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your dream dress WHEN DAYDREAMING BECOMES A REALITY 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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GOWNS 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 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.

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GOWNS STARTING THE SEARCH Start by gathering ideas. Bridal magazines, designer websites, and Pinterest are a great source as you start the hunt for your wedding dress. Compile the styles you like that suit the mood of your wedding. 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 www.PremierBrideMKE.com PREMIER BRIDE • 7


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GOWNS way it does another bride’s body. When the time comes to try on gowns, 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 fullfigured 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. 8 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

They can also coordinate alterations and other practical matters once you’ve 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 There are usually as many as four fittings that follow saying “yes” to the dress. Here are some tips for making this process run smoothly. First, give yourself and the tailor sufficient time. 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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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 to friends. This seems like a no-brainer -


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

Spring weddings are always popular, in part because of the parallels between new life blooming in the gardens and the new life of a married couple. Using flower bulbs instead of full-grown flowers also add to that feeling. For a spring-themed centerpiece that doubles as a favor, have multiple small, pastel-colored vases and encourage your guests to bring one home. Seeds and tiny monogrammed flowerpots are also a fun favor! You could also try bringing a little Easter to your reception by having lilies as centerpieces or hiding wedding favors, especially if there will be children present. For summer weddings, try a slightly more informal approach to your meal by 16 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

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

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Brides and grooms are focusing all the more on making choices that feel true to them, rather than what’s traditionally expected. From suited brides to local foliage to diet-conscious meals, weddings in 2019 will be beautifully down to earth, with a healthy dose of glamor. These weddings are incredibly romantic, while also keeping it personal and real. 4

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CURRENT TRENDS STYLE: FROM FEMININE GOWNS TO PRETTY PANTSUITS In 2019 trends, styles range from supremely feminine to lovely pairs of pants and jumpsuits. For brides who are feeling girly, bows, glitter, and puffy sleeves are a stylish way to embrace your femininity. Bows can define a bride’s waist, bring a fabulous flourish, or be a sweet, subtle accent for dress straps. Going all-out glittery really ups the glam factor, with many gowns being covered in shimmer or trimmed with reflective confetti. Puffy sleeves today aren’t like the bulbous ones on 80s wedding dresses; rather, they are everything from sheer and ethereal to boldly modern shoulder treatments. Jumpsuits and white pantsuits are also redefining bridal style. In 2019, brides will say “yes” to not only the dress, but also jumpsuits, rompers, and a variety of stunning separates. This is indeed a fashion-forward trend. Also adding some modern edge to bridal fashion: Geometric designs. Though lace is a classic that will always be in style, textiles are tending toward sharp, linear stripes, diamonds, and angular stitching for a sense of modernity. All of the above, by and large, will be rendered in shades of white and ivory, though blush and other pale hues creep in from time to time. Bridesmaids still reflect this softness, wearing a range of neutrals and metallics. But color is also seeing a resurgence. In addition to barely-there palettes, brides are coming back around to playful and dramatic color schemes, as a way to highlight their own personal preferences. Bridesmaids also continue to have more freedom. For example, the bride may request that each girl find a long gown in a particular color family. It’s about a

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CURRENT TRENDS pleasing mix rather than uniformity. For an especially elegant affair, long gowns in black are a striking choice. As brides get on board with color, so do the grooms. For the more daring 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 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. As with wedding dress textiles, 2019 also points 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 abound, adding a sort of 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


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CURRENT TRENDS cupcakes, or donuts. 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. In all stages of the meal, couples are being increasingly conscious of food preferences and allergies. Odds are someone on your guest list lives a gluten-free, vegetarian, or vegan life. Whether due to health reasons or a lifestyle choice, it’s important to accommodate those guests. Luckily, wedding and event caterers are keeping up with the times, offering plenty of scrumptious meals to suit all palates. Vegetarian meals often include meatless pastas and veggie lasagna. Veggie steaks are becoming a popular choice for vegan meals, as is the use of jackfruit. Jackfruit is a fleshy vegetable from Southeast Asia that is capable of taking on a chewy, meaty consistency that will satisfy even the most emphatic meat lovers. Going gluten-free? Eliminate grains. By being proactive in seeking out a delicious, diet-conscious meal, you’ll not only please those who subscribe to that diet, but also anyone with good taste in food.

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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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• Proposes the first toast to the newlyweds. • 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 limousine or drives them to the hotel or 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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ATTENDANT’S RESPONSIBILITY the maid/matron of honor

• Assists the bride with pre-wedding tasks including smiling while making tiny favors out of birdseed, because that’s what she really wanted. • Assists bride in setting a date to have bridesmaid’s dresses fitted and coordinates other bridesmaids to ensure they get to the proper location on time. • Attends all pre-wedding parties and hosts a bridal shower with other bridesmaids. • Arranges the bride’s veil and train before the grand walk down the aisle • Holds the bride’s bouquet during the ring exchange. • Holds the groom’s ring during the ceremony.

• Stands next to the groom in the receiving line and sits to his left at the head table. • Signs the marriage certificate as a witness. • 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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Depending on your religion you might decide to forget about tradition and create your own wedding vows for your big day. The sky is really the limit in this case, and there is no better way to begin your life together than to take the time to really let one another know how you feel. Just like destination weddings have gotten quite popular within the last few years, so has personalized wedding vows whether proclaimed on the beach, spoken in a church or just shared between the two of you in a romantic and casual setting. If you do decide that you want to write your own vows, then meet with the officiant to discuss what you want to do. Think about what is truly important for you to express to each other during the ceremony. As time progresses many couples have begun to take offense to the wording in traditional wedding vows such as the word “obey.” If you are offended by this term, then create a new phrase that reflects who you are as a couple. Perhaps “love, respect and trust” fits into your life plan much better. When you do personalize your wedding vows think about those things that are really important to you such as the meaning of marriage, why you are planning to spend your lives together and how you will make this arrangement work for better or for 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.


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GLUTEN-FREE AND VEGAN dare to be different & delicious More and more people suffer from various food allergies or choose to prescribe to specialty diets nowadays. If you aren’t one of them, odds are someone on your guest list lives a gluten-free, vegetarian, or vegan life. Whether due to health reasons or a lifestyle choice, it’s important for the

bride and groom, the dinner party hosts, to accommodate their guests. Luckily, wedding and event caterers are keeping up with the times, offering plenty of scrumptious meals to suit all palates. Sometimes a special diet is the result of an allergy or health consideration, such as a nut allergy or celiac disease (gluten intolerance). For other folks, a special diet is a lifestyle choice. Sometimes, that choice even stems from a religious belief, so it’s important to treat all such choices with respect. Vegetarians do not eat meat. Vegans do not eat any animal byproducts, including dairy. People who are glutenfree stay away from grains like wheat, rye, and barley. Once you identify any dietary restrictions among your wedding guests, leave it to the food professionals to serve 40 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

something that not only meets your guests’ needs, but also tastes delicious. Vegetarian meals often include meatless pastas and veggie lasagna, as cheese isn’t off limits to vegetarians. There are times that a vegetarian meal can be made vegan simply by removing the cheese — but not always. Going gluten-free? Eliminate grains. The key is to plan ahead. In your wedding invitations, on the RSVP card, include a line which says “please advise of any dietary requirements.” This invites your guests to alert you to any restrictions without feeling like a bother. Whenever possible, work with your caterer to plan hors-d’oeuvres and dinner options that cover all your bases. If serving passed appetizers during cocktail hour, make sure there’s a variety of offerings, rather than everything being wrapped in bacon. This same variety is also easier to achieve if serving a buffet or family-style dinner. For a sit-down, plated dinner, it’s still possible for your caterer to craft a vegan, gluten-free meal that falls under most special diets — just make sure you’re working with the right catering company. If dietary needs are a priority of yours, ask prospective caterers up front about their experience cooking more non-traditional fare. They may have a dish in their repertoire that checks a lot of dietary boxes, and it may just be scrumptious enough to serve to everyone! By being proactive in seeking out a delicious, diet-conscious meal, you’ll not only please those who subscribe to that diet, but also anyone with good taste in food.

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PERSONALIZED VOWS Another uncomfortable statement in the wedding vow is “until death do us part.” How about something traditional, but less morbid like “as long as we both shall live.” No matter how far astray you want your wedding vows to go, it might be a good idea to start with the familiar. There is definitely something beautiful about the words in a wedding ceremony and perhaps just adding a few of your own personalized additions throughout the wedding is all that will be needed to add that special touch. Of course, you want to make sure that you and your fiancé are in agreement when it comes to changing the vows during the wedding. Talk about the things that make your life together unique and different and the plans you have for your future. One really special way to say “I love you” is to remember why you fell in love in the first place. Often during the hassles of the wedding this is easy to forget. Perhaps bringing it all back together in front of your family and friends will make a bond that will never be broken. Talk about the experiences you have shared together while making memories. These are often very important moments frozen in time and will also help to build your future as you look ahead at what makes your marriage so important to both of you. What do you want for your future? This will be a good start as to what you want to promise each other as you stand before God and man becoming husband and wife. Never let your partner see your personal vows until he/she hears them during the ceremony as it’s much more

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suspenseful and dramatic to hear them for the first time while looking at each other. 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. Poems can be quite popular for the wedding vows, however let’s face it, not everyone is a poet. If you must write a poem and you are sure you don’t want to steal from one of the great masters then sit down and decide on a theme. Obviously, the theme will have to do with love and your lives together, but go deeper and take it a step further. Try not to use the same tired themes that have been overdone in the past. Think about who you are and your style. If you aren’t one for sentimental gushing, then perhaps a happy poem about your lives together will work much better. Should you decide to honor your parents at the wedding, this can be incorporated by a poem either written by both of you or a tried and true one that has been used for years. In addition to the vows, other ways to personalize what you have to say is through your actions. Using a cake top that is identical to the one your parents had is a nice touch as is walking down the aisle to the same song your mother used years ago. However you choose to make your vows special, keep in mind that the wedding is really about you and your spouse and it is the only big day you will ever have like this in your lives. This way, the true meaning of love really will shine through by your actions as well as by your words.

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PB TIPS FOR USING PINTEREST using pinterest for wedding planning 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.

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 hotspots, Pinterest can be 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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Contrary to popular belief, not every couple gets married in a church. Nowadays, many couples are choosing to say their vows in the location where they hold the reception. If you prefer to wed in a simple, yet religious atmosphere, a nondenominational chapel could be the answer. This is especially common if your religious backgrounds differ or if there are other complications such as annulment delays. The intimate setting of a chapel also allows for the freedom to add personal touches including unique music or personalized wedding vows. Special services provided by the owners of such chapels can vary from tuxedo rental and decorations to photography and catering. Additionally, preserving a date at a chapel rather than at a church may be easier especially if you want to marry within a short time of the engagement. The scene of a sentimental moment shared between the two of you can be turned into the place where you say, “I do.” Weddings are performed in parks, on cruise ships, under a temporary trellis in a backyard, or in the privacy of one’s home. Other options to explore are canopies, tents or gazebos set up outdoors or you can even exchange your marriage vows in the beauty of nature such as on a beach, in a field or in a forest. Weather, shelter and the number of guests must obviously be taken into consideration, but many businesses cater to these unique circumstances and can assist you in planning your wild and wonderful outdoor event.

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ENGAGEMENT PARTY let the party begin After the engagement ring has been slipped on your finger and the excitement over your impending new life together has finally settled in, someone might approach you and want to give you an engagement party. Engagement parties, often thrown by a family member or good friend, are quite popular. However, remember that there are some etiquette rules to follow when you’re putting this important event together. For one thing, in today’s society there is a good chance that the bride and groom might not even be from the same city or state. That means the couple’s family and friends might not know one another. This is the perfect time to make sure that your future husband or wife meets everyone that is important to you in your life. In this case it is appropriate for more than one engagement party to be hosted. Remember, there is no better way to introduce dear Aunt Millie to the man of your dreams than surrounded by family and friends in a comfortable setting. Here are a few things to remember when considering the engagement party: The party should be held at the beginning of your engagement. It’s not about the wedding, but about the particular exciting time during your engagement. With this party you are commemorating the steps you have taken to spend your life with that someone special. What a great time for all your family and


ENGAGEMENT PARTY friends to admire your engagement ring, right? Invite individuals who are close not only to you, but also to the groom. Whether a large or small affair, make sure the time is special by sharing your party with the ones you love in attendance. Traditionally, it is the bride’s parents that host the engagement party. Sometimes the groom’s parents will also be interested in helping to host. However, don’t get caught up in outdated rules. If you and your fiancé want to host this event, then do it. If it turns out that someone else is hosting the party, then be sure you and your fiancé take a look at the list of guests so no one is overlooked. Be sure that the people you invite to the engagement party are also guests you will invite to the wedding and reception. In some cases, location might make it impossible for your engagement party guests to attend, but it’s important that they are invited nevertheless. Gifts are not necessary at an engagement party, but if you do receive something, then politely thank the person giving the gift and perhaps open it later. This way, you do not run the risk of making those folks who did not bring gifts feel uncomfortable. Usually, announcing the engagement is done during a toast by the bride’s father or the fiancé. This depends on how traditional you want to keep things. This is “the” time that your engagement is made public and, while most people probably already know, some of your guests might be surprised.

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your wedding day. It is like a “live” stage play that will be orchestrated and presented in real time. We have all heard the saying “beauty is only skin deep”. It implies what you see on the surface is only part of the equation. The same is true in the wedding business. The photos you expect from your photographer or the music you discuss with your DJ is important, but only represents one level of service expectation. The products and service provided is important – so too is the manner in which they are delivered! Romantic comedies and reality TV have conditioned us to think that weddings are this stressed-out event that tears people apart and reduces the strongest people to a fetal position. It doesn’t have to be that way. Look carefully at training, qualifications and talent and don’t be afraid to ask for an example of how well they work with other vendors. Look at how you will be treated as a customer, how quickly they return your phone calls and respond to your inquiries. Follow your instincts and select vendors who care as passionately about you and the success of your event as they do about their own vocation.

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Are you a bride worried about how her in-laws will gel with her family? You aren’t alone! Thousands of brides across the nation are worrying the exact same thing. Here at Premier Bride we are here to help you thru it and to try to ease your woes. Usually the life styles and family structures and habits of your in-laws are completely different from your own. This can be overwhelming or confusing until you get your bearings. This can be exceptionally true if you’re marrying someone who is from another country or has a different cultural background. Don’t panic! Sometimes different is good! Before the wedding, it is important to get acquainted with the groom’s family if you don’t already know them. The same is true for your family as well. Everyone should meet before hand so there isn’t any nervousness on your family’s part either. If you don’t know his family too well and are looking for a way to get in touch with his family, then try taking it slow at first, especially if he has a large family. Start with the groom’s mother, it’s usually easier to find things to do with another woman. Try going shopping together or eating lunch together to get to know one another throughout the day. By the end of the day you should be acquainted and get the jist of what his mom is like. For the father, take a little time to chat with him about his son (good things) and usually it will get a father started on funny stories about the groom. Fathers aren’t usually too difficult to bond with. They don’t talk as much and won’t be as interested in


INTRODUCING THE IN-LAWS your life’s history as the mother will. This isn’t a bad thing either. She just wants to get to know you. Another mother’s favorite is embarrassing stories and photos. Ask her about them and I’m sure you will receive a wealth of funny stories. Share some of your goofy moments too. These things will help you bond with the groom’s side of the family as well as show his family how much you love him and care about him. If he hasn’t met your side of the family then I’m certain you’re nervous. Everyone thinks his/her family is composed of circus freaks. You aren’t alone. Don’t worry too much; just brace yourself for the same things you received during the visit with his side of the family. Embarrassing stories from your mom and jokes from your dad. Give him time to meet with members of your family without being bombarded. Sometimes we have to preoccupy family members and keep them entertained to avoid playing a million questions. Again, don’t worry. Everyone will get to know one another soon. He will probably bond with your dad more easily than your mom since men prefer to talk less and don’t usually delve too far into details. If you have any siblings, I’m sure they’re protective of you, too, and want to make sure you will be well taken care of. Sit down with your groom and your siblings and just monitor the conversation and hope they don’t embarrass you as much as your mom. In all honesty, meeting the families is all about embarrassing times and having fun meeting everyone. So relax and enjoy meeting some new people. After all, you’ll be part of their family too!

