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TABLE CONTENTS Speaking the Language ............................. 4 Florals and Beyond ................................... 6 You’re Invited ............................................. 8 Cash Only Please..................................... 10 Wedding Checklist ....................................11 Budget Worksheet.....................................13 A Green Wedding .....................................15 Make it Your Wedding ............................ 16 A Touch of Nature ................................... 18 Rainy Skies ............................................... 20 Look Beyond Diamonds ......................... 21 Colorful Decisions ................................... 22 Color Palette Guide................................. 23 The Perfect Fit ......................................... 24


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Wedding planning can seem overwhelming and a tad confusing at times, but a crash course in wedding terminology can help couples make more informed choices along the way. Blusher: A short, single-layer veil that covers the bride’s face before the ceremony. Boutonnière: A single flower bud worn by the men in the bridal party. Canapés: Bite-sized appetizers served during the cocktail hour of a reception. Civil ceremony: A marriage ceremony conducted by a council official or justice of the peace at a municipal location rather than in a house of worship. Cocktail hour: Typically an hourlong interlude between the wedding ceremony and the main dinner of the reception. Guests have time to arrive and mingle before being seated. Page 4

Corkage fee: A fee some establishments charge to allow guests to bring their own wine. Dais: A podium or platform raised from the floor where the bride and groom are seated. Deposit: A percentage of the total cost of service given to a vendor to secure a date for their services. Dragées: Round, small edible balls of sugar that appear on wedding cakes. Escort (seating) cards: Printed cards that direct reception guests to their seats. Fondant: A sweet, plyable product used to decoratively cover layered cakes. It can be used in lieu of straight buttercream. Handle wrap: Ribbon or fabric that wraps around the stems of a bouquet the bride and wedding party carries. Bridal Guide • 2019 • • ©KPC Media Group Inc.

Maid/matron of honor: The title given to the woman who assists the bride and stands closest to her at the altar. “Maids” are those who are unmarried, while “matrons” are women who are. Master of ceremonies: An individual who will work with the DJ or band to announce the various components of the wedding reception. Processional/recessional: Musical pieces that mark the entrance and exit from the wedding ceremony. Receiving line: A line of the key people in the wedding who welcome and greet guests. Stationery: All of the paper products used at the wedding, including invitations, programs and enclosures. Tablescape: A word that describes the multiple components of centerpiece designs.

Bridal bouquets come with their own set of terminology. Biedermeier: This arrangement consists of a tight bunch of uniformly cut flowers wrapped by wrap or wire. However, in a biedermeier flowers are arranged in concentric circles around each other, creating a striped effect. Cascade: Using greenery and certain flowers, these bouquets create a long waterfall effect, hanging down in front of the hand and forming an upside-down teardrop shape. Contemporary: Brides can let their imagination run wild with a contemporary bouquet, which utilizes flowers and greenery at unexpected angles to create something truly unique.


Composite: Composite bouquets take buds, petals and blooms wired together to create what looks like a singular large flower. Crescent: These bouquets are shaped into a soft arc, with more flowers typically at the center and extending to the sides for a more tapered shape. Hand-tied: These casual arrangements consist of a gathering of flowers handtied together with ribbon, allowing the loose stems to be seen at the bottom. Nosegay: Nosegay bouquets are round and consist of a tight bunch of flowers cut to uniform length and style, usually finished off with a fabric wrap or wire. Pomander: Traditionally for flower girls, these arrangements feature a round ball of flowers suspended from ribbon or twine and worn at the wrist. Posey: A petit and classic bouquet that consists of a small, round bouquet tied with ribbon that is easy to hold in one hand. Presentation: Also known as a pageant bouquet, these long bouquets fit in the crook of the arm to be carried easily by the bride. Round: Perhaps the most well-known bouquet, this is a larger version of the posey bouquet. Single stem: Instead of a gathering of flowers, this arrangement lets a single bloom shine. — Information from & Metro Creative Connection Bridal Guide • 2019 • • ©KPC Media Group Inc.

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Trends in wedding flowers come and go.


Lately, Out of The Woods Florist manager Julie Bordner said she’s had a lot of brides interested in the “messy” look, especially when it comes to bouquets. also points out that brides are going away from more traditional bouquets, with trends showing up more and more using succulents, seedpods, grains, grasses, herbs and other non-traditional elements.

