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WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE? Wedding Planner? Day of Coordinator? Venue Coordinator? Wedding Planner. This person guides the couple through the planning process from setting the budget to keeping Aunt Sally away from Uncle Buck. The wedding planner will also answer the couple’s questions, assist with contract and vendor negotiations, and create a detailed timeline of the wedding day events. Be sure to ask your wedding planner if they provide event design services. Event designers help make your event cohesive and stylish. They have an artistic eye that can truly transform a space. Day of Coordinator. A Day of Coordinator (usually a month of service) is all about logistics but on a shorter timeline than a planner. They will confirm vendor contracts 2 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbdetroit.com

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

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FINDING THE PERFECT RINGS 6 helpful tips Start early, and do your research. Buy your rings 2-4 months before your wedding so that you have time for engraving, if desired, and some cushion in case there are any delays. This means you should start looking 4-6 months before the big day, or earlier! Find a good, reputable jeweler, educate yourself on metals and diamonds, and start evaluating your likes and dislikes. Think long-term. If you intend to keep your rings forever, then consider settling on a more classic style versus something trendy. On the other hand, you could plan to “update” your rings on your five, 10 or 20 year anniversary, in which case, go for what you love right now - trendy or not! Be clear about your budget. You may have heard the guideline, “spend about two months’ salary” on the engagement ring. While this gives you a ballpark amount to consider, the bottom line is this: find an amount you are comfortable with and stick with it. To match or not to match. If it’s important to you that you both have matching wedding bands, then by all means, do it! Just know that it’s not a requirement, and regardless of the jewelry, you’ll always know who belongs to whom. Consider your lifestyle. Active, dressy, casual or formal…consider how you live, and the activities you engage in as you think about what you want to wear on your ring finger for the rest of your life. Smart sizing. To be most accurate, don’t have your finger sized first thing in the morning, just after exercising, or when your body temperature is quite hot or cold.

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OF YOUR DREAMS Most girls are guilty of daydreaming about their wedding dress. We’re constantly bombarded with movies, TV, and photos of picture-perfect, iconic brides. Just think of the Kate Middleton effect! And what makes these brides iconic? The dress. Although finding the right dress for your wedding day isn’t as easy as daydreaming, we’re here to help with these bridal gown basics. 4

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GOWN STYLES This is the age when brides dress for their own comfort level and personal style with bridal attire ranging from extravagant princess gowns to tailored suits. Even so, most brides stick with a dress. The strapless style still reigns supreme, but the market has expanded in recent years to include gowns with all manner of straps, sleeves, and accessories. FABRIC & AFFORDABILITY Satin, tulle, and lace are the most commonly used fabrics for wedding gowns, and the type of fabric you choose will greatly affect the price. But these days it’s entirely possible to find designers that create gorgeous gowns with price points that suit the mainstream bride. The professionals at your local bridal salon will be able to help


GOWNS you determine which fabric and details fit within your budget. STARTING THE SEARCH Start by gathering ideas. Bridal magazines, designer websites, and Pinterest are a great source as you start the hunt for your wedding dress. Compile the styles you like that suit the mood of your wedding. Then make an appointment at your local bridal salon, and invite a trusted team of family and friends to join you. Remember that no two brides are alike, therefore no dress will ever accent your silhouette exactly the same way it does another bride’s body. But you’ll find that whether you’re full-figured or very petite, there have never been more options to accommodate brides of all shapes and sizes. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box and try on dresses that aren’t necessarily in your comfort zone. You never know what a gown will really look like until you try it on, and lots of brides end up choosing a style of gown they never even dreamed of. While at the salon, take advantage of your professional consultant’s knowledge and expertise. A good bridal consultant should steer you in the right direction so communicate your likes, dislikes, wants, and needs as much as possible. If you’re not in sync with the consultant you’ve been dealt, don’t hesitate to ask to work with a different representative. ALTERATIONS & FITTINGS There are usually as many as four fittings that follow saying “yes” to the dress. Here are some tips for making this process run as smoothly as possible. Give yourself and the tailor sufficient time. Know that most gowns can’t be changed by more than two sizes, up or

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

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The sooner you start on invitations, the better. Before you choose a style of invitation, it’s crucial to know some of the broad themes of your wedding (casual vs. formal, bold colors vs. soft hues) so that you can find/create invitations that reflect your style. If possible, order invitations six or more months before the big day. Formal invitations should be sent six to eight weeks before the wedding with save-thedates going out months in advance. While formal invitations complete with calligraphy and foil-lined envelopes are never out of style, the breadth of invite design options has grown immensely. Many brides hire a graphic designer or artist to add a personalized, handmade touch. Wedding invitations typically consist of several parts: a ceremony card, a reception card, a response card with its stamped/addressed envelope, a card with


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INVITATIONS directions to the ceremony/reception and hotel information for out-of-town guests, and an inner and outer envelope. But feel free to think outside the box with your design if that suits the style of your wedding day. An experienced professional will be able to assist you more with the details of these various parts and the proper wording for each.

To address the envelopes, run them through your printer in a beautiful font, handwrite, or hire a hand-letterer to do the job for you. Avoid using labels. Even clear ones just don’t convey the specialness of your wedding. Include your return address on the back of the envelope and make sure that your invitations have sufficient postage before popping them in the mail.

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

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THE LEVEL OF FORMALITY The first order of business is to evaluate how formal your wedding will be. This depends on the time of day of the wedding, the location, but most of all on you and your fiancé. Whatever level of formality you settle on, make sure you’re consistent throughout - invitations, décor, food, location, and wedding attire should all match in terms of formality. (Most people do this instinctively!) In warm weather and for beachy destination weddings, lighter colors (tan, light grey, white) look effortlessly handsome. Though in all climates, darker colors (navy, charcoal, black) always look sharp. Ties, vests, and cummerbunds can match the wedding colors, or compliment them with neutral tones. If the bridal gown is ivory, the men should wear ivory shirts, not white, to compliment her. Semiformal and formal weddings have plenty of options: a high quality, single- or double-breasted men’s suit in black, charcoal, or navy with a Windsor knotted tie in white, ivory, navy, silver, or black is a less formal option. For a more formal look, consider a tuxedo with a single- or double-breasted dinner jacket, a white or ivory pointed-collar shirt, a vest or cummerbund, and either a bow tie or a four-in-hand tie (a “fancy” knotted


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

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Photography FINDING A PHOTOGRAPHER WHO

FITS YOUR STYLE After months of fittings, tastings, and planning down to the very last detail, the day you’ve always dreamed of will seem to come and go in a blur. That’s why quality photography is a must! You want to be able to preserve the day and look back on everything that occurred. Through pictures captured in a style that speaks to you, you can remember, relive, and cherish each moment for the rest of your lives. 4

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currently trending, as couples gravitate toward the effortless, unforced feel of documentary-style photos. Portrait: Classic and posed. Poses can be staged with traditional backdrops (such as a church alter) or more creative (like lounging on a vintage sofa or holding hands in front of a vibrant city mural). Portrait doesn’t mean dull or dated — it just means the scenery and composition are arranged just-so. Fine Art or Edgy & Bold: Dramatic and dreamlike, with interesting angles and framing. Might use more muted tones for a film-like effect. These photos will represent the photographer’s vision, so if you love an artist’s unique style, fine art photography could be a great fit. Many photographers can do a blend of these styles, so don’t worry so much about being pigeon-holed into one or www.pbdetroit.com PREMIER BRIDE • 13


PHOTOGRAPHY another. In the end, worry less about what a photographer calls their style and more about whether or not their work makes you happy. RESEARCH PHOTOGRAPHERS Once you’ve established your target style, it’s time to shop around. Collect referrals from friends, review local wedding magazines and websites, and check out bridal shows near you. Of course browsing local photographers’ websites, blogs, Facebook pages, and Instagram feeds is the quickest way to get a feel for the talent in your area. Today’s wedding photographers tend to lay it all out online: their personality, sensibilities, style, and philosophy — all things that will affect your decision.

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MEET IN PERSON Once you’ve curated a shortlist of potential photographers that seem to check all your boxes, it’s time to meet. Don’t underestimate this step! Even if your artistic visions align, it’s just as important that your personalities click. Remember, this person is shadowing you on your wedding day! Ask yourself how this person will mesh with your friends and family, too. They should be professional, respectful, and know when to hang back, while also being bold enough to go after great shots and draw natural expressions. QUESTION & EVALUATE First and foremost: Only meet with photographers within your budget. It’s disappointing to fall in love with a photographer’s work only to later discover their rates exceed your spending allowance. Do your research ahead of time and only meet with photographers you can afford.


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PHOTOGRAPHY Ask to see a complete album of a wedding shot in a similar venue or with a style similar to yours. If you’re only gauging a photographer’s work off their online portfolio, you might be seeing a highlight reel; it’s best to get the whole picture. Have a critical eye when assessing wedding albums: Did they capture all the shots you’re hoping for? Are the images clear? How’s the composition? Is the lighting blown out, too dark, or just right? Some photographers are more skilled at capturing low-light images, so consider the time, season, and location of your wedding and chose a professional whose talents suit your needs. Some photographers are more skilled at capturing low-light images, so consider the time, season, and location of your wedding when choosing a photographer. With many expert wedding photographers to pick from, you’ll have no trouble finding someone whose experience is a perfect match for your wedding. DEFINE THE PACKAGE & GET THE SPECIFICS IN WRITING Photography packages vary from one professional to the next, so it’s critical to find out what’s included, as well as the cost of any add-ons. A photography package may or may not include the following: second shooters, additional hours, high-res jpgs, photo albums, or engagement sessions. Some photographers even offer same-day slide shows of the ceremony and wedding morning to play at the reception, or a few photos with quick turnaround for posting on social media. Many photographers offer such services a-lacarte, so you can choose only what’s of value to you. Remember that seemingly-


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Ask for the Premier Bride 50% Offer PHOTOGRAPHY affordable wedding photography suddenly isn’t all that affordable if you have to pay an extra $1,000 just to get the photo files. Speaking of files, ask any potential photographers how they back up your photos; if their answer doesn’t come swiftly and confidently, that can indicate a lack of professionalism. Also ask about their typical timeline for delivering proofs and final photos and how you’ll receive them, whether it’s small printed photos, a full album, an online gallery, or a flash drive of all the raw files. Bear in mind that faster isn’t always better. Some professionals shoot weddings nonstop during the high season, then spend the next six months of the low season processing photos flawlessly. When you finally make your decision, get everything in writing. When is

payment due? Will there be a backup camera? What’s the contingency plan should your photographer fall ill or have a family emergency? When will proofs be ready to view? Answering all of these questions up front will ease your mind and manage your expectations. ON YOUR WEDDING DAY: MUST-CAPTURE MOMENTS If there are friends and family that you want to be sure to snap a photo with or a particular time in the ceremony or reception that you want captured, it helps to put that in writing as well. Of course this list isn’t a binding contract, but it will help keep you and your photographer on track. Download our Ultimate Planner online at premierbride.com/planning for a checklist of can’t-miss moments.

