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H a p p y New Year and congratulations on your engagement! You will find this time to be exciting, u n f o r g e t t a b l e, emotional and at times stressful. We are here to help! CHRISTY TOLLIVER In our planning guide you will find articles, lists, fashion previews, a reception & rehearsal dinner guide, a bridal attire guide, a jewelers guide and tons of ideas to make your journey easier. Our advertisers are the best of the best. Take time to look at their ads, check out their websites and give them the opportunity to WOW you with an in person consultation. Most of the time consultations are complimentary. The first thing you need to do is create a budget of what you can spend for your dream day. Consider hiring a wedding planner to assist with this task…they are the experts and can guide you in the right direction based on your wants, needs and budget. The second thing you need to do is go to as many bridal shows that you can. You’re in luck! It’s officially bridal show season. Check out page (TBD) for a list of all of the upcoming shows. Most exhibitors will be giving away prizes so grab some envelope labels, print your name, address, email address and wedding date on them. Take them with you and you can just stick them on the entry forms. This will save you a lot of time. Grab a seat for the fashion shows early, these normally go fast. Again, congratulations and remember to have a fun planning your big day. We are here to help. Check out our website at and on Facebook!

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Everyone knows they can’t try to upstage the bride on her wedding day, and that means one thing –you’ve got to make sure your dress is up for the challenge! Some ladies have dreamt of their gown since before they can remember, but for others finding the dress is a nightmare. Before you start looking here are some tips:4 PREMIER BRIDE • 5

GOWNS Have a trusting team. Invite along friends or family who will be honest yet accommodating with you. If a dress is unflattering, you want them to speak up, but don’t invite someone who wants to control how you’ll look on your day – the ultimate decision is yours, and you shouldn’t feel guilty about that. Keep an open mind. It’s helpful to have an idea of what you want, but don’t be afraid to wiggle outside your comfort zone. You might be pleasantly surprised with the results and make a statement walking down the aisle!

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Get treated right. Make sure your service is topnotch. Your dress is one of the most important and memorable parts of one of the biggest days of your life, so you should be taken care of like a queen. You need to be able to trust a consultant to take care of every aspect of your dress-buying experience. Make sure they address how they’ll deal with alterations and other practical matters. Also, be mindful they’re not slacking but are truly showing you all your options while staying within your price range. Your happiness should be their top priority. If you don’t feel comfortable, do NOT be afraid to ask for a different representative or go somewhere else. As for styles, it´s an exciting time to shop. Strapless still reigns, but the market is constantly expanding. Trends like bold colors, asymmetrical hemlines, whimsical trims and dramatic backs are challenging conventional designs. For brides that don’t know where to start, bridal magazines and on-line sites can be a great resource. Remember

GOWNS styles of dresses you’ve loved on yourself in the past. When you see something you like, create a file of your favorites and bring them along when you visit a wedding boutique. It’s helpful to have an idea of what you want, but don’t be afraid to wiggle outside your comfort zone. You might be pleasantly surprised with the results and make a statement walking down the aisle! Here are some of the latest and greatest from the world of bridal fashion: COLOR. Traditional white gowns will always have a place, but it’s not the only option. Romona Keveza has a flowertrimmed robin´s egg blue, Vera Wang embraced a soft blush for a layered gown and Oscar de la Renta showed green skirts and even a dramatic black with striking white butterfly accents. If you don´t want to transition totally away from white, try fading into color, like this Junko Yoshioka. The silky strapless gown starts in an off-white and gently swirls into an asymmetrical yellow train for a pastel spin on a timeless look. Or, go for a bold accent like this look from Anthropologie with a black bow and red shoes. LEGS! Short dresses have always been fun for a switch into a more casual reception dress, but they’re gaining popularity down the aisle. They show off your legs or a great shoe, and come as light-hearted or couture as you like. Project Runway´s Carol Hannah has some flirty, affordable frocks. No one will elegantly show off your curves more than Alfred Angelo´s ´Little White Dress´collection, while Oscar de la Renta has whipped up a more show-stopping number with full skirts. For tee-length, princess options, try a whimsical dress from Rosa Clara.

STRAPLESS’S NEW RIVAL. The one shoulder option is second to strapless, which means the once edgy look now has classic and elegant options. Try a decorative bow, flower or design on the strap, like this Jenny Packham dress. For a less dramatic design, try something like Imogen from Carolina Herrera´s 2011 bridal line, with a simple tulle cap sleeve that gently stems from an easily sloping neckline. Also popular is a folded, asymmetrical look, like Oscar de la Rentashows . (Asymmetrical hemlines are also very in!) COVER UP. Sleeves are back, but not the padded shoulders and too-beaded sleeves of our mothers. Monique Lhuillier´s Addie is a perfect example of sheer sleeves extending from a sleek v-neck to shape a slender arm on any body type. For an updated Grace Kelly look, intricate lace sleeves that don´t remind you of doilies are beautiful from designers like Kelima. Cap sleeves are also popular, especially the detachable type for a different look between ceremony and reception or a lace overlay over the neckline, like many Claire Pettibone gowns. TRIMS. Trims as accents are becoming the perfect way to make a simple gown dazzle. Melissa Sweet, ReemAcra, RomonaKeveza and Anthropologie scattered ruffles, tiny butterflies or even feathers down the dress to add personality to a classic design. BACK IS THE NEW BLACK. After all, it’s a long way down the aisle, and throughout the ceremony and first dance that’s what your guests will see. Silky, knotted backs the Eslava or Enfasis from Rosa Clara enliven the gown and let a strong, beautiful back poke through.


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Bridesmaids, Tuxedos and Prom Dresses 701 N. Battlefield Blvd., Chesapeake, VA 23320


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Countdown to your wedding day Our 12 week wedding beauty program covers everything for you and your bridal party. Personal consultations, Skin care, Hair and Nail treatments, Make up and much more. Whether it’s a pedicure party, day of pampering complete with a cafe lunch, or individual custom packages, Salon Vivace will provide a blissful day for you and your group. Please call one of our spa consultants who will be pleased to arrange a complimentary personal consultation and preview visit.

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GOWN: EVE OF MILADY, STYLE: E29 JEWELRY: Hair Stylist: Angela Rabon Make up: Emily Paige


GOWN: EVE OF MILADY, STYLE: EM70 JEWELRY: Hair Stylist: Angela Rabon Make up: Emily Paige PREMIER BRIDE • 11


JEWELRY: Hair & Makeup: Maria Josette


GOWN: PNINA TORNAI, STYLE: 32417842 JEWELRY: Hair Stylist: Angela Rabon Make up: Emily Paige PREMIER BRIDE • 13

GOWN: PNINA TORNAI, STYLE: 32287203 JEWELRY: Hair Stylist: Angela Rabon Make up: Emily Paige


GOWN: PNINA TORNAI, STYLE: 4137 JEWELRY: Hair & Makeup: Maria Josette PREMIER BRIDE • 15

GOWN: ANJOLIQUE EXCLUSIVE, STYLE: ANJ1381 JEWELRY: Hair Stylist: Angela Rabon Make up artistry by Emily Paige


GOWN: JIM HJELM, STYLE: JH8265 JEWELRY: Hair Stylist: Angela Rabon Make up: Emily Paige PREMIER BRIDE • 17

GOWN: IAN STUART, STYLE: BLUE BIRD JEWELRY: Hair Stylist: Angela Rabon Make up artistry by Emily Paige



GOWN: IAN STUART, STYLE: EQUADOR JEWELRY: Hair Stylist: Angela Rabon Make up artistry by Emily Paige


GOWN: EVE OF MILADY, STYLE: EM64 JEWELRY: Hair Stylist: Angela Rabon Make up artistry by Emily Paige PREMIER BRIDE • 21

GOWN: DEMETRIOS, STYLE: GR216 JEWELRY: Hair Stylist: Angela Rabon Make up: Emily Paige


GOWN: IAN STUART, STYLE: WISTERIA JEWELRY: Hair Stylist: Angela Rabon Make up: Emily Paige PREMIER BRIDE • 23

GOWN: IAN STUART, STYLE: GIGI JEWELRY: Hair & Makeup: Maria Josette


GOWN: IAN STUART, STYLE: BROADWAY JEWELRY: Hair Stylist: Angela Rabon Make up: Emily Paige PREMIER BRIDE • 25



Premier Bride Magazine had the privilege to attend the New York International Bridal Fashion Week in October 2012. We got the inside scoop on what’s next in the bridal fashion industry. Lush laces, sleeves, and an abundance of sparkles hit the runway as the top wedding professionals looked on. Held at Pier 94 in the Chelsea neighborhood, the New York International Bridal Week was home to more than 180 exhibitors. This event is exclusive to buyers and press, which offers the chance to meet each and every designer of the gowns, a very unique and humbling experience. In addition, Premier Bride Magazine, was invited to a few off-site runway shows and was extended exclusive interviews with international designers. Premier Bride Magazine had the opportunity to have pre-set interviews with Claire Pettibone, Junko Yoshioka, and Pnina Tornai. In addition, Premier Bride Magazine met some incredible designers including: Sarah Janks, Pat Kerr, Olia Zavozina, Eugenia Couture and Bloom Bazaar. A new and very unique idea for bridesmaids dresses caught our eye by designer Durga-Kali. PREMIER BRIDE • 27

FALL 2013 TRENDS Straight off the runway in New York City, one couldn’t help but see the fresh and emerging trends for next fall. It was easy to see that color is going to be a huge trend for the following year, but nobody really saw a green dress becoming a popular hue for a wedding gown. Be on the lookout for emerging colors such as pale green, blue and of course blush pink. Lace has been an important staple in bridal fashion for quite some time now, but this year it’s showing up everywhere. A boat neck gown with lace sleeves has been a popular stand out in bridal couture this year, as well as, the body conscious lace mermaid gown. Peplums have been popping up throughout the fashion industry and are no stranger to bridal fashion. There was an abundance of texture and shine at all of the runway shows and even some streamers to celebrate! Embroidery was a popular choice of texture this season including an “eyelet” style, with the use of a peplum as well. Other popular trends in texture included: sequins, Swarovski Crystals and even streamers. Last but not least, Pnina Tornai set a trend for bridal fashion with her show stopping maternity gown. We at Premier Bride Magazine couldn’t be more thrilled at this gorgeous “Mother Nature” dress. In addition, a new plus size line by Yeasmine hit the runway, making it that much more accessible for every bride to get the dress she really wants.



Ines Di Santo is known for her daring silhouettes that highlight the female form, and are draped perfectly to accentuate each and every part of a woman’s body. The haute couture line is made of only the best fabrics including: tulle, silk and lace. Ines Di Santo is a world renowned designer that has a genuine love of fashion and exuberance. ON THE RUNWAY WITH INES DI SANTO The Ines Di Santo show was held at the Cedar Lake Ballet Theater showcasing a truly mesmerizing collection of sequins, sparkle and tulle. The runway was in the shape of a square so there wasn’t a bad seat in the house. Ines Di Santo’s show was inspired by the annual event, Carnevale in Venice. The mermaid silhouette seemed to shine almost as much as the gowns until the end of the show, when the full ball gowns came out in full force. Lace was also very popular in this show. PREMIER BRIDE • 29


Pnina Tornai is best known for her illusion corset dresses adorned with Swarovski crystals. The exclusive collection can be found at Kleinfeld Bridal in New York City. With her own exclusive boutique, Pnina’s collection is highly sought after and loved by many. Pnina genuinely believes in her collection and thinks that all brides deserve to feel beautiful and sexy on their wedding day. ON THE RUNWAY WITH PNINA TORNAI The Pnina Tornai show was held at the now famous, Kleinfeld Bridal. The show was in the middle of the salon with a short runway and seating all around. The exclusive bridal salon only carries the best of the best, including Pnina Tornai gowns. Pnina’s line is exclusively sold at Kleinfeld. Inspired by flowers and her new perfume, Tornai’s latest collection was decked out with Swarovski crystals and gorgeous fabrics. Her head-turner was a maternity gown, exclusively made for the model, who recently found out she was pregnant. The gown’s name was called, “Mother Nature” and was the same shade as Tornai’s perfume. Guests of the show got to walk away with Tornai’s signature scent, and even some chocolate!



Claire Pettibone is known for her unique and feminine gowns with illusion backs that are simply to die for; her work is unmistakable and memorable. With almost eighteen years under her belt, Pettibone creates yet another gorgeous collection inspired by the modern goddess. Pettibone has an eye for fashion and even has her own feminine and flirty lingerie. Claire Pettibone’s show was the first to appear on the runway at the New York International Bridal Week’s Fashion Theater. Pettibone is known for her romantic and dreamy aesthetic, and it certainly came through on the runway. The collection was considered “An Earthly Paradise” while keeping the modern goddess in mind. The runway was drenched in over 100,000 silk rose petals and the music set the tone to the romantic show that awaited our approval. Lace, streamers and sequins seemed to be a common thread throughout the show, as the gorgeous gowns graced the runway. Claire’s collection transcends the seasons with color including: chartreuse, sea foam, pinks and reds. PREMIER BRIDE • 31

ALL ABOUT ACCESSORIES BLOOM BAZAAR: One might describe Bloom Bazaar’s high end accessory line to be elegant, whimsical or even heavenly; that’s what owners Kim and Linda Lai set out to do! Bloom Bazaars designers have worked with bridal royalty including Monique Lhuillier and Vera Wang, something that many would only dream of. With gorgeous pieces in this show stopping collection, a bride can certainly find exactly what she is looking for to complete her look. The collection features headbands, necklaces and bracelets all adorned with flowers and feathers; a somewhat unearthly addition to your wedding day. CORRINE SMITH DESIGN: Corrine Smith has been working in the accessories industry for over eight years and has plenty of inspiration to draw from. Attention to detail is key when designing bridal accessories by hand. Corrine Smith’s latest line features delicate headbands, sprinkled with crystals and pearls.You can also see a headband featured in our Olia Zavozina spread.