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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 create a separate email address and use it for everything you sign up for during the planning process. You’ll enjoy getting special offers and information but can delete the address after your wedding date.

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Don’t forget to pamper yourself. Treat your mom and maids the day before the wedding with an afternoon at the spa. You’ll have the time of your life enjoying facials, massages, manicures and pedicures. It will make you feel more relaxed and beautiful.

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

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Do remember 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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Don’t seat older guests near the band or the speakers as it may be hard for them to hear anything else.


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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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Don’t forget to discuss black and white and sepia tone images with your photographer. This classic style is dramatic and remains popular.

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

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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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Do remember to return rental items on time and undamaged. Don’t forget that the best way to let people know where you are registered is to have family and friends spread the word. Although

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it’s impolite to mention the registry on wedding invitations, a hostess may do so on shower invitations. Do select the ceremony and reception locations nine to 12 months before your wedding. If you’re getting married in popular months like May or June, select these locations as soon as possible.

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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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Don’t waste time getting to your reception. Have photos of the wedding party taken before the ceremony. Do reserve your photographer nine to 12 months before your wedding. Decide which shots you definitely want and which ones you can live without.

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Don’t forget to send an invitation to your officiant and to all of your wedding party. Do pick up your invitation envelopes as soon as possible so that you can begin addressing them. Do consider having two bouquets, one to keep and one to throw. Do check with your church or temple about their policies, especially regarding alcohol.

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

MAXIMIZE YOUR DOLLAR For Friday or Sunday weddings, the majority of banquet facilities, photographers, video producers, musicians/entertainers and limousine services are much more willing to negotiate in order to reach a price that suits your budget. Vendors tend to see Friday and Sunday as bonus days, a time when they can earn income. Savings on these services can really add up making this option a great way to save money without having to sacrifice the quality of your wedding. SAVE TIME On a Friday, you’ll probably have your wedding in the evening, which 60 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

means, that the ceremony is followed immediately by dinner. This means that you will avoid the extra cost and hassle of a one-to-two-hour interim reception or cocktail party. Having the ceremony and reception back to back may ensure more people at the church ceremony. Additionally, a Friday/Sunday wedding frees up at least one day of the weekend making your family, friends and guests more appreciative of the extra time, especially if they are traveling. SAVE THE DATE Planning for a Friday or a Sunday wedding makes it much more likely that you will be able to reserve the church, hall, music and other services on the date of your choice. Choosing a Friday or Sunday date allows you to avoid making several calls to numerous vendors, only to hear, “Sorry, we’re booked on that date.” REHEARSAL IS EASY Restaurants are usually thrilled to have rehearsal dinners booked on Thursdays or other evenings during the week since those are typically their slower business days. You will find a more relaxed atmosphere and the staff will be more attentive to your party’s needs. In selecting a Friday or Sunday date for your event, you’ll help both your budget and your odds of getting exactly the wedding you want while also allowing for more time dedicated to finalizing last minute details. You can use the extra day to catch your breath, and use the extra money to purchase something special.

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

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REHEARSAL DINNER What’s the point of rehearsing your marriage ceremony the night before the wedding? There’s so much more to a wedding ceremony than just taking a walk down the aisle. A rehearsal for the entire bridal party and anyone involved in the ceremony is a chance to set the stage and work out any bugs, and to bring your closest friends and relatives together in anticipation of the big day. A rehearsal also allows you and your bridal party to get comfortable in the ceremony space. You’ll find out where you can all get ready the next day, which entrances to use, and where the bathrooms are — things that are often taken for granted. You’ll also learn any venue rules and get answers to pressing questions, such as, are music and mimosas allowed in the church bridal room? Yes, if you’re getting married in a

church, then there are sure to be a few rules. There’s also a lot of symbolism in a religious ceremony, and the rehearsal is an opportunity for the officiant to walk you all through the various traditions and explain their meaning. PRE-REHEARSAL PREP Before your rehearsal and ceremony, there are obvious things to think about such as who will walk the bride down the aisle. But you also have to think about who is escorting the mothers-of, pairing the bridesmaids and groomsman, and the order the couples will proceed down the aisle. The order will vary depending on if you have junior bridesmaids and flower girls and whether you want the groomsmen to escort the bridesmaids down the full length of the aisle or to meet them halfway. And in today’s

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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 rehearsal. If this happens, make sure they offer stage directions beforehand, or if the venue has another on-site coordinator, then that person might www.PremierBrideMKE.com PREMIER BRIDE • 65


CEREMONY REHEARSAL & DINNER 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. 66 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

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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THEuniting UNITY CEREMONY families symbolically and physically The most traditional symbol of unity is the candle. The bride and groom both have a candle and they light one candle together. This symbolizes the unity that they now share. A popular alternative to the traditional candle ceremony is the sand ceremony. You can get sand in the colors of your wedding, or sand from different beaches, and “marry” them together. You can also put the sand in a frame to keep forever! Taking the sand a bit further, you can send the sand combination to a company, and have it made into a glass sculpture. You can literally “tie the knot.” By taking two different ropes of different

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

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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 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

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GETTINGtheMARRIED AGAIN second time around 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. Often, they are busy career women barely able 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. What about the 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, the daughter can also take part in the ceremony as a flower girl or even as 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 is also acknowledging he is taking the child as his own. Choosing the right dress and style for you and the wedding party Veils are not a good choice for second time brides as it reflects the innocence of the first time. However, white dresses are no longer taboo. The most important thing is to pick a dress, regardless of the color, that 70 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

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. Wedding parties also tend to be pared down and attendants are usually allowed to pick their favorite cocktail dress that is within the brides color scheme or theme. WEDDING TRENDS Smaller, intimate weddings are definitely the norm for second time couples. Simple dinner parties or cocktail receptions are preferred over full-blown affairs and the bouquet and garter toss are absent and replaced by having the longest married couple in the room be awarded these items. The wedding invitations are issued from the bride and groom, in third person, without titles. It would read as follows:

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Consider your style, head count, and budget. To start: What’s your wedding’s style? A casual summer wedding requires completely different accommodations from a formal winter wedding so first nail down your preferred style and season. Next: How many made the guest list? You’ll need a head count so you can find a reception site to suit your needs. Finally: How big is your budget? This goes hand-in-hand with your guest list, but sometimes, your budget will determine the number of guests you can afford to have. Search for sites that suit your needs. Local bridal publications and websites, wedding shows, and married friends are all great sources of potential reception sites. Typical venues include hotels, banquet halls, community centers, and country clubs. Other options might be historic homes, city parks, college facilities, museums, and boats. Each of these venues will be one of two things: on-site or off-site. Most on-site locations offer the majority of services needed to host a reception: catering, chairs, tables, tableware, and a serving staff. With these necessities already covered, on-site is an appealing way to go. Off-site locations usually provide only the facility for a flat fee and you’re responsible for the rest. The nice thing about off-site is you have the freedom to do everything your own way and you control costs of individual services. Narrow down your search by focusing on sites that meet all of your needs including your style, season, budget, and estimated number of guests. Once you have your sights set


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Celebrate the Journey of a Life Time Nestled in the heart of the Historic Third Ward, The Kimpton Journeyman Hotel is Milwaukee’s newest wedding destination. Our stunning views capture first looks to last a life time! An intimate venue suited for receptions, rehearsal dinners and post-wedding brunches. Event spaces accommodate 30-150 guests. The Outsider rooftop bar and terrace offer breathtaking views - contact us for roof top buy outs.

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RECEPTION on a few choice venues, take a day trip to check them out. Evaluate your options. Here are some things to consider. Location. To avoid inconveniencing your guests, the reception site should be no more than a 30-minute drive from the ceremony – ideally less. Size and layout. Is the venue in question just one large room, or will cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing each take place in separate, smaller rooms? Make sure the cocktail area is large enough for guests to mix and mingle and that the dinner area will comfortably hold the number of tables you’ll need. Make doubly sure that the dance floor is big enough for everyone to bust a move! Beyond spatial comfort, also consider temperature. 76 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

Throwing a summer wedding? Don’t skimp on air conditioning. Privacy. If the reception site caters to multiple events simultaneously, find out if there are any other bookings on the date you have in mind. If there are, work with your site contact person to ensure that you will have adequate privacy for your celebration. Parking. Make sure there is convenient, well-lit, ample parking for your guests. If not, find out if the site offers valet or shuttle services. Technical details. Whether you go for a DJ, band, or iPod playlist, inquire about any music restrictions. Is there sufficient power for speakers, mixers, and amplifiers? Are the acoustics suited to live music? Some sites have built-in public-address systems that can be used to introduce the wedding


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RECEPTION party and to toast the bride and groom. If your venue doesn’t provide this equipment, find out if your DJ or musicians can. Décor. Most reception-ready sites offer a neutral background to work with – but if not, make sure that the space works well with the style and season of your wedding. So that nothing clashes, some brides even wait to decide on their color scheme until after they’ve procured a venue. In terms of decorative details, find out what you’re allowed to bring in as far as tangible décor and lighting. Services offered. With each venue you visit, find out in clear terms exactly what services are included. There’s a lot to consider: catering, bar tenders, wait staff, cake cutting. Get these details up front.

A NOTE ON OUTDOOR RECEPTIONS It’s critical to have a backup plan for any outdoor reception, and it’s highly recommended that you hire an experienced wedding coordinator. He or she will help keep stress at bay and make any last-minute changes run smoothly. THE NITTY-GRITTY As with any wedding vendor, make sure all the details are outlined in writing. Take into account things like service charges, cleaning fees, and insurance waivers. Use a credit card whenever possible to make payments so that you have more protection in the unlikely event of a problem. Visit our website for a comprehensive list of questions to ask potential reception sites.

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Give your guests a night they’ll never forget! Creative details really help to make a wedding celebration magical and memorable for your family and friends. For the little ones. If children are invited to the wedding and reception, then consider hiring a babysitter for part of the evening. The babysitter can be stationed in a room off of the main reception hall that’s fully equipped with kid-friendly movies, games, and food.

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 78 • 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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MISMATCHED BRIDESMAIDS find dresses that suit each girl’s body You’ve asked your best girls to be your bridesmaids - and they said “yes!” Now for the tricky part: dresses. These ladies are your dearest friends, sisters, and sisters-to-be; you chose each for her own special reason so why put them all in a cookie-cutter dress? Nowadays, it’s on trend to work with your bridesmaids to find dresses that suit each girl’s body type, skin tone, hair cut, signature style, and personality. The Basics of Mixing and Matching The idea behind mixing up your bridesmaid dresses is that all your girls will coordinate, but not match. In general, you could mismatch in terms of color, style, or length. Changing up one or more of these in each dress not only adds visual interest to your bridal party in photos, but your bridesmaids will be ever-grateful 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 80 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

• Stick to a certain style (ex: bohemian, 1950s silhouette, etc.) • Don accessories to tie them together (ex: shoes, necklaces, etc.) Making the Trend Your Own So what do you envision for your bridesmaids? Reach a firm decision before alerting your girls; you don’t want to tell them one thing, then switch directions after they’ve already started shopping. Once they hear what you have in mind, get some feedback - but stand firm as needed. Know when to say “no” and when to be lenient. If you want things to be a bit more structured, then there are some bigname bridal shops across the country that offer many dress options in the color of your choice. Choose a color, then have each girl visit her local shop to pick out a dress in that color. This is particularly helpful if your bridesmaids-to-be live in different cities; each can shop 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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CHILD ATTENDANTS some gift ideas for girls and boys Here are a variety of ideas to spark some creative shopping. FOR GIRLS • First set of pearls, or some other piece of ‘nice’ jewelry appropriate for older girls • Costume/play jewelry • Bridal Barbie • Flower girl sparkle t-shirt • Personalized t-shirts: “I bought t-shirts from a local craft store, one to fit each of my 3 flower girls and 2 ring bearers, and then bought transfer paper for ink jet printers. I then printed a picture of my fiancé and I, along with “Flower Girl” or “Ring Bearer” and the date of the wedding, and ironed them on the shirts!” ~ Jennifer, Atlanta, Georgia

• Sparkly and festive Ballet slippers • Jewelry box or music box • Photo with engraved frame • Gift certificates to toy or special store • Child’s purse FOR BOYS • Silver, personalized piggy bank (or train bank, or soccer ball bank, etc.) • Silver, personalized yo-yo • Personalized t-shirts (see above) • Teddy bears or other stuffed animals • Kid’s watch • Disney video or video games • Sports car alarm clock • Personalized baseball bat A nice gift for parents is a framed photo of their child(ren) from the wedding.

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YOUR FURRY FRIENDS including your entire family on your day For pet lovers, having their furry friend present at the wedding is a must have, and for good reason. Pets come into your life, and they become part of the family. When getting married, you want your furry friend there to be with you to make some great photo opportunities. The Pros: Dressing your pet in a wedding dress or a tuxedo is probably one of the cutest things in the world. Not to mention, walking them down the aisle and seeing how sweet they look! Pets can provide a comic relief, especially if your pet has a funny personality. If having a small outdoor ceremony, this might be the best situation for your pet. They are free to roam about, (with a designated handler) and can relieve themselves (hopefully before the wedding!)

The Cons: Pets are unpredictable, and you don’t know how your pet will react around two hundred people. If you need 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. If you decide to have your pets present on your wedding, keep in mind that some gue sts might be allergic, and some guests might not even 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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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!

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!

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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.” 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.

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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?


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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 88 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

well your two cultures compliment each other. 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.

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LAKE GENEVA CRUISE LINE

262-248-6206

cruiselakegeneva.com

168

2-225

RIVERWALK BOAT TOURS

414-283-9999

riverwalkboats.com

239

2-44

YACHTS/BOATS 812 Wrigley Drive, Lake Geneva

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Website

1451 RENAISSANCE PLACE

414-272-1451

renaissanceplace.com

Back Cover & 48

3041 NORTH

414-810-3131

3041northevents.com

42

THE ASTOR HOTEL

414-283-4808

theastorhotel.com

47

BARTOLOTTA CATERING:

414-765-1166 414-765-1005

bartolottas.com bartolottascatering.com

3

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

414-765-8610

bartolottas.com bartolottascatering.com

3

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

414-962-6300

bartolottas.com bartolottascatering.com

3

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

414-727-6980

bartolottas.com bartolottascatering.com

3

Italian Community Center 631 E. Chicago Street, Milwaukee

414-223-2800

bartolottas.com bartolottascatering.com

3

CAFÉ CENTRAAL

414-627-2789

lowlandsgroup.com/parties

15

CAFÉ HOLLANDER - TOSA

414-627-2789

lowlandsgroup.com/parties

15

THE CANAL STREET YACHT CLUB

414-273-8300

CanalStreetYachtClub.com

32

CHARLES ALLIS ART MUSEUM

414-278-8295

cavtmuseums.org

93

HARLEY-DAVIDSON MUSEUM

414-287-2730

harley-davidson.com/us/en/ museum/host-an-event.html

83

HILTON MILWAUKEE CITY CENTER

414-390-3802

marcusweddings.com

35

1451 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee

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DOWNTOWN

Bacchus 925 E. Wells, Milwaukee

2306 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., Milwaukee 7677 W. State St., Wauwatosa 1200 W. Canal St., Milwaukee

1801 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee 400 W. Canal St., Milwaukee

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

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Website

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HYATT REGENCY

414-276-1234

milwaukee.regency.hyatt.com

36

INTERCONTINENTAL MILWAUKEE

414-390-3802

marcusweddings.com

79

IRON HORSE HOTEL

414-831-4613

theironhorsehotel.com

7

JAN SERR STUDIO

414-256-8765

janserrevents@sazs.com

101

KIMPTON - THE JOURNEYMAN

414-291-3970

journeymanhotel.com

76

MARCUS CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

414-276-2030

sazamas.com

101

MILWAUKEE ART MUSEUM

414-224-3287

mam.org

75

MILWAUKEE YACHT CLUB

414-271-4455

milwaukeeyc.com

50

THE PFISTER HOTEL

414-390-3802

marcusweddings.com

9

POTOWATOMI HOTEL & CASINO

414-847-8600

paysbig.com

89

PRITZLAFF EVENTS

414-433-6088

pritzlaffevents.com

81

SOUTH SECOND

414-256-8765

southsecondmke.com

51 & 100

STORY HILL.FIREHOUSE

262-477-5813

shfirehouse@gmail.com

52

TRIPOLI SHRINE TEMPLE

414-933-4700

tripolishrinecenter.com

29

VILLA TERRACE ART MUSEUM

414-271-3656

cavtmuseums.org

93

WAR MEMORIAL CENTER

414-273-5533

warmemorialcenter.org

6

WISCONSIN CLUB - CITY CLUB

414-271-7510

wisconsinclub.com

10-11

333 W. Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee 139 E. Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee 500 W. Florida St., Milwaukee 2155 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee 310 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee 929 N. Water St., Milwaukee

