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contents 2 introduction

53 bridal fashions

115 music

4 Why Attend A Bridal Show?

56 Define Your Bridal Style

119 Entertaining Your Guests

58 Wedding Dress Gallery

120 Questions To Ask

3 About Gonna Get Wed

5 trends 6

Emily + Jarod

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Joey + Jordan

10 Ally + Ben

54 Style Your Body Type

67 Questions To Ask

69 jewelry

70 Which Cut Fits You? 72 Let’s Talk Metal 74 Keep Your Ring Clean 76 Questions To Ask

13 13 preparation + planning

118 Choreographed Dances

77 ceremony + reception

121

79 Whimsical Wonder 81 Elegant Bliss 83 Gatsby Gold 85 Rustic Charm

86 Coordinating For Your Big Day 89 Honoring Loved Ones

14 I Do: The Key To A Successful Union

91 The Latest In Rental Decor

15 #Hashtag Your Wedding

92 Making It Personal

16 Plan Your Wedding Budget

95 Benefits Of A Small Town Wedding

23 To Do Timeline

99 Questions To Ask

121 flowers

122 A Flower For Every Color 123 Flower Gallery 125 Bouquets for Your Wedding Day 126 Questions To Ask

127 photography + videography 128 Pose Perfect

131 Wedding Photo’s Checklist

28 Wedding Day Kit

133 Avoid Guest Photographers

29 Questions To Ask

134 Why You Need a Videographer 136 Engagement Fashions

31 beauty, health + fitness

137 Questions To Ask

32 Your Best Feature

139 hotels + transportation

33 Hairstyles For Your Big Day 34 Strong Is The New Skinny

141 Transportation Tips

38 Questions To Ask

39 parties, gifts, + more 41 The Bachelorette Party 42 Gift Registry List 44 Advice At A Glance

45 invitations + stationery 47 Customizable Invitations 48 Invitation Timeline 49 Invitation Gallery 50 Font Pairings + Invite Styles 52 Questions To Ask

143 Helping Your Out Of Town Guests 144 Questions To Ask

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145 destination weddings + honeymoons 147 Getting Married Abroad 148 When + Where 151 Why You Need A Travel Agent

101 cakes, catering + beverages

152 Honeymoon Packing List

103 Wedding Cake Gallery

155 after the big day

102 Wedding Cake Checklist

105 How Much Cake Should I Order? 107 Sweet Favors 110 Wedding Wine 101 111 Planning Around Dietary Restrictions 113 Questions To Ask

154 Questions To Ask

156 From Ms. To Mrs.

158 Can You Afford Your First Home? 160 Advice At A Glance


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Black Events & Advertising Inc. is the area's leading bridal marketing firm. Our specialty is connecting brides with local bridal companies to create stress-free wedding planning. We offer three products to local bridal companies.

photo by Studiofotografie

Designed to bring brides all of the magic of wedding planning! This full wedding planner is filled with specific sections which include articles, hints, tips and built-in tools.

The wedding planner, shows and website all work together offering local bridal companies maximum exposure to local brides for a minimal investment, and the brides love all three! photo by Studiofotografie

We host the largest and only nationally-accredited bridal show in South Dakota. We spare no expense with our events and are known as the upscale, best-organized bridal showcase in the area.

This website offers brides the opportunity to build a bride profile page, connect with vendors and have access to articles and resources. It is also the #1 bridal website in the state of South Dakota!

photo by Studiofotografie


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PUBLISHED BY Black Events & Advertising Inc. Sioux Falls, SD FRONT COVER PHOTO Studiofotografie BACK COVER PHOTO Greg & LaRae Photography ADDITIONAL PHOTOS PROVIDED BY The Bridal Gallery, Redefined Designs, Studiofotografie, Infinity by Sisters Bridal, Greg & LaRae Photography, Sugars Baked Goods, PaperWerks, ABC Rentals, The French Door, The Cake Lady, Hitch Studio, Jason R Jonas Videography. THE GONNA GET WED PLANNER is sponsored by GonnaGetWed.com and is a registered trademark of Black Events & Advertising Inc. Black Inc. assumes no responsibility for unsolicited manuscripts, photographs or artwork, and reserves the right to reject any content, articles, or advertising materials. Black Inc. reserves the right to edit, rewrite, or reuse material. Contents may not be reproduced in any manner without written consent from Black Inc.

K A R I B LA C K

M ELIS S A H O A NG

M A N D Y G R A D ER T

JEN N IFER G R AY

president

graphic designer

digital strategist/events

graphic design intern

Contents may be featured on gonnagetwed.com FOR MORE INFORMATION as a bride or bridal company, contact us at BLACK EVENTS & ADVERTISING INC. 3313 S. Western Ave. Sioux Falls, SD 57105 (605) 332-6000 info@blackincevents.com

S TEP H A N IE B R I NKMAN marketing intern


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Why attend a bridal show? Planning a wedding can be one of the most stressful events in your life. But it doesn’t need to be! I started GonnaGetWed.com and the GonnaGetWed Bridal Showcases to help relieve stress from Brides! Attending a bridal show and utilizing GonnaGetWed. com can help every bride save time, meet with wedding industry experts, get ideas, and see the latest wedding trends and fashions. These tips will help you get the most out of theGonnaGetWed Bridal Show.

PRE-REGISTER FOR THE SHOW Save time by registering before the show. Our lines are long, and pre-registration only takes a few minutes and will save you time in the check-in line. You still need to check into the show to get door prize registrations.

BRING YOUR FRIENDS & FAMILY Bringing your friends and family to the bridal show will help them feel involved and also give you a head-start on gathering help for your wedding preparations. Many brides bring their maids-of-honor and their bridesmaids to help them with decisions. Many others will bring their mothers or soon to be mothers-in-law especially since they may be the ones paying for it all. Finally, don’t forget the GROOM! He can register for prizes, too, and should get involved early in the planning.

BRING CONTACT RETURN LABELS Wedding vendors will often have drawings for prizes at their booths throughout the show. You will save a ton of time and energy

by bringing return labels. We recommend including the following info: your name, address, phone number, wedding date, wedding city and email address.

TAKE NOTES Or bring your tablet. Just be sure to take notes of vendors you talked to and try to rate them or keep some sort of record of who you liked best. You can also keep notes on ideas, thoughts, and dates of appointments made that day with vendors.

TAKE PICTURES Many exhibitors have neat displays and you may get some new ideas. Be sure to get permission from the exhibitor before you take photos. It is also fun to get photos of you and your friends and family attending the show for your wedding album.

SET A BUDGET Setting your wedding budget and discussing who will be covering the different costs will help you focus on what to look for at the show. Come prepared with lists of questions to help determine if a vendor is right for you and also fits into your budget.

BRING YOUR CHECKBOOK Many wedding vendors will offer a special discount during the show. Bridal shows draw in hundreds of brides and many with the same wedding date. Some dates fill up quickly so being able to place a deposit with a vendor you find that you want to book will allow you to secure those professionals.

PREPARE Bring your questions for the different industry professionals. Try to review the vendors ahead of time that will be at the show. This will allow you to seek out and spend time talking to those you are really interested in.

REGISTER FOR PRIZES The GonnaGetWed bridal shows are known for offering the best prizes! These are given away throughout the day with bigger grand prize drawings at the end. Every bride and every groom can register so attend the show together to double your chances.

WEAR COMFY SHOES The bridal show is generally 3 hours long so making sure your feet don’t hurt so you can focus on the tasks at hand is important. So wear comfy shoes!

STAY ALL DAY Come early and leave late. This will allow you to visit all the vendors and find everything you need. After all, if you tried to go and visit each of the exhibitor’s locations it would take weeks! So take advantage of having them all in one place for the day.


photo by Greg & LaRae Photography

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trends


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R E A L S O U T H D A K O TA W E D D I N G S

emily + jarod


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“Take time to have fun on your wedding day. There are things that aren’t going to go the way you planned them for your big day, but embrace it, laugh at it, and remember what the day is truly about!” - Emily

photographer APRIL VAN RYS PHOTOGRAPHY venue FORSTER COMMUNITY CENTER flowers COUNTRY BOUTIQUE cake LEAH CLARK catering SHAN’S KITCHEN & CATERING


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R E A L S O U T H D A K O TA W E D D I N G S

joey + jordan


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“You can’t control the uncontrollable, so don’t stress and have fun! The whole purpose of this day is to get married, which will happen no matter how the cake and flowers look. Just relax and enjoy the day!” - Joey

photographer JULIE + CHAR BECK venue TUTHILL PARK / SHRIVERS SQUARE flowers MEREDITH + BRIDGET’S FLOWER SHOP cake HYVEE / COSTCO catering CHEF DOMINIQUE


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R E A L S O U T H D A K O TA W E D D I N G S

ally + ben


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“Want a lot of flowers, but don’t want to pay a lot? Sam’s Club lets you order flowers in bulk online that will be shipped directly to your house. This option is perfect for anyone with simple arrangements and likes to DYI. Sam’s Online, Youtube, and Pinterest all have excellent resources for proper care and making your own bouquets!” - Ally

photographer STUDIO W PHOTOGRAPHY venue PENNY TREE EVENTS flowers SAM’S CLUB cake WALMART BAKERY catering THE HOME PLACE


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wedding planning tips Remember these tips before you start planning!

• PICK YOUR DATE WISELY Choosing a day other than Saturday may be less expensive, but it may also require your guests and wedding party to take more time off of work. Depending on the time of year, that may make it challenging for out-of-town guests to attend. Choose your date wisely!

• DON’T MAKE GUESTS WAIT You shouldn’t have more than 2 hours between ceremony and reception. Plan something fun like a cocktail hour, a tour of downtown, or a wedding scavenger hunt for guests before the reception.

• THINK THE MENU THROUGH Provide alternatives for people who have allergies, dietary restrictions, or are vegan/vegetarians. Having a kids menu is also a good idea!

• THINK ABOUT THE WEATHER AND PLAN ACCORDINGLY You can look through the last 50 years of the farmers’ almanac tracking weather trends, but you never know what the weather will be like on your wedding day. If you are getting married outside, it could be hot, it could be cold, it could rain. Face it – it could snow! Make sure you have a back-up plan and that your wedding theme corresponds.

• KEEP YOUR GUESTS’ BUDGETS IN MIND WHEN REGISTERING You and your groom are starting out and you probably need everything to furnish this new life. But your registry should not have only 1000 thread Egyptian cotton sheets, crystal glassware, and big screen TVs. Most likely, your friends and family have lives of

their own they have to pay for and many of them may be traveling to your wedding. Your gift registry should have a variety of price points. Sure, your co-workers may team up to buy you something special. But your retired aunt and uncle who still have your cousin living in their basement may need to buy you something a little less expensive – everyone needs new towels!

• TO DRINK OR NOT TO DRINK Whether you like to party or not, having a cash bar isn’t very inviting to your guest. Having everyone getting tanked at an open bar isn’t great either. Try to find an option that will work, like offering a few drink tickets to people or offering free beer and wine. There is a way to find the happy medium between no drinks and free drinks.

• ANTICIPATE THE NEEDS OF YOUR GUESTS Leave some extra parking spaces toward the front both at the ceremony and the reception for elderly guests. Make sure you have some extra comfortable chairs for people to sit on if need be.

• GREET EACH GUEST PERSONALLY The trend has been to greet everyone at the wedding either in a receiving line at the back of the ceremony location or to greet them as they are exiting their seats. Whichever way you choose to greet your guest, make sure you DO IT. They traveled here, they bought you a gift, they came for your special day – Say “Hello” & “Thank you”!

• FEED THE PHOTOGRAPHER/DJ/BAND They work hard. Feed them. Also remember; it’s your day! Make sure you take the time to enjoy it.


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photo by Studiofotografie

prep + planning


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T H E K E Y TO A S U C C E S S F U L U N I O N Vicky & Michael Bang - Faith Family Church

grudges and will hardly even notice when others do it wrong. It is never glad about injustice, but rejoices whenever truth wins out. If you love someone, you will be loyal to him [and her] no matter what the cost. You will always believe in him, always expect the best of him, and always stand your ground in defending him. All the special gifts and powers from God will someday come to an end, but love [God’s love] goes on forever.” If both parties within the marriage union will practice this kind of love on a daily basis, what God has ordained will not fail! V IC KY + MICHAEL B A NG

The unknowns of stepping into this union called marriage far exceed the knowns for most couples. We “tie the knot” hoping that it doesn’t come loose before death parts us! And yet, before long, that relationship will begin to unravel without a clear understanding of what the foundation of that union is. The origin of marriage goes all the way back to the Garden of Eden, when God said, “It is not good for man to be alone; I will make him a companion” (Genesis 2:18). We know from the Scriptures that God formed woman from

Adam’s side to be a help and be a blessing to him. God, who is Love, brought love to its fullness when he blessed Adam with his wife. And because God is Love ( John 4:24), His love is the foundation and strength of the marriage union. The Apostle Paul gives us an awesome definition of the God kind of love. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 says, “Love is very patient and kind, never jealous or envious, never boastful or proud, never haughty or selfish or rude. His love does not demand its own way. It is not irritable or touchy. It does not hold

In the marriage vows, there are two words that we’re all familiar with: “I do”. In Luke 6:4, Jesus is telling the story of two men who built a house [a family]. He called one of them wise, the other unwise. The wise man accepted his role of “I do” by taking the lead in exercising love within his household, and when the storms of life came against that union (and they will come), God’s love that never fails kept that house together. So as you make your vows and say “I do”, just remember that a blessed and healthy marriage union is really built on three things: faith, hope and love (Corinthians 13:13) but the greatest of the three, is love.


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# H A S H TA G Y O U R W E D D I N G create buzz with a great hashtag

photo by Studiofotografie

The modern bride can have wedding planning at her finger tips. Every detail of your wedding can travel with you everywhere you go! There are a lot of online resources available to help organize your thoughts, attach pictures, write documents, create checklists, and stay on top of ALL of the wedding details but some sites are better than others!

GONNAGETWED.COM Okay, we are a bit partial, but we created GonnaGetWed.com for this exact purpose! There are a lot of details to keep track of and a lot of national websites you can use to organize. But, the national websites don’t connect you with local vendors . GonnaGetWed.com is your one-stop for wedding planning and connecting with the photographers, reception site, florist, and more right next door.

PINTEREST Who doesn’t love Pinterest?! Pinterest is an infinite well of new trends, unique ideas, and traditional treasures. However… you don’t want your wedding day centerpieces to be an epic Pinterest FAIL worthy of Buzzfeed! Generate ideas, try them out, but be ready to shift your plans and hire a professional if you need to.

INSTAGRAM See something you love? Snap a pic and # it! Gather all of your ideas together with your #soontobemrs. Be sure to share your personal # at your wedding with your guests – you know they will be taking a ton of pictures! Have your guests tag them for double tapping later when you have time! Planning a wedding is a big task – a really big task! Using a wedding planner (like The GonnaGetWed Planner) is a great way to stay on track. The internet can help you search for and find great ideas, but those “great ideas” may not be right for you or your budget. Connecting with local talent who can help you is going to be the best thing. Talk with local providers and connect with businesses you can rely on – that’s truly the key to a seamless wedding day.


