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Table Settings Your Perfect table setting: ideas that capture your personality

Low lights and a formal table setting embrace guests with luxurious ambience. Although the most formal reception tables will be uniformly set, creative license can still rule the day. Don’t be afraid to break away from the white tablecloths and the flowers in a glass vase. Experiment with burnished fabrics or gilt accents. Use seasonal elements to reinforce the festive spirit of your wedding. Most of all, make your celebration reflect you and your groom’s personality and tastes.

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Dear Bride To Be: Congratulations on your engagement. Premier Bride is excited to be a part of your planning process. Our Featured Weddings are a great way for brides to share their beautiful day with brides throughout the Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia and Delmarva area. We welcome you to contact us regarding having your wedding story Featured in one of our upcoming issues or we can work with your vendors to have it submitted. Feel free to email tula@premierbride.com or call 410-666-1294 for more information. Much happiness, Tula

Thank you to our Premier Bride advertisers who made these weddings perfect! Brittland Estates Cape May/Lewes Ferry Lighthouse Sound Andrew Nock Photography Picture This Photography Trenique Artistry

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


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Step 1: What to do first The biggest question regarding the reception is “where?” Before you can work on this question, however, you’ll need to know a couple of things: what style of wedding do you envision, and how big? Obviously, a casual, relaxed summer afternoon reception would require a completely different reception site than a formal, elegant winter evening reception – so clarify the type of wedding (and the time of year) you both desire first. Once that’s been established, determine the rough guest list, including all interested parties: you and your groom, and each set of parents. Of course, you’ll also need to consider your budget as well, as this will have great influence on the number of guests you can afford to have. Once you’ve made these critical decisions, it’s time to start looking for the ideal reception site. As with anything, the more time you have, the better – some choice reception sites get booked one to two years in advance, particularly for prime dates.

There are two basic types of reception facilities: on-site and off-site. Most on-site locations provide the majority of services you will need for your reception: catering, beverages, tables, chairs, tableware, linens and serving staff, making this a very convenient option. The facilities normally charge on a per person basis, and have a minimum guest requirement. Such locations include hotels, private clubs and restaurants. Off-site locations offer the use of the facility only, providing no other services. You supply nearly everything yourself, paying a flat fee for the use of the site. The nice thing about off-site locations is the freedom to do everything your own way, and more choices – although this can also mean more work! Narrow down your search by focusing on those sites that seem to best meet your needs, depending on your style, season and estimated guest count. Once you’ve selected some possibilities, it’s time to go on a road trip with your fiancé, maid of honor and/or Mom and check out the sites in person.

Step 2: Start the search Local bridal publications, the Internet, wedding shows, married friends and the yellow pages are all good sources of potential reception sites. If you have no idea where to hold your reception, try hotels, banquet halls, restaurants, community centers and country clubs. Other less obvious options are country inns, historic homes or mansions, city parks, college or university facilities, art galleries, museums and boats. Each location offers its own unique style and ambiance.

Step 3: Evaluating reception sites Now the real work begins. Every site offers advantages and disadvantages, and your job is to sift through all of the features of each site, to find the best one for your wedding – all while keeping your budget in mind. Here are some factors to consider: Location. The reception site should be no more than a 30-minute drive away from the ceremony location. A longer drive than that is really asking too much of your guests! If the location is difficult to find, or will offer www.premierbride.com 11


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special challenges to get there (say, located near a football stadium that has a home game on your wedding day) you should consider providing transportation for your guests from the ceremony site, and back to their cars after the reception. Size and layout. Will everything happen in one big room, or in separate rooms for the cocktail hour, dinner, dancing? Will it comfortably hold the number of tables you’ll need, and will everyone dine in the same room? Is there room for a band or DJ, and for cocktail hour musicians, if you’re having them? Privacy. If your venue does multiple events, find out if there are other bookings on the same day or time as yours. If so, ensure that there will be adequate privacy and separation for your celebration. There should also be ample time in between events to allow your caterer or other service people to set up or break down your party. Parking. Make sure there is convenient, well-lighted, ample parking for your guests, and if not, find out if valet service is available. Technical details. Whether you intend to have a DJ or a band, inquire about possible restrictions regarding the type, volume or duration of music. Be sure to confirm that there is an adequate power supply for speakers, mixers and amplifiers, or good acoustics for string and wind instruments. Some sites have built-in public-address systems which can be used for introductions and toasts. If your site of choice doesn’t offer this equipment, make sure your DJ or musicians can provide it.

Room décor. Most sites offer a neutral background to work with, but make sure the flooring, wall coverings and colors will work with the style and season of your wedding. Services offered. Be clear, with each site visited, exactly what is and is not included. From catering and wait staff, to candles and chairs… get those details up front.

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A note about outdoor receptions If you’re planning an outdoor reception, it’s critical to have a backup plan in case of inclement weather. Planning for an outdoor reception is usually much more work overall, because you have to provide for everything from the salad forks to the tents to the chairs, and you may need to change plans at the last minute due to the weather! For these reasons, it’s highly recommended that you use an experienced wedding coordinator if you want an outdoor reception – this will ease your workload, and your stress, immensely. Down to details As with any wedding vendor, make sure that all details are outlined in writing, and use a credit card whenever possible when making payments so that you have more protection in the unlikely event of a problem. You should feel very comfortable with your contact person, and feel that they respond in a timely and efficient manner to your questions and requests. Visit premierbride.com’s online wedding planner for a comprehensive list of questions to ask potential reception sites, and other great wedding planning help.

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Cape May - Lewes Ferry Congratulations on deciding to tie the knot! Forget the typical wedding reception halls and chapels and plan a wedding to remember with the Cape May Lewes Ferry! Have a magical Ferry Tale Wedding as you cruise the beautiful Delaware Bay.

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The wedding recepTion planning and preparation

OK, you’re busy. You want the cut and dry version of reception planning, and you want it now.

• For a garden wedding be sure you have enough room inside in case of bad weather. at the PartY • You may want to ask several relatives or close friends to act as hosts, greeting your guests, assisting with seating and maximizing the mingling. • Designate a table for the wedding party and another table for both of the families. The bridal couple sits in the center of the table, maid of honor to the groom’s left, and best man to the bride’s right. Alternate men and women as space allows.

Before You Book As you’re searching for wedding locations, ask vendors about catering policies, alcohol policies, bad weather contingency plans, staffing availability, parking, decorating, deposits, refunds and insurance. • Book your wedding and reception site as soon as you have set a date. To find your perfect site, call around. Ask for a description and a list of services: caterers, waiters, bartenders and parking valets. Make an appointment to tour promising prospects. • Hotels, restaurants, private clubs and halls normally offer catering services, and may not allow you to use your own caterer. • Make sure there is enough room for your guests, and electric voltage for your entertainment. • If you’re going to decorate, ask about restrictions. • Churches and temples may have policies regarding alcohol and other restrictions. 14

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• Just before the meal is served to the wedding party, it is traditional for the best man to propose a toast. All rise, except the bride and groom. After the toast, the groom may reply. Any other toasts are then appropriate. • Serve the meal or send people to the buffet in this order: bride, groom, maid of honor, best man, attendants, parents and then guests. • Your first dance as husband and wife should feature your special song, usually something romantic. The floor should be empty of other guests. Then come the dances for the bride and her father, the groom and his mother, the bride and the groom’s father, the groom and the bride’s mother. Lastly, the wedding party joins in, then the guests. • Traditionally, the bouquet and garter toss take place near the end. To keep your original bouquet, have the florist create a special arrangement to be thrown. • If possible, invite all guests to both the ceremony and the reception.

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Lindsay & Shawn October 22 Shawn and I were friends before we started dating. It was Labor Day Weekend and I invited Shawn to join my family and I on a trip to the mountains, when last minute there was a change of plans and he was unable to come. I still ended up leaving for the weekend with all of my family to a place that I have been traveling to since I was a little girl and is very special to me. My mom owns a house with her eight sisters in their hometown of Wilcox which is tucked in the Allegheny mountains. It is a place where we can all be together as a family, share in memories, and create new ones. Shawn had been scheming with my mom the whole time and was planning on coming up to surprise me. I heard his truck pull into the gravel driveway on the Saturday of that weekend and was shocked to see him. On Sunday, we went out for a drive to the East Branch Dam and that’s when he proposed. I will never forget how special he made it for me.

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Everything about our wedding was a personal or special touch from riding up the long driveway in the 1958 Chevy Apache, to the bagpiper. I knew that I wanted my bridesmaids to wear cowboy boots with their dresses when I first started planning but I did not want them to know about it. This was going to be their gift from me and I started to select a different pair of boots for each of them. I started looking for a venue shortly after our engagement because I knew that I wanted it to be unique. Brittland Estates was the first venue that we had visited and I was so eager to visit the four different properties that Brittland Estates has to offer. We loved the wide open country setting and all of the comforts of home that it had to offer. It meant so much to be able to stay in the homes with our families for the wedding weekend. It is such a welcoming and amazing location for a wedding and we would not have had it any other way. We selected twelve different kinds of pies to be made for our wedding which included; raspberry, strawberry rhubarb, apple, peanut butter, pumpkin, and pecan. Stepne Manor was the perfect location to be with our family and friends the night before the wedding. www.premierbride.com 19


A unique, warm & affordable atmosphere for any special occasion

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expressing thanks how to show gratitude

When friends and family give you a gift for your wedding, you naturally want to thank them. Here’s a guide to achieving a personal, yet dignified, tone and creating a beautiful expression or your thanks. Use a system to keep track of every offering, one that links the name of the giver with the gift, and indicates which cards you have already sent. You may want to make a note of the gifts received on your guest list so all names and addresses are handy. The perfect way to handle thankyou notes is to write them the moment gifts are received. But since this isn’t always practical, strive for a delay of no more than three months. Printed initial acknowledgements are acceptable when your wedding is large and the gift list long, but eventually, a hand-written thank you is still a must. Most gifts are regarded as having been sent to the bride and, consequently, it is her duty to do the thanking. But it is always proper to refer to the groom’s use of the gift and his appreciation. The groom should write the note when the gift giver is a close friend or fairly unknown to his new wife. Write the notes on white or pastel paper, perhaps with borders or a monogram. If you order monogrammed stationery, remember to have some made up with your maiden initials for notes that must be written before the wedding. Always mention the specific gift that was given in the note. Let your natural warmth and friendliness pervade your writing, and you will have a note as unique as the selected gift you received.

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Ceremony Selecting a ceremony Site:

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


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The elegant Lighthouse Sound is a first class wedding and reception facility offering the best views in Ocean City. Overlooking the scenic bay and Ocean City Skyline, we specialize in delicious cuisine, outstanding hospitality and beautiful surroundings. Lighthouse Sound will have your guests raving for years to come!

