose (See pg 10)

strikeaposephotobooth.com 313-550-2443

(See pg 18)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Lyndsey’s Linen and Chair Covers, Inc.

PHOTOGRAPHY

1212 E. 9 Mile Rd., Hazel Park New Center Area (by appt only) lyndseyslinen.com

Blue Heron Photo

Serving Michigan and Beyond blueheronphoto.org 734-972-0293

(See pg 14)

Bravo Studios Photography Photographed Beautifully! Brighton Dearborn bravostudiosphotography.com

810-225-6145 313-231-4000 (See pg 17)

DJ Crashers

Serving all of Michigan djcrashers.com 248-990-2577 (See Inside Front Cover & pg 33)

Lewis Portraits

Photography Since 1937 1025 E. Maple, Suite B-7, Birmingham lewisphotovideo.com 248-723-4241

(See pg 15)

Michigan Photo Imaging

248-542-2800 1-866-535-4636 (See pg 40)

Oceano Florist

3678 W. Eleven Mile Rd., Berkley Chair covers & colored sash for $1.50 and up including installation. OceanoFlorist.com 248-691-0123 or 248-851-7759 (See pg 39)

Roses are Red Events

33105 Kelly Road, Suite A, Fraser RosesAreRedEvents.com 586-859-8419

(See pg 37)

Touch of Elegance

400 Renaissance Center, Suite 2600, Detroit Appointment only touchofelegancellc.com 800-960-4570 (See pg 3)

TENTS

(See Rentals)

Creative, Artistic and Affordable MichiganPhotoImaging.com 313-460-4602

(See pg 16)

TRANSPORTATION

PROJECTION SCREENS DJ Crashers

Bozzo’s Limousine Service

REHEARSAL DINNERS

• Wedding Specialists • Luxurious Limos & Custom Coaches • Fully Licensed & Insured • MDOT Registered

Serving all of Michigan djcrashers.com 248-990-2577 (See Inside Front Cover & pg 33)

(See Banquet Facilities)

RENTALS

734-753-5520

Brothers Party Rental

314 E. Huron Blvd., Marysville goldencrownpartyrental.com 810-984-2557

Prompt, Professional & Dependable Service

(See page 41)

SEE PG. 23

(See pg 41, 55, 57)

Celebration Flowers & Gifts

5800 N. Sheldon Rd., Canton Northeast corner of Sheldon & Ford Roads 734-455-7377 (See pg 36)

Elegant Invitations & Bridal

One Stop Shopping for all your Wedding Needs 416 North Main Street, Plymouth ElegantInvitationsPlymouth.com 734-455-8893 (See pg 8)

Golden Crown Restroom Trailers 1217 Griswold St., Port Huron goldencrownrestroomtrailer.com 810-650-2538

• Wedding Specialists • Luxurious 14 Passenger Limos & Custom Coaches • Fully Licensed & Insured • Prompt, Professional & Dependable Service

248-478-3600 www.LimoGiant.com

(See pg 57)

See BaCk Cover


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES TRAVEL

UPLIGHTING

Better World Travel

DJ Crashers

4144 E. Grand River, Howell betterworldtravelandcruises.com 517-548-3151

(See pg 47)

33105 Kelly Road, Suite A, Fraser RosesAreRedEvents.com 586-859-8419

Above & Beyond Tuxedo

(See pg 10)

Brighton Tux Shop

8692 W. Grand River, Brighton brightontuxshop.com 810-227-1677

(See pg 11)

Gerard Tuxedo

29457 Five Mile Rd., Livonia gerardtuxedo.com 734-293-5293

(See pg 10)

VIDEOGRAPHY Brighton Dearborn bravostudiosphotography.com support@bridalcinema.com bridalcinema.com 734-331-0228 (voicemail) Serving all of Michigan djcrashers.com 248-990-2577

3517 Rochester Rd., Royal Oak gildasclubdetroit.org 248-577-0800

810-225-6145 313-231-4000 (See pg 17)

(See pg 4)

(See Inside Front Cover, 33)

Michigan Photo Imaging

Creative, Artistic and Affordable MichiganPhotoImaging.com 313-460-4602

Golden Crown Restroom Trailers (See pg 57)

(See pg 42)

Tender Moments

WEBSITES Platinum Bride Group PlatinumBrideGroup.com

(See pg 36)

(See pg 16)

Superior Sounds DJs

34330 New Jersey St., Clinton Twp SuperiorSoundsDJs.com 586-791-4721 or 888-933-3164

Monumental Heights

Detroit, MI 48210 tendermoments.org tendermoments@live.com 248-469-3796

(See pg 30)

DJ Crashers

Gilda’s Club Detroit

Auburn Hills, MI 48321 monumentalheights.com Info@monumentalheights.com 248-289-3372

We Create Memories… 34330 New Jersey St., Clinton Twp SuperiorSoundsDJs.com 586-791-4721 or 888-933-3164

