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Origins of bridal customs..............................Pg.4 Is a wedding loan for you?..............................Pg.6 Planning the big event....................................Pg.8 Floral terms to know.....................................Pg.10 Colors for bridesmaids gowns.....................Pg.11 Tuxedo options important...........................Pg.13 Reception venues: What to look for..............Pg.16 Unique reception touches............................Pg.18 Insuring your happiness. .............................Pg.21 Wedding Planning Checklist ......................Pg.22

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A Dream Come True is an annual publication of The McDuffie Progress. Please direct all inquiries to The McDuffie Progress, P. O. Box 1090, Thomson, GA 30824, or call (706) 595-1601.


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Origins of bridal customs Chances are those who have attended a wedding have witnessed some popular traditions take place. The bride wears a veil, a court of wedding attendants accompanies the bride and groom, and birdseed, rice or flower petals are tossed. But have you ever wondered why? The wedding customs are ripe with tradition and harken back to days when superstition and myth often ruled the day. * Throwing rice: Today it has become de rigueur to blow bubbles, toss birdseed or release doves when the bride

and groom leave the house of worship newly betrothed. That's because savvy individuals found that raw rice can pose a hazard to birds pecking in the area. However, rice throwing is an old custom that dates back to the Middle Ages, when wheat or rice were thrown to symbolize fertility for the couple. * Bouquet: Nowadays, the bride carries a beautiful bouquet of flowers. But the purpose of the bouquet held different meanings in the past. Saracen brides carried orange blossoms for fertility. Others carried a combination of herbs and flowers to ward off evil spirits with their aroma. Bouquets of dill were often car-

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A wedding cake once symbolized fertility for the happy couple.


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ried, again for fertility reasons, and after the ceremony, the dill was eaten to encourage lust. * Bridesmaids: There may be arguments over dresses and how many bridesmaids to have in a wedding party now, but in ancient times it was "the more the merrier." That's because bridesmaids were another measure to keep the bride safe against evil spirits. Essentially the bridesmaids were decoys for the spirits -dressing like the bride to confuse the spirits or maybe help deter them to leave the bride be. * Wedding rings: Wearing of wedding rings dates back to ancient Egypt. The round shape of a ring symbolizes eternal love. The ring is worn on the fourth finger of the left hand because it is believed this finger has a blood vessel that goes directly to the heart. * Wedding cake: The traditional wedding cake evolved from Roman times when the cake was originally made from wheat. It was broken over the bride's head to ensure fertility. All of the guests eat a piece for good luck. Single women used to place a piece of wedding cake under their pillows in the hopes of finding their own husbands. * Father accompanying the bride: This tradition symbolizes that the bride's father endorses

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Kissing the bride is a tradition. the choice in husbands and is presenting his daughter as a pure bride to that man. * Kissing the bride: In older times, a kiss symbolized a legal bond. Therefore, the bride and groom kissed to seal the deal on their betrothal. There are many traditions surrounding a wedding that people simply accept. But understanding their origins can make the ceremony more meaningful. !


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Is a wedding loan for you? Engaged couples about to take a trip down the aisle are increasingly choosing to pay for the wedding themselves. Where it used to be tradition for the bride's parents to handle the bill for the occasion, today the responsibility for funding has largely fallen into the hands of the prospective bride and groom. To meet the financial demands of the modern wedding, some individuals turn to loans for financing a portion or all of the wedding. You may question whether this is a good idea.

Although a wedding loan may enable you to have the wedding of your dreams, it comes with a steep cost – starting out your new life together with a considerable amount of debt. As with any situation, there are pros and cons. The same can be said about a

wedding loan. The following are some factors you will need to con-


The McDuffie Progress sider before taking out a loan. One of the most important things to realize is that a wedding loan, like any loan, will need to be paid back and interest fees will be included. What that means is that, by the end of the payback period, you will have spent several thousand dollars more on the loans than the original principal amount when interest is added in. If you're taking out a loan because you've already gone above budget on wedding expenses, a loan may push that budget even further into the red. That being said, there are some instances where a loan may be an option that works for a couple. For example, couples who anticipate considerable monetary gifts from guests attending the wedding can offset the cost of the loan with those gifts. Some couples might begin their professional careers after their wedding, which will increase their salary enough to repay the loan quickly. However, many couples take out loans because they simply cannot afford their dream wedding. In a world where many people already live beyond their means -- financing cars, homes, retail purchases -- a wedding loan may just be another shovelful of soil on a financial

