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Gowns FIND THE DRESS

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

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VENUES GOWN STYLES Bridal attire ranges from extravagant princess gowns to tailored suits. That’s right, there’s no rule that says a bride must wear a fancy gown. This is the age when brides dress for their own comfort level and personal style, but more polished. Even so, most brides stick with a dress. The strapless style still reigns supreme, but the market has expanded in recent years to include gowns with all manner of straps, sleeves, and accessories. You’ll see many dresses that are modest in the front and dramatic in the back. Dresses are also belted, have convertible or removable cap sleeves, and come in an array of bold and muted colors in addition to just white. Some brides are even wearing more than one dress, such as a traditional gown for the ceremony and a short dress for

GOWNS the reception, so they can comfortably dance the night away. FABRIC & AFFORDABILITY Satin, tulle, and lace are the most commonly used fabrics for wedding gowns, and the type of fabric you choose will greatly affect the price. If you’re dreaming of intricate, hand-stitched, Italian lace with delicate beading, the cost is going to rise. But these days, it’s entirely possible to find designers that create gorgeous gowns with price points that suit the mainstream bride. The professionals at your local bridal salon will be able to help you determine which fabric and details fit within your budget. STARTING THE SEARCH Start by gathering ideas. Bridal magazines, designer websites, and

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GOWNS Pinterest are a great source as you start the hunt for your wedding dress. Compile the styles you like that suit the mood of your wedding. For example, is your wedding venue a rustic lodge, classic ballroom, or ultra-modern loft? Ask yourself, “What kind of dress makes sense for the activities of the day?” Also think about what kind of dress makes sense for you. Weddings are no longer strictly adhering to tradition, and brides are embracing this new mainstream by crafting weddings that are truly a reflection of themselves, and that goes for bridal style, too. If you’re not into princess gowns, wear a white jumpsuit and sassy heels. If your wedding’s on a beach, don a knee-length sheath and comfy sandals. Keep your vision of your true self in mind as you search for ideas.

Then, make an appointment at your local bridal salon. Invite a trusted team of family and friends to join you. You don’t need an army, just a few close people you can count on to tell you the truth. Sadly, not all gowns will be figureflattering. Share your ideas for the type of gown you want with the professionals at the bridal salon, but keep an open mind. Ideally you should start visiting salons anywhere from nine months to a year before your wedding to allow enough time. If you’re in a rush, 6 months or less, tell your consultant immediately. SHAPES & SIZES Remember that no two brides are shaped alike, therefore, no dress will ever accent your silhouette exactly the same way it does another bride’s body. When the time comes to try on gowns, www.PremierBrideMKE.com PREMIER BRIDE • 9


VENUES explore a myriad of styles and cuts to figure out what works for you. You might be surprised! Note that bridal salons often carry only one sample size of each gown. Try on these gowns even if they’re not your size. Consultants are there to help you get in and out of sample sizes. If you’re nervous about the sizes available at your local bridal salon, give them a call. Talking to a representative will ease your mind, and you’ll find that whether you’re full-figured or very petite, there have never been more options to accommodate brides of all shapes and sizes. TRYING ON DRESSES Don’t be afraid to think outside the box and try on dresses that aren’t necessarily in your comfort zone. You never know what a gown will really look like until you try it on, and lots of brides end up choosing a style of gown they never even dreamed of. Remember that the gowns at salons are just samples, so the size won’t be tailored to you, and most dresses can be ordered in various shades of white. So just because you’re not crazy about that big blush dress on the hanger, try it anyway! What do you have to lose? WORKING WITH A CONSULTANT While at the salon, make sure to take advantage of your professional consultant’s knowledge and expertise. A good bridal consultant should steer you in the right direction so communicate your likes, dislikes, wants, and needs as much as possible. It’s the consultant’s job to handle every step of your salon experience including showing you every option within your price range. They can also coordinate alterations and other practical matters once you’ve 10 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

GOWNS found “the one.” If you’re not in sync with the consultant you’ve been dealt, don’t hesitate to ask to work with a different representative. Every bridal salon’s goal is to give you an enjoyable experience. ALTERATIONS & FITTINGS Deciding on a gown is a major hurdle, but that’s not the end of the wedding dress “to do” list. There are usually as many as four fittings that follow saying “yes” to the dress. Here are some tips for making this process run as smoothly as possible. First, give yourself and the tailor sufficient time. If you’re in a rush, this is when working with a bridal salon can really help. It’s usually their job to make sure alterations run smoothly and on time. Second, choose a dress that’s very close to your actual size. Most gowns can’t be changed by more than two sizes, up or down. Buy a dress that fits the biggest part of you, not the smallest part. It’s easier to take a dress in to hug your figure than it is to let it out. If you’re not working with a salon and have to find your own tailor, choose a tailor that has a great reputation, not the lowest rate. When the time comes for your first fitting, make sure you’re sporting the same undergarments and shoes that you’ll be wearing on your wedding day. Even the slightest tweak in bra padding or heel height can change the way a dress hangs and where the hem falls. As you’re working with the tailor, trust that they know what they’re doing. You may ask them to make one alteration, and they might suggest an alternate way to achieve that look, or advise against it altogether. Know when to take a deep breath and leave certain decisions to the professionals. Your stress levels will thank you for it.

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COMBINING TRADITIONS 6 tips to celebrate your backgrounds These days, many couples who get married come from different ethnic, cultural, social and religious backgrounds. Incorporating these differences into your wedding ceremony can both celebrate your individualism and personality as a couple. Bride-to-be Randi G. wrote in recently and asked “I would like to incorporate my family’s Irish history, but would also like to include my fiancé’s Air Force involvement. The two themes don’t seem to flow together. Also, he’s Jewish and would like to include some of those traditions. I feel like it’s too much, and I am nervous my guests will be confused.” Well, thousands of books have been written on incorporating cultural, religious and other – such as military – traditions into your wedding day. While we certainly don’t have the room to go into specific wedding traditions here, we do want to touch on Randi’s great question: how do you effectively incorporate more than one “theme”? Here are five key tips on how to do this successfully: 1. Focus on just one or two ‘big elements’ each at the ceremony and reception. For example, if you have your heart set on having a military arch with sabers at your ceremony, then it’s probably best not to also include an Irish bagpiper at the same time playing backup to a singer singing traditional Jewish wedding songs. Focus on what is most important to you and to your fiancé, and to your families, and keep the more prominent thematic elements to a minimum.


COMBINING TRADITION 2. Express yourself in the details. Of course, in the wedding day details, you can express all of your themes to your heart’s content. For example, Randi writes, “he is wearing his Air Force Blues and my gown is cream, my nieces are wearing cream dresses with Air Force blue sashes, and my nephew is wearing an Air Force blue suit with an official Air Force flight pin rather than a boutonniere. I’d like to use my Celtic champagne flutes, my Celtic unity candle set, and give seed packets as a favor, which is an Irish tradition.” All of these details are wonderful ways to subtly incorporate your themes…and doing all of these won’t be “too much.” To be perfectly honest, most of the guests wouldn’t even notice that it’s specifically an “Air Force blue” sash on the flower girl’s dress - other than to briefly note that it goes so nicely with the groom’s attire. And most people wouldn’t notice the Celtic champagne flutes, but the newly married couple will as they toast each other, and that is what’s important. So use details like these to further express your own personal themes. 3. Find common ground between your cultures and traditions. Take advantage of the things in both your backgrounds that are similar. Things like the breaking of a wine glass after the “I dos” - it’s both a Jewish and Italian custom. And, the canopy over an Indian ceremony (a mandap) looks quite similar to a Jewish chuppah. You can also combine your menus from both backgrounds. Fusion cuisine is quite popular - probably for this very reason! So, go ahead and make a trendy menu all the while demonstrating how well your two cultures compliment each other.

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COMBINING TRADITION 4. Use your ceremony program to inform your guests, if needed. The ceremony program is a great place to explain and describe any unique wedding customs and traditions that you plan to include. For example, while most non-Jewish guests are familiar with the breaking of the glass tradition, a brief explanation of what that ceremonial aspect signifies would be a very nice touch, and the ceremony program is the perfect place to do it. 5. Communicate with everyone involved! This is really a key tip for anyone, for any wedding, but it becomes even more important when very deeply rooted traditions or strong cultural influences are involved. If you are mixing a very religious, Jewish, future mother-in-law, with a very proud and patriotic Air Force groom, with a bride who strongly identifies with - and loves - her Irish heritage, then you had better plan on having a few serious family ‘pow wows’ to jointly craft a wedding day that meets everyone’s needs! Be open-minded, flexible and sensitive. 6. Ultimately, it’s your wedding! Really, it’s your day, so whatever you want to do, find a way to do it! Of course, “yours” meaning not just you, the bride, but “yours” as in you, your groom and your immediate families. If you really want the military arch AND the bagpiper, then have the arch at the wedding ceremony, and the bagpiper at the reception site announcing the arrival of the newlyweds. A wedding celebration is really a way of announcing to the world that “these two unique individuals are joining together and creating a new family.” So be unique, and share it with the world!

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Current Trends

MODERN ROMANCE POPS WITH PERSONALITY

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

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VENUES STYLE: COLOR MAKES A COMEBACK & ROMANCE REIGNS In 2018 gown trends, we see an uptick in bridal fashions that are unreservedly romantic. Women are embracing their inner princess, donning classic silhouettes with sweetheart necklines and full ballroom skirts, often adorned with lace and floral appliqué, cascading ruffles, tiers of tulle, or detachable caplets. At the same time, such gowns also manage to go modern and show some skin. Open-backed gowns and dresses with deep-plunging necklines, off-the-shoulder-straps, and sheer corset bodices offer more variety than ever for brides that want to feel a little sexy on their wedding day. Ivory is still wildly popular, but blush and even pale blue will creep into the mainstream. Such soft looks carry over into the bridal party, with bridesmaids wearing a range of neutrals and metallics. In addition to barely-there color, brides are starting to come back around to playful and dramatic color palettes for their girls, as a way to highlight their own personal preferences. Bold, multi-faceted color stories offer an easy mode of selfexpression, and weddings in 2018 are all about putting personality front and center. As brides get on board with color, so do the grooms. For the more daring and fashion-forward fella, suits in sophisticated shades of blue, grey, burgundy, and green are starting to take the place of traditional black tuxedos. WEDDING THEMES: HOMEY & MODERN IN HARMONY While the classic wedding is always in style, couples are also choosing reception venues that allow for a lot of creativity — sites where you pay to 20 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

CURRENT TRENDS rent the space, but are responsible for bringing your own décor, catering, and other rentals. Rustic-chic weddings are still very much en vogue, but the trend is shifting from burlap and mason jars to a combination of earthy and glamorous. You’ll see elements like crystal chandeliers, eclectic antique place settings, and Instagram-worthy lounge areas staged with vintage furniture. Trends in 2018 also point to more modern, clean, and geometric touches in wedding theme and décor. Cool white marble contrasts with warm rose gold accents. Angled, terrarium-inspired flourishes add contemporary whimsy to the scene. The goal for many couples is to capture certain trendy touches while maintaining an ambiance that’s inviting, homey, and speaks to their combined personality. FLOWERS: LUSH & LEAFY WITH BOLD BLOSSOMS The floral industry is experiencing a return to the cascading bridal bouquet and more saturated colors. Brides want flowers with a natural and undone feeling: lush, loose. While soft colors are still popular, brides are starting to work more vibrant hues into their flower picks. These bold bouquets are also doubling as reception centerpieces. Next to cascading florals, the biggest trend is no flowers at all. Instead, brides are opting for an abundance of greenery and branches. To bring the drama, you’ll see canopies of foliage or wisteria hanging from high above. FOOD & DRINK: HELP YOURSELF TO TASTY FAVORITES The traditional sit-down, three- or five-course meal is enjoying a sort of


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CURRENT TRENDS revolution. While you’ll still see these formal dinners at more traditional weddings, many brides are turning food into an interactive event. Familystyle meals, buffets, and food trucks are increasingly common, as brides and grooms seek a more help-yourself style for a relaxed, social vibe. Couples also want their food and drinks to have meaning, so they’ll work with caterers to create custom meals and craft cocktails that feature some of their favorite things. Want mac ’n’ cheese, breakfast for dinner, or a signature sangria at your wedding? You can have it! Dinners that feature sustainable catering with locally-grown ingredients are also highly sought-after. These more casual farm-to-table dinners go hand-inhand with family-style dining to foster a comfortable, homey environment. When it comes to desserts, interactive is still the name of the game. You’ll see dessert tables of pie, ice cream, candy, or cupcakes — but in 2018, donuts will reign supreme. Some couples choose to have both a classic wedding cake (it’s tradition!) along with a dessert bar just for fun. And just as food trucks are gaining popularity, so are dessert “trucks” like gelato carts and gourmet popsicle stands. These help-yourself stations aren’t just for edibles — they’re for drinkables, too. Coffee and hot chocolate bars with all the fixings are a cool trend for winter weddings. Then there’s the late-night snack — a treat that many guests have almost come to expect nowadays. Couples can go for a crowd favorite like pizza or sliders, or offer a hometown specialty. Late-night snacks are not only yummy, they’re yet another opportunity for the bride and groom to get creative and show off their personality and style.

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PAINTING PARTY Embrace your artistic side - it’s time to paint! You’ll decorate either a wine glass or canvas to take home. No party is complete without refreshments; wine brings out the Picasso in all of us!

STRUT YOUR STUFF Fashionistas who love a little spotlight, this one’s for you. The Wonderful World of Weddings is choosing one lucky bride to be fitted in a gorgeous bridesmaid dress and walk the runway in 2019. This is your time to shine!

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SAME SEX MARRIAGE a new frontier in wedding celebrations The United Stated Supreme Court announced in January 2015 that it will decide whether the Constitution mandates same-sex marriage, and whether individual states are permitted to limit it. What does this mean? It’s possible that any remaining gay marriage bans might not be relevant much longer. U.S. citizens nationwide will be able to marry whoever they love, paving the way for lots of same-sex couples to finally celebrate a wedding day of their own. Here are some considerations for same-sex couples planning a wedding. First, remember that there’s no right or wrong way to have a wedding. Create an experience that speaks to you, and don’t feel confined by the typical wedding’s structure and traditions. Some same-sex couples hold their ceremony in a church while others are married at their reception location. You’ll see two brides in gowns, two brides in suits, or a combination of the two. You might find two grooms walking down the aisle hand-in-hand or with their parents. It’s true that although the standards of certain wedding etiquette should be observed, gay marriages are a relatively new frontier for U.S. couples so there is unlimited room for creativity. When it comes time to hire vendors for your wedding day, most foster an atmosphere of acceptance and love, adding to the happiness of the day. If for any reason, you’re not comfortable with a particular vendor, then move on. There are websites out there whose sole purpose is to link gay couples to gayfriendly wedding vendors.

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CHOOSING BRIDESMAIDS how to pick out your wedding party

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If you’re like most brides-to-be, you’ve probably had your bridesmaids picked out for a while. The daydream typically includes mimosas and all your best girlfriends in fluffy white robes. But once you’re engaged, the decisions get real and sometime’s there more than just your daydreams to consider. There are sisters, future sisters-in-law, college friends, childhood friends, and other important ladies in your life - how do you narrow it down? Here are some things to ponder as you go about choosing your bridesmaids. Sizing up. You can have as many or as few bridesmaids as you like, but it’s not uncommon to see large wedding parties at larger weddings and smaller parties at more intimate affairs. Still, there’s no rule, so do what works for you. Also consider cost and coordination when deciding on the number of bridesmaids in your party. It’s much easier to coordinate bridesmaid dress shopping and fittings with three girls, as opposed to ten. Family First. Once you determine the number, start with the obvious candidates: Family. How many siblings do you have? And your fiancée? If you each have one or two siblings (and an equal number of ladies and gents), it can be easy to fit them into the wedding party. If you’re outnumbered (say, the groom has five siblings and you have none), you might want to go a different route. Remember that you can always ask siblings to be ushers or readers - a part of the wedding, if not officially in the party. You’ve Got a Friend. Once you’ve figured out how to include close family members in your bridal party, it’s time to move on


CHOOSING BRIDESMAIDS to friends. This seems like a no-brainer just pick your best girlfriends! But it’s not always that simple. First, think about the number of bridesmaids and groomsmen you and your fiancée settled on. If you have seven best friends and he has two, you might have to pick the best of the best and forego the rest to keep things even. Also, consider where your ladies are at in life: Are any pregnant? Raising a toddler? Living across the country? Traveling a ton for work? Though they love you and want to celebrate with you, don’t assume everyone you ask will jump at the chance to be in your wedding. Should any of your potential bridesmaids voice hesitation, be understanding of that decision and have a backup in mind. Just as with family members, if you have a close friend you’d like to include in the wedding but don’t have enough space for her as a bridesmaid, think about giving her a different part to play. Beyond readers and ushers, many brides ask a friend to be their Personal Attendant: a fancy phrase for the person who does the bride’s bidding. But it’s not all giving orders - the right friend for the job would delight in being close to you on your wedding day and helping out any way she can. Choose Wisely. A lot goes into being a bridesmaid. There are dress fittings, alterations, parties, showers, the rehearsal dinner, photos, and so much more. You’ll have to count on these ladies to be there for you, maintain a positive attitude, and be a worthy reflection of you on one of the most important days of your life. Choose wisely. Choose women who will build you up, go the extra mile, and do all in their power to make your wedding day one for the ages.

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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 budget-savvy 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. The “nonnegotiables” are different for every

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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-


WEDDING DAY BUDGET 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 outof-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 corners, 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 so you can spend time with the people you couldn’t invite and celebrate your love with them. 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, then there are

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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. In the past, it was considered poor etiquette to make your guest pay for ANY drink. Today, it’s perfectly appropriate to keep the options limited to beer, wine and soda, with mixed drinks available for cash purchase. Although rare, 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, than use your own computer or borrow one from a friend and hook it up 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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• May I see photographs of other receptions held here? • Where will we have access? Are there restrictions? • Is there ample parking for guests? • Do you provide a sound system, AV or PA system? • Are there any restrictions on decor, photography, videography, smoking or bar service? • Will you provide valet, coat check, restroom, bar and door attendants? • Is there an onsite caterer? Are we required to use him/her? • Are there adequate restrooms that are handicap accessible? • Are there adequate electrical outlets for the entertainer? • Could other events be scheduled the same day? • Is there a certain time when we must leave? • How far in advance must I book your services? • What is your cancellation policy? • Is a deposit required? If so, when and how much?

PB TIPS FOR USING PINTEREST using pinterest for wedding planning If you’re planning a wedding, you already know the Internet is a great resource. Pinterest is an easy way to organize your wedding inspiration and ideas. On pinterest.com, you can grab photos from around the web and pin them onto virtual inspiration boards named with categories of your choosing. You can also browse other users’ boards, and there are seemingly endless wedding-themed boards to choose from! The photos are often accompanied with comments, and can include tips or instructions on how to create the look that was captured in the picture. Like wedding forums, you can interact with friends or strangers to get suggestions and ideas for your special day, but this time, it’s all centered around pictures of your choosing. 36 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

PIN DOWN THE DETAILS Pinterest certainly displays boards for all the biggies like the gown, décor, and food. But the site’s real strength is in highlighting the details. It’s here that you’ll find inspiration for handmade place cards, fun photography poses, or ideas for “something blue.” Those seemingly insignificant details will make your day truly unique. But like many online wedding hotspots, Pinterest runs the risk of being overwhelming. To get the most out of the site, make sure to be specific when you’re scoping out ideas. In the search box in the top left hand corner of the page, use as many details as possible such as “fall DIY wedding décor” or “cream wedding pumps.”


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USING PINTEREST You can also find lots of photos from real weddings. Try searching for keywords such as: whimsical, woodsy, DIY, rustic, vintage, elegant, chic, romantic, and couture. These are all popular words on Pinterest’s wedding pins, and even if you think those adjectives wouldn’t apply to your big day, type them in and browse. You might be pleasantly surprised! If you’re serious about using suggestions from Pinterest, then do your homework. Each picture can be traced back to its original blog or website, so when you find something you like and think you could apply it to your wedding, click through and take notes or bookmark the page. REALITY CHECK While Pinterest offers a gorgeous visual array of picture-perfection to all

brides with a dream, this new Pinterest culture can cause some problems in the real world. Brides pin things like extravagant flower arrangements that far exceed their budget. They show their photographers images of a bride with her veil caught perfectly in a breeze - a lucky shot that surely can’t be recreated. Pinterest can be a recipe for disappointed hopes if taken at face value. Always remember that only perfect, surprising, and unique images make the cut on Pinterest and most of what you see just isn’t realistic. Pinterest should only be used to ignite ideas and to capture the overall look and feel you’d like to aim for at your wedding. In the end, know that while Pinterest-inspired touches are pretty for a day, saying “I do” to someone you love lasts a lifetime!

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CHOOSING WHERE TO WED your ceremony location

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For centuries churches and synagogues have been the traditional choice for the sacred act of exchanging vows. Lending an air of reverence and dignity to even the most casual of ceremonies, these holy places have created the perfect setting for the formal commitment of marriage. There are many unique options for couples who, for whatever reason, would prefer an alternate location. Consider holding the event at a nondenominational church or chapel. These locations usually have fewer rules and guidelines than other formal houses of worship, but yet still provide a spiritual setting. Have the ceremony at the reception venue. Couples often choose this option as a convenience for their guests, thereby minimizing the distance one must travel from ceremony to reception. Facilities that provide this option normally have separate areas for each event, or a plan for quickly converting the room. Sometimes places with the most personal significance make the best ceremony locations. For example, a park you walked through on your first date, the backyard where one of you grew up or a relative’s home where you enjoy spending time are all good choices. If you love the outdoors, consider holding your ceremony at a city park, the beach, a zoo, or even at the foot of a national landmark. If you’re a little on the daring side, you might consider exchanging vows while sky diving from a plane, scuba diving, or in a hot air balloon. Whatever your preference, there is no right or wrong way to say “I do.”

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ATTENDANT’S RESPONSIBILITY the maid/matron of honor

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• Holds the groom’s ring during the ceremony. • Signs the marriage certificate. • May dance with the best man during the first dance. • Helps the bride bustle her train, remove her headpiece and change into goingaway outfit. • Attends to the bride throughout the day such as running errands and tying up loose ends, calming nerves and otherwise ensuring the success of the wedding celebration. • May assume responsibility for transporting the bride’s gown home or to the cleaners. • May assist the best man with transporting gifts to the bride and groom’s home.

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ATTENDANT’S RESPONSIBILITY the best man

• Assists groom with wedding details such as accommodations for out-oftown groomsmen and ushers.

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

• Sees that the groom is properly attired and at the church or synagogue on time. Ties bowties, provides drinks, if applicable and otherwise supports the To-Be-Wed.

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

• Gives the minister a sealed envelope with payment (from the groom) immediately following the ceremony. • Signs the marriage license as a witness. • Holds the bride’s ring during the ceremony. • Coordinates the ushers and makes sure they are properly dressed and understand where to seat the guests.

• Proposes the first toast. • Holds luggage under lock and key until the bride and groom depart. • Helps the groom change into goingaway attire. • Escorts the bride and groom to their car or drives them to the hotel/airport. • Returns all formalwear rentals on time, and to the correct formalwear shop. • Assists maid of honor in transporting gifts to the bride and groom’s home.

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PERSONALIZE YOUR WEDDING make your day your own Every wedding couple wants their wedding to be not just beautiful, but memorable and unique as well – a personal expression of their lives, tastes and aesthetics. From the party favors on the tables to the songs selected for the ceremony, there are literally dozens of opportunities for you to express yourself! By adding a couple personal touches, you’ll offer your friends and family an inside look into your love story and the chance to be part of a meaningful, once-ina-lifetime experience. Here are some creative ideas to get you started… Start by setting the tone with your invitations. Incorporate a fun picture to the invite, perhaps dressed as your favorite movie couple, or engaged in an activity or hobby you love to do as a couple. If you expect out-oftown guests, then you could include a personalized map of the city that points out your favorite pizza joint or the place you met. Personalized invites will set an intimate tone for your big day, even if you’re planning a large wedding. For the ceremony, consider writing your own vows. Don’t be scared if you’re not a writer – there are plenty of pastors or wedding guides that give tips to couples who wish to personalize their wedding vows. You could even include favorite love song lyrics or poetry to express your commitment. A limo is always classy for leaving the ceremony, but consider more personal exit ideas, too. Love horseback riding? Hire a horse-drawn carriage to carry you to the reception.

