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ongratulations on your engagement from the editors and advertisers of The Michigan Wedding Guide. We wish you luck in your planning and offer our guidance and services to assist you in coordinating this very important event in your life. Planning a wedding requires you to know a little about a lot of different things to make proper decisions. You must hire people to provide services and budget/ coordinate the event without missing any details. How do you find the information you need? Ask people who have recently married or put on large celebrations for recommendations. Assemble 3-5 names of prospective vendors and view examples of their work. Meet with each vendor and get a written estimate. Ask for 3-5 references and call at least two. Use the editorial and worksheets in each related section as a starting point. Record everything in one place: names, phone numbers, plans, appointments and notes from conversations. The Michigan Wedding Guide has lists that will help you in setting goals, establishing priorities, del-

egating responsibilities and keeping track of what needs to be done. For best results, have signed contracts with each service provider. Include anyone who is being paid to supply something for your wedding day. Call them a week or two before the wedding to confirm all details. If you signed a contract six months prior to your wedding, the business may have changed hands, moved or encountered other problems. Be proactive and aware of any possible changes with your service providers. It may be worthwhile to use a wedding coordinator in your area. a www.miwedding.com

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TABLE OF CONTENTS PAGE

2024 Bridal Shows............................................................ 58 Annual Wedding Anniversary Themes............................. 60 Bakery.............................................................................. 46 Booking Your Ceremony...................................................18 Booking the Reception..................................................... 24 Bridal Showers.................................................................. 36 Decorations...................................................................... 47 Do’s and Don’ts of Wedding Dress Shopping................... 42 Final Phase Calendar Checklist........................................ 54 Gown Preservation........................................................... 44 Groom’s Check List.......................................................... 52 This publication is a reflection of our expertise, and our desire is that this magazine will always represent excellence with its advertisers, and that the helpful hints and charts remain useful to our readers.

How Much Liquor to Buy................................................ 30

This magazine is published by: Media Marketing Group P.O. Box 1587 Acme, MI 49610 231-492-6207 e-mail: info@miwedding.com

Live Music for Your Reception......................................... 48

Index of Advertisers...........................................................61 Introduction....................................................................... 4 Invitation Count Down.................................................... 39 Invitations – Questions and Answers............................... 38 Lodging/Honeymoon....................................................... 20 Michigan Marriage License Requirements....................... 53 Questions to Ask the Caterer.............................................31 Reception Ideas................................................................ 26 Rentals.............................................................................. 32 Selecting Your Wedding Entertainer................................ 50

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Ten Tips for the Perfect Outdoor Wedding...................... 32

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Thank You Gifts............................................................... 56 The Honeymoon and Honeymoon Budget....................... 57 Traditionally Who Pays for What?....................................51 Transportation.................................................................. 23 Wedding Day Time-Table................................................ 55 Wedding Gown or Perfect Gown?.................................... 40 Wedding Planning Calendar Checklist.............................. 8 Wineries & Distilleries..................................................... 29 Your Wedding Budget Worksheet...................................... 16 Copyright © 2024


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Wedding Planning Calendar Checklist 9 – 18 MONTHS ❒ Choose the tone of wedding you will have. (size, formality, style, color scheme, etc.) ❒ Select a wedding and reception date and time. ❒ Visit MIwedding.com and start planning your wedding. ❒ Discuss your budget and establish top priorities. Where to save/splurge and who will pay for what. ❒ Find a venue for your wedding and reception and reserve your date. ❒ Choose the bridesmaids, groomsmen, ushers, and honored roles. ❒ Compile preliminary guest list with fiancé and families. ❒ Have engagement photos taken. ❒ Mail out save the dates/announcements. ❒ Send announcements of your engagement to your fiancé’s and your local hometown newspapers. ❒ Begin shopping for your wedding dress, veil and accessories. As well as bridesmaids’ and flower girls dresses. ❒ Consider hiring a wedding coordinator. ❒ Choose your vendors: Officiant, Florist, Photographer/Videographer, Caterer, DJ/ Entertainment. ❒ Contact rental coordinator for equipment reservations. ❒ Discuss honeymoon and reservations. (Traditionally the groom makes all the honeymoon arrangements) ❒ A rrange for time off work if necessary. ❒ Buy a wedding planner and envelopes to store brochures and notes. Develop recordkeeping system for invitations, gifts and thank you notes. ❒ Order your wedding dress and accessories.


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Wedding Planning Calendar Checklist 6 – 9 MONTHS ❒ Finalize vendors. ❒ Do a tasting with your caterer and cake designer. ❒ Plan new living arrangements and home furnishings. ❒ Select and register for wedding gifts. ❒ Contact men’s formalwear specialist for men’s attire. ❒ Have parents select attire. ❒ Order invitations, programs, napkins, matchbooks and personal stationary. ❒ Make arrangements for lodging for outof-town guest and your own suite for the wedding night. ❒ A rrange for physical exams and dental appointments. ❒ Order unity candles. (Fancy ones can take six months) ❒ Book any necessary transportation. ❒ Finalize bridesmaids’ dresses and order, or give clear instructions how to place their orders.

3 – 6 MONTHS ❒ Go over bridal shower/bachelorette details and the guest list with your Maid of Honor/ hostess. ❒ Plan rehearsal dinner and bridesmaids’ luncheon. ❒ Shop for and order wedding bands. ❒ Order wedding and grooms’ cake. ❒ Check state/county marriage license requirements. ❒ Plan ceremony, reception, menu, master of ceremony, music and timetables. ❒ Finalize guest list and addresses. ❒ Purchase gifts for groom, bridesmaids and other attendants. ❒ Finalize honeymoon plans.



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Wedding Planning Calendar Checklist 6 – 8 WEEKS ❒ Mail out invitations! Have a game plan for recording RSVP’s and meal choices. ❒ Confirm with vendors all dates, deposits and details. ❒ Begin dress fittings. Be sure to buy undergarments before hand. ❒ Have your hair and makeup done as you would like on your wedding day. Schedule any tanning, manicures, etc. ❒ Purchase guest book, toasting flutes, cake servers and keepsake album. ❒ Contact insurance agent about naming your fiancé as beneficiary on your life insurance, will and auto policies; homeowners’ and floater insurances to protect wedding gifts. ❒ Open joint checking and savings accounts. Decide on budget and savings program. Discuss them with your financial representatives. ❒ Write thank-you notes as gifts are received.

3 – 5 WEEKS ❒ Mail out rehearsal dinner invitations. ❒ Pick up wedding rings and proofread. ❒ Do you have your something old, new, borrowed and blue? ❒ Final dress fitting. Bring your shoes and accessories for the full impact. ❒ Obtain marriage license and complete name-change documents, if applicable. ❒ Hunt down whoever hasn’t RSVP’d yet.