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P L A N YO U R W E D D I N G B U D G E T who pays what + budget breakdowns

8%

48%

10%

12%

2%

2%

3%

3%

10%

flowers

photography

ceremony

reception

entertainment

Invitations

gifts

rings

dress + tux

2%

transportation


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Who's paying? Here are a few tips on how to approach the subject of who is paying for what. • Talk to your partner about the type of wedding you’d like to have before you do anything else. Discuss what type of venue you would both like and roughly how many guests you would invite. This will help you estimate your wedding costs. • Decide how much the two of you can afford to contribute. Before you talk to your parents about whose contributing, it’s good to know how much you and your partner can realistically bring to the table. Your parents might be willing to chip in a little more if they know that you are willing to spend some of your own money too.

• Ask your parents to sit down and discuss the budget. Do not surprise your parents with an impromptu budget meeting, give them a chance to sit down and discuss it together before you meet with them. • Be aware of your parents expectations before accepting their contributions. Ask them how involved they would like to be in the planning process or if they have any requirements for your wedding.

THE BRIDE’S FAMILY

THE GROOM / HIS FAMILY

THE BRIDE

• Church and reception site rental

• The bride’s engagement and

• Groom’s wedding ring

• Cake, catering, and beverages for the reception

wedding rings

• Marriage license

• Invitations, announcements, and

• Officiant’s fee and travel

• Services of a wedding consultant

• Bride’s bouquet and going-away

stationary

• The bridal attire and trousseau • Photography for the

engagements, bridal portraits, ceremony and reception

• Flowers for the church, reception, and the bridesmaids

• Corsages for special helpers • Music at the ceremony and reception

• Limousine for the bride and

family to the church and cars for transportation

• Lodging for out-of-town

bridesmaids or arrangements with friends

• Security and insurance • Wedding favors

expenses corsage

• Corsages for the mothers and grandmothers

• Boutonnières, gloves, and ties for the men of the wedding party

• Wedding gift for the bride • Limousine expense leaving reception or for the day

• Wedding night accommodations • Honeymoon trip • Gifts for the best man and groomsmen

• Shipment of the wedding gifts to the couple’s home

• Lodging or arrangements for outof-town groomsmen

• Rehearsal dinner

• Groom’s gift • Gifts for the bride’s attendants • Thank you gift for parents • Bridesmaid’s luncheon (optional event)

OTHER EXPENSES • Engagement parties may be

hosted by each set of parents or friends

• Groom’s family or engaged

couple may co-host or host the entire wedding event

• The groom’s family or friends

usually give the bachelor dinner or party


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wedding budget Use the next few pages to plan your wedding budget and fill in the actual cost as you go.

ANTI CI PATE D

ACTUAL

Beauty, Health, & Fitness

$

$

Parties, Gifts, & More

$

$

Invitations & Stationery

$

$

Bridal Fashions

$

$

Jewelry

$

$

Ceremony

$

$

Reception

$

$

Food & Beverage

$

$

Music

$

$

Flowers

$

$

Photography & Videography

$

$

Hotel & Transportation

$

$

Honeymoon & Travel

$

$

Misc. Items

$

$

TOTAL WEDDING BUDGET

$

$


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wedding budget BEAUTY, HEALTH & FITNESS

PARTIES, GIFTS & MORE

Bride’s Hair

$

Bridal Party Gifts

$

Makeup

$

Groom’s Gift

$

Nails / Manicure

$

Bride’s Gift

$

Pedicure

$

Wedding Attendant’s Gifts

$

Tanning

$

Favors

$

Gym Costs / Weight loss

$

Bridal Shower

$

Teeth Whitening

$

$

Massage / Facial

$

Bachelorette (or) Bachelor Party

Skin Care Treatments

$

Misc.

$

SUBT OTA L

$

BRIDAL FASHIONS Wedding Gown

$

Veil & Headpiece

$

Undergarments / Garter

$

Shoes & Hosiery

$

Other Accessories

$

Bridesmaids’ Dresses

$

Flower Girl Dress(es)

$

Groom’s Attire

$

Socks, Shoes, Tie, etc

$

Groomsmen Formal Wear

$

Misc.

$

SU BT OTA L

$

S U BTO TA L

$

INVITATIONS / STATIONERY Engagement Announcements

$

Invitations

$

Reply Cards

$

Thank You Cards

$

Save the Date Cards

$

Guest Book & Pen

$

Napkins

$

Programs

$

Place Cards

$

Stamp Postage

$

Maps / Direction Cards

$

Guest Accommodation Cards

$

Calligrapher

$

S U BTO TA L

$


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wedding budget JEWELRY

CEREMONY

Her Engagement Ring

$

Officiant Fee

$

Her Wedding Ring

$

Location Fee

$

His Wedding Ring

$

Marriage License

$

Ceremony Jewelry

$

Ring Pillow

$

Bridesmaid Jewelry

$

Unity Candles

$

Custom Engraving

$

Aisle Runner

$

Sizing & Soldering

$

Other Rentals

$

Other

$

Misc.

$

SUBT OTA L

$

S U BTO TA L

$

RECEPTION

FOOD / BEVERAGES

Site Fee

$

Reception Hors d’oeuvres

$

Centerpieces

$

Reception Dinner

$

Chairs & Tables

$

Bar Setup Fee

$

Linens

$

Keg Bar Fee

$

Dance Floor

$

Cake & Cake Stand

$

China & Glassware

$

Corkage Fee

$

Serving Pieces

$

Punch, Mints, & Nuts

$

Decorations & Supplies

$

Misc.

$

Rentals

$

Misc.

$

S U BTO TA L

$

SUBT OTA L

$


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wedding budget CEREMONY MUSIC

FLOWERS

Vocalist / Ensemble

$

Bride Bouquet

$

Pianist / Organist

$

Bridesmaids & Flower Girl

$

Guitarist / Violinist / Cellist

$

Ceremony Flowers

$

Reception Music

$

Reception Flowers

$

Cocktail Hour Musicians

$

Alter Flowers

$

DJ

$

Mother / Grandmother Corsages

$

Band

$

Helpers’ Corsages

$

Other

$

Groom Boutonnières

$

Dad / Other Men Boutonnières

$

Centerpieces

$

Head Table Flowers

$

Cake Flowers, Guest Book

$

S U BTO TA L

$

SU BT OTA L

$

PHOTOGRAPHY / VIDEOGRAPHY Engagement Photos

$

Wedding Photos

$

Digital Files

$

Photo Album

$

Additional Prints

$

Wedding Night Suite

$

Custom Framing

$

Guest Accommodations

$

Videographer

$

Limousine / Transportation

$

Final Video & Copies

$

Beverage Fees

$

Unedited Video

$

Parents’ Transportation

$

Other

$

Tips or Gratuity

$

Other

$

S U BTO TA L

$

SUBT OTA L

HOTEL / TRANSPORTATION

$


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wedding budget HONEYMOON & TRAVEL

MISC. ITEMS

Passports

$

$

Resort

$

$

Airfare

$

$

Transportation

$

$

Meals

$

$

Spending Cash

$

$

Entertainment

$

Misc.

$

SUBTOTAL

$

SUBTOTAL

$

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to-do timeline SHORTLY AFTER ENGAGEMENT Introduce families Have an engagement party Set wedding date Register on gonnagetwed.com Get organized and keep track of details and vendor information

Select colors, themes, and details Start shopping for bridal gown and bridal party attire Start guest list Select and secure cake designer Research floral preferences and start wish list Interview and hire ceremony musicians / vocalists Book a DJ / band

Meet with all parties financially responsible

Start planning honeymoon and meet with travel agent

Set overall budget and sub-budgets

Apply for passport, if needed

Assign expenses to all parties

Meet with officiant and schedule premarital classes

Interview and hire wedding coordinator Attend wedding shows and related events to gather information Select and secure ceremony location and officiant Select and confirm inclement weather plan if outside location

Select and secure reception location and catering Interview wedding photographers and videographers Secure photographer and videographer

9 - 12 MONTHS Start workout / weight loss program Take engagement pictures Send engagement announcement to local papers with photo Select and confirm the bridal party

6 - 9 MONTHS Narrow down the guest list Have each family compile guests’ current addresses Apply for permits pertaining to reception such as parking, fireworks, alcohol, etc. Order wedding gown allowing time for 2-3 fittings Get a swatch of fabric from gown for matching accessories Select and order bridesmaid gowns Shop for accessories: bra/panties, hosiery, headpiece, veil, petticoat/slip, gloves, jewelry, wrap/shawl, handbag, garter, etc. Start looking for formal wear – take your fiancé to match styles Consider purchased vs. rented suits or tuxedos Purchase groom’s wedding band


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to-do timeline Purchase bride’s wedding band

Prepare maps / driving directions

Buy additional jewelry insurance

Prepare guest accommodation information

Purchase wedding day jewelry for everyone

Prepare list of area attractions for out of town guests

Get your rings sized and engraved

Hire calligrapher

Investigate ethnic customs and cultural traditions to incorporate

Order personalized items like napkins and ribbons

Purchase wedding insurance

Order personalized party favors and gifts

Start planning your ceremony music and song selections

Attend first fitting; bring shoes, lingerie, and accessories

Start looking for decor, rentals, etc.

Have bridesmaids schedule and attend fittings

Schedule a tasting with your caterer

Shop for mothers’ dresses or attire

Book rehearsal dinner and caterer

Get fitted for purchased men’s attire requiring tailoring

Meet with florists to start selecting flowers

Order all men’s attire after fitting

Send all deposits due

Select cuff links, shirts, ties, etc. and order if getting monogrammed

Select and book transportation Reserve wedding night suite Block guest rooms Make honeymoon down payment

4 - 6 MONTHS Review and select gift registry(s) Start skin care treatments or have consultation Make plans for any dental work Start looking at party favors Decide on a personal wedding logo concept Finalize guest list and send save the dates Select and order invitations and personalized stationary

Make reservations for all wedding rentals Double check all reservations with wedding vendors Discuss menu and finalize selections with caterer Finalize all ceremony music: prelude, attendants’ processional, bride’s processional, ceremony/ interludes, recessional and postlude Provide musicians with all sheet music Start song lists for reception and dance Finalize honeymoon plans Assign and confirm wedding responsibilities with friends and family (coordinator, reception tables, greeters, host / hostess, etc.)


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to-do timeline 2 - 4 MONTHS Schedule teeth whitening Set up hair and makeup appointments Schedule a spa day bridal party for week of wedding Get blood tests / physicals for marriage certificate Attend second fittings Start dance instruction classes Engrave cake server, knife, etc. Select and order gifts for bridal party, parents, etc. Mail all wedding invitations Purchase or make guest book Have programs designed and printed Mail rehearsal dinner invitations Choose and reserve formal wear if renting; have all the men fitted Choose what groomsmen will be wearing: ties, bow ties, cummerbunds, etc. Finalize times for rehearsal with officiant Finalize and purchase final decorations, ring pillow, flower girl basket, garter, candles, toasting glasses, favors, centerpieces, card box, disposable cameras, etc. Choose readings and readers; provide for practice Finalize details with cake designer Purchase cake topper Finalize fresh flower order Create photo montage for reception

Make list of photos you want taken with both families Finalize transportation details Meet insurance agents to ensure all insurance is in place Plan bridesmaids’ luncheon Schedule vacation from work Confirm ceremony details and ceremony music Get any immunizations needed for honeymoon

6 - 8 WEEKS Schedule to start tanning (Spray tans no closer than 1 week before wedding) Plan bachelor / bachelorette parties Recruit friends to help with party favor assembly Have all bridal showers Follow-up with guests who have not RSVP’d Mail shower and party thank you cards Set up your final wedding dress fitting Verify all groomsmen were fitted, have purchased suits, had final fitting (wear dress shoes to fitting) Finish pre-marital classes Confirm all ceremony and reception details Decide on wedding vows Finalize the ceremony contents with officiant Double check when all final payments are due Schedule floral preservation for bouquet


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to-do timeline Have photographer and videographer visit all sites

Deliver welcome bags to hotel for guest rooms

Finalize details with photographer and videographer

Write out placement cards for assigned seating

Prepare contact info for all wedding vendors

Prepare wedding announcement for the newspaper

Get shoes dyed

Pick up wedding dress: try it on one last time

Put together children’s party favors / entertainment kits

Write any toasts or words of thanks for reception

4 - 6 WEEKS Buy gift for Groom Pick up wedding rings Plan seating arrangements for reception Decide on order of reception including toasts, dinner, cake cutting, etc. Finalize music selections: first dance, father-daughter, etc. Go over music selections with DJ / Band Get box for cake top Line up sitters for children at ceremony Attend final fittings for everyone Practice bustling wedding dress

2 WEEKS Make groom hair appointment for cut / color Test run with hair designer and makeup artist Get ring soldered Schedule and have facials Get waxed for him / her Attend spa and relaxation day for bridal party

Tally guests’ meal count & inform caterer Arrange for cleanup after ceremony & reception Confirm all arrangements with ALL of your vendors Put all final payments due on wedding day in envelopes Confirm out-of-town guest reservations with hotel Assemble wedding day emergency kit, including: sewing kit, clear fingernail polish, extra nylons, hairspray, stain remover wipes, etc. Pack all accessories: jewelry, veil, shoes, panty hose, etc. Delegate post wedding tux returns Get information for name change Confirm rehearsal plans and finalize guest count Apply for marriage license Mail itinerary to wedding party and those involved Confirm and make final honeymoon payment

1 WEEK Have bachelor / bachelorette parties Wrap wedding party gifts Practice on site with musicians and vocalists


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to-do timeline Print out several copies of the seating chart arrangements for those seating guests Make arrangements to decorate the reception location Finalize seating arrangement Make mints and finish favors Start packing for honeymoon Break in shoes and scuff the bottoms

Finish any ceremony site decorations Have rehearsal dinner Give gifts to wedding party Make arrangements for vehicles to be delivered to reception site on the wedding day

DAY OF WEDDING Have a nice breakfast and drink lots of water

1-2 DAYS Pick up rented men’s attire and try on at shop Finalize envelopes with payments and cash tips Confirm rehearsal time with those involved Deliver your wedding gown, bridesmaids’ dresses, accessories, and other items to ceremony site if they can be safely stored

DAY BEFORE WEDDING Decorate the ceremony location Decorate the reception location Get manicure / pedicure done

NIGHT BEFORE WEDDING Rehearse the ceremony details with wedding party

Wear a button up shirt to your hair and makeup appointments to avoid strap marks. Allow plenty of time to get dressed Take photos before or after ceremony Get witness signatures on the certificate Make payments that are due Remember thank you card for officiant Relax and have fun!

AFTER WEDDING Return tuxedos to rental shop Go on your honeymoon Send out all final thank you notes File for name change

Discuss seating details with ushers; practice

Change name on all insurance, home, car, bank accounts, etc

Show parents and grandparents where they will be seated

Start planning for your next big purchase, a new home!

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wedding day kit A checklist of things every bride should have on-hand on her wedding day. Be prepared! Check off items as you assemble your kit.

