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14 Rancharrah: Luxurious, Mountain Weddings 40 Lake Tahoe 76 Virginia City
Reception Guide Fashion Real Reno Wedding Honeymoon and Destination Wedding Locations 165 Premier Bride Planner 167 Advertiser Directory
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6 New Trends in Wedding Cakes The Candies Table Table Settings Destination Weddings Budgeting Your Big Day Outside Weddings Rehearsal Dinners Make Your Day Unique Theme Weddings Customer Service Standards
Beauty Bridal Shows Cakes Catering Flowers Gowns Groom Honeymoon Invitations
Publisher SHIRLEY LOCKETT
Art Director JENNIFER ERDMAN www.jennifererdman.com
THE NORTH CAROLINA TRANSPORTATION MUSEUM www.nctrans.org
SCOTT BROWN DEBRA SADOWSKI
RACHELLE DRAGANI MICHELE A. HOLLAND
JENNIFER ERDMAN IAN MASSEY
Contributing Photographers artistgroup.net blackdogstudios.com lucyparkerphotography.com cameroningalls.com
29 Marriage License Information 92 Music 98 Photography 34 Reception 110 Registry 18 Rings 130 Transportation 126 Videography
Cover/Fashion Photography THE ARTIST GROUP artistgroup.net JIM MERRILL JMT PHOTOGRAPHY www.jmtfoto.com
Hair & Makeup:
MANDI ENGLISH KYMM MCLEAN EMILY PHILLIPS
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The Annual Reno
oin us for this extraordinary J opportunity to experience the exclusive, former enclave of casino magnate Bill Harrah. For the first time this secluded, historical estate will open it’s doors for the Reno Bridal Show.
S h o w p l a c e
Sunday, May 20, 2012
What seems a world away from civilization, this grand event will take place at the main mansion complete with vendors, fashion shows, and residence tours.
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Contact Shirley Lockett
Bridal Office 775-849-8000 | Fax: 775-849-8007 PO Box 17147 • Reno, Nevada 89511 Shirley@RenoBridalShow.com
Marcee’s BR I DAL B O UT IQUE
Extraordinary weddings begin here...
Bridal Gowns • Bridesmaid Dresses • Flower Girl Dresses • Tuxedo Rental Veils • Shoes • Jewelry • All Bridal Accessories Layaway Available • Gown Cleaning & Preservation
Reno Town Mall • 4001 South Virginia St. • Reno, NV
MoN-SAT 10AM-6PM • CLoSeD SuNDAy
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Prepare to spend a little more. Remember that just because it’s a great price doesn’t mean it’s a great dress for you. And don’t forget to bring along a pad of paper and track styles, dress names and numbers.
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6 easY sTeps to the gown of your dreams
Everyone knows they can’t try to upstage the bride on her wedding day, and that means one thing –you’ve got to make sure your dress is up for the challenge! Some ladies have dreamt of their gown since before they can remember, but for others finding the dress is a nightmare. Before you start looking here are some tips:4
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GOWNS Have a trusting team. Invite along friends or family who will be honest yet accommodating with you. If a dress is unflattering, you want them to speak up, but don’t invite someone who wants to control how you’ll look on your day – the ultimate decision is yours, and you shouldn’t feel guilty about that. Get treated right. Make sure your service is top-notch. Your dress is one of the most important and memorable parts of one of the biggest days of your life, so you should be taken care of like a queen. You need to be able to trust a consultant to take care of every aspect of you dress-buying experience. Make sure they address how they’ll deal with alterations and other practical matters. Also, be mindful they’re not slacking but are truly showing you all your options while staying within your price range. Your happiness should be their top priority. If you don’t feel comfortable, do NOT be afraid to ask for a different representative or go somewhere else. Start basic. Do some basic research like online searches, or thinking of friend and family’s dresses you loved, and try to have an idea in your head of what you want so it’s easier to narrow you search. Even then, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with your options. If you don’t know where to start, bridal magazines and on-line sites can be a great resource. The process can seem daunting. A good starting point is styles of dresses you’ve loved on yourself in the past. When you see something you like there, create a file of your favorites. Bring them along when you visit more specialized wedding boutiques and review them with the consultant. As for styles, it’s an exciting time to shop for wedding gowns. Strapless dresses still reign supreme as the top pick among brides-to-be, but the market is constantly 10 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com
expanding. Trends like bold colors, asymmetrical hemlines, whimsical trims and dramatic backs are challenging conventional designs. It`s important to remember these trends don’t always mean a dress will be too edgy or something you’ll regret in five years. Designers want a gown to be a classic piece, possibly one you’ll pass down, so often a bold look is simply a modern take on a chic design, one you’ll still smile at in pictures years from now. Here are some of the latest and greatest from the wide world of bridal fashion: COLOR. Traditional white gown will always have a place, but it’s no longer the only option. Romona Keveza has a flower-trimmed robin’s egg blue, Vera Wang embraced a soft blush for a layered gown and Oscar de la Renta showed green skirts and even a dramatic black with striking white butterfly accents. If you don’t want to transition totally away from white, try fading into color, like this Junko Yoshioka. The silky strapless gown starts in an off-white and gently swirls into an asymmetrical yellow train for a pastel spin on a timeless look. Or, go for a bold accent like this look from Anthropologie with a black bow and red shoes. A sash is another way to add color, perhaps the same color as your bridesmaids or flowers. Throw it on after the ceremony for a different reception look. Black and red are two popular colors for a bold yet classic accent. LEGS! Short dresses have always been fun for a switch into a more casual reception dress, but they’re gaining popularity down the aisle, especially for summer or outdoor weddings. They show off your legs or a great shoe, and come as light-hearted or couture as you like. Project Runway’s Carol Hannah has some flirty, affordable frocks. No one will elegantly show off your curves more than Alfred Angelo’s ‘Little White Dress’ collection, while Oscar de la Renta has whipped up a more show-stopping number with full skirts ballooning out from a simple, strapless
GOWNS top. For tee-length, princess options, try a whimsical dress from Rosa Clara. STRAPLESS’S NEW RIVAL. The one shoulder option is now second to strapless, which means the once edgy look now has classic and elegant options. A decorative bow, flower or design on the shoulder strap energizes the look, like this Jenny Packham dress. For a less dramatic design, try something like Imogen from Carolina Herrera’s 2011 bridal line, with a simple tulle cap sleeve that gently stems from an easily sloping neckline.Also popular is a folded, asymmetrical look, like Oscar de la Renta shows. (Asymmetrical hemlines are also very in!) COVER UP. Sleeves are back, but don’t worry – designers haven’t relapsed to the heavily padded shoulders and too-beaded sleeves of our mothers. Monique Lhuillier’s Addie is a perfect example of tight, sheer sleeves extending from a sleek v-neck to truly shape a slender arm on any body type. For
an updated Grace Kelly look, intricate lace sleeves that don’t remind you of doilies are beautiful from designers like Kelima. Cap sleeves are also popular, especially a thin or lacy detachable type for a different look between ceremony and reception. Also popular is a lace overlay to the neckline, an elegant way to show just enough skin. Claire Pettibone has lots to offer with both designs. TRIMS. Trims as accents are becoming the perfect way to make a simple gown dazzle. Melissa Sweet, ReemAcra, RomonaKeveza and Anthropologie scattered ruffles, tiny butterflies or even feathers down the dress to add personality to a classic design. BACK IS THE NEW BLACK. After all, it’s a long way down the aisle, and throughout the ceremony and first dance that’s what your guests will see. Silky, knotted backs the Eslava or Enfasis from Rosa Clara eliven the gown and let a strong, beautiful back poke through.
Gowns Selecting a goWn: B
ask the right questions Your wedding day attire will be the most memorable outfit you’ll ever own. Consider all your options – a designer gown from a full service bridal salon, a family heirloom needing some redesign, or a custom designed gown to reflect your personality?
• Which designers do you carry? • Do you have the dress that I want on hand? • Do you offer accessories and shoes as well? Can you dye the shoes? • Do you offer pressing, alterations or bridal slips? • Can you guarantee a delivery date for my dress? • When can you offer fittings for my bridal party? Can measurements be handled over the phone? • Can you make last-minute alterations? • How far in advance must I order my gown? • What is your cancellation policy? • Is a deposit required? If so, when and how much? www.premierbride.com PREMIER BRIDE • 11
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RENO’S RANCHARRAH OFFERS LUXURIOUS, MOUNTAIN WEDDING LOCATION IN EXCLUSIVE, HISTORY-FILLED ESTATE Estate offers mansions, lake, golf course and horse stables on 140 private acres BY LARRY WILLIAMS
The 27,000-square-foot mansion and grounds have hosted the Kennedys, Rockefellers and Dwight D. Eisenhower. The private lake, golf course and world-class equestrian center sit in cottonwood-draped splendor in the shadow of the high peaks of the Sierra Nevada. And now this exclusive, former enclave of casino magnate Bill Harrah is opening its doors for private wedding parties and couples seeking to exchange vows in a secluded, historic estate that seems a world away from civilization, but sits minutes from an international airport, world-class gaming, fine dining and the shores of Lake Tahoe. Today, Rancharrah offers wedding parties what it has offered celebrity visitors and wealthy business tycoons throughout its history — privacy, luxury and tranquility. Set on over 140 acres of open land in South Reno,
the property retains the old-world charm of its industrial age heyday, but has been updated to the taste of discriminating guests with a detailed, period-specific remodel of the interior of the mansion and a new garden area, ampitheater and kitchen facilities. Three historic homes sit on the property: the Crummer House, the Cottage House and the Harrah House. The Crummer House, named after an early business partner of “Duke of Nevada” Norman Blitz, is a 6-bedroom, 5,000-square-foot home built in the mid 1930s that has been recently restored. It was once the home of Murial McCormick, a descendent of mechanical reaper inventor Cyrus McCormick who was related by marriage to the Rockefeller family. The Cottage House is a three-bedroom home that, like the Crummer House, will serve as a Bed and Breakfast-style lodge.
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Both homes can be rented out separately, or in conjunction with the main Harrah House and events center. And both are private, surrounded by large trees and their own garden. The Harrah House is the main mansion and its green-gabled roofs, copper turrets and 27,000-square feet of white-walled Kentucky horse estate stylings dominate the view from the 3-hole golf course and private lake. This five-bedroom home has grand sitting rooms, libraries, piano rooms and spiral staircases that empty out into a newly built garden and events area off the back deck. Rebuilt by John Harrah using the original floor plan of the legendary Rancharrah mansion, the Harrah House retains the spirit of old-world hospitality and grandeur that made the original home host to celebrities and dignitaries. The result of the recent Rancharrah renovation is a turn-key wedding experience. Eighteen rooms of lodging in three homes on the estate ensure that the wedding party and family can stay on-site during the event. Ample kitchen staff can deliver gourmet meals cooked to perfection in the estate’s facilities. The private lake, golf course, mansion and Sierra Nevada mountain backdrop offer the picture perfect setting for exchanging
vows. And activities such as private horseback riding and golf abound on the property for the wedding party or family members. For the ceremony, the main Rancharrah mansion’s recently re-designed garden and events area can seat up to 700 people. Smaller and more intimate garden settings are also available. The indoor capacity of the main mansion is 125 people. Recently listed on the market for $75 million, Rancharrah continues in the Harrah legacy, as owner John Harrah, son of casino icon Bill Harrah, updated the property for a new future as the site of events, weddings and highquality equestrian activities. “I grew up at Rancharrah, and know firsthand the magic of the open pastures, historic buildings and Cottonwood-draped lanes that look out onto the high peaks of the Sierra Nevada,” said John Harrah, owner of Rancharrah. “I am pleased to share this special place that is a piece of my family’s history and the history of the West.” Rancharrah is located off of Kietzke Ln. in South Reno. It is only minutes from Reno International Airport and downtown Reno, and a half hour drive from Lake Tahoe. For more information on booking Rancharrah for an estate wedding visit www.rancharrah.com.
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RANCHARRAH’S HISTORY-FILLED ESTATE has hosted celebrities from Sinatra to the Rockefellers
In many ways the history of Rancharrah is the history of modern Nevada — built by two of the Silver State’s towering historic figures, Bill Harrah and Norman Biltz, and steeped in the glitz and glamour of a gaming boom that still defines the state to this day. Since its founding in the 1940s by Biltz, a real estate tycoon known as the “Duke of Nevada,” Rancharrah has hosted Kennedys, Rockefellers and President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Biltz’s wife, Esther Auchincloss Biltz, was Jacqueline Kennedy’s aunt, and brought with her deep political connections. When Bill Harrah bought the ranch in 1957, the gaming magnate began inviting some of the world’s most famous entertainers to the ranch. Frank Sinatra regularly visited. Sammy Davis Jr. was fond of dancing on the coffee table, and the guest list extended on — Bill Cosby, Liza Minelli. 16 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com
Red Skelton, Waylon Jennings, Wayne Newton and Paul Anka. More recently, Rancharrah has gained notoriety not for its list of celebrity guests, but for its new incarnation under John Harrah, son of Bill Harrah, as a world-class breeding and training ground for champion cutting horses. Rancharrah’s 27,000-square-foot main mansion was built by John Harrah, but many of the historic Victorian homes originally built by Biltz seven decades ago still stand on the property. The Crummer House was owned by Murial Hubbard McCormick, the descendent of both the Cyrus McCormick family (inventor of the mechanical reaper) and the Rockefellers. Together with the towering cottonwoods, they are a reminder of the rich history of Rancharrah — a legendary estate founded by Nevada royalty and a former haven for a star-studded cast of post-war celebrities.
• Estate size- 147 acres • Lodging rooms available – 18 • Outdoor seating capacity- 700 • Indoor capacity- 125 • Standing room capacity in events area- 1,500 • Full amphitheater
THE HOMES The Harrah House • 27,000 square feet • 5 bedrooms • Indoor capacity of 125 • Outdoor events center with capacity of 700 seated/1,500 standing The Crummer House • 6 bedrooms • 5,000 square feet • Built in 1930s/recently restored • Private garden • Operated as Bed and Breakfast The Cottage House • 3 bedrooms • Private garden • Operated as Bed and Breakfast
• Travel time to Reno-Tahoe International Airport - 9 minutes • Travel time to downtown Reno - 12 minutes • Travel time to Lake Tahoe - 30 minutes
THE EQUESTRIAN FACILITIES
• Number of barns: 3 • Horse stalls on property: 85 • Number of covered arenas: 2 • Fully automated exercise facility • Amount of pasture: over 50 acres • Full equipped veterinary room
• 3-hole golf course • Private lake • Full kitchen staff and facilities/off-site catering service • Gated entry with gatehouse and attendant For more information on Rancharrah as a host site for events, weddings, equestrian activites and horse boarding, visit www.rancharrah.com
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Is your ring insured?
As soon as bring your engagement ring home, make sure that your insurance policy is updated to offer adequate protection in the event of a loss or theft.