1 - 2 WEEKS ❒ Give caterer final guest count. Don’t forget the wedding party, photographer and DJ.

❒ A rrange to have your dress pressed and delivered. ❒ A rrange seating and create seating chart and/or place cards. ❒ Make arrangements for moving into your new home. ❒ Confirm arrival times and finalize the wedding time line with vendors and wedding party. ❒ Put together your own bridal emergency kit. ❒ Pack for your honeymoon. ❒ Give Bridesmaids’ luncheon/party. ❒ Brief head usher of any special seating arrangements. ❒ A rrange for rental returns. ❒ Figure out tips and final payments for vendors. Put them in clearly marked envelopes to be handed out at the reception.

THE DAY BEFORE... ❒ Pack all wedding-day items. Don’t forget the rings and marriage license. ❒ A ssign someone to pack your gifts/ belongings after the reception. ❒ Attend the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. Now’s the time to give out the wedding party gifts. ❒ Find a quiet moment to give your fiancé his/her wedding gift.

YOUR WEDDING DAY! ❒ Have a nice relaxed breakfast, you will need it! ❒ Have your hair and make-up done. ❒ Take a deep breath. Stop to appreciate your new spouse and the day that you spent so much time planning! a





16 • Your Wedding Budget Worksheet

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Your Wedding Budget Worksheet You probably won’t need everything on this list, but we’ve included everything we could think of – just in case! WEDDING PARTIES Engagement party Bridesmaids’ luncheon Rehearsal dinner Out-of-town guests’ brunch WEDDING PLANNER STATIONERY Save The Dates Invitations & Reply Cards Thank You cards Stamps Programs Map and Hotel Info Cards Calligrapher Rehearsal Dinner Invitations Place Cards / Seating Chart Menus Monogrammed Napkins DRESS AND ATTIRE Wedding dress Bride’s Accessories (gloves, jewelry, shoes, garter, etc.) Headpiece and veil Groom’s Tux / Suit Groom’s Accessories Undergarments Hair and Make-up Alterations PHOTO / VIDEOGRAPHY Photographer Photo Booth Extra Prints, Albums Videographer FLOWERS Bride’s Bouquet Bridesmaids’ Bouquets Groom and Groomsmen Boutonnieres Additional Boutonnieres and Corsages Ceremony Decorations Flower Girls Flowers Reception Decorations and Centerpieces

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www.miwedding.com CAKE Wedding Cake Groom’s Cake Cake Cutting Fees CATERING Food and Service Beverages / Bartender RECEPTION Reception Venue Rental of Tablewares, Furniture, Tents Tips and Fees: Food Servers, Doormen, Coat Check, Valet Parking, Restrooms Attendant, etc. Decorations MUSIC Ceremony (organist, soloists, choir, other musicians) Reception (band, D.J., pianist) TRANSPORTATION Limousine / Carriage / Car Guest Shuttle or Parking RINGS Her Ring His Ring GIFTS Bridesmaids Groomsmen Parents Wedding Favors Welcome Gifts for Out of Town Guests

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Ceremony Site / Church / Synagogue Officiant / Officiant Assistants Additional Accessories / Rentals Marriage License ODDS AND ENDS Birdseed, Confetti, Bubbles Accommodations for Wedding Night Guest Book and Pen Unity Candle Wine Glasses HONEYMOON Transportation Accommodations Fun Money

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t this point, you probably have a good idea, or have already confirmed where your ceremony is going to be. Here are some good questions to consider when you are looking to book your ceremony location. • Does the church / synagogue have any special rules or traditions that you should know about? Can you write your vows / personalize your ceremony? • What will be the time limitations on your wedding day? Is there a ceremony preceding or following yours? • Is there a lounge or other setting suitable for photographs? Is there a rest area where other members of your party can relax should there be some unforeseen delay? • Who will be your musician? Are you allowed to provide your own musician? • What kind of monetary obligations are

there? Are you expected to pay for the wedding ceremony service or is a donation more traditional? • If your ceremony is to be held somewhere other than a church/synagogue ( a hotel for instance), what are your obligations to the officiant? Is it acceptable to record or take flash pictures during the ceremony? Are there facilities for this? • Where are the flowers to be positioned? What is the best time for them to be delivered? Are there candelabras, candles and unity stand available? • Are there to be any special seating arrangements for close family members and friends? How is this to be handled? Make sure to take good notes when getting answers to these questions as it will be helpful later when you meet with your ceremony coordinator. a

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Booking the Reception Questions to consider when looking to book your reception venue How many events will be booked on my wedding day? Only if you are booking a massive event space should there be more than one event scheduled on your day. If your wedding is in the morning, you might feel like you’re being rushed out if the venue needs the space for an afternoon party. If your party is later in the day, you could show up to a banged up venue and a tired staff. Just make sure that you’re getting the time you’ve been allotted and have paid for and that you find out how privacy will be ensured during multiple events. Is there a day-of coordinator? It’s best if there’s someone from the venue present on the day of your wedding to make sure all the little details fall into place. They often work for the facility, so they are your go-to person should anything go awry while you’re enjoying your celebration. Be sure to get a list of their responsibilities and confirm their attendance at your wedding before you sign the contract. What is the maximum number of guests you can accommodate? You should find out how many people the venue seats comfortably and what the maximum number of people is based on fire code. Keep in mind your style of reception; seated dinner, buffet or hors d’oeuvre’s. What is the site fee, and what is included? How much is the deposit, and when is it due? What is your cancellation policy? Some venues will charge you just for the space, while others will include tables, chairs and table linens. Other things to ask about are security, restroom and coat room attendants, and valet parking. You can also ask if there are discount for booking an offseason date or on Sunday – Friday.