GROOMING

HEALTH / MEDICAL

Hand lotion

Antacid

Wet wipes

Aspirin, pain relievers

Tissues

Upset stomach remedy

Cotton balls, cotton swabs Makeup

MISCELLANEOUS

Makeup remover

Extra copies of directions to reception

Nail polish in shade worn

Breath mints

Nail polish remover

Duct tape

Nail file

Snacks

Tweezers

Contact information for all vendors

Small grooming scissors

Curling iron, hot rollers

Small hand towel

Hair dryer

Lint brush

Brush, comb

ATTIRE “Throwaway� garter Clear nail polish for runs in pantyhose

Hairspray, hair gel Bobby pins, hair elastics, barrettes Headband / clips Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss

Extra earring backs

Mouthwash

Extra buttons

Baby powder

Flat shoes for the reception

Deodorant

Extra pantyhose

Perfume

Tissues Safety pins and a sewing kit with thread Masking tape or sewing tape (for last minute ripped hems) Small scissors (for thread) Club soda or other stain removal solutions Iron and / or steamer Bandages Feminine hygiene products (tampons, panty liners, etc.) Antihistamine, cold remedy, any prescription medications Small flashlight Folding utility knife Cell phone and numbers of all wedding participants Cooler with juice, sodas, and bottled water


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questions to ask your wedding vendors

QUESTIONS TO ASK VENDORS YOU HIRE • Do you have liability insurance? • Is there a deposit due and when? • When is the balance due?

• Ask for a tour, samples, demos, previews, pictures and referrals from all your vendors before they are hired. Don’t just take their word for it.

• Once you find a vendor you want… don’t wait, book them!

• What is the cancellation policy?

GENERAL CONTRACT GUIDELINES

• Do you accept credit cards?

• Look over the entire contract. If you don’t understand

• How do you handle unforeseen issues? • Do you have a backup plan if something goes wrong on our wedding day?

GENERAL VENDOR HIRING HINTS • Ask friends and family to recommend service providers and venues that were satisfactory.

• Talk to your friends who were recently married. They are an excellent source of knowledge.

• The first question to ask potential service providers: Do you have my date open? This will save you time and energy if they do not.

• Meet with several vendors in each category before you hire any particular one, even if you really loved the first one you met.

• Be sure to conduct an interview with a potential

vendor, regardless if you have several great referrals for him or her. Your personalities might clash, indicating a wrong fit for you.

something, ask them! If you have an attorney, you may want them to review the larger contracts.

• Make sure your contracts all have the date, time,

location, and a detailed description of all services and items to be provided by the vendor.

• Make sure the contract includes ALL fees and how

they apply: late fees, overtime charges, gratuities, open-ended charges, etc. Also make sure they include times, if time sensitive, and try to put a cap on prices if they could get out of control.

• Contracts must stipulate the deposit amount, due date, and all payments and amounts due.

• Do not sign if you do not agree with any part of the

contract. Instead, negotiate the details and have a new contract drafted that you feel comfortable signing.

• Make sure you get a copy of the contract before you leave with both signatures and the date signed.


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questions to ask your wedding planner

• Do you have a portfolio with photos of weddings you’ve planned?

• Do you have a business license? • How long have you been in business? • Are you certified? By what association? • What is your fee? Do you charge hourly, a flat fee, or a percentage of the total wedding budget?

• If the fee is hourly or based on a percentage, are you willing to put a cap on the total fee?

• Do these service providers give you a personal financial incentive to work with them, aside from any discount that we may receive?

• What would the process be for selecting and hiring vendors for our wedding?

• Do you like to take complete control or do you welcome our ideas and participation?

• Will you be on hand the day of the wedding? • How many other events will you be organizing that day?

• Can we hire you to plan the entire event?

• How many people on your staff will be at the wedding?

• Can we hire you to help with just some of the planning?

• How long has your staff worked with you?

• Can we hire you to help on the wedding day only?

• How will you (and your staff) be dressed?

• What details do you handle?

• Do you have liability insurance?

• What details won’t you handle?

• How does the payment schedule work?

• How many meetings should we plan to have?

• What is your cancellation policy?

• Can we conduct business by phone, fax, or e-mail?

• Do you have references?

• If site has been selected: Do you know the catering

• What happens if you are ill on our wedding day?

manager / events planner at our site?

• Do you have vendors you’ve worked with in the past?

• Are there a few you like for each service or just one vendor for each?

• Do these service providers offer your clients discounts?

• Do you require meals? • Will you travel if necessary? • Will there be additional expenses for parking and travel?


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beauty, health, + fitness


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Y O U R B E S T F E AT U R E tips to show off your best features on your big day

Your wedding day is filled with countless photos and all eyes are on you, so it’s important to plan what kind of makeup you want to wear. These tips will help all your features look their best!

BROWS They define your face and give a balanced look, so it is important that they are filled in with powder, pencil, or tinted brow gel. Just remember to use a shade that matches. Brows can be a statement, but not on your wedding day.

EYES Your eye makeup should be made up of natural tones and just like contouring your face, it is just as essential to contour your eyes. By using a darker shade in your crease, your eyes will appear much larger. Also, remember to use water-proof mascara on the big day. It will last longer and survive against any tears.

CHEEKS We cannot stress enough to use bronzer and a little blush! This creates dimension in your face so you aren’t washed out in all of your beautiful wedding pictures. Another tip: avoid anything too shimmery, as this can make you appear greasy in photos.

LIPS Don’t settle with just a little gloss! Choose a lipstick darker than your lips, or something bolder, depending on your eye makeup. Remember, either a bold lip or a bold eye, try to choose only one for your wedding day. P.S. avoid heavy amounts of gloss! With lots of kissing, dancing and eating, gloss will be a hassle!

FINAL TIPS A good primer is key not only for your skin but for your eyes and even lips too! This will allow for less re-applying and more time for you to enjoy your night! A bright white smile is always a plus as well! Check out DIY’s, take home kits, or talk with your dentist about options!


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H A I R S T Y L E S F O R Y O U R B I G D AY dress necklines + the perfect hairstyles

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Your wedding day will be the most important day of the year and what’s the last thing you want? That’s right, a bad hair day. Your chosen locks should compliment, not compete, with the rest of your attire, so it’s important to do a trial and error with a stylist to determine the right “do” for when you say “I do.” First, like any other booking for the big day, do your research for the right hairstylist for you. Although you may love how your hair dresser colors your hair, they may not be an expert in bridal hairstyles. Come prepared with photos from Pinterest or magazines to show him or her to give them a sense of the idea you would like. One tip we love is to wear white to your consultation to give you a better idea what you will look like on the big day.

Next, time how long it will take to achieve your chosen style and add 30 minutes. Wedding days always have hidden dilemmas, so plan ahead. Try a few different styles and photograph them at different angles to see if you truly love the hairstyle on you. And lastly, discuss with the hair stylist if they will come to you or if you will go to the salon on the big day. If they are able to come to your location, are they able to stay for touch ups throughout the day?


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STRONG IS THE NEW SKINNY tips for getting in shape for your big day

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questions to ask • Can we schedule a trial run?

• What kind of space and lighting do you need?

• Is there an additional cost for a trial run or is it part of the fee if I book your services?

• Will you bring an assistant or additional help?

• Will you travel? Are there additional fees? • Will you stay to help me with my hair, veil, headpiece and make-up touch-ups after the ceremony? At what additional cost? • How long will it take to have my hair and makeup done? • Do you bring your own equipment and hair products?

• Will you or your assistant style my attendants’ hair and do their makeup? • How many hair styles and makeup can you complete and how long do you need? • How long will it take and what is the fee? • If you are not at the wedding, can you provide me with hair products and makeup for quick fixes?

advice at a glance • Choose a hairstyle you are comfortable with. You want to look like yourself on your wedding day. • Plan a practice for your hair and makeup to make sure you like the style and colors. Once completed, take photos of the final look so you can refer to them on your day. • Don’t get a brand new haircut before your wedding; just get a trim a few weeks before. • Don’t have a facial or any other skin treatments within two weeks of your wedding. You want to have time for your skin to recover and you don’t want red blotchy skin. • The morning of your wedding, wear a button-down shirt or a dress that can be slipped down over your hips. Do not wear clothing that you will have to pull over your head. You don’t want to mess up your hair and makeup.

• Take it easy on the tan. Don’t try to cram in two months of tanning in one week. For spray-on tanning, have your last treatment at least one week prior to the wedding. • Don’t make drastic changes to your body right before your wedding. Don’t starve yourself or resort to crash dieting. Instead opt for a 4-6 month exercise routine. • Prepare a reasonable weight loss plan and stick to it! (A pound a week is the healthiest.) • Ask friends to work out with you. This will keep you motivated and on track. • Do not resort to drastic measures. Taking a dietary supplement may help you lose weight quickly but results will not be permanent. • Eat smaller portions and incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet to keep you satisfied.

• If you are having your makeup professionally done, purchase or ask for samples so that you’ll be able to do touch ups throughout the day.

• Zit Zapper: use a concealer one shade lighter than your skin tone under foundation.

• Carry a supply of blotting tissues so you can keep the shine off your nose and forehead.

• For sexy legs, soak in a bath for several minutes to soften hair. Then use a moisturizing shaving gel and shave in the opposite direction of hair growth.


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T H E B A C H E L O R E T T E PA R T Y Local options to celebrate with your girls

It’s an age old tradition- the bachelorette party. For almost as long as men have anxiously gathered for bachelor parties, women have started their own get-togethers that range from mild to wild. The number one goal is to have as much fun as possible. The bachelorette party should reflect the bride’s interest. The last hurrah is a great way for friends and family to get to know each other. Here are a few ideas for a local bachelorette party.

SIP-N-CYCLE The mobile bar puts a new spin on how to enjoy a cold beverage. The cycle is built for 16 passengers to pedal or relax. They tour the city of Sioux Falls while stopping at local bars.

PURE ROMANCE This is the ultimate girl’s only party. The brideto-be will receive a discount on her purchase.

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The bridal party can float up to the swim-up bar next to the lazy river. You can never go wrong with a good tan and a cold drink in this adult only pool!

Pre-wedding pampering and relaxation before the big day is just what every bride needs. Companies like MobileSpa will provide the services without you ever having to leave your house.

WINE TASTING Instead of hitting up a crowded bar, take the bride to be on a winery tour. Rent a limo, taste some wine, and end with a good old fashion slumber party.

GOLFING This is a given- a day on the course can lead to a friendly game or bragging rights for the winner. A limo can drop you off and pick you up at the course.

WINE AND CANVAS This is more than a popular trend, it’s also fun and easy to do. A little wine, laughing, and some more wine sounds like the perfect girls’ night.

COOKING CLASS Everyone knows the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. What better way to learn how to cook than cooking classes with your closest friends.


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gift registry list FORMAL DINNERWARE

BAR-WARE & EQUIPMENT

Serving Spoons & Forks

Dinner, Salad, & Dessert Plates

Tumblers

Butter Serving Knife

Pasta & Soup Bowls

Highballs / Pilsners / Beer Glasses

Cake & Pie Server

Bread & Butter Plates

Ice Bucket & Tongs

Gravy Ladle

Teacups & Saucers

Wine Cooler or Wine Rack

Serving Set

Fruit Bowls

Cocktail Shaker & Pitcher

Teapot, Creamer, & Sugar Bowl

Bar Utensils

Gravy Boat & Stand Serving Bowls Covered Casserole Dish Platters

CASUAL DINNERWARE

KITCHENWARE Cutting Boards

Wok / Stir Fry Pan

Timer

Roaster

Mixing Bowls & Spoons

Grill / Griddle

Soup & Cereal Bowls

Spice Rack & Pepper Mill

Bread & Butter Plates

Measuring Cups & Spoons

Salt & Pepper Set

Dish Towels & Hot Pads

Covered Butter Dish

Paring, Chef, & Bread Knife

Mugs

Carving Knife

Canister Set

Colander

Wine Glasses (red / white) Champagne Flutes Iced Beverage Glasses Martini Glasses Brandy Snifters

Stock Pot / Dutch Oven Steamer / Double Boiler

Storage Containers

Water Goblets

Sauce Pans, Saute, & Frying Pans

Cutlery & Steak Knives

Dinner Plates

FINE CRYSTAL

COOKWARE

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BAKE-WARE Cookie Sheets Muffin Pans Cake & Pie Pans Pizza Pans Baking Pans Bread Pans

ELECTRIC APPLIANCES

Spoon Rest

Hand Mixer

Baster

Waffle Iron

Rolling Pin

Bread Maker

Cheese Grater

Rice Cooker / Vegetable Steamer

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Decanters & Pitchers

Knives, Forks, & Salad Forks

Candlesticks

Soup Spoons & Teaspoons

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TABLE LINENS

Can Opener

Table Cloth / Table Runner

Slow Cooker

Place Mats

HOME ELECTRONICS Television

Napkins & Rings

HOME CARE / PERSONAL

CD / MP3 Player

Vacuum (upright & hand-held)

Radio / Clock Radio

Rug Cleaner

Camera & Digital Camcorder

Iron & Ironing Board

Stereo Components

Portable Steamer

DVD / Blu-Ray Player

Broom, Dust Pan, & Mop

Computer

DECORATIVE ACCESSORIES Picture Frames Lamps Vases

BEDROOM LINENS Flat & Fitted Sheets Pillow Cases & Shams Comforters & Bed Skirts Blankets Mattress Pads

BATH LINENS Bath Sheets & Towels Hand Towels & Wash Cloths Bath Mat & Rug Shower Curtain & Rings Bath Accessories Hamper KITCHEN LINENS Dish Towels Clothes Kitchen Rugs

LUGGAGE Upright Suitcases Garment Bags Duffel Bags / Tote Bags Accessory Bag

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Whether your shower is being hosted by your Maid of Honor, your female (distant) relatives, or your future in-laws, bridal shower etiquette can never be overlooked.

LET T HE HOST ESS HO S T You have a say in EVERY aspect of your big day, but not your shower. Your shower is being hosted by someone who loves you, let them host. They may ask for a guest list, but beyond that, your input should be limited.

KEEP A LIS T Appoint someone with nice handwriting to keep the list of all your gifts and their givers. This will come in handy when writing your thank you notes.

T HANK YOU’S Along with your verbal thank you to all your guests and hosts the day of your shower, written thank you’s should be sent within the following week, NO EXCUSES!


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gift checklist: who to buy for Each Other!

Personal Attendants

Officiant

Bridesmaids & Groomsmen

Host & Hostess

Readers

Ushers

Greeters

Punch Servers

Flower Girl & Ring Bearer

Guest Book Attendant

Cake Cutter & Servers

Parents / In-laws

Flower Pinner

Grandparents

Musicians & Vocalists

advice at a glance • Gifts for your bridesmaids may be presented at the

bridesmaids’ luncheon, the rehearsal dinner, or before the wedding as everyone is getting ready.

• The groom gives presents to his groomsmen at the bachelor party or rehearsal dinner.

• Gifts for attendants may be the same or different.

However, if they are all the same, you might want to consider personalizing them.

• Gifts for child attendants are either taken care of by

the bride or given by the bride and groom as a couple. These gifts can either be given before the ceremony or at the rehearsal dinner.

• Give your parents their gifts at a time when you are alone together so it is more personal and special.