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The CIRCLe oF LoVe: understanding the basics
It’s amazing, the power of a piece of jewelry to convey so much meaning… Engagement rings and wedding bands represent the never-ending love you have for each other, and let the whole world know you are married! Besides the exquisite beauty of wedding rings, there is a lot to know about metals, diamonds, and the care involved. This “Ring Primer” will help you understand all the basics.4
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RINGS KNOW YOUR METALS Gold Gold is classic, beautiful and popular. Pure gold is too soft for practical use, so it’s mixed with other metals for jewelry. 14-karat gold retains its brilliant gold color, but is durable enough for daily wear, and can be polished easily. White gold White gold is made by mixing pure gold with other white metals such as silver, palladium or zinc. It does have a slightly yellow tint, unless it’s coated with a very white metal called rhodium. This provides a very white metal look, but it’s likely that it will need to be re-coated every one to two years as the rhodium wears away. Platinum Extremely popular in the last decade or so, platinum is a very white, heavy (which many people like that substantial feel), and durable metal. It’s a gorgeous, long-lasting compliment to diamonds! Popular demand for this metal has driven the price up quite a bit, and maintenance is more complicated than gold. Palladium A “sister” metal to platinum, palladium is a naturally white metal (whiter than white gold), and like platinum, it is strong, non-tarnishing and hypoallergenic. It’s also less expensive than platinum, making it a good metal to consider if you like the white metal look. Titanium and tungsten carbide Usually used for men’s wedding bands, both of these metals are extremely durable, 100% hypoallergenic and relatively inexpensive. Titanium can be oxidized to create some brilliant accent colors such as bright blue, purple and so on, creating a very unique and interesting look. Tungsten carbide is twice as 20 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com
hard as steel and almost impossible to scratch, making is a great metal for very active men. These metals cannot be resized once the ring is made, so order the size carefully. KNOW YOUR DIAMOND When shopping for a diamond, you will quickly be introduced to the “Four Cs” – cut, color, clarity and carat. All four features can make a dramatic impact on the quality, and therefore price, of a diamond. Cut Cut really refers to the proportions of a diamond and it’s facets, as opposed to its shape, which includes round (brilliant), oval, pear, marquise, emerald, square (princess or radiant), heart and triangle. Regardless of its shape, a diamond gets its brilliancy from the cutting, and maximizing the reflection of light. When a stone is cut too shallow or too deep, the light that enters through the top is allowed to escape through the diamond’s bottom and minimizes its brilliance. Color The best color is no color at all (when desiring a white diamond), because it reflects the most light. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) ranks diamonds on a standard 23-grade scale from D through Z. D, the highest rating, indicates a perfectly colorless stone, while Z, the lowest rating, indicates a light yellow stone. Clarity Clarity is defined by the number, color, nature, size and position of natural marks, called inclusions, contained in the gem. Inclusions occur naturally during the process of crystallization, when minute traces of minerals are trapped in the diamond. Excellent clarity means light can pass unimpeded through the stone and increases its value. The GIA judges clarity based on a standard 11-point scale from
RINGS Flawless through Imperfect 3 (see the clarity scale at the end of this article.) Carat Diamonds are weighed in carats, which may also be expressed as “points,” where one carat equals 100 points. A diamond of 50 points, for example, equals ½ carat. Diamonds of more than one carat are extremely rare (one in a thousand), and therefore very valuable. But remember that carat weight is only one factor in determining value. Two diamonds of the same size can vary considerably in value depending on the other three factors – cut, color and clarity. APPRAISE IT Once rings have been selected and purchased, request an appraisal. This is a written estimate of the value of your jewelry, and should include specific indications of the four Cs. Immediately after purchase, photograph your jewelry for insurance purposes, and make sure your current policy has adequate coverage. If it doesn’t, consult your insurance agent about amending your policy. TAKE GOOD CARE Although diamonds are the hardest natural substance known to man, a hard blow could still chip one, so don’t wear your ring when doing rough work. You should also avoid direct contact with chlorine bleach and chlorinated pool water, which could pit and discolor the mounting. To clean your jewelry, regularly soak them for about 30 minutes in either a commercial jewelry cleaner, or a homemade solution comprised of equal parts cold water and ammonia, or a mixture of warm water and mild detergent. Brush the stones gently with an eyebrow brush or soft toothbrush, then rinse thoroughly under warm water and pat dry with a lint-free cloth. Have you rings checked annually by your jeweler for loose prongs or settings. This is
especially important if you have only four prongs, because just one broken prong will cause you to lose your stone. These precautions and gentle care will pay you back with years of enjoyment and pride in this precious symbol of your union. DIAMOND CLARITY SCALE • FL & IF: Flawless and internally flawless (inclusions not visible under 10x magnification) • VVS1 & VVS2: Very, very slight inclusions (extremely difficult to see under 10x) • VS1 & VS2: Very slight inclusions (difficult to see under 10x) • SI1 & SI2: Small inclusions (noticeable under 10x) • I1, I2 & I3: Imperfect (flaws visible to the unaided eye)
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GREEN WEDDINGS considering a “GREEN” diamond?
The concerns surrounding naturally mined diamonds - mainly conflict diamonds and the environmental impact - are becoming more and more a part of our mainstream consciousness, and more publicized - thankfully! As consumers, we are fortunately becoming more educated on these issues, as well as positive alternatives.
alternative at a fraction of the cost. Diamond simulants are created under tremendous heat and pressure in a process very similar to how actual diamonds are formed in nature just much quicker, and from more elements than simply pure carbon. “The result is a flawless, man-made crystalline substance
THE ISSUES Conflict diamonds are mined by military factions using slave labor under miserable conditions, often to help fund wars, typically in war-torn, Third World countries. In addition to this concern, the environmental impacts of diamond mining are hugely negative, producing great amounts of toxic air and water pollution, and leaving raw, gaping, giant holes in the earth where nothing can grow or live - a dead area that can never be restored. THE ALTERNATIVES Not all diamonds are conflict diamonds, and there are mines that use progressive, eco-friendly mining techniques that protect land, water and wildlife. With a little research and discussion with your local jewelers, you can find these socially just and eco-friendly natural diamonds. Another option is to reuse, reclaim, recycle! Buy a diamond ring that already exists or consider a family heirloom, or transfer an existing stone into your own setting. Finally, your third option is to consider simulated diamonds. While methods have been developed to create pure carbon diamonds in laboratory settings (synthetic diamonds), the cost to the consumer is still a deterring factor. So diamond simulants, which often have a more complex chemical make up, still possess many of the same characteristics as diamonds, and are a great
with physical and optical properties that almost exactly match natural diamonds,” explained a simulants expert at Diamond Nexus Labs, Stephen McNelly. “In most cases, scientific testing is needed to tell the difference, although some jewelers are able to distinguish diamond simulants from mined diamonds on the basis that all mined diamonds contain some flaws, whereas diamond simulants do not. In essence, no natural diamond could possibly be so perfect.” The bottom line is, beauty and value are in the eyes of the beholder. The ring that graces your finger for the rest of your life as an expression of your love and commitment should be beautiful, brilliant and durable. And as it turns out, there are many ways to get just that. Good news for all of us!
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Cake Flavor Tip If you decide on a basic tiered cake, use different flavors/fillings for each layer to appeal to more tastes.
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YoUR WeddInG CaKe: a sweet ending to a special day
It’s the sweetest wedding task of them all – deciding on dessert for your big day. Tradition calls for a tiered cake with your plastic (un)likeness smacked on top, but brides and bakers are breaking cake molds to create funky and fresh options that add the icing to your wedding. Take in all the options, work with a pro to make it custom and whatever you do, don’t miss out on any tasting!4
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CAKES Think about the rest of your wedding. Your dessert should match your day, so take everything into account. If you have a paisley themed wedding at an indoor reception venue, a large tiered cake with paisley fondant would make a beautiful room centerpiece. If your day is going to be more princess pink, maybe you’ve considered a cupcake castle tower. You get the idea. Wedding cakes and desserts are one of the latest wedding designs to start challenging convention, so bakeries are always looking to keep up with the latest trends and really customize your dessert. So, if you have a sweet idea, find someone who can work with it. Book Early! Demand for customized and intricate wedding desserts mean bakeries fill up quick for wedding weekends. It’s safe to have something booked six months in advance, especially if you’re getting married during high season. But don’t worry – this doesn’t mean you have to know exactly what you want so far ahead of time. First, shop around in general for bakeries, and when you find one you think can satisfy your needs for taste, quantity, efficiency and personality, book a date. Then, you can really work with a pro to determine exactly what it is you want. So…how do I find the bakery? Trusting your gut is always sound advice, especially so when it comes to a food decision! Any dessert should be delicious, so your tasting is important. Make sure you sample all they have to offer that interests you. But since this isn’t an ordinary dessert you’re ordering, make sure you’re comfortable with the efficiency and professionalism of the bakery as well. They should return your calls and e-mails on time, be flexible with you and your needs, be willing to customize your dessert, be familiar with your reception venue and guarantee an on-time dessert, including of course set-up, delivery, and clean-up if necessary. You don’t want to be worrying 26 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com
about if your cake is going to show up on your big day. As with every wedding decision you make, don’t be afraid to switch bakeries or make demands if you don’t feel comfortable with the service you’re receiving. And the cost… Cakes are typically priced by the slice, which is generally anywhere from $1.50 to $6.50 per slice, depending on the style, ingredients, size and decorating. Your reception site or caterer may also charge a plating fee as well, often $.50 to $1.50 per person, to cut and serve the cake. Ask about this, and if there is a plating charge see if it’s negotiable. Cutting the Cake. Most likely your baker will provide tips for you and your new spouse to accomplish the timehonored task of cutting the cake with ease. Plan ahead to have your cake knife and lifter engraved or decorated with ribbons or fresh flowers. Traditionally, the bride grasps the knife with her right hand and the groom covers her hand with his. Together, the couple glides the knife into the delicious masterpiece while flashbulbs pop. 1 Year Later. Some bakeries offer ‘anniversary cakes’ as part of their bridal packages. Instead of having to freeze the top layer of your wedding cake (which doesn’t always freeze well, or taste that great a year later), the bakery will make you a fresh cake, often in the same style and flavor as your wedding cake, for your one-year anniversary. CAKE ALTERNATIVES Centerpiece cakes. Pull double duty and use a beautiful wedding cake as the centerpiece for each of your tables. Some ambitious newlyweds stop at each table to cut and serve their guests the cake, which is a beautiful idea, but depending on the timetable and the number of tables this won’t work for everyone.
CAKES Cupcake Tower. Individual cupcakes are fun, the perfect serving size and allow for all kinds of decorating freedom you might not have with a traditional cake. Cupcake arrangements could be anything from a tower that resembles a traditional tiered cake to something more inventive such as mismatched layers of different colored cupcakes over decorated shelves. Make-Your-Own-Sundae! Who doesn’t love an ice cream sundae? Think of every topping you can, and then some, then let your guests run wild. Perfect for an outdoor summer wedding or one with lots of children, your guests will be craving this at every wedding they attend after yours. The make-your-own theme can also be popular with the cupcakes, if you provide a few types of frostings and toppings.
Candies Table. The newest trend in wedding desserts, an array of colorful candies is sure to make eyes pop and sweet teeth scream. Arrange glass containers such as antique jars, fishbowls or giant martini glasses of gummies, chocolates, licorice, jelly beans, mints, toffees and more over an expansive table. Then, give guests a little (or huge!) plate or plastic bag and let them be a kid in a candy shop again. Pick treats that match your colors (often wrappers and candy colors can be custom ordered if they don’t match yours) or just let a rainbow of sweets entice the room. Late Night Coffee. This works best for small, upscale weddings with mostly adults as guests. Bring in a barista to whip up comforting lattes, cappuccinos and espressos to go with some rich coffee pastries such as biscotti or tiramisu.
Cakes Selecting a cake:
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6 NEW TRENDS in wedding cakes
Some new trends in wedding cake design make the pastry seem like it’s trying to steal the show! These trends from the cakebaking world will demand a page in your photo album dedicated to dessert: 1. Black, White & Pop! Cakes decorated in black and white have become popular in recent years for their striking appearance atop the dessert table. White frosting with delicate black flower outlines or white with bold black stripes are two especially popular designs. But why stop at the black and white? Add some pop to the cake with one bold accent color, such as red roses or bows the color of the bridesmaid dresses. The cake will have the elegance of black and white plus a touch of fun flair. 2. Personalized Raised initials in the frosting or even poetry written across the layers of the cake can be a classy personal touch to the dessert. You can even ask the baker if you can bring in a sample of your handwriting to follow in order to create the lettering; that way the couple can truly feel like they contributed to the cake without having to clean up the kitchen! 3. Creative Accents Fresh flowers on top of your pastry creation will never lose their charm, but there are plenty of other options to liven the decoration. Bows, ribbons, edible pearls, jewels, fresh or sugared fruit are all simple ways to accent a plain base. Holiday wedding cakes are especially beautiful with festive accents mistletoe or sparkly sugared snowflakes both tie in the holiday spirit and create a beautiful dessert. 28 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com
4. Metallic Accents If you think fresh oranges or a big red bow might be too bold of an accent for your wedding décor, consider using simple metallic lines or dots to make a sophisticated statement on your cake. Brassy accents are best for more formal, night receptions, and look especially elegant when simply lined with pearls. 5. Eat it All! Don’t worry about having to clean out space in your freezer for a year to preserve some of your cake for the traditional first anniversary dessert. Most bakeries, possibly for a small charge, promise the couple another tasty “anniversary” cake one year after they’re married. You’ll be able to enjoy the same taste you devoured on your wedding without having to defrost it for two days ahead of time, or worrying about nasty freezer burn! 6. Centerpiece Cakes With so many ways to make your cakegreat, how is a couple to decide on just one? With centerpiece or mini cakes, there’s no need to! Instead of one large cake, many couples opt for a smaller cake designed as a centerpiece at each table and intended just to serve the number of guests seated there. You can encourage guests to mingle by offering different flavors and designs at the different tables, or use this as your chance to get around to everyone by insisting on cutting the first slice in each cake. What’s more, this cuts down on your wedding budget since smaller cakes are often less expensive than a large one, and you won’t need to buy other decorations for a centerpiece!
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THE CANDIES TABLE
a new and different twist to satisfy every guest’s sweet tooth 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? A candy table is the latest trend
An indoor, more upscale formal event could call for candies such as toffees, exquisite varieties of chocolate bars, biscotti cookies, decorative chocolatecovered pretzels and strawberries, macaroons, pastry puffs and sugar or yogurt coated nuts and raisins.
in wedding desserts, and it’s not difficult to figure out why. It can be as casual or upscale as you like, it’s the perfect accent to any reception venue, it’s fun and personal, and most importantly it will leave your guests enchanted and sweetly sated. Here’s how to make your candy buffet the talk of the town.
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. 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.
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.
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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NEW TREND: The Candies Table
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Set the mood.
For a sensuous pause before a highenergy party, have a small jazz quartet set the tone with a wine and micro-beer tasting, served with cheese selections.
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What you need to know before booking your reception site
You’ve been pronounced “husband and wife,” so now it’s time to kick off those heels and celebrate! This is a time for you and your brand new husband to relax, mingle, dance, chat and thoroughly enjoy the company of your friends and loved ones. While finding the ideal reception location is one of the biggest and most important wedding-related tasks, have no fear... we’re here to help. Below are three simple steps to finding the right reception site for your perfect day.4
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RECEPTION Step 1: What to do first The biggest question regarding the reception is “where?” Before you can work on this question, however, you’ll need to know a couple of things: what style of wedding do you envision, and how big? Obviously, a casual, relaxed summer afternoon reception would require a completely different reception site than a formal, elegant winter evening reception – so clarify the type of wedding (and the time of year) you both desire first. Once that’s been established, determine the rough guest list, including all interested parties: you and your groom, and each set of parents. Of course, you’ll also need to consider your budget as well, as this will have great influence on the number of guests you can afford to have. Once you’ve made these critical decisions, it’s time to start looking for the ideal reception site. As with anything, the more time you have, the better – some choice reception sites get booked one to two years in advance, particularly for prime dates. Step 2: Start the search Local bridal publications, the Internet, wedding shows, married friends and the yellow pages are all good sources of potential reception sites. If you have no idea where to hold your reception, try hotels, banquet halls, restaurants, community centers and country clubs. Other less obvious options are country inns, historic homes or mansions, city parks, college or university facilities, art galleries, museums and boats. Each location offers its own unique style and ambiance. There are two basic types of reception facilities: on-site and off-site. Most on-site locations provide the majority of services you will need for your reception: catering, beverages, tables, chairs, tableware, linens and serving staff, making this a very convenient option. The facilities normally 36 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com
charge on a per person basis, and have a minimum guest requirement. Such locations include hotels, private clubs and restaurants. Off-site locations offer the use of the facility only, providing no other services. You supply nearly everything yourself, paying a flat fee for the use of the site. The nice thing about off-site locations is the freedom to do everything your own way, and more choices – although this can also mean more work! Narrow down your search by focusing on those sites that seem to best meet your needs, depending on your style, season and estimated guest count. Once you’ve selected some possibilities, it’s time to go on a road trip with your fiancé, maid of honor and/or Mom and check out the sites in person. Step 3: Evaluating reception sites Now the real work begins. Every site offers advantages and disadvantages, and your job is to sift through all of the features of each site, to find the best one for your wedding – all while keeping your budget in mind. Here are some factors to consider: Location. The reception site should be no more than a 30-minute drive away from the ceremony location. A longer drive than that is really asking too much of your guests! If the location is difficult to find, or will offer special challenges to get there (say, located near a football stadium that has a home game on your wedding day) you should consider providing transportation for your guests from the ceremony site, and back to their cars after the reception. Size and layout. Will everything happen in one big room, or in separate rooms for the cocktail hour, dinner, dancing? Will it comfortably hold the number of tables you’ll need, and will everyone dine in the same room? Is there room for a band or DJ, and for cocktail hour musicians, if you’re having them?