PARADOX LONDON This line of couture shoes is glamourous and alluring, perfect for any bride. If you love the sparkle of crystals, you are sure to fall in love with Paradox London. The company uses only the finest materials including Duchesse Silk and Swarovski crystals in their stunning designs. PREMIER BRIDE • 33


Tired of the same bridesmaids gowns that you can find in many popular retail salons? Look no further, one of the most unique bridesmaids gowns are straight off the runway at the New York International Bridal Market! Durga-Kali is the newest bridesmaid line, featuring convertible and reversible bridesmaids gowns! With over 100 colors to choose from, Durga-Kali is the onestop-shop when it comes to finding the right bridesmaids gowns for your wedding! Durga Sundaram, was raised in the U.S. and greatly inspired by the sari, due to the gorgeous draping on a woman’s body. With Durga’s prior experience at Macy’s, she launched her own line in January 2012. Durga was tired of hearing about her friends purchasing gowns that will never be worn again, so she decided to create a line that will not only transcend the seasons but get plenty of miles out of them! The line is truly stunning and very affordable, even more so because you can actually wear it again! Fabrics range from silk charmeuse to satin charmeuse and look great on any body type! So what’s so different about Durga’s line? You can choose any color from her collection, while the inside of the gown is black, making the gown reversible! Not only is the gown reversible, the gown is also convertible, meaning that a long gown can become a short gown with just a few buttons! Now you are never without a “little black dress.” Bridesmaids are always complaining about how their gowns are never reusable, with DurgaKali, you can wear them again and again! Durga Sundaram boasts about her collection while adding that you need to have two sides of the gown, one for the elegant events and one for the nights on the town to have fun! Why not buy a great dress, and wear it again and again!


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



Rings The CIRCLe oF LoVe: understanding the basics

It’s amazing, the power of a piece of jewelry to convey so much meaning… Engagement rings and wedding bands represent the never-ending love you have for each other, and let the whole world know you are married! Besides the exquisite beauty of wedding rings, there is a lot to know about metals, diamonds, and the care involved. This “Ring Primer” will help you understand all the basics.4 PREMIER BRIDE • 37

RINGS KNOW YOUR METALS 14-karat gold is classic, popular, durable enough for daily wear, and can be polished easily. White gold is made mixing pure gold with other white metals such as silver, palladium or zinc, and can be a less expensive alternative to platinum. Extremely popular in the last decade or so, platinum is a very white, heavy (which many people like that substantial feel), and durable metal. A “sister” metal to platinum, palladium is a naturally white metal (whiter than white gold), and like platinum, it is strong, non-tarnishing and hypoallergenic. It’s also less expensive than platinum, making it a good metal to consider if you like the white metal look. Titanium and tungsten carbide have become popular for men’s wedding bands, and both of these metals are extremely durable, 100% hypoallergenic and relatively inexpensive. KNOW YOUR DIAMOND When shopping for a diamond, you will quickly be introduced to the “Four Cs” – cut, color, clarity and carat. All four features can make a dramatic impact on the quality, and therefore price, of a diamond. Cut. Cut really refers to the proportions of a diamond and it’s facets, as opposed to its shape, which includes round, oval, pear, marquise, emerald, square, heart and triangle. Regardless of its shape, a diamond gets its brilliancy from the cutting, and maximizing the reflection of light. Color. The best color is no color at all, because it reflects the most light. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) ranks diamonds on a standard 23-grade scale from D, a perfectly colorless stone, through Z, a light yellow stone. Clarity. The number, color, nature, size and position of natural marks, called inclusions, contained in the gem, define 38 • PREMIER BRIDE

clarity. Excellent clarity means light can pass unimpeded through the stone and increases its value. The GIA judges clarity based on a standard 11-point scale from “Flawless” through “Imperfect 3.” Carat. Diamonds are weighed in carats, which may also be expressed as “points,” where one carat equals 100 points. A diamond of 50 points, for example, equals ½ carat. TAKE GOOD CARE To clean your jewelry, soak them in either a commercial jewelry cleaner, or a homemade solution comprised of equal parts cold water and ammonia, or a mixture of warm water and mild detergent. Brush the stones gently with an eyebrow brush or soft toothbrush, then rinse thoroughly under warm water and pat dry with a lint-free cloth. Have you rings checked annually by your jeweler for loose prongs or settings. This is especially important if you have only four prongs, because just one broken prong will cause you to lose your stone. These precautions and gentle care will pay you back with years of enjoyment and pride in this precious symbol of your union. DIAMOND CLARITY SCALE • FL & IF: Flawless and internally flawless (inclusions not visible under 10x magnification) • VVS1 & VVS2: Very, very slight inclusions (extremely difficult to see under 10x) • VS1 & VS2: Very slight inclusions (difficult to see under 10x) • SI1 & SI2: Small inclusions (noticeable under 10x) • I1, I2 & I3: Imperfect (flaws visible to the unaided eye)


The lovely designs from BlueGreenAqua officially began rolling out in 2011 by owner Megan Behan. She told us that BlueGreenAqua was an obvious career move since Megan has been a life-long craft enthusiast. The company began with a collection of hand-made invitations and paper goods that focused on being craftier and less traditional. She often works with non-paper items such as ribbon, burlap, lace, and tulle. Megan told us her goal is “to have your guests proudly display your inviation or ‘Save-the-Date’ on their fridge or mantel. Most people say ‘so cute’ when they see my designs, and that’s perfect!”

On her website, you can also find Megan’s collection of accessories such as scarves, purses, and belts. Although Megan is new to the local wedding industry, she credits the professionals she has worked with for much of her success. She shared, “I have been extremely lucky and grateful to have been embraced by the fabulous Shay Rybin from Pinch of Charm Weddings & Events, and the fantastic Christy Tolliver with Premier Bride. They encourage, support, and inspire me.” In addition to owning BlueGreenAqua, Megan works at Premier Bride. She said, “I believe so much in what Christy is doing with Premier Bride. Her passion is obvious and I feel that I owe her so much.” Megan’s creativity is unmatched, and everything BlueGreenAqua offers is just lovely, unique, and memorable.

BlueGreenAqua recently expanded to include girly, romantic, and vintageinspired jewelry. Megan told us, “As with my invitations, I had been designing my own jewelry for years. With much encouragement from friends, family, and strangers, I decided to make a collection!” PREMIER BRIDE • 39

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757-325-1600 I 64 to Mercury Blvd to Coliseum Drive, Left at Cunningham, Right onto Executive Drive.


757-838-2328 I-64 to Mercury Blvd. (exit 263B), left on Coliseum Drive


I-64 to exit 242A to Monticello Ave. (route 321) turn left, next light is the shopping center


757-498-1186 I-64 to exit 284B Newtown Road, exit 18 Rosemont Road towards Princess Anne Plaza, right onto VA Beach Blvd


757-436-1920 I-64 to exit 290B N Battlefield Blvd.


757-498-1186 I-264 to Rosemont road, right onto Virginia Beach Blvd, Between Rosemont Rd. and Lynnhaven Blvd.

Gallery Shoppes 6564 Richmond Rd., Lightfoot

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1412 Greenbier Pkwy, Chesapeake

Lobby of Executive Tower 2101 Executive Dr., Suite 1K, Hampton

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Coliseum Central 2026 Coliseum Dr., Hampton

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Invitation tip.

Have an A-List and B-List of people you want to invite. Send out the A-list eight to ten weeks in advance and use the B-list as alternatives for those from the A-list that decline.



Invitations The first impression

You’ve been planning your dream wedding for months, but for your guests, the invitation is their first glimpse of what’s to come. It provides a clue to the event, and the level of formality, along with some indication of your wedding style: Formal or informal? Modern or traditional? You’ll want an invite that matches… and so, let the search begin!4 PREMIER BRIDE • 43

INVITATIONS WHERE TO START Wedding invitations include so many tiny etiquette details, from how to list the names to how to address the envelopes to how to arrange all the enclosures… and for this reason, it’s ideal to find a qualified local professional to be your “go-to” person for all of these questions – and more. Check online at to find stationers in your local area, attend local bridal shows or pull out the yellow pages. If you choose to purchase your invitations online, be sure to find a reputable retailer, and if possible, give yourself some extra time just in case there is a problem that would require more shipping time back and forth. You could also “test-drive” the customer service of


an online retailer with an email and a phone question, to make sure they are reachable and responsive, to give yourself a little peace of mind. WHEN TO START Like all wedding responsibilities, the earlier you start, the more time you have to search, thoroughly evaluate options, and handle any problems that arise. It’s helpful to have your ceremony and reception details decided (when and where), and your basic wedding style and colors established. Knowing these things will help you find an invite that truly expresses the beauty and style of your day. If possible, order the invitations and other wedding stationery six or more months before the wedding to give yourselves plenty of time PREMIER BRIDE • 45

INVITATIONS for reading and correcting proofs, printing, addressing, stuffing and mailing. Mail the invitations six to eight weeks before the wedding. Let any out-of-town guests who would need to arrange flights and/or hotel rooms about the date as soon as you know it, either informally through conversation, or more formally with a save-the-date card mailed as early as possible. This consideration gives them more time and flexibility to make travel arrangements. ALL THE PARTS Wedding invitations are typically comprised of several components, each with a different purpose. There is the ceremony card announcing the details of the ceremony with the optional tissue paper to lay on top (an old custom to

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protect the other enclosures from stilltacky ink), the reception card if applicable with those details, the response card with its stamped, addressed return envelope, the map if provided which also often includes hotel details for outof-town guests, and the inner and outer envelopes. Some invitations combine these elements, such as including the reception information on the ceremony card, especially if it’s at the same place or immediately following. It’s also possible to simply eliminate some elements (such as the inner envelope or tissue paper covering the ceremony card), particularly for more informal styles. THE INVITATION WORDING Traditionally, whoever is officially hosting (read: paying for) the wedding is listed first on the wedding

INVITATIONS invitations. Of course, you can work it out however you like with your families. (This is one area where it’s really important to have good communication between all parties!) Some couples today, who are paying for the majority of the expenses themselves, with help from their mixed and blended families, simply say “Mary Bride and John Groom, together with their families, request the honor of your presence at their marriage…” You could also do a search online to find invitation wording samples and discuss the options with your groom and respective families. ASSEMBLING THE PIECES The traditional way to put together an invite is as follows: start with the ceremony invitation on the bottom,

cover with tissue if desired, put the reception card on top of it, and then put the response card with the unsealed return envelope and the map, if you’re using one, on the very top. Slide all items face up into the inner envelope. Do NOT seal the inner envelope, and slide it into the outer envelope with the addressee’s name facing the back flap so that it will be visible upon opening. ADDRESSING ADVICE The outer envelope should have a return address included on the back flap, and it’s probably well worth this small extra cost to have this done by the printer, so you don’t have to write the return address on every single invite you send! For the names and addresses of your guests,

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INVITATIONS you can hand-write them, run the envelopes through your printer using a calligraphic font, or for a very beautiful and special touch, hire a calligrapher. Ideally, try to avoid labels, even clear ones, because they just don’t convey the sense of “specialness” and elegance that something as special as a wedding deserves. Street names, cities and states should be written out completely without any abbreviations. To indicate both parties of a married couple, use both “Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Green.” When addressing an unmarried couple living together, use each of their full names: “Mr. Ronald Green and Miss Angela Thomson.” If every member of a family is invited, write “Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Green and

Family.” If only the older children are included, their names are written below the parents’: “Miss Erin Green.” Adult children no longer living with their parents should receive their own invite. A FINAL, CRITICAL TIP When you’ve fully assembled your invites, take one to the post office, and have them weigh it, assess it and give you a definitive postage due amount. It may weigh more than one ounce, or be an odd size (such as square) that costs extra, and the last thing you want is 100 wedding invites coming back to you marked “insufficient postage!” So make that extra trip to the post office to be absolutely sure, mail them out, and take a deep breath. The wedding is officially underway!


EXPRESSING THANKS how to show gratitude When friends and family give you a gift for your wedding, you naturally want to thank them. Here’s a guide to achieving a personal, yet dignified, tone and creating a beautiful expression or your thanks. Use a system to keep track of every offering, one that links the name of the giver with the gift, and indicates which cards you have already sent. You may want to make a note of the gifts received on your guest list so all names and addresses are handy. The perfect way to handle thank-you notes is to write them the moment gifts are received. But since this isn’t always practical, strive for a delay of no more than three months. Printed initial acknowledgements are acceptable when your wedding is large and the gift list long, but eventually, a handwritten thank you is still a must. 48 • PREMIER BRIDE

Most gifts are regarded as having been sent to the bride and, consequently, it is her duty to do the thanking. But it is always proper to refer to the groom’s use of the gift and his appreciation. The groom should write the note when the gift giver is a close friend or fairly unknown to his new wife. Write the notes on white or pastel paper, perhaps with borders or a monogram. If you order monogrammed stationery, remember to have some made up with your maiden initials for notes that must be written before the wedding. Always mention the specific gift that was given in the note. Let your natural warmth and friendliness pervade your writing, and you will have a note as unique as the selected gift you received.