• If you and your groom wish to exchange gifts, you

can do so the night before the wedding or on your wedding night. Consider doing this alone as it will feel more intimate.

• The earlier you register, the better. Your close friends and family may want to purchase engagement gifts for you. Be sure to check your registry often for discontinued items.

• Call before going to a store to register because some stores may require an appointment.

• Give yourself plenty of time when registering because it can be time-consuming.


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Wedding invitations are the first impression your guests receive about your special day. Let them see something as unique and different as you are. Sure, it may seem easier just to click “order” on some website and call it a day, but you’re missing out on the fun and individualized design that comes with custom designed wedding invitations! For example, let’s say you got engaged in a hot air balloon or under your family’s willow tree; a custom wedding designer could add a hot air balloon with the phrase “Love is in the air” on the front of your invitations or add a subtle willow tree to your envelope’s return address. Or maybe you’re of Irish decent and want an Irish symbol wax sealed onto each invitation. You want a map of directions to your rural church and family farm? A designer could draw that too! Maybe you want to incorporate a small butterfly into your design to honor a grandmother who had recently passed away. It’s the little things like these that you can’t just “order” online.

WORK WITH ETIQUETTE EXPERTS One of, if not the most important parts of an invitation, is the wording. Wedding etiquette can be tricky at times, especially when it comes to addressing families on an invitation. A wedding designer understands that listing parents, step-parents, late parents, and how to list re-marriages can get complex, so they can help you navigate through the sticky situations and make sure no one is left out or has feelings hurt.

SEE EXAMPLES EVERY STEP OF THE WAY BEFORE YOU ORDER See and touch actual samples and options before purchasing. Better yet, you get to see proofs of your design every step of the way before you print (typically, you get to see a PDF proof, a printed proof on the actual paper you chose with the envelope color you chose, and THEN print with your final quantity, which can be any amount! Your paper will be GREAT quality too.

Here’s why you should choose a local wedding designer for your invites:

CUSTOM QUANTITIES Usually with a local designer, you

CUSTOMIZAB LE One of the major advantages to hiring a

don’t have to order in increments of 50 or 100. After your mom added in some extra people to the invite list, you’re at 108? 234? 169? By not choosing online options, you can print any quantity you may need!

custom wedding invitation designer for your wedding invitations is creativity. Having the ability to custom-design and print your invitations allows you to be creative in the process. You get to choose fonts, colors, add a geometric pattern here, and a special icon there. You get to mix and match what you find on Pinterest, with what you’re seeing in magazines, with their expertise in design! You don’t have to choose something that’s been done hundreds of times before. They will be PERFECTLY customized to you as a couple. You’re not stuck with one style and two color options. Your options are endless. Choose fonts, feel papers, and grab inspiration from previous work a local artist has done.

There you go. There’s five reasons why you should choose a local wedding invitation design for a more personal touch – and to take your invitations to the next level. Choose something unique and personal. It’s your wedding’s first impression after all.

ONE-ON-ONE ATTENTION Consider them your personal designer. They will customize and create whatever you want. Unlike those online invitation websites, you’re working with an actual person. A person who wants to hear how he proposed, and wants to see pictures of your dress because they know how important those things are to you, and the pictures help them get a feel for the style of your wedding day!

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I N V I TAT I O N T I M E L I N E important dates for sending your paper products

Order engagement party invitations

11 Send engagement party invites

10 Order Save-the-Dates

9

8 Send Save-the-Dates

7

6 Order wedding invitations + rehearsal dinner invitations

5

4

3

Order menu cards, escort cards, wedding programs, thank you notes, and other sign-age.

2

1

THE BIG DAY

Mail wedding invitations

THANK YOU’S Send thank you notes out no later than two weeks after the wedding!


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I N V I TAT I O N G A L L E R Y top trends in invitations + save-the-dates

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F O N T PA I R I N G S + I N V I T E S T Y L E S what goes and what doesn’t

modern The clean look of this invitations is what gives it a ‘modern’ style. There is a very clear hierarchy and a wide range of fonts used.

vintage This vintage style invitation has many characteristics of a clean, modern design but uses a few more decorative fonts.

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traditional The small difference in scale and the pairing of a script and serif font give this invitation a classic look.

retro Multiple decorative fonts are used in this invitation design. The contrast between the two is enough of a difference to create a good hierarchy and communicate well.


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what doesn’t work... With so many typeface options, it is easy to get carried away when designing your wedding invites. Remember to always stick to readable fonts that have a lot of contrast and communicate your wedding theme and style.

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TWO SCRIPTS Script fonts work great to add a flourish of elegance to your invitation, but don’t get carried away. The same script font can be used multiple times in your invite, just make sure it is the only script you are using. Many script fonts are similar, so if you use multiple scripts there will not be enough contrast between the two to communicate your message.

TOO MANY It is easy to get carried away with using too many typefaces in your invitation. Stick to two or three versatile fonts that can carry your wedding theme across all of your stationery. Multiple fonts that are very similar just create confusion and draw attention away from the information.

TOO SIMILAR These two serif fonts may seem similar enough to look the same, but their lack of contrast and similarity make them too alike to communicate well. Always make sure that there is a clear difference in each of the typefaces you are using.


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questions to ask • What are our options regarding the different pieces

that make up the wedding invitation and how do they affect the cost?

• Can you print additional pieces to include with the invitations, such as maps / direction cards and accommodation cards?

• What are our printing and paper options, and how do they affect the cost?

• Can we see samples of different printing techniques, paper styles, and type styles?

• When do we need to place an order? • When would the invitations be ready?

• Is there an extra fee for addressing envelopes? • Do we assemble the invitations and stuff envelopes ourselves?

• What is the difference in cost, if any, between ordering extra invitations up front or after the initial order has been placed?

• Will we be able to see a proof before any pieces are

printed? Do you do calligraphy? If you don’t, do you work with someone who does? Does he / she give discounts to your customers?

• If you do calligraphy: What are your fees? What do they include?

advice at a glance • Try to order all stationery items at the same time. • When ordering invitations, be sure to order extras for

keepsakes, guests who get added to your list later, and extra invitations needed because of mistakes made while addressing them.

• If you will be inviting a friend or family member to bring a

date but you do not know the date’s name, address the outer envelope to your friend only. On the inner envelope you can include the words “and Guest” after your friend’s or relatives name.

• Registry information should be noted on the invitation or included in the envelope.

• The words “request the honor of your presence” are

traditionally reserved for religious ceremonies. Phrases like “request the pleasure of your company” or “would be delighted for you to attend” are typically used for a civil ceremony or reception.

• If you are unsure about the proper etiquette on invitation wording, consult with your local invitation specialist for his / her recommendations, especially where divorced families apply.


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ST Y L E YO U R B O DY T Y P E find the dress style that fits your body type

TRIANGLE | Wider at the hips than at the bust + find a dress that de-emphasizes your lower half and brings width to your upper half. Look for a plain skirt with high waist line such as an empire waist. – avoid dresses that will call attention to your shape, such as the clingy sheath or mermaid styles, and necklines that cut inward such as halters. Also, steer clear of full skirts.

FULL-FIGURED | Fuller bust, hips, and waistline + look for dresses that create an elongating silhouette with a high waistline and skirt that will give the body movement with each step down the aisle and dance floor. A-lines with a heavy fabric and ball gowns with a natural waist should accent your shape beautifully! – avoid mermaid, sheath, and empire skirts. Pay attention to the material the skirt is made from. Lighter fabrics may be more clingy and unforgiving

RECTANGLE | Proportional through the bust + look for dresses that will create curves for you! An A-Line skirt is a great option to accentuate a slender frame which will also give a gentle curve to your frame. A bateau neckline coupled with a ball gown skirt will also help create the illusion of an hourglass shape. – avoid dresses which don’t create curves for you. A trumpet or a mermaid style will not give you a curve defining shape.

INVERTED TRIANGLE | Full bust in relation to your hips + look for dresses that will give you the illusion of an hourglass. Ball gowns with either a natural or a drop waist, as well as mermaid and trumpet skirts will give your body a nice silhouette. – avoid dresses that don’t create definition for your lower half. An empire or sheath skirt will just hang without highlighting your curves along your hips and waistline.

HOURGLASS | Full bust & hips with small waist + look for styles which will accent your hourglass features. Mermaids, trumpets and ball gowns with a drop waist nicely accent your curves. – avoid skirts that don’t accentuate your curves! Avoid an empire waist line as well as embellishments which will draw attention to your neckline or hips.


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D E F I N E YO U R B R I DA L ST Y L E which style works for you?

ASYMMETRIC

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V-NECK

Also know as the oneshoulder or the grecian, the asymmetrical neckline flatters

The straight or horizontal neckline is also available with straps. The strapless straight line is great for petite frames.

Also called the off-the-shoulder, the v-neck is a classic wedding neckline style which sits just below the shoulder accenting the collarbone.

a fuller figure.

SWEETHEART

BATEAU

Shaped like the top of a heart, the Sweetheart neckline is great for accenting a smaller bust and is very flattering for larger busts.

Bateau follows the curve of the collarbone to the very tips of the shoulders. This neckline is flattering for smaller busts.

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It is important to understand that a wedding dress should not always be trendy. It should be timeless and make you feel gorgeous.

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Don’t overwhelm yourself - Start with visiting at least 3 bridal shops and see how that goes. If you haven’t found anything you like, then try a few more. You don’t have to hit every shop in town!

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Set a budget! Splurging on the dress is okay as long as you can afford it. Set a limit for the amount you’re willing to spend on your dress and stick to it.

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Be sure to start early when shopping for your dress. You want to give yourself enough time to look at all your options. Also, don’t be afraid to try on styles you’ve never really been fond of. You might be surprised how different styles look on you!

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Be honest with your bridal consultant. She is there to make sure you are confident on your wedding day. If you’re not a fan of something she is suggesting, say so.

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Be sure you pick the people who are coming with you wisely. Everyone is going to have his or her own opinion but remember, yours is the only one that matters!

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questions to ask w h e n d e c i d i n g o n t h e g r o o m ’s a t t i r e

MEN'S ATTIRE (IF RENTING)

MEN’S ATTIRE (IF BUYING)

• How far in advance do I need to reserve the rentals?

• How far in advance of the wedding do

• What different styles do you offer? • How old is the formal wear you rent out? • Will I be able to examine the actual suit I will be wearing? • What is included as part of the package? • How much of a deposit is required? What is the cost? • How do fittings / alterations work? Are they included in the cost?

• When can I pick up the ensemble? • What course of action do you take if the rentals are

not available for pickup on time or the wrong size is delivered?

• Is the ensemble cleaned and pressed before pickup? • When is the ensemble due back and how do late fees work?

• Will I incur extra charges if the tuxedo gets stained or do you assume there will be some amount of wear and tear?

• Do you offer discounts for groomsmen if I rent my attire from your store?

• When is the balance due?

I need to place my order?

• What is included in the price? • Are alterations extra? • How many fittings will there be? • Is there anything I need to bring to the fittings? • Do you sell shoes and accessories? If not, do you have discount relationships with stores that do?

• Do you offer rentals for groomsmen? • What is the cost of the tuxedo / suit I’m interested in? • When would the tuxedo / suit be ready? • How much deposit is required? • Will you press or steam the tuxedo / suit? If so, what is the cost?

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questions to ask before buying a wedding gown

BRIDAL FASHIONS (WEDDING GOWN)

BRIDAL FASHIONS (BRIDESMAIDS)

• Do I need an appointment to see and try on gowns?

• Do you offer discounts for bridesmaids’ / flower girls’

• What is the price range of the gowns? • How long does it take to order a gown? • Will I be assigned a sales associate or will I try on gowns alone?

dresses if I purchase my gown here?

• What styles do you recommend for a group with different sizes / body types?

• How do you handle dress orders and fittings for outof-town bridesmaids? ­­Can you ship your dresses?

• Can I take pictures of the gowns I like?

• How far in advance do we need to order the dresses?

• Do I need to bring special undergarments and shoes

• How long after we place the order will the dresses

to try on gowns or do you provide these?

arrive?

• Are some styles or fabrics better for certain seasons?

• What is the price of the dress?

• Can any of the designs be customized?

• Do you offer alterations? If not, do you work with

• How much is the gown I’m interested in? • What does the gown price include? • How much deposit is required? • When is the balance due? BRIDAL FASHIONS (ALTERATIONS) • How many fittings will there be? • How far in advance of the wedding will the gown

someone who offers your customers a discount?

• If so, are alterations extra? If so, do you steam the gowns after final alterations?

• Do you offer discounts on bridesmaid accessories

such as shoes and jewelry with the purchase of their gowns?

• How much deposit is required? • When is the balance due?

be ready for the first fitting?

• Does the alterations include bustles? If not what is the additional cost?

• Do you deliver to the church on my wedding day? • Can I hire someone to bustle me after the ceremony? What is the fee?

• Do you steam the gown after final alterations? • Do you handle care for the gown after the wedding? • Can you recommend a good wedding gown cleaner / preserver?

notes


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jewelry


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W H I C H C U T F I T S YO U ? important things to know about your diamond

CUSHION Cushion cuts are also known as pillow-cut diamonds. These stones are more squared with rounded edges. Pairing the cushion cut with a halo is a popular trend among 2017 engaged couples.

ROUND Round is a very popular engagement ring style for 2017. Adding a halo around the center stone is a way to make a smaller carat look more impressive!

OVAL MARQUISE Marquise diamonds offer couples an opportunity to buy a smaller carat and have a more impressive looking ring. Because of the longer, oval shape, a one carat marquise may end up looking larger than a one carat round.

Oval cut diamonds have a classic appearance with a modern twist! It is a popular cut in all types of jewelry, especially in engagement rings, making it easy to match with other jewelry. It has an incredible brilliance, similar to the round brilliant cut, but also has the advantage of accentuating long, slender fingers.

ACCENTS & WEDDING BANDS Brides and Grooms have been opting for a more symmetrical look with the Bride’s wedding band. Rather than buying one band, couples are buying two bands for either side of the ring or choosing a wrap or guard for the engagement ring. Very thin bands with diamonds may cause problems – the smaller the band, the less metal securing the diamonds in place.


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L E T S TA L K M E TA L The Diamond Room - Sioux Falls

Everybody has heard the sayings “diamonds are a girl’s best friend” and “a diamond is forever,” but have you ever thought about the metal into which the diamonds are set? Or how the style of ring that is chosen may affect the lifespan of a ring? Often times, the practical side of choosing one’s “forever ring” is overlooked, resulting in recurring problems, costly repairs, and dissatisfied customers. The latest trend in engagement rings has been a micropavé vintage design usually set in either platinum or white gold. Micropavé is a type of setting where several small diamonds are set close together and held

in by several small prongs. Though the look is exceptional, customers often fail to notice the future maintenance the ring is likely to need, which can become very costly. Though white gold still seems to be the favorite, yellow gold, and two-tone combinations are making a huge comeback! The best advice – stick to what you like and feel most comfortable wearing, but be informed about your purchase and the possible maintenance the ring could require within the years to come.