And florals trends aren’t limited to the bouquet, either. Bold floral installations to simple greenery are becoming more common at reception table centerpieces as well, according to Some brides are also opting for lower floral centerpieces versus higher ones so guests can better converse at the table, according to Brides magazine.

Instead of a more traditional rounded, uniform bouquet, brides are looking for bouquets made with bigger flowers, bits of baby’s breath or greenery sticking out, that kind of thing, she said. Bigger flowers can also be seen in single-bloom bouquets, which are also becoming more popular, according to

Bordner said brides also tend to be going toward more simple garden flowers. “They’re going for the roses, daisies, really going simple,” she said.

Bordner also said a lot of brides are going in favor of do-it-yourself arrangements for their weddings instead of having a florist put them together.

Other items being used more, says, include cotton, fruits and

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There are a number of brides, Bordner said, that’ll have her do bouquets, corsages and boutonnieres for their wedding day that will also purchase buckets of loose flowers to do their own table decorations.

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She said there are shops around that will allow brides to come in with a wedding party to create their own bouquets, corsages and the like, but it’s not something Out of The Woods does.

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However, Bordner said she has sold several buckets of loose flowers to brides to do their own venue decorations. Brides are able to take the flowers and place them in vases, jars, on tables or wherever else they’d like instead of having to use a traditionally constructed piece from the florist.

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While some couples may like the convenience of ordering their invitations online, sourcing them from local vendors has its perks as well. Though Taylor Rental Party Plus in Auburn offers customized envelopes, invitations and RSVP cards, they don’t see a lot of people coming in for those, event planner Paige Marks said. “Usually people like to do it themselves online,” she said. Though online shopping may seem more convenient, some touches — literally — are lost, Marks said. “In the store we have examples in books so you actually get to see the quality of the invitation,” she said. “You’re not going to be able to tell what the quality is until you order them online.” “I think the internet is a great place to search. I don’t think it’s the place to buy because you’re not feeling it, Page 8

You’reINVITED you don’t know what it is,” Monogram Shoppe owner Sara Keltsch said. “People want to touch and feel. With paper, the thing people don’t understand is once it’s printed, it’s done. We’re here to help them.” Some may think getting local stationary is out of their budget, but both Keltsch and Marks said they have options to fit a variety of price points. Taking the time to help customers is important, Keltsch said, adding at her shop customers will fill out a form with their wants and needs and schedule an appointment “so we have time to sit down and make sure (we) have everything perfect for them.” If a couple is unsure, Keltsch will have them look at several books and get a feel for their favorites, which can help point them in the right direction, she said. She’s also able to help with invitation Bridal Guide • 2019 • • ©KPC Media Group Inc.

etiquette that might not be offered on a website, and has done invitations too difficult for couples to make online on their own. “It doesn’t cost more to work with me,” Keltsch said. “I take a lot of pride in making sure it’s exactly what you want and my staff will work very hard to make sure it’s what you want.” The Monogram Shoppe also stands behind its work, so that if there is a problem they will fix it, Keltsch said. “Someone (made invitations online) and they said ‘the honor of your presents’ and they misspelled the date, which is something that if it was our problem and we did it, we would be taking care of it,” she said. “It’s all the little details that when you open it up in 25 years I want you to be happy with what you got from us,” Keltsch said. — Megan Knowles



Wedding invitations offer the first impression of what to expect from a wedding, so attention to the style of them is important, Monogram Shoppe owner Sara Keltsch said. “It’s the only thing you see for six to eight weeks before the wedding and it sort of sets the tone as far as if it’s going to be casual, if it’s going to be dressy, that sort of thing,” she said. The invitations can match the colors of the wedding, but don’t necessarily have to, Keltsch said. When ordering invitations, Keltsch recommended ordering them at least six months before the big day. Couples should send the invitations about eight weeks in advance, and invitations can take several weeks to come in after being ordered, she said. Though invitations can be turned around in a shorter time frame, Keltsch said it isn’t a process couples should rush through. “You don’t need more stress,” she said.

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CASH On average, couples today are getting married later in life than they have in the past. The average age for a woman to get married is around 27, and the average age for a man is around 29.

However, couples are still buying and fixing up their first homes, taking trips or saving for big-ticket items, which means money may be more useful to them than another set of silverware.

This means more time for couples to collect items needed for everyday living — dinnerware, pots and pans, and the like — so they’re not as much in need of these items come the big day.

