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

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GOWNS GOWN STYLES Bridal attire ranges from extravagant princess gowns to tailored suits. That’s right, there’s no rule that says a bride must wear a fancy gown. This is the age when brides dress for their own comfort level and personal style, but more polished. Even so, most brides stick with a dress. The strapless style still reigns supreme, but the market has expanded in recent years to include gowns with all manner of straps, sleeves, and accessories. You’ll see many dresses that are modest in the front and dramatic in the back. Dresses are also belted, have convertible or removable cap sleeves, and come in an array of bold and muted colors in addition to just white. Some brides are even wearing more than one dress, such as a traditional gown for the ceremony and a short dress for the reception, so they can comfortably dance the night away. FABRIC & AFFORDABILITY Satin, tulle, and lace are the most commonly used fabrics for wedding gowns, and the type of fabric you choose will greatly affect the price. If you’re dreaming of intricate, hand-stitched, Italian lace with delicate beading, the cost is going to rise. But these days, it’s entirely possible to find designers that create gorgeous gowns with price points that suit the mainstream bride. The professionals at your local bridal salon will be able to help you determine which fabric and details fit within your budget. STARTING THE SEARCH Start by gathering ideas. Bridal magazines, designer websites, and Pinterest are a great source as you start the hunt for your wedding dress. Compile the styles you like that suit the


GOWNS mood of your wedding. For example, is your wedding venue a rustic lodge, classic ballroom, or ultra-modern loft? Ask yourself, “What kind of dress makes sense for the activities of the day?” Also think about what kind of dress makes sense for you. Weddings are no longer strictly adhering to tradition, and brides are embracing this new mainstream by crafting weddings that are truly a reflection of themselves, and that goes for bridal style, too. If you’re not into princess gowns, wear a white jumpsuit and sassy heels. If your wedding’s on a beach, don a knee-length sheath and comfy sandals. Keep your vision of your true self in mind as you search for ideas. Then, make an appointment at your local bridal salon. Invite a trusted team of family and friends to join you. You don’t need an army, just a few close people you can count on to tell you the truth. Sadly, not all gowns will be figureflattering. Share your ideas for the type of gown you want with the professionals at the bridal salon, but keep an open mind. Ideally you should start visiting salons anywhere from nine months to a year before your wedding to allow enough time. If you’re in a rush, 6 months or less, tell your consultant immediately. SHAPES & SIZES Remember that no two brides are shaped alike, therefore, no dress will ever accent your silhouette exactly the same way it does another bride’s body. When the time comes to try on gowns, explore a myriad of styles and cuts to figure out what works for you. You might be surprised! Note that bridal salons often carry only one sample size of each gown. Try on these gowns even if they’re not your size. Consultants are there

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GOWNS to help you get in and out of sample sizes. If you’re nervous about the sizes available at your local bridal salon, give them a call. Talking to a representative will ease your mind, and you’ll find that whether you’re full-figured or very petite, there have never been more options to accommodate brides of all shapes and sizes.

shades of white. So just because you’re not crazy about that big blush dress on the hanger, try it anyway! What do you have to lose? WORKING WITH A CONSULTANT While at the salon, make sure to take advantage of your professional consultant’s knowledge and expertise. A good bridal consultant should steer you in the right direction so communicate your likes, dislikes, wants, and needs as much as possible. It’s the consultant’s job to handle every step of your salon experience including showing you every option within your price range. They can also coordinate alterations and other practical matters once you’ve found “the one.” If you’re not in sync with the consultant you’ve been dealt, don’t hesitate to ask to work with a different

TRYING ON DRESSES Don’t be afraid to think outside the box and try on dresses that aren’t necessarily in your comfort zone. You never know what a gown will really look like until you try it on, and lots of brides end up choosing a style of gown they never even dreamed of. Remember that the gowns at salons are just samples, so the size won’t be tailored to you, and most dresses can be ordered in various

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GOWNS representative. Every bridal salon’s goal is to give you an enjoyable experience. ALTERATIONS & FITTINGS Deciding on a gown is a major hurdle, but that’s not the end of the wedding dress “to do” list. There are usually as many as four fittings that follow saying “yes” to the dress. Here are some tips for making this process run as smoothly as possible. First, give yourself and the tailor sufficient time. If you’re in a rush, this is when working with a bridal salon can really help. It’s usually their job to make sure alterations run smoothly and on time. Second, choose a dress that’s very close to your actual size. Most gowns can’t be changed by more than two sizes, up or down. Buy a dress that fits the biggest part of you, not the smallest part. It’s easier to take a dress in

to hug your figure than it is to let it out. If you’re not working with a salon and have to find your own tailor, choose a tailor that has a great reputation, not the lowest rate. When the time comes for your first fitting, make sure you’re sporting the same undergarments and shoes that you’ll be wearing on your wedding day. Even the slightest tweak in bra padding or heel height can change the way a dress hangs and where the hem falls. As you’re working with the tailor, trust that they know what they’re doing. You may ask them to make one alteration, and they might suggest an alternate way to achieve that look, or advise against it altogether. Know when to take a deep breath and leave certain decisions to the professionals. Your stress levels will thank you for it.

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2017 TRENDS STYLE: SOFT & SATURATED Brides, of course, are still wearing gowns — in fact, sometimes they’re wearing more than one! Wearing multiple looks for the ceremony and reception is on-trend and gaining momentum as brides want to have their princess moment, then kick off their shoes and dance the night away. But if you’re keeping it classic and gown-only, you’ll see layers of lace, illusion backs with fine detailing and buttons, all sorts of sleeves, and long trains paired with cathedral-length veils. These frocks don’t only come in white: you can find them in an array of light colors like gold, blush, grey, and blue. Such soft neutral looks carry over into the bridal party with bridesmaids wearing neutral palettes and metallicsoften times mixing and matching. Of course, when they’re not wearing a barely-there color, you’ll find bridesmaids in rich jewel tones like sapphire blue, emerald green, and amethyst purple. In short, it’s trendy to be on either end of the spectrum (pastel or highly saturated) rather than somewhere in between. In terms of menswear, colored suits are taking the place of traditional black tuxedos. Blue and grey suits have been big on the red carpet, and so this colorful trend is making its way to the wedding industry. WEDDING THEMES: PINTEREST PRETTY & KEEPING IT CLASSIC We’re living in the days of Pinterest-loving brides so it comes as little surprise that DIY weddings are still very trendy. While the classic wedding is still popular, couples are also choosing reception venues that

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2017 TRENDS allow for a lot of creativity — sites where you pay to rent the space, but are responsible for bringing your own décor, catering, and other rentals. Lots of today’s weddings are all about ambience, and more brides are setting aside large chunks of their budget strictly for decorations. As for the type of décor, rustic weddings are still very much in style, but the trend is shifting from burlap and mason jars to a combination of earthy and glamorous. You’ll see elements like crystal chandeliers, eclectic place settings, and Instagram-worthy lounge areas staged with vintage furniture. FLOWERS: LOOSE & LUSH The floral industry is experiencing a return to the cascading bridal bouquet. Brides want flowers with a natural feeling: lush, loose, and looking like they were just plucked from a garden. Trailing ribbons in silk, taffeta, or velvet are another way for brides to personalize their bouquets. Brides can pin to their bouquet ribbons charms or photo lockets in remembrance of deceased loved ones. When it comes to flower colors, anything goes! You’ll see autumn tones at spring weddings, and pastel pretties in fall bouquets. The traditional white bridal bouquet is also never out of style, but it’s getting a bit of an update as florists mix shades of white and blush for texture and interest. Bridesmaid bouquets are taking a cue from the mix-and-match dress trend: Flowers for your ladies can now be varied and reflect each girl’s personality. CONTINUED ON PAGE 18

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FOOD: UNIQUE EATS The traditional sit-down, three- or five-course meal is experiencing a sort of revolution. While you’ll still see these formal dinners at classic weddings, many more brides are also turning food into an interactive event. Family-style meals and food trucks are increasingly common. Couples also want their food to have meaning, so they’ll work with caterers to create custom meals. Want mac n’ cheese at your wedding? You can have it! Dinners that feature locallygrown and in-season ingredients are also very popular. These more casual farm-to-table dinners go hand-in-hand with family-style dining to foster a comfortable, homey environment. When it comes to desserts, “interactive” is still the name of the game. Dessert tables of pie, ice cream, candy, or cupcakes reign supreme. Some couples choose to have both a classic wedding cake (it’s tradition!) along with a dessert bar just for fun. And just as food trucks are gaining popularity, so are dessert “trucks” like gelato carts and gourmet popsicle stands. These help-yourself stations aren’t just for edibles — they’re for drinkables, too. Coffee and hot chocolate bars with all the fixings are a cool trend for winter weddings. Then there’s the late-night snack — a treat that many guests have almost come to expect nowadays. Couples can go greasy and delicious (pizza) or offer a home-town specialty (ex: cheesesteaks in Philadelphia) at any style of wedding. Late-night snacks are not only yummy, they’re yet another opportunity for the bride and groom to get creative and show off their personality and style.

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

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

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

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PERSONALIZE YOUR WEDDING make your day your own

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Start by setting the tone with your invitations. Incorporate a fun picture to the invite, perhaps dressed as your favorite movie couple, or engaged in an activity or hobby you love to do as a couple. If you expect outof-town guests, you could include a personalized map of the city that points out your favorite pizza joint or the place you met. Personalized invitations will set an intimate tone for your big day, even if you’re planning a large wedding. For the ceremony, consider writing your own vows. Don’t be scared if you’re not a writer – there are plenty of pastors or wedding guides that give tips to couples who wish to 22 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbridewisconsin.com

personalize their wedding vows. You could even include favorite love song lyrics or poetry to express your commitment. A limo is always classy for leaving the ceremony, but consider more personal exit ideas, too. Love horseback riding? Hire a horse-drawn carriage to carry you to the reception. Honeymooning in Italy? Rent a vespa on which to whisk away! As your guests file into the reception, send them to tables with names rather than numbers. If you met in a Literature class, have your guests sit at tables named after the authors you had to read together. Or name them after places you’ve gone to as a couple, along with a brief story, a photo and a question or two for guests to ask each other, such as “What’s your worst travel story?” or “What was your best meal ever in a restaurant?” This will provide guests with good conversation starters, along with a sneak peek into your life as a couple. After the toasts, surprise your guests by raising your glasses to them. Thank them for being there and share your appreciation for all the support they’ve shown you over the years. Your guests will love being addressed as an integral part of your day. And you can’t forget your first dance! Most couples choose a romantic song for a slow dance. Why not spice things up a little? Take tango or ballroom dancing classes ahead of time and show off your new moves in a choreographed number! Personalizing your wedding simply means bringing a little bit of “YOU” into the day. Express yourself!

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

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

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

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

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

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Amid some of Mequon’s most immaculate land lies a sanctuary that, like most everything at The River Club, was created with romance and magic in mind. Our spectacular Grand Ballroom is the very manifestation of contemporary elegance and can accommodate receptions from one hundred to over five hundred guests. The River Club’s dazzling award-winning programmable theme lighting compliments an array of stunning vistas that overlook the golf course and countryside.

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ACCESSORIZE YOUR DAY the perfect accents Bridal accessories are fun and easy items to shop for and they add a bit of personality to any wedding. From shoes and jewelry to toasting glasses and cake servers, accessories are important details on your wedding day. As you begin planning the major aspects of your wedding, keep an eye out for special or unique items that will reflect your own personal style, hobbies or passions. Though it may be tempting, avoid procrastinating on these seemingly simple purchases. Some selections may require special order, so be sure to allow several weeks for shipping. From Scratch If you’re creative and have the time, handmade accessories are a wonderful addition to any wedding. A hand-sewn ring bearer pillow that matches the flower girl’s basket is a lovely touch. Craft shops and fabric stores carry the necessary supplies to fashion the perfect accessories or enhance storebought items.

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ACCESSORIZE YOUR DAY Handkerchiefs, garters or lingerie with accent colors usually provide the “something blue.” ACCESSORY CHECKLIST For the Bride • Garter • Handkerchief • Jewelry • Keepsake Bag • Shoes

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For the Party • Aisle Runner • Cake Knife • Cake Server • Cake Top • Favors • Guest Book and Pen • Toasting Glasses • Wishing Bubbles Other Accessories • Attendant’s Gifts • Flower Girl Basket • Pew Bows • Ring Bearer Pillow • Unity Candle and Holder Many bridal salons carry limited selections of guest books, toasting glasses, cake knives and cake servers. For a more extensive selection of these items, visit a bridal store that specializes in bridal supplies and accessories. Many bridal salons and floral shops offer a nice selection of wedding accessories. Online options are also extensive. Should you receive a wedding accessory as a shower or pre-wedding gift, make sure that you use it in the wedding.

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BUDGETING YOUR BIG DAY deciding what’s important Just because you can’t throw a lot of money at your wedding does not mean you can’t have the elegant wedding you’ve always dreamed of. You just need to be a little smarter about planning for it! Here are some tips to keeping the sparkle in your wedding in a budget-savvy way. FIRST, MAKE YOUR OWN BUDGET. Before any kind of planning gets done, sit down together and use this simple equation. Add how much you have in savings right now that you can use on the wedding. Then, calculate how much you can save between now and the wedding. Next, add on what your parents are willing to contribute, if anything. Finally, ask yourself if you are willing to go into debt to pay for some of the wedding. Think carefully about 32 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbridewisconsin.com

the last one – a wedding is one day, and it signifies the beginning of a future. Are you willing to sacrifice parts of your future (putting a down payment on a home, having children right away) for a lavish wedding? The total here is your overall wedding budget. Know it, and stick to it! THEN DECIDE WHAT’S IMPORTANT. The “non-negotiables” are different for every couple; what are they for you? Is it the wedding gown, a good photographer, music at the reception or including the entire extended family? Do your research and decide exactly how much the most important parts of your big day will be, and then find out if your remaining money will be enough to cover the rest of your expenses. If not,


BUDGETING YOUR BIG DAY there are quite a few easy ways to trim some costly endeavors. Do it yourself. Depending on how crafty or enterprising you are there are countless things that you can do yourself. With computer and photo programs becoming more advanced every day, it is relatively easy and inexpensive to design some of the printed material you’ll need for your wedding. Save-the-date cards, invitations and name cards can all be designed and printed entirely by you, or some copy or design shops offer the help of a professional to get you started. It is less expensive than paying for the full invitation service, but still gives it a professional touch. Other DIY could be making personal favors for the wedding guests, crafting your own centerpieces, enlisting the help of a friend or sister to do everyone’s hair and makeup for

a smaller fee than a professional salon or making your own jewelry. Even if you don’t consider yourself a hands-on, creative person, don’t be afraid to ask around for friends and family who might be willing to help you try something new to cut costs. Cut the Cake. A fancy cake can be pretty expensive, but don’t go without a dessert! Ask your favorite bakery if they offer items just as pretty but smaller such as fun cookies for everyone, design-your-own cupcakes or just a smaller version of a cake you have in mind. Transport your funds somewhere else. Limos or trolleys are fun and glamorous, but if your limited budget requires it, the drive to your reception would be just as memorable in your own decorated car with the best man serving as driver.

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BUDGETING YOUR BIG DAY It’s Friday, you’re in love. Saturday afternoons are the most common time for weddings which mean they’re the most expensive. But just because it’s common doesn’t mean it’s mandatory – Fridays and Sundays are both weekends so out-of-town guests would be able to make it, and you can still squeeze your dream venue into your budget. Also, try to avoid holiday weekends or the most popular times of year (May-June and early fall), as they are also usually more costly. Guest List reductions. It’s not easy to whittle down a list to include everyone you want enjoying in your special day while still managing a budget, but sometimes this is the easiest way to really cut corners, and can make a significant impact on your budget. If you still have a large amount of people

you don’t want to say no to, consider hosting an informal, less expensive gettogether when you’re back from your honeymoon so you can spend time with the people you couldn’t invite and celebrate your love with them. Bargain shop! A wedding gown can be a huge portion of the budget, and it’s something you probably don’t want to settle for. Look for sample sales, special promotions and more simple, yet elegant, gowns. You could also look into sources such as eBay, Amazon and Craigslist for beautiful discounted gowns, but be very careful about what you buy and the “small print details.” If you don’t want to keep your dress, then there are also plenty of shops that rent designer gowns so you can look stunning on your big day without footing the entire cost of the dress.

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We do more forI do’s 262.367. 3903 | sevenseaswi.com BUDGETING YOUR BIG DAY Save on Booze. Depending on your crowd, an open bar can be one of the costliest endeavors for your wedding. In the past, it was considered poor etiquette to make your guest pay for ANY drink. Today, it’s perfectly appropriate to keep the options limited to beer, wine and soda, with mixed drinks available for cash purchase. Although rare, depending on your reception site and/or caterer, ask if you can provide the liquor and beverages for the open bar, and look into buying your own beverages at a discount liquor store or wholesale club like Sam’s Club or Costco. Different Tunes. A full musical ensemble or even a DJ can really add up, so if you must cut corners, try taking advantage of technology for a night. Rent a sound system, or, if the venue is small, than use

your own computer or borrow one from a friend and hook it up to play a playlist of your favorite songs. Before you make the list, you can look online for a list of great 80s tunes or the best dance songs. Ask around for requests, plug it all in, and you’re set for a night of exactly the type of music you want to hear. The most important thing to remember when trying to budget your wedding is that it is one day. A special and meaningful one, of course, arguably one of the most memorable days of your life, but it is the beginning of a future together and you don’t want money problems to be the way you start married life. Keep in mind that all your guests might not have their wedding favors in 50 years, but if you still have your love for one another, your wedding was a success.

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FRIDAY/SUNDAY WEDDINGS the advantages of weekend weddings

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

MAXIMIZE YOUR DOLLAR For Friday or Sunday weddings, the majority of banquet facilities, photographers, video producers, musicians/enter tainers and limousine services are much more willing to negotiate in order to reach a price that suits your budget. Vendors tend to see Friday and Sunday as bonus days, a time when they can earn income. Savings on these services can really add up making this option a great way to save money without having to sacrifice the quality of your wedding. SAVE TIME On a Friday, you’ll probably have your wedding in the evening, which means, that the ceremony is followed 36 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbridewisconsin.com

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

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FINDING THE RIGHT VENUE things to consider You’ve got the ring, maybe the date, certainly the city or locale, now what? Ask yourself these questions and your answers will determine the venue. What is more important: wedding date or venue? If it’s the wedding date, then your venues may be limited. However, if you have no particular date in mind and can be flexible, then you can get the venue you want. How do you want to use this venue: ceremony, reception, or both? Are you planning a church wedding and the venue is strictly for the reception? Or, are you looking for one place where you can have both the ceremony and the reception? Maybe you’re looking for a place to have the rehearsal dinner. The use of the venue will determine size and location and make the process easier. Also, some venues have exclusive or preferred caterers. If you have a specific catering company in mind and it’s not allowed in that facility, then you need to look elsewhere. Some venues may have other preferred vendors like florists, lighting, audio, to name a few. Finally, some venues require that you buy alcohol directly from them. All this venue, food, alcohol, rentals, flowers, décor, linens, and lighting - figure into the final price. Find out all this up front! What is your dream wedding? This is a time to share your dreams with your wedding professionals. What have you always envisioned? Do you have a particular place or time of day? Do you have someone in mind to officiate? For your reception, what do you see? Are you in a grand ballroom in an elegant


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FINDING THE RIGHT VENUE hotel or are you in a barn with a ritzy rustic look? What is your vision? After all, this is YOUR wedding! How big is your guest list? Besides the date, this is a huge part in choosing your venue. How many people can the venue accommodate? They all have their numbers. Your family and the groom’s family need to come up with how many people will be invited to the wedding and to the reception. Ask the venue how many people they can accommodate. Can my guests climb this mountain? A bride wanted to have her wedding on top of a mountain at sunset. Unfortunately, her grandparents were not in physical condition to climb the mountain to see her get married. For the women dressed in cocktail and formal attire and wearing heels, the climb was a little steep. Be considerate of your guests in choosing the venue. How are you going to get guests from point A to point B to point C? Are the ceremony and reception venues close to each other? Are the venues near the hotel where the guests are staying? You want this to be quick and easy for your guests. If there is a large number of out-of-town guests, are you going to provide transportation to get them to all these locations? Some hotels do offer shuttles for your guests. In booking accommodations, ask the hotel if they provide this service. VENUE CHOICES: Your place of worship For many, this is where the ceremony will occur. Some have parish halls or community centers where they can host the reception after the ceremony. Keep in mind that alcohol is probably not allowed on the


FINDING THE RIGHT VENUE property. So, even if you want a little sip of champagne to toast the couple, you’ll have to go elsewhere.

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Hotels Because of their size and all they offer, hotels can do everything for the wedding from the smaller meeting spaces for the bridesmaids’ luncheon to the grand ballroom that holds hundreds of people. You can have both your ceremony and reception in one convenient location. Plus, the guests have a place to stay and they don’t have to worry about driving in an unfamiliar city.

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Country or Private Club Many private and country clubs allow for non-members to have their wedding at the facility. Like a hotel, you have the convenience of an experienced and qualified kitchen, bar and serving staff, and a club staff member to help. Antebellum Home, Lodge, Boutique Hotel - many couples want a place that is quaint with a hint of romance maybe with historic value or a story. Some offer full service with in-house catering and a coordinator. Others let you choose your wedding professionals, usually from a preferred vendor’s list. Many of these venues offer both inside and outside areas for the ceremony and reception. And they have spaces for large tent set-ups, too. Restaurants For those couples that love great food, individual service, and an exceptional wine list, this is ideal. Usually the chef can prepare foods that are your favorites even though they are not on the menu.