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most traditional and timeless easy to work with and repair does not erode, tarnish or rust

PLATINUM

WHITE GOLD

PALLADIUM

most expensive, scratches easily dulls easily, high melting point most labor intensive to repair (costly) rhodium plating allergies to alloys used (nickel allergies)

trendy, still relatively new not a precious metal

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K E E P YO U R R I N G C L E A N learn the fundamentals

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Knowing the fundamentals of ring care is a great way to ensure everlasting beauty.

SPARKLING AND SHINY scheduling maintenance appointments with your jeweler at least once a year is important to ensure the prongs are tight, the diamond isn’t loose and there are no hairline cracks in the shank. There is also usually a professional “shineup” included too. In addition, always remove your ring when cleaning or touching harsh chemicals as bleach or other cleaning agents that can dull the finish of a ring – which means less sparkle for you!

SAFE AND SOUND Purchasing insurance is a necessity to protect your financial investment in the event that something gets lost, stolen, or damaged. You may also strongly consider getting your jewelry appraised every five years as the cost of diamonds and precious metals go up. If you were to lose a ring that was appraised 10 years ago,

the insured value would be far less than the actual replacement cost. Also, follow the rule to not remove your ring in public. Since washing your hands in a public restroom is a must, you will need to resist the temptation to remove your ring while you’re lathering up so you don’t have to worry about leaving it at the sink, or dropping it down the drain.

CLEAN AND POLISHED Make sure to handle your diamond sparingly since your fingers provide enough oil from your skin to alter the way your diamond looks and always clean your diamond regularly. One simple way to easily clean your ring is to soak the diamond in an ammonia-based household cleaner overnight, once or twice weekly. In the morning, simply remove the diamond from the cleaner and brush it off with a soft, clean toothbrush to remove any leftover dirt. Finally, rinse the ring and diamond with water and wipe with a soft, lint-free cloth.


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questions to ask • How long does it take to order rings or do you have them ready to take home? • Can a ring be resized later or does the decoration on it prevent this? • Is there an additional charge to have a ring resized once it comes in? • Once we’ve decided what we want, will you show us sample arrangements?

• What are the prices of the bands? Hers? His? • Do you have loose diamonds to choose from? • Do you engrave? • If so, what is the cost and how long does it take? • If not, can you recommend a jeweler who engraves? • How much is the item(s) we like?

advice at a glance • Many couples choose to have their rings engraved

on the inside with their initials, wedding date, a short phrase, or something else that is meaningful to them.

• Brides shouldn’t wear a ton of jewelry on their wedding day; less is often more! Items to choose from include bracelets, earrings, necklaces, and other rings. At most, pair only two of these items along with your wedding rings.

• Machine engraving is cheaper than hand engraving; however, the person that does the hand engraving makes a deeper cut which is a longer-lasting inscription.

• Make sure to put in writing exactly what you want your inscription to say. Keep a copy for your records.

notes

If you choose to wear a necklace, it should be small and discreet, no longer than 14-16 inches and never low enough to emphasize cleavage. In addition, pearls shouldn’t be larger than the largest pearl on the wedding dress.


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ceremony + reception


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Located in the heart of Harrisburg. HARRISBURG EVENTS CENTER is able to accommodate all of your wedding needs. We have a spacious room able to seat over 350 people. Event hall features a large stage overlooking a beautiful dance floor area. Also equipped with a separate bar facility to keep the hard partiers at bay.

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C O O R D I N AT I N G F O R Y O U R B I G D AY questions to ask if you’re hiring a coordinator

For many, there seems to be not enough hours in a day to handle everything life throws at us. That’s why many find it very beneficial to hire a wedding planner for the big day. These experts can handle coordination, timing, orders, rentals, and, most importantly, your overall vision. Before meeting, make sure to know the vision you have as well as your head count. This will help them decide location, seating, and budget. There are many questions to ask such as their availability, specialties and services they have, and how much of your wedding they will handle. But we created a list for some other important questions that aren’t asked as often!

QUESTIONS · How many weddings have you planned? · Will you be working on other weddings at the same time as mine? · Have you done other weddings at our site? · Are there specific professionals you recommend or like to use? · Are you willing to make decisions for us if we don’t feel up to the task? · What are some ideas you have for pulling off our vision? · What is the most unique or favorite wedding you have planned? · What is your secret to staying calm under pressure? · What is a wedding mishap you have encountered and how did you handle it? · How often should we have meetings or communicate? · What happens if you are sick or unable to be there the day of the wedding?

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H O N O R I N G LOV E D O N E S here are a few ideas for honoring lost loved ones on your wedding day

At almost every wedding, there’s someone whom we wish could have joined in the celebration. Whether it’s a parent or grandparents, family or friends, there are some beautiful and heartfelt options of honoring the memory of loved ones who passed prior to your vows.

JEWELRY

MOMENT OF SILENCE

Wearing jewelry your grandmother gave you is another great way to honor the matriarchal women of your life. Pendants with family member’s photos or initials also photograph very well and may be a great memory for your wedding photo album for years to come!

A moment of silence to remember loved ones is also a great way to incorporate their memory into your wedding, either during the ceremony or before the toasts at the reception.

PHOTO DISPLAY

CANDLES

Setting aside a chair is also a way to acknowledge the love you have for the person missing.

A photo display may be the easiest. Utilize some beautiful frames which compliment your theme and have them set up at both the reception and ceremony. Displaying pictures of your grandparents’ wedding, if you have them, is also a great way to honor family. Your extended family will love to see these old photos and there is something magical and timeless about wedding photos from previous generations! If you have the photos displayed at both the ceremony and reception, be sure to assign someone to deliver and set up the display between the ceremony and the reception!

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Lighting candles at the altar to remember loved ones is a very common and traditional way to honor loved ones. Just make sure someone remembers to light them prior to the ceremony starting.

CEREMONY PROGRAM A simple tribute in the ceremony program is a thoughtful way to acknowledge the loved ones lost in your life.

SAVE THEM A SEAT

When planning your tribute, be sure to consider the emotional impact it will have on you as well as your guests. If the loved one passing is very recent, emotions may still be sensitive to some of your guests. Be considerate – honor your loved ones, but remember this day is a celebration of your love and new life together!


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Ceremonies, receptions, rehearsal dinners.... Brandon Golf Course Located in a countryside setting, our clubhouse overlooks the golf course, holds up to 300 guests and is available all year round for ceremonies, full-service receptions, holiday parties, business meetings, golf outings and other special events.

2100 E Aspen Blvd • Brandon, SD 605.582.7123 • www.brandongc.com


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T H E L AT E S T I N R E N TA L D E C O R ABC Rentals - Sioux Falls

As you set your budget for your big day, remember that renting rather than buying will lower costs and create less hassle (not to mention less cleaning!). In fact, you can often find all of the items you need - chairs, linens, dishes, decor, and more - in one store. However, the amount of choices may be overwhelming so let us help you narrow them down.

FOOD VARIETY No more is the simple buffet line and cake cutting - rather, brides are opting for food stations and candy bars. Specialty food features such as popcorn, cotton candy, and snow cone machines have replaced the basic appetizers and desserts. Elegant punch fountains or iced tea served in glass beverage dispensers put a unique spin on drink serving.

SPECIALTY LINENS Brides want to make the head table "pop"! Although black, white, and ivory are always a popular choice for guest's tables, textured rosette linens, gold sequins, and bold stripe color runners can emphasize the head table, dessert table and guest book table perfectly.

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HANGING FOCUS What is more beautiful than a crystal chandelier sparkling above you for your first dance? Or bistro lights lighting the way to your head table? Whether it is a chandelier, sheer draping, or even lanterns, the focus of decor this year seems to be hanging from the ceiling.

THE (CUP) CAKE STAND A cake? Not anymore! Budget minded brides have forgone a cake and instead chosen individual cupcakes or desserts for their guests. Envision things like a towering stand made to hold 150 perfectly frosted cupcakes; a layered display of wood slabs each holding a different delicious flavor of pie; or perhaps a shiny metallic stand that will hold brownie bites and cookies. Regardless of theme, a stand helps make your dessert table a work of art.


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MAKING IT PERSONAL writing your vows

Writing your own vows is a great opportunity to share your commitment to your future spouse with your friends and family during your ceremony. There are some things you need to take into consideration before the big day!

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• You both need to be into it. If only one of you wants to write vows, maybe what you should do instead is write private letters to each other. That way you can still share your heart with each other. • Check with the officiant. Sometimes they can help you. Sometimes they aren’t allowed. Check first and you will be in the clear! • Plan early. You do not want to “wing it” – that only goes well in movies (where someone memorized the script pretending to wing it!) • Create an outline. Every great speech begins with an outline.

• Keep it SHORT and sweet. Yes, we are all there for your big day. But please, keep it short, there is a party to get to. • Remember your audience. If you first met because he threw beads at you during Mardi Gras… that may not be the best story to recite during your vows. Saying you were at a parade and your eyes connected through a mass of people and you knew there was something special about him… a much better version of the same story. • Schedule the time to do it. Again… Do not even try to wing it! Your wedding day is a chaotic mess of love and flowers. Don’t leave something as important as writing our own vows to the last minute.

• Take the time to sit down weeks before hand and think about your relationship, what it means to you, and why you are making this commitment to each other. • Practice OUT LOUD. You will feel silly. Do it while you’re driving. Everyone talks to themselves in the car. You’ll look like all the other crazies driving around. • Don’t forgot to talk about your future together. Your vows are about you as a couple. You may be writing your own vows to back away from the traditional “in sickness and in health…” but remember, those vows are written for a life time.


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Hotel & Suites

Unique Reception Experience

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Ramada Hotel & Suites

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BENEFITS OF A S M A L L TO W N W E D D I N G a small town can have big benefits

Finding your church, reception venue, caterer, and every other bridal vendor should be easy, right? Right! Wedding planning can quickly become the world’s largest spreadsheet, comparing hundreds of different options. Having a small-town wedding will quickly become a blessing in disguise when you can choose from the selection of local vendors. Couples that are looking for an intimate, homey, and comfortable wedding feeling, that a largertown may not fulfill, will be in paradise. When planning a wedding in a small town, it’s important to take advantage of the stellar word-of-mouth networking! These wedding professionals may not be listed on the regional vendor guides, but if you meet one, you’ve met them all. If you find yourself unsure of what direction to head next: more often than not, if you ask, you will receive. Luverne, MN is quickly becoming the first option for local planning guides on wedding sites. Luverne offers so much more than just a wedding venue; it offers a totally immersive experience for you, your wedding party, and your guests! In a community where they “love the life”… they pledge to provide all of the big city amenities in a small town where personal service is key! A team of professionals who will make sure that every detail is taken care of will develop the wedding of your dreams. They will meet with you as a team and work together to make your vision come true.

GRAND PRAIRIE EVENTS CENTER

GRANDSTAY HOTEL & SUITES

Luverne offers everything you need to celebrate your special day, including a wide range of memorable settings. Choose the gracious and new Grand Prairie Events Center for a wedding that is as luxurious or casually elegant as you choose. It’s an amazing new venue with seating for 500 people. Mike & Wanda Jarchow will put together a customized package that will feature everything from your favorite caterer to the amenities you can only dream of !

Grandstay Hotel & Suites offers exceptional accommodations for you and your guests. Manager David Anderson is on-board to make sure that everything is just right and that your guests have a wonderful experience while attending your wedding.

QUALITY PRINTING Annie Opitz and the Quality Printing team will put together your printing package. From Save the Date cards and Invitations to Thank You’s, everything is unique and customized for your wedding!

THE BLUESTEM The Bluestem restaurant, owned and operated by local Chef Skyler Hoiland, can host your Groom’s Dinner in one of their three party rooms, cater your event at any location, and provide a full service bar!

STERLING’S CAFE & GRILLE Brian Sterling of Sterling’s Café & Grille will work with you to plan every detail of the menu you select, from a full buffet to an elegant plate service.

SALON 75 At Salon 75 – Hair and Spa, our brides and their tribe are covered from head to toe! We offer all the wedding week necessities - nails, massage, facials, and sunless tanning. A great way to relax and enjoy this special time in your life! We can accommodate wedding parties of any size, with our elegant hairstyles and red carpet make-up, you’ll be looking your best on the best day of your life! Not only can a small town like Luverne make for easy wedding planning, but it also offers you and your guests’ activities such as hiking, golfing, canoeing / kayaking, rock-climbing, or watching a movie in the drive-in that will make their experience that much better.


HeyCinderella... happily ever after starts here! GREAT MENU AND FULL-SERVICE BAR

LARGE NEW DANCE FLOOR

UPSCALE GUEST ACCOMODATIONS & STELLAR SERVICE

SPACIOUS VENUE FOR UP TO 400 GUESTS

605-582-2901 · brandon-express.com BRANDON, SD (just 5 miles east of Sioux Falls on I-90) www.facebook.com/brandonsdexpress


INDOOR/OUTDOOR CEREMONIES AND RECEPTIONS CLASSY, PRIVATE CHALET ONSITE, PROFESSIONAL CATERING PICTURESQUE ROLLING HILLS AND GREEN SLOPES

Photos by C. Herrboldt Photography

PLENTY OF PARKING

Our onsite event coordinator will gladly work with you or your wedding planner to create an atmosphere that will compliment your special day and stay within your budget.

605-367-7317 | 5901 E Rice St., Sioux Falls | www.greatbearpark.com


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questions to ask before you reserve your reception venue

• What dates and times do you have available?

• Where would the band or disc jockey be?

• What is the fee for site rental?

• Is there a dance floor?

• Is there a service charge on top of the bill? If so, how

• Is there food and beverage minimum?

much?

• Do you have an event director present on my wedding day?

• Will other parties be booked at the same time? How is that handled?

• How many people can you comfortably serve for a dinner or cocktail reception?

• Will anything affect the capacity of the space, ex: addition of a dance floor?

• Do you provide tables, chairs, linens, china, and glassware?

• Can we visit the site during another event to see the space set up?

• Does your facility have any decorations we can use? • Is there a place to set up a gift table? • Is there a place to change into going-away outfits? • Who is responsible for setting up and tearing down the decor?

• How early can I get into the site to set up? • Are there rules about noise level or the hours during which music can be played?

• Is there enough space for a band or DJ to set up?

• Is there an on-site caterer? • Are there kitchen facilities and can I bring in an off-site caterer?

• Where can cocktails be served? • Are there rules regarding alcohol? • Is there a full bar option or just beer / wine? • What’s the corkage fee if I bring my own wine? • If outdoors: Is the ground even enough to set out

chairs and tables for the cocktail hour and/or the reception?

• If outdoors: Is there a backup plan for inclement weather?

• If outdoors: Is there room for portable toilets? • Could parking be an issue? • Are there any additional costs: cleaning fees, insurance-fee waivers, etc?

• Do you have liability insurance? • Can you provide a list of references who have had weddings here recently?


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questions to ask before you decide on a location & officiant

CEREMONY LOCATIONS

CEREMONY OFFICIANT

• What dates and times are available?

• What dates and times are you available?

• How many people does the space hold – seated and

• Can you give us an overview of the service?

standing?

• Are there any requirements we must fulfill to get married here?

• If outdoors, is there an indoor backup plan for

inclement weather? If not, can we set up a tent?

• Is there a room in which my attendants and I can dress?

• Are there any restrictions regarding Instruments or music selections?