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


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Transportation TRAVELING ON YOUR WEDDING DAY

GETTING THERE

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

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TRANSPORTATION FIRST: HOW MANY? Your search for transportation starts once you decide how many people you’ll be moving. Do you want just the bride and the groom in a vehicle, or is the entire wedding party heading to the reception together? If the whole party is going, do you want to include their spouses or dates? What about each couple’s parents? Once you make those decisions, you can start searching around for transport based on size. Then, you can pick out a limousine, a coach party bus, a trolley, or something more unique and personal for the couple. Whatever you decide on, keep safety in mind while revelers are bouncing from place to place. LIMOS If there is a day to splurge on this iconic luxury vehicle, your wedding is certainly the day. Unlike some other forms of transport, a limo can be booked for an entire day, so you could get a high-class ride to pick you up at the house, deliver you to the ceremony, reception or even to the airport to jet away on a honeymoon. Most companies have a one or two hour minimum for their services so think about what the most cost-effective way would be to keep the limo around. If you want a car for both going to and leaving from the ceremony, it might be more affordable to hire two separate cars rather than pay for the vehicle to sit there during a long reception. There are quite a few options for limos. A formal limousine seats four people, and sometimes a bride and groom will travel to the ceremony alone. Or, if you’d like to include the wedding party, stretch limos can allow 22 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbdetroit.com

for six to 10. For larger parties and a flashier mode of transport, sport utility models like the Hummer and Explorer are popular and unique both inside and out. The larger models are often posh, with flashy lights and decorative interiors. CATCH THE COACH For larger wedding parties or for those that want a little extra elbow room, a party bus or a luxury coach is a great way to travel from the ceremony to the reception. It’s got all the amenities and style of a luxury limousine, but with more room to spare –these will seat up to 10 people very comfortably. Or, for even bigger parties, a passenger coach or a party bus can seat anywhere from 21 to 49 people so it can be a great way to get a few special guests and family members on the special ride between locations. Or, if you have a very small wedding and the ceremony and reception are separated by a long distance, this is a fun way to get all the guests in on the party right away. Like limousine services, passenger and luxury coach companies require a minimum number of hours. The size and type of coach will determine the hourly rate. Depending on the size of your party, it may make sense to hire two coaches - maybe a luxury coach for the bride, groom and attendants and a passenger coach for the guests. This provides guests with a little more flexibility, as well. TAKING THE TROLLEY An attractive, fun and picturesque alternative to a limo or a passenger coach is a trolley, if it’s available in your area. Trolleys generally can


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TRANSPORTATION accommodate between 20 and 35 people so they’re great for larger parties or for adding on some family members or friends. With their antique look and old world charm, they’ll lend a lovely, elegant touch to this wedding day detail. Since most have outdoor decks, these are especially fun in small towns so you can take a peek outside and watch onlookers wave at the newlyweds. And there’s no transportation alternative that looks as great in photos! UNIQUE ALTERNATIVES Limos, party buses and trolleys are great, traditional options, but some new couples might opt for something more personal or creative. A horsedrawn carriage is a romantic, vintage option especially if you can decorate it with your wedding colors or pull up to your waving guests. Vintage cars are also great photo ops and add a touch of class. An antique Rolls Royce or a ’69 Mustang are fun and something you don’t get to ride in every day. Ride in style like the royal couple did in their April wedding in a decorated navy soft-top Aston Martin Volante. Or, as with everything else in the wedding, make sure the transportation connects to YOU. Maybe you met at a Harley rally – ride off on your twin Hogs! Or maybe you share a love of mountain biking – don’t be afraid to wheel over on a tandem together. Personality is what makes weddings memorable so however you move, make sure it’s full of your style. TIPS FOR A GREAT DAY • Customize your playlist and bring your own CD to play in the limo. 24 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbdetroit.com

• Plan liquid refreshments that won’t leave a mark, such as sparkling water. Wine or coffee can discolor your gown. For after the ceremony, you can go with champagne or mimosas, but be careful not to overindulge. • If you go for pictures between the ceremony and reception, champagne glasses can make a cute picture. • Be mindful of the time. You’ll be meeting and greeting all your guests and you’ll want to be your best. Don’t keep them waiting! DOWN TO DETAILS Make sure to confirm transportation booking and verify pick-up and departure times well in advance of your wedding dates. And don’t be afraid to ask for a test drive! For a written contract, look for these things: • Name and contact information for you and the company (including cell phone!) • Date, time and address of all pick-up and drop-off locations • Type and number of vehicles rented, and amenities supplied with each • Exact hours of vehicle rental • Total cost, including gas, mileage, tip and overtime fees • Deposit amount, balance and due date and cancellation policy • Signatures, including yours, and the company’s representative Weddings are busy, chaotic days so it’s wise to have someone closely associated with the wedding party, such as the best man or a family member, designated to coordinate with the chauffeur to make sure everything is on schedule.

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

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CAKES DESSERT DECISIONS When deciding on your wedding cake or dessert, start by considering the rest of your wedding. The look and feel of your sweet treat should match your day, whether that’s classic elegance, rustic romance, whimsical fun, or megawatt glam. For a black tie wedding, a traditional cake is probably the way to go. If your wedding is outdoors or in a rustic barn, a naked cake or lattice-topped pies are a charming choice. As you style your dessert, think about what speaks to you as a couple. Are you both big movie buffs? Work your love of cinema into the cake with fondant rolls of film and famous characters perched on each tier. Did the groom propose in Paris? Find a baker who can craft a veritable

Eiffel Tower of cupcakes. If you have a uniquely sweet idea, seek out a professional who can bring your vision to life. TIERED STYLE Tiered cakes are a timeless choice for a reason — they’re impressive, eye-catching, and make for a very pretty picture. There’s no end to the myriad of styles you can apply to this classic design. The aforementioned naked cake is becoming increasing popular, with its homespun layers of exposed cake and buttercream. For fully frosted cakes, ruffles are always pretty and look at home at a variety of weddings, from outdoor to ballroom. Cakes that glimmer with metallic luster are certainly growing in popularity. Colorful, illustrative cakes can draw out www.pbdetroit.com PREMIER BRIDE • 27


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DECORATIVE DISPLAYS While a lone tiered cake can be a stunner, there are lots of ways to feature your dessert table as décor. Instead of just one large wedding cake, consider three to five smaller tiered cakes displayed at staggered heights. Cupcakes are another way to expand your wedding cake’s presence: Try showcasing the central cake surrounded by towers of matching cupcakes. You can even place a small cake at the center of each dinner table so the dessert can double as a centerpiece. A LITTLE VARIETY It’s not uncommon to see a traditional cake paired with other sweets like cookies, truffles, or whole tables chock full of candy. Candy also makes a great favor, as you can give each guest a cute bag for filling with candies of their choice. You can even think further outside the box to make your dessert experience an exceptionally memorable one. Having an outdoor wedding? Invite guests to roast marshmallows and stack their own s’mores, or build their own sundaes, complete with a well-stocked toppings bar. You could even serve your all-time favorite sweets. Do you share a donut obsession? A display brimming with deep-fried confections can be fun and whimsical. Or choose two desserts — one bride’s pick and one groom’s pick. SWEETS TO SIP For winter weddings, hot chocolate bars are a cozy way for guests to warm


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

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

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MUSIC CEREMONY MUSIC When weighing your options for ceremony musicians, consider your vision (instrumental or vocalist) and your wedding’s style and venue. Think back to past weddings you’ve attended. What did you like about the music for each ceremony? What didn’t work so well? Once you and your fiancé have some ideas in mind, check out local musicians. Visit bridal shows, review bridal publications and online sources like premierbride.com, or ask for referrals from recently married friends or from your ceremony officiant. You could also work with an experienced talent or booking agency that offers convenient, one-stop-shopping for all your wedding music needs. Narrow down your options, and arrange

meetings to hear live your potential musicians and singers. After you’ve secured musicians for your ceremony, they can help you decide on what songs to include. Most musicians who specialize in weddings will be a great resource for song suggestions. Your officiant might also be helpful in guiding your musical selection. COCKTAILS AND DINNER MUSIC Conversation is key during cocktails and dinner, so the tunes should set the mood, but not intrude. If you decide on live music, try chamber music, classical or acoustic guitar, or a jazz ensemble for subtle entertainment that won’t overpower the mixing and mingling. A seasoned pianist can also be a fun choice if he or she can play

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Live music gives the evening a sort of festive energy and is a wonderful option if your budget allows. The key is finding a band that caters to weddings. These musicians offer versatility and will appeal to guests of all ages. In terms of expense, a live band will almost always cost more than a DJ. Keep this rule in mind: if you can’t afford a good wedding band then hire a DJ. A DJ will be more cost-effective and offer an almost infinite variety of music – truly something for everyone. Some keys to finding happiness in a DJ: 1) If possible, see them live before booking. 2) Do your personalities mesh? 3) Ask for, and follow up on, several references. 4) Communicate. Clarify what songs and events (first dance, father & bride www.pbdetroit.com PREMIER BRIDE • 33


MUSIC dance, bouquet & garter toss, etc.) you do or do not wish to include. Decide on the details ahead of time; make a “do not play” list of any songs you simply can’t stand and a “must play” list of songs you don’t want to miss. All things considered, whether you go for a band or a DJ, your dance party will be a guaranteed success as long as you treat your guests to a wide variety of music. THE NITTY GRITTY For the reception… Consider your reception site and how this might impact your choice in entertainment. Communicate with your site manager so you’re aware of any restrictions and so that he/she is aware of your plans ahead of time.