In fact, according to an article in the Atlantic, 6 percent of couples asked for cash completely in lieu of wedding gifts.

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But how can a couple tastefully ask for the money they need to buy their first home? Here are a couple of ideas: Make a money registry: There are plenty of websites available that allow couples to set up a money registry in the same way they can create a traditional one, and there are even some that allow them to do both. Tie the money to something specific: Letting guests know their money will go toward purchasing a first home, fixing up a dream home or paying for a great honeymoon allows them to feel like they’re contributing to something important and give them something tangible to tie the money to, making some more willing to give cash. Don’t put it on the invitation: In fact, registry information should never go on a wedding invitation. There are separate cards in an invitation suite for such information, or include everything on a wedding website. Have family and friends help spread the word: Couples can tell close family and friends about their desire for cash and what they’ll be using the funds for. Those family and friends can then help provide some insight to wedding guests who may ask them what the couple really needs. Have a traditional registry too: Some people just prefer tangible gifts, so couples should have a traditional registry with needed household items as well.

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o Begin compiling a guest list. Collect

o Determine the type of wedding you want

o Order Save the Dates.

o Select a wedding date & time.


Before the wedding

(size, degree of formality, setting).

o Plan reception & look at locations. (This should be booked as soon as the wedding date is set to ensure availability.)

o Start a wedding binder to organize all of your quotes, brochures and receipts.

o Book an officiate & determine any premarital requirements.

o Work out your budget & prioritize what is most important.

o Decide how expenses will be shared. o Choose your wedding party: maid

of honor, bridesmaids, best man, groomsmen, flower girl & ring bearer.

o Hire a photographer. o Hire a videographer.

names & addresses of your guests.

Before the wedding o Choose a color scheme. o Start shopping for wedding rings. o Mail Save the Dates. o Select wedding consultant. o Hire a caterer. o Select & book reception entertainment. o Select & book make-up & hair stylists. o Choose music & hire musicians/soloists for the ceremony.

o Get your engagement photos taken. o Find 3 hotels (at different price points) for out-of-town guests.

o Record clothing sizes for all party members.

o Purchase bride’s dress & headpiece. o Choose bridal party attire & accessories. o Schedule dress fitting & delivery date. o Start planning your honeymoon. o Start health and fitness program.


Before the wedding

o Refine the guest list. o Announce your engagement in the newspaper.

o Order wedding invitations & thank you cards.

o Create gift registries at 3 national retailers.

o Send thank you notes immediately upon receipt of gifts.

o Book transportation to and from venues. o Purchase wedding bands. o Choose the men’s wedding attire and reserve the right sizes.

o Reserve rentals for ceremony and

reception (chairs, linens, lighting, etc.).

o Explore wedding day hair & makeup styles with stylists.

o Meet with officiant to discuss ceremony plans.

o Choose cake style & schedule tastings.


Before the wedding o Schedule dress fittings. o Order wedding cake. o Book honeymoon flights & hotels. o Book a room for the wedding night. o Choose flowers for wedding party, attendants, venues, cake, etc.

o Finalize guest list. o Assemble rehearsal dinner guest list. o Book rehearsal dinner venue.


Before the wedding

o Finalize honeymoon plans & ensure all documents are in order.

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WEDDING o Purchase accessories such as toasting flutes, cake knives and servers, ring pillow, flower basket & candles.

o Finalize reception menu.



Before the wedding

o Follow up with guests who haven’t RSVP’d.

o Order menu cards.

o Give final count to caterer.

o Order wedding favors.

o Update registries.

o Mail wedding invitations.

o Begin breaking in wedding shoes.

o Begin writing vows.

o Give your photographer & videographer

o Review ceremony details with officiant. o Lay out content for wedding programs. o Apply for marriage license (order 2-3 extra).

o Finalize seating arrangements. o Finalize playlists for musicians. o Finalize fittings for wedding party & parents.

o Book spa & beauty treatments for bride & bridal party.

o Book wedding day transportation.


Before the wedding

o Order wedding programs.

your image & video requests.

o Send playlists to DJ/band/ceremony musicians.

gifts received.

o Get final haircut & color. o Delegate wedding day duties (gift table, guestbook, etc.).

o Delegate someone to return tuxes, rentals & tend to wedding dress.

o Send directions to wedding day limo/ transportation driver.

o Plan seating arrangements.