RECEPTION Privacy. If your venue does multiple events, find out if there are other bookings on the same day or time as yours. If so, ensure that there will be adequate privacy and separation for your celebration. There should also be ample time in between events to allow your caterer or other service people to set up or break down your party. Parking. Make sure there is convenient, well-lighted, ample parking for your guests, and if not, find out if valet service is available. Technical details. Whether you intend to have a DJ or a band, inquire about possible restrictions regarding the type, volume or duration of music. Be sure to confirm that there is an adequate power supply for speakers, mixers and amplifiers, or good acoustics for string and wind instruments. Some sites have built-in public-address systems which can be used for introductions
and toasts. If your site of choice doesn’t offer this equipment, make sure your DJ or musicians can provide it. Room décor. Most sites offer a neutral background to work with, but make sure the flooring, wall coverings and colors will work with the style and season of your wedding. Services offered. Be clear, with each site visited, exactly what is and is not included. From catering and wait staff, to candles and chairs… get those details up front. A note about outdoor receptions If you’re planning an outdoor reception, it’s critical to have a back-up plan in case of inclement weather. Planning for an outdoor reception is usually much more work overall, because you have to provide for everything from the salad forks to the tents to the chairs, and you may need to change plans at the last minute due to
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RECEPTION the weather! For these reasons, it’s highly recommended that you use an experienced wedding coordinator if you want an outdoor reception – this will ease your workload, and your stress, immensely.
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LAKE TAHOE BY LARRY WILLIAMS
Early settlers called it “Big Sky Lake”… locals have nicknamed it “God’s Country”…and visitors continue to refer to it as their “favorite destination retreat”. There are few places that can boast the degree of splendor, romance, recreation and scenic beauty at virtually every turn, as this unforgettable mountain paradise. For decades, wedding couples have embraced this “Jewel of the Sierra” as the perfect place to begin their journey in life together. With the shimmering clarity of its turquoise blue waters and the breathtaking backdrop of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, it’s no wonder Mark Twain described Lake Tahoe as “the fairest picture the whole earth affords!”4 Photo courtesy Lee Foster
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A YEAR-ROUND PLAYGROUND Couples planning a destination wedding in Lake Tahoe will find great satisfaction in knowing their celebration will be complimented by a wide variety of recreational activities that will be inviting to every guest in attendance. Because of the exceptionally fair climate enjoyed throughout the majority of the year, outdoor activities are plentiful throughout the entire Tahoe region. Visitors will enjoy hiking, biking, boating, swimming, rafting, parasailing, hot air ballooning, canoeing, fishing, horseback riding and a number of unique activities guaranteed to maximize the mountain lake experience. There are more than a dozen world-class golf courses located in and around the Reno/Lake Tahoe area. Each offers challenging and impressive custom designed courses that will satisfy the most discriminating golfer. While on-the-water activities are enjoyed by many in the summer, it’s the winter snow
activities that have made Lake Tahoe one of the most famous resorts in the world. Ski enthusiasts will enjoy great variety from the numerous ski resorts located around the perimeter of the lakeshore that offer everything from downhill and cross country skiing to snowboarding, snowmobiling and an assortment of winter activities. Photo courtesy John Lloyd
Lake Tahoe first came to prominence during the 1860’s when the silver rush, known as the Comstock Lode, saw great numbers of treasure seekers migrating to Nevada hoping to experience a similar windfall as the recent California Gold Rush. A century later, the world would come to know Lake Tahoe (and Squaw Valley) as the site of the 1960 Winter Olympics. Perched partly in Nevada and partly in California, Lake Tahoe is nestled in the scenic Sierra Nevada Mountains and is surrounded by 72 miles of shoreline…making it the eighth largest lake in the world and third largest in the United States. The Tahoe region enjoys an average snowfall of 152 inches per year (generally between December and March). It’s not uncommon to enjoy snow capped mountains just about any time of the year from any of the numerous mountain peaks that majestically rise more than 4000 feet above lake level.
YOUR ROMANTIC WEDDING GETAWAY AWAITS From an intimate beachfront ceremony to a lavish celebration that incorporates the finest in dining, entertainment and ambiance… there are as many options to consider as there are stars in the nighttime sky. While traditional celebrations abound, there are many couples who opt for an experience that is custom designed to suit their specific and often eclectic tastes. The result will be an event that brings family and friends together in the most beautiful setting imaginable. As the sun sets upon your wedding day, you will enjoy a tranquil feeling of peace as you ponder the many second honeymoon possibilities for your return trip to this one-of-a-kind mountain paradise.
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Romantic wedding ceremonies Beautiful Ceremony Location • Seating for up to 200 Guests Packages Available • Midweek Prices • Available Late May to Early October Lake Tahoe’s beaches are among the most popular locations today for romantic wedding ceremonies! Our historic location offers breathtaking views of majestic mountains, spectacular sunsets and the peaceful water sounds of Lake Tahoe. Early Morning or Sunset ceremonies, it’s easy to see why Lake Tahoe Beach Weddings are so popular!
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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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Elegant and cozy candle lit ambience with high vaulted ceilings & Italian slated floors. With room to dance and a bar to mingle you will have an unforgettable day! Visit www.blueangelcafeweddings.com for photos. Our room rental for 4 hours with tables, chairs, chinaware, silverware & glassware is $299. Packages to fit every budget. Complimentary function space with 7,500 sq.ft. ballroom that can be customized for 40 to 350 guests. Call or see premierbride.com for details.
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Located in the beautiful Washoe Valley with incredible view of Slide Mountain and valley from nearly anywhere in clubhouse. Friendly and hard working staff. Exemplary customer service. Wrapped with spectacular views of Lake Tahoe and the High Sierra, it’s the perfect spot to say (or renew) wedding vows, surrounded by the majesty and splendor of the pristine Sierra wilderness. Accommodation for up to 14 guests within its historic yet luxurious log cabin. Historic 1854 inn on the Middle Fork of the Feather River. Exclusive use of 220 acre property, bed and breakfast and romantic cabins.
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BUDGETING YOUR BIG DAY Deciding what’s important
Here are some tips to being financially smarter and keeping the sparkle in your wedding in a budget-savvy way: FIRST, MAKE YOUR OWN BUDGET Sit down and ask yourselves: How much do we have in savings right now that we can use on the wedding? Then calculate how much you can save between now and then. Next, add on what your parents are willing to contribute, if anything. Finally, ask yourself if you are willing to go into debt to pay for some of the wedding. Think carefully about the last one – are you willing to sacrifice parts of your future (putting a down payment on a home, having children right away) for a lavish wedding? The total here is your overall wedding budget. Know it, and stick to it! THEN DECIDE WHAT’S MOST IMPORTANT Once you’ve added those components together, ask yourself what matters most at your wedding. Do your research and decide exactly how much those will be, and then find out if your remaining money will be enough to cover the rest of your expenses. If not, there are quite a few easy ways to trim some costly endeavors: Do it yourself. Advanced computer and photo programs make it relatively easy and inexpensive to design some of the printed material you’ll need for your wedding. Craft your own centerpieces, enlisting the help of a friend or sister to do everyone’s hair and makeup or make your own jewelry. Don’t be afraid to ask around for friends and family who might be willing to help. Transport your funds somewhere else. The drive to your reception would be just as 46 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com
memorable in your own decorated car with the best man serving as driver. It’s Friday, you’re in love. Fridays and Sundays are still weekends, which is convenient for guests from out of town, but generally less costly than the popular Saturday. Also, try to avoid holiday weekends or the most popular times of the year, such as Summer and early Fall. Guest List reductions. If you still have a large amount of people you don’t want to say no to, consider hosting an informal, less expensive get-together later to spend time with the people you couldn’t invite. Bargain shop! A wedding gown can be a huge portion of the budget, and it’s something you probably don’t want to settle for. Look for sample sales, special promotions and more simple, yet elegant, gowns. You could also look into sources such as eBay, Amazon and Craigslist for beautiful discounted gowns. Also consider renting your gown instead of buying it. Save on Booze. It’s poor etiquette to make your guests pay for ANY drink, but it’s perfectly appropriate to keep the options limited to beer, wine and soda, with mixed drinks available for cash purchase. Also depending on your reception site and/or caterer, ask if you can provide the liquor and beverages for the open bar, and look into buying your own beverages at a discount liquor store or wholesale club. The most important thing to remember when trying to budget your wedding is that it is one day. It is the beginning of a future together and you don’t want money problems to be the way you start married life. Keep in mind that all your guests might not have their wedding favors in 50 years, but if you still have your love for one another, your wedding was a success.
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Genoa Lakes Golf Club & Resort Nestled beneath the grandeur of the Sierra Nevada mountains, in the shadow of Jobs Peak, you will discover the ultimate wedding location…Genoa Lakes Golf Club and Resort. Our two spectacular Resorts boast clubhouses with breathtaking 360-degree views and a warm and inviting European-style atmosphere. Massive wooden beams, tapestries and chandeliers create elegance second to none. Lush gardens and breathtaking waterfalls provide the background for magical photos to cherish forever. Whether sharing your special day with 20 people or 250, we offer numerous event venues with endless possibilities. From intimate fireside gatherings to lavish affairs, our attentive staff will customize your event to your style and taste. Let Genoa Lakes help you create a wedding day that will surpass all your dreams leaving you and your guests with memories to last a lifetime.
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Fresh air weddings: ideas that capture your personality Blue skies, a gentle breeze, birds chirping, the setting sun… an outdoor wedding reception is a beautiful way to embrace the season! After all, no one is a better decorator than Mother Nature. Take her cues and include fresh, bright colors and lavish, luxurious décor, sprinkled with unique one-of-a-kind pieces. Like nature, think texture, layers and depth. And always, always have a back-up plan. As we know all too well, Mother Nature is unpredictable!
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7 steps to the perfect wedding cuisine
Perhaps the only part of a wedding thatâ€™s gotten a bad rap throughout the years is the meal. Guests usually expect a dry chicken breast and some sticky rice pilaf, so spicing up the dinner and giving it a personal spin is the perfect way to make your wedding memorable and give your guests some fuel to dance the night away.4
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CATERING Step 1: Start the search. Your search begins once you have selected your reception site. Some locations require that you use their in-house caterer or banquet department, which makes your choice fairly simple. These locations include hotels, country clubs and some of the more unusual facilities such as museums, boats or historical homes. You may also be asked to select an independent caterer from a preapproved list. If you are in a position to select your own caterer, try to narrow down your list to no more than three; otherwise, you will be tasting food for a month. When you call each caterer, have as much information ready as possible such as your wedding date, time of day, approximate number of guests and the degree of formality and style. If you have any general menu ideas or preferences, let the caterer know so they can be better prepared for your initial meeting. If possible, have them send you some sample wedding menus and references to review beforehand. Step 2: Determine your service style. At the initial meeting, caterers will want to discuss your tastes and budget in detail. Your choices will most likely include the following options: a sit-down meal, a buffet, passed hors d’oeuvres or food stations. Your caterer will be able to describe all of these options and their appropriateness for the time of day, number of guests and style. Step 3: Schedule a tasting. When you finally narrow down your service style, most caterers will ask to arrange a time for you and your fiancé to sample their cuisine. This is called a tasting, and it usually takes place at the caterer’s establishment. It may coincide with another event they’re catering and they will simply prepare two extra meals. If you’ve indicated a preference for the 52 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com
less ordinary, however, they may prepare some of their more unusual items for your approval. Step 4: Design the menu. Start by searching through magazines, web sites, and bridal shows to clarify your likes and dislikes, along with anything you know you want or don’t want. Armed with this information, work closely with your caterer to craft the perfect wedding menu for you and your guests. The number of guests you expect at your wedding, level of formality, the time of day and your budget all have great influence on your menu selection… so rely on the professional experience of your caterer to take all of these elements into consideration. When selecting your menu items you might also want to bear in mind that there is a real trend towards “healthy eating” and you may have a few vegetarians as well. Step 5: Calculate the cost. Once you’ve selected a caterer, it’s time to get down to business. Money. Most caterers base their prices on a per-person cost. Facilities with in-house catering departments may have a minimum charge or set-up fee, while an off-premises caterer will usually work within any reasonable, agreed-upon budget. It’s relatively easy to calculate the overall food cost, which equals the number of guests multiplied by the cost per person. Some caterers offer lower prices or special menus for children, so be sure to let them know the number of children in attendance. Mentally add an additional 10 percent for overage, and 15 to 20 percent for a gratuity, if appropriate. Remember, typically the wedding cake is not included in the meal cost. Your final guest count is usually required one week before the event. This will be the minimum number of people for which you will actually be charged. Most caterers
CATERING will plan on the addition of a few lastminute guests and will add the meals to the bill after the wedding. Although it is not required, you may consider including meals for wedding-related personnel, such as the DJ, musicians, photographer and consultant. If cost is an issue, ask your caterer about “vendor meals.” These meals are more casual than the guest menu and are offered at a lower cost per person. Remember to get specifics as to what extras are included in the caterer’s charges, such as table linens, plates, glasses, crystal, silverware and service pieces. Step 6: Plan the help. Once the menu is finalized, the next step is determining the number of wait staff you will need to serve your feast and keep your reception running smoothly. Your caterer will certainly help with this, but a general guideline is one server for every 10 to 12 guests for a sit-down dinner. In addition,
providing a full and open bar will require more staffing than a limited bar with wine, beer and soft drinks. Be sure to confirm the proper attire for the wait staff beforehand so it is in keeping with the degree of formality for your reception. Step 7: Finalize the details, in writing. Specify the day, date and time; the address of the site; food items by course and the number of guests covered; provisions for special meals; the time of the cocktail hour; the time the meal will be served; contact people, including someone from your end with whom the caterers can consult; the number of servers and bartenders and their uniforms; linens; beverages to be served and bar guidelines; terms of payment; and liability insurance. Typically, an advance deposit is due when you sign the contract and remember to check on the cancellation policy for unforeseen events .
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REHEARSAL DINNERS 5 steps to fun & fabulous
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 fabulously together. #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 exactly who is paying for what. And never, ever assume! #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.
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#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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Mix and Match.
No one said your attendants have to match in height or age. Feel free to pair bridesmaids and groomsmen as you think they would feel most comfortable also feel free to throw in a loaner!