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Communicate with your band or DJ so that they can visit the venue to make sure it meets their needs in terms of space, electricity, and lighting. In general… As with other wedding vendors, make sure the ins and outs of your agreement with your musicians is very clear and in writing. This includes payment, start and end times, fees for playing overtime, alternate plans if a musician is sick the day of your wedding, etc. Confirm all the details with your musicians about one week prior to your celebration. Once you’ve done your homework, hired musicians for each stage of your wedding day, and worked out the details, you can rest easy. That is, until it’s time to start practicing your dance moves. Ask the Right Questions A good band or versatile DJ will reach out to all ages and tastes, with showmanship and energy to keep the party in high gear. • What packages do you offer? What do they include? • May I see your references/demo CD? • May I see you perform at an event? • If I provide you with a list of songs, will you be able to play them? • Can we control the volume? • How will you all be dressed? • How long do you play/ how many breaks? • How long to prepare or set up? • Can you be a master of ceremonies? • When do you charge overtime? • 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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which are a classic choice making a modern comeback. Just as we’re seeing bridesmaids in mix-and-match dresses, we’re seeing mix-and-match bouquets more frequently and mix-and-match boutonnieres as well. Another way to work flowers into fashion: flower crowns! THE CEREMONY & RECEPTION If you’re having your ceremony in a place of worship, check with your officiant for any restrictions before finalizing the flowers. Some churches request that flowers remain on-site for weekend services, though this practice is rather outdated. For the reception, there are countless floral styles to incorporate into the décor: elegant vases filled with cut flowers, towering candelabras with verdant accents, topiaries, scattered rose www.pbdetroit.com PREMIER BRIDE • 37


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beach and your husband would rather take snorkeling lessons. Of course you’ll have to compromise, but talking about these compromises long before the trip will make the honeymoon much sweeter. Let’s look at some destinations to consider. Go tropical When you say “honeymoon,” most people think of a remote, tropical island that looks like something straight from a postcard. You can’t beat a fruity umbrella-clad drink and romantic walks along the beach. Even for the most active of couples, your honeymoon is one time when it’s okay to sit back and let yourselves be taken care of. If you choose a tropical destination, an all-inclusive resort is a most relaxing way to go. Do your research through travel www.pbdetroit.com PREMIER BRIDE • 43


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never been abroad before, make sure this is an experience you’re both fully committed to. Planning an international trip for the first time can be stressful, and it could be overwhelming to be in foreign lands when all you want to do is relax and enjoy each other’s company. But if you’re up for going international, the result can be a true test of teamwork and a most romantic, unforgettable experience. Here are some nitty gritty considerations. Make sure your passport is updated, especially if your last name on a different piece of identification is going to change. It’s usually best to book any tickets in your maiden name, since that is likely to be the name still on your passport and driver’s license. For more information on specific foreign destinations or if you’re worried about health and safety abroad, search online


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community. Tipping customs vary from country to country, so find out what percentage to tip and when to do so. • Language. Learn some key phrases and pick up a pocket-sized dictionary or phrase book. • Weather. Find out the average high and low temps for the time of year you’re traveling, and be prepared for rain or shine. WORK WITH A TRAVEL AGENT You have enough planning on your plate with the wedding so leave your travel planning to a professional! The cost to you is generally zero, or very, very minimal, and an experienced agent will save you so much time and greatly reduce your stress. If anything goes wrong (cancelled flight, lost reservation, etc.), your travel agent is just a phone call away. MAKE IT ROMANTIC It’s no secret that a honeymoon is all about those intimate moments and fueling the newly-wed romance. So be proactive in making sparks fly! Pack a secret gift for each other or plan a nighttime excursion — anything to spice things up. By keeping the romance as per-sonal as possible, the love light will be burning strong no matter where you’re honeymoon-ing. DESTINATION WEDDINGS A destination wedding might be an elopement for just the bride and groom or a small affair that includes immediate family and friends. Either way, destination weddings are a fun es-cape and an unforgettable experience — a wedding and honeymoon all rolled into one!

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BY TRAIN For newlyweds, there’s nothing better than starting life’s journey together with an incredible honeymoon vacation. Some couples prefer to enjoy quiet time together and relax away the stress of wedding planning, while others opt to make their honeymoon the adventure of a lifetime. If you fall somewhere in the middle, consider traveling Canada by train for an unforgettable mix of scenic vistas, outdoor excursions, cosmopolitan flair, and luxurious relaxation. 4 Rocky Mountaineer Train getting into the Station. Rocky Mountaineer was founded in 1990, and it has transported more than one million passengers since then. Albert Pego / Shutterstock.com


WHY TRAVEL BY TRAIN Train travel harkens back to a simpler time - a time when the journey itself was a highlight of the trip, not just the destination. In a time before airport security, three-hour layovers, Uber rides, and subway stations, traveling by train was considered luxurious and romantic. There’s not only the charm and nostalgia of the train itself, but the fact of what a train can accomplish cross-county, weaving through landscapes that are largely inaccessible by other modes of transportation. Between these exclusive views, your own private room, the sociable finedining car, and glass-walled carriages built expressly for sightseeing, the nearlylost art of train travel is experiencing a sort of revival, and Canadian railways are helping lead the way. WHY CANADA Nature lovers, city slickers, and adventure seekers alike will find plenty to entertain them in Canada, and train travel is the best way to sample the best of everything. Canadian railroads carve through remote terrains and unparalleled beauty, scaling mountainsides and winding along vast canyons. If you’re content just to look at Mother Nature’s marvels, go right ahead and leave the hiking gear at home - or, if you’re the sporting type, outdoor excursions abound at each stop along the way. The beautiful thing is that amount of adventure you partake in is entirely up to you. Canada also boasts everything from big city living to quaint seaside towns, giving you and your sweetie the chance to enjoy an array of cuisine, nightlife, boutique shopping, and historic landmarks. And if cruises are

up your alley, some railroad lines offer packages that pair train routes with Alaskan ocean cruises. It’s all waiting for you in Canada - and it’s best experienced by train! LANDS GLORIOUS & FREE With Canada being such a vast, expansive country, the thought of narrowing down just where to travel can be overwhelming. Luckily, railroad lines have made it easy for tourists, taking nearly all of the guesswork out of honeymoon planning. With thoughtful, pre-determined itineraries, you can leave the planning to the professionals. Here are some of the regions and journeys available to you: COAST TO COAST All aboard for a cross-country trip! Couples who want to see the whole of Canada can hop VIA Rail’s Pan Canadian line, with service from Toronto to Vancouver. There are several departure times throughout the week for the fourday journey, so you can travel whenever works best for you. Far North A train allows you to venture to remote destinations and rugged terrains that you otherwise wouldn’t - or even couldn’t - explore by any other means of transportation. In the far north of Canada, there are very few roads, so train travel is the only way in or out. VIA offers a two-night itinerary that starts in Winnipeg and ends in Churchill, Manitoba on the shores of the Hudson Bay. Nearer North During the summer, the Polar Bear Express journeys between Cochrane, Ontario and Moosonee on James Bay.


This is a one-day return trip, so it’s a perfect way to get a taste of northern Canada without an overnight stay. Folks say this day trip isn’t so much about jaw-dropping vistas, but rather offers a unique glimpse of local life in the north. The Rockies If you don’t have time to cross all of Canada, make the Canadian Rockies your priority. Trips through the mountains run from Vancouver to Calgary or vice versa, and train travel happens (mostly) by daylight so you don’t miss a single stretch of scenery. As touring the Rockies by train is indeed the most popular with honeymooners, railroad lines have gone above and beyond to ensure luxury and once-in-alifetime memories. Let’s look at how two different train lines let you ride in style.

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VIA RAIL This is the overnight train ride of your dreams! Make the 720-mile trek between the Canadian Rockies and the North Pacific Coast with VIA Rail’s tour of Western Canada. You’ll zoom past snow-capped mountains, glacial rivers, immense canyons, and vast stretches of wilderness in newly-renovated train carriages. Prestige Service is the way for lovebirds to go on VIA Rail, with Prestige guests enjoying a large bedroom with

a double bed, full ensuite bathroom, a larger picture window for sightseeing, and amenities like flat-screen TVs, complimentary drinks - alcoholic, too! and 24/7 butler service.

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ROCKY MOUNTAINEER What most obviously sets the Rocky Mountaineer apart from VIA Rail is that passengers sleep on the VIA Rail, whereas passengers on the Mountaineer stop at various cities to sleep at luxury hotels along their journey. This way, you’re guaranteed to do all of your traveling by daylight, so you can fully experience the Rocky Mountain scenery. The Rocky Mountaineer has been operating from mid-April through mid-October since 1900, and they’ve certainly mastered comfort and luxury after all that time. GoldLeaf Service includes access to glass-domed train carriages, an exclusive outdoor viewing platform, locallysourced, hot gourmet meals prepared by Michelin-trained chefs, morning scones, afternoon wine & cheese, and alcoholic drinks included throughout your journey. Oh, and when it’s time to stay in one of those luxury hotels, complimentary baggage service makes it so your suitcase will be waiting upon your arrival. Pretty dreamy, right?


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While you may never want to leave the luxury of the Rocky Mountaineer, the destinations include exciting and eye-popping cities like Seattle, Vancouver, Banff, Jasper, and Lake Louise, where there’s lots to see and do once off the train. Here’s a snapshot of what these stops have to offer honeymooners. SEATTLE Hop on a vintage trolley, visit the Space Needle, bop around the International District, stroll the Chihuly Garden & Glass Exhibit, and feast on fresh seafood - it’s all happening in Seattle! The downtown area is also nice and compact, so it’s easy to explore on foot. VANCOUVER Skyscrapers mingle with a landscape of ocean, mountain, and great big sky. Surrounded by the Coast Mountains and Pacific Ocean, Vancouver is a favorite destination of foodies, wine and beer lovers, and outdoor enthusiasts. You can walk or bike along the sea wall, snap a photo in front of the Olympic cauldron, hike or take a gondola up Grouse Mountain, or even do a day trip to Granville Island with its charming public market, artisan boutiques, and views of the harbor. BANFF, ALBERTA Boasting Canada’s first National Park and named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Banff’s breathtaking vistas, abundant wildlife, and culinary magic draw many visitors. Nature lovers can find lots of outdoor adventure in Banff, including a hot spring soak or hiking Tunnel Mountain for awe-inspiring views.

Beautiful autumn views of iconic Lake Louise in Banff National Park in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta Canada

LAKE LOUISE Located about 30 miles from Banff, Lake Louise is a picture-perfect, bluegreen lake nestled at the base of Victoria Glacier. Here you can paddle the lake or hike along the shores, sip afternoon tea at the Fairview Lodge, or ride the gondola to the top of Mount Whitehorn, where you may glimpse grizzlies. At the top of the mountain, dine at the Whitehorn Bistro and savor the majestic views below. JASPER For stargazing honeymooners, Jasper is a must for your bucket list. Here you’ll find the world’s secondlargest Dark Sky Preserve. You can also take the 90-minute boat tour of Maligne Lake and Spirit Island, the most-photographed landmark in the Rockies. While on your excursion, watch out for wildlife, and make time for more hot spring action at the Miette Springs. Wherever your trip to Canada takes you - along mountain peaks, scenic coastlines, northern tundra, or urban gems - one thing remains constant. With an adventurous spirit and the love of your life at your side, an unforgettable honeymoon is just a train ride away.