Before the wedding

o Prepare final payments to vendors &

o Confirm all honeymoon reservations

o Review details on last minute

& accommodations. Pick up tickets & travelers checks.

o Pick up marriage license. o Final dress fitting. o Pick up wedding rings. o Have final fitting for wedding attendants.

o Purchase gifts for wedding participants. o Purchase gift for fiancée. o Have bachelor/ette parties. o Make a calendar of events for your wedding day.

o Print a map to direct guests to the

cash tips for service personnel.

arrangements and timetables with all service companies.

o Make sure you have your marriage license.

o Pick up wedding attire & make sure everything fits properly.

o Pack your suitcase for your honeymoon. o Rehearse wedding ceremony with all participants in attendance.

o Attend rehearsal dinner. o Finalize details of transportation for out-of-town guests.

o Get a good night’s sleep the night before your wedding day.

ceremony and reception site.

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of the wedding

o Remain calm and try to relax. o Double check that you have the wedding rings & your marriage license.

o Give wedding rings & officiant fee to best man.

o Check with the florist to ensure that flowers will be delivered on time.

o Apply makeup and style your hair at

o Continue writing thank you notes for

o Confirm date, times & location with vendors.

o Lay out wedding clothes.

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least 3 hours before the ceremony, sooner if you’re doing pictures before the ceremony.

o Start dressing at least 2 hours before the ceremony, sooner if you’re doing pictures before the ceremony.

o If pictures will be taken before the

ceremony, the entire wedding party should be dressed & ready 2 hours before the ceremony.

o Mail the wedding announcement. o Have music start 20 to 30 minutes before the ceremony begins.

o Have guests seated as they arrive. o Groom’s parents should be seated 5 minutes before the ceremony.

o The bride’s mother should be seated

immediately before the processional, before the aisle runner is rolled out.


the wedding

o Write and mail all thank you notes as soon as possible.

o Take care of business, banking,

insurance & legal affairs (change name if necessary on records and legal documents) as soon as possible.

o Ensure tuxes & rentals have been returned.

o Have bridal gown professionally cleaned and preserved.






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Couples looking to be more environmentally conscious — or simply save money — have some options as they prepare for their wedding day. Rent Many items for a wedding can be rented in lieu of being purchased, allowing someone else to use the items again and again. In the summer, Taylor Rental Party Plus sees a lot of couples renting tents, tables, chairs and linens, event planner Paige Marks said. The company also offers décor, silverware and much more for rent. For some items, “it’s way more expensive to buy them than to rent them, and then you don’t have to worry about what you’re going to do with everything afterward…you just return it and you don’t have to deal with it,” she said. Another rental piece worth considering is a shuttle to bring guests from their hotels to the ceremony and venue sites. Not only does this cut down on fuel consumption, it also ensures guests have a safe way to get home if alcohol is being served at the reception.



Décor is one of the best places to go green or save money for a wedding.

One way to help the environment and people in need is to think about donating certain items after the wedding is over. Floral centerpieces in good shape could be given to local nursing homes to brighten up residents’ day. In addition, if a caterer is told in advance, they may be able to donate excess food to a local food pantry. Décor could be donated to a local organization that hosts events for those in need or to a local school for its prom.

Couples who want a vintage or eclectic look can often find previously used items at local thrift or antique stores. Another source for previously used wedding items are websites like Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace, where couples will often sell used wedding décor at reasonable prices. Couples who find themselves getting married around the same time as family members or friends might also purchase décor items together with the intent of using them at all the festivities. A wedding can also pay homage to favorite people or places by using items from the couple’s or family members’ homes or collections. After all, “something borrowed” is part of the wedding tradition. Décor can also be more environmentally and economically conscience when it serves double duty. For example, name card holders could double as favors, as could floral centerpieces. Bridal Guide • 2019 • • ©KPC Media Group Inc.

Going green Couples who want to do all they can to help the environment might include recycling at their wedding, designating places for guests to put items such as cans and bottles. For those who would rather have disposable plates and silverware, biodegradable options are available. Eco-conscious couples should also think about the type of items given to greet the couple as they leave the ceremony. Rice can be bad for birds and confetti can linger, so items like bubbles or biodegradables might offer better options. — Megan Knowles Page 15




Asking someone to join you in marriage is one of the most important steps you will take.

couple had been married in the historic structure.