What is the backup plan for outdoor spaces? Make sure the facility has a contingency plan when it comes to bad weather, or other unforeseeable circumstances. Can I have my ceremony here too? Is there an additional cost? Is there a changing area for you and the bridal party? If you are not going to have your ceremony at the reception venue make sure to find out how far away they are from each other. Find out if the reception venue will have signage or other aids to direct guests to your event. Most venues have a special room for the bride and her entourage to get ready. Do I have to use your preferred vendors, or can I choose my own? Some venues give you a list of photographers, florist, DJ’s, caterers and bakers they work with, and you will have to pick your vendors from their list. Know that you can sometimes avoid this, but at a hefty cost. If you choose to bring in your own caterer make sure there are kitchen facilities available to them. Do you have liability insurance in the event a guest is injured? If someone gets injured during the party, you do not want to be held responsible. Are you licensed to provide alcohol? Will there be a hosted bar, a cash bar or a combination of the two? Are there consequences for not fulfilling the food and beverage minimum? This is a personal decision that you and your fiancé should make based on your budget, not one that should be dictated to you. What is the corkage fee if I bring my own wine? Supplying the wine could save you a ton of money, depending on the corkage Continued on page 24


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Booking the Reception (continued from page 20) fee. If you would like to supply your own alcohol, just make sure it’s allowed. Are there any photography restrictions? Some venues may have restrictions of flash photography in certain area’s or other regulations. What are the decoration guidelines and restrictions? Candles? Many venues don’t allow streamers or anything that would make holes in the walls. Many venues do not allow open flames. Who is responsible for setting up and tearing down? How early can I get into the site for set-up? No matter where your wedding is, find out if you need to hire an extra person to take care of constructing and deconstructing the wedding set. If the venue is taking care of this make sure to find out what the fee’s are. Reception halls

generally allow you ample time for this, but with museums, galleries, theatres and stadiums, inquire early and often about how much time you have. Will our guests have to pay to park? Can this be waived? Do you have valet services? If you are checking out spaces in a state park or beach, or anywhere visitors normally have to pay to park, they’re probably planning on charging your guest. You can offer to pay for them ahead of time, just make sure to make room in your budget. If valet parking is available find out what the fees would be for this. Are there restrictions on what kind of music I can play, or a time by which the music must end? Is there a noise ordinance we should be aware of? How late you can stay may affect the rest of your day, so make sure to be aware of these limitations. If you are considering a live band, make sure the venue has room to accommodate them. What time do we need to be out by? Is there a minimum or maximum rental time? A five hour wedding is pretty standard; half-hour ceremony, cocktail hour, hour for dinner, and two and a half hours for dancing. Some venues will charge by the hour if you want a longer party. Are there any additional cost? (Cake Cutting, Cleaning, Insurance, Coat Check, Valet Parking, Restroom Attendant, Security, etc.) Get all of this in writing so there will be no surprises. What kind of overnight accommodations are available to your guests? If your reception is at a hotel find out what rate you can offer your guests and how many rooms you can guaranteed at that rate. If your reception is not at a hotel find out what the nearest hotels are. a


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Reception Ideas Want to give your guests a unique and fun experience at your reception? Here are some ideas... • Alternatives to throwing rice might include doily cones filled with confetti; little bags of birdseed or potpourri, or even little bottles of bubbles for a festive touch that everyone can have fun with and is gentle on the environment. • An earth-friendly favor that also serves as a balloon weight, decoration and centerpiece all in one is a tree seedling. The seedlings are 6”- 8” tall and can be decorated with mylar tissue, curling ribbon or tulle for the perfect party favor that will live for years. • Having a hard time finding a reception venue? More couples are choosing locations that match their personalities. Boats, wineries, and museums are ideas.

• An elegant option for cake cutting music is violins and flutes played in a semicircle around the newlyweds for a more romantic presentation. • With the rising awareness of drinking and driving, more families and wedding parties are riding home safely and in style with limousines and other forms of transportation. Elegant sedans, cars and busses instead of limousines may help trim costs to enable more family members the consideration of being provided a safe ride home. • Make your guest feel like they are part of the big day by incorporating them into the décor using a gallery of meaningful photos. Displaying photos of the bride and groom with the guests gives them an opportunity to reminisce and socialize before the reception begins. a


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With a full-service bar, The Grand Traverse Event Center will provide your event with all beverages. We offer several beverage package options or we’ll customize a plan specifically for your event.

The Grand Traverse Event Center is happy to discuss your catering needs. All catering packages are individually designed to satisfy your desires and accomodate your food preferences and dietery restrictions.

We provide the perfect backdrop for your event, complete with seating for up to 150 guests.

Alternatively, you are welcome to hire your own catering company for whatever style dinner you choose. We will work with them as needed for a successful event.

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Premium Liquor Package Provides for the Tier 2 Liquor Package, and all premium liquors (ex. Tanqueray, Jose Cuervo, Jack Daniels). $24 per person Top Shelf Liquor Package Provides for the Premium Liquor Package, and all top shelf liquors (ex. Grey Goose, Tito’s, Glenmorangie scotch). $27 per person

We can also provide an open bar, a cash bar, or design a drink package to fit your needs. Prices do not include a 6% Michigan sales tax or 20% gratuity for bar and serving staff.

CATERING PRICING Because menus and food costs vary, we will provide pricing when a menu is created. We can create menus that range from simple snacks to heavy appetizers to complete meals served buffet-style or with sit-down service. Prices generally range from $25 - $55 per person.

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30 • How Much Liquor to Buy

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How Much Party Liquor to Buy TABLE OF PARTY EQUIVALENTS Pre-Dinner Cocktails You'll Average 8-12 drinks (one fifth required) 12 to 18 drinks (two fifths required) 16-24 Drinks (two fifths required) 24-36 Drinks (three fifths required) 40 to 60 Drinks (four fifths required) 50 to 70 Drinks (five fifths required) 80 to 120 Drinks (eight fifths required)

If You're Entertaining 4 People 6 People 8 People 12 People 20 People 25 People 40 People

For a Party You'll Average 12-16 drinks (one fifth required) 18 to 24 drinks (two fifths required) 24-32 Drinks (two fifths required) 26 to 48 Drinks (three fifths required) 60 to 80 Drinks (five fifths required) 75 to 100 Drinks (seven fifths required) 120 to 160 Drinks (ten fifths required)

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Champagne 1 case (12 fifths) serves 50 people (82 drinks). Champagne fountain will operate with as little as three bottles of champagne and as much as 5 gallons. Liquor Plan on approximately two drinks per hour, per person. There are 21 to 28 drinks per quart of liquor. Taste preferences today are: Vodka, Scotch, Gin, Bourbon. Punch One gallon of punch serves approximately 24 persons (32 - 3 oz. drinks with ice). Cocktail Napkins Plan approximately two to three napkins per person for a three hour party. Scan to Coffee get cozy One pound of coffee serves 60 to 80 cups. with us!