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Honeymooning in Italy? Rent a vespa to whisk away on! As your guests file into the reception, send them to tables with names rather than numbers. If you met in a Literature class, have your guests sit at tables named after the authors you had to read together. Or name them after places you’ve gone to as a couple. This will provide guests with good conversation starters, along with a sneak peek into your life as a couple. After the toasts, surprise your guests by raising your glasses to them. Thank them for being there and share your appreciation for all the support they’ve shown you over the years. Your guests will love being addressed as an integral part of your day. Don’t forget your first dance! Most couples choose a romantic song to slow dance to – why not spice things up a little? Take tango or ballroom dancing classes ahead of time and show off your new moves in a choreographed number! BEAUTIFUL WEDDING IDEAS BY THE SEASON Another way to personalize your special day is to focus on the season and all the beauty it has to offer. From the bright blue, sunny skies of summer to the sparkling white glitter of winter, every season can provide beautiful accents to your wedding. Spring weddings are always popular, in part because of the parallels between new life blooming in the gardens and the new life of a married couple. Using flower bulbs instead of full-grown flowers also add to that feeling. For a spring-themed centerpiece that doubles as a favor, have multiple small, pastel-colored vases and encourage


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PERSONALIZED WEDDINGS your guests to bring one home. Seeds and tiny monogrammed flowerpots are also a fun favor! You could also try bringing a little Easter to your reception by having lilies as centerpieces or hiding wedding favors, especially if there will be children present. For summer weddings, try a slightly more informal approach to your meal by 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, then 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 pine cones 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. Personalizing your wedding is really all about expressing yourself. Go with what you love, trust your judgment and most of all, have fun!

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CHILD ATTENDANTS 8 tips to for using kids in your ceremony Children can be a wonderful part of a wedding ceremony - full of joy and spirit. It does take a little extra thought, planning and accommodation, however, to include them successfully. We’ve compiled a list of helpful tips and things to consider to make your wedding celebration a kid-friendly event! #1 – Consider their ages. Young children are adorable, to be sure, but their behavior is unpredictable (to be sure), so if you do include them, then be prepared for the unexpected. Imagine a three-year-old tugging on your dress during the heart of your wedding ceremony and asking in a loud, clear voice, “Are we done yet?” Does this fill you with dread, or make you warm and fuzzy? Do what feels most comfortable to you taking into consideration your 52 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

personalities, your families and your wedding style. #2 – Ask in person. For older children, ask them in person to be a part of your wedding (after running it by their parents first.) This makes them feel involved, important and honored. #3 – Spend time with them. Try to include them in pre-wedding events and activities, and just generally spending time with them before the wedding so that they feel connected and involved. Again, this is more important for older children, and is certainly dependent on their age, interest and hometown (whether they live near you or not.) The point here is simply to make sure they don’t just feel like a ‘prop’ in the wedding, but instead, like a valued and important participant in this honored event.


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CHILD ATTENDANTS #4 – Rehearse! Be sure to include them in the rehearsal so they feel more comfortable with what is going to happen. Even young kids will benefit by making everything feel more comfortable and familiar. #5 – A special gift. Consider making or purchasing a special gift for them to honor their participation. This will also help them remember this special event and their involvement. Gifts will vary widely by age. Some ideas are in the article below. #6 – Keep parents close. For younger children, keep parents seated up front. It’s ideal if young children can walk down the aisle with someone (a parent, bridesmaid or groomsman), and then sit down immediately with their parents in front. It’s way too much to expect a young child to stand quietly up front during the whole ceremony!

#7 – Oh goody, goody bags. Goody bags at the reception (or even during the ceremony if they’re filled with nonmessy, quiet items) for kids are a great way to keep them entertained for awhile. Babysitters, special kids’ meals, art supplies on a table in the corner, and videos playing in a corner or adjoining room are all good ideas if children will be participating in your Big Day. #8 – Need a nap? Tired children are impossible, trust me on that. If your rehearsal or wedding will take place after their bedtime or during their nap time, then you may want to reconsider the extent of their involvement. Perhaps instead of walking down the aisle as a flower girl, she could dress up in a special outfit, and be carried by Mom or Dad. Then have a trusted babysitter nearby ready to take her home when necessary.

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

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For kids of all ages. Set up lawn games like croquet, cornhole (bean bag toss), or horseshoes. Hire magicians, living statues, walking food tables, facepainters, or caricature artists. For the foodies. Dinner doesn’t just have to be “your choice of chicken or beef.” Play with your food! Try the buildyour-own trend with a gourmet burger or baked potato bar topped off with all the trimmings. Serve a Bride’s Menu and Groom’s Menu featuring each of your favorite foods, or offer ethnic cuisine to celebrate each family’s nationality. Serving a late night snack? You can’t go wrong with pizza. For those with a sweet tooth. Be it donuts, cupcakes, or s’mores, there’s really nothing stopping you from turning 58 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

your favorite sweet into your wedding day dessert. Love candy? Imagine an entire table chockfull of pixie sticks, gummies, and rock candy — all in colors coordinated to match the décor. Have an ice cream obsession? Try make-your-own sundaes with toppings galore, or scoops of artisan Gelato for a more continental vibe. If you’re throwing an entirely elegant affair, a chocolate fountain is always a classic way to wow. For the thirsty ones. Start with a bride and groom signature cocktail or His and Her drinks. Another trend is martini ice sculptures where guests pick their preferred martini flavor and watch as it glides through the sculpture, chilling along the way. In the spirit of “help yourself” dinner and dessert bars, try a whiskey table for the fellas, jugs of flavored lemonades or kegs of root beer for the kids. For a late-night treat, offer a coffee or hot cocoa bar complete with all the fixings. For the dramatic. Show your favorite movies during the reception and don’t forget the popcorn, candy, fountain sodas, and red carpet photo un-booth! Give your wedding a theme, and ask guests to dress in costume. Some ideas might be: dressing all in black and white, from a certain era, or from a fictional world. For the more traditional. Set a table with photos of your parents, grandparents, and great grandparents on their respective wedding days. Be sure to include all of the must-have songs and activities during the dancing portion of the evening — everything from the Electric Slide to the garter and bouquet toss. A photo booth never hurts either!

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Once you have the procession order all set, there are still plenty of other details to hammer out. For example: will you need microphones during the ceremony? Is your venue wheelchairaccessible? Depending on your venue, these are the kinds of details that a site manager or a priest will help you consider ahead of time. WHAT TO EXPECT Rehearsals are quick, not comprehensive, and are meant to act as an overview so that everyone knows what happens when. Once the rehearsal starts, you won’t be reading through every word of the ceremony. Rather, you’ll be blocking out the words and actions: when the bouquet is handed off and taken back, when you sit and when you stand, etc. The bride and groom are usually asked to say a few lines just to work out the pace and volume of their vows. If there are any readings, the reader will also rehearse a few lines. If not all of your key players can be present at the rehearsal, it’s okay. In fact, it is standard practice for the musicians to be absent; if you’ve hired professional musicians or if the church provides a pianist or organist, they already know what to do. It’s also possible that the officiant might not be present at your


CEREMONY REHEARSAL rehearsal. If this happens, make sure they offer stage directions beforehand, or if the venue has another on-site coordinator, then that person might be able to step in and help. If members of the bridal party can’t make it to the rehearsal, don’t stress! Just designate another member of the party to fill them in on all the details the next morning. THREE SECRETS TO SUCCESS Be on time and organized. Most rehearsals are allotted just one hour and sometimes a venue has more than one rehearsal on a given night. Remember that everyone’s time is valuable and the rehearsal can’t start until everyone is present. Practice patience and respect. Don’t get flustered or anxious if there are bugs to work out — after all, that’s why you’re having a rehearsal in the first place. Be sure to respect the venue, especially if it’s a religious establishment. Ask questions. As you’re going through the stages of the ceremony, ask questions if you don’t know what to do or if there’s something you don’t understand. Bottom line, don’t be afraid to ask! REHEARSAL DINNER After finishing up the ceremony rehearsal, it’s customary for the bride and groom and/or their parents to host a dinner for all involved. This is a fun pre-wedding event that kicks off the festive spirit and can be as simple or extravagant as you like. You could rent a party room at a nearby restaurant or just invite everyone back to your parents’ house for homemade eats. It’s up to you! Just have fun with it and keep it within your budget. After all, everyone has your fabulous wedding to look forward to the very next day!

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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, will not argue with you over the colors you choose and often will 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 62 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

how important they are in your life. If some of your attendants are traveling in from out of town, then 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 the attendants at the luncheon if you desire.


ATTENDANT GIFTS 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 is 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, then 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

REHEARSAL DINNER 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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RECEPTION quickly eliminate any outlying reception venues: venues that are too expensive or too small. WEDDING DATE If you’re committed to a particular wedding date — perhaps it’s your parents’ anniversary or a holiday weekend — this will also narrow down your options. If a reception site doesn’t have your date available, move on. If it does, know that nothing is final until you’ve signed a contract and made a deposit. Once your decision is made, it’s critical to officially secure the space as soon as possible. Some choice venues are booked one to two years in advance, particularly on popular dates. ON-SITE VS. OFF-SITE Most on-site locations provide the majority of goods and services needed for your reception: catering, beverages, tables, chairs, tableware, linens, and serving staff. Such locations are typically hotels, ballrooms, private clubs, restaurants, and more. These facilities usually charge on a per-person basis and have a minimum guest requirement. Off-site locations offer the use of the reception space only — no other services. You’re responsible for supplying the caterer, furnishings, décor, waitstaff and bartenders, and everything in between. Such locations range from open-concept urban lofts to tented receptions. The responsibility of coordinating your own reception goods and services might sound like a headache to some brides, and to others, it’s an opportunity to fully personalize their day. Off-site venues are often a blank slate, allowing you to furnish and dress up the space as you like, bring in whatever food and drink


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


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

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

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A lot of people fear public speaking, and you may be one of them. If you’re truly prepared to speak in front of people, then you’ll find it’s much easier to let the words flow. The best toasts are those that are heartfelt. Sit down and list everything you want people to know about your friends. (Remember, it’s important to talk about both the bride and the groom in your toast). Start with the best qualities. Include memories of good times together, especially the first time he/she spoke of his/her beloved. Scribble some thoughts about what makes the bride and groom a great couple. Finally, based on what you know about their common interests, think about what you would want to wish for them and their future together. Now that you’ve got a rough idea of the themes you’ll touch on in your toast, go beyond your own experience. Find memorabilia of the bride and groom’s dating history such as their first concert tickets, old love letters or gifts they bought for one another. You have two audiences. One is the bride and groom and you can make them happy by not saying anything that would cause embarrassment on the most memorable day of their lives. Your other audience is the assembly of relatives and friends of the wedding couple. Stories of drunken revels and ridiculous relationships may be appropriate at the bachelor(ette) party, but not at the wedding reception. Never embarrass anyone. And cut the references to past relationships, especially sexual ones.

AN URBAN WEDDING VENUE R EC E P T I O N S • R E H E A R S A L D I N N E R S

• Exposed Cream City Brick & Beams • Renovated Historic Warehouse • Exceptional customer service • Minutes from downtown • 200 guests or less

BY BARTENDERS ON THE GO Historic Walkers Point 131 W. Seeboth Street, Milwaukee 414-841-9374 • theseeboth.com www.PremierBrideMKE.com PREMIER BRIDE • 73


RUSTIC ~ VINTAGE ELEGANT

10 Miles West of Oconomowoc

(920) 262-0702 www.windwoodofwatertown.com 74 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

WEDDING TOAST It’s okay to say, “We all know Sally looked high and low for her Prince Charming. Steve, you are that prince.” It’s not okay to say, “We knew Steve was Sally’s prince because he was the first guy who ever called her the next morning.” Grandma doesn’t need to hear that. A toast is a speech. It should have a beginning, a middle and an end, and it should make sense throughout. When you stand up to speak, it’s best to have a single card with a few notes written down to help you remember key points or direct quotes you want to get right. While you don’t want to bring a full essay to the microphone, it does help to write it all out ahead of time in order to rehearse before the big day. Many wedding toasters aim for lyricism in song or rhyming poetry. That’s a great idea, if it’s you. But a direct, from-the-heart talk works as well. Be sincere and be yourself. If what you’ve written doesn’t sound like you, then rewrite it. One of the classic rules of wedding toasting is to end by tugging on the heartstrings. If you can’t be sentimental at a wedding, where can you be? On the other hand, while a couple of well-placed jokes can win the crowd, you’re not there to do a stand-up routine. If jokes were all the couple wanted, they would have hired a comic. A toast should last no longer than three minutes which translates to no more than five liberally double-spaced pages. Rehearse your toast with a stopwatch and see how long it takes. If it’s five minutes or under, then don’t worry since under the glare of the spotlight, you may speak faster, or you may decide to skip a section.

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Photographers: Blu Moose Photography, Brad Ryan Photography, Shannon Z Photography, Crissy Rose Photography

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blackswanmke.com

309 N. Water St. – Historic Third Ward

Phone Number(s)

Website

See Page

Boat Capacity Range

Lake Geneva Cruise Line 812 Wrigley Drive, Lake Geneva

262-248-6206

cruiselakegeneva.com

189

2-225

Riverwalk Boat Tours & Rentals on Old World Third Street, Milwaukee

414-283-9999

riverwalkboats.com

239

2-44

YACHTS/BOATS

RECEPTION GUIDE

Phone Number(s)

Website

1451 RENAISSANCE PLACE

414-272-1451

renaissanceplace.com

Back Cover & 73

THE ASTOR HOTEL

414-283-4808

astormilwaukee.wixsite.com/astor

70

BARTOLOTTA CATERING:

414-765-1166 414-765-1005

bartolottas.com bartolottascatering.com

41

Bartolotta Events & Catering at Discovery World, 500 Harbor Dr., Milwaukee

414-765-8610

bartolottas.com bartolottascatering.com

41

Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro 3133 E. Newberry Blvd., Milwaukee

414-962-6300

bartolottas.com bartolottascatering.com

41

Grain Exchange Room 225 E. Michigan, Rm 100, Milwaukee

414-727-6980

bartolottas.com bartolottascatering.com

41

Italian Community Center 631 E. Chicago Street, Milwaukee

414-223-2800

bartolottas.com bartolottascatering.com

41

blackswanmke.com

76

1451 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee

See Page for More Information

924 E. Juneau Ave., Milwaukee

DOWNTOWN

Bacchus 925 E. Wells, Milwaukee

THE BLACK SWAN

309 N. Water St., Milwaukee

THE CANAL STREET YACHT CLUB

414-273-8300

CanalStreetYachtClub.com

48

CHARLES ALLIS ART MUSEUM

414-278-8295

cavtmuseums.org

79

HILTON MILWAUKEE CITY CENTER

414-390-3802

hiltonmilwaukee.com

21

HOTEL METRO

414-225-3256

hotelmetro.com

275

HYATT REGENCY

414-276-1234

milwaukee.regency.hyatt.com

52

INTERCONTINENTAL MILWAUKEE

414-390-3802

intercontinentalmilwaukee.com

35

1200 W. Canal St., Milwaukee

1801 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee 509 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee 411 E. Mason St., Milwaukee 333 W. Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee 139 E. Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee

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A Wedding with a Difference The Iron Horse Hotel is the ideal setting to create your perfect wedding. Let us show you how all your wedding dreams can come true. 414.374.4766 | THEIRONHORSEHOTEL.COM 500 W FLORIDA ST | MILWAUKEE, WI 53204

16ihh022_Premier Bride Ad.indd 1 Separate Separate Area OffArea Number of Average Available Valet Premise Outside Available Yachts Price for Parking Catering Caterers for Available per Person Ceremony Available Available Permitted Reception

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n

n

n

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Special Features

Eight unique vessels available mid April through October for ceremonies, receptions, rehearsal dinners and showers. Our boats are climate controlled to offer you and your guests a beautiful lake wedding with complete comfort. Separate Reception Area Available. When fun is the rule for the event, join us for a casual cruise on Milwaukee’s newest boat.

Reception Room Capacity Range

Number of Available Banquet Rooms

Average Price per Person

Serving Style Available

Separate Area Available for Ceremony

400

2

Varies

All Styles

n

200

4

$$ - $$$

All Styles

n

5-200

6

$$ - $$$$

Fine Dining

n

n

250-500

2

$$ - $$$$

All Styles

n

n

20-300

2

$$ - $$$$

Fine Dining Stations

n

n

25-425

1

$$ - $$$$

All Styles

n

10-650

5

$$$-$$$$

All Styles

n

100-400

1

Varies

All Styles

400

1

$$ - $$$

Plated, Buffet, Food Stations

200

2

Varies

All Styles

n

500

10

$$$ - $$$$

Plated Buffet

n

n

125

1

$$-$$$

All Styles

n

n

50-500

3

$$$ - $$$$

All Styles

n

n

20-400

2

$$$ - $$$$

French Service

n

n

Onsite Lodging Off-Premise Outside Caterers Outside Reception Available Catering Available Permitted Area Available

n n

n n

n n

n

n n n

n

n

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your your

SPECIAL DAY, UNIQUE DETAILS

Single Wedding Venue | Up to 300 Guests In-House ‘From Scratch’ Catering | Private Tasting Complimentary Suite for the Couple On-site Day of Wedding Specialist Group Room Rate Discounts | In-House A/V Services Innovation Restaurant and Lounge | Late Night Cocktails

10499 W Innovation Dr | Wauwatosa | 414-475-9500 CrownPlazaMilwaukee.com/weddings | wawsales@fhginc.com

RECEPTION GUIDE

Phone Number(s)

Website

See Page for More Information

IRON HORSE HOTEL

414-831-4613

theironhorsehotel.com

77

KIMPTON - THE JOURNEYMAN

414-291-3970

journeymanhotel.com

9

MARCUS CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

414-276-2030

sazamas.com

87

MILWAUKEE ART MUSEUM

414-224-3287

mam.org

51

MILWAUKEE ATHLETIC CLUB

414-273-4100

macwi.org

30

MILWAUKEE COUNTY PARKS

414-257-7275

countyparks.com

38

MILWAUKEE YACHT CLUB

414-271-4455

milwaukeeyc.com

54

THE PFISTER HOTEL

414-390-3802

thepfisterhotel.com

31

POTOWATOMI HOTEL & CASINO

414-847-8600

paysbig.com

69

PRITZLAFF EVENTS

414-433-6088

pritzlaffevents.com

55

THE SEEBOTH - AN URBAN EVENT DESTINATION

414-841-9374

theseeboth.com

73

SOUTH SECOND

414-256-8765

southsecondmke.com

13 & 86

TRIPOLI SHRINE TEMPLE

414-933-4700

tripolishrinecenter.com

28

VILLA TERRACE ART MUSEUM

414-271-3656

cavtmuseums.org

79

WAR MEMORIAL CENTER

414-273-5533

warmemorialcenter.org

53

WISCONSIN CLUB - CITY CLUB

414-271-7510

wisconsinclub.com

6-7

500 W. Florida St., Milwaukee

310 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee

929 N. Water St., Milwaukee

700 N. Art Museum Dr., Milwaukee

DOWNTOWN (CONT.)

758 N. Broadway, Milwaukee

1700 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive, Milwaukee

424 E. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee

1721 W. Canal St., Milwaukee

315 N. Plankinton, Milwaukee

131 W. Seeboth Street, Milwaukee

838 S. 2nd St., Milwaukee

3000 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee

2220 N. Terrace Ave., Milwaukee

750 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr., Milwaukee

900 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee

78 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com


PHOTO COURTESY M THREE STUDIOS

Two enchanting museums create the environment for a perfect wedding! VILLA TERRACE

CHARLES ALLIS

LAKEFRONT TERRACE

CLASSIC ELEGANCE

B R E AT H TA K I N G V I E W S

A RICH HISTORY

2220 N. Terrace Ave.

1801 N. Prospect Ave.

M I LWAU K E E • 414/271 - 3656 W W W. C AV T M U S E U M S . O R G

Reception Room Capacity Range

Number of Available Banquet Rooms

Average Price per Person

Serving Style Available

Separate Area Available for Ceremony

20-200

3

$$ - $$$

All Styles

n

30-150

1

$$ - $$$

All Styles

20-5,000

7

$$$ - $$$$

All Styles

n

450

4

$$$ - $$$$

All Styles

n

50-350

4

$$$ - $$$$

All Styles

n

Varies

All Styles

n

25-1,000

Onsite Lodging Off-Premise Outside Caterers Outside Reception Available Catering Available Permitted Area Available

n

n

n

550

3

$$$

All Styles

n

20-650

4

$$$ - $$$$

Plated, Stations, Buffet

n

550

3

$$ - $$$$

Plated, Buffet, Food Stations

n

400

1

Varies

All Styles

n

20-200

1

Varies

All Styles

350

1

$$ - $$$

All Styles

50-450

2

$$ - $$$

All Styles

n

150

1

Varies

All Styles

n

50-300

1

Varies

All Styles

n

300

2

$$$ - $$$$

Plated, Food Stations

n

n

n n

n n

n

n

n

n

n

n n

n

n n n

n n

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VENUES

NEW NAME, NEW STATIONERY

GET YOUR REWARDS!

You’ve said “I do” and jumped through the name-changing hoops - now you can enjoy it! Meet with the paper pros to design your own stationery package with your new married name.

CAKE DECORATING PARTY!

Whether you’re a novice in the kitchen or a regular Martha Stewart, you’ll have a blast learning the basics of cake decorating. Head home with your own individual cake - if you don’t eat it first!

PremierBrideMKE.com

RECEPTION GUIDE

Phone Number(s)

Website

See Page for More Information

BROADLANDS GOLF CLUB

262-392-6320

broadlandsgolfclub.com

8

COUNTRY SPRINGS HOTEL BECOMING THE INGLESIDE HOTEL

262-547-0201

countryspringshotel.com

14

CROWNE PLAZA MILWAUKEE WEST

414-475-9500

crowneplazamilwaukee.com

78

DELAFIELD BREWHAUS

262-646-7821

delafield-brewhaus.com

13

DELAFIELD HOTEL

262-333-0232

thedelafieldhotel.com

47

GOLDEN MAST

262-567-7047

goldenmastinn.com

34

HAMPTON INN & SUITES MILWAUKEE WEST

414-436-2300

hamptoninnmilwaukeewest.com

12

THE HAY LOFT

920-988-7415

hayloftbarn.com

30

HISTORIC COURTHOUSE 1893

262-574-9170

courthouse1893.com

11

HOLIDAY INN PEWAUKEE

262-506-6300

holidayinn.com/pewaukee-wi

43

MARRIOTT MILWAUKEE WEST

262-574-0888

marriott.com/mkemw

Inside Back Cover & 40

MILWAUKEE COUNTY ZOO

414-256-5430

milwaukeezoo.org

39

OCONOMOWOC COMMUNITY CENTER

262-569-2199

oconomowoc-wi.gov/communitycenter

81

OCONOMOWOC LAKE CLUB

262-567-4934

oconomowoclakeclub.org

12

OLYMPIA RESORT AND O’SPA

262-369-4966

olympiaresort.com/weddings

22

PANOS BANQUET CENTER

414-308-4960 262-782-8670

panosbanquetcenter.com

37

20290 W. Bluemound Rd., Brookfield

RED CIRCLE INN

262-367-4883

redcircleinn.com

Inside Front Cover

THE ROTUNDA

262-574-9170

therotunda.com

45

SEVEN SEAS

262-367-3903

sevenseaswi.com

50

SHERATON MILWAUKEE BROOKFIELD

262-364-1009

sheratonmilwaukeebrookfield.com

27

18 Augusta Way, North Prairie

2810 Golf Rd., Pewaukee

10499 Innovation Drive, Wauwatosa 3832 Hillside Dr., Delafield 415 Genesee St., Delafield W349 N5293 Lacy’s Lane, Okauchee 8201 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis W2763 East Gate Dr., Watertown

WEST

916 N. East Ave., Downtown Waukesha N14 W24140 Tower Place, Pewaukee W231 N1600 Corporate Ct., Waukesha 10001 W. Bluemound Rd.