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FINDING THE RIGHT VENUE Home or Friend’s Place Here you have complete flexibility with no stipulations or “have to’s”. Your costs may rise because you may have to rent or buy everything from seating for the guests at the ceremony to tables and chairs, plates, glasses, flatware, lighting, staging, dance floor, generator, bathrooms, and more for the reception. Park, Beach, Museum, Zoo Like a home wedding, you can choose your vendors in these oneof-a kind settings. And like the home weddings, you are probably going to have to provide everything. In addition, in a public place, a permit may be required, with a small fee, to use that area. Remember, because it is public, there’s a good chance you’ll have prying eyes and uninvited guests. Destination Weddings Many brides choose destination weddings. Some go within driving distance. Others jet off to tropical islands. And still some choose a foreign country maybe with ancestral roots. Destination weddings are usually much smaller requiring friends and family to travel at their expense. For the bride, it can be less stressful because many resorts and hotels have a coordinator that puts everything together for them: the officiant, photographer, musicians, flowers, cake, ceremony, reception. All the bride and groom have to do is show up. Finding the right venue is easy if you keep in mind what is most important to you! As seen in The Bridal Guru msbridalguru.com. Have a question about your wedding? Email ask@msbridalgurur.com


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PLEASE BE SEATED simple and hassle free seating charts Assigned vs. unassigned seating at the wedding reception – opinions vary among today’s brides. Open seating allows guests to choose their seat which works well with informal type and cocktail party type receptions. With assigned seating, guests can be assigned a seat or just a table where they choose their seat at that table. A few guidelines will help the process of assigned seating. Begin working on the table layout and seating chart a few weeks prior to the wedding to allow for changes. Include those you believe will attend but have not yet responded. Determine if you need just a seating chart or if you also need place cards at each seat. Some brides are finding creative ways to combine the two such as a table with glass Coke bottles that have a tag hung around the neck stating the guest’s name and table number. Guests pick up their bottle as they enter the reception and place it at their seat. Place cards can help guests to remember each other’s names. Traditionally, close family and friends sit nearest to the bride and groom. Those generally seated together are families, work friends, people of the same age (teenagers or the elderly), and groups of friends. For interest, mix the bride’s and groom’s friends at one table. Do not sit together divorced couples and/or feuding families. Planning a seating chart should not be a stressful part of wedding planning. Ask for help from the mothers of the bride and groom and begin early to make the process simple and hassle-free.

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PERSONALIZED VOWS expressing it in your own way Depending on your religion you might decide to forget about tradition and create your own wedding vows for your big day. The sky is really the limit in this case, and there is no better way to begin your life together than to take the time to really let one another know how you feel. Just like destination weddings have gotten quite popular within the last few years, so has personalized wedding vows whether proclaimed on the beach, spoken in a church or just shared between the two of you in a romantic and casual setting. If you do decide that you want to write your own vows, then meet with the officiant to discuss what you want to do. Think about what is truly important for you to express to each other during the ceremony. As time progresses many couples have begun to take offense to the wording in traditional wedding vows such as the word “obey.” If you are offended by this term, then create a new phrase that reflects who you are as a couple. Perhaps “love, respect and trust” fits into your life plan much better. When you do personalize your wedding vows think about those things that are really important to you such as the meaning of marriage, why you are planning to spend your lives together and how you will make this arrangement work for better or for worse. Too many times nowadays, couples don’t realize that marriage is supposed to be a lasting bond of togetherness through the good and the bad times. Another uncomfortable statement in the wedding vow is “until death 50 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbridewisconsin.com

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


Forever and a Day Experience a wedding fit for a princess. Hilton Milwaukee City Center is the city’s largest hotel and a true Milwaukee landmark in the heart of downtown. A classically refined hotel that reflects its original 1920s grandeur, Hilton Milwaukee is famous for its impeccable service and old-world elegance. Professional wedding experts will provide the finest service and accommodations, specifically designed for the princess in you. Begin planning a lifetime of wedding dreams today. Call 414-390-3802.

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

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SECOND TIME BRIDES getting married again It’s no secret that men and women are getting married more than once nowadays. However, with the decision to wed a second or a third time, there are also the common worries about tradition and proper etiquette. Brides who are walking down the aisle for at least the second time tend to be more mature and ready to take on the world in a more sophisticated manner. Oftentimes, they are fullfledged career women who barely even have time to fit a wedding into their schedule. With commitments such as work, children and a personal life, it can be a tricky balancing act to plan a wedding during the prime of your life. Couples who are getting married again usually reflect more on the actual ceremony, while at the same time, try to juggle everything in between. Because of the many activities involved, it is often a good choice to hire a wedding consultant. Many wedding consultants specialize in planning signature weddings for second time brides and keep the bride and groom on schedule. In the case of a schedule, this often means someone else remembers to get the wedding dress altered, or that the ring bearer’s pillow is not available until the day before the ceremony. What About the Children? Wedding consultants are good for helping to coordinate extended families including the bride or groom’s children. Many couples nowadays are choosing to have their children be part of the ceremony. For example, sons might play the part of an usher or even a ring bearer. Depending on the age of the children, the daughter can also take part in the ceremony as a flower girl 56 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbridewisconsin.com

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


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Wedding Trends and Who Pays Smaller, intimate weddings are definitely the norm for second time couples. The receptions are different too; simple dinner parties or cocktail receptions are preferred over full-blown affairs. Often the bouquet and garter toss are replaced with an award to the longest married couple in the room. Since most of the time the bride and groom will pay for the second wedding, the choices they make are their own this time around. However, if it is a first wedding for the bride or groom, parents might still get involved to pay for a part of the wedding. There are no rules in regards to how to handle this situation; often everyone helps with the budget to make it the most special day possible. The wedding invitations are issued from the bride and groom, in third person, without titles. It would read as follows:

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

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REHEARSAL DINNERS

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With the main event just around the corner, it’s time to relax and celebrate! After the ceremony rehearsal most couples choose to spend some quality time with close family and friends during a rehearsal dinner. The details of how you do this – who, what, when, where – are up to you. Below are five steps to help you pull it all fabulously together. 4

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CEREMONY REHEARSALS practice makes perfect! What’s the point of rehearsing your marriage ceremony the night before the wedding? You’ve seen dozens of them in movies and have been to a handful of weddings over the years — it looks like a piece of cake! But there’s so much more to a wedding ceremony than just taking a walk down the aisle. A rehearsal for the entire bridal party and anyone involved in the ceremony is a chance to set the stage for the next day, to work out any bugs, and to bring your closest friends and relatives together in anticipation of the big day. A rehearsal also allows you and your bridal party to get comfortable in the ceremony space. You’ll find out where you can all get ready the next day, which entrances to use, and where the bathrooms are — things that are often taken for granted. You’ll also learn any venue rules and get answers to pressing questions, such as, are music and mimosas allowed in the church bridal room? Yes, if you’re getting married in a church, then there are sure to be a few rules. There’s also a lot of symbolism in a religious ceremony, and the rehearsal is an opportunity for the officiant to walk you all through the various traditions and explain their meaning. PRE-REHEARSAL PREP Before your rehearsal and ceremony, there are obvious things to think about such as who will walk the bride down the aisle. But you also have to think about who is escorting the mothers-of, which bridesmaid will be paired with which groomsman, and in what order the couples will proceed down the aisle. The order will vary depending on if you


CEREMONY REHEARSALS have junior bridesmaids and flower girls and whether you want the groomsmen to escort the bridesmaids down the full length of the aisle or to meet them halfway. And in today’s wedding world, it’s not uncommon to see the bride and groom walking down the aisle together – a nice touch if you’re game to shake up tradition. Once you have the procession order all set, there are still plenty of other details to hammer out. For example: will you need microphones during the ceremony? Is your venue wheelchairaccessible? Depending on your venue, these are the kinds of details that a site manager or a priest will help you consider ahead of time. WHAT TO EXPECT Rehearsals are quick, not comprehensive, and are meant to act as an overview so that everyone knows what happens when. Once the rehearsal starts, you won’t be reading through every word of the ceremony. Rather, you’ll be blocking out the words and actions: when the bouquet is handed off and taken back, when you sit and when you stand, etc. The bride and groom are usually asked to say a few lines just to work out the pace and volume of their vows. If there are any readings, the reader will also rehearse a few lines. If not all of your key players can be present at the rehearsal, it’s okay. In fact, it is standard practice for the musicians to be absent; if you’ve hired professional musicians or if the church provides a pianist or organist, they already know what to do. It’s also possible that the officiant might not be present at your rehearsal. If this happens, make sure they offer stage directions beforehand, or if the venue has another on-site

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CEREMONY REHEARSALS coordinator, then that person might be able to step in and help. If members of the bridal party can’t make it to the rehearsal, don’t stress! Just designate another member of the party to fill them in on all the details the next morning. THREE SECRETS TO SUCCESS Be on time and organized. Most rehearsals are allotted just one hour and sometimes a venue has more than one rehearsal on a given night. Remember that everyone’s time is valuable and the rehearsal can’t start until everyone is present. Practice patience and respect. Don’t get flustered or anxious if there are bugs to work out — after all, that’s why you’re having a rehearsal in the first place. Be sure to respect the venue, especially if it’s a religious establishment.

As you’re going through the stages of the ceremony, ask questions if you don’t know what to do or if there’s something you don’t understand. Bottom line, don’t be afraid to ask! REHEARSAL DINNER After finishing up the ceremony rehearsal, it’s customary for the bride and groom and/or their parents to host a dinner for all involved. This is a fun pre-wedding event that kicks off the festive spirit and can be as simple or extravagant as you like. You could rent a party room at a nearby restaurant or just invite everyone back to your parents’ house for homemade eats. It’s up to you! Just have fun with it and keep it within your budget. After all, everyone has your fabulous wedding to look forward to the very next day!

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

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

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REHEARSAL DINNERS 5 steps to fun & fabulous #1 – Choose your party Most stick with something less formal, but do anything you like that feeds the crowd and allows for a little mingling: a pig roast, dinner at a restaurant, a cocktail cruise, or a cookout in your backyard.

customary to include any out-of-town guests as they will have traveled some distance for your wedding. #4 – Make them mingle One purpose of the dinner is for everyone to get to know each other. Consider planned seating with place cards or nametags like “Mary Jones, Bride’s College Roommate.” The rehearsal dinner is also an ideal time to give your attendants their gifts.

#2 – Clarify who’s paying Historically, the groom’s parents pick up the tab, however, don’t make that assumption. It’s critical to be clear, up front, about exactly who is paying for what. And never, ever assume!

#5 – Fine tune the toasts The rehearsal dinner is a more relaxed, informal atmosphere. Often, the groom’s father will say a few words followed by the bride’s father and then the bride and groom. Other guests may also want to make a toast. Cheers!

#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

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RECEPTION

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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. 4

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


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

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

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

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

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414-272-1451

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BARTOLOTTA CATERING:

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

414-962-6300

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414-278-8295

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414-390-3802

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milwaukee.regency.hyatt.com

9

50-500

INTERCONTINENTAL MILWAUKEE

414-390-3802

intercontinentalmilwaukee.com

23

20-400

IRON HORSE HOTEL

414-831-4613

theironhorsehotel.com

77

20-200

KIMPTON - THE JOURNEYMAN

414-291-3970

journeymanhotel.com

25

30-150

MARCUS CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

414-276-2030

sazamas.com

86

20-5,000

MILWAUKEE ART MUSEUM

414-224-3287

mam.org

57

450

YACHTS/BOATS

RECEPTION GUIDE 1451 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee

See Page Reception for More Room Capacity Information Range

924 E. Juneau Ave., Milwaukee

DOWNTOWN

Bacchus 925 E. Wells, Milwaukee

1200 W. Canal St., Milwaukee

1801 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee 509 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee 818 S. Water St., Milwaukee

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

700 N. Art Museum Dr., Milwaukee

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

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

Number of Available Banquet Rooms

Number of Months to Schedule Facility

Average Price per Person

Serving Style Available

Separate Area Available for Ceremony

2

6-18

Varies

All Styles

n

4

1-12

$$ - $$$

All Styles

n

6

3-12

$$ - $$$$

Fine Dining

n

n

8

12

$$ - $$$$

All Styles

n

n

2

6-12

$$ - $$$$

Fine Dining Stations

n

n

1

6-18

$$ - $$$$

All Styles

n

1

1-12

$$ - $$$

Plated, Buffet, Food Stations

2

3-12

Varies

All Styles

n

10

9-12

$$$ - $$$$

Plated Buffet

n

2

1-12

$$ - $$$

All Styles

3

3-18

$$$ - $$$$

All Styles

n

n

2

9-12

$$$ - $$$$

French Service

n

n

3

3-12

$$ - $$$

All Styles

n

n

1

3-12

$$ - $$$

All Styles

7

6-18

$$$ - $$$$

All Styles

n

4

3-12

$$$ - $$$$

All Styles

n

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PHOTO COURTESY M THREE STUDIOS

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

CHARLES ALLIS

LAKEFRONT TERRACE

CLASSIC ELEGANCE

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

A RICH HISTORY

2220 N. Terrace Ave.

1801 N. Prospect Ave.

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

RECEPTION GUIDE

See Page Reception for More Room Capacity Information Range

Phone Number(s)

Website

MILWAUKEE ATHLETIC CLUB

414-273-4100

macwi.org

19

50-350

MILWAUKEE COUNTY PARKS

414-257-7275

countyparks.com

54

25-1,000

MILWAUKEE YACHT CLUB

414-271-4455

milwaukeeyc.com

6

550

THE PARK EAST HOTEL DOWNTOWN LAKESHORE

414-276-8800

parkeasthotel.com

76

300

THE PFISTER HOTEL

414-390-3802

thepfisterhotel.com

37

20-650

POTOWATOMI HOTEL & CASINO

414-847-8600

paysbig.com

61

550

PRITZLAFF EVENTS

414-433-6088

pritzlaffevents.com

41

400

THE SEEBOTH

414-841-9374

theseeboth.com

44

20-200

SOUTH SECOND

414-256-8765

southsecondmke.com

87

350

TRIPOLI SHRINE TEMPLE

414-933-4700

tripolishrinecenter.com

7

50-450

VILLA TERRACE ART MUSEUM

414-271-3656

cavtmuseums.org

78

150

WAR MEMORIAL CENTER

414-273-5533

warmemorialcenter.org

8

50-300

WISCONSIN CLUB - CITY CLUB

414-431-3201

wisconsinclub.com

10

300

Coast @ Zilli Lake and Gardens 931 E. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee

414-207-8986

zillihospitalitygroup.com

30-31

50-250

BOERNER BOTANICAL GARDENS

414-207-8986

zillihospitalitygroup.com

30-31

25-250

MILLER ROOM @ ZLG

414-207-8986

zillihospitalitygroup.com

30-31

50-350

ZHG @ Mitchell Park Conservatory 524 S. Layton Blvd., Milwaukee

414-207-8986

zillihospitalitygroup.com

30-31

50-500

758 N. Broadway, Milwaukee

1700 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive, Milwaukee 916 E. State St., Milwaukee

424 E. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee 1721 W. Canal St., Milwaukee

DOWNTOWN (CONT.)

333 N. Plankinton, Milwaukee 131 W. Seeboth Street, Milwaukee 838 S. 2nd St., Milwaukee 3000 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee 2220 N. Terrace Ave., Milwaukee 750 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr., Milwaukee 900 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee

ZILLI’S HOSPITALITY GROUP:

9400 Boerner Dr., Hales Corners 910 E. Michigan St., Milwaukee

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your your

SPECIAL DAY, UNIQUE DETAILS

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

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

Number of Available Banquet Rooms

Number of Months to Schedule Facility

Average Price per Person

Serving Style Available

Separate Area Available for Ceremony

4

3-18

$$$ - $$$$

All Styles

n

3-12

Varies

All Styles

n

3

3-18

$$$

All Styles

n

4

2-12

$$ - $$$

Plated, Family, Buffet

n

n

4

12

$$$ - $$$$

Plated, Stations, Buffet

n

n

3

3-18

$$ - $$$$

Plated, Buffet, Food Stations

n

1

2-12

Varies

All Styles

n

1

2-12

Varies

All Styles

1

3-12

$$ - $$$

All Styles

2

2-12

$$ - $$$

All Styles

n

1

3-12

Varies

All Styles

n

1

12-18

Varies

All Styles

n

2

6-12

$$$ - $$$$

Plated, Food Stations

n

2

6-24

Varies

All Styles

n

2

6-12

Varies

Sit Down, Buffet, Stations

n

1

6-24

Varies

All Styles

n

n

n

Lobby

6-24

Varies

All Styles

n

n

n

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

n n

n n n

n

n

n

n

n n

n

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n n

n

n n

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Exclusively & Beautifully Yours… • Simple Elegance • Panoramic Views • Picturesque Wedding Ceremonies

WATERTOWN COUNTRY CLUB

1340 N. Water St., Watertown

920-261-5009 • watertowncc.com

RECEPTION GUIDE

See Page Reception for More Room Capacity Information Range

Phone Number(s)

Website

BROADLANDS GOLF CLUB

262-392-6320

broadlandsgolfclub.com

24

50-250

COUNTRY SPRINGS HOTEL

262-547-0201

countryspringshotel.com

29

50-500

CROWNE PLAZA MILWAUKEE WEST

414-475-9500

crowneplazamilwaukee.com

79

300

DELAFIELD BREWHAUS

262-646-7821

delafield-brewhaus.com

18

10-200

DELAFIELD HOTEL

262-646-1600

thedelafieldhotel.com

73

70-300

GOLDEN MAST

262-567-7047

goldenmastinn.com

53

450

HAMPTON INN & SUITES MILWAUKEE WEST

414-436-2300

hamptoninnmilwaukeewest.com

15

350

THE HAY LOFT

920-988-7415

hayloftbarn.com

19

300

HOLIDAY INN PEWAUKEE

262-506-6300

heartofamericagroup.com

15

200

KETTLE MORAINE RANCH

262-594-2122

kettlemoraineranch.com

28

550

LA BELLE GOLF CLUB

262-567-7833

labellegolfclub.com

275

250

MARRIOTT MILWAUKEE WEST

262-574-0888

marriott.com/mkemw

Inside Back Cover & 18

600

MILWAUKEE COUNTY ZOO

414-256-5430

milwaukeezoo.org

55

350

OLYMPIA RESORT AND O’SPA

262-369-4966

olympiaresort.com/weddings

27

50-450

PANOS BANQUET CENTER

414-308-4960 262-782-8670

panosbanquetcenter.com

33

20-500

20290 W. Bluemound Rd., Brookfield

RED CIRCLE INN

262-367-4883

redcircleinn.com

Inside Front Cover

300

THE ROTUNDA

262-574-9170

therotunda.com

48

250

SEVEN SEAS

262-367-3903

sevenseaswi.com

35

300

SHERATON MILWAUKEE BROOKFIELD

262-364-1008

sheratonmilwaukeebrookfield.com/ wedding

52

550

TUSCAN HALL BANQUET CENTER

262-292-1322

tuscanhallwi.com

40

20-250

WATERTOWN COUNTRY CLUB

920-261-5009

watertowncc.com

80

20-400

18 Augusta Way, North Prairie 2810 Golf Rd., Pewaukee

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

WEST

N14 W24140 Tower Place, Pewaukee W379 S9694 County Rd S, Eagle 6996 Pennsylvania St., Oconomowoc W231 N1600 Corporate Ct., Waukesha 10001 W. Bluemound Rd.

1350 Royale Mile Road, Oconomowoc

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

1340 N. Water St., Watertown

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Arranging flowers looks like a breeze, but there are endless tricks to the trade. Glean insight and techniques from a professional wedding florist as you create your own take-home centerpiece!

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Number of Available Banquet Rooms

Number of Months to Schedule Facility

Average Price per Person

Serving Style Available

1

12

$$ - $$$

All Styles

7

Based on avail.

$$ - $$$

Sit Down Buffet, Cocktail

n

n

3

3-12

$$ - $$$

Plated, Buffet, Food Stations

n

n

3

6-12

$ - $$$

Buffet Sit Down

2

6

$$$ - $$$$

Butler, Buffet Sit Down

n

2

3-18

$$ - $$$

All Styles

n

2

2-18

$$-$$$

All Styles

1

3-18

$ - $$

Catered, All Styles

2

3-18

$$-$$$

Plated, Buffet, Food Stations

3

3-12

$ - $$

Plated, Buffet, Food Stations

n

1

3-18

$$ - $$$

Plated, Buffet, Food Stations

n

3

12

$$ - $$$

All Styles

n

2

12

Varies

4

12-18

$$ - $$$

Buffet, Plated Stations

2

1-18

$ - $$$

All Styles

2

9

$$$ - $$$$

Plated

n

1

3-18

$$$ - $$$$

Catered, All Styles

n

3

12-15

$$ - $$$

Plated Buffet

n

4

6-18

$$ - $$$

Plated, Buffet

n

2

1-18

$ - $$$

Family, Buffet Food Stations

1

3-18

$ - $$$

All Styles

Separate Area Available for Ceremony

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

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n n

n

n

n

n

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n

n

n

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CEREMONIES • RECEPTIONS REHEARSAL DINNERS

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

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

608 New York Avenue, Sheboygan, WI 53081

Photo courtesy of KMO Photo

920.458.6144

4.75" x 1.75"

RECEPTION GUIDE

See Page Reception for More Room Capacity Information Range

Phone Number(s)

Website

262-522-2953

ci.waukesha.wi.us

276

120-200

Rotary Building 1150 Baxter St., Waukesha

262-522-2953

ci.waukesha.wi.us

276

120-200

WAUWATOSA WOMAN’S CLUB

414-257-9935

wauwatosawomansclub.com

72

175

WESTERN LAKES GOLF CLUB

262-961-9796

sazs.com - westernlakes.com

86

50-400

WINDWOOD OF WATERTOWN

920-262-0702

windwoodofwatertown.com

75

550

THE BOG

262-292-0740

golfthebog.com

273

200

THE CHALET AT LITTLE SWITZERLAND

262-224-7598

littleswitz.com

131

250

CHANDELIER BALLROOM

262-673-4946

chandelierballroom.com

132

500

DAVIAN’S CATERING & CONFERENCE CTR.

