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gourmeT recepTions at your favorite restaurant

Honey, where would you like to eat tonight? I’m in the mood for something special. This is a question that you and your fiancé may ask each other often. Why not ask that same question when selecting a reception site? You want your wedding to be a special experience for you as well as your guests, spending endless hours selecting the perfect dress, the perfect flowers, and the perfect venue. Treat your guests to a special meal.

When planning your wedding you will discover endless possibilities for reception sites, hotels, country clubs, museums, backyard tents and more. Among those possibilities you should consider your local favorite restaurants, the restaurant where you went to celebrate your last promotion, your last birthday, and where you took your parents when they came to visit. Your favorite restaurants may offer all the style and amenities you require, and most importantly, have the expertise to serve you and your guests an exceptional meal. With your favorite restaurant, depending on the size of your

reception, you may reserve a private room or you may be able to reserve the entire space. You, with the chef, may craft a customized menu and wine selections of exceptional quality. The restaurant’s event coordinator will assist you with your reception planning, and because restaurants host many types of events, may be able to offer additional suggestions and assistance in securing other needed services from musicians, florists, transportation providers and audio/visual specialists. When exploring restaurant reception options: 1) first contact the restaurant’s event coordinator to discuss date availability, room capacity, additional services provided and to receive copies of special event menus; 2) schedule an appointment to inspect the proposed reception space and to discuss menu options and customization; 3) schedule a tasting of your selected items (most restaurants will charge a small tasting fee); and 4) if all is to your liking be prepared to place a deposit securing the date as restaurants book up quickly with their regular clientele or other events.


Looking for more information on RECEPTION SITES? Visit and our NEW Advanced Venue Search. Select your venue style, price range, number of guests and what you can’t live without. With Your Results, you can map it, request information and adjust your search. Look to us for up-to-date information on resources in your local area. 9

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Your Perfect table setting: ideas that capture your personality

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

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

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friday/sunday weddings the advantages of weekend weddings

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

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

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

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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lining up the Wedding party You’ll find traditional configurations for Christian and Jewish wedding parties illustrated and labeled below. The bride meets the groom at the altar to initiate a Christian wedding, while her parents remain seated throughout the service. A Jewish bride is escorted down the aisle by her parents, who then remain standing. During the Service


1.Bride 2.Groom 3.Maid of Honor 4.Best Man 5.Bridesmaids 6.Ushers 7.Flower Girl 8.Ring Bearer 9.Father of the Bride 10.Mother of the Bride 11.Father of the Groom 12.Mother of the Groom 13.Clergymember 14.Cantor 15.Bride’s Grandfather 16.Bride’s Grandmother 17.Groom’s Grandfather 18.Groom’s Grandmother

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The wedding recepTion planning and preparation

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

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

Before You Book As you’re searching for wedding locations, ask vendors about catering policies, alcohol policies, bad weather contingency plans, staffing availability, parking, decorating, deposits, refunds and insurance. • Book your wedding and reception site as soon as you have set a date. To find your perfect site, call around. Ask for a description and a list of services: caterers, waiters, bartenders and parking valets. Make an appointment to tour promising prospects. • Hotels, restaurants, private clubs and halls normally offer catering services, and may not allow you to use your own caterer. • Make sure there is enough room for your guests, and electric voltage for your entertainment. • If you’re going to decorate, ask about restrictions. • Churches and temples may have policies regarding alcohol and other restrictions. 22

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


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Catering Selecting a catere Selecting a

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caterer: • What packages do you offer? What do they includ ask the right questions • Have you worked at my reception site before?

• What packages do you offer? What do they include? • Do you provide beverage service or bar service? • Have you worked at my reception site before? • Do have opening or corking fees? • Do you provide beverage service or bar service? • When is the deadline for the final guest count? • Do have opening or corking fees? • When is the deadline for the final guest count? • When will we need to finalize the menu? • When will we need to finalize the menu? • Can you provide entrees for my guests • Can you provide entrees for my guests who have special dietary needs? who have special dietary needs? • Will you provide flatware, china, stemware, etc? • Will you provide flatware, china, stemware, etc? • Do you supply or arrange tables, chairs or linens? • Do you supply or arrange tables, chairs or linens? • How will you and your staff be dressed? • How will you and your staff be dressed? • Will the caterer provide wait staff? How many • Will the caterer provide wait staff? How many wo would I need? • Do you have references from previous weddings? • Do you have references from previous weddings? • How far in advance must I book your services? • How far in advance must I book your services? • What is your cancellation policy? • What is your cancellation policy? • Is• Is a deposit required? If so, when and how much a deposit required? If so, when and how much? 24

sharing The cosT paying for the wedding

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

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

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

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

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9 Golden Rules foR a GReat WeddinG Reception Create a night to remember with thoughtful planning


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


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



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


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



DJ fade it out after a few minutes... You’ll be surprised at how long even three minutes feels – to you and your guests – when you’re alone in the center of the dance floor with all eyes on you! YummY food. Whatever food you serve doesn’t have to be expensive or super fancy gourmet, but it should taste good. Enough said!


the firSt dance: “don’t wait forever to do it and don’t do it forever.” A good time to do the first dance (and other specialty dances) is just after dinner – to kick off the party portion of the evening and keep the energy going. If any song you’ve selected is over three minutes, you may want to have your bandleader shorten it up or have your


a waY to Keep ’em dancing… Ideally, it’s great if there is a bar near the dance floor. People tend to congregate near the bar, and this way the non-dancers will still be close to the party people: the dancers. It’s also easier for guests to move seamlessly on and off the dance floor. You’ll find that the dance floor is more easily filled if it’s located near a bar!

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


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

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A unique, warm & affordable atmosphere for any special occasion

Catering Selecting a catere Selecting Casey Community Center

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the right questio aask caterer: • What packages do you offer? What do they inclu ask the right questions • Have you worked at my reception site before?

• What packages do you offer? What do they include? • Do you provide beverage service or bar service? • Have you worked at my reception site before? • Do have opening or corking fees? • Do you provide beverage service or bar service? • • When is the deadline for the final guest count? Do have opening or corking fees? • When will we need to finalize the menu? • When is the deadline for the final guest count? • When will we need to finalize the menu? • Can you provide entrees for my guests • Can you provide entrees for my guests who have special dietary needs? who have special dietary needs? • Will you provide flatware, china, stemware, etc? • Will you provide flatware, china, stemware, etc? • Do you supply or arrange tables, chairs or linens? • Do you supply or arrange tables, chairs or linens? • • How will you and your staff be dressed? How will you and your staff be dressed? • Will the caterer provide wait staff? How many w • Will the caterer provide wait staff? How many would I need? • Do you have references from previous weddings? • • How far in advance must I book your services? Do you have references from previous weddings? • How far in advance must I book your services? • What is your cancellation policy? • What is your cancellation policy? • • Is a deposit required? If so, when and how much Is a deposit required? If so, when and how much? 29

A CreAtive CeremonY expressing individualism

Tribal drums, electric guitars, festive clothing and food from old family recipes are just a few of the ways to individualize your wedding. Original vows, guest participation and other details reflecting you as a couple are a sign of sharing as a pair. You will gain an identity as a couple beginning with every individualized aspect of your wedding. The only legal requirement you must fulfill for a wedding is getting the marriage license, which is obtained from the county clerk and signed by the witnesses you choose. The person officiating need not be a minister or judge, and the vows can reflect your personal version of the marriage commitment. 30


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Whether you are planning an intimate reception for 50 or a formal affiair for 200, we can cater to all your needs. With spacious ballrooms, inclusive packages, complimentary parking and guest accommodations, the Best Western Plus Hotel & Conference Center is the perfect location for your reception For additional information, please contact the Catering Department at 410-633-9500 ext. 7212. 31


weddings on a budgeT don’t break the bank

If planning a wedding is a challenge, paying for it can be an even greater one. But don’t despair, here are some insider secrets to help you save money when you choose a full-service hotel as your reception site.

tiMe of DaY Many hotels book receptions from noon to 5:00 p.m. or from 6:00 p.m. to midnight, and they may charge extra to host a reception that overlaps both time segments. To save money, choose one of these times. Better yet, choose the earlier time slot. Because evening functions tend to be easily booked, choosing the earlier time may give you negotiating power with the hotel, especially if their list price is the same for both time frames. tiMe of Year The date you choose for your wedding may significantly affect reception cost. Peak months are April, May, June, September, October and November. Saturday evenings in December are generally reserved for holiday parties. Most hotels will refuse to negotiate prices during these prime months, and many

require a minimum budget be met in order to reserve the space. At other times of the year, however, hoteliers are usually more than willing to haggle. Menu selection In comparison to a dinner buffet, heavy hors d’oeuvres or a station reception, a sit-down meal is frequently the most economical choice. Though many new brides assume that a hors d’oeuvres cocktail party will be the least expensive option, often the exact opposite is true. To host a hors d’oeuvres party at mealtime, you should provide 14 to 16 hors d’oeuvres per person. When all of the items are tallied, the total per person cost can be equal to or higher than a plated or buffet meal. Beverage/Bar The largest contributing factor to your overall reception budget is the type of bar you host. Generally, if you are considering hosting a bar for your guests for the full reception (four to five hours), the price can equal or even exceed the meal cost. Many times a hotel will offer an “open bar” package price. These prices are based on a fixed per person cost per hour regardless of the amount consumed. The advantage of the open bar is having a fixed cost to factor into your budget. Do not assume that you will save money by serving only beer, wine and soda. Many people will drink more beer and wine than mixed drinks. If you need to save money on your open bar, close the bar during dinner, and reopen after the meal. This way you will have bar coverage when it’s needed most.