220 W. Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc 4668 N. Lake Club Circle, Oconomowoc 1350 Royale Mile Road, Oconomowoc

N44 W33013 Watertown Plank Rd., Nashotah 235 W. Broadway, Waukesha 1807 Nagawicka Rd., Hartland 375 S. Moorland Rd., Brookfield

80 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com


With stunning views of Lac La Belle...the Oconomowoc Community Center is the premiere venue to celebrate your special day. Schedule your visit today ~

262.569.2199

www.oconomowoc-wi.gov/communitycenter

Reception Room Capacity Range

Number of Available Banquet Rooms

Average Price per Person

Serving Style Available

50-250

1

$$ - $$$

All Styles

50-500

7

$$ - $$$

Sit Down Buffet, Cocktail

n

n

300

3

$$ - $$$

Plated, Buffet, Food Stations

n

n

10-200

3

$ - $$$

Buffet Sit Down

70-300

2

$$$ - $$$$

Butler, Buffet Sit Down

n

450

2

$$ - $$$

All Styles

n

350

2

$$-$$$

All Styles

300

1

$ - $$

Catered, All Styles

300

1

$$-$$$

All Styles

200

2

$$-$$$

Plated, Buffet, Food Stations

600

3

$$ - $$$

All Styles

350

2

Varies

20-250

4

$$-$$$

All Styles

n

150-200

2

$$ - $$$

Plated, Buffet, Food Stations

n

50-450

4

$$ - $$$

Buffet, Plated Stations

n

20-500

2

$ - $$$

All Styles

300

2

$$$ - $$$$

Plated

n

250

1

$$$ - $$$$

Catered, All Styles

n

300

3

$$ - $$$

Plated Buffet

n

550

4

$$ - $$$

Plated, Buffet

n

Separate Area Available for Ceremony

Onsite Lodging Off-Premise Outside Caterers Outside Reception Available Catering Available Permitted Area Available

n n

n n

n

n n

n n

n

n n

n n

n

n

n

n

n n

n

n

n

n n

n

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CEREMONIES • RECEPTIONS REHEARSAL DINNERS

Experience the magic and romance of our one-of-a-kind settings

Call 920-458-6144 or email rentals@jmkac.org

608 New York Avenue, Sheboygan, WI 53081

Photo courtesy of KMO Photo

920.458.6144

4.75" x 1.75"

RECEPTION GUIDE

Phone Number(s)

Website

See Page for More Information

TUSCAN HALL BANQUET CENTER

262-292-1322

tuscanhallwi.com

29

WATERTOWN COUNTRY CLUB

920-261-5009

watertowncc.com

WAUKESHA PARKS:

262-522-2953

ci.waukesha.wi.us

Rotary Building 1150 Baxter St., Waukesha

262-522-2953

ci.waukesha.wi.us

WESTERN LAKES GOLF CLUB

262-961-9796

sazs.com - westernlakes.com

86

WINDWOOD OF WATERTOWN

920-262-0702

windwoodofwatertown.com

74

THE BOG

262-292-0740

golfthebog.com

153

THE CHALET AT LITTLE SWITZERLAND

262-224-7598

littleswitz.com

150

CHANDELIER BALLROOM

262-673-4946

chandelierballroom.com

151

DAVIAN’S CATERING & CONFERENCE CTR.

262-781-3333

davians.com

72

HERITAGE HALL

262-255-1606

heritagehallrentals.com

29

HUBBARD PARK LODGE

414-332-4207

hubbardlodge.com

49

JOHN MICHAEL KOHLER ARTS CENTER

920-458-6144

jmkac.org/index.php.rentals

82

MILWAUKEE BEER BISTRO

414-562-5540

milwaukeebeerbistro.com

NORTH SHORE EVENT CENTRE

414-351-6960

northshoreeventcentre.com

26

THE RIVER CLUB OF MEQUON

262-242-1400

riverclubofmequon.com

75

SCHAUER ARTS & ACTIVITIES CENTER

262-670-0560 ext 5

schauercenter.org/ourfacility

152

147 N. Rural St., Hartland

STERLING CHALET

262-628-4080

sterlingchalet.com

152

TERRACE 167

262-623-6588

terrace167.com

153

WASHINGTON COUNTY FAIR PARK

262-677-5060

wcfairpark.com

152

WEST BEND COUNTRY CLUB

262-334-9541

westbendcc.com

83

WISCONSIN CLUB - COUNTRY CLUB

414-368-1978

wisconsinclub.com

6-7

409 Delafield St., Waukesha

WEST (CONT.)

1340 N. Water St., Watertown 277

EB Shurts Bldg, 810 W. College Ave., Waukesha

W287 N1963 Oakton Rd., Pewaukee W5710 County Hwy CW, Watertown 3121 County Rd I, Saukville 105 Cedar Creek Rd., Slinger 150 Jefferson Ave., Hartford N56 W16300 Silver Spring Dr., Menomonee Falls. N86 W18330 Main St., Menomonee Falls 3565 N. Morris Blvd., Shorewood

NORTH

608 New York Ave., Sheboygan

2730 N. Humboldt Blvd., Milwaukee 7065 N. Port Washington Rd., Milwaukee 12400 N. Ville du Parc Dr., Mequon

1271 Hwy 175, Hubertus 3210 Hwy 167, Richfield 3000 Hwy PV, West Bend

5858 Highway Z, West Bend 6200 W. Good Hope Rd., Milwaukee

82 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com


Kara Reese Photography

Outside Ceremony & Reception Area Flexible Menu Planning – Pamper 300 Guests

West Bend Country Club

5858 Hwy. Z • West Bend

262-334-9541 Reception Room Capacity Range

Number of Available Banquet Rooms

Average Price per Person

Serving Style Available

20-250

2

$ - $$$

Family, Buffet Food Stations

20-400

1

$ - $$$

All Styles

n

120-200

1

Varies

All Styles

n

n

n

120-200

1

Varies

All Styles

n

n

n

50-400

3

$$-$$$

All Styles

n

n

n

550

2

$ - $$$

All Styles

n

n

n

200

2

$$ - $$$

All Styles

n

250

1

$ - $$

All Styles

n

500

2

$ - $$$

Plated, Buffet, Food Stations

n

n

n

300

2

$$ - $$$

Plated Buffet

n

n

n

20-350

3

$ - $$

All Styles

n

n

n

200

2

$ - $$

All Styles

n

n

n

300

3

Varies

All Styles

n

250

2

$ - $$

Plated, Family, Buffet, Stations

n

20-450

15

$$-$$$

All Styles

n

550

2

$$ - $$$$

Plated, Buffet, Stations

n

20-300

3

Varies

All Styles

n

50-650

1

$ - $$

Plated, Family, Buffet

n

100-350

1

Varies

Catered

n

50-900

7

Varies

All Styles

n

240

6

$$ - $$$

Plated, Buffet Food Station

n

250

2

$$$ - $$$$

Plated, Food Stations

n

Separate Area Available for Ceremony

Onsite Lodging Off-Premise Outside Caterers Outside Reception Available Catering Available Permitted Area Available

n

n

n n

n n

n n n

n n

n

n

n

n

n n

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Your Perfect Wedding! SE Wisconsin’s Most Prestigous Banquet Facility

2 Ballrooms • Combined Capacity 900 Guests Outdoor Space for Ceremonies, Receptions, and Cocktail Parties • New Bridal Suite

7130 Spring St. (Hwy C) • Racine • (262) 886-3610

www.RomaLodge.com

RECEPTION GUIDE

See Page Reception for More Room Capacity Information Range

Phone Number(s)

Website

ALVERNO COLLEGE

414-382-6159

alverno.edu/eventandspace

71

300

BEST WESTERN PLUS AIRPORT

414-769-2100

bwplusmilwaukee.com

33

300

CROWNE PLAZA MILWAUKEE AIRPORT

414-764-5300

crowneplazamke.com

85

950

THE DEKOVEN CENTER

262-633-6401 ext 102

dekovencenter.org

15

250

600 21st St., Racine

FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON MILWAUKEE AIRPORT

414-481-2400

clarionmilwaukee.com

32

20-450

GRANDSTAY HOTEL AND SUITES

414-764-1500 ext 6626 414-369-2852

salesmke@ascendgrowth.com

42

20-700

6331 S. 13th St., Milwaukee

POLISH CENTER OF WISCONSIN

414-529-2140

polishcenterofwisconsin.org

23

300

Festival Hall / Paul P. Harris Rotary Park 5 Fifth St., Racine

262-636-9229

racinecc.com

Memorial Hall 72 Seventh St., Racine

262-636-9229

racinecc.com

46

75-500

ROMA LODGE

262-886-3610

romalodge.com

84

50Over 600

COTTON EXCHANGE

262-534-9291

cottonexchangewi.com

184

300

GENEVA NATIONAL RESORT

262-245-7000

genevanationalresort.com

181

30-350

GRAND GENEVA

800-558-3417

grandgeneva.com

183

40-1500

HAWK’S VIEW

877-429-5788

hawksviewgolfclub.com

190

350

LAKE LAWN RESORT

262-728-7950

lakelawnresort.com

185

400

LAKEWOOD FARMS

708-218-0656

vrbo.com/435414

184

100-600

THE LANDING 1841

262-758-6611

thelanding1841.com

178

20-250

THE RIDGE

262-245-7000

ridgelakegeneva.com

181

350

VETERANS TERRACE AT ECHO PARK

262-763-9400

veteransterrace.com

187

400

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SAZ'S CATERING

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SAZ'S STATE HOUSE RESTAURANT Ideal for showers and rehearsal dinners, Saz’s State House offers two unique private event spaces within the restaurant, making entertaining easy and allowing you to spend time with family and friends before the big day. From cocktails to sweets, this State Street staple continues the award-winning tradition it started in 1976 – providing Milwaukee with The Finest in food and service.

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Marcus Center for the Performing Arts The iconic Marcus Center for the Performing Arts sets the stage for memorable events and serious showstopper status on your special day. In addition, this stunningly exquisite space boasts on premise catering by Sazama’s Fine Catering, part of the Saz’s Hospitality Group family; renowned for The Finest in client service and brilliant cuisine. With several unique event spaces, covered parking with skywalk access, 24-hour security, state-of-the-art A/V, and so much more, the Marcus Center and Sazama’s Fine Catering blend seamlessly to provide an exceptional experience from the first visit through the finale with the utmost polish and finesse.


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

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CATERING

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FEASTS WITH FLAIR Nowadays, as brides and grooms are getting a little adventurous with their cuisine, caterers are offering more bold flavors, meaningful meals, and fun experiences. Sit-down meals are gravitating toward family-style, where larger portions of dishes are passed around the table. This style works with everything from homey meat and potatoes to build-your-own tacos. Ethnic cuisine is a great way to bring a little flavor to your reception. Take your guests around the world with a variety of food stations offering everything from sushi to French cheeses. It’s a great way to inspire conversation! Food trucks are another popular way to up the fun factor, and late-night snacks like popcorn, pizza, or grilled cheese sliders are a huge hit with guests. To get really personal, think about hosting each of your favorite meals. The bride’s might be a nice juicy steak and the groom’s might be chicken and waffles — and that’s okay! The more you embrace what makes you unique, the more memorable your wedding will be. In recent years, there’s also been an emphasis not only on unique meals, but locally-sourced, quality ingredients. Couples like to support local purveyors, since hosting a locally-harvested meal means they’re not only building up their own community, but also enjoying the freshness of a farm-to-table feast. 7 STEPS TO HIRING A CATERER From research to getting it in writing, we’ll walk you through it.

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CATERING use their in-house caterer or banquet services, which makes your choice fairly simple. This usually applies to venues like hotels and country clubs. If your reception location allows you to bring in an independent caterer, you still might have to choose from a pre-approved list. If you’re able to choose your own caterer, try to narrow down your options to no more than three. Otherwise, after a month of tastings, all the flavors will blur together. As you call caterers to inquire after their services, make sure to have as much information on hand as possible. They’ll want to know your wedding date, time, approximate number of guests, and whether you’d like a sit-down or buffet-style meal. If you already have some ideas for your menu or any specific limitations (think vegetarian or gluten free), let the caterer know so they can

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

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CATERING the fun part — tastings! Speak up during your tastings and don’t be afraid to ask if they can tweak something to your tastes. This is your day and your meal, and any good caterer will be pleased to work with your wishes as much as they can. Step 4: Finalize the menu Gather inspiration from magazines, websites, and bridal shows to clarify what you like and dislike in a wedding meal. Think about weddings you’ve attended, or ask friends for favorites and failures. Your caterer will also be a great resource to bounce ideas around and finally craft a menu that’s perfect for you. When in doubt, ask your caterer and trust them. They’ve seen lots of weddings and know what works best for the number of people, time of day, and location, so take their professional advice to heart.

Step 5: Calculate the cost Finalizing the menu and calculating the cost might happen somewhat simultaneously, since your budget will surely affect the direction of your wedding meal. Here’s a bit about what you can expect in terms of pricing: Facilities with in-house catering departments may have a minimum charge or set-up fee, while an independent caterer will usually work within any reasonable, agreed-upon budget. Keep in mind that buffets are usually priced higher, since they’ll have to account for a little more per person. Caterers usually require your final guest count one week before the wedding. This is the number of people you’ll actually be charged for, though most caterers will factor in a few lastminute guests, too. Decide if you’ll www.PremierBrideMKE.com PREMIER BRIDE • 93


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CATERING include meals for wedding-related personnel, such as the DJ, musicians, photographer, and on-site coordinator. If cost is an issue, ask your caterer about more casual meals for vendors. Finally, make sure to ask what extras are included in the catering cost. Find out if your caterer will provide table linens, plates, glasses, crystal, silverware, and

serving pieces — otherwise you’ll need ample time to make other arrangements. Step 6: Hire the servers With a finalized menu all priced out and good to go, it’s time to determine how many wait staff you’ll need to serve the feast and keep the reception running smoothly. Your caterer will give you

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


HIRE A PRO BARTENDER take your wedding spirits to the next level You’ve hired professional photographers, caterers, musicians, and videographers to make your wedding day an unforgettable one. Don’t overlook everyone’s favorite pro: the bartender! Not only can you count on knowledgeable, speedy drink service for your guests, but a professional bartender will handle the nitty gritty, like the bar’s inventory and shopping list. You won’t have to trouble yourself with glassware, ice, mixers, or garnishes — just sit back, relax, and enjoy your professionally-poured cocktail. But it’s more than meticulous drink mixing: Like other wedding pros, bartenders are artists. Drinks are garnished just-so, and they’re able to craft cocktails based on individual guest’s preferences. You can also work with your bartender to create one or more signature drinks for your wedding. Before hiring a professional bartender for your wedding, do your research. First, inquire with your venue and caterer. Some have restrictions on who’s allowed to serve alcohol on site. Others require that the venue or caterer provide the alcohol, as opposed to purchasing it off site. How many bartenders do you need? Check your guest count. A general rule is 75 people per bartender. When budgeting, figure two to three drinks per person during cocktail hour and one drink per person, per hour, for the rest of the night. To determine whether or not a professional bartender is the right fit for your wedding, meet with a professional near you!

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Rentals & Event Design PERSONALIZE YOUR WEDDING WITH

FURNISHINGS & DECOR As you start wedding planning, you might be surprised to learn that tables and chairs, eclectic vintage glassware, and even the dance floor aren’t typically stored in your venue’s basement. Whether it’s a glamorous reception hall or a tent in your own backyard, it’s extremely common to rent both necessities and decorations for your wedding. Here are some of the basics to help you navigate the world of wedding rentals and event design. 4

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RENTALS Even if you’re working with a venue that already provides things like tables, chairs, linens, and place settings, rentals might still end up on your wedding checklist. Ask your site contact if you can see their items first hand, in case you want to upgrade — for instance, splurging on real silver utensils or linens in a finer fabric. Of course if you’re hosting a wedding where the venue isn’t outfitted with even the most basic furnishings, it’s up to you to procure every last champagne flute and salad fork. That can be overwhelming. You can buy these pieces, but remember that if you own these items, it’s up to you to press the linens beforehand and wash the dishes afterward. Renting and working with a professional event designer will relieve a lot of stress. CHOOSING A RENTAL COMPANY Your site coordinator should be able to recommend their preferred vendor who has dressed your wedding space in the past. Or ask one of your other vendors if there’s a company they’d recommend. Meet in person with multiple rental companies in your area, and visit each company’s showroom so you can compare not only price, but quality. WHAT TO RENT No two brides will have the same rental needs for their wedding day. In general, these are the main furnishings you’ll need: tables, chairs, linens, plates, flatware, serving pieces, utensils, and glassware. Other large rentals might be a dance floor, band stage, portable toilets for an outdoor wedding, a free-standing bar, or


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RENTALS lounge furniture. Also consider any heating or cooling needs, depending on your venue and time of year. Now let’s dig a little deeper into your most basic rentals, as these are, for the most part, non-negotiable for all weddings. TABLES, CHAIRS & LINENS At most weddings, you’ll see round tables, long family-style tables, or a mix. You may also need buffet tables, a sweethearts table, taller cocktail tables, and tables for things like cake and the guest book. Rustic wood or glass-top tables are on trend these days. But if you’re not planning to show off the tables themselves, tablecloths for dinner and cocktail hour are a must — cloth napkins, too. If you have the choice between cotton and polyester fabric and the price is comparable, go for cotton; it lends a nicer, higher-quality feeling. Hosting a breezy outdoor reception? Make sure you have table weights, hidden tablecloth clips, and napkin rings. You’ll need seating not just for dinner, but possibly the ceremony and cocktail hour, too. Have high chairs or booster seats for any little ones. Chair covers add color and texture to the space, however, stylish Chiavari chairs and fresh, white folding chairs work wonderfully, no covers necessary. Decorative chairs are a fun way to add a dash of décor to a sweethearts table. PLATES, GLASSWARE & UTENSILS With all the delicious food at a wedding, it’s no wonder so many plates are required. You’ll need plates for cocktail hour, salad, dinner, and dessert. Always order about a dozen


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extra place settings in case a plate drops or shows up chipped. For glassware, you might need champagne flutes, glasses for water, beer, wine, cocktails, and cups for non-alcoholic drinks like coffee or tea. You need to keep the clean glassware coming, so either hire a dishwasher or work around it. Calculate three or four glasses per person, or make it clear that guests should reuse their one glass the entire evening. TIPS & TRICKS If you have to place your rental order before your final guest count is confirmed, it’s best to round up. Thoroughly read your rental agreement and the itemized list of goods coming your way. Make sure the amounts and times of dropoff and pick-up are all correct, and understand the state in which goods are to be returned. Do dishes have to be washed? Chairs folded? Also be aware of added fees, such as a service charge or tip. Ask for the company’s direct contact information for the day of your wedding, in the event that you need to get a hold of someone. FUN & DECORATIVE RENTALS Consider antiques, bird cages, vintage books or board games, chandeliers, a disco ball, neon or marquee lighting, vintage vases, or gilded mirrors. Want fun on a bigger scale? Popcorn machines, cotton candy makers, lawn games, photo booths with fun props, arcade games, or outdoor fire pits are just some of the ways to add an unforgettable touch to your wedding day — and they’re all available to rent.

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Wedding Consultants PROFESSIONALS WHO

MASTER THE DETAILS The best gift a bride and groom can give each other is a professional wedding coordinator. Today, planning a wedding is more complicated than ever. Most couples have high expectations for their special day, but are novices at planning such a big event. 4

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CONSULTANTS Besides handling all the time consuming, stress inducing details, a wedding coordinator can help make the planning process an enjoyable experience. There are so many fine points that go into planning a wedding that it can be difficult for today’s couples with busy careers to enjoy the process. Wedding consultants can essentially do everything you need so that you don’t have to worry about it. From handling pre-wedding plans to coordinating the events on the wedding day, wedding consultants offer services that include as much or as little as you need. Many offer “day-of” services as well. Wedding coordinators should be detail-oriented, organized and reliable. They stay on top of their field by attending seminars and constantly watching what’s hot across the country. Many belong to bridal consultant groups or associations related to the event industry. They network with vendors, stay on top trends and are experts in exceeding your vision to create something beyond what you ever dreamed. Another common trait they possess is creativity. They work within the couples’ own style and apply it in a way that works for their wedding creating a beautiful, timeless event. While many couples prefer to pick their own vendors, flower arrangements, cake design and location, wedding consultants can assist or do this for you. It is not unusual for wedding consultants to work with the bride, choosing the color of her wedding, flower arrangement and even the wedding gown. On the other hand, consultants are also good at just taking over the small details. In some cases they are only there to coordinate everything on the day of the wedding.

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CONSULTANTS If you do decide to choose a wedding consultant, it’s vital it be someone you truly like and who works well with your personalities. The caliber of wedding planners varies greatly. Hiring a friend because he/she loved planning his/ her own wedding might work for you, but beware. That doesn’t make him/ her an experienced professional who knows how to orchestrate your event, handle unexpected challenges and take criticism if you have disagreements. FINDING THE RIGHT COORDINATOR 1. Ask a trusted caterer, another bride or the quality wedding consultants listed in this publication. 2. A professional coordinator should offer an introductory meeting free of 108 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

charge. Discuss your ideas and see if you click with each other. 3. Look for someone with experience and find out how long they have been in business. 4. Questions to ask when you check references should include: did the consultant help to achieve what you wanted? Did he/she listen to your comments and concerns? Did he/she pay close attention to your wedding budget? Would they use them again? 5. Is he/she a member or certified with a professional Association of Bridal Consultants, such as ABC. OTHER IMPORTANT NOTES 1. Find out exactly how much the wedding coordinator charges. Some charge an hourly rate; others bill a flat


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can offer important advice on why a destination will or will not work and can confer with vendors in the area to negotiate the best prices. However, in most cases, the couple will be responsible for paying the airfare, food and accommodations for the exploratory visit and during the actual wedding. Wedding consultants can be especially helpful for couples who are short on time, live away from the location they are to be married or would simply prefer a professional handle the arrangements while they totally enjoy the experience. The best wedding planners love what they do. Their desire is to bring your vision to life and exceed your expectations while maximizing your budget. Give strong consideration to hiring a qualified wedding consultant.

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MARRIAGE LAWS OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK • Apply in County in which either is a resident. License may be used anywhere in the state. • Both must apply in person. Certified birth certificate is required. • Proof of residence is required. (drivers license, utility bill, etc.) • Apply no later than 8 working days (Milwaukee County), 6 working days (Ozaukee, Racine, Kenosha, Waukesha Counties) prior to wedding date — two weeks prior is recommended. • Non-residents (both out-of-state) must apply in the county they will be married. License will only be valid in that county. • Each party must provide the Clerk’s office with their social security card. • License is valid 30 days from date issued. • Legal age is 18. If younger, you must bring a certified consent form (available at the Office of the County Clerk) from both parents or legal guardian. • If divorced, copy of judgement of divorce, court annulment or death certificate. 6 month waiting period. • Most counties require name, address and phone number of the person performing the ceremony. Location and date may also be required. • Some counties require documents not in English be translated and notarized.

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Office of the Clerk Courthouse 311 S. Center Ave., Rm 109 Jefferson, WI 53549 (920) 674-7140 www.co.jefferson.wi.us

Racine Courthouse 730 Wisconsin Ave., 1st Fl. Racine, WI 53403 (262) 636-3121 (800) 242-4202 www.co.racine.wi.us

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WALWORTH

County Admin. Bldg. 1010 56th St. Kenosha, WI 53140 (262) 653-2552 www.co.kenosha.wi.us

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Courthouse 901 N. 9th St., Rm 105 Milwaukee, WI 53233 (414) 278-4070 www.milwaukee.org

Office of the Clerk 432 E. Washington St., Rm 2027 West Bend, WI 53095 (262) 335-4301 (262) 335-4735 www.co.washington.wi.us

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WAUKESHA

Administration Bldg. 121 W. Main St., Rm 128 Port Washington, WI 53074 (262) 284-8110 www.co.ozaukee.wi.us

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Please Note: State and county marriage license requirements often change. The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice. It is important that you verify all information before making any wedding or travel plans.

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Photography FINDING A PHOTOGRAPHER WHO

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

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spirit of you as a couple, as well as your day. While other factors come into play when choosing a photographer, determining a style that speaks to you is the first order of business. Below are four styles you might encounter as you start your search. Documentary: Candid, spontaneous, not styled or posed. Capturing moments as they happen — shots of decorative details, action, and people. This style is currently trending, as couples gravitate toward the effortless, unforced feel of documentary-style photos. Portrait: Classic and posed. Poses can be staged with traditional backdrops (such as a church alter) or more creative (like lounging on a vintage sofa or holding hands in front of a vibrant city mural). Portrait doesn’t mean dull or dated — it just means the scenery and composition are arranged just-so. Fine Art or Edgy & Bold: Dramatic and dreamlike, with interesting angles and framing. Might use more muted tones for a film-like effect. These photos will represent the photographer’s vision, so if you love an artist’s unique style, fine art photography could be a great fit. Many photographers can do a blend of these styles, so don’t worry so much about being pigeon-holed into one or another. In the end, worry less about


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

When you finally make your decision, get everything in writing. When is payment due? Will there be a backup camera? What’s the contingency plan should your photographer fall ill or have a family emergency? When will proofs be ready to view? Answering all of these questions up front will ease your mind and manage your expectations. UNIQUE RING SHOTS Your rings symbolize much more than your marriage so why not showcase them by taking some fun and interesting pictures of them! Hang your rings on the stem of a flower. This not only brings in your rings, but it also adds color and interest to the shot, as well as incorporating more than just the ring in the picture.