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grave. The consensus among financial experts is that it is better to scale back the wedding or postpone it until you can save money the old-fashioned way instead of taking out a loan. But if a loan seems the only option, here are some tips. * Shop around on a wedding loan, just as with any other loan. Find the best rates and terms before settling on a lender. * Decide how much you can afford to pay back within 2 to 3 years and how much the monthly payment will be. Then take out the loan only in that a m o u n t . * Figure out which portions of the wedding can be scaled back to make the finances work. * Personal loans, like wedding loans, generally have low annual percentage rates. It may be worth it to take out the loan rather than using a credit card for financing because the card's rates could be double. Keep in mind that a wedding loan -- even if it comes at a low interest rate -- means you're starting out your new life together with a large amount of debt for an event that lasts one day. Think about whether the wedding of your dreams is worth using that joint checking account to pay off months of wedding debt. !

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Planning the big event Perhaps you’re the bride who has planned her wedding from the time she was a little girl falling in love along with Cinderella and dreaming, like Snow White, that someday her prince would come. On the other hand, maybe this wedding stuff has thrown you for a loop and you just want to get it over with and get to the honeymoon. Either way, you’ve got a long list of major to-dos and mere months in which to get them all done: • Set the date. • Select venues for the wedding and reception.

• Buy a dress. • Pick the wedding party. • Compose the guest list. • Hire a photographer, band, florist and caterer. • Purchase and send invitations. • Choose bridesmaid dresses. • Reserve a block of hotel rooms for out-of-town guests. • Order a cake. • Plan the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. • Meet with the officiant. Then there are the details, details, details. What are the options for setting the scene for the wedding – arches, kneelers, plant stands, candles? What size tent will comfortably accommodate reception guests? Will a seated dinner be served or a

buffet? How many tables and chairs will be adequate? Where should the stage and dance floor be placed? How large of a dance floor is needed? How should tables, chairs, buffets, bars, and the band be arranged to allow for the best traffic flow? Is lighting necessary? What if the weather is too hot or too cold? Plates, glasses, forks and knives? Oh my! Who will wash the dishes? Though the approach to starting a life together as a married couple is very exciting, the preparations for the big event can exhaust any bride-t0-be. That’s when it’s time to see the experienced event-planning experts at a


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rental store. Yes, that’s right, a rental store. Believe it or not, your local rental store has more than Bobcats and backhoes. It has everything necessary for your special day and friendly staff who know the answers to all of the above questions, plus the ones brides may not think to ask. Rental businesses carry everything needed to stage (including the stage) a beautiful wedding and a reception guests won’t soon forget; from teacups to tents, cake stands to candelabras, serpentine tables to Chivari chairs, dance floors to outdoor air-conditioners. The helpful employees guide each individual bride through the process of creating a wedding that reflects her tastes and her personality while still fitting within her budget. Not only that, but they also deliver the rental items and install the tents in a timely manner so as to maintain wedding day bliss. The florist knows how to arrange the flowers, and the band will take care of the playlist. The caterer can handle preparing enough fruit platters for the headcount, and the officiant most certainly will give the cue for the Idos. Even so, none of them can un-muddle the details and pull the entire wedding and reception together like a rental store that caters to brides. -Submitted !

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Floral terms to know Before discussing table settings for their weddings, many couples find it helpful to brush up on some floral terminology before visiting florists. It can make you appear more knowledgeable and prepared if you understand what will be discussed and are able to choose what you want. It also helps to ensure your money is being spent in the best way possible. Here are some common and some lesser known florist terms that can be advantageous to know.

* Biedermeier: A nosegay arranged tightly with concentric circles of differently colored flowers. The flowers are wired into a holder with only one type of flower in each ring. * Bouquet: A dense bunch of blooms that are kept together in a bouquet holder, wired or tied with ribbon. * Crescent: One full flower and a flowering stem wired together to form a slender handle that is held in one hand. * Garden: A centerpiece featuring wildflowers. * Nosegay: Small, round bouquets composed of densely packed round flowers and fill. *Oasis: Specialized foam that is used in bouquet holders and

centerpieces to retain water and keep blooms fresh. * Pomander: A flower-covered ball that is suspended from a ribbon. It is often carried by child attendants. * Posies: Smaller than nosegays but similar in design. * Presentation: A bunch of long-stemmed flowers cradled in the bride's arms. It's sometimes known as a pageant bouquet. * Topiary: Flowers trimmed into geometric shapes. * Tossing: A smaller copy of the bride's bouquet to use in the bouquet toss. * Tussy mussy: A small, metallic holder to carry a posy. !