700 N. Art Museum Dr., Milwaukee 1700 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive, Milwaukee 424 E. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee 1721 W. Canal St., Milwaukee

315 N. Plankinton, Milwaukee 838 S. 2nd St., Milwaukee 407 N Hawley Rd., Milwaukee 3000 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee 2220 N. Terrace Ave., Milwaukee 750 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr., Milwaukee 900 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee

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Separate Area Available for Ceremony

25-600

3

$$$ - $$$$

All Styles

n

n

20-400

2

$$$ - $$$$

French Service

n

n

20-200

3

$$ - $$$

All Styles

n

n

450

1

$$ - $$$

All Styles

n

30-150

1

$$ - $$$

All Styles

20-5,000

7

$$$ - $$$$

All Styles

n

450

4

$$$ - $$$$

All Styles

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

350

1

$$ - $$$

All Styles

120

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

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

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RECEPTION GUIDE

Phone Number(s)

Website

See Page for More Information

1896 ROOM

262-269-9095

BROADLANDS GOLF CLUB

262-392-6320

broadlandsgolfclub.com

82

THE CARRIAGE HOUSE

262-269-9095

carriagehouseatlaclabelle.com

17

CROWNE PLAZA MILWAUKEE WEST

414-475-9500

crowneplazamilwaukee.com

90

THE CUPOLA BARN

262-391-4864

cupolabarn.com

27

DELAFIELD BREWHAUS

262-646-7821

delafield-brewhaus.com

34

DELAFIELD HOTEL

262-646-1600

thedelafieldhotel.com

87

FÊTE

262-528-3383

feteofwales.com

31

GOLDEN MAST

262-567-7047

goldenmastinn.com

38

HAMPTON INN & SUITES MILWAUKEE WEST

414-436-2300

hamptoninnmilwaukeewest.com

74

THE HAY LOFT

920-988-7415

hayloftbarn.com

48

HISTORIC COURTHOUSE 1893

262-574-9170

courthouse1893.com

53

HOLIDAY INN PEWAUKEE

262-506-6300

holidayinn.com/pewaukee-wi

37

THE INGLESIDE HOTEL

262-547-0201

theinglesidehotel.com

14

MARRIOTT MILWAUKEE WEST

262-574-0888

marriott.com/mkemw

Inside Back Cover & 52

MILWAUKEE COUNTY ZOO

414-256-5430

milwaukeezoo.org

41

OCONOMOWOC COMMUNITY CENTER

262-569-2199

oconomowoc-wi.gov/communitycenter

95

PANOS BANQUET CENTER

414-308-4960 262-782-8670

panosbanquetcenter.com

77

20290 W. Bluemound Rd., Brookfield

RED CIRCLE INN

262-367-4883

redcircleinn.com

Inside Front Cover

THE ROTUNDA

262-574-9170

therotunda.com

84

SEVEN SEAS

262-367-3903

sevenseaswi.com

28

SHERATON MILWAUKEE BROOKFIELD

262-364-1008

sheratonmilwaukeebrookfield.com

39

TUSCAN HALL BANQUET CENTER & CATERING

262-292-1322

tuscanhallwi.com

74

WATERTOWN COUNTRY CLUB

920-261-5009

watertowncc.com

13

WAUKESHA PARKS:

262-522-2953

ci.waukesha.wi.us

277

Rotary Building 1150 Baxter St., Waukesha

262-522-2953

ci.waukesha.wi.us

WESTERN LAKES GOLF CLUB

262-961-9796

sazs.com - westernlakes.com

100

WINDWOOD OF WATERTOWN

920-262-0702

windwoodofwatertown.com

43

6996 Pennsylvania St., Oconomowoc 18 Augusta Way, North Prairie 6996 Pennsylvania St., Oconomowoc 10499 Innovation Drive, Wauwatosa N88 W35490 Mapleton Rd., Oconomowoc 3832 Hillside Dr., Delafield 415 Genesee St., Delafield Wales W349 N5293 Lacy’s Lane, Okauchee 8201 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis

WEST & LAKE COUNTRY

W2763 East Gate Dr., Watertown 916 N. East Ave., Downtown Waukesha N14 W24140 Tower Place, Pewaukee 2810 Golf Rd., Pewaukee W231 N1600 Corporate Ct., Waukesha 10001 W. Bluemound Rd.

220 W. Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc

N44 W33013 Watertown Plank Rd., Nashotah 235 W. Broadway, Waukesha 1807 Nagawicka Rd., Hartland 375 S. Moorland Rd., Brookfield 409 Delafield St., Waukesha

1340 N. Water St., Watertown EB Shurts Bldg, 810 W. College Ave., Waukesha

W287 N1963 Oakton Rd., Pewaukee W5710 County Hwy CW, Watertown

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Reception Room Capacity Range

Number of Available Banquet Rooms

Average Price per Person

Serving Style Available

Separate Area Available for Ceremony

215

1

$$ - $$$

All Styles

n

50-250

1

$$ - $$$

All Styles

Up to 500

1

$$ - $$$

All Styles

n

300

3

$$ - $$$

Plated, Buffet, Food Stations

n

200

1

$$ - $$$

All Styles

n

10-200

3

$ - $$$

Buffet Sit Down

70-300

2

$$$ - $$$$

Butler, Buffet Sit Down

n

350

1

$$ - $$$

All Styles

n

450

2

$$ - $$$

All Styles

n

250

2

$$-$$$

All Styles

300

1

$ - $$

Catered, All Styles

300

1

$$-$$$

All Styles

200

2

$$-$$$

Plated, Buffet, Food Stations

50-500

7

$$ - $$$

Sit Down Buffet, Cocktail

600

3

$$ - $$$

All Styles

350

2

Varies

20-250

4

$$-$$$

All Styles

20-500

2

$ - $$$

All Styles

300

2

$$$ - $$$$

250

1

300

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

n

n

n

Plated

n

n

$$$ - $$$$

Catered, All Styles

n

3

$$ - $$$

Plated Buffet

n

550

4

$$ - $$$

Plated, Buffet

n

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

n n

n

n

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Weddings & Special Events Up to 175 guests Open Catering • Full Bar Service

1218 13th Avenue, Grafton RiverRoomEvents.com • (262) 501-4430

RECEPTION GUIDE

Phone Number(s)

Website

See Page for More Information

ABLOOM FARM

262-387-1001

abloomfarm.com

45

THE BOG

262-292-0740

golfthebog.com

196

262-292-0740

golfthebog.com

196

CAFÉ HOLLANDER - MEQUON

414-627-2789

lowlandsgroup.com/parties

15

THE CHALET AT LITTLE SWITZERLAND

262-224-7598

littleswitz.com

196

CHANDELIER BALLROOM

262-673-4946

chandelierballroom.com

199

DAVIAN’S CATERING & CONFERENCE CTR.

262-781-3333

davians.com

26

HERITAGE HALL

262-255-1606

heritagehallrentals.com

15

HUBBARD PARK LODGE

414-332-4207

hubbardlodge.com

33

MILWAUKEE BEER BISTRO

414-562-5540

milwaukeebeerbistro.com

275

RIVER ROOM ON THE MILWAUKEE

262-501-4430

riverroomevents.com

96

SCHAUER ARTS & ACTIVITIES CENTER

262-670-0560 ext 5

schauercenter.org/ourfacility

197

147 N. Rural St., Hartland

STERLING CHALET

262-628-4080

sterlingchalet.com

199

TERRACE 167

262-623-6588

terrace167.com

197

WASHINGTON COUNTY FAIR PARK

262-677-5060

wcfairpark.com

198

WEST BEND COUNTRY CLUB

262-334-9541

westbendcc.com

97

WISCONSIN CLUB - COUNTRY CLUB

414-368-1978

wisconsinclub.com

10-11

Saukville

The Clubhouse at The Bog 3121 County Road I, Saukville The Barn at The Bog 3121 County Road I, Saukville

5900 W. Mequon Rd., Mequon 105 Cedar Creek Rd., Slinger 150 Jefferson Ave., Hartford

NORTH

N56 W16300 Silver Spring Dr., Menomonee Falls. N86 W18330 Main St., Menomonee Falls 3565 N. Morris Blvd., Shorewood 2730 N. Humboldt Blvd., Milwaukee 1218 13th Ave., Grafton

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

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

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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

Separate Area Available for Ceremony

150

1

$$ - $$$

All Styles

n

200

1

$$ - $$$

All Styles

300

1

$$ - $$$

All Styles

150

4

$$ - $$$

Plated, Buffet, Family Style

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

250

2

$ - $$

Plated, Family, Buffet, Stations

n

n

n

200

1

$$

All Styles

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

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

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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

Phone Number(s)

Website

See Page for More Information

ALVERNO COLLEGE

414-382-6159

alverno.edu/eventandspace

27

AMERICAN SERB HALL

414-545-6030

serbhall.com

51

BEST WESTERN PLUS AIRPORT

414-769-2100

bwplusmilwaukee.com

57

CROWNE PLAZA MILWAUKEE AIRPORT

414-764-5300

crowneplazamke.com

99

THE DEKOVEN CENTER

262-633-6401 ext 102

dekovencenter.org

12

600 21st St., Racine

THE FARM AT DOVER

773-802-6351

thefarmatdover.com

13

FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON MILWAUKEE AIRPORT

414-481-2400

clarionmilwaukee.com

56

POLISH CENTER OF WISCONSIN

414-529-2140

polishcenterofwisconsin.org

34

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

44

RADISSON HOTEL MILWAUKEE

414-764-1500 ext 6626

salesmke@ascendgrowth.com

46

6331 S. 13th St., Milwaukee

ROMA LODGE

262-886-3610

romalodge.com

98

GRAND GENEVA

800-558-3417

grandgeneva.com

161

HAWK’S VIEW

877-429-5788

hawksviewgolfclub.com

158

LAKE LAWN RESORT

262-728-7950

lakelawnresort.com

165

THE LANDING 1841

262-758-6611

thelanding1841.com

160

THE RIDGE

262-245-7000

ridgelakegeneva.com

167

VETERANS TERRACE AT ECHO PARK

262-763-9400

veteransterrace.com

163

3400 S. 43rd Street, Milwaukee 5101 W. Oklahoma Ave., Milwaukee

SOUTH MILW - RACINE - KENOSHA

5105 S. Howell Ave., Milwaukee 6401 S. 13th St., Milwaukee

26060 Washington Ave., Dover 5311 S. Howell Ave., Milwaukee 6941 S. 68th St., Franklin

RACINE CIVIC CENTER

44

GREATER LAKE GENEVA AREA

7130 Spring St. (Hwy C), Racine

7036 Grand Geneva Way 7377 Krueger Road, Lake Geneva 2400 E. Geneva St., Delavan 3640 Bieneman Rd., Burlington W4240 State Road 50, Lake Geneva 589 Milwaukee Ave., Burlington

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Where Dreams are Created Rehearsal Dinners • Receptions Overnight Wedding Group Room Blocks Bridal Showers • Gift Openings 6401 S. 13th St., Milwaukee

414-563-4072

crowneplazamke.com

Reception Room Capacity Range

Number of Available Banquet Rooms

Average Price per Person

Serving Style Available

300

1

$$ - $$$

Sit Down Buffet

n

50-600

3

$, $$, $$$

All Styles

n

300

1

$$

All Styles

n

n

950

6

$$ - $$$

All Styles

n

n

250

1

Varies

All Styles

n

n

160

2

$$$, $$$$

All Styles

n

20-450

4

$$ - $$$

All Styles

n

300

2

$ - $$

All Styles

n

n

75-600

1

$$

All Styles

n

n

75-500

1

$$

All Styles

n

20-700

5

$ - $$

All Styles

50Over 600

2

$$ - $$$

All Styles

n

40-1500

8

$$$ - $$$$

Plated, Buffet

n

350

3

$$ - $$$

All Styles

n

400

3

$$ - $$$

Plated, Buffet

n

20-250

1

$$ - $$$

All Styles

n

350

2

$$ - $$$$

Plated, Buffet, Food Stations

n

400

4

Varies

All Styles

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

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a memorable menu CUISINE & CATERING

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

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CATERING FEASTS WITH FLAIR Nowadays, as brides and grooms are getting a little adventurous with their cuisine, caterers are offering more bold flavors, meaningful meals, and fun experiences. Sit-down meals are gravitating toward family-style, where larger portions of dishes are passed around the table. This style works with everything from homey meat and potatoes to build-your-own tacos. Ethnic cuisine is a great way to bring a little flavor to your reception. Take your guests around the world with a variety of food stations offering everything from sushi to French cheeses. It’s a great way to inspire conversation! Food trucks are another popular way to up the fun factor, and late-night snacks like popcorn, pizza, or grilled cheese sliders are a huge hit with guests.

To get really personal, think about hosting each of your favorite meals. The bride’s might be a nice juicy steak and the groom’s might be chicken and waffles — and that’s okay! The more you embrace what makes you unique, the more memorable your wedding will be. In recent years, there’s also been an emphasis not only on unique meals, but locally-sourced, quality ingredients. Couples like to support local purveyors, since hosting a locallyharvested meal means they’re not only building up their own community, but also enjoying the freshness of a farmto-table feast. 7 STEPS TO HIRING A CATERER From research to getting it in writing, we’ll walk you through it.

Whether you are in the mood for something a little more traditional, looking for a specialty themed event ,or looking for the best Texas Style Barbeque in town, we have a variety of catering styles to serve you.

Appetizers, late-night snacks, beverage service, and more! Excellence in Catering for Over 80 Years – Wedding coordinating services

262.662.4201 www.bubbs.com

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ELEGANCE

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WEDDINGS · SHOWERS · REHEARSAL DINNERS · PRIVATE PARTIES

801 NORTH JEFFERSON MILWAUKEE, WI 53202 • 414-271-9506 LOUISESCATERING.COM MEGAN@WATERSTREETBREWERY.COM

CATERING Step 1: Start the search Once you secure a reception site, your catering search can begin. Some reception locations require that you 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. www.PremierBrideMKE.com PREMIER BRIDE • 105


CATERING Step 3: Schedule a tasting When you finally narrow down your list of prospective caterers, it’s time for 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

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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?


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(262) 549-5558 Downtown Waukesha

www.chefjacks.com


CATERING

Bartenders on the Go • Specializing in Weddings, Martini Bars, Themed Events, Wine Tastings, and more. • Quality, professional service from licensed bartenders. • We work with any theme, occasion, or event in a casual or formal environment.

414-899-6151 • bartendonthego.com

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

BON APPÉTIT AT LAKE PARK BISTRO Brush up on your French and get a little dressy! Overlooking Lake Michigan, it’s dinner for four at the Chef’s Table at Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro. Four chef-chosen courses with champagne - c’est magnifique!

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wedding. This is the number of people you’ll actually be charged for, though most caterers will factor in a few lastminute guests, too. Decide if you’ll include meals for wedding-related personnel, such as the DJ, musicians, 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, it’s time to determine how many wait staff you’ll need to serve the feast and keep the reception running smoothly. Your caterer will give you their expert opinion, but a safe bet is one server for every 10 to 12 guests for a sit-down dinner, and two servers for every 50 guests for a buffet. If you’re having a full open bar, too, that will require more help — one bartender for every 50 to 75 guests. Make sure to talk with your caterer ahead of time to make sure that the servers’ style of dress works with the style of your wedding. Step 7: Get it in writing Sign a contract only after you have all of the details: date, time, address of site, food items by course, beverages and bar guidelines, number of guests covered, provisions for special meals, time of cocktail hour, time meal is served, contact people, number of wait staff and bartenders, linens, terms of payment, and liability insurance. There will probably be an advance deposit when you sign the contract — and don’t forget to check the cancellation policy.