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Step 1: Start the search. Your search begins once you have selected your reception site. 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. You may also be asked to select an independent caterer from a pre-approved list. If you are in a position to select your own caterer, try to narrow down your list to no more than three; otherwise, you will be tasting food for a month. When you call each caterer, have as much information ready as possible such as your wedding date, time of day, approximate number of guests 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. If possible, have them send you some sample wedding menus and references to review beforehand.

to sample their cuisine. This is called a tasting, and it usually takes place at the caterer’s establishment. It may coincide with another event they’re catering and they will simply prepare two extra meals. If you’ve indicated a preference for the less ordinary, however, they may prepare some of their more unusual items for your approval.

Step 2: Determine your service style. At the initial meeting, caterers will want to discuss your tastes and budget in detail. Your choices will most likely include the following options: a sit-down meal, a buffet, passed hors d’oeuvres or food stations. Your caterer will be able to describe all of these options and their appropriateness for the time of day, number of guests and style. Step 3: Schedule a tasting. When you finally narrow down your service style, most caterers will ask to arrange a time for you and your fiancé 42

Step 4: Design the menu. Start by searching through magazines, web sites, and bridal shows to clarify your likes and dislikes, along with anything you know you want or don’t want. Armed with this information, work closely with your caterer to craft the perfect wedding menu for you and your guests. The number of guests you expect at your wedding, level of formality, the time of day and your budget all have great influence on your menu selection… so rely on the professional experience of your caterer to take all of these elements into consideration. When selecting your menu items you might also want to bear in mind that there is a real trend towards “healthy eating” and you may have a few vegetarians as well. Step 5: Calculate the cost. Once you’ve selected a caterer, it’s time to get down to business. Money. 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, agreed-upon budget. It’s relatively easy to calculate the overall food cost, which equals the number of guests multiplied by the cost per person. Some caterers offer lower



prices or special menus for children, so be sure to let them know the number of children in attendance. Mentally add an additional 10 percent for overage, and 15 to 20 percent for a gratuity, if appropriate. Remember, typically the wedding cake is not included in the meal cost. Your final guest count is usually required one week before the event. This will be the minimum number of 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. Although it is not required, you may consider including 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. Remember to get specifics as to what extras are included in the caterer’s charges, such as table linens, plates, glasses, crystal, silverware and service pieces.

attire for the wait staff beforehand so it is in keeping with the degree of formality for your reception.

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 certainly help with this, but a general guideline is one server for every 10 to 12 guests for a sit-down dinner. In addition, providing a full and open bar will require more staffing than a limited bar with wine, beer and soft drinks. Be sure to confirm the proper

Step 7: Finalize the details, in writing. Specify the day, date and time; the address of the site; food items by course and the number of guests covered; provisions for special meals; the time of the cocktail hour; the time the meal will be served; contact people, including someone from your end with whom the caterers can consult; the number of servers and bartenders and their uniforms; linens; beverages to be served and bar guidelines; terms of payment; and liability insurance. Typically, an advance deposit is due when you sign the contract and remember to check on the cancellation policy for unforeseen events. uNique iDeas iN cateriNg Please pass the potatoes. If you love spuds, consider a “mashed potato bar” serving a delicious variety of mashed potatoes, served in martini glasses and drizzled with the guest’s choice of gravy or sauce. A trip around the world. Give your guests a culinary trip across the globe, with a variety of food stations offering a wide range of ethnic food… Moroccan, Italian, Asian, French, to name a few ideas. Personalize your “cheers!” Work with your experienced bartender to create a custom cocktail to serve during cocktail hour. Name it after the two of you, or after something near and dear to your hearts. Sweet tooth? In addition to your wedding cake, or instead of it, entice your guests with a dessert table such as a cannoli bar, an ice cream buffet or a mini-pastry display.

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

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

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uncomplicaTe caTering a few tips

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

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

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

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Preston Hall 25 W. Preston Street Baltimore, ND 21201 (410)802-4372 CaPaCity .......................................................350 OutDOOr SPaCe ..........................................NO Off Site CateriNg allOWeD .................yeS faCility fee .................................................yeS CeremONy SPaCe ......................................yeS Preston Hall is located in the heart of Baltimore’s prestigious Cultural District with easy access from i-83 and all major points in the city and surrounding areas. the grand ballroom, with overlooking balcony, accommodates up to 350 banquet style when utilizing both levels. free parking for your guests in our staffed lot, it’s beautiful twin chandeliers and the balcony are all things that have attracted the attention of many discriminating event planners and couples who want a location that is not just another hotel ballroom. 49

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

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


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river lodge

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219 Britland farm lane Chestertown, mD 21620 410-810-7591

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

With its rustic, peaceful waterfront setting, the river lodge is an excellent venue for an informal wedding. the lodge is perched on the banks of the Chester river and includes a shaded beachfront cove, spacious adjacent fields, and a scenic dock to the river. may through September weddings may only be held on fridays or Sundays. the two night minimum stay allows you and your close ones to relax and enjoy the time spent together while creating lifetime memories. 51

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23791 ricauds Branch rd Chestertown, mD 21620 410-810-7591

406 S. Cross St. Chestertown, mD 21620 410-810-7591

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

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


caring for your Treasures timeless 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.

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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Fresh air weddings: ideas that capture your personality Blue skies, a gentle breeze, birds chirping, the setting sun‌ an outdoor wedding reception is a beautiful way to embrace the season! After all, no one is a better decorator than Mother Nature. Take her cues and include fresh, bright colors and lavish, luxurious dÊcor, sprinkled with unique one-of-a-kind pieces. Like nature, think texture, layers and depth. And always, always have a back-up plan. As we know all too well, Mother Nature is unpredictable!

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It may hard imagine now, now, but It may be be hard totoimagine butafter aftermany many months of hard work and detailed planning, your months of hard work and detailed planning, your wedding day will suddenly arrive… and zooooom! wedding day will willflysuddenly arrive… and zooooom! The hours by in a blur of beautiful, moving, moments. the cake has been The memorable hours will fly by in a And blurafter of beautiful, moving, eaten, the dress has And beenafter carefully away, memorable moments. theput cake hasand been the gifts have been opened – you and your new eaten, the dress has been carefully put away, and the spouse will be left with the most precious gift of all: gifts have beenofopened – you and your new spouse memories your special day. will be left with the most precious gift of all: memories of your special day. 4 63

you and your videographer questions and answers

Choosing a videographer for your wedding can be complex and knowing the right questions to ask can be imperative. Here are eight questions you should ask your videographer to make sure you’re getting a pro and not a con.

Q: Is editing included in the price? A: True editing happens after the wedding and involves rearranging segments, blending footage and adding a soundtrack. “In camera” editing is merely turning the camera on and off. Q: Do you use special effects? A: If so, demand a thorough demonstration of any special effects on a demo reel. Q: Would you use a “shooting script?” A: A shooting script is a list of all the scenes and people you want included in the video. If your videographer won’t use one, there’s no guarantee that you’ll get all the people you want on your video. Q: How will you dress?

Q: How many weddings have you shot? A: Simply put, the more weddings the videographer has shot, the greater chance they will still be in business when your wedding day arrives. Ask to view a demo tape, as well as any work in progress. Q: What kind of equipment do you use? A: The answer you’re looking for is “industrial” (Hi-8, S-VHS, Beta, 3/4-inch). If videographers say the camera is “consumer grade,” find out how many weddings they have shot. If the number is fewer than 20, heed the red flag. Q: Do you use “stringers” or “tapers”? A: A stringer or taper is a camera operator hired on a part-time basis, usually during busy times. If the answer is yes, ask to meet the person and see their demo tape. If you can’t see a demo, take your business elsewhere.


A: Most professional videographers have formal and semi-formal work attire and will dress according to the client’s request. Q: How big of a down payment will you need? A: For an experienced videographer, you’ll put down 10 to 25 percent of the price. For a new company (fewer than 20 events produced), you shouldn’t have to advance quite as much. As with any service, scrutinize the videographer’s contract before you sign it. Make sure it includes an itemized list of every service you’ve agreed to pay for and every verbal promise the videographer has made, including type and quantity of equipment, the name of the videographer shooting your wedding, planned attire, special effects, editing, length, date of delivery, number of duplicates, hours worked, cost, overtime fee and cancellation policies.