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Questions to Ask the Caterer •  What is the estimated cost per person for a seated dinner? Buffet? Cocktail reception? Open bar? What does the cost include? •  What is the estimated cost per person for a seated dinner? Buffet? Cocktail reception? Open bar? What does the cost include? •  What is the staff-to-guest ratio? (For seated meals, the ratio is usually one waiter to 8-10 guests.) •  Can the kitchen staff adhere to special dietary restrictions for some guests who may be diabetic, kosher, vegetarian? •  Do you have liability coverage — including liquor liability? •  Can you supply a list of references? (Contact at least two) •  How much advance time is needed to confirm a reservation? •  What is the policy for payment, tipping? •  How much advance time will you need to set up? •  Can I see available linens? What is the additional rental cost? •  How much are your overtime and cancellation costs? •  Can you send me a confirmation letter including the wedding date and time? •  Can you give me a ceiling on anticipated menu price increases? (Caterers quote final prices 90 days prior to the wedding. Due to rising food costs, an increase might be 10%.) •  What is the guarantee requirement for number of guests? •  When must I provide a final guest count? Get all estimates in writing: contracts should state what food and drink is to be served, how many servers will be needed, and a provision to inform the caterer of the final number of expected guests at least a week before the wedding. a

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10 Tips for the Perfect Outdoor Wedding scape is manicured prior to the day of your wedding. You may also want to add additional plants and/or flowers, luminarias, lights and a trellis for the vows. 4. Bugs. They will be present also. Have citronella candles and other forms of bug repellent (sprays, etc...). 5. Can everyone hear? Wind, waves, and other outdoor noises may be things you hadn’t thought of for your outdoor dream wedding. You may want to look into mike clips for the bride, groom and officiant. 6. Tasty outdoor fare. Talk with your caterer regarding menu items that will survive the outdoor heat or damp weather. 7. Thirsty guests. Serve libations such as lemonade, punches, ice tea, etc....for warm weather weddings. Hot cocoa, coffees and hot teas for cold/damp weather.

1. Make your guests comfortable. Weather is a very important factor in planning an outdoor wedding. If your wedding date is during warm/hot weather, be sure to have cold bottles of water on hand for your guests as well as paper fans. You may also consider large electric fans. If colder weather is a possibility for your outdoor wedding, consider portable heaters and lap blankets. 2. Windy weather. The type of fabric chosen for your wedding dress and bridesmaid dresses can be affected by windy weather. Avoid lighter fabrics such as chiffon and similar fabrics. 3. Decorations. Outdoor weddings provide the inherent natural beauty of the wedding locale. It is necessary to be sure the site is properly mowed and the land-

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MAID or MATRON OF HONOR: Name___________________________________ Phone________________ A Maid of Honor is single; a Matron of Honor is married. She is at least 18 years of age — the minimum age to sign a legal document. Helps select attendants’ dresses and coordinates the bridesmaids. Helps address the invitations, and plans the shower. Helps the bride dress and finish packing on her wedding day. During the ceremony, stands next to the bride, holds the groom’s ring and bride’s bouquet. Adjusts bride’s veil and train, and signs the marriage license. Stands next to the groom in the receiving line. May offer a toast at the reception. Helps the bride change into her going-away outfit. Takes care of storing the wedding dress and may deposit gift checks or look after presents while couple is honeymooning. BRIDESMAIDS: Name____________________________________ Phone________________ Name____________________________________ Phone________________ Name____________________________________ Phone________________ Offer to do errands for the bride and help address invitations. Pay for attire and attend fittings. Participate in bridal shower. Attend rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. May assist in caring for the flower girl or ring bearer before the ceremony. March down the aisle in the processional, may stand in the receiving line. Sit alternately with ushers at the bridal table. Dance with ushers during the reception. BEST MAN: Name____________________________________ Phone________________ At least 18 years of age — the minimum age to sign a legal document. Makes arrangements for the bachelor dinner. Often assists in hotel arrangements for groom’s family and out-of-town guests. Confirms honeymoon travel arrangements and provides groom’s transportation to the ceremony and to the reception. Confirms ushers’ and groomsmen’s duties. Helps groom pack car for couple’s getaway. During the ceremony, signs marriage license, holds the clergy’s fee and bride’s ring. Offers the first toast at the reception and sits at bride’s right at the head table. Dances with the bride and attendants. Returns all of the men’s rental clothing to the tux shop. GROOMSMEN & USHERS: Name____________________________________ Phone________________ Name____________________________________ Phone________________ Name____________________________________ Phone________________ Assist groom with errands, bachelor party, and seating lists before the wedding. Responsible for clothing rentals and lodging, attending rehearsal dinner and arriving early to the wedding site. Escort guests to their seats, seating friends of the bride to the left, of the groom on the right. Seat the groom’s parents and bride’s mother. Pull runner into position as the bridal march begins, and pull it back at the end. March in the processional and escort the bridesmaids at the end of the ceremony. May escort bride


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GROOMSMEN & USHERS (continued) and groom’s family out of the church and signal each aisle of guests to exit. Pack and decorate the get-away car (if allowed). Should be able to give directions to the church and reception facilities. Provide bridesmaids with transportation and dancing partners for the reception. THE GROOM’S PARENTS: Name____________________________________ Phone________________ Seated just prior to the mother of the bride at the ceremony. Traditionally host the rehearsal dinner. They stand in the receiving line. Often pay for the liquor and bar service at the reception. THE BRIDE’S PARENTS: Name____________________________________ Phone________________ Traditionally, the father of the bride pays for the wedding and reception although it’s more often a shared expense with the bride and groom and the groom’s family. The father of the bride escorts his daughter down the aisle and stands next to the mother of the bride in the receiving line. Toasts the couple at the rehearsal dinner. Dances with his daughter after her first dance with the groom. The mother of the bride is the last person to be seated before the ceremony and is the first in the receiving line. Is prepared to pass along gift and registry ideas to inquiring guests. She assists in compiling the guest list and may accompany the bride when shopping for her gown. CHILD ATTENDANTS When including children, choose the kids carefully, include them in the rehearsal, provide a baby-sitter, seat their parents on the aisle, allow them to back out if nerves prevail, and be sure to give them a special reward for their important role in your wedding. FLOWER GIRL: Name____________________________________ Phone________________ Immediately precedes the bride. Carries a basket of flowers to strew in the bride’s path, symbolizing a beautiful path ahead. RING BEARER: Name____________________________________ Phone________________ Precedes either the flower girl or the bride. Carries the pillow with the symbolic ring. (The best man still gets the honor of presenting the real thing.) TRAIN BEARERS: Name____________________________________ Phone________________ Name____________________________________ Phone________________ For a very formal wedding, two children may carry the train down the aisle. CANDLE LIGHTERS: Name____________________________________ Phone________________ Name____________________________________ Phone________________ Children from either family who light the candles just before the mother of the bride is seated. a


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guests from the bride’s and groom’s families, but co-ed showers are popular as well. WHEN IS IT HELD? At least two weeks before the wedding. Mail invitations at least two weeks in advance of the shower date. A post wedding shower may even be more convenient. WHAT HAPPENS: Gifts are the primary focus. Be sure to have someone on hand to help record gifts (for thank you notes). Ribbons and bows may be collected for practice bouquets for the rehearsal ceremony. Themes make the party special and can vary from a honeymoon theme, to gardening, cooking, movies, patio party, picnic or hobby themes. a