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Congratulations! It’s your day to celebrate. Through the development of a customized beverage package, Bar Stars will turn your vision of the perfect celebration into a flawless astonishing reality. Bar Stars has a liquor license and is fully insured.

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HIRE take AyourPRO BARTENDER 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 professionallypoured 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 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. 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. 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. No site coordinator? Ask one of your other vendors, perhaps your florist or caterer, if there’s a company they’d recommend. If you don’t have a trusted industry professional to consult, meet in person with multiple rental companies in your area. Visit each company’s showroom so you can compare not only price, but quality. While costs can be surprisingly similar, quality can vary greatly. Make sure you’re seeing actual pieces from the company’s stash and not just pretty samples on parade. WHAT TO RENT No two brides will have the same rental needs for their wedding day. Your venue might include nearly all the basics, leaving only fun stuff on your rental wish list, or you might have friends and family who are willing to loan items.


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• What items are available for rent? • What is the rental fee? Do you have a price list? • Have you worked at my reception location before? • Do you provide delivery, set-up and pick-up? Is this included in the cost? • When will the items be delivered and picked up? • Will you move decorations from the ceremony to the reception site if needed? • If tents are needed, do you recommend one large tent, or multiple smaller tents at my reception location? • What is your policy on damaged or missing items? • Who will be my contact on the day of the wedding? • How far in advance must I book your services? • What is your cancellation policy? • Is a deposit required? If so, when and how much?

RENTALS 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 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 ™

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RENTALS 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,

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RENTALS beer, wine, cocktails, and cups for non-alcoholic drinks like coffee or tea. The number of glasses depends on whether or not there will be a dishwasher at your wedding. Think about how many glasses you go through in an evening out; 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 drop-off 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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HERE’S TO YOU the perfect wedding toast 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. It’s okay to say, “We all know Sally looked high and low 118 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

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 wellplaced 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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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. 122 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

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 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 rate or perhaps a percentage of the overall wedding budget. Still CONTINUED ON PAGE 127


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MANAGING A BUDGET making the right choices to stay in budget The first thing on a newly engaged woman’s mind is the date. The date is important for the price factor, and determines the expenses to match the season especially if a holiday lands around your date. You don’t want to go over budget because you forgot Valentine’s Day is in February. Oops! On average, a wedding costs roughly as much as a new car, and today it’s the bride and groom paying, not the parents. This is a huge financial burden to take on, especially when you are just starting out together. It isn’t necessary to pay for absolutely everything yourself, usually the bride’s family will help with the dress and the groom’s family will help with something like catering. Just don’t depend on them for everything! If you happen to know anyone in the bridal industry, such as a baker, seamstress, photographer, etc, now is the time to call in the favors. Usually if they’re your friends, they have no problem discounting their work for you or doing your wedding free of charge. If your friends give you a discount or work for free for you, keep this in mind and remember to get them a little something extra as a thank you. This could be anything from a present to a nicer hotel room when they come for your ceremony. After your parents have helped you some and all your friends have been called up, its time to start crunching numbers. Figure out just how much you can afford without going overboard. Keep in mind you want to include your honeymoon in the budget so that you have somewhere nice to go after all has been said and done! We all want to have the Hollywood 124 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

budget when it comes to our weddings but sadly we just can’t drop a million dollars when we decide to get married. Unless you win the lottery of course! Since you probably don’t have a clue how much things actually cost, try looking up some price averages for venues, dresses, cakes, etc. This will give you a good idea of the price point you’re looking at. Next, make a list with these price points and start narrowing down your search in an area such as dresses. Look online for styles you like, then search stores in your area with similar dresses and check the prices. If they’re out of your budget, then find out when trunk shows are and plan on going early in the morning. After all, to get a good deal you’ll be there most of the day! Since you don’t want to deplete your savings add up what you and your fiancé have collectively. Look at your average price point, then look at what you actually found locally and liked it and it’s price. Add up your rough estimate of your likes. If it’s an eye popping number, don’t freak out! Everyone starts off over budget at first Now that you know what you like and have an idea of all the things you want and need, start thinking of ways to cut corners. For example, if you like a certain flower arrangement and the florist wants and arm, a leg, and an eye, then go to a craft store and try to put together the same arrangement you liked. Just be prepared to put more time and effort into prepping for your wedding! If you were set on having real flowers, then call local flower distributors and see if you can get a deal on them. Keep in mind that the flowers should be arranged the


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MANAGING A BUDGET day before or the day of if they’re real to ensure that they will be fresh and un-wilted. There are also many DIY tutorials and guides on the web for your wedding to give you cost saving ideas. For example, invitations and seating cards are a great way to save up! Practice your calligraphy or print invitations/ cards yourself at home. Using commonplace items such as fruits, pine cones, vegetables, stones, etc are great ways to save money when it comes to seating cards. All you need to do is etch names directly into the fruit! After your guests know where they are seated they can eat their seating card! The reception will probably be one of the most costly events of your

wedding. This is in part because of the food, the cake, the dj, the bar, and the place itself. Food is always expensive, so one way to avoid insane food costs is to reduce your amount of guests. Don’t invite everyone you know and their relatives. Invite the essentials such as your families, close friends, and a few others. This will also assure that your locations won’t need as much space and will cost less! Obviously doing these things are just a taste of ways to save money. The possibilities are only as limited as your creativity! So have fun and let the creative juices flow, ladies! What are some of your ideas for your wedding to keep your wallet fat and happy?

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• What packages do you offer? What do they include? • Are your fees based on total cost of wedding or an hourly or flat rate? • Have you done weddings similar to mine? • What cultures and traditions are you familiar with? • Do you offer “day of the wedding” assistance? • Will you be willing to work with the coordinator at my reception location? • Can you provide me with special rates when working with various vendors? • 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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others take a fee or commission from vendors they trust and use often. 2. Ask how payments to vendors are made and what exactly the planner does on the wedding day. Read carefully the paperwork the planner provides. 3. A good wedding coordinator is like a good accountant. In the long run, he/ she can save you time and money. That translates into a happier and more relaxed day for you. THE DESTINATION WEDDING In the case of destination weddings, a planner will even travel with the bride and groom to look at a destination beforehand. A wedding consultant 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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RESEARCH PHOTOGRAPHERS Once you’ve established your style, it’s time to shop around. Collect referrals from friends, review wedding resources like Premier Bride, and scope out local photographers’ websites and blogs. Make a short list of potential photographers that specialize in the style you desire and that suits your budget. Then set up a consultation. EVALUATE YOUR OPTIONS When at a photography consultation, ask yourself: Do I like their work? Make sure you see examples of individual photos and complete wedding albums so you know what to expect in the end. Some larger studios employ more than one photographer; find out exactly who will be shooting your wedding.


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Do our personalities mesh? Of all your wedding vendors, the photographer is the one you’ll be working with most closely on your big day; it’s important that your personalities click. Am I staying within my 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 best to meet only with photographers you can afford. WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE Most photographers offer “a la carte” or custom packages to meet your individual needs – just be sure to ask for specifics. Here are some examples of items that might interest you. Bride & Groom’s Album: These vary in size, color, quality, and price; be sure to compare the size and photo quantity that various photographers offer. Parents’ Albums: These will include prints that have been specially selected to create a custom photo book for each family. Prints: Don’t underestimate how many extra prints you might want, as this will definitely impact your budget. Proofs: Ask your photographer how many proofs you will get and in what format.

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• 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?

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options; check with your photographer to see what they offer. Choose the Right Outfits. There’s no right and wrong here; choose outfits that have the most meaning to you and your husbandto-be. Consider wearing his work clothes or incorporating hobbies. Pairing sexy and sporty gives you a great combination. Accessorize. This is the fun part. Bring hats, scarves, shawls, jewelry, sunglasses, feathers, umbrellas or even his power tools! The options are endless, but choose items you enjoy most. It’s Also for You. Yes, this will be the best wedding gift ever (and you might have a hard time topping it in the future), but a boudoir session is also for you. Pick outfits you enjoy and are comfortable in, and remember to relax and enjoy your session.

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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

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LAKE GENEVA 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. 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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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. BEING FULLY PRESENT In our technology-crazed world, it’s become a habit to check our phones every few minutes, to post a constant stream of status updates to Twitter and Facebook, and to document any and everything on Instagram. In all this online connectedness, we’re viewing the world through our phone screens

and camera lenses and missing out on true human connections. But people are starting to 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. www.PremierBrideMKE.com PREMIER BRIDE • 163


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UNPLUGGED WEDDINGS SOCIAL MEDIA SPOILERS Imagine: You haven’t seen the groom all day and can’t wait for that “first look” moment. While you’re getting ready, 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 and can, at worst, completely ruin once-in-a-lifetime moments. 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. 164 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

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 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”). 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. Another idea: order picture postcards to send to your guests in place of traditional thank you notes.

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UNIQUE8 GUEST BOOK IDEAS unique wedding guest book ideas Why have a plain guest book at your wedding when you can do something unique and creative to make a lasting keepsake of wedding memories? Here are eight great ideas. #1 – The Photo Guest Book. Your photographer, a graphic designer or you can put together a small book of photographs of you and your fiancé. You can have some text about your love story. Allow enough white space for your guests to write a short message. This is better suited to smaller weddings because it’s more time-consuming per guest. You may have a picture book of your city or someplace you visited that guests can sign, too. #2 – Bring on the Embellishments. Take a plain guest book, and adorn it with beads, lace, ribbons, sequins, photos, drawings, your wedding invite, collages of words from magazines or poetry, leaves, flowers or any other enhancements your creative, brilliant mind can envision. #3 – Handmade With Love. Make your own guest book with handmade paper and an interesting binding (ribbon, aluminum screw posts, rivets, etc.) Check out your local paper stores for classes, materials and other help. #4 – Fingerprint Tree. Start with a print of a tree. You can make your own or purchase one. There are quite a few on etsy.com. Include your names and wedding date. Put out the print with some ink pads and have your guests ink a “leaf” with their finger. #5 – A framed work of art. Take a great photo of you and your sweetie 166 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

– perhaps your engagement photo or something similar – and frame it using a very wide, bright white mat. Have your guests sign the mat using fine-tip black markers. For a more classic or modern look, try a black and white photo with a black mat and have your guests sign with either a white pen or metallic pen. Be sure to use products that are acid free so that they don’t ruin the photo over time. This is a beautiful and personal art piece to hang in your new home. #6 – A puzzling idea. Here’s a very unusual idea: a photo of you and your fiancé is adhered to a wood backing and created into a puzzle. Your guests sign the back of each puzzle piece with a fine tip black marker. Learn more and see photos at MGC Puzzles web site – mgcpuzzles.com. #7 – Serve it on a platter. Use a white ceramic platter and a special pen to create a unique guest book! Some are decorative only, others can be made food and dishwasher safe after firing it in your oven (30 minutes at 300 degrees.) Or, use a sterling silver platter and an engravable pen. #8 – A deep well of wishes or a wishing tree. Invite your guests to write a brief message to you on pre-cut, small pieces of beautiful paper, and drop them into a “wishing well” such as: a glass vase, large bowl, bird cage, decorated box, etc., or have ties and hang the messages on branches to make a tree. After the wedding, you can either store these good wishes in a memory box or special container, or use them in a scrapbook.

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CREATIVE REGISTRY IDEAS something besides plates and pillows for your gift registry A Charitable Donation Many charities, such as Heifer.org, offer the option of creating your own online registry that will help families in third world countries become selfsufficient and earn an income by giving them animals to raise. Other sites like justgive.org offer couples over 1,000,000 charities to choose from to create an online wedding registry. If there are still some gifts you’d like to receive but want to do something charitable as well, check out idofoundation.org. This site allows you to register at popular stores such as Pottery Barn, Target or Macy’s, and they will donate a percentage of the proceeds to your selected charity. Gift of Food, Wine or Desserts Many couples have their homes exactly the way they want them, but any newlywed couple could use a treat throughout the year. Search online for delicious, unique registries that allow guests to provide you with a monthly gift of chocolate, spices, teas, salsas, olive oils and beer or wine. Sites like mouth.com and igourmet.com do exactly that. Honeymoon Registry A few websites like travelersjoy.com and honeyluna.com let couples register their honeymoon so that guests can see some of their preliminary plans and contribute financially to help create the ideal getaway experience. Down Payment on a Home For couples that want to get a jump start on a home down payment, bridaldownpaymentdreams.com helps couples register to get financial

assistance towards the first step in buying a home. (Please note, despite what one of these web sites indicates, it is NOT appropriate to send ANY type of mailing to your guests “outlining” your request for gifts of money!) Some couples might feel uneasy telling their family and friends they are asking for some of these uncommon registry ideas, but it helps to have a couple close family members and friends spread the word by saying something such as, “Yes, they’re registered at Target, but I hear they’re also hoping to save money for the down payment of a house...” and to direct the guests to the alternate registry.

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• May I see samples of your work? • What packages do you offer? What do they include? • What kinds of products do you offer? • How long will it take to have each order processed? • Will we see a proof before the invites are printed? • Do you offer discounts if we order other items at the same time such as thank you notes? • Do you offer custom designs? • Do you offer labels? • Can you create a program for the ceremony? • How far in advance must I book your services? • What is your cancellation policy? • Is a deposit required? If so, when and how much? • Are you able to fill future orders such as monogrammed stationery or additional thank you notes?

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Seating charts can help guests seat themselves without using those elegant, hard-to-read place cards employed since the turn of the century. The seating charts can be as elegant as place cards, if done properly. A prominently displayed graphic seating plan, typically 24”x36”, greets guests and quickly dispatches them to their designated places. The names and table numbers are presented in classic calligraphic style and the chart can be designed in a manner appropriate to the wedding’s style. Seating charts are gaining popularity with “wedding contributors” whose job it is to laboriously hand-write a hundred or more guest’s names on the traditional place cards saving time, and in some cases, money.