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

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BLUE WATER Experience the charms of our intimate communities while shopping at art studios, vintage consignments, jewelers, spas, florists and bridal shops. The Blue Water area offers a wide range of café, restaurant, and event venues - perfect for hosting rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, bachelor(ette) parties, or just a night out with friends and family.

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Honeymoon in one of many local bed & breakfasts, cruise Lake St. Clair on a quaint charter or take in nature touring a wooded trail. If your dream includes a wedding on the beach, look no further than the area’s public access sites on Lake St. Clair and the St. Clair River.

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With its natural beauty, talented vendors and small community charm, the Blue Water area will exceed your expectations for a unique and wonderful wedding.

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RECEPTION Before you can determine the type of venues to look at for, ask some broad questions. What style do you envision? A relaxed, summer wedding and a formal, winter wedding are better-suited to very different reception sites. Some examples: Rustic style: Barns, farms, country inns, and ranches. Traditional/Classic style: Ballrooms, banquet halls, hotels, country clubs, or community centers. These are often allinclusive! Natural/Open Air style: Waterfront, forest, vineyard, city park, or other locations where Mother Nature’s beauty shines. Also consider a Plan B for inclement weather. Non-Traditional style: Museums, zoos, planetariums, and antique stores. Urban/Industrial style: Downtown lofts, art galleries, and warehouses. 54 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbdetroit.com

Intimate style: Unique spaces catered toward small weddings — historic homes, a small party room at your favorite restaurant, or a tent in your parents’ backyard (tented weddings can work for other styles, too). Once you’ve settled on your reception’s aesthetic and the type of spaces you wish to explore, it’s time to get to work. Here are the first three factors to consider during your hunt. GUEST COUNT AND BUDGET These sound like two separate entities, but are in fact totally entwined. You can only afford to host the number of people that your budget allows; therefore your budget will determine your wedding’s headcount. That, or you need to increase your budget to accommodate more folks. Once you finalize your budget and


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RECEPTION total number of potential guests, this will quickly eliminate venues that are too expensive or too small. WEDDING DATE Being committed to a particular wedding date will narrow down your options. If a reception site doesn’t have your date available, move on. If it does, know that nothing is final until you’ve signed a contract and made a deposit. Once your decision is made, it’s critical to officially secure the space as soon as possible. Some choice venues are booked one to two years in advance, particularly on popular dates. ON-SITE VS. OFF-SITE Most on-site locations provide the majority of goods and services needed for your reception: catering, beverages, 56 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbdetroit.com

tables, chairs, tableware, linens, and serving staff. Such locations are typically hotels, ballrooms, private clubs, restaurants, and more. These facilities usually charge on a per-person basis and have a minimum guest requirement. Off-site locations offer the use of the reception space only. You supply the caterer, furnishings, décor, waitstaff and bartenders, and everything in between. Such locations range from open-concept urban lofts to tented receptions. The responsibility of coordinating your own reception goods and services might sound like a headache to some brides, and to others, it’s an opportunity to fully personalize their day. Off-site venues are often a blank slate, allowing you to furnish and dress up the space as you like, bring in whatever food and drink your heart desires, and run the day on


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RECEPTION your own schedule. There are pros and cons to both on- and off-site venues — what matters is what’s right for you and your wedding! Once you’ve determined the above, it’s nitty-gritty time. Below are seven details to take into account as you visit and evaluate reception venues. Location. Consider the distance between the ceremony and reception locations. Is it more than a 30-minute drive? That’s asking a lot of your guests. If the distance to your reception is lengthy, if the place is difficult to find, or if the spot is inconvenient (say, located near a baseball stadium on game day), you might want to provide transportation for your guests. Size and Layout. You’ve already eliminated sites that are too small for your guest list, but you should still

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make sure your friends and family have plenty of room to mix and mingle, rather than bump shoulders. Will the entire reception take place in one room, or will there be a separate space for cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing? As you look at spaces, think about where to situate the tables, dance floor, DJ, etc. Privacy. Public spaces such as county parks won’t close down for your reception. Bear in mind that a wandering local might stumble upon your party! Or if your venue has multiple event spaces (such as a hotel with several ballrooms), find out if there will be another party going on at the same time as yours. Make sure there is enough separation between the event spaces so the two parties don’t interfere. Parking. Confirm that there is ample, well-lighted, and convenient parking


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RECEPTION for your guests. If there isn’t, find out if a valet or shuttle service is available. Technical details. Whether you’re planning to have a DJ or live band, ask about possible restrictions on the type, volume, or duration of music. Confirm that there’s adequate power and electrical outlets for speakers, mixers, and amplifiers, and consider the acoustics of the space. It’s not uncommon for a venue’s coordinator to invite future brides and grooms to stop by a scheduled wedding to get a feel for sound levels and acoustics. If this is a real concern for you, just ask if you can do a drop-in. Odds are the site coordinator will be welcoming. Room décor. Most sites are rather neutral, but it still pays to take note of the permanent decorations in an event space. Do the flooring,

wall color, window treatments, and artwork suit the style and season of your wedding? Is it a room with a view? If photography is of great importance to you, search online for professional photos from weddings staged in the space. Does it photograph well? Services offered. With each site you visit, note what’s included in the rental price. Whether it’s big things like catering and waitstaff or details like candles and breath mints in the bathroom, it pays to get those details up front. Also bear in mind that the included services greatly impact whether or not a reception site fits within your budget. An affordable venue that doesn’t include any furnishings, for instance, might not be so affordable in the end.

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

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CATERING FEASTS WITH FLAIR Nowadays, as brides and grooms are getting a little adventurous with their cuisine, caterers are offering more bold flavors, meaningful meals, and fun experiences. Sit-down meals are gravitating toward family-style, where larger portions of dishes are passed around the table. This style works with everything from homey meat and potatoes to build-your-own tacos. Ethnic cuisine is a great way to bring a little flavor to your reception. Take your guests around the world with a variety of food stations offering everything from sushi to French cheeses. It’s a great way to inspire conversation! Food trucks are another popular way to up the fun factor, and late-night snacks like popcorn, pizza, or grilled cheese sliders are a huge hit with guests. To get really personal, think about hosting each of your favorite meals. The bride’s might be a nice juicy steak and the groom’s might be chicken and waffles — and that’s okay! The more you embrace what makes you unique, the more memorable your wedding will be. In recent years, there’s also been an emphasis not only on unique meals, but locally-sourced, quality ingredients. Couples like to support local purveyors, since hosting a locally-harvested meal means they’re not only building up their own community, but also enjoying the freshness of a farm-to-table feast.

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Where Happily Ever After Begins. Perfection is our business. With our expert staff, award-winning cuisine, and elegant beauty, our European style ballroom can accommodate parties up to 700 guests. We can turn any occasion into an event to remember. To schedule an event call Dawn at (586) 268-0200.

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better prepare for the initial meeting. Ask to see sample wedding menus and references. Step 2: Decide on your style With all of the general specifics in place, such as sit-down or buffet, it’s time to factor in your wedding’s style and degree of formality. Right off the bat, caterers will want to talk about your personal tastes (and budget!). Think about the vibe your wedding — is it a classic ballroom affair or a rustic outdoor bash? Do you want the food to be posh or playful? Such details will help a caterer determine what they can offer that falls in line with your vision. Step 3: Schedule a tasting When you finally narrow down your list of prospective caterers, it’s time for www.pbdetroit.com PREMIER BRIDE • 67


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CATERING the fun part — tastings! Speak up during your tastings and don’t be afraid to ask if they can tweak something to your tastes. This is your day and your meal, and any good caterer will be pleased to work with your wishes as much as they can. Step 4: Finalize the menu Gather inspiration from magazines, websites, and bridal shows to clarify what you like and dislike in a wedding meal. Think about weddings you’ve attended, or ask friends for favorites and failures. Your caterer will also be a great resource to bounce ideas around and finally craft a menu that’s perfect for you. When in doubt, ask your caterer and trust them. They’ve seen lots of weddings and know what works best for the number of people, time of day, and location, so take their professional advice to heart. Step 5: Calculate the cost Finalizing the menu and calculating the cost might happen somewhat simultaneously, since your budget will surely affect the direction of your wedding meal. Here’s a bit about what you can expect in terms of pricing: Facilities with in-house catering departments may have a minimum charge or set-up fee, while an independent caterer will usually work within any reasonable, agreed-upon budget. Keep in mind that buffets are usually priced higher, since they’ll have to account for a little more per person. Caterers usually require your final guest count one week before the wedding. This is the number of people you’ll actually be charged for, though most caterers will factor in a few lastminute guests, too. Decide if you’ll include meals for wedding-related personnel, such as the DJ, musicians,

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CATERING photographer, and on-site coordinator. If cost is an issue, ask your caterer about more casual meals for vendors. Finally, make sure to ask what extras are included in the catering cost. Find out if your caterer will provide table linens, plates, glasses, crystal, silverware, and serving pieces — otherwise you’ll need ample time to make other arrangements. Step 6: Hire the servers With a finalized menu all priced out and good to go, it’s time to determine how many wait staff you’ll need to serve the feast and keep the reception running smoothly. Your caterer will give you their expert opinion, but a safe bet is one server for every 10 to 12 guests for a sit-down dinner, and two servers for every 50 guests for a buffet-style dinner. If you’re having a full open bar, too, that will require more help — one bartender for every 50 to 75 guests. Make sure to talk with your caterer ahead of time to make sure that the servers’ style of dress works with the style of your wedding. Step 7: Get it in writing Sign a contract with your caterer only after you have all of the details spelled out: date, time, address of site, food items by course, beverages and bar guidelines, number of guests covered, provisions for special meals, time of cocktail hour, time meal is served, contact people, number of wait staff and bartenders, linens, terms of payment, and liability insurance. There will probably be an advance deposit when you sign the contract — and don’t forget to check the cancellation policy.