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ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS SELECTING A PHOTOGRAPHER

• Will you be taking the pictures? If not, can I meet him/her? • How long have you been a wedding photographer? • What packages do you offer? What do they include? • What type of photography do you specialize in? • Have you photographed at my ceremony or reception location before? • How many other weddings do you have this night? How long can you stay? • Do you offer online ordering for my guests? • Can we purchase all of our images on disk? • Can we order additional prints later? • What happens if you are sick or have an emergency on my wedding day? • How far in advance must I book your services? • What is your cancellation policy? • Is a deposit required? If so, when and how much? 136 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com


PHOTO & VIDEO what a photographer calls their style and more about whether or not their work makes you happy. RESEARCH PHOTOGRAPHERS Once you’ve established your target style, it’s time to shop around. Collect referrals from friends, review local wedding magazines and websites, and check out bridal shows near you. Of course browsing local photographers’ websites, blogs, Facebook pages, and Instagram feeds is the quickest way to get a feel for the talent in your area. Today’s wedding photographers tend to lay it all out online: their personality, sensibilities, style, and philosophy — all things that will affect your decision. MEET IN PERSON Once you’ve curated a shortlist of potential photographers that seem to check all your boxes, it’s time to meet. Don’t underestimate this step! Even if your artistic visions align, it’s just as important that your personalities click. Remember, this person is shadowing you on your wedding day! Ask yourself how this person will mesh with your friends and family, too. They should be professional, respectful, and know when to hang back, while also being bold enough to go after great shots and draw natural expressions from your guests. QUESTION & EVALUATE First and foremost: Only meet with photographers within your budget. It’s disappointing to fall in love with a photographer’s work only to later discover their rates exceed your spending allowance. Do your research ahead of time and only meet with photographers you can afford. 138 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

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


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BRIDAL SHOWS ATTENDED INVITATIONS REHEARSAL DINNER CEREMONY RECEPTION & CATERING CAKE FLOWERS MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT TRANSPORTATION PHOTOGRAPHER VIDEOGRAPHER GOWN FORMALWEAR HAIRSTYLIST RINGS RENTALS

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• Will you be shooting my wedding? If not, can I meet him/her? • May I see samples of your work? • What packages do you offer? What do they include? • How many cameras and microphones will be used and where will they be located? • Are you able to work with the restrictions on lights and tripods at the ceremony or reception site? • How long will it take to get our completed video? • Can I keep the raw, unedited footage? • Can you film while a photographer is present? • Will backup equipment be on hand for the event? • How far in advance must I book your services? • What is your cancellation policy? • Is a deposit required? If so, when and how much?


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

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PHOTO BOOTHS

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In the past, couples used to leave disposable cameras at tables for guests to point and shoot, but the chance in finding a gem amongst those blurry, lowquality shots is rare, especially when kids get their hands on them. Plus, the cost of developing film is going up steadily. Instead, a fun, plucky alternative can be to get a photo booth. Photo booth rentals are becoming popular at wedding receptions. Not only do you get too see everyone in their finest for your big day, but your guests can take home a quality memory from the wedding. Photo booth rentals are different in size and output. Some give guests prints of their pictures right away, in the traditional photo booth setting, with 146 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

the four black and white prints on one single strand. This is a great way to give guests a souvenir right away, especially because it’s a unique type of print. Other photo booths just continuously shoot throughout the night, and provide the couple with a digital record of all the shots taken. Then, guests could go to an online database to choose which photos they want and print them at their own convenience. The newest innovation in photo booths is a flip book which is more interactive and involves a true keepsake for everyone. With a flip book, a representative from the company is on hand acting as kind of a mini-director encouraging guests to perform skits or don playful costumes. At the end, it’s put together into a video and everyone receives a copy. One fun way to really spice up the photos is to supply props like goofy hats, accessories, or fake mustaches for guests to poke around with. A chalkboard or dry erase board is also fun so family and friends can doodle a special message or sentiment and capture it on film. A giant, decorative frame is another fun prop to create the picture-within-a-picture look. When deciding on a rental, choose one where you can really customize it, if you’d like. You could ask for the background to be matching the colors of the wedding, or add your names or the date to a sign at the top of the photo. But no matter how basic it is, your family members and loved ones’ smiling faces will make it a truly personal memory!

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

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

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INVITATIONS GETTING STARTED Traditional wedding invitations include so many tiny etiquette details from how to address each envelope to arranging the many parts and pieces. To keep it all straight, it’s best to find a qualified local professional to act as your go-to person for all paper goods and etiquette questions. Or if you choose to purchase invitations online, go with a reputable retailer. If possible, give yourself some extra time in case there are any problems that require shipping back and forth. It’s also smart to testdrive an online retailer. Contact them via email and call the customer service center to gauge the timeliness and quality of their response, and of course, ask for paper samples before ordering all of your invitations. As with the rest of your wedding “to do” list, the sooner you start on invitations the more time you’ll have to research, thoroughly evaluate options, and handle any problems that might arise down the line. Before you can begin to choose a style of invitation, it’s crucial to know some of the broad themes of your wedding: casual vs. formal, bold colors vs. soft hues, rustic vs. black tie, etc. Knowing these key details will help you find or create invitations to reflect the style of your day. If possible, order invitations and other wedding stationery six or more months before the big day to give yourself plenty of time for proofreading, printing, addressing, envelope stuffing, and mailing. Formal invitations should be sent six to eight weeks before the wedding with save-the-dates going out months in advance. Save-the-date cards, or even an in-formal conversation with your guests, are especially important for out-of-town guests. Plenty of advance 158 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

notice gives traveling guests enough time to book flights and lodging with some flexibility. CREATIVE THINKING While formal invitations, complete with calligraphy and foil-lined envelopes are never out of style, the breadth of invite design options has grown immensely. Many brides hire a graphic designer or artist to add a personalized, handmade touch. The use of watercolor and illustrated elements is also growing to such an extent that many stationery companies now have a resident artist to accommodate any offbeat brides (and being offbeat is on-trend these days). Beyond formal calligraphy, you might choose whimsical hand-lettering or even white ink on dark envelopes. Handdrawn embellishments, a chalkboard look, and vintage-inspired designs are also lovely if they work with the style of your wedding. PAPER PARTS & PIECES Wedding invitations typically consist of several parts: a ceremony card with the details of the ceremony (traditionally with a layer of tissue paper on top), a reception card explaining reception details, a response card with its stamped/ addressed envelope (yes, it’s proper etiquette to provide return postage), a map or some other card with directions to the ceremony/reception and hotel information for out-of-town guests, and an inner and outer envelope. The rules aren’t hard and fast, however, you can combine information on a single card, omit the tissue paper, or really think outside the box with your design if that suits the style of your wedding day. For example, your response card might be a simple postcard.


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INVITATIONS When it comes time to assemble the pieces, here’s the traditional way. Start with the ceremony invitation on the bottom (covered with tissue, if using), followed by the reception card, and the response card with the unsealed return envelope and map. Slide these items into the inner envelope, but do not seal it. Slide the inner envelope into the outer envelope with the addressee’s name facing the back flap (this way their name will be the first thing they see upon opening the invitation). INVITATION WORDING Traditionally, whoever is hosting (read: paying for) the wedding will be listed first on the invitation. But it’s best to work this out on a case-by-case basis with open communication between the couple, the bride’s parents, and the groom’s parents. Some couples today who are paying for the majority of their wedding with help from mixed and blended families simply say “Mary Bride and John Groom, together with their families, request the honor of your presence at their marriage.” An experienced professional will be able to assist you more with wording, and online research is also a great way to get the wheels turning.

of addresses. Street names, cities, and states should be written out completely (no abbreviations). To address a married couple, use “Mr. and Mrs. Tom Smith.” For an unmarried couple living together, use “Mr. Tom Smith and Miss Judy Jones.” If every member of the family is invited, use “Mr. and Mrs. Tom Smith & Family.” If only older children are invited, write their names under the parents’ names, such as, “Miss Jane Smith.” Adult children no longer living with their parents should receive their own invitation. If you don’t want young children at your reception, politely say “adults only” somewhere in the invite, and confirm this fact when you talk to your guests before the wedding. Include your return address on the back of the envelope. Placing it on the back is less crowded and leaves room for the guest’s address to shine on the front. You can handwrite your return address, or in this case, printed labels are an acceptable shortcut. You’ll also want to make sure that the return address matches the primary host. If Mary Bride and John Groom are hosting (paying for) the bulk of the wedding, you’ll see their return address on the back. If Mary’s parents are hosting, you’ll see her parents names/address on the back.

ADDRESSING ADVICE To address the envelopes, you can run them through your printer in a beautiful font, hand-write them yourself, or hire a hand-letterer to do the job for you. Hand lettering gives a beautiful first impression and can even act as a sort of framable gift to your guests. Avoid using labels at all costs, even clear ones as they just don’t convey an elegance or special-ness that a wedding deserves. If you want to keep things formal/ classic, here are some tips for the etiquette

STAMP STUFF One last critical tip: Before you send all of your invites, take one to the post office. Have it weighed to confirm the postage cost in case it weighs more than the normal envelope or is an odd shape. The last thing you want is for all of your invitations to be returned as “insufficient postage!” So stop at the post office, make absolutely sure all is right with your stamps, pop those gorgeous invitations in the mail, and take a deep breath. Your wedding is officially underway!

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CEREMONY MUSIC What have you always envisioned for the soundtrack to your ceremony? A vocalist? String quartet? Solo pianist? When weighing your options for ceremony musicians, consider your vision, but also look to your wedding’s style and venue; make sure there is harmony between the location and the music you choose. Think back to past weddings you’ve attended. What did you like about the music for each ceremony? What didn’t work so well? Did you cry like a baby when friends of bride played a charming, acoustic tune? Did you cringe when the groom’s cousin, even with the best of intentions, sang entirely off-key? Your guests could likely react the same way, so choose wisely! Once you and your fiancé have some ideas in mind, check out local musicians. Visit bridal shows, review bridal publications and online sources like premierbride.com, or ask for referrals from recently married friends or from your ceremony officiant. You could also work with an experienced talent or booking agency that offers convenient, one-stop-shopping for all your wedding music needs. Narrow down your options, and arrange meetings to hear your musicians and singers in person before signing any contracts. After you’ve secured musicians for your ceremony, they can help you decide on what songs to include. Most musicians who specialize in weddings have a lot of valuable experience and will be a great resource for song suggestions. Your ceremony officiant will also be helpful in guiding your musical selections. Already have the sounds of your ceremony in mind?


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PERSONALIZED VOWS expressing it in your own way

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Depending on your religion you might decide to forget about tradition and create your own wedding vows for your big day. The sky is really the limit in this case and there is no better way to begin your lives 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, then meet with the officiant to discuss what you want to do. 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 lives together and how you will make this arrangement work for better or worse. Too many times, nowadays, couples don’t realize that marriage is supposed to be a lasting bond of togetherness through the good and the bad times. No matter how far astray you want your wedding vows to go, it might be a good idea to start with the familiar. There is definitely something beautiful about the words in a wedding ceremony, and perhaps just adding a few of your own personalized additions 166 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

throughout the wedding is all that will be needed to add that special touch. Of course, you want to make sure that you and your fiancé are in agreement when it comes to changing the vows during the wedding. Talk about the things that make your lives together unique and different and the plans you have for your future. One really special way to say “I love you” is to remember why you fell in love in the first place. Often during the hassles of the wedding this is easy to forget. Perhaps bringing it all back together in front of your family and friends will make a bond that will never be broken. Talk about the experiences you have shared together while making memories. These are often very important moments frozen in time and will also help to build your future as you look ahead at what makes your marriage so important to both of you. What do you want for your future? This will be a good start as to what you want to promise each other as you stand before God and man becoming a married couple. If each of you write your own vows, then the other should only see/hear them at the ceremony, and not before. If you and your fiancé have an eclectic style or personality, then by all means, let that come out in your personalized vows. In the long run, it might make it easier for you to express your real feelings anyway. This is not the time to go for laughs. Something heartfelt with a little humor or wit could work well, but going for laughs is better left for the reception. When you’re saying your vows, look directly into your betroth’s eyes.

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MUSIC Speak up, and let the musicians do the rest. COCKTAILS AND DINNER MUSIC Background music is a must for bringing romance to the latter part of your wedding day. Conversation is key during cocktails and dinner so the tunes should set the mood, but not intrude. You have three main options: use the musicians that played during your ceremony, use the band or DJ that will be playing at your reception, or hire entirely different musicians. If you decide to have live music, some solid options include chamber music, classical or acoustic guitar, or a jazz ensemble. Each of these offers subtle entertainment without overpowering the scene of mixing and mingling. A seasoned pianist can also be a fun choice if he or she can play a wide range of musical styles and take requests! If you go with your reception’s DJ or band, make sure they keep it on the softer side. You might even want to make a list of songs to be played during this time to keep the soundtrack on, well, track. RECEPTION AND DANCING MUSIC Dinner and dessert are over – it’s time to hit the dance floor! Let’s face it, this is one critical decision that can make or break an entire wedding. Fortunately, most musicians who specialize in weddings are talented professionals, and with the tips included here, you’ll be able to confidently select an excellent entertainer and selection of dance tunes for your big day. First and foremost, ask yourself: live band or DJ? While there are pros and cons

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MUSIC / ENTERTAINMENT to each, it always comes down to personal taste and budget. Start researching musicians early in the wedding planning process. This way, once you find someone you like, availability is less likely to be an issue. Live music gives the evening a sort of festive energy and is a wonderful option if your budget allows. The key is finding a band that caters to weddings. These musicians offer versatility and will appeal to guests of all ages. Keep in mind that any live entertainment will require breaks so find a solution that ensures music is always playing. If the band is large enough, it’s possible the band members can stagger their breaks so that someone is always playing. Or, configure an iPod and speaker hook-up and play some of your favorites that the band might not attempt. In terms of expense, a live band will almost always cost more than a DJ. Keep this rule in mind: if you can’t afford a good wedding band, hire a DJ. A DJ will be more cost-effective and can offer an almost infinite variety of music – truly something for everyone. Bonus: no breaks! Some keys to finding happiness in a DJ: 1) If possible, see them live before booking. 2) Consider personality. Are you looking for a crazy-fun, “gettin’ jiggy with it” party animal or an upscale, keep-it-classy entertainer? 3) Ask for, and follow up on, several references. 4) Communicate. Clarify what songs and events (first dance, father & bride dance, bouquet & garter toss, etc.) you do or do not wish to include. Decide on the details ahead of time; make a “do not play” list of any songs you simply can’t stand and a “must play” list of songs you don’t want to miss. 168 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

All things considered, whether you go for a band or a DJ, your dance party will be a guaranteed success as long as you treat your guests to a wide variety of music. From Frank Sinatra to Michael Jackson to Justin Timberlake, diversity is key in playing a little something for everyone. THE NITTY GRITTY For the reception… Consider your reception site and how this might impact your choice in entertainment. Communicate with your site manager so you’re aware of any restrictions and so that he/ she is aware of your plans ahead of time. If your entertainment has never performed at your chosen reception site before, ask the site manager when they can visit the venue to make sure it meets their needs in terms of space, electricity, and lighting. In general… As with other wedding vendors, make sure the ins and outs of your agreement with your musicians is very clear and in writing. This includes payment, start and end times, fees for playing overtime, alternate plans if a musician is sick the day of your wedding, etc. If any of your vendors don’t use a contract, put all the details into a letter, and copy it. Send one to the vendor and keep one for your records. Confirm all the details with your musicians about one week prior to your celebration. Once you’ve done your homework, hired musicians for each stage of your wedding day, and worked out the details, you can rest easy. That is, until it’s time to start practicing your dance moves.

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Mother Son Dance 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

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Wedding Party Dance 1. Uptown Funk 2. 3. 4. 5.

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Pony Ginuwine Another One Bites the Dust Queen Let’s Get It On Marvin Gaye Danger Zone Kenny Loggins Hot In Herre Nelly

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Last Dance

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Money Dance 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

My Wish If I Had $1,000,000 The Way You Look Tonight Thinking Out Loud What a Wonderful World

Ceremony Processional 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Marry Me A Thousand Years Canon in D How Long Will I Love You Over The Rainbow

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LAKE GENEVA So here is my Answer. Start with the simple questions “WHY?” Why have you decided to have a Lake Geneva Wedding? There are a lot of great reasons to have a wedding in lake Geneva. Your reasons may vary but here are some good ones: It’s Gorgeous. It is one of the most beautiful Lakes in North America. Geneva Lake is the second deepest lake in Wisconsin (5,500 acres, 152 feet deep, 21 miles around, 3 miles wide, and 9 miles long). An has many deep caves and is rumored to have a sea monster similar to Loch Ness living deep within. It is the original Chicago destination and reminiscent of the roaring 20’s and GREAT events. It is and always has been one of the best party towns in the country… but comes with an eloquence that is extremely unique. Hugh Hefner chose Lake Geneva as the home for the nationally acclaimed Playboy Club & Resort, now the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa. If your into to a nautical theme, you can’t beat lake Geneva. The Geneva Lake area is the home of Buddy Melges, 1972 Olympic yachting gold medallist and helmsman of the winning America's Cup team in 1992. There are several regatta’s throughout the summer. It may be the best wedding your guests ever attend! Give them a vacation on the way to your wedding! Lake Geneva is hopping with boaters, swimmers, parasailers and paddleboarders. The shopping is incredible, the nightlife impeccable, and there are more resorts and Bed and Breakfasts than you could probably visit in a year. Lake Geneva’s unique 26 mi shore path along with Boat Tours, Skiing, Horseback riding, hunting, fishing and all kinds of other activities make this one of the best gifts you could give back to your guests.


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But more importantly in regard planning a wedding, it offers some of the best wedding resorts in the Midwest often at a fraction of the cost of a Downtown Chicago Venue. Finally the local Lake Geneva Wedding vendors know their town like no other. From wedding planners, officiants, photographers, and florists and more you will find some of the best customer service available and delivered with a smile and a warm welcoming handshake. So how do you find the best? Well I think you have! Premiere Bride proudly displays the best Lake Geneva has to offer! So “why choose Lake Geneva?” There are so many great reasons to choose Lake Geneva, I think the better question is “why wouldn’t you choose Lake Geneva!”

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


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SECOND TIME BRIDES getting married again It’s no secret that men and women are getting married more than once nowadays. However, with the decision to wed a second or a third time, there are also the common worries about tradition and proper etiquette. Brides who are walking down the aisle for at least the second time tend to be more mature and ready to take on the world in a more sophisticated manner. Oftentimes, they are fullfledged career women who barely even have time to fit a wedding into their schedule. With commitments such as work, children and a personal life, it can be a tricky balancing act to plan a wedding during the prime of your life. Couples who are getting married again usually reflect more on the actual ceremony, while at the same time, try to juggle everything in between. Because of the many activities involved, it is often a good choice to hire a wedding consultant. Many wedding consultants specialize in planning signature weddings for second time brides and keep the bride and groom on schedule. In the case of a schedule, this often means someone else remembers to get the wedding dress altered, or that the ring bearer’s pillow is not available until the day before the ceremony. What About the Children? Wedding consultants are good for helping to coordinate extended families including the bride or groom’s children. Many couples nowadays are choosing to have their children be part of the ceremony. For example, sons might play the part of an usher or even a ring bearer. Depending on the age of the children, 182 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

the daughter can also take part in the ceremony as a flower girl or even a bride’s maid. The bride’s son or daughter might stand next to the bride in a show that the groom is not only marrying the mother, but also acknowledging he is taking the child as his own. This can be done visa versa as well and it is not uncommon to have a son or daughter walk down the aisle with their mother. Since children will often have some issues with their parent getting remarried, it is a good idea to let them have a big part in the wedding so they can feel a sense of importance. Singing during the ceremony, lighting a unity candle or just incorporating a reading will also tie the family and the ceremony together in a special way. Choosing the Right Dress and Style for You and the Wedding Party Blusher’s are not a good choice for brides walking down the aisle a second time since this reflects the innocence of a first time bride. Additionally, most brides the second time around do not choose the princess dress they would have chosen to wear in their first wedding. However, white dresses are no longer taboo. The most important thing is to pick a dress, regardless of the color, that brings out the beauty of the bride. Hemlines are shorter and the colors are often soft and pastel. Overall, dresses tend to be less ornamental with better quality silk or silk satin and the train is not as long. Another trend for a second time bride is a hairstyle donning fresh flowers - a choice that is very trendy and elegant nowadays. Wedding parties tend to be pared down from four plus attendants to


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Enlisting the aid of family, friends and wedding professionals ensure an easy and enjoyable day where nerves stay relatively unfrazzled and the sophistication of the event is remembered for years to come. Finally, remember that while you may have been married before, it was not to each other. Treat your special day as just that, and keep in mind it is the first day the two of you will spend your lives together.

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UNPLUGGED WEDDINGS The what and why of going unplugged At an unplugged wedding, the couple kindly asks that everyone present turn off cell phones, cameras, and other digital distractions during the ceremony and/ or reception. A bride and groom might do this because they want their guests to be fully present, to avoid social media spoilers, and to eliminate competition on behalf of the professional photographer.

wake up and realize just how immersed we all are in our phones and tablets, and there’s a movement to change all that. This movement has reached the wedding industry. Brides and grooms want to have face-to-face connections with their guests — especially during the ceremony — instead of staring out into a sea of electronics. If guests are experiencing your big day from behind a screen, are they truly experiencing it? Your wedding is comprised of some of the most important moments of your life; making it unplugged encourages guests to live in the moment with you. Simply put: it encourages your loved ones to be here now.

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UNPLUGGED WEDDINGS the Maid of Honor snaps a photo of you in your dress and veil. She has a few minutes of down time, so she posts the photo on Instagram. The groom, also with a few minutes to spare, checks for Instagram updates out of habit — and the first look is spoiled. A first look via social media isn’t exactly the stuff of dreams! Brides and grooms are avoiding such spoilers altogether by declaring their wedding “unplugged.” LEAVE IT TO THE PROFESSIONALS There are few things that annoy a professional photographer more than an amateur trying to do his/her job. Overly zealous uncles who jump in the aisle and cousins who stand on church pews can, at best, be an eyesore in your professional photos. Imagine your “kiss the bride” moment blocked by an uncle who stepped into the aisle to snap a photo. The professional photographer didn’t see it coming and his or her hands are tied. Nothing can bring that moment back — it’s lost to a grainy photo on Uncle Al’s smart phone. Another issue is wandering eyes. When your professional photographer stages a group shot of your newly combined families and Uncle Al decides to take the photo too, eyes will wander, not knowing which camera to look at first. This makes the final professional photo just look silly! One way to avoid all of these problems is to have an unplugged wedding, or at least an unplugged ceremony. HOW TO GO UNPLUGGED First and foremost: ask nicely. The reason guests are busy on their phones and cameras during your wedding is because, for better or worse, they want 188 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

to document your special day. So be kind and understanding when you ask them to refrain from technology during the ceremony and/or reception. You can include a message in your ceremony program, such as: “The bride and groom have asked that you share in their wedding fully and not through the lens of a camera or cell phone.” Or the officiant can say a few words at the beginning of the ceremony — it can have a spiritual message (“please honor the sanctity of this moment by turning off cell phones and cameras”) or an emotional one (“the professional photographer will capture how this moment looks — the bride and groom ask that you capture how it feels”). However you ask, make sure to stay true to yourselves as a couple. You’ll also want to ease your guests’ minds by assuring them that they will have access to the professional photos within a timely manner. Again, the reason wedding guests take so many photos is so that they can remember and relive your wedding day and share it with others. Talk to your photographer and make sure that you can get a few professional shots available to your guests via email, website, or Facebook within a couple of days. It’s even increasingly common for professionals to share “sneak peek” photos either the day of or the day after a wedding on their own social media pages. Reassuring your guests that these photos will be available to them will be a great help! Another idea: order picture postcards to send to your guests in place of traditional thank you notes.

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PARENT’Sparents RESPONSIBILITY of the bride In addition to offering their love and support, and perhaps a bit of the green stuff, your parents also play a big part in the celebration of your marriage. Their responsibilities are generally as follows, though you may want to customize this list for your personal situation. • Parents formally announce your engagement in the newspaper in your hometown, your fiancé’s hometown and the town where you’ve chosen to make your home. • Hosting the engagement party. • Inviting the groom’s parents to their home. • Offering opinions and advice during the planning, but respecting your wishes. 190 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

• Assisting you with scheduling the rehearsal, ceremony and reception. • Preparing a list of restaurant recommendations for the rehearsal dinner for the groom’s parents. • Composing their portion of the guest list as early as possible. If needed, they may tactfully remind the groom’s mother that you need her list too. • The bride’s mother should select a gown in a style/color to complement the bride’s gown, and inform the groom’s mother of her selection. • Parents inform the groom’s family on a regular basis of all RSVPs from their list. • The father of the bride should offer a toast to the newlyweds after the best man, groom and bride have shared their toasts.