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

Spring weddings are always popular, in part because of the parallels between new life blooming in the gardens and the new life of a married couple. Using flower bulbs instead of full-grown flowers also add to that feeling. For a spring-themed centerpiece that doubles as a favor, have multiple small, pastel-colored vases and encourage your guests to bring one home. Seeds and tiny monogrammed flowerpots are also a fun favor! You could also try bringing a little Easter to your reception by having lilies as centerpieces or hiding wedding favors, especially if there will be children present. For summer weddings, try a slightly more informal approach to your meal 50 • PREMIER BRIDE

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


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What first? Your dessert should match your day, so take everything into account. If you have a paisley themed wedding, a large tiered cake with paisley fondant would make a beautiful room centerpiece. A casual outdoor wedding is perfect for a table of tasty and colorful candies or make-your-own ice cream sundaes. Do you share an interest such as running? Get a replica cake of your running shoes tied together at the laces. Wedding cakes and desserts are one of the latest wedding designs to challenge convention, so bakeries want to keep up with the latest trends and customize. If you have a sweet idea, find someone who can work with it. Book Early! Bakeries fill up quickly. Stay safe and book six months in advance. Don`t worry – this doesn`t mean you have to know exactly what you want so far ahead of time. First, shop around in general for bakeries, and when you find one you think can satisfy your needs for taste, quantity, efficiency and personality, book a date. Then, you can really work with a pro to determine exactly what it is you want. So…how do I find the bakery? Trusting your gut is always sound advice, especially so when it comes to a food decision! Tasting is important. Also, make sure you’re comfortable with the efficiency and professionalism of the bakery. They should return your calls and e-mails promptly, be flexible, willing to customize, familiar with your reception venue and guarantee an on-time dessert, including set-up, delivery, and clean-up if necessary. Don`t be afraid to switch bakeries

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CAKES or make demands if you don`t feel comfortable with the service. Cost. Cakes are typically priced by the slice, which is generally anywhere from $1.50 to $6.50 per slice, depending on the style, ingredients, size and decorating. Your reception site or caterer may also charge a plating fee as well, often $.50 to $1.50 per person, to cut and serve the cake. Ask about this, and if there is a plating charge see if it’s negotiable. Cutting the Cake. Most likely your baker will provide tips for you and your new spouse for cutting. Plan ahead to have your cake knife and lifter engraved or decorated. Traditionally, the bride grasps the knife with her right hand and the groom covers her hand with his.

Together, the couple glides the knife into the masterpiece while flashbulbs pop. 1 Year Later. Some bakeries offer ‘anniversary cakes’ as part of their bridal packages. Instead of having to freeze the top layer of your wedding cake, the bakery will make you a fresh cake for your one-year anniversary. OTHER IDEAS Here are some tasty treats that may suit your wedding better than the traditional cake. Centerpiece cakes. Use a smaller wedding cake as the centerpiece for each of your tables. Some ambitious newlyweds stop at each table to cut and serve their guests the cake, but

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CAKES depending on the number of tables this won’t work for everyone. Cupcake Tower. Individual cupcakes are fun, the perfect serving size and allow for all kinds of decorating freedom. Cupcake arrangements could be anything from a tower that resembles a traditional tiered cake to something more inventive such as mismatched layers of different colored cupcakes over decorated shelves. Make-Your-Own-Sundae! Who doesn´t love a sundae? Think of every topping you can, and then some, then let your guests run wild. Perfect for an outdoor summer wedding or one with lots of children, your guests will be craving this at every wedding they attend after yours.

Candies Table. The newest trend in wedding desserts, an array of colorful candies is sure to make eyes pop and sweet teeth scream. Arrange glass containers such as antique jars, fishbowls or giant martini glasses of gummies, chocolates, toffees and more over an expansive table. Then, give guests a plate or plastic bag and let them be a kid in a candy shop again. Often wrappers and candy colors can be custom ordered or just let a rainbow of sweets entice the room. Late Night Coffee. This works best for small, upscale weddings with mostly adults. Bring in a barista to whip up comforting lattes, cappuccinos and espressos served with rich coffee pastries such as biscotti or tiramisu.

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Registry The nUTs & BoLTs of gift registries

People love to buy gifts for a couple starting out their life together, to celebrate this fabulous occasion and express their joy. While some guests will come up with their own creative gift idea, most people really appreciate having a gift registry to go to for ideas, so they can get you something they know you’ll love. 4 PREMIER BRIDE • 59

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REGISTRY Start four to six months before the wedding so that you’re ready for any engagement parties, showers or eager guests. Don’t stress about getting it all done perfectly right away – you can always edit your selections or add more later. Start out by considering your tastes and needs as a couple, and select two to four stores that feel right. Ideally, visit at least one store in person, so that you can see, touch and hold the different items, and make some of your selections. The rest of your gift registering you may wish to do online for convenience. Most fullservice stores offer a great deal of free assistance from registry specialists, and you are encouraged to take advantage of this helpful service. While it may be hard to imagine someone not being comfortable with purchasing gifts online, you will have guests at your wedding that want to buy their gifts in person, or aren’t comfortable with computers. So make sure that this option is available to them – ideally at a store that is popular nationwide. How do you let all the guests know where you are registered? The simple answer is, word of mouth, through the bride and groom, their families and the wedding party. While it’s appropriate for the shower hostess(es) to include the information on their shower invites as well, it is NOT appropriate to include the information with your wedding invites. Your guests have been kind enough to send you a lovely gift, so be sure to show your appreciation, and send that thank you note promptly! For gifts received before the wedding, send the note out within two weeks. For gifts received at the wedding, send the thank you notes within four weeks. Make sure your thank you notes are personal, handwritten and timely.


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CARING FORtimeless YOUR TREASURES treasures If there is one thing a new bride can be sure of, it’s that she’ll receive wonderful wedding gifts, many of them items she never owned before such as crystal, china and the like. Though some of the gifts will be meant for immediate wear and tear, others will become timeless treasures, meant to remind you of the lasting love and commitment. By caring properly for your treasures you can use them now, and still make them last a lifetime.

Stemware Store your stemware suspended upside down on a rack or upright on a shelf to prevent chipping. Crystal Hand washing is recommended, so place a protective rubber nozzle on the faucet to guard against breaking or chipping should you bump a glass on it. When rinsing your crystal, keep in mind that the hotter the water, the more quickly it will evaporate and the less handling your crystal will require. Should you use the dishwasher, place glasses on the top rack only. Avoid putting platinum or gold-accented glassware in the dishwasher since the decorative metal will wear off over time. 62 • PREMIER BRIDE

Avoid moving your glasses from one extreme temperature to another. Silver Flatware Wash silver flatware by hand in hot, sudsy water and follow with a hot rinse. Dry by hand. Immediately after drying, place in a tightly closed drawer or a chest lined with tarnish-proof cloth. Silver Holloware Silver bowls, trays and candlesticks should be stored in treated silver-storage pouches to prevent tarnishing. To prevent scratching your furniture, attach stick-on felt dots to the bottom of heavy pieces. Should your silver show signs of tarnish, purchase an easy-to-use tarnish remover and follow the instructions. China Check the care instructions for your china before putting it in the dishwasher, oven or microwave. Do not use steel wool or harsh abrasive cleaners, as these products can damage the glaze. Place a piece of cloth, paper plate or felt between china plates to keep them from scratching each other. Linens Always clean linens immediately after use to prevent stains from setting in. Spray tablecloths with a fabric protector. Insuring Your Gifts If you receive many gifts of notable worth, you might want to consider adding a rider on your homeowners insurance policy to cover them. The policy is fairly inexpensive and will be well worth the peace of mind it will bring.


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Beauty The do’s and don’Ts of looking your best

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WHAT TO DO Now is a great time to focus on healthy, glowing skin. If you’re concerned about the health and appearance of your skin, then consider a visit to a dermatologist (for bigger problems) or an aesthetician (for minor issues.) Depending on the severity of your skin problems, start six to 12 months before your wedding day so you have time to treat, heal and achieve good results. Facials are a must for all skin types. Regular treatment results in refined pores, smoother facial lines, healed blemishes and a more radiant complexion. When choosing your hairstyle consider your gown, the level of formality of your wedding, your personal style, your hair and your face shape. Generally speaking, the more elaborate the gown, the simpler your hair should be, or it all simply becomes “too much of a good thing.” Work with your hair stylist four to six weeks before the wedding to find the right style for you – and bring a photo of your gown with you! Whether you use a pro for your makeup, have a friend do it or do it yourself, do a trial run before the wedding. In addition to looking in the mirror and getting feedback from close friends and/or family, take photos and evaluate those. Do you like what you see? Do you want to make any changes?

BEAUTY Regular manicures in the one or two months before your wedding day will get your nails in perfect shape. You can probably avoid using acrylic nails this way, and enjoy the beauty of your own strong, healthy nails. Have your eyebrows professionally shaped at least two weeks before the wedding. If you’ve never done this before, you’ll be amazed at how different you look with well groomed brows! Touch up if needed before the wedding with a tweezers. If you use a professional for your makeup, be sure to have the same colors available to take with you for touch-ups during the day. Do use waterproof mascara and eye makeup, just in case you shed a tear or two… And use primers underneath your foundation, lipstick and eye shadow, so that your makeup lasts longer. To take good care of your skin everywhere, try a body wrap and waxing. Body wraps detoxify and soften the skin using minerals or other natural substances to help heal acne problems on the back and chest. Body waxing is one of smoothest and longest lasting forms of hair removal. WHAT NOT TO DO Don’t alter your style too dramatically for your wedding day look. You want to look like yourself – your best self – and “polished” enough to honor the fact that this is a very special occasion. Avoid really trendy looks in makeup, nail color and hairstyle. 10 to 20 years from now, these styles will glaringly stand out and look distractingly outdated. If you’re considering any drastic hair changes, do it a couple months before the wedding. This way, if you don’t like

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BEAUTY it, you have plenty of time to make changes. Don’t go too light with your makeup, or you’ll look pale and washed out, especially in photos. Don’t go too dark, or it will be distracting and overpowering. Experiment before the wedding to find the right balance. Avoid facials for two or three days before your wedding, in case it causes any kind of undesirable reaction. Don’t overdo the blush. You’ll be emotional, excited, busy dancing… So there’s a good chance you’ll have some natural color of your own, and combined with too much blush you could look too red. OUR FINAL, AND BEST, ADVICE DO strongly consider using beauty professionals for your


wedding day hair, makeup and nails. This is one simple way to shorten the list of wedding-day worries! A true makeup artist will know trade secrets not only for fashioning a longer-lasting look, but also for accentuating your features. They will also provide you with great information, advice and tips that will last a lifetime – a beauty investment. A great hair stylist can help you create a look that complements your facial features, headpiece and veil, and do it in a way designed to hold through the last dance. When you go pro, the end result is a relaxed, picture-perfect bride. Finally, don’t forget your most beautiful accessory: your radiant, love-filled smile.


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THE PERFECT WEDDING HAIR this season’s top hairstyles The Chignon: Typically a low bun on the side of the head that adds softness and will accompany any dress perfectly. This style is best with headbands or tiaras, and veils or birdcages. Consider this if you are having a vintage style wedding. The Braided Look: You might find a braid amongst flowing hair curled at the ends, with braids going through on the top of your head. This romantic look creates a look that stepped off of the red carpet. A Knot: The perfect pairing for a more couture dress. It’s simply a knot in the back of your head, and how appropriate because you will be tying the knot! Beach Waves: A very popular look that can be achieved in a number of different ways. If you have a curling wand or a hair straightener lying around, you might want to use it! If

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RECEPTION Step 1: What to do first The biggest question regarding the reception is “where?” Before you can work on this question, however, you’ll need to know a couple of things: what style of wedding do you envision, and how big? Obviously, a casual, relaxed summer afternoon reception would require a completely different reception site than a formal, elegant winter evening reception – so clarify the type of wedding (and the time of year) you both desire first. Once that’s been established, determine the rough guest list, including all interested parties: you and your groom, and each set of parents. Of course, you’ll also need to consider your budget as well, as this will have great influence on the number of guests you can afford to have. Once you’ve

made these critical decisions, it’s time to start looking for the ideal reception site. As with anything, the more time you have, the better – some choice reception sites get booked one to two years in advance, particularly for prime dates. Step 2: Start the search Local bridal publications, the Internet, wedding shows, married friends and the yellow pages are all good sources of potential reception sites. If you have no idea where to hold your reception, try hotels, banquet halls, restaurants, community centers and country clubs. Other less obvious options are country inns, historic homes or mansions, city parks, college or university facilities, art galleries, museums and boats. Each location offers its own unique style and ambiance.

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RECEPTION There are two basic types of reception facilities: on-site and off-site. Most on-site locations provide the majority of services you will need for your reception: catering, beverages, tables, chairs, tableware, linens and serving staff, making this a very convenient option. The facilities normally charge on a per person basis, and have a minimum guest requirement. Such locations include hotels, private clubs and restaurants. Off-site locations offer the use of the facility only, providing no other services. You supply nearly everything yourself, paying a flat fee for the use of the site. The nice thing about off-site locations is the freedom to do everything your own way, and more choices – although this can also mean more work! Narrow down your search by focusing on those sites that seem to best meet

your needs, depending on your style, season and estimated guest count. Once you’ve selected some possibilities, it’s time to go on a road trip with your fiancé, maid of honor and/or Mom and check out the sites in person. Step 3: Evaluating reception sites Now the real work begins. Every site offers advantages and disadvantages, and your job is to sift through all of the features of each site, to find the best one for your wedding – all while keeping your budget in mind. Here are some factors to consider: Location. The reception site should be no more than a 30-minute drive away from the ceremony location. A longer drive than that is really asking too much of your guests! If the location is difficult to find, or will offer special challenges PREMIER BRIDE • 73

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RECEPTION to get there (say, located near a football stadium that has a home game on your wedding day) you should consider providing transportation for your guests from the ceremony site, and back to their cars after the reception. Size and layout. Will everything happen in one big room, or in separate rooms for the cocktail hour, dinner, dancing? Will it comfortably hold the number of tables you’ll need, and will everyone dine in the same room? Is there room for a band or DJ, and for cocktail hour musicians, if you’re having them? Privacy. If your venue does multiple events, find out if there are other bookings on the same day or time as yours. If so, ensure that there will be adequate privacy and separation for your celebration. There should also be

ample time in between events to allow your caterer or other service people to set up or break down your party. Parking. Make sure there is convenient, well-lighted, ample parking for your guests, and if not, find out if valet service is available. Technical details. Whether you intend to have a DJ or a band, inquire about possible restrictions regarding the type, volume or duration of music. Be sure to confirm that there is an adequate power supply for speakers, mixers and amplifiers, or good acoustics for string and wind instruments. Some sites have built-in public-address systems which can be used for introductions and toasts. If your site of choice doesn’t offer this equipment, make sure your DJ or musicians can provide it.