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•• May I see photographs of other receptions held he May I see photographs of other receptions • Where will we have access? Are there restrictions? held here? •• Is there ample parking for guests? Where will we have access? Are there restrictions? • Is there ample parking for guests? •• Do you provide a sound system, AV or PA system? Do you provide a sound system, AV or PA system? •• Are there any restrictions on decor, photography, Are there any restrictions on decor, photography, videography, smoking or bar service? videography, smoking or bar service? •• Will you provide valet, coat check, Will you provide valet, coat check, restroom, bar and door attendants? • Irestroom, bar and door attendants? s there an onsite caterer? Are we required to • Is there an onsite caterer? Are we required to use t use them? •• Are there adequate restrooms that are handicap a Are there adequate restrooms that are handicap • Are there adequate electrical outlets for the entert accessible? • Are there adequate electrical outlets for the • Could other events be scheduled the same day? entertainer? •• Is there a certain time when we must leave? Could other events be scheduled the same day? •• How far in advance must I book your services? Is there a certain time when we must leave? • How far in advance must I book your services? •• What is your cancellation policy? What is your cancellation policy? •• Is a deposit required? If so, when and how much? Is a deposit required? If so, when and how much? 24 www.premierbride.com


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Whether you are planning an intimate reception for 50 or a formal affiair for 200, we can cater to all your needs. With spacious ballrooms, inclusive packages, complimentary parking and guest accommodations, the Best Western Plus Hotel & Conference Center is the perfect location for your reception For additional information, please contact the Catering Department at 410-633-9500 ext. 7212.

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friday/sunday weddings the advantages of weekend weddings

If you decide to have your wedding on a Friday or a Sunday, you’ll reap several rewards: both financial and otherwise. You’ll save time, you’ll probably save a significant amount of money, and you’ll find that your guests may appreciate having a Saturday free to spend time with you and the other guests they know.

immediately by dinner. This means that you will avoid the extra cost and hassle of a one-to-two-hour interim reception or cocktail party. Having the ceremony and reception back to back may ensure more people at the church ceremony. Additionally, a Friday/Sunday wedding frees up at least one day of the weekend, generally making your family, friends and guests more appreciative of the extra time, especially if they are traveling. save the Date Planning for a Friday or a Sunday wedding makes it much more likely that you will be able to reserve the church, hall, music and other services on the date of your choice. Choosing a Friday or Sunday date allows you to avoid making several calls to numerous vendors, only to hear, “Sorry, we’re booked on that date.”

MaxiMize Your Dollar For Friday or Sunday weddings, the majority of banquet facilities, photographers, video producers, musicians/entertainers and limousine services are much more willing to negotiate in order to reach a price that suits your budget. Vendors tend to see Friday and Sunday as bonus days, a time when they can earn income. Savings on these services can really add up, making this option a great way to save money without having to sacrifice the quality of your wedding. save tiMe On a Friday, you’ll probably have your wedding in the evening, which means that the ceremony is followed 26 www.premierbride.com

rehearsal is easY Restaurants are usually thrilled to have rehearsal dinners booked on Thursdays or other evenings during the week, since those are typically their slower business days. You will find a more relaxed atmosphere and the staff will be more attentive to your party’s needs. In selecting a Friday or Sunday date for your event, you’ll help both your budget and your odds of getting exactly the wedding you want, while also allowing for more time dedicated to finalizing last minute details. You can use the extra day to catch your breath, and use the extra money to purchase something special.

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The Big Day is Better when Shared Sheraton is where people gather. Surround yourself with the people who mean the most to you at the Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel!  Exquisite Gourmet Cuisine & Elegant Ballrooms  Impeccable Service Including a Wedding Day Maitre D’  Special Sleeping Room Rates for Out-of-Town Guests  Wedding Packages are Tailored to Your Requests  Rehearsal Dinners, Showers and Wedding Receptions  Complimentary Overnight Accommodations for the Bride and Groom

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Ceremonial music should suit the tone of the ceremony; romantic, sincere or something unique to you and your fiancé. Vocalists, instrumentalists, soloists, choral or congregational singing are usually very appropriate. An evening reception will be livelier with a pianist or other instrumentalists during dinner and a live band or DJ later for dancing into the night. To find the right musicians, call a number of booking agents who represent the kind of entertainment you want. Determine how many performers you need and if the ones you are hearing are the same ones that will play at your wedding. Find out if you can make requests, or if they play only preset arrangements. What will the performers wear? Will it be in keeping with the flavor of your reception? How often, and for how long, do they break? Are you charged a flat fee or an hourly rate? Can the length of time they play be extended, or is it carved in stone? Make notes on all these important items, but the most important question is do you really like this group? Do you want to share them with others? Your good feelings about the group are probably the most important qualifier of all. Book your entertainment as early as possible. The best will be booked well in advance, up to a year is not unusual. Finally, two weeks to a month before the wedding, confirm the date, location, time of set up, and when the performance should begin.

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Here at Piney Branch Golf Club we offer a beautiful, spacious, newly renovated clubhouse with an elegant ballroom. Let us do the work so you can enjoy your special day. Our professional staff will provide you with first class service to accommodate your every need with attention to every detail. Located in Baltimore and Carroll Counties with a beautiful rolling countryside just 30 minutes northwest of Baltimore.

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sharing The cosT paying for the wedding

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

The Groom’s Responsibility: Bride’s ring Honeymoon Wedding gift for bride Bridal bouquet and going-away corsage Boutonnieres for all men in wedding party Mother’s corsages His physical examination Gifts for the best man, ushers Gloves, ties or ascots for men in wedding party Marriage license Lodging for out-of-town attendants (opt.) Fee for clergy or judge. The Bride’s Family’s Responsibility:

Following are examples of how financial obligations have been traditionally distributed. Remember, though, that by making a financial contribution, some family members may feel entitled to contribute to the planning, too. Your family, and your ability to deal with their input, will largely determine how much tradition you keep and how much you ignore. The Bride’s Responsibility: Personal stationary Wedding ring for groom Wedding gift for groom Gifts for attendants Lodging for out-of-town attendants (optional) Her physical examination 30 www.premierbride.com

Wedding gift for the newlyweds Entire reception Rental of sanctuary or chapel Bride’s wedding attire and trousseau Invitations, announcements and postage Engagement and wedding photographs Organist, soloist or musician fee Aisle carpets and/or canopy, and any additional decorating costs Bridesmaid’s bouquet Flowers for reception Transportation for bridal party to ceremony and reception Security and insurance for gifts The Groom’s Family’s Responsibility: Traveling expenses and hotel bills Wedding clothes Rehearsal dinner (optional) Wedding gift for the newlyweds Shipment of wedding gifts to bridal couple’s home. Take time to evaluate the financial situations of those you want involved in your event planning and decide what is best--and less stressful--for you.

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Located on 130 acres of rural land just 40 minutes away from Washington, DC. Historic Mattaponi Manor House & Grounds is a scenic setting that offers an extraordinary value for weddings, rehearsals, retreats, showers and more. The Manor House and the Retreat & Conference Center is equipped to handle a variety of functions, from a small meeting to a full formal event. Historic Mattaponi's Manor House, built in the 18th century (rebuilt c. 1820) is an ideal setting for an intimate candlelight formal sit-down dinner, a buffet-style reception or a contemporary cocktail reception It is that perfect place for a smaller gathering, or a staring role in a larger outdoor event. Lake Mattaponi and the surrounding 130 acre grounds also host endless options for your special event. Wide open spaces & tenting options make for the perfect backdrop year round. Contact us for all of your special event needs. We will connect you to vendors & can be your very own event concierge. Make an appointment to see the panoramic views for yourself & to begin planning an unforgettable event!

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rehearsal dinners 5 steps to fun & fabulous

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

#1 – Choose your party The first step is to decide on what kind of gathering you wish to have. Most couples stick with something a little less formal, since you will all be dressed to the nines the next day. But really, you can do anything you like that feeds the crowd and allows for a little mingling: a pig roast, a potluck, dinner at a restaurant, a cocktail and appetizer cruise, a picnic in a park or a cookout in your backyard. Brainstorm with your sweetie and choose your ideal party. #2 – Clarify who’s paying Historically, the groom’s parents picked up the tab for the rehearsal dinner, however, you can no longer make that assumption. So – as with all wedding elements – it’s critical to be clear up front exactly who is paying for what. And never, ever assume! 32 www.premierbride.com

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

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kosher caTering unique personalized menus for the kosher bride

These days more Jewish couples than ever are opting for strictly Kosher catering at their weddings. Many make the decision because of the availability of unique personalized menus.

Sabbath, from sunset Friday until sundown Saturday. Of course, Kosher caterers are used to dealing with this restriction.

What Makes a Meal kosher? A special rabbi known as a Mashgiach must be present to oversee the Kosher status of a menu at all times during the production and service of a Kosher event. All the equipment used to prepare and serve the meal must be appropriate for Kosher dairy or Kosher meat. Separate china, cooking utensils, pots and pans, cutting boards, even soaps, rags and dish racks must be used exclusively for Kosher meat and Kosher dairy. These pieces must never be used with any non-Kosher products such as pork or shellfish.

creativelY kosher Although the rules governing Kosher cooking are many, a Kosher meal can be one of the most exciting, creative and interesting meals your guests will ever have. Dairy menus go far beyond bagels and cream cheese and they can include poached salmon or grilled marinated tuna kabobs. You can have a chefattended pasta station, a wok station, or a crepe station featuring Middle Eastern delicacies such as hummus (chick pea spread), hot falafel (vegetarian burgers) and roasted vegetables. Meat menus can feature most cuts of beef and poultry, and they’ll undoubtedly taste excellent. Kosher prepared meats have long been thought of as being of superior quality. Your chef can feature the meats at carving, grilling or stir-fry stations, or offer traditional buffets and sit-down dinners. Kosher caterers have developed a wide variety of menu items using non-dairy creamer, non-dairy sour cream and even non-dairy ice creams. Desserts can be made with mousses and custards that are non-dairy.

the kosher kitchen A banquet-hall kitchen normally used for non-Kosher events can be used for a Kosher one if the Mashgiach thoroughly cleans everything and boils or blowtorches it to a very high temperature to remove any remnants of the non-Kosher products. It is important to note that no work for a Kosher event may be performed on the

Well Worth it If your family will appreciate a truly Kosher catered wedding, don’t be intimidated. It will cost a little more for Mashgiach supervision, Kosher prepared meats, and some labor to prepare the banquet hall kitchen, but the menu will assuredly be unique and delicious for everyone who attends.

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a creative cereMony expressing individualism Creating unique weddings is a timely trend. The individuality of our age is an opportunity for eloquence at this most meaningful of ceremonies. Self-written vows or symbolic silence, music from tribal drums to electric guitars, festive clothing from leather to lace, and food from old family recipes to outrageous gourmet fare epitomize the one-of-akind wedding. Traditions are not always bound by law. Your only legal requirement may be a marriage license obtained from the county clerk, and signed by the witnesses you choose. The person officiating need not be a minister or judge, and the vows may reflect your version of the commitment that marriage entails. Explore and amplify 36 www.premierbride.com

each other’s ideas. Chaplains and others with creative credentials can help customize your approach to this highly-symbolic ceremony. You will gain strength as a couple from every individualized aspect of your wedding. Originality in vows and guest participation, and details reflecting you as a couple, such as setting, dress, music and festivities, are a sign of sharing as a pair. With individual tastes intertwined, you will own your wedding, rather than it owning you. The process of creative exploration will also be one more way to know each other better and assume a unified identity. All weddings take courage. A creative ceremony makes a bolder statement still.

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For good food and fun à la mode. In historic Fells Point.