There are many things to consider: setting the date, choosing the location, selecting rings, making out the guest list, what food to have, what type of cake to have and organizing the reception.

I wasn’t sure, but it turned out to be the perfect location. Later, after the festivities were over, I told her I could picture my dad — who kept book for Eastside’s boys basketball team for several years — looking on from the scorer’s table, his brother Jon right there beside him and Joleen’s dad Rick also looking on, all smiling and

In our case, we were married in the old Butler High School gymnasium. To our knowledge, it was the first time a

JEFF: When Joleen suggested it, at first,

approving of our union and the location. JOLEEN: Sitting in the old gym for a

throwback basketball game in December 2016, I thought, “Wow! This would be a great place to have a wedding reception!” The gym is just a magnificent structure and has so much history. It’s one of my favorite places in Butler. After coming up short on places to exchange our vows, we came back to the gym…center court to be exact!

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No matter how prepared you think you are for the big day, you will be nervous. It’s OK. That’s part of what makes the day special.

we were. A wedding is a big deal, almost as big as marriage. You want everything to be perfect in both.

It’s important to remember that marriage is a partnership; it’s just as important for both of you to be involved in the planning and preparation for the big day as it is for the many years together.

vice was another way to make the ceremony ours. It made perfect sense to have him involved in a very special way.

JEFF: Getting dressed the day of the wed-

ding, I was very nervous. I hadn’t worn a tuxedo for some time, but I remembered how everything was supposed to look. We had picked navy blue — blue is my favorite color — and silver for our theme. My vest was navy blue, and we picked navy blue roses for Joleen’s bouquet.

JOLEEN: I knew Jeff was “the one,” but

I was still very nervous when I walked out of my dressing room — an old classroom at the old gym. I was so nervous in fact, I laughed through the whole ceremony! I’m pretty sure we weren’t the only nervous ones. I’m certain our officiant, Jeff’s uncle Dick Obendorf, was almost as nervous as

JEFF: Having my uncle perform the ser-

JOLEEN: I couldn’t imagine having any-

one else perform our ceremony. Uncle Dick was the only choice. We were completely surrounded by family as my daughters also stood up with us.

Your wedding day is one of the more important days of your life. It’s also important to make your wedding day your own with things that you enjoy and want to share with others. JEFF: In addition to being married in the

old gym, we also decided early we wanted pizza from our favorite place at the reception. With us exchanging vows at center court, we decided to arrange the seating around the circle with the goal of giving everyone a better view. Jokingly, some friends suggested I write

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my vows on a newspaper, since everyone who knows me knows I’ve written for The Butler Bulletin for several years. I decided it was a pretty good idea. I typed them on paper and tucked them inside a copy of The Butler Bulletin, and as my turn came to recite my vows, I pulled it out of my jacket pocket. The look on Joleen’s face was priceless, and it drew laughs from the gathering. JOLEEN: Yes, Jeff pulling a newspaper

out of his pocket did make me laugh even harder. I wouldn’t have had it any other way. Since the ceremony and reception were in a gym, we needed concessions and something to entertain our guests during lulls in the action. Popcorn and M&Ms were placed on every table along with wedding-themed Mad Libs-style fill-in-theblank stories. The popcorn was in movie theater-style buckets. The stories were given to the DJ to read between songs and they were hilarious! — Jeff & Joleen Jones

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A TOUCH NATURE Weddings don’t have to take place outside to include nature.

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of items found in nature and various decorating techniques to bring natural elements into their wedding and create an outdoor feel. Julie Borden, manager at Out of The Woods Florist in Angola, said she’s added several different, non-traditional items to bouquets for brides, including pinecones. Feathers, according to, can also be added to bouquets to add a statement to the piece without adding extra weight, as they are virtually weightless. Other elements worked into arrangements may include twigs, vines, berries, scabiosa pods, ivy and feathery ferns. The heights of elements in the bouquet are varied, and the bouquets will not have an overly uniform shape, according to Metro Creative Connection. When designing rustic bouquets, florists may also keep the stems of wildflowers or other blooms untethered for a relaxed feel. Long stemmed arrangements are quite popular, and trends point toward bouquets that are loosely tied with raffia, twine, vines and other natural materials rather than more refined ribbon.