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Room décor. Most sites offer a neutral background to work with, but make sure the flooring, wall coverings and colors will work with the style and season of your wedding. Services offered. Be clear, with each site visited, exactly what is and is not included. From catering and wait staff, to candles and chairs… get those details up front. A note about outdoor receptions If you’re planning an outdoor reception, it’s critical to have a backup plan in case of inclement weather. Planning for an outdoor reception is usually much more work overall, because you have to provide for everything from the salad forks to the tents to the chairs, and you may need to change plans at the last minute due to the weather! For these reasons, it’s highly recommended that you use an experienced wedding coordinator if you want an outdoor reception – this will ease your workload, and your stress, immensely. Down to details As with any wedding vendor, make sure that all details are outlined in writing, and use a credit card whenever possible when making payments so that you have more protection in the unlikely event of a problem. You should feel very comfortable with your contact person, and feel that they respond in a timely and efficient manner to your questions and requests. Visit premierbride. com’s online wedding planner for a comprehensive list of questions to ask potential reception sites, and other great wedding planning help.


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THE HEAD TABLE the head table vs. sweetheart tables The head table has been a staple in wedding reception tradition for many years. It involves each member of the bridal party sitting together, the girls on one side, and the guys on the other side, all surrounding the bride and groom. You can choose to have your party elevated or be on the ground in one large single sided head table. The head table can be presented in a couple of ways including the long, double sided head table, so at least the couples could stay together. Another type of head table is a tiered table, where the party is one level higher than the other. Naturally the bride and groom would appear on the higher of the two levels. Gone are the days of this long redundant table, enter the Sweetheart 78 • PREMIER BRIDE

table. The sweetheart table consists of a small, usually round table, that can function as the centerpiece of the room. You can decorate it however you want, but in the end, its just you and your sweetheart at the table. A plus to the sweetheart table is that everyone in your bridal party can sit with whomever they want to sit with. This also formally presents you as a duo, instead of being apart of a larger party. You might want to put your bouquet as the centerpiece of the sweetheart table, as this would be the centerpiece of the table. In addition, you might want your bridesmaids to put their bouquets in the same area, so that it can decorate your table. This is a way to cut cost on additional flowers needed for the reception.


REHEARSAL DINNER time to get acquainted While it’s certainly not a necessity, the rehearsal dinner can be a great way to begin your wedding festivities, allowing everyone to get acquainted. The rehearsal dinner is traditionally hosted by the groom’s parents, who should invite the immediate family of the bride and groom, the clergy-person and his or her spouse or special guest and the complete wedding party and their spouses or guests. If there are friends from out of town who have already arrived, they should also be invited to join the party. Since this will probably be the first time many of your guests will meet, it can be helpful to include place cards. “Betty’s Aunt Milly,” or “Maid of Honor, Barbara Jones,” can help break the ice. Plan your seating so that your guests will enjoy the

company of those with whom they are seated while also meeting new people. The bridal couple and their immediate families generally sit together at the front or focal table. The wedding party can be seated with the bridal couple and their families, or seated amongst your other family members and special guests. The rehearsal dinner is traditionally the time for the groom’s father to make his formal toast to the couple. It’s also an excellent time for the couple to give their attendants their gifts, especially gifts that are during the wedding ceremony. The rehearsal dinner is a joyous, relaxed time for friends and families to meet, get to know one another and enjoy each other’s company. So whether it’s simple or elaborate, it’s a lovely gesture and makes a great beginning.


HYATT PLACE Chesapeake/Greenbrier Our spacious guestrooms, complimentary hot breakfast and free Wi-Fi make out-oftown guests feel more than welcome. Have your guests catch a ride with our courtesy hotel shuttle that runs within a 5 mile radius as well as to and from Norfolk International Airport. Unique among hotels in Greenbrier, we offer the perfect location to celebrate your bridal shower, relax by the pool before the big day, or host an intimate wedding reception or rehearsal dinner. For more information on hosting your wedding at the Hyatt Place Chesapeake/Greenbrier, please contact our Sales Team today!

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FRIDAY/SUNDAY WEDDINGS the advantages of weekend weddings If you decide to have your wedding on a Friday or a Sunday, you’ll reap several rewards: both financial and otherwise. You’ll save time, you’ll probably save a significant amount of money, and you’ll find that your guests may appreciate having a Saturday free to spend time with you and the other guests they know. MAXIMIZE YOUR DOLLAR For Friday or Sunday weddings, the majority of banquet facilities, photographers, video producers, musicians/entertainers and limousine services are much more willing to negotiate in order to reach a price that suits your budget. Vendors tend to see Friday and Sunday as bonus days, a time when they can earn income. Savings on these services can really add up, making this option a great way to save money without having to sacrifice the quality of your wedding. SAVE TIME On a Friday, you’ll probably have your wedding in the evening, which means that the ceremony is followed immediately by dinner. This means that you will avoid the extra cost and hassle of a one-to-two-hour interim reception or cocktail party. Having the ceremony and reception back to back may ensure more people at the church ceremony. Additionally, a Friday/Sunday wedding frees up at least one day of the weekend, generally making your family, friends and guests more appreciative of the extra time, especially if they are traveling.

SAVE THE DATE Planning for a Friday or a Sunday wedding makes it much more likely that you will be able to reserve the church, hall, music and other services on the date of your choice. Choosing a Friday or Sunday date allows you to avoid making several calls to numerous vendors, only to hear, “Sorry, we’re booked on that date.”

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


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YOUR WEDDING CEREMONY come together to celebrate your love Your wedding ceremony makes the marriage official, so you want to make it special. The wedding ceremony can be celebrated in many different ways, and can be held just about anywhere. The ceremony itself can express your individual personality, so get creative. Keep it simple: When planning your ceremony, keep in mind that if you stray too far from a traditional ceremony, you might loose people. In keeping with the traditional ceremony, tweak little things, or have your officiant tell a story about you as a couple. If your officiant knows you very well, this might be the perfect way to incorporate funny stories about you, and how you got together! Keep it personal: You may or may not want to write your vows, and that’s okay. Make sure that if you do write your own

vows that you keep them simple, and personal. Include something that only you and your husband will understand; this makes your vows that much more special. If you don’t want to write your own vows, that’s okay too. Just keep in mind that you can change the vows to “I will, or I do” depending on your preference. In terms of length of the ceremony, this can also be altered. If you are having an early ceremony, you might want to change the length, otherwise you might have some sleepy guests! This is also true with evening weddings, as guests might be hungry, and ready for your amazing dinner. You can speak with your officiant to discuss your options to find the perfect ceremony for you!

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757-469-6265 CATERING STEP 1: START THE SEARCH. As soon as you’ve selected your reception site, the catering search can begin. Some locations require that you use their in-house caterer or banquet department, which makes your choice fairly simple. These locations include hotels, country clubs and some of the more unusual facilities such as museums, boats or historical homes. If they allow an independent caterer, you may be asked to choose from a pre-approved list. If you’re able to select your own caterer, though, try to narrow down your list to no more than three, otherwise you’ll be tasting for a month and all the flavors will blur together. When you’re calling caterers, make sure to have as much information as you know on hand. They’ll want to know your wedding date, time of day, approximate

number of guests, if you’d like a sit-down or buffet meal and the degree of formality and style. If you have any general menu ideas or preferences, let the caterer know so they can be better prepared for your initial meeting. Ask for sample wedding menus and references before a formal meeting or tasting. STEP 2: DETERMINE YOUR SERVICE STYLE. Right off the bat, caterers will want to discuss your taste and budget in detail. Think about the style and feel of your wedding, and decide whether you want a sit-down meal or a buffet. Then talk about the extras – do you want hors d’oeuvres during cocktails and a late-night snack? How about fruit or coffee with the cake? Talk with a caterer about the different

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STEP 3: SCHEDULE A TASTING. When you finally narrow down your list, the fun part is here – tasting! Don’t be afraid to speak up during tastings, or ask if they can tweak something to your tastes. This is your day and your meal and fulfilling your food wishes is their job. STEP 4: DESIGN THE MENU. Start by searching through magazines, web sites and bridal shows to clarify your likes and dislikes. Think about weddings you’ve attended, or ask caterers or friends for favorites and fails. Then, work closely with your caterer to craft the perfect and personal menu. Remember that the caterer has probably seen lots of weddings and knows what works best with the number of people, the time of day and the locations, so take their professional advice if they think a cool, crisp salad might not be the best appetizer in your outdoor summer wedding. Also keep your guests in mind – you might have to accommodate for lots of children or vegetarians, for example. STEP 5: CALCULATE THE COST. Once you’ve selected a caterer, think business and cost. Most caterers base their prices on a per-person cost. Facilities with in-house catering departments may have a minimum charge or set-up fee, while an off-premises caterer will usually work within any reasonable, agreedupon budget. Keep in mind buffets are usually priced higher, since they’ll have to account for a little more per person, and it’s common to add overage or gratuity. Your final guest count is usually required one week before the event. This will be the minimum number of

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CATERING people for which you will actually be charged. Most caterers will plan on the addition of a few last-minute guests and will add the meals to the bill after the wedding. Decide if you’ll include meals for wedding-related personnel, such as the DJ, musicians, photographer and consultant. If cost is an issue, ask your caterer about “vendor meals,” these meals are more casual than the guest menu and are offered at a lower cost per person. Get specifics as to what extras are included in the caterer’s charges, such as table linens, plates, glasses, crystal, silverware and service pieces. STEP 6: PLAN THE HELP. Once the menu is finalized, the next step is determining the number of wait staff you will need to serve your feast and keep your reception running smoothly. Your caterer will give you a better idea, but a general guideline is one server per 10 to 12 guests for a sit-down dinner. A full and open bar will require more servers. Ask ahead of time what their attire is, so it matches the style and formality of your reception.

PERSONALIZE YOUR MEAL! Trip around the world. Give your guests a culinary trip across the globe, with a variety of food stations offering a range of ethnic food…pad thai, bruschetta, and mini sushi rolls are a fun way to inspire conversation and provide something for everyone. Share your faves. Do you have a favorite restaurant or a meal you love cooking together? Make it part of your day. Even if your favorite restaurant doesn’t have a special cater service for those fish tacos, talk to an owner and see if they’d be willing to bend a little, especially for a small wedding. Don’t make your grandma cook her favorite lasagna on your day, but don’t be afraid to look for a great Italian caterer and let everyone know the inspiration for the meal.


STEP 7: FINALIZE THE DETAILS, IN WRITING. Don’t sign a contract without this info – day, date, time, address of the site, food items by course, number of guests covered, provisions for special meals, time of cocktail hour, time meal is served, contact people, number of bartenders and wait staff, linens, beverages and bar guidelines, 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. PREMIER BRIDE • 97

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

Another alternative would be literally “tying the knot.” By taking two different ropes of different colors, and tying them together in a knot this is uniting you as a couple. Other alternatives include breaking bread, a unity cross, planting a unity tree, sending a wish lantern into the sky and unity wine. All of which you “marry” together in the unity ceremony. The last type of unity ceremony is more controversial. The fight box is quite simply a wooden box filled with a bottle of wine, or other alcohol of your choosing, and two letters, one from the groom, and one from the bride. On your first fight as a married couple, you pop the box open, and remember why you love each other. This can bring you back and remember what love is all about.


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PARTY RENTALS every last detail Depending on where you choose to hold your reception, you may find yourself in need of certain items not provided by your reception facility. The term “party rentals” covers a variety of rental items, including linens, chair covers, tables and chairs, tents, dance floors, fountains, plants, props and theme decorations. If you are holding your reception in a hotel, most of the items listed above may be included in the overall cost. The need for various rental items increases when the event is held outdoors or at an event facility where you are required to provide your own caterer. Before contacting a rental company it is recommended that you have the following information available: • Exactly what items are provided by the caterer: glass, flatware, china, buffet linens, and so on.

• Any items provided by the facility: tables, chairs, portable bar, and so on. • Your event date, time and location • The number of guests attending • Any special requirements or themes Find out in advance what the delivery, set-up, pick-up and payment policies are. Be sure to coordinate with the facility manager to ensure the location will open when your rental company drops off your order. From the proper tent size for an outdoor wedding, to the portable dance floor complete with tables and chairs, a good rental company will work closely with you to determine exactly what and how many rental items will be needed to make your guests comfortable and your special occasion a complete success.


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THE VINTAGE BANDWAGON what’s old is new again One of the most popular wedding themes is vintage. Vintage typically refers to a particular harvest or crop of wine, but can also mean pertaining to a high quality past time. In this case, we mean the latter of the two. Vintage wedding themes are taking the wedding industry by storm. Fashion One of the first things to check off your list is a wedding gown, and designers have caught onto the vintage bandwagon. There are tiers of lace on gowns, along with sleeves, and sweet pearl details. Along with strings of pearls adorning bride’s necks, birdcages are making a comeback, as well as bridal caps. Gloves and lace boots are also making their way back onto the wedding scene.

Flowers You can indulge in a gorgeous brooch bouquet, which can be solely made up of vintage brooches from your grandmother, or from an antique store. Reception You can be taken away in a vintage car, like a Rolls Royce, or swept away by carriage. You might find yourself in a barn type wedding, adorned with chandeliers and mason jars all over. Mason jars are extremely popular right now, and can be adorned with lace, or have pictures in them showing family. Don’t be afraid to find some hat boxes to capture the vintage era you are going for in your wedding.


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BEST LAID PLANS help from the pros Getting your wedding exactly the way you want it is no easy task. It can take numerous calls and visits to dozens of businesses before you find the best ones to fit your needs and budget. Sometimes finding specialized or hardto-find services, like a stretch Rolls Royce, an authentic mariachi band, or a horse and carriage can be a seemingly impossible task. Enter the wedding planner, the person who does the legwork, makes the choices according to your desires, and then contracts those services for you for a fee. The benefit of working with a planner, or consultant, is that you will be dealing with one person. Once you sit down and explain your wishes, a planner can put together a custom package, with each service exactly the way you want it.