262-781-3333

davians.com

46-47

300

HERITAGE HALL

262-255-1606

heritagehallrentals.com

40

20-350

HILTON GARDEN INN - MILWAUKEE PARK PLACE

414-359-9823 414-577-5027

milwaukeehiltongardeninn.com

32

100-350

11600 W. Park Place, Milwaukee

HUBBARD PARK LODGE

414-332-4207

hubbardlodge.com

59

200

JOHN MICHAEL KOHLER ARTS CENTER

920-458-6144

jmkac.org/index.php.rentals

82

300

LAMM GARDENS

262-677-3010

lammscape.co,

132

Over 600

MILWAUKEE BEER BISTRO

414-562-5540

milwaukeebeerbistro.com

58

250

THE RIVER CLUB OF MEQUON

262-236-9442 262-236-9419

riverclubofmequon.com

26

550

SCHAUER ARTS & ACTIVITIES CENTER

262-670-0560 ext 5

schauercenter.org/ourfacility

130

20-300

147 N. Rural St., Hartland

STERLING CHALET

262-628-4080

sterlingchalet.com

131

50-650

WASHINGTON COUNTY FAIR PARK

262-677-5060

wcfairpark.com

131

50-900

WEST BEND COUNTRY CLUB

262-334-9541

westbendcc.com

83

240

WISCONSIN CLUB - COUNTRY CLUB

414-368-1970

wisconsinclub.com

11

250

WAUKESHA PARKS:

WEST (CONT.)

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

1626 Wauwatosa Ave., Wauwatosa W287 N1963 Oakton Rd., Pewaukee W5710 County Hwy CW, Watertown

3121 County Rd I, Saukville 105 Cedar Creek Rd., Slinger 150 Jefferson Ave., Hartford N56 W16300 Silver Spring Dr., Menomonee Falls. N86 W18330 Main St., Menomonee Falls

NORTH

3565 N. Morris Blvd., Shorewood 608 New York Ave., Sheboygan 2708 Sherman Rd., Jackson 2730 N. Humboldt Blvd., Milwaukee 12400 N. Ville du Parc Dr., Mequon

1271 Hwy 175, Hubertus 3000 Hwy PV, West Bend

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

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

West Bend Country Club

5858 Hwy. Z • West Bend

262-334-9541 Number of Available Banquet Rooms

Number of Months to Schedule Facility

Average Price per Person

Serving Style Available

Separate Area Available for Ceremony

1

6-12

Varies

All Styles

n

n

n

1

6-12

Varies

All Styles

n

n

n

1

3-12

$$

Catered, All Styles

n

n

3

6-18

$$-$$$

All Styles

n

n

n

2

12

$ - $$$

All Styles

n

n

n

2

3-18

$$ - $$$

All Styles

n

1

3-18

$ - $$

All Styles

n

2

3-18

$ - $$$

Plated, Buffet, Food Stations

n

n

n

2

6-12

$$ - $$$

Plated Buffet

n

n

n

3

0-12

$ - $$

All Styles

n

n

n

2

12

$$ - $$$

Plated Buffet

n

2

3-12

$ - $$

All Styles

n

3

12

Varies

All Styles

n

Tent

1-12

Varies

All Styles

2

1-12

$ - $$

Plated, Family, Buffet, Stations

n

2

2-18

$$ - $$$$

Plated, Buffet, Stations

n

3

6-18

Varies

All Styles

n

1

3-18

$ - $$

Plated, Family, Buffet

n

7

12-18

Varies

All Styles

n

6

6-18

$$ - $$$

Plated, Buffet Food Station

n

2

3-18

$$$ - $$$$

Plated, Food Stations

n

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

n

n

n n

n

n n

n

n

n

n

n n

n

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n

n

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

414-563-4072

crowneplaza.com/milwaukeearpt

RECEPTION GUIDE

See Page Reception for More Room Capacity Information Range

Phone Number(s)

Website

ALVERNO COLLEGE

414-382-6159

alverno.edu/eventandspace

34

300

CLARION HOTEL

414-481-2400

clarionmilwaukee.com

60

20-450

CROWNE PLAZA MILWAUKEE AIRPORT

414-764-5300

crowneplaza.com/milwaukeearpt

84

950

THE DEKOVEN CENTER

262-633-6401 ext 102

dekovencenter.org

14

250

Festival Hall / Festival Park 5 Fifth St., Racine

262-636-9229

racinecc.com

43

75-600

Memorial Hall 72 Seventh St., Racine

262-636-9229

racinecc.com

43

75-500

POLISH CENTER OF WISCONSIN

414-529-2140

polishcenterofwisconsin.org

28

300

ROMA LODGE

262-886-3610

romalodge.com

85

50Over 600

BRUNO’S RESTAURANT & BANQUET HALL

262-534-7467

bowlrivercity.com

170

20-200

COTTON EXCHANGE

262-534-9291

cottonexchangewi.com

178

300

GENEVA NATIONAL RESORT

262-245-7000

genevanationalresort.com

171

30-350

GRAND GENEVA

800-558-3417

grandgeneva.com

175

40-1500

HAWK’S VIEW

877-429-5788

hawksviewgolfclub.com

173

350

LAKE COMO CLUBHOUSE

262-249-1200 ext. 2

lakecomoclubhouse.com

170

20-200

W3730 Clubhouse Dr., Lake Geneva

LAKE LAWN RESORT

800-338-5253

lakelawnresort.com

179

400

LAKEWOOD FARMS

708-218-0656

vrbo.com/435414

174

100-600

THE LANDING 1841

262-206-2176

thelanding1841.com

181

20-250

THE RIDGE

262-245-7000

ridgelakegeneva.com

171

350

VETERANS TERRACE AT ECHO PARK

262-763-9400

veteransterrace.com

174

400

3400 S. 43rd Street, Milwaukee 5311 S. Howell Ave., Milwaukee

SOUTH

6401 S. 13th St., Milwaukee 600 21st St., Racine

RACINE CIVIC CENTER

6941 S. 68th St., Franklin

7130 Spring St. (Hwy C), Racine

730 Cornerstone Crossing, Waterford

GREATER LAKE GENEVA AREA

345 Hickory Hollow Rd., Waterford 1221 Geneva National Ave. South, Lake Geneva 7036 Grand Geneva Way 7377 Krueger Road, Lake Geneva

2400 E. Geneva St., Delavan Mukwonago

3640 Bieneman Rd., Burlington W4240 State Road 50, Lake Geneva 589 Milwaukee Ave., Burlington

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

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

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

www.RomaLodge.com

Number of Available Banquet Rooms

Number of Months to Schedule Facility

Average Price per Person

Serving Style Available

1

12-18

$$ - $$$

Sit Down Buffet

n

4

3-18

$$ - $$$

All Styles

n

n

6

3-18

$$ - $$$

All Styles

n

n

1

1-12

Varies

All Styles

n

n

1

3-18

$$

All Styles

n

1

3-18

$$

All Styles

n

2

3-18

$ - $$

All Styles

n

n

2

2-18

$$ - $$$

All Styles

n

n

2

3-12

$ - $$$

All Styles

2

3-12

$ - $$$

Plated, Buffet, Food Stations

n

2

6-18

$$$ - $$$$

Plated, Buffet Hors d’oeuvres

n

n

n

n

8

6-12

$$$ - $$$$

Plated, Buffet

n

n

n

n

3

0-12

$$ - $$$

All Styles

n

1

2-12

$$ - $$$

All Styles

3

0-12

$$ - $$$

Plated, Buffet

n

n

1

1-12

Varies

All Styles

n

n

1

1-12

$$ - $$$

All Styles

n

2

3-18

$$ - $$$$

Plated, Buffet, Food Stations

n

4

1-12

Varies

All Styles

n

Separate Area Available for Ceremony

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

n

n

n n

n n

n

n n

n

n

n

n

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SAZ'S STATE HOUSE RESTAURANT

Ideal for bridal showers and rehearsal dinners, “The State Room” offers a charming private event space within the restaurant with a private entrance and bar and two TVs with A/V capabilities. Saz’s friendly staff makes entertaining easy, allowing you to spend time with family and friends before the big day. From cocktails to sweets, this State Street staple continues the award-winning tradition it started in 1976 – providing Milwaukee with The Finest in food and service.

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

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CATERING FEASTS WITH FLAIR Nowadays, caterers are offering more bold flavors, meaningful meals, and fun experiences. Sit-down meals are gravitating toward family-style, which works with everything from homey meat and potatoes to build-your-own tacos. Ethnic cuisine is a great way to bring a little flavor to your reception. You might offer a variety of food stations serving everything from sushi to French cheeses. Food trucks are another popular way to up the fun factor, and late-night snacks like pizza or grilled cheese sliders are a huge hit. To get really personal, think about hosting each of your favorite meals. The bride’s might be a nice juicy steak and the groom’s might be chicken and waffles — and that’s okay! The more you embrace what makes you unique, the more memorable your wedding will be. In recent years, there’s also been an emphasis not only on unique meals, but locally-sourced, quality ingredients. Couples like to support local purveyors in their community, as well as enjoy the freshness of a farmto-table feast. 7 STEPS TO HIRING A CATERER From research to getting it in writing, we’ll walk you through it. Step 1: Start the search Some reception locations require that you use their in-house caterer or banquet services, which makes your choice fairly simple. If your reception location allows you to bring in an independent caterer, you still might have to choose from a pre-approved list. 90 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbridewisconsin.com

As you call caterers to inquire after their services, make sure to have as much information on hand as possible. They’ll want to know your wedding date, time, approximate number of guests, and whether you’d like a sit-down or buffet-style meal. If you already have some ideas for your menu or any specific limitations (think vegetarian or gluten free), let the caterer know. Ask to see sample wedding menus and references. Step 2: Decide on your style Now it’s time to factor in your wedding’s style and degree of formality. Think about the vibe your wedding — is it a classic ballroom affair or a rustic outdoor bash? Do you want the food to be posh or playful? Such details will help a caterer determine what they can offer that falls in line with your vision. Step 3: Schedule a tasting Make sure to go to all tastings and speak up! Don’t be afraid to ask if they can tweak something to your tastes. Step 4: Finalize the menu Gather inspiration from magazines and websites, think about weddings you’ve attended, and ask friends for favorites and failures. Consult your caterer and trust them. They’ve seen lots of weddings and know what works best for the number of people, time of day, and location, so take their professional advice to heart. Step 5: Calculate the cost Facilities with in-house catering departments may have a minimum charge or set-up fee, while an independent caterer will usually work CONTINUED ON PAGE 94


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


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SELECTING RENTALS Before your meeting, it’s helpful to have a rough idea of what you will need, an approximate guest count, and information about the reception location.

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

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within any reasonable budget. Keep in mind that buffets are usually priced higher, since they’ll have to account for a little more per person. Caterers usually require your final guest count one week before the wedding. This is the number of people you’ll actually be charged for. Decide if you’ll include meals for weddingrelated personnel, such as the DJ and photographer. If cost is an issue, ask your caterer about more casual meals for vendors. Finally, make sure to ask what extras are included in the catering cost. Find out if your caterer will provide table linens, plates, glasses, crystal, silverware, and serving pieces. Step 6: Hire the servers Your caterer will give you their expert opinion, but a safe bet is one server for every 10 to 12 guests for a sit-down dinner, and two servers for every 50 guests for a buffet-style dinner. If you’re having a full open bar, that will require more help — one bartender for every 50 to 75 guests. Step 7: Get it in writing Sign a contract with your caterer only after you have all of the details spelled out: date, time, address of site, food items by course, beverages and bar guidelines, number of guests covered, provisions for special meals, time of cocktail hour, time meal is served, contact people, number of wait staff and bartenders, linens, terms of payment, and liability insurance. There will probably be an advance deposit when you sign the contract — and don’t forget to check the cancellation policy.

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ROMANCING THE MOOD Something old, new, borrowed and you! Today’s options don’t end with the traditional party rental store. A decorating and planning business can also offer chair covers and linens option as well along with event design. They can help provide floral, tabletop, specialty draping for a dramatic effect along with lanterns and columns. Their expertise is working with you to create something special and personal. Whether it’s a simple, yet elegant table centerpiece, to a complete transformation using ceiling chandeliers and draping, these professionals help create an air of individuality by helping incorporate intimate touches throughout the ceremony and reception. These details come through in the decor - everything from lighting to furniture. Eclectic accessorizing throughout your big day affects a warm, close-knit feeling amongst your guests. They can help you select one decorative element to focus on such as centerpieces. Give each table a homespun, made-withlove feeling by including an object that represents you as a couple. Think: old books (if you’re big readers), records (if you’re into music), or film canisters (if you’re cinephiles). Prefer flowers only? Miscellaneous bud vases and mason jars let you grow your own garden at each table. These vases and other table decor can be brought from home, borrowed, or rented at more and more locations. Local small businesses offer an array of vintage plates, bowls, silverware, teacups and saucers. Although shopping for these items might sound like fun, there are some negative things


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SHARING THE COST paying for the wedding • Gloves, ties or ascots for men in wedding party • Marriage license • Lodging for out-of-town attendants (optional) • Fee for clergy or judge.

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

Following are examples of how financial obligations have been traditionally distributed. Remember, though, that by making a financial contribution, some family members may feel entitled to contribute to the planning, too. Your family, and your ability to deal with their input, will largely determine how much tradition you keep and how much you ignore. The Groom’s Responsibility: • Bride’s ring • Honeymoon • Wedding gift for bride • Bridal bouquet and goingaway corsage • Boutonnieres for all men in wedding party • Mother’s corsages • His physical examination • Gifts for the best man, ushers 98 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbridewisconsin.com

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

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PARTY RENTALS every last detail The term “party rentals” covers a variety of rental items including linens, chair covers, tables and chairs, tents, dance floors, fountains, plants, props and theme decorations. If you are holding your reception in a hotel, then of the items listed above may be included in the overall cost. The need for various rental items increases when the event is held outdoors or at an event facility where you are required to provide your own caterer. Before contacting a rental company it is recommended that you have the following information available. • Your event date, time and location • Exactly what items are provided by the caterer: glass, flatware, china, buffet linens, and so on.

• Any items provided by the facility: tables, chairs, portable bar, and so on. • The number of guests attending • Any special requirements or themes Find out in advance what the delivery, set-up, pick-up and payment policies are. Be sure to coordinate with the facility manager to ensure the location will open when your rental company drops off your order. From the proper tent size for an outdoor wedding, to the portable dance floor complete with tables and chairs, a good rental company will work closely with you to determine exactly what and how many rental items will be needed to make your guests comfortable and your special occasion a complete success.

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

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WEDDING CONSULTANTS Besides handling all the time consuming, stress inducing details, a wedding coordinator can help make the planning process an enjoyable experience. There are so many fine points that go into planning a wedding that it can be difficult for today’s couples with busy careers to enjoy the process. Wedding consultants can essentially do everything you need so that you don’t have to worry about it. From handling pre-wedding plans to coordinating the events on the wedding day, wedding consultants offer services that include as much or as little as you need. Many offer “dayof” services as well. Wedding coordinators should be detail-oriented, organized and reliable. They stay on top of their field by attending seminars and constantly watching what’s hot across the country. Many belong to bridal consultant groups or associations related to the event industry. They network with vendors, stay on top trends and are experts in exceeding your vision to create something beyond what you ever dreamed. Another common trait they possess is creativity. They work within the couples’ own style and apply it in a way that works for their wedding creating a beautiful, timeless event. While many couples prefer to pick their own vendors, flower arrangements, cake design and location, wedding consultants can assist or do this for you. It is not unusual for wedding consultants to work with the bride, choosing the color of her wedding, flower arrangement and even the wedding gown. On the other hand, consultants 104 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbridewisconsin.com

are also good at just taking over the small details. In some cases they are only there to coordinate everything on the day of the wedding. If you do decide to choose a wedding consultant, it’s vital it be someone you truly like and who works well with your personalities. The caliber of wedding planners varies greatly. Hiring a friend because he/she loved planning his/her own wedding might work for you, but beware. That doesn’t make him/her an experienced professional who knows how to orchestrate your event, handle unexpected challenges and take criticism if you have disagreements. FINDING THE RIGHT COORDINATOR 1. Ask a trusted caterer, another bride or the quality wedding consultants listed in this publication. 2. A professional coordinator should offer an introductory meeting free of charge. Discuss your ideas and see if you click with each other. 3. Look for someone with experience and find out how long they have been in business. 4. Questions to ask when you check references should include: did the consultant help to achieve what you wanted? Did he/she listen to your comments and concerns? Did he/she pay close attention to your wedding budget? Would they use them again? 5. Is he/she a member or certified with a professional Association of Bridal Consultants, such as ABC. OTHER IMPORTANT NOTES 1. Find out exactly how much the wedding coordinator charges. Some


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SELECTING A CONSULTANT Take the time to interview and meet with several consultants. It is important to find a consultant who understands and respects your style and taste, and has many innovative ideas, suggestions and resources.

• What packages do you offer? What do they include? • Are your fees based on total cost of the 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?


WEDDING CONSULTANTS charge an hourly rate; others bill a flat rate or perhaps a percentage of the overall wedding budget. Still others take a fee or commission from vendors they trust and use often.

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2. Ask how payments to vendors are made and what exactly the planner does on the wedding day. Read carefully the paperwork the planner provides. 3. A good wedding coordinator is like a good accountant. In the long run, he/she can save you time and money. That translates into a happier and more relaxed day for you. THE DESTINATION WEDDING In the case of destination weddings, a planner will even travel with the bride and groom to look at a destination beforehand. A wedding consultant can offer important advice on why a destination will or will not work and can confer with vendors in the area to negotiate the best prices. However, in most cases, the couple will be responsible for paying the airfare, food and accommodations for the exploratory visit and during the actual wedding. Wedding consultants can be especially helpful for couples who are short on time, live away from the location they are to be married or would simply prefer a professional handle the arrangements while they totally enjoy the experience. The best wedding planners love what they do. Their desire is to bring your vision to life and exceed your expectations while maximizing your budget. Give strong consideration to hiring a qualified wedding consultant.

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REGISTRY

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Wedding guests love to bestow gifts on their beloved newlyweds. While some family members and friends will dream up their own creative presents, most people appreciate having a gift registry to refer to. They want to give you something they know you’ll love! If you haven’t tackled your registry yet, we’re here to help.4

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When should we start? Start making your registry four to six months before the wedding so that you’re ready for any engagement parties, showers, or eager guests. You don’t have to register for everything in one day, so don’t stress, take your time, and make your selections thoughtfully. Check the registry about a month before the wedding and, if necessary, add more items to accommodate last-minute shoppers. How do we register? Choose up to four stores that feel like a good fit. Ideally, visit a couple of stores in person before finalizing your selections. Most fullservice stores offer a great deal of free registry help — take advantage of it! What do we register for? Most couples ask for things that they would never buy for themselves but would love to have to grace their future home. You may also want to think about your hobbies and honeymoon fund. Include gifts in all price ranges, and select more gifts than there are guests to ensure that there are enough items. Communicating the news. Word of mouth is the best way to let people know you’re registered. But you can also include this information on your wedding website and on any wedding shower invites — but never on your wedding invitations! Sending thank you notes. Make sure to respond promptly (within two to four weeks) and graciously with a heartfelt thank you note. Do your utmost to handwrite each note and keep it personal. No matter how you register, what items you choose, or how you get the word out to your wedding guests, remember that any wedding present is a gift of love. Cherish these gifts, show your gratitude, and count your blessings.

Movies and reality TV lead us to believe that weddings are stressed-out events that reduce people to a fetal position. Look carefully at training, qualifications and talent and how you will be treated as a customer. Follow your instincts and select vendors who care as passionately about you and your event as they do about themselves.

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Quite possibly one of the cutest additions to your wedding detail your flower girl! When most people think of a flower girl they think of this cute little girl in a white dress, around 3-6 years old, stumbling down the isle dropping flowers and looking around. As cute as this image may be, sometimes you run into the problem that you don’t have any more small children in the family and do not have friends with small children. What now? Before you start panicking and asking random people to borrow their children, consider your options. If everyone in the friends and family category don’t have any little munchkins running around anymore, perhaps they have a teenage daughter who could fill the shoes? After all, what girl doesn’t enjoy getting dressed up? She can consider it pre-prom practice! If it comes down to it and there are no teenagers and no girls at your disposal, you’re probably thinking “hmm, now what?”. Well now is where you can get creative! Consider having a bridesmaid take on the flower duties as she walks down the isle! If you aren’t keen on the idea of an adult doing the job or you have a lineup of party poopers, then move on to the next idea! Do you have a loyal pooch who would look adorable in ribbons and carrying a basket of flowers? If yes is your answer, then take your faithful companion to the groomer to be primped and pampered for the big day! The groomer will usually have special ribbons on hand to tie into your pups fur, so

your pup with a treat and lots of praise when he/she gets it right! This will assure he/she keeps up the good work! If you don’t have a dog or you forecast a disaster involving your pet, then consider bringing your guests in on the fun! Have a medium sized sachet filled with flower petals available to be handed out to every guest sitting next to the aisle. Have your guests toss flower petals in front of you as you come down the aisle! They will enjoy getting in on the action and it will be a little different from the usual wedding routine I know many readers out there are even more creative. So if you are running across this same situation and you have a unique idea of your own, what would it be?