STEPHANIE DEBOLT PHOTOGRAPHY recommends using wildflowers in place of traditional roses for a more natural wedding and using neutral colors with accents of green for a nature-inspired palette. Other natural elements you can incorporate into a wedding include floral or greenery, which can be worked into head pieces, ceremony or reception decor, even the cake, and feathers added to flowers and centerpieces. Adding natural touches to arbors is another way Borden said she’s done wedding decor. As for natural decor, brides can bring the outdoors in by using stumps as a guest book, giant leaves to write the menu for the event or even using small trees or sticks as centerpieces. In addition, barn weddings continue to be popular due to their rustic appearance and protection of being indoors, especially in case of rain or snow.

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Brides and grooms fear the prospects of rainy wedding days. But even couples who have contended with everything from a few drops to an all-out deluge on their wedding days look back fondly on the ceremonies and receptions. In fact, how couples handle any precipitation can affect how happy the festivities may be. • Have a rainy day game plan. Rain affects outdoor weddings more than any other type of ceremony or reception. If the goal is to exchange vows outdoors, work with the venue to make this possible with a tent or gazebo. However, if the weather is especially foul and windy, move it indoors. • Invest in golf umbrellas. Couples who live in notoriously damp climates can purchase golf umbrellas, which tend to be larger than the average Page 20

umbrella, and keep them stationed in decorated stands to ease transitions between wedding sites and keep everyone as dry as possible. • Wear waterproof cosmetics. Women in the bridal party, including the bride, can ask their makeup artists to use durable, waterproof products. This can help salvage beautifully composed looks should some drops begin to fall. • Know vendors’ rain policies. Some live musicians will not play in damp weather. Florists may need to make accommodations for arrangements blowing in the wind. Couples need to understand what they’re responsible for and what may be covered if a weather event occurs. Wedding insurance may help cover the costs of nonrefundable cancellations. • Move past it quickly. It is okay to get upset if the weather turns for the Bridal Guide • 2019 • • ©KPC Media Group Inc.

worse. But don’t dwell on it. Guests will sense negative energy, and couples should set the tone of sticking it through despite a little adversity — which can be a good lesson for the marriage as well. • Embrace the rain. While a couple probably won’t wish for rain, there are some benefits to overcast skies, say the wedding professionals at Brides magazine. Flowers are less likely to wilt in rainy conditions. In the absence of bright sunlight, outdoor photographs can really pop. Rain is romantic and may compel couples and their guests to cuddle close. Don’t let rain on a wedding day become a drag. With preparation and perspective, couples can handle rainy wedding days. — Metro Creative Connection




Jewelry styles are personal, and grooms-to-be should carefully research their significant others’ preferences in terms of precious metals, colors and gemstones. Even though tradition holds that a diamond gemstone is classic for engagement rings, these precious stones are not the only options. In fact, before World War II, just 10 percent of proposals involved diamond engagement rings. That number jumped to 80 percent by 1990. However, many modern couples now lean toward other offerings. Those seeking something unique can embrace these ring options: • Amethyst: This vibrant, lavender-hued stone can be breathtaking when cut the correct way. Purple shades have long been associated with

royalty, making an amethyst fitting for such an occasion as special as a wedding. Because amethysts, which are less expensive than diamonds, are a seven on the Mohs scale for gemstone hardness, they can be very durable. • Knot rings: These rings do not have a center stone. Rather, they’re designed to be a tied knot or infinity symbol. These rings can be particularly sentimental as they represent true, unbroken love. • Opal: Gemstones, like flowers, have been assigned certain meanings. Tying the ring to one of them can infuse more symbolism into the relationship. Opal, for example, represents love, passion, creativity, spontaneity, and inspiration. • Sapphire: While sapphire stones ofBridal Guide • 2019 • • ©KPC Media Group Inc.

ten are blue, they can also be yellow, green, pink and white. Sapphires are the third hardest mineral. A white sapphire can be the perfect diamond replacement. • Garnet or ruby: Red is the definitive color of love. A Valentine’s Day wedding can be made even more special by presenting an ring with a red gemstone. • Moissanite: The jewelry source Brilliant Earth says moissanite is a gemstone first discovered in 1893 by Henri Moissan in a meteorite that fell to earth. It is remarkably similar to a diamond in appearance and strength. Moissanite also has heightened brilliance, with a refractive index higher than that of a diamond. — Metro Creative Connection Page 21