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Colors for bridemaids gowns Bridesmaids are an important part of the wedding party, and most brides opt to have a handful of close friends and family members play a special role in the wedding. Choosing a gown and a color that will flatter all of the bridesmaids typically takes a little work. An overwhelming majority of couples choose to have a formal wedding. The average number of bridesmaids for these formal weddings is four. Considering around two million weddings take place in North America every year,

that's a lot of bridesmaids for whom gowns and other attire must be planned. Many bridesmaids worry about the gowns they will wear come the big day. Horrible bridesmaid dresses have been the butt of jokes for years, and many people have their own stories of garish gowns they've been asked to don for a wedding. Some have said that brides intentionally choose ugly gowns for their bridesmaids to ensure they're not outshined come the wedding day. Although this may be the case for some, most brides aspire to select gowns that will be flattering for all. And color scheme is integral in the

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Choosing a gown that flatters bridesmaids is a significant responsibility for prospective brides planning their big day.


Page 12 choice of gown. Every well-planned wedding carries a color scheme throughout. This includes the color a bride selects for her bridesmaids to wear. But not every color accentuates everyone's features. Therefore, some experimentation might be necessary to find a color that is flattering to all and fits with the color scheme. Depending on hair color and skin shade, there are many flattering hues available for gowns. When making this decision, consider bridesmaids' ethnicity and skin tone. African-American: Women with dark skin and hair may really shine in jewel-colored gowns, including silver, gold, purple and salmon. Very pale colors may be daring and conspicuous. Asian and olive-skinned women: Those with a slight yel-

A Dream Come True low tone to their skin will look good in many colors, including red, navy, peach, and fuchsia. However, avoid colors in light yellow, aqua, gray, taupe, or mint, which may make the bridesmaid look washed out. Fair skin: Ladies with pale skin will benefit from richly colored gowns in jewel tones. Pastels may work, but be careful about those depending on hair color. Pink or red-hued gowns may clash with someone with auburn hair. Yellow and green may not work with a fair brunette. Gray and silver may wash out someone who is pale and blonde. Once a color is chosen, brides also need to consider the season. Certain colors may look out of place depending on the season. For example, an evergreen or deep blue may seem wintry during a summer wedding. Similarly, russet or brown

The McDuffie Progress may work for the autumn but not for a spring wedding. Many brides gravitate toward midlevel blues, greens, pinks and purples for their weddings, simply because those colors transcend the seasons. After colors are worked out, the style of the gown deserves consideration. Because not every bridesmaid has the same physical attributes, many brides are now open to selecting a color and length and allowing the bridesmaid herself to choose the exact style. This way someone who is busty won't feel uncomfortable in strapless, and someone who is thin won't be overwhelmed by a lot of ruffles. Making the effort to choose a gown color and style that is flattering to all in the bridal party will help the ladies feel they are truly a special part of the wedding. !


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Tuxedo options important Simon’s Formal Wear has been the p r e m i e r men’s formal wear specialist in the C.S.R.A. since the early 1970’s. We offer a wide variety of formal choices from designers such as Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Jean Ives, and Joseph Abboud. We also specialize in destination wedding attire with suits for the less traditional celebration. We at Simon’s want to make sure your wedding day is as memorable and worryfree as possible. The most important thing to remember when selecting a tuxedo store is that, unlike the national

chains, we carry our tuxedos IN STOCK! This means, when registering your wedding instore, you can see the actual tuxedo on your finance’ in advance of the wedding. Also, it eliminates last-minute fitting problems, as we have replacement inventory on hand. If you have out-of-town groomsman in your wedding party, that is no problem. They can simply go to a formal wear shop in their area for a complimentary fitting and submit their sizes and payment info to us via the “submit wedding sizes” link on our website.