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

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

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COCKTAILS AND DINNER MUSIC Background music is a must for bringing romance to the latter part of your wedding day. Conversation is key during cocktails and dinner so the tunes should set the mood, but not intrude. You have three main options: use the musicians that played during your ceremony, use the band or DJ that will be playing at your reception, or hire entirely different musicians. If you decide to have live music, some solid options include chamber music, classical or acoustic guitar, or a jazz ensemble. Each of these offers subtle entertainment without overpowering the scene of mixing and mingling. A seasoned pianist can also be a fun choice if he or she can play a wide range of musical styles and take requests! If you go with your reception’s DJ or band, make sure they keep it on the softer side. You might even want to make www.premierbridewisconsin.com PREMIER BRIDE • 137


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MUSIC a list of songs to be played during this time to keep the soundtrack on, well, track. RECEPTION AND DANCING MUSIC Dinner and dessert are over – it’s time to hit the dance floor! Let’s face it, this is one critical decision that can make or break an entire wedding. Fortunately, most musicians who specialize in weddings are talented professionals, and with the tips included here, you’ll be able to confidently select an excellent entertainer and selection of dance tunes for your big day. First and foremost, ask yourself: live band or DJ? While there are pros and cons to each, it always comes down to personal taste and budget. Start researching musicians early in the wedding planning process. This way, once you find someone you like, availability is less likely to be an issue. Live music gives the evening a sort of festive energy and is a wonderful option if your budget allows. The key is finding a band that caters to weddings. These musicians offer versatility and will appeal to guests of all ages. Keep in mind that any live entertainment will require breaks so find a solution that ensures music is always playing. If the band is large enough, it’s possible the band members can stagger their breaks so that someone is always playing. Or, configure an iPod and speaker hook-up and play some of your favorites that the band might not attempt. In terms of expense, a live band will almost always cost more than a DJ. Keep this rule in mind: if you can’t afford a good wedding band, hire a DJ. A DJ will be more cost-effective and can offer an almost infinite variety of music – truly something for everyone. Bonus: no breaks! Some keys to finding

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happiness in a DJ: 1) If possible, see them live before booking. 2) Consider personality. Are you looking for a crazyfun, “gettin’ jiggy with it” party animal or an upscale, keep-it-classy entertainer? 3) Ask for, and follow up on, several references. 4) Communicate. Clarify what songs and events (first dance, father & bride dance, bouquet & garter toss, etc.) you do or do not wish to include. Decide on the details ahead of time; make a “do not play” list of any songs you simply can’t stand and a “must play” list of songs you don’t want to miss. All things considered, whether you go for a band or a DJ, your dance party will be a guaranteed success as long as you treat your guests to a wide variety of music. From Frank Sinatra to Michael Jackson to Justin Timberlake, diversity is key in playing a little something for everyone. THE NITTY GRITTY As with other wedding vendors, make sure the ins and outs of your agreement with your musicians is very clear and in writing. This includes payment, start and end times, fees for playing overtime, alternate plans if a musician is sick the day of your wedding, etc. If any of your vendors don’t use a contract, put all the details into a letter, and copy it. Send one to the vendor and keep one for your records. Confirm all the details with your musicians about one week prior to your celebration. Once you’ve done your homework, hired musicians for each stage of your wedding day, and worked out the details, you can rest easy. That is, until it’s time to start practicing your dance moves.

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The old saying “Take a picture; it’ll last longer” will never ring more true than on your wedding day. After months of fittings, tastings, and detailed planning, your special day will seem to come and go in the blink of an eye. But you can remember, relive, and cherish each moment through the magic of photography. 4

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PHOTOGRAPHY DETERMINE YOUR STYLE Wedding photography is more than just documenting the event. It’s about capturing the spirit of the couple and their day. Choose a photographer whose style matches yours. Formal or traditional: Posed, color photos of you, the groom, your respective families, and the wedding party and classic moments (“kiss the bride,” cake-cutting, first dance, etc.) will be captured. Photojournalistic: Shot like a news event, capturing hundreds of candid moments and real emotions; more black and white photos for a timeless feel. Artistic: Special effects (double exposures, hand tinting, borders, etc.) used to create dramatic, one-of-a-kind pieces of art. So which style is right for you? Think about what you want in the end: Frame-worthy shots of you and the groom? Oodles of heartfelt moments? An artistic piece to hang on the wall? Many photographers offer a mix of these styles, so browse friends’ wedding albums, surf professionals’ websites and blogs, and clip photos from magazines to find what speaks to you.

EVALUATE YOUR OPTIONS When at a photography consultation, ask yourself: Do I like their work? Make sure you see examples of individual photos and complete wedding albums so you know what to expect in the end. Some larger studios employ more than one photographer; find out exactly who will be shooting your wedding, and view their work, specifically. Do our personalities mesh? Of all your wedding vendors, the photographer is the one you’ll be working with most closely on your big day; it’s important that your personalities click. Can you talk freely about your vision and ideas for your pictures? Do you get a sense that this person will fit in nicely with you, your fiancé, and your wedding party? Am I staying within my budget? It’s extremely critical to have a pricepoint in mind before searching for and committing to a photographer. It’s disappointing to fall in love with a photographer’s work only to later discover their rates exceed your spending allowance. Do your best to meet only with photographers you can afford.

RESEARCH PHOTOGRAPHERS Once you’ve established your style, it’s time to shop around. Start by collecting referrals from friends, reviewing wedding resources like Premier Bride, attending bridal shows, and scoping out local photographers’ websites and blogs; and don’t forget to consider pricing. Make a short list of potential photographers that specialize in the style you desire that suits your budget. Then, set up a phone or in-person consultation.

KNOW WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE As you chat with photographers, it will help to know what’s usually included in wedding photography packages. Most photographers offer these elements “a la carte” or can create a custom package that meets your specific needs – don’t hesitate to ask. Here are some examples of items that might interest you. Bride & Groom’s Album: These vary in size, color, construction quality,

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PHOTOGRAPHY and price; be sure to compare the size and photo quantity that various photographers offer, and make sure you’re comparing apples-to-apples. Parents’ Albums: These are smaller versions of the bride & groom albums and will include prints that have been specially selected to create a custom photo book for each family. Prints: You will probably want to order more photos for framing and gifting than what would be given to you in the bride & groom and family albums. Don’t underestimate how many extra prints you might want, as this will definitely impact your budget. Proofs: Ask your photographer how many proofs you will get and in what format (small photos, digital disc, online gallery, etc.). GET THE SPECIFICS At your consultations, learn the nitty gritty details. When is a deposit required? Do they use a backup camera? What if your photographer falls ill or has a family emergency on the day of your wedding? When will proofs be ready to view? Will online ordering be available for your guests? It’s best to work out the details and arrange for contingencies upfront. The answers to these questions might also help you compare one photographer to another and come up with a final decision.

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PHOTOGRAPHY shoots as part of the package. These photos are more laid-back and candid, so play up your personalities. Photobooth: These are one of the most popular trends in wedding photography. Opt for color or black and white prints and play with props like feather boas, hats, and mustaches. Your family and friends will love it! Added bonus: most photobooths print two sets of pictures. Guests can keep one as a souvenir and add the other to your guest book. You’ll end up with a collection of photos and scribbled well-wishes to enjoy for years to come! While many photographers offer photobooths, there are also photobooth companies that specialize in this service and may have different packages depending upon what you want. Fun photos: Wedding pictures don’t have to be just you and your bridesmaids all in a row – have some fun with it! Let your personality shine through. Do you and your fiancé love ice cream? Take pictures at your local creamery (just don’t spill on the dress!). Do you love board games? Spell out “LOVE” with scrabble pieces, using your engagement ring for the “O.” The bottom line: infuse your personalities wherever possible. Have family and friends who you definitely want photos with? Make a list; with the craziness of the day, it’s the only way you’ll remember to ask for a picture with Great Aunt Martha. Download our Ultimate Planner online at premierbride.com/planning where you’ll find a list of questions to ask and a checklist of must-capture moments. Share and add to this list with your photographer to ensure that no memorable moments are missing from your once-in-a-lifetime photos.

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

of down time, so she posts the photo on Instagram. The groom, also with a few minutes to spare, checks for Instagram updates out of habit — and the first look is spoiled. A first look via social media isn’t exactly the stuff of dreams! Brides and grooms are avoiding such spoilers altogether by declaring their wedding “unplugged.”

BEING FULLY PRESENT In our technology-crazed world, it’s become a habit to check our phones every few minutes, to post a constant stream of status updates, and document any and everything online. In all this connectedness, we’re viewing the world through our phone screens and camera lenses and missing out on true human connections. But people are starting to wake up and realize just how immersed we all are in our phones and tablets, and there’s a movement to change all that. This movement has reached the wedding industry. Brides and grooms want to have face-to-face connections with their guests — especially during the ceremony — instead of staring out into a sea of electronics. If guests are experiencing your big day from behind a screen, are they truly experiencing it? Your wedding is comprised of some of the most important moments of your life; making it unplugged encourages guests to live in the moment with you. Simply put: it encourages your loved ones to be here now.

LEAVE IT TO THE PROFESSIONALS There are few things that annoy a professional photographer more than an amateur trying to do his/her job. Overly zealous uncles who jump in the aisle and cousins who stand on church pews can, at best, be an eyesore in your professional photos and can, at worst, completely ruin once-in-a-lifetime moments. Imagine your “kiss the bride” moment blocked by an uncle who stepped into the aisle to snap a photo. The professional photographer didn’t see it coming and his or her hands are tied. Nothing can bring that moment back — it’s lost to a grainy photo on Uncle Al’s smart phone. Another issue is wandering eyes. When your professional photographer stages a group shot of your newly combined families and Uncle Al decides to take the photo too, eyes will wander, not knowing which camera to look at first. This makes the final professional photo just look silly! One way to avoid all of these problems is to have an unplugged wedding, or at least an unplugged ceremony.

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

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and understanding when you ask them to refrain from technology during the ceremony and/or reception. You can include a message in your ceremony program, such as: “The bride and groom have asked that you share in their wedding fully and not through the lens of a camera or cell phone.” Or the officiant can say a few words at the beginning of the ceremony — it can have a spiritual message (“please honor the sanctity of this moment by turning off cell phones and cameras”) or an emotional one (“the professional photographer will capture how this moment looks — the bride and groom ask that you capture how it feels”). However you ask, make sure to stay true to yourselves as a couple. You’ll also want to ease your guests’ minds by assuring them that they

will have access to the professional photos within a timely manner. Again, the reason wedding guests take so many photos is so that they can remember and relive your wedding day and share it with others. Talk to your photographer and make sure that you can get a few professional shots available to your guests via email, website, or Facebook within a couple of days. It’s even increasingly common for professionals to share “sneak peek” photos either the day of or the day after a wedding on their own social media pages. Reassuring your guests that these photos will be available to them will be a great help! Another idea: order picture postcards to send to your guests in place of traditional thank you notes.

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


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

single strand. This is a great way to give guests a souvenir right away, especially because it’s a unique type of print. Other photo booths just continuously shoot throughout the night, and provide the couple with a digital record of all the shots taken. Then, guests could go to an online database to choose which photos they want and print them at their own convenience. The newest innovation in photo booths is a flip book which is more interactive and involves a true keepsake for everyone. With a flip book, a representative from the company is on hand acting as kind of a mini-director encouraging guests to perform skits or don playful costumes. At the end, it’s put together into a video and everyone receives a copy. www.premierbridewisconsin.com PREMIER BRIDE • 165


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


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LAKE GENEVA But more importantly in regard planning a wedding, it offers some of the best wedding resorts in the Midwest often at a fraction of the cost of a Downtown Chicago Venue. Finally the local Lake Geneva Wedding vendors know their town like no other. From wedding planners, officiants, photographers, and florists and more you will find some of the best customer

service available and delivered with a smile and a warm welcoming handshake. So how do you find the best? Well I think you have! Premiere Bride proudly displays the best Lake Geneva has to offer! So “why choose Lake Geneva?” There are so many great reasons to choose Lake Geneva, I think the better question is “why wouldn’t you choose Lake Geneva!”

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• Holds the bride’s ring during the ceremony. • Coordinates the ushers and makes sure they are properly dressed and understand where to seat the guests. • Sits to the bride’s right at the reception providing charming conversation throughout. • May dance with the maid/matron of honor during the first dance. • Proposes the first toast to the newlyweds. • Holds luggage under lock and key until the bride and groom depart. • Helps the groom change into goingaway attire.

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• Assists the bride with pre-wedding tasks including smiling while making tiny favors out of birdseed, because that’s what she really wanted. • Assists bride in setting a date to have bridesmaid’s dresses fitted and coordinates other bridesmaids to ensure they get to the proper location on time. • Attends all pre-wedding parties and hosts a bridal shower with other bridesmaids. • Arranges the bride’s veil and train before the grand walk down the aisle • Holds the bride’s bouquet during the ring exchange. • Holds the groom’s ring during the ceremony. • Stands next to the groom in the receiving line and sits to his left at the head table. • Signs the marriage certificate as a witness. • May dance with the best man during the first dance. • Helps the bride bustle her train, remove her headpiece and change into going-away outfit. • Attends to the bride throughout the day such as running errands and tying up loose ends, calming nerves and otherwise ensuring the success of the wedding celebration. • May assume responsibility for transporting the bride’s gown home or to the cleaners. • May assist the best man with transporting gifts to the bride and groom’s home.

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Give your guests a night they’ll never forget! Creative details really help to make a wedding celebration magical and memorable for your family and friends. We’ve rounded up some of the hottest trends for a wedding day wow factor. For the little ones. If children are invited to the wedding and reception, then consider hiring a babysitter for part of the evening. The babysitter can be stationed in a room off of the main reception hall that’s fully equipped with kid-friendly movies, games, and food. This is a recipe for happy kids and happy parents! For kids of all ages. By embracing whimsy and off-the-wall fun, you’re sure to enchant guests young and old. Set up lawn games like croquet, corn hole (bean bag toss), or horseshoes. Hire magicians, living statues, walking food tables, face painters, or caricature artists. For the foodies. Dinner doesn’t just have to be “your choice of chicken or beef.” Play with your food! Try the build your- own trend with a gourmet burger or baked potato bar topped off with all the trimmings. Serve a Bride’s Menu and Groom’s Menu featuring each of your favorite foods, or offer ethnic cuisine to celebrate each family’s nationality. Serving a late night snack? You can’t go wrong with pizza. For those with a sweet tooth. Be it donuts, cupcakes, or s’mores, there’s really nothing stopping you from turning your favorite sweet into your wedding day dessert. Love candy? Imagine an entire table chock full of pixie sticks, gummies, and rock candyall in colors coordinated to match the


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

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CAKES DESSERT DECISIONS A good place to start when deciding on your wedding cake or dessert is to consider the rest of your wedding. The look and feel of your sweet treat should match your day, whether that’s classic elegance, rustic romance, whimsical fun, or megawatt glam. If your wedding is black tie, a traditional tiered wedding cake is probably the way to go — it will certainly make a statement as a centerpiece of the room. If your wedding is outdoors or in a barn trimmed with twinkle lights, a naked cake or lattice-topped pies add ample charm to the scene. More casual affairs might host dessert that’s even more outside the box, such as candy buffets or ice cream sundaes. As you style your dessert, think about what speaks to you as a couple. Are you

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both big movie buffs? Work your love of cinema into the cake with fondant rolls of film and famous characters perched on each tier. Did the groom propose in Paris? Find a baker who can craft a veritable Eiffel Tower of cupcakes, brimming with French romance. If you have a uniquely sweet idea, seek out a professional who can bring your vision to life. TIERED STYLE Why go tiered? Tiered cakes are a timeless choice for a reason — they’re utterly impressive, eye-catching, and make for a very pretty picture. You can even have each tier be a different flavor to up the tasty variety. The other nice thing about tiered cakes it that, though similar in shape, there’s no end to the myriad of styles you can apply to this


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DECORATIVE DISPLAYS While a lone tiered cake can be a stunner, there are lots of ways to feature your dessert table as décor. Instead of just one large wedding cake, consider three to five smaller tiered cakes, each in a different flavor to offer variety. These mini cakes can be displayed on staggered stands to add dimension. Cupcakes are another popular way to expand your wedding cake’s presence: Try showcasing the central cake surrounded by towers of matching cupcakes. You can even place a small cake at the center of each dinner table, so the dessert can double as a centerpiece. A LITTLE VARIETY Wedding dessert doesn’t have to stop at cake. In fact, many brides and www.premierbridewisconsin.com PREMIER BRIDE • 187


CAKES grooms are embracing variety these days, to the delight of their guests. It’s not uncommon to see a traditional cake paired with other sweets — think cookies (pretty macarons or homemade chocolate chip), truffles, or whole tables chock full of candy. Candy also makes a great favor, as you can give each guest a cute bag (personalized for your wedding day!) for filling with candies of their choice: chocolates, jelly beans, taffy, gummies, and more! You can even think further outside the box to make your dessert experience an exceptionally memorable one. Having an outdoor wedding? Invite guests to roast marshmallows over an open fire, then stack their own s’mores. Build-yourown sundaes are a charming sweet for summer affairs, and a well-stocked stash of toppings will have the kid in every guest buzzing with excitement. Feel free to get really personal with your dessert selection, too, by serving your all-time favorite sweets. Do you share a donut obsession? A display brimming with deep-fried confections can be fun and whimsical at a more laidback wedding. Or choose two desserts — one for the bride and one for the groom. The bride’s dessert might be apple pie a la mode, and the groom’s dessert might be red velvet cake. Knowing these are your favorites will add a sweet, personal touch for your guests. SWEETS TO SIP Who says dessert has to be merely edible — why not drinkable, too? For winter weddings, hot chocolate bars are a cozy way for guests to warm up. Have help-yourself hot cocoa dispensers with an array of toppings: marshmallows, fresh whipped cream, chocolate drizzle, 188 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbridewisconsin.com

and peppermint stirring sticks. A coffee bar also makes a wonderful late-night treat. For a smaller wedding, consider hiring a barista for a portion of the evening to whip up lattes, cappuccinos, and espresso drinks to compliment pastries, biscotti, and specialty chocolates. FINDING A BAKERY Whatever you decide on, take advantage of all food tastings. That shouldn’t be hard to do when dessert’s on the tasting menu! Go with your gut and choose the dessert you deem the tastiest, but also factor in the bakery’s efficiency and professionalism. The baker should return your calls and emails in a timely manner, be flexible with your needs, have some familiarity with your reception venue, and guarantee on-time delivery, set-up, serving, and clean-up (if needed). PRICING Wedding cakes are typically priced by the slice, depending on the style, ingredients, size, and embellishments. Your reception site might also charge a plating fee, often per person, to cut and serve the cake. But ask about this; it might be negotiable. THE FIRST BITE The traditional cake cutting sounds like, well, a piece of cake! But it’s slightly more involved. Make sure you have a knife and lifter set to go; these might be engraved with your initials or decorated with ribbons in your wedding colors. Traditionally, the bride grasps the knife with her right hand and the groom covers her hand with his as they cut the cake together — and the crowd goes wild!

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

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FINDING A FLORIST If possible, you should book a florist 8 to 10 months before your wedding. You can find potential candidates in a print publication like this one, at a bridal show, online, or by asking friends and family for recommendations. Your goal is to find someone who is organized and professional and whose style and personality meshes with your own. To start, create a flowers-only Pinterest board to gather images that you love, and maybe some that you don’t. It helps to have lots to show your potential florist. Have a budget in mind. At your florist meetings, you should know your wedding colors and ceremony and reception locations. If you have a picture of your wedding dress and any fabric swatches from the bridesmaid dresses, bring those along as well. The right florist for you will take all of these elements (your style, venue, and budget) and create something special just for you. Florists know which flowers will and won’t wilt in the sun, which are best for indoors, and which will work better in a centerpiece than in a bouquet. FOR YOU AND YOUR WEDDING PARTY You’ll first want to determine the look of your bridal bouquet. All other floral pieces will take their cue from this piece. This is the perfect opportunity to bring your style and personality to the forefront. Full, rounded bouquets are gorgeous as are cascading bouquets which are a classic choice making a modern comeback. Today’s cascades are a loose, more natural style of bouquet. Then there’s the bridal party flowers. Just as we’re seeing bridesmaids in mix-and-match dresses, we’re


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more. Keep in mind that the height of the arrangements shouldn’t get in the way of conversation. The key is to either make the arrangements low enough to talk over or high enough to talk under. If your bridal party bouquets are doubling as decoration at the reception, equally spacing the bouquets at the head table is a lovely way to go. Finish off the table with a garland of greenery laced with flowers for a gorgeous effect. If your budget allows, consider adding floral flourishes throughout the reception hall to tie everything together. Your florist might sprinkle rose petals on serving trays, or drape additional garland along the buffet tables. You can also use greenery to fill in a large room. Run any and all ideas past your florist so he/she can www.premierbridewisconsin.com PREMIER BRIDE • 195


FLOWERS help you refine your vision, stay within your budget, and create a beautiful, memorable ambiance. FLOWERS IN ALL SEASONS One of the most important things for you and your florist to factor into your choice of flowers is the season in which your wedding falls. You’ll find that flowers that bloom during the month of your wedding will be more affordable and will last longer than those that are out of season. Let’s look at some popular flowers in each season to kickstart your search. Winter: Amaryllis, Casablanca Lily, Freesia, Gerbera Daisy, Heather Holly, Narcissus, Poinsettia, Rose, Stephanotis. Spring: Peony, Sweet Pea, Lilac, Ranunculus, Hydrangea, Tulip, Calla Lily, Magnolia.