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THE WELL-SUITED GROOM: everything you need to know
The bride, in her splendid gown, will turn heads as she walks down the aisle, but the groom, waiting patiently at the altar, deserves his share of the attention too. And he will look splendid also, dressed in the perfect outfit for the perfect day, and ready to celebrate.4
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GROOM THE LEVEL OF FORMALITY The first order of business is to evaluate how formal your wedding will be. This depends on the time of day of the wedding, the location, but most of all, on you and your fiancé. Whatever level of formality you settle on, just be sure you’re consistent throughout – invitations, décor, food, location, and certainly, wedding attire should all “match” in terms of formality. (Most people do this instinctively!) In warm weather, think lighter colors (such as tan and white), and in cool weather think darker colors (navy and charcoal.) Grey would likely work anytime, and black is always classic and appropriate. Ties, vests and cummerbunds can match the wedding colors, or compliment them with colors such as white, ivory, silver, grey or black. One interesting option is to see if it’s possible to order extra material when ordering the bridal gown, and have ties made with it for either just the groom, or for the groom and the groomsmen. If the bridal gown is ivory, the men should wear ivory shirts, not white, to compliment her. Semiformal and formal weddings have plenty of options: a high quality, single- or double-breasted men’s suit in black, dark charcoal or navy with a Windsor knotted tie in white, ivory, navy, silver or black is a less formal option. For a more formal look than that, consider a tuxedo with a single- or double-breasted dinner jacket, a white or ivory pointed-collar shirt, a vest or cummerbund and either a bow tie or a fourin-hand tie (a “fancy” knotted necktie). A very formal wedding, called “white tie,” calls for the traditional black tuxedo with tails, a vest, a white winged-color shirt and a bow tie. If you can envision a symphony conductor’s attire, this is “white tie.” DISTINGUISHING THE GROOM It’s nice to have some way of setting the groom apart. At very formal events, the groom and groomsmen are all to be 74 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com
dressed identically, so one way to distinguish the groom is to give him a different, but complimentary, boutonniere to wear. For less formal events than white tie, you have more options. The groom could wear a white jacket while his groomsmen are in black. Or, the groom could wear a white, ivory or silver vest and/or tie while his groomsmen wear vests and/or ties in black, or a color that matches the bridesmaids’ dresses. SHOPPING TIPS When the men visit their formalwear shop they should have a firm idea of the women’s wedding attire, and bring fabric or color swatches from the bridesmaids’ gowns. Pictures from the pages of wedding and men’s magazines of the preferred formalwear styles would also be helpful in the decision-making process. 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 seasons.) 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. THE PERFECT FIT There are a few key points to keep in mind regarding fit when ordering formalwear for the groom and groomsmen. Shirts, whether with pleated front panels or traditional smooth-fronted ones, should fit well around the neck. The bottom hem of the pants should
GROOM touch the top of the shoes. Jackets should be fitted, with some room at the waist. Sleeves should end at the wrist bone with the same number of shirt buttons showing. Vents on the side of the jacket should lie smoothly and follow the lines of the body. The collar should hug the neck, comfortably, and the lapels shouldn’t buckle. Your formalwear store consultant will certainly be a huge help in getting the fit just right. GROOMING THE GROOM With all the attention given to men’s clothes, an important detail that is sometimes overlooked is the groom’s hair. Men are generally more casual about haircuts than women, but they should ideally get their hair trimmed two weeks before the wedding to add the finishing touch to their wedding finery. Pass this helpful tip on to the groomsmen, as well! If you plan to take photos of the bride’s hand and the groom’s hand with the new rings, it would be a great idea
for the groom to get a manicure just before the wedding, to address any out-of-control cuticles and shape the nails. CURRENT TRENDS Vests win. While cummerbunds are always a classic tuxedo accessory, currently vests are more popular. Vests, often referred to as a waistcoat, come in single- or double-breasted styles and are easily worn with nearly any tuxedo ensemble. Current collars. Notched collars on jackets are becoming more popular, beating out winged and shawl collars. Trendy ties. Dressy standard neckties, often called four-in-hand ties or Windsor knotted ties, are becoming a more popular option in wedding attire, although bow ties will always be classic and appropriate, especially for very formal affairs. Going pleatless. Shirts without pleats and pointed collars are a current look, as are flatfront dress or tuxedo pants.
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Flatter the groom’s build. Add cohesion with ties, cummerbunds or suspenders in the same color as the bridesmaids’ dresses. If all the men dress identically, have the groom wear a special boutonniere or distinguishing neckwear.
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If it’s nostalgia you enjoy, few places in the lower forty-eight can provide a more authentic and historic element than Virginia City, Nevada. At one time “Old Virginny”, as it was called, was the richest gold and silver producing area in the United States. Today, this 19th Century mining boomtown is a favorite tourist destination for wedding couples and boasts the largest federally designated Historic District in America. 4
VIRGINIA CITY With the discovery of gold in the late 1850’s, miners from across the country quickly converged upon this tiny hilltop town in search of fame and fortune. However, it wasn’t until a persistent mining problem arose, that the destiny of “Old Virginny Town” would be etched into legend. Miners would continually complain about a blue-gray clay or mud that would clog their equipment and cling to their picks and shovels. It was later determined that this annoying substance was actually silver ore and nearly as valuable as gold. The impressive and abundant silver deposits saw the population of the town quickly sore to nearly 30,000 people. The Comstock Lode, named after one of the town’s earliest miners Henry Comstock, enjoyed an economic upturn that found beautiful hotels, stores, restaurants, fire departments and banks being built. The construction of the six-story International Hotel was a monumental achievement at the time and boasted the first elevator in the West which was called a “rising room”. With its bustling nightlife, opera houses, saloons, mansions, railroad transportation and
sophisticated mining efforts . . . Virginia City soon became widely regarded as the first industrial city located west of the Rockies. As thousands of miners staked their claims and prosperity blossomed, it didn’t take long for news of the great fortunes out West to catch the attention of President Abraham Lincoln. Facing re-election and the need for the riches of the gold and silver to help finance the Civil War, the President quickly moved to make Nevada a state - despite the fact that it did not have enough people to constitutionally warrant statehood. Throughout the mid 1800’s, the riches derived from mining and stock investments in Virginia City were taken further west and actually helped finance the building of San Francisco. In October of 1875, the “Great Fire” burned nearly three-fourths of the mining town. It was quickly rebuilt in less than two years. It is estimated that between 400 and 700 million dollars of gold and silver were mined during the peak of the Comstock Lode. To this day, Virginia City remains the richest known silver deposit in the United States. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1961.
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VIRGINIA CITY A Great Tourist Destination At an elevation of 6220 feet above sea level, Virginia City is perched in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains just east of Lake Tahoe, 21 miles southeast of Reno and 17 miles northeast of the Nevada state capital, Carson City. It is accessible by two easily traveled roads, one from the south (by Carson City) and one from the east (by Reno). The Reno / Tahoe International Airport is less than an hours drive away. With a resident population of just over 1000, the town’s economic base consists mainly of tourism and small mining activity - attracting more than two million visitors per year. Popularized by the television show Bonanza, tourists find Virginia City as one of the most authentic and historic western towns in the nation - beautifully preserved and meticulously maintained in its near original condition. Visitors will find an abundance of places to enjoy that are rich in historical value. The city’s commercial row (or Main Street) is still lined with the very same buildings that were frequented in the 1800’s. You will find authentic saloons, eateries, souvenir shops, courthouses, banks, churches, steam trains, trolleys
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and a variety of unique tours that include; underground mines, museums, mansions and the historic Piper’s Opera House. It is not at all uncommon to encounter merchants, guides and even residents who will dress “in period” and freely offer historic facts to make your Virginia City experience unique and unforgettable. Besides the expected, visitors will also enjoy learning of the town’s many unique characters such as Samuel Clemens who took the name Mark Twain while writing for the local newspaper. Of course, a tour around the city wouldn’t be complete without a “ghost” story or two. Additionally, myths and tall tales of untapped riches abound . . . including one that boasts a fortune of silver that is believed to be still buried below “C” Street. A day spent in Virginia City will easily find you experiencing a very real re-creation of the way things use to be a hundred and fifty years ago. Your Historic Wedding Awaits There are many great options to consider when planning a wedding in Virginia City - from traditional to nostalgic! As you can imagine, “western” themed
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VIRGINIA CITY weddings are quite popular! Among the many choices are ones that you won’t find in the big city. Some weddings and receptions can be found in old saloons, historic churches, stately mansions, horse ranches and even in Piper’s Opera House. Imagine the sepia tone photographs from your wedding that capture the moment your husband extends his hand to help you down from the horse and buggy that has just arrived on “C” street amongst the backdrop of century old storefronts. The wedding services offered by vendors throughout the immediate area are some of the finest in the nation. Besides those locally, wedding professionals in the cities of Reno, Sparks, Carson City, Lake Tahoe and surrounding areas are very familiar with the short drive to Virginia City and well-versed in the complexities of planning a destination wedding to this area. Collectively they offer some of the most unique products and services you will find anywhere.
Whether it’s a day trip to enjoy the sites or the planning of a wedding day . . . the business community located in and around the Virginia City area is dedicated to superior customer service that will maximize the enjoyment of your day! There is definitely something to be said for getting married in a place that represents such old-fashion values and re-lives a time that is such an important part of Americana. It makes one wonder how things would be today had there been no discovery of gold and silver in “them thar hills!” From the financing of the Civil War - to the statehood of Nevada - to the building of San Francisco . . . this small mining town became the central focus of our nation and helped to shape the west as we know it today. Virginia City offers a step-back-in-time that cannot be duplicated by any other historic landmark in the nation. It truly is “the old west at its best!”
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By adding a couple of personal touches to your wedding, you’ll offer guests an inside look into your love story and the chance to be part of a meaningful, oncein-a-lifetime experience. Start with the invitations. A picture of you two or a personalized map of the city that includes your favorite hot spots are great ways to set an intimate tone for the big day. For the ceremony, consider writing your own vows. Don’t be shy if you lack creativity – a pastor or wedding guide can help. Think of your favorite romantic song lyrics or poetry to express your commitment. As your guests file into the reception, seat them at tables with names, not numbers. If you met in a Literature class, send everyone to tables named after authors you read together. It will provide them with a conversation piece and a little insight into an interest you share or how you met. After the toasts, surprise the guests by raising your glasses to them. Thank them for being there and share your appreciation for all their support. Everyone will love being addressed as an integral part of your day. Don’t forget about the dancing! For your first dance as a married couple, take tango or ballroom classes and relish the opportunity to show off your new moves with a choreographed number. If you’re really brave, invite your whole bridal party in on the action! Personalizing your wedding simply means bringing a little bit of “YOU” into the day. Express yourself!
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Invitations The first impression
You’ve been planning your dream wedding for months, but for your guests, the invitation is their first glimpse of what’s to come. It provides a clue to the event, and the level of formality, along with some indication of your wedding style: Formal or informal? Modern or traditional? You’ll want an invite that matches… and so, let the search begin!4
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INVITATIONS Wedding invitations include so many tiny etiquette details, from how to list the names to how to address the envelopes to how to arrange all the enclosures… and for this reason, it’s ideal to find a qualified local professional to be your “go-to” person for all of these questions – and more.
these elements, such as including the reception information on the ceremony card, especially if it’s at the same place or immediately following. It’s also possible to simply eliminate some elements (such as the inner envelope or tissue paper covering the ceremony card), particularly for more informal styles.
WHEN TO START Like all wedding responsibilities, the earlier you start, the more time you have to search, thoroughly evaluate options, and handle any problems that arise. It’s helpful to have your ceremony and reception details decided (when and where), and your basic wedding style and colors established. Knowing these things will help you find an invite that truly expresses the beauty and style of your day. If possible, order the invitations and other wedding stationery six or more months before the wedding to give yourselves plenty of time for reading and correcting proofs, printing, addressing, stuffing and mailing. Mail the invitations six to eight weeks before the wedding. Let any out-of-town guests who would need to arrange flights and/ or hotel rooms about the date as soon as you know it, either informally through conversation, or more formally with a savethe-date card mailed as early as possible. This consideration gives them more time and flexibility to make travel arrangements.
THE INVITATION WORDING Traditionally, whoever is officially hosting (read: paying for) the wedding is listed first on the wedding invitations. Of course, you can work it out however you like with your families. (This is one area where it’s really important to have good communication between all parties!) Some couples today, who are paying for the majority of the expenses themselves, with help from their mixed and blended families, simply say “Mary Bride and John Groom, together with their families, request the honor of your presence at their marriage…” This is also where it would be very helpful to have an experienced professional to assist! You could also do a search online to find invitation wording samples and discuss the options with your groom and respective families.
ALL THE PARTS Wedding invitations are typically comprised of several components, each with a different purpose. There is the ceremony card announcing the details of the ceremony with the optional tissue paper to lay on top (an old custom to protect the other enclosures from still-tacky ink), the reception card if applicable with those details, the response card with its stamped, addressed return envelope, the map if provided which also often includes hotel details for out-of-town guests, and the inner and outer envelopes. Some invitations combine 84 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com
ASSEMBLING THE PIECES The traditional way to put together an invite is as follows: start with the ceremony invitation on the bottom, cover with tissue if desired, put the reception card on top of it, and then put the response card with the unsealed return envelope and the map, if you’re using one, on the very top. Slide all items face up into the inner envelope. Do NOT seal the inner envelope, and slide it into the outer envelope with the addressee’s name facing the back flap so that it will be visible upon opening. ADDRESSING ADVICE The outer envelope should have a return address included on the back flap, and it’s probably well worth this small extra cost to have this done by the printer, so you don’t have to write the return address on every single
INVITATIONS invite you send! For the names and addresses of your guests, you can hand-write them, run the envelopes through your printer using a calligraphic font, or for a very beautiful and special touch, hire a calligrapher. One bride-tobe actually framed the envelope with her name and address on it that she received for another friend’s wedding, because the calligraphy was such an incredible and gorgeous work of art. What a visual treat for the guests of that wedding! Ideally, try to avoid labels, even clear ones, because they just don’t convey the sense of “specialness” and elegance that something as special as a wedding deserves. The following guidelines provide the traditional “rules” when addressing wedding invites that do help convey that sense of specialness and elegance. Street names, cities and states should be written out completely without any abbreviations. To indicate both parties of a married couple, use both “Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Green.” When addressing an unmarried couple living together, use each
of their full names: “Mr. Ronald Green and Miss Angela Thomson.” If every member of a family is invited, write “Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Green and Family.” If only the older children are included, their names are written below the parents’: “Miss Erin Green.” Adult children no longer living with their parents should receive their own invite. Addressing children this way should let guests know if children are invited or not, but often this is unknown or overlooked by guests. If you’d rather not have children at your wedding, you could also include on the invite “Adult Reception.” And, you may just want to let certain guests know this as well when you talk to them in person. When you’ve fully assembled your invites, take one to the post office, and have them weigh it, assess it and give you a definitive postage due amount so none get returned with “insufficient postage”. Then take a deep breath. The wedding is officially underway!
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It is not all that uncommon to find wedding couples who want a creatively unique and personalized wedding. What use to be reserved only for upscale customers, has now become more popular with mainstream couples. It begins with a desire to host a celebration that is unique and not of the same flavor as everyone else. But in addition to this dream being borne, it must also be supported by a team of event professionals who are duly qualified and equally committed to its success. Since 1994, the Weddings of the West wedding organization have created just such an environment for wedding dreams to flourish. They have painstakingly worked with hundreds of wedding businesses and customers to create a synergy of 88 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com
camaraderie and professionalism that is as dedicated to customer satisfaction as it is to quality and perfection. In 1982, the Great Reno Balloon Races lifted off above the beautiful landscape of the Truckee Meadows and for nearly three decades has become one of the premier balloon events in the nation. Visitors come from hundreds of miles to view this spectacular event which is always held in September. A popular wedding organization and hot air balloon event seemed like the perfect marriage, and within days, the “Love Is in The Air” promotion began to take flight. With September being the second busiest wedding month of the year, Executive Director for Weddings of the West – Mark Frady had a vision to make this happen. The
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dream was to not only facilitate a wedding above Reno in a hot air balloon, but to arrange the entire celebration to take place on the grounds of Rancho San Rafael Park – the host location for the Great Reno Balloon Races. It was a monumental undertaking, but one the WOW organization and the Great Reno Balloon Races were eager to get started on. The planning began, like most weddings, about a year in advance. Mark Frady enlisted members of his organization to step-up and donate their wedding services for the event. More than thirty wedding vendors participated in putting together the ultimate wedding package. The WOW ground team of Shannon Morse and Michele Crain were instrumental in coordinating a large majority of the event. Everything from photographers to formal wear, catering to entertainment, transportation to flowers and every other wedding amenity you can imagine was meticulously organized by the WOW organization for this once-in-a-lifetime package. There were meetings, logistic concerns to be addressed and calendars to clear in order to make this mega-package come together. It was decided that the package, valued at more than $50,000 would be auctioned off with the proceeds to benefit the Great Reno Balloon Races – a non-profit, free event that relies solely upon donations each year. The on-line auction took place throughout April and May. And at one minute before the deadline of midnight on May 31st, the winning bid of $9,901 came in – beating the previous bid by one dollar. With the winning couple announced, the next three months found the planning and preparation kicking into high gear. With such professional vendors to work with, it was smooth sailing leading up to the big day. The wedding vendors arrived at 4am for set-up. Since the Reno area averages more www.premierbride.com PREMIER BRIDE • 89
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than three-hundred days of sunshine per year, it was, as you can might imagine, a picture perfect day to ascend in a hot air balloon for the much anticipated nuptials, which took place at 7:30am. The lucky couple – Stephanie & Curt Ainsworth, were glowing as their morning ride lifted off with thousands of people looking on. On the ground were dozens of event staff personal from various companies ready to welcome the newlyweds with a celebration they would never forget. As the balloon touched down in north Reno, a limousine was there to transport them back to their reception at Rancho San Rafael Park. From
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there they ate, dance and partied until two in the afternoon. The “Love Is in The Air – Great Reno Balloon Race Wedding” was a dream wedding made possible by the cooperative efforts of some of Northern Nevada’s finest small businesses. These businesses selfishly gave of themselves to make someone’s wedding dream come true. Their generosity is testament to the character of real wedding professionals who are committed to their vocation. It was a textbook example of how and why wedding couples should rely upon quality professional businesses to turn their wedding dreams into reality.