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The Wedding Receiving Line The groomsmen are all mingling with guests. Fathers and bridesmaids who are not part of the line-up, should also be out mingling with guests.




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Before your meeting, it’s helpful to have a rough idea of whatyour you meeting, will need,it’s anhelpful approximate count, Before to haveguest a rough idea and information about the reception location. of what you will need, an approximate guest count, and information the reception • What items areabout available for rent? location. •• What items are available for rent? What is the rental fee? Do you have a price list? •• What is the rental fee? Do you have a price list? Have you worked at my reception location before? • Have you worked at my reception location before? •• Do you provide delivery, set-up and pick-up? Do you provide delivery, set-up and pick-up? Is this included in the cost? Is this included in the cost? •• When will the items be delivered and picked up? When will the items be delivered and picked up? •• Will you move decorations from the Will you move decorations from the ceremony to the reception site if needed? ceremony to the reception site if needed? •• If tents are needed, do you recommend If tents are needed, do you recommend one one large tent, or multiple smaller large tent, or multiple smaller tents at my tents at my reception location? reception location? • What is your policy on damaged or missing items? • What is your policy on damaged or missing items? • Who will be my contact on the day of the wedding? • Who will be my contact on the day of the • How far in advance must I book your services? wedding? • What is your cancellation policy? • How far in advance must I book your services? • Is a deposit required? If so, when and how much? • What is your cancellation policy? • Is a deposit required? If so, when and how much? 67

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Wear anD care tips to protect your dress • Have your gown pressed and padded at least two weeks early. • While you’re wearing the gown, use common sense. Protect it from moisture and mud, and lift the train above dirty floors. However, don’t be so cautious that you don’t enjoy yourself. • Use plastic sheets to cover questionable areas outdoors. • Keep track of white beverage spills, such as white wines, champagne and soda. Left untreated, yellowing will occur. • Consign your gown to the cleaners even if it seems in perfect shape after the wedding. Perspiration and other obscure stains will make their mark over time, and become embedded 68

in a matter of weeks. Make sure the cleaner knows what caused any spots. • Only mend tears when you’re sure the fabric can stand the strain. • Store your gown carefully. Plastic bags seal in humidity and high temperatures, which cause mildew. Hangers stress sheer fabrics, such as lace, organza or marquisette. • Invest in a dust-proof “heirloom box,” which preserves delicate beads and fabrics and retards wrinkling. • Really paranoid? Try hermetic sealing, which protects the gown indefinitely. • Only remove your wedding gown on special occasions after it has been Gilda’s Beauty & Bridal Collection stored.


day of a lifeTime preserving the day

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

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

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

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creating your storybook wedding album There are as many ways to package and price wedding photography as there are photographers. Plans range from packages to menus to la carte. However, one of the most creative plans is the photographic storybook. Storybook plans include a photographer for a specific number of hours and an album containing all of the photographs (less duplicates) taken at your wedding. Because each wedding is unique, most photographers offering storybook plans offer a price range instead of a set price for a specific number of hours of coverage. By having a price range instead of a set price, a wedding of any size or complexity can be covered completely in storybook form. For the bride who wants all of her 70

photographs in a wedding album, the storybook plan is worth exploring. Whatever plan you choose, consider the three Ps of wedding photography: Price - When comparing prices, make sure you are comparing similar plans and quality. Pictures - Does the photographer offer the style of coverage you want? Styles range from traditional portraiture to contemporary photojournalism. Personality - Can you work well together and do you understand each other’s needs? Ask to see samples and a list of references from each photographer you interview. Remember that your photographer’s work will help you remember this special day forever. Take the time to ensure that you’re getting the right person for the job.


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here coMes the grooM complementing the bride The attire of the groom, best man and ushers should complement the bride’s dress. The men need not dress identically. The groom’s selection will depend upon his coloring and build, the bride and her attendant’s dress color and style, the season, time of day and personal taste. Darker colors have a slimming effect. Ties, cummerbunds or suspenders that are the same color as the bridesmaid’s dresses will bring the entire wedding party together. If the men in the wedding party are identically dressed, you may wish to set the groom apart. A slightly different boutonniere or neckwear accomplishes this effectively. Consult a menswear professional for ideas and to discuss what is available and most appropriate. Tuxedos should be reserved three months in advance and all measurements 72

taken at least three weeks prior to the wedding. Out of town groomsmen can have their measurements taken at a men’s formal wear store near them and forwarded to the formal wear store through whom you have reserved your tuxedos. Rented formal wear usually includes a jacket, vest or cummerbund, pants, suspenders, shirt, cufflinks, studs and a tie. Usually, shoes are rented from the same store to maintain consistency. Find out when the tuxedos may be picked up and when they must be returned. Have all the men try them on a few days beforehand for last minute adjustments. The groom also has the option of purchasing his tuxedo or having it tailor-made. Purchasing a tux gives the groom a suit of permanent pride for other formal occasions.


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.

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OnOn your wedding day, nothing sets the mood, stirs the your wedding day, nothing sets the mood, emotions touchesorthe heart more than music. From stirs theoremotions touches the heart more music. From the solemn, beautiful soundsto the thethan solemn, beautiful sounds of the ceremony, of the ceremony, to the background melodies of lively background melodies of the cocktail hour, to the the cocktail hour, to the lively dance tunes that dance tunes that energize the reception, music brings energize the reception, music brings the romance the romance to your day.4 to your day. 79

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finD out Why Dj’s rock planning and coordinating Brides traditionally engage DJs to emcee their wedding reception while also providing a wide variety of music at the same time. But even if you book the Rolling Stones, they may not know New York, New York. A less obvious benefit of hiring an emcee is the personal touch he will impart to duties you won’t have to deal with. A veteran wedding DJ will smoothly line up your wedding party and introduce them. He’ll arrange to have champagne poured before the toast and keep a jittery best man on an even and eloquent keel. He’ll emcee your cake-cutting and bouquet-throwing at the appropriate times. In short, he’ll keep the show running smoothly while you’re basking in the spotlight. 82

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




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Set the mood with Light from romantic to dramatic

Lighting is the most underrated part of planning a wedding today. Nothing sets the mood like a sparkling runway for your reception entrance, a dramatic backdrop to the cake and other focal points or a sensual blaze that falls on

your first dance. Details like bridesmaids’ shoes will go unnoticed, but the glow of your event will set the tone your guests will remember for years to come. Take this into consideration as you decide how to illuminate your wedding. First, decide on the mood you want to convey at different points throughout your day. If your ceremony is at a charming church and your reception at an upscale venue, the lighting is going to be quite different. Even during the reception, there are different moments you’ll want lit differently. Perhaps you’d like a party-ready flashbulb entrance, or maybe something quieter and romantic like a twinkle-lit archway. Do you want sensual, candle-lit tables, or something more bold and dramatic during dinner like a crystal-draped chandelier? Consider the mood you want, then

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

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balloon Decoration rising to the occasion Decorations create a festive atmosphere for your reception and nothing is more festive than balloon designs, a decorating trend that has soared in recent years. For a reasonable cost, you can create an original decorative theme with balloons, usually matching wedding colors almost perfectly. Professional balloon artists create their designs as meticulously as an expert seamstress designs a wedding gown, using specialized tools, patterns and precise measurements. There are three primary areas where balloon decor is particularly attractive. Entrances: A spectacular entrance to the reception, such as an archway made of hundreds of balloons or solid balloon columns, which guide arriving guests to the party and creates a transition into the celebration place.

Behind the cake: By framing the bride and groom as a couple, interlocking wedding bands made of balloons placed artistically behind the cake table can dramatically help in the composition of your photographs. The dance floor: A large heart made of hundreds of solid balloons hanging above the dance floor, or a balloon garland intermingled with twinkling white lights, can create a truly romantic effect. A certified balloon artist will be able to assist you with hundreds of ideas to create the fairy-tale reception that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always dreamed of. Balloons are simple, yet elegant, extravagant, yet not intimidating. In the care of a professional balloon artist, they will festively fill the air with romance and excitement.