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A Timeline for Ordering Wedding Tuxedos 3 to 6 months before the wedding... » Get in your car and drive down I-20 » Visit Simon’s Formal Wear to register your wedding and begin the tuxedo selection process. » You may also view styles on our website before or after you visit our store. www.simonsformal.com 2 to 5 months before the wedding... » Select your Tuxedo and Accessory Style » Contact any Out-of-Town Groomsmen you may have, and arrange for them to acquire their measurements locally. » Simon’s Formal Wear has an In-Stock Inventory in Augusta, GA. We guarantee fit! 6 to 8 weeks before the wedding... » Out-of-Town Groomsmen measurements should be collected and given to Simon’s. » The Groom and any local Groomsmen should visit our store to be measured and fitted for their tuxedos. 1 week before the wedding... » The groom and groomsmen should visit our store 2 days before the wedding for final fittings, adjustments and to pick up the tuxedos. Make sure that each person tries on his tuxedo before leaving the store. The first business day after the wedding... » Return the tuxedos. Late returns may be subject to a fee! Consider having the Best Man be responsible for this duty.


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Reception venues: What to look for Engaged couples must make assorted imp o r t a n t decisions with regards to their wedding day. For some, the process of planning a wedding can be overwhelming, while others revel in each and every decision. Among the many decisions couples must make is which venue to use for their reception. The wedding reception venue is where most of the day will be spent, and where the majority of the people will do their mingling. When looking for a wedding venue, there are a number factors to

take into consideration. The Accommodations The facility itself should be able to accommodate the wedding size. Some weddings are grandiose events with a large guest list, while others are more understated and intimate, with only a small number of family and friends in attendance. Couples should know which type of wedding they will be having, and should have at least an estimate figure in mind of the number of guests before visiting any facilities. Once that estimate has been made, look for a facility that can comfortably accommodate that number of peo-

ple, and ideally find one that has done so in the past. Couples won't want a facility where everyone is crammed together, nor will they want one where a relatively small number of guests are in a large ballroom with lots of empty space. More minor details regarding the facility must also be considered. Ask if the facility is handicapped accessible. If the wedding is in the warmer months, make sure the venue is air conditioned. Since most weddings have a break in between the ceremony and the reception, ask if the facility has a room in which the bride and groom can freshen up before the reception begins.


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The Date Couples may choose the date of their wedding based on the availability of a church they attend or a specific wedding officiant they want to perform their ceremony. Once that date has been chosen, it's time to look for a reception venue. Couples who have a specific venue in mind might want to ask about the venue's availability before settling on a wedding date. When seeking out a reception venue, ask if the venue has any other events scheduled for that day. Some couples prefer to have the facility all to themselves and their guests.

Couples must consider a host of factors when choosing a reception The Location The facility's location should be a priority. venue for their wedding. Couples won't want their guests to have to drive too far from the wedding ceremony to the reception venue or from the reception venue back to the hotel. Since many wedding guests come from out of town, they likely won't know the area well and could get lost if the facility is too far away from their hotel. Keep things simple by finding a reception venue that's close to the hotel or hotels where guests will be staying. The Price Many facilities offer a flat rate to rent the

venue. When discussing the rate, be sure to ask what's included. Will food, flowers, venue decor, and even staff tips be included in the rental fee? If not, is there room for negotiation? When facilities expand the services they include in their rental fee, that can save couples substantial amounts of money. When choosing a reception venue, couples must consider a host of factors that stretch beyond a venue's aesthetic appeal. !


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Unique reception touches Over the course of their lifetimes, many people will be wedding guests on several occasions. During the height of wedding season, weddings can run into one another, as the format and the festivities are similar at various ceremonies. Couples interested in setting their nuptials apart may want to enhance the wedding reception with a few unique ideas. Here are several ideas you can introduce into your wedding to add something special to the reception. * Skip the big entrance. Those

who were kind enough to attend the ceremony have already been introduced to the newly minted happy couple. Instead of spending the cocktail hour in the isolation of the wedding suite, mingle with your guests from start to finish. * Dance to an upbeat number. Guests are expecting a slow, sappy tune. What they may not expect is an upbeat song that shows you are willing to have a little fun. * Swap the garter/bouquet toss for something more meaningful. Use this time to present a small gift or token of your affection to someone on the guest list who has served as a mentor or source of inspi-

ration. * Choose one special component as an extra goodie for guests. If you want to go above and beyond the ordinary, find one thing that you absolutely love and offer that at the party. It could be a flambe presentation, a chocolate or candy bar, a carving station with your all-time favorite food, or a carnival-inspired automatic photo booth. * Hire a live performer. A live band adds a certain level of excitement that a disk jockey may not be able to provide. Those who are adding a cultural or ethnic component to their wedding may want to hire a dance troupe or another type of performer. !