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THE NUTS AND BOLTS of gift registries While some family members and friends will dream up their own creative presents, most people appreciate having a gift registry to refer to. They want to give you something they know you’ll love! If you haven’t tackled your registry yet, we’re here to help. When should we start? Start making your registry four to six months before the wedding so that you’re ready for any engagement parties, showers, or eager guests. You don’t have to register for everything in one day, so don’t stress, take your time, and make your selections thoughtfully. Check the registry about a month before the wedding and, if necessary, add more items to accommodate last-minute shoppers. How do we register? Start by considering your wants, needs, and style. Select up to three or four stores that feel like a good fit. Ideally, visit a couple of stores in person so that you can see and touch various items before finalizing your selections. For things you don’t need to see and touch, feel free to register online for the sake of convenience. Most full-service stores offer a great deal of free registry help, and you’re encouraged to take advantage of this service. Specialists will be able to offer helpful information, let you know what generally goes on a registry, and make sure you remember pesky little things like meat thermometers. What do we register for? Most couples ask for things that they would never buy for themselves but would love to have to grace their future home. You may also want to think about your

hobbies and honeymoon fund. Include gifts in all price ranges, and select more gifts than there are guests to ensure that there are enough items. Communicating the news. Word of mouth is the best way to let people know you’re registered. But you can also include this information on your wedding website and on any wedding shower invites — but never on your wedding invitations! Sending thank you notes. Make sure to respond promptly (within two to four weeks) and graciously with a heartfelt thank you note. Do your utmost to handwrite each note and keep it personal.

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FOR A BEAUTIFUL WEDDING Through decades of evolving wedding traditions and styles, certain things remain constant like a bride’s white dress and gorgeous flowers to adorn the day. Though we think of flowers as an accent, they’re so much more at a wedding. Flowers help define a wedding’s colors, theme, and mood.4

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FLOWERS FINDING A FLORIST If possible, book a florist 8 to 10 months before your wedding. Select up to four florists to meet with in-person as any more would be overwhelming. Your goal is to find someone who is organized and professional and whose style and personality meshes with your own. Have a budget in mind. Know your wedding colors and ceremony and reception locations. If you have a picture of your wedding dress and any fabric swatches from the bridesmaid dresses, bring those along as well. The right florist will take all of these elements (your style, venue, and budget) and create something special just for you. Florists know which flowers will and won’t wilt in the sun, which are best for indoors, and which will work better in a centerpiece rather than in a

bouquet. Foster open communication from the start and hire someone you can trust. FOR YOU AND YOUR WEDDING PARTY You’ll first want to determine the look of your bridal bouquet. All other floral pieces will take their cue from this piece. This is the perfect opportunity to bring your style and personality to the forefront. Full, rounded bouquets are gorgeous, as are cascading bouquets which are a classic choice making a modern comeback. Today’s cascades are a loose, more natural style of bouquet. Then there’s the bridal party flowers: Just as we’re seeing bridesmaids in mix-and-match dresses, we’re seeing mix-and-match bouquets more frequently and mix-and-match

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FLOWERS boutonnieres as well. Yet another way to work flowers into fashion: flower crowns! FOR THE CEREMONY & RECEPTION If you’re having your ceremony in a place of worship, check with your officiant for any restrictions before finalizing the flowers. Some churches request that flowers remain on-site for weekend services, though this practice is rather outdated. For the reception, there are countless floral styles to incorporate into the décor: elegant vases filled with cut flowers, towering candelabras with verdant accents, topiaries, scattered rose petals, assorted small vases with just a few blooms each, and so much more. Keep in mind that the height of the arrangements shouldn’t get in the way of conversation. The key is to either make

the arrangements low enough to talk over or high enough to talk under. If your bridal party bouquets are doubling as decoration at the reception, equally spacing the bouquets at the head table is a lovely way to go. Finish off the table with a garland of greenery laced with flowers for a gorgeous effect. If your budget allows, consider adding floral flourishes throughout the reception hall to tie everything together. Your florist might sprinkle rose petals on serving trays, or drape additional garland along the buffet tables. You can also use greenery to fill in a large room. Run any and all ideas past your florist so he/she can help you refine your vision, stay within your budget, and create a beautiful, memorable ambiance. CONTINUED ON PAGE 200 www.PremierBrideMKE.com PREMIER BRIDE • 197


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You may have heard the expression “it’s your day, do it your way,” as you’ve been planning your wedding. And this is true! It’s a time to express your true self, to be authentic, and to drown out the expectations of others. On the other hand, it’s easy to take this concept too far. A recent “Dear Abby” letter described a bride at a wedding who preferred to dance on an empty stomach so she had guests wait five hours for their dinner and had the dancing first! That’s a great example of taking it too far. Here are a few tips about being a gracious bride. Understand your guests’ perspective. How does the day’s schedule look from your guests’ viewpoint? Awkward gaps of time between the ceremony and reception are difficult for guests, and asking them to drive more than 30 minutes between locations is usually too much. Try, as much as possible, to craft your day’s schedule with the guests in mind. Jump on those thank you notes. Guests are excited to get you something wonderful in honor of your marriage, and they can’t wait to hear if you not only received it, but if you liked it! Write a conversational, personalized note and respond as quickly as possible. Give others grace. Just know that weddings are an emotional time for your close relatives, especially parents, siblings and close friends. In addition to the joy, there can also be this strange sense of “loss,” that they’re losing you, and this can bring up unexpected emotions. As much as possible, when people around you are driving you crazy, give them grace and, maybe, a warm hug. Best wishes to you, gracious bride!

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BE A GREAT GROOM 4 tips to pulling it off Get involved. Maybe discussing floral arrangements and seating charts makes your eyes glaze over. That’s fine! Figure out what DOES interest you and get involved. The entertainment, the food, the cake, the transportation, the honeymoon… Pick your areas, own them, make them happen. Keep the bride in the loop and be open to her input. She’ll love knowing she’s not doing this wedding thing all by herself. Speak up. Be an active team member by sharing your opinion, voicing your support, and offering words of encouragement and appreciation. It’s also important that you be the primary contact with your family. These are important skills not only during the wedding planning, but forever! No bashing. It’s quite likely that your stressed out bride-to-be will complain bitterly at moments about her dear family and close friends. It happens to the best of us. Listen to her, be empathetic to her distress, but do NOT join in on the complaining. She’ll get over her stress, but she may remember, and feel badly about, your negative comments. Again, for best relationship results, remember this tip always. Show your romantic side. Share your deepest, loving feelings – she wants to hear them! Here are a few ideas. Write her a letter that she can open the morning of the wedding. Have her favorite flowers delivered the week before the wedding along with a supportive note. Plan a special, relaxing evening for the two of you in the weeks before the wedding where she can escape for awhile from the wedding planning stress. Ahhhh…. Sigh.

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FLOWERS IN ALL SEASONS One of the most important things for you and your florist to factor into your choice of flowers is the season in which your wedding falls. You’ll find that flowers that bloom during the month of your wedding will be more affordable and will last longer than those that are out of season. Let’s look at some popular flowers in each season to kickstart your search. Winter: Amaryllis, Casablanca Lily, Freesia, Gerbera Daisy, Heather Holly, Narcissus, Poinsettia, Rose, Stephanotis. Spring: Peony, Sweet Pea, Lilac, Ranunculus, Hydrangea, Tulip, Calla Lily, Magnolia. Summer: Anemone, Azalea, Camellia, Daffodil, French Tulip, 200 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

Hyacinth, Jasmine, Lily of the Valley, Mimosa, Pansy, Primrose, Violet. Fall: Celosia (Cockscomb), Chinese Lantern, Chrysanthemum, Crosnia, Dahlia, Statice. Year-round: Baby’s Breath, Carnation, Cattleman, Chrysanthemum, Cymbidium Orchid, Daisy, Dendroblum, Orchid, Freesia, Gardenia, Gerbera Daisy, Gladiolus, Iris, Lily, Rose, September Aster, Snapdragon, Stephanotis, Tuberose. Whatever your wedding’s theme and style, by collaborating with a professional florist you’re sure to have the flowers of your dreams. Work together, but always remember to trust your florist’s expertise. In so doing, your wedding flowers will be the envy of Pinterest.

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

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CAKES DESSERT DECISIONS When deciding on your wedding cake or dessert, start by considering the rest of your wedding. The look and feel of your sweet treat should match your day, whether that’s classic elegance, rustic romance, whimsical fun, or megawatt glam. For a black tie wedding, a traditional cake is probably the way to go. If your wedding is outdoors or in a rustic barn, a naked cake or lattice-topped pies are a charming choice. As you style your dessert, think about what speaks to you as a couple. Are you both big movie buffs? Work your love of cinema into the cake with fondant rolls of film and famous characters perched on each tier. Did the groom propose in Paris? Find a baker who can craft a veritable Eiffel Tower of cupcakes. If you have a uniquely sweet idea, seek out a professional who can bring your vision to life. TIERED STYLE Tiered cakes are a timeless choice for a reason — they’re impressive, eye-catching, and make for a very pretty picture. There’s no end to the myriad of styles you can apply to this classic design. The aforementioned naked cake is becoming increasing popular, with its homespun layers of exposed cake and buttercream. For fully frosted cakes, ruffles are always pretty and look at home at a variety of weddings, from outdoor to ballroom. Cakes that glimmer with metallic luster are certainly growing in popularity. Colorful, illustrative cakes can draw out your wedding colors. Painted or fondant monogramming and lace details are also a fresh, elegant way to go. 204 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com


CAKES DECORATIVE DISPLAYS While a lone tiered cake can be a stunner, there are lots of ways to feature your dessert table as décor. Instead of just one large wedding cake, consider three to five smaller tiered cakes displayed at staggered heights. Cupcakes are another way to expand your wedding cake’s presence: Try showcasing the central cake surrounded by towers of matching cupcakes. You can even place a small cake at the center of each dinner table so the dessert can double as a centerpiece. A LITTLE VARIETY It’s not uncommon to see a traditional cake paired with other sweets like cookies, truffles, or whole tables chock full of candy. Candy also

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

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GET YOUR REWARDS! PremierBrideMKE.com FEED THE GIRAFFES Animal lovers, this one’s for you. You and your friends will get the VIP treatment at the Milwaukee County Zoo as you feed the giraffes!

SIP ‘N’ SAVOR Relish in good friends, food, and wine at a table for four at the Golden Mast Inn on Okauchee Lake. You’ll sip hand-selected wine and savor a scrumptious four-course smallplates dinner.

WINE NOT? Take a journey to the world of wine with a tasting for six! Learn about tasting notes from the restaurant owner, and enjoy light appetizers in your own private room.

HOTEL HIGH LIFE You and your sweetie will spend one lovely night at the Hyatt Regency in the heart of downtown Milwaukee. After a dreamy night’s sleep, wake up to a complimentary breakfast for two.

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THE HEAD TABLE the head table vs. sweetheart tables The head table has been a staple in wedding reception tradition for many years. It involves each member of the bridal party sitting together, the girls on one side, and the guys on the other side, all surrounding the bride and groom. You can choose to have your party elevated or be on the ground in one large single sided head table. The head table can be presented in a couple of ways including the long, double sided head table, so at least the couples could stay together. Another type of head table is a tiered table, where the party is one level higher than the other. Naturally the bride and groom would appear on the higher of the two levels. Gone are the days of this long redundant table, and enter the sweetheart table. The sweetheart table consists of a small, usually round table that can function as the centerpiece of the room. You can decorate it however you want, but in the end, its just you and your sweetheart at the table. A plus to the sweetheart table is that everyone in your bridal party can sit with whomever they want to sit with. This also formally presents you as a duo instead of being apart of a larger party. You might want to put your bouquet as the centerpiece of the sweetheart table as this would be the centerpiece of the table. In addition, you might want your bridesmaids to put their bouquets in the same area so that it can decorate your table. This is a way to cut costs on additional flowers needed for the reception.

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An old English wives tale says that if an unmarried guest places a piece of wedding cake under her pillow at night then her prospects of finding a partner are greatly increased. Bridesmaids who did the same would dream of their future husbands. Another cake-related tradition is to save the top layer for your first anniversary. Considering that after a year the cake’s flavor may leave something to be desired, many couples forgo freezing their cake and instead have a smaller version baked fresh for their first anniversary. When you and your spouse cut the cake together you are sharing matrimonial sweetness in the same way the ancient Greeks did.

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GROOM THE LEVEL OF FORMALITY The first order of business is to evaluate how formal your wedding will be. This depends on the time of day of the wedding, the location, but most of all on you and your fiancé. Whatever level of formality you settle on, make sure you’re consistent throughout — invitations, décor, food, location, and wedding attire should all match in terms of formality. (Most people do this instinctively!) In warm weather and for beachy destination weddings, lighter colors (tan, light grey, white) look effortlessly handsome. Though in all climates, darker colors (navy, charcoal, black) always look sharp. Ties, vests, and cummerbunds can match the wedding colors, or compliment them with neutral tones. If the bridal gown

is ivory, the men should wear ivory shirts, not white, to compliment her. Semiformal and formal weddings have plenty of options: a high quality, single- or double-breasted men’s suit in black, charcoal, or navy with a Windsor knotted tie in white, ivory, navy, silver, or black is a less formal option. For a more formal look, consider a tuxedo with a single- or double-breasted dinner jacket, a white or ivory pointed-collar shirt, a vest or cummerbund, and either a bow tie or a four-in-hand tie (a “fancy” knotted necktie). A very formal wedding, called “white tie,” calls for the traditional black tuxedo with tails, a vest, a white winged-collar shirt, and a bow tie. If you can envision a symphony conductor’s attire, this is white tie.

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GROOMS DISTINGUISHING THE GROOM It’s nice to have some way of setting the groom apart. One way to distinguish the groom is to give him a different, but complimentary, boutonniere to wear. Another idea is for the groom to wear a white jacket while his groomsmen are in black. Or, the groom could wear a white, ivory, or silver vest and/or tie while his groomsmen wear vests and/or ties in black, or a color that matches the bridesmaids’ dresses. SHOPPING TIPS When the men visit their formalwear shop they should have a firm idea of the women’s wedding attire and bring fabric or color swatches from the bridesmaids’ gowns. Pictures of preferred formalwear styles would also be helpful. Buying the suit/tux is the best way to get the perfect fit, but rentals are now more widely available in various fits: classic, modern, and slim. A formalwear consultant will be most helpful in getting the fit just right. The groom and groomsmen should reserve their rentals at least three months in advance of the wedding. Final measurements should be taken about three weeks before the ceremony; however, be sure to come back a few days before the wedding for last-minute alterations. Out-of-town groomsmen can get measured at any formalwear store or local tailor’s near them, and send their measurements to the groom or to your formalwear store. Someone should be designated to return all formalwear to the store on time in order to avoid late fees, which can get quite expensive adding up the per day, per outfit costs.

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LOOKING YOUR BEST It’s the big day. All eyes are on you and everyone wants to take your picture. The dress is perfect and you just know the groom’s jaw is going to drop. Combine your own unique sense of style with a few tricks of the beauty trade and you’ll be ready for adoring gazes and photos galore. 4

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BEAUTY From makeup to hair to nails, every blushing bride (and mother-of-the bride) wants to look her absolute best on her wedding day. We’ve got tips for the day itself and beautification plans to implement months before the big day. Follow our advice, and you’ll be well on your way to showing off your most beautiful self. GET GLOWING Now is a great time to focus on healthy, glowing skin. If you’re concerned about the health and appearance of your skin, consider a visit to a dermatologist (for bigger problems) or an aesthetician (for minor issues). Depending on the severity of your skin problems, start 6 to 12 months before your wedding day so you have time to treat, heal, and achieve good results.

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Facials are a must for all skin types. Facial treatments use deep cleansing, masks, and exfoliation to penetrate deep into the skin killing blemishcausing bacteria, rebalancing the skin’s hormonal system and stimulating circulation. Regular treatments result in refined pores, smoother facial lines, healed blemishes, and a more radiant complexion. For full-body beautification, body waxing is a good place to start. This is one of the longest-lasting forms of hair removal. Your legs will be smooth and free of razor stubble. To take beautification to the next level, consider Botox, injection therapy, and face or body tightening. These treatments are designed to help you look and feel your best without the pain and recovery time of surgical procedures.


BEAUTY HAIR DO’S AND DON’TS When choosing a hairstyle, consider your gown, the formality of your wedding, your personal style, your hair type and texture, and your face shape. Generally speaking, if your gown is elaborate, opt for a simpler hairstyle to avoid looking overdone. An up-do is a classic way to go and is ideal for showing off a dramatic neckline. If you’re a trendy girl, try braids, hair extensions, or a carefree bohemian look. Just be cautious of overly-trendy styles; you risk looking back at your photos and saying “What was I thinking?!” Consult your hair stylist four to six weeks before the wedding to find the right look for you. In the end, the most important thing is finding a hairstyle that looks like you.

MAKEUP MUSTS Whether you hire a pro to do your makeup or do it yourself, do a trial run before the wedding. In addition to looking in the mirror and getting feedback from close friends and family, take photos and evaluate. Do you like what you see? What would you change? Now is the time to practice and not the day of your wedding! Keep the makeup on throughout the trial day and see how it lasts. While you want to be sure you look like you on your wedding day, you can still have fun with makeup. Define your eyebrows with a pencil and try fake eyelashes so that your eyes really pop in photos. Don’t be afraid of highlighting in key places such as trying a bold lip color, or using a primer under your foundation, lipstick, and eye shadow www.PremierBrideMKE.com PREMIER BRIDE • 219


BEAUTY so that it lasts longer. Whatever you do, be sure to wear waterproof mascara to fend off any streaks from tears of joy. MAKEUP MUST NOTS Don’t go too light with your makeup as you’ll look washed out in photos. Don’t go too dark as it will be distracting. Don’t overdo the blush. You’ll be emotional, happy, nervous, busy, and showing off your moves on the dance floor - all a recipe for your own natural color.

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NAILS AND BROWS Regular manicures in the one or two months before your wedding day will get your nails in perfect shape. Avoid really trendy nail polish colors. Play it safe and go with a classic, neutral color. Have your eyebrows professionally shaped at least two weeks before the wedding. Some people may experience a red, rash-like reaction so doing this early enough gives you time to recover if it happens to you. OUR BEST BEAUTY ADVICE Strongly consider using beauty professionals for your wedding day hair, makeup, and nails. Not only is it a stylist’s job to make you look like the most polished version of yourself, but it’s also one simple way to shorten your list of wedding-day worries! A true makeup artist will know trade secrets not only for fashioning a longer-lasting look, but also for accentuating your features. A great hair stylist can help you create a look that complements your features and that will last all night. When you go pro, the end result is a relaxed, picture-perfect bride. Lastly, never forget a bride’s best accessory: her smile!

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day, let your makeup artist know ahead of time so that he/she can prepare for using a little more makeup than usual. Tattoo cover up can also involve a different type of makeup all together, and maybe even an airbrush. If you cannot afford the use of a makeup artist, then go on line and look at some videos to assist you in proper makeup application. Also, go to your local department store, and have him/ her show you precisely what products you need to be using and where. By the time you add up the cost of all these recommended products, you might save money by using a professional makeup artist. Sometimes artists will “sell” you the products they use.

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Transportation TRAVELING ON YOUR WEDDING DAY

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

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TRANSPORTATION First decide how many you’re moving. Do you want just the bride and groom in a vehicle, or is the entire wedding party heading to the reception together? What about their spouses or dates? Once you make those decisions, you can start searching around for transport based on size. Whatever you decide on, keep safety in mind for when revelers are bouncing from place to place. LIMOS If there is a day to splurge on this iconic luxury vehicle, your wedding is certainly the day. Unlike some other forms of transport, a limo can be booked for an entire day, so you could get a highclass ride to pick you up at the house, deliver you to the ceremony, reception or even to the airport to jet away on a honeymoon. Most companies have a one or two hour minimum for their services so think about the most costeffective way to keep the limo around. If you want a car for both going to and leaving from the ceremony, it might be more affordable to hire two separate cars rather than pay for the vehicle to sit there during a long reception. There are quite a few options for limos. A formal limousine seats four people, and sometimes a bride and groom will travel to the ceremony alone. Or, if you’d like to include the wedding party, stretch limos can allow for six to 10. For larger parties and a flashier mode of transport, sport utility models like the Hummer and Explorer are popular and unique both inside and out. The larger models are often posh, with flashy lights and decorative interiors. CATCH THE COACH For larger parties, a party bus or luxury coach is a great way to travel. 226 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

It’s got all the amenities of a luxury limousine, but with more room to spare – they’ll seat up to 10 people comfortably. Or, for bigger parties, a passenger coach or a party bus can seat 21 to 49 people. For a small wedding, this is a fun way to get all the guests in on the party right away. Like limousine services, passengers and luxury coach companies require a minimum number of hours. The size and type of coach will determine the hourly rate. Depending on the size of your party, it may make sense to hire two coaches - maybe a luxury coach for the bride, groom and attendants and a passenger coach for the guests. TAKING THE TROLLEY A fun and picturesque alternative to a limo or a passenger coach is a trolley. They’ll generally accommodate between 20 and 35 people, so they’re great for larger parties or for adding on some family members. With this antique look and old-world charm, they’ll lend a lovely, elegant touch to this wedding day detail. Since most have outdoor decks, these are especially fun in small towns so you can take a peek outside and watch onlookers wave at the newlyweds. UNIQUE ALTERNATIVES Some new couples might opt for something more personal or creative. A horse-drawn carriage is a romantic, vintage option especially if you can decorate it with your wedding colors. Vintage cars are also great photo ops and add a touch of class. An antique Rolls Royce or a ’69 Mustang are fun and unique. Ride in style like the royal couple did in a decorated navy soft-top Aston Martin Volante.


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to you for letting them have a say in how they outfit their own body. But it’s imperative to set some ground rules. These rules could be as open-ended as “Find a dress with a floral print” or as refined as “Here are two dresses; pick one.” Though each girl will be dressed differently in some capacity, you’ll still want these ladies to look like they belong together. Make sure each dress has at least one common element for a cohesive overall look. To maintain this cohesion, your bridesmaids might: • Wear the same fabric • Wear the same color or color theme (ex: shades of purple for an ombré effect) • Wear the same dress with different necklines or waistlines • Coordinate the length of their dresses


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color. This is particularly helpful if your bridesmaids-to-be live in different cities; each can do her own thing on her own time, and cohesion is still guaranteed. If you’re open to a more eclectic look, then give your bridesmaids some loose parameters such as color, length, or vibe (more casual day dress vs. elegant eveningwear). A fun way to approach this is to create a group Pinterest board. Each girl can pin potential options and you can all weigh in and see how the dresses look side-by-side. If not a Pinterest board, at least have your girls run their options by you before they finally decide on a frock. And, if you feel strongly about it, make it clear up-front that you have the power to veto. In the end, you have to do what works best for you: your style, comfort level, venue, and your bridesmaids as a whole.

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react in a situation with two hundred people. You also need to think about if you are going to pick the pet up. Will their paws stain your dress? Keep that in mind. If you are the type of bride that is very traditional, then you might want to steer clear of having your friend at the ceremony, since you might not know what he/she will do. Keep in mind that some guests might be allergic, and some guests might not be animal lovers. Have a designated handler to keep watch of the dog throughout the day as well as take them home that evening. You might want to have your pet present for the ceremony only, and then have the handler take him/her home directly after pictures.

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HOME SWEET HOME buying your first home Buying your first home can help you build a solid financial future. Your monthly rent payment is no longer going into someone else’s pocket. With each mortgage payment, you are buying into your future and building equity that you will be able to use later. Your first home may not be your ideal home, but with property appreciation and the improvements you make, you may profit from the eventual sale of the home with money you can put toward the house of your dreams. It’s easy to increase the value of your home simply by keeping the property up over the years that you own it. Homeowners are more apt to improve landscaping, perform home repairs, and generally be what’s called “house proud.” Because the home is taken care of over the years, the value of the property increases, and yours will, too. There are many other pluses to home ownership. All interest paid on a mortgage is deductible on your income taxes. The property taxes you pay may be deducted, as well as what you spend for home improvement. The home you own can be a haven for retirement years. A home is an investment that helps stave off inflation. Homes do not appreciate equally, and some years add more value than others. Real estate has, historically speaking, kept pace with inflation, and often overtakes it. Most young couples face the challenge of financing their first house. Many find the following list of options to be successful avenues available to them: • Gifts - A financial gift can provide an immediate down payment; it may


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LAST CELEBRATION of singlehood Both the bachelor and bachelorette parties celebrate the end of singlehood and include the wedding party and same-sex friends of the bride or groom. Renting a room in a restaurant or hotel allows guests to fully enjoy themselves. It also makes planning easy since an experienced staff handles most of the food arrangements and cleanup. Bridal showers and bachelorette parties can also be combined into one event, especially if the same group of friends will be attending both. If a night of barhopping is the choice, then it’s a good idea to treat yourself to a limousine ride for both elegance and safety. Consider having your bachelor(ette) party at a casino. A professional staff and dealers, gaming tables and equipment can even be brought to YOUR location. Casinos offer assistants to help plan your event. Professional staffs of waitresses, bartenders and anyone else you might need can even be provided. A home party might feature diverse entertainment. For example, a comedy gram or some other entertainment is an option and it can be catered with prepared party trays. A bachelorette party can even take the form of a shower featuring lingerie, gag gifts or items to be used on the honeymoon. Bachelor and bachelorette parties are best held a week before the wedding and not the night before. The most important thing is to be sure that the event suits the style of the guest of honor. Finally, remember to preserve the evening in pictures. You will want to have these memories long after the party is over.