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accessorize your day the perfect accents

Bridal accessories are fun and easy items to shop for and they add a bit of personality to any wedding. From shoes and jewelry to toasting glasses and cake servers, accessories are important details on your wedding day. As you begin planning the major aspects of your wedding, keep an eye out for special or unique items that will reflect your own personal style, hobbies or passions. Though it may be tempting, avoid procrastinating on these seemingly simple purchases. Some selections may require special order, so be sure to allow several weeks for shipping. From Scratch If you’re creative and have the time, handmade accessories are a wonderful addition to any wedding. A hand-sewn ring bearer pillow that matches the flower girlís basket is a lovely touch. Craft shops and fabric stores carry the necessary supplies to fashion the perfect accessories or enhance storebought items. Special Somethings Bridal accessories almost always fulfill the “something old, something new, something borrowed something blue” requirement. Carrying your grandmother’s bible or prayer book as you walk down the aisle would be your “something old.” Your “something new” is easy to achieve, taking into consideration your shoes, your gown or a lovely pair of pearl earrings that match your “something borrowed” pearl necklace. 88

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


BRIDAL BLOOMS: design a beautiful wedding with flowers When selecting flowers for your wedding, you will find there is an endless array of options. 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. 89

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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, pastelcolored vases and encourage your guests to bring one home. Seeds and tiny monogrammed flowerpots are also a fun favor! You could also try bringing a little Easter to your reception by having lilies as centerpieces or hiding wedding favors, especially if there will be children present. For summer weddings, try a slightly James Seip Photography more informal approach to your meal 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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The sweetest wedding task is deciding on dessert for your big day. Tradition calls for a tiered cake with your plastic (un) likeness smacked on top, but brides and bakers are breaking cake molds to create funky and fresh options that add the icing to your wedding. Take in all the options, work with a pro to make it custom and whatever you do, don´t miss out on any tasting! 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. Do you share an interest such as running? Get a replica cake of your running shoes tied together at the laces. Wedding desserts are big on trends and bakeries want to keep up. If you have a sweet idea, find someone who can work with it. Bakeries fill up quickly. Stay safe and book six months in advance. 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. To find a bakery, trust your gut (literally!) during tastings. 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 if you feel uncomfortable. For cost, cakes are typically priced by the slice, which is generally anywhere from $1.50 to $6.50 per slice, depending on the 96

Cakes 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 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. Other ideas Here are some tasty treats that may suit you better than the traditional cake. Cupcake Tower. Individual cupcakes are fun, the perfect serving size and allow for decorating freedom. Cupcake arrangements could be a tower that resembles a tiered cake to something more inventive such as mismatched layers of cupcakes over decorated shelves. Make-Your-Own-Sundae! Everyone loves a sundae! Get every topping you can and let your guests run wild. Perfect for an outdoor summer wedding, your guests will be craving this at every wedding they attend after yours. Candies Table. The newest trend in wedding desserts, colorful candies are sure to make eyes pop and sweet teeth scream. Arrange jars, fishbowls or giant martini glasses of gummies, chocolates, toffees and more over an expansive table and let guests be kids in your candy shops. Wrappers and candy colors can be custom ordered to match your colors. Late Night Coffee. This works best for small, upscale weddings with mostly adults. Have a barista whip up comforting lattes, cappuccinos and espressos with rich pastries suchPhoto as biscotti or tiramisu. by The Perfect Weddings


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wedding colors the meaning of what you choose

You would think it would be easy to choose the right wedding colors for your big day right? Perhaps you want that periwinkle blue that has been your favorite since you were a little girl. Or what if black is your favorite color, is that appropriate for your wedding color in the middle of August?

Overall, when you choose your wedding colors you are also choosing the look and feel of the bridesmaid dresses, the flowers, the invitations and even the look of the ceremony and reception. Not an easy task, but overall the decision should be yours and you should enjoy the freedom to make your big day the one you have dreamed of since you were a little girl. Depending on the season and how festive you want to be you can have fun with winter, spring, summer and fall. Since many brides choose the summer for their big day let’s start there. Bright colors are always popular during this most beautiful time of the year. A good idea is to take advantage of all the flowers that are in bloom during the summer months from pink to red to yellow to bright blues and purples. Summer is also a time to enjoy the sun so you could choose yellow or gold for the occasion and add some touches of pastel for a soft touch on invitations and reception accents.

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

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6 EASY STEPS to the gown of your dreams 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:


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In the succinct words of one harried bride, “no one tells you how stressful dress shopping can be!” Hopefully the tips shared here will help you have a pleasurable shopping experience. One: Shop early. Ideally, start 8-12 months before the wedding. If you have less time than this, that’s fine too, but starting as early as possible will make the whole experience less stressful and pressured. Also, in the unlikely event that a problem arises, you will have more time to solve it. Another tip about when to shop: bridal salons are busiest from January through April, and Saturday is their busiest day. If it’s possible for you to shop on a weekday, you’ll probably find it to be a more leisurely, relaxing experience. Be sure to make an appointment, if required, to ensure oneon-one service while you’re there. Two: Expect great service. Most negative experiences revolve around service. If you’re not happy with the service you’re getting, move on. Also, your idea of great service may be quite different from another bride’s idea. Two brides-to-be had very different reactions to the same bridal salon: one loved the attentive, very involved service, and the other felt it was too confining and restrictive. So it’s not always about good versus bad service, but also about the type of service with which YOU are most comfortable. Three: Remain open-minded. In one survey, 40% of brides indicated that they ended up with a dress style completely different than what they had planned on buying. It is so important to try on a variety of dress styles, to see how they look on your body type, and to see how you feel in each of them. Be open-

minded to the suggestions of your sales consultant – they have a lot of experience to offer! Also, a number of brides have found that when they saw the dress on the hanger, they didn’t care for it, but once they tried it on, it was “The Dress.” Four: Be clear about your budget. Save yourself time and heartache, and be upfront about what your budget is – not only with yourself, but also with your sales consultant. How stressful to find a dress you love, and discover it’s hundreds of dollars more than you planned to spend. Whatever your budget is, if you keep looking you WILL find a dress you love within it. And don’t forget about accessories and alterations! These two items can add up to a big part of your wedding attire budget. Five: Bring one or two supportive people with you. A large group of differing opinions can be overwhelming, so it’s best to keep the entourage to a minimum. On the other hand, having a couple supportive, helpful people with you can provide valuable feedback and suggestions. Do whatever works for you, and what feels most comfortable. Six: Get every detail in writing. Don’t leave the salon without a piece of paper that outlines every single detail, including the color, size, and style ordered, the deposit paid, and the estimated date of arrival. Two to three weeks after you order your dress, call the salon and verify that your dress was ordered, and that the estimated date of arrival has not changed. the bottom liNe If you’re having a stressful time shopping for your wedding dress, stop what you’re currently doing and make changes: visit a different salon, try a 119



different time of the week, or bring different people with you. Or, just take a breather from shopping for a while! And remember, finding your dress is like finding your soul mate: sometimes they reveal themselves to us quickly and easily, sometimes they are more challenging to find, but we always find them in the end, and it’s always worth the wait.

• Ball Gown – Features a fitted natural waist and a full skirt, the style most frequently associated with “wedding gown.” • Basque – Similar to a ball gown, this style features a tight-fitting bodice and dropped waist with V-front above a full skirt. • Empire – Features a cropped bodice and a high waist set just below the bustline. • Princess – Features vertical lines that flow from each shoulder to the hemline, and is similar to the A-line style. • A-line – Is similar to the Princess style, and has a fitted bodice that flares gently outward to the hemline. • Sheath – Has a body-fitted shape that follows a linear form without a waistline and with a straight skirt. • Mermaid – This is a variation of the Sheath, distinguished by a trumpet skirt that extends below the knee.

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keepiNg Your Dress cleaN oN Your WeDDiNg DaY Use an antiperspirant, not just a deodorant in order to keep your dress clean on your wedding day. If your bouquet flowers have stamens that could stain, ask your florist to remove them. When touching up your makeup, be certain to drape something across your chest and over your shoulders in case of a dropped tube of lipstick or powder. Gather up your long skirt to keep the hem off the ground. Have someone make sure the car you are riding in is clean. Cover the seat and floor with a sheet or protective cover. Bring a travel iron or steamer and an extension cord to the ceremony and reception. Bring your garment bag to transport your gown after you have changed into your traveling clothes.

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Headpiece and/or veil Stockings Garter Jewelry: necklace, bracelet, earrings Evening bag Bra or bustiere and panties Slip or crinoline Shoes Wrap or jacket, depending on season Gloves

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A whiter, brighter smile a good first impression

On your wedding day, don’t overlook the most important feature for the occasion— your smile! For most people, an appealing smile creates the ultimate first impression. A recent survey found that nearly 50 percent of the people asked would like to improve their smile, and whiter teeth is what people want most. Fortunately, it’s a convenient and inexpensive goal to achieve. You can safely, painlessly and permanently whiten your teeth, simply by finding a cosmetic dentist who will design a program for you to use while you sleep each night. After one to two weeks of using the materials prescribed, the process is complete and you have that dazzling smile that you’ve always wanted.


Waistline & skirt types

BASQUE WAIST Falls below the natural waistline and can dip to a “V” or “U” in the center.

FLOOR LENGTH Hemline falls one-half inch to two inches from the floor.

DROPPED WAIST Falls several inches below natural waist.

EMPIRE WAIST This high waist features a cropped bodice just beneath the bust line.

MINI This hemline falls just above the knees.

NATURAL WAIST Falls at your actual waistline, slightly above your belly button

PEPLUM A short flounce or overskirt that is attached at the waist.

BALLET LENGTH Hemline falls just above the ankles.

STREET LENGTH Hem falls just below the knee.

BOUFFANTBALL GOWN Very full skirt gathered at the waist, usually worn over a crinoline slip.

