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Creative Details Selecting an Officiant Selecting a Ceremony Site Personalize Your Wedding Sharing the Cost Rehearsal Dinners Friday/Sunday Weddings Shopping Made Easy Hire a Pro Bartender Tented Receptions Restoration Drama Ready to Glow Getting the Right Look Fun with Photo Booths Disaster Proof Weddings Most Requested Songs

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Bay Botanical Gardens Sara & Tyler at Green Bay Botanical Gardens & National Railroad Museum Elizabeth & Tyler at Fox Hills Ally & Skyliar at Best Western Waterfront Hotel Oshkosh Alyson & Eric at Stone Harbor

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Reception Guide Fashion Marriage Laws Honeymoon & Destination Locations 162 Bridal Shows 168 Directory of Services 177 Premier Bride Planning Pages Publishers ANGELINE GALLMEIER JASON GALLMEIER Art Director JENNIFER ERDMAN jennifererdman.com

General Manger JEAN SHONKWILER

Beauty Cakes Catering Flowers Gowns Groom Invitations Marriage Laws

Fashion: Hipster Chic Creative Director Katy Rowe artistgroup.com Coordinator Timeless Events timelesseventsllc.com

F ashion Photography Artist Group Photography & Video artistgroup.com

Videography J.C. Designs Video jcdesignswi.com

Contributing Writer KELSEY LAWLER

Location Ramhorn Farms

Fashion: Classic Elegance Coordinator événement evenementplanning.com

100 Music & Entertainment 54 Party Rentals 86 Photography 14 Reception 154 Transportation 94 Videography 57 Wedding Consultants

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Gowns FIND THE DRESS

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

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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, handstitched, Italian lace with delicate beading, the cost is going to rise. But these days, it’s entirely possible to find designers that create gorgeous gowns with price points that suit the mainstream bride. The professionals at your local bridal salon will be able to help you determine which fabric and details fit within your budget. STARTING THE SEARCH Start by gathering ideas. Bridal magazines, designer websites, and Pinterest are a great source as you start the hunt for your wedding dress.

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GOWNS 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 kneelength sheath and comfy sandals. Keep your vision of your true self in mind as you search for ideas. Then, make an appointment at your local bridal salon. Invite a trusted team

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

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GOWNS be surprised! Note that bridal salons often carry only one sample size of each gown. Try on these gowns even if they’re not your size. Consultants are there to help you get in and out of sample sizes. If you’re nervous about the sizes available at your local bridal salon, give them a call. Talking to a representative will ease your mind, and you’ll find that whether you’re full-figured or very petite, there have never been more options to accommodate brides of all shapes and sizes. TRYING ON DRESSES Don’t be afraid to think outside the box and try on dresses that aren’t necessarily in your comfort zone. You never know what a gown will really look like until you try it on, and lots of brides end up choosing a style of gown they

never even dreamed of. Remember that the gowns at salons are just samples, so the size won’t be tailored to you, and most dresses can be ordered in various shades of white. So just because you’re not crazy about that big blush dress on the hanger, try it anyway! What do you have to lose? WORKING WITH A CONSULTANT While at the salon, make sure to take advantage of your professional consultant’s knowledge and expertise. A good bridal consultant should steer you in the right direction so communicate your likes, dislikes, wants, and needs as much as possible. It’s the consultant’s job to handle every step of your salon experience including showing you every option within your price range. They can also coordinate alterations www.pbnewi.com PREMIER BRIDE • 7


GOWNS 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.

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

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CREATIVE DETAILS enhancing the guest experience

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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 10 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

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

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ENGAGEMENT PARTY let the party begin 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. • The party should be held at the beginning of your engagement. It’s not about the wedding, but it is about the particular exciting time during your engagement. What a great time for all your family and friends to admire your engagement ring, right? • Invite individuals who are close not only to you, but also to the groom. • 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. • Be sure that the people you invite to the engagement party are also guests you will invite to the wedding and reception. • While gifts are not necessary at an engagement party, if you do receive something, politely thank the gift giver and perhaps open it later. • Usually the engagement announcement is made 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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You’ve said the “I do’s,” kissed the bride, and now it’s time to party! You want your reception to be unforgettable. The venue itself, the food, the ambiance, and the overall guest experience determines just how your reception will be remembered for years to come. Where to host your reception is a huge, day-defining decision. There’s so much to consider. Luckily, we’re here to help! 4

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RECEPTION Before you can determine the type of venues to look at for your reception, ask yourself some broad questions. What style of wedding do you envision? A relaxed, summer wedding and a formal, winter wedding are better-suited to very different reception sites. Below are some examples. Rustic style: Barns, farms, country inns, and ranches. Traditional/Classic style: Ballrooms, banquet halls, hotels, country clubs, or community centers. These are often allinclusive! Natural/Open Air style: Waterfront, forest, vineyard, city park, or other locations where Mother Nature’s beauty shines. Also consider a Plan B for inclement weather. Non-Traditional style: Museums, zoos, planetariums, and antique stores. Urban/Industrial style: Downtown lofts, art galleries, and warehouses. Intimate style: Unique spaces catered toward small weddings — historic homes, a small party room at your favorite restaurant, or a tent in your parents’ backyard (tented weddings can work for other styles, too). Once you’ve settled on your reception’s aesthetic and the type of spaces you wish to explore, it’s time to get to work. Here are the first three factors to consider during your hunt. GUEST COUNT AND BUDGET These sound like two separate entities, but are in fact totally entwined. You can only afford to host the number of people that your budget allows; therefore your budget will determine your wedding’s headcount. That, or you need to increase your budget to accommodate more folks. Once you finalize your budget and total number of potential guests, this will

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RECEPTION quickly eliminate any outlying reception venues: venues that are too expensive or too small.

Making Every Event Memorable

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

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RECEPTION drink your heart desires, and run the day on your own schedule. There are pros and cons to both on- and off-site venues — what matters is what’s right for you and your wedding! Once you’ve determined the above, it’s nitty-gritty time. Below are seven details to take into account as you visit and evaluate reception venues. Location. 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 20 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

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. 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 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.

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ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS SELECTING AN OFFICIANT

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• Will you perform the ceremony at a non-religious site such as a hotel or club ballroom? • Can we write our own vows, select music and readings or is there a standard format? • Will premarital counseling be required, and if so, what will that entail? • If we have been previously married or belong to different faiths, will you marry us? • If it is an interfaith marriage, will both officiants participate together? • Are there any special rules or restrictions for the ceremony? • Is there a ceremony fee? • How far in advance must I book your services? • What is your cancellation policy?

Devotions

Wedding Chapel – Newly renovated and under new ownership – Hand-carved wooden pews in theater-style seating so that everyone has a great view of the ceremony – Stained glass windows throughout chapel – Groom’s room with air hockey, foosball, poker, and pool tables and bar – Bridal suite with full-length mirrors and vanity stations for hair and makeup – Original 2 ton bell to ring in their marriage

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YOUR GUESTS from near and far When planning your wedding, it’s important to consider the needs of your out-of-town guests, many of whom will be traveling great distances to share in your joyous occasion. You’ll want to make certain their visit is an enjoyable one. Most hotels provide a discounted rate when you reserve a block of rooms. The number of rooms required to qualify for a group rate will vary by hotel. Some hotels offer additional services such as a hospitality suite for your guests to gather for breakfast or cocktails and, if needed, special check-out considerations. It’s a good idea to consider the different economic situations of your out-of-town guests. Provide two or three options to create a comfortable price range to choose from. While some of

your guests may be on a limited budget, others will be combining their vacation with your wedding. Traditionally, it is the duty of the bride’s family to recommend accommodations for out-of-town guests. It is not their responsibility, however, to pay for them. Include printed information in the wedding invitation such as numbers for each hotel, the name under which the reservation is held and hotel shuttle information so your guests can call the hotel directly to make their reservations. It is appropriate for the bride and groom to arrange transportation to and from the ceremony and reception locations for all out-of-town guests. It is perfectly acceptable to arrange for family and friends to provide the transportation.

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• Is your facility open to non-members? • Do you have any restrictions on times or days of the week? • Do you have any restrictions or limitations on lighting, cameras, audio or video equipment? • Do you have a dress code? • Are outside musicians permitted to perform? • Will any decorations be available through you? • Are there dressing rooms? • When could we have a rehearsal? • Is ample parking available? • Are there adequate restrooms? Are they easily accessible for elderly and handicapped guests? • 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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Fox Valley’s Most Memorable Venue Located on the banks of the Fox River providing a romantic backdrop for your wedding day.

PULLMANS WATERFRONT BANQUETS

Our Banquet facility can accommodate up to 220 guests and features its own private patio overlooking the waterfront and downtown Appleton skyline. We specialize in heavy hors d’oeuvres receptions, unique plated dinners, and themed buffet options. Our delicious food, professional service, and unparalleled location make Pullmans Waterfront Banquets the perfect place for your wedding day! We can also host outdoor wedding ceremonies in two unique locations. Ask our event coordinator about our other private rooms to host your bridal shower or rehearsal dinner.

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PERSONALIZE YOUR WEDDING make your day your own Literature class, have your guests sit at tables named after the authors you had to read together. Or name them after places you’ve gone to as a couple, along with a brief story, a photo and a question or two for guests to ask each other, such as “What’s your worst travel story?” or “What was your best meal ever in a restaurant?” This will provide guests with good conversation starters, along with a sneak peek into your life as a couple. idealimpressions.com

You bought the dress. You’ve heard all the floral tips – but so have your other friends getting married soon. How are you supposed to break away from the mold and make your wedding a truly unique day? By adding a couple personal touches, you’ll offer your friends and family an inside look into your love story and the chance to be part of a meaningful, once-in-a-lifetime experience. Start by setting the tone with your invitations. Incorporate a fun picture to the invite, perhaps dressed as your favorite movie couple, or engaged in an activity or hobby you love to do as a couple. If you expect outof-town guests, you could include a personalized map of the city that points out your favorite pizza joint or the place you met. Personalized invitations will set an intimate tone for your big day, even if you’re planning a large wedding. For the ceremony, consider writing your own vows. Don’t be scared if you’re not a writer – there are plenty of pastors or wedding guides that give tips to couples who wish to personalize their wedding vows. You could even include favorite love song lyrics or poetry to express your commitment. A limo is always classy for leaving the ceremony, but consider more personal exit ideas, too. Love horseback riding? Hire a horse-drawn carriage to carry you to the reception. Honeymooning in Italy? Rent a vespa on which to whisk away! As your guests file into the reception, send them to tables with names rather than numbers. If you met in a

After the toasts, surprise your guests by raising your glasses to them. Thank them for being there and share your appreciation for all the support they’ve shown you over the years. Your guests will love being addressed as an integral part of your day. And you can’t forget your first dance! Most couples choose a romantic song for a slow dance. Why not spice things up a little? Take tango or ballroom dancing classes ahead of time and show off your new moves in a choreographed number! Personalizing your wedding simply means bringing a little bit of “YOU” into the day. Express yourself!

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SHARING THE COST paying for the wedding

• Gifts for the best man, ushers • Gloves, ties or ascots for men in wedding party • Marriage license • Lodging for out-of-town attendants (optional) • Fee for clergy or judge.

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

The Bride’s Responsibility: • Personal stationary • Wedding ring for groom • Wedding gift for groom • Gifts for attendants • Lodging for out-of-town attendants (optional) • Her physical examination The Groom’s Family’s Responsibility: • Traveling expenses and hotel bills • Wedding clothes • Rehearsal dinner (optional) • Wedding gift for the newlyweds • Shipment of wedding gifts to bridal couple’s home.

Following are examples of how financial obligations have been traditionally distributed. Remember, though, that by making a financial contribution, some family members may feel entitled to contribute to the planning, too. Your family, and your ability to deal with their input, will largely determine how much tradition you keep and how much you ignore. The Groom’s Responsibility: • Bride’s ring • Honeymoon • Wedding gift for bride • Bridal bouquet and goingaway corsage • Boutonnieres for all men in wedding party • Mother’s corsages • His physical examination 28 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

The Bride’s Family’s Responsibility: • Wedding gift for the newlyweds • Entire reception • Rental of sanctuary or chapel • Bride’s wedding attire and trousseau • Invitations, announcements and postage • Engagement and wedding photos • Organist, soloist or musician fee • Aisle carpets and/or canopy, and any additional decorating costs • Bridesmaid’s bouquet • Flowers for reception • Transportation for bridal party to ceremony and reception • Security and insurance for gifts Take time to evaluate the financial situations of those you want involved in your event planning and decide what is best and less stressful for you.

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Weddings at the Waterfront

• Outdoor ceremonies & cocktail parties • Unique reception spaces including a riverfront view

• Guest rooms & suites overlooking the water • Off-premises catering • Friday & Sunday incentives available

Great Weekend Dates Available

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PHOTOGRAPHER CEREMONY LOCATION RECEPTION/CATERING FORMALWEAR INVITATIONS REHEARSAL DINNER CAKE/DESSERT FLOWERS

Hove Photography LLC The Meyer Theatre Backstage Dubois Formalwear Brown County Sammy’s Pizza Bake My Day Petal Pusher

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THEME WEDDINGS so much to choose from It’s true, there are as many themes for your wedding as there are days of the year, but what really matters is what is going to make your day the most memorable. In the springtime think gardens blooming, lace and holidays such as Easter and May Day. It’s no secret that flowers are at their most beautiful this time of year so consider all those plants that can make your wedding special. Surprise your guests with both outstanding colors and the fragrance to match. While spring might be a time for growing new things, summer is definitely the most popular time for weddings. From beach weddings to western or cultural celebrations, June just seems to be the right time to tie the knot.