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Current Trends

MODERN ROMANCE POPS WITH PERSONALITY

Today’s weddings are a gorgeous mix of classic styles and trendy touches - a theme that has been rather constant in recent years. To bring their unique brand to their wedding, brides and grooms are focusing all the more on injecting their own personality into the celebration. Yes, in 2018 individuality is a trend all its own. 4

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CURRENT TRENDS STYLE: SOFT & SATURATED Wearing multiple looks for the ceremony and reception is on-trend and gaining momentum as brides want to have their princess moment, then kick off their shoes and dance the night away. But if you’re keeping it classic and gownonly, you’ll see layers of lace, illusion backs with fine detailing and buttons, all sorts of sleeves, and long trains paired with cathedral-length veils. These frocks don’t only come in white: you can find them in an array of light colors like gold, blush, grey, and blue. Such soft neutral looks carry over into the bridal party with bridesmaids wearing neutral palettes and metallicsoften times mixing and matching. Of course, when they’re not wearing a barely-there color, you’ll find bridesmaids in rich jewel tones like sapphire blue, emerald green, and amethyst purple. In short, it’s trendy to be on either end of the spectrum (pastel or highly saturated) rather than somewhere in between. WEDDING THEMES: PINTEREST PRETTY & KEEPING IT CLASSIC We’re living in the days of Pinterestloving brides so it comes as little surprise that DIY weddings are still very trendy. While the classic wedding is still popular, couples are also choosing reception venues that allow for a lot of creativity — sites where you pay to rent the space, but are responsible for bringing your own décor, catering, and other rentals. Lots of today’s weddings are all about ambience, and more brides are setting aside large chunks of their budget strictly for decorations. As for the type of décor, rustic weddings are still very much in style, but the trend is shifting from burlap and mason jars to a combination of earthy and glamorous. You’ll see 76 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbdetroit.com

elements like crystal chandeliers, eclectic place settings, and Instagram-worthy lounge areas and vintage furniture. FLOWERS: LOOSE & LUSH The floral industry is experiencing a return to the cascading bridal bouquet. Brides want flowers with a natural feeling: lush, loose, and looking like they were just plucked from a garden. Trailing ribbons in silk, taffeta, or velvet are another way for brides to personalize their bouquets. Brides can pin to their bouquet ribbons charms or photo lockets in remembrance of deceased loved ones. FOOD: UNIQUE EATS The traditional sit-down, three- or five-course meal is experiencing a sort of revolution. While you’ll still see these formal dinners at classic weddings, many more brides are also turning food into an interactive event. Family-style meals and food trucks are increasingly common. Dinners that feature locally-grown and in-season ingredients are also very popular. These more casual farm-to-table dinners go hand-in-hand with familystyle dining to foster a comfortable, homey environment. When it comes to desserts, “interactive” is still the name of the game. Dessert tables of pie, ice cream, candy, or cupcakes reign supreme. Some couples choose to have both a classic wedding cake along with a dessert bar just for fun. And just as food trucks are gaining popularity, so are dessert “trucks” like gelato carts and gourmet popsicle stands. These help-yourself stations aren’t just for edibles — they’re for drinkables, too. Coffee and hot chocolate bars with all the fixings are a cool trend for winter weddings.

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Phone Number(s)

See Page for More Information

Reception Room Capacity Range

Number of Available Banquet Rooms

Suggested Number of Months to Schedule Facility

Average Price per Person

Number of Guests per Server

RECEPTION & BANQUET GUIDE

877-FKC-8777

64

1200

4

6-8

$26 to $50

Varies

CHEMUNG HILLS GOLF & BANQUET CENTER

517-546-4230

71

250

2

6-12

$30 to $60

Varies

CRYSTAL GARDENS

517-545-1000

51

900

5

12

$50 to $75

30

DUNHAM HILLS

248-887-9170

25-300

3

3-24

$26 to $50

Varies

THE OPERA HOUSE

517-540-0065

200

1

3-6

Varies

Varies

WALDENWOODS BANQUET & CONFERENCE CENTER

810-632-6401

250

4

6-12

$30 to $75

20

WHISPERING PINES

734-878-0009

300

2

6-12

$26 to $70

25

WOODSHIRE PLACE

517-223-8187

330

1

Flexible

$25 or less

Varies

20-700

4

Up to 24

$36.95 to $48.95

20

ASSUMPTION CULTURAL CENTER 586-771-8600

500

2

12-18

$26 to $50

20

ATHENA HALL

586-773-4440

960

5

12 Varies

$25 and up

Varies

BLOSSOM HEATH

586-771-0511

up to 350

1

Varies

$26 to $50

25

CONCORDE INN BANQUET & CONFERENCE CENTER

586-493-7200

250

2

12

$43 to $55

20-30

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

350

3

THE CRYSTAL ROOM

313-417-6440

60

1

Varies

FREEDOM HILL BANQUET CTR.

586-795-2800

250

3

Up to 24

$26 to $50

50-300

2

Varies

Varies

CALHOUN COUNTY FIREKEEPER CASINO/HOTEL

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

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

2975 Old US-23, Hartland

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

MACOMB COUNTY ANDIAMO WARREN BANQUET

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

586-268-3200

66

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

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

$26 to $50

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

15000 Metropolitan Pkwy. Sterling Heights

INFINITY-OVATION YACHT CHARTERS 586-217-3897

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

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69

Varies


Custom Menu Custom Menu Custom Menu

Buffet, Plated

Custom Menu

n

Custom Menu

n

Buffet, Sit Down, Stations Buffet, Sit Down

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

n

n

n n

n n n n

n

n n

n

n

n

Special features

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

Kosher Cuisine Available

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

Buffet, Sit Down, Stations

Filet with zip sauce/Italian Dishes

n n n n

n

Cromaine Chicken, n Stuffed Salmon & Beef Entrees

Varies

Valet Parking Available

Serving Style Available

Separate Area Available for Ceremony

House Special Entrees Varies

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

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

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

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

Strolling Food Stations

n n n

n n n n

n Two unique waterfront venues with breathtaking

views of the Detroit Skyline along with the finest cuisine will provide you the celebration of a lifetime. www.pbdetroit.com PREMIER BRIDE • 79


Suggested Number of Months to Schedule Facility

1

6

125 / 378

2

6-12

$26 to $50

1-10

50-500

6

9

$26 to $50

25-30

800

3

8-10

$26 to $50

20

250

2

Flexible

$17.95 to $43.95

25

50-150

1

1

$15.95 or less

20

Number of Guests per Server

Number of Available Banquet Rooms

250

Average Price per Person

Reception Room Capacity Range

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Phone Number(s)

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

586-727-9727

PREMIER EVENTS CENTER

586-791-7760

SHELBY GARDENS

586-731-8220

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

50265 Van Dyke, Shelby Township

65

ZUCCARO BANQUETS & CATERING 586-949-4110

46601 Gratiot, Chesterfield

Varies

MONROE COUNTY LINKS AT LAKE ERIE

734-384-1177

QUALITY INN & SUITES

734-242-6000

ST. GEORGE CULTURAL CENTER

734-243-2712

300

1

6

$30 or less

Varies

ADDISON OAKS

248-693-8305

30-500

2

Varies

$26 to $50

25

BAKERS OF MILFORD

248-685-3300

5-500

4

6-12

$26 to $50

Varies

BAY POINTE GOLF CLUB

248-360-0600

300

2

Varies

$26 to $50

25

INDIANWOOD GOLF & CC

248-693-9100

230

3

Varies

$26 to $50

Varies

COMFORT INN OF WATERFORD

248-666-8555

200

3

2

$26.95

50

COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT

248-358-1222

GLEN OAKS COUNTRY CLUB

248-626-2600

450

1

12

$26 to $50

25

KING’S COURT CASTLE

248-391-1900

60

up to 230

3

Varies

$28 or more

Varies

LINKS OF NOVI

248-380-9595

61

150

2

3-18

$26 to $75

25

LYON OAKS GOLF COURSE & BANQUET CENTER

248-573-7787

400

2

Varies

$26 to $50

25

MYSTIC CREEK GOLF CLUB & BANQUET CENTER

248-684-3333

up to 300

2

Varies

$25 or less

20

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

63

OAKLAND COUNTY 1480 W. Romeo Rd., Leonard 2025 S. Milford, Milford 4001 Haggerty Rd., West Bloomfield

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

2325 Joslyn, Lake Orion

50395 W. 10 Mile Rd., Novi

60

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n

Special features

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

Kosher Cuisine Available

Valet Parking Available

Serving Style Available

Separate Area Available for Ceremony

House Special Entrees

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

Varies

n Located in historic downtown Richmond. n Newly remodeled. All Inclusive available. n Whether your event is simple or sophisticated, our

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

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

Buffet, Plated

n

All-inclusive packages available. Indoor & outdoor ceremonies.

Buffet

n n

Buffet

n n

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

n

Buffet, Plated

Custom Menu

Chicken Indianwood

n

n n

n Buffet, Family, n

n n

n

Buffet, Plated

n

n

n

Plated, Buffet

n

n n

Sit Down

Tudor styled mansion built in 1920’s, nestled on 850 acres, decks overlooking 2 lakes. n Two bridal suites, large dance floors,

extensive menu choices.

Beautiful ceremony site sits on Middle Straits Lake. Indoor/outdoor area available.

n n

Buffet

n Host club of the 2012 US Senior Open.

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

Chicken Village

n

Varies

n

Varies

Buffet, Plated

n

n

Beautiful outdoor garden for ceremonies.

Buffet, Plated

n

n

n Luxurious setting, masterpiece of architecture and expert

craftsmanship built in historic setting of Canterbury Village. What bride-to-be could resist her fairy tale wedding in a elegant, romantic castle ballroom?

n

Buffet, Plated

n

Buffet, Plated, Family

n

Buffet, Sit Down

n Panoramic golf course views and fireplace

with a private club feel. All inclusive packages, upgrades available.

n

n n

n n n n

Call for complete details. n Panoramic view of golf course.