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Rings Know your metals Gold Gold is classic, beautiful and popular. Pure gold is too soft for practical use, so it’s mixed with other metals for jewelry. 14-karat gold retains its brilliant gold color, but is durable enough for daily wear, and can be polished easily. White gold White gold is made by mixing pure gold with other white metals such as silver, palladium or zinc. It does have a slightly yellow tint, unless it’s coated with a very white metal called rhodium. This provides a very white metal look, but it’s likely that it will need to be re-coated every one to two years as the rhodium wears away. 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. It’s a gorgeous, long-lasting compliment to diamonds! Popular demand for this metal has driven the price up quite a bit, and maintenance is more complicated than gold. Palladium A “sister” metal to platinum, palladium is a naturally white metal (whiter than white gold), and like platinum, it is strong, non-tarnishing and hypoallergenic. It’s also less expensive than platinum, making it a good metal to consider if you like the white metal look. Titanium and tungsten carbide Usually used for men’s wedding bands, both of these metals are extremely 128

Rings durable, 100% hypoallergenic and relatively inexpensive. Titanium can be oxidized to create some brilliant accent colors such as bright blue, purple and so on, creating a very unique and interesting look. Tungsten carbide is twice as hard as steel and almost impossible to scratch, making is a great metal for very active men. These metals cannot be resized once the ring is made, so order the size carefully. Know your diamond When shopping for a diamond, you will quickly be introduced to the “Four Cs” – cut, color, clarity and carat. All four features can make a dramatic impact on the quality, and therefore price, of a diamond. Cut Cut really refers to the proportions of a diamond and it’s facets, as opposed to its shape, which includes round (brilliant), oval, pear, marquise, emerald, square (princess or radiant), heart and triangle. Regardless of its shape, a diamond gets its brilliancy from the cutting, and maximizing the reflection of light. When a stone is cut too shallow or too deep, the light that enters through the top is allowed to escape through the diamond’s bottom and minimizes its brilliance. Color The best color is no color at all (when desiring a white diamond), because it reflects the most light. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) ranks diamonds on a standard 23-grade scale from D through Z. D, the highest rating, indicates a perfectly colorless stone, while Z, the lowest rating, indicates a light yellow stone.



Clarity Clarity is defined by the number, color, nature, size and position of natural marks, called inclusions, contained in the gem. Inclusions occur naturally during the process of crystallization, when minute traces of minerals are trapped in the diamond. Excellent clarity means light can pass unimpeded through the stone and increases its value. The GIA judges clarity based on a standard 11-point scale from Flawless through Imperfect 3 (see the clarity scale at the end of this article.)

hard blow could still chip one, so don’t wear your ring when doing rough work. You should also avoid direct contact with chlorine bleach and chlorinated pool water, which could pit and discolor the mounting. To clean your jewelry, regularly soak them for about 30 minutes 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.

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. Diamonds of more than one carat are extremely rare (one in a thousand), and therefore very valuable. But remember that carat weight is only one factor in determining value. Two diamonds of the same size can vary considerably in value depending on the other three factors – cut, color and clarity. appraise it Once rings have been selected and purchased, request an appraisal. This is a written estimate of the value of your jewelry, and should include specific indications of the four Cs. Immediately after purchase, photograph your jewelry for insurance purposes, and make sure your current policy has adequate coverage. If it doesn’t, consult your insurance agent about amending your policy. taKe good care Although diamonds are the hardest natural substance known to man, a

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)

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Transportation GettinG there: GETTING THERE: Wedding Day transportation Wedding Day Transportation

The Well-planned moments between the ceremony and the reception wedding day transportation is the key are giddy, exciting andbeautifully, it’s only fitting to be to making your ones, day flow elegantly and smoothly. details arranged in advance whisked off asHaving prince these and princess in a carriage, or ride means you can relax and enjoy the trip, with no off into the sunset with your loved one. But those happy worries about traffic, parking or that champagne endings aren’t even practical. So even if the transportation cocktail you enjoyed. Your chariot awaits – in between the ceremony and whatever form it may be!reception isn’t fit for a Hollywood screenplay, here are some tips to make it as fun, affordable and memorable as the rest of your day.4

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planning an eco-friendly wedding Can you have a joy-filled wedding celebration and show your love for the planet, at the same time? While this may sound like “The Odd Couple,” it’s not as hard as you think! Read on for some great ways to incorporate eco-friendly touches into your special day. The locale Choosing a location that’s close to where most of your guests live is an obvious, simple but effective way to limit unnecessary transportation, as is having the ceremony and reception in the same place. You may also wish to seek out sites that have made “going green” a priority, and are pro-active about reducing energy use and waste. Another green idea is to hold your ceremony in a location already dedicated to sustainability, such as parks, protected areas or museums. Finally, having an outdoor ceremony in a beautiful setting will remind you (and your guests) why you make environmentally responsible choices. The food Serve local, organic, seasonal cuisine, and include a vegetarian or vegan option. Ask your caterer about locally raised, organic meats and wild caught fish versus farmed. Before the wedding, research places to donate any leftover food, such as homeless shelters or soup kitchens. The paper Save trees by going high-tech: use a website to list directions, maps, accommodations and other details, and use email whenever possible. For the paper you do use, stick with 100% 138

going green recycled and renewable cotton paper, and vegetable or soy inks, which use less energy to produce than petroleum-based inks. The attire Just say “NO!” to attire made in sweatshops and petroleum-based fabrics. Seek out wedding attire made with natural fabrics such as 100% silk or organically grown cotton, and hemp linen – which has come a long way since the gunny sack look. (For proof, visit the Hemp Weddings section of rawganique. com.) Another very green idea: recycle! Use your Mom’s wedding dress by investing a little time into alterations, or find a vintage dress in specialty stores or on eBay. The rings It’s always green to recycle, so for your wedding ring, consider vintage or antique jewelry, use a family heirloom ring, or place a used diamond into a new setting. For new jewelry, seek out recycled gold or fair trade silver, and of course, only buy conflict-free diamonds. Because diamond mining is so hard on Mother Earth, consider diamond synthetics or diamond simulants instead of naturally mined diamonds. Diamond synthetics are made only of carbon, just like naturally mined diamonds, and are approximately 15% less expensive than natural diamonds. Diamond simulants are made from carbon and seven other elements. They look, feel and act like natural diamonds and are a fraction of the cost. Good for the earth and your pocketbook! Throwing birdseed? Standard birdseed mixes can include seeds for invasive plants that are not native

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to your area. If your wedding is in the city, or if you’ll be surrounded by manicured, non-wild yards, this is not a problem. If you’re in a natural spot such as a nature preserve or state park however, this could create problems in that ecosystem. In these cases, find ecofriendly alternatives such as blowing bubbles, ringing bells or tossing petals. Or, keep it simple, and let the chorus of loved ones shower their love and joy upon you as you leave the church.

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The gifts, favors, flowers All those beautiful touches that make weddings special and unique can easily be turned green… and your first stop should be to Here you can include charitable donations on your gift registry, donate a percentage of gift registry sales to your favorite charity, and make a charitable donation in your guests’ honor in lieu of wedding favors. When it comes to your wedding flowers, find a floral designer that uses local, organically grown, seasonal flowers, and repurpose the ceremony flowers for the reception to make fewer flowers go farther. (This is also nice for your budget!) The day after the wedding, donate the floral arrangements to places such as nursing homes, hospice centers or hospitals, so others can enjoy nature’s beauty and all those gorgeous flowers don’t end up in the trash! The honeymoon Certainly, staying close to home avoids those gas-guzzling airplanes, but if travel is in your future consider a “green hotel” – environmentally-friendly properties. Start the search by visiting Another idea: consider ecotourism – socially responsible travel that focuses on conservingtheenvironmentandimproving

Get help If going green is a big priority to you, consider hiring an eco-event planner, a specialist in green weddings. They will make your life easier, know the right vendors, get the job done and save you time, money, worry and stress – all while saving the planet. With just a little creativity, thought and research, your wedding can reflect the earth-loving couple that you are! More tips for a green wedding If you wish to dine by candlelight, use soy or beeswax candles, which are greener to produce than crude oil-based paraffin candles. Buy a like-new, beautiful used dress from the Brides Against Breast Cancer movement( All proceeds fund breast cancer research. Also consider donating your gown to this organization after your wedding. An eco-friendly wedding favor idea is to give guests tree saplings: the earth could use more trees! Or skip the favors, and instead make a donation to your favorite earthfriendly non-profit organization in honor of your guests. Consider potted plants for your centerpieces. They can be given away to guests after the wedding, or you could plant them in your yard to enjoy for years… a growing, living memory of your special day. Use handmade paper with flower seeds embedded for your wedding invites… your guests can plant your invite after the wedding – the ultimate in recycling.