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

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pink) with a brown center, such as mini Gerbera daisies. #3 – Wrap it up For your centerpieces and bouquet stems, there’s no limit to the ways you can creatively envelope them: velvet or metallic ribbon, tree bark, rustic burlap or twine, glittery wire, satin, silk or other fabric, banana leaves or anything else you can think of! #4 – Black, white and red all over With your white dress and the black tuxes any and all shades of red are the perfect accompaniment. There’s always the classic red rose, but other beautiful, trendsetting red flowers are dahlias, tulips, Gerbera daisies, Calla lilies, red www.premierbridewisconsin.com PREMIER BRIDE • 197


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freesia and berries. A bouquet with a variety of reds from pale pink to deep red would be unique and gorgeous. A skilled floral designer will be able to put the right shades together. #5 – Variety is the spice of life Really, there’s no rule that says all bridesmaids’ bouquets or all centerpieces have to be identical. Mix it up! While they should all look like they belong to the same wedding, there’s no reason you can’t alter the arrangements to create an interesting mix of floral design. #6 – Add a little sparkle Think outside the box when it comes to jewelry, and let your bouquets wear some too! Add a little sparkle to the center of your Calla lilies, or some beaded wire around your bouquet stems or a family heirloom such as pearls that you prefer not to wear, but you would love to include in your bridal bouquet.

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#7 – Beautiful Brooch Bouquets Creating a bouquet out of a meaningful collection of brooches, pins, rings, earrings, and charms from friends and family members to create a nontraditional bouquet is becoming increasingly popular for nostalgic brides who value sentiment over spray roses. #8 – Get fruity! Brides looking for something fun and interesting have started incorporating colorful produce into their centerpieces. The pigments of fruits naturally complement flowers like a bright yellow lemon next to a full chrysanthemum or a beautiful apple next to a bright red rose. You can also consider cutting fruit up and using it as accents in drinks and as decoration.

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INVITATIONS To keep all the invitation details straight, it’s best to find a qualified local professional to act as your go-to person for all paper goods and etiquette questions. Or if you choose to purchase online, give yourself some extra time in case there are any problems that require shipping back and forth. It’s also smart to test-drive an online retailer before committing (ask for paper samples, etc.). The sooner you start on invitations, the better. Before you choose a style of invitation, it’s crucial to know some of the broad themes of your wedding: casual vs. formal, bold colors vs. soft hues, rustic vs. black tie, etc. Knowing these key details will help you find or create invitations to reflect the style of your day. If possible, order invitations and other wedding stationery six or more months before the big day. Formal invitations should be sent six to eight weeks before the wedding with save-the-dates going out months in advance. CREATIVE THINKING While formal invitations complete with calligraphy and foil-lined envelopes are never out of style, the breadth of invite design options has grown immensely. Many brides hire a graphic designer or artist to add a personalized, handmade touch. The use of watercolor and illustrated elements is also growing to such an extent that many stationery companies now have a resident artist on staff. PAPER PARTS & PIECES Wedding invitations typically consist of several parts: a ceremony card with the details of the ceremony, a reception card explaining reception details, a response card with its stamped/ addressed envelope, a card with


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INVITATIONS directions to the ceremony/reception and hotel information for out-oftown guests, and an inner and outer envelope. The rules aren’t hard and fast, however, you can really think outside the box with your design if that suits the style of your wedding day. INVITATION WORDING Traditionally, whoever is hosting (read: paying for) the wedding will be listed first on the invitation. But it’s best to work this out on a case-by-case basis with open communication between the couple, the bride’s parents, and the groom’s parents. Some couples today who are paying for the majority of their wedding say “Mary Bride and John Groom, together with their families, request the honor of your presence at their marriage.” An experienced

professional will be able to assist you more with wording. ADDRESSING ADVICE To address the envelopes, you can run them through your printer in a beautiful font, hand-write them yourself, or hire a hand-letterer to do the job for you. Hand lettering gives a beautiful first impression and can even act as a sort of framable gift to your guests. Avoid using labels at all costs, even clear ones as they just don’t convey an elegance or special-ness that a wedding deserves. If you want to keep things formal/ classic, here are some tips for the etiquette of addresses. Street names, cities, and states should be written out completely (no abbreviations). To address a married couple, use “Mr. and Mrs. Tom Smith.” For an unmarried couple living together, use www.premierbridewisconsin.com PREMIER BRIDE • 203


INVITATIONS “Mr. Tom Smith and Miss Judy Jones.” If every member of the family is invited, use “Mr. and Mrs. Tom Smith & Family.” If only older children are invited, write their names under the parents’ names, such as, “Miss Jane Smith.” Adult children no longer living with their parents should receive their own invitation. If you don’t want young children at your reception, politely say “adults only” somewhere in the invite, and confirm this fact when you talk to your guests before the wedding. Include your return address on the back of the envelope. Placing it on the back is less crowded and leaves room for the guest’s address to shine on the front. You can handwrite your return address, or in this case, printed labels are an acceptable shortcut. You’ll also want to make sure that the return address matches the primary host. If

Mary Bride and John Groom are hosting (paying for) the bulk of the wedding, you’ll see their return address on the back. If Mary’s parents are hosting, you’ll see her parents names/address on the back. STAMP STUFF One last critical tip: before you send all of your invites, take one to the post office. Have it weighed to confirm the postage cost in case it weighs more than the normal envelope or is an odd shape. The last thing you want is for all of your invitations to be returned as “insufficient postage!” So stop at the post office, make absolutely sure all is right with your stamps, pop those gorgeous invitations in the mail, and take a deep breath. Your wedding is officially underway!

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

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


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BEAUTY MAKEUP MUSTS Whether you hire a pro to do your makeup, have a friend do it, or do it yourself, do a trial run before the wedding. In addition to looking in the mirror and getting feedback from close friends and family, take photos and evaluate. Do you like what you see? What would you change? Now is the time to practice. Not on the day of your wedding! Keep the makeup on throughout the trial day and see how it lasts. How does it look two, five, and even eight hours later? Is it easy enough to touch up? This is another time you want to be sure you look like you. Your husband-tobe fell in love with your beautiful face. He would never want you to cover it up. But you can still have fun with it and pamper yourself. Define your eyebrows 210 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbridewisconsin.com

with a pencil and try fake eyelashes so that your eyes really pop in photos. Don’t be afraid of highlighting key places, trying a bold lip color, or using a primer under your foundation, lipstick, and eye shadow so that it lasts longer. Whatever you do, be sure to wear waterproof mascara to fend off any streaks from tears of joy. MAKEUP MUST NOTS Don’t go too light with your makeup as you’ll look pale and washed out in photos. Also don’t go too dark as it will be distracting, and you want your groom and guests to see you and not your caked-on makeup. Don’t overdo the blush. You’ll be emotional, happy, nervous, busy, and showing off your moves on the dance floor which is a recipe for your own natural color.


BEAUTY NAILS AND BROWS 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. Avoid really trendy nail polish colors. One bride who wore a dark, on-trend color on her nails says she now cringes every time she sees her wedding photos. Play it safe and go with a classic, neutral color. 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 it happens to you. You will probably need to clean up your brows a day or two before the wedding with a tweezers. OUR BEST BEAUTY ADVICE Consider using beauty professionals for your wedding day hair, makeup, and nails. Not only is it a stylist’s job to make you look like the most polished version of yourself, but it’s also one simple way to shorten your list of wedding-day worries! A true makeup artist will know trade secrets not only for fashioning a longerlasting 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 so in a way designed to last through the last dance. When you go pro, the end result is a relaxed, picture-perfect bride. Lastly, never forget a bride’s best accessory: her smile!

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GROOM THE LEVEL OF FORMALITY The first order of business is to evaluate how formal your wedding will be. This depends on the time of day of the wedding, the location, but most of all on you and your fiancé. Whatever level of formality you settle on, make sure you’re consistent throughout — invitations, décor, food, location, and wedding attire should all match in terms of formality. (Most people do this instinctively!) In warm weather and for beachy destination weddings, lighter colors (tan, light grey, white) look effortlessly handsome. Though in all climates, darker colors (navy, charcoal, black) always look sharp. Ties, vests, and cummerbunds can match the wedding colors, or compliment them with neutral tones. If the bridal gown is ivory, the men should wear ivory shirts, not white, to compliment her. Semiformal and formal weddings have plenty of options: a high quality, single- or double-breasted men’s suit in black, charcoal, or navy with a Windsor knotted tie in white, ivory, navy, silver, or black is a less formal option. For a more formal look, consider a tuxedo with a single- or double-breasted dinner jacket, a white or ivory pointed-collar shirt, a vest or cummerbund, and either a bow tie or a four-in-hand tie (a “fancy” knotted necktie). A very formal wedding, called “white tie,” calls for the traditional black tuxedo with tails, a vest, a white wingedcollar shirt, and a bow tie. If you can envision a symphony conductor’s attire, this is white tie. DISTINGUISHING THE GROOM One way to distinguish the groom is to give him a different, but complimentary, boutonniere to wear. Another option is to have the groom in, say, a white 216 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbridewisconsin.com

coat while his groomsmen wear black. Use this same color play with vests and cummerbunds. SHOPPING TIPS When the men visit their formalwear shop they should have a firm idea of the women’s wedding attire and bring fabric or color swatches from the bridesmaids’ gowns. Pictures of preferred formalwear styles would also be helpful 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 season). Final measurements should be taken about three weeks before the ceremony; however, be sure to come back a few days before the wedding for last-minute alterations. Out-of-town groomsmen can get measured at any formalwear store or local tailor’s near them, and send their measurements to the groom or to your formalwear store. Someone (often the best man, as long as he’s responsible!) should be designated to return all formalwear to the store on time in order to avoid late fees, which can get quite expensive adding up the per day, per outfit costs. The perfect fit
If you purchase your suit/tux, it can be tailored to your specific measurements (recommended for grooms). Rental suits and tuxes generally have a more generic fit, though nowadays there are more options. You’re likely to find a range of fits (traditional, modern, and slim) to more closely resemble what’s in a groom/groomsman’s personal wardrobe. A formalwear store consultant will be a huge help in getting the fit just right.

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WEAR AND CARE tips to protect your dress • Have your gown pressed and padded at least two weeks early.

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• While you’re wearing the gown, use common sense. Protect it from moisture and mud, and lift the train above dirty floors. However, don’t be so cautious that you don’t enjoy yourself. • Use plastic sheets to cover questionable areas outdoors. • Keep track of white beverage spills such as white wines, champagne and soda. Left untreated, yellowing will occur. • Consign your gown to the cleaners even if it seems in perfect shape after the wedding. Perspiration and other obscure stains will make their mark over time and become embedded in a matter of weeks. Make sure the cleaner knows what caused any spots. • Only mend tears when you’re sure the fabric can stand the strain. • Store your gown carefully. Plastic bags seal in humidity and high temperatures, which cause mildew. Hangers stress sheer fabrics such as lace, organza or marquisette. • Invest in a dust-proof “heirloom box” which preserves delicate beads and fabrics and retards wrinkling. • Really paranoid? Try hermetic sealing which protects the gown indefinitely. • Only remove your wedding gown on special occasions after it has been stored.

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TRANSPORTATION FIRST: HOW MANY? Your search for transportation starts once you decide how many people you’ll be moving. Do you want just the bride and the groom in a vehicle, or is the entire wedding party heading to the reception together? If the whole party is going, do you want to include their spouses or dates? What about each couple’s parents? Once you make those decisions, you can start searching around for transport based on size. Then, you can pick out a limousine, a coach party bus, a trolley, or something more unique and personal for the couple. Whatever you decide on, keep safety in mind while revelers are bouncing from place to place. LIMOS If there is a day to splurge on this iconic luxury vehicle, your wedding is 222 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbridewisconsin.com

certainly the day. Unlike some other forms of transport, a limo can be booked for an entire day, so you could get a highclass ride to pick you up at the house, deliver you to the ceremony, reception or even to the airport to jet away on a honeymoon. Most companies have a one or two hour minimum for their services so think about what the most cost-effective way would be to keep the limo around. If you want a car for both going to and leaving from the ceremony, it might be more affordable to hire two separate cars rather than pay for the vehicle to sit there during a long reception. There are quite a few options for limos. A formal limousine seats four people, and sometimes a bride and groom will travel to the ceremony alone. Or, if you’d like to include the wedding party, stretch


TRANSPORTATION limos can allow for six to 10. For larger parties and a flashier mode of transport, sport utility models like the Hummer and Explorer are popular and unique both inside and out. The larger models are often posh, with flashy lights and decorative interiors. CATCH THE COACH For larger wedding parties or for those that want a little extra elbow room, a party bus or a luxury coach is a great way to travel from the ceremony to the reception. It’s got all the amenities and style of a luxury limousine, but with more room to spare –these will seat up to 10 people very comfortably. Or, for even bigger parties, a passenger coach or a party bus can seat anywhere from 21 to 49 people so it can be a great way to get a few special guests and family members on the special ride between locations. Or, if you have a very small wedding and the ceremony and reception are separated by a long distance, this is a fun way to get all the guests in on the party right away. Like limousine services, passenger and luxury coach companies require a minimum number of hours. The size and type of coach will determine the hourly rate. Depending on the size of your party, it may make sense to hire two coaches - maybe a luxury coach for the bride, groom and attendants and a passenger coach for the guests. This provides guests with a little more flexibility, as well. TAKING THE TROLLEY An attractive, fun and picturesque alternative to a limo or a passenger coach is a trolley, if it’s available in your area. Trolleys generally can accommodate between 20 and 35 people so they’re great for larger parties or for adding on some family members or friends.

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• What types of transportation modes do you offer? What are their features and benefits? • How many people does each option comfortably fit? • What packages do you offer? What do they include? • Are your charges based on time or distance? • Do you have a minimum rental time? What are the charges after that time? • What does your insurance cover? • Can you guarantee a certain vehicle for the day of my wedding? • How will the driver be dressed? • Do you or can we do any decorating? • How far in advance must I book your services? • What is your cancellation policy? • Is a deposit required? If so, when and how much?


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Find out exactly what the quoted rate covers, amount of time reserved, type of limo and amenities provided. Also, determine if a fleet rate is available if you plan to use more than one limo. Make your reservations at least four to six weeks ahead of time to ensure availability, especially on weekends.

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TRANSPORTATION With their antique look and old world charm, they’ll lend a lovely, elegant touch to this wedding day detail. Since most have outdoor decks, these are especially fun in small towns so you can take a peek outside and watch onlookers wave at the newlyweds. And there’s no transportation alternative that looks as great in photos! UNIQUE ALTERNATIVES Limos, party buses and trolleys are great, traditional options, but some new couples might opt for something more personal or creative. A horse-drawn carriage is a romantic, vintage option especially if you can decorate it with your wedding colors or pull up to your waving guests. Vintage cars are also great photo ops and add a touch of class. An antique

Rolls Royce or a ’69 Mustang are fun and something you don’t get to ride in every day. Ride in style like the royal couple did in their April wedding in a decorated navy soft-top Aston Martin Volante. Or, as with everything else in the wedding, make sure the transportation connects to YOU. Maybe you met at a Harley rally – ride off on your twin Hogs! Or maybe you share a love of mountain biking – don’t be afraid to wheel over on a tandem together. Personality is what makes weddings memorable so however you move, make sure it’s full of your style. TIPS FOR A GREAT DAY • Customize your playlist and bring your own CD to play in the limo. • Plan liquid refreshments that won’t leave a mark, such as sparkling water.

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• Type and number of vehicles rented, and amenities supplied with each • Exact hours of vehicle rental • Total cost, including gas, mileage, tip and overtime fees • Deposit amount, balance and due date and cancellation policy • Signatures, including yours, and the company’s representative Weddings are busy, chaotic days so it’s wise to have someone closely associated with the wedding party, such as the best man or a family member, designated to coordinate with the chauffeur to make sure everything is on schedule.

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

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BACHELOR (ETTE) PARTIES take on a new look If you think you know all about these traditional events, think again! Bachelor and bachelorette parties are about friends getting together, sharing old stories and, perhaps, creating some new memories. A weekend immersed in an outdoor adventure with plenty of time before and after for fine dining and visits to the local pubs is a great way to do just that! Adventures include white water rafting, cattle drives, deep sea fishing, ATV desert rides, sky diving … well you get the idea. The adventure also can be adjusted to fit the skill level of the group. The adventure bachelor parties give the best man, who didn’t take “Party Planning 101,” a chance to sign up the group and then relax. From the time the groomsmen arrive at the destination city until they depart, everything is planned out, orchestrated and included in the modest pricing. Choosing a destination close to home, within driving distance, or at a mid point that is convenient to all members, is a plus. Too often out of town guys must make two costly trips to the wedding city. The same concepts and advantages apply for the gals. The questions you or your fiancé need to be thinking about are: 1. How many people are involved and where are they coming from? 2. What type of adventure is appropriate? 3. What is our price range, considering all the members of the group? 4. How much time is there to schedule the event? 5. How do I learn more? 232 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbridewisconsin.com

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IT TAKES MORE THAN LOVE life after the wedding • How do you make decisions as a couple? • What happens if you do not agree? • Do you argue fairly? • Do you resolve conflicts easily? • How do you handle finances? • How will you manage money? • Are there issues and behaviors idealimpressions.com

Of course you should savor the warm glow of falling and being in love. That’s what getting married is all about! Enjoy the preparations for your wedding day, thrill over the dress and trousseau, and the flowers, music, attendants, reception and honeymoon. As you come together to form a new family, take the time to discuss why you are getting married, and begin building a productive, loving environment. Dreams of living happily in the partnership of marriage are never guaranteed, but hard work on your part can help make your marriage last. Communication is essential for building and sustaining a good, healthy marriage both new and old alike. But even couples who don’t find it very easy to talk can learn to express their feelings, needs and ideas to each other, thereby increasing their prospects for a successful marriage. Any sincere effort to communicate usually strengthens the relationship and lowers the chance of marital breakdown, so try to build your listening skills. Learn to handle your anger effectively, to talk about sex, and to provide positive feedback Sometimes it’s hard for couples to talk about their relationship. These questions offer a useful guide to tackling tough issues as you begin your new life together: • What are your expectations of marriage? • Do you treat each other like equal partners? • What will be different simply because you get married? • What will be the same?

you would never tolerate in the marriage? • Are you committed to each other, always looking out for each other’s best interests? • Do you talk to each other and feel you have been heard? • Are you satisfied with your emotional intimacy and physical intimacy? • How does your partner treat your family and friends? • Is your partner compassionate? • Is it likely that you both will be open to forgiving each other? • How open and comfortable is communication with each other? • Are you both in agreement about children? If you do have children now, how will you negotiate childcare, household management and career?

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RINGS

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It’s amazing that a piece of jewelry can convey such powerful meaning. Engagement rings and wedding bands represent the neverending 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 cover all the basics.4

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RINGS KNOW YOUR METALS 14-karat yellow gold is classic, popular, durable enough for daily wear, and can be polished easily. Rose gold is gaining popularity. White gold is made by mixing pure gold with other white metals such as nickel, palladium, or zinc, and can be a lessexpensive alternative to platinum. Extremely popular in the last decade or so, platinum is a very white, heavy, and durable metal, ideal for engraving. 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 have become popular for men’s wedding bands, and both of these metals are 100% hypoallergenic and relatively inexpensive. Titanium can be oxidized to create some brilliant accent colors, creating a very unique look. Tungsten carbide is twice as hard as steel and almost impossible to scratch, making it a great metal for active men. These metals cannot be resized once the ring is made, so order the size carefully. KNOW YOUR DIAMOND You will quickly be introduced to the “Four Cs” - cut, color, clarity, and carat. All four make a dramatic impact on quality and price of a diamond. Cut. Cut really refers to the proportions of a diamond and its facets, as opposed to its shape, which includes round (brilliant), oval, pear, marquise, emerald, square (princess or radiant), heart, and triangle. Regardless of shape, a diamond gets its brilliancy 236 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbridewisconsin.com

from the cutting and maximizing the reflection of light. Color. Color refers to the lack of color in a diamond. White diamonds are graded on a D–Z scale, D being the most colorless and Z having a distinct body color. 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, increasing its value. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) judges clarity based on a standard 11-point scale from “Flawless” through “Imperfect 3” (see clarity scale below). 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 .5 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 Request a written estimate of the value of your jewelry, which 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, including “mysterious disappearance.”


RINGS 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 it for about 30 minutes in either a commercial jewelry cleanser or a homemade solution comprised of equal parts cold water and ammonia. Scrub the stones gently with a soft toothbrush, then rinse thoroughly under warm water and pat dry with a lint-free cloth. Use this solution only on diamonds and precious metals as some gemstones and alternative metals are more delicate. Have your rings checked annually by your jeweler for loose prongs or settings. Just one broken prong could 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)

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do’s& don’ts TOP 25 WEDDING

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

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

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

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

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Do remember your guests with small children. Instead of putting “no children” or “adults-only reception” on invitations, ask your reception site manager if there is a small room or play area near the festivities that you can rent. Then hire a professional babysitting service to take care of the kids. Parents will appreciate your consideration and be able to relax and enjoy your reception knowing they are close to their children. Do remember when purchasing a gown to be realistic about your expectations for losing weight. A gown can always be taken in, but rarely can it be let out without leaving stitch marks for all to see.

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

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

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

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

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

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To get your skin in shape for your wedding day, don’t forget to start six months prior to your wedding and practice make-up techniques. When renting a stretch limo, do remember that it can usually seat up to 10 people, but fewer when the bride’s gown and train and the bridesmaid’s dresses are factored in to the equation.