• Are there ample electrical outlets to suit their needs? • What is the capacity of parking? • Will we or any readers be heard easily without a microphone? Is one available if necessary?

• Is there an organ or a piano? Can we hire an outside musician to play it?

• Is photography or videography permitted during the ceremony?

• Can we bring in our own flowers and decorations? • Do you have any decorations we can use? • If so, is there a charge? • Is someone on staff to help coordinate

seating the guests, cue the processional, etc?

• Is throwing confetti, flower petals, or blowing bubbles allowed after the ceremony?

• How long is your typical ceremony? • Can we write our own vows? If so, will you provide guidance?

• Can we assign family / friends for readings / prayers or songs?

• Will you perform the ceremony outside a house of worship?

• Will you give a sermon or speech? If so, can we see a copy before the wedding?

• Do you permit photography or videography during the ceremony?

• Do you have any restrictions regarding music? • Do you have any restrictions on the bride's or bridesmaids' attire?

• Will you attend the rehearsal? • What is expected of us in terms of pre-marital classes? • How many pre-wedding meetings will we have with you?

• Is there a fee, or is a donation acceptable?


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cakes, catering, + beverages


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wedding cake checklist Design the perfect cake for your big day

Cake flavor & fillings Number of servings Tier shape(s) Number of tiers Icing type & color Decorations (flowers, fruit, sugar, flowers) Topper (who provides) Cost of cake & number of slices (price per slice) Sketch of cake Delivery & setup fees (how, when, and which entrance to use at reception site) Delivered items (cake stand, server, knife, cost to rent?) Take-home boxes for leftover cake or top-tier preservation Total cost, including delivery Deposit amount Cancellation and refund policy

Not all cakes are created equal. They come in almost every size, shape, height, flavor, and color imaginable, so it’s important to have a general idea and theme when meeting with your baker for the first time. When sitting down with the baker, bring items that

correlate to the reception. An invitation, menu, location, or flower design will all help the baker plan a cake that’s perfect for your big day. Then it is important to get every detail squared away so there is no confusion or last minute contract change.


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WEDDING CAKE GALLERY top trends in wedding cakes, cupcakes, & desserts

photo provided by The Cake Lady

photo provided by The Cake Lady

photo provided by The Cake Lady

photo provided by The Cake Lady

photo by Greg & LaRae Photography

photo by Greg & LaRae Photography

photo by Greg & LaRae Photography

photo provided by Sugars Baked Goods

photo provided by Sugars Baked Goods

photo by Studiofotografie

photo by Studiofotografie

photo by Studiofotografie


605.334.8888 cjcallaways.com facebook.com/ChefAprilAustin

JUST MINUTES EAST OF SIOUX FALLS ON I-90.

2225 West 50th Street Sioux Falls SD 57105

605.610.9604 thecakeladysf.com

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HOW MUCH CAKE SHOULD I ORDER? use the information below to avoid leftovers!

6" 8"

40 servings

(26 WITHOUT TOP)

8" 10"

78 servings

(64 WITHOUT TOP)

9

6"

preserving your top tier

To achieve a tasty cake a year from now, you want to preserve it right – so we created a list of steps for you to follow.

1

Remove any decorations or sugar flowers

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6" 6"

8"

8"

10"

10"

12"

12"

14"

134 servings

210 servings

(120 WITHOUT TOP)

(196 WITHOUT TOP)

If you have soft icing, you will want to chill the cake so it hardens and will be easier to wrap

3

Wrap the cake in layers of plastic wrap – not tin foil, as this can cause freezer burn

4

Seal the cake in an air tight bag or in an air tight container – we recommend a container so it does not get smashed in the freezer

5

Place in freezer


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37th & Minnesota 605.334.7231

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10th & Kiwanis 605.334.3321

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26th & Marion 605.361.3442

57th & Cliff 605.271.7171

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S W E E T FA V O R S Sugars Baked Goods - Sioux Falls

photo provided by Sugars Baked Goods

The only thing left on the table at the end of the evening will be crumbs… Distributing wedding favors as a gesture of appreciation to guests from the bride and groom is a time-honored wedding tradition…and a wonderful opportunity to add a personal touch to your celebration! The right favor can enhance your wedding theme, look great on your reception tables, and make your wedding really stand out in the minds of your guests. The essential step is to select a favor that guests will actually want to take home with them at the end of the evening! Let’s face it… while they are a lot of fun, one can only have so many drink can koozies or votive candles that have been personalized with another couple’s names and wedding date! The vast majority of wedding guests will tell you that they appreciate a favor that they can eat. Something that can be enjoyed on the drive home after a long night of dancing, or eaten as a snack the next morning, will be a popular and much welcomed treat. There are many delicious, customizable, edible favor options to present your guests as a memorable “thank you” for being a part of your special day:

CUSTOM SUGAR COOKIES Sugar cookies are a tasty way to incorporate the bride and groom’s personalities into a favor. The addition of your wedding colors, your wedding date, or a special saying makes these delicious treats even more distinctive. From glitzy gold accents to chic rustic design and more, custom designed sugar cookies can be beautifully coordinated with any wedding theme!

CAKE TRUFFLES Bite-sized treats made of cake, cream, and chocolate, cake truffles are a very popular decadence! Consider gifting your guests with a pair of cake truffles…with one flavor selected by the bride and one flavor selected by the groom!

CARAMEL APPLES Delicious and fun, caramel apples are a great treat to send home with your guests! Through the use of candies, nuts, sprinkles, and chocolate drizzles, you can create a caramel apple favor that reflects the feel of your party.


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WEDDING WINE 101 quantity + pairings

M ON T R A C H E T

SHI R A Z 2 GLASSES p er p er s o n fo r t h e fir s t h o u r

PI NOT G R I G I O

C H ANT I

M ERLOT

1 GLASS

p er p er s o n fo r each h o u r aft er

PI N OT N OI R

# OF DRINKING GUESTS

BOTTLES NEEDED FOR A 3-HOUR RECEPTION

BOTTLES NEEDED FOR A 5 HOUR RECEPTION

50

40

60

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80

120

15 0

120

180

20 0

160

240

AVERAGE WINE POUR 5 OZ POURS PER BOTTLE 5 GLASSES


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PLANNING AROUND D I E TA R Y R E S T R I C T I O N S keep your guests happy!

photo by Studiofotografie

It is very likely you will have guests attend your weddings that are children, vegetarians, or have dietary restrictions. The last thing you want to do is not have them feel welcome to eat at your reception. Here are some tips to help you plan your menu so everyone can enjoy your delicious dinner!

• Talk to your caterer about different meals they can provide for you at the beginning of the reception planning. Knowing what your options are, and the associated costs, can help you plan accordingly.

• Provide options on the RSVP card. This is the first and best opportunity your guests have for making special requests at your reception. If you are already presenting them with an entrée option, make sure to

also include a line for children. Also add a line for dietary restrictions. If they are dairy or gluten free, or if anyone has an allergy, your guests will be able to indicate that on the RSVP card. You can always call and follow up to make sure you know the extent of their restrictions.

• Have a separate serving station. If you are doing a buffet, have the gluten free or vegetarian buffet separate so no one mistakenly fills their plate from the wrong serving tray. Plan for extra as well – there will always be someone who didn’t indicate on their RSVP card they were gluten free who may prefer that option. If you are doing a plated dinner, make sure the servers have a copy of which tables need to receive the different meals.

• Don’t let it get to you – if you have guests that choose not to eat, or have the servers bring them a meal different from one indicated on the RSVP card… just let it go. Don’t let this last minute change ruin your evening and fun!

• It is really hard to plan a meal for 50 – 350 people and have them all happy. Some people will love the food you choose – others won’t! Work with a caterer or venue that is prepared for the inevitable last minute menu changes.


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...what your wedding is looking for!

CATERING • CAKES • FLORAL • WINE & SPIRITS • SPECIALTY MEATS • PARTY TRAYS 26th & Sycamore 605.334.4570

49th & Louise 605.361.0313

37th & Minnesota 605.334.7231

10th & Kiwanis 605.334.3321

57th & Cliff 605.271.7171

10th & Cleveland 605.336.8947

26th & Marion 605.361.3442


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questions to ask CATERERS

CAKE DESIGNER

• Do you offer all types of service: seated, buffet

• Do you have a portfolio from which we can select a

• Who will be the chef on duty on our wedding day?

• Will you create a custom design based on our vision?

• Are there set menu packages or can one be custom-

• Have you worked with real flowers?

station, and cocktails?

made?

• Do you offer special meals (kosher, low-fat, vegetarian)? • Will you / the chef prepare special family recipes? • Do you offer tastings to help your clients select the menu? Is there an additional charge?

• Would the tastings be prepared by the same person doing the food for our wedding?

style?

• If I want fresh flowers on my cake, do you provide them? Will you coordinate it with my florist or am I responsible to get those to you?

• Do you offer a cake tasting? • Is the cake prepared and then frozen or is it prepared fresh for the wedding day?

• How are your cakes priced? By the slice?

• Is champagne for a toast included? If not, what is the

• Do you have a list of cakes with their prices that I can

• What happens if additional guests show up who didn't

• Is delivery and setup included? If not, what is the

• Can you explain the bar fee?

• Do you provide items like cake toppers, stands, tiers,

charge? RSVP?

• Is there a corkage fee? • Do you offer children’s meals at a lower price? • What is the server / guest ratio? • Do you provide the tables, chairs, linens, china, glassware, serving pieces, etc?

• How are the setup and cleanup handled? • How are you licensed? • Can we see your health permit?

have?

additional cost?

cake-cutters, etc?

• Do you rent them? • What are the costs? • Will you create a smaller cake for display and prepare a less expensive sheet cake for serving?

• Will you prepare a groom’s cake? If so, what are our choices and what is the fee?

• How far in advance do we need to place our order? Is your health department licensing up to date?

• Can we see your permit?


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advice at a glance remember these tips when hiring your caterer or cake designer

• If you plan to serve alcohol, make sure to offer non-

• It is smart to hire a caterer who carries liability

• If you are having a tasting, be sure that the food will

• If a caterer will not show you an operating license or

alcoholic beverages as well.

be prepared by the same chef who will cook on the day of your wedding.

• It is a common courtesy to offer meals to service

providers such as the officiant, musicians, the DJ, the photographer, and the videographer, as well as their assistants.

• It is important to make sure you have an adequate

amount of wait staff to serve your guests. If you are having a seated meal, it is best to have one server for every 8-10 person table. If you are having a buffet, it is best to have at least one server for every 25 people.

notes

insurance.

health permit, don’t hire him or her!

• If you are having an outdoor wedding in warm

weather, consult with your cake designer about what ingredients will be able to hold up in the heat.

• If your cake is going to be topped with fresh fruit, find

out when the fruit will be added. You want this to be done as close to the presentation time as possible for the cake to look its best.

• Remember that any flowers on or near the cake must be nonpoisonous and free from pesticides.


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music


Unforgettable Reception Entertainment

ENTERTAINING, INTERACTIVE DJ’S QUALITY SOUND & UPLIGHTING PHOTOGRAPHY & PHOTOBOOTHS

There is a difference

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ENTERTAINMENT photo booths · DJ · photography

moonlight melodies

The Ultimate DJ Experience 605.261.5123 · jim@moonlightmelodies.com moonlightmelodies.com

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songs to play at your wedding reception… because they are just that good!

tell your DJ to not under any circumstances play

DON’T STOP BELIEVING – Journey

COTTON EYED JOE - Rednex

UPTOWN FUNK – Mark Ronson

COTTON EYED JOE - Rednex

DON’T GO BREAKIN’ MY HEART – Elton John

COTTON EYED JOE - Rednex * (We’re very serious)

SUPERSTITION – Stevie Wonder GET LUCKY – Daft Punk BROWN EYED GIRL – Van Morrison KISS – Prince CECILIA – Simon & Garfunkle

MY HUMPS – Black Eyed Peas WHO LET THE DOGS OUT – BAHA MEN MONY MONY – Billy Idol MACARENA – Los Del Rio MY HEART WILL GO ON – Celine Dion

DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH – Michael Jackson

AMERICAN PIE – Don McLean

SWEAT CAROLINE – Neil Diamond

HOW DO I LIVE – Leann Rimes


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photo by Studiofotografie

CHOREOGRAPHED DANCES Are you up for the challenge?

We have all seen them lately on social media and the web, mother and son, the couple, or the entire wedding party surprising the guests with a dance number! This trend has caught on because it is something out of the ordinary. A choreographed first dance between husband and wife can be ultra romantic! Or on the flip side, it can showcase their

goofy side. That is just it! Dance can be an expression of their personalities and will create a cherished video they can replay for years to come. If you plan to include a choreographed dance at your wedding, do it right! Research videos online and decide what you want to do. Then setup times to get all those participating

together to practice. If needed, call a local dance studio for assistance. The more you practice, the better the dance will turn out. Be sure to have one final practice following the rehearsal to make sure everyone is ready to dance. Biggest piece of advice, have fun with it.


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E N T E R TA I N I N G Y O U R G U E S T S reception games + more

YOUR DJ

THE SHOE GAME

Reception entertainment, whether a live band or a DJ, can take your reception from a hum drum dinner into an evening everyone will remember! Some DJs will get out into the crowd and do a lot of the entertaining for you! Through songs, a group dance, or a breakdancing contest, the DJ you hire can have a big impact on your reception’s success.

The “Shoe Game” is a great ice breaker and gets a lot of laughs! Set two chairs back to back in the middle of the dance floor and ask the bride and groom to take a seat. Have the maid-of-honor remove both the groom’s shoes and the best man remove the bride’s; then give them each a shoe of theirs and one of their spouse.

W EDDING I SPY This is a wonderful way to get extra photos from your wedding. Ask your guests to use their digital cameras or smartphones to capture the moments even the best photographers sometimes miss.

YARD GAMES For outdoor weddings consider a beanbag toss, ring toss, giant jenga, ladder golf, horseshoes, or croquet.

Then the DJ announces “This game is to show how much the new Mr./ Mrs. John and Jane Doe really know about each other… I will ask you a question and you raise the shoe that you think best fits the answer to the question…his shoe for him and her shoe for her.” Sometimes the bride will put up her shoe, and the groom will put up his, and the guests will roar. This can also be done with parents of the bride or groom or other guests. The trick is, do not let the couple know the questions ahead of time.

shoe game questions • Who wakes up first in the morning?

• Who takes the longer shower? • Who spends the most time getting ready to go out?

• Who is the better driver? • Who spends more money? • Who is in control of the checkbook?

• Now that you’re married, who will

be the first to say… “not tonight”.

• Who steals the covers more? • Who’s most likely to get lost?

• Who wears the pants in the

• Who’s the most likely to wake up

• Who is the biggest flirt?

• Who is always right?

• Who’s most likely to be running

• Who is the more serious person?

• Who is in charge of the remote?

• Who is more likely to get injured?

• Who is the better kisser?

• Who made the first move?

• Who is more likely to kill a spider

• Who is more into their looks?

• Who said “I LOVE YOU” first? • Who is the better cook? • Who has the wackiest family?

family?

in the house?

• Who is better at keeping secrets? • Who is most likely to pass gas in front of the other first?

grumpy in the morning? late?