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invitation etiquette introducing the couple Your wedding invitation introduces you and your fiancé as a married couple and sets the stage for your day in the spotlight. So it’s worth checking every detail twice to ensure that the first impression you make is a good one. The outer envelope should have a return address on the back flap. Address the front of the envelope according to the following guidelines. • To indicate both parties of a married couple, use “Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Green.” • 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.” • When addressing an unmarried couple living together, use each of their full names “Mr. Reginald Howard and Miss Angelica Thomson.” 142

• Street names, cities and states should be written out completely without abbreviations. Envelopes should be handwritten in charcoal gray or black ink. Write the guest’s name on the inner envelope and insert the invitation, the RSVP card and the reply envelope with the printed side facing the back flap. Use RSVP cards for a firm guest count and enclosure cards for special arrangements. Ceremony or reception cards invite guests to only one or the other. Pew cards reserve church seating and at-home cards convey your official new name and address. Invitations should be mailed four to six weeks before the wedding, three weeks before at the latest. Mail them earlier if many of your guests are traveling a considerable distance or if the wedding is on a holiday to allow time for travel arrangements.


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.

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attendant gifts remembering the day

They’re the friends you have known for years or perhaps soon-to-be in-laws who you admire and cherish for their special words of love and laughter. Wedding attendants play a large part in weddings and it’s no surprise that brides often languish and toil over the perfect wedding attendant gift. Weddings attendants include your maid or matron of honor, bridesmaids and flower girls. Each of these special friends will help to make your day complete, not argue with you over the colors you choose and often pay their own expense for the dress, transportation and beautiful transformation so that your day is special. It’s no wonder that you want to give these special women (and sometimes men) a gift and long-term memory of how important they are in your life. If some of your attendants are traveling in from out of town how about holding a luncheon for them the day before the wedding? Local attendants can also be treated to a nice lunch, however in this case you can do it several weeks before your big day. In regards to the luncheon you might also want to include your mother, the groom’s mother and a few of the other participants who are helping to round out your day. This could include singers, organists, attendants at your reception and even parents of important people who have helped your day come together in such a unique way. A special gift is also in order and you might even want to present it to 144

attendant gifts the attendants at the luncheon if you desire. More than anything the gift is a thank you for all their hard work. Many times gifts are engraved and can range from a jewelry box to a key chain to a toasting flute. Jewelry is another gift that just about any woman can appreciate, but be sure and remember not to give pierced earrings to friends who don’t have pierced ears or a lipstick case to a woman who does not wear makeup. The rule when giving gifts it to make everything identical with the exception of your maid/matron honor and, for the man, his best man. If it’s a destination wedding you might also opt to pay for your attendant’s airfare or hotel accommodations in order for them to be able to attend. While some of the attendants you choose to be part of your special day might be able to afford a trip to the South Pacific, others might have to say no if they can’t pay for the airfare. An excellent gift in this case is just offering to get them to the destination at no charge. Once there, it’s certain that your attendants will also be able to relax and enjoy your big day with you. In many cases, the attendants might appreciate a discounted room rate if you are having a destination wedding. It wouldn’t be such a bad idea to offer to pay for the room altogether if you are still not sure what to give your friends. Whatever you decide make sure it reflects the fact that these special attendants - be it the ushers, groomsmen, bridesmaids or junior attendants all realize how much you appreciate their time and efforts spent on your behalf.

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Ask the right questions Meeting the officiant and getting to know him or her well in advance will be time well spent. Take the time to share your preferences and ideas, and to hear their views and concerns. This communication and planning will enrich your ceremony and your wedding day.


A wedding ConsultAnt keeping the pressure off

Consultants can help you plan as much or as little of your wedding as you like. You can hire a consultant to simply help you find a florist with a special skill or to research and implement the entire ceremony and reception. You make all the decisions, the wedding consultant does all the work. Although it surprises some brides, these specialists can often help you save money since they are able to negotiate special rates with many of the contacts they have established through the years. Relax knowing that they have made sure that the limo will arrive on time, and most important, that you have the wedding of your dreams.


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

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

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

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

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

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personalizeD voWs expressing it in your own way Depending on your religion you might decide to forgo tradition and create your own wedding vows for your big day. There is no better way to begin your life together than to take the time to really let one another know how you feel. If you do decide that you want to write your own vows meet with the officiant to discuss what you want to do. Certain vows must be kept in the ceremony in order for the wedding to be legal. Think about what is truly important for you to express during the ceremony whether it be to each other, your family and friends or just your views on marriage overall. As time progresses many couples have begun to take offense to the wording in traditional wedding vows such as the word “obey.”

If you are offended by this term create a new phrase that reflects who you are as a couple. Perhaps “love, respect and trust” fits into your life plan much better. When you do personalize your wedding vows think about those things that are really important to you such as the meaning of marriage, why you are planning to spend your life together and how you will make this arrangement work for better or worse. Too many times nowadays couples don’t realize that marriage is supposed to be a lasting bond of togetherness through the good and the bad times. Many couples just don’t feel comfortable with “until death do us part” anymore. How about something traditional, but less morbid like “as long as we both shall live.”

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SWEEP The shortest train style, just brushing the floor.

CHAPEL Extends approximately one-and-ahalf yards from the waistline.

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Gifts for child attendants some ideas for girls and boys

The gift options will vary widely depending on the age of the child, of course. Here are a variety of ideas to spark some creative shopping. For girls: • First set of pearls, or some other piece of ‘nice’ jewelry appropriate for older girls • Costume jewelry or play jewelry for younger kids • Bridal Barbie • Flower girl sparkle t-shirt • Personalized t-shirts: “I bought t-shirts from a local craft store, one to fit each of my 3 flower girls and 2 ring bearers, and then bought transfer paper for ink jet printers. I then printed a picture of my fiancé and I, along with “Flower Girl” or “Ring Bearer” and the date of the wedding, and ironed them on the shirts!” ~ Jennifer, Atlanta, Georgia • Ballet slippers, sparkly and festive for the wedding celebration • Jewelry box or music box • Photo with engraved frame • Gift certificates to toy or special store • Child’s purse For boys: • Silver, personalized piggy bank (or train bank, or soccer ball bank, etc.) • Silver, personalized yo-yo • Personalized t-shirts (see above) • Teddy bears or other stuffed animals • Kid’s watch • Disney video or video games • Sports car alarm clock • Personalized baseball bat Also – a nice gift for the parents is to give them a framed photo of their child(ren) from the wedding. 156


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Budgeting your Big day deciding what’s important

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know there have been better economic climates in which to plan a wedding than now… Just because you can’t throw down as much money as before, however, does not mean you can’t have the elegant wedding you’ve always dreamed of. You just need to be a little smarter about planning for it! Here are some tips to keeping the sparkle in your wedding in a budgetsavvy way: First, make your own budget. It sounds like a no-brainer, but this needs to get done. Before any kind of planning (or even thinking about planning!) gets done, sit down together and use this simple equation: Add how much you have in savings right now that you can use on the wedding. Then calculate how much you can save between now and the wedding. Next, add on what your parents are willing to contribute, if anything. Finally, ask yourself if you are willing to go into debt to pay for some of the wedding. Think carefully about the last one – a wedding is one day, and it signifies the beginning of a future. Are you willing to sacrifice parts of your future (putting a down payment on a home, having children right away) for a lavish wedding? The total here is your overall wedding budget. Know it, and stick to it! then decide what’s important. Once you’ve added those components together, ask yourself what is most important about your wedding, the things that you can’t imagine cutting corners on. 158

Wedding day Budgeting The “non-negotiables” are different for every couple, what are they for you? Is it the wedding gown, a good photographer, music at the reception or including the entire extended family? Do your research and decide exactly how much the most important parts of your big day will be, and then find out if your remaining money will be enough to cover the rest of your expenses. If not, there are quite a few easy ways to trim some costly endeavors: Do it yourself. Depending on how crafty or enterprising you are (or how crafty your maid of honor is!) there are countless things that you can do yourself, or have a fun afternoon with your wedding party doing together. With computer and photo programs becoming more advanced every day, it is relatively easy and inexpensive to design some of the printed material you’ll need for your wedding. Save-the-date cards, invitations and name cards can all be designed and printed entirely by you, or some copy or design shops offer the help of a professional to get you started. It is less expensive than paying for the full invitation service, but still gives it a professional touch. Other DIY could be making personal favors for the wedding guests, crafting your own centerpieces, enlisting the help of a friend or sister to do everyone’s hair and makeup for a smaller fee than a professional salon or making your own jewelry. Even if you don’t consider yourself a hands-on, creative person, don’t be afraid to ask around for friends and family who might be willing to help you try something new to cut costs. Cut the Cake. A fancy cake can be pretty expensive, but don’t go without a dessert! Ask your favorite bakery if they offer items just as pretty but smaller, such as fun cookies for everyone, design-your-