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

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

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

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

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

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

(CASH ONLY, NO REFUNDS)

Brown Calumet Door Fond du Lac Green Lake Kewaunee Manitowoc

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

Outagamie Portage Sheboygan Waupaca Waushara Winnebago

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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After all the time and effort spent on your dream wedding, it’s finally time to relax and enjoy each other. Where better than a Portuguese island paradise? Jet off to Madeira, an archipelago off the northwest coast of Africa. Known for its warm, subtropical climate and namesake wine, there’s a wealth of experiences awaiting honeymooners on this gorgeous island in the Atlantic. From green and rugged landscapes to beaches to the cosmopolitan capital, this is an island that’s easy to fall for. 4


A BIT ABOUT MADEIRA The island of Madeira is first and foremost a haven of natural beauty. Nature reserves span two thirds of the island, brimming with exotic flowers and lush, green land that slopes down to a bright blue sea. Madeira’s dry season runs from April to September, though temperatures are mild all year long. There really isn’t a bad time to visit the island. While you might experience short, heavy downpours in the rainiest months (December and January), there is rarely any prolonged rain. Plus, December is when you’ll catch one of Madeira’s most acclaimed spectacles: the New Year’s Eve fireworks! FOR THE COSMOPOLITAN COUPLE Fuchal is the capital city of Madeira and is known for its acclaimed restaurants, stunning four- and fivestar hotels, and of course its warm climate, as it’s located on the sunniest side of the island. The city is nestled in the sprawling green landscape, near banana plantations and botanical gardens, and enjoys views of both majestic mountains and the Atlantic. Carnival Festival

During your stay in Fuchal, you can of course partake in any number of outdoor activities from water sports to nature hikes - or stay in town for a round of golf at one of Madeira’s famous courses, people watching at a charming café or city garden, or shopping at a traditional street market. Bask in daytime walks through the city’s historic areas and picture-perfect squares, then dine al fresco at one of Fuchal’s fabulous eateries. As for nightlife, there’s no shortage of fun to be had as the city starts buzzing after midnight. You’ll find bars and clubs that are open from 12am to 4am, and still more open from 4am to 7am. Here’s a tip for living it up like a local: Go out to dinner at a normal time, then head home to relax for a few hours before making your way to the nightlife scene. FESTIVALS IN FUCHAL Nightclubs not your thing? Fuchal still offers plenty of nighttime fun, especially with its many festivals. The city’s New Year’s Eve firework display actually holds the Guinness world record as the largest firework display in the world!


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During Carnival and the Flower Festival, colorful parades dance through the streets, bursting with vibrant costumes and samba beats. Throughout the Christmas season, Fuchal’s city center lights up like a (wonderfully warm) winter wonderland. Last but not least, the yearly Wine Festival celebrates the time-honored traditions of the Madeira people and the making of the island’s namesake wine. During the festival, you’ll find light, sound, and folk shows that revel in the tradition of wine making. The fest starts with a ceremonial picking of the grapes, the picker’s parade, and finally the treading of the grapes. For wineloving honeymooners, there’s no better time to travel to Madeira! FOR NATURE LOVERS ON LAND From forest hikes to dolphin spotting, exciting outdoor excursions await nature lovers on both land and sea. On land, start with one of the many protected reserves. Walk through the laurisilva (laurel) forest - a type of subtropical forest found in regions with high humidity and stable, mild temperatures. The laurel forest in Madeira treats hikers to awe-inspiring mountain views and is actually a UNESCO World Heritage site, as it is the world’s largest laurel forest. Exploring the trails along the levadas is another way to go. The levadas are irrigation channels that bring fresh water from the mountains through lush vegetation to the coast. Hikers can follow the twists and turns of the levadas for miles. Closer to Fuchal, flower enthusiasts can revel in Madeira’s many blooms at the Botanical Garden. The gardens sit on a hillside overlooking Fuchal, and there you’ll find an example of nearly every


tree and plant on the island - that’s more than 2,000 species! Throughout the garden, plants are labelled with their name, scientific name, and origin, as the place also serves as a science and culture center. The gardens are divided into smaller groupings: trees, succulents, tropical, and Lorio Park, which showcases some of the world’s most exotic birds. FOR NATURE LOVERS AT SEA The Atlantic Ocean beckons for sailing, fishing, water skiing, surfing, diving, and swimming. For diving adventures, try exploring the waters just off the Garajau coastline, where you’ll find one of Europe’s first underwater nature reserves. Or, if you’re looking for something a little different, you can dive at the Madeira Aquarium! You’ll dive with sharks, rays, and hundreds of species of fish. If you’ve never done a dive before, you can even learn how to handle the diving equipment right at the aquarium with one of their experts on staff. This is a great way to get your flippers wet!

On the coast, you’ll spy pebbled beaches, cliffs, and volcanic saltwater pools. In the village of Porto Moniz, in the northwest part of the island, these natural pools are lined with volcanic rocks that enclose refreshing sea water, replenished daily at high tide. If whale and dolphin watching is on your bucket list, then Madeira is the island for you. It’s one of the best spots in the world to spy marine life, as 29 species of marine mammals can be seen year-round in Madeira. Book an excursion with confidence; there’s a 90% chance that you’ll see dolphins frolicking around your boat, and you might even bump into a family of whales! You’ll want your camera during this excursion for sure. WHY HONEYMOON? Madeira is one of those magical destinations that offers something for everyone. Whether you’re a hiker, diver, leisure lover, nightclubber, or a little bit of each, you’ll find your bliss on this pristine island paradise.

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WALES With 641 castles, 3 national parks, and 750 miles of coastline, Wales is a honeymoon destination unlike any other. Whether you’re a lover of the landscape, charmed by royal history, keen on Celtic culture, or a fan of famous poets, Wales is just waiting to greet romantics like you with a friendly “croeso” — that’s Welsh for “welcome!”  4 QUAINT & COZY While the capital city of Cardiff (a two-hour train ride from London) is bustling with four universities and a vibrant cosmopolitan culture, you’ll find the charm of the Welsh countryside around every corner. In the heart of the city stands Cardiff Castle and Edwardian shopping arcades (Britain’s first malls) housing lovely boutique shops. Throughout the countryside, explore quaint towns and rustic fishing villages. Spend the night in a cozy inn or romantic country manor house, like Llangoed Hall, which dates back

to 1632. For a more adventurous stay, search for Welsh accommodations via Under the Thatch - a travel site that lets you book a night’s rest in a renovated mill, farmhouse, cottage, or even a gypsy caravan! CASTLES Historic & Haunted Caerphilly Castle is a must-see stop on any tour of Wales. It’s the second-largest castle in Britain and oversees the town of Caerphilly, just eight miles from Cardiff. The Green Lady is said to haunt the castle - supposedly the ghost of Princess Alice


who, it is said, dropped dead when she learned her princely lover had been slain. Now she roams Caerphilly Castle, waiting to be reunited with him. Another favorite of ghost hunters is Bodelwyddan Castle in North Wales. The castle dates back to the 17th century and is chockfull of spooky sightings. But art history buffs will also appreciate a stop at Bodelwyddan; the castle is home to collections of art form the National Portrait Gallery, sculptures from the Royal Academy, and furniture from the Victoria and Albert Museum. Caernarfon Castle is a favorite of explorer types and the young-at-heart. Here you can climb towers and turrets, walk ancient walls, dive into dungeons, and get lost in another time - a time of myth and magic. The Celtic history and lore of Wales is built into the walls of these castles, and the enchanted feeling is undeniable. Caernarfon, Conway, Harlech, and Beaumaris castles have even been named UNESCO World Heritage sites. Some of these castles also boast gorgeous gardens and grounds, perfect for a romantic stroll. At Powis Castle, you’ll find a traditional English garden with sculpted hedges and impressive topiary. In Conway, don’t miss the Bodnant Garden. Though it isn’t part of a castle complex, Bodnant is one of the most beautiful gardens in the UK, blending both terraced and wild gardens. Sleep Like Kings & Queens Ruthin Castle Hotel offers travelers the royal treatment. The castle was once owned by King Henry VIII and later by Queen Elizabeth I. Nowadays, the castle is open to visitors and is a must for at least one night during any Welsh honeymoon. During your stay, don’t miss one of Ruthin Castle’s

medieval banquets - it’s an experience you’ll never forget! WHEN TO GO Many of Wales’ historic landmarks and castles are open year-round, but some close during the winter months (from November through the end of February), or are only open on weekends during this time. Make sure to check the websites of each landmark on your bucket list to make sure they’re open for business. THE GREAT OUTDOORS Walking Wales is certainly a destination for walkers, with its three national parks and hundreds of miles of hiking trails, suited to all skill levels. Trails are easily accessible and close to various lodging options. You’ll enjoy stunning scenic views, then pass through darling villages filled with friendly locals. Along your walking route, plan ahead to book accommodations at historic coaching inns, homey bed-and-breakfasts, or comfy hotels. Many of these places are specifically geared toward walkers, so you’ll feel right at home. National Parks In one of its three National Parks, you’ll find Wales’ highest mountain: Snowdon. Snowdon is located in Snowdonia National Park, and it’s where climbers have been known to hone their skills before scaling Mount Everest. Adventurous climbers can go this route, while more laid-back honeymooners can take the historic steam railway to Snowdon’s summit. The views are worth the trip! Pembrokeshire Coast National Park runs along (what else?) the coast and is brimming with sandy coves,


fishing villages, cliff-top walks, and an abundance of seabirds. Coasteering the sport of exploring a rocky coastline by climbing, jumping, and swimming - was invented here, and can certainly be a fun adventure for more daring honeymooners. Suited up in a warm winter wetsuit, helmet, and buoyancy aid, you’ll scale craggy cliffs, climb rocks, and swim into sea caves. Last but not least, there’s Brecon Beacons National Park, which is perfect to tour on horseback, bicycle, or foot. Wales has 1,000 miles of bike paths on the National Cycle Network, with breathtaking views all along the way. Writers & Poets Long before Harry Potter, there was Mabinogion, a series of magical tales from medieval Wales that spoke of princes, poets, and warriors on their quests for power, glory, and magic. Welsh literature is one of the oldest written languages in the world and storytellers are still revered there. To this day, Wales honors poets at The National Eisteddfod - a festival of literature, music, and performance art. The fest is held annually during the

first week of August, attracting over 150,000 visitors. The festival ends with the crowning of the bard and awarding the highest national prize for poetry. As far as famous Welsh poets go, Dylan Thomas is perhaps the most universally loved. Thomas said that the musical language and transcendent vision of his poems were inexorably intertwined with the Welsh landscape. How’s that for poetry? He was born in Swansea, so fans of Thomas’ poetry would do well to start their journey there. You can enjoy a stay at the house where Thomas grew up, as well as visit the Dylan Thomas Centre and Dylan Thomas Festival, held in October and November. WHY HONEYMOON? A romantic get-away in Wales is perfect for newlyweds in search of something off the beaten path. Whether you’re reveling in mystic lore, Celtic history, and glorious castles, or winding your way through verdant, mountainous landscapes to cozy countryside abodes, the magic of Wales beckons explorers to its shores.

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Kathy and Dave thoroughly enjoyed their small, relaxed, intimate wedding on the beach in Jamaica with the rolling waves, warm sunshine and ocean breezes. But when they got home, they wanted to celebrate the momentous occasion with their extended circle of family and friends.

“Obviously, having a destination wedding means that many of your family and friends won’t be there, and we really wanted to celebrate our marriage with all of them, too,” said Kathy. “Having a fun party with everyone when we got back was a great way to do that, while keeping our wedding ceremony personal and intimate, like we wanted it.” Two key considerations Like a traditional wedding, the two main considerations when planning a reception at home after a destination wedding is the style of the event (or level of formality) and the number of guests. So Step One in the planning process is to meet with your sweetie, and your families (if they are

contributing financially) to determine what kind of an event you desire and who you want to invite: a casual, informal pig roast in the backyard with extended family and a few friends only or an elegant, sit-down dinner on a Saturday night with just about everyone you know invited? The options are endless, and you’ll want to spend some time thinking about what’s best for you two and your families. When to have it The other big question is when to have it. You could have the reception anytime in the year following your wedding, but ideally, plan to have it within two months of your marriage. This way, your guests will still view you as the “Bride & Groom”, instead of “Husband & Wife”, and you’ll still feel that way also! Bring the ceremony to the guests Share your wedding ceremony with your guests at the reception! There are several ways to do this. Certainly, display photos from your wedding at your reception on photo boards, in albums or scrapbooks, or in a video format. If you have a video, you could run that as well on a television at the reception, but make sure it’s a well-edited, SHORT video. A few minutes long is plenty. Incorporate colors, accents and details from your wedding into the reception, or go all out with a matching theme such as a beach theme. And finally, consider wearing your wedding dress to your reception. Everyone would love to see it, and you’ll get a great opportunity to wear it again!

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through travel sites and first-hand accounts from family and friends, and find out what exactly is meant by “all-inclusive”. The definition varies from one resort to the next. At some places, “all-inclusive” includes the cost of your room and two meals each day. At other resorts, it means three meals each day, unlimited drinks, champagne on arrival, and a trip to the spa. When it’s time to book your trip, always mention that you’ll be on your honeymoon. Most places offer a honeymoon package, and you might even find entire resorts that cater exclusively to honeymooners. All abroad! A trip abroad is a thrilling way to start a marriage. It’s an adventure and a chance to get caught up in a whirlwind of new ideas and cultures. However, if you’ve never been abroad before, make sure this is an experience you’re both fully committed to. Planning an international trip for the first time can be stressful, and it could be overwhelming to be in foreign lands when all you want to do is relax and enjoy each other’s company. But if you’re up for going international, the result can be a true test of teamwork and a most romantic, unforgettable experience. Here are some nitty gritty considerations. Make sure your passport is updated, especially if your last name on a different piece of identification is going to change. It’s usually best to book any tickets in your maiden name, since that is likely to be the name still on your passport and driver’s license. For more information on specific foreign


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HONEYMOON destinations or if you’re worried about health and safety abroad, search online travel sites and forums for must-have tips and advice. Staying local If you don’t have the funds for a plane ticket abroad or can’t get away for a long trip, consider what’s close to home. You’ll probably be surprised to learn that there’s a quaint bed & breakfast just a few miles from your home or a majestic state park where you can camp out under the stars. Turn off your cell phones and focus on each other. It will seem as if you’re light years away even in your own backyard. Take a cruise If you can’t decide on a destination, a cruise might be for you. It’s the best of both worlds! If you want to see Europe, but you’ve never been and don’t have time to plan a trip, try a Mediterranean cruise. If you know you want to go tropical but can’t decide on a spot, island hop on a Caribbean cruise. And if you can’t decide whether you want to relax or be active, a cruise offers the chance to do both. Plus, meals, drinks, and entertainment are not only included,

they’re right outside your cabin door! When booking a cruise, just like any other destination, mention that you’re on your honeymoon and see if the cruise line has a special deal or package. PLAN AND PREP Take time to really plan your honeymoon. Here are some things to think about, especially if you’ve never traveled to your honeymoon spot before. • Different customs. If you’re traveling abroad, or even to an Americanized resort in the Caribbean, do your research. Find out if there are gestures that are deemed inappropriate, actions that are considered rude, or types of dress that are unacceptable to the local community. • Language. Learn some key phrases and pick up a pocket-sized dictionary or phrase book if you’re going to a non-English-speaking country. • Tipping. Tipping customs vary from country to country, so find out what percentage to tip and when to do so.

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January 6 & 7, 2018 10:00am - 4:30pm Expo Center at Wisconsin State Fair Park, Milwaukee

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

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2017 BRIDAL SHOWS

THE 17TH ANNUAL

BRIDAL FAIR OF WASHINGTON COUNT Y

JANUARY 14, 2017

GRAND GENEVA WEDDING SHOWCASE 2017

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva Show Times: 11am-3pm 800-558-3417 grandgeneva.com/weddings-lake-geneva JANUARY 14, 2017

BRUNO'S BANQUET CENTER BRIDAL EXPO

730 Cornerstone Xing, Waterford Show Times: 10am-3pm 262-514-3663 bowlrivercity.com

Enchanted Romance January 29, 2017 11:00 AM TO 3:00 PM 80+ Vendors Full Runway Fashion Show Prize Drawings Tickets available at:

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

JANUARY 21, 2017

BARTOLOTTA CATERING & EVENTS WEDDING SHOWCASE

The Grain Exchange, Milwaukee Show Times: 5-7:30pm 414-727-6980 bartolottacatering.com/grain/weddings

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

JANUARY 22, 2017

33ND ANNUAL WATERTOWN BRIDAL FAIRE Bethesda Center-Chapel & Gym 600 Hoffmann Dr., Watertown Show Times: 10am-2:30pm 920-261-7770 watertownbridalfair.com JANUARY 29, 2017

14TH ANNUAL BRIDAL EXTRAVAGANZA Hawks View Golf Club, Lake Geneva Show Times: 11am-3pm 262-348-9900 hawksviewgolfclub.com JANUARY 29, 2017

WASHINGTON COUNTY BRIDAL FAIR

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

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BRIDAL SHOWS JANUARY 29, 2017

WINTER BRIDAL SHOWCASE

Fountain Banquet Hall 8505 Durand Ave., Sturtevant Show Times: 11am-3pm 262-631-1783 facebook.com/BridalshowcaseRacine April 2, 2017 • 11am – 3pm Festival Hall • Racine, WI

Register for your chance to win a three night stay SECRETS Aura Cozumel! Register and/or purchase tickets: www.civiccentreracine.com or by phone at 262-636-9229.

FEBRUARY 12, 2017

BRIDAL GATHERING

Holiday Inn Pewaukee-Milwaukee West N14W24140 Tower Place, Pewaukee Show Times: 11am-1pm 262-506-6300 FEBRUARY 19, 2017

VETERAN’S TERRACE BRIDAL SHOW

Veteran’s Terrace, Burlington Show Times: Doors open at 11am 262-763-9400 veteransterrace.com See page 266

Sponsored by:

FEBRUARY 19, 2017

10TH ANNUAL BRIDAL FAIR IN THE EVERGREEN ROOM -

Eighth Annual Bridal Show

Evergreen Golf Club, Elkhorn Show Times: 11:30am-2:30pm 262-723-5722 evergreengolf.com MARCH 05, 2017

LAKE LAWN RESORT BRIDAL SHOW

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

February 19, 2017 2 Fashion Shows

Doors open at 11:00 a.m. $1,000’s in Giveaways

See page 265

MARCH 5, 2017

BRIDAL EXPO

Brookfield Sheraton Show Times: 10:30am-4pm For Free Tickets Call: 414-427-4325 bridalexpomilwaukee.com See page 16-17, 267

MARCH 12, 2017 589 Milwaukee Ave. • Burlington, WI www.veteransterrace.com

262-763-9400

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THE ORIGINAL BRIDAL DÉCOR RESALE & WEDDING SHOW

Hosted by Rustic Manor 1848 Waukesha County Expo Center 262-224-0316


Vito Rade Photography Marcin Cymmer Photography

John Dart Photography

BRIDAL EXPO MILWAUKEE DATES & LOCATIONS FASHION SHOW 2:30p SHERATON HOTEL, BROOKFIELD, WI SUNDAY, MARCH 5, 2017, 10:30a–4p SHERATON HOTEL, BROOKFIELD, WI SUNDAY, MAY 21, 2017, 10:30a–4p SHERATON HOTEL, BROOKFIELD, WI SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2017, 10:30a–4p SHERATON HOTEL, BROOKFIELD, WI SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2017, 10:30–4p

BRIDAL EXPO CHICAGO DATES & LOCATIONS FASHION SHOW: 2:30p THE MEADOWS CLUB, ROLLING MEADOWS SUNDAY, JANUARY 8, 2017, 11:30a–4p

Vito Rade Photography

John Dart Photography

To view upcoming 2017 Dates & Locations visit us at BridalExpoMilwaukee.com

CHICAGO MARRIOTT O’HARE SUNDAY, JANUARY 22, 2017, 11:30a–4p MARRIOTT MICHIGAN AVE., CHICAGO SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2017, 11:30a–4p CHICAGO MARRIOTT NW, HOFFMAN ESTATES SUNDAY APRIL 9, 2017, 11:30a–4p

John Dart Photography

Angela Swan Photography

Vito Rade Photography

To view upcoming 2017 Dates & Locations visit us at BridalExpoChicago.com


SAVE THE DATE! Sunday, September 24th, 2017

DISCOVER LAKE GENEVA

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BRIDAL SHOWS rusticmanor1848.com MARCH 26, 2017

11TH ANNUAL WEDDING EXPO

American Serb Hall Banquet 5101 W Oklahoma Ave, Milwaukee Show Times: 11am-5pm 414-383-1000 See page 271

APRIL 2, 2017

2ND ANNUAL BELLE CITY BRIDAL SHOW Festival Hall, Racine Show Times: 11am-3pm 262-636-9229 civiccentreracine.com See page 266

APRIL 9, 2017

SPRING BRIDAL SHOWCASE

Roma Lodge 7130 Spring St., Racine Show Times: 11am-3pm 262-886-3610 romalodge.com APRIL 14, 2017

ALFA OPEN HOUSE

Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop 7001 W. North Avenue, Wauwatosa Show Times: 5-7:30pm 414-545-5858 alfawedding.com MAY 21, 2017

BRIDAL EXPO

Brookfield Sheraton Show Times: 10:30am-4pm For Free Tickets Call: 414-427-4325 bridalexpomilwaukee.com See page 16-17, 267

SEPTEMBER 10, 2017

BRIDAL EXPO

Brookfield Sheraton Show Times: 10:30am-4pm For Free Tickets Call: 414-427-4325 bridalexpomilwaukee.com See page 16-17, 267 268 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbridewisconsin.com


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BRIDAL SHOWS SEPTEMBER 17, 2017

THE PRETTY PRETEND WEDDING SHOW

Rustic Manor 1848 3115 WI-83, Hartland Show Times: 10:30am-3:30pm 262-334-0316, rusticmanor1848.com SEPTEMBER 24, 2017

DISCOVER LAKE GENEVA BRIDAL SHOWCASE

Riviera Docks, Lake Geneva Show Times 10am-1pm cruiselakegeneva.com/wedding See page 268

OCTOBER 2017

JEFFERSON COUNTY "WEDDING EXPO"

Jansen's Banquet Hall 1245 Whitewater Avenue, Fort Atkinson Show Times: 10am-2pm OCTOBER 22, 2017

THE DEKOVEN CENTER’S 6TH ANNUAL WEDDING SHOWCASE

"The Great Hall” The DeKoven Center 600 21st Street, Racine Show Times 12pm-3pm 262-633-6401 Ext. 102, dekovencenter.org OCTOBER 2017

KENOSHA BRIDAL EXPO

Parkway Chateau 12304 75th St., Kenosha 262-237-2661 kenoshabridalexpo.com NOVEMBER 5, 2017

BRIDAL EXPO

Brookfield Sheraton Show Times: 10:30am-4pm For Free Tickets Call: 414-427-4325 bridalexpomilwaukee.com See page 16-17, 267

NOVEMBER 4-5, 2017

ULTIMATE WEDDING EXPERIENCE

Potawatomi Hotel & Casino 262-797-8880, excitingevents.com See page 269

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


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

B

BRIDAL SHOWS FALL 2017

BOUTIQUE BRIDAL SHOWCASE

Delafield Hotel 415 Genesee St. Delafield (262) 646-1600 thedelafieldhotel.com JANUARY 6-7, 2018

50TH ANNUAL WONDERFUL WORLD OF WEDDINGS WI Expo Center at State Fair Park, West Allis Show Times: 10am - 4:30pm WisconsinWeddingShow.com See page 264

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

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

ALTERATIONS/ CUSTOM DRESS DESIGNS

Two MoThers

sewing and Tailoring llC

No rip too small, no job too big!