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THE EVENT TEAM Art in Bloom 775-720-7204 www.bridalartinbloom.com Bagpiper Sean Cummings 530-318-5704 www.TahoeBagpiper.com Boomtown Hotel-Reno 775-345-8555 www.boomtownreno.com Carson City Florist 775-887-1717 www.carsoncityflorists.com Champagne and Daisies 775-315-8680 www.champagneanddaisies.com Ciprian Photography 775-233-6174 www.ciprianphotography.com Creative Coverings 775-359-6733 www.creativecoverings.com EAC Video & Design 775-624-1141 www.everaftercreations.com Events, Ink 775-588-0484 www.events-ink.com Ever After Creations Videography 775-624-1141 www.weddings.in-reno.com Forest Suites 866-438-1144 www.forestsuites.com
Genoa Floral Creations 775-782-7075 www.genoafloralcreations.com High Pointe Event Catering 530-414-3357 www.highpointecatering.com James Glover Photography 775-781-6254 www. jamesgloverphotography.com Lake Tahoe Entertainment 775-887-1497 www.laketahoeentertainment.com Peppermill Resort Spa Casino 775-250-4935 www.peppermillreno.com Perfect Wedding Guide 916-941-6830 www.pwg.com Platinum DJ's 775-287-0575 www.platinumdjsnv.com Premier Bride Magazine 775-849-8000 www.pbreno.com Quiet Art Photography 775-852-4196 www.quietartphotography.com Red Carpet Events & Props To Go 775-355-1501 www.redcarpetdmc.com Reno Tahoe Limousine 775-348-0868 www.RenoTahoeLimo.com
Reverends Ron Sayed and Mark Frady 775-721-9016 www.fountainheadcc.org Sally Wetherbee, Mary Kay Cosmetics 775-790-0464 www.marykay.com Sugarpine Bakery 530-721-1501 www.tahoekatiecakes.com Tahoe WeddingsAGoGo 530-318-5038 www.etahoe.com The Entertainer 775-783-9300 www.tahoeentertainer.com TNT Photography 775-781-5165 www.tntphotographicmemory.com Tux Town / The Wedding Emporium 775-883-8897 www.tuxtown.com Weddings by Shannon 775-857-9711 www.WeddingsbyShannon.com Zinser Photography 775-560-6768 www.zinserphoto.com
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Music makes a party!
Nothing gets the guests energized like great music. Hire the best band or DJ you can afford. Book the music that makes people want to dance.
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The sound of romance
On your wedding day, nothing sets the mood, stirs the emotions or touches the heart more than music. From the solemn, beautiful sounds of the ceremony, to the background melodies of the cocktail hour, to the lively dance tunes that energize the reception, music brings the romance to your day.4
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MUSIC CEREMONY MUSIC The very first step in determining the music for your ceremony is to consider what you want, or what you envision, for your day. Do you want a vocalist? Do you want several musicians there, or just a pianist? It’s helpful to take notice during any weddings you attend while engaged, of what you liked (or didn’t care for) when it came to the ceremony music. Once you and your fiancé have some ideas in mind, seek out wedding musicians by visiting bridal shows, reviewing local bridal publications or online sources. Or, consider working with a talent/booking agency, which can offer experienced, convenient, one-stopshopping for all of your wedding music needs. Once you’ve found some options, arrange meetings to hear them play in person – if you haven’t heard them live already. Once you’ve determined your ceremony musicians, they can help you select the songs to include in your wedding ceremony – how many, when, and so on. They are usually quite experienced when it comes to weddings, and will be a great resource. (Your officiant will be helpful here as well, so be sure to involve them also.) If you have specific songs in mind already, you’ll be able to hear a preview of exactly what they will sound like on your wedding day. And if you need some ideas, your musicians will be able to guide you and offer plenty of options. COCKTAILS AND DINNER MUSIC The key element during cocktails and dinner is conversation, so the music playing during these times should set the mood, but not intrude. You have three options here: use the musicians that played during your ceremony, use the band or DJ that will be playing at your dance reception, or hire different musicians for this part of the day. If you do decide to have live music, chamber music, classical guitar or perhaps a jazz ensemble are all good choices, and can create a subtle background of entertainment without 94 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com
overpowering conversation. A well-seasoned pianist is another excellent choice, since he or she can supply a wide range of musical styles and perform your guest’s special requests. Or, if you are having a DJ for your dance reception, they can usually provide the cocktails/dinner music as well. RECEPTION MUSIC You’re married, cocktails and dinner are over, it’s time to kick up your heels and hit the dance floor! This truly is one of the most critical wedding decisions you’ll make, because nothing can make or break a wedding celebration faster than the entertainment. Fortunately, most wedding vendors are talented professionals, and with the tips included here, you’ll be able to confidently select an excellent entertainer for your big day. Your first big question to answer will be “do we want to have live music (a band or orchestra) or a DJ”? While there are pros and cons to both, it really boils down to personal taste and budget. Using live music provides a certain festive energy to the evening, and is a wonderful option if your budget allows it. The key is to find a band that specifically does weddings, so that they can offer the versatility you need for a good event. Any live entertainment includes breaks, which can interrupt the flow of your evening, so try to come up with a solution that ensures that music is always playing. If the band is large enough, see if the band members can stagger their breaks so that someone is always playing. Or, hire a pianist or DJ to play during the breaks. Also, good, popular bands or orchestras will usually be more expensive than a DJ. They are well worth the expense, of course, since good entertainment is such a critical element of the wedding, but it just doesn’t fit everyone’s budget. And if you can’t afford a GOOD wedding band, then consider a DJ. A DJ can provide a huge variety of music, something for everyone, and is generally less costly than a live band or
MUSIC orchestra. And, no breaks! Here are some of the keys to finding a good wedding DJ: 1) If possible, see them live, in action. 2) Find a vendor that is a good fit with you, personality-wise. Looking for a fun, crazy, get-jiggy-with-it party animal? Or a more upscale, elegant, formal entertainer? 3) Communication is critical. Clarify what songs and events you do and don’t want included, the order of events and other details ahead of time. 4) Ask for, and follow up on, several references. THE NITTY GRITTY DETAILS You’ll want to begin researching your reception musicians early in the planning process, so that when you find someone you like, availability is less likely to be a problem. Consider how they sound as well as their personality and style. Whether you hire a band, small orchestra or DJ, your selection of musicians will be a guaranteed success as long as you provide a wide variety of music. From
50s doo-wop to disco, pop or rock, diversity is the key so that every guest attending can hear something they enjoy. You will also want to consider your reception site when determining your entertainment. If the band or DJ you’ve selected has never performed at your reception site before, ask if they can visit the location in person before your wedding to make sure it’s adequate for their needs: space, electrical power, lighting, etc. As with any wedding vendor, be sure that everything is very clear and in writing: the fees, cost and details on overtime, start and end times, alternate plans if a musician is sick that day, and so on. Confirm all the details with your musicians about a week before the wedding. Once you’ve done your homework, selected excellent musicians for every part of your wedding, and nailed down all of the details, you can rest easy. Until, of course, it’s time to start working on your dance moves…
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ask the right questions A good band or versatile DJ will reach out to all ages and tastes, with showmanship and energy to keep the party in high gear.
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Do a dry run.
A good test for a photographer is the engagement photo. Is this person willing to work with you? Do you love the results? How’s the customer service? Don’t sign up until you’ve seen the results.
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Photography a picture perfect day
It may be hard to imagine now, but after many months of hard work and detailed planning, your wedding day will suddenly arrive… and zooooom! The hours will fly by in a blur of beautiful, moving, memorable moments. And after the cake has been eaten, the dress has been carefully put away, and the gifts have been opened – you and your new spouse will be left with the most precious gift of all: memories of your special day. 4
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PHOTOGRAPHY WHAT’S YOUR STYLE? Start by determining which style of wedding photography is right for you and your fiancé. Here are brief descriptions of the three main styles: Formal or traditional This style produces color, posed portraits of you and your groom, your wedding party, and your families, along with all of the traditional wedding moments such as the cake cutting and bouquet/garter toss. Photojournalistic This style is a popular trend in wedding photography, and it means your photographer will be shooting your wedding as if it’s a news event, capturing hundreds of candid moments on film. These photographers tend to use more black & white film, for a classic, timeless and emotional effect. Artistic Artistic photographers use a variety of special effects to create a dramatic, one-of-a-kind piece of art. Effects could include double exposures, hand tinting, special borders and much more. Most photographers offer a blend of two or more styles, but tend to specialize in, and focus on, just one. If you like the photojournalistic style, but want some posed formal portraits to showcase your families or the day’s special moments, find a photographer that can comfortably do both. So which style is right for you? The first step is to think about the end product: what is most important to you, to have after your wedding? Do you definitely want to have beautiful, timeless, color portraits of you and your groom that you can elegantly frame and display? Do you want a large number of candid, heartfelt moments – many captured in black & white, to document your day? Are you envisioning a one-of-a-kind, artistic piece to hang on your wall after the wedding that incorporates one or more images from the big event? 100 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com
To help you, take a look at friends’ wedding albums, surf around professional photographer’s web sites, clip photos from magazines of photography that moves you, and spend some time in photographers’ booths at wedding shows. All of this research will help you zero in on what style of photography you seem drawn to, and ultimately, which one you want to use for your wedding. FIND THE RIGHT PHOTOGRAPHER Once you’ve established the style that is best for you, it’s time to find a professional photographer that meets your needs. Start the process by collecting referrals from friends, reviewing helpful resources like Premier Bride, attending bridal shows and surfing the Internet. Create a short list of potential photographers that specialize in the style you desire, based on their work and your budget, and set up an in-person or phone consultation with them. Your goal at this consultation is to evaluate three main areas: Do you like their work? Be sure to see complete wedding albums along with individual photos, to get the best idea of the end product you can expect to receive. Also, be very sure that you know exactly WHO will be shooting YOUR wedding – and view their work, as some larger studios have more than one photographer. Do your personalities mesh? Of all your wedding vendors, the photographer is the one vendor with whom you will spend a good deal of time on your wedding day. You want to feel comfortable with this person! Even if he or she is a great photographer, if your personalities just don’t ‘click’ – you may want to keep looking. Do they fit your budget? It’s so critical to have a budget amount in mind before looking for a photographer, so that you can feel confident that the one you’ve decided on, and love, also meets your financial requirements. THE PHOTOGRAPHY PACKAGE As you’re selecting your photographer, it may help to be aware of the various elements
PHOTOGRAPHY generally included in wedding photography packages. Most photographers also offer these elements ‘a la carte,’ or can create a custom package that specifically meets your needs – so be sure to ask. Bride & Groom’s Album There are a wide variety of wedding albums available today, and they vary in size, color, material, construction and price. When comparing different photographers’ bride & groom albums, be sure you’re noting the quantity of photos and in what sizes, to make sure you’re comparing “apples to apples.” Parents’ albums The parents’ albums are smaller versions of the bride & groom album, and have traditionally included about twenty 5x7 photographs. Photos should be carefully selected for each family, to create two (or more) custom family albums.
Extra prints You will probably want to order extra photographs in addition to the main album and parents’ albums, for yourself or your parents to have some framed portraits at home, for members of the wedding party, and for other close friends and family members. Don’t underestimate how many prints you will want after the wedding, as this will definitely impact your budget. Proofs Ask your photographer how many proofs you will get, and in what format. They may be provided as small photos, in digital format, on the Internet, or on contact sheets. Engagement photograph This is a posed portrait of the newly engaged couple, which can be sent to newspapers with information announcing your engagement. You may also choose to put a framed engagement photo by the guest book at your reception.
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A new way to plan
Get deals. Get bids. Get going.
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Don’t Limit Your Bouquets. Use your imagination and consider adding small branches of wild flowers that add bits of color and a touch of simpleness.
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BRIdaL BLooMs: design a beautiful wedding with flowers
When selecting flowers for your wedding, you will find there is an endless array of options. The romantic link between weddings and flowers dates back to ancient civilizations where garlands of flowers, leaves and vines were worn or carried by young brides to symbolize their beauty and innocence. Wedding flowers have since evolved from simple hand-held bouquets to vibrantly artistic creations used to set the mood and theme for the entire celebration.4
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FLOWERS Deciding on flower arrangements may take considerable time and imagination on your part. Guidance and suggestions from your florist will smooth the process for you, so it is recommended to book your florist a year in advance if possible. Try to make a final selection for all your bouquets, boutonnieres, ceremony arrangements and reception centerpieces at least three months before the wedding, then meet with the florist again three weeks before your wedding date to iron out all the details. When meeting with floral designers, it is a good idea to bring fabric swatches of your gown and the bridesmaid’s dresses. It also helps to bring photographs or illustrations of specific flowers, colors and bouquet styles you prefer. If you are unsure which flowers will last and also look the best, ask your floral designer. Since you will want your floral arrangements to last throughout the day, your floral designer’s advice will be invaluable. Some flowers hold up beautifully in the sun while others are better suited for indoors. For example, it probably would not be wise to select gardenias if you are planning an outdoor wedding at midday in June. Gardenias are as delicate as they are beautiful, and under such conditions they would wilt long before the minister says, “you may kiss the bride.” For You and Your Wedding Party The first item of consideration will be the bridal bouquet, since all other floral arrangements will take their cue from this piece. It not only sets the tone for the overall floral scheme, but also provides the perfect opportunity for you to bring your own style and personality to the forefront. The Ceremony Before making decisions regarding the floral arrangements for your ceremony be sure and check with your chosen church or synagogue for any restrictions. If you’re on a budget, 106 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com
it’s useful to reuse ceremony flowers at the reception site, but some churches request that altar arrangements remain on-site for weekend services. You will want to determine what you can and cannot take with you after the ceremony before you order the reception flowers. Ceremony arrangements are usually ideal for buffet, gift and head tables if using them twice is an option. Reception Arrangements There is a vast array of options for reception centerpieces: elegant vases filled with cut flowers; towering candelabras; topiaries; or simple rose petals scattered around flickering candles. Use your imagination to design one-of-a-kind centerpieces that express your style. Keep in mind that the height of the arrangements should not interfere with the ability of guests to converse with each other. They should either be low enough to talk over or high enough to talk under. Placing the wedding party’s bouquets at equal intervals at the head table also provides excellent decoration. Running greenery laced with flowers across the length of the head table is another option. You might consider using this decoration for the cake table as well. If your budget allows, consider adding a few finishing touches here and there, such as flower petals on serving trays, or garlands along the front of the buffet tables. You can also fill in a large room with potted ferns or ficus trees placed strategically and wrapped with strands of small white lights. Share all of your ideas with your floral designer, who can help you refine them to create a lavish and memorable impression that won’t soon be forgotten by you or your guests. SEASONAL CONSIDERATIONS For everything there is a season and flowers are no exception. One of the most important considerations in selecting your wedding day flowers will be the season in which you intend to wed. You will find that flowers in bloom
FLOWERS during the month of your wedding will be more available and less costly than selections that are out of season and they will also last longer. A major seasonal consideration is the holidays since certain flora will significantly increase in price. Valentine’s Day, as you can imagine, creates a high demand for red roses, increasing the cost considerably. Easter affects the availability and price of tulips and hyacinths, while at Christmas poinsettias and holly are at a premium. Should you choose these flowers around such seasons, factor this into your budget. Traditional bouquets of all white can express a bride’s individuality with elegance and simplicity. You may combine a range of blossoms that are unique in shape and size for dramatic impact, or compose a delicate bouquet of one type of flower. White flower selections may include calla lilies, catalpa orchids, daisies, delphiniums, freesia, gardenias, hydrangeas, lilacs, lilies, lilies of the valley, orchids, roses, stephanotis and
tulips. Most of these flowers are true white; however, like roses, some display a hint of pink or yellow. If your heart is set on color, don’t hesitate to indulge. Colored blossoms are definitely “in” for bridal bouquets, as well as other ceremony and reception arrangements. From exotic tropical stems to gorgeous, scented garden herbs, the selections and combinations are virtually endless. With their fragrant beauty, their wide range of hues and year-round availability, it is easy to see why roses have retained their popularity with brides. If you are considering roses, it helps to know a little bit about them before making your final decisions. Roses are produced in three grades: Select, Extra Fancy and Fancy. Select roses are top quality and last the longest. It may be worth paying more for Select, although Extra Fancy is equally lovely. Florists rarely deal with Fancy roses, found mostly in supermarkets, as they tend to wilt rapidly.