Just think how easy it would be to work with and explain to one person your reception, cake, photography, video and transportation requirements. A wedding planner can smooth the way for you to focus on the things that are really important to you. You’re still the idea person behind the wedding, but your planner is a level-headed, knowledgeable source of information and expertise who is there for the sole purpose of helping you make your wedding the best it can be. Planning your wedding doesn’t need to be a chore. If you’re not the detailoriented type, hire someone whose job it is to take care of the details for you. You’ll find the convenience well worth the fee, and the peace of mind you’ll have will be invaluable.


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TREASURED TRADITIONS incorporating custom Every family has its own meaningful traditions, and the celebration of your marriage presents a perfect opportunity to explore them. Even if they’re not considered the “norm” you may find that incorporating them into your ceremony and reception adds a very special significance to your day. Invite your parents, grandparents, minister and/or rabbi to share the vast information they hold on family and cultural traditions, customs and wedding celebrations. Perhaps someone has a song that’s important in your family. Maybe there’s a dish that’s always served at weddings. Your family’s traditions for weddings may vary from another’s in ritual, ceremony, food, dance and music. Do not hesitate to thoroughly explain your wishes to the caterer, coordinator, photographer, bandleader and all other wedding professionals who will be providing services. They will more than likely be very willing to accommodate your desires. Discuss in detail the wedding celebration you envision. Request that your catering director and chef be involved in planning your reception, especially if you’re serving a family favorite dish or a special dessert. Your wedding coordinator also needs to be aware of any traditions you want to incorporate into your wedding. An experienced coordinator will be familiar with the many religious and cultural customs, but do not assume that he or she knows exactly how your family carries out tradition.


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


DIFFERENT WEDDINGS it’s your choice There are many different types of weddings from Jewish weddings, to Catholic masses to Pagan handfasting. It’s all a matter of choice and comfort level. Many couples opt for a more spiritual ceremony by simply pronouncing the importance of love without mentioning God because one or both of the people in the relationship is not necessarily religious. Additionally, nondenominational ceremonies are a good option for couples who want to create their own vows, mention God, but still be a bit more liberated than many church weddings allow. Second marriages can also be difficult in that religions often make it hard for couples to marry a second time. Children are often involved as well, which means there is a need to solidify an entire family instead of two people. It might also be a important to incorporate the children into the ceremony therefore allowing them to understand that they are an important part of the family overall. Interfaith marriages can also be tricky in that neither religion will actually be recognized. This might be necessary for example if the couple is Jewish and Catholic. The most important thing to remember in a marriage involving two religions is that the similarities are often quite obvious. Take into consideration this common ground and stress the importance of love and happiness over religious tradition. Even choosing a place for an interfaith marriage can be tricky, so go with the most beautiful and common area that will make both families feel as comfortable as possible.



WEDDING PLANNERS an affordable luxury A wedding consultant is an expensive luxury. That’s the myth. Here’s the reality. You’re busy. You work. Your fiancé works. A wedding consultant can save you both time and money, and reduce the stress of planning a wedding. Experienced consultants have access to hundreds of wedding professionals and specialty services. By utilizing these contacts, they can provide creative and unique recommendations, tailored to suit both your style and your budget. Their expertise will ensure that you get what you want in terms of quality, quantity and service. Many reception locations, caterers and entertainment companies offer coordinating services as part of their full-service packages. While these services can be very useful, they can also be limited to a small list of vendors. A professional wedding consultant will give you individualized attention and provide unbiased opinions on protocol and style. You can hire a consultant to assist you in planning your entire wedding, or to simply help orchestrate a rehearsal and wedding day. Fees may be charged hourly at a flat rate or on a commission basis, depending on the consultant and the services you require. Most consultants offer a variety of packages and a la carte services. Although friends and relatives can certainly assist with wedding plans, leave the details to a professional who can anticipate mishaps, troubleshoot when necessary and provide you the affordable luxury of a stress-free wedding.


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BRIdaL BLooMs: design a beautiful wedding with flowers The romantic link between weddings and flowers dates back to ancient civilizations where garlands of flowers, leaves and vines were worn or carried by young brides to symbolize their beauty and innocence. Wedding flowers have since evolved from simple hand-held bouquets to vibrantly artistic creations used to set the mood and theme for the entire celebration.4


FLOWERS Flowers have adorned weddings for hundreds of years, and for good reason: they are beautiful! Breathtaking bouquets, gorgeous centerpieces, fresh boutonnieres… these colorful gifts from nature will give you and your guests a visual feast on your wedding day. Where to start Start your research right away, from the first bridal magazine you open and the first bridal web site you visit. Also be sure to visit to enjoy the beautiful floral photos in our Idea Gallery. Collect photos of anything you like in a file, to share with the florist you select. In addition to collecting information on what you do like, start making a list of anything you definitely don’t like. It’s also helpful to have some elements of the wedding established before you meet with potential florists, so that they can offer more specific suggestions. For example, your wedding gown will certainly influence the style of your event – is it streamlined, modern and simple? Or heavily beaded, traditional and ornate? Also knowing your wedding colors, ceremony and reception locations, and wedding date will be necessary before your florist can give you any concrete ideas that will match the tone, colors, style and season of your wedding. Finding a fabulous florist Find some potential florists at bridal shows, online or through local print publications such as this one, and select up to four to meet with in person. (Interviewing more than this could easily get overwhelming!) Your goal is to find someone who has a style that you love, a personality that you

mesh with, and is also an organized professional. Incredible floral design is pointless if they’re not at the church in time! Bring the following items with you when you meet with your florist, for your first big planning meeting: a photo of your wedding dress, photos and other information regarding your ceremony and reception sites, images to show your preferences, and fabric swatches of your bridesmaids’ dresses and other wedding colors. And one more thing to bring along: your budget amount! It’s quite critical that you share this with your designer, so that they can meet your needs at a price you can afford. Determining your floral needs Once you’ve selected your florist, he or she can help you determine exactly what you will need for your wedding and start narrowing down which flowers to include. Visit the “Checklists & Questions to Ask” section under “Planning” on for questions to ask potential florists, available seasonal flowers and more, to help get started. Before making decisions regarding the floral arrangements for your ceremony be sure and check with your chosen church or synagogue for any restrictions. If you’re on a budget, it’s useful to reuse ceremony flowers at the reception site, but some churches request altar arrangements remain on-site for weekend services. You will want to determine what you can and cannot take with you after the ceremony before you order the reception flowers. Ceremony arrangements are usually ideal for buffet, gift and head tables if using them twice is an option.


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It may be hard to imagine now, but after many months of hard work and detailed planning, your wedding day will suddenly arrive… and zooooom! The hours will fly by in a blur of beautiful, moving, memorable moments. And after the cake has been eaten, the dress has been carefully put away, and the gifts have been opened – you and your new spouse will be left with the most precious gift of all: memories of your special day. 4 PREMIER BRIDE • 117

PHOTOGRAPHY There is simply no better way to capture and preserve these memories than with a collection of beautiful photographs that not only document the day and its events, but also embody the emotions and spirit of your wedding. Quite frankly, this is simply not a component of your wedding planning to treat lightly! Invest the time, attention and budget necessary to ensure that your wedding memories will be preserved for the future. WHAT’S YOUR STYLE? Start by determining which style of wedding photography is right for you and your fiancé. Here are brief descriptions of the three main styles: Formal or traditional This style produces color, posed portraits of you and your groom, your wedding party, and your families, along with all of the traditional wedding moments such as the cake cutting and bouquet/garter toss. Photojournalistic This style is a popular trend in wedding photography, and it means your photographer will be shooting your wedding as if it’s a news event, capturing hundreds of candid moments on film. These photographers tend to use more black & white film, for a classic, timeless and emotional effect. Artistic Artistic photographers use a variety of special effects to create a dramatic, one-of-a-kind piece of art. Effects could include double exposures, hand tinting, special borders and much more. Most photographers offer a blend of two or more styles, but tend to 118 • PREMIER BRIDE

PHOTOGRAPHY specialize in, and focus on, just one. If you like the photojournalistic style, but want some posed formal portraits to showcase your families or the day’s special moments, find a photographer that can comfortably do both. So which style is right for you? The first step is to think about the end product: what is most important to you, to have after your wedding? Do you definitely want to have beautiful, timeless, color portraits of you and your groom that you can elegantly frame and display? Do you want a large number of candid, heartfelt moments – many captured in black & white, to document your day? Are you envisioning a one-of-a-kind, artistic piece to hang on your wall after the wedding that incorporates one or more images from the big event? To help you, take a look at friends’ wedding albums, surf around professional photographer’s web sites, clip photos from magazines of photography that moves you, and spend some time in photographers’ booths at wedding shows. All of this research will help you zero in on what style of photography you seem drawn to, and ultimately, which one you want to use for your wedding. HOW TO FIND THE RIGHT PHOTOGRAPHER Once you’ve established the style that is best for you, it’s time to find a professional photographer that meets your needs. Start the process by collecting referrals from friends, reviewing helpful resources like Premier Bride, attending bridal shows and surfing the Internet. Create a short list of potential photographers that specialize in the style you desire, based on their work and your budget, and set up an

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PHOTOGRAPHY in-person or phone consultation with them. Your goal at this consultation is to evaluate three main areas: Do you like their work? Be sure to see complete wedding albums along with individual photos, to get the best idea of the end product you can expect to receive. Also, be very sure that you know exactly WHO will be shooting YOUR wedding – and view their work, as some larger studios have more than one photographer. Do your personalities mesh? Of all your wedding vendors, the photographer is the one vendor with whom you will spend a good deal of time on your wedding day. You want to feel comfortable with this person! Even if he or she is a great photographer, if your personalities just don’t ‘click’ – you may want to keep looking. Do they fit your budget? It’s so critical to have a budget amount in mind before looking for a photographer, so that you can feel confident that the one you’ve decided on, and love, also meets your financial requirements. THE DIFFERENT PARTS OF A PHOTOGRAPHY PACKAGE As you’re selecting your photographer, it may help to be aware of the various elements generally included in wedding photography packages. Most photographers also offer these elements ‘a la carte,’ or can create a custom package that specifically meets your needs – so be sure to ask. Bride & Groom’s Album There are a wide variety of wedding albums available today, and they vary in size, color, material, construction

UNIQUE RING SHOTS showcase your rings in photos Your rings symbolize much more than your marriage, why not showcase them by taking some fun and interesting pictures of them! Hang your rings on the stem of a flower. This not only brings in your rings, but it also adds color to the shot, interest, as well as incorporating more than just the ring in the picture. Gather up your invitation and programs. Make the rings the “O” in love, from Scrabble game pieces. Place your rings on your wedding shoes, and let the photographer snap some cute shots. Incorporate your personality and your likes while thinking of your wedding day ring shots, and always remember to have fun!



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PHOTOGRAPHY and price. When comparing different photographers’ bride & groom albums, be sure you’re noting the quantity of photos and in what sizes, to make sure you’re comparing “apples to apples.” Parents’ albums The parents’ albums are smaller versions of the bride & groom album, and have traditionally included about twenty 5x7 photographs. Photos should be carefully selected for each family, to create two (or more) custom family albums. Extra prints You will probably want to order extra photographs in addition to the main album and parents’ albums, for yourself or your parents to have some framed portraits at home, for members of the wedding party, and for other close friends and family members. Don’t underestimate how many prints you will want after the wedding, as this will definitely impact your budget.

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Proofs Ask your photographer how many proofs you will get, and in what format. They may be provided as small photos, in digital format, on the Internet, or on contact sheets. Engagement photograph This is a posed portrait of the newly engaged couple, which can be sent to newspapers with information announcing your engagement. You may also choose to put a framed engagement photo by the guest book at your reception.


YOUR CHOICE FOREVER different photo formats In recent years a variety of different film formats have began to be used to capture wedding memories. There are choices as diverse as the 35mm format versus a photographer who prefers the quality of the medium, 2 1/4 format style. The professional standard for years has always been the medium format. The medium format shoot allows the wedding professional the luxury of creativity, while increasing the overall quality. Sure, the 35mm camera certainly has its place in the realm of good quality amateur snapshots at a reasonable price, but the quality is still not good enough for your wedding day. For truly unforgettable, once in a life 124 • PREMIER BRIDE

time memories that you will always cherish, never settle for less than medium format photography and a recognized professional artist. Another nice thing about the medium size format is that the photographer can produce photos of different sizes. Not only standard 8X10’s and 5X7’s can be made, but square sizes are also available. This allows the pictures to fill the pages and the album never has to be turned sideways to be enjoyed. So, for that fairy tale wedding all brides dream of, insist on a medium format camera and square photos. If it is good enough to be used in the Royal Wedding in London then it’s perfect for your special day.

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FUN WITH A PHOTO BOOTH capturing the excitement of your guests A wedding is just one day, so everyone knows photos are a great way of capturing the excitement and emotion for years to come. The professional photographer usually does a great job of snapping the couple, but pics of your friends and family members celebrating with you will be great mementos going forward. In the past, couples used to leave disposable cameras at tables for guests to point and shoot, but the chance in finding a gem amongst those blurry, lowquality shots is rare, especially when kids get their hands on them. Plus, the cost of developing film is going up steadily. Instead, a fun, plucky alternative can be to get a photo booth. Photo booth rentals are becoming popular at wedding receptions –not only do you get too see everyone in their finest for your big day, but they can take home a quality memory from the wedding. Photo booth rentals are different in size and output. Some give guests prints of their pictures right away, in the traditional photo booth setting, with the four black and white prints on one single strand. This is a great way to give guests a souvenir right away, especially because it’s a unique type of print. Other photo booths just continuously shoot throughout the night, and provide the couple with a digital record of all the shots taken. Then, guests could go to an online database to choose which photos they want and print them at their own convenience. The newest innovation in photo booths is a flip book, which is more interactive and involves a true keepsake for everyone. With a flip book, a representative from the company is on hand, acting as kind

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of a mini-director encouraging guests to perform skits or don playful costumes. At the end, it’s put together into a video and everyone receives a copy. One fun way to really spice up the photos is to supply props like goofy hats, accessories, or fake mustaches for guests to poke around with. A chalkboard or dry erase board is also fun, so family and friends can doodle a special message or sentiment and capture it on film. A giant, decorative frame is another fun prop to create the picture-within-a-picture look. When deciding on a rental, choose one where you can really customize it, if you’d like. You could ask for the background to be matching the colors of the wedding, or add your names or the date to a sign at the top of the photo. But no matter how basic it is, your family and loved ones smiling faces will make it a truly personal memory!