Bridal Cinema (See pg 11)

UNIQUE SERVICES

1217 Griswold St., Port Huron goldencrownrestroomtrailer.com 810-650-2538

(See pg 37)

Superior Sounds DJs

Bravo Studios Photography

Jim’s Tuxedo & Men’s Clothing Warehouse 13238 Dix Toledo, Southgate JimsTuxedosandMenswear.com 734-285-3253

(See Inside Front Cover, 33)

Roses are Red Events

TUXEDOS 2497 Black River St., Deckerville aboveandbeyondtuxedo.com (810) 376-2889

Serving all of Michigan djcrashers.com 248-990-2577

Premier Bride pbdetroit.com 734-464-1018

(See pg 30)


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

______________

Groom’s Wedding Ring

______________

Ceremony Site Fee

______________

Officiant

______________

Marriage License

______________

Aisle Runner

______________

Candles/Candelabra

______________

Other

______________

RECEPTION

______________

Bride’s Wedding Ring

MUSIC

Engagement Ring

Reception Site Fee

______________

Food, Service, Tax & Gratuity

______________

Beverage/Bar Corkage Fee

______________

Cake/Cake Cutting Fee

______________

Rental Items

______________

Other

______________

Ceremony

______________

Reception

______________

Other

______________

Photographer’s Fee

______________

Engagement Portrait

______________

Formal Wedding Portrait

______________

Proofs

______________

Wedding Album

______________

Candids

______________

Parents’ Sets

______________

Other

______________

Wedding VHS/DVD

______________

Additional Copies

______________

Bride’s Gown

______________

Alterations

______________

Headpiece & Veil

______________

Lingerie, Hosiery & Garter

______________

Shoes

______________

Jewelry & Accessories

______________

Wrap/Jacket

______________

Hair, Makeup & Manicure

______________

Other

______________

GROOM: Groom’s Formalwear

______________

Neckwear & Cufflinks

______________

Accessories

______________

Shoes

______________

Other

______________

PHOTOGRAPHY

BRIDE:

VIDEOGRAPHY

WEDDING ATTIRE

CEREMONY

RINGS

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

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

______________

Projector Rental

______________

Other

______________

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Groom’s Boutonniere

______________

Attendants’ Boutonnieres

______________

______________

Best Man

______________

Groomsmen

______________

Ushers

______________

Helper Corsages/Boutonnieres ______________

Child Attendants

______________

Ceremony Flowers

______________

Bride & Groom

______________

Reception Flowers

______________

Bride’s Parents

______________

Decorations/Balloons

______________

Groom’s Parents

______________

Other

______________

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

______________

Save-the-Date Cards

______________

Cake Cutting Attendant

______________

Invitations & Envelopes

______________

Gift Table Attendant

______________

Calligrapher

______________

Guest Book Attendant

______________

Postage

______________

Thank You Notes

______________

Soloists/Musicians (who are friends)

______________

Other

______________

Wedding Coordinator

______________

Informal Stationery

______________

Ceremony Programs

______________

Placecards

______________ ______________

Other

______________

Attendant Accommodations ______________ Bridesmaids’ Dresses/Shoes

______________

Flower Girl’s Dress

______________

Groomsmens’ Formalwear

______________

Ring Bearer’s Attire

______________

Bridesmaids’ Luncheon

______________

Other

______________

______________

Rings

______________

Ceremony

______________

Reception

______________

Music

______________

Wedding Party Transportation: Limousine, Carriage, etc. ______________

Cake Knife & Server

______________

Cake Top

______________

Wedding Attire

______________

Favors

______________

Photography

______________

Flower Girl’s Basket

______________

Videography

______________

Guest Book & Pen

______________

Flowers

______________

Ring Bearer’s Pillow

______________

Stationery

______________

Toasting Glasses

______________

Transportation

______________

Unity Candle, Kiddush Cup

______________

Favors & Accessories

______________

Other

______________

Gifts

______________

Other

______________

Miscellaneous

______________

Maid/Matron of Honor

______________

Grand TOTAL

______________

Guest Transportation

______________

Parking

______________

Other

______________

Other

______________

TOTALS

TRANSPORTATION

Announcements

GIFTS

Bridesmaids’

MISCELLANEOUS

FLOWERS

______________

Attendants’ Bouquets

FAVORS & ACCESSORIES

STATIONERY

Bride’s Bouquet

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SHARING THE COST

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

GROOM

BRIDE

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

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

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

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

Accommodations for out-of-town attendants (optional)

Formal wear for best man & groomsmen (optional)

Luncheon for bridal party

Accommodations for out-of-town attendants (optional)