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ask the right questions Florists vary widely on the wedding day services they provide – some simply drop the flowers off, others spend quite a bit of time decorating your ceremony and reception sites. Be clear ahead of time about what is, and what isn’t included.
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Make your wedding day unforgettable! Flowers for your Ceremony and Reception Wedding Corsages – Boutonnieres – Bridal Bouquet To schedule a floral consultation, please call us at: 800-246-0011. When you meet with the consultant, please bring your color samples of your attendant’s dresses and, if possible, ideas that you would like us to incorporate into your wedding plans.
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The key is timing.
Make sure to register BEFORE the first bridal celebration but not early enough that some of your items may become discontinued.
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The nUTs & BoLTs of gift registries
People love to buy gifts for a couple starting out their life together, to celebrate this fabulous occasion and express their joy. While some guests will come up with their own creative gift idea, most people really appreciate having a gift registry to go to for ideas, so they can get you something they know youâ€™ll love. 4
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REGISTRY If registering for gifts is on your current to-do list, then read on for all the nuts & bolts – so should we say cups & bowls – of gift registries. WHEN SHOULD WE START? Start four to six months before the wedding (or earlier!) so that you’re ready for any engagement parties, showers or eager guests. Don’t stress about getting it all done perfectly right away – you can always edit your selections or add more later. If there aren’t many items left about a month before the wedding, add more, so there’s enough selection left for the rest of your guests. Remember too that you don’t have to get this all done in one day! Take your time, and make your selections thoughtfully. If you start early enough, you can take a couple weeks to create your lists, hopefully enjoying the process as well. HOW DO WE REGISTER? Start out by considering your tastes and needs as a couple, and select up to three or four stores that feel right. Ideally, visit at least one store in person, so that you can see, touch and hold the different items, and make some of your selections. The rest of your gift registering you may wish to do online for convenience. Registering at more than four places just adds more work to your plates, as you complete the lists, track them and manage the details. Besides, three or four at the most really should be plenty! Most full-service stores offer a great deal of free help, and you are encouraged to take advantage of this service. These specialists will be able to give you helpful information about what generally goes on a registry and help you remember pesky little things like meat thermometers that you wouldn’t normally think of. While it may be hard to imagine someone not being comfortable with purchasing gifts online or viewing your 112 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com
online registries, you will have guests at your wedding that want to buy their gifts in person, or aren’t comfortable with computers. So make sure that this option is available to them – ideally at a store that is popular nationwide. WHAT DO WE REGISTER FOR? Consider what you have already as a couple, and think about what you need as you start your life together. Most couples find that this is an opportunity to get things they would never buy themselves, but would love having to grace their home and the future gatherings held there…timeless items such as crystal vases, formal china, serving dishes and linens. You may also want to think about any hobbies you have such as gourmet cooking, gardening or wood working, as well as any special desires such as honeymoon travel, saving for a house or donating to a meaningful cause. Work with your groom to discuss your plans, and make the decisions together. No matter where you choose to register, be sure to include gifts in all price ranges, so that your guests can choose gifts within their budgets. Also, select more gifts than guests (remembering that couples count as “one”) so that there’s enough selection available, and there are enough gifts to cover your wedding showers as well. Your guests will appreciate this! COMMUNICATING THE NEWS How do you let all the guests know where you are registered? The simple answer is, word of mouth. All guests will be close to someone in the wedding – the bride and groom, the parents, other family members or close friends. Guests will ask someone if they want to know where you’re registered! It’s certainly appropriate to include the information on your wedding web site if you have one. It’s also appropriate for the shower host(s) and/or hostess(es) to include
REGISTRY the information on their shower invites as well. It is NOT, however, ever appropriate to include the information with your wedding invites. After all, your wedding invites are a gracious request to join you on your special day – not a demand for gifts, so don’t let them sound like one! THANK YOU NOTES Your guests have been kind enough to send you a lovely gift, so be sure to behave like the kind, gracious couple that you are, and send that thank you note promptly! For gifts received before the wedding, send the note out within two weeks at the most. Trust us on this: you will not have “more time” after the wedding, and the more you stay on top of the thank you notes, the easier it will be. For gifts received at the wedding, send the thank you notes within four weeks, but certainly – the earlier, the better. Make
sure your thank you notes are personal, handwritten and timely. AFTER THE WEDDING Most stores will keep your gift registry for at least a year after your wedding date, and they’ll often offer a discount to you for items still on your list. This is a great opportunity to see what items you still want and/or need, and perhaps use some of your wedding gift cards or gifts of cash to acquire these. The original purpose of bridal registries was to help new couples, who often were quite young and had very little, start off their new life together as a new family in a new home. No matter what your situation today, these gifts of love send you into your new life together with the joy and affection of those closest to you. Cherish these gifts, show your gratitude and count your blessings.
Rentals Selecting rentalS:
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Theme Weddings where style meets personality
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From grooms riding in on horses with spurs and chaps to sleighs crashing through ice, the time and place you decide to get married is all about your personality and nowadays, it has never been easier to incorporate tradition with a bit of cuttingedge humor. Spring-related theme weddings In the springtime think gardens blooming, lace, holidays such as Easter and May Day or even teddy bears and angels. Itâ€™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. Instead of using rice after your ceremony consider using the petals from roses or another popular flower that you have chosen for your wedding day. In memory of spring have your bridesmaidâ€™s dresses
be pastel colors and send each guest home with a packet of your favorite flowers to commemorate this special day. For May Day weddings have some fun with the tradition of the May pole. Think about unique cake decorations and for Easter make Easter baskets the reception table centerpieces. Special favors for wedding guests can include stuffed eggs with candy inside, Easter Bunny candy or a decorated potted lily. Summer-related theme weddings While spring might be a time for growing new things, summer is definitely the most popular time for weddings. Perhaps a Victorian wedding at this time of year might be appropriate with lots of lace and plenty of candles to light at the ceremony and reception. Tea cups can be used for a variety of purposes from candle holders to parting gifts engraved with your name and date on the inside. www.premierbride.com PREMIER BRIDE â€˘ 117
THEME WEDDINGS For a beach party use the ocean and the sand and let Mother Nature decorate your ceremony. Some people use gazebos by the ocean, but how about going barefoot in the sand with the one you love and making it a casual, yet memorable affair. Afterward, you might want to include sea shells on the tables and consider sand sculptures. If you really want to take it easy, forget about the formal affair all together and enjoy a clam bake or barbeque. Parting gifts won’t be hard either, for fun in the sun give your guests sunscreen or a bottle of shells commemorating your day. Fall-related theme weddings Celebrating Halloween or the fall harvest on your special day is a great time to create memories. Use black and orange in your color scheme and invitations with a
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touch of the unusual sporting vampires or pumpkins. While it’s not something that happens everyday, some couples might like to have a Halloween costume party wedding, but be sure and tell your guests if you expect them to dress up. Use Jacko-lanterns to be the only means of light or guide your guests way to your reception. You will want to make sure the food too, is reminiscent of this time of year. For the fall harvest theme how about green and wine colors with semi-formal attire such as bowties and a ribbon tied around the bride’s waist. Winter-related theme weddings 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
THEME WEDDINGS in on a sleigh or in a carriage and look like royalty as you alight from your coach. Ice sculptures are a good idea for table centerpieces or around the reception area and candles come in handy on those twilight afternoons. For weddings held on Valentine’s day don’t pass up the chance for romance – think roses. In fact, roses might be just the simple, yet elegant centerpiece you need for your reception. If you want to have some fun include cupid in the atmosphere and perhaps create invitations with heart cutouts and satin ribbons. Cake toppings for Valentine’s Day weddings should be as passionate as the day you have chosen so go with red crystal hearts or roses and for the cake – how about red velvet to keep the mood alive.
Favors that bespeak of winter time can include snow globes and Christmas stockings or heart-shaped boxes of candy or confetti for February 14th. Theme-specific weddings Some theme weddings are perfect for anytime of year so don’t be shy. Decide on when you want to set a date and who knows, perhaps you will find yourself in Civil War attire, at Disney World with Mickey Mouse or even celebrating your cultural heritage. Whatever you decide just remember it is your day so do it your way and make it one to remember for the rest of your life.
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The do’s and don’Ts of looking your best
All eyes are upon you as you glide gracefully up the center aisle. Your handsome groom gazes at you with love and adoration. Everyone wants to take your picture. Once you combine your special sense of style with a few tricks of the beauty trade, you’ll look your absolute best. 4
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BEAUTY Makeup, hair, nails… every blushing bride wants these to be in top form on the big day. We’ve done the research, reflected, and compiled our best tips to help you look completely fabulous for your wedding day! WHAT TO DO Now is a great time to focus on healthy, glowing skin. If you’re concerned about the health and appearance of your skin, then consider a visit to a dermatologist (for bigger problems) or an aesthetician (for minor issues.) Depending on the severity of your skin problems, start six to 12 months before your wedding day so you have time to treat, heal and achieve good results. After proper analysis and treatment, professionals can assist you in selecting skin care products that will enable you to maintain treatments in the privacy and convenience of your own home. Facials are a must for all skin types. Facial treatments use deep cleansing, masks and exfoliation to penetrate deep into the skin, killing blemish-causing bacteria, rebalancing the skin hormonal system and stimulating circulation. 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.” Strapless gowns show off their dramatic neckline with up-dos, but this isn’t a rule set in stone. Work with your hair stylist four to six weeks before the wedding to find the right style for you – and bring a photo of your gown with you! Whether you use a pro for your makeup, have a friend do it or do it yourself, do a trial run before the wedding. In addition to looking in the mirror and getting feedback from close friends and/or family, take photos and evaluate those. Do you like what you see? Do 124 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com
you want to make any changes? Now is the time to practice – not the day of your wedding! Keep it on throughout the day and see how it lasts. How does it look two, five or eight hours later? It is easy enough to touch up? Regular manicures in the one or two months before your wedding day will get your nails in perfect shape. You can probably avoid using acrylic nails this way, and enjoy the beauty of your own strong, healthy nails. Have your eyebrows professionally shaped at least two weeks before the wedding. If you’ve never done this before, you’ll be amazed at how different you look with well groomed brows! Some people may experience a red, rash-like reaction, so doing this early enough gives you time to recover if that happens to you. You will probably need to freshen them up a day or two before the wedding with a tweezers. If you use a professional for your makeup, be sure to have the same colors available to take with you for touch-ups during the day. Do use waterproof mascara and eye makeup, just in case you shed a tear or two… And use primers underneath your foundation, lipstick and eye shadow, so that your makeup lasts longer. You want your makeup to last! To take care of the skin and make your whole body beautiful, try a body wrap and waxing. Body wraps detoxify and soften the skin using minerals or other natural substances to help to heal acne problems on the back and chest. Body wraps may include a full body massage to encourage circulation, toning and relaxation. Body waxing is one of smoothest and longest lasting forms of hair removal. Your legs will be smooth and free of razor stubble and, you can even try bikini waxing to get rid of hair on a longer-term basis. 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.
BEAUTY Avoid really trendy looks in makeup, nail color and hairstyle. 10 to 20 years from now, these styles will glaringly stand out and look distractingly outdated. One bride who wore a dark trendy color on her nails said she cringes now every time she sees her wedding photos, and wishes she went with a classic, neutral color. 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. If you do like it, just maintain it! Don’t go too light with your makeup, or you’ll look pale and washed out, especially in photos. Don’t go too dark, or it will be distracting and overpowering. Experiment and practice before the wedding to find the right balance. Avoid facials for two or three days before your wedding, in case it causes any kind of undesirable reaction. Don’t overdo the blush. You’ll be emotional, happy, nervous, busy and showing off your
groovy moves on the dance floor… So there’s a good chance you’ll have some natural color of your own, and combined with too much blush you could look too red. OUR FINAL, AND BEST, ADVICE DO strongly consider using beauty professionals for your wedding day hair, makeup and nails. This is one simple way to shorten the list of wedding-day worries! A true makeup artist will know trade secrets not only for fashioning a longer-lasting look, but also for accentuating your features. They will also provide you with great information, advice and tips that will last a lifetime – a beauty investment. A great hair stylist can help you create a look that complements your facial features, headpiece and veil, and do it in a way designed to hold through the last dance. When you go pro, the end result is a relaxed, picture-perfect bride. Finally, don’t forget your most beautiful accessory: your radiant, love-filled smile.
Consultants Selecting a
Wedding conSultant: ask the right questions • What packages do you offer? What do they include? • Are your fees based on total cost of wedding or an hourly or flat rate? • Have you done weddings similar to mine? • What cultures and traditions are you familiar with? • Do you offer “day of the wedding” assistance? • Will you be willing to work with the coordinator at my reception location? • Can you provide me with special rates when working with various vendors? • How far in advance must I book your services? • What is your cancellation policy? • Is a deposit required? If so, when and how much? www.premierbride.com PREMIER BRIDE • 125
Hire only a professional who answers your questions courteously and will be able to convey a non-intrusive approach with your wedding guests.
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THE JOY OF VIDEO: preserve your wedding day in living, moving color
Nothing can transport you back to your special day like a good quality video. By beautifully capturing the moving sights and sounds, you can revisit your wedding again and again, and relive all of the special details: the rustle of your wedding gown, the nervous cough of the groom before his vows, the emotion in your fatherâ€™s voice during his toast. But plan to spend the time and money necessary to do this right.4
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VIDEO A professional, high quality video is absolutely priceless. The wedding videography field has changed in recent years. The quality has improved dramatically and the final, edited work is more entertaining than ever. Professional videographers have the technology, talent and time necessary to produce an excellent quality video, with clear audio; crisp, in-focus visuals; and sharp editing. A good videographer will remain inconspicuous and capture wonderful, uninhibited moments of you and your guests. Often, you won’t even know you’re being recorded. Your video will have the tears of joy, the laughter, silly “blooper” shots and much more. Professional vidoegraphers will spend anywhere from four to 10 hours with you on your wedding day, and another 35 to 50 hours editing your wedding video, adding graphics and music, and other special effects. For all of the professional equipment, experience, and
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time you should expect to budget an amount similar to your photography budget. The one comment you will hear from brides and grooms after their wedding, is: “It went so FAST!” A wedding video will transport you back to that special day with outstanding visuals and terrific audio, and even let you catch special moments you would never have seen otherwise. Ask your videographer about showing photo to video montages, rush editing of wedding day highlights, or “Love Story” videos at your reception. Or, create your own customized video display. Music is an important component of these videos. Discuss whether you or you videographer will handle the music. Projectors for these shows are recommended and may be available through the videographer. These upgradeable services are growing in popularity and would add the perfect final touch to your wedding and reception celebration. Your guests will be entertained by these touching and, sometimes, funny slow motion and still images. CHOOSING YOUR VIDEOGRAPHER Watch a videographer’s sample video closely to ensure that it meets your expectations for techniques and quality. Such a sample should allow you to appraise the clarity and stability of the picture and, above all, the videographer’s ability to smoothly edit the material together. This is one of the hallmarks of the experienced professional and an excellent reason to not leave this valuable service in the hands of an amateur. Another great feature of a professional video is improved audio. Knowledge of remote microphones and where to position them is key. Listen for clear quality sound during vows, readings, music, toasts, etc. Also, ask to see a copy of the videographer’s contract, and make certain you understand all the costs for the videographer’s work and what he or she will provide.