1636 THAMES ST • BALTIMORE, MD • 410-534-MELI (6354)

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814 Broadway, Fells Point 410-534-6262 www.tapasadela.com 38 www.premierbride.com

1606 Thames Street, Baltimore, MD 410-563-7600 www.kalismezze.com

Little plates. Bold flavors. Mediterranean fun.

Bring the pleasure back to any day. Enjoy impeccable seafood with Mediterranean flair in the heart of historic Fells Point.


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• What packages do you offer? What do they include? • Do you provide beverage service or bar service? • Have you worked at my reception site before? • Do have opening or corking fees? • Do you provide beverage service or bar service? • When is the deadline for the final guest count? • Do have opening or corking fees? • When is the deadline for the final guest count? • When will we need to finalize the menu? • When will we need to finalize the menu? • Can you provide entrees for my guests • Can you provide entrees for my guests who have who have special dietary needs? special dietary needs? • Will you provide flatware, china, stemware, et • Will you provide flatware, china, stemware, etc? • Do you supply or arrange tables, chairs or linens? • Do you supply or arrange tables, chairs or linen • How will you and your staff be dressed? • How will you and your staff be dressed? • Will the caterer provide wait staff? How many • Will the caterer provide wait staff? How many would I need? • Do you have references from previous weddings? • Do you have references from previous wedding • How far in advance must I book your services? • How far in advance must I book your services? • What is your cancellation policy? • Is• What is your cancellation policy? a deposit required? If so, when and how much?

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Parkstone Catering Parkstone Catering offers an Elegant venue for your special wedding day or rehearsal dinner. Unique reception packages can be customized to meet all of your needs and desires.

7253 Parkway Drive Hanover, MD 21076 Hotel Catering 410-712-4300 x352

catereDselecting With elegance the right caterer A professionally catered meal can be the crowning glory of your celebration, so choose your caterer with care. If you’re renting a restaurant, hotel, yacht, or similar facility, you may have to use their catering service. Some facilities will include catering charges in the rental cost, and some won’t. Know the score before you book and always comparison shop. Many good private catering companies will cater meals at any location. As you investigate these possibilities, determine what extras are included in their charges: table linens, plates, glasses, crystal, silverware and service pieces. While these are usually included, it is something you will want to confirm in advance, not find out on your wedding day. An independent caterer can generally work within any reasonable, agreed-upon

budget. Determine your food budget by deciding how much you will spend on each person. Simply multiply the cost per person by the number of guests. Get in writing which menu and the number of guests your money will cover. Then mentally add an additional 10 percent for overage and 15 to 20 percent for a gratuity, if appropriate. Your caterer will know, from formulas and experience, how much of each item to allow per person. In selecting a caterer, ask for referrals from people who’ve tasted the caterer’s fare and observed their professionalism at work. Many caterers offer a tasting consultation to allow you the opportunity to sample a variety of specialties, if this is available be sure and take advantage of it.

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Weddings • Rehearsal Dinners • Event Planning and Coordination We Cook It Fresh At Your Event Location Tents • Tables • Chairs • Linens • China • Glassware

410-643-6851

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Love Point at Kent Island 1550 Love Point Rd Stevensville, MD 21666 410-541-6588 www.lovepointatkentisland.com Capacity........................................................ 250 Outdoor space...........................................Yes Water View..................................................Yes off site catering allowed...................Yes PRICE POINT.................................................... $ $ separate ceremony room....................Yes Facility Fee...................................................Yes Charming Destination on the Chesapeake Bay just over the Bay Bridge. Waterfront venue which includes outdoor tent and this grand mansion. A tranquil and picturesque setting, romantic sunsets and spectacular view of the Bay. Love Point at Kent Island offers a bridal suite, groomsman’s room, and a spacious outdoor ballroom making your dream day come true.

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Osprey’s Landing 401 Belmont Bay Dr. Woodbridge, Virginia (703) 494-1935 www.ospreyslanding.net Capacity........................................................... 175 Outdoor space..............................................Yes Water View.....................................................Yes off site catering allowed......................Yes PRICE POINT....................................................... $ $ separate ceremony room.......................Yes Facility Fee......................................................Yes Discover a unique and charming waterfront venue filled with natural beauty, a relaxing atmosphere and quintessential hospitality. With an array of spacious waterfront outdoor locations, to a beautiful ballroom and terrace overlooking the 18-hole golf course and Occoquan River; Osprey’s Landing allows you to make your dream event into a reality!

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Admiral Fell Inn

Brittland Manor

888 South Broadway Baltimore, MD 21231 (410) 522-7380 x111 www.HarborMagic.com

211 Britland Farm Lane Chestertown, MD 21620 410-810-7591 www.brittlandestates.com

Capacity........................................................ 150 Outdoor space...........................................Yes Water View..................................................Yes off site catering allowed....Yes, Limited PRICE POINT................................................. $ $ $ separate ceremony room....................Yes Facility Fee.............................. Setup Fee Only

Capacity........................................................ 400 Outdoor space...........................................Yes Water View..................................................Yes off site catering allowed...................Yes separate ceremony room....................Yes Facility Fee...................................................Yes

Admiral Ballroom, located on the top floor of the Inn, offers the traditional ambience of this elegant ballroom offering breathtaking views of Baltimore’s skyline in addition to the harbor and historic seaport. The adjacent balconies overlook the charm of Fell’s Point Square and famous waterfront Thames Street. The Bond Street Pier, one block from the Inn, makes a perfect setting for your ceremony. .

Brittland Manor is a secluded mansion with gardens, pool, and 530 riverside acres. Nestled away on the Eastern Shore of Maryland this complete wedding kingdom could be yours for an entire weekend. Create a beautiful riverside ceremony in the natural setting of the Cyprus Grove or in the Manor boxwood garden. The lawn and gardens of the mansion are a magnificent setting for a reception with a 180 degree view of the Chester River. There is an expansive brick patio that can accommodate six different size tents for your grand reception.

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Pier 5 Hotel

The Restaurant at Lighthouse Sound

711 Eastern Ave. Baltimore, MD (410) 649-5327 www.HarborMagic.com

12723 St. Martin’s Neck Road Bishopville, MD 21813 410-352-5250 www.lighthousesoundrestaurant.com

Capacity........................................................ 210 Outdoor space...........................................Yes Water View..................................................Yes off site catering allowed....Yes, Limited PRICE POINT................................................. $ $ $ separate ceremony room....................Yes Facility Fee.............................. Setup Fee Only

CAPACITY........................................................ 200 OUTDOOR SPACE...........................................Yes WATER VIEW..................................................Yes OFF SITE CATERING ALLOWED....................No SEPARATE CEREMONY ROOM....................Yes FACILITY FEE....................................................No

Pier 5 Hotel’s location offers the Harbor Club, panoramic views of the Inner Harbor in a “club style” atmosphere or the Harbor West Ballroom with a contemporary ambience. The Lighthouse Garden is a beautiful outdoor oasis located next to the historic 7-foot Knoll Lighthouse, a premier outdoor wedding and/ or reception location. Also consider, one of the luxury Pintail yachts docked at the Pier 5 Hotel..

An elegant clubhouse with country charm, located on an 18-hole championship golf course and only 5 minutes drive from Ocean City, MD. Perfect location for an outdoor wedding ceremony on the water and an indoor reception with the picturesque views of the Bay and skyline. Beautiful gazebo for ceremony, a large outdoor patio, elegant ballrooms and a cozy lounge. Our chef will wow your guests with fresh seafood dishes and steaks prepared in Eastern shore tradition while our hospitable staff will make your dream wedding a reality! www.premierbride.com 47


River Lodge

Running Fox

219 Britland Farm Lane Chestertown, MD 21620 410-810-7591 www.brittlandestates.com

23791 Ricauds Branch Rd Chestertown, MD 21620 410-810-7591 www.brittlandestates.com

Capacity........................................................ 400 Outdoor space...........................................Yes Water View..................................................Yes off site catering allowed...................Yes separate ceremony room....................Yes Facility Fee...................................................Yes

Capacity........................................................ 400 Outdoor space...........................................Yes Water View..................................................Yes off site catering allowed...................Yes separate ceremony room....................Yes Facility Fee...................................................Yes

With its rustic, peaceful waterfront setting, the River Lodge is an excellent venue for an informal wedding. The Lodge is perched on the banks of the Chester River and includes a shaded beachfront cove, spacious adjacent fields, and a scenic dock to the river. May through September weddings may only be held on Fridays or Sundays. The two night minimum stay allows you and your close ones to relax and enjoy the time spent together while creating lifetime memories.

Surrounded by pristine farmlands, woods, and a wildlife pond, Running Fox is a pastoral heaven for a wedding. The brick patio and lawn give reception guests a beautiful view of the Eastern Shore countryside and provides a perfect space for entertaining. The old milking barn is an intriguing back drop for wedding pictures. The driveway leading to the front of the house is beautifully lined with flowering trees and a charming white fence. This historic 1857 federal style home, with widow’s walk, is lavishly furnished to accommodate your weekend guests.

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Stepne Manor

Towson Golf and Country Club

406 S. Cross St. Chestertown, MD 21620 410-810-7591 www.brittlandestates.com

12801 Stone Hill Rd. Towson, MD 21131 410-252-8484 www.tgcc.net

Capacity........................................................ 400 Outdoor space...........................................Yes Water View..................................................Yes off site catering allowed...................Yes separate ceremony room....................Yes Facility Fee...................................................Yes

CAPACITY........................................................ 220 OUTDOOR SPACE...........................................Yes WATER VIEW...................................................No OFF SITE CATERING ALLOWED....................No SEPARATE CEREMONY ROOM....................Yes

Ideal for a town charm wedding, Stepne Manor is located within walking distance to Chestertown’s historic buildings, churches, galleries, and shops. Across the street you’ll find a park on the Chester River for some great wedding pictures. The wide covered porch and spacious lawn at Stepne provide a relaxed yet sophisticated setting for pre-wedding get-togethers and small receptions. The circa 1690 manor house is full of historic detail and ideal for the small wedding party weekend accommodations.

Towson Golf and Country Club offers a view like no other venue in the area. Perched atop our outdoor deck overlooking the course, you and your guests will have a 180 degree view of the Towson Skyline, our lush manicured greens, and landscape surrounding the Loch Raven watershed. All of our indoor spaces (main dining room, ballroom and bar room) offer floor to ceiling windows and captivating views. Your event will be the ONLY wedding we book that day. We customize each package for every couple to create the day you always dreamed of. Its all in the details! www.premierbride.com 49


uncomplicaTe caTering a few tips

Planning the wedding feast doesn’t have to be complicated. A good caterer will deliver an excellent meal and impeccable service within the specifications of your contract and budget. A professional caterer should share your enthusiasm for pleasing each guest, but unfortunately, that’s not the only qualifier. You’ll want to address budget, service, the meal itself, and a variety of details with your caterer to make sure that the qualifications match the enthusiasm.

finDing Professional service There is no substitute for professionalism and experience. When selecting your caterer, get sound referrals and observe the professionalism of the staff. Extremely attentive service for a sit-down meal or cocktail party would require one server for every 10 guests; for a buffet the number is significantly less. Service is still quite good with one server for every 15 to 20 guests. A good caterer will be able to explain these ratios and make suggestions for the best service style and the appropriate number of servers for your budget. a Meal to reMeMBer Ah yes, the food. To ensure a quality meal, schedule a meeting with the chef 50 www.premierbride.com

who will prepare it. It is also appropriate to request a private dinner sampling for you and your groom, remembering your enjoyment there will be the measure of your guest’s enjoyment at the wedding reception. catering BuDget Found a caterer whose food and service you like? Great. Can you afford them? The best way to determine the catering budget is to decide how much you will spend on each guest. Multiply that dollar amount by the number of guests expected. Then add an additional 10 percent to cover overage and approximately 17 to 20 percent for gratuities. Don’t forget to add your local applicable taxes and any extras that aren’t included in the price. DoWn to Details Once you’ve decided on a caterer then take the time to determine as many additional details as possible. Have a firm agreement, and thoroughly examine your contract. Make sure it clearly states dates, costs and when deposits are due. Your contract should also specify the food and beverages to be served and stipulate the number of servers needed. Check to see that all the services you requested are listed in the contract, such as centerpieces, the wedding cake, decorations for the room and head table and other labor intensive additions such as ice sculptures or any other additional needs. Carefully review postponement policies and cancellation policies. If you have any questions or concerns, this is the time to openly discuss them with your caterer.