Perhaps a Victorian wedding at this time of year might be appropriate with lots of lace and plenty of candles to light the ceremony and reception. Celebrating Halloween or the fall harvest on your special day is a great time to create memories. As the weather is changing and the seasons are moving into a quieter time, so can your wedding memories remind you of how important change is in your own life. Winter is indeed a special time to exchange wedding vows be it during Christmas, on Valentine’s Day or simply by creating your own winter wonderland theme. For special winter memories ride on a sleigh or in a carriage and look like royalty as you alight from your coach.

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LAST CELEBRATION of singlehood Both the bachelor and bachelorette parties celebrate the end of singlehood and include the wedding party and same-sex friends of the bride or groom. Renting a room in a restaurant or hotel allows guests to fully enjoy themselves. It also makes planning easy since an experienced staff handles most of the food arrangements and cleanup. Bridal showers and bachelorette parties can also be combined into one event, especially if the same group of friends will be attending both. If a night of barhopping is the choice, then it’s a good idea to treat yourself to a limousine ride for both elegance and safety. Consider having your bachelor(ette) party at a casino. A professional staff and dealers, gaming tables and equipment can even be brought to YOUR location.

Casinos offer assistants to help plan your event. Professional staffs of waitresses, bartenders and anyone else you might need can even be provided. A home party might feature diverse entertainment. For example, a comedy gram or some other entertainment is an option and it can be catered with prepared party trays. A bachelorette party can even take the form of a shower featuring lingerie, gag gifts or items to be used on the honeymoon. Bachelor and bachelorette parties are best held a week before the wedding and not the night before. The most important thing is to be sure that the event suits the style of the guest of honor. Finally, remember to preserve the evening in pictures. You will want to have these memories long after the party is over.

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Ideally located in downtown Appleton, The Grand Ballroom, which has been fittingly referred to as the “Grandest Ballroom in the Valley” can accommodate up to 1,000 guests. Outdoor weddings are popular at the Radisson with a well-groomed courtyard that can be rented for ceremonies, rehearsal dinners and/or cocktail receptions.

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very storybook wedding should have a great beginning. The staff at the Landmark Resort are here to help. We understand that each wedding is different and a reflection of each unique couple. We offer a full-time wedding coordinator, indoor and outdoor settings, an abundance of activities to make your special day even more memorable, and a beautiful Door County venue. Landmark Resort 7643 Hillside Rd. Egg Harbor, WI 54209 1-800-273-7877 www.thelandmarkresort.com

JUST A CLICK AWAY planning on the internet Overwhelmed by all the tasks that have to be completed when you plan your wedding? Looking for great ideas? A wealth of information, advice and planning tools are all just a click away with the use of your personal computer. When timeliness and accuracy counts, turn to your computer to manage everything. User-friendly, event-planning software can help you orchestrate your wedding day like a fine symphony. You can manage your guest list, track vendor information, make travel and honeymoon plans, automatically calculate your expenses, maintain to-do lists and more, all with the click of a mouse. You can even print forms and reports that provide accurate and uniform information to work from. The usefulness of your wedding planning software won’t stop after the

wedding. You can use it to plan events, maintain phone and address lists, print labels, and even help your friends with their wedding lists and needs. With the exponential growth of the Internet, there is an endless library of information available on every topic, and weddings are no exception. You’ll find a broad spectrum of information on everything from how-to’s to don’tdo’s to helpful advice and reviews, ideas, planning tips, travel and beyond. Start your search online at premierbride.com. There, you will find information on local vendors and necessary information to make your planning easier. Check back periodically for your chance to win a number of different prizes and unique giveaways throughout the year.

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REHEARSAL DINNERS 5 steps to fun & fabulous

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With the main event just around the corner, it’s time to relax and celebrate! After the ceremony rehearsal, most couples choose to spend some quality time with close family and friends during a rehearsal dinner. The details of how you do this – who, what, when, where – are up to you. Below are five steps to help you pull it all together fabulously.

#1 – Choose your party The first step is to decide on what kind of gathering you wish to have. Most couples stick with something a little less formal since you will all be dressed to the nines the next day. But really, you can do anything you like that feeds the crowd and allows for a little mingling: a pig roast, a potluck, dinner at a restaurant, a cocktail and appetizer cruise, a picnic in a park or a cookout in your backyard. Brainstorm with your sweetie and choose your ideal party. #2 – Clarify who’s paying Historically, the groom’s parents picked up the tab for the rehearsal dinner, however, you can no longer make that assumption. So, as with all wedding elements, it’s critical to be clear, up front, about exactly who is paying for what. And never, ever assume! 36 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

#3 – Make the guest list Anyone involved in the ceremony and, therefore, at the ceremony rehearsal, would, of course be invited. This includes attendants, parents and other immediate family, readers and so on. It’s also customary to include any out-of-town guests as they will have traveled some distance for your wedding. It also gives them the chance to meet more people before the wedding itself. You wouldn’t want them hanging out in their hotel room alone in an unfamiliar city. #4 – Make them mingle One of the main purposes of the rehearsal dinner is for the two families to get to know each other better and enjoy each other’s company. So, whatever you and your groom can do to help with that, the better. Consider strategically planned seating with place cards or nametags with brief descriptions like “Mary Jones, Bride’s College Roommate,” and any other needed introductions. The rehearsal dinner is also an ideal time to give your attendants their gifts. #5 – Fine tune the toasts Traditionally, the groom’s father toasts first at the rehearsal dinner, however, traditions continue to evolve and change! The rehearsal dinner is a more relaxed, informal atmosphere so you can decide together, along with your families, who would like to speak and in what order. Often, the groom’s father will say a few words followed by the bride’s father and then the bride and groom. Groomsmen, bridesmaids, mothers and other guests may also want to make a toast. Cheers!

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FRIDAY OR SUNDAY saves you money If cost is a factor in your wedding budget, then consider planning your wedding for a Friday or a Sunday. Choosing a day not in high demand can be less expensive and more relaxing, and there are other benefits as well. • You’ll find everyone you must engage for a wedding service is more open to negotiation, and sometimes will reconsider price or adding extras. • Vendors will probably cheer your off-day business by doing an extraattentive job. • Fridays and Sundays can require less notice. Choosing a Friday or a Sunday also allows you to avoid making several calls to numerous vendors only to hear, “Sorry, we’re booked on that date.” • Getting married on alternative days suits the bride who prefers less pressured planning. • It’s more likely that a hotly requested band, emcee, caterer, photographer or videographer will be on hand for the wedding of your dreams

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• Getting treasured guests into town may be easier if extra days are options. • On a Friday, you’ll probably have your wedding in the evening which means that the ceremony is followed immediately by dinner. This means that you will avoid the extra cost and hassle of a one-to-two-hour interim reception or cocktail party. Having the ceremony and reception back to back may ensure more people at the church ceremony. • The rehearsal dinner could be easier and less costly for a restaurant if it was scheduled on a Thursday as opposed to a Friday night.

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PHOTOGRAPHER CEREMONY LOCATION RECEPTION LOCATION CATERER CAKE/DESSERT FLOWERS MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT BRIDAL SALON FORMALWEAR/SUIT

Alli Martin’s Photography Our Lady of Lourdes (De Pere) Swan Club (De Pere) Swan Club (De Pere) Bake My Day in Green Bay Ebb & Flow Flowers Extreme Entertainment Elaine’s Bridal in Green Bay DuBois in Green Bay

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

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

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

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GREEN BAY

Formerly the Ramada Plaza

Dates available starting September 2018!

920.499.0631

RECEPTION GUIDE

Phone Number(s)

See Page Reception for More Room Capacity Information Range

Number of Available Banquet Rooms

Number of Months to Schedule Facility

Average Price per Person

BACKSTAGE AT THE MEYER 117 S. Washington St., Green Bay

920-443-3338

17

75-200

1

12

Varies

BEMIS CONFERENCE CENTER at St. Norbert College 100 Grant Street, DePere

800-397-3638

23

150-175

1

11

Varies

BEST WESTERN BRIDGEWOOD RESORT HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTER 1000 Cameron Way, Neenah

920-720-8000

9

25-400

8

12

$25 or less

BEST WESTERN PREMIER WATERFRONT HOTEL & CONVENTION CENTER 1 North Main St., Oshkosh

920-230-6290

29

20-800

3

0-18

$18

CARSTENS MILL LLC 114 W. Water St., Brillion

920-418-4844

8

20-200

2

COPPERLEAF BOUTIQUE HOTEL & SPA 300 W. College Ave., Appleton

877-303-0303

20

90

1

2

$25 to $50

DELTA BY MARRIOTT (formerly Ramada Plaza Hotel) Opening Summer, 2018 2750 Ramada Way, Green Bay

920-499-0631

42

75-150

11

12

$30

EXPERIMENTAL AIRCRAFT ASSOCIATION (EAA) 3000 Poberezny Road, Oshkosh

920-426-6126

32

Over 600

19

1-2

Varies

THE GOLF CLUB AT CAMELOT W192 State Rd 67, Lomira

920-269-4949

16

350

5

8-12

$19

GRAND MERIDIAN 2621 N. Oneida St., Appleton

920-968-2621

19

100-650

3

1-12

$25 or less

GREEN BAY BOTANICAL GARDEN 2600 Larsen Rd., Green Bay

920-490-9457

24

20-215

2-3

12

Varies

HALL OF FAME CHOPHOUSE 1004 Brett Favre Pass, Green Bay

920-499-6874

7

20-300

5

12-24

$28

HEIDEL HOUSE RESORT & SPA 643 Illinois Ave., Green Lake

920-294-3344

43

20-350

4

12

$35 to $60

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tucked away

on the shores of beautiful Green Lake, Heidel House Resort & Spa is a year-round Wisconsin wedding destination. Allow us to put your mind at ease as you plan one of the most important days of your life.

HEIDELHOUSE.COM 800.444.2812 | GREEN LAKE, WI

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Simplicity and quality with upscale, full service accommodations and event space, modern rooms and amenities. Inspired and unique event production, catering & design, easy booking with Marriott global accounts & Marriott Rewards Program.

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Take your wedding to new heights at EAA’s world class facilities and grounds of 1,600+ acres and spectacular displays of over 100 full-size aircraft. Make it unique!

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RECEPTION GUIDE

Phone Number(s)

See Page Reception for More Room Capacity Information Range

Number of Available Banquet Rooms

Number of Months to Schedule Facility

Average Price per Person

HOLIDAY INN HOTEL & CONVENTION CENTER 715-344-0200 1001 Amber Ave., Stevens Point

16

20-600

15

12-14

$25 to $50

THE HOLLYHOCK HOUSE AND GARDENS 1408 Dodge St., Kewaunee

920-388-3445

44

20-200

1

7

$10

LASURE’S HALL BANQUETS & CATERING 3125 S. Washburn St., Oshkosh

920-651-0796

11

50-400

1

6-12

$16 to $20

LANDMARK RESORT 7643 Hillside Rd., Egg Harbor

800-273-7877

35

Up to 210

11

6-12

$16.95

THE LODGE AT LEATHEM SMITH 1640 Memorial Drive, Sturgeon Bay

920-743-5555

149

400

3

6

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THE MARQ 3177 French Rd., DePere 2310 Lineville Rd., Green Bay

920-532-4811

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100-600

2

3-12

$25 or less

MENOMINEE CASINO Hwy 47/55 Duquaine Road, Keshena

800-343-7778 ext 5692

12

600

11

6-12

$15 to $20

NATIONAL RAILROAD MUSEUM 2285 S. Broadway, Green Bay

920-437-7623

45

400

1

12

Varies

THE OSTHOFF RESORT 101 Osthoff Ave., Elkhart Lake

844-854-0133

3

20-600+

Varies

PAINE ART CENTER & GARDENS 1410 Algoma Blvd., Oshkosh

920-235-6903 ext 27

25

10-200

2

1-18

Varies

RADISSON HOTEL & CONF. CENTER 2040 Airport Drive, Green Bay

920-494-7300

33

50-750

4

24

$20 or less

RADISSON PAPER VALLEY HOTEL 333 W. College Ave., Appleton

920-733-8000

34

1150

20

6-18

$25 or less

SIMPLY COUNTRY BARN N3504 Cty Rd. E

920-858-9208

5

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The Uniquely Perfect Venue for Your Special Day The Frederick J. Lenfestey Center at the National Railroad Museum offers a unique setting with space for up to 400 guests ideally suited for wedding ceremonies and receptions.

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Spacious accommodations, private lakefront, beautiful ballrooms, Aspira Spa, lakeside restaurants, and all the premier AAA 4 Diamond amenities of the Osthoff Resort. Your wedding is sure to be memorable.

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TIME TO GET REWARDED FOR YOUR WEDDING!

Just for registering, you already have one entry. For every Premier Bride vendor that you book, you get an additional entry.