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Insuring your happiness You've alw a y s dreamed of planning the perfect wedding, but no matter how carefully you plan it, there are many things that can go wrong - things that are beyond your control. What if your reception venue goes out of business a month before the wedding, and you lose your deposit and have to find another location? Or a hurricane causes your wedding to be postponed? What if your bridal shop closes, leaving you without a gown? A wedding is an investment, and as the average cost of wed-

dings rise, now up to $27,000, wedding insurance is needed more than ever. After all, you wouldn't buy a new car that costs that much without insuring it against damage. Getting married can be stressful. From planning the big day to adjusting to sharing your life with the one you love, there's a never-ending list of things to do and decisions to make. If you are a newlywed or will be one soon, insurance is probably the last thing on your mind, yet it's something that can't be overlooked. Likewise, if you're getting remarried, your financial situation is going to change as well. No matter what stage in married life you're in, one of the

most important steps you need to take as a couple is reviewing your disability and life insurance plans. * Disability Insurance Most couples depend on two incomes to make ends meet. The loss of even one income can mean a drastic change in lifestyle. Disability insurance can help prevent a financial disaster. * Life Insurance Think about this - what would happen if you died suddenly? Life insurance isn't something you want to think about but you need to for each other. -Submitted !


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Wedding Planning Checklist Wedding Planning Calendar Checklist This checklist will help you in planning the most important day of your life. Feel free to print it out and give copies to those helping to plan your wedding. 6-12 Months Choose the kind of wedding you will have, date and time. Discuss the budget, and who will pay for what. Consider hiring a wedding coordinator. Make arrangements with the officiator. Reserve the wedding and reception locations. Select your wedding dress, veil and accessories. Choose the bridesmaids, groomsmen, ushers, and honored roles. Have a formal black/white photo sitting for announcements. Send announcements of your engagement to your fiancé's and your local and hometown newspapers. Meet with the florist, photographer, caterer, videographer, and D.J. or entertainment to discuss budgets and options. Discuss the guest list with fiancé and families. Plan reception music. Contact a rental coordinator for equipment reservations. Discuss honeymoon and reservations. (Traditionally the groom makes all the honeymoon arrangements.) Arrange for time off work, if necessary. Buy a wedding planner and envelopes to store brochures and notes. Develop record-keeping system for invitations, gifts, and thankyou notes. 4-6 Months Plan new living arrangements and home furnishings. Select and register wedding gifts and patterns. Select color scheme. Order dress and accessories. Order bridesmaids' dresses, shoes and accessories. Contact men's formal wear specialist for men's attire. Have parents select attire. Order invitations, announcements, programs, napkins, matchbooks, and personal stationery. Arrange for physical examinations, dental appointments, etc. 2 Months Choose and order wedding bands and engraving. Order wedding and groom's cakes. Check state/county marriage license requirements. Plan ceremony, reception, menus, master of ceremonies, music, and timetables. Plan rehearsal dinner, and bridesmaids' luncheon. Complete guest list and address invitations. Make arrangements for lodging for out-of-town guests. Purchase gifts for attendants and groom. Plan reception seating, if necessary. One Month Confirm all arrangements and contracts. Mail invitations so they will arrive three weeks before the wedding. Pick up wedding rings. Arrange for transportation to ceremony and from ceremony to reception. Attend final fittings. Have your hair and makeup done as you would like to have it on your wedding day. Schedule any tanning, manicures, etc. Purchase guest book and keepsake album. Contact your insurance agent about naming your fiancé as beneficiary on your life insurance, will, and auto policies, and buying homeowners' and floater insurances to protect wedding gifts. Open joint checking and savings accounts. Decide on a budget and savings program. Discuss them with your financial representatives. Write thank you notes as gifts are received. 2 Weeks Get marriage license. Give caterer final guest count. Don't forget the wedding party, photographer and DJ! Arrange to have your gown pressed and delivered. Arrange to change your name on driver's license, social security card, credit cards, bank accounts, insurances, etc. Make arrangements for moving into your new home.

1 Week Pack for honeymoon. Give bridesmaids' luncheon/party and give attendant gifts. Confirm directions, housing, and timetables with attendants. Brief head usher of any special seating arrangements. Arrange for rental returns. Prepare wedding day fees. 1 Day Before Pack the "Going-to-church" bag, and an "emergency" bag. Attend rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. Find a quiet moment to give your fiancé his wedding gift. The Wedding Day Have a nice relaxed breakfast. You'll need it! Have hair and make-up done. Relax and let the planning take care of itself. Most of all, enjoy!

Notes • Contacts • Important Dates


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