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Banquet Guide Adelphi Mill

Billingsley House Museum

8402 Riggs Rd., Adelphi, MD (301) 699-2400 www.pgelegantsettings.com

6900 Green Landing Rd., Upper Marlboro, MD (301) 627-0730 www.pgelegantsettings.com

Anchor Inn

The Black Horse Inn

7617 Water Oak Point Rd., Pasadena, MD (410) 437-3784 www.cateringbyuptown.com

8393 Meetze Rd., Warrenton, VA (540) 349-4020 www.blackhorseinn.com

Atlantic Marina Resort

Brittland Manor

2042 Knollview Dr., Pasadena, MD (410) 437-3784 www.cateringbyuptown.com

211 Britland Farm Ln., Chestertown, MD (410) 810-7591 www.brittlandestates.com

Best Western Hotel and Conference Center

Cape May-Lewes Ferry

5625 O’Donnell St., Baltimore, MD (410) 633-9500 www.bwhotelbaltimore.com

43 Cape Henlopen Dr., Lewes, DE (302) 644-6012 www.cmlf.com

Celebrations at the Bay 2042 Knollview Dr., Pasadena, MD (410) 437-3784 www.cateringbyuptown.com

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Whether sophisticated and formal or fu hearted, the team at Harbor Magic Hotels a waiting to help make your special day one

1827 Mountain Road, Joppa, MD 410-836-9600 • www.mountainbranch.com

Pier 5 Hotel 410.649.5314 Admiral Fell Inn 410.951.166 Henderson’s Wharf 410.649.5

Banquet Guide Darnall’s Chance House Museum

Inn at Henderson’s Wharf

14800 Governor Oden Bowie Dr., at Historic Mattaponi Manor

1000 Fleet St., Baltimore, MD (410) 649-5314 www.harbormagic.com

Upper Marlboro, MD (301) 952.8010 www.pgelegantsettings.com

Elegance · Value · Breathtaking Landscapes Outstanding Catering · Personal Service

Dorsey Chapel

321 St. John St., Havre de Grace, MD (410) 939-4744 www.labanquedefleuve.com

10704 Brookland Rd., Glenn Dale, MD (240) 264-3415 www.pgelegantsettings.com

Historic Mattaponi premier_bride_ad_11152011.indd Manor

11000 Mattaponi Rd., Upper MD of rural landMarlboro, just 40 minutes (443) 433-6098 on, DC. Historic Mattaponi

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unds is a scenic setting that y value for weddings, howers and more. The Manor Holiday Inn Columbia at & Conference Center is variety7900 of functions, from a Washington Blvd. ll formal event. MD Columbia,

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Manor House, built in the 18th www.holidayinn.com/columbiamd 20) is an ideal setting for an ormal sit-down dinner, a or a contemporary cocktail reception It is that perfect place for r a staring role Inn in a Laurel larger outdoor event. Holiday

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he surrounding 130 acre grounds also host endless options for Laurel, MD & tenting options make for the perfect backdrop ide open spaces

(301) 206-4111 www.holidayinnlaurel.com

your special event needs. We will connect you to vendors & can nt concierge. Make an appointment to see the panoramic views in planning an unforgettable event!

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La Banque de Fleuve

1550 Love Point Rd., Stevensville, MD (410) 541-6588 www.lovepointatkentisland.com

MacGregor’s Restaurant & Tavern 331 Saint John St., Havre de Grace, MD (410) 939-3003 www.macgregorsrestaurant.com

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Banquet Guide The Minker Banquet Hall

Newton White Mansion

Historic Perryville, MD (410) 939-3003 www.macgregorsrestaurant.com

2708 Enterprise Rd., Mitchellville, MD (301) 249-2004 www.pgelegantsettings.com

Montpelier Mansion

Osprey’s Landing

9650 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel, MD (301) 377-7817 www.pgelegantsettings.com

Mountain Branch 1827 Mountain Rd., Joppa, MD (410) 836-9600 www.mountainbranch.com

National Aquarium 501 E. Pratt St., Baltimore, MD (410) 576-3869 www.aqua.org

401 Belmont Bay Dr., Woodbridge, VA (703) 494-1935 www.ospreyslanding.net

Oxon Hill Manor 6901 Oxon Hill Rd., Oxon Hill, MD (301) 839-7782 www.pgelegantsettings.com

Pier 5 Hotel 711 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, MD (410) 649-5319 www.harbormagic.com

Piney Branch Golf Club 5301 Trenton Mill Rd., Upperco, MD (410) 239-7114 www.pineybranchgolf.com

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Romantic resort setting in the Maryland Mountains. The Rocky Gap Resort experience brings an unforgettable AAA 4-Diamond touch to a dramatic natural mountain setting.

Banquet Guide Prince George’s Ballroom 2411 Pinebrook Ave., Landover, MD (301) 341-7439 www.pgelegantsettings.com

Ramada BWI 7253 Parkway Dr., Hanover, MD (410) 712-4300 www.bwiramada.com

Rocky Gap Resort is conveniently located directly in the middle between Washington, Baltimore RockytwoGap Resort and Pittsburgh, hours drive 16701 from all three on Lakeview I-68 near Rd. NE, Cumberland, MD. MD Flintstone,

Lakeside Ceremonies Complete Banquet Services Outdoor Receptions • Golf Complete Spa Services

(800) 724-0828 www.rockygapresort.com

RunningPlanner Fox at 800-724-0828 • www.rockygapresort.com Ask for our Wedding 23791 Ricauds Branch Rd., Chestertown, MD (410) 810-7591 www.brittlandestates.com

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The Restaurant at Lighthouse Sound

Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel

12723 St. Martin’s Neck Rd., Bishopville, MD (410) 352-5250 www.lighthousesoundrestaurant.com

903 Dulaney Valley Rd., Towson, MD (410) 321-7400 www.SheratonBaltimoreNorth.com

River Lodge

Snow Hill Manor

219 Britland Farm Ln., class wedding and reception facility offering 13301 Laurel-Bowie Rd.,in Ocean Lighthouse Sound is a first the best views MD and Ocean City Skyline, we specialize inLaurel, MD cuisine, outstanding ookingChestertown, the scenic bay delicious and beautiful surroundings. Lighthouse Sound will have your guests raving for years to come! (410) 810-7591 (301) 725-6037

www.brittlandestates.com w.lighthousesoundrestaurant.com | 410.352.5250www.pgelegantsettings.com | Ocean City, MD

Riversdale House Museum 4811 Riverdale Rd., Riverdale Park, MD (301) 864-0420 www.pgelegantsettings.com

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Banquet Guide The Steakhouse

Sunset Crest Manor

139 Mitchells Chance Rd., Edgewater, MD 410-956-4494 www.thesteakhousemd.com

42169 Mayhew Ln., Chantilly, VA (703) 967-9148 www.sunsetcrestmanor.com

The Steakhouse

Town & Country

3615 East Joppa Rd., Perry Hall, MD 410-882--3377 www.thesteakhousemd.com

2319 Hammonds Ferry Rd., Baltimore, MD (410) 247-5100 www.cateringbyuptown.com

Stepne Manor

Towson Golf and Country Club

406 S. Cross St., Chestertown, MD (410) 810-7591 www.brittlandestates.com

12801 Stone Hill Rd., Towson, MD (410) 252-8484 www.tgcc.net

The Villa 4060 Powder Mill Rd., Beltsville, MD (301) 572-7744 www.cateringbyuptown.com

Waverly Mansion 2300 Waverly Mansion Dr., Marriottsville, MD (301) 572-7744 www.cateringbyuptown.com

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After the wedding day, some of the most cherished moments of your marriage will be spent reminiscing with your spouse while looking at your wedding photographs. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance to find a professional photographer with the creative skills and techniques necessary to capture the beauty and joy of your wedding day on film.

Be certain to secure your photographer at least six months in advance however, twelve month’s notice is best. Your keenest evaluation takes place at the studio, where you can examine the photographer’s work and talk about your wedding. This is the time to discuss any special effects you have in mind and to determine the costs in order for you to plan your budget. Don’t forget to budget for additional prints you might want to give as gifts later. Agree on a firm figure for both the deposit and the final payment and pay both promptly. Provide all specifics about visual details, as well as exact locations and times for the ceremony and reception. Be sure the photographer is in contact with your minister, rabbi or priest to avoid lastminute situations where certain lighting or shooting is not allowed.

You will come up against at least one photographic dilemma - when should the portraits be taken? After the ceremony, as is traditional, or before the ceremony? The consensus of most professionals is that taking formal pictures right after the ceremony dampens the spontaneity of the group. Before the ceremony, however, taking formal pictures might eliminate the sparkle from everyone’s eyes. It is important to get your photographer’s input; they’ve seen it done both ways. There are choices to make in order to minimize the conflict between seizing the moment and capturing the memory. If you have a large wedding party, you can do yourself and your photographer a favor by providing an informed assistant. He or she should know everyone involved and be able to ensure that no one is missing from large portraits. Tell your photographer about sensitive situations in either partner’s family, such as deaths or divorce, to eliminate any uncomfortable situations. Be sure you understand exactly what you are buying when you purchase photography. The end product should be a variety of poses and prints, which you will need to specify. You will need to establish a date when the proofs will be ready and how you will receive and pay for the finished work. Your photographer will probably keep your negatives, so make sure you agree to how long they will be saved. Once you feel confident that all the bases have been covered, let the professional do his work. Your photographer should orchestrate formal poses and portrait sessions, quietly slip in for candid shots and leave you with an album of memories that reflect your shining day.

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Depending on your religion you might decide to forget about tradition and create your own wedding vows for your big day. The sky is really the limit in this case and there is no better way to begin your life together than to take the time to really let one another know how you feel.