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Invitations – Questions and Answers HERE ARE SOME VALUABLE TIPS WHEN ORDERING YOUR WEDDING INVITATIONS AND STATIONARY. Do I need to order Save-the-Dates? If so, when do I need to do that? No, you don’t need to order save-thedates, but it is a handy little tool to use to get your wedding date in people’s heads so they can clear their schedule for the big day. Save the dates are sent out six to eight months before the wedding. Be sure to have a list of people who you’ve sent savethe-dates to. If they got a save-the-date, they need to get a wedding invitation, too. When should I order my invitations? It’s always good to get an early start, four to six months is a good timeline to get your invitations ordered. Make sure you have your guest list completed before you start shopping so you know how many invitations you will need. Then order extra, just in case. 20 extra is a safe number and will allow you to have a couple keepsakes. When should invitations be mailed? Six to eight weeks before the wedding. Ten to twelve weeks before the wedding if it’s abroad.

Included RSVP envelopes need to have the same return address on them and they need to have postage on them prior to mailing the invitations out.

What should the RSVP return date be? Two to three weeks before your wedding. This gives you time to get a head count for the venue and anything you will need for the day! If you are having your wedding abroad, set your response date to four weeks before your wedding. I don’t want kids or anyone I don’t know at my wedding... How do I tell people that? Addressing your invitations correctly is key! This means inviting each guest by name: Mr. & Mrs. Smith, or Robert Brown and Tammy Smith. You can also include, “Please join us for an adult-only event” though some may consider that rude, so be careful! Now, if you are looking to avoid a “plus-one” fiasco, it is perfectly acceptable to invite a guest solo. For example, Miss Jane Smith. If you know, and would like to invite, Jane’s significant other, include that person on the invitation: Miss Jane Smith and Jake Johnson. ¬ I have my invitations! Where do I put my return address? Return addresses traditionally go on the back flap of the envelope. Included RSVP envelopes need to have the same return address on them and they need to have postage on them prior to mailing the invitations out. Don’t want to fill out all that information? Don’t worry, we have you covered. Ask us about envelope printing or matching labels. Where do I put my registry information? It’s considered impolite to include where you are registered on your invitation. We have made information cards including this, but if you can avoid it, please do. Your guests need to know you want them


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there because you enjoy their company, not because you want a gift from them. Generally, the way to get registry information to guests is by letting the mother of the bride and mother of the groom know this information so they can spread the word to relatives and friends who ask. When should I order “day of” items for my wedding? It’s best to get all your information regarding your programs, menus, table numbers, escort cards, napkins, etc. to the stationer four weeks prior to the wedding to ensure paper and product is in stock. a Northerly Design

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40 • “Wedding” Gown or “Perfect” Gown?

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How a qualified tailoress or alterations specialist will make the difference.

ew brides fit into general sizes exactly, most will need a few alterations for a perfect fit. A perfect fit assures that you, the bride, look amazing. It also assures that you will be comfortable on this joyful day!

PERFECT FIT: You are unique and so is your shape. On this all important day your gown will reflect your style, your personality, and your attention to detail. A dress that is tailored to fit you perfectly will not only provide comfort and confidence, but will also present you in the best possible way. Learn here about taking your gown from “off-the-rack” to “custom-fit.”

UNIQUE DETAILS Just as important as a perfect fitting gown, are the accessories and details you add to make it uniquely yours. Add a lace jacket for a formal ceremony, and if you wish, remove it for the festivities of the reception. Add a splash of color with a beautifully embellished sash or satin ribbon. Rhinestone appliqués or belts provide a touch of elegance. Adding extra details show off your unique personality.

REDESIGN Maybe you want to wear your Mother’s wedding gown. Chances are it is quite outdated but the sentimental value of being able to wear it can be very special. The key to successful restyling is the ability to update the dress to be modern and well-fitting, yet retain the character and appeal of the vintage style. Not all seamstresses will offer redesign services, speak to several about your ideas and find one who is enthusiastic and capable of making the changes you desire.

ACCESSORIZING If you are planning a theme wedding, your gown may need special features or accessories to reflect the theme. Discuss this early on with your alterations specialist. Extra crinoline skirts may be needed to fill out a ball gown. Coordinating special jewelry, lavish veils, extraordinary headpieces, and other accessories will add the details to make you a beautiful and unique bride.

THE ALTERATION PROCESS • First appointment and fitting should be set up 3 – 6 months before wedding date. Several fittings may be necessary, especially if redesigning. • It’s helpful to have your shoes for the first fitting. • Most dresses have a lot of inner structure so bras are often not necessary. Your seamstress can determine at the first fitting whether you need a bra or have pads sewn into the dress. • If you want to bustle your dress for the reception, this will require the services of a seamstress. • Once your alterations are complete, your dress will most likely need pressing and steaming. Ask your tailor whether pressing is offered as part of their alteration service. • Ask for an estimate before work begins. Alterations can run between $250-$500 or more.

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Do’s & Don’ts of Wedding Dress Shopping DO set a budget. The cost of a wedding dress averages $700-$800, but can range from $300-$5,000. Know how much you are willing to spend and be prepared to buy if you find your dream dress. Keep your budget in mind while trying on dresses so you don’t fall in love with something out of your price range. Most salons require a 50% nonrefundable deposit. DO have an idea of what you want. Make sure to bring in pictures of the dresses and styles that you like. This will give your consultant a starting point of what you are looking for. Note the magazine / website on the pictures and issue date if appropriate. If you have no idea what kind of dress you’d like to wear on your wedding day try on one ball gown, one fit-and-flare, and one A-line dress the first time you go shopping for a gown. It’ll quickly become clear which silhouette works best for your shape. DO bring people you trust (and who will tell you the truth). Carefully choose a few people that you can trust will make sure to keep you and your big day in mind, and also keep you down to earth. All of the dresses will look very beautiful and it’s sometimes hard not to get caught up in the moment. Too many people can lead to a lot of different opinions and sometimes yours can get lost.

DON’T bring children. Take this time for yourself and to focus of this very important decision. DO wear your fancy bra. On wedding dress try-on day, you’re going to be spending a lot of time admiring it between gowns and it will make you feel much more positive about the whole process. Good fitting undergarments, especially if you know what you will be wearing on your wedding day, can play a big role in a good fitting dress. You can also rest assure the dress will fit perfectly with all of your wedding day garments. DON’T rush into great deals! Allinclusive prices (free headpiece, petticoat) because the level of service is often reduced by the amount of “extras” promised. DO use a credit card for dress deposit. If the dress is not delivered or there are problems, the bank that issued the card can be contacted to issue a refund. DON’T forget dress and accessory sales are usually final. No pressure, right? But it’s a realistic reminder that you should stay serious in your search for your wedding dress and accessories. DO start shopping early! Most stores recommend you order your dress no more than 16 weeks before your wedding to allow time for custom ordering and fittings.