Informal stationery

Marriage license Fee for officiant

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

GROOM’S FAMILY

BRIDE’S FAMILY

Honeymoon Engagement party

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

WEDDING PARTY

Videographer

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

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

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GROOM’S CAKE

CAKE STYLE

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

SETUP DETAILS

CAKE ACCESSORIES

Description

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

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

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

Tea Lunch Cocktails Dinner

Regional Seasonal Exotic Ethnic Thematic

SERVICE

Breakfast/Brunch

FLAVOR

TYPE

CATERING PLANNER

Salad Entrée Dessert

Beef Chicken Vegetarian Pork Seafood

DESSERT

Soup

ENTRÉES

COURSES

Appetizer

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

Dessert Hors d’oeuvres

Cocktails

Regional Seasonal Exotic Ethnic Thematic

Lamb

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

Vegetarian Kosher Halal Other

RENTAL ITEMS

Full Bar

SPECIAL

ALCOHOL*

Pasta

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

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HELPERS

FLOWERS BY SEASON

TERMINOLOGY

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

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

SPRING

SUMMER

FALL

WINTER

YEAR ‘ROUND

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WEDDING PARTY

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

RECEPTION

CEREMONY

Other

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

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MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT PLANNER

CEREMONY

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

START TIME

SONG/PERFORMED BY

START TIME

Prelude Processional Service Recessional Postlude Other Other

RECEPTION

Other

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

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BRIDE­’ S PHOTOS:

GROOM­’ S PHOTOS:

PRE-WEDDING

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

Bride getting ready

RECEPTION

Guests at cocktail party

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

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

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

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

CEREMONY

PORTRAITS

PHOTOGRAPHY PLANNER

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

Group pictures & candids throughout reception

Clergy, groom & best man at altar

Musicians

Bride & father walking down aisle

Bride & Groom’s first dance

Father giving bride’s hand to groom

Bride & Father, Groom & Mother dance

Guests watching the ceremony

Guests dancing

Vow exchange

Cake, cake table & cake cutting

Ring ceremony

Couple feeding each other cake

Candids of bride’s/groom’s face

Bouquet toss Garter removal & toss

Unity candle ceremony, kiddush cup ceremony, etc.

Sweetheart dance

Signing of wedding certificate

Going-away vehicle (especially if decorated)

Groom kissing the bride

Bride & groom in going away clothes

Recessional

Newlyweds departing & guests’ farewell

Guests throwing rice, flower petals, etc.

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LOCATION

RECEPTION PLANNER DATES AVAILABLE

LOCATION

SIZE

USED FOR

Indoor

Small (<100)

Ceremony

Outdoor

Medium (100-250)

Reception

Same site as ceremony

Large (250+)

Dressing

Walking distance from ceremony

Overnight rooms

SITE SERVICES

Within ______ miles of ceremony site

SERVICES PROVIDED

RENTALS AVAILABLE

Rooms

Tables

Food

Chairs & chair covers

Beverage/Alcohol

China, glassware, silverware & serving dishes

Disabled access

Linens

Adequate parking Valet

Ratio of guests to servers: ___________

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

DECORATIONS

PROVIDED

STYLE

More than one event at a time

RECEPTION

Head table Guest tables

BRINGING OWN DECORATIONS What are decorating restrictions?

Cake table Guest book table

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

When can decorations/favors come in?

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

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Bride as baby

Early days as a couple

Groom as baby

Bachelor/Bachelorette parties

Bride’s childhood Groom’s childhood

Other:

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

RECEPTION

BRIDE DRESSING AT HOME

PHOTOS FOR SLIDESHOW

VIDEOGRAPHY PLANNER

Date: Time: Location: Special Requests:

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

CEREMONY

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

Date:

Guests dancing

Time:

Guests dining tables

Location:

Bride & Groom saying good-byes & leaving

Guests arriving Wedding party preparing

Special Requests:

Ceremony Guests leaving Special Requests:

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BRIDE

WEDDING ATTIRE DESCRIPTION

SIZE

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

BRIDE’S ATTENDANTS

Other

DESCRIPTION

SIZE

SIZE

SIZE

SIZE

NAME

NAME

NAME

NAME

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

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GROOM

DESCRIPTION

SIZE

Coat Shirt Vest Trousers Cummerbund Neckwear Cufflinks Socks & Shoes Other

GROOM’S ATTENDANTS

Other

DESCRIPTION

SIZE

SIZE

SIZE

SIZE

NAME

NAME

NAME

NAME

Coat Shirt Vest Trousers Cummerbund Neckwear Cufflinks Socks & Shoes Other

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VENDORS

KEEPING TRACK

NAME / PHONE

PAYMENT INFORMATION

DATE

AMOUNT

BAL. DUE

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

WEDDING PARTY

Wedding Coordinator

NAME

PHONE

Bridesmaids

Groomsmen

Ushers

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DECEMBER 3rd Hanukkah 25th Christmas Day

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NOVEMBER 22nd Thanksgiving Day

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JANUARY

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JANUARY 1st New Year’s Day 21st Martin Luther King, Jr. Day FEBRUARY 14th Valentine’s Day 18th President’s Day

APRIL 20th Passover 21st Easter MAY 27th

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