If you do decide that you want to write your own vows meet with the officiant to discuss what you want to do. Certain vows must be kept in the ceremony in order for the wedding to be legal. When you do personalize your wedding vows think about those things that are really important to you such as the meaning of marriage, why you are planning to spend your life together and how you will make this arrangement work for better or worse. Too many times nowadays couples don’t realize that marriage is supposed to be a lasting bond of togetherness through the good and the bad times. No matter how far astray you want your wedding vows to go it might be a good idea to start with the familiar. There is definitely something beautiful about the words in a wedding ceremony and perhaps just adding a few of your own personalized additions throughout the

wedding is all that will be needed to add that special touch. Of course, you want to make sure that you and your fiancé are in agreement when it comes to changing the vows during the wedding. Talk about the things that make your life together unique and different and the plans you have for your future. One really special way to say “I love you” is to remember why you fell in love in the first place. Often during the hassles of the wedding this is easy to forget. Perhaps bringing it all back together in front of your family and friends will make a bond that will never be broken. Talk about the experiences you have shared together while making memories. These are often very important moments frozen in time and will also help to build your future as you look ahead at what makes your marriage so important to both of you. What do you want for your future? This will be a good start as to what you want to promise each other as you stand before God and man becoming man and wife. Another fun thing to do might be have you and your fiancé write your vows apart and then come together to read them before you decide exactly what you will read during the ceremony. This will be a good way to discover any hidden feelings and you might be surprised at how identical your feelings really are, this is the mark of a great love. If you and your fiancé have an eclectic style or personality then by all means let that come out in your personalized vows. In the long run in might make it easier for you to express your real feelings anyway.

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The wonders of modern technology certainly brings a new and exciting dimension to weddings. Once, preserving every precious moment of your wedding ceremony in moving sight and sound relied on videocassette tapes, but now you can have a tape, a digital, webfriendly version or even a DVD of your wedding. The first step in engaging a videographer (yes, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still called that!) is similar to finding a good photographer. Make sure they can provide sound references, consider the quality of work, and discuss filming methods. Book several months in advance to ensure your date. Fees are usually figured by number of cameras, assistants, editing time and special production costs. Most videographers charge either per camera, per hour, or a flat fee for the finished products you order. Tell the videographer what you want recorded: who, what, where and when. Besides the actual ceremony, will you want footage of the bridal shower or bachelor party? Be sure to include the important people you want filmed--parents, friends and other relatives. There are lots of things to consider when searching for the perfect videographer. Download the videography checklist and questions to ask (or the entire 12 page planner) by visiting premierbride.com and clicking on the planning tab.

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Sara & Mike September 3 I had just moved back from Florida and started going to the local gym, where I met Mike and we began to date. One day, Mike invited our parents and siblings over to our house. They were sitting on the couch and I was kneeling with our daughter on the floor. Mike knelt down very close to me as if he was going to kiss me and said, “would you like to be Mrs. Farris?”. Prior to this I was thinking why is everyone here on a Monday night? Our two year old daughter, Hailee, who has the most amazing spirit, twirled and clapped during the ceremony and commanded the dance floor during the reception. I used the seashells that we collected over the years for our center pieces. My veil was my best friend’s who got married two years before me, it was perfect for my dress and we didn’t change a thing. It’s great to look back at the pictures and know every person on a personal level made our day truly special. Our ceremony was at the pier of the Cape May-Lewes Ferry. Our daughter had a very cute pail of flowers to carry. The ferry has a cat that hangs out and of course it decided it wanted to be a part of our ceremony. It walked up the aisle and went right to our daughter’s flowers, she ran over to it and said “no kitty, these are Hailee’s flowers”. Everyone laughed and it may have been seen as something that went wrong, but looking back it is a great memory. The sea was our background and the Ferry was a unique wedding location. A learned BlackDogStudios.com lesson for me was planning your wedding by yourself using only online resources is not 70 www.premierbride.com


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Couples traditionally engage disc jockeys for their ability to provide a wide variety of music at a reasonable price. They can play all of your favorite songs, performed by the original artists and, because DJs work with prerecorded music, your entertainment is continuous even during breaks. A veteran wedding DJ not only plays the music, but also acts as an emcee for the event, smoothly introducing your wedding party, arranging to have champagne poured before the toast, announcing the cake-cutting and a myriad of other milestone moments throughout the reception. Needless to say, the DJ will be an integral part of your celebration, which is why you should take great care to hire a disk jockey with a personality and style you like. Decide in advance how much you would like your DJ to say and how interactive you would like him to be with the audience. Of course, much of this will depend on the type of celebration you are planning. An energetic, out-on-the-dance-floor allnight reception will require a different type of interaction than a sophisticated, more demure event. In either case, a disc jockey with an extensive repertoire and experience can tailor the presentation to the needs of the occasion. The best idea is to arrange a meeting with prospective disc jockeys. Listen to their expertise on previous receptions. They may have some great ideas that you’ll want to incorporate into your affair. Ask about musical selections, old and new. Don’t be dismayed if they don’t have obscure songs, but gauge their willingness to track them down. 74 www.premierbride.com

sound entertainMent Also arrange to see them perform. Once you’ve decided on a DJ service, be prepared to provide a list of songs you would, and would not, like played at your reception, as well as the song for your first dance. Keep in mind, while you may love jazz or alternative music, those types of music don’t always make great dance selections, especially for hours on end. Give your DJ the freedom to truly entertain your guests by mixing a few of your personal preferences with a balance of tried and true reception crowd pleasers. An experienced entertainer will know how to read the crowd and keep the party jumping, but only if you let them. Should you plan on having your disc jockey emcee the reception, provide a schedule of events. If you are on a stringent time schedule, make sure you convey the importance of strict adherence. If there are any special introductions to be made, make sure you review the correct pronunciation of the names and relay what the person’s relationship is to the bride and groom. After the first dance of the bride and groom, it is common to play something upbeat and celebrating. Light dance tunes are generally played through dinner so your guests can relax and easily converse. While not required, providing refreshments for your entertainer is a great way to keep her happy and energetic while she is working hard to make your reception a dancing success. Lastly, make sure the contract covers all of the bases: the day, date and time of the event; address of the site; number of hours covered; overtime cost; total cost; and payment arrangements. If you’re pleased with your DJ’s performance offer a tip at the end of the event that reflects your satisfaction.

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and “never.” Set goals for yourselves, and agree to meet them. Businesses need them, and so does a marriage. Financial goals are a definite must. Never forget that love is not only expressed by passion, but also as much by mouth and pen or gift and gesture as by thoughtfulness, respect, understanding and patience. Take time to listen. Never go to bed mad. Don’t stagnate. Continue to cultivate growth in all areas, including your marriage. Pre-marital counseling may be available through your church or other religious group and in some religions it may even be a requirement. You can also seek the help of professionals. There is no shame in this as it’s better to know as much as you can about one another before the ceremony, so you can have a fulfilling life together.

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The key qualification is experience, not price. Most DJs cost less than the hors d’oeuvres, though they’re remembered far longer. It’s not out of line to ask for references, though, he’ll certainly select satisfied clients. The best idea is to arrange a meeting. Talk your DJ through his conception of your reception and see how your ideas mesh. Ask about musical selections, old and new. Don’t be dismayed if he doesn’t have obscure songs, but gauge his willingness to track them down. Ask about lights and sound (the best systems sound superb at background volume). Most importantly, will he be a lump behind the turntables? Or will he be out front working hard, involving your guests in dancing after dinner?

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Marriages may be “made in heaven,” but most are based on compromise. So usually are your wedding plans. Perhaps the site you’ve chosen for your ceremony and reception does not quite measure up to expectations. Flowers, lighting and table settings help establish a warm, romantic feeling, but maybe you want more. Many plants provide instant decoration for plain or drab rooms - the stately Ficus tree trimmed with small white lights can create an elegant wall treatment. The graceful Areca palm will form an excellent backdrop for photography and a Fern can be used in various applications: individually as a spotlight plant; in a basket holding a ficus tree; or as a leafy addition to any floral arrangements. Flowering plants, bromeliads, or exotic foliage plants provide unlimited possibilities. Just use your imagination. To find a reputable plant company you can ask your florist or talk to friends who have rented plants or attended parties where the plants stood out. When you call a plant company, ask about more than just prices. Is the delivery included? What is offered in way of baskets or other decorative containers? Can they show you pictures of other jobs they have already done? Can you see the actual plants you’ll be renting? Most plant rental companies provide a free consultation and some even visit the wedding and reception sites if requested. Well-placed plants can hide the imperfections at your ceremony or reception site, making your special day “Picture Perfect.”

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accessorize your day the perfect accents

Bridal accessories are fun and easy items to shop for and they add a bit of personality to any wedding. From shoes and jewelry to toasting glasses and cake servers, accessories are important details on your wedding day. As you begin planning the major aspects of your wedding, keep an eye out for special or unique items that will reflect your own personal style, hobbies or passions. Though it may be tempting, avoid procrastinating on these seemingly simple purchases. Some selections may require special order, so be sure to allow several weeks for shipping. From Scratch If you’re creative and have the time, handmade accessories are a wonderful addition to any wedding. A hand-sewn ring bearer pillow that matches the flower girlís basket is a lovely touch. Craft shops and fabric stores carry the necessary supplies to fashion the perfect accessories or enhance storebought items. Special Somethings Bridal accessories almost always fulfill the “something old, something new, something borrowed something blue” requirement. Carrying your grandmother’s bible or prayer book as you walk down the aisle would be your “something old.” Your “something new” is easy to achieve, taking into consideration your shoes, your gown or a lovely pair of pearl earrings that match your “something borrowed” pearl necklace. 116 www.premierbride.com

accessorize your day Handkerchiefs, garters or lingerie with accent colors usually provide the “something blue.” Accessory checklist For the Bride • Garter • Handkerchief • Jewelry • Keepsake Bag • Shoes For the Party • Aisle Runner • Cake Knife • Cake Server • Cake Top • Cocktail Napkins (engraved with names and date) • Favors • Guest Book and Pen • Matches (engraved with names and date) • Toasting Glasses • Wedding Cameras (one for each table) • Wishing Bubbles Other Accessories • Attendant’s Gifts • Flower Girl Basket • Pew Bows • Ring Bearer Pillow • Unity Candle and Holder Many bridal salons carry limited selections of guest books, toasting glasses, cake knives and cake servers. For a more extensive selection of these items, visit a bridal store that specializes in bridal supplies and accessories. Should you receive a wedding accessory as a shower or pre-wedding gift, make sure that you use it in the wedding.

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Long after the excitement of your wedding becomes a memory, the rings you select will remain a token of your love for each other. It pays to invest some time finding rings you’ll be happy with forever. You’ll find an unlimited selection of wedding rings; rings that match the bride’s engagement ring, matching rings for bride and groom, rings of yellow gold, white gold, combinations of golds, platinum rings, rings with stones, engraved or brightly polished, traditional, modern, wide or narrow. Your choice will be determined by personal taste and budget. The sooner you start shopping, the more options you’ll have, so start shopping a minimum of six to eight weeks before your wedding. Get a feel for what’s available and what your money will buy at each shop. Also, with years of experience to call on, a good jeweler may have suggestions to help you get exactly what you’re looking for at the best price. Some couples opt for having one-of-akind rings designed for them. Ask to see examples of the jeweler’s work before commissioning anything. Ensure that the work is of the caliber you desire and appropriate to your tastes before turning over a deposit. Having rings created for you can be rewarding, but it can be a nightmare if the jeweler is incompetent. Do your research to ensure you’re getting the best your money can buy, while suiting your tastes and your hands. Above all, make sure your rings fit. You’ll be wearing them more than any other piece of jewelry or clothing you will ever own. 120 www.premierbride.com

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Nature had a different plan in store for us. Mark and I, along with our twenty-two person bridal party, walked down the pier without music, but with umbrellas in hand. Both of us had our hearts set on an outdoor ceremony, so all our guests sat outside in the rain under umbrellas while we were married by one of our best friends. It definitely was not what we had planned; but in the end, it helped make our ceremony an even more unique and wonderful experience. Our friend concluded the ceremony by saying, “May the force be with you,” and then we exited the pier. All of our guests in aisle seats saluted us by holding up green light sabers. While waiting to board the M.V. Twin Capes, we had a pre-boarding cocktail reception which was to take place out of doors at the On the Rocks Bar and Grill adjacent to the pier. The food display was spectacular and delicious. An hour later we boarded the vessel for what turned out to be a most memorable three hour cruise. It may have rained during the day, but by early evening the sky cleared, and a double rainbow presented itself just for us. Our romance began in the rain, and our wedding took place in rain. Some say that rain is a sign of good luck for a marriage. It is certainly a family tradition. My parents were married on a rainy evening and my sister and her husband married on a rainy day. And now Mark and I . . .