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44 • Wedding Gown Preservation

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fter the countless hours spent picking out the prefect dress for your wedding, not to mention the money, you may not want to let it go quite so easily. If you want to keep your dress – and keep it in good condition – you’ll have to get it cleaned and preserved, which is the process for cleaning and properly packaging your dress for storage. Perhaps you want to keep your dress as an heirloom to be passed down to your daughter on her wedding day or you might want to resell it. Preserved gowns are kept for multiple reasons, some being as a keepsake for you or can be made into a Christening outfit or baby bedding for your children and grandchildren. Wedding gown preservation costs anywhere from $150 to $500, depending on the level of service you require and

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the type of dress you purchased. Usually, you bring or ship your dress to a wedding gown preservation company or dry cleaner that provides this service. When you purchase your dress ask how the gown should be cleaned and if the trim should be cleaned the same way. Get the cleaning instructions in writing if possible. The cleaning process often begins with the hem because it is usually the most soiled. When it comes to stains the biggest culprits are grass, mud, perspiration and body oils, make-up, and sugar (from wedding cake or wine). Some stains may be invisible at first, but overtime will start to darken and become permanent. Keep in mind that if you wait a while to have your gown preserved, certain materials, such as silk, will be harder to treat, as will particular stains such as red wine and mud. It is best if you are able to get your dress to the cleaner or preservation company within six weeks after the wedding. Reputation is everything when it comes to finding the best preservation company for your wedding dress. Make sure to send your gown to dry cleaners that have experience with bridal gowns and handle the dresses in house, rather than shipping them somewhere else. Correct packaging materials are imperative for guaranteeing the life of your gown. To protect your gown, many professionals recommend it be placed in an acid-free or pH-neutral box, such as sturdy paperboard box which allows the gown to breathe and adjust with changing temperatures. Most preservationists agree that white acid-free tissue paper or unbleached muslin is the ideal packaging materials. Sometimes, accessories, such as veils and garters are cleaned and preserved as well. a


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How to Choose a Wedding Photographer

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our wedding day is a once-in-a lifetime event It’s not every day you get to say I do to Mr. or Miss Perfect. Walking down the aisle, looking your soon-to-be-spouse in the eyes, and proclaiming your love alongside of all the other people you care about is a big deal. Mostly likely, you’ll feel that it went by in the blink of an eye. And that’s why it’s so important to hire the best photographer for your wedding needs. Brainstorm and then Brainstorm Some More Before you go hunting for photographers in your area, do your research. Go online and Google wedding photos and find styles that you like. Shop Around and Interview Make a list of potential photographers for your wedding and either visit their website or make an appointment with them. Preview Their Work Always Look at previous wedding shoots, not only single photos, but rather entire albums so that you aren’t just seeing the handpicked, best shots. This will give you a sense of their ability and style, but also the quality of photos they take. Ask Them Questions What is your experience background? Did you receive any professional training? • Do you have a preferred style to shoot in? Artsy vs. Traditional? • What kind of equipment are you using? • What is your typical cost per hour? How many photos are taken per hour? • Do you offer any wedding package deals? Are you able to also shoot the rehearsal dinner? Bachelor/Bachelorette Party? Newlywed Photos? • Do you shoot with another photographer for more coverage? Would it be possible to have two different styles? One more traditional, one more behind the scenes? • What rights do

I have to the photos? What are the photographer’s rights? Tell Them What You Want Many people have unique ideas that lead to fun photos. Make sure to discuss these with your photographer ahead of time to make sure they are on-board. It is better to plan ideas out then to surprise the photographer with them and have the photos not turn out. If You Aren’t Sure… …then don’t commit. You have to like your photographer; you have to trust them because the memory of your wedding is in their hands. And finally, don’t be afraid to set aside more money for the photographer and change your budget around. You probably won’t remember the expensive place settings years down the road, but you will be thankful that you have stunning photos to help you remember everything else. a


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Cut hexagon tiers similar to round tiers.

To cut heart-shaped tiers, divide the tiers vertically into halves, quarters, sixths or eighths. Within rows, slice one inch pieces of cake. To cut round tiers, move in two inches from the tier’s outer edge; cut a circle and then slice 1-in. pieces within the circle. Now move in another 2-in., cut another circle, slice 1-in. pieces and so on until the tier is completely cut. The center core of each tier and the smaller top tier can be cut into halves, 4ths, 6ths and 8ths depending on size.

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Decorations

he mood of a reception, party, or gathering is determined by the theme of decorations. The initial reaction to the array of decorations sets the mood. Professional decorators and supply houses should be willing to listen to what you have in mind, give suggestions, and even demonstrate your theme for you. Balloons can be used to decorate the dance floor, create arches over the head table and doorways, and can be formed into canopies, ceiling sculptures and clusters. Balloon and/or flower bouquets make wonderful centerpieces and are a fun way to complete a color scheme. Disposable cameras placed throughout the reception hall will provide guests with loads of fun and you with a more complete collection of candid guest shots and reception follies. Have your bouquet and bridesmaids flowers placed on the cake table or throughout the reception area for an extra touch. a

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is a learned skill that doesn’t come naturally for most people. It requires repeated training and years of experience. 3) PERFORMANCE & STYLE Ask to see LIVE video of your perspective entertainer. Not just people dancing but raw unedited video footage of them performing in front of an audience at a wedding. This will give you an idea of their style, voice and level of talent. You will likely taste your cake, and see photographs before selecting those professionals. So why wouldn’t you ask to see the entertainers performances? Understand what your entertainer can deliver for you. 4) PROTECTION Always sign a formal contract for any services that specify who your entertainer will be. Find out if they offer a money back guarantee. If they don’t, ask why not? It is also a good idea that they carry liability insurance. Request proof. 5) BUDGETING The decision you make for your entertainment can make or break your wedding reception. When budgeting you will need to determine what level of entertainment you want and the impact it will have on the success of your event. Average prices gets you average results. Would you describe your event as average? No price is a good price if it doesn’t deliver the results you desire. a

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52 • Groom’s Checklist

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Groom’s Checklist 6-9 Months  Select your best man. Decide how many

ushers you need (1 for every 50 guests), and select them.

 Make sure necessary documents – legal,

insurance, financial, medical, and religious – are in order.

 Give or attend bachelor party.

 Start making out your guest list.

 Pick up wedding rings, check ­engraving.