Just a few tips to make your reception perfect. • Interested in putting baskets in the restrooms at your reception? Special items (for both men and women) will help your guests handle mishaps and rejoin your celebration. After the wedding, it makes a great addition to a guest bathroom in your home. • Having children at your reception? Consider hiring a company that specializes in just such arrangements. • Having disposable cameras at the reception? Using a Scavenger Hunt theme, create a list of possible ideas for photos. • Planning to do the Dollar Dance at the reception? Consider making a donation to your favorite charity with the proceeds.

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Music The sound of romance

On your wedding day, nothing sets the mood, stirs the emotions or touches the heart more than music. From the solemn, beautiful sounds of the ceremony, to the background melodies of the cocktail hour, to the lively dance tunes that energize the reception, music brings the romance to your day.4


MUSIC CEREMONY MUSIC The very first step in determining the music for your ceremony is to consider what you want, or what you envision, for your day. Do you want a vocalist? Do you want several musicians there, or just a pianist? It’s helpful to take notice during any weddings you attend while engaged, of what you liked (or didn’t care for) when it came to the ceremony music. Once you and your fiancé have some ideas in mind, seek out wedding musicians by visiting bridal shows, reviewing local bridal publications or online sources such as, or asking for referrals from your ceremony officiant or recently married friends. Or, consider working with a talent/ booking agency, which can offer experienced, convenient, one-stop-

shopping for all of your wedding music needs. Once you’ve found some options, arrange meetings to hear them play in person – if you haven’t heard them live already. Once you’ve determined your ceremony musicians, they can help you select the songs to include in your wedding ceremony – how many, when, and so on. They are usually quite experienced when it comes to weddings, and will be a great resource. (Your officiant will be helpful here as well, so be sure to involve them also.) If you have specific songs in mind already, you’ll be able to hear a preview of exactly what they will sound like on your wedding day. And if you need some ideas, your musicians will be able to guide you and offer plenty of options. PREMIER BRIDE • 131


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COCKTAILS AND DINNER MUSIC The key element during cocktails and dinner is conversation, so the music playing during these times should set the mood, but not intrude. You have three options here: use the musicians that played during your ceremony, use the band or DJ that will be playing at your dance reception, or hire different musicians for this part of the day. If you do decide to have live music, chamber music, classical guitar or perhaps a jazz ensemble are all good choices, and can create a subtle background of entertainment without overpowering conversation. A wellseasoned pianist is another excellent choice, since he or she can supply a wide range of musical styles and perform your guest’s special requests. Or, if you are having a DJ for your dance reception, they can usually provide the cocktails/dinner music as well. RECEPTION MUSIC You’re married, cocktails and dinner are over, it’s time to kick up your heels and hit the dance floor! This truly is one of the most critical wedding decisions you’ll make, because nothing can make or break a wedding celebration faster than the entertainment. Fortunately, most wedding vendors are talented professionals, and with the tips included here, you’ll be able to confidently select an excellent entertainer for your big day. Your first big question to answer will be “do we want to have live music (a band or orchestra) or a DJ”? While there are pros and cons to both, it really boils down to personal taste and budget. Using live music - a band or orchestra - provides a certain festive energy to the evening, and is a wonderful

MUSIC option if your budget allows it. The key is to find a band that specifically does weddings, so that they can offer the versatility you need for a good event. Any live entertainment includes breaks, which can interrupt the flow of your evening, so try to come up with a solution that ensures that music is always playing. If the band is large enough, see if the band members can stagger their breaks so that someone is always playing. Or, hire a pianist or DJ to play during the breaks. Also, good, popular bands or orchestras will usually be more expensive than a DJ. They are well worth the expense, of course, since good entertainment is such a critical element of the wedding, but it just doesn’t fit everyone’s budget. And if you can’t afford a GOOD wedding band, then consider a DJ. A DJ can provide a huge variety of music, something for everyone, and is generally less costly than a live band or orchestra. And, no breaks! Here are some of the keys to finding a good wedding DJ: 1) If possible, see them live, in action. 2) Find a vendor that is a good fit with you, personality-wise. Looking for a fun, crazy, get-jiggy-with-it party animal? Or a more upscale, elegant, formal entertainer? 3) Communication is critical. Clarify what songs and events you do and don’t want included, the order of events and other details ahead of time. 4) Ask for, and follow up on, several references. Once you’ve done your homework, selected excellent musicians for every part of your wedding, and nailed down all of the details, you can rest easy. Until, of course, it’s time to start working on your dance moves…

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The JoY oF VIdeo: preserve your day in living, moving color Nothing can transport you back to your special day like a quality video. By beautifully capturing the moving sights and sounds, you can revisit your wedding again and again, and relive all of the special details: the rustle of your gown, the nervous cough of the groom before his vows, the emotion in your father’s voice during his toast. Plan to spend the time and money necessary to do it right.4 PREMIER BRIDE • 135

VIDEO A professional, high quality video is absolutely priceless. The wedding videography field has changed in recent years. The quality has improved dramatically and the final, edited work is more entertaining than ever. Professional videographers have the technology, talent and time necessary to produce an excellent quality video, with clear audio; crisp, in-focus visuals; and sharp editing. A good videographer will remain inconspicuous and capture wonderful, uninhibited moments of you and your guests. Often, you won’t even know you’re being recorded. Your video will have the tears of joy, the laughter, silly “blooper” shots and much more. Professional vidoegraphers will spend anywhere from four to 10 hours with you on your wedding day, and another 35 to 50 hours editing your wedding video, adding graphics and music, and other special effects. For all of the professional equipment, experience, and time you should expect to budget an amount similar to your photography budget. The one comment you will hear from brides and grooms after their wedding, is: “It went so FAST!” A wedding video will transport you back to that special day with outstanding visuals and terrific audio, and even let you catch special moments you would never have seen otherwise. Ask your videographer about showing photo to video montages, rush editing of wedding day highlights, or “Love Story” videos at your reception. Or, create your own customized video display. Music is an important component of 136 • PREMIER BRIDE

these videos. Discuss whether you or you videographer will handle the music. Projectors for these shows are recommended and may be available through the videographer. These upgradeable services are growing in popularity and would add the perfect final touch to your wedding and reception celebration. Your guests will be entertained by these touching and, sometimes, funny slow motion and still images. CHOOSING YOUR VIDEOGRAPHER Watch a videographer’s sample video closely to ensure that it meets your expectations for techniques and quality. Such a sample should allow you to appraise the clarity and stability of the picture and, above all, the videographer’s ability to smoothly edit the material together. This is one of the hallmarks of the experienced professional and an excellent reason to not leave this valuable service in the hands of an amateur. Another great feature of a professional video is improved audio. Knowledge of remote microphones and where to position them is key. Listen for clear quality sound during vows, readings, music, toasts, etc. Also, ask to see a copy of the videographer’s contract, and make certain you understand all the costs for the videographer’s work and what he or she will provide. The bottom line is, a professionally recorded and edited wedding video is a priceless treasure to have. There is truly no better way to revisit your special day. It will bring back not only the sights and sounds but…the feelings as well.

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VIDEO HOW TO EVALUATE SAMPLE WEDDING VIDEOS Ask to see the videographer’s wedding “demo” tape and a complete wedding video recently done. The demo tape will give you a great deal of insight into their style and quality, and a recent and complete sample of their work will give you a clear idea of what you’ll receive after your wedding. Evaluate the picture...

• Is the picture clear and consistently in focus? Jumpy? Blurry? Shaky? • Are there any dead spots? • Does it move smoothly from one scene to the next, or jump awkwardly? • How is the lighting?

Evaluate the sound...

• Can you hear the bride, groom, officiant and readers clearly? • Is the audio muffled or difficult to hear anywhere in the video? • Are the music selections and volume appropriate? • Is there too much ambient crowd noise? • Can you hear the toasts clearly at the reception?

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How long does the video last? Does it keep you entertained? Do you feel emotion? Does it look professionally done?

BUDGET TIP If your budget doesn’t allow for much now, invest in a good quality videographer and their bare-bones package, and you can always go back later to have extra elements added, such as a video montage or highlights tape. You’ll never be able to recreate your wedding day so make sure you get high quality footage to work with the first time.



ON-SCREEN PRESENTATION family memories A new high-tech twist to special events is beginning to make its appearance at wedding receptions across the country. It’s on-screen audio-visual presentations featuring none other than the bride and groom. Quite popular, it’s becoming a common component of wedding day festivities. You may choose to share the story of your romance by selecting photographs of you and your fiance when you first met, as you fell in love, and as you planned the wedding. Another option is to collect photographs of both the bride and groom growing up. Friends and family members will enjoy being included in your special day, since they often appear in pictures with the bride and groom as they grow from childhood to school age to young adulthood. Most video companies have the capability for this type of production. They synchronize the images accompanied by music of your choice and create a multi-image video to be presented at your reception, rehearsal dinner, or both. The length and cost of this production is determined by the number of photographs you decide to use. The price will depend on the location of your event, the size of screen(s) needed and the amplification requirements. On screen presentations are a wonderful way of introducing the bride and groom to each other’s family and friends. Consider having copies made for parents, grandparents, and loved ones that are unable to attend your wedding.



MONEY MATTERS a component of successful marriages It is easier to talk about sex than to talk about money, yet unresolved money issues are the number one cause for divorce. Therefore, money matters to a bride and groom beginning a successful life journey together. Most of us weren’t taught to discuss money in a shared conversation. Here are some good questions to get a conversation started between you and your future spouse. How was money handled in your families when growing up? Were there fights about money? Did you feel well off or poor as a kid? Today, how important is money to you? Do you consider yourself a saver or spender? Do you have any large debts or assets? Who earns the most money and how does the other person feel about it? Lastly, what are your financial dreams (individually and as a couple)? How do you plan on making those dreams a reality?

Before your married life begins, it can be useful to create a starting budget for your household and to agree on who will pay for what within the household. At what dollar amount does one spouse need the permission of the other to purchase? A regular, set-aside time each month is important to create healthy communication and will reduce tensions. Additionally, the couple’s problem solving skills are enhanced. Compromise is the key. Where money is spent is where one’s life is. Money management is more than keeping the checkbook balanced. And the best money management tip? Avoid debt – especially credit card debt, which is particularly draining on a couple. By Ann Homer Cook, Ph.D., President, A. Homer Cook & Associates, A Management Consultant firm. PREMIER BRIDE • 141

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“Before Saying “I DO”…Be Warned!” Getting married brings with it a number of unanswered questions. What will I do if there is a storm like Sandy that prevents me from getting married? Will my future spouse be deployed? Will my wedding gifts make it home? These questions can plague the new bride and groom. Your wedding day is one of the biggest commitments you’ll make in your life. Consider protecting it with an insurance policy that covers the unexpected. Ava Ryan at 123ABC Insurance can provide you with honest advice and estimates

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WEDDING INSURANCE don’t let your day be a horror story You have heard those horror stories before, the bride trips and breaks her nose, has to postpone the wedding, or the caterer backs out at the last minute, and you suddenly have 200 mouths to feed, with no caterer available. Have no fear, wedding insurance is made to help ease your mind. After you get your ring appraised, get it insured-just in case! Next, move onto wedding insurance. Insurance protects you from the unexpected like natural disasters (tornado, hurricane, etc.) days before your wedding, and people are unable to go, you will be stuck without that money that you originally paid. With wedding insurance, the only money you will be paying is the deductible. Wedding insurance is the perfect addition to your wedding budget because it will inevitably save your wedding in case

of disaster. It will protect your investment, with minimal money lost. Check with your vendors before purchasing the wedding insurance to see how well they are covered personally so that you don’t purchase too much coverage. Deductibles typically run anywhere from $95 to $600, depending on the size of the wedding and more. When applying, be sure to ask about covering you in as many situations as possible. Most wedding insurance will have exactly what they cover on their website, if they ask you to call, this might not be a reputable site. Make sure you are making the right choice when choosing wedding insurance companies. The most popular companies are always listed first.


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TRANSPORTATION FIRST: HOW MANY? Your search for transportation needs to start 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 the couples parents and new in-laws? 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 for when 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, delivering 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 the ceremony, it might be more affordable to hire two separate cars rather than pay for the vehicle to sit there during a long reception. There are quite a few options for limos. A formal limousine seats four people, and sometimes a bride and groom will travel to the ceremony alone. Or, if you’d like to include the wedding party, stretch limos can allow for six to 10. For larger

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TRANSPORTATION 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 ones that want a little elbow room, a party bus or 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 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 allows guests with a little more flexibility, as well. TAKING THE TROLLEY An attractive, fun and picturesque alternative to a limo or passenger coach is a trolley, if it’s available in your area. Trolleys generally can accommodate between 20 and 35 people, so they’re great for larger parties or adding on 148 • PREMIER BRIDE

some family members or friends. With their antique look and old world charm, they’ll send 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. 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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The stress of planning a wedding is over, your in-laws are gone and for the next couple days or weeks, you get to have the getaway single people dream of and married couples want to do again: your honeymoon. It doesn’t matter if you’re at a luxurious Caribbean resort or sleeping in a tent near your home – what matters is that you’re starting your life together, and what better way to start that than with a romantic and intimate escape?4 PREMIER BRIDE • 153

HONEYMOON This seems basic enough, but don’t assume anything when you’re planning a honeymoon! Take time to sit down and toss ideas around – what kind of destination you’d like (beach, foreign, cruise, etc.) and what you want to spend your time doing once you’re there (when you’re not in your bedroom.) Ask each other if you’d like a destination where there are lots of activities such as water sports, hot tourist spots, shopping or hiking, or if both of you would rather go somewhere you can relax and be pampered. It’s totally up to you, but make sure that your expectations are established before you book anything so there aren’t unexpected disagreements when you want to read a novel on the beach all day and your spouse wants snorkeling lessons. And don’t forget – this is the start of your lives together, so

this honeymoon could be the beginning of throwing in a few compromises here and there. BEFORE YOU GO Even though you’ll have a lot on your plate to plan for the wedding before you leave, take some time to get information on your chosen destination before you leave. Here are some things to think about, especially if you’ve never traveled to your honeymoon location before: • Different Customs. If you’re traveling abroad, or even to an Americanized resort in the Caribbean, do a little research to learn if there are gestures that are deemed inappropriate, actions that are considered rude or types of dress that are unacceptable to the local community. • Language. Pick up a pocket-sized dictionary or phrase book if you’re going somewhere that neither of you speak the language.