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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DOOR COUNTY than exploring the back roads on a bicycle built for two. Some newlyweds enjoy Door County’s shoreline scenes from an elegant concert or dinner cruise, a snug little paddle-boat, a tranquil canoe, or even a picnic blanket on the shore. Others comb the waters of Lake Michigan in search of legendary shipwrecks. Even winter can’t put a damper on the romance in Door County, with its picturesque horse-drawn sleigh rides, serene cross-country skiing, snowladen trees and cozy inns. No matter what the season, budget or lifestyle, Door County is the perfect honeymoon destination. There is a magical lure to Door County that draws couples back again and again. Its closeness to home makes it ideal for romantic getaways long after the honeymoon is over, keeping the

romantic spark alive for many years to come. Want some help in planning your next romantic Door County getaway, or even your destination wedding? Contact the Door County Visitor Bureau at 800-527-3529 for personal assistance or visit DoorCounty.com for lots of information and ideas about planning your honeymoon or wedding. Take advantage of their specially tailored romantic winter vacation packages that are a part of the annual Door County Nature of Romance promotion, with packages good December through March each year. For other great ideas on what to do the next time you visit the Cape Cod of the Midwest, be sure to check out Explore The Door, an award winning video travel podcast about Door County.

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COUPLE’S GETAWAY The stress of wedding planning is over, your in-laws are gone, and it’s finally time for that once-in-a-lifetime getaway: your honeymoon. Whether you’re jetting off to a luxurious Caribbean resort, gallivanting across Europe, or camping in a tent near home, what matters is that you’re starting your life together. And what better way to start than with an intimate escape?4

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HONEYMOON From the planning stages to the trip itself, we’ve compiled our best honeymoon ideas and advice. TALK ABOUT YOUR TRIP Take time as a couple to sit down and toss ideas around. Decide on your ideal destination and figure out what you’d like to do when you’re there besides laying in bed all day. Are you up for outdoor activities such as water sports or hiking? Do you want to experience a new culture and check off some sightseeing from your bucket list? Or, would you rather just laze about, soak up the sun, and be pampered? There’s no right or wrong answer, but make sure to discuss your expectations before you book your trip. You don’t want to arrive at the all-inclusive resort only to find that you’d rather relax on the beach and your husband would rather take snorkeling lessons. Of course you’ll have to compromise, but talking about these compromises long before the trip will make the honeymoon much sweeter. Let’s look at some destinations to consider. Go tropical When you say “honeymoon,” most people think of a remote, tropical island that looks like something straight from a postcard. You can’t beat a fruity umbrella-clad drink and romantic walks along the beach. Even for the most active of couples, your honeymoon is one time when it’s okay to sit back and let yourselves be taken care of. If you choose a tropical destination, an all-inclusive resort is a most relaxing way to go. Do your research through travel sites and first-hand accounts from family and friends, and find out what exactly is meant by “all-inclusive”. The definition

varies from one resort to the next. At some places, “all-inclusive” includes the cost of your room and two meals each day. At other resorts, it means three meals each day, unlimited drinks, champagne on arrival, and a trip to the spa. When it’s time to book your trip, always mention that you’ll be on your honeymoon. Most places offer a honeymoon package, and you might even find entire resorts that cater exclusively to honeymooners. All abroad! A trip abroad is a thrilling way to start a marriage. It’s an adventure and a chance to get caught up in a whirlwind of new ideas and cultures. However, if you’ve never been abroad before, make sure this is an experience you’re both fully committed to. Planning an international trip for the first time can be stressful, and it could be overwhelming to be in foreign lands when all you want to do is relax and enjoy each other’s company. But if you’re up for going international, the result can be a true test of teamwork and a most romantic, unforgettable experience. Here are some nitty gritty considerations. Make sure your passport is updated, especially if your last name on a different piece of identification is going to change. It’s usually best to book any tickets in your maiden name, since that is likely to be the name still on your passport and driver’s license. For more information on specific foreign destinations or if you’re worried about health and safety abroad, search online travel sites and forums for must-have tips and advice. Staying local If you don’t have the funds for a plane ticket abroad or can’t get away for a long


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trip, consider what’s close to home. You’ll probably be surprised to learn that there’s a quaint bed & breakfast just a few miles from your home or a majestic state park where you can camp out under the stars. Turn off your cell phones and focus on each other. It will seem as if you’re light years away even in your own backyard. Take a cruise If you can’t decide on a destination, a cruise might be for you. It’s the best of both worlds! If you want to see Europe, but you’ve never been and don’t have time to plan a trip, try a Mediterranean cruise. If you know you want to go tropical but can’t decide on a spot, island hop on a Caribbean cruise. And if you can’t decide whether you want to relax or be active, a cruise offers the chance to do both. Plus, meals, drinks, and entertainment are not only included, they’re right outside your cabin door! When booking a cruise, just like any other destination, mention that you’re on your honeymoon and see if the cruise line has a special deal or package. PLAN AND PREP Take time to really plan your honeymoon. Here are some things to think about, especially if you’ve never traveled to your honeymoon spot before. • Different customs. If you’re traveling abroad, or even to an Americanized resort in the Caribbean, do your research. Find out if there are gestures that are deemed inappropriate, actions that are considered rude, or types of dress that are unacceptable to the local community.


HONEYMOON • Language. Learn some key phrases and pick up a pocket-sized dictionary or phrase book if you’re going to a non-English-speaking country. • Tipping. Tipping customs vary from country to country, so find out what percentage to tip and when to do so. • Weather. Find out the average high and low temps for the time of year you’re traveling, and be prepared for rain or shine. WORK WITH A TRAVEL AGENT Leave your travel planning to a professional! The cost to you is generally zero, and an experienced agent will save you so much time and greatly reduce your stress. If anything goes wrong (cancelled flight, lost reservation, etc.), your travel agent is just a phone call away. Look for one who focuses on wedding and honeymoon travel, or who specializes in the area you wish to visit. MAKE IT ROMANTIC It’s no secret that a honeymoon is all about those intimate moments and fueling the newlywed romance. So be proactive in making sparks fly! Pack a secret gift for each other, plan a surprise day trip or nighttime

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Do take advantage of Internet technology. There are many sites dedicated to wedding planning that offer a wealth of information at your fingertips. Coordinate with vendors, make and confirm reservations, create a Pinterest account to save your favorite images and ideas. (Visit our website at PremierBride.com for trusted local vendors).

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

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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HOTEL HIGH LIFE You and your sweetie will spend one lovely night at the Hyatt Regency in the heart of downtown Milwaukee. After a dreamy night’s sleep, wake up to a complimentary breakfast for two.

PONTOON PARTY Cruise the waters of Lake Nagawicka on a pontoon boat built for eight! Drinks and appetizers will be served as you skim the waves for an unforgettable celebration at sea.

SIP ‘N’ SAVOR Relish in good friends, food, and wine at a table for four at the Golden Mast Inn on Okauchee Lake. You’ll sip hand-selected wine and savor a scrumptious four-course smallplates dinner.

NEW NAME, NEW STATIONERY You’ve said “I do” and jumped through the name-changing hoops - now you can enjoy it! Meet with the paper pros to design your own stationery package with your new married name.

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BRIDAL SHOWS MADE EASY making the best of your time and effort Bridal shows can sometimes feel overwhelming but with a little planning, they can save you money, provide outstanding ideas and let you sample tasty treats. It can be a great one-stop-shopping experience if you go prepared. The vendors are local wedding professionals, and ready and willing to answer your questions. A FEW TIPS Here are a few tips on how to get the most out of your local bridal show. Dress For The Occasion Wear comfortable shoes! You’re going to be walking quite a bit. You don’t want to leave early because your achy feet give you no other choice. Bring Labels Print up labels with your name, address, wedding date and possibly email address. This will save you a lot of time when you sign up for all the prizes usually given out at shows. Plus, the information will be legible. Timing If you’re trying to get a great seat for a fashion show, arriving early can make sense. If they have two fashion shows, the second is usually much less crowded. If there’s no urgent reason to arrive when it opens, then consider a later time to avoid possible lines. Plan In Advance First of all, you need to have a budget planned so you have a general idea of what you’ll be spending on each product and service for


SHOWS & EVENTS your wedding. Know what is most important to you, and where you might be willing to have a little flexibility on the cost versus items that you’re not as passionate about. There is usually a floor map available at larger shows. If there’s a specific service or vendor you want to talk to, make sure you know where their booths are located so you don’t miss them. 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 can include videographers, DJ’s, banquet facilities, decorators, photographers and wedding consultants. Plan to spend at least half the time with these types of vendors. One of your first questions should be if your wedding date is available. Bring Your Calendar If interested, make an appointment for a follow-up consolation after the show. If they offer a show special, ask if that special would carry over to the appointment date. Vendors want to talk to you but they also need to respond to other couples at the show as well. You probably won’t get their full attention at the show unless there are multiple people working the booth, so be sure to make an appointment to get some one on one time. Two Day Shows This type of show gives you the leisure of exploring the first day, reviewing the material and returning the following day to talk to your favorites.

Ready To Make Decisions If you’re comfortable and ready to make a decision, then show specials can really make it worth your while! Many vendors determine if it’s a good show for them based on how many signed agreements they get. Enjoy The Experience Relax and enjoy the experience. These wedding professionals spend time and money to display their work and services. Take your time and don’t be afraid to “enter” the booth area. Look, touch and really see what is offered or get ideas. Vendors love brides in their booths. It tends to attract more people. If you already have that product/service, then let me know if they’re trying to talk to you. Don’t Be Afraid To Talk To The Vendors! Talk! If a vendor catches your eye, don’t be shy! Just say hello to break the ice, followed by, “are you available for my wedding date?”, and the vendor will usually know how to get the ball rolling from there. Don’t be afraid to talk to the vendors for that is the whole purpose of the show. Material Handed Out If a vendor is offering handout information you’re at all interested in, then take one. You can review this information at your leisure once you get home. If it’s something you have no interest in, then don’t. Sometimes too much material can be overwhelming when you going through it later. Don’t Be Afraid to Move On Follow your gut instinct. If you’re put off by a service or a certain vendor, then move along. They’re not for you. Have fun! You’re getting married!

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Bridal Shows STEPS FOR

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51ST ANNUAL

SAVE THE DATE

January 5 & 6, 2019 10:00am - 4:00pm Expo Center at Wisconsin State Fair Park, Milwaukee

THE PLACE TO BE FOR THE COUPLE-TO-BE • Over 175 Exhibits by Wisconsin’s leading wedding professionals • Professionally choreographed fashion shows held twice daily • Enter to win one of our Grand Prizes! • Giveaways, discount coupons, gifts, and more! — FOR MORE INFORMATION —

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2018 BRIDAL SHOWS

THE 18TH ANNUAL

BRIDAL FAIR OF WASHINGTON COUNT Y

JANUARY 27, 2018 –

BARTOLOTTA CATERING & EVENTS WEDDING SHOWCASE

The Grain Exchange, Milwaukee 5-7:30pm, 414-727-6980 to RSVP bartolottas.com/catering/the-grain-exchange JANUARY 28, 2018

34TH ANNUAL WATERTOWN BRIDAL FAIRE Windwood of Watertown W5710 County Highway CW, Watertown 10am-2:30pm, 920-261-7770 watertownbridalfair.com JANUARY 28, 2018

15TH ANNUAL BRIDAL EXTRAVAGANZA

Hawks View Golf Club, Lake Geneva, 11am-3pm 262-348-9900, hawksviewgolfclub.com JANUARY 28, 2018

WASHINGTON COUNTY BRIDAL FAIR

January 28, 2018 11:00 AM TO 3:00 PM 80+ Vendors Full Runway Fashion Show Prize Drawings Tickets available at:

Amelishan Bridal $5 Advance | $6 Door Plan Your Entire Wedding At One Event!

HWY 45 at Pleasant Valley Rd More info at www.wcfairpark.com

Washington County Fair Park & Conference Center 11am-3pm, 262-677-5060, wcfairpark.com See pg 267

JANUARY 28, 2018

WINTER BRIDAL SHOWCASE

Fountain Banquet Hall 8505 Durand Ave., Sturtevant, 11am-3pm JANUARY 31, 2018

PRITZLAFF EVENTS OPEN HOUSE

Pritzlaff, Milwaukee, 5pm-8pm, 414-433-6088 pritzlaffevents.com FEBRUARY 18, 2018

CROWNE PLAZA WEDDING SHOWCASE

Crowne Plaza Milwaukee West, 1pm-4pm 414-389-8568, crowneplazamilwaukee.com FEBRUARY 18, 2018

11TH ANNUAL BRIDAL FAIR IN THE EVERGREEN ROOM

Evergreen Golf Club, Elkhorn, 11:30am-2:30pm 262-723-5722, evergreengolf.com FEBRUARY 25, 2018

VETERAN’S TERRACE BRIDAL SHOW

Veteran’s Terrace, Burlington 11am, 262-763-9400, veteransterrace.com See pg 269

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Vito Rade Photography Marcin Cymmer Photography

John Dart Photography

BRIDAL EXPO MILWAUKEE DATES & LOCATIONS FASHION SHOW 2:00p SHERATON HOTEL, BROOKFIELD, WI SUNDAY, MARCH 4, 2018, 10:30a–4p SHERATON HOTEL, BROOKFIELD, WI SUNDAY, MAY 6, 2018, 10:30a–4p SHERATON HOTEL, BROOKFIELD, WI SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2018, 10:30a–4p SHERATON HOTEL, BROOKFIELD, WI SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2018, 10:30–4p

BRIDAL EXPO CHICAGO DATES & LOCATIONS FASHION SHOW: 2:30p THE MEADOWS CLUB, ROLLING MEADOWS SUNDAY, JANUARY 7, 2018, 11:30a–4p

Vito Rade Photography

John Dart Photography

To view upcoming 2018 Dates & Locations visit us at BridalExpoMilwaukee.com

CHICAGO MARRIOTT O’HARE SUNDAY, JANUARY 21, 2018, 11:30a–4p CONGRESS PLAZA HOTEL., CHICAGO SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2018, 11:30a–4p CHICAGO MARRIOTT NW, HOFFMAN ESTATES SUNDAY APRIL 29, 2018, 11:30a–4p

John Dart Photography

Angela Swan Photography

Vito Rade Photography

To view upcoming 2018 Dates & Locations visit us at BridalExpoChicago.com


BRIDAL SHOWS MARCH 4, 2018

3rd Annual

LAKE LAWN RESORT BRIDAL SHOW

Lake Lawn Resort, Delavan 11am-3pm, lakelawnresort.com See pg 267

MARCH 4, 2018

BRIDAL EXPO

Brookfield Sheraton, 10:30-4pm For Free Tickets Call: 414-427-4325 bridalexpomilwaukee.com

April 8, 2018 • 11am – 3pm Festival Hall • Racine, WI

See pg 16-17, 268

MARCH 11, 2018

THE ORIGINAL BRIDAL DÉCOR RESALE & WEDDING SHOW

Hosted by Rustic Manor 1848 Waukesha County Expo Center, Waukesha 11am-2pm, 262-224-0316, rusticmanor1848.com APRIL 8, 2018

Register and/or purchase tickets: www.civiccentreracine.com or by phone at 262-636-9229.

12TH ANNUAL WEDDING EXPO Grand Stay Hotel & Suites Milwaukee Airport 10am-5pm, 414-383-1000 See pg 270

APRIL 8, 2018

Sponsored by:

3RD ANNUAL BELLE CITY BRIDAL EXPO

Festival Hall, Racine, 11am-3pm 262-636-9229, civiccentreracine.com See pg 269

APRIL 13, 2018

ALFA FLOWER & WEDDING SHOP BRIDAL OPEN HOUSE

Afla Flower and Wedding Shop 5pm-7:30pm, 414-545-5858, alfawedding.com MAY 6, 2018

BRIDAL EXPO

Brookfield Sheraton, 10:30-4pm For Free Tickets Call: 414-427-4325 bridalexpomilwaukee.com See pg 16-17, 268

AUGUST 5, 2018

2ND ANNUAL PIECE OF CAKE 5K

Bridal Show February 25, 2018 Doors open at 11:00 a.m. Great Giveaways • Fashion Show

Frame Park-Begins at 9am, pieceofcake5k.com AUGUST 12, 2018

THE PRETTY PRETEND WEDDING SHOW

Rustic Manor 1848, 3115 WI-83, Hartland 262-224-0316, rusticmanor1848.com

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SAVE THE DATE! Sunday, September 30th, 2018 - 10am-1pm

DISCOVER LAKE GENEVA

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cruiselakegeneva.com/wedding

Brookfield Sheraton, 10:30am-4pm For Free Tickets Call: 414-427-4325 bridalexpomilwaukee.com

OCTOBER 21, 2018

BRIDAL EXPO

See pg 16-17, 268

SEPTEMBER 30, 2018 -

DISCOVER LAKE GENEVA BRIDAL SHOWCASE

Riviera Docks, Lake Geneva Show Times 10am-1pm

See pg 270

THE DEKOVEN CENTER’S 7TH ANNUAL WEDDING SHOWCASE

“The Great Hall” The DeKoven Center 600 21st Street, Racine, 12-3pm 262-633-6401 Ext. 102, dekovencenter.org FALL

KENOSHA BRIDAL EXPO

Parkway Chateau, 12304 75th St., Kenosha kenoshabridalexpo.com NOVEMBER 9, 2018

ALFA FLOWER & WEDDING SHOP BRIDAL OPEN HOUSE

Afla Flower and Wedding Shop, 5-7:30pm 414-545-5858, alfawedding.com NOVEMBER 11, 2018

BRIDAL EXPO

Brookfield Sheraton, 10:30am-4pm For Free Tickets Call: 414-427-4325 bridalexpomilwaukee.com See pg 16-17, 268

LATE FALL

BOUTIQUE BRIDAL SHOWCASE

Delafield Hotel, 415 Genesee St. Delafield 262-646-1600, thedelafieldhotel.com

2019 JANUARY 5-6, 2019

51ST ANNUAL WONDERFUL WORLD OF WEDDINGS

Wisconsin Exposition Center at State Fair Park, Milwaukee, 10am-4pm both days 262-367-5500, wisconsinweddingshow.com See pg 266


PRE-WEDDING JITTERS avoid going mad before the big day Every girl always imagines their wedding as a beautiful peaceful and serene day. In fact, most brides end up going crazy just before the wedding wondering a thousand different things and hoping all goes as planned. Questions such as “Will the caterer show up? Will my groom still be drunk from his bachelor party last night? Am I really ready for this? Does my dress look ok? Did I pay the florist?” tend to plague a bride’s mind all at once. How can we avoid going mad in the midst of it all? The answer is this, it’s different for everyone. Vague, yes but it’s the truth! Here are some simple suggestions to try to ease your mind. 1. Talk to your groom! Most of the pre-wedding jitters can come from a lack of communication with the groom or from being afraid to talk to him about something. Your man is about to marry you; I promise he’s not going to shatter you to pieces by asking him a few questions especially if he has already made this commitment to you. Talk to him about any and everything. This will not only bring the two of you closer together, but it will also make you more relaxed and ready to step into marriage hand in hand, heart to heart. 2. Have a girls day out Hit the town with your ladies and do all the things you used to enjoy when it was just you and your girls. Go shopping, have a mani-pedi, get your hair done, lounge around and watch your favorite movies with a big tub of popcorn, and finish the day off with a fabulous meal and a few drinks!

BRIDAL SHOWS 3. Pamper yourself This may coincide with your girls day out but here are a few of my favorite things to do. Getting a massage is heavenly! The soothing music and relaxing rub your therapist is giving your aching head and shoulders should send you to your happy place. Next on the pampering list is to get a facial. Many massage therapists can do facials in addition to massages. If not, facials are usually offered at salons. 4. Go home Being with your family usually offers people a strange sense of comfort and regularity in their lives. Family is that constant rock that can make your hectic life and schedule tolerable. Having a few days or a week at home can be that cleansing sense of normality that you have been searching for. So put away those planning books, brochures, and fliers and go bake a casserole with your mom, sister and/or grandma or go watch hockey with your dad, brother and/or grandpa. 5. Do nothing at all The easiest and cheapest thing a bride can do to get away from it all is in her own home. Set your phone to silent, put away the bridal regalia, and listen to enya. If enya is a little too mellow for you, then try your favorite relaxing or happy tunes. Put on your favorite robe and comfy slippers, get out that book you’ve been meaning to read, make yourself a hot cup of honeyed tea, light some candles, and draw a bath. This little bit of time taken for yourself can make you feel like a new woman! Hopefully some of these suggestions sound like a plan and can help you feel like yourself again! Best wishes!

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES DIRECTORY KEY • ACCESSORIES (and Rental Items) • ALTERATIONS/ CUSTOM DRESS DESIGNS • ATTENDANT GIFTS (See Customized Gifts) • BACHELOR(ETTE) PARTIES • BANQUET FACILITIES & REHEARSAL DINNERS • BARTENDING SERVICES • BEAUTY, SKIN & WEIGHT LOSS (Also See Cosmetics) • BED & BREAKFASTS/ INNS • BRIDAL SHOWERS/ GIFT OPENINGS • BRIDAL SHOWS Complete listing and information (See pg 262)

• CAKES, SWEETS & FAVORS • CATERING • CEREMONIES, CHAPELS • CEREMONIES, OFFICIANT • CHOCOLATES (FAVORS) • CONSULTANTS • COSMETICS (Also see Beauty) • DANCE INSTRUCTION • DECORATING SERVICES (Also see Rentals) • DESTINATION WEDDINGS (See Travel Agencies) • DOOR COUNTY WEDDINGS • DRY CLEANING / GOWN PRESERVATION

ACCESSORIES

Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop

(See pg 201)

Bead IT LLC

beadit-wi.com 262-366-5573

• MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT • MUSIC, SPECIALTY • OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS (See Hotels/Club Suites) • PHOTOGRAPHY • PHOTOGRAPHY BOUDOIR • PHOTO BOOTHS • REGISTRY • REHEARSAL DINNERS • RENTALS • RESTROOMS (See Rentals) • SPAS • TRANSPORTATION • TRAVEL AGENCIES & HONEYMOONS • VIDEOGRAPHY • WALWORTH COUNTY WEDDINGS (See pg 186)

ALTERATIONS/ CUSTOM DRESS DESIGNS

(and Rental Items)

7001 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa alfawedding.com 414-475-7080

• FINANCIAL SERVICES • FIREWORKS • FLORISTS (and Rental Items) • FORMALWEAR • GOWNS, CUSTOM (See full listing of bridal salons online at premierbridewisconsin. com/wedding-bridal-salons) • HONEYMOON (Also see Travel Agencies & Door County Weddings) • HOTELS/ CLUB SUITES (Also see Banquet Facilities) • ICE SCULPTURES • INTERNET • INVITATIONS • JEWELRY (CUSTOMIZED) • LIMOUSINES (See Transportation) • LINGERIE • MASSAGE (See Spas)

Two MoThers

sewing and Tailoring llC (See pg 149)

No rip too small, no job too big!