 Arrange visit with minister to discuss

 Help fiancée with thank-you notes.

ceremony.

 Discuss wedding expenses with fiancée and

all parents.

 Discuss honeymoon plans. If traveling abroad, make legal arrangements (passport, visas, inoculations, etc).  Visit wedding gift registry with fiancée.

3-5 Months

3 Weeks  Make a date with your fiancée to get the marriage license.  Arrange with the best man for

t­ransportation from the reception to the airport or train.

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 Complete guest list, give it to fiancée.

2 Weeks

 Consult with fiancée and order ­wedding attire for self, for best man, ushers and fathers.

 Explain any special seating ­arrangements

 Arrange transportation (limousines,

etc.) for wedding party to ceremony and reception.

 Complete honeymoon plans: buy ­tickets.  Order wedding rings and engraving.

 Arrange to pay for bride’s bouquet and going-away corsage; order boutonnieres for men, corsages for mothers.  See your doctor for exams, blood test. 8-10 Weeks  Plan rehearsal dinner with your ­parents.  Consult with fiancée and arrange lodging

for relatives and ushers from out of town.

 Select gifts for best man and ushers, to be

given at the bachelor dinner or wedding rehearsal.

 Choose bride’s wedding present.

Something personal, such as a watch or other piece of fine jewelry, is t­raditional.

to head usher.

 Put the clergy member’s or judge’s fee in

a sealed envelope and give it to the best man, to be delivered after the ­ceremony.

 Purchase traveler’s checks.  Get your going-away clothes ready so you

can change after the reception.

 Pack for your honeymoon.  Arrange to move belongings to new home.  Remind best man and ushers of the

rehearsal and rehearsal dinner details. Present gifts to attendants at rehearsal dinner.

 Arrange for rental returns.  Be sure you and your bride sign the wed-

ding certificate and see that it is safely put away before leaving on your honeymoon.

 Have best man send a thank-you telegram to your bride’s parents the next day saying how lovely both the wedding and reception were.


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eddings are romantic and full of hopes and dreams come true. However they are also legal proceedings with rules and regulations. Here is what is required if you or your fiancé are Michigan residences or getting married in the State of Michigan. Please remember these laws can change, so it is recommended you contact your city or town’s County Clerk’s Office for confirmation on the current requirements. Where to Obtain a License: County Clerk’s Office Age Requirements: You must be 18 years old, otherwise 16 years old as long as you have parental consent. Your parents must appear with their own identification and if a custodial parent, proof of their custody. If you are 15 or younger, you will need both parental consent and the approval of the probate court. MI Residents: If either you or your future spouse is a resident of Michigan, then you must apply for the license in your

county of residence, regardless of where in the state the wedding will take place. The license is valid throughout the State of Michigan. The marriage license fee is $20.00 for residents of Michigan. Out-of-State Applicants: If neither person is a resident, then you’ll have to apply for the license in the county where the wedding will occur. * If either person was previously married, he or she must show certified documents on how previous marriage ended such as divorce, annulment, or death. Identification Requirements: Valid driver’s license or state ID showing current address, birth certificate or valid passport. If passport is used instead of birth certificate, full names of both parents and the state or country where they were born must be provided at time of application. Social Security numbers of both parties is also required. Fees: The Marriage License fee in the State of Michigan, for Michigan residents is $20. Fees may vary depending on whether you are a resident or non-resident of Michigan. Three Day Waiting Period: A marriage license is not issued for a period of three days from the date of the application. For an additional cost, applicants can request a waiver of the three day waiting period from the clerk issuing the license. Does a Marriage License Expire? Yes, a marriage license is valid for up to 33 days. Blood Test Requirement: No Who Can Preside Over the Ceremony: Ordained minister, magistrate (a civil officer with power to administer and enforce law -- Justice of the Peace), mayor of a Michigan City or a judge. a


54 • Final Phase Calendar Checklist

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Final Phase Calendar Checklist One Month ❒ Confirm all arrangements and contracts. ❒ Pick up wedding rings. ❒ Arrange for transportation to ceremony and from ceremony to reception. ❒ Attend final fittings. ❒ Have your hair and makeup done as you would like to have it on your wedding. Schedule any tanning, manicures, etc. ❒ Purchase guest book and keepsake album. ❒ Contact your insurance agent about naming your fiancé as beneficiary on your life insurance, will, and auto policies, about buying homeowners’ and floater insurances to protect wedding gifts. ❒ Open joint checking and savings accounts. Decide on a budget and savings program. Discuss them with your financial representatives. ❒ Write thank-you notes as gifts are received.

2 Weeks ❒ Get marriage license. ❒ Give caterer final guest count. Don’t forget the – wedding party, photographer and DJ! ❒ A rrange to have your gown pressed and delivered. ❒ A rrange to change your name on driver’s license, social security card, credit cards, bank accounts, – insurances, etc. ❒ Make arrangements for moving into your new home. 1 Week ❒ Pack for honeymoon. ❒ Give bridesmaids’ luncheon/party, give attendant gifts. ❒ Confirm directions, housing, and timetables with attendants. ❒ Brief head usher of any special seating arrangements. ❒ A rrange for rental returns. ❒ Prepare wedding day fees. One Day Before ❒ Pack the “Going-to-church” bag, and an “emergency” bag. ❒ Attend rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. ❒ Find a quiet moment to give your fiancé his/ her wedding gift. The Wedding Day ❒ Have a nice relaxed breakfast. You’ll need it! ❒ Have hair and make-up done. ❒ Relax and let the planning take care of itself. Most of all, enjoy! a


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Wedding Day Time-Table When you make your time-table, (1) schedule each event and (2) plan enough time for it. The following chart will help you with the essentials; the spaces between each item will let you add the things that will be different for your wedding (you might get dressed at church instead of at home, etc.) Make sure your photographer, caterer, baker, florist and musicians, know your time-table and that they approve any last minute changes. 1. Getting up/breakfast........................................................................................... _______ 2. Dressing.............................................................................................................. _______ 3. Leaving for the ceremony................................................................................... _______ 4. Photos before the ceremony............................................................................... _______ 5. Parents and guests arrive..................................................................................... _______ 6. Wedding Ceremony begins................................................................................ _______ 7. Receiving Line.................................................................................................... _______ 8. Formal group photos (wedding party)................................................................ _______ 9. Leaving for the reception.................................................................................... _______ 10. Cocktail Hour (before couple arrives)................................................................ _______ 11. Arriving at the reception..................................................................................... _______ 12. Toast by Best Man (and others).......................................................................... _______ 13. Reception Meal................................................................................................... _______ 14. Cake Cutting...................................................................................................... _______ 15. Bridal Dance....................................................................................................... _______ 16. Dancing.............................................................................................................. _______ 17. Bride and Groom change clothes....................................................................... _______ 18. Bride and Groom leave reception....................................................................... _______ 19. Reception ends................................................................................................... _______ • If you are going to change clothes at the reception, make sure someone will take care of the gown and tuxedo.