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ROMANCE IN YOUR HONEYMOON It’s no secret that a honeymoon is all about those intimate moments and letting out your romantic side, so be proactive in setting up that excitement! Pack a secret gift for each other to open on the honeymoon – new lingerie, a romantic photo album or something personal you two share that would ignite a little fire. You could also give each other ‘coupons’ with little favors, such as an intimate massage or a promise to try deep-sea fishing the next day. No matter what romance you bring into the honeymoon, just keep it as personal as possible and neither of you will be able to quit smiling, no matter where you are.

AN EXPERIENCED TRAVEL AGENT You have enough planning and details on your plate with the wedding – leave your travel planning to a professional! The cost to you is generally zero, or very minimal, and they’ll save you so much time and greatly reduce your stress. If anything goes wrong –your flight is cancelled, or the hotel lost your reservation – your travel agent is there to help, just a phone call away. Look for one who focuses on wedding & honeymoon



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Founded in 1670, Charleston, SC is one of the South’s most historic destinations. Charleston offers luxury, history, and an abundance of Southern hospitality. This city is a hotspot for history lovers, romantics, beach goers, and cruise goers alike. So not only can you wine and dine in one of the most romantic southern cities, you can walk the beach by moonlight, then the next day be swept away to sea on a cruise-line for further ventures!


LAY OF THE LAND Being South Carolina’s second largest city, Charleston abounds with a population of 120,083 people that call the city home. Charleston is located on the coast of South Carolina just below the mid point of the coast line. The city is very much influenced by water. The Atlantic Ocean, Ashley and Cooper River, come together to form the peninsula that surrounds Charleston. The city often experiences floods during high tides and tropical storms.

MUST-SEES, MUST-DOS Haunted Tours Being so old Charleston must have some pretty gruesome horror stories to tell right? Your answer is most definitely yes! Take a stroll through a graveyard, read the tombstones, walk through a dungeon, experience the haunted jail, and see the dark side of Charleston. All the while through the 1 1/2 hr tour, guides tell you the history and stories of Charleston’s ghosts, haunted houses, witchcraft, and superstitions. Who knows, maybe you’ll even see a ghost?

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Carriage Tours If ghosts are too frightening for your tastes, a carriage tour will be much more suitable for a daytime viewing. Carriage tours can be found all throughout the city at various times throughout the day. No matter what the size of your party there is a carriage tour to suit your needs. Small carriages seat anywhere from 2-6 people and larger parties, horse drawn wagon rides can seat from 12-20 people.

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Magnolia Plantation & Gardens The plantation offers guests a plethora of activities for all interests! The plantation offers tours of the magnificent colonial Drayton family house, a nature train tour, a boat tour, a slavery to freedom exhibit, and even a petting zoo! Each tour lasts around 30-45 minutes and teaches guests about the history and local culture of the plantation. PREMIER BRIDE • 159

WHERE TO STAY Wentworth Mansion

French Quarter Inn Exterior

Built in 1865 by a wealthy cotton tycoon, the Wentworth Mansion changed hands over time and ultimately became one of the top 3 luxury hotels in the United States. Start your day off with a complimentary breakfast in the hotel’s restaurant, enjoy the southern tradition of an evening port, sherry, and brandy, follow up with afternoon hors d’oeuvres and wine, a day at the spa, dinner in the mansion’s own fine dining restaurant, and finally tuck yourself in at night with the nightly turndown service complete with chocolates on your pillow.

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Immerse yourself in the heart of Charleston’s Historic District at the French Quarter Inn. Upon check in you can expect champagne and lady fingers promptly brought to your door. Evenings feature a wine and cheese reception for all guests of the hotel. Before bed, you can relive your childhood with warm milk and cookies served each evening in the hotel lobby. The next day, plan on a gourmet breakfst served in the lobby, terrace, or even stay in bed and have it delivered directly to your hotel room.

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Enjoy a hotel with a view, HarbourView Inn overlooks Charleston’s Waterfront Park as well as Charleston Harbor. From your window you can view the Ravenel Bridge, Fort Sumter, the USS Yorktown, as well as boats gliding along the waterways. Not just a hotel with a view, you can savor the other amenities this hotel offers. Amenities such as Portside Breakfast served atop the rooftop terrace, all day snacks and tea, afternoon wine and cheese, warm milk and cookies, afternoon hot tea, and an

evening turndown service with lightweight robes and a special treat on your pillow.

WHERE TO EAT In Charleston you expect to find an exquisite array of fresh seafood, comfort food, and southern cuisine. Keep an eye out for fresh fish, prawns, shrimp, and even gumbo while you’re in this particular port city! Harbor View Inn Exterior

Circa 1886 A hidden gem situated in Wentworth Mansion’s lovely gardens, the restaurant was originally the carriage house for the first owners of the mansion. Contrasting it’s classical historic physique, Circa 1886 serves up contemporary cuisine at it’s finest. This restaurant strives for only the finest local ingredients. Expect to pay anywhere from $25-$45 for a main entree.

Charleston Grill Located on historic King Street, the Charleston Grill offers guests a culinary variety like no other. This restaurant has a selection of four main menus for guests to choose from. Each one has it’s own flavor profile and specialties ranging from fresh seafood to down home southern cooking. You can expect to pay anywhere from $25-$40 for a main entree.

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39 Rue de Jean Step off the streets of Charleston and into a restaurant reminiscent of a Parisian brasserie. 39 Rue de Jean serves guests classical French fare such as Coq au Vin and Ratatouille. The restaurant is open for three meals a day, brunch, lunch, and dinner. When dining here expect to pay anywhere from $14-$25 for a main entree. Charleston, South Carolina has so much to offer. The beauty of the plantations along with the history really makes an unforgettable honeymoon!

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Charleston is a city with mild winters and hot humid summers. Since the city is right off the ocean the humidity is on average 83% in the morning and around 56% in the afternoon. Taking into consideration the high humidity and a temperature that can easily break into the 100s, pack breathable and comfortable clothes.


Eastern Daylight Time


Like other places in the United States, a service charge is sometimes added to a bill for food or drink, and if not, 15% is standard. If you have a large party of 6 or more an 18% gratuity may be automatically added to your bill.


• You will need to provide one piece of identification in the form of a valid driver’s license, birth certificate, or passport. • Be aware that only minister of the Gospel or accepted Jewish rabbis and officers authorized to administer oaths are authorized to perform a marriage ceremony in South Carolina. • There is a $70 cash ONLY fee for filing the marriage application. • Both the bride and groom must appear together to apply for a marriage license. The application must include both parties names, their eligibility to marry, their ages and place of residence. It must then be signed and notarized by the probate judge for a license to be issued. • There is a 24 waiting period after the completion of the license before it can be picked up and you can be married.

Waterfront Park Fountain





Discover the Caribbean on the tropical island of Martinique! Martinique is an island in the Caribbean that is one of the Lesser Antilles islands close to South America. Although the island is about 4,000 miles away from Europe, it is an overseas region of France. PREMIER BRIDE • 163

Scubadiving in Martinique Rum Distillery

Martinique is small island in the Caribbean sea measuring only 436sq mi. Although the island is only about 1/3 the size of Rhode Island, the island is the 3rd largest in The Lesser Antilles. The highest point in Martinique is an active volcano called Mount Pelee. Although the volcano is active, it’s last eruption was in 1905.


Catamaran Excursion Tour

The waters surrounding Martinique offer some of the most comfortable and beautiful locations for diving. The water temperatures range in the 80’s, visibility is clear, and the waters are calm. You can explore anything from corals to Caribbean fish. If you happen to be near Saint Pierre, you can explore shipwrecks of the past and see ships sunk by the volcanic eruption of 1902. If you aren’t a certified diver there isn’t an issue, local hotels offer lessons in their pools for prospective divers!

Rum Distillery Tour

Botanical Beauties

In case you didn’t know, Martinique is home to some of the world’s finest rum. Explore the sugar cane fields that flavor the rum, tour the distillery, and finally go for a rum sampling! Throughout Martinique you can find various distilleries, each one with something different to offer. In case you want to start off with a tour of where the rum production really begins, with sugar, consider visiting the only remaining sugar factory on the island, The Galion sugar plantation.

Catamaran Excursion


Explore the sister island of Saint Lucia, discover the mini islands surrounding Martinique, or explore the coral reefs! Multiple catamaran tours are available at different times throughout the day for your convenience. Each tour offers something

new to spectators. This can be anything from a boat ride to another island then a tour of the island to a day on the boat followed by snorkeling on the coral reefs and finished off with a creole buffet and open bar.

Cap Est Arial View

WHERE TO STAY Cap Est Lagoon Resort & Spa

Cap Est Villa

The finest five star resort in Martinique, Cap Est Lagoon Resort & Spa offers guests a truly relaxing vacation. Spend a day massaging away your stress at the spa or venture out onto the sea in a kayak for a day of adventure. The hotel offers private villas with plunge pools and water view garden rooms.

Hotel La Bateliere The bay of Fort-de France welcomes you to Hotel La Bateliere for your honeymoon getaway! The hotel features an al fresco restaurant, a piano bar, ocean view suites, a pool overlooking the bay of Fort-de-France, and private beach access. The hotel also offers two bars and a gourmet restaurant for your dining pleasure.

Buccaneer’s Creek Honeymoon Suite

Buccaneer’s Creek A hotel for all interests, Buccaneer’s Creek has something to offer everyone. Enjoy windsurfing, snorkeling, beach volleyball, beach front access, a beach side pool, and sea kayaking. For the avid eater, the hotel offers gourmet dining on a terrace over the sea.

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Le Bleu Marine Restaurant


Le Bleu Marine

Since you’re surrounded by the ocean why not reap the benefits? Dine on the freshest fish, shellfish, fruits, and rums. Martinique is a mixture of cultures which results in a local creole flavor. Anything from traditional African cuisine to Indian curry dishes can appear on your colorful plate.

This restaurant caters to both guests of the Hotel La Bateliere as well as beach goers alike. Le Bleu Marine offers guests a true taste of creole flair. Each dish is specially made to reflect the local cuisine of Martinique. You can expect to pay anywhere from 18€-25€for an entree.

The Belem

La Belle Epoque

For guests and hungry passer-bys of Cap Est Lagoon and Spa, The Belem offers vacationers a menu filled with local flair. The restaurant chef combines innovative with tradition and local products to wow and please the restaurant’s guests. The best part of this restaurant is that you are seated beside the ocean to relax and enjoy your meal with a view and a cool breeze. For this culinary treat expect to spend anywhere from 20€-40€for an entree.

Located in a 20th century house, this elegant restaurant offers guests the pinnacle of haute French cuisine. Dress yourself to the nines and dine by candlelight under a crystal chandelier in the island’s capital Fort-de-France. Classical French sauces and dishes such as magret de canard (duck) and foie gras in a port wine reduction are featured on this menu as well as many local fresh fishes. Expect to pay anywhere from 25€-42€ for an entree.

Buccaneer’s Creek Pink Beachside



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With a fairly mild climate, Martinique’s average temperature is around 80˚F year round. Overall the climate is tropical and provides the island with lush vegetation across the island. Tropical forests, mangroves, fruits, and flowers abound on this garden island.



Atlantic Time Zone.

220 AC Rounds on 50 Cycles.

Buccaneer’s Creek Pool Ocean View


French and Creole


Usually a 15% service is standard on your bill. Any additional tips are optional and up to you


• You will need your birth certificate, certification of single status, residency card stating you have lived on the island for at least one month, medical certificate including a blood test, and French translation of English documents. • $80 marriage license fee. • If you have been divorced be sure to bring a certified copy of finalized divorce papers. • If you aren’t any particular religion, a notary of the public and a marriage officer would need to be paid prior to performing the ceremony.

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RUSSIA Do you like it cold? Do you like elegance? Then Russia is the place for you! Visit St.Petersburg, one of the world’s most elegant and beautiful cities. During the 18th and 19th centuries the royal emperors of Russia reconstructed and shaped St.Petersburg into one of the most architecturally stunning and grandiose places to live in the world. Where better to go than Russia to feel like the empress herself?


LAY OF THE LAND St. Petersburg is a city that has exceptional connections to water. The city is situated along the shores of the Neva Bay and the Gulf of Finland, as well as the surrounded by river deltas. The city lies at sea level and relies on the St. Petersburg Dam to prevent flooding during unusually high tides. Due to its latitude the city experiences a special phenomenon from mid May to mid July called the white nights. The white nights are a special event when twilight can last the entire night.

Exterior of the Winter Palace Winter Palace Jordan Stairs

MUST-SEES & MUST-DOS The Winter Palace Originally home to the Romanovs, this great palace not only displays extravagant rooms; it is also home to The Heritage Museum. The museum ranks among the best museums in the world, along with the Louvre in Paris and the British Museum in London. Stepping foot inside brings forth nostalgia of walking arm in arm with the emperors of a bygone past.