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own cupcakes or just a smaller version of a cake you have in mind. Transport your funds somewhere else. Limos or trolleys are fun and glamorous, but if your limited budget requires it, the drive to your reception would be just as memorable in your own decorated car with the best man serving as driver. It’s Friday, you’re in love. Saturday afternoons are the most common time for weddings, which mean they’re the most expensive. But just because it’s common doesn’t mean it’s mandatory – Fridays and Sundays are both weekends so out-of-town guests would be able to make it, and you can still squeeze your dream venue into your budget. Also, try to avoid holiday weekends or the most popular times of year (May-June and early fall), as they are also usually more costly. Guest List reductions. It’s not easy to whittle down a list to include everyone you want enjoying in your special day while still managing a budget, but sometimes this is the easiest way to really cut corner, and can make a significant impact on your budget. If you still have a large amount of people you don’t want to say no to, consider hosting an informal, less expensive get-together when you’re back from your honeymoon to spend time with the people you couldn’t invite and celebrate your love. Bargain shop! A wedding gown can be a huge portion of the budget, and it’s something you probably don’t want to settle for. Look for sample sales, special promotions and more simple, yet elegant, gowns. You could also look into sources such as eBay, Amazon and Craigslist for beautiful discounted gowns, but be very careful about what you buy and the

“small print details.” If you don’t want to keep your dress, there are also plenty of shops that rent designer gowns so you can look stunning on your big day without footing the entire cost of the dress. Save on Booze. Depending on your crowd, an open bar can be one of the costliest endeavors for your wedding. It’s poor etiquette to make your guests pay for ANY drink, but it’s perfectly appropriate to keep the options limited to beer, wine and soda, with mixed drinks available for cash purchase. Also depending on your reception site and/or caterer, ask if you can provide the liquor and beverages for the open bar, and look into buying your own beverages at a discount liquor store or wholesale club like Sam’s Club or Costco. Different Tunes. A full musical ensemble or even a DJ can really add up, so if you must cut corners, try taking advantage of technology for a night. Rent a sound system, or, if the venue is small, use your own or borrow from a friend with a nice one, and hook up a computer or iPod to play a playlist of your favorite songs. Before you make the list, you can look online for a list of great 80s tunes or the best dance songs. Ask around for requests, plug it all in, and you’re set for a night of exactly the type of music you want to hear. The most important thing to remember when trying to budget your wedding is that it is one day. A special and meaningful one, of course, arguably one of the most memorable days of your life, but it is the beginning of a future together and you don’t want money problems to be the way you start married life. Keep in mind that all your guests might not have their wedding favors in 50 years, but if you still have your love for one another, your wedding was a success.

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it’s your Day relax and enjoy The planning is done, and the big day is here. You’ve survived the endless meetings, the contracts and confirmations, the guest arrivals and a multitude of other details that have nearly swept away all thoughts of romance and bliss. Somewhere in the midst of the celebratory frenzy you’ll want to take a few moments to physically relax and mentally focus. Many brides find that taking the time to do something special for themselves helps to release built-up stress. What better way to refresh both body and soul than to treat yourself to a day-spa, where you can be pampered with luxurious salon treatments? Before the wedding, schedule a mineral body wrap, body massage, manicure and pedicure. While you’re being pampered you’ll have plenty of time to turn to thoughts

of love and happiness and get your mind away from the logistics, details and contracts. Spa packages also make wonderful attendant’s gifts and are more affordable than you may think. Treatment combinations can be customized to accommodate a variety of budgets. At a spa, you can indulge yourself and your bridesmaids in many wonderful treatments. From facials to pedicures to manicures to massages, there is no better way to relax. If a pre-wedding spa session doesn’t suit your situation, try a little self-pampering. Begin with a good night’s sleep and then wake up to a light and healthy breakfast. Smooth off the edges of stress with a halfhour of vigorous exercise and then a long leisurely bubble bath. This day will only come once so relax and enjoy it.

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Imagine walking down the aisle and being able to see your husband-to-be without the use of eyeglasses or contact lenses - 20/20 vision is now a reality with “Laser in Situ Keratomileusis,” better known as LASIK. LASIK is today’s most common refractive outpatient surgery procedure. Refractive errors occur if the cornea is too flat or steep, misshapen, or if light doesn’t focus properly. All of these cause poor vision that is correctable by LASIK. The goal of LASIK is to reshape the cornea for the eye to function correctly and for the person to have 20/20 vision. The procedure is relatively painless and usually takes less than 15 minutes per eye. First, the surgeon creates a thin, circular flap in the cornea. This flap is folded back to reveal the stroma, the middle section of the cornea. Second, the surgeon uses lasers to reshape the cornea. Finally, the flap is put back in position. You will need to wear a shield over your eye after the procedure to protect the eye as it heals. Most patients see a dramatic improvement in their vision by the next day! If you suffer from nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, check with your local LASIK center to see if you are a candidate. In general, good LASIK candidates should be at least 18 years old with good general and eye health. Surgeons recommend having the procedure done at least four to six weeks before your wedding to ensure proper healing. Say “goodbye” to glasses and contacts and “I do” to 20/20 vision!


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Where do brides get their special glow? Love is the answer, though the right makeup doesn’t hurt. It’s natural to be nervous and excited on your wedding day. That’s why it is so important to determine the look you want well in advance and to have a makeup rehearsal. Most makeup artists recommend at least one consultation prior to your wedding day. If you plan to do your own makeup, then take time to practice and perfect your special look. On your wedding day you will glow as on no other day. You won’t need strong colors to look sophisticated, but you will need the right colors. If you elect to use the services of a professional makeup consultant, he or she will select colors that will enhance your natural beauty and features. If you are creating your own look, experiment with delicately blended sheer browns, pinks, purples and golds. Brides may also use enhancers such as extended lashes or liner to accentuate the eyes for photographs. When determining your wedding day make up, there are several factors to take into consideration. Do you want a dramatically trendy look, or something timelessly romantic? Is your wedding during the day or in the evening? If it’s during the summer, will you have a tan? Is your dress white or ivory? Consider whether you will wear your hair down or up and whether you will wear a hair ornament or headpiece. The color of your hair and the color of your skin are what make you unique - select makeup to accentuate your natural beauty.

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Makeup, hair, nails… every blushing bride wants these to be in top form on the big day. We’ve done the research, reflected, and compiled our best tips to help you look completely fabulous for your wedding day! What to Do Now is a great time to focus on healthy, glowing skin. If you’re concerned about the health and appearance of your skin, then consider a visit to a dermatologist (for bigger problems) or an aesthetician (for minor issues.) Start six to 12 months before your wedding day so you have time to treat, heal and achieve good results. Facials are a must for all skin types. Regular treatment results in refined pores, smoother facial lines, healed blemishes and a more radiant complexion. When choosing your hairstyle consider your gown, the level of formality of your wedding, your personal style, your hair and your face shape. Generally speaking, the more elaborate the gown, the simpler your hair should be, or it all simply becomes “too much of a good thing.” Work with your hair stylist four to six weeks before the wedding to find the right style for you – and bring a photo of your gown with you! Whether you use a pro for your makeup, have a friend do it or do it yourself, do a trial run before the wedding. In addition to feedback from close friends and/or family, take photos and evaluate those. Do you like what you see? Do you want to make any changes? Have your eyebrows professionally shaped at least two weeks before the wedding. Touch up if needed before the wedding with a tweezers. 168

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


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

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

Arrange ceremony rehearsal and notify participants

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

Discuss honeymoon plans


Choose attendants

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Call county clerk’s office for marriage license details, and schedule date to obtain Mail invitations Arrange for final fittings on your gown Make reservations for bridesmaids’ luncheon Confirm honeymoon arrangements

Mail save-the-date cards if necessary

Record gifts received and write thank you notes promptly

Get engagement photo taken

Prepare printed program for ceremony Start reception seating chart and placecards

Reserve wedding day transportation

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

Register for gifts at one to three stores Book musicians for ceremony Select florist Reserve party rental equipment (table, tent, chairs, etc.) Order invitations, personal stationery and thank you notes Reserve accommodations for out-of-town guests


Select caterer

Order wedding cake

Book stylist or salon for bridal party hair, nails and make-up Select and purchase guest favors Find and reserve rehearsal dinner location


Order men’s formalwear

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

Finalize honeymoon plans (get your passport if needed!)


Address wedding invitations

Select ceremony music, readings and vows and meet with officiant

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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You may find that the more time you can save in planning your wedding, the better. A bridal show can be the one stop shopping experience you need to plan your entire wedding, especially if you go prepared. Here are a few tips on how to get the most out of your local bridal shows.

decision-maker, bring someone you can bounce ideas off of before you make the final decision. Another important item to bring is a swatch of material in the color of your wedding. This will assist the florist, baker and many of the other professionals in helping you plan your event. A checkbook and date book are also necessities. If you are going to book a perfect photographer, you are going to need to leave a deposit. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll also need a date-book to schedule others. Dress for the Occasion Remember to wear comfortable shoes. There is no doubt that you will be doing a lot of walking.