It’s Easy! Just select PB Rewards next to the

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RECEPTION GUIDE

Phone Number(s)

See Page Reception for More Room Capacity Information Range

Number of Available Banquet Rooms

Number of Months to Schedule Facility

Average Price per Person

$25 or less

STADIUM VIEW BANQUET HALLS 1963 Holmgren Way, Green Bay

920-498-1989

37

40-800

3

9

STONE ARCH AT RIVERVIEW GARDENS 1101 S. Oneida St., Appleton

920-997-3332

5

200

2

1-12

STONE HARBOR RESORT & CONF. CENTER 217 N. 1st Ave., Sturgeon Bay

920-746-0700

8

200

4

12

$25 to $30

THE SWAN CLUB 875 Heritage Rd., DePere

920-336-1531

13

20-850

3

12

$10 or more

THELMA SADOFF CENTER FOR THE ARTS 51 Sheboygan St., Fond du Lac

920-921-5410

21

20-250

5

1-24

TROLLEY SQUARE WATERFRONT BANQUETS 619 S. Olde Oneida St., Appleton

920-830-7855 ext 2

26

225

1

6-12

$25 to $50

TUNDRA LODGE 865 Lombardi Avenue, Green Bay

920-405-8700

18

20-350

3

6-18

$15 or more

VAN ABEL’S OF HOLLANDTOWN 8108 Cty. Rd. D, Kaukauna

920-766-2291

47

Up to 500

1

6-12

$25 or less

THE WOODFIRE LODGE & TRIPLE J WING AND CLAY 2687 Man Cal Rd., Brillion

920-864-7070

6

75-300

2

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

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CATERING FEASTS WITH FLAIR Nowadays, as brides and grooms are getting a little adventurous with their cuisine, caterers are offering more bold flavors, meaningful meals, and fun experiences. Sit-down meals are gravitating toward family-style, where larger portions of dishes are passed around the table. This style works with everything from homey meat and potatoes to build-your-own tacos. Ethnic cuisine is a great way to bring a little flavor to your reception. Take your guests around the world with a variety of food stations offering everything from sushi to French cheeses. It’s a great way to inspire conversation! Food trucks are another popular way to up the fun factor, and late-night snacks like popcorn, pizza, or grilled cheese sliders are a huge hit with guests. To get really personal, think about hosting each of your favorite meals. The bride’s might be a nice juicy steak and the groom’s might be chicken and waffles — and that’s okay! The more you embrace what makes you unique, the more memorable your wedding will be. In recent years, there’s also been an emphasis not only on unique meals, but locally-sourced, quality ingredients. Couples like to support local purveyors, since hosting a locally-harvested meal means they’re not only building up their own community, but also enjoying the freshness of a farm-to-table feast. 7 STEPS TO HIRING A CATERER From research to getting it in writing, we’ll walk you through it. Step 1: Start the search Once you secure a reception site, your catering search can begin. Some 50 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

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. 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


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

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CATERING personnel, such as the DJ, musicians, photographer, and on-site coordinator. If cost is an issue, ask your caterer about more casual meals for vendors. Finally, make sure to ask what extras are included in the catering cost. Find out if your caterer will provide table linens, plates, glasses, crystal, silverware, and serving pieces — otherwise you’ll need ample time to make other arrangements. Step 6: Hire the servers With a finalized menu all priced out and good to go, it’s time to determine how many wait staff you’ll need to serve the feast and keep the reception running smoothly. Your caterer will give you their expert opinion, but a safe bet is one server for every 10 to 12 guests for a sit-down dinner, and two servers for every 50 guests for a buffet-style 52 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

dinner. If you’re having a full open bar, too, that will require more help — one bartender for every 50 to 75 guests. Make sure to talk with your caterer ahead of time to make sure that the servers’ style of dress works with the style of your wedding. Step 7: Get it in writing Sign a contract with your caterer only after you have all of the details spelled out: date, time, address of site, food items by course, beverages and bar guidelines, number of guests covered, provisions for special meals, time of cocktail hour, time meal is served, contact people, number of wait staff and bartenders, linens, terms of payment, and liability insurance. There will probably be an advance deposit when you sign the contract — and don’t forget to check the cancellation policy.

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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

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AN OUTDOOR WEDDING a unique atmosphere Whether you prefer an elegant formal reception or a casual picnic, all can be easily arranged and coordinated with the assistance of a professional rental consultant. A good rental agent will work with you to personalize every detail of your special day. Take advantage of their expertise! You and your consultant work together in determining the location and tent size your wedding will require as well as the size of the dance floor and the size or placement of tables. Consider an outdoor wedding since its beauty and atmosphere will truly make your wedding an affair you and your guests will always remember.

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PARTY RENTALS every last detail Depending on where you choose to hold your reception, you may find yourself in need of certain items not provided by your reception facility. The term “party rentals” covers a variety of rental items including linens, chair covers, tables and chairs, tents, dance floors, fountains, plants, props and theme decorations. If you are holding your reception in a hotel, then of the items listed above may be included in the overall cost. The need for various rental items increases when the event is held outdoors or at an event facility where you are required to provide your own caterer. Before contacting a rental company it is recommended that you have the following information available. • Exactly what items are provided by the caterer: glass, flatware, china, buffet linens, and so on. • Any items provided by the facility: tables, chairs, portable bar, and so on. • Your event date, time and location • The number of guests attending • Any special requirements or themes Find out in advance what the delivery, set-up, pick-up and payment policies are. Be sure to coordinate with the facility manager to ensure the location will open when your rental company drops off your order. From the proper tent size for an outdoor wedding, to the portable dance floor complete with tables and chairs, a good rental company will work closely with you to determine exactly what and how many rental items will be needed to make your guests comfortable and your special occasion a complete success.

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TENTED RECEPTIONS

be sure you plan for every scenario and take advantage of your surroundings Wisconsin is home to so many beautiful landscapes (rolling farmland, towering bluffs, and quiet lakes to name a few) that not considering the great outdoors for your wedding is selling yourself short. A tented wedding can be either casual or elegant and there are virtually no limits to what can be done indoors that can’t also be done outdoors. Unless your family also owns a circus, the first thing you need to do is find a tent rental company. While scouting a

tent vendor you will need to know a few basics, like approximately how many guests will be attending and where the event will be. A reputable tent company will be able to work with you on the appropriate size tent for your wedding at the specific location. Inquire about other weddings they have handled and if they have done events in a similar location. Now that you have a roof over your head, there are many other factors that need to be considered depending on where your event is located. Bathrooms may be available but if not, they will need to be rented and transported to and from the location. What about tables and chairs? Your tent rental vendor may also be able to handle this need, if not, other sources will need to be used. A temporary floor can be put down if fears 56 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

of damaging the ground (or clothes) is a concern. This can be handled by your DJ or tent vendor. Speaking of music, what about power and electricity needs? Often if you are separated from existing buildings a generator will need to be used. Determine the appropriate location for such a device so it doesn’t drown out your guests’ conversation. Make sure that your catering vendor can cater such an event and what electrical and structural requirements they need. Simple things that wouldn’t be given a thought for an indoor wedding need to be checked and double-checked for a tented wedding to avoid day-of disasters. One major point of planning that needs to be addressed is consideration for bad weather. Nobody wants to plan for rain on their wedding day but discussions about weather scenarios need to happen, your tent vendor and site manager should have multiple options in case the skies darken. While handling all of the logistical planning for a tent wedding don’t overlook the things that make such an event so memorable and fun. Take advantage of your surroundings with table settings, flowers, and decor that compliment your outdoor location. A major advantage of such a setting is that it allows your guests to mingle and enjoy the outdoor location. Set up fun lawn games for guests to entertain themselves during the cocktail hour or when the wedding party is taking pictures. The whole point of a tented wedding is to enjoy the wonderful location you’ve picked. With the right planning and execution you and your guests will be able to enjoy both the great outdoors as much as each other’s company.

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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. 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.


WEDDING COORDINATORS 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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SHEATH Features straight lines that follow the curves of the body. Good for: Slimmer figures, both tall and petite.


RESTORATION DRAMA something old and new Maybe it was your mother’s or even your grandmother’s wedding gown. Maybe you’ve simply gone in for a vintage dress. Either way, your gown’s not quite tip-top, and it needs a little TLC before the wedding. Even a damaged or neglected gown can be restored or restyled if you invest in the services of a professional who specializes in the care of bridal fabrics. Once you find a restorer, discuss tears, beverage and perspiration stains, and yellowing to decide if the restoration will be to your satisfaction. Color changes can be miraculous, and replacement fabric can often be found to match the original. If you’re trying to create a truly vintage look, then make sure your designer is familiar with the period you’re trying to emulate, or at least is conscientious enough to do the research in order to make any alterations or additions look authentic. After the wedding, whether you wore a new gown or an heirloom, arrange to return it to a gown specialist for cleaning and preserving. Even if you escaped the red-wine trauma, perspiration and other obscure stains will make their mark and become embedded in a matter of weeks. A professional will find stains, know what caused them, remove them without damage and guarantee the work and your gown for the next generation even if you open up your gown preservation box at home. Somewhere in your future there may be a friend or a relative who will appreciate the “something old” you offer her when she re-enacts your restoration drama at her wedding.

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Photography FINDING A PHOTOGRAPHER WHO

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

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PHOTOGRAPHY From falling in love with a dreamy online portfolio to the nitty gritty of contracts, let’s look at the process of finding a photographer that’s your perfect match. DEFINE YOUR STYLE Wedding photography is more than just documenting the event. The right photographer for you will capture the spirit of you as a couple, as well as your day. While other factors come into play when choosing a photographer, determining a style that speaks to you is the first order of business. Below are four styles you might encounter as you start your search. Documentary: Candid, spontaneous, not styled or posed. Capturing moments as they happen — shots of decorative details, action, and people. This style is currently trending, as couples gravitate toward the effortless, unforced feel of documentary-style photos. Portrait: Classic and posed. Poses can be staged with traditional backdrops (such as a church alter) or more creative (like lounging on a vintage sofa or holding hands in front of a vibrant city mural). Portrait doesn’t mean dull or dated — it just means the scenery and composition are arranged just-so. Fine Art or Edgy & Bold: Dramatic and dreamlike, with interesting angles and framing. Might use more muted tones for a film-like effect. These photos will represent the photographer’s vision, so if you love an artist’s unique style, fine art photography could be a great fit. Many photographers can do a blend of these styles, so don’t worry so much about being pigeon-holed into one or another. In the end, worry less about 88 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

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


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PHOTOGRAPHY Ask to see a complete album of a wedding shot in a similar venue or with a style similar to yours. If you’re only gauging a photographer’s work off their online portfolio, you might be seeing a highlight reel; it’s best to get the whole picture. Have a critical eye when assessing wedding albums: Did they capture all the shots you’re hoping for? Are the images clear? How’s the composition? Is the lighting blown out, too dark, or just right? Some photographers are more skilled at capturing low-light images, so consider the time, season, and location of your wedding and chose a professional whose talents suit your needs. Some photographers are more skilled at capturing low-light images, so consider the time, season, and location of your wedding when choosing a photographer. With many expert wedding photographers to pick from, you’ll have no trouble finding someone whose experience is a perfect match for your wedding. DEFINE THE PACKAGE & GET THE SPECIFICS IN WRITING Photography packages vary from one professional to the next, so it’s critical to find out what’s included, as well as the cost of any add-ons. A photography package may or may not include the following: second shooters, additional hours, high-res jpgs, photo albums, or engagement sessions. Some photographers even offer same-day slide shows of the ceremony and wedding morning to play at the reception, or a few photos with quick turnaround for posting on social media. Many photographers offer such services a-la-carte, so you 90 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

can choose only what’s of value to you. Remember that seemingly-affordable wedding photography suddenly isn’t all that affordable if you have to pay an extra $1,000 just to get the photo files. Speaking of files, ask any potential photographers how they back up your photos; if their answer doesn’t come swiftly and confidently, that can indicate a lack of professionalism. Also ask about their typical timeline for delivering proofs and final photos and how you’ll receive them, whether it’s small printed photos, a full album, an online gallery, or a flash drive of all the raw files. Bear in mind that faster isn’t always better. Some professionals shoot weddings nonstop during the high season, then spend the next six months of the low season processing photos flawlessly. When you finally make your decision, get everything in writing. When is payment due? Will there be a backup camera? What’s the contingency plan should your photographer fall ill or have a family emergency? When will proofs be ready to view? Answering all of these questions up front will ease your mind and manage your expectations. ON YOUR WEDDING DAY: MUST-CAPTURE MOMENTS If there are friends and family that you want to be sure to snap a photo with or a particular time in the ceremony or reception that you want captured, it helps to put that in writing as well. Of course this list isn’t a binding contract, but it will help keep you and your photographer on track. Download our Ultimate Planner online at premierbride.com/planning for a checklist of can’t-miss moments.

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READY TO GLOW getting the right look

SOLID FOUNDATION Prepare your skin by polishing it three to five days before the wedding. Use a fine honey almond scrub with cornmeal to remove dead cells and soften the skin. Finish with a spray of rosewater or, if you can arrange it, pamper yourself with a professional facial. Do not, however, get a facial the day of the wedding, or even the day before. Your skin may not look its best for a couple of days as a result of the treatment.