Performances at the Mikhailovsky Theatre

Mikhailovsky Theatre Everyone has heard of the famous Russian ballet, so since you’re in the heart of Russia treat yourself to a night at the Miklailovsky Theatre. Originally opened in 1833, the theatre’s original intent was for the French drama companies to perform their work for the emperor and high society. Later on, the theatre adopted German and Russian dramas as well as ballets and operas. Today, classical works of art as well as modern performances are staged in the Mikhailovsky Theatre. Classical ballets such as the Nutcracker and Swan Lake are still popular and frequently preformed. In addition, traditional operas such as The Barber of Seville and The Queen of Spades also frequent this renowned stage.

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WHERE TO STAY Taleon Imperial Hotel

Kempinski Spa Hotel Astoria Presidential Suite

Built in the 18th century, this hotel was originally a palace commissioned by her majesty Catherine the Great. This hotel features an 18th century baroque style complete with painted ceilings, marble entry ways, and a grand staircase for the true royal feeling. Each room is fit for a king providing ample space and time frame appropriate furnishings with all the modern conveniences. You even have a choice of room decor at this hotel. Every room in the hotel is decorated differently for an exclusive design and appearance.

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Taleon Imperial Empress Suite

For wine lovers everywhere this hotel has something special to offer you, a private wine cellar. Go for a tasting in the Wine Cellar 1853 or even dine by candlelight in this imperialistic hotel. Complete with all the royal luxuries a hotel can offer, the Kempinski Moika features a wine cellar, tearoom, brasserie, luxurious rooms, world-class spa, private tours of the Catherine Palace, and river cruises around St.Petersburg.

Hotel Astoria

Kempinski Executive Suite


One of the most famous names in luxury hotels, the Hotel Astoria has survived both revolution and two world wars. This year is exceptionally special to the hotel due to the fact it is celebrating its 100th anniversary. This five star hotel exhibits the exuberant style of the early 20th century with all the modern accommodations a guest could need.


Taleon Rooftop Breakfast

The Victoria Restaurant Located on the sixth floor of the Taleon Imperial Hotel, the Victoria Restaurant offers traditional Russian cuisine prepared at its finest. Dishes are made according to original recipes from the time of the Czars. Guests also have a fantastic view of St. Petersburg from the terrace. You can expect to pay anywhere from 550рубль to 1600рубль for an entree (approximately $17-$50) depending on what you would like. This restaurant even features a special menu for vegetarians.

Kempinski Wine Cellar Breakfast

The Tea Room For guests and tea enthusiasts alike, the Kempinski Hotel Moika 22’s restaurant the Tea Room, offers an experience like no other. If you’ve ever wanted to know what it would be like to take tea with the royals, the Tea Room is the place to go for the experience. Indulge yourself with Imperial Russian porcelain, a open log fireplace, fine French champagne, a stunning view of the Hermitage, a string duet, European cuisine, mulled wine, homemade cookies, and their renowned Winter Tea. Russians prefer to take time out of their day for afternoon tea, something they call “five o’clock”. Expect to pay anywhere from 650рубль-1150рубль for your tea time experience (around $20-$35 per person).

Kempinski Tea Room

The Flying Dutchman. Nautical lovers delight in this restaurant. Dine aboard a 17th century ship converted into a floating restaurant. Located in St. Petersburg harbor, this restaurant features fresh seafood and European favorites such as sea bass with tiger shrimp and ratatouille with lamb carpaccio. This extensive menu has something to offer just about everyone. When dining a the Flying Dutchman, you can expect to pay anywhere from 550рубль -1600рубль for an entree. Depending on what you like this converts to around $17-$50 for your entree.

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DIRECTORY • Apparel (See Bridal Attire Guide Pg. 8) • Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties (See Reception Guide See pgs. 58-63) • Beauty & Health • Bridal Accessories (See Bridal Attire Guide Pg. 8)

• Caterers • Children’s Formalwear (See Bridal Attire guide Pg. 8) • Chocolates & Chocolate Fountains • Consultants & Coordinators • Decorators

• Honeymoons & Destination Weddings • Housing-FinancialInsurance • Ice Sculptures • Invitations

• Bridal Shops (See Bridal Attire Guide Pg. 8)

• DJs

• Bridal Showers Lunches & Teas (Also see Reception Guide Pg. 84-91)

• Florists/Floral Designers

• Cakes & Cupcakes

• Gown Preservation and Cleaning (See Bridal Attire Guide Pg. 8)

• Favors & Gifts

• Formalwear (Tuxedos) (Also See Bridal Attire Guide Pg. 8)

• Jewelers/Jewelry (Also see Jewelers Guide Pg. 40) • Lighting • Lingerie (See Bridal Attire Guide Pg. 8) • Officiants

• Carriages

• Photography • Reception/Rehearsal Dinner Facilities (See Reception Guide Pg. 84-91) • Registry • Rentals • Shoes (See Bridal Attire Guide Pg. 8) • Travel Agents • Transportation • Veils (See Bridal Attire Guide Pg. 8) • Videography • Websites

Hair by Alice 757-818-5459


(See Bridal Attire Guide Pg. 8) Barefoot Bride 757-788-8812

(See pg. 35)

Louisa’s Bridal 252-338-8965 (See pg. 6) Maya Couture Bridal Salon 757-461-1690

• Photo Booths

(See pg. 4 & 64)

Once Upon A Wedding 757-461-1690

(See pg. 8)

The Inspired Bride 757-345-0008

(See pg. 6)


(See Reception Guide See pgs. 58-63)

It Works! Global 757-535-6481

(See pg. 67)

Kristal Lane - Beauty on Location 757-469-6130

(See pg. 66)

Salon Noa 757-553-8351

(See pg. 66)

Salon Vivace Williamsburg New Town Center 5116 Center Street Virginia Beach-Chambord Commons 2228 Virginia Beach Blvd. Newport News-Shops at Oyster Point 639 Pilot House Drive Chesapeake-Hanbury Village 237 Hanbury Road East, Suite 20

Ardyss International Inc. by Kristine 757-727-3240 (See pg. 69)

(See Bridal Attire Guide Pg. 8)

Color Me Tan 757-723-0089

(See pg. 80)

Barefoot Bride 757-788-8812


757-873-1775 757-482-5790 (See pg. 9)

(See pg. 67)


Best Face Forward 866-851-5247

Eye Deux 757-742-3389 (See pg. 68)


Theresa Little Make-up Artistry 757-287-7787 Tidewater Chiropractic Group 757-465-7299



(See pg. 35)

DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Green Gates Gifts Hampton Gloucester Point Louisa’s Bridal 252-338-8965 Maya Couture Bridal Salon 757-461-1690 The Inspired Bride 757-345-0008

757-848-5324 804-642-5618 (See pg. 61)

(See pg. 6)

(See pg. 4 & 144)

(See pg. 6)



(See Bridal Attire guide Pg. 8)

CHOCOLATES & CHOCOLATE FOUNTAINS Distinct Delights Corolla Kitty Hawk Goddess of Chocolate 757-343-6241

252-453-3188 252-715-0779 (See pg.68)

(See pg.54)

(See Bridal Attire Guide Pg. 8)



29:11 Celebrations 757-619-8561

(See pg. 110)

(Also see Reception Guide Pg. 84-91)

Creations By Tiffeny 757-292-7908/337-0494

(See pg. 112)


Dreams 2 Reality 757-839-3461

(See pg. 107)

Flour Child Bakery 757-464-1455

(See pg. 55)

My Vegan Sweet Tooth 757-339-2794

Exquisite Classy Events 252-267-1230

(See pg.107)

(See pg. 55)

Sweet Temptations Dessert Cafe 757-354-2133

Inspired Events by Kelly 757-291-5369

(See pg. 105)

(See pg. 56)

The Cupcakery of Elizabeth City 252-335-0211

Joiful Faith Event Planning 757-636-0493

(See pg. 108)

(See pg. 54)

The Magic Cupboard 757-826-2160

Memorable Events by Apryl 757-349-6322

(See pg. 111)

(See pg. 56)

Pinch of Charm 757-262-7820

(See pg. 103 & 106)

The Bridal Dish 757-689-8082

(See pg. 145)

The Main Event 757-344-9045

(See pg. 111)

Vivid Expressions, LLC 757-802-3199

(See pg. 109)

CARRIAGES Carolina Carriages 252-619-5745

CATERERS Barefoot Gourmet 757-469-6265

(See pg.94)

Creative Catering of Virginia 757-499-2002

(See pg.96)

Montero’s 252-331-1067

Creations By Tiffeny 757-292-7908/337-0494

(See pg.98)

Mosaic 757-538-5090

Pinch of Charm 757-262-7820

(See pg.95)

DECORATORS (See pg. 96)

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Sparkle! Holiday Design & Decor 757-810-2212

(See pg. 63)

The Main Event 757-344-9045

(See pg. 95)

Vivid Expressions, LLC 757-802-3199

(See pg. 100)

DJS Astro Entertainment 757-460-2224

(See pg. 132)

Baker Entertainment 757-813-1214

(See pg. 127)

Big Dreams Entertainment 757-275-8000 Colonial DJs 757-865-0020

(See pg. 1)

(See pg. 131)

FAVORS & GIFTS Corolla Wild Horse Fund 252-453-8002 Distinct Delights Corolla Kitty Hawk Green Gates Gifts Hampton Gloucester Point the globe 757-422-3313

(See pg. 47) 252-453-3188 252-715-0779 (See pg. 68) 757-848-5324 804-642-5618 (See pg. 136)

(See pg. 135)

FLORISTS/FLORAL DESIGNERS Char’s Floral Designs 757-621-9155

(See pg. 144)


(Also See Bridal Attire Guide Pg. 8)


(See Bridal Attire Guide Pg. 8)

HONEYMOONS & DESTINATION WEDDINGS Currituck North Carolina 252-453-9612

(See pg. 143)

World Class Travel 757-816-2496

(See pg. 142)


(See pg. 143)

Ashley-Paige Realty Inc. Ruth Benjamin 757-472-3461

(See pg. 141)

The Cosmopolitan Apartments 757-456-9292

(See pg. 142)


Ice Art Inc. 757-498-4777

(See pg. 97)

INVITATIONS BlueGreenAqua {paper} dolls design 804-366-1269 P.S. Paperie 757-595-5111

(See pg.39 & 45)

(See pg. 4)

(See pg. 44)


(Also see Jewelers Guide Pg. 40) Circles In Stone 757-238-3282

(See pg.40)

Electric Rainbow 757-503-3289

(See pg.41)

LIGHTING Astro Entertainment 757-460-2224


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(See pg. 83)

Vacations For 757-596-2774

(See pg. 132)



A Fulfilled Wish 757-625-3787 or 757-625-4321

(See Reception Guide Pg. 84-91)

Pink Weddins of OBX 252-564-2615 or 252-261-0706 (See pg. 83)

PHOTO BOOTHS Astro Entertainment 757-460-2224

(See pg. 121)

Baker Entertainment 757-813-1214

(See pg. 127)

EC Photo Booth 252-455-0768/252-207-2851

(See pg. 129)

Pinch of Charm Vintage Rentals 757-262-7820 The Boardwalk Photo Booth Company 757-655-5FUN

(See pg. 103 & 106)

(See pg. 128)

PHOTOGRAPHY Cherish The Moment Photography and Video 877-552-4881 (See pg. 125) DCPG 757-636-9807 Dragon Studios 757-636-9807 Fresh Look Photography 757-749-5350 Hampton Roads Photography 757-499-8708

REGISTRY Corolla Wild Horse Fund 252-453-8002 Green Gates Gifts Hampton Gloucester Point Kohls 1547 Sams Circle, Chesapeake 551 Bland Blvd., Newport News Harbour View Station 6253 College Drive, Suffolk Virginia Beach Pembroke Mall 4564 Virginia Beach Blvd Virginia Beach Princess Anne 3344 Princess Ann Road 100 Gristmill Plaza, Williamsburg The globe 757-422-3313

757-848-5324 804-642-5618 (See pg. 61) 757-312-0980 757-988-3013 757-686-1373 757-473-1017 757-368-0424 757-564-0111 (See pg. 57)

(See pg. 60)


(See pg. 122)

ABZ Rentals 757-890-4700

(See pg. 101)

(See pg. 118)

Affordable & Luxury Event Rental 757-428-8368

(See pg. 100)

(See pg. 123)

American Furniture Rentals 757-660-1510

(See pg. 102)

(See pg. 121)

Heather Hughes Photography 757-870-4006

Classy Covers 757-478-3401

(See pg. 123)

Impressions In Time 757-329-3600

Pinch of Charm Vintage Rentals 757-262-7820

(See pg. 124)

Keith Cephus Photography 757-430-2169

(See pg. 47)

(See pg. 99)

(See pg. 103)


(See Bridal Attire Guide Pg. 8) (See pg. 120 & 145)

Torrance Saunders Photography 757-342-3852

(See pg. 122)

Youmans & Company 757-238-9805

Vacations For 757-596-2774

(See pg. 155)

(See pg. 119)

World Class Travel 757-816-2496

(See pg. 154)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES TRANSPORTATION Southside Ground Transportation 757-857-6261

(See pg. 147)


Delta Studio Productions 757-214-4344

(See pg. 140)

Dream Clip Productions 757-771-0288

(See pg. 139)


(See Bridal Attire Guide Pg. 8)

Premier Bride


757 Wedding Professionals

Baker Entertainment 757-813-1214

(See pg. 127)

Blue Diamond Studio 757-806-1522

(See pg. 137)

Cherish The Moment Photography and Video 757-515-3144 (See pg. 125)

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Perfectly Planned for a beautiful beginning. Because it truly is your day, you can be sure that we are fully committed to every detail of your wedding. Whether you prefer an intimate gathering or grand event, DoubleTree can help you orchestrate the celebration of your dreams.

• Fully customizable rehearsal dinner, ceremony, reception, party and honeymoon packages • Elegant arrangements for groups of 7 to 700

• Designated wedding and event planner on staff • Attentive, courteous staff and convenient amenities for your guests

Call Jackie Ivester, our Director of Catering, to begin your journey. 757.437.2022 or email 1900 Pavilion Drive • Virginia Beach, VA 23451 •