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

414-324-1273 – 414-426-0338

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

BRIDAL

• MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT • MUSIC, SPECIALTY • OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS (See Hotels/Club Suites) • PHOTOGRAPHY • PHOTOGRAPHY BOUDOIR • PHOTO BOOTHS • PHOTO - SPECIALTY SERVICES • REHEARSAL DINNERS • RENTALS • RESTROOMS (See Rentals) • SPAS • TRANSPORTATION • TRAVEL AGENCIES & HONEYMOONS • VIDEOGRAPHY • WALWORTH COUNTY WEDDINGS (See pg 176)

GOWNS

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

262-521-9710

mymartinizing.com

ATTENDANT GIFTS

(See Customized Gifts)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES BACHELOR(ETTE) PARTIES

Alverno College

CMP Tactical Lazer Tag

The Astor Hotel

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

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

(See pg 232)

(See pg 67)

Milwaukee Pedal Tavern info@pedaltavern.com pedaltavern.com 414-405-6682

(See pg 110)

Napoli

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

(See pg 178)

Riverwalk Boat Tours & Rentals

at Pere Marquette Park (on Old World Third St, between State and Kilbourn) riverwalkboats.com 414-283-9999 (See pg 231)

Stroke of Genius

250 W. Broadway,Waukesha geniuspaintwine.com 262-893-4186

(See pg 231)

Uptown Art

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

(See pg 111)

Vino 100

Historic Third Ward 219 E. Erie St., Milwaukee vino100milwaukee.com 414-277-8466

Bacchus-A Bartolotta Restaurant 414-765-1166 925 E. Wells, Milwaukee Bartolotta Events & Catering 414-765-8610 at Pier Wisconsin 500 N. Harbor Dr., Milwaukee Grain Exchange 414-727-6980 225 E. Michigan Ave., Ste 100, Milwaukee Lake Park Bistro 414-962-6300 3133 E. Newberry Blvd., Milwaukee The Harbor House 414-395-4900 550 N. Harbor, Milwaukee bartolottas.com bartolottascatering.com (See pg 45)

Extraordinary Weddings at The Bog Rehearsal Dinners • Intimate Weddings Wrap Around Patio • Terrific Cuisine Onsite Ceremonies Stunning Scenery 3121 County Rd I, Saukville

262-292-0740 GolfTheBog.com Broadlands Golf Club Hwy 59, North Prairie broadlandsgolfclub.com 262-392-6320

(See pg 24)

730 Corner Stone Crossing, Waterford bowlrivercity.com 262-514-3663

(See pg 170)

Canal Street Yacht Club (See pg 232)

BANQUET FACILITIES & REHEARSAL DINNERS 1451 Renaissance Place

(See pg 74)

Bruno’s Restaurant & Banquet Hall (See pg 111)

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

(See pg 34)

Bartolotta’s

Friday’s Front Row

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

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

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

(See pg 58)

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

(See pg 131)

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Chandelier Ballroom

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

Grand Geneva (See pg 132)

Charles Allis Art Museum

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

Hampton Inn & Suites (See pg 78)

Clarion Hotel Airport

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

(See pg 60)

(See pg 178)

(See pg 29)

(See pg 84)

N56 W16300 Silver Spring Dr., Menomonee Falls davians.com 262-781-3333 (See pg 46-47)

(See pg 14)

(See pg 51)

Holiday Inn Pewaukee

N14 W24140 Tower Place, Waukesha ihg.com/holidayinn/ hotels/us/en/pewaukee/pkehi/hoteldetail 262-506-6300

(See pg 15)

818 S Water St., Milwaukee hotwatermilwaukee.com 414-383-7593

(See pg 42)

Hubbard Park Lodge

Delafield Brewhaus

3832 Hillside Dr., Delafield (Just off I-94 & Hwy 83) delafield-brewhaus.com 262-646-7821 (See pg 18)

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

(See pg 59)

Hyatt Regency

Delafield Hotel

(See pg 73)

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

(See pg 9)

Intercontinental Milwaukee

Geneva National Resort

1221 Geneva National Ave. S, Lake Geneva lakegenevaweddings.com 262-245-7000 (See pg 171)

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

Golden Mast Inn on Okauchee Lake

The Iron Horse Hotel

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

(See pg 32)

Hot Water/Wherehouse

The DeKoven Center

415 Genesee St., Delafield thedelafieldhotel.com 262-646-1600 or 800-594-8772

(See pg 40)

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

(See pg 79)

(See pg 19)

Hilton Garden Inn Milwaukee Park Place 11600 W. Park Place, Milwaukee milwaukeeparkplace.gardeninn.com 414-359-9823

Davians Catering & Conference Center

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

(See pg 173)

Heritage Hall

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

Crowne Plaza Milwaukee West

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

7377 Krueger Rd., Lake Geneva hawksviewgolfclub.com 262-348-9900 W2763 E. Gate Dr., Watertown hayloftbarn.com 920-988-7415

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

(See pg 15)

The Hay Loft

Country Springs Hotel

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

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

Hawk’s View Golf Club

Cotton Exchange

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

7036 Grand Geneva Way, Lake Geneva grandgeneva.com 800-558-3417 (See pg 174)

(See pg 53)

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

(See pg 23)

(See pg 77)


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

Marcus Center for the Performing Arts (See pg 82)

Kettle Moraine Ranch

W379 S9694 County S, Eagle kettlemoraineranch.com 262-594-2122

(See pg 28)

(See pg 25)

- Ball Room with Gorgeous Views - Excellent Cuisine - Weddings on the Green - Rehearsal Dinners

6996 Pennsylvania St., Oconomowoc

262-567-7833

labellegolfclub.com

(See pg 174)

Lake Como Club House

(See pg 170)

Lake Geneva Cruise Lines-Gage Marine cruiselakegeneva.com 262-248-6206 800-558-5911

(See pg 180)

Lake Lawn Resort

2400 E. Geneva St., Delavan lakelawnresort.com 800-338-5253

(See pg 179)

Lamm Gardens

Ceremonies – Tented Receptions Off Hwy 45 on Sherman Rd., Jackson lammscape.com 262-677-3010

Milwaukee Athletic Club

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

(See pg 19)

Milwaukee Beer Bistro

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

(See pg 58)

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

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

(See pg 54)

(See pg 132)

1700 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr., Milwaukee milwaukeeyc.com 414-271-4455 (see pg 6)

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

(See pg 27)

Pano’s Banquets

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

(See pg 33)

The Park East Hotel

(See pg 76)

The Pfister Hotel

424 E Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee thepfisterhotel.com 414-390-3802 or 414-273-8222 (See pg 181)

(See pg 55)

Milwaukee Yacht Club

916 E. State St., Milwaukee parkeasthotel.com 414-276-8800

The Landing 1841

Just outside Burlington thelanding1841.com 262-206-2176

700 North Art Museum Dr., Milwaukee mam.org 414-224-3200 or 414-224-3287 (event line) (See pg 57)

Milwaukee County Zoo

Lakewood Farms Weddings

W3730 Clubhouse Dr., Lake Geneva lakecomoclubhouse.com 262-249-1200 ext 2

W231 N1600 Corporate Ct., Waukesha marriott.com/mkemw 262-574-0888 (See Inside Back Cover & pg 18)

Milwaukee Art Museum

Where happily ever after begins…

Mukwonago lakewoodfarmswisconsin.com 708-218-0656

(See pg 86)

Marriott Milwaukee West

Kimpton-The Journeyman

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

929 North Water St., Milwaukee sazamas.com 414.276.2030

(See pg 37)

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

(See pg 28)

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

Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel (See pg 61)

Pritzlaff Events

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

South Second (See pg 41)

Racine Civic Center Festival Hall Festival Park Memorial Hall 5 Fifth St., Racine racinecc.com 262-636-9229

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

The Ridge

(See pg 171)

(See pg 26)

(See pg 85)

(See pg 48)

(See pg 40)

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

(See pg 174)

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

(See pg 78)

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

(See pg 8)

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

(See pg 131)

Watertown Country Club

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

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

Schauer Arts & Activites Center (See pg 130)

The Seeboth

(see pg 44)

Seven Seas

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

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

Washington County Fair Park

The Rustic Barn at Prairie Gardens

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

Tuscan Hall Banquet Center

War Memorial Center

The Rotunda

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

(See pg 7)

Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum

Roma Lodge

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

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

Veterans Terrace at Echo Park

River Club of Mequon

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

(See pg 131)

Tripoli Shrine Center (See pg 43)

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

12400 N. Ville Du Parc Dr., Mequon riverclubofmequon.com 262-236-9419 and 262-236-9411

838 S. 2nd St., Walker’s Point, Milwaukee southsecondmke.com 414-256-8765 (see pg 87)

Sterling Chalet

Red Circle Inn

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

375 S. Moorland Rd., Brookfield sheratonmilwaukeebrookfield.com/wedding 262-364-1008 (See pg 52)

(See pg 35)

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(See pg 80)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Wauwatosa Woman’s Club

1626 Wauwatosa Ave., Wauwatosa Wauwatosawomansclub.com 414-257-9935

Elegance Salon & Spa (See pg 72)

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

(See pg 208)

Lash Boutique (See pg 83)

Western Lakes Golf Club

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

2725 S. Calhoun Rd., New Berlin elegancesalonandspa.com 262-785-0880 18895 W. Capitol Dr., Brookfield 1208 12th Ave., Grafton lashboutiques.com

262-373-0101 262-375-3300 (See pg 210)

Business Income Opportunities (See pg 86)

Windwood of Watertown

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

(See pg 75)

Wisconsin Club - City Club

900 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee wisconsinclub.com 414-431-3201

(See pg 10)

Wisconsin Club - Country Club

6200 W Good Hope Rd, Milwaukee wisconsinclub.com 414-368-1970

Boerner Botanical Gardens 9400 Boerner Dr., Hales Corners Coast @ ZLG 931 E. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee Miller Room @ ZLG 910 E. Michigan St., Milwaukee ZHG @ Mitchell Park Conservatory (The Domes) 524 S. Layton Blvd., Milwaukee zillihospitalitygroup.com 414-207-8986 (See pg 30-31)

BARTENDING SERVICES bartendonthego.com 414-899-6151

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Under the direction of Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Alex Colque M.D.

Freeze Your Fat Permanent Results No Surgery No Downtime No Incisions

21675 E. Moreland Blvd, Waukesha

Consultations Always Complimentary

262.657.5446 lovemyskiin.com

Rella by Cindy

8310 S. 27th St., Oak Creek rellabycindy.com 414-416-5195

Bar Stars Bartending

Bartenders on the Go

evbruckner.myshaklee.com 262-751-4410

(See pg 11)

Zilli Hospitality Group

barstarsbartending-mke.com 414-208-9500

Biodegradable Products Skin Care • Nutrition • Home • Aging

(See pg 209)

Wide Eyed Beauty (See pg 101)

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

(See pg 209)

BED & BREAKFASTS/ INNS White Lace Inn

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

(See pg 251)

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Vino 100

BRIDAL ACCESSORIES

Historic Third Ward 219 E. Erie St., Milwaukee vino100milwaukee.com 414-277-8466

(and Rental Items)

BRIDAL SHOWS

Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop

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

Complete listing and information (See pg 262) (See pg 195)

Bead IT LLC

beadit-wi.com 262-366-5573

(See pg 111)

Design Vision Optical

8720 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa designvisionoptical.com 414-774-0200

CAKES, SWEETS & FAVORS Allo! Chocolat

(See pg 110)

The Wedding Centre & Fifth Avenue Formalwear

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

(See pg 191)

Audra’s House of Cakes

7140 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis weddingcentre-wi.com 414-475-1212

(See pg 218)

BRIDAL REGISTRY Boston StoreBrookfield Square Mayfair Southridge Bayshore Grand Avenue Racine West Bend bostonstore.com

(See pg 111)

262-782-6888 414-453-7500 414-423-0800 414-962-6006 414-347-4141 262-553-9655 262-335-9390

Royal Prestige

dinner4two.com or midwestlifestyles.com 920-375-6536 (See pg 109)

BRIDAL SHOWERS/ GIFT OPENINGS Riverwalk Boat Tours & Rentals

at Pere Marquette Park (located on Old World Third St., between State and Kilbourn) riverwalkboats.com 414-283-9999 (See pg 231)

Uptown Art

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

(See pg 111)

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Kewaskum audrashouseofcakes.com 262-707-7444

(See pg 131

Elizabeth Cakes Couture LLC By Appointment elizabethscakecouture.com 414-418-4576

(See pg 186)

Rich’s House of Cakes

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

(See pg 190)

Simma’s

817 N. 68th St., Wauwatosa simmasbakery.com 414-257-0998

(See pg 187)

Sugar & Flour LLC

5721 Broad St., Greendale sugarandflour.etsy.com 414-421-5565

(See pg 190)

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

(See pg 189)

CAKES (FAUX) Elizabeth Cakes Couture LLC

655 N. Brookfield Rd. Unit C, Brookfield elizabethscakecouture.com 414-418-4576 (See pg 181)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Vecchio Catering

CATERING

Member of the Vecchiio Entertainment Group escapetomilwaukee.com 414-273-8300 (See pg 58)

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

(See pg 94)

Davians Catering & Conference Center

N56 W16300 Silver Spring Dr., Menomonee Falls davians.com 262-781-3333 (See pg 46-47)

Chef Jack’s

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

(See pg 91)

Louise’s Catering

Custom Menus & Catering wsbmktg@aol.com • louisescatering.com 414-271-9506

(See pg 92)

Cream City Weddings

Intimate Garden Ceremonies 1036 S. 5th St., Milwaukee creamcityweddings.com 414-688-0858

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

Lamm Gardens

Napoli

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

CEREMONIES, CHAPELS

(See pg 178)

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

(See pg 132)

Rochester Deli & Catering

Olympia Gardens

143 W. Broadway, Historic Downtown Waukesha rochesterdeli.com 262-522-9613 (See pg 93)

Located at Olympia Resort, Oconomowoc olympiaresort.com 800-558-9573 (See pg 27)

Saz’s Catering

Tripoli Shrine Center

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

(See pg 86)

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

(See pg 7)

CEREMONIES, OFFICIANT

Catering — Par Excellence!

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

sazamas.com • 414.276.2030

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

The Church of Christ the Healer

Tripoli Shrine Catering

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

Clergy Officiants REV. JEFFREY

REV. LYNETTE

REV. JOEL

REV. MARY ROSE

414-793-4828 262-893-6760 414-344-8944 414-530-0916

(See pg 7)

www.MilwaukeeMinistry.org

TH Catering

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

(See pg 40)

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES

Rev. Jewel Olson Wedding Officiant Ordained • Licensed • Certified

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

Religious or Non-Religious

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

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

Merle Norman Cosmetic Studios

(See pg 191)

Sugar & Flour LLC

(See pg 208)

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

(See pg 129)

Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Madison East (See pg 107)

Timeless Events

1714 Eagan Rd. www.fredastairemadison 608-204-0404

(See pg 129)

Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Menomonee Falls (See pg 106)

Weddings with a Twist

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

(See pg 129)

Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Greenfield (See pg 105)

Premier Parties

Serving SE Wisconsin timelesseventsllc.com 262-751-6355

(See pg 209)

Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Brookfield 15760 W Capitol Dr. www.fredastairebrookfield.com 262-796-1121

événement

Call for Information. ladyastor.net 414-975-1154

8310 S. 27th St., Oak Creek rellabycindy.com 414-416-5195

DANCE INSTRUCTION

E Events

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

Brookfield Square (exterior entrance) 262-782-4406 mnsalonbrookfield.com 5300 S. 108th St., Hales Corners 414-421-3788 merlenormanstudio.com/mn-6831 (See pg 211)

Rella by Cindy (See pg 190)

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

Complimentary Makeovers Skin Care & Color Cosmetics Personalized Gift Service

262-781-4848 marykay.com/tehrett

Allo! Chocolat

5721 Broad St., Greendale sugarandflour.etsy.com 414-421-5565

Mary Kay Cosmetics

Independent Beauty Consultants Tammy Ehrett, Independent Sales Director

CHOCOLATES (FAVORS) 234 W. Main St., Waukesha allochocolat.com 262-544-8030

COSMETICS

(Also see Beauty)

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

(See pg 129)

Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Mequon (See pg 107)

280 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbridewisconsin.com

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

(See pg 129)


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

(See pg 129)

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

(See pg 129)

Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Pleasant Prairie 608-216-4728

(See pg 129)

DECORATING SERVICES

(Also see Rentals)

Décor by Davians

N56 W16300 Silver Spring Dr. 262-781-3333

(See pg 46-47)

Heavenly Creations

4060 N. 127th St., Suite 200, Brookfield By Appointment heavenlycr8.com 414-353-1179

(See pg 96)

Something Borrowed

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

(See pg 97)

DESTINATION WEDDINGS

(See Travel Agencies)

DOOR COUNTY WEDDINGS Door County Trolley Inc. doorcountytrolley.com 920-868-1100

(See pg 253)

Landmark Resort

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

(See pg 253)

The Lodge at Leathem Smith

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

(See pg 251)

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

(See pg 252)

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

(See pg 253)

White Lace Inn

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

(See pg 251)

DRY CLEANING / GOWN PRESERVATION Martinizing

The Specialist in Bridal Gowns Free Pickup & Delivery mymartinizing.com 262-521-9710 Delafield 3167 Golf Rd. Elm Grove 13405 Watertown Plank Rd. Grafton 397 Falls Rd. Hartland 418 Merton Ave. Menomonee Falls N95W18397 County Line Rd Mequon 11106 N Port Washington Rd Milwaukee 233 W. Layton Ave. Oak Creek 7967 S. Main St. Oconomowoc 1300 Brown St. 1035 W. Summit Ave. 1320 Pabst Farm Circle Pewaukee 1405 Capitol Dr. Waukesha 821 Meadowbrook Rd. Wauwatosa 6737 Milwaukee Ave. West Allis 2262 S. 108th St. Whitefish Bay 285 E Hampton Ave

(See pg 219) 262-646-7515 262-782-0665 262-377-2269 262-367-4508 262-251-7979 262-241-3535 414-747-1077 414-762-6466 262-560-9981 262-567-4813 262-560-0666 262-695-1661 262-542-4987 414-771-3331 414-545-8688 414-964-4747

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Waukesha Floral & Greenhouse

EYE WEAR (OPTICAL)

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

Design Vision Optical

8720 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa designvisionoptical.com 414-774-0200

(See pg 110)

FIREWORKS Serving Wisconsin & Illinois bartolottafireworks.com 262-968-4178

(See pg 64)

FLORISTS

262-754-9296 414-855-0618 414-570-8892 920-458-1412 (See pg 217)

Fifth Avenue Formalwear

(See pg 218)

GOWNS, CUSTOM

Alfa Flower & Wedding Shop

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

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

(See pg 195)

Bank of Flowers 262-253-9111 262-695-9911 (See pg 196)

Belle Fiori

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

(See pg 199)

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

(See pg 198)

Fantasy Flowers

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

(See pg 198)

Lamm Gardens

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

(See pg 132)

La Tulipe

115 N. Franklin St., Port Washington latulipedesign.com 262-284-2444

DuBois

7140 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis weddingcentre-wi.com 414-475-1212

(and Rental Items)

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

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

Bartolotta Fireworks Co.

(See pg 197)

(See pg 194

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HONEYMOON

(Also see Travel Agencies & Door County Weddings)

HOTELS/ CLUB SUITES

(Also see Banquet Facilities)

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

(See pg 42)

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

255 Guestrooms Themed Suites 17,000 Sq.Ft. Spa Restaurant & Lounge Indoor / Outdoor Pool 45,000 Sq. Ft. Meeting see pg. 27 & Banquet Facilities Discounted Room Blocks Available

• • • • • • •


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Sybaris Pool Suites

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

LINGERIE (See pg 255)

ICE SCULPTURES Art Below Zero

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

(See pg 110)

INTERNET Premier Bride

premierbride.com and premierbridewisconsin.com 262-646-3387

(See pg 205)

(See pg 177)

Paperwhites

(See pg 203)

QBCheck Designs

Custom Stationery Studio qbcheckdesigns.com 262-358-6417

(See pg 202)

The Wedding Centre & Fifth Avenue Formalwear 7140 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis weddingcentre-wi.com 414-475-1212

(See pg 218)

completemilwaukee.com 414-751-6886

(See pg 137)

DJ Express

djexpressfun.com 262-306-1138

(See pg 136)

djays

Simply the Best – Since 1982 262weddings.com 800-901-1007

(See pg 141)

Midwest Sound DJ Entertainment

N15W22180 Watertown Rd., Suite 112, Waukesha midwestsoundwi.com 262-751-2900 (See pg 140)

MP Pro

Call for information mpproweddings.com 262-751-9681 6600 Industrial Loop, Greendale motmplus.com 414-282-FUNN (3866) 888-HAV-FUNN (428-3866)

(See pg 139)

(See pg 3 & 139)

Muzic in Motion

Bead IT LLC

LIMOUSINES

(See pg 64)

Music On The Move DJ’s

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

MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT Complete Milwaukee

PAPERjunkies Co

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

MASSAGE

(See Spas)

Serving Wisconsin & Illinois bartolottafireworks.com 262-968-4178

Coqui Paperie and Gifts

paperjunkiesco@gmail.com 414-405-1249

For a Perfect Comfortable Fit 1740 N. Martin Luther King Dr., Milwaukee voluptuoussecrets.com 414-264-7776 (See pg 110)

Bartolotta Fireworks Co.