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Where do brides get their special glow? Love is the big reason, but the correct makeup is also important to maintain the blush of beauty throughout your once-in-a-lifetime wedding celebration. It is important to determine the look you want well in advance and to have a makeup rehearsal. Most makeup artists recommend at least one consultation before your wedding day. If you plan to do your own makeup, then take time to practice and perfect your special look bearing in mind that your makeup will depend on several factors. Is your wedding in the daytime or evening? Is your dress white or ivory? Will you wear your hair down or up? Will you wear a hair ornament or headpiece? When you are selecting makeup, it is important to consider not only your hair color and skin tone, but the tone of the wedding as well. A formal evening ceremony calls for a bit of drama while an outdoor wedding requires a more natural look. Remember, you will be photographed before, during and after the ceremony so your makeup needs to last for three to six hours.

transparent face powder. Pink or peach will keep pale skin from looking chalky or pasty and will provide a porcelain look. Deeper skin tones require a more robust beige or brown. Apply blush lightly to the “apple” of your cheek or to the highest point of the cheekbone. Keep the color simple-coral, peach or pinks-and remember to use blush to pull the face together. KISSABLE LIPS Your wedding day is a time for kissing, not only the groom, but also family and friends. For luscious lips that last, first outline them with a lip pencil close to your lipstick shade, then dab the lips lightly with lip sealer to keep lipstick on for hours. Apply lipstick with a lip brush, blot softly with a tissue to stain lips and reapply lipstick. Choose a lipstick that is slightly dry as glossy lipsticks won’t stain lips and they leave lip prints on everyone.

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FUN capturing WITH PHOTO BOOTHS the excitement and emotion of your guests

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In the past, couples used to leave disposable cameras at tables for guests to point and shoot, but the chance in finding a gem amongst those blurry, low-quality 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 92 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

the traditional photo booth setting, with the four black and white prints on one single strand. This is a great way to give guests a souvenir right away, especially because it’s a unique type of print. Other photo booths just continuously shoot throughout the night, and provide the couple with a digital record of all the shots taken. Then, guests could go to an online database to choose which photos they want and print them at their own convenience. The newest innovation in photo booths is a flip book which is more interactive and involves a true keepsake for everyone. With a flip book, a representative from the company is on hand acting as kind 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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Videography PRESERVE YOUR DAY IN LIVING,

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VIDEO VIDEOGRAPHERS: PROFESSIONALS & ARTISTS Professional videographers have dramatically improved the quality of wedding videos especially in recent years. They have the technology, talent, and time necessary to produce videos with excellent quality, clear audio, crisp visuals, and sharp editing. A good videographer is an artist who will remain inconspicuous throughout the day, and yet finds a way to capture intimate, uninhibited moments of you and your guests. These days, creativity knows no bounds. The art of videography has experienced a sort of revolution in the past few years. Gone are the days of boring, straightforward wedding videos. Today’s filmmakers use the latest technology and storytelling techniques to create stunning and highly-personalized wedding films. As with photographers, there are countless styles of videography out there. Choose a videographer with a style that speaks to you whether it’s classic and evenpaced, quick and contemporary, or even a little edgy. NEW TECHNOLOGY = NEW POSSIBILITIES There are all kinds of new tools available to videographers that offer Hollywood-style special effects. The hottest of these: drones. Drones can offer a sweeping, cinematic mood and breathtaking aerial views. While this new technology is exciting, know that drones shouldn’t be over-used. They’re loud, and nobody wants such noise during their wedding. And since these machines are still relatively new, it’s better to be safe than sorry in terms of both the safety of your guests and ensuring your wedding runs smoothly without any machine malfunctions.

SPECIALS & SERVICES In addition to the final wedding video, some videographers offer sameday services such as rush editing of wedding day highlights or photo and video montages to show at your reception. Projectors for these shows are recommended and may also be available through your videographer. These upgradeable video services are growing in popularity and could add the perfect final touch to your celebration. If you’re a high-tech couple, put your videographer to work before the wedding. Work together to create a video “save the date” for the folks on your guest list. You can save money by uploading this video to your wedding website or YouTube, then sending friends and family a link to view it. Or you can save the video to a DVD or flash drive and mail a copy to each household. Video invites are modern, fun, personal, and, if worked in to your videography package, a potential cost-saver. CHOOSING A VIDEOGRAPHER When researching professional videographers in your area, visit their websites and view a sample video. If you can only find a short sample, ask the videographer if you can see a full-length film. This is critical since short snippets shown on a videographer’s website are meant as eye candy to draw you in and what really matters, however, is the finished product. Pay close attention to make sure the film meets your expectations in terms of video detail and quality. Things to consider when viewing a sample video include the clarity and stability of the picture, as well as the videographer’s ability to smoothly edit and transition the material. Other things to keep www.pbnewi.com PREMIER BRIDE • 95


VIDEO in mind: audio, color, and emotional connections. Let’s break it down with a video evaluation checklist. SAMPLE VIDEO CHECKLIST Evaluate the picture – Is the picture clear and consistently in focus, or is it jumpy, blurry, or shaky? – Are there any dead spots? – Does it move smoothly from one scene to the next or jump awkwardly? – How is the lighting? Evaluate the sound – At the ceremony, can you clearly hear the bride, groom, officiant, and readers? – At the reception, can you clearly hear the toasts? – Is the audio muffled or difficult to hear at any point? – Are the music selections and volume appropriate? – Is the crowd and ambient noise controlled? Evaluate the overall effect – Is it too short, too long, or just right? – Is it entertaining? – Does it trigger emotion? – Does it look like the work of a professional? If the sample video checks out, there are still more questions to ask before making your final decision such as whether you get to pick your own music. Also ask about the turn-around time for getting your finished video. The industry average is 12 to 14 weeks. VIDEOGRAPHY BUDGET Quality videography services can cost anywhere from $1,500 to $8,000. While that sounds like quite a sum, 96 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

remember that your videographer will spend six to ten hours editing each hour of film; if they’re filming during the entire wedding day on multiple cameras, do the math. Why does it take so long? The process includes color matching, audio syncing, setting music, syncing footage from multiple angles, editing periods of silence, and adding transitions. Taking into account all of the professional equipment, experience, and time spent, it’s not surprising that the fee coincides with what you’d pay a photographer. When you finally choose your videographer, be sure to ask to see a copy of the contract and make sure you understand all of the ins and outs of specific costs. Budget tip If your budget doesn’t allow for much now, still invest in a good quality videographer’s bare-bones package. You can always go back later and add extra elements such as a video montage or highlight tape for the reception. MEMORIES IN MOTION We all know the obvious reason to invest in a wedding video: You’ll have it forever to view as a couple. But so will those guests who couldn’t make it to the celebration. Having a video to share with family and friends who weren’t present on your wedding day will be a wonderful treat for them. And for every aging family member who not only made it to the ceremony but also to the dance floor, those memories (and dance moves!) will be preserved forever. Finally, do it for your future kids. They’ll get a huge kick out of watching Mom and Dad’s wedding video time and again — just as much as you will.

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DISASTER PROOF WEDDINGS protecting yourself The average wedding costs $20,000$28,000. A large portion of that must be prepaid. So it may seem to be stating the obvious when we say it is important to protect yourself against fraud, business failures and even honest mistakes. Attention to detail can save you thousands of dollars by preventing disasters before they happen. Brides and grooms who elect to plan the wedding on their own should pay special attention to the following:

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

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. artists-eyes.com

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.

hours for the reception is standard) and detail potential overtime charges.

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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Music & Entertainment CELEBRATE WITH THE

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

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MUSIC CEREMONY MUSIC When weighing your options for ceremony musicians, consider your vision (instrumental or vocalist) and your wedding’s style and venue. Think back to past weddings you’ve attended. What did you like about the music for each ceremony? What didn’t work so well? Once you and your fiancé have some ideas in mind, check out local musicians. Visit bridal shows, review bridal publications and online sources like premierbride.com, or ask for referrals from recently married friends or from your ceremony officiant. You could also work with an experienced talent or booking agency that offers convenient, one-stop-shopping for all your wedding music needs. Narrow down your options, and arrange meetings to hear live your potential musicians and singers. After you’ve secured musicians for your ceremony, they can help you decide on what songs to include. Most musicians who specialize in weddings will be a great resource for song suggestions. Your officiant might also be helpful in guiding your musical selection. COCKTAILS AND DINNER MUSIC Conversation is key during cocktails and dinner, so the tunes should set the mood, but not intrude. If you decide on live music, try chamber music, classical or acoustic guitar, or a jazz ensemble for subtle entertainment that won’t overpower the mixing and mingling. A seasoned pianist can also be a fun choice if he or she can play a wide range of musical styles and take requests! If you go with your 102 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

reception’s DJ or band, make sure they keep it on the softer side. RECEPTION AND DANCING MUSIC Let’s face it, this is a critical decision that can make or break an entire wedding. Fortunately, most musicians who specialize in weddings are talented professionals, and with the tips included here, you’ll be able to confidently select an excellent entertainer. First, ask yourself, band or DJ? While there will always be pros and cons to each, it always comes down to personal taste and budget. Start researching musicians early in the wedding planning process. This way, once you find someone you like, availability is less likely to be an issue. Live music gives the evening a sort of festive energy and is a wonderful option if your budget allows. The key is finding a band that caters to weddings. These musicians offer versatility and will appeal to guests of all ages. In terms of expense, a live band will almost always cost more than a DJ. Keep this rule in mind: if you can’t afford a good wedding band then hire a DJ. A DJ will be more cost-effective and offer an almost infinite variety of music – truly something for everyone. Some keys to finding happiness in a DJ: 1) If possible, see them live before booking. 2) Do your personalities mesh? 3) Ask for, and follow up on, several references. 4) Communicate. Clarify what songs and events (first dance, father & bride dance, bouquet & garter toss, etc.) you do or do not wish to include. Decide on the details ahead of time; make a “do not play” list of any songs you simply


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MOST REQUESTED SONGS First Dance 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

Thinking Out Loud Die a Happy Man All of Me Can’t Help Falling In Love You Are The Best Thing Perfect God, Your Mama, and Me Say You Won’t Let Go I Won’t Give Up

Father Daughter Dance 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

I Loved Her First My Little Girl My Girl Butterfly Kisses My Wish Stealing Cinderella Cinderella Daddy’s Angel

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

My Wish What a Wonderful World Simple Man A Song For Mama Humble and Kind A Mother’s Song The Perfect Fan

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

Shut Up and Dance Thinking Out Loud I Gotta Feeling We Are Family

Bouquet Toss 1. 2. 3. 4.

Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) Dear Future Husband Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Where The Girls At

5. Run the World (Girls)

Ed Sheeran Thomas Rhett John Legend Elvis Presley Ray LaMontagne Ed Sheeran Florida Georgia Line James Arthur Jason Mraz Heartland Tim McGraw Temptations Bob Carlisle Rascal Flatts Chuck Wicks Steven Curtis Chapman T Carter Rascal Flatts Louis Armstrong Lynyrd Skynyrd Boyz II Men Tim McGraw T Carter Backstreet Boys Ronson, Mark Feat. Bruno Mars Walk The Moon Ed Sheeran Black Eyed Peas Sister Sledge Beyoncé Meghan Trainor Cyndi Lauper David Guetta feat. Flo Rida & Nicki Minaj Beyoncé

Garter Toss 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

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

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Cake Cutting 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Sugar How Sweet It Is Sugar, Sugar Cake By The Ocean Pour Some Sugar On Me

Introductions

1. Marry You 2. I Gotta Feeling 3. Uptown Funk 4. Bring ‘Em Out 5. Shut Up & Dance

Maroon 5 James Taylor Archies Dance Def Leppard Bruno Mars Black Eyed Peas Mark Ronson Feat. Bruno Mars T.I. Feat. Jay-Z Walk the Moon

Last Dance

1. Don’t Stop Believin’ Journey 2. Closing Time Semisonic 3. (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life Medley, Bill & Jennifer Warnes 4. Save the Last Dance for Me Michael Buble 5. Last Dance Donna Summer

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

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

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

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

Ceremony Recessional 1. Best Day of My Life 2. Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours 3. Marry You 4. You Are The Best Thing 5. This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)

Ceremony 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Marry Me A Thousand Years Marry You All of Me Best Day of My Life

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

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SETTING THE TONE emotion and individuality As your guests are being seated, the prelude sets the mood. The processional march introduces you and your attendants, and the recessional shouts pure joy. Organists and harpists are still popular choices. Some churches may require that you use their organist, or not play secular music. You may wish to include another soloist such as a vocalist, flautist, trumpeter, violinist or pianist. Be sure to contact your musicians early to ensure the date. Consider the space of your wedding hall. Even limited room allows you to use recordings of your favorite selections. If a close friend or relative is providing your wedding music, then a gift is appropriate.