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Number of Available Banquet Rooms

Suggested Number of Months to Schedule Facility

Average Price per Person

Number of Guests per Server

248-553-0000

170

1

3-12

$26.50

25

TWIN LAKES GOLF CLUB

248-601-4175

up to 400

1

Varies

$60 or more

20

WHITE LAKES OAKS GOLF & BANQUET HALL

248-242-4207

300

1

6

$45

25

810-359-7333

350

2

4-12

$20 to $25

20

10-1,000

2

8-24

$20 or more

10-15

810-982-9595

300

3

6

$25 or more

15

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

750

3

6

$42 or more

20

Varies

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RADISSON HOTEL

Phone Number(s)

Reception Room Capacity Range

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

991 N. Williams Lake Rd., White Lake

SANILAC COUNTY LAKEVIEW HILLS GOLF RESORT

6560 Peck Rd., Lexington

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

53

1200 Gratiot Blvd., Marysville

BLACK RIVER COUNTRY CLUB

3300 Country Club Dr., Port Huron

5810 Flinchbaugh Rd., Kimball

WASHTENAW COUNTY FOX HILLS

734-453-7272

450

5

Varies

Varies

GRADUATE ANN ARBOR

734-769-2200

80-130

3

6-12

$26 to $50

POLO FIELDS GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB

734-998-1555

Ask

1

Varies

Varies

Varies

YPSILANTI MARRIOTT

734-487-2000

up to 640

14

9-15

Varies

20

ALL SAINTS BANQUET HALL

734-946-9650

150-375

1

Inquire

Varies

Varies

CASCADE’S CATERING & BANQUET HALL

248-476-6800 313-535-7157

300

2

Varies

$20

Varies

CRYSTAL GARDENS BANQUET CENTER

734-285-2210

1500

4

12-18

CRYSTAL PARK BANQUET CENTER 313-388-9001

325

1

12-18

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

313-271-2700

500

3

18

$75 or more

20

EPICUREAN HOUSE

734-692-0409

250

1

12-18

GENITTI’S HOLE-IN-THE-WALL

248-349-0522

36-280

4

Inquire

$26 to $70

Varies

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

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

WAYNE COUNTY 24900 Brest Rd., Taylor

29155 7 Mile, Livonia

51

16703 Fort St., Southgate

17099 Champaigne, Allen Park

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

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n

Custom

n

n

Prime Rib Chicken Cordon Bleu Beef Tenderloin

Family, Sit Down, Plated Buffet, Family, Plated

n

n

n

n

n

n

Special features

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

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

n

n n n

Buffet, Family

n

Buffet, Family, Plated n Family Style

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

n

Buffet, Plated

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

n 90% of all food served is homemade. All

n

Buffet, Plated n

7 Course Italian Dinner

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

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

n

Filet Mignon & Broiled Salmon

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

n n

Buffet, Plated

n

Varies

Kosher Cuisine Available

Valet Parking Available

n

Plated, Buffet

Varies

Specialized Custom Menus

Serving Style Available

Separate Area Available for Ceremony

House Special Entrees Custom Menu

n 18 Hole golf course on site, Complete

recreation facilities. At I-94, exit 183.

n

n n

n n n

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

n

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

award winning food & service.

Our theatre provides a unique & intimate backdrop for ceremony. Allinclusive deluxe package available. www.pbdetroit.com PREMIER BRIDE • 83


250

3

12-18

850

3

Number of Guests per Server

Number of Available Banquet Rooms 2

Average Price per Person

Reception Room Capacity Range up to 450

Suggested Number of Months to Schedule Facility

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6-16

$28 to $50

Varies

9

$22 to $50

30-40

1

4-6

$26 to $50

30

9

6-18

$17.95 to $52.99

Varies

200

4

3

$42.95

20

Phone Number(s)

RECEPTION & BANQUET GUIDE THE GRECIAN CENTER

734-282-5700

GROSSE ILE COUNTRY CLUB

734-246-8500

HELLENIC CULTURAL CENTER

734-525-3550

HERITAGE MANOR

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

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

36375 Joy Rd., Westland

9981 South Telegraph Road, Taylor

HOLIDAY INN SOUTHGATE BANQUET & CONFERENCE CENTER

59

17201 Northline Rd., Southgate

JOE VICARI’S ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE 313-359-3300

21400 Michigan Ave., Dearborn

JOY MANOR BANQUET FACILITY

734-525-0960

75-425

4

6-12

$35 or less

20

MASONIC TEMPLE OF DETROIT

313-832-7100

up to 800

8

3-12

$26 to $50

20

345 N. Main St., Plymouth

PLYMOUTH MANOR

734-455-3501 734-455-3936

450

2

6

Varies

Varies

QUALITY INN & SUITES

734-261-6800

35-225

2

Varies

Varies

24

PARKSIDE GARDENS

734-246-7600

350

1

RIVERSIDE BANQUET CENTER

734-285-2210

200

1

12-18

ST. MARY’S CULTURAL CENTER

734-421-9220

550

3

Varies

$24 to $34

20-30

ST. MICHAEL BANQUET HALL

313-228-9739

50-300

1

Flexible

$27

Varies

350

1

Varies

$27

Varies

310

1

6-18

$31 or less

30

28999 Joy Rd., Westland

500 Temple Ave., Detroit

30375 Plymouth Rd., Livonia

14700 Reaume Pkwy. Civic Circle Southgate 3530 Biddle, Wyandotte

18100 Merriman, Livonia

26375 W. Chicago Rd., Redford

96

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

750 N. Beech Daly Rd. Dearborn Heights

STONE CREEK BANQUET CENTER 734-379-1453

One Maquire St., Flat Rock

67

SUMMIT ON THE PARK

734-394-5486

250

2

6

$45

30

WATERVIEW LOFT AT PORT DETROIT

313-656-6000

220

1

9

$50 to $75

8

WAYNE COMMUNITY CENTER

734-721-7400

400

5

12

WAYNE TREE MANOR

734-728-3020 Inside Back Cover

50-1,000

4

6

Varies

Varies

46000 Summit Parkway, Canton

130 E. Atwater St., Detroit

4635 Howe Rd., Wayne

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Guinness Braised Beef Traditional and Ethnic Menus

Custom Menus

n n n

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

n n n n

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

n

All Styles

n n

n

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

n n n n

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

Filet mignon and n Blac de Blanc chicken with morell mushrooms

n

n n All inclusive wedding packages available.

All Styles

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

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

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Baked Whitefish n w/Herb Champagne Sauce

Ethnic Menus Available for All

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

Kosher Cuisine Available

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Roasted Prime Rib, n Steak & Seafood

Filet Mignon with Zip Sauce Varies

Valet Parking Available

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Serving Style Available

House Special Entrees S.W. Beef Brisket

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Full service banquet facility, personalized menu planning. Halal cuisine available. Economical & affordable elegance. Excellent food by Szegedi Catering. Personalized attention. Ample parking. n Halal cuisine available. Economical & affordable elegance. Excellent food by Szegedi Catering. Personalized attention. Ample parking. n Natural setting surrounded by trees & protected wetlands viewed from floor to ceiling windows in banquet room. n n Gazebo for outdoor ceremony with ample room indoors for inclement weather. Guests have access to outdoor patios attached to Grand Ballroom. Reserved exclusively for you and your guests. n Our expert culinary team has created a diverse range of sophisticated fare from which to choose. We invite you to create your own culinary journey while taking in the stunning Detroit-Windsor skyline views along the shimmering Detroit River. n Bring your own caterer. Newly remodeled. Stationary dance floor. n Newly remodeled. Plenty of parking. Rich setting, affordable venue. Outstanding reputation for food and service. www.pbdetroit.com PREMIER BRIDE • 85


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

shows average attendance is between 75-200 people and generally around 20-40 different vendors. These shows allow you much more time to talk with the individual wedding professionals, ask questions and get more in-depth answers. The second kind of show is much larger, averaging anywhere from 800 to 2000 attending and featuring anywhere from 100-250 different vendors. The biggest advantage to this kind of show is the wide range of vendors available and the beautiful displays for great wedding ideas. Pre-printed address labels: Most vendors will have some special drawing for gifts and prizes. Having these labels available will save you time and effort. Include your full name, address, phone number, wedding date and email address. Create a temporary wedding e-mail address: It’s free and can be deleted after your wedding date. Obviously you 86 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbdetroit.com

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

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2018 MICHIGAN BRIDAL SHOWS JANUARY 6, 2018

YOUR BIG DAY WEDDING EXPO!  12-3pm, 517-902-9945 Adrian College: Adrian Tobias Center 110 South Madison St., Adrian

JANUARY 7, 2018

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

JANUARY 7, 2018

TROY MARRIOTT BRIDAL CELEBRATIONS 12-4pm, 734-560-5233 Troy Marriott, Troy

JANUARY 14, 2018

BRIDAL WORLD

11am-4pm, 989-239-2067 Lansing Center 333 E Michigan Ave., Lansing

JANUARY 14, 2018

HERE COME THE BRIDES 1-5pm, 810-923-6446 Brighton High School 7878 Brighton Rd., Brighton

JANUARY 21, 2018

HERE COME THE BRIDES BRIDAL SHOW 1-5pm, 810-923-6446 Summit On The Park 46000 Summit Pkwy., Canton

FEBRUARY 11, 2018

THE WEDDING EXTRAVAGANZA BRIDAL SHOW 11:30am, 734-285-2210 Crystal Gardens 16703 Fort Street, Southgate

FEBRUARY 11, 2018

BRIDAL CELEBRATIONS AT THE DEARBORN INN 12-3pm, 586-532-9200 The Dearborn Inn 20301 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn

FEBRUARY 18, 2018

HERE COME THE BRIDES

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

FEBRUARY 25, 2018

WEDDING EXTRAVAGANZA BRIDAL SHOW 12-4pm, 517-545-1000 Crystal Gardens - Livingston 5768 E. Grand River Ave., Howell

MARCH 4, 2018

THE ANDIAMO BRIDAL SHOW 12-3pm, 586-268-3200 Andiamo’s Banquet Center 7096 East Fourteen Mile Rd., Warren

MARCH 11, 2018

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BRIDAL CELEBRATIONS

1-4pm, 734-320-8019 Kensington Hotel 3500 S. State St., Ann Arbor

JANUARY 28, 2018

WEDDING SHOW AT THE PROVING GROUNDS

JANUARY 28, 2018

12-4pm, 586-532-9200 Ford Field 2000 Brush St., Detroit

THE 2017 RADIOFIRST BRIDAL EXPO 11am, 810-982-9000 Blue Water Convention Center 500 Thomas Edison Pkwy., Port Huron

FEBRUARY 4, 2018

A LOVELY DAY BRIDAL SHOW 12-4pm, 734-288-7096 Westin Hotel 1500 Town Center, Southfield

FEBRUARY 4, 2018

HERE COME THE BRIDES 12-4pm, 810-923-6446 Kings Court Castle 2325 Joclyn Ct., Lake Orion

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MARCH 25, 2018

1-5pm, 586-943-5785 Packard Proving Grounds 49965 Van Dyke Rd., Shelby Twp.