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You’ve chosen the perfect dress. Your hair is just right and your make-up ideal! You have planned everything down to the color of your nails to create the perfect impression. However, you may have overlooked the most important feature of all, YOUR SMILE! Have you ever seen a wedding portrait without a smiling bride and groom? Isn’t your smile one of the single most important features that should be just right? For most people, an appealing smile is the ultimate first impression. A dental survey found that nearly 50 percent of the people asked would like to make some improvement to their smile. Changing the color of the teeth to a lighter, brighter white is the most requested improvement and the most convenient. Without a major investment of either time or money, and in the comfort of your own home, you can safely and without pain, permanently whiten your teeth. Your cosmetic dentist will especially design a program for you to use while you sleep each night. After one to two weeks of using the materials prescribed the process is complete! You now have that dazzling smile that you have always wanted to make your wedding day absolutely perfect! Ivory may be a lovely color for your dress, but you want your teeth to be brighter than that. Teeth brightening done by a skilled dental team can produce a marvelous change that will last long after the champagne toast is given and the rose petals are tossed. Just think what a grand memory your photographs will make with your new bright dazzling smile. Make the day perfect with cosmetic whitening.

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set your Date in stone engraving memories

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Hollywood stars, tycoons, VIPs and you and your groom on your wedding day! A limousine is an elegant element that enhances the festivity of the day. Imagine arriving and departing for your day’s events in grand style. An awesome stretch limousine pulls up; the chauffeur comes around, opens your door, offers his hand, and helps you gracefully enter and exit the carriage. A limousine can transport you, your family or your wedding party from the start of the day to the end. It can pick you up at home, and then drive you to the church, the reception and even to the airport for your honeymoon. It leaves personal cars free to handle last minute errands and ensures that you and your gown arrive unruffled. While limousines can be used to drive the wedding party to and from the reception, they can also be quite helpful in transporting out-of-town or elderly guests to the ceremony and reception. They’ll have a very pleasant ride, too. Today’s state-of-the-art limousines come complete with all the comforts of home including televisions, bars, DVD players and many other goodies. Check rates and find out exactly what the cost covers, the time allowed, the type of limousine and the amenities provided. Also determine if a fleet rate is available if you plan to use more than one limo. Discuss your needs with a service consultant at the limousine company, and plan to make your reservations at least four to six months ahead of time to ensure availability.

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

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

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Set the mood with Light from romantic to dramatic

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work with a professional who will focus on practicalities such as making lighting affordable, photo-friendly, safe, easilycontrolled and customized. One popular new way to customize is emblazoning monogrammed spotlights on the wall or head tablecloth. Monograms can be as bold or subtle as you like, and look best when there is a sharp contrast, such as a dramatic cobalt blue against a dark wall. In a venue with drab walls, utilize backdrops to transform the room. Drape mesh overlay that’s in your color scheme from the ceiling to the floor as if it were a tent, then use twinkle lights, striking spotlights, crystals or whimsical orbs to illuminate the backdrop and bring personality to the room. If your venue doesn’t give you that much freedom with lighting, work with an expert to create a beautifully lit focal point you can add to the room. It could be spotlights on a stunning cake, a flirty archway entrance or dance floor cover or an eye-catching tree dazzled with crystals or small candles. Candles are the most time-tested and romantic form of light. Use them with care. First, make sure they’re in fireproof and child-friendly places. Then, the secret to candles is irregularity. Arrange different sizes and shapes along mismatched levels to add mystery and make the enlightened objects dance. Whatever lighting you decide on, don’t underestimate the importance of the rays. They’ll be the backdrop of the pictures and memories you and your guests will remember as your perfect day.

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A dramatic addition to a late afternoon or evening wedding is created with the romantic glow of candles. Candles can be lit as guests arrive, just before the mother of the bride is seated, or by honored guests and ushers during the ceremony. Bridesmaids can also carry candles, lit or unlit, along with their bouquets. Some couples enhance their vows by lighting candles while they are at the altar, and by passing the flame between themselves, their families and the clergy. Check for regulations prohibiting candles at the wedding location of your choice. Appropriate candles are long-burning as well as dripless, but the choice of color is yours.

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

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Laura & Scott July 24 Our mutual friend was celebrating a birthday at Maynard’s on Lake Minnetonka in Minnesota where I met Scott. After a firm handshake and hours of conversation I knew I had met the one. The rest, as they say, is history. Scott created a diversion giving me a beautiful necklace as an early Valentine’s Day gift. We then went to the Nicollet Island Inn where we had a delicious dinner, fantastic wine, and great conversation. Scott made friends with the bartender who helped him stick to his next surprise by feeding me more champagne. Walking out of the Nicollet Island Inn, Scott’s next surprise was a carriage ride around St. Anthony Main where we saw the beautiful historic mansions of Minneapolis. Freezing cold from the numbing chill of the February winds, a walk in the park was the next logical thing to do, of course. Snow up to our knees, we found a cozy park bench where Scott proceeded to tell the real story of why he bought me the necklace. Realizing what was going on, I dazed out and didn’t hear half of the beautiful words Scott had said, forcing him to propose a second time with me focusing on what he was saying. 148 www.premierbride.com


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It was a small, intimate wedding with family and close friends. One of Scott’s best friends married us. We also had a guest book that was a tree and had everyone “leaf” their thumbprints and sign their names by the leaves on the tree. We married over a planned family vacation. We wanted an outdoor wedding but had to go to plan B because of heavy rain. In a way, this made it very special because we were supposed to take pictures together before the ceremony, but ended up not seeing each other until I walked down the aisle. The difficulty in having a destination wedding is that neither of us were there and we just had to trust that everything we chose was going to work out. We were extremely fortunate because we had amazing photographers, videographers, food, band, location, etc.! It was the beginning of a new beautiful chapter of our lives together. We were surrounded by the people we love and enjoyed every second of it. www.premierbride.com 149


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THE DO’S AND DON’TS of looking your best All eyes are upon you as you glide gracefully up the center aisle. Your handsome groom gazes at you with love and adoration. Everyone wants to take your picture. Once you combine your special sense of style with a few tricks of the beauty trade, you’ll look your absolute best.

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The Do’s anD Don’Ts of looking your best

Makeup, hair, nails… every blushing bride wants these to be in top form on the big day. We’ve done the research, reflected, and compiled our best tips to help you look completely fabulous for your wedding day! What to Do Now is a great time to focus on healthy, glowing skin. If you’re concerned about the health and appearance of your skin, then consider a visit to a dermatologist (for bigger problems) or an aesthetician (for minor issues.) Start six to 12 months before your wedding day so you have time to treat, heal and achieve good results. Facials are a must for all skin types. Regular treatment results in refined pores, smoother facial lines, healed blemishes and a more radiant complexion. When choosing your hairstyle consider your gown, the level of formality of your wedding, your personal style, your hair and your face shape. Generally speaking, the more elaborate the gown, the simpler your hair should be, or it all simply becomes “too much of a good thing.” Work with your hair stylist four to six weeks before the wedding to find the right style for you – and bring a photo of your gown with you! Whether you use a pro for your makeup, have a friend do it or do it yourself, do a trial run before the wedding. In addition to feedback from close friends and/or family, take photos and evaluate those. Do you like what you see? Do you want to make any changes? Have your eyebrows professionally shaped at least two weeks before the wedding. Touch up if needed before the wedding with a tweezers. 152 www.premierbride.com

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

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Make up tips for a beautiful bride Where do brides get their special glow? Love is the answer, though the right makeup doesn’t hurt. It’s natural to be nervous and excited on your wedding day. That’s why it is so important to determine the look you want well in advance and to have a makeup rehearsal. Most makeup artists recommend at least one consultation prior to your wedding day. If you plan to do your own makeup, then take time to practice and perfect your special look. On your wedding day you will glow as on no other day. You won’t need strong colors to look sophisticated, but you will need the right colors. If you elect to use the services of a professional makeup consultant, he or she will select colors that will enhance your natural beauty and features. If you are 154 www.premierbride.com

creating your own look, experiment with delicately blended sheer browns, pinks, purples and golds. Brides may also use enhancers such as extended lashes or liner to accentuate the eyes for photographs. When determining your wedding day make up, there are several factors to take into consideration. Do you want a dramatically trendy look, or something timelessly romantic? Is your wedding during the day or in the evening? If it’s during the summer, will you have a tan? Is your dress white or ivory? Consider whether you will wear your hair down or up and whether you will wear a hair ornament or headpiece. The color of your hair and the color of your skin are what make you unique - select makeup to accentuate your natural beauty.

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attenDant’s responsibility the maid/matron of honor • Assist the bride with pre-wedding tasks, including making tiny favors out of birdseed with a smile, because that’s what she really wanted. • Assist bride in setting a date to have bridesmaid’s dresses fitted and coordinate other bridesmaids to ensure they get to the proper location on time. • Attend all pre-wedding parties and host a bridal shower with other bridesmaids, preferably one in keeping with the bride’s own taste. • Arrange the bride’s veil and train before the grand walk down the aisle • Hold the bride’s bouquet during the ring exchange. • Hold the groom’s ring during the ceremony. • Sign the marriage certificate as a witness.

• Stand next to the groom in the receiving line and sit to his left at the head table. • May dance with the best man during the first dance. • Help the bride bustle her train, remove her headpiece and change into going away outfit. • Attend to the bride throughout the day, running errands and tying up loose ends, calming nerves and otherwise ensuring the success of the wedding celebration. • May assume responsibility for transporting the bride’s gown home or to the cleaners. • May assist the best man with transporting gifts to the bride and groom’s home.

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The first impression You’ve been planning your dream wedding for months, but for your guests, the invitation is their first glimpse of what’s to come. It provides a clue to the event, and the level of formality, along with some indication of your wedding style: Formal or informal? Modern or traditional? You’ll want an invite that matches… and so, let the search begin!

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Reuse, reclaim, recycle! Buy a diamond ring that already exists or consider a family heirloom, or transfer an existing stone into your own setting. Finally, your third option is to consider simulated diamonds. While methods have been developed to create synthetic diamonds, cost is still a deterring factor. Diamond simulants, which have a more complex chemical make up yet still possess many of the same characteristics as diamonds, are a great alternative at a fraction of the cost. The ring that graces your finger for the rest of your life as an expression of your love and commitment should be beautiful, brilliant and durable. Fortunately, there are many ways to get just that.