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

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INVITATIONS GETTING STARTED 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 on staff. PAPER PARTS & PIECES Wedding invitations typically consist of several parts: a ceremony card with the details of the ceremony 108 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

(traditionally with a layer of tissue paper on top), a reception card explaining reception details, a response card with its stamped/addressed envelope (yes, it’s proper etiquette to provide return postage), a map or some other card with directions to the ceremony/ reception and hotel information for out-of-town guests, and an inner and outer envelope. The rules aren’t hard and fast, however, you can combine information on a single card, omit the tissue paper, or really think outside the box with your design if that suits the style of your wedding day. For example, your response card might be a simple postcard. When it comes time to assemble the pieces, here’s the traditional way. Start with the ceremony invitation on the bottom (covered with tissue, if using), followed by the reception card, and the response card with the unsealed return envelope and map. Slide these items into the inner envelope, but do not seal it. Slide the inner envelope into the outer envelope with the addressee’s name facing the back flap (this way their name will be the first thing they see upon opening the invitation). INVITATION WORDING Traditionally, whoever is hosting (read: paying for) the wedding will be listed first on the invitation. But it’s best to work this out on a case-by-case basis with open communication between the couple, the bride’s parents, and the groom’s parents. Some couples today who are paying for the majority of their wedding with help from mixed and blended families simply say “Mary Bride and John Groom, together with their families, request the honor of your presence at their marriage.” An


INVITATIONS 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 font, hand-write them yourself, or hire a hand-letterer to do the job for you. Hand lettering gives a beautiful first impression and can even act as a sort of framable gift to your guests. Avoid using labels at all costs, even clear ones as they just don’t convey an elegance or special-ness that a wedding deserves. If you want to keep things formal/ classic, here are some tips for the etiquette of addresses. Street names, cities, and states should be written out completely (no abbreviations). To address a married couple, use “Mr. and Mrs. Tom Smith.” For an unmarried couple living together, use “Mr. Tom Smith and Miss Judy Jones.” If every member of the family is invited, use “Mr. and Mrs. Tom Smith & Family.” If only older children are invited, write their names under the parents’ names, such as, “Miss Jane Smith.” Adult children no longer living with their parents should receive their own invitation. If you don’t want young children at your reception, politely say “adults only” somewhere in the invite, and confirm this fact when you talk to your guests before the wedding. Include your return address on the back of the envelope. Placing it on the back is less crowded and leaves room for the guest’s address to shine on the front. You can handwrite your return address, or in this case, printed labels are an acceptable shortcut.

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You’ll also want to make sure that the return address matches the primary host. If Mary Bride and John Groom are hosting (paying for) the bulk of the wedding, you’ll see their return address on the back. If Mary’s parents are hosting, you’ll see her parents names/ address on the back. 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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Cakes & Desserts

A SWEET ENDING TO A SPECIAL DAY

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

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CAKES DESSERT DECISIONS A good place to start when deciding on your wedding cake or dessert is to consider 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. If your wedding is black tie, a traditional tiered wedding cake is probably the way to go — it will certainly make a statement as a centerpiece of the room. If your wedding is outdoors or in a barn trimmed with twinkle lights, a naked cake or lattice-topped pies add ample charm to the scene. More casual affairs might host dessert that’s even more outside the box, such as candy buffets or ice cream sundaes. 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, brimming with French romance. If you have a uniquely sweet idea, seek out a professional who can bring your vision to life. TIERED STYLE Why go tiered? Tiered cakes are a timeless choice for a reason — they’re utterly impressive, eye-catching, and make for a very pretty picture. You can even have each tier be a different flavor to up the tasty variety. The other nice thing about tiered cakes it that, though similar in shape, there’s no end to the myriad of styles you can apply to this classic design. Popular nowadays is the aforementioned naked cake: layers of exposed cake and buttercream with


CAKES a rustic, homespun feel. Naked cakes work really well with boho and outdoor weddings, especially when topped with fresh berries or flowers. For fully frosted cakes, there’s no end to the styles available to you. 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 (think edible sequins and gold leafing). For more colorful weddings, consider a painted, illustrative, or ombre cake design that draws out the color story of your wedding. Painted or fondant monogramming and lace details are also a fresh, elegant way to go. DECORATIVE DISPLAYS While a lone tiered cake can be a stunner, there are lots of ways to feature

your dessert table as décor. Instead of just one large wedding cake, consider three to five smaller tiered cakes, each in a different flavor to offer variety. These mini cakes can be displayed on staggered stands to add dimension. Cupcakes are another popular way to expand your wedding cake’s presence: Try showcasing the central cake surrounded by towers of matching cupcakes. You can even place a small cake at the center of each dinner table, so the dessert can double as a centerpiece. A LITTLE VARIETY Wedding dessert doesn’t have to stop at cake. In fact, many brides and grooms are embracing variety these days, to the delight of their guests. It’s not uncommon to see a traditional cake paired with other sweets — think www.pbnewi.com PREMIER BRIDE • 115


CAKES cookies (pretty macarons or homemade chocolate chip), truffles, or whole tables chock full of candy. Candy also makes a great favor, as you can give each guest a cute bag (personalized for your wedding day!) for filling with candies of their choice: chocolates, jelly beans, taffy, gummies, and more! You can even think further outside the box to make your dessert experience an exceptionally memorable one. Having an outdoor wedding? Invite guests to roast marshmallows over an open fire, then stack their own s’mores. Build-yourown sundaes are a charming sweet for summer affairs, and a well-stocked stash of toppings will have the kid in every guest buzzing with excitement. Feel free to get really personal with your dessert selection, too, by serving your all-time favorite sweets. Do you

share a donut obsession? A display brimming with deep-fried confections can be fun and whimsical at a more laidback wedding. Or choose two desserts — one for the bride and one for the groom. The bride’s dessert might be apple pie a la mode, and the groom’s dessert might be red velvet cake. Knowing these are your favorites will add a sweet, personal touch for your guests. SWEETS TO SIP Who says dessert has to be merely edible — why not drinkable, too? 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

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CAKES stirring sticks. A coffee bar also makes a wonderful late-night treat. For a smaller wedding, consider hiring a barista for a portion of the evening to whip up lattes, cappuccinos, and espresso drinks to compliment pastries, biscotti, and specialty chocolates. FINDING A BAKERY Whatever you decide on, take advantage of all food tastings. That shouldn’t be hard to do when dessert’s on the tasting menu! 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 The traditional cake cutting sounds like, well, a piece of cake! But it’s slightly more involved. Make sure you have a knife and lifter set to go; these might be engraved with your initials or decorated with ribbons in your wedding colors. Traditionally, the bride grasps the knife with her right hand and the groom covers her hand with his as they cut the cake together — and the crowd goes wild!

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THE CANDIES TABLE a different twist to satisfy

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Sure, the wedding cake is a tried and true part of weddings since before any of us can remember. But why give your guests one measly piece of cake when you could let them indulge in a buffet full of candy? Choose Your Sweets Remember candies and sweets come in every shape, size and delectability, so take your guests, venue and design into account, then choose your treats accordingly. For an outdoor, casual wedding full of light and color, you might want to go for a rainbow of whimsical variety with bright rock candy, every hue of jelly bean, gummies, silly-shaped chocolates, lollipops, gumballs, striped candy canes and a chocolate fountain with marshmallows and fruit. An indoor, more upscale formal event could call for candies such as toffees, exquisite varieties of chocolate bars, biscotti cookies, decorative chocolate-covered pretzels and strawberries, macaroons, pastry puffs and sugar or yogurt coated nuts and raisins. Design Like your sweet selection, your design can match your wedding. For something casual and playful, arrange your colorful candies in clear jars of every shape and size like an old candy store. A more upscale look could present your desserts in classy giant martini glasses or on small decorative plates arranged on different levels over an expansive, dramatically lit table. Custom-order candies or candy wrappers to stick within your color scheme. Only choosing candies of two or three colors also creates a striking design.

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Another fun idea is to put two or three different candy containers at each individual table as centerpieces so guests can mix and match as they mingle between tables. Like Kids in Candy Stores! Once you’ve decided on your sweets and display, get ready to let sweet teeth run wild. Prepare fun dessert plates, plastic bags, or oversized wine glasses where guests can collect their treats. Make sure every separate serving dish has a decorative scooper so fingers don’t dirty the delights, then step back and let the inner child in all your guests pick and choose from the tasty array. As guests are leaving, give them an artsy, monogrammed bag and ask them to peruse the buffet again for an edible wedding favor.

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Flowers

FLORAL DESIGN

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

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FLOWERS 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. Create a flowers-only Pinterest board to gather images that you love, and maybe some that you don’t. It helps to have lots to show your potential florist. It’s also critical to have a set budget. FINDING A FLORIST If possible, you should book a florist 8 to 10 months before your wedding. You can find potential candidates in a print publication like this one, at a bridal show, online, or by asking friends and family for recommendations. Your goal is to find someone who is organized and professional and whose style and personality meshes with your own. To start, create a flowersonly Pinterest board to gather images that you love, and maybe some that you don’t. It helps to have lots to show your potential florist. Have a budget in mind. At your florist meetings, you should 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 for you 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 than in a bouquet. YOU AND YOUR WEDDING PARTY You’ll first want to determine the look of your bridal bouquet. All other 124 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

floral pieces will take their cue from this piece. This is the perfect opportunity to bring your style and personality to the forefront. Full, rounded bouquets are gorgeous as are cascading bouquets which are a classic choice making a modern comeback. Today’s cascades are a loose, more natural style of bouquet. Then there’s the bridal party flowers. Just as we’re seeing bridesmaids in mix-and-match dresses, we’re seeing mixand-match bouquets more frequently and mix-and-match boutonnieres as well. Yet another way to work flowers into fashion are flower crowns! FOR THE CEREMONY & RECEPTION If you’re having your ceremony in a place of worship, check with your officiant for any restrictions before finalizing the flowers. Some churches request that flowers remain on-site for weekend services, though this practice is rather outdated. For the reception, there are countless floral styles to incorporate into the décor: elegant vases filled with cut flowers, towering candelabras with verdant accents, topiaries, scattered rose petals, assorted small vases with just a few blooms each, and so much more. Keep in mind that the height of the arrangements shouldn’t get in the way of conversation. The key is to either make the arrangements low enough to talk over or high enough to talk under. If your bridal party bouquets are doubling as decoration at the reception, equally spacing the bouquets at the head table is a lovely way to go. Finish off the table with a garland of greenery laced with flowers for a gorgeous effect. If your budget allows, consider adding floral flourishes throughout the reception hall to tie everything together. Your florist might


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FLOWERS sprinkle rose petals on serving trays, or drape additional garland along the buffet tables. You can also use greenery to fill in a large room. Run any and all ideas past your florist so he/she can help you refine your vision, stay within your budget, and create a beautiful, memorable ambiance. FLOWERS IN ALL SEASONS One of the most important things for you and your florist to factor into your choice of flowers is the season in which your wedding falls. You’ll find that flowers that bloom during the month of your wedding will be more affordable and will last longer than those that are out of season. Let’s look at some popular flowers in each season to kickstart your search. Winter: Amaryllis, Casablanca Lily, Freesia, Gerbera Daisy, Heather Holly, Narcissus, Poinsettia, Rose, Stephanotis. Spring: Peony, Sweet Pea, Lilac, Ranunculus, Hydrangea, Tulip, Calla Lily, Magnolia. Summer: Anemone, Azalea, Camellia, Daffodil, French Tulip, Hyacinth, Jasmine, Lily of the Valley, Mimosa, Pansy, Primrose, Violet. Fall: Celosia (Cockscomb), Chinese Lantern, Chrysanthemum, Crosnia, Dahlia, Statice. Year-round: Baby’s Breath, Carnation, Cattleman, Chrysanthemum, Cymbidium Orchid, Daisy, Dendroblum, Orchid,

Freesia, Gardenia, Gerbera Daisy, Gladiolus, Iris, Lily, Rose, September Aster, Snapdragon, Stephanotis, Tuberose. Whatever your wedding’s theme and style, by collaborating with a professional florist you’re sure to have the flowers of your dreams. Work together, but always remember to trust your florist’s expertise. In so doing, your wedding flowers will be the envy of Pinterest.

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Although affordable, their short shelf-life can provide headaches for those wishing to create flower arrangements in advance. Can also be found in novelty colors if needed.

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Though pricey, orchids offer an exotic and modern addition to larger settings. Can also be used in cakes and table settings.

Only a few large and fluffy blooms are needed to fill out a bouquet, which is benefit due to their high price. Most affordable in the Spring, can be sourced during the winter months for a higher price.

Most commonly found in red poppies’ large and bright blooms with dark centers work best in contrast to lighter accompanying colors. Very difficult to find and maintain.

Being low-cost and neutral colored, it is most commonly found as filler in larger settings.

Light and papery in appearance with tight petals, used similarly to roses but at a lower price.

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Often used as a standalone bouquet, their striking appearance can also be used as a backdrop for smaller, more colorful accents. Can be used cut and floating in water for centerpieces.

Radiant in all colors, this flower catches the eye and can be found year-round without issue.

Soft with pastel colors. Their tall and fragrant blooms provide fantastic contrast to smaller, tighter flowers.

Luscious with oversized blooms. Their light appearance work well against softer color schemes. Cost effective in white but more colorful options are pricier and hard to find.

Their wonderful scent combined with affordable price make lilacs a spring-time favorite. Weather dependent so a backup flower is recommended.

Elegant, simple, and pricey. Great for not only the bridal party but also boutonnieres.