VIDEO The bottom line is, a professionally recorded and edited wedding video is a priceless treasure to have. There is truly no better way to revisit your special day. It will bring back not only the sights and sounds but…the feelings as well. HOW TO EVALUATE SAMPLE WEDDING VIDEOS Ask to see the videographer’s wedding “demo” tape and a complete wedding video recently done. The demo tape will give you a great deal of insight into their style and quality, and a recent and complete sample of their work will give you a clear idea of what you’ll receive after your wedding. Evaluate the picture...
• Is the picture clear and consistently in focus? Jumpy? Blurry? Shaky? • Are there any dead spots? • Does it move smoothly from one scene to the next, or jump awkwardly? • How is the lighting?
Evaluate the sound...
• Can you hear the bride, groom, officiant and readers clearly? • Is the audio muffled or difficult to hear anywhere in the video? • Are the music selections and volume appropriate? • Is there too much ambient crowd noise? • Can you hear the toasts clearly at the reception?
Evaluate the overall effect... • • • •
How long does the video last? Does it keep you entertained? Do you feel emotion? Does it look professionally done?
BUDGET TIP If your budget doesn’t allow for much now, invest in a good quality videographer and their bare-bones package, and you can always go back later to have extra elements added, such as a video montage or highlights tape. You’ll never be able to recreate your wedding day so make sure you get high quality footage to work with the first time.
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videograPher: ask the right questions • Will you be shooting my wedding? If not, can I meet them? • May I see samples of your work? • What packages do you offer? What do they include? • How many cameras and microphones will be used and where will they be located? • Are you able to work with the restrictions on lights and tripods at the ceremony or reception site? • How long will it take to get our completed video? • Can I keep the raw, unedited footage? • Can you film while a photographer is present? • Will backup equipment be on hand for the event? • How far in advance must I book your services? • What is your cancellation policy? • Is a deposit required? If so, when and how much? www.premierbride.com PREMIER BRIDE • 129
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Transportation GettinG there: Wedding Day transportation
The moments between the ceremony and the reception are giddy, exciting ones, and it’s only fitting to be whisked off as prince and princess in a carriage, or ride off into the sunset with your loved one. But those happy endings aren’t even practical. So even if the transportation between the ceremony and reception isn’t fit for a Hollywood screenplay, here are some tips to make it as fun, affordable and memorable as the rest of your day.4
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TRANSPORTATION The deciding factor in determining your ideal mode of wedding day transportation is how many people (who, exactly) you wish to transport. Just the bride, groom and parents? The entire wedding party? The wedding party plus their spouses/ guests? Making these key decisions will be necessary before deciding on what type of transportation to use, because it all depends on the number of people. Once you’ve given that some thought, your options include limousines, coaches, trolleys or other unique alternatives. LUXURIOUS LIMOUSINES Limousines can be acquired for the entire day, picking you up at home and delivering you to the ceremony, the reception, and even to the airport to depart on your honeymoon. Most companies have a one to two hour minimum for their services, so put some thought into what the most cost-effective option will be: keeping your limousine on call throughout the entire ceremony and reception or hiring one limousine to take you to the ceremony and reception, then another for leaving the reception. Traditionally, one limousine carries the bride and her father to the ceremony, while a second limousine or sedan transports the bride’s mother and bridesmaids. Of course many brides opt to have both parents or their attendants ride with them. It’s simply a matter of personal preference. After the ceremony and reception, the newlyweds ride together, either alone or with the maid of honor and best man, or with the entire wedding party. A formal limousine seats four people, while stretch limousines can allow for six to 10. Limousines are usually black or white, and new models include sport utility varieties – the Hummer and Explorer are two possibilities that are eye-catching and quite unique. Some companies offer fleet rates for those who 132 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com
want the entire wedding party and family to arrive and depart in regal style. The choice you make depends not only on how much you wish to spend or the impression you wish to make, but also on the level of revelry. If the day is to be filled with many champagne toasts, providing safe transportation for those who will be celebrating the most is a smart idea. CATCH THE COACH A limousine is a luxurious way to travel; however, there are creative alternatives to this standard bearer that can add a distinctive mark to your ceremony and reception. One option is a luxury coach. With all the amenities and style of a luxury limousine with room to spare, these vehicles can seat 10 or more people comfortably. A luxury coach allows the bride and her attendants to spend time together surrounded by mobile luxury on the way to the ceremony. After the ceremony, the bridal party can enjoy a grand celebration with the bride and groom while traveling to the reception. A passenger coach, without all of the added luxuries, can seat anywhere from 21 to 49 people, which is a great way to transport your family and guests, especially if your reception is located in an out-of-the-way location or if parking is an issue. Like limousine services, passenger and luxury coach companies require a minimum number of hours. The size and type of coach will determine the hourly rate. Depending on the size of your party, it may make sense to hire two coaches, perhaps a luxury coach for the bride, groom and their attendants and a passenger coach for the guests. By having more than one vehicle, it will allow some guests to leave at different times if needed. TAKING THE TROLLEY An attractive, fun alternative to the luxury or passenger coach is a trolley, if it’s
TRANSPORTATION available in your area. Trolleys generally can accommodate between 20 and 35 people, and are ideal for larger wedding parties. With their antique look and old world charm, they lend a lovely, elegant touch to this wedding day detail. And, they look beautiful in photos! UNIQUE ALTERNATIVES For those who prefer something more creative or romantic in transportation, there are many unusual offerings. If a horse-drawn carriage is available in your city, this is a charming option. This service can vary from a simple carriage to an elaborate coach. Although space in the buggy will undoubtedly be limited, there is nothing quite as beautiful and romantic as a bride being led to a waiting carriage with beribboned steeds and driven away under a clear blue sky or starry night. It can be an unforgettable experience for the happy
couple as well as a memorable sight for the wedding guests. Vintage or luxury cars can also add a touch of class: a Bentley, Rolls Royce or even a kitschy pink Cadillac can be the finishing touch for your wedding’s personal style. Motorcycles, bicycles, horses, boats or even hot air balloons can also transport the bride and groom if that’s more your style, and fits your needs. DOWN TO DETAILS Whatever you choose, you should confirm your transportation booking and verify pickup and departure times well in advance of your wedding day to avoid any mix-ups. And if your wedding is around a busy time – say, the holidays or prom time, be sure to book early. There are many options available for today’s bride and groom, and with just a little creativity and planning, you can find the mode of transportation that best suits your style.
tranSPortation: ask the right questions
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Consider taking an easy three-day trip right after your wedding, but plan for a more extensive honeymoon six months later, or on your one-year anniversary. You’ll be more relaxed.
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Honeymoon honeymoon in paradise
The stress of planning a wedding is over, your in-laws are gone and for the next couple days or weeks, you get to have the getaway single people dream of and married couples want to do again: your honeymoon. It doesn’t matter if you’re at a luxurious Caribbean resort or sleeping in a tent near your home – what matters is that you’re starting your life together, and what better way to start that than with a romantic and intimate escape?4
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HONEYMOON Here are some tips to make sure your planning goes smoothly and the trip fulfills your every fantasy: COMMUNICATE This seems basic enough, but don’t assume anything when you’re planning a honeymoon! Take time to sit down and toss ideas around – what kind of destination you’d like (beach, foreign, cruise, etc.) and what you want to spend your time doing once you’re there (when you’re not in your bedroom.) Ask each other if you’d like a destination where there are lots of activities such as water sports, hot tourist spots, shopping or hiking, or if both of you would rather go somewhere you can relax and be pampered. It’s totally up to you, but make sure that your expectations are established before you book anything so there aren’t unexpected disagreements when you want to read a novel on the beach all day and your spouse wants snorkeling lessons. And don’t forget – this is the start of your lives together, so this honeymoon could be the beginning of throwing in a few compromises here and there. Here are some planning tips: Tropical Most people think a honeymoon is a tropical island straight out of a postcard. You can’t beat a fruity drink with a little umbrella in it, a spa treatment on the beach or romantic walks down the white sand at sunset. Even for the most active couples, a honeymoon is probably the one time where it’s OK to sit back and let yourself be taken care of. Check into a bunch of places before you go - many have special honeymoon packages and some cater exclusively to honeymooners. Also, be sure to ask if it is really “all” inclusive. At some places this means your room and two meals, at others it means three meals, drinks, champagne at arrival and a spa treatment. Don’t be afraid to make some requests – mention another resort threw in chocolatecovered strawberries with their all-inclusive 136 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com
package, and you might see a couple more perks when you walk in the door. Abroad An exciting trip abroad is an exciting way to start a marriage. You’ll have a sense of adventure when you’re caught up in a whirlwind of new ideas and cultures, all while beginning a new adventure of your own. However, if you’ve never been abroad before, make sure this is something you really want to do, because planning a foreign trip for the first time can be stressful, and it could be overwhelming to be in new lands for the first time when all you want to do is relax. If you do go, 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, call the International Traveler’s Hotline at 404-332-4559. Keeping it Local If you don’t have the funds for a plane ticket abroad or can’t get away for a long trip, look around you to see what your area has to offer. You’ll probably be surprised to learn there is a romantic bed & breakfast just a few miles from your home or a beautiful state park where you can sleep under the stars. Turn your cell phones off and just spend time with each other so it seems as if you’re light years away from the rest of the world. Again, it doesn’t matter where you go, it’s how you spend your time honeymooning that you’ll remember for years to come. Cruises If you can’t decide on a destination, a cruise might be for you – it’s got it all and more. If you want to see Europe, but you’ve never been and don’t have time to plan a trip, try
HONEYMOON a Mediterranean cruise. If you want a tropical location but can’t decide on a spot, get on a Caribbean cruise that will take you to many different islands. And if you can’t decide whether you want to relax or be active, a cruise will give you plenty of options to do both. Plus, meals, drinks and entertainment are all included and it’s all right outside your cabin door! When you’re planning, just like anywhere else, mention you’re on your honeymoon and see if the cruise line has a special deal or package for you. BEFORE YOU GO Even though you’ll have a lot on your plate to plan for the wedding before you leave, take some time to get information on your chosen destination before you leave. Here are some things to think about, especially if you’ve never traveled to your honeymoon location before:
reservation – your travel agent is there to help, just a phone call away. Look for one who focuses on wedding & honeymoon travel, or who specializes in the geographical area you wish to visit. PUT ROMANCE IN YOUR HONEYMOON It’s no secret that a honeymoon is all about those intimate moments and letting out your romantic side, so be proactive in setting up that excitement! Pack a secret gift for each other to open on the honeymoon – new lingerie, a romantic photo album or something personal you two share that would ignite a little fire. You could also give each other ‘coupons’ with little favors, such as an intimate massage or a promise to try deep-sea fishing the next day. No matter what romance you bring into the honeymoon, just keep it as personal as possible and neither of you will be able to quit smiling, no matter where you are.
• Different Customs. If you’re traveling abroad, or even to an Americanized resort in the Caribbean, do a little research to learn if there are gestures that are deemed inappropriate, actions that are considered rude or types of dress that are unacceptable to the local community. • Language. Pick up a pocket-sized dictionary or phrase book if you’re going somewhere that neither of you speak the language. • Tipping. Not everywhere has the same tipping as in the United States – look into who to tip and what percentage. • Weather. Know the typical weather of your destination at the time of your travel, and plan for contingencies. Even if you’re staying local, you don’t want to have to drive home to get a pair of snow boots you didn’t think you’d need!
USE AN EXPERIENCED TRAVEL AGENT You have enough planning and details on your plate with the wedding – leave your travel planning to a professional! The cost to you is generally zero, or very minimal, and they’ll save you so much time and greatly reduce your stress. If anything goes wrong – your flight is cancelled, or the hotel lost your
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PLANNING YOUR HONEYMOON Plan ahead so things will go smoothly
Your honeymoon is just one element of your wedding plans. In order to make a wise decision, be sure to consider the following: 1. Budget—Be realistic about what you can afford. 2. Discussion—Share ideas about possible choices and be willing to compromise. 3. Professional advice—Work with a travel agent to insure the perfect honeymoon.
registry. The registry works similar to one in a department store, but instead of wedding guests purchasing gifts, they give money towards your honeymoon. Still don’t have enough money—consider taking it several weeks or months after your wedding, giving you more time to collect money. 5-6 Months Ahead If your honeymoon takes you outside the United States, apply early for passports. Make sure your travel reservations and documents match your identification. 2-4 Months Ahead Purchase luggage and identification tags. Consider the size as most airlines only allow 50 pounds per checked bag. Remember also to budget for fees charged by airlines for checked baggage. Make a shopping and packing list, so you’ll have everything ready to go ahead of time.
THE WEDDING TIMELINE To further assist you in your planning, the following is a timeline designed to help you make the necessary preparations in a timely and stress free manner. 8-10 Months Ahead Share your honeymoon fantasies with one another and discuss possibilities. Seek the assistance of a professional travel agent and begin to study brochures and research on-line what type of honeymoon both of you will enjoy together. Set a budget. 6-8 Months Ahead After careful consideration and discussions with your travel agent, book your honeymoon. Purchase travel protection as it covers much more than cancellation. Deposits are usually due within 5 to 7 days of booking and final payments 60 to 75 days before departure. If the price is “out of reach”, consider a bridal 138 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com
1 Month Ahead Make an appointment with your travel agent to review all documents thoroughly. Have all your questions answered. Make copies of your passports, credit cards, and insurance and pack one set in your carry-on bag. 1 Week Ahead To avoid last minute stress, pack early in the week. Make sure your items are divided between your checked baggage and carry-on, so they comply with TSA regulations. Check weather forecasts and do your “on-line airline check-in” 24 hours prior to departure. The only thing remaining is for you is to enjoy the romantic honeymoon of your dreams. Georgia Huff, CruiseScape Travel 775-782-2520, firstname.lastname@example.org
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The wedding industry represents one of the most unique customer service models you will ever find. Here, you have dozens of businesses hired months in advance to complete an individual task that will be carried out on a particular day. What makes this more interesting is that there can be no do-overs on your wedding day. It is like a “live” stage play that will be orchestrated and presented in real time. Everything must be perfect and done right, the first time! The trickiest part of all is the fact that the businesses you have hired offer various forms of customer service. Add to that the fact that many of these hired hands will be meeting each other for the very first time on the day of the event, and you have a condition that can only have you keeping your fingers crossed for a good outcome. Unless of course you have hired vendors based upon their ability to give great customer service. BEAUTY IS ONLY SKIN DEEP We have all heard this saying. It implies what you see on the surface is only part of the equation. The same is true in the wedding business. The pictorial you view from your photographer or the music you discuss with your DJ is important, but only represents one level of service expectation. The same is true of the menu you review or the location you are thinking of securing. The products and service provided is important – so too is the manner in which they are delivered!
THROW YOUR VENDORS A CURVE BALL We have come to expect that most wedding vendors we talk with are considered experts in their field. When you are satisfied with the level of expertise exhibited by the vendor, then begin inquiring about customer service. Don’t be afraid to ask them for an example of how well they work with other vendors. Ask them how involved they will be in the preevent planning process. Ask them how quickly they will return your phone calls and respond to your inquiries. These are all important questions. Romantic comedies on the big screen and reality T.V. wedding shows have conditioned us to think that weddings are this stressedout event that tears people apart and reduces the strongest people to a fetal position. It doesn’t have to be that way. Look carefully at training, qualifications and talent. Then look at how you will be treated as a customer. Follow your instincts and select vendors who care as passionately about you and the success of your event as they do about their own vocation. EDITOR’S NOTE: Larry Williams is a customer service expert and has worked more than twenty years in the wedding industry. His new book Customer Service A to Z is a must read for wedding vendors and everyone interested in creating a spectacular customer service model. Buy this book on-line at www.CustomerServiceAtoZ.com.