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Wedding invitations the first impression

You’ve been planning your dream wedding for months, but for your guests, the invitation is their first glimpse of what’s to come. It provides a clue to the event, and the level of formality, along with some indication of your wedding style. You’ll want an invite that matches… and so, let the search begin! When to start - Like all wedding responsibilities, the earlier you start, the more time you have to search, thoroughly evaluate options, and handle any problems that arise. If possible, order the invitations and other wedding stationery six or more months before the wedding to give yourselves plenty of time to complete everything and leave breathing room for any unexpected problems, and mail the invitations six to eight weeks before the wedding. Let any out-of-town guests who would need to arrange flights and/or hotel rooms about the date as soon as you know it, either informally through conversation, or more formally with a save-the-date card mailed as early as possible. All the parts - Wedding invitations are typically comprised of several components: There is the ceremony card announcing the details of the ceremony, the reception card with those details, the response card with its stamped, addressed return envelope, the map (optional), and the inner and outer envelopes. Some invitations combine these elements, such as including the reception information on the ceremony card, especially if it’s at the same place or immediately following. It’s also possible to simply eliminate some elements (such as the inner envelope), particularly for more informal styles.

invitations The invitation wording - Traditionally, whoever is officially hosting (read: paying for) the wedding is listed first on the invitations. Of course, you can work it out however you like with your families – this is where it would be very helpful to have an experienced professional to assist! Some couples today, who are paying for the majority of the expenses themselves, with help from their mixed and blended families, simply say “Mary Bride and John Groom, together with their families, request the honor of your presence at their marriage…” You could also do a search online to find invitation wording samples and discuss the options with your groom and respective families. Assembling the pieces - The traditional way to put together an invite is as follows: start with the ceremony card on the bottom, put the reception card on top of it, and then put the response card with the unsealed return envelope and the map, if you’re using one, on the very top. Slide all items face up into the inner envelope. Do NOT seal the inner envelope, and slide it into the outer envelope with the addressee’s name facing the back flap so that it will be visible upon opening. Addressing advice - Street names, cities and states should be written without any abbreviations. To indicate both parties of a married couple, use both “Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Green.” When addressing an unmarried couple living together, use each of their full names: “Mr. Ronald Green and Miss Angela Thomson.” If every member of a family is invited, write “Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Green and Family.” If only the older children are included, their names are written below the parents’: “Miss Erin Green.” Adult children no longer living with their parents should receive their own invite.

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Honeymoon in Paradise The stress of planning a wedding is over, your in-laws are gone and for the next couple days or weeks, you get to have the getaway single people dream of and married couples want to do again: your honeymoon. It doesn’t matter if you’re at a luxurious Caribbean resort or sleeping in a tent near your home – what matters is that you’re starting your life together, and what better way to start that than with a romantic and intimate escape?

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attenDant’s responsibility the best man • Assist groom with wedding details such as accommodations for out-oftown groomsmen and ushers.

• Sits to the bride’s right at the reception, providing charming conversation throughout.

• See that the groom is properly attired and at the church or synagogue on time. Tie bowties, provide drinks, if applicable and otherwise support the to-be-wed.

• May dance with the maid/matron of honor during the first dance.

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• Propose the first toast to the newlyweds. • Hold luggage under lock and key until the bride and groom depart. • Help the groom change into going away attire. • Escort the bride and groom to their limousine or drive them to the hotel or airport. • Return all formalwear rentals on time, and to the correct formalwear shop. • Assist maid of honor in transporting gifts to the bride and groom’s home.

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Bonjour! Bienvenue à Paris. What’s there to argue against a honeymoon in the world’s most romantic city? It’s images are iconic, but always associated with love - fireworks bursting above star-gazing young couples under the Eiffel Tower, lovebirds kissing upon returning from war, hands held through the twisting cobblestone lanes, and of course that breathy, passionate, ‘j’adore’ No other ‘I love you’ can compare. 4

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In fact, the destination may seem to cliché, too straight out of a romantic comedy. If that’s the case, avoid the touristy clumps and cheesy tours, take a bit of a baguette and honeymoon in epicenter of business, fashion, culture and entertainment.

Lay of the Land Paris is located on the Seine River and is quite different at various geographic points throughout the city. Since the city lays on water and was engaged in power struggles and battles throughout Europe’s tumultuous history, many of the bridges that connect the city have fascinating stories. At the very least, ruins of collapsed bridges or crumbled protective walls means a history lesson is around every corner. The Ile de la Cite, an island in the

center of Paris, is connected by multiple bridges to the rest of the city and houses old-world architecture wonders like the famous Notre-Dame cathedral.

things to do Iconic Images We’ve grown up being able to spot the cultural and artistic wonders found in France – it will be a treat to see them in real life. But don’t just pass by and snap a picture – learn the history or spend an afternoon in the company of true beauty. Stop at a grocery store to get some bread, cheese and wine to leisurely enjoy a picnic lunch and watch the sun set in the grassy gardens surrounding the Eiffel Tower.

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The Mona Lisa and the outside of its home, the Louvre, are visitor hotspots, but take a second to get to know the history of some of the rest of the artwork housed in the triangular walls, or pop down on a bench and people-watch the thousands of art-loving visitors. Wonder about the decades of craftsmen and laborers who put their sweat into building the notre-dame Cathedral Take a stroll through the posh, historic streets near st-germain-des-Pres and pop into a bookstore along the way.

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Paris has centuries of experience with entertainment. The jazz scene is alive and well, so ask around while you’re there for the best place to catch a live show. One traditional place, the Caveau de la huchette is tucked in a medieval cellar, and the au duc des Lombards has been frequented by all the greats. If cabaret is your thing, you’ve come to the right place, and if you think it isn’t, then you haven’t seen a Parisian show. For all the tacky, glitzy, flamboyant madness that will remind you of a vintage Toulouse-Lautrec poster, head to the infamous Moulin Rouge or Le Lido.

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Who can come to Paris and resist the shopping scene? It’s the fashion capital of the world, and the designer boutiques and effortless style bursting out of every passerby will be a constant reminder of that. But a honeymoon in Paris doesn’t have to mean dragging your significant other around to find the perfect Louis Vuitton bag – Parisian shops truly have something for everyone. For couples that share a love of reading, check out the cafes and bookshops where lonely, exiled American writers from the early 1900s called home. The presentation is half the fun, so spend a day winding in and out of avant-garde shops


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like L’Eclaireur or home stores like Merci. For a peek at anything and everything, pop into one of Paris’s flea markets like the Marche aux Puces de Clignacourt or Marche d’Aligre.

WheRe to stay Hotel du Petit Moulin www.paris-hotel-petitmoulin.com Unconventional, wacky and yet completely sophisticated and posh, the Hotel du Petit Moulin is consistently ranked among the best honeymoon destinations in the world. Besides offering more than enough modern amenities and a great location, this place will keep you guessing around every corner as antique chandeliers are partnered with heart-shaped mirrors on a bright red wall – somehow in a way that just works. Make sure to book way ahead of time.

Hotel Langlois

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the nuts & bolts of gift registries People love to buy gifts for a couple starting out their life together, to celebrate this fabulous occasion and express their joy. While some guests will come up with their own creative gift idea, most people really appreciate having a gift registry to go to for ideas, so they can get you something they know youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll love.

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DivorceD parents dealing with the situation

If your divorced parents are on good terms, count your blessings. If they are not, or if their relationship is marginal, correct handling of these delicate matters can help avoid any unwanted tensions. There are several alternatives you should consider in planning your church wedding and reception arrangements to accommodate your divorced parents. According to protocol, the parent with whom you have lived the longest issues the invitations. The other parent is usually not mentioned unless both parties agree to each of their names being represented. Protocol, however, does not always create good feelings. Try to include both parent’s names on the invitation. When you’re introducing your parents to your future in-laws, it is usually proper to introduce the parent with whom you have lived the longest, then introduce your other parent shortly afterward. The bride’s father should always walk his daughter down the aisle, except under extenuating circumstances. If that is not possible, a substitute can stand in for the father. A brother, uncle or close family friend will be fine. Special church seating arrangements can help smooth rough spots. The bride’s mother and her immediate family (parents, husband and children) are seated in the first row. The second row is left empty to afford a better view for the bride’s father, who, after giving her away, is seated with his immediate family in the third row. The same seating arrangement pertains to the groom’s family if they are divorced. The small amount of time and attention devoted to handling these matters will reward you with a day that is as free of tension as it can possibly be.

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home sweeT home buying your first home

Buying your first home can help you build a solid financial future. Your monthly rent payment is no longer going into someone else’s pocket. With each mortgage payment, you are buying into your future and building equity that you will be able to use later. Your first home may not be your ideal home, but with property appreciation and the improvements you make, you may profit from the eventual sale of the home with money you can put toward the house of your dreams.

own can be a haven for retirement years. A home is an investment that helps stave off inflation. Homes do not appreciate equally, and some years add more value than others. Real estate has, historically speaking, kept pace with inflation, and often overtakes it. Most young couples face the challenge of financing their first house. Many find the following list of options to be successful avenues available to them: • Gifts - A financial gift can provide an immediate down payment; it may be from an inheritance that parents may plan to bestow, or a generous present from another relative. • Loans - Your down payment may be secured by providing collateral or the cash equivalent (i.e.: a car or other valuable possession).

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

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insurance upDates practical and necessary You have plenty of important items to take care of as you approach your wedding day. Insurance matters may not be at the top of your list, but they should be on it. Here are some of the changes you’ll want to consider. • Update life insurance policies to show your spouse as the primary beneficiary. • You and your fiancé’ should look closely at your respective health insurance policies to determine which policy provides the best benefits to cover your current and future needs. Make the necessary changes to the policy you have chosen to continue and cancel the other policy. • If you are moving into a new home as you start your life together, make sure your homeowner’s and/or renter’s insurance policy provides coverage for your home and combined assets.

• Married couples can usually insure their car(s) for a lower rate than two single people. Review each of your respective policies to see which offers the best rates and coverage with your spouse added. • Many automobile insurance policies provide emergency road service and, on new cars, multi-risk coverage; you may wish to consider purchasing a new policy if neither of yours offers these. Many insurance carriers offer a variety of discounts for multiple cars, safety and antitheft features. Members of certain groups are also eligible for discounts. Be sure to ask about discounts when you call for a rate quote with a new insurance carrier or your current insurer. You’re starting a challenging and exciting new life together. The right insurance protection can help you make a safe and secure transition from single to married life.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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the muSic and entertainment iS the KeY to a good partY. Bad or inappropriate music and entertainment can kill a party faster than anything else, so spend the time necessary to select a good band or DJ. Find someone who can match the style and tone of YOUR wedding, can â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;readâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; the crowd and keep the guests happy, and will respect your wishes. Be clear and specific about any songs or events that you do NOT want at your wedding.

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

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

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focuS on Your gueStS. You and your groom are really the hosts of this shindig… and it’s always good to be a gracious host. Take some time to envision the day from your guests’ point of view, and do whatever you can to make sure their experience is smooth, relaxing and fun. This will truly make it a wedding they’ll remember!