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Their ability to come in all colors of the rainbow, availability in every season, and classic appearance are just a few of the reasons why this flower can be used in any aspect. Garden roses offer a lusher and full appearance with greater texture.

A mainstay in weddings for half a century, stephanotis provides a timeless and vintage look in all-white.

Unique, attention grabbing, and pricey. Can be used as both eye-catching accents in bouquets and as table pieces.

Big, bright, and bold. Their chunky appearance works well in a stand-alone bouquet or as an accent in a larger piece. Fantastic for a rustic or shabby-chic theme.

Perfect for DIY weddings as they have a long shelf-life and are readily available. Being water sensitive they perform best in table settings as opposed to bouquets.

If you’re interested in a rustic or barn wedding then look no further than large grouping of wildflowers, their multitude of colors and appearance provide a 100% natural look. A great option for the DYI bride.

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MARRIAGE LAWS

COUNTY FEES

OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK • Apply in County in which either is a resident. License may be used anywhere in the state. • Both must apply in person. Certified birth certificate is required. • Proof of residence is required. (driver’s license, utility bill etc.)

(CASH ONLY, NO REFUNDS)

Brown Calumet Door Fond du Lac Green Lake Kewaunee Manitowoc

$115 $90 $75 $100 $75 $75 $80

Outagamie Portage Sheboygan Waupaca Waushara Winnebago

$100 $75 $85 $80 $80 $95

• Apply no later than 5 full working days prior to wedding date-two weeks prior is recommended.

BROWN 111 N. Jefferson St. Green Bay, WI 54301 (920) 448-4016 www.co.brown.wi.us

OUTAGAMIE 410 S. Walnut St. Appleton, WI 54911 (920) 832-5077 www.co.outagamie.wi.us

• Legal age is 18. If younger, both parents or legal guardian must come in to complete consent form (If not possible call for additional information).

CALUMET Courthouse, 206 Court St. Chilton, WI 53014 (920) 849-1458 www.co.calumet.wi.us

PORTAGE COUNTY 1516 Church St. Stevens Point, WI 54481 (715) 346-1351 www.co.portage.wi.us

• Non-residents (in and out-of-state) must apply in the county they will be married. This license will only be valid in that county.

DOOR Courthouse, 421 Nebraska Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235 (920) 746-2200 www.co.door.wi.gov

SHEBOYGAN 615 N. 6th St., Rm 106 Sheboygan, WI 53081 (920) 459-3003 www.co.sheboygan.wi.us

• Each party must provide the Clerk’s office with their social security cards.

FOND DU LAC 160 S. Macy Fond du Lac WI 54935 (920) 929-3000 www.co.fond-du-lac.wi.us

WAUPACA 811 Harding St. Waupaca, WI 54981 (715) 258-6200 www.co.waupaca.wi.us

GREEN LAKE Courthouse, 492 Hill St. Green Lake, WI 54941 (920) 294-4005 www.co.green-lake.wi.us

WAUSHARA 209 S. St. Marie St. Wautoma, WI 54982 (920) 787-0442 www.co.waushara.wi.us

KEWAUNEE 613 Dodge St. Kewaunee, WI 54216 (920)388-4410 www.kewauneeco.org

WINNEBAGO 415 Jackson St. Oshkosh, WI 54901 (920) 236-4888 www.co.winnebago.wi.us

• If divorced, copy of judgment of divorce, court annulment or death certificate is required. 6 month waiting period. • License is good for 30 days from the date issued. • Most counties require name, address and phone number of the person performing the ceremony. Location and date may also be required.

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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MANITOWOC 1010 S. 8th St. Manitowoc, WI 54220 (920) 683-4000 www.manitowoc-county.com


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


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

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


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

Via Rail Canada. Photo by Lester Balajadia / Shutterstock.com

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

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

Tour Guide on Via Rail. Photo by joseph s l tan matt / Shutterstock.com

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


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

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

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

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DOOR COUNTY Imagine riding in a horse-drawn carriage through a vibrant autumn forest; snuggling in front of a cozy fire as snowflakes fall gently outside; discovering the first wildflowers of spring along a winding, wooded trail; or basking in the sun on a white sand beach as waves gently lap the shore. With over 300 miles of shoreline and its quiet, wooded landscape dotted with quaint harbor side villages and historic lighthouses; Door County provides an ideal backdrop for a romantic getaway. Small wonder this Wisconsin peninsula was named one of the top ten travel destinations in North America by Money Magazine. Nestled among the Door County scenery are a variety of honeymoon accommodations to suit every budget and lifestyle. Options range from luxurious hotels and condominiums with complete honeymoon packages, to antique-filled bed and breakfasts, rustic cottages and scenic campsites. The ten villages that make up Door County offer dozens of specialty shops, galleries and studios to browse through. Local restaurants feature everything from traditional Door County fish boils to candlelight gourmet dinners. Many newlyweds enjoy a winery tour or two at the five wineries in Door County. Others take in one of the many seasonal festivals or sample cultural offerings ranging from chamber music festivals and theater in the woods, to drive-in, double feature movies under the stars. For couples who prefer to get away from it all, there are countless breathtaking views in Door County just waiting to be discovered. Cave Point, on Lake Michigan’s shore, is one popular spot for honeymooners, with its spectacular rock formations and pounding waves. And to many, nothing is more romantic

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

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

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Honeymoon THAT ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME

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

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

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


DESTINATION WEDDINGS is it right for you? More and more couples are planning destination weddings and combining their wedding celebration and honeymoon. Here are a few reasons why. For anyone with a sense of adventure, there is no limit to the fun you can have when you choose a destination wedding. That’s why many brides and grooms are no longer taking the traditional church route, but instead looking for the perfect foreign country, distant mountain or secluded beach. From riding a camel across the desert to exchanging vows underwater in Mauritius, anything is possible with a destination wedding. 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. Destination weddings allow couples to express themselves. 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. Destination weddings can also be taken care of at once. Usually the wedding planner will handle the flowers, photographer, caterer, musicians and reception area, all with your input. 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.

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Just a couple honeymoon tips. No matter where you’re going, when you’re traveling with someone you love, it’s important to remember a few very important pieces of information. • You love this person. Whether the airline lost your baggage, you got Dengue fever, or he accidentally had one too many tropical drinks, you love him. Remember that and your trip will be better for it. • Share the experience of your honeymoon as well. He wants to golf and you want to shop. If you can’t bear to be apart even for a few hours, then you try golfing in the morning and he goes shopping with you in the afternoon.

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WHAT TO DO Now is a great time to focus on healthy, glowing skin. If you’re concerned about the health and appearance of your skin, then consider a visit to a dermatologist (for bigger problems) or an aesthetician (for minor issues.) Start six to 12 months before your wedding day so you have time to treat, heal and achieve good results. Facials are a must for all skin types. Regular treatment results in refined pores, smoother facial lines, healed blemishes and a more radiant complexion. When choosing your hairstyle consider your gown, the level of formality of your wedding, your personal style, your hair and your face shape. Generally speaking, the more elaborate the gown, the simpler your hair should be, or it all simply becomes “too much of a good thing.” Work with your hair stylist four to six weeks before the wedding to find the right style for you – and bring a photo of your gown with you! Whether you use a pro for your makeup, have a friend do it or do it yourself, do a trial run before the wedding. In addition to feedback from close friends and/or family, take photos and evaluate those. Do you like what you see? Do you want to make any changes? Have your eyebrows professionally shaped at least two weeks before the wedding. Touch up if needed before the wedding with a tweezers. Do use waterproof mascara and eye makeup, just in case you shed a tear or two… And use primers underneath your foundation, lipstick and eye shadow, so that your makeup lasts longer.


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

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Not sure about all the bridal fashion speak? Here’s a lesson on men’s attire. • BoutonnIere - A flower slipped through the groom and groomsmen’s lapels. • Button Cover - A decorative ornament worn over the top button of a mandarin or stand-up collar. • CuMMerBunD - A sash worn around the waist covering the waistband and the formal trousers. • MornIng SuIt - The daytime equivalent of full dress. Includes a cutaway jacket, striped ascot, gray vest and gray or black striped formal trousers. • WHIte tIe - This is for only the most formal wedding. White tie features a black tailcoat and black tuxedo pants, a white pique bowtie and white vest.

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of creating your own online registry that will help families in third world countries become self-sufficient 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 to keep their first year of marriage special. Search online for delicious, unique registries that allow guests to provide you with a monthly gift 152 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

Honeymoon Registry The perfect relief after stressful wedding planning is the blissful honeymoon. There are a few websites like travelersjoy.com and honeyluna.com that 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 Wedding registries are the perfect way to receive everything you need to create the perfect home, but it won’t do you any good if the home is non-existent! For couples that want to get a jump start on making a down payment, the registry at 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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The groom and groomsmen should reserve their rentals at least three months in advance of the wedding (although the earlier, the better, especially during the busy season). 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 (often the best man, as long as he’s responsible!) 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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This service can vary from a simple horse and carriage to an elaborate coach. Price checks for available styles should include inquiries about minimum rental time and overtime. The number in your party is important if you elect to treat your wedding party or other guests to a ride. However in this case, you will also need to shop with their special requirements in mind. UNIQUE ALTERNATIVES Vintage cars are also great photo ops and add a touch of class. An antique Rolls Royce or a ’69 Mustang are fun and something you don’t get to ride in every day. Ride in style like the royal couple did in their April wedding in a decorated navy soft-top Aston Martin Volante. Or, as with everything else in the wedding, make sure the transportation connects to YOU. Maybe you met at a Harley rally – ride off on your twin Hogs! Or maybe you share a love of mountain biking – don’t be afraid to wheel over on a tandem together. Personality is what makes weddings memorable so however you move, make sure it’s full of your style. TIPS FOR A GREAT DAY • Customize your playlist and bring your own CD to play in the limo. • Plan liquid refreshments that won’t leave a mark, such as sparkling water. Wine or coffee can discolor your gown. For after the ceremony, you can go with champagne or mimosas, but be careful not to overindulge. • If you go for pictures between the ceremony and reception, champagne glasses can make a cute picture. • Be mindful of the time. You’ll be meeting and greeting all your guests and you’ll want to be your best. Don’t keep them waiting!

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FEBRUARY 18, 2018

The Swan Club, 875 Heritage Rd, De Pere 11am-3pm, 920-330-0291 wowsolutions4u.com/WeddingShow

Radisson Conference Center, 2040 Airport Dr, Green Bay 12-4pm, 920-982-7881, wisconsinbridalshows.com

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THE WISCONSIN WEDDING SHOWCASE

Bridgewood Resort, 1000 Cameron Way, Neenah 1-4pm, 920-251-5426 wisconsinbridalexpos.com (See pg 163)

JANUARY 18, 2018

SHEBOYGAN BRIDAL SHOWCASE

John Michael Kohler Art Center 608 New York Ave., Sheboygan Doors open at 5pm, 920-458-2107

JANUARY 19-20, 2018

THE WEDDING SHOW WINTER EDITION

VISUELLE PRODUCTIONS SPRING WI WEDDING SPECTACULAR

(See pg 164)

MARCH 3, 2018

11TH ANNUAL WEDDING SHOW

Stadium View Banquet Hall & Conference Center 1963 Holmgren Way, Green Bay 920-884-3159, 11am-3pm (See pg 165)

MARCH 11, 2018

VISUELLE PRODUCTIONS SPRING WEDDING SPECTACULAR

Fox Cities Performing Arts Center 400 W. College Avenue, Appleton, 11am-3pm 920-982-7881, wisconsinbridalshows.com (See pg 164)

MARCH 25, 2018

Shopko Hall, 1901 S. Oneida Street, Green Bay Friday: 5-9pm, Saturday: 9am-3pm, 920-405-1134 ReschCenter.com

2017 LAKESHORE BRIDAL SHOW

JANUARY 20-21, 2018

APRIL 19, 2018

(See pg 41 & 165)

2018 CENTRAL WI WEDDING & FASHION SHOW SentryWorld, 601 N. Michigan Ave., Stevens Point 10am-4pm, 715-757-2370, centralwiexpo.com (See pg 163)

JANUARY 27-28, 2018

THE BEST OF THE BEST WEDDING EXPO!

Pine Hills Country Club 4914 Superior Ave., Sheboygan Saturday 2pm-5pm, Sunday 11:30am-2:30pm 920-452-3111

JANUARY 28, 2018

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Oshkosh Convention Center, 1 N. Main St., Oshkosh 12pm-4pm, 920-230-1970 162 • PREMIER BRIDE www.pbnewi.com

Holiday Inn, 4601 Calumet Ave., Manitowoc Doors open at 11am, 920-682-0351

THE WISCONSIN WEDDING SHOWCASE

The Grand Meridian, 2621 N Onieda St., Appleton 6-9pm, 920-251-5426, wisconsinbridalexpos.com (See pg 163)

JULY 22, 2018

THE WEDDING SHOW SUMMER EDITION

Shopko Hall, 1901 S. Oneida Street, Green Bay 10am-3pm, 920-405-1134, ReschCenter.com

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VISUELLE PRODUCTIONS FALL BRIDAL SHOWCASE

Fox Cities Performing Arts Center 400 W College Avenue, Appleton, 12-4pm 920-982-7881, wisconsinbridalshows.com


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THE WISCONSIN WEDDING SHOWCASE

The Hilton Garden Inn Oshkosh 1355 W 20th Ave,, Oshkosh 6-9pm, 920-251-5426, wisconsinbridalexpos.com

NOVEMBER

15TH ANNUAL LAKE 98.1 BRIDAL EXPO

Heritage House Event Center at The Bull 1 Long Drive, Sheboygan Falls 11am-1:30pm, 920-254-0176

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Win a Get Away Package! Exhibits Open 11am-3pm Tickets 2 for 1 in Advance or $10 each at the door.