• And finally… Who do you love the most in the whole wide world?


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questions to ask VOCALISTS/MUSICIANS

DJ/BAND

• What instrument(s) do you and your co-performers

• Will you provide a song list to choose from?

play?

• Will you learn new pieces? • Can you suggest pieces that will fit our wedding styles?

• Do you know the religious songs we want played?

• Will you take requests from us of songs to play and not to play?

• Will you take requests from guests? • What types of music do you usually play while the meal is being served and is it included in the fee?

• Have you performed at our site? If so, do you require

• Will you be the master of ceremonies announcing the

• If you’re not familiar with the site, will you visit to

• How many hours does this include? Of playing time?

• If you or one of your co-performers are ill on our

• How many breaks and what length do you require?

any amplification?

assess the acoustics?

wedding day, do you have a backup?

first dance, toasts, cake-cutting, etc.?

Of setting up and breaking down equipment?

advice at a glance • Be sure to purchase the sheet music for the ceremony

• Contracts – You must have them! And they must be

• If you are having an outdoor wedding, be sure to

• Ask for a sample CD or videotape of the prospective

and have them delivered to the vocalists / musicians in plenty of time before the ceremony to practice!

place musicians in a shaded area!

• Have the musicians arrive to set up at least one hour before the ceremony begins!

• Always have one or two rehearsals with live musicians! • Consider your reception locale, music can sound

completely different when heard on the beach than in a grand ballroom. Make sure you take this into consideration when choosing a band or DJ.

signed by both parties. This way everyone is on the same page and everyone is paid for their services.

entertainment prior to signing any contract. This way you know exactly what you’re getting.

• If you think your reception will last longer than the

standard 4 hours, simply hire the band or DJ for another hour. If you decide at the last minute to have your entertainment stay late, you are bound to incur overtime fees, which are much more expensive.

• Plan ahead and equip the band / DJ with a do-notplay list, as well as all your favorite tracks.


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B O U Q U E T S F O R Y O U R W E D D I N G D AY types of arrangements and bouquets

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CASCADE Cascade bouquets are becoming more and more popular. This is one of the latest trends in wedding flowers. The cascade bouquet is anchored in a hand-held base with the flowers and greenery spilling out in a waterfall of flowers.

NOSEGAY A very traditional bouquet style, the nosegay’s usually characterized as a small round cluster of flowers, all of similar color and length.

HAND-TIED The hand-tied bouquet is ideal for an outdoor, rustic wedding. As the name implies, the flowers are gathered in “just-picked,” medium length stems. The stems are often wrapped with ribbon, lace, or burlap.

PAGEANT The pageant style bouquet is comprised of long-stemmed flowers, cradled in the bride’s arm.

POMANDER The pomander bouquet is ideal for flower girls and attendants. The pomander is a perfectly round ball covered in flower blooms. This bouquet is typically suspended from a ribbon.

Other wedding day flowers BOUTONNIÈRES The men usually wear boutonnières on their suit label. They usually follow the same flower design as the bride’s, but with one small bud.

CORSAGE A wrist corsage is a beautiful way for the women of the bride and grooms family to wear their flowers. They are usually larger than the boutonnières, incorporate more of the flowers found in the bride’s bouquet, but are smaller and fitted with a wrist band.

HUPPAHS & TRELLISES These are larger canopies and frames lined with greenery and flowers. Huppahs are integral in Jewish traditional ceremonies and trellises are typical for outdoor weddings.


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questions to ask • Can we see photos of weddings you’ve done? • Do you have one particular style or will you work with us to create arrangements that match our vision?

• Have you done any events at our site? • Once we’ve decided what we want, will you show us sample arrangements?

• Are arrangements made the day of or before? How are they stored?

• What are the costs for the different elements we are interested in?

• Will the flowers we’re interested in be in season at the time of our wedding? If not, can you suggest some similar looking alternatives to save money?

• How do you feel about transforming pew

arrangements from the ceremony into centerpieces for the reception to help ease our budget?

• Are there delivery and setup fees?

• Will you be available on the wedding day to arrange and set up or will someone else be doing this?

• Can you work with our cake designer if we want

flowers on the cake? Are you familiar with the safety issues regarding edible flowers free from pesticides?

• Will you be working on any other events on our wedding day?

• What time would the flowers be delivered and when would you (and your team) arrive to set up?

advice at a glance • Check to see if any bridesmaids or groomsmen have allergies to any particular flowers. If so, try to stay away from those types for bouquets, corsages, and boutonnières.

• Don’t incorporate flowers that have a strong scent in your reception centerpieces.

• Floral arrangements should be delivered as late as possible, or kept refrigerated for freshness.

• Refrain from touching or allowing others to touch

your flowers. Oils from your fingers will brown and sometimes crush delicate petals.

• See how long specific flowers stay fresh. You don’t

want your bouquets or arrangements to start to wilt or turn brown halfway through your day.

• If the florist has more than one staff member working with you, make sure that they are all informed of the exact plans for your wedding day.

• Bring pictures of types of flowers and arrangements that you like to your floral interviews. In addition, bring pictures of the ceremony and reception sites, and swatches of your dress and your bridesmaids’ dresses to find coordinating flowers.


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POSE PERFECT getting your engagement photos right

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Chances are you’re having your engagement photos professionally done. This is great because they will know how to pose you, style you, and the perfect settings to photograph you. Here are some tips for the poses you should definitely do, as well as some extra tips to make sure the moment is captured flawlessly.

THE LIFT Channel your "Dirty Dancing" moves and have a shot of the soon to be husband lifting you off the ground. Don’t worry, it doesn’t need to be like the iconic dance move, even a foot off the ground gives a whimsical and fun feel to your shoot. Couples often make this shot fun and romantic, but no matter what, their personalities shine through.

FOREHEAD KISS There is something so timeless about the signature "forehead kiss" picture. It really shows the love between the couple and your reactions always seem the least posed.

THE GAZE This one can feel cheesy to do, but it’s a way to forget the camera is there. Sometimes staring at your photographer can feel uncomfortable, especially at first, but staring into the eyes of the person you want to spend the rest of your life with? Easy.

CROPPED If you want to take a little more artistic approach, try having the photographer crop out the top of your head right below your eyes. Whether it’s a close up or standing next to each other at a farther distance, leaving something out leaves something to the imagination when others look at them. Some extra touches that will give your photos a variety: backlit photos give a glowing effect that is always beautiful. Having pictures taken in different seasons gives great variety. Also, shifting your weight and honoring the classic tip, “if it bends, then bend it.” Above all else, trust your photographer. They’re the professional, they do this all the time, and they know what looks good! photos by Greg & LaRae Photography


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W E D D I N G P H OTO S C H E C K L I ST Check out this list for shots you can’t miss!

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FORMAL FAMILY SHOTS

CEREMONY / RECEPTION

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• formal bride and groom photos

• walking down the aisle

• make–up

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• unity ceremony

• bride and bridesmaids together

• bride with mother / step-mother

• first kiss

• bride and mother getting ready

• bride with father / step-father

• first photo as husband/wife

• groomsmen getting ready

• bride with siblings

• leaving the ceremony

• bride and groom with bride’s parents

• entering into reception

• bride and groom with bride’s family

• cake cutting

• bride with grandparents

• toasts

• bride and groom with grandparents

• first dance

• bride flower girls / ring bearers

• daughter / father dance

• bride with personal attendants

• mother / son dance

• groom with immediate family

• bouquet toss

• groom with mother / step-mother

• garter toss

• groom with father / step-father

• leaving reception

BRIDAL PART Y • the first look • bride and groom together • bride with bridesmaids • bride with groomsmen • groom with bridesmaids • groom with groomsmen • full wedding party

• groom with siblings • groom and bride with groom’s parents • groom and bride with groom’s family • groom with grandparents • groom and bride with grandparents • groom with attendants

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AV O I D G U E ST P H OTO G R A P H E R S how to let your guests know it’s not okay

For many, it’s the day they have been waiting for their whole life. The dress is beautiful and the flowers are perfect, now it’s time for the money-shot…Until your Aunt Janice steps in the aisle and takes a picture instead. It may seem rude to tell your guests to put away their phones during the ceremony, but chances are you paid for a photographer to take the perfect pictures. There are no do-over’s during the ceremony and often photos (like walking down the aisle with your father) are ruined by

guests stepping in front of the professional photographer, or flashes that white out the picture. To avoid these photo blunders and bombs, many brides and grooms are opting for an ‘unplugged wedding.’ By having your family and friends put away their phones and cameras during the wedding, the photographer you hired is able to get beautiful shots, and your guests are able to focus on the ceremony instead of their phones.

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W H Y YO U N E E D A V I D E O G R A P H E R Jason R Jonas Videography - Sioux Falls

How will you relive your wedding day? The incredible amount of work that goes into planning the biggest day of your life deserves not only to be remembered . . . but relived forever. This the main reason why you hire a fantastic photographer, to see those moments forever captured in print is priceless. But to feel the true love and emotion of the day is where we step in as videographers. To compliment photographers and bring your wedding to life. “Jason and Nicole caught the memorable moments that go unnoticed during the wedding day. We have precious footage of

our nieces and nephew that we didn’t get to witness on the wedding day, we get to re-live the emotion of the ceremony processional and watch the expressions on the faces of all of our guests who mean so much to us, and get to be taken back to the fun and laughter with family and friends at our reception.” Beyond videography, we are story tellers, that is what is truly behind hiring a videographer. You won’t be simply sitting and watching video clips from your wedding, anyone can capture footage. But to see your footage in a cinematic story will have you reliving your day from start to finish just as you were there.

Crafting a wedding story comes down to being mindfully present and living the wedding day with the couple. Being able to show and feel the anticipation of getting ready, the exhilaration of the first look, the raw emotions of the vows, the excitement of your guests as you are announced married, and the pure joy of celebrating your wedding day . . . those are the moments that can not be replaced. But moments that can forever be remembered in your wedding video. You live your wedding story for a day, we capture it so you can relive it forever.


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“Early on in our engagement, my now husband, Ethan, and I discussed having a videographer at our wedding. We had heard from friends and family that as much as you try to take in every aspect of the day, with so much going on, it’s nearly impossible as the bride and groom. Furthermore, watching the footage set to music, adds an extra layer of incredible emotion. Jason and Nicole accurately recreated our wedding day down to every emotion felt. Our wedding day remains the most amazing day of Ethan’s and my life together, and what a blessing it is to have the ability to watch and re-live the joy of that day any time we want thanks to Jason and Nicole.” - Anne WATCH ANNE + ETHAN’S VIDEO HERE: www.jasonrjonas.com/videos/ethanandanne video stills provided by Jason R Jonas Videography


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E N G A G E M E N T FA S H I O N S a guide to what to wear and what not to wear

TRY COMBINATIONS

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Choose two or three different outfit combinations. When you set your shoot with your photographer, there may be time or location limitations. If you have the opportunity, change into another outfit half way through. Then you have more options in photos to print!

This one’s easy. If you’re taking pictures in the fall, knee-high boots, sweaters, and warm colors will compliment your surroundings. Conversely, dresses in bright pastel colors look beautiful paired with wedge sandals in the spring time.

You don’t want to have to look back on your engagement pictures five years from now and think, “What was I thinking?” By choosing classic styles for your outfits, you will be ensuring the longevity of your photos.

SIMPLE ACCESSORIES Besides your engagement ring, choose only one other accessory for each outfit. You don’t want any other accessory over-shadowing your ring! photos by Greg & LaRae Photography

CHOOSE SOLIDS By choosing to wear solid colors in your engagement pictures, you are ensuring the attention and camera focus will be on you and your fiancé the entire time.


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questions to ask • Will you be the photographer the day of my wedding? Some larger studios have multiple photographers that may vary in style and personality.

• How would you describe your photography style?

Make sure you book a photographer that has a similar sense of style as you do.

• Will you have a second shooter?

A second shooter will allow for multiple angles of the same scene.

• How long have you been shooting weddings? Experience is always good, but mostly, their experience and price should go together.

• Do you edit your photos?

If you are concerned with blemishes being removed or any editing, make sure the photographer would be willing to do so.

• Will you provide a CD of high resolution images?

Not all photographers give out the copyright to their images on a CD. They all have different packages and some offer prints instead.

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• What do you do in case of camera malfunction or card corruption? Technology is great, but is does fail. Make sure the photographer has back up plans.

• Can I see your work from a full wedding day?

The photographer’s website showcases their best work (which it should). You want to ask to see a wedding from start to finish, from getting ready to the reception.

• What is your rate per package?

It is always important to make sure your budget can handle what you are booking.

• Lastly ask yourself, "do I like them?"

Your photographer will work with you closely all day. It is crucial that you get along with them and enjoy their personality


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advice at a glance • Scout out your ceremony and reception sites with

• Ask your photographer for a sample album of an

• Consider taking formal portraits before the ceremony

• Make sure the photographer / videographer

your photographer before your wedding day to choose the best settings for your formal photographs.

so you and the wedding party can enjoy the cocktail hour. If you are superstitious and don’t want to take shots with your groom before the ceremony, just take all the formal shots that don’t include him ahead of time.

• Serve non-alcoholic drinks and hors d’oeuvres to

those who will be posing for pictures prior to arriving at the reception site to keep your bridal party lively for the pictures. Take any photos immediately upon arrival before party members begin drinking or are distracted.

• Don’t forget to give the photographer and

videographer any special instructions or restrictions by the officiant or the ceremony site ahead of time.

• Have your photographer take candid pictures of your parents that you could possibly have framed as gifts for them.

• Figure out before the wedding day if you want the videographer to interview your guests.

notes

entire wedding he / she shot to get a realistic idea of their ability.

brings extra equipment in case something breaks or malfunctions so you're not left with important moments not photographed or recorded.

• Without him knowing, say something special to the

groom on tape so he is happily surprised when he sees it. Also consider a special 1 year anniversary message recorded separately for that special night.

• The number of photos the photographer guarantees

to shoot should be greater than the number you want to include in your album so you have the largest selection possible.

• The photographer or videographer you hire should

have experience shooting in conditions similar to yours. Be sure to view samples of work done in similar conditions.

• The videographer should have a wireless microphone so guests won’t trip over cords.


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T R A N S P O R TAT I O N T I P S what to know before renting a vehicle

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Now that your wedding and reception is all planned, let’s talk about transportation! Here are some helpful tips and things you should know when planning your ride:

· How much can you spend? You’re likely to be charged by the hour, which can run around $50-$125 an hour, depending on what you choose.

· Who will be riding? You must consider the number of people you want to transport from the wedding to the reception site. Several vehicles may be needed. In this case, you might be able to negotiate a better price for multiple vehicles.

· Who should you ask to ride along? Really anyone you want. Arranging transportation for parents, grandparents etc. is a nice gesture.

· Don’t leave too many vehicles behind. Making arrangements for those riding in the reserved vehicles, to get their vehicle to the reception ahead of time, is a great idea. In addition for parents and grandparents, you could ask other family members to drive their cars from the wedding to the reception.

· Since you have the vehicle rented, why not see what it would cost to drive home your guests after the reception. This is a great way to ensure that your guests get home safely after the dance. If you arrange this, to cut down on costs, you could book the transportation company to come back for a 2-3 hour window at the end of the night. Then be sure to let your guests know ahead of time.