– 20 Years Experience – 20% OFF Wedding Parties – Excellent, Fast Work

414-324-1273 – 414-426-0338

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Vino Third Ward BRIDAL

GOWNS

Premier Alterations Experts – Specializing in Gowns – We Measure, Trim & Sew – Gown Fittings

262-521-9710

mymartinizing.com

Historic Third Ward 219 E. Erie St., Milwaukee vinothirdward.com 414-277-8466

Wildman Adventure Resort we offer guided adventures wildmanresort.com 262-287-9892

1451 Renaissance Place

BACHELOR(ETTE) PARTIES

Alverno College

CMP Tactical Lazer Tag

The Astor Hotel

4905 S. Howell Ave, Milwaukee info@cmpmilwaukee.com 2567 State Rd 120, Lake Geneva lakegeneva@cmptactical.com cmptactical.com 414-483-2222

(See pg 238)

(See pg 59)

jksbackyard.com 414-313-8017

Milwaukee Pedal Tavern (See pg 148)

Napoli

132 N Pine St., Burlington napoliburlington.com 262-763-9245

(See pg 71)

(See pg 70)

Bacchus-A Bartolotta Restaurant 414-765-1166 925 E. Wells, Milwaukee Bartolotta Events & Catering 414-765-8610 at Discovery Wisconsin 500 N. Harbor Dr., Milwaukee Grain Exchange 414-727-6980 225 E. Michigan Ave., Ste 100, Milwaukee The Harbor House 414-395-4900 550 N. Harbor, Milwaukee Italian Community Center 414-223-2800 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee Lake Park Bistro 414-962-6300 3133 E. Newberry Blvd., Milwaukee bartolottas.com bartolottascatering.com (See pg 41)

Best Western Plus Airport (See pg 178)

Riverwalk Boat Tours & Rentals

at Pere Marquette Park (on Old World Third St, between State and Kilbourn) riverwalkboats.com 414-283-9999 (See pg 239)

Uptown Art

W249 N5267 Executive Drive, Sussex uptownart.com 262-246-9400

3400 S. 43rd St., Milwaukee alverno.edu/eventandspace 414-382-6159

Bartolotta’s

JKS Backyard Games

info@pedaltavern.com pedaltavern.com 414-405-6682

1451 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee renaissanceplace.com 414-272-1451 (See Back Cover & pg 73)

924 E Juneau Ave., Milwaukee astormilwaukee.wixsite.com/astor 414-283-4808

Friday’s Front Row

One Brewers Way, Milwaukee frontrowmilwaukee.com 414-902-4204

(See pg 239)

BANQUET FACILITIES & REHEARSAL DINNERS

ATTENDANT GIFTS

(See Customized Gifts)

(See pg 149)

5105 S. Howell Avenue, Milwaukee bwplusmilwaukee.com 414-769-2100

(See pg 33)

The Black Swan

309 N. Water St., Milwaukee blackswanmke.com 262-618-4336

(See pg 76)

The Bog (See pg 149)

3121 County Road I, Saukville golfthebog.com 262-292-0740

(See pg 153)

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Broadlands Golf Club

Delafield Hotel

Hwy 59, North Prairie broadlandsgolfclub.com 262-392-6320

(See pg 8)

Canal Street Yacht Club

1200 W. Canal St., Milwaukee CanalStreetYachtClub.com 414-273-8300

(See pg 48)

(See pg 150)

(See pg 151)

(See pg 79)

(See pg 184)

(See pg 14)

6331 S. 13th St., Milwaukee salesmke@ascendgrowth.com 414-764-1500 Ext. 6626 414-369-2852

(See pg 42)

(See pg 85)

N56 W16300 Silver Spring Dr., Menomonee Falls davians.com 262-781-3333 (See pg 72)

(See pg 15)

Delafield Brewhaus

3832 Hillside Dr., Delafield (Just off I-94 & Hwy 83) delafield-brewhaus.com 262-646-7821 (See pg 13)

N86W18330 Main St. Menomonee Falls heritagehallrentals.com 262-255-1606

(See pg 29)

Hilton Milwaukee City Center (See pg 21)

Historic Courthouse 1893

916 N. East Ave., Downtown Waukesha courthouse1893.com 262-574-9170

(See pg 11)

Holiday Inn Pewaukee

N14 W24140 Tower Place, Pewaukee holidayinn.com/Pewaukee-wi 262-506-6300 274 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

(See pg 30)

Heritage Hall

509 W. Wisc Ave., Milwaukee hiltonmilwaukee.com 414-390-3802

The DeKoven Center

(See pg 190)

The Hay Loft

W2763 E. Gate Dr., Watertown hayloftbarn.com 920-988-7415 (See pg 78)

(See pg 12)

Hawk’s View Golf Club

7377 Krueger Rd., Lake Geneva hawksviewgolfclub.com 262-348-9900

Davians Catering & Conference Center

600 21st St., Racine dekovencenter.org 262-633-6401 ext 102

7036 Grand Geneva Way, Lake Geneva grandgeneva.com 800-558-3417 (See pg 183)

8201 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis hamptoninnmilwaukeewest.com 414-436.2300

Crowne Plaza Milwaukee West

10499 W. Innovation Dr., Wauwatosa crowneplazamilwaukee.com 414-475-9500

(See pg 34)

Hampton Inn & Suites

Crowne Plaza Milwaukee Airport 6401 S. 13th St., Milwaukee crowneplazamke.com 414-563-4072

W349 N5253 Lacys Lane, Okauchee goldenmastinn.com 262-567-7047

GrandStay Hotel & Suites

Country Springs Hotel

Becoming The Ingleside Hotel 2810 Golf Rd., Pewaukee countryspringshotel.com 262-547-0201

1221 Geneva National Ave. S, Lake Geneva lakegenevaweddings.com 262-245-7000 (See pg 181)

Grand Geneva

Cotton Exchange

345 Hickory Hollow, Waterford Corner of Hwys 20 & 83 cottonexchangewi.com 262-534-9291

(See pg 32)

Golden Mast Inn on Okauchee Lake

Charles Allis Art Museum

1801 N Prospect Ave, Milwaukee cavtmuseums.org (414) 271-3656

5311 S. Howell Ave., Milwaukee fourpointsmilwaukeeairport.com 414-481-2400

Geneva National Resort

Chandelier Ballroom

150 Jefferson Ave., Hartford chandelierballroom.com 262-673-4946

(See pg 47)

Four Points by Sheraton Milwaukee Airport

The Chalet at Little Switzerland 105 Cedar Creek Rd., Slinger littleswitz.com 262-224-7598

415 Genesee St., Delafield thedelafieldhotel.com 262-333-0232

(See pg 43)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Art Deco Inspired Hotel for the Vintage and Modern Bride Beautiful Rooftop and Ballroom Perfect for All Your Wedding Needs 35-125 Guests All Catering Provided by Pastiche at the Metro

Photo provided by C. Mae Design

411 EAST MASON STREET | 414-225-3258 WWW.HOTELMETRO.COM

Catering — Par Excellence!

Sazama’s inspired cuisine and the stunning venues at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts create a most elegant wedding celebration!

sazamas.com • 414.276.2030

(See pg 87)

Hubbard Park Lodge

3565 N. Morris Blvd., Milwaukee hubbardlodge.com 414-332-4207

Marriott Milwaukee West (See pg 49)

Hyatt Regency

333 W. Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee milwaukee.regency.hyatt.com 414-276-1234

Milwaukee Art Museum (See pg 52)

Intercontinental Milwaukee

139 E. Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee intercontinentalmilwaukee.com 414-390-3802 Catering Office 414-276-8686

(See pg 35)

(See pg 77)

(See pg 82)

(See pg 9)

Lakewood Farms Weddings

Call for information countyparks.com 414-257-PARK (7275)

(See pg 38)

10001 W. Bluemound Rd., Milwaukee milwaukeezoo.org 414-256-5432

(See pg 39)

Milwaukee Yacht Club (See pg 184)

Lake Geneva Cruise Lines-Gage Marine (See pg 189)

Lake Lawn Resort

2400 E. Geneva St., Delavan lakelawnresort.com 262-728-7950

2730 N. Humboldt Blvd., Milwaukee milwaukeebeerbistro.com 414-562-5540

Milwaukee County Zoo

310 East Chicago St., Milwaukee journeymanhotel.com 414-291-3970

cruiselakegeneva.com 262-248-6206 800-558-5911

(See pg 30)

Milwaukee County Parks

Kimpton-The Journeyman

Mukwonago lakewoodfarmswisconsin.com 708-218-0656

758 N. Broadway, Milwaukee macwi.org 414-273-4100

Milwaukee Beer Bistro

John Michael Kohler Arts Center 608 New York Ave., Sheboygan jmkac.org 920-458-6144

700 North Art Museum Dr., Milwaukee mam.org 414-224-3200 or 414-224-3287 (event line) (See pg 51)

Milwaukee Athletic Club

The Iron Horse Hotel

500 W. Florida St., Milwaukee theironhorsehotel.com 414-374-4766

W231 N1600 Corporate Ct., Waukesha marriott.com/mkemw 262-574-0888 (See Inside Back Cover & pg 40)

1700 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr., Milwaukee milwaukeeyc.com 414-271-4455 (see pg 54)

North Shore Event Centre

7065 N. Port Washington Rd., Milwaukee northshoreeventcentre.com 414-351-6960 (See pg 23)

Oconomowoc Community Center (See pg 185)

220 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Oconomowoc oconomowoc-wi.gov/communitycenter 262-569-2199 (See pg 81)

The Landing 1841

Just outside Burlington thelanding1841.com 262-758-6611

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Oconomowoc Lake Club

4668 N. Lake Club Circle, Oconomowoc oconomowoclakeclub.org 262-567-4934

The Rotunda (See pg 12)

Olympia Resort & Conference Center 1350 Royale Mile Rd., Oconomowoc olympiaresort.com/weddings 262-369-4966 or 800-558-9573 ext 4966

(See pg 22)

(See pg 37)

(See pg 31)

(See pg 23)

(See pg 69)

(See pg 55)

(See pg 27)

838 S. 2nd St., Walker’s Point, Milwaukee southsecondmke.com 414-256-8765 (see pg 13, 86)

(See pg 152)

Terrace 167 (See pg 46)

The Ridge

3210 Hwy 167, Richfield terrace167.com 262-623-6588

(See pg 153)

Tripoli Shrine Center

3000 W Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee tripolishrinecenter.com 414-933-4700

(See pg 28)

Tuscan Hall Banquet Center (See pg 181)

River Club of Mequon

409 Delafield St., Waukesha tuscanhallwi.com 262-292-1322

(See pg 29)

Veterans Terrace at Echo Park (See pg 75)

Roma Lodge

7130 Spring St. (Hwy C), Racine romalodge.com 262-886-3610

(See pg 50)

375 S. Moorland Rd., Brookfield sheratonmilwaukeebrookfield.com 262-364-1009

1271 State Rd 175, Hubertus sterlingchalet.com 262-628-4080

N44 W33013 Watertown Plank Rd. Hwys 16 & C, Nashotah redcircleinn.com 262-367-4883 (See Inside Front Cover)

12400 N. Ville Du Parc Dr., Mequon riverclubofmequon.com 262-242-1400

1807 Nagawicka Rd., Delafield sevenseaswi.com 262-367-3903

Sterling Chalet

Red Circle Inn

W4240 Road 50, Lake Geneva lakegenevaweddings.com 262-245-7000

(see pg 73)

South Second

Racine Civic Center

Festival Hall Paul P. Harris Rotary Park Memorial Hall 5 Fifth St., Racine racinecc.com 262-636-9229

131 W. Seeboth St., Milwaukee theseeboth.com 414-841-9374

Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel

Pritzlaff Events

315 N Plankinton Ave, Milwaukee pritzlaffevents.com 414-433-6088

(See pg 152)

Seven Seas

Potawatomi Hotel & Casino 1721 W. Canal St., Milwaukee paysbig.com 414-847-8600 or 800-PaysBig

147 N Rural St., Hartford schauercenter.org 262-670-0560 ext 215

The Seeboth - An Urban Event Destination

The Polish Center of Wisconsin 6941 S 68th St, Franklin polishcenterofwisconsin.org 414-529-2140

W212 Spring Prairie Rd., Burlington therusticbarnvenue.com 262-206-2176

Schauer Arts & Activites Center

The Pfister Hotel

424 E Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee thepfisterhotel.com 414-390-3802

(See pg 44)

The Rustic Barn at Prairie Gardens

Pano’s Banquets

20290 W. Bluemound Rd., Brookfield panosbanquetcenter.com 414-308-4960 or 262-782-8670

235 W. Broadway, Waukesha therotunda.com 262-574-9170

589 Milwaukee Ave., Burlington veteransterrace.com 262-763-9400

(See pg 187)

Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum (See pg 84)

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2220 N. Terrace Ave., Milwaukee cavtmuseums.org 414-271-3656

(See pg 79)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES War Memorial Center

750 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr., Milwaukee warmemorialcenter.org 414-273-5533 (See pg 53)

BARTENDING SERVICES

Washington County Fair Park

Bar Stars Bartending

Hwy 45 at Pleasant Valley Road wcfairpark.com 877-677-5060

(See pg 152)

Watertown Country Club

barstarsbartending-mke.com 414-208-9500

(See pg 94)

Bartenders on the Go bartendonthego.com 414-899-6151

1340 N Water St., Watertown watertowncc.com 920-261-5009

Over the Moon Bartending

overthemoonbartending.com 414-793-8476 or 608-347-1348

(See pg 95)

BEAUTY, SKIN & WEIGHT LOSS

(Also See Cosmetics)

Elegance Salon & Spa

2725 S. Calhoun Rd., New Berlin elegancesalonandspa.com 262-785-0880

(See pg 218)

halo

1221 E. Brady St., Milwaukee halohairspa.com 414-272-4256

West Bend Country Club 5858 Hwy Z, West Bend westbendcc.com 262-334-9541

(See pg 83)

W287 N1963 Oakton Rd., Pewaukee sazs.com 262-691-9796

262-373-0101 262-375-3300 (See pg 221)

(See pg 86)

Business Income Opportunities

Windwood of Watertown

W5710 County Hwy CW, Watertown windwoodofwatertown.com 920- 262-0702

Lash Boutique 18895 W. Capitol Dr., Brookfield 1208 12th Ave., Grafton lashboutiques.com

Western Lakes Golf Club

(See pg 219)

(See pg 74)

Wisconsin Club - City Club

900 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee wisconsinclub.com 414-271-7510

(See pg 6-7)

Wisconsin Club - Country Club

6200 W Good Hope Rd, Milwaukee wisconsinclub.com 414-368-1978

(See pg 6-7)

Biodegradable Products Skin Care • Nutrition • Home • Aging

evbruckner.myshaklee.com 262-751-4410 Wide Eyed Beauty

On-Site Beauty Experts Hair & Make-up Services wideeyedbeauty.com

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES BED & BREAKFASTS/ INNS

Simma’s

White Lace Inn

Sweet Perfections Bake Shoppe

16 N 5th Ave, Sturgeon Bay WhiteLaceInn.com 920-743-1105 877-948-5223

817 N. 68th St., Wauwatosa simmasbakery.com 414-257-0998 1501 Paramount Dr., Waukesha sweetperfections.com 262-446-2253

(See pg 253)

BRIDAL SHOWERS/ GIFT OPENINGS Riverwalk Boat Tours & Rentals

(See pg 205)

(See pg 204)

CATERING All Occasions Catering / Bubb’s BBQ W230 S8855 Clark St., Big Bend bubbs.com 262-662-4201

(See pg 92)

at Pere Marquette Park (located on Old World Third St., between State and Kilbourn) riverwalkboats.com 414-283-9999 (See pg 239)

Davians Catering & Conference Center

Uptown Art

Chef Jack’s

W249 N5267 Executive Drive, Sussex uptownart.com 262-246-9400

(See pg 149)

215 South St., Waukesha chefjacks.com 262-549-5558

(See pg 91)

Louise’s Catering

Vino Third Ward

Historic Third Ward 219 E. Erie St., Milwaukee vinothirdward.com.com 414-277-8466

N56 W16300 Silver Spring Dr., Menomonee Falls davians.com 262-781-3333 (See pg 72)

(See pg 149)

Custom Menus & Catering megan@waterstreetbrewery.com louisescatering.com 414-271-9506

(See pg 93)

Marcus Center for the Performing Arts sazamas.com 414-276-2030

BRIDAL SHOWS

Complete listing and information (See pg 262)

CAKES, SWEETS & FAVORS

(See pg 89)

Napoli

132 N Pine St., Burlington napoliburlington.com 262-763-9245

(See pg 178)

Allo! Chocolat

234 W. Main St., Waukesha allochocolat.com 262-544-8030

(See pg 209)

Kewaskum audrashouseofcakes.com 262-707-7444

(See pg 151

Pop’n Spot Gourmet Popcorn 2205 N. Calhoun Rd., Brookfield thepopnspot.com 262-794-3997

(See pg 207)

Rich’s House of Cakes

4353 S. 27th St., Milwaukee richscakes.com 414-282-0713

Wedding Popcorn Bar & Gifts 50+ GOURMET FLAVORS

Audra’s House of Cakes

(See pg 206)

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Pop’n Spot Gourmet Popcorn 2205 N. Calhoun Rd., Brookfield

www.ThePopnSpot.com 262-794-3997 (See pg 207)

Rushing Waters Fisheries, LLC N301 County Road H, Palmyra rushingwaters.net 262-495-2089

(See pg 90)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Saz’s Catering

201 W. Walker St., Milwaukee sazs.com 414-256-8765

(See pg 86)

CEREMONIES, OFFICIANT

(See pg 28)

Clergy Officiants

Tripoli Shrine Catering

3000 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee tripolishrinecenter.com 414-993-4700

TH Catering

409 Delafield St., Waukesha tuscanhallwi.com 262-292-1322

(See pg 29)

Vecchio Catering

Member of the Vecchiio Entertainment Group escapetomilwaukee.com 414-273-8300 (See pg 60)

Specializing in a wide range of ceremonies from traditional to modern: • Custom and personalized ceremonies • Spiritual counseling available • Baptisms and other services available

The Church of Christ the Healer REV. JEFFREY

262-893-6760

www.MilwaukeeMinistry.org

CEREMONIES, CHAPELS

Rev. Jewel Olson Wedding Officiant Ordained • Licensed • Certified

Holy Communion Episcopal Church 320 Broad St., Lake Geneva holycommunionlakegeneva.com 262-248-3522

(414) 397-1379 NON-DENOMINATIONAL (texts accepted)

Lamm Gardens

2708 Sherman Rd., Jackson lammscape.com 262-677-3010

REV. LYNETTE

414-793-4828

(See pg 151)

Religious or Non-Religious

Your Day…Your Way! Weddings / Vow Renewals… & more!

wedding.Jewel@yahoo.com facebook.com/Weddings4U

Olympia Gardens

Located at Olympia Resort, Oconomowoc olympiaresort.com 800-558-9573 (See pg 22)

Tripoli Shrine Center

3000 W Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee tripolishrinecenter.com 414-933-4700

(See pg 28)

CHOCOLATES (FAVORS) Allo! Chocolat

234 W. Main St., Waukesha allochocolat.com 262-544-8030

(See pg 209)

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Pop’n Spot Gourmet Popcorn 2205 N. Calhoun Rd., Brookfield thepopnspot.com 262-794-3997

(See pg 207)

Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Brookfield

CONSULTANTS

15760 W Capitol Dr. fredastairebrookfield.com 262-796-1121

Ambrosia Events

4404 W. Oklahoma Ave., Milwaukee ambrosiaeventsmke.com 414-791-8896

(See pg 109)

(See pg 110)

(See pg 107)

Weddings with a Twist

1415 N. 54th St., Milwaukee weddingswithatwist.com 414-403-1376

N87W17317 Main St. fadsmenomoneefalls.com (262) 251-2000

(See pg 129)

10934 N Port Washington Rd. fredastairenorthshore.com 262-241-1221

(See pg 129)

Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Milwaukee

Vital Image Wedding Studios vitalimage.com 262-292-9000

(See pg 129)

Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Mequon

Timeless Events

Serving SE Wisconsin timelesseventsllc.com 262-751-6355

4868 S 74th St. fredastairegreenfield.com 414-281-9191

Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Menomonee Falls (See pg 218)

événement

design. plan. consult. By Appointment Only evenementplanning.com 262-617-8826

(See pg 129)

Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Greenfield (See pg 106)

E Events

2725 S. Calhoun Rd, New Berlin EEventsMilwaukee.com 262-785-0880

DANCE INSTRUCTION

(See pg 107)

COSMETICS

(Also see Beauty)

Mary Kay Cosmetics Complimentary Makeovers Skin Care & Color Cosmetics Personalized Gift Service

Independent Beauty Consultants Tammy Ehrett, Independent Sales Director

262-781-4848 marykay.com/tehrett Merle Norman Cosmetic Studios

Brookfield Square (exterior entrance) 262-782-4406 mnsalonbrookfield.com 5300 S. 108th St., Hales Corners 414-421-3788 merlenorman.com (See pg 220) 280 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

323 N Milwaukee St fredastairemilwaukee.com 414-291-9999

(See pg 129)

Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Pewaukee 615 Ryan St, Suite 200 fredastairepewaukee.com 262-691-8181

(See pg 129)

Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Pleasant Prairie 9000 76th St., Unit B fredastaire.com/pleasant-prairie 262-577-5859

(See pg 129)

Social Style

3562 Hillside Dr., Delafield socialstyledance.com 414-687-2222

(See pg 148)

DECORATING SERVICES

(Also see Rentals)

Ambrosia Events

4404 W. Oklahoma Ave., Milwaukee ambrosiaeventsmke.com 414-791-8896

(See pg 106)

Chalk’d MKE

chalkdmke.com 414-949-0215

(See pg 149)

Décor by Davians

N56 W16300 Silver Spring Dr. 262-781-3333

(See pg 72)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES événement

design. plan. consult. By Appointment Only 7208 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa evenementplanning.com 262-617-8826

(See pg 109)

DRY CLEANING / GOWN PRESERVATION

Heavenly Creations

Martinizing

Something Borrowed

Elm Grove 13405 Watertown Plank Rd. Grafton 397 Falls Rd. Hartland 418 Merton Ave. Menomonee Falls N95W18397 County Line Rd Mequon 11106 N Port Washington Rd Milwaukee 233 W. Layton Ave. Oconomowoc 1300 Brown St. 1035 W. Summit Ave. 1320 Pabst Farm Circle Pewaukee 1405 Capitol Dr. Wauwatosa 6737 Milwaukee Ave. West Allis 2262 S. 108th St. Whitefish Bay 285 E Hampton Ave

4060 N. 127th St., Suite 200, Brookfield By Appointment heavenlycr8.com 414-353-1179 (See pg 100) 1239 Hwy. 175, Hubertus somethingborrowedandmore.com 262-628-3090

(See pg 98)

DESTINATION WEDDINGS

(See Travel Agencies)

DOOR COUNTY WEDDINGS Landmark Resort

7643 Hillside Rd., Egg Harbor thelandmarkresort.com 800-273-7877

(See pg 253)

The Lodge at Leathem Smith

1640 Memorial Dr., Sturgeon Bay thelodgeatls.com 920-743-5555

(See pg 253)

Newport Resort at Main St. 7888 Church St., Egg Harbor newportresort.com 920-868-9900 or 800-468-6160

(See pg 251)

Stone Harbor, A Door County Resort & Conference Center 107 N. 1st Ave., Sturgeon Bay stoneharbor-resort.com 920-746-0700

(See pg 251)

White Lace Inn

16 N. 5th Ave., Sturgeon Bay WhiteLaceInn.com 920-743-1105 or 1-877-948-5223

(See pg 253)

The Specialist in Bridal Gowns Free Pickup & Delivery mymartinizing.com 262-521-9710

(See pg 214) 262-782-0665 262-377-2269 262-367-4508 262-251-7979 262-241-3535 414-747-1077 262-560-9981 262-567-4813 262-560-0666 262-695-1661 414-771-3331 414-545-8688 414-964-4747

FINANCIAL SERVICES Cherry Creek Mortgage dcasper@ccmclending.com 414-531-8368

(See pg 237)

First Weber Realtors with Terry Lea Reuteler Serving SE-WI. terryleareuteler.firstweber.com 414-418-6601

(See pg 236)

FIREWORKS Wolverine Fireworks Serving SE Wisconsin wolverinefireworks.com 262-968-4178

(See pg 45)

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES FLORISTS

GOWNS, CUSTOM

(and Rental Items)

(See full listing of bridal salons online at premierbridewisconsin.com/wedding-bridal-salons)

Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop

7001 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa alfawedding.com 414-475-7080

(See pg 201)

Bank of Flowers N88 W16723 Appleton Ave Menomonee Falls 346 Oakton Ave Pewaukee bankofflowers.net

262-253-9111 262-695-9911 (See pg 197)

Belle Fiori

HOTELS/ CLUB SUITES

(Also see Banquet Facilities)

Courtyard Marriott Milwaukee Airport

2014 N. Farwell Ave., Milwaukee bellefioriflorist.com 414-272-2234

(See pg 200)

Creative Floral by Something Borrowed 1239 Hwy 175, Hubertus creativefloralandmore.com 262-628-4410