1963 Holmgren Way, Green Bay 920-884-3159

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES DIRECTORY KEY • Banquet Facilities & Rehearsal Dinners • Bartending Services • Beauty & Health • Bridal Accessories • Bridal Registry • Bridal Shows (See pgs 163)

• Cakes & Sweets • Catering

• Chapels/ Ceremonies (Also see Officiants)

• Dance Lessons • Decorating & Service • Door County Weddings • DJ’s • Dry Cleaners/ Gown Preservation • Florists

BANQUET FACILITIES & REHEARSAL DINNERS Backstage

117 S. Washington St., Green Bay meyertheatre.org 920-433-3338

(See pg 17)

Bemis Conference Center 100 Grant St., De Pere snc.edu/conference 920-403-4000 800-397-3638

(See pg 23)

1000 Cameron Way, Neenah bridgewoodresorthotel.com 920-720-8000 800-514-5206

(See pg 9)

BEST WESTERN PREMIER Waterfront Hotel & Convention Center (See pg 29)

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Transportation Travel Agencies Videography Wedding Coordinators

Delta by Marriott (formerly Ramada Plaza Hotel) Opening Summer, 2018 2750 Ramada Way, Green Bay 920-499-0631

(See pg 42)

EAA Aviation Center

3000 Poberezny Rd, Oshkosh eaa.org – events@eaa.org 920-426-6126

(See pg 32)

Fox Hills Resort

250 W. Church St., Mishicot foxhillsresort.com 800-950-7615

(See pg 65)

W192 State Rd 67, Lomira golfcamelot.com 920-269-4949

(See pg 16)

Grand Meridian

2621 N. Oneida St., Appleton thegrandmeridian.com 920-968-2621

(See pg 19)

Green Bay Botanical Garden 2600 Larsen Rd., Green Bay gbbg.org/weddings 920-490-9457

(See pg 24)

1004 Brett Favre Pass, Green Bay hofchophouse.com 920-499-6874

(See pg 7)

Heidel House (See pg 8)

CopperLeaf Boutique Hotel & Spa 300 W. College Ave., Appleton copperleafhotel.com 920-749-0303 or 877-303-0303

(See Transportation)

• Musicians, Vocalists • Party & Tent Rentals

(See Banquet Facilities & Rehearsal Dinners)

Hall of Fame Chophouse

Carstens Mill

114 W. Water St., Brillion carstensmill.com 920-418-4844

(Also see Travel Agencies)

• Hotels / Guest Rooms • Invitations • Lakeshore Weddings • Limos & Carriages

• Photography • Photobooths • Reception Sites

The Golf Club at Camelot

BEST WESTERN PREMIER Bridgewood Resort Hotel & Conference Center

1 North Ave., Oshkosh oshkoshwaterfronthotel.com 920-230-6290

• Formal Wear • Honeymoon

643 Illinois Ave., Green Lake heidelhouse.com 800-444-2812

(See pg 43)

Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center (See pg 20)

1001 Amber Ave., Stevens Point holidayinn.com/stevenspointwi 715-344-0200

(See pg 16)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES The Hollyhock House and Gardens 1408 Dodge Street, Kewaunee thehollyhockhouse.com 920-338-3445

Radisson Paper Valley Hotel (See pg 44)

John Michael Kohler Arts Center

(See pg 34)

Stadium View Banquet Hall

608 New York Ave., Sheboygan jmkac.org 920-458-6144

(See pg 62)

La Sure’s Hall Banquets & Catering 3125 S. Washburn St., Oshkosh lasures.com 920-651-0796

1963 Holmgren Way, Green Bay thestadiumview.com 920-498-1989

(See pg 37)

Stone Arch at Riverview Gardens (See pg 11)

Landmark Resort

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

333 W. College Ave., Appleton radisson.com/appletonwi 920-733-8000

1101 S. Oneida St., Appleton stonecellarriverview.com 920-997-3332

(See pg 5)

Stone Harbor, A Door County Resort & Conference Center (See pg 35 & 141)

Lodge at Leathem Smith

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

107 N. 1st Ave., Sturgeon Bay stoneharbor-resort.com 920-746-0700

(See pg 8 & 139)

The Swan Club (See pg 141)

The Marq

3177 French Rd., De Pere 2310 Lineville Rd., Green Bay the-marq.com 920-532-4811 (See Inside Back Cover)

875 Heritage Rd., DePere swanclubdepere.com 920-336-1531

(See pg 13)

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts 51 Sheboygan St., Fond du Lac thelmaarts.org 920-921-5410

(See pg 21)

Trolley Square Waterfront Banquets 619 S. Olde Oneida St., Appleton waterfrontbanquets.com 920-830-7855 ext 2

(See pg 26)

Tryba’s Simply Country Barn N3504 Cty Rd E, Appleton simplycountrybarn.com 920-585-9208

800.343.7778 x5692 or x5208

N277 Hwy. 47/55 ~ Keshena, WI MenomineeCasinoResort.com (See pg 12)

National Railroad Museum 2285 S. Broadway, Green Bay nationalrrmuseum.org 920-437-7623

(See pg 45)

(See pg 3)

Paine Art Center & Gardens 1410 Algoma Blvd., Oshkosh thepaine.org 920-235-6903 Ext. 27

(See pg 25)

Radisson Hotel & Conference Center 2040 Airport Dr., Green Bay radisson.com/greenbaywi 920-494-7300

865 Lombardi Ave., Green Bay tundralodge.com 920-405-8700

(See pg 18)

Van Abel’s of Hollandtown 8108 Cty. Rd. D, Kaukauna vanabels.com 920-766-2291

(See pg 47)

Woodfire Lodge

The Osthoff Resort

101 Osthoff Ave., Elkhart Lake osthoff.com 844-854-0133

(See pg 5)

Tundra Lodge Resort

(See pg 33)

2687 Men Cal Road, Brillion woodfirelodge.com 920-864-7070

(See pg 6)

BARTENDING SERVICES Pour Inc.

Your One-Stop Destination for Personalized Beverage Service pourinc.co 414-559-7394

(See pg 53)

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES BEAUTY & HEALTH

CAKES & SWEETS

Mary Kay Cosmetics

The Cake Guru

marykay.com/whaas (608) 335-8984

(See pg 147)

BRIDAL ACCESSORIES

320 Main Ave. Suite 201, De Pere www.thecupcakecouture.com 920-632-7247

2530 N. 15th St., Sheboygan blooniegifts.com 920-457-3340

Manderfield’s Home Bakery (See pg 63)

Marlene’s

Complete Wedding Accessory Shoppe 208 E. Wisconsin Ave., Appleton marlenesshoppe.com 920-734-7989 (See pg 109)

Tracy Ann’s

633 N. 8th St. , Sheboygan www.tracyanns.com 920-838-1858

(See pg 63)

BRIDAL REGISTRY Boston Store 920-459-4826 920-457-3611

Royal Prestige

dinner4two.com or midwestlifestyles.com 920-375-6536 (See pg 150)

Younkers

Appleton - Fox River Mall 4301 W. Wisconsin Avenue Eau Claire - Oakwood Mall 4850 Golf Road Fond du Lac - Forest Mall 755 West Johnson St. Green Bay - Bay Park Square 201 Bay Park Square Manitowoc - Edgewater Plaza 700 E Magnolia Ave. Marinette - Pine Tree Mall 2600 Roosevelt Rd. Marshfield - Northway Mall 503 East Ives 1780 Plover Road, Plover 58 North 3rd Ave., Sturgeon Bay Wausau - Wausau Mall 300 Forest Street Wisconsin Rapids - Rapids Mall 555 West Grand Ave. celebrationsregistry.com

920-236-9144 920-574-7534 920-903-8440 (See pg 117)

Cupcake Couture

B’loonie Gifts

4030 Hwy 28, Kohler Harbor Centre 727 N. 8th St., Sheboygan celebrationsregistry.com

1529 Oregon St., Oshkosh 107 S. Appleton St., Appleton 1859 Casloma Dr., Appleton cakeguru.com

811 Plank Rd., Menasha W3176 Springfield Dr., Appleton 5100 Michael’s Dr., Appleton manderfieldsbakery.com

(See pg 117) 920-725-7794 920-731-2181 920-882-6500 (See pg 115)

Wilmar Chocolates

1222 N. Superior St., Appleton wilmarchocolates.com 920-733-6182

(See pg 119)

CATERING BEST WESTERN PREMIER Waterfront Hotel & Convention Center 1 North Ave., Oshkosh oshkoshwaterfronthotel.com 920-230-1900

(See pg 29)

Bridgewood PREMIER Catering

1000 Cameron Way, Neenah bridgewoodresorthotel.com/catering 920-967-4350

(See pg 9)

Grand Meridian

2621 N. Oneida St., Appleton thegrandmeridian.com 920-968-2621

(See pg 19)

La Sure’s Hall Banquets & Catering 920-997-6500 715-858-8920 920-921-1111

3125 S. Washburn St., Oshkosh lasures.com 920-651-0796

920-494-3707

3177 French Rd., De Pere the-marq.com 920-532-4811

920-684-0331

The Swan Club

715-732-3720 715-387-8611 715-344-6942 920-743-5533 715-845-9611 715-421-5211

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(See pg 11)

The Marq

(See Inside Back Cover)

875 Heritage Rd., DePere swanclubdepere.com 920-336-1531

(See pg 13)

Van Abel’s of Hollandtown 8108 Cty. Rd. D, Kaukauna vanabels.com 920-766-2291

(See pg 47)

Zuppas

1540 S. Commercial St., Neenah zuppas.com 920-720-5045

(See pg 51)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES The Marq

CHAPELS/ CEREMONIES (Also see Officiants)

3177 French Rd., De Pere 2310 Lineville Rd., Green Bay the-marq.com 920-532-4811 (See Inside Back Cover)

National Railroad Museum

Backstage

117 S. Washington St., Green Bay meyertheatre.org 920-433-3338

(See pg 17)

Devotions Wedding Chapel 7019 Dickinson Rd., Greenleaf devotionsweddingchapel.com 920-445-9241

(See pg 22)

EAA Aviation Center

101 Osthoff Ave., Elkhart Lake osthoff.com 844-854-0133

(See pg 3)

Paine Art Center and Gardens

250 W. Church St., Mishicot foxhillsresort.com 800-950-7615

(See pg 32)

(See pg 61)

Stone Harbor, A Door County Resort & Conference Center

The Golf Club at Camelot W192 State Rd 67, Lomira golfcamelot.com 920-269-4949

(See pg 16)

Green Bay Botanical Garden 2600 Larsen Road, Green Bay gbbg.org/weddings 920-490-9457

(See pg 24)

1101 S. Oneida St., Appleton stonecellarriverview.com 920-997-3332

107 N. 1st Ave., Sturgeon Bay stoneharbor-resort.com 920-746-0700

(See pg 43)

1408 Dodge Street, Kewaunee thehollyhockhouse.com 920-338-3445

(See pg 43)

608 New York Ave., Sheboygan jmkac.org 920-458-6144

(See pg 62)

Landmark Resort

(See pg 21)

Trolley Square Waterfront Banquets (See pg 26)

Tryba’s Simply Country Barn (See pg 18)

Tundra Lodge Resort

865 Lombardi Ave., Green Bay tundralodge.com 920-405-8700

John Michael Kohler Arts Center

(See pg 10 & 137)

51 Sheboygan St., Fond du Lac thelmaarts.org 920-921-5410

N3504 Cty Rd E, Appleton simplycountrybarn.com 920-585-9208

The Hollyhock House and Gardens

(See pg 5)

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

619 S. Olde Oneida St., Appleton waterfrontbanquets.com 920-830-7855

Heidel House

643 Illinois Ave., Green Lake heidelhouse.com 800-444-2812

(See pg 25)

Stone Arch at Riverview Gardens

Fox Hills Resort

(See pg 18)

DANCE LESSONS Fred Astaire

(See pg 35 & 141)

La Sure’s Hall Banquets & Catering 3125 S. Washburn St., Oshkosh lasures.com 920-651-0796

(See pg 45)

The Osthoff Resort

1410 Algoma Blvd., Oshkosh thepaine.org 920-235-6903 ext 27

3000 Poberezny Rd, Oshkosh eaa.org events@eaa.org 920-426-6126

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

2285 S. Broadway, Green Bay nationalrrmuseum.org 920-437-7623

2021 N. Casaloma Dr., Appleton fredastaire.com/appleton 920-707-3111

(See pg 97)

(See pg 11)

Lodge at Leathem Smith

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

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES DECORATING & SERVICE

DRY CLEANERS/ GOWN PRESERVATION

B’loonie Gifts

Donaldson’s Cleaners

2530 N. 15th St., Sheboygan blooniegifts.com 920-457-3340

(See pg 63)