Color can be a critical component when establishing the ambiance for a wedding. Color can evoke certain moods and set the tone for the day. Some colors work better together than others, so while choosing a color scheme may seem like an easy undertaking, some couples may find it requires more careful consideration than they first imagined. According to the bridal guide A Practical Wedding, wedding colors can give couples a starting-off point for all of the other details of their weddings. This ensures the

wedding ultimately has a cohesive look. Colors need not necessarily match, but borrowing on similar hues can make it easier to plan wedding party wardrobes, flowers, table linens and more. Colors can come from anywhere, but many couples try to coordinate their color schemes with the season in which the wedding takes place. In fact, couples who are finding it difficult to decide on a palette can look to seasonal colors for inspiration. For example, pastels and blooming flowers can set the scene for spring weddings, while jewel tones and

rich reds and greens may be fitting for winter ceremonies. Some couples opt for more loosely defined color palettes, such as neutral and natural colors. Country and garden weddings can borrow ideas from the landscape, with natural linens paired with wildflowers. Using whites, grays and beiges enables couples to add a pop of color without overwhelming the setting. Brides magazine suggests that couples avoid choosing too many colors. A maximum of three with one metallic can ensure that things look cohesive without being over-the-top. Also, brides and grooms needn’t feel pressured by the “hot” colors of the moment. As with clothing and hairstyles, trends change. It is better to select colors that the couple likes or is drawn to rather than to choose colors just because they’re trendy. Couples may have to incorporate colors already at their wedding venues into their style. Fortunately, many reception sites are outfitted in neutral tones to enable customization. The wedding resource The Knot also says having a basic knowledge of the color wheel can help. Typically, colors that pair well together are those that are opposites on the color wheel. Also, colors that share proximity on the color wheel will have similar tones and play well together. Examples of opposite colors include purples and yellows, reds and greens, and oranges and blues. Couples should not be afraid to take some chances with their color palettes, especially if they want to make a bold and modern statement. — Metro Creative Connection

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COLOR PALETTE GUIDE There is more than one way to select a color palette and it’s up to each couple to decide the right way for them. The following guide is meant as a tool for

those looking for a place to start, using this year’s trending wedding colors as examples. Ideally, a palette will have two or three colors: a primary color, an optional

Burgundy Dusty Rose



Dusty Rose

Dusty Blue

Champagne Greenery


Dusty Blue Pink


secondary color or metallic, and a neutral color. With nearly any primary color, greenery can be used as a secondary or neutral color.



Dusty Rose Steel Blue

Rust Red


Mustard Sage


Pale Rose

Light Mauve

Sunset Orange

Champagne Greenery


Dusty Blue




Dk. Mustard



Dusty Rose


Champagne Antique Sage

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Fittings are a part of wedding planning, and here’s how brides-to-be can navigate the process of finding and being fitted for a dress. • Try on sample gowns. The first step is to make your rounds to various gown shops and try on the samples they have available. Most sample sizes will not be the size you wear every day, so expect them to be ill-fitting. Do not be discouraged. Once a gown is chosen, the dress shop will take your measurements and order the gown according to the manufacturer’s sizing guide. Again, this can be shocking, since the size will likely be larger than what you wear in street clothes. Some shops will also order a little larger to allow for adequate tailoring. Page 24

• Schedule the first fitting. The first fitting should be anywhere from eight to 12 weeks before the wedding date, according to experts at WeddingWire, an online wedding information provider. This is the time it takes to complete most standard alterations. Complex customizations can take even longer. Brides should also budget a minimum of $500 for alterations, which may or may not be included in the price of the dress. • Bring shoes and undergarments. Remember to bring along the exact shoes and undergarments you will wear with your gown. A change in shoes or bra/corset can result in the alterations fitting poorly the next time. Bring these items along to all subsequent fittings. Bridal Guide • 2019 • • ©KPC Media Group Inc.

• Speak up. Martha Stewart Weddings suggests speaking up at fittings if anything is uncomfortable or needs tweaking. Seamstresses are masters at their crafts, but only if they understand the desires of the bride. • Check the details. The second fitting is designed to check that all issues from the first fitting have been addressed, the gown is comfortable and you can move freely. At the last fitting, ask the maid of honor to come along so that she understands how to bustle or help you handle complicated straps or closures. Open communication with a seamstress and bridal shop can ensure brides-to-be get a dress that fits like a glove. — Metro Creative Connect

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