APRIL 8, 2018

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

APRIL 22, 2018

DOWNRIVER BRIDAL EXPO 11:30am, 734-282-5700 Grecian Center 16300 Dix Toledo Road, Southgate


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

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

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THE PREMIER BRIDE PLANNER

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

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THE WEDDING TIMELINE

Shop for and order wedding gown, veil and accessories

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

2-4 MONTHS AHEAD

12 MONTHS AHEAD

Decide on the budget

9-12 MONTHS AHEAD

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

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

Arrange ceremony rehearsal and notify participants

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

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

1-2 MONTHS AHEAD

Choose attendants

Select band or DJ for reception

Book musicians for ceremony Select florist

Reserve accommodations for out-of-town guests

2-4 WEEKS AHEAD

Select caterer

Order invitations, personal stationery and thank you notes

Select and purchase guest favors Find and reserve rehearsal dinner location

1 WEEK AHEAD

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

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

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

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

Arrange for final fittings on your gown

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

Register for gifts at one to three stores

Order wedding cake

Mail invitations

Start reception seating chart and placecards

Reserve wedding day transportation

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

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

Prepare printed program for ceremony

Get engagement photo taken

6-9 MONTHS AHEAD

Buy and wrap attendants’ gifts

Select ceremony music, readings and vows and meet with officiant

Compile guest list

Select videographer

4-6 MONTHS AHEAD

Address wedding invitations

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

Reserve accommodations for wedding night Finalize guest list

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FOR HER:

DON’T FORGET...

WEDDING ATTIRE

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

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

FOR HIM:

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

HONEYMOON CHECKLIST

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

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

UPDATING YOUR NAME

WEDDING DAY EMERGENCY KIT

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

Auto Registration

Investment accounts

Stock certificates

Bank & credit card accounts

Life insurance policy

Car insurance policy

Medical/dental records

Tax agency records (state/federal)

Credit reporting agencies

Memberships

Voter registration records

Deeds/titles

Passport

Wills/trusts

Driver’s license

Post Office records

Employee records

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

Social Security records

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THE WEDDING BUDGET

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Groom’s Wedding Ring

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Ceremony Site Fee

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Officiant

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Marriage License

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Aisle Runner

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Candles/Candelabra

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Other

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RECEPTION

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Bride’s Wedding Ring

MUSIC

Engagement Ring

Reception Site Fee

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Food, Service, Tax & Gratuity

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Beverage/Bar Corkage Fee

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Cake/Cake Cutting Fee

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Rental Items

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Other

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Ceremony

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Reception

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Other

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Photographer’s Fee

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Engagement Portrait

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Formal Wedding Portrait

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Proofs

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Wedding Album

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Candids

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Parents’ Sets

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Other

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Wedding VHS/DVD

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Additional Copies

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Bride’s Gown

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Alterations

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Headpiece & Veil

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Lingerie, Hosiery & Garter

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Shoes

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Jewelry & Accessories

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Wrap/Jacket

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Hair, Makeup & Manicure

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Other

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GROOM: Groom’s Formalwear

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Neckwear & Cufflinks

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Accessories

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Shoes

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Other

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PHOTOGRAPHY

BRIDE:

VIDEOGRAPHY

WEDDING ATTIRE

CEREMONY

RINGS

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

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

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Projector Rental

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Other

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Groom’s Boutonniere

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Attendants’ Boutonnieres

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Best Man

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Groomsmen

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Ushers

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Helper Corsages/Boutonnieres ______________

Child Attendants

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Ceremony Flowers

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Bride & Groom

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Reception Flowers

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Bride’s Parents

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Decorations/Balloons

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Groom’s Parents

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Other

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

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Save-the-Date Cards

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Cake Cutting Attendant

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Invitations & Envelopes

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Gift Table Attendant

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Calligrapher

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Guest Book Attendant

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Postage

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Thank You Notes

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Soloists/Musicians (who are friends)

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Other

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Wedding Coordinator

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Informal Stationery

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Ceremony Programs

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Placecards

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Other

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Attendant Accommodations ______________ Bridesmaids’ Dresses/Shoes

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Flower Girl’s Dress

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Groomsmens’ Formalwear

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Ring Bearer’s Attire

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Bridesmaids’ Luncheon

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Other

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Rings

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Ceremony

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Reception

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Music

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Wedding Party Transportation: Limousine, Carriage, etc. ______________

Cake Knife & Server

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Cake Top

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Wedding Attire

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Favors

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Photography

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Flower Girl’s Basket

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Videography

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Guest Book & Pen

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Flowers

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Ring Bearer’s Pillow

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Stationery

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Toasting Glasses

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Transportation

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Unity Candle, Kiddush Cup

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Favors & Accessories

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Other

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Gifts

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Other

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Miscellaneous

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Maid/Matron of Honor

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Grand TOTAL

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Guest Transportation

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Parking

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Other

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Other

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TOTALS

TRANSPORTATION

Announcements

GIFTS

Bridesmaids’

MISCELLANEOUS

FLOWERS

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Attendants’ Bouquets

FAVORS & ACCESSORIES

STATIONERY

Bride’s Bouquet

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SHARING THE COST

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

GROOM

BRIDE

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

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

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

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

Accommodations for out-of-town attendants (optional)

Formal wear for best man & groomsmen (optional)

Luncheon for bridal party

Accommodations for out-of-town attendants (optional)

Informal stationery

Marriage license Fee for officiant

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

GROOM’S FAMILY

BRIDE’S FAMILY

Honeymoon Engagement party

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

WEDDING PARTY

Videographer

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

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

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GROOM’S CAKE

CAKE STYLE

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

SETUP DETAILS

CAKE ACCESSORIES

Description

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

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

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

Tea Lunch Cocktails Dinner

Regional Seasonal Exotic Ethnic Thematic

SERVICE

Breakfast/Brunch

FLAVOR

TYPE

CATERING PLANNER

Salad Entrée Dessert

Beef Chicken Vegetarian Pork Seafood

DESSERT

Soup

ENTRÉES

COURSES

Appetizer

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

Dessert Hors d’oeuvres

Cocktails

Regional Seasonal Exotic Ethnic Thematic

Lamb

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

Vegetarian Kosher Halal Other

RENTAL ITEMS

Full Bar

SPECIAL

ALCOHOL*

Pasta

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

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HELPERS

FLOWERS BY SEASON

TERMINOLOGY

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

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

SPRING

SUMMER

FALL

WINTER

YEAR ‘ROUND

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WEDDING PARTY

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

RECEPTION

CEREMONY

Other

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

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MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT PLANNER

CEREMONY

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

START TIME

SONG/PERFORMED BY

START TIME

Prelude Processional Service Recessional Postlude Other Other

RECEPTION

Other

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

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BRIDE­’ S PHOTOS:

GROOM­’ S PHOTOS:

PRE-WEDDING

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

Bride getting ready

RECEPTION

Guests at cocktail party

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

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

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

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

CEREMONY

PORTRAITS

PHOTOGRAPHY PLANNER

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

Group pictures & candids throughout reception

Clergy, groom & best man at altar

Musicians

Bride & father walking down aisle

Bride & Groom’s first dance

Father giving bride’s hand to groom

Bride & Father, Groom & Mother dance

Guests watching the ceremony

Guests dancing

Vow exchange

Cake, cake table & cake cutting

Ring ceremony

Couple feeding each other cake

Candids of bride’s/groom’s face

Bouquet toss Garter removal & toss

Unity candle ceremony, kiddush cup ceremony, etc.

Sweetheart dance

Signing of wedding certificate

Going-away vehicle (especially if decorated)

Groom kissing the bride

Bride & groom in going away clothes

Recessional

Newlyweds departing & guests’ farewell

Guests throwing rice, flower petals, etc.

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LOCATION

RECEPTION PLANNER DATES AVAILABLE

LOCATION

SIZE

USED FOR

Indoor

Small (<100)

Ceremony

Outdoor

Medium (100-250)

Reception

Same site as ceremony

Large (250+)

Dressing

Walking distance from ceremony

Overnight rooms

SITE SERVICES

Within ______ miles of ceremony site

SERVICES PROVIDED

RENTALS AVAILABLE

Rooms

Tables

Food

Chairs & chair covers

Beverage/Alcohol

China, glassware, silverware & serving dishes

Disabled access

Linens

Adequate parking Valet

Ratio of guests to servers: ___________

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

DECORATIONS

PROVIDED

STYLE

More than one event at a time

RECEPTION

Head table Guest tables

BRINGING OWN DECORATIONS What are decorating restrictions?

Cake table Guest book table

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

When can decorations/favors come in?

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

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COLOR SCHEME Pastels Jewel tones Neutral tones Bold/bright

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Bride as baby

Early days as a couple

Groom as baby

Bachelor/Bachelorette parties

Bride’s childhood Groom’s childhood

Other:

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

RECEPTION

BRIDE DRESSING AT HOME

PHOTOS FOR SLIDESHOW

VIDEOGRAPHY PLANNER

Date: Time: Location: Special Requests:

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

CEREMONY

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

Date:

Guests dancing

Time:

Guests dining tables

Location:

Bride & Groom saying good-byes & leaving

Guests arriving Wedding party preparing

Special Requests:

Ceremony Guests leaving Special Requests:

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BRIDE

WEDDING ATTIRE DESCRIPTION

SIZE

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

BRIDE’S ATTENDANTS

Other

DESCRIPTION

SIZE

SIZE

SIZE

SIZE

NAME

NAME

NAME

NAME

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

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GROOM

DESCRIPTION

SIZE

Coat Shirt Vest Trousers Cummerbund Neckwear Cufflinks Socks & Shoes Other

GROOM’S ATTENDANTS

Other

DESCRIPTION

SIZE

SIZE

SIZE

SIZE

NAME

NAME

NAME

NAME

Coat Shirt Vest Trousers Cummerbund Neckwear Cufflinks Socks & Shoes Other

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VENDORS

KEEPING TRACK

NAME / PHONE

PAYMENT INFORMATION

DATE

AMOUNT

BAL. DUE

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

WEDDING PARTY

Wedding Coordinator

NAME

PHONE

Bridesmaids

Groomsmen

Ushers

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES DIRECTORY KEY • • • •

Accessories Alterations Attendant Gifts Bachelor(ette) Parties

(See Hotel Accommodations and Transportation)

• Banquet Facilities • Bridal Boot Camp (See Health and Beauty)

• Catering • Chapels • Chair Covers

• Health & Beauty • Honeymoons

• Photography • Projection Screens • Rehearsal Dinners

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

• Hotel Accommodations • Invitations • Jewelry Stores • Limousines

• Rentals • Tents

(See Rentals)

(See Music & Entertainment)

• Bridal Showers

(See Banquet Facilities and Hotel Accommodations)

• Bridal Shows (See pg 86)

• Cakes

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

Elegant Invitations & Bridal

One Stop Shopping for all your Wedding Needs 416 North Main Street, Plymouth ElegantInvitationsPlymouth.com 734-455-8893 (See pg 9)

ALTERATIONS

(See Rentals)