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Thank You Gifts

hoosing the perfect gift for your bridal party and your betrothed can be a joyous experience if you keep the recipients’ likes and personalities in mind as you make your selections. Give a gift that you would like to receive. Choose something that is meaningful and unique. After all, these gifts are an expression of your gratitude to the people who will gather together to celebrate your special day. Make sure they’re packaged beautifully, then present them with love. Your gifts and memories of your wedding will be cherished for a lifetime.

If you have a creative theme for your wedding, be creative with your gifts as well. Make the gift a keepsake by monogramming it with your names and wedding date. Traditional gift suggestions include: For Groom’s Attendants – Silver key chain, crystal paper weight, engraved silver accessory box, sterling engraved pocket knife, sterling money clip. For Bride’s Attendants – Pearl earrings, crystal box or vase, silver compact, crystal picture frame, jewelry box, crystal ring holder, or a small crystal, china, or silver clock. Whatever the gift, be it traditional or an original piece of art from your favorite artist, give it from the heart as a token of love and appreciation. a

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The Honeymoon

he honeymoon is a celebration of the marriage, a time when you can finally relax and concentrate on the goals of your new lives together. Discuss what type of vacation you would like to have. Relaxed or fast-paced, seclusion or social, formal or informal. Ask family and friends where they honeymooned. Once you’ve narrowed down your possibilities, contact the tourist boards of various places that interest you the most. Consult a travel agent for recommendations. When you pick up your tickets, itinerary,

and hotel confirmations, check all of the information for errors. Figure your finances in advance. Design an overall budget and a daily expense allowance, then try to keep track of what you spend. Traveler’s checks are recommended. They are almost as widely accepted as cash, and they can be replaced if lost. However, have some cash, in small bills, for tips. Credit cards and bank cards should be used carefully, since charges usually have interest attached when the bill comes in. It is important to bring them with you because many hotels insist on credit cards to check in with.

Honeymoon Budget BEFORE YOUR TRIP: Decide which destination you can realistically afford. Start saving money each week, to accumulate funds gradually. ON YOUR TRIP: Keep a record to help stay within your budget. If you spend less than planned, use the money for some splurges.

EXPENSES

MEALS (per couple):

TRANSPORTATION:

Major Transportation (air, ship, car): Airport limo: Tips: Gas: Tolls: Rental Car Taxis: Total Transportation:

$________ $________ $________ $________ $________ $________ $________ $________

ACCOMMODATIONS:

Basic rate: Tips: Extra services (laundry, hairdresser, etc.): Total Accommodations: SHOPPING (gifts):

$________ $________ $________ $________ $________ $________

Breakfast: $_____ per day x_____ days$________ Lunch: $_____ per day x_____ days$________ Dinner: $_____ per day x_____ days$________ Total Meals: $________ ENTERTAINMENT:

Sports equipment rentals: $________ Theater/Concerts: $________ Admission Fees (sight seeing, attractions, museums, etc.): $________ Nightclubs/Discos: $________ Total Entertainment: $________ EXTRA: Snacks/liquor: $________ Total Extra: $________ TOTAL EXPENDITURES: $________


58 • Bridal Shows

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Attire / Accessories

Gifts

Bunny Tuxedos...................................................43 Captain’s Quarters.............................................. 41 Natalie’s Bridal................................................... 41

Folgarellis............................................................ 31

Bachelor / Bridal Parties Bubbles & Brews................................................30 Kewadin Casinos................................................. 3 Park Place Hotel................................................. 13 Pure Romance.....................................................36

Bridal Shows Elite Wedding Expo (Traverse City).................. 59 Park Place Hotel (Traverse City)........................58 Southwest Michigan Expo (Kalamazoo)...........58 Here Come the Brides (Mt. Pleasant)................58

Cakes / Confections Sweet Tartlette....................................................46 Table 10 Designs................................................. 47

Catering Folgarellis............................................................ 31 Torch Lake Beer Company...................................6

Ceremony / Reception Facilities 136 Center.......................................... 18, 24 & 63 Bel Lago Winery.................................................26 Castle Farms....................................................... 21 CYC Events.........................................................24 DoubleTree Inn by Hilton - Bay City................26 Drummond Island Resort....................................5 French Valley Vineyard......................................28 Golden Glow Ballroom...................................... 14 Grand Traverse Event Center.............................27 Grand Traverse Resort & Spa.............................23 Hotel Earl..................................Inside Front Cover Kewadin Casinos..................................................3 Liberty Harbor Event Center............................. 15 Mackinac Island Tourism.................... Back Cover Mackinaw Trail Winery.....................................28 Manor at Fire Tower Hill.....................................9 Park Place Hotel................................................. 13 Shepler’s Ferry..................................................... 11 The Botanic Garden........................................... 25 Tobacco Ranch...................................................62 Unity Spiritual Center of Traverse City............. 25

Decorations

Eclectic Elegance................................................46 Sensational Events TC........................................ 47 Table 10 Designs................................................. 47

Gown Cleaning / Preservation Master Dry Cleaning..........................................44 Natalie’s Bridal.................................................... 41

Health & Beauty Renue Wellness...................................................37 SeneGence By Christina Zimmerman...............37

Honeymoon / Lodging Accommodations DoubleTree Inn by Hilton - Bay City................26 Drummond Island Resort....................................5 Grand Traverse Resort & Spa.............................23 Hotel Earl..................................Inside Front Cover Mackinac Island Tourism.................... Back Cover Northern Michigan Escapes...............................20 Park Place Hotel................................................. 13 Weathervane Inn................................................ 18

Invitations Northerly Design................................................39

Ministry / Clergy Weddings Your Way........................................... 18

Music – Live / DJs / Ceremonial 231 Entertainment..............................................49 Gear To Go Rentals............................................48 Sound Productions.............................................62 Weddings by Karine...........................................48 You-DJ Rentals...................................................50

Photo Booth 231 Entertainment..............................................49 Sound Productions.............................................62

Photography Digital in a Flash................................................ 45

Rentals / Decorations / Supplies Bubbles & Brews................................................30 Gear To Go Rentals............................................48 Houdek’s.............................................................32 You-DJ Rentals...................................................50 Williams & Bay.................................................. 33

Transportation Shepler’s Ferry..................................................... 11 Sound Productions.............................................62 Mackinaw Island Ferry Company...................... 19 Midnight Madness.............................................23



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