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

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disasTer proof weddings protecting yourself

The average wedding costs nearly $18,000. A large portion of that must be prepaid. So it may seem to be stating the obvious when we say it is important to protect yourself against fraud, business failures and even honest mistakes. Attention to detail can save you thousands of dollars by preventing disasters before they happen. Brides and grooms who elect to plan the wedding on their own should pay special attention to the following:

Photographer Meet in person with the photographer youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re considering to make sure that you are comfortable with him or her. Specify the name of the photographer whose work you viewed in the contract, and make sure that same photographer will shoot your wedding. Get the delivery date for proofs and finished photos in writing. Dress Buying a gown usually requires a minimum lead-time of six months and a 50 percent deposit. Confirm delivery for a few months prior to the wedding to allow for the unexpected. Use the manufacturerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s size chart when ordering to avoid unnecessary alteration charges. Remember that it is normally easier to alter a dress that is too big than one that is too small.

Caterer Request a sampling of the items on your menu. Confirm in writing that the same chef will prepare the food for your reception. Determine any additional charges such as cake cutting or corkage fees before you sign the contract.

Flowers Inform your florist of the time of day and location for the ceremony and reception, so they can recommend flowers that will last throughout the festivities. A week prior to the wedding, confirm delivery time. A friend or family member should check that the flowers delivered on the wedding day are fresh and as ordered.

Entertainment Ask if the musicians are used to performing together as a group. If you get the chance to hear them play live, do so. The contract should list the musicians by name, state the number of hours included in the price (one hour for cocktails and four for the reception is standard) and detail potential overtime charges.

Invitations Your contract should state that you can review your invitation proof (an extra charge may apply), and that any printerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mistakes will be corrected at no charge. Include the delivery date on your contract. Order invitations at least four to five months prior to the wedding to avoid rush-order mistakes.

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The perfecT vendor what every bride should expect The wedding industry represents one of the most unique customer service models. Here, you have dozens of businesses hired months in advance to complete an individual task that will be carried out on a particular day. What makes this more interesting is that there can be no do-overs on your wedding day. It is like a “live” stage play that will be orchestrated and presented in real time. We have all heard the saying “beauty is only skin deep”. It implies what you see on the surface is only part of the equation. The same is true in the wedding business. The photos you expect from your photographer or the music you discuss with your DJ is important, but only represents one level of service expectation. The products and service provided is important – so too is the manner in which they are delivered! 184 www.premierbride.com

Romantic comedies and reality TV have conditioned us to think that weddings are this stressed-out event that tears people apart and reduces the strongest people to a fetal position. It doesn’t have to be that way. Look carefully at training, qualifications and talent and don’t be afraid to ask for an example of how well they work with other vendors. Look at how you will be treated as a customer, how quickly they return your phone calls and respond to your inquiries. Follow your instincts and select vendors who care as passionately about you and the success of your event as they do about their own vocation. For more information on creating a spectacular customer service model, visit www.CustomerServiceAtoZ.com.

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going green

planning an eco-friendly wedding Can you have a joy-filled wedding celebration and show your love for the planet, at the same time? The locale - Choosing a location that’s close to where most of your guests live is an obvious, simple but effective way to limit unnecessary transportation, as is having the ceremony and reception in the same place. You may also wish to seek out sites that have made “going green” a priority, and are pro-active about reducing energy use and waste. Another green idea is to hold your ceremony in a location already dedicated to sustainability, such as parks, protected areas or museums. Finally, having an outdoor ceremony in a beautiful setting will remind you (and your guests) why you make environmentally responsible choices. The food - Serve local, organic, seasonal cuisine, and include a vegetarian or vegan option. Ask your caterer about locally raised, organic meats and wild caught fish versus farmed. Before the wedding, research places to donate any leftover food, such as homeless shelters or soup kitchens. The paper - Save trees by going hightech: use a website to list directions, maps, accommodations and other details, and use email whenever possible. For the paper you do use, stick with 100% recycled and renewable cotton paper, and vegetable or soy inks, which use less energy to produce than petroleum-based inks. The attire - Just say “NO!” to attire made in sweatshops and petroleumbased fabrics. Seek out wedding attire made with natural fabrics such as 100% 188 www.premierbride.com

an eco-friendly wedding silk or organically grown cotton, and hemp linen – which has come a long way since the gunny sack look. (For proof, visit the Hemp Weddings section of rawganique.com.) Another very green idea: recycle! Use your Mom’s wedding dress by investing a little time into alterations, or find a vintage dress in specialty stores or on eBay. The gifts, favors, flowers - All those beautiful touches that make weddings special and unique can easily be turned green… and your first stop should be to idofoundation.org. Here you can include charitable donations on your gift registry, donate a percentage of gift registry sales to your favorite charity, and make a charitable donation in your guests’ honor in lieu of wedding favors. When it comes to your wedding flowers, find a floral designer that uses local, organically grown, seasonal flowers, and repurpose the ceremony flowers for the reception to make fewer flowers go farther. (This is also nice for your budget!) The day after the wedding, donate the floral arrangements to places such as nursing homes, hospice centers or hospitals, so others can enjoy nature’s beauty and all those gorgeous flowers don’t end up in the trash! The honeymoon - Certainly, staying close to home avoids those gasguzzling airplanes, but if travel is in your future consider a “green hotel” – environmentally-friendly properties. Start the search by visiting greenhotels.com. Another idea: consider ecotourism – socially responsible travel that focuses on conserving the environment and improving the well being of local people. Visit ecotourism.org for more information. With just a little creativity, thought and research, your wedding can reflect the earth-loving couple that you are!

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Directory

Of Professionals For Your Wedding Accomodations

Montpelier Mansion................................................... 21

Best Western Hotel . ................................................... 25

National Aquarium...................................................... 20

Black Horse Inn.............................................................. 28

Newton White Mansion........................................... 21

Brittland Estates................................................................ 1

Osprey’s Landing.......................................................... 36

Harbor Magic.................................................................. 15

Oxon Hill Manor............................................................ 21

Holiday Inn –Columbia............................................. 16

Piney Branch Golf Club............................................. 29

Holiday Inn –Laurel..................................................... 22

Prince George’s Ballroom......................................... 21

Ramada Inn BWI............................................................ 41

Ramada Inn BWI............................................................ 41

Rocky Gap Resort......................................................... 23

Riversdale Mansion..................................................... 21

Sheraton Baltimore North....................................... 27

Rocky Gap Resort......................................................... 23 Sheraton Baltimore North....................................... 27

Banquet, Rehearsal Dinner, Bachelorette Parties & Reception Facilities

Snow Hill Manor............................................................ 21

Best Western Hotel...................................................... 25

The Steakhouse............................................................. 40

Billingsley Manor........................................................... 21 Black Horse Inn.............................................................. 28 Brittland Estates................................................................ 1 Cape May- Lewes Ferry............................................. 13 Casey Community Center....................................... 20 Darnall’s Chance............................................................ 21 Department of Parks and Recreation............... 21 Harbor Magic.................................................................. 15 Historic Mattaponi Manor....................................... 31 Holiday Inn –Columbia............................................. 16 Holiday Inn –Laurel..................................................... 22 Kali’s Restaurant Group............................................. 28 La Banque de Fleuve.................................................. 10 Lighthouse Sound Restaurant.............................. 24 Love Point at Kent Island......................................... 17 MacGregor’s Restaurant & Tavern....................... 33 Minker Banquet Hall................................................... 33

Sunset Crest Manor..................................................... 28 Towson Golf & Country Club................................. 34

Beauty & Makeup Gilda’s Beauty Bridal Collection..........................153 Mary Kay .........................................................................154 Salon Marielle................................................................155

Bridal Fashions & Tuxedos Benn’s Mens Wear......................................................... 91 Brides 2 Be by Hope Mitchell................................ 90 Cecelia’s Bridal................................................................ 93 Country View Tuxedo................................................. 92 Crystal’s Bridal & Tuxedo........................................... 94 Gilda’s Beauty Bridal Collection............................ 95 Green And Blue Studio..................................88 & 89

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Directory

Of Professionals For Your Wedding Cakes & Desserts

Lori’s Flower Boutique.............................................114

Cake Art.............................................................................. 82

Lotus Production.......................................................... 56

Cinful Cuisine.................................................................. 85

MelleFleur........................................................................117

Cotton’s Gourmet Gifts & Creations.................. 84

Simply Grand Florals & Event Design.............115

IndAroma Bakery & Café.......................................... 83

To The 9’s Floral & Event Design........................114

Just Desserts by Linda............................................... 82 The Chocolate Chick................................................... 85

Home & Financial

The Kake Korner............................................................ 83

Western & Southern Life........................................171

Catering

Honeymoon

Catering By Uptown................................................... 37

Cruise Planners.............................................................162

Charm City Caterers.................................................... 43

Darline’s Travel..............................................................163

The Smokehouse Grill................................................ 42

Expedia Cruise ShipCenters.................................161 Serenitea Travel............................................................163

Coordinators

Xscape Travel Services.............................................163

A Unique Affair.............................................................129 Dreams to Reality.......................................................129

Invitations

Guy Wedding Planner..............................................126

Amelia Irene...................................................................158

Prestigious Occasions..............................................128

Lynae’s Designs............................................................157

Your Day Your Way.....................................................127

Jewelry Decoration & Lighting

Smyth Jewelers............................................................121

Event Pro Live................................................................145

Traci Lynn Fashion Jewelry...................................120

Lotus Production.......................................................... 56

Music & Entertainment Disc Jockeys

Absolute Entertainment........................................... 75

(See Music & Entertainment)

Divine Intervention..................................................... 77 Electra Entertainment................................................ 76

Flowers & Flower Preservation

Knight Noise DJ............................................................. 79

Bella Fiori Couture Floral & Events Design...........................................................113

Lotus Production.......................................................... 56

Forever Flowers............................................................117

New Beginnings Production................................. 79

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Metro DC DJs.................................................................. 78


Officiants

Transportation

Christian Life Ministries...........................................142

A Platinum Plus Limousines.................................136

Reverend Marshall J. Macks..................................141

An Extraordinar Limousine Inc............ 132 & 133

Weddings By Sandy..................................................141

Bayside Limousine.....................................................134 Geneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Limousine........................................................135

Photography & Videography

Lotus Production.......................................................... 56

ASI Photos......................................................................... 68

Prime Transportation................................................137

Bradley Images............................................................... 64

Z Best Limousines, Inc.............................................138

Brodie Ledford Photography................................. 66 CR Weddings................................................................... 69

Web Sites

Event Digital Photography..................................... 67

Wedalert...........................................................................177

Grace & Elegance Photography........................... 68

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James Seip Photography......................................... 62

PBWashingtonDC.com

Lotus Production.......................................................... 56

PremierBride.com/Delaware

Picture This Shot............................................................ 61 Trenique Artistry............................................................ 62

Wedding & Event Planners

Trusted Exposure.......................................................... 66

(See Coordinators)

Video Accord................................................................... 69

Reception & Rehearsal Sites (See Banquet , Rehearsal, and Reception Facilities)

Registry Simplicity Gourmet...................................................169

Rentals Event Pro Live................................................................145 Lotus Production.......................................................... 56 Party Plus.........................................................................147 Select Event Rentals..................................................146

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