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INVITATIONS GETTING STARTED To keep all the invitation details 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 online, give yourself some extra time in case there are any problems that require shipping back and forth. It’s also smart to test-drive an online retailer before committing (ask for paper samples, etc.). The sooner you start on invitations, the better. Before you choose a style of invitation, it’s crucial to know some of the broad themes of your wedding: casual vs. formal, bold colors vs. soft hues, 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. Formal invitations should be sent six to eight weeks before the wedding with save-the-dates going out months in advance. 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 www.PremierBrideMKE.com PREMIER BRIDE • 175


INVITATIONS being offbeat is on-trend these days). Beyond formal calligraphy, you might choose whimsical hand-lettering or even white ink on dark envelopes. Hand-drawn 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, a reception card explaining reception details, a response card with its stamped/addressed envelope, a 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 really think outside the box with your design if that suits the style of your wedding day. 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. ADDRESSING ADVICE To address the envelopes, you can run them through your printer in a beautiful 176 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

font, handwrite them yourself, or hire a hand-letterer to do the job for you. Avoid using labels at all costs, even clear ones, they just don’t convey an elegance or specialness that a wedding deserves. If you want to keep things formal/ classic, here are some tips for the etiquette 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 you don’t want young children at your reception, then politely say “adults only” somewhere in the invite. 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. Is it Mary Bride and John Groom, or Mary’s parents? 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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DEFINING YOUR WEDDING WITH BLOOMS 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 Without even knowing it, your floral research has probably already begun. Any time you admire a blooming centerpiece, dreamily eye flowers at the local farmers’ market, or pin a blossoming crown to your wedding Pinterest board, you’re developing your own taste in flowers. Keep doing this as you prepare to meet your florist. 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. 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

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request that flowers remain on-site for weekend services. This practice is rather outdated, but better to ask and know for sure. If you are able to use your ceremony flowers at the reception, they’re usually ideal for adorning the head, buffet, and/or gift tables. FOR THE RECEPTION There’s an endless array of options for floral reception centerpieces: 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. Use your imagination to incorporate flowers into one-of-a-kind centerpieces that reflect your style and your wedding’s theme. www.PremierBrideMKE.com PREMIER BRIDE • 181


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FLOWERS Keep in mind that the height of the arrangements shouldn’t get in the way of conversation. Florists can create centerpieces at a variety of heights: all high, all low, or half and half, usually with three different styles. The key is to either make the arrangements low enough to talk over or high enough to talk under. A riser or vase that is about 24 to 32 inches will elevate above the conversation as long as the vase is narrow enough to talk around. 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. Talk to your florist about strategically placing potted ferns or ficus plants throughout the room, and perhaps even decking these plants with small white lights for an enchanting feel. Remember that it doesn’t hurt to ask. Run any and all ideas past your florist so

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BE A GRACIOUS BRIDE making it a great day for everyone 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, 184 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

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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bitterly at moments about her dear family and close friends. 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. Show your romantic side. Share your deepest, loving feelings – she wants to hear them! 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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CAKES / SWEETS 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

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• Do you specialize in any certain styles or flavors? • What do you recommend for an outdoor or seasonal reception? • Can you customize a wedding or groom’s cake from a photo/idea? • Can you match the cake colors to fabric swatches or flowers? • Can you create individual cakes to be used as wedding favors? • Can you create specialized cakes for certain dietary needs? • Do you offer a tasting? • How much time do you need to prepare the cake at the reception? • Do you offer instruction on how to cut the cake? • Will you supply a container to freeze the top of the cake? • Will you charge for any supports or bases on the cake? May I return them for a refund? • Do you provide a plateau or stand for the cake? If so, what is the charge? May I return it for a refund? • 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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CAKES whimsical. Or choose two desserts — one bride’s pick and one groom’s pick. SWEETS TO SIP For winter weddings, hot chocolate bars are a cozy way for guests to warm up. Have help-yourself hot cocoa dispensers with an array of toppings: marshmallows, fresh whipped cream, chocolate drizzle, and peppermint stirring sticks. A coffee bar also makes a wonderful late-night treat. FINDING A BAKERY Whatever you decide on, take advantage of all food tastings. Go with your gut and choose the dessert you deem the tastiest, but also factor in the bakery’s efficiency and professionalism. The baker should return your calls and emails in a timely manner, be flexible with your needs, have some familiarity with your reception venue, and guarantee on-time delivery, set-up, serving, and clean-up (if needed). 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 a traditional cake cutting, make sure you have a knife and lifter set; 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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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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EXPRESSING THANKS writing thank you notes When friends and family give you a gift for your wedding, you naturally want to thank them. Here’s a guide to achieving a personal, yet dignified, tone and creating a beautiful expression of your thanks. Use a system to keep track of every offering; one that links the name of the giver with the gift, and indicates which cards you have already sent. You may want to make a note of the gifts received on your guest list so all names and addresses are handy. The perfect way to handle thankyou notes is to write them the moment gifts are received. But since this isn’t always practical, strive for a delay of no more than three months. Printed initial acknowledgements are acceptable when your wedding is large and the gift list long, but eventually, a hand-written thank you is still a must. Most gifts are regarded as having been sent to the bride and, consequently, it is her duty to do the thanking. But it is always proper to refer to the groom’s use of the gift and his appreciation. The groom should write the note when the gift giver is a close friend or fairly unknown to his new wife. Write the notes on white or pastel paper, perhaps with borders or a monogram. If you order monogrammed stationery, remember to have some made up with your maiden initials for notes that must be written before the wedding. Always mention the specific gift that was given in the note. Let your natural warmth and friendliness pervade your writing, and you will have a note as unique as the selected gift you received.

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MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT CEREMONY MUSIC What have you always envisioned for the soundtrack to your ceremony? A vocalist? String quartet? Solo pianist? Think back to past weddings you’ve attended. What did you like about the music for each ceremony? What didn’t work so well? When weighing your options for ceremony musicians, consider your vision, but also look to your wedding’s style and venue. Once you and your fiancé have some ideas in mind, check out local musicians. Narrow down your options, and arrange meetings to hear your musicians and singers in person before signing any contracts. 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. For live music, some solid options include chamber music, classical or acoustic guitar, or a jazz ensemble. 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 First and foremost, ask yourself: live band or DJ? While there are pros and cons to each, it always comes down to personal taste and budget.

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MUSIC / ENTERTAINMENT 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. A good wedding band offers versatility and will appeal to guests of all ages. A DJ will be more cost-effective and can offer an almost infinite variety of music – truly something for everyone. If possible, see the DJ perform live before booking. Consider personality. Ask for, and follow up on, several references. Clarify what songs and events (first dance, father & bride dance, bouquet & garter toss) you do or do not wish to include. If desired, make a “do not play” list. Variety of music is key!

THE NITTY GRITTY Consider your ceremony and reception site and how this might impact your choice of music and 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. Ask the site manager when your choice of entertainment can visit the venue to make sure it meets their needs in terms of space, electricity, and lighting. As with other wedding vendors, make sure the ins and outs of your agreement with your musicians is very clear and in writing. 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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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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A wedding is just one day, so everyone knows photos are a great way of capturing the excitement and emotion for years to come. The professional photographer usually does a great job of snapping the couple, but pics of your friends and family members celebrating with you will be great mementos going forward. 

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A wedding is just one day, so everyone knows photos are a great way of capturing the excitement and emotion for years to come. The professional photographer usually does a great job of snapping the couple, but pics of your friends and family members celebrating with you will be great mementos going forward.

In the past, couples used to leave disposable cameras at tables for guests to point and shoot, but the chance in finding a gem amongst those blurry, lowquality shots is rare, especially when kids get their hands on them. Plus, the cost of developing film is going up steadily. Instead, a fun, plucky alternative can be to get a photo booth. Photo booth rentals are becoming popular at wedding receptions. Not only do you get too see everyone in their finest for your big day, but 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 214 • 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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incorporating signage in your wedding Hand-lettered, letterboard, and light-up signage make a unique, Pinterest-worthy, and Insta-grammable addition to wedding day décor. While going DIY saves you money, working with a professional saves you time and often results in a piece of art you can reuse for other events or display in your home. Below are different ways to make your custom signage a sensation. CHALKBOARD Chalkboards are perfect for weddings with a rustic vibe, and chalk markers are a game changer for creating gorgeous boards. These markers are designed to write easily and look bright and bold on all kinds of surfaces, not just chalkboards. With chalk markers, writing on glass, ceramic, and metal is also an option. Seek out hand-lettering artists near you for a flawless, professional piece of word art. Want to try hand-lettering? Make sure the surface is clean before you start writing. To erase, use a clean, damp cloth. If using chalk markers, remember that the ink takes a moment to dry completely, so be careful not to smudge wet ink. Although chalk markers work on most aforementioned surfaces, do a spot test to make sure. Some chalkboards aren’t compati-ble with chalk markers. HAND-PAINTED Signs with painted flourishes are pretty and, unlike chalk, paint can be colorful! Paint looks great on antique glass window panes, elegant mirrors, or earthy wood boards. Going for the traditional paint-on-canvas look is also lovely, as a hand-painted fabric banner is both boho and beautiful. Try a small 216 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

“Just Married!” sign to hold between you for a photo op after the “I Do’s,” or have a larger sign painted to adorn the head table with a favorite romantic quote. FELT BOARDS & LIGHT-UP LETTERING Felt boards with plastic lettering, marquee lights, and light boxes like you’d see at a movie theater are all on trend nowadays. A felt board typically has a black backdrop with white uppercase lettering. Smaller boards are perfect for capturing little phrases for a photo op, while larger boards might relay the menu or a longer quote about love and marriage. With light-up signs, that glorious glow is an added bonus indeed, bringing an extra eye-catching and memorable element to the décor. Marquee lights are best and more affordable when used for shorter phrases, such as the bride and groom’s initials or, simply, “Love.” A light box can hold a message with more characters. Either way, felt or lighted, these types of signs are perfect for lessrustic couples who aren’t up to the task of DIY hand-lettering. WAYS TO USE WEDDING SIGNAGE Signs can welcome guests to the event, invite people to “pick a seat not a side,” communicate the wedding hashtag, or ask folks to kindly refrain from photography during the ceremony. Use signs for wayfinding, pointing to the direction of cocktail hour, dinner, and photo booth. Signs on the bar can highlight signature cocktails. A large sign can list table assignments for dinner, a time and money saving alternative to placecards.

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On your wedding day, it’s all eyes on the bride. You’ll have that once-in-a-lifetime bridal glow, the groom’s jaw will drop, and swooning guests will whisper mid-ceremony, “Isn’t she lovely?” 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, mother-of-the bride/ groom and bridesmaid wants to look their absolute best on the day of the wedding. We’ve got tips for the day itself and beautification plans to implement months before the big day. BEAUTY 101 What’s the difference between a makeup artist, cosmetologist, and esthetician? A makeup artist is the person a bride turns to on the day of her wedding, enhancing her own natural beauty. Cosmetologists do makeup, as well as, sometimes, skincare, nail care, and hair styling. Manicures and facials fall in the realm of cosmetology. Estheticians take things one step further. They perform services such as skincare treatments and hair removal

that makeup artists and cosmetologists may not be licensed to. Each of these beauty professionals — whether in the weeks and months leading up to your wedding, or on the wedding day itself — can help you look your best. These pros can also provide you with great information, advice, and tips that will last a lifetime — a beauty investment! And when it comes to hair, a great hairstylist can help you create a look that complements your facial features, headpiece, and veil — and do so in a way designed to stay set through the last dance. When you go pro, the end result is a relaxed, picture-perfect bride. GET GLOWING A great time to focus on healthy, glowing skin is when your wedding is

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BEAUTY still months away. If you’re concerned about the health and appearance of your skin, consider a visit to a dermatologist, for bigger problems, or an esthetician, for minor issues. Depending on the severity of your skin problems, start six to 12 months before your wedding day so you have time to treat, heal, and achieve good results. 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. 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. If you’re of the opinion that a white gown’s best accessory is sun-kissed skin, you’re not alone. But before hitting the tanning beds or getting a spray-tan, consider that it’s so easy to come away from the tanning salon looking either beet red or pumpkin orange. You’d be better off embracing your skin’s natural coloring and dressing up your white gown with accessories in colors that flatter your complexion, such as jeweltoned earrings, a vibrant floral wreath, or a pretty pink lip to punch up the color. www.PremierBrideMKE.com PREMIER BRIDE • 221


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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 updo 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 tousled bohemian look. Just be cautious of overly-trendy styles, as you risk looking back at your photos and saying “What was I thinking?!” If you’re considering any drastic changes to your hairstyle, make the change at least a couple of months before the wedding. That way, if you don’t like it, you have plenty of time to make changes or figure out how to style it to your best advantage. Consult your hair stylist four to six weeks before the wedding to find the right look for you, and be sure to show the stylist a photo of your gown. In the end, the most important thing is finding a hairstyle that stays true to you. MAKEUP MUSTS Whether you hire a pro to do your makeup, have a friend do it, or do it yourself, do a trial run before the wedding. In addition to looking in the mirror and getting feedback from close friends and family, take photos and evaluate. Now is the time to practice, not on the day of your wedding! Keep the makeup on throughout the trial day and see how it lasts. How does it look at two, five, and even eight hours later? Is it easy enough to touch up?


BEAUTY This is another time you want to be sure you look like you. Your partner fell in love with your beautiful face and would never want you to cover it up! But you can still have fun with it and pamper yourself. Define your eyebrows with a pencil and try fake eyelashes so that your eyes really pop in photos. Highlight key places, try a bold lip color, or use a primer under your foundation, lipstick, and eyeshadow so that it lasts longer. Whatever you do, 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 pale and washed out in photos. Also don’t go too dark as it will be distracting, and you want your groom and guests to see you and not your caked-on makeup. Don’t overdo the blush. You’ll be emotional, happy, nervous, busy, and showing off your moves on the dance floor which is 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. As a rule, it’s best to 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. You will probably need to clean up your brows a day or two before the wedding with a tweezers. In the end, always remember that a bride’s best beauty secret is her smile!

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BOUDOIR FOR BRIDES 6 things you need to know Whether you’re still flirting with the idea, or ready to go for it, here are six things you should know that makes this session a little different than your family pictures. Once in a Lifetime. For many women, this is a one-time event, so make the most of it. Plan your outfits and accessories well in advance. It’s a good idea to schedule a hair appointment too. Get to Know Your Photographer. It’s okay to ask questions about your session and your photographer. Find out where the photo shoot will take place, and ask to speak to or meet your photographer. This will help you relax during the session. Know what you want. Are you looking for image files? A photo album? Most women don’t choose to display the images on the wall so there are less 224 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

options; check with your photographer to see what they offer. Choose the Right Outfits. There’s no right and wrong here; choose outfits that have the most meaning to you and your husband-to-be. Consider wearing his work clothes or incorporating hobbies. Pairing sexy and sporty gives you a great combination. Accessorize. This is the fun part. Bring hats, scarves, shawls, jewelry, sunglasses, feathers, umbrellas or even his power tools! The options are endless, but choose items you enjoy most. It’s Also for You. Yes, this will be the best wedding gift ever, but a boudoir session is also for you. Pick outfits you enjoy and are comfortable in, and remember to relax and enjoy your session.

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you might want covered up on your big 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 online and look at some videos to assist you in proper makeup application. Also, go to your local department store to learn 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. Sometimes artists will “sell” you the products they use.

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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 pointedcollar 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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GROOM 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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DISASTER PROOF WEDDINGS protecting yourself Dress Buying a gown usually requires a minimum lead-time of six months and a 50 percent deposit. Confirm delivery for a few months prior to the wedding to allow for the unexpected. Use the manufacturer’s size chart when ordering to avoid unnecessary alteration charges. Remember that it is normally easier to alter a dress that is too big than one that is too small.

Caterer Request a sampling of the items on your menu. Confirm in writing that the same chef will prepare the food for your reception. Determine any additional charges such as cake cutting or corkage fees before you sign the contract. Photographer Meet in person with the photographer you’re considering to make sure that you are comfortable with him or her. Specify the name of your chosen photographer in the contract, and make sure that same photographer will shoot your wedding. Also make sure you have a backup plan should your photographer get sick or be unable to make it on the day of your wedding. Get the delivery date for digital proofs and finished photos in writing. Entertainment If you’re using a DJ, be sure to specify the name of your DJ/MC in your contract along with the duties he/she will perform. If you’re having a live band, be sure to watch them play live if you have the opportunity to do so. The contract should list the musicians by name, state the number of hours included in the price (one hour for cocktails and four hours for the reception is standard) and detail potential overtime charges.

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Flowers Inform your florist of the time of day and location for the ceremony and reception, so he/she can recommend flowers that will last throughout the festivities. A week prior to the wedding, confirm delivery time. A friend or family member should check that the flowers delivered on the wedding day are fresh and as ordered. Invitations Your contract should state that you can review your invitation proof (an extra charge may apply), and that any printer’s mistakes will be corrected at no charge. Include the delivery date on your contract. Order invitations at least four to five months prior to the wedding to avoid rush-order mistakes.