McVey Tent & Expo

2570 Cold Spring Rd., Appleton mcveytent.com 920-733-2500 or 800-924-5122

(See pg 55)

DOOR COUNTY WEDDINGS Landmark Resort

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

(See pg 35 & 141)

Lodge at Leathem Smith

(See pg 141)

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

920-725-4453 (See pg 81)

Lindeman’s Cleaning EAST GREEN BAY 1231 S. Monroe 1620 Lime Kiln WEST GREEN BAY 2087 S. Oneida 705 Cardinal Ln. (Howard) 900 George St., DePere lindemanscleaning.com 920-435-5345

(See pg 83)

Branching Out

1680 N. Casaloma Dr., Appleton branchingoutco.com 920-202-3290

(See pg 125)

House of Flowers (See pg 139)

Stone Harbor, A Door County Resort & Conference Center (See pg 10 & 139)

White Lace Inn

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

(See pg 141)

DJ’S

1920 Algoma Blvd., Oshkosh houseofflowersonline.com 920-235-3737

(See pg 125)

FORMAL WEAR Du Bois Formalwear 4661 Michaels Dr., Appleton 127 S. Broadway, Green Bay 844 S. Military, Green Bay 906 Hansen Rd., Green Bay 832 N. Eighth St., Sheboygan DuBoisFW.com

920-738-0166 920-437-9231 920-494-7458 920-965-0690 920-458-1412 (Back Cover & 151)

Nedrebo’s Formal Wear

djays

djayswi.com 800-901-1007

(See pg 93)

Matt’s DJ Service mattsdjservice.com 920-375-0809

920-882-0453

FLORISTS

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

107 N. 1st Ave., Sturgeon Bay stoneharbor-resort.com 920-746-0700

1835 E Edgewood Dr. Appleton 1166 Westowne Dr. Neenah donaldsonscleaners.com

(See Inside Front Cover)

Record Entertainment recordentertainment.com 920-924-7535 800-961-9829

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N6663 Rolling Meadows Dr., FDL savviformalwear.com 920-921-6125

(See pg 153)

HONEYMOON

(Also see Travel Agencies) Heidel House

(See pg 103)

643 Illinois Ave., Green Lake heidelhouse.com 800-444-2812

(See pg 43)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES The Osthoff Resort

Lodge at Leathem Smith

101 Osthoff Ave., Elkhart Lake osthoff.com 844-854-0133

(See pg 3)

DOOR COUNTY

7888 Church St., Egg Harbor newportresort.com 800-468-6160 (See pg 26 & 141)

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

(See pg 139)

(See pg 10 & 139)

White Lace Inn

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

(See pg 141)

1000 Cameron Way, Neenah bridgewoodresorthotel.com 920-720-8000 or 800-514-5206

(See pg 9)

BEST WESTERN PREMIER Waterfront Hotel & Convention Center (See pg 29)

(See pg 20)

Fox Hills Resort

(See pg 61)

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

(See pgs 10 & 139)

(See pg 158)

Tundra Lodge Resort

865 Lombardi Ave., Green Bay tundralodge.com 920-405-8700

(See pg 18)

INVITATIONS B’loonie Gifts

(See pg 53)

Marlene’s

Complete Wedding Accessory Shoppe 208 E. Wisconsin Ave., Appleton marlenesshoppe.com 920-734-7989 (See pg 109)

(See pg 43)

633 N. 8th St. , Sheboygan www.tracyanns.com 920-838-1858

(See pg 23)

LAKESHORE WEDDINGS

Kress Inn

(See pg 63)

B’loonie Gifts

Landmark Resort

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

(See pg 34)

Stone Harbor, A Door County Resort & Conference Center

Tracy Ann’s

Heidel House

300 Grant St., De Pere kressinn.com 800-221-5070

333 W. College Ave., Appleton radissonpapervalley.com 920-733-8000

2530 N. 15th St., Sheboygan blooniegifts.com 920-457-3340

CopperLeaf Boutique Hotel & Spa

643 Illinois Ave., Green Lake heidelhouse.com 800-444-2812

(See pg 33)

Radisson Paper Valley Hotel

Sybaris Pool Suites

BEST WESTERN PREMIER Bridgewood Resort Hotel & Conference Center

250 W. Church St., Mishicot foxhillsresort.com 800-950-7615

Radisson Hotel & Conference Center

107 N. 1st Ave., Sturgeon Bay stoneharbor-resort.com 920-746-0700

HOTELS / GUEST ROOMS

1 North Ave., Oshkosh oshkoshwaterfronthotel.com 920-230-1900

(See pg 3)

2040 Airport Dr., Green Bay radisson.com/greenbaywi 920-494-7300

Stone Harbor, A Door County Resort & Conference Center

300 W. College Ave., Appleton copperleafhotel.com 920-749-0303 or 877-303-0303

(See pg 139)

The Osthoff Resort

101 Osthoff Ave., Elkhart Lake osthoff.com 844-854-0133

Newport Resort at Main St.

107 N. 1st Ave., Sturgeon Bay stoneharbor-resort.com 920-746-0700

(See pg 141)

Newport Resort at Main St.

Landmark Resort

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

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

(See pg 35 & 141)

2530 N. 15th St., Sheboygan blooniegifts.com 920-457-3340

(See pg 63)

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Discovery Coach

1139 Pennsylvania Ave., Sheboygan discoverycoach.com 800-444-2960

Tracy Ann’s (See pg 64)

Fox Hills Resort

250 W. Church St., Mishicot foxhillsresort.com 800-950-7615

(See pg 61)

(See pg 62)

Tracy Ann’s

633 N. 8th St. , Sheboygan www.tracyanns.com 920-838-1858

Picture This

Wedding and Special Event Photography Appleton/Neenah picturethisofwi.com 920-486-6130 (See pg 89)

PHOTOBOOTHS 920 Photobooth

(See pg 63)

Tents Inc.

4634 Frontage Rd., Sheboygan tentsinc.net 920-451-9071

(See pg 63)

PHOTOGRAPHY

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

633 N. 8th St. , Sheboygan www.tracyanns.com 920-838-1858

(See pg 64)

LIMOS & CARRIAGES (See Transportation)

920photobooth.com 800-901-1007

(See pg 93)

PhotoboothNV There simply isn’t a more entertaining and unique way to capture the memories of your special day!

MUSICIANS, VOCALISTS

920-73-BOOTH

OR

262-424-2950

nlindbeck@gmail.com

WWW.PHOTOBOOTHNV.COM

Quartette Affetuoso Heather Anderson affetuoso.com 920-284-0186

(See pg 105)

PARTY & TENT RENTALS

TRANSPORTATION

Fox Cities Party Rental

3101 E Evergreen, Appleton madfoxparty.com 920-733-1166

Bucky’s Limousines (See pg 54)

McVey Tent & Expo

2570 Coldspring Rd., Appleton mcveytent.com 920-733-2500 - 800-924-5122

(See pg 55)

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(See pg 159)

4031 Humboldt Rd., Green Bay http://fp1.centurytel.net/davisterscarriages 920-468-8023 (See pg 160)

Discovery Coach (See pg 59)

Tents Inc.

4634 Frontage Rd., Sheboygan tentsinc.net 920-451-9071

1475 McDonald St., Oconto buckyslimos.com 920-373-2020

Davister’s Stables

Sweet N Easy Events

Appleton | Fond du Lac www.sweetneasyevents.com 920-470-3656

RECEPTION SITES

(See Banquet Facilities & Rehearsal Dinners)

(See pg 61)

1139 Pennsylvania Ave., Sheboygan discoverycoach.com 800-444-2960

(See pg 63)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES ELS - Escort Limousine Service

Corporate Office 920-494-3818 Sheboygan 920-918-5466 Wausau 715-432-5466 Powers, MI / UP (906) 420-5466 Showroom: 2600 S. Ashland., Green Bay escortlimo.com (See pg 156)

Heritage Limousine heritagelimousine.com 920-855-6166

(See pg 159)

Lamers Limousine Service

golamers.com 920-336-6160 or 800-236-6160

(See pg 161)

Nehring Limousine nehringlimousine.com 920-238-6570

(See pg 157)

Lamers Trolley & Coaches

golamers.com 920-496-3612 or 800-236-1240

(See pg 161)

VIDEOGRAPHY Josh Thompson Media

Serving NE Wisconsin and Beyond joshthompsonmedia.com

(See pg 95)

WEDDING COORDINATORS Sweet N Easy Events

Appleton | Fond du Lac sweetneasyevents.com 920-470-3656

(See pg 59)

Tracy Ann’s

633 N. 8th St. , Sheboygan www.tracyanns.com 920-838-1858

(See pg 63)

Prestige & Executive Limousines LTD prestigeexeclimo.com 920-779-9991

(See pg 158)

weddings • airport Service • Dining • concerts • Sporting events night on the town • no travel charge • Sedan Service available

Sheboygan

920-452-5696

Kiel

773-2270

Manitowoc

920-682-5767

www.stardustlimousine.com

TRAVEL AGENCIES Tie the Knot Travel

844 S. Military Ave, Green Bay tie-the-knot-travel.com 920-662-1920

(See pg 161)

Travel Leaders 1045 Pennsylvania Ave., Sheboygan 49 N. Main St., Fond du Lac 933 Anderson Dr., Green Bay 3000 S. Appleton Rd., Menasha 125 E. Mill St., Plymouth tldiscovery.com

920-459-2963 920-921-5040 920-592-1050 920-731-1238 920-893-0502 (See pg 161)

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THE PREMIER BRIDE PLANNER

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

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THE WEDDING TIMELINE

Shop for and order wedding gown, veil and accessories

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

2-4 MONTHS AHEAD

12 MONTHS AHEAD

Decide on the budget

9-12 MONTHS AHEAD

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

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

Arrange ceremony rehearsal and notify participants

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

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

1-2 MONTHS AHEAD

Choose attendants

Select band or DJ for reception

Book musicians for ceremony Select florist

Reserve accommodations for out-of-town guests

2-4 WEEKS AHEAD

Select caterer

Order invitations, personal stationery and thank you notes

Select and purchase guest favors Find and reserve rehearsal dinner location

1 WEEK AHEAD

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

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

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

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

Arrange for final fittings on your gown

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

Register for gifts at one to three stores

Order wedding cake

Mail invitations

Start reception seating chart and placecards

Reserve wedding day transportation

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

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

Prepare printed program for ceremony

Get engagement photo taken

6-9 MONTHS AHEAD

Buy and wrap attendants’ gifts

Select ceremony music, readings and vows and meet with officiant

Compile guest list

Select videographer

4-6 MONTHS AHEAD

Address wedding invitations

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

Reserve accommodations for wedding night Finalize guest list

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FOR HER:

DON’T FORGET...

WEDDING ATTIRE

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

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

FOR HIM:

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

HONEYMOON CHECKLIST

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

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

UPDATING YOUR NAME

WEDDING DAY EMERGENCY KIT

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

Auto Registration

Investment accounts

Stock certificates

Bank & credit card accounts

Life insurance policy

Car insurance policy

Medical/dental records

Tax agency records (state/federal)

Credit reporting agencies

Memberships

Voter registration records

Deeds/titles

Passport

Wills/trusts

Driver’s license

Post Office records

Employee records

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

Social Security records

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THE WEDDING BUDGET

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Groom’s Wedding Ring

______________

Ceremony Site Fee

______________

Officiant

______________

Marriage License

______________

Aisle Runner

______________

Candles/Candelabra

______________

Other

______________

RECEPTION

______________

Bride’s Wedding Ring

MUSIC

Engagement Ring

Reception Site Fee

______________

Food, Service, Tax & Gratuity

______________

Beverage/Bar Corkage Fee

______________

Cake/Cake Cutting Fee

______________

Rental Items

______________

Other

______________

Ceremony

______________

Reception

______________

Other

______________

Photographer’s Fee

______________

Engagement Portrait

______________

Formal Wedding Portrait

______________

Proofs

______________

Wedding Album

______________

Candids

______________

Parents’ Sets

______________

Other

______________

Wedding VHS/DVD

______________

Additional Copies

______________

Bride’s Gown

______________

Alterations

______________

Headpiece & Veil

______________

Lingerie, Hosiery & Garter

______________

Shoes

______________

Jewelry & Accessories

______________

Wrap/Jacket

______________

Hair, Makeup & Manicure

______________

Other

______________

GROOM: Groom’s Formalwear

______________

Neckwear & Cufflinks

______________

Accessories

______________

Shoes

______________

Other

______________

PHOTOGRAPHY

BRIDE:

VIDEOGRAPHY

WEDDING ATTIRE

CEREMONY

RINGS

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

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

______________

Projector Rental

______________

Other

______________

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Groom’s Boutonniere

______________

Attendants’ Boutonnieres

______________

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Best Man

______________

Groomsmen

______________

Ushers

______________

Helper Corsages/Boutonnieres ______________

Child Attendants

______________

Ceremony Flowers

______________

Bride & Groom

______________

Reception Flowers

______________

Bride’s Parents

______________

Decorations/Balloons

______________

Groom’s Parents

______________

Other

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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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