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Here’s the variety our previous shows have offered brides-to-be! Look for even more exhibitors this year! …For Such a Time as This… A Beautiful Bride A Country Chapel, ASACLT A New Me A Perfect Pear Catering A Spiritual Arts Center w/a Country Chapel A Wildflower AAA Insurance AAA Travel - Reno ABC Bridal Company ABC Catering Abraham Noble Photography & Video Production Action Flipbooks Advanced Dentistry by Design Adventure Inn After Hours Formalwear Airport Plaza Hotel & Conference Center Aistheta Skin Care Center ALC of Reno (Advanced Laser Clinics) Alexander’s Catering Alfred Angelo Bridal ALICE Radio Alicia Hargrave Photography All About Honeymoons All About Music All Occasion Rentals Allison Ramsey Photography Aluma by Kari AME Financial American Family InsuranceDavid Lockwood Agency American Family InsuranceRachelle Wolf Agency
An Affair to Remember Events Ann Sutton -Corporate Image concepts -Cookie Lee Jewelry Antique Angel Wedding Chapel Any Wedding Anytime Aramark Arbonne International Arch Of Reno Arrow Creek Country Club Ascot Association For Wedding Professionals Atlantis Hotel - Salon & Spa Aura de la Feeme Gift Baskets Avalance Music Productions B.K. Entertainment Ballantine’s Ballroom Batch Cupcakery Bath & Beauty Collection (Books Are Fun) Beaming White LLC BeautiControl - Spa, Image, and Skin Care Beautiful Transformations Bed Bath & Beyond Belinda Grant Photography Bella Vita Catering / A Slice of Heaven Cakes Best Buy Beverly Colgan, Harpist Bistro 7 Bleu Wave Cruises and Round Hill Pine Beach Resort Bliss Honeymoons of Northern Nevada Blue Angel Weddings & Catering Blue Garter Bridal & Tux Bobbi’s Quality Photo
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Cosmetic Aesthetic Laser Salon Costco Wholesale Country Insurance & FinancialServices Countryside Bride Courtyard by Marriott Creation Studio Creativity Galore / Christie Davis-Cumming Cruise Planners Curves Customer Service A To Z Dan Thrift Photography Dancin’ DJ Dancin Partners, LLC Dancin! Performing Arts & Events Center D’Andrea Golf Club David Walley’s Resort Hot Springs & Spa David White DDS David’s Bridal Dayton Valley Golf Club Dazzling Smile DC’s Music, LLC Debs Tours & Cruises Dee’s Bakery Deesigner Wedding Cakes Diamond Vault Dick Stoddard Mobile Music Dillard’s Dinners Ready Distinctive Photography Distinctive Video DJ Maestro Dolce Salon & Spa Don Saxton Photography Dorinda’s Chocolates
DS Photography Elite Jewelry Artistry Embassy Suites Lake Tahoe Resort Epper Chiropractic Services Esteem Medical Spa Events Ink Ever After Creations Videography Exact Enhancements Executive Limousine Service Eyelash Connection Fantasies In Ice Fantasy Inn & Wedding Chapel Felicia’s Event and Wedding Coordination Fig Tree Catering Flaggstone Wine & Gifts Floral Expressions Floral Supply Center Florist at Moana, The Flower Power Flowers by Mario Flowers By Patti Flyboy Naturals Focused on the Moment Photography Follow Your Heart Photography Forest Suites Resort Forget Me Knot Event Formals Frank Caffaratti DDS Fusion Studios Future Dreams Fellowship, Inc. G. H. Bridal & Tuxedo G. Robinson Photography G.H. Bridal & Tuxedo, LLC Galliett Design Rentals Gar Woods Grill & Pier / Riva Grill Gem Gallery, The Gene Ho Photography Gene Russell Photography Genoa Lakes Golf Club and Resort Gentleman Photographer, The Gold Hill Hotel Gottschalks Gowns Against Breast Cancer Grand Sierra Resort Great Nevada Balloon Races Greater Genoa Business Association Greater Nevada Credit Union Greene’s Cleaners Inc. Greenhorn Creek Ranch Grove at South Creek Hair Studio Hamby Photography Happily Ever After Happy Ever After Herbalife Hidden Valley Country Club High Pointe Catering High Sierra Gardens / Tiffany’s Floral & Wedding Designs Howard Steigers Wedding Vidoegraphy I Deux Photography Imes Inc. In Step Productions Independent Reps Of B’s Purses Infinite Moments Intero Real Estate Service/ Prime Lending Isabel’s For The Love of Cake Isagenix It’s A Beautiful Day Wedding Dress Rental J & J Event Coordinators J.R. Publications- Canceled J.S.L. Auto Glass J2E Photographics Jafra Cosmetics Int Jamie Rollins Entertainment JCPenney Gift Registry Jeff Isaacson Photography Jewel Celebrations - Wedding & Event Planning JLM Creative Photography Joe Crowley Student Union at UNR John Robert Powers Performing Art Center Johnston Family Carriages Joseph E. Greco
Ka Bloom of Reno Ka Lani Photography Katie Watkins Photography Keller Williams Group One Inc, Realty K-High Five Ranch Kirkwood Resort Weddings Kristi Johnson Wedding Consultant Kristin Combs Photography KRNV TV 27 Kru Media KSRN Radio KWNZ Radio Lake Tahoe Catering Company Lake Tahoe Cruises & Zephyr Cove Resort Lake Tahoe Entertainment L’Bel Paris Legal Computer Productions Inc “Liane McCombs Wedding & Event Planning Wedding Planner” Linens N’ Things Little Black Dress Little Shoppe of Parties Lodge at Tahoe Donner Longaberger Baskets / Pottery/ Home Décor Lorraine Photography Lost Trail Lodge Lulu Hair Salon M&M Event and Party Planners M. Stebel Photography Macy’s Bridal & Gift Registry Made by Rebecca, Inc. Magic 95.5 Make a Wish Mammoth Mountain Resort Marchele’s Bridal Boutique Margarita Man Marina Harp Mary Kay Inc. Master Grade McClain’s Mobile Music & DJ Service Men Wielding Fire Men’s Wearhouse The Mia Bellas Candles Michael & Son’s Michael Harrison Photography Mir Image Photography LLC Mont Bleu Resort Casino & Spa Montreux Golf Course Moonlight Hairsticks -Wine Celler Life Motives Cosmetics Mountain Garden B & B Mountain Top Weddings Mountain Valley Living Magazine Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort Mt.Rose - Ski Tahoe / Winters Creek Lodge Music by Robert Music Doctor, The My Dream Wedding Naan and Kabob, Etc Nalu Boudoir National Automobile Museum National Health Styles Nevada Museum of Art Nevada Wedding Mall Never Enough Ballroom New Era Bridal New Possibilites New Spa Nicole Miller Photography No Stress Wedding Nothing Bundt Cakes Once Upon a Time Events Orthodontic Partners Outdoor Plus, Digital Photo Lab Pacific Sun Tanning Co. Pampered Chef,The Paper Moon - Plumgate Park Tahoe Inn Party Boat, The Party Chic Partylite Gifts Passion Parties Pearl Studios Pendleton and Mattioli Family Practice
Peppermill Hotel & Casino Petals and Plants Pete Rezac Photography Photo Bash Photo Bliss Photography By Bonnie Birdsall Photography by Julie Granata Photography By Troix Photos By Martin Pic Box Photo Booth Company Piper’s Opera House Platinum DJ’s Plaza Hotel & Conference/ Wedding Center Plumpjack Squaw Valley Inn Positive Images Photography Precision Productions Premier Bride Magazine Premier Events Princess House Props To Go - Red Carpet Events Prospect Mortage Pure Swiss Skin Care (Arbonne Int’L) Pure Vision Products Qdoba Mexican Grill Qgems Jewelry Rancho San Rafael Rapscallion Seafood House & Bar Red Hawk the Golf Club at Wingfield Springs Reflection in Silk Reflection Photography Registry @Macy’s, The Remember When Photography Reno - Tahoe Limousine Service Reno Gallery of Furniture Reno Gazette-Journal Reno Hilton Reno Photo Booth Reno Tahoe Event Florist Reno Typographers, Inc Reno Wedding Tours Reno-Sparks Convention Center-Well Bread Restaurant Services Resort at Red Hawk, The Resort at Squaw Creek Restaurant at Convict lake Reverse Aging Ridge Tahoe, The Rockit Productions Romna’s Hair Design Rose Street Studio Round About Market & Bestro Savoye Entertainment Sawdust Restaurant Screenbooth Lake Tahoe Sea Scape Salon & Day Spa Selected Brides Inc. Selix Formalwear Sensual Party Consultants / Passion Parties Serendipity Skin Care Sew Fine Shine Salon & Spa Shotzz Photography Siena Hotel Spa Casino Sierra Bakery Sierra Floral Designs Sierra Grande Resort Sierra Nevada Golf Ranch/ D’Andrea Golf Club Sierra Rose Florist Sierra Smiles Sierra Summits Skin Products Silpada Designs Silver Legacy Resort & Casino Silver Oak Golf Course Silverland Inn & Suites Simple Tahoe Weddings Simply Cakes Skye Snyder Photography & Videography SlideShow Pro, The Soapranos Soiree Nevada South Lake Tahoe Wedding and Honeymoon Assoc. Southern Living at Home
Spa Dheva/Shaheen Ali MD SPA West Sparks Florist Sparks Masonic Center Speakeasy Hotel Splash Bath & Body Squaw Valley USA Starling Video Productions Stefani & Assoc / Colonial Mortgage Stella and Dot Stephanie Marie Photography Stephanie Williams Photography Steve Keegan, Wedding Photojournalist Stylish Scribe, LLC Sugar Bowl Resort Sun Co Products Sunsations Tanning Salon Super Clubs Breezes Superior Smile Suspended In Time by Linda Svetlana Photo Studio Sweet Irish Rose Cakes & Cards Sweet Sensations Sweet Tooth Café Swoon Bridal Salon Tahoe Biltmore Tahoe Biltmore Lodge & Casino Tahoe Ridge Winery and Marketplace Tahoe Wedding & Portrait Tahoe-Carson Area Newspaper (Bride To Be) Tannenbaum Events Center Temptations Parties by Michelle Tess Hunt Photography Tex Dasan The Chateau The Daly Scoop The Divine Dish Catering & Personal Chef Services The DJ Mobile Company The Entertainer The Knot The Melting Pot The Reno Tahoe DJ Company The Wedding Emporium Thirty-One Gifts Those 2 Girls Three Ministers, The Thunder Canyon Country Club TNT Wedding Photography Tom Delaney Orchestra - canceled Travel at Caughlin Travel Unlimited Truckee Travel True Moments Photography Tunnel Creek Ranch Tupperware Tux Town Tuxedo Den/cancelled Twenty Mile House UR Cleaning Angles Valley Beat DJ Service Vantal Pearls VideoQuest Productions Virginia City Convention & Tourism Authority Wallace Photography Water Beads Wedding Affair Magazine Wedding Design Center Wedding Doves Of Reno Wedding Sites & Service Magazine Wedding Style Favors Weddings Of the West Wee Designs - Beijo Bags Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Whirlwind Mortgage Whole Foods Market Catering Wild Hare Sign Co Wild River Grille William Furs Willow Whispers Wolf Run Golf Club Yellow Flowers Photography Zilla Events Zinser Photography
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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 be the one stop shopping experience you need to plan your entire wedding, especially if you go prepared. Here are a few tips on how to get the most out of your local bridal shows.
Ready to Make Decisions Bring the major decision-makers to the bridal show with you. If you are the major decision-maker, bring someone you can bounce ideas off of before you make the final decision. Another important item to bring is a swatch of material in the color of your wedding. This will assist the florist, baker and many of the other professionals in helping you plan your event. A checkbook and date book are also necessities. If you are going to book a perfect photographer, you are going to need to leave a deposit. You’ll also need a date-book to schedule others. Dress for the Occasion Remember to wear comfortable shoes. There is no doubt that you will be doing a lot of walking.
PLAN IN ADVANCE First of all, you will need to have a budget planned. Make a list of what you need most and what your budget will allow for each item and service. When you get there visit the service providers who have what you need the most then enjoy the show more leisurely afterwards. Visit Here First Remember, some wedding service providers can only do one or two weddings a day because they are one or two person operations. These providers include videographers, DJs, banquet facilities, balloon decorators, photographers and wedding consultants. Plan to spend at least half the day with these kinds of vendors. 162 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbride.com
Fashion Forward Bring a notepad with you to jot down any dresses you like during the fashion shows that will surely take place while you’re there. You may also have the opportunity during these shows to see DJs or even bands perform. GET READY TO WIN Often times, the exhibitors will have drawing boxes available for you to enter to win prizes. To avoid having to write your name, address, phone number and wedding date 50 times, it is a good idea to have some address labels made up. Most local print shops can do address labels quickly and inexpensively. The important thing to remember is that the show is there to assist you in every aspect of planning your wedding. When you take advantage of a bridal show, you can plan major parts of your wedding in just a few hours.
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ADVERTISER DIRECTORY BANQUET FACILITIES
The Chateau at Incline Village
Marchele’s Bridal Boutique
955 Fairway Blvd, Incline Village www.yourtahoeplace.com 1-877-GO-VIEWS
(See pg 43)
Genoa Lakes Golf Club and Resort (See pg 47)
Lakeside Beach Grill
4105 Lakeshore Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, CA www.lakesidebeachgrill.com 530-545-8453
Piper’s Opera House
1-888-422-1958 or 775-847-0433
(See pg 42) (See pg 80)
October 22-23, 2011, Reno-Sparks Convention Center www.locketshows.com 775-849-8000 (See pg 93)
www.skiparadise.com 408-730-9929 www.allockett.com
5465 Kietzke Lane, Reno www.sierrasmiles.com 775-786-1911
(See pg 2)
(See pg 155) (See pg 156)
McClain’s Mobile Music 775-267-2100
(See pg 97)
The Reno Tahoe DJ Company
Summit Sierra, 13933 S. Virginia St., Reno www.dillards.com 775-852-3080
www.remwed.com 775-624-2222 (See pg 109)
(See pg 96)
Photo Bliss 775-787-8100 775-852-4444 775-356-9966 (See pg 114)
Macy’s 775-826-8333 775-789-3533 (See pg 12)
National Healthstyles Foundation www.nationalhealthstyles.com 866-520-2224
(See pg 115)
152 Coney Island Dr., Sparks www.camelotpartyrentals.biz 775-355-9004
Premier Bride Showcase
January 8, 2012, Reno-Sparks Convention Center www.renobridalshow.com 775-849-8000 (See pg 163)
(See pg 39)
Customer Service A to Z
October 23, 2011, Reno-Sparks Convention Center www.renobridalshow.com 775-849-8000 (See pg 86-87, 160-161)
(See pg 102)
Camelot Party Rentals
Bridal and Beauty Expo
(See pg 158) (See pg 103)
(See pg 157)
Premier Bride Wedding Organizer www.RenoBridalShows.com 775-849-8000
Weddings of the West
(See pg 120-121) (See pg 13)
A Wildflower Florist
1503 Highway 395, Suite E, Gardnerville, NV www.laketahoe-wedding-flowers.com 775-782-7579
The Gem Gallery (See pg 108)
5890 S. Virginia Ste. 3, Reno www.renogem.com 775-825-3499
(See pg 6)
Michael & Son’s Fine Jewelry
5000 Smithridge Ctr, Reno 5487 Meadowood Mall Cir., Reno www.menswearhouse.com
Fall Home Show
Tours of the West Guide Service
5100 Meadowood Mall, Reno 6011 S. Virginia St., Reno www.macys.com
(See pg 7)
1 Genoa Lakes Drive, Genoa www.genoalakes.com 775-782-6644 ext 249
5150 Mae Anne Ave., Reno 70 Damonte Ranch Pkwy., Reno 5035 Pyramid Lake Rd., Sparks www.kohls.com
Reno Town Mall, 4001 South Virginia St., Reno www.marchelesbridal.com 775-786-7709
775-826-6744 775-829-0889 (See pg 71)
2001 E. Second St., Reno 775-786-5110 www.michaelandsons.com
(See pg 22)
Step Back in Time 775-849-8000
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