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you have arrived! TRAVELING ON YOUR WEDDING DAY From your home to the ceremony to photo locations to the reception and beyond, it’s fitting that the bride, groom, and bridal party travel in style. Some opt for limos and other luxury vehicles, others take a turn on the trolley, and some go by golf cart. There are lots of fun, fashionable ways to get from here to there on your wedding day. Here are some ideas.4

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TRANSPORTATION TO START: TAKE A HEAD COUNT Do you want just the bride and the groom in a vehicle, or is the entire wedding party heading to the reception together? If the whole party is going, do you want to include their spouses or dates? What about each couple’s parents? Once you make those decisions, you can start searching for transport based on size. Then, you can pick out a limousine, a coach party bus, a trolley, or something more unique and personal. Whatever you decide on, keep safety in mind while revelers are bouncing from place to place. LIMO LIFE If there is a day to splurge on this iconic luxury vehicle, your wedding is certainly the day. Most companies have a one or two hour minimum, so think about what would be the most cost-effective 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. A formal limousine seats four people. Or, if you’d like to include the wedding party, stretch limos can allow for six to 10. For larger parties, sport utility models like the Hummer and Explorer are popular and unique both inside and out. The larger models are often posh, with flashy lights and decorative interiors. CATCH THE COACH For larger wedding parties or for those that want a little extra elbow room, a party bus or a luxury coach is a great way to travel from the ceremony to the reception. These boast all the amenities and style of a luxury limousine, but with more room to spare; they seat up to 10 people very comfortably. For even bigger parties, a passenger coach or a 234 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

party bus can seat anywhere from 21 to 49 people. Like limousine services, passenger and luxury coach companies require a minimum number of hours. The size and type of coach will determine the hourly rate. Depending on the size of your party, it may make sense to hire two coaches — maybe a luxury coach for the bride, groom, and attendants, and a passenger coach for the guests. This provides guests with a little more flexibility, too. TAKE THE TROLLEY A fun and photo-ready alternative to a limo or a passenger coach is a trolley, if it’s available in your area. Trolleys generally can accommodate between 20 and 35 people, so they’re great for larger parties and for adding on some family members or friends into the mix. With their antique look and old world charm, they’ll lend a lovely, elegant touch to this wedding day detail. There’s no transportation alternative that looks as great in photos! UNIQUE IDEAS Limos, party buses and trolleys are fabulous, traditional options, but some couples might opt for something more personal or creative. A horse-drawn carriage or vintage car offer timeless class and romance — and a unique photo op! Or, as with everything else in the wedding, transportation could be an opportunity to add a truly personal touch. Maybe you met at a Harley rally — rev up your twin Hogs! Perhaps you’re both avid golfers — drive off in a golf cart! Or maybe you share a love of biking — wheel over on a tandem. If it’s possible to reflect your own personality in your wedding transportation, go for it!


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TRANSPORTATION TIPS & TRICKS • Customize your playlist! Ask how the sound system works in your limo or party bus and pump up the jams. • Pack liquid refreshments that won’t leave a mark, such as sparkling water. For after the ceremony, you can go with champagne or mimosas, but be careful not to overindulge. • Be mindful of the time. Though cruising around can be fun, you don’t want to keep your guests waiting! • Have a point person. Weddings are busy, chaotic days, so it’s wise to have someone closely associated with the wedding party, such as the best man or a family member, designated to coordinate with the chauffeur to make sure everything is on schedule.

DOWN TO DETAILS Make sure to confirm transportation booking and verify pick-up and departure times well in advance of your wedding dates. In a written contract, look for these things: • Name and contact information for you and the company (including cell phone!) • Date, time and address of all pick-up and drop-off locations • Type and number of vehicles rented, and amenities supplied with each • Exact hours of vehicle rental • Total cost, including gas, mileage, tip, and overtime fees • Deposit amount, balance, due date, and cancellation policy • Signatures, including yours, and the company’s representative

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• What types of transportation modes do you offer? What are their features and benefits? • How many people does each option comfortably fit? • What packages do you offer? What do they include? • Are your charges based on time or distance? • Do you have a minimum rental time? What are the charges after that time? • What does your insurance cover? • Can you guarantee a certain vehicle for the day of my wedding? • How will the driver be dressed? • Do you or can we do any decorating? • 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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FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE managing monetary gifts Among your gifts, you may find a few envelopes filled with good wishes, cash and checks. Though it’s tempting to imagine spending the money, it’s also important to get your finances in order. While some believe the best gifts lie in those envelopes, you have probably noticed that monetary gifts are the only ones that don’t come with instructions. Emptying those envelopes into the most prudent method of cash management isn’t really that complicated or time consuming. Not only is it vital for the married couple, but it’s critical that newlyweds get their “financial houses” in order to assure lifelong financial security. Figure your net worth. You can’t decide where to go until you’ve measured

where you are. So add up the value of everything you own. Now, subtract from that everything you owe. That’s your net worth. Determine your financial goals. What are your dreams? Where do you plan to be financially in five, 10 or 15 years? Create a safety net, such as insurance, to protect against the unexpected. Plan a strategy to reach your goals. What’s it going to take to reach your goals? Seek out a financial planner to help advise you of your options. Many professionals will even provide a free initial consultation. Be sure to learn as much as possible. It’s important that you start out on the right foot and that begins with making informed decisions.

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BACHELOR (ETTE) PARTIES take on a new look If you think you know all about these traditional events, think again! Bachelor and bachelorette parties are about friends getting together, sharing old stories and, perhaps, creating some new memories. A weekend immersed in an outdoor adventure with plenty of time before and after for fine dining and visits to the local pubs is a great way to do just that! Adventures include white water rafting, cattle drives, deep sea fishing, ATV desert rides, sky diving … well you get the idea. The adventure also can be adjusted to fit the skill level of the group. The adventure bachelor parties give the best man, who didn’t take “Party Planning 101,” a chance to sign up the group and then relax. From the time the groomsmen arrive at the destination city until they depart, everything is planned out, orchestrated and included in the modest pricing. Choosing a destination close to home, within driving distance, or at a mid point that is convenient to all members, is a plus. Too often out of town guys must make two costly trips to the wedding city. The same concepts and advantages apply for the gals. The questions you or your fiancé need to be thinking about are: 1. How many people are involved and where are they coming from? 2. What type of adventure is appropriate? 3. What is our price range, considering all the members of the group?

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PRE-WEDDING GETAWAY when you need a break With the stress of planning your wedding, you might feel as if you need a break which is exactly why couples are taking a pre-honeymoon! What is a pre-honeymoon? It can be a weekend getaway or just an overnight stay at a bed and breakfast a couple hours away. Why do I need a pre-honeymoon? You might feel stressed due to wedding planning, and this can ease that stress by getting away for a couple days to decompress and to come back with a fresh start. It also allows you to rekindle as a couple, rather than constantly planning your wedding. Where should we go? You could go somewhere abroad, if money permits, or just somewhere a couple hours away. As long as you are together, have a great stress free weekend! You could even just check into a nice hotel and get pampered for the night. This will keep your stress level down as you are relaxing! You could also go somewhere that’s sentimental to you as a couple, including where he proposed, or where you went on your first date. The purpose of the pre-honeymoon is to unwind and connect as a couple, and taking a prehoneymoon is just the ticket!

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Are you doing most of the wedding planning? How about putting your groom in charge of the honeymoon details? Lots of guys like to plan the honeymoon because this is where they get to be adventurous and romantic. Brides, give him a few “dreamy locations” and a couple of “absolutely-not’s,” and let him surprise you!

Managing all the mail. Temporarily rent a Post Office Box for all of the wedding related material, including free drawings and giveaway information, to come to. After the wedding you simply cancel the PO Box. (GREAT idea to do with e-mail as well!)

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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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HONEYMOON: ALASKA TOUR AND TRAVEL OPTIONS Whether you visit Alaska as part of a cruise, or rent an RV to take on the ultimate road trip, there are many experiences here that you just can’t find anywhere else. Why limit yourself to just one choice when you can combine a number of options. Embark on a railcruise adventure, rail and car or just wing it. The Alaskan Native communities that still live there add vivid culture to the landscape, along with wildlife. You can even see the occasional moose loping down the street in Alaska’s biggest city, Anchorage. Tour options are plentiful and we always suggest working with a qualified Travel Agent. There is no additional cost and their experience helps create worry free honeymoon travels. DON’T MISS LIST IN ALASKA 1. Scenic drive along Turnagain Arm 2. A “flight seeing” tour over Denali National Park 3. A glacier cruise in Prince William Sound or the Kenai Fjords 4. Anchorage, home to Alaska’s best art and native culture museums 5. Eccentric small towns such as Homer or Talkeetna 6. Bear-viewing tours in summer to watch them fishing for salmon in streams 7. The wonders of the night sky - either the Midnight Sun in summer, or the auroras of winter Although Anchorage and Fairbanks are popular cities, don’t overlook Juneau. It’s the state capital! This city (if you can really call it that) is the only state capital in the nation that can’t be accessed by road. That’s right, you can only get there by air or water.

Just a fast ferry ride away from Juneau is the quaint little town of Skagway. Tucked away but never asleep, Skagway has a historic red light district with the Red Onion Saloon and Brothel Museum. Take a glacier tour on a helicopters and go for a glacier “walk” you won’t forget. Lakes, icefalls and vistas as far as the eye can see will welcome you. Or, if you want to stay grounded, the White Pass and Yukon Scenic Railway is a threehour, 40-mile round-trip ride up 2,865 feet to the summit of the White Pass with a fully narrated tour. Experience tunnels, waterfalls and spectacular scenery from the comfort of your rail car. WHEN TO GO TO ALASKA Prime Alaska travel season runs from June through mid-August; the prices are highest then a well. The days are long (as in, you might not see the sunset) and the temperatures are warm. Cut your costs and visit Alaska during the shoulder seasons: mid-May to Mid-June, and mid-August through midSeptember. Some tours will start closing up after Labor Day, so keep that in mind. Late summer and early fall means good blueberry picking and turning leaves, but also increases the risk of rain. In winter, you can see the Aurora Borealis! The most popular spot for aurora-viewing is up around Fairbanks. There’s typically plenty of snow for winter sports, especially in Girdwood, south of Anchorage. Late February and early March is the prime time to visit Alaska for two popular events: Fur Rondy, the winter festival in Anchorage, and the famed Iditarod race, which starts in Anchorage and ends in Nome. Discover Alaska on your honeymoon… You won’t be disappointed!

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DESTINATION WEDDINGS the choices More and more couples nowadays are planning destination weddings in lieu of spending time and money on a wedding celebration and a honeymoon. With a destination wedding, you can do both in one convenient location and, in many cases, end up with less time spent planning and more money left for the exotic honeymoon you always imagined.

Allows couples to express themselves Destination weddings are, for the most part, meant to be convenient and fun. Often, for the second or third time couple, it is about making a statement and expressing to family and friends an idea of how they see their future together. Having already gone through the pomp and circumstance of a first wedding, relaxation and family are much more important this time around.

For anyone with a sense of adventure Destination weddings, once just a choice for brides and grooms walking down the aisle for the second or third time, are now at an all time high for couples getting married for the first time too. There is no limit to the fun you can have when you choose a destination wedding. That’s why many brides and grooms are no longer taking the traditional church route, but are instead looking for the perfect foreign country, distant mountain or secluded beach.

Everything is taken care of at once Destination weddings come complete with packages that include a wedding professional to take care of every detail. It’s really just up to you to decide on the big picture and the rest will be handled accordingly. Usually, the wedding planner will handle the flowers, photographer, caterer, musicians and reception area, all with your input of course. In most cases the wedding planner will take care of the marriage license too and all you have to do is send the necessary documents.

Easier for busy brides and grooms One reason that so many couples are choosing destination weddings nowadays is because brides are busy. Most destination wedding resorts around the world have wedding planners who take care of the details so that you don’t have to. Some resorts bring the couple down months in advance to go over the wedding arrangements including colors, special needs and instructions and ceremony location. After the initial visit the couple does not arrive until just days before the wedding and usually with the guests and attendants.

It’s about having fun Another difference you will encounter when choosing a destination wedding is that everyone is in vacation mode. In a traditional wedding, at least one family is in their home territory. With a destination wedding, families come together to celebrate the wedding while also having a chance to spend time doing fun things. Remember, destination weddings are meant to be profound, but not necessarily solemn occasions. The weddings are about the guests having a good time and the couple remembering their special day for many years to come.

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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”.


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HONEYMOON 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.

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Staying local If you don’t have the funds for a plane ticket abroad or can’t get away for a long 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 phones and focus on each other. It will seem as if you’re light years away even in your own backyard.

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• 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 excursion, or give each other coupons redeemable for special favors. By keeping the romance as personal as possible, the love light will be burning strong no matter where you are. DESTINATION WEDDINGS Getting married away from home gives you the chance to blend the wedding and honeymoon into one special, maybe even week-long, event. A destination wedding might be an elopement for just the bride and groom or a small affair that includes immediate family and friends. Either way, destination weddings are a fun escape and unforgettable experience — a wedding and honeymoon all rolled into one!

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BRIDAL SHOWS

SHOPPING MADE EASY attending bridal shows You may find that the more time you can save in planning your wedding the better. A Bridal Show can help. Here’s information and tips to help! Plan in Advance: Know your budget. Make a list of what you need most and what your budget will allow for each item and service. Types of Bridal Shows: Small, intimate shows average attendance is between 75-200 people and generally around 20-40 vendors. These shows allow you much more time to talk with each wedding professional, ask questions and get more in-depth answers. The second kind of show is much larger, averaging 800-2000 attending and featuring anywhere from 100-250 different vendors. The biggest advantage to this kind of show is the wide range of vendors available and the beautiful displays for great wedding ideas. Pre-printed address labels: Most vendors will have some special drawing for gifts and prizes. Having these labels available will save you time and effort. Include your full name, address, phone number, wedding date and email address. Create a temporary wedding e-mail address: Obviously you will receive solicitations after the show. Some will be quality vendors reaching out to provide specific wedding information and tips, along with any special offers. Who should come along: Yes, your fiancé should come along, especially if it’s just the two of you. Decisions can be made on the spot and you both will have a good time! Or, bring a couple of friends, your mother or a whole entourage. Your Calendar: It might be appropriate to schedule an appointment at another

time for a more in-depth conversation. Usually any show “specials” will also apply if a date and time is made for a follow-up discussion. There are times when you might want to book something right at the show. Or you might have already met with a vendor prior and are ready to make the commitment.

Shoes: Wear comfortable shoes. The odds are you’ll be on your feet for quite a while. You don’t want to leave until you’re ready, and not because your feet are too tired. Pressing onward when you’re feet hurt just isn’t any fun. Children: Avoid bringing small children to the show if possible. While you might not have a choice or it may be tempting to bring your flower girl along to see the neat wedding stuff, they are sure to tire more quickly then you. Prepare for information overload: When you find a vendor you are interested in, make a note about why. What struck you as appealing about this person? When you get home and you’re looking through 10 different photographers, your note may be the only thing you have to remember which ones you liked and why. Also, write down any good tips they might have given you.

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“The Place to Be for the Couple-to-Be” T H E 52 ND A N N U A L JANUARY 4-5, 2020 EXPO CENTER AT WISCONSIN STATE FAIR PARK

Wisconsin’s largest and most prestigious Wedding Expo wisconsinweddi ngshow.com

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2019 BRIDAL SHOWS

THE 19TH ANNUAL

BRIDAL FAIR OF WASHINGTON COUNT Y

JANUARY 13, 2019

ICE - 1ST ANNUAL WEDDING EXPO

Radisson Milwaukee Airport, Milwaukee Show Times: 11am-2pm 414-764-1500 JANUARY 23, 2019

PRITZLAFF EVENTS OPEN HOUSE

Pritzlaff Events, Milwaukee Show Times: 5-8pm 414-433-6088, pritzlaffevents.com JANUARY 26, 2019

BARTOLOTTA CATERING & EVENTS WEDDING SHOWCASE

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

January 27, 2019 11:00 AM TO 3:00 PM 80+ Vendors View Trending Wedding Themes 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

JANUARY 27, 2019

WATERTOWN BRIDAL FAIRE

Windwood of Watertown W5710 County Highway CW, Watertown Show Times: 10am-1:30pm 920-261-7770, watertownbridalfair.com JANUARY 27, 2019

16TH ANNUAL BRIDAL EXTRAVAGANZA

Hawks View Golf Club, Lake Geneva Show Times: 11am-3pm 877-429-5788, hawksviewgolfclub.com JANUARY 27, 2019

WASHINGTON COUNTY BRIDAL FAIR

Washington County Fair Park & Conference Center Show Times: 11am-3pm 262-677-5060, wcfairpark.com See pg 265

JANUARY 27, 2019

10TH ANNUAL

Bridal Show

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 24TH, 2019 11:00 am- 2:00 pm Bridal Fashion Show Wine Tasting & Champagne Passed Appetizers Great Giveaways Meet dozens of local wedding vendors!