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

Voluptuous Secrets LLC

(See pg 111)

2020 S. Calhoun Rd., New Berlin muzicinmotion.com • excitingevents.com 262-797-8880 800-925-8880

(See pg 138)

(See Transportation)

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES MUSIC, SPECIALTY Dream City Music

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

(See pg 143)

Elegant Music Service

elegantmusicservices.com 262-619-1900

(See pg 143)

Gabriel’s Horns

gabrielshorns.com 414-581-7391

(See pg 143)

Milwaukee Musician Association Serving Wisconsin milwaukeemusicians.com 414-362-9800

(See pg 142)

Service Wisconsin eivans.com 866-348-2671

(See pg 143)

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

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

In-Focus Photography

Violino Gram

KK Photography

infocusphotography.org 414-483-2526

(See pg 142)

OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS

(See Hotels/Club Suites)

(See pg 158)

(See pg 156)

R&R Photographic Imaging rrphotographicimaging.com 262-388-0657

(See pg 149)

c.mae design

Ambiance Studios by Scott & Cathy Erickson (See pg 153)

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

300 E. Main St., Ste A, Waterford kkphotography.com 414-861-8749

(See pg 172)

PHOTOGRAPHY BOUDOIR

PHOTOGRAPHY ambiancestudios.com 262-338-0922

(See pg 152)

Ideal Impressions

That Sax Guy

violinogram.com 414-962-1062

(See pg 157)

Eivan’s National Photo & Video Inc.

Racine String Quartet ccviolin@hotmail.com racinestringquartet.com 262-681-0748

414-214-7312

Wedding Photography & Videography cmaedesign.com 262-757-5260 (See pg 151)

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

(See pg 150)

c.mae design

Wedding Photography & Videography cmaedesign.com 262-757-5260 (See pg 151)

(See pg 158)

PHOTO BOOTHS Instant Keepsakes PhotoBooths instantkeepsakes-photobooths.com 414-533-5707

(see pg 167)

PhotoBooth

Serving Wisconsin 262photobooth.com 800-901-1007 284 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbridewisconsin.com

(See pg 166)


DIRECTORY OF SERVICES ShutterBooth

Milwaukee Chop House

PHOTO - SPECIALTY SERVICES

Mo’s - A Place for Steaks

Serving Greater Milwaukee & Madison shutterbooth.com 414-255-3800 (See pg 165)

Pixologie

9803 S. 113th St., Oak Creek pixologieinc.com 414-731-1881

(See pg 111)

633 North 5th St, Milwaukee chophouse411.com 414-226-2467 720 N Plankinton Ave., Milwaukee mosaplaceforsteaks.com 414-272-0720

Riverwalk Boat Tours & Rentals

at Pere Marquette Park (on Old World Third St, between State and Kilbourn) riverwalkboats.com 414-283-9999 (See pg 231)

REHEARSAL DINNERS

Saz’s State House Restaurant

Courtyard Marriott Milwaukee Airport

Trinity Three Irish Pubs

5539 W. State St., Milwaukee sazs.com 414-453-2410

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

(See pg 42)

The Crest Pub

257 W. Broadway, Downtown Waukesha thecrestpub.com 262-349-4668 (See pg 66)

Friday’s Front Row

(See pg 67)

Hops & Leisure

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

(See pg 65)

Vagabond

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

(See pg 65)

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

414-272-1195 262-646-7878 262-375-2222 414-301-5290 (See pg 68)

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

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

(See pg 69)

RENTALS

Louises 414-273-4224 262-784-4275 (See pg 68)

The Main Mill

Mason Street Grill

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

Zarletti Mequon

Kilawat

on the Riverwalk N88 W16521 Main St., Men. Falls themainmill.com 262-345-5692

(See pg 86)

Water Street Brewery

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

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

(See pg 66)

All Star Rentals

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

(See pg 95)

Arena America’s

(See pg 66)

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

(formerly Karl’s Event Services) 7000 S. 10th St., Oak Creek arenaamericas.com 800-383-6332

(See pg 99)

Arnold’s Environmental Services Inc. 3031 Hwy 33, Saukville arnoldsenvironmental.com 262-675-2497 800-994-0500

(See pg 100)

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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Brookfield Party Rental

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

Go Riteway (See pg 93)

Showroom: 9215 W. Oklahoma Ave., Milwaukee highclasslimousinevip.com 414-762-0809 (See pg 224) (See pg 130)

Heavenly Creations

4060 N. 127th St., Suite 200, Brookfield By Appointment heavenlycr8.com 414-353-1179

High Class Limousine

Showroom: 9215 W. Oklahoma Ave., Milwaukee highclasslimousinevip.com 414-762-0809 (See pg 225)

Keehn’s Service (See pg 96)

Relics Vintage Rentals

4810 S. 76th St., Milwaukee keehnsonline.com 414-282-7060

Specialty Event Rentals By Appointment relicsvintagerentals.com 262-227-3003

Lamers Limousine Service

Something Borrowed

Lamers Trolley & Coaches

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

(See pg 97)

800-236-1240 800-236-6160 920-336-6160 (See pg 230)

1225 Robruck Drive, Oconomowoc magicalnightlimo.com 262-366-3017

(See pg 227)

Spring City Trolley

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

Elegance Salon & Spa

(See pg 208)

The O-Spa

(See pg 27)

TRANSPORTATION (See pg 226)

Broadway Limousine & Coach (See pg 229)

286 • PREMIER BRIDE www.premierbridewisconsin.com

(See pg 226)

TRAVEL AGENCIES & HONEYMOONS CTS Travel

Specializing in Destination Weddings & Honeymoons ctstravelpros.com 414-276-3388 (See pg 259)

Latitudes Travel LatitudesWI.com 414-433-4873

Adonis Limousine

Brookfield broadwaylimoandcoach.com 262-246-3838

(See pg 230)

Magical Night Limousine

SPAS

Serving Greater Milwaukee adonislimo.com 414-264-9999

Motor Coaches & Trolley Limousines golamers.com

(See Rentals)

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

(See pg 223)

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

RESTROOMS

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

(See pg 228)

High Class Classics & Trolley

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

goriteway.com 414-570-5200 800-236-5450

Shooting Star Travel

(See pg 260)

Star Destination Weddings & Honeymoons An Affiliate of Shooting Star Travel shootingstartravels.com 262-355-9990 (See pg 261)


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

(See pg 261)

VIDEOGRAPHY

TIME TO GET REWARDED FOR YOUR WEDDING!

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

(See pg 150)

c.mae design

Wedding Photography & Videography cmaedesign.com 262-757-5260 (See pg 151)

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

414-214-7312

(See pg 157)

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

(See pg 158)

JC Designs LLC jcdesignswi.com 262-574-9161

(See pg 161)

It’s Easy!

Pixologie

9803 S. 113th St., Oak Creek pixologieinc.com 414-731-1881

(See pg 111)

WALWORTH COUNTY WEDDINGS

(See pg 176)

Just select PB Rewards next to the name of the PB vendors you’ve used

Good Luck! Like us on Facebook

and watch for the winners!

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

T 2 9 16 23 30

4 11 18 25

5 12 19 26

6 13 20 27

7 14 21 28

S 1 8 15 22 29

F 3 10 17 24

Independence Day

W 2 9 16 23 30

T 3 10 17 24 31

F 4 11 18 25

S 5 12 19 26

DECEMBER S 4 11 18 25

S M T W T

3 4 5 6 7 10 11 12 13 14 17 18 19 20 21 24 25 26 27 28 31 OCTOBER 9th Columbus Day 31st Halloween

F 1 8 15 22 29

S 2 9 16 23 30

F 6 13 20 27

S 7 14 21 28

NOVEMBER 23rd Thanksgiving Day DECEMBER 13th Hanukkah 25th Christmas Day

Memorial Day

JANUARY S M 1 7 8 14 15 21 22 28 29

2018

3 10 17 24

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

NOVEMBER S 7 14 21 28

APRIL 11th Passover 16th Easter MAY 29th

2 9 16 23 30

F

AUGUST

SEPTEMBER 4th Labor Day 21st Rosh Hashanah 30th Yom Kippur

FEBRUARY 14th Valentine’s Day 20th President’s Day

S M T W T

JULY S M T W T

OCTOBER M 2 9 16 23 30

T 2 9 16 23 30

T 2 9 16 23 30

W 3 10 17 24 31

T 4 11 18 25

FEBRUARY

F 5 12 19 26

S 6 13 20 27

S M T W T 1 4 5 6 7 8 11 12 13 14 15 18 19 20 21 22 25 26 27 28

F 4 11 18 25

S 5 12 19 26

S M T W T

MAY

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

W 2 9 16 23 30

T 3 10 17 24 31

S 3 10 17 24

S M T W T 1 4 5 6 7 8 11 12 13 14 15 18 19 20 21 22 25 26 27 28 29

F 1 8 15 22 29

S 2 9 16 23 30

S 1 8 15 22 29

S 6 13 20 27

S M T W T 1 4 5 6 7 8 11 12 13 14 15 18 19 20 21 22 25 26 27 28 29

JUNE

SEPTEMBER

S M T W T

MARCH

F 2 9 16 23

F

3 10 17 24

4 11 18 25

5 12 19 26

6 13 20 27

7 14 21 28

S M 1 7 8 14 15 21 22 28 29

2 3 4 5 6 7 9 10 11 12 13 14 16 17 18 19 20 21 23 24 25 26 27 28 30 JANUARY 1st New Year’s Day 15th Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

T 2 9 16 23 30

FEBRUARY 14th Valentine’s Day 19th President’s Day MARCH 31st Passover

W 3 10 17 24 31

T 4 11 18 25

S 3 10 17 24 31

S 1 8 15 22 29

F 6 13 20 27

S 7 14 21 28

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

JULY

OCTOBER S 1 8 15 22 29

APRIL F 2 9 16 23 30

F 5 12 19 26

M 2 9 16 23 30

T 3 10 17 24 31

W 4 11 18 25

T 5 12 19 26

F 2 9 16 23 30

W 4 11 18 25

T 5 12 19 26

T 2 9 16 23 30

F 3 10 17 24 31

S 4 11 18 25

DECEMBER S 3 10 17 24

S M T W T

2 3 4 5 6 9 10 11 12 13 16 17 18 19 20 23 24 25 26 27 30 31 OCTOBER 8th Columbus Day 31st Halloween NOVEMBER 22nd Thanksgiving Day DECEMBER 3rd Hanukkah 25th Christmas Day

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T 3 10 17 24

AUGUST

NOVEMBER

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

M 2 9 16 23 30

F 7 14 21 28

S 1 8 15 22 29


THE PREMIER BRIDE PLANNER

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

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THE WEDDING TIMELINE

Shop for and order wedding gown, veil and accessories

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

2-4 MONTHS AHEAD

12 MONTHS AHEAD

Decide on the budget

9-12 MONTHS AHEAD

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

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

Arrange ceremony rehearsal and notify participants

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

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

1-2 MONTHS AHEAD

Choose attendants

Select band or DJ for reception

Book musicians for ceremony Select florist

Reserve accommodations for out-of-town guests

2-4 WEEKS AHEAD

Select caterer

Order invitations, personal stationery and thank you notes

Select and purchase guest favors Find and reserve rehearsal dinner location

1 WEEK AHEAD

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

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

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

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

Arrange for final fittings on your gown

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

Register for gifts at one to three stores

Order wedding cake

Mail invitations

Start reception seating chart and placecards

Reserve wedding day transportation

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

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

Prepare printed program for ceremony

Get engagement photo taken

6-9 MONTHS AHEAD

Buy and wrap attendants’ gifts

Select ceremony music, readings and vows and meet with officiant

Compile guest list

Select videographer

4-6 MONTHS AHEAD

Address wedding invitations

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

Reserve accommodations for wedding night Finalize guest list

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FOR HER:

DON’T FORGET...

WEDDING ATTIRE

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

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

FOR HIM:

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

HONEYMOON CHECKLIST

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

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

UPDATING YOUR NAME

WEDDING DAY EMERGENCY KIT

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

Auto Registration

Investment accounts

Stock certificates

Bank & credit card accounts

Life insurance policy

Car insurance policy

Medical/dental records

Tax agency records (state/federal)

Credit reporting agencies

Memberships

Voter registration records

Deeds/titles

Passport

Wills/trusts

Driver’s license

Post Office records

Employee records

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

Social Security records

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THE WEDDING BUDGET

______________

Groom’s Wedding Ring

______________

Ceremony Site Fee

______________

Officiant

______________

Marriage License

______________

Aisle Runner

______________

Candles/Candelabra

______________

Other

______________

RECEPTION

______________

Bride’s Wedding Ring

MUSIC

Engagement Ring

Reception Site Fee

______________

Food, Service, Tax & Gratuity

______________

Beverage/Bar Corkage Fee

______________

Cake/Cake Cutting Fee

______________

Rental Items

______________

Other

______________

Ceremony

______________

Reception

______________

Other

______________

Photographer’s Fee

______________

Engagement Portrait

______________

Formal Wedding Portrait

______________

Proofs

______________

Wedding Album

______________

Candids

______________

Parents’ Sets

______________

Other

______________

Wedding VHS/DVD

______________

Additional Copies

______________

Bride’s Gown

______________

Alterations

______________

Headpiece & Veil

______________

Lingerie, Hosiery & Garter

______________

Shoes

______________

Jewelry & Accessories

______________

Wrap/Jacket

______________

Hair, Makeup & Manicure

______________

Other

______________

GROOM: Groom’s Formalwear

______________

Neckwear & Cufflinks

______________

Accessories

______________

Shoes

______________

Other

______________

PHOTOGRAPHY

BRIDE:

VIDEOGRAPHY

WEDDING ATTIRE

CEREMONY

RINGS

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

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

______________

Projector Rental

______________

Other

______________

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______________

Groom’s Boutonniere

______________

Attendants’ Boutonnieres

______________

______________

Best Man

______________

Groomsmen

______________

Ushers

______________

Helper Corsages/Boutonnieres ______________

Child Attendants

______________

Ceremony Flowers

______________

Bride & Groom

______________

Reception Flowers

______________

Bride’s Parents

______________

Decorations/Balloons

______________

Groom’s Parents

______________

Other

______________

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

______________

Save-the-Date Cards

______________

Cake Cutting Attendant

______________

Invitations & Envelopes

______________

Gift Table Attendant

______________

Calligrapher

______________

Guest Book Attendant

______________

Postage

______________

Thank You Notes

______________

Soloists/Musicians (who are friends)

______________

Other

______________

Wedding Coordinator

______________

Informal Stationery

______________

Ceremony Programs

______________

Placecards

______________ ______________

Other

______________

Attendant Accommodations ______________ Bridesmaids’ Dresses/Shoes

______________

Flower Girl’s Dress

______________

Groomsmens’ Formalwear

______________

Ring Bearer’s Attire

______________

Bridesmaids’ Luncheon

______________

Other

______________

______________

Rings

______________

Ceremony

______________

Reception

______________

Music

______________

Wedding Party Transportation: Limousine, Carriage, etc. ______________

Cake Knife & Server

______________

Cake Top

______________

Wedding Attire

______________

Favors

______________

Photography

______________

Flower Girl’s Basket

______________

Videography

______________

Guest Book & Pen

______________

Flowers

______________

Ring Bearer’s Pillow

______________

Stationery

______________

Toasting Glasses

______________

Transportation

______________

Unity Candle, Kiddush Cup

______________

Favors & Accessories

______________

Other

______________

Gifts

______________

Other

______________

Miscellaneous

______________

Maid/Matron of Honor

______________

Grand TOTAL

______________

Guest Transportation

______________

Parking

______________

Other

______________

Other

______________

TOTALS

TRANSPORTATION

Announcements

GIFTS

Bridesmaids’

MISCELLANEOUS

FLOWERS

______________

Attendants’ Bouquets

FAVORS & ACCESSORIES

STATIONERY

Bride’s Bouquet

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SHARING THE COST

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

GROOM

BRIDE

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

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

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

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

Accommodations for out-of-town attendants (optional)

Formal wear for best man & groomsmen (optional)

Luncheon for bridal party

Accommodations for out-of-town attendants (optional)

Informal stationery

Marriage license Fee for officiant

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

GROOM’S FAMILY

BRIDE’S FAMILY

Honeymoon Engagement party

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

WEDDING PARTY

Videographer

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

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

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GROOM’S CAKE

CAKE STYLE

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

SETUP DETAILS

CAKE ACCESSORIES

Description

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

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

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

Tea Lunch Cocktails Dinner

Regional Seasonal Exotic Ethnic Thematic

SERVICE

Breakfast/Brunch

FLAVOR

TYPE

CATERING PLANNER

Salad Entrée Dessert

Beef Chicken Vegetarian Pork Seafood

DESSERT

Soup

ENTRÉES

COURSES

Appetizer

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

Dessert Hors d’oeuvres

Cocktails

Regional Seasonal Exotic Ethnic Thematic

Lamb

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

Vegetarian Kosher Halal Other

RENTAL ITEMS

Full Bar

SPECIAL

ALCOHOL*

Pasta

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

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HELPERS

FLOWERS BY SEASON

TERMINOLOGY

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

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

SPRING

SUMMER

FALL

WINTER

YEAR ‘ROUND

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WEDDING PARTY

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

RECEPTION

CEREMONY

Other

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

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MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT PLANNER

CEREMONY

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

START TIME

SONG/PERFORMED BY

START TIME

Prelude Processional Service Recessional Postlude Other Other

RECEPTION

Other

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

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BRIDE­’ S PHOTOS:

GROOM­’ S PHOTOS:

PRE-WEDDING

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

Bride getting ready

RECEPTION

Guests at cocktail party

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

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

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

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

CEREMONY

PORTRAITS

PHOTOGRAPHY PLANNER

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

Group pictures & candids throughout reception

Clergy, groom & best man at altar

Musicians

Bride & father walking down aisle

Bride & Groom’s first dance

Father giving bride’s hand to groom

Bride & Father, Groom & Mother dance

Guests watching the ceremony

Guests dancing

Vow exchange

Cake, cake table & cake cutting

Ring ceremony

Couple feeding each other cake

Candids of bride’s/groom’s face

Bouquet toss Garter removal & toss

Unity candle ceremony, kiddush cup ceremony, etc.

Sweetheart dance

Signing of wedding certificate

Going-away vehicle (especially if decorated)

Groom kissing the bride

Bride & groom in going away clothes

Recessional

Newlyweds departing & guests’ farewell

Guests throwing rice, flower petals, etc.

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LOCATION

RECEPTION PLANNER DATES AVAILABLE

LOCATION

SIZE

USED FOR

Indoor

Small (<100)

Ceremony

Outdoor

Medium (100-250)

Reception

Same site as ceremony

Large (250+)

Dressing

Walking distance from ceremony

Overnight rooms

SITE SERVICES

Within ______ miles of ceremony site

SERVICES PROVIDED

RENTALS AVAILABLE

Rooms

Tables

Food

Chairs & chair covers

Beverage/Alcohol

China, glassware, silverware & serving dishes

Disabled access

Linens

Adequate parking Valet

Ratio of guests to servers: ___________

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

DECORATIONS

PROVIDED

STYLE

More than one event at a time

RECEPTION

Head table Guest tables

BRINGING OWN DECORATIONS What are decorating restrictions?

Cake table Guest book table

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

When can decorations/favors come in?

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

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Bride as baby

Early days as a couple

Groom as baby

Bachelor/Bachelorette parties

Bride’s childhood Groom’s childhood

Other:

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

RECEPTION

BRIDE DRESSING AT HOME

PHOTOS FOR SLIDESHOW

VIDEOGRAPHY PLANNER

Date: Time: Location: Special Requests:

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

CEREMONY

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

Date:

Guests dancing

Time:

Guests dining tables

Location:

Bride & Groom saying good-byes & leaving

Guests arriving Wedding party preparing

Special Requests:

Ceremony Guests leaving Special Requests:

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BRIDE

WEDDING ATTIRE DESCRIPTION

SIZE

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

BRIDE’S ATTENDANTS

Other

DESCRIPTION

SIZE

SIZE

SIZE

SIZE

NAME

NAME

NAME

NAME

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

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GROOM

DESCRIPTION

SIZE

Coat Shirt Vest Trousers Cummerbund Neckwear Cufflinks Socks & Shoes Other

GROOM’S ATTENDANTS

Other

DESCRIPTION

SIZE

SIZE

SIZE

SIZE

NAME

NAME

NAME

NAME

Coat Shirt Vest Trousers Cummerbund Neckwear Cufflinks Socks & Shoes Other

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VENDORS

KEEPING TRACK

NAME / PHONE

PAYMENT INFORMATION

DATE

AMOUNT

BAL. DUE

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

WEDDING PARTY

Wedding Coordinator

NAME

PHONE

Bridesmaids

Groomsmen

Ushers

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