4620 S. 5th St., Milwaukee Marriott.com/mkecy 414-747-4405

106 E. Freistadt Rd., Thiensville fantasyflowers.info 262-242-3732

(See pg 199)

Feisty Flowers

feistyflowers.com 414-526-5202

(See pg 199)

Lamm Gardens

Off Hwy 45 on Sherman Rd., Jackson lammscape.com 262-677-3010

(See pg 151)

Waukesha Floral & Greenhouse

(See pg 60)

1350 Royale Mile Road Oconomowoc, WI 53066 (800) 558-9573

(See pg 198)

Fantasy Flowers

255 Guestrooms Themed Suites 17,000 Sq.Ft. Spa Restaurant & Lounge Indoor / Outdoor Pool 45,000 Sq. Ft. Meeting see pg. 58 & Banquet Facilities Discounted Room Blocks Available

• • • • • • •

Residence Inn Milwaukee North/Glendale 7003 N. Port Washington Rd., Glendale

(See pg 26)

319 S. Prairie Ave., Waukesha waukeshafloral.com 262-542-8152 800-825-8152

Sybaris Pool Suites (See pg 196)

FORMALWEAR DuBois Brookfield Square (Inside Sears) 100 E. Oak St. (in Eva’s), Oak Creek 822 N. 8th St., Sheboygan duboisfw.com

HONEYMOON

(Also see Travel Agencies & Door County Weddings)

262-754-9296 414-570-8892 920-458-1412 (See pg 215)

Harleys: A Modern Man Store

3565 N. Oakland Avenue, Shorewood shopmodernman.com 414-332-3404

10240 N. Cedarburg Rd., Mequon sybaris.com 262-242-8000

(See pg 243)

ICE SCULPTURES Art Below Zero

Call or visit our website for info artbelowzero.net 414-779-7000

(See pg 148)

INTERNET (See pg 213)

Premier Bride

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Complete Milwaukee

INVITATIONS

completemilwaukee.com 414-751-6886

Coqui Paperie and Gifts

Serving SE Wisconsin 17700 W. Capitol Dr., Brookfield shopcoqui.com 414-369-2589

DJ Express

djexpressfun.com 262-306-1138 (See pg 161)

(See pg 187)

(See pg 159)

(See pg 167)

Muzic in Motion

(See pg 96)

Vital Image Wedding Studios

Bead IT LLC

(See pg 149)

vitalimage.com 262-292-9000

(See Transportation)

(See pg 164)

Wolverine Fireworks Serving SE Wisconsin wolverinefireworks.com 262-968-4178

LIMOUSINES

(See pg 45)

MUSIC, SPECIALTY

LINGERIE

Dream City Music

Voluptuous Secrets LLC

For a Perfect Comfortable Fit 1740 N. Martin Luther King Dr., Milwaukee voluptuoussecrets.com 414-264-7776 (See pg 148)

MASSAGE

info@dreamcitymusic.org dreamcitymusic.org 414-209-4102

(See pg 173)

Elegant Music Service

elegantmusicservices.com 262-619-1900

(See pg 173)

Gabriel’s Horns

gabrielshorns.com 414-581-7391

(See Spas)

MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT 262Weddings.com

Serving Milwaukee and Most of Wisconsin 262weddings.com 800-901-1007 (See pg 169)

Audio Therapy

audiotherapydj.com 414-526-0200

MP Pro

5770 S. Westridge Dr., New Berlin muzicinmotion.com • excitingevents.com 262-797-8880 800-925-8880

JEWELRY (CUSTOMIZED) beadit-wi.com 262-366-5573

Midwest Sound DJ Entertainment

Call for information mpproweddings.com 262-751-9681

Paperwhites

Hours by appointment paperwhites-invitations.com 262-224-1134

(See pg 170)

N15W22180 Watertown Rd., Suite 112, Waukesha midwestsoundwi.com 262-751-2900 (See pg 172)

PAPERjunkies Co

paperjunkiesco@gmail.com paperjunkies.co 414-405-1249

(See pg 167)

(See pg 165)

(See pg 173)

Racine String Quartet ccviolin@hotmail.com racinestringquartet.com 262-498-6760

(See pg 173)

That Sax Guy

Smooth sax for all occasions thatsaxguy.com 262-206-6499

OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS

(See Hotels/Club Suites)

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTOGRAPHY BOUDOIR

Ambiance Studios by Scott & Cathy Erickson ambiancestudios.com 262-338-0922

(See pg 137)

Artist Group Photo & Video info@artistgroup.net artistgroup.com 262-387-1001

In-Focus Photography infocusphotography.org 414-483-2526

(See pg 135)

(See pg 139)

Better Together Photography

bettertogetherphoto.com info.bettertogetherphoto@gmail.com

(See pg 135)

(See pg 133)

PHOTO BOOTHS 262PhotoBooth.com 414-671-1512

(See pg 134)

Serving Milwaukee and Most of Wisconsin 262photobooth.com 800-901-1007 (See pg 147)

Eivan’s National Photo & Video Inc. Service Wisconsin eivans.com 866-348-2671

(See pg 136)

Ideal Impressions

6638 Deerpath Rd.,Lake Geneva idealimpressions.com 262-729-3192

(See pg 179)

In-Focus Photography infocusphotography.org 414-483-2526

(See pg 135)

Indian Summer Photography Serving SE Wisconsin indiansummerphotography.com 608-963-1136

ShutterBooth

Serving Greater Milwaukee & Madison shutterbooth.com 414-255-3800 (See pg 145) (See pg 132)

REGISTRY

Vital Image Wedding Studios vitalimage.com 262-292-9000

414-526-0200

(See pg 165) (See pg 132)

Kara Reese Photography

213 South Street, Waukesha karareese.com 262-208-5272

audiotherapydj.com

(See pg 133)

Boston StoreBrookfield Square Mayfair Southridge

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262-782-6888 414-453-7500 414-423-0800


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Bayshore Grand Avenue Racine West Bend bostonstore.com

414-962-6006 414-347-4141 262-553-9655 262-335-9390 (See pg 3)

Royal Prestige

dinner4two.com or midwestlifestyles.com 920-375-6536 (See pg 191)

REHEARSAL DINNERS (See pg 60)

Friday’s Front Row

Riverwalk Boat Tours & Rentals

at Pere Marquette Park (on Old World Third St, between State and Kilbourn) riverwalkboats.com 414-283-9999 (See pg 239)

(See pg 90)

Saz’s State House Restaurant 5539 W. State St., Milwaukee sazs.com 414-453-2410

(See pg 86)

Trinity Three Irish Pubs

One Brewers Way, Milwaukee frontrowmilwaukee.com 414-902-4204

(See pg 59)

Hops & Leisure

125 E. Juneau Ave., Milwaukee trinitythreeirishpubs.com 414-278-7033

(See pg 61)

Vagabond

1225 Robruck Dr., Oconomowoc hopsandleisure.com 262-567-8536

Street Tacos 1122 N. Edison St., Milwaukee vagabondmke.com 414-223-1122

Kilawat

139 E. Kilbourn Ave, Milwaukee (Located inside the Intercontinental) kilawatcuisine.com 414-291-4793

(See pg 61)

Water Street Brewery

Louises 414-273-4224 262-784-4275 (See pg 64)

Maggiano’s

(See pg 63)

Mason Street Grill

425 E. Mason St, Milwaukee (located at the Hilton) masonstreetgrill.com 414-298-3131

Milwaukee Chop House

1101 N. Water St., Milwaukee 3191 Golf Rd., Delafield I-43 & Hwy. 60, Grafton 140 W. Town Square Way, Oak Creek waterstreetbrewery.com

414-272-1195 262-646-7878 262-375-2222 414-301-5290 (See pg 64)

Zarletti Mequon

1515 W. Mequon Rd., Mequon zarlettimequon.com 262-241-5990

(See pg 65)

RENTALS All Star Rentals

S167 W16262 Loomis Dr, Muskego allstarrentals.net 414-427-9951

(See pg 101)

Arnold’s Environmental Services Inc.

633 North 5th St, Milwaukee chophouse411.com 414-226-2467

3031 Hwy 33, Saukville arnoldsenvironmental.com 800-994-0500

Mo’s - A Place for Steaks

720 N Plankinton Ave., Milwaukee mosaplaceforsteaks.com 414-272-0720

(See pg 62)

N301 County Road H, Palmyra rushingwaters.net 262-495-2089

4620 S. 5th St., Milwaukee marriott.com/mkecy 414-747-4405

2500 N. Mayfair Rd., Wauwatosa maggianos.com 414-978-1020

777 N. Water St., Milwaukee rodizio.com 414-431-3106

Rushing Waters Fisheries, LLC

Courtyard Marriott Milwaukee Airport

801 N. Jefferson, Milwaukee 190th & Bluemound Rd., Brookfield louiseswisconsin.com 414-271-9506

Rodizio Grill - Milwaukee

(See pg 102)

Brookfield Party Rental (See pg 60)

12630 Robin Ln. Suite 200, Brookfield madfoxparty.com 262-786-2666

(See pg 103)

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Celebrations Tent & Party Rentals Div. of Equipment Rentals Inc. 2001 Decorah Rd., West Bend 630 Grand Ave., Hartford eqrents.com 1-877-362-TENT

The O-Spa

Olympia Resort & Conference Center 1350 Royale Mile Rd., Oconomowoc olympiaresort.com 800-558-9573

TRANSPORTATION

Chalk’d MKE

chalkdmke.com 414-949-0215

(See pg 149)

Containers Up

containersup.com 888-765-3691

(See pg 22)

(See pg 150)

(See pg 98)

Broadway Limousine & Coach Brookfield broadwaylimoandcoach.com 262-246-3838

(See pg 231)

Go Riteway

Cover It With Class

A Beautiful Touch at an Affordable Price coveritwithclass.com 262-343-2581 (See pg 150)

goriteway.com 800-236-5450

Exciting Events

Showroom: 9215 W. Oklahoma Ave., Milwaukee highclasslimousinevip.com 414-762-0809 (See pg 227)

5770 S. Westridge Dr., New Berlin excitingevents.com 262-797-8880 or 800-925-8880

(See pg 96)

High Class Limousine, Classics & Trolley

Lamers Limousine Service “The Elegance You Deserve” golamers.com 800-236-6160

Gertrude & Evelyn Vintage Rentals Serving SE-WI gertrudeandevelynvintage.com 262-716-6676

4060 N. 127th St., Suite 200, Brookfield By Appointment heavenlycr8.com 414-353-1179 (See pg 100)

JKS Backyard Games

Motor Coaches & Trolley Limousines golamers.com 1225 Robruck Drive, Oconomowoc magicalnightlimo.com 262-366-3017

Something Borrowed

Spring City Trolley (See pg 98)

Well Dressed Tables by Arena Americas (See pg 99)

RESTROOMS

235 W. Broadway, Suite 10, Waukesha springcitytrolley.com 262-522-9359

(See pg 230)

(See pg 229)

TRAVEL AGENCIES & HONEYMOONS CTS Travel

Specializing in Destination Weddings & Honeymoons ctstravelpros.com 414-276-3388 (See pg 257)

(See Rentals)

Latitudes Travel

SPAS

LatitudesWI.com 414-433-4873

Elegance Salon & Spa

2725 S. Calhoun Rd., New Berlin elegancesalonandspa.com 262-785-0880

800-236-1240 800-236-6160 920-336-6160 (See pg 228)

Magical Night Limousine

jksbackyard.com 414-313-8017

7000 S. 10th St., Suite 100, Oak Creek welldressedtables.com 855-252-2480 (toll free)

(See pg 228)

Lamers Trolley & Coaches

Heavenly Creations

1239 Hwy. 175, Hubertus somethingborrowedandmore.com 262-628-3090

(See pg 233)

(See pg 259)

LovinAway (See pg 218)

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Luxury Romance Travel lovinaway.com 844-568-2929

(See pg 249)


Shooting Star Travel

Star Destination Weddings & Honeymoons An Affiliate of Shooting Star Travel shootingstartravels.com 262-355-9990 (See pg 258)

Star Destination Weddings & Honeymoon An Affiliate of Shooting Star Travel 112 N. Main St. West Bend star-destinationweddings.com 262-355-9990

(See pg 258)

VIDEOGRAPHY Artist Group Photo & Video info@artistgroup.net artistgroup.com 262-387-1001

(See pg 139)

Better Together Photography

bettertogetherphoto.com info.bettertogetherphoto@gmail.com

(See pg 135)

GET YOUR REWARDS! PremierBrideMKE.com HOTEL HIGH LIFE You and your sweetie will spend one lovely night at the Hyatt Regency in the heart of downtown Milwaukee. After a dreamy night’s sleep, wake up to a complimentary breakfast for two.

FEED THE GIRAFFES Animal lovers, this one’s for you. You and your friends will get the VIP treatment at the Milwaukee County Zoo as you feed the giraffes!

AMAZON FIRE

414-671-1512

(See pg 134)

FLOWERS FOR A YEAR!

Ideal Impressions

6638 Deerpath Rd.,Lake Geneva idealimpressions.com 262-729-3192

(See pg 179)

In-Focus Photography & Video infocusphotography.org 414-283-3192

(See pg 135)

JC Designs LLC jcdesignswi.com 262-574-9161

(See pg 142)

Vital Image Wedding Studios vitalimage.com 262-292-9000

(See pg 133)

WALWORTH COUNTY WEDDINGS

(See pg 186)

Gadget gurus, you could take home an Amazon Fire tablet! Play games, stream movies and TV shows, download songs and Kindle e-books, and so much more.

Delight in the beauty of four floral arrangements (one for each season!) from Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop. Let Alfa choose the flowers - a $150 value!

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JANUARY

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FEBRUARY

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MARCH 31st Passover

JANUARY

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JANUARY 1st New Year’s Day 21st Martin Luther King, Jr. Day FEBRUARY 14th Valentine’s Day 18th President’s Day APRIL 20th Passover 21st Easter

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OCTOBER 9th Yom Kippur 14th Columbus Day 31st Halloween NOVEMBER 28th Thanksgiving Day DECEMBER 23rd Hanukkah 25th Christmas Day

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DECEMBER 3rd Hanukkah 25th Christmas Day

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NOVEMBER 22nd Thanksgiving Day

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APRIL 1st Easter MAY 28th Memorial Day JULY 4th Independence Day SEPTEMBER 3rd Labor Day 10th Rosh Hashanah 19th Yom Kippur

FEBRUARY 14th Valentine’s Day 19th President’s Day

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THE PREMIER BRIDE PLANNER

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

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THE WEDDING TIMELINE

Shop for and order wedding gown, veil and accessories

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

2-4 MONTHS AHEAD

12 MONTHS AHEAD

Decide on the budget

9-12 MONTHS AHEAD

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

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

Arrange ceremony rehearsal and notify participants

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

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

1-2 MONTHS AHEAD

Choose attendants

Select band or DJ for reception

Book musicians for ceremony Select florist

Reserve accommodations for out-of-town guests

2-4 WEEKS AHEAD

Select caterer

Order invitations, personal stationery and thank you notes

Select and purchase guest favors Find and reserve rehearsal dinner location

1 WEEK AHEAD

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

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

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

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

Arrange for final fittings on your gown

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

Register for gifts at one to three stores

Order wedding cake

Mail invitations

Start reception seating chart and placecards

Reserve wedding day transportation

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

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

Prepare printed program for ceremony

Get engagement photo taken

6-9 MONTHS AHEAD

Buy and wrap attendants’ gifts

Select ceremony music, readings and vows and meet with officiant

Compile guest list

Select videographer

4-6 MONTHS AHEAD

Address wedding invitations

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

Reserve accommodations for wedding night Finalize guest list

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FOR HER:

DON’T FORGET...

WEDDING ATTIRE

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

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

FOR HIM:

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

HONEYMOON CHECKLIST

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

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

UPDATING YOUR NAME

WEDDING DAY EMERGENCY KIT

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

Auto Registration

Investment accounts

Stock certificates

Bank & credit card accounts

Life insurance policy

Car insurance policy

Medical/dental records

Tax agency records (state/federal)

Credit reporting agencies

Memberships

Voter registration records

Deeds/titles

Passport

Wills/trusts

Driver’s license

Post Office records

Employee records

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

Social Security records

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THE WEDDING BUDGET

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Groom’s Wedding Ring

______________

Ceremony Site Fee

______________

Officiant

______________

Marriage License

______________

Aisle Runner

______________

Candles/Candelabra

______________

Other

______________

RECEPTION

______________

Bride’s Wedding Ring

MUSIC

Engagement Ring

Reception Site Fee

______________

Food, Service, Tax & Gratuity

______________

Beverage/Bar Corkage Fee

______________

Cake/Cake Cutting Fee

______________

Rental Items

______________

Other

______________

Ceremony

______________

Reception

______________

Other

______________

Photographer’s Fee

______________

Engagement Portrait

______________

Formal Wedding Portrait

______________

Proofs

______________

Wedding Album

______________

Candids

______________

Parents’ Sets

______________

Other

______________

Wedding VHS/DVD

______________

Additional Copies

______________

Bride’s Gown

______________

Alterations

______________

Headpiece & Veil

______________

Lingerie, Hosiery & Garter

______________

Shoes

______________

Jewelry & Accessories

______________

Wrap/Jacket

______________

Hair, Makeup & Manicure

______________

Other

______________

GROOM: Groom’s Formalwear

______________

Neckwear & Cufflinks

______________

Accessories

______________

Shoes

______________

Other

______________

PHOTOGRAPHY

BRIDE:

VIDEOGRAPHY

WEDDING ATTIRE

CEREMONY

RINGS

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

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

______________

Projector Rental

______________

Other

______________

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______________

Groom’s Boutonniere

______________

Attendants’ Boutonnieres

______________

______________

Best Man

______________

Groomsmen

______________

Ushers

______________

Helper Corsages/Boutonnieres ______________

Child Attendants

______________

Ceremony Flowers

______________

Bride & Groom

______________

Reception Flowers

______________

Bride’s Parents

______________

Decorations/Balloons

______________

Groom’s Parents

______________

Other

______________

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

______________

Save-the-Date Cards

______________

Cake Cutting Attendant

______________

Invitations & Envelopes

______________

Gift Table Attendant

______________

Calligrapher

______________

Guest Book Attendant

______________

Postage

______________

Thank You Notes

______________

Soloists/Musicians (who are friends)

______________

Other

______________

Wedding Coordinator

______________

Informal Stationery

______________

Ceremony Programs

______________

Placecards

______________ ______________

Other

______________

Attendant Accommodations ______________ Bridesmaids’ Dresses/Shoes

______________

Flower Girl’s Dress

______________

Groomsmens’ Formalwear

______________

Ring Bearer’s Attire

______________

Bridesmaids’ Luncheon

______________

Other

______________

______________

Rings

______________

Ceremony

______________

Reception

______________

Music

______________

Wedding Party Transportation: Limousine, Carriage, etc. ______________

Cake Knife & Server

______________

Cake Top

______________

Wedding Attire

______________

Favors

______________

Photography

______________

Flower Girl’s Basket

______________

Videography

______________

Guest Book & Pen

______________

Flowers

______________

Ring Bearer’s Pillow

______________

Stationery

______________

Toasting Glasses

______________

Transportation

______________

Unity Candle, Kiddush Cup

______________

Favors & Accessories

______________

Other

______________

Gifts

______________

Other

______________

Miscellaneous

______________

Maid/Matron of Honor

______________

Grand TOTAL

______________

Guest Transportation

______________

Parking

______________

Other

______________

Other

______________

TOTALS

TRANSPORTATION

Announcements

GIFTS

Bridesmaids’

MISCELLANEOUS

FLOWERS

______________

Attendants’ Bouquets

FAVORS & ACCESSORIES

STATIONERY

Bride’s Bouquet

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SHARING THE COST

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

GROOM

BRIDE

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

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

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

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

Accommodations for out-of-town attendants (optional)

Formal wear for best man & groomsmen (optional)

Luncheon for bridal party

Accommodations for out-of-town attendants (optional)

Informal stationery

Marriage license Fee for officiant

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

GROOM’S FAMILY

BRIDE’S FAMILY

Honeymoon Engagement party

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

WEDDING PARTY

Videographer

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

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

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GROOM’S CAKE

CAKE STYLE

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

SETUP DETAILS

CAKE ACCESSORIES

Description

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

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

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

Tea Lunch Cocktails Dinner

Regional Seasonal Exotic Ethnic Thematic

SERVICE

Breakfast/Brunch

FLAVOR

TYPE

CATERING PLANNER

Salad Entrée Dessert

Beef Chicken Vegetarian Pork Seafood

DESSERT

Soup

ENTRÉES

COURSES

Appetizer

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

Dessert Hors d’oeuvres

Cocktails

Regional Seasonal Exotic Ethnic Thematic

Lamb

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

Vegetarian Kosher Halal Other

RENTAL ITEMS

Full Bar

SPECIAL

ALCOHOL*

Pasta

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

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HELPERS

FLOWERS BY SEASON

TERMINOLOGY

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

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

SPRING

SUMMER

FALL

WINTER

YEAR ‘ROUND

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WEDDING PARTY

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

RECEPTION

CEREMONY

Other

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

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MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT PLANNER

CEREMONY

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

START TIME

SONG/PERFORMED BY

START TIME

Prelude Processional Service Recessional Postlude Other Other

RECEPTION

Other

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

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BRIDE­’ S PHOTOS:

GROOM­’ S PHOTOS:

PRE-WEDDING

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

Bride getting ready

RECEPTION

Guests at cocktail party

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

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

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

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

CEREMONY

PORTRAITS

PHOTOGRAPHY PLANNER

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

Group pictures & candids throughout reception

Clergy, groom & best man at altar

Musicians

Bride & father walking down aisle

Bride & Groom’s first dance

Father giving bride’s hand to groom

Bride & Father, Groom & Mother dance

Guests watching the ceremony

Guests dancing

Vow exchange

Cake, cake table & cake cutting

Ring ceremony

Couple feeding each other cake

Candids of bride’s/groom’s face

Bouquet toss Garter removal & toss

Unity candle ceremony, kiddush cup ceremony, etc.

Sweetheart dance

Signing of wedding certificate

Going-away vehicle (especially if decorated)

Groom kissing the bride

Bride & groom in going away clothes

Recessional

Newlyweds departing & guests’ farewell

Guests throwing rice, flower petals, etc.

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LOCATION

RECEPTION PLANNER DATES AVAILABLE

LOCATION

SIZE

USED FOR

Indoor

Small (<100)

Ceremony

Outdoor

Medium (100-250)

Reception

Same site as ceremony

Large (250+)

Dressing

Walking distance from ceremony

Overnight rooms

SITE SERVICES

Within ______ miles of ceremony site

SERVICES PROVIDED

RENTALS AVAILABLE

Rooms

Tables

Food

Chairs & chair covers

Beverage/Alcohol

China, glassware, silverware & serving dishes

Disabled access

Linens

Adequate parking Valet

Ratio of guests to servers: ___________

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

DECORATIONS

PROVIDED

STYLE

More than one event at a time

RECEPTION

Head table Guest tables

BRINGING OWN DECORATIONS What are decorating restrictions?

Cake table Guest book table

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

When can decorations/favors come in?

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

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COLOR SCHEME Pastels Jewel tones Neutral tones Bold/bright

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Bride as baby

Early days as a couple

Groom as baby

Bachelor/Bachelorette parties

Bride’s childhood Groom’s childhood

Other:

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

RECEPTION

BRIDE DRESSING AT HOME

PHOTOS FOR SLIDESHOW

VIDEOGRAPHY PLANNER

Date: Time: Location: Special Requests:

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

CEREMONY

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

Date:

Guests dancing

Time:

Guests dining tables

Location:

Bride & Groom saying good-byes & leaving

Guests arriving Wedding party preparing

Special Requests:

Ceremony Guests leaving Special Requests:

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BRIDE

WEDDING ATTIRE DESCRIPTION

SIZE

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

BRIDE’S ATTENDANTS

Other

DESCRIPTION

SIZE

SIZE

SIZE

SIZE

NAME

NAME

NAME

NAME

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

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GROOM

DESCRIPTION

SIZE

Coat Shirt Vest Trousers Cummerbund Neckwear Cufflinks Socks & Shoes Other

GROOM’S ATTENDANTS

Other

DESCRIPTION

SIZE

SIZE

SIZE

SIZE

NAME

NAME

NAME

NAME

Coat Shirt Vest Trousers Cummerbund Neckwear Cufflinks Socks & Shoes Other

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VENDORS

KEEPING TRACK

NAME / PHONE

PAYMENT INFORMATION

DATE

AMOUNT

BAL. DUE

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

WEDDING PARTY

Wedding Coordinator

NAME

PHONE

Bridesmaids

Groomsmen

Ushers

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