6TH ANNUAL SE WISCONSIN BRIDAL SHOWCASE Fountain Banquet Hall 8505 Durand Ave., Sturtevant Show Times: 11am-2pm

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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 3, 2019, 10:30a–4p SHERATON HOTEL, BROOKFIELD, WI SUNDAY, MAY 5, 2019, 10:30a–4p SHERATON HOTEL, BROOKFIELD, WI SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8TH, 2019, 10:30a–4p SHERATON HOTEL, BROOKFIELD, WI SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2019, 10:30a–4p

BRIDAL EXPO CHICAGO DATES & LOCATIONS

Vito Rade Photography

John Dart Photography

To view upcoming 2019 Dates & Locations visit us at BridalExpoTickets.com

FASHION SHOW: 2:30p CONGRESS PLAZA HOTEL, CHICAGO SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2019, 11:30a–4p CHICAGO MARRIOTT O’HARE SUNDAY, MARCH 10, 2019, 11:30a–4p MARRIOTT HOTEL, SCHAUMBURG SUNDAY, JUNE 23, 2019, 11:30a–4p

John Dart Photography

Angela Swan Photography

Vito Rade Photography

To view upcoming 2019 Dates & Locations visit us at BridalExpoTickets.com


BRIDAL SHOWS FEBRUARY 3, 2019

TWO HEARTS, ONE LOVE BRIDAL FAIR

Terrace 167, Richfield, Show Times: 11am-3pm 262-623-6588, Terrace167.com FEBRUARY 16, 2019

2ND ANNUAL BRIDAL RESALE EVENT

The Landing1841, Burlington Show Times: 10am-1pm, thelanding1841.com FEBRUARY 17, 2019

11TH ANNUAL BRIDAL FAIR IN THE EVERGREEN ROOM

Bridal Show At L a k e l aw n R e s o rt

March 3 2019 1 1 A M -3 P M Ov e r 3 0 We d d i n g & Event Vendors

Evergreen Golf Club, Elkhorn Show Times: 11:30am-2:30pm 262-723-5722, evergreengolf.com FEBRUARY 17, 2019

13TH ANNUAL WEDDING & QUIÑCEANERA EXPO

American Serb Hall 5101 W. Oklahoma Ave, Milwaukee, Starts 10am See pg 268

2400 East Geneva Street Delavan, WI • 262.728.7950

www.Lakelawnresort.com

FEBRUARY 24, 2019

VETERAN’S TERRACE BRIDAL SHOW

Veteran’s Terrace, Burlington Show Times: 11am-2pm 262-763-9400, veteransterrace.com See pg 265

FEBRUARY 24, 2019

PREFERRED VENDOR WEDDING SHOW

Geneva National Resort & The Ridge Hotel, Lake Geneva, Show Times: 11am-3pm 262-249-3849, genevanationalresort.com

BelleCity Wedding Extravaganza!

April 7, 2019 • 11am - 3pm Festival Hall • Racine, WI

MARCH 3, 2019

LAKE LAWN RESORT BRIDAL SHOW

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

MARCH 3, 2019

BRIDAL EXPO

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

Brookfield Sheraton, Show Times: 10:30am-4pm For Free Tickets Call: 414-427-4325 bridalexpomilwaukee.com See page 18-19 & 266

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THE ORIGINAL BRIDAL DÉCOR RESALE & WEDDING SHOW Presented by Rustic Manor 1848 Waukesha County Expo Center Show Times: 11am-2pm 262-334-0316 rusticmanor1848.com

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MARCH 10, 2019

LAKE COUNTRY WEDDING SHOW

The Ingleside Hotel, Pewaukee Show Times: Noon-4pm 262-547-0201, lakecountryweddingshow.com MARCH 23, 2019

BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL WEDDING EXPO

Sixth Floor Milwaukee Show Times 11am-7pm blackweddingexpomke.com APRIL 5, 2019

ALFA FLOWER & WEDDING SHOP BRIDAL OPEN HOUSE

Afla Flower and Wedding Shop Show Times: 5-7:30pm 414-545-5858, alfawedding.com APRIL 7, 2019

BELLE CITY WEDDING EXTRAVAGANZA

Festival Hall, Racine Show Times: 11am-3pm 262-636-9229, racinecc.com See pg 267

MAY 5, 2019

BRIDAL EXPO

Brookfield Sheraton, Show Times: 10:30am-4pm For Free Tickets Call: 414-427-4325 bridalexpomilwaukee.com See page 18-19 & 266

AUGUST 10, 2019

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BRIDAL SHOWS

BRIDAL SHOWS

SEPTEMBER 8, 2019

BRIDAL EXPO

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

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SEPTEMBER 22, 2019

TWO HEARTS, ONE LOVE BRIDAL FAIR

Terrace 167, Richfield Show Times: 11am-3pm 262-623-6588 Terrace167.com SEPTEMBER 29, 2019

DISCOVER LAKE GENEVA BRIDAL SHOWCASE

Riviera Docks, Lake Geneva Show Times 10am-1pm cruiselakegeneva.com/wedding

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.

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.

See pg 268

NOVEMBER 3, 2019

BRIDAL EXPO

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

A NIGHT OF ACTION The couple that slays together stays together. Plan a night of action at CMP Tactical Lazer Tag for you and up to 14 other friends (or foes).

See pgs 18-19 & 266

NOVEMBER 2019

BOUTIQUE BRIDAL SHOWCASE

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

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.

JANUARY 4-5, 2020

52ND ANNUAL WONDERFUL WORLD OF WEDDINGS

Wisconsin Exposition Center at State Fair Park 262-367-5500 wisconsinweddingshow.com See pg 264

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!

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MAKE-UP ARTIST HAIR STYLIST REHEARSAL DINNER CEREMONY LOCATION RECEPTION, CATERING, BARTENDING, CAKE CUSTOM SIGNAGE FLOWERS MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT TRANSPORTATION PHOTOGRAPHER HONEYMOON SERVICE VIDEOGRAPHER GOWN

FORMALWEAR RINGS

Amanda Mudrets Geneviève Berghouse and Molly Loizzo Oconomowoc Lake Club St. Jerome Catholic Church Delafield Hotel Taylor Dirkes Calligraphy Bloom Floral and Event Design Xcite Entertainment Cruise-a-Palooza Indian Summer Photography The Scott Resort and Spa Tina Polve and Alex Buban Mikaella from The Wedding Shoppe, Inc. (St. Paul, MN) Men’s Wearhouse, Wauwatosa, WI Brookfield Diamonds

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

• CATERING • CEREMONIES, CHAPELS • CEREMONIES, OFFICIANTS • CHOCOLATES (FAVORS) • CONSULTANTS • COORDINATING/ STYLING • COSMETICS (See Makeup) • DANCE INSTRUCTION • DECORATING SERVICES (Also see Rentals) • DESTINATION WEDDINGS (See Travel Agencies) • DOOR COUNTY WEDDINGS • DRY CLEANING / GOWN PRESERVATION • EXCITING & DIFFERENT

ACCESSORIES

Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop

(See pg 185)

Bead IT LLC

beadit-wi.com 262-366-5573

(Also See Beauty) • MASSAGE (See Spas) • MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT • MUSIC, SPECIALTY • OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS (See Hotels/Club Suites) • PHOTOGRAPHY • PHOTO BOOTHS • REGISTRY • REHEARSAL DINNERS • RENTALS • RESTROOMS (See Rentals) • SPAS • TRANSPORTATION • TRAVEL AGENCIES & HONEYMOONS • VIDEOGRAPHY • WALWORTH COUNTY WEDDINGS (See pg 162)

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 • GIFTS • GOWNS, CUSTOM (See full listing of bridal salons online at premierbridewisconsin. com/wedding-bridal-salons) • HAIR (See Beauty) • HONEYMOON (See Travel Agencies & Door County Weddings) • HOTELS/ CLUB SUITES (Also see Banquet Facilities) • ICE SCULPTURES • INTERNET • INVITATIONS • JEWELRY (CUSTOM) • LIMOUSINES (See Transportation) • MAKEUP

BRIDAL

(See pg 187)

GOWNS

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

262-521-9710

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES ATTENDANT GIFTS

(See Gifts)

1896 Room

6996 Pennsylvania Ave., Oconomowoc 262-269-9095

(See pg 94)

3041 North

BACHELOR(ETTE) PARTIES CMP Tactical Lazer Tag 4905 S. Howell Ave, Milwaukee info@cmpmilwaukee.com 2567 State Rd 120, Lake Geneva lakegeneva@cmptactical.com cmptactical.com 414-483-2222

(See pg 239)

Abloom Farm

Saukville abloomfarm.com 262-387-1001 3400 S. 43rd St., Milwaukee alverno.edu/eventandspace 414-382-6159

(See pg 65)

The Astor Hotel

924 E Juneau Ave., Milwaukee theastorhotel.com 414-283-4808

Luxury Motor Courts

Bartolotta’s (See pg 240)

Milwaukee Pedal Tavern (See pg 186)

Napoli

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

(See pg 160)

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)

Vino Third Ward

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

(See pg 27)

5101 West Oklahoma Avenue, Milwaukee serbhall.com 414-545-6030 (See pg 51)

jksbackyard.com 414-313-8017

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

(See pg 45)

American Serb Hall

JKS Backyard Games

756 S. Lincoln Street, Elkhart Lake luxurymotorcourts.com 414-399-3964

(See pg 42)

Alverno College

Friday’s Front Row

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

3041 W. North Ave., Milwaukee 3041northevents.com 414-810-3131

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 3)

Best Western Plus Airport

5105 S. Howell Avenue, Milwaukee bwplusmilwaukee.com 414-769-2100 (See pg 187)

(See pg 57)

The Bog

BANQUET FACILITIES & REHEARSAL DINNERS

The Clubhouse at The Bog 3121 County Road I, Saukville The Barn at The Bog 3121 County Road I, Saukville golfthebog.com

1451 Renaissance Place

Broadlands Golf Club

1451 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee renaissanceplace.com 414-272-1451 (See Back Cover & pg 48)

(See pg 47)

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

262-292-0740 262-292-0740 (See pg 196)

(See pg 82)

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Café Centraal

2306 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., Milwaukee lowlandsgroup.com/parties 414-627-2789

The DeKoven Center (See pg 15)

Café Hollander - Mequon

5900 W. Mequon Rd., Mequon lowlandsgroup.com/parties 414-627-2789

(See pg 15)

(See pg 15)

(See pg 32)

(See pg 17)

(See pg 196)

(See pg 199)

Wales feteofwales.com 262-528-3383 5311 S. Howell Ave., Milwaukee fourpointsmilwaukeeairport.com 414-481-2400

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

(See pg 56)

(See pg 38)

(See pg 93)

7036 Grand Geneva Way, Lake Geneva grandgeneva.com 800-558-3417 (See pg 161)

Hampton Inn & Suites

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

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

Crowne Plaza Milwaukee Airport

500 West Canal Street, Milwaukee h-dmuseum.com 414-287-2730

(See pg 74)

Harley Davidson Museum

(See pg 99)

(See pg 90)

The Cupola Barn

N88 W35490 Mapleton Rd., Oconomowoc cupolabarn.com 262-391-4864 (See pg 27)

Davians Catering & Conference Center

N56 W16300 Silver Spring Dr., Menomonee Falls davians.com 262-781-3333 (See pg 26) 274 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

(See pg 83)

Hawk’s View Golf Club

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

Crowne Plaza Milwaukee West

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

(See pg 31)

Grand Geneva

Cotton Exchange

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

(See pg 13)

Golden Mast Inn on Okauchee Lake

Charles Allis Art Museum

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

26060 Washington Avenue, Dover thefarmatdover.com 773-802-6351

Four Points by Sheraton Milwaukee Airport

Chandelier Ballroom

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

(See pg 87)

fête

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

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

The Farm at Dover

The Carriage House

6996 Pennsylvania Ave., Oconomowoc carriagehouseatlaclabelle.com 262-269-9095

3832 Hillside Dr., Delafield (Just off I-94 & Hwy 83) delafield-brewhaus.com 262-646-7821 (See pg 34)

Delafield Hotel

Canal Street Yacht Club

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

(See pg 12)

Delafield Brewhaus

Café Hollander - Tosa

7677 W. State St., Wauwatosa lowlandsgroup.com/parties 414-627-2789

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

(See pg 158)

The Hay Loft

W2763 E. Gate Dr., Watertown hayloftbarn.com 920-988-7415

(See pg 48)

Heritage Hall

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

(See pg 15)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Hilton Milwaukee City Center 509 W. Wisc Ave., Milwaukee marcusweddings.com 414-390-3802

LVL Events (See pg 35)

Historic Courthouse 1893

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

Marcus Center for the Performing Arts sazamas.com 414-276-2030 (See pg 53)

Holiday Inn Pewaukee

N14 W24140 Tower Place, Pewaukee holidayinn.com/Pewaukee-wi 262-506-6300

(See pg 37)

(See pg 33)

(See pg 36)

(See pg 14)

(See pg 79)

(See pg 7)

Jan Serr Studio

(See pg 101)

(See pg 76)

(See pg 168)

Lake Lawn Resort

(See pg 165)

The Landing 1841

Just outside Burlington thelanding1841.com 262-758-6611

Pano’s Banquets

(See pg 77)

The Pfister Hotel

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

Lake Geneva Cruise Lines-Gage Marine

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

Oconomowoc Community Center

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

Kimpton-The Journeyman

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

Milwaukee Yacht Club

220 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Oconomowoc oconomowoc-wi.gov/communitycenter 262-569-2199 (See pg 92)

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

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

(See pg 41)

1700 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr., Milwaukee milwaukeeyc.com 414-271-4455 (see pg 50)

The Iron Horse Hotel

2155 N. Prospect Avenue, Milwaukee janserrevents@sazs.com 414-256-8765

Milwaukee County Zoo

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

Intercontinental Milwaukee

139 E. Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee marcusweddings.com 414-390-3802

Milwaukee Beer Bistro

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

The Ingleside Hotel

2810 Golf Rd., Pewaukee theinglesidehotel.com 262-547-0201

Milwaukee Art Museum

700 North Art Museum Dr., Milwaukee mam.org 414-224-3200 or 414-224-3287 (event line) (See pg 75)

Hyatt Regency

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

(See pg 101)

Marriott Milwaukee West

W231 N1600 Corporate Ct., Waukesha marriott.com/mkemw 262-574-0888 (See Inside Back Cover & pg 52)

Hubbard Park Lodge

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

801 S. 2nd Street, Milwaukee lvlcomplex.com 414-376-8651

(See pg 9)

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

(See pg 34)

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

(See pg 89)

Pritzlaff Events

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

(See pg 81)

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Racine Civic Center

Sterling Chalet

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

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

Story Hill.Firehouse (See pg 44)

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

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

The Ridge Hotel

(See pg 167)

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

(See pg 197)

Tripoli Shrine Center

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

(See pg 29)

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

(See pg 74)

Veterans Terrace at Echo Park

1218 13th Ave.,Grafton riverroomevents.com 262-501-4430

(See pg 96)

Roma Lodge

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

(See pg 163)

Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum

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

(See pg 98)

The Rotunda

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

(See pg 93)

War Memorial Center

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

(See pg 84)

The Rustic Barn at Prairie Gardens

750 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr., Milwaukee warmemorialcenter.org 414-273-5533

(See pg 6)

Washington County Fair Park

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

Hwy 45 at Pleasant Valley Road wcfairpark.com 262-677-5060

Schauer Arts & Activites Center

(See pg 198)

Watertown Country Club (See pg 197)

Seven Seas

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

(See pg 28)

Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel 375 S. Moorland Rd., Brookfield sheratonmilwaukeebrookfield.com 262-364-1008

(See pg 52)

Tuscan Hall Banquet Center & Catering

River Room on the Milwaukee

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

407 N. Hawley Rd., Milwaukee shfirehouse@gmail.com 262-477-5813

Terrace 167 (See pg 46)

Red Circle Inn

W4240 Road 50, Lake Geneva RidgeLakeGeneva.com 262-249-3842

(See pg 199)

(See pg 39)

South Second

838 S. 2nd St., Walker’s Point, Milwaukee southsecondmke.com 414-256-8765 (see pg 51, 100) 276 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

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

(See pg 13)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES West Bend Country Club

Lash Boutique

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

(See pg 97)

Western Lakes Golf Club

(See pg 100)

Windwood of Watertown

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

(See pg 43)

Wisconsin Club - City Club

Serving SE-Wisconsin wideeyedbeauty.com 414-377-0540

(See pg 223)

BED & BREAKFASTS/ INNS White Lace Inn

(See pg 10-11)

Wisconsin Club - Country Club

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

262-373-0101 262-375-3300 (See pg 224)