Plan in aDvance First of all, you will need to have a budget planned. Make a list of what you need most and what your budget will allow for each item and service. When you get there visit the service providers who have what you need the most then enjoy the show more leisurely afterwards. Visit Here First Remember, some wedding service providers can only do one or two weddings a day because they are one or two person operations. These providers include videographers, DJs, banquet facilities, balloon decorators, photographers and wedding consultants. Plan to spend at least half the day with these kinds of vendors. Ready to Make Decisions Bring the major decision-makers to the bridal show with you. If you are the major

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destination weddings the choices

More and more couples nowadays are planning destination weddings in lieu of spending time and money on a wedding celebration and a honeymoon. With a destination wedding you can do both in one convenient location and, in many cases, end up with less time spent planning and more money left for the exotic honeymoon you always imagined. For anyone with a sense of adventure Destination weddings, once just a choice for brides and grooms walking down the aisle for the second or third time, are now at an all time high for couples getting married for the first time too. There is no limit to the fun you can have when you choose a destination wedding. That’s why many brides and grooms are no longer taking the traditional church route, but instead looking for the perfect foreign country, distant mountain or secluded beach. Easier for busy brides and grooms One reason that so many couples are choosing destination weddings nowadays is because brides are busy. Most destination wedding resorts around the world have wedding planners who take care of the details so that you don’t have to. Some resorts bring the couple down months in advance to go over the wedding arrangements including colors, special needs and instructions and ceremony location. After the initial visit the couple does not arrive until just days before the wedding and usually with the guests and attendants. 186

destination weddings Allows couples to express themselves Destination weddings are, for the most part, meant to be convenient and fun. Often, for the second or third time couple, it is about making a statement and expressing to family and friends an idea of how they see their future together. Having already gone through the pomp and circumstance of a first wedding, relaxation and family are much more important this time around. Everything is taken care of at once Since destination weddings come complete with packages that include a wedding professional to take care of every detail it’s really just up to you to decide on the big picture and the rest will be handled accordingly. Usually the wedding planner will handle the flowers, photographer, caterer, musicians and reception area, all with your input of course. In most cases the wedding planner will take care of the marriage license too and all you have to do is send the necessary documents. It’s about having fun Another difference you will encounter when choosing a destination wedding is that everyone is in vacation mode. In a traditional wedding at least one family is in their home territory. With a destination wedding, families come together to celebrate the wedding while also having a chance to spend time doing fun things. Remember, destination weddings are meant to be profound, but not necessarily solemn occasions. The weddings are about the guests having a good time and the couple remembering their special day for many years to come.



Of Professionals For Your Wedding Accomodations

Liberatore’s Ristorante ......................................... 44

Best Western Hotel ................................................ 31

MacGregor’s Restaurant ..................................... 28

Brittland Estates ....................................................... 13

Memorial Chapel .................................................... 24

Coconut Malorie Resort...................................... 48

Minker Banquet Hall ............................................. 28

Harbor Magic Hotels............................................. 12

Montpelier Mansion ............................................. 39

Holiday Inn Columbia .......................................... 38

Newton White Mansion...................................... 39

Holiday Inn Laurel .................................................. 30

Oxon Hill Manor ...................................................... 39

Sheraton Baltimore North .................................... 8

Piney Branch Golf Club ....................................... 23

Tidewater Weddings............................................. 16

Preston Hall ................................................................... 1

Tremont Grand......................................................... 34

Prince George’s Ballroom ................................... 39 Restaurant at Lighthouse Sound ................. 40

Banquet, Rehearsal Dinner, Bachelorette Parties & Reception Facilities Best Western Hotel ................................................ 31 Billingsley Manor..................................................... 39 Brittland Estates ....................................................... 13 Casey Community Center ................................. 29 City of Havre de Grace .......................................182 Coconut Malorie Resort...................................... 48 Darnall’s Chance ...................................................... 39 Department of Parks & Recreation ............. 39 Harbor Magic Hotels............................................. 12 Hillendale Country Club ...................................182 Historic Oakland ..................................................... 20 Holiday Inn Columbia .......................................... 38 Holiday Inn Laurel .................................................. 30 Jilly’s Bar & Grill ......................................................... 45 Kentlands Mansion ................................................ 35 La Banque de Fleuve ............................................ 21

Riversdale Mansion................................................ 39 Sheraton Baltimore North .................................... 8 Snow Hill Manor ...................................................... 39 Tidewater Weddings............................................. 16 Tremont Grand......................................................... 34

Beauty & Makeup Brocatos Studio......................................................163 Bridal Beauty Associates ...................................164 Darlene Rucker-Williams ..................................165 Gilda’s Bridal Beauty ............................................161 Glenda Barnett Beauty ......................................165 Nita Godwin.............................................................164 Salon Marielle..........................................................162

Bridal Fashions & Tuxedos Benn’s Mens Wear.................................................124 Cecelia’s Bridals ......................................................121 Country View Tuxedo .........................................122 187


Of Professionals For Your Wedding Crystal’s Bridal & Tuxedo ...................................123

Prestigious Occasions ........................................153

Demetrios Bridal....................................................118

Stephanie White Events....................................157

Gilda’s Bridal Collection.....................................125

Your Day – Your Way ...........................................152

Patsy’s Bridal.............................................................117 Tuxedo House .........................................................185

Decoration & Lighting Event Pro Live............................................................ 86

Bridal Shows

Harlow Originals ...................................................... 87

Bridal Shows ............................................................176

Disc Jockeys Cakes & Desserts

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Chocolate Chick ...................................................... 95 Cotton’s Gourmet ................................................... 95

Flowers & Flower Preservation

Cup Cabana Coffee .............................................. 94

Forever Flowers ........................................................ 90

Just Desserts by Linda ......................................... 94

Lori’s Flower Boutique ......................................... 90

Kake Korner ................................................................ 95

Simply Grand Florals & Events .....................184



Catering by Uptown ............................................. 32

Cruise Planners.......................................................169

Charm City Catering ............................................. 46

Pin Point .....................................................................184

Cup Cabana Coffee .............................................. 94 Jilly’s Bar & Grill ......................................................... 45


Liberatore’s Ristorante ......................................... 44

Glyph Fine Press ...................................................142 Lynae’s Designs ......................................................143

Coordinators A Unique Affair .......................................................156


An Xquisite Affair ..................................................155

Smyth Jewelers ......................................................127

Charm City Event Design.................................156 Divine Weddings & Creations .......................157

Music & Entertainment

Eastern Shore Wedding & Events ..............154

Absolute Entertainment..................................... 83

Pin Point .....................................................................183

Electra Entertainment ...............................80 & 81


Knight Noise DJs ..................................................... 82

Gene’s Limousine..................................................184


ZBest Limousines..................................................135

Ellen Schwab ...........................................................149 Rev. Marshall J. Macks ........................................148

Web Sites

Weddings by Sandy ............................................147

Photography & Videography

ASI Photos ................................................................... 67 Bradley Images Photography & Video ....... 65

Wedding & Event Planners

Captures By Kristin ..........................................

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Clapp Studios ............................................................ 68 Electra Photobooth .............................................185 James Seip Photography ................................... 66 Picture This Shot ...................................................... 75 Scott -Bey Photography ..................................... 72 Shutterbooth............................................................. 73 TK Event Productions

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

Registry & Gifts Seacret .......................................................................145 Simplicity Gourmet .............................................145

Transportation Absolute Elegance Limousine, Inc. ............184 An Extraordinar Limousine ...............132 & 133

find the area’s best wedding professionals at

Bayside Limousines .............................................137 189

do’s& don’ts TOP 25 WEDDING


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



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


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

Don’t seat older guests near the band or the speakers as it may be hard for them to hear anything else. Don’t forget to pamper yourself. Treat your mom and maids the day before the wedding with an afternoon at the spa. You’ll have the time of your life enjoying facials, massages, manicures and pedicures. It will make you feel more relaxed and beautiful.


Do remember your guests with small children. Instead of putting “no children” or “adults-only reception” on invitations, ask your reception site manager if there is a small room or play area near the festivities that you can rent. Then hire a professional babysitting service to take care of the kids. Parents will appreciate your consideration and be able to relax and enjoy your reception knowing they are close to their children.




Don’t forget to involve stepparents in your ceremony in some way, perhaps a reading during your ceremony or an invocation before dinner.


Do consider table visits during your reception. It is a grand display of appreciation and respect when the bride and groom spend a few moments visiting their guests at each table.


Looking for a gift for your wedding party? Do consider a monogrammed piece of estate silver, such as a flask for the groomsmen or make-up compacts for the maids.


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

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




Don’t waste time getting to your reception. Have photos of the wedding party taken before the ceremony.

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



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


When renting a stretch limo, do remember that it can usually seat up to 10 people, but fewer when the bride’s gown and train and the bridesmaid’s dresses are factored in to the equation.


Don’t forget that the best way to let people know where you are registered is to have family and friends spread the word. Although it’s impolite to mention the registry on wedding invitations, a hostess may do so on shower invitations.

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

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


Do reserve your photographer nine to 12 months before your wedding. Decide which shots you definitely want and which ones you can live without.

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Don’t forget to send an invitation to your officiant and to all of your wedding party.


Do pick up your invitation envelopes as soon as possible so that you can begin addressing them.


Do consider having two bouquets, one to keep and one to throw. Do remember to return rental items on time and undamaged.


Do check with your church or temple about their policies, especially regarding alcohol.

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