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Your out of town guests happily want to be by your side celebrating your big day and willingly spend their time and money to attend. Here are a few ideas to help them enjoy their out of town visit and to make them feel extra special for their extra effort.

RESERVE A BLOCK OF ROOMS WITH A DISCOUNTED ROOM RATE Make sure you call your favorite local hotel and ask for a complimentary room block. You can request a complimentary room block at most hotels. The advantage of a complimentary room block is that you get

discounted room rates without having to put down a deposit of any kind. You won’t be held responsible for unused rooms either. When looking at hotels, give preference to the kind that offers free breakfast and free wifi. Doing so will help your wedding guests save! A pool is also great for those traveling with children.

HELP YOUR GUESTS PLAN A GREAT G ETAWAY A month before your wedding, contact your hotel and ask if they can provide a list of things to do in the area or events surrounding your wedding date. Email the information to your out of town wedding guests so they can plan any additional activities they might have time for during their stay.

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Create a day by day wedding itinerary and have it available at your hotel’s front desk so your guests can receive it when they check-in. The itinerary should have scheduled events. Maps providing directions and phone numbers of friends who can help them if they get lost.

GIFT BASKETS To really make your out of town guests feel special, have a gift basket delivered to each guest’s hotel room with fun items that reflect the couple’s personality or items that have a regional flare like a t-shirt with the city’s name on it or a food item from the area.

HOSPITALITY ROOM Check with your hotel to see if there is a hospitality room available that you can direct all of your out of town guests to rendezvous when they arrive. Stock it with beverages and treats and let them mingle and get the festivities started.


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questions to ask HOTELS

TRANSPORTATION

• Do you offer a special rate for a block of rooms for

• What types of cars / limousines / vehicles are available

• How many rooms can we hold in a block? Is there a

• How many passengers can the vehicle(s) comfortably

• How many rooms at the special rate are available on

• Is there a discount if we book more than one?

wedding guests?

minimum?

the dates we need them?

• Do we incur any charges if not all of the rooms in the block are booked?

on my date?

accommodate?

• What is the fee? Is the gratuity included? • What amenities does that rate include?

• What date must guests reserve rooms to receive the

• What are the charges for any extra amenities

• Is there a honeymoon suite? If so, is it available on the

• How do overtime charges work?

(champagne, TV, bar, etc.) that we might want?

special rate?

date of our wedding?

• If an hourly rate: Does the clock start when the driver

leaves the base or when the passengers are picked up?

• What are the check-in and check-out times?

• If we book the vehicle for the duration of the event,

• Do you have a courtesy shuttle for guest

will the driver wait for us at our location during that entire period?

transportation? If so, to what locations?

• Will guests have the choice of single or double? • Is there a minimum number of nights stay required? • Can we get into rooms prior to our guests’ arrival to leave welcome baskets? Can we leave them at the front desk for our guests at check in?

• How old are the vehicles, and what kind of insurance do you have?

• Are each of these drivers familiar with the area?

IDEAS FOR HOTEL FAVORS FOR OUT-OF-TOWN GUESTS • Toiletries (lotions, soaps, toothpaste, floss, etc.)

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• Mints and Gum • Children Items (coloring books, crayons, puzzles)

• Maps & a List of Area Attractions • Recommended Restaurants • Schedule of Activities

• Directions to Ceremony/ Reception Location

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Every country has different legal requirements for marriage and when you are planning your destination wedding, you want to do everything you can to make sure your dream ceremony meets the requirements… rather than just a really beautiful demonstration requiring a quick elopement upon returning home. Here is a quick list to help get you on the path but make sure to check with your experienced travel agent. They can help you plan every aspect of your destination wedding to ensure you are meeting legal requirements and having the wedding of your dreams!

• Four witnesses must arrive four business days in advance, from Monday to Friday (arrival day, Saturday, Sunday, and holidays do not count).

ST. LUCIA & BAHAMAS • Original state-issued birth certificate** or a valid passport • Notarized documents are not accepted

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• Residency requirement of 72 hours, which must include 3 business days (day of arrival/ weekends not included). Example: Friday arrivals can be married on Thursday. Monday arrivals can be married on Friday

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• Blood test results (typically performed at your wedding location) • Passports & tourists cards/visas from four witnesses (could be relatives, families, friends) • Copy of birth certificates from bride and groom • Arrive four business days in advance, from Monday to Friday (arrival day, Saturday, Sunday and holidays do not count)

• Birth certificate of the bride and groom • Document of single unmarried status (divorce or widow(er) certificate). Ten months must have elapsed since the date of the last divorce. • A photocopy of the passport of the bride and groom (or other document used to enter the Dominican Republic. • Photocopies of the passports of the witnesses who are not family members.

• Certificate of single status for each of the parties. • All documents must be authenticated by the couples’ nearest Dominican consulate before they arrive in the country. • All documents must be legally translated into Spanish in such consulate or by a legal interpreter in the Dominican Republic. If you are planning a destination wedding, it is because you WANT to get married at the destination – not elope when you get back home. For help planning your Destination Wedding and making sure you meet all of the legal requirements for that destination, your experienced travel agent can help you every step of the way! *If either the bride or groom were previously married, a divorce decree or death certificate will need to be provided as well. **Legal name changes or legal adoptions papers if applicable


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Tropical locations don’t experience winter like the Midwest , however they often experience a rainy season. Here is a list of honeymoon destinations by time of year they experience the best weather.

Also, consider hiring a travel agent. This will come in handy if you’re traveling to multiple areas; they know what’s best and can change arrangements faster, easier, and save the stress of doing so.

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JULY – SEPTEMBER Bermuda, Brazil, Britain, Canada, Central & South Africa, Czech Republic, France, French Polynesia, Ireland, Madagascar, & Thailand

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W H Y YO U N E E D A T R AV E L AG E N T Mary Jo Nelson - Travel Partners

photos by Greg & LaRae Photography

The difference between a vacation and a memorable honeymoon vacation is the attention to detail. Your private transportation directly to and from the airport, honeymoon suite upgrades with great views, and extraordinary VIP service are all details that your travel agent will coordinate for you. An agent’s main goal is to make your destination wedding or honeymoon stress free. Choosing the right destination is the hardest, yet most exciting part. It’s not

uncommon for couples to spend months looking through travel brochures and internet sites, often growing frustrated with the process. A travel agent can provide you with access to the best values on air and hotel / resort prices, plus they have the ability to give discounts and added amenities due to their trusted status with many destination properties. Travel agents are aware of new resorts that may have opened, as well as if a resort is

undergoing renovations. A travel agent is also helpful in dealing with all the legalities that come along with a destination wedding. Possibly the best perk of having a travel agent coordinate your destination wedding or honeymoon is the fact that they are available too if any problem should arise.


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honeymoon packing list Everything you will need for your trip of a lifetime

HER CHECKED BAG Pair of Jeans / Khakis Casual Shirts (t-shirts, tank tops, etc.) Sun dress / Evening Dress Shorts Cardigan / Sweater for Cool Evenings Swimsuits / Swimsuit Cover-Up Evening Purse Lingerie Socks / Underwear / Bras (strapless) Jewelry / Accessories Walking Shoes / Sandals Evening Shoes / Sandals

HIS CHECKED BAG Pair of Jeans / Khakis Pair of Nice Slacks Casual Shirts (t-shirts, short sleeves, etc.) Light Jacket or Pullover Shorts

Polo and/or Button Down Shirts Tie and Sports Jacket (for nicer restaurants) Swimsuits Walking Shoes / Sandals Dress Shoes Socks / Underwear

CARRY-ON Passports Driver’s Licenses Airline Tickets Hotel Reservation Confirmation Money / Traveler’s Checks Credit / Check Card Calling Card Emergency Phone Numbers Prescription Medicine Contraception Aspirin Small Makeup Bag Toothbrush / Toothpaste Brush


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Valuable Jewelry Camera Headphones and MP3 Player Underwear / Change of Clothing Books / Magazines Light Sweater / Jacket Sunglasses

BATHROOM ITEMS Toothbrush / Toothpaste / Floss Deodorant Razor / Shaving Cream Body Lotion / Sunscreen / Aloe Vera Nail File / Clippers / Tweezer Cosmetics and Make-up Remover Lip Balm Brush / Comb Shampoo / Conditioner Hair Accessories (clips, headbands, etc.) Hairspray / Styling Products Hair Dryer / Curling Iron Feminine Hygiene Products Soap and Face Cleanser / Moisturizer Contact Lens Solution / Storage Case

MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS Travel Alarm Antibacterial Wipes / Hand Sanitizer Earplugs Sewing Kit Work Out Clothes and Sneakers Chargers for Cell Phones, MP3 Players, Camera, Various Sizes of Resealable Plastic Bags Small First Aid Kit with the following: Antiitch Cream, Aspirin, Band-Aids, Antacid, Antihistamine, Motion Sickness / Diarrhea Medicine

ITEMS TO LEAVE WITH FAMILY Your itinerary with hotel information / numbers Photocopies of your passports, credit cards, traveler’s check receipts A sealed copy of your wills, life insurance-policy numbers, and important financial information


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questions to ask TRAVEL AGENCY

DESTINATION WEDDINGS

• Do you specialize in any specific type of vacation?

• What is the weather like in the destination we’re

• What do your services include? • How long has the agency been in business? • Can you make any recommendations as to where and when we should travel?

considering at the time we’ll be there?

• Do we need to be concerned about drinking the water, eating any foods, or any safety issues?

• Do we need a passport, a visa, or any other travel documents?

• Have you ever visited the destination we’re discussing?

• Have you sent many couples to a particular resort? • Do you have any photos / brochures of positional hotels (including pictures of rooms)?

• What is the cost of the trip we’re interested in

and what is included? (Be sure to get costs for all elements, such as transportation to destination, hotel accommodations, car rentals, etc.)

• What type of travel insurance is offered? • What is the additional cost, if any? • How does payment work?

• Do we need any immunizations? • What is the airfare for the dates and times we want? • Can we get a nonstop or direct flight, or do we need to change planes?

• How do these options affect the cost? • Is there a limit to the amount of checked or carry-on luggage?

• Are meals and drinks included in the rate? • What is the payment policy? • What is the cancellation policy?

• What is the cancellation policy?

ADVICE FROM AN EXPERT - TRAVEL PARTNERS “Visit with our Travel Consultants- tell them what is important to you and what you envision as your Dream Honeymoon or Destination Wedding. If you want adventure, want to experience different cultures, or just lay by a pool; we have the experience to help guide you to the perfect destination and resort. We can also save you money and get you extra amenities. We have a 24 hour service for our clients if you should need us after hours or weekends, if a situation arises, or you have a question.” - Mary Jo Nelson


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photo by Studiofotografie

after the big day


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F R O M M S . TO M R S . tips to make changing your name an easy transition

photo by Greg & LaRae Photography

Whether you decide to take your husband’s last name or not is up to you. If you do, there are a lot of different places where you have to change it. This can be a long list and not everything has to be done at once. Many of these organizations can change your name over the phone. Others, Banks and Credit Unions for example, want to see a copy of the Marriage Certificate and your Driver's License before they will change the name on the account.

TO UPDATE YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY CARD:

TO CHANGE YOUR DRIVER'S LICENSE:

These are the items you will need to bring with you to the social security administration offices – allow yourself plenty of time, it could be a long wait. Mondays and Fridays are usually the busiest.

• Birth Certificate

• Driver's license

• Pay stub with your name and address

• Marriage certificate

• New social security card

• Fill out name change form

ACCOUNTS TO CHANGE: • Social Security Card

After all of your materials are submitted you should receive your card in the mail in a couple of weeks.

• A piece of mail with your new address with your husband

• Driver's License

Local Offices:

• Auto Registration

• Sioux Falls Social Security office: 2400 W. 49th Street, Sioux Falls, SD

• Credit Cards • Bank Accounts • Utilities • Medical Organizations • Legal Documents (Will, Power of Attorney, etc) • Billed Services (phone bill, insurance)

• Yankton Social Security office: 121 W. 3rd St., Yankton, SD • Aberdeen Social Security office: 115 4th Ave SE, Aberdeen, SD • Sioux City, IA Social Security office: 3555 Southern Hills Dr, Sioux City, IA

• Your current Driver's License or state issued ID • Your Marriage License

• Another piece of mail, a bill preferably, with your name and your new address.

The most important thing to remember here is this – it may be challenging and it may be annoying, but all of these companies have hoops for you to jump through when changing your name to protect you! They want to make sure you really are who you say you are so that no one can take your identity and ruin your credit, steal your money, making the first part of your new life together awful.


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Can you afford your first home? Use the budget sheets to fill out your income and expenses

CUR R E NT

WI TH HO ME O WNE R SHI P

Monthly Income:

$

$

Total Gross Pay #1

$

$

(+) Total Gross Pay #2

$

$

(+) Other Income / Child Support

$

$

(–) Total Payroll Deductions

$

$

(=) TOTAL NET INCOME

$

$

Savings

$

$

Rent / Mortgage

$

$

Car Payment(s)

$

$

Student Loan(s)

$

$

Other Loan Payments / Credit Cards

$

$

Child Care Expenses

$

$

Child Support / Alimony

$

$

Insurance

$

$

Medical Bills / Prescriptions

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UTILITIES Gas

$

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UTILITIES Electricity

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CUR R E NT

WI TH HO ME O WNE R SHI P

UTILITIES Phone / Cell Phone

$

$

UTILITIES Water

$

$

UTILITIES Garbage

$

$

Cable TV / Internet

$

$

Groceries / Household Supplies

$

$

Gasoline/Parking / Car Maintenance

$

$

Home Maintenance

$

$

Meals Out / Entertainment

$

$

Hobbies / Health Club / Sports

$

$

Gifts / Charities / Church

$

$

Clothing / Laundry / Dry Cleaning

$

$

Hair Cuts / Personal Care

$

$

Children’s Activities

$

$

Pets

$

$

TOTAL EXPENSES

$

$

TOTAL NET MONTHLY PAY

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$

(–) TOTAL MONTHLY EXPENSES (=)

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EXTRA MONEY or SHORTAGE

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advice at a glance 24 Steps to Improve Your Credit

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13. Bankruptcy is the LAST RESORT, rather than an easy way out. 14. Any time you are denied credit, review your report to see what negative information is reported. 15. After 6 months of working on your credit history, apply for another small loan or credit card. 16. Avoid switching employers. 17. Avoid moving from rental to rental.

7. Apply for a secured card.

18. Set up a savings and a checking account.

8. Apply for a small loan or a low-limit credit card guaranteed by a credit worthy cosigner.

19. Have reputable credit references.

9. Review your credit report at least once each year and correct inaccurate information. 10. Review your credit report 2-3 months before you apply for a car, mortgage, or home equity loan. 11. Avoid letting any account be turned over to a collection agency. 12. Avoid having judgments filed against you in court.

notes

20. Work hard to increase your income. 21. Work hard to decrease your debt. 22. Demonstrate that you are living within your budget. 23. Avoid consigning and guaranteeing loans for others. 24. Avoid excessive inquiries into your credit report.


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