Wide Eyed Beauty

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

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

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

(See pg 10-11)

BARTENDING SERVICES (See pg 109)

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

(See pg 243)

BRIDAL SHOWERS/ GIFT OPENINGS Riverwalk Boat Tours & Rentals

Bar Stars Bartending

barstarsbartending-mke.com 414-208-9500

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

(See pg 108)

Tripoli Shriners Bartending Service tripolishrinecenter.com 262-933-4700

BEAUTY, SKIN & WEIGHT LOSS

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

Vino Third Ward

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

(See pg 187)

BRIDAL SHOWS

Complete listing and information (See pg 262)

(Also See Makeup)

Blush by Brittany

Serving SE-Wisconsin blushbybrittany.com

(See pg 223)

Elegance Salon & Spa

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

CAKES, SWEETS & FAVORS Allo! Chocolat

(See pg 225)

Friedman Dental Care

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

Julie Melbinger-Wagner, DDS 10345 N. Port Washington Rd., Mequon friedmandentalcare.com 262-240-9400 (See pg 220)

Rich’s House of Cakes

halo

Simma’s

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

(See pg 221)

4353 S. 27th St., Milwaukee richscakes.com 414-282-0713 817 N. 68th St., Wauwatosa simmasbakery.com 414-257-0998

(See pg 192)

(See pg 192)

(See pg 193)

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Sweet n’ Flowers

Serving SE-Wisconsin sweetnflowers.com 339-933-9589

Tuscan Hall Banquet Center & Catering (See pg 187)

Sweet Perfections Bake Shoppe 1501 Paramount Dr., Waukesha sweetperfections.com 262-446-2253

(See pg 191)

CATERING

(See pg 104)

(See pg 109)

Davians Catering & Conference Center

N56 W16300 Silver Spring Dr., Menomonee Falls davians.com 262-781-3333 (See pg 26)

Chef Jack’s

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

(See pg 107)

Louise’s Catering

Custom Menus & Catering megan@waterstreetbrewery.com, louisescatering.com 414-271-9506 (See pg 105)

320 Broad St., Lake Geneva holycommunionlakegeneva.com 262-248-3522

Lamm Gardens

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

(See pg 199)

Tripoli Shrine Center

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

(See pg 29)

CEREMONIES, OFFICIANTS

Clergy Officiants

(See pg 160)

(See pg 100)

CHOCOLATES (FAVORS)

Saz’s Catering

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

Holy Communion Episcopal Church

Serving SE Wisconsin OfficiantsWisconsin.com Rev. Lynette Corsten 262-893-6760 Rev. Jeffrey Montoya 414-793-4828

Napoli

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

Member of the Vecchiio Entertainment Group escapetomilwaukee.com 414-273-8300 (See pg 33)

CEREMONIES, CHAPELS

Antigua Catering

5823 W. Burnham Street, West Allis weddingsbyantigua.com 414-321-5775

(See pg 74)

Vecchio Catering

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

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

Allo! Chocolat

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

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 100)

Tripoli Shrine Catering

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

(See pg 192)

CONSULTANTS Ambrosia Events

4404 W. Oklahoma Ave., Milwaukee ambrosiaeventsmke.com 414-546-2854 (office) 414-791-8896 (mobile)

(See pg 123)

Cover It With Class

A Beautiful Touch at an Affordable Price coveritwithclass.com 262-343-2581 (See pg 198)

E Events (See pg 29)

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

(See pg 225)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES événement

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

Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Pleasant Prairie

(See pg 125)

Mia’s Wedding & Event Planning Serving SE-Wisconsin planningbymia.com 262-744-0818

(See pg 127)

Timeless Events

COORDINATING/ STYLING Rosewood

(See pg 127)

(See Makeup)

DANCE INSTRUCTION (See pg 145)

Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Greenfield (See pg 145)

Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Menomonee Falls N87W17317 Main St. fadsmenomoneefalls.com (262) 251-2000

(See pg 145)

Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Mequon 10934 N Port Washington Rd. fredastairenorthshore.com 262-241-1221

(See pg 145)

Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Milwaukee 323 N Milwaukee St fredastairemilwaukee.com 414-291-9999

(See pg 145)

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

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

(See pg 186)

(Also see Rentals)

Ambrosia Events

4404 W. Oklahoma Ave., Milwaukee ambrosiaeventsmke.com 414-546-2854 (office) 414-791-8896 (mobile)

(See pg 123)

événement

(See pg 125)

Heavenly Creations

Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Brookfield

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

Social Style

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

COSMETICS

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

(See pg 145)

DECORATING SERVICES

Serving SE Wisconsin timelesseventsllc.com 262-751-6355

Serving SE-Wisconsin rosewoodwed.com 262-496-9832

9000 76th St., Unit B fredastaire.com/pleasant-prairie 262-577-5859

(See pg 145)

4060 N. 127th St., Suite 200, Brookfield By Appointment heavenlycr8.com 414-353-1179 (See pg 112)

Something Borrowed

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

(See pg 117)

DESTINATION WEDDINGS

(See Travel Agencies)

DOOR COUNTY WEDDINGS Landmark Resort

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

(See pg 245)

The Lodge at Leathem Smith

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

(See pg 243)

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

(See pg 245)

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

(See pg 245)

(See pg 243)

DRY CLEANING / GOWN PRESERVATION

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

artbelowzero.net 414-779-7000

(See pg 186)

Bead IT LLC

(See pg 187)

Display Products LLC Serving SE-Wisconsin displayproductsllc.com 262-443-7517

(See pg 187

The Happy Flower

Serving SE-Wisconsin thehappyflowerandgiftgallery.com 630-363-1744

(See pg 186)

Milwaukee Pedal Tavern

Martinizing

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

Art Below Zero

beadit-wi.com 262-366-5573

White Lace Inn

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

EXCITING & DIFFERENT

pedaltavern.com 414-405-6682 (See pg 230)

Social Style

262-782-0665

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

262-377-2269

Sweet n’ Flowers

262-367-4508

Serving SE-Wisconsin sweetnflowers.com 339-933-9589

262-251-7979

Vino Third Ward

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

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

(See pg 186)

(See pg 187

(See pg 187)

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

(See pg 238)

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

FLORISTS

(and Rental Items)

280 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

(See pg 186)

(See pg 30)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop

Display Products LLC

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

(See pg 185)

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

262-253-9111 262-695-9911 (See pg 181)

Belle Fiori

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

(See pg 187

GOWNS, CUSTOM

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

HAIR

(See Beauty) (See pg 184)

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

(See pg 183)

Fantasy Flowers

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

(See pg 182)

The Happy Flower

Serving SE-Wisconsin thehappyflowerandgiftgallery.com 630-363-1744

(See pg 186)

Lamm Gardens

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

HONEYMOON

(See Travel Agencies & Door County Weddings) Luxury Motor Courts

756 S. Lincoln Street, Elkhart Lake luxurymotorcourts.com 414-399-3964

(See pg 240)

HOTELS/ CLUB SUITES

(Also see Banquet Facilities) Luxury Motor Courts

(See pg 199)

Tully Floral Design

756 S. Lincoln Street, Elkhart Lake luxurymotorcourts.com 414-399-3964

(See pg 240)

Sybaris Pool Suites

Serving SE-WI tullyfloraldesign.com 610-772-5674

(See pg 183)

Waukesha Floral & Greenhouse

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

(See pg 253)

ICE SCULPTURES

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

(See pg 180)

Art Below Zero

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

FORMALWEAR DuBois 1700 W. Bluemound Rd., Brookfield 822 N. 8th St., Sheboygan duboisfw.com

Serving SE-Wisconsin displayproductsllc.com 262-443-7517

262-754-9296 920-458-1412 (See pg 229)

GIFTS

(See pg 186)

INTERNET Premier Bride

premierbride.com and premierbridemke.com 414-416-8368

Bead IT LLC

beadit-wi.com 262-366-5573

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES INVITATIONS

MASSAGE

(See Spas)

Coqui Paperie

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

(See pg 177)

CMYKnot

Serving SE-WI cmyknot.com

(See pg 174)

DCo Lovenotes

Serving SE-WI dcolovenotes.com info@dcolovenotes.com

audiotherapydj.com 414-526-0200

(See pg 204)

completemilwaukee.com 414-751-6886

(See pg 205)

DJ Express (See pg 175)

JEWELRY (CUSTOM) Bead IT LLC

beadit-wi.com 262-366-5573

Audio Therapy

Complete Weddings & Events of Milwaukee (See pg 172)

Paperwhites

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

MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT

djexpressfun.com 262-306-1138

(See pg 207)

Muzic in Motion

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

The Wedding Djay (See pg 187)

LIMOUSINES

(See Transportation)

MAKEUP

(Also See Beauty)

Serving Milwaukee and Most of Wisconsin theweddingdjay.com 800-901-1007 (See pg 209)

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

(See pg 30)

MUSIC, SPECIALTY Carol Christensen, Violinist

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 222) 282 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

ccviolin@hotmail.com 262-681-0748 414-426-6703

(See pg 210)

Elegant Music Service

elegantmusicservices.com 262-619-1900

(See pg 210)

Gabriel’s Horns

gabrielshorns.com 414-581-7391

(See pg 210)

Whitewater String Quartet Serving SE-Wisconsin whitewaterstringquartet.com 262-473-3636

(See pg 210)

OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS

(See Hotels/Club Suites)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTO BOOTHS

Ambiance Studios by Scott & Cathy Erickson

Complete Weddings & Events of Milwaukee

ambiancestudios.com 262-338-0922

completemilwaukee.com 414-751-6886 (See pg 150)

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

(See pg 205)

The Photo Booth

Serving Milwaukee and Most of Wisconsin 262photobooth.com 800-901-1007 (See pg 215) (See pg 151)

Better Together Photography

bettertogetherphoto.com info.bettertogetherphoto@gmail.com

(See pg 148)

Complete Weddings & Events of Milwaukee completemilwaukee.com 414-751-6886

(See pg 205)

audiotherapydj.com

414-526-0200

(See pg 204)

ShutterBooth

Serving Greater Milwaukee & Madison shutterbooth.com 414-255-3800 (See pg 217)

414-671-1512

(See pg 153)

Royal Prestige

Ideal Impressions

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

dinner4two.com 920-375-6536 (See pg 159)

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

(See pg 151)

Kara Reese Photography

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

(See pg 148)

SB Photography and Design

2727 N Grandview Blvd., Suite 101, Waukesha sbphotoanddesign.com 414-220-0022 (See pg 154)

Wild Elegance

Serving SE-Wisconsin wildelegancewi.com 262-309-2240

REGISTRY

(See pg 149)

(See pg 169)

REHEARSAL DINNERS Café Benelux

346 N. Broadway, Milwaukee lowlandsgroup.com/parties 414-627-2789

(See pg 15)

Café Centraal

2306 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., Milwaukee lowlandsgroup.com/parties 414-627-2789

(See pg 15)

Friday’s Front Row

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

(See pg 65)

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Kilawat

RENTALS

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

All Star Rentals

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

Maggiano’s

2500 N. Mayfair Rd., Wauwatosa maggianos.com/banquets 414-978-1000

(See pg 67)

Mason Street Grill

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

Milwaukee Chop House

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

(See pg 68)

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

Rodizio Grill - Milwaukee

(See pg 66)

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

(See pg 69)

(See pg 69)

Water Street Brewery 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

Brookfield Party Rental

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

(See pg 117)

Div. of Equipment Rentals Inc. 2001 Decorah Rd., West Bend 630 Grand Ave., Hartford eqrents.com 1-877-362-TENT

(See pg 196)

containersup.com 888-765-3691

(See pg 114)

Cover It With Class

A Beautiful Touch at an Affordable Price coveritwithclass.com 262-343-2581 (See pg 198)

Exciting Events

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

(See pg 113)

Serving SE-WI gertrudeandevelynvintage.com 262-716-6676

Vagabond

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

(See pg 116)

Gertrude & Evelyn Vintage Rentals

Trinity Three Irish Pubs

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

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

Containers Up

Riverwalk Boat Tours & Rentals

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

Arnold’s Environmental Services Inc.

Celebrations Tent & Party Rentals

Mo’s - A Place for Steaks

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

(See pg 119)

(See pg 71)

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Heavenly Creations

4060 N. 127th St., Suite 200, Brookfield By Appointment heavenlycr8.com 414-353-1179 (See pg 112)

JKS Backyard Games jksbackyard.com 414-313-8017

Something Borrowed

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

(See pg 117)

Well Dressed Tables by Arena Americas 7000 S. 10th St., Suite 100, Oak Creek welldressedtables.com 855-252-2480 (toll free)

(See pg 115)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES RESTROOMS

VIDEOGRAPHY

(See Rentals)

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

SPAS

Better Together Photography

Elegance Salon & Spa

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

(See pg 151)

bettertogetherphoto.com info.bettertogetherphoto@gmail.com (See pg 225)

TRANSPORTATION

(See pg 148)

Complete Weddings & Events of Milwaukee completemilwaukee.com 414-751-6886

(See pg 205)

414-671-1512

(See pg 153)

High Class Limousine, Classics & Trolley

Showroom: 9215 W. Oklahoma Ave., Milwaukee highclasslimousinevip.com 414-762-0809 (See pg 235)

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

(See pg 237)

Lamers Trolley & Coaches Motor Coaches & Trolley Limousines golamers.com

800-236-1240 800-236-6160 920-336-6160 (See pg 237)

Ideal Impressions

TRAVEL AGENCIES & HONEYMOONS

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

CTS Travel

jcdesignswi.com 262-574-9161

Latitudes Travel

WALWORTH COUNTY WEDDINGS

Specializing in Destination Weddings & Honeymoons ctstravelpros.com 414-276-3388 (See pg 257) LatitudesWI.com 414-433-4873

(See pg 259)

(See pg 159)

JC Designs LLC (See pg 155)

(See pg 162)

Lovejoy Travel Agency Serving SE Wisconsin Delafield jamielovejoytravel.com 262-844-0881

(See pg 259)

LovinAway

Luxury Romance Travel lovinaway.com 844-568-2929

(See pg 250)

Sunset at the Palms Resort thepalmsjamaica.com 877-734-3282

(See pg 258)

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a secret

garden

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For a magical effect, juxtapose indoor opulence against a charming outdoor scene. Elegant floral centerpieces tower above a gorgeous scrollwork tablecloth and fine china. An inviting chaise lounge on the lawn adds to the whimsy. Photography by: Liz and Ryan


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S 6 13 20 27

DECEMBER 3rd Hanukkah 25th Christmas Day

7 14 21 28

SEPTEMBER 7th Labor Day 19th Rosh Hashanah 27th Yom Kippur

F 5 12 19 26

NOVEMBER 22nd Thanksgiving Day

S 1 8 15 22 29

M 2 9 16 23 30

T 4 11 18 25

OCTOBER 8th Columbus Day 31st Halloween

S 1 8 15 22 29

F 2 9 16 23 30

W 3 10 17 24

DECEMBER

MARCH M 2 9 16 23 30

T 2 9 16 23 30

AUGUST

NOVEMBER S 5 12 19 26

OCTOBER

JANUARY 1st New Year’s Day 20th Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

6 13 20 27

S 2 9 16 23 30

JULY F

JUNE

SEPTEMBER

S M T 1 6 7 8 13 14 15 20 21 22 27 28 29

4 11 18 25

FEBRUARY

F 3 10 17 24 31

MAY

S M T W T

3 10 17 24 31

APRIL F 1 8 15 22 29

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

T 2 9 16 23 30

S M T W T

OCTOBER S 7 14 21 28

JANUARY 1st New Year’s Day 15th Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

S M T W 1 5 6 7 8 12 13 14 15 19 20 21 22 26 27 28 29

MARCH S 2 9 16 23

JUNE S M T W T

SEPTEMBER M 2 9 16 23 30

F 1 5 6 7 8 12 13 14 15 19 20 21 22 26 27 28

F 4 11 18 25

S 5 12 19 26


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

______________

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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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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Everything for your wedding in Milwaukee County, Washington County, Waukesha County, Racine, Kenosha, Lake Geneva and the rest of Southeast...

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Everything for your wedding in Milwaukee County, Washington County, Waukesha County, Racine, Kenosha, Lake Geneva and the rest of Southeast...