• Music and Entertainment • Photo Booths

(See Rentals)

• • • • • • •

Transportation Travel Tuxedos Unique Services Uplighting Videography Websites

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

(See pg 11)

Celebration Flowers & Gifts

5800 N. Sheldon Rd., Canton Northeast corner of Sheldon & Ford Roads Store Opens at 10am 734-455-7377 (See pg 38)

Gerard Tuxedo

Alterations and More by Darlene (See pg 6)

Alterations by Rozi

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

(See Transportation)

• Linens

(See Banquet Facilities)

Brighton Tux Shop

ACCESSORIES

13526 Northline, Southgate 734-282-6177

(See Hotel Accommodations and Travel)

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

(See pg 10)

Jim’s Tuxedo & Men’s Clothing Warehouse 13238 Dix Toledo Rd., Southgate jimstuxedosandmenswear.com 734-285-3253 (See pg 7)

(See pg 10)

BACHELOR(ETTE) PARTIES

JUDY’S SEE PG. 7 BRIDAL ALTERATIONS

(See Hotel Accommodations and Transportation)

Expert Bridal Alterations in Sterling Heights

1195 Gratiot, Marysville ShowMeAlexanders.com 810-364-6650

586-489-9523

judys-bridal.com

BANQUET FACILITIES Alexander’s Premiere Banquet Facility

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

Black River Country Club

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

ATTENDANT GIFTS Above & Beyond Tuxedo

2497 Black River St., Deckerville aboveandbeyondtuxedo.com 810-376-2889 90 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbdetroit.com

(See pg 11)

(See pg 53)

Andiamo Warren Banquet & Conf. Center (See pg 66)


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

Plymouth Manor Catering & Banquet Center (See pg 71)

Crystal Gardens

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

(See pg 51)

(See pg 51)

(See pg 64)

15000 Metropolitan Pkwy, Sterling Heights freedomhill.net/banquet 586-795-2800 (See pg 69)

Genitti’s Hole-in-the-Wall (See pg 58)

The Grecian Center

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

(See pg 57)

(See pg 59)

Heritage Manor

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

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

(See pg 1, 60)

2326 N. Monroe, Monroe stgeorgeculturalcenter.com 734-243-2712

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

(See pg 67)

Wayne Tree Manor

(See Inside Back Cover)

Whispering Pines Golf Club

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

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

RECEPTION & BANQUET GUIDE BRIDAL BOOT CAMP

(See Health and Beauty) (See pg 1, 60)

Lakeview Hills

BRIDAL SHOWERS

(See Banquet Facilities and Hotel Accommodations)

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

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

St. George Cultural Center

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King’s Court Castle

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

(See pg 63)

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

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

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

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

Shelby Gardens Banquets & Events

Freedom Hill Banquet Center

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

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

Quality Inn & Suites

Firekeepers Casino/Hotel

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

(See pg 96)

Premier Events Center

Crystal Gardens

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

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

(See pg 55)

BRIDAL SHOWS

(See pg 86)

Links of Novi

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

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES CAKES

CUSTOM VEILS

Angel’s Bake-n-Cakes

Alterations by Rozi

3969 Fort Street, Lincoln Park angelsbakencakes.com 313-551-4072

(See pg 27)

Chene Modern Bakery

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

(See pg 29)

(See pg 29)

Shatila Bakery

Wed Ink

wed-ink.com 734-355-6446

(See pg 8)

DJ’S

(See Music & Entertainment)

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

(See pg 28)

ENGRAVING Wedding Engraver/Engraving Connection

CATERING

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

Alexander’s Catering

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

(See pg 53)

Faulkner’s Catering

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

(See pg 54)

EVENT PLANNERS/ COORDINATORS Roses are Red Events

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

Lakeview Hills

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

(See pg 37)

Touch of Elegance

400 Renaissance Center, Suite 2600, Detroit Appointment only touchofelegancellc.com 800-960-4570 (See pg 2)

CHAPELS The Grecian Center

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

(See pg 57)

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

(See pg 59)

FLORISTS Celebration Flowers & Gifts

5800 N. Sheldon Rd., Canton Northeast corner of Sheldon & Ford Roads Store Opens at 10am 734-455-7377 (See pg 38)

Oceano Florist

King’s Court Castle

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

(See pg 1, 60)

Wayne Tree Manor

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

(See pg 7)

CUSTOM PROGRAMS/ SEATING CHARTS

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

239 E. Sibley, Howell AlterationsByRozi.com 517-548-9181

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

Roses are Red Events (See Inside Back Cover)

CHAIR COVERS

(See Rentals)

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

(See pg 37)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Touch of Elegance

400 Renaissance Center, Suite 2600, Detroit Appointment only touchofelegancellc.com 800-960-4570 (See pg 2)

(See Accessories)

Wed Ink

(See pg 8)

JEWELRY STORES 805 Ann Arbor Trail, Mayflower Center, Plymouth 734-737-9525 (See pg 19)

HONEYMOONS

Diamond Castle

39955 Grand River, Novi 248-442-2440

Leo’s Jewelry & Gifts

(See Hotel Accommodations and Travel)

34900 Michigan Ave., Wayne 734-721-4311

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS Better World Travel

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

(See pg 10)

Dearborn Jewelers

HEALTH & BEAUTY JKCertified.com

29457 Five Mile Rd., Livonia yourinvitationplace.com/gerardtuxedo 734-293-5293 wed-ink.com 734-355-6446

HEADPIECES

JK Certified Bridal Boot Camp

Gerard Tuxedo

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

586-294-7020 734-725-5176

LIMOUSINES

(See pg 44)

(See Transportation)

(See pg 64)

(See Rentals)

Firekeepers Casino/Hotel

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

LINENS

Lakeview Hills

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

MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT Dance Pro DJ Service

Quality Inn & Suites

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

(See pg 63)

Sybaris Suites Sybaris.com 888-805-7665

(See pg 45)

DJ Crashers

Serving all of Michigan djcrashers.com 248-990-2577 (See Inside Front Cover & pg 35) Premier Dueling Pianos, Delivered! PianoWars.com 734-775-7100

Above & Beyond Tuxedo

(See pg 31)

Superior Sounds DJs (See pg 11)

Celebration Flowers & Gifts

5800 N. Sheldon Rd., Canton Northeast corner of Sheldon & Ford Roads Store Opens at 10am 734-455-7377 (See pg 38)

Elegant Invitations & Bridal

(See pg 32)

Piano Wars!

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

Serving Southeast Michigan danceprodjservice.com 248-568-6907

One Stop Shopping for all your Wedding Needs 416 North Main Street, Plymouth ElegantInvitationsPlymouth.com 734-455-8893 (See pg 9)

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

(See pg 33)

PHOTO BOOTHS DJ Crashers

Serving all of Michigan djcrashers.com 248-990-2577 (See Inside Front Cover & pg 35)

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Strike a Pose

Elegant Invitations & Bridal

strikeaposephotobooth.com 313-550-2443

(See pg 18)

PHOTOGRAPHY

One Stop Shopping for all your Wedding Needs 416 North Main Street, Plymouth ElegantInvitationsPlymouth.com 734-455-8893 (See pg 9)

Golden Crown Restroom Trailers

Blue Heron Photo

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

(See pg 14)

Bravo Studios Photography Photographed Beautifully! Brighton Dearborn bravostudiosphotography.com

810-225-6145 313-231-4000 (See pg 13)

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

(See pg 56)

Lyndsey’s Linen and Chair Covers, Inc. 1212 E. 9 Mile Rd., Hazel Park New Center Area (by appt only) lyndseyslinen.com

248-542-2800 1-866-535-4636 (See pg 41)

Oceano Florist

Serving all of Michigan djcrashers.com 248-990-2577 (See Inside Front Cover & pg 35)

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

Lewis Portraits

Roses are Red Events

DJ Crashers

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

(See pg 16)

Michigan Photo Imaging

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

(See pg 15)

Platinum Bride Weddings LLC

Ask for the Premier Bride 50% Offer platinumbrideweddings.com 248-949-7055

PROJECTION SCREENS Serving all of Michigan djcrashers.com 248-990-2577 (See Inside Front Cover & pg 35)

REHEARSAL DINNERS

(See Banquet Facilities)

RENTALS Brothers Party Rental

(See pg 40, 54, 55)

Celebration Flowers & Gifts

5800 N. Sheldon Rd., Canton Northeast corner of Sheldon & Ford Roads Store Opens at 10am 734-455-7377 (See pg 38)

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(See pg 37)

Touch of Elegance

400 Renaissance Center, Suite 2600, Detroit Appointment only touchofelegancellc.com 800-960-4570 (See pg 2)

TENTS

(See pg 17)

DJ Crashers

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

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

(See Rentals)

TRANSPORTATION

Bozzo’s Limousine Service • Wedding Specialists • Luxurious Limos & Custom Coaches • Fully Licensed & Insured • MDOT Registered

734-753-5520

Prompt, SEEProfessional PG. 23 & Dependable Service

(See page 41)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Save Your Bouquet

saveyourbouquet@gmail.com 734-673-6057

Tender Moments

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

248-478-3600 www.LimoGiant.com

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

(See pg 38)

Winged Occasions

wingedoccasions.com 734-782-3827 See BaCk Cover

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

(See pg 44)

(See pg 43)

Lovin’ Away

lovinaway.com 844-LOV-AWAY

(See pg 47)

(See pg 11)

Brighton Tux Shop

(See pg 11)

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

(See pg 33)

Brighton Dearborn bravostudiosphotography.com

810-225-6145 313-231-4000 (See pg 13)

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

(See Inside Front Cover, 35)

Michigan Photo Imaging (See pg 10)

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

(See pg 37)

Superior Sounds DJs

DJ Crashers

Gerard Tuxedo

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

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

Bravo Studios Photography

Above & Beyond Tuxedo

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

(See Inside Front Cover, 35)

Roses are Red Events

VIDEOGRAPHY

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

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

EZ Travel

Celebrations That Matter eztravel.com 888-686-4433 or 248-714-8838

(See pg 77)

DJ Crashers

Better World Travel

(See pg 10)

Creative, Artistic and Affordable MichiganPhotoImaging.com 313-460-4602 34330 New Jersey St., Clinton Twp SuperiorSoundsDJs.com 586-791-4721 or 888-933-3164

UNIQUE SERVICES

WEBSITES Platinum Bride Group

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

(See pg 15)

Superior Sounds DJs

Gilda’s Club Detroit

(See pg 33)

PlatinumBrideGroup.com

Premier Bride pbdetroit.com 734-464-1018

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

(See pg 77)

(See pg 56)

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