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Mark & Jessica Newland on their wedding day.

Mark and Jessica Newland pose before their wedding earlier this year. The Kendallville couple got married April 21, 2012, in Brown County, Ind. The couple are both employees of KPC

Media Group Inc. — Jessica is the commercial department supervisor and Mark is the leadman in press on first shift. On the cover, Jessica shows off her beautiful bouquet and dress.

Congratulations And Best Wishes! Creating the perfect wedding takes a lot of planning. That’s why we created this guide — to make sure that your big day is extra special! Our fall 2012 Bridal Guide will stimulate your imagination to make your wedding — and marriage — memorable. We have created stories that will help you make many of the biggest decisions that lie ahead — everything from choosing your colors to making your reception fun and memorable. We hope the information in this guide helps you create the wedding of your dreams — one that meets your budget and exceeds your expectations. This wedding guide is also available online at kpcnews.com. Best wishes to the bride and groom, from all of us at KPC Media Group! Bridal Guide • Fall 2012 • kpcnews.com • ©KPC Media Group Inc.

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Wedding Processional

Many songs can serve as wedding processionals BY METRO CREATIVE CONNECTION

Not every bride-to-be has visions of walking down the aisle to Wagner’s “Bridal Chorus.� Some prefer other songs that are romantic or dramatic. There may be a particular song dear to a bride’s heart or one she just fell in love with. For those looking for something that more accurately reflects the tone of individual weddings, here are some selections that can make the wedding even more special. Traditional “Air� (Handel) “Canon in D� (Pachelbel) “Procession of Joy� (Hopson) “Te Deum� (Charpentier) “Wedding March� (Mozart) “Canzon V� (Gabrieli)

“Romeo & Juliet Love Theme� (Tchaikovsky) “Winter� (Vivaldi) Contemporary “Sunrise, Sunset� (Hamick & Bock) “The Look of Love� (Burt Bacharach) “The Vow� (Lubbock) “Wedding Processional� (Rodgers & Hammerstein) “Take Me As I Am� (Love Theme from “Jekyll & Hyde�) “Marry Me� (Train) “Just the Way You Are (Bruno Mars) “That’s All I Ask of You� (Love Theme from “Phantom of the Opera�) “The Wind Beneath My Wings� (Bette Midler) “Con Te Partiro� (Andrea Bocelli) “My Heart Will Go On� (Love Theme from “Titanic�) “You Raise Me Up� (Josh Groban)

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WeddingColors

Picking wedding colors usually left to bride BY JENNIFER DECKER

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ANGOLA — When it comes to picking wedding colors, usually the bride makes the decision. “Actually, it’s the bride who determines when they look for dresses and try to match it,” said Mitch Davis, proprietor of Mitchell’s Clothing and Tuxes, Angola. “Every guy will say, ‘it’s what she wants.’ If you have any questions — go black (with tuxedos).” Davis said currently, the big colors in tuxedos are bright and all hues of purple, golds, Malibu blue and lime. Then, there’s camouflage for the hunting enthusiast. “Cummerbunds are coming back with bow ties, tails. The big thing is

slim-fitting tuxedos that are more form fitting,” he said. “There’s slider ties, adjustable clips, pre-tied ties. There’s two styles of pants — pleat front and plain fronts. All tuxedo pants are adjustable waist and there’s notch lapels.” Workers at Baker’s Acres, Angola, also said bright colors are in with currently every shade of green and blue big for weddings, with pink still being used. Bridal bouquets are usually handtied with a variety of colorful flowers used with the likes of homegrown lilies, alstromeria, hydrangeas and calla lilies. Baker’s Acres said bridal parties See COLORS page 6

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Outdoor enthusiasts aren’t forgotten when it comes to wedding planning, as Mitch Davis, proprietor of Mitchell’s Clothing and Tuxes, shows an example of men’s formal wear that likely would catch the eye of a hunter.

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usually want to use a lot of texture in bouquets — such as pods and berries. At aboutflowersblog.com, the top color trends this fall are: tangerine tango (a strong orange red), solar power, bell flower, cabaret, margarita, sweet lilac and cockatoo. Flower trends are roses, gerbeia, stock, carnations, delphinium, asters and orchids. The top colors of roses are milva, an orange-coral blend, conga, a bright yellow, and charlotte, a dark, velvety textured rose. In addition, the blog said: • interests in boutonnieres for men will continue to grow. • more focus will be placed on lighting, with chandeliers and lamps often used for emphasis. • table sizes will vary at events.

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Lime green is currently a popular color in formal wear, as Mitch Davis, proprietor of Mitchell’s Clothing and Tuxes, Angola, shows a display of how attractive it can look.

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WeddingCuisine

Budget and menu can make your reception great BY AARON ORGAN

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The most memorable ingredient of most wedding receptions is generally not the dance scene or the table centerpieces or even the flowing booze. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the food. A good cut of meat or nicely prepared chicken breast can be a longtime talking point for a wedding goer. A robust buffet with hit sides can make a reception remarkable. Such an integral part of that special event doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come without a price tag, either, and caters say marrying a budget with a quality

menu is the tricky formula that can make a reception. Todd Carteaux, co-owner of the St. James in Avilla, said when a couple comes into his restaurant to talk reception grub, his first question is budget, and most of the time, the bride and groom will answer it before he asks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of the first concerns would be the budget and how many guests they have in their party,â&#x20AC;? said Carteaux. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The bride and groom must have it figured out how much they can afford and what they can serve within that budget, so the first

thing you have to do is establish a budget. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To be honest, the driving factor is the budget.â&#x20AC;? For Erika Jordan and her husband Brian, who tied the knot in June, the Auburn coupleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main concern was what to feed their guests, and â&#x20AC;&#x201D; more importantly â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Brian, who Erika described as â&#x20AC;&#x153;really picky.â&#x20AC;? The couple hired a wedding planner to manage their event, and after the Jordanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gave her a budget, she returned with a menu of food options that fit within it. See MENU page 8

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What developed was a ham and chicken meal that “everyone absolutely loved,” said Erika. “Really, our main thing was, what do we think everyone’s going to like?” said Erika. “We were on a budget, definitely, and it was hard trying to get everything to fit into that budget, but (the wedding planner) had a whole list of stuff we could choose from and we chose what we wanted.” For those without budgetary restraints, Carteaux said there’s a dining experience to fit any reception. Reception cuisine at the St. James starts at $13.95 per guest and includes a buffet of chicken, three side dishes, salad, dessert, baked bread and a beverage. Cost goes up from there. If a couple wants two meats or three meats on their spread, plan on opening the wallet more and more, because “the most entrees you have, the higher the cost is,” said Carteaux. And if the bride and groom want to class things up a bit, well, there’s a dinner to suit that, too. The St. James has a plated dinner option that allows guests to pick their dinner from a menu as if they are dining at a restaurant. Those formal cuisine options can include prime rib, New York strip, rib-eye, chicken, cod or shrimp, with a bevy of side options to complement.

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“Cost factors into that, too, and they generally cost more, yes,” said Carteaux. Not feeling any of those meat options? Plan ahead and Carteaux

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said he’ll order in whatever a bride and groom desires — again, at a price. “We try to be flexible,” he said. “Everybody has different needs and we try to meet the needs of our guests.” Carteaux said the St. James’ goal is to service and please not just the bride and groom, but every guest, to make the event as enjoyable as possible, and the same hope goes into the initial cuisine selection process. Choosing a cuisine should be a fun experience, he said. For the Jordans, it was. “It was very enjoyable,” said Erika Jordan. “We got to taste it and everything first, so it was a lot of fun.”


HolidayWeddings

Getting married during the holiday season BY OCTAVIA LEHMAN

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While the wedding season is typically from May until October, getting married during the holidays is another option. The season can bring extra joy with the backdrop of wintry weather, family gatherings and thanksgiving. Paul Greibel, pastor at St. John Lutheran Church has married couples the Saturday after Thanksgiving, during Christmastime and in smaller private ceremonies on New Year’s Day. He considers it a beautiful time of the year to get married. “Christmas is the greatest expression of God’s love for us,” he said. “It’s a beautiful expression of the couple’s love.” With all the seasonal bliss, and holiday festivities, getting married during holidays can create a different set of circumstances for couples: there are clear disadvantages and advantages. There is no perfect time to get married; however, it is good to be aware of the issues that can arise during the holiday season. “It’s obvious that people are already very busy,” Greibel said. Here are things to consider when getting married during the holiday season: • Consider your guests. Many already have family obligations during the holidays and it’s one of the busiest times of the year. Fewer guests may be able to attend. Send out save-the-dates and invitations early. • While November and December will be the busiest months, getting married a month before or after could See HOLIDAY page 10

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for a wedding. If you have a hard time deciding what colors to choose, this is a clear advantage. Also, it can cut your decorating budget in half. However, if you prefer colors that do not mix with red, green or gold, this may be a disadvantage. • Plan the wedding strategically. If Christmas falls on Friday, most clergy members would prefer not having a wedding on a Saturday. Greibel suggests having the wedding a week before or after Christmas. • Be aware of church services. Many churches have Christmas Eve or Christmas Days services, and some may have Advent services, plays or choir concerts during the season. • Banquet halls sometimes decorate for the holiday season, requiring little to no decorations. However, this is not always the norm. The ACD Automobile Museum in Auburn shies away from this trend to offer customers the option to decorate for any occasion. Be sure to ask the facility if they decorate for the season. • There’s a trick to choosing flowers. Brides do not have to go the typical route of gold and glitter on flowers. Angela Wilson from the Sprinkling Can in Auburn suggests that brides can still incorporate bright colors into their wedding decor. And

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according to Wilson, flowers during this time should not rise in price. Instead, the most expensive time to buy flowers is Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day. • Don’t forget about the weather. Winter weather is always fickle and there is no prediction of what will happen. Remember that out-of-town guests may be delayed because of snow or inclement weather. • Always start early on everything, but if you have your heart set on getting married during this time of year, reception halls fill up fast. Most are booked a year in advance for corporate Christmas parties and family functions. December is the busiest season; however, November and January are the slow months. Some halls may offer discounts during this time. • Consider the extra cost for holiday labor. Catering services charge more for labor on a holiday, such as New Year’s Day or New Year’s Eve. • Remember the feeling of the season. While there is no perfect time to get married, the holiday season can be wonderful time for couples to share their love with friends and family.

Wedding facts • For good luck, Egyptian women pinch the bride on her wedding day. • Peas are thrown at Czech newlyweds instead of rice. • Queen Victoria started the Western world’s white wedding dress trend in 1840. Before then, brides, simply wore their best dress. In Japan, white was always the color of choice for bridal ensembles. • Queen Victoria’s wedding cake weighed a whopping 300 pounds.


FirstDance

Lots of options for perfect first-dance song BY METRO CREATIVE CONNECTION

If Michael Buble or Nat King Cole arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t on your playlists, chances are you may be looking for a first-dance song thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a little less traditional for your wedding reception. Couples considering a song thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a little different and speaks to them but wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t necessarily offend the wedding purists in attendance, might want to consider the following tunes: â&#x20AC;&#x153;All I Want is Youâ&#x20AC;? (U2) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Amazingâ&#x20AC;? (Aerosmith) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Can You Feel the Love Tonightâ&#x20AC;? (Elton John) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Crashâ&#x20AC;? (Dave Matthews Band) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Crazy for Youâ&#x20AC;? (Adele) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fasterâ&#x20AC;? (Matt Nathanson) â&#x20AC;&#x153;For You I Willâ&#x20AC;?(Monica) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Here Without Youâ&#x20AC;? (3 Doors Down) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kiss Meâ&#x20AC;? (Sixpence None the Richer) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll Stand by Youâ&#x20AC;? (The Pretenders) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Love Songâ&#x20AC;? (The Cure) â&#x20AC;&#x153;No Oneâ&#x20AC;? (Alicia Keys) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nothing Compares to Youâ&#x20AC;? (Sinead Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Suga Sugaâ&#x20AC;? (Baby Bash) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Without Youâ&#x20AC;? (Rent Soundtrack) â&#x20AC;&#x153;You Want to Make a Memoryâ&#x20AC;? (Bon Jovi)

Celebrities choose special first dance songs

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Jason and Holly Gaisford of Kendallville, laugh during their first dance, at their wedding reception in Paulding, Ohio, in June.

When celebrities get married, they want to have a song that speaks to them. Here are the tunes a few celebrities chose: â&#x20AC;˘ Beyonce and Jay-Z: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Crazy in Loveâ&#x20AC;? by Beyonce and Jay-Z â&#x20AC;˘ Fergie and Josh Duhamel: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sweethearts Togetherâ&#x20AC;? by the Rolling Stones â&#x20AC;˘ Kate Middleton and Prince William: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Your Songâ&#x20AC;? by Elton John â&#x20AC;˘ Mariska Hargitay and Peter Hermann: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Amazedâ&#x20AC;? by Lonestar â&#x20AC;˘ Nicole Richie and Joel Madden: â&#x20AC;&#x153;What a Wonderful Worldâ&#x20AC;? by Louis Armstrong â&#x20AC;˘ Pink and Carey Hart: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Always a Womanâ&#x20AC;? by Billy Joel â&#x20AC;˘ Victoria Adams and David Beckham: â&#x20AC;&#x153;It Had to Be Youâ&#x20AC;? by Starlight Orchestra â&#x20AC;˘ Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban: â&#x20AC;&#x153;At Lastâ&#x20AC;? by Etta James

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Photographer prepares for wedding … on other side of the lens BY ABBEY MEYER abbey@ameyerphoto.com. I eat, sleep and breathe weddings. As owner of A. Meyer Photography, for the last four years, I have been helping brides and grooms remember the biggest day of their lives. Along with photography, I’ve helped brides with everything from figuring out their ceremony order and wedding colors to picking out their wedding dress. I attend at least 20 weddings a year. But now I’m the bride-to-be. My fiancé, Caleb, and I met when we were freshmen at Valparaiso University. Our relationship was textbook “meant-to-be.” He and I quickly became true best friends and started dating only a week after we met. It was a whirlwind relationship. We graduated together this spring, and now we’re racing against time again to finish planning our wedding. I was told wedding planning was going to be tough. Caleb and I are a few weeks shy of a year into our engagement, but it still feels as if we have another year’s worth of things to do to get ready for our day in November. Caleb has tried his best to be as involved in the planning as he possibly can, bless his heart, but there’s only so much a math teacher like himself can do. A majority of wedding planning requires a large dose of artistic creativity, which he lacks greatly. He’s made up for it, though, by taking care of other things that need to be done in order

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“He showed me the ring. It was a princess cut setting, surrounded by other little diamonds. It looked similar to a tiny daisy, my favorite flower.”

to become husband and wife — things they don’t mention on TLC — such as finding a place to live, applying for credit cards and “bringing home the bacon” to pay for our rent. In all other areas, my mother has been heaven-sent. She took the catering and reservations under her wing, and has done an amazing job at organizing every last detail. I’d be a mess without her! Caleb and I are getting married at the Chapel of the Resurrection on Valparaiso See PHOTOGRAPHER page 13

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Wedding to be in same location as proposal By Abbey Meyer

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Caleb and I quickly became true best friends and started dating only a week after we met. It was a whirlwind relationship.â&#x20AC;?

Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campus. We met, attended church every week and were engaged in this chapel. As for the reception, we chose the lobby of the art center, just steps away from the ceremony. We both have been employed there, and as an art major, I spent most of my college career in the classrooms of this building! Most of the other decisions were also easy. While shooting other weddings, I compiled in my head likes and dislikes. The bridesmaid dresses are to be teal like a wedding I shot in Chicago â&#x20AC;&#x201D; tuxes are to be gray like the wedding in Grand Rapids. I want yellow Craspedia flowers, also known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Billy Buttonsâ&#x20AC;? on every table, like the wedding in Valparaiso â&#x20AC;Ś and am inspired to have a candy buffet instead of a cake like the wedding in Indianapolis. A group of photographers who Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been in fellowship with for the last few years will shoot our wedding. Maybe our photographers will get a few ideas â&#x20AC;&#x201D; for their own future weddings â&#x20AC;Ś this time from me. A former KPC Media Group intern, Abbey Meyer can be contacted at at abbey@ameyerphoto.com.

abbey@ameyerphoto.com â&#x20AC;&#x153;Guys, guys, you have to come see this, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something strange happening outside!â&#x20AC;? I watched the chapel soundman run down the aisle toward us. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Quick before it stops!â&#x20AC;? he yelled. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought I saw lights!â&#x20AC;? I followed everyone down to the front doors of the chapel, hiding behind my band mates, scared to death I was going to see glowing orbs or aliens on the lawn. It was pitch dark outside, except for the glow from the chapel on the prayer labyrinth. I saw a figure sitting on a ledge. After my eyes adjusted, I realized it was Caleb. He was all dressed up in his hakis and a nice shirt and had a little box in his hand. I immediately knew what was happening, and stood at the door, still

hiding behind the guys, and started crying. Caleb motioned for me to come closer. I stumbled over to him, barely able to see through my tears. As soon as I was within a few feet of him, he got down on one knee. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Abbey, will you marry me?â&#x20AC;? I pulled him up so I could be in his arms; through my sobs I squeaked out a yes. Caleb held me for a long time, saying he loved me. Finally I pulled back and he showed me the ring. It was a princess cut setting, surrounded by other little diamonds. It looked similar to a tiny daisy, my favorite flower, which Caleb brought to me often when I was having a bad day. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Will you put it on?â&#x20AC;? he asked. I nodded and he slipped it on my finger, making me cry more. I looked up and a tear was rolling down his cheek too.

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Wedding receptions can and should be fun, unique BY BOB BUTTGEN If you’re looking for some creative ideas to incorporate into your wedding reception, don’t be afraid to think outside the traditional wedding box. There are plenty of ways to wow your guests and leave your mark on the big day. Alyssa Miller, events and marketing manager the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, has seen her fair share of wedding receptions. Here are a few trends Miller has spottted at wedding receptions held at her venue. • Food Stations. “Where instead of plated or buffet style meals we are seeing a lot of stations where it is a mashed potato bar, fajita bar, salad station or a kids station,” she said. • Candy Bars. Use them with the color scheme to match wedding colors. Miller also has seen popcorn bars with different flavors of popcorn.

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• Pre-wedding reveals. The bride and groom have a pre-wedding reveal and most do it for the privacy and intimacy that it allows, but then it also allows them to get pictures together before the wedding so they can join the reception immediately after the ceremony • Unique guestbook. Guestsbooks have dramatically changed in the past year or so with photo booksigning, photo booths, thumb print trees, Polaroid, photos of th ecouple that guests are invited to sign, picture frames, etc. There’s also the idea of giving your guest disposable cameras but with the advent of digital photography, that trend has slowed down. At a wedding reception held recently in Ligonier, a humorous photo of the couple was handed out and guests were invited to write a funny caption for the photo. The DJ then read most of them to the audience.

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Other wedding reception trends from around the nation include: • S’mores bar. Talk to your caterer or venue to set up a bar focused on grown-up version of the traditional child-hood favorite, complete with graham crackers, marshmallows, chocolate, caramel, Nutella or liquer-infused dipping sauces in a toasting station. • Sports bar. If there’s a big game on your wedding day, prevent guests from constantly checking their phones for the score and embrace it. Set up a small, special area at your reception with a bigscreen TV where guests can periodically catch up on the action. Add a few gameday-style appetizers and special décor, such as a patch of Astroturf and barware and napkins with your fave team’s logo or mascot, to highlight the area. • Cupcake decorating station. Fun for kids and adults alike, consider offering a cupcake decorating area where guests can

choose their favorite flavored cupcake and create their own masterpiece, complete with different icing options, sprinkles and other fun touches. • Photo prop area. Talk to your photographer about setting up an area where guests can don costumes or props, such as masks or mustaches, and pose for fun photos together. These shots can add a bit of whimsy to your more traditional wedding day photos as well as entertain your guests. Also, wedding planners suggest having your emcee or the person giving the welcome speech recognize the people who came from out of town and the states or countries from where they came. It makes those people feel special. Another tip offered: Seat the older guests away from the DJ or band’s speakers, and the younger guests closer to the speakers. Older guests are much more sensitive to music than your friends.

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Weddings are filled with many emotions: happiness, excitement and anticipation, to name a few. With all of the positive emotions a wedding may drum up, in the mix there may be a few negative ones, including feelings of being overwhelmed at all the details that need to be completed on a deadline. One aspect of wedding planning that tends to send people into panic is wedding reception seating arrangements. The thought of having 200 friends and family members together under one roof — and then attempting

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• Place yourselves, as well as the bridal party, at a separate table that is in a prime location in the room. Be sure to allow the spouses or dates of bridal party members at the same table so couples remain together. • Some couples choose to seat both sets of parents at one table together — the parents’ table. Grandparents may also be seated at this table, depending on the number of people each table can accommodate. • If children under the age of 7 are invited, they should be seated with their parents. Children between ages 7 and 14 can be seated at a separate kids’ table. • Be mindful of guests with disabilities or mobility issues. Seat them close to the door, bathrooms or food station. See SEATING page 20


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Wedding days are typically steeped in tradition. Whether it’s the hours before the wedding or the bride’s attire or the first dance, it seems no aspect of a couple’s big day isn’t accompanied by some ages-old tradition. One of the more enjoyable wedding day traditions is the toast. Once the reception has begun, the maid of honor and the best man are trusted to toast the new bride and groom. Such toasts are typically heartfelt and humorous, but there are also a few guidelines to follow

to ensure the toast is memorable for all the right reasons. • Stand up! Stand up when delivering a wedding toast. Sitting down won’t command the guests’ attention, and your voice likely won’t carry as well if you’re sitting down. • Don’t go too long. A good wedding toast shouldn’t stretch beyond five minutes. Long-winded toasts could come off as rambling and incoherent, and the guests will likely tune out if the toast goes longer than five minutes. • Introduce yourself. Just because you’re a maid of honor or a best man doesn’t mean all of the guests know your relationship with the bride or groom.

Make it brief, but provide an explanation of your relationship. • Keep the toast appropriate. Many adults who have been to a wedding or two in their day have a story about a wedding toast gone awry. While these stories are humorous, no best man or maid of honor wants to have similar stories told about his or her toasts. Make the toast appropriate, keeping in mind there might be some younger guests in attendance. In addition, avoid references to past relationships. Such references are awkward and uncomfortable. • Don’t make it an “inside” joke. Maids of honor or best men are typically close friends or siblings of the bride and See TOAST page 18

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groom. Such a close relationship makes it easy to tell an inside joke only a few guests will understand. Avoid such inside jokes, as one of the goals of the toast should be to illustrate your love and appreciation of the bride or groom in a

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bride or groom, how you met. â&#x20AC;˘ Steer clear of the bar before the toast. Many a well-intentioned wedding toast has gone horribly wrong thanks to alcohol. Maids of honor and best men should abstain from alcohol before their toasts to avoid embarrassing themselves and the bride and groom. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re especially nervous, maybe a drink can help calm your nerves. But if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to drink before the toast, be sure to drink only in moderation. â&#x20AC;˘ Practice beforehand. Very few people can survive â&#x20AC;&#x153;wingingâ&#x20AC;? a wedding toast. Practice the toast beforehand so youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re comfortable with what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to say before the moment arrives. â&#x20AC;˘ Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t put too much pressure on yourself. Weddings are typically laid back and fun affairs, so donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stress about giving the perfect toast. If the toast comes off as genuine and stays appropriate, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good toast.

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Dress chosen; check. Flowers ordered; check. Photographer booked; check. Bright smiles for the big day; hmmm, not so much â&#x20AC;Ś A soon-to-be bride and groom have a long list of things to complete prior to their wedding day. Though much thought is given to music, transportation, gowns and tuxedoes, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important not to overlook a white smile, which will ultimately be the lasting memory of the special day in

photo albums for years to come. A white smile can make all the difference and is the finishing touch to every look. In the past, tooth whitening was something left to the professionals at the dentistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office. Over the years, inoffice whitening procedures have evolved to include laser activation of a whitening gel. While effective, the process can be very expensive â&#x20AC;&#x201D; something that may not fit into a coupleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wedding day budget. Most people interested in brightening their

smiles can find success with at-home whitening solutions. Many companies offer effective athome whitening solutions, including strips that are put on the teeth and toothpaste. These products can help brides and grooms get a bright, white smile for the big day for a fraction of the cost of an in-office professional treatment. In addition to relying on at-home and in-office tooth whitening solutions, there are other ways that See SMILE page 20

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the soon-to-be bride and groom and their bridal party can achieve a whiter smile in time for their wedding day: • Get routine dental checkups and cleanings. A professional cleaning at the dentist can remove unsightly tartar and buff the teeth clean. You may see a noticeable difference in the appearance of your teeth after a routine dental cleaning. • Eat raw fruits and vegetables. Chewing raw fruits and vegetables such as apples, pears, grapes, carrots and spinach is a good way to reduce tooth staining. • Brush and floss regularly. An athome oral hygiene routine is essential for good oral health and appearance. Use a whitening toothpaste, which

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Sarah Origer of North Judson laughs with her bridesmaids just before she walks down the aisle at her wedding in Reneselear in September 2011.

removes up to 90 percent of surface stains in just 5 days. Taking steps toward a beautiful, white smile is something every soonto-be bride, groom and bridal party

member can do. Those who are making their wedding day to-do list should include easy tooth-whitening solutions as a “must” for their special day.

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• Instead of separating the bride and the groom’s family to separate sides, intermingle the tables to promote conversation. • Consider arranging guests by common interests at each table, seating business associates or parents’ friends together. • Take into consideration people who have relationship rifts and try to seat them separately. But don’t stress about this too much because it won’t be possible to accommodate everyone. You’ll have to hope that at your wedding a certain level of decorum will preside. • It’s not unheard of to let guests seat themselves. This takes the pressure of finding a seat for everyone off of you as a couple and enables you to think about the other tasks at hand. This can take place at a buffet wedding or a smaller affair. Page 20

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WeddingCakes

Fillings help make flavorful cakes BY MICHAEL HAYNES

mhaynes@kpcnews.net FREMONT — Buttercream and vanilla wedding cakes are traditional choices for any wedding. For a more flavorful cake option, cakes with filling can be an alternative. Kay Kunce of Fremont is the superintendent of Steuben County’s 4-H cake decorating contest. She has been making cakes when she can for her family and friends for more than 30 years. Kunce said cakes with fillings makes it moist and gives it more flavor. “It gives it another texture and taste,” said Kunce. Fillings in cakes are becoming more and more popular, according to Kunce.

Wedding facts • “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” and “Lady in Red” are the two most popular first dance songs (even though 87 percent of brides wear white). • Only 19 percent of couples rely on a wedding planner. • Ancient Romans broke a cake over the bride’s head to symbolize fertility. Today, brides must be fortunate to have only a little cake smashed in their faces! • The English believe a spider found in a wedding dress means good luck. • In English tradition, Wednesday is considered the best day to marry, although Monday is for wealth and Tuesday is for health. • Ancient Romans studied pig entrails to determine the luckiest time to marry. • Seventeen tons of gold are made into wedding rings each year in the United States.

Jessica Myers, who is referred through Dutch Heritage Bakery in Spencerville, has been making cakes for about 14 years. “It’s sort of like having a piece of toast without jelly on it,” Myers said, comparing it to cakes without a filling layer. “Toast has its own flavor, but the jelly really gives it some pizzazz.” Cakes with filling are made by putting a thin layer of filling on top of one cake and putting another cake layer on top of the filling. Fillings can be fruit fillings, such as strawberry, cherry, raspberry, apple, lemon or other flavors, like cream cheese or chocolate Bavarian cream. See FLAVORFUL CAKES page 22

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Kunce said she likes putting raspberry filling in her cakes. “It’s my family’s favorite,” she said. Myers said a chocolate Bavarian cream cake with raspberry filling is a good combination. “My mom thinks a raspberry cake with lemon filling is the ticket,” said Myers. “She thinks it’s the bomb.” Myers did warn that sometimes the weight of tiered wedding cakes can be a problem if the cake is not done right. “You have the risk of the possibility of it oozing,” Myers said. Though buttercream and vanilla cakes can be good, Kunce said cakes with fillings can be a flavorful choice. “It does add to the cake,” Kunce said. “It’s more colorful … and has better flavor.”

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Kay Kunce, who makes cakes for family and friends, made her oldest